Month: July 2019

LGBTQ space backed by Peter Thiels firm eyes former Farina space in

first_img 0% “Yass will turn us into a real fucking community,” a testimonial on the company’s site boasts.While space has shrunk, a vibrant LGBT community certainly exists in San Francisco.“I want to know who they’re talking about because we have a community, alive and thriving,” said Ani Rivera, executive director of Galería de la Raza, a gallery and events space that frequently hosts events and exhibits work by and about queer communities. She called on the community to focus instead on supporting existing organizations. “Now more than ever, as we’re seeing these spaces, we have to protect what we do have.”The fact that the club comes with a membership fee also didn’t go over well.“When we have the lives of trans women and the trans community still at the margins, that they need support … how is this accessible to the most marginalized folks?” Rivera asked. “It’s really difficult to be supportive and not think that they’re adding to more of displacement and gentrification happening in our community when they’re really not working in the community to make a space.”Rivera reacted to the placement of the space almost directly across from the Women’s Building, a decades-old nonprofit feminist organization rooted in lesbian activism, with particular chagrin.“That’s the piece that makes me almost cringe, is how tone-deaf they are to the community, coming in, and the historical legacy,” she said.An email to Yass for comment was not immediately returned. What, you ask, is happening to the old Farina space? A Peter Thiel-funded private club for gays called Yass— Jonathan Kauffman (@jonkauffman) December 7, 2017 Tags: LGBT • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img “Tran said he was not ready to announce Yass’s exact location in the Mission” – it’s clear from the rendering it’s at 18th and Dearborn, across the street from the Women’s Building, former site of Farina, which closed after a history of wage theft.— Larry-bob (@larrybobsf) December 7, 2017 A meetup space for queer people “accessible to every ‘letter’ plus more” apparently plans to move into the space where Italian restaurant Farina was evicted after its liquor license was seized by the state last summer.Yass, a kind of social club and co-working space for LGBTQ people, is planning to open in the Mission sometime in the spring. Though its founders have been mum on a specific location, a rendering published in the Guardian on Thursday shows that the intended space is 3560 18th St. at Dearborn, a fact quickly picked up by various San Francisco observers on Twitter.Yass has attracted attention because it is funded by a company co-founded by Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley magnate and billionaire who also backed President Donald Trump.The proposal has therefore been met with some skepticism and concerns about exacerbating gentrification. A rapidly changing neighborhood has already seen several LGBT spaces shuttered, including near the apparent new location of Yass. The city’s last lesbian bar, the Lexington Club, closed in 2015, and the former lesbian bar Amelia’s, now the Elbo Room, is expected to relocate as the building is developed.last_img read more

