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World leaders begin climate talks

A UN conference aimed at agreeing a new global approach to climate change has opened in Paris with 147 world leaders due to attend.

UN climate change agency chief Christina Figueres

A critical UN conference aimed at agreeing a new global approach to climate change has begun in Paris . Negotiators from 195 countries will try to reach a deal within two weeks aimed at reducing global carbon emissions. Leaders from 147 nations will address the meeting, known as COP21, on Monday. Initiatives aimed at boosting clean technologies are due to be launched. But the world's poorest countries say they fear being "left behind" in the push for a new treaty. The French government will officially take over the running of the talks during Monday's opening ceremony. COP21: Latest updates from Paris

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Greek PM in Turkey Twitter outburst

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras attacks his Turkish counterpart on Twitter following the downing of a Russian plane, prompting an admonishing reply.

Alpaslan Celik, a deputy commander in a Syrian Turkmen rebel brigade, holds handles believed to be parts of a parachute of the downed Russian warplane (24 November 2015)

Rebels from Syria 's ethnic Turkmen community, whose villages Turkey said had been bombed by Russian aircraft in recent weeks, opened fire at the crew as they tried to parachute into government-held territory. Russia 's President Vladimir Putin has condemned Turkey 's shooting down of a Russian warplane on its border with Syria . It is the first time a Russian aircraft has crashed in Syria since Moscow launched air strikes against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in September. What happened? -16s in the Turkey-Syria border area on 24 November. Why did Turkey shoot down plane?    Profile: Alexis Tsipras  

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Israel suspends EU role in peace talks

Israel suspends diplomatic contact with EU officials involved in the Middle East peace process, after a row over EU moves to label West Bank settlement goods.

Israeli flag is seen in front of the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim on the outskirts of Jerusalem (7 September 2009)

Israel has said it is suspending contact with EU officials involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians. The move follows the bloc's decision to label goods from Jewish settlements in the West Bank . Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "ordered suspension of diplomatic contacts with the institutions of the European Union on this issue", a foreign ministry statement said. The EU says the settlements are illegal, but Israel disputes this. Mr Netanyahu, who is also the foreign minister, told the ministry to carry out "a reassessment of the involvement of EU bodies in everything that is connected to the diplomatic process with the Palestinians", the statement said.  EU to label Israeli settlement goods    World diplomacy's Gordian knot


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Russian pilot's body flown to Ankara

Turkey flies the body of the Russian pilot killed after his plane was downed on the Syrian border to Ankara , to be met by Russian diplomats.

Turkish honour guard for Russian pilot at Hatay airport, Turkey 29 November 2015

Turkey has flown the body of the Russian pilot killed after his plane was downed on the Syrian border to Ankara , to be met by Russian diplomats. Lt Col Oleg Peshkov's coffin was flown to the capital from southern Turkey . It is not yet clear when the body will be repatriated to Russia . Turkish forces shot down the plane saying it had violated Turkish airspace, which Russia denies. The incident has sparked a furious row between the two countries. Russia announced sanctions against Turkey . Rebels from Syria 's ethnic Turkmen community opened fire on Lt Col Peshkov and his co-pilot as they tried to parachute into government-held territory on Tuesday. The rebels said he had died by the time he reached the ground. Why did Turkey shoot down plane?    Tourism among Russia ties at risk

Quebec doctors will keep government overpayments

Overpayments of $416.7 million made to Quebec doctors over the last five years cannot be recovered, according to Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. The payments were given in return for patient services that have already been provided and those services cannot be undone, according to Couillard, who made the comments Sunday in Paris where he is attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The overpayments were brought to light by Quebec Auditor General Guylaine Leclerc, whose report suggested that the province had lost control of payments made to doctors. Between 2010 and 2015, specialists billed the province $384 million more than it had budgeted for, while general practitioners billed $32.7 million more than what Quebec had expected to pay them, according to the report issued Friday. The government money will remain in those doctors' pockets but Couillard said Health Minister Gaétan Barrette will focus on ways to rectify the situation so it will not happen again. World is at war, says Premier Couillard on eve of Paris COP21 environment talks     Paris attacks: Philippe Couillard asks for international co-operation  Doctors' billing out of control, Quebec auditor general concludes

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Kind-Hearted Compassion in Action Foundation

Who:    Kind-Hearted Compassion in Action Foundation (KHCA) presents the ELEVATE GENIUS Concert & Charity Event. KHCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting exceptional musicians, artists, and activists who come from adverse circumstances to be able to share their genius to create positive social change and uplift the consciousness of humanity.  Performances/presentations by: Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, DJ Kiss, legendary music manager Steve Lobel (keynote), Fatell, DJ Royelle, ArtofJazz, Until, InLeague Press, Dozey and MC Imprint, Lili Teplan, Trademark and Mary Jane, Trevous Millhouse, and many other artists. What:    ELEVATE GENIUS Concert & Charity Event, spreading peace and compassion through music, art and activism, is sponsored by Power 106 FM, Garden Grove City of Compassion Mayor Bao Nguyen, Pinot's Pallete, Vlado Footwear, Max Blooms Art  Gallery &, Tahim and Associates, APC   When: Saturday, December 12, 2015   5:30pm – 9:30pm  Why:    Kind-Hearted Compassion in Action was founded by attorney Pamela Tahim, Esq. and psychologist Dr. Sonia Singh, and inspired by the art and life of Pamela's brother, musician Jesse Tahim, whose young life was cut short. In Pamela's last conversation with Jesse, he requested her help to create a movement to inspire the popular mainstream hip-hop music industry to become more socially conscious by supporting artists who do this work. Jesse tragically died a few days later of a pulmonary embolism at age 24. Info:    There will be a VIP cocktail/guest reception, art show, and a concert of socially conscious artists giving awards and grants to emerging artists, activists and musicians. General Admission $25, VIP Package $150 per person/$250 per couple.  VIP and Sponsorships 714-853-9919.
Where: Yost Theater in the Artist District of Santa Ana
307 N. Spurgeon Street Santa Ana , CA   92701    Contact: Dea Shandera-Hunter  (818) 456-4585  (310) 699-7880   Contact: Jennifer Tucker, 856-489-8654, ext. 303

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by Kate Dwyer - Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff   A Sprinkle of Reindeer Dust Makes Christmas Sparkle!  HOLIDAY PICTURE BOOK INSPIRES MAGICAL FAMILY TRADITIONS AND IGNITES IMAGINATION   The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal presents: Restoring and Caring For Your Old and Precious Family Photos Lecture meeting with Manuel Da Mota Montreal , November 25, 2015 - The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal presents a lecture meeting with Manuel Da Mota on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal (Metro Côte Ste-Catherine.) No charge, donation requested. Everyone welcome to attend. For more information visit or call the JGS of Montreal 24-hour Hotline at (514) 484-0969.

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Letters from Leningrad

The past that some Swiss villagers tried to forget

Picture of Lenin on the front page of the Schweizer Illustrierte of 15 December 1917.

On a crisp autumn day in 1915, 38 ornithologists gathered in the tiny Swiss village of Zimmerwald .

