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  • Hailey Baldwin Responds to Being Called a 'Fake Christian' for Celebrating Halloween

    Hailey Baldwin Responds to Criticism for Celebrating Halloween

  • The Crown uncovers Princess Anne's love triangle with Andrew Parker-Bowles and Camilla

    Prince Charles courted Camilla while Princess Anne had an affair with Andrew Parker-Bowles

  • Jennifer Lopez Was Spotted Wearing the Most Blinged-Out Wedding Dress

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  • How the 'Doug Ford strategies' are playing out in the election campaign

    With voting day just a weekend away, there are questions about the effectiveness of the Liberal Party's dominant campaign strategy in Ontario: invoking Premier Doug Ford to try to drag down Andrew Scheer's Conservatives. CBC's Poll Tracker data for Ontario suggests the tactics of Justin Trudeau's party are working to some extent: the Conservatives have not come within three percentage points of the Liberals in the province at any time in the campaign, and are currently trailing by more than six points.The Poll Tracker, which aggregates all publicly available polling data, currently projects the Liberals to win 66 seats in Ontario, while the Conservatives are projected to take 39, and the NDP 16. While that seat count might sound like success for the Liberals if it happens on Monday, it would still be a drop from the 80 seats the party took in Ontario in 2015, helping propel Trudeau to his majority."I think they put too many chips on that strategy," says Nick Kouvalis, a pollster and political strategist who has worked for a range of right-of-centre candidates at all levels of government. "The Liberals have desperately tried, time after time, to make this election a fight between them and Ford," said Kouvalis, principal of the firm Campaign Research, in an interview Thursday. "Ford's eluded them by not engaging."Since before the campaign officially began, Trudeau has attempted to capitalize on Ford's current unpopularity in Ontario, sometimes subtly, more often blatantly.The party's first campaign TV ad was on the subtle side. "Conservatives like to say they're 'For the People,' but then they cut taxes for the wealthy and cut services for everybody else," said Trudeau in the ad, alluding to Ford's successful campaign slogan from last year's provincial election.On the blatant end of the spectrum: Trudeau mentioned Ford 14 times in just one news conference in Hamilton.   Kouvalis credits Scheer for "not taking the bait" from Trudeau.  This points to the Conservative Party's own strategy about Ford: avoidance at virtually all costs. Ford has not campaigned for Scheer, let alone with him. Scheer has uttered Ford's name in public just three times all campaign, which would be 11 fewer times than Trudeau did in that one news conference. According to Ford's press secretary, the two most prominent conservative politicians in Canada have not met face-to-face in nearly a year.It wasn't always this way. In August of last year, Ford was greeted as a conquering hero at the federal Conservative party convention in Halifax, where he gave a keynote speech to thunderous applause. Scheer returned the favour at the Ontario PC party convention in Toronto last November.But then came the Ford government's controversies: the appointment of a Ford friend as Ontario Provincial Police commissioner, changes to services for children with autism, and a budget filled with cuts, including a significant rise in class sizes in Ontario high schools.  Scheer's avoidance of Ford during the campaign is evidence confirming that the Liberals' strategy was smart, said David Herle, a political consultant who has run Liberal Party campaigns at the federal and provincial level. The Conservatives "obviously knew" that having Scheer tightly linked to Ford would hurt their party, so they went to great lengths to avoid it, said Herle, owner of the Gandalf Group communications consulting firm, in an interview Thursday. That strategy in large part involved Ford nearly disappearing from public view as the election approached. In early June, Ford adjourned the provincial legislature until Oct. 28, taking him out of the question period spotlight until a week after election day.During the campaign, Ford held just two news conferences: one on Sept. 17 in Verner, 400 kilometres north of Toronto, the other on Wednesday in Kenora, 1,500 kilometres northwest of Verner. In the nearly four months since he shuffled his cabinet, Ford has held just one news conference in the provincial capital. In his news conferences, Ford has said he's "too busy governing" to be involved in the campaign, although many of his cabinet ministers and MPPs have publicized their own campaigning efforts on behalf of federal Conservative candidates. Herle credits Ford for being "surprisingly disciplined in staying out of the fray despite the attacks he was taking on an ongoing basis from the Liberals." Still, Herle believes the Liberals will win the most seats in the province come election day, and believes the attacks on Ford have helped. "You have to conclude, but for the existence of Mr. Ford, Scheer would likely do better in Ontario on Monday," said Herle. On this week's episode of Herle's election podcast, called The Herle Burly, another longtime Liberal strategist Scott Reid, urged the party to pull out all the stops to link Scheer to Ford in an attempt to make voters fear the effects of a Conservative government. "You have to convince [voters] that if [Scheer] does win he would do horrible and terrifying things, which is why I'd associate him with Ford," said Reid.