The strange and terrible saga of the Missions Sunset Idea House The

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “This is your Japanese pool here … underneath these pieces,” Swann continues. “Here’s your spa room, your wet bar, your half-bath, a full bathtub and there’s the elevator that takes you to all levels.” There is also, Swann casually notes, a 50-foot-high turbine in the backyard. It’s very rare, you know, for a house with a spa on the first floor to have a turbine in the backyard. And that’s why, a dozen years ago, buses would disgorge dozens of curious onlookers here at the corner of 25th and Alabama. Gawkers would pay $20 ($15 for seniors) to take a tour through the Mission’s “Sunset Idea House,” one of Sunset magazine’s “showcase homes.”  For nearly a century, this was no showcase but, rather, a typical Mission District structure, with two units on the second floor and ground floor commercial. Longtime neighbors recall a tile shop and, later, an appliance store on the first level prior to the spa and wet bar. In 1998, builder Robin Wilson and her then-partner, police officer Kelly Paul, bought the place and, several years later, erected a home the likes of which this city hadn’t seen before. Or, really, since. This fortress-like manse was, in the words of the Chronicle, “green to the gills.” Reclaimed everything. LEED-certified everything. Wind-, rain-, and sun-harnessing everything in a 4,800-square-foot two-unit structure with lots of open space and stark (but expensive) minimalism of the sort typifying modern opulence — and a 360-degree panorama of the city from the top floor to boot.“You’ve got some really great bones here,” says Swann in the present day. “It’s a great opportunity for someone to take something and make it their own.” This is also a verifiable fact, but it’s a jarring one. Great bones? This home is only a dozen years old and was a tourist attraction and source of considerable fanfare. And yet … it’s a wreck. When an unknown saboteur allegedly punched holes in the roofline just prior to torrential rains, the result was massive water damage seeping down through all levels of the 4,800-square-foot home. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.This place looks like Keith Moon cloned himself a dozen times over and spent several weeks debauching here. Large portions of the walls and ceilings have been ripped out and are stripped down to the wiring. The Japanese spa is empty and covered over with slats as if the inhabitants hurriedly fled following a reactor mishap. The pond in the backyard is choked with duckweed and the turbine isn’t turning. Things looked a lot better earlier this year. But, just prior to the torrential rainstorms of early 2019, someone allegedly ascended the walls here and punched holes in the roof line, leading to a deluge that soaked the house down to those great bones. For good measure, this unknown saboteur (or saboteurs) also tossed bagfuls of rocks down the plumbing lines. The resulting water remediation work at the Sunset Idea House required dozens of workmen to strip down those walls and ceilings, and line the interior of the vast house with plastic sheeting held together with zippers. It all resembled a scene out of Breaking Bad, Swann recalled. This apparent sabotage — which resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars of maintenance work and led to a $500,000 drop in the asking price down to $3.495 million — is just the latest twist in the strange and terrible saga of the Mission’s Sunset Idea House. In a dozen short years, it transmuted from a lofty green ideal to that worst of all combinations for San Francisco — vacant luxury housing. Vacant. But not uninhabited. On June 9, this notably photogenic intruder was removed from the property. Security footage from June 21 shows a remarkably similar looking man in the backyard. Neighbors have claimed a man matching this description has been in, on, or around the property at various times.On the afternoon of June 9, one of Swann’s colleagues was attempting to open the hulking front door of the property when, as recounted in a subsequent police report, “it abruptly closed and he heard the interior deadbolt lock.” Police were summoned. While the front door had been barricaded, most seven-bed seven-bath homes have a side door, and this one was no exception. The cops discovered a shoeless 31-year-old man with shoulder-length hair and a goatee on the third-story balcony, “sitting calmly in a chair.” This was unexpected. Former owner Wilson was foreclosed upon and evicted from the property in April 2018. Those chairs — and the house writ large — should’ve been unoccupied. The real estate agent didn’t want to make a big deal of it. He didn’t sign the citizen’s arrest form. The intruder did not have any outstanding warrants (though the police report notes he did have mugshots on file). He was not arrested but merely detained, which is why the police have not disclosed his identity. As for his appearance, however, “he looked like homeless Johnny Depp,” said Swann. Then she thought better of this redundant statement. “Johnny Depp is pretty much looking homeless these days.” Depp’s whereabouts are unknown. But his doppelgänger appears fixated on the house on the corner of 25th and Alabama. Upstairs, its glass door has been knocked off the rails. A neighbor earlier this month called Swann and told her a man had scaled the building and then ambled out the front door. Did he resemble Captain Jack Sparrow? “Yes,” says Swann. “Yes, he did.” Security footage from June 21, meanwhile, reveals a man with shoulder-length hair and a goatee calmly reading a newspaper in the backyard before bedding on the patio. Neighbors say the cops are here now every week or two. When asked why, they matter-of-factly reply, “squatters.” During our walkthrough, what may have been a makeshift bed crafted of towels was visible in one of the home’s many bedrooms. Inexplicably, a copy of the book The Time of Mute Swans was sitting on a countertop on the home’s top floor. Swann hadn’t seen that before. But if this was a cryptic message for her, she didn’t seem fazed. “Johnny’s on the prowl,” she said, “so now we have a really great security system and burglar alarm system.” This, she says, won’t be a problem for the next owner. Swann envisions “tech gentlemen who live together and work on ideas and thoughts and processes together” or, perhaps, a well-off multigenerational family. Neither of these scenarios would probably be judged as ideal by the home’s neighbors. But, at this point, the they appear to be ready for it. They just want a little sanity. Is that too much to ask? It has been, so far. From the exterior, this dream house is still quite dreamy. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Irony is hard to define. But, here goes. The Sunset Idea House was pitched as a green dream and the energy-efficient home of the future. Not only was there the ubiquitous turbine, there were also solar panels and efficient materials. And yet, in February 2009, the neighbors called the Department of Building Inspection and complained that the Sunset Idea House was siphoning off their electricity. “Electricity is being tapped by the neighbor for a long period of time,” reads the DBI report. Well, that’s one way to be efficient. To paraphrase the old Jackie Mason joke, if you can’t get it wholesale, steal it. On top of all this, the wiring used for the siphoning was described as substandard: “Wiring is in the weather with no protection and of non-weather-rated construction.” Complaints from the Department of Building Inspection were plentiful here. Among many observations tucked away in these voluminous reports, this house was built five feet wider than permitted. And these Building Inspection complaints have continued, even after Wilson lost the home in 2018 and ownership was assumed by a Southern California-based LLC called Stoneridge. As for Wilson, court records turned up five bankruptcy cases between 2008 and 2017 alone. Clearly there were money issues here, which led to the use of this home as a short-term rental bonanza and event/party space — in contravention of San Francisco law. “It was an odd situation,” says one neighbor. “It was so obviously Airbnb’d. There were always different people out on the patio. Young people. A lot of people coming in and out.” Neighbor Frances Taylor sums up these revelers as “Arrogant white people holding drinks and hogging the sidewalk.” The city, meanwhile, citing “continuing and flagrant” violations of short-term rental laws, fined Wilson nearly $60,000. Disgruntled Yelp reviewers, some of whom juxtaposed the high asking price of the unit and amenities such as a coffee pot held together with duct tape — on the inside of the pot — complained to the city and attempted to get their money back. You’re not going to believe this, but they were unsuccessful. And the city has not yet collected either. And good luck to anyone who thinks that’ll happen. Your humble narrator was unable to reach Wilson, who did not return our phone messages. And now we’re on to the next phase at 25th and Alabama, whatever that is. Taylor, for one, welcomes it. A dozen years ago, she pointed out the hypocrisy of buses idling on the block to accommodate environmental tourism. Nothing in the ensuing years has softened her opinion of the place. Nobody knows quite what’s coming next. But, whatever it is, Taylor is likely to be less than thrilled. “How many families could be living in that space?” she asked. “And, instead,” she says, her voice dripping with disdain, “it’s a showpiece.” Photo by Abraham Rodriguez. Bankruptcies, a short-term rental bonanza, charges of tapping power from neighbors — and, now, a Johnny Depp look-alike squatter — are the legacy of this vacant local landmark. So far.  Photo by Abraham Rodriguez. A sauna room in the bottom floor of the main house. 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Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.“It’s very rare,” real estate agent Rachel Swann tells us, “that you come into a house where the first floor is a spa level.” You know what? That’s true. That’s a verifiable fact. And yet, here we are with an honest-to-goodness spa at our feet and photographer Abe Rodriguez about ready to stumble into it while he runs around snapping pictures of this amazing place. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

