LANGLEY, B.C. – A collection of classic vehicles worth millions of dollars was destroyed Wednesday when fire raced through a building in Langley, B.C.Alyn Edwards, a columnist who writes about classic cars and a good friend of the owners, Garry and Darlene Cassidy, said they are devastated by the loss.The couple were on their way home from the United States after learning of the fire, he said.Edwards said he spoke with Garry Cassidy on the phone. The couple had been in Las Vegas at a classic car auction.“He’s in tears, these cars are so important to him and he said that insurance can pay out what they will on these cars, but they are absolutely irreplaceable.”Edwards said there were about 40 classic cars in the building, most of them General Motors vehicles from the 1950s and ’60s.“This is a building that was built in the last year. They were so proud of it,” he said. “It was a showcase and showroom for the cars, with a lot of memorabilia, a lot of electric signs and things like that.”Edwards said the collection contained two 1955 Pontiac Star Chiefs, including a rare Safari station wagon, and Cassidy was proud of his matching set.The collection had many trophy cars, including a Camero, Impalas, and Chevelles, Edwards said, adding it was valued at between $2 million and $3 million.“What Garry told me was that it doesn’t matter what kind of monetary value will be paid out on these cars, many of the cars irreplaceable.”The vehicles were insured, said Edwards, who is an avid collector himself.“I just can’t imagine having a lifetime of collecting wiped out like this and what that would do to somebody.”Deputy fire chief Bruce Ferguson of Langley Township said an alarm system alerted them to a fire early Wednesday, but by the time they arrived the flames were shooting out the roof of the two-storey building.Ferguson said the cars would have contributed to the fuel load. There were several explosions during the fire, which could have been fuel tanks or vehicle tires, he said.The cause of the fire in the roughly 740-square-metre building hasn’t been determined.“Whenever there is a fire when there’s nobody home we always deem it as suspicious before we start our investigation but that can’t be confirmed until we get through our investigation,” Ferguson said.The building did not have a sprinkler system and Ferguson said there were no injuries fighting the fire.
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by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2017 3:12 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2017 at 4:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – Commercial development of the globe’s huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines.But experts said Friday that large-scale production remains many years away — and if not done properly could flood the atmosphere with climate-changing greenhouse gases.Combustible ice is a frozen mixture of water and concentrated natural gas. Technically known as methane hydrate, it can be lit on fire in its frozen state and is believed to comprise one of the world’s most abundant fossil fuels.The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that the fuel was successfully mined by a drilling rig operating in the South China Sea on Thursday. Chinese Minister of Land and Resources Jiang Daming declared the event a breakthrough moment heralding a potential “global energy revolution.”A drilling crew in Japan reported a similar successful operation two weeks earlier, on May 4 offshore the Shima Peninsula.For Japan, methane hydrate offers the chance to reduce its heavy reliance of imported fuels if it can tap into reserves off its coastline. In China, it could serve as a cleaner substitute for coal-burning power plants and steel factories that have polluted much of the country with lung-damaging smog.The South China Sea has become a focal point of regional political tensions as China has claimed huge swaths of disputed territory as its own. Previous sea oil exploration efforts by China met resistance, especially from Vietnam, but its methane hydrate operation was described as being outside the most hotly contested areas.Methane hydrate has been found beneath seafloors and buried inside Arctic permafrost and beneath Antarctic ice. The United States and India also have research programs pursuing technologies to capture the fuel.Estimates of worldwide reserves range from 280 trillion cubic meters (10,000 trillion cubic feet) up to 2,800 trillion cubic meters (100,000 trillion cubic feet), according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. By comparison, total worldwide production of natural gas was 3.5 billion cubic meters (124 billion cubic feet) in 2015, the most recent year available.That means methane hydrate reserves could meet global gas demands for 80 to 800 years at current consumption rates.Yet efforts to successfully extract the fuel at a profit have eluded private and state-owned energy companies for decades. That’s in part because of the high cost of extraction techniques, which can use large amounts of water or carbon dioxide to flood methane hydrate reserves so the fuel can be released and brought to the surface.Japan first extracted some of the material in 2013 but ended the effort due to sand from the seafloor clogging machinery, according to the country’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Tourism.There are also environmental concerns.If methane hydrate leaks during the extraction process, it can increase greenhouse gas emissions. The fuel also could displace renewables such as solar and wind power, said David Sandalow, a former senior official with the U.S. State Department now at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.However, if it can be used without leaking, it has the potential to replace dirtier coal in the power sector.“The climate implications of producing natural gas hydrates are complicated. There are potential benefits, but substantial risks,” Sandalow said.Commercial-scale production could be “transformative for northeast Asia, particularly for Japan, which imports nearly all its hydrocarbon needs,” said James Taverner, a senior energy industry researcher at IHS Market, a London-based consulting firm.The consensus within the industry is that commercial development won’t happen until at least 2030. Smaller scale output could happen as early as 2020, said Tim Collett, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey.“The path to understanding when or if gas hydrates will be commercially produced will need many similar and more extended testing efforts,” Collett said.___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at twitter.com/matthewbrownap China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor read more
However, the credit market is now remarkably different and SMMT believes that the current voluntary termination provisions are no longer necessary and play no effective role in consumer protection law. The voluntary termination provisions are taken from an old piece of legislation which was set up to protect the consumer from unfair contract terms. The Consumer Credit Act 1974 permits a customer who has purchased goods on hire purchase or conditional sale agreements to hand back the goods to the finance company, without further liability, providing that 50 per cent of the total amount has been paid. Responding to a DTI consultation on voluntary terminations of hire purchase and conditional sale agreements, SMMT has called for a level playing field for all forms of lending and a system which offers more protection for vulnerable consumers. SMMT strongly recommends an end to voluntary termination provisions, calling the credit rules outdated and open to abuse. A major review of consumer credit legislation, undertaken by DTI, will change the framework within which voluntary terminations operate and provide more explicit and effective consumer protection. These measures include greater transparency in advertising, agreements and in the provision of information, as well as to make early settlements fairer. It also stipulates a reform in the licensing regime and enforcement powers of the OFT and an improvement in consumer redress by introducing an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. In addition, as the number of voluntary terminations increase, the residual values of all vehicles decreases, reducing vehicle equity for all owners. The abuse of the current voluntary termination costs the industry around £80 million which has subsequently increased the cost of providing this type of finance to the consumer. In response to the consultation, Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of SMMT said, ‘ The do nothing option in the DTI’s consultation is not feasible in a modern, fair and efficient credit market. To increase the remaining recovery amount to 75 per cent is merely replacing one set of arbitrary values with another. The removal of voluntary termination provisions is the only solution with viable benefits to the consumer and the industry.’ Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more
