Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing. After his thrilling fight in April against Anthony Joshua ended in defeat at Wembley, the Ukrainian has decided to hang up his gloves at the age of 41. Klitschko fought a staggering 69 times - winning 64 - since he turned pro in 1996 and, despite ending with a loss, leaves the sport as legend. Born Wladimir Wladimirowitsch Klitschko in the former Soviet Union in 1976, he stands at 6ft 6in with a reach of over two metres. His elder brother Vitali was also a heavyweight world champion before he retired to focus on his burgeoning political career. He is now the Mayor of Kiev. Nicknamed 'Dr Steelhammer', Wladimir won Olympic gold 16 years before Joshua did the same in London. His achievements in the ring are well known: He lost for the first time in his 25th fight to Ross Puritty before bouncing back to win his first world title against Chris Byrd in 2000. He reigned for three years until he ran into Corrie Sanders and was beaten again the … [Read more...] about Wladimir Klitschko retired: Meet the Olympic champ, speaker of four languages and philanthropist with the Hollywood fiancee
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Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister of Ethiopia, has come under pressure to appear before the media in Oslo this week when he collects the Nobel peace prize on Tuesday. Senior officials of the Norwegian Nobel Institute have said the 2019 winner’s refusal to attend any event where he could be asked questions publicly is “highly problematic”. Olav Njoelstad, the secretary of the Nobel committee, said it would “very much have wanted Abiy to engage with the press during his stay in Oslo”. “We strongly believe that freedom of expression and a free and independent press are vital components of peace … Moreover, some former Nobel peace prize laureates have received the prize in recognition of their efforts in favour of these very rights and freedoms,” he said. Nobel peace prize laureates traditionally hold a news conference a day before the official ceremony, but Abiy has told the Norwegian Nobel Committee he does not intend to do so. Neither will … [Read more...] about Nobel peace prize winner Abiy Ahmed embroiled in media row
Claim: Boris Johnson has suggested that Brexit is going to bring such optimism and joy to the country there will be a baby boom, and claimed that it will parallel a previous rise in births after the 2012 Olympics. Background In an interview with the Sunday Times, the prime minister claimed that “Cupid’s darts will fly once we get Brexit done” and “romance will bloom across the whole nation”. He said there had been a baby boom “after the Olympics, as I correctly prophesied in a speech in 2012”. Johnson is fond of such claims. When mayor of London, he claimed the “euphoria” in the wake of Team GB’s success at the 2012 Olympic games had led to a surge in births not seen in the capital since 1967, the year after England won the football World Cup. Reality Across the UK, the number of babies born in 2013 was down on 2012, so no Olympic baby boom there, according to the Office for National Statistics. ONS tables for England, Wales, … [Read more...] about Will getting Brexit done create another baby boom in the UK?
It’s not quite Christmas yet, but Tess Daly needs no encouragement to slip into festive mode for our photo shoot. Having decided her first dress isn’t quite glitzy enough for Christmas, she emerges from the dressing room poured into sparkly purple bodycon. ‘I look like a Quality Street,’ she laughs as we fling festive confetti in her direction. ‘That, by the way, is a very good thing,’ she adds. Speaking of chocolate, any chat with Tess involves a lot of sweet talk. ‘I eat healthily 80% of the time, I always take my vitamins, but chocolate is love,’ she says, turning her nose up at the watery vegan cheesecake on offer for lunch and wondering if there’s a shop nearby to grab a bar of Green & Black’s. ‘I have a very sweet tooth, so I can’t wait for all the treats at Christmas – chocolate in stockings, pudding and brandy butter, mince pies… mmmm…’ She trails off, leaving us pondering how … [Read more...] about Tess Daly can’t stand watching herself on Strictly because of way her face looks
Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has defied her doctor's orders and put on a brave face as she returned to the judging panel just four days after having her DD breast implants removed. The TV judge, 59, went under the knife on Tuesday for the four-and-a-half hour operation to have her breasts reduced back to their natural A-cup, and it appeared she was still in the midst of recovery as she gingerly made her way down the stairs. Shirley's appearance comes as the remaining nine couples took to the dancefloor after a week fraught with drama, as contestant Will Bayley was forced to withdraw from the competition, and pro Neil Jones was once again replaced by Kevin Clifton. Grand arrival: Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has defied her doctor's orders and returned to the judging panel just four days after having her DD breast implants removed Shirley looked sensational as she headed towards the panel in preparation to judge the remaining nine couples. … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing: Shirley Ballas puts on a brave face as she gingerly returns to the judging panel just FOUR DAYS after having her DD breast implants removed