News May 2019
Index
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Friday, May 31, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 09°C, cloudy > forecast a high of 20°C (omly up to 18.4°C)  60% chance of rain (total precipitaton 0.8 mm) / tonight it's going down to 05°C, cloudy periods
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NBA Finals > The Toronto Raptors didn't look like a team appearing in its first-ever NBA Finals game on Thursday night. Toronto picked apart the back-to-back defending champion Golden State Warriors to take Game 1 by a final score of 118-109.
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 05°C, cloudy > forecast a high of 18°C (only up to 15.5°C) a mix of sun and clouds / tonight it's going down to 09°C, 60% chance of showers
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France > Macron government under fire as General Electric cuts 1,000 jobs in France > While details have not been finalised, GE’s plan calls for cutting up to 1,044 positions, mainly at its site in Belfort, eastern France, which employs nearly 4,000 people. Article - France 24
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USA-Disney > Disney filmed "Black Panther," "Avengers: Endgame," and other blockbusters in Georgia. But when Reuters asked "if Disney would keep filming in Georgia, Iger said it would be 'very difficult to do so' if the abortion law is implemented." / Key quote: "I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now we are watching it very carefully." If the law takes effect, "I don't see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there." // "Disney reportedly spent $1 billion on the sprawling 14-acre land in Disneyland in Anaheim, California," Pallotta wrote. "A second Galaxy's Edge is opening later this summer in Florida's Disney World."
/ "We think this is going to set a new high watermark for Disney theme parks, let alone all other theme parks," Bob Chapek, Disney's chairman of parks, experience and products, told Pallotta...
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USA > Russian efforts to sow discord ahead of the 2020 elections appear focused on fear-mongering around health care issues, writes Axios' Sara Fischer. / A study from George Washington University professor David Broniatowski and his colleagues found that Russian trolls using sophisticated Twitter bot accounts were attempting to fuel the anti-vaccination debate by posting frequently about the phenomenon — from both sides. / Be smart: The most effective misinformation often plays into preconceived notions or fears that already exist in society, especially around health, safety and well-being.
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USA > A San Diego hospital revealed the birth of a girl who is believed to be the world's tiniest surviving micro-preemie, who weighed 8.6 ounces (about the size of an apple) when she was born in December, per AP. / The girl, who is remaining anonymous, was born 23 weeks and three days into her mother's 40-week pregnancy. More than five months have passed, and she has gone home as a healthy infant, weighing 5 pounds.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 02°C, cloudy > forecast a high of 14°C (it got up to 15.2°C ) some sun with a chance of showers (no rain) / tonight it's going down to 02°C, clearing
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USA > Tornadoes and severe storms were everywhere yesterday. More than 1 million people in the New York City area found themselves under a tornado warning last night, and flights at LaGuardia airport were briefly grounded. A severe storm appeared to damage a New Jersey high school, although luckily no one was hurt. In Missouri and Kansas, a series of tornadoes touched down, razing dozens of homes and knocking out power to thousands. The Midwest and Northeast have been putting up with these dangerous weather patterns for nearly two weeks now -- and 39 million people from northeastern Texas to the Northeast STILL face threats today of heavy rain, hail and flash floods.
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Canada/Malaysia > Malaysia is vowing to send plastic waste back to Canada and elsewhere as the country responds to an influx of shipments after China’s ban last year. The Globe has reported on how Canada’s recycling industry is in crisis, with nowhere to send plastics and other waste that are very hard if not impossible to recycle.
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Canada > Hearty rebrand > Canada’s official tourism body, Destination Canada, unveiled an unashamedly jaunty rebrand this week. The new logo – designed by Québec City-based agency Cossette – features the word Canada styled in the shape of a heart, accompanied by a phrase from the national anthem: “For glowing hearts”. The rebrand is an attempt to capitalise on Canada’s ascendant soft power: international visitor numbers have risen steadily since 2014, peaking with a record number of tourists last year. The government has also pledged to invest CA$58m (€38.4m) over the next two years and to create 54,000 tourism-related jobs by 2025. Canada is pitching itself as a feel-good destination just as the political climate is having an adverse effect on traditional holiday hotspots.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 04°C, clear > forecast a high of 16°C, sunny / tonight it's going down to 05°C, partly cloudy
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China/USA > Chinese tourism to the U.S. fell last year for the first time in 15 years, dropping 5.7% in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors. (AP) // Last summer, China issued a travel warning for the U.S., telling its citizens to beware of shootings, robberies and high costs for medical care.
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USA > Parts of the Central Plains, Midwest, Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania are at risk for severe weather Tuesday, including tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds / Cities at most risk include Tulsa, Oklahoma; Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; and Lincoln, Nebraska. / Tuesday's heaviest rain is expected from Iowa and Missouri into Illinois. Article on Tornadoes, Floods and Deadly Heat
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France > Yellow vest protesters clashed with riot police in Paris and the northern city of Amiens on Saturday (May 25, 2019) as the French anti-government movement waned on its 28th straight weekend. / Around the country only 12,500 demonstrators took to the streets during the latest day of protests, the lowest turnout since the movement started.
