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Trump-Putin summit: Why is it a big deal?

Why are there US-Russia tensions?

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US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are holding a summit in the Finnish capital, Helsinki . Why is this so hotly anticipated? The US and Russia have long been adversaries but accusations that Moscow interfered in the US presidential election in 2016 have added an extra, bitter ingredient. Let's take a look. Why are there US-Russia tensions? It goes back to the so-called Cold War (from 1945 to 1989) and the hostilities between the US and the then Soviet Union . They never fought each other directly but differences remained even after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the consolidation of the US as the world's sole superpower. Fast forward to now, and Mr Putin has made no secret of his determination to reassert Russian power after years of perceived humiliation, often putting his country on a collision course with the US . Difficult at the best of times, bilateral relations have deteriorated significantly since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. That led the US and others to impose a series of economic sanctions on Russia .   How do Russia tensions compare to Soviet era?

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Trump jibes ahead of Putin talks

The president blames US politicians for tensions with Russia as he prepares to meet Vladimir Putin.  

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump has said ties with Russia have "NEVER been worse" and blamed US politicians, ahead of his first-ever summit with counterpart Vladimir Putin. In a tweet the US president denounced his predecessor's "stupidity" and the "rigged" inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. The summit is being held in the Finnish capital, Helsinki , later on Monday. Some US politicians had called for it to be cancelled after 12 Russians were charged with hacking on Friday.   The defendants - all Russian intelligence officers - are accused of launching cyber-attacks on the 2016 presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.   But in his tweet, Mr Trump put the blame for the deterioration of relations with Russia squarely on US domestic forces. BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins says the tweet is likely to alarm White House advisers, already nervous about the risks of giving too much ground to the Russian leader during the talks. Many in the West have criticised Moscow for what they regard as its destabilising activities in Ukraine . The US , among others, has imposed sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in 2014. The summit - in which the two leaders will be joined only by their interpreters - comes after a tumultuous European tour that saw Mr Trump criticise allies of the US over trade and military spending.   Live updates: Trump-Putin summit    Why is Trump meeting Putin a big deal?   Who's who in Trump-Russia drama?    LIVE Trump and Putin summit   Why this meeting is a big deal    Video Low expectations for summit   A guide to Trump-Russia probe

Chicago police release bodycam footage

Within hours, protesters had taken to the streets amid rumours he was unarmed, clashing with police.  

Chicago police have released bodycam footage, which appears to show a man who was fatally shot by officers reaching for his gun beforehand.

Harith Augustus was shot multiple times as he tried to run away on Chicago 's South Side on Saturday. Within hours, protesters had taken to the streets amid rumours he was unarmed, clashing with police. The decision to release the video so soon was taken to avoid further violence, police said. According to CBS, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters: "The community needs some answers and they need them now. We can't have another night like last night." The video, which has no sound, shows officers approaching Augustus on the street. At one point, as the 37-year-old backs away, his t-shirt flies up, revealing a gun in a holster. He then tries to run away, at which point he appears to be reaching for his waistband. It is unclear if he was actually reaching for the gun. However, the next moment Augustus - who had no recent criminal record - falls to the ground. Cases where US police have faced charges over killings    US police shootings: How many die each year?  

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US rejects EU plea for sanctions exemption

  Washington rejects a request to give European companies relief from its strict sanctions on Iran .

The US has rebuffed high-level pleas from the European Union to grant exemptions to European companies from its sanctions against Iran . In a letter to European nations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US rejected the appeal because it wants to exert maximum pressure on Iran . It said exemptions would only be made if they benefited US national security. The EU fears that billions of dollars' worth of trade could be jeopardised as a result of Washington 's new sanctions. "We will seek to provide unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime," the letter, which was also signed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, said, according to NBC news. It added that the US is "not in a position to make exceptions to this policy except in very specific circumstances". The strict sanctions were imposed in May after President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme. The US withdrawal meant sanctions that were in place prior to the agreement were re-imposed.   The impact of Iran sanctions   Winners and losers as Trump quits Iran deal   The EU's billion-dollar deals at risk     Iran row threatens EU billion-dollar deals   The impact of Iran sanctions - in charts  

Afghan civilian deaths 'hit record high'

Afghanistan conflict: Civilian deaths hit record high, says UN

Afghan police inspect the site of a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, July 1, 2018

A suicide bombing earlier this month killed more than a dozen people in the Afghan city of Jalalabad

