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

Generalist ballroom property auctions face extinction, claim leading players

first_imgTwo of the biggest names in property auctions have predicted that Covid will kill off ballroom events, spelling the end for a tradition that has dominated the industry for more than 100 years.It has been a slow-burn though, both agree, accelerated by Covid; Allsop claims to have been the first to include online bids back in 1999.But David Sandeman of EIG Auctions says the reasons for holding ballroom property auctions are rapidly disappearing as vendor, buyer and auctioneer habits are altered by Covid.This includes both the rapid advance of technology and the ongoing public gathering restrictions, including those announced yesterday by the Prime Minister.“The longer that Covid continues the more I think ballroom events will struggle to re-establish themselves – for months and maybe years people will be reluctant to gather with 200 or 300 other people in a small room at general auctions,” he says.Sandeman says both all-tech property auctions and live internet narrow-casts of more targeted niche events have proved popular during Covid and that bidders are getting used to them.Jamie Cooke, MD of Iamsold, says the generalist ballroom auction will not “come back in the same way and it’s unlikely that we will be back in a traditional auction room in 2020,” he says.“There will still be a place in the market for in-room auctions in the future, but they may be less frequent and much more targeted and bespoke, which we’ll work with our Partner Agents on to get the balance right.“With this in mind, if agents haven’t already considered MMoA as a solution for their clients, now is the perfect time.“Long before Covid-19, in-room auctions were in decline and the pandemic may have hastened that decline.”Also, Connect UK Auctions has revealed that the firm has launched an academy which, in part, is designed to help members of the public understand how online auctions work as they become ‘the new normal’.Read more about Iamsold and EIG.EIG Auctions Connect UK auctions David Sandeman September 23, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Auctions news » Generalist ballroom property auctions face extinction, claim leading players previous nextAuctions newsGeneralist ballroom property auctions face extinction, claim leading playersTwo key figures within the auctions world predict the end for generalist events held in hotel ballrooms as virtual bidding takes over.Nigel Lewis23rd September 20200866 Viewslast_img read more

Marist hires former Harrison head coach Richard Glover Jr. as new…

first_imgMarist High School has hired Richard Glover Jr. as their new varsity football coach. “Coach Glover is the right fit for the job. We are excited to see how he will grow our football program,” said Marist Athletic Director Erica Buonacquista.Coach Glover has coached at the professional, collegiate, and high school level since 2008 and was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005. He began his coaching career as an Assistant Head Coach at Dickinson High School in Jersey City before becoming a Graduate Assistant at New Mexico State University. From there, he became an intern for the Philadelphia Eagles and then an Assistant Football Coach for Iowa Western Community College.Recently, Coach Glover was the Head Football Coach at Harrison High School for the 2015 season, leading the team to three wins after the program only had four wins the past five seasons.Coach Glover is excited about the new opportunities he has at Marist and is ready to begin instituting his new program. “I applied for this job because it was a challenge, and the facilities are great,” said Glover. “The location of Marist allows the school to draw kids from different places, and the ability to practice right at the school is really helpful.”Coach Glover’s main goal for the offseason is to establish a new culture for the team. “I want to teach the players how to compete, fight, and dedicate themselves to the ultimate goal of winning football games,” said Glover. “When a team does not have a lot of success, the first thing a coach needs to do is establish a culture of competition. Players competing against each other, but also competing against themselves everyday – getting one more rep in the weight room or finishing through the line on sprints.”Coach Glover has already met with the team and has begun offseason workouts. “It is great to already be hired because I have the offseason to really implement my program and the culture I want this team to have,” said Glover.“Coach Glover brings a new philosophy and energy with him that we are very excited about,” said A.D. Buonacquista. “I think our players will respond to him well and I look forward to watching him implement his program.”last_img read more