Only, they were not actually bird watchers - that was just a cover. These were socialists from all over Europe , meeting to discuss ways to bring peace to a continent ravaged by World War One. Two of the most famous participants were Russian: Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, or Lenin, and Leon Trotsky. Their peace campaign made secrecy necessary: opposing the war was viewed as treason in many countries. Lenin and Trotsky were already political refugees. They were both living in neutral Switzerland - Trotsky in Geneva and Lenin in Berne , quietly planning the overthrow of Tsarist Russia. Birthplace of a revolution Today, Zimmerwald is not much changed from that day in 1915. It is a sleepy little place, population 1,100, with a few farms, a church, and the Alps soaring majestically across the valley. And for 100 years there was no sign that the founders of the Bolshevik Revolution had ever set foot there.

Canada Direct

A look at the nation beyond the headlines from BBC


One Square Mile of Canada

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

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

Why is Canadian English unique?

How the country forged its own linguistic identity - The standard stereotype among Americans is that Canadians are like Americans, except they say ‘eh’ a lot and pronounce ‘out and about’ as ‘oot and aboot’. Canadian does exist as a separate variety of English, with subtly distinctive features of pronunciation and vocabulary. It has its own dictionaries; the Canadian Press has its own style guide; the Editors’ Association of Canada has just released a second edition of Editing Canadian English. But an emblematic feature of Editing Canadian English is comparison tables of American versus British spellings so the Canadian editor can come to a reasonable decision on which to use… on each occasion. The core of Canadian English is a pervasive ambivalence. Canadian history helps to explain this. In the beginning there were the indigenous peoples, with far more linguistic and cultural variety than Europe . They’re still there, but Canadian English, like Canadian Anglophone society in general, gives them little more than desultory token nods. Fights between European settlers shaped Canadian English more. The French, starting in the 1600s, colonised the St Lawrence River region and the Atlantic coast south of it. In the mid-1700s, England got into a war with France , concluding with the Treaty of Paris in 1763, which ceded ‘ New France ’ to England . The English allowed any French to stay who were willing to become subjects of the English King.

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 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

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Got a second?

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

Oh Canada How I Love You

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

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Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic for more sushi

Japan decides to resume hunting whales in the Antarctic after a break of more than a year despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice.

  Whale sushi made from sliced minke meats, blubber and rice balls, at a sushi shop in Japanese whaling town Ayukawahama, Miyagi prefecture, on 16 June 2010

Japan has announced it will resume whaling in the Antarctic early next year after a break of more than a year. The decision comes despite an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that Japan cease all whaling. The Japanese government says it has taken into account the court ruling and its "scientific" whaling program will be much smaller. But the announcement has been condemned by environmental groups and the Australian and UK governments. "We do not accept in any way, shape or form the concept of killing whales for so-called 'scientific research'," said Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt. "We are deeply disappointed with Japan 's decision to restart whaling in the Southern Ocean," said the UK environment ministry, Defra. "This undermines the global ban on commercial whaling which the UK strongly supports."  Guide to the great whales   Australia welcomes Japan whaling ban

The Dilemma of Taxing Online Purchases

Mathieu Bédard - As Canadian consumers get ready to enjoy some Cyber Monday sales, an MEI publication points out that the non-collection of sales taxes on Canadians' online purchases from foreign websites has both advantages and disadvantages. This tax avoidance places our online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores at a disadvantage through a kind of unfair competition, but it increases the real incomes of consumers.

Viewpoint - Investing in Montreal: A Tax Burden That Ranks among Canada's Highest

Mathieu Bédard - When a company seeks a place to invest, it needs to take into account the investment-related tax burden to be sure of choosing the most favourable location. Taxes that are too high in one city will lead companies to turn to other cities, bringing with them the new jobs and economic spillover that accompany their investments. Does the City of Montreal do everything it can to entice investors? (This study was prepared in collaboration with the C.D. Howe Institute.)

Montreal worst city in Canada for entrepreneurs: study

City came dead last out of 121 surveyed - High commercial taxes, bureaucracy, and low support for business by local governments were the indicators that Montreal scored the lowest on. The Entrepreneurial Communities report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses ranks cities using 14 indicators that measure a favourable environment for business owners. Although Montreal did not score lowest on all measures, it was lowest overall.  The suburban periphery around Calgary Penticton , B.C. and Kelowna , B.C. took the three top spots. High commercial taxes, bureaucracy, and low support for business by local governments were the indicators that Montreal scored the lowest on. "Does the local government understand the reality of running a business? Most governments get low marks, but in Montreal , the perception of businesses are further down the list," said Ted Mallett, vice-president and chief economist of the CFIB. Boroughs don't understand business needs The head of a property management firm interviewed by CBC says a big problem is the decentralized structure of the city. Borough bureaucrats lack vision and don't adapt to shifting business needs, according to Bruce Burnett, president and CEO of Antrev.   SPECIAL REPORT: Montreal's economy: what's wrong, and what can we do about it?   SPECIAL REPORT | Montreal's economy could be fixed, say experts 

Should sales taxes be applied to all of Canadians' online purchases?

Montreal , November 27, 2015 – As Canadian consumers get ready to enjoy some Cyber Monday sales, an MEI publication points out that the non-collection of sales taxes on Canadians' online purchases from foreign websites has both advantages and disadvantages. This tax avoidance places our online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores at a disadvantage through a kind of unfair competition, but it increases the real incomes of consumers. The current state of affairs also has the advantage of being realistic, given that it is difficult for the tax authorities in one province or country to collect sales taxes outside their jurisdiction. Even though the amounts concerned are substantial—online purchases in Canada represent a $41.7-billion market, and Revenue Quebec estimates the uncollected sales taxes on Quebecers' purchases from retailers outside the province at $465 million—most of the solutions currently proposed are unrealistic, explains economist Mathieu Bédard, the author of the publication. For example, certain voices in Canada want to require foreign businesses to collect sales taxes directly. However, there is no reason to believe that foreign governments will collaborate with Canada to enforce such measures in the short or medium term. Other voices are proposing that sales taxes be collected by credit card companies or banks. But requiring taxes to be collected abroad by these intermediaries would necessitate the collaboration of foreign governments to provide a legal framework for these levies, which brings us back to square one. "Moreover, introducing such measures would not necessarily be a good thing for the economy in general, nor for governments' finances, since new taxes have the effect of reducing the real incomes of consumers and of depressing economic activity," maintains the author. If taxing online consumption abroad would have significant negative effects, all while being very difficult—if not impossible—to apply, a dramatic reduction of sales taxes in Canada to make our retailers more competitive also seems unlikely. "Since the introduction of the GST, the tendency in Canada has been to increase sales taxes. The political context clearly favours maintaining or increasing sales taxes rather than abolishing them," points out Mathieu Bédard. Certain compromises between these two extremes seem more plausible, however. For example, governments could exempt digital goods from sales taxes when they are sold by Canadian companies. This measure would put Canadian and foreign suppliers on an equal footing. A second compromise would be to have a reduced sales tax rate for Internet commerce. The Economic Note entitled "The Dilemma of Taxing Online Purchases" was signed by Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI. This publication is available on our website.

