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'Key issues' delay Iran nuclear deal

The UK says key issues still need to be tackled at talks on Iran 's nuclear program but agrees there is "a broad framework of understanding".

EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smile ahead of the opening of a plenary session on Iran nuclear talks at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 30 March 2015

Wednesday Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he hoped an agreement could be finalised on Wednesday

The UK says key issues still need to be tackled at talks on Iran 's nuclear program but agrees with Iranian and Russian delegates that there is "a broad framework of understanding". Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: "We hope to get there during the day." However, a number of ministers have left the talks and China warned compromise was essential, otherwise "all previous efforts will be wasted". A deal would curb the nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. Negotiations between the so-called P5+1 - the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany - and Iran resumed on Wednesday at Lausanne's Beau-Rivage Palace hotel after overrunning a 31 March deadline for a deal. The P5+1 deal seeks to ensure Iran could not assemble a nuclear weapon in less than a year. The Iranians insist that they have no such ambition. 'Fingers crossed' Mr Hammond told the BBC: "I think we have a broad framework of understanding, but there are still some key issues that have to be worked through.  Video Hammond: Work to be done   How Iranians see the nuclear talks   Video How to get the bomb - in 60 secs   Six major issues   Full article 'Key issues' delay Iran nuclear deal

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Alps crash video 'must be handed in'

A lead investigator into the Germanwings crash calls for anyone with footage of the disaster to hand it over to the authorities.

A lead investigator into the Germanwings crash has called for anyone with footage of the disaster to hand it over to the authorities. French prosecutor Brice Robin said he was not aware of a video, reported by German and French media, showing the last seconds before the crash. Bild and Paris Match said on Tuesday they had mobile phone footage from inside the plane.  Airline bosses spoke of their regret on a visit to the crash site on Wednesday. Their statement comes amid mounting questions about how much the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's employers knew about his mental health after it emerged he had disclosed a previous bout of "severe depression". A recording from the cockpit of the aircraft suggests Lubitz, 27, deliberately caused the disaster, killing all 150 on board.  'Sound of screaming'   Mr Robin said investigators were not yet examining mobile phones found at the crash site, and he was not aware of footage from phones having been recovered.  German newspaper Bild and French news magazine Paris Match said they had obtained a video which recorded the sound of passengers screaming and the sound of a metal object striking the cockpit door.   Video Lufthansa: "We are very, very sorry"   Who was Andreas Lubitz?

IOM Yemen Responds to Latest Violence

Posted on Tue. Mar-31-2015 - Yemen -In the wake of Monday's devastating aerial attacks in Yemen , the IOM team in the country is concentrating its efforts today on aiding Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) while seeking to support the evacuations of international personnel. To date, IOM Yemen has received requests from Sri Lanka , Sudan , Ethiopia , amongst other countries for the evacuation of their respective nationals out of Yemen . IOM is reviewing options to provide assistance, although the current priority is supporting the safety and security of IOM staff. Now read on

IOM Launches Report "Iraqi Returnees from Syria Following the 2011 Crisis"

Posted on Tue. Mar-31-2015 - Iraq - IOM Iraq shares its latest thematic report "Iraqi Returnees from Syria Following the 2011 Crisis", prepared in the framework of the IOM Iraq Community Revitalization Programme (CRP) - Phase III, funded by the US State Department / PRM. The report was created by IOM Iraq with the support of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The subjects of this study are displacement trends, living conditions, vulnerabilities and the immediate, mid-term and long-term needs of Iraqis who were refugees in Syria and returned to Iraq after the beginning of the 2011 Syrian conflict. Built upon data from household questionnaires, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions conducted in mid-2014, the report presents these findings represented by three regional clusters: the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), the central-central north region, and the southern region. Now read on

IOM Joins Shaik Tahir Al-Zawi Charity Organization in Libya to Assist Vulnerable Migrants

Posted on Tue. Mar-31-2015 - Libya - On Monday 30 March 2015 , IOM Libya signed an agreement with a Libyan NGO to support IOM activities within direct assistance components. The NGO, Shaik Tahir Al-Zawi Charity Organization, will support the distribution of Non-Food Items (NFIs) to vulnerable migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout Libya including the eastern and southern regions. For April, IOM, in coordination with local partners, will distribute NFIs and Hygiene Kits to more than 900 migrants and IDP families in Libya Now read on

