The Daily Populous

Wednesday October 10th, 2018 morning edition

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If Khabib Nurmagomedov gets punished for his role in the post-fight melee that overtook UFC 229, it will likely come from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and not the UFC.

UFC president Dana White told TMZ this week that Nurmagomedov will “absolutely” not be stripped of the lightweight title he successfully defended with a fourth-round submission over Conor McGregor on Saturday in the blockbuster main event of UFC 229.

I do not think that that should happen,” White added when asked about what should happen to Nurmagomedov.

The brawl between Nurmagomedov’s team and McGregor’s team erupted at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov scaled the cage and dove into McGregor’s corner to seemingly confront the Irishman’s teammate Dillon Danis.

Now Nurmagomedov is facing both a potential fine and suspension from the NAC for what happened at UFC 229, however White said the two situations were dissimilar.

In this thing (the UFC 229 brawl), [Nurmagomedov] was a part of something that was regulated by the Nevada state athletic commission.

He was at an event with more people than have ever been at an event for a UFC event in Vegas. »

James Gunn Boards ‘Suicide Squad 2’ To Write And Possibly Direct

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James Gunn has been hired by Warner Bros and DC to write with an eye to direct the next installment of the Suicide Squad franchise.

It has been easy for studios to run from filmmakers caught up in this #MeToo moment, but Gunn was the decided exception.

There was a meeting between Gunn and Alan Horn, but the studio stuck to its guns in pushing out Gunn. »

Ice Balloon: Doomed Arctic expedition to the north pole

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In 1897, a Swedish explorer named SA Andree attempted to be the first man to reach the north pole.

Unusually, instead of travelling by boat or a sled pulled by dogs, he opted to travel across hundreds of miles of Arctic ice by hydrogen balloon.

Using the expedition's diaries and photographs - dramatically recovered in the ice 33 years later - Alec Wilkinson's Ice Balloon recounts an epic and ultimately doomed tale of Arctic adventure. »

Clean Water Act dramatically cut pollution in U.S. waterways

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The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in U.S. water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades, by researchers at UC Berkeley and Iowa State University.

These numbers are at odds with other environmental regulations like the Clean Air Act, which show much higher benefits compared to costs.

In Gallup polls, water pollution is consistently ranked as Americans’ top environmental concern – higher than air pollution and climate change. »

'No downside': New Zealand firm adopts four-day week after successful trial

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Perpetual Guardian says staff were more focused and productive after the experiment and better able to manage work-life balance.

The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has declared it a success and will be adopting the new schedule full time.

Barnes initially undertook the trial after observing how much pressure some of his staff were under to manage their personal and professional lives. »