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Watching Russia's Syrian build-up from central Istanbul

Russian warships sailing from the Black Sea to Syria pass through the centre of one of Europe 's biggest cities - where amateur ship spotters watch their every move.

The ship spotters of Istanbul have become a key resource for diplomats and intelligence experts, alerting the world to the scale of Russia 's campaign in Syria .   It's almost midnight . I've just got to sleep at the end of a long day travelling to Istanbul , when my phone beeps with a message. "Slightly bad news," it says.  "Alexander Tkachenko will enter Bosphorus at 04:20 .  "Very inconvenient. There is absolutely no guarantee we will see anything at all."  The Alexander Tkachenko is a massive Russian roll-on roll-off passenger ferry that has passed through the Bosphorus several times before, carrying military trucks and other equipment bound for Syria on an open deck.   More at the Magazine   The female psychologist running a men's prison     Suited and booted: Mods today     Two days in an underwater cave running out of oxygen    Tales from the new Silk Road    Video The killing of Qandeel Baloch: One year on    Pakistan’s secret atheists      Is my tower block safe?

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Israeli 'kills attacker' at Jordan embassy

The guard opened fire after being stabbed with a screwdriver, killing two Jordanians, Israel says.

  An Israeli guard has shot dead a Jordanian who attacked him with a screwdriver next to the Israeli embassy in Jordan , Israeli officials say. A second Jordanian was inadvertently killed in the gunfire, Israel says. The guard was reportedly wounded. The attacker was a carpenter working in a residential building used by the embassy, an Israeli statement said. It is one of the most serious incidents between the two countries since they signed a peace treaty in 1994. The second Jordanian, who died from his wounds in hospital, was identified as the building's landlord. Jordanian police have sealed off the area around the heavily protected embassy in the Rabiyeh neighbourhood, an affluent part of the capital city. According to the Vienna Convention of 1961 the security man has immunity from investigation and arrest, the Israeli foreign ministry said.   Jordan country profile

The Taliban say they carried out the attack in the Afghan capital that killed at least 30 people.

The blast struck a mainly Shia district in the west of the city

A suicide car bomb has exploded in the Afghan capital, Kabul , killing at least 30 people, officials have told the BBC. At least 42 people were injured in the blast and there are fears the number of casualties could rise. The blast in the west of the city, in a mainly Shia district, struck a bus carrying government employees from the ministry of mines, officials said. The Taliban said they had carried out the attack and were targeting intelligence service officials. Kabul has seen a number of deadly attacks this year blamed on the Taliban or so-called Islamic State. Security forces cordoned off the area of Monday's blast, which took place during the rush hour. Images showed the burned out shell of the bus being removed.   Can Afghan leader tackle crisis?   Afghanistan's new 'Great Game'   Can the Afghan military turn the tide?

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  Cameras placed near sensitive holy site

It remains unclear if metal detectors there that have sparked protests will be removed.  

Israel has placed CCTV cameras near an entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem as tensions over security measures there continue. Metal detectors installed after two Israeli policemen were killed have sparked protests by Palestinians. It remains unclear if the metal detectors will be removed. Tensions over the site, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount , have surged in recent days, with further deaths. What's the controversy about? The site in Jerusalem 's Old City is sacred to both Jews and Muslims. Jews revere it as the location of two Biblical Temples and holiest site in Judaism. It is also the al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam. The area, in East Jerusalem , has been under Israeli occupation since the 1967 Middle East war.   Video Holy site row explained   What makes Jerusalem so holy?  

Turkish journalists in terror trial

If found guilty, the 17 writers and managers could be jailed for decades. Seventeen journalists and managers at Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet were facing trial on Monday on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation. If found guilty this week, they could face sentences of up to 43 years in jail. Ten have already been in pre-trial detention for almost nine months. At the Istanbul courthouse a large crowd of supporters let off balloons and called for their release. There was chaos as they tried to enter the court for the start of the trial. One of the journalists on trial is Turhan Gunay, 71, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper's book supplement. "I cannot touch him. I cannot hug him," says his daughter, Elif, who is allowed to visit him once a week, for an hour. "We talk over the phone behind a glass. When the time is up, they cut the line.  Rights groups' outrage   Day a writer's life changed

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The secret life of Alexandre Cazes, alleged dark web mastermind

How a 25-year-old from Trois-Rivieres, Que., became the mastermind behind the largest dark web marketplace in the world.

Alexandre Cazes

Alexandre Cazes was just 25, but according to U.S. government documents he was the alleged mastermind behind AlphaBay, the most profitable dark web marketplace in the world, and a millionaire who owned luxury cars and multiple properties in Thailand Cyprus and Antigua . By his own accounting, Cazes was worth about $23 million US, including $12.5 million in properties and vehicles, and the rest in cash and cryptocurrencies. Cazes, from Trois-Rivières, Que., was arrested July 5 in Thailand, the result of what U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called "one of the most important criminal investigations of this entire year," an investigation that saw the shuttering of a market that offered weapons, drugs and stolen identities to over 200,000 customers. Cazes was found dead in a Thai jail a week later, on July 12. U.S. Justice officials said he took his own life. Despite his apparent success in creating an extremely profitable illegal marketplace, he was brought down by a Hotmail address and an unencrypted laptop. 'A brilliant guy' "He was always an extremely brilliant guy. I don't know, the fact that he was a guy who really liked money, that made me feel like he was going to do a scam at some point," said Joé Lacerte, a friend of Cazes, in an interview with Radio-Canada, CBC's French-language service.

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Syria army halts fighting near Damascus

A cessation of hostilities is declared in parts of Eastern Ghouta after a Russia-led initiative.  

Syrian rebel fighter from the Faylaq al-Rahman brigade fires a weapon in the Eastern Ghouta area on July 17, 2017

The Syrian military has declared a halt in fighting in parts of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus . The move came after Russia , an ally of the government, said it had reached an agreement with "moderate" rebels to de-escalate conflict in the area. Analysts warn it is unclear whether the deal can be enforced. Eastern Ghouta was one of four proposed "de-escalation zones" in a deal agreed between Russia , Iran and Turkey in May. In a statement, the Syrian army said a cessation of hostilities in areas of Eastern Ghouta came into effect on midday local time on Saturday ( 09:00 GMT ). "The army will retaliate in a suitable manner to any violation," it said.  

Protests prompt veto on Polish reforms

Andrzej Duda rejects a controversial law to replace Supreme Court judges with government nominees.   

Polish President Andrzej Duda has announced he is vetoing a controversial law to replace Supreme Court judges with government nominees. Three key judicial reforms have been passed by Poland 's parliament, prompting days of demonstrations across the country. Before they became law, they required approval by the president. The changes have also set Poland 's right-wing government on a collision course with the European Union. The European Commission had threatened to impose sanctions this week if the reforms were not scrapped. European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, had warned of a "black scenario that could ultimately lead to the marginalisation of Poland in Europe ". "As president I don't feel this law would strengthen a sense of justice," Mr Duda said in a statement broadcast on national television.  

Rio protest over Brazil police deaths

Relatives demand more support from the authorities after the deaths of 91 officers in 2017.   

Relatives of police officers hold crosses as they protest the death of 91 members of the security forces since the beginning of 2017 at Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2017

Relatives of police officers caught up in Brazil 's soaring levels of violence have protested in Rio de Janeiro hours after the death of an officer during an operation at a nearby shantytown. They said officers lacked resources in their fight against the city's criminal organisations. Hundreds gathered along the seafront in Copacabana to demand more support from the authorities and the population. Ninety-one police officers have been killed in Rio state this year. That is more than the total of deaths registered in the whole of 2016. "I am desperate because I know my husband could be the next one," said Rogeria Quaresma at the march in Rio . "We see families being destroyed every day. And I don't accept becoming the next widow," she told O Globo newspaper.  Violence seeps back into Rio's favelas  A quick guide to Brazil's scandals  

"It's Almost an Embarrassment Being an American,"

Jamie Dimon Claimed "It's Almost an Embarrassment Being an American," But Shareholder Activists Say He's "Part of the Problem"

 Special to The Montreal Tribune - Washington, DC - America's leading conservative shareholder activists say JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is "part of the problem" following his criticism of government dysfunction and the nation's economy.  The National Center for Public Policy Research'sFree Enterprise Project  (FEP) points out that policies promoted by Dimon, through his leadership of JPMorgan Chase and the Business Roundtable, prove he must accept his share of the blame before criticizing others. "Jamie Dimon is part of the problem of which he now complains.  Much of his message about the need for the Washington bureaucracy to get out of the economy's way and let business and the American people prosper is correct, but he is the wrong person to be saying it," said National Center General Counsel and FEP Director Justin Danhof, Esq.   "From issues of climate change to the banking industry, Dimon and JPMorgan Chase have been the poster children for cronyism and using Washington to get ahead by receiving special treatment.  At each turn, the National Center 's Free Enterprise Project has been there to call out Dimon's duplicity." During a July 14 call announcing JPMorgan Chase's second quarter earnings report, in response to an analyst's question about politics affecting economic growth, Dimon said  Washington gridlock is "holding us back."  He added that America has "become one of the most bureaucratic, confusing, litigious societies on the planet" and that "we have to get our act together or we don't do what we're supposed to do for the average Americans [sic]."  He went so far as to say "[i]t's almost an embarrassment being an American citizen."   Danhof notes that Dimon, despite his tirade on that JPMorgan Chase-sponsored call, supports policies that can stifle economic growth.  Most recently, Dimon clashed with President Donald Trump over the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate accord.  Similarly, he supported the 2008 bank bailout and opposes the Trump Administration'simmigrationpolicies. Dimon is also chairman of the Business Roundtable, a group currently thought to support an anti-shareholder provision in legislation to replace Dodd-Frank banking regulation.  Under consideration in the U.S. Senate, the "Financial Choice Act" would eviscerate efforts by conservative shareholders to file resolutions while increasing the influence left-leaning groups can have over corporate America .  Leftist shareholder activism almost always promotes the kind of increased regulation Dimon criticized. As Danhof explained in a recent Investor's Business Daily op-ed: The Choice Act's apparent goal of reducing liberal agitation of corporate America may be noble, but be forewarned that the strategy laid out in the Financial Choice Act would likely have the opposite effect. Changing shareholder resolution rules would reduce the total number of left-wing proposals appearing on corporate proxy statements, but it might also increase the clout and potential impact of those liberal proposals meeting the new threshold.  And the left will indeed meet the new threshold. . In trying to reduce the progressive voice, the Financial Choice Act may instead hand the left a shiny new megaphone.  While emboldening the left, it would eviscerate conservative shareholder resolution efforts. FEP has attended JPMorgan Chase shareholder meetings in the past and filed a shareholder resolution in 2015 to protect the political freedom of company employees. Launched in 2007, the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project is the nation's preeminent free-market activist group – focusing on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business.  Since 2014, its representatives have participated in around 100 shareholder meetings to advance free-market ideals in health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers' rights and other important public policy issues.  FEP's Employee Conscience Protection Project strengthened protections for the political beliefs and activities of over five million workers at 13 major U.S. corporations.  During shareholder meetings, questioning by the FEP led company executives to acknowledge media bias at ABC News (Disney), the Washington Post and CNN (Time Warner). FEP activity this year has been covered by media outlets such as the New York Times,Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Drudge Report, Business Insider, National Public Radio and SiriusXM. FEP's work was also featured in Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassel's 2016 book The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech (Hachette Book Group). The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.  Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations.  It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 60,000 active recent contributors.  Sign up for email updates here .  Follow us on Twitter at@NationalCenter for general announcements.  To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at@NCPPRMedia. 7.21.17