Coast Guard Thanks Head of Ocean City Police Marine Unit for His Work

first_imgU.S. Coast Guard Lt. Comm. C.K. Moore presents Ocean City Police Department Ptl. John Porreca with a certificate of merit on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.The U.S. Coast Guard honored Ptl. John Porreca on Monday for his service as the officer in charge of the Ocean City Police Marine Unit.The Ocean City Marine Unit has operated for two seasons with a 24-foot Zodiac patrolling from a base at the Coast Guard’s seasonal Great Egg Harbor Station on Ocean City’s North Point Lagoon.In that period, Porreca assisted in nearly 30 search-and-rescue operations often in coordination with the Coast Guard and the State Police Marine Unit.The Coast Guard made special note of Porreca’s coordination of interagency training and communications.Porreca’s work ranged from the initial search for a swimmer who drowned off Ninth Street Beach on June 29 to leading marine patrols for events such as Night in Venice and the Ocean City Air Show.An 18-year veteran of the Ocean City Police Department, Porreca had a boat captain’s license and extensive local knowledge of Ocean City waters when he was chosen to lead the Marine Unit. In the season, he typically patrols the water with one other officer.Coast Guard Lt. Commander C.K. Moore read the following in a presentation on Monday at the Ocean City Police Department:The commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Atlantic City and Coast Guard Station (Small) Great Egg takes great pleasure in presenting the United States Coast Guard Certificate of Merit to Patrolman John Porreca in recognition of his service as a member of the Ocean City, New Jersey Police Department Marine Unit from May 2013 to October 2014.During this period, Officer Porreca had direct involvement in nearly 30 Coast Guard search-and-rescue cases and was vital to the success of the Coast Guard’s recreational boating safety mission. Patrolman Porreca was pivotal in the establishment of the Ocean City Police Department’s Marine Unit, and due to his efforts, there have been a notable increase in personal flotation device usage and compliance with boat outfit requirements due to his high visibility patrols and interactions with the general public.Despite the constant turnover with the crew of Coast Guard Station (Small) Great Egg, Officer Porreca maintained exceptional communication, coordination of patrols, and search-and-rescue response between agencies. Officer Porreca unselfishly shared his law enforcement experience, expertise and local area knowledge that proved critical to safe boat operations and navigation for rotating Coast Guard personnel. Officer Porreca coordinated interagency training opportunities between Coast Guard and Ocean City Police Department Marine Unit assets and equipment, increasing the overall understanding of each agency’s capabilities.This initiative was pivotal in the joint effort to locate a missing swimmer off the coast of Ocean City on June 29, 2014. Upon initial notification, Officer Porreca, along with a Coast Guard member, began the initial search on the Ocean City Police Department Marine Unit’s 24-foot Zodiac vessel, providing a force multiplier during an emotional, yet vital time during the initial response.Officer Porreca and the Ocean City Police Department Marine Unit have been at the forefront of Ocean City’s annual Night in Venice boat parade and Aerobatic Air Show, providing safety and security for the viewing public.Through his active participation and outstanding service, Officer Porreca contributed to an energetic and positive partnership between the United States Coast Guard and the Ocean City Police Department. Officer Porreca’s dedication and contributions to the City of Ocean City and the Coast Guard are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.last_img read more

Costa turns in positive sales

first_imgCosta Coffee’s sales were up by 22.1% and 6.7% like-for-like in the 50 weeks to 15 February 2007, parent Whitbread said last week.In a trading update, Alan Parker, chief executive said a rapid expansion was continuing at Costa and sister company Premier Travel Inn. He said: “The food offer has been improved and 185 new stores have been opened, including 78 equity and 107 franchise stores, 64 of which were overseas.”Overall sales for the group, which also includes David Lloyd Leisure, during the same period grew by 10.3% and like-for-like by 4.3%.Whitbread will announce its preliminary results for the 52 weeks to 1 March 2007 on 24 April.last_img read more

