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Taliban split over Omar successor

Mullah Omar successor: Taliban leaders 'not consulted'

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour (L) and Mullah Omar

Many are unhappy that Mullah Mansour (l) has been chosen to succeed Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban's Supreme Council was not consulted over the election of a new leader following the death of founder Mullah Omar, the BBC has learned. Taliban sources said on Thursday that his deputy Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been chosen to head the militant group. But a spokesman told the BBC he had not been appointed "by all Taliban", which was against Sharia law. He said the council would now hold a meeting to elect a new leader. Some Taliban figures have accused pro-Pakistani circles of imposing Mullah Mansour, who is known for his support for peace talks, on them. At least one Taliban faction would have preferred Mullah Omar's son to succeed him. Who is Mullah Omar?    Lyse Doucet: What is the future for the Taliban?

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All what I write here are protected by copyright law, and I am solely responsible for all its contents. You can read yesterdays comments and featured articles from different news dispatches by clicking yesterday's Front Page.  

Quieter night at Calais Eurotunnel

Fewer migrants attempt to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais overnight but the situation shows no signs of being over.

Fewer migrants attempted to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais overnight but the situation shows no signs of being over. Around 800 migrants gathered by security fencing and about 300 made it into the secure area, French police said. Migrants told the BBC's Gavin Lee they were exhausted after days of attempts to access the terminal. David Cameron has pledged extra sniffer dogs and fencing for Calais . More than 600 French riot police are in Calais , working with local police. Officers said they tried to stop migrants overnight on Friday, in what they said was a quieter night in Calais . But they acknowledged dozens may have made it on to lorries and into freight carriages in trains.  Video 'Too many to count'   Video PM: Crisis 'needs more work'

Bin Laden family on Blackbushe Airport crash plane  

Family members of Osama Bin Laden were killed in a private jet crash in Hampshire on Friday, the Saudi Arabian embassy in the UK has said. It came down near Blackbushe Airport , close to the Surrey border, killing the pilot and all three passengers. In a statement, the Saudi ambassador to the UK , Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, offered condolences to the Bin Laden family. The embassy said it was in contact with the British crash investigators. The statement said: "His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud... has paid his condolences to the family and relatives of Mohammed bin Laden at Blackbushe airport in Britain for the great loss they have suffered as a result of the crash of the plane that was carrying the family." The embassy added that it was working with the British authorities to ensure the speedy handover of the bodies for funerals and burials in Saudi Arabia . The plane - an Embraer Phenom 300 - is reported to have belonged to an aviation firm owned by the Saudi-based family of the former al-Qaeda leader.

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Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Congress Committee on Ethics Regarding Officially-Connected Travel to Azerbaijan in 2013

The Committee on Ethics (Committee) has been reviewing allegations relating to officially-connected travel by Members and staff of the House to Azerbaijan in May 2013.  Today the Committee filed a Report to the House announcing its conclusions.  The Committee unanimously voted to adopt the attached Report and its findings.  As described in the Report, the Committee found no evidence that the Members and staff who participated in the trip knowingly violated any House Rule, law, regulation, or other standard of conduct. The Committee conducted an extensive investigation.  It issued 12 subpoenas and 18 voluntary requests for information, and collected nearly  190,000 pages of materials, including approximately 10,000 pages of supplemental materials provided to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).  The Committee also interviewed ten witnesses. All of the Members and staff who went on the trips did so only after getting Committee approval to accept the trips.  Neither the Committee nor OCE found any evidence of any knowing violation by any Member or House staffer.  In addition, all Members and staff fully cooperated with the Committee's review. However, both the Committee and OCE found evidence suggesting that a number of parties outside the House may have affirmatively lied to and/or withheld information from both the Committee and the House Members and staff who were invited. The Committee is referring the matter of third parties apparently engaging in a criminal conspiracy to lie to Congress to the Department of Justice for such further action as it deems appropriate.  So as not to interfere with or undermine any criminal investigation, the Committee will provide materials from the nearly 190,000 pages of documents it acquired, including bank records, to the Department of Justice confidentially. During the Committee's investigation, materials transmitted by OCE to the Committee were disclosed to a newspaper.  This unauthorized public disclosure impeded the Committee's ongoing investigation , and prevented it from gathering information critical to its investigation. Following this unauthorized public disclosure, a central witness to most of the substantive allegations in question invoked his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to testify and refused to comply with a subpoena for documents issued to him by the Committee. Foreign entities outside of the Committee 's jurisdiction  to compel cooperation also subsequently declined to cooperate with the Committee's investigation. Because the House travelers acted in good faith, and the evidence was inconclusive as to the true source of funds for the travel, the Committee concluded that the trips did not constitute an impermissible gift of travel , and decided that no further action is required regarding the House travelers' acceptance of any trip expenses. Separately from the travel expenses, House travelers also received tangible gifts during the trips.  These gifts may have been permissible under the gift rule, but the relevant provisions would require knowledge of the true identity of the donor to make that determination.  Given the lack of cooperation from third parties, the Committee was not able to make that determination, so it has directed the travelers to take remedial action.  All of the Members who went on the trip have already taken that remedial action or committed to do so. The Committee intends to take no further action regarding this matter and thus considers it closed. This Report constitutes a final resolution of this matter under House Rule XI, clause 3(r).

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Baghdad sees heatwave protests

Hundreds take to the streets of Baghdad to protest as temperatures in Iraq hit over 50C.

Hundreds of Iraqi protesters have taken to the streets of Baghdad to protest against power shortages as the country experiences a heatwave. They blamed government corruption for a lack of investment in infrastructure. On Thursday, the government declared a four-day public holiday after temperatures broke 50C (122F), with appeals for people to save power. Blackouts are common during the summer as Iraq 's electricity grid struggles to deal with the extreme temperatures. Analysts say that the country's grid was severely damaged by US bombing during the 2003 invasion. The infrastructure has also been repeatedly targeted by insurgents. In some areas of the country it is common to have only a few hours of electricity each day. The government has admitted that at peak times during the summer it will only be able to provide half the country's required power. On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered electricity to be cut at state institutions and the homes of all government officials. However, the protestors on the streets of Baghdad remain angry. "We are demonstrating against a failed government, a government that has disappointed the hopes of the people," protestor Nahida Ahmad told AFP.

Israel vows to find W Bank arsonists

Israel vows to catch arsonists, suspected to be Jewish settlers, who killed a young Palestinian child in an attack on a West Bank village.

