News July 2019
Index
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Wednesday, July 31 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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Tuesday, July 30 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 18°C, clear // forecast a high of 32°C (it go up to 33°C) sunny // tonight it's going down to 20°C, partly cloudy
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News >  Info

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Monday, July 29 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 18°C, clear // forecast a high of 30°C (got up to 30.8°C) sunny // tonight it's going down to 19°C, partly cloudy
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Hong Kong > How we live > After five years in Hong Kong I am in danger of forgetting how to tie my own laces (writes James Chambers). My shoe cupboard has been gradually taken over by all kinds of slip-ons – from trusty Toms and worn out Rivieras to my latest palm tree-topped Soludos espadrilles. A recent reporting trip to South Korea reminded me why this is. Footwear is routinely left outside when visiting houses, offices and restaurants – even some shop changing rooms are socks only. Good housekeeping like this should be exported to the West. I now enforce the “no shoes” rule in my own home. I also embark every year on a retail quest to find a new pair of loafers, which can be easily taken off without crouching. // However, there are some other sartorial habits around the region that take more getting used to. Vietnamese men, for instance, wear jeans year-round, regardless of the sweltering weather. And people in Japan and South Korea tend to remove their sunglasses when speaking to older people. Ultimately it boils down to a show of respect for others – a sadly unfashionable trend when the thermometer goes through the roof. - Monocle

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Sunday, July 28 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 19°C, clear // forecast a high of 30°C, sunny // tonight it's going down to 18°C, partly cloudy
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Tour de France 2019 > >  Rambouillet > Paris Champs-Élysées
Stage 21 - 128 km - Flat
- 155 riders took the start of stage 21 in Rambouillet.

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USA - California > Gilroy Garlic Festival > Santino William Legan, 19, killed three people and injured at least 12 others at the festival on Sunday with the rifle (AK-47 style rifle) he bought (legally purchased) July 9 in neighboring Nevada. / Three officers who responded within a minute of the gunfire fatally shot Legan.
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Saturday, July 27 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 20°C, clear // forecast a high of 31°C (it only got up to 27.9°C ) sunny // tonight it's going down to 18°C, partly cloudy
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Tour de France 2019 >  Albertville > Val Thorens
Stage 20 - 59,5 km - Mountain
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Friday, July 26 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 15°C, clear // forecast a high of 29°C  (it only got up to 27.9°C )  sunny // tonight it's going down to 13°C, clear
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Tour de France 2019 >  Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne > Tignes
Stage 19 - 126,5 km - Mountain
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Europe > Yesterday the  temperatures hit a new all-time high of 42.6 C (108.7 F), beating the previous record of 40.4 C (104.7 F) set in 1947 in the French capital. // The Netherlands' meteorological institute announced a record that beat the previous record set just a day ago: 40.7 C (105.3 F) in the Gilze Rijen municipality near the Belgian border. // Belgium hit all-time records twice in the day, rising to 40.7 C (105.3 F) in the western town of Beitem. "This is the highest recorded temperature for Belgium in history since the beginning of the measurements in 1833," said Alex Dewalque of the country's Royal Meteorological Institute. // The northern German town of Lingen set a new national temperature record at least three times Thursday, finally hitting 42.6 C (108.7 F). Those repeated records came after the country had set a national record Wednesday of 40.5 C (104.9 F) in Geilenkirchen near the Belgian border. // London recorded its hottest day on record for July, with the mercury climbing to 36.9 C (98.4 F) at Heathrow Airport. The previous July record was 36.7 C (98 F) in 2015. // RM -
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USA > New York > Retail > Keeping track - Rising rents have swept small businesses from Manhattan's shopping districts, leaving behind rows of empty shopfronts. But the city council took a step in addressing the slow demise of retail earlier this week, passing legislation to create the "Storefront Tracker". // The digital database will require landlords to register their shops, detailing their size, location, occupancy status and monthly rent. You can't solve a problem you don't understand and the city hopes a better grasp on the scale of the problem will be key to unlocking a solution, perhaps in the form of a vacancy fee. The fee would penalise landlords who sit on empty shops and hopefully inject some much-needed vibrancy back into Manhattan's shopping streets. Whether the city uses the information wisely remains to be seen. - Monocle
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Thursday, July 25 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 14°C, some clouds // forecast a high of 25°C, sunny // tonight it's going down to 11°C, clear
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Tour de France 2019 >  Embrun > Valloire
Stage 18 - 208 km - Mountain
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Europe > The worst of a heat wave that has swept across Western Europe this week is predicted to hit today, with Britain, France, Germany and the Low Countries expecting life-threatening, record-breaking high temperatures. / Officials across the continent have issued unusually dire health-related alerts. Previous heat waves have claimed thousands of lives across a region where people are not used to such weather, many structures are not designed for it and few homes have air conditioning. (from CNN > Meteorologists predict temperatures in the UK could reach 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit (39°C), while France could see the mercury rise to a shocking 107.6 (42°C) in Paris. The heat is so bad that Notre Dame's chief architect says the cathedral's fragile ceilings, which were severely damaged in a fire earlier this year, could be at risk of collapsing. ) // Details: Workers in Paris and London described extremely difficult conditions on Wednesday. A number of passengers on Paris's Metro system fainted. // Earlier this week in Portugal, 1,000 firefighters supported by aircraft and a military unit battled forest fires that started over the weekend. The fires have consumed about 22,000 acres and injured about 30 people.