News story: SpaceX delivers UK missions to International Space Station

first_imgIn the cargo hold is a UK-built satellite that will test different approaches to removing space junk from the Earth’s orbit, as well as an international science package to study powerful lightning from space.Led by the University of Surrey, built by the world’s leading small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, and with technology on board designed by Airbus, the RemoveDEBRIS mission will experiment with cost effective technologies that could be used to tackle the problem of space junk.Science Minister Sam Gyimah said:“Space debris is one of the key challenges we face and it’s great to see a British university and some of our innovative space companies leading the way on the search for solutions. It’s also a fantastic example of the unique expertise found in the UK’s growing space sector and the value that it adds to international projects.“The UK Space Agency continues to work closely with industry to develop new technologies and infrastructure to grow our share of the global space market as part of the Government’s industrial strategy.”The RemoveDEBRIS satellite will be deployed from the International Space Station and attempt to capture simulated space debris using a net and a harpoon, while also testing advanced cameras and radar systems. Once those experiments are complete, it will unfurl a drag sail to bring itself and the debris out of orbit, where it will burn up as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere.The experiment is important as there are thousands of pieces of space debris circulating the planet – many travelling faster than a speeding bullet – posing a risk to valuable satellites and even the International Space Station itself.Professor Guglielmo Aglietti, Director of the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey, said:“It is important to remember that a few significant collisions have already happened. Therefore, to maintain the safety of current and future space assets, the issue of the control and reduction of the space debris has to be addressed.“We believe the technologies we will be demonstrating with RemoveDEBRIS could provide feasible answers to the space junk problem – answers that could be used on future space missions in the very near future.”Also on board the SpaceX Dragon capsule is a science experiment known as the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM), which will study high-altitude lightning above severe thunder storms. Scientists are interested in these electrical discharges which can produce bright colours – sometimes called red sprites and blue jets – as they can alter the chemistry of the stratosphere and potentially affect the Earth’s climate. ASIM is travelling to the International Space Station in the trunk compartment of the Dragon capsule. Once it arrives, the station’s robotic arm will transfer the payload from the capsule to the external payload facility on the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Columbus module.Dr Martin Fullekrug, the lead UK scientist on the project based at the University of Bath, said:“I have been researching and investigating space and lightning events for over 15 years and the launch of ASIM feels like the pinnacle of my journey into understanding this phenomenon.“This is the first time such a detailed and technologically-advanced measurement device will be flown into space to observe lightning and will hopefully provide us with new knowledge about how lightning is initiated and how the properties of lightning can affect our daily lives in so many different ways.”The experiment, part funded by the UK Space Agency through our investment in ESA and built by the Danish company Terma, will be operated by ESA with involvement from scientists in the UK.Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency said:“This experiment will give scientists all over the world the opportunity to study the effects of powerful lightning storms from the unique vantage point of the International Space Station. It’s another exciting moment for international space collaboration and commercial spaceflight, which the UK Space Agency supports through the Government’s Industrial Strategy.”last_img read more

Chiltern bread competition

first_imgEnvironmental charity The Chiltern Society has begun the search for the region’s best artisan bread producers.The Chiltern Society Real Bread Award 2016 is currently taking nominations from the public for the best bread stalls and artisan bakeries in the area.A judging panel made up of Chiltern Society members will visit nominees over the summer, ahead of an awards ceremony planned for September, though the location and date are yet to be decided.The awards categories are also to be decided, but Elaine Mason, Chiltern Society volunteer and competition founder, said: “We’re trying to have three or four winners, so we might do different loaves or sections of the Chilterns.”Real Bread CampaignMason was inspired to launch the competition after finding out about the work of the Real Bread Campaign and its members.She said: “Near where I live we’ve got an absolutely wonderful artisan bakery and I looked on their website and found out all about the Real Bread Campaign and got really into it.“Seeing the website really inspired me. I was very interested to hear about the difference between supermarket bread and traditionally produced bread.”The Chiltern Society is a charity aiming to preserve the countryside around the Chiltern Hills and encourage public awareness of the area.last_img read more