The first weekend of the NBA playoffs had a bit of something for everyone. Yes, there was a snoozefest or two. But between eight basketball games, Tiger Woods winning the Masters and “Game of Thrones” coming back, maybe a nap was necessary anyway. (Even a couple of the blowouts featured some extracurriculars.) A few games came down to the final seconds, with three lower seeds stepping up and landing statement victories in their series openers. All in all, not a bad start.Let’s take a deeper look at the six playoff series that we expect to be the most interesting going forward. (Sorry to the Clippers-Warriors and Pistons-Bucks.)The young Nets looked sure of themselves. The Sixers looked confused.There were, and maybe are, fair questions to be raised about the Brooklyn Nets. They have very little depth on the inside, which could spell trouble against a dominant big like Joel Embiid. And their offense can be too heavily reliant on All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell.But at least Brooklyn knows what it is, which was more than you could say for the Sixers at times this weekend.For starters, Embiid’s status was known only minutes before the game began Saturday because of his bothersome knee — an availability question that would have required a number of changes to the game plan had he not been able to go. But beyond that, there’s also the issue of cohesion, which the Nets have and the Sixers simply do not.Before Saturday, Philly’s starting five — talented as it might be — had logged just 10 games together since acquiring Tobias Harris in a trade with the Clippers. And honestly, it looked that way for most of Game 1. Embiid, who missed five of the last seven regular-season games, started launching jumpers (which Brooklyn gladly gave him) after drawing a number of fouls on the Nets inside. Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick struggled badly on offense. Jimmy Butler opted to take matters into his own hands (Sixers coach Brett Brown called him “the adult in the room”) and scored a game-high 36 points. All this while Harris looked invisible and uninvolved, scoring just 4 points in 40 minutes of work.Meanwhile, the Nets’ guards had no such questions about their place in the pecking order. Russell struggled early but kept shooting and caught fire in the third period. Spencer Dinwiddie had a very quick first step and repeatedly found his way into the lane — again doing some of his best work this season against Philadelphia. And Caris LeVert continues to look more and more like his old self after returning from his injury in February. Both Dinwiddie and LeVert were integral to a franchise-record 59-point effort from the bench, which the Sixers had no answer for.Keep an eye on this series. The Sixers went all in with a pair of huge trades earlier this season. But that may be the reason that, as we’re midway through April, their opponent has a clearer sense of identity and the upper hand one game into their playoff matchup.Utah’s defense of Harden won’t work — at least not like thisIt was just one game, but very early on — before halftime, even — it seemed clear that Utah was going to have to rethink its defensive strategy for reigning MVP James Harden.The Jazz used a scheme that gave the left-handed Harden an open driving path on the right. The idea here: to take away the dominant hand of perhaps the NBA’s best offensive player, but also to take away his stepback 3-point jumper, maybe his greatest offensive weapon.They weren’t the first team to try this. The top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks’ defense found a ton of success with the idea late last month, by standing far to Harden’s left and slightly behind him.It was a different story for the second-ranked Utah defense, though, which Houston diced to pieces. Why did it work for the Bucks and not the Jazz? One reason was that Milwaukee’s rim protector, Brook Lopez, generally had the discipline to stay tethered to the baseline so that Clint Capela wouldn’t get an easy lob, like he often did on Sunday night, when Jazz center Rudy Gobert stepped up too far.But the other key to Milwaukee’s success was the athleticism and length of the Bucks’ primary and help defenders. Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo are simply more imposing than Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell or Joe Ingles, giving Harden less confidence that he can either get back to his left hand at the rim or sneak a pass to a teammate standing in the corner.Frankly, Utah wasn’t taking anything away early. By leaving Harden far too much space to navigate, the Jazz had no way of positioning their help defenders in the right spots, allowing The Beard to carve them up by finding both Capela for dunks and P.J. Tucker in the corner. (Tucker shoots almost 40 percent from there.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Harden.mp400:0000:0001:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Rubio told reporters after the game that the Jazz are committed to playing Harden the same way throughout the series. But regardless of how much they improve on that front, they’ll need to be far better — and faster — on offense to have a chance in this series.Excluding a half-court attempt at the end of the third period, Utah scored on seven of its nine transition plays. Getting earlier looks would make life easier, especially for Mitchell, who shot 36 percent against Houston in last year’s series before shooting just 39 percent Sunday, with five turnovers and no assists. In Game 1, the Jazz logged a dismal 25 percent effective field-goal rate when they got inside the last 5 seconds of the clock.Can the poor-shooting Thunder find their range?The post-game excuse “We just missed shots” is usually annoying. It can be read as not giving credit to the opponent for earning a hard-fought victory, and it can also serve as a way to avoid addressing what adjustments might need to be made in the next contest.But in Oklahoma City’s case, there would have been some truth to that claim. The Thunder missed 10 of their 13 wide-open attempts from the arc during their Game 1 loss in Portland.Yet while a lot of teams could use a stat like that to express confidence in simply performing better the next time, it’s worth noting that Oklahoma City … isn’t exactly a team of marksmen. When the Thunder shoot poorly, it’s hard to know whether that’s a sign that things will get better for them or if it’s just Oklahoma City struggling with what it’s seemingly always struggled with.Making matters worse, Paul George — their best shooter and co-star alongside Russell Westbrook — is playing with a troublesome left shoulder, meaning his shot could be affected for the remainder of the playoffs.If there was a bright side offensively, it was that the Thunder eventually found daylight by attacking Portland’s Enes Kanter with a steady diet of pick and rolls — something they can likely go back to in Game 2. But OKC would also be wise to occasionally locate Kanter as he’s going for offensive boards. He killed his former team for 20 points and 18 rebounds, which more than made up for his defensive struggles in the narrow victory.Were the Nuggets simply nervous?Similar to Oklahoma City are the Denver Nuggets, who many — our FiveThirtyEight projection model included — remain skeptical of. A lot of that is rooted in Denver’s inexperience: This is the team’s first trip to the playoffs with this core, which is suddenly facing high expectations as the No. 2 seed in the West.Saturday’s loss, like OKC’s on Sunday, saw Denver miss several open looks when the Nuggets were in striking distance of the Spurs. The teams were neck-and-neck down the stretch, yet Denver somehow missed all eight of its attempts in the second half when taking a shot that would have either tied the game or given the Nuggets the lead. And Jamal Murray, the team’s 22-year-old starting point guard, had an incredibly rough final minute or so in the Game 1 loss.