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Raqqa air strikes 'kill dozens'

At least 36 civilians have been killed in air strikes by Syrian government warplanes on the Islamic State-held northern city of Raqqa , activists say.

  Aftermath of what activists said was a Syrian government air strike near the Raqqa museum on 25 November 2014

Activists said a popular market near Raqqa's museum was among the targets of the air strikes

Most of the casualties were caused by two strikes in quick succession on an industrial area, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. One opposition activist network said more than 80 people had died. Syrian government and US-led coalition aircraft frequently bomb Raqqa, which IS has made into a stronghold. Activists say most of the casualties from the raids have been civilians. 'Regime massacre' The Syrian Observatory said Tuesday's air raids had targeted a popular market near Raqqa's museum as well as the industrial area where two explosions caused most of the casualties. "The first strike came, residents rushed to rescue the wounded, and then the second raid took place," the organisation's director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told the AFP news agency.  Syria's disappeared   The bitter struggle for Syria   Will Aleppo finally fall?   Snapshots of Syrian refugee life   Mapping the conflict  Syria: Story of the conflict

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Ferguson protests spread across US

A dozen US cities see new protests over the decision not to charge a white policeman who shot a black teenager in Missouri , with rioting in California .

Protesters in Boston, 25 November 2014

A dozen US cities have seen new protests over the decision not to charge a white policeman who shot a black teenager in Ferguson , Missouri . Demonstrations from New York to Seattle were mostly peaceful but rioting broke out in Oakland , California . There was some unrest in Ferguson itself, with police making 44 arrests, but the town did not see rioting on the scale of Monday night. The officer who killed Michael Brown there says he has a "clean conscience". Darren Wilson, who shot the 18-year-old on 9 August, told ABC News that in the struggle which preceded the shooting, he had felt "like a five-year-old holding on to [ US wrestler] Hulk Hogan". Many in Ferguson 's predominantly African-American community had called for the officer to be charged with murder, but the grand jury's decision means the police officer will not face state criminal charges over the shooting. Lawyers for Mr Brown's family denounced the grand jury's decision as "unfair" while condemning the violence that followed the decision. Policeman: 'I did my job right'Watch    Protests across the USWatch   What mothers tell childrenWatch   The people who stayed away   As it happened: Unrest spreads   Sopel: The return of race    Why police officer pulled trigger   Why was decision held until dark?

Eight hostages freed in Yemen raid

Yemeni troops have taken part in a raid to rescue a group of eight hostages being held by al-Qaeda, in which seven militants were reportedly killed. One soldier was injured during the operation in the eastern province of Hadramawt , Yemeni officials said. Six Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian were freed. The US denied reports of an American hostage being rescued. There were also conflicting reports about whether US special forces took part in the rescue. The Yemeni Supreme Security Committee's statement made no mention of any US involvement on the ground, but the New York Times saidabout two dozen American commandos had led the raid. Citing officials from both countries, the newspaper reported that they and a small number of Yemeni counter-terrorism troops had flown by helicopter near to a cave in the remote Hajr al-Sayar district of Hadramawt where the hostages were being held. Yemen's capital seized at speed   Uncertain road to democracy  Fragility underlies peace deal   Fear of sectarian war

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Bangladesh 'Hajj critic' is arrested

A senior Bangladeshi politician who criticised the annual Hajj pilgrimage made by Muslims to Mecca is arrested in Dhaka for insulting Islam.

Bangladesh former minister Abdul Latif Siddique (C) is flanked by police officers at court after turning himself in in Dhaka

Abdul Latif Siddique was arrested soon after handing himself into police

A senior Bangladeshi politician who criticised the annual Hajj pilgrimage made by Muslims to Mecca has been arrested in Dhaka . Abdul Latif Siddique was denied bail and sent to jail on charges of insulting Islam. Mr Siddique returned from India on Sunday after a long trip abroad. Calls for his arrest came after he told a gathering in New York in September that he was "dead against the Hajj". He was subsequently sacked as a minister. His comments triggered an angry reaction among hard line Islamist parties, who staged protests. They and other opposition political parties demanded the former telecommunication minister's immediate arrest. 'An apostate' Television footage from the US showed Mr Siddique telling a Bangladeshi expatriate audience in New York that he opposed the Hajj, and that the Prophet Mohammed had established it partly for commercial reasons. More from -  "That side of the world"

