News October 2019
Index
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Thursday, October 31, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  6:00 am it is 8°C / 46°F, rain / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - Rain
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USA > Baseball Update > The Washington Nationals have claimed their first World Series title, defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 on the road in Game 7 on Wednesday night. > Article
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USA >  The U.S. House of Representatives has formally approved an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, making him the fourth president in American history to face a process that could see him thrown out of office. / The motion, which passed 232 to 196 Thursday morning in a vote that largely fell along party lines, kicks off a new and more public phase of the investigation into Mr. Trump’s attempts to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election.
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TODAY > In 1962, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? was released in theaters, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
In 1795, poet John Keats is born.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  9:00 am it is 7°C / 44°F, partly cloudy / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers or drizzle early this morning. 
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USA > Baseball Update > What it took for the Washington Nationals to play again, to have one last chance at a dream that has wavered back into focus, was 25 outs from Stephen Strasburg, a lined homer from Adam Eaton, a towering homer from Juan Soto, the sidestepping of a controversial call from the umpires -- when Trea Turner was ruled out for, well, running to first base -- and a two-run homer lofted into the left field seats by Anthony Rendon. / That was it. And now they have a shot to win the World Series in Houston on Wednesday night.
/ When it was all added up Tuesday and the Nationals kept stretching fate, they beat the Houston Astros, 7-2, to force a Game 7 at Minute Maid Park.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  9:00 am it is 0°C / 32°F, sunny / forecasting a high of 12°C / 39°F - sunny  (totals High of 13°C / 55.4°F // Low of minus 1.7°C / 28.8°F)
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France > Business > Update > LVMH yesterday confirmed that the swirling rumours are true: the French luxury giant made a $14.5bn offer for US jeweller Tiffany & Co earlier this month. If the deal goes through -- as it looks likely to -- Tiffany's would be the first US heritage brand in LVMH's portfolio and consolidate the firm's hold on the jewellery market (it already owns Bulgari and Chaumet). Perhaps most importantly, however, LVMH would inherit Tiffany's property portfolio -- including the ten-storey flagship store on New York's Fifth Avenue. "Tiffany is one of the few brands that owns a good deal of its real estate," says Dana Thomas, author of Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes, published by Penguin Random House. "This is a company that has the jewels in the vault – but it's also got the vault in its own building."
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Books > Breads > Poilâne: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery by Apollonia Poilâne / Philippe Santamaria (Photographer)
- HC, 288 pages, published on October 29, 2019 // Apollonia Poilâne, the 35-year-old CEO of Poilâne, began life cradled in a crib made from a bread basket. She has expanded the business internationally, and Poilâne now ships to more than 5,000 loaves to forty countries. Poilâne has six bakehouses in Paris, London, and Antwerp. (I pre ordered the book and I hope to get my hands on it soon. - Steven) // Article to read #58 Seth's Blog: Bread and Books
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Monday, October 28, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  4:00 am it is  4°C / 39°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 9°C / 48°F - with a 60% chance of showers (no rain)
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Retail > Louis Vuitton owner LVMH has approached Tiffany & Co with a $14.5 billion acquisition offer, people familiar with the matter said, at a time when the U.S. luxury jeweler grapples with the impact of tariffs on its exports to China. / LVMH, which has for years been looking for ways to expand in the U.S. market, submitted a preliminary, non-binding offer to Tiffany earlier this month, one of the sources said. / LVMH's offer valued Tiffany at about $120 per share, another of the sources added. Tiffany shares ended trading on Friday at $98.55. / Tiffany has hired advisers to review LVMH's offer but has not yet responded to it, and there is no certainty that it will negotiate a deal, according to the sources.