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Murray.mp400:0000:0000:49Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.All of that could have been mere coincidence or simply the result of missing shots the team normally makes. But because of noise about the team’s inexperience — especially as Denver is playing perennial playoff club San Antonio — it’s only natural that the questions about nerves will be there.Whatever the case may be, one thing clearly needs to change going forward: Denver star Nikola Jokic cannot finish playoff games with just nine shot attempts. Yes, he managed a triple-double anyway. But when the team’s jumpshots simply aren’t falling, he’s too efficient a scorer not to take matters into his own hands.The Pacers need offensive counters — but even that may not be enoughOutside of the Pistons and Clippers, I feel most pessimistic about the Pacers after Game 1 of their series with Boston. I went in thinking it would be really tough for them to find enough scoring to win a series, and Saturday’s 74-point showing gave me even more doubts.My real concern now, after watching leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic struggle against the Celtics again — when he did this all regular season, too — is the lack of counters the Pacers seem to have in their arsenal once Boston has snuffed out the initial action.Indiana got next to nothing out of its handoffs to Bogdanovic, which produced just 0.14 points per time they utilized the play, according to Second Spectrum. Jaylen Brown was generally quick enough to recover and get by the screener, and in the instances when he wasn’t, Al Horford was swarming Bogdanovic, often forcing him to give up the ball to a teammate who wasn’t necessarily in a great position to score, either.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Bojan.mp400:0000:0002:31Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Similarly, the team — which scored just 8 points in the third quarter — found itself at a disadvantage when it sought to make hay with Wes Matthews post-ups, something we knew would likely be a losing strategy from what we’d seen prior to Saturday (particularly if there’s no secondary action that comes of it). Statistically, Matthews has been one of the NBA’s five least efficient post-up options since he joined the team in February.1Among those with at least 30 regular-season post-ups since Feb. 11. Indiana averaged just 0.71 points per Matthews post-up, per Second Spectrum data.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Wes.mp400:0000:0000:44Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Celtics deserve credit for playing as well as they did at that end of the floor, particularly without defensive stud Marcus Smart. But if the Pacers can’t develop better second and third options on these plays when they try them, it could be an ugly series for Indiana, which has been putting too much pressure on its defense for a while now.Lowry struggled again, but Orlando’s win was anything but magicThe most surprising win of the weekend to many was the Magic’s road triumph over Toronto, which Orlando sealed with a game-winning triple from D.J. Augustin.In that sequence — before which coach Steve Clifford elected not to call timeout — Augustin called for a screen and roll, knowing he’d get Marc Gasol on a switch. Though Augustin had hit 3 of 4 from the arc for 22 points, Gasol didn’t come out far enough. The shot left the Toronto crowd stunned, which takes a lot at this point, given what they’ve been through for years now.Aside from nailing that play, the Magic did a ton of things right to put themselves in good position beforehand. They bottled up Pascal Siakam in the first half, and while Kawhi Leonard2Who played only 33 minutes. Expect that to change in Game 2. was efficient, Aaron Gordon played pretty solid defense on him, making him work for contested shots. Orlando was nearly perfect from the line and drilled almost half of its triples on the day. This was a young Magic club that had the same 15-8 second-half record that Toronto did, while ranking inside the Top 10 on both sides of the floor over that span of time. If you hadn’t watched Orlando play, you might not have seen this coming — but it wasn’t a fluke.And neither was Kyle Lowry’s scoreless, 0-for-7 showing. Aside from the fact that Lowry had several low-scoring games this season — including a four-game streak of single-digit performances — Lowry has also struggled in the first games of playoff series. He’s scored just 33 points combined in playoff-opening Game 1s the past five years.There’s not necessarily anything for the Raptors to panic about yet. They’ve seen this before, even if they had hoped they were past having to witness the early round struggles cropping up again. Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more
Best actor in a supporting roleBertie Carvel for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s TheatreJohn Hodgkinson for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreJames McArdle for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton Best actress in a supporting role in a musicalSheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old VicTracie Bennett for Follies at National Theatre – OlivierRachel John for Hamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreLesley Joseph for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre Hamilton Jamael Westman and Giles Terera, who play lead roles of Hamilton and Burr, are vying for best actor, against Ciaran Hinds from Girl From the North Country and John McCrea from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.The latter production is considered the “underdog” of this year’s awards, plucked from the stage in Sheffield for a West End run and starring previously unknown actors.Elsewhere, the National Theatre is up for 22 awards for productions including Follies, Angels in America and Network, a significant comeback after several low-key years to enjoy its best showing since 1995. Best actorPaddy Considine for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreBryan Cranston for Network at National Theatre – LytteltonAndrew Garfield for Angels In America at National Theatre – LytteltonAndrew Scott for Hamlet at Almeida Theatre The stars of Hamilton are to compete against one another at tonight’s Olivier Awards, after the show was nominated a record-breaking 13 times.Five of the eight nominees for best actor and best supporting actor in a musical come from Hamilton, the American juggernaut which has dominated the stage awards designed to honour the best of London theatre.The musical giant, which transferred from Broadway last year, will see three of its stars go head-to-head in the best supporting actor category, with Ross Noble, who stars in Young Frankenstein, their only external competition. Mastercard best new musicalAn American In Paris at Dominion TheatreEverybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo TheatreGirl From The North Country at The Old VicHamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreYoung Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre As well as honouring its actors, its stars also appear in the best supporting actress category, lighting, costume design, sound design, choreography and music. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Young FrankensteinCredit: Alastair Muir The award for best actor in a play will go to Bryan Cranston for Network, Andrew Garfield for Angels In America, Andrew Scott for Hamlet or Paddy Considine for The Ferryman.Imelda Staunton is nominated for the best actress and best actress in a musical categories for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf and Follies respectively. It will compete for best new musical against Young Frankenstein, An American in Paris, Girl From the North Country and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.Nica Burns, producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, said the five nominations meant “so much” to the cast and crew behind it, adding their “small, homegrown, unknown show” was the “British underdog” among a host of “very, very fine musicals this year”.Ross Noble congratulated his three Hamilton rivals on their nominations, saying he was “dead chuffed” to be in their company. “What a lovely thing to be part of,” he said. Imelda Staunton in FolliesCredit: Alastair Muir The Ferryman has become the most nominated new play of the year with eight nominations, while the Almeida Theatre has seven nods for Hamlet and Ink. The Olivier Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 8 April, hosted by Catherine Tate. Best actor in a supporting role in a musicalMichael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreRoss Noble for Young Frankenstein at Garrick TheatreJason Pennycooke for Hamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreCleve September for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Best new playThe Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreInk at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s TheatreNetwork at National Theatre – LytteltonOslo at Harold Pinter Theatre Best actress in a musicalJanie Dee for Follies at National Theatre – OlivierShirley Henderson for Girl From The North Country at The Old VicImelda Staunton for Follies at National Theatre – OlivierJosie Walker for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre Hamilton’s 13 nominations make it the most nominated production in Oliviers history replacing Harry Potter And The Cursed Child in 2017 and Hairspray in 2008 which had 11 apiece. Best actor in a musicalCiaran Hinds for Girl From The North Country at The Old VicJohn McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo TheatreGiles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreJamael Westman for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Best actress in a supporting roleBrid Brennan for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreDenise Gough for Angels In America at National Theatre – LytteltonDearbhla Molloy for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreImogen Poots for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at Harold Pinter Theatre The FerrymanCredit:Johan Persson Nominees for the Olivier Awards 2018 include: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre Best directorDominic Cooke for Follies at National Theatre – OlivierMarianne Elliott for Angels In America at National Theatre – LytteltonRupert Goold for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s TheatreThomas Kail for Hamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreSam Mendes for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre For the best actress prize she will take on Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman, Audra McDonald for Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill and Oscar nominee Lesley Manville for Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Peter Polycarpou for Oslo at Harold Pinter Theatre Best actressLaura Donnelly for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreLesley Manville for Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Wyndham’s TheatreAudra McDonald for Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Wyndham’s TheatreImelda Staunton for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at Harold Pinter Theatre read more
In total almost 35,000 Anzacs fought in both WW1 and WW2 campaigns in Greece. It is known that Greek soil contains the remains of 795 Australians with some of these soldiers never identified.In 1946 a 6th century BC urn containing earth from the graves of Australians buried in the cemetery at Phaleron outside Athens and was presented to Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley.The official presentation of earth is a Greek practice that dates back to classical times and in a letter to Chifley, the then Prime Minister of Greece stated: “The Greek people will always remember with deep emotion the unparalleled heroism of the Australian soldiers, who, in the dark hours of our recent history, fought against the common enemy in Greece and Crete in comradeship with our soldiers.”Nick Andriotakis is the Secretary of the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign. When he discovered the ancient urn was in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) basement, he had the idea that it join four soils from Greece that were on display at the newly renovated NSW Anzac Memorial.So on behalf of the Joint Committee he and the Greek Consul General wrote to Director of the AWM, Dr Brendan Nelson, asking for the urn to be displayed at the NSW Anzac Memorial, which they agreed.The remains of one Anzac soldier who was never identified is part of the soil that was placed in the urn and Andriotakis says it is a symbol of the everlasting bond between Greece and Australia.“As a Greek Australian we walk a life that is blessed,” he told Neos Kosmos. “We have this immense heritage of Greece and this privilege to live in this country. It was anathema to me that this particular urn was in a basement. What was it doing there in the darkness when it should be in the light?”The crew of HMAS Sydney commemorate their victory off Cape Spada, Crete demonstrating the size of the minor damage to the Sydney’s forward funnels.Anzac memorial sacrifice.Alf Carpenter, a war hero meets the studentsAlf CarpenterVevi Pass War Memorial75th Anniversary commemoration at the Cenotaph, Sydney.The crew of HMAS Sydney commemorate their victory off Cape Spada, Crete demonstrating the size of the minor damage to the Sydney’s forward funnels.Alf Carpenter is an ANZAC that fought in Greece during World War Two and the 102 year old Australian digger told the bond he shares with the Greeks is eternal.“I’m a life member of both the Pan-Cretan Association of Australia and of the Greece and Crete Committee of Australia,” he said.“I fought alongside the Greek people and they were very thankful for that and they treated us with nothing but hospitality. They looked after us very well indeed. The Greek soldiers were very good fighting soldiers.”Andriotakis’ passion for honouring the 35,000 soldiers who fought alongside Greeks when Germany occupied Greece during WW2 was forged as a 16 year-old preparing to march on Anzac Day in Sydney during the late 1970’s.“I was dressed in Cretan costume when an Australian soldier came up to me and said, ‘You’re from Crete, aren’t you son?’” he recalled. “When I said ‘yes’ the Australian Digger insisted, ‘you stay here with me, you stand here.’ A short time later I was asked to leave and go to the back with the other ethnics. When the digger heard what the marshal said he spoke up, ‘Listen mate the boy is staying with me, these people saved my life’.”Paul Kougias is also on the joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign and he told Neos Kosmos the urn continues the legacy of the Anzac spirit in Greece.“From the staging of the Gallipoli campaign on Lemnos Island during WW1 to the dogged resistance of the Nazi invasion of Greece that inexorably turned the tide of WW2, the sacrifices made by the youngest democracy in the world defending the oldest democracy should not be forgotten.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
Roy G. Boggs, 26, of Vancouver was listed in satisfactory condition Sunday night with injuries suffered in a Saturday morning motorcycle accident.The Washington State Patrol said Boggs apparently misjudged a curve on a highway onramp. He was heading onto eastbound state Highway 500, off Andresen Road, when he left the roadway. Boggs was ticketed for DUI, the patrol said. His 2003 Honda CBR 600 was totaled.
