Economy

Sweet! Maria Sharapova Launches Her Own *Sugarpova* Candy Line

WTA (United States), SPORT.RBC.RU (Russia)

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Top Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has launched her own brand of candy called Sugarpova.

Famed Fifth Avenue retailer Henri Bendel held the New York City launch on Monday, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) reports.

Sugarpova’s 12 kinds of sweets will be sold worldwide by IT'SUGAR candy stores, and will also be available online, the Russian sports website sport.rbc.ru reports.

"Creating Sugarpova has been an exciting labor of love," Sharapova told the WTA. "My tennis and business schedules keep me traveling worldwide, and I confess to having a sweet tooth that knows what it wants! When I didn't find it in the marketplace, I decided to create the type of candy that girls like me crave. I can't wait to share Sugarpova with my fellow candy lovers."

The official website of Sharapova’s new line of luxe candy promises: "Wrapped up in a beautiful package, it’s both style and substance, just like founder Maria Sharapova."

One of our readers, on Sugarpova: "i want me some Sugarena instead." #sugarpova

— TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) August 16, 2012

Spent the morning with Maria Sharapova surrounded by sweets. Not a bad deal. #Sugarpova

— Elana Brooke Fishman (@elanafishman) August 20, 2012

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Society

A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.


Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?


The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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