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Pendleton faces her biggest challenge to date




When two time Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton announced last March that she would be making the switch from the veledrome to the race course, many eyebrows were raised. However, now almost a year on, and with numerous successful rides under her belt, Pendleton is finally set to embark on her first professional run over regulation fences. With her ultimate goal of a ride at the Cheltenham Festival just a matter of weeks away, the former cyclist is closing in on her first victory on horseback as she competes at Fakenham on Friday afternoon.


After coming out unscathed from a recent fall at Barbury Castle, having been unseated with five fences to go at the end of the race, Pendleton will be looking to prove her doubters wrong as she hopes to claim a first professional victory in the coming weeks. With a potential ride at the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, a race in which the quality and amount of riders will be significantly more than she has come up against to date, Pendleton will be looking to gain valuable experience in her meetings until then.


Pendleton will be riding Paul Nicholls trained, Pacha Du Polder at the Norfolk venue on Friday and the horse has also been pencilled in as her ride for the Cheltenham Festival in March. Nicholls, a champion jumps trainer, has assured any pessimists that the horse will have no problem with the Fakenham track, as well as at the gruelling Cheltenham Festival run. The question on many people’s lips however, will be does he have the legs to finish though? Coral Interactive offer a complete Cheltenham guide for those of you who like a horse racing bet.


Despite her competitiveness and passion to succeed in her new sport, Pendleton is not placing all her eggs in one basket and says she has other options if horse racing is not as fruitful as she had hoped.


“I’ve got a massive list of sports I’d like to learn – actually I’d really like to learn how to box, that is on my list.” States Pendleton, who only received her amateur riding license in August of last year.


When asked about her biggest challenge when adjusting from cycling to horse racing, Pendleton quipped ‘‘Having No Breaks, probably.’’ One of the biggest obsticales for her to overcome in her next race however will be keeping her concentration. With four jockeys having been banned in recent years for either riding a finish a circuit too soon or, in other cases, heading out for one circuit too many. Pendleton will however be no stranger to pressure and expectation, having lit up the veledrome in front of packed houses on numerous occasions. It remains to be seen however, if after such little time, she can compete against such experienced riders.

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Heartbreaking; Another School Shooting Santa Clarita, CA



Santa Clarita School SHooting

Santa Clarita, California, high school shooting leaves 2 students dead, multiple injured

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KABC) — A 16-year-old boy shot five fellow students, two fatally, Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita before turning the .45-caliber handgun on himself, authorities said.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson said multiple 911 calls prompted firefighter-paramedics to respond about 7:40 a.m. to the school at 21900 Centurion Way.

Six students, including the gunman, were found in the quad suffering from gunshot wounds, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference. All six were transported to hospitals, where two of them, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were later pronounced dead.

The surviving victims were described as two girls, ages 14 and 15, and a 14-year-old boy.

In a tweet, Henry Mayo Hospital said it had received four patients.

Their names were not immediately disclosed. The sheriff said the deceased girl’s parents were at the hospital. He was notified of the second fatality during a press conference at the school.

Gunman turns .45 caliber on himself

According to sheriff’s Capt. Kent Wegener, surveillance video “clearly” shows the suspect pulling a semi-automatic handgun out of his backpack in the quad and shooting five classmates before shooting himself in the head.

Thursday was the gunman’s 16th birthday, the captain said.

He was listed in grave condition at a hospital, according to Villanueva.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, authorities released a description of the suspect as a manhunt got underway. Heavily armed deputies and an armored SWAT vehicle were seen at a home near the school, but it was unclear if the house was connected to the investigation.

The high school remained on lockdown for hours after the incident. Shortly before 11 a.m., lockdowns were lifted at all campuses in the district, as well as Rosedell and Highland elementary schools.

Central Park, at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, was being used as a reunification point for parents and students, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Undersheriff Tim Murakami tweeted an apology to parents, saying investigators need to interview “every student at Saugus HS” before they can be released.

In a statement, the White House said President Donald Trump was monitoring ongoing reports about the shooting.

“The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders,” the statement said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted an expression of gratitude to the emergency responders.

“We simply should not have to fear for our kids’ lives when we drop them off at school,” the governor said. Addressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Newsom asked: “How many more lives will be lost? How many more shootings will we have to endure? We need commonsense gun reform. NOW.”

Amid the chaos at the scene, the number of reported victims fluctuated throughout the morning. The sheriff later confirmed that six people were shot, including the gunman.

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McDonald’s CEO fired for consensual relationship with employee'



McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook out after ‘poor judgment’ involving relationship with employee

McDonald’s board voted to remove CEO Steve Easterbrook, the fast-food giant announced on Sunday, citing “poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee.”

Chris Kempczinski, the current president of McDonald’s USA, has been named CEO effective immediately. He will also join the board.

“Kempczinski succeeds Steve Easterbrook, who has separated from the Company following the Board’s determination that he violated company policy and demonstrated poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee,” the company said.

McDonald’s CEO Easterbrook, who is divorced, wrote in an email to employees that the consensual relationship “was a mistake.”

“As for my departure, I engaged in a recent consensual relationship with an employee, which violated McDonald’s policy,” Easterbrook wrote. “This was a mistake. Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on. Beyond this, I hope you can respect my desire to maintain my privacy.”He also said that his time as CEO “have been the most fulfilling years of my working life.”

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Easterbrook had served as CEO since March 2015. Easterbrook, who is British, joined McDonald’s in 1993 as a financial reporting manager based in London. Throughout his career, he served as the global chief brand officer, president of McDonald’s Europe, and CEO of McDonald’s U.K. He also spent time as a McDonald’s restaurant manager. On a now-removed corporate webpage, McDonald’s said Easterbrook led its turnaround “by sparking the evolution of its company culture.”

Enrique Hernandez Jr., chairman of McDonald’s board of directors, called new CEO Kempczinski “the best leader to set the vision and drive the plans for the Company’s continued success.”

“He has the right mix of skills and experience to lead us forward having run our U.S. business, where franchisees are delivering strong financial and operational results, and overseen global strategy, business development and innovation,” Hernandez said in a statement. “In particular, Chris was instrumental in the development of the Company’s strategic plan, which has enabled global growth and leadership, and has overseen the most comprehensive transformation of the U.S. business in McDonald’s history.”

Meanwhile, Joe Erlinger, president of the international operated markets, will take over Kempczinski’s most recent role as president of McDonald’s USA, effective immediately.

Shares of McDonald’s closed down 1.4%, -$2.76, on Friday to end the week at $193.94.

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