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Scotland votes 'No' to independence

NO -2,001,926    YES - 1,617,989

: People wait for the result outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

As Scotland votes to stay in the UK Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out, and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full.1767. Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With the results in from all 32 council areas, the "No" side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for "Yes". Scotland 's First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honored. Mr Cameron said the three main unionist parties at Westminster would now follow through with their pledge of more powers for the Scottish Parliament. "We will ensure that those commitments are honored in full," he said. He announced that Lord Smith of Kelvin, who led Glasgow 's staging of the Commonwealth Games, would oversee the process to take forward the commitments, with new powers over tax, spending and welfare to be agreed by November, and draft legislation published by January. Scotland vote: What happens now?  Nick Robinson: It's not over   How the 'No' side won   In pictures: referendum results   Referendum coverage

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French launch first strikes on IS

France has carried out its first air strikes against IS militants in Iraq , the French presidency says.

French jets have carried out their first strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq , the office of President Francois Hollande says. A statement said planes had attacked an IS logistics depot in north-east Iraq . France was already carrying out reconnaissance flights over Iraq and providing weapons to Kurdish fighters. President Hollande said on Thursday he had agreed to an Iraqi request for air support, but it would only target IS in Iraq and not in neighboring Syria . He also insisted that he would not send ground troops. On Friday, Mr Hollande's office said Rafale planes had carried out the attack and "the objective was hit and completely destroyed". It did not give details on the type of material at the depot, nor its exact location. "Other operations will follow in the coming days," the statement added. President Hollande visited Iraq last week and Paris hosted an international conference on the crisis on Monday. Viewpoint: Why IS will not endure   Where key countries stand   Analysis: Daunting task ahead   Kurds push towards MosulWatch   Will anti-IS coalition work?   What is Islamic State?   Who supports IS?

Manila floods: Thousands evacuated

Many motorists were reportedly unaware of the extent of the flooding due to a lack of reports from authorities

Manila residents hold onto a rope  as they wade through floodwater (19 Sept 2014)

Thousands of people have been evacuated in the Philippine capital Manila and nearby provinces as tropical storm Fung-Wong brought flooding.

Schools and government offices were shut and several flights were grounded. The waters were up to neck height in some areas and the ceilings of ground floor apartments in others. The storm arrived as the capital was recovering from last week's Typhoon Kalmaegi, which left eight people dead and thousands displaced. Local media reported a river burst its banks in an eastern part of Manila , prompting the evacuation of more than 20,000 people. A dam in another part of the city also showed signs of overflowing, according to GMA News. The flooded streets caused gridlock as motorists were unaware of the extent of the flooding due to a lack of reports from local authorities, the Associated Press news agency reported. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada told reporters that floodwaters were receding as drainage pipes had been cleared of rubbish.  

Man kills daughter and six grandchildren , kills himself too

Eight dead in Florida house shooting - A grandfather shot dead his daughter and her six children before taking his own life at a home in Bell , Florida , police have said. The children range in age from three months to 10 years old, said Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz. The authorities have identified the gunman as Don Charles Spirit, 51, pictured. Schultz said a colleague responded to reports of a shooting on Thursday afternoon and on arrival made contact with Spirit before he killed himself. "I haven't seen anything like this at all," said Schultz. "This county, this community is going to be devastated from this. It is a small county, we are all family here. "We're asking for prayers for this community and the families involved." After Spirit took his own life, police found the other seven bodies in the house, although there were other people there who were still alive. Spirit, who was known to police previously, was the only suspect, said Schultz. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, the grandfather was once behind bars for a gun charge, and was released in February 2006. 

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Indian-American named as India envoy

Obama nominates Indian-American Richard Verma as envoy to India

Richard Holbrooke and Richard Verma (right) - File picture

Mr Verma (right) has held several key positions advising the US on international law and security

US President Barack Obama has named Richard Verma as the next ambassador to India , the first Indian-American to step into that role. The announcement comes ahead of a visit to Washington by Indian PM Narendra Modi, planned for the end of September. If confirmed by Congress, Mr Verma will replace Nancy Powell who resigned in March after a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York . Mr Verma is a lawyer who also worked as a security adviser in the Senate. His association with Mr Obama goes back to 2008, when he helped prepare presidential debates for the then senator from Illinois , media reports say. Specialising in international law, Mr Verma also worked as senior national security adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and advised on a key commission on the prevention of weapons of mass destruction. His parents came to the US in the early 1960s, having lived through India 's Independence movement and the partition in 1947.

India, China signed Technology Transfer

NEW DELHI : In a landmark deal between visiting Chinese president Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Beijing has agreed to a transfer of technology to India which will allow New Delhi to indigenously produce authentic chowmein in the country, provided it carries the warning label: Does not cause sexual assault, Indian media reported on Thursday. (In 2012 a khap panchayat in Haryana had blamed the consumption of chowmein for the growing incidents of rapes.) Earlier, Modi welcomed the Chinese leader by saying, ‘Mastah, teach me kung fu.’ When Xi promised to do so, Modi responded with, ‘Feng shui very much.’ Xi also presented Modi with a Beijing Human T-Shirt, which the PM promised to wear with his matching RSS shorts when he visits China . Indian media reports said the Chinese president was later heard asking why PM Modi was interested in learning kung fu and self-defence from him when he already had a defence minister called Arun Jet Lee. The welcome was followed by a noodle ceremony for the Chinese president, similar to the tea ceremony that took place in Japan . When Modi apologized for the absence of chop sticks, Xi graciously responded in Hindi with ‘Mujhay koi fork nahi padta’. Experts say the hint was, if you can tweet in Japanese, I can speak in Hindi. Later, the two leaders addressed a special joint press conference, details of which are only available with Mocktale. When reporters asked Modi to comment on the chowmein deal, he said, “I don’t like Chinese food.” When he was asked to comment on the border skirmishes with China , he said, “I don’t like Chinese feud either.” Reporters also asked President Xi his views on suppression of democracy in China , censorship and Tibet , and he said, “You have Mr Modi standing here and Ahmedabad guy?” leaving the PM red-faced. Xi told the media that he made his own destiny and didn’t believe in karma. The only people in his team who believed in karma were two brothers, Jo Hua and So Hua. Responding to a question on the economy, Mr Jinping said, “The Chinese economy is not a paper tiger, but we do pay per tiger.” He was probably alluding to the Chinese practice of using tiger parts extensively in traditional medicines. One reporter asked the Chinese president if he was the real Xi or a duplicate. The president said, “Of course I am real. There is no 2-Xi scam in my country.” The press conference came to an abrupt halt when a reporter offended the Chinese delegation by asking, “Are all Chinese people fake considering they’re made in China?” “Fake you too,” a minister responded and they all walked out. Click Here For More News

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It's Just A Question ©
By Conrad David Brillantes

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The Montreal Tribune and its publishers are not responsible for all contents in this section. All Rights reserved. Copyright 2007 Conrad David Brillantes. All Questions or inquiries submitted are not edited...posted as they are received. Question: Why on earth the Separatist government of  the late Rene Levesque created the language law known as Bill 101? Answer: Actually, Robert Bourassa, Quebec Premier then started the controversial language law (Bill 22) which was duplicated and made it more complicated by government of Levesque. Note that Bill 101 was declared not valid by the Supreme Court of Canada but because of the veto option given to all provinces under the unfinished Canada constitution headed by Brian Mulroney, precipitated when Pierre Trudeau, prime minister of the day brought home the BNA (British North America Act - Canadian Constitution) to Canada, Quebec was able to maintain the law (Bill 101) ...  

The day the economic dim light hits Montreal

Looking back at 40 years of French as Quebec's official language

The passage of Bill 22 in 1974 may have been in response to language tensions in St-Léonard, a predominantly Italian-immigrant neighbourhood in Montreal . However, it fanned the flames between Anglos and Francos, leading to what is arguably Quebec 's most hotly debated piece of legislation ever: Bill 101. (Radio-Canada archives)  On July 31, 1974 — exactly 40 years ago — French became the only official language in Quebec . A war of words and principles raged between anglophones and francophones at the time. Anglophones fought to preserve their rights while more and more French-speaking Quebecers lobbied for better protection of their language, particularly with regard to the francization of immigrants. That edict, introduced by Robert Bourassa and his Liberal government, was meant to remove any ambiguity about language in the province. It was known as Bill 22, the precursor to Bill 101 that came three years later. “The 1960s were a time of major changes in Quebec , like elsewhere around the world. Here, we became aware of some gaps in the protection of the French language,” said Office québécois de la langue française spokesman Jean-Pierre Le Blanc. Groundwork on bills 22 and 101 was laid during the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s. The Parti Québécois was created in 1968 amid the language turmoil; a year later, the Union Nationale government led by Jean-Jacques Bertrand adopted Bill 63, which would go on to become An Act to promote the French language in Québec. St-Léonard Conflict The flames of language debates in the province were stoked by what has come to be known as the St-Léonard Conflict, which came to a head in 1968. The conflict began when an act was passed to phase out English instruction from schools in the predominantly Italian-immigrant neighbourhood. Bill 63 was passed in 1969 as an attempt to smooth out thorny relations between Montreal ’s Italian community, the province and Quebec francophones. That law had provisions promoting French in education, including offering French courses to new immigrants. It also permitted parents to choose whether their children received English or French instruction. That law was superseded by Bill 22. FROM THE ARCHIVES | Riots in St-Léonard

A what? A $15 per hour minimum wage? For Quebec it's bad news for business - Montreal is already bankrupt. Given another 10 years, half of the city is going to be deserted, yes, just like Detroit ...Government should create a commission composed of business and economics students headed by professors to find out how the province can get out from it's present economic predicament.

What happens in a US debt default?

Bills, bills, bills: how does the US government pay its debt?

20 dollar bills and hand

By Kim Gittleson BBC business reporter, New York

What is a US debt default?  At its most basic level, a default is when a person or an entity cannot repay a debt on time. For instance, when a person can't make a payment on a mortgage or a car loan. When a country does this, it's known as a sovereign default. This is when the country cannot repay its debt, which typically takes the form of bonds. So if the US were to default, it would essentially stop paying the money it owed US Treasury bond holders. A quick refresher: the US government spends more money than it collects in taxes. So to make up the shortfall, it raises funds by asking investors to buy US Treasury bonds. Investors, such as the Chinese government and pension funds, do this because these bonds are seen as a safe place to invest money. What are the consequences of a US default? No one really knows exactly what would happen, but the likelihood is that markets around the world would plunge and global interest rates would rise. This is because if the US government could not repay the money it owed bondholders, the value of the bonds would decrease. And the yield - the return the government pays to an investor - would rise. This is because it would be perceived as a less safe investment. This would prompt interest rates around the world, which are often tied to those of US Treasuries, to spike. Furthermore, the impact on the US 's creditors could be dire. Japan , for instance, owns about $1.14 trillion of US debt - which is equivalent to 20% of its annual economic output. In the US , Goldman Sachs estimates that $175bn would immediately be withdrawn from the US economy and it could lead to a very deep recession. Top 5 foreign holders of US debt :   Mainland China $1,27 Trillion  *  Japan $1.4 Trillion  *   Caribbean banking centres: Bahamas , Bermuda , Cayman Islands and others $287 Billion  *  Oil exporters: Venezuela , Iran , Iraq , Kuwait , Oman , Qatar , Saudi Arabia and others $257 Billion  *  Brazil $256 Billion  *   SOURCE: US TREASURY     Will the Fed get back to normal?   How bad are US debt levels?   Q&A: What is the debt ceiling?    

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Question: Is there any chance for Quebec to become a republic? Answer:  Not in this century; the separatists have to work harder for the next one. 50% plus one says so. It’s now the poorest of all the provinces in Canada. More later....JFT

What did they do? And, is it really worth writing about them?

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Hey did you hear? We have  two new Saints from Quebec, no, it's not  Lucien Bouchard or Jacques Parizeau nor  René Lévesque or Robert Bourassa and  definitely not Bernard Landry (above pictures are in order from left to right) but here check it out! Pope Francis elevates 2 Quebecers to sainthood Note: All are but a waste except for The Great Rene Levesque, he should have been sainted a long time ago by the Separatists as the real Quebecois who inspired equality for all. Later, more about these nationalists or separatists Quebecois political leaders.

Coming later once article is complete -  On Economics and Politics, It won't get any better in Quebec By Conrad David Brillantes  

Highlights from Bill 14   New sovereignist group calls for united front   Quebec sovereignty needs rebranding, says former premier  But, Who’s supporting Richard?   Man charged in Quebec election shooting fit for trial   PQ setting up campaign to promote sovereignty goals

Canada Direct

A look at the nation beyond the headlines from BBC


One Square Mile of Canada

Montreal is a French island in a predominantly English-speaking country

It's known as La Main - "The Main" - and it's the lifeblood of Montreal . For the past three centuries this sweeping avenue, Boulevard St Laurent, has shaped the character of a city in the heart of French-speaking Canada . La Main was once the symbolic dividing line between the city's French and English speaking communities, with the boulevard a soft buffer attracting and absorbing waves of new immigrants. Today, it celebrates a cosmopolitan city with its array of little villages, from the Quartier Chinois, or Chinese quarter, to Little Italy and Portugal , along with strong remnants of an historic Jewish quarter.

What does it mean to be Canadian?

 With Asian trade and support for the monarchy rising, what does Canadian identity mean now?

What the Indians are trying to say, The French came as visitors and now they want the country for themselves?”  So they say "over my dead body" before Quebec becomes a republic. After all, they already killed millions of us since they arrived here. This is not a provocation but just letting them know we are still around and Quebec Nation is not going to happen as long as there are still Indians around. Please send your comments to the editor... MP Maxime Bernier defends language-law quip - Quebecers don't need Bill 101, "Not by imposing [French] and by preventing people from making their own decisions in matters that concern their personal lives."   Quebec militia leader faces death-threat charges Patriotic Militia of Quebec's website   Que. militia worries separatists   Death threats target Quebec English rights group    Letters threaten FLQ attacks in Montreal  Oops! Parti Quebecois are falling apart

Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

How much farther can the Separatist push the envelope to preserve a language that's hard to economically maintain? Aren't we bankrupt yet? Send your comments to

Got a second?