Palestinian holds scorched photo of Ali Saad Dawabsha (31/07/15)

Israel has vowed to catch arsonists, suspected to be Jewish settlers, who killed a Palestinian infant in a firebomb attack on a West Bank village. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was committed to "fight this evil, to find the perpetrators [and] to bring them to justice". The 18-month-old boy's parents and four-year-old brother were seriously injured in the attack in Duma. Palestinian officials said they held Israel "fully responsible". Slogans in Hebrew, including the word "revenge", were found sprayed on a wall of one of two firebombed houses. Mr Netanyahu said the attack which killed Ali Saad Dawabsha was "an act of terrorism in every respect". He and the Israeli president paid separate visits to Ali's brother, Ahmed, who is being treated along with his parents at specialist burns hospitals in Israel . Mr Netanyahu also condemned the attack in a rare telephone conversation with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. However the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), which dominates the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank , said it held the Israeli government "fully responsible for the brutal assassination".   Video Palestinian and Israeli reaction   Peace process in doldrums   Palestinian territories profile

IOM, UNHCR Train Libyan Partners on Saving Lives at Sea

Posted on Fri. July-31-2015 Libya - The IOM office in Tripoli , with UNHCR, has organized a two-day technical workshop for Libyan partners on saving lives of migrants off the Libyan coast. The workshop, which took place from 29-30 July in Tunis and was funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), was attended by 19 officers from the Libyan Coast Guard and Port Security Department, the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration, and two members of the Libyan Red Crescent.    Now read on

IOM DDG Meets Paraguay President, Affirms IOM Support on Migration

Posted on Fri. July-31-2015 Paraguay - This week, during an official visit in Paraguay , IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson met with Paraguay President Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara and senior Paraguayan officials to affirm IOM's support on migration issues. She was accompanied by IOM Regional Director for South America Diego Beltrand and IOM Paraguay Head of Office Richard Velázquez. Now read on

Afghanistan Hit by Multiple Natural Disasters in July

Posted on Fri. July-31-2015 Afghanistan - Afghanistan has been affected by over 30 natural disaster incidents in the past month, killing and injuring several people, displacing hundreds of families and damaging homes and farmland in 17 provinces. IOM has rapidly responded to these incidents, assessing damage and needs in the affected communities and delivering aid in coordination with the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) and other humanitarian partners. Now read on

IOM Aids Vulnerable, Displaced Sudanese Ahead of Rainy Season

Posted on Fri. July-31-2015 Sudan - IOM has this year provided life-saving emergency shelter and non-food relief items (ES/NFIs) to 16,525 vulnerable internally displaced people (IDPs) across three states in Sudan . It plans to reach 65,000 vulnerable IDPs with ongoing ES/NFI aid distributions funded by multiple donors by year-end. This year has seen IOM ES/NFI assistance expand by 40 per cent from last year's total of 7,755 IDPs assisted in South Kordofan , South Darfur and North Darfur . The aid continues to target the most vulnerable and at risk populations, particularly newly displaced people. Now read on

Madagascar PM Unveils National Counter Trafficking Awareness Raising Campaign

Posted on Fri. July-31-2015 Madagascar - On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (TiP) 2015 (on 30/7), the Government of Madagascar launched an IOM-backed national awareness raising campaign. The launch in Antananarivo , led by Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo, was attended by senior officials from the President's Office, delegates from the National Coordination Office for the Fight against TiP, diplomats, UN agency representatives, as well as from the judiciary, civil society, the private sector and the general public.  Now read on

IOM Trains Ghana Border Officials in Ebola Prevention

Posted on Fri. July-31-2015 Ghana - IOM yesterday (30/7) launched a series of trainings to build the capacity of border officials to conduct Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)-related screening and infection control procedures at borders. The trainings will take place through the beginning of October 2015 and aim to reach 800 border officials from the Port Health Unit of the Ghana Health Service, Ghana Immigration Service, and the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority. Now read on

IOM, Sahel Governments, Promote Coordinated Border Management

Posted on Fri. July-31-2015  Niger - IOM has brought together government representatives from the Sahel G5 countries - Mali , Niger , Mauritania , Burkina Faso and Chad - and key partners for a two-day regional workshop on coordinated border management. The meeting, held in Niamey from 29-30 July, was part of an IOM project: "Coordinated Border Management in Mali , Niger , Mauritania and Burkina Faso " funded by the Government of Japan. Now read on

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Highway 10 collision between fuel tanker, 3 cars leaves at least 1 dead

A collision on Highway 10 in the Eastern Townships between a fuel tanker and three cars has left at least one person dead and three others injured.

 

A collision on Highway 10 in the Eastern Townships between a fuel tanker and three cars has left at least one person dead and three others injured. The collision happened Friday evening on the westbound direction of Highway 10, near Granby , at around 6 p.m. At the moment of the impact, the fuel tanker caught fire. The flames spread to one of the cars involved in the crash. Firefighters on the scene said the car was incinerated. They were not able to confirm the number of people who were in the vehicle at the time. Police confirm the driver is dead, but await dental records to confirm the person's identity. Sgt. Gino Paré, a spokesman for the Sûreté du Québec, said that people in the two other vehicles involved in the collision were taken to hospital. One woman was treated for shock and then released. The man who was driving his car behind the fuel tanker and the incinerated vehicle has serious injuries and was transferred to hospital in Sherbrooke . The driver of the fuel tanker suffered minor injuries. Reconstruction experts were on the scene Friday evening to determine the cause of the crash. Highway 10 near Granby is expected to be completely closed in both directions until Saturday morning.

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Folk-Popster & ER Nurse DEREK OLIVE

 David Suzuki’s BLUE DOT message  across the country on a Music Cycling Tour!

Modern folk music. Classically trained fingers. Pedal powered hope.

