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'Pearl Harbor' row after US win

 The US victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup turns into a Twitter row, with some calling it "revenge" for Pearl Harbor .

The hyper-patriotic account is generally considered to be a parody, but many on Twitter were quick to take up the theme. "They destroyed Pearl Habor, we destroyed their dreams," said another user Sean Garcia. Others referenced the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima , with one user remarking: "Someone forgot to tell our US women's team that we already avenged Pearl Harbor ." 'Awful human beings' But many Twitter users also condemned the negative reaction expressed by some fans. " Pearl Harbor isn't funny. Hiroshima isn't funny. Nagasaki isn't funny," said Twitter user Taylor Perry. "This isn't WW2. This is a women's soccer match in 2015." Another user tweeted: "Jokes about bombing, Pearl Harbor and racist remarks are never funny in the first place. Why can't we all just watch the game and cheer?"  SPORT USA 5-2 Japan -     World Football: Micronesia hammered 38-0 by Fiji

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Greek PM replaces outspoken minister

Greece 's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns, hours after voters back his policy of rejecting creditors’ demands for more austerity.

Yanis Varoufakis (5 July 2015)

Greece 's outspoken finance minister has resigned, hours after voters backed his call to reject creditors' demands for more austerity in a referendum. Yanis Varoufakis said it was felt his departure would be helpful in finding a solution to the country's debt crisis. Eurozone finance ministers, with whom he repeatedly clashed, had wanted him removed, Mr Varoufakis explained. Meanwhile, global financial markets have fallenover fears that Greece is heading for an exit from the euro. The European Central Bank (ECB) is to meet to discuss whether to raise its emergency cash support for Greek banks, which are reportedly just days away from running out of funds and collapsing. BBC Europe editor Katya Adler says the eurozone's most powerful members, France and Germany are at odds over what to do next, with France taking a softer and Germany a harder line.   Follow the latest updates   Markets ride out Greek storm   Peston: 48 critical hours for Greece   What next after 'No' vote?   Mixed feelings in Greek press   LIVE Greece: Latest updates    Greek debt crisis   Markets ride out Greek storm    Hewitt: Greeks gamble future     'There's no money, but we'll be OK'     Pensioners pay the price

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Twin Nigeria blasts kill scores

Two bomb attacks - on a restaurant and a mosque - in the central Nigerian city of Jos have left at least 44 people dead, the authorities say.

Aftermath of Boko Haram attack in Zabarmari, Nigeria, 4 July 2015

This attack comes after a bomb blast in Zabamari in north-east Nigeria on Friday

Two bomb attacks on the central Nigerian city of Jos have left at least 44 people dead, the authorities say. A restaurant and a mosque were targeted on Sunday night. No-one has claimed responsibility but militant group Boko Haram has attacked Jos before, even though it is not in north-east Nigeria where the Islamists normally operate. The blasts are the latest in a series of deadly attacks in recent days which have seen more than 200 people killed. The attacks came shortly after the Ramadan fast was broken, with both sites full of people. Of the 44 dead, 23 were killed at the restaurant and 21 at the mosque, Nigeria 's National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) says. There are also 47 people being treated for injuries, but emergency officials are still gathering information, so the figures may rise. Latest African news updates The blast at the restaurant was caused by a bomb that had been planted, whereas the mosque was attacked by a suicide bomber and that explosion was preceded by gunfire, the BBC's Ishaq Khalid reports.

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Women's World Cup in Canada : A success or a failure?

CBC Sports reporters Doug Gelevan and Andie Bennett look at how Canada held up as FIFA host

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Spectators look on from the stands during a FIFA World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Korea Republic in Montreal , Tuesday, June 9, 2015 . (Graham Hughes/CP Press)

When the 2015 World Cup schedule came out and soccer fans in Montreal saw that their city was not hosting the final, there may have been some people who were upset about that. But now, looking back at how things unfolded, it's safe to say fans in Montreal were privileged to the best on field product this tournament had to offer — the quarter-finals between Germany and France and the semifinals between Germany and the USA were the best games of the tournament. Germany , USA and France are the top-three ranked teams in the world and they delivered thrilling performances. Montreal hosted a true showcase to the quality of the women's game. It was almost so good that the failings of the Olympic Stadium as a venue could be overlooked… almost. "It didn't feel like we started with a bang in Montreal ," says Daybreak sports columnist Andie Bennett "Those first couple games the attendance wasn't great and it feels even more empty when you're in a building like that." The unfortunate part is that of the nine games played in Montreal , only three — the quarter-finals, the semifinals and Canada vs.  Netherlands  — had enough fans to create a real atmosphere at the Big O, which can hold more than 60,000 spectators.   Follow CBC Sports' FIFA Women's World Cup coverage here

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"A loss of freedom for all Canadians"

JCCF responds to Ontario court ruling in  Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada

CALGARY : The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) today responded to the Ontario court ruling in  Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada. The JCCF intervened in this court action, in support of freedom of association, as protected by Section 2(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice upheld the decision of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) to refuse to recognize the law program of Trinity Western University (TWU), a private Evangelical Christian university in Langley , B.C. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has approved the law program of TWU as meeting academic and professional standards.  The LSUC admits there is nothing wrong with TWU's law program, but claim that TWU's Community Covenant discriminates against the LGBTQ+ community.  The Community Covenant prohibits numerous legal activities such as vulgar or obscene language, drunkenness, viewing pornography, gossip, and sexual activity outside of the marriage of one man and one woman.
The JCCF argued for the Charter section 2(d) right to freedom of association, including the right of every charity, ethnic and cultural association, sports club, temple, church, and political group to establish its own rules and membership requirements. "This court ruling against TWU's freedom of association undermines the freedom of association of every other group in
Canada as well," stated John Carpay, lawyer and president of the JCCF. "For a free society to remain free, its citizens must accept that other people can and do have radically different conceptions of reality, including unpopular ideas about sexuality.  The Court's decision effectively recognizes a legal right to be free from hurt feelings, which undermines both freedom of expression and freedom of association," added Carpay. For more information please contact:  John Carpay, President, JCCF, 403-619-8014 or jcarpay@jccf.ca  Daniel Santoro, counsel for JCCF, 416-888-7865 or santoro@dbsfcounsel.com   Read Court Documents and Case Backgrounds   Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms   #253, 7620 Elbow Drive SW Calgary, Alberta, T2V 1K2    JCCF.ca    "Defending the constitutional freedoms of Canadians"

Are Schools Failing Students When It Comes To Money Matters?

Educators Must Make Financial Literacy A Priority, Says CEO Of Society For Financial Awareness

Something may be missing as high school seniors across America accept their diplomas this graduation season. Those years of K-12 learning likely provided them opportunities to learn about historic figures, find Canada on a map and dissect a frog. But superintendents at most school districts across the country have failed to include required classes in the core curriculum that would help ensure the teenagers are prepared to handle money wisely after they graduate. The teens' financial illiteracy could prove costly throughout their lives as they make – or fail to make – decisions about purchasing an automobile, borrowing for college, taking out a mortgage, saving for retirement and racking up credit card debt. It's a potentially disastrous scenario just waiting to unfold, says Jim Chilton, founder and chief executive officer of the non-profit Society for Financial Awareness (www.sofausa.org). "Most of our schools do little or nothing to teach students about financial literacy, even though it's a practical skill that will serve them all their lives," says Chilton, whose organization's mission is to "eliminate financial illiteracy, one community at a time." SOFA does that by conducting free workshops and seminars for corporations, small businesses, government agencies, community colleges, libraries, churches or organizations. Chilton says the need for his organization's services is great because so many adults, uneducated in the ways of money, struggle to understand finances and are prone to making decisions that prove costly to their bank accounts, retirement funds and investments. What's especially frustrating, he says, is that the situation could easily be changed for the nation's future adults if schools made financial literacy a priority. "Financial literacy really needs to be part of the core curriculum for every high school in America ," Chilton says. "It's a subject our young people will have to deal with in life, whether they are prepared or not." State education departments are making progress, but in fits and starts, and certainly not with the urgency that is called for, Chilton says. For example, New Jersey now requires that high school students take a course in economics and financial literacy to earn a diploma. The requirement began with the class of 2014. " New Jersey has the right idea and is to be applauded," Chilton says. "But the education systems in most states are nowhere near where they need to be if we hope to have a nation of financially literate adults." A 2013 study by the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College in Vermont gave 11 states an F because they had few or no requirements for personal finance education in high school. Chilton's own home state, California , was among the F states, which to him is further demonstration of just how crucial SOFA's services continue to be. "That's downright appalling," Chilton says. "We really need to turn the situation around. You can look at the spending and saving habits of so many Americans and the need for financial literacy just jumps out at you. People take on too much credit card debt. Many of them don't set aside money for emergencies. And about one-third of Americans have no retirement savings at all." Just seven states earned an A in the Center for Financial Literacy study. Those top-performing states – Georgia , Idaho , Louisiana , Missouri , Tennessee , Utah and Virginia – require a standalone personal finance course or require that personal finance be part of another mandatory course. New Jersey earned a B in the study, which happened before that state's new graduation requirement kicked in. The study noted that "we would not allow a young person to get in the driver's seat of a car without requiring drivers education, and yet we allow our youth to enter the complex financial world often without any related education." It's a point Chilton wholeheartedly agrees with. "Change needs to happen in our education system," he says. "And it can't happen soon enough." About Jim Chilton Jim Chilton is the founder and chief executive officer for the Society for Financial Awareness, or SOFA (www.sofausa.org), a non-profit public benefit corporation with a mission to provide financial education across America . SOFA conducts free financial workshops and seminars to individuals, companies, and organizations on such topics as "Getting Fiscally Fit," "Financial Blunders," "Exploring Your Options for a Quality Retirement" and "Solving Debt." Chilton is a San Diego , Calif. , native and alumnus of San Diego State University . After college, he became a high school teacher and coach, but later joined the financial services industry. After achieving a desirable level of success, Chilton felt the need to do more for the community and in 1993 founded SOFA.