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Japan > Golf > Tiger Woods added another layer of history to a remarkable year when he won his record-equaling 82nd PGA Tour title at the Zozo Championship in Chiba, Japan. / The Masters champion is now tied with legendary golfer Sam Snead, who won 82 titles throughout his more than 50-year career. / Woods held off a strong field to beat home favorite Hideki Matsuyama into second with world No.2 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Sung-jae Im of South Korea tied for third. > Article with video 2:27
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Spain > After protesters massed in support of Catalan separatist leaders sentenced to jail by a Spanish court, a new rally this weekend in Barcelona drew tens of thousands of others urging Spanish unity.
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Today > In 1954, the Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to Ernest Hemingway, “for his mastery of the art of narrative, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.”
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Sunday, October 27, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  10:00 am it is  1°C / 34°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 8°C / 46°F - mainly suuny
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USA >  California Fire Updates >180,000 Ordered to Leave; 2 Million Face Blackouts / Driven by dry winds, the Kincade fire north of San Francisco was still growing Sunday morning, and power was being shut off for much of the Bay Area. > Maps of the fire NYT > California wildfire CBC /
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Syria > US Raid > The death of Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a US military raid has been announced with great fanfare by President Donald Trump.
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Baseball > World Series Update > The Washington Nationals returned home last week after winning two straight games in Houston, riding a wave of optimism that they might be the ones to bring their city its first World Series win on home soil in 86 years. / They had three chances to do it. But they failed on each occasion, and now their hope of being the first team from Washington to win a World Series since 1924 is on the verge of slipping away entirely. / In the latest episode of a quirky World Series in which the visiting team has captured all five games, the Houston Astros won Game 5, 7-1, at Nationals Park on Sunday, and they are the ones surging toward what would be their second championship in three years. / Not only did the Nationals lose all three games at home this weekend, they only scored one run in each game and were outscored 19-3 over all, leaving their loyal fans dispirited and disappointed.
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Saturday, October 26, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  4:00 am it is  3°C / 37°F, mostly clear / forecasting a high of 10°C / 50°F - a mix of sun and cloud
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Baseball > World Series > Houston Astros level with Washington Nationals after Alex Bregman grand slam / Alex Bregman's grand slam helped the Houston Astros level the best-of-seven World Series at 2-2, after thumping the Washington Nationals 8-1 in game four. / Game 5 (Best of 7) is on Sunday
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Chile > Update > Chile's president to shake up government amid protests / Sebastian Piñera asks all cabinet members to offer their resignations > Article CBC
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Friday, October 25, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  1:00 pm it is 11°C / 52°F, mostly clear / forecasting a high of 12°C / 54°F - a mix of sun and cloud
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Chile > 1 million Chileans rally in Santiago protesting transportation costs, inequality / At least 19 people have died and more than 2,000 others have been detained > Article CBC
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Thursday, October 24, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  9:00 am it is 8°C / 47°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 14°C / 57°F - Rain beginning this afternoon. Amount 10 mm. /
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Health > Polio virus: Two out of three strains of wild polio virus are gone, global health officials announced. It was a milestone, but much work remains to be done. / Only polio virus Type 1 persists, and only in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But now mutant vaccine viruses are paralyzing some unvaccinated children.  >  Article
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Music > Price, 'I Feel for You (Acoustic Demo)' > It's perfectly obvious that Prince’s 1979 acoustic demo for "I Feel for You" -- which originally appeared on his self-titled album, and went to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 when Chaka Khan recorded it in 1984 -- would be stunning. Here is Prince singing sweetly but softly, and playing a more intricate rhythmic line on guitar than the eventual popularized version had room for. And yet after those first two minutes comes two and a half minutes of something else: pure vamping, light scat singing, an easy lesson in getting lost in the rhythm. The first part of this recording has the affirming feel of the familiar; this second part is full of hope for things not yet -- and maybe never to be -- heard. - Jon Caramanica
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  6:00 am it is 6°C / 42°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 14°C / 57°F - Rain beginning this afternoon. Amount 10 mm. / (Total rainfall 18.9 mm / 0.47 inches)
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I Didn't Know > Technology - Pixel Smart-Phones > There are two models: the $799 5.7-inch Pixel 4, and the $899 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL. Yet despite the competitive pricing—hey, anything under $1K is competitive these days—and even this positive review, you probably won’t buy the new Pixel. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., accounts for only 5% of the U.S. smartphone market, according to researcher Strategy Analytics. Globally that number is even smaller. / We rarely switch between iPhone and Android—and even most Android phone owners stick with the dominant Samsung. > Article  > Note > The new Pixel 4 starts at $999 Canadian for the 64GB model. The Pixel 4 XL is $1,129 for 64GB, but you should upgrade to the 128GB model since Google has stopped offering free online storage for full-quality photos. Telus offers the best deal with a free Google Nest Hub with every pre-order.