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Monday, May 27, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 08°C, light rain > forecast a high of 16°C (it only got up to 14.6), periods of showers or dizzle (total precipitation0.4 mm) / tonight it's going down to 01°C, Rain
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Box Office > "This time last year, Disney was picking up the pieces after a notoriously disappointing opening for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.' (It was better for the) studio. . . this year -- with a genie's help," the NYT's Gabe Cohn writes. "Disney's live-action 'Aladdin,' with Will Smith as the blue genie, brought in around $86.1 million domestically from Friday through Sunday, according to the studio. Disney says it expects the North American total for the long Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Monday, to reach $105 million, exceeding analysts' expectations." //  "Avengers" will break another record on Monday / Brian Lowry emails: "Avengers: Endgame” will become second movie ever to cross $800 million domestic threshold (well behind 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens') on Monday. Still a little over $100 million short of 'Avatar's' global mark...
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Europe votes > After four days of voting across Europe, the results are in for the EU parliamentary elections. There's a lot to unpack in the flurry of results of an election that saw 751 MEPs chosen for the next five-year term, but already there are a few stand-out narratives. Across Europe, voter turnout was largely up from 2014's election suggesting that the European project has stirred up passion (for and against) in recent years. And while anti-EU parties didn't see the seismic surge that some pundits predicted, they did see gains in countries such as Italy and Poland. In Greece, the opposition party's gains over candidates from Alexis Tsipras' party had immediate ramifications at home, prompting the PM to call a snap election for June. Meanwhile, in the UK, the Brexit party won more votes than any other, though the parties campaigning to remain in the bloc (the Liberal Democrats, Change UK and the Green party) collectively won a larger share. Meanwhile the governing Tory party — which is currently gearing up for a messy leadership contest — saw its support completely collapse. Maps and charts
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Thursday File > Our blog/newsletter #766 went out today. (subscribe from TF home page - click on Blog)
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Sunday, May 26, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 07°C, cloudy > forecast a high of 12°C, periods of rain (total precipitation 4.8 mm) / tonight it's going down to 08°C, showers
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NBA > - East Finals > Game 6 (May 25) - Raptors win again - East final 3-2 / Raptors 100 to Milwaukee Bucks 94 / Toronto Raptors are headed to the NBA Finals, a Canadian basketball success story 24 years in the making. // The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors await after dispatching the Portland Trail Blazers in four games in the west final almost a week ago. The Finals tip off in Toronto on Thursday (May 30).
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Europe > Results are due for the European Parliament elections for all 28 EU member states / Official results are expected from 22:00 BST (23:00 CET), after final polls close / Countries have voted since Thursday but no results have yet been announced / 751 MEPs will be elected to serve a five-year term
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USA > A tornado tore through an Oklahoma city as people slept last night, killing at least two.
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Saturday, May 25, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 01°C, clear > forecast a high of 20°C, sunny (it got up to 22.1°C) / tonight it's going down to 08°C, increasing cloudiness
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Technology & Science > Despite more packaging, meal kits are greener than groceries, study suggests // Meal made with groceries produced 33% more greenhouse gas than one from a kit - Article with photos
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Friday, May 24, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 07°C, cloudy > forecast a high of 13°C, a few showers (total precipitation 1.8 mm) / tonight it's going down to 03°C, with few clouds
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UK > Theresa May confirms resignation: The embattled Prime Minister will quit as party leader on June 7, she said on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street on Friday. // Race to replace May: Her announcement will trigger a leadership contest, with several Conservative MPs tipped to run. The winner will be Britain's next PM. // Brexit crisis: She has faced massive criticism for failing to deliver her flagship policy of leaving the European Union, missing two Brexit deadlines.
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Australia > Australia, it seems, wasn’t ready to elect a government that would take tackling climate change seriously in last week’s elections. Despite something of a clean, green image abroad, the average Australian home is the world’s largest, getting a car at age 17 is a rite of passage and the economic comfort that most Aussies enjoy comes largely from the profits of mining. // A new National Construction Code, which came into effect earlier this month, claims to eradicate “poor building practices” but was found to skirt issues of environmental friendliness. It seems that the description doesn’t prevent buildings with a large carbon footprint from being given the green light. // Aussie architects are among the world’s best and developers in the country are progressive – and wealthy. While they’re not legally obliged to, there’s a big opportunity for Australia’s city builders to set high green standards in architecture and help save the image of a nation we all admire for its natural assets. - Nolan Giles, Monocle
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NBA - East Finals > Game 5 (May 23) - Raptors win again - East final 3-2 / Raptors 105  to Bucks 99 // The Raptors will take their 3-2 series lead back to Toronto for Game 6 on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Game 7, if needed, would be Monday in Milwaukee. The series winner will face Golden State Warriors, the reigning NBA champions.
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Morning Markets > Global stocks edged higher on Friday and oil prices recovered from bruising falls, after U.S. President Donald Trump nurtured muted hopes of progress in U.S.-China talks while concerns over trade and the health of the world economy persisted. Tokyo lost out, the Nikkei shedding 0.2 per cent, but Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.3 per cent, and the Shanghai Composite eked out a small gain.In Europe, London's FTSE 100, Germany’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 were up by between 0.7 and 0.9 per cent by about 6:45 a.m. ET. New York futures were up. The Canadian dollar was below 74.5 US cents.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 08°C, cloudy > forecast a high of 16°C, mix of sun and cloud / tonight it's going down to 6°C, with a 60%  chance of showers
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Europe - EU parlimanent elections > the EU Parliament election kicked off, with the Dutch and Brits the first to vote. The voting lasts until Sunday, with results coming in that evening.