HAVING waited three weeks for their first match of

first_imgHAVING waited three weeks for their first match of the new season the Reserves definitely blew the cobwebs away with a great 20-10 victory against a Rovers outfit at the unfamiliar, and very windy, confines of West Hull ARLFC writes Graham Henthorne.The victory was based on a solid defensive display which foiled everything that the home side could throw at it.With the wind in their favour in the opening stanza the Saints continually put themselves under pressure with silly handling errors in their own half. Five or six times a stray pass or knock on forcing a silly pass down the left side gifted possession to the home side in good field position. It is a testament to the scrambling defence on show from the Saints that Rovers only managed to pierce the Saints defensive line once in the first half, and that way out of the left touchline.Having conceded the opening score the Saints finally managed to get into Rovers territory at quarter time on the back of a penalty. First Nathan Ashe probed down the right before the ball was spread left eventually ending up with Carl Forster who dummied a kick out wide before plunging over himself at the side of the posts. Dom Speakman converted to give the Saints the lead.Despite having a gale at their backs the Saints never managed to get good enough field position to use the wind continually being forced onto the back foot by poor handling.On the half hour another penalty saw the Saints again in Rovers half of the pitch only for Speakman to be denied at the line on the last when there was an overlap out wide if only he’d looked up.Coach Talbot reminded the team at half time that despite a 55% completion rate they were still ahead, although the wind would be a difficult obstacle to overcome.The home side should have gone ahead immediately on the restart as a high bomb had Jaydon Sandford in a spin only for the Rovers winger to knock on with the line at his mercy.Sandford mad amends with a weaving run deep into Rovers ground only to see the ball go to ground two tackles later. And when Corey Lee broke free around the Rovers winger only to kick ahead to their full back, there was a sense that this might not be Saint’s day, especially when Rovers took the lead minutes laterHowever, the Saints drew on their reserves of strength and fitness and took the fight to the home side in the final quarter.A cross kick on the last from Ashe found Corey Lee in acres of space having replaced the injured Sandford on the wing and he scampered in for the try, improving it enough for Jordan Case to be able to just convert against the howling gale.Yet more desperate defence kept Rovers out and a relieving penalty saw the Saints in the opposition half. Speakman darted out of dummy half and quick hands to the left corner from Scott Hale and Josh Jones saw Lee in for his second.Case couldn’t convert leaving the Saints hanging onto a six point lead but the home side, having thrown everything at the Saints in vain, were a spent force. Carl Forster was held up over the line but from the resultant play the ball Danny Yates shot through the line to seal the win.As Coach Talbot said, last year the Reserves may have buckled in the second half but this side showed great character to come back and win.Forster, Ant Walker, Hale and Joe Greenwood took the team forward in a hard fought win for the Reserves against an experienced Rovers outfit.Match SummaryHull KR:T: Scott, Taylor (C.)G: BeharrellSt Helens:T: Lee 2, Forster, YatesG: Speakman, CaseHT: 4-6Teams:Hull KR: Luke Hardcastle; David Scott, Chris Heil, Curtis Pullen, James Beaumont; Kristian Bell, Matthew Beharrell; Loyd Ofori, Keil Carlile, Jason Nethrton, George Griffin, Aaron Ollett, Tyler Hepi.Subs: Joe Gay, Callum Tayloy, Sam Jowsey, Sonny Esslemont.St. Helens: Corey Lee; Greg Wilde, Adam Swift, Josh Jones, Jayden Sandford; Nathan Ashe, Danny Yates; Jordan Hand, Dominic Speakman, Karl Forster, Scott Hale, Joe Greenwood, Danny Jones.Subs: Marcus Baines, Anthony Walker, Jordan Case, Joe Bate.last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Sto

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Stobart Super League Round 26 game with London Broncos at Langtree Park.Michael Shenton and Chris Flannery miss out but Jon Wilkin, Josh Jones and Ade Gardner are recalled.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 19. Andy Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 26. Josh Jones.Tony Rea will choose his London side from:1. Luke Dorn, 3. Jamie O’Callaghan, 4. David Howell, 5. Michael Robertson, 7. Craig Gower, 8. Antonio Kaufusi, 9. Chad Randall, 10. Mark Bryant, 13. Tony Clubb, 14. Julien Rinaldi, 18. Olsi Krasniqi, 19. Daniel Sarginson, 21. Kieran Dixon, 22. Ben Bolger, 23. Omari Caro, 28. Michael Channing, 30. Scott Wheeldon, 31. Will Lovell, 32. Mike McMeeken.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.Tickets are on sale for the game too and details are here.Stat Pack:2012 Meeting:London Broncos 24, St Helens 34 (SLR1, 4/2/12)Super League Summary:St Helens won 34 (includes win in 2003 play-offs)London Broncos won 52 drawsUps and Downs:St Helens highest score: 62-16 (H, 2003) (Widest margin: 54-0, A, 2008)London Broncos highest score: 40-6 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)last_img read more

GET yourself down to the John Smiths Stadium in H

first_imgGET yourself down to the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield to celebrate the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup.For just £10, fans can enjoy listening to a galaxy of rugby league stars who will discuss their World Cup memories, the 2013 tournament and the future of international rugby league.There will also be film from past tournaments and exhibitions of memorabilia from many of the leading clubs.Speakers and panellists include David Oxley CBE, Neil Fox MBE, Dave Woods, Angela Powers, Garry Schofield OBE, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Bev Risman OBE, John Kear, Gary Hetherington, Johnny Whiteley and Tony Collins.Event organiser David Thorpe said: “Our aim has been to make this event affordable for the fans. Tickets, which include morning and afternoon refreshments and a buffet lunch, cost just £10. I doubt there will never be another event like this. It really is a unique opportunity to listen to and meet so many of the game’s leading names in one place.“They are all giving generously of their time to so that fans can enjoy a day to remember.”Doors open to the exhibitions in the main stand at The John Smith’s Stadium at 9.30am and the first panel begins in the Revell Ward Suite at 11.30am and will run through the day, with breaks for lunch and refreshments, until about 4.45pm.There is plenty of free parking at the stadium.Tickets can be purchased online at, by ringing (01484) 484134 or by emailing sportsinspire@talktalk.netlast_img read more

Saints went ahead early in the first half and it w

first_imgSaints went ahead early in the first half and it was nip and tuck until we scored in the last 30 seconds of the game to win 40-36.Gareth Foster, Head Coach of the Saints LDRL, mentioned: “I’m incredibly proud of the boys tonight. They got stuck in, worked together and really made their club proud. Both teams were absolutely fantastic.”Assistant Coach Gareth Friar added: “It was brilliant seeing all the smiling faces at the end of the game by both teams. It shows that everyone loved playing the sport win or lose. I’m so proud of our team and what we have achieved in a small amount of time.”Saints:2. Chris Foster, 3. Josh Bold, 5. Jordon Derbyshire, 6. Faye Gaskin, 7. Jamie Cross, 8. Connor Harrison, 9. Michael Thompson (C), 10. Mathew Hanley, 11. Luke Evans, 12. Jamie Leatherbarrow, 13. Gareth Friar, 14. Tom Blanthorne, 15. Adam McGrath.last_img read more

Matty Smith and Matty Costello have been recalled

first_imgMatty Smith and Matty Costello have been recalled to the side with both Dom Peyroux and Ryan Morgan ruled out through injury.Justin Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba, 30. Matty Costello.Steve McNamara will choose his Dragons side from:1. David Mead, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 5. Fouad Yaha, 6. Samisoni Langi, 8. Rémi Casty, 10. Sam Moa, 11. Louis Anderson, 12. Benjamin Garcia, 14. Julian Bousquet, 15. Mikael Simon, 17. Jason Baitieri, 19. Michael McIlorum, 20. Lewis Tierney, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 22. Lucas Albert, 31. Tony Gigot, 32. Mickael Goudemand, 33. Josh Drinkwater, 34. Kenny Edwards.The game kicks off at 12:30pm and the referee is Robert Hicks.The game is now sold out.last_img read more

