News April 2019
Index
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  0°C, clear > forecast a high of 09°C, mainly sunny / tonight it going down to minus 02°C, a few clouds
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USA > The US President crossed the 10,000 mark for false and misleading claims during his presidency, according to the Washington Post Fact Checker. / The velocity is escalating, per The Post: It took Trump 601 days to top 5,000 false and misleading claims -- an average of eight a day. / It took just 226 days to double that -- nearly 23 a day. / "In the first 100 days, Trump averaged less than five [false] claims a day." > The Fact Checker - Analysis
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USA > - Shooting at UNCC - 2 dead - Ellis "Reed" Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21 > Riley Howell, was killed in the shooting at the University of North Carolina’s Charlotte campus on Tuesday. The college junior’s final act was one of selfless heroism, according to police. / Howell was shot dead tackling the gunman, said Kerr Putney, the chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, at a Wednesday press conference. More
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Monday, April 29, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  0°C, overcast > forecast a high of 05°C, a mix of sun and cloud / tonight it going down to minus 01°C, a few clouds
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Movies > The record-breaking $1.2 billion opening weekend for Disney's three-hour-long presentation of Marvel’s "Avengers: Endgame" shows the critical role theaters still play in a streaming age. / It also shows the power of the popular franchises that Disney has cultivated: Five of the top-10 highest-grossing box office opening weekends belong to Disney-owned franchises, including Marvel and Star Wars. / Coming attractions, from the N.Y. Times' Brooks Barnes: "Disney's 'The Lion King,' a retelling of the animated musical using photo-realistic visual effects, arrives in July." / "In December, Disney will release 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,' the final chapter in a nine-part saga." / "Also coming this year are giants like 'Toy Story 4' (Disney), 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' (Universal), 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' (Sony) and 'It: Chapter 2' (Warner Bros.)."
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UK > 39th London Marathon (April 28) - Men's Race - Finish time 'Eliud Kipchoge (Ken) 02:02:37 / Women's Race - Finish time Brigid Kosgei (Ken) 02:18:20 / Next: April 26, 2020
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Spain > The Socialist Workers' Party won this weekend's general election in Spain, but the center-left party fell short of an overall majority. So the socialists will have to get help from rival parties to form a government. One of the parties the socialists might make a deal with include the Catalan separatists who pushed the unsuccessful independence movement in 2017. Meanwhile, a far-right party named Vox will enter parliament for the first time since the end of dictator General Franco's rule in 1975.
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Sunday, April 28, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  04°C, mainly clear > forecast a high of 09°C, overcast / tonight it going down to minus 02°C, partly cloudy
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USA > A tower crane tumbled from the roof of a downtown Seattle building on Saturday (27th), killing four and injuring four others, the Seattle Fire Department said. / The crane -- erected for the construction of a Google campus, according to the Seattle Times -- landed on six vehicles.
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USA > at a synagogue in Poway, a 19-year-old man with an assault rifle and apparent anti-Semitic views opened fire, leaving one dead (Lori Kaye, 60) and three injured (Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Almog Peretz, 34 and an 8-year-old, Noya Dahan) authorities said. / The suspect is in custody for questioning. / Saturday’s (27th) shooting in Poway, about 20 miles north of San Diego, California, came six months after the massacre at Pittsburgh’s oldest synagogue, Tree of Life, where an armed shooter killed 11 people and injured six others in the deadliest attack on Jews in the history of the United States.
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France > Paris Saint-Germain were stunned by Rennes in Saturday's (27th) French Cup final, losing 6-5 on penalties after a dramatic game finished 2-2 at the end of extra time.
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France > Tens of thousands of Yellow Vest protesters took to the streets for a 24th consecutive Saturday (27th), with many saying the proposals French President Emmanuel Macron announced this week don't go far enough to address the plight of struggling workers.
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Saturday, April 27, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  03°C, light rain > forecast a high of 10°C (went up 11.1°C), overcast, periods of rain or drizzle  (total precipitation: 9.7 mm) / tonight it going down to 03°C, periods of rain
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Canada  > Rain, rain, rain . . . flooding > New Brunswick > The Saint John River is flooding for the second year in a row. Officials now think the water will crest at about the same levels as last year but the weekend rainfall could change things. / 140 roads have been flooded, 290 people are out of their homes and downtown Fredericton is closed. The Trans-Canada Highway between Oromocto and River Glade is closed and likely will remain so for several more days. / The Red Cross has registered 900 evacuees from 330 households / There are 310 soldiers helping in New Brunswick.
