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Fury as Polanski picked for film panel

Director Roman Polanski picked as head judge for France 's film awards despite long-standing rape case.

Film director Roman Polanski at a court hearing in Poland in 2015.

France 's minister for women's rights said it was a "shocking" decision to appoint filmmaker Roman Polanski as head of the jury for the country's equivalent of the Oscars. The award-winning director has been wanted in the US for decades after admitting to sex with a minor. Mr Polanski, now 83, fled ahead of his sentencing for statutory rape in 1978. The Cesars have defended their choice, praising the director as an "insatiable aesthete". His role in the 2017 awards has outraged women right's groups, who have called for a boycott of next month's televised ceremony. The minister, Laurence Rossignol, told France Culture radio she found it "surprising and shocking that a rape case counts for little in the life of a man".    Polish court rejects Polanski extradition

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Trump takes first steps as president

Donald Trump begins overhaul as first executive orders signed

President Donald Trump signs first executive orders in Oval Office in Washington, January 20, 2017

Donald Trump begins overhaul as first executive orders signed

Donald Trump has taken his first steps as president, signing an executive order which targets the signature health care reforms of his predecessor. His proclamation ordered agencies to ease the economic burden of the laws known as Obamacare. In Friday's inaugural address he pledged to put " America first" and to end the "American carnage" of abandoned factories and rampant crime. Later, about 200,000 people are due to join a Women's March in Washington . Organisers say they want to highlight racial and gender equality and other issues perceived to be under threat from Mr Trump's administration. Similar marches are already taking place in Australia and New Zealand and many others are planned around the world.  Full text of Trump's speech   How conservatives rated Trump speech  Compare 2017 inauguration with 2009   The day in pictures   Mild panic greets Trump digital transition    Trump tracker: Can the president deliver?     Trump's angry call to arms   Can Obamacare be repealed?

China's economy grows 6.7% in 2016

The figure meets Beijing 's forecasts, but some say growth is slower than the official data suggests.

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China 's economy grew by 6.7% in 2016, compared with 6.9% a year earlier, according to official data, marking its slowest growth since 1990. The figure is in line with Beijing 's growth target of between 6.5% and 7%. But the data comes days after the leader of one Chinese province admitted GDP data was faked for several years. China is a key driver of the global economy and a growth slowdown is a major concern for investors around the world. 'Deception' Some analysts have taken heart from data showing growth in the last three months of 2016 was at an annual rate of 6.8% - a slightly faster pace than the rest of the year. But many observers have been saying for years that the country's growth was actually much weaker than the official data suggests. And those beliefs gained more support this week, when the governor of Liaoning, Chen Qiufa, said his province had been "involved in a large-scale financial deception" between 2011 and 2014, and that economic data had been doctored. Addressing reporters' questions about the Liaoning admission, the director of the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday that the national data was "truthful and reliable".   Breaking down China's GDP   No winners in trade war, says China's Xi

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Army helicopters are evacuating the injured after a Taliban bombing at a marketplace in Parachinar

Pakistani security officials inspect the bomb explosion site at a vegetable market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district on the Afghan border on January 21, 2017.

At least 20 people have been killed and 40 wounded after a bomb exploded at a vegetable market in northwest Pakistan .

The blast happened in the city of Parachinar , a mainly Shia Muslim area on the Afghan border. The market was full of shoppers when the device exploded. Officials said the death toll was expected to rise. A faction of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) said it was behind the blast, adding its goal was "to avenge the killing of our associates". The group's spokesman said it wanted to "teach a lesson to Shiites for their support for Bashar al-Assad," referring to the Syrian president. Who are the Taliban?   Profile: What is Pakistan like?   Why did Pakistan admit to hosting the Afghan Taliban?

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Montreal anti-Trump demonstration ends in vandalism

Four windows were smashed and another 8 painted with graffiti in downtown Montreal Friday evening as an anti-Donald Trump demonstration was coming to an end.

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Four windows were smashed and another eight painted with graffiti in downtown Montreal Friday evening as an anti-Donald Trump demonstration was coming to an end. The vandalism happened about an hour and a half after the event kicked off. At 6 p.m. , more than 100 people gathered in  Phillips Square to take part in the second protest of the day after Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States . The evening protest, entitled "Anti-Trump Night Demo: Make Racists Afraid Again!" was organized by the Anti-Racist Resistance Collective of Montreal and the Resist Trump Network. The rally itself was peaceful until  7:30 p.m. when the crowd began to disperse. That's when property was vandalized. The window of police Station 20, located on  Ste-Catherine Street near Bishop Street , was smashed. Near the same intersection, two storefront windows of an American Apparel store were also shattered.  I'm not OK: Montreal filmmaker grieves Trump presidency in online video    U.S. President Donald Trump takes charge, vows to end 'American carnage'   Trudeau congratulates Trump, citing close economic and security ties

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  As Long as We Can Be Together