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USA > Puerto Rico > Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló said he would step down on Aug. 2, conceding that he could no longer credibly remain in power after an extraordinary popular uprising and looming impeachment proceedings derailed his administration.
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USA > Fertility Rates > The general fertility rate in the United States is at an "all-time low," according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2018 nadir is part of a larger pattern of declining fertility in the US, and for the last few years, that rate has been lower than the rate needed for the population to replace itself. Some of this is due to positive trends, such as a decline in teen birth rates. However, other fertility trends are less positive, like a marked rise in preterm birth rates. That last part is a cause for concern among professionals, and though there is no single reason or theory as to why the preterm birth rate is rising, one expert said it could be attributed to a rise in births among women in their late 30s and 40s. Note > Preterm birth, also known as premature birth, is the birth of a baby at fewer than 37 weeks' gestational age, as opposed to the usual about 40 weeks. These babies are known as preemies or premies. Symptoms of preterm labor include uterine contractions which occur more often than every ten minutes or the leaking of fluid from the vagina. Premature infants are at greater risk for cerebral palsy, delays in development, hearing problems and sight problems. These risks are greater the earlier a baby is born.
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Wednesday, July 24 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 14°C, mostly cloudy // forecast a high of 25°C, 30% chance of showers // tonight it's going down to 11°C, clearing
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Tour de France 2019 >  Pont du Gard > Gap
Stage 17 - 200 km - Hilly
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USA > Mueller to testify in Washington > In back-to-back hearings beginning today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, will respond to questioning by members of Congress as they try to find ways to highlight the report's findings -- or undermine them. / In an unusual arrangement, Aaron Zebley, a longtime Mueller aide, will appear beside him to assist as he testifies before two House committees, and will be sworn in as a witness for one of the sessions.
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UK > Boris Johnson, won the contest to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May and will take office at one of the most critical moments in Britain’s recent history. The pair will visit Queen Elizabeth II today to formalize the transition.
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Social Media > Snap's stock price shot up more than 6% yesterday after the company beat analyst expectations, posting more than $388 million in revenue, per Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva. // Snap also added 13 million new daily active users this quarter. // Why it matters: Snap's share price has been steadily climbing since hitting its lowest price last December. The company is steadily seeking to make a comeback from its stumbles, like a mobile app redesign that failed to impress. RM
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Tuesday, July 23 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 15°C, partly cloudy // forecast a high of 22°C, overcast, some rain throughout the day (total rainfall 1.2 mm)  // tonight it's going down to 17°C, cloudy. 30% chance of showers
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Tour de France 2019 >  Nîmes > Nîmes
Stage 16 - 177 km - Flat
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UK > Britain has a new prime minister-elect -- and no one is surprised at the outcome. Once he gets the queen's approval, bombastic Brexiteer Boris Johnson will officially take over from outgoing prime minister Theresa May Wednesday, when he will inherit a divided Britain facing a Brexit deadline and mounting threats from Iran.