The number of civilians killed in the long-running war in Afghanistan reached a record high in the first six months of this year, the UN says. Some 1,692 fatalities were recorded, with militant attacks and suicide bombs said to be the leading causes of death. The figures for the conflict, which began in 2001, are the highest since the UN started keeping records in 2009. Recent attacks claimed by Taliban and Islamic State group militants have killed scores across the country. The report, by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama), says the number of recorded deaths rose by 1% compared with the same period last year. However, the report adds, injuries fell by 5% to 3,430, and the total number of civilian casualties - accounting for deaths and injuries - dropped by 3% to 5,122. The record high death toll came despite an unprecedented ceasefire by Afghan security forces and the Taliban last month, which was largely respected by both sides, Unama said. Earlier this month, Nato leaders gathered at a summit in Brussels to discuss the conflict in Afghanistan . The US has said it is planning a strategic review a year after President Donald Trump agreed to remain involved in the 17-year conflict. The US-led invasion drove the hardline Taliban from power in 2001, as part of a crackdown on Islamist militants after the 9/11 attacks in the US . Taliban 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan'    Cost of Trump's air war in Afghanistan   UK to send more non-combat troops    More at "That side of the world"   

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Canada's diversity not reflected on the silver screen, say actors, screenwriters of colour

A McGill University study found nonwhite actors are disproportionately underrepresented in Hollywood films — a phenomenon also seen in Canada , according to industry professionals.

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Jennifer Yoon · CBC News  Mariah Inger couldn't believe she was in this position. It was 2005. She was on a movie set, coaching another actress who was painfully struggling to get through a scene. Montreal-based actress Mariah Ingers has been in the industry for more than 30 years(Submitted by Mariah Ingers) Inger herself had auditioned for the actress's role but was given a bit part as a secretary. Inger wondered why the casting director didn't just hire her for the bigger role in the first place — until it dawned on her: the actress had blue eyes and blond hair. Ingers, whose parents are from Norway  and Barbados , simply did not fit the  Hollywood mould. Thirteen years later, Ingers says, little has changed. People of colour are underrepresented in Hollywood films, according to a new McGill University study. The study, called Racial Lines, found not only are they less visible on screen, they also speak much less frequently. The study, produced by students at McGill's cultural analysis lab, .txtLab, analyzed 780 films from 1970 to 2018. It found white actors are three times more likely to appear as characters in movies than their population size in the U.S. would predict. Toronto actress Sedina Fiati says that after 10 years in the film industry, she's not surprised by the study's results.(Submitted by Sedina Fiati) The findings are even more stark when it comes to speaking parts: White actors are just over three and a half times more likely to speak than their population size would predict, leading to the underrepresentation of all other groups.

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Indonesia mob kills nearly 300 crocodiles

Villagers slaughter the reptiles at a sanctuary in revenge for one of them killing a local.

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A mob of villagers has killed nearly 300 crocodiles at a sanctuary for the animals in the Indonesian province of West Papua . The slaughter was in retaliation for a local man thought to have been killed by one animal from the site. Officials and police said they were not able to stop the attack and may now press charges. The killing of a protected species is a crime that carries a fine or imprisonment in Indonesia . The local villager was killed on Friday morning while gathering vegetables on the crocodile farm's breeding sanctuary. "An employee heard someone screaming for help, quickly went there and saw a crocodile attacking someone," the head of Indonesia 's Natural Resources Conservation Agency in West Papua said. After the funeral on Saturday, several hundred angry locals went to the sanctuary, armed with knives, shovels, hammers and clubs. Local media cite officials saying the mob first attacked the office of the crocodile farm and then went on to slaughter all 292 reptiles at the sanctuary.    Iceland accused of killing rare whale    The model bitten by a shark while posing    Can we save the Lord of the Rings toad?   Iceland accused of killing rare whale    Can we save the Lord of the Rings toad?  

Over 100 die in Pakistan rally blasts

The deadly bombs come on the day former PM Nawaz Sharif was arrested after flying home from the UK .

A man who was injured in a suicide bomb attack that targeted an election campaign rally of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), talks on a mobile phone, in Mastung, Pakistan, 13 July 2018.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 128 people at a campaign rally in south-western Pakistan - the deadliest attack in the country since 2014. A local candidate was among the dead in the Mastung town, police say. So-called Islamic State (IS) claimed the attack. Earlier, a bomb attack on a similar rally in the northern town of Bannu killed four people. The attacks come ahead of general elections on 25 July. Meanwhile, former PM Nawaz Sharif was arrested after flying home from the UK . Sharif and his daughter Maryam were taken into custody by officials from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after landing in the northern city of Lahore . They were then put on a chartered plane bound for Pakistan 's capital Islamabad . They were later transferred to a local prison. The three-term PM was ousted last year after a corruption investigation. Last week he was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison. He has accused Pakistan 's powerful security establishment of conspiring against him ahead of the elections. What is known about Friday's attacks?  More than 150 people were injured in Mastung, officials say.   The assault on Pakistan media ahead of vote   Bhutto seeks 'progressive Pakistan' votes    Imran Khan in 'new Pakistan' vote pitch

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Women awarded $4.7bn in talc cancer case

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $4.7bn (£3.6bn) in damages to 22 women who alleged that its talc products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson baby powder