City of Toronto to hear religious freedom appeal December 10

TORONTO : The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) will present the appeal of Voices of the Nations to the Board of Management for Yonge-Dundas Square on Thursday, December 10, 2015 , at City Hall at 2:00 p.m.  
This past October, the City of
Toronto denied the Christian group Voices of the Nations (VOTN) its right to continue using Yonge-Dundas Square for its annual musical performance.  In a legal warning letter, the JCCF warned the City that its decision, based on a policy against "proselytizing", violates freedom of religion and freedom of expression as protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Voices of the Nations describes its mission as "to provide a venue and unite the various denominations, cultures and the outstanding talents within the Christian community" and "to embrace and celebrate the wonderful diversity in the city."  Held the first weekend in August, this annual event showcases the talents of numerous performing groups and artists from a broad cross-section of the Christian community. On October 22, 2015, Natalie Belman, the Manager of Events for Yonge-Dundas Square told VOTN that VOTN had violated the City policy against "proselytizing": Well it doesn't matter if it's speaking or singing.  Either way if you're praising Jesus or praise the Lord, and there's no God like Jehovah, that type of thing? That's proselytizing. The City of Toronto has had no qualms about the interactive chanting of Hare Krishna mantras at Yonge-Dundas Square (June 7, 2015); a candlelight vigil against Islamophobia (February 13, 2015); a rally in support of legalizing marijuana including Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (April 20, 2015); and numerous Pride events. On Monday November 9, petitions with over 40,000 signatures in support of religious freedom were delivered to the office of Toronto Mayor John Tory. VOTN is planning a rally in support of religious freedom this Saturday November 21, at 1:00 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square .  For more information contact:  John Carpay, President, JCCF, or 403-619-8014  Peter Ruparelia, Founder of VOTN, or 416-876-3877  Leye Oyelami, Event Coordinator, VOTN, or 647-296-9733

China's stock market falls 5%

China 's Shanghai Composite share index closes down by more than 5% after several major brokerage firms announce they are under investigation.  China 's main share index closed down by more than 5% after several major brokerage firms announced they were under investigation.  The Shanghai Composite index ended the day 5.5% lower at 3,436.3 points - marking its biggest drop since August. Late on Thursday, it was announced that China 's securities regulator was investigating the country's largest brokerage, Citic Securities.  The firm is being probed over the possible breaking of market rules. Rival brokerage Guosen Securities is also being investigated, and shares in both Citic and Guosen fell by 10%, the maximum allowed in one day. In addition, trading in China Haitong Securities shares was halted and later in the day the firm also confirmed it was under investigation. Chen Xingyu, an analyst at Phillip Securities, told the AFP news agency: "The biggest reason for such a sudden drop today is because of regulator's investigation of the top brokers. It has triggered a broader sell-off." BHP rebuts UN 'toxic waste' claim   Big China brokerage in $166bn error

C.D. Howe/MEI study: Montreal a champion when it comes to taxing investment

Montreal , Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – With the heaviest tax burden of large Canadian cities, Montreal is less welcoming than its competitors when it comes time to attract investment. Even though Quebec 's largest city maintains overall operating costs that are among the lowest in the world, the last dollar of returns generated by investment is taxed a total of 76 cents. In comparison, the last dollar of returns from investments made in Saskatoon is only taxed 43 cents, reveals a Viewpoint on the tax burdens of Canadian municipalities, published by the MEI in collaboration with the C.D. Howe Institute. Although these marginal effective tax rates (METRs) can seem high, they reflect all the various taxes applied to future returns from current investments, and take into account all the subtleties of the tax systems, as well as the potential tax deductions. "When a company looks for a place to invest, it must take into account the tax burden associated with investment. Taxes that are too high in one location will lead companies to turn to other cities, bringing with them the new jobs and economic spillover that accompany their investments," explains Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI and author of the publication. The City of Montreal itself is primarily responsible for this state of affairs, since the difference between the tax burden in Montreal and in Canada 's other large cities is explained especially by municipal taxes. The marginal effective rate of these taxes is 57.8% in Montreal in 2015, versus 19.3% for municipal and provincial taxes combined in Saskatoon , the leader in this ranking. These taxes are very bad for investment. A study carried out in Ontario reveals that collecting an additional dollar of property taxes costs the Ontario economy $6.67 in lost investment. Yet the most significant source of economic growth in Canada from 1961 to 2008 was precisely investment in capital. The City of Montreal has nonetheless made some efforts in this regard over the past two years, as underlined in the Viewpoint. Its tax burden has fallen by 3 percentage points compared to 2013. " Montreal 's numerous selling points, like quality of life and reasonable labour costs, are undermined by taxes that are among the highest in Canada . Since the largest part of this burden comes from the municipal level, the City of Montreal has an interest in continuing its efforts in order to attract the investments that will ensure its prosperity and the standard of living of its residents," concludes Mathieu Bédard.   The Viewpoint entitled "Investing in Montreal : A Tax Burden That Ranks among Canada 's Highest" was prepared by Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI. It was written in collaboration with the C.D. Howe Institute based on data contained in "Business Tax Burdens in Canada 's Major Cities: The 2015 Report Card," which is being published simultaneously. The Viewpoint 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.

Billionaire arrested in Petrobras probe

One of Brazil 's richest businessmen and a leading senator are arrested as part of a corruption inquiry into the state oil giant Petrobras.

Andre Esteves, July 2014

One of Brazil 's richest businessmen and a top senator have been arrested as part of the sweeping corruption probe into state oil giant Petrobras. Andre Esteves was arrested at his home in Rio de Janeiro . Documents were seized both from there and from the bank he heads in Sao Paulo . At the same time, the leader of the governing Workers Party in the Senate, Delcidio Amaral, was also arrested. Both men are accused of obstructing the course of the investigation. Mr Esteves is Brazil 's 13th richest man, worth an estimated $2.5bn (£1.7bn), while Mr Amaral is the first sitting legislator to be detained in the scandal. Secret tape After his arrest early on Wednesday, police released a recording in which Mr Amaral appears to suggest that the imprisoned former head of Petrobras' international division should refrain from disclosing any evidence about Mr Amaral and Mr Esteves. In exchange, the Petrobras executive, Nestor Cervero, would be helped to escape from Brazil to Europe , reports said.   Corrupt Brazilian executives jailed   Petrobras case nets top businessmen

China's $166 billion lie or error

China 's biggest brokerage, Citic Securities, overstated its derivative business by $166bn (£110bn) from April to September, according to the country's securities association.

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The Securities Association of China said the firm inaccurately inflated the amount of its equity swap transactions in a report submitted in October.

Citic said the error occurred due to a system upgrade and has been corrected. Probes have resulted in executives confessing to insider trading at Citic. In September, shares of China 's largest state-owned brokerage slumped after it reported that three executives, including its president, were under police investigation. The firm has been part of a crackdown by China's regulators on irregular stock trading since mainland markets plunged dramatically in mid-June. Shares dip The securities association, which is partly overseen by the China Securities Regulatory Commission, said it was investigating Citic's overstatement and would take further action if necessary. It did add that the error did not affect the month-end net size of Citic's business. The brokerage told the Reuters news agency that it had amended the figures at the start of November and the size of its swaps business was $6.2bn.

Europe recession 'could be permanent'

The worst effects of the European recession risk becoming permanent in places, according to a left-leaning think tank.

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The worst effects of the European recession risk becoming permanent in places, according to a left-leaning think tank.

The IPPR's latest report pointed to the high level of unemployment and underemployment across Europe and said the chances of these becoming entrenched is "deeply alarming". It said there was 10% unemployment and a 5% underemployment rate in Europe . The UK 's main problem was low productivity, the IPPR said. The official unemployment rate for the 28 countries in the EU was 9.3% in September, down from 9.4% the previous month. The rate in the 19 countries that use the euro stood at 10.8%, down from 10.9% in August. The IPPR said that unemployed workers risked being left behind as globalisation and technological progress lead to changes in the skills that employers require. German investment  The report suggested that European countries look to Germany as a good example of maintaining workplace skills and high productivity rates. Germany - Europe 's largest economy - invests 50% more on average than other countries in research and development.

