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Ex-Argentine junta leader jailed

 Former Argentine junta leader Reynaldo Bignone is sentenced to 20 years in prison over Operation Condor killing of left-wing activists.

Worker being arrested during a protest against Argentine dictatorship in Buenos Aires. 30 March 1982

Former Argentine junta leader Reynaldo Bignone has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for crimes committed under Operation Condor - a conspiracy between South America 's dictators in the 1970s. Bignone and 14 other military officers were found guilty by a court in Argentina after a three-year trial. Many left-wing activists were kidnapped and killed in Argentina , Uruguay , Brazil , Chile , Paraguay and Bolivia .  Human rights activists have hailed the ruling. Judges at the court in Buenos Aires announced the sentencing of Bignone , Argentina 's last dictator, on Friday. Former Uruguayan Col Manuel Cordero - the only non-Argentine defendant - was jailed for 25 years. The judges are continuing to deliberate the sentencing of the rest of the former military officers. Since the trial started in 2013, five defendants, including Jorge Rafael Videla, the head of Argentina 's junta during its first three years, have died.  Operation Condor trial reaches finale   Operation Condor suspect charged   New 'Dirty War' case in Argentina

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Turkish fury at US commando photos

Turkey calls the US "two-faced" over images appearing to show US commandos in northern Syria wearing Kurdish militia insignia

Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces walk in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016.

Turkey has hit out at the US over images said to show US special forces in Syria wearing insignia of Kurdish militia, during joint operations against so-called Islamic State (IS). Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the US "two-faced" and said the practice was "unacceptable". The images appear to show a US special forces soldier wearing the patch of the YPG, a Kurdish militia group. On Friday the US ordered its personnel to remove the patches. A US spokesman in Baghdad, Col Steve Warren, said the wearing of the patches was unauthorised, and admitted there were political sensitivities on this occasion which made the practice inappropriate.  What is 'Islamic State'?   Islamic State crisis in seven charts

US curfew on Okinawa after death

The US military base on Japan 's island of Okinawa has imposed a midnight curfew and a ban on alcohol after the arrest of an ex-Marine suspected of killing a Japanese woman. There would be no "celebrations and parties while the Okinawan people are in mourning", the military said. The restrictions will run until 24 June. Kenneth Shinzato, 32, was arrested on 19 May but has not yet been charged. Many Okinawans resent the US base and the incident has reignited tension. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised the woman's death with US President Barack Obama ahead of the recent G7 summit in Japan . 'Terrible act' The Okinawa facility, home to some 30,000 US troops, has banned them from visiting clubs and bars and drinking alcohol off-base. Festivals and concerts at the base have been postponed.  Abe anger after Okinawa arrest   Japan halts US Okinawa expansion

Clashes at Trump San Diego rally

 Skirmishes flare between supporters and opponents of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as he visits the city of San Diego in California . Supporters and opponents of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have clashed in the city of San Diego in California .Police declared a gathering outside the city's convention centre unlawful and made 35 arrests, as stones and water bottles were thrown. Mr Trump was in the city near the Mexican border to hold a rally ahead of the 7 June California primary. He has pledged to build a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants. 'Fantastic job' The skirmishes flared as the convention centre emptied following Mr Trump's rally, and supporters and opponents met in the streets, jeering and heckling each other   Video Riot police deployed at rally   Trump backs out of Sanders debate   Trump would 'cancel' climate deal   Why has Trump caught Clinton?

Ex-Vietnamese jailed for airport plot

A British citizen who US prosecutors said plotted to carry out a suicide bomb attack at Heathrow Airport has been jailed for 40 years in the US . Minh Quang Pham, 33, was sentenced in New York for supporting the terror group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in 2011. In January, Pham admitted three counts of terrorist-related activity based on his support for the group. He denied he intended to carry out his plot and no attack ever occurred. Pham, a former Vietnamese national who had lived in London , was first arrested in the UK in June 2012 and was extradited to the US in February 2015.

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Top IS commander in Falluja 'killed'

 The Islamic State group's commander in the besieged Iraqi city of Falluja is among 70 militants killed in coalition air strikes, the US military says.

Iraqi security forces clash with Islamic State militants near Falluja

The Islamic State group's commander in the besieged Iraqi city of Falluja is among 70 militants killed in coalition air strikes, the US military says. Colonel Steve Warren said more than 20 strikes have been carried out in the past four days, destroying IS positions. The raids are in support of Iraqi forces who are trying to retake Falluja from IS. Meanwhile there are dire warnings about conditions in the city. The IS commander in the city, Maher Al-Bilawi, was killed in bombardments targeting IS fighter positions and gun emplacements, Col Warren said. Video '50,000 remain trapped'   What is 'Islamic State'?   IS: The full story

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Montreal 'Mob hit' part of 'final cleanup' of old guard, Mafia expert says

The brazen daytime shooting of a reputed high-ranking member of the Montreal Mafia represents "a kind of final cleanup of the old guard," says an expert on organized crime in the city.

Rocco Sollecito

The brazen daytime shooting of a reputed high-ranking member of the Montreal Mafia represents "a kind of final cleanup of the old guard," says an expert on organized crime in the city. Rocco Sollecito, 67, was gunned down while driving a white BMW SUV in Laval  on Friday morning, in what local police plainly termed a "mob hit." Pierre de Champlain, author of a history of organized crime in Montreal , said Sollecito's death is part of an ongoing dismantling of the older generation of the Rizzuto crime family. "The history of Mafia teaches us that each time that the Mafia has gone through trouble it was often due to the purposeful conflict of the old generation versus the young generation, and today the Mafia of Montreal is a perfect example," de Champlain said in an interview. Full story on the shooting: Rocco Sollecito killed in Laval   Rocco Sollecito, reputed high-ranking Montreal Mafia member, killed in Laval

3 bodies pulled from Saint Lawrence River by Montreal police

By Elysha Enos, CBC News - Montreal police say they do not have reason to believe the incidents are linked - Three bodies were pulled from the Saint Lawrence River today by police. Three unidentified bodies were pulled from the Saint Lawrence River today. Police say the fact that they found these bodies at the same time does not signify a link between the three deaths. "When the river acts up it's not rare that several bodies appear in one day," said Montreal police spokesman Const. Abdullah Emran. The first was pulled from the river around 6:40 a.m. in Montreal 's east end. The second was found near Parc de la Promenade-Bellerive in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.  Police are working to identify them.