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Canada > Election 2019 Update > Vancouver > Voter turnout slouched in Monday's federal election compared to 2015, but climate change and union volunteers may have propped up the numbers in British Columbia hot spots./ Overall voter turnout for Canada's 43rd general election slid just below two-thirds of eligible voters at 65.95 per cent, more than a two-point drop from the 2015 turnout. In B.C., the difference was greater -- turnout fell to 65.02 per cent, compared to 70 per cent in 2015. / But the turnout was far from uniform across the province. The lowest was in Richmond Centre, with just more than half of registered voters turning up to the polls. The highest was in Saanich--Gulf Islands, the riding represented by Green Party leader Elizabeth May, where 73 per cent of voters cast a ballot. / "Elizabeth May's riding was also the highest last time around," said Mario Canseco, a president of polling company Research Co. "It's a group of people who know what they like, who vote for it and take nothing for granted." / Canseco's exit polling, based on a survey of 803 adults who voted in the 43rd election weighted to census figures (margin of error: plus or minus 3.5 per cent 19 times out of 20), found that the biggest motivators for voters to get to the polls were ideas and issues the parties differed on. / Canseco said climate change was likely the ballot-box issue for people in Saanich--Gulf islands and other Vancouver Island ridings, all seven of which had higher than average voter turnout.  > Canada's election results in graphics
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USA > The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the late PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill with a commemorative Forever stamp..."  > Article
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USA > Update > Approval of The House Impeachment Inquiry (Quinnipiac University / Poll) Oct 17th
Approve 55% +4 since October 14
Disapprove 34% -2 since October 14
Quinnipiac Poll
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  5:00 am it is 2°C / 36°F, a few clouds / forecasting a high of 13°C / 55°F - Mostly sunny /
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Art > A Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit at the Louvre, opening Thursday (October 24, 2019) and marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian master's death, brings together some 160 works from around the world, AP's Claire Parker writes from Paris. / The exhibit runs through Feb. 24, 2020. / Visitors must reserve tickets online. The Louvre has pre-sold 220,000 tickets. > Article
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Canada > Election 2019 Results > Justin Trudeau's Liberals have retained enough seats to govern with a strong minority in the House of Commons as the result of a robust showing in Ontario, bringing an end to an acrimonious campaign and ushering in the uncertainty of a divided Parliament and a country split along regional lines. / The Liberals face significant challenges as they enter their second mandate: They won the most seats in the House, but lost the popular vote to the Conservatives. About 6.2-million Canadian voters -- or 34.4 per cent -- chose Mr. Scheer's party over the 5.9-million voters - or 33.1 per cent - who opted for Mr. Trudeau's Liberals. They were shut out in Alberta and Saskatchewan. > Article > Election 2019 results 
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Monday, October 21, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  7:00am it is 2°C / 36°F, mostly clear / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - Mostly sunny /
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Today > I was born on this date October 21 - Steven MacDowall
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Canada > Up for grabs today are 338 parliamentary seats and, by extension, the tenure of liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He's faced a tough campaign, with revelations he wore black and brownface in the past, but picked up a key endorsement from former US President Barack Obama. Health care, the climate crisis and the cost of living reportedly are voters' top issues. > Article: A Canadian election looms - seven charts explain all
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USA > Baseball > The Astros defeated the Yankees (Oct. 20th) and are heading to the World Series for the second time in three years. / The Astros defeated the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night at home in Game 6. // The Astros will go head-to-head against the Washington Nationals for the World Series title starting with Game 1 Tuesday (Oct 22) in Houston. They'll play a best of seven series.