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Automotive > Nissan plans to cut more than 10,000 jobs globally, a larger number than expected that represents about 10% of its workforce. RM
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Monday, July 22 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 14°C, partly cloudy // forecast a high of 26°C (it only got up to 25.1°C) mainly sunny // tonight it's going down to 15°C, cloudy. Rain beginning overnight. Fog patches developing before morning - rain 2 mm. (total rainfall 0.2 mm
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Tour de France 2019 >  Nîmes - Rest
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Global Companies > For the first time, China accounts for more companies on the Fortune Global 500, which measures the world's largest corporations by revenue, than the U.S. / On the list out this morning*, China has 129 companies (including 10 in Taiwan), and the U.S. has 121. / Why it matters, by Fortune's Geoff Colvin**: "As the Chinese Century nears its third decade, Fortune's Global 500 shows how profoundly the world's balance of power is shifting." / "For the first time since the debut of the Global 500 in 1990, and arguably for the first time since World War II, a nation other than the U.S. is at the top of the ranks of global big business." RM I* - RM II* -
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Movies > "Avengers: Endgame" this weekend usurped "Avatar" to become the highest-grossing film of all time, with $2.79 billion in global grosses in just 13 weeks. RM
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UK >  Britain braces for a leadership change > Prime Minister Theresa May is scheduled to step down on Wednesday, and she will most likely be replaced by Boris Johnson, according to recent polls. / There are already signs that the change could set off political turbulence. Several cabinet ministers who are opposed to Mr. Johnson's abrupt, no-deal Brexit plan -- including Philip Hammond, the head of the country's Treasury -- are expected to resign if he becomes prime minister. / Voters are also frustrated, feeling shut out of the process to select who will steer the country through Brexit. Only 160,000 members of the Conservative Party can vote for the next leader, sidelining 99 percent of registered voters.
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Sunday, July 21 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 23°C, mostly cloudy // forecast a high of 28°C (only got up to 25.6°C) 30% chance of showers (total rainfall 3.6 mm) // tonight it's going down to 15°C, a few showers
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Tour de France 2019 >  Limoux > Foix Prat d'Albis
Stage 15 - 185 km - Mountain
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Saturday, July 20 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 20°C, clear // forecast a high of 31°C (got up to 32.4°C) mostly sunny with a few clouds // tonight it's going down to 21°C, with a chance of showers
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Tour de France 2019 >  Tarbes > Tourmalet Barèges
Stage 14 - 117,5 km - Mountain
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USA > Alaska > Dozens of convicted criminals have been hired as cops in rural Alaska. Sometimes, they’re the only applicants. / In one village, every cop has been convicted of domestic violence within the past decade, including the chief. Only one has received formal law enforcement training of any kind. Article
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Friday, July 19 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 12°C, clear // forecast a high of 27°C (it only got up to 25.8 ) mix of sun and cloud // tonight it's going down to 18°C, with a chance of showers
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Tour de France 2019 >  Pau > Pau
Stage 13 - 27,2 km - Individual time-trial RM
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Japan > Society > Whodunnit? Only a few > Even for a country known for its safety, Japan's latest crime statistics are startling. In the first half of 2019, the overall number of crimes nationwide declined by 8.7 per cent to 363,846. According to the National Police Agency, the figures are expected to hit a post-Second World War low for the fifth straight year. / Some details aren't surprising: seniors are often victims of fraud and the highest number of offences are reported in big cities, such as Tokyo and Osaka. What is remarkable is that crimes decreased in all main categories, from murder and theft to fraud and white-collar cases. Police officials took credit but also cited the country's shrinking and ageing population as a factor. They might have talked about civility too: almost 400,000 lost wallets were reported last year -- and more than 90 per cent of them were returned. - Monocle
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Thursday, July 18 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 15°C, clear // forecast a high of 25°C, sunny // tonight it's going down to 13°C, a few clouds
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Tour de France 2019 >  Toulouse > Bagnères-de-Bigorre
Stage 12 - 209,5 km - Mountain RM
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In memoriam > Andrea Camilleri, 93 years old, who created the Inspector Montalbano series of detective novels, died on Wednesday, July 17, in Rome at 93. The books were wildly successful in Italy and were the basis for a TV series that has been running for 20 years. (I just downloaded his first Montalbano novel in English "The Shape of Water" /Italian: La forma dell'acqua/ is his 1994 novel, translated into English in 2002 by Stephen Sartarelli. / It is the first novel of the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series. It was first adapted for television by RAI with Luca Zingaretti in the TV series Inspector Montalbano. The episode was first aired on May 2nd 2000.)
