News September 2019
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Monday, September 30, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 9:00am it is 05°C / 41°F, sunny / forecasting a high of 14°C / 57°F - sunny
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USA > Energy's game of musical chairs > Oil, natural gas and coal still make up 81% of our world’s energy consumption, a figure hasn’t changed in 30 years, writes Axios' Amy Harder in her weekly "Harder Line" column. //     The big question for fossil-fuel companies — and efforts to tackle climate change — is when and by how much will demand for these fuels decline? //  That kicks off an existential game of musical chairs because the possible futures for the planet's energy mix are vastly different depending on the world’s appetite to curb emissions. >> Fossil fuels bracing for crude game of musical chairs by Amy Harder  > Article
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USA  Retail / Canada > Forever 21 files for bankruptcy in U.S., to cease operations in Canada > Retailer has 44 stores in Canada which will remain open during liquidation process Article
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USA / Canada > Box Office > The Universal/DreamWorks animated adventure "Abominable" topped the box office (with $20.9 million in ticket sales) over the weekend, while the Renee Zellweger-led Judy Garland tale "Judy" got off to a strong start, AP's Jake Coyle reports. // "Abominable" is about a Shanghai teenager (Chloe Bennet) who discovers a lost yeti on the roof of her apartment building. / She and a pair of friends traverse China to return the creature, whom they name "Everest," home to the Himalayas. / Why it matters ... Jim Orr, distribution chief for Universal: "It's not going to be all superheroes all the time." >> Article >> OK. Which movie will you see a) Abominable or b) Judy?
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Austria > elections > The country's former chancellor Sebastian Kurz won a snap election that he had called after his government collapsed -- but it raised the question of whether he would form a government with the far-right or shift left. // Party shifts: The scandal that set off the government collapse -- a video revealing the far-right Freedom Party’s openness to Russian influence peddling -- did not appear to have dimmed the appeal of Mr. Kurz, but it did seriously dent voter support for his former coalition partner, the Freedom Party.
The leftist Greens, on the other hand, saw their support surge. Article 
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September 28 to 29, 2019
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Friday, September 27, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 13°C / 55°F, overcast / forecasting a high of 18°C / 64°F - a 60% chance of showers
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Spain > Elecions > New party, same old problems > Íñigo Errejón, co-founder of Spain's far-left Podemos party, will be running as the head of new party Más País in the country's elections later this year. Errejon's new party looks set to rival Podemos by filling the political space between the radical policies of the far left and the more moderate stance of prime minister Pedro Sánchez's Socialists. The move further fragments the divided left-wing parties just six weeks ahead of the 10 November vote, which will be the fourth general election in as many years. "The arrival of Más País is likely to just spread out the Podemos vote," says Dr Pablo Calderon Martinez, lecturer in Spanish democracy at New College of the Humanities in London. "The real question will be who is willing to form a coalition and support a minority government."
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 9:00am it is 10°C / 50°F, overcast / forecasting a high of 21°C / 70°F - A mix of sun and cloud (total rain fall 4.1mm / 0.16 in)
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Austria > Elections > Lean Green fighting machine > Austria’s national election takes place on Sunday, three years ahead of schedule due to the collapse of the coalition government between the centre-right ÖVP and far-right FPÖ in May. Eight parties are competing, including the current front-runners: the ÖVP, centre-left SPÖ, FPÖ and Green party. / According to opinion polls, the latter is expected to make the biggest inroads. The results of the Pass Egal Wahl poll, hosted by an NGO called SOS Mitmensch (which gives Austrian residents without a passport a symbolic vote) put the Green party in the lead with 51.5 per cent. These numbers might not be representative of how people will vote but it does suggest a country where climate concerns have replaced migration as the issue of the moment.
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France > Former French President Jacques Chirac, a major force in French politics who opposed the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, died in Paris on Thursday (September 26, 2019) at the age of 86. / Chirac is survived by his wife Bernadette and two daughters. / A seasoned politician, Chirac's career included two presidential terms, two stints as prime minister and nearly two decades as mayor of Paris. Article
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 13°C / 55°F, light rainshowers / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F - with showers
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The Emmy Awards > The 40th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were presented Tuesday night in New York City at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall // Andrea Mitchell was honored at the ceremony with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades-long career. While accepting the award, Mitchell noted that in her experience covering White Houses, politics has always been "invariably adversarial." But Mitchell said, "This is different." // "Now we are called 'the enemy of the people,'" Mitchell noted. "Our credibility as journalists is deliberately targeted as part of a re-election strategy. Today, time-honored norms are ignored: press secretaries and senior officials deliver 'alternative facts.' Traditions such as White House briefings, State Department expanded travel pools, and formal news conferences are replaced by shouted exchanges on the South Lawn, often drowned out by the whirling rotor blades of Marine One..."
