With practice set to start for U women, Whalen is ‘energized’

There is so much coach Lindsay Whalen doesn’t know yet.

Not long ago the coronavirus threatened to stop the 2020-21 Gophers women’s basketball season before it started. Even now, with official practices set to start Wednesday, Whalen doesn’t know yet what the shortened, probably five-game preseason will look like. Or when, precisely, the official Big Ten Conference season will begin.

And yet, her overriding emotion as official practices commence?

“I would say energized,” Whalen said.

Whalen is about to enter her third season. Last year a promising start was waylaid by some internal strife — manifesting in the suspension and, ultimately, the transfer of leading scorer Destiny Pitts — leading to a 16-15 record.

But this team feels different.

Whalen and her staff have put an added emphasis on culture. For a team with three starters returning, this season’s Gophers will look far different.

There is the influx of a

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Analysis: Swiatek, younger set thriving in women’s tennis

Iga Swiatek took note when Naomi Osaka was accumulating three Grand Slam trophies by age 22.

Swiatek also was paying attention, of course, when Bianca Andreescu won her first major at 19. And when Sofia Kenin added her name to the list of Slam champions at 21.

“For sure, it’s, like, inspiring. I know that there are no limits,” Swiatek, still just 19 herself, said Saturday after winning the French Open for the first tour-level title of her nascent career. “Even though you’re really young, and you’re an underdog, you can do a lot in a sport like tennis.”

The old guard of men’s tennis has been holding off the kids for years and years, with Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal in the French Open final Sunday just the latest example of the Big Three’s hold on that segment of the sport. For the women, there is a whole new

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Swiatek, younger set thriving in women’s tennis

Iga Swiatek took note when Naomi Osaka was accumulating three Grand Slam trophies by age 22.



Poland's Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)


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Poland’s Iga Swiatek, suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at the age of 19, poses with her trophy during a photo call on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, after winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Swiatek also was paying attention, of course, when Bianca Andreescu won her first major at 19. And when Sofia Kenin added her name to the list of Slam champions at 21.

“For sure, it’s, like, inspiring. I know that there are no limits,” Swiatek, still just 19 herself, said Saturday after winning the French Open for the first tour-level title of her nascent career. “Even though you’re really

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New Lord Of The Rings And The Hobbit 4K Gift Set Contains Extended And Theatrical Trilogy

October is barely underway, but the holiday season is well within view: Amazon has nonchalantly posted–and later removed–a new listing for a Lord of the Rings gift set of the full Peter Jackson trilogy in 4K UHD and digital available for $140. The set is currently up for pre-order but does not yet have a release date. There was also a standard 4K set available for $90. Both sets contain both the extended and theatrical cuts of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

The links are gone now, but they may reappear on Amazon Prime Day, which takes place on October 13. Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in LOTR announced the release of the three films along with all The Hobbit movies in a recent video.

As is usually the case with Amazon pre-orders, if you’re at all interested it would

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Rostelecom announces RUB 10 bln Bond placement Coupon rate set at 6.3% per annum

Rostelecom announces RUB 10 bln Bond placement
Coupon rate set at 6.3% per annum

Moscow, Russia – October 7, 2020 – Rostelecom PJSC (MOEX: RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY), the largest integrated digital service provider in Russia, today announces the placement of its 002P-05R* series bonds at a coupon rate of 6.3% per annum. The bonds have a total nominal value of RUB 10 billion, maturity of 5 years and a nominal value of RUB 1,000 each. The 002P-05R series Rostelecom bonds are expected to be placed on the Moscow Exchange (MOEX) on 14.10.2020.

Funds raised from the bond placement are expected to be used for refinancing purposes. The lead arranger of the offering is Region broker.

Sergei Anokhin, Senior VP and CFO of Rostelecom:

“Management reiterates our major goal of maintaining a comfortable debt structure by increasing the cheaper, long-term debt portion of our debt portfolio. It is clear there

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Bugatti could set revenue record in 2020, but will delay second model, company president says

Bugatti is still making bank.

The VW Group-owned hypercar maker could set a record year for revenue in 2020 despite the global economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but is still feeling its effects.

Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann told Bloomberg that plans for a second model that would slot in below its $3 million Chiron hypercar have been put on hold.

“We had talks about a second-model lineup,” Winkelmann told the outlet. “This was now blocked due to the coronavirus crisis; we’re not talking about what’s coming next.”

This is the second time this year the VW Group-owned automaker has announced a development delay for the new vehicle, which a company source told Automotive News would be neither a sedan or SUV.

“We want to do something

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Patrick Nesbitt’s $55million, 20-acre European-style polo estate in Montecito is set for auction

  • Windsor Capital Group’s chief executive Patrick Nesbitt is selling his 20-acre Montecito, California, estate
  • The property features a 128ft infinity-edge pool with a surrounding sun deck, 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms
  • Its 10-acre ‘European-style’ polo estate has a custom equestrian sculpture and was in the 2009 Radar video

Hotelier and chief executive of the Windsor Capital Group Patrick Nesbitt’s 20-acre estate where Britney Spears filmed her 2009 Radar video is set to be auctioned.

The sprawling property once valued at $65million will be sold to the highest bidder with no reserve through Concierge Auctions on November 16 to 19.

Earlier this year Mr Nesbitt reduced the asking price for the Montecito, California, estate to $55million, having been trying to sell it since 2016.

The ocean-viewing property is described as ‘an elegant, European-style polo estate’, complete with a 10-acre regulation polo field, custom equestrian sculpture, 17-horse barn, clubhouse and terraces.

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Wedding Movie Maker Set to Disrupt the Wedding Industry with Their Mobile App

Video service company, Wedding Movie Maker, launches a solution to restricted gatherings at weddings with their user-friendly app

Wedding Movie Maker is looking to create memorable weddings like never before as the company recently introduced a mobile app to help couples and their guests enjoy and capture every second of the day while adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. The wedding video app has been described as a pure genius due to its amazing features and benefits for couples and their loved ones.

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to ravage the world and the wedding industry remains one of the worst-hit sectors. However, different stakeholders in the industry have been reacting to the pandemic with the introduction of a wide range of innovative solutions to ensure that couples and their guests get the best possible experience that is intimate, meaningful, and emotional. One company that seems to be championing the revolution

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The Beauty Brand Set To Rival The Ordinary

Gallery: 8 eco-friendly wet wipe alternatives (Prima (UK))

Three years ago, the arrival of skincare brand The Ordinary proved a gamechanger for skincare aficionados offering holy grail ingredients like retinol and vitamin C for less than a fiver.



Meet Q+A skincare, the latest budget-friendly beauty brand that's set to rival brands such as the ordinary and beauty pie. Here's the Women's Health verdict.


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Meet Q+A skincare, the latest budget-friendly beauty brand that’s set to rival brands such as the ordinary and beauty pie. Here’s the Women’s Health verdict.

Like-minded players then started to blaze the same trail with Beauty Pie, GOW and The Inkey List all offering impressive skincare ranges at around the £10 mark. Products took pride of place in every discerning woman’s bathroom cabinet quicker than you could say ‘hyaluronic acid.’

It was only a matter of time, then, before a new budget-friendly range landed on the beauty block. Enter Q+A skincare, the ‘cheap as chips’ skincare brand with impressive eco-credentials to boot. Oh and did we

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Swiggy’s cloud kitchen model is set to transform dining

When food delivery startup Swiggy started cloud kitchens three years ago, it was a sideshow in its food delivery business. The concept caught on as restaurant brands that had a following in one area could expand easily into new localities or even other cities. Investment in real estate was reduced because these kitchens could be smaller and didn’t need premium locations, apart from doing away with seating and the staff for serving.

Various models arose. Some introduced cloud kitchens in addition to restaurants for expansion, like Chennai’s Buhari becoming available in Coimbatore. Others like Rebel Foods created fully virtual brands that only came from dark kitchens. This became a new real estate and services play as restaurants only had to provide cooking staff while everything else, including cleaning and maintenance, could be outsourced.

Cloud kitchens caught a new impetus after the covid pandemic struck this year. Now even high-end restaurants

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