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Remembering the past, looking towards the future

Remembering the past, looking towards the future

Library celebrates 25th anniversary

When Pat McGarvey assumed the role of Austin City Administrator in 1992, one thing was very apparent to him: Austin needed a new public library.

“It was very dated and quite small for the size of the city,” he said of the old Carnegie Library, which was located near Austin High School. “You were limited with what you could do.”

The efforts to build a new public library were ultimately successful. On Wednesday, the Austin Public Library celebrated its silver anniversary with a party to commemorate where it has been, what it has been involved with, and where it’s going.

And it all began as a community effort.

“Once I was in office for a while and got to meet several people, I sat down one night with the Library Board and said, ‘In my opinion, Austin needs a new library,’” McGarvey recalled. “I thought I was going to get a standing ovation. I said I thought the (city) council supported one, but the $ 64 question was how much is it going to cost and how are you going to pay for it.”

Building a new library was not going to be an easy task. Two prior referendum votes for a new library failed to pass. But some influential people, such as I.J. Holton and Nancy Knowlton, offered to help.

“They and all of the people they knew said they were ready to help and would step up with the city folks because I couldn’t do it on my own,” McGarvey said. “They said they would get the council on board.”

From there, the Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. architectural firm of Minneapolis was hired to draw up a design.

“We said we wanted a nice building, not just a garage; this is going to last 100 years,” McGarvey said. “They came up with a preliminary design and an artist in the Twin Cities painted a picture based on the architect’s renderings. Mr. Holton used that to convince people to donate.”

But as funds were raised, the question remained as to where the new building would be located.

“The thought at the time was we would tear down the old one and build a bigger one on the spot, but it didn’t have much space beyond that for parking,” McGarvey said.

From there, the city looked at the area between Mill Pond and Fourth Avenue Northeast, next to the power plant. At the time, that area was in bad shape; an old warehouse that had been tax forfeited to the State of Minnesota sat on the spot, as did a bus garage used by the Austin school district. A house also stood on the spot next to the power plant.

“From the city attorney, we found out it belonged to an elderly couple and they were ready to sell,” McGarvey said.

The City was able to purchase the old warehouse for $ 1 and the HRA bought out and relocated the bus garage. The City had its spot, but the Library Board needed convincing that the area could be much nicer.

“They were concerned with putting a brand new building in an area that was not in great shape,” McGarvey said. “The council had to convince them that if (the library) happened, other things would happen. At the time, we were thinking of putting that trail around Mill Pond and making it one of the premier parks in Austin. So we were putting together two projects at the same time.”

And now, 25 years later, the vision of those individuals still continues to go strong.

“I was in (the library) Monday and I really liked it,” McGarvey said. “I like the new colors that have been introduced into it.

“I think it’s even prettier than when it was brand new.”

P25

With 25 years done, the Library Board and Austin Public Library staff are planning for the next 25 years.

During Wednesday’s celebration, attendees were able to learn more about P25, a project that will allow the library to expand and adapt over the next quarter of a century.

“Libraries have changed in 25 years, and we will probably change quite a bit more in the next 25 years,” said Austin Public Library Director Julie Clinefelter. “This project is many years in the making. When I started as director, I was asked to do a strategic plan. In that process, we talked to a lot of people in the community.”

Among the feedback received from the community was a desire for more programming space.

“One of the big things that we looked into was having a project room with a cement floor, and what we’re looking into is something that will be where the patio is outside,” Clinefelter said. “We want a garage door on it so we can get in and out. Everything in the library is carpeted and trying to do projects with kids and carpet is a bad combination. You can’t do gardening classes or cooking classes.”

Another item the community wanted was a free meeting space.

“It’s really hard to find too many places in town where you can have a meeting without purchasing something or paying,” Clinefelter said. “We want to expand our meeting spaces.”

Clinefelter also said she plans to update the library’s service area.

The original plan was to kick off the P25 plan on March 26, 2020, with the goal of having changes implemented by the 25th anniversary. But like so many things, the COVID-19 pandemic put a temporary stop to any further plans.

