Kim Clijsters announces return to tennis after retirement

first_img Beau Lund Written by September 12, 2019 /Sports News – National Kim Clijsters announces return to tennis after retirementcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters announced her return to tennis competition Thursday, seven years after announcing her retirement.“I don’t feel like I need to prove anything, but I want to challenge myself and I want to be strong again,” she said on the WTA Insider Podcast. “This is my marathon. This is where I’m saying, ‘OK, let’s try this.’”Clijsters, 36, said she will be on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour in 2020, playing in the competitive circuit, but in a more flexible schedule to account for her family.“If I feel like it’s interfering with what’s going on with the kids, then I’m not playing. Then I’ll wait until it fits,” she said.This will be Clijsters’ second return to the sport. In 2007, two years after winning her first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open, she announced her retirement at age 23, citing injuries and her desire to have children.But two years after that, in 2009, after giving birth to her daughter, Jada, Clijsters, who is from Belgium, made her first comeback — and it was one for the history books.In that initial comeback, Clijsters won the U.S. Open in 2009 and 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011. In doing so, Clijsters became just the third woman to win a Grand Slam after becoming a mother, joining greats Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong (While Serena Williams has been in several Grand Slam finals since becoming a mother, she has not yet won one).She announced retirement again in 2012 after the U.S. Open, but after continuing to watch competition, she told the WTA Insider Podcast, she’s been itching to get back on the court herself.“Whenever I’m at a Grand Slam … if somebody asked me, ‘Hey, do you want to hit some balls?’ I’m the first one to be like, ‘I’ll hit; I’ll be the hitting partner for your practice today.’ I still love playing tennis,” she said.Now a mother of three — to Jada, 11, Jack, 5, and Blake, 2 — Clijsters has been focusing on getting her fitness back, she said. As her kids are now largely in school, she has more time, and she discussed the decision with them as well as with her husband, team and the WTA.Clijsters will also be benefiting from her past accomplishments. As a previous champion, she has the right under WTA rules to request wild-card admission into major tournaments, so she doesn’t have to necessarily play all of the competitions needed to qualify for the Grand Slams.“That’s the great thing about the system that I didn’t know existed. The fact that when you’ve been No.1, you’ve won a Grand Slam, and you want to come back then you can ask for wild cards,” she said.This was a factor that similarly benefited Maria Sharapova, who was granted a wild card for the U.S. Open in 2017 as she returned from a 15-month doping ban. She has not won a Slam since her return.Other notable returns to the sport include Martina Navratilova, who retired in 1994 but returned in 2000. She retired again in 2006, at the age of 49, right after winning mixed doubles at the U.S. Open.Monica Seles returned to competition in 1995, two years after being stabbed by a man on-court. She went on to win the 1996 Australian Open.And then there was Bjorn Borg, whose return from an early retirement after eight years was not quite as successful.While the 2019 tennis season is coming to a close, Clijsters will be seeing where she’s at as 2020 starts — and as the Australian Open kicks off — to decide if she feels fitness-ready enough to jump into competition immediately.For now, Clijsters is enjoying the feeling of pushing herself again.“I’m surprised how, at times when I’m going through a rough practice, how easy it is for me to stick with it and to fight through it and to push through it,” she said on the podcast. “It’s a very satisfying feeling to have that kind of challenge again.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group Holds First Meeting