Creation of an international festival circuit

Just For Laughs and Strut & Fret Production House join forces

 Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montréal, July 18, 2017 -The world's leading comedy brand, Just For Laughs, and the Strut & Fret Production House, announce today a partnership that will power the creation of a circuit of international festivals. Considered as the largest comedy festival in the world, the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal , celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, attracts about 2 million festivalgoers each year. As for Strut & Fret, they are behind the  Garden of Unearthly Delights , the biggest festival in Australia , which endeared its audience of 800,000 people during the 2017 edition. This long-term partnership will leverage the synergies and combine the content, skills and expertise of two entertainment giants  The two organizations have been collaborating on other projects for several years, namely, Brussel's Kermezzoo Festival, and the showcasing of Limbo at the Casino de Montréal. Their association is the outcome of a shared vision. On the one hand, the support of a major player will allow Just For Laughs to expand its activities in the Australian market while adding variety and quality content to its festivals. On the other hand, upcoming Strut & Fret shows will now have guaranteed venues thanks to the integration with Just For Laughs festivals. "Focusing on the notoriety of the Just For Laughs brand, and on my friend Scott's creative power, this partnership will allow us to create a true entertainment and broadcasting powerhouse," claims Gilbert Rozon, president and founder of Just For Laughs. "This collaboration is part of a long-term vision and is both an ambitious and stimulating partnership. It is the combination of the northern and southern hemispheres in terms of creative entertainment," mentions Scott Maidment, Founding President and Artistic Director at Strut & Fret, who is very proud of this new collaboration with the Just For Laughs Group. The partnership will not only allow for growth and fast roll-out of activities on an event management level, but also will help spur distribution of television and digital content. Together, the two companies annually produce 20 large-scale festivals and events in over 43 countries, and broadcast television content in over 130 countries. To learn more about Strut & Fret Production House, visit strutnfret.com. For more information about the 2017 Just For Laughs Festival or to buy tickets, visit hahaha.com. Follow us on social media #JFLMTL #JFL35  Facebook :@justepourrire  Twitter :@juste_pour_rire   Instagram : @juste_pour_rire 7.21.17

Release Summer Fest ‘17 takes over Lake Champlain

Release Summer Fest ‘17 takes over Lake Champlain July 29-30 Pro bass fishing and jet skiing events combine at Plattsburgh City Beach for double the summer fun

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Plattsburgh , NY 7/19/2017 – Continually listed among Bassmaster Magazine's top 100 bass fishing lakes in the United States , Lake Champlain has welcomed dozens of professional bass fishing tournaments to its waters and shores over the last 12 years. Now, in 2017, two exciting outdoor recreation events are coming to Lake Champlain July 29th and 30th combining to create the Adirondack Coast 's very first Summer Fest '17! Bassmaster Elite Series Returning to the western shores of Lake Champlain from July 27-30 for the first time since 2010, the Bassmaster Elite Series gives top-performing anglers the opportunity to compete for $100,000 and a shot at the 2018 Geico Bassmaster Classic, along with the title of “Top Angler”! With the Elite Series comes Bassmaster’s Outdoors Expo July 29-30 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. , featuring free giveaways, local vendors, and outdoor activities for spectators and participants of all ages. East Coast Watercross The fun doesn’t end with the Bassmaster Elite Series and Outdoors Expo! Jet skiers will soar across Lake Champlain when East Coast Watercross hits the beach from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29-30. Offering a variety of class levels, ages 8 and up can compete in an action-packed race around a 30-buoy course, providing entertainment and suspense for all spectators. Event Organizer Christopher Yates commented, "We have the option to hold races in 13 states within our region and, as you can imagine, that allows for a lot of options both in lakes and on the ocean. However, most Cities simply do not have such a large public beach area to accommodate all the racers. Plattsburgh will not only be a perfect race location, but it will also be a great getaway for the hundreds of racers travelling from as far south as Florida . We are honored to help introduce these racers to the Adirondacks in the ‘real’ Upstate NY.” Summer Fest ‘17 These two great outdoor recreation events will combine into one action-packed 2-day event. With plenty of family-friendly activities, it’s sure to be a good time for all ages! Visit goadirondack.com/summerfest for further details. 7.21.17

3 rd Annual Plattsburgh Brewfest at the Clinton County

3 rd Annual Plattsburgh Brewfest at the Clinton County Fairgrounds approaches on August 5th Beer festival on New York ’s Adirondack Coast anticipates major growth in its third year

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Plattsburgh, NY– 7/20/2017 – 2017 is a game-changing year for the Plattsburgh Brewfest, which has experienced continued growth and success since its inception in 2015. This year’s festival anticipates a crowd even larger than last year’s 1,300 attendees, with the venue relocating from the Plattsburgh City Beach to the Clinton County Fairgrounds to host 40+ breweries, wineries and cideries as well as a postbrewfest concert. Tastings will take place from 2p.m. to 6p.m. , followed immediately by live music from Scott Sharrard and the Brickyard Band, the touring guitarist for the Gregg Allman Band. Tickets and prices are as follows:  VIP – $75.00 | One hour of unlimited sampling, 2017 Plattsburgh Brewfest T-Shirt, souvenir· tasting glass, 15 tasting tickets, access to post-brewfest performance from Scott Sharrard and the Brickyard Band – SOLD OUT!  General Admission – $35.00 | Souvenir tasting glass, 15 tasting tickets – STILL AVAILABLE!·  Designated Driver – $10.00 | Entrance to the brewfest, soft drinks – STILL AVAILABLE!·  Concert – $15 | Access to post-brewfest performance from Scott Sharrard and the Brickyard· Band – STILL AVAILABLE!  General Admission and Concert – $45.00 | Souvenir tasting glass, 15 tasting tickets, access to· post-brewfest performance from Scott Sharrard and the Brickyard Band – STILL AVAILABLE! Food trucks will offer options for purchase throughout the day, with a cash bar opening during the postbrewfest concert. Camping will be available at the Clinton County Fairgrounds with options for RV camping with full hookups for $30 and tent camping for $20. Any proceeds from the 2017 Plattsburgh Brewfest will be donated to Tour de Force, a local non-profit benefiting families of Police Officers fallen in the line of duty. -more- Tickets are available online only at www.PlattsburghBrewfest.com. For more information, contact committee chairperson Tom Frey at 518.593.7904 or info@plattsburghbrewfest.com. ### About the Plattsburgh Brewfest The Plattsburgh Brewfest draws attention to the growing craft beverage industry on the Adirondack Coast , the region of Northern NY along Lake Champlain . For more information about the Plattsburgh Brewfest, please contact Tom Frey at 518.593.7904, visit plattsburghbrewfest.com or log onto Facebook.com/PlattsburghBrewfest. 7.21.17

GABRIELLA, NEW AMBASSADOR

OF THE EVENKO FOUNDATION'S MUSIKA CONTEST

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montréal, July 13, 2017  - Gabriella, the singer-songwriter who was all the rage when she appeared on the show The Voice France, is the new ambassador of the Musika contest, which was launched to celebrate the second anniversary of the evenko foundation for emerging talent. "I'm very excited by the idea of acting as the ambassador of the Musika contest," says Gabriella, the 24-year-old musician whose first performance on the French version of The Voice - a cover of Coldplay's The Scientist - quickly went viral, with more than 200 million views in 25 countries. "I entered dozens of contests that greatly influenced my professional journey. The opportunities offered by Musika are concrete and rewarding. It's a privilege to be the ambassador of this contest!" The artist, who is currently recording her next album, insisted on sending a personal invitation to those who may be tempted by this unique experience. Click here to see her invitation. Offering a grand prize worth $25,000, Musika is appealing to emerging artists 18 to 25 years of age who live in Québec and either sing or play music. To register, each participant must submit a 90-second video that will be posted on social media. The public will then vote for their favourite artist. 12 finalists will be selected to participate in the grand final presented at L'Astral on October 12 and streamed online. The registration period ends on July 31 and voting will be from August 5 to September 10. Finalists will be announced on September 12. The winner of this first edition of Musika will win a two-week residency at the prestigious Banff Centre, where he or she will get to record a promotional album, in addition to having  the opportunity to perform on stage at either an evenko or Équipe Spectra event. This grand prize is worth a total of $25,000. All finalists will receive a two-year subscription to the audio mastering software LANDR PRO. Online registration is open: www.concoursmusika.com Through multiple initiatives, the evenko foundation for emerging talent is actively involved in the community in order to stimulate and foster young people's interest in the performing arts, notably by offering them scholarships and training in dance, music, song, theatre and comedy. Since its creation in 2015, the evenko foundation has contributed to donating more than$920,000 to support 44 organizations and schools throughout Quebec ,in the form of musical instruments, funds, and via its Arts-Studies program.  For additional information: www.evenko.ca  www.fondationevenko.ca  www.facebook.com/fondationevenko  www.gabriella.mu  About the evenko foundation for emerging talent - Launched in May 2015, the evenko foundation for emerging talent aims to support youth between the ages of 5 to 25 to engage in the performing arts in order to stimulate their creativity, improve their self-esteem and their desire to learn and grow. The evenko foundation also aims to encourage emerging talent through programs, donations and fundraising activities directly addressed to youth on evenko concert territories. 7.15.17