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Climate Crisis > Greta Thunberg condemns world leaders in emotional speech at UN > Greta Thunberg has excoriated world leaders for their "betrayal" of young people through their inertia over the climate crisis at a United Nations summit that failed to deliver ambitious new commitments to address dangerous global heating. // In a stinging speech on Monday, the teenage Swedish climate activist told governments that "you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal." // "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words," a visibly emotional Thunberg said. // "The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line." Article
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USA > President Donald Trump repeatedly pushed for Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter, during a July 25 phone call, according to a transcript of the conversation released by the White House. // Trump also asked the Ukrainian leader to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and US Attorney General William Barr on the issue, the call transcript reveals.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 7:00am it is 12°C / 53°F, hard rain and thunderstorms / forecasting a high of 14°C / 57°F - with rain and .thunderstorms (Max: 16.5 °C /  , Min: 11.3 °C, total rainfall 40.7 mm / )
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I didn't know > "Both Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch will take home quite a bit less in compensation than they did last year, reflecting the completion of the spinoff to Disney and the skinnier Fox Corp. portfolio of companies," THR's Alex Weprin reports. "According to a Monday proxy filing with the SEC," Rupert "will see total compensation of $42.1 million in fiscal 2019, down from $49.2 million in 2018," while Lachlan "will also take home $42.1 million in total compensation, down from $50.7 million last year."
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Monday, September 23, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 5:00am it is 18°C / 64°F, mostly cloudy / forecasting a high of 26°C / 79°F - 30% chance of showers. (Max: 25.8 °C / 78.4 °F, Min: 14.8 °C / 58.6 °F. Total rainfall 4.2 mm  /0.17 in )
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Seasons > Autumn 2019 in Northern Hemisphere began on Monday, September 23
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New TV  > Season & Series premieres   Canadian List   /  USA List
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September 19 to 22, 2019
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 5:00am it is 04°C / 39°F, partly cloudy / forecasting a high of 15°C / 59°F Sunny
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 10°C / 50°F, overcast / forecasting a high of 18°C / 54°F with 60%  chance of showers (Max: 11.3°C / 52.3°F,  Min 2.3°C / 36.1°F // Toatl rainfall 0.8 mm / 0.03 inches)
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Memories > Cokie Roberts died today (September 17, 2019) at 75, longtime Washington author, journalist and commentator RM
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Monday, September 16, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 8:00am it is 10.6°C / 51°F, overcast / forecasting a high of 18.6°C / 65.48°F cloudy with 30%  chance of showers later in the afternoon (total rainfall 1.99 mm / 0.07 inches)
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USA > TV > Ken Burns' documentaries are always classy and meticulously researched affairs, connecting the topic to the larger rubric of American history. "Country Music" -- an eight-part, 16-hour epic for PBS -- certainly falls within those parameters, but still registers on the lower scale of Burns' work, especially compared to his great war trilogy. //  >> Here's a second opinion: John Avlon viewed the doc more favorably... (I watched part one last night, found it enjoyable - Steven)
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USA > Biggest auto strike in 12 years > In the first UAW strike in 12 years, about 46,000 hourly autoworkers are walking off GM factory floors and joining picket lines. / The strike shuts down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., plus 22 parts distribution warehouses. (AP) / The context: UAW's GM members are steaming about GM's November decision to "unallocate" five plants in the U.S., Axios' Joann Muller reports from Detroit. / UAW sued GM for violating a labor agreement, saying the company was using semantics to idle plants. / The UAW is demanding fairer wages, affordable health care, profits, job security and a path to permanent positions for temporary employees. / GM, the largest U.S. automaker, said in a statement that it is still willing to work to reach a deal to build "a strong future for our employees and our business." Read More from CBCnews
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Spain > Eastern Spain takes stock of worst storm in 140 years / The head of the Valencia region asks for a Marshall Plan to help rebuild the ravaged area / The worst storm to hit eastern Spain in the last 140 years finally let up on Sunday after wreaking havoc in Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and Almería./The torrential downpours caused rivers to burst their banks, dragging cars and people away, flooding streets, forcing thousands from their homes, and destroying at least 300,000 hectares of prime agricultural land according to early estimates. / At least six people have died after being caught by the floodwaters. Military personnel were deployed to the region to help rescue thousands trapped inside vehicles, homes and campsites. Article  Authorities warn that it is still too early to put a precise figure on the damage caused by the most devastating storm since 1879, when floodwaters killed over 1,000 in Murcia and Orihuela, according to the national weather agency AEMET.
