Daily Archives: September 7, 2017

DIRECT HIT FOR SUNSHINE STATE? Irma's projected path shifts west; Florida more firmly in crosshairs

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday urged hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate before Hurricane Irma makes potential landfall — as forecast models on Thursday predicted the storm moving further west, more directly in the state’s path. “If you live in any evacuation zones and you’re still at home, leave!” Scott warned Floridians at a news conference Thursday. “Do not ...

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Trump's travel ban too restrictive, U.S. appeals court rules

A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s limited view of who is allowed into the country under the president’s travel ban.  The unanimous ruling from three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said refugees accepted by a resettlement agency should not be banned. The decision upheld a ruling by a federal judge in ...

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A craft-beer boom with Chinese characteristics

EVIDENCE unearthed at Mijiaya in Shaanxi province proved that the Chinese have an ancient tradition of making beer. Brewers were operating 5,000 years ago, using grains such as millet and Job’s tears (a kind of pearl barley). This year a couple of small-scale brewers lovingly recreated that Neolithic ale. The cloudy, hop-free beverage would challenge even the bravest microbrew devotee. ...

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Denis Shapovalov is embracing the spotlight

In just a few weeks, Denis Shapovalov has gone from virtual unknown to household name across the country. “My life has definitely changed in the past month,” the rising Canadian tennis star told reporters at a press conference in Toronto on Thursday, where he will walk the red carpet on opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival. “I’m getting recognized ...

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Longtime Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter stepping down

Vanity Fair says its longtime editor Graydon Carter is leaving the magazine at the end of the year after 25 years at the helm. Carter became editor of the magazine, known for its coverage of celebrities, Hollywood, media and politics, in 1992. It’s famous for its star-studded annual Oscars party. Vanity Fair spokeswoman Beth Kseniak did not immediately answer questions Thursday ...

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Florida prepares for Irma, with thousands under evacuation orders

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are monitoring the high volume of traffic heading north on the Turnpike as people evacuate South Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma, which is expected to make landfall in the state early Sunday morning. In a news release Thursday, the highway patrol said extra troopers, road rangers and wreckers will be on the roadways to help drivers whose ...

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How Hurricane Irma became so enormously powerful

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today. The Category 5 hurricane is expected to smash apart buildings and mow down trees with sustained winds of up to 295 km/h and cause massive flooding with heavy rain and storm surges of up to six metres. How does a ...

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