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Smollett 'paid Nigerians to attack him'

The actor's lawyers deny the latest reports, which come after Chicago police released two men.

Chicago police believe Empire actor Jussie Smollett may have paid two men to carry out last month's alleged assault, reports in the US say. Two Nigerian brothers who had worked as extras on Empire told police that they were paid to take part in the 29 January attack, police sources said. Smollett had said he was attacked by two white men. His lawyers have strongly denied he played any role in the alleged homophobic and racist assault. "Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying," they said in a statement. The statement said one of the brothers had worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Ola and Abel Osundairo have both appeared as extras on Empire. In this Instagram post, Ola Osundairo (R) is seen alongside Empire creator Lee Daniels (C). What's the latest? The Nigerians, aged 25 and 27, left the US after the alleged 29 January attack. They were arrested on their return on Wednesday but were released on Friday and are now reported to be working with police. On Saturday Chicago police said the investigation of their attack had "shifted", having previously dismissed earlier suggestions that the attack had been staged.  From the section US & Canada    Jussie Smollett: I'm the gay Tupac   Jussie Smollett speaks about attack for first time   Full article Smollett 'paid Nigerians to attack him'

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Trump tells allies to take back IS fighters

The US president urges its European allies to repatriate 800 Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria .

President Trump has told the UK and other European allies to take back and put on trial more than 800 Islamic State (IS) group fighters captured in the final battle against the group. His tweet comes as US-backed Kurdish forces continue an assault on the last pocket of IS territory on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border. The IS fighters are being held by the Kurdish-led forces. Mr Trump added that the IS caliphate was "ready to fall." "The US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe , which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much - Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing", he said in a tweet. Otherwise, he said, the US would be forced to release them.  Islamic State conflict    'Many civilians' still trapped with IS    From the section Middle East    How do countries deal with IS returnees?    What can the UK do about the IS teenager?   Trump sees total rout of IS as imminent    Full article Trump tells allies to take back IS fighters

Macron slams 'yellow vest' anti-Semitism

  A group of protesters in Paris directed insults and anti-Jewish taunts at a prominent philosopher.

French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned anti-Semitic abuse directed at a prominent intellectual by a group of "yellow vest" protesters in Paris . Police stepped in to protect the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut after he was bombarded with insults and anti-Jewish taunts in the French capital. President Macron said it was an "absolute negation" of what made France great and would not be tolerated. Tens of thousands took part in anti-government protests on Saturday. Police used tear gas to control the crowds as the so-called "yellow vest" demonstrators took to the streets across the country for the 14th consecutive weekend. In Paris on Saturday, officers intervened to form a barrier after a group of individuals involved in the march confronted Mr Finkielkraut and started verbally insulting him. The 69-year-old Jewish academic told Le Parisien newspaper that he heard people shouting "dirty Zionist" and "throw yourself in the canal" (in French).    Story of the gilet jaunes (yellow vests)   Who are the gilets jaunes protesters?   From the section Europe   Who are the 'gilets jaunes'?   Video Are the 'yellow vests' spreading?   Full article Macron slams 'yellow vest' anti-Semitism

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Pakistan rolls out red carpet for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed

A Pakistani man waits for transport in front of billboards showing portraits of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) and his father and Saudi Arabia"s King Salman bin Abdulaziz displayed on a street ahead of the prince"s arrival in Islamabad on February 15, 2019

For a country running out of foreign reserves, facing a yawning current account deficit and fighting to secure its financial future, Pakistan is putting on quite a show for Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler - Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