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Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 7:00am it is 10°C / 50°F, mostly sun with some white puffy clouds / forecasting a high of 22°C / 71.6°F sunny with 30%  chance of showers later in the afternoon (rainfall - trace)
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Paris > Bright Idea by Sarah Andelman > In 1997, Andelman and her mother Colette Roussaux founded what would arguably become the world’s most influential fashion boutique: Colette (writes Will Kitchens). A trailblazer long before “concept store” became a buzzword, part of the pleasure of shopping at the Paris store was the element of surprise: what installation or special event might they do next? The biggest surprise, though, came in 2017 when Andelman announced Colette would be closing after 20 years. She wasn’t done though: she founded Just an Idea, a fashion, retail and luxury consultancy. In this role she has curated collaborations and designed pop-up shops for brands such as Moncler Genius, Sacai and Louis Vuitton.// There are so many collaborations in the fashion industry. What is their value? It allows brands to connect with new markets. Last year we did a project with Valentino in Ginza Tokyo. We collaborated with three Japanese brands: Undercover, Doublet and Yohji Yamamoto. The match between Valentino and Undercover worked so well that they developed two big collections afterwards. You wouldn’t expect them to work so well together but they realised that they had shared interests. Collaborations have been overdone but I still think there is space for good ones that make sense for both partners. // Retail struggles are well documented. Is there still a place for multibrand shops like Colette? It depends. If it’s a shop with Valentino, Fendi or Gucci then, honestly, no. It’s difficult to get good deliveries from brands, who will always prioritise their own retail or e-commerce shops. But if it’s a shop with young independent brands that cannot have their own shops then yes. // Do retailers get confused in their quest to be innovative?
I remember walking into shops on the Champs-Élysées two years ago; in one there was a DJ and in the next there was a bar. How many shops have bars now? At Colette we had a restaurant and a museum, and every day we would host a book signing – but we never used the word “experience”. Now some brands and shops do these things because they think they have to. - Monocle

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Saturday, September 14, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 09°C / 48°F, overcast / forecasting a high of 16°C / 61°F overcast with a chance of showers (Hi 17.1 / 62.8, Low 5.1 / 41.2, rainfall: trace)
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Friday, September 13, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 9°C / 48°F, sunny / forecasting a high of 16°C / 61°F sunny changing to overcast with a chance of showers (no rain)
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France > Massive public transit strike over pension reforms paralyses Paris / Most commuters in and around Paris found themselves planning alternate routes to work on Friday morning. Transport unions organised a major walk-out in protest against pension reforms. It is the biggest mobilisation at the state-owned transport system Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) since a similar strike in October 2007. Video
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Thursday, September 12, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 11°C / 51°F, cloudy with light drizzle / forecasting a high of 17°C / 63°F with a chance of showers (total rainfall 1.2 mm / 0.05 inches)
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Germany > Transport > In a sign of the headwinds facing the car industry, Frankfurt's International Motor Show opens today with significantly fewer exhibitors, amid growing tensions over carbon emissions. Some 30 major carmakers have stayed away, including three of the world's biggest: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Toyota and General Motors. That's partly due to cost-cutting: global sales are expected to slip to 78.3 million this year from 83 million in 2018, while the US-China trade war is weighing down worldwide manufacturing. Those attending are focusing on launching electric models, such as Volkswagen and its new, compact ID.3. But with environmental protests against the show planned this weekend and the EU's tougher CO2 emissions rules set for 2021, are motorshows of this nature reaching the end of the road? It might be time for participants and organisers to consider a U-turn. - Monocle
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Bahamas > The number of people listed as missing in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian stands at about 2,500. Government officials stress, though, that the list is preliminary and may include the names of people who have already been evacuated. Right now, the official death toll in the Bahamas is at 50. But that is expected to rise as search-and-rescue teams work their way through the parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco islands that were flattened by the hurricane. Meanwhile, meteorologists are keeping their eyes on two more tropical disturbances that could impact areas already devastated by Dorian.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 13°C / 55°F, cloudy / forecasting a high of 18°C / 64°F showers
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USA  > 18th Anniversary of 9/11
Location
   Manhattan, New York, U.S.;
   Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.;
   Stonycreek Township near
   Shanksville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date > September 11, 2001; 18 years ago
8:46 – 10:28 a.m. (EDT)
Target
   World Trade Center (AA 11 and UA 175)
   The Pentagon (AA 77)
   White House or U.S. Capitol (UA 93; failed)
Deaths > 2,996 (2,977 victims + 19 hijackers)
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USA > John Bolton has resigned > Note I: John Robert Bolton is an American attorney, political commentator, Republican consultant, and former diplomat who was the 27th National Security Advisor of the United States from April 9, 2018 to September 10, 2019. Note II: He was the 3rd national security adviser.