IOM Launches "MIDA Women Somalia II" Project in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Posted on Tue. Mar-31-2015 - Somalia - IOM, with funding from the Italian Development Cooperation has launched the "MIDA Women Somalia II" project. The launch kicked off with a seven-day Pre-Implementation Training on social business start-up and management of small socio-economic businesses with Amoud University in Hargeisa, Somaliland . The project will impact on the ongoing reconstruction and stabilization process of Somalia through supporting the active role of qualified Somali diaspora normally residing in Italy , especially women. Now read on

Japan Funds IOM Reintegration of Chadian Returnees from CAR, Border Management

Posted on Tue. Mar-31-2015 - Chad - IOM has thanked the government of Japan for its financial contribution of USD 4,725,000 (equivalent to CFA 2,9 billion) for the reintegration of returnees from the Central African Republic (CAR) and for border management in the Republic of Chad . This is the second such contribution to IOM in Chad from the Japanese people within the last year. In 2014 the Government of Japan awarded IOM Chad USD 1 million for the reintegration of 1,000 female returnees from Sudan and CAR with a focus on empowering female returnees and promoting social cohesion in the most vulnerable areas of high return in Tissi, Sila region. Now read on

IOM, Partners Launch Information Campaign Te Acompañamos for Migrants in Transit

Posted on Tue. Mar-31-2015 - Mexico -A new information campaign for migrants transiting through Mexico aims to reduce risks that migrants face on their trek to the northern border. IOM, through the UN Joint Program for Vulnerable Migrants in Transit, as well as the Department of Migration Policy of the Mexican Interior Ministry (UPM SEGOB, by its Spanish acronym) and the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED, by its Spanish acronym) launched the national information campaign with the slogan Te Acompañamos (We are there for you) to offer protection and empower migrants in transit through Mexico. Now read on

US Funds IOM's Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Program in CAR

Posted on Tue. Mar-31-2015 - Central African Republic - The US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has confirmed a new contribution of USD 2 million for IOM's Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to Populations Affected by the Conflict in the Central African Republic . This 12-month project will promote immediate and durable return solutions through three targeted components: 1) provision of an adapted and individualized return support package for families wishing to move towards a durable return solution; 2) rehabilitation and stabilization of the communities affected by incremental return of internally displaced persons (IDPs); and 3) continued mapping and tracking of humanitarian gaps and identification of socio-economic dynamics through the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). The latter element will underpin IOM's position as co-lead of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster in CAR.  Now read on  

IOM Provides Vehicles, Equipment to Honduran Government to Assist Migrant Families and Children

Posted on Tue. Mar-31-2015 - Honduras - This week IOM provided the Honduran Government with vehicles and laundry equipment, and made renovations to reception centers for migrants to support humanitarian activities and technical assistance for returning migrants, particularly vulnerable groups such as women and children. These initiatives were developed as part of the IOM project "Comprehensive Assistance to Returning Families and Unaccompanied Minors in the Northern Triangle of Central America", funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through which IOM promotes support and protection to migrant returnees in Honduras , Guatemala and El Salvador . Now read on Above News Briefs created by Joel Millman  Tuesday 31 March 2015

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Fatal storms hit northern Europe

At least nine people have been killed in gales that have battered Germany , Austria , Switzerland and the UK .

 

Pedestrians in Munich were blown to the ground by the force of the wind

At least nine people have been killed in gales that have battered Germany , Austria , Switzerland and the UK . Seven people were killed in Germany , including two men whose car was hit by a tree. German media reports that there have been dozens of injuries from flying branches. In Austria , a man fell from a ladder and suffered fatal head injuries while securing an awning over his patio. Forecasters said that on Germany 's highest mountain, the Zugspitze , winds of more than 190km/h (118 mph) were recorded. Rail services were disrupted and the main station in Munich had to be evacuated due to concerns that parts of the roof might collapse. A man in Birmingham, UK , was seriously injured when his car was crushed by a falling tree. The biggest winds in the Netherlands were put at 120km/h (75mph) by weather site Weeronline. Toppled lorries were left scattered across Dutch roads.   More News from "That side of the world"  

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CANADIAN NATIONAL NEWS

Canadian diplomat's son killed, another in custody after Miami shooting  

Witness reports hearing about 10 gunshots and 'some chick came out screaming' - The 17-year-old son of a Canadian diplomat in Miami is dead and his 15-year-old brother is in police custody following an alleged drug robbery shootout that also left another teenager dead, according to U.S. media reports.

