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The 20-time Grand Slam champion pulls out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics ‘after listening to my body.Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics acc to w7b.org he took the decision after consultations with his team in a bid to prolong his career.

“I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss(ing) it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” Nadal posted on his Twitter account on Thursday.

Earlier this month, the 35-year-old Spaniard was knocked out of the French Open at the semi-final stage by eventual winner Novak Djokovic.

Nadal said the two-week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon Tennis – which starts on June 28 – was not enough time for him to recuperate after a demanding clay-court season where he played in five tournaments. The Tokyo Olympics kicks off on July 23.

“The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the maximum level of competition,” Nadal, twice a Wimbledon champion, said.

Nadal has won two gold medals at the Olympics – a singles title in 2008 in Beijing and a doubles gold at Rio 2016, where he was the flag bearer for Spain.

“The Olympic Games always meant a lot and they were always a priority as a sports person, I found the spirit that every sportsperson in the world wants to live,” Nadal said.

“I personally had the chance to live three of them and had the honor to be the flag bearer for my country.”

Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon
Meanwhile later on Thursday, Japanese star Naomi Osaka also decided to withdraw from Wimbledon, her agent confirmed, weeks after the world number two pulled out of the French Open citing her struggle with depression and anxiety.

“Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year,” Osaka’s agent Stuart Duguid said in an email to AFP. “She is taking some personal time with friends and family. “She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans,” Duguid added.

Osaka has been in the spotlight since withdrawing from the French Open. She was fined $15,000 and threatened with disqualification from Roland Garros after she refused to honor mandatory media commitments.

French Open organizers protested that they had treated her with “care and respect” after they were accused of being heavy-handed. Osaka lost in the third round of Wimbledon in 2017 and 2018 and bowed out in the first round in 2019.

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Bloomex is a flower delivery service that has been operating since 1999. First, as a traditional retail flower business, Bloomex first opened its doors in the city of Toronto, Canada, and has since taken roots in numerous production facilities all across the country. Bloomex continues to be one of the largest, most popular florists in Canada and one of the most reputable online flower delivery services.

 

In the last two decades, Bloomex has continued to grow, expanding into the virtual world of online flower delivery to make sending flowers easier for their customers. Their current offerings (in addition to traditional flower offerings) include non-flower gifts, such as chocolate and wine, as accompaniments to flower arrangements, or colorful planters that are also available for delivery.

 

Being in the flower delivery business for so many years, Bloomex knows and understands their customers well and that their customers appreciate the finest flower arrangements at fair prices. Bloomex accepts orders over the phone to their head office and through their helpful website checkout process. They have also adapted their customer service to be able to handle customer questions and resolve issues through their live chat feature on their website, and via phone and email. Bloomex takes all customer complaints very seriously and expedites all feedback to their customer service department in order to correct all issues.

 

Bloomex truly cares about their customer experience and understands that mistakes happen during delivery. They offer a fair product replacement policy if products do not meet customers’ satisfaction and take the best efforts to make changes to orders even after they have already been placed. Especially in the flower industry where floral arrangements are given for highly important occasions, Bloomex makes it their priority to work with you to deliver the product you want and need.

 

In recent years, the company has also expanded its reach to Australia and the United States due to its innovative business model. Their processes involve partnering with various local florists to ensure the variety and volume of flowers are ready for delivery. Cutting out the middleman allows the company to offer unbeatable prices for high-quality flower arrangements, which also allows them to save time on flower deliveries themselves.

 

In this way, Bloomex is able to offer highly competitive prices, making them a strong competitor in Canada’s flower market and abroad. For your upcoming flower needs, look no further than Bloomex to send the ultimate gift!

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Biden, Harris urge vaccinations as US looks likely to miss July 4 target

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The United States seems unlikely to hit Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults receive at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by July 4

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday urged Americans to get Covid-19 shots, as the country looks likely to miss the White House’s goals for vaccination next month as a new coronavirus variant triggered serious concerns.

“Act now, act now,” Biden said in remarks at the White House, urging the unvaccinated to talk to their family and friends who have had shots and to their doctors.

Deaths and hospitalizations are going “drastically down in places where people are getting vaccinated,” but not other areas, Biden said. “They’re actually going up in some places.”

At the current pace, the United States seems unlikely to hit Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults receive at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by July 4, the Independence Day holiday.

As of Friday, around 65.1% of people in the United States had gotten at least one shot, and that mark has increased by less than one percentage point over the past two weeks.

That pace would have to more than double over the next two weeks for the United States to hit the target.

The White House had no immediate comment on the possibility of missing the July 4, 70% goal. Currently, only 15 states and Washington, DC have achieved that level.

US government data show a political divide as well, with states won by former president Donald Trump lagging well behind in vaccination rates than those won by Biden.

“When you get the vaccine for yourself, that means that you will not possibly pass it on to somebody else in general because you’re unlikely to get Covid,” Harris said during a vaccination drive at Atlanta’s famed Ebenezer Baptist Church.

“Isn’t that an extension of love thy neighbor?” she said, to which several in the audience responded, “Amen!”

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The United States has administered 300 million Covid-19 vaccinations in 150 days, a White House official said on Friday ahead of Biden’s speech.

First lady Jill Biden and other officials have mounted a campaign-style push to encourage more Americans to get shots, using public appearances, local media interviews and advertisements to dispel lingering concerns.

Officials said Biden’s push to accelerate vaccinations since taking office in January was paying off, with Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths down to their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.

Earlier this week, the United States marked a grim milestone, surpassing 600,000 Covid-19 deaths.

The US death toll remains the highest in the world, although other countries, including Brazil, Britain and Russia, have higher death rates as a measure of their populations.

A White House fact sheet said the number of Covid-19 deaths has decreased by 90% since Biden took office in January, when more than 3,300 Americans were dying each day, and highlighted big gains in the economy as people return to work.

It said more than 175 million Americans had received at least one shot, and 55% of adults were fully vaccinated.

‘A serious concern’

Addressing racial imbalances in vaccination rates remained a continuing concern, the White House said, but pointed to gains there as well. In the past month, it said, people of colour made up 54% of nationwide vaccinations although they comprise 40% of the US population.

Biden said the new Delta virus variant, first detected in India, was “a serious concern” which underscored the need to keep increasing vaccination rates.

“It’s a variant that is more easily transmissible, potentially deadlier and particularly dangerous for young people,” he said.

“But the good news is we have a solution. The science and the data are clear. The best way to protect yourself against these variants is to get fully vaccinated.”

The Biden administration is counting on faith leaders and community groups to help increase vaccination rates and overcome lingering vaccine hesitancy, especially among people of colour.

“Church is always a healing place. It’s so appropriate that we’re doing this here,” Harris said in remarks at Ebenezer Baptist, where civil rights leader the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr and his father once preached.

“We just need to get the word out. One of the most important ways is friend to friend, neighbour to neighbour … please help us get the word out,” she urged.

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