Hope Abounds Build sand castles to benefit those fighting cancer

first_img You can show off your castle building skills this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Surf City Welcome Center.The money raised will go to help local women, teens and children currently undergoing cancer treatment.Participants will have up to 3 hours to build their own sand castle with tools they bring to the beach.Related Article: Families compete in sandcastle build-off at Ocean Isle BeachClick here to get involved. Sand Castles (Photo: CBS News) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Attention sand castle lovers! There is an event happening this weekend to benefit people who are battling cancer.Hope Abounds is holding an event to crown the “Castles for Cancer Champion”.- Advertisement – last_img

WC Lanier dies remembered for impact on community

first_imgW.C. Lanier (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man behind several festivals and expos in our area has died.W.C. Lanier died Tuesday night. He brought the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo to Wilmington for several years. He was also the event coordinator for the North Carolina Rice Festival in Belville, and the organizer of the Cape Fear BBQ Festival.- Advertisement – In previous interviews, Lanier said he liked bringing the community together and enjoyed showing off everything our area has to offer.His funeral is set for Friday at Scotts Hill Baptist Church. Visitation is at 2 p.m. with a service at 3 p.m.last_img

Downtown Wilmington community overflows with support for storm victims

first_img Cape Fear Spice Merchants- 20 Market Street      Donating $1.00 from each sale of coffee and tea to go from Oct 1-31, 2018. We will also donate $1.00 from the sale of our House made Hurricane Black Tea and our newly created Sunny Days Citrus Spice Rub October 1-31. Owners Gary and Sue Coleman will personally match a portion of the money raised from the sale of all of the above.Bloke- 216 Princess Street    Donate 2% of our total sales for the whole month of October.October 19th from 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM will be donating 8% of all sales from that day to celebrate their 8th Anniversary.Pure Life Wellness Center- 346 Nutt Street     Immune Boosting Tea (20 Oz)-  Donate $1 for each one soldSmoothie:  Immune Boosting, Mold Spore Reducing (20oz)- Donating $1 for each one soldWellness Shot (4 oz)- Donating $1 for each one soldYogurt & Parfait (6oz)- $2 for each one soldRelated Article: Deputies fired after driving van into floodwaters, killing two Camillions- 112 Market Street, Unit AGLASS NAIL FILE MEDIUM – #OVERFLO  ($4 of each one sold will go toward OverFlo Hurricane relief organizations)Manifest Design- 200 N. Front StreetExtra !0% off the lowest price in the VaultIsland Passage- 4 Market StreetGiving 20% off an item for a $5 donation to NC Nourishedet by Island Passage- 302 N. Front StreetGiving 20% off an item for a $5 donation to NC NourishArt in Bloom- 210 Princess StreetAn Art raffle will continue through October 26th.  All proceeds will benefit Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (an emergency food pantry). Tickets are $1.00 each and may be purchased during Tues – Sat, 10 am to 6 pm and until 7:30 pm on Fourth Friday Gallery Night in the gallery. Drawing of the winning ticket will be on Fourth Friday, Oct 26, at 7:30 pm.  You do not have to be present to win.  The person who wins the raffle will receive his or her choice of any one work of art in the gallery.  Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization that has been helping hungry people in our community for over 32 years. Little Light Photography by Kate   Sunday, October 21st–  Family portrait fundraiser. Here’s the link to the event: $50 from every regular portrait session booked downtown.   317-702-5236Theatre Now- 19 S. 10th Street  For the Month- “OverFLO” themed cocktail with $5 of every drink sold going toward the “OverFLO” fundOctober 27, TheatreNOW will host a kids “Super Saturday Fun Time” event free of charge but with suggested $5 donation to go to NourishNC specifically (or OverFLO generally). This will be a Halloween themed kids live theatrical show with a mystery ala “Scooby Doo” with the Dock the Dog and the Dock Street Kids solving mysteries.Sheffield Art Gallery- 802-A N. 4th Street25% of sales Oct 26 Fourth Friday or any sale by appointment in OctThe Golden Gallery- 311 N. Front Street       Several art raffles with proceeds going to the OverFlo CampaignRiver to Sea Gallery- 224 S. Water Street         Tuesday, 10/23 and Friday 10/26 at 6:00 PM-  Hosting a Cape Fear Paint & Wine class taught by exhibiting gallery artist Rebecca Duffy Bush. This discounted class will be just $30 per person with $10/ticket going towards the OverFlo campaign. Class will be held 6:00-8:00. Includes two glasses of wine or beer, a gorgeous view and a finished painting for you to take home. Space is limited and reservations are required. Message or call 910.763.3380 to reserve your seat today.Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts- 307 N. Front StreetSupporting the post-Florence effort to help our community with the “Overflo Fundraising Raffle” of handcrafted artwork!Visit us on 4th Friday, October 26 (and all weekend)Purchase tickets from us ($5 each or $20 for 5)View our handcrafted artwork donated by our members – ALL valued individually or grouped at $50+Drop a ticket in each bag for the artwork you’d like to win. Drop one each in several bags or put all in one bag for more chances to win a specific item.Winners will be drawn and notified on Sunday, October 28 at 3PM The Downtown community is rallying to help local people hurt by Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WDI) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Businesses throughout downtown Wilmington are doing what they can to help storm victims. Many are offering specials deals for you while also giving back to those in need.Here’s a list of the places that are offering specials deals:Front Street Brewery- 21 N. Front StreetBeginning Oct 1- Donating $1 from every Oktoberfest Beer we pour to the #GetOverFlo effort. We have 2 batches of this beer, so this should last us well into November.Donating $1 from every $9.99 Pulled Chicken NachoMondays and Tuesdays, Boneless Chicken Wing Special – 6 for $3Regular daily drink specials of $2.99 Well Drinks on Mondays and $1.99 Mugs of Beer on Tuesdays.Pour Taproom- 201 N. Front StreetFor the Month- “Serve others by serving your yourself” penny for every ounce poured to be donatedOct 8-14- 1/2 of Proceeds from Taproom Nachos will go to CharityOct 12th Weekend: Ballast Point 40 tap takeoverBenny’s Big Time Pizzeria – 206 Greenfield StFor the month- we will have a special pizza that 50% of all sales go to hurricane reliefOct 22- Beer dinner with New Anthem Brewing. 100% of the proceeds go directly to donations. Tickets will be 60 dollars with a cap of 65 tickets available.  Tickets will go on sale on October 1st. Use this link: N Bake- 114 Princess Street$2 to Over Flo for each 1/2 Donuts we sellBoombalatti’s – 1005 N. 4th StreetSpecial designed sticker logo with Over Flo to sell and donate 100% of sales to the campaign. Only 100 will be available. To purchase, visit Basics- 319 N. Front StreetCocktails for Carolina: Profits from the cocktail menu featuring NC distilleries are donatedSavorez- 402 Chestnut StreetDonating $2 from every sale of Arroz Con Pollo, which is made using local chicken legs from Kyle Stenerson at Humble Roots Farm in Porters NeckDonating $2 from the sale of each of our rum punch special, the “Flo-RidaIronclad- 115 N. 2nd StreetFundraising event on Fri, Oct 12th from 5:00 PM- 10:00 PM. $1 of every “Hurricane Relief Session IPA” will go toward Tidewater Brewing to help with their rebuild efforts (We are continuing this fundraising effort for the entire batch of beer not just 12 Oct) $1 of every “Double Bach” and “White Lager” sold during the event will go toward the Good Shepard Center. Modern Legend (Their location was damaged) is going to set up items for sale within Ironclad during this event”Pilot House – 2 Ann StreetEntree- $27 ($5 donation to OverFlo with each purchased)Stuffed trout with lemon brown butter with wild rice pilaf and broccoliniDrink SpecialsCape Fear Passion- $8 ($2 donation to Overflo with each purchased)- passion fruit vodka, light rum, triple sec, lemon juice and bittersAcai of the Storm- $7 ($2 donation to Overflo with each purchased)- Absolut Berri Acai vodka, simple syrup, lemon juiceWake you like a Hurricane- $8 ($2 donation to Overflo with each purchased)- Espresso vodka, coconut rum, amaretto”Elijah’s- 2 Ann StreetApp specialsCalamari $11 ($2 donation to Overflo with each purchased)- Tubes and tenticals, lightly fried, horseradish creme and marinaraBuffalo Shrimp $13 ($2 donation to Overflo with each purchased)- Deep fried buffalo shrimp, buffalo sauce, celery, ranch and blue cheeseEntree special $27 ($5 donation to OverFlo with each purchased)Salmon Florence-tine- Grilled Salmon, portobello risotto, roasted tomato and asparagus chutney. creamed spinach pesto, toasted almonds and fried leeksDrink SpecialsThe Blue Tarp $7 ($2 donation to Overflo with each purchased)- Blueberry vodka, blue curacao, pineapple and spriteThe Aftermath $8 ($2 donation to Overflo with each purchased)- Gudiva chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, baileys, amaretto”Hell’s Kitchen- 118 Princess StreetTaco Tuesdays- Every Tuesday during October $1 will be donated for each taco sold.Little Dipper- 138 S. Front StreetFeaturing a drink this month called, #Overflo Apple Mule! Little Dipper will donate $1 for every one sold, originally $8.Anne Bonny’s- 108 S. Water Street$1 donated for every NC Style Pulled Pork Sandwich with Fries$.50 donated for every Wrightsville Beach Brewing Specialty Raspberry Lime Lauter purchasedYosake- 33 S. Front Street$1 dollar for every firecracker shrimpDram & Morsel- 33 S. Front Street$2 dollars for every weekly specialHusk- 33 S. Front Street$1 dollar for any food item purchased$1 dollar for every yard attributed to Cam Newton for the rest of this month!Beer Barrio- 34 N. Front StreetDonate $1 of our bacon brownie dessert!Manna- 123 Princess StreetOct 9- Oct 27- Collaboration with Kellogg Selections and Winemaker Eric Railsback. Presquile Pinot Noir will be a wine by the glass option with #3 donated from every glass ordered.Oct 16- Oct 20- “High Pressure System”- our riff on a Manhattan with Eujan Craig and a “twist”. $2 will be donated for every drink ordered during this period.Flytrap Brewing- 319 Walnut StreetOct 15 from 3:00 PM- 10:00 PM- $1 for ever beer purchased will be donated to the OverFlo Campaign.K38- 5410 Oleander Dr (Wilmington) and 8211 Market St (Porters Neck)Original K38 Baja Fish Tacos- $1 for every Baja Fish Taco sold during the month of October- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cold flu season influences RSV cases