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 Annually celebrate Bloomsday

Now in its fifth year, Montreal is the only Canadian city to annually celebrate Bloomsday over several days. Forty percent of Quebecers claim Irish ancestry and this lively festival boosts local pride while building awareness of diverse cultures and identities. Bloomsday is June 16- the day in 1904 when Leopold Bloom took his walk around Dublin as depicted in James Joyce's masterpiece, the novel Ulysses. "Among other things, Ulysses is about love, betrayal and forgiveness- basically, it's how we all make it through the day," say Festival founders Dave and Judith Schurman. Highlights of the 5-day Festival include: brilliantly read excerpts from Ulysses by actors, Montreal journalists and Joyce aficionados; a rare film opportunity; Griffintown walking tours; songs and storytelling; accessible talks; visiting professor panel lectures; and Pub of the Day entertainment. Many free events. Full Events Schedule and photos attached. Press release attached and below, including quotes from Festival participants. Media Call- a good opportunity for video footage is Tues. June 14 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm at Atwater Library for Stories Told and Sung. Please confirm by Fri. June 10. Info below. If you would like to interview Festival Bloomsday Montréal founders Dave and Judith Schurman or any other Festival participant- Media Contact: Janis Kirshner 514 287-8912   Time to re-Joyce!  -  Festival Bloomsday Montréal celebrates 5 years of  MUSIC | FILMS | READINGS | WALKING TOURS | LECTURES | STORYTELLING | PUB O' THE DAY

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Sunday, June 12 to Thursday, June 16 (Bloomsday) - Celebrated worldwide, 'Bloomsday' is June 16- the day in 1904 when main character Leopold Bloom took his walk around Dublin as depicted in James Joyce's masterpiece, the novel Ulysses. Festival Bloomsday Montréal is a celebration of Irish-Montreal heritage, culture and literature Montreal May, 2016 – Festival Bloomsday Montréal, now in its fifth year, is the only Canadian city to annually celebrate Bloomsday over several days. Forty percent of Quebecers have some Irish ancestry and this lively festival boosts local pride along with building awareness of diverse cultures and identities. Bloomsday Montreal founders Dave and Judith Schurman are delighted to invite all Montrealers to this five day Irish cultural event filled with performances, literature, walking tours and camaraderie starting on June 12 and leading up to Bloomsday on June 16, when local media personalities, actors and Joyce enthusiasts read selections from Ulysses, followed by a closing lecture and reception at the end of the day. Festivities take place around the city and include many free events. Bloomsday Montreal co-founder Dave Schurman, intrigued by difficult, controversial and ambiguous literature, began reading Ulysses 1964. He has dipped in on and off ever since. He explains, "There's no need to always read it cover to cover; the novel can be sampled with relish by opening pages at random! New insight is gained every time. Once you really know this master work you never tire of it; you are always rewarded with delightful and amusing passages." Schurman also enjoys the numerous fun activities that show the importance of Irish Montreal in a non-St. Patrick's Day setting, but adds, "I hope people are also inspired to read or reread Ulysses, which has a rather undeserved reputation for being 'impossible'." To that end, Sylvie Hill offers the workshop 'Ulysses, sorted', a how-to approach to demystify and celebrate the novel, for beginners or those who've given up. Passionate about the novel, Hill promises people "an intelligent, non-stuffy and approachable examination of a wonderfully complex and exciting book." For co-founder Judith Schurman, it's important for her and Dave to choose events and venues of interest to everyone, "On the first day, June 12, the Festival starts off with a walking tour of Irish Montreal (one in English and one in French). Then there's the Bloomsday Brunch by Irish-born chef Peter Saunders at EVOO, and at happy hour people meet at the Irish Embassy Pub where Kathleen Fee's performance of the Molly Bloom soliloquy from the last chapter of Ulysses has become a 'must see'. The evening closes with a pub quiz."  "How's that for variety?" she adds. Mrs. Schurman also looks forward to the lectures and Q & A sessions that various professors offer, "This year we are pleased to have visiting UBC professor Derek Gladwin chairing the panel talk 'Mistakes are the Portals of Discovery', and Concordia's Andre Furlani's lecture 'From Bloomsday to Happy Days: Samuel Beckett re-imagines Molly Bloom'." The Schurmans, practically finishing each other's sentences, both agree on Ulysses' universal themes: "It's about love, betrayal, forgiveness, nationalism, compromise, memory and music. But at its core, it's about a man and a woman, living in a city, asking lots of questions and remembering the past.  Basically, it's how we all make it through the day."   Other highlights of the five-day program:   Kathleen Fee, Montreal actor and voice artist, has been reading and singing the songs from the final section of Ulysses since the beginning of the Festival, "This is Leopold Bloom's wife Molly's raunchy reverie. It's basically one long sentence without any punctuation, so is quite the task for a reader. Every year I offer different sections, but always include the last 6 minutes, ending with the famous line: 'yes i said yes i will yes'. When you're relaxed and being read to, your mind operates on numerous levels; the words and ideas trigger memories, sensations, regrets, hopes and comparisons. I also like that people are surprised by the humour and the sexuality in the piece." For Furlani, the Festival conjures up Ulysses' immense power with corresponding "glee, panache and bravado. This is precisely the spirit in which Joyce had hoped the work would be celebrated and understood." The commemorative Festival culminates on Bloomsday, June 16, with two outstanding events. Some of Montreal 's valued personalities will take part in dramatic readings from Ulysses at the Westmount Public Library. These include, from the Montreal Gazette, theatre critic Jim Burke and former books and theatre critic Pat Donnelly, and columnists Mark Abley and Peggy Curran; playwright and actor Colleen Curran; and Centaur Theatre Artistic Director Roy Surrette.  The grand closing event of the Festival features NYU's Abby Bender, author of Israelites in Erin : Exodus, Revolution, and the Irish Revival with An epic of two races: Jewish and Irish memory in Joyce's Ulysses at the Jewish Public Library. The lecture will be followed by a reception. For Bender, the topic of Exodus couldn't be more current in today's political climate, "Joyce's Leopold Bloom suggests that Exodus is a story not only of freedom and celebration, but of the restrictions imposed by identities." Also noteworthy is: The Bloody Irish!, a unique opportunity to see this film of the musical about the Easter Rising, at Cinema du Parc; Stories Told and Sung featuring the grand old songs by singer Kathleen McAuliffe and stories by Margaret Nicolai and Jan Gregory, at the Atwater Library; a group reading and lively discussion of Finnegan's Wake- Joyce's last book; and Pub of the Day musical gatherings. For further information and updates, as well as to purchase tickets and register online, by phone or in person: or Tel.: (438) 969-3300 Many events fill up quickly!  Festival Bloomsday Montréal is grateful for the ongoing support of:  Canadian Heritage, Atwater Library, Embassy of Ireland, School of Canadian Irish Studies , Jewish Public Library,  McGill Community for Lifelong Learning, Zeller Family Foundation, St. Patrick's Society, and Westmount Library  