“When things started to come back online, we asked where are we now,” Clinefelter said. “As it turns out, all of the things we planned for are still pertinent, if not more.”

The City has committed some money to the plan. The library is also seeking to raise funds.

“There are some grants out there that we’ve looked into and are hoping to get to help with the process,” Clinefelter said.

The goal of P25 is to make the library as versatile as possible for the future.

“This is a great building; the people who put it together planned it really well,” Clinefelter said. “The open space is amazing and it is really very versatile. We want to make sure it’s ready for the next 25 years.”

“Everything that was questioned and debated 25 years ago has turned out, in my mind, as good as we could have ever expected,” McGarvey said.

Author: Mike Stoll
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Cryptocurrency price LIVE: Bitcoin crashes towards $30,000 – ETH and DOGE also way down

Cryptocurrency price LIVE: Bitcoin crashes towards $30,000 - ETH and DOGE also way down

After El Salvador became the first country in the world to approve the cryptocurrency as legal tender, Express.co.uk asked: “Should the UK accept cryptocurrency as official currency?”

The poll – which ran from 12pm yesterday to 7am today – received 1,287 votes and 72 percent (928) of voters said bitcoin should not be accepted as currency in the UK.

Just 27 percent (342) said the cryptocurrency should be, while only one percent (17) voted they don’t know.

One Express.co.uk said: “Absolutely not.

“it’s built on a constantly collapsing Pyramid scheme model.

“And when it crashes it crashes hard.

“Nothing you want in a traditional currency.”

Someone else commented: “Accepting a digital currency is a fatal step towards losing the real one in your hand, pocket & wallet, as the powers that be want to control you with a cashless society.

“We must not accept it.”

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Life after death: Woman saw life flash before her eyes as she moved towards 'the light'

Life after death: Woman saw life flash before her eyes as she moved towards 'the light'
The woman, who is only identified as Rebekah, claims to have stood on the brink of death late last year, following a drawn-out battle with seizures. Rebekah opened up about her brush with death to the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), which investigates reports of life after death encounters. According to Rebekah’s testimony, she collapsed to the ground after feeling a searing pain in her left arm.
She said: “I was on the ground instead of the couch and I couldn’t move.

“My body started going cold as I asked myself, ‘Am I dying?’

“I saw myself on the ground and could even see that the laptop cord was almost wrapped around my neck.”

Rebekah was then overwhelmed with the sensation of flying, claiming it was as if she has been plucked by an eagle.

READ MORE: Life after death: Hospice patient tells of bedside ‘visit’

She claims to have seen the clouds open up before her, revealing a beautiful green valley.

She said: “I just knew and felt a sense of calm and comfort such as I have never experienced before.”

All of a sudden, darkness took over but Rebekah could still see a light.

At this stage of the near-death experience (NDE), she saw “things I had done in my life” as well as scenes of things she had never done but always dreamed of doing.

Rebekah said: “Then my daughter came into view and I thought about the repercussions if I went to the light.

“I knew she would never forgive herself if she knew she had a part in my passing.

“I knew I had to get back to my body. I needed to go back by focusing on the pain in my arm.”

Rebekah lived to tell the tale and though she has not shared it with many, she claims it has changed her life forever.

Medical scientists, however, would not be so quick to take the story at face value.

Experts agree NDEs can have a profound and lasting effect on people but many do not think they are proof of paranormal or supernatural phenomena.

A number of theories have been put forward to try and explain why people may experience such visions and memories during a moment of trauma.

According to one possible explanation, NDEs are hallucinations triggered by a lack of oxygen flowing to the brain.

In the book The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death, authors Michael Martin and Keith Augustin wrote: “Reports of near-death experiences (NDEs) with suggestive or manifestly hallucinatory features strongly implies that NDEs are not glimpses of an afterlife, but rather internally generated fantasies.”

The authors also wrote: “In any case, the dying brain does not appear to be as disorganised as many survival proponents have led us to believe.

“It appears to be capable of generating experiences – challenging the ‘unsupported belief that the brain cannot possibly be the source of highly vivid and lucid conscious experiences during clinical death’ – though it still remains an open question whether the dying brain does in fact produce them.”