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Canada-USA  >  Soccer > Toronto FC scores four extra-time goals to bring the curtain down on D.C. United in 5-1 playoff win / Toronto FC will next travel to Citi Field to face New York City FC on Oct. 23. > Toronto FC site
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Switzerland > Indoor Basel Tennis  Event 2019 > Playing in his 1,500th tour-level match, Roger Federer needed just 53 minutes to cruise past German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 Monday at his hometown Swiss Indoors event. / The nine-time Basel champion hit 12 aces in the first-round match to extend his winning streak at St. Jakobhalle to 21 straight matches, and improve his ATP career record to 1,232 wins and 268 losses. / The 38-year-old Swiss is top-seeded this week as he looks to add to his 102 career tour titles. / Federer won the last four times he played the Swiss Indoors -- missing the 2016 edition through injury -- since a 2013 final loss against Juan Martin del Potro. // He next plays 33rd-ranked Dusan Lajovic or 49th-ranked Radu Albot. > ATP Tour site
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Saturday 19, & Sunday 20, October, 2019
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Friday, October 18, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  7:00am it is 9°C / 49°F, light rain and drizzle / forecasting a high of 9°C / 49°F - 30% chance of showers /
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Thursday, October 17, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  7:00am it is 8°C / 46°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 13°C / 55°F - windy with rain / Alert > An intense low pressure system over New England will approach the Maritimes today and cross the region on Friday. A band of very strong easterly winds will spread across New Brunswick today. Over areas near the coast these winds are forecast to gust to 90 km/h. (Total rainfall: 19.8 mm / 0.78 in)
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Passing > House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings died this morning at age 68 due to longstanding health complications. / "The Democrat, known for his devotion to Baltimore and civil rights, and for blunt and passionate speechmaking, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital." / After the 2018 midterms, "pundits had speculated ... that Cummings, who could be boisterous in his questioning of witnesses, might become a 'nightmare' for [President] Trump."
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USA > Update GM Strike > A tentative deal has been reached that could end the monthlong General Motors strike. Details about the agreement haven't been publicly released. It needs to get the OK from both union leadership and rank-and-file union members before it can take effect. Union officials are set to meet today in Detroit. If the deal is approved, it's not clear when workers would start returning to work. Meanwhile, in Chicago, 25,000 educators are set to go on strike today. Classes have been canceled today in the country's third-biggest school district. The educators want higher pay, smaller class sizes and more support staff.
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Today's site > Moncton Time Zone page
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  10:00am it is 6°C / 43°F, clear / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - sunny /
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Germany/Turkey > Volkswagen delays final approval for Turkey plant following Syria incursion / Volkswagen AG delayed approval of a new car plant in Turkey, as investors and multinationals weighed the country’s ability to weather economic pressure from the West after its military incursion into northern Syria.  > Article
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Baseball > The Washington Nationals "beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4, to complete a four-game sweep in a National League Championship Series that was one-sided from the start" to claim the franchise's first World Series berth. / It's the city's first pennant since 1933 — way back when the Washington Senators won the American League.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  7:00am it is 10°C / 43°F, sunny / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - sunny / rain  (total rainfall 3.7 mm / 0.15 inches)
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Booker Prize > Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have both won this year’s prestigious literary award, after the judges rebelled against the one-winner-only rules. Ms. Evaristo, who wrote “Girl, Woman, Other,” is the first black woman to win. > Article
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UK > Study for work stress > A new study out of the U.K. about work stress found that 40 percent of employees -- out of 2,000 surveyed -- say they're "close to the breaking point" at work. The numbers, compiled for a British charity called the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association, are pretty eye-opening:
   60 percent say they get stressed about work when they go on holiday.