A jury in the US state of Missouri initially awarded $550m in compensation and added $4.1bn in punitive damages. The verdict comes as the pharmaceutical giant battles some 9,000 legal cases involving its signature baby powder. J&J said it was "deeply disappointed" and plans to appeal. In the six-week trial, the women and their families said they developed ovarian cancer after using baby powder and other talc products for decades. Of the 22 women represented in this case, six have died from ovarian cancer. Their lawyers alleged the company knew its talc was contaminated with asbestos since the 1970s but failed to warn consumers about the risks. 'Unfair process' Talc is a mineral and can sometimes be found in the ground in close proximity to asbestos. J&J denied that its products ever contained asbestos and insisted that they do not cause cancer. The pharmaceutical giant added that several studies have shown its talc to be safe and said the verdict was a product of a "fundamentally unfair process". The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioned a study of a variety of talc samples, including J&J, from 2009 to 2010. It found no asbestos in any of them.  

Bank of Canada says business confidence near record; bolsters case for July rate hike

BARRIE MCKENNA -  Ottawa Business confidence is at near-record levels in Canada in spite of the escalating trade showdown with the United States , according to the Bank of Canada’s latest quarterly business outlook survey. The central bank composite indicator of business optimism posted its second highest reading in more than 17 years of tracking, based on interviews with 100 company executives between May 3 and June 5. The highest level ever was in mid-2011. There is “continued business optimism, particularly outside the energy-producing regions,” and companies are experiencing both price and capacity pressures, the bank said. Companies’ expectations for higher sales, investment and hiring all remain strong. The survey results, combined with better-than-expected GDP growth of 0.1 per cent in April, give the central bank ample evidence to continue raising its benchmark interest on July 11. Related: Canadian economic growth beats expectations, boosting prospects of rate hike The odds of a July rate hike stood at more than 80 per cent just prior to the survey’s release Friday, based on a Bloomberg measure of investor behaviour. The Bank of Canada has raised its key rate three times since last June – to 1.25 per cent from 0.5 per cent. The Bank of Canada pointed out that “almost all of the interviews” for the survey were conducted before the U.S. imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum in early June. On Friday, Ottawa announced a final list of U.S. imports that it will hit with retaliatory tariffs on July 1. The survey results show that businesses remain remarkably upbeat in spite of the escalating war of words and tariffs between the U.S. and its major trading partners. Among the highlights: - The overall business outlook indicator reached 3.11 in the second quarter, up from 1.96 in the first quarter. Investment intentions weakened for a third consecutive quarter, but remain “buoyant, driven by sustained demand and intensifying capacity pressures.” - 39 per cent of companies plan to invest more in machinery and equipment in the next 12 months, versus 22 per cent who expect to spend less. Another 39 per cent expect no change. - 62 per cent of respondents reported better sales prospects compared to a year ago. Fifty-one per cent experienced greater sales growth in the past year. - 56 per cent of companies expect to add jobs in the next year, versus just 5 per cent who expect to shrink their workforce. Thirty-nine per cent expect no change. - 42 per cent of respondents reported more intense labour pressures. - 57 per cent of companies said they are experiencing “some” or “significant difficulty” meeting demand. - 43 per cent expect prices of their inputs to increase at a greater rate over the next year, versus 13 per cent who expect inflation to slow. Another 45 per cent say input price inflation will stay the same. A separate survey of senior loan officers, also released Friday, showed that household demand for loans decreased in the quarter as a result of tighter mortgage rules and higher interest rates. CANADIAN DOLLAR/U.S. DOLLAR 0.76-0.01 (-1.73%)  PAST THREE MONTHS

Unions welcome Tata Thyssenkrupp merger

The German and Indian firms will now form Europe 's second-biggest steelmaker, after Arcelor Mittal.

Unions have welcomed a merger between Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp which will create Europe 's second-biggest steelmaker. The deal will mean Indian-owned Tata's UK plants are merged into a pan-European venture, which includes the UK 's biggest steelworks at Port Talbot . Tata said its "ambition" was to not have any compulsory redundancies in the UK as part of the joint venture. The steelworkers' union said the deal may secure jobs and lead to investment. Community general secretary Roy Rickhuss said it had "the potential to safeguard jobs and steel-making for a generation". But he also warned the venture would only succeed if there was strategic investment to make sure the business thrived. German-owned Thyssenkrupp's supervisory board gave the go-ahead to the merger on Friday - the two companies have been in negotiations for more than a year. Between them, they employ about 48,000 workers.  Merger means investment in Port Talbot blast furnace   What's behind the Tata-Thyssenkrupp merger?   Tata Steel UK's pensions deal approved

Facebook abandons flying internet plan

The social network was planning to build drones capable of beaming down internet connectivity.

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Facebook is giving up on its plan to create drones that beam down internet connectivity, the company has confirmed.

