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Camping where the army has to secure the spot - Syria 's Girl Guides Promise: "On my honour, I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to help others and to obey the Girl Guide law."

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Sham thinks I should learn to milk a cow. Her new enthusiasm for farming bursts forth over a Skype call between London and Damascus , along with a loud and confident laugh. She has been to visit a farm with her local Girl Guide group in Syria . From Damascus and Hama to Aleppo and the seaside city of Latakia , through six years of war in which hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives and more than 12 million have been forced from their homes, the Girl Guides have continued. 'Sense of normality' Women first started holding Guide meetings in Syria in the 1950s and they are being granted full membership of the movement's worldwide body this week. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (Wagggs) praised the Syria groups' "incredible work" at giving their more than 1,000 members "a sense of normality" and "a safe space to play and make friends". "Everyone thinks that we're all dying. Actually we are having a normal life," says Sham, a 22-year-old student who lives in Damascus , the capital. That might seem incongruous - Damascus has been rocked by suicide bombings and air strikes and has seen battles between rebels and the government.   Why is there a war in Syria?  'We have nothing'    Food security

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Iraq orders halt to Kurdistan vote

Iraq demands the suspension of the Kurdish independence referendum but will likely be ignored.

Marches in support of the vote took place in Irbil, 13 September 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has formally demanded the suspension of next week's referendum on Kurdish independence. The Supreme Court also ordered that the poll must be postponed until questions over its legality were addressed. Despite global opposition, the Kurdistan Regional Government backed the 25 September vote on Friday. Iraq cannot enforce its demand for a suspension, however, and Kurdish leaders are expected to ignore it. Neighbouring Iran and Turkey - which both have Kurdish populations - also fear a Yes vote will bolster separatist movements in their countries. Turkey started military exercises near its border with Iraq , and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has warned the country will respond to any potential threats.  Iraqi Kurdish referendum: What is at stake?   Video 'Our right to seek independence'   Who are the Kurds?   Iraqi Kurdistan profile   More Stories on Middle East

Hurricane Maria 'devastates' Dominica: PM

The category five hurricane battered the island of Dominica and is now approaching Guadeloupe .

Dominica has suffered "widespread damage" from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says. "We have lost all that money can buy," he said in a Facebook post. The hurricane suddenly strengthened to a "potentially catastrophic" category five storm, before making landfall on the Caribbean island. Earlier Mr Skerrit had posted live updates as his own roof was torn off, saying he was "at the complete mercy of the hurricane". "My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains," he wrote after being rescued. Maria is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, the hurricane that devastated the region earlier this month. It has maximum sustained winds of 250km/h (155mph), and was downgraded to a category four after hitting Dominica , before picking up full strength again. Life-threatening mudslides, flash floods and storm surges have been predicted by the US National Hurricane Center, which monitors the region.   Latest updates on Hurricane Maria   PM's Facebook posts detail storm drama     LIVE Live updates   PM's dramatic Facebook posts

Suu Kyi does not fear global 'scrutiny'

In her first comments on the Rohingya Muslims crisis, Myanmar 's leader says the violence is over.

Rohingya refugees walk to a Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) post after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, 10 September 2017

Myanmar 's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said her government does not fear "international scrutiny" of its handling of the growing Rohingya crisis. It was her first address to the country about the violence in northern Rakhine state that has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims cross into Bangladesh.    Ms Suu Kyi has faced heavy criticism for her response to the crisis.   She said there had been no "clearance operations" for two weeks.   In her speech in English to Myanmar 's parliament, Aung San Suu Kyi said she felt "deeply" for the suffering of "all people" in the conflict, and that Myanmar was "committed to a sustainable solution… for all communities in this state".  Ms Suu Kyi, who has decided not to attend the UN General Assembly in New York later this week, said she nevertheless wanted the international community to know what was being done by her government. Hours after her speech, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva called for full access to the region so it can investigate the situation "with its own eyes". What is the crisis about? Rakhine has faced unrest and sporadic violence for years, but the current crisis began in August with an armed attack on police posts which killed 12 people.  Why won't Suu Kyi act?   Seeing through the official story     More Stories On  Asia

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Hundreds sentenced in Egypt mass trial  

Egypt has sentenced hundreds of people to jail - 43 of them for life - in its latest mass trial.

Forty-three people have been sentenced to life in prison after a mass trial in Egypt that also saw years-long sentences given to hundreds of others. Almost 500 people were charged with crimes over the violence which erupted following the removal of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Three hundred of those on trial received sentences ranging from five to 15 years. Fifty-four people were acquitted, including Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa. Mr Halawa was aged 17 when he was arrested and says he was tortured during his more than four-year imprisonment. A US citizen, Ahmed Etiwy, was among those sentenced to five years in prison. The mass trial was held in a courtroom at Wadi al-Natroun prison north of Cairo , human rights group Amnesty International says. The defendants faced a range of charges, including killing 44 people, breaking into a mosque, and possessing firearms, following rallies in support of the ousted Mr Morsi in August 2013.  Irishman cleared of charges in Egypt   Paying the price for seeking freedom in Egypt

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SQ expands investigation into alleged influence peddling by senior Quebec Liberals

Liberal house leader Jean-Marc Fournier considering stepping aside during probe 'to protect the government'

In a statement to Quebec provincial police, Montreal police brotherhood president Yves Francoeur claimed Liberal MNA and house leader Jean-Marc Fournier as one of two Liberals who promised to help a property developer in exchange for a donation to the Liberal Party of Quebec.

In a statement to Quebec provincial police, Montreal police brotherhood president Yves Francoeur claimed Liberal MNA and house leader Jean-Marc Fournier as one of two Liberals who promised to help a property developer in exchange for a donation to the Liberal Party of Quebec. (Radio-Canada)  Provincial police are expanding an investigation into alleged influence peddling by two senior Liberal politicians, including one of who is still serving in the National Assembly. The Sureté du Québec announced Monday that it is reinforcing the team investigating allegations that MNA and Liberal house leader Jean-Marc Fournier and former Quebec finance minister Raymond Bachand met with a property developer to discuss a contribution to the Liberal party in exchange for political favours.  In a statement Monday, the SQ said the move comes in response to "information published today," which is believed to refer to stories published by French-language news outlets TVA and Le Journal de Montréal that named the two politicians. Last April, the head of the Montreal police brotherhood, Yves Francoeur, told a Quebec radio station numerous sources had told him that two members of the Liberal Party of Quebec, one still in office, were investigated for fraud and influence peddling.  Case against 2 Liberal MNAs dropped despite evidence, says Montreal police union boss    Quebec Crown wants police to investigate allegations 2 Liberal MNAs escaped justice

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Norway jails top policeman in drugs case

A senior Norwegian police officer has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for taking bribes and aiding a notorious drug smuggler.

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Eirik Jensen, who was responsible for combating organised crime in the capital Oslo , was arrested in 2014.