This Summer a Dangerous Time for Visa and Green Card Holders

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Los Angeles , CA. July 8th, 2017 . This is going to be one of the most difficult summers ever for Green Card and visa holders in all categories. What few foreigners are aware of is Presidential Order 13768, states Steven Riznyk, lead immigration attorney at Waiver-Strategy.com, which is perilous for foreigners. Under that Order, anyone who has any kind of a criminal record, or has even been charged but not convicted is a priority for removal (previously called deportation). Many people leaving for vacation have no idea they will not be returning home to their careers and families. As a result, states Steven Riznyk, people with careers, jobs, homes, cars, and children who leave the United States will most likely not be able to re-enter for approximately 8 months' time. Many immigration issues have been covered in the press and as a result, Presidential Order 13768 has been overlooked by many. It is a very dangerous provision. A simple shoplifting charge can keep someone out of the United States . Unless a visa or Green Card holder applies for a waiver (a complex legal document that uses legal precedents to ask the government to overlook a charge or conviction) and has it approved, he or she will most likely not be able to re-enter after their vacation is over. Mr Riznyk has received a number of calls from people all over the world who have been denied re-entry into the United States , feeling it was an error. Only about 1% of immigration lawyers are qualified to create waivers, and they are the legal equivalent of open-heart surgery. There are various sub-categories of waivers but not all immigration offences qualify for waivers. Some waivers are only for visa holders, and not available for Green Card holders. It takes, on average, 8 months to be able to re-enter after filing a waiver, which itself takes 3-4 weeks to prepare. Once a foreigner is outside the country, he or she will not be able to enter, even while waiting for the results of the waiver. For people in the United States on a student visa or with a serious career and family obligations, this situation can be extremely destructive. For more articles on Presidential Order 13768 click here.  Steven Riznyk is a business and immigration lawyer who specializes in complex cases. He is an author and also trains other lawyer in the field of immigration law, which he has been practicing for almost 30 years. His office prepares waivers and other cases for their own clients as well as for the clients of over 80 law firms nationwide. He can be reached at (619) 677-5727. 7.07.17  

Why Montréal is the place for data  

Special to The Montreal Tribune - I would like to introduce you to AJ Byers, CEO of ROOT Data Center – an innovative Montréal based company that leverages Quebec's low power costs, cool climate, and proximity to major urban markets such as New York, Boston, and Toronto to provide fast data connections within a next-gen data center. ROOT Data Center 's modular data-center design provides unmatched speed to deployment and optimal agility, allowing customers to scale critical infrastructure and benefit from reductions in IT expense. Moreover, ROOT is able to bring large-scale deployments to market in 90 to 120 days; and serve its customers with 30% lower energy consumption than the industry average Google, Amazon and Microsoft have chosen Montreal for the locations for their data centers, recognizing the benefits of colocation here. Montréal is an exceptional fit for cloud, big data, applications, and SAS providers along with hospitals, research and educational institutions. If you are interested in arranging an interview with AJ Byers, CEO, ROOT Data Center , please respond with your availability. He is available by phone or can meet in person at the Canadian Data Center Summit in  Toronto July 18-19. Thank you, Kathy Xu Media Relations Associate, iMiller Public Relations www.imillerpr.com @iMillerPR Cell: (831) 869-1402 Email: kathy@imillerpr.com Visit and subscribe to Data Center POST: www.datacenterpost.com  @datacenterpost  Visit and subscribe to the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association www.nedas.com  @DASandSmallCell 7.13.17

Owner and members of Trinity Yoga LLC plan North Country Yoga Fair for Saturday,  August 12

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Plattsburgh, NY– 7/11/2017 – Local yoga studio Trinity Yoga has announced its latest and biggest event, the North Country Yoga Fair, slated to be held on Saturday August, 12th from 7am-8pm in Downtown Plattsburgh with events happening in both Trinity Park and Trinity Yoga Studio at 22A Oak Street . The day-long festival includes a lunchtime lecture, various yoga classes for all ages, levels and abilities, as well as Restorative Yoga and Live Music with the opportunity for sing-along. Newly-announced yoga festival in Downtown Plattsburgh is first of its kind in region Plattsburgh, NY– 7/11/2017 – Local yoga studio Trinity Yoga has announced its latest and biggest event, the North Country Yoga Fair, slated to be held on Saturday August, 12th from 7am-8pm in Downtown Plattsburgh with events happening in both Trinity Park and Trinity Yoga Studio at 22A Oak Street. The day-long festival includes a lunchtime lecture, various yoga classes for all ages, levels and abilities, as well as Restorative Yoga and Live Music with the opportunity for sing-along. With interest in yoga and healing on the rise in Plattsburgh and surrounding areas, owner Lynda Garrand is excited and pleased to expand the offerings of Kundalini, Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga to a greater audience. “It is common to think yoga is just poses, and it’s not. It’s so much more – breath, meditation, sound and deep healing. Our aim is to expand the public’s awareness of what a yoga practice is and how it can accompany any lifestyle, as well as help people to realize that anyone can do yoga. Our hope is that this event will inspire more people to practice yoga and live healthier lifestyles, which benefits our community as a whole.” The chief organizers, Lynda Garrand and Kimberly LeClaire have over 25 years combined yoga experience and strong roots in the North Country Region. Lynda says, “ Plattsburgh ’s yoga community has grown so much over the past few years. We really felt like a big event like this would help to showcase all the great talent we have locally. The vast and pristine beauty of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain are the perfect backdrop to gather and celebrate.” Tickets for the entire day are $65. For more information and to purchase advance tickets visit www.trinity3yoga.com or e-mail info@trinity3yoga.com. ### About Trinity Yoga LLC Established in July 2012, Trinity Yoga provides high quality yoga instruction and workshops in the Plattsburgh New York area. Offering classes for all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced students, to balance mind, body and soul for health and wellbeing. Trinity Yoga’s aim is to nourish the entire being to cultivate an inner awareness, spiritual growth and personal transformation. Visit trinity3yoga.com or call 518.572.3636 to learn more   7.13.17

 "Around the World in 80 Days" Visits Hudson Village Theatre Aug. 9 to 27  

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Hudson Village Theatre's (HVT's) third production of the summer, playing August 9 to 27, is Around the World in 80 Days,based on Jules Verne's acclaimed 1873 classic adventure. Reimagined as family entertainment, with only three actors portraying a panoply of international characters, the Monty Python-esque send-up is a co-production with Theatre Lac-Brome in association with Geordie Productions. Three outstanding Montreal performers, Danielle Desormeaux, Mike Hughes, and Chimwemwe Miller, bring the unpredictable journey to vivid life under the direction of Mike Payette in his HVT debut. "an exceptionally witty adventure"   - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (UK) Around the World in 80 Days is a mad-cap race against time as the fearless Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet, Passepartout, attempt to win a £20,000 bet by circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days. Suspecting Fogg of bank robbery, Detective Fix of Scotland Yard is in hot pursuit as the odd couple traverse the planet by train, steamer, and a few less conventional modes of travel, encountering a parade characters, from exotic princesses to shady operators along the way. Playwright Toby Hulse has moulded Verne's novel into a family-friendly jaunt using a contemporary lens to squeeze high-camp hilarity out of Victorian colonial attitudes. It's a thrilling ride right up to the last-second coup-de-théâtre  7.13.17   

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Climate change and child labour 

Less than a quarter of global businesses address climate change and child labour in their supply chains, EIU study finds. Four in five executives claim their companies have a responsible supply chain. Yet 30% of firms have decreased their focus on supply chain responsibility over the past five years. Only 27% of firms are willing to cooperate with non-competitor firms to raise supplier standards, and even fewer (23%) are willing to cooperate with competitors.

Monday, July 17th, 2017 -  new report released today by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) finds that progress in raising ethical standards in global supply chains has stalled in many places. Although companies generally describe their supply chains as responsible and recognise a direct link with brand reputation, the research finds that few address issues such as climate change, child labour and gender equality. The report, “No more excuses: responsible supply chains in a globalised world”, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, finds that issues for which it is relatively easy to demonstrate quantifiable short-term risks and benefits/opportunities (such as health and safety risks and waste reduction) receive more attention from firms than less tangible longer-term ones such as climate change. Issues that only affect a sub-set of people, such as child labour and gender equality, also appear to be side-lined. More positively four in five respondents said their companies address general problems in their supply chain “well” or “very well”, and almost all respondents said their companies’ standards are compliant with or more stringent than those of governments (94%) or industry watchdogs (97%), respectively. This indicates a degree of complacency given that many key issues are still overlooked. The study concludes that a failure to acknowledge the risks and lack of understanding among companies of their own supply chains is not a positive result. Companies should think long-term and build a business case for more transparent, sustainable and socially-inclusive supply chains. This report, together with Sourcing Transparency: Who should clean-up supply chains?—a mini-documentary produced by The EIU—launches today at the CEO Agenda event in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the Growth Crossings series. The event is available for viewing on live-stream and it brings together global executives to examine strategies that companies can use to succeed in an increasingly isolationist world, and identify emerging trends that will shape the future of industry. With its global premiere at the CEO Agenda event, Sourcing Transparency looks at how policy makers and companies are paving the way in creating more transparent and responsible supply chains. In addition, Supply chains: a collective responsibility includes video interviews with such globally-renowned experts as professor Richard Locke, provost at Brown University , to understand how supply chain complexity has created a need for the private sector to better regulate itself.  Download No more excuses: responsible supply chains in a globalised world   Watch Sourcing Transparency: Who should clean-up supply chains? 7.17.17

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Michael Gold, editor, thought leadership, Asia-Pacific  +852-2585-3886  MichaelGold@economist.com  Note to editors: The study surveyed 100 respondents from each of the following markets: China , Germany , Hong Kong , Italy , Japan , Singapore , South Korea and the US . 39% of respondents held a C-suite or board member position while the rest held senior managers, managing directors and other manager-level positons. In addition, 53 external experts and experienced practitioners were involved in this project were consulted through interviews or in roundtable discussions. About the Economist Intelligence Unit The Economist Intelligence Unit is the world leader in global business intelligence. It is the business-to-business arm of The Economist Group, which publishes The Economist newspaper. The Economist Intelligence Unit helps executives make better decisions by providing timely, reliable and impartial analysis on worldwide market trends and business strategies. More information can be found at www.eiu.com or www.twitter.com/theeiu. About Growth Crossings Growth Crossings is a series of global events and content exploring how supply chains will change as a result of emerging market trade developments. The series is produced by The Economist Group and sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank. 7.17.17

Messaging app to block terror channels

Telegram promises to move quicker on radical content after Indonesia briefly shuts it down.