first_img RSV season is from September to May which, is similar to cold and flu season. We are currently in the season’s peak.“Because babies breathe from their noses…when their nose is stopped, they can have more significant respiratory systems,” said Dr. Sheri Carroll.Carroll says the increase in RSV cases is normal and this restriction is a routine safety measure.Related Article: Wilmington YMCA is booming with businessShe says when lab tests confirm that the RSV and flu season are over the visitation restrictions will be raised. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center is increasing visiting restrictions for their women’s and children hospital, after a seasonal respiratory virus returns.RSV is a respiratory illness that mostly impacts premature infants and children. Currently, all children 12 and under are not allowed to visit patient care areas in the women’s and children’s hospital.- Advertisement – last_img read more

EU enforcing price caps on calls and texts tomorrow

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> New maximum pricing will be introduced tomorrow for EU citizens making calls and text messages to EU and international numbers.The new legislation states that consumers will pay the capped prices of 19 cents per minute for a phone-call and 6 cents for a text message, plus VAT.The creation of a uniform price regulation is aimed at fixing fluctuations in prices found across the European Union. It is understood that there have been previous occasions where average prices for calls between EU numbers has been around 3 times the price for a fixed or mobile intra-EU call than that of a normal domestic call. It is also reported that has been around 10 times for an intra-EU call greater than a standard domestic call. As for texts, messages have been reported to have been double the price of that within a member state.The changes are understood to affect personal users and taking affect across the 28 EU member states on Wednesday with a gradual roll out with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The changes will exclude business customers.Reflecting on the new pricing system, the Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip said, ‘The price caps for calls within the EU is a concrete example on how the Digital Single Market makes a difference to people, in their daily lives. In fact, building a Digital Single Market has created 35 new digital rights and freedoms. Overall the new telecoms rules will help the EU to meet growing connectivity needs of Europeans and boost the EU’s competitiveness.’WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Social Lending Brings a SeaChange to Global Financial Services Industry