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  Montreal , January 19, 2017  – The JPL Yiddish 'Love' Café presents "As Long as We Can Be Together" on  Thursday, February 9, 2017  at  7:30 p.m.  at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Admission: $7 for members and students, $12 for non-members.  For tickets and information call 514-345-6416 or visit www.jewishpubliclibrary.org. Join us for a cabaret-style evening, featuring love songs and poems by some exceptional Montreal talent. Performers include Henri Oppenheim, Janie Respitz, Yoni Kaston and more. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Augenfeld Family Endowment of the JPL. JPL Yiddish Love Café, Cindy Davis, Gérante, Relations publiques et médias sociaux, Manager, Public Relations and Social Media, T  514.345.2627 x 3033  |  F  514.345.6477, Cindy.Davis@jplmontreal.org  JewishPublicLibrary.org

The New World Order:

Special to The Montreal Tribune - A Betrayal by the Elites - by Celebrity lawyer and Jurist, Julius Grey - An entrenched Global Elite of vast wealth has spread its tentacles over the earth, wielding extraordinary power over world affairs. A new Oxfam report says thateight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. Oxfam is also sounding the alarm in Canada , where the two richest Canadian billionaires own $33-billion between them, which is more wealth than the bottom 30 per cent, i.e.11-million Canadians. And yet, these same tycoons are trying to cut workers’ benefits, pensions and job security. They want to replace our public services by a new universal income, for both rich & poor, that would further impoverish citizens. You will be attending an exciting evening of information & discussion. Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2016 . Place: Concordia University , School of Community & Public Affairs, 2149 Mckay St (between Sherbrooke & De Maisonneuve Blvd.) metro Guy-Concordia Time: 7.00 p.m. sharp N. B. We usually meet second Tuesday of each month, to tackle a different political issue, at Concordia University , same time, same place. For further information, please call the founder & coordinator of the group, Nadia Alexan, at tel. (514) 846-0644, or e-mail: nadia.alexan@videotron.ca  (sponsored by the Concordia’s Student Association) An Alternative Globalization Organization  - Another World is Possible - Together we can make a difference - Citizens in Action, a non-profit, non-partisan, progressive group of concerned citizens, dedicated to political, social & economic justice is honoured to present: -
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American Way and Essential Parenting

Special to The Montreal Tribune - From helicopter parenting to free-range parenting and everything in between, it's no secret the parenting landscape is forever shifting. With so much conflicting information as to what works and what doesn't, it's easy for parents to lose sight of how to be an effective leader in their family. The pressure to remain politically correct adds even more confusion to the mix: spanking, once a common practice parents swore by, just became illegal in France , making it the 52nd country to ban the corporal punishment at home. So what are parents to do? How can they cut through the noise to determine the most effective way to raise well-adjusted, intelligent children? Enter: Child advocate, educator and psychological therapist Domenick J. Maglio, PhD., who answers these questions and more with his latest book, In-Charge Parenting: In a P.C. Nation. Dr. Maglio utilizes his over 45-year career working with kids, as well as his own experience raising four successful children and eleven grandchildren, to share with parents everywhere the most impactful ways to instill critical moral values in their kids. A sometimes controversial, yet powerful guide to successful parenting, In-Charge Parenting provides impactful advice on how parents can take back their power and raise thoughtful global citizens. Topics and themes explored in In-Charge Parenting include: How being a parent is a sacred duty that requires them to teach the child to survive without them and be productive members of society. That parents who let their child dictate to them gives the child a distorted vision of reality. It is a parent's obligation to be in charge and treat their child accordingly. The importance of giving a child clear, definitive consequences for positive or negative behavior and why it is essential for moral value lessons. A discussion on whether we need to bring back now politically incorrect parenting methods such as moderate spanking. And much more! I'd love to send you a review copy of In-Charge Parenting for consideration or put you in touch with Dr. Maglio for an interview. He is also taking select byline requests at this time. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. Full bio and links are below. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum 856-489-8654 x302 erin@smithpublicity.com  About Dr. Domenick Maglio:  Domenick J. Maglio, PhD. has been an educator and psychologist for over 45 years. The recipient of an MA in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut, and an interdisciplinary PhD in human development and counseling from the Union Institute and University, his professional career began as a counselor at Wiltwyck School for Disturbed Boys. Since then, his professional career has included time as a school psychologist, university professor, and department head in psychology and education, work as a clinical psychologist in a state prison, ten years directing a domestic violence counseling program, serving as the director of Open Door for Mental Health Program, and working as a staff psychologist at the Eckerd Foundation, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the National Independent Private School Association. For the past decade, Dr. Maglio has written weekly articles for newspapers and blogs throughout the nation. He is also the author of Invasion Within: Overcoming the Elitist Attack on the Moral Values and the American Way and Essential Parenting.  For more information, please visit, www.drmaglio.com and connect with him on Twitter, @djmaglio. 1.19.17

Maple Weekend Offers a Sweet Way to Enjoy Spring in New York State Celebrate Maple Season