Pakistan to host 19th SAARC summit

Nawaz urges ‘dispute-free South Asia ’ with joint fight against poverty, illiteracy

KATHMANDU : Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said his vision for the region was of a’dispute-free South Asia ’ where, instead of fighting against one another, the countries jointly fought poverty, illiteracy, diseases,malnourishment and unemployment. “We should build on convergences, minimize divergences and most of all, seek to augment complementarities for the greater good of the people of this region,” the Prime Minister said in his address to the 18th summit of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The summit kicked off today where leaders of the eight member SAARC states got together in Nepal ’s capital to find ways to make the regional grouping more viable and effective.  Prime Minister Sharif stressed that the gap between the promise of SAARC and reality of its accomplishments needed to be bridged. Nawaz Sharif urged to invest for youth to unleash their creativity, talent, and enterprise and stressed to strengthen mutual bonds of trust to solve problems. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the economic development of South Asia was closely linked to the availability of energy at an affordable price. He said an interactive process would reveal the beauty and strength a true South Asian identity. “We should build on our inherent strengths and effectively address common issues, such as socio-economic disparities, poverty alleviation, women empowerment, health, and education.” He however pointed that it needed close coordination at national and regional levels. The Prime Minister said while pursuing the SAARC socio-economic agenda, there was a need to pay special attention to rural development, expansion of agricultural resource base, development of action plans to combat communicable diseases, greater collaboration in health sector, elimination of illiteracy, scientific and technological capacity-building and development of information and communication technologies.  He said with abundant alternate energy resources available region-wide, there was a need to collectively focus on harnessing indigenous energy production potential. He proposed arrangements for trans-regional oil and gas pipelines. He said Pakistan by virtue of its geographic location at the confluence of South Asia , West Asia and Central Asia , was a natural economic corridor for the region. He said promoting regional connectivity was one of the seven pillars of Pakistan ’s development strategy. “My government is actively pursuing this initiative which has the potential to integrate South Asia , China , and Central Asia , the three engines of growth in Asia . A soft visa regime would greatly facilitate the realisation of these objectives,” Sharif said.  Prime Minister said Pakistan attaches great importance to SAARC as the organisation had come to epitomize the hopes and aspirations of the peoples of this region, for peace, progress and prosperity.  He said having hosted 4th and the 12th SAARC summits, Pakistan will be pleased to offer itself to host the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad . The Prime Minister congratulated his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala for successfully holding the SAARC summit and on the assumption of the chair of the SAARC Summit.  The Prime Minister acknowledged the President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen, for the outstanding leadership his country had provided to the SAARC process, since the last Summit held in Maldives in 2011. He  also thanked the Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa and his team, for their efforts towards preparation of this summit and in promoting the SAARC agenda.  India ’s prime minister Narendra Modi in his address said India will give business visa for 3-5 years for SAARC countries.  He stressed establishment of a South Asian University and immediate medical visas for patients from SAARC countries. He said the SAARC countries should use strength of shared heritage and diversity to encourage tourism within the region and present South Asia to the world. Bangladesh ’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid said agricultural growth had helped eradicate abject hunger and poverty.  She said Bangladesh had target to become middle-income country by 2021. Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa pointed the human rights concerns in South Asia and said human rights was a moral issue, but used as a political tool. He stressed passing an agreement on energy cooperation, focusing on health and sanitation, and mitigating the difference between affluent and poor. Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani emphasized on strong connectivity among the SAARC countries, which he said was a must to utilize the real potential of the region. Earlier, Nepal’s prime minister Sushil Koirala assumed the chairmanship of the SAARC at the inaugural session. In his address, he stressed the need to jointly combat terrorism, human smuggling and organized crimes. The proposal put forward by SAARC Chairperson Abudlla Yammen Abdul, that Prime Minister Koirala be declared the new SAARC Chairperson, was unanimously passed by the inaugural session of the summit. Pakistan will host the 19th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Islamabad. This was announced by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in his address to the 18th SAARC summit being held in the Nepal’s capital, reported state media. “Pakistan was pleased to host the next SAARC Summit in Islamabad,” Prime Minister said. More from -  "That side of the world"

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 Hungary police 'blame rape victims'

Police in Hungary are accused of blaming victims of sexual assault after releasing advice that warns young women of the risks of flirting.

