News August 2019
Index
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Saturday, August 31, 2019
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Canada > New Brunswick > Moncton's total rainfall for the month of August 2019 was 106.4mm // August 2018 total was 100.4mm
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Friday, August 30, 2019
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South Korea > population > The fertility rate in South Korea hit a new low last year. The rate dropped to 0.98 -- or less than one baby per woman, and a drop from the previous year's rate of 1.05. That puts South Korea near the bottom of world rankings of fertility rates. To put that into perspective, the 2018 fertility rate was 1.72 in the United States. In some African countries, which see the highest fertility numbers in the world, the rate can go up to 5 or 6. Countries generally need a fertility rate above 2 to maintain population growth.
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Thursday, August 29, 2019
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Thursday File Blog > #768 > Published today at 4:30am
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Canada > New Brunswick > Up to 70 mm of rain expected as post-tropical storm Erin hits southeastern New Brunswick - New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization is urging residents to be prepared as post-tropical storm Erin continues to track northeastward toward the Maritimes. / Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for the southeastern part of the province. As much as 70 mm of rain is now expected, up from earlier predictions of 60 mm. / The rain will be heavy at times as a trough of low pressure crosses New Brunswick and interacts with moisture from Erin, before it tapers off in the evening or Friday morning, the advisory states. / Heavy downpours can cause flash floods, water pooling on roads and washouts, it warns.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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USA > Storms >Puerto Rico was bracing on Wednesday for the arrival of tropical storm Dorian, closing schools and diverting cruise liners even as it struggles to recover from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017. // The storm's maximum sustained winds Wednesday morning were close to 96 km/h. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian is expected to be near hurricane strength when it approaches Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. // The storm is centred about 96 kilometres southeast of St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and moving northwest near 20 km/h. RM
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UK > Parliament to be suspended in September > Parliament will be suspended just days after MPs return to work in September - and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline. / Boris Johnson said a Queen's Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his "very exciting agenda". / But it means the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would be cut. RM I / RM II
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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Global Urbanism > Greener pastures? > According to the UN, 70 per cent of the world's population will live in cities by 2050. But some of the world's largest and most famous urban areas are struggling to sustain their growth: the populations of Paris and New York both dipped last year. The Paris Urban Planning Agency predicts that the number of inhabitants in the French capital will continue to shrink over the next six years. // London's growth held firm thanks to immigration, though it's uncertain what will happen after the UK leaves the EU. So why are people leaving? A lack of affordable housing and the rise of short-term lets have left cities feeling all too expensive; a cheaper, simpler life in towns or the countryside seems more appealing. Successful cities must remind people that they are home to the ambitious and optimistic in order to prevent the best minds turning tail.
Canadian Note: Toronto Population Growth > Between the 2011 census and the 2016 census, the population of Toronto grew by 4.46%, a population increase of more than 100,000 people. // The rate of population growth in Toronto is similar to the growth rate in many other major cities in Canada. For example, Ottawa grew by 5.76% and Vancouver grew by 4.64% in the same period. // However, it is only around half the rate of population growth some cities – for example Edmonton new b 14.82% in the same period, and Calgary grew by 12.99%. // Toronto’s population is expected to continue growing over the next few years – estimates predict growth of just over 100,000 people every year across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). //// The population of Toronto is 2,731,571 (source: Statistics Canada). This makes Toronto the largest city in Canada and the fourth largest city in North America. / The wider Greater Toronto Area (GTA) population was 6,417,516 at the time of the most recent (2016) census. This makes the GTA the largest metropolitan area in Canada (click here to read more about the population of Canada) and the seventh largest metropolitan area in North America. / Located in the south of Ontario, close to the US border, Toronto is Canada’s economic and trading hub. Today, almost one in five (18.1%) Canadians and close to half (44.4%) of all Ontarians live in or around the city of Toronto (in the Greater Toronto Area). / Toronto is widely reported to be the most diverse city in the world. Almost half of the city’s current population was born outside of Canada, a figure that is likely to increase to over 50% in the next few years.