Translate Your World

Translate Your World, developers of across-language communication software, announces the availability of its new software that enables almost anyone to converse in real-time across 25 different languages.   There has never been anything like Translate Your World.  Just go to a webpage and talk.  The words of each speaker are instantly translated into the other language to appear as subtitles or be heard as attractive synthesized computer voice. "We invite the entire world to try Translate Your World for free," says Sue Reager, the company's CEO, who speaks 10 languages and commutes between Silicon Valley and Atlanta .  "You can easily converse globally with family and business colleagues almost anywhere in the world.  Use it to teach, train, learn another language, hold business meetings, or communicate with the deaf and blind. Translate Your World is not a replacement for an old way to communicate, it is a brand new way to bring the world together to share ideas, especially including people with whom it may have been difficult or impossible to converse in the past.  Translate Your World makes global conversation an everyday reality." Technically, Translate Your World is a mission control center that unites great side-software by the giants of technology including Microsoft, Google, Nuance, SDL, ReadSpeaker, SIMS, Yandex, Systran, Android, Baidu, WebRTC, VoIP, and many more to function harmoniously while empowering the world to bridge the language barrier.  Translate Your World provides users with access to the best language features of each technology.  Many of these side-software are found in personal devices, but have rarely if ever been used – until now. The previous Version 1 of the software translated what one person said, but not what the other person replied.  With the new Version 2, almost anyone can talk and be understood.  Whether on web conferencing like Skype, WebEx, Adobe Connect, Google Hangout, or tablets and smartphones, the entire conversation is translated and there is communication.  Moreover, people of many languages can speak together at the same time, all in their native tongues, while the subtitles flow in the language of each participant.  The speed of the computerized voices that turn the translations into an uncanny, almost lifelike experience has been greatly improved over Version 1, as well, with only a slight delay following the original spoken words. Try it for free at:  http://www.TranslateYourWorld.com  

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The year of living far too dangerously

There are signals that three al-Jazeera men detained in Cairo may find freedom, but too many journalists still work in all too dangerous times. Read full article

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Canada Direct

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One Square Mile of Canada

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

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

What does it mean to be Canadian?

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

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

Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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

Got a second?

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

Oh Canada How I Love You

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

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Australia PM orders talk show boycott

Australian PM Tony Abbott tells his ministers not to appear on the popular ABC talk show Q&A, after it features a former terror suspect.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

The Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) was criticised after a former terror suspect was allowed on live television show Q&A two weeks ago.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has cancelled his Monday night appearance, according to local media reports. Mr Joyce's office cited the prime minister's order for why he cancelled his appearance, local media said. "The Prime Minister has communicated that he does not want any frontbencher to appear on Q&A," a spokesman for Mr Joyce told the Sydney Morning Herald. The Q&A programme has become a lightning rod for debate in Australia about national security and freedom of speech. Citizenship The ABC last week conceded it was wrong to let Sydney man Zaky Mallah appear live on the program to ask a question. It is undertaking a review of the decision. In 2005, Mallah was convicted of threatening to kill government officers but acquitted of terrorism charges. Australia's ABC 'wrong' over guest     Rivals to rally as Greek vote loom

  Asia shares slide on Greek 'no' vote

 Most Asian stock markets fall after Greek voters rejected austerity demands from creditors in Sunday's referendum.

Asian stock markets headed lower after Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected austerity demands from creditors in Sunday's referendum. The euro fell across the board after Greece rejected the conditions of a bailout package, increasing the odds of the country's exit from the eurozone. It was at $1.1014 against the dollar in Asian trade, having recovered slightly from one-month lows hit earlier. Hong Kong 's Hang Seng closed down 3.2% at 25,236.28 - leading Asia 's losses. Japan 's Nikkei 225 ended 2.1% lower at 20,112.12. The yen - often viewed as a haven currency in times of uncertainty - rallied against the dollar and euro. The euro fell 1.5% to a six-week low of 133.70 yen, but then recovered some losses to trade at 135.45. However, it is still down from Friday's rate of 136.185 yen. Panic and blame in China's markets   Greek voters reject bailout offer   Dealers to prop up China shares   China to probe market manipulation

Working Your Way Through Retirement

A Part-Time Job Could Be The Answer If Your Golden Years  Leave You Bored Or Short Of Money

Many people who waited eagerly for the day they could stop working and enjoy a leisurely retirement find that the reality doesn't match their dreams. "Some people are not prepared financially or mentally to retire," says Michael Bivona, a retired CPA and author of the book "Retiring? Beware!! Don't Run Out of Money and Don't Become Bored" (www.michaelbivonabooks.com). He suggests a part-time job provides a possible solution for both deficiencies – giving a boost to your bank account and a mission to your daily living that another round of golf just isn't supplying. "I don't think many people realize that they may live 30 to 40 years after leaving the workforce," Bivona says. "The amount of money required to sustain a comfortable lifestyle is staggering." Meanwhile, boredom becomes an insidious enemy, even for retirees with a beloved pastime they hoped to make the centerpiece of their existence. Playing tennis or lying on the beach is relaxing and pleasurable when done once a week or a couple of times a month. But the novelty wears off quickly when it becomes a person's primary occupation, Bivona says. He suggests a few part-time job possibilities that could work out nicely for retirees, whether their needs are financial or they just want a place to go every day to mingle with co-workers: •  Cruise ship employment. This is an ideal way to combine a part-time job with pleasure, Bivona says. The ships provide room and board and the use of their facilities when the workers are not plying their trade. Possible jobs onboard cruise ships include golf instructors, scuba diving/water sports instructors, bridge instructors, arts and crafts instructors, caricature artists, dance instructors and photographers. "The opportunities on cruise ships are endless," Bivona says. "Where else can retirees spend time teaching what they enjoy while traveling around the world, eating wonderful food and earning extra pocket money? I have a friend who has been a dance host on ships for six years, and plans on continuing for as long as his legs hold out." •  Librarian. Part-time work at the local library could be a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys being around both books and other people who appreciate them. The duties include answering customers' questions, shelving books, helping patrons check out books, tracking overdue materials and cataloging and keeping an eye out for lost and damaged items. •  Bookkeeper. If you have the right experience with bookkeeping and computer applications, then this can be a good possibility. Usually, the opportunities are with small businesses and entail a full sweep of financial record keeping. Duties may include establishing and maintaining inventory database systems, tracing accounts receivable and accounts payable, maintaining checking and savings accounts, producing financial reports and following up on delinquent accounts. •  Virtual assistant. This is a job you can do from your home. The main purpose of a virtual assistant is to assist busy business executives who do not have in-house staff to attend to various administrative functions. These positions have become available due to small companies trying to keep permanent overhead costs down. Training programs are available at community colleges, many of which offer online certifications. The duties of an assistant include making travel arrangements, sending out letters and providing other support services, which are easily handled remotely via email and telephone. "If you look around, there are a multitude of opportunities out there," Bivona says. "I recommend first trying to find something you have a passion for. But if you aren't successful with that, widen the search because there are plenty of other possibilities that will put extra money in your pocketbook." About Michael Bivona Michael Bivona, a certified public accountant, retired from the accounting profession and the computer-enhancement industry. He is an award-winning author and has written "Dancing Around the World with Mike and Barbara Bivona;" "Was That Me? Turning Points in my Life;" "Retired? What's Next?"; "Business Infrastructure in a Computer Environment;" and "Retiring? Beware!! Don't Run Out of Money and Don't Become Bored." In 2007 he was the recipient of the prestigious Long Island University Distinguished Alumni Award. He has two children and lives with his wife, Barbara, on Long Island , New York , and in Delray Beach , Florida .

