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Air quality improves in B.C. as wildfire smoke moves across Prairies

VANCOUVER — A new weather system brought cleaner air and the promise of further improvements to parts of British Columbia on Saturday but conditions across the mountains were expected to worsen before getting better.

Smoke from wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Washington state has blanketed B.C., prompting respiratory health warnings that extended into southern Alberta and as far east as Saskatchewan Saturday.

An air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley was lifted on Saturday after 11 days as cleaner marine air flowed into the area, although the regional government warned of pockets of smoke that could vary with winds and temperature changes.  

Environment Canada said smoke began clearing across the western half of Vancouver Island early Saturday, and there should be widespread improvements further east by Sunday.

In the central portions of the province, the agency said smoke will be visible at higher elevations with potential

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Metro Vancouver ends air quality warning after days of smoky skies

Metro Vancouver has ended the fine particulate matter air quality advisory that has been in effect since Sept. 8, saying clean marine air is now flowing through the region.

Environment Canada says air quality in southern and central British Columbia is expected to improve through the weekend as a new weather system moves in, but conditions across the mountains were expected to worsen before getting better.

Smoke from wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Washington state has blanketed B.C., prompting respiratory health warnings on Saturday that extended into southern Alberta and as far east as Saskatchewan.

Environment Canada said smoke was beginning to clear across the western half of Vancouver Island, and there should be widespread improvements farther east by Sunday.

In the central portions of the province, the agency said smoke will be visible at higher elevations with potential for light to moderate effects.

A fine particulate advisory remains

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Pandemic drives kitchen remodeling projects

People are “forced to be home” and are “sick of their kitchens,” said Alicia Molenaar, a designer and co-owner of Kitchen Fair in Willmar.

During the pandemic, Kitchen Fair has been swamped with requests from customers looking for a new look and ways to improve functionality and efficiency in their kitchens. “We are really busy,” Molenaar said.

While updating paint or adding a colorful backsplash can be handled by a weekend do-it-yourselfer, a kitchen makeover can benefit from a professional designer.

The process begins with taking measurements of an existing kitchen space and an interview with the homeowner to find out how they use their kitchen, how many people typically cook there at one time and what they want in terms of style and functionality.

Giving a kitchen a new look can be as simple as installing new hardware – where the trend is for larger handles that can fit

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Experience A Globe-Trotting Getaway From Home, With The World Your Way

Wow. That’s all I can say, as I’m practically speechless. Because I just visited Rome and had the time of my life.

Let me be clear – this was a virtual vacation, and all along the way, I made the decisions on what to do next. Splurge or spend? Hotel or home away? Pasta or everything else?  Art or architecture?  Then the video took me to my preferred destination. It’s all a part of 60 Second Cites Presents: The World Your Way, and I watched and participated in the interactive video on my computer screen from the privacy of my home office. All I can say is “Wow” – and no jet lag!

Here’s how it works.

In August, Refinery 29,

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Renovation of Ranganatha Swamy temple to be complete by November | Mysuru News

Mysuru: The renovation of the over 500-year-old Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple in BR Hills, which is part of BR Hills Tiger Reserve in Chamarajnagar district, will be completed in November.
The temple, which had been closed for devotees since March 2017, will be opened this year-end, said Muzarai department officials.
The works were taken up following public outcry after the temple appeared to be crumbling. Officials said over 90 per cent works have been completed. The department of archaeology and museums, which took up the work at a cost of Rs 2.4 crore, replaced pillars, repaired the sanctum sanctorum and changed the flooring. It is also renovating a guest house.
The department of tourism, public works and other departments have contributed funds for different phases of the works.
The temple was renovated under the guidance of temple architects from Tamil Nadu. Damaged stones, pillars and beams have been replaced. Three
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Elder Scrolls Online Interview – Rich Lambert Talks Markarth, Performance Improvements, and More

In anticipation of the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online: Markarth DLC, we sat down with ZeniMax Online Studios Creative Director Rich Lambert for a quick chat.

Elder Scrolls Online has been steadily growing in size over the past six years since its original launch. Now boasting over 15 DLC packs and four full-length expansions across 28 updates, the Tamriel that players experience today is much more developed than it’s ever been before.

The world of Elder Scrolls Online is about to become a bit larger with the release of the upcoming 16th DLC pack, Elder Scrolls Online: Markarth. Announced on September 10, Markarth will conclude the year-long Dark Heart of Skyrim event that opened earlier in 2020. To commemorate the occasion, we sat down with Elder Scrolls Online Creative Director Rich Lambert for a chat about what ESO fans can look forward to in

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The Best Contraction Timers and How to Use Them



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Let’s start by stating the obvious: You don’t want to be Seth Meyers and help deliver your baby in the lobby of your building. And while there’s no hard-and-fast rule on how long labor can last, or how long it takes until she’s fully dilated and ready to push, contraction timers can at least give you some idea of how things are progressing. Contraction timer apps work by telling you the length and frequency of contractions, and the interval between each one. Some even indicate when it might be time to head to the hospital. 

“People have always timed contractions, but [contraction timers are] a simplified way to do that,” says Dr. Sidney Wu, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York’s Weill Cornell Medicine. The apps “can be helpful as an adjunct. Are they necessary? No. But they’re not harmful. I would caution people

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Renovate with paint and save big bucks

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From tackling weekend DIY projects to transforming furniture you already own, there are many ways to make big changes on a small budget.

Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares three tips for refreshing your home on a budget.

Beautiful DIY kitchen upgrades: “Transform your kitchen without the cost of a full renovation by repainting kitchen cabinets. Easily achieve a completely new look in a weekend by repainting your upper or lower cabinets,” says Grech.

Not ready to commit to repainting all your cabinets? “Paint the cabinets on just your kitchen island a bold colour to make this the focal point of the room and transform the look and feel of your whole kitchen.”

Don’t replace, repaint: “Instead of replacing wooden furniture, repaint it to give your home a revamp. From wooden chairs to coffee tables and dressers, you can easily update furniture yourself to give

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Home Care Assistance Hosts Inaugural World Alzheimer’s Day Virtual Convention

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Home Care Assistance, the largest private-pay provider of in-home care for seniors in North America, is raising awareness for Alzheimer’s by hosting “The World Alzheimer’s Day Virtual Convention: Empower, Engage and Enhance the Mind,” a half day virtual conference on World Alzheimer’s Day, starting at 9:30 am PST/12:30 pm EST – 2 pm PST/5 pm EST. Six expert speakers will lead sessions discussing a range of topics, including the current state of Alzheimer’s research, prevention methods and how to promote cognitive health through social connectivity, engagement and nutrition.

“Our commitment to addressing Alzheimer’s is multi-pronged and includes educating the public, supporting world-class neurology research, and providing aging in place caregiving solutions to those with dementia and their family caregivers, who

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McCarran Airport to kick off $13M renovation project

A $13 million renovation project at McCarran International Airport is set to begin this month.

The project kicks off Sept. 30 and is planned to upgrade the C Concourse, the base for the airport’s busiest carrier, Southwest Airlines. The goal is to bring the concourse up to par with the rest of Terminal 1.

“With the recent decrease in passenger traffic, we were presented with a unique opportunity to complete a major project with minimal impact on travelers,” Rosemary Vassiliadis, Clark County director of aviation, said in a statement. “The enduring allure of Las Vegas leaves no doubt that we will soon be welcoming more visitors back. When they return, we look forward to greeting them with a more spacious and easily navigated C Concourse.”

Carpets in the C Concourse will be replaced with terrazzo flooring. Carpeting in the passenger waiting areas of gates will be replaced with Gerflor, which

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