WABC-TV(RIDGEFIELD, N.J.) — An off-duty officer rushed to the scene after a Ridgefield, New Jersey, home exploded, rescuing an injured man from the collapsed home.Police, fire and PSE&G officials arrived at the multi-floor, single family home shortly before 11:30 a.m. Officers heard the victim, who was alone in the house, moaning as a fire consumed the property.Off-duty police officer and 14-year veteran Hagop Cigercioglu, who lives a block away, said he worked with other officers to help lift a large “plank of wood” to allow the man to crawl out from under the debris of the collapsed home.“As I called to him, he did respond. He gave his name, and I advised him of the house that was on fire, that he needed to crawl out,” Cigercioglu said. “We were able to take some wood out to make a big enough hole where he crawled out. And several officers and I helped him get out of the house.”That victim has not been identified, according to ABC owned station WABC-TV. He was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center in stable condition.Meanwhile, Ridgefield Police Chief Thomas Gallagher said other officers worked to contain the fire around them, which was being fed by a gas leak. It is unclear whether the gas leak was a result of the explosion.PSE&G officials were able to turn off the gas and the Ridgefield Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire.Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said surrounding houses do not have gas, and electricity will also be cut as they work at the scene.Bergen County prosecutors and the New Jersey state division of fire safety is investigating the cause of the explosion.One firefighter was hospitalized for heat exhaustion and two police officers were also treated for minor injuries.“This is a sad situation,” said Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez. “Fortunately for the borough it could’ve been a heck of a lot worse.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
NZ Herald 27 Feb 2013A Parliamentary Select Committee has recommended that a bill to legalise same-sex marriage be passed into law. The Government Administration Committee said the private member’s bill should progress, but with an amendment to make it clear that no minister was obliged to marry someone against their own beliefs. The committee report said: “The bill seeks to extend the legal right to marry to same-sex couples; it does not seek to interfere with people’s religious freedoms.” The Marriage Act would be amended to put beyond doubt that no celebrant recognised by a religious body or nominated by an approved organisation would have to marry a couple if it meant contravening their own, or the organisation’s beliefs.…Family First has accused the Select Committee’s report of being based on hearing an insufficient number of oral submissions. “National and Labour are ramming this Bill through because they know that their core voter support bases are not happy with it and they are desperate to get it off the political agenda,” Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said. “But in the process they are trampling over the rights of New Zealanders to have their chance to speak up and contribute to the debate on this issue.” He said Family First was seeking legal advice on the effects of the proposed amendment.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10868100
US Open referee Soeren Friemel says the decision is a good one for the tournament, the players and the umpires.“We have selected the best officials for the 2019 US Open, and there is some flexibility,” he told reporters at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre at Flushing Meadows “It’s not the first time that we made decisions that is good for the tournament, is good for the players, and is good for the umpires as well to not be on those matches.“In the end, our goal is to assign the best chair umpire for the right match so in taking all those factors into consideration, the decision was made that he would not do any of the Williams sisters’ matches.”In heated exchanges in last year’s final, Williams told Ramos “you will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live.” But the US Open says the decision has been taken “collectively,” and not in response to a request from the Williams sisters. It is not unusual for umpires to be kept away from players after a contentious match. The Brazilian Carlos Bernardes did not umpire Rafael Nadal for a significant period after a disagreement about time violations at a tournament in Rio in 2015.Ramos umpired this year’s Australian Open semi-final between Petra Kvitova and Danielle Collins, but has not yet been given the chance to add to his tally of 10 Grand Slam singles finals. “Carlos has worked all the other Grand Slams,” Friemel added. “He has done Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and he’s going to work the Davis Cup final so he’s considered still for all high-profile matches.”The US Open is the final Grand Slam of the year, and begins in New York on Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Carlos Ramos will not umpire any matches involving Serena or Venus Williams at this year’s US Open, tournament officials have confirmedThe Portuguese umpire docked Serena Williams a game for verbal abuse in last year’s final against Naomi Osaka. US Open 2018: Naomi Osaka wins after Serena Williams outburst Naomi Osaka wins the US Open after an angry Serena Williams accuses the umpire of being a “thief” in some of the… Williams, 37, called Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” having already received a point penalty for smashing her racquet.She was also handed a code violation for coaching during the final in New York, which she lost in straight sets.