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LOCAL PBS STATION CONTINUES EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING

New York City , NY- July 2, 2015 - The display case at Mountain Lake PBS has two new awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association, continuing a tradition of excellence at the station. The programs honored at the awards gala in Manhattan last week were On Home Ground and FOCUSED: Creative Youth in the Empire State . On Home Ground captured an award in the “Outstanding Documentary” category.  The film provides an intimate look into the lives of three Iraq and Afghanistan veteran from the Adirondacks re-acclimating to civilian life. Years after coming back, these veterans reflect on their homecoming, rebuilding relationships, grappling with physical and mental changes, and finding a unique, grounding camaraderie among fellow veterans. This Emmy-nominated 60-minute documentary was produced by Tomeka Weatherspoon and released in November 2014. "I'm thrilled. My team and I were just through the roof to receive the award," said producer Tomeka Weatherspoon. "I hope it means that people were able to connect with the film. Knowing that, makes this all the more rewarding." FOCUSED: Creative Youth in the Empire State received an award in the “Outstanding Locally Produced TV Show” category. The 30-minute special highlights the New York State Summer School of the Arts.  NYSSSA offers opportunities for teens desiring future careers in the arts. The special explores the creative force that motivates New York kids to give up their summer vacations for four weeks of intensive study and training. FOCUSED premiered in October 2014, and was produced, written, and edited by Paul Larson. "The talent and drive of the kids at the summer school are what inspired me during the making of this show. I actually didn't have awards in mind at all while producing it,” Larson said.  "I'm really happy for the students, instructors and administrators of the summer school that their program has received such an honor." Daniel McCullum was the videographer for the documentary On Home Ground, which was edited by Michael Hansen. They both lent their expertise to the program FOCUSED as well. “Tomeka and Paul have not only achieved the production of outstanding television programs, but also developed the kinds of partnerships needed to tell the most important stories of our region.  That is really the heart of our mission, and we are so proud of the work they have done,” said Bill McColgan, Director of Production and Content at Mountain Lake PBS . “ Mountain Lake PBS is lucky to have a talented team of storytellers, and I’m honored that the station has been recognized for their efforts. Both Paul and Tomeka have created exceptional work, and I commend them for these awards” said Erik Nycklemoe, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS. Download full-size image here. Photo Credit: Paul Larson and Tomeka Weatherspoon at the NYSBA Award Ceremony. Photo by Matt Ryan. About Mountain Lake PBS  Mountain Lake PBS produces high quality programs for local and worldwide audiences, reaching over 3.9 million viewers in New York , Vermont , Quebec and Ontario . The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children.   On Home Ground & FOCUSED: Creative Youth in the Empire State Honored with Awards from New York State Broadcasters Association  CONTACT: Jennifer Kowalczyk, EMAIL: jkowalczyk@mountainlake.org  PHONE: (518) 324-0127  (518) 324-0127

Working Your Way Through Retirement

A Part-Time Job Could Be The Answer If Your Golden Years -  Leave You Bored Or Short Of Money

Many people who waited eagerly for the day they could stop working and enjoy a leisurely retirement find that the reality doesn't match their dreams. "Some people are not prepared financially or mentally to retire," says Michael Bivona, a retired CPA and author of the book "Retiring? Beware!! Don't Run Out of Money and Don't Become Bored" (www.michaelbivonabooks.com). He suggests a part-time job provides a possible solution for both deficiencies – giving a boost to your bank account and a mission to your daily living that another round of golf just isn't supplying. "I don't think many people realize that they may live 30 to 40 years after leaving the workforce," Bivona says. "The amount of money required to sustain a comfortable lifestyle is staggering." Meanwhile, boredom becomes an insidious enemy, even for retirees with a beloved pastime they hoped to make the centerpiece of their existence. Playing tennis or lying on the beach is relaxing and pleasurable when done once a week or a couple of times a month. But the novelty wears off quickly when it becomes a person's primary occupation, Bivona says. He suggests a few part-time job possibilities that could work out nicely for retirees, whether their needs are financial or they just want a place to go every day to mingle with co-workers: •  Cruise ship employment. This is an ideal way to combine a part-time job with pleasure, Bivona says. The ships provide room and board and the use of their facilities when the workers are not plying their trade. Possible jobs onboard cruise ships include golf instructors, scuba diving/water sports instructors, bridge instructors, arts and crafts instructors, caricature artists, dance instructors and photographers. "The opportunities on cruise ships are endless," Bivona says. "Where else can retirees spend time teaching what they enjoy while traveling around the world, eating wonderful food and earning extra pocket money? I have a friend who has been a dance host on ships for six years, and plans on continuing for as long as his legs hold out." •  Librarian. Part-time work at the local library could be a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys being around both books and other people who appreciate them. The duties include answering customers' questions, shelving books, helping patrons check out books, tracking overdue materials and cataloging and keeping an eye out for lost and damaged items. •  Bookkeeper. If you have the right experience with bookkeeping and computer applications, then this can be a good possibility. Usually, the opportunities are with small businesses and entail a full sweep of financial record keeping. Duties may include establishing and maintaining inventory database systems, tracing accounts receivable and accounts payable, maintaining checking and savings accounts, producing financial reports and following up on delinquent accounts. •  Virtual assistant. This is a job you can do from your home. The main purpose of a virtual assistant is to assist busy business executives who do not have in-house staff to attend to various administrative functions. These positions have become available due to small companies trying to keep permanent overhead costs down. Training programs are available at community colleges, many of which offer online certifications. The duties of an assistant include making travel arrangements, sending out letters and providing other support services, which are easily handled remotely via email and telephone. "If you look around, there are a multitude of opportunities out there," Bivona says. "I recommend first trying to find something you have a passion for. But if you aren't successful with that, widen the search because there are plenty of other possibilities that will put extra money in your pocketbook." About Michael Bivona Michael Bivona, a certified public accountant, retired from the accounting profession and the computer-enhancement industry. He is an award-winning author and has written "Dancing Around the World with Mike and Barbara Bivona;" "Was That Me? Turning Points in my Life;" "Retired? What's Next?"; "Business Infrastructure in a Computer Environment;" and "Retiring? Beware!! Don't Run Out of Money and Don't Become Bored." In 2007 he was the recipient of the prestigious Long Island University Distinguished Alumni Award. He has two children and lives with his wife, Barbara, on Long Island , New York , and in Delray Beach , Florida .

The Master Game

By Michael E. Gerber - There once was a man named DeRopp who wrote a book titled The Master Game.  No need to discuss his book or his philosophy here, other than to say it had to do with the shaping of one's life and options through a lens few of us normal people have ever looked through before. It brings to mind a question many people have asked me over the years about the entrepreneurial genius of Steve Jobs. What did he know that the rest of us did not?   My answer was simply that Jobs didn't actually know more than the rest of us; he simply cared more. I believe that's the heart of choice; caring more. Not just doing more. And, certainly not just doing something different than what you're doing today. So, the subject then becomes, what does "caring more" mean? What does it look like and how does it reveal itself, especially at your age and mine? In my work with entrepreneurs and small business owners, caring more is a huge conversation, in that most of my clients and students over the years were confused about what it meant and how it related to what they were doing in their work. They actually believed they cared, even when it was obvious as we pursued the conversation that they didn't. Yes, they cared about the money.  To live without it would certainly throw a monkey wrench into their lives.  So, in one sense they cared about making money, just as we all do.  But, Steve Jobs didn't! Think about it. Here was a guy who dropped out of college in his first year, wandered off to India on a spiritual hippy quest that seriously disappointed him, took an engineering  job for which he was hopelessly unsuited, and then started his own company, Apple, in his father's garage, without any hope of succeeding, if you measure success by a financially robust outcome. In short, Jobs didn't care about the money.  He cared about his dream.   And his dream was so outrageously incongruent with what was going on in the world of his time as to be, on the face of it, absurd. So caring, as we're beginning to look at it, has nothing to do with any of us personally – neither DeRopp nor Jobs cared about themselves personally – it has to do with the impersonal.  It has to do with something huge outside of ourselves.  It has to do with someone else.  And it also has to do with the ineffable. What is the ineffable? To DeRopp it was the product of the Master Game. To Jobs it was the product of Apple.  Not the computer, but the product of the computer, the profound impact the Mac would have on the lives of his customers, and, then, through his customers, the unexpected outcome for the world. Everything Jobs did had to do with the ineffable, which couldn't be described perfectly (thus the ineffable). But he could experience it inside, as a picture that appeared to him, in his imagination, in his unconscious, in his visual, emotional, functional and financial mind. (Yes, Apple was a financial engine as well as an innovative engine – the innovative engine of our time.) That vision drove Jobs and his company, and all of the people he attracted, to be a force moving forward with unabated determination to completely transform the world. All one can say about that is, "Wow!" From our perspective, what Jobs did and what DeRopp wrote about and how he lived are far more ambitious than what any of us would do, so why even put it into our consciousness here? To feel guilty? To feel overwhelmed? To feel diminished or minimalized? No, not at all.  The point is to feel what it means when I say, "Steve Jobs didn't know any more than the rest of us do, he simply cared more." Because each of us has the ability to feel more, to care more, to discover more, than we've ever felt, cared about or discovered before. And if that's true (and at age 79, working as I am on the creation of an enterprise  seemingly impossible for me to pursue,  I know that it is true)  then what in the world do we do about it? That's the question I wanted to pose to you: What DO you care about? And why? And what difference will it make to the world? What is your ineffable? How does it show up in your mind, in your imagination, in your heart, in your spirit? What is your Apple? What is your Master Game? What is it that you've been placed on this earth to create? About Michael E. Gerber - Michael E. Gerber (www.michaelegerbercompanies.com) is an entrepreneur, thought leader, speaker and best-selling author whose modern classic, "The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It," has sold more than 3 million copies. He is the founder of The Dreaming Room™, where entrepreneurs and others are provided the tools and facilitation to see, experience, develop and design their Dream, Vision, Purpose and Mission . A free subscription to his Dreaming Room Monologues, a series of taped inspirational talks, is available through his website. His next book, "Beyond The E-Myth" is a passionate response to America 's current inspiration deficit.

Are Business Books An Overlooked Key To Success?