1. Integrity and reliability are the most important quality that a public employee especially that of a politician should maintain otherwise the institution gets corrupted. 2. Poor immigrants are the greatest investment a country like Canada should bring in for they are motivated by dreams that money immigrants already have. We brought (in) lots of those money immigrants in the 80s from Hong Kong and surrounding areas, most settled in BC, did they bring their money to Canada ? No, they fried us with our own oil and most of the locals moved to nearby towns where the cost of living is much lower than where those so called investors settled in. But, where are those people now? They are back where they came from with our passports. Would you want to know more and why? Conrad David Brillantes

Oh Canada : How I Love You

The tour was to only last one hour. While the other educator and I waited for their arrival we decided we would not visit the Canadian galleries, since they were in another pavilion at the other end of the museum. We would choose the European Art collection to save time. They arrived twenty minutes late. My group had three mothers with eight children between the ages of two months and nine years old. Two Muslim mothers dressed in hijab and long over-... Quickly it was decided, even though time was limited, that we had to go visit the Canadian galleries. We showed the paintings, sculptures and objects from the Inuit, First Nations along with the first settlers from France and England . The children were mesmerized, listening to the legends and stories of the Canadian people. The mothers asked many insightful questions. As we toured from one gallery to the next, the mother from Benin began unapologetically to nurse her son. She didn’t ask for help or lag behind. She did what came naturally and continued to be an active participant. And the two other mothers? They held the infant’s head as she went to adjust her top and looked after her other child. Mothers from different parts of the world, nurturing, protecting and caring for one another. I witnessed the actions of a community. Being an Art Educator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts affords me the opportunity to meet and interact with many people from all walks of life. I am very fortunate to live in a country where all people have equal rights and are valued for their uniqueness. Ennutsiak Nunavik 1896 – Iqaluit, Nunavut, 1967 Untitled (Birth Scene with Midwives) By Deirdre Potash, 2779 Honore Mercier Vaudreuil-Dorion Quebec J7V 8P5 (514) 999-8581

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Scotland referendum: Glasgow says 'Yes', but 'No' still leading

Voters asked 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'

Supporters from the No campaign celebrate in Edinburgh on Friday after it became clear the historic referendum Sept. 18, 2014, would seal Scotland's relationship with the United Kingdom.

With 22 of all 32 regions in Scotland 's independence referendum being announced, the No side of the campaign has a substantial but not yet foregone lead. WATCH LIVE: CBC News is providing live coverage of results on and on CBC News Network. Mobile users can watch live here. With 22 of all 32 regions in Scotland 's independence referendum being announced, the No side of the campaign has a substantial but not yet foregone lead. Glasgow , the biggest city to report to date, put a dent in the lead but the overall total still stands at 53.8 per cent choosing to keep the current relationship with the United Kingdom , compared to 46.2 per cent for the Yes campaign, the BBC reported. The first six of 32 regions reporting all went into the No column, with Dundee and West Dunbartonshire then becoming the first centres to fall for the Yes side. But through 22 regions, only four featured a Yes majority. The question on the ballot asked voters simply: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" and a record number of voters were expected to turn out for their chance to weigh in on the question. LIVE BLOG: Latest photos, tweets, videos on the Scottish referendum   Scotland referendum: Mapping #VoteYes and #VoteNo   What independence crusader Alex Salmond learned from Quebec's experience   Scotland referendum: If Yes wins, what happens next?  Independence forces the likely victors, no matter what happens   What a Yes vote could mean for the rest of the U.K.    LIVE BLOGScotland independence referendum: Follow CBC's latest updates    Scotland independence referendum: If Yes side wins, what happens next?    INTERACTIVEScotland referendum: Mapping #VoteYes and #VoteNo    Scottish Referendum: Canadians pull all-nighters for Scotland

City of Montreal files complaint against police

After taking on firefighters at the labour relations board, the city of Montreal has now filed a complaint against police. The city says that since the dispute over pension reforms began, police officers are issuing fewer tickets. “We believe that it has a direct relation with the working environment right now. So we feel that because of that, like we’ve been doing with the firemen, we will go through the commission of labour relations to [raise] our point,” said Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre. The city is also accusing officers of using vehicles in an unauthorized way, although the complaint does not provide more details. A hearing has been set before the provincial board Friday at 9:30 a.m. Hundreds of municipal workers have been protesting Bill 3, which would bring changes to their government pension plans. Over the weekend the labour relations board ordered firefighters to make all efforts to keep up response times during their dispute with the city over pension reform. Montreal official warns workers may be fired for pension protest    Closed-door mediation fails between City of Montreal and firefighters

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Environment and Society: Where is the Disconnect?

Worldwatch Institute's Vital Signs, Volume 21: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future explores surprising trends in the planet's environment and society

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  Washington , D.C.---      Today, environmental issues are inseparable from social and economic problems. Yet, actions across these disciplines appear disconnected. By presenting cross-cutting analyses of global trends, the Worldwatch Institute's Vital Signs, Volume 21 makes it clear that positive global change can only be achieved if the social, economic, and environmental dimensions are fully addressed. "A failure to connect---  to think and act across the boundaries of different disciplines and specializations---  could well be diagnosed as human civilization's fundamental flaw in the face of growing and real threats," writes Michael Renner, Worldwatch Senior Researcher and Director of the Vital Signs Project. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Vital Signs, Volume 21 highlights this disconnect between sectors by providing authoritative data and concise analyses of significant global trends in food and agriculture, population and society, and energy and climate. For example, Vital Signs, Volume 21 shows that agricultural subsidies---  some $486 billion in the top 21 food producing countries in 2012---  support factory farms that have colossal environmental footprints. They also often favor wealthy farmers and undermine farming in developing countries. By predominantly funding a few staple crops for the largest farms, subsidies support industrial-scale operations with low crop diversity which often sap soil nutrients and require heavy loads of fertilizers and insecticides. Social concerns suffer from similar disconnects. At a time when climate change increasingly intersects with social and economic upheavals, disasters, and conflicts, governments continue to invest large sums in traditional forms of security policy. These troubling priorities mean that the U.N. peacekeeping budgets of about $8 billion per year are not enough to cover even two days' worth of global military spending. Military spending by high-income countries also dwarfs aid flows ten-fold, with $1,234 billion spent on military programs in 2012. "Governments have created a large and well-funded apparatus of security agencies," writes Renner, "but in numerous ways have failed to address many of the underlying reasons for the world's conflicts and instabilities." On the energy front, technologies like wind and solar photovoltaics are rapidly becoming more cost-competitive. But governmental support is still essential, and policy uncertainties have put a break on investments in renewable technologies. Meanwhile, global fossil fuel use is still growing, with coal, natural gas, and oil accounting for 87 percent of global primary energy demand in 2012, and greenhouse gas emissions are hitting record levels (9.7 gigatons in 2012 from fossil fuel consumption and cement production alone). "Energy policy across much of the globe can only be labeled as schizophrenic," said Renner. "It seems driven more by the ideology of endless growth than by concern for a livable future, more by corporate strategies than by the public interest, and more by considerations of supply security and geopolitics than by shared human needs." Vital Signs, Volume 21 presents these and other global trends and analyses of our planet and civilization. The resource uses straightforward language and easy-to-read graphs to present each indicator. Vital Signs is an invaluable guide to inform and governments, businesses, teachers, and concerned citizens everywhere to make the changes needed to build a sustainable world.

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  GSK fined in China for bribery

China fines UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) for bribery and its former head of Chinese operations is given a suspended jail sentence.


China has fined UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) after a court found it guilty of bribery. The record penalty follows allegations the drug giant paid out bribes to doctors and hospitals in order to have their products promoted. GSK's former head of Chinese operations, Mark Reilly, has been given a three-year prison sentence - although it has been suspended for four years. Other GSK executives have also been given suspended jail sentences. The guilty verdict was delivered after a one-day trial at a court in Changsha , according to the Xinhua news agency. Chinese authorities first announced they were investigating GSK in July last year, in what has become the biggest corruption scandal to hit a foreign firm in years. GSK said it had "published a statement of apology to the Chinese government and its people". "Reaching a conclusion in the investigation of our Chinese business is important, but this has been a deeply disappointing matter for GSK," said chief executive Sir Andrew Witty in a statement. GSK’s Chinese headache   GSK's Chinese lesson   China media: GSK case

US Fed to end stimulus in October

The US Federal Reserve says it will raise interest rates once a "considerable time" has passed after its stimulus programme ends in October.

The Federal Reserve

The US Federal Reserve has reiterated that it will raise interest rates once a "considerable time" has passed after its stimulus program ends in October. The announcement came at the end of a two-day meeting of the central bank's policy committee in Washington DC . In a press conference, Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen disappointed some when she said there was no "calendar date" for a rate rise. US markets, however, were reassured, rising in the wake of her comments. Wednesday's announcement of the end of the stimulus program, known as quantitative easing, was widely expected. The Fed has been buying billions of dollars of bonds in an effort to keep long-term interest rates low and thus boost spending. However, as the US economy has picked up steam, the central bank has said that extra support is no longer necessary. Now, investors are focused on when the Fed will raise its short-term interest rate, which has been at zero since late 2008.  Has quantitative easing helped the US economy?   US consumer prices fall in August  Also read additional reports - NewsCorp: Google platform for piracy   NewsCorp's chief executive writes strongly worded letter calling for a tougher approach from the EU to search giant Google.   Google faces new stand-off in Europe   Google mulls 'right to be forgotten'

Six convicted of 'pyramid scheme'

Six women are convicted of operating a "pyramid" scheme in south-west England and south Wales , in which thousands of investors lost money.


Six women have been convicted of operating a "pyramid" scheme in which thousands of investors lost money.

The "Give and Take" scheme operated in south-west England and south Wales five years ago, Bristol Crown Court heard. The six were all from the Bristol area and each was given a nine month prison sentence. Investigators say more than £20m was invested by about 10,000 members of the public. Three other women were given suspended sentences for promoting the scheme. The group encouraged people to "beg, borrow or steal" £3,000 to put into the scheme between May 2008 and April 2009. It began in Bath and Bristol and spread to Gloucester , Bridgwater, Cheltenham , Torquay, Weston-super-Mare and Wales . Those running the scheme told its investors it had a quick, easy and legal way to make cash - by paying in £3,000 they would receive more than £20,000, as more members joined. 'Pyramid scheme sounded fantastic'Watch NEW   Six convicted of 'pyramid scheme'Watch NEW

Beranich Joins Stevens Worldwide Van Lines

Experience Brings Dynamic New Approaches to Servicing International Relocations

 Special to The Montreal Tribune - SAGINAW , MI – Stevens Worldwide Van Lines is pleased to welcome Lisa Beranich as the new Managing Director of its International Division. In her new role, Beranich is responsible for setting the strategy to grow Stevens' international business and implementing programs to enhance sales to Stevens' international agency network and to corporate and government accounts. "I'm so excited to be a part of the Stevens team, particularly in this role," Beranich said. "This job fits perfectly with my past history of leadership in driving sales and business growth for international moving clients. I'm looking forward to helping to grow Stevens' business on a global scale." Beranich previously spent time in a leadership role at Washington, DC-based Secor Group, where she increased sales volume and managed operations teams for GSA government moves and US military domestic and international moves. As part of the role, she traveled to over 40 global countries. Beranich also served as Director of Business Development for Colorado-based Graebel Companies, where she worked with C-level executives in the government and corporate sectors to create brand awareness and drive business to the company. "Lisa is a great asset to Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, and we're very glad she's here," said Joe Biskner, President and COO of Stevens Worldwide Van Lines. "We're working to scale up our global business and make our clients aware of our comprehensive international moving services, and Lisa's expertise will help us deliver even greater value to those key global markets." Beranich holds a B.S. degree in accounting from San Diego State University . She resides in Superior , CO , with her husband John. In her spare time, Beranich enjoys gardening, golf, travel, attending concerts, and spending time with family and friends. Contact information for Beranich includes: Lisa A Beranich, CRP, GMS Managing Director, Stevens International  Office: 260-622-5800  Cell: 260-229-4218  skype: lisa.beranich   About Stevens Worldwide Van Lines - Established in 1905 in Saginaw, Michigan, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines is a full-service moving company with nearly 150 agent locations throughout the United States. Stevens performs local moves, long-distance moves and international moves with storage operations available for all types. Stevens is a fifth-generation family-owned business and has been named a ProMover by the American Moving & Storage Association in recognition of their dedication to ethical moving practices. For more information, visit Stevens' website at

Innovative Entrepreneur Patrick Thean to Speak at ESA Leadership Summit

Presenter will help attendees maximize organizational success

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Irving, Texas (Sept.2014) — Award-winning entrepreneur and accomplished author Patrick Thean is the Electronic Security Association's (ESA) latest addition to the speaker roster for the 2015 ESA Leadership Summit, which is scheduled for Feb. 8-11 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz. ESA is thrilled to include Thean, a Cornell educated serial entrepreneur who has spoken to thousands all of the world, in the speaker lineup. Thean will bring ideas and proven strategies from his bestselling book, "RHYTHM: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth," to life in a general session presentation and in two seminars on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The conversation will begin with all Summit attendees during the general session at 1:30 p.m. where Thean will teach attendees a simple system that will help them better execute strategic plans and get into the habit of continually achieving success in their businesses. Following the general session, Thean will present, "THINK: Winning Moves to Double Your Business." In this seminar delivered to a smaller audience, Thean will explore the Rhythm Systems Winning Moves tool that can help companies take the right steps to double business in the next three to five years. The seminar will teach attendees how to keep their teams focused and working on the future of their business. Thean will wrap up his presentations with "PLAN: How to Choose the Right 3-5 Priorities Every Quarter," a seminar focused on helping teams choose the right priorities every quarter using the Leading Indicator tool from Rhythm Systems. The eye-opening presentations are best suited for managers, executives and business owners who have a desire to strategically accelerate company growth. All of Thean's sessions are graciously sponsored by Honeywell, the Platinum ESA Leadership Summit Sponsor. "The 2015 ESA Leadership Summit is a one-of-a-kind event within the security industry," said Steve Firestone, president of Select Security and vice chair of ESA's Industry Advisory Group (IAG). "It's a quality event that provides ample networking opportunities and interactive educational sessions delivering actionable takeaways that can be implemented when I return to my office. Each year at the Summit , I capture business intelligence from the speakers, peers and sponsors that I bring back to my business. It is well worth the time I invest." Headquartered at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, the 2015 ESA Leadership Summit is formatted to appeal to security industry professionals who want their businesses to thrive, not just survive. Accordingly, the Summit will feature a robust speaker and seminar lineup to give attendees actionable and applicable takeaways that they can immediately implement. The event is sponsored by Interlogix, Honeywell, Telguard, Altronix, Security America Risk Retention Group,, Digital Watchdog, Fleetmatics, Kwikset, Linear, OpenEye, Perennial Software, Security Partners, United Central Control, and WeSuite. For information about the 2015 ESA Leadership Summit, go to or contact Shannon Murphy at 972-807-6835. For Leadership Summit sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jessica DaCosta at or call her at 972-807-6827. ABOUT ESA Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at