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India > Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies will win a clear majority of seats in Parliament, a striking victory for Modi, an ardent Hindu nationalist who ran a campaign focused on national security.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 04°C, light rain > forecast a high of 10°C (it only got up to 8.6°C) , showers or drizzle (total precipitation 3.5 mm) / tonight it's going down to 1°C, clearing
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NBA - East Finals > Game 4 - Raptors ride balanced attack past Bucks to even East final 2-2 / Raptors 120 to Bucks 102 R
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USA - TV > An updated # for the "Big Bang" finale > "The Big Bang Theory" also added nearly 6 million viewers to its total with three days' worth of delayed viewing, per CBS, bringing the audience for the May 16 finale to 23.4 million...
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 07°C, fog > forecast a high of 08°C, periods of rain (total precipitation 41 mm) / tonight it's going down to 4°C, periods of rain
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USA - TV > 19.3 million viewers tuned in on Sunday night for the "Game of Thrones" series finale. The show now holds the record as the most-watched telecast in HBO's history. Frank Pallotta has the full story here... He noted that "The Big Bang Theory," for instance, generated 18 million viewers last week for its series finale...  USA most-watched TV finales Chart
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Monday, May 20, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 05°C, light rain > forecast a high of 12°C (got up to 10.7°C ) rain (total precipitation 12.2 mm) / tonight it's going down to 9°C (down to 6°C), periods of rain
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Canada > Victoria Day > It's a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honours Queen Victoria's birthday. / In Quebec this holiday is called "National Patriotes Day" (Journée nationale des patriotes). Note:  It's is a non-statutory "general" holiday in the maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI.
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USA > States in the nation's heartland have been pounded by crappy weather the past couple of weeks. Well, they won't get a break at the start of this week either, it seems. The National Weather Service says a "potent" storm system could bring thunderstorms, hail, damaging winds, flooding and even tornadoes to Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana today. And the severe weather threat extends into tomorrow for parts of Texas, so officials urge residents to have a "safe plan in place." All this comes on top of a weekend of wicked weather which saw at least 38 tornadoes reported since Friday in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.
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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 03°C, part cloudy > forecast a high of 15°C, sun then periods of rain later in the day / tonight it's going down to 7°C, 30% chance of rain
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India > The world's biggest election is over, and it looks like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will win a second term. Most exit polls show Modi's political party and coalition winning a clear majority. Official results from the election will be released Thursday. The exit polls suggest voters still supported Modi despite a worsening jobs outlook, a drop in farmers' wages and a rise in far-right Hindu nationalism. About 900 million people participated in the election, which took several weeks to complete and required the use of one million polling stations.
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Saturday, May 18, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 06°C, light rain > forecast a high of 08°C, periods of rain / tonight it's going down to 0°C, clearing
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Movies > ‘Catch-22’, Hulu > George Clooney co-directs and stars in this brilliant (and hilarious) adaptation of Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel. It’s the Second World War and US Air Force bombardier John Yossarian wants out. Yet because of a paradoxical bureaucratic rule (the now-famous Catch-22) he simply can’t. Set in southern Italy – the heat seeping into the sometimes gorgeous, sometimes gory shots – this is anti-war satire that will always remain relevant.
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Italy > Venice Biennale > The event has opened its doors for the summer but with hundreds of exhibitions at the two main locations of Arsenale and Giardini, plus numerous shows across the city, it can be hard to chart an effective itinerary in this labyrinthine city. Here are our three picks for venturing beyond the headline acts.
1. Human at Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore. Abstract artist Sean Scully displays paintings, stained-glass windows and a huge stacked sculpture inside a wonderful 16th-century church. The result is a rousing reflection on the relationship between spirituality and art.
2. To Lose Your Head (Idols), Calle Quintavalle. Tucked behind the Arsenale on a peaceful islet, Catalonia’s contribution to the biennale is a fascinating exploration of the reasons why people have been tempted to both worship and destroy statues.
3. Post Hoc, Palazzina Canonica. New Zealand’s main exhibition space may only be a stone’s throw from the Giardini but its show is interesting because it spreads out across Venice. Artist Dane Mitchell has compiled enormous lists of things that no longer exist (from extinct bird species to abandoned laws) and has planted communication towers disguised as pine trees in alleys and parks. Visitors can connect to them with their phones to hear the lists read out.
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Friday, May 17, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 03°C, light rainshower > forecast a high of 12°C, 60% chance of showers or dizzle (total precipitation: 1.4 mm) / tonight it's going down to 06°C, periods of rain
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USA > Here's the top of the 65th FORTUNE 500 list — the largest U.S. corporations, ranked by 2018 revenue:
1 - Walmart
2 - ExxonMobil
3 - Apple
4 - Berkshire Hathaway
5 - Amazon
6 - UnitedHealth Group
7 - McKesson
8 - CVS Health
9 - AT&T
10 - AmerisourceBergen (drug wholesaler)
see the list. - Fortune 500
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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 02°C, cloudy > forecast a high of 07°C (it got up to 7.6°C) a few showers or dizzle / tonight it's going down to 03°C,  a 60% chance of showers or dizzle (Total Precipitaion: 4.8 mm)
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Canada/USA Coffee > Restaurant Brands International Inc.'s (RBI), adjusts strategy for Tim Hortons in United States / The coffee-and-doughnut chain has tried for years to build a thriving business in the U.S., but the company's president said in an interview it needs to find a new business model to succeed in that market. A strategy that includes smaller restaurants and different menu items. > Note: The Toronto-based coffee-and-doughnut chain has increased its restaurant count (in North America) by only 2.1 per cent to 4,846 in 2018; almost 4,000 of those locations are in Canada while roughly 700 are in the United States. / RBI, which also owns the Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chains, issued ambitious goals to boost its total number of restaurants by more than 50 per cent to 40,000 globally in eight to 10 years from 26,000 today. / In February, the chain opened its first restaurant in China, with four there today and a goal of 1,500 in a decade. As well, the chain operates restaurants in the Middle East, Britain, Mexico, Spain and the Philippines. / Restaurant Brands International is owned by by '3G Capital' out of Brazil Of interest /
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NBA playoffs > The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night in Milwaukee. Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is Friday night.