Dave Lee North America technology reporter - Project Aquila , first announced in 2014, failed to achieve the long flight times managed by airborne connectivity efforts from rivals including Google. In one test, Facebook’s craft suffered a broken wing as it came in to land. On Tuesday the company said it would instead partner with firms such as Airbus to continue its efforts to connect more people to the internet. The decision means the closure of a facility in Bridgwater , UK , that had been used to build the technology. “It's been exciting to see leading companies in the aerospace industry start investing in this technology too - including the design and construction of new high-altitude aircraft,” wrote Yael Maguire, Facebook’s Director of Engineering, in a blog post. "Given these developments, we've decided not to design or build our own aircraft any longer.” The Project Aquila craft had the wingspan of a Boeing 737 and weighed the same as a typical family car. It was solar-powered during the day and battery-powered at night, and in testing managed 90 minutes in the air. Project Loon boosts web in Puerto Rico    Facebook's drones - made in Britain  

Trump chides Harley-Davidson in tariff row

Donald Trump has criticized the Harley-Davidson motorcycle firm over its plans to shift production away from the US in order to avoid European Union tariffs.

The US president tweeted he was surprised that the company had become "the first to wave the white flag", adding: "I fought hard for them." Harley-Davidson earlier said making bikes for the European market would be transferred to other countries. The EU tariffs are a response to new US duties on steel and aluminium imports. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also told reporters at a briefing on Monday that the EU was "attempting to punish US workers with unfair and discriminatory trade policies". "President Trump will continue to push for free, fair and reciprocal trade, in hopes that the EU will join us," Ms Sanders said.  Video: How do tariffs affect us?    Trade wars and Trump tariffs explained   Who is losing out from Trump's tariffs?

Air transport: High taxes and fees penalize travelers

Montreal , June 2018  – While thousands of Canadians are preparing to take off for touristic destinations, the air transport industry is weighed down by numerous taxes that raise the price of tickets and reduce its potential for growth, shows a publication launched today by the MEI.  The total revenue collected by all levels of government in the form of taxes (on fuel and on goods and services, for example), fees, and rent, either from consumers, from airlines, or from airports, exceeds $1.5 billion a year in Canada . "That's a lot of money. It undermines the competitiveness of airports and hurts travellers," says Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI and author of the publication. "For at least some of these fees, we are far indeed from the 'user pays' principle; they are merely a source of revenue for the government."  For example, usage fees paid to Canadian airports by airline companies average 50% more than the average of the ten most expensive American airports, and are nine times higher than the average of the ten least expensive. Whether in terms of ticket taxes and airport fees, or the competitiveness of airport fees, Canada is respectively in the middle of the pack or near the bottom in international rankings. "Certain factors, like low population density, entail higher prices, and there's nothing the government can do about them. However, it could reduce the cumulative effect of the taxes and fees that limit the growth of the air transport sector and that are ultimately passed on to travellers," explains the author. Indeed, consumers are sensitive to the price of tickets, and a small reduction in taxes and fees would entail a larger increase in demand. "When the United Kingdom abolished duties on passenger transport, the government's tax revenue from the air transport sector increased," adds Mr. Moreau. "The economic activity generated by lowering these fees and taxes would compensate in part for governments' losses of revenue." Recall that in Canada , the air transport industry generates some 230,000 direct jobs, and 130,000 indirect ones. This represents economic activity totalling a little over $35 billion, or 1.8% of the country's economy. "If they want to make the Canadian air transport industry more competitive and allow it to maintain its momentum, governments should reduce this tax burden, in parallel with the recent policy of opening up the sector to foreign investment. While the government can't bring Montreal and Vancouver closer, it can at least avoid making the trip more expensive than it needs to be," concludes Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI. The Economic Note entitled "Air transport: High taxes and fees penalize travellers" was prepared by Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI. This publication is available on our website.

Opec agrees to raise production

Group to increase output by a million barrels a day, in move to lower oil prices around the world.Opec has agreed, in principle, to raise oil supply by 1 million barrels per day. Analysts say that when that quota is shares out among producers, it will probably amount to 600,000 barrels per day, as some countries can not easily raise production. Saudi Arabia is expected to account for most of that raised output. But Russia is likely to benefit as well. Meetings in Vienna will continue on Saturday, when Opec meets with its non-Opec allies.

EU tariffs on US goods come into force

The European Union has gone ahead with retaliatory duties against $2.8bn worth of US-made products.


The European Union (EU) has introduced retaliatory tariffs on US goods as a top official launched a fresh attack on President Donald Trump's trade policy.