Innovation is the marrow that keeps an organization thriving, says Adam Witty, who has blazed a path in recent years as one of " America 's coolest young entrepreneurs," according to INC. Magazine. "Sometimes, a term is used so often that you have to wonder whether it still retains meaning, but I think innovation describes something that's essential for business-minded dreamers who live in the real world," says Adam Witty, the founder and CEO of Advantage Media Group (http://advantagefamily.com/), The Business Growth Publisher™. "We know that books empower readers, but what many overlook is how books empower authors – it gives experts further say as the ultimate authority in their space," says Witty, whose company helps busy entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals create, publish, and market a book to grow their business. Entrepreneurs, small business owners, professional speakers, attorneys, doctors, financial advisors, coaches, philanthropists and many more all either ascend or descend based on their credibility. A book is an innovative way to leverage one's expertise and tip the scales in a favorable direction. Witty explains. •  Turn clients into fans. The most profitable companies in the world boast the most fanatical clients and customers. Think about Apple, which does many things very, very well. One of them is servicing the customer first. And Apple excels in communicating its mission to its audience. A book does both of those things. Profiting from book sales is not the point; you will have serviced readers with information, which may be free, and gotten across your messaging simply by having a book available. •  Expand your gravitas. Positioning yourself as the go-to person in your field may seem like a hopeless task considering the sheer amount of competition there is vying for everyone's attention. Work, school, children, TV, social media and the endless sea of websites keep most people engaged at nearly every turn. Published authors, however, are part of .04 percent of the global population, which is a nice differentiation rate considering most professionals today have websites. •  Earn quantity and quality. A goldmine of new customers come from referrals, which spend an average of five times more with businesses than a customer acquired through general marketing or advertising. Most profitable businesses report that much more than 70 percent of new clients result from referrals made by current customers. Referrals involve a trusted recommendation from a family member or friend, who validates a business with the currency of trust. "Nearly every expert I've worked with has seen a dramatic increase in their referrals," Witty says. "Books are an investment. If someone reads your book – or simply knows you have one – you become part of that currency of trust." •  Talk it out! Of course, successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and other experts are smart and have plenty of insightful things to say, but getting it down just right in book form is time-consuming. At least, it used to be. "Our popular Talk Your Book® program has helped hundreds of experts," he says. "Over the course of 10 hours, a project editor interviews authors-to-be by phone. Our editorial team then transcribes ideas, transforming them into a manuscript." About Adam Witty - Adam Witty is the founder and CEO of Advantage Media Group, The Business Growth Publisher™ (http://advantagefamily.com/) Throughout the past decade, he has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals to help them Create, Publish, and Market a book to Grow Their Business. He has been featured on ABC and Fox, and was selected for INC. Magazine's 30 Under 30 list of " America 's coolest young entrepreneurs" in 2011. Witty is an in-demand speaker, teacher and consultant on marketing and business development techniques for entrepreneurs and authors and is a frequent guest on the acclaimed Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina.

Retirement Plans Can Be Imperiled When Long-Term Care Needs Arise

Savings Are Depleted Quickly If Not Properly Protected

There's a tendency to give a silent cheer any time the average life expectancy grows a little longer. But long life also has its downsides. "Not everyone will spend all of their retirement years being active and doing all the fun things they planned," says Mark Cardoza, author of the book "Positioning 4 Retirement." (www.positioning4retirement.com) "Many people will end up needing long-term care, such as in nursing homes, and that can be expensive. How to pay for that care is a looming problem for a lot of people." Cardoza began learning about long-term care needs when his father became terminally ill about a decade ago. Much of what he learned was not reassuring. The federal government knew as far back as the 1970s and 1980s that long-term care of aging Americans would become a growing issue, Cardoza says. "They realized that the American public saw growing old and being cared for as an entitlement," he says. "Instead of educating people and creating political trauma, they developed what we now know as 'qualified retirement plans.' " Such plans include the popular 401k plans that many employers offer in lieu of pensions these days. They are attractive because they allow people to defer taxes on the money placed in the account, and some employers offer matching funds. But retirement savings can be vulnerable when a person needs long-term care, Cardoza says. The cost of long-term care can deplete retirement savings pretty quickly. One option for offsetting some of the costs is to apply for Medicaid. But in some cases, unless retirement savings are properly protected, they can be considered an asset and must be spent first before Medicaid kicks in, Cardoza says. He says there are several options for protecting your retirement savings and getting the most out of those dollars you so painstakingly set aside throughout your working years. A few options include: •  Long-term care insurance. A long-term care insurance policy, if properly designed, will provide your family with financial, physical, and emotional resources while protecting your assets. Financially, it is a way to self-insure, using assets to pay for coverage, entirely or while getting through the look-back period. A long-term care insurance policy is a disability plan. It doesn't replace incomes as a typical disability plan would; instead, it provides income to pay for necessary services in the event of accident, illness, or aging and being unable to do everyday tasks. •  Fixed annuities. An annuity is an insurance product. Money is placed in the annuity with the insurance company's promise to pay an amount in the future as a lump sum or in intervals over a decided period of time. Fixed annuities are designed to protect your retirement assets from financial catastrophe. They can also provide security and protect your retirement income by providing an income stream either for the rest of your life or for a defined period of time. •  Irrevocable trusts. An irrevocable trust is used to protect assets, minimize estate tax liability, avoid probate, and maintain privacy. These trusts are designed to protect qualified funds, in which taxes could be deferred, and non-qualified funds, for which tax deferrals were not allowed. Ultimately, Cardoza says, before making any decisions it's best to consult with a professional who understands the intricacies of retirement planning. About Mark Cardoza Mark Cardoza (www.positioning4retirement.com) was born in Easton , Massachusetts and has lived there ever since with his wife Janice.  Together they have raised three children who are now adults. After graduating from Johnson & Wales College with a degree in Hospitality Management, Mark entered the corporate world. In 1994, he created Whistles Express Restaurant, a diversified restaurant concept. In 2002, Mark was asked to help a family member settle an estate and quickly learned about insurance and its role in estate planning. Shortly after, his father became terminally ill and Mark learned about long-term care needs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. In 2004, Mark became licensed in Life and Health Insurance. He quickly became engulfed in the industry, learning the intricate functions insurance programs play in the role of asset protection, retirement, estate, and eldercare planning. In 2006, Mark sold his restaurant and began working full-time in the insurance industry.  In 2011, he established M. Cardoza Insurance, Inc. He holds the designation of CLTC (Certified Long Term Care) specialist and is certified in the area of trusts and estate planning.  

THE MONDIAL DES JEUX LOTO-QUÉBEC BACK FOR A SECOND YEAR

Montreal , June 30 2015 - In its inaugural year, the Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec was a resounding success. This year, the MJLQ is back from July 11 to 25, 2015 . A truly multiplayer festival, this event is unlike any other in Québec, offering a diverse program that's entirely dedicated to gaming, in all its forms and on every platform. The ideal spokesman - For this year's edition, the festival is privileged to have Quebec 's videogame industry icon, television host and critic Denis Talbot, as its spokesperson. "It is an honour for me to be representing the Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec in 2015. To me, it is a sign of vitality on the part of an industry that is dear to my heart and that can only benefit from this association with the more traditional world of board games." Amazing programming This year, the Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec is proud to announce its association with Microplay, who will hold several daily video game competitions; to satisfy all gamers' competitive natures. The Gaming Lounge, located at the heart of the Complexe Desjardins, is a meeting point for gamers of every level, where they will have the opportunity to put their talented thumbs to the test. The same goes for some local studios, such as Warner Bros. Games Montreal, who will be present throughout the Festival, to let players discover their new flagship game, Batman: Arkham Knight. In association with reporters from IMGMR, a live studio will also be installed in the Gaming Lounge, to broadcast this incomparable festival on the Internet. For exclusive on site programming live streamed worldwide, the IMGMR studio will be primarily used to conduct interviews with high-level players, industry professionals and celebrities. Festivalgoers will sit at the front row of this exceptional experience and will also be invited to try out new games daily. The Mondial des Jeux Loto-Québec also gives festivalgoers a chance to immerse themselves in the vast and dynamic universe of board games and outdoor gaming. For the occasion, the Maisonneuve Boulevard , from Jeanne-Mance to Saint-Urbain street , will be turned into a real open-air playground. For game players eager to discover more, Québec's best of the best will host, The Fédération québécoise des jeux récréatifs tent on our famous Gaming Boulevard . Checkers, Génies en herbe and Scrabble tournaments will be held, as well as many others, including the Chess championship for French speaking countries. The passionate staff at both Socio-Jeux and Randolph 's, will give players a chance to experience their giant-sized games and a wide variety of local and international board games. The Valet d'Cœur will be back this year with unbeatable offers on many products, as well as a juggling workshops to entertain kids and grown-ups alike. Nintendo will also have a booth on the boulevard, from July 16 to 19, where it will give players a chance to ink their way to victory in their exciting and original new title Splatoon. Geomag invites youngsters to give their imagination free rein with KOR, its new magnetic construction system. Grown-ups will have a chance to try their luck at Kinzo, presented again this year by the Montreal Casino. The popular team-building game 55 icônes is also back at the festival after a notable appearance in 2014.Lastly, just like last year, the North-American qualifying rounds of Just Dance Now will be held throughout the duration of the festival on the Gaming Boulevard . This free contest will give Montreal 's best dancers a chance to fly to Paris , where the discipline's final rounds will take place at the ESWC (Electronic Sports World Cup), in the Fall.

Can Updating The Narrative About Black Men And Boys Improve Race Relations?