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TV > The Big Bang Theory" series finale premieres tonight on CBS - 279 episodes
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  3°C - light rain > forecast a high of 04°C (got up to 5.3°C) - periods of rain / tonight it's going down to 02°C,  periods of rain (total precipitation 4.8mm)
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Article to read > In This House We Read Actual Books So Our Kids Don’t Become Screen Zombies - Article 53
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Italy > It's been a tough few days for eastern Italy, as storms pummelled the Adriatic coast throughout the weekend and into this week. The gale and flood warnings have since been downgraded, but not before triggering mudslides, cutting off train lines and trapping people in their homes. Article and photos
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USA > The number of births in the US just keeps dropping. Births last year dropped to the lowest number in about three decades, a new CDC report says. The number of births was about 3.79 million, down 2% from 2017. The nation's fertility rate also hit a record low in 2018, with just 1,728 births per 1,000. That's down 2% from 2017. The fertility rate was so low in 2018 that it's considered below the level needed for the population to replace itself. Article
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Art > One of the few paintings in Claude Monet’s celebrated "Haystacks" series that still remains in private hands sold at auction on Tuesday (14th) for $110.7 million USD, setting a record for an Impressionist work. // The oil on canvas, titled "Meules" and completed in 1890, is the first piece of Impressionist art to command more than $100 million at auction, said Sotheby's, which handled the sale. // That also represents the highest sum ever paid at auction for a painting by Monet, the founder of French Impressionism and a master of "plein air" landscapes who died in 1926, aged 86.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  0°C, mostly cloudy > forecast a high of 07°C (it got up to 10.9°C) periods of rain / tonight it's going down to 02°C,  periods of rain (Total precipitation 9mm / snowfall 0.6cm - rainfall 8.4mm)
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France > The world's most prestigious film festival is always a popular target for the glossy magazines – but don't let that trick you into thinking it's all fodder for the gossip pages. The beating heart of the Cannes Film Festival, which begins today, is its marketplace. The Marché du Film is where the serious business happens: more than 12,000 industry professionals gather to buy and sell movies, setting the industry's agenda for the year ahead. Much has been said about the festival's feud with Netflix but despite the streaming service's exclusion from the official selection (it is technically a "platform", not a cinema) it isn't actually banned from Cannes. As was the case last year, when Netflix snapped up two award winners, its acquisitions team will be on patrol with those famously deep pockets. Proof perhaps that when you're a mere platform, if you can't beat them, buy them.
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Art > Feeling Down? Here Are the Best Bob Ross Pep Talks > All 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting are on YouTube. Here are five of the most inspiring installments. view videos
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USA > Trump's tariffs are costing Americans $1.4 billion each month, study shows > The study concluded that “the entire incidence of the tariffs fell on domestic consumers and importers,” with “no impact” on the prices received by foreign exporters. More
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Monday, May 13, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  02°C, mostly cloudy > forecast a high of 11°C (it only got up to 10.5), a mix of sun and cloud / tonight it going down to 0°C,  a few clouds
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Canada  > Communities in Eastern Ontario are still reeling from flooding as water hits historic levels on the Ottawa River. Amid multiple states of emergency, soldiers are currently laying down thousands of sandbags to try and save homes.
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Canada > It’s only May, but a wildfire is already wreaking havoc in central B.C. A fire near Fraser Lake has prompted a state of emergency, with half a dozen homes evacuated and dozens of others on notice.
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Opinion > Six rules for managing our era's oversupply of non-stop news, high-decibel outrage > Globe editorial: "Rule No. 1: You don't need to have an opinion about everything. Shocking but true. People will want you to, of course. Our polarized world puts tremendous pressure on us to take a side, and then to dig in. There's an implicit threat of consequences for failing to do so, such as being accused of sympathizing with those people on the other side -- the evil and wrong side -- simply for failing to back the good and right one with sufficient enthusiasm." Read 6 Rules
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Sunday, May 12, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  04°C, mainly sunny > forecast a high of 12°C, / tonight it going down to 2°C,  partly cloudy
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Canada - NBA  > Raptors graduate to Eastern final after Leonard hits shot for the ages / With the Raptors and Sixers riding their stars to the limit with the season on the line in Game 7, Kawhi Leonard rose above with a performance that means the world to the franchise / In Toronto: Raptors 92, Sixers 90 - Next up, the Raptors head to Milwaukee for their series against the Bucks. Game 1 is on Wednesday.