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Ottawa – The Community Radio Fund of Canada would like to thank outgoing Executive Director Jean Malavoy for all the work he accomplished for campus and community radio during his time at the helm of the organization. Since he joined the CRFC in 2013, Jean led the development of a new Youth on Air! program, helped support the major associations serving the sector, increased the amount that individual radio stations could access for Canadian Content Development projects, and pioneered a way for stations to partner on larger initiatives. For example, with funding from Youth on Air!, CHUO-FM in Ottawa was able to hire and train a 16-year old to produce a 12-part series called "Beneath the Underground" about the local music scene. One of the partnership projects through the Radiometres program funded three small stations in British Columbia, CJMP-FM in Powell River, CKTZ-FM on Cortes Island, and CKVS-FM in Salmon Arm, to build an open-source station management database and create new shared programming, including in a local Indigenous language.  And CKRL-FM in Quebec City was funded through the Radiometres program to produce "Stéréolocal", a daily show that showcased more than 60 local emerging artists. "Jean came to the CRFC at a pivotal time," says CRFC President Roger Ouellette. "We have grown into a source of stability for campus and community radio stations and the communities they serve. We look forward to building on his work." The Community Radio Fund of Canada would also like to welcome new Program Officer Josée Dallaire, who is filling in during the maternity leave of Marie-Ève Laramée-Gauvreau. Josée comes to the Fund with a MA in Canadian history and past experience working for the Department of Canadian Heritage in both the Community Engagement Directorate and the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program. Since it was founded in 2007, the CRFC has distributed more than $7-Million to 123 different campus and community radio stations across Canada for 376 projects. Our funding is provided by Canada ’s private radio broadcasters through their Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions, a funding mechanism established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). These contributions play an important part in the success of the Canadian radio broadcasting system’s community sector. The job posting for the Executive Director position will be posted on our website shortly.


“Zac Brown’s rasp-tinged voice gives life to uplifting lyrics that crescendo into melodiously beautiful string chords and a subtle foot-stomping bass,” Dancing Astronaut “If 2013’s True was out to prove that a dance icon could ease into the pop arena, Stories is his bid for multi-format crossover,” Billboard LOS ANGELES – November 23, 2015 – Global superstar DJ/producer and RIAA quadruple-platinum selling artist Avicii, who is renowned for his uplifting melodies and beats, today premiered the video for “Broken Arrows,” the third single from his STORIES album, which has aggregated sales of more than 1 million since its release in September. The track will also be featured in tomorrow night’s season finale of Dancing With the Stars. Find the “Broken Arrows” video on VEVO and YouTube.  Like all Avicii videos, “Broken Arrows” has a beautiful cinematic quality and tells a heartwarming story about hard work triumphing over adversity. The “Broken Arrows” video was based on a concept from At Night Studios and produced by the award-winning Collaboration Factory, who are responsible for videos by Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, amongst others, and have won numerous short film awards. It was directed by Julius Onah, whose first feature was The Girl in Trouble, executive produced by Spike Lee, and who is currently in development with producer J.J. Abrams on The God Particle. The video was shot on location in the city of Pomona , CA and El Matador Beach near Malibu . “Broken Arrows” features the distinctive vocals of Zac Brown and “pairs Brown's crystal-clear vocals with thumping bass and twinkling synth lines. In typical dance-track fashion, momentum builds and eventually boils over into the song's hook…,” wrote Rolling Stone. Dancing Astronaut said, “Grab your friends, a mason jar of moonshine and get ready to cotton-eyed Joe under the stars to this soon-to-be chart topper.” Avicii credited Brown’s ‘amazing voice’ when he premiered “Broken Arrows” on his monthly Le7els podcast. Brown reciprocated the admiration when he gave Avicii a shout out and sang “Broken Arrows” at his recent Hollywood Bowl concert and told Country Weekly, “Avicii has an incredible mixture of organic and electronic music together.” About Avicii: In 2011, Avicii reached critical mass with the global success of “Le7els,” which became a No. 1 dance hit in the U.S. and the U.K. and sold four million tracks worldwide. It topped the charts in six other territories, went top 10 in many more, and garnered Bergling his second Grammy nomination. Other hits brought a much-publicized remix of Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild.” In 2013, Avicii won his first American Music Award (for Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist) and his first MTV Europe Music Award (EMA) (for Best Electronic Artist). In 2014 Avicii cemented his place in the firmament of superstar recording artist/DJ’s with the success of his genre-defying debut album, True, on PRMD Records. The album not only satisfied the 26-year-old Swede’s restless creative urge to push musical boundaries, it also upped the ante on what dance music could be by blending the earthy sounds of folk, country, and bluegrass with soaring pop melodies, funky disco jams, and driving house beats. True spawned the 4x-platinum guitar-laden stomper “Wake Me Up,” which hit No. 1 in 81 countries and became the most streamed song of all time on Spotify (over 380 million plays) and the No. 1 most Shazamed song worldwide, while racking up 2.6 billion international streams and 700 million combined YouTube views. Upon True’s release, The New York Times heralded Avicii as “an artist carrying today — and tomorrow — on his shoulders.” In May, Avicii and Volvo Cars, two of Sweden ’s most influential brands, launched their collaboration on a new brand campaign which features Avicii’s reworking of the classic song Feeling Good. The music video for Feeling Good was filmed on location in Stockholm and Osterlen, southern Sweden in places of personal significance for Avicii and tells his own story of renewal, following several years of hard touring. About PRMD Music: PRMD is an independent label, home to Avicii, Cazzette and iSHi, as well as the recently established ICONS label. Diverse in sound and sourcing talent from across the continents, the label approaches 2015 with a manifesto for taking its reign beyond the electronic dance bubble, tapping into the worlds of electronic music, hip-hop, indie rock and commercial pop, alongside a wealth of both new and already-established artists. About Island Records: Island Records, which celebrates its 56th anniversary in 2015, maintains its position as one of the world’s legendary record labels, a coveted destination for new and established artists of every descrip­tion.  Island staked its claim at the beginning of the musical revolution that shook the 1960s and ’70s, and continues that trend-spotting spirit of adventure.  Today’s Island is home to a varied roster that ranges from Bon Jovi, Avicii, Fall Out Boy, Nick Jonas, and The Killers, to Shawn Mendes, The Gaslight Anthem, American Authors, Incubus, Jake Bugg, Tove Lo, Kiesza, and many more.  Island Records is a division of Universal Music Group, the undisputed global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories.  Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi. War is not the answer by guest speaker Pianist, author & Public speaker: Pierre Jasmin Vice President of Artistes Pour La Paix - Pierre Jasminis an accomplished, award-winning pianist, who has performed, with great success, in the major capitals of the world. He is an ardent proponent of peaceful resolutions to conflicts in the Ghandian tradition. He is also an executive member of the Canadian network to abolish nuclear weapons (CNANW). He has written hundreds of articles on the issue of peaceful resolutions, which can be found on: will be speaking on how to defeat ISIS permanently, without resorting to bomb-shelling air-raids that destroy civilian homes and cause the death of thousands of innocent civilians, which in turn leads to the recruitment of more jihadists and to the infernal cycle of revenge. Come and listen to a different, more progressive point of view and bring your friends too.  His talk will be followed by a discussion period.   Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 . 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:  (sponsored by the Concordia's Student Association)

