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US hits China with biggest tariffs yet

The new taxes target $200bn worth of Chinese goods, marking the largest round of US tariffs so far.

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The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing . These will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far. Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches and high chairs have been excluded. The Chinese commerce ministry said it had no choice but to retaliate but is yet to detail what action it will take. The US taxes will take effect from 24 September, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% from the start of next year unless the two countries agree a deal.  China and trade: Playing dirty or misunderstood victim?    Trade wars, tariffs and protectionism explained   The early victims of Trump's trade war   Trade row: What has happened so far?   Six ways China could retaliate in a trade war    US trade and a tale of two Chinas   US-China trade row: A guide

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Russia blames Israel after plane shot down

The aircraft vanished after Israeli jets put it into the path of Syrian air defence, Moscow says.

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Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes - but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel .

The defence ministry said Israeli jets put the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets. The Il-20 disappeared off the radar at about 23:00 local time ( 20:00 GMT ). Israel is yet to comment on the allegations. It rarely acknowledges carrying out strikes on Syria , but an Israeli military official recently said it had hit more than 200 Iranian targets in Syria over the past 18 months. A tour of Syria - with the Russian military    Russia and Turkey to create Syria buffer zone   Russia's military role in Syria grows   Video A tour of Syria with Russian forces   Why is there a war in Syria?

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Khan al-Ahmar: The West Bank village facing demolition.

Bulldozer in Khan al Ahmar.

 After ten years of legal battles, Israel 's Supreme Court has authorised the destruction of Khan al-Ahmar. Supporters of Israel ’s settlement of the occupied territories applaud what they say is Israel ’s right to build on its own land. But many, including the United Nations and the European Parliament, have been highly critical, saying the move jeopardises any chance of a two-state solution being found in the region. Jeremy Bowen sent this report on the plight of those living there. You can watch his interview with Israeli cabinet minister Naftali Bennett here. Middle East

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The sharpest barbs of the evening were directed François Legault's way during Monday's English-language leaders debate. The CAQ leader should probably get used to it.

Over the weekend, the Quebec election campaign transformed into a referendum on the credibility of François Legault, whose Coalition Avenir Québec is leading in opinion polls.

Jonathan Montpetit - On Saturday, and then again on Sunday, Legault flubbed factual questions about Canadian immigration policy, even though his proposed reforms to that policy are a centrepiece of his party's platform. Immigration takes centre stage at Quebec English-language leaders debate Monday's English-language debate offered a taste of what the next several days hold in store for Legault: it's not going to be fun. For extended periods, it was open season on Legault as both Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard and the Parti Québécois's Jean-François Lisée hammered him on his immigration policies. During an exchange about Quebec 's labour shortage, estimated at 90,000 unfilled jobs, Legault stood by his promise to lower immigration levels by more than 20 per cent and expel newcomers who fail to learn French within three years.   François Legault has ramped up his rhetoric around immigration. Here's a closer look at the CAQ's plan   'Ballot question' is whether Quebec should cut number of immigrants, Couillard says

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'$16m seized' from E Guinea leader's son

Teodorin Obiang: '$16m seized' from E Guinea leader's son - The Equatorial Guinea embassy in Brazil reportedly told police that Mr Obiang was in the country for medical treatment.

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Authorities in Brazil have seized more than $16m (£12m) worth of cash and luxury watches from a delegation accompanying Teodorin Nguema Obiang, vice-president of Equatorial Guinea , local media report.  The 48-year-old, known for his lavish taste, is the son of the oil-rich Central African country's president. Brazil limits people from entering the country with more than $2,400 in cash. About 70% of Equatorial Guinea 's 1.2m population live in poverty. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who is Africa 's longest-serving leader, and his son, have been accused of misusing the country's oil revenue. They both deny any wrongdoing. Human rights groups have also accused the president of systematic repression of opponents.  Africa Live: More on this and others from the continent   Find out more about Equatorial Guinea   Who is President Teodoro Obiang Nguema?  

'World's oldest brewery' found in Israel

Researchers believe they have found the world's oldest brewery in a prehistoric cave in Israel .