What does a guitar, a bike and an olive have in common? This August singer songwriter Derek Olive embarks on a 10-city, 3000km music cycling tour in support of the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot movement. With a Masters in Music and as an Emergency Room nurse, Olive isn't just driven, he's pedal powered to make a change.  “For all I was trying to do in my daily life, compost, ride my bike year round, recycle, buy used, buy local, don't buy, I was feeling that all my choices didn't matter and all I could do was complain. I decided that I needed to take action beyond my daily life; I started planning a music cycling tour to support the Blue Dot movement”, Olive says. The core foundation of the Blue Dot movement is to recognize every Canadian’s right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water, eat safe food and have a say in the decisions that impact their health and well-being. This growing movement of Canadians is calling upon all levels of government to fully recognize these fundamental rights through local declarations, bill of rights, and eventually an amendment to
Canada ’s Charter of Rights. “I’m thrilled to see Derek take on this cross-Canada challenge in support of the Blue Dot movement. We’re grateful for this support and his personal commitment to share the Blue Dot message with even more Canadians”, states Sophika Kostyniuk from the David Suzuki Foundation. Derek’s careers intersect seamlessly in the recording studio, hospital corridor and on the environmental troubadour’s trail. His new album Mystery & Dust is not only a celebration of life, but also a call to the urgency of making sound judgments in our lives. Sounds like a tall order, yet Mystery & Dust pulls us towards a better place, recognizing we all can and must do our part, from our little corner of the world, shaking a little dust off with a quality of music that cuts to the heart of the matter. Folk-popster Olive’s originals are stylistically reminiscent of Bruce Cockburn, Stephen Fearing, Dave Matthews, if not a hint of Van the Man, Himself. The song “Inventing the Sun” came to light during a bike ride, inspired by the tiniest of plants defiantly bursting through highway cement. As paradoxically resilient as nature can be, it is the other, fragile side of that very same coin that Olive illuminates, as showcased brilliantly in the hypnotic and highly percussive string work on the lead track, “Paper Wings”. Olive’s arresting lyrics are brought more to the fore by his buoyant vocals and the superb assistance from compatriots Joe Grass (mandolin), Zoé Dumais (violin), Kevin Warren (drums/engineer), Rémi-Jean LeBlanc and Sébastien Pellerin (acoustic bass). The mandolin and banjo-peppered title track – a duet with Annabelle Chvostek (of Wailin’ Jennys fame) and a full chorus – seems a ‘thank you’ for our place in the world, small as we are. There’s no second guessing on this album or the Blue Dot movement—like the decisions made in the ER, the songs and message are borne of immediacy, bent on making a difference and a real connection, while serving up some hope along the way. WHEN:  Friday, September 4, 8:00pm   WHO:  Derek Olive With Rob Lutes and Ian Kelly …and more to be announced!   WHAT:  David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Campaign - CD Cycling Tour   WHERE:  Monument National, 1182, Blvd. St-Laurent, Montréal , QC   www.monumentnational.com   TIX: 15$  (proceeds for the Blue Dot)   ABOUT THE BLUE DOT MOVEMENT The Blue Dot is a comprehensive, multi-year campaign to support the groundswell of Canadians who want meaningful action to protect the people and places they love. Blue Dot is backed by the David Suzuki Foundation, one of the most trusted environmental organizations in Canada , and its local and national partners. Our mission is to have every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment recognized in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. To do this, Blue Dot will see David Suzuki join forces with thought leaders, Canadian icons and local change-makers to empower Canadians from all walks of life to take local actions that can lead to national change. Together we are building a movement of millions of ordinary people taking extraordinary action to protect our right to a healthy environment and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. To join the Blue Dot movement: bluedot.ca/join-us

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Article written by Canadian Lyse Doucet Lyse Doucet  BBC's Chief international correspondent - More from Lyse 

Uncharted territory  -  Mullah Omar: The myth and the movement

As fresh claims surface that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, the BBC's Lyse Doucet looks at what the future for the Taliban movement - and Afghanistan - might be without him. - Mullah Omar's replacement as Taliban chief faces tough task

Mullah Omar

Lyse Doucet   -  Chief international correspondent      Whether or not Mullah Omar is dead or alive, his long absence from public view is posing a growing threat to the strength of his splintering Afghan Taliban movement. "Where is Mullah Omar?" is a question sources say is being increasingly and angrily directed at the commander regarded as the acting head, Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. Commander Mansour has long been reported to be fighting off threats to his authority from more hardline Taliban opposed to any peace talks, including Abdul Qayum Zakir. The Taliban are also facing a growing challenge from the still small, but increasingly significant presence of the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan . Videos have emerged of disgruntled Taliban fighters swearing allegiance to the IS's self-declared Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Iraqi cleric, who also declared a modern day caliphate in areas under IS control in Iraq and Syria , has publicly mocked the religious and political leadership of Mullah Omar.

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  Tehran dispatch: Iran rolls out red carpet after nuclear deal

Ms Mogherini was greeted by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

By Lyse Doucet - Chief international correspondent - When a city suddenly moves to the top tier of foreign ministers' travel itineraries, you know it has notched up new political significance. Such is the status of Tehran . No sooner was a landmark nuclear deal announced in Vienna on 14 July than senior officials started checking and changing their diaries to come here. The first to reach the Iranian capital was Germany 's Vice-Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who flew in with a 100-member delegation, including many captains of German industry and finance. Now it's the turn of the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who's just arrived for her first official visit. Europe 's top diplomat played a key role in the final stages of the intensive talks which stretched over nearly two years, sometimes hovering on collapse. "It's good to be here," Ms Mogherini remarked as she slipped into a waiting black limousine bearing Europe's flag in a mid-length coat and an obligatory head scarf in shades of coral and pink. In sparkling sunshine, the convoy of sleek Mercedes, flanked by motorcycle outriders, ferried Europe 's top diplomat and her closest aides down wide, sweeping boulevards and through crowded streets towards the elegant mansion housing the foreign ministry for her first meeting of the day. More from Lyse  -  Follow Lyse on Twitter

  Good morning Iran!

What is it like to visit the land of the ayatollahs?

 

I wandered through it with Sarah, another guide, who watched me admire an

British, American and Canadian tourists must be accompanied at all times by a guide. This meant Amin, short in stature, but long in kindness, would spend the next eight days with me - many of them stretching from dawn until late at night. Amin, with his warm smile, sharp sense of humour, and gentle nature became like a brother to me. He also became my accountant. Hotels, food and souvenirs are roughly on a par with American prices, but for an outsider working this out can be tricky - Iran uses the rial, but prices are often in toman, which equal 10 rials... Let's just say there are several zeros to contend with, and long-division skills are a necessity.  Hotels in Iran are like a time warp, circa 1979. That's when the Islamic Revolution forced the termination of all foreign hotel contracts. Nowadays, they're referred to by their former names, like "the old Sheraton". But despite the lack of modern amenities and contemporary decor, the hotels I experienced were very clean, and functional. Breakfast is tea, dates, and watermelon, served with thick, sesame-topped flatbread and honey or quince jam, and sometimes whipped cream. Yes, whipped cream! The only thing missing was coffee - good coffee. A government backlash against Western habits, such as socialising in coffee shops, has shuttered many of Tehran 's cafes. A few good coffee shops near the university and north Tehran remain, but even the strongest cup doesn't taste like a proper Americano. On the other hand, coffee drinking - and cupcakes in typical American flavors such as red velvet - are gaining in popularity. A Persian Starbucks would have bright prospects.

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Canada Direct

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One Square Mile of Canada

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

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

What does it mean to be Canadian?