first_img Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Tags: EHV-1, FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group has been formed to monitor the evolution of the EHV-1 outbreak and provide specialist advice on its management and preventive measures for the future.The Group is composed of leading EHV experts Professor Ann Cullinan (IRL), Dr Richard Newton (GBR) and Dr Gittan Gröndahl (SWE), the FEI Veterinary Director Dr Göran Åkerström and FEI Senior Veterinary Advisor Dr Caterina Termine, supported by Dr Jenny Hall, Chair of the FEI Veterinary Committee.The key areas that the Group is working on are:assisting the FEI Veterinary Department and Veterinary Committee in evaluating information associated with the EHV-1 outbreakproviding advice for the duration of the current outbreakadvising on return to play protocolsencouraging reporting of infectious disease cases in all National Federationsidentifying any gaps in knowledge where research is requiredReports and recommendations from this Group will be published on a weekly basis.Report 19 March 2021The FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group, whose individual members have been working with the FEI since the start of the EHV-1 outbreak, held its first formal meeting on 18 March 2021 to discuss virus gene typing, the evolution of the outbreak, return to competition protocols and preventive measures.The Group discussed epidemiological links between events where positive cases have been reported, and further known transmission of the disease at horses’ home stables. The need for improved network tracing was identified, which would require the FEI being granted a greater jurisdiction at FEI events in the event of an EHV outbreak.The Group noted that EHV is an endemic disease worldwide and is notifiable in only a few countries. Concern was raised that should the disease become notifiable in more countries it could lead to reduced reporting, meaning that outbreaks could become more difficult to manage.Expected future risksRegarding the evolution of the outbreak, the Group agreed that the following risk factors could be expected within the next two weeks:Transport of horses (potentially causing raised stress levels) may result in further recurrence of the virus and more confirmed cases;Circulation of active virus is expected to continue because this virus often moves more slowly through groups of horses compared to a virus such as Equine Influenza. Therefore, it may take some time for more recently infected groups of horses to be released from isolation.Efforts must be focused on both preventing the incursion of virus positive horses at events and contingency planning to mitigate the impact of such an incursion, should it occur.Resumption of CompetitionThe Group determined that safe resumption of competition involves two key areas: conditions for entry and the management of horses within the venue.Recommendations include:health certificates issued before the horse travels;pre-movement testing;enhanced examination on arrival;restrictions on event size;good separation between horses;routine health monitoring.Many rules are already in place to support these measures.Laboratory analysis of samplesSeveral laboratories in Europe have analysed PCR positive samples from horses that returned from competitions in Spain. The virus identified does not have the N752D amino acid substitution in the DNA polymerase that has been shown in the past to be associated with neurological disease. Work on identifying the clade or genetic group to which this virus belongs is ongoing and will assist in tracking the spread of the virus and differentiating it from many other strains of EHV-1 in circulation.The Group’s next meeting is scheduled for 25 March 2021.The latest updates are also available on the EHV-1 hub.center_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

USA: ONR Demonstrates Lightweight Ramp for JHSV

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Lightweight View post tag: ramp View post tag: ONR Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: ONR Demonstrates Lightweight Ramp for JHSV View post tag: Demonstrates Industry news View post tag: JHSV USA: ONR Demonstrates Lightweight Ramp for JHSV May 13, 2014 The advanced ramp would provide significant improvement over the JHSV’s current ramp by allowing the loading or unloading of people and combat vehicles—in rougher ocean conditions than are currently possible—between a JHSV and another ship, pier, mobile landing platform or more.“The knowledge we have gained in designing this ramp is going to be vital for successful future deployment of personnel and equipment,” said Dr. John Pazik, who heads ONR’s Ship Systems and Engineering division. “The Navy and Marine Corps need easy-to-use, lightweight ramps to load and unload materiel in combat or humanitarian situations.”The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos, told an audience last month that he views a new ramp for the JHSV as an essential element of future JHSV capability.While the May 1 demonstration, which included a tank and a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck crossing in simulated high-wave conditions, was successful, officials say the future for the ramp is still being decided.“Right now we have a lot of data analysis and reporting to consider,” said Dr. Paul Hess, who manages ONR’s Interface Ramp Technologies (IRT) program. “This demonstration ramp met significant engineering challenges in connecting two ships in a simulated seaway, while also allowing a tank, truck and HUMVEE to successfully cross.“This gets us to a place we’ve never been before, in terms of at-sea transfer of vehicles between ships.”Navy officials will receive the results of the analysis this summer, and begin consideration on how to best utilize the knowledge gained. Options include a review of existing ramps, to see if they could be made stronger, using lessons learned from the IRT program; or using the information to pursue an entirely new ramp for the JHSV fleet.In either case, officials said at the demonstration, ONR’s work will play a key role in whatever direction is ultimately decided for the JHSV ramp.JHSV is a new class of all-aluminum swift ships, intended to meet requirements for shallow water deployment of personnel, combat vehicles or other supplies and equipment as needed. The vessels can transport approximately 600 tons at an average speed of 35 knots, and are designed to operate in challenging ports and waterways.Officials will use the analysis of the ramp demonstration to help determine ramp requirements for existing JHSVs, as well as for future vessels.The ONR ramp program was done in partnership with the Navy’s Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics office, as well as the Strategic and Theater Sealift program office.[mappress]Press Release, May 13, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval As an M1A1 Abrams tank roared across a giant aluminum ramp, atop a motion simulator that mimicked crashing waves, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) two weeks ago completed a successful demonstration of a new lightweight ramp intended for use on the U.S. Navy’s Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). Share this articlelast_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Joint Drainage Board to Tackle Pigeon Creek

first_img Joint Drainage Board to Tackle Pigeon CreekSouthern Indiana farmers are fed up with Pigeon Creek flooding over and hurting their crops. So they have voiced their frustration to locally elected officials, and the officials are taking what they are saying to heart. A group has decided to…FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