Messaging service Telegram has promised to shut down terrorist-related channels after Indonesia 's government partially blocked access to its platform. The Ministry of Communication and IT blocked Telegram's web version on Friday and threatened to stop access to its app as well. Jakarta claimed Telegram had been used to promote radicalism and to give instructions for carrying out attacks. The firm's founder said he was "upset" by the move. In a note posted to his Telegram followers, Pavel Durov said his firm had now removed all terrorist-related public channels reported by the government. It is now forming a team of moderators with knowledge of Indonesian language and culture to remove terrorist-related channels more quickly, he said. "Telegram is heavily encrypted and privacy-oriented, but we're no friends of terrorists - in fact, every month we block thousands of ISIS-related public channels," Mr Duroy added.  How IS wages its social media war    More at Business  

Qatar Airways CEO sorry for hostesses jibe

Akbar Al Baker called US flight attendants “grandmothers” and boasted his had an average age of 26.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker is seen during the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport (19 June 2017)

The chief executive of Qatar Airways has apologised for comments he made about flight attendants that were condemned as both sexist and ageist.

In a speech at a dinner in Ireland last week, Akbar Al Baker said US airlines were "crap" and their passengers were "always being served by grandmothers". He also boasted that "the average age of my cabin crew is only 26". On Wednesday, Mr Al Baker said the "careless" remarks did not reflect his "true sentiments about cabin crew". "Competition among air carriers is robust. This is healthy, especially for our passengers, but our competition must remain respectful," he wrote in a letter to the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), a US trade union that has some 50,000 members from 20 airlines. "For the cabin crew serving aboard all air carriers, professionalism, skill and dedication are the qualities that matter. I was wrong to imply that other factors, like age, are relevant," he added.   Qatar Airways sees US laptop ban lifted   Qatar wants 10% of American Airlines

Tech firms unite for 'net neutrality' protest

A host of US internet giants will protest against plans to roll back rules protecting 'net neutrality'.

A host of internet giants - from social networks to dating apps to porn sites - will join a protest Wednesday against plans to roll back rules protecting "net neutrality".

Dave Lee North America technology reporter - The sites will display a variety of messages, or simulate the potential effects of losing the basic principle of all internet traffic being treated equally. The US communications regulator earlier this year voted to remove an Obama-era rule that would prevent the prioritisation - or "throttling" - of data, as well as other measures campaigners consider to be detrimental to the internet. Opponents to net neutrality say it stifles innovation and discourages investment in telecoms infrastructure. Among the companies protesting, the headliners include Google, Facebook, Amazon, Reddit, AirBnB, Twitter and Snapchat. Crowdfunding site Kickstarter will be involved, as will craft-selling site Etsy and dating app OkCupid. PornHub, one of the world's most visited sites, will also be taking part.  FCC wants to reverse net neutrality   EU gets strict net neutrality guidelines   More on Technology

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OJ Simpson

The story that captivated America  

Double murder defendant O.J. Simpson puts on one of the bloody gloves as a Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy looks on during the O.J. Simpson murder trial 15 June. One of the gloves was found at the murder scene, while the other was found at Simpson's state.

OJ Simpson has been granted parole and could be released from prison as early as October. He was jailed in 2008 for armed robbery after taking memorabilia from his football career from dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. While the case has no connection to his infamous 1995 acquittal in a double murder trial, Simpson's release would thrust a man that a poll suggests three-quarters of Americans believe is probably guilty of those killings back into the spotlight. Here's a recap of the key details of the OJ story. One of the defining images of OJ Simpson's fall from grace, for many people, was broadcast live on television on 17 June, 1994 . Imagine your childhood sports hero - an icon beloved across the country - suddenly captured in a car chase with police along the freeways of Los Angeles . In the back seat of the white Ford Bronco was Simpson, holding a gun and being driven by an old friend, Al Cowlings. The former NFL player had been charged with the bloody murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, who had been found stabbed to death outside her condominium in LA's affluent Brentwood neighbourhood.   He had earlier agreed to turn himself in to police but decided to flee instead.   OJ Simpson to be freed from prison

Canada 's best live artists land in Toronto for the Art Battle Canada National Championship

Toronto , ON - Thursday July 20th - Art Battle Canada will bring Canada 's 16 finest live artists into the spotlight next Thursday at The Great Hall in Toronto . This is the spectacular Finale to the 2016/2017 Art Battle season, with more than 150 events across the country since August 2016 leading here, truly the best night of the year for Live Art in Canada National Finalists in the 2016-2017: Shannon Thiesen - Abbotsford, BC  Pénélope Angelin - Victoria, BC   Stan Haraszkiewicz – Edmonton, AB  Dope Chief – Hamilton, ON  Barb TenEycke – Oakville, ON  Meaghan Claire Kehoe – Toronto, ON   Moses Salihou – Toronto, ON  Dom Laporte – Ottawa, ON  Marc Alain Marticotte – Montréal, QC  Ginette Melanson – Moncton, ON  Doug Belding – Halifax, NS  Shea Duffney – Charlottetown, PE  Justin Fong – St. Johns, NL  Allan André – Ottawa, ON - 2016 Art Battle National Champion  Full profile and images for competing  Artists: https://artbattle.com/abnc-2017-competitors/  Tickets are on sale at: http://artbattle.ticketfly.com/  Art Battle® is a global tournament of live art. At each and every event, the audience chooses the winner of a multi-round timed art competition, and that winner 'goes on' to compete at higher levels in new cities and countries.  Each event celebrates artistic excellence and invites audiences to share in the creative process while mixing in the adrenaline of competition. Recent International events have been held in New York , Amsterdam , Genoa ( Italy ), Sao Paulo , Los Angeles , Manila and Tokyo  "These are best live painters from across Canada , but it really goes further than that, this is becoming a worldwide community" - Simon Plashkes, Art Battle International Co-Founder said in a recent Fox News broadcast. The event will be hosted by Art Battle Co-Founder Christopher Pemberton and the incredible Tanya Casole-Gouveia (CBC, MUCH, SIDEPONY NATION). Special appearance by DJ Steintology. Proceeds from the take-a-selfie-with-the-dj program will go directly to the fundraising efforts of Toronto 's own fire breathing dragon art car - HeavyMeta (heavymeta.ca)  When: Thursday July 27th at the Great Hall, 1087 Queen St West . Doors 730pm. Cash bar. Silent auction all works created.  For artist interviews, video or photo material, media passes or more information visit, please contact:  Simon Plashkes, Co-Founder, Art Battle Canada   simon@artbattle.com / +1(416)302-5959 7.21.17

Radiohead defy critics to play Israel

"A lot was said about this, but in the end we played some music," Thom Yorke told fans in Tel Aviv.

Fans wait to attend Radiohead show

Radiohead have defied critics, and supporters of a cultural boycott, to play a gig in Israel on Wednesday. In fact, the group played their longest show since 2006, playing 27 songs and two encores at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park . Protestors and activists had repeatedly called on the band to abandon the show in protest at Israel 's policies towards the Palestinians. "A lot was said about this, but in the end we played some music," frontman Thom Yorke told the sold-out crowd. Fans at the show seemed grateful the band hadn't bowed to pressure and cancelled the concert. "Everyone here in this crowd didn't vote for [Israeli Prime Minister] Binyamin Netanyahu. They're playing for the people, not the government," Sarai Givaty, a 35-year-old musician, told Israel National News.    More at Entertainment & Arts

Despacito breaks global streaming record

Luis Fonsi's single becomes the most-streamed song of all time, overtaking Justin Bieber's Sorry.

Luis Fonsi's Despacito has become the most-streamed song of all time, just six months after it was released.

The hit single has been played 4.6 billion times across all streaming services, overtaking Justin Bieber's Sorry, which previously held the title. "What's happened with this song is just insane," said Fonsi, who hails from Puerto Rico and sings in Spanish. "I don't want to use the word accident because I was trying to write a hit, but I didn't plan for it to cross over. "I just wanted to make people dance." The 39-year-old said the global success of his song - which has reached number one in 35 countries, including the UK - gave him hope in the current political climate. "I come from Puerto Rico and I live in Miami . We're living in an interesting time right now when people want to divide us. They want to build walls. "And for a song to bring people and cultures together, that's what makes me proud."  The secrets of a hit summer song   Gangnam Style loses YouTube crown   More on Entertainment & Arts

Mission: Impossible star Landau dies

He starred in the TV series and won an Oscar for his performance in Ed Wood.

The actor Martin Landau, best known for roles in the TV series Mission : Impossible and 1960s blockbusters like Cleopatra, has died, aged 89.

His publicist Dick Guttman confirmed the death, saying: "We are overcome with sadness." Landau won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1995 for portraying the horror movie star Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. He died on Saturday in Los Angeles of "unexpected complications" following a hospital visit. Landau was born in New York and started out as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News before moving to theatre and then cinema acting. He featured in the Alfred Hitchcock film North by Northwest and played a commander in Space: 1999 and Geppetto in a live-action version of The Adventures of Pinocchio. But he turned down the role of Mr Spock in Star Trek, a role that went to his friend Leonard Nimoy instead. More at Entertainment & Arts

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Special to The Montreal Tribune - WHAT: J.E. Laufer, author of Choices: The True Story of One Family's Daring Escape to Freedom, will be presenting her book at the Fifth Annual Holocaust Book Fair. Among other authors of Holocaust survivor memoirs and books by the 2nd and 3rd generation, Laufer will be reading excerpts from her book and sharing personal testimonials. Montrealers will have the chance to meet the authors and understand not only the tragedy that they experienced, but also the strength that they had to rebuild their lives. WHO: The event is open to the public. WHERE: Montreal Holocaust Museum  5151 Côte-Ste.-Catherine Road WHEN:  Sunday, August 27, 2017 between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m MEDIA: The event is public and media are welcome. Interviews available in advance of the event, or after Laufer's presentation by appointment **HIGH RES IMAGES, INTERVIEWS AND REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST**  Media Contact - Kelly Dougherty - kelly.dougherty@SmithPublicity.com • 856-489-8654 x321   7.13.17