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

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

Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

How much farther can the Separatist push the envelope to preserve a language that's hard to economically maintain? Aren't we bankrupt yet? Send your comments to charles@montrealtribune.com

Got a second?

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

Oh Canada How I Love You

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

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  Bitcoin chief arrested in Japan

The founder of MtGox - once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange - is arrested by Japanese police investigating losses of nearly $400m.

Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the failed company MtGox, which was once the world's biggest exchange of the virtual currency, bitcoin. Mark Karpeles, 30, is being held in connection with the loss of bitcoins worth $387m (£247m, €351m) last February. He is suspected of having accessed the exchange's computer system to falsify data on its outstanding balance. MtGox claimed it was caused by a bug but it later filed for bankruptcy. Japan 's Kyodo News said a lawyer acting on Mr Karpeles' behalf denied his client had done anything illegal. Mr Karpeles, who was born in France , is suspected of benefiting to the tune of $1m (£640,000), the agency said. In March 2014, a month after filing for bankruptcy, MtGox said it had found 200,000 lost bitcoins. The firm said it found the bitcoins - worth around $116m - in an old digital wallet from 2011. That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000. Video A look inside a Bitcoin 'cybersquat'   MtGox finds 200,000 lost bitcoins

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US country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1971 hit (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden, dies, aged 67.

US country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her worldwide 1971 hit (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden, has died, aged 67.

She had been in hospital in Nashville , where she suffered a heart attack on Thursday. Other US hits included You're My Man, How Can I Unlove You? and Top of the World, also recorded by the Carpenters. Singer Dolly Parton said, " Lynn is blooming in God's Rose Garden now. We will miss her and remember her fondly." Born in North Dakota and raised in Sacramento , California , Anderson was the daughter of two country songwriters and started performing at the age of six. In 1967, she began a two-year television engagement on The Lawrence Welk Show, which led to a contract with Colombia Records in Nashville , the capital of country music. "He was absolutely wholesome,'' she later said of Welk in an Associated Press interview. "He felt country music was coming into its own and deserved to be on national TV." She won a Grammy award for Rose Garden and was the Country Music Association's female vocalist of the year in 1971.

Studio collapse puts films in limbo

The fates of a string of new movies are up in the air after a Hollywood studio filed for bankruptcy protection. Relativity Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday and will now sell its TV and film arms. However, it said it would go ahead with the releases of Kristen Wiig's Masterminds and Halle Berry 's Kidnap. But it is less clear what the future holds for around a dozen other films, including Natalie Portman's hotly anticipated western Jane Got A Gun. Jane Got A Gun, which also stars Joel Edgerton and Ewan McGregor, had been due for release this September, and had been tipped as a possible awards contender. Deadline reported that Relativity relinquished its share of the film's distribution rights before bankruptcy proceedings began, and that its backers now hope to release it early next year.

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 A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection in a pioneering trial described as a "potential game-changer".

 

A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection and could transform the way Ebola is tackled, preliminary results suggest. There were no proven drugs or vaccines against the virus at the start of the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, which began in Guinea in December 2013. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the findings, being published in the Lancet, could be a "game-changer". Experts said the results were "remarkable". This trial centered on the VSV-EBOV vaccine, which was started by the Public Health Agency of Canada and then developed by the pharmaceutical company Merck. It combined a fragment of the Ebola virus with another safer virus in order to train the immune system to beat Ebola. A unique clinical trial took place in Guinea . When a patient was discovered, their friends, neighbors and family were vaccinated to create a "protective ring" of immunity. Ebola: The race for drugs and vaccines   Ebola: 'Isn't that over yet?'

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One Year After: The Thrilling Follow-up To The New York Times Bestselling Doomsday Novel One Second After

New York, NY, July 30, 2015 – Soon to be released from Forge Books in hardcover and e-Book title is One Year After (ISBN 978-0-7653-7670-1; $25.99; Sept. 15, 2015), by William R. Forstchen. Months before publication, One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. Hundreds of thousands of people have read the tale. One Year After is the thrilling follow-up to that smash hit. The story picks up a year after One Second After ends, two years since the detonation of nuclear weapons above the
United States brought America to its knees. After suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain , North Carolina , are beginning to piece back together the technologies they had once taken for granted: electricity, radio communications, and medications. They cling to the hope that a new national government is finally emerging. Then comes word that most of the young men and women of the community are to be drafted into an "Army of National Recovery" and sent to trouble spots hundreds of miles away. When town administrator John Matherson protests the draft, he's offered a deal: leave Black Mountain and enter national service, and the draft will be reduced. But the brutal suppression of a neighboring community under its new federal administrator and the troops accompanying him suggests that all is not as it should be with this burgeoning government.
William R. Forstchen is the New York Times bestselling author of One Second After—which spent four weeks at #11 on the New York Times bestsellers list for the hardcover edition—among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction. He also collaborates on New York Times bestselling novels with Newt Gingrich. Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in history from
Purdue University , with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a faculty fellow and professor of history at Montreat College , near Asheville , North Carolina . The film rights to One Second After have already been optioned by Warner Brothers. Learn more at http://www.onesecondafter.com.
One Year After, By William R. Forstchen, A Forge Books Hardcover, ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-7670-1, ISBN-10: 0-7653-7670-9, $25.99 US | $29.99 CAN | 304 Pages, e-Book Edition: 978-1-4668-5189-4 | $12.99, On-sale Date:
September 15, 2015

Life Without Approval: My Journey From Worrying What Others Think to Embracing My Own Voice In Society, Love and Work

By Relationship Coach, author and inspirational speaker, Cynthia Belmer - Atlanta, GA, July 28, 2015 – We all have a tendency to seek other people's approval because our deepest desire is to be loved and accepted. So if we could change the stories that block us from being our honest self, then we could achieve happiness with less stress and anxiety.   Cynthia Belmer's Life Without Approval: My Journey From Worrying What Others Think to Embracing My Own Voice In Society, Love and Work (Hummingbird Publishing) is an inspiring memoir of a young woman's journey from Lebanon to the United States and how finding the courage to be herself, transformed every aspect of her life. Life Without Approval shows how you can change what you don't like about your life through finding gifts in everything you have been through and loving yourself unconditionally, especially during your most vulnerable moments. Self-acceptance is key to experiencing your freedom and becoming your fullest expression. Belmer sets out thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter inviting you to begin your own journey toward finding your voice. "Human emotions are universal regardless of the stories we tell ourselves," she says, "and beneath it all, we want the same thing: to be free to be who we are and to be loved unconditionally." Life Without Approval is not a regular self-help book. Instead, it is a memoir that was written in the most vulnerable and transparent way, inspiring us to ask the hard question: Who am I choosing to be in relation to my experiences?  About the author: Cynthia Belmer is a sought-after relationship and life coach, published author, inspirational speaker and student of life. She helps free-spirited women from all over the world build confidence to find and speak their true voice and create healthy loving relationships. Cynthia's work is focused on deep inquiry, awareness, self-love and mindfulness. She has been featured in many radio interviews and in different magazines such as MindBodyGreen, SelfGrowth, Om-Times and Elephant Journal.  Cynthia resides in
Atlanta , GA. For more information on Cynthia and Life Without Approval, please visit: www.cynthiabelmer.com . Life Without Approval: My Journey From Worrying What Others Think to Embracing My Own Voice In Society, Love and Work  Available on Amazon.com  Publisher:  Hummingbird   ISBN-10: 0692455973
ISBN-13: 978-0692455975  

