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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - August 16, 2016

Throw to first

Photos
Joey Payeur

Emo Renegades’ shortstop Erin Oltsher whistled this throw to first base while Fort Frances Her-icanes’ runner Jess Woodgate watched while advancing to third during the first inning of the Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League losers’ side final yesterday evening at VanJura.

Fire confirmed in park

District
From the MNRF

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

But one new fire was confirmed later in the day on Sunday.

Fort Frances Fire #13, located on an island on Crooked Lake in Quetico Provincial Park, was reported as “being observed” at 0.1 hectares in size.

Sewing tips

Photos
Cameron Penney

Andrea Avis, program director at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, offered some sewing tips to Amy Norris while she sewed for the first time during the “From Dad to Fab!” event there yesterday afternoon. Youngsters will use men’s shirts to design a new outfit throughout the week, then show off their creations during a fashion show Thursday night at the library.

Survey: Too many new smartphone models made each year

Business
By Youkyung Lee The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Consumers think smartphone makers are releasing too many new models each year, a consumer survey showed Tuesday.

The survey conducted in six countries, commissioned by Greenpeace, showed that more than half of those who responded would prefer to change their phones less frequently.

How soft-serve ice-cream companies can survive winter and hold onto customers

Business
By Aleksandra Sagan The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Soft-serve, the often overlooked ice cream, is in the midst of a makeover.

It’s being dipped in melted Belgian chocolate flavours, like key lime pie and white chocolate Oreo, before being slathered in toppings as the coatings harden.

First riders

Photos
Cameron Penney

Three-year-old Zac Beauregard sported a big grin while riding on the school bus for the first time this morning during the Rainy River District School Board’s annual “First Rider” program. The youngsters first watched an informational video about the rules of the school bus before riding the bus themselves in preparation for their first day of school Aug. 30.

Province defends paying for CPP ad

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s Liberal government is defending a publicly-funded ad that promotes an agreement to enhance the Canada Pension Plan—a federal program.

“Ontario has been working to help close the retirement savings gap,” a voice says in the ad.

“Now the improved CPP would help close the gap and strengthen retirement security for working Canadians,” it adds.

Last month hottest in recorded history

National
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Earth just broiled to its hottest month in recorded history, according to NASA.

Even after the fading of a strong El Nino, which spikes global temperatures on top of man-made climate change, July burst global temperature records.

NASA calculated that July, 2016 was 1.51 degrees F (0.84 degrees C) warmer than the 1950-1980 global average.

More gender changes for IDs being mulled

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is considering more changes to the collection and display of gender information on government documents, not long after announcing gender-neutral driver’s licences and health cards.

Public consultations launched earlier this month look at how gender information is treated on government forms and identification documents, including birth and marriage certificates.

Municipalities weighing new taxes

National
The Canadian Press

WINDSOR, Ont.—Premier Kathleen Wynne is advising Ontario municipalities to consult constituents before they ask the province for increased taxation powers, but suggests such a request would be approved.

Doctors vote to reject fee deal

Health & Wellness
Keith Leslie
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Doctors in Ontario have rejected a tentative four-year fee agreement reached with the province’s Liberal government.

The Ontario Medical Association said yesterday that 63 percent of its members who cast ballots Sunday voted against the deal, which would have raised Ontario’s $11.5-billion physician services budget by 2.5 percent in each of the four years.

Yankees eke win over Jays

Sports
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—This youth movement has brought a new feeling to the N.Y. Yankees.

It’s put them in a new position in the pennant race, too.

Chad Green struck out 11 in six dominant innings, fellow rookie Aaron Judge delivered again with an RBI double, and Dellin Betances escaped a big ninth-inning jam in leading the Yankees to a 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays last night.

NASA: Last month was Earth’s hottest in recorded history

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Earth just broiled to its hottest month in recorded history, according to NASA.

Even after the fading of a strong El Nino, which spikes global temperatures on top of man-made climate change, July burst global temperature records.

Search resumes for Nazi gold train that might not even exist

International
By Vanessa Gera The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland — Explorers in Poland began digging Tuesday for a legendary Nazi train said to be laden with treasure and armaments.

They’re not dissuaded by decades of fruitless searches, a scientific determination that no train is there and warnings by historians that such a train might have never even existed.