On Monday, a court found he had received at least 667,800 kroner (€71,300, £63,200) in bribes to help smuggle tonnes of hashish into Norway . He denies the charges and plans to appeal, his lawyer said. Jensen's 21-year sentence for corruption was the maximum permitted under the law, and a rare event in Norway . It is frequently named one of the least corrupt countries, and placed sixth in the 2016 global rankings by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International. Codeword 'sunshine' Jensen helped smuggle nearly 14 tonnes of the cannabis resin between 2004 and 2013, his trial heard. A key witness was his co-conspirator, hashish smuggler Gjermund Cappelen, who admitted importing the drug and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Norwegian media report his sentence was reduced in exchange for his co-operation in exposing Jensen.  Norway country profile


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By Virginia Harrison Business reporter, Singapore    China hit by financial scam 'epidemic' Li Wenxing was starting a new life. In May, the young university graduate left his home in rural China on the offer of work with a software company in the city of Tianjin . But the job was a scam and Mr Li was swept into the web of a gang running a pyramid scheme. Two months later he was dead. The tragedy, which is being investigated, sparked national outrage and has illuminated the growing problem of financial fraud and its devastating impact on communities in China. "It's almost an epidemic, especially in rural areas," says Violet Ho, senior managing director at Kroll. Pyramid schemes  Pyramid schemes are flourishing in parts of the country where education levels are low. The schemes prey on the vulnerable, typically young people and the elderly, with the promise of employment or lucrative returns for direct sales of products like cosmetics or health supplements. Victims are assured of great fortune if they recruit more investors into the operation. "They give the illusion to naive people that they can get rich quickly w  

Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy in US

The once dominant toy retailer has struggled against larger rivals such as Amazon and Walmart.   

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Toys 'R' Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada as it attempts to restructure its debts. The firm was once a dominant player in the US toy market, but has struggled against larger rivals such as Amazon. The move casts a shadow over the future of the company's nearly 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees. The firm's European operations are not part of the bankruptcy proceedings and Toys R Us says it does not expect any immediate impact on its UK stores. Toys R Us's operations in Australia , about 255 licensed stores and a joint venture partnership in Asia are also not included in the bankruptcy move. Not child's play The bankruptcy filing is more evidence that traditional retailers are struggling in the US , as online retailers continue to capture market share. Toys 'R' Us said the majority of its stores around the world remained profitable, and would continue to operate as normal through the holiday period, which is when they do most of their business.  Video Can US retailers keep their doors open?    More Stories at Business

New Zealand jet fuel shortage hits flights

Thousands of people are stranded at Auckland airport after a digger cut a major fuel supply pipe.

Thousands of airline passengers were stranded in Auckland on Monday after a burst pipeline cut jet fuel supplies to New Zealand 's largest airport. The damaged pipeline is Auckland Airport 's only source of jet fuel. The disruption is expected to last at least a week as work continues to repair the pipe, the operator said. Fuel supplies have been rationed and airlines are looking to refuel in Australia and elsewhere to keep long-haul services running. According to Auckland Airport, which sees about 18 million passengers a year, oil companies are responsible for the transport and supply of fuel used by airlines, and that supply has been reduced. Air New Zealand said fuel supplies at the airport were down to 30% of normal capacity, forcing some long-haul flights to make additional refuelling stops at airports in Australia and the Pacific. The carrier said about 2,000 passengers are affected by cancellations on Monday. As well as Air New Zealand , Qantas, Cathay Pacific and Emirates said that some flights had been affected by the fuel shortage. At least 27 international and domestic flights were cancelled over the weekend.   Aviation trends to watch in 2017   Controversy over wood fuel flight plan

Rhino horn smuggled as jewellery

Criminal networks smuggling rhino horn out of Africa are turning it into jewellery to evade its detection in airports, an investigation has found.

Wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic revealed an "emerging trend" of making and smuggling beads, bracelets and bangles and rhino horn powder. The lead investigator told BBC News the trade in rhino horn was now "morphing" into a market for luxury items. At least 7,100 rhinos are estimated to have been killed in Africa since 2007. Today, about 25,000 of the animals remain. Julian Rademeyer from Traffic explained that the production of rhino horn "trinkets" mirrored some of the patterns seen in the trade in ivory. "It's very worrying," he told BBC News. "Because if someone's walking through the airport wearing a necklace made of rhino horn, who is going to stop them?  "Police are looking for a piece of horn and whole horns." Status symbol The primary destinations for smuggled rhino horn remain the same; the largest markets are in China and Vietnam . But this investigation also found that smuggling routes constantly changed and adapted, becoming more complex in order to avoid countries and airports where law enforcement resources were being focuse  More stories at Science & Environment

Boris Johnson repeats £350m Brexit claim

The foreign secretary says money saved from exiting the EU could be put back into the NHS.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has repeated the controversial claim that leaving the EU would save £350m a week, which could be spent on the NHS. The figure, used by Leave campaigners before the referendum, was "misleading", the UK statistics watchdog later said. Mr Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph that it would be fine, "if a lot of that money went on the NHS". Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his words "dredge up the fantasy". In the run up to the referendum, the Leave campaign claimed the UK sent £20bn a year, or £350m a week, to Brussels in 2014. Vote Leave emblazoned the figure on its campaign bus and said the money could be used to fund extra spending on public services such as the NHS.   Brexit: All you need to know   Brexit: What is at stake in EU-UK talks?    Are we giving £350m a week to Brussels?     Pound hits highest since Brexit vote    The politics behind the £350m figure

Ryanair to cancel 40-50 flights per day

The airline announces the plan in a bid to hit punctuality targets and allow crew to take leave. - Ryanair is to cancel 40 to 50 flights every day for the next six weeks, in a bid to improve punctuality of flights. The budget Irish-based airline announced the plan on Friday, saying that it was "unacceptable" that its punctuality had fallen below 80% in the first half of this month. It also said it had to clear a backlog of staff leave by the end of the year. The move could affect up to 285,000 passengers, who will be offered alternative flights or refunds. Ryanair said that less than 2% of its flights would be cancelled and the move would help it hit its annual punctuality target of 90%. But passengers have complained about the short notice of the cancellations. Gary Cummings was due to fly from Leeds to Bratislava on Friday morning. On Thursday night he received a text message from Ryanair, saying his flight had been cancelled. The only alternative flight he was offered was on Monday - when he was originally due to be returning to Leeds .  "We were left in limbo really," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

'Eat rabbit' plan in trouble in Venezuela

The president's push for people to eat rabbit amid growing food shortages is labelled a "bad joke".


Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has devised a "rabbit plan" to counter the economic war he says is being waged against his government by "imperialist forces". The president urged crisis-hit Venezuelans to breed rabbits and eat them as a source of animal protein. Venezuela is facing record levels of child malnutrition amid persistent food shortages. An opposition politician said the plan was "a bad joke". President Maduro revealed the idea on state television, saying that "for animal protein, which is such an important issue, a 'rabbit plan' has been approved because rabbits also breed like rabbits". The leader did say that the "rabbit plan" had not got off to a good start and the minister of urban agriculture, Freddy Bernal, said there had been a "cultural problem".  Going hungry in Venezuela   Venezuela's child hunger crisis  

Canadian Transportation Agency warned to cease censorship of air passenger rights advocate

Special to The Montreal Tribune - CALGARY: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( has sent a warning letter to the Canadian Transportation Agency ("CTA") which blocked and removed posts of an air passenger rights advocate from its public Facebook page.  In its letter, the Justice Centre requests that the Agency cease its unconstitutional censorship and change its Use of Social Media policy to properly respect Charter-protected freedom of expression. Dr. Gabor Lukacs and his Air Passenger Rights network are a group of citizens concerned that airlines frequently act with impunity in violation of air passenger rights and contract law. Lukacs feels that the Agency is not fulfilling its role to hold airlines accountable for improper or unlawful practices. In May of 2017, Dr. Lukacs published an article "5 Reasons not to Trust the Canadian Transportation Agency". The article listed five concerns with the CTA: 1) Institutional Bias, 2) Track Record of Lack of Enforcement, 3) Vice-Chair: Former Airline Lobbyist, 4) Manager of Enforcement: On First-Name Basis with Industry, and 5) Chief Dispute Officer: Lawyer Suspended for Misconduct. As he posted comments on the CTA's Facebook page, Dr. Lukacs would occasionally post a link to the article. On July 5, 2017 , Dr. Lukacs received a private Facebook message from an unnamed individual purporting to be the CTA Social Media Coordinator using the Facebook name of "Cta Otc".  The message told Dr. Lukacs that a number of his comments "directly targeted a number of Agency employees that draw their integrity into question."  It further informed him that these posts violated CTA's Use of Media policy, and that if they continued, "the Agency will block your future access to comment on our Facebook and Twitter channels." On July 19, 2017 , Dr. Lukacs received another Facebook message from a person purporting to be the CTA Social Media Coordinator, telling him that his posting of "5 Reasons not to Trust the Canadian Transportation Agency" did not comply with their guidelines and was being removed.  The message did not explain what "personal information" or "unproven or inaccurate accusations" were made in the article.  The message warned Dr. Lukacs to "stop posting references to the article" or his account would be blocked. On July 28, 2017, the CTA made the following public post on its Facebook page: Comments with links to "5 Reasons Not To Trust The Agency" will be deleted as it is deemed to be in breach of our social media policy, as well as Facebook's Community Guidelines, based on: • It is repetitive or spam;  • Contains references to personal information;  • Puts forward serious, unproven or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations;  • Do not, in our opinion, add to the normal flow of the discussion. CTA removed comments with links to, or that referred to, the article, and blocked Dr. Lukacs from posting on the CTA's Facebook page. In its letter, the Justice Centre explains that the CTA's censorship of Dr. Lukacs is unlawful, as the CTA is a government body and is required to respect freedom of expression, guaranteed under section 2(b) of the Charter. CTA's Use of Social Media policy violates section 2(b) of the Charter by prohibiting, for example, comments that include "serious ... accusations", that are "offensive", "irrelevant" or that do not "add to the normal flow of the discussion."  Further the Justice Centre warns that "Should CTA choose rather to continue to violate Dr. Lukacs' constitutional freedom, we will have no alternative but to pursue further steps to defend our client's rights." "CTA has created a public Facebook page and invited the public to express their opinions and perspectives there," explained Justice Centre president John Carpay.  "Clearly, the CTA Facebook page is a proper forum for public expression regarding the CTA, and expression there is protected under section 2(b) of the Charter," continued Carpay. 9.14.17

Consumer protection groups reveal top 10 scams targeting Canadians

Canada 's top 10 scams cost Canadians more than $70M in 2016

The Canadian Press Posted: - The Competition Bureau, in conjunction with the Better Business Bureau, Quebec-based consumers group Option consommateurs and other fraud-prevention partners announced Wednesday the top 10 fraud scams targeting Canadians in 2016. In terms of the number of complaints received, the hit list is as follows: 

1. Employment Scam: $5.3 million lost This was the most reported scam to BBB Scam Tracker. Chances are you didn't apply for a job you can do from home, much less get an interview. A cheque-cashing scheme that is simply too good to be true. Advice: Do research on any company before accepting a position; ignore a company that asks you to deposit a cheque.

  2. Romance Scams: $17 million lost Canadians give away a lot of money as they give away their hearts to Catphishers. Catphishing is when a fraudster fakes an identity and tricks someone via dating sites into a phony emotional or romantic relationship for financial gain. Advice: Do not wire money to someone you've never met. 

3. Identity Fraud: $11 million lost Scammers steal a person's identity to secure credit cards, bank loans and even rent property in that name. Advice: Never carry your SIN with you; change online passwords regularly. 

4. Advance Fee Loan: $1.1 million lost Paying an up-front fee to get a loan is illegal in Canada and the United States . These scammers prey on those who don't qualify for loans through reputable lenders. Advice: Seek alternative finance options. 

5. Online Purchase Scams:$8.6 million lost Scammers have new online avenues to take your money and trust. Counterfeit merchandise, goods that never show up, fake websites and free trial traps are everywhere. Advice: Shop on legitimate websites; use third party payment portals such as PayPal. 

6. Wire Fraud — "Spearphishing:" $13 million lost Spearphishing is a big problem for the business community. Millions are lost when scammers pose as company brass and demand money be wired to a fake company email. Advice: Create payment redundancies in your organization; be vigilant on any incoming emails. 

7. Binary Options Scam: $7.5 million lost (Investment Fraud) Big promises of low-risk, high returns, and full refunds entice Canadians to take a chance. It's really just an unregulated 50/50 bet and not investment at all. They delay any winnings, if you win at all, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Advice: Understand high risk is involved; seek professional investment advice. 

8. Fake Lottery Winnings: $3 million lost If you didn't enter, you didn't win. Calls come in at all hours telling you you've won a big lottery. You just need to pay a tax or insurance fee before you get your millions. It's way too good to be true. Advice: You do not have to pay to receive lottery winnings; contact the corporation directly. 

9. Canada Revenue Agency Scam: $4.3 million lost While the scam is still being reported, a crackdown on a call centre in India in 2016 has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of calls targeting Canadians. Advice: The Canada Revenue Agency does not make threatening phone calls; the CRA does not request information by phone or by email. 

10. Fake Online Endorsements and Sponsored Content: Amount of money lost unknown Consumers are often enticed to purchase a product or service based on reviews by social media influencers. Unfortunately, these reviews may not be genuine and the influencer may have been paid by a company to be used as a marketing tool. Advice: Take everything you read online with a grain of salt, says the Better Business Bureau. 8.29.17

Arts & Entertainment

The Handmaid's Tale wins top Emmy awards

Elisabeth Moss's TV drama wins big, while Charlie Brooker and Riz Ahmed lead the British victors.

Elisabeth Moss

Dystopian TV series The Handmaid's Tale has scooped the top drama honours at this year's Emmy Awards.

The show won five awards including best drama series, best actress for Elisabeth Moss and best supporting actress for Ann Dowd. Big Little Lies took five prizes in the limited series categories, including wins for Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern. The British winners included Riz Ahmed, who took best lead actor in a limited series or movie for The Night Of.  Other British winners included Charlie Brooker, who won best writing for a limited series for his Netflix show Black Mirror. One of the episodes, San Junipero, also won the trophy for best TV movie. Brooker said it "was a story about love, and love will defeat hate, it will win".     Emmy Awards 2017: Key winners   In pictures: Fashion at the Emmys    More stories at Entertainment & Arts

Narcos location scout shot dead in Mexico

  The veteran scout was searching for new locations for the crime drama in central Mexico .