   31 percent say they call in sick due to work stress.
   30 percent say they've been "pushed to the point of tears."
   10 percent say they use alcohol to cope.
   14 percent say they "used their own children as an excuse to avoid the office."
It's tough to read, and perhaps surprising. If you're the boss, I don't think many employees will eagerly tell you how stressed and upset they are about their jobs. // Would they share that they drink too much, or call in sick, or use their kids as an excuse? Would they admit that they're sometimes at "the point of tears," outside of an anonymous survey? > Article
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Mexico > Fourteen police officers have been killed and three injured in a shooting in western Mexico. / The police were carrying out a court order in El Aguaje, Michoacán state, when their convoy was ambushed. / A powerful criminal group, the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, is believed to have carried out the attack. / Authorities said all resources would be put into finding those responsible. The region is a hotspot for violence linked to turf wars between drug cartels. / Police patrol vehicles were ambushed as they passed through the town. / Reports say the convoy was surrounded by heavily armed men in a number of pick-up trucks who then fired on the officers and set their vehicles on fire. / At least 14 police officers were killed and three others injured. > Article


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Monday, October 14, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  7:00am it is 6°C / 43°F, mist - clearing / forecasting a high of 16°C / 61°F - mainly cloudy.
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Sports > These three women are young. They're powerful. And they just made history > Simone Biles. Coco Gauff. Brigid Kosgei. > You'll want to remember their names. This trio of female athletes just had quite a weekend. / One flipped her way to becoming the most decorated gymnast ever. One served her way to becoming the youngest tennis titlist in 15 years. And one ran really fast for 26.2 miles to smash a world record. > Article
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Spain >  Spanish Supreme Court sentences Catalan separatists to jail / The leaders who organized the 2017 referendum received between nine and 13 years prison. > Article > Article II
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Japan >  Death toll in Japan climbs to 42 after typhoon unleashes widespread flooding // Thousands of troops and rescue workers were dispatched after the storm tore through Tokyo and large swaths of Japan's main island of Honshu on Saturday, bringing record-breaking rains to many areas. > Article 
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USA > Baseball > Carlos Correa's walk-off home run decides an epic battle in Game 2 of the ALCS / It wasn't just two exceptional teams and two successful organizations battling each other across Minute Maid Park's diamond Sunday night in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series -- a classic, taut contest that stretched on for nearly five hours -- it was also two philosophies and two divergent blueprints for achieving the same essential goal: securing the 27 outs necessary to win a baseball game. // The New York Yankees, a team built on relief pitching, went to their bullpen early and often. The Houston Astros, with one of the best rotations in the game, rode their future Hall of Fame starting pitcher as deep into the game as they could, then pieced it together from there. Each strategy had its own logic but also its own inherent dangers, especially as the game careened into extra innings. // In the end, the Astros' 3-2 win wasn't so much the validation of a philosophy as the result of one night's worth of exceptional performance sprinkled with bits of good fortune -- but above all, it was a massive victory for the Astros themselves, who evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. And it didn't take 27 outs; it took 33. //  Astros shortstop Carlos Correa ended it with a majestic, no-doubt, opposite-field home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th inning from Yankees lefty J.A. Happ, New York's ninth pitcher of the night. Correa barely budged from the batter's box at first, then casually tossed his bat, cupped his hand to the ear-hole of his helmet and strutted up the first base line, while his teammates spilled out of their dugout and a crowd of 43,359 went wild. > Article
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USA > New Orleans > A large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction beside New Orleans's historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday amid blinding dust and flying debris, killing two people and injuring more than 20. / Rescue workers searched the largely unstable building for one person still unaccounted for. > Article
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Saturday 12, & Sunday 13, October, 2019
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Friday, October 11, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  5:00am it is 5°C / 41°F, mist - clearing / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - a mix of sun and cloud.