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Police in Hungary have been accused of victim blaming after releasing rape prevention advice that warns women of the risks of flirting. They had already faced heavy criticism for a rape awareness film that seemed to partly blame the victim. Safety advice from Vas county police on Tuesday said that flirting by young women could "elicit violence." Women's groups and civil rights organizations have condemned the statement. The safety advice was published to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Reka Safrany, of the Hungarian Women's Lobby, said she was shocked by the "unprofessional" campaigns that "very much blame the victims". The incident comes four days after Hungarian police were heavily criticised for releasing a public safety film with the slogan: "You can do something about it, you can do something against it." The film features a group of young women drinking and dancing with men at a nightclub after which one of them is sexually assaulted by a stranger. The video was called "harmful and dangerous" by Keret, a group of Hungarian women's rights organisations, in a statement (in Hungarian) published on social media on Monday.   Jolie opens London war rape summit    Sweden's rape rate under the spotlight   Hungary country profile

Quebec probing rent-to-own industry

The province's consumer watchdog is working on beefing up legislation to protect Quebecers from companies in the rent-to-own industry, CBC Montreal Investigates has learned. “We’re looking at different types of contracts as they’re not clear,” said Office de la protection du consommateur spokesman Jean-Jacques Préaux. “It’s always a little bit shades of grey. It has to be white, it has to be black, not grey, so that the consumer knows what he’s really getting into.” Potential provisions would come in the form of an update to the existing Consumer Protection Act, though there is no timeline for amendments yet. Canadians shell out $260 million every year for rent-to-own products, often paying exorbitant prices that would not be allowed in some U.S. states. A CBC News investigation has found the rent-to-own industry targets cash-strapped Canadians and engages in opaque sales practices, then aggressively pursues customers who miss payments. It’s been six years since Option consommateurs, a local consumer protection group, raised red flags about some rent-to-own company practices to both Ottawa and provincial jurisdictions, but little has since been done to regulate the industry. CBC investigates rent to own industry in Canada   Quebec's Office de la Protection du Consommateur

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

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

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

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

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One Square Mile of Canada

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

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

What does it mean to be Canadian?

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

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

Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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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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Juncker reveals giant EU jobs plan

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives details of a €315bn (£250bn; $393bn) investment plan to kick-start Europe 's economy.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has given details of a €315bn (£250bn;$393bn) investment plan to kick-start Europe 's economy. At the heart of his five-year agenda is a new €21bn fund, which would be used as "seed money", to entice private backers to "pitch in" most of the rest. Only €8bn of the original money would come from the EU budget itself. The project would take the burden off national governments, already facing big debts after the financial crisis. " Europe needs a kick-start and today the Commission is providing the jump leads," he told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Critics have already suggested that the scheme is too small, and needs far more hard cash if it is to make a major difference, the BBC's Damian Grammaticas in Brussels reports. However, Mr Juncker said Europe had to face "the challenge of a generation" head-on, without a money-printing machine, describing his plan as the greatest effort in recent EU history to trigger additional investment without changing the rules. European Parliament liveLive    Juncker tax scandal fails to gain heat   Pope Francis hits out at 'bureaucratic' Europe   Also read additional business reports: A 'generation to change bank culture'   A "toxic" and "aggressive" culture inside British banks will take a generation to change, according to a report from Cass Business School and New City Agenda.    RBS 'wanted critic's mortgage back'    Carney takes aim at bankers' pay   UK banks to face competition inquiry   HSBC under investigation in France  US economy grows faster than forecast   The US economy grew much faster in the third quarter than first reported, official figures have shown.  US markets cheer Fed minutes   US Fed ends QE stimulus program

Viewpoint - Ride-Sharing Applications and the Future of Urban Transportation

Special to The Montreal Tribune - by Vincent Geloso & Jasmin Guénette - Ride-sharing applications like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are currently revolutionizing the urban transportation industry. By allowing taxi drivers to find clients more rapidly, and other individuals to offer transportation services more easily, these technologies could lead to considerable improvements for customers. Sensible economic policy should avoid hindering their adoption by consumers while compensating those who are negatively affected by obsolete government regulations from the past.

