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 Aid worker cleared over Orissa boy's death

Narges Kalbasi Ashtari was convicted in 2014 after five-year-old boy was swept away by current.

Narges Kalbasi Ashtari

A British-Iranian aid worker accused of causing the death of a young Indian boy has been acquitted on appeal. Narges Kalbasi Ashtari was convicted in 2014 and jailed for a year over the death of five-year-old Asim Jilakara, who disappeared from a picnic she had organised. It is thought Asim was swept away by a strong current. His body was lost. Ms Ashtari, 28, denied causing death by negligence and has been on bail pending the outcome of an appeal. She said she gave a statement about the death to the police on the day, but a month later officers filed a complaint against her, insisting that she had thrown the boy into the river. Jilakara's mother accused the aid worker of killing her son, but Ms Ashtari maintained that she was caught up in local corruption after she refused to pay bribes to local officials after the accident. She was banned from leaving India during her appeal, which drew the attention of international aid organisations. An online petition about her case was signed hundreds of thousands of times. On the petition she wrote: "I have gone through the most horrific forms of abuse by a group of people with immense power, influence and protection."   Aid worker's 'painful wait' for justice in India     India's rag-pickers inspire recycling charity

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Twin bombings target crowd in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has seen an escalation of suspected jihadist violence in recent weeks.

Bangladesh police and Army commandos take part in an operation to stormed an Islamist extremist hideout in Sylhet on March 25, 2017.

Six people - two police officers and four civilians - have been killed in twin bombings in north-eastern Bangladesh , officials say. The blasts in Sylhet occurred near an apartment building where commandoes have been trying to flush out a group of suspected Islamist militants. Earlier many civilians were evacuated from the block of flats. The suspects have refused to surrender. Dozens of people were injured in the twin explosions on Saturday. Army units continue to surround the building. The blasts hit a large crowd which had gathered nearby as troops continued to exchange gunfire with the militants. The first explosive device was brought by two men on a motorbike and the second was left in a bag of vegetables, police say. So-called Islamic State (IS) claimed on messaging app Telegram that it was behind one of the blasts. Bangladesh profile

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US investigating deadly Mosul strike

 The US Central Command said the planes acted at the request of Iraqi security forces. It did not name which country's aircraft carried out the attack.

Residents fleeing their homes as the Iraqi government offensive continues in western Mosul, 25 March 2017

Coalition says it hit area where many were reportedly killed as fears over civilian casualties grow.

The US military has acknowledged that aircraft of the coalition fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq hit a location in west Mosul where dozens of civilians were reportedly killed. It says an investigation is under way. Meanwhile, thousands of Mosul residents have fled the areas held by IS, in fear of US-led air strikes and fierce fighting by Iraqi ground troops. Residents say IS is using civilians as human shields, hiding in houses and forcing young men to fight. Video BBC's Bowen near front line    Battle for Mosul: The story so far   Mosul's Sunnis fear post-IS future  Islamic State group: The full story

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Rental discrimination keeping young family out of new home, says Magog woman

Sherbrooke Tenants Association says discrimination against families with children is widespread

Britney Hamilton

A Magog woman says landlords are refusing to rent her properties because she has two toddlers.

A Magog woman says landlords are refusing to rent her properties because she has two toddlers. Britney Hamilton and her boyfriend are looking for a new home better suited to the rambunctious lifestyle that comes with having a three-year-old child and four-month-old baby. They both work full-time and have a rental budget of about $1,200 per month. But after speaking with a few landlords, Hamilton said she realized she was being discriminated against because of her sons. "When I called [about the rentals], they refused me because I have small children," she said. "One didn't want the loudness of my children running around in the house to bother the neighbours living in the basement."   Complaints of housing discrimination on the rise, Quebec human rights commission says     Aboriginal Montrealers slam housing discrimination   Borough of Côte-des-Neiges–NDG to take control of urgent repairs in rental units    Apartment owner has right to change locks on tenant for Airbnb abuse, Régie rules

Inside your backside: Giant inflatable colon helps demystify colon cancer

People in Kahnawake got a chance to explore a giant inflatable colon in an effort to bring awareness to colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada .

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Hundreds were welcomed to explore a nearly 13-meter long inflatable colon – complete with unhealthy polyps and lesions – on Saturday in Kahnawake, a Mohawk reserve near Montreal . The colon, which was outside of the Knights of Columbus Club, is on tour with the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. Organizers say the giant inflatable section of the digestive system is a way to bring awareness to colon cancer. Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Canada and it is a growing problem with young people. Frank Pitman is a colon cancer survivor and a volunteer with the association. "There is a certain wow factor about the giant colon and that's why it's such a great awareness tool," he said. "We try to make this a bit fun for everybody because it is still taboo. Anything below the waist is taboo, so people are talking about it more.   Why this man had his colonoscopy broadcast live on the internet    Cancer cases projected to rise 40% in 15 years as population ages, grows   Retiring specialist wants people to get behind colon cancer screening

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New Hong Kong leader vows to heal divide

Carrie Lam won with the backing of the Chinese government but is opposed by pro-democracy groups.

China-backed Carrie Lam (left) and her rival John Tsang in a Hong Kong leadership debate

The first woman elected to lead Hong Kong has vowed to heal divisions amid demands for more democracy and protests at Beijing 's growing influence. Carrie Lam, 59, had the backing of the Chinese government in Beijing and was widely expected to win. The chief executive is not chosen by public vote but by a 1,200-strong committee dominated by pro-Beijing electors. Hong Kong is part of China but has a degree of autonomy from Beijing . In her acceptance speech, she said: " Hong Kong , our home, is suffering from quite a serious divisiveness and has accumulated a lot of frustrations. My priority will be to heal the divide." Speaking at Hong Kong 's convention centre, she said she welcomed and encouraged a spectrum of voices and vowed to "tap the forces of our young people". "They are often at the forefront of society, pulling and pushing us as a whole to make progress." Mrs Lam also promised to uphold Hong Kong 's "core values" such as "inclusiveness, freedoms of the press and of speech, respect for human rights" and the rule of law.    New leader faces an uphill battle

Multiple victims in US nightclub shooting

One person has been killed and 14 injured, say police in Cincinnati , Ohio .

Cincinnati police said they faced a

One person has been killed and at least 14 injured in a shooting at a nightclub in Cincinnati , Ohio , police said. At least two gunmen were involved in the incident at the Cameo Night Club, the Cincinnati Police Department said. Several people have life-threatening injuries, assistant police chief Paul Neudigate told news channel WLWT-TV. "We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims," Mr Neudigate said. "It's going to be a long night for our homicide units to investigate," he added. The shooting happened at about 01:00 ( 05:00 GMT ). Hundreds of people were in the venue at the time, Mr Neudigate said. Nobody has been taken into custody, CPD sergeant Eric Franz told ABC News. He said police were interviewing multiple witnesses.

