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Θα θελα να σε έπαιρνα ένα τηλέφωνο και να μην μιλούσαμε..να σε ακούω να ανασαίνεις χιλιόμετρα μακριά..αποστάσεις καρδιάς..

Αποστάσεις καρδιάς..αυτές είναι οι δύσκολες όχι οι χιλιομετρικές..

Θα θελα να σε έπαιρνα ένα τηλέφωνο για να σου πω πως θέλω να περνάς καλά..και πως αν και τα χρόνια πέρασαν πάντα θα θυμάμαι εκείνα τα βράδια που σκοτώναμε τις ώρες λες και κάποιος μας τις είχε δώσει άπειρες..

—  Δημήτρης Δεγαμινιώτης
Fire Dancer- Chapter Five: Struggle

Nalu Week Day 5: Struggle

Word Count: 3627

Title: Fire Dancer

Summary: Lucy Heartfilia is the unobtainable noblewoman who desperately pines for a greater adventure; Natsu Dragneel is a traveling fire dancer, offering promises of love and freedom. Can the girl with her head in the stars and the boy with the knack for getting burned survive in a world desperate to keep them apart? Noble girl x Poor boy AU.

Rating: M (sexual content in later chapters)

A/N: Sorry this is a few days late! I’ve been getting ready to leave for vacation so updates might come a little slower. Also…. Idk how I feel about this chapter… so…. yeee.. 

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Chapter Five: Struggle

Natsu’s vision blurred together as sweat dripped into his lidded eyes. Everything and nothing seemed to be shifting all at once, throwing his world into a state of chaos. A growing ache tore through his thoughts as he gasped, clutching onto his ribs—he felt like he was being ripped in half. The damp ground stuck to his forearms and chest as he laid heaving in the mud and grime. Why was he on the ground? And why did everything hurt so damn much?

He closed his eyes and gritted his teeth, desperately trying to swallow down the growing taste of metal and copper causing his stomach to twist uncomfortably. No matter how tightly he grasped onto his ribs, the pain would not subside; instead, the ache pushed him towards unconsciousness with each shallow inhale.

Breathing seemed to cause him more agony, but his lungs burned from lack of oxygen. His mind raced as he tried to grasp onto memories floating just out of reach, answers that he couldn’t quite remember. What had he been doing before the pain? Whose face danced behind his eyelids with each blink? What was he forgetting?

Golden hair and the scent of lavender.

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The Russian Olympic Doping Scandal

Updated on July 18 at 1:45 p.m. ET

NEWS BRIEF The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has recommended that all Russian athletes be barred from competing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The announcement comes just a few hours after a the release of a two-month investigation that found the Russian government helped dozens of its athletes cheat at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Richard McLaren, a Canadian law professor and sports lawyer, who presented the findings at a news conference Monday in Toronto, said he established “beyond a reasonable doubt” Russian government involvement in the doping coverup.

In its statement after the presentation, WADA said, “Given that the Russian Ministry of Sport orchestrated systematic cheating of Russian athletes to subvert the doping control process; and that, the evidence shows such subversion in 30 sports, including 20 Olympic summer sports and Paralympic sports, the presumption of innocence of athletes in these sports, and in all Russian sports, is seriously called into question.”

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The report came out less than three weeks before summer games in Rio. Although there has been no final determination, the International Association of Athletics’ Federations (IAAF), which governs track-and-field events worldwide, was expected to seek a ban on all Russian athletes. Reuters first reported the news Saturday when it obtained a leaked draft of a letter prepared in anticipation of the WADA report’s release. IAAF officials who reportedly wrote the letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said, in part:

Therefore, consistent with the Principles, Charter and Code we request that the IOC Executive Board take the action to suspend the Russian Olympic and Paralympic Committee from participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The only appropriate, and permissible, course of action in these unprecedented circumstances is for the IOC to immediately suspend the Russian Olympic and Paralympic Committees from the Olympic Movement…. and declare that no athlete can represent Russia at the Rio Olympic Games.

The Olympic Committee has already banned Russian track-and-field athletes from the Rio games, which begin August 5. A total ban on all athletes would be novel, and is seen by some as the “nuclear option.”

Some of WADA’s other recommendations included officially designating Russia’s anti-doping agency as non-compliant, a continued investigation into the scheme, and denying all Russian officials access to the games in Rio.  