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USA Workspace > Workers Love AirPods Because Employers Stole Their Walls > In the open-plan office, wireless headphones are the new cubicles. / In 2017, a survey estimated that 68 percent of American offices had low or no separation between workers. / Now that open offices are the norm, their limitations have become clear. Research indicates that removing partitions is actually much worse for collaborative work and productivity than closed offices ever were. / In offices where there are no walls, millions of workers have embraced a work-around to reclaim a little bit of privacy: wireless headphones. / The arrival of these now-ubiquitous devices has ushered in a new era of office etiquette—and created a whole new set of problems.
Read the article. > Well we are on  the subject check this out. Your AirPods will Die Soon and > Why It's Time to Ditch Open Office Plans.
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Canada > No meat burgers from California > A California company that was overwhelmed by demand for its meatless fast food burger is hoping to capitalize on the rising trend of vegetarianism and sell directly to Canadian grocery stores starting now. / Founded a decade ago in California, Beyond Meat first captured the attention of Canadians when the company signed a deal with burger chain A&W last year for a plant-based burger -- one they claim looks and tastes like traditional patties, but is made entirely from vegetable-based proteins. Article
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Friday, April 26, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  minus 02°C, mist > forecast a high of 12°C (It only got up to 11.2°C) sunny with some clouds / tonight it going down to 04°C, periods of rain or dizzle / (Total Precipitation: 0.6 mm)
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France  > Finding the Notre-Dame fire’s cause > Investigators are converging around two theories: a short circuit near the cathedral’s spire, possibly caused by electrified bells, or negligence by workers carrying out renovations, a theory fueled by the discovery of cigarette butts. // But nothing was being ruled out, and the investigation could last several weeks. On Thursday, police investigators were allowed to search the cathedral for clues for the first time, a police official said. // Complications: The length of the blaze and the tons of water used to put it out destroyed evidence. Though the police official confirmed that smoking -- which was forbidden under the scaffolding company’s rules -- was being considered as a cause, a company spokesman strongly disputed that it started the fire.
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  0°C, light snow > forecast a high of 03°C, rain / tonight it going down to Minus 06°C, clear
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Movies  > Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame” opens tonight on 4,600 U.S. and Canadian screens -- the most for any movie ever, AP's Jake Coyle writes. //  Many theaters will stay open for 24 hours. Seventeen AMC Theatres won’t close for 72 hours straight. // Presales set records on Fandango and Atom.  // Disney said "Endgame" grossed $107 million on Wednesday in China, where it first opened -- the most lucrative single day ever in Chinese theaters. / The current opening weekend record is held by the last "Avengers" movie -- "Infinity War," last year's prelude to "Endgame." / Reviews -- 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes -- have been among the best for any Marvel movie. / The big picture: "Endgame" will give a much-needed jolt to the box office, which is 16% behind the pace of 2018. / L.A. Times review: Thrilling "Endgame" ... The latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings satisfying closure to the blockbuster 22-film series.
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Sri Lanka  > Update > 30 of the dead were foreigners - from at least 12 countries. / UK > Lorraine Campbell, 55, a British victim, who was originally from Manchester but lived in Dubai, died in the bombing of the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo. / Japan > Kaori Takahashi, 39, she was having breakfast with her family at the Shangri-La hotel when she was killed and that her husband and a daughter were injured in the attack.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  03°C, rain > forecast a high of 05°C (it got up to 4.8°C), rain (total precipitation: 5.6 mm) / tonight it going down to 01°C, periods of rain/snow
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Sri Lanka  > Update: The death toll from the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 359 and more suspects have been arrested (18 suspects were arrested overnight, raising the total detained to 58), police said Wednesday. // A video statement from the Islamic State features the chief suspect, Mohammed Zaharan, leading a group of black-clad masked disciples pledging fealty to the Islamic State. There is no direct evidence that the extremist group did more than provide encouragement for the suicide bombings. They  released images that purported to show the seven bombers who blew themselves up / the president of the traumatized nation promised to dismiss senior officials who failed to act on warnings about the attacks.