The first was  Michael Flynn, was gone after three weeks. The second was army Gen. H.R. McMaster succeeded Flynn, and stayed in the role until March 2018. Best Quote of the day: "This is, again, like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic." - Ted Lieu, Democratic congressman
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UK > It's 50 days to the Brexit deadline.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 7:00am it is 8°C / 63°F, clear / forecasting a high of 19°C / 66°F Sunny
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Canada > Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will officially kick off the federal election campaign with a visit to Rideau Hall at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Liberal sources have told CBC News. / Trudeau will formally ask Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament, setting the stage for Canada's 43rd general election on Oct. 21. / The various party leaders have been holding campaign-style events for several weeks, but the official start means strict rules around spending and advertising kick in. / The Liberals are seeking a second four-year mandate.
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Apple > The 5 biggest announcements from Apple’s September 2019 event / From Apple TV Plus pricing to ‘slofies,’ here’s what you missed > Article Video
> AP - Apple takes on Netflix
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Books > Margaret Atwood's "The Testaments" is firmly at the top of Amazon's best sellers list ahead of the book's release today. (Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt CH FRSC is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist.) @twitter
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Books >  The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg > by Eleanor Randolph - HC 480 pages // “Only three Mayors merit being enshrined in a mayoral Hall of Fame -- Fiorello La Guardia, Ed Koch, and Michael Bloomberg.  But none had a broader impact outside the city. Eleanor Randolph's vivid biography of Bloomberg traces the impact of his Bloomberg terminals on the stock market, his much copied innovative management, the spread of his smoke-free restaurants, his early environmental and parks innovations, his fierce championing of education reform, his once lonely assault on the NRA, the deployment of his fortune to help elect a Democratic Congress in 2018, and his generous and targeted worldwide philanthropy. Bloomberg is no saint, as Randolph makes clear. His vanity can be Trumpian. But nothing about Michael Bloomberg is fake. The former Mayor and his associates opened the vault to Eleanor Randolph, and readers of this anecdote-rich book are in for a treat.” - Ken Auletta, bestselling author and writer, The New Yorker
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Book > Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know - by Malcolm Gladwell - 400 pages / This  is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland---throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.
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Monday, September 09, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 7°C / 44°F, clear / forecasting a high of 19°C / 66°F Sunny
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Update: Hurricane Dorian: In the days since the storm tore through the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, killing at least 44 people, residents say the archipelago’s government has largely been absent. They are also growing frustrated at the number of dead bodies throughout the area.
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Norway > Skrova > 12 > The number of bicycles in the bike-share program in the small fishing village of Skrova, Norway--what 'Fast Company' calls the smallest bike-share program in the world. (NYC's program, by contrast, has at least 12,000 bikes.) Just 200 people live in the remote village, north of the Arctic Circle. Like many other places, Skrova hopes the system will help reduce car use, especially among tourists who travel to enjoy its trails and beaches. Article
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Memories > Camilo Sesto, the popular Spanish songwriter, singer and producer, died on Sunday in Madrid at the age of 72. Last year, he released this retrospective album, “Camilo Sinfónico,” which transformed his hits with new orchestral arrangements.