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USA > About 1.1 million Americans lost health insurance coverage last year, according to USA Today: About 30.4 million went without insurance in 2018, up from 29.3 million in 2017, according to the CDC. / That's the second year the figure rose, after several years of declines under the Affordable Care Act. / Why it matters: Efforts by the Trump administration and Congress to challenge and loosen ACA requirements probably played a role in the lost coverage.
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TV > Thursday evening: The series finale of "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS // Sunday evening: HBO's "Game of Thrones" meets its fate.
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Saturday, May 11, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning: 06°C, cloudy > forecast a high of 13°C (got up to 14.3), sunny / overcast with 30% chance of rain (trace) / tonight it going down to 02°C,  a few clouds
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Canada - Inuvik > In the 1950s, Tom Butters moved to Canada’s northern reaches in search of gold, before settling and founding the Inuvik Drum in 1965. The weekly newspaper continues to serve the tiny town of Inuvik (population 3,000), found just 97km south of the Arctic Ocean in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The weekly newspaper has achieved an impressive circulation of 1,000 readers. Its current editor, Aaron Hemens, who graduated from journalism school in Ottawa in 2018 before moving north. // "There’s a climate action group here – a bunch of elementary and high-school kids – and they’ve been trying to raise awareness around climate change and the use of plastics. They’ve met with the owner of the local grocery store called Northmart to try and get him to stop using plastics in the shop. Recently, the owner starting handing out free reusable bags. People were excited about that." - Aaron Hemens - from Monocle magazine
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TV Updates > ABC has cancelled "Speechless," "For the People," "The Fix," "The Kids Are Alright," and "Splitting Up Together" while renewing "Fresh Off the Boat," "American Housewife," "Bless This Mess," "Single Parents," and "The Rookie." Shondaland's "Grey's Anatomy" and "How to Get Away With Murder" and "Station 19" are also returning...// CBS has cancelled "Murphy Brown," "Life in Pieces," "Happy Together," and "Fam" while renewing "Bull," "Hawaii Five-0," "Madam Secretary," "MacGyver," "SEAL Team" and "SWAT..." // Deathwatch 2019: What primetime shows are returning and leaving > The List
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Friday, May 10, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  02°C, cloudy > forecast a high of 10°C, periods of rain (total precipitation 11.8mm) / tonight it going down to 5°C,  periods of rain (After 5th day of sun we get rain, today and Saturday - for the next 7 days our top temperature will range between 9 -15°C - Steven)
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USA - Names  > Archie doesn’t make the Top 10 boys’ names in U.S., but don’t count it out in the future. // Social Security released its annual list of top baby names on Friday. For 2018, Emma and Liam were again the most popular names. It’s the second year in a row for Liam, the fifth for Emma. // Of course, the United Kingdom’s newest royal, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was only born Monday. But Social Security says his mom — Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex — seems to have already influenced U.S. parents. // Meghan was the fastest rising girl’s name for 2018, moving from number 1,404 in 2017 to 703. The American actress married Britain’s Prince Harry last year. // The entire list of baby names can be viewed on USA Social Security’s website.
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Names > Most Popular Baby Names > Here are all the the most recently available baby name popularity lists from around the world, which include the most popular names for girls and names for boys. Nameberry
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Thursday, May 09, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  03°C, mostly cloudy > forecast a high of 12°C, sunny with some clouds / tonight it going down to minus 3°C,  a few clouds (This is our 5th day of sun but the temperature has dropped to 12°C from 18 - 20°C - Steven)
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UK > Update on Harry and Meghan's Baby > Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be known as Master Archie. / Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, introduced their two-day-old son at Windsor Castle. The newborn slept through his first interview before meeting the queen, his great-grandmother. His parents chose not to give him a royal title. / While we're not totally sure the historical significance of "Archie" (unless, ya know, Megs and Harry are huge Riverdale fans), we're guessing it must be short for Archibald, which sounds pretty regal to us. Archie has Germanic origins and means "master," "genuine" and "precious" while the full name Archibald means "bold" or "brave," according to BehindtheName.com. / Harrison literally translates to "son of Harry" and is a sweet tribute to the baby's father (aww). Of course, Mountbatten-Windsor is the official last name of all of Queen Elizabeth's royal offspring, as it combines Prince Philip's last name of Mountbatten with Elizabeth's Windsor house name.