Grill with Caution: Wire Bristles from Barbecue Brushes Can Cause Serious Injuries

Researcher says individuals should inspect their food, grill carefully after cleaning

COLUMBIA, Mo. (May 24, 2016) ― While many people view Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of the summer grilling season, they may not be aware of the dangers of eating food cooked on grills cleaned with wire-bristle brushes. A new study conducted at the University of Missouri School of Medicine identified more than 1,600 injuries from wire-bristle grill brushes reported in emergency rooms since 2002. Loose bristles can fall off the brush during cleaning and end up in the grilled food, which, if consumed, can lead to injuries in the mouth, throat and tonsils. Researchers advise individuals to inspect their food carefully after grilling or consider alternative grill-cleaning methods. “Wire-bristle brush injuries are a potential consumer safety issue, so it is important that people, manufacturers and health providers be aware of the problem,” said David Chang, M.D., associate professor of otolaryngology at the MU School of Medicine . “If doctors are unaware that this problem exists, they may not order the appropriate tests or capture the correct patient history to reach the right diagnosis.” Chang reviewed consumer injury databases to determine the number of emergency department visits caused by wire-bristle injuries between 2002 and 2014. He observed that 1,698 injuries were reported by emergency departments in that time. The most common injuries reported were in patients’ oral cavities, throats and tonsils, with some injuries requiring surgery. “One little bristle unrecognized could get lodged in various areas of the body, whether in the throat, tonsil or neck region,” Chang said. “If the bristle passes through those regions without lodging itself, it could get stuck further downstream in places like the esophagus, stomach or the intestine. The biggest worry is that it will lodge into those areas and get stuck in the wall of the intestine. The bristles could migrate out of the intestine and cause further internal damage.” Chang said that the number of injuries found from wire-bristle brushes could be even larger than his 1,698 estimate, since his study did not include injuries treated at urgent care facilities or other outpatient settings. This data could lead to better protective measures from individuals and wire-bristle brush manufacturers, he said. Chang recommends the following tips for individuals this grilling season: · Use caution when cleaning grills with wire-bristle brushes, examining brushes before each use and discarding if bristles are loose.   Inspect your grill’s cooking grates before cooking, or use alternative cleaning methods such as nylon-bristle brushes or balls of tin foil. Inspect grilled food carefully after cooking to make sure bristles are not stuck to the food. “If cautionary measures fail and individuals do experience problems with swallowing or pain after eating something that has been barbecued or grilled, they should seek advice from a physician or an emergency department and let the physician know that they were just at a barbecue event or they just grilled food,” Chang said. The study, “Epidemiology of Wire-Bristle Grill Brush Injury in the United States, 2002-2014,” recently was published in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Research reported in this publication was supported by the MU School of Medicine and the MU Department of Otolaryngology. The researchers have no conflicts of interest to declare related to this study. About the MU School of Medicine  The MU School of Medicine has improved health, education and research in Missouri and beyond for more than 165 years. MU physicians treat patients from every county in the state, and more Missouri physicians received their medical degrees from MU than from any other university. For more information, visit For more news, visit:

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The Adirondack kicks off its sixth annual Hospitality Training event

Plattsburgh, NY – 5/23/2016 – The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, kicks off its sixth annual Hospitality Training event on Wednesday, May 25th at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum & Kids' Station, where 50 front desk associates from local hotels, campgrounds and marinas will meet with representatives from over 25 regional attractions to discuss the diverse recreational opportunities our area presents to visitors.

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Rethinking Home and Community Design - Lecture by Avi Friedman

Montreal , May 19, 2016 – Professor Avi Friedman will speak on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Admission: $10 for members and students, $15 for non-members.  For tickets and information call 514-345-6416 or visit The dawn of the 21st century introduced a “perfect storm” of challenges and opportunities to affect home and community design and our own well-being. They include the upcoming retirement of the “baby boom” generation, economic transformation, global warming and new lifestyle trends. Known for his housing innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, Avi will reflect on current trends and offer ideas about designing tomorrow’s communities and retooling existing places for greater well-being. Avi Friedman is a professor of architecture at McGill University . He is the recipient of several research and design awards and the author of sixteen books. Introduced by Simon Dardick, Publisher, Véhicule Press.

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Annual Three Presenter Program: with Raymonde Grant, Dr. Neil Davis and Gary Perlman

Montreal , May 16, 2016 - The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal presents a lecture meeting with Raymonde Grant, Dr. Neil Davis and Gary Perlman on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal (Metro Côte Ste-Catherine.) No charge, donation requested. Everyone welcome to attend. For more information visit or call the JGS of Montreal 24-hour Hotline at (514) 484-0969. Three JGS Members will discuss their research in Jewish genealogical and related pursuits. Come and hear them recount their research experiences, share their individual brick walls, frustrations, successes and tips.


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One Square Mile of Canada

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

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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.

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

Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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

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G7 says Brexit is risk to growth

A declaration at the G7 meeting in Japan says a vote by the UK to leave the European Union would pose a "serious threat to global growth".