Social Entrepreneur Says It's Time To Tell The True Story And Not An Outdated Stereotype

Black Americans are increasingly uneasy about race relations in the United States , ranking that as the nation's No. 1 problem along with unemployment, according to a new Gallup poll. Much of their concern, which began growing last year, is driven by highly publicized police shootings of unarmed black men, Gallup reports. The fact that race relations ranks so high is not surprising because of how often the news and entertainment media highlight stories that associate black men with violence, crime and poverty, says Trabian Shorters, founder and CEO of BMe Community, a network of all races and genders committed to building better communities across the U.S. "When black males are portrayed everywhere we look in a negative light, our brains – no matter our race or sex – are prone and primed to believe that this portrayal is correct, even the norm," Shorters says. "In fact, it's not. Not by a long shot." One way to address the problem is to update the narrative with a more full picture of black men and boys, says Shorters, who also is co-editor with Ben Jealous of the book "Reach – 40 Black Men Speaking on Living, Leading and Succeeding" (www.Reachwithus.com). Just as an example, he says, more than 80 percent of black males 25 and older have at least a high school diploma. And a much-repeated myth – that there are more black men in prison than in college – is not true and probably never was, according to a study by Ivory Toldson, a professor at Howard University . The United States is bursting with black males who are educated, good businessmen and great fathers, yet their contributions to society are overlooked, Shorters says. He cites several reasons why America needs to update the way it views black males: •  The nation is in the middle of perhaps its biggest cultural transfer in history. Over the coming years, the baby boomers will give way to the millennials as the largest generation in history. As that happens, America will no longer have a racial majority. "All of the social myths will be updated for better or worse," Shorters says. "If we make a concerted effort to understand each other over the next decade, I think we can change them for the better." •  Recognizing that black men are assets opens up opportunities for all people to build better cities by working with those black men who are willing to uphold important values and take constructive action. "We must stop ignoring the overwhelming amount of good that black men do for our country," Shorters says. •  Letting go of stereotypes about black males will help more than just black males. Valuing all members of the human family is the most prosperous way forward for a nation as diverse as the United States , Shorters says. All of us should reject any narratives that denigrate people and prejudice one group against another. "That's why at BMe Community we are committed to working with people of all races and genders to bring about a more caring and prosperous country," Shorters says. "We can each be the hero in the story of America 's future," Shorters says. "As black men and as a nation, our challenges are real, but our contributions are more real. What you focus on has power over your life. So, as black males and as Americans, we make our future when we make our choice." About Trabian Shorters - Trabian Shorters is co-editor with Benjamin Jealous of the bestselling book "Reach – 40 Black Men Speaking on Living, Leading and Succeeding" (www.Reachwithus.com). He also is a social entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in diverse fields including national service, technology, nonprofit, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. In 2011 he launched BMe Community while serving as vice president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Shorters left the Knight Foundation in July 2013 to focus on growing BMe Community. BMe builds caring and prosperous communities inspired by black men. As vice president of communities for Knight Foundation from 2007-2013, Shorters directed a $300 million portfolio in 26 cities as well as the field-leading Knight Community Information Challenge (KCIC), which enticed more than 300 foundations to experiment with funding news projects. He graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1991 with a degree in journalism. He is also a Cranbrook Educational Community graduate and a 2015 Ashoka Fellow.

 "I am not a neuroscientist. I am an energy architect,"

After twenty years of trying to get it right, few organizations truly understand employee engagement or have failed to see improvement in employee engagement in their company. And yet, other organizations have increased engagement but find their employees are drained and depleted. Why is this? Because almost no one could have anticipated the unbending nature of what Human Energy Architect and co-founder of Canada based Juice, Inc., Brady G. Wilson calls "the engagement paradox": the more companies focus on engagement, the more disengagement they produce. So what causes this paradox? It's simple. Managing engagement turns out to be just another drain on the most precious resource in business today – energy. It's not that employees don't want to be engaged. They're committed and loyal workers, however, in today's "over extended" era, they're simply struggling to make it to the weekend. Lacking energy, they resort to quick fixes, workarounds, and reactive firefighting, thereby hardwiring depletion into the system. Simply, they need a pep in their step and Wilson 's the guy to give it to them. His newest book, Beyond Engagement: A Brain-Based Approach That Blends the Engagement Managers Want with the Energy Employees Need, is constructed with these busy leaders in mind. Readers can grasp the essence of the ten ideas simply by reading the 'What' – what's the brain science?, 'How' – how does this show up at work?, and 'Why' – why does it matter? sections at the beginning of each chapter. They also each end with a case story illustrating the amazing results of managing energy and an energy management question intended to spark dialogue between the reader and their fellow leaders. "A central theme of Beyond Engagement is that we have both an emotional and a rational brain and, when leaders learn how to partner with both brains, they release their employees to do remarkable things," says Wilson . "By reading this book, you will be enabled to work with the whole person and see the incredible results that flow from humanizing the workplace."  Wilson devotes a chapter each to ten leadership principles based on the findings of brain science. These principles, listed below are the key to moving beyond engagement:

1.      Manage Energy, Not Engagement  2.      Deliver Experiences, Not Promises  3.      Target Emotion, Not Logic  4.      Trust Conversations, Not Surveys  5.      Seek Tension, Not Harmony  6.      Practice Partnering, Not Parenting  7.      Pull out the Backstory, Not the Action Plan  8.      Think Sticks, not Carrots  9.      Meet Needs, not Scores
10.   Challenge Beliefs, Not Emotions 

"I am not a neuroscientist. I am an energy architect," adds Wilson . "For more than two decades, I've grappled with and found ways to address the issues that short-circuit employee engagement. My purpose in Beyond Engagement is not to enlighten you with scientific facts, though I do point you to those facts. Rather, it is to equip you with an understanding of the amazing results of managing energy." I'd love to send you a copy of Beyond Engagement or put you in touch with Brady Wilson for an interview. He is also taking select byline requests at this time. Full bio and links below. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum, 856-489-8654 856-489-8654 x302  erin@smithpublicity.com  Brady G. Wilson is, undisputedly, the embodiment of focused energy. As co-founder of Juice Inc., Brady's vision is to create a world where businesses pulsate with creative energy. For 20+ years, he has inspired and energized leaders, managers, and frontline workers in many of North America 's Fortune 500 companies. His passion for creating breakthroughs for companies has spawned such innovative tools and programs as The Power of Conversation™, Beyond Engagement™, and The Energy Check™.  An animated and intensely pragmatic keynote speaker, Wilson shares practical tools and the know-how to help business leaders step into life's grittiest tensions: creating an audience experience that moves concepts from theory to application. His passion for energy compels keynote audiences to not only get involved in the presentation, but carry their excitement away with them, inspired to create a sustained approach to positive change—and better business results. Wilson is the author of four books, including his most recent release, Beyond Engagement. When not using his energy in the workplace, Wilson also devotes it to his family, training for Ironman and marathon races and volunteering in his community.   Connect with Brady Wilson on www.juiceinc.com, www.twitter.com/juiceinc, www.facebook.com/juiceinc and www.linkedin.com/company/1358946.  

Montreal to host the World Finals of an international eSport competition

Alas, Paris is not the only city to be hosting a final round of the World Cup; The Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec will be hosting, here in Montreal , the largest ever Counter-Strike: Global Offenvie to have been organized on the American continent, with over twenty professional teams from all over the globe. A prize pool of 75 000$ USD is up for grabs for these international superstars, who will have flown in from 4 different continents! Our very own Stephanie Harvey, Quebec based Ubisfot employee, will try to win the women's title, on Canadian soil! All in all, more than a hundred games will be available, free of charge, for festivalgoers to challenge their families and friends. The detailed programming of the event will be unveiled during a press conference on June 30, at the Montreal Casino. The Mondial des Jeux Loto-Québec wishes to thank Tourism Montréal, the City of Montreal and the Secrétariat à la region métropolitaine for their support, without which the event could not have been held, as well as Loto-Québec, a proud sponsor since year one.

How To Navigate Today's Entrepreneurial

Landmines Without An MBA - The 'Meat & Potatoes' Approach To Efficiency And Success, From A Veteran Businessman

Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. Richard Branson. Marc Zuckerberg. Ted Turner. They are just some of the world's business giants who've never earned a college degree. "Higher education certainly has its benefits; but based on experience, the data that's out there and what others have told me, there can be better ways of preparing for a life in business than beginning one's earning years tens of thousands of dollars in debt from college," says Ed Basler, a veteran entrepreneur and CEO of E.J. Basler Co., (www.ejbasler.com). "Hard work, working smart, listening and abiding in the examples of those who've been successful are the keys to success in business. College doesn't necessarily impart those attributes to students. The price of an MBA is certain, but its value is not." Nearly 70 percent of seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2013 had student loan debt, which averaged $28,400 per borrower, according to The Institute for College Access and Success. If a costly college degree doesn't necessarily deliver the goods on what works in business, then what does? Basler, author of "The Meat & Potatoes Guide to Business Survival: A Handbook for Non-MBA's & College Dropouts," briefly explains key principles. •  Respect the power of your vision. It may sound hokey to some, but not to dreamers like Walt Disney – another giant who succeeded without a degree. In fact, those who criticize the dreams of visionaries are those who've either failed or never dared to dream in the first place. To put it simply, big vision = big results; small vision = small results; no vision = no results. Never mind the naysayers. Listen to those who have something to say, including those who fully support your dream, and those who offer constructive criticism. Talk it out with anyone who'll listen. Be open to improvement. •  Fly with eagles. You don't have to reinvent the wheel. Join your industry's trade association. It is a wealth of ideas, information and networking opportunities. Meet the leaders in your fields. Join your local Chamber of Commerce and find a seasoned experienced mentor. They can be found. •  Never pay retail. In some ways, a college degree is retail. There's no guarantee that you'll get the expected result, such as a good job, but you certainly pay a financial price. In business, frugality pays. The easiest and most frequently cited price is usually one that can be improved. You can buy office furniture at a store, or you can cut those prices by half or more by going to an auction. Always be on the lookout for a more cost-efficient way. •  Use a checklist. No, this is not an app or a new way of thinking about business. Instead, it's an old, tried, tested and true way of accounting for the most important things that need to be done. As the leader of your business, you need it, but you should also encourage everyone under you to keep a list, too. If something is worth doing at work, then it's worth the extra daily reminder. Put the most important item at the top and then check it off once done. This lets you know with certainty that the task has been accomplished and clearly indicates what's needed next. •  Deadlines orient your attention to goals with each passing hour. What if President John F. Kennedy did not announce his ambitious deadline on May 25, 1961 , to safely send a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s? We may never have made it. Ambitious deadlines foster excitement for accomplishment. Our attention as human beings is prone to wandering. Deadlines guide us back to our ambition. •  There's no end to improvement. There's no end to improvement. Everything you are currently doing can be improved. Ignore this at your own peril. Your competition believes this and is ready to pass you up the moment you become complacent and settle for the status quo. If you are not growing in innovation, quality, and customer service, you may soon find yourself out of business. About Ed Basler - Ed Basler is a longtime entrepreneur and CEO of E.J. Basler Co., (www.ejbasler.com), which provides precision-machined parts and solutions to companies worldwide. He is a sought-after motivational speaker and president of Fresh Eyes Coaching, a firm that helps small businesses identify profit opportunities and obstacles. Ed and his wife, Cathi, also founded and ran a nationally recognized not-for-profit youth organization for 15 years. He is the author of "The Meat & Potatoes Guide to Business Survival: A Handbook for Non-MBA's & College Dropouts." If you would like to run the above article, please feel free to do so. I can also provide images to accompany it. If you're interested in interviewing Ed Basler or having him write an exclusive article for you, let me know and I'll gladly work out the details. Lastly, please let me know if you'd like to receive a copy of his book, "The Meat & Potatoes Guide to Business Survival," for possible review.