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China > Beijing  > Aviation > Beijing’s hotly anticipated Daxing Airport is complete and will open to travellers on 20 September, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on 1 October. Spanning 700,000 sq m, the starfish-shaped terminal is a collaboration between French firm ADPI and Zaha Hadid Architects; it’s the latter’s first airport commission. Beijing Capital, the city’s only other international airport, is the world’s second busiest airport but Daxing is still expected to handle 45 million passengers per year by 2021. This number could rise to 72 million by 2025. The €10bn project will help to alleviate air and passenger traffic across the country while nurturing the city’s bid to be seen as a modern, international hub. - Monocle
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Sunday, September 08, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 10°C / 50°F, Overcast / forecasting a high of 15°C /59°F Overcast (Rainfall: 0.7 mm / 0.03 in)
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Canada > Maritimes > Recovery begins across Maritimes after Hurricane Dorian lashes region / The Maritimes are recovering from Hurricane Dorian on Sunday, which hit as a strong Category 1 hurricane between Sambro and Terence Bay, N.S., on Saturday, downing trees, power lines and crane in Halifax. / More than 369,000 Nova Scotia Power customers are without electricity after Dorian swept through the region with winds up to 145 km/h. More than 55,000 customers in New Brunswick and 50,000 in Prince Edward Island are without power. / The storm is now classified as a post-tropical cyclone and centred near Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence as of 6 a.m. local time.
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Tennis > US Open > Rafael Nadal Wins the U.S. Open to Claim His 19th Grand Slam Title / Nadal holds on for a five-set victory against Daniil Medvedev and is now one major championship away from tying Roger Federer’s record.
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Saturday, September 07, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 4.8°C / 40.6°F, clear / forecasting a high of 14°C / 57.2°F overcast > turning - high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Dorian ( Rainfall: 121.3 mm / 4.78 in )
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Tennis > US Open > In U.S. Open final, Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams, and history, and the crowd/ The 19-year-old marvel became the first Grand Slam singles champion from Canada, and she foiled Williams’s latest push to become only the second 24-time Grand Slam women's singles winner. Article & Videos
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Bahamas > The World Food Programme estimates 70,000 people in the Bahamas need food and shelter, Reuters' Nick Brown and Zach Fagenson report from Nassau: / In Marsh Harbour, where 90% of buildings were destroyed, thousands of people were living in a government building, a medical center and an Anglican church that survived. / They had little-to-no access to water, power or sanitation. / Evacuations, some by ferry, were slow. / Families split up: "A cruise ship with more than 1,000 evacuees arrived in south Florida ... Some had small children or aging relatives who they hoped to find safe lodging for before returning to try to repair or rebuild." (Reuters) / "Private forecasters estimated that some $3 billion in insured property was destroyed or damaged in the Caribbean." / Other estimates top $7 billion.
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Friday, September 06, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 8°C / 46°F, mainly sunny / forecasting a high of 20°C / 68°F mainly sunny.
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Published online > the Thursday File #769 went out to subscribers this morning
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Switzerland > Transport > Golden age of travel - Italian car and train-maker Pininfarina has unveiled plans for the long-awaited Goldenpass Express. The new train, set to launch in December next year, will provide a direct connection through Switzerland’s tourist hubs of Montreux, Gstaad and Interlaken, and is expected to welcome about four million tourists a year. Travellers currently have to switch trains between Interlaken and Montreux but new technology that enables seamless track-gauge conversion will solve that inconvenience. Montreux Oberland Bernese, the Swiss railway company operating the trains, hopes that the service will drive tourism in the three popular hotspots. The redesigned trains will also feature large windows offering panoramic views of Vaud and the Bernese Alps. - Monocle
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Bahamas > Hurricane Dorian > The news out of the Bahamas is growing more grim. The death toll from Hurricane Dorian is up to 30, but hundreds of people are still missing. So, more body bags and coolers are being brought in. And officials are warning people to prepare for "unimaginable information" on the death toll. There is some good news, though. The US Coast Guard has rescued 201 people, while a British naval ship is giving out food and water and clearing debris from streets.
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USA > Hurricane Dorian > Dorian is lingering this morning just off the North Carolina coast, lashing that state and Virginia with rain, storm surges and strong winds. At least five people in the US have been killed by the storm, now a Category 1 hurricane. Dorian blew by South Carolina yesterday, leaving power outages, flooded streets and downed trees.
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USA > NFL Football  > Green Bay Packers 10 - Shicago Bears 3, last nigh (Sept 5th) at Soldier Field in Chicago with 62,435 in attendance. Way To Go Grean Bay. RM
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Thursday, September 05, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 16°C / 61°F, clearing / forecasting a high of 21°C / 70°F mostly sunny.