Harvard Allston Partnership Fund marks decade

first_imgDespite a chilly and torrential rain, the mood was warm and celebratory at the 10th annual Harvard Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF) grant awards ceremony at Raymond V. Mellone Park in Allston on April 25.Since its creation in 2008, HAPF has provided $1 million in grants to dozens of local organizations, supporting programs for thousands of Allston-Brighton residents.HAPF, established by Harvard University and the city of Boston, in collaboration with the Allston community, was created to support nonprofit organizations providing neighborhood improvement projects, cultural enrichment, and educational programming for residents living in North Allston-Brighton. The awards support a wide range of programs from educational and enrichment activities, to arts and family engagement programming.Allison Brodney-McDevitt (from left), Pablo Avila, and Jennifer Gamez of the Boston String Academy perform at the celebration. Photo by Tony Rinaldo“Hundreds of people in Allston and Brighton benefit from the work of the nonprofit organizations that have been awarded grants this year,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “They bring to their work an extraordinary amount of energy and creativity, and we are honored to partner with them to bring more opportunities to residents throughout the community.”“I want to thank Harvard for their commitment to Allston-Brighton. Boston’s identity is forged by the union of great global leadership with great local community,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We have the best universities in the world and the best neighborhoods in the world. That’s an unbeatable combination and what this partnership and these grants are about.”Listed among the 32 organizations to have received the annual $100,000 funding are its newest recipients. It’s estimated that more than 5,000 Allston-Brighton residents and families have been supported by the critical — and diverse — work being done by these groups.Some of the organizations have provided public performance opportunities for young musicians; others have brought poetry programming into the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA); while another has supported the creation of an intergenerational and culturally diverse sewing community.The Boston String Academy, which performed at the event, is based out of the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston and is composed of students in grades one through six.“Many of our students are immigrants, or low income, and the [HAPF] funding helps us to provide scholarships — opportunities they might otherwise not have access to,” said Mariesther Alvarez, one of the directors of the Boston String Academy.Among some of the other contributions are teaching literacy skills; offering citizenship preparation; providing financial security training to low-income adults; and supporting job placement services for North Allston-Brighton residents with disabilities. Some grant recipients have even provided home-cooked meals and diapers to North Allston-Brighton families.“We are grateful to the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund for the support and generosity that helps us do the work that we do connecting with families, with young children here in Allston Brighton,” said Colleen McGuire, director of Allston Brighton Community Programs for the Family Nurturing Center. “This grant is enabling us to grow our programs and play groups, and ultimately serve more families. … One of the reasons why our partnership with HAPF is so strong is that we have a common goal: supporting families in Allston and Brighton. We’re all neighbors and we all benefit from the varied and diverse families that reside here.”Youth programming opportunities such as ice skating, boxing, swimming, fishing, filmmaking, and community organizing were offered to more than 1,000 local youth, and more than 200 scholarships were provided for sleep-away summer camp, fishing instruction, and swim lessons.“Youth hockey is traditionally not as affordable as other youth sports,” said Craig Cashman, president of Allston Brighton Youth Hockey. “The Harvard [Allston] Partnership Fund helps us keep it affordable for local families who wouldn’t necessarily be able to play hockey because of that cost. We’ve been fortunate enough to receive this grant a few times, and it’s really made a difference in our program. We’ve been able to engage more kids because of it.”,Other organizations offered health and wellness education programs, including free bicycle workshops.“We are very grateful for the partnership, and the support from Harvard. The funding allows us to expand and offer our services to more of our community,” said Galen Mook, president and founder of CommonWheels, a nonprofit that provides free bicycle workshops and resources to residents. CommonWheels “is not just about riding a bike. It’s about giving someone an opportunity to ride to work. To be independent. To be healthier. To empower. We’re really grateful to be able to expand in the neighborhood and reach all sorts of new folks.”The ceremony, which was also attended by Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo and Boston Planning and Development Agency Director Brian Golden, was a celebration of the grant recipients, recognizing the impact of the work they do. Yet it was also a celebration of the partnerships and friendships that have formed since HAPF’s inception.One particular partnership was emphasized by Walsh, as he took the opportunity to recognize and thank Faust for her leadership and service. Faust, who’s been Harvard’s president since 2007, is stepping down this June. Walsh acknowledged her work over the past decade, and thanked her for her unwavering friendship.“During her time as president of Harvard, President Faust has brought the University to new heights, particularly in terms of its relationship with the community, and with the city,” said Walsh. “She’s helped open the doors of this historic institution to many people from across the city and all around the world, and Boston looks forward to continuing its relationship with Harvard through the years ahead.”Faust too highlighted her relationship with Walsh, saying she was proud to call him a “good friend.”In their remarks, both Faust and Walsh took the opportunity to recognize Raymond V. Mellone, in attendance at the event at the park named for him in a 2011 dedication ceremony. The 1.75-acre public park was designed through a community process, with construction costs and ongoing maintenance provided by Harvard University as a community benefit related to the University’s Science and Engineering Complex project.Faust also spoke fondly of her years taking part in HAPF celebrations.“When I became president of Harvard in 2007,” said Faust, “I could never have imagined all of the wonderful moments I would share with you, and how I have enjoyed watching this partnership grow. I have been so fortunate to meet so many engaged citizens, to see such a vibrant and caring community, and so many people who hold this very special place in their hearts and work tirelessly to see that it changes in ways that strengthen it for everyone. Your work — and our partnership — give me hope for everything that Allston and Harvard will undertake together in the future. So thank you for helping me along my journey as president and for being such a wonderful ally.”A full list of recipients since 2008 can be found at or decisions are made by a volunteer board of community members following careful review of all applications received. For more information, please visit or email [email protected]last_img read more