JPL Presents: An Evening with Author Lauren Belfer

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , March 22, 2016 – National Book Award-winning author Lauren Belfer will discuss her newest novel And After the Fire on  Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm  at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Admission: $10 JPL members & students, $15 general. An intimate dinnertime "Conversation" with Belfer will be held beforehand at  6 p.m.  This Jewish Women's Literary Circle will include dinner with Belfer and reserved seating at the public lecture: $25 JPL members & students, $35 non-members.  For tickets and information call the ticket line at (514) 345-6416 or for more information visit www.jewishpubliclibrary.org. In her illustrated talk, Lauren will provide insight into the real people and places in her most recent novel, And After the Fire, exploring the lives of such historical figures as Sara Itzig Levy, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, and Felix Mendelssohn. She will take us to the glittering salons of late 18th and early 19th century Berlin – salons organized by Jewish women. She will also show how she created a fictional choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach, a masterpiece that is, alas, all too relevant to our concerns today. Lauren Belfer is the author of three novels: City of Light , A Fierce Radiance, and And After the Fire. She lives in New York City .  Introduced by Dr. Emily Kopley, PhD in English, Stanford University . Book sale and signing to follow.   
The evening is sponsored by the Helen Bassel Endowment of the JPL, and The Henry & Berenice Kaufmann Foundation.  In cooperation with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

New York State 's Maple Weekend

Plattsburgh , NY  –  3/22/2017  – Tap into one of the sweetest events of the year, New York State 's Maple Weekend. If you missed last weekend's events, don't worry! You can catch the second round of events this Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, from 10am-4pm each day.  During both days, producers from across the state will welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouthwatering maple syrup and other related maple products are made. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York 's freshest syrup, and purchase maple products directly from the source!   Maple Weekend Offers a Sweet Way to Enjoy Spring in New York State Celebrate Maple Season and a Rite of Spring with the Entire Family Plattsburgh, NY – 3/22/2017 – Tap into one of the sweetest events of the year, New York State’s Maple Weekend. If you missed last weekend’s events, don’t worry! You can catch the second round of events this Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, from 10am-4pm each day. During both days, producers from across the state will welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouthwatering maple syrup and other related maple products are made. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York ’s freshest syrup, and purchase maple products directly from the source! Each year, New York ranks as one of the top maple producing states in the U.S. As spring temperatures begin to rise in late February and early March, maple trees and sugar bushes come alive with activity. In Northern New York , when sap begins to drip through sugaring lines, it's a sure sign that maple season has begun. Maple Weekend offers visitors and residents alike the opportunity to taste this “liquid gold” in all its forms. Plan your own Maple Weekend visits at www.mapleweekend.com and join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/mapleweekend. For more information on how you can celebrate Maple Weekends on the Adirondack Coast , visit www.goadirondack.com or connect with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau at facebook.com/AdkCoast. ### About Maple Weekend During Maple Weekend producers from across the state welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York ’s freshest maple syrup and purchase your favorite maple products. For more information about Maple Weekend, please contact the Angela Swan at 518.846.3192, visit mapleweekend.com or log onto Facebook.com/MapleWeekendNENY.

Knigovorot (Russian Book Swap)

Special to The Montreal Tribune  March 20, 2017  – The JPL will hold its popular Russian Book Swap on Sunday, April 9, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . FREE admission. For information call 514-345-6416 or email maria.ressina@jplmontreal.org. Guests are invited to bring Russian books from their personal collections to exchange for those of other booklovers. Books for children, teenagers and adults of all themes and genres will be accepted.  Coffee and refreshments will be served. Directly after the book swap, participants are invited to stay for the Russian Literary club "Subsonic", from 2-4PM , led by Arnold Rojinski.  A JPL Presentation.

Trump's Order 13768 on Immigration

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Immigration Expert Steven Riznyk Comments on Trump's Order 13768 and How It's Getting Rid of Visa Holders and Immigrants Who Have no Idea it Exists. It is interesting to note that a lot of Green Card and visa holders are still not aware of Presidential Order 13768 as the travel ban took over the news. However, Steven Riznyk's law firm, San Diego Biz Law, has been receiving calls from clients nationwide and worldwide who are affected by this section. They are afraid to travel, are denied entry at the border, and lose their airfares as well as vacation times. People don't realize, states Steven Riznyk, how Presidential Order 13768 is affecting their family members and employees. Regrettably, and what is more surprising, states Mr Riznyk, is that a lot of visa and Green Card holders have no idea this Order is in effect, and are blindly traveling outside our borders, never to return. Green Card and Visa Holders are unaware that if they have a criminal record of any kind they require an approved waiver from the CIS (=immigration department) or Governor's Pardon (for more serious offences); otherwise, they are leaving the United States , possibly never to return. Although people think that they only have a 5 or 10-year bar with certain offences, the reality is that they are not automatically allowed in after the time has elapsed; they often have to present a case. People without a valid waiver will find themselves unable to visit sick or dying relatives or otherwise travel outside the United States . Basically, three categories of people are listed as priorities for removal (previously called deportation) that will wipe out a substantial proportion of our foreign population. First, anyone with a criminal record of any kind (even $5.00 shoplifting), anyone who has been convicted of 'any' crime, even if they have not been convicted, and people who have committed the essential elements of a crime, even if they have not been charged. People do not know what this means. For example, if Joe Smith notices that his co-worker, Maria Jones, has been driving while intoxicated after a staff party, he or she can have this person removed from the United States . It's that simple. The problem with this Order is that not everyone who has been charged is guilty. Not everyone who has committed the elements of a crime meant to commit a crime. Why is it that this order has not been in the news a lot? Simple. A lot of people think that something that deals with criminal issues is negative and people may believe they side with offender.  As a result, they don't want to touch the topic. However, part of the reason our criminal laws have so many sections and regulations is because there are many instances where an exception should be granted. For example, a lawyer called me, states Steven Riznyk, and stated that a person who was here illegally (and we do not support that) was driving by and saw someone attacking a police officer and the police officer was in threat for his life. The person, being a good human, got out of his car and overtook the criminal, saving the police officer's life. He is now in removal (previously called deportation) proceedings. Is that fair? Should he have left the police officer die? Another situation that sticks with Mr Riznyk's memory is a lady who was at Walmart, picking up pictures, when her child started screaming out of control. She took the kids out of the front door ( a few feet from the photo counter of Walmart) when the employee called security. The woman had every intention of paying the $5.00 but forgot about the risk when she took her kids out for a moment. The person at the counter of Walmart called security and she is in removal proceedings. In San Diego , and particularly in a part of it called Pacific Beach , the local police are conducting traffic stops, checking for DUIs, while the CIS agents are asking for peoples' identification and right to remain in the United States , even following people to their homes if they don't have it handy. Although federal agents are unable to stop people randomly, they are using DUI stops as a way to remove immigrants and visa holders. The problem we have here, is that we have granted high-level powers to people untrained and unequipped to make such decisions.  Where lives of parents and children are involved, experience and training can make a world of difference in the exercise of discretionary power. Where stories of people who have made a contribution to the United States and have now been removed will not help our country, states Mr Riznyk. These stories will be shared in the person's country and will spread, creating a reputation we do not deserve. People will have a negative viewpoint of the United States . The many decades we have spent developing an image of a country that does right by others will be wiped out in a microsecond, only to be replaced by thoughts of a country that is ungrateful. On the one hand, it is true that in some cases the foreign person would not be in this predicament had they not committed a criminal offence. The people who have been convicted and not charged or those who have a justification (ie Walmart example above) on the other, should not have to spend 8 months abroad while a waiver is decided, or even a lifetime if it is denied. One aspect of this situation that people do not seem to take into account is the disruption it causes in the lives of schoolchildren, American businesses, and personal lives; especially for people who have a justification.   myImmigrationAttorney.com - Contact: Amanda Berkshire   San Diego : (619) 677-5727   Email: ab@Worldwide-Press.com    Steven Riznyk is a business and immigration attorney who has been practicing for 29 years. He is an author and not only creates cases for immigration lawyers and the public. He has been training lawyers for decades in the complex areas of immigration law, and is an immigration author and strategist. He can be reached at (619) 677-5727 or contact@SanDiegoBizLaw.com as well as stevenriznyk on Skype. 