first_imgAdvertisement This new Person-to-Person model of lending uses the Web to disrupt the financial services industry by directly linking people and groups who have cash to invest with people and even small businesses who want to borrow money. Consumers are able, as a result, to lend and borrow money at more competitive interest rates than they could get from the banks and without the excessive charges and fees.We started to see the rise of the first major social lending marketplaces in Europe and the US around five or six years ago, and since then they have grown from tiny operations into a major force in the global financial services industry. Gartner predicts that Peer-to-Peer lending will account for 10% of all outstanding consumer personal loans by end 2013.In the US, Peer-to-Peer loans have eclipsed more than $1 billion since 2006 and social loan volumes calculated by the two largest players in the US are around $50 million a month and growing, according to a report by TechCrunch. In the last 30 days, these two lending marketplaces issued 5,600 new loans totalling nearly $64 million with a borrower average interest rate of 15.81%. – Advertisement – Institutional investors are now pouring money into platforms like Lending Club and Prosper. With banking execs such as John Mack, former CEO of Morgan Stanley, joining social lending platform Lending Club, the industry is rapidly gaining credibility in North America. As Mack puts it: “When you think about what a bank does for customers, it takes deposits and makes personal loans. You don’t need to go to a bank to do that.”In the UK, the likes of the Bank of England and deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, are talking about Peer-to-Peer lenders as a viable alternative to high street banks in a world where credit is tight and expensive. “Small Peer-to-Peer lenders like Zopa and Funding Circle could in time replace high street banks,” Clegg said in an address to the UK parliament.  Around the world, social lending is on the rise, and it can be expected to be big in South Africa, too.So, what has caused social lending’s worldwide rise? The global economic crisis is certainly one factor. Trust is one of the biggest assets any bank owns and faith in the banking sector has been shaken to its roots by financial turmoil. Against this backdrop, people around the world are questioning why they should not take back a bit of the power they have traditionally given to the banks.Another reason people are looking to social lending is that they are becoming more and more comfortable with social networks and crowdsourcing. From group buying to open-source software to social sharing of news and information, we count on the crowd for a range of needs. Why not social lending, provided it’s transparent and well-managed?Social lending is ultimately about people power. Consumers are beginning to understand that there is something fundamentally flawed in a model where banks loan money out at prime plus two or three, take cash deposits on interest rates below prime, and essentially pocket the difference, in addition to a range of charges and fees.For that, reason, the rise of social lending could pose a serious threat for South Africa’s banking oligopoly. It is a direct challenge to them to innovate and drive some of the high costs and complexities out of their lending models after years of stagnation in product strategy.In South Africa, we have had social lending in an offline form called stokvels for years. According to AMPS 2011, 40% of the South African population currently belong to a stokvel. There are around 811,000 stokvels with an estimated value of R44 billion in South Africa. Specialised social lending platforms essentially bring stokvels into the Internet age.By taking care of administration, collections and scale, such Person-to-Person lending marketplaces could grow to 100,000 member communities of people lending to and borrowing from each other. This would provide for huge scale and dramatically reduce risk.No one is better positioned for social lending than banks with their systems, infrastructure, and customer credit data, for example, but they have chosen to ignore the trend, perhaps hoping it will completely bypass South Africa.With new players ready to challenge the large industry players, they may soon discover that South Africans are looking for better ways to manage their finances. Consumers are looking for ways to free themselves from the debt management issues and high interest rates of the formal banking sector. Person-to-Person lending may be the alternative that many of them are looking for.If the global growth numbers are any indicator, social lending is set to explode in South Africa, too. If it does, expect to see some of the most exciting changes we have seen in the local banking sector for years as banks start to rethink their traditional approaches to cash loans. About RainFinRainFin is pioneering the concept of social lending in South Africa. The company provides an online marketplace that brings together creditworthy borrowers and smart lenders so that both parties can benefit.The secure and transparent RainFin platform provides a compelling alternative to banks for borrowers and lenders alike. Borrowers can access funds at lower interest rates and with better terms and conditions than they could through a bank while lenders can achieve superior returns on money they loan to others.Founded by technology and financial entrepreneurs Sean Emery and Hannes van der Merwe, Rainfin is funded by South African capital.For more information, visit www.rainfin.comBy Sean Emery, co-founder and CEO of RainFinAbout Sean EmerySean Emery is the CEO and a co-founder of RainFin, holding responsibility for all aspects of the RainFin business. Before starting RainFin, Emery was involved in a range of disruptive start-ups in the media and technology spaces. His global career spans management roles in technology and media businesses in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.last_img read more

Uganda Renewable energy investment to bolster the governments Rural Electrification Program

first_imgAdvertisement Private Investors have been urged to shift focus to renewable energy technology like solar to capture the vast market available in areas without access to the national power grid, this would also bolster the government’s Rural Electrification Program seeking to uplift standards of the rural population. This was said by the Works and transport minister Eng. Abraham Byandala.“The largest section of our population (85%) has no access to electricity and some of those that access it are constrained by its periodical bills, yet with solar, the investment is only big in the initial stages but don’t come with continuous costs; so this is a lucrative investment area,” he said.He said this while  addressing Luwero residents at St. Andrew Kaggwa Secondary School during the launching of the Solar Digital Television System, a new innovation by StarTimes coming to close the power distribution and reliability gap responsible for low television penetration rate in rural areas.“With this new television technology designed for people with no access to hydro-electricity, we are optimistic that the population accessing TVs will increase ahead of the ongoing mandatory digital migration and people’s standards of living will be improved considerably,” he said.The company chief executive officer Kevin Chen explained that the system come with solar panels designed to power different solar powered television sets in terms of size and voltage, while some can, in addition be used to power other home appliances like radios and bulbs. – Advertisement – He added that that with a 25 year warranty, the new solar innovation is one of the key undertakings the company is implementing to meet its nationwide network coverage agenda targeting to double the subscribers base from the current 180,000 people by mid next year.Credit: New Visionlast_img read more

