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Pensioners ‘retired into a very different world’ – Britons urged to plan ahead now

BRITONS have been warned of a changing retirement landscape, as people in the UK continue to live longer and require more pension savings to be able to enjoy a comfortable life in retirement. The number of people aged 90 and over grew once again to an all time high in 2020 and a leading retirement analyst has cautioned that people retiring today are entering a different world than 40 years ago.

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O’Brien hails retired St Mark’s Basilica

Aidan O’Brien hailed St Mark’s Basilica as “possibly the best horse we have ever had” after Coolmore announced the multiple Group One winner has been retired to stud.

Last year’s European champion two-year-old after rounding off his juvenile campaign with victory in the Dewhurst at Newmarket, the Siyouni colt picked up where he left off by claiming Classic glory in the French 2000 Guineas.

He landed another Classic win in the French Derby before beating his elders for the first time in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown – seeing off subsequent Juddmonte International hero Mishriff in dominant style.

Having missed a rematch with Mishriff at York due to a leg injury, St Mark’s Basilica made it four from four for the season in an epic renewal of the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

But O’Brien revealed last week his star colt had not yet returned to full work, with the injury suffered pre-Leopardstown again causing problems, and it was confirmed on Monday afternoon he had run his final race.

O’Brien said in a statement posted on the Coolmore website: “St Mark’s Basilica is possibly the best horse we have ever had in Ballydoyle.

“He relaxes and quickens and has all the determination from Galileo and all the speed from Siyouni.”

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Coolmore’s David O’Loughlin said: “He’s the most exciting prospect we’ve retired from Ballydoyle since his late grandfather Galileo.

“European Champion Two-Year-Old, the highest-rated three-year-old in the world, a 1.3million guineas yearling by a top sire in Siyouni, a half-brother to another brilliant horse in Magna Grecia, both out of Galileo’s group-winning two-year-old Cabaret.

“He has everything and he’ll get terrific support from his owners’ broodmare band too.”

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Gov. Greg Abbott names former aide to retired House Speaker Dennis Bonnen

Gov. Greg Abbott[2] on Thursday named Will McAdams, president of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas and a former aide at the Texas Capitol, to the board of the Public Utility Commission.

This is the governor’s first nomination to the board of the agency that oversees the state’s power grid after all three of the previous board members resigned in the aftermath of February’s deadly power outages that left millions without electricity in subfreezing temperatures.

McAdams will need to be confirmed by the state Senate.

“Will McAdams will bring a fresh perspective and outstanding leadership to the Public Utility Commission of Texas,” Abbott said in a statement. “Will’s wealth of experience in public service and state government make him the ideal leader to carry out the PUC’s mission to protect customers, foster competition, and promote high quality infrastructure across Texas. Will is committed to charting a new course for the commission and restoring trust with Texans. I am confident that he will lead the agency with integrity and transparency and I urge the Senate to confirm Will’s appointment.”

McAdams used to work as an aide to former House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and for multiple state senators. Before that, McAdams served as an infantry officer in the Army.

The governor appoints nominees to the three-member Public Utility Commission board. The PUC oversees the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Abbott has criticized ERCOT for the state’s power grid failure in February. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick[3], meanwhile, has criticized the PUC and has called on Abbott to shake up the agency[4].

“His experience suggests he understands the electric industry. The question is, will he stand up to the industry and vigorously work to protect consumers and the environment?” said Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas. “The PUC is a shipwreck right now. “

The agency has come under fire after the widespread electricity blackouts left nearly 200 Texans dead, according to the Houston Chronicle[5].

The three previous PUC commissioners resigned after Patrick and lawmakers called for their resignations when the PUC would not retroactively adjust the price of power in the electricity market during the winter storm. Experts said such a move could make things worse[6], and it remains unclear how readjusting the price of power during the winter storm would impact Texas electricity consumers.

An independent market monitor found that ERCOT unnecessarily charged $ 16 billion to power companies and others over a 32-hour period during the freeze when electricity prices were left high. The monitor recommended energy sold during that period be repriced at a lower rate, which would allow ERCOT to claw back about $ 4.2 billion in payments. Outgoing ERCOT CEO Bill Magness insisted the high prices were necessary to incentivize generators to send power to the grid and to keep big customers from turning their power back on and increasing demand.


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Still got it: Retired Olympic gymnastics champ Sevastyanova wows fans with stretching skills

Prominent Russian rhythmic gymnast Karolina Sevastyanova has impressed her fans by proving she’s still in top form – despite retiring from professional sport almost nine years ago.