This Week on Mountain Lake Journal

March 17, 2017 - Work underway at Norsk Titanium, a revolution in aviation and the plan to hire hundreds of employees in the Plattsburgh area.  Airing Friday at 8 PM , Saturday at 7 PM , and Sunday at 10 AM Win $100 per month at restaurants in the US or in Canada [$1,200 value!] in this amazing raffle benefiting Mountain Lake PBS . Tickets are only $25 each, and only 200 will be sold each raffle, giving you great odds at winning a great prize while supporting a great cause! Get your tickets online, or call  Read More  Special Delivery   The big surprise, actually the two little surprises that arrived at the a wildlife refuge in the Adirondacks . The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge is home to many wild animals, but their primary mission is rehabilitation. This past fall, they got a call that a sick black bear was coming into people's back yards near Schroon Lake   Read More     Tourists to Parker Family Maple Farm | Adirondack Journeys Parker Family Maple Farm not only produces maple syrup and other sweet products, it also educates the public about the production of maple sugar. Story written, produced and edited by Paul Larson. Videography by Ben Carstens of Local 44 and Jean Ulysse. Production assistant Will Houle. This project is supported by a grant awarded to  Read More    The taste of Maple sugar attracts t

Western University president urged to return security fee for Peterson lecture

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Friday, March 17, 2017 LONDON, ON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has written to Western University President & Vice-Chancellor Amit Chakma, urging him to refund more than $1,000 charged to a student group for hosting an event that features University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson. Western University has imposed more than $1,000 in "security fees" on a Western student club, Young Canadians in Action (YCIA), for hosting an event that features University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson .  Dr. Peterson will speak on campus Saturday, March 18, on a range of issues including free speech at universities. The tactic of assigning security fees to university student groups seeking to host a controversial speaker or discussion is becoming increasingly popular—and effective—at pricing free speech out of existence for many students with unpopular views. At the University of Alberta , a student pro-life club was charged $17,500 in security fees in order to erect a stationary display on campus for a day or two. These fees are the equivalent of more than twice the price of undergraduate tuition at the U of A.  The event was cancelled.  In 2014, a men's rights awareness group was charged $1,600 in security fees to host a discussion at Ryerson University . Ryerson, in the face of public backlash, later agreed to absorb the fees. "It's grossly unfair to punish people who seek only to speak and to listen to a speaker, by making them pay for the potential criminal conduct of those who do not respect free expression," stated lawyer John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre.  In its letter, the Justice Centre urges Dr. Chakma to uphold the rule of law, and Western University 's own policies in support of free expression, by taking sole responsibility for providing a secure environment. .why should YCIA or its members be penalized for the potential misconduct of other people? Why should these tuition-paying students, who have a legal right to express their views peacefully on campus, have to pay money on account of the potential misbehaviour of others, in order for YCIA's members to exercise their free expression rights on a university campus?  "Subjecting the expression of unpopular opinion on campus to "security fees" that are not imposed on students wishing to express popular opinions is discriminatory, and contrary to the University's mission to serve as a forum for the debate of ideas," stated Carpay. For more information, please contact: John Carpay, president, Justice Centre, 403-619-8014 or jcarpay@jccf.ca

Women's Broadcast Television Network,to speak at WOMEN NETWORK's

Shea Vaughn, Co-Founder of Women's Broadcast Television Network,to speak at WOMEN NETWORK's California Women's Conference

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Dallas, TX March 16, 2017 - Women's Broadcast Television Network (WBTVN) announced today that Shea Vaughn, its Co-Founder/CEO will be addressing the audience of the 2017 Women's Conference in California on all matters of wellness.  Hosted by WOMEN NETWORK, its California Women's Conference, May 10-11 in Long Beach , is a two-day event where some of the world's top speakers, entertainers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders inspire and empower audiences to make great change in the world.
Shea Vaughn is the Co-Founder/CEO of the Women's Broadcast Television Network.  WBTVN is the first all-women-for-women streaming OTT online network where "Women United Are Changing The World!"  Shea is also the Creator of SheaNetics®; a pioneering values-based, doctor-endorsed lifestyle practice using wellness principles to drive significant improvements in personal and business well-being and success.  Her work has won the endorsement of the City of Chicago and the Department of Public Health.  Ms. Vaughn is a best-selling author and frequent speaker and contributor to media and TV; and the Founder of Healthy Initiative Foundation and its innovative ambassadorship program, the 90-Day Lifestyle Makeover. "I am excited to be selected to speak at the Women's Conference this year," says Shea Vaughn, Co-Founder/CEO of WBTVN.tv. "My passion is the 'World of Well-Being.'  I look forward to sharing tips, secrets and funny stories that entertain the audience while sharing great information they can use to achieve personal and business success.  This year I will also be announcing the launch of WBTVN and our WomensWellness.tv network." WBTVN, through its new WomensWellness.tv affiliate, offers live television programming 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.   Its services include live streaming, live chat, Branded Channels, interviews on Wellness Expert Shows and more.  WomensWellness.tv is the place to explore breakthrough viewpoints from a woman's perspective in health, nutrition, meditation, wellness and more.  Utilizing new technologies, WomensWellness.tv has created a new visual meeting place. Today for women to collaborate, inspire and strengthen their collective evolvement to wellness. 4.17.17