Keeping Personal Information Safe In Our Technology- Driven Society

Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York , NY , September 2014 – We all remember the huge security breach that occurred last year when retail giant Target was hacked. Millions of customers were affected and it's still unclear if PIN data was stolen. But hackers don't stop at getting credit card information from retailers; they know that once they have a victim's name, birth date and contact information, they just need a social security number and they can pose as that person and completely steal their identity! Scott Schober, CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, is a respected cyber security expert who was there from the beginning and witnessed the chaos and turmoil a cyber attack of this magnitude can inflict on a business. Lax security standards led to this breach which prompted Target to commit $100 million to technical upgrades. And Target wasn't the only corporate giant to take a hit – so did Nieman Marcus, Adobe, Yahoo, Michael's, and hospitality industry leader White Lodging (which includes Marriot, Hilton, Sheraton and Westin).
As an expert in the field of cyber security, Scott Schober has been a featured guest on many TV news shows that include Fox, CNN, CNBC, to name a few. Earlier this month he appeared on Arise America with Julian Phillips to discuss how we can keep our data secure in light of what has been called the largest known hack of accounts in history involving Russian cyber criminals. This group amassed 1.2 billion accounts and 524 million email addresses and passwords from over 420,000 sites of all sizes, many of which remain vulnerable. Scott N. Schober is the President and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, a 39-year-old provider of advanced wireless solutions for the telecommunications and security markets. Since we know the problem of hacking is only going to get worse, Schober has become the go-to trusted expert that corporations and individuals turn to when it comes to understanding cyber security issues and what needs to be done to keep personal information safe. For more on Scott Schober, BV Systems, or to learn expert security tips, please visit the website at:

'Corporate Escape - The Rise of the New Entrepreneur'

 Special to The Montreal Tribune -  United Kingdom – A world away from the standard 'paint by numbers' approach of most books on career change for professionals, Maite Barón's 'Corporate Escape - The Rise of the New Entrepreneur' breaks all the usual self-help conventions. With its raw and honest blueprint for escaping mediocrity and discovering one's true potential, this multi-award winning book aims to guide and motivate readers towards becoming part of a growing breed of 'new entrepreneurs', able and determined to take control of their lives and destinies. Based on her fourteen years' experience working both with high performance individuals and within large organisations, Maite's Corporate Escape will enable you not just to discover who you are, what you want and why that matters, but also to take the decisive action necessary to create a new life of abundant prosperity and purpose, while making a difference in the world. Synopsis – Corporate Escape - If you're at a crossroads in life, frustrated and unfulfilled, yearning for a more prosperous life with greater meaning and purpose, this is a book you need to read. Corporate Escape will put you back in control, enabling you to shrug off the constraints, pressures and insecurities of working for someone else and to strike out successfully on your own. Through innovative strategies, thought provoking stories, insightful case studies and action-focused exercises, Corporate Escape will equip you with the skills, ambition and emotional resilience you need to survive and thrive ... whatever direction you choose to take. "I want all Corporate Escape readers to fully embrace life by discovering what they were born to do, then pursuing it with unwavering passion." says Maite. "With Corporate Escape winning the Readers' Favorite Gold Award for Motivation and the Nautilus Silver Award for Inner Prosperity | Right Livelihood in 2014, this latest accolade shows that there is hunger for developing the courageous mindset that is the mark of a 'new entrepreneur'.  More and more executives are also realising that there's a need for 'transformational leadership' to bring about social change at a wider level, as well as to improve their own effectiveness and wellbeing. This new award will give me even greater energy to take that message out to ever larger groups through more international speaking opportunities, media coverage and radio and TV appearances." Maite believes Corporate Escape is a self-help book that's unlike anything else currently on the market, and readers agree, with comments like these: "This book is a MUST for all inspiring new entrepreneurs! A new start can be very challenging and stressful. This book supported me in staying strong and focused! It was my guide, friend, courage and inspiration."  - N. Grewal "Personal, full of integrity and support, I loved this book because it talked to me through ideas that resonated, especially now that I've escaped the corporate world. It is very easy to connect with this book and not be able to put it down, the writing style is very accessible, while the concepts will challenge you. In a good way!" - H. Cornelius 'Corporate Escape: The Rise of the New Entrepreneur', published by Ecademy Press Limited, is available now: For more information, visit the official website:   About the Author: Founder of Empowering Visionary Leaders and a co-founder of The Corporate Escape™ and The Corporate Escape Foundation®: 'Business with Heart & Soul' Maite supports global professionals who are looking for purpose and meaning in their lives. Born in Barcelona , Spain , Maite studied psychology, but after becoming disillusioned with the academic teaching, left to became a designer for major fashion houses like Balmain and Dior. Having moved to work in London , she was made redundant aged 28. Finding herself at a crossroads, she decided to combine her interest in people with her passion for art & design, first by teaching interior design and then going on to become an artist in residence at Kensington & Chelsea College. After taking further qualifications in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), coaching and a range of change processes, behavioural assessment tools, and training disciplines, for the last 14 years Maite has worked as an executive and leadership development coach and trainer, both for high-performance individuals and major European companies and multinationals such as Nestlé, Reuters and LG electronics. Now, after seeing so many professionals spending a lifetime trapped and unhappy in large organisations, she is firmly focused on helping those who want more from life to become entrepreneurial leaders who consciously and deliberately create their own future. Her passion for courageous and visionary leadership, wellbeing and lifestyle has made her a thought leader and sought-after international speaker. She is known to many as The Corporate Escape Coach™ for her work helping disillusioned professionals to escape from unfulfilling roles and reinvent themselves as  'new entrepreneurs'. Corporate Escape is the distillation of her knowledge and experience. Maite has also co-authored two other books –  'A World Book of Values' and 'Successful Women in Business' (UK Edition) and is a regular contributor to leadership, wellbeing and lifestyle blogs, including the influential Huffington Post, Global Banking & Finance Review, We Are The City, Institute of Leadership & Management (Edge) and Entrepreneur.

Time to Clean Up (Financially!)

New Series of Books Walks Novices Through Every Step of Running a Multi-Service Cleaning Business.

Special to The Montreal Tribune  - United Kingdom – Since the dawn of time, few have jumped up enthusiastically when the time has come to clean. With the economy rapidly recovering, more and more people are freeing up disposable cash to pass this joyful task onto others who do it for a living. Amazingly, the global cleaning industry is now worth $3.5 billion, and a new series of guides will show anyone how moving the sofa isn't the only way to find money in it. 'Starting Up in Multi-Service Cleaning' is the work of Paul Eyres, a Brit with a law degree who made the natural career move into becoming a cleaning entrepreneur. Known as 'the man with the golden mop', Eyres has achieved great success through doing others' dirty work and his new series of books can help anyone do the same. Eight volumes are planned, each walking readers through a vital step of setting up, running and growing their multi-service cleaning business. Volume one, 'The Day-to-day Practicalities', has recently been released. Synopsis: Paul Eyres gives a first hand account of setting up a successful business, using his experience to point out the dilemmas and pitfalls in an honest and straightforward way. Paul's guide gives you the opportunity to start your own successful business from scratch using this easy to follow and helpful guide. Assignment one deals with the practicalities of how to start your business. "I graduated, looked at the employment scene and decided I wanted to forge my own path in life," explains Eyres. "I didn't want a boss, I wanted to work my own hours and revel in the pride of providing a genuinely-valuable service through a business I could build from the ground up." Continuing, "I can't cover the entire country, so am thrilled to now be helping others set up their own multi-service cleaning businesses and emulating my success." Upcoming volumes include:  Book Two - Advertising and Marketing  Book Three - Equipment and Supplies  Book Four - Networking  Book Five - Administration  Book six - Financial Matters  Book Seven - Development and refinement of the Business   Book Eight - Do you have what it takes? With future books in the works and due for imminent release, those interested in wielding their mop to financial success are urged to purchase volume one without delay from - The world is getting dirtier!  For more information, visit the official website:  (Going live in October) which will link through to Amazon where these inspirational books will be available to download. You can also find out more at  About the Author: The author has a law degree from the University of Central Lancashire but, in an unconventional yet profitable move, is now a magnate of the cleaning industry. He has worked in a range of cleaning environments throughout his cleaning years which first started whilst working part-time to pay his way through university in 2001 at Royal Preston Hospital where he cleaned the Radiotherapy, Theatres, and Intensive Care Units, as well as Wards and Clinics, in conjunction with working for Romec cleaning sorting offices, mail centres,  and branch offices for Royal Mail, whilst home in Dorset in the university holidays. He has also cleaned vehicle workshops. and has cleaned vital medical equipment used in medical investigations used as part of standard medical practice and in emergency situations. He has dealt with MRSA cleans, and been involved in the care  of patients with blood borne pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis requiring a very high degree of trustworthiness and responsibility from his character. As part of his cleaning business the author has cleaned a range of domestic dwellings and commercial (including charities) premises for a whole range of people from a variety of backgrounds from those in the legal and medical professions to those who are vulnerable such as those on low incomes or have some form of disability such as deafness, mobility issues, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer's. He has also been engaged by solicitors as part of the probate process and estate agents to carry out deep cleaning for end of tenancy contracts. He is also a qualified but not practicing crime scene cleaner and has used his training to advise customers on various issues. 

"What is YOUR Billion Dollar Pitch?"

There is one key in getting others to respond to what you have. Your money is in your message!

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Many entrepreneurs, from all walks of life, have great products, offer incredible services and have ideas that would truly be beneficial.  However, many times they lack the ability to effectively communicate their message in order to get a response!  Response is the key word.  If you can't communicate your message... if you can't get others to want what you have... if you can't "create the need" for what you have – do you know what happens – nothing!  Red Motley once said, "Nothing happens until... somebody sells something!" Some equate this to having to "sell." Many people get uncomfortable just hearing this word: sell.  But it is the only way someone will "buy" what you have.  You should never think of selling anything.  The key to successful communication is to always think of how what you have can trulyhelp the other person.  Your marketing message can't be a trick or gimmick.  Your message has to be based on honesty, sincerity and integrity. How many times have you been talking with someone about your product, service, business or idea and at the end of the conversation they would get up and leave – with no response?  And your thought would be, "... I don't understand. I told them everything about my product.  Why didn't they respond?"  That's the problem – you told them everything you knew – instead of telling them what they wanted and needed to know. Your message (what you are saying about what you have) has to be delivered in the same way the other person is receiving it.  The problem is we all think we have to tell the other person everything we know – we think the more facts the other person has will enable them to respond and take action!  Remember: "... facts provide the information, but the emotion provides the interpretation."  What is meant by this is that whatever we are saying the other person is taking it in and "mentally digesting" all the information on an emotional, not on a factual, level.  Now, it's very important to understand you need to still talk about the facts.  The other person still needs to understand the facts, but that will not "create the need" for what you have.  It is the combination of the features (facts) and the benefits that cause the magic to happen. There are 5 key elements always present in a successful sales presentation – whether you are looking at someone face-to-face, talking with someone on the phone, making a presentation to a group or trying to communicate your message via a video for your website or on YouTube or some other social media platform.  You can use this information in two ways: creating your presentation or in a review mode to make sure you included all the needed information. #1  GRABBER: this is the best way to start.  A grabber can be defined as a mutual point of agreement.  This is the first step in establishing a relationship that stems from a "helping" perspective. #2  PROBLEM/SOLUTION: this proven method of communication has been used for years, but the key is how it is used.  Everyone talks about their product, service, business or idea as a solution.  But what we don't do is talk enough about the problem.  Think about it this way: if the other person doesn't know they have the problem – why would they need your solution.  However, if the pother person realizes they have the problem, now they want your solution.  There is a major difference between needing and wanting!  When thinking of creating and designing your personal marketing message, it's important to keep in mind your role is one of being a problem solver.  Take a look at what you have – your product, service, business or idea – and ask yourself, what problem am I solving?  Every product on the market today, solves a problem.  If you are at the "idea" stage, it is crucial to clearly define, and communicate, what the problem is and how are you going to solve it. #3  P O D: This stands for "point of difference."  What is so unique about what you have? What separates what you have from everything else on the market?  Is it an ingredient?  Your guarantee?   Your price point?   Your customer service?  Or maybe, it's YOU! #4  WSGAT®: This is my trademarked system to make sure you are communicating benefits (not just features) that will resonate with the other person.  Remember: you have to stop looking at what you have for what it is and start thinking about what you have for what it do for others! Features tell... BENEFITS sell! #5  C T A: this stands for "Call To Action."  At the end of the communication process, you must ask the other person to take action on what you are offering.  If you don't – guess what – they won't!  This is usually where one asks for the "magic close."  And here it is – there isn't one!  If you are following all of the above steps, you are closing ALL the time. Again, this is NOT based on tricks, manipulation or gimmicks – but on honesty, sincerity and integrity. Remember... the mediocre entrepreneur is one who tells... the good entrepreneur is one who explains... the GREAT entrepreneur is one who demonstrates... but it is the SUPERIOR  entrepreneur that inspires the buyer to feel the benefits! With more than three decades of sales experience, Circosta is television's first home shopping host who played a major part in creating the multi-billion dollar television home shopping industry.  He has logged over 25,000 hours of live selling on television, made over 75,000 product presentations, and has sold more than $1 billion in merchandise. His breakthrough strategies have been featured on NBC's Dateline, ABC's Good Morning America , NBC's The Today Show, 20/20, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.  Circosta has also helped celebrities such as Suzanne Somers, Fran Drescher, Florence Henderson, Ken Paves, Jennifer Flavin-Stallone, Carol Alt, Jillian Barberie, Dixie Carter, Patti LaBelle, Bob Hope, Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett, and Cindy Margolis sell their products.  He owns Bob Circosta Communications and currently lives in Clearwater , Florida . Website:  Life's a Pitch is available on and