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France > Update > Paris knife attacker's colleagues spotted 'signs of radicalisation' in 2015, internal report says Article Note > Mickaël Harpon (A 45-year-old IT assistant) was shot dead after stabbing four people to death with a 33-centimetre kitchen knife and an oyster knife during the lunchtime attack at his workplace on the French capital’s Île de la Cité on Thursday (October 03). He had been employed at Paris police headquarters since 2003.
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Nobel Update > Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for efforts to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea, but also recognises his domestic reform agenda including the promotion of women to key roles.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  6:00am it is 1°C / 35°F, clear / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - sunny.
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Brexit > Prime Ministers Boris Johnson of Britain and Leo Varadkar of Ireland are expected to meet today to hash out the issue of the Irish border. It comes after the E.U. issued an ultimatum last night to Mr. Johnson to leave Northern Ireland in the E.U. customs union or leave without a deal.
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Thomas Cook > Hays Travel, the tour company, acquired all 555 of its collapsed rival’s branches, potentially rescuing the posts of 2,500 workers.
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Austria > Transport > Cheap and cheerless airlines of Europe beware > Austrian Railways (otherwise known as OBB) is upgrading its fast-growing after-dark Nightjet service to include a Brussels-to-Vienna route in time for January. Overnight connections between Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich and the Belgian capital are also in the works. CEO Andreas Mattha has invested heavily since taking over in 2016: he's spent €40m in the process of buying 42 sleeper trains and a further 15 Deutsche Bahn sleeper trains that are being converted. / It's clear that he has (rightly) recognised an appetite among passengers for slower, smarter and statelier means of getting around, a particular concern as some customers begin to question the carbon footprint of unnecessary air travel. Next stop? The Netherlands. A Dutch service will be pulling into the station come 2021. - Monocle > OBB site
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Germany > Berlin > Design > Berlin Design Week kicks off today and will honour the centenary of the Bauhaus movement, celebrating its progressive spirit rather than merely wallowing in nostalgia. A key event at the city’s Kulturforum will come from the State of Design collective, bringing together everything from examples of future thinking in German industrial design to an interactive virtual-reality installation (inspired by Bauhaus teacher Oskar Schlemmer’s stage experiments). It’s more challenging, conceptual and cerebral works such as these that separate the event from its more commercially minded cousins in other cities. It’s also what’s helping Berlin Design Week carve out an important niche on an increasingly busy industry calendar. >  Site
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Wednesday, October 09, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  6:00am it is 2°C / 36°F, clear / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - sunny.
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Anniversary > Beverly VanLoo and Steve MacDowall > married on October 9th 1976 in Toronto
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Huawei >  In language that appeared to point to but did not name the Chinese giant, a European Union report warned that a 5G supplier from a “hostile” country could be forced by its home government to wreak havoc by causing cyberattacks. Huawei was blacklisted by the U.S. after the White House labeled it a tool for espionage by Beijing.
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Japan > Update World Cup Rugby > Argentina 47 - USA 17 // Scotland 61 - 0 Russia // Wales 29 - 17 Fiji
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Tuesday, October 08, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  11:00am it is 13°C / 55°F, cloudy / forecasting a high of 17°C / 63°F - cloudy then clearing late this afternoon.