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USA > Football > The NFL's 100th season will begin on Thursday night when the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field
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Hurricane Dorian > back to Category 3, began raking the Southeast U.S. today, threatening to inundate low-lying coasts from Georgia to Virginia, AP reports. /  What's next: A combined high tide and storm surge at the harbor in Charleston, S.C., is projected at 10.3 feet. The record, 12.5 feet, was set by Hugo in 1989.
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Bahamas > The UN says 70,000 people in the Bahamas need immediate humanitarian relief. / "Aerial video of the worst-hit Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas showed widespread devastation, with the harbor, shops and workplaces, a hospital, and airport landing strips damaged or blown to pieces, all of which was frustrating rescue efforts," Reuters reports. / Dorian, one of the most powerful Caribbean storms on record, killed at least 20 people in the Bahamas, with that number expected to rise.
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Italy > President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday swore in Italy's new pro-European government, heralding a fresh start for the eurozone's third-largest economy as the right-wing falls from power. / Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his ministers from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and centre-left Democratic Party (PD) raised their right hands as they took the oath in the 16th century presidential palace in Rome. RM
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Wednesday, September 04, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:00am it is 15°C / 59°F, mostly cloudy / forecast of a high of 25°C / 77°F with chances of showers. (Total Precipitation:
   3.1 mm / 0.12 in)
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USA > Food > Ben & Jerry's has a new flavor highlighting "structural racism and a broken criminal justice system," AP reports: Justice ReMix'd is cinnamon and chocolate ice cream, with gobs of cinnamon bun dough and spicy fudge brownies. /  Some proceeds go to Advancement Project National Office, a multi-racial civil rights group.
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USA > Education > Across the country, parents are demanding proof technology works in schools — and insisting on limits, The Wall Street Journal reports: "They’re pushing schools to offer low- or screen-free classrooms, picketing board meetings to protest all the online classes and demanding more information about what data is collected on students." / Why it matters: "The school devices are undermining parents’ struggle to limit screen time." / "They say their children find ways at school to bypass their schools’ internet filters and can find their way onto YouTube exposing them to X-rated and violent content."  "They can kill time in class by shopping online or playing games."
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Tuesday, September 03, 2019
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Canada > Moncton's Weather  > at 6:30am it is 15°C / 59°F, mostly cloudy / forecast of a high of 20°C / 68°F with chances of showers. (no rain)
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Hurricane Dorian > Five people were confirmed dead as the powerful Category 5 storm pummeled the Bahamas before weakening to Category 4, and it is expected to move "dangerously close" to the Florida coast on Tuesday night. It was difficult to determine the extent of the damage caused by one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record.
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U.S. Open > Belinda Bencic beat Naomi Osaka, the No. 1 seed and defending champion. On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic was eliminated by Stan Wawrinka.
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USA > Retail / Gun Control > Walmart said Tuesday that it would discontinue the sale of ammunition used in high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons. It also asked its customers not to openly carry firearms in stores even in states where it is permitted. / The news follows mass shootings across the U.S., including one that killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. / The retail giant said it will stop selling short-barrel rifle ammunition, such as the .223 and 5.56 caliber, which can be used in high-capacity magazines and military-style weapons, CEO Doug McMillon said in a memo. Article
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Monday, September 02, 2019
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Canada > Labour Day  > is celebrated on the first Monday of September and it is a federal statutory holiday. It's a very straightforward holiday, unlike other holidays when some people are off and some aren't, on Labour Day all stores are closed including retail stores, banks and libraries across the country. Some restaurants and convenience stores may be open. / The Tuesday day after labour day marks the first day of school. / Note: In the Commonwealth Countries it is spelled "labour", in the United States is spelled "labor".
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USA > Labor Day > It's on the first Monday of September every year. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor unions' strengths of and contributions to the United States' economy. // It's a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The American football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the season during Labor Day weekend.
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Hurricane Dorian > Category 4 Hurricane Dorian parked itself over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday night and Monday morning, unleashing a devastating storm surge, destructive winds and blinding rain. With Dorian perched perilously close to the Florida peninsula, Monday is the critical day that is likely to determine whether the state is dealt a powerful blow or a less intense scrape. // Just tens of miles and subtle storm wobbles could make the difference between the two scenarios. // The storm has come to a standstill over Grand Bahama Island. If it soon starts to turn north, Florida would be spared Dorian’s full fury. But if Dorian lumbers just a little more to the west, more serious storm effects would pummel parts of the coastline. For this reason, the National Hurricane Center has issued hurricane, storm surge, and tropical storm watches and warnings from the Atlantic coast of Florida northward into southeastern Georgia.