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France > The Louvre has removed the name of the Sackler family from a wing that houses Persian and Levantine artifacts. It is the first major museum to erase its public association with the philanthropist family, which has been linked to the opioid crisis in the U.S. RM 
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Italy >  Retail > Balancing the books > Independent bookshops around the world have shown that they can survive competition from Amazon and other big chains by ramping up the quality of service – but a little help from state regulation wouldn’t go amiss. In Italy a new law has capped the discount that booksellers can apply to their titles to a maximum of 5 per cent (down from 15 per cent). The idea is to prevent larger players slashing prices in bulk. In a bid to encourage reading and book-buying in the long term, the law also includes proposals to establish libraries in all public schools and sets aside €500,000 a year for the programming of an annual “book capital city”, as well as offering tax credits for new independent retailers. Other countries would do well to take a leaf from Italy’s book. - Monocle
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Wednesday, July 17 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 17°C, clear // forecast a high of 28°C (got up to 28.8°C) sunny - A few showers beginning this afternoon. Risk of a thundershower this afternoon. // tonight it's going down to 13°C, a few showers (Total rainfall 3.2mm)
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Tour de France 2019 >  Albi > Toulouse
Stage 11 - 167 km - Flat
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Climate crisis > The effects of climate change aren't things that will happen in the distant future in South Asia. They're happening now. More than 100 people are dead RM and almost 6 million are under threat from rising flood waters in the region. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced by heavy monsoon rains. Droughts and heat waves in India have killed at least 137 people. Experts say more than 100 million people there could be left without access to water in five years RM if the country doesn't find a solution to severe water shortages. Drought has wrecked farming in Afghanistan, while monsoon floods have marooned villages in Bangladesh. The changes are creating a new refugee crisis and sparking a terrifying question: Is this part of the world becoming unlivable for humans? RM
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Netflix > 2.7 million new subscribers Netflix added in the second quarter. It was a little more than half (5 million) of what analysts were expecting, (they lost 126,000 U.S. customers during the same period.) so Netflix's stock dropped 12% in after-hours trading. / Netflix now has 151.5 million subscribers globally.. RMI / RM II
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Tuesday, July 16 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 17°C, clear // forecast a high of 30°C, sunny - A few showers beginning this afternoon. Risk of a thundershower this afternoon.  // tonight it's going down to 18°C, with 30% chance of showers (total rainfall 0.3 mm)
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Tour de France 2019 > Albi - Rest
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Online Retail > Amazon Prime Day 2 > On this 5th edition of Amazon's Prime Day, the everything store has produced a perfect look at the evergreen trends dominating our times. / The big picture: We're closer than ever to instant gratification for consumers, whether you think that's awesome or awful. / 51.3% of U.S. households have an Amazon Prime membership this year, according to eMarketer data emailed to Retail Dive.
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Economy Global > The world's debt rose by $3 trillion in the first quarter of 2019 — an almost unprecedented borrowing binge that brought total global debt to $246.5 trillion. // USA > The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) projected in its midyear review Monday that the federal deficit would surpass $1 trillion this year. / Why it matters: It's the first time the U.S. deficit has exceeded the $1 trillion level since the 4-year period following the Great Recession. When the US President was a presidential candidate, he promised to wipe out the deficit and also the entire federal debt, which has surpassed $22 trillion. - Axios
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Monday, July 15 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 15°C, overcast // forecast a high of 24°C, 60 percent chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon with risk of thundershowers. // tonight it's going down to 15°C, clearing
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Tour de France 2019 > Saint-Flour to Albi
Stage 10 - 217,5 km - Flat
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Canada > New Brunswick > 3.7 magnitude earthquake hits area near Petit Rocher / Quake hits just before 10 a.m., about 16 kilometres west of village in Gloucester County // Earthquakes, while rarely severe in New Brunswick, aren't unheard of in the province. / In January, a 3.8 magnitude earthquake hit an area near Grand Bay-Westfield.
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Online Retail > Amazon Prime Day > the e-commerce giant's annual discount bonanza. July 15 to 16 - Besides in the U.S., Prime Day is held in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Britain and the United Arab Emirates.