Snowsnaps: The Band Contest

Five young performers are needed for the new animated series - The Snowsnaps

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , July 13th, 2017  - Snowsnaps: The Band Contest, organized as part of the production of the new animated series Les Mini-Tuques / The Snowsnaps, is hereby officially launched! The series is inspired by the animated feature film La Guerre des Tuques 3D / SNOWTIME!, the highest grossing Canadian film at the box office in 2015. Who will be the five talented young people to go into studio and record six original songs for the series' soundtrack, and appear in video clips? The search is on! The Snowsnaps : an animated series inspired by La Guerre des Tuques 3D / SNOWTIME! The story of the Snowsnaps transports us to a charming and imaginative world.  The four characters discover the fun of playing outside, all the while inventing the funniest situations! The 26-episode series will be broadcast in a 15-minute format on Télétoon and Treehouse in fall 2018 and will be produced by Productions CarpeDiem (Snowsnaps) Inc. A musical competition to showcase young local talent The competition Snowsnaps: The Band Contest will be the experience of a lifetime!  Local talented 10 to 17-year-old singers and dancers who want to experience something incredible as part of a band are invited to try their luck. To submit their application, budding artists have to share a video of themselves performing a song a cappella, either in French or English, from the album La Guerre des Tuques 3D - either Je suis le vent, Liberté, Les héros, Amour d'hiver, L'hymne, Liberty, The Heroes, You're My Sweater or Hymn. Young hopefuls are invited to fill out the form available at https://attache-ta-tuque.ca/en/ before July 31 at 11:59 pm . Who? Young artists 10 to 17 years of age How? By recording a video of themselves performing a capella Where? https://attache-ta-tuque.ca/en/ When? Before July 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm   The talent, personality and determination of the young candidates will enable them to join a unique and varied group made up of other teens who share their passions. The selection process will be demanding and handled by important personalities in the entertainment industry. Qualified song and dance professionals, along with the series' producers, will screen the candidates' videos and select who will go on to have a second audition in front of a jury. The auditions will take place in Montréal and Ottawa in August 2017 (dates to be confirmed). Since the songs will be recorded both in English and French, candidates must be fluent in both languages, and be available August 2017. The competition will be filmed. Cameras will accompany the young competitors as they advance in their journeys, from auditions to preparatory song and dance workshops, to the semi-finals and the grand finale, right until the new band members are announced! For more information about the Snowsnaps: The Band Contest and the series Snowsnaps, go to https://attache-ta-tuque.ca/en/. About CarpeDiem Film & TV Founded in spring 2004 by its President Marie-Claude Beauchamp, CarpeDiem Film & TV is a media production company focused primarily on entertainment for the entire family. In 2011, CarpeDiem coproduced the first 3D stereoscopic animated feature, The Legend of Sarila, which opened the TIFF Kids Festival 2013 and was sold to over twenty countries. CarpeDiem also coproduced Popetty in the Fall, which wonnumerous international awards, and has several feature films in development, including Butterfly Tale, Arjuna (Canada/France) and Christmas Chaos. The company achieved a new milestone in autumn 2015, with the release of its 3D stereoscopic reinterpretation of the classic Quebec film La Guerre des Tuques 3D / SNOWTIME! The highest box-office earner in Canada in 2015 , it was the only animated film chosen by the Sundance Festival in 2016. To date, it has been sold in more than 100 countries and was a hit in China as an independent film released on 4,000 screens. 7.13.17

Radiohead continue to defend Israel gig

"Playing a country isn't the same as endorsing its government," Thom Yorke tells critics.

Thom Yorke has continued to defend Radiohead's decision to play a concert in Israel .

The band have repeatedly been urged to call off the show as part of a cultural boycott over Israel 's policies towards the Palestinians. On Tuesday, filmmaker Ken Loach wrote an open letter, accusing Radiohead of ignoring "human rights violations". But Yorke hit back on Twitter, saying, "Playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government". "We've played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others. "We don't endorse [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America . "Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression.   More on Entertainment & Arts  

India YouTube 'star' videos disappear

Most of Indian internet sensation Dhinchak Pooja's body of work has been wiped off her channel.

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She was so bad, she was good. Or at least that's what those who shared her videos say.

But suddenly much of Indian internet sensation Dhinchak Pooja's considerable body of work has been wiped off her channel, prompting celebration. Her YouTube page only displays one of her videos, and among those missing is her hit Selfie Maine Leli Aaj (I have taken a selfie today) which had 20 million views. There is no clarity over what happened. Clicking on the video links on her Facebook page takes you to a message that says the video is no longer available. Some Indian media reports say that the reason appears to be a copyright claim by someone named Kathappa Singh, which is again causing laughter because of the similarity to a character in an Indian blockbuster movie. Quirky Pakistan crooner unlikely sensation   

Grande concert 'threatened' in Costa Rica

A 22-year-old is arrested after threats are made about a possible attack during the gig.

Ariana Grande performing in Manchester

A 22-year-old Colombian man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to attack an Ariana Grande concert in Costa Rica .

Caicedo Lopez was detained in the early hours of Sunday and the concert in Alajuela went ahead as planned. The threats were written in Arabic and made online. Security has been tightened at Grande's concerts since the attack at one of her Manchester shows and fans underwent three security checks for Sunday's gig. Twenty-two people were killed in the Manchester Arena attack, including seven children. Costa Rica police chief Walter Espinoza told the Costa Rica Star that even if the threat had been made as a "joke", they had "to verify whether or not there is a real threat, because this is a very sensitive situation and it could lead to a tragedy". The 24-year-old singer posted an image from the show on her Instagram account but did not mention the threat.   Ariana Grande's tribute to attack victim   Ariana Grande to be charity patron   More on Entertainment & Arts

Why we all need to watch Brad Pitt's film War Machine

"I can't tell the difference between the people and the enemy," says the marine. "They all look alike to me. We can't help them and kill them at the same time. I am confused," he states.

Brad Pitt in War Machine

By Ahmed Rashid - Lahore - The longest war the US has ever fought - 16 years and counting - is about to get longer as President Donald Trump decides on sending several thousand more troops to Afghanistan. As with the wars in the Middle East , Afghanistan highlights the difficult political choices and counter-insurgency strategies the US has been pursuing fruitlessly since 9/11. Today six Muslim countries ( Iraq , Syria , Yemen , Libya , Somalia and Afghanistan ) are in a state of meltdown - partly as a result of US policies. The "war on terror" launched by President George Bush, the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the conflicting policies of carrying out regime change in the midst of an ever-expanding Islamist extremist opposition have all created greater dilemmas for the US. Since 9/11 there have been many good books and documentary films made about these dilemmas. Yet in all this time Hollywood has been unable to produce a movie that informs or educates the average movie-goer as to the bigger picture on why failure persists and jihadism spreads.

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Health Insurance, Pharmaceutical Industries Blamed for Stalled Health Care Reform

Free Enterprise Project Blasts Industries for Embracing ObamaCare's Crony Structure as Americans Suffer

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Washington , DC  -  America 's leading conservative shareholder activist organization is blaming the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries for the failure of the U.S. Senate to reach a consensus on ObamaCare repeal and replacement.  The National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project (FEP) points out that those industries worked to promote and craft ObamaCare to benefit their bottom lines but - with it now on the verge of collapse - they can't be bothered to promote policies that would benefit the American people. "The American health care system was far from perfect prior to ObamaCare, but at least it was operational.  ObamaCare was written to benefit large insurers and pharmaceutical companies, but it placed undue burdens on the American people and regional markets," said National Center General Counsel and FEP Director Justin Danhof, Esq.   "When many markets were no longer profitable, insurers left those ObamaCare exchanges altogether to not burden their bottom lines.  While some may view this as smart business, it ignores the fact that these same companies were involved in the creation of the law and were warned by conservatives about issues such as the coverage death spiral." "Now that the system created with the blessings of corporations such as Cigna, Aetna and Johnson & Johnson is falling apart, those companies have a moral responsibility to fix the mess they created," Danhof added.  "After all, the American people never got a bailout, but many large health insurers did as beneficiaries of massive taxpayer-funded provisions such as the risk corridors created by ObamaCare." Last Friday, the health insurance industry's primary trade association, the America 's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), came out strongly against an amendment from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would have allowed Americans to buy health insurance plans that fit their needs and not the artificial list of coverages required by ObamaCare. "ObamaCare was not an easy sell, but the likes of Obama, Pelosi and Jarrett counted on money and influence from top pharmaceutical companies, health insurers and even pharmaceutical retail chains to bring the message of ObamaCare to the public.  The Senate will surely revive its effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare with an affordable, sustainable system.  When they do, corporate leaders need to step up and do their part to fix the mess that they helped create," noted Danhof. This year, Danhof attended the annual shareholder meetings of numerous health care companies including WalgreensHumanaJohnson & JohnsonEli Lilly and CVS Health.  He urged those companies to work with the Trump Administration and Congress towards ObamaCare's repeal and replacement.  Danhof also appeared on Newsmax TV earlier this year to explain the importance of corporate involvement in repealing ObamaCare. FEP has been at the forefront of the nation's health care debate since ObamaCare's inception.  Most notably, in 2014, FEP leaders pressured the CEOs of many major health insurance companies not to take massive taxpayer bailouts under ObamaCare's risk corridor provisions.  After FEP put a spotlight on these bailouts, congressional conservatives moved  to limit the amount of taxpayer funds available for such programs. Launched in 2007, the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project is the nation's preeminent free-market activist group – focusing on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business.  Since 2014, its representatives have participated in around 100 shareholder meetings to advance free-market ideals in health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers' rights and other important public policy issues.  FEP's Employee Conscience Protection Project strengthened protections for the political beliefs and activities of over five million workers at 13 major U.S. corporations.  During shareholder meetings, questioning by the FEP led company executives to acknowledge media bias at ABC News (Disney), the Washington Post and CNN (Time Warner). FEP activity this year has been covered by media outlets such as the New York Times,Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Drudge Report, Business Insider, National Public Radio and SiriusXM. FEP's work was also featured in Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassel's 2016 book The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech (Hachette Book Group). The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.  Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations.  It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 60,000 active recent contributors.  Sign up for email updates here .  Follow us on Twitter at@NationalCenter for general announcements.  To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at@NCPPRMedia. 7.21.17

A remarkable life

Japan 's famed Dr Shigeaki Hinohara dies aged 105

Shigeaki Hinohara, one of Japan 's most famous doctors, has died at the age of 105.