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English > We Added New Words to the Dictionary in April 2019
More than 640 new words, from 'bioabsorbable' to 'bottle episode'
New Words
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The Globe & Mail Book Club > 1st Booked Picked - Margaret Atwood has chosen (a 21 year old novel) Barbara Gowdy’s 1998 novel The White Bone for The Globe and Mail’s new Book Club. The novel was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Catherine Bush reviewed the book for The Globe and described it as “a quest story" that “takes its readers into an alternate world seen through the eyes of an alien intelligence.” That alien intelligence is a group of elephants, whose families have been torn apart by poachers. Those who remain embark on a search for the mythical white bone – the bleached rib bone of a newborn elephant – to lead them to a safe place.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  01°C, light rain > forecast a high of 03°C (it got up to 3.9°C), periods of rain (total precipitation: 21.2 mm) / tonight it going down to 02°C, periods of rain
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Sri Lanka  > Update: The Easter Day attacks that killed more than 320 people were revenge for last month's killings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. That's according to Sri Lanka's defense minister, who just told his nation's parliament that the bombings of hotels and churches were carried out by a local extremist group. Sri Lanka has started to bury its dead, and confusion and anger are bubbling up after it was revealed that multiple security warnings about a possible attack were ignored for weeks. A state of emergency is now in effect.
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Greenland > It's is melting so fast that it's already raising sea levels, a new report says. Scientists say Greenland's ice loss has increased sixfold over the past 46 years, which is much faster than originally thought. Since the early 1970s, Greenland's ice loss has added about half an inch to the global sea level, and the island's ice sheet is the leading source of water added to the ocean every year. That's bad news for places like Hawaii's famous Waikiki Beach. Rising sea levels could put it underwater in about 20 years, a state report says. And there's an economic cost, too. Two Stanford researchers say climate change makes poor countries poorer and widens global inequality.
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Monday, April 22, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  11°C,overcast  > forecast a high of 13°C, periods of drizzle or rain (total precipitation: 1.4 mm) / tonight it going down to 02°C, periods of rain
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Earth Day > Today is Earth Day. Around the world, at least a billion people are expected to participate in trash cleanups, tree planting or other environmental activities. / The day has been celebrated since 1970 as pollution became more evident -- and as space exploration made clear that our planet is finite. / One powerful factor was "Earthrise," a photograph taken by the NASA astronaut William Anders in December 1968, as the Apollo 8 spacecraft turned at just the right angle. He realized that only color film would do the image justice, and scrambled to load his Hasselblad camera before the moment passed. Earthrise
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Sri Lanka  > Update: At least 290 people were killed and more than 500 others injured after suicide bombers exploded devices in three churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, as well as in three hotels and a banquet hall in the Sri Lankan capital. Authorities apprehended 13 people in connection to the attacks.
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USA > 2019 New York International Auto Show > BMW has announced that it will not be in New York this year and it’s the latest in a string of high-profile car-makers opting to eschew the tried-and-tested tradeshow format. If global makers are indeed opting to interact with their audiences in different ways (and endeavouring to control their messaging more tightly than an expo allows) fairs such as this will need to up their game – if not reinvent the wheel entirely.
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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  04°C,overcast, light rain > forecast a high of 18°C (got up to 18.9°C), overcast (total precipitation: 3.4 mm) / tonight it going down to 10°C, 30% chance of showers
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Sri Lanka  > At least 207 killed in Easter Sunday attacks / Blasts ripped through three churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa at approximately 8:45 a.m. as worshipers were gathering for services, police said. Bombers also struck three hotels and a banquet hall in Colombo, the nation’s capital / Police say is was a coordinated attack by suicide bombers. / At least 207 deaths, 450 injured./  Churches attacked as worshipers gathered for Easter services. / No claim of responsibility / Thirteen people have been arrested, police said, and three police officers were killed in a raid on a house as they attempted to interrogate an individual / Prime minister says elements of government had prior intelligence of attacks.  CNN > How the Attacks Unfolded / CNN photos /
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Ukraine > A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday, exit polls showed, dealing a stunning rebuke to the country's political establishment. // Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose only previous political role was playing the president on television, trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko by taking 73 percent of the vote, according to exit polls conducted by several think tanks. / "I will never let you down," the 41-year-old TV star said at his campaign headquarters after the results of exit polls were published. / "While I am not formally president yet, as a citizen of Ukraine I can tell all post-Soviet countries: 'Look at us! Everything is possible!'"