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UK / Manufacturing > Grease the wheels -- Amid the uncertainty of Brexit, most car companies have put the brakes on their manufacturing operations in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover announced significant cuts to its workforce in January and Nissan U-turned on manufacturing plans in Sunderland soon after. Ford also axed 400 jobs in a Wales production plant. But there are faint signs that all is not lost. / Yesterday (May 8) Swedish luxury electric carmaker Polestar – owned by Volvo and Chinese firm Geely – announced the opening of its new research and development centre in Coventry. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath brushed off any Brexit-associated drawbacks of operating in the UK, citing the country’s engineering talent as the main incentive for launching the new plant there. It won't redress the balance but for UK manufacturing it's a snippet of welcome news. - Monocle
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Netherlands > They are pushing tourists to smaller cities / Dutch tourism in some cities like Amsterdam has become so overwhelming that officials are trying to pivot travelers to lesser-known destinations in the country. / By 2030, the Netherlands — a country of 17 millioncould see up to 42 million tourists, a report by the Dutch tourism board predicted. A spokeswoman for the board said marketing campaigns would now focus on places not as well known abroad. / Previously, marketing campaigns worked almost too well. / Problems: Amsterdam, for example, receives an asphyxiating 19 million tourists per year. The city brought in measures to limit bad behavior, like banning tours of the red-light district and taxing other tours in the capital. The tourism board is also worried for the famous tulip fields, where visitors trample flowers to get the perfect photo. - The New York Times Article
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Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  03°C, clear > forecast a high of 11°C (it got up to 13.1°C), sunny / tonight it going down to 01°C,  a few clouds (This is our 4th day of sun but the temperature has dropped to 11°C from 18 - 20°C - Steven)
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USA > Two students opened fire inside the STEM K-12 charter school (May 7th) they attend in an affluent suburb of Denver, killing a teenager, wounding eight and spreading terror before they were taken into custody, AP reports. /  As the gunfire rang out, students ran through the halls of STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, shouting "School shooter!" / Some wondered at first if it was a joke or a drill. / "The male suspects, an 18-year-old and a juvenile, were taken into custody by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies within two minutes of a 1:53 p.m. report of shots fired," per the Denver Post. / The context: "It was the fourth school shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre 20 years ago."
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UK > Royal baby: Duke and Duchess of Sussex share first glimpse of son - Article and photos  / The baby weighed 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg), making him lighter than each of his cousins. / Prince George was 8lb 6oz (3.8kg) when he was born in July 2013. His sister Princess Charlotte was 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) when she arrived in May 2015, while their younger brother Prince Louis weighed 8lb 7oz (3.8kg) when he was born in April last year. // The average weight of a baby in the UK is about 7lb 7oz (3.4kg).
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UK > Missing part of Stonehenge returned 60 years on - Article
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Movies > Get ready to spend the holidays in a galaxy far, far away or on Pandora until 2027. Disney announced Tuesday that it’s producing three more "Star Wars" films (yay!) but we’ll have to wait until 2022 (boo!). The other "Star Wars" films will hit in 2024 and 2026. // In news from other cinematic galaxies, the sequel to “Avatar" has been bumped from December 18, 2020 to December, 17, 2021. It will then alternate every year with "Star Wars," releasing films in December of 2023, 2025 and 2027. So it appears that Disney has booked the holidays with two of the biggest blockbuster brands for the next decade.
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Tueday, May 07, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  02°C, clear > forecast a high of 20°C ( temperature hit 21.1°C), sunny with a 30% chance of rain (we had no rain during the day)/ tonight it going down to 04°C,  showers (total precipitation 4 mm) (This is our 3rd day of sun and temperature hovering around 20°C - Steven)
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Board Games > "OK" is now worth six points in Scrabble ... "The official international Scrabble dictionary has updated its list of approved words for the first time since 2015, opening up an additional 2,800 words," the N.Y. Times' Sarah Mervosh writes: / "The new words include an array of coinages that reflect modern life, like terms about gender identity, online slang and words related to political and cultural controversies." / New additions include "genderqueer," "sriracha," "bae," "dadbod" and "antivaxxer." > More Info New Words
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Canada / Toronto > One of Toronto’s defining features is its vast network of alleyways: there are about 2,400 weaving through the city. In recent years the Laneway Project has been helping the public get more out of these oft-overlooked spaces by partnering with communities to reimagine them as gardens, concert venues or farmers’ markets. Today the advocacy group officially launches a “toolkit” for making better use of the backstreets. The online interactive map will show residents where a laneway is being brought to life and offer guidance on how the public can get involved. It’s a novel approach to a much-maligned feature of our urban realm; other cities should follow Toronto’s lead.
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Monday, May 06, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  12°C,mostly cloudy > forecast a high of 19°C, clearing to sunny / tonight it going down to 01°C,  clear
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UK > The Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle) has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex (Prince Harry) has announced. / Buckingham Palace said the baby weighed 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg), and that the duke was present for the birth. / The baby boy is seventh in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and his children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - and Prince Harry.
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Movies > "Avengers: Endgame" is the second-highest-grossing film of all time with $2.189 billion, after passing 1997's "Titanic," which earned $2.187 billion (unadjusted for inflation), per Hollywood Reporter: /     "The top-grossing film of all time is Cameron's 'Avatar' (2009), with $2.8 billion at the global box office."

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Sunday, May 05, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  04°C,clear > forecast a high of 18°C (it got up to 19.7°C), sunny / tonight it going down to 04°C, partly cloudy
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USA > Forecasters say flooding along the Mississippi River could persist into June as relentless rains continue to saturate the Midwest, per USA Today. //     "We have points in Iowa and Illinois that have been in flood stage for over 30 days, which hasn't occurred since we started keeping records -- and some of them go back 150 years," said Patrick Burke of the National Weather Service.