A location scout for the Netflix crime drama Narcos has been shot dead while working in central Mexico . The bullet-riddled body of Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was found in his car in a rural area in the town of Temascalapa , in Mexico state, one of the country's most violent. Mexican officials were reportedly having difficulties investigating the case given a lack of witnesses. Netflix said the facts surrounding his death were "still unknown". A friend of Muñoz told the Spanish newspaper El Pais (in Spanish) that the victim was travelling in the region taking photographs for locations. The death happened on Monday but news of it has only emerged now. Muñoz's 10-year career included scouting locations for high-profile movies such as the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, as well as Fast & Furious and Apocalypto.  A guide to Mexico's drug cartels

Cult actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91

The Kentucky-born star had more than 100 film credits, including Alien and Cool Hand Luke.

Harry Dean Stanton pictured in 2013

Actor Harry Dean Stanton, known for his roles in films like The Godfather II, Alien and Cool Hand Luke, has died of natural causes at the age of 91.

The Kentucky-born star had a career which spanned more than six decades, appearing in dozens of films, including 1984's Paris , Texas and Repo Man. More recently, he appeared in the hit HBO show Big Love, and this year's revival of the cult classic Twin Peaks . Stanton 's last role was in Lucky - a film to be released later this month. He died at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Friday, his agent John Kelly said in a statement. He said Stanton was "beloved in the entertainment industry" and earned a reputation for his "meticulous preparation" and easygoing personality.

New Hellboy actor Kim praises Ed Skrein

Daniel Dae Kim replaces Ed Skrein, who quit the Hellboy reboot amid a "whitewashing" row.

Actor Daniel Dae Kim has been confirmed for the Hellboy reboot, two weeks after British star Ed Skrein dropped out amid accusations of "whitewashing". Daniel Dae Kim, who is known for shows like Hawaii Five-0 and Lost, will play Major Ben Daimio in the new film. The character was Japanese-American in the original Hellboy comics. Kim said he applauded his fellow actor Skrein "for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors". He added: "He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character." Skrein, who starred as villain Ajax in Deadpool, made headlines when he stepped down last month "so the role can be cast appropriately". At the time, Skrein said in a statement: "It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the arts. "I feel it is important to honour and respect that."  Actor quits film over 'whitewashing'   A turning point for Hollywood whitewashing?  




Piece of Magic Entertainment announced today that Avicii: True Stories, a compelling new documentary film by Levan Tsikurishvili, will be premiering on October 26 in selected cinemas worldwide. Avicii: True Stories traces the unvarnished truth behind the success of Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter and artist Avicii (A.K.A. Tim Bergling)– one of the world’s highest grossing live music artists whose seemingly sudden decision last year to quit doing live shows came as a complete chock to his fans and the industry. The film reveals the choices he faced and his thoughts at the time. The showings of Avicii: True Stories will be followed by a 30-minute concert film of Avicii’s final show in Ibiza August 26, 2016 . The film traces the artist/DJ’s life from his beginnings, all the way to the joy of his success, from his chart-topping global radio hits and subsequent struggles with his physical and mental health. Tsikurishvili followed Bergling for over four years, and captured fly-on-the-wall footage of his experiences and thinking. Featuring appearances by colleagues such as Chris Martin, Nile Rodgers, David Guetta and Wyclef Jean, Avicii: True Stories is a cautionary tale that explores the taxing nature and intensity of fame from the artist's point of view as much as it is a film for Avicii’s die-hard fans. "I wanted to do a brutally honest film about Tim as a person and not only about Avicii. Everybody knows Avicii but very few people know Tim. I think this documentary really shows Tim’s struggle and strength of character. Being a worldwide superstar artist is not as easy as it looks on Instagram”, Tsikurishvili says. For more information about screening dates and tickets please go to: About Avicii The Avicii story begins when he won a production competition held by Pete Tong in 2008. In 2011, he transformed into a titan seemingly overnight with progressive house instant classic “LE7ELS.” The year that followed saw him become the first EDM DJ to pull off a worldwide arena tour. Avicii shattered expectations of what dance music could be when he unveiled the dance-country swing of “Wake Me Up” at Ultra Music Festival Miami in 2013. The year of 2015 should have been a peak for the producer, but behind the scenes, it was too much. Stress, anxiety and illness were eating him away.  He had played more than 800 shows. After an eight month break from touring, in March of 2016, Avicii played Ultra Miami again. Ten days later he announced his retirement,  and on the night of August 28, 2016 in Ibiza , Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, played his last show. About Levan Tsikurishvili Stockholm -based documentary filmmaker who has also directed music videos, documentary series television, and concert films. Avicii:  True Stories (2017) is Tsikurishvili’s 4th documentary feature. He has been following Tim Bergling since 2013, and on a near-daily basis over the last three years. About Piece Of Magic Entertainment  Piece of Magic Entertainment is a one-stop production and worldwide distribution company for artists, organizations and licensors, housing its own production studio, post-production facilities and crew. For more information:   Social links            9.14.17



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Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York , NY ( September 7, 2017 ) – SLIPKNOT. A genuine sonic phenomenon, a nine-piece force of nature and one of heavy music's most important, recognizable, uncompromising and creatively ingenious bands. Yet to their millions of fans across the world, affectionately known as 'maggots', SLIPKNOT aren't just a musical entity, they're also a counterculture and a way of life. Now the incendiary live show for their current .5: The Gray Chapter album cycle is captured on DVD/Blu-ray and set for release on October 20 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. Shot in high definition and directed by SLIPKNOT's own M. Shawn Crahan, aka "Clown", Day of The Gusano documents the Iowa band's long-awaited and first ever show in Mexico City in December 2015 and will be released on DVD+CD and Blu-ray+CD formats, as well as special gatefold deluxe vinyl/DVD and CD/2DVD packages. You can pre-order your copy and get full information over at Talking about Day of the Gusano, Clown tells us, "SLIPKNOT still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It's been a surreal life of rock and roll for SLIPKNOT and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you." Guitarist Jim Root continues, "We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico ... Not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with. Now we get to share it with the world." Today, SLIPKNOT stand alongside some of the biggest names in rock music, having grown steadily for nearly twenty years, and their creative, live, and commercial momentum only builds. The band emerged at the back end of the 20th century from Des Moines , IA and quickly established themselves as the most enigmatic, provocative and aggressive music collective of the modern era. 1999's eponymous debut album is widely regarded as a modern day classic. 9.08.17

Latest Releases From Music Industry Pioneer Offer Rare Look Inside An Ever-Evolving Business

