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January 11, 2019 10:53 AM Rhode Island names deaf man School Counselor of the Year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In a first for the state, Rhode Island has named a deaf man as the 2018 School Counselor of the Year. The Providence Journal reports 44-year-old Joseph Batiano is the school counsellor at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. Batiano says he helps with a student’s academic progress, emotional health and career readiness. He also developed 127

January 10, 2019 9:03 PM California governor offers $144B budget, sees big surplus

He wants to invest $500 million in infrastructure to provide more childcare and $750 million for kindergarten programs. And he’s calling for boosting a tax credit for the working poor by a total of more than a half-billion dollars. Saying California is “not playing small ball,” Newsom is also seeking more than $1 billion to combat the most populous state’s 137

January 10, 2019 2:17 PM Aimia completes sale of Aeroplan loyalty program to Air Canada, repays debt

MONTREAL—Aimia Inc. says it has completed the sale of its Aeroplan loyalty program to Air Canada and used the majority of the proceeds to repay debt. The company says gross proceeds from the sale totalled roughly $497 million (U.S.) after adjustments related to working capital. At closing, about $308 million was used to repay and terminate Aimia’s credit 128

January 9, 2019 9:59 PM New program for Canadian thalidomide survivors aims to help with costs of aging

Petitpas Taylor says the government is aware some thalidomide survivors might have been excluded by the previous program’s eligibility criteria. That compensation plan included one-time payments of $125,000 while applicants eligible for the new program are to receive $250,000 and ongoing tax-free payments. A group of survivors, the Thalidomide Survivors 125

January 9, 2019 7:37 PM Hale County This Morning, This Evening is an extraordinary film about ordinary lives

Making its Toronto premiere, this is one of the most fascinating docs of the past year. It won a Special Jury Award for Creative Vision at Sundance 2018, where it had its world premiere. Ross travels to the Black Belt of the American South — a rural enclave of nearly 15,760 people, and a racial makeup that was once mostly white but is now 60 per cent Black 152

January 3, 2019 4:59 PM North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes — did he defect?

North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite diplomatic corps, and has previously insisted that they are South Korean or U.S. plots to undermine its government. About 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, according to South 151

December 28, 2018 9:50 PM Boy wonder! Kansas teen to get two diplomas in one month

ULYSSES, KAN.—A 16-year-old Kansas boy will soon earn his high school diploma — and a few days later he’ll travel to Harvard to collect his bachelor’s degree. Ulysses High School senior Braxton Moral will attend both commencement ceremonies in May, becoming the only student to successfully pursue a four-year high school degree and a bachelor’s degree 123

December 24, 2018 2:59 PM Air Canada gets regulatory OK to buy Aeroplan

Under their agreement, Air Canada will buy the Aeroplan business from Aimia for cash and also assume $1.9 billion of liabilities to points holders — partially backed by two banks that offer Aeroplan credit cards. Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will pay Air Canada about $1.2 billion in total. The banks and Visa have agreed 145

December 20, 2018 11:21 PM Kings owner brings NBA games to Mumbai

“Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver added in a statement. The NBA prizes its growth in India. The population and growing middle class has generated grassroots and business opportunities 130

December 19, 2018 6:09 PM Olympic silver medallist Kevin Reynolds retires from competitive figure skating

He also won a gold medal in men’s singles competition at the ISU Four Continents Championships in Osaka, Japan, and bronze in the junior men’s event at the 2006 ISU Grand Prix Final in Sofia, Bulgaria. “Despite an encouraging start to the season with a new personal best short program, I was unable to maintain this form and my body has started to tell me it has had enough 137