Author's Hilarious Collection Of Childhood Memories Proves That Real Life Is Indeed Stranger Than Fiction

Floral Park, NY, July 16, 2015 – Reminiscing about the "good 'ol days" can drum up some interesting memories of days gone by, a simpler time when the biggest concern children had was how many minutes they could play outside until Mom and Dad noticed the streetlights were on. Author Robert McNally's hilarious recollection of his childhood memories, in The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey trilogy is reminiscent of Huck Finn. McNally takes his readers along to experience extraordinary events, which ultimately form lasting bonds and memories.  The trilogy includes two volumes to-date:  I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (vol. 1), Sister Superior's Thumb, the Pope's Ring and the End of Childhood (vol. 2), and the final book in the trilogy is currently being penned. I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (vol. 1) highlights McNally's childhood during WWII and the Great Depression when he grew up near a crematory and a jail. This wide-eyed, young boy's inner circle included members of his family, inmates of the county jail, and his best friend Rosemary. In his surroundings were gypsies, beggars and hobos. In grade school, he frequently hopped rides on freight cars to explore lands unknown to him and to search for Nazi spies. Also, with the typical innocence of a child, when a fire he had set burned out and a dead infant was found in the rubble, he reported it to the police and was thanked by the detective assigned to the case. The second volume of the trilogy, Sister Superior's Thumb, the Pope's Ring and the End of Childhood, continues on with McNally's adventures as he enters adolescence.  One day he picked himself up and walked out of school and did not return. Three months later he was registered in a different one. He found himself in trouble with the police, and convinced a couple of runaways to return home, and saved one runaway from being murdered by his runaway friend. He also reveled in his 15 minutes of fame when he captured the first black widow spider in the northeastern US.     "Times were much simpler then and the things we conjured up to entertain ourselves still make me smile," says McNally. "My hope is that readers find themselves laughing out loud and recall their own childhood shenanigans." About the Author Robert McNally writes about his life's adventures growing up in
Ridgewood and Middle Village , NY , at the coaxing of friends and family. Insurance auditor, turned writer, McNally now resides in New York with his wife and has been happily married for more than 50 years.    For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/RidgewoodBoy/  Available on Amazon at http://ow.ly/IV3nx and  http://ow.ly/IV3gF.   I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (Vol. 1 - The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey Trilogy) Robert McNally ISBN-10:  1475102410 Sister Superior's Thumb, the Pope's Ring and the End of Childhood: (Vol. 2 - The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey Trilogy) Robert McNally ISBN-10:  1490344489

1969 And Then Some And Brainstorm Reveal Pulitzer-Prize Nominated Author's Mind And Heart

Kihei, Hawaii, July  2015 – Refreshing and original, Robert Wintner recalls a defining era and personal evolution with 1969 & Then Some, a Post 60s Grand Tour in Life-Defining Parable for Those Who Remember & Those Who Can't and Brainstorm (Yucca Publishing, NY).  Robert Wintner is also known as Snorkel
Bob , Hawaii 's largest reef outfitter. He lives on Maui with Anita, Cookie and Larry. Fifteen books include a Pulitzer nomination (In a Sweet Magnolia Time, Permanent Press, NY, 2005) and two movie options (The Modern Outlaws and Whirlaway—a Maui County Library Hot Pick for years). While the 60s are often discounted as ephemeral or a social aberration,1969 & Then Some demonstrates lingering values guiding a most significant population group, the baby boomers, many of whom still hold sway in social and cultural evolution. The 60s marked history, for the first time challenging war as a concept. Brainstorm is a first-person narrative of the author's navigation through cerebral aneurysm and hemorrhage. The riveting action includes the onslaught of trauma center protocol and denial of the patient and the medical industry. For more information, please visit: http://www.robertwintner.com/?page_id=17  1969 & Then Some ISBN-13: 978-1631580192 Brainstorm  ISBN-13: 978-1631580208   Yucca Publishing, NY  Both available online in print and digital editions, at the author's website and fine booksellers everywhere

Using A Scientific Method To Accurately Identify Why Some People Succeed And Others Fail

Los Angeles, CA, July 2015 – Several thousand people, from every walk of life and all fifty states and around the world, participated in Dr. Randall Bell's survey for his soon-to-be-released book, Rich Habits Rich Life: The Power of 'Me We Do Be' Habits, Rituals and Routines (Leadership lnstitute Press). This landmark research detailed the daily habits of professionals, students, stay-at-home moms, retirees, the unemployed and millionaires - and scientifically identified the link between everyday habits and various measures of success – making it one of the most significant sociological studies ever conducted! There is no 'one-size-fits-all' when it comes to success. Some might define it as wealth or fame, finding the right partner, having a happy family life, completing a degree or even mastering a musical instrument – while others may see it as beating a life-threatening illness. What is so compelling about Rich Habits is that it lets us define what success means to us individually, while looking at the foundational elements that apply to us all. So what makes a winning strategy or leads up to disaster or collapse? Why do some waste their success, while others continue to elevate? Rich Habits is fun, intelligent and practical, and delivers fascinating insight into the behaviors that lead to disaster, recovery or prosperity. Just as one bad habit can ripple out with destructive consequences, so a good habit – even something as simple as making our bed, waving at a neighbor, or having dinner as a family - can ripple out and become something wonderful! In his book, the result of over 25 years of research, Dr. Bell masterfully links classic behavioral research with his work on high profile cases - including
Chernobyl , the World Trade Center and OJ Simpson - to reveal why some dive, some survive, and others thrive. He explains that all behaviors can be organized within the four cornerstones of 'Me We Do Be,' and his book helps connect the dots to create a whole new outlook for success. Randall Bell, PhD has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PEOPLE magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, CNN, and every national television network. He is a renowned, in-demand speaker at events around the globe. He earned his PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and his MBA from UCLA. Dr. Bell is a socio-economist and the CEO of Landmark Research Group, LLC. He is married and has four children. For more information, please visit: www.richhabits.com   Rich Habits Rich Life   By Dr. Randall Bell   Publisher: Leadership Institute Press  ISBN-13: 978-1933969237  Will be available at online outlets, www.pgw.com, or author's website

