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Daredevil ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in rocket crash tragedy

Beloved daredevil ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes had been doing a rocket launch on Saturday in California before he died in the fatal smash.

The amateur engineer was blasted into the air with a “steam-powered rocket” that then crash-landed into the ground.

In a video clip shared online, a parachute can be seen flying out of the rocket – but it did not appear that anyone was using it.

It is understood that Mike would have stayed in the rocket as it climbed hundreds of feet into the air before it plunged towards the ground.

Mike’s former representative, Darren Shuster told TMZ the daredevil was “one-of-a-kind”.

He added: “When God made Mike he broke the mould. The man was the real deal and lived to push the edge. He wouldn’t have gone out any other way. RIP.”

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7-car pileup stalls traffic on Highway 1 in North Vancouver

Traffic was stalled for some time on Highway 1 in North Vancouver after seven cars piled up on “The Cut” Saturday afternoon.

The cars crashed into each other in the southeast-bound left lane of the highway between the Lynn Creek and Ironworkers bridges near the Keith Road exit around 1:30 p.m.

Firefighters responded with three trucks, while paramedics also sent an ambulance. No patients had been transported as of 2:30 p.m.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

Traffic was backed up eastbound all the way to Boulevard Crescent until crews were able to begin clearing the scene.

Drivers are being warned to expect heavy delays to continue on the highway for some time, particularly around the Keith Road offramp.

The scene was finally cleared around 3:15 p.m.

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UK’s best-selling houses have certain number on door with average price of £310k

The UK’s most valuable house number is… 239.

Researchers found that detached, semi-detached and terraced houses with those digits on the door sell for the most money.

The study of prices paid for property showed that those fortunate to live at 239 received an average of £310,625 for their home.

That’s way above the next best seller – number 300 – which sold for £275,000. It was followed by 363, which went for an average
of £272,500.

In the analysis of Land Registry sold prices, number 373 is ranked fourth place, selling for £268,000, with 285 coming in fifth at £266,000.

Bottom of the table – the UK’s least desirable number – is 367. It sells on average for just £138,000.

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Estate agent comparison site GetAgent analysed data from the Land Registry House Price Index and prices on the Propdex and PropertyData sites.

They included streets of all sizes, including those with fewer than 50 houses. House numbers with triple digits on longer streets featured most prominently.

Houses numbered one, in ninth place, and two, in 13th, were the only single digits to feature in the top 20. Spokesman Colby Short said: “The value attributed to a house number is really down to pot luck most of the time.

“Homebuyer preference is largely driven by more substantial factors such as the geography, style, size and price of the house itself.

“Traditionally, the lower house numbers have proved most popular and acted almost as an inadvertent pecking order of superiority within a road.

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“But this isn’t the case in today’s market and you will struggle to find a buyer that will pass up their dream house because they don’t like the number or, in contrast, opt for a property they don’t like because their lucky number is sitting on the door.”

He added: “We were struck by how triple-digit numbers attracted the higher prices with only numbers one and two in the top 20.

“We believe this is partly due to a preference for new-build properties among buyers.

“They come at a premium, of course, but are also on new developments, often with unique number schemes going to higher numbers than we have seen on the more traditional and smaller streets in Britain.”

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Alex Ovechkin become 8th NHL player to score 700 career goals

Alex Ovechkin became the eight NHL player to score 700 career goals, reaching the milestone in the third period of the Washington’ Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

The 34-year-old Ovechkin one-timed a slap shot from the right circle that went in off the left post 4:50 into the third period, tying the game at 2. It was his 42nd goal of the season, one behind Boston’s David Pastrnak for the league lead, and came on his second shot on goal of the game.

Capitals players rushed onto the ice to congratulate their teammate, and Devils fans gave him a strong ovation.

Wayne Gretzky leads the career list with 894 goals. He is followed by Gordie Howe (801), Jaromir Jagr (766), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708).

Ovechkin had not scored in five straight games before getting No. 699 against Montreal on Thursday night. He had 14 goals, including three hat tricks, in his previous seven games before the drought.

The Russian forward needed 1,144 games to reach the landmark, second fastest behind Gretzky at 886 games. He moved from 600 goals to 700 in 154 games, the fewest among the eight players to reach the mark.