Record-breaking number of students prepare to ‘March for Life‘ in D.C.

first_imgOver 1,000 Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross College students and community members will be marching in Washington, D.C. on Friday as part of the 45th March for Life.Founded in 1974 to peacefully protest the Roe v. Wade decision — a Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States — the March for Life is an annual organized march to the Supreme Court building held on or around the anniversary of the 1973 decision. Observer File Photo Students rally for March for Life in front of Main Building in January 2016, as the trip was cancelled due to weather that year. A record number of students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross are taking buses to participate in this year’s march this weekend.The Notre Dame Right to Life club has organized trips to D.C. to allow students and faculty to march alongside hundreds of thousands of attendees from across the nation. The club’s president, senior Sarah Drumm, said attending the march revitalizes the pro-life movement by showing students they are not alone in their beliefs.“The March for Life is a unique event in the sense that it allows us to take part in the national movement for life and really take a step outside of South Bend,” she said. “Having the opportunity to go and march with thousands of other individuals who are just as passionate as we are about supporting and protecting life, especially the most vulnerable, is just a really powerful and inspiring thing.”According to the March for Life website, the two-hour march starts at the National Mall and will feature a rally, a musical performance and speeches by President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, various members of Congress and Pamela Tebow, the mother of NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, amongst others.With support from sponsors such as Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, Drumm said the March for Life commission within Notre Dame Right to Life sent 19 charter buses carrying an approximated, record-breaking 1,050 students and faculty to D.C. Thursday evening to participate in today’s march.“I think the fact that Notre Dame sends hundreds of students every year really does make a statement,” she said. “I know the media doesn’t talk about the march a lot, but the more students we send the more likely we are to get noticed. I think it shows that this an issue that Notre Dame really does care about.”One of the March for Life head commissioners, junior Nick Gabriele, said the trip includes putting rosaries on the buses, attending a mass with University President Fr. John Jenkins before the march and a Saturday morning mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C.”[The trip] is really a pilgrimage,” Gabriele said. “We’re going in a spirit of prayer and respect for life so it’s going to be a fun trip; everyone’s getting prepared and offering it up for a greater respect for life.”Beginning last spring, Gabriele said, the commission focused on hitting the 1,000 mark of attendees this year by putting “a lot of ground effort” into advertising the event across campus with posters, dorm representatives and through the use of other outlets to reach people. Both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s participants will be granted excused absences from Friday classes.“We know that the Notre Dame community is just so excited about it,” Gabriele said. “Because we hit that four-digit number, it’s now more than 10 percent of the undergraduate population going which is unbelievable. It really speaks to the importance of the issue to people here on campus.”Gabriele said this will be his fourth year participating in the march and the atmosphere is always comprised of a joyful, happy crowd of people from all kinds of backgrounds.“I’m excited for all the people I’m going to meet and all the people that everyone’s going to meet,” Gabriele said. “To just be a part of the energy that is there — it’s really something that you can’t explain; you can’t describe until you go and it’s something so special. I get the chills every year just being a part of it and I can’t wait to do it again.”Tags: Abortion, March for Life, ND Right to Life, Roe v. Wadelast_img read more Summer Camp, Day 3! Unbutton Your Heart with Rita Moreno!

first_img View Comments We’re gonna be honest: Things around the offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! LOOK OUT FOR… A pre-Fame Irene Cara! First one on the left behind Moreno. Before singing the body electric, the Oscar winner got her start as a member of the Short Circus on the PBS program. WHY WE LOVE IT Who doesn’t want a lesson in prefixes from a Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner? Rita Moreno was a regular on The Electric Company from 1971 to 1977, and in this crazy clip, she channels her inner Tina Turner in a song that teaches us all about using “un.” We’d be lying if we said we weren’t flailing our arms around along with these girls (seriously, though, that “America” choreography has nothing on this.)center_img MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 100 out of 100 hair flips. No wait, ALL the hair flips. Infinity hair flips.last_img read more