Rocky, The Karate Kid director John Avildsen dies aged 81

Rocky, The Karate Kid director John Avildsen dies aged 81

Updated June 17, 2017 13:38:40 Photo: Sylvester Stallone paid tribute to Avildsen on social media, saying he was a “great director”. (Instagram: @officialslystallone) John G Avildsen, who directed hugely successful underdog fables Rocky and The Karate Kid, has died at age 81. Avildsen’s son Anthony said his father died on Friday (local time) in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer. “He was a pretty extraordinary man in my estimation. He was super talented and very driven and very stubborn and that was to his detriment but also often to his benefit,”…

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Bulldogs' premiership defence in pieces after another drubbing

Bulldogs' premiership defence in pieces after another drubbing

Updated June 18, 2017 18:03:29 Photo: A number of scuffles kicked off between the teams in the latter stages of the second quarter. (AAP: Julian Smith) The Western Bulldogs can expect another week of questions about their premiership defence after a 57-point loss to Melbourne. Coming off a 46-point demolition against the Swans, the Bulldogs were hoping to rebound against the Demons, but were outplayed from start to finish by a rampaging Demons side en route to a 17.11 (113) to 8.8 (56) victory. The reigning champions only had momentum…

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The secret negotiations that sealed Hong Kong's future

The secret negotiations that sealed Hong Kong's future

Between them, a tiny twin flagpole bore the standards of the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China. With that, on December 19, 1984, the end of more than 150 years of British rule over Hong Kong was sealed and a timeline put in place for China to assume sovereignty over the city on July 1, 1997. Treaty territory The UK acquired the territory that is now China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region via three treaties. Following the defeat of the Qing Empire in the first and second opium…

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Nhulunbuy businesses uncertain of future after mining

Nhulunbuy businesses uncertain of future after mining

Posted June 18, 2017 13:16:04 Photo: Residents are wondering what the future holds for Nhulunbuy after mining. (105.7 ABC Darwin: Emilia Terzon) Businesses in the remote Top End town of Nhulunbuy are concerned about high costs and the uncertainty of the future of mining in the region, and say they’re not being supported by the Northern Territory Government. The East Arnhem Chamber of Commerce said local businesses are facing uncertainty about Rio Tinto’s mining operation. “I think it’s a concern in general for businesses, how long the town’s got in…

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Vonn wants race against men before Olympics

Vonn wants race against men before Olympics

But as the greatest female ski racer of all time enters the final phase of her career, there is one target the 32-year-old former Olympic downhill champion has yet to achieve: competing against the men. In the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes”, tennis star Billie Jean King easily beat Bobby Riggs in three straight sets. When asked if she had beaten any of the men in training, Vonn told CNN in an interview at Roland Garros in Paris: “Yeah, not all of them, but a lot of them.” “Battle of…

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