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A declaration at the G7 meeting in Japan says a vote by the UK to leave the European Union would pose a "serious threat to global growth". In its final statement, the group warned that a UK exit from the EU would reverse the trend of increased global trade, investment and jobs. The meeting brings together the world's leading seven industrialized nations. The final communiqué set global growth as a priority for dealing with threats to the world's economy and security. But the warning about the economic consequences of the UK leaving the European Union comes as Britain prepares for a referendum on 23 June. Prime Minister David Cameron has been campaigning for Britain to stay within the 28-country bloc with recent polls suggesting a lead for those who support remaining within the EU.  G7 leaders visit shrine    Business

Fashion photographer Hamza Mejri launches his first design collection

BRONZE  Friday, June 10  Abstract Fashion cocktail and photo exhibit- 7pm followed by  BRONZE Fashion Show - 8pm  A look at the BRONZE collection (click for video)   Take a peek behind the scenes (click for video)  MONTREAL May, 2016 – The prestigious fashion show for the luxurious new Canadian clothing brand BRONZE, from photographer and fashion designer Hamza Mejri (The Dress and Men’s Fashion Festival), will be held on June 10, at the beautiful Salle Polyvalente. Mejris’ latest photo exhibit, Abstract Fashion, will precede the show. The launch, featuring 40 models, promises to attract many celebrity guests including Yan England, Camille DG, Les Ballets de Jazz de Montréal dancers and many others. A high-end collection For his first ready-to-wear collection, Hamza Mejri has selected quality materials to illustrate the different cultural and temporal origins and elements that inspired him for his successful limited edition photo exhibit, The Dress. His brand builds on the universal elegance of materials by perfectly blending classic and modern designs with carefully selected fabrics. “I love creating high-quality day and evening clothing, elegant and adapted to the everyday lives of women and men who want to feel good about themselves,” states Mejri. Each piece of this alluring collection is unique, and its character is reflected in every detail of the creation. From the sewing to the buttons, every detail and every piece of cloth is thought through to make special and harmonious apparel. Dazzling BRONZE Bronze is a universal material. Known for its nobility, it is found in all civilizations and cultures. The fashion line BRONZE strives for elegance and refinement through the inspirations of different countries and various eras while adapting to a contemporary milieu. To create BRONZE, fashion designer and photographer Hamza Mejri was inspired by renowned designer Karl Lagerfeld’s collections and photography. Mejri continued with his passion for photography while creating his own fashion collection. “The birth of an outfit starts with my love of raw materials. When I see and touch a piece of fabric, I already imagine the clothing that comes out of it. Lace, leather and silk often play leading roles, imposing their beauty while capturing reflections of light, resulting in a beautiful symbiosis of the elements", declares Mr. Mejri. To celebrate this synergy of textures and art, the BRONZE fashion show will be preceded by an exhibit of Mejri’s stunning photography and designs, Abstract Fashion, featuring many Quebec celebrities such as Camille DG, Yan England and Les Ballets de Jazz de Montréal dancers. Our motto: Be seen without causing a scene - dazzle without shocking Discover Mejri’s approach to fashion during this striking fashion show. On the agenda: 40 models with 40 outfits and several Quebec celebrities. Launch of the new fashion line, BRONZE, by Hamza Mejri Abstract Fashion cocktail and photo exhibit- Friday, June 10, 7pm followed by BRONZE Fashion Show - Friday, June 10, 8pm Salle Polyvalente (UQAM) 200 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest Tickets: $25 online  For information:    Hamza Mejri’s The Dress is in New York this summer:

McDonald's Told: Stop Bowing to Liberal Pressure Groups!

National Center for Public Policy Research Shareholder Proposal Questions Fast Food Giant's Strategy of Caving to Leftist Demands to the Potential Neglect of Company Investors Oak Brook, IL / Washington, D.C.  - At today's annual meeting of McDonald's shareholders held in
Oak Brook , Illinois , a representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research presented a shareholder resolution urging the fast food giant to alter its strategy of catering to leftist activists on wage and other economic issues. "In recent years, McDonald's has shown a tendency to cave to left-wing pressure campaigns. From waffling on minimum wage issues to deciding which organizations to belong to, McDonald's has a pattern of appeasing the leftist mob," said National Center Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq. "Doing so is not only detrimental to the company's investors, it is also a poor strategy if McDonald's is simply trying to make the liberal activists go away. Corporations that cave to the left only place a bigger target on their backs - which was borne out at today's meeting. Last year, McDonald's made concessions to the leftist mob and increased the minimum wage for many of its employees. Throughout the year and outside of today's meeting, liberal protestors demanded still higher wages."  At the meeting, Danhof explained that: At last year's shareholder meeting, the company crowed about artificially increasing the minimum wage for some of its workers. Well the barbarians are back at your gate demanding more - they did not see your concession as a victory for workers - they saw it as a sign of weakness which they can exploit. With less economic understanding than the Socialist Senator from Vermont , they demand wage increases that would shutter most McDonald's locations. You should be screaming this from the rooftops, not relying on pro-free enterprise groups to do it for you. But there's the rub because when radical liberal activists spread lies about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a well-regarded 40-year-old organization that McDonald's joined because it works to reduce our taxes and to ease the regulatory burden upon our operations, McDonald's was one of the first organizations in the country to cave in and withdraw its membership. The full text of Danhof's remarks at the McDonald's meeting, as prepared for delivery, can be found here.  Danhof also presented a resolution at last year's McDonald's shareholder meeting. Danhof presented today's and 2015's resolution on behalf of National Center Chairman Amy Ridenour, a McDonald's shareholder. The full text of Ridenour's 2016 proposal, and McDonald's reply, can be found on pages 58-59 of the company's proxy statement, which is available here. The final vote count is not yet available. "Continuing to prove the main emphasis of our proposal, earlier this month McDonald's ended a nutritional education program after repeated complaints from activists," noted Danhof. "Just last year, McDonald's management vigorously defended these programs when pressured at the shareholder meeting. But once again, the activists have won and McDonald's shareholders are left to wonder how these repeated concessions to liberal agitators are eating into their investments." The National Center '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. In 2014-15, National Center representatives participated in 69 shareholder meetings advancing free-market ideals in the areas of health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers' rights and many other important public policy issues. Today's McDonald's meeting marks its fifteenth shareholder meeting of 2016.  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 96,000 active recent contributors. Sign up for free issue alerts here or follow us on Twitter at @NationalCenter.