Overcoming Labels: Dysfunctional One Prevails Against All Odds

Washington , DC , July  2015 – Whether it's a nation, a person or a relationship, being labeled as "broken" can become a death stroke -- or the spark that lights a passion to prevail over every obstacle. For John C. Davies, a deeply dysfunctional family triggered a long chain of events including adultery, betrayal, neglect, homelessness, conspiracies, even murder, yet he emerges triumphant. Dysfunctional One (Page Publishing), is his inspirational memoir.  "I was branded the black sheep in the family, doomed and left to ruin – called a loser many times, a waste, and in some cases made a scapegoat," he says. "Like a plant thriving in sandy soil, I developed a strong sense of purpose, patience and perseverance." Dysfunctional One describes Davies' remarkable struggle to survive three of Africa 's most gruesome wars, evacuate his family to safety multiple times from desperate violence, and begin life again as a free citizen of the USA .  Now, he is CEO of Global Alliance Solution, LLC on Capitol Hill in Washington DC . The company manages corporate expansion and international strategies as well as overseeing other client services such as management accounting, corporate and individual taxes and strategic global staffing. With an MBA from Colorado Technical University , Davies is currently working on a PhD. While living in Senegal as refugee, he founded the Bi-Lingual Refugee School of Dakar and wrote an education program to transition English-speaking refugee children/students from an English curriculum to a French curriculum. Liberia 's National Chess Champion for ten years, Davies is also a rated Grand Master. In 2000, living as a refugee in Dakar , he was nominated by the Federation for World Peace to represent African refugees at the United Nations Millennium Conference in New York . Now he lives in the United States with his wife of 30 years and their ten children. He is writing two other books: one entitled Chess Kids' Tutorial and the second part of Dysfunctional One.  For more information, please visit: www.dysfunctionalone.net  Dysfunctional One - Page Publishing - Available in softcover and digital formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eBook, Apple iTunes, Google Play and more; for an autographed copy shipped in 1-2 business days order from the author's website at: www.dysfunctionalone.net  $25.99  ISBN: 978-1634179041

The Blue Journal: A Sizzling Blend Of Suspense, Intrigue And Erotica With An Ending To Die For...

Greenwich , CT, July 2015 – L. T. Graham's latest thriller, The Blue Journal (Seventh Street Books, 01/06/15 ), is a sexy, solid mystery, best described by Wordpress.com as "...A dark, sexy look at murder and entitled attitudes in affluent suburbia."  Full of unexpected twists and turns, The Blue Journal shocks readers with an ending they could never have anticipated. No wonder critics are calling it "the perfect read for a summer day" - once you start it you're hooked! A sizzling, intricate blend of marriage, infidelity and divorce and fueling the fire is a private journal titled Sexual Rites! When Elizabeth Knoebel is found dead of a gunshot wound, the investigation is turned over to Lieutenant Anthony Walker. Formerly a New York City cop, Walker is a man with his own issues who now serves on the police force of an affluent community in Fairfield County , Connecticut . He lives among the privileged gentry, where he understands that appearances are often far removed from reality. As Walker untangles the steamy secrets of Elizabeth 's memoir, the threads begin to converge on her psychotherapist. He becomes convinced that Elizabeth 's killer is another of Randi Conway's patients. But which one? L. T. Graham turns out to be the highly successful suspense writer Jeffrey Stephens, author of the best-selling Jordan Sandor series, Targets of Deception, Targets of Opportunity and Targets of Revenge. Graham is currently at work on the next Detective Anthony Walker novel. The Blue Journal, Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, Available in print and digital formats in bookstores and online everywhere, $15.95 (paperback)   ISBN: 9781633880603

Centerfolds: From 'Girl Next Door' To Some Of The World's Most Recognized Women From Playboy Magazine

Houston, TX, June 19, 2015 – Over the years, Playboy Centerfolds have not only become part of our nation's culture – the women are as iconic as the magazine! Centerfolds (Koehler Books), by Charlotte Kemp (Miss December 1982), is a compelling 20-year compilation of stories collected from 'Centerfolds' who lifted the veil of mystery and bared their souls to show what the young women who went from 'girls next door' to Centerfolds are really all about! "We can make the claim that soldiers took our pictures with them into battle, astronauts walked on the moon with our pictures on their sleeves, and the biggest names in Hollywood and Washington courted us, dated us, and had sex with us – or at least tried!" says Kemp. For most men in
America they were simply the 'girls next door;' voluptuous, smiling beauties men fantasized being with. Many were just out of high school and naive when they were swept into a world of the rich, powerful and famous. They traveled the world in private jets and went to places and stepped through doors many of us can only imagine, but now they share a rare view of life through their remarkable stories. "This book has been a labor of love and honesty from these iconic centerfolds, photographers and celebrity models. These first-hand accounts and experiences provide a behind-the-scenes look at life as a Centerfold and range across the spectrum of our younger lives, Playboy, and beyond. Readers will get to see us not only in our prime but also as career women, mothers and citizens with a desire to make people smile and do some good. These are true stories from our lives - so get ready for the real girls next door!" says Kemp. Approached by Playboy at age 19, Charlotte Kemp became Miss December in 1982. The first Playmate to be given a license, she started "The Playboy Running Team" and coined the term 'Playmates with a Purpose' to raise money for charities around the nation. Charlotte appeared in many commercials and films in Japan and Italy and was one of the stars of Frankenhooker, one of the top 25 'B' movies of all time. She has appeared on Inside Edition, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and numerous radio shows and regional network shows nationwide. Centerfolds is her second book; the first, For My Eyes Only, was a collection of poetry, prose and short stories. Charlotte resides in Texas . For more information, please visit: www.centerfoldmemories.com.  Centerfolds By Charlotte Kemp Publisher: Koehler Books ( July 1, 2015 ) ISBN-10: 1633931609  ISBN-13: 978-1633931602

Author's Hilarious Collection Of Childhood Memories Proves That Real Life Is Indeed Stranger Than Fiction