Homeowner used old smartphones to create free security network

Kapiti Coast District, Wellington , New Zealand & Tel Aviv – 30 June 2015 – New Zealander Melissa Rodrigues' three-year-old son claimed he heard an intruder. The first time she didn't believe him. The second time, he showed her the proof – footprints in the mud. The third time the intruder appeared, Melissa and her husband caught him using the free app, Salient Eye (www.salient-eye.com), which allowed her to transform an old smartphone into a camera and motion detector. "The support this app gave us was absolutely fantastic," said Ms. Rodrigues. "It meant we didn't have to put ourselves in harm's way to look for him, and with the email alert we were on the phone to the police in literally seconds!" Salient Eye's free Android security alarm system transforms cameras on old mobile devices into motion-sensitive alarms with immediate notification. Users can even put smartphones throughout their houses to create an instant security network for free. Haggai Meltzer, founder and CEO, Salient Eye, created the app after he'd been robbed. "I had a drawer full of old smartphones. They were too old for the thief to take an interest, but not too old for me to figure out a better way to use them." The only hardware required is an old phone or tablet, with security only two clicks away. Requiring no registration nor payment, app setup is not technical; it's all icon-based for simplicity. Salient Eye works on any Android system, as far back as 2.2 (2010) and sends notifications to any device. Although the story is rather frightening – Ms. Rodrigues property was violated three times in three nights – there's a happy ending. Once the Salient Eye app "saw" the intruder, Melissa was immediately notified with an email alert. She called the police, and a manhunt of five police cars and a dog tried to track him down. The dog actually lost his scent, but the picture from the Salient Eye app provided enough details that the man could easily be identified. He was a neighbor living a few houses away. He was on a spree and confessed to everything – not only stealing tools from the Rodrigues family but also stealing from other neighbors. Here is the link to the images the app "saw": http://ws.salient-eye.com/EventReport/mel-rodrigues879708/2015/06/27/16/46   Ms. Rodrigues found Salient Eye online. "Having no money to be able to buy a 'proper' system, I stumbled across the app, which allowed me to have a free, immediately available security setup. The app literally helped our whole community," she said. Salient Eye is available for free download at Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mantishrimp.salienteye About Salient Eye Salient Eye uses the phone's camera to sense motion, sounding an optional alarm when a break-in occurs, and immediately forwarding pictures via email and SMS. The technology can be used on phones as far back as Android 2.2, which was released in 2010. An iOS version will be available soon. Please visit www.salient-eye.com for more information.   

Arup Welcomes Groundbreaking of New Champlain Bridge

Having completed engineering consulting services and technical advice for complex PPP highway and bridge project, Arup welcomes and supports new project partners for construction phase of busiest corridor in Canada.

MONTREAL (June  2015) – Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, is pleased to observe the official groundbreaking for the new Champlain Bridge Corridor Project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America. The project, which includes the replacement of the 3.4km-long Champlain Bridge and 4km of congested urban highway, is vital to local and national economy. Working directly for Infrastructure Canada , Arup provided expert technical advice and design development to accelerate the delivery of the $4.239B Public Private Partnership (PPP) project. The bridge is expected to open in December, 2018. “Arup is proud to have delivered a technically viable, economically affordable yet architecturally iconic design, in collaboration with its partners and Infrastructure Canada.” said Martin Landry, leader of Arup’s Montreal office. “We have worked hard to ensure that the project specifications are flexible enough to realize the transportation demands of the Montreal region for the next 125 years.” As new partners join the project, Arup will continue to support the Canadian Government throughout the project, working to ensure the objectives are realized. Arup is also currently involved with the design delivery of several major complex infrastructure projects in Canada reaching critical milestones this quarter, including design for the stadia and velodrome venue for the 2015 Pan Am summer games in Toronto; the Billy Bishop Pedestrian Tunnel, a PPP project connecting downtown Toronto with the Toronto City Airport and built under the Western Gap of Toronto Harbor on Lake Ontario; and the revitalization of Queens Quay on Toronto’s waterfront. About Arup - Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first North American office 25 years ago and its first Canadian office in 1999, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas . The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (www.arup.com

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Donald Trump Got the Boot From NBC

US TV network NBC fires Donald Trump over Mexico comments - US TV network NBC is cutting ties with Donald Trump over "recent derogatory statements" that the veteran businessman made about immigrants.

US TV network NBC is cutting ties with Donald Trump over "recent derogatory statements" that the veteran businessman made about immigrants. NBC said the company would now not be airing the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants that are co-owned by Mr Trump. Responding to the announcement, Mr Trump said he would consider suing NBC. Earlier this month, he accused Mexicans of adding drugs and crime to the US as he announced he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination. "They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards, and they tell us what we are getting," he said in his speech on 16 June. He also pledged to build a "great wall" on the US border with Mexico and insisted it would be paid for by Mexicans. He later insisted he was criticizing US lawmakers, not Mexican people. NBC had faced pressure from Hispanic advocacy groups to drop Mr Trump's shows and a petition on the Change.org website gathered more than 200,000 signatures. On Monday, the network issued a statement saying: "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values." Celebrity Apprentice would continue to be aired, it added, as it is licensed from a separate group. Mr Trump stopped hosting the show when he entered the presidential contest.

Avicii Releases His Third "Waiting For Love" Video

The Official Video is the Second About Reuniting with a Loved One, Proving That Love is True at Any Age!  

The official video stars Sten Elfström and Ingrid Wallin and was directed by Sebastian Ringler. “Waiting for Love,” released globally on PRMD Music/Island Records, was written and produced by Avicii, Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare and Simon Aldred and features the powerful vocals of UK-based artist Cherry Ghost, aka Simon Aldred. “Waiting for Love” is from Avicii’s forthcoming album Stories, due out later this year. AVICII: Website / Facebook  / Twitter / YouTube    Diana Baron / Caroline Stegner, d.baron media relations inc. diana@dbaronmedia.com  / caroline@dbaronmedia.com  310-315-5444 310-315-5444   www.dbaronmedia.com

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Obamacare's 'death spiral'

What you need to know about the Supreme Court case - Don't have time to keep track of the Affordable Care Act lawsuit now at the Supreme Court? We break it down to the basics.

Aymara Marchante (L) and Wiktor Garcia sit with Maria Elena Santa Coloma, an insurance advisor with UniVista Insurance company, as they sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before the February 15th deadline on February 5, 2015 in Miami, Florida

Don't have time to keep track of the Affordable Care Act lawsuit now at the Supreme Court? We break it down to the basics. The Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, and ever since has been the subject of legal and legislative battles. Now, the Supreme Court is set to decide on King v Burwell, a case that could put the law - also known as Obamacare - into a "death spiral" in much of the country. It's complicated - and it's just one part of an even more complicated law. But to understand the basics, here are seven key points. 1. Didn't we already do this Obamacare and the Supreme Court thing? Yes. In 2012, justices ruled that the law, which requires that all Americans have health care, was constitutional. Many people thought that was that. They were wrong.