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Movies > "Toy Story 4" added another $20.7 million to its tally, bringing its total near $350 million in North America. After a lower-than-expected opening, the Pixar sequel has performed quite well, and even if "The Lion King" cannibalizes its audience next weekend, it's a reminder that movies parents can take children to see during the summer don't always follow the usual box-office rules. // Disney's second-wave push for "Avengers: Endgame" to unseat "Avatar" as the all-time worldwide box-office champ has closed the gap to a mere $7 million, $2.788 to $2.781 billion. - Brian Lowry
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Sunday, July 14 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 14°C, overcast // forecast a high of 23°C (got up to 25.8) Periods of rain and sun beginning this afternoon. Risk of a thundershower late this afternoon (total rainfall 7.3 mm) // tonight it's going down to 17°C, periods of rain
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Tour de France 2019 > Saint-Étienne to Brioude
Stage 9 - 170,5 km - Hilly
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UK > Wimbledon > Novak Djokovic (his fifth Wimbledon title) saved two championship points in Wimbledon's longest singles final to retain his title in a thrilling win over Roger Federer. / On a Centre Court, with an atmosphere that felt at times more akin to football than tennis, Djokovic won 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3). / As the clock ticked to four hours 57 minutes, Federer hit a ball high to hand the Serb victory. / The world number one has won 16 Grand Slams - and four of the last five.
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UK > Cricket World Cup Final > Location: Lord's Cricket Ground, London, United Kingdom - New Zealand vs England > Champion: England cricket team Video highlights
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UK > British Grand Prix -  Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, UK - winner Lewis Hamilton Mercedess, 34 years old - British, #44, time 1:21:08.452 Pts 26 / second place: Valtteri Viktor Bottas, 29 years old -Finnish, Marcedes #77 Time +24.928s Pts 18 / Third place: Charles Leclerc, 21 years old - Monégasque, Ferrari #16 Time +30.117s Pts 15
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Saturday, July 13 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 16°C, overcast // forecast a high of 25°C (It only got up to 23.8) periods of rain beginning this afternoon. Risk of a thundershower late this afternoon. (total rainfall 0.2 mm) // tonight it's going down to 16°C, periods of rain
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Tour de France 2019 > Mâcon to Saint-Étienne
Stage 8 - 200 km - Hilly
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UK > Wimbledon > Simona Halep wins her first Wimbledon title and crushes Serena Williams' latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title with a 6-2 6-2 win.
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Friday, July 12 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 16°C, overcast with 30 percent chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon. // forecast a high of 21°C, (it only got up to 18.5) Periods of rain beginning this afternoon. Risk of a thundershower late this afternoon. Fog patches developing near noon. Amount 2 to 4 mm.  (total rainfall 6.1 mm) // tonight it's going down to 16°C, periods of rain
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Tour de France 2019 > Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône
Stage 7 - 230 km - Flat  RM
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USA > New Orleans and Tropical Storm Barry > The Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet in midsummer in the Big Easy, is now at 16 feet, owing to record flooding that's taken place this year all along the waterway. / In the meantime, Barry is spinning away in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet at the mouth of the river, said Jeffrey Graschel, a hydrologist with the weather service's Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, Louisiana. / The unusual confluence of factors adds up to a forecast that has the river cresting Saturday at 19 feet, a level not seen since February 1950 and about 2.3 feet shy of the record set in April 1922, the weather service said Thursday.
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UK > Federer vs. Nadal: They Meet Again at Wimbledon > The two have played each other 39 times, but only three of those matches have been at the All England Club. / Their semifinal match at the All England Club will be the 40th meeting of their careers. Nadal won No. 39, a French Open semifinal, to improve his record against Federer to 24-15. Before that match, Federer had won their previous six meetings, all on hardcourts. They have played only three times on grass — all of them Wimbledon finals, none since 2008.
