Maria Sharapova announces her retirement

first_imgFebruary 26, 2020 /Sports News – National Maria Sharapova announces her retirement Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDonell Woodson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After 28 years on the court, Maria Sharapova is retiring.“Tennis — I’m saying goodbye,” the 32-year-old Russian born player announced Wednesday in an essay for Vanity Fair.Sharapova is leaving the game with five Grand Slams under her belt. She won Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008 and the French Open in 2012 and 2014.Her professional career began in 2001 when she was just 14 years old. “In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I’ll miss it everyday,” Sharapova says in the essay. “I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day. I’ll miss my team, my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench. The handshakes—win or lose—and the athletes, whether they knew it or not, who pushed me to be my best.”“Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible. After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another mountain—to compete on a different type of terrain,” she adds.Sharapova says she is now looking forward to a “few simple things,” like spending time with her family, enjoying a cup of coffee and choosing her workouts.“Tennis showed me the world—and it showed me what I was made of. It’s how I tested myself and how I measured my growth. And so in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I’ll still be pushing. I’ll still be climbing. I’ll still be growing,” she concludes her essay.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Appetite Learning is launched

first_imgWilliam Reed Business Media, the publisher of British Baker, has partnered with Virtual College, the leading provider of e-learning and online training, to offer a range of materials for the food industry.With 150 years’ experience, William Reed Business Media has an expanding portfolio of websites, virtual events and data services which ensures global food industry customers continue to benefit from excellence in information provision. With over 1.6 million online learners, Virtual College is one of the UK’s leading developers of e-learning online, providing courses to individuals and companies across the world.The new business entity will be known as Appetite Learning and will be the exclusive supplier of the existing Virtual College portfolio of courses to the food sector, as well as developing a range of new e-learning materials.Charles Reed, group managing director of William Reed Business Media, said: “The creation of Appetite Learning represents a significant expansion in our digital solutions for the food industry. I’m very pleased to be partnering with an e learning business with Virtual College’s outstanding reputation and proven excellence in technology and content development.”And, Rod Knox, chief executive of Virtual College, added: “William Reed is a perfect partner for Virtual College, with outstanding customer relationships across the food, drink and hotel markets. Our shared aspiration is for Appetite Learning, in partnership with Virtual College, to be the leading training provider for the sector.“This is a really exciting development and is a fundamental part of a wider business growth strategy for the next three years.”last_img read more

Draya Michele’s ex-boyfriend Orlando Scandrick Suspended By NFL for Illegal Drug Use

first_imgDallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick has been suspended by the National Football League for testing positive for drugs, admitting that he ingested illicit narcotics during a vacation trip to Mexico.The ex-boyfriend of “Basketball Wives L.A.” star Draya Michele (or so she says they are split up) is banned from playing in the first four games of the 2014-15 regular season because he tested positive for PEDs. He said that his girlfriend at the time — we assume that it was Draya Michelle — convinced him to take a foreign substance for his benefit. He said it turned out to be “mollies.”Just how did he allow his gold-digging, bottom-feeding girlfriend to convince him to take a foreign substance is beyond most Cowboys fans and critics alike.Scandrick has already appealed the suspension and lost. His four-game ban is upheld.Scandrick is a significant blow for a Cowboys defense that ranked dead last in the NFL in 2013. Moreover, with defensive end DeMarcus Ware and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher leaving in the offseason, and linebacker Sean Lee out for the season with a devastating ACL tear, Scandrick leaves the Cowboys’ defense dangerously thin and they threaten to be even worse than last year.Scandrick was the Cowboys’ top cornerback last season and one of the team’s few bright spots on defense through the first two weeks of training-camp practices.Scandrick’s image and team leadership role are severely compromised as he was considered one of the team’s emotional leaders and well-respected among his defensive peers.Scandrick had just signed a five-year, $25 million contract extension before the start of the 2011 season. The 2013 extension added $9 million in guaranteed money.This was resultant from Scandrick’s dramatically improved play. He set career-highs last season for tackles (70), pass breakups (15) and interceptions (two). Last season, he ranked fifth on the team in tackles, second in pass breakups and third in interceptions.Worse, his competition for the starting defensive back position with Claiborne is finished. But Clairborne hasn’t finished a practice since July 29 while battling right knee tendinitis and he has battled injuries the past few seasons, opening the way for Scandrick’s emergence. He said he’s close to returning. Claiborne and Carr could be back in team drills this week.Yesterday, Scandrick released a statement following his suspension announcement through his agent. The agent also added a statement of his own. See what he and the agent have to say below:last_img read more