Tangerine dreams

How an entire Hollywood movie was shot on an iPhone - Tangerine: IPhone movie shows Hollywood 's unseen side  By Tim Masters Arts and entertainment correspondent - Micro-budget comedy drama Tangerine, the story of two transgender prostitutes in Los Angeles, is remarkable not just because it shows a side of Hollywood rarely portrayed in the cinema, but because the whole film was shot on iPhones. "All of my films capture street life and are shot clandestinely to a certain degree, but using iPhones on this one helped to even a greater extent," says Sean Baker, director of Tangerine, a breakout hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival. "It led to a lot of freedom and experimentation. If you had seen us shooting across Santa Monica Boulevard , you would not know we were a professional shoot, except for perhaps our sound gear. " Instead of using "dolly shots" - with a camera moving on a track - Baker filmed street scenes while riding his bicycle. UK audiences can see Tangerine when it is released in selected UK cities on Friday alongside big studio offerings such as Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, and The Lady with the Van, with Dame Maggie Smith.   Entertainment & Arts

"Miracle Maker."

 Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts is directed by Dr. Angela Chan, whose unique approach to teaching children has some calling her a "miracle maker."  In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall, Lambda students have excelled globally, including at the Canadian Music Competition, Concours de Musique Lanaudiere, Shanghai Piano Competition in China, 2015 CBC Piano Hero Competition, Concours de Musique La Capitale in Montreal and the Crescendo International competition in New York. These and other honours are helping Montreal make a name for itself in the world of music, while gaining its students international visibility. By combining more than three decades of teaching and her training in psychology and education with her talents as a renowned concert pianist, Dr. Chan understands her students' individual differences and is able to offer customized training that brings out the best in each pupil. She does not teach "by the book' but instead inspires the performer inside each child to help her students experience music as an art and a channel of inner expression. As a result, they reach high levels quickly and bypass unnecessary detours that often cause children to lose interest in music. Although Lambda is a music school, it uses science and technology to implement its programs. Its students gain an interdisciplinary understanding of content by learning music performance, while also being taught about the science of their instrument and the psychology of human performance. "We recognize that all exceptional students start as novices. Outstanding artists are not born, but carefully groomed and nurtured throughout their development process," says Dr. Chan, who founded the school in 2008. Lambda students work with experienced and internationally renowned music professors  and benefit from masterclasses with world class concert artists and teachers. I trust you will find Dr. Chan and her staff to be worthy of a feature story.  Or, if you are developing an article about the value of involving children in music and fine arts, she would be a useful resource.  Potential angles include: ● How Dr. Chan's unique teaching methodology helps students progress at an exponential rate and in some cases become musical prodigies. ● The benefits of learning music at a young age, including discipline and time management, refined motor skills and co-ordination, learning to plan and strategize, dramatically improved self-confidence and patience, and developing a sense of aesthetics and appreciation for music and art. ● Lambda and its students are community conscious. They have performed in concerts to help raise funds for the Montreal Children's Hospital and the Leukemia Society.  In 2014, Lambda was among eight performance groups to raise $1.7 million for the Leukemia Society. Lambda also supports the Heart and Stroke Foundation. ● The many prestigious awards won by Lambda students.  Here is what parents say about Lambda:  "Angela combines theory and practice in a way that does not discourage or demotivate her students. Her enthusiasm and love of the piano are so contagious that we barely feel class time pass by."  "Teachers at Lambda have the ability to motivate children to excel and to give their best efforts to become both musicians and better human beings."  "The greatest accomplishment is that our children are still motivated after two years to want to continue to learn and they have become confident in consequence."  To learn more about Lambda, please visit:

Holiday Concert with Grammy winner Jennifer Gasoi

  Montreal , November 9, 2015 - It’s that time of year again! Jennifer Gasoi and her band will be getting everyone in the holiday spirit in concert on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Cost:  $10 per person. For information and tickets call 514-345-2627 ext. 3012 or 3398 or Join Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Gasoi and her fabulous band for a holiday show guaranteed to get kids and adults alike singing and swinging! All ages welcome.  Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring toys to be donated to needy families for the holidays.

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World on cusp of 'post-antibiotic era'

Bacteria are now resistant to drugs of last resort meaning the world is on the cusp of a "post-antibiotic era", warn scientists.


Imagine someone who went through dozens of cars after repeatedly crashing them. Would you buy them a new one? I'm sure everyone is sensibly thinking no, but that is the exact approach we have all adopted for antibiotics, the miracle drugs that have transformed medicine and kill bacteria. But bacteria themselves are wily and rapidly learn new ways of surviving, which render the drugs powerless. When one drug stops working we just move onto another (and another and another, you get the idea). This has been exacerbated by overusing antibiotics to such an extent that people are now talking about an "antibiotic apocalypse" in which none of the drugs work. One response has been to reinvigorate research that has failed to find a new class of antibiotic since the 1980s. A review by the economist Jim O'Neill called for a $2bn (£1.3bn) "innovation fund" and guaranteed payments for companies that produced new antibiotics. Video People will die, warns antibiotic expert  Change of approach required?

The Most Personalized Valentine's Day Gift: Your DNA

Diamonds may be forever, but your DNA is truly unique

Zurich , Switzerland – How does a scientist find himself designing fine jewelry? As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, even when it comes to finding the perfect gift. Swiss chemist Dr. Robert Grass found himself at a loss for what to give his wife to celebrate the birth of their first child. In today's world, unique gifts are few and far between, and Grass couldn't find anything that reflected their unique bond. But luckily, as a researcher, invention comes naturally to Grass, and at the time he was developing new technologies to preserve DNA for millennia for a range of technical applications like digital information storage. Asking himself if there was anything more unique than DNA, he decided to find a way to store his DNA in a diamond that he placed in a custom-designed ring for his wife using the fossilization process he used at work. As friends caught on to the great idea and asked him for their own variations of the design, he decided to create a small collection of jewelry using the same technology, which he is now launching in the market.  How is it possible to actually give someone your DNA? Leave these things to scientists: Grass has patented a process that preserves DNA for thousands of years. The method involves purifying the DNA provided with a mouth swab and fossilizing it in glass particles to form a white powder that is then integrated into the jewelry products. Identity Inside currently offers three different products: -       A ring made of pure sterling silver with a 0.02ct, flawless river, cut diamond below which the DNA is placed with a small incision. -       A custom-made watch in which the personal DNA fossil is placed in the crown. An elegant, Swiss-made, automatic movement (Selita SW 200) watch with stainless steel housing, water resistance, sapphire crystal and 26 jewels. -       An18kt rose gold pendant with a mat-finish and a 0.02ct, river, cut diamond placed firmly in the middle. Hand-crafted in Switzerland . Grass and his team of experts have worked hard to develop a product in which the DNA sample goes through stringent quality management procedures to avoid mix-ups and an anonymous process that operates according to Swiss regulations on handling biological samples. And for a reasonable fee, you can recover the DNA through a "de-fossilization" process. Otherwise, your DNA will be passed down in this timeless piece of jewelry for generations to come. The products should be available by Valentine's Day, and the scientists are currently running a Kickstarter campaign ( to fund this unique venture. In today's consumer culture we find it increasingly difficult to show the people we love that they are truly special through the gifts we choose. Diamonds may be forever, but your DNA is truly unique. Put the two together and you'll be hard-pressed to find a gift that is both graceful and representative of the part of you that nobody else will ever be able to replicate. About Identity Inside We are a group of scientists based in Switzerland who have been fascinated by DNA, its biological function and its non-biological applications for many years.  The lead inventor of Identity Inside is Dr. Robert Grass, who has previously pioneered the use of DNA fossils in anti-counterfeit and digital information storage.