The duties on €2.8bn (£2.4bn) worth of US goods came into force on Friday. Tariffs have been imposed on products such as bourbon whiskey, motorcycles and orange juice. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said duties imposed by the US on the EU go against "all logic and history". Addressing the Irish parliament in Dublin , he added that "we will do what we have to do to rebalance and safeguard" the EU. How did this start? The Trump administration announced in March that it would introduce tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium imported into the US . Mr Trump has argued that global oversupply of steel and aluminium, driven by China , threatens American steel and aluminium producers, which are vital to the US . After being deferred, the duties on steel and aluminium went ahead on 1 June and affect the EU, Canada , Mexico and other close US allies, including India Full list of US goods hit by new EU import tariffs    US trade row: What has happened so far   What is a trade war and why should I worry?   Is the European Union a 'protectionist racket'?   Trump and the US economy in six charts   Is the EU a 'protectionist racket'?   

Audi boss arrested over diesel scandal

A spokesman for Volkswagen, which owns Audi, confirmed he was being held. Munich prosecutors said they had acted because of a risk that Mr Stadler might seek to suppress evidence. The scandal erupted three years ago, when it emerged that cars had been fitted with devices designed to cheat emissions tests. The devices were initially found in VW's cars, but its Audi subsidiary has also been embroiled in the scandal. Last month, it admitted that another 60,000 A6 and A7 models with diesel engines have emission software issues. That is on top of the 850,000 recalled last year by Audi, of which only some have been found to require modification. Munich prosecutors said Mr Stadler would be questioned by Wednesday, once he had spoken to his lawyers. Audi admits more diesel emission problems    How VW tried to cover up the emissions scandal   Ex-VW boss charged over diesel scandal  

Germany in new Dutch eggs scare

Six German states have been told to pull some 73,000 eggs from sale after residue was detected from an insecticide called fipronil. Agriculture officials in Lower Saxony said the eggs had come from an organic farm in the Netherlands and insisted there was no risk to human health. Fipronil gets rid of lice but the EU bans it on animals such as chickens. Last year millions of eggs were pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe because of a fipronil scare. Officials said they had now detected traces of the insecticide in samples from a packaging depot in the German town of Vechta . The residue was above the permitted EU level of 0.005mg per kg, but it was "well below a rate that would constitute a risk to health", they said (in German). The highest test showed a level of 0.019mg/kg. The eggs came from an organic hen farm and were delivered between 17 May and 4 June. The source of the latest discovery is still being investigated. A second round of tests has been conducted and the results are expected later this week.  The Europe egg scare of 2017    Louboutin wins legal battle over red soles

'Blood and money': The story of the Koch brothers

For a pair often portrayed as reclusive, Charles and younger brother David have in recent years stepped out of the shadows. This week they opened a major rift with US President Donald Trump by launching a campaign against his trade tariffs. Meanwhile, it has been announced that David is stepping down from their company Koch Industries amid deteriorating health. But what do we know about the two - and what does their influence mean in the age of Trump? Stalin and boxing: The early years  The pair that would become known as the Koch brothers are in fact two of four - Frederick is the eldest, born in 1933, followed by Charles (1935) and twins Bill and David (1940). Their father Fred used his training in chemical engineering to develop an improved method of turning oil into petrol. The experience left a deep impression on Koch, who would in the 1950s join the fiercely anti-communist group the John Birch Society, whose suspicions about infiltration of the US state by communist agents extended as far as Republican President Dwight D Eisenhower. As well as influencing them politically, Koch is credited as installing a strong work ethic in his children. Charles has often quoted his father as saying "I don't want to have any kids that are country club bums", adding that from as young as six he was expected to help out with the chores

Vietnam economic zones spark protests

Protests have broken out in Vietnam against plans for three new economic zones, amid fears that Chinese investors will dominate the areas. Police reportedly detained more than a dozen people in the capital Hanoi and halted demonstrations in other cities. Some carried anti-China banners, including one reading: "No leasing land to China even for one day." The government proposed a law last year that would give foreign investors a 99-year lease on Vietnamese land. The bill offers them greater incentives and fewer restrictions, in an attempt to promote growth in target areas. The protesters suspect that the communist government will award Chinese investors leases in the three economic zones in the north-east, south-east and south-west of the country, and that this would be a pretext for Chinese control over the island of Van Don near their shared border. Vietnam won a naval battle against a Mongolian fleet off the island in 1287, and some Vietnamese people fear their government will give it away amid tensions between the two countries over disputed territory in the South China Sea .  

