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Obese cat vocalizes its strong dislike for working out – KRON4

October 29th, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An obese cat, we prefer to call pleasantly plumped, is purring with frustration because she was just put on a new workout plan, and she’s not happy about it. Cinder Block, as she’s lovingly called, was just relinquished to the Northshore Veterinary Hospital in Bellingham, Washington.  

She was checked into the hospital because of her fuller than most figure. For the record, Cinder is pretty comfortable with her body image. She looks at it as being more to love. But once her extra curvy rolls of fur started to affect her health, it was time to kick things into gear.  

Cinder is on a low-calorie diet filled with nutritious food, but she’s also expected to do lots of cardio to get her back to a healthy weight.

However, like most of us, Cinder isn’t always excited about getting in those workouts, especially when the exercise involves an underwater treadmill. And like most cats, she’s been very vocal about it.

As many of you know Cinder was relinquished to our hospital last week. We are fortunate that Purina has offered to help us with her care. We will be fundraising for our Good Samaritan fund – stay tuned for the details. This fund is used exclusively to pay for veterinary care for clients who could otherwise not afford it. It is important to feed a prescription weight loss food to a pet that is this overweight because it is balanced nutritionally to avoid essential nutrient deficiencies that can happen on a weight loss program.Many people have wondered why we are subjecting Cinder to the underwater treadmill. Cinder has arthritis in multiple joints and is carrying an extra 10 lb of body weight. The water provides a reduced weight-bearing environment that increases functional use of limbs without marked weight loading and resultant discomfort to joints. She’s still in the process of becoming acclimated to this treadmill and the water level is lower than we would like just so she can become used to the process.

Posted by Northshore Veterinary Hospital on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Good luck, Cinder Block! You can do it!

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Gwen Stefani reveals the pop hit she passed on, assigns it to her ‘Voice’ contestant instead – Yahoo Entertainment