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England international kickboxing star murdered in armed raid on cannabis factory

An international kickboxing star was among two men killed in a vicious gang war.

Khuzaimah Douglas, 19, was killed alongside pal Raseem Ramzan, 36, as armed men raided a West Midlands cannabis farm.

Leading figures from the world of kickboxing led the tributes to Douglas, who fought out of Tyseley’s USKA fight factory.

Reports claim both men were caught in a brawl as a rival gang stormed their building in the city’s Brierley Hill suburb.

USKA posted a moving tribute to “humble” Douglas, who represented England at the International Combat Organisation’s world championships in Scotland, the WKO World Championships in Barnsley.

“Khuzaimah was a kind, considerate, extremely talented and humble young man who everyone had a connection with, an older brother to the USKA kids and a younger brother to all the seniors.

“To see the effect that this has had on each and every member at the gym last night was truly heartbreaking.

“I can only imagine what his family are going through right now having to process the situation and come to terms with their unimaginable loss.

“Thank you for all the messages, texts and calls of condolence, they are truly appreciated.

“Please say a prayer for Khuzaimah and his family and keep him in your thoughts today.”

A club member posted: “A father who devoted his life to leading the light for young people has lost his own young soul.

“A man who led the light for young people like myself once upon a time has to face such tragedy.

"Life doesn’t usually make much sense. We all got to strive for better days.

“It is just absurd to understand how such an inspirational father will have to attempt to comprehend this life taken so soon.”

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Connor McDavid close to returning, Ethan Bear to get more PP time as Edmonton Oilers hit the road

The NHL’s most explosive offensive player has a simple goal for when he returns from a quad injury.

“Just come into the lineup and try not to mess things up,” said Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid after Saturday’s practice, drawing laughter in the midst of his media scrum.

McDavid, who has missed the last six games, was back on the Oilers first power play unit at practice. That’s a good indication he’ll play Sunday in Los Angeles, though the Oilers aren’t confirming anything.

“We’ll decide that in the morning. He’s anxious to play. Whether he gets the okay or not from the doctors, we’ll see in the morning,” said head coach Dave Tippett.

“We’ll see. I’ve been skating a lot. It feels pretty good,” added McDavid.

Joining McDavid on the Oilers top power play unit was defenceman Ethan Bear. With Oscar Klefbom injured, Darnell Nurse has been the point man. While Nurse did also skate with the top unit on Saturday, Bear went first in the rotation.

“His game has evolved. You gotta be careful with young players early. He’s really taken a big bite for us this year, a little bit of secondary power play stuff. With Klef out, we’ve talked about some different scenarios,

“Doc has done it before when Klef was out last year, but we didn’t have Bearsy. It’s an opportunity for Bearsy to jump in and get a little more, and we’ll see where it goes,” said Tippett.

“I’m excited. I’m right-handed, so maybe I can pose a one-timer threat. At the same time, I just have to play my game. If I see a good land, I’m going to take the shot. If not, I’ll try to open some areas for the other guys to get some speed and get their chances as well,” said Bear.

The Oilers start a three-game road trip Sunday in Los Angeles. Catch the game on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 6 p.m. The game will start at 8 p.m.


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Via Rail and Exo announce re-opening of train lines starting Monday

Via Rail and Exo announced service is scheduled to resume on the Mont-Saint-Hilare and Quebec-Montreal lines following an injunction that forced anti-colonialism and pipeline protesters to dismantle their blockade.

A spokesperson for Exo told Global News train service will resume on Monday at 5:45 a.m., “unless there is another event beyond our control.”

“Before being able to resume train service on the Exo Mont-Saint-Hilaire line, several actions will need to be taken, including track inspection, restarting of locomotives and safety tests on trains,” they said.

Via Rail announced the scheduled re-opening of its Quebec-Montreal line as of Monday, on Twitter Friday night.

As a result, Via Rail was also forced to suspended service on its corridor between Montreal and Quebec City.

Friday night, demonstrators left their Saint-Lambert blockade following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s call for an end to the rail blockades across Canada.

After being served with an injunction on Thursday, protesters continued to obstruct the tracks on Friday as local police officers blocked off the surrounding area to traffic.