8 Initial Steps Women Can Take to Improve

Their Relationship with Money - Money Directly Impacts Her Overall Satisfaction in Life, Says Business Coach

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Do women have different relationships with money than men? Very definitely, yes, says entrepreneur and business coach Meriflor Toneatto. "For women, money is an emotional currency, tied to our sense of self-worth and confidence, which can lead us to financial pitfalls that ultimately limits what we pursue in life," says Toneatto, a certified business and life coach, and author of "Money, Manifestation & Miracles: 8 Principles for Transforming Women's Relationship with Money," ( A woman's emotional relationship with money directly impacts her overall level of satisfaction in life – or lack of it, Toneatto says. "Wealth isn't just about money; it's about the quality of a woman's overall life," she says. "Greater awareness of how you feel about your life can yield helpful insights regarding your relationship with money, which can immediately change for the better." There are a number of ways to start doing that. Toneatto reviews eight of them: •  Give yourself permission. For better or worse, women tend to seek support or permission for significant life decisions. Skip a step and give yourself permission. It's important to have an open mind and heart as you proceed with financial self-improvement, which includes being grateful for who you are right now, warts and all, for arriving at this moment in your life. •  Be honest.  Total honesty is the best way to get to the root of your feelings, beliefs and attitudes about money. Women often keep secrets about our true feelings, especially regarding money. •  Put yourself first. Commit to taking care of yourself and putting your needs at the top of your priority list. Think of it as "self-full" rather than "selfish." When you love yourself, you'll experience positive changes that will benefit those around you; you will operate better. "Self-fullness" may include scheduling uninterrupted time alone for reflection, reading, meditation, physical training and other ways to get in touch with your emotions. •  Start a money journal. Consider keeping a gratitude journal and, taking it a steep further, a financial journal. What you focus on will grow, so focus on being grateful about money and you'll start to see positive changes in your life. •  Practice forgiveness. A key way to move beyond your emotional obstacles with money is to let them go and forgive. Practicing forgiveness is a powerful way to remove what's standing between you and having more money in your life. •  Feel prosperous and rich now. Prosperity and wealth is a state of mind. It's essential that you don't feel poor because that brings your thoughts toward poverty. Your goal is to take stock of what you have now, embellish it with gratitude, and enjoy the return. •  Pay attention to synchronicities. As you begin to work on transforming your relationship with money, pay attention to what comes back to you as a result of your intention. Be aware of coincidences, synchronicities and opportunities that come your way. This may include new clients at unexpected places, hearing references to new books or even a mentor, or the possibility that you're at the right place at the right time. •  Celebrate the big and small – have fun! We always notice the big things in life, but we tend to overlook the little steps we took to get there. They all count! And, take heart in your journey – an adventure of self-discovery, love, courage and possibility. This is at the heart of true, lifelong self-improvement. "Just like other crucial life factors, such as health and spiritual well-being, a healthy financial relationship is a lifelong commitment, and what I detail here is just the beginning," she says. "Maintaining the right money mindset will require further guidance for some women." About Meriflor Toneatto Meriflor Toneatto is the founder and CEO of Power With Soul, a company dedicated to empowering female entrepreneurs and professionals by helping them transform their relationship with money. The author of "Money, Manifestation & Miracles: 8 Principles for Transforming Women's Relationship with Money," (, Toneatto holds a bachelor's degree in public administration and management and graduate certifications in personal, professional and financial coaching. A former corporate executive, she is a recipient of the Amethyst Award for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement from the government of Ontario , Canada .

Navigating the Dating Scene in the 'Age of the Selfie'

Certified Life Coach Shares 4 Tips for Older Singles

Special to The Montreal Tribune - All the good ones are taken ... I'm too old to feel THAT way again ... I don't look as good as I used to ... I haven't accomplished enough at my age ... I don't even know how to flirt anymore ...For older singles hungry for partnership, these common worries can prevent taking the steps that lead to fulfilling relationships, says dating and life coach Deborah Downey. And, of course, the dating scene has changed quite a bit in the past decade alone; younger people meet online and wallpaper their profiles with "selfies." "Although the 'selfie' is now widely accepted, there are some older singles who are intimidated by what it seems to signify: that we've gone from the 'Age of Aquarius' to an age of vanity and superficiality," says Downey , author of "What Are You Worried About!" ( "It's one thing to be self-actualized and self-enriched; it's another to be self-absorbed." For older singles looking to date -- and more, there's plenty to feel optimistic about, says Downey , who found romance later in life after her husband passed away. Despite living with multiple sclerosis for 25 years, she says, she's happy and fulfilled. There are more singles than ever age 40 and older that are looking for love. Downey offers tips for the older single looking for a meaningful and lasting connection. •  Ignore ego-based doubts. It's easy to idealize memories of dating when you were younger, perhaps in better shape and more energetic. But most likely, your younger self was also scared of not being "good enough" and was probably not as self-actualized as who you are today. Don't fall for the ego doubts of your youth; embrace your maturity, part of which includes accepting who you are in any situation. If that is difficult, consider this period in your life as an opportunity to improve self-acceptance. •  Know your target and have fun! Dating takes time and effort, so don't go into it blind. You may want to specify your preferences, such as "non-smoker" or "financially independent" or "health conscious." Once on your date, remember that you're supposed to be having fun, nerves notwithstanding. The best way to gauge whether the date is going well is to take note of whether you're actually enjoying yourself. •  Internet dating is legit. The stigma against meeting dates online has all but lifted. You'll want to represent yourself fairly and accurately in a profile. Don't go blank and write an overly simple profile; tell a good, positive story about a small victory during childhood or talk about your bucket list. Forget about clichés like wine tastings or hobbies, avoid poor spelling and make sure your photo is current. Don't try to be "cool" or clever; just be real. When meeting someone, use common sense: take it slow, be wary of scams, meet in a public place and so on. •  Consider the sensibilities of your date. After a few successful dates, remember that men and women share universal sensibilities. Men and women both like to be complimented, admired and appreciated. Everyone wants to feel important. Specifically, men like it when women suggest doing something together that he will like, such as going fishing or to a sporting event. Women generally appreciate being encouraged to express their feelings, and when men share their own feelings. "Above all, be comfortable and in touch with your inner self and you'll be more likely to be 'lucky in love,' " Downey says. About Deborah Downey Deborah Downey's experience spans 25 years of recovery in various 12-step programs around the country. Holding certifications as a professional life coach and as a chemical dependency counselor, Downey has dealt with addiction in its various forms, both as the child of alcoholic parents and as a confidant for others. In her self-help book, "What Are You Worried About!" (, Downey , who has multiple sclerosis, details a proactive approach to training one's mind to think positive.

Hundreds of families registered to attend Private School Expo this Sunday in Montreal

Sept 14 from 12:00 to 4:00 at Centre Mont-Royal, Montreal

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , QC ( September  2014 ) – Parent registrations for this Sunday's OUR KIDS Private School Expo in Montreal are on the rise. Hundreds of families are expected to visit the Expo held at Centre Mont-Royal from 12:00 to 4:00pm to meet with top-ranked local day schools and international boarding schools, along with education experts and consultants that will help them make the best decisions about their children's education. "It's a one-stop shopping experience. It saved me a lot of time because I get all of the information I need in just one day. " says Mrs. Delany a mother of 2 who attended last year's Expo. "We want to know what our options are, and attending the information seminars and meeting with all the schools really gets you thinking about the choice and opportunity available. The OUR KIDS Private School Expo features: 30 private and independent schools (French and English) 4 expert speakers - 2 information seminars on choosing, applying, and eligibility requirements under Bill 115- ADHD consultant  Admission to the OUR KIDS Private School Expo is only $10 per group or family with pre-registration at  Each attending family will receive a welcome tote bag including a complimentary copy of OUR KIDS Canada 's Private School Guide.     Click here for additional photos  About OUR KIDS  (www.ourkids.netEstablished in 1997, OUR KIDS is the trusted source to help families find top private schools, summer camps and kids programs in Canada.  From detailed guides, ebooks and checklists to easy search and compare tools, OUR KIDS has you covered when it comes to finding and choosing a private school or summer camp that is best for your child. Investing in your kids education and development is something that will stay with them forever, something that nobody can take away from them. Trust OUR KIDS, the resource more than 150,000 parents turn to every month, when it comes to finding the best schools and camps for your child. For all media request, please contact:  Agnes Stawicki, managing editor, c: 647-669-8019  

What Role Do the Public and Private Sectors Play in Pharmaceutical Innovation?
by Yanick Labrie

The discovery and marketing of countless therapeutic drugs and vaccines over the past century has undeniably helped to revolutionize the field of health care. Despite the scope of this progress and the benefits that have flowed from it, the pharmaceutical sector continues to be the target of numerous criticisms. How are innovative drugs discovered and developed? What do the public sector and the private sector each contribute to the process? The purpose of this Economic Note is to shed some light on these questions.

Léger Marketing Opinion Poll

The Carbon Market

While the sale of gasoline will as of January 1st, 2015 be subject to a carbon market formed solely by Quebec and California, a Léger Marketing poll commissioned by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) shows that nearly half of Quebecers are opposed to this measure once they learn that it could lead to a 3¢ per litre increase in the price of gas, versus 36% who are in favour of it.  
Quebecers Want to Fight Climate Change But Worry About the Bottom Line: Op-ed on the results of a Léger Marketing poll commissioned by the MEI by Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI (published on August 29 in the Huffington Post). Private Health Care Could Benefit Canada: Op-ed on the role of the private sector in the field of health care by Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI (published on August 30 in the Huffington Post). Le nouveau régime forestier crée de l'incertitude: Op-ed (in French) about the impact of logging on the future of our forests and the survival of the woodland caribou by Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI (published on August 14, 15 and 18 in Le Nouvelliste, Le Quotidien and Le Soleil). Job losses in Quebec and their impact on our economy: Interview with Vincent Geloso, Associate Researcher at the MEI (broadcast on August 12 on CJAD's The Tommy Schnurmacher Show). L'état de la forêt québécoise: Debate (in French) on the impact of logging on the future of our forests with Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI (broadcast on August 14 on the ARGENT business news network). Le paiement d'intérêts sur la dette: Interview (in French) about the significance of interest payments on the debt with Germain Belzile, Senior Fellow at the MEI (broadcast on August 18 on CHOI FM's Le Retour de Radio X). > Columns by Michel Kelly-Gagnon  > Other Op-eds  > TV interviews  > Radio interviews  > The MEI's media impact   Winston Churchill's economic philosophy: We are happy to announce that the event featuring Andrew Roberts, to be held on September 24, is SOLD OUT!

 "Quebec's Debt Clock."

Special to The Montreal Tribune - We are pleased to introduce the new version of our popular mobile app "Quebec's Debt Clock." When first released in March 2012, it was named "App of the Week" by the newspaper La Presse. In addition to showing the growth of the public sector debt in real time, this improved version also provides the debt amount per taxpayer. Just like on our website, it is always possible for users to react by signing a pre-written letter to the Minister of Finance to share their concern about the growing debt of Quebec's public sector. According to our estimates, the public sector debt now stands at 267.7 billion dollars. This is more than $ 67,553 per taxpayer. Quebec's finances are in bad shape and the problem will only get worse if nothing is done. "Quebec's Debt Clock" mobile app can be downloaded from our website at

Use of Passenger and Freight Rail Grows, Impact Magnified

New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines global trends and impacts of rail transport

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Washington , D.C. ----According to the International Union of Railways, passenger and freight trains globally traveled 12.7 billion kilometers in 2013, up from 9.7 billion in 2001. This increased use of rail entails environmental and social benefits, but also some risks, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner in the Institute's latest Vital Signs Online report. In 2013, people traveled an estimated 2,865 billion passenger-kilometers by intercity rail. Freight rail movements amounted to some 9,789 billion ton-kilometers worldwide. The world's rail vehicle stock ran to almost 3 million locomotives, railcars, and coaches. Rail transport offers an energy-efficient way to move people and goods. Although different transportation modes are difficult to compare, available estimates indicate that rail transport generally requires less fuel than movement by road vehicles. In the United States , intercity rail in 2012 required 78 percent of the energy (2,481 British thermal units, or Btu) per passenger mile required by cars (3,193 Btu). However, rail transport also brings challenges. Freight trains have long helped to maintain the resource-intensive global economy by moving raw materials from countries' interiors to export terminals. And other negative impacts are growing with the expansion of rail transport.  Rail is being used increasingly to move oil, for example, causing dangers of spills and explosions. In 2013, train shipments resulted in 117 oil spills in the United States , representing a nearly 10-fold increase over 2008. This year, a derailment in the U.S. state of Virginia caused a spill of 114,000 liters (30,000 gallons) of crude oil into a river. In Quebec , Canada , a derailment in 2013 led to an explosion that killed 47 people. Improved energy efficiencies and other smart choices can help to maximize positive impacts as rail systems grow. Electrification of rail lines, for example, offers a number of advantages, including higher energy efficiency. Worldwide, 28 percent of rail lines are electrified, but the percentage varies enormously among individual countries-from as high as 100 percent of rail lines in Switzerland to as low as 2 percent in Indonesia . The energy efficiency of freight rail vehicles has also increased massively, reducing by more than half the amount of energy required to haul one ton of freight over one kilometer (from 1,112 Btu in 1970 to 473 Btu in 2012 in the United States) as vehicle capacity increases. Country and Regional Highlights from the Report: Three quarters of all passenger-kilometers by rail are traveled in  Asia and Oceania . Europe 's share has declined from 31 percent to 22 percent, while the  Americas  and Africa  play minor roles. In freight rail,  Asia  and  Oceania  accounts for close to 37 percent of all ton-kilometers, followed by the  Americas  (33 percent) and  Europe  (29 percent).  Africa , however, has only 1.4 percent. The  United States  is second worldwide in freight rail tonnage, but has only limited passenger rail traffic.  Japan --the undisputed leader in number of passengers transported--has small amounts of freight tonnage. Japan  and  France  were the top countries in high-speed rail until recently, but  China  has built the world's most extensive network of high-speed lines and grabbed the lead in 2013. High-speed trains now account for 12.5 percent of all passenger rail travel, up from 7.3 percent in 2004.