Miami diplomat shooting

The 17-year-old son of a Canadian diplomat in Miami is dead and his 15-year-old brother is in police custody following an alleged drug robbery shootout that also left another teenager dead, according to U.S. media reports. The older son was shot Monday afternoon during the suspected robbery involving marijuana, according to the Miami Herald, citing police. He later died in hospital. His brother has been arrested in connection with the alleged attempted drug robbery. The other teen who died was also 17. CBCNews.ca isn't immediately reporting names. Witness hears shots Police allege the two brothers, armed with weapons, planned to rob the alleged drug dealer Monday afternoon and a shootout ensued. According to Florida law, an individual involved in a violent crime during which someone is killed can be charged with felony murder.

Saudi Arabia to Quebec: Stay out of Raif Badawi case

Saudi Arabia 's ambassador to Canada has sent a letter to politicians at Quebec 's National Assembly, including Premier Philippe Couillard, telling them not to meddle in the case of jailed and tortured blogger Raif Badawi or criticize the country's human rights record.  Saudi Arabia 's ambassador to Canada  has sent a letter to politicians at  Quebec 's National Assembly, including Premier Philippe Couillard, telling them not to meddle in the case of jailed and tortured blogger Raif Badawi or criticize the country's human rights record. In a letter dated March 10, addressed to the speaker of the National Assembly, the ambassador writes that Saudi Arabia "does not accept any form of interference in its internal affairs." "The Kingdom does not accept at all any attack on it in the name of human rights, especially when its constitution is based on Islamic law, which guarantees human rights (sic)," writes Naif Bin Bandir Al-Sudairy. He adds that he sent the same letter to the federal government as well. The 32-year-old Saudi blogger was the editor of a website called Saudi Arabian Liberals. It criticised religious authorities. He was sentenced to 10 years, 1,000 lashes and a fine of one million Saudi riyals, or nearly $287,000. He has already received 50 lashes but subsequent whippings have been postponed, some for medical reasons and others for unknown reasons. Denounced by Quebec government Over the past few months, Premier Philippe Couillard and Quebec politicians of all stripes have strongly denounced the kingdom's treatment of Raif Badawi. Raif Badawi flogging delayed for 9th week in a row  How a Facebook 'like' could be key to Badawi case   Raif Badawi: National Assembly lends support to Saudi blogger

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Yiddish and Jewish Culture courses offered at the JPL

Montreal, March  2015 - Register now for Beginners Yiddish and/or a Course in Jewish Culture entitled “Y.L Peretz: Father of the Yiddish Renaissance (1852-1915)”, both starting in April 2015 and held at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal. Beginners Yiddish taught by Lorna Smith includes 11 weekly classes beginning Tuesday, April 14, 2015 , from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Students will learn the basics of Yiddish grammar, reading and writing. Cost:  $100 full-time students, $115 JPL members, $130 non-members. Y.L Peretz: Father of the Yiddish Renaissance is taught in English by Janie Respitz and consists of 4 weekly classes beginning Wednesday, April 29, 2015 , from 7 to 8:45 p.m. One hundred years since his death, this great Yiddish writer, poet and dramatist is still revered as one of the best and most influential writers. This course will examine the life, works and influences of this larger than life individual. Cost:  $35 full-time students, $40 JPL members, $50 non-members. To register for either of these classes or for more information, call (514) 345-2627 (514) 345-2627 ext. 3006 or email Karen.biskin@jplmontreal.org

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The year of living far too dangerously

There are signals that three al-Jazeera men detained in Cairo may find freedom, but too many journalists still work in all too dangerous times. Read full article

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The Five Amigos of Quebec

What did they do?  Turned the province into a Welfare State. Any Question?