Dr Hinohara continued seeing patients until months before his death and frequently offered advice on how to live well. Described by his colleagues as Japan 's national treasure, he headed five foundations in addition to being the president of St Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo . Here are some highlights from his remarkable life. He began working during World War Two Dr Hinohara began his working life as a doctor at St Luke's in the 1940s. During the war he helped to treat victims of the firebombing that destroyed large parts of the Japanese capital.   'Don't look back'    Fighting for death    Granny power

Centralized Health Care: A Recipe That's Doomed to Fail

Special to The Montreal Tribune - The centralizing approach of Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette is at the very heart of the recurring problems affecting Quebec 's health care system for the past three decades. Indeed, trying to plan the development of the health care system and centralize decision-making, as Quebec has been doing, is a project that's doomed to fail and that will not solve the problem of wait times, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI. 7.13.17

Centralized health care has failed patients for too long

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal, July 13, 2017 – The centralizing approach of Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, of which his Bill 130 and the MUHC board of directors crisis are representative, is at the very heart of the recurring problems affecting Quebec's health care system for the past three decades. Indeed, trying to plan the development of the health care system and centralize decision-making, as Quebec has been doing, is a project that's doomed to fail and that will not solve the problem of wait times, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI. "Minister Gaétan Barrette, despite his good intentions, cannot know the number of doctors that will be required a decade in advance, the innumerable characteristics of the population, or which illness needs to be treated most often," points out Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher and author of the publication. In a field as vast as health care, serving eight million Quebecers, one would need an enormous amount of information in order to plan the provision of care. Yet it is impossible for bureaucrats at the head of a vast and complex organization to control everything efficiently, as demonstrated by Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992), the 1974 Nobel laureate in economics. "Note that there are not long wait times to see a dentist, an accountant, or a hairdresser, and shortages are very rare for most goods and services. Why? Because these areas are not run by an authority that tries to plan everything, but by the market and by the thousands of individuals who interact based on price signals," explains Mr. Belzile. Centralized planning requires an omniscient planner if selected objectives are to be achieved, while the market does not need us to know everything, but merely requires actors to react to prices. "It's no surprise that health care systems that work better than ours, like Sweden 's system, are generally more decentralized and competitive. This decentralization allows actors on the ground, who see the needs of patients and the availability of resources, to make better decisions," adds Mr. Belzile. Relying more on market prices or on related coordination mechanism models, for example by introducing activity-based hospital funding, should be foremost among the minister's concerns if he wants to improve the lot of patients. "Even in a mixed universal health care system financed for the most part by government, it is possible to steer clear of the main hazards of centralized planning. According to the teachings of economists like Friedrich Hayek, instead of further centralizing administration to resolve recurring problems, as we're currently doing in Quebec , we should do the exact opposite." The Viewpoint entitled "Centralized Health Care: A Recipe That's Doomed to Fail" was prepared by Germain Belzile in collaboration with Jasmin Guénette, respectively Senior Associate Researcher and Vice President of Operations at the MEI. This publication is available on our website. The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms. 7.13.17

Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 - ICRC

The world's worst outbreak of the disease has killed more than 1,700 people in only 10 weeks.

A cholera-infected Yemeni child receives treatment at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen (6 July 2017)

A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is thought to have infected 300,000 people in the past 10 weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says. The situation has continued to "spiral out of control", with about 7,000 new cases every day, the ICRC warned. More than 1,700 associated deaths have been reported, according to the UN. Yemen 's health, water and sanitation systems are collapsing after two years of conflict between pro-government forces and the rebel Houthi movement. Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera. Most of those infected will have no or mild symptoms but, in severe cases, the disease can kill within hours if left untreated.   Horrors of spiralling cholera crisis

'Wear stripes' and other mosquito-dodging tips

It's summer, and that means hanging out outside. Depending on where you are, that could lead to mosquito bites. Here are five tips from an entomologist about how to avoid the insects.

Mosquitoes

For some people, a beautiful summer evening can quickly turn sour when mosquitos start feasting on them. Étienne Normandin, an entomologist at Université de Montréal, said mosquitos are abundant this time of year. He offers this advice to keep those bugs at bay. Stick to light colours Mosquitoes identify humans by detecting their carbon dioxide emissions. Wearing dark colours increases your carbon dioxide emissions, making you a more attractive target. Wear stripes Mosquitoes, as well as horse and black flies, have trouble detecting you when you're wearing stripes, Normandin said. They'll see a carbon dioxide emission but won't know where to land. Although you should stay away from dark-coloured clothes, black and white or grey and white stripes are OK. 9 plants to make your own mosquito repellent Practice zen Mosquitoes are drawn to higher carbon dioxide emissions. When you're stressed, your blood flows faster and you emit more carbon dioxide, which means you attract more mosquitoes.  India reports its first cases of Zika virus   Spring has sprung, here's some tips for when you're stung (or bit)    Warm weather brings early signs of mosquitoes in Regina  Risk of West Nile virus increasing in Sask., government warns 

1 dead after contagious strep A outbreak hits homeless shelters in Montreal

Authorities still investigating 2 other related cases, including 1 resulting in second death

Regional public health officials have alerted the city's shelters to a recent surge in streptococcus A cases among homeless people in Montreal — an outbreak that has left at least one man dead.

By Patrick Butler, CBC News - The CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-et-de-l'Île-de-Montréal warned shelter operators Thursday to be vigilant after it confirmed six linked cases of an invasive group of streptococcus A had surfaced among the city's homeless population since March. Dr. Noémie Savard of the CIUSS confirmed authorities are investigating two more related cases — including one that resulted in a second death. But some frontline shelter workers said they believe there are more cases than have been reported to date. Sam Watts, the CEO of Welcome Hall Mission— the shelter that first flagged the outbreak to regional health authorities in March— said the city's homeless are more at risk to contracting infections. He said poor access to regular health care services and co-morbidities, like pre-existing skins conditions and diabetes, make them vulnerable to diseases such as this type of streptococcus A.

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Fearless!

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

Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York, NY, July 12, 2017 ― A Jersey girl with a dream, Kerri Walker spent a year in Europe after graduating from college and fell in love with the Rhône-Alpes region in France. Determined to earn enough money to one day return to the region for good, she set her sights on landing a high-paying job. After a series of traditional jobs fell short of her expectations,
Walker turned to exotic dancing, and along the way she learned valuable lessons that she now shares in Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success. Part memoir, part how-to, Fearless! follows Walker 's journey as a dancer from the shore town clubs of New Jersey to some of the busiest establishments in New York City . She offers straightforward advice about the work itself and the people who inhabit the world of exotic dancing, from managers and bouncers, to other dancers and customers. Walker 's approach is raw, candid and, most importantly, helpful for anyone considering a career in this lucrative but challenging industry. Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success  Release date: August 1, 2017 7.13.17

Humane Policing

Expert Tips To Help Bring Police Officers And Their Communities Together

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Broomfield, CO, July 11, 2017  ― A growing divide exists in America between its citizens and the police officers who've sworn to protect them. Bridging that gap is paramount if officers are to be effective within their communities. Former deputy Darron Spencer addresses this intensifying crisis and shares his techniques for neutralizing negative perceptions in his new e-book, Humane Policing: How Perspectives Can Influence Our Performance. Drawing on his experience as a marine, corrections officer and sheriff's deputy, Spencer reveals his unique approach through real instances of how he implemented "humane policing" and why it worked. The book also exposes the nuances of police work and shows how self-control and understanding can mitigate potentially dangerous situations, with examples of how those upholding the law could alter their interactions with those suspected of breaking it. Written for law enforcement professionals as well as the general public, Humane Policing explores the changes that law enforcement needs to make, chronicles the experiences that shaped Spencer's personal perspective, and offers life-changing tools to help officers everywhere better serve their communities. Author Darron Spencer worked in a patrol division for just 20 months before a debilitating condition ended his career. As a deputy, Spencer oversaw more than 250 cases that resulted in 40 felony and 74 misdemeanor arrests. He assisted in four death investigations and booked in more than 150 pieces of evidence. He was awarded Deputy of the Year and received the Ribbon of Merit. He achieved tremendous success gaining cooperation from individuals, suspects and even career criminals while investigating cases. When Spencer's police work was cut short, he sought a new avenue to public service. Now he travels the country to meet with local police departments and share his approach to policing. His goal is to improve the relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve and ultimately the public image of law enforcement officers on a national scale. For more information on Spencer and his approach to humane policing, please visit www.humanepolicing.com.  Humane Policing: How Perspectives Can Influence Our Performance. Inspire On Purpose Publishing  Release date: March 2017 Available at www.Amazon.com and other online bookstores
Q & As available on request.  Senator John Cooke, Senate District 13, former three-term sheriff of Weld County , Colorado : "It was my pleasure not only to hire Darron but also to work with him. During his 20 months under my supervision, I was thoroughly impressed with his style and approach to law enforcement. He treated everyone humanely, with respect and fairness, and his approach led to unprecedented cooperation from career criminals. This in turn led to over 40 felony arrests and the filing of numerous misdemeanor charges. Darron is now reaching out to agencies around the country to share his talents and unique style of law enforcement so that other officers and deputies can learn how he gains cooperation rather than forces compliance in order to solve major cases." Terie Rinne, Retired, Weld County Sheriff's Office: "It was a refreshing pleasure to work with Darron. As a detective, I could always count on him to be complete and thorough in his duties and tasks. He was eager to learn and willing to work hard. He often, if not always, went above and beyond expectations. He has a lot to offer law enforcement even as his promising career was cut short due to illness. He never forgot that we deal with humans, often at their worst, but still human beings. He treated people with warmth and friendliness. There is a time to be abrupt and take forceful command, verbal or physical, but this is unnecessary as a general rule. Most often, people responded well to Darron's style of policing. Using compassion, understanding and empathy is beneficial in dealing with people, even suspects. If a police officer is angry and bitter in his dealings with people, he takes that poisonous attitude home to his personal life, too. It's fortunate that Darron is sharing his perspective. I hope law enforcement views it as the gift that it is." 7.13.17