October 29th, 2019

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Voice coach Gwen Stefani has worked with Sia before — in 2014, when she lent her guest vocals to “My Heart Is Open,”&nbsp;which the Australian hitmaker co-wrote for former Voice coach Adam Levine’s band Maroon 5, and in 2015 on “Start a War,” a rarity that ended up not making Gwen’s third solo album. But during Tuesday’s Knockout Rounds episode, Gwen revealed to her contestant Kyndall Inskeep and&nbsp;guest mentor Taylor Swift&nbsp;that before all that, in 2013, one of Sia’s signature solo songs was actually intended to be a Stefani single.” data-reactid=”25″>The Voice coach Gwen Stefani has worked with Sia before — in 2014, when she lent her guest vocals to “My Heart Is Open,” which the Australian hitmaker co-wrote for former Voice coach Adam Levine’s band Maroon 5, and in 2015 on “Start a War,” a rarity that ended up not making Gwen’s third solo album. But during Tuesday’s Knockout Rounds episode, Gwen revealed to her contestant Kyndall Inskeep and guest mentor Taylor Swift that before all that, in 2013, one of Sia’s signature solo songs was actually intended to be a Stefani single.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“This song's crazy, because Sia sent me this song for me to do,” Gwen told Kyndall, referring to “Elastic Heart.” Gwen ultimately decided not to record the triumph-of-the-spirit power-ballad because she understandably thought the “weird, unique song” was “very specific” to Sia’s voice. But interestingly, Gwen decided it was the perfect fit for Kyndall this week.” data-reactid=”26″>“This song’s crazy, because Sia sent me this song for me to do,” Gwen told Kyndall, referring to “Elastic Heart.” Gwen ultimately decided not to record the triumph-of-the-spirit power-ballad because she understandably thought the “weird, unique song” was “very specific” to Sia’s voice. But interestingly, Gwen decided it was the perfect fit for Kyndall this week.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This wasn’t the first time in Voice history that Gwen had trusted one of her quirkier Team Gwen singers with this particular song. In Season 12, one of her all-time greatest and certainly most weird-and-unique contestants, Hunter Plake,&nbsp;put his own dynamic spin on it. So Kyndall had her work cut out for her, taking on a challenging, octave-straddling empowerment anthem that a) one special contestant had already so exquisitely interpreted and b) an A-list pop star like Gwen Stefani had actually shied away from. But Kyndall, with her textured and elastic voice, was definitely up for the task.” data-reactid=”27″>This wasn’t the first time in Voice history that Gwen had trusted one of her quirkier Team Gwen singers with this particular song. In Season 12, one of her all-time greatest and certainly most weird-and-unique contestants, Hunter Plake, put his own dynamic spin on it. So Kyndall had her work cut out for her, taking on a challenging, octave-straddling empowerment anthem that a) one special contestant had already so exquisitely interpreted and b) an A-list pop star like Gwen Stefani had actually shied away from. But Kyndall, with her textured and elastic voice, was definitely up for the task.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“You know when people passive-aggressively say, ‘That was interesting’? I mean, it legitimately was interesting,” an impressed Taylor marveled during Kyndall’s rehearsal. “I love that you stripped it down. I love the song choice. Your tone is so beautiful, it’s crazy. You’ve got so much going on with your voice.”” data-reactid=”30″>“You know when people passive-aggressively say, ‘That was interesting’? I mean, it legitimately was interesting,” an impressed Taylor marveled during Kyndall’s rehearsal. “I love that you stripped it down. I love the song choice. Your tone is so beautiful, it’s crazy. You’ve got so much going on with your voice.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Onstage, Kyndall’s magical songbird vocals almost sounded foreign – like Bjork, or Robyn, or some kind of fairy princess/wood/nymph/space alien. Or, frankly, like Sia — Kelly Clarkson did warn Kyndall not to choose on-the-nose songs, which would make such comparisons unavoidable. But Kyndall did enough to make the song her own, with the perfect precarious balance of strength and fragility, technical precision and raw emotion. She was very present, very connected, and I think Gwen made the right decision to let her be the one to sing it – even though I’d personally be curious to hear a version by Gwen someday. With all Gwen has been through since 2013, she certainly could connect to the “Elastic Heart” lyric too.” data-reactid=”31″>Onstage, Kyndall’s magical songbird vocals almost sounded foreign – like Bjork, or Robyn, or some kind of fairy princess/wood/nymph/space alien. Or, frankly, like Sia — Kelly Clarkson did warn Kyndall not to choose on-the-nose songs, which would make such comparisons unavoidable. But Kyndall did enough to make the song her own, with the perfect precarious balance of strength and fragility, technical precision and raw emotion. She was very present, very connected, and I think Gwen made the right decision to let her be the one to sing it – even though I’d personally be curious to hear a version by Gwen someday. With all Gwen has been through since 2013, she certainly could connect to the “Elastic Heart” lyric too.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kyndall of course won her Knockout over Jessie Lawrence, whose cover of Sam Smith’s “Dancing With a Stranger” had a smooth groove but was nothing remarkable. And with the coaches only having one Steal each, Jessie didn’t do enough to stay in the game. And so, another bit the dust, as Sia might say. But — spoiler alert! — one Steal did get used, by Gwen herself. Read on for the rest of Tuesday’s Knockout Rounds results.” data-reactid=”32″>Kyndall of course won her Knockout over Jessie Lawrence, whose cover of Sam Smith’s “Dancing With a Stranger” had a smooth groove but was nothing remarkable. And with the coaches only having one Steal each, Jessie didn’t do enough to stay in the game. And so, another bit the dust, as Sia might say. But — spoiler alert! — one Steal did get used, by Gwen herself. Read on for the rest of Tuesday’s Knockout Rounds results.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Khalea wasn’t playing when she took on Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” an advanced diva ballad that her coach John Legend called a “barn burner.” The ambitious song choice could’ve proven disastrous for a lesser singer, but the stately and elegant Khalea performed it like a legend, like a Grammy-winner (or certainly like a Voice-winner), with poise and perfect pitch. The audience was going absolutely mad for her, and Kelly told her, “You just made a Celine Dion song sound easy to sing!” John added, “Khalea, you remind me in a lot of ways of Whitney Houston, because she would do this kind of big, broad kind of pop ballad, but she would put just a little gospel on it.” This dynamite lady was the clearly one to beat.” data-reactid=”36″>Khalea wasn’t playing when she took on Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” an advanced diva ballad that her coach John Legend called a “barn burner.” The ambitious song choice could’ve proven disastrous for a lesser singer, but the stately and elegant Khalea performed it like a legend, like a Grammy-winner (or certainly like a Voice-winner), with poise and perfect pitch. The audience was going absolutely mad for her, and Kelly told her, “You just made a Celine Dion song sound easy to sing!” John added, “Khalea, you remind me in a lot of ways of Whitney Houston, because she would do this kind of big, broad kind of pop ballad, but she would put just a little gospel on it.” This dynamite lady was the clearly one to beat.