It is clear people who gone through an NDE, tend to look at the experience in a positive light.

According to a 2004 report published by The University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers, this is particularly true of patients who do not have a history of auditory and visual hallucinations, like schizophrenia.

The report reads: “Our finding of a high prevalence rate and predominantly positive attitudes toward auditory hallucinations following an NDE reinforces the need for further research into the physiology, phenomenology, and aetiology of these experiences.”

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Polish Air Force hijacking alert sparks panic as plane turned towards the west

Polish Air Force hijacking alert sparks panic as plane turned towards the west
Earlier this morning, France News 24 tweeted that hijackers have taken control of the jet over Europe.

But the online news source later tweeted this could also be part of an ongoing training exercise.

France News 24 wrote: “Renegade/Sarex-21 exercises are taking place in Poland.

“Hijacking this aircraft may be an element of these exercises.”

The Polish Armed Forces also referred to the “tactical-special exercise renegade/Sarex-21” aimed at countering terrorist threats from the air, as well as conducting search and rescue operation on land and at sea.

This began on May 17 and is running until tomorrow (May 21).

The Polish Armed Forces wrote on its website: “During the exercise, four episodes will be conducted. The first will concern the abduction of a civilian aircraft as a possible means of terrorist attack posing a threat to national security.

“The second episode will be massevac in connection with the collision of two ships with injured people on burning and sinking units.

“The scenario involves carrying out a rescue operation, rescuing military property and transporting the victims to medical facilities.

“The next two episodes will be related to the conduct of search and rescue operations after air events (application crash of aircraft in hard-to-reach areas).”

The air force explained the training drill is being in airspace over Poland and in areas of the West Pomeranian, Pomeranian and Mazovian provinces.

This involves several military teams, as well as a host of emergency service operations.

The Polish Air Force added: “The main objective of the exercise is to test the capabilities of the Polish Armed Forces and the non-military system, as part of the state security system, to deal with crises specific to the air defence and air and sea rescue systems.

“The organizer of the project is the Operational Command of the Armed Forces of General Bronisław Kwiatkowski.

“The training project will be held in the airspace of The Republic of Poland and in the areas of the West Pomeranian, Pomeranian and Mazovian provinces.

“The exercise will involve, inter alia, the following entities responsible for national security and rescue and rescue operations: Operational Command of the RSZ with subordinate centres and centres, General Command of the Polish Army with subordinate military units, Military Gendarmerie, Territorial Defence Forces, Polish Air Navigation Agency, Police, Border Guard, State Fire Brigade, Maritime Search and Rescue Service, Air Ambulance, Polish Red Cross and military university officers.”

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Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin Edges Towards One Million Sales

Sakuna Of Rice And Ruin© Marvelous!

It’s financial results season, the most wonderful time of the year! Well, maybe not, but the report from publisher Marvelous! was nevertheless interesting as it gave updated sales figures on its most recent titles. As the report only runs up to the end of March there was no further update on sales figures for Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, but there is a near-notable landmark for Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin now has sales exceeding 950,000 copies across all versions, so it’s clearly close to hitting the magical one million mark; the figure represents a jump since the late January update.

The rice farming sim / sidescrolling action title is pretty unique, which will have contributed to its impressive results. We gave it a recommendation in our Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin review.

Let us know whether you’ve mastered rice farming yet in this one.

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Johnny Vegas' fury at Boris Johnson as comedian told of 'bitterness' towards PM

Johnny Vegas' fury at Boris Johnson as comedian told of 'bitterness' towards PM
Johnny Vegas will star in a new entertainment show called Carry on Glamping, which starts tonight on Channel 4. The new four-part series follows Johnny, his assistant Bev, and a gang of vintage vehicle enthusiasts who are all racing against the clock to get a collection of old vehicles in top nick before the campsite opens. While discussing the show, the 50-year-old opened up about the sad loss of his mother Patricia, which led him to tears in one episode.
He said: “I’d just lost my mum, two years after my dad, so due to grief, Covid, being separated, away from my children and the fact I was starting to develop anxiety issues – I’d about had enough.”

