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20th Cine Europa to showcase 24 films from different EU countries in PH

Heads up to all movie buffs out there as the widest and longest film festival in the Philippines comes back on September 16 at Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City. On its 20th year, the Cine Europa will offer its audience an awe-inspiring combination of contemporary and local films from various European countries including Spain, Sweden, …

Newly released novel offers window into Filipino ex-pat experience

Victoria, BC, August 1, 2017 In the Philippines, one out of every three households includes a family member who lives and works overseas. More than 660,000 Filipinos work in Canada; three million work in the United States. Legacy of a Filipina, a new novel by Charles Au Lavoie, examines the divide between these Filipinos and …

Back to school stationery a distraction for some in the classroom

TORONTO —  Post-it notes with emojis. Locker magnets shaped like pizza and poop. Pencil boxes featuring T.rex. These are some of the many back-to-school items currently sitting on the shelves of a Walmart store in Toronto. But Rhonda Johnson, of Unionville, Ont., skipped all of that during a recent visit as she was browsing through …

‘Car was undrivable:’ Grizzly comes out on top after hit by car on Trans Canada

CANMORE, Alta. — It wasn’t the best call Bear 164 has ever made, but this time the hefty grizzly just out of his teenage years got lucky. Traffic was whizzing along the Trans-Canada Highway east of Banff National Park around suppertime on July 28 when 164 decided he needed to cross. A car believed to …

Dietary guidelines should focus on reducing consumption of carbs, not fat: study

TORONTO— A large Canadian study is challenging conventional wisdom that says a low-fat diet is optimal for cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of premature death. The McMaster University study of more than 135,000 people in 18 countries found that eating a moderate amount of all types of fat is linked to a reduced risk …

Medicare to foot the bill for treadmill therapy for leg pain

CHICAGO — Three times a week, Rita Driscoll steps onto a treadmill at a Minnesota hospital under the eye of a rehab therapist. She walks until it hurts — pushing her limits, walking faster and adding steeper inclines. The retired school aide has leg pain caused by clogged blood vessels. Until recently, monitored walking wasn’t …

New drug reduces heart attacks, but is that enough?

TRENTON, N.J. — A large, long-term study of a new Merck cholesterol drug shows that it prevents heart attacks and reduces the need for heart procedures. But the drug, anacetrapib, only reduced those complications by 9 per cent, leaving Merck in a quandary. After spending 13 years and likely hundreds of millions of dollars testing …

First lady appears to borrow from Michelle Obama’s playbook

WASHINGTON — Bare arms and a belted waist, a White House vegetable garden and parents in the residence: Melania Trump is borrowing pages from Michelle Obama’s playbook. From public policy to high fashion to family ties, Mrs. Trump is keeping alive parts of the former first lady’s legacy even as President Donald Trump’s administration alters …

Vancouver’s Finn Wolfhard talks new season of ‘Stranger Things’

TORONTO — Vancouver actor Finn Wolfhard is certainly no stranger these days. A year after starring in Netflix’s sci-fi/supernatural hit “Stranger Things” as Mike Wheeler, the friend of missing 12-year-old Will Byers, Wolfhard says his life has been “definitely crazy, in a great way.” “I get recognized on the street and stuff, which is cool …

French presidential palace gets new tenant in first dog Nemo

PARIS — The French presidential palace has a new occupant. Nemo has taken his first steps as the country’s “first dog” after being adopted by President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte. The couple adopted the black male “Griffiondor,” a cross between a Labrador retriever and a wirehaired pointing griffon, from an animal shelter over …

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