  • W

    In Memoriam of 2019's Celebrity Breakups

    Love may have abounded at the 2019 Academy Awards, but less than two months into the year, 2019 was already shaping up to be just as rough as 2018 in the realm of celebrity relationships-or perhaps even more so, if Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are any indication. (The couple managed to weather an ultra-public cheating scandal last year, even while juggling the birth of their newborn, though Thompson turned out to be pushing his luck when he cheated on Kardashian once again.) Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk, on the other hand, have tried to keep their four-year relationship as private as possible, though that didn't stop the news from getting out when they reportedly broke up in June. Still, there's a bit of good news to be found amid all the heartbreak: MacKenzie Bezos decided to make the best out of the end of her 25-year marriage to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, aka the wealthiest man in the world, by donating half of her post-divorce $37 billion fortune to charity. Pay your respects to those couples and the rest that 2019 has claimed so far here.Originally Appeared on W

  • Trump Vowed to Save Coal, Now Miners Are Getting Laid Off

    (Bloomberg) -- The clearest sign yet that America’s Coal County is headed for widespread job cuts: The amount of coal being produced per U.S. miner is at the lowest level in eight years.Productivity has slid 11% this year alone. The last time it was this low was in 2011, when coal companies ended up cutting almost half their workers in a downturn that lasted more than four years.It underscores the intense pressure facing U.S. coal producers. For years, they relied on exports and metallurgical coal used for steel making to offset shriveling demand from U.S. utilities. Now even those markets are suffering as the global economy slows, liquefied natural gas becomes cheap and plentiful in Asia and President Donald Trump’s trade war churns away. The bottom line: U.S. production is expected to slide 10% this year, and jobs are at risk.“It’s highly likely there will be more layoffs,” said Phil Smith, a spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America union. “I don’t think there’s any question.”The looming downturn comes as Trump, who vowed to rescue the coal industry by easing environmental regulations, begins his re-election campaign. Winning a second term will hinge in part on mining strongholds he carried in 2016, including West Virginia and Pennsylvania.“The president is committed to all Americans, including our great hardworking coal miners," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in an email. Cutbacks are already underway. On Monday, Peabody Energy Corp. said it plans to close an Illinois mine and lay off about 225 workers. Blackhawk Mining LLC idled four West Virginia mines last week and fired about 340 people. And in September, Murray Energy Corp. shut mines in West Virginia.“Most coal-mining companies will have to reassess production,” said Mike Dudas, an analyst with Vertical Research Partners.The number of U.S. coal jobs bottomed out at about 48,800 in 2016 as Arch Coal Inc., Peabody and other big miners worked their way through bankruptcy, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Then, as exports picked up and Trump began his push to roll back environmental regulations, hiring followed suit. The industry added about 4,500 jobs through last month.Now the market has turned. Lower production means U.S. coal workers will each produce an average of about 12,700 tons this year, based on an analysis of production estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and employment figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the second-lowest production rate in two decades.“People are going to have to get laid off,” said Andrew Cosgrove, a mining analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence. “They’re going to have to close mines.”The moves reflect the confluence of woes pummeling the industry. Electricity producers are shunning the fuel in favor of cheaper natural gas, wind and solar. Global prices for coal shipped to power plants have plunged by more than one-third in the past year in both Europe and Asia. Met coal prices fell last month to the lowest since January 2017, and there’s little sign of a recovery.“There are few positive catalysts that will lift met coal prices over the next few months,” Lucas Pipes, an analyst with B. Riley FBR, said in a research note Thursday.Weak demand in South America and Europe, coupled with port restrictions in China, led to an oversupply of steelmaking coal, and Pipes reduced his earnings estimates on several U.S. suppliers including Peabody and Arch.“People are going to start to hunker down,” said Dudas of Vertical Research. “They won’t ship product into a market that doesn’t need it.”(Michael R. Bloomberg, the founder and majority stakeholder of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, has committed $500 million to launch Beyond Carbon, a campaign aimed at closing the remaining coal-powered plants in the U.S. by 2030 and slowing the construction of new gas plants.)(Adds White House statement in sixth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Jennifer A. Dlouhy.To contact the reporter on this story: Will Wade in New York at wwade4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lynn Doan at, Joe Ryan, Reg GaleFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Kate Middleton gives first TV interview since becoming a royal

    Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, held her first TV interview since marrying Prince William and becoming a royal.