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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.

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Look what France is saying 

 "Must drop ineffective' blockade against English language"

France should end its blockade of the English language, since its "generous" contributions have enriched rather than endangered French, according to France 's culture minister. Fleur Pellerin warned purists bent on defending the French language that the struggle was counterproductive. "The French language is not frozen. A language is always evolving," said Ms Pellerin, a digital economy expert born in South Korea and a fluent English and German speaker. "Some languages – like English today, or Italian in the past – have been particularly generous in offering hundreds of new words to French," she said. Speaking ahead of the annual French Language and Francophonie Week, Ms Pellerin said: "French is not in danger and my responsibility as minister is not to erect ineffective barriers against languages, but to give all our citizens the means to make it live on." France 's 1994 Toubon law decreed that all public advertising must be in French. Public services are expected to replace English words that creep into the language – in particular for new technologies – with French terms. The language is protected by laws guarded by academics known as "immortals" at the Académie Française, founded in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu, chief minister to King Louis XIII  - France 's Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin, speaks during a press conference at the culture ministry in Paris Photo: AP  -Published - By the Telegraph - London - 12 Mar 2015   |  Henry Samuel  |  News 

Montreal's economy: what's wrong, and what can be done about it?  

How to solve? First, look what previous elected politicians from city, provincial and federal did, they all together added cost of production to go sky high, tax after tax and tax over tax, from energy, consumer, real estate, plus driving out (of the province) capitals and talents with the introduction of the language law (Bill 101) precipitated by the enacted law passed (Bill 22) by then Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa, (that's the) reason why we are in dire need of economic reconstruction. Solution? Send e-mail to traderspoint@sympatico.ca (cdb)  

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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

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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 charles@montrealtribune.com

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 Deirdre.potash@sympatico.ca (514) 999-8581 www.artwill.ca

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The Quebec "Debt Clock" Update

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The Other Health Care System: Four Areas Where the Private Sector Answers Patients' Needs

by Yanick Labrie - The recurring problems with which Canadian patients are faced, such as overcrowded emergency rooms and the inability of seeing a doctor when you need to, regularly occupy the front pages of our daily newspapers. In international rankings, Canada systematically finds itself at the bottom of the pack, among the countries where waiting times for health care are the longest. Yet there exists another health care system, an essentially private one that works well but that does not always get the credit it deserves. This Research Paper provides a picture of four areas where the private sector responds promptly and effectively to the needs of Canadians: seniors' housing and care, pharmacy services, dental care, and eye care.

Euro weakness helps manufacturers

Manufacturing and jobs are picking up in the eurozone thanks to the weaker euro, according to a closely-watched survey.

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Markit's purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector rose to a 10-month high of 52.2 in March as eurozone factories benefited from the weaker currency. It is the 23rd consecutive month that the index has been over 50, indicating growth rather than contraction. Companies created jobs at the quickest pace for three and a half years. "March saw the sharpest increase in new export orders since April 2014. Companies reported that the weaker euro was the main factor driving new export orders higher," said Chris Williamson, Markit's chief economist. "This is still a fledgling recovery, however, and the overall rate of expansion remains only modest." Ireland and Spain led the board with PMI figures of 56.8 and 54.3 respectively, while growth also improved in Germany , Italy and the Netherlands . But PMI readings in France , Greece and Austria remained below 50. ECB raises eurozone growth forecast   Retail sales boost for eurozone   Full article Euro weakness helps manufacturers

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How To Profit In Real Estate Without Flipping, Renting Or Beating Bubbles

Investment Banker Advocates For Lost Art - Of The 'Second Oldest Profession In The World'