Corruption: more competition rather than more governmental structures

Montreal , May 26, 2016 – With a lot of ink still being spilled over the issue of corruption in Quebec , an MEI Viewpoint published today proposes some solutions for reducing corruption in the awarding of public contracts.  Economic research shows that size of government goes hand in hand with corruption. "This is because regulation creates incentives for a company to try to influence the decisions of government officials in order to obtain benefits and privileges from them, like the awarding of a contract or exemption from certain costs, allowing it to circumvent regulation, for example," explains Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI and author of the publication. Indeed, Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index is highly correlated with the Economic Freedom of the World index published by the Fraser Institute. This means that when the size and scope of the government in the economy are smaller, there is less corruption. Although the government believes it is doing the right thing by announcing the creation of an inspector general's position and a watchdog for public contracts, in addition to asking the Auditor General to investigate the awarding of public contracts at Transports Québec, it is overlooking the real solution. "The government is not advocating the lasting remedy for eliminating corruption, which is that of reducing the size of government and avoiding the addition of more layers of oversight," says Mathieu Bédard. The case of the Scandinavian countries is sometimes raised as a counter-example. These countries have large governments, but little corruption. However, Scandinavia 's distinctiveness is explained by the fact that while government spending represents a considerable share of the economy, companies have relatively few administrative formalities to follow, approvals to obtain, and regulations to respect. Competition is another way of reducing corruption by allowing more companies to participate in the tendering process for public contracts. For example, free trade agreements can increase the number of bidders. "When the 60 recommendations of the Charbonneau Commission are analyzed, taken individually, they can help reduce corruption," points out the author of the publication. However, only two involve the matter of competition, and a large proportion of them would end up increasing the size of the government, says the author. The Viewpoint entitled "Less Regulation and More Competition to Curb Corruption" was prepared by Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI. This publication is available on our websiteThe 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.  

Oil hits $50 for first time this year

Oil continues its recovery, with prices rising above $50 a barrel for the first time in 2016 as a result of supply disruptions and increased global demand.

Oil pumps

The price of oil has gone above $50 a barrel for the first time in 2016 as supply disruptions and increased global demand continue to fuel a recovery. The benchmark Brent crude price hit $50.07 a barrel in Asian trade. The rise followed US data on Thursday showing that oil inventories had fallen, largely due to supply disruptions following fires in Canada . Brent crude has now risen 80% since it hit 13-year lows of below $28 a barrel at the start of the year. US crude oil inventories fell by 4.2 million barrels to 537.1 million barrels in the week to May 20, according to US Department of Energy data. Canada is the biggest supplier to the US and wildfires in the western provinces have knocked out about a million barrels a day. Talks in recent months between Opec and Russia about freezing oil production had already helped prices recover.   No let up. Saudi Arabia to increase oil production   Oil price 'may have bottomed out'

 Bayer in $62 billion bid to buy Monsanto

German drugs and chemicals company Bayer makes a $62bn offer for Monsanto, in a takeover bid that would create the world's biggest agricultural supplier.

Bayer's aspirin products

erman drugs giant Bayer has made a $62bn (£43bn) offer for Monsanto, in a deal that would create the world's biggest agricultural supplier. Bayer said the bid was an "extraordinary opportunity to create a global agriculture leader." Monsanto is primarily known for genetically modified crops, often leading to vocal activist criticism. Last week, news of the deal angered Bayer investors, with one describing it as "arrogant empire-building". The offer marks the biggest ever bid by a German company, dwarfing the Daimler's $38.6bn acquisition of Chrysler in 1998. John Colley, a Professor of Practice at Warwick Business School , said it was an unusual approach for a German firm, which he said typically opted for lower risk expansion.   Bayer makes takeover offer for Monsanto

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Depp ordered to stay away from wife

Film star Johnny Depp and his actress wife Amber Heard are to divorce, US court documents reveal.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive for premiere of British film Black Mass in London. 11 October 2015

Film star Johnny Depp and his actress wife Amber Heard are to divorce, US court documents have revealed. Heard, 30, filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences. They married 15 months ago and have no children. They have recently been embroiled in a legal case in Australia after Heard took two dogs into the country illegally. She pleaded guilty in April to a charge of falsifying documents. Depp, 52, and Heard met while co-starring in the 2011 film The Rum Diary. In the court papers, Texan-born Heard listed the separation date as Sunday. Celebrity news website TMZ reported that Depp had asked a judge to reject Heard's claim for spousal support. The split comes days after the death of Depp's mother. His latest film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, is due to be released on Friday. Heard avoids dog-smuggling conviction   Australia minister mocks Depp dog video   Johnny Depp and Amber Heard to divorce