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Monday, August 26, 2019
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France > Alcohol > Toast of the town - Some forms of alcohol seem to go hand in hand with perceived moral and social disintegration. So it was in the early 1900s with absinthe, which was banned in France, Switzerland, the US and a number of other countries at that time. Since then, the reputation of the drink – made from anise, fennel and wormwood – has recovered. The ban was lifted most recently in France in 2000 and, this week, the EU granted French absinthe geographic protection. This means that any bottle branded Absinthe de Pontarlier must have been produced according to traditional practice in the commune of Pontarlier, an area of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region on the border with Switzerland. The decision is a good one. As the market leans towards weaker beverages, those keen to preserve the heritage of this storied and excellent drink ought to be supported. RM from Canada
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Sunday, August 25, 2019
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Canada > House Real Estate > Forget Toronto. Buying in P.E.I. (Prince Edward Island) increasingly 'cutthroat' as home prices rise - 'People are banging on doors, saying 'I really like your house, are you interested in selling?' / The growth in Charlottetown's housing market is far outpacing markets in many other Canadian cities. Data gathered by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) shows house prices have jumped 38.5 per cent in the past three years. / Based on the areas CREA normally tracks, only parts of Vancouver Island and Ontario's Niagara region saw faster growth during the same time period. By comparison, prices rose 25.3 per cent in Toronto, 21.6 per cent in Ottawa and 33.3 per cent in Victoria. // In the past decade, the smallest province's population has grown quickly. Thousands of immigrants have moved to the Island and many homes are being converted into short-term rentals for tourists. / Realtors say people from other parts of Canada are also buying on the Island, attracted to the relatively lower prices and, in some cases, the investment potential. RM
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Saturday, August 24, 2019
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New Books >  Insects > Insects Are Having a Literary Moment - Two new books show the scary and whimsical sides of our constant outdoor companions . . . Article
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Friday, August 23, 2019
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Hungary & Austria > Education > University challenge - Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has made no secret of his preference for an “illiberal” society. Now his nationalist rhetoric has resulted in the loss of the Central European University (CEU), which will move from Budapest to a new home in Vienna next month. Founded in 1991 by Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros, CEU is hamstrung by changes to the law from 2017 that prevent it teaching its US-accredited courses. Its president Michael Ignatieff is upbeat about opening CEU’s new campus in Austria next month.
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New York / London to Sydney > Aviation > World's longest Flight - Qantas is testing what would be the world’s longest flight: 19 hours in the air, Hannah Sampson reports on the WashPost's new travel site, By The Way: 1 > The Australian carrier announced that it'll run three "ultra-long-haul research flights" of about 19 hours each this fall on new Boeing 787-9s. / 2 > "Two of the flights will take off in New York and go to Sydney ... The other will go from London to Sydney." / 3 > Why it matters: "Researchers will record melatonin levels of pilots, ... as well as track their brain wave patterns and alertness." / "Singapore Airlines operates the current world’s longest flight, between Singapore and Newark, ... [which can take] up to 18 hours and 45 minutes." - Mike Allen - Axios
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Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Food > Fried Chicken > Two major fast-food chains, Chick-fil-A and Popeyes, are waging a Twitter war over their fried chicken sandwiches. / We went looking into the history books to see what everyone is all aflutter about. / While many cuisines feature fried chicken, the American version drew from the palm-oil frying traditions of West Africa carried across the Atlantic by enslaved women, and the fritters made by Scottish immigrants who staffed or owned plantations. / Cookbooks written by white Southerners circulated the recipes, and after the Civil War, freed black entrepreneurs, especially women, plied train stations to sell fried chicken to travelers. / The dish spread nationally during the Great Migration of black Americans from the Jim Crow South, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain eventually took that version around the world. / Who first sandwiched fried chicken in bread may never be known — one writer found an ad for a fried chicken sandwich in a 1936 Kansas newspaper.
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Brazil > Fires are burning in the Amazon rain forest at the fastest pace since the country’s National Institute for Space Research started keeping records on them in 2013. The center said 74,155 fires had been detected this year — an 84 percent increase from the same period in 2018.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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Germany > Aviation >  Flights up, planes down - During the summer months the sky becomes busier and managing air traffic becomes more difficult than usual. Germany has a strategy to reduce congestion: allow planes to fly low over its airspace as well as at high altitude. Unfortunately the idea has its flaws: jet engines are not as efficient at lower elevations and there’s more turbulence for passengers and noise pollution for those on the ground. Packing more planes into a busy sky might work for the holiday season but it falls short of being a long-term solution. - Monocle
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Greece > Art >  Isle be back - Received wisdom (for the uninitiated) is that all the best museums and art galleries lie within the borders of big cities – but in Greece this couldn’t be less true. Galleries perched on the innumerable islands here are enjoying a moment, enriching the minds of those who spill forth from urban centres. Art Space Pythagorion in Samos is one such institution. - Monocle
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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Spain > Gran Canaria > The wildfire that broke out in Gran Canaria on Saturday is slowly stabilizing, with the drop in temperatures allowing firefighters to secure the homes that had been threatened by the blaze. The improved conditions have meant that around 4,500 locals, of the 9,000 evacuated since Saturday, have been allowed to return home. The remaining half will be given permission to get to their properties once a safety check has been completed. // The fire continues to burn out of control but is expected to be stabilized within the next 48 hours. On Tuesday night, more than 400 firefighters were working to put out the blaze with the help of helicopters and hydroplanes. / Around a thousand firefighters and 16 aircraft continue to work to put out the fire, which has razed 10,000 hectares of land on the Canary Island since Saturday, including hundreds of hectares of Tamadaba Natural Park. Hydroplanes dropped nearly three million liters of water on the flames between Monday and Tuesday. /The perimeter of the forest fire is currently at 112 kilometers, and the main fronts are located at the pine forest in Tamadaba, and in areas near Guayedra and El Risco, in the Agaete municipality.