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Sherman Oaks, CA, September 7, 2017  ― Few people understand the inner workings of the music industry like Dr. Logan H. Westbrooks. What he and others have created offer a real-life soundtrack to our daily lives whether we're experiencing new love or facing hardship. There is a soul music favorite song that fits the bill. One of the first black executives in the music industry, Westbrooks spent five decades promoting black music for both major and independent labels, while also finding time to be an author, speaker and university professor. In 2017, Westbrooks released a revised edition of his groundbreaking 1981 book, The Anatomy of a Record Company: How to Survive the Record Business. The revised edition of this book includes a historical perspective of the music industry before the era of the Internet. Additionally, Westbrooks' The Harvard Report Censored is now available for the first time as a stand-alone publication. For this extensive report, commissioned by Columbia Records Group in 1972, Harvard students conducted a six-month study that analyzed soul music as a commodity, with documented findings on talent signings, product acquisitions, budgets, market positioning and much more. The Harvard Report is a rare — and controversial — academic analysis of soul music and its global appeal. The Anatomy of the Music Industry (released by Westbrooks in 2015) contains insights from more than 30 music executives who influenced the careers of Prince, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Sade, Kirk Franklin, Billy Idol, Julio Iglesias, Michael Jackson and many more. Additionally, the book takes a hard look at how digital media and streaming impact today's music industry, with reflections from insiders on how music was marketed before and after the Internet. Together, these three books form a coveted collection for artists, managers, educators and fans of the music business and invite audiences on an unprecedented journey through the evolution of popular music and the industry behind it. Dr. Logan H. Westbrooks is a veteran music industry executive who made history in 1967 when he was hired by Capitol Records Distribution Corporation as their first African American territory salesman. Westbrooks found his niche in promoting black music to the mainstream, and in a career spanning five decades he helped garner more than one hundred million dollars in career sales, plus more than 50 gold and 25 platinum records. Westbrooks has been interviewed or chronicled by local and national press alike, including PBS and the BBC. Highlights of his career have been enshrined in the Logan H. Westbrooks Collection at Indiana University 's Archives of African American Music and Culture, available online at In 2014, LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis , Tennessee , conferred upon Westbrooks an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. The National Museum of African American Music in Nashville , Tennessee will display coveted artifacts from Dr. Westbrooks' career when the venue opens in 2019. Among Westbrooks' many awards and commendations are the 2015 Faith Award from Faith Love & Hope Unlimited, the Music Pioneer Award from United Music Heritage, Inc., and the Vanguard Award from The Living Legends Foundation. For more information, please visit The Anatomy of a Record Company: How to Survive the Record Business  Second Edition Release Date: March 2017  The Harvard Report Censored  Release Date: April 2017 The Anatomy of the Music Industry: How The Game Was and How The Game Has Changed  Release Date: August 2015 Ascent Publishing  Available on and other retailers. TIP SHEET: Q & As available on request. Reviews for The Anatomy of the Music Industry: How the Game Was and How the Game Has Changed: Larkin Arnold, Former Senior Vice President CBS/Sony & Arista Records: "I'm glad to see that Logan Westbrooks has expanded on his groundbreaking book on the music industry. Logan is a well-respected veteran of the music business and knows of what he writes. I highly recommend it." Portia K. Maultsby, Ph.D., Laura Boulton Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology, Indiana University-Bloomington: "The historical past provides the framework for innovation that has and continues to redefine the business of music. The Anatomy of the Music Industry traces this history, beginning in the 1960s, through the voices of those who contributed to it, including African American pioneers." Tony White, Director, Music and Entertainment Education, Los Angeles Unified School District-Beyond the Bell Branch: "Music, like everything, constantly evolves. But we must know where we come from to know where we are heading. This book can help illuminate the possibilities." Dr. Scot Brown, Historian, UCLA Departments of African American Studies and History: "Logan Westbrooks is a trail-blazing music industry executive. He has a vast wealth of knowledge and insights acquired from decades of experience and rigorous study. His book is required reading for those seeking insight into the 'anatomy,' or constituent structures that make up the complex institution known as The Music Industry. The Anatomy of the Music Industry provides a much-needed view from the bridge to help navigate an industry shaped by changing technologies and global networks of distribution and consumption." 9.08.17

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Dispatch from Mellie Dreher, Honolulu, Hawaii - Because none of us have many years to live, and we can't take along anything when we go, so we don't have to be too thrifty. Spend the money that should be spent, enjoy what should be enjoyed, donate what you are able to donate  DON'T WORRY  about what will happen after we are gone, because when we return to dust, we will feel nothing about praises or criticisms. The time to enjoy the worldly life and your hard earned wealth will be over!  DON'T WORRY  too much about your children, for children will have their own destiny and should find their own way. Care for them, love them, give them gifts but also enjoy your money or what is left of it, while you can. Life should have more to it than working from the cradle to the grave!! 50-year olds, don't trade in - your health for wealth, by working yourself to an early grave anymore. Because your money may not be able to buy your health. When to stop making money, and how much is enough? (A HUNDRED thousand, One million, ten million, One billion?) Out of thousand hectares of good farm land, you can consume only three quarts (of rice) daily; out of a thousand mansions, you only need eight square meters of space to rest at night. So, as long as you have enough food and enough money to spend, that is good enough. You should live happily. Every family has its own problems. Just DO NOT COMPARE with others for fame and social status and see whose children are doing better etc., but challenge others for happiness, health, enjoyment, quality of life and longevity. DON'T WORRY about things that you can't change because it doesn't help and it may spoil your health. You have to create your own well-being and find your own place of happiness. As long as you are in good mood and good health, think about happy things, do happy things daily and have fun in doing, then you will pass your time happily every day. One day passes WITHOUT happiness, you will lose one day. One day passes WITH happiness and then you gain one day. In good spirit, sickness will cure; In a happy spirit, sickness will cure faster; in high and happy spirits, sickness will never come. With good mood, suitable amount of exercise, always in the sun, variety of foods, reasonable amount of vitamin and mineral intake, hopefully you will live another 20 or 30 years of healthy life of pleasure. ABOVE ALL - Learn to cherish the goodness around... like your spouse and FRIENDS........... They all make you feel young and "wanted"... without them you are surely to feel lost !! Wishing you all the best for the years to come. Please don't forget to share this with all your friends who are 50 plus and every one. I love you and I care for you lets have fun and just be happy.

US Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a major policy shift

 Special the The Montreal Tribune - New York , NY / Washington , D.C. -  In a move aimed at significantly reducing the harm from tobacco use for generations to come, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a major policy shift today that embraces tobacco harm reduction. The National Center for Public Policy Research applauds this bold change.  The National Center 's Risk Analysis Division has been at the forefront of advancing this harm-reduction approach as a more effective public health strategy rather than the heavy-handed regulatory scheme imposed by the Obama Administration, which would have effectively banned almost all e-cigarettes on the market today.  Those rules have already inhibited innovation and put roadblocks in front of companies seeking to offer reduced-risk next generation products. Jeff Stier, the director of the Risk Analysis Division and a nationally-recognized authority on tobacco and e-cigarette policy, is available for comment on this breaking news.  Stier has worked with a wide range of tobacco harm reduction supporters - including academics, consumers, user groups, free-market think tanks, and industry leaders - to advance a harm reduction agenda at the FDA. Commenting on the proposed FDA action, Stier said: I applaud FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products for making sweeping changes to the Obama-era approach to tobacco regulation that would have effectively banned almost all e-cigarettes on the market today. The most significant change is that the FDA's regulatory approach will now seek to implement a "tobacco harm reduction" approach, recognizing that there's a continuum of risk among different nicotine products.  In other words, it will not impose onerous deadlines and ill-defined requirements for so-called pre-market tobacco applications.  The FDA will first develop clear, science-based product standards before manufacturers would be required to submit applications.  The FDA will now begin to develop new rules which will recognize that non-combustible lower-risk products such as e-cigarettes and next generation "heat not burn" products should no longer be treated solely as public health threats.  The FDA will instead embark on a rule-making process whereby the products will be regulated based on their risk profile.  This approach, if implemented properly, will foster a robust market offering a range of options to smokers who wish to reduce the risk from smoking. Today's FDA announcement is consistent with the groundbreaking new tobacco control plan announced by Public Health England earlier this month.  It also comes on the heels of this week's National Institutes of Health-funded study inthe journal BMJ that evaluated U.S. Census Bureau data to conclude that "the substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level." We are gratified this new approach takes into account our recommendations that the FDA develop an entirely new framework for a different regulatory approach to nicotine regulation.  The FDA has more work ahead, and we will be fully engaged with regulators and thought-leaders to support the agency's goals of implementing harm reduction strategies to advance public health. Although the FDA will explore lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes over time, we are pleased it will evaluate comments and studies considering the risks of unintended consequences of gradually lowering nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes.  It is telling that any potential mandatory reduction in nicotine levels would only apply to combustible cigarettes.  Lower risk products will continue to be regulated through a to-be-developed more transparent pre-market tobacco application process with an extended application deadline as the FDA develops a more transparent regulatory approach built around harm reduction. We are also pleased that, according to Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products and an Obama Administration appointee, the agency's new regulatory framework will implement his long-held views regarding a comprehensive, agency-wide nicotine regulatory approach to recognize the continuum of risk among different products. We look forward to continuing to assist the FDA as it begins to develop and implement new rules, educational programs and public statements to advance the goal of reducing the toll of tobacco-related disease by embracing the harm reduction model. While the announcement about exploring whether to mandate lower levels of nicotine in cigarettes surprised many, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the goal of the proposed regulatory action is to "render cigarettes minimally addictive."  The approach, if it survives scrutiny because of concerns about unintended consequences, would not apply to e-cigarettes. Stier noted that "any serious consideration to mandate gradually-reduced nicotine levels in cigarettes must come only after the establishment of a robust market for a wide range of lower-risk alternatives, where consumers are fully informed about the differing risks of an emerging and diverse range of products.  In order for that to happen, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, local governments and leading public health organizations will have to correct the widespread misperceptions they created in their war against harm reduction." Stier added: "Today begins a new era in the effort to reduce the harm caused by smoking.  Whereas in the past, nicotine was primarily consumed through the most harmful delivery system, cigarettes, the federal government has now started to develop a regulatory approach that will harness private-sector innovation to advance public health." The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.  Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations.  It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 60,000 active recent contributors. Sign up for email updates here.  Follow us on Twitter at @NationalCenter for general announcements. To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at@NCPPRMedia. 7.29.17

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Moving Humanity from Fear to Love By Robert O. Williams

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Inspiring True Story Captures the Vivid Memories and Near-Death Experiences of Inventor and Former Beach Boys Musician  A  Powerful Journey Toward the Realization of Love and His Invention of the Heart+ App Helping Humanity Move from Fear to Love "Is it possible that love is the foundation of all life, and that science is now proving what the mystics and saints from nearly every spiritual tradition have been saying for thousands of years? Robert Williams' amazing book not only asks important questions about the evolution of humanity, but he gives answers that shouldn't surprise anyone - that Love is indeed the only power in the universe. And what happens when a small percentage of people on the planet activate that power and extend it into the world? The answer is simple, and it's in this book." - James Twyman, NY Times Bestselling Author and Peace Troubadour Los Angeles, CA, September 11, 2017 — What happens when we live all emotions, thoughts and body feelings as love as opposed to just searching for love? We are free to give to others without need or fear. That love is the power and pure heart consciousness. In Love Is the Power, Robert O. Williams leads readers into the intimate journey of his life through the vivid memories of his unique childhood, an inspiring account of his talent and perseverance as a saxophone player, his introduction to Transcendental Meditation (TM), his magical time performing and recording with The Beach Boys, and the extraordinary journey through multiple near-death experiences and visits with other dimensions which culminated in three decades of research and invention of Quantum Code Technology™ and the One08 Heart+ App. The One08 Heart+ App significantly reduces stress by more than 30% and opens the heart chakra, helping move humanity from fear to love. Peace Troubadour James Twyman is the ambassador of the One08 Heart+ App. Williams said, "The fact that we were able to develop a proven technology to strengthen our physical hearts as well as serve in the awakening of our spiritual hearts is, for me, an indication that we truly can raise consciousness through technology."  Readers will be transfixed as they learn of Williams' numerous near-death and out-of-body experiences, which showed him the answer to the purpose of humanity: to realize love. Love Is the Power is not about the search for love, romantic or otherwise; rather, it is about being love.  At a young age, Williams had the ability to see auras and the capacity for clairvoyance. He tuned into the natural world the way not many others have. In Love is the Power, he shares a valuable message, simple yet necessarily vast to its core. The unfolding of his story is stirring and uplifting in its ability to relate to the reader in a way that finds beauty, depth and insight in even what seems the most trivial, or the most challenging life experiences.  The natural world was Williams' muse as a young child, connecting with nature spirits and a close spirit friend. With the onset of adolescence came the vanishing of these beings, resulting in Williams' anger, frustration and serious and mysterious physical ailments. Music became an unexpected replacement, as playing the saxophone was now an obsession. While in college he was deeply touched by a photo of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that would forever change the course of his life.  He decided to attend Maharishi International University in Iowa .  Williams' extraordinary talent playing the saxophone eventually landed him his dream job of touring with The Beach Boys. Williams' search for spirituality reached a pivotal moment when he learned that despite years of dedication to the saxophone, a physical disability would prevent him from playing the instrument he loved for extended periods of time. It was his search for the rekindling of the spirituality of his childhood and his love of music, the "carrier waves of pure heart love," that led him to discover TM. This discovery was crucial to the events that would happen next: nearly dying multiple times, clear vision and communication with his guru, revelations of sacred geometry, and travels through the dimensions. Uncovering the ultimate Law—Love, Devotion, Surrender—is icing on the cake. Williams' tenacity and wisdom of the scientific relation between the physical and metaphysical worlds resulted in QCT™ to move humanity from fear to love—making the world a better place.  About Robert O. Williams:  Robert is considered one of the world's foremost experts in subtle energy engineering and technology. Robert is an inventor, musician and educator. He lectures at leading universities and is the inventor and developer of Quantum Code Technology™. In addition to teaching music at the university level, Robert recorded and performed with such artists as The Beach Boys, Paul Horn and Charles Lloyd.  He has worked with prominent scientists including Dr. William Tiller (Stanford), Dr. Beverly Rubik ( Berkeley ), Dr. Rustum Roy ( Penn State ) and Dr. Stuart Krassner (UC Irvine). About One08:  One08 is an innovative global technology company with a mission to improve the lives of all human beings worldwide by developing and bringing to market scientifically based life-changing mobile apps and clean technology products that improve the health, performance and lifestyles of its customers.  Future offerings from One08 will include additional mobile apps, and patented clean technology products with Quantum Code Technology™ to positively affect global resources necessary for healthy living. 9.14.17