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SANTA MONICA, CA (May 24, 2016) – Colombian superstars CARLOS VIVES and SHAKIRA grew up only a few miles from one another on the same stretch of coastal Colombia – he in Santa Marta, she in Barranquilla – but they came home this week to film a video for 2X Grammy and 9X Latin Grammy-winning performer/songwriter/activist Carlos Vives’ new single “La Bicicleta.” The single “La Bicicleta” will be released this Friday, May 27. "La Bicicleta" is the first musical collaboration from these emblematic Colombian stars.  It kicks off with native flute sounds before moving into vallenato and cumbia with pop flavors and reggaeton beats. The song was written by Carlos Vives and Shakira, and produced by Andrés Castro. Although this is Shakira and Carlos’s first recording together, they have appeared on stage together, most memorably in 2009 in support of hostage liberation on Colombia ’s Independence Day celebration. "I always wanted to write, produce and record a song with Shakira so that together we could show our Colombia to the world," says Vives. "She has taken the music of our country to unimaginable heights and finally to be able to work with her is a very important achievement," concluded the samarium artist. For Shakira:  "This is a song that represents us both very well, its vallenato-reggaeton. And he is the king of vallenato ... for me he is one of the most impressive artists that Colombia has given us. I’ve always admired him, the style of his compositions, his charisma, his commitment to our country, his incomparable artistic talent and I’m very honored to be invited to participate in this project. The experience of working hand in hand with him has been a really enjoyable one, especially on this song which is a tribute to our country in many ways." The video of "La Bicicleta" was directed by acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Jaume De Laiguana, and will be released in the coming weeks. About Carlos Vives  Singer, songwriter, actor, businessman and USAID ambassador, Carlos Vives is one of Colombia ’s most emblematic artists and one of the most important figures of Latin music. With more than 30 million records sold worldwide, he is considered a pioneer of Colombian’s pop music. He was the first Colombian artist to win a Grammy, and to date has won 2 Grammys and 9 Latin Grammys. After a long absence from the international music scene, Vives returned three years ago with two critically acclaimed albums. "Corazón profundo" and "Mas + Corazón profundo" have generated five No. 1s on the  Billboard Latin Song chart with hits like "Cuando nos volvamos a encontrar" with Marc Anthony,  "Bailar Contigo", "El Mar De Sus Ojos" y "Volví a Nacer", which became an anthem for Latin America dominating radio charts in Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America and Colombia. The "Mas + Corazón profundo Tour" in Colombia became the most successful tour in the country's history, with more than 200,000 fans filling stadiums in five different concerts. In the second half of 2015 he was part of the Unid2’s tour with Marc Anthony where they performed 15 concerts in 46 days, 14 cities, traveled for more than 14 thousand kilometers and played in front of more than 233 thousand people. For more information on Carlos Vives, visit:  About Shakira  Over the course of her career, Colombian singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Shakira has sold over 60 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards including two Grammys, eight Latin Grammys, and several World Music Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, to name a few. She is the only artist from South America to have a number one song in the US , and has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade. At the age of 18, she founded the Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation which currently provides education and nutrition toover six thousand impoverished children in Colombia and is expanding its work to other countries, including newly launched projects in Haiti and South Africa . In October 2011, Shakira was named a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Shakira served as coach on the 4th and 6th season of "The Voice," NBC's hit reality vocal competition series that searches for the nation's best voice. Her tenth and most recent studio album “Shakira” was released in 2014, and she is currently working on her next album.

 The Final Service: New Faith-Based Book To Be Made Into A Movie

El Dorado Hills, CA, May 23, 2016 — The Final Service, the new book by author Gary W. Moore (publisher: Savas Beatie LLC—Released May 2016), is being made into a major motion picture and is scheduled to go into production later this year. A daughter's love for her veteran father deteriorated into anger and bitterness as she grew older and he became less attentive, drank too much, and failed in several ventures. When he dies of cancer after her fortieth birthday, she sheds no tears. She resents that she alone is given the overwhelming task of emptying a large storage barn filled with years of material accumulations — a monumental legacy he left for his daughter. Her emotions, self-doubt, and disappointment spiral downward into depression and alcohol and, in a crisis of faith, she contemplates taking her own life.  A mysterious young man shows up repeatedly at the barn and offers to help her.  All he does is talk, but his views on the purpose of life and his surprising insights about her father and their relationship slowly begin to change her attitude. When she discovers revealing things her father left behind, and learns that his behavior was the result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), her love for him is restored and she is transformed. But who was the mysterious young man? "The Final Service is a book about family relationships and how God can use all circumstances for His good purposes. It shows us how God has a plan for us but it is only revealed in His timing. Many readers have talked about how this book has helped them in understanding and resolving damaged family relationships." — Gary W. Moore This book is a story of understanding, forgiveness, family and faith. It's a reminder that the troubles we encounter have a purpose, and forces more powerful than our own are at work in our lives in ways we are unable to fully comprehend. The movie is being produced by Positivity Pictures, to be released in 2017.  About the Author:  Gary W. Moore is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, executive businessman, and musician. He is the author of Playing with the Enemy (Savas Beatie, 2006), the story of his father's life in baseball and World War II, and Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music (Savas Beatie, 2011). Gary and his wife, Arlene, live in
Bourbonnais , IL.  Available at fine bookstores and all online outlets  The Final Service  By Gary W. Moore
Hardcover and eBook, 192 pages  Published by Savas Beatie May 2016 ISBN: 978-1-61121-294-5 EBook: 978-1-61121-295-2

Weaponised Lego 'in toy arms race'

Lego products are growing more violent as toy makers engage in an 'arms race' to catch the attention of children in a digital age, a New Zealand study says.

Young boys look at lego-made Darth Vader (L) and Luke Skywalker (R), characters in the US movie 'Star Wars' at LegoLand in Tokyo on 15 September 2013

Lego products are becoming increasingly violent as toymakers engage in an "arms race" to catch children's attention in the digital age, a new study says. New Zealand researchers say bricks with weapons have steadily become more commonplace and are now included in 30% of Lego kits. The study said Lego reflected a broader trend in children's entertainment. Lego says weapons are always used for a wider purpose such as saving the world, and are part of a child's development. In a peer-reviewed study published by the online journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the University of Canterbury concluded that Lego "showed significant exponential increases of violence over time", with a higher proportion of weapons appearing among Lego's building blocks and themed kits. Lego's first weapons were issued in 1978 when a castle kit included swords, axes and lances.

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'Move Olympics over Zika' call rejected

More than 100 leading scientists say the Rio Olympics should be moved or postponed due to the Zika outbreak - but the World Health Organization rejects this.

The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro overlooks the Maracana Stadium

The World Health Organization (WHO) has rejected a call to move or postpone this summer's Rio Olympic Games over the Zika outbreak.

It said this would "not significantly alter" the spread of the virus, which is linked to serious birth defects. In an open letter to the WHO, more than 100 leading scientists had said new findings about Zika made it "unethical" for the Games to go ahead. They also said the global health body should revisit its Zika guidance. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said it sees no reason to delay or move the Games because of the mosquito-borne disease. The outbreak began in Brazil a year ago, but now more than 60 countries and territories have continuing transmission. Zika outbreak: What you need to know   Travel advice

Superbugs to 'kill every three seconds'

Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now, a hugely influential report says.