Commonwealth Bank to pay record fine

Australia 's Commonwealth Bank has said it will pay a $700m (£400m; $530m) fine for breaching anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing laws. The scandal relates to 53,000 suspect transactions that the bank did not immediately report to authorities. Last year, Australia 's financial intelligence agency accused the lender of "serious and systemic" law breaches. If a court approves the fine, it will be the largest civil penalty in Australian corporate history. The bank, Australia 's largest lender, said it would also cover A$2.5m in legal fees accrued by investigators. "While not deliberate, we fully appreciate the seriousness of the mistakes we made," chief executive Matt Comyn said on Monday. Australia 's scandal-plagued financial sector is at the centre of a national inquiry into misconduct.  Undeclared deposits  Commonwealth Bank and intelligence agency Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac) agreed to the fine following court-ordered mediation.  Most of the breaches related to the bank's deposit machines, which could accept up to A$20,000 in cash at a time, anonymously if the person depositing was not a Commonwealth customer.    Why is Australia investigating its banks?      More on Australia

Stark China warning to US over trade

After talks between Vice Premier Liu He and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, China said it was ready to boost imports from many countries. Mr Ross's China visit comes days after Washington threatened to impose extra tariffs on $50bn of Chinese goods. Meanwhile, G7 nations have hit out at the US over its new steel and aluminium import tariffs. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned a trade war could begin in "a few days". On Saturday President Trump insisted on Twitter that the US had been "ripped off by other countries for years on trade". He says steel tariffs will protect US steelmakers, which he says are vital to national security. Mr Trump has also complained about barriers US firms face in Europe and elsewhere. "Time to get smart!" he added.  Is the US-China trade war back on?   US tariffs: The unusual ways nations have retaliated   Why history drives China's tough stance on global trade   Is the US-China trade war back on?   US tariffs: The unusual ways nations have retaliated   History drives China's tough stance    Why trade wars aren't easy to w

Ship sheds 83 containers in rough seas

Sanitary products, surgical masks and nappies begin washing up on beaches north of Sydney .

Maritime authorities in Australia have issued an alert after 83 shipping containers fell from a vessel off the coast of New South Wales . Sanitary products, surgical masks and nappies have begun washing up on beaches north of Sydney . There are concerns the items could prove dangerous to whales and other animals if they swallow them. The containers tumbled off a Taiwanese-owned ship in a heavy swell in the Tasman Sea on Thursday. Video showed some containers split open and hanging from the ship. Thirty were damaged. Some partly submerged containers pose a threat to leisure boats and commercial shipping. "They're 40-ft containers, they sit about a foot or two off the water. Even in the best of conditions they're difficult to spot, but at night and in a swell, almost impossible," Roads and Maritime Services executive director Angus Mitchell said. The vessel, Liberia-registered YM Efficiency, was en route from Taiwan to Port Botany when it en

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Polanski's wife refuses to join Academy

Emmanuelle Seigner accuses the Oscars body of "insufferable hypocrisy" after her husband's expulsion.

Emmanuelle Seigner and Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski's wife has rejected an invitation to become a member of the awards body behind the Oscars, extended weeks after it expelled her husband. French actress Emmanuelle Seigner accused the Academy of "insufferable hypocrisy" over the incident. Polanski, who admitted unlawful sex with a 13-year-old in the US in 1977, was ejected from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in May. The 84-year-old director is currently suing the Academy over the expulsion. Seigner, who was one of 928 artists invited to join the Academy as part of a bid to boost diversity last month, gave her response in an open letter published in France 's Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper. She said: "I have always been a feminist. But how can I ignore the fact that a few weeks ago the Academy expelled my husband, Roman Polanski, in an attempt to appease the zeitgeist - the very same Academy which in 2002 awarded him an Oscar for The Pianist! A curious case of amnesia!   What has #MeToo actually changed?    Four key themes from this year's Oscars   Oscars body acts to boost diversity   Oscars academy expels Cosby and Polanski  

Indian TV star sorry for Hindu plotline

Priyanka Chopra, star of US TV series Quantico , apologises for an episode about a nationalist plot.

Supporters of Hindu Sena, a right wing Hindu group, shout slogans and burn posters of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra during a protest in June 9 2018

Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has apologised after outrage over a plotline on her US TV series Quantico .

A recent episode of the spy thriller showed the main character, played by Ms Chopra, thwarting a plot hatched by Hindus ahead of a summit on Kashmir . Many Indian fans were outraged by the show's story and attacked her online. Ms Chopra declared herself a "proud Indian" in a tweet and "extremely saddened" by any hurt caused by the show. he episode, The Blood of Romeo, aired on 1 June and showed the main character, Alex Parrish, stopping an attempted terror attack. Though ostensibly planned by Pakistanis ahead of a summit about Kashmir, the disputed territory in the Himalayas claimed by India and Pakistan, Ms Chopra's character discoveries it is in fact Hindu nationalists trying to frame the Pakistanis. Nuclear-armed Pakistan and India have fought two wars over the Kashmir region since partition in 1947. Fans reacted with fury online after the episode aired, with some declaring Ms Chopra "an insult to India " and the episode an attack on Hindus.  Why India and Pakistan dispute Kashmir    Kashmir territories profile   Why India and Pakistan dispute Kashmir   Kashmir profile  

Harvey Weinstein released on $1m bail

The former film mogul was charged with rape and sexual abuse after turning himself in to  New York   police.