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WADA called for the report, which focused on claims made by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Russia’s former anti-doping lab. In May, he told The New York Times the Russian government had helped dozens of athletes, including 15 medal winners, cheat at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. Rodchenkov said he developed a three-drug cocktail (washed down with alcohol) that he gave to athletes, including those on the country’s bobsled and cross-country ski teams. The scheme even included a secret room where Rodchenkov and intelligence agents allegedly swapped out dirty urine for clean batches by passing them through a hole in the wall, replacing about 100 supposedly tamper-proof bottles.

In the news conference Monday, McLaren said Russia’s top intelligence agency, the FSB, had worked closely with the country’s Ministry of Sport to develop the technology to remove and replace the urine in the bottles. McLaren did not describe how Russian intelligence exactly replaced the urine without breaking the seal on the bottles, but he did say that with Rodchenkov’s help they were able to go back with a microscope and see small scratches left behind on the inside of the caps.

After the Sochi games, Rodchenkov received a prestigious award from President Vladimir Putin for his work. Then in November, WADA accused Rodchenkov of being the mastermind of the state-run doping scheme. Russian officials forced him to resign, and he moved to Los Angeles. Since then, he has divulged to media and investigators the secrets of how Russia helped athletes cheat.

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Russian officials, as well as athletes, have denied doping, or any scheme to cheat at the Sochi games. The report, however, points directly to Russian Sports  Minister Yuri Nagornykh, as well as Irina Rodionova, deputy director of the center of sports preparation. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would suspend officials named in the report. He also asked WADA to provide “more complete, objective, evidence-based information” about the Russians involved.

At the news conference Monday, a reporter who identified herself as a member of Russian media asked why Russian officials not been interviewed as part of the investigation. In past investigations, McLaren said he’d done that, but he had  “found that information and process singularly unhelpful.”

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PICTURES: Heatwave Britain Swelters In 32C Temperatures On Hottest Day Of 2016

Dust off your barbecues and dig out your flip flops - it looks like summer might finally be here in Britain… for now.

Hot air making its way over from the Sahara has pushed up temperatures, with the mercury expected to hit 32 degrees celcius today.

Sunday was the hottest day of 2016 so far, and Brits took the the parks and beaches to soak up as much Vitamin D as possible. 

And people are right to make the most of it. Forecasts predict that things will turn showery come Wednesday, and the temperatures will cool down from Thursday onwards. 

Boating Lake

People potter around in boats on the Serpentine lake in London. (PA)

Cooling Down

Siblings Freya and Luke Stubbs playing in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, London during the mini heatwave. (PA)

Lazing Around

A man swings in a hammock in Bute Park in Cardiff as temperatures rise. (Rex)

Siesta

Two women enjoy a lunchtime snooze in St James’ Park, London. (Rex)

Splash About

Four-year-old Freya Moore paddles in the shallows of the River Taff in Cardiff. (Rex)

Chill Out

A woman snoozes on a bench during London’s heat wave. (SWNS)

Game On

Two boys play cricket on the beach in the sunshine in Weston Super Mare. (SWNS)

Summer Days

The sun sets after a blistering day on the Bournemouth coast. (SWNS)

Sky In The Morning

A dog walker strolls along the North East Coast near Tynemouth at sunrise. (Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

Life’s A Beach

Crowds enjoyed the weekend’s hot weather on Cullercoats beach in North Tyneside. (PA)

Take A Break

Two men take a respite from work in the sun in London. (Rex) 

Walk In The Willows

A couple crosses a bridge at Mottisfont House Hampshire on a hot and humid afternoon. (Rex)

On The River

A group drifts along the river Cam in a punt in Cambridge. (SWNS)

Soaking Up The Rays

Thousands of people took advantage of the sunny and warm weather to spent time sunbathing on the beach in Brighton. (Rex)

To The Water

Visitors to the Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union canal enjoy a day of warm sunshine in Northamptonshire. (Rex)

Summer Days

Kids mess around in the hot weather in Green Park, London. (PA)

City Beach

A patch on London under Tower Bridge is transformed into a tropical hangout. (Rex) 

All Adrift

A woman carries driftwood up the steep shingle of Chesil Beach on a blisteringly hot day (Rex)

Park Life

A woman enjoys the sun in St James’ Park, London on a sunny Sunday. (PA)

Keeping Cool

People cool down with an ice-cream in the sun in St James’ Park, London. (PA)

Summer Snack

A woman tucks into an ice cream as hot temperatures hit the country. (Rex)

Splash Around

Two men leap into the sea during a beach trip to Southend On Sea. (Rex)

Floating Picnic

People enjoy a picnic lunch on a punt in Cambridge. (SWNS)