Clostridium difficile drug-resistant bacteria

By James GallagherHealth editor, BBC News website - Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now, a hugely influential report says. The global review sets out a plan for preventing medicine "being cast back into the dark ages" that requires billions of dollars of investment. It also calls for a revolution in the way antibiotics are used and a massive campaign to educate people. The report has received a mixed response with some concerned that it does not go far enough. The battle against infections that are resistant to drugs is one the world is losing rapidly and has been described as "as big a risk as terrorism". The problem is that we are simply not developing enough new antibiotics and we are wasting the ones we have. Analysis: Antibiotic apocalypse   Are we reckless drivers when it comes to antibiotics?

 Dreaming brain rhythms lock in memories

Disrupting brain activity during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep can stop mice from forming new memories, a study suggests.

Disrupting brain activity in sleeping mice, specifically during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase, can stop the animals remembering things they learned that day, a study suggests. It is the clearest evidence to date that REM sleep is critical for memory. By switching off certain brain cells, the researchers silenced a particular, rhythmic type of brain function - without waking the mice. If they did this during REM sleep, the mice failed subsequent memory tests. The research is reported in the journal Science. REM sleep is the phase during which, at least in humans, dreams take place - but the question of whether it is important for settling new memories has been difficult to answer. Recent studies have tended to focus on deep, non-REM sleep instead, during which brain cells fire in various patterns that reflect memory consolidation and "re-play" of the day's experiences.

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Summer Of The Shark

West Palm Beach , FL , May 20, 2016 — It was the most fearsome creature ever to inhabit the planet; a 70-foot, fifty-ton prehistoric Great White shark. Its jaws were large enough to devour an elephant whole and were filled with 7-inch razor-sharp teeth. And if that doesn't scare you, consider this – Carcharodon Megalodon may still be out there, inhabiting the unexplored deep waters of our oceans. You'll be hearing a lot about Megalodon this summer. Warner Brothers just announced that they have greenlit MEG, a monster shark movie based on the NY Times and international best-seller, written by Steve Alten.  Directed by Jon Turtletaub (best known for the National Treasure movies), the movie will star Jason Statham (Transporter, Spy) and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Gravity will distribute the film in China , while Warner will release it throughout the rest of the world. There's also two new MEG novels set to be released in bookstores. The first is an all-new expanded edition of the original MEG, completely rewritten by Steve Alten which features a never-before-published prequel entitled MEG: Origins.  Says Alten, "I had written Origins a few years ago but it was only 80 pages, too short to print. Knowing the movie announcement was coming, I decided to release a new version of MEG with the prequel. But when I combined the two novels, the writing didn't mesh, the prequel having been written by a far more seasoned writer.  So instead of simply adding the prequel, I ended up spending four months doing something I had been wanting to do for a long time – rewriting the entire novel, adding new scenes and developing the characters.  I also added artwork commissioned over the last twenty years, along with an eye-popping surfer cover taken straight out of pages of the book. The result is an entirely different reading experience." The new version of MEG is published by VIPER press.  In June, TOR/Forge will release Alten's fifth MEG novel, MEG: NIGHTSTALKERS in hardback. A few weeks later, Discovery Channel runs their annual Shark Week, followed by SHARK CON in Tampa , Florida July 9 and 10, where Alten will be one of the featured speakers.  In late August the MEG movie begins filming in New Zealand, with regular updates reported for all the "MEGheads" out there, many of whom have been reading the books since middle school and high school through Alten's non-profit, Adopt-an-Author. "Adopt-an-Author is a free reading program designed to get even the most reluctant teen to read," says Alten, the program's founder and director. "It started back in 1998 when I began receiving hundreds of emails from students who were all saying the same thing; that they hated reading until they read MEG. Then teachers reached out, telling me they were using the book as part of their curriculum with surprising success. When I learned that the Young Adult Library Services Association had named MEG as a top selection for reluctant readers, I realized I needed to get involved." Adopt-an-Author offers secondary school teachers free curriculum materials, tests, quizzes, classroom posters, interactive websites, and direct contact between students and the program's author via email, Skype, personal visits, and in-class calls via speaker phone.  "From a dozen teachers in 1998, we've now surpassed ten thousand, almost all from word of mouth.  Most important, the program works because it makes reading fun." Teachers interested in the program can register (it's free) at Alten's interactive website is located at About the Author: Steve Alten is the NY Times and International best-selling author of fifteen novels, including the MEG series and the DOMAIN series, about the Mayan 2012 doomsday calendar, which was #1 in Spain, Mexico and Argentina. He is also founder and director of Adopt-an-Author, a secondary school reading program used by thousands of teachers in the U.S.

Honoring Women With The Gift That Keeps On Giving

A Way To Relax And Be Creative - Inkspirations for Women: Color Your World Happy – Inspiring Designs to Nourish Your Heart and Renew Your Spirit - ~Marci Shimoff, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, Happy for No Reason - With original art by Judy Clement Wall

San Francisco, CA, May 19, 2016 ─ Inkspirations for Women (HCI Books -- $10.95) encourages women to leave the demands of the day behind for a much-needed boost of happiness, creativity, and relaxation. As the largest audience for adult coloring books, women are uplifted in Inkspirations for Women. This adult coloring book helps women unwind and rediscover their inner artist with an eclectic mix of gorgeous designs to color and customize. Believe it or not, scientists have studied coloring, and they've found that it quiets your mind, calms your thoughts, reduces stress, and allows you to simply be. Research shows that coloring can induce a kind of 'flow,' or active meditation, during which you lose your sense of time and your brain waves fall into a calming rhythm. As a result, worries fade away and creative blocks can become wellsprings of ideas. Inkspirations for Women offers: •    Inspiring quotes and motivating mantras from the New York Times bestselling author and happiness expert Marci Shimoff on love, hope, gratitude, dreaming big, and more. •    More than 30 intricate designs from illustrator Judy Clement Wall, everything from flowers and fauna to meditative mandalas and more. •    How-to section by artist that guides readers in how to customize the art or to take their interest further by doodling or patterning within the pages. •    Thick stock paper, allowing readers to use colored pencils, markers or watercolors, and perforated pages encourage framing or sharing finished pieces.  •    Perforated pages for easy tearing and sharing.  The readers of Inkspirations for Women are invited to take a break from the busyness of life with this book's captivating collection of exquisite original art.  After spending a moment with this adult coloring book, women will come to see the world is their canvas to make some beautiful marks!  About the Authors:   Marci Shimoff is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a world-renowned transformational teacher, and an expert on happiness, success and unconditional love. She's authored the international bestsellers, Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason, co-authored six titles in the Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul series, and is a featured teacher in The Secret. She currently co-leads a global online program called Your Year of Miracles to help people live more miraculous lives. Please visit: Judy Clement Wall is a freelance artist/illustrator, writer, and intrepid doodler. In addition to her commissioned artwork and illustrations, Judy creates unique cards and original artwork that celebrates life and inspires creativity. To see more of her art and read her published work, visit her web site at: Ask us about our private labeling program for an Inkspirations coloring book designed personally for your organization. Thank you for blogging about Inkspirations and liking, sharing, and pinning us on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!  Learn more at  Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher: or (800) 441-5569 Inkspirations for Women Color Your World Happy—30 Inspiring Designs to Nourish Your Heart and Renew Your Spirit By Marci Shimoff Judy Clement Wall (illustrator) ISBN: 9780757319235 $10.95 – March 2016