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Maple Weekend Offers a Sweet Way to Enjoy Spring in New York State Celebrate Maple Season and a Rite of Spring with the Entire Family Plattsburgh, NY – 1/18/2017 – Tap into one of the sweetest events of the year, New York State’s Maple Weekend. The event takes place March 18-19 and March 25-26, from 10am-4pm each day. During both weekends, producers from across the state will welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouthwatering maple syrup and other related maple products are made. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest syrup, and purchase maple products directly from the source! Each year, New York ranks as one of the top maple producing states in the U.S. As spring temperatures begin to rise in late February and early March, maple trees and sugar bushes come alive with activity. In Northern New York, when sap begins to drip through sugaring lines, it's a sure sign that maple season has begun. Maple Weekend offers visitors and residents alike the opportunity to taste this “liquid gold” in all its forms. Plan your own Maple Weekend visits at www.mapleweekend.com and join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/mapleweekend. For more information on how you can celebrate Maple Weekends on the Adirondack Coast, visit www.goadirondack.com or connect with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau at facebook.com/AdkCoast. ### About Maple Weekend During Maple Weekend producers from across the state welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest maple syrup and purchase your favorite maple products. For more information about Maple Weekend, please contact the Angela Swan at 518.846.3192, visit mapleweekend.com or log onto Facebook.com/MapleWeekendNENY. About the Adirondack Coast Visitors

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Is Donald Trump endangering the Canadian auto industry?

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , January 12, 2017  – President-elect Donald Trump's recent declarations about wanting to impose tariffs at the U.S.-Mexico border to protect the American auto industry pose a threat to the Canadian industry and the thousands of jobs that depend on it, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.  The economic consequences could be serious since almost all (96%) of this industry's Canadian exports go to American markets. The Canadian auto industry, and the 125,400 direct jobs connected to it, are therefore highly dependent on its economic partner. But the reverse is also true. American automotive exports to Canada totalled over $62 billion in 2015. "The level of integration of assembly plants and suppliers located on either side of the border is such that the imposition of customs duties would be very costly for both countries," explains Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI and co-author of the publication. In the short term, a limited number of American workers might benefit from restrictions at the border. But over the long term, the competitiveness of companies could be reduced compared to foreign manufacturers. If this happens, the number of vehicles produced on American soil could fall, and jobs would be lost. The imposition of restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border would also cost consumers dearly, as they would have to pay more to purchase the same vehicle. "The integration of the automotive market since NAFTA in 1994 has led to reductions in the price of vehicles all while offering a wider variety of models, to the benefit of consumers," explains Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI and co-author of the Viewpoint. For all these reasons, it is clearly not in the economic interest of the United States to jeopardize the integration of the American automotive industry with the Canadian industry, nor with the Mexican industry, for that matter. "Given these economic realities, we are confident that the Trump administration will ultimately take them into account when crafting its actual policies," concludes Michel Kelly-Gagnon, president of the MEI. The Viewpoint entitled "Is President Trump a Threat to Canada 's Auto Industry?" was prepared by Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, and Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI. This publication is available on our website. The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms. Interview requests: Pascale Déry, Senior Advisor, Communications, Current Affairs, MEI / Tel.: 514-273-0969 ext. 2233 / Cell.: 514-502-6757 / Email: pdery@iedm.org ​ 1.15.17

Takata fined $1bn in airbag scandal

Japan 's Takata hit with $1bn (£820m) US penalty for selling dangerously defective airbags.

Japanese car parts maker Takata has agreed to pay $1bn (£820m) in penalties in the US for concealing dangerous defects in its exploding airbags. The firm also pleaded guilty to a single criminal charge, the company and the US Justice Department said.  Takata will pay a $25m fine, $125m to people injured by the airbags and $850m to carmakers that used them. The faulty airbags have been linked to at least a dozen deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Most major carmakers have been affected by the fault, with about 100 million Takata airbags recalled globally. 'Falsified test data' The company's chief executive, Shigehisa Takada, said: "Takata deeply regrets the circumstances that have led to this situation and remains fully committed to being part of the solution." Takata has previously acknowledged some of its airbag inflators expanded with too much force and sprayed metal shrapnel into cars.   Takata shares up on US settlement reports   Toyota recalls 5.8m cars over airbags

South Korea scandal: Samsung chief a suspect

The firm is accused of making donations in exchange for President Park Geun-hye's political support.

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Samsung heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong is to be interviewed as a suspect in a corruption scandal surrounding the impeached South Korean president. The firm is accused of giving donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of President Park Geun-hye. The donations were allegedly made in exchange for political support of a controversial merger. Mr Lee will face special prosecutors on Thursday, officials said. Samsung declined to comment. South Korea's presidential scandal explained   Did a puppy bring down South Korea's president?   A friendship too far in Seoul?

Why the ballpoint pen has eluded China

China is close to producing a fully domestically-made ballpoint pen after a long struggle.

A ballpoint pen

It has sent rockets into space, produced millions of the world's smartphones and built high-speed trains. But until now, one bit of manufacturing had perhaps unexpectedly eluded China : the ballpoint pen. A year ago Premier Li Keqiang went on national television and bemoaned the failure of his country to produce a good quality version of this seemingly-simple implement. Locally-made versions felt "rough" compared to those from Germany , Switzerland and Japan , Mr Li complained. High precision The problem was not the body of the pen, but the tip - the tiny ball that dispenses ink as you write. It might be something we take for granted, but making them requires high-precision machinery and very hard, ultra-thin steel plates. Put simply, China 's steel has not been good enough. And it has struggled to shape its pen tips accurately.