Battle Ground officials have lifted the water emergency declaration issued last week. The city issued a water emergency on Sept. 14 after a pump failed at one of the city’s high-production wells. The pump has since been repaired and is fully operational.Last week’s declaration called for immediate voluntary reductions in the consumption of water due to the pump failure and rising temperatures. City officials said the water conservation efforts of residents and businesses helped maintain a safe level of water in the city’s reservoirs.For everyday tips on conserving water, visit City of Battle Ground.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A car that caught fire Friday caused Interstate 95 to shut down.7Skyforce flew over the scene on southbound I-95, near State Road 826, at around 6:30 a.m., where firefighters extinguished the flames.Authorities said no other cars were involved.The lanes have since been reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Relatives of people missing after the blaze triggered by a leaky pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico on 20 January, 2019, look for their beloved ones in a list of disappeared people. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a fiery explosion in central Mexico rose to 79 on Sunday as authorities vowed to hold accountable those responsible for a deliberate fuel-line puncture that drew hundreds of people looking to gather gasoline before it ignited.The search for human remains at the site of the explosion in the state of Hidalgo ended late Saturday. While families began to bury the dead, officials indicated the death toll could still rise.Health minister Jorge Alcocer said 66 people were hospitalised in Hidalgo, and others in worse conditions had been moved to Mexico City for specialized treatment.”There are patients in serious condition with burns to more than 80 per cent (of their bodies),” he said, adding that their prognosis was “reserved.”Alcocer said the remains of six more bodies had been recovered before the search ended, raising the death toll to 79 in Friday’s inferno.Family members of the victims have called on the government to continue looking for remains and to bring back forensic experts for that purpose.Funerals already have begun, but the handover of remains has been slow because many of the victims were burned beyond recognition.The Hidalgo state prosecutor said 54 of the dead could not be readily identified, and require DNA analysis.Mourners began arriving little by little at the home of one of the victims, while in the adjacent street a hearse carried another corpse.”He’s gone forever,” sobbed a woman as the remains of Cesar Jimenez were transferred to a church for a funeral mass attended by dozens of relatives and friends.At a cultural centre, loved ones publicly displayed pictures of the missing.”We are sick and tired of searching around in every hospital,” said Moises Mejia, trying to find his missing wife Karina Ugalde and her sister Angelica.”We gave some DNA from their dad to see if they are in (nearby) Tula. We want them to search more (near the blast and fire). Why did they go and move all that dirt over there?” he asked.Another man, Antonio Garcia, wandered about searching for his nephew Lupillo, 17.”I don’t know what he was thinking going over there,” he said. “I would always see him buying his gas (at stations). I don’t understand why he’d go over there to steal it.”Alicia Moreno, wife of late Cesar Jimenez Brito, 40, who died during the explosion of a fuel pipeline ruptured by oil thieves, holds hands with her daughter during his funeral service at the cemetery in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, state of Hidalgo, Mexico 20 January, 2019. Photo: ReutersA torrent of fuelHundreds of people had been drawn to the place where suspected fuel thieves tapped into a pipeline in the town of Tlahuelilpan.Images captured by local media showed a torrent of fuel escaping from a pipeline as people converged on the site with buckets and jerrycans to collect gasoline.A massive explosion engulfed the area in flames, and local media showed images of people screaming as they fled, their clothes in flames, some with severe burns.Asked whether those hospitalized would be considered suspects, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz said investigators do not seek to “victimize the communities.””We are going to find those responsible for actions that generated this tragedy,” he said. “Victimizing the whole population is not (the investigation’s) function nor is it established in the law.”The disaster came during a crackdown by the new government of President Manuel Lopez Obrador on the lucrative illegal business of fuel thefts, which triggered shortages of gasoline.On Friday, when authorities heard that fuel traffickers had punctured the pipeline, about 25 soldiers arrived and attempted to block off the area, Defense Secretary Luis Crescencio Sandoval told reporters.But the soldiers were unable to contain the estimated 700 civilians — including entire families — who swarmed in to collect the spilled gasoline, witnesses said.The armed soldiers had been moved away from the pipeline to avoid any risk of confrontation with the crowd when the blast occurred, about two hours after the pipeline was first breached, Sandoval said.Lopez Obrador, a leftist who took office only weeks ago, traveled to the scene on Saturday.He did not fault the soldiers, saying: “The attitude of the army was correct. It is not easy to impose order on a crowd.” He vowed to continue fighting the growing problem of fuel theft.”I am deeply saddened by the suffering in Tlahuelilpan,” Lopez Obrador wrote on Twitter. He called on his “whole government” to extend assistance. read more
Five more people have died of dengue and 1,597 new infections have been recorded across the country, reports UNB. The new deaths were reported in Dhaka, Barishal and Khulna on Thursday while the fresh infections across the country in 24 hours till Thursday morning. According to the government, 59,592 patients infected with dengue were hospitalised and 53,398 of them discharged after treatment since the beginning of this year. The deceased were identified as Gias Uddin, 40, son of Abdul Awal of Chandpur; Monir Hossain, 38, son of Shahjahan Mia of Mehendiganj upazila in Barishal, Alauddin Hossain, 14, son of Sirajul Islam Gazi of Kaliganj in Satkhira, Tasmim, 17, of Zinjira in Keraniganj of Dhaka, and Tasnin, 35, of Jurain in the capital. Bachchu Mia, inspector of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost, said Gias, who was residing in Postagola in the capital, was admitted to the hospital with high fever around 11:00pm on Wednesday. “He was later shifted to the Intensive Care Unit where he died around 6:20am today (Thursday),” he said. Gias, a father of three, was a businessman, said Jahangir, his elder brother. At Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital in Old Dhaka, Tasmim and Tasnin lost their battle to dengue early Thursday, said assistant director of Dengue Control Cell of the hospital Abdur Rashid. In Barishal, Monir succumbed to the mosquito-borne disease at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in the morning. SBMCH director Bakir Hossain said Monir was hospitalised after being diagnosed with dengue on 18 August. He died around 5:00am. In Khulna, teenage boy Alauddin died at a private hospital in the afternoon. Civil surgeon Abdur Razzaque said the madrasa student was detected with dengue on 19 August and was receiving treatment at a hospital. He was shifted to Gazi Medical College Hospital in the morning as his condition deteriorated where he lost his battle, he said. Currently, 6,147 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services. The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 47 people but unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher. read more