Two New Books Expose

The Shocking Truth Behind UFOs, Extraterrestrials, Roswell And Zero-Point-Energy

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Washington, DC, July 11, 2017 ― Seventy years after the cover-up of three interstellar craft downed over Roswell Army Air Force Base in New Mexico, two new books and a documentary reveal the shocking truth about covert programs and why the UFO subject remains taboo... even up to the President and Congress! "It's not about whether these interstellar craft are real," states Dr. Steven M. Greer, considered by many to be the world's foremost authority on the subject. The author of Unacknowledged: An Expose of the World's Greatest Secret (book), and the executive producer of a new documentary by the same name, has collected testimonials from hundreds of eyewitnesses in the military, Intel agencies, the FAA, NASA, and private defense contractors that expose 70 years of lies. "This is about USAPs ," Dr. Greer explains. "Unacknowledged Special Access Projects operating illegally outside of Presidential or Congressional oversight, covertly funded over decades by trillions of our tax dollars. What really keeps the subject taboo and outside of the mainstream media are the energy technologies we acquired from these downed vessels – specifically zero-point-energy which would replace fossil fuels. We're talking about a free, clean energy source that would end hunger and poverty, reverse Climate Change, and create millions of new jobs." As the editor of Unacknowledged, New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten was given access to these testimonials and used the information to pen his just-released fictional thriller, Undisclosed,  in an attempt to disseminate the truth to the public in digestible bites. "Jimmy Kimmel had President Clinton and President Obama on his talk show and asked both men about UFOs, ETs, and Area 51. They both smiled and poked fun at the subject.
But Dr. Greer, the expert who submitted briefings to both administrations as well as members of congress, the CIA Director and the Joint Chiefs, will probably never be allowed on Kimmel or any major talk show to discuss this – not because Jimmy Kimmel wouldn't love to interview him, but because the Intel Agencies refuse to allow it on mainstream media." Dr. Greer adds, "Unacknowledged was either the #1 documentary or close to #1 on itunes nearly every week since its release, and it's never mentioned. I flew out to Los Angeles and did a two-hour interview with an entertainment reporter at Breitbart News, only to have the Intel Agency that determines what's allowed to be published cancel it." Steve Alten agrees. "There's information in both Unacknowledged and Undisclosed that pulls back the curtain on seventy years of lies, including testimonials from people who have worked in black ops subterranean bases which hold ARVs (Alien Reproduction Vehicles) capable of interstellar travel. Many of these witnesses who held above-top secret clearances would not allow Dr. Greer to publish this information until after they passed on, out of fear. Who could blame them?" Just how untouchable is the UFO-ET subject?  "I spoke to people very close to Alex Jones," Dr. Greer said. "I was told the subject was 'too controversial to touch.' This from the guy who claimed the Sandy Hook shooting was fake!" Please watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNVjTWzLDiA   Available at all online outlets  Undisclosed By Steve Alten Publisher: A and M Publishing LLC  June 2017 ISBN-10: 1943957053  ISBN-13: 978-1943957057 7.13.17

The Oath — The Desire For Revenge Never Dies

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Pleasant Hill, CA, July 5, 2017 ― A lifetime ago, two young naval aviators took an oath to "defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Both were shot down over North Vietnam and endured years of brutal torture in the same prisoner-of-war camp. Now, one is a San Francisco homicide inspector, with his allegiance firmly anchored in the law. The other remains steadfastly allegiant to the oath and is systematically eliminating Americans who had visited North Vietnam to aid the enemy's cause — Americans he views as domestic enemies. The lives of these two former POWs are about to intersect again, and the consequences will be explosive. In The Oath, author Dennis Koller creates a gripping, stay-up-all-night mystery-thriller that expertly intertwines the compelling stories of two former POWs with a modern-day murder investigation. The book opens with the cold-blooded murder of a famous San Francisco newspaper columnist. Homicide Inspector Tom McGuire is called to investigate a scene that's unlike any he's seen before. The victim was shot in the head — execution style — and her arms were bound behind her, the rope knotted tightly from shoulder to wrist. Awash in an eerie chill of recognition, McGuire is transported back in time to the infamous Hanoi Hilton where as a POW he endured rope torture many times, his arms tied in exactly the same fashion. The medical examiner — already on the scene — explains that the victim was shot and killed before she was tied up. The killer, it seems, is leaving a calling card that only a select and unfortunate few would recognize. As the killer's identity slowly comes into focus, McGuire is forced to face his own demons and reluctantly pursue a brother-in-arms. Will McGuire remain allegiant to the law or to the oath he shares with the killer? Born and raised in San Francisco , author Dennis Koller was the Executive Director of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, a World War II Liberty ship berthed at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco . In 2013, Koller figuratively "jumped ship" to write his first mystery-thriller, Kissed By The Snow, about a secret FBI drug taskforce that devises a plan to finally win America 's war on drugs. The book placed fourth in the Ink & Insights national writing contest. He is also the author of The Custer Conspiracy, published in October 2016, which was named a 2017 Distinguished Favorite in the thriller category by Independent Press Award. The Oath, released in May 2016, won the 2016 Bay Area Independent Publishers Association Book Award for Best Fiction and the 2017 Independent Press Award for Military Fiction. Koller is a member of the Naval Order of the United States , the Navy League of the United States , the Military Writers Society of America, the California Writers Club, the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association and is on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Bethlehem Shipyard Museum . Koller holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a graduate degree in business administration, both from Saint Mary's College of California . He lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Oath, Pen Books, ISBN-10: 0692656731, ISBN-13: 978-0692656730  Available at www.Amazon.com and all book stores upon request.  Autographed copies are available at www.penbooks.biz.  TIP SHEET: Q & As available on request. The Irish Herald Book Review: "Dennis Koller's mystery-thriller debut is a strong one. The novel has it all: intrigue, politics, murder and romance. Combined with characters and dialogue that are ultimately believable, The Oath is a real page-turner."  Military Writers Society of America Review: "An intriguing plot and artful writing make Dennis Koller's The Oath an entertaining read. Readers will appreciate the author's ability to bring a scene and its characters to life with just enough detail to make it all pop, without becoming bogged down in over-descriptive narratives. Adventure and thriller fans' appetite for a rush will be well satiated with the twists and turns throughout this book. Koller displays an innate understanding of the plight of Vietnam POWs as well as the intricacies of police work. He weaves these experiences together to create a plausible and compelling picture of the immense struggles attached to both. That the homicide investigator survived the same prison camp as the killer he now seeks creates a clear conflict — as he must choose between his allegiance to the law and the oath he and the killer once took. The tension builds as readers are drawn into both Tom McGuire's character and the man he reluctantly hunts. The Oath's suspense pulls its readers through each page with a force of its own." Mike Billington, author and Army veteran who spent two tours in Vietnam (awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman's Badge): "A dying former POW, four dead women, a world-weary homicide cop and the Vietnam War are expertly woven together in a masterful piece of storytelling that will leave you guessing right until the last few pages of The Oath. This is an excellent book with just the right amount of social commentary woven into its pages to make it not just another murder mystery." Capt. Kris Carlock, USN (retired): "This is the book today's sailors, soldiers, marines and airmen want to take on their long deployments for those short moments they can get away and unload their minds on an entertaining novel. It's a good read that might be hard to put down when you have to go on watch or patrol, but in the end, after the twisty-turny story and after the good guys and the bad guys duke it out, there's the great military lesson. The oath that we all took to 'support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic' is repeated over and over in this novel, reminding us, and perhaps all of society, of our military's responsibility and why we are such a great country. Great book!" 7.07.17  

A Train Of Thought Shares Miles Of Memories Made Along The Santa Fe Railroad

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Dallas, TX, June 28, 2017 ― The year was 1971 and college student Terry Beck had just signed on with the Santa Fe Railroad as a trackman, inspecting joints along the rails from Brownwood, Texas, into Sweetwater. It was simply a summer job — a way to fill the hours and earn some money before his next semester of school rolled around. But school would have to wait. Beck followed those rails to his destiny: a career with the railroad that spanned 40 years, hundreds of miles and multiple states, leaving him with a mountain of stories to share. And share he has. Beck's book, A Train of Thought: Forty Years Workin' on the Railroad, is the first installment in his A Gathering of Words series. Part coming-of-age, part historical reflection, A Train of Thought is a collection of stories inspired by his memories of an earlier time on the glorious Santa Fe Railroad. Readers are treated to recollections of the colorful characters Beck encountered and the breathless adventures he enjoyed. Peppered throughout are tributes to beloved mentors and colleagues and stories paying homage to places and events. For decades, the railroad was a major employer in many cities and towns across America , and there remains a strong camaraderie among railroaders and their families throughout the country. A Train of Thought will stir warm memories; bring smiles and laughter; and maybe even evoke a tear or two as readers ride the rails with Beck. Terry Beck is a retired railroader and veteran storyteller who hails from Brownwood , Texas . He and Amber, his wife of 40 years, live on a private lake in Central Texas , where he weaves his stories to the enjoyment of his wife, their daughters and some mighty cute grandchildren. When he isn't telling stories or writing them down, he's fishing. It's a good life. He is also the author of I've Been Thinkin', the second book in his A Gathering of Words series. In I've Been Thinkin', Beck offers readers a new collection of stories and essays, some humorous, some reflective and all guaranteed to resonate with anyone who occasionally finds their thoughts drifting toward bygone eras. Book three, A Scattering of Memories, is in the works. A Gathering Of Words — A Train Of Thought: Forty Years Workin' on the Railroad Park Cities Publishing Original release date: December, 2013 Amazon.com release date: May 24, 2017 E-book release date: July 1, 2017 Available at www.Amazon.com.  ISBN-10: 0991368509   ISBN-13: 978-0991368501 06.29.17

The Tools That Teach

How To Thrive And Not Dive In Life Are Found In Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success