4 Emerging Concepts & Trends in Social Media Marketing

Marketing to Millennials? Tech Entrepreneur Identifies Opportunities for Businesses

Special to The Montreal Tribune - When Beyoncé released her self-titled album late last year, she didn't go through any of the traditional promotional means, which she called boring. Instead, she simply posted a video featuring the new album cover and pictures of her with the caption "Surprise!" on Instagram. That was enough for Beyoncé, one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Within the two days of that post, more than 430,000 "Beyoncé" albums were sold on iTunes for $15.99 per download. Of course, the wildly popular album would have been a hot product no matter how Beyoncé chose to promote it, but the story is yet another testament to the power of social media, says marketing entrepreneur Robert Danard, CEO of Spriza, Inc., a global social network for group prizes from major brands. "It's no secret that the 18- to 34-year-old demographic is the most coveted one – they are the future of any product, and if you want to reach them, then you have to have a social media strategy," says Danard, who started his career a decade ago by founding an early social media site. "Beyoncé saved her record company plenty of money in traditional promotions, which would have been all but useless since her target audience is on social media." Danard discusses social media marketing and the trends that are currently unfolding. •  The "attention economy:" This refers to the demand for companies to focus on multiple social media sites, and the underlying human need to be validated through acknowledgement. How do young adults define their worth? Increasingly, it's through the numbers of "likes," "re-tweets" and "follows" they get on social media. Companies that acknowledge and engage with individual users in real time help validate their self worth and quickly turn them into brand fans. •  Creating winning circles of friends: Brands increasingly are recognizing the power of social media recommendations from friends. This referral process can be harnessed by offering real value, and incentives, to those who make recommendations. Danard points to his own site, Spriza (as in "surprise"), which encourages sharing by offering a memorable experience to the winner and the friends with whom he or she shared. For instance, a grand prize currently up for grabs will award 10 winners $1,000 cash each. All entrants will also have a chance to participate in the contingent (game of chance) draw to win a condo valued at $150,000. •  The future of customer service: Millennials trust the social media format, despite its potential for fraud and misrepresentation, more than government, businesses or religious institutions, according to a recent report by the global public relations firm Edelman. Many companies, including American Airlines, are focusing more of their customer service resources to answer complaints via social media. This can speed complaint resolution, and it makes businesses and their customer service departments more accountable because users can see when, if and how complaints are resolved. •  Socially enriched sales: People like to be engaged online, and they like to buy things, but they don't like to be sold products in the traditional way. Companies currently experiencing the most success online are not lazy about it; they don't buy fake friends and followers. They engage, entertain, nurture relationships and build on shared values with their outreach. About Robert Danard Rob Danard is the CEO and head of business development for Spriza, Inc, a marketing system that allows companies to quickly and cost-effectively promote a product or service by attracting widespread interest from a targeted audience. He is an entrepreneur and business development specialist who brings more than 10 years of diverse experience in the private and public sectors. He  started his career in the world of online technology, founding one of the first social networking sites, a wireless encryption company and a media and entertainment marketing company. Danard has worked as an independent consultant to various media firms assisting in valuations, assessment, development and deal flow. 

  Competency / behavioral questions

Special to The Montreal Tribune - United Kingdom – Recent statistics have shown that ¼ of employed people are actively looking for another job. Coupled with new graduates and the unemployed, application pools are now bigger than ever before. Employers have reacted swiftly by instituting a variety of competency and behavioural question tests to rapidly sort the wheat from the chaff, and by causing so many candidates to fall at the first hurdle, it appears to be working. These competency / behavioral questions are the most enigmatic and often toughest part of any application or interview. However, thanks to a new book by recruitment expert Mike Good, any candidate with application can now triumph. 'The Competency Question Handbook' literally has it all. Synopsis: Wanting a real job or career but struggling with competency / behavioural type interviews ? ..... (" Give me an example of when you have problem-solved. Tell me of a time when you have shown initiative".).....This book will help you perform brilliantly at them and complete winning competency application forms. It is filled with example answers...... It will explain what competency interviews are and help you to realise that you have many more skills and experiences than you realise. By a close analysis of the job advert and job description and by cross reference to your own Experiences Autobiography, you can then prepare for those interviews....... With a background in Careers Guidance, then Recruitment, then as a Personnel Manager, I've helped hundreds of ordinary people like YOU into work and you can join that fast growing list....... I've helped jobseekers, job changers, school-leavers, graduates and labour-market returners to land their desired job and progress up the career ladder...... "My book starts right at square one, by explaining what competencies are and why interviewers utilize them. I then urge readers to do a stock-take of their experiences and compile their 'Experiences Autobiography', a self-created tool that is game-changing," explains Good. Continuing, " I show applicants how to read job adverts to determine the type of competencies that may be asked, so they can predict the questions and prepare excellent answers. Everything is explained through dozens of real-world examples that put the strategies into context." Applicants are leaving rave reviews. For example, L.L. comments, "This book is a godsend. It made me realise the skills I already possess and helped me to remember the experiences of when I've used those skills. The book is easy to read and understand with lots of examples. I feel so much more confident now and will NOT dread those competency interviews anymore!" Chartwell adds, "Excellent book. It explains the full range of questions that you may be asked at an interview and provides helpful answers and suggestions of how they can relate to you. Any interviews I go for in the future will be far less daunting. I highly recommend it." 'The Competency Question Handbook' is available now: About the Author: Mike Good has a background in Careers Guidance, then Recruitment, then as a Personnel Manager.

About Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Residences

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Residences, (the former Trump International Hotel & Tower in Fort Lauderdale ), for example, a 290 condominium hotel project which just launched and is being marketed exclusively by Douglas Elliman. This is the first beach resort in the US for the Conrad brand which is one of the most acclaimed brands in Asia and now entering the US market. The 24-story development is currently undergoing more than $30 million in renovations and upgrades to deliver a world-class architectural design. Currently undergoing a more than $30 million renovation and property enhancements, the 24-story oceanfront Conrad Fort Lauderdale has an anticipated opening in 2015. The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Residences will combine resort-style amenities with a luxury residential living experience. Homes will range from studio-, one-, two-, three-bedrooms and penthouses designed by Edge of Architecture and Steven G Interiors. There will be fully furnished and appointed deluxe condominium hotel studios-, one-, and two-bedroom suites with flat screen televisions, spacious private balconies, private owner’s storage closet and marble entry foyers as well as exquisitely finished kitchens with top-of-the line appliances including Sub Zero refrigerators and Wolfe Cooktops. Spa-like bathrooms will boast marble vanity tops, separate shower and baths. Prices for residences start at $500,000 and range to multi-million dollar penthouses.  Best Regards,  Sybille St. Arromand, T: 786.528.6105, 407 Lincoln Road, Suite 10 h, Miami Beach , FL 33139 .

She Brings It!! – What It Takes to Thrive in Male-Dominated Professions

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Lessons from Florida 's 1st Female Lieutenant Governor - Ninety-four years after women's suffrage in the United States , intelligent and well-educated females still battle stereotypes, discrimination and, sometimes, their own fears, when working in male-dominated professions. And there are still many of those! From the famously boys-club cultures of Silicon Valley  to construction and the automotive industry, guys remain the standard in many industries – that also tend to pay better than female-dominated fields. "Sure, women face challenges, some of them pretty unpleasant, when they're the minority in their chosen profession," says Jennifer Carroll, (, the first female – and first black -- lieutenant governor of Florida under Gov. Rick Scott, and a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander. Carroll, who shares her experiences in her new autobiography, "When You Get There," says what she learned in childhood and in the military helped her to not only succeed, but to be strong and confident through even the most difficult times. "When you're struggling, you never think you'll be better off because of it, particularly if you're a good person who's trying to do well," she says. "You learn to adjust and come out of these trying times stronger and more prepared for what's truly intended for you." Here are some of her suggestions for women working in male-dominated companies and industries. •  Don't neglect or fail to nurture family bonds – they will sustain you through anything. Carroll married Nolan Carroll while she was in the Navy, and raised three children and cared for her aging parents even as she rose through the ranks and then entered politics. Throughout, she made sure family was her priority. "My husband has stayed true to the core through all the ups and downs we've experienced," she says. "He's secure in who he is, which has brought me a sense of strength and helped me ascend to whatever levels I chose." Likewise, her children – Nolan, Nyckie and Necho – are staunch supporters no matter what happens. Through the most difficult times, their main concern has always been, "How is mommy feeling? Is she okay?" •  Have a deep and trusting faith in God. "I believe God will always make a path through the storm. I believe you have to go through the storm to get to what's waiting on the other side and afterward, you'll be stronger and more capable of handling whatever comes," she says. That faith, that God had a purpose for even the most seemingly unjust and unkind actions of others, helped Carroll when emotions including depression, anger and betrayal threatened to overwhelm. "You have to trust that and when you do, you don't allow yourself to engage in behaviors that conflict with your values," she says. "You maintain your self-esteem, your self-respect, and the respect of those who know and love you." •  Be a team player. Her 20 years in the military taught Carroll, who'd been a loner as a child, the value of being a good team player. Despite her difficult two years working as the second in command to a governor who severely limited her role, Carroll persevered in working to support him, including pursuing votes and legislation using her talents and the strong relationships she had built as a legislator. "Some people might ask, 'Why did you keep trying to help him when it was clear he didn't want your help?' It may appear futile, if you focus only how things ended," she says. But that's not her focus. "I can look back and be proud of what I was able to accomplish during my time in office," she says. "Just one example: As Chairwoman of Space Florida , I was instrumental in creating thousands of new private sector, space and aerospace-related jobs. I helped transition Florida into a post-space shuttle era, so we could remain the space activity capital of the world. I managed a program that enabled 15 new or growing aerospace-related programs to thrive. They'll bring us nearly 2,000 jobs over the next five years."I'm very happy about what those accomplishments, and others, mean for my state." About Jennifer S. Carroll - Jennifer Carroll is the former lieutenant governor of Florida and a retired decorated lieutenant commander/aviation maintenance for the U.S. Navy. She was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2003 to 2010 and was the executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently, she is a Political Analyst for WJXT CHANNEL News4Jax Jacksonville, Florida, and Senior Adviser for Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (GDSI) in West Palm Beach , FL. Carroll holds an MBA, among other academic degrees. She and her husband, Nolan, have three children

The Most Rewarding Marketing Mistake I Ever Made

Special to The Montreal Tribune - By: Marsha Friedman - Recently, a colleague asked me, "What was the most rewarding mistake you ever made in business?" It's a great question, and I quickly had an answer for him because it was an incredibly painful mistake. However, it proved to be an invaluable lesson that has served me well in the years since. I'm sharing so perhaps you can learn it the easy way. The lesson: Don't ever stop marketing because you think you've reached the point where you don't need to. And, secondarily, believe the old adage that warns, "Don't put all your eggs into one basket." There's a story, of course! Years ago, my public relations company connected with a large publishing house that served many prestigious authors. The first few of its authors we accepted as clients had such successful campaigns, we quickly became the publicity firm of record for this publisher. I thought we'd tapped the mother load! The publisher kept a steady stream of clients flowing to us, and eventually, they became about 80 percent of our business. We were so focused on delivering for these authors that we became much less focused on getting our company name out to prospective new clients. We slowly stopped marketing. Our newsletters ground to a halt. We didn't waste time networking. We quit our efforts to get the same publicity for our company that we get for clients. Why bother? We didn't need new clients! We had a whole basket full of beautiful perfect eggs and we were happily skipping along with it. And then ... it broke. The publisher ran into some serious problems with its investors and the business came crashing down. And guess who almost went with it? Our eggs were cooked. Faced with only a few clients and no prospects, we got busy fast and cranked up the marketing department (me!) again. It took awhile to regain the momentum we'd lost but, thankfully, we had a side business that could help pay the bills in the interim. Slowly but surely (this was before the age of social media, which really speeds things up), we built up a new list of prospects and clients – only this time from a diverse array of sources. It was a terrible but powerful experience that demonstrated very clearly: No matter how great things seem to be going, you never stop marketing. It needs to be a constant hum because if that hum stops, you know there will be a big problem ahead. I stopped marketing because I thought I had all the clients I needed. Over the years I've seen others make the same mistake but for different reasons. Here are a few: One great publicity hit is a really bad reason to stop marketing. I've talked to people who believed if we could just get them on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (before 2011) or "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," that was all they'd need. They'd be done. Yes, a big national show can give you a tremendous launch, but you won't keep soaring unless you do something to stay in the public eye. I guarantee you, there are plenty of people you never heard of who got their "big break" and then disappeared because they stopped marketing. Most of us won't get those huge hits – and that's not a reason to stop, either. I haven't been on "Oprah" but I often hear from prospective clients that I or my business was recommended to them by someone I've never met and don't know. That's what good, sustained marketing does. It may not always create fireworks, but that doesn't mean it's not working for you. Yesterday's story is old news. Look for fresh new ways to stay in the public eye. The publicity you get today can continue to work for you online, but eventually, it's going to be old news. We encourage our clients to post links to their publicity on their websites; it shows visitors that they have credibility with the media. But if those visitors see only publicity and testimonials that are five or 10 years old, they're going to wonder why no one's been interested in you more recently. Just as I put all my eggs in one basket by relying on one source for clients, it's also a mistake to rely on just one marketing tool. Maximize the reach of the publicity you get in traditional media by sharing it on social media. Put a blog, or other content you can renew and refresh, on your website. Write a book. Do speaking engagements (for free, if necessary). Your audience is likely not all huddled together in one corner of the world. To reach them, use a variety of marketing tools. Whatever it is you're promoting – your business, your product, your book, yourself – keep the momentum going. If you want people to know you're out there, you have to stay out there. About Marsha Friedman - Marsha Friedman is a 24-year veteran of the public relations industry. She is the CEO of EMSI Public Relations (, a national firm that provides PR strategy and publicity services to businesses, professional firms, entertainers and authors. Marsha is also the author of Celebritize Yourself: The Three Step Method to Increase Your Visibility and Explode Your Business. Follow her on Twitter: @marshafriedman.  

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Iran Happy dancers to be lashed

Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams' song Happy are sentenced to 91 lashes and jail terms, their lawyer says.