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India / Bangladesh > The cyclone was downgraded to a depression as it swept north-eastwards from India into Bangladesh on Saturday, but was still powerful enough to submerge dozens of villages on the low lying coast. (More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed and entire villages submerged in the South Asian country. / At least five people died and 63 were injured.) / Gusts of up to 70km/h (43mph) were registered. / Houses were also destroyed in the Noakhali district, where 30 people were injured and two children killed, one aged 12 and another two years old. / India also moved more than a million people to safety to avoid Cyclone Fani. / A least 16 people were killed by the storm when it hit India on Friday, but officials said the loss of life could have been far worse. - BBC
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UK, Northern Ireland > Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, 18,000 runners, its 38th year / . . . "approximately 460 additional meters were added to the officially measured course of 26.2 miles," an addition of nearly 0.3 miles to the route.  . . . attributed the mistake to "human error, with the lead car diverting from the official route," and apologized to all competitors, saying that it would never happen again, organizing committee chairman David Seaton said
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UK > Elephant Man: Joseph Merrick's grave 'found by author' BBC article
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USA-Sports > Kentucky Derby: Country House wins after Maximum Security disqualified BBC Article
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Saturday, May 04, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  5°C, light rain > forecast a high of 14°C (it only got up to 12.6°C), showers or drizzle (total precipitation 0.4mm) / tonight it going down to 0°C, clearing
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TV > Looking ahead to Sunday night: Emilia Clarke told ABC that episode five of "Game of Thrones" is bigger than "The Long Night." Clarke: "Episode five is, I mean, four and five and six, they're all insane, but like... Find the biggest TV you can..
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USA-Sports >  The roots of derby > The word “derby” is synonymous with major horse races. The Kentucky Derby, whose 145th running is (today), was inspired in part by England’s Derby at Epsom Downs in Surrey. / But the word originates with a city that long predates the United Kingdom. // In the first century A.D., Romans began conquering the territory they called Britannia. They established Derventio, a small settlement on the east bank of the Derwent River. / According to “Secret Derby,” a book by the British historian Maxwell Craven, the name “Derwent” is old Celtic, coming “from deru meaning oak and wen meaning white/pale, thus ‘place/river of the white oaks.’” / Some 850 years later, Mr. Craven writes, Saxons established a fortified settlement across the river as a stronghold against Viking attacks. They named it by combining the first syllable of Derventio with the Norse suffix “-by,” meaning town or settlement. / Roughly another 850 years later, a reputed coin toss won the 12th Earl of Derby the honor of having a new horse race named for him.
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France > The downturn in demonstrator numbers on the 25th straight weekend of yellow vest protests could be a relief to President Emmanuel Macron, who last week made a series of policy proposals to address the issues raised. / Some 18,900 protesters took part in the latest marches nationally, compared with 23,600 a week earlier, the Interior Ministry said. In Paris, where three protests had been authorised, turnout was 1,460 against 2,600 last week. > France24
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Friday, May 03, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  3°C, clear > forecast a high of 14°C (went up to 16.9°C), sunny / tonight it going down to 03°C, a few showers (0.8mm rain)
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World Press Freedom Day 2019 > "Press freedom is the cornerstone of democratic societies. All States, all nations, are strengthened by information, debate and the exchange of opinions. At a time of growing discourse of mistrust and delegitimization of the press and journalism, it is essential that we guarantee freedom of opinion through the free exchange of ideas and information based on factual truths. The theme of this 26th celebration is “media for democracy: journalism and elections in times of disinformation”." - Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day
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India> Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from parts of the country’s eastern coast ahead of the arrival today of Cyclone Fani. / By late Thursday in India, Cyclone Fani had sustained winds of about 155 miles per hour, nearly in the range of a Category 5 hurricane. Tens of millions of people are potentially in the cyclone’s path. / The World Meteorological Organization said the storm was “one of the most intense” in 20 years in the region. / The details: As much as eight inches of rain is forecast to fall on the states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The storm is expected to continue north, hitting Bangladesh and Bhutan, as well as parts of the Indian states of West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya. > Live Tracking Map:
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USA > The US has added 263,000 jobs in April, 2019 / It was another month of robust growth and a fresh sign that recent fears of a slowdown were overblown. / The unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, the lowest level of the 10-year recovery.
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Thursday, May 02, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  3°C, mostly cloudy > forecast a high of 08°C (went up to 10.3°C), sunny / tonight it going down to minus 02°C, a few clouds
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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci > He died May 2, 1519, Château du Clos Lucé, Amboise, France - 500 years ago today.
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Books > The Mueller Report, with  related materials > Debuting at #1 on two N.Y. Times bestseller lists —"Paperback Nonfiction" and "Combined Print & E-Book Best Sellers," coming May 12: THE MUELLER REPORT, with related materials by The Washington Post. (Scribner) Redacted findings from the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice by the president. // The edition sold 42,000 copies last week, according to NPD BookScan (which reflects about 85% of print sales), and more than any other nonfiction book. (AP) // At #11 on the Times combined list: Another edition of Mueller's report, with an introduction by Alan Dershowitz, published by Skyhorse. // Be smart: Week 1 includes preorders. Week 2 will tell us about sustained interest.
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USA / California > What's new: California neared 40 million people but had the slowest recorded growth rate in its history last year, AP's Adam Beam reports. / Why it matters: The country's most populous state was hit by a slowdown in immigration and a sharp decline of births. // 40 million people is a milestone for a state that began as a frontier outpost and now boasts the world's fifth largest economy. // Despite the slowdown, California remains by far the country's most populous state. Texas at No. 2 is still shy of 30 million people. // What's next: State officials expect California to continue to grow, predicting the state's population could top 50 million by 2055. By 2051, officials project the state will join Japan and other European countries by having more deaths than births.