Researchers say they have found the world's oldest brewery, with residue of 13,000-year-old beer, in a prehistoric cave near Haifa in Israel . The discovery was made while they were studying a burial site for semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers. Brewing beer was thought to go back 5,000 years, but the latest discovery may turn beer history on its head. The findings also suggest beer was not necessarily a side product of making bread as previously thought. The researchers say they cannot tell which came first, and in October's issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, they suggest the beer was brewed for ritual feasts to honour the dead. "This accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world," Ms Liu said they were looking for clues into what plant foods the Natufian people - who lived between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods - were eating, and during the search they discovered the traces of a wheat-and-barley-based alcohol. The traces analysed were found in stone mortars - up to 60cm (24in) deep - carved into the cave floor, used for storing, pounding and cooking different species of plants, including oats, legumes and bast fibres, such as flax. Li Liu, a Stanford University professor who led the research team, told Stanford News.   

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'World's oldest brewery' found in Israel

Researchers believe they have found the world's oldest brewery in a prehistoric cave in Israel .

Researchers say they have found the world's oldest brewery, with residue of 13,000-year-old beer, in a prehistoric cave near Haifa in Israel . The discovery was made while they were studying a burial site for semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers. Brewing beer was thought to go back 5,000 years, but the latest discovery may turn beer history on its head. The findings also suggest beer was not necessarily a side product of making bread as previously thought. The researchers say they cannot tell which came first, and in October's issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, they suggest the beer was brewed for ritual feasts to honour the dead. "This accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world," Ms Liu said they were looking for clues into what plant foods the Natufian people - who lived between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods - were eating, and during the search they discovered the traces of a wheat-and-barley-based alcohol. The traces analysed were found in stone mortars - up to 60cm (24in) deep - carved into the cave floor, used for storing, pounding and cooking different species of plants, including oats, legumes and bast fibres, such as flax. Li Liu, a Stanford University professor who led the research team, told Stanford News.  

Viewpoint: What can stop India's rupee plunge?

At the beginning of April, $1 (£0.77) was worth 65.1 rupees. On 11 September, $1 bought 72.7 rupees - a record low for the Indian currency. In a little over six months, the rupee has slumped more than 11%

The Indian rupee is languishing at a record low, hit by a combination of forces including higher oil prices and fleeing foreign investors. Pressure is mounting on India 's central bank to act as a weak rupee stokes fears in the country's swelling middle class, writes Vivek Kaul. At the beginning of April, $1 (£0.77) was worth 65.1 rupees. On 11 September, $1 bought 72.7 rupees - a record low for the Indian currency. In a little over six months, the rupee has slumped more than 11%. Why is the rupee falling? One big factor is oil. India imports more than 80% of the oil it consumes. That dependency - coupled with higher oil prices - has seen the country's oil import bill shoot up this year. The oil import bill for the first three months of the financial year was $28.9bn, up from $18.8bn last year. A higher oil import bill basically translates into a greater demand for dollars by the oil marketing companies, which bring oil into India . Money takes flight  Along with the oil marketing companies, a greater demand for dollars has come from foreign investors who are pulling out of India . Over the years, foreign investors have poured a lot of money into India 's stock and debt markets. This was largely fuelled by all the easy money floating around the Western world in the aftermath of the financial crisis that broke out in 2008.  

ING fined €775m for lax crime prevention

The Dutch bank said it regretted its errors meant some customers used accounts for money laundering.

Dutch bank ING has agreed to pay fines and other payments of €775m ($897m; £698m) after admitting errors in its policies to stop financial crime. The bank said it regretted that its mistakes had let some customers use their accounts for things such as money laundering between 2010 and 2016. ING chief executive Ralph Hamers said the bank took "full responsibility". He said the bank's operations must "meet the highest standards" and that not doing so was "unacceptable". Vincent van den Boogert, chief executive of ING in the Netherlands , said it was "taking a number of robust measures to strengthen our compliance risk management". 'Collective shortcomings'  An investigation by Dutch authorities found no evidence that any ING staff had helped customers who may have used banking services for potential criminal activities. It ruled that the errors were not down to individuals, but more the fault of "collective shortcomings at all responsible management levels". Despite this, ING has started measures against a number of former senior employees, including holding back some of their financial packages. In a statement, Dutch prosecutors said: "Clients for years were able to make use of ING bank accounts for criminal activities pretty much undisturbed.

Argentina raises rates as peso plummets

Central bank raises benchmark interest rate in an effort to stabilise the country's financial crisis.

Currency exchange values are displayed in the buy-sell board of a bureau de exchange in Buenos Aires, on August 29, 2018.