Crowdfunding Platform Created To Fund Type 1 Diabetes Research Designed To Prevent

Cure, Care And Treat This Disease

San Diego , CA , June 24, 2015 –One out of every hundred Americans has type 1 diabetes. Millions of children and adults struggle with this autoimmune disease. Despite these numbers, funding has decreased for research to prevent, cure, and better manage the disease. Of the funding available, 97% goes to established scientists with conventional projects. Scientists starting out in diabetes research, also known as early-career scientists, have a difficult time finding money to support their innovative ideas. Considering Albert Einstein developed the general theory of relativity at the age of 26, Frederick Sanger determined the structure of insulin at age 34, and Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the structure of the DNA molecule at age 37 - just imagine our world today if these scientists had not received funding for their research? DRC created a platform connecting donors directly with early-career scientists throughout the country, enabling them to perform research designed to prevent and cure type 1 diabetes, minimize its complications, and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease. Early-career scientists from across the country submit their projects and a panel of more than 80 of the leading diabetes experts review it for innovation, feasibility, value, and achievability. As established scientists, DRC's panel of experts donate their time and expertise to encourage the next generation of diabetes investigators to push the envelope. The time from application to funding can be as little as 12 weeks, compared to over a year for many research grants, and 100% of research funds go directly to the scientists in 2015. To ensure transparency, each researcher provides updates on their project, posting final outcomes on DRC's website. Dr. Todd Brusko from the University of Florida successfully funded his project through DRC. He received $50,000 to begin working on his project titled, "Can we engineer a patient's immune cells to stop the autoimmune attack that causes type 1 diabetes?" "The Brusko lab is incredibly grateful for the donation received to drive this exciting research project forward. Conducting research on this scale is a team effort," says Brusko. The Diabetes Research Connection was established in 2012 by five tireless proponents of diabetes research. Dr. Alberto Hayek, emeritus professor from the University of California and Scientific Director at Scripps/Whittier Diabetes Institute in San Diego; Doctors Nigel Calcutt and Charles King, diabetes research scientists affiliated with the University of California, David Winkler, an attorney, entrepreneur and venture philanthropist who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six, and Amy Adams, a writer and business owner whose son has lived with type 1 diabetes for most of his life. "As someone who has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years, and who has other family members and friends who have diabetes, I know firsthand how this disease impacts a person's life and the lives of those around them," says Winkler.  Alberto Hayek, M.D., co-founder and president of The Diabetes Research Connection and world-renowned diabetes expert believes that the lack of funding for early, discovery-stage projects is one of the biggest problems in research. "With DRC, we are giving scientists the resources to test and validate research that departs from conventional thinking, because the opportunity to pursue new paths is when and where breakthroughs occur," says Hayek.

Skinny jeans given health warning

Skinny jeans can seriously damage muscles and nerves, doctors have said.

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A 35-year-old woman had to be cut out of a pair after her calves ballooned in size, the medics said in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. She had spent hours squatting to empty cupboards for a house move in Australia . By evening, her feet were numb and she found it hard to walk. Doctors believe the woman developed a condition called compartment syndrome, made worse by her skinny jeans. Compartment syndrome is a painful and potentially serious condition caused by bleeding or swelling within an enclosed bundle of muscles - in this case, the calves. The condition caused the woman to trip and fall and, unable to get up, she then spent several hours lying on the ground. On examination at the Royal Adelaide Hospital , her lower legs were severely swollen. Although her feet were warm and had enough blood supplying them, her muscles were weak and she had lost some feeling. As the pressure had built in her lower legs, her muscles and nerves became damaged.

Are You A Denier Or A Know-It-All

When It Comes To Long-Term Care? How Family Stereotypes Emerge When Aging Loved Ones Need Assistance   The statistics are staggering.

About 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 70 percent of people over 65 will require long-term care services at some point. But few people make preparations for this inevitable part of life that can drain a family both emotionally and financially. Finally, when the need for long-term care approaches the crisis level, several family members may be thrust into participation whether ready or not, says Chris Orestis, senior health-care advocate and CEO of Life Care Funding (www.lifecarefunding.com). "In many situations the need for care will creep up on a family," Orestis says. "Suddenly, people realize they have assumed duties that take up more and more of their time, and take a toll on their lives." Over the years, he says, he has seen these family members gravitate naturally to roles that fall into several stereotypes. •  Caretaker – This person provides care for the loved one at home and, without realizing it, becomes a fulltime caregiver. Usually, this is a spouse or an adult child, most often a daughter. •  Bookkeeper – This person focuses on the financial aspects, trying to determine what assets or insurance policies are available to help with the costs of care. •  Chauffeur – This family member drives the loved one to appointments, runs errands, makes grocery runs and eventually may drive the aging loved one to tour assisted-living facilities. •  Guardian – This family member takes on such roles as power of attorney or trustee, assuming the legal responsibilities within the family. •  Denier – This person can't accept or admit that the loved one, or they themselves, need care. •  Know-It-All – Most annoying of all, this family member constantly questions decisions, or lobs suggestions from the back bench, but isn't near the situation or involved hands-on. With such a lineup, it's easy for resentments to build, Orestis says, but that needs to be avoided because the focus should be on the aging loved one and easing the transition if a decision is made to move into a nursing home or assisted-living facility. Eventually, once it's clear professional long-term care is needed and a plan is in place to make it happen, a conversation needs to take place with the loved one, who may be apprehensive or even resistant, Orestis says. The conversation should be handled with compassion and delicacy, he says. Emphasize that not only will this move improve their health and safety, but there will be numerous opportunities for social activities, games, art, entertainment and great food. "The key is for the family to come together," he says. "Look for the signs that care is needed, formulate a plan, communicate effectively with your loved ones and change the perspective about long-term care from a negative to a safe, healthy and enriching experience in the continuing journey of life." About Chris Orestis Chris Orestis, nationally known senior health-care advocate and expert, is CEO of Life Care Funding (www.lifecarefunding.com),which created the model for converting life insurance policies into protected Long-Term Care Benefit funds. His company has been providing care benefits to policy holders since 2007. A former life insurance industry lobbyist with a background in long-term care issues, he created the model to provide an option for middle-class people who are not wealthy enough to pay for long-term care, and not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.

New anti-malaria compound discovered

Scientists said new malaria drugs are "urgently needed" as parasites develop resistance to current ones

Researchers at Dundee University have discovered a new compound which could treat malaria while protecting people from the disease and preventing its spread, all in a single dose. The compound, DDD107498, was developed by the university's Drug Discovery Unit and the Medicines for Malaria Venture. Scientists said the "exciting" new drug could work well against parasites resistant to current treatments. Details of the discovery have been published in the journal Nature. The World Health Organisation reported 200 million clinical cases of malaria in 2013, with 584,000 people dying from the mosquito-borne disease, most of them pregnant women or children under five. Concerns have been growing about strains of malaria which are resistant to current treatments, which have already appeared on the border between Myanmar and India . Scientists at Dundee University develop an "exciting" new single-dose malaria drug to combat drug-resistant parasites.

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How Do You Handle Life's Detours?

Wise Decisions Can Start With Noticing Silver Linings, Says Celebrity Host

The loss of a job; a bad break-up; a nasty accident; a new, obsessive habit; a big move to a new town; health problems experienced by you or a loved one – these are some of the many things that can turn your life upside down. These are life's detours that you don't expect. Could there be a good way to respond to such turns in life? Is it honest to "look on the bright side?" Isn't the root feeling hurt? "I don't think most people could ask you to deny your feelings, but you don't have to be led by the nose by feelings, which have a primary characteristic of being temporary," says Steve Gilliland (www.stevegilliland.com), a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame and author of the recently released "Detour," the follow-up to his widely acclaimed "Enjoy The Ride." "Life is change – it's axiomatic. Most of us accept this on an intellectual, abstract basis. But when it comes to experiencing change, we often resist it. Fear of change causes immense yet unnecessary suffering. Personal growth and maturity are based largely on how you respond to life's unexpected detours." Gilliland summarizes a few basic steps to dealing with life's detours: •  Ask yourself about opportunity. We don't like most of life's detours because they force us out of our comfort zone. New duties at work or a request from a spouse may not only pique our defenses but also make us wonder, "Can I do this?" Fear and anxiety may push us to focus on our weaknesses and convince us of what we cannot do. When we make a simple shift in mentality, however, we can empower the beginning of personal growth by seeing unprecedented challenges as opportunities. •  Are you willing to change? If not, then you can't see opportunity. Change is inevitable, growth is optional. If your wife asks you for a more patient attitude, for example, will you grow with an open heart or dig your heels in. She may not divorce you if you remain stubborn, but your relationship will likely flounder. Seeing a challenge as an opportunity enables self-improvement. And, when it's time to ask something of your wife, you will have currency with which to work. The same principle applies to work. If you're asked to take on a new responsibility and respond well, you will gain leverage in your career. •  Can you envision something better? In the process of internally negotiating change, a positive vision can help you tilt the scales of change as something positive. The vision can be specific. If you don't know how to use software at work that you need to use, imagine how much better your time will be spent once you learn. What will it take to get there? Practice. It may not be effortless, but you'll have mapped out a solution. The vision can be broad, too. Is it possible to be more patient in general toward life's detours? Indeed. Simply having more patience toward loved ones, for example, will improve your relationships tremendously. About Steve Gilliland - A member of the National Speaker Association's Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland (www.stevegilliland.com) is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized by his peers as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily alongside Jeff Foxworthy and other celebrities on SiriusXM Radio's Laugh USA and Blue Collar Radio. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. He speaks to more than 250,000 people a year and has shared the platform with numerous dignitaries. Also, he is a prolific writer who has achieved popular acclaim with his books "Enjoy The Ride," "Making a Difference," and "Hide Your Goat." His latest book is "Detour: Developing the Mindset to Navigate Life's Turns." If you would like to run the above article, please feel free to do so. I can also provide images to accompany it. If you're interested in interviewing Steve Gilliland, let me know and I'll gladly work out the details. Lastly, please let me know if you'd like to receive a copy of his book, "Detour," for possible review.

Hot pursuits: does your preferred hobby make you attractive? 

A new study of 47,000 Canadian singles has shown that men want a action-loving, adventurous partner - while women would prefer to date someone with a little bit of culture.