The 25-year-old posted a picture of herself stretching on a balcony, proudly demonstrating vertical standing splits and showing her pencil-straight leg lines.

I can still do it,” Sevastyanova captioned the photograph, referring to the fact that she is remains capable of performing gymnastics elements despite quitting sport.

The gymnast, who announced her retirement right after winning the 2012 Olympic gold in the team event, was recently embroiled in a controversy after talking about her charity activities.

During a question-and-answer session with her fans, the world and Olympic winner explained that she doesn’t want to help mothers who have many children and experience money problems, because it was “their choice and responsibility to have many kids.”

Her comments triggered an uproar on social media, with critics accusing the former athlete of arrogance and disrespect for women who struggle with their lives.

Responding to the criticism, Sevastyanova said that “this is fully her responsibility to choose whom to help,” adding that the users who lashed out at her over her remarks were predominantly male.

Apparently they are unable to do anything in their life. And they have become offended by my unwillingness to feed them,” she said.

Sevastyanova is one of the most discussed gymnasts in Russia, with her Instagram account amassing more than 620,000 followers.

Residents of the Commonwealth of Independent States who took part in a poll conducted during the London Olympics named her the most beautiful female athlete participating in that year’s games.


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UFC supremo Dana White admits defeat in bid

Five months after Khabib Nurmagomedov announced he was stepping away from the octagon, Dana White has finally recognized his UFC retirement in an emotional shared announcement – with a May clash set to decide the new champion.

UFC president White has admitted defeat after his latest meeting with former lightweight king Nurmagomedov, accepting the Russian’s shock retirement which he first declared after putting away Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October.

Nurmagomedov emotionally revealed in the octagon that he would be stepping away in order to honor a promise he had made to his mother, although he went out in fitting style with a stunning second-round triangle choke submission against the dangerous Gaethje.

Having lost his father, Abdulmanap, to complications arising from Covid-19 last summer, Nurmagomedov opted not to continue without his life-long coach by his side, ending a 29-0 career that saw him talked of as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time .

Still, this hadn’t deterred White from attempting to lure the American Kickboxing Academy star into one last dance, with everything from a superfight with Georges St-Pierre to a scrap with current welterweight ruler Kamaru Usman entertained.

Some five months later, however, with the lightweight division held up in the meantime, White has given up on his quest, taking to social media late on Thursday night to face facts alongside a photo of the pair together.

“29-0 it is,” accepted White. “He is 100 percent officially retired. It was incredible to watch you work. Thank you for everything and enjoy whatever is next, my friend.”

An hour later, Khabib shared the same snap on Instagram with his own message to his former boss and those responsible for his rise to the top.

“It was a good dinner with some great people. [Dana], thank you so much, brother, and the entire UFC team for the opportunity to prove myself. You guys have changed many lives forever because of this sport.

“Dana – I’ll never forget your attitude towards me, my father did not forget and my sons will remember you. Today there was a real conversation between real men.

“Thank you to all my team, sparring partners and all the fans. I hope you will accept my decision and understand me.”

In a fawning appraisal, Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, lauded his fighter’s career and called White “the godfather of MMA” and “big brother”.

“This is the best I have seen between Khabib and Dana,” he said of the meeting. “I have never seen a relationship like this between a fighter and promoter.

“They never argued, they never fought and never complained about each other. Nothing but pure class between the both of them.

“I am a little sad that my brother is leaving the sport, but the Eagle will always sore in the sky. The greatest fighter on the planet.”

Wasting no time, White then revealed to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will face off for the now-vacant lightweight strap on at UFC 262 on May 15.

“Let’s go!” demanded the Brazilian on Twitter, while his Nashville native foe delivered his trademark exclamation of “see you at the top!”

Having previously trying and failing to convince Khabib to come out of retirement, former Bellator MMA champion Chandler has also talked down Oliveira’s prospects of dominating their weight class.

“The only question I would pose about Charles Oliveira is he’s not a large 155’er,” he told MMA Fighting.

“He’s not a very powerful guy. He’s not a very physically strong guy or overly athletically gifted guy.

“I like Charles Oliveira’s style in the fact that he trots forward, his striking has gotten better, he’s extremely slick with his jiu-jitsu.”

Still, riding an eight-fight winning streak that included Tony Ferguson’s scalp last time out, the São Paulo scrapper will fancy his chances.

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