The value of Argentina 's peso continued to fall on Thursday, plunging by more than 13% after a 7% drop a day earlier. The decline came despite the central bank's effort to stabilise the currency by raising a key interest rate to 60%. The bank said Thursday's rate hike, from 45% to 60%, was a "response to the foreign exchange rate situation and the risk of greater inflation". It had already increased interest rates four times since April, most recently on 13 August. The rate rises were prompted by the sudden weakening of the peso in April as a drought hurt farm exports, energy prices climbed and a stronger dollar led investors to pull funds from emerging markets. The situation prompted President Mauricio Macri to seek funds from the International Monetary Fund in May. At the time, he cast the request as a precautionary measure, but the economic turmoil has continued. Argentina asks IMF to release $50bn loan as crisis worsens Why confidence in Argentina 's economy is dwindling  

Oops! Australian worker overpaid by A$500,000

A worker in Australia has been paid more than 100 times their normal salary because of a decimal point in the wrong place.

Suitcase of Australian dollars

The worker was meant to get a salary of A$4,921.76 but instead found A$492,176 ($360,700; £280,250) in their account.

The mistake was reported by the territory's auditor-general who put it down to human error. But the worker, based in a remote area of the Northern Territory , resisted temptation and returned the money. The auditor-general noted that the repayment was made four weeks later, but would have been made sooner if the worker had not been based in a remote area and had to travel to a bank. The report blamed two human errors - the incorrect data entry in the first place and then the failure to deal with a system-generated alert. It was one of 743 overpayments made by the Northern Territory 's government departments between July 2017 and January 2018, said the report. Of that, $767,000 has still not been returned by the end of January. The Department of Corporate and Information Services said overpayments represented about 0.2% of the 1.2m payroll transactions it made in the NT each year.

Arts & Entertainment

Hollywood star Burt Reynolds dies at 82

The moustachioed megastar starred in Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and The Cannonball Run.

Burt Reynolds, the wisecracking 1970s movie heartthrob and Oscar nominee, has died at the age of 82.

He reportedly died in a Florida hospital from a heart attack with his family by his side. The moustachioed megastar underwent heart bypass surgery in 2010. Reynolds is survived by his son, Quinton. He shot to fame in 1972's Deliverance, becoming a Hollywood legend with his roles in Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run and Boogie Nights. The veteran actor's agent, Todd Eisner, said his death was "heartbreaking". Reynolds died at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida . The movie star's niece, Nancy Lee Hess, told the BBC his death had left the family "with a broken heart". "My uncle was not just a movie icon, he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students," she said. "He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected." She added: "I want to thank all of his amazing fans who have always supported and cheered him on, through all of the hills and valleys of his life and career." Obituary: Burt Reynolds   Video His career highs and lows  

Why Chinese cinemas are empty but full

For a country which will soon assume the mantle of the world's largest cinema audience, China comes out with a surprising number of big budget B-grade flops.

Some blame this on censorship, others on a lack of creativity but there are also those who see a more sinister force at work, which has nothing to do with film-making. It also has nothing to do with selling tickets: at least not real ones. Some investors are apparently financially backing movies with the sole goal of boosting their stock price that can shift on the perception of a movie's performance, irrespective of its true popularity. Chinese film critic and industry observer Raymond Zhou has been digging into the darker side of film financing in his country. "When you have a hit film, your stock price will go up several times in terms of market valuation compared with the grosses from the box office so some 'financial genius', came up with this idea: Why don't I have fake box office numbers so that I can make much more money from the stock market?" he said.

Ruby Rose exits Twitter amid backlash

A backlash over her casting as a lesbian Batwoman is "ridiculous", the actress says. Actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter profile amid a backlash over her casting as Batwoman in a TV series.   The Australian, who describes herself as "gender fluid", confirmed last week that she would play the first openly lesbian superhero lead.   Many fans celebrated the casting, but others suggested Rose was not right for the role, focusing on her sexuality.  Before deleting her account, Rose dismissed the criticism as the "most ridiculous thing". "Where on earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can't be Batwoman' come from," she wrote in tweets cited by media outlets. "I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with 'she's too gay'." She also wrote: "When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable... When we tear each other down, it's much more hurtful than from any group. But hey, love a challenge." TV to get its first transgender superhero    'The Batgirl I'd like to see'