What to do When Youve Finished With Your XBOX Games

first_imgXBox 360 Advertisement XBox 360After months, sometimes years of dedication and perseverance, you have finally completed your favourite video game. That 100% mark that has been eluding you for so long has at last been reached. Next will come the decision of whether to keep the game for a future rematch or make room in your collection for the next gaming challenge. Luckily, if you do decide on the latter option, there are now a number of ways in which you can get rid of your old games and possibly make a little money on them too.Keep Amongst FriendsIt is probably a given that if you are a big fan of console games, many of your friends will be too. Many long discussions can be had amongst friends on subjects such as ‘the best games you have ever played’ or ‘how to get past the boss on level twenty-six.’ This shared love of gaming is a huge bonus if you decide to sell one of your old games to a friend. Be aware though, you may feel a little awkward asking a friend too high an asking price. – Advertisement – Boot Sales and Online AuctionsThe major advantage with selling your game on an online auction site is the huge potential market open to you. Conversely, there is sure to be a large amount of other sellers offering exactly the same game as you and this then becomes a matter of deciding whether to sacrifice any chance of a decent profit in order to get rid of your game. Boot sales are notorious for attracting many customers who are looking to pay next to nothing for most things, so don’t expect to make too much money on your games at one of these.Sell Online to a Reputable DealerA guaranteed way to get rid of your used Xbox games is to sell directly to dealers and retail companies online. You will be offered a fixed price on your game and often the price of posting it is covered too. The prices offered will vary from company to company, so a little research beforehand is advisable. It is also worth checking out the reviews of previous customers who have sold their games this way just to be sure the company you are dealing with is reputable.The continued popularity of both the original Xbox and the Xbox 360 mean that the market for used game titles is vast. This ensures that, today, it is easier than ever to sell your old games in order to take on the new challenge of one of the latest exciting releases.Julian Hall is a video gamer of many years’ experience. He has written on this subject for a wide range of websites, blogs and printed publications. The Xbox remains one of his favourite consoles and he believes it is a testament to the machine’s enduring appeal that there is still a huge market in which to get rid of your used Xbox games when you have completed them.last_img read more

Social Express Partners With Prognari to Equip African Children With Skills Required

first_imgAdvertisement Language Express Inc., Social Express today announced its partnership with Prognari, an Africa-focused education value-add organization that seeks to develop social, emotional intelligence capabilities and life skills in children and young adults. This strategic partnership supports both companies’ objective of equipping the 21st century African child with the skills required to be successful in school and life.The Social Express is an animated Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) software designed to teach children and young adults how to think about and manage social interaction situations. It helps them develop meaningful social relationships and ultimately succeed in life.“We are excited to bring The Social Express to the African market. Through user testimonials, we have seen positive results in over 70 countries. Prognari will bring the knowledge, reach and expertise that we wanted in a strategic partner for Africa,” Marc Zimmerman, CEO of The Language Express, Inc. commented in a statement. – Advertisement – The World Economic Forum, in its March 2016 report titled, ‘New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning through Technology,’ noted that “In order to thrive in the 21st century, students need more than traditional academic learning. They must be adept at collaboration, communication and problem-solving, which are some of the skills developed through SEL. Coupled with mastery of traditional skills, social and emotional proficiency will equip students to succeed in the swiftly evolving digital economy”.Emmanuel Udoro, the Corporate Communications Director at Prognari said, “Our overriding vision at Prognari, has always been to proactively equip African children and young adults for life in the 21st Century and beyond through experiential and targeted learning.”“Our partnership with Social Express moves us closer to achieving our objective and will see us taking The Social Express to the length and breadth of the African continent,” he adds.The Social Express Africa, which is accessed via the internet on mobile devices (currently available only on iPads and desktop platforms), runs a series of interactive web episodes and mobile apps that can be used by the learner independently, or with a teacher in a group.In addition to equipping children with SEL abilities, Prognari is working with The Language Express to reduce the incidence of bullying in schools through the Cool School programme; an interactive and animated anti-bullying programme designed for elementary school learners.last_img read more

BENS BLOG A genuine and inspirational wonkyleg

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]efore an evening of torturous, standing-up, Group-Socialising got into full flow, last night, Blog, we managed to cross-question some Luarca locals, to root out a decent little eatery. What immediately struck us, on arrival, though, was that the waiter had a terrible problem with one of his legs. And not a made-up one, either. All night long, all night, he dragged his leg around the tables, to serve the diners. It really was desperate to see. When we chatted with him, he told us that he was from South America, and that he didn’t worry about his wonky-leg one bit. What a truly inspirational comment, Blog. What a strong and humble man. He has crossed the World, all on his own, leaving his disability behind – because he wants to get ahead in life. MARCH ON, SOLDIER. I wonder though, Blog. I wonder if he’s got an HR department, laid on, that he can go quivering to, everytime he’s got a problem in his life? GET ON WITH IT, YOU WET ENGLISH WHITEYS.In other news:Restaurante Sport, sounds like the type of place that might be full of Football-Shirts, who head-butt each other, everytime there’s a goal they don’t like. It’s actually the oldest restaurant in Luarca, very smartly and traditionally decorated, and serves up a good selection of Spanish grub. Don’t miss the razor-clams (navajas). 6.5.It’s my birrrrtttthhhhddddaaayyyy and I’ve attached a birthday ‘selfie’ above. Oh God. Not so much fun anymore though, Blog. 35 big ones. Closer to 40 than 30. Closer to 50 than 20. And STILL not a mega!!! HELP ??? !!!Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thurs Movers and Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING1.30 AyrGeorge Mallory 17/2 > 9/21.50 ClonmelChurchtown Glen 13/2 > 7/22.00 AyrTawny Port 14/1 > 7/12.10 PontefractSerengeti Song 11/8 > 4/66.15 ChelmsfordGripper 3/1 > 7/4LIVE FOOTBALLUEFA Europa League Group Stage17:55 BT Sport 219/4 PAOK8/13 Chelsea3/1 DRAWUEFA Europa League Group Stage17:55 BT Sport 34/11 Villarreal9/1 Rangers15/4 DRAWUEFA Europa League Group Stage20:00 BT Sport 21/11 Arsenal25/1 Vorskla Poltava10/1 DRAWUEFA Europa League Group Stage20:00 BT Sport 3 / BT Sport 4K UHD1/2 Celtic11/2 Rosenborg7/2 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 20 SeptemberJULIE COLLIER Introduces the daily specials and offers on Thursday:last_img read more