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Nobel > The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Manitoba-born James Peebles "for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology," and to Swiss colleagues Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz "for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star." Article 
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OE > Charts & Article to Read: US Supreme Court set to weigh in on 2020's most polarizing issues Article
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Japan > Update World Cup Rugby > South Africa 66 - 7 Canada
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Monday, October 07, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at  8:00am it is 15°C / 59°F, cloudy / forecasting a high of 16°C / 61°F - rain (Total rainfall 13.6 mm / 0.54 inches)
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Nobel > The 2019 Nobel Prize for Medicine has been jointly awarded to William Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza for their pioneering research into how human cells respond to changing oxygen levels. // Announcing the prize at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on Monday, the Nobel committee said that the trio's discoveries have paved the way for "promising new strategies to fight anaemia, cancer and many other diseases." Article
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Canada > Product Design > Meandering down the aisles of most Canadian supermarkets often rewards shoppers with the opportunity to bag a design classic -- and at no great expense. The No Name brand (a no-frills range of goods, including washing detergent, canned vegetables and beer) debuted at the Loblaws supermarket group in 1978 and became famous thanks to its recognisable look: bright yellow background and bold, black Helvetica typeface. No Name branded advertising has graced everything from the sides of buildings to video games -- and now it’s appearing in one of Toronto's busiest subway stations. The company's quirky new campaign has transformed the signage of Union Station via the use of its black-and-yellow aesthetic (and sarcastic messages such as, "Northbound trains -- for trains that go north"). Plenty of commuters might not admit to buying No Name goods but they'll no doubt appreciate the enduring design credentials of a staple of Canadian branding. - Monocle > Go Deeper "2019 Brand of the Year: Loblaw zeroes in on shoppers" Article
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Saturday 5, & Sunday 6, October, 2019
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Friday, October 04, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 11:00am it is 04°C / 45°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 10°C / 50°F - a few shower (total rainfall 2.1 mm / 0,08 in)
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China > Update > Andreescu to take on Osaka: Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu (19 years old > Rank #6) has won her 17th match in a row, defeating American Jennifer Brady at the China Open today (October 3rd). The U.S. Open champion will next meet world No. 4 Naomi Osaka ( 21 year old > Rank #4) of Japan in the quarter-finals tomorrow (October 4th). Update > Andreescu’s 17-match win streak snapped by Osaka at China Open > Bianca Andreescu vs. Naomi Osaka - wins 7/5. 3/6, 4/6)
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Thursday, October 03, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 01°C / 34°F, mainly clear / forecasting a high of 11°C / 52°F - mainly sunny
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Canada > Calgary Zoo giraffe finally a mom: Emara, a Masai giraffe at the Calgary Zoo who received hormone help to try to ensure a successful pregnancy, gave birth to a male calf over the weekend.
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Qatar > 2019 World Athletics Championships > The men's decathlon at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha October 2 and 3 // Canada's Damian Warner, Pierce LePage 1-2 after 5 events of men's world decathlon Article
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France > Paris police attack > 'Four killed' by knife-wielding man > A knife-wielding man has killed four officers outside central police headquarters in Paris, French media report. / The attacker, who was reported to be a member of staff inside the building, was later shot dead by police. / The area in the île de la Cité - in the centre of Paris - has been sealed off. / Thursday's attack happened at about 13:00 local time (11:00 GMT) in the courtyard of the police building. / It comes a day after French police went on strike across the country over increasing violence towards officers and rising suicide rates within the force. / French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner is at the scene. /
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Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 09°C / 47°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 13°C / 55°F - 30% a few showers or drizzle (total Rainfall 0.7mm / 0.03 in)
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Japan > World Cup of Rugby > France thrash USA 33-9 in Rugby World Cup
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China > China Open > Andreescu advances: Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu won her 16th match in a row today, beating Elise Mertens of Belgium in a second-round match at the China Open. The U.S. Open champion will next play American Jennifer Brady tomorrow. Article
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Canada/USA > Hockey season starts today > NHL season openers tonight: The puck drops on the National Hockey League regular season tonight with two all-Canadian matchups: the Ottawa Senators at the Toronto Maple Leafs – in which forward Jason Spezza will not play – and the Vancouver Canucks at the Edmonton Oilers.