And it's easy to see why: Prime Minister Imran Khan needs money, and he needs it fast. MBS, as he's known, is coming to town promising billions. But money is just one dimension of a relationship that goes much deeper. Pakistan was meant to be the first stop on an Asian tour taking in five countries but the crown prince's trips to Indonesia and Malaysia have been postponed. He is still scheduled to visit China and India in what is being seen as a charm offensive by the controversial prince. How lavish is the visit? The last time a Saudi royal visit was marked with this much fanfare was in 2006, when then Saudi ruler King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz toured the nuclear-armed nation. And security is being taken seriously - with Imran Khan making a point of saying that he is personally taking care of the arrangements. The visit comes amid heightened tensions in the region, after India blamed Pakistan for the deadliest attack on its security forces in Kashmir in decades. JF-17 Thunder fighter jets will escort MBS's fleet on Sunday as they enter Pakistani airspace - with all other flights grounded.  From the section Asia   Who is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed?   Video India and Pakistan economies: 70 years on   Full article Pakistan rolls out red carpet for Saudi prince

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McGill program helps patients prep for surgery and get back on their feet faster

The goal of the program is to make the patient stronger before they're operated on, through exercise, diet and teaching them ways to to de-stress and relax.  

Dr. Francesco Carli, left, is the director of McGill's peri operative program, and worked with David Desmond to help him prepare for surgery. (CBC)

By Sonali Karnick · CBC News ·  Dr. Francesco Carli, a professor of anesthesiology at McGill, says that the majority of patients who show up for surgery aren't truly ready. That's where the Peri Operative Program comes in, as a way to help patients prepare both mentally and physically. Carli, who is the director of the program, told CBC's All in a Weekend that the goal of the program is to make the patient stronger before they're operated on, through exercise, nutrition and teaching them ways to de-stress. That, he says, helps reduce risk factors when they go into surgery, and makes their recovery faster. "About 25 to 30 per cent of our patients are very anxious, especially cancer patients. And we have about 15 per cent [of those patients] who develop depression as well," he said. "If you prepare them days before surgery, which is a major stress to their body, to their mind, definitely the idea is to accelerate recovery."  Patients in the program work with doctors, nurses and psychologists as well as other health professionals and volunteers.

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Five things about the EU-Japan trade deal

It's about more than just Sauvignon, stilton and Suzukis.

Japanese supermarket offering cheaper imported wine to mark the deal

Cheaper wine and cheese for Japan , cheaper cars for the EU - part of what the EU-Japan trade deal, now in force, means. The world's biggest such deal, it covers nearly a third of global GDP and 635 million people. However there are warnings that the UK could lose its benefits if it leaves the EU without an agreement. It comes as a trade war rages between the US and China , who have slapped tariffs on each others' products. The EU's Jean-Claude Juncker said the pact, which took years to agree, was about "values and principles". Here are five things about the deal: 1) Services as well as Sancerre and Suzukis The deal's headline is about scrapping duties on 97% and 99% of Japanese and European imports respectively. Dairy and other food products are among the EU's biggest exports to Japan and the progressive reduction of nearly €1bn ($1.1bn; £0.9bn) of tariffs - nearly 40% on beef, up to 30% on chocolate, 15% on wine and up to 40% on cheese - could boost exports and create jobs   From the section Europe    Video What's going on with China's economy?   US-China trade war in 300 words   A whole new world for free trade?   Full article Five things about the EU-Japan trade deal