A still image from the 'vulgar' Happy video

Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song Happy have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says. The sentences were suspended for three years, meaning they will not go to prison unless they reoffend, he adds. The video shows three men and three unveiled women dancing on the streets and rooftops of Tehran . In six months, it has been viewed by over one million people on YouTube. The majority of people involved in the video were sentenced to six months in prison, with one member of the group given one year, lawyer Farshid Rofugaran was quoted by Iran Wire as saying. The "Happy we are from Tehran " video was brought to the attention of the Iranian authorities in May, after receiving more than 150,000 views. Members of the group behind the video were subsequently arrested by Iranian police for violating Islamic laws of the country, which prohibit dancing with members of the opposite sex and women from appearing without a headscarf. They later appeared on state-run TV saying they were actors who had been tricked into make the Happy video for an audition. Iranians arrested over Happy tribute   Iran's Pharrell tributeWatch   Pharrell overcome at US radio awards   Pharrell video inspires 1,000 re-makes

David Morrissey says acting has fallen prey to 'intern culture'

Actor David Morrissey, who said people from poorer backgrounds are finding it tougher to break into acting

David Morrissey

David Morrissey made his screen debut at the age of 18 in 1983

He said: "It worries me that in the arts, a very rich community, we're not offering more support." The 50-year-old Liverpudlian added he was given a grant for drama school. Morrissey, whose screen credits include Blackpool and US serial The Walking Dead, said that he was able to work while he was at the city's Everyman Theatre. "There's an economic exclusion of working class people happening now. I got lucky, but if I was starting out now, it would be a lot harder, because my parents could never have supported me through that 'Is it going to happen?' period. "Television is doing very well for itself, but the trickledown effect isn't working," he added. Earlier this week, Dame Judi Dench echoed Morrissey's concerns, saying that she receives letters from aspiring actors asking for help to put them through drama school. “There's an economic exclusion of working class people happening now. I got lucky, but if I was starting out now, it would be a lot harder.”

 "The Argillet Collection"

Special to The Montreal Tribune - For a first time in Canada , exclusively in Montreal - Exhibition and sale of Salvador Dali's original etchings on copper from "The Argillet Collection" beginning October 18 at Ambiance Art Gallery. Montreal , September 18, 2014- For the first time in Canada , "The Argillet Collection" of original etchings on copper by internationally renowned artist Salvador Dali will be presented to the public during an exhibition and sale at Old Montreal's Ambiance Art Gallery from October 18 to November 9. This international event makes a single Canadian stop in Montreal , offering a rare opportunity to see and acquire etchings, watercolors and Aubusson tapestries by Salvador Dali, the master of surrealism. This collection has toured several major U.S. cities, including New York , Chicago , Washington , Dallas and Houston , and was also presented in Singapore last April. "It was by pure coincidence that Madame Argillet was introduced to us through a common acquaintance. We are very honoured that she chose us to present "The Argillet Collection'' for the first time in Canada," said Mr. Guy Bourget, owner of the Ambiance Art Gallery, part of the Bourget Group of Art Galleries. The collection, that of Dali's publisher and long-time friend and collaborator Pierre Argillet, is curated by Argillet's daughter, Christine Argillet. Ms. Argillet, who knew Salvador Dali well, will visit Montreal on October 18 and 19 to present the collection and chat with visitors. "It is extraordinary for me because this collection has never been shown in Canada ," said Madame Christine Argillet. "I sensed incredible curiosity during the interviews I did. I think that this rather spontaneous and unknown aspect of Dali's work is the attraction of this exhibition. Dali liked to surprise people, and I think that is just what he will do!" More than one hundred etchings from ten series with such evocative titles as Surrealist Bullfight, Poems by Mao Zedong, Venus in Furs, Mythology, Faust and Hippies will be exhibited in Montreal . The investment to acquire Dali's original copper etchings ranges from $5,000 to $50,000; most are fairly affordable at between $5,000 and $15,000. Each work will be personally authenticated and certified by Christine Argillet. The exhibition and sale of "The Argillet Collection" of etchings by Salvador Dali will take place in Old Montreal, at Ambiance Art Gallery (member of the Bourget Group of Art Galleries), from October 18 to November 9, at 81 Saint-Paul East in Montreal (corner of St-Gabriel). Admission is free and recommended for adults 18 years and older.  For more information:

Gallery hours: October 18 to November 9: Monday to Friday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ; on October 18 (Saturday): 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ; entrance is free.

Museums Having Exhibited "The Argillet Collection'': ''The Argillet Collection" has appeared in some of the world's most renowned museums: Boijmans Museum (Rotterdam), 1971; Pushkin Museum (Moscow), 1988; Reynolds-Morse Foundation (St. Petersburg, Florida); Kunsthaus, (Zürich) and Staatsgalerie (Stuttgart), 1989; Isetan Museum of Art (Tokyo), Daimaru Art Museum (Osaka) and the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art (Hiroshima), 1990. The collection is permanently housed at the Museum of Surrealism in Melun , France , and at the Dali Museum in Figueras , Spain .  

Ambiance Art Gallery - Ambiance Art Gallery is the latest jewel in the Bourget Group of Art Galleries and offers unique creations by Quebec and Canadian artists. The gallery is located in a historical building on Saint-Paul Street , and features up to 2,400-square-foot showroom in a New York-inspired loft-like space. Suspended movable walls are used to create intimate alcoves in which paintings and sculptures sit harmoniously side-by-side.

Bourget Group of Art Galleries - The Bourget Group of Art Galleries was founded in 1997 and now has four galleries on Saint-Paul Street, an historically and culturally rich site in the heart of Old Montreal. The Group includes Le Bourget Art Gallery, Le Luxart Art Gallery, Émeraude Art Gallery and Ambiance Art Gallery . Over the years the Group has made a name for itself through its discerning selection of Quebec , Canadian and international artists-a little over 100 now in its catalogue. It has also built a strong reputation among both seasoned and amateur collectors from around the world for its exceptional service and excellence. The Group was founded 17 years ago by Guy Bourget and Nicole Bourré, two visual art lovers. To Media people - If you would like to interview the creator of Unrelated, choreographer Daina Ashbee - Media Contacts: Janis Kirshner (514) 287-8912 or Christine Roy 514 982-1812, poste 227

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturals) presents

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Daina Ashbee's - Choreographed by Daina Ashbee - Performed by Paige Culley and Areli Moran - Part of the MAI's new Série Création bourgeonne - Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4, 2014 . Over 1,200 Aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 years. MONTREAL , September 2014 – Unrelated is a personal creation that expresses the struggle of Aboriginal women through a reconstruction of their identities. Choreographer Daina Ashbee communicates the cruelty and vulnerability these women are confronted with, while exploring cultural devastation, violence and self-destruction. Presented at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) on October 3 and 4. One of today's burning issues is the disappearance of Aboriginal women in Canada . According to new police figures, over 1,200 native women and girls have disappeared or been murdered in Canada over the last three decades. The level of violence is striking. While they are only 4 per cent of the population, native women and girls represent 16 per cent of female murder victims and 12 per cent of the country's missing women and girls. The recent 'Am I Next' online campaign was started by Holly Jarrett, a cousin of Loretta Saunders. Jarrett says she hopes those three chilling words will frighten the nation into action:

Unrelated is a dark, intense and disturbing work about this heinous reality. With a disconcerting lucidity, the piece unveils the feeling of emptiness; the loss of Aboriginal language and rituals. Ashbee's dance draws on both the contemporary and traditional- her creations are deliberately vulnerable and often sensual. A study of the subconscious in its corporeality, the choreographer deconstructs and transforms the frames of reference that conditioned her own self-image, incorporating repetition, resistance and falling. For Ashbee, the art of dance brings her closer to her own body and to the awareness of her own thoughts and processes, "Articulating this awareness through choreography helps to uncover my connection to the environment, the earth and to my ancestors." She continues, "In a society full of traps to confuse, numb and desensitize, my work uses and acknowledges the density and complexity of the human structure by exploring its innards, its thought processes, its energy and its capacity for life. Blood, water, organs, bones, energy and thought all figure in the creation. I project shapes from within." Ashbee's choreography is an investigation of the body in order to address the subconscious. She explains, "My work is a deepening of my own consciousness. My hope is to destroy frameworks that have warped my body and self-image as a way to repair and prepare for a new beginning." Choreographer/dancer Daina Ashbee began working on Unrelated in 2012; a compilation of movement and choreography manifested through the research of First Nations women's issues in Canada . This research leads Ashbee to create a movement score which delves into the bodies of the performers and addresses sexuality and self-identity. Here, struggle and disconnection are common themes that can be seen physically in the performers' bodies. Unrelated is stunningly interpreted by dancers Areli Moran and Paige Culley. Lighting design is by Timothy Rodrigues, dramaturgy by Su Feh Lee and Lara Kramer. Unrelated will tour to four Mexican cities in 2015 after its world premiere at the MAI. To learn more about Daina Ashbee and her projects:  New this season at the MAI is the Série Création bourgeonne. This latest component of their program presents works from emerging Montreal artists. These interdisciplinary creations offer ex­traordinary art within the reach of every budget. Unrelated (2 shows only) October 3 and 4 at 8pm Daina Ashbee at the MAI, 3680 rue Jeanne-Mance, A discussion with dance critic Philip Szporer will follow Friday night's performance. Tickets: $18 regular, $15 group (10 or more) October 3 special: two tickets for $25, available only up to 24 hours prior to the show Reservations: (514) 982-3386 or online- (+ service charge) Click to see an excerpt from Unrelated

Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York, NY (September 16, 2014)-- On November 11, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go – the film of Monty Python’s 2014 reunion shows live at The O2, London. Filmed in high definition, this title will be simultaneously released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video [Pre-book Order Date October 17, MSRP $24.98 Blu-ray, $19.98 DVD]. The reunion of the Monty Python team on stage for the first time in over 30 years, and for the last time ever, was the most anticipated production of 2014. Filmed live on July 20th on the final night of the run of ten sold out performances at The O2, London, Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go sees the five surviving members - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin – together with Carol Cleveland, perform many of their classic sketches and much-loved songs, with modern, Pythonesque twists. The show also encompasses film inserts from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Terry Gilliam’s iconic animations, outrageous dance routines by an ensemble of twenty and a fantastic live orchestra. There was huge demand for the first new Monty Python live performances for and fans flocked to The O2, London , in massive numbers.  All the favorites were included in the show: the Dead Parrot, the Lumberjack Song, the Spanish Inquisition, Spam, Nudge Nudge, Argument, the Four Yorkshiremen, the Bruces and with a sing-along of “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” as the grand finale. Exclusive bonus material featured includes behind-the-scenes “Sneak Peeks” of: The Reunion – November 2013 / The Announcement – November 2013 / The Production - November 2013 to July 2014 / Backstage At The O2 – July 2014 / Highlights from the 10 Shows at London ’s O2 Arena – July 2014.  There is also exclusive footage of the Pythons as Pepperpots and Gumbys. The show cements the Python’s reputation as the most influential comedy group of all time and, more importantly, still one of the funniest. Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go is the ultimate Monty Python show. Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London , New York , Toronto , Paris and Hamburg . Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at: Facebook:  Twitter:   YouTube: For more information regarding this and other Eagle Rock Entertainment releases, contact Carol Kaye at Follow us on Facebook at  LIVE (mostly) – ONE DOWN FIVE TO GO - ~DVD, BLU-RAY, AND DIGITAL VIDEO~   ~ NOVEMBER 11, 2014 ~

JPL presents the film Closer to the Moon

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  Montreal , September  2014 – The film Closer to the Moon by Nae Caranfil will be shown on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Admission: $10 Jewish Public Library members & students, $15 non-members. For tickets call 514-345- 6416 or for more information visit  Based in Bucharest in1959, this is the incredible true story of five high-ranking Jewish members of the Romanian Communist party and heroes of the resistance who plan, and carry out, a spectacular bank robbery. They divert the attention of onlookers by pretending to be shooting a movie. They are arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to death but not before being forced to reenact the robbery in a fake propaganda film – an opportunity they immediately seize to turn their absurd predicament into a comedy. Starring: Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones). “Shot in English with a name British and American cast, this surprisingly entertaining black comedy and absurdist take on real events will connect with audiences.” –Variety Introduced by Felicia Mihali, Montreal writer, teacher and journalist. Sponsored by the Janie Cooper Endowment of the JPL. In collaboration with Association Rocade.

JPL presents French film For a Woman by Diane Kurys

In French with English Subtitles

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , September 2014 – The French film For a Woman will be shown on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Admission: $10 Jewish Public Library members & students, $15 non-members. For tickets call 514-345- 6416 or for more information visit   After her mother’s death, Anne’s life-changing discovery of an old photo casts doubts on her heritage, and reveals the existence of a mysterious uncle whom her parents had taken in after the war. In unveiling a family secret, the young woman soon learns that her mother had once known a great love as passionate as it was fleeting. In this film, Diane Kurys, the director behind remarkable works such as Diabolo Menthe (1977), Coup de foudre (1983), Un homme amoureux (1987), La Baule-les-Pins (1990), Les Enfants du siècle (1999), Je reste! (2033) and, most recently, Sagan (2008), draws on her own life to remind us there’s more to a family’s story than what is captured in long-forgotten, dust-covered album snapshots. Introduced by Maurice Elia, novelist and film specialist.   Sponsored by N.E. Mendelson Endowment Fund.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal presents

Sunday Morning Family Tree Workshop

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , Septbember 2014 - JGS of Montreal will hold its popular Sunday Morning Family Tree workshop (formerly Scholar-in-Residence) on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . No charge. Everyone welcome to attend. For more information visit or call the JGS of Montreal 24-hour Hotline at (514) 484-0969. This workshop is an opportunity for beginners to get ‘one-on-one’ help with family history questions. Jewish family history does not have to be a mystery. We all leave a paper trail that can unravel the story of our families for many generations, across the ocean and into the smallest of ‘shtetls’– Join with other Montrealers in the fascinating quest for your roots. There are many books on how to build brands in the 20th century. This is the first to show what it will take to build successful brands in the 21st century."  --Philip Kotler, S. C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University number of awards including two Emmys, the prestigious George Foster Peabody award, and the Heartland award for "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream." He was also nominated for an Academy Award. He is the Futurist in Residence at the Ringling College of Art + Design. The Time Bandit Solution is available from, and through all major booksellers.    

Front Row Centre Events Dance Series returns

September 24 with the Bolshoi Ballet - Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty comes to Canadian movies theatres for the first time.