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My Intellectual Journey: From Marxism to Liberalism
by Mario Vargas Llosa

This 85-page trilingual booklet featuring the transcript of a talk delivered in 2013 in Montreal by Peruvian Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa on the occasion of a conference organized by the MEI, will be available this weekend at the Salon du livre de Montréal (kiosque Gallimard, localisation 160). In this talk, Mr. Vargas Llosa explains why, in his youth, he believed in communism, like many intellectuals of his generation, and also how, through his disillusionment and his questioning, he discovered another vision, one of liberty, tolerance and democracy.

Most of Latin America Has Adopted Democracy. Will Cuba? Column about the launch of a trilingual booklet featuring the transcript of a talk delivered by Mario Vargas Llosa, by Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI (published on November 13 in The Huffington Post). It's Time to Overcome Private Healthcare Fears: Column about private non-profit hospitals' contribution to European health care systems by Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI (published on November 14 in The Huffington Post).  Peut-on moduler l'universalité? Interview (in French) on the modulation of service fees and the principle of universality with Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI (broadcast on November 15 on Radio-Canada's Faut pas croire tout ce qu'on dit).

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Birdman set to soar at Spirit Awards

Showbusiness satire Birdman leads the flock at this year's Spirit Awards after being nominated for six prizes, including best film.

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Showbusiness satire Birdman will lead the flock at this year's Spirit Awards, having been nominated for six prizes including best film and best director.

Alejandro Inarritu's film, about an ex-superhero actor embarking on a theatre comeback, also picked up a nomination for its leading man, Michael Keaton, pictured above. Coming-of-age tale Boyhood, thriller Nightcrawler and civil rights drama Selma got five nominations each. The awards, which celebrate low-budget films, will be held on 21 February. Birdman, in which Keaton's character is haunted by his superhero alter-ego, also picked up supporting actor nominations for Edward Norton and Emma Stone. Its sixth nomination was earned by director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki, recipient of this year's best cinematography Oscar for space thriller Gravity. Boyhood's nominations included a nod for best picture, a citation for director Richard Linklater and recognition for Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette in the supporting actor categories. Keaton takes flight in Birdman film   Birthday award for Lupita Nyong'o

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When Religious Leaders Make Money from Impossible Promises: Chasing 120

Special to The Montreal Tribune -cPasadena, CA, October 2014 – We see them on TV; dressed in impeccably-cut suits, with a picture-perfect smile and a never-ending supply of smooth rhetoric. Dr. Tyler Belknap is the epitome of a charismatic, fast-talking preacher who has convinced his cult-like following that, with the help of his Bible-based program, they will enrich their lives with maximum health and longevity. Belknap is the lead protagonist in Monte Wolverton's newly-released debut book, Chasing 120: A Story of Food, Faith, Fraud and the Pursuit of Longevity - a story of intrigue and truths and a remarkable tale of what can happen to people's dreams when they put their faith in a high-profile religious leader rather than God. From his vast Oregon-based Wellness 120 empire, Tyler Belknap charms and targets Christian consumers, influencing them to dig deep into their pockets – enticing them with Biblical-sounding promises of a healthier life following his recommended regimen.  While some believe their health is improved, others suffer serious side effects after taking his specially formulated supplements and GMO's that are developed in a secret underground research facility in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains . But this does not deter Dr. Belknap who keeps this information from the public by bribing city officials and politicians – and who will stop at nothing to keep whistleblowers at bay. But as much as the fast-talking doctor would like his followers to stay in a state of confusion, he's not able to keep the negative effects of GMO's from hitting the news and the public eye. People hear that results from studies done on lab animals cite serious findings, such as, organ damage, immune system disorders, infertility - and yes, aging! Ironically, the polar opposite of Belknap's claims of longevity! Since the truth eventually finds its way to the surface, readers learn that a Belknap employee and his wife find themselves at the center of a huge crisis when it's discovered their son developed brain damage from one of the substance-laced foods. As their fragile house of cards begins to topple, they are forced to admit that the leader they have long admired is, in fact, a crook! About the Author - Monte Wolverton celebrates life through his creative talents as a designer, artist, cartoonist and writer.  Formerly the managing editor and design director for Plain Truth magazine, his editorial cartoons are internationally syndicated. Wolverton is an ordained minister and holds a MA from Goddard College in Vermont .  He resides in Vancouver , Washington .  