Most people believe that making a profit in real estate means buying and selling at the right time, or renting their property and profiting over the long term, says investment banker Salvatore M. Buscemi. Being handy with property renovations and having a great relationship with a bank can also prove essential. But what if you're better suited for a straightforward approach to short-term, high-interest financing for higher-than-normal returns – independent of the established banking norms? What if you want to build better relationships for safer investments? That answer may be found in hard money lending, the "second oldest profession in the world, right after that other one," says Buscemi, managing director of Dandrew Partners LLC in New York City and author of "Making the Yield: Real Estate Hard Money Lending Uncovered" (www.MakingTheYield.com). Hard money lending is a type of community lending and here's how it works, Buscemi says. Investors act like a bank and make short-term loans to small businesses that buy and repair distressed properties, refinance them with conventional bank loans and repay the short-term loans at higher interest rates, generating more profitable returns for the original lenders. "Cash flow is something everyone needs yet few people have – that's been true since Bronze Age Sumerians were writing in cuneiform on clay tablets," Buscemi says. "But in the 18th century such community lending was vilified, leaving a massive gap that banks have absorbed." Also called bridge loans, hard money loans are a specialized type of real-estate backed loans and fall within the peer-to-peer lending category, he says. As a lender, if you have a "cash-strapped" client who has missed several payments, then you have their collateral to resell and claim back your money with interest, he says. "It's a safe, short-term investment with nice returns, but doing without the established criteria on loans established through banks poses certain risks," says Buscemi, who offers some need-to-know tips for navigating hard lending. •  Avoid hazards with insurance. When you know that the hazard insurance is in place – with adequate coverage – make sure that you are listed as the mortgagee. A little mortgagee clause that shows you are the mortgagee wit your name and address on the policy matters. This clause should also show that you are in first position to be paid, should the property be foreclosed on. •  Know the many different types of insurance. They include policies: hazard, vacant dwelling, flood insurance, builder's risk and loss of rents coverage. A very large part of your job as a hard money lender is to minimize the risk in a high-risk field. You are already doing all you can to reduce the risk of lending to a particular individual, which is great. But now you need to acknowledge that there are external factors that can affect your investment. •  Build in prepayment penalties. Lenders want to make money on loans, which is not possible if the loan is repaid in full almost immediately after one is provided. The penalty would only apply for the first few months of the loan; after that, the borrower will not incur a penalty if they want to settle the debt. You don't want to distress borrowers, but you also want to protect lenders against losses from ultra-short-term loans. •  What you risk without agreed-upon prepayment penalties. If you do not build in prepayment penalties as part of a promissory note or mortgage, you are potentially leaving money on the table. Without such penalties you are giving an opportunity for unscrupulous borrowers to come in and take advantage of your lending system. Don't leave yourself vulnerable. About Salvatore M. Buscemi Salvatore M. Buscemi, author of "Making the Yield: Real Estate Hard Money Lending Uncovered," is managing director of Dandrew Partners LLC in New York City (www.dandrewmedia.com).The company specializes in placing capital from prominent institutional investors into middle-market distressed commercial real estate investments. He began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he worked four years as an investment banker. A frequent speaker on hard money lending, Mr. Buscemi also co-founded Dandrew Strategies LLC, a $30 million real estate solutions provider in the secondary mortgage market specializing in non-performing residential mortgage portfolios.

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Singer songwriter Joni Mitchell, pictured, is in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital after being found unconscious at her home.

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is in intensive care after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. The 71-year-old was rushed to hospital on Tuesday afternoon. It is not immediately clear what illness she has. A statement released on her website said she "regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an LA area hospital". The Canadian-born artist is "currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits," it added. Los Angeles fire officials said paramedics had answered a 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives, and had taken a patient whom they did not identify to hospital. In December she told Billboard magazine that she had a rare skin condition,Morgellons disease, which prevented her from performing. "I can't sing any more - don't miss it. I can't play any more - don't miss it. I've got all these instruments laying around and hopefully one day I'll pick them up," she was quoted as saying.

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SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS’ DEBUT BLASTER OUT TODAY

WEILAND DEDICATES THE ALBUM TO GUITARIST AND COLLBORATOR JEREMY BROWN

Jeremy Brown - 1980-2015 -  Photographed by Jamie Weiland, March 10, 2015 , at the Gramercy Theatre, NYC

“I’d like to dedicate today's release of our album, Blaster, to my friend and collaborator Jeremy Brown. It breaks my heart that you are not here to receive the recognition you so deserve and worked so hard for,” Scott Weiland LOS ANGELES, Calif. , Mar. 31, 2015 Blaster, the debut album from Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, is available  today: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blaster/id957686568.  Blaster was produced by Rick Parker [Black Rebel Motorcycle Club] and recorded throughout 2014 at Lavish Studios in Burbank and at The Sandbox in Beachwood Canyon . Blaster features twelve tracks, all but “20th Century Boy”, a T-Rex classic, were written by Weiland, the legendary 2x Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling songwriter/vocalist.