New York Times admits Jersey City’s Razza has the best pizza…

first_imgJERSEY CITY – Is the best pizza in New York actually in New Jersey?Specifically, according to a Sept.12 story in The New York Times, at Razza Pizza Artigniale, 275 Grove St?Named the fifth best in New Jersey on 2014 by NJ Pizza Power Rankings, the pizzeria took a huge leap in prestige and visibility when the Times’s writer praised Razza’s dough and toppings, the latter of which are from local sources that the owners search out scrupulously for quality and flavor, especially the tomatoes.Using a seven-point “tomato evaluation rubric,” owner Dan Richer and his staff assess each variety for color, viscosity, texture, skins and seeds (the fewer the better), “tomato flavor,” acidity and sweetness.The tomato with the highest score is usually the one he will buy, although he said that one year he blended three different brands, “kind of like a Bordeaux wine.”Some may suggest the Times’s imprimatur on a local pizzeria is a sign Jersey City itself has just taken a huge leap in hipness. But hold on – the verdict on the best bagel in the region isn’t in yet, and that survey may be a real test for the New York Times. ×last_img read more

James Brown Meets Sly & The Family Stone For Biggest “Dance Party” Of The Summer

first_imgOn July 27th and 28th, The Chase Brothers of Adam and Matt Chase will bring two of their stellar, fan-favorite tributes to the East Coast for a two-night run across New York City and Philadelphia. For these two shows, the all-star band will pay tribute to classic funk icons James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone, with The Chase Brothers leading The James Brown Dance Party and A Family Affair: A Tribute To Sly & The Family Stone each night.Billed as “The Summer FUNKtion”, James Brown Dance Party and A Family Affair first hit New York City’s NuBlu on July 27th, which will also feature support from DJ BOOMTOWN, who will be spinning classic tracks from Michael Jackson and Prince. Tickets to Friday night’s show available here. The next night, on July 28th, the Summer FUNKtion heads to Philadelphia for a performance at World Cafe Live. Saturday night tickets available here.Led by The Chase Brothers, Adam and Matt Chase, the all-star tribute to the Godfather of Soul will also feature Chris Rob (Talib Kweli, Craig Robinson’s Nasty Delicious), Felix Pastorius (Mike Clark, Jeff Coffin), Michelle Willis (David Crosby, Becca Stevens), and Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket, Slavic Soul Party). For the New York City performances, Snarky Puppy‘s Chris Bullock and Justin Stanton will be on hand, while Cory Riker (John Legend, Seal) and James Cage (Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Pharell) will sub in during the next night’s show in Philly.As Adam Chase told Live For Live Music,An argument can be made that without the music of James Brown and Sly and The Family Stone, the world of funk and hip-hop would not be where it is at today, if it existed at all. It is only fitting to bring these two incredible and influential catalogs together for two epic summer throwdowns! With the highly acclaimed and celebrated James Brown tribute, The James Brown Dance Party, and the newly formed tribute to Sly and The Family Stone, A Family Affair, these (indoor and air-conditioned) parties are destined to be the perfect way to stay cool this summer while dialing up the heat all at the same time. To make things even better, the NYC show at NuBlu will be featuring a special DJ set by DJ BOOMTOWN that will celebrate the music of Michael Jackson and Prince.  What could be better than a night filled with James Brown, Sly and The Family Stone, Prince and Michael Jackson?!For more information, head to James Brown Dance Party’s website here.The Summer FUNKtionJuly 27 Nublu – tixJuly 28 World Cafe – tixlast_img read more