Georgia Candidates Decry Plan to Close Voting Sites in Mostly Black County

first_img Georgia Candidates Decry Plan to Close Voting Sites in Mostly Black County By Reuters August 21, 2018 Updated: September 4, 2018 Share this article FILE PHOTO: Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp speaks with visitors to the state capitol about the “SEC primary” involving a group of southern states voting next month in Atlanta, Georgia February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Letitia Stein/File Photo Share WASHINGTON—A plan to close most polling places in a predominantly black Georgia county ahead of November’s elections is drawing opposition from the state’s gubernatorial candidates and voting rights activists, who deem it blatant voter suppression.The two-member local elections board is expected to vote on Aug. 24 on a proposal to shutter seven of nine polling sites in rural Randolph County, located in southwest Georgia, where roughly 60 percent of the 7,800 residents are black.The board members have said the voting sites violate federal disabilities law because they are not wheelchair accessible.Both Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee who is seeking to become the first female African-American governor in U.S. history, and Republican candidate Brian Kemp, who is white and serves as Georgia’s secretary of state, urged county officials to drop the plan.“Although state law gives localities broad authority in setting precinct boundaries and polling locations, we strongly urged local officials to abandon this effort and focus on preparing for a secure, accessible, and fair election for voters this November,” Kemp said in a statement.Todd Black, the county’s elections director, did not respond on Aug. 20 to calls or an email seeking comment. Black is white and the other board member is African-American, according to Sean Young, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, who attended the board’s meeting on Aug. 16 when the closure proposal was discussed.Voting rights could become a flashpoint in the governor’s race, as Abrams seeks to turn out more African-American voters in the state’s rural areas, particularly in a series of counties known as the “Black Belt” mostly south of Atlanta.In the past, she has criticized Kemp as an architect of voter suppression tactics, an accusation he has denied.“Every Georgian in every county deserves to have their voice represented at the voting booth and in our government,” said Abrams, a former Democratic House minority leader in Georgia’s legislature and founder of the New Georgia Project, a voting rights group.Kemp has accused that group of voter fraud, which it denied.The Washington-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on Aug. 19 sent a letter to the Randolph County elections board threatening to sue if the closures go ahead.“We are deeply troubled by this proposal which would impair the ability of African-Americans, particularly in low-income areas, to reach the polls,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee, said in a telephone interview on Aug. 20.Clarke said some of the proposed closures are in areas with little or no public transportation, leaving voters miles from voting sites with no realistic way of reaching them.By Tim Reid  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Entertainment News “We’ll see,” UFC chief Dana White said during a post-fight press conference. “The NSAC is going to hand down some type of fine or suspension, we’ll see. I don’t know. If he gets suspended, it depends how long it is, but yeah, he will probably get stripped if it’s a long suspension.”Nurmagomedov also issued a brief statement during the press conference.“First of all, I want to say sorry to Nevada Athletic Commission and second to Vegas. I know this is not my best side. I’m a human being. But I don’t understand how people can talk about how I jump on the cage. He talked about my religion, he talked about my country, he talked about my father,” he said, without answering any questions before leaving.Nurmagomedov fights McGregor Khabib Nurmagomedov (red-banded gloves) fights Conor McGregor during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Oct 6, 2018, Las Vegas. (Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)Given McGregor’s tweet, however, and the continued animosity between the two fighters, the ground appears set for a lucrative rematch.The fight had been highlighted by bad blood between both camps, with McGregor pleading guilty in July as part of a deal with prosecutors to resolve charges over an April melee in which he attacked a bus the Russian was traveling on. Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM DANA WHITE REFUSES TO GIVE KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV THE UFC CHAMPIONSHIP. #UFC229— GIF Skull (@GIFSkull) October 7, 2018 Brendan Schaub knows…🤷🏽‍♂️ #UFC229— Ben (@bol96_) October 7, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 7, 2018 “A lot of bad stuff that shouldn’t have happened,” White said of the brawl at a post-fight press conference on, according to Fox Sports. “Khabib jumped over the cage going after one of Conor’s guys, who I guess was talking trash to him, and all hell broke loose.”Three members of Nurmagomedov’s entourage were arrested following the fight, but McGregor decided not to press charges.The Irish fighter instead wrote on Twitter after the fight, “Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.” QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Nurmagomedov could be stripped of his UFC lightweight title, or even face suspension from the UFC.center_img Chaos erupted after Nurmagomedov jumped the octagon fence and pursued McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach, Dillon Danis, sparking a violent, all-in melee.Fistfights also broke out between fans, which continued in the lobby of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 6.“This is absolutely the craziest moment I have seen in all my years calling fights,” declared UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.Joe Rogan interviews Conor McGregor File photo of commentator Joe Rogan (L) interviewing UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor during his weigh-in for UFC 202 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 19, 2016. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Schaub tweeted an emotional “I-told-you-so” after the incident.“Sad. Straight up sad. I’m speechless. The biggest night in UFC history is damaged. I feel bad for Conor, Dana, UFC, and most of all for Khabib. He’s worked his entire life for this moment. One millisecond of emotion ruined it all. #UFC229” Share Share this article Sad. Straight up sad. I’m speechless. The biggest night in UFC history is damaged. I feel bad for Conor, Dana, UFC, and most of all for Khabib. He’s worked his entire life for this moment. One millisecond of emotion ruined it all. #UFC229— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) October 7, 2018 McGregor and Khabib Brawl Predicted on Joe Rogan’s MMA Show By Tom Ozimek October 7, 2018 Updated: October 7, 2018 Brendan Schaub, a former MMA fighter and current commentator, predicted the brawl that followed Conor McGregor’s defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.Schaub made the prediction speaking to UFC color commentator and fellow MMA expert Joe Rogan on the JRE MMA Show #43 podcast.“I would not go to this fight for this reason,” Schaub told Rogan on Oct. 3, “I think something’s going to happen in the crowd between the Russians and the Irish.”Brendan Schaub attends Grammys Brendan Schaub attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)Rogan asked Schaub to elaborate, and the latter replied “Just the animosity between the two, they hate each other so bad.“If it happens for Conor you’re going to have upset Russians if it happens for Khabib you’re going to have upset Irish. It’s gotten bigger than just a UFC fight, it’s so hostile.’’ Show Discussionlast_img read more