The comic admitted he wouldn’t normally open up that much on camera, but he became overcome with emotion.

Johnny’s close relationship with his mother led to anger directed at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his handling of the NHS.

His comments came in November 2019 before the general election, in which the health service was a key issue for voters.

Johnny claimed his mother was turned away from A&E after she had to wait three hours for an ambulance to arrive.

The comedian’s late mother Patricia had been in and out of hospital at the time, and found that the emergency department was “full to capacity”.

Taking to Twitter, Johnny expressed his anger towards the Conservative Government while expressing sympathy for NHS staff.

He said: “Three hour wait on an ambulance but A&E had to close its doors, full to capacity. Why be angry at the incredible folk working under unbelievable stress?

“I remain grateful, my bitterness belongs to @BorisJohnson @Conservatives at your neglect of our @NHSuk & blatant drive to privatise.”

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An A&E doctor replied to Johnny on social media saying that the emergency department could do nothing as it was “full”.

She added that spaces couldn’t be cleared as there were no more beds for additional patients.

Johnny responded: “Yet Georgina, they’d have us blame you for providing the best care you are allowed & funded to provide.

“How you manage to do it with such conscientious & ongoing commitment humbles me. They want patients & yourselves demoralised to the point that we surrender our @NHSuk Never!”

During the election campaign, the Conservative Party made pledges to increase funding in the NHS.

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One promise was the addition of “50,000 nurses” into the health service by 2024/25, although fact-checkers highlighted that the policy would mean only 31,000 of these nurses would be new recruits.

Prime Minister Johnson’s party also pledged to build 40 new NHS hospitals.

The Conservative Party’s manifesto said they were proud “to have begun work on building 40 new hospitals across the country”.

It added: “We will build and fund them over the next 10 years.”

The claim came under scrutiny as experts argued the £2.7billion investment would fund new facilities on existing hospitals.

Johnny has also been a vocal critic of the Government’s course on Brexit.

Prior to the 2016 referendum, he hit out at the Leave campaign on Twitter.

He said: “I’ve had far more people trying to scare me into leaving and far less convincing reasons as to why we’ll benefit from #Brexit.”

Carry on Glamping airs tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.

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France threatens retaliation towards UK’s financial services as fishing row escalates

France threatens retaliation towards UK’s financial services as fishing row escalates

French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune has hit out at the UK once again over the ongoing fishing dispute, warning that Paris will not sit idly by if Britain fails to grant licences to French fishermen.

In an interview published by the Journal du Dimanche on Sunday, the official said that some 40 licences are still pending approval. While he is confident that they get through, he said that France “will not hesitate to take retaliatory measures in other areas, such as access to financial services” if they are denied.

This is not the first time Beaune has warned about France taking retaliatory steps on the UK’s financial sector. Last month, the official said Paris will not give authorizations for financial services the UK has asked for “until we have guarantees that, on fisheries and other issues, the UK respects its commitments.”
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Fishing rights were one of the most debated topics during the Brexit negotiations. Under the deal, EU vessels did not lose their access to UK waters, but the bloc’s fishing quota in UK waters will be reduced over the next five years. After that the quotas, which currently stand at 25%, will be renegotiated annually.

Tensions have been mounting between London and Paris, with French fishermen complaining over difficulties in obtaining post-Brexit licences from the UK, and from the small island of Jersey in particular.
Also on rt.com Jersey hits back after Paris threatens to turn lights off on the island if French fishermen aren’t given access to waters
The situation is partly about a “bureaucratic hitch,” Hilary Fordwich of the British-American Business Association earlier explained to RT. According to the analyst, Jersey demanded that the boats demonstrate using GPS systems that they have a previous track record for fishing in those waters, but most of the vessels don’t have GPS.

The latest escalation saw the UK and France dispatching military boats to the island as dozens of French fishing boats staged a protest in the area. Earlier this week, French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin said that France could leave Jersey without electricity.