Focus Supports Strategic Transaction of MW Lomax, Continuing Momentum in Australia

- MW Lomax Accelerates Growth Less Than A Year After Focus Investment -

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Melbourne, Australia – March 14, 2017 – Focus Financial Partners (‘Focus’), a leading international partnership of fiduciary wealth management firms, today announced Brisbane-based wealth management firm Westwood Group (‘Westwood’) has joined forces with MW Lomax, a Melbourne-headquartered firm that partnered with Focus in May 2016.  This strategic transaction clearly illustrates Focus’ global market penetration, demonstrating the support the firm provides to wealth management firms located around the world through its M&A expertise and value-add programs. MW Lomax is the third international firm to join Focus, following Canada-based Dorchester Wealth Management and the U.K.-based Greystone Financial Services. With offices in Melbourne and Sydney, MW Lomax began its relationship with Focus 10 months ago hoping to tap into Focus’ resources to further extend its geographic reach and strengthen the firm’s wealth management capabilities. This transaction with Westwood marks MW Lomax’s first M&A deal post Focus’ investment, a significant step towards driving the firm’s growth plan and building its national brand. Founded in 2000, Westwood aims to provide comprehensive wealth solutions to owners of small and medium sized businesses, executives and professionals. Directors Dominic Cronk, Rebecca Stacey, Peter Rowsell, Brendan Alford and the rest of the Westwood team will stay on as part of the combined firm following the transaction. “This transaction will not only bring synergies in client services, but also facilitate a geographic expansion that will should elevate the position of MW Lomax in the growing wealth market within Australia ,” said Jon White, Group Managing Director at MW Lomax. “That we have been able to make this move so quickly far exceeded our expectations of the speed and efficiency with which we could leverage Focus’ resources after partnering with them. Focus has been instrumental throughout the deal process and we are very excited about our alliance with Westwood.” “Focus made the decision to enter the Australian market because we saw great potential in the increasing consumer demand for holistic financial advice,” said Rajini Kodialam, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Focus. “ M&A is one of the key ways Focus connects like-minded entrepreneurs and adds value to their client services. It has been great to see the Focus model so well received in Australia and we anticipate continued deal momentum going forward.” About Focus Financial Partners  Focus Financial Partners is a leading partnership of fiduciary wealth management firms. Focus provides superior access to best practices, resources, and continuity planning for its partner firms who serve individuals, families, employers and institutions with wealth management, benefits consulting and investment consulting services. Focus partner firms maintain their operational autonomy, while they benefit from the synergies, scale, economics and best practices of a market leader to achieve their business objectives. For more information about Focus Financial Partners, please visit www.focusfinancialpartners.com  About MW Lomax  Founded in 2002, MW Lomax offers financial expertise across the areas of wealth management, accounting & tax, insurance and business advisory services. The firm provides clients across the greater Melbourne and Sydney regions with holistic wealth management and financial planning. MW Lomax utilizes a planning process approach that incorporates wealth accumulation, preservation and diversification while managing risks through appropriate financial protection. For more information about MW Lomax, please visit www.mwlomax.com.auAbout Westwood Group Founded in 2000, The Westwood Group provides solutions to the complexities faced by busy professionals, executives and small and medium sized business owners. By taking on the role as ‘Personal CFO’, Westwood provides services across a broad range of areas including financial planning, investment management, accounting, and insurance and debt management. Westwood’s customized investment solutions are offered through its subsidiary Whitehaven Private Portfolios. For more information about Westwood, please visit http://westwoodgroup.com.au/

 National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150),

 Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montréal, March, 2017  - National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150), presented by REEL CANADA , is a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation's sesquicentennial. This year, the event is larger than ever due to major support from the Government of Canada as well as a partnership between REEL CANADA  and Québec Cinéma. This partnership makes the most of both parties' expertise to achieve unprecedented nationwide reach. Québec Cinéma's participation in the development of the Francophone section has not only enriched this fabulous event, but also ignited Francophone communities across Canada . A Signature Project of Canada 150 celebrations, NCFD 150 includes some 1,500 screenings as well as countless broadcast and online offerings that showcase Canadian filmmakers and their work. On April 19, NCFD 150 will shine a spotlight on what promises to be the world's largest film festival ... ever!  The Francophone section will be enthusiastically represented by the event's spokespersonSophie Nélisse (Monsieur Lazhar, La Voleuse de livres, Les Parents), the talented young actress whose skill is highly appreciated within and beyond our borders. This event would be impossible without the cooperation and generosity of a record number of partners in each province and territory. This project was made possible in part by the Government of Canada. "Thanks to the Fondation Québec Cinéma, the contribution of film industry artisans will be showcased across the country," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "The 150th anniversary of Confederation is the perfect moment to celebrate our rich cultural heritage, which reflects our diversity. Our government is proud to be associated with this project, which is part of the program of National Canadian Film Day 150, organized byREEL CANADA . What a wonderful opportunity to discover the best that Francophone cinema has to offer!"   "National Canadian Film Day 150 is an unprecedented celebration of our national cinema," said Jack Blum, Executive Director of REEL CANADA . "The fact that Quebec , which has always led the way in filmmaking in Canada , is joining in the celebration is equally unprecedented. It's a great honour for REEL CANADA  to have Quebec Cinema as a partner and we salute the leadership of Ségolène Roederer and Patrick Roy for making it possible." "On the eve of the Canada 150 celebrations, Québec Cinéma is very proud to be directly involved in this major event, unique in its national reach. We want nothing less than to provide communities everywhere in Canada access to Francophone films," added Ségolène Roederer, Executive Director of Québec Cinéma. "Through our cinema, we tell our stories, create our cultural landscape, and define our identities. Québec Cinéma's mission is not only to contribute to spreading the word about Quebec films, but also to reach Francophone and Francophile audiences by facilitating access to these films."

