Serena Williams’ coach reveals what kept the tennis champ going through injuries

(CNN)Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, says the tennis great is “pain-free” and ready to make a run for breaking the Grand Slam win record. “‘I think she is in a good place at the moment,’ Mouratoglou said at Wimbledon this week. ‘She is happy. She has a house here, her husband is here. Her daugher is here and she is pain free now for three weeks so she feels so much lighter.” The 49-year-old has been Williams’ coach for seven years, and says chasing the Grand Slam record has kept Williams going through the pain. “But 24, it will mean she will equal the record of all time. Then she will have only one more to go to beat it …

Greek elections: Victory for New Democracy party signals end of left-wing populism

Athens, Greece (CNN)With 75% of the vote counted, the center-right New Democracy party was on track to win the first national elections since Greece exited a bailout regime a year ago, signaling a clean break with years of firebrand populism and a return to mainstream politics. Mitsotakis will be sworn in as prime minister at 1 p.m. Monday (6 a.m. ET). The results suggest a complete reversal of fortunes in Greece, with a return to a party that has been a pillar of Greece’s pre-bailout establishment. Initial projections for the ruling Syriza, Coalition of the Radical Left party, give it 31.6% of the vote. In May, Syriza called a snap election after suffering a major blow in European Parliament elections. …

Farmers could be paid to protect the environment

Originally ministers had proposed two new grant schemes, but the latest proposal rolls them into one. Boris Johnson wants say in spending post-Brexit aid cash Farmers and landowners suspicious of ‘rewilding’ scheme Welsh food producers have ‘major post-Brexit worries’ The Sustainable Farming Scheme will pay out for work to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create habitats for wildlife and improve water quality. Farms will be visited by an adviser who will draw up a contract based on the environmental benefits they agree the farmer is, or could be delivering. They will be rewarded for new environmental work – like planting new woodlands – but also for maintaining and enhancing what is already there. Farmers will also be able to access a …

Welsh jokes ‘like Islamophobia and anti-Semitism’

“If we talk about Islamophobia, if we talk about anti-Semitism, it is the same kind of issue that society has to deal with,” he said. “As a Welsh speaker I didn’t find it particularly funny.” But the Muslim Council of Wales said that while it shared Mr Roberts’s concerns about “denigration and prejudice” directed towards the Welsh language, “comparisons to Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination are often unhelpful and misleading”. A spokesman added: “It is wiser to recognise the specific histories and experiences of inequality in order to better challenge them.” Skip Twitter post by @omid9 Good point well made — Omid Djalili (@omid9) June 30, 2019 The tweet by 53-year-old Londoner Djalili sparked a barrage of responses. Some …

Killers face parole refusal over hidden bodies

Helen’s Law campaign The government’s confirmation of plans for the law follows a meeting between Mrs McCourt and Mr Gauke in May. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said: “‘Helen’s Law’ will place a legal duty on the Parole Board to reflect the failure to disclose the site of a victim’s remains when considering a prisoner’s suitability for release.” A spokesman added: “The government is acting to acknowledge the particular anguish faced by families who do not have the chance to lay their loved ones to rest.” How Ian Brady got access to teenagers in jail New police search in Suzy Lamplugh case Postcard plea over 1984 unsolved murder Mrs McCourt said she was very pleased Mr Gauke “has now confirmed …

Pregnant teenager detergent attackers jailed

A court previously heard Pearson had searched “how to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy” on his phone and then orchestrated the attack because he did not want to become a father. He told the pregnant victim “it didn’t have to be like this” as his two accomplices punched, stamped and kicked the girl on her stomach, back and chest, then ripped off one of her nails and poured alcohol over her face. Despite the attack, the child survived. ‘Shameful attack’ Pearson, of Harlesden, and McKenna, of Park Royal in Ealing, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and perverting the course of justice. Charges of administering poison with intent to procure miscarriage, false imprisonment and …

Virginia Republicans Abruptly Adjourn Legislative Session On Guns

in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election. But not a single vote was cast on the legislation. Republican leaders said the session was premature and politically motivated. They assigned the state’s bipartisan crime commission to study policy proposals that might have prevented the shooting. It was a familiar outcome in a stalled debate that plays out yearly in Virginia on an issue that has divided the nation for more than two decades. “This is just a complete, disgraceful act of cowardice by the Republicans … And I think it’s going to backfire on them,” he said. Richard Keene, a 51-year-old gun owner from Chesterfield, …