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Coffee > How the 2019 coffee crisis might affect you RM
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Cosmetics > "Gen Z Is Blowing Open the Market for Men’s Makeup ... Companies target younger males who grew up with less rigid gender boundaries," Bloomberg's Lisa Du reports: "L'Oréal ... and Estée Lauder, as well as smaller brands and startups, are beginning to develop and market color cosmetics aimed specifically at men." RM options > Read and/or listen to this Article
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Thursday, July 11 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 15°C, clear // forecast a high of 25°C (it got up to 24.1°C) mainly sunny // tonight it's going down to 16°C, 30% chance of showers (total rainfall: trace)
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Tour de France 2019 > Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles
Stage 6 - 160,5 km - Mountain  RM
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Space > To the Moon and Beyond - But what will it take to get there? BBC RM
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Wednesday, July 10 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 17°C, clear // forecast a high of 24°C (It only got up to 20.4°C) Sunny with a mix of clouds // tonight it's going down to 09°C, partly cloudy
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Tour de France 2019 > Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar
Stage 5 - 175,5 km - Hilly RM
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Tuesday, July 09 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 15°C, clear // forecast a high of 24°C, Sunny // tonight it's going down to 11°C, partly cloudy
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Tour de France 2019 > Reims to Nancy
Stage 4 - 213,5 km - Flat
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Monday, July 08 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 15°C, clear // forecast a high of 27°C, Sunny > 60 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. // tonight it's going down to 14°C, a few showers
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Tour de France 2019 > Binche > Épernay
Stage 3 - 215 km - Hilly
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Greece > Elections > The era of left-wing populism is over in Greece. The center-right New Democracy party won the first national elections there since the country exited a bailout regime a year ago. It's a clear rejection of the austerity policies favored by the ruling, left-leaning Syriza party. New Democracy's Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be Greece's new prime minister. He promises to rebrand the country and change its image as Europe's problem child in the wake of an eight-year economic depression. He wants to reignite the economy by slashing taxes and regulations, while attracting investment. Mitsotakis will be sworn in as prime minister later today.
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USA > Mississippi Beaches > It's summer! Time to hit the beaches. But you can't do that right now if you're in Mississippi. All 21 of the state's beaches along the Gulf Coast are closed because of toxic algae. The algae, called a blue-green harmful algal bloom, can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, a state agency warned. The blooms occur when colonies of algae grow out of control. This particular situation was partly caused by the opening of a spillway in Louisiana which brought "excessive" freshwater to the coastline, a Mississippi newspaper reported. Algae blooms such as this are happening with increasing frequency due to climate change and increasing nutrient pollution.
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Wimbledon > Today
Serena Williams wins over Carla Suárez Navarro 6/2 6/2
Simona Halep wins over CoriGauff 6/3 6/3
Karolína Muchová wins over Karolína Plíšková 4/6 7/5 13/11
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Box Office > Sony's "Spider-Man Far From Home" is off to a heroic start  overseas, crossing $395 million in ticket sales during its first 10 days of release. / The comic book adventure, starring Tom Holland as the web-slinging hero, is nearing the $600 million mark worldwide, with ticket sales currently at $580 million globally. In North America, "Far From Home" generated $185 million over the six-day frame. // "Spider-Man Far From Home" launched in 63 foreign markets this weekend with $238 million. Among new openings, South Korea saw the biggest debut with $33.8 million, followed by the United Kingdom with $17.8 million and Mexico with $13.9 million. In China, the Spidey sequel added another $30.6 million, boosting revenues in the Middle Kingdom to $167 million. // Another Disney title, "Toy Story 4," taking box office receipts $343 million at the international box office. // Universal and Illumination's "Secret Life of Pets 2" Globally, the family-friendly cartoon has earned 262 million.
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Sunday, July 07 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 14°C, clear // forecast a high of 25°C, Sunny // tonight it's going down to 11°C, clear
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Tour de France 2019 > Bruxelles Palais Royal to Brussel Atomium
Stage 2 - 27,6 km - Team Time-Trial

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FIFA Women's World Cup > Americans take the World Cup title > The U.S. and the Netherlands were tied at zero for the gripping first half of Sunday’s final. But then, with 30 minutes to play, the Dutch gifted the Americans a penalty kick, and Megan Rapinoe scored. / Minutes later, Rose Lavelle scored what would be the final goal, and her team kept the Dutch at bay for the final half-hour. For the fourth time in 28 years, the team raised the trophy. // While other football federations will continue to invest heavily to catch up to the Americans, Team USA heads home to face other battles, like securing equal pay for female players. / Chants of "equal pay" rained down from the stands at the soccer stadium in Lyon, France, and Rapinoe and others brought up the subject during post-match news conferences. Members of Team USA will soon start mediation with the US Soccer Federation in a lawsuit over pay equity. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the team will be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City. No word yet about a possible White House invitation.