Updated 4:52 pmThe Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women.According to senior officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the new rule is to allow any company or nonprofit group to exclude the coverage for contraception if it has a religious or moral objection.“This provides an exemption, and it’s a limited one,” said Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office of Civil Rights. “We should have space for organizations to live out their religious identity and not face discrimination.”He said he expects that most companies will continue to provide coverage for birth control and that the changes will only affect a tiny percentage of U.S. women. The new rules are being published Friday in the Federal Register and go into effect immediately.But some health policy analysts say the new rule creates a huge opening that lets any employer claim an exemption, leaving their female workers to pay the full cost of any birth control out of pocket.“It is a huge loophole for any employer that does not want to provide birth control coverage to their employees,” says Dania Palanker, a professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reform.The change fulfills a promise President Trump made in May to the Catholic religious order The Little Sisters of the Poor in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. The nuns had sued the Obama administration over the birth control requirement.It also sets up a fight between advocates of religious freedom and those of equal rights for women. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump Administration within hours of the rule being published, claiming it violated the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, which ensures that all people receive equal protection under the law.“The Trump Administration is forcing women to pay for their boss’s religious beliefs,” said ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri, in a statement.The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, requires employer-provided health insurance policies to include coverage for preventive health care. After the law passed, HHS used its regulatory authority to specify what has to be included in those preventive services and birth control, including “all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.”But the policy was controversial from the start.Several companies and religious groups sued, saying the rule infringed on their religious freedom.The Obama administration created an exemption for churches and allowed other “religious employers” to opt out by notifying the government. When they did so, the administration would arrange with their insurance companies to provide the coverage directly, without the employers’ involvement.But the Little Sisters of the Poor weren’t happy with that workaround and sued.The group’s case, and a second one involving private businesses including the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, which has 32,000 employees, went to the Supreme Court.The court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in 2014, saying privately held companies could object on religious grounds. And then, last year, the court issued a split ruling in the Little Sisters case, saying the government shouldn’t fine the nuns but ordering the two sides to work out an arrangement that accommodates their religious beliefs.Before a deal was reached, Trump became president.At the Rose Garden ceremony in May, he told the Little Sisters of the Poor that he planned to change the rules. “Your long ordeal will soon be over,” he promised.Under the new rule, women who work for Hobby Lobby or the religious group may no longer have access to birth control coverage through the Obama-era workaround. A Hobby Lobby spokesman said the company would have no comment on Friday, and the Little Sisters of the Poor didn’t respond to NPR’s emails seeking comment.Hobby Lobby’s founder and CEO David Green told reporters in 2013, “Our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families.”HHS officials said they don’t expect many companies to seek waivers. They said the group seeking waivers will likely be limited to those about 200 companies and nonprofits that have already sued.But Palanker says the impact could be a lot bigger. There are a lot of large private companies, she says, whose owners may hold strong religious beliefs but did not want the publicity and expense of suing the federal government.“A lot of women will retain birth control coverage,” Palanker says, “but there will be a lot of women who will lose that coverage.”That means they’ll find themselves paying out of pocket. A one-month supply of birth control pills can cost anywhere from $4 to $55 or more, according to GoodRX.com.Longer-acting contraception, like an intrauterine device, can cost more than $1,000, says Sarah Lipton-Lubet, a vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families. She says the new rule is a tool for discrimination against women.“Women shouldn’t be denied access to basic health care based on their employers’ religious beliefs,” she says. “We all have the right to our religious beliefs. But the way that this rule treats religion is really an excuse to discriminate.”HHS officials say they also plan more stringent enforcement of a provision in the Affordable Care Act that prohibits federal subsidies from being used for insurance policies that cover abortion. The agency will issue guidelines for insurers Friday on how they have to charge women who want abortion coverage at least $12 a year more for such a policy, and they have to keep that money in a separate fund to be used only to pay for abortions.In addition to the ACLU, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, and California Attorney General Javier Becerra announced they too plan to file suit opposing the new rule. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share read more
Airman 1st Class Daniel Hernande/U.S. Department of DefenseSoldiers from the 541st Sapper Company headed to the southern U.S. border prepare to board an air transport plane on Tuesday in Ft. Knox, Ky.President Trump said Wednesday he could send up to 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, which would surpass the number of soldiers currently stationed in Afghanistan.Speaking to reporters as he left the White House for a campaign rally Wednesday night in Florida, Trump said the number of military personnel on the border “will go up to anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 military personnel on top of the Border Patrol, ICE, and everybody else at the border.”The current number of troops deployed to the border is 5,239, the head of Northern Command, Gen. Terence O’Shaughnessy, said on Tuesday. He said that number would likely grow even larger. A contingent of 2,092 National Guard members are already stationed at the border.That total alone is roughly equal to the number of U.S. troops remaining in Iraq and Syria.The president’s announcement comes as the midterm elections next week are widely viewed as referendum on his administration. Trump has made it clear that he will make his anti-immigration policies a key issue in the elections.The original plan to send about 5,000 troops to the border was announced Monday. On Tuesday, Trump said he’s considering changing the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by executive order in order to deny citizenship to people born on U.S. soil. In his remarks Wednesday, Trump repeated his threat to cut off foreign assistance to Central American countries whose people have joined the caravan of migrants moving north to the U.S.Earlier in the day, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, speaking at the Pentagon, was asked whether the troop deployment was a political stunt as some critics allege.“The support that we provide to the secretary for Homeland Security is practical support based on the request from the commissioner of Customs and Border [Protection], so we don’t do stunts in this department,” said Mattis. He also compared the mission to what the Defense Department might do after a natural disaster.“We do this following storms, we do this in support of the Department of Homeland Security. This is a different aspect of it, but that’s what we are doing,” he added. Share read more
Taken to task by the Patna High Court over large-scale copying in the ongoing matriculation examination and widespread criticism, the Bihar government on Friday swung into action and cancelled examination at four centres. Also, seven policemen were taken into custody for aiding in cheating.A division bench of Chief Justice L Narasimha Reddy and Justice Vikash Jain took the state government to task over report of mass-scale copying in the matriculation examination. The court converted report published in an English daily into a PIL and directed the state police chief to check cheating in exams immediately. Besides, the court has summoned the Education Department to appear before it next Friday. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIChief Minister Nitish Kumar called a high-level review meeting with Education minister PK Shahi, DGP PK Thakur, Principal Secretary Home Amir Subhani and his counterpart in Education department RK Mahajan in his Secretariat chamber and instructed them to ensure cheating-free examination, an official statement said.The CM also ordered action against policemen and magistrates deployed on examination duty if found involved in abetting cheating.Mahajan and Chairman of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh said that examination at four centres in the state was cancelled on the basis of a report on mass-scale copying there.He said lawful action would be initiated against teachers, policemen and magistrates deployed in those centres. Sub Divisional Officer, Sadar, Saharsa Rajesh Kumar Singh said that seven home guards have been taken into custody while one managed flee. read more