Finding Dad

Images of my father on the streets - Diana Kim has spent the past 12 years - Diana Kim has spent the past 12 years photographing people living on the streets of Hawaii . But her project to humanise homelessness suddenly became very personal when her own father ended up living rough. Kim, a law student, explains how, in an effort to save him, she turned her camera on him. My father introduced me to photography. He was a landscape photographer and I remember my early years sitting in his studio, helping him by cracking open disposable cameras and watching him make prints. I don't have many photographs of my childhood because, over time, they've been lost but I can look back at the few I have and I can feel or smell it all over again - it's very vivid. It's a bittersweet experience when I look at the pictures of my father because at the time I didn't know what would happen. I didn't really have the best memories of my father - he had pretty much left my mother and me by the time I was eight years old. He wasn't part of my life during my teenage years - I did see him periodically, but it was a very awkward experience trying to get to know him. All photographs courtesy of Diana Kim - you can read more on her blog The Homeless Paradise.   Magazine

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BOISE , Idaho AP Idahos federal nuclear facility can become the nations premier energy security lab while also bolstering the regions economy, the new director says. Swedens Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and Turkish-born Aziz Sancar won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on mapping how cells repair damaged DNA, giving insight into cancer treatments, the award-giving body said on Wednesday. Their work has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions and is, for instance, used for the development of new cancer treatments, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement awarding the 8 million Swedish crowns 969,000 Thousands of spontaneous changes to a cells genome occur on a daily basis while radiation, free radicals and carcinogenic substances can also damage DNA. To keep genetic materials from disintegrating, a range of molecular systems monitor and repair DNA, in processes that the three award-winning scientists all helped map out, opening the door to applications such as new cancer treatments. The pop star Selena Gomez recently announced that she was diagnosed with lupus and underwent chemotherapy for the condition in 2013. I was diagnosed with lupus, and Ive been through chemotherapy. This may be the first time that Gomez fans have heard of the disease. STOCKHOLM AP Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for key discoveries about a cosmic particle that whizzes through space at nearly the speed of light, passing easily through Earth and even your body. The vast majority of the U.S. population does not belong to the Catholic Church, and a growing percentage of Americans are not affiliated with any organized religion at all, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Centers. This understanding of how the world worked facilitated the rapid decision-making process that humans had to go through when they heard a rustling in the grass.

The Art of Solace - Fifteen Tips for Pushing through the Discomfort and Truly Connecting with a Chronically Ill Person
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. 

Medical Words - Explained -  Do you want to know what those medical terms means at all? Like, E. coli infection   Ankylosing spondylitis   Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder   Hepatitis B or C    Schizophrenia   Click the above link and you shall find out. Keep this vital info into your note book, so,  from time to time you’d know what medical science people are a talking about. The listing is from A to Z. Check it out now! (cdb)

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What's a stroke?    Video 'Never thought it would happen to me'   Video How to spot the signs of a stroke?   Stem cell stroke therapy assessed   Click here for the latest news on stroke Soy may benefit stroke patients Helping stroke patients to speak    Music 'can aid stroke recovery'  Stroke risk peaks every 12 hours   Heart drug may help threat stroke   Stroke struggle: 'They said I would never become a doctor'   Stroke patients to test sensors   What's Killing Canadians?   What's the "Marburg" Virus?  More disease cures check archives   Magnetic field 'aids coma victim'  Institute of Food Research British Nutrition Foundation   Mind power moves paralyzed limbs  Surfing the web is good for your brain   Fatty acids clue to Alzheimer's Western diet 'raises heart risk'    Drug may reverse MS brain damage  'One-stop' embryo test unveiled  Purple tomato 'may boost health'   Lithium tested for impact on Motor Neurone Disease  What is motor neurone disease?    Cancer genetic blueprint revealed    

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Stop The Fight! Offers Solutions For Issues That Ignite Emotions And Impede Communication

New York , NY , November 24, 2015 - The first of its kind, this cleverly illustrated relationship guide helps couples literally see their way out of hurtful, repetitive arguments. Relationship conflict is complex and challenging to change. But in her work with couples, clinical psychologist Michelle Brody developed a way to make change a bit simpler. Using evocative drawings and diagrams that illustrate the hidden forces that drive the most familiar battles, Dr. Brody shows couples effective strategies for finding a way out in her new book, Stop the Fight! (The Experiment; $15.95; October 27, 2015 ; 978-1-61519-280-9). Whether her clients were caught in the Partner Improvement Fight, the "You Don't Care About Me" Fight, or the Difficult Relatives Fight, the pictures unlocked the destructive cycle. Her clients immediately "got it"—they could literally see with their own eyes what was blocking their bond, and together chart a course to recognize the triggers to fights ... to end them. Stop the Fight! pairs more than 300 instantly graspable illustrations with Dr. Brody's proven, pragmatic advice. It's a one-of-a-kind relationship manual—concise, easy to use, and results oriented. One of Dr. Brody's colleagues aptly sums it up this way: "Over the years, Michelle has found that highlighting through diagrams and drawings some of the patterns in which clients get entrenched creates an "aha" moment for them and helps to lead them out of these destructive cycles...Stop the Fight! is all about the ordinary fights that happen between couples and how to stop them, but the helpful tools provided are applicable not just to couples, but to any collaborative dynamic - at home, work or anywhere in between."  About the Author  Michelle Brody, PhD, is an executive coach and clinical psychologist with over 20 years of professional experience as a practicing therapist and a specialist in resolving relational conflict. Her background also includes extensive experience in teaching, coaching, and scientific research. She has served for more than a decade as a senior trainer for psychologists and as a business consultant, teaching others what will (and won't) catalyze lasting change. Dr. Brody is the founder of Coaching for Couples, an innovative practice for couples seeking time-efficient change. Available at: and online outlets Stop the Fight! How to Break Free from the 12 Most Common Arguments and Build a Relationship That Lasts Michelle Brody, PhD, with Illustrations by Emily Tomasik  Publisher: The Experiment; (October 27, 2015)  Language: English  ISBN-10: 1615192808  ISBN-13: 978-1615192809

In Spite Of The Paris Massacre

There Are New Breakthroughs In The Drive For Peace In The Middle East:  Changing Public Opinion Through Interfaith Unification