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Monday, August 19, 2019
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Canada > Nova Scotia  >  Warmer Waters > As ocean temperatures rise, photographer seeing more warm-water fish off Nova Scotia / Scuba diver Lloyd Bond has been scuba diving around Nova Scotia for 23 years, says in the last three years he's seen increasing numbers of not only butterfly fish and seahorses, but cornet fish, trigger fish, puffer fish and many other species rarely seen in Canadian waters. RM
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France > Biarritz > Leaders of major industrialized nations meet
French President Emmanuel Macron hosts G7 leaders starting Saturday (August 24-26) in Biarritz. Fairer capitalism, less environmental inequality, countering terrorism, harnessing artificial intelligence and plotting a more equal partnership with Africa top his agenda. RM -
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August 03 - 18, 2019 N/A
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Friday, August 02 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 17°C, clear // forecast a high of 29°C, sunny becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon.  // tonight it's going down to 15°C, partly cloudy.
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Thursday, August 01 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 21°C, clear // forecast a high of 31°C, sunny // tonight it's going down to 19°C, partly cloudy, might have showers and a thunderstorm in the late evening
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Svalbard  >  Starved reindeer may be sign of climate change >  Two hundred reindeer died of starvation last winter on Svalbard, a remote Arctic archipelago. Researchers in Norway said it highlighted the effects of climate change on vulnerable ecosystems. // Climate change, along with bringing a deadly winter, made for warmer and longer summers there, helping to increase the reindeer populations. That leads to greater competition among the animals for limited food resources, putting them at greater risk of starvation. - Note: Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. > Population: 2,667 (2016)
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Sports > A legendary cricket competition > The battle for the Ashes resumes today. It’s one of the oldest and most fiercely contested sporting honors in the world, and it began as a joke. / England lost at home to Australia for the first time in 1882, and a newspaper printed an obituary for English cricket, concluding: “The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.” (Cremation was a big news topic in Britain that year.) / When England then toured Australia, promising to “return with the Ashes,” the captain was handed a tiny urn. / England and Australia have fought for the Ashes in 70 series since, usually every two years, with the countries alternating as hosts. With five games lasting up to five days each, it’s a spectacle that fills a summer. / Australia took the last series, 4-0 (the fifth game was a draw). But no matter who triumphs this time, the urn will remain in a museum display case in London — it’s considered too fragile to wave around.

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August Highlights
Until Nov. 24 2019 Venice
      Biennale RM
Until September 7.- Exhibition
      "Basquiat x Warhol" RM
Until Oct 6 - Alphonse Mucha:
      Art Nouveau/Nouvelle
      Femme > Poster House
     119 W. 23rd Street, NYC, NY
      RM-1 / RM-2
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1 - 4 - AIG Women's British Open > Woburn Golf Club - UK > 43rd edition
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1 - Sept 16 - The Ashes 2019 - UK

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19 - Sept 8 - US Open - Arthur Ashe Stadium
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August Books of note:


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August Passings
1st - Ian Gibbons, 67, English keyboardist (The Kinks)
2 - Toni Morrison, 88, Author
16 - Peter Fonda, 79, Actor
16 - Richard Williams, 86, animator
18 - Jack Whitaker, 95, Sports Broadscaster
20 - Richard Booth, 80, Cusop, a village that straddles the eastern border between England and Wales RM
26 - Isabel Toredo, 59, Designer
27 - Neal Casal, 50, guitarist
30 - Valerie Harper, 80, Actress