Cineplex and Autism Speaks bring

Sensory Friendly Screenings to Montreal

Special to The Montreal Tribune- MONTREAL , QC-   Cineplex Entertainment today announced plans to bring its popular Sensory Friendly Screenings - 2D projection, increased auditorium lighting, lower volume and smaller crowds - to the Montreal area. The program, developed in concert with Autism Speaks Canada , provides an opportunity for individuals and families living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to enjoy new releasesin a relaxed environment. "Our goal is to make movie-going accessible to as many Canadians as possible," said Daniel Séguin, Vice President, Operations, Eastern Canada and General Manager, Cineplex Entertainment Quebec. "This partnership with Autism Speaks Canada provides an opportunity to see the latest family movies in a comfortable environment, at a reduced price." In addition to showing films in 2D, with increased house lighting and lower speaker volumes, theatres will provide a nearby calm zone for families who want a break from the screening.  These screenings will take place during off-peak times, before theatres open to the general public.  Families will also be able to bring outside food into auditoriums to accommodate dietary restrictions. Montreal's first Sensory Friendly Screening takes place on Saturday, April 4, 2015, with a screening of the box office success, Cinderella: Cineplex Cinemas Odeon Brossard and VIP (English and French) - 10:30 a.m. Cineplex Cinemas Kirkland (English) - 10:30 a.m. Titles and booking information will be announced at  Cineplex.com/SensoryFriendly up to two weeks in advance of each screening.  "We are proud to partner with Cineplex on the Sensory Friendly Screening program," said Jill Farber, Executive Director, Autism Speaks Canada . "We congratulate Cineplex for its awareness of the unique needs of the ASD community and for providing families an opportunity to enjoy a movie together in an especially welcoming environment." Ticket prices for guests of all ages attending Sensory Friendly Screenings will be the current child ticket price at the participating theatre. About Autism Spectrum Disorder: Autism is a general term used to describe a complex neurodevelopmental disorder characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioural challenges, as well as repetitive behaviours. Autism affects individuals across the spectrum and along the lifespan.  An estimated one in 68 children is on the autism spectrum which is a 30 per cent increase since 2012.   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 CineplexStore.com 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 161 theatres with 1648 screens from coast to coast, serving approximately 74 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 cineplex.com.  Autism Speaks Canada : Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization.  Since its inception, Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks Canada have invested over $200,000,000  into scientific research and services of which over $6,000,000 is committed towards leading Canadian autism research;  building the capacity for services across the country; raising public awareness; collaborating with other organizations to advocate alongside the autism community.  Autism Speaks Canada is committed to raising the funds necessary to improve lives today and transform lives tomorrow across the autism spectrum and lifespan.  Through our 4 pillars of engagement we are involved from coast to coast with the autism community:  Scientific Research, Family Services, Advocacy and Awareness.  Our Walk Now for Autism Speaks events, family services grants and Light It Up Blue campaign are examples of Autism Speaks Canada 's annual programs. To learn more about Autism Speaks Canada, please visit www.autismspeaks.ca or call the toll free number at 1-888-362-6227  1-888-362-6227 FREE.

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Paracetamol ‘no good for back pain'

Paracetamol is ineffective at treating back pain and osteoarthritis despite being a recommended treatment, a group of Australian researchers warns.

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Paracetamol is ineffective at treating back pain and osteoarthritis despite being a recommended treatment, a group of Australian researchers has warned. Their review of 13 clinical trials, published in the British Medical Journal, said the drug did not reduce disability or improve quality of life. Instead, the group warned, it increased the odds of liver problems. The NHS is to review its guidelines. Experts say patients should consult a doctor before changing medicines. Back pain is a leading cause of disability and in the UK alone it is estimated to affect 26 million people each year. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which establishes best NHS practice, currently recommends paracetamol for both lower back painand for osteoarthritis. However, questions have been raised about the quality of the evidence which led to the decisions. A team at the University of Sydney assessed data from 13 drug trials involving more than 5,000 patients. They concluded that paracetamol was "ineffective" at reducing back pain. In osteoarthritis in the hip or knee, they found a small improvement with paracetamol. Yet the impact was so small it was "not clinically important".