James’s rendition of Post Malone’s “Stay,” however, proved that he deserved to stay. (See what I did there?) It was incredibly Steal-worthy. James had a hushed, earnest delivery that really drew me into the lyrics; he’s clearly a natural-born storyteller. And while Khalea was the superior singer here, James’s performance and overall vibe was much more modern. There seemed be room on the show for both very different contestants.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="When James lost, I was hoping he’d be stolen, but unfortunately, his time was up. But he made possibly the classiest Voice exit ever, saying, “There’s not really a better person to lose to. Khalea was an honor to work with, and she really pushed me. So, thank you.” Aw. What a guy. He will be missed.” data-reactid=”38″>When James lost, I was hoping he’d be stolen, but unfortunately, his time was up. But he made possibly the classiest Voice exit ever, saying, “There’s not really a better person to lose to. Khalea was an honor to work with, and she really pushed me. So, thank you.” Aw. What a guy. He will be missed.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Fifteen-year-old Joana is the same age that Taylor Swift was when she started out, and it was adorable to see how much Joana geeked out in her idol’s presence. Onstage, though, she exuded unflappable confidence. Her powerhouse version of “California Dreamin’” was giving me total Masked Singer vibes, in the best possible way — remember, that Rumer “The Lion” Willis’s mystery performance in the&nbsp;Season 1 Masked Singer previews of this song&nbsp;generated so much buzz, viewers actually thought it might be Lady Gaga or Ariana Grande underneath that gilt headdress. Joana definitely let out a mighty roar this Tuesday.” data-reactid=”47″>Fifteen-year-old Joana is the same age that Taylor Swift was when she started out, and it was adorable to see how much Joana geeked out in her idol’s presence. Onstage, though, she exuded unflappable confidence. Her powerhouse version of “California Dreamin’” was giving me total Masked Singer vibes, in the best possible way — remember, that Rumer “The Lion” Willis’s mystery performance in the Season 1 Masked Singer previews of this song generated so much buzz, viewers actually thought it might be Lady Gaga or Ariana Grande underneath that gilt headdress. Joana definitely let out a mighty roar this Tuesday.

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Ricky was a four-chair standout in the Blinds, and he has a tragic backstory, so I was expecting a lot more guts and heart from his rendition of the Black Crowes’ gospel-rocker story song “She Talks to Angels.” But he lacked the rock ‘n’ roll Southern grit of the Crowes’ Chris Robinson; this performance was too polished, too staid.

Blake Shelton picked Ricky anyway, but thankfully, his gal pal swooped in and stole Joana. Now Gwen finally has the little pop queen she’s always wanted on her team. But honestly, Kyndall is the contestant that could finally get Gwen all the way to the winner’s circle.

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EA’s ‘NBA Live’ franchise is out for the season, again – Engadget

October 29th, 2019

‘Mario Bros.’ creator Shigeru Miyamoto to be given one of Japan’s highest honors – CNN

October 29th, 2019

Game of Thrones prequel: HBO announces new “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” – CBS News

October 29th, 2019

Inside “Game of Thrones”

HBO has officially ordered a “Game of Thrones” prequel. The new spinoff, “House of the Dragon,” will be set 300 years prior to the events of the original show and tell the story of House Targaryen. It features the tagline “Fire will Reign,” and will be based on George R.R. Martin’s book “Fire & Blood”  

The show, which has been ordered straight to series, will be written by Ryan Condal, HBO Programming president Casey Bloys announced Tuesday. Martin, who wrote the books on which “Game of Thrones” is based, is set to co-executive produce. Ten episodes have been ordered for the series so far. 