 Special to The Montreal Tribune - MONTREAL, QC - September 2014 - Cineplex's Front Row Centre Events Dance Series is back for its third season, offering performances from some of the world's most prestigious dance companies. The season opens with Matthew Bourne's acclaimed gothic production of Sleeping Beauty, followed by the return of the Bolshoi Ballet with four live broadcasts, including The Legend of Love, The Pharaoh's Daughter, La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, Ivan the Terrible, and the timeless productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake . "The Front Row Centre Events Dance Series is a terrific opportunity for dance enthusiasts to take in some of the best ballet performances, both contemporary and classic, from around the world," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "The series was a big hit in its first two years, and we expect it to be even more popular this year."

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty (September 24 and 26, 2014)

Following a sell-out UK tour Matthew Bourne's brand-new production, Sleeping Beauty, is coming to cinemas for the first time. The story begins in 1890, the year of the ballet's first performance, at the christening of the heroine Princess Aurora. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forward in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era: a mythical golden age of long summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day, a world more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy story. Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty is a Gothic romance that will delight dance fans of all ages and completes the choreographer's Tchaikovsky trio of Nutcracker and international hit Swan Lake . Click here to watch the trailer :

The Legend of Love - The Bolshoi Ballet Live ( October 26, 2014 )

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich's earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines. Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East , this stunning ballet uses pure dance to tell the story and is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe. World premiere.

The Pharaoh's Daughter - The Bolshoi Ballet ( November 20, 2014 )

Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of Egypt 's most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and begins to dream that the princess has come to life. The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier's novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa's mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece. With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi's repertoire.

La Bayadère - The Bolshoi Ballet ( December 7, 2014 )

When the beautiful dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor meet in secret, they swear eternal mutual fidelity. However, the High Brahmin, who is also in love with Nikiya, overhears them. He rushes to reveal their secret to the Rajah, who has decided that Solor will marry his beloved daughter Gamzatti. La Bayadère (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India . Marius Petipa's choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet.

The Nutcracker - The Bolshoi Ballet Live  (December 21, 2014)

Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann's story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil. This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.

Swan Lake - The Bolshoi Ballet Live (January 25, 2015)

The great legend of the enigmatic swan/woman is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterized by elegance, style and harmony. With Tchaikovsky's famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia 's great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must-see.

Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet: Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Feb 22 and 25, 2015)

Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet has been seen by over 110,000 people across North America , eliciting cheers and ovations wherever it tours. Along with a rousing French-inspired soundtrack, the ballet features high-kicking choreography by Jorden Morris and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak. Turn of the century Paris ... a city of exquisite contradiction. The heady elixir of personal freedom bred lifestyles both reckless and addictive. Drawn to Paris by the city's passion, a flame fuelled by the hearts of lovers and the souls of poets, Mathieu and Nathalie tempt fate as they seek love and destiny at the infamous cabaret - The Moulin Rouge®. This vibrant cinematic presentation of Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet is directed by brothers Pierre & François Lamoureux of Cinemusica, the duo behind Grammy Award-winning concert film Zappa Plays Zappa and the Emmy Award-winning Harry Connick Jr., In Concert - On Broadway.

Romeo & Juliet - The Bolshoi Ballet ( March 8, 2015 )

William Shakespeare's timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev's much-loved score. With its famous melodies, rhythmic variety and universal theme, this story of impossible love remains an all-time favourite, and is one of the world's most popular ballets. Stellar performances by Alexander Volchkov and Anna Nikulina illuminate this masterpiece, making the immortal tale of the lovers of Verona an unforgettable experience.

Ivan the Terrible - The Bolshoi Ballet Live ( April 19, 2015 )

Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich's powerful and fascinating epic dramatizes Ivan the Terrible's controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigour, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colours of medieval Russia . Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company's repertoire, a 20th-century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience. Tickets for Front Row Centre Events Dance Series performances are on sale now. For a complete list of participating theatres, visit  Discounts are available on purchases of tickets to three or more performances.

About Front Row Centre Events (FRCE) Brought to you by Cineplex Entertainment, Front Row Centre Events bring world-class entertainment to your local Cineplex Entertainment theatre and other participating locations. Presented in high-definition with digital surround sound, guests can experience the best in original one-night only and series-based programming. With the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series, Broadway productions, live broadcasts direct from the stage of London 's National Theatre, dance performances, classic films, concerts, live sporting events and documentaries, Front Row Centre Events put you in the centre of the action on the big screen. Click here for more information. About Cineplex: Cineplex Inc. ("Cineplex") is one of Canada's leading entertainment companies and operates one of the most modern and fully digitized motion picture theatre circuits in the world. A top-tier Canadian brand, Cineplex operates numerous businesses including theatrical exhibition, food services, gaming, alternative programming (Front Row Centre Events), Cineplex Media, Cineplex Digital Solutions, Cineplex Digital Networks, and the online sale of home entertainment content through and on apps embedded in various electronic devices.  Cineplex is also a joint venture partner in SCENE - Canada 's largest entertainment loyalty program. The largest and most successful exhibitor in Quebec, Cineplex operates 21 theatres and one drive-in totaling 260 screens and serves approximately 11 million guests annually. Cineplex is headquartered in Toronto , Canada , and operates 163 theatres with 1643 screens from coast to coast, serving approximately 77 million guests annually through the following theatre brands: Cineplex Odeon, SilverCity, Galaxy Cinemas, Colossus, Coliseum, Scotiabank Theatres, Cineplex Cinemas, Cineplex VIP Cinemas, Famous Players and Cinema City .  Cineplex also owns and operates the UltraAVX, Poptopia, and Outtakes brands.  Cineplex trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CGX.  More information is available at Don't miss this Greater Montreal and area tour: Dorval , Wakefield , St. Lambert , Le Plateau, Hudson ...

Infinithéâtre presents

Kafka's Ape

Montreal area tour Based on Franz Kafka's A Report to an Academy Adapted and Directed by Guy Sprung Starring Howard Rosenstein Please click to see an excerpt from the play: Kafka's Ape

 Special to The Montreal Tribune -  Montreal, September 2014– Montreal's Infinithéâtre is proudly taking its critically acclaimed Kafka's Ape to Stratford Ontario and the greater Montreal area as part of its fall tour for the 2014-2015 season. Regional theatregoers will enjoy this mesmerizing production throughout the month of October in a number of neighbourhoods and towns including Dorval , Wakefield , Saint Lambert , Le Plateau Mont-Royal and Hudson (please see dates below). Based on Franz Kafka's short story A Report to an Academy (1917), and adapted by director Guy Sprung from the original German, Kafka's Ape upends the notion of civilization and what it means to be human in a world of routinized inhumanity. An unnerving satire on 'otherness' and the compounding growth of private military companies, Kafka's Ape stars Howard Rosenstein as keynote speaker and primate, Mr. Redpeter, in a theatrical tour-de-force performance. Alexandra Montagnese enthrallingly plays the silent role of Mrs. Redpeter. "Howard Rosenstein knocks it out of the park in the title role. Bravo!" - Pat Donnelly, The Gazette Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is widely celebrated as one of the most important writers of the 20th century. Written during the darkest hours of the Great War, Kafka's A Report to an Academy (Ein Bericht für eine Academie) is a tale of a captured simian turned into a celebrated variety show act. In Sprung's scathing adaptation, Redpeter ends up as a distinguished member of the 'private security industry', one of the biggest growth industries of the 21st century. "I deliberately don't use the word 'freedom'. 'Freedom' is a powerfully seductive word which your so-called civilized world uses very cleverly, very effectively, to entrap and occupy whole continents." – Redpeter  Kafka's central thesis in his satire on forced assimilation – that other animals have a dignity and a respect for Mother Nature and their own species that Homo sapiens have lost – has been nudged into the 21st century. From director Guy Sprung, "When Kafka first wrote this short story, millions of human beings were coerced into an orgy of killing each other, proving Homo sapiens to be vastly superior to gorillas and chimpanzees when it came to mass murder and genocide. Ironically, one of the largest of the private military corporations doing business with the American government today is called Academi, formerly known as Blackwater. In a sense, it still is a report to an Academy." Queries Sprung, "Was Kafka able to see into the future?" Movement coaches Anana Rydvald and Zach Fraser (also assistant director) helped the actors find the 'ape' in themselves. Lighting design is by Eric Mongerson, adapted for the tour by Tristynn Duheme; creature make-up design by Vladimir Alexandru Cara; composer, video and sound designer is Nikita U. For more information on Kafka's Ape and reviews: Infinithéâtre presents Kafka's Ape for its 2014-2015 fall season tour during the month of October  

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"What is YOUR Billion Dollar Pitch?"

There is one key in getting others to respond to what you have. Your money is in your message!

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Many entrepreneurs, from all walks of life, have great products, offer incredible services and have ideas that would truly be beneficial.  However, many times they lack the ability to effectively communicate their message in order to get a response!  Response is the key word.  If you can't communicate your message... if you can't get others to want what you have... if you can't "create the need" for what you have – do you know what happens – nothing!  Red Motley once said, "Nothing happens until... somebody sells something!" Some equate this to having to "sell." Many people get uncomfortable just hearing this word: sell.  But it is the only way someone will "buy" what you have.  You should never think of selling anything.  The key to successful communication is to always think of how what you have can trulyhelp the other person.  Your marketing message can't be a trick or gimmick.  Your message has to be based on honesty, sincerity and integrity. How many times have you been talking with someone about your product, service, business or idea and at the end of the conversation they would get up and leave – with no response?  And your thought would be, "... I don't understand. I told them everything about my product.  Why didn't they respond?"  That's the problem – you told them everything you knew – instead of telling them what they wanted and needed to know. Your message (what you are saying about what you have) has to be delivered in the same way the other person is receiving it.  The problem is we all think we have to tell the other person everything we know – we think the more facts the other person has will enable them to respond and take action!  Remember: "... facts provide the information, but the emotion provides the interpretation."  What is meant by this is that whatever we are saying the other person is taking it in and "mentally digesting" all the information on an emotional, not on a factual, level.  Now, it's very important to understand you need to still talk about the facts.  The other person still needs to understand the facts, but that will not "create the need" for what you have.  It is the combination of the features (facts) and the benefits that cause the magic to happen. There are 5 key elements always present in a successful sales presentation – whether you are looking at someone face-to-face, talking with someone on the phone, making a presentation to a group or trying to communicate your message via a video for your website or on YouTube or some other social media platform.  You can use this information in two ways: creating your presentation or in a review mode to make sure you included all the needed information. #1  GRABBER: this is the best way to start.  A grabber can be defined as a mutual point of agreement.  This is the first step in establishing a relationship that stems from a "helping" perspective. #2  PROBLEM/SOLUTION: this proven method of communication has been used for years, but the key is how it is used.  Everyone talks about their product, service, business or idea as a solution.  But what we don't do is talk enough about the problem.  Think about it this way: if the other person doesn't know they have the problem – why would they need your solution.  However, if the pother person realizes they have the problem, now they want your solution.  There is a major difference between needing and wanting!  When thinking of creating and designing your personal marketing message, it's important to keep in mind your role is one of being a problem solver.  Take a look at what you have – your product, service, business or idea – and ask yourself, what problem am I solving?  Every product on the market today, solves a problem.  If you are at the "idea" stage, it is crucial to clearly define, and communicate, what the problem is and how are you going to solve it. #3  P O D: This stands for "point of difference."  What is so unique about what you have? What separates what you have from everything else on the market?  Is it an ingredient?  Your guarantee?   Your price point?   Your customer service?  Or maybe, it's YOU! #4  WSGAT®: This is my trademarked system to make sure you are communicating benefits (not just features) that will resonate with the other person.  Remember: you have to stop looking at what you have for what it is and start thinking about what you have for what it do for others! Features tell... BENEFITS sell! #5  C T A: this stands for "Call To Action."  At the end of the communication process, you must ask the other person to take action on what you are offering.  If you don't – guess what – they won't!  This is usually where one asks for the "magic close."  And here it is – there isn't one!  If you are following all of the above steps, you are closing ALL the time. Again, this is NOT based on tricks, manipulation or gimmicks – but on honesty, sincerity and integrity. Remember... the mediocre entrepreneur is one who tells... the good entrepreneur is one who explains... the GREAT entrepreneur is one who demonstrates... but it is the SUPERIOR  entrepreneur that inspires the buyer to feel the benefits! With more than three decades of sales experience, Circosta is television's first home shopping host who played a major part in creating the multi-billion dollar television home shopping industry.  He has logged over 25,000 hours of live selling on television, made over 75,000 product presentations, and has sold more than $1 billion in merchandise. His breakthrough strategies have been featured on NBC's Dateline, ABC's Good Morning America , NBC's The Today Show, 20/20, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.  Circosta has also helped celebrities such as Suzanne Somers, Fran Drescher, Florence Henderson, Ken Paves, Jennifer Flavin-Stallone, Carol Alt, Jillian Barberie, Dixie Carter, Patti LaBelle, Bob Hope, Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett, and Cindy Margolis sell their products.  He owns Bob Circosta Communications and currently lives in Clearwater , Florida . Website:  Life's a Pitch is available on and

4 Principles for Staying Cool

Under Pressure – and Succeeding - Athlete & World-Renowned Surgeon Shares Tips  for Becoming a 'Super Performer' We all ask ourselves the same desperate question from time to time: How am I going to make this work?!