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Saturday, April 20, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  04°C, light rain > forecast a high of 10°C (got to only 4.5°C), Periods of rain  (total precipitation 29.4 mm) / tonight remains at 10°C, periods of rain or drizzle
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USA  > Today marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on Columbine High School: On April 20, 1999, two teenage boys dressed in black trench coats killed 12 classmates and a teacher, and wounded two dozen others before taking their own lives. // More than 226,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine - Washington Post Article and graphs
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France > Paris > Protesters have set small fires and police have fired tear gas on the sidelines of the 23rd weekend of Yellow Vest demonstrations in the French capital. // The Paris police headquarters said authorities detained 137 people by early afternoon and carried out spot checks of more than 14,000 people. // Police fired tear gas and stun grenades amid tensions at a march of several thousand people from France's Finance Ministry toward the Place de la Republique plaza in eastern Paris. // The march was one of several Yellow Vest events around Paris and other French cities Saturday. // It's the first Yellow Vest demonstration since the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral earlier this week.
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UK > Sports > World Snooker Championships - April 20th - May 6th, Location: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK
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Friday, April 19, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  07°C,mostly Cloudy > forecast a high of 16°C (got up to 17.2°C), Showers or Drizzle (total precipitation 10 mm) / tonight going down to 04°C, overcast 30% chance of Showers or Drizzle
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France > Paris > Notre-Dame Update:  There is already a growing debate about how the Notre-Dame cathedral should be rebuilt. How closely should the planned reconstruction adhere to the original design and materials?
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USA Stocks > Pinterest: Shares in the digital pin board jumped more than 28 percent on its first day of trading as a public company. The company's stock began trading at $23.75, above the initial public offering price of $19, and finished the day at $24.40. It is more valuable than the retail chains Macy's or Nordstrom.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: minus 04°C, clear > forecast a high of 12°C  (it only got up to 10.8°C) , sunny / tonight going down to 02°C periods of rain (Total Precipitation: 3.4 mm)
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France > Paris > Notre-Dame Update:
Disney has pledged $5 million for the Notre Dame restoration effort...
Apple says it will make a donation as well...
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USA > Mueller Report with redactions released - The  report was released to Congress  on compact discs today. >>  In 448 pages, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, cataloged attempts by President Trump to thwart the investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference, and laid bare how Mr. Trump was elected with the help of a foreign power. // The special counsel's team decided not to charge Mr. Trump, citing numerous legal and factual constraints, but it pointedly declined to exonerate him. Mr. Mueller concluded that there was "insufficient evidence" to establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, but that Russia did interfere in the U.S. election. // The US President tried to sabotage the investigation. In instance after instance, his staff defied his orders and acted as a bulwark against Mr. Trump’s most destructive impulses. // One of The New York Times most-read stories in the last day was the report itself. Many readers wanted to comb through the 400-plus pages.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 0°C, light snow > forecast a high of 6°C (it only got up to 5.0°C) , flurries (total precipitation 4.4mm / snowfall 3.4cm) / tonight going down to minus 04°C clear
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France > Paris > Notre-Dame > How to donate to the rebuild the page
Update Notre-Dame > Early estimates place the reconstruction effort at between five and 15 years, and more than $600 million has already been pledged. // What we know: The cathedral’s twin medieval towers survived, but its 300-foot spire collapsed, and two-thirds of its roof was destroyed. // No one was killed, but one firefighter and two police officers were injured. // French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild Notre Dame "even more beautifully" within five years, as all of France's cathedrals prepared to ring their bells today to mark 48 hours since the colossal fire began // $1 billion raised to rebuild Paris' Notre Dame after fire.
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New York Times reading: This report from their archives (see page 2 left side of page under France.) The New York Times was inside Notre-Dame in 1853 for Napoleon III’s wedding,” writes Tina Jordan, our Books columnist. “The description includes ermine, jewels, lavish drapes of gold-lace-trimmed crimson velvet, ‘festoons of flowers’ and chandeliers filled with thousands of wax tapers.”