Miguel Sapochnik, who won an Emmy for directing the “Battle of the Bastards” episode, will be a co-showrunner, and will also direct the pilot and other episodes. Vince Gerardis will join Spochnik, Condal and Martin as an executive producer. 

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“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” Bloys said. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”

“House of the Dragon” will be the first of many projects for a new deal that Sapochnik has signed with HBO, for which he’ll develop and produce content for both HBO and HBO Max.

The announcement comes hours after HBO reportedly killed another prequel set to star Naomi Watts. The unnamed series would have highlighted the “Age of Heroes” and the first-ever battle between humans and White Walkers, thousands of years before the events in the “Game of Thrones” series took place. 

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HBO Max will be a lot different from Netflix and Disney+, AT&T claims – BGR

October 29th, 2019

Call me crazy, but in a market already saturated by streaming services — and not to mention upcoming options from the likes of Disney and Apple — I’m more than a bit intrigued by HBO Max. Aside from the confusing matrix of names (HBO Max, HBO GO, HBO Now), the reality is that HBO Max really looks to be a compelling offering. With a rumored price point in the $15 range, HBO Max will not only offer up everything currently available on HBO, but additional content from Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, TNT, TBS, the Cartoon Network, and much more.

What’s interesting about the impending launch of HBO Max is that AT&T seems completely unfazed by what is undeniably a crowded field of competitors. During an earnings conference call earlier this week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson seemed to downplay rivals by insisting that HBO Max is so unique as to clearly stand apart from other streaming services.

“This is a product that’s going to be very different from anything else that you’ve seen in the market so far,” Stephenson boasted. “This is not Netflix. This is not Disney. This is HBO Max.”

While it’s certainly easy to poke fun at Stephenson’s remarks, there’s no denying that HBO Max will have an absolute treasure trove of content, including the exclusive rights to Friends and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

While it remains to be seen how consumers take to HBO Max — and pricing will certainly be a huge factor — it’s clear that AT&T has extremely high hopes for its burgeoning streaming service. Recently, AT&T COO John Stankey relayed that the company is aiming to have upwards of 80 million subscribers by 2021, an ambitious goal to say the least.

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Nintendo Switch Lite is built to take a beating but has two weaknesses – SlashGear

October 29th, 2019

A bit reluctant to move away from its prized cash cow, Nintendo didn’t launch a new Switch 2 or even a Switch Pro as many had hoped. Instead, it released an only slightly improved regular Switch and a smaller, more portable Switch Lite. Being portable, the Switch Lite is designed to cater to gaming on the go and the accidents that may happen along the way. Fortunately, it seems that Nintendo built the gaming handheld like a tank except for two important details.

In order to make the Switch Lite more portable and also more affordable, Nintendo had to make a few compromises, with size being the least of them. Gone are the iconic removable Joy-cons, for example, with the Switch Lite sporting a single block of plastic. Also gone is the ability to dock and connect the device to a larger screen, which is pretty much a given since it was specifically designed for handheld gaming on the go.

What Nintendo didn’t compromise on, however, was the build quality. Despite being made entirely from a single piece of plastic, the body is solid and unbending, even in Zack Nelson’s hands. The D-Pad and buttons are also made from single pieces of plastic and the joysticks are covered with a thick rubber coating, ensuring that it will take a long while before they wear down.

So what are the Switch Lite’s two flaws, if you could call them that? The LCD screen, for one, is covered with plastic, which makes it vulnerable to sharp objects in your bag or pocket. The vents at the bottom of the device is also an open door for minute particles and liquid to enter and destroy the Switch Lite from within.