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Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Topics & News
Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 07°C / 44°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 13°C / 55°F - 30% chance of showers
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OE > Article to Read: The Death of the Sick Day Article
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Japan > Finance > Heavy levy > With Japan's sales tax set to rise from 8 per cent to 10 per cent today (on October 1st), ordinary households are preparing to tighten their purse strings. That's the finding of a survey, released last week, by the Tokyo-based think-tank Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living. Hakuhodo predicted a drop in spending on leisure activities including dining out, haircuts and trips -- similar to a pullback in 2014 when the government lifted consumption tax to 8 per cent, from 5 per cent. The timing is bad for restaurants and retailers whose earnings could suffer if the buyer mindset hasn't changed by the year-end holidays. But officials see no cause for alarm just yet. Much depends on how quickly consumers bounce back from the sudden cost-of-living uptick. > Article
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Italy > 'Special day': First part of Genoa's new Renzo Piano bridge goes up > Just over a year after the Genoa motorway bridge collapse that killed 43 people, workers have raised the first stretch of a replacement designed by famed architect Renzo Piano. /  A siren blared on Tuesday as the vast section of deck was hoisted by cranes some 45 metres up to sit across two concrete piles, the first of 18 that will support a streamlined and luminous white bridge conceived to resemble the keel of a ship. / This morning is special. This is not the laying of the first stone, but a launch. Just like for a ship, except that this time we are not setting out to sea, but going upwards," Piano said as he arrived on site. > Article
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Streaming Services > "Stranger Things" creators the Duffer Brothers "have officially signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix to create films and television series," reports Variety. / "It should come as no surprise, then, that the show has been renewed for a fourth season at the streaming service." / Why it matters: Their agreement "is the latest in a string of high-profile overall deals that Netflix has struck with creators in recent years." / "They join a roster that includes 'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins, 'Game of Thrones' show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, 'Pose' director Janet Mock, as well as prolific creators Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes." 
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October Highlights
Until Nov. 24 2019 Venice
      Biennale 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 October 6 - Oktoberfest 2019 - Germany on Theresienwiese Video   Video II   
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Until Nov. 2 - 2019 Rugby World Cup  - The 9th World Cup - Japan - Site

Until October 6 - Oktoberfest 2019 - Germany on Theresienwiese Video   Video II     --
10 - 17 - Berlin Design Week
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19 - 27 - Swiss Indoors Basel 2019 Tennis
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21 - The 2019 Canadian federal election is scheduled to take place on October 21, 2019, to elect members of the House of Commons to the 43rd Canadian Parliament.
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24 until Feb 24, 2020Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre museum, Paris, France.

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Oct. Books of note:
01 - Tartine, A Classic Revisited
by Elisabeth Prueitt & Chad Robertson with Photographs by Gentl + Hyers - HC 328 pgs
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01 - Ama, A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen
by Josef Centeno & Betty Hallock with Photographs by Renata Fuller - HC 272 pgs
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01 - Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow, HC 432 pgs
( I downloaded this one and just started to read it Oct 2 - Steven)
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15 - Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, by Ronan Farrow
HC 464 pages
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15 - Me: Elton John - Official Autobiography, by Elton John, HC 384 pgs
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22 - Edison by Edmund Morris - HC 800 pages
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22 - In Defense of Elitism: Why I'm Better Than You and You're Better Than Someone Who Didn't Buy This Book, by Joel Stein
HC  337 pgs
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29 - Poilane: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery
by Apollonia Poilâne, HC 288 pgs
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29 - Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow
by Ramesh Srinivasan - HC 424 pgs
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29 - Elegant Pie: Transform Your Favorite Pies into Works of Art
by Karin Pfeiff-Boschek
HC 180 pgs
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October Passings
01 - Beverly Watkins, 80, American blues guitarist
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01 - Arto Tchakmaktchian, 86, Armenian-Canadian sculptor and painter
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01 Eric Pleskow, 95, Austrian-born American film producer, President of United Artists (1973–1978) and Orion Pictures (1978–1992).
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