Introduce Your Customers to Our Award-Winning Servers

first_imgTop-end PowerEdge solutions cap strong 2017 performance with ‘Server of the Year’ awardsThe latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers were specifically designed for the modernization required to drive IT transformation – and there’s a product to suit almost every business need.Regardless of your customers’ industry, size or workload demands, you’re able to offer them an innovative PowerEdge server solution that will help enable transformation in the most efficient and effective way for their business.Award-Winning Enterprise-Class SolutionsTwo Dell EMC PowerEdge solutions at the enterprise end of our comprehensive portfolio of cutting-edge servers have recently been named as Server Products of the Year 2017 by industry publication IT Pro*.The Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 was awarded Best 1U Server, while the Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd also received the top-tier accolade for Best 2U Server. The awards were judged by IT Pro’s editorial team.Particularly recommended for their “mightily impressive storage options” and “sheer processing power that’s tough to beat” respectively, the R640 and R740xd sit at the mission-critical end of a diverse portfolio of PowerEdge servers that’s proving incredibly popular with organizations of all sizes.They are joined by our top-performing PowerEdge R740 server, which offers exceptional application performance and storage scalability.Advanced Servers, Accelerated BusinessFor customers looking for dense software-defined storage capabilities and faster processing performance for cloud applications, virtualization environments and web tech, these high-end solutions present three great propositions:PowerEdge R640 – Dense, general-purpose scale-out compute nodeThe Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 server offers an ideal mix of density, performance and storage capacity in a 1U/2S platform. With up to 8 NVMe drives, 1.5TB of memory, Intel Xeon Scalable processors and the ability to choose 2.5” or 3.5” drives, R640 can easily adapt to application demands, making it an excellent choice for high-performance computing (HPC) requirements.PowerEdge R740 – General-purpose workhorse, optimized for workload accelerationThe PowerEdge R740 is the perfect workhorse for demanding environments, providing the ideal balance between storage, I/O and application acceleration in a 2U/2S platform. Are your customers running up against processing limits of older generation servers and finding that they need more memory and CPU performance? If they’re looking for an ideal VDI solution or artificial intelligence/machine learning server, steer them towards the R740.PowerEdge R740xd – Optimized for workloads, with incredible local storage flexibility and capacityWith its ability to mix NVMe, SSD and HDD, the PowerEdge R740xd is a superb choice for customers with software-defined storage requirements. An outstanding database server, delivering high IOPS with up to 24 NVMe drives, it delivers the perfect balance of storage scalability, capacity and performance. This is an ideal platform for uncompromising storage performance and data set processing in a 2U/2S form factor.Promote These Award-Winning Products to Your CustomersWe’ve created a whole host of product-focused marketing assets that are specifically designed to help you promote these top-performing Dell EMC PowerEdge products to your customers.Within your Partner Playbook, you can find everything you need to build the business case and drive demand with co-branded emails and 3rd party white papers.  All supported by Battlecards and Quick Reference Guides available on SalesEdge for Channel, to give you all the essential technical specifications information you need. Go to the Partner Playbook now.Access SalesEdge for Channel.* http://www.itpro.co.uk/hardware/30187/the-it-pro-product-of-the-year-awardslast_img read more

NAFCU meets with CFPB on innovation policies, upcoming rules

first_imgMembers of NAFCU’s Government Affairs team met recently with CFPB leaders to discuss the bureau’s ongoing rulemaking efforts and innovation policies to share credit unions’ perspectives on the issues.Last week, NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt and Director of Regulatory Affairs Ann Kossachev met with CFPB Deputy Director Brian Johnson to discuss the bureau’s fall rulemaking agenda, which includes:unfair deceptive, or abuse acts or practices (UDAAP);small business data collection;debt collection; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The SPECS model: Part 3