The Chartwell Castel Royal Afternoon Book Review Series:

Eva Roskies Raby reviews The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

  Montreal , May  2016 – Eva Roskies Raby will review The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal .  Admission: $7 members and students, $12 non-members.  For tickets and information call (514) 345-6416.  Please visit to see all books and reviewers this season.  In The Secret Chord, Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel , Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. Eva Roskies Raby was the Executive Director of the Jewish Public Library from 2000 until 2011. Prior to that she was head of the JPL’s Norman Berman Children’s Library.  Her library career also includes McGill University and Vanier College . She earned a B.A. in Joint Honours History and Political Science from McGill University , an MSc (Econ) degree in International Diplomatic History from London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London ( England ) and an M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College , Boston .

Rogue Mission

Possibly The Deadliest Assignment Yet For CIA Super-Spy Jordan Sandor

New York , NY , May 2016 — In the newest thriller by bestselling author Jeffrey S. Stephens, CIA agent Jordan Sandor is on a mission that blends non-stop suspense, intrigue and danger.  Rogue Mission (Post Hill Press, April 2016) takes readers on a mission more complex and with more at stake for Sandor than any he has ever faced. From Bermuda to the United Kingdom , from France to the deserts of Iraq , Jordan must face down villains both known and unknown, recognized and hidden, as he struggles to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. Needing help as never before, Sandor calls upon his usual group of talented associates, as well as top CIA analyst Beth Sharrow, a former lover still willing to risk her life and career to help Sandor. The action begins on the first page and does not end until the explosive climax. About the Author  Jeffrey S. Stephens is the author of the Jordan Sandor series, which also includes Targets of Deception, Targets of Opportunity and Targets of Revenge. A native of the Bronx , Stephens now lives with his wife Nancy in Greenwich , Connecticut , where they raised their two sons, Graham and Trevor. Available in Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and fine bookstores everywhere.  Direct Links: Amazon: and BN:  Rogue Mission : A Jordan Sandor Thriller   By Jeffrey S. Stephens  April 2016   Post Hill Press  Hardcover $26.00   ISBN: 9781618688132

Rose and the Wish Thing

A Magical Story Of A Journey That Begins With A Young Girl's Wish For Friendship

Houston, TX, – Caroline Magerl's new children's picture book, Rose and the Wish Thing, will surely strike a chord with children, parents and teachers alike.  Moving to a
new city or town, or any change for that matter, can be a daunting task and it's not always easy to adapt.  Rose's story, coupled with beautiful illustrations, shows us that sometimes what we're looking for is right outside our own window. Rose is a new face in a new street...she looks out of her window, but won't step out of her own front door. Instead, she calls for something "small and far away," and a wish thing answers by beginning an epic journey in a tired brown box. When at last the wish thing arrives, Rose ventures out of her front door to find what was always waiting for her there..Meet Caroline Magerl: talented author, artist, illustrator and print-maker. Magerl immigrated to Australia from Germany as a young girl and spent the majority of her childhood at sea on her parents' yacht, sailing the east coast of Australia . This lifestyle accommodated little in the way of possessions, and so she especially treasured the East German picture books gifted to her by her Great Oma; "the two languages of imagery and words whose interplay had a profound impact on me". For more information, please visit Rose and the Wish Thing: A Journey of Friendship  By Caroline Magerl Doubleday Books for Young Readers Children's Picture Book Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all fine bookstores.  ISBN-13:  978-0553536171

Out There: The Zen Of Recovery, Weight Loss, Compassion And Competition

Lafayette, CO,
– Transforming from a 320+ pound alcoholic and addict into a healthy and happy Buddhist, Libertarian, vegan and elite athlete took David Clark way out there. Now, with ten years of sobriety, his unique perspective is inspiring others to reach deep inside and break free of destructive habits. He shares his amazing story in a bestselling book, Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery. "Healthy mind and body is where I found peace," says Clark .  "My hope is that people are able to see, through my story, that there are no boundaries to what we can achieve." He credits extreme endurance sports for his path to recovery. He ran the Boston Marathon four times in a single day last year, and recently ran four consecutive 50K ultramarathons in four days on a treadmill while attending this year's ISPO Show in Munich , Germany . Clark 's spiritual transformation into a practicing Buddhist combined with a fierce drive to compete and win give him a balanced view of a world where compassion and competition seldom work in tandem. Out There is a candid story of addiction and recovery; the lessons learned provide inspiration to never give up despite life's challenges. It is brutally and unflinchingly honest—and a testament to the power of redemption and the human spirit. A running coach, sponsored runner and inspirational speaker, David Clark owns a gym near Boulder , Colorado . Prior to running his Quad Boston, he has competed in some of the most difficult endurance races on the planet. An elite athlete, Clark is well respected in the national running community.For more information, visit: Out There:  A Story of Ultra Recovery By David Clark  Publisher:  CreateSpace  Available at   ISBN-10: 1499721196   ISBN-13: 978-1499721195

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By Conrad David Brillantes

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

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

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

Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

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

The Gauguin painting has been on public display for decades     Are you interested to own this Bauer Painting?  Bauer Painting - 34" Height X 24" Width - Open Bidding at US$100,000 is required (  

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.

Bankruptcy may not be the answer

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