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Tuesday July 26, 2022
Power ballad summer

In the summer of 1983, Jim Steinman was having a moment.

You may remember Steinman was Meatloaf's longtime collaborator but in the years following the mammoth success of Bat Out Of Hell, artists and record companies alike lusted after some Steinman magic of their own.

Soft rockers Air Supply got their shot when Steinman offered them what would become the summer's second most popular power ballad, Making Love Out of Nothing At All (our cheeky nod to National All or Nothing Day)

Released in July, the song took about 10 weeks to hit its peak at number 3 on the Canadian charts. In the U.S. it fared a wee bit better, topping out at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

By now you've probably figured out what other showstopper took the top spot and stayed there for 4 weeks. Still not sure? 

Turn around, bright eyes ;)
IN THE NEWS
Should you go to the E.R.?
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The crisis in Canadian emergency rooms is persisting, ongoing staff burnout and shortage, but also due to the resurgence of COVID with the BA.5 subvariant.

Emergency rooms are being overrun, with triaging becoming increasingly difficult for ER physicians and nurses. 

The issue is compounded by the broader shortage of medical care in some communities which has led many people to seek treatment in emergency rooms rather than waiting weeks to see a GP.

Hospitals are advising patients to call 811 if they need assistance and want to know if their situation requires emergency care.

The number is a telehealth line staffed by nurses who can advise callers on what type of care to seek and how urgently they should seek it.

What constitutes a clear and present emergency?  ER doctors generally advise anyone experiencing shortness of breath, unbearably painful headaches, or a distinct change in one's awareness or ability to move to seek emergency care immediately. Broken bones or uncontrollable bleeding are also considered urgent.

For patients who aren't sure but are worried, it's absolutely their right to pursue emergency care. Nobody will be turned away, but keep in mind the current crisis will likely result in longer wait times for less severe symptoms.
WORKING
Hybrid employees stick around
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A new study conducted by Stanford economics professor Nicholas Bloom, in conjunction with travel advisory firm trip.com, found that hybrid work had significant benefits for both the business and its employees.

It looked at 1,612 engineers, marketing, and finance staff during 2021 and 2022, with a random group of the participants being offered the opportunity to work remotely for about half the week.

According to the results of the study, companies retained 35% more of the hybrid workers than it otherwise would have had they been forced to work in the office every day.

It also found that employee satisfaction in general improved, and there were no negative effects on employee performance due to their remote circumstances.

In fact, the hybrid group was found to work fewer hours when it wasn't in the office, despite being just as productive. Furthermore, the engineers in the hybrid group wrote 8% more code when compared to the engineers who always worked in the office.
HEALTH
WHO declares emergency
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While Monkeypox is a much lesser threat to public health than COVID-19, it's just been declared an international emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO made the designation on Saturday, saying the virus had become a concern as per the five factors the UN agency considers when classifying threats to public safety.

Those factors include, "the unprecedented rapid spread of the virus to many countries, the risk it poses to human health, international spread, and the potential for interference with international traffic," according to WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

It's part of the family of viruses that spawned smallpox, and though smallpox was eradicated in 1980, the vaccine used to treat it, known as Imvamune, has been authorized for use against monkeypox.

Toronto infectious disease specialist Isaac Bogoch says that monkeypox currently presents an "extraordinarily low" risk to public health, but says that could always change. 

The disease's symptoms typically include fever, nausea, sore throat, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and lesions. Those who contract it typically get better within a few weeks. 
WELLNESS
Surpise! Exercise improves longevity
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Well chalk this one up to Hal and Joanne ;)

A new study by the American Heart Association published in Circulation says that 150 to 600 minutes of weekly exercise can reduce an adult's risk of mortality by 21% to 23%.

The study looked at a number of factors, including questionnaire answers from 100,000 adults, as well as mortality data and medical records.

It found that those who exercised twice the number of recommended minutes weekly had the lowest likelihood of developing a fatal illness or condition.

Canada recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly, noting that the more vigorous the exercise, the less time required to hit the weekly sweet spot.

Moderate exercise would include things like walking, lifting weights, or push ups/squats/jumping jacks/etc. Vigorous exercise would include running, swimming, or aerobics.
TECH TUESDAYS
Chess-playing robot mishap
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A child referred to only by the name Christopher was attacked by a supposedly frustrated robot during a chess match the two were playing in a Russian open tournament last week.

Christopher was supposedly moving too quickly before the robot was given a chance to finish making its move, resulting in the robot grabbing the boy's finger and fracturing it before tournament staff could release him.

Luckily, young Christopher was not particularly traumatized by the incident. He had his finger put into a cast and returned the following day to finish the tournament, protecting his status as a top-30 player under nine years old in Russia, and his broader status of being a badass.

His parents were likely more upset than he was, and have already made a statement saying they'll likely be pursuing some sort of prosecution of the robot's manufacturer.

Tournament organizers and well-known Russian chess players have wished Christopher well, and also defended the robot, calling the incident an anomaly and not indicative of a bigger issue.
SCIENCE
Mattel shoots for the stars
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Hey Staker, do you still have any Mattel die-cast cars lying around the house? If you're a collector, then you're going to want to hear this. The company behind Hot Wheels and a variety of Disney- and Pixar-inspired toys is headed to the stars.

Mattel has agreed to a partnership with SpaceX, and will produce a line of toys inspired by SpaceX launch vehicles to be included in its 2023 line of die-cast cars.

The deal was announced on the 53rd International Moon Day, which celebrates the Apollo11's first lunar landing.

It's the first time SpaceX has actually partnered with a global toy company, and was lauded by several members of Mattel's senior leadership.

"As space exploration advances more quickly than ever before, we are thrilled to work with SpaceX and help spark limitless play patterns for the space explorer in all kids," said Nick Karamanos, SVP Entertainment Partnerships.
ODDITIES
The son also rises
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Ok, not his actual son but very much his doppelganger ;)

Sloppy Joe's is the Key West bar that Ernest Hemingway spent a great deal of his time at during the 1930s when he lived in the community.

It's also the home of the prestigious annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. The competition is part of a broader celebration Key West holds every year to honour the former resident and one of the 20th century's most important writers.

The contest attracted a whopping 125 participants this year, all of which displayed a variety of outfits, but none of which differentiated from one another when it came to the white hair and beard combo.

An attorney named John Auvil of Dade City, Florida took home this year's prize, sporting the iconic Hemingway hair and beard, but sealed the deal with his cream-coloured sweater.

Auvil says he loves fishing, and has also penned some works in the fiction category, both of which Hemingway was known for.
FUN
Every now and then I'm inToronto
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When Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of The Heart rose to the top of the Canadian charts, she dropped by radio stations across the country, including CFTR in Toronto.

In honour of that great summer of music, let's turn the clock back to '83 and play some hit music trivia. Are you ready?

Let's Dance ;)
Have a great day ahead Staker!

Today's edition was written by Michael Cowan and Maureen Norman
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