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USA > UNCC Shooting >CNN's Chris Cuomo pays tribute to Riley Howell, a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, who lost his life charging a gunman that barged into his classroom. > Video CNN
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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Weather in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: Morning:  2°C, clear > forecast a high of 09°C (it got up to 12.1°C), sunny / tonight it going down to minus 02°C, a few clouds
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US TV > Big battle equals bigger ratings for "Game of Thrones" // Frank Pallotta emails: Sunday's (April 28th) episode of "Game of Thrones" notched a series record of 17.8 million viewers, according to HBO. About 12 million watched live on TV. / HBO also said Tuesday that the season premiere, which held the previous ratings record, has now been seen by more than 38 million viewers across HBO's linear and digital platforms when accounting for delayed viewing. My guess is that we'll likely see more records fall as the season reaches its epic finale... CNN
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Europe > Europe’s newspaper landscape became a bit more varied and, dare we say, promising yesterday with news that INM, owner of some of Ireland’s most high-profile newspapers, will become part of the Antwerp-based Mediahuis Group. With De Standaard, based just outside of Brussels, and Amsterdam-based NRC Handelsblad the crown jewels in the group, the Irish Independent and The Herald can be happy that they’ll soon have some muscular editorial siblings on the Continent. While Belgium doesn’t exactly spring to mind when you think media powerhouses, Mediahuis rival Persgroep (owner of Het Parool and a host of other Dutch and Belgian media assets) has also extended beyond the Low Countries by snatching up Denmark’s Berlingske and Weekendavisen. / Could this be part of a broader exercise that will see the Belgians pick up other European dailies and weeklies? Quite likely. And to this we’d add, why not? The gloom around newspapers needs to lift and it’s high time for some fresh thinking and new business models. The Belgians and Dutch produce some handsome newspapers and supplements and the Irish could use a little Flemish design flair on page.  - Tyler Brûlé, The Monocle Minute
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May Highlights
3 - World Press Freedom Day
       2019
4 - Kentucky Derby, Louisville
       > first race in the Triple
       Crown
5-11 - La Feria de Abril (The
       Seville Fair), Sevilla, Spain
10-19 - The Fiestas de San
       Isidro (Film Festival),
       Madrid, Spain
11- Nov. 24 2019 Venice
       Biennale R
14-25 - The Cannes Film
       Festival, Cannes, France
16 - The Big Bang Theory airs
       last episode (279 episodes)
17-18 - East Coast Comic
       Expo, Moncton - Link
18 - Preakness Stakes >
       second race in the
       Triple Crown
20 - Victoria Day - Canada
       (public holiday)
21-29 - RHS Chelsea Flower
       Show, London, UK
23-26 - The Monaco Grand
       Prix
23-26 - The European
       Parliament Election R
26 - Indianapolis 500
26-June 09 - French Open,
       Roland Garros, Paris 
30-June 15 - Cricket 2019
       World Cup,  Lord's Cricket
       Ground in London
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May Books of note:

5th - Ten Caesars: Roman
      Emperors from Augustus
      to Constantine - Barry
      Strauss - HC 432 pgs
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7th - Earn It - Mika Brzezinski
       with Daniela Pierre-Bravo -
      HC 289 pgs
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7th - The Castle on Sunset:
      Life, Death, Love, Art, and
      Scandal at Hollywood's
      Chateau Marmont  - Shawn
      Levy - HC 384 pgs
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7th - Things My Son Needs to
       Know about the World -
      Fredrik Backman - HC 208
      pgs
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7thAt Home with
       Muhammad  Ali:
       A Memoir of Love,
      Loss, and Forgiveness
       - Hana Ali - HC 480 pgs
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14th - The Never Game -
      Jeffery Deaver - 416 pgs
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17th - 'Rough Magic: Riding
       the World's Loneliest
       Horse Race' - Lara Prior-
       Palmer - HC 288 pgs
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28th - 'The Flatshare' - Beth
       O'Leary - HC 336 pgs
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May Passings
27th - Bill Buckner, 69, an American professional baseball first baseman who played in Major League Baseball for 22  seasons - R & V
26th - Bart Starr, 85,  Hall of Fame Green Bay Packers quarterback R
19th - Alfred Janson, 82, Norwegian pianist and composer.
16th - I. M. Pei, 102, architect R
14th - Tim Conway, 85, More American actor and comedian  V
13th - Doris Day, 97, American actress VMore
11th - Peggy Lipton, 72, More -  American actress (late 1960s TV show The Mod Squad and the 1990s show Twin Peaks) cancer
8th - Jim Fowler, 89, zoologist & TV host - Wild Kingdom
06 - Kip Niven,73, American actor, > More
06 - Max Azria, 70, Tunisian fashion designer.
05 - Barbara Perry, 97, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Hathaways).
04 - J. R. Cobb, 75, American musician (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classics IV), heart attack
02 - Red Kelly, 91, was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach. > More
02 - Master Hirannaiah, 85 - film actor, director, comedian writer (story screenplay lyrics) playback singer, theatre & drama and television artist
02 - John Starling, 79, American Bluegrass musician and composer, and a founding member of the bluegrass group The Seldom Scene. He also had a medical profession as an otolaryngologist.
02 - Murray Thomson, 96, Canadian peace activist
02 - Juan Vicente Torrealba, 102, Venezuelan harpist and composer.

8 - Officials guide students off a bus and into a recreation center where they were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)