Humane Policing: Book Aims To Transform Perceptions, Improve Relationships, Save Lives

Broomfield , CO , September 8, 2017  ― A growing divide exists in America between its citizens and the police officers who've sworn to protect them. Bridging that gap is paramount if officers are to be effective within their communities. Former deputy Darron Spencer addresses this intensifying crisis and shares his techniques for neutralizing negative perceptions in his new e-book, Humane Policing: How Perspectives Can Influence Our Performance. Drawing on his experience as a marine, corrections officer and sheriff's deputy, Spencer reveals his unique approach through real instances of how he implemented "humane policing" and why it worked. The book also exposes the nuances of police work and shows how self-control and understanding can mitigate potentially dangerous situations, with examples of how those upholding the law could alter their interactions with those suspected of breaking it. Written for law enforcement professionals as well as the general public, Humane Policing explores the changes that law enforcement needs to make, chronicles the experiences that shaped Spencer's personal perspective, and offers life-changing tools to help officers everywhere better serve their communities. Author Darron Spencer worked in a patrol division for just 20 months before a debilitating condition ended his career. As a deputy, Spencer oversaw more than 250 cases that resulted in 40 felony and 74 misdemeanor arrests. He assisted in four death investigations and booked in more than 150 pieces of evidence. He was awarded Deputy of the Year and received the Ribbon of Merit. He achieved tremendous success gaining cooperation from individuals, suspects and even career criminals while investigating cases. When Spencer's police work was cut short, he sought a new avenue to public service. Now he travels the country to meet with local police departments and share his approach to policing. His goal is to improve the relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve and ultimately the public image of law enforcement officers on a national scale.  For more information on Spencer and his approach to humane policing, please go to: or visit: to see a recent article on humane policing.  Humane Policing: How Perspectives Can Influence Our Performance  Inspire On Purpose Publishing  Presale Date of printed book: September 5th; Available October 2017 Available at and other online bookstores  TIP SHEET:  Q & As available on request. Senator John Cooke, Senate District 13, former three-term sheriff of Weld County , Colorado : "It was my pleasure not only to hire Darron but also to work with him. During his 20 months under my supervision, I was thoroughly impressed with his style and approach to law enforcement. He treated everyone humanely, with respect and fairness, and his approach led to unprecedented cooperation from career criminals. This in turn led to over 40 felony arrests and the filing of numerous misdemeanor charges. Darron is now reaching out to agencies around the country to share his talents and unique style of law enforcement so that other officers and deputies can learn how he gains cooperation rather than forces compliance in order to solve major cases." Terie Rinne, Retired, Weld County Sheriff's Office: "It was a refreshing pleasure to work with Darron. As a detective, I could always count on him to be complete and thorough in his duties and tasks. He was eager to learn and willing to work hard. He often, if not always, went above and beyond expectations. He has a lot to offer law enforcement even as his promising career was cut short due to illness. He never forgot that we deal with humans, often at their worst, but still human beings. He treated people with warmth and friendliness. There is a time to be abrupt and take forceful command, verbal or physical, but this is unnecessary as a general rule. Most often, people responded well to Darron's style of policing. Using compassion, understanding and empathy is beneficial in dealing with people, even suspects. If a police officer is angry and bitter in his dealings with people, he takes that poisonous attitude home to his personal life, too. It's fortunate that Darron is sharing his perspective. I hope law enforcement views it as the gift that it is." 9.09.17

Make Smarter Choices Armed With The Facts In Weed, Inc:

The Truth About THC, The Pot Lobby, And The Commercial Marijuana Industry

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Aurora , CO , August 28, 2017  — Do you think you have a good grasp of the issues surrounding marijuana use? Think again. Recovering drug addict and alcoholic Ben Cort discusses marijuana use – both pro-legalization and anti-legalization – in Weed, Inc.: The Truth About THC, the Pot Lobby, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry (HCI – ISBN 0757319882 – September 2017 – $15.95). In this truthful and eye-opening book, Cort is not concerned with telling you which side to pick or which side he is on; he's more concerned with giving people the correct information they need in order to be knowledgeable about marijuana use. His is the voice – often the dissenting one-- that needs to be heard. Weed, Inc. challenges popular opinions about marijuana since cannabis today is an entirely different product than what it used to be. Cort not only defines THC and marijuana in its current state, but also the many confusing terms surrounding it. Cort questions the notion that industrialization is the key to safe, regulated products. He even discusses how the legalization in Colorado is less about the legalization of marijuana and more about the industrialization of it likening it to the reincarnation of big tobacco. There is more access to a substance that few know enough about. This can lead to increased addiction and an unregulated industry that will continue to grow – just like big tobacco. With industrialization comes political agendas, overpaid lobbyists, big marketing budgets, and not far behind, monopolies on manufacturing and distribution. Small farmers will feel the pinch as prices soar with the domination of corporate America under the guise of good old capitalism. Misinformation about marijuana and the effects of it is the main problem most people have with understanding this complex issue. This pivotal book will take you into the real world of legalized weed and open your eyes to topics such as: Environmental concerns (water, fertilizers, power, etc.), Medical concerns, Social justice, The lobby (what businesses stand to gain by this new industry), Law enforcement, Organized crime, FDA involvement, and much more. Cort believes the stronger the information, the more people and the government will make smart choices and decisions regarding marijuana. About the Author: Ben Cort spent a decade inside the drug and alcohol addiction treatment field and is now a consultant to the industry. Ben joined the drug policy conversation at the national level in 2012. He was part of the 'No on 64' campaign, and following the amendment's passage—which changed the Colorado constitution to allow for a statewide drug policy for cannabis—he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) as well as NALGAP (the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Treatment Providers). Ben is currently consulting with the NFL and his passion about the intersection of recovery and public policy makes him a frequent guest in the media. Weed, Inc.: The Truth About THC, the Pot Lobby, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry  HCI Books, September 2017 - $15.95  ISBN 0757319882  For more information on Ben Cort or his new book, please contact me at (800) 851-9100 ex. 9212 or 9.01.17

  Powerful Memoir Proves True Friendship Knows No Age

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Dallas , TX , August 23, 2017  ― At 40-something, Judy Gaman seemed to have it all: a rewarding career as a writer and radio host, a loving family and a bright future. But like many other Generation Xers, Judy had become a workaholic — the very thing she had resented about her own parents. And yet, Judy felt powerless to alter her trajectory until a small miracle in the form of centenarian Lucille Fleming entered Judy's life. Life and Lucille is a touching, inspirational story of friendship that leaves no emotional stone unturned. Judy met Lucille while researching a book about living to 100, and the two women — separated in age by five decades — forged a bond that transcended the lifetime between them. Together, they enjoyed life experiences, amazing journeys, and uncovered many truths about the human existence that transcend age, place and time. When they first met, Lucille shared with Judy the one secret that is required for a happy and healthy life. It wasn't until Lucille's sudden and tragic death that Judy fully understood the true meaning of that advice. Judy Gaman is an award-winning author and speaker. Some of her books include Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy and Wise; and Stay Young: 10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health. A graduate of the prestigious George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Professional Studies , Judy is also an award-winning speaker and co-hosts the nationally syndicated Staying Young radio show with Drs. Mark Anderson and Walter Gaman of Executive Medicine of Texas. For more about Judy, please visit Love, Life and Lucille Projected release date: December 2017 to January 2018 8.25.17