IN QUEBEC , IN CANADA AND ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD

The organizers of NCFD 150 have created a national celebration designed to showcase the broadest possible range of Canadian cinematic achievement, from the work of world-renowned masters like Denys Arcand, Jean-Marc Vallee, Alanis Obamsawin, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan to the classics of the National Film Board, to family and genre films. Efforts to ensure that every Canadian will have access to a great Canadian film on April 19 include more than 1,500 community and festival screenings, online offerings and broadcast programming. French-language programming will include the following: - Tour of Francophone films in 70 Canadian cities  A carefully curated selection of films was developed by Québec Cinéma to represent Quebec (18 feature films), Franco-Canadian (6 feature films, 16 short films) and indigenous (27 short films) talent. All genres will be honoured including fiction, documentaries, art films and animation, and will enrich the already vast selection. To reach a larger Francophone and Francophile audience, more than 100 activities in 70 cities will be presented by Québec Cinéma across Quebec and Canada , thanks to the collaboration of more than 100 partners. School program Some 30 secondary schools will present the film Paul à Québec, by François Bouvier which will be followed by a webcast of a discussion with some of the filmmakers. This section is presented in collaboration with CinÉcole. Libraries Libraries in Quebec added special projections of Canadian films such as La grande séduction, Gabrielle, Incendies, Maïna, La Guerre des tuques, L'affaire Brunswick, Bon Cop Bad Cop andGuibord s'en va-t-en guerre to their calendar of events. Television Société Radio-Canada and Bell Média, the media partners in Quebec of NCFD 150, will also focus on special programming featuring major Canadian film titles. Francine Allaire, Senior Director, Cultural Strategy at Télévision de Radio-Canada affirms, "As a key partner of our local film industry, Radio Canada is proud to participate in this day to honour our national cinema. Chloé Robichaud's beautiful film Sarah préfère la course, an international award winner, will be broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé, from one ocean to the other. What's more, all of our stations across the country, whether radio, television or digital, will support the activities of this day of celebration so that the highest number of citizens possible have access to the films and their creators." Media partner, Bell Média will offer Quebec film titles on its Cinépop and Super Écran services. International section A partnership with Canadian embassies will ensure Canadian film fans elsewhere in the world will also have the privilege of participating in NCFD 150. Paul à Québec by François Bouvier will open the Festival du film francophone in Vienna,  Austria, http://www.fffwien.at/f/index.html; La Grande Séduction by Jean-François Pouliot will be presented in the Republic of Congo, while Maurice Richard (The Rocket) by Charles Binaméwill be screened in Kazakhstan. Organizations wishing to join in the various activities and special screenings of NCFD 150 can find out more information at canfilmday.ca. Find NCFD 150 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @CanFilmDay for exclusive content and updates! The official hashtag is: #CanFilmDay Québec Cinéma would like to extend heartfelt thanks to its partners and collaborators Radio-Canada, TV5-UNIS TV, Télé-Québec, La Fabrique culturelle, MELS, l'ONF, Wapikoni, Les Films Séville, Les Films Criterion, Fun Films, K-Films Amérique, Winnipeg Film Group, La Distributrice de films, Attraction Distribution, Bellefeuille Production, Les productions ISCA, MC2 Communication Média, as well as the Cinémathèque québécoise, our public and government partners, the SAIC (Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes), the Government of Canada as well as all the regional broadcasters.

FIVE EXTRAORDINARY CANADIAN WOMEN TACKLE DIVERSITY & EQUALITY

A Women's Place: Faith-Based Changemakers / Special discussion hosted by Mountain Lake PBS and Congregation Dorshei Emet.

Special to The Montreal Tribune - March, 16, 2017 Montreal , QC –   Mountain Lake PBS and Congregation Dorshei Emet invite you to be part of a powerful event valuing, honouring and celebrating diversity.  A Woman's Place: Faith-Based Changemakers brings together five extraordinary Canadian women for a fascinating conversation in celebration of 375 years of Montreal 's diversity, respect and equality on Sunday, April 2, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Congregation Dorshei Emet. The panel discussion, A Woman's Place: Faith-Based Changemakers will explore how five women use their faith and spirituality to promote participation and equality in political, educational and religious spheres in their own communities and beyond. As Canadians, we continue to model exactly what it means to be a just, democratic, egalitarian and open society. This event offers a unique opportunity for the panelists, audience and sponsors alike to celebrate and showcase our very Canadian values of diversity, respect and equality that continue to make Montreal and Canada the envy of the world. "Resilience means overcoming the most severe of injustices," says Dr. Alaa Murabit.   "We must recognize that true power comes from compassion, knowledge and inclusion." Reverend Diane Rollert adds: "We struggle, we get challenged and we get inspired; but that's the wonderful thing about diversity in our lives. That's why we come together." Panelists include: Dr. Alaa Murabit - Canadian-Libyan medical doctor, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General, and MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow. At age 21, Dr. Murabit founded the Voice of Libyan Women. An internationally renowned expert in mediation, negotiation, leadership and countering violent extremism, she is an Ashoka fellow, the youngest recipient of the Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award. She was named International Trust Women Hero by the New York Times, voted one of the "30 Under 30" in 2016 by Forbes Magazine, and "One of 25 women under 25 to watch" by Newsweek. Dr. Murabit's TED Talk "What my religion really says about women" was selected as "one of four moving TED Talks you should watch right now" by The New York Times. Dr. Norma Baumel Joseph - Canadian professor, Orthodox Jewish feminist, and activist. In 1990, Dr. Joseph was successful in working with the Federal Government of Canada to pass a law that would protect Jewish women in need of a get (religious divorce). As a professor of Religion at Concordia University and Associate Director of the university's Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, her research interests include Women and Judaism, Jewish Law and Ethics, Women and Religion, and Food and Religion. She has received numerous awards, prizes and accolades, including nomination for a Governor General's Gold Medal Award for Excellence for her dissertation on the legal decisions of Rabbi Moses Feinstein on the separate spheres for women in the Jewish community. Reverend Diane Rollert - Unitarian Universalist Minister. Rev. Diane Rollert is the first female minister of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, serves on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council, and is president of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal. She was vice-president of the UU Ministers of Canada. Rev. Rollert is a key leader in the fight for religious freedom. She founded a group called Women Who Believe In Women, has appeared on television, and testified before the National Assembly's Commission on secularism. She completed her Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School . Dr. Catherine Richardson / Kinewesquao - Métis scholar/advocate, author, Associate Professor, Université de Montréal, co-founder of the Centre for Response-Based Practice. Her research focuses on recovery from violence and the advancement of safety and respect. She is interested in practice at the intersections of counselling, social work and social justice. She is the author of numerous publications, including "Calling Our Families Home" on the history of Métis child welfare in Canada , and "Belonging Metis," identifying ways to strengthen culture for people raised apart from their cultural communities. She is also on the Advisory Council for the Indigenous Child Well-being Research Network as well as Batshaw Child and Family Services in Montreal . Rabbi Dr. Lisa Grushcow - Senior Rabbi at Montreal 's (Reform) Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where she completed her Masters and Doctorate degrees, and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She is an author, sought-after speaker, and active member on many boards and committees, and co-chair of the Montreal Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Grushcow is involved in the Reform Jewish movement on the international level and was nominated as one of "33 of America 's Most Inspiring Rabbis" in 2015 by the Jewish Daily Forward. Thom Hallock, Moderator - Journalist, Mountain Lake PBS . Producer and anchor of the weekly program Mountain Lake Journal on Mountain Lake PBS , he is an Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow award winner and an Emmy-nominated host with over 25 years of journalistic experience. Sunday, April 2, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm Congregation Dorshei Emet, 18 Cleve Road, Hampstead, QC Tickets: $10/advance, $15/door, available at 514-486-9400, and online https://women-faith-based-changemakers.eventbrite.ca CONTACT: Ms. Ronit Yarosky, ryarosky@mountainlake.org | 514-882-5223, Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS, Ms. Cheri Bell executive.director@dorshei-emet.org | 514-486-9400 Dorshei Emet About Mountain Lake PBS Mountain Lake PBS produces high quality programs for local and worldwide audiences, reaching over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario. The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children. Mountain Lake PBS ' mission is to inspire and enrich people and communities through meaningful storytelling, entertainment, education and public engagement.  Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS is committed to being Canada 's best and most locally engaged PBS station, working closely in the community with a rapidly growing network of partners and supporters. About Congregation Dorshei Emet Canada 's oldest Reconstructionist synagogue, Congregation Dorshei Emet is home to cultural Jews and spiritual seekers. Ours is a welcoming and progressive branch of Judaism that celebrates diversity in level of faith and observance, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and socio-economic status. Our mission is the promotion of Jewish life, culture and community in keeping with the democratic values of Reconstructionist Judaism: egalitarianism in synagogue leadership and participation, modern application of traditional Judaism; and the recognition of Jewish identity through patrilineal and matrilineal descent.