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The latter might not be easily fixed except for being careful where you use the gaming handheld. The screen, on the other hand, can be easily covered by the dozens of available screen protectors in the market. Suffice it to say, the Nintendo Switch Lite is designed for use and abuse but still warrants some care, especially in the hands of younger players.

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HBO Max will debut in May and eventually include ‘South Park’ and a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel – The Washington Post

October 29th, 2019

Executives described a dizzying array of programming that nonetheless raises questions about whether it’s all enough. Ultimately, HBO Max’s fate will reveal whether a service with a lower consumer profile but a deep content well can still win at a streaming game in which branding is king.

“The entire HBO service bundled together with a large new offering of original content plus a choice slate of acquired library programming,” proclaimed Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, in a presentation from the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, Calif., before introducing a wide range of creators and show teasers.

AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson later said: “This is not Netflix. This is not Disney. This is uniquely HBO Max.”

After making a number of executive moves earlier in the year under new owner AT&T, WarnerMedia in recent months has been releasing a torrent of content announcements. On Tuesday, the onslaught continued.

Most notable was that HBO has ordered “House of the Dragon,” a “Game of Thrones” prequel based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” straight to series. Martin will co-create and executive produce.

Executives also said that “South Park,” the long-running hit on Viacom’s Comedy Central, would get a new “streaming home” at HBO Max. Episodes for the next three seasons will premiere on the service 24 hours after they air on regular TV. All 23 past seasons also will be available on demand.

“That’s pretty cool,” HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly said, succinctly. The deal is possible because Viacom does not have a robust consumer streaming service in the way of other conglomerates.

The news led a long list of additions Tuesday that also included five stand-up specials to be overseen by in-house late-night host Conan O’Brien; development projects from Mindy Kaling and Issa Rae; a “Green Lantern” series “in space” from in-house blue-chip producer Greg Berlanti; a slate of new family shows involving Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera characters; a science-fiction series from Ridley Scott; and library shows like the first three seasons of “Rick and Morty.”

The offerings come in the wake of other deals announced steadily over the past few months. They include a return of the niche hit “Boondocks”; a wide range of documentary series; a number of shows from J.J. Abrams’s production company; all 21 of famed Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films; a TV spinoff of “Grease”; a revival of “Gossip Girl”; and library hits such as “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

In part, the announcements reflect the nature of the streaming wars, in which the race is on to amass as many weapons as possible, without even knowing how they’ll fire or whom they’ll target. Some of the new shows seem aimed at specific competitors — the standup specials were a retort to Netflix, while the family series are a broadside to Disney — but many eschew specific strategy in favor of a general more-is-more approach.

The deals also are a way of keeping the company in the consumer consciousness. At a moment when Disney and Apple TV+ are marketing heavily — the traditional broadcast airwaves have been flooded with spots in the hope of converting those viewers — WarnerMedia wants to ensure it is not forgotten in the tumult.

But there is little way to know whether simply creating a wide array of shows — even if a number of them turn out to be hits — will bring in a lot of subscribers.

“A few great shows isn’t what makes a streamer successful — it has to scale,” said Dan Rayburn, an expert on streaming. “It also has to be simple and easy to use. And we’ve not seen anything yet from AT&T that demonstrates either of these things is true.”

Warner Media and AT&T executives touted all the additional content subscribers will get for essentially the same price as HBO. While that’s true, it remains hard to determine how much of this is additional content, as opposed to simply content ported over from elsewhere in the Warner empire. Many of the deals in the pre-streaming age might have found a home on TBS or TNT, networks Reilly long oversaw.

And while a number of properties, from “Joker” to “Sesame Street,” are high-profile, it also remains to be seen whether they’re enough to compete with the megaliths Disney will regularly roll out.

Nonetheless, WarnerMedia sought to make the case that it could hold its own with content heavyweights.

Greenblatt touted AT&T’s reach as one reason it could.

“When you live in a world of dragons, like Netflix, Amazon and Apple, it feels very good to have one of yours in the game,” said Greenblatt, the former NBC and Showtime executive who was hired by WarnerMedia earlier in the year.