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Island of Madeira (Portuguese) > The tourist bus (carrying at least 56) on Wednesday night  plunged off a road and tumbled down a steep incline and landed on an empty house on the Portuguese island, killing 29 tourists, possibly all Germans. / Two Portuguese citizens onboard --presumably the driver and the guide -- survived the accident and were in stable condition, according to hospital officials. // Portuguese authorities said the bus was about six years old and had been handled by an experienced, 55-year-old driver. Read: DW article // Note: In 2016, the island hosted about 1.2 million international visitors -- more than four times the island’s population.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 01°C, light snow / rain > forecast a high of 2°C (got up to 5.5°C), rain (Total Precipitation: 5.6 mm > Snowfall 1.6cm/Rainfall 4mm) / tonight going down to 02°C periods of rain
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France > Paris > "Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can." - Barack Obama
1.05-1.15am, Tuesday 16 April > Paris prosecutors say they are investigating a case of “involuntary destruction by fire” and interviewing workers on the restoration project. Fire appears to have started at height of scaffolding on roof. // François-Henri Pinault announces his family, one of the richest in France, will donate €100m ($150,849,477 Canadian) to the restoration appeal.
3.40am > Fire service spokesman Gabriel Plus says the fire is "completely under control. It is partly extinguished, there remain residual fires to put out."
9.30am > The fire service says the fire is entirely extinguished. “The next phase is the examination by experts,” says Plus, adding that the “violent fire … spread very rapidly across the whole of the roof, destroying roughly 1,000sq metres”. // Another of France’s richest people, Bernard Arnault, of the luxury goods firm LVMH, announces a €200m ($301,698,954 Canadian) donation to the appeal fund.
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Books: David Brooks' new book "The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life" hits bookshelve today. see PBS News Hour Video, 7 minutes
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Monday, April 15, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 04°C, light rain > forecast a high of 14°C,  rain (Total Precipitation: 24.0 mm) / tonight going down to 02°C periods of rain
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France > Paris > A  terrible fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral. 6.20p.m., Monday 15 April. An alarm sounds during mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It is unclear according to public prosecutor Rémy Heitz, whether this is a smoke or a heat alarm. The priest hesitates, then continues with the service, believing it may be a false alarm. But although no sign of fire was found, the 850-year-old building was evacuated as a precautionary measure. At 6.43pm, a second alarm went off: fire declared. / 7.10p.m. Smoke plume clearly visible from afar. Photos start circulating on social media and crowds gather on left and right banks of River Seine as police seal off Île de la Cité and fire service arrives. Time Line
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2019 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism - April 15 4:p.m. ADT 2019 Winners
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On this day > in 1912 RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland - resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people
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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 08°C, mostly cloudy > forecast a high of 12°C (got up to 13.8°C), a mix of sun and cloud / tonight going down to 03°C with rain
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France > Paris Marathon 2019: Ethiopian athletes Gelete Burka (women’s race, she was the fastest woman with 2:22:48) and Abrha Milaw (men’s race with a time of 2:07:50) won the 43rd edition of the Paris Marathon on Sunday. (49,155 runners started the race) 
Note Registration for the 44th edition of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris are open! - See you the 5th of April 2020!
>> for more see France24
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USA > Golf > Sunday when Tiger Woods, 43, put on the green jacket yesterday at Butler Cabin at Augusta National in Georgia, he said with for-the-ages Smart Brevity: "It fits." / The Masters was Woods' 15th major tournament victory and his first since June 2008, with a decade of pain and humiliation in between.  Woods finished with a minus 13
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France > Cycling - It was the 117th edition of Paris–Roubaix and the 16th event of the 2019 UCI World Tour April 14 -  It was won by Philippe Gilbert in a sprint ahead of Nils Politt, with Yves Lampaert finishing in third place. Distance: 257 km (159.7 mi) // Winning time: 5h 58' 02"
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USA TV > Sunday's "Game of Thrones" season premiere was the most-watched one-day event in the history of HBO. // 17.4 million watched live on the network at 9 p.m., streamed through HBO's on-demand service or during two reruns that aired later that night
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Saturday, April 13, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 04°C, overcast with light rainshowers > forecast a high of 14°C (got up to 16.4°C), periods of rain / tonight going down to 02°C with periods of rain
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USA > Fisher-Price recalled all of its 4.7 million Rock ’n Play sleepers on Friday, days after a group of pediatricians urged its parent company, Mattel, to stop selling the product amid reports linking it to multiple infant deaths. // The Consumer Product Safety Commission said consumers should stop using the sleeper immediately and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or a voucher. Major retailers sell the product for $40 to $149, according to the agency.  // The voluntary move by Fisher-Price was a reversal for the company, which issued a joint safety warning with the product safety commission last week after the commission said it was aware of 10 deaths since 2015 of children 3 months or older linked to the sleeper. In most cases, the children suffocated after rolling over in the sleeper from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained. // A separate investigation by Consumer Reports connected the cloth-covered cradle to 32 infant deaths from 2011 to 2018, including some involving children under 3 months. >> for more see NYT article // CPSC recall
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Japan > Population decline in Japan is accelerating, The Financial Times' Robin Harding reports from Tokyo: The population of 126 million is down from a peak 128 million in 2010. // Japan's population puts it 11th in the world; the U.S. is third after China and India. //  Why it matters: Japan -- the third largest economy, after the U.S. and China -- "once a symbol of malaise, has made up for its lost decade." (Bloomberg Opinion) // By "the middle of the century, Japan will be losing about 900,000 people a year, roughly equivalent to a city the size of Glasgow ... or Austin," per the FT: "Long-term projections suggest Japan’s population will fall to just 50m in a hundred years, the same as it was a century ago." //  Why it's happening: It's not the birthrate — it's the number of deaths. //  "Japan had a baby boom before the second world war because of military pressure to increase the birth rate."