Trump threatens Toyota with import tax

President-elect Trump tweets that Toyota will face hefty tariffs on cars imported from Mexico .

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Donald Trump has tweeted that Toyota will face hefty tariffs on cars built in Mexico for the US market if it builds Corollas south of the border. The president-elect said the Japanese company would be hit with a "big border tax" if the plan went ahead. American car companies have faced harsh criticism from Mr Trump for building cars more cheaply outside the US . Toyota 's President Akio Toyoda said the company had no immediate plans to curb production in Mexico . "We will consider our option as we see what policies the incoming president adopts," said Mr Toyoda, speaking in Japan on Thursday. The company's US arm issued a statement saying production and employment levels at Toyota in the US would not decrease as a result of the new plant in Mexico . The company has 10 manufacturing plants in the US .  " Toyota looks forward to collaborating with the Trump Administration to serve in the best interests of consumers and the automotive industry," the statement said. The carmaker's shares fell more than 3% in early trade in Tokyo on Friday but have since recovered some ground.  Ford Motors cancels $1.6bn Mexico plant   Trump v the car industry

Ford Motors cancels $1.6bn Mexico plant

US car giant Ford says it is cancelling a $1.6bn (£1.3bn) plant it had planned to build in Mexico .

Ford has said it will cancel a $1.6bn (£1.3bn) plant it planned to build in Mexico and instead extend operations at its factory in Michigan . The US car giant will spend $700m on expanding the plant at Flat Rock. Ford boss Mark Fields said the decision was partly due to falling sales of small cars and partly a "vote of confidence" in Donald Trump's policies. The President-elect has criticised both Ford and its rival General Motors over production of models in Mexico . Mr Trump earlier on Tuesday tweeted criticism of GM's production of its Chevy Cruze model in Mexico . 'Vote of confidence in Trump' Ford's chief executive, Mark Fields, told the BBC that the main decision to cancel the plant in Mexico was because of a "dramatic decline for the demand for small cars here in North America," allowing the company to cope with its existing plant. But he said another factor in the decision was the "more favourable US business environment that we see under President-elect Trump and some of the pro-growth policies that he's been talking about".  Trump v the car industry   Video Ford's 'vote of confidence' in Trump   Trump tweet sends Lockheed shares lower  Trump on new Air Force One: Cancel order!

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The 11th edition of the Mois des Câlins de Sainte-Justine (Hug Month) kicks off today!

With our Hug Fairies Mitsou, Saskia Thuot, Julie Bélanger, Marie-Soleil Michon, Jean-François Baril, Patrick Marsolais and Sébastien Benoit!

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montréal, January 18, 2017 - The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and its official partners Rythme FM,Jean Coutu and Clarins, along with 7 Jours magazine, invites Quebecers to show their love for the children of Sainte-Justine during the 11th edition of the Mois des Câlins de Sainte-Justine (Hug Month)! Starting today and building on last year's incredible popularity and best-selling success, 30,000 Clarins ''Rose Câlins'' Lip Perfectors are available for purchase exclusively at Jean Coutu's 345 stores across Quebec . For every $20 Lip Perfector sold, Clarins and Jean Coutu have partnered to donate $10 to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.