Killbillies demolish Nightmares in home opener

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John Killbillies roller derby squad had a very successful home opener last weekend.The Killbillies hosted the North Coast Nightmares at the North Peace Arena last Saturday for a double-header afternoon. The first match of the day was an exhibition scrimmage that saw several players from both teams joined by players from the Chetwynd Chetty Betties, the Dawson Creek Mile 0 Mercy, and the Grimshaw Grim Reapers. It was an exciting match to get the afternoon underway, and saw Team White beat Team Black 121-94.The main event saw a much more lopsided score in favour of the Killbillies. The bout featured a lot of Jammer-on-Jammer action, and a couple of big hits. One bodycheck, the first big one of the match, sent the Nightmares’ Jammer flying several feet and saw medics take to the floor to make sure that she wasn’t seriously injured. Luckily no one was injured in the collision, but it set the tone as the Killbillies steamrolled North Coast 253-46. Freddy Bruiser was the Killbillies’ MVP in the bout.- Advertisement – The Killbillies' Amanda 'Booty ChasHer' Roberts knocks North Coast's Jammer 'Hellise' to the floor during the first half of Saturday's bout. Photo by Chris Newton The Killbillies’ Amanda ‘Booty ChasHer’ Roberts knocks North Coast’s Jammer ‘Hellise’ to the floor during the first half of Saturday’s bout. Photo by Chris Newton Killbillies during a roller derby. File photo. Killbillies during a roller derby. File photo. The Killbillies' Amanda 'Booty ChasHer' Roberts knocks North Coast's Jammer 'Hellise' to the floor during the first half of Saturday's bout. Photo by Chris Newton The Killbillies’ Amanda ‘Booty ChasHer’ Roberts knocks North Coast’s Jammer ‘Hellise’ to the floor during the first half of Saturday’s bout. Photo by Chris Newton The Fort St. John Killbillies home opener against the North Coast Nightmares. Photo by Chris Newton The Fort St. John Killbillies home opener against the North Coast Nightmares. Photo by Chris Newton Roller derby action at the North Peace Arena on May 6th. Photo by Chris Newton Roller derby action at the North Peace Arena on May 6th. Photo by Chris Newton Killbillies President Jenna ‘Jennacide’ Hildebrand says that the squad has several things events they’re looking forward to this season. In the short term, the Killbillies’ ‘B’ team will be in Grimshaw for a bout against the Grim Reapers this Saturday night. The Killbillies’ ‘A’ squad is meanwhile preparing for a pair of travel tournaments in the latter half of the month. Over the May Long Weekend, the team will once again play North Coast, Quesnel and Prince George in Terrace. The following weekend, the team heads to the Flat Track Fever tournament in Calgary for bouts against three higher-ranked teams: Calgary’s Kill Jills, the Sugar Skulls from Regina, and a Coalition team from Nelson and Castlegar.last_img read more

Man hospitalised after accident on quad bike

first_imgA man was airlifted to hospital following an incident involving a quad bike. The incident occurred near Donegal Town yesterday.The Irish Coast Guard said it was alerted to the incident at approximately 2.30pm. The Irish Coast Guard explained that at approximately 2.30pm the Marine Rescue Sub Centre in Malin was alerted to a quad casualty incident involving a male.The incident took place to the east of Donegal Town in an area that was described as “inaccessible”.As a result, the R118 coast guard helicopter was dispatched to ‘medevac’ the casualty to Sligo airport for onward transportation to hospital by ambulance.His condition has not yet been released. Man hospitalised after accident on quad bike was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentDonegal TownhospitalquadRESCUE 118last_img read more

AC Milan to offer QPR £3m for Taarabt, reports in Italy claim

first_imgAC Milan plan to offer QPR £3m for Adel Taarabt, Sky Sport Italia have reported.Taarabt ended last season on loan at the Italian club and is desperate to join them on a permanent basis.And it is claimed that Kia Joorabchian, who has advised QPR on various transfer deals and acts as Taarabt’s representative, is due to meet Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani on Tuesday to discuss a potential deal.Rangers manager Harry Redknapp, who sold Taarabt to the R’s when he was Tottenham boss, has indicated that the player is determined to move on.Taarabt’s future is uncertain following his return to Rangers.Spurs would be entitled to a significant share of any transfer fee under the terms of the deal that took Taarabt to Loftus Road in the summer of 2010.For more transfer speculation, including ex-Chelsea man Lassana Diarra being linked with QPR, see Sunday morning’s Paper Talk.See also:QPR linked with Leicester City target and former Portsmouth starFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New Police Headquarters to be Built in Downtown Kingston