first_imgSigning up for a service should be easy and not require a phone call or visit. But if more information is desired, a chat, a call, or a follow up request should be intuitive, instant (a nod to the Speed component), and well, easy. Here again is an example of the integration of personalization and digital – through technology channels.Options for assistance/concierge service with switching bank accounts — including guaranteeing no fees or missed bill payments will occur — provides the consumer with vital piece of mind. Such a service would address the perceived daunting hassle of moving accounts, and proactively provide solutions to meet customer needs. That’s Ease.Keep the Change, Round Up Savings, Way2Save and other similar programs make saving automatic and provide appreciated value to the consumer.Making things easy for the consumer is not new, and many examples exist beyond the financial services industry. Grocery stores that offer prepared foods, potentially personalized to your specific liking, take the hassle out of making dinner. Doctor’s offices text you appointment reminders and offer portals to provide ease with communication and scheduling. The “Dummies” brand book series was created to teach virtually any topic with Ease. As technology has, and will continue to overwhelm the consumer with data, the need to make things easy for the consumer has never been greater. The consideration of Ease into strategic decisions and product and services deployment will allow your credit union to provide additional relevance and enhanced distinction for your members. To keep it short and sweet, we’ve created a series of articles to describe each one of the components of our SPECS business model. This is our third article, which will focus on Ease. As a quick refresh, or for those of you reading for the first time…GCS has identified the following five components leaders must consider in driving, and maintaining, relevance and distinction in the marketplace based on years of qualitative and quantitative consumer research. The components are called SPECS, as they reflect:The core SPECS are specifications to engage consumers and earn their loyalty.SPECS describes the components to services and products that consumers desire.Finally, SPECS is an acronym created to describe the balance between technology and the personal touch. SPECS provides the structure with which to enhance differentiation and value beyond price. Innovating around the SPECS will help organizations enrich the user experience and drive greater consumer engagement.So, what are the SPECS?Speed,Personalization,Ease,Control, andSecurityTo briefly recap, Speed is the heightened need for immediacy that new technologies are designed to provide, and today’s consumer demands. Access to financial information 24/7 and real-time balances online and through the app provide the member with instant information and service. Outside of financial services, overnight, free delivery options when ordering online and 2-hour grocery deliveries provide convenience and further influence the consumers’ desire for “now” service.Personalization is individualized, customized, and, well, personal to each member. Both human and tech-based, Personalization is the fulfillment of the wants and needs specific to each consumer. Amazon offers suggestions, Netflix suggests shows and Yelp recommends restaurants. Progressive Insurance lets consumers’ “name their own price.” CUs must tailor products and offers through digital and personal insights. (Think customized outreach to members who pay excessive surcharge fees when a free option is nearby.) With rapidly changing competitor advances, consumers today demand more than ever. Incorporating Speed, Personalization and the other SPECS components into R&D strategies and service delivery will build and sustain member loyalty.E = EaseThe third component to GCS’ SPECS model is Ease. Ease refers to the consumers’ desire to enjoy a pain-free journey that is simple and friction-free. Ease requires minimal effort, time or knowledge. Ease means a digital experience consistent throughout, where website and mobile mirror each other, and complexity and unknowns are largely eliminated. Easy means the consumer just doesn’t have to “think” about it. Simply put: how easy are you to do business with … and in what ways can you make doing so even easier?The SPECS are not mutually exclusive and often overlap. While Ease means no hassle as well as responsive and knowledgeable, Ease is also fast and personalized. Ease is an advocate who looks after you, a “go-to” person who answers your questions, and offers quick solutions that are accurate, and require little to no consumer effort. Ease also means worry-free; so trustworthiness is included as a component here.Easy also means accessible. ATM, branch and mobile access are obvious requirements — can I have an ATM in my car please — but so are simple-to-execute inter- and intra-financial institution transactions, and credit score access and management. Online account and loan applications providing the option of an entirely online experience and/or the ability to complete online and then allow setting a personal appointment offers the Ease of consumer choice. Dr. Neil Goldman is Senior Partner of Goldman Consulting & Strategy (GCS, Inc.), an organizational development and marketing research firm founded in 2002, working primarily with credit unions. He also … Web: https://www.gcsfirst.com Details 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neil Goldmanlast_img read more

Denial, and Resignation, From Trump and a Handful of Aides

first_imgSince early Wednesday morning, when Mr. Trump angrily declared the election to be a “fraud” on the public, he has been mostly ensconced in the Oval Office or the presidential residence, watching television coverage and brooding.Besides his children, he has spoken by phone and at the White House with a coterie of advisers, including the former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, his deputy campaign manager, Justin Clark, his adviser Hope Hicks, and Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.- Advertisement – As he played golf on Saturday, aides said, Mr. Trump was surprisingly calm, given the news he had received upon his arrival. But he had not yet begun to watch television news coverage of Mr. Biden’s victory.Aides cited things they believed Mr. Trump could point to as accomplishments even in defeat, including getting the second-most votes in American history and drawing a new batch of voters into the Republican Party. Vice President Mike Pence spent part of Friday in the Oval Office with Mr. Trump, but the president’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who tested positive for the coronavirus the day after the election, has been working remotely on the campaign’s current legal challenges.Mr. Trump’s advisers had succeeded in persuading his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to stand down from some of public allegations about fraud. But Mr. Giuliani called Mr. Trump directly to appeal to him, and the president signed off on a news conference outside a landscaping company in Philadelphia that started Saturday morning just after news outlets called the presidential race for Mr. Biden.Some aides were candid with Mr. Trump that there was not much of a path forward, even though they said they would continue on. Only a few had seemed resistant to the idea that Mr. Biden was likely to win, including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, people who spoke with Mr. Trump said.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more