Special to The Montreal Tribune - "No matter how well we've done laying the groundwork for everything to run smoothly – becoming educated, choosing the right spouse, treating others well -- we all face situations that challenge us," says Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio, a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon known as "the Michael Jordan of lung surgery." "If we can keep our cool and adhere to some basic principles, we can not only meet any challenge – we can perform with excellence." A high-performance athlete in high school and college, Dr. Cerfolio parlayed his talents and focus into pursuing his medical career and creating a happy family with his cherished wife, Lorraine , and their three sons. But after battling breast cancer, Lorraine recently passed away. Cerfolio, author of "Super Performing at Work and at Home: The Athleticism of Surgery and Life," (, shares the principles that helped him through that greatest of all challenges and lesser ones along the way. "Apply these principles in work, sports and life in general, and you can become a super performer," he says. •  Pressure equals opportunity. It's when something matters that the pressure starts to build; this is where the rubber meets the road for sports-to-life analogies. "In sports as in life, remember your training; follow through just like you did during practice; visualize success; believe it will happen," Dr. Cerfolio says. "With friends, for example, high-pressure moments can be those times when they need you. The best way to have great friends is to be a great friend." •  Strive to hit .400 every year – keep your eye on the prize; write it down. "My high school gave out an award each year to the best student athlete in each grade," he says. "I wrote down that I wanted to win the Klein Award in the ninth, 10th and 11th grades, and to win the most prestigious award at the senior graduation, the Deetjen Award. He accomplished most of those goals, and a key to those achievements was writing them down and placing the paper where, for four years, he could see it every night. "By writing them down, I had made my goals clear and objective." •  Lean toward a "we-centered" ego rather than a "me-centered" one. "When I traded in my baseball uniform for surgical scrubs, I noticed the importance of stripping the many layers of the ego I once had," Dr. Cerfolio says. "This is really important: Your ego doesn't need to be visible to everyone -- or even anyone but yourself." Being a top performer requires ego – it helps fuel self-confidence and provides some of the motivation necessary to achieve. But it should not hinder the performance of your team: your coworkers, friends and family. Over time, by keeping your ego to yourself, it becomes easier to enact a team-oriented ego, rather than a "me-oriented" one. •  Time to quit? Rub some dirt on it. In life, work is unavoidable, so embrace it, go big, and appreciate the rewards. No matter how difficult the challenge you face or how much it may hurt to meet that challenge, push through and give it your all. "Yes, there's a chance you won't succeed, or won't succeed to the degree you'd like. But you stand zero chance of success if you don't meet that challenge and give it everything you've got," Dr. Cerfolio says. "You owe it to yourself and your team, whether that's your ball team, your family team or your work team. When you sign up for any team, by definition you promise your time, effort and 100 percent commitment. You have to be at every game and every practice on time and ready to go." About Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA, is the James H. Estes Family Endowed Chair of Lung Cancer Research and Full Professor Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham . He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, surgical training at the Mayo Clinic and at Cornell-Sloan Kettering hospital, and has been in practice for more than 26 years. The author of "Super Performing at Work and at Home," (, Cerfolio, who was a First Team Academic All-American baseball player in college, is a world-renowned chest surgeon and recognized as one of the busiest and best thoracic surgeons in the world. 

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  Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown

A three-day curfew imposed by Sierra Leone to try to stop the spread of Ebola comes into effect, but critics warn it will achieve little.

  A charity worker educates children on how to prevent and identify the Ebola virus in their communities at Freetown, Sierra Leone (18 September 2014)

A three-day curfew or lockdown to try to stop the spread of the Ebola virus has come into effect in Sierra Leone .

The aim is to keep people confined to their homes while health workers isolate new cases and prevent Ebola from spreading further. However, critics say it will damage trust between doctors and the public. Meanwhile in neighbouring Guinea , the bodies of nine missing health workers and journalists involved in the Ebola campaign have been found. A government spokesman said some of the bodies had been recovered from a septic tank in the village of Wome . The team had been attacked by villagers on Tuesday. Correspondents say many villagers are suspicious of official attempts to combat the disease and the incident illustrates the difficulties health workers face. Sierra Leone is one of the countries worst hit by West Africa 's Ebola outbreak, with more than 550 victims among the 2,600 deaths so far recorded. The UN Security Council on Thursday declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security". The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling on states to provide more resources to combat it.  Mapping the outbreak   Ebola: The scale of the challengeWatch   How bad can Ebola get?  Ebola in 60 secondsWatch

Berries in cancer therapy experiment

Early research suggests wild berries could play a role in boosting chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.


Wild berries native to North America may have a role in boosting cancer therapy, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

Scientists suggest chokeberries could work in combination with conventional drugs to kill more cancer cells. But the UK research is at an early stage, with experiments carried out only on cancer cells in laboratories. Cancer Research UK says much more work is needed to test the effectiveness of berries, particularly in human trials. Researchers from the University of Southampton and King's College Hospital , London , tested a berry extract on pancreatic cancer samples. Pancreatic cancer is particularly hard to treat and has an average survival period of just six months after diagnosis. The study found that when the berry extract was used, together with a conventional chemotherapy drug called gemcitabine, more cancer cells died than when the drug was used alone. But the scientists say the chokeberry had no effect on normal body cells tested in this way. They believe compounds known as polyphenols in the berries may reduce the number of harmful cells. And the team previously carried out similar early work on brain cancer cells. Henry Scowcroft, at the charity Cancer Research UK , said: "It's far too early to say from this small laboratory study whether chemicals extracted from chokeberries have any effect on pancreatic cancer in patients. Call for lung cancer screening in UK   US waists 'grow an inch in a decade'

New System Provides Innovative Ways to Avoid Missing Prescription Medication

Special to The Montreal Tribune - MedCenter System features new approach of pill stocking (with days and dates), talking alarms and visual aids - Miami , Florida - July 7, 2013   - Prescription medicines are an important component of health management, however a growing volume of research indicates a disturbing trend in consumer noncompliance. Millions of Americans do not take their medicines correctly.  People simply forget to take them, are confused about the proper dosage and timing, or lack the personal organization to carry out the daily task. After noticing the problem of consumer noncompliance, Martin Cooper began a project based on a simple idea; create a talking system of remembering your daily medications using the date of the month - The Med Center system. This system emphasizes the "Date" rather than the "Day of the Week." The "Date" is located on each Pill Box and Pill Cavity, the visual display of the Clock as well as audibly during the alert messages. This repetition of the "Date" helps ensure proper medication compliance, even when the user is unsure whether it is Monday or Tuesday. "Growing up, my father would forget to take his necessary medication - which would result in him fainting and passing out," says Martin Cooper, the inventor of The MedCenter System. “Coming up with a way to organize my parents’ medications and encourage their adherence was the true motivation behind creating the system,” he says. The system works in the following steps: · Load the entire month's meds into the (31) Daily Pill Boxes and place them into the Organizer with their Green ends up, showing they are full. · Set up to 4 Daily Alarms to alert you when your medication is due. · At the beginning of the day, take the correct Pill Box out of the stand and place it into the "Today's Pills" tray on the front of the Organizer Stand. · A repeating friendly reminder notifies you of the time, the date and which daily dose to take. "Good morning! Please take your morning pills for the 20th." · Press the red “Alarm Acknowledged" button to confirm compliance and the MedCenter Talking Alarm Clock tells you when the next daily dose is due.  · At the end of the day, return the Pill Box to the stand with the Red end up to show the day's pills have been taken.Press the green "Talk / Time" button at any time for an audible notification of the current time and date.Press the blue "Alarm Check" button at any time for an audible notification of the upcoming alarms.   · The clock also features an easy to operate, talking, Set procedure for all four alarms, the time and date.    · Large easy to read LCD with backlight makes the clock easy to read, even in the dark.    Doctors and Pharmacists agree that taking medications on a set schedule is crucial for managing your health. With the MedCenter System, taking your medications on schedule, becomes a part of your daily routine.   The MedCenter System has a suggested retail price of $69.95 with the talking LCD clock and $34.95 without it. Other products include: the Monthly Mini Monthly Organizer ($24.95), Traveler Weekly Organizer ($19.95), Daily Pill Organizer ($18.95), Daily Pill Organizer with Alarm ($28.95), and 5-Alarm Sport Watch ($24.95). More products can be seen here:  MedCenter System products can be found nationwide at any WALGREENS, also at a variety of retailers, including select Kroger pharmacies, Discount Drug Mart Stores, Thrifty White, Kerr Drug,  Ralph’s, CSN/Wayfair, The Gift Closet, Stacks & Stacks, Active Forever, Healthy Directions, Alimed, LS&S Dynamic Living, Medline, Miles Kimball Easy Comforts catalog, The Shopping Channel (Canada), Mary Maxim Catalog Canada),,,, and on the company’s e-commerce site:< and on the company’s e-commerce site:

Career Burnout: The Root Cause is Loss of Purpose

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Physician and mindful living expert Romila "Dr. Romie" Mushtaq, MD has a unique perspective to discuss career burnout; not only is she a neurologist specializing in mind-body medicine, but she also used the mindfulness-based techniques she teaches to heal herself from career burnout as a physician. Career burnout is characterized clinically by loss of passion, physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment. "Career burnout can lead to stress-related illnesses such as insomnia, anxiety, and ulcers. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 80 percent of doctor's office visits are due to stress-related illnesses," Dr. Romie notes. In her recent TEDx talk in Fargo , N.D. , "The Powerful Secret of Your Breath," Dr. Romie discusses the root cause of career burnout. "Career burnout arises when our external world is not in alignment with our internal soul compass.  The way we find our life purpose is being aligned with our internal soul compass; this is the place within us where all the answers reside – some call it your intuition, your gut instinct, or your internal wisdom." Mindfulness, being fully present in the current moment, is as simple as one thing: breathing, Dr. Romie says. "Being stuck in the past can lead to depression and a feeling of hopelessness.  And when we lose hope we cannot heal. When we are worried about the future, we fuel anxiety. Only in the present moment are we truly connected to our dreams and life purpose." Dr. Romie combines her expertise and professional experiences in neurology, mind-body medicine and meditation to help individual and corporate clients contend with their stress-infused lives. She teaches how to take mindfulness from the meditation mat into a mindful way of living – and breathing – to prevent or to heal from career burnout. She illuminates the medicine behind the mindfulness and how to connect to life purpose in her TEDx talk: "The Powerful Secret of Your Breath" ( About Dr. Romie Mushtaq Dr. Romie completed her medical training and education at the Medical University of South Carolina, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and The University of Michigan.  She previously served as an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. A personal health and wellness life coach, Dr. Romie heals clients from around the country at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine in Orlando , Florida and travels extensively to speak about the scientific and medical evidence behind mindful living. You can learn more about Dr. Romie on her website:

Chronic Pain & Painkillers: Why You Should Consider Alternatives

 Physician Offers 4 Natural Ways to End the Pain

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain lasting more than six months, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine . Throughout the past decade, the use of painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin has soared by 300 percent. For many – 17,000 people per year, or 46 each day – the treatment is worse than the pain; those are the number of users who die from the medicine, according to the Centers for Disease Control.For every person who dies from the use of painkillers, 30 more are admitted to emergency rooms due to complications. "Those figures are appalling," says Dr. Frank King, a doctor of naturopathy, president of King Bio natural medicine company, and author of The Healing Revolution ( "Death is just one of the many side effects of heavy-duty pharmaceuticals, and researchers unanimously agree that addiction to painkillers has risen drastically in recent years. People are so focused on pain that they miss the fact that it is a signal of deeper health problems. Don't shoot the messenger! Listen to the pain, and it will lead you to the root causes." With decades of experience helping patients, Dr. King offers four natural suggestions for pain management. •  Identify the root causes of pain. Pain is a signal of deeper problems, similar to the warning light on the dashboard of your car. You can mask the light with duct tape, which is what prescription drugs do with pain. You can cut the wires, which might symbolize a surgical approach. Or you can look for the root causes, which is what our more natural, holistic approach seeks to do. Address the problem, and the pain will subside. •  Make good choices. Most chronic conditions are caused by bad lifestyle choices. Try walking more, eating and sleeping better, eliminating stress and bad habits from your life, and watch pain decrease and health increase. It's that simple. Moreover, surround yourself with a healing community of like-minded "healing buddies" who support your healthy choices. •  Explore natural healing techniques, and if necessary, see a natural healing practitioner. You are your best doctor, on call 24/7. I developed many self-healing techniques that address the needs of every aspect of mind-body health. These techniques are free and easy to implement at home, on the job, and wherever you might be. You might also explore meditation, yoga and other approaches for filling the holes in your wholeness.•  Look into homeopathy. Homeopathy predates modern medicine. Homeopathic medicines are safe and effective, with no known side effects or negative drug interactions. They target the root causes, not the superficial pain. I have personally seen homeopathy dramatically raise the quality of life and happiness for countless of my patients.With the appalling death toll due to pharmaceutical pain medication, natural solutions like homeopathy are our safest, brightest hope for the future of pain management. About Dr. Frank King Dr. Frank King is a chiropractor, doctor of naturopathy, and founder and president of King Bio, an FDA-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing company dedicated to education, research, development, manufacture and distribution of safe and natural homeopathic medicines for people and pets. Dr. King is also the author of, The Healing Revolution: Eight Essentials to Awaken Abundant Life, Naturally! ( A fourth-generation farmer, Dr. King raises yak, camel, boar, wisent and American bison sold under the Carolina Bison brand. He is a member of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States

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Few of us know how to act around a very sick person. And yet, what we say (and don’t say) makes a huge impact. Here are some practical skills for caregivers, family members, and anyone else who wants to make a meaningful difference in a very difficult time. By Walter St. John, Ed.D. 

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Germany to release confiscated art   -   Owner gives up on 'Chagall' painting    Stolen Rembrandt found 15 years on

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A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt is recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. - The painting measures 60cm by 49cm and was said to be in a good condition

A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt has been recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. L'enfant a la bulle de savon (Child with soap bubble), valued at 3.2m euros (£2.7m), was taken from a museum in the southern city of Draguignan in 1999. Two men were arrested in Nice on Tuesday, according to the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency. Police said they received information that a transaction was due to take place in a hotel the following day. The men, aged 46 and 53, one of whom was described as a former insurer, appeared in court in Nice on Thursday, AFP said. They were reported to be known to police for previous petty crimes. Police are still looking for other suspects.

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Monet and Picasso among art theft    Scientists recapture Renoir's reds

Paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and Freud have been stolen from a museum in Rotterdam . Police in the Netherlands said the works were taken from the Kunsthal Museum early on Tuesday morning. The museum is showing works from the Triton Foundation as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. The paintings include Monet's Waterloo Bridge , Picasso's Tete d'Arlequin, Matisse's La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed.  Monet water lilies sells for $43 million    Monet artwork bequeathed by reclusive heiress  "Madame Leon Clapisson": The visualization (right) is produced using advanced image processing software - Conservation scientists in Chicago produce a stunning visualization of how they think a Renoir painting might have looked before its colors faded. Researchers in Chicago have produced a visualization of how they think a Renoir could have looked before its colors faded. The picture of Madame Valentine Clapisson was painted by the great French Impressionist more than 130 years ago. The original's impact has been degraded and dulled by the action of light. But by using the latest analytical tools, conservators have been able to recover a sense of Renoir's rich reds."When we first brought this picture into the conservation studio for examination and removed the frame, we noticed that at the top and at the left-hand side there was a sliver of very intense colour," recalls Dr Francesca Casadio from The Art Institute of Chicago. "This tipped us off to the fact that the mood of this painting that is now pretty cool and restrained with light purples and blues was once far more vibrant," she told BBC News.

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