Laguna Beach, CA, June 26, 2017 ― Why do some people dive, some survive and others thrive? The answer, Randall Bell, Ph.D., reveals, is surprisingly simple: choices.  Bell , a socio-economist and the CEO of Landmark Research Group, has developed an easy-to-follow formula for authentic growth and success based upon 25 years of behavioral research. In his book, Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success, Bell masterfully interweaves stories from his consulting work on high-profile cases—including Chernobyl, the World Trade Center, and O.J. Simpson—with findings from behavioral studies and his own survey of 5,000 people to reveal the daily habits that can make or break both personal and professional growth and success.  In Me We Do Be, Bell explains that all behaviors can be organized into four cornerstones: • Me is quality thinking that builds wisdom. • We habits form quality relationships.  • Do actions build productivity. • Be designs the future. There is no one-size-fits-all definition of success. For some, it's making money. For others it's having a loving family, winning a competition, completing a degree or beating cancer. The power of Me We Do Be is that it connects all the dots and creates a fresh perspective for moving forward, allowing readers to define what success means to them as individuals, while sharing the foundational elements that apply to everyone. Previously, the author led a national practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's largest consulting firm. He has consulted on hundreds of cases, including the Flight 93 Crash Site, the BP Oil Spill, Hurricane Katrina and the nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll. Often a guest of the media, Bell has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, People magazine, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight and by newscasters on every major television network. For more information on Randall Bell and his motivational book, please visit the website: www.drbell.com
Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success, Leadership Institute Press, Release date: February, 2017  ISBN-10: 0996793119
ISBN-13: 978-0996793117  Available online and at fine bookstores everywhere
  TIP SHEET: Q & As available on request. Robert G. Allen, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Creating Wealth: "A fascinating blend of personal anecdotes from Dr. Bell's vast professional experience interspersed with powerful quotes, insights and a timeless list of valuable habits designed to improve any life. There are many golden nuggets in here." Jeffrey W. Hayzlett, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Mirror Test: "Some think that complex problems require complex solutions. This is not always true. The four cornerstones of Me We Do Be are a simple, effective way to ignite passion in any life or business!"  Donald T. Phillips, Best-Selling Author of Lincoln on Leadership: "From the homeless to the billionaires, Me We Do Be helps us all understand the true meaning of success and how to attain it in our own lives. This book is creative, beautifully written and based on solid scientific and personal research. Pick up a copy. It's a winner." Steve Alten, New York Times Best-Selling Author: "Eye-opening ... Randall Bell's Me We Do Be is as inspiring as Napoleon Hill's classic Think and Grow Rich." Dr. Piero Ferrucci, Best-Selling Author of The Power of Kindness: "Our life is made up mostly of our habits. Therefore, we'd better choose them mindfully and cultivate them wisely. In this brilliant book Randall Bell picks for us the (demonstrably) most beneficial habits in all domains of life—from inner to social to environmental to financial. I couldn't put the book down." Bob Proctor, Best-Selling Author of You Were Born Rich: "Me We Do Be shows how the little things we do can have a dramatic impact on our quality of life; it's that one small adjustment that can make the difference between winning and losing. Read, learn and act on the great information provided in this book." William R. Forstchen, New York Times Best-Selling Author: "... The opening of his book automatically captured my attention with the promise of drawing links between many of the seminal events that have shaken our nation in recent years and thus offer the potential of providing some answers as to 'Why?' which he does with consummate skill. This is a work we should all take a look at, both in terms of our personal lives and, in a broader sense, the potentially dangerous trajectory our nation is on as well and how to change that course." Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Speed of Trust: "... Based on the four cornerstones of Me We Do Be, Bell brilliantly reveals how cultivating the right 'habits' can not only enrich and improve your life and give you peace of mind, but doing so can save you from the destructiveness, dissatisfaction and danger of a life floundering to and fro¬¬—like a ship without a rudder. Backed by research and highly practical, this book is tremendously relevant today!" 6.26.17

Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World

A Chance To Know The Man Behind The Legacy

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Fullerton , CA , June 15, 2017  ― The world occasionally produces one of those rare thinkers whose name becomes iconic. Thomas Edison lit up the world; Albert Einstein profoundly altered the study of physics; Walt Disney re-imagined entertainment, and Leo Fender invented the electric guitar. Fender grew up in Fullerton , California , where his interest in electronics lead him to open his own radio repair shop in 1938. It wasn't long before musicians and band leaders turned to him for help in repairing their equipment. And the rest, as they say, is history. Fender's revolutionary guitar, the Fender Stratocaster, has been the preference of world-renowned musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Jeff Beck—to name a few. While his name is synonymous with fist-pumping rock and roll sound, in reality, Fender was a shy, unassuming inventor who was nearly deaf and had one glass eye. In 1946 he founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company—the launch pad for his most iconic designs—and later on, G&L Musical Instruments. And now, his wife Phyllis Fender gives readers a memory-filled look into the wonderful world of this quiet genius in the book, Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World. The book was co-written by Randall Bell, Ph.D., who grew up in Fender's neighborhood and whose father was the head of the R&D department at Fender's company. Fender's game-changing contributions to the music world have been widely recognized. He was presented with the Country Music Association Pioneer Award in 1981; was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock Walk of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His accomplishments were also acknowledged with a Technical Grammy Award in 2009. Fender died in 1991. Today, Fender is a household name. But the quirky, shy inventor never lived large or flaunted his fame. He lived in a mobile home, even after selling his company for $300 million (in today's dollars). His daily routines and obsessions made him truly fascinating, and thanks to his enduring instruments, Fender's legacy forever lives on. Author Phyllis Fender volunteers at the Fullerton Museum where she shares with visitors stories about her life with Leo. She also serves as the Honorary Chairman of G&L. Twenty-two years ago, two different doctors told Phyllis that she had six months to live. Today, both of those doctors are dead, and she is here to finally tell this remarkable story. LEO FENDER: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World\. Leadership Institute Press  Release date: November 1, 2017    ISBN-10: 0996793143 ISBN-13: 978-0996793148 Now available for preorder: http://amzn.to/2pyi34i 6.18.17

UFO Sighting Spurs Best-Selling Author To Pen Tell-All Thriller

Palm Beach, FL, June 2, 2017 ― On Saturday December 14, 2013 at approximately 11:10 PM, NY Times best-selling author Steve Alten and his wife, Kim, were returning home from dinner and a movie. As they drove through their neighborhood, they noticed something bizarre moving toward them in the night sky – pale amber lights like nothing they had ever seen. Says Alten: "There were eight to twelve of them flying in staggered pairs, approaching from the south less than a thousand feet (estimated) above Route 441/State Road 7 in Palm Beach County. They were far too silent and smooth to be helicopters and they were definitely not planes. As they came closer and passed almost directly overhead we could see the outline of a... well, their saucer-shaped vessels. By this time I had parked the car and Kim and I just stood and watched them, the two of us incredulous as they moved north through a cloudless night sky... until, pair by pair, they simply faded into the ether. Let me be clear here, they didn't move out of range or shut off their lights or disappear into a cloud bank, they slipped out of existence. Neither one of us had ever seen a UFO before. Far from being scared, we felt exhilarated, like we had just been treated to something very special." Three days later, the couple drove to
Miami Beach and had dinner with Dr. Steven M. Greer and his wife Emily – the first time the four had ever met. Considered by many to be the world's foremost authority on UFOs and Extraterrestrials, Dr. Greer has prepared briefs for two sitting presidents, members of congress, the Head of the Joint Chiefs, and many world leaders. He also leads CE-5 expeditions – Human-instigated ET encounters which use group meditation and remote viewing techniques to vector in the Interstellars. Steve Alten had contacted Dr. Greer after watching his 2001 Disclosure Project, a media event now viewed by hundreds of millions of people on YouTube that featured twenty eyewitnesses in the military, Intelligence community, FAA, and private defense sector who testified UFOs are not only real, but that there has been a major cover-up regarding free energy technologies, reverse-engineered from downed interstellar craft that could end global warming, poverty and famine, and change the world – only the fossil fuel industry and military industrial complex refuses to acknowledge their existence. Alten had emailed Dr. Greer seeking permission to use excerpts of these testimonials in one of his novels. A year after the book was published he received an invitation to meet the Greers in Miami for dinner. Of course, the first thing the Altens spoke about was their UFO experience three nights earlier. Dr. Greer explained that these close encounters happen to many of the people he is going to meet for the first time; the ETs are "checking you out to make sure your motives are pure." Greer discovered that advanced species communicate through consciousness; it was during meditation that he learned how to initiate his own close encounters. The meeting in December led to a three-pronged game plan designed to alert the masses to these zero-point-energy technologies, along with details about a False Flag event set up by the military industrial complex intended to make it look like we're being attacked by "evil aliens." 'Unacknowledged' (the documentary) was released by The Orchard, a division of Sony on April 24, 2017 . Unacknowledged (the book, edited by Steve Alten) was released by A&M Publishers on April 25, 2017 . Undisclosed (a new thriller by Steve Alten) will be released on June 6, 2017 . The story is about Adam Shariak, a veteran of the Iraq war, who is appointed Under Secretary of Defense in 2017 in order to penetrate a secret government, purposely black-shelving a clean, abundant energy system, reverse-engineered from downed UFOs. Both books and the movie name names, sites of secret black ops funded underground holding real UFOs and Alien Reproduction Vehicles, and details how a secret group, known as Majik, "murdered former CIA Director William Colby days before he was supposed to turn over a zero-point energy device and millions of dollars in seed money to Dr. Greer." Watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNVjTWzLDiA   Available at all online outlets  Undisclosed By Steve Alten Publisher: A and M Publishing LLC  June 2017 ISBN-10: 1943957053 ISBN-13: 978-1943957057

Essential Living: A Guide To Having Happiness And Peace By Reclaiming Your Essential Self
By Shelley Uram, MD - Phoenix, AZ, May 31, 2017 - Harvard-trained psychiatrist, Dr. Shelley Uram shares her theory on how we find out what we really want in life. Our innermost desires have been lost along the way and Dr. Uram helps to breakdown the barrier in our minds to identify the genuine desires versus what most people think they want most, such as money, success, more free time, getting married. etc.  In order to achieve complete satisfaction in our lives we must be happy with what we're doing and continually move toward our happiness. Essential Living focuses on finding what that happiness is. Dr. Uram writes, "The Essential Self (our most real state of being) was around way, way before any thoughts or emotions were present." However, society's pressures and what our culture has made us believe is the correct way of living, has hindered our natural ability to recognize what is right for our individual needs. Dr. Uram guides readers in finding a sense of peace, happiness, love, and a sense of freedom.  Some of the benefits to reaching our essential self are: • An increased sense of well-being   • An inner stillness   • A greater sense of inner peace  • A greater sense of connectedness with others and with life itself • More loving of self and others  Most of us have taken an indirect path to what we want most; Dr. Uram explains how that happens and shows readers how to get on a direct path to their ultimate goal.  Exercises are incorporated throughout Essential Living to help readers learn, retain and progress more quickly. About the author: Shelley Uram, MD, (Phoenix, AZ) a Harvard-trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist, is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She speaks all over the US, Canada, and the UK at conferences, international trauma conferences, and annual meetings for professional bodies such as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The EMDR International Association, Harvard Medical School residencies, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has also hosted a radio show called "Tell It Like It Is with Dr. Shelley!" and produced a documentary film, "What Makes Peter Run," that aired on PBS for a number of years. Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher, contact: (800) 441-5569 or www.hcibooks.com  Essential Living: A Guide to Having Happiness and Peace by Reclaiming Your Essential Self By Shelley Uram, MD  ISBN: 9780757319600 – June 2017 -- $15.95 6.02.17 6.02.17

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

What does it mean to be Canadian?

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

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

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Oh Canada How I Love You

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

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

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Poland buys famous da Vinci at discount

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

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

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

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

Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Italy

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

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

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

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

  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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