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Oil prices rally towards $70 as demand outlook improves

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Oil prices rally towards $70 as demand outlook improves

Crude oil prices got a major boost this week thanks to optimistic expectations about demand from OPEC+ and rebalancing fuel inventories in the United States.

Brent jumped to over $ 68 per barrel, and West Texas Intermediate neared $ 65 per barrel by the middle of the week and could rise even further unless headwinds appear.

Earlier in the week, OPEC+ forecast that oil demand this year would increase by 5.95 million barrels per day (bpd). This was an upward revision of 70,000 bpd from an earlier projection, and this fact injected optimism in traders, as did OPEC+’s decision to forego a meeting this week and keep producing at previously agreed rates.

Meanwhile, the US Energy Information Administration reported on Wednesday that crude oil inventories are within the five-year average for the season—for the first time in months—and that middle distillate inventories were down by a sizeable 3.3 million barrels last week.

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Middle distillates, mainly diesel, have been a headache for refiners during the pandemic as inventories reached excessive levels due to the slowdown in various activities involving freight transport. Now, businesses are returning to normal operation, according to the data, and demand for diesel is picking up.

“Between planting season and online truck deliveries, you have a nice number in the diesel,” Bob Yawger, energy futures director at Mizuho, said as quoted by Reuters. “Planting season is doing wonders for the distillate market.”

It seems the latest fuel demand developments in the United States were enough to eclipse earlier worry about Indian fuel demand amid a resurgence of infections there.

“There’s a lot of green shoots in demand,” according to Matt Sallee, portfolio manager at asset manager TortoiseEcofin, as quoted by Bloomberg. According to him, the situation in India is “clearly a headwind, but looking at what’s going on in the US, it’s a completely different story.”

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“The market expects a major revitalization for global oil demand from this summer onwards,” Rystad Energy’s head of oil markets Bjornar Tonhaugen told Bloomberg. “As vaccination campaigns progress and as lockdowns are set to soon be lifted in Europe and other recovering economies, the need for road and jet fuels will increase and the result will be felt.”

Indeed, optimism appears to be on the rise. Goldman Sachs, which has been particularly bullish on oil, has stuck to its forecast that Brent could hit $ 80 a barrel in the second half of this year. The investment bank also said in a new note that it expected global oil demand to book its strongest rebound ever over the next six months.

At 5.2 million bpd, according to Goldman, the demand jump will be the result of accelerating vaccinations in Europe, which would, in turn, lead to greater demand for travel. This will also lead to an uptick in jet fuel demand—the worst hit segment of the fuel industry—to the tune of 1.5 million bpd, according to the investment bank. 

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If the rally continues as forecast, it will provide a much-needed breathing space for the Persian Gulf’s oil-dependent economies, most of which need Brent to trade much higher than current prices to avoid another budget deficit. A price of $ 70 per barrel of the most traded benchmark may be high enough for some, such as Saudi Arabia. Still, others, notably Bahrain, need oil at $ 100 per barrel to make their budget ends meet.

At the same time, however, it would undermine calls for a green recovery from the pandemic. The IEA has already warned that emissions are once again on the rise after last year’s lull because of lockdowns. The rebound in oil demand that banks and analysts expect appears to be proof that the transition to all-electric transport might be more challenging than some hope.

This article was originally published on Oilprice.com

China 'trolls' EU: Eurosceptic Victor Orban thanked for 'friendly policy' towards Beijing

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China 'trolls' EU: Eurosceptic Victor Orban thanked for 'friendly policy' towards Beijing

Mr Orban, a noted Eurosceptic, has been a thorn in Brussels’ side over the past few years. In 2015 he outraged EU leaders by refusing to take part in their migration plan during the refugee crisis.

The far-right leader has also been accused of being authoritarian and too friendly towards Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Mr Orban spoke to Xi on Thursday with the conversation focused on the coronavirus pandemic.

Hungary controversially began using Chinese and Russian Covid-19 vaccines despite not being approved by the European Medicines Agency.

In total Hungary has received over two million Chinese Sinopharm vaccines out of a total order of five million.

The country is suffering badly from coronavirus and last week had the highest coronavirus death rate in the world.