Houston, TX, & Paris, France, November 17, 2015 - Frank Romano, PhD, strives to bring Muslims, Jews and Christians together in spite of attempts by fanatic groups and political conservatives to drive them apart. He champions programs through interfaith unification and has seen first-hand the results of these efforts.  Even though he has found himself in dangerous situations, he has spent decades of his life working towards peace in the Middle East and his efforts are documented in Love and Terror in the Middle East (4th edition). "There is definitely something positive happening right now in the
US ," says Dr. Romano. "We're realizing a favorable evolution in US public opinion.  Americans are better informed and I believe this will lead to the American people demanding a louder voice on issues where the Middle East peace is concerned." Frank Romano's story began decades ago with a move from California to France to study philosophy. He later ventured to Morocco on his way to the Middle East , where he was to participate in the interfaith peace movement. In his quest for the universal religion, which at first he thought might be Islam (meaning "peace"), he soon realized that the Islamic sect he met had little to do with peace and more to do with radicalism. After daring to ask questions relating to Islam and women, he was wrongly accused by Muslim extremists of being a Zionist spy and was imprisoned. This ultimately led to a spiritual awakening and, eventually, to his escape. While Dr. Romano is due to return to his interfaith activities in the Middle East, he wants to be a part of what is certain to be more involvement by the American public relating to Middle East issues.  His hope is to create a positive impact on American thinking which seems to be more open to interfaith peace activities.  Dr. Frank Romano is a PhD at the Sorbonne University in Paris , a lawyer in France and the US , an author, speaker and professor of law, literature, history and philosophy of law at the University of Paris , and continues to be an advocate for peace in the Middle East . For more information on Dr. Romano's book or his ongoing drive for peace, please visit:  (book)  (blog)  (Interview) Available at and major online outlets Love and Terror in the Middle East, 4th edition By Frank Romano AB Film Publishing ISBN-13: 978-0989706865

Counting Down the Rolling Stones

Discover Their 100 Finest Songs with American Songwriter's Jim Beviglia

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November 11, 2015 – For more than 50 years, the world has embraced the music and lyrics of The Rolling Stones.  Their rock-n-roll masterpieces continue to be a staple of classic rock radio. Fans around the world have rocked-out with them in concert, while many of their albums rank among the very best of the genre.   And their wild onstage and offstage antics are an integral part of rock and roll lore.  Now, to the delight of their fans, rock writer Jim Beviglia dares to rank the band's best songs in his new release Counting Down The Rolling Stones: Their 100 Finest Songs. Beviglia's Counting Down series highlights The Rolling Stones music library with the intelligence of a critic, yet the writing reveals the passion of a fan.  He carefully and insightfully lays out why each song is ranked where it is, even introducing fans to songs they may not have heard before.  Will every fan agree with Beviglia's ranking?  With "Honky Tonk Woman" ranked at number 46, it's not likely – so bring on the watercooler talk.  Regardless, Beviglia's historical, behind-the-scenes account of the group tells a fascinating story of one of the most beloved bands of all time.  "Counting Down The Rolling Stones is the perfect playlist builder," says Beviglia.  "My hope is that diehard fans of The Rolling Stones learn something new about the band and enjoy fresh insight on the songs, newcomers to their music will have an excellent guide to their finest work, and all are inspired to spend an afternoon enjoying some rock-n-roll."   Jim Beviglia is a feature writer for American Songwriter magazine, reviewing new albums and looking back at classic songwriters and songs for both the print and online editions. This is his third book in the Counting Down series. He is the author of Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs (Scarecrow Press, 2013) and Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). For more information, visit Beviglia's blog at Book #3 of the Counting Down Series Counting Down The Rolling Stones: Their 100 Finest Songs  By Jim Beviglia  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers  ISBN-10: 1442254467 ISBN-13: 978-1442254466   Available at, Barnes & Noble,, and all major online outlets.

MEG: Bestselling Giant Shark Thriller Released As A New 20th Anniversary Edition; To Be A Major Motion Picture

West Palm Beach, FL, November 10, 2015 – Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ... MEG by NY Times and international bestselling author, Steve Alten, is back with an all-new expanded 20th anniversary edition mass market paperback and a motion picture from Warner Brothers, to be directed by Eli Roth. The new novel, to be released this week by VIPER PRESS (a division of A&M Publishers) includes a never-before published prequel and 17 original graphic illustrations.  MEG is currently utilized by thousands of high school teachers in the US , in collaboration with Alten's non-profit, Adopt-An-Author reading program.  The free program is designed to excite young adults to read through the use of page-turning thrillers and through direct contact with the authors.   Steve Alten has kept his fans in awe through MEG and its sequels.  It's been a dream for many of them to see MEG on the big screen.  Now that dream will become a reality.  "I remember reading JAWS as a teen," says Alten. "The book and movie got me interested in Great White sharks, which led me to Carcharodon Megalodon, the species' 70-foot, 70,000 pound prehistoric cousin. Twenty years later I penned the first draft of MEG. It took another twenty years to get the movie greenlit. The MEGheads have been champing at the bit, but I know it'll be worth the wait. And this new version of the MEG novel is light years above the original."   
NY Times and international bestselling author Steve Alten penned MEG in the days when he was struggling to support his family of five.  MEG was a labor of love and a storyline he had been thinking about for years.  After selling his car to pay for his editing fees, Alten could only wait to see how the book would be received.  His tireless nights and weekends spent writing resulted in a two-book, seven-figure deal with Bantam Doubleday.  Fast-forward nearly 20 years and Alten has delighted his fans with MEG sequels and now the promise of enjoying MEG on the big screen.    For more information, visit  MEG   By Steve Alten  Viper Press (A&M Publishing)  ISBN-10: 1-943957-01-0  ISBN-13: 978-1-9439-5701-9  $9.99 paperback    Book Trailer:   Available at, Barnes & Noble, and all major online outlets. Norman Sternthal  Hi, I’m writing to let you know that Montreal resident, Norman Sternthal, will be honored at this year’s 91st Annual Yeshiva University Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation, taking place on Sunday, December 13th in New York City . Are you interested in covering his involvement? Norman Sternthal, an active member of Montreal ’s Jewish community, serves as a member of the Yeshiva College Board of Directors and director of the Canadian Friends of Yeshiva University. He is co-founder of Groupe Fairway, a Montreal-based real estate and development firm. Together with his wife, Johanne—a renowned theatrical producer, author and philanthropist—they established the Johanne and Norman Sternthal Foundation in Montreal to support Jewish agencies, human services and education and the Joel and Sarah Sternthal Rabbinic Fellowship. The Sternthals recently made a benefactor-level gift to Yeshiva University–affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) to support a special training initiative for pulpit rabbis, known as the Norman and Johanne Sternthal Halakhah L’Maaseh Program.  