first_img National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says a new “built-for-purpose” headquarters for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be constructed in downtown Kingston. He advised that the facility, which will accommodate over 2,500 police officers, is to be built on 40 acres of land in an area referred to as ‘No Man’s Land’. Story Highlights “It will be home to all the non-geographic formations of the specialised units, such as Narcotics, National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) and Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), among others. This multifaceted headquarters will have customer-friendly reception areas (and) green spaces to ensure a strong community interface. This will represent the transformative approach the Government is taking to build the new Jamaica,” Dr. Chang said. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says a new “built-for-purpose” headquarters for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be constructed in downtown Kingston.He advised that the facility, which will accommodate over 2,500 police officers, is to be built on 40 acres of land in an area referred to as ‘No Man’s Land’ (near Rema in South St. Andrew).“It will be home to all the non-geographic formations of the specialised units, such as Narcotics, National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) and Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), among others. This multifaceted headquarters will have customer-friendly reception areas (and) green spaces to ensure a strong community interface. This will represent the transformative approach the Government is taking to build the new Jamaica,” Dr. Chang said.The Minister made the announcement during his presentation in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate, which got under way in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (April 16).Dr. Chang said the facility’s construction in the heart of downtown Kingston will complement the Government’s overall plan to revive and reposition the capital city as a leading business district that is safe and orderly.He said No Man’s Land will be transformed into a shining beacon in the city and will elevate the space to represent a ray of hope, peace and prosperity.The Minister assured that residents will not be dislocated, adding that the National Housing Trust (NHT) will undertake to ensure coverage for all socio-economic groupings in the region.“There will be new jobs in the area, and we expect that as downtown Kingston returns to its primacy, we will see various segments of the population working there. We expect homes [to be built]… for attendants, cleaners, lawyers, doctors and business leaders, [with] all being able to live together around a shared, peaceful urban space,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Chang advised that Mobile West will be constructed in Montego Bay, St. James, to provide quality residence for 400 police professionals, with state-of-the-art equipment and appropriate furnishings to enhance their capacity.“The Government undertakes these significant projects as an investment to secure the peace and safety of future generations. We will get rid of the gangs, dons and their facilitators that continue to wreak havoc in the communities and our public spaces,” he underscored.last_img read more

SeaIntel Carriers to Pursue Increased Market Share

first_imgzoom The continuing delivery of containerships could affect the competitive dynamics, forcing some carriers to pursue increased market share, SeaIntel Maritime Analysis informed.The delivery of ultra-large tonnage will force especially COSCO and Evergreen to attempt to grow their market share significantly in the coming 18 months. Given that both are in the same alliance, the market dynamics are expected to reflect an Ocean Alliance that will be attempting to assert their power in the main deep-sea trades.HMM, Hapag Lloyd, MSC, CMA CGM, Maersk Line, and Yang Ming all have orderbooks which constitute less than 20% of their charter fleets, which indicates a strong degree of strategic flexibility to match capacity injections with redelivery of charter tonnage, if capacity growth exceeds demand growth. ONE is in a difficult position with an orderbook to charter ratio of 30%, making absorbing new capacity based on organic market growth extremely challenging, SeaIntel said.COSCO and Evergreen however, are at the opposite end of the spectrum with very large orderbooks.“Unless we see exceptionally high demand growth, charter redelivery will be entirely insufficient to absorb the excess capacity. They will need to either increase their market share or sell existing assets, which will be a very unattractive option, since it will have to be in the very large vessel segment as well.”With an expected demand growth rate of 4-5%, 2M’s capacity injection fits the expected market developments quite well, whereas THE Alliance can relatively easily curb the capacity injection via charter redeliveries to meet demand as well. However, the annualized growth rate for Ocean Alliance is significantly beyond the anticipated demand growth rates.“Even if a positive view of demand is adopted assuming stronger growth on the head haul East-West trades, it is exceedingly unlikely that this is sufficient to match the capacity injection by Ocean Alliance, especially if the new CMA CGM order of nine 22,000 TEU vessels is confirmed,” Alan Murphy, SeaIntel CEO, said.last_img read more