Bocelli to sing for Pope during Dublin visit

The world-renowned Italian tenor will sing at a concert during Pope Francis's two-day visit to reland  World-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform at an event in Dublin to be attended by Pope Francis later this month. The Festival of Families concert will take place at Croke Park on 25 August, during the pontiff's two-day visit. More than 70,000 people will take part, organisers have said. Bocelli said performing before the Pope was a "privilege for our soul; it is an honour for what the Supreme Pontiff represents in the world". "It is a joy to be able to offer my most modest contribution on the occasion of this grand meeting and moment of reflection about the family," he added. "The family remains the strongest building block of society, a cluster of affection and a privileged space in which one can teach and learn - in every action - how to choose a life that leads toward the greater good." Bocelli will join other acts already announced for the event including Nathan Carter, Daniel O'Donnell, Moya Brennan, The Begley Family and The Priests. Pope Francis will arrive in Dublin on 25 August for a two-day tour, the first Irish papal visit for almost 40 years. Profile: Pope Francis    Remembering when the Pope came to Ireland   Pope to visit a 'different' Ireland   What welcome for the Pope?  

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No alcohol safe to drink, study confirms

The researchers say that the health risks of drinking outweigh any possible benefits.

Bad news for those who enjoy what they think is a healthy glass of wine a day.

A large new global study published in the Lancet has confirmed previous research which has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. The researchers admit moderate drinking may protect against heart disease but found that the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections. A study author said its findings were the most significant to date because of the range of factors considered. How risky is moderate drinking? The Global Burden of Disease study looked at levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries, including the UK , between 1990 and 2016. Analysing data from 15 to 95-year-olds, the researchers compared people who did not drink at all with those who had one alcoholic drink a day. They found that out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury.   Does moderate drinking prevent dementia?   Excess drinkers 'can lose years of life'  

Brazil hunts 'Dr Bumbum' after patient dies

The celebrity plastic surgeon vanished after a woman died following buttock enhancement injections. A celebrity Brazilian plastic surgeon known as Dr Bumbum has gone on the run after a woman died following injections he gave her to enlarge her buttocks. Investigators say Dr Denis Furtado carried out the procedure on Lilian Calixto at his home in Rio de Janeiro but she fell ill during the procedure. Dr Furtado took her to a hospital where her condition worsened and she died some hours later, police said. He then disappeared and a judge has issued a warrant for his arrest. Dr Furtado, 45, has appeared on Brazilian television and has nearly 650,000 followers on his Instagram account. Ms Calixto, a 46-year-old married mother of two who worked in banking, had travelled from her home in Cuiaba , central Brazil , to undergo buttock enhancement by Dr Furtado on Saturday evening, reports said. The procedure, believed to involve the injection of acrylic glass filler, took place at his apartment in the upmarket district of Barra de Tijuca.   How safe is the cosmetic surgery boom?   Does cosmetic surgery really make people feel better?  

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

A team at  Johns   Hopkins   University   has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives.  UK   experts said it was "enormously exciting". However, one said more work was needed to assess the test's effectiveness at detecting early-stage cancers. Tumours release tiny traces of their mutated DNA and proteins they make into the bloodstream. The CancerSEEK test looks for mutations in 16 genes that regularly arise in cancer and eight proteins that are often released. It was trialled on 1,005 patients with cancers in the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, colon, lung or breast that had not yet spread to other tissues. Overall, the test found 70% of the cancers. Dr Cristian Tomasetti, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told the BBC: "This field of early detection is critical. "I think this can have an enormous impact on cancer mortality."  'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early       Test spots cancer a year early   Prostate test 'targets treatment'      Blood tests spot ovarian cancer early

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Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working. Cancer Research  UK   said the test could "greatly improve survival". But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said. Blood samples from 49 men with advanced prostate cancer were collected by researchers, as part of the phase II clinical trial of a drug called olaparib. This type of precision drug is seen as the future of cancer medicine but because it is a targeted treatment, the drug does not work for everyone.  Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust said the test could help target treatment better and also reduce its side effects.  They used it to identify men who were not responding to the treatment in four to eight weeks and also to pick up signs that the cancer was evolving and becoming resistant to the drugs. 'Major impact'  Prof Johann de Bono, consultant medical oncologist at the two organisations, said: "From these findings, we were able to develop a powerful, three-in-one test that could in future be used to help doctors select treatment, check whether it is working and monitor the cancer in the longer term.

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" Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools."