Le Mois des Câlins (Hug Month) offers new hope to dozens of families

Funds raised during Le Mois des Câlins (Hug Month), totalling more than $3 million over the past 10 years, will, for the fifth consecutive year, go towards the CHU Sainte-Justine's Integrated Centre for Child Neurodevelopment (CIRENE). Headed by Dr. Lionel Carmant, the CIRENE project is the only one of its kind in North America and is essential for the future of our children here in Quebec . Its ultimate goal is to prevent the psychosocial impacts of neuro-developmental disorders, hoping one day to help cure them using personalized therapy. CIRENE's mission lies in providing early screening, diagnosis and intervention, most notably through the A.I.D.E. platform (Approche Interactive au Développement de l'Enfant). This platform makes possible a timely evaluation of the needs of children with developmental problems, from language delays to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in order to quickly connect them with the most appropriate resources in the healthcare system, no matter where they are located (health centre, CISSS, etc.). Since the platform's launch at the CHU Sainte-Justine, triage waiting times have decreased from 15 months to 2 weeks, while the success rate for referral to an appropriate specialist is 100%. The result is that children are seen by the right professionals, at the right time! Once again this year, from January 19 to February 25, 2017 , for every packaged double issue of 7 Jours and La Semaine magazines sold in Jean Coutu locations in Quebec , $1 will be donated to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. Hundreds of children in Quebec embrace the cause François J. Coutu, Groupe Jean Coutu, Patrick Marsolais, Christine Dallaire, Clarins, Jean-François Baril, Dr Lionel Carmant, CHU Sainte-Justine, Marie-Soleil Michon, Mitsou, Maud Cohen, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and Léonie, the winner of the Draw a Hug contest  Montréal, January 18, 2017 - The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and its official partners Rythme FM,Jean Coutu and Clarins, along with 7 Jours magazine, invites Quebecers to show their love for the children of Sainte-Justine during the 11th edition of the Mois des Câlins de Sainte-Justine (Hug Month)! Starting today and building on last year's incredible popularity and best-selling success, 30,000 Clarins ''Rose Câlins'' Lip Perfectors are available for purchase exclusively at Jean Coutu's 345 stores across Quebec . For every $20 Lip Perfector sold, Clarins and Jean Coutu have partnered to donate $10 to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. Hug Fairies with hearts of gold As dedicated ambassadors for the cause and loyal supporters of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, Rythme FM's radio hosts are once again joining forces to promote the campaign to their generous listeners. Our Hug Fairies, Mitsou, Saskia Thuot, Julie Bélanger, Marie-Soleil Michon, Sébastien Benoit, Jean-François Baril and Patrick Marsolais, invite the general public to join them in sending a message of comfort, solidarity and love to the children and families of Sainte-Justine  About the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation's mission is to engage the community and support the CHU Sainte-Justine in its pursuit of excellence and its commitment to providing children and mothers with one of the highest levels of healthcare in the world, now and in the future. fondation-sainte-justine.org/en/  The 3rd edition of the Dessine-moi un câlin (Draw a Hug) contest was a huge success, with over 1200 children from across the province showcasing their talent for the cause. From all of the drawings sent in, it was Léonie, who participated through her school, whose artwork took top honours. The winning artist will experience the thrill of seeing her design reproduced on the Lip Protectors' packaging, and also took part in the campaign's official photoshoot. Since January 11, Quebec children aged 5 to 12 have been invited to submit their drawings for the 4th edition of the Draw a Hug contest. For full details about Sainte-Justine's Hug Month and the Draw a Hug contest, visit calins.ca (in French only). Visit our partners' websites at jeancoutu.comrythmefm.comclarins.com and7 Jours You can also follow #moisdescâlins on social media. About the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation  The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation's mission is to engage the community and support the CHU Sainte-Justine in its pursuit of excellence and its commitment to providing children and mothers with one of the highest levels of healthcare in the world, now and in the future. fondation-sainte-justine.org/en/    Source:  CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation   Media inquiries:  Marie-Noël Phaneuf, Annexe Communications   Office: 514-844-8864, ext. 211   Mobile : 514-553-2570   mnphaneuf@annexecommunications.com   Source:  CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation  Media inquiries:  Marie-Noël Phaneuf, Annexe Communications  Office: 514-844-8864, ext. 211  Mobile : 514-553-2570  mnphaneuf@annexecommunications.com  Visit our partners' websites at jeancoutu.comrythmefm.comclarins.com and7 Jours   You can also follow #moisdescâlins on social media.  

WATCH ON BILLBOARD.COM

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Atlanta, GA (January 19, 2017) – As premiered today on Billboard, acclaimed producer Polow Da Don (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chris Brown) has released the video for the “The Love Challenge” feat. Cash Money artists The Yrs. Filled with powerful, politically charged images, Polow released this video before the inauguration to promote a message of unity. The video was shot in Atlanta and features Polow, Ayo and Teo, Ink (Vintage Nation), Chaka Zulu (Ludacris’ manager), Jovita Moore (newscaster on ATL’s No. 1 station WSB-TV) and Millie Thrasher. Polow encourages fans to use #lovechallenge to demonstrate unity and acceptance during a time when our country is so divided. The concept came from watching the election, seeing what my people are going through and seeing how the media recklessly perpetuates hate in the lives of everyday people," Polow tells Billboard. "I’ve never seen the country be so passionate about being divided and my solution is for everyone to just stop. Do away with the media’s propaganda of right and wrong, put your views aside and just love. The video demonstrates that." Polow hopes the video will inspire people to put their opinions aside for the greater good. “It’s like when two parents are arguing and their kid walks in… the parents stop what they’re arguing about and tend to the needs of their child. Because of love.” POLOW DA DON: Website Facebook  / Twitter Instagram / YouTube  SUPER PRODUCER POLOW DA DON RELEASES EMOTIONAL VIDEO FOR “THE LOVE CHALLENGE” FEAT. THE YRS BEFORE THE INAUGURATION THE YRS: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube   PRESS CONTACTS:  Diana Baron / Liz Ottiniano d.baron media relations inc. diana@dbaronmedia.com  / liz@dbaronmedia.com  310-315-5444  www.dbaronmedia.com

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POLOW DA DON AIMS TO START A 'LOVE CHALLENGE' BEFORE DONALD TRUMP INAUGURATION: PREMIERE

Listen to "Love Challenge" in the following LINK

  