Superhospital deserves millions in criminal's bank account, says MUHC lawyer

MUHC lawyer Alexander De Zordo asked Superior Court Justice Claude Leblond to award the $6-million frozen in Yanaï Elbaz's bank account to the hospital to cover a portion of its losses. Yanai Elbaz, front, and his brother Yohann Elbaz, left, arrive for their fraud trial at the courthouse in relation to the MUHC hospital Monday. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)   Montreal 's English-language superhospital was the victim of the greatest corruption fraud in Canadian history, and one of the key players shouldn't benefit from the millions of dollars he has in the bank, the lawyer for the McGill University Health Centre said Wednesday. MUHC lawyer Alexander De Zordo asked Superior Court Justice Claude Leblond to award the $6 million frozen in Yanaï Elbaz's bank account to the hospital to cover a portion of its losses. Elbaz pleaded guilty Monday to accepting a $10-million bribe in return for helping engineering firm SNC-Lavalin win the contract to build what was to be a jewel of the anglophone community. The Crown and defence made a joint suggestion to Leblond that Elbaz serve 39 months in prison, but they did not agree on whether he should pay compensation. Before ruling on a sentence, Leblond must decide whether the hospital's losses are easily quantifiable or whether a civil trial is needed to sort it all out — a process that could take years and more public money to settle. The Crown and defence made a joint suggestion to Leblond that Elbaz serve 39 months in prison, but they did not agree on whether he should pay compensation. Before ruling on a sentence, Leblond must decide whether the hospital's losses are easily quantifiable or whether a civil trial is needed to sort it all out — a process that could take years and more public money to settle. $22.5M in bribes to Elbaz and Porter  The massive hospital complex is operating in west-end Montreal , but its construction became a symbol of the corruption that plagued Quebec 's construction industry. De Zordo filed in court transcripts from Quebec 's Charbonneau inquiry into corruption, in which an investigator discussed the probe into the MUHC. Officer Jean-Frederick Gagnon told the inquiry in 2014 that operation Laureat was an investigation into "the biggest corruption fraud in Canadian history."    Arthur Porter's right-hand man pleads guilty to multiple charges in MUHC fraud case    Former SNC-Lavalin VP pleads guilty in MUHC corruption trial

 US jails Venezuelan paid $1bn in bribes

Alejandro Andrade, head of Venezuela 's treasury under President Chávez, receives a 10-year sentence. A court in the United States has sentenced the former head of Venezuela 's treasury, Alejandro Andrade, to 10 years in prison for money laundering. Andrade, 54, had pleaded guilty to taking $1bn in bribes in exchange for offering access to preferential foreign currency exchange rates. He has been living in Florida , where he owned jets, mansions, 17 show-jumping horses and a fleet of luxury vehicles. He will be jailed on 25 February. His sentencing comes as Venezuela is in a crushing financial crisis which has led to three million Venezuelans leaving the country, according to figures released by he United Nation's Migration Agency.

Brexit talks hit 'real problem' over border

The UK and EU fail to resolve the Irish border issue ahead of Wednesday's crucial summit.  rexit negotiations have hit a "real problem" over the issue of the Irish border, government sources have warned. Ahead of a key summit, the EU is believed to be seeking further reassurances to prevent a so-called hard border involving physical checks. Hopes of a breakthrough were raised when the Brexit secretary made an unscheduled trip to Brussels on Sunday. But talks faltered over the need for a back-up plan - known as the backstop - to avoid a hard border. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted any backstop arrangement should apply to the UK as a whole to avoid creating a new border in the Irish Sea .     Is the PM out of moves on Brexit?   Brexit: All you need to know   Q&A: Irish border Brexit backstop  

European stocks join global sell-off

The FTSE 100 and the Cac 40 have fallen to their lowest levels since April, while the Dax is at its lowest since early 2017. European stocks were sharply down in morning trade after concerns about a trade war and higher US bond yields stoked global investor concerns.  In London , the FTSE 100 index of leading UK shares was down more than 1.7% at 7,020. Markets in Asia had plunged to a 19-month low after US shares suffered their worst losses in eight months. The global sell-off came as IMF head Christine Lagarde said stock market valuations have been "extremely high". In Paris , the Cac 40 share index was down 1.6% at 5,122 points, while in Frankfurt the Dax index fell nearly 1.5%. The FTSE 100 and the Cac 40 have fallen to their lowest levels since April, while the Dax is at its lowest since early 2017.

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Lena Dunham 'sorry' for defending writer

The Girls star says speaking up for Murray Miller out of "blind faith" was "a terrible mistake".

TV actress and writer Lena Dunham has said publicly defending a writer on her show Girls after he was accused of rape was "a terrible mistake".