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Uber pulls self-driving cars after crash

Images show Uber vehicle on its side after apparent high-impact crash with ordinary driver.

A self-driven Volvo SUV owned and operated by Uber Technologies Inc. is flipped on its side after a collision in Tempe, Arizona, U.S. on March 24, 2017.

Uber has pulled its self-driving cars from the roads after an accident which left one of the vehicles on its side. Pictures posted online showed the car on its right side on an Arizona street, next to another badly damaged vehicle. The car - a Volvo SUV - was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash, on Friday, Uber said. No one was hurt. A spokeswoman for the police in Tempe , Arizona said the accident occurred when another vehicle "failed to yield" to the Uber car at a left turn. "There was a person behind the wheel. It is uncertain at this time if they were controlling the vehicle at the time of the collision," spokeswoman Josie Montenegro said. Uber's self-driving cars always have a human in the driving seat who can take over the controls.  The company pulled its self-driving vehicles off the road in Arizona at first, followed by test sites in Pennsylvania and California - all three states where it operated the vehicles.   Uber pledges to make drivers happier   Uber hides from regulators with Greyball

Trading Supply Management for Softwood Lumber?

With the United States on the verge of reopening NAFTA, Canada should seize this opportunity to open its agricultural markets, and in return ask for full access to American markets for its softwood lumber, argues an Economic Note published today by the MEI.

Supply management versus softwood lumber: It's win-win

Montreal, March 23, 2017 – With the United States on the verge of reopening NAFTA, Canada should seize this opportunity to open its agricultural markets, and in return ask for full access to American markets for its softwood lumber, argues an Economic Note published today by the MEI.  "Trade between Canada and the United States having stagnated since the early 2000s, eliminating supply management and softwood lumber tariffs would be a good way of breathing new life into the economic partnership," points out Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI and author of the publication. The system of quotas and tariffs imposed on dairy, eggs, and poultry blocks the entry of foreign products and costs Canadian household $258 a year on average, according to the OECD. Furthermore, if the United States went ahead with the imposition of a 25% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber, the average price of a new home on the American market would increase by $1,300. Just for single-family homes, these additional costs would total $1 billion. "Trade barriers have always enriched a small minority of people at the expense of the vast majority," says Mr. Moreau. "The disappearance of existing tariff barriers would be very beneficial for Canadian and American consumers alike." Consumers are not the only ones who suffer in the current situation. Canadian farmers also lose under supply management, since it deprives them of access to billions of consumers around the world. Moreover, the funds required to purchase quotas limits their ability to invest to increase the productivity of their farms. "Putting supply management on the table would be a good negotiating tactic that could convince the American government to drop the idea of imposing tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber," adds Mr. Moreau. "We would thus avoid an nth softwood lumber dispute of the kind we've struggled through every five or ten years." Canada is the second largest trading partner of the United States , with trade totalling nearly $882 billion a year, or almost $2.5 billion a day. "To preserve and even expand economic relations between the two countries, it is imperative that politicians on both sides of the border resist the influence of lobby groups and come to the defence of the millions of consumers who pay the price for protectionism," concludes Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI. The Economic Note entitled "Trading Supply Management for Softwood Lumber?" was prepared by Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI. This publication is available on our website.  The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.

Free-Market Criticism of Starbucks CEO's Liberal Agenda Brewing for Annual Investor Meeting

Activists Ready for Third Appearance at a Starbucks Shareholder Meeting - Business Insider Reports Starbucks' "Brand Has Taken a Beating" After Coffeehouse Giant Challenges Trump Agenda