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Ebola 'stable' in Guinea - WHO

The deadly Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea , the country where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says.

Health workers take a patient to an Ebola treatment centre, Macenta, Guinea, 21 November 2014

The Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea , where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says. There were still some flare ups in the south-east, but things were improving in other prefectures, WHO co-ordinator Dr Guenael Rodier told the BBC. More than 5,400 people have died in the latest outbreak, with Guinea , Sierra Leone and Liberia the worst hit. The outbreak can be ended by mid-2015 if the world speeds up its response, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. But he warned that although the rate of new cases was slowing in parts of West Africa, Mali - where six people have died and a seventh case has been reported - was now of deep concern. "Lessons have been learned"Watch  In pictures: Ebola orphans   Experimental drugs and vaccines   Ebola basics: What you need to know  Also read additional health reports - Brain's dementia weak spot found   The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to experts who have pinpointed the region using scans.   Complex jobs 'may protect memory'   Eyeball link to Alzheimer's studied   S Leone Ebola workers dump bodies   Burial workers in the Sierra Leonean city of Kenema dump bodies in public in protest at non-payment of allowances for handling Ebola victims.   Into Ebola heartland   Ebola's undertakers   Female bosses 'more depressed'   Women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression, according to research in the US .   Obesity 'costing same as smoking'   The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research suggests.  Complex jobs 'may protect memory'   Suicide risk falls after talk therapy   Drowning: 'Hidden childhood killer'    Bag-for-life 'bug risk' advice    S Africa to spend $2bn on Aids drugs   EU adopts new bird flu measures   Sierra Leone Ebola doctor dies in US

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Shark antibodies 'may target breast cancer'  Sperm test hope for infertile men  Clue to male infertility found  Also read Concussion damage 'lasts months'   The damage caused by concussion can be detected months after the injury and long after patients feel like they have recovered, brain scans show.  And,  Nobel Prize winner Sanger dies at 95   Frederick Sanger, the British biochemist who twice won the Nobel Prize, has died at the age of 95.   His work was 'outstanding'  Autism detectable 'in first months' HIV antibodies 'have potent impact'    'My son disabled by rare disease'   Lorenzo's Oil boy is dead at 30  Lorenzo's oil: The full story  Lorenzo's Oil boy is dead at 30   Lorenzo's oil: The full story Syria: Polio epidemic fears grow  NEW  WHO warns of Syria disease threat   Children suffering in SyriaListen   Syria unrest 'wrecks health system'   History of polio  Daily aspirin 'risky' for healthy NEW . Daily aspirin 'can stop cancers'  Routine aspirin 'may cause harm'   Daily aspirin 'cuts cancer deaths'Watch  Also read:  Saturated fat heart disease 'myth'   New blood fat heart disease link   What causes coronary heart disease?BBC SCIENCE TB challenge over 'missing' millions. 'Urgent action' needed on child TB   'Visionary' leadership needed on TB   Also read:  Saturated fat heart disease 'myth'   New blood fat heart disease link   What causes coronary heart disease?BBC SCIENCE    Black women get 'worse' breast cancer   Walking 'cuts breast cancer risk'   Breast cancer risk up for UK Asians

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

The day the economic dim light hits Montreal

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

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

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

What happens in a US debt default?

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

20 dollar bills and hand

By Kim Gittleson BBC business reporter, New York

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

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Georgia O'Keeffe work sets female art record

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

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

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

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

Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

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

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

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

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

Manet £40m sale beats artist's record

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

Le Printemps (Spring), Edouard Manet

French actress Jeanne Demarsy is cast as an allegory of Spring

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

Swiss museum to accept 'Nazi art'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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