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France >  Over 30,000 protesters took to the streets of France on Saturday, for the 22nd consecutive Saturday of demonstrations. Tension rose in Toulouse as thousands gathered for the first time since a controversial anti-rioting law took effect on April 11.// French Interior Ministry said 31,000 Yellow Vest protesters marched on Saturday, including 5,000 in Paris. Demonstrations also took place in Marseille, Grenoble, Lille and other cities. // On social media, Yellow Vest protesters in Toulouse were called on to keep up the fight against President Emmanuel “Macron and his world” and to “show that everything is just getting started after the results of the big debate”.
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Hockey-NHL - Second game (best of 7) Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 // Saturday April 13 in Boston at the TD Garden - attendance 17,565 Notes
First game in Boston on April 11th > Toronto 4, Boston 1
(Series Tied 1-1 - Third game in Toronto on April 15)
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Friday, April 12, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: minus 02°C, clear > forecast a high of 11°C (got up to 13.9°C), sunny / tonight going down to 01°C with periods of rain
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Photography > The World Press Photo Foundation, based in Amsterdam, yesterday awarded Photo of the Year to "Crying Girl on the Border," by John Moore, a senior staff photographer for Getty Images: "Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez cries as she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, are taken into custody by US border officials in McAllen, Texas, USA, on June 12th," 2018. >> for more see World Press Photo
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Disney+ > Only $6.99 a month? That's how much Disney+ is going to cost (it's even cheaper if you buy the annual subscription) the price was announced at Thursday's Disney investor event (April 11th.) Disney+ will launch on November 12 in North America.
>> for more visit Frank Pallotta CNN's blog
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On this day in 2010, Paul Harding wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his debut novel Tinkers, published by Bellevue Literary Press.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: minus 01°C, clear > forecast a high of 08°C (got up to 9°C ), sunny with a chance of light snow
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UK > Police in London say they've arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012 after Ecuador withdrew asylum.
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India > In the world's largest democratic exercise, polls opened today in India, beginning a seven-phase election staggered over six weeks in the country of 1.3 billion people.
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Australia > The prime minister called a May 18 election to be fought on climate and refugees.
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UK > European leaders granted the U.K. a six-month Brexit extension until Oct. 31.
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: minus 03°C, mainly clear > forecast a high of 06°C, sunny / tonight going down to minus 02°C increasing cloudiness
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Japan > The country is about to begin a new era, officially named Reiwa, a term with multiple meanings, including "order and peace." It begins May 1, the day after the current emperor, Akihito, becomes the first Japanese monarch to step down in more than 200 years.
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France & Germany > Better together? > Just when you thought France and Germany couldn't get any cosier (diplomatically), this month the pair will form the first "dual presidency" of the UN Security Council. France held the presidency in March - and Germany was due to take over this month - but Macron and Merkel (Merkron?) thought it would be better to chair the council together, in what the former describes as a "twinning" arrangement. // While moves of this kind might put noses out of joint among other EU leaders, Paul Rogers, professor of peace studies at Bradford University, thinks it could just as well serve as a reminder of the commonalities shared across the bloc. "This is very symbolic as populism rises in Europe," he says. "The overriding impression that they want to give off is that they can work together". Vive la difference.
