Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Global News


Gardenhire gets boot as Twins’ manager

MINNEAPOLIS—He was the third base coach who gave Kirby Puckett a high-five to punctuate his winning homer in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series.
He was the trusting candidate who took Minnesota’s managing job when many thought the Twins were about to be contracted in 2002.


CRTC should heed European lessons on wireless competition, says Telus

GATINEAU, Que. — Canada should heed the lessons learned in Europe about adopting rules intended to keep wireless prices low, the former head of Austria’s telecom regulator has told the CRTC.


Visa denials miff Russia

Canada’s refusal to allow Russian delegates to attend a prestigious international astronautical symposium has angered Moscow, which said the decision flies in the face of international space co-operation and amounts to politicizing space exploration over the conflict in Ukraine.


BlackBerry aims to rework reputation with new phone

TORONTO—Whether you love BlackBerry or hate it, the Canadian smartphone-maker is banking on its new Passport device to help reshape perception of the company in a highly-competitive market.
“We are determined to win back the Canadian home crowd,” chief executive John Chen told the audience at the Toronto launch yesterday that included an appearance by Wayne Gretzky.

Health & Wellness

Family doctors get advice on prescribing medical pot

TORONTO—Two medical groups weighed in yesterday on the issue of medical marijuana, with the College of Family Physicians issuing guidelines to its members about which patients should and should not get prescriptions and the Arthritis Society calling for research to help doctors make those decisions.


Muggle’s delight: Mexican fan’s ‘Potter’ collection recognized by Guinness World Records

MEXICO CITY — A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of “Harry Potter” paraphernalia was named the world’s largest.
Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding memorabilia related to British author J.K. Rowling’s young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films.


Calgary teen wins Google Science Fair award for research into oilsands cleanup

A Calgary teen has won a $25,000 scholarship from Google for her science project about speeding up the detoxification of oilsands tailings ponds.
Hayley Todesco’s project beat all the other submissions from 17- and 18-year-old students around the world at the Google Science Fair.
It’s Todesco’s second big award win this month.


Pope now focuses on grandparents after celebrating newlyweds in run-up to big family meeting

VATICAN CITY — First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.


For some young women, experiencing recession can mean forgoing children for life: study

NEW YORK — When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?
A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children.