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Seattle, WA/Washington, D.C. – Trouble is brewing at Starbucks, and the nation's leading proponent of free-market investor activism is set to question Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on March 22 about how the political agenda influencing how the coffeehouse giant operates is reportedly hurting the brand and harming shareholders' investments. The National Center for Public Policy Research, a Starbucks shareholder, is sending the director of its Free Enterprise Project (FEP) to the annual Starbucks investor meeting to raise concerns about how liberal political stances and attacks on President Donald Trump could be damaging the company's reputation and sales.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. Pacific at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle , Washington .  This will be the third time a National Center representative has attended a Starbucks shareholder meeting. "Coffee has no political allegiance, but Starbucks under Schultz's leadership has been unwavering in its support of liberal causes to the detriment of its brand and shareholder value," said National Center General Counsel and FEP Director Justin Danhof, Esq., who plans to attend Wednesday's meeting and has questioned Schultz at previous shareholder meetings.  "As Schultz is set to retire next month, it remains to be seen if his successor will work to unite Americans and make Starbucks more inviting to conservative and libertarian consumers, or if the company's new leadership will continue Schultz's divisive politicking."  At the meeting, Danhof plans to address how Starbucks has taken many controversial policy positions under Schultz's leadership that are reportedly hurting the company's image and profits.  For example, in 2013, in response to a concern about a Starbucks boycott related to the company's support of same-sex marriage, Schultz said the company wanted to "embrace diversity" and invited the investor raising the issue to sell his shares.  The company was also criticized for its "Race Together Initiative" that sought to engage customers in discussions with Starbucks employees about race relations as well as for its refusal to acknowledge Christmas on its holiday cups.  Most recently, Business Insider reports "Starbucks' brand has taken a beating" due to Schultz's criticism of President Trump's initial executive order on immigration and for plans to hire 10,000 refugees.  On March 22, the National Center will post the text of its prepared question for the Starbucks CEO prominently on the National Center website when the shareholder meeting starts (which can be accessed here after posting).  Any comments from the Free Enterprise Project after the meeting will be also be available on the site (directly accessible here) within hours of the conclusion of the meeting. At the 2016 Starbucks meeting, the National Center presented a shareholder proposalasking the company to protect its employees from penalties at work stemming from their private, legal political activities.  Opposed by Starbucks, but accepted by other major corporations, the National Center's "Employee Conscience Protection Project" led to policies safeguarding the personal political activities and beliefs of over five million employees at 13 major U.S. companies including Walmart, Pepsi, Visa, General Electric, Home Depot and more. In 2014, Schultz was commended by the National Center during the shareholder meeting for not bowing to the anti-science demands of radical environmental activists who were seeking to force Starbucks to purge its products of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Launched in 2007, the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project is the nation's preeminent free-market activist group – focusing on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business.  Since 2014, National Center representatives have participated in nearly 100 shareholder meetings to advance free-market ideals in the areas of health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers' rights and many other important public policy issues.  The Starbucks meeting will mark FEP's fourth shareholder meeting so far in 2017.  The National Center 's Free Enterprise Project activism has yielded a tremendous return on investment: FEP's highly-publicized questioning of support for the Clinton Foundation by Boeing and General Electric helped trigger an FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation's activities that dominated the 2016 presidential campaign. FEP inquiries prompted Facebook to address political bias against conservatives in social media. Company executives acknowledged media bias at ABC News (Disney), the Washington Post and CNN (Time Warner) in response to FEP's challenges, which helped to bring about more objective reporting and more balanced political representation. FEP's "Employee Conscience Protection Project" strengthened protections for the political beliefs and activities of over five million workers at 13 major U.S. corporations. In 2016, the Free Enterprise Project was featured in the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Fox News Channel's "Cavuto," the Drudge Report, the Financial Times, Crain's Chicago Business, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Newsmax, the Daily Caller, Lifezette, the Seattle Times, the Quad City Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune among many others.  The Free Enterprise Project was also featured in Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassel's 2016 book The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech (Hachette Book Group).  The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.  Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations.  It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 96,000 active recent contributors.  Sign up for email updates here.  Follow us on Twitter at@NationalCenter for general announcements.  To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at@NCPPRMedia.

Vodafone India merger creates biggest firm

Joining forces with Idea Cellular makes it India 's biggest telecoms firm.

Vodafone India store

UK telecoms giant Vodafone has merged its Indian business with Idea Cellular, India 's third-largest network, to create the country's largest operator. The combined company will have almost 400 million customers, accounting for 35% of the market share, the firms said in a statement. The announcement ends months of speculation over an impending deal. Analysts say the merger was to fend off competition from a new operator - Reliance Jio. Owned by the country's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, Jio has forced Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, together with current market leader Bharti Airtel, to cut prices. Shares in Idea rose almost 4% in Mumbai following the announcement of the deal. India 's leading mobile networks are embroiled in what analysts have described as "a vicious price war", started by the arrival of Jio.  Telecom giant sparks India price war   Vodafone's Indian unit in merger talks   Telecom giant sparks India price war   Vodafone's Indian unit in merger talks

Brazil packers 'sold bad meat worldwide'

The authorities close three processing plants and suspend 33 officials over the allegations.

Chunks of beef are displayed at a supermarket in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 17, 2017.

The authorities in Brazil suspended 33 government officials amid allegations that some of the country's biggest meat processors have been selling rotten beef and poultry for years. Three meat processing plants have also been closed and another 21 are under scrutiny. Much of the meat produced by the companies accused is exported to Europe and other parts of the world. Brazil is the world's largest red meat exporter. Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi will meet foreign ambassadors on Monday to reassure them and try to prevent sanctions being issued against Brazilian meat exporters. Operation Weak Flesh was launched in the early hours of Friday in six Brazilian states after a two-year investigation. Federal police carried out raids in 194 locations, deploying more than 1,000 officers.    Brazil's Odebrecht corruption scandal