The Marijuana Project: A Novel About Medicine And Morality - A Security Expert's Journey Through The Ethical Weeds

New York, NY, November 9, 2015 – Sam Burnett, a savvy security expert, is hiding in the catwalk of a medical marijuana production facility he has been hired to protect, caught in a surveillance plan he never thought he'd face. In fact, Sam doesn't even approve of marijuana and wonders why he's still working there. He is not alone with this conflict. The FDA still lists marijuana in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the DEA's most restrictive level. They cite marijuana's high potential for abuse, that it's not accepted medical use for treatment, and lacks proper safety measures under medical supervision. This position is at odds with many groups advocating for its legalization, both for medical purposes and recreational use. Since 2900 B.C., when the Chinese referred to cannabis as a medicine possessing both yin and yang, the pros and cons of medical marijuana have stymied private citizens as well as state and federal agencies. With 23 states legalizing at least limited use of medical marijuana, the controversy continues over its status as a gateway drug, posing ethical dilemmas for doctors, government officials and security professionals who must protect it from a variety of internal and external threats. This is how Brian Laslow entered the picture in 2001 as the owner of a security consulting firm specializing in risk assessment, system design, and project management services for electronic security and operational security management. Inspired by his findings inside the medical marijuana industry, Brian wrote The Marijuana Project, a fiction-based-on-fact account of his tempestuous experience working with a brand new production facility in the northeast. The story follows Sam Burnett, a conservative and highly principled family man who constantly travels the country as a greatly sought after security expert. While looking to spend more time at home with his children, he is approached by a consortium looking to open a medical marijuana production facility nearby. Sam accepts their offer, and over the next two years, while designing, implementing and operating their entire security program, he finds himself facing one moral conflict after another. Does Sam favor using medical marijuana to relieve a variety of physical symptoms, easing anxiety and providing pleasure? Or does he see it as an invitation to more serious drug use, mental instability and irresponsible, even dangerous, behavior? You could call it a security expert's journey through the ethical weeds. At first, Sam realizes that whether he approves of it or not, medical marijuana needs to be protected from ending up in the wrong hands and that taking the job means he can be home much more than before. But even what Sam learns about medical marijuana–that it can help people suffering from a variety of ailments–is at odds with his religious upbringing and his own conservative views about drug use, legal or otherwise. When his son's best friend is killed in a car accident caused by a driver under the influence of medical marijuana, Sam reaches his breaking point. He ends up taking matters into his own hands, which leads to a potentially dangerous confrontation with his employers and a group of unknown provocateurs. In the end, he must decide if he can personally continue to participate in the protection and perpetuation of this industry. Sam Burnett's dilemma is indicative of the decision that millions of people in
America are currently struggling to make. His story will resonate with all those struggling to make sense of this changing landscape in our society. About the Author  Brian Laslow (a pen name for obvious reasons) has over 25 years of experience in the security field. He started his career as the owner of a security installation company serving residential and commercial clients. Since 2001, he has been an independent security consultant providing risk assessment, system design, project management, and ongoing security management services for a wide range of commercial, industrial, and government clients. He has extensive experience with building security programs from the ground up. Brian wrote a successful book on security consulting and speaks frequently on topics relating to physical security, risk assessment, system design, and publishing for consultants.  He holds multiple certifications from the security and consulting fields. The Marijuana Project is fiction based on fact from Laslow's findings in the medical marijuana industry and as a highly respected security expert, both of which lend realism to an already gripping plot.  For more information, please visit the website at: The Marijuana Project By Brian Laslow Published by SDS Publishing Publication Date: November 25, 2015 Price: $19.99; 240 pages, paperback ISBN-13: 978-1518805479 ISBN-10: 1518805477

New ‘Unsung’ Documentaries Pay Tribute to Hard Work Across North America

Latest ‘Unsung’ installments from Shell ROTELLA show captivating stories of hardworking individuals

  HOUSTON – Shell ROTELLA has unveiled its latest work on Unsung, a series of highly stylized, dynamic short-form documentaries capturing the often-overlooked stories of hardworking individuals from Alaska to Canada and New York City . These three new additions to the Unsung series, along with additional bonus content, follow the lives of hardworking individuals in their element, providing an inside look at the inspiration behind their drive. With these latest installments, Shell ROTELLA works to continue to honor hardworking men and women through the innovative Unsung series. “The Shell ROTELLA brand places high value on our hardworking community of individuals who work day-in and day-out behind the scenes to help make a positive impact on their families and communities,” said Chris Guerrero, global brand manager, Shell ROTELLA. “These unsung heroes define hard work and through this series, the Shell ROTELLA brand is able to honor them while paying homage to their craft.” From an ironworker who walks the skies of New York City erecting skyscrapers to a retired postmaster in Alaska who traversed some of the country’s toughest terrain, these are the stories of self-motivated individuals working long hours and relying on their hard work ethic to run the small businesses that propel the lifestyles of those around them. Many of the featured individuals leave their families behind for weeks at a time to provide for them, while others travel great distances to deliver goods to others. It is these selfless individuals that deserve recognition for all they provide to their families and others in the name of hard work and dedication. The three new short-form documentaries featured at provide a glimpse into the hardworking lives of: Mike Hawes, Facility Supervisor at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson , Arizona . Mike leads a team of scientists who guarantee the 24 telescopes of ‘ Sky City ’ are always running optimally to ensure stars can be mapped on a nightly basis. Chad Snow, a member of the Mohawk Tribe, walks the skies of New York City as a connector in one of the most tradition-rich Ironworkers Unions in the country. The Mohawk Skywalkers commute nearly 400 miles a week to erect the skyscrapers of New York City , often leaving their families across the Canadian border for the work week. John Borg was Postmaster for Eagle, Alaska for over 28 years across one of the toughest terrains in North America . At 47 years in Alaska and counting, John continues to set out every spring to join a dozen dog mushers who reenact the long mail run of the “Iron Man of the North,” Percy DeWolfe. Percy traveled from Dawson City , Yukon to Eagle, Alaska and back for 40 years. Shell ROTELLA also presents a behind-the-scenes look at the hard work ethic and passion that drives the contestants of the Shell Rotella SuperRigs and NHRDA drag racing competitions. Shell ROTELLA gives you the inside story of some of the individuals competing at the 2015 NHRDA drag races. Trey Sikes carries on a family tradition of drag racing in his 2010 VW Jetta SportWagen. Anthony Reames lives for the speed and competition of a drag race with his 1995 Dodge Cummins. 2015 NHRDA Super Street Champion Wade Minter brings home the trophy with his 2006 Chevrolet Duramax. Shell ROTELLA better acquaints you with a few of the SuperRigs 2015 contestants. Ray Rodriguez Jr.’s SuperRig “Wicked” brings Ray freedom when he is behind the wheel. Michael Lejuen is a 35-year veteran of the trucking industry and has used hard work to make himself the man he is today. Dustin Pope carries on the Pope Produce family business name everyday on the road. Shell Rotella also asks various SuperRigs 2015 attendees the pivotal question of “What is hard work to you?” To learn about the hard work Shell ROTELLA is doing every day, visit and follow ROTELLA on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on Instagram at About Shell ROTELLA® Engine Oil The Shell ROTELLA® brand is committed to making sure that hard working individuals can count on Shell ROTELLA® engine oils to help keep their trucks and equipment operating properly. 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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) ...  

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  

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.

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  Forger jailed for bogus paintings   Munch's The Scream sold for $120 million

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.

Modigliani nude artwork sells for $170.4m

A painting by Italian artist Modigliani was sold at auction on Monday for $170.4m (£113m), the second-highest price ever for a work sold at auction.

Nu couche (Reclining Nude_

Nu couche (Reclining Nude) was sold at Christie's in New York to a private Chinese collector. It had never been sold at auction before, having been in the same private collection for about 60 years. The top price achieved for an art work at auction was Picasso's Les femmes d'Alger which sold for $179m (£118.5m).  That was also sold at Christie's in May this year.  Nu couche, painted during 1917 and 1918, was estimated to fetch more than $100m before the auction took place. The price achieved was also a record for the artist.  About half a dozen bidders competed for the Modigliani at the sale, which also included 33 other works, such as Paul Gauguin's sculpture Therese, which sold for $30,965,000 (£20,502,440).   Roy Lichtenstein's Nurse, fetched $95,365,000 (£63,123,067), a new world auction record for the artist and was the second-biggest seller of the night.

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

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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