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Monday, April 01, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 02°C, light rain > forecast a high of 01°C, chance of flurries / tonight going down to minus 03°C a few clouds.
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Celebration > April Fools' Day or April Fool's Day is an annual celebration commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April Fool jokes often expose their prank by shouting "April fool" at the unfortunate victim.
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Time Change
Daylight saving time 2019 in France and Spain began at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 31 and ends at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 27 (All times are in Central European Time.)
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Daylight saving time 2019 in Canada began at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 and ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3 (All times are in Atlantic Time.)
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UK > Brexit alternatives fail, increasing disarray > British lawmakers failed to reach a majority on four new alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan on Monday. //  The least unpopular option, which lost by just three votes, was for a customs union that would keep Britain in the same tariff system as the rest of the European Union countries -- a missing part of Mrs. May's thrice-rejected plan. // There are less than two weeks until the deadline to depart, and the vote Monday left the process in more disarray. Nothing has been resolved, and all options remain on the table. // Irish backstop: Perhaps the most contentious part of Mrs. May's plan is also among the most confusing. The border between North Ireland and Ireland; it's holding up the process. // Business flight: For many British companies, Brexit has already happened. Global banks and other financial services companies have been shifting thousands of jobs and more than $1 trillion USD in assets to European cities from Britain.
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April Highlights
1 - April Fools' Day
11-14 - PGA Golf - Masters
       Tournament
13-15 - Songkran, Thailand
       (Marks the Thai New Year)
14-43rd Paris Marathon
14 - 2019 Paris–Roubaix
      road cycling one-day race
15 - 123rd Boston Marathon
15 - Notre Dame Cathedral - fire
18 - Time Magazine
       Top 100 influential people
19 - Mueller Report
       (with redactions)
       was Released
19-28  - 2019 New York
       International Auto Show
19 - Memorial of Jesus' Death
20-May 6th - 2019 World
      Snooker Championship
25 - Marvel's "Avengers:
       Endgame” opening night
22 - Earth Day 2019
28 - 39th London Marathon
April 12 - Photo of the year: "Crying Girl on the Border" by John Moore
April 13 - The Rock ’n Play sleeper
April 15 - Fire at Notre Dame
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April Books of note:
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2nd "Save Me the Plums" by Ruth Reichl  - HC 288 pages
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2nd "The Matriarch" by Susan Page - HC 432 pages
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2nd "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" by Lori Gottlieb - HC 432 pages
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2nd "American Moonshot" by Douglas  - HC 576 pages
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2nd "Stony the Road" by Henry Louis Gates Jr. - HC 320 pages
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9th "Life Will Be the Death of Me" by Chelsea Handler - HC 256 pages
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9th "Working" by Robert A. Caro - HC 240 pages
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15th "Falter" by Bill McKibben - HC 304 pages
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16th "The Second Mountain" by David Brooks - HC 384 pages
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April Passings

01 - Vladimir Orloff [ru], 90, Romanian-Canadian cellist and music teacher
01 - Caravelli (born Claude Vasori) 88, French conductor and composer
03 - Carmelita Pope, 94, American actress
03 - Mary Borgstrom, 102, Canadian potter and ceramist
04 - Arthur Polonsky, 93, American painter
07 - Seymour Cassel, 84, American actor
10 - Claude Lalanne [fr], 93, French sculptor
12 - Georgia Engel, 70, American actress
14 - Bibi Andersson, 83, Swedish actress
14 - Gene Wolfe, 87 American - more
15 - Les Reed, 83, English songwriter
15 - Gustavo Arias Murueta, 95, Mexican painter, sculptor and poe
16 - Fay McKenzie, 101, American actress
16 - Jörg Demus, 90, Austrian pianist
18 - Lyra McKee, 29, Northern Irish journalist, shot
21 - Ken Kercheval, 83, American actor
23 - Edward Kelsey, 88, English actor
24 - Jean-Pierre Marielle, 87, French actor
25 - Larry "Flash" Jenkins, 63, American actor
27 - Jack de Mello, 102, American composer article
29  - John Singleton, 51 BBC
30 - Rowland Charles "Boon" Gould, 64, Guitarist, Jazz-funk, new wave - more
30 - Riley Howell, 21 - more
30 - Peter Mayhew, best known for playing Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died at 74
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