Protesters have rallied in solidarity with select Indigenous peoples of Wet’suwet’en, who ask that police officers leave the territory where protests continue against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in B.C.

Nationwide blockades began two weeks ago after the RCMP arrested protesters following an injunction in December that required workers be given unobstructed access to the worksite.

Mohawks protesting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs told Global News last week they planned to stay for as long it takes in order to protect the land and future generations.

In Kahnawake, an ongoing blockade has lasted nearly two weeks and forced the cancellation of the Candiac train line since Feb. 10. However, Quebec Premier François Legault said on Thursday it is difficult to dismantle a blockade on the Mohawk territory since it has its own police force.

According to Exo, there are no plans of re-opening the Candiac train line as the situation has yet to change.

On Saturday, Wet’suwet’en heriditary chiefs were scheduled to meet with chiefs in Kanawake, both traditional and elected, to discuss the situation.

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Roger Waters of Pink Floyd joins Assange supporters in London protest march

LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of people including Roger Waters, co-founder of the Pink Floyd rock group, and designer Vivienne Westwood, marched through central London on Saturday demanding that jailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange be released.

A London court begins hearings on Monday to decide whether the Australian-born Assange should be extradited to the United States, almost a decade after WikiLeaks enraged Washington by publishing secret U.S. documents.

The 48-year-old, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy before being dragged out last April, is wanted by the U.S. on 18 criminal counts of conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law and could spend decades in prison if convicted.

A hero to admirers who say he has exposed abuses of power, Assange is cast by critics as a dangerous enemy of the state who has undermined Western security. He says the extradition is politically motivated by those embarrassed by his revelations.

Waving placards declaring “Journalism is not a crime” and “The truth will set you free”, the protesters on Saturday marched from Australia House to Parliament Square where they were addressed by Assange’s father, John Shipton.

Shipton has said Assange’s long confinement indoors has damaged his health and fears that sending his son to the United States would be akin to a death sentence.

On Thursday, Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, said Assange should not be extradited because it would have a chilling effect on press freedom.

On Friday, Assange lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti told Europe 1 radio that Assange’s legal team would be in contact with French President Emmanuel Macron to make the case for Assange to get asylum in France.

Assange has said his youngest child and the child’s mother are French but a previous asylum request was rejected by France in 2015.

Hopes briefly rose among Assange’s supporters this week on reports that he might even get a pardon from U.S. President Donald Trump.

But the White House was quick to deny that Trump had offered to pardon Assange if he were to say that the Russians were not involved in an email leak that damaged Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign against Trump.

The extradition hearings at Woolwich Crown Court will be held in two parts, with the second section not starting until May to allow both sides more time to gather evidence.

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Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs continue tour of Mohawk communities in Quebec

Traditional chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have arrived in Kahnawake, Que., as they continue their tour of Mohawk communities in eastern Canada where rail blockades in solidarity with their cause have been erected.

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose the Coastal GasLink project that would carry natural gas to the B.C. coast, though others in the community support the pipeline.

Countrywide protests and blockades followed a move by RCMP to enforce a court injunction this month against the hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who had been obstructing an access road to a Coastal GasLink work site.

Their Quebec visit comes one day after the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs visited supporters at Tyendinaga Mohawk territory to thank them.

One of the hereditary chiefs said Friday his people are willing to engage in nation-to-nation talks with the B.C. and federal governments, but not until the RCMP in B.C. have left traditional Wet’suwet’en territory entirely and Coastal GasLink, the pipeline company, ceases work in the area.

The comments came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from meetings with senior cabinet ministers on Friday saying that barricades on rail lines and other major transportation routes must come down after two weeks of calls for patience and stalled attempts at negotiation.

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Junior hockey: Rockets edge Royals, Vees drub Wild

A round-up of junior hockey results from the Okanagan and area.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Kelowna 3, Victoria 2

At Victoria, Roman Basran stopped 34 shots as the Rockets snapped a two-game losing streak while also handing interim head coach Kris Mallette his first WHL coaching victory.