The Painting and the Piano: An Improbable Story of Survival and Love

Special to The Montreal Tribune - By John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo Ocean Ridge, FL, August 9, 2017 − When a baby is born addicted to heroin because of an addicted mother and is transferred to a loving foster home, then bounced back via a highly publicized court case to the unfit birth parents, any sense of normalcy seems unlikely for the child. Likewise, when a young privileged boy grows up with a high society, full blown alcoholic mother whose disease kills her at 42, his chances of a normal life are slim as well. Sometimes the past doesn't always stay in the past. In The Painting and the Piano: An Improbable Story of Survival and Love (HCI Books – $15.95), John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo tell the story of how the demons of their respective biological mothers tore their young lives apart. Despite their contrasting upbringings, they share tragic childhoods that damaged each of them to the cores of their psyches and emotional well-being and resulted in addiction. It all started going downhill for Adrianne when her addict birth parents started a long court battle in an effort to get her back. For John, it was when his parents divorced and he started living with his alcoholic mother. John and Adrianne had to endure the painful toll that alcohol, drugs, and a negligent court system wreaked on them, and were in the depths of despair and slowly dying of addiction. Instead of falling to darkness, John and Adrianne reached for the light and began their respective journeys of healing, which led to a serendipitous meeting, falling in love and building a shared life with the goal of helping others in need. Told as a tandem narrative with chapters alternating between Adrianne and John, readers embark on a journey through their unforgettable story of pain, loss, and the undying human quest for happiness. About The Authors: John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo have each celebrated over a decade of sobriety. Both are fully immersed in the South Florida recovery community and John has been on the board of several men's recovery homes. John has brought AA program meetings into prison and, with Catholic Church Ministries, worked with men and women in maximum security prison including those on death row. Adrianne worked for a recovery home company, sponsors women in AA, and both authors blog about recovery. Adrianne also worked with prisoners on death row and has been interviewed about recovering from opiate addiction. She was born addicted to heroin and was put into foster care as an infant. At the age of nine, her biological parents started a year-long court battle to get her back that made national news. Today, she works to help the public understand the foster care system and its future. Available wherever books are sold, or to order directly from the publisher, contact: or (800) 441-5569. The Painting and the Piano, An Improbable Story of Survival and Love  John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo  ISBN: 0757319920 – $15.95 – September 2017  8.09.17


Book Sheds Light On How Exotic Dancers Can Build Professional Success Without Sacrificing Personal Needs

Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York, NY, July 28, 2017 ― A Jersey girl with a dream, Kerri Walker spent a year in Europe after graduating from college and fell in love with the Rhône-Alpes region in France. Determined to earn enough to one day return to the region for good, she set her sights on landing a job with a much higher income. After a series of traditional jobs fell short of her expectations, Walker turned to exotic dancing, and along the way she learned valuable lessons that she now shares in Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success. Part memoir, part how-to, Fearless! follows Walker 's journey as a dancer from the shore town clubs of New Jersey to some of the busiest establishments in New York City . She offers straightforward advice about the work itself and the people who inhabit the world of exotic dancing, from managers and bouncers, to other dancers and customers. Walker 's approach is raw, candid and, most importantly, helpful for anyone considering a career in this lucrative but challenging industry. Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success  Release date: August 1, 2017   7.29.17  

Two New Books Expose The Shocking Truth Behind UFOs, Extraterrestrials, Roswell And Zero-Point-Energy

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Washington, DC, July 25, 2017 ― Seventy years after the cover-up of three interstellar craft downed over Roswell Army Air Force Base in New Mexico, two new books and a documentary reveal the shocking truth about covert programs and why the UFO subject remains taboo... even up to the President and Congress! "It's not about whether these interstellar craft are real," states Dr. Steven M. Greer, considered by many to be the world's foremost authority on the subject. The author of Unacknowledged: An Expose of the World's Greatest Secret (book), and the executive producer of a new documentary by the same name, has collected testimonials from hundreds of eyewitnesses in the military, Intel agencies, the FAA, NASA, and private defense contractors that expose 70 years of lies. "This is about USAPs ," Dr. Greer explains. "Unacknowledged Special Access Projects operating illegally outside of Presidential or Congressional oversight, covertly funded over decades by trillions of our tax dollars. What really keeps the subject taboo and outside of the mainstream media are the energy technologies we acquired from these downed vessels – specifically zero-point-energy which would replace fossil fuels. We're talking about a free, clean energy source that would end hunger and poverty, reverse Climate Change, and create millions of new jobs." As the editor of Unacknowledged, New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten was given access to these testimonials and used the information to pen his just-released fictional thriller, Undisclosed,  in an attempt to disseminate the truth to the public in digestible bites. "Jimmy Kimmel had President Clinton and President Obama on his talk show and asked both men about UFOs, ETs, and Area 51. They both smiled and poked fun at the subject. But Dr. Greer, the expert who submitted briefings to both administrations as well as members of congress, the CIA Director and the Joint Chiefs, will probably never be allowed on Kimmel or any major talk show to discuss this – not because Jimmy Kimmel wouldn't love to interview him, but because the Intel Agencies refuse to allow it on mainstream media." Dr. Greer adds, "Unacknowledged was either the #1 documentary or close to #1 on itunes nearly every week since its release, and it's never mentioned. I flew out to Los Angeles and did a two-hour interview with an entertainment reporter at Breitbart News, only to have the Intel Agency that determines what's allowed to be published cancel it." Steve Alten agrees. "There's information in both Unacknowledged and Undisclosed that pulls back the curtain on seventy years of lies, including testimonials from people who have worked in black ops subterranean bases which hold ARVs (Alien Reproduction Vehicles) capable of interstellar travel. Many of these witnesses who held above-top secret clearances would not allow Dr. Greer to publish this information until after they passed on, out of fear. Who could blame them?" Just how untouchable is the UFO-ET subject? "I spoke to people very close to Alex Jones," Dr. Greer said. "I was told the subject was 'too controversial to touch.' This from the guy who claimed the Sandy Hook shooting was fake!" Please watch the trailer at: Available at all online outlets  Undisclosed By Steve Alten Publisher: A and M Publishing LLC  June 2017 ISBN-10: 1943957053 ISBN-13: 978-1943957057 7.27.17   

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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.

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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


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

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


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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. 

  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.

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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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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Pass this on to people wishing to immigrate to the best country in the world. Apply directly! You don't have to pay any consultants ...It's FREE! Avoid dealing with con artists and scammers; they are all around the world advertising their schemes… Canadian Immigration officers are gentle public servants and not arrogant.. Not like what you would experience from the mightiest country in the world (as they say) ... so, don’t be scared of them. Visit the Canadian government website… it's the Canadian flag that's seen on the top side of this site, click that and when you see search… type immigration, then send your request for application, if not, visit the nearest Canadian consulate in your region and while you are already there check the jobs and list of professions that Canadian employers are looking for.  If you still have anything else to ask e-mail the editor. Meantime Click here for the New Canada Citizenship Study Guide

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