Floral Park, NY, June  2015 – Reminiscing about the "good 'ol days" can drum up some interesting memories of days gone by, a simpler time when the biggest concern children had was how many minutes they could play outside until Mom and Dad noticed the streetlights were on. Author Robert McNally's hilarious recollection of his childhood memories, in The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey trilogy is reminiscent of Huck Finn. McNally takes his readers along to experience extraordinary events, which ultimately form lasting bonds and memories.  The trilogy includes two volumes to-date:  I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (vol. 1), Sister Superior's Thumb, the Pope's Ring and the End of Childhood (vol. 2), and the final book in the trilogy is currently being penned. I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (vol. 1) highlights McNally's childhood during WWII and the Great Depression when he grew up near a crematory and a jail. This wide-eyed, young boy's inner circle included members of his family, inmates of the county jail, and his best friend Rosemary. In his surroundings were gypsies, beggars and hobos. In grade school, he frequently hopped rides on freight cars to explore lands unknown to him and to search for Nazi spies. Also, with the typical innocence of a child, when a fire he had set burned out and a dead infant was found in the rubble, he reported it to the police and was thanked by the detective assigned to the case. The second volume of the trilogy, Sister Superior's Thumb, the Pope's Ring and the End of Childhood, continues on with McNally's adventures as he enters adolescence.  One day he picked himself up and walked out of school and did not return. Three months later he was registered in a different one. He found himself in trouble with the police, and convinced a couple of runaways to return home, and saved one runaway from being murdered by his runaway friend. He also reveled in his 15 minutes of fame when he captured the first black widow spider in the northeastern US. "Times were much simpler then and the things we conjured up to entertain ourselves still make me smile," says McNally. "My hope is that readers find themselves laughing out loud and recall their own childhood shenanigans." About the Author: Robert McNally writes about his life's adventures growing up in
Ridgewood and Middle Village , NY , at the coaxing of friends and family. Insurance auditor, turned writer, McNally now resides in New York with his wife and has been happily married for more than 50 years.    For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/RidgewoodBoy/ Available on Amazon at http://ow.ly/IV3nx and  http://ow.ly/IV3gF.    I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (Vol. 1 - The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey Trilogy) Robert McNally  ISBN-10:  1475102410  Sister Superior's Thumb, the Pope's Ring and the End of Childhood: (Vol. 2 - The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey Trilogy) Robert McNally  ISBN-10:  1490344489

Two Books That Help Us Blend Families Seamlessly And Stop The Negative Effects Of Overparenting

Houston, TX, June 11, 2015 – While there are many books written by psychiatrists on parenting and blending families, their medical jargon is often confusing to parents. George S. Glass, MD, PA, did something extraordinary with his latest two books, Successfully Blending Families: Helping Parents and Kids Navigate the Challenges so that Everyone Ends up Happy, and The Overparenting Epidemic: Why Helicopter Parenting is Bad for your kids and Dangerous for You, Too! (Skyhorse Publishing). Drawing from his thirty-year career as a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Glass presents invaluable information in a common sense, often humorous, approach that is understandable and easy to apply! We are a society of blended families, with less than fifty percent of our children now growing up with both biological parents. In Successfully Blending Families, Dr. Glass helps parents understand the challenges of beginning new lives as a blended family and explains how to approach unavoidable dilemmas when they occur, offering valuable lessons about the link between divorce and issues of self-esteem, depression, substance abuse, and relationship failures that often result from the breakup of a family. Dr. Glass understands that blending a family is a process - it takes time to develop trust and acceptance. By combining his own personal experience as a member of a blended family with experiences from his many years in practice, he created an inspiring toolkit for families in need that provides specific advice and practical solutions to help improve communication skills and ease the transition from separate households into a larger, blended unit. We can call it what we want, but overparenting may have finally backfired! In The Overparenting Epidemic, noted psychiatrist and parenting specialist Dr. George Glass cites studies that show parents who are anxious, invasive, offer excessive favors, or erase obstacles that kids should negotiate themselves, are producing children that are ill-behaved, narcissistic, anxious, entitled – and unable to cope with everyday life. Sadly, the obsession to provide everything a child could possibly need has created epidemic levels of depression and stress in our country's youth, and it could all be avoided if parents would just take a giant step back, check their ambitions at the door, and do what's really best for their kids. The Overparenting Epidemic is a science-based, yet humorous and practical, book that features an easy-to-read menu of pragmatic advice on how to parent children effectively and lovingly without overdoing it, especially in the context of today's demanding world. George S. Glass received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from
Swarthmore College , earned a medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago , and did his psychiatric residency at the Yale University Medical School . His post residency training included intensive studies in the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse. In 1972 he set up the U.S. Navy's first alcohol treatment program at the Bethesda Naval Hospital , and has since served as chairman of departments of psychiatry at several Houston hospitals. For thirty years, he has helped families, attorneys and courts deal with the psychological consequences of divorce, has served as a forensic expert in family court cases, as well as conducted group presentations and divorce workshops. Dr. Glass's academic credits include appointments as a clinical associate professor of Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Medical School and School of Public Health , and the Cornell Weill School of Medicine. For more information, please visit: www.georgesglassmdpa.com.  Available at bookstores, online outlets and: http://www.amazon.com/Blending-Families-Successfully-Navigate-Challenges/dp/1629144312/ref=sr_1 _1?ie=UTF8&qid= 1417544656&sr=8-1&keywords=george+glass Successfully Blending Families: Helping Parents and Kids Navigate the Challenges so that Everyone Ends up Happy. Skyhorse Publishing  ISBN-10: 1629144312  ISBN-13: 978-1629144313   Available at bookstores, online outlets and: http://www.amazon.com/Overparenting-Epidemic-Helicopter-Parenting-Dangerous/dp/1628737301/ref=sr_1_1?s= books&ie= UTF8&qid=1433520856&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Overparenting+Epidemic   The Overparenting Epidemic: Why Helicopter Parenting is Bad for your kids and Dangerous for You, Too!   Skyhorse Publishing ISBN-10: 1628737301  ISBN-13: 978-1628737301

 “The Most Dangerous Book”

With Author Kevin Birmingham  Montreal , May  2015 – Award winning author Kevin Birmingham will discuss his work, The Most Dangerous Book on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Admission: $10 Jewish Public Library members & students, $15 non-members. For tickets call 514-345-6416 514-345-6416 or for more information visit www.jewishpublcilibrary.org For more than a decade, the book that literary critics now consider the most important novel in the English language was illegal to sell, advertise, import or distribute in most of the English-speaking world. Birmingham ’s archival work brings to light new information about both Joyce and the story surrounding Ulysses. Written for ardent Joyceans as well as novices who want to get to the heart of the greatest novel of the twentieth century, The Most Dangerous Book is a gripping examination of literary censorship and how the world came to say yes to Ulysses. The Most Dangerous Book was named The Sunday Times (UK) Literary Nonfiction Book of the Year and listed among the Best Books of 2014 by The New Yorker, The Economist, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and Kirkus. Kevin Birmingham received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard, where he was a lecturer in History and Literature. He is currently an instructor in the university’s Writing Program. Introduced by author and publisher Linda Leith, founder of Blue Metropolis. Book sale and signing. Irish reception to follow.