Special to The Montreal Tribune - MIAMI, FL (January 16, 2017) – Heavyweight producer Polow da Don, known for providing beats to A-listers like Beyoncé and Rihanna, wants to keep the peace ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration with his new offering "Love Challenge," featuring Cash Money group The Yrs. "I still believe we can never give up/ All that we need is a little more love/ Just one spark to light it all up/ So let's make a change, even Donald Trump needs love," The Yrs sing on the refrain. Says Polow of the track: "I feel like the world is at a turning point, for worse or better. The media is constantly showing us how different we are. And this song is an attack on that -- to show the world how much we are all the same!" While many of the digital age's viral challenges include quirky dance routines, the artist says the song presents a deeper task. "The challenge is to challenge yourself," he explains. "Everyone is fighting for their own rights, and that causes everyone to identify with a certain group, which ends up separating us more from each other, from all of humanity." With the president-elect's inauguration five days away, Polow da Don hopes his positive message will inspire listeners to spread love. "Now is the time to focus on the people, put into perspective what’s important and deliver," he adds. "Focus on serving and delivering the people who supported you from the beginning. And once you serve those people, everyone who doubted you and betted against you will begin to believe one by one."  POLOW DA DON   TWITTER / INSTAGRAM    THE YRS   TWITTER / INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK / YOUTUBE

ARCADE FIRE THE REFLEKTOR TAPES

AND LIVE AT EARLS COURT  TO BE RELEASED ON DIGITAL VIDEO ON FEBRUARY 17 - 2DVD, 2BLU-RAY VERSIONS OUT JANUARY 27, 2017 VIEW "THE SUBURBS" HERE

Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York, NY (January 13, 2017)-- On February 17, 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Reflektor Tapes and Live At Earls Court by Arcade Fire on digital video, which will also be released as a 2DVD and 2Blu-ray set on January 27. Premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, The Reflektor Tapes transports the viewer to a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape that reveals the creative process behind the Grammy Award-winning band Arcade Fire's fourth studio album Reflektor. Released to critical acclaim in 2013, the record reached #1 in the Official Album Charts in the U.K. and U.S.A. and topped the iTunes chart in 40 countries around the world. Directed by Kahlil Joseph (also known for directing Beyonce's "Lemonade" film), The Reflektor Tapes captures the band's artistic journey, from recording sessions in Jamaica and Montreal, to an impromptu gig at Carnival in Haiti - a country with which Arcade Fire have a long-standing and personal relationship - before joining them on tour with their renowned live show, playing to packed houses in London and Los Angeles and garnering rave reviews along the way. The Reflektor Tapes allows Arcade Fire fans to relive these very special concerts, as well as offer a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes with personal footage, interviews and moments captured by the band themselves, to dazzling effect. Live At Earls Court captures Arcade Fire's performance at London 's Earls Court on June 4, 2014 . A perfect live complement to The Reflektor Tapes, this film displays the band's artistry in action, with incredible performances of "Reflektor" [View HERE], "No Cars Go," "Rebellion (Lies)," "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)", "The Suburbs" [View HERE], "Wake Up," "Afterlife," "Ready To Start," and many more. The Reflektor Tapes and Live At Earls Court deliver an incredible viewing experience for any Arcade Fire fan. 1.15.17

PIER-LUC FUNK IS THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE 35th ANNUAL RENDEZ-VOUS DU CINÉMA QUÉBÉCOIS

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal, January 9, 2017 - Actor PIER-LUC FUNK, who made his big-screen debut in 2007 in Un été sans point ni coup sûr by Francis Leclerc, is the spokesperson of the 35th annual Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, which will take place in Montreal from February 22 to March 4 in the Quartier latin, the cinema district of the Quartier des spectacles. This year's spokesperson enthusiastically accepted the festival's invitation, seeing it as an opportunity to promote the value of Quebec 's films. "I'm thrilled to be the spokesperson for this year's RVCQ! I want to help audiences discover the festival's rich program, which is a true representation of Quebec 's cinema. We don't always appreciate what we have, but I believe we have absolutely nothing to envy our neighbours to the south," said Mr. Funk. "Pier-Luc represents the energy, diversity and youth of our cinema. Showing exceptional talent in both dramatic and comedic roles, he also has an irreverent side that meshes perfectly with the Rendez-vous and our films as a whole. Pier-Luc is the right spokesperson for our film industry's major showcase, because he is one of those rare individuals who can connect with any audience, particularly young people - an essential audience for raising the profile of the RVCQ, and Quebec's films in general," said the festival's programming director, Dominique Dugas. Pier-Luc has been passionate about the art of acting since he was a child, and his talent was noticed early on. After his success in 2007 with Un été sans point ni coup sûr, directed by Francis Leclerc, he went on to work with directors such as Ricardo Trogi in 1987 and Philippe Lesage in Les Démons. He also appeared on television in Tactik,a Télé-Québec series that ran from 2009 to 2013 and earned him a Gémeaux award. He is also the youngest member of the Ligue Nationale d'Improvisation (LNI), where he shows deep enthusiasm for the art of improv. In the last three years, Pier-Luc Funk has participated in the Rendez-vous in several capacities, including serving as emcee of the Prends ça court ! gala with co-host Léane Labrèche-Dor. The duo will host the gala again this year on Tuesday, February 28, the 14th annual Prends ça court ! gala held during the festival.  The festival's complete program will be announced on February 7, 2017 . Stay up to date on the 35th annual Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois: #RVCQ2017  www.facebook.com/QcCinema / www.twitter.com/Qc_Cinema / www.quebeccinema.ca ESSENTIAL PARTNERSHIPS  The Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois extends warm thanks to the SAQ, Presenting partner, Radio-Canada, co-presenting partner, Bell, Starring Role partner, Hydro-Québec, MELS, Cineplex and the Cinémathèque québécoise, our Leading Role partners, as well as Akufen and lg2. The Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois also wishes to thank its public and government partners: the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Tourisme Québec, the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes (SAIC), the Régie du cinéma, Telefilm Canada , the Talent Fund (Telefilm Canada ), the Ville de Montréal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal.  ABOUT QUÉBEC CINÉMA  Québec Cinéma's mission is to promote Quebec's cinema and its artists and professionals, and to contribute to the advancement of our film industry. The organization is focused on improving access, education and awareness, including an extensive educational outreach program. Québec Cinéma produces the industry's three main showcases: the Gala, Tournée and Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Through its initiatives, the organization reaches more than 1.5 million people annually in Quebec and around the world.   Source   Diane Leblanc | Québec Cinéma  dleblanc@quebeccinema.ca   514-917-4425  