Following the phone call, China’s official EU mission tweeted: “China highly appreciates Hungary for its firm adherence to a friendly policy towards China, as well as significant contribution to advancing cooperation between China and CEECs [Central and Eastern Europe] and safeguarding the overall China-Europe relations.”

It confirmed the telephone discussion between Mr Orban and Xi had taken place.

In response policy expert Nicolas Veron, who works for the Bruegel think tank, accused China of taunting Brussels.

READ MORE: Orban says quitting EU’s bungled vaccine drive has saved thousands

Mr Orban’s chief of staff said Hungary will pursue bilateral coronavirus vaccine passport agreements with other countries outside the EU’s framework.

In March Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party quit the European People’s Party, the main centre-right group, after it was threatened with suspension.

In January the EU agreed a new investment deal with China despite human rights concerns.

Beijing has been accused of keeping at least one million Uyghur Muslims in detention camps.

Earlier this month the House of Commons voted to designate China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority as a state genocide.

Speaking to The Guardian Francois Godement, from the Institut Montaigne think tank, said the EU’s China deal has “next to no means” to ensure forced labour isn’t involved.

He added: “Given China’s track record, it is impossible to rely on goodwill to implement commitments and unwise to believe that on key issues, a top-down political process between both parties can be substituted to legal arbitration.”

Coronavirus was first recorded in China’s Hubei province in late 2020.

The country imposed a strict lockdown and claims to have suffered less than 5,000 deaths, far fewer than the UK or US.

 

‘Shame that fight won't happen’: Fans dream of fantasy Khabib-Usman match-up as Nigerian takes step towards GOAT status

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‘Shame that fight won't happen’: Fans dream of fantasy Khabib-Usman match-up as Nigerian takes step towards GOAT status

The unexpected retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov may have robbed fight fans of a monumental showdown between the undefeated Russian and Kamaru Usman, who took another step towards welterweight GOAT status at UFC 261.

Usman has now won 14 straight fights in the talent-rich welterweight fold, one more than Nurmagomedov claimed in his entire UFC career – and after ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ enhanced his glowing reputation even further with his second round knockout of Jorge Masvidal in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night, some fans have been left wondering what might have transpired had Khabib not pursued his retirement papers.

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Nurmagomedov first announced that he was stepping away from the cage following last year’s title defence against Justin Gaethje, and resisted Dana White’s unceasing campaign designed to tempt the then-UFC lightweight champion to reverse his decision. 

A glimmer of hope for White, as well as Nurmagomedov’s extended fanbase, came when rumors once again raised their head of a potential fight with fellow UFC icon Georges St-Pierre – but those now appear dead in the water. 

However, with Usman now confirmed to be the greatest welterweight fighter in the sport – and GSP’s true successor at 170lbs – some fans have been left wondering what might have been.

Makes me laugh the way [Khabib] has been retired for 6+ months, but still trends when the UFC is on,” wrote one fan on social media. “Remember that Usman once said: ‘I would never fight Khabib, that’s my brother. It’s just a mutual respect’. Let Khabib be and just enjoy the new P4P king!

“Usman clearly the best in the world right now while Khabib is the undisputed GOAT. Shame that fight won’t happen,” added another.

ESPN’s UFC insider Ariel Helwani also co-signed Usman’s claims that he is the greatest pound-for-pound (active) fighter on the planet.

Usman says he’s the best P4P fighter on the planet,” wrote Helwani. “With Khabib retired, I think you can make a very, very strong case for that argument.”

While Nurmagomedov’s retirement appears set in stone, he had long signalled an interest in challenging himself against St-Pierre – the greatest fighter in welterweight history. 

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However, with Usman now occupying the role of the clear, standout 170lbs competitor in the world one wonders if Khabib may have been a little premature the declaration central to his retirement: there were no challenges left which truly interested him.

Both Usman and Khabib are managed by Dominance MMA head Ali Abdelaziz too – the man who was central to arranging a fight between Khabib and another of his clients, Gaethje, last year.

And one wonders if this might be enough evidence for White to restart his campaign of persuasion. 

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