 "When things don't go accordingly as planned, there are often consequences,"

Communications coach Beth Noymer Levine is an expert in helping Fortune 500 executives, professional and world-class athletes, and other high-profile individuals effectively think about, prepare for, and deliver their messages to important audiences. She is known for her rapport with her clients, her quick understanding of their business and communications challenges, and her emphasis on speeches and presentations that work for both the audience and the speaker. The founder of SmartMouth Communications, Levine has more than twenty-five years' experience in public relations and communications and has worked on both the agency and corporate sides, in New York and Atlanta . She currently maintains an office in Salt Lake City and an active presence on both coasts. Levine has written speeches, developed messaging strategies, and coached business executives, politicians, other professionals, and, notably, athletes. Her clients have included members of the Utah Jazz, the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding, the U.S. Speedskating Team, and several collegiate athletes. A native of Boston , Levine has a degree in economics from Franklin & Marshall College , has completed a post-MBA program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth , and holds certificates in training and in coaching from the American Society for Training and Development. Levine is also the creator of the "SmartMouth Public Speaking Toolkit," a five-star-rated mobile app for iOS devices available in the iTunes store (app.lk/smartmouth).  Website: www.smartmouthgroup.com  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SmartMouthCommunications   Twitter: https://twitter.com/smartmouthcomm   Jock Talk: Five Communication Principles Exemplified by Legends of the Sports World is set for release in April 2015 and will be available for purchase at Amazon, 800-CEO-READ and Barnes and Noble.

A More Perfect Union – Crossing Political Lines for Patriotic Wit and a Bi-partisan Love Affair

Carlsbad, CA, May 18, 2015 – Take two political leaders from opposite parties, put them head-to-head running for president while they fall hopelessly in love, and what do you get? You get A More Perfect Union, by RW Richard, a political romp, full of patriotic wit, and the real future in which a woman will attempt to break the political glass ceiling by running for president. A More Perfect Union transcends anything we've seen in our current government. The author's presidential face-off is between a former beauty queen and a former MLB slugger. In-between the pages of this hilarious read, it's natural to see that we truly are more alike than not, and in the best interest of the
Union , we will know peace when we know love. "As unusual as it might seem, my protagonists are two patriots from opposing political parties, republican and democrat," says RW Richard. "Not once in this story are they corrupted, petty or engage in back-stabbing, activities that make you wonder why we elect our public officials. They're still left with many problems to solve, let alone how-to balance their feelings for each other with the needs of the country."  The story features segments of some of the media's greats including:  •    FOX's Bill O'Reilly as 'Chris O'Reilly'  •    MSNBC's Chris Matthews as 'Bill Matthews'  •    Anderson Cooper as 'Scoop Anderson'  •    CNN's Wolf Blitzer as 'Blitz Wolfer'  •    Chris Harrison from The Bachelor and David Letterman from the CBS Late Show play themselves. About the author - Meet RW Richard: romantic novelist, artist, chess master and master swimmer. Richard grew up in Cherry Hill , NJ and graduated from Saint Joseph 's University in Philadelphia with a BS in Physics and an MBA in management/marketing. He's a member of the Romance Writers of America. Early in his career, NBC contracted one of his screenplays. He currently resides with his wife in California and enjoys spending time with his daughters and grandsons.

Vocal Trash Speaks For The Trash To Teach Kids How To Love The Earth

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Fort Worth , TX , April 21, 2015 – A performance by Vocal Trash is a win-win all around. It's a family friendly show that reaches all ages. As audiences sing and dance to the upbeat, energizing music, they are 'edu-tained' on the importance of green-thinking at the same time and leave feeling inspired to save the planet! With every talent showcased from singing, drumming, break-dancing to comedy and more, it is a true Broadway variety show experience. April is Earth Month and now more than ever it's vital we recycle to make a cleaner, healthier planet for future generations. This has been the mission of Vocal Trash since their inception, and their shows raise awareness and make a positive impact all around the country. The group's lead singer, Kelsey Rae, takes their recycling and upcyling message a step further in a unique children's book, THINK ... Before You Throw It Away, which has been featured on the Hallmark Channel.  In the book, Kelsey tells the story of Claire, a 10-year-old girl who finds adventure in, of all places, a city landfill! Together with some new (and unusual) friends, she discovers that if we all make better choices, we can help our planet. Through Claire's own musical group, Vocal Trash, kids learn how they can make a difference by reusing, recycling and yes, to THINK before they throw things away! "The story allows us to imagine a world where the things we love can live forever through recycling and upcycling," says Kelsey Rae.  In the whimsical style of Dr. Seuss, THINK ... Before You Throw It Away can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  Find out more at www.thinkbeforeyouthrowitaway.com.  About the Author: Kelsey Rae has been entertaining audiences since she was 5 years old when she was the spunky orphan, Molly, in the Tony Award-winning musical, Annie.  Since then, she's starred in more than 30 stage productions, 15 national commercials, and was even offered a spot on the beloved Mickey Mouse Club the year that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears debuted on the show.  Instead, she opted to take a role in Gypsy and followed her dreams to Broadway.  Nowadays, Kelsey is lead singer and choreographer for Vocal Trash, and an author. About the Show: Vocal Trash plays to sell-out crowds all across the nation, presenting their own "wow factor" experience and making them a hit with all venues. Their "feel good" music appeals to every age group and literally gets people up and dancing in the aisles. This energetic group combines uniquely upcycled musical instruments, such as their "one of a kind" tool box bass and guitar, upright milk urn bass, and an industrial percussion section made-up of metal trash cans, PVC pipes, pots and pans, water bottles, and other landfill-rescued items. After 90 minutes of non-stop action you will have seen award winning break-dancing, singing, tap dancing, comedy and much, much more. Please visit:  www.vocaltrash.net, THINK ... Before You Throw It Away, by Kelsey Rae Shaw, Available online at Amazon, ISBN-10: 0989276805 ISBN-13: 978-0989276801, Children's book (Ages: up to 12 years

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By Conrad David Brillantes

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

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

Bringing back the glory that of Montreal

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

The day the economic dim light hits Montreal

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

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

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

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

Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

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

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Accepting Open bidding for the "Flower"  (left)

Monet and Picasso among art theft

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

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