Carly Rae Jepsen Wears Kanecaron-Faux Fur!

Special to The Montreal Tribune - LOS ANGELES - January 6, 2017 - Carly Rae Jepsen was photographed wearing her Kanecaron Emerald Green Faux Fur Cropped Jacket on New Year's Eve. The singer rocked a style made by Kanecaron, the supplier of eco-fur for high end designers like Stella McCartney as well as mass fast fashion retailers like Zara (price available upon request).  For more information, please contact press@michelemariepr.com.

About Kanecaron: Kanecaron, a modified acrylic fabric developed in 1957, is the leading synthetic fiber used to simulate the feeling of hair or fur. Kanecaron was the first fiber manufacturer to install its own knitting machine in the factory and established a development system from fiber to fabric. The variation of eco-fur colors, patterns, and textures is endless with Kanecaron allowing them to supply eco-fur for high end designers like McCartney all the way to mass, fast fashion retailers like Zara.    For images, please contact: www.gettyimages.com.

Saving Sally

Saving Sally: The little Filipino film that needed saving

'Saving Sally'

Saving Sally tells the story of Marty, a young aspiring Philippines comic book artist, played by Enzo Marcos.

By Heather Chen BBC News - He falls in love with his best friend Sally, a gadget inventor - portrayed by Filipina actress Rhian Ramos - who is also the centre of Marty's universe. The story quickly unfolds with stunning cartoons which tell the story of Marty's lonely world. Like every love story, there are numerous complications and challenges for the hero. Namely defending the love of his life from a beastly rival and her difficult parents, who take the form of monsters because to Marty, that is simply what they are. "Sadly, Marty also has the innate ability to do nothing about everything despite his vivid fantasies of defending Sally from the big bad world," described the film's director Avid Liongoren.

'No CGI' for Fisher in Star Wars films

The Star Wars actress, who died last month, had already filmed her role in the next instalment. The company behind the Star Wars franchise has laid to rest rumours that Carrie Fisher may be digitally recreated for future films after her sudden death last month. "Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance" as Princess Leia, it said. Fisher died, aged 60, just days after suffering a cardiac arrest last month. She had already finished filming for the next instalment, Star Wars: Episode VIII, due out at the end of the year. She was also expected to appear in Episode IX, which is still being scripted and scheduled for release in 2019. But Lucasfilm, which produces the franchise, says Episode VIII will be Fisher's last, adding: "Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family.   Stars and fans pay tribute to Carrie Fisher

US star Debbie Reynolds dies grieving

   Hollywood musical star Debbie Reynolds dies a day after her film star daughter Carrie Fisher.

 

Debbie Reynolds, who starred opposite Gene Kelly in the 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain, has died a day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher. The US actress, 84, had been rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke. Her son, Todd Fisher, said the stress of his sister's death had been too much for her and in her last words, she had said she wanted to be with Carrie. US actress Bette Midler said Reynolds was "devoted to her craft" and that her death was "too hard to comprehend". Actress Debra Messing said Reynolds, her on-screen mother in sitcom Will and Grace, had been an "inspiration". "A legend of course," she wrote in a statement. "The epitome of clean-cut American optimism, dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working.'' For Star Trek actor William Shatner, Reynolds was one of the last of the Hollywood royalty.  Bette Midler leads tributes   Video Teen star to Hollywood royalty   Image gallery Leading actors who died in 2016   Image gallery In pictures: Debbie Reynolds    More reports at  Entertainment & Arts

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'Humanitarian crisis' in England's NHS

The British Red Cross says it has been responding to a "humanitarian crisis" in NHS hospitals in England .

There is a "humanitarian crisis" in NHS hospitals in England , the British Red Cross has said.

The charity said volunteers and staff had been helping patients get home from hospital and called for more government money to stabilise the situation. It comes as a third of hospital trusts in England  warned they needed action to cope with patient numbers last month. NHS England said plans were in place to deal with winter pressure and beds were not as full as this time last year. Figures show that 42 A&E departments ordered ambulances to divert to other hospitals last week - double the number during the same period in 2015. Diversions can only happen when a department is under significant pressure, such as lacking the capacity to take more patients or having queues of ambulances outside for significantly prolonged periods, and when all existing plans to deal with a surge in patients have been unsuccessful.