·         When asked about the hobbies of their ideal partner, men’s and women’s top-five wish-lists were the same (albeit in a different order).  However, men’s ideal top ten also included vigorous activities like winter sports and hiking. ·  Women, meanwhile, preferred a more placid partner who likes reading, opera and theatre. The study looked at the anonymous user data provided by 47,000 members of dating site EliteSingles. By comparing user opinions on the sex appeal of popular hobbies, the study was able to determine what pastimes Canadian singles deem attractive in a partner – and  which they’d rather ignore. The results showed that men and women are broadly similar when it comes to picking the top five sexiest activities: those showing a passion for travel, music, movies, fine dining or fitness can rest easy in the knowledge that their hobby is as attractive as it gets. However, when it came time to pick a top ten list, men’s and women’s tastes diverged. Contrary to certain ‘domestic goddess’ stereotypes, Canadian men indicated that they would prefer an action woman  over one who stays home, ranking hobbies that espouse adrenaline and adventure over those that were more sedate. Winter sports (like skiing and snowboarding) made their top ten list, along with adventure sports and activities like hiking. Women on the other hand were just the opposite – turning their noses up at the action based activities and instead opting for those hobbies which are more creative or cultured. To impress a Canadian woman one must be an avid reader, an opera lover and an all-round art enthusiast. There was one other result from the study that may come as a surprise to many Canadians – hockey was not a popular option with either men or women. Indeed, team sports in general failed to make the cut, losing out on a top ten finish to hobbies such as gardening and photography.

Are Women's Fitness Programs Outdated?

Celebrity Trainer Says Most Women Benefit From A Comprehensive Approach. A study indicating why British women don't workout as much as they'd prefer surely reflects the sentiments of American women, says celebrity trainer Holly Perkins. The research revealed that 75 percent of women in the United Kingdom want to exercise more, but they're discouraged for fear of being judged by others. The women surveyed worried about how they would look while exercising in front of others, their inexperience in personal fitness and the idea that they're putting themselves first, ahead of their children. "Whether she's a stay-at-home mom, a busy executive or somewhere in the middle, these are concerns most women have about fitness," Perkins says. "I believe this reflects their self-image, and it's a shame that so many women live their lives short-changing themselves." Even today, most fitness programs women come across neglect important parts of the average woman's mindset, she says. Many gyms have spinning and other classes targeting women, but they lack the comprehensive aspect so many women are searching for, she says. "There are plenty of women who frequent gyms, but I think the culture of most of those places are framed by a male-dominated attitude, which is more comfortable blocking out 'gym time' in their schedule," says Perkins, who recently released a home-exercise system designed specifically for women called baladea (www.baladea.com), with regimens she developed to fuse fitness and wellness exercises. "I believe a woman's attitude craves a more holistic approach, one in which overall well-being is factored into a how-to lifestyle program." Perkins describes what works for women in a fitness program. •  Fun. "No pain, no gain" is definitely a man's attitude. As women, we are not afraid of a healthy muscle burn, sweating and commitment – we're designed to carry babies for nine months, and then deliver them, after all. However, we are much more relationship-oriented, and we thrive in positive feelings. The way to a woman's heart in fitness is fun. •  Purpose. For men who workout, the activity is almost a purpose in itself. There is a sense of accomplishment in lifting heavy weights and "gettin' it done." Women want to shine; we want to look and feel like we never felt possible. We want to be in touch with who we are, and fitness synergized with overall well-being can do that. •  Steps. It's good for anyone starting a fitness program to have a blueprint for what they'd like to achieve, and steps for improvement along the way. For those who are inexperienced, an introduction and detailed plan enables time for the mind to ease into the process. Confusion or uncertainty is a waste of energy, and implementing new workout phases allows women to maximize our effort. •  Synergy. If you think women don't need weights, think again. Resistance band training increases your power and revs your body's fat-burning engine. We also want to be lithe, supple and physically elegant. Yoga helps us reshape trouble zones, and something I call "flow" optimizes flexibility and beautifies posture. And, when we are done, we can enjoy a calm that reinforces our motive for inner and outer beauty, leaving us with an energizing relaxation. About Holly Perkins Holly Perkins is a national fitness expert and developer of baladea (www.baladea.com), a customizable fitness and wellness system for women. She holds a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), one of the most prestigious certifications in the industry. She believes that making fitness a fun lifestyle is the best way to achieve true change. As one of the nation's leading weight-loss experts and a highly sought-after celebrity trainer, she has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and on national TV shows.

How Do You Handle Life's Detours?

Wise Decisions Can Start With Noticing Silver Linings, Says Celebrity Host

The loss of a job; a bad break-up; a nasty accident; a new, obsessive habit; a big move to a new town; health problems experienced by you or a loved one – these are some of the many things that can turn your life upside down. These are life's detours that you don't expect. Could there be a good way to respond to such turns in life? Is it honest to "look on the bright side?" Isn't the root feeling hurt? "I don't think most people could ask you to deny your feelings, but you don't have to be led by the nose by feelings, which have a primary characteristic of being temporary," says Steve Gilliland (www.stevegilliland.com), a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame and author of the recently released "Detour," the follow-up to his widely acclaimed "Enjoy The Ride." "Life is change – it's axiomatic. Most of us accept this on an intellectual, abstract basis. But when it comes to experiencing change, we often resist it. Fear of change causes immense yet unnecessary suffering. Personal growth and maturity are based largely on how you respond to life's unexpected detours." Gilliland summarizes a few basic steps to dealing with life's detours: •  Ask yourself about opportunity. We don't like most of life's detours because they force us out of our comfort zone. New duties at work or a request from a spouse may not only pique our defenses but also make us wonder, "Can I do this?" Fear and anxiety may push us to focus on our weaknesses and convince us of what we cannot do. When we make a simple shift in mentality, however, we can empower the beginning of personal growth by seeing unprecedented challenges as opportunities. •  Are you willing to change? If not, then you can't see opportunity. Change is inevitable, growth is optional. If your wife asks you for a more patient attitude, for example, will you grow with an open heart or dig your heels in. She may not divorce you if you remain stubborn, but your relationship will likely flounder. Seeing a challenge as an opportunity enables self-improvement. And, when it's time to ask something of your wife, you will have currency with which to work. The same principle applies to work. If you're asked to take on a new responsibility and respond well, you will gain leverage in your career. •  Can you envision something better? In the process of internally negotiating change, a positive vision can help you tilt the scales of change as something positive. The vision can be specific. If you don't know how to use software at work that you need to use, imagine how much better your time will be spent once you learn. What will it take to get there? Practice. It may not be effortless, but you'll have mapped out a solution. The vision can be broad, too. Is it possible to be more patient in general toward life's detours? Indeed. Simply having more patience toward loved ones, for example, will improve your relationships tremendously. About Steve Gilliland A member of the National Speaker Association's Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland (www.stevegilliland.com) is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized by his peers as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily alongside Jeff Foxworthy and other celebrities on SiriusXM Radio's Laugh USA and Blue Collar Radio. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. He speaks to more than 250,000 people a year and has shared the platform with numerous dignitaries. Also, he is a prolific writer who has achieved popular acclaim with his books "Enjoy The Ride," "Making a Difference," and "Hide Your Goat." His latest book is "Detour: Developing the Mindset to Navigate Life's Turns."

The Art of Solace - Fifteen Tips for Pushing through the Discomfort and Truly Connecting with a Chronically Ill Person
Few of us know how to act around a very sick person. And yet, what we say (and don’t say) makes a huge impact. Here are some practical skills for caregivers, family members, and anyone else who wants to make a meaningful difference in a very difficult time. By Walter St. John, Ed.D. 

Medical Words - Explained -  Do you want to know what those medical terms means at all? Like, E. coli infection   Ankylosing spondylitis   Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder   Hepatitis B or C    Schizophrenia   Click the above link and you shall find out. Keep this vital info into your note book, so,  from time to time you’d know what medical science people are a talking about. The listing is from A to Z. Check it out now! (cdb)

Milestone in medical human 'cloning'?

What's a stroke?    Video 'Never thought it would happen to me'   Video How to spot the signs of a stroke?   Stem cell stroke therapy assessed   Click here for the latest news on stroke Soy may benefit stroke patients Helping stroke patients to speak    Music 'can aid stroke recovery'  Stroke risk peaks every 12 hours   Heart drug may help threat stroke   Stroke struggle: 'They said I would never become a doctor'   Stroke patients to test sensors   What's Killing Canadians?   What's the "Marburg" Virus?  More disease cures check archives   Magnetic field 'aids coma victim'  Institute of Food Research British Nutrition Foundation   Mind power moves paralyzed limbs  Surfing the web is good for your brain   Fatty acids clue to Alzheimer's Western diet 'raises heart risk'    Drug may reverse MS brain damage  'One-stop' embryo test unveiled  Purple tomato 'may boost health'   Lithium tested for impact on Motor Neurone Disease  What is motor neurone disease?    Cancer genetic blueprint revealed    

The Seven Medical Beliefs that's not true  Medical myths 'debunked'   Survey shows contraception myths    TV ad 'busts heart attack myth'    'Medical myths' exposed as untrue Drink at least eight glasses of water a day     We use only 10% of our brains    Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death    Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight    Shaving causes hair to grow back faster or coarser    Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals    Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 “The Most Dangerous Book”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's Just A Question ©
By Conrad David Brillantes

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

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

Bringing back the glory that of Montreal

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

The day the economic dim light hits Montreal

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

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

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

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

Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

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

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 (contact@montrealtribune.com)  

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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