Writing in The Hollywood Reporter, Dunham apologised for speaking up for Murray Miller out of "blind faith". She originally spoke about it last November after Miller was accused of assaulting an actress when she was 17. Miller has always denied the "outrageous" allegations, and in August prosecutors decided not to charge him. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office didn't pursue a prosecution because of the expiry of the statute of limitations and "inconsistencies and the delay in reporting", The Wrap reported in August. Dunham, writing as guest editor of The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Hollywood edition, explained why she originally said she had "insider knowledge" that made her believe the accusation was false. "When someone I knew, someone I had loved as a brother, was accused, I did something inexcusable: I publicly spoke up in his defence," she wrote. "There are few acts I could ever regret more in this life. I didn't have the 'insider information' I claimed but rather blind faith in a story that kept slipping and changing and revealed itself to mean nothing at all." She added: "It's painful to realise that, while I thought I was self-aware, I had actually internalised the dominant male agenda that asks us to defend it no matter what, protect it no matter what, baby it no matter what." Dunham sorry for comment on accused writer

Chopra and Jonas marry in India

The Bollywood superstar and the US singer got engaged earlier this year.

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have married in a Christian ceremony at a royal palace in India .

The Bollywood superstar and the Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, wed before family and friends in Jodhpur 's Umaid Bhavan Palace . People magazine said the ceremony was officiated by Jonas's father Paul Kevin Jonas. The couple will have a traditional Hindu ceremony on Sunday. Jonas and Chopra became engaged four months ago after dating for a year. They both confirmed the wedding had taken place on their respective social media accounts. They said "one of the special things" about their relationship was the merging of their families, faiths and cultures "and so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing". Acting and singing successes   Jonas, 26, and Chopra, 36, are believed to have first started dating around the time of the Met Gala in May 2017. They got engaged in London just over a year later.  Chopra won the Miss World pageant in 2000 and went on to make more than 50 films in India , becoming one of Bollywood's highest-paid actresses.  Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra and 6 other whirlwind A-list romances 

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No alcohol safe to drink, study confirms

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

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

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

Brazil hunts 'Dr Bumbum' after patient dies

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Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

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

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

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

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

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

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Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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Oh  Canada   How I Love You

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

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

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

Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

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

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

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

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

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

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

Germany to release confiscated art   -   Owner gives up on 'Chagall' painting    Stolen Rembrandt found 15 years on

Matisse's Femme Assise  Chagall Painting  Rembrandt's painting Child with a Soap Bubble

A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt is recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. - The painting measures 60cm by 49cm and was said to be in a good condition

A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt has been recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. L'enfant a la bulle de savon (Child with soap bubble), valued at 3.2m euros (£2.7m), was taken from a museum in the southern city of Draguignan in 1999. Two men were arrested in Nice on Tuesday, according to the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency. Police said they received information that a transaction was due to take place in a hotel the following day. The men, aged 46 and 53, one of whom was described as a former insurer, appeared in court in Nice on Thursday, AFP said. They were reported to be known to police for previous petty crimes. Police are still looking for other suspects.

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Accepting Open bidding for the "Flower"  (left)

Monet and Picasso among art theft

Paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and Freud have been stolen from a museum in Rotterdam . Police in the Netherlands said the works were taken from the Kunsthal Museum early on Tuesday morning. The museum is showing works from the Triton Foundation as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. The paintings include Monet's Waterloo Bridge , Picasso's Tete d'Arlequin, Matisse's La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed.  Monet water lilies sells for $43 million    Monet artwork bequeathed by reclusive heiress  "Madame Leon Clapisson": The visualization (right) is produced using advanced image processing software - Conservation scientists in Chicago produce a stunning visualization of how they think a Renoir painting might have looked before its colors faded. Researchers in Chicago have produced a visualization of how they think a Renoir could have looked before its colors faded. The picture of Madame Valentine Clapisson was painted by the great French Impressionist more than 130 years ago. The original's impact has been degraded and dulled by the action of light. But by using the latest analytical tools, conservators have been able to recover a sense of Renoir's rich reds."When we first brought this picture into the conservation studio for examination and removed the frame, we noticed that at the top and at the left-hand side there was a sliver of very intense colour," recalls Dr Francesca Casadio from The Art Institute of Chicago. "This tipped us off to the fact that the mood of this painting that is now pretty cool and restrained with light purples and blues was once far more vibrant," she told BBC News.

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