Successful Ebola vaccine fast-tracked

A high effective vaccine that protects against deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018.

An experimental vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, say experts.

Trials conducted in Guinea , one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protection. The vaccine is now being fast-tracked through regulatory approval. Manufacturer Merck says it will make 300,000 doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine available for future emergencies. GAVI, the global vaccine alliance, is providing $5m for the stockpile. Results, published in The Lancet medical journal, show of nearly 6,000 people receiving the vaccine, all were free of the virus 10 days later. In a group of the same size not vaccinated, 23 later developed Ebola. Ebola: Mapping the outbreak   WHO vows reform after Ebola

More die from 'thunderstorm asthma'

The number of people in Melbourne dying from the rare phenomenon thunderstorm asthma rises to six.

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The number of people dying in the Australian city of Melbourne from a rare phenomenon called thunderstorm asthma has risen to six.

Three others are in a critical condition. Heavy rains and winds on Monday triggered thousands of pollen allergy asthma attacks in the state of Victoria . Paramedics and hospitals were stretched to their limits as thousands phoned to report breathing problems. Thunderstorm asthma occurs in the spring when rye grass pollen gets wet, breaks into smaller pieces and enters people's lungs, causing them breathing problems. More than 8,000 people were treated in hospital. About one in 10 people has asthma in Australia , with about 80% of those sufferers experiencing allergies, particularly to rye pollen. Melbourne 's current spring season has been particularly wet, creating havoc for asthma and hay fever sufferers.

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New Children's Book Says "Aloha" To A Blizzard ... In Hawaii!    

Houston , TX , January 4, 2017  – That's right kids, it's snowing in Honolulu . Get ready to say "Aloha" to the first snowstorm Hawaii 's ever had. Written in verse and beautifully illustrated, It's Snowing in Hawaii takes the reader on a magical journey through the snow-filled beaches of Honolulu .  With Hawaiian flannel shirts, bearskin hula skirts, and figure skating on Pearl Harbor , young readers will enjoy the silly rhymes of a Hawaiian snow day. Mike Guardia is the renowned author of several history books, including Hal Moore and Shadow Commander.  However, being the father of two young girls has inspired him to write It's Snowing in Hawaii – his first children's book.  He currently lives in Texas .  Follow him online at www.mikeguardia.com. Melanie Stephens is a distinguished artist and children's book illustrator.  A proud mother of three, she currently resides in Virginia .  For more, please visit:  It's Snowing in Hawaii    Willow Clubhouse Books  Available at Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.com  $17.95 Hardcover $2.99 Kindle   ISBN-13:  978-1-939688-15-6 For more new books introduction click above link.

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

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Montreal is The Best City In The World ?

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

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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

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 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) ...  

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Poland buys famous da Vinci at discount

Poland buys the Czartoryski collection of about 86,000 artefacts for about 5% of its market value.

a woman posing for pictures beside a painting entitled "Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani" (The Lady with an Ermine) by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, London

The Polish government has bought a world-famous art collection, including a rare Leonardo da Vinci painting, for a fraction of its market value.

The Czartoryski collection was sold for €100m ($105m; £85m) despite being estimated at about €2bn. It includes Rembrandt and Renoir works, and da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine. The head of the Czartoryski family, which owned the collection, said it was a "donation", but the board of its foundation resigned in protest. The Czartoryski Foundation's management board said it was not consulted about the sale, which was negotiated between Poland 's culture ministry and Adam Karol Czartoryski, a descendent of Princess Izabela Czartoryska, who founded the collection in 1802. Mr Czartoryski, the foundation's head, said he was following his ancestors who "always worked for the Polish nation". "I felt like making a donation and that's my choice," he said. The collection is made up of about 86,000 artefacts, as well as 250,000 manuscripts and books. Most of the artworks are housed in the National Museum in the southern city of Krakow . All are now the property of the Polish state.  Scans reveal hidden Leonardo works

Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Italy

Italian police have recovered two famous Van Gogh paintings stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002, officials say.

Vincent van Gogh, View of the Sea at Scheveningen, 1882     Vincent van Gogh, Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884 - 1885

Italian police have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen during a dramatic raid on an Amsterdam museum in 2002.

The works were recovered from the Naples mafia, they said. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam said the works were found during a "massive, continuing investigation" by Italian prosecutors and organised crime officials. The paintings were taken when thieves used a ladder and sledgehammers to break into the museum. They were among assets worth millions of euros seized from the Camorra group, Italian reports said. Image copyrightVAN GOGH MUSEUMImage captionVan Gogh's father was a minister at the Reformed Church in Nuenen The theft of the two works, described as priceless, led to criticism of security at the world's major art museums. The thieves broke into the museum through the roof during the night of 6-7 December 2002 and used sledgehammers to break a first-floor window. 

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Painting sale sets $300 million record

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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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.

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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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Accepting Open bidding for the "Flower"  (left)

Monet and Picasso among art theft

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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