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Guinea declares Ebola 'emergency'

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency" in five regions in the west and southwest of the Ebola-hit nation.

People walk in front of the Ignace Deen hospital in Conakry

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency" in five regions in the west and south-west of the country over Ebola. The restrictions include the quarantining of hospitals and clinics where new cases are detected, new rules on burials and possible lockdowns. The Ebola outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013. In January, the World Health Organization reported a steady drop in cases in the three epicentre countries. But renewed concern has been triggered by fresh setbacks in these countries - Liberia , Sierra Leone and Guinea . Office workers 'too sedentary'    Sedentary lifestyle can kill   Too much sitting 'bad for health'

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A Restful Mind: Learning How To Stay Positive In The Face Of Chronic Pain And Mental Illness

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  Little Canada, MN, March  2015 - There's no big secret to staying positive: all we have to do is look for the positive side in any situation. In A Restful Mind — Daily Meditations for Enhancing Mental Health (Hazelden) and Living With Chronic Pain One Day at a Time (Freedom Enterprises), Mark Zabawa helps us achieve a better outlook, even when life is difficult. There are about 40 million or more people with a mental illness diagnosis or a problem with chemical dependency. About 118 million people have been diagnosed with chronic pain, says author Mark Zabawa.  "I wanted to let people with mental illnesses and chronic pain know there is help available," he explains. "They can live with their illnesses and be successful and follow their dreams and goals.  If my books or public speaking helps prevent just one person from committing suicide, it's all worth the effort." Zabawa is involved with a number of charitable organizations, including NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), S.A.V.E. Suicide Awareness and the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs. "Recovery from mental illness is a process," he continues. "It means taking care of ourselves each and every day — spiritually, emotionally, and physically. It means actively working towards change. A Restful Mind is a testament to experience, strength, and hope." Its daily meditations speak to all of us, regardless of our diagnosis. Zabawa has found that the same is true for Living With Chronic Pain. "In my workshops I share my experiences of coping with a mental illness for the past 22 years and chronic pain for the past 31 years. My talks empower, inform, inspire, and make a positive difference to anyone who is affected directly or indirectly by mental illness and chronic pain." Mark Zabawa has a degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Human Services (A.A.S.) and he has worked at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Chronic Pain Program as a patient monitor and counselor for 10 years. He has had appearances on Knowledge for Wellness, Channel 6, and he's been a Guest Speaker on C.H.U.M. Live Radio Show in Canada . For more information, visit: http://www.markzabawaauthorspeaker.com.   A Restful Mind – Daily Meditations for Enhancing Mental Health   Hazelden    Living With Chronic Pain One Day at Time   Freedom Enterprises  Available from the author's website: markzabawaauthorspeaker.com

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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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By Conrad David Brillantes

Seriously, ask me!: Got a question? Anything in mind that bothers you because no one seems to listen? Send them in and I will try to find the answers. Your name will be kept confidential if requested, and no one will ever know.

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) ...  

Bringing back the glory that of Montreal

Everything is irrelevant when talks about making Montreal a solvent city again without considering lowering of taxes, especially on commercial, as well as private properties and most of all changing the language law, in permitting the free use of English in business. Otherwise, the city will run out of energy to support its existence. Everything that started good fifty years ago to becoming the most economically stable cities in the world had been taken down by the hatred sentiment of the so called nationalists who basically put a great number of residents in poverty mostly composed of the French Speaking Quebecois. And hey,  labor unions played most of the problem. Look around commercial areas and you'd see the gloomy picture of the city and that of the suburbs, plus the more than 30,000 homeless people in the city. Speak up people! cdb editor@montrealtribune.com  

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

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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? 