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Saturday, July 06 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 22°C, clear // forecast a high of 30°C (got up to 31.4°C) Sunny > 60 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. // tonight it's going down to 14°C, showers (total rainfall 9.3 mm)
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Tour de France 2019 > Bruxelles to Brussel
Stage 1 - 194,5 km - Flat > 176 riders took the start of stage 1 in Brussels.
Mike Teunissen smartly substituted his sprinter Dylan Groenewegen to win stage 1 in Brussels ahead of Peter Sagan and Caleb Ewan as he took his responsibilities after the crash of the hot favourite. He puts an end to a 30 years drought for The Netherlands in the yellow jersey! RM
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Reading >"Kat puttered around a little longer, then hung the laundry out on the line. That was still one of her favorite things to do. There was something about the crisp, clean smell of clothes having dried outside." (from "The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes" by Patricia Sands)
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Wimbledon > Cori "Coco" Gauff, the 15-year-old from Delray Beach, Fla., pulled off a huge upset at Wimbledon's Centre Court yesterday (July 5th), "a third-round thriller that saw her come back to beat Slovenian Polona Hercog 3-6, 7-6, 7-5," // Flashback: ESPN, Jan. 4, 2017 ... "Why 12-year-old Cori Gauff hopes she'll be the greatest of all time": Her Instagram profile: "I am not going to be the next Serena Williams ... I am going to be the first Cori 'Coco' Gauff."
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Friday, July 05 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 15°C, mostly clear // forecast a high of 32°C, (got up to 34°C) Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thundershower this afternoon. (total rainfall trace) // tonight it's going down to 20°C, 30% chance of showers or thundershowers
Topics & News
USA > A second earthquake hit California about 120 miles outside of Los Angeles. There was a lot of damage though. Thousands of aftershocks continue to rock the region, and the chances of future strong earthquakes in the immediate future remain high.
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Business > Amazon.com founded July 5th, 1994 > What started as an online bookseller but would expand to become a global retailer for every product imaginable – including Spandex bodysuits in every hue and packs of bacon-shaped bandages – was founded 25 years ago. With a US$10,000 investment of his own money, ex-Wall Street executive Jeff Bezos launched his company in the garage of his Seattle home. He initially called it “Cadabra," but changed his tune when a lawyer misheard it as “cadaver." Bezos settled on a name to match his ambition: Amazon, the world’s largest river; and his aspiration, to be the largest bookseller on the planet. In its first month, Amazon sold books in all 50 states, and 45 countries. An early company slogan, “Get big fast,” mimicked the pace of early growth. In two months, sales topped US$20,000 a week. In May, 1997 the company went public on the Nasdaq, and an initial offering that raised US$54-million (Today one share is worth $1,926-$1,931, USD). By 2002, the site listed music, videos, electronics, video games and clothing. By 2007, it launched the Kindle e-reader. In 2015, Amazon beat out Walmart as the world’s most valuable retailer, with Bezos – the world’s richest man – worth a reported US$150-billion. - Jessie Willms
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Thursday, July 04 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 14°C, mostly clear // forecast a high of 27°C, Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers or thundershowers this afternoon.  // tonight it's going down to 17°C, 60% chance of showers or thundershowers
Topics & News
USA > Independence Day - holiday
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USA > 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Southern California / The quake hit about 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Closer to the epicenter, near Ridgecrest, residents reported minor injuries, power outages and damaged infrastructure. RM
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Wednesday, July 03 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 11°C, light rain // forecast a high of 22°C, Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon  (total rainfall 1.5 mm) // tonight it's going down to 13°C, with a few showers
Topics & News
FIFA Women's World Cup > Netherlands 1 - 0 Sweden
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Canada > Aviation > Yesterday, Montréal transport manufacturer Bombardier unveiled an addition in its line of business jets: the new Learjet 75 Liberty. The six-seat craft is the latest effort as part of CEO Alain Bellemare’s five-year turnaround plan, which has seen Bombardier focus on business jets and rail equipment instead of commercial jets. In fact, last week it announced the $550m (€487m) sale of its Canadair Regional Jet programme to Mitsubishi, marking its exit from commercial aviation after 33 years. While the new Learjet costs a pretty penny at $9.9m (€8.8m), it’s almost $4m (€3.5m) less than its forebear. Bombardier hopes the (slightly) more affordable price tag will kickstart sales of the craft – which have dwindled in recent years – and vindicate Bellemare’s change of approach.