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Sunday, September 01, 2019
Topics & News
Food & Drink > Wine > Trending, per the Wall Street Journal: Wine in a can, which "comes with a liner whose exact composition is a closely guarded secret." / Sales of canned wine rose by nearly 80% this year over last, per Nielsen. /  The idea is to extend vino to beaching and other outdoor activities. / "Still, wine in bottles saw over $15 billion in sales this year and wine in boxes $1.4 billion, while sales of wine in cans amounted to about $90 million."
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History > On this Day 1939 > World War II started 80 years ago today — on Sept. 1, 1939 — when Hitler's Nazi Germany invaded and bombarded Poland, triggering a nearly six-year world conflict that left more than 70 million people dead.
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September Highlights
Until Nov. 24 2019 Venice
      Biennale RM
Until September 7.- Exhibition
      "Basquiat x Warhol" RM
Until Oct 6 - Alphonse Mucha:
      Art Nouveau/Nouvelle
      Femme > Poster House
     119 W. 23rd Street, NYC, NY
      RM-1 / RM-2
Until Sept 16 - The Ashes 2019 - UK
Until Sept 8 - US Open - Arthur Ashe Stadium
Until Sept 15 - Vuelta a España 2019
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2 - Labour Day / Holiday in Canada and in the USA
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5-15 - 2019 Toronto International Film Festival
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6-10 - Maison et Objet - Paris, Nord Villepinte
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20 - until Nov. 2 - 2019 Rugby World Cup  - The 9th World Cup - Japan - Site
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21 - October 6 - Oktoberfest 2019 - Germany on Theresienwiese Video   Video II     --
22 - 71st Primetime Emmy Awards - Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Sept. Books of note:
03 - The Economists' Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society
by Binyamin Appelbaum - 448 pages
03 - Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead, by Jim Mattis & Bing West , 320 pages
10 - Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know - by Malcolm Gladwell - 400 pages
10 - The Testaments: A Novel -  by  Margaret Atwood - HC 432 pgs
10 - The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir by Samantha Power, HC 592 pages
10 - The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg - by Eleanor Randolph - HC 480 pages
19 - Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times on Television - by Louis Theroux
24 - For the Record, by David Cameron, HC 752 pages
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September Passings
1st - Barbara Probst Solomon, 90, American author
01 - Jukka Virtanen, 86, Finnish director, actor and screenwriter
01 - Gagik Hovunts, 89, Armenian composer and professor.
01 - Jacob Gelt Dekker, 71, Dutch businessman, writer and philanthropist.
02 - Terrance Dicks, 84, English screenwriter (Doctor Who, Crossroads, Space: 1999).
02 - Rémi Bouchard, 83, Canadian composer and educator
02 - Rita Steblin, 68, Canadian musicologist
02 - Desmond Morton, 81, Canadian historian
02 - Carol Lynley, 77, American actress (Harlow, Bunny Lake Is Missing, The Poseidon Adventure)
05 - Rod Coneybeare, 89, Canadian puppeteer and voice actor (The Friendly Giant).
05 - Charlie Cole, 64, American photojournalist, World Press Photo of the Year winner (1989).
07 - Robert Axelrod, 70, American actor (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Blob, Digimon).
07 - John Wesley, 72, American actor (Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, Hang 'Em High).
08 - Camilo Sesto, 72, Spanish singer-songwriter
09 - Fred Herzog, 88, Canadian photographer.
10 - Kenny Cantor, 81, English comedian
10 - Hossam Ramzy, 65, Egyptian percussionist and composer.
11 - T. Boone Pickens, 91, American businessman and philanthropist.
11 - Daniel Johnston, 58, American singer-songwriter ("Walking the Cow") and visual artist.
13 - Eddie Money, 70, American musician ("Baby Hold On", "Two Tickets to Paradise", "Take Me Home Tonight")
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15 - Ric Ocasek, 75, American Hall of Fame musician (The Cars), singer-songwriter ("My Best Friend's Girl", "You Might Think"), and record producer.
15 - Phyllis Newman, 86, American actress (Subways Are for Sleeping, Mannequin, To Find a Man) and singer.
17 - Cokie Roberts, 75, longtime Washington author, journalist and commentator RM
26 - Jacques Chirac, 86, Former French President, two presidential terms, two stints as prime minister and nearly two decades as mayor of Paris.