Want to have a long life? Besides leading a healthy lifestyle, taking at least three vacation a year between your work schedule seems to be the key, especially for men, suggested a study.People with shorter vacations worked more and slept lesser than those who took longer vacations, which took a toll on their health and affected their life span. Compared with those who took more than three weeks, men who took three weeks or less annual leave from their regular work schedule were found to be 37 per cent more likely to die early, the study showed. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Don’t think having an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays,” said Timo Strandberg, Professor at the University of Helsinki in Finland. “Vacations can be a good way to relieve stress,” he added.The study, presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Cardiology in Germany, included 1,222 middle-aged male executives, and were randomised into a control group or an intervention group. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe intervention group received oral and written advice every four months to do aerobic physical activity, eat a healthy diet, achieve a healthy weight and stop smoking. Men in the control group received usual healthcare and were not seen by the investigators.Shorter vacations were associated with excess deaths in the intervention group. Vacation time had no impact on risk of death in the control group. “However, our results do not indicate that health education is harmful. Rather, they suggest that stress reduction is an essential part of programmes aimed at reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases,” Strandberg cautioned. read more
UFC’s success is completely dependent on Dana WhiteLast night, in the midst of the Kyrie Irving trade madness, news broke that Jon Jones tested positive for steroids after his fight against Daniel Cormier, and now faces a possible 4-year suspension, and the UFC loses its best fighter…again.Colin thinks that the most valuable person in the UFC isn’t a fighter, it’s President Dana White, who has managed to build it into a billion-dollar empire, while constantly replacing stars who flame out by getting beat like Ronda Rousey, or from drug suspension like Jones and Brock Lesnar.If Roger Goodell left the NFL, it would still continue to function and thrive. If White left the UFC, there are no guarantees it would continue to be nearly as successful as it is now.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider joins the show to explain why he thinks the Cavs won the Kyrie trade; if the Cavs are done dealing; and if there’s a chance he stays in Cleveland.Sugar Ray Leonard – Boxing Legend is in-studio to break down Mayweather/McGregor; how he would approach the fight from Mayweather’s perspective; and why he thinks there will be a knockout.Nick Wright – Host of First Things First, debuting on September 7 on FS1, joins the show to talk Kyrie to the Celtics; why it increases the chances LeBron stays; and how they could flip assets for Boogie Cousins.Jay Glazer – FS1 NFL Insider joins the show to talk Aaron Rodgers superiority; if he’ll ever leave Green Bay; if Odell Beckham is aware of maturity issues; and which rookies have stood out in his training camp tour. The Celtics won the Kyrie Irving trade, but Cleveland isn’t done dealingAfter a month of waiting, the Kyrie Irving trade between the Celtics and Cavs went from rumor to done deal in about an hour, last night. Boston gets Kyrie Irving, and Cleveland gets Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, something named Ante Zizic and the Nets 2018 1st round pick.Colin thinks Boston won the trade because he believes the team that gets the star always wins the trade, but he doesn’t think the Cavs aren’t done dealing yet in their pursuit to keep LeBron from leaving for L.A. next year, and will use the assets from this trade to flip in another deal in an attempt to convince him to stay.He sees the Cavs will still win the East this year, but the Celtics should be the Eastern Conference favorites starting in 2019, and go on a 4 or 5 year run as the dominant team in the conference. read more
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Zillow 2013-04-24 Tory Barringer April 24, 2013 408 Views Zillow: Q1 Home Values See ‘Sustainable’ Growth Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing After “”months of robust and largely unsustainable annual home value appreciation,”” the national housing market finally showed signs of moderation in this year’s first quarter, “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ reported Thursday.[IMAGE]Zillow’s Home Value Index (HVI) rose to $157,600 as of the end of Q1, up 0.5 percent over Q4 2012 and 5.1 percent over the same time last year. Quarterly home value appreciation in the fourth quarter was 2.1 percent–indicating the market is slowing down to a more sustainable pace, says Zillow chief economist Dr. Stan Humphries.””The national housing market has rebounded strongly over the past year. But the sometimes dramatic home value run-ups experienced during these months were never expected to be sustainable, and recent slowdowns are indicative of a market that is slowly finding its natural level,”” Humphries said.Not all markets saw a slowdown in growth, however. According to Zillow, five metros tracked by the company experienced year-over-year appreciation of more than 20 percent: Phoenix (up 24 percent); Las Vegas (up 22.3 percent); San Jose (up 22.1 percent); San Francisco (up 21.4 percent); and Sacramento (up 20.1 percent).In addition, seven of the top 30 metros covered by Zillow saw a decline in home values last quarter, “”[f]urther underscoring the unevenness of the recovery,”” the company reported. The New York metro posted a decline of 0.3 percent after three straight quarters of positive growth, while the Chicago area experienced depreciation of 1.4 percent after a flat fourth quarter in 2012.In the rental market, national rents rose 0.9 percent quarter-over-quarter and were 4.9 percent over Q1 2012. Zillow’s Rent Index stood at $1,290 as of March 31.According to Zillow’s research, housing markets can expect annual home value appreciation of roughly 3 percent, historically speaking. Looking ahead, the company’s Home Value Forecast shows national home values rising 3.2 percent through March 2014, an annual appreciation rate more in line with historic norms.””Looking forward, we expect annual home value appreciation to continue to slow, as more inventory comes up for sale. But pockets of very rapid appreciation will remain, a troubling sign of volatility and a potential future headache as affordability is compromised and homes begin to look much more expensive to average buyers,”” Humphries said. “”This affordability issue may become acute in many markets in a couple years once mortgage rates begin to return again the normal levels.”” read more
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A few seconds after Conor McGregor tapped Khabib Nurmagomedov’s arm and submitted to the champion’s choke, Nurmagomedov climbed the cage and leaped at the men in McGregor’s corner, setting off a prolonged brawl inside and outside the octagon.A seminal moment in mixed martial arts was immediately overshadowed by a tawdry ending Saturday night when the UFC’s infuriated lightweight champion took his conflict with McGregor beyond their bout.McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of his comeback fight at UFC 229 against Nurmagomedov, who then scaled the cage and scuffled with another fighter manning McGregor’s corner. Meanwhile, two men apparently from Nurmagomedov’s entourage climbed into the cage and attacked McGregor, who defended himself before security personnel separated everyone.Order was restored with no apparently serious injuries, but the scuffles immediately dwarfed one of the biggest and most lucrative shows in UFC history.“Been doing this for 18 years, and (on) the biggest night ever, I couldn’t be more disappointed,” UFC President Dana White said. “I’m not even mad. I’m just really disappointed.”Nurmagomedov’s purse has been withheld by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending an investigation, White said. He also claimed three members of Nurmagomedov’s camp were detained and released by police because McGregor refused to press charges against them.White acknowledged the UFC might strip its title from Nurmagomedov (27-0), a Dagestan-born Russian fighter who trains in San Jose, California.