“We simply couldn’t do this without a company of this scale behind us,” he added.

It remained unclear from Tuesday’s presentation how existing HBO customers would go about signing up for HBO Max — whether it meant a separate sign-up or simply rolling over from the traditional service. Warner Media executives did say traditional HBO will remain in existence after HBO Max, but it was unclear to many analysts why, or for how long, since for the same price consumers can get HBO Max.

The company said it expect 50 million HBO Max subscribers by the end of 2025, which would be an increase of about 50 percent from the 34 million HBO subscribers the company currently counts. AT&T chief financial officer John Stephens said the company expects about $5 billion in revenue by 2025; he did not offer a timetable for profitability.

Stephenson said that while he knew some skeptics thought “this story is complicated,” he felt the goal here was straightforward — “to give the world’s preeminent storytellers the technical and financial resources to go and build something really special.”

Executives also took a few veiled digs at the competition.

Greenblatt said HBO Max will “remove a lot of the filler no one watches anyway” and “never rely on algorithms to serve our customers the best programming,” both clear references to Netflix.

Reilly said HBO Max will have “the largest selection of recent blockbusters available on any streamer,” a claim Disney might contest.

The service’s goal has been different from those of competitors. Unlike other firms, WarnerMedia doesn’t have to persuade consumers to pay directly for content — they’ve already been doing that for HBO.

What the company needs to do is expand beyond the prestige realms of the pay-cable network, whose roughly 30 million consumers pale compared to Netflix, to Disney’s potential base and to the mass-entertainment direction streaming is believed to be going.

In short, the issue is whether a company that has been very good at getting hardcore TV fans to pay them directly every month can get a lot of other people to do the same.

“The question for HBO is can they take their direct relationship with their consumers and leverage that into something more like Netflix,” said Raj Venkatesan, a professor of business administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business who closely follows streaming. “A lot of consumers don’t have a relationship with HBO.”

The matter is further complicated, he said, because the brand is seen as more prestige than populist.

The larger play for AT&T also remains different — and in question. Netflix is driven by subscription revenue. Apple is trying to boost device sales and app usage. Disney wants to push merchandising and other products.

AT&T wants content to help persuade people to keep subscribing to its phone services.

“The business model is totally different — they’re trying to make sure subscribers don’t churn out of wireless,” Rayburn said. “And we’ve not yet seen evidence a streaming service will do that.”

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Kuo Says New MacBook With Scissor Keyboard to Launch in Mid 2020, Unclear if 16-Inch Model Delayed – MacRumors

October 29th, 2019

B.C. vice-principal fired after forcing boys to prove they were wearing underwear – CBC.ca

October 29th, 2019

The vice-principal at a francophone school in Comox was fired after she made every boy in grades 3 through 11 show her their underwear to prove they hadn’t left a pair of soiled briefs in the bathroom.

Delphine Yvette Andrée Guérineau lost her job at École Au-cœur-de-l’île last year as a result of the incident, and she has now received a reprimand from the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, according to a consent agreement posted online Tuesday.

“Guérineau’s actions had the potential to cause emotional harm to students,” the agreement said, adding that she has acknowledged her actions were inappropriate.

The unfortunate series of events began on June 19, 2018, when a soiled pair of underwear was found on a toilet lid in the boys’ bathroom, the agreement says. There was feces on the floor nearby.

The school’s principal wasn’t available, so Guérineau stepped in to deal with things and track down the culprit.

She asked the secretary to make an announcement over the PA system, then visited every classroom from grades 3 to 6, asking each boy to show her the waistband of his underpants.

Guérineau then asked male students in grades 7 to 11 to line up in the hallway, and repeated the exercise.

The school district placed her on paid leave two days later, then fired her on Oct. 1, 2018, with a termination date effective Sept. 17, 2018.

The district reported Guérineau to the Teacher Regulation Branch in December, and Guérineau admitted that she had committed professional misconduct. She has consented to a reprimand with the understanding that it would be made public.

Guérineau has been registered as a teacher in B.C. for four years.

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