Long, lazy summer days, car trips to visit grandma, campfires (with s'mores of course!) - all the perfect places to introduce storytelling to your children! I invite you to consider the below article by professional author, storyteller and father, Jim Weiss, " Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools." As Jim shares below on the effectiveness of storytelling, "you are twenty times more likely to remember information if you learn it in a story than if you learn it simply as data to memorize. In part, the more stories we encounter, the more effectively our brains learn to work within the structure that most stories follow.  We not only absorb the stories' contents, but at the same time, our brains get used to organizing what we learn into a usable form. We learn how to learn through stories." I'd love to have you share this article with your readers. Jim is also available for an interview if interested. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum  856-489-8654 x302
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Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools
By Jim Weiss
 
Stories are spectacularly successful learning tools. Many studies show that children whose parents tell and/or read stories to them from an early age turn out to be better readers and students later on.
 
Furthermore, you are twenty times more likely to remember information if you learn it in a story than if you learn it simply as data to memorize. In part, the more stories we encounter, the more effectively our brains learn to work within the structure that most stories follow.  We not only absorb the stories' contents, but at the same time, our brains get used to organizing what we learn into a usable form. We learn how to learn through stories.
 
Other brain researchers have found that different parts of the brain kick in when we encounter a story that comes with a visual image, such as on a TV or computer screen, versus when we encounter a story for which we fill in the visuals with our imaginations, as when we read alone, are read to, or listen to an audio.  These different parts of the brain link with different forms of creativity, visualization and imagination.  They even help us build the ability to empathize with other people by "visualizing" ourselves inside characters.  We must "exercise" these different parts of the brain in order to acquire these skills, so introduce stories to a child through a mix of technologies.
 
As a professional author and storyteller, a father, and the husband of an award-winning schoolteacher and counselor, I can attest firsthand that one of the most effective and most engaging ways to teach and to learn is through stories. Here are a few tips I want to share to help you integrate storytelling into your child's daily routine:
 
1. Start with picture books when your child is very young. 
Reading to children not only offers the value of the book's contents, but also visually demonstrates that you value books, which reinforces your child's interest in reading. Read aloud to your child, or try telling a story you already know in your own words, as you turn the pages.  This allows you to keep eye contact with your child, while offering you the security of having the book to refer to if you feel you've lost your way.
 
2. Introduce stories of historical or fictional people who do what they love.  There are endless resources: books and web sites that tell stories of famous artists, composers, engineers, athletes, scientists, etc. You never know which one will resonate with your child and open up a lifetime passion, so offer a variety.  I've had many people tell me "I'm a scientist/artist/author now because I listened to your recording about scientists, etc."
 
3. In addition to telling stories to your child, try to tell with her or him.  First, tell an old favorite together. It gives the child a sense of mastery, particularly if every so often you ask, "What did she do then?" Next, try creating a new version by asking, "What if Cinderella hadn't dropped the glass slipper? Can we think of another way she and the prince might have found one another?" If you reach a dead-end, go back to an earlier moment of decision in the story, hae the character make a different choice, and go on from there.
 
4. Another form of storytelling is family stories. Sharing incidents from your life, or those of your ancestors, gives the message to your child that s/he is important enough to share in this family history, and imbues your child with a sense of her/his own roots and identity.   
 
5. Always consider to whom you are telling the story, and think of yourself as "translating" the intent of the story onto a level this person can understand.  You can tell a story differently at different developmental stages.  Think about what you most want the child to remember.   Start simply with what you know, and tell it in your own words.  If you make a mistake say, "I forgot to tell you that..." and go on; kids find that endearing. Another way to handle having left out a part is to say, "Now what Aunt Joan didn't know yet was that Uncle Bill had already bought the tickets."  This presents the information you forgot as a dramatic element of the tale. Storytelling reinforces reading, too, and adds a rich oral language element, but it demonstrates something additional.
 
6. One powerfully positive element of storytelling is that it fosters a strong bond between parent and child.  Through our stories, and the manner in which we choose to tell them, families and entire societies pass on what matters most to them.  Children come to recognize that you are sharing your true self, not through a lecture but through a story.  Your child may not retain into adulthood every single detail you taught him/her, but always will remember that, "Mom/Dad loved me enough to share what s/he thought really mattered the most."
 
If you are fortunate, there will come a day when you see your own child, now grown up, carry on this story tradition with his/her child.  It all starts and ends with love -- and a good story.
 
Jim Weiss founded Greathall Productions in 1989. To date, Jim is the producer and reader of 58+ Greathall storytelling recordings featuring classical literature and history, as well as masterful and thoughtful, unabridged readings of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham; Men of Iron by Howard Pyle; and more. He is also the recipient of 100+ national awards from numerous prestigious sources. Jim travels extensively across the
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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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 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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Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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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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  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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