UK ambassador to US resigns in Trump leaks row

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May and Jeremy Corbyn pay tribute to Sir Kim Darroch’s service Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, as a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump’s administration escalates. Theresa May said Sir Kim’s departure was “a matter of deep regret” after the ambassador said it was “impossible” for him to continue. Meanwhile, one minister said Boris Johnson had thrown Sir Kim “under a bus” by not fully supporting him. President Trump said on Monday that the US would not deal with Sir Kim. The US president had branded him “a very stupid guy” after emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration “clumsy and …

Tory leader candidates face Scottish members

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt on Scotland Union under great strain, Lidington warns The hustings in Perth was the latest in a series of events around the UK which see the two candidates make a speech to local members before taking questions from a host and the audience. Party members should receive their ballots in the coming days, with the winner to be announced on 23 July. A YouGov survey of Conservative members in June suggested that a majority would prefer Brexit to go ahead even if it caused Scottish independence, while another opinion poll suggested that a majority of Scots could back independence if Mr Johnson became prime minister. A series of senior politicians have come forward to voice …

San Francisco Man Gored In Neck At Pamplona’s Running Of The Bulls

running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, during the A 46-year-old San Francisco man was gored in the neck at the bullring at the end of the run, and his condition and prognosis were undergoing surgery Sunday, The Associated Press reported. The Spanish man, 40, and a 23-year-old from  Three others suffered becomes distracted or lost.  minor injuries. Revelers, usually dressed in white with red kerchiefs, tend to drink prodigious amounts of wine during the festival. The ones who join the bulls chant three times before the running begins, asking Saint Fermin to guide and bless them. Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Something About This Sea Star Would Really Appeal To Sir Mix-A-Lot

The pic that Twitter user @BabyShouJo posted on Sunday shows a vermillion sea star showing off what look like very ample “assets.” Sir Mix-a-Lot — but  USA Today that the so-called “butt” is  “Since the sea star is oriented vertically, gravity is causing its internal components to slump.” Vermillion sea stars are typically found near low-tide lines and on the rocky sea bottom in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Baja California to Alaska, according to The sea star may not really possess a booty, but the internet still grabbed on to the photo — no ifs, ands or buts about it.   HuffPost reached out to Sir Mix-a-Lot because, under the circumstances, wouldn’t you? Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE …

Stowaways hiding in airplanes risk falling or freezing to death. But that doesn’t stop them from trying

(CNN)A man was sunbathing in his London garden when a body hit the ground feet away from him. People can die — and not only from falling Stowaways face countless risks throughout the entire flight. After sneaking into the wheel well of a plane — the most common method of stowing away –they can get crushed when the landing gear starts going in. There’s not much room; in many aircraft it’s even smaller than the trunk of a car. Things just get worse as the flight reaches higher altitudes. The oxygen levels become extremely low and stowaways struggle to keep conscious. During the flight, temperatures outside an airplane also drop dramatically. They can drop as low as 75 or 80 …

Police cuts ‘contribute to feeling of lawlessness’

The cuts along with the “virtual destruction” of neighbourhood policing and the “undermining” of powers – such as stop and search – had taken their toll, they said. The retired officers said the next prime minister will “inherit the urgent task of restoring confidence”. But they did not believe it could be restored by what they describe as a “fragmented” system comprising more than 40 territorial police forces. The rebuke comes after the chief inspector of constabulary warned public safety could be at risk unless urgent reforms are made. In his annual assessment of policing in England and Wales, Sir Thomas Winsor said there had been a 19% drop in police funding since 2010-11. “There are indications that some forces …

Deutsche Bank could cut up to 20,000 jobs

However, both banks concluded that the deal was too risky, fearing the costs of combining might have outweighed the benefits. German banking giants abandon merger talks Deutsche Bank raided over money laundering Chief executive Christian Sewing, who took on the top job just over a year ago, told shareholders at the annual general meeting in May that he would “accelerate transformation” by focusing the bank on “profitable and growing” businesses. “I can assure you: we’re prepared to make tough cutbacks,” he said. Resignation The 20,000 job cuts would be equivalent to a fifth of the company’s global workforce. With almost 8,000 staff, London is the home of its biggest investment operations. Deutsche Bank has been struggling for years with the …