Former  Hollywood  film mogul Harvey Weinstein has been released on $1m (£751,000) bail after being charged in  New York   with rape and sexual abuse. Mr Weinstein, 66, also agreed to wear a GPS tracker and to surrender his passport after turning himself in to police on Friday. He denies non-consensual sex and his lawyer said he would plead not guilty. The actress Rose McGowan, who accused Mr Weinstein of rape, told the BBC it was an "amazing day for his survivors". "It's a very significant moment, it's a concrete slap in the face of abuse of power," she said. "It's just the beginning of that process and if we can see this through to the end, I hope we emerge victorious." The allegations against the disgraced film producer triggered the #MeToo movement, which sought to demonstrate and draw attention to the widespread prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment.  Video Weinstein smiles in handcuffs   How the scandal unfolded   Audio 'I was Weinstein's number one target'    What has #MeToo changed?

Can Boyle keep modern Bond relevant?

Will it be a case of Bond, James Bond or will 007 find his Martini both shaken and stirred? It's an official secret no more: Danny Boyle is to direct the next James Bond film. Set for release in October 2019, it marks the 25th instalment in the franchise - the first since 2015's Spectre, The film, which is yet to be given a title, reunites Oscar-winning director Boyle with Craig for the first time since Bond's spoof London 2012 cameo. But this, Craig's fifth official mission as Bond, is no laughing matter. Will it be a case of Bond, same Bond, or will 007, in these changing times, find his Martini both shaken and stirred? British auteur Confirmation of Boyle's appointment followed months of speculation and rumour. The 61-year-old is a titan of the British film industry - renowned for his spunky grit - typified by his 1996 film Trainspotting. Thomas Hobbs, a film writer for Little White Lies, says Boyle's willingness to "experiment with pacing and cinematography so profoundly" - on films such as Trainspotting and 28 Days later - cultivated his "radical image". "He wasn't afraid to experiment with the movement of the camera to create claustrophobia or explore themes in graphic detail," he says. From the section Entertainment

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

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Blood tests could help target precision drugs at the right people with cancer

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

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The boss of French firm Lactalis says up to 12 million boxes of formula are now subject to a recall.

More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have now been recalled in 83 countries in a salmonella scandal involving French company Lactalis. The dairy firm's CEO, Emmanuel Besnier, confirmed the extent of the contamination risk to French media. The products have been subject to a recall since December, after salmonella bacteria was discovered at a factory. Lawsuits have been filed by parents who say their children became unwell after drinking the formula. A spokesman told the BBC that all the countries affected had been informed, in  Europe  ,  Asia  ,  Latin America  and  Africa  . The  UK   , US and  Australia   were not affected, he added. The Lactalis group is one of the world's largest producers of dairy products, with annual sales of €17bn ($21bn; £15bn), It has 246 production sites in 47 countries and employs 15,000 people in  France   alone.

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

Long, lazy summer days, car trips to visit grandma, campfires (with s'mores of course!) - all the perfect places to introduce storytelling to your children! I invite you to consider the below article by professional author, storyteller and father, Jim Weiss, " Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools." As Jim shares below on the effectiveness of storytelling, "you are twenty times more likely to remember information if you learn it in a story than if you learn it simply as data to memorize. In part, the more stories we encounter, the more effectively our brains learn to work within the structure that most stories follow.  We not only absorb the stories' contents, but at the same time, our brains get used to organizing what we learn into a usable form. We learn how to learn through stories." I'd love to have you share this article with your readers. Jim is also available for an interview if interested. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum  856-489-8654 x302

Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools
By Jim Weiss
Stories are spectacularly successful learning tools. Many studies show that children whose parents tell and/or read stories to them from an early age turn out to be better readers and students later on.
Furthermore, you are twenty times more likely to remember information if you learn it in a story than if you learn it simply as data to memorize. In part, the more stories we encounter, the more effectively our brains learn to work within the structure that most stories follow.  We not only absorb the stories' contents, but at the same time, our brains get used to organizing what we learn into a usable form. We learn how to learn through stories.
Other brain researchers have found that different parts of the brain kick in when we encounter a story that comes with a visual image, such as on a TV or computer screen, versus when we encounter a story for which we fill in the visuals with our imaginations, as when we read alone, are read to, or listen to an audio.  These different parts of the brain link with different forms of creativity, visualization and imagination.  They even help us build the ability to empathize with other people by "visualizing" ourselves inside characters.  We must "exercise" these different parts of the brain in order to acquire these skills, so introduce stories to a child through a mix of technologies.
As a professional author and storyteller, a father, and the husband of an award-winning schoolteacher and counselor, I can attest firsthand that one of the most effective and most engaging ways to teach and to learn is through stories. Here are a few tips I want to share to help you integrate storytelling into your child's daily routine:
1. Start with picture books when your child is very young. 
Reading to children not only offers the value of the book's contents, but also visually demonstrates that you value books, which reinforces your child's interest in reading. Read aloud to your child, or try telling a story you already know in your own words, as you turn the pages.  This allows you to keep eye contact with your child, while offering you the security of having the book to refer to if you feel you've lost your way.
2. Introduce stories of historical or fictional people who do what they love.  There are endless resources: books and web sites that tell stories of famous artists, composers, engineers, athletes, scientists, etc. You never know which one will resonate with your child and open up a lifetime passion, so offer a variety.  I've had many people tell me "I'm a scientist/artist/author now because I listened to your recording about scientists, etc."
3. In addition to telling stories to your child, try to tell with her or him.  First, tell an old favorite together. It gives the child a sense of mastery, particularly if every so often you ask, "What did she do then?" Next, try creating a new version by asking, "What if Cinderella hadn't dropped the glass slipper? Can we think of another way she and the prince might have found one another?" If you reach a dead-end, go back to an earlier moment of decision in the story, hae the character make a different choice, and go on from there.
4. Another form of storytelling is family stories. Sharing incidents from your life, or those of your ancestors, gives the message to your child that s/he is important enough to share in this family history, and imbues your child with a sense of her/his own roots and identity.   
5. Always consider to whom you are telling the story, and think of yourself as "translating" the intent of the story onto a level this person can understand.  You can tell a story differently at different developmental stages.  Think about what you most want the child to remember.   Start simply with what you know, and tell it in your own words.  If you make a mistake say, "I forgot to tell you that..." and go on; kids find that endearing. Another way to handle having left out a part is to say, "Now what Aunt Joan didn't know yet was that Uncle Bill had already bought the tickets."  This presents the information you forgot as a dramatic element of the tale. Storytelling reinforces reading, too, and adds a rich oral language element, but it demonstrates something additional.
6. One powerfully positive element of storytelling is that it fosters a strong bond between parent and child.  Through our stories, and the manner in which we choose to tell them, families and entire societies pass on what matters most to them.  Children come to recognize that you are sharing your true self, not through a lecture but through a story.  Your child may not retain into adulthood every single detail you taught him/her, but always will remember that, "Mom/Dad loved me enough to share what s/he thought really mattered the most."
If you are fortunate, there will come a day when you see your own child, now grown up, carry on this story tradition with his/her child.  It all starts and ends with love -- and a good story.
Jim Weiss founded Greathall Productions in 1989. To date, Jim is the producer and reader of 58+ Greathall storytelling recordings featuring classical literature and history, as well as masterful and thoughtful, unabridged readings of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham; Men of Iron by Howard Pyle; and more. He is also the recipient of 100+ national awards from numerous prestigious sources. Jim travels extensively across the
United States , Canada and international destinations performing and teaching at community events, theatres, libraries, stores and schools; teacher and parent workshops; and at a wide variety of educational, literary and family conferences. For more information and to view Jim's entire catalog, please visit, 7.07.18

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

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


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

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Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

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

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Pass this on to people wishing to immigrate to the best country in the world. Apply directly! You don't have to pay any consultants ...It's FREE! Avoid dealing with con artists and scammers; they are all around the world advertising their schemes… Canadian Immigration officers are gentle public servants and not arrogant.. Not like what you would experience from the mightiest country in the world (as they say) ... so, don’t be scared of them. Visit the Canadian government website… it's the Canadian flag that's seen on the top side of this site, click that and when you see search… type immigration, then send your request for application, if not, visit the nearest Canadian consulate in your region and while you are already there check the jobs and list of professions that Canadian employers are looking for.  If you still have anything else to ask e-mail the editor. Meantime Click here for the New Canada Citizenship Study Guide

Are you in the Fashion industry?    

Lots of restrictions has been amended on imports...sell your products and services directly to Canadian Buyers, here’s  our  Previous Issue of Canadian Fashion & Textile Buyers Guide, you can down load it for free but if you want  the NEW and  up-dated version  place your order now, it's US$50 per copy payable by money order or credit card. also don’t forget to inquire about the Industry Textile Book known as The Shmata Business, used world-wide by manufacturers, designers, teachers and students, priced at US$50 per copy.

We are now accepting interested parties to be listed in the International Garment and Textile Suppliers' List. Click here to send your request

For Production and Market Assistance Contact The Traders Point

Foreign Companies From Time To Time are sending us request  to provide them with Canadian sales people for representation in Canada, all inquiries are welcome and there is  No Service Fee To Pay, All Entries Are Treated Confidential, And Will never Be Used For Any Other Purposes Whatsoever.  For further inquiry Contact The Executive Busters. 

To All... Including Overseas: Independent Motion Pictures and Musical Record Producers

Thousands of films or motion pictures and musical recordings are produced every month and the most that reach market are less than 10%. So how do you find a way to the very complicated market of this industry? Get help or assistance from a trader that knows how it works. If you are or a company that’s in this situation, give us a shout by forwarding your e-mail to TPI Communications

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