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UK > London > Urbanism > Featuring “landscaped trails for running, walking and meditation”, the world’s latest linear park, The Tide, is being introduced to the media in Greenwich, London today. While we’re doubtful we’ll spot many meditators in this busy southeast corner of the city, we are keen to find out whether a commercial development prioritising parkland is for real. Developer Knight Dragon has certainly spared no expense in its efforts, commissioning Diller Scofidio + Renfro (the architecture firm behind the world’s greatest linear park, New York’s High Line) and adding outdoor artwork from the likes of Damien Hirst and Allen Jones. But in a city where every available square centimetre offers financial opportunity, profit is usually placed well above free public space in these types of place-making exercises. Let’s hope The Tide, and the star-studded creative cast behind it, can turn London’s private-development schemes in a more positive direction.
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Tuesday, July 02 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 10°C, overcast // forecast a high of 20°C, with 60% chance of showers (total rainfall 0.3) // tonight it's going down to 11°C, with a few showers
Topics & News
Austria > Environment > As Europe undergoes one of the most extreme heatwaves on record, drawing more energy from the sun seems to make more sense than ever. Yesterday Austria’s oil and gas conglomerate OMV, and electricity provider Verbund, announced an enormous solar plant to be completed by late 2020. The aim is for it to supply 5,500 households with electricity, saving some 12,000 tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. “Oil exploration is increasingly expensive and risky as it moves to difficult areas, such as the Arctic,” says Sarah Tulej, principal change designer at think-tank Forum for the Future. “Investing in renewables makes strong business sense.” The future might well be bright.
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Spain > Transportation > High-Speed Trains Connecting Granada with Other Cities / On June 26, 2019 six daily trains, three in each direction, connect Granada with Madrid. They offer about 2000 seats a day. / Granada is connected with Barcelona with two daily trains, one in each direction. / These high-speed trains called AVE can reach a maximum speed of 330 km per hour (over 205 miles per hour). RM
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FIFA Women's World Cup > USA 2 - 1 England
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Monday, July 01 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 12°C, overcast // forecast a high of 15°C, with 60% chance of showers  // tonight it's going down to 10°C, with a few showers
Topics & News
USA > Early Alaska melt alarms islanders > "Exceptionally warm ocean temperatures have melted sea ice off Alaska’s coasts far earlier than normal this year, alarming ... residents ... about the impacts to seals, seabirds and fish they hunt," the Anchorage Daily News reports. // The early melting has been "crazy,” said Janet Mitchell of Kivalina, an island village of 400 Alaska Native people. /    "[H]unters from her family traveled more than 50 miles by boat to find bearded seals on the ice. The ice ... should have been just outside the village." / The hunters ran out of gas. // Rick Thoman, a climatologist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, tweeted that the northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas are "baking." / Sea surface temperatures last week were as high as nine degrees above the 1981-2010 average, reaching into the 60s. (AP RM)
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France > The first Tour de France begins today in 1903 as part of a promotional campaign for L'Auto, a French cycling magazine. RM Tour de France 2019
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July 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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Until July 7 - The 2019 FIFA
Women's World Cup - France
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Until July 14 - Wimbledon - UK
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Until July 14 - 2019 Cricket World Cup - hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019
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01 - Canada Day
Canadian Holiday
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04 - Independence Day
USA Holiday
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06 - 28 - Tour de France 2019 106th edition RM - Stages: 21,
Distance: 3,460 km (2,150 mi)
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14 - Bastille Day / French National Day, (Fête nationale), The Fourteenth of July, (Quatorze juillet) - French Holiday
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14 - 2019 British Grand Prix -  Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, UK
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16 - 50th anniversary of the 'Apollo 11' moon launch
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26 - 28 - Toronto's Festival of Beer RM
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July Books of note:

16th - American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump
by Tim Alberta
HC 678 pgs Harper/HarperCollins
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23th - Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language 
by Gretchen McCulloch
HC 336 pgs
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July Passings
1st - Bogusław Schaeffer, 90, Polish composer, musicologist and graphic artist
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2nd -  Lee Iacocca - 95,
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17th - Andrea Camilleri,93, Rome, Italy - was an Italian writer.
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