Do you agree or you don't agree on the "The consequences of a US default"? Our editor an economist don't agree, saying it instead a clever manipulation on the protection of the dollar, instead of just printing them. Why? Go ask him at editor@montrealtribune.com

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Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

Two women look at the painting "Nafea faa ipoipo" (When will you marry?, 1892) by French painter Paul Gauguin on display in the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland, 06 February 2015

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Georgia O'Keeffe work sets female art record

A floral painting by late US artist Georgia O'Keeffe sells for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist.

Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1 by Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O'Keeffe painted the simple white blossom of a weed

The piece smashes the previous record of $11.9m (£7.5m) for an untitled work by Joan Mitchell, set in May. Sotheby's in New York said the $15m (£9.5m) estimate on O'Keeffe's work was shattered after an intense bidding war between two rivals. The art auction record is $142.4m (£90.8m) for a Francis Bacon piece. The British artist's triptych, Three Studies of Lucien Freud, was sold at auction last year. O'Keeffe, who died in 1986 at the age of 98, was celebrated for her large-format depictions of flowers which she painted as if they had been seen in close-up. Her Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1 smashed her previous best of $6.2m (£3.9m) set in 2001, and was one of three works which were placed in the sale. It was offered at auction by the O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe , New Mexico , which holds a large body of the artist's works. The proceeds of the sale will be put towards the museum's acquisitions funds. Andy Warhol's Elvis sells for $82m  Manet £40m sale beats artist's record

Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

A floral masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh, painted in the closing stages of his life, sells in New York for $61.8m (£38.7m).

Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh's striking canvas is dominated by the red of the poppies

A floral masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh, painted in the closing stages of his life, has sold in New York for $61.8m (£38.7m). Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies exceeded its estimate of up to $50m (£31.3m) at the Sotheby's auction. A 1951 piece by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti fetched more than $100m (£62.7m), but fell just short of the record $104.3m (£65.3m) for the artist. A sculpture by Amedeo Modigliani set a new benchmark for his work. Tete, an elongated head created in 1911-12 from a block of limestone scavenged from a Paris building site, was sold for more than $70m (£44.2m). Van Gogh's painting was created at the French home of his doctor just months before his death in 1890 and was one of the few works he sold during his lifetime. But it fell far short of the auction record for a piece by the Dutch artist, which stands at $82.5m (£51.6m). Sotheby's said the painting was bought by a private bidder from Asia . Portrait of Dr Gachet - the physician whose flowers he captured in this latest work to sell - went under the hammer for a record in 1990.

Manet £40m sale beats artist's record

A celebrated portrait of a Parisian actress by Edouard Manet sets a new auction record for the French impressionist.

Le Printemps (Spring), Edouard Manet

French actress Jeanne Demarsy is cast as an allegory of Spring

A portrait of a Parisian actress by Edouard Manet has set a new auction record for the French impressionist. Spring sold at Christie's in New York for $65 million (£40.6m), almost doubling the previous record of $33.2 million (£20.7m) for a work by Manet. The oil painting, which has been owned by the same family for more than 100 years, depicts actress Jeanne Demarsy in a floral dress and bonnet. The 1881 masterpiece had been estimated to sell for up to $35 million (£21.9m). The allegorical painting has been on loan to Washington 's National Gallery of Art for the past 20 years. It was intended to be one of a series of four paintings, but Manet only completed Spring and Autumn before his death in 1883, aged 51. Snicket books to become TV series   Arterton praises 'Dagenham ladies'

Swiss museum to accept 'Nazi art'

  Switzerland 's Bern Art Museum has agreed to accept hundreds of artworks bequeathed by German Nazi-era art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt. Many of the works are expected to remain in Germany until their rightful owners can be identified. Mr Gurlitt, the son of Adolf Hitler's art dealer, amassed a priceless collection of works, including pieces by Picasso and Monet. He died in May aged 81 with the Bern museum named his "sole heir". The Bavarian authorities seized some 1,280 artworks from his Munich flat as part of a tax evasion probe in February 2012. The find, which was not made public until November last year, has triggered legal disputes surrounding works taken illegally by the Nazis. In pictures: Gurlitt art hoard   One lonely man and his hoard of Nazi art   The unfinished art business of World War Two

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

Matisse's Femme Assise  Chagall Painting  Rembrandt's painting Child with a Soap Bubble

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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Accepting Open bidding for the "Flower"  (left)

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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