Dillon Hamaliuk, Jake Lee and Pavel Novak scored for Kelowna (25-26-2-2), which fired former bench boss Adam Foote on Wednesday and elevated Mallette from assistant coach to interim head coach.

Brandon Cutler and Phillip Schultz replied for Victoria (29-21-5-2), which trailed 2-0 heading into the third period.

Cutler made it 2-1 at 11:21 of the third, but Novak countered at 16:20 with his 21st goal of the season to make it 3-1. Schultz closed out the scoring at 16:59 as the Royals outshot the Rockets 36-28.

Connor Martin stopped 25 shots for the Royals. Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play.

The two teams play again Saturday night in Victoria. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

B.C. HOCKEY LEAGUE

Penticton 4, Wenatchee 1

At Penticton, it was scoring by committee on Friday night as the Vees posted their 43rd victory of the season.

Colton Kalezic and Danny Weight, with first-period goals, plus Tyler Ho and Darwin Lakoduk, with third-period markers, scored for Penticton (43-12-1-1).

Owen Bohn, at 4:05 of the second period to make it 2-1, replied for Wenatchee (30-23-3-1).

Carl Stankowski stopped 24 of 25 shots for the Vees, with Daniel Chenard turning aside 29 of 33 shots for the Wild.

Penticton was 0-for-2 on the power play while Wenatchee was 0-for-5.

With 88 points, the Vees can reach 90 if they win their final regular-season game on Saturday night, as they again host the Wild.

Trail 5, Salmon Arm 1

At Trail, Chase Dafoe notched a hat trick, while opening and closing the scoring, as the Smoke Eaters rolled the Silverbacks.

Braden Costello and Jaden Senkoe also scored for Trail (36-16-2-2), which led 2-0 and 3-0 at the period breaks.

Luke Mylymok, at 12:24 of the third to make it 3-1, replied for Salmon Arm (29-23-4-1).

Logan Terness stopped 21 of 22 shots for the Smoke Eaters, with Grant Adams turning aside 31 of 36 shots for the Silverbacks.

Trail was 3-for-7 on the power play while Salmon Arm was 1-for-5.

West Kelowna 6, Vernon 4

At Vernon, the Warriors had a productive evening, scoring once in the first, twice in the second and three times in the third in defeating the Vipers.

John Evans, with a hat trick, Ryan Upson, Levi Stauber and Elan Bar Lev Wise scored for West Kelowna (15-33-6-3), which trailed 2-1 after the first period but led 3-2 after 40 minutes.

Ben Helgeson, Ryan Shostak, Max Bulawka and Dawson Holt replied for Vernon (30-24-2-1). Holt made it 5-4 with a shorthanded marker at 17:55 of the third, but Evans sealed the game with an empty-net goal at 19:37.

Johnny Derrick stopped 24 of 28 shots for the Warriors, with Reilly Herbst turning aside 18 of 23 shots for the Vipers.

West Kelowna was 1-for-5 on the power play while Vernon was 0-for-5.

Saturday’s Games

  • Wenatchee (30-23-3-1) at Penticton (43-12-1-1), 6 p.m.
  • Vernon (30-24-2-1) at West Kelowna (15-33-6-3), 6 p.m.

Sunday’s Game

  • Merritt (13-39-1-3) at Salmon Arm (29-23-4-1), 3 p.m.

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Friday’s Results

  • Fernie 11, Grand Forks 2
  • Chase 6, Sicamous 1
  • Revelstoke 3, 100 Mile House 0
  • Princeton 6, North Okanagan 1
  • Kelowna 2, Summerland 2

Saturday’s Games (final day of regular-season schedule)

  • Grand Forks (13-30-1-0-4) at Kimberley (39-6-0-0-3), 6 p.m.
  • Osoyoos (9-36-1-0-2) at Golden (19-26-1-0-2), 7 p.m.
  • North Okanagan (13-29-1-0-5) at Kelowna (31-12-3-0-2), 7 p.m.
  • Chase (30-15-1-0-2) at Kamloops (21-26-0-0-1), 7 p.m.
  • 100 Mile House (24-20-2-0-2) at Sicamous (15-31-1-0-1), 7 p.m.
  • Summerland (22-21-1-0-4) at Princeton (26-16-1-0-5), 7 p.m.


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