“If he gets suspended, it depends on how long his suspension is,” White said. “And if it’s a long suspension, yeah, he’s probably going to get it stripped.”Nurmagomedov appeared briefly at a post-fight news conference after midnight. He apologized to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, saying the brawl was “not my best side,” but also condemned McGregor’s barbed pre-fight taunts.“You cannot talk about religion,” Nurmagomedov said. “You cannot talk about nation. You cannot talk about this now.”Nurmagomedov also said he got a congratulatory phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who “told me he is very proud of me.”The wild scene occurred after McGregor (21-4) got caught in a choke by Nurmagomedov, who punctuated this simmering rivalry with an impressive victory over the superstar who infamously attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn last April. McGregor shattered the bus windows with a hand truck because he was angry about Nurmagomedov confronting one of his teammates earlier in the week.The post-fight trouble started when the Russian champion from Dagestan stepped away from the prone McGregor and immediately pointed at the Irishman’s corner, shouting and throwing his mouthpiece.The men in McGregor’s corner appeared to respond with taunts, and Nurmagomedov climbed over the fence and fought with Dillon Danis, a Bellator welterweight who trains with McGregor.One of the two men who attacked McGregor in the cage was widely identified as Zubaira Tukhugov. The Chechen featherweight is scheduled to fight in three weeks against Artem Lobov, the McGregor team member who was confronted by Nurmagomedov in April.White said if Tukhugov was the man in the ring, he will never fight again for the UFC.Nurmagomedov and McGregor both left the ring before the championship belt could be put around Nurmagomedov’s waist, and fans in the pro-Conor crowd threw beers and debris at Nurmagomedov on his way out. White said he feared a melee in an arena if he awarded the belt to Nurmagomedov.“I don’t even know what to say right now,” White said. “I’m just disgusted and sick over it. … We had so much security and (police) here. I didn’t see that one coming.”UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is Nurmagomedov’s teammate at their gym in San Jose, and he calmed Nurmagomedov after the bout.“Two wrongs don’t make it right,” Cormier tweeted after the brawl. “Conor didn’t deserve that. No one did. But some things aren’t for fight promotion. Religion, family, country. Throwing stuff in Brooklyn. For Khabib it wasn’t fight promotion, it was really personal. Diff culture man.”Nurmagomedov and McGregor made no secret of their mutual loathing in the past few months, and the UFC used footage of McGregor’s attack on the bus to promote UFC 229, which could be the best-selling pay-per-view card in UFC history. McGregor lobbed several creative insults at Nurmagomedov during the promotion of this matchup, including labeling Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, as a “snitch terrorist rat.”McGregor was arrested after seriously hurting two other fighters with broken glass from the bus attack in Brooklyn, but Nurmagomedov shrugged it off and won the lightweight title by beating Al Iaquinta. When McGregor agreed to return to the UFC, he eagerly accepted Nurmagomedov as his opponent.Before the post-fight madness, Nurmagomedov firmly asserted his grappling dominance over McGregor’s striking skill in the Irish superstar’s first MMA bout in 23 months. McGregor hadn’t been in a fight since losing his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather last year, and Nurmagomedov proved an insurmountably tough opponent for his comeback.McGregor’s dislike for Nurmagomedov likely fueled his decision to take a fight that created a difficult stylistic matchup for him. McGregor’s strength is his striking, while Nurmagomedov is one of the most dominant grapplers in UFC history.Four security guards separated the fighters while they didn’t touch gloves before the bout, and Nurmagomedov went for a takedown in the opening minute while dominating the opening round.Nurmagomedov staggered McGregor with a right hand early in the second round, but McGregor got up and landed a flying knee. Nurmagomedov made another takedown and steadily improved his position throughout a dominant round, eventually standing and raining down blows on the prone McGregor.Nurmagomedov decided to stand and strike with McGregor in the third round, apparently unafraid of McGregor’s famed power. McGregor landed several significant shots, but Nurmagomedov took them and eventually reasserted control against the cage.McGregor did decent work in the fourth round before Nurmagomedov got control, climbed on McGregor’s back and finally submitted the former two-division champion.All three judges’ scorecards favored Nurmagomedov 29-27, with the champion winning the second round 10-8 on all three cards. McGregor won the third round on every card.Before the main event, former interim 155-pound champion Tony Ferguson staked his claim to be the next contender for the lightweight belt with a thrilling stoppage victory over Anthony Pettis. Even Ferguson realized that anything he had done wouldn’t get much attention.“You’ve got these two knuckleheads over here making the sport look bad,” Ferguson said. “What I’m doing is cleaning up the sport. They want to be animals in there? I’m the dogcatcher.” by GREG BEACHAM, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2018 10:19 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Melee at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov chokes out McGregor Conor McGregor|fight|Nurmagomedov|ufc Conor, McGregor, left, and Khabib Nurmagomedov throw punches during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher) read more
by Jan M. Olsen, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2018 4:53 am PDT Last Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 6:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Another member quits body that awards Nobel literature prize COPENHAGEN – A member of the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature said Wednesday she is leaving the body, the latest person to quit amid sex abuse and financial crimes scandals at the exclusive group.Jayne Svenungsson is the eighth person to quit or to be forced off the 18-member board of the Swedish Academy since the scandals broke last year.Swedish broadcaster SVT reported that Svenungsson, who joined in December, left after “careful consideration.” The broadcaster quoted her as saying she wanted to focus on her full-time job as a university theology professor.The Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary, Anders Olsson, told Sweden’s TT news agency that “it has been an extremely hard year for all of us, I can understand the difficulty she has had as a new member to enter the academy in the middle of this war.”The scandals have led the troubled academy to postpone the 2018 literature prize, with the intention of awarding it in 2019. The body has elected three new members in recent weeks to try to fill the vacant seats.The academy’s troubles centred on Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in Sweden and the husband of former Swedish Academy member Katarina Frostenson. Arnault, 72, was convicted of rape in October and sentenced to two years in prison.Arnault has denied wrongdoing and appealed the ruling.The allegations against the Frenchman began in November 2017 when 18 women came forward in a Swedish newspaper with abuse accusations against him.An internal Swedish Academy investigation found in April that “unacceptable behaviour in the form of unwanted intimacy” had taken place within the ranks of the prestigious institution.But a fierce internal debate over how to face up to the academy’s flaws in responding to the misconduct divided its 18 members into hostile camps. Several members either left or disassociated themselves from the secretive academy.Its then permanent secretary, Sara Danius, quit in April at the same time as Frostenson, leading observers to wonder why some of Sweden’s most accomplished women appeared to the taking the fall for a man’s alleged misconduct.Many people in the Scandinavian nation, known for promoting gender equality, have expressed dismay over the scandal, which has led to accusations of patriarchal leanings among some academy members.After the sex abuse allegations surfaced, the Academy’s annual funding of 126,000 kronor ($14,000) to Arnault’s cultural centre was immediately stopped. The academy stressed it had not been paid to Arnault personally.He is also suspected of violating century-old Nobel rules by leaking names of winners of the prestigious award — allegedly seven times, starting in 1996.“It has been important and meaningful for me to contribute to the Academy’s reconstruction in the wake of the crisis that ironically coincided with my entry,” Svenungsson said, according to Swedish media. read more