News August 2019
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Friday, August 22, 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."
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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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August Books of note:


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August Passings
1st - Ian Gibbons, 67, English keyboardist (The Kinks)
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