 When a consumer brand sets an entirely new benchmark

Special to The Montreal Tribune - When a consumer brand sets an entirely new benchmark, you know they're on to something big. Very big. This is the case with Nolah, an entrepreneurial, technology and cause-driven mattress company spurring a marketplace movement with a distinctive—and decidedly successful—business model that's resonating in today's modern, more empowered marketplace. This "sleeper" turned industry pioneer is shaking up archaic industry standards and egregious complacency, single-handedly changing both the way consumers shop for mattresses and the makeup of the merchandise, itself—all disrupting a stagnant and exorbitantly overpriced industry that, as Nolah asserts, "hasn't seen any real ingenuity the past 40 years but has fleeced consumers with reckless, unmitigated abandon."  Upon realizing how confusing, inconvenient, expensive and risky the process of buying a mattress can often be for consumers, these impassioned inventors set out to "build a better bed." And so they did. They knew that, with their leading-edge proprietary materials, engineering methods and overarching expertise within the sleep products industry—and in tandem with their keen understanding of the modern-day consumer mindset—they could develop a foam mattress far superior to any other on the market and avail it to consumers in a far more convenient and cost effective format. And so Nolah was born, ushering in a brazen new breed of science-based, budget-friendly sleep technology solutions that are actually making the world a better place.  Here are the six key ways Nolah is changing the mattress game for consumers, saving them time, hassle, money and sleepless nights while also saving American wildlife: Pillar 1: Modernize for a Best-in-Class Solution Nolah studied materials and approaches used for mattress manufacturing and determined the extent to which both latex and memory foam are outdated materials, entirely inferior to today's most advanced foam technology. This is a truth not largely known throughout the consumer marketplace, if at all. Being a technology-driven company, Nolah employed leading-edge tech to invent what they proffer to be the industry's very best all-around foam mattress. After testing hundreds of foam formulations and mattress constructions through science-backed R&D, the company launched its flagship Nolah AirFoam mattress. One primary distinguishing feature of this invention is that it's fully 100% temperature neutral, since it doesn't contain heat-sensitive "Viscoelastic" chemicals as every form of memory foam does. Therefore, the Nolah AirFoam solution is certain to sleep cooler than any memory foam mattress counterpart on the market, with or without cooling gel. Performance tests with it also showed four times less peak pressure on the sleeper's hip and back areas as compared with traditional memory foam mattresses. While memory foam has gained notable market share in recent years, people are now seeking out solutions like that offered by Nolah because it's NOT memory foam, which many consumers are having unpleasant issues with.  This includes the fact that it sleeps too hot since it's filled with Viscoelastic chemicals (found in ALL memory foam mattresses) and also that memory foam is prone to sagging over time. Nolah AirFoam solves both of these issues as it contains no heat-sensitive chemicals whatsoever, and it's also far more durable than memory foam. Nolah's mattress loses as little as 0.03" inches over time in foam thickness as compared to even ultra-high-end memory foam, which loses 3x times that amount in thickness over time. As for standard, conventional memory foam, that thickness loss increases to a massive 26x higher rate over time.  Nolah is filling the void for consumers wanting to avoid spring mattresses but also not wanting a mattress that sleeps hot and ultimately sags to a significant extent. Another important advantage is that, while Nolah is universally comfortable for all types of sleeping positions, it's especially well-suited for side sleepers (representing 70% of all sleepers). The Nolah mattress is a 3-layer construction. While it's slightly softer in the top 2 inches than other online mattresses, it still provides firm back and spine support underneath in the support layer that's made of Avena foam. Nolah is a 5.5 on the 0-10 firmness scale, and most other online mattresses are around 6.5-7.0, making Nolah a better option for side sleepers in particular. Pillar 2: Streamline Sales Online While Proffering Substantial Cost-Savings What was previously an arduous, transactional process is now a streamlined, stress-free online experience. Unlike the traditional, routine practice of buying a mattress that is often confusing and motivated by a sales person and store's own financial interests, Nolah's method is markedly less time consuming than conventional mattress procurement—an endeavour that had become unquestionably costly. For generations, traditional mattress stores had been the only place consumers could shop for a new mattress. But today's convoluted supply chains have led to a bloated and inefficient business model that overcharges consumers considerably.Instead, Nolah's business model tackles the inherent limitations of the traditional mattress buying experience, allowing consumers to avoid exorbitant mattress store costs but without sacrificing quality. Having personally experienced its own mattress prices getting marked up by as much as 3,000% in retail before reaching the consumer, Nolah's owners, Anna Hjoellund and Daniel Galle, were determined to shift the balance of power back into the hands of everyday consumers. They started selling exclusively online to bypass what they refer to as "the greedy retailers and mattress middlemen" in the process. So, with Nolah, consumers can now easily shop for a technically-advanced foam mattress exclusively online and save as much as 70% in the process, accounting for thousands of dollars in savings as compared to a similar retail store mattress. Brand name mattresses built with comparable materials cost as much as $5,000, but prices at NolahMattress.com currently start as low as $519 for a twin and top out at $949 for a California King. It's no surprise that people are increasingly choosing to buy this more advanced mattress online in lieu of alternatives designed with 40-year old technology that are sold by brick-and-mortar retailers rendering astronomical price points, shaking up this decades-old business model in the process. Pillar 3: Pioneer the Bed-in-a-Box Delivery Model While it may seem simple on the surface, mattress delivery by-mail represents a seismic shift in the mattress trade, notably disrupting supply chain conventions as one case in point. Beyond the online sales model tipping the balance of power back in the consumer's favor relative to convenience, quality and price, direct-to-door shipping also provides customers with an array of distinct advantages. Aside from consumers also avoiding delivery fees that can tally hundreds of dollars unto itself, the traditional offline delivery process is often tedious and with much downside. This includes multiple strangers entering a home to hoist an extremely heavy and bulky mattress and/or box spring to the needed location, which can be impeded by small doors, flights of stairs, tight corners, fragile or unmovable décor and furnishings and other points of opposition. And, walls can get inadvertently marked, framing dinged, and carpets soiled in the process.  Rectifying all of these issues and more, Nolah also created innovative mattress packaging that cares for the customers, their homes and the environment. Their mattresses are shipped to the doorstep in an easy-to-handle eco-friendly cardboard box that reduces packaging volume by a whopping 80% as compared to conventional mattress shipping. The mattress is vacuum-compressed and rolled up inside the box in a way that allows it to be easily placed, unfurled and expanded to full size by the customers once in its desired location. Pillar 4: Establish 'No-Brainer' Merchandizing Model Nolah goes above and beyond to provide consumers with full peace-of-mind as they make a purchasing decision. Throughout the shopping experience, the company stresses benefits like 100% free shipping, free returns and its 15-year warranty whereby any Nolah mattress eligible under the warranty will be replaced or repaired completely free of charge throughout the 15-year warranty period. Nolah also offers a risk-free 120-night home trial period, so consumers can sleep on their new mattress for 4 whole months before making up their minds to keep it or not. If a customer is not fully satisfied, they'll remove the mattress free of charge and refund the customer in full. These facets of the "no-stress sales" funnel, coupled with access to relevant customer and media-based product reviews and testimonials, helps customers rest assured that they can, well, indeed rest assured.  Pillar 5: Uphold 'Conscientious Consumerism' as Mission Critical For too many businesses, prioritizing the bottom line has come at the cost of our planet's health and well-being. Wanting to take a more mindful track, Nolah donates 7% of its profits to protecting animal wildlife, their precious natural habitats and the environment overall. For every single Nolah mattress sold, the company adopts an imperilled American wildlife animal through its partnership with Defenders of Wildlife—a national non-profit wildlife charity. With its "One Nolah Sold Equals One Wildlife Adopted" pledge, Nolah is proud to be the undisputed leader in "Conscious Consumerism" within the online mattress industry. With this program, buyers can choose from more than 20 endangered animals like bald eagles, snowy owls and dolphins, and are then sent an official wildlife adoption certificate as proof that their contribution helped protect American wildlife. While other companies may donate a percentage of their profits to charity, Nolah, embraces this principle and takes things even a step further, providing a unique opportunity for their customers to personally support our planet's well-being by "voting their values" with their wallet. Nolah has made promoting environmental health a bedrock principle of the company's guiding philosophy. It's a glowing example of a business finding innovative and meaningful ways to intertwine business goals with positive social change. Other ways Nolah protects the environment and supports causes is the fact that mattresses are shipped in eco-friendly boxes that reduce shipping volume and vehicle emissions in kind, and also that all returned mattresses are donated to local charities or recycled through local state programs. Pillar 6: Lighten Up and Speak Human! Today's marketplace needs more than slick slogans and catchy ad campaigns. But many companies struggle to communicate even the most fundamental messages that will differentiate their brands in today's crowded, confusing and expectation-laden marketplace. With technology making it easier than ever for consumers to block and otherwise avoid advertising and marketing messages as they go about their online and offline lives, companies ubiquitously scramble for solutions—ultimately turning to marketing to help them make and maintain meaningful connections with the marketplace.  However, much of that marketing has zero impact as the messaging simply doesn't resonate. These companies are not simply "speaking human." Nolah strips down the marketing speak and merely converses with its customer as it would a dear friend, providing facts, information and even product "edutainment" in a friendly way that engages and strikes the right emotional chord—enhancing trust and brand loyalty and ambassadorship in the process. Fundamentally, Nolah wants its customers to not take life too seriously, but rather, get a good night's sleep, go outside and have an adventure! This innovative, entrepreneur-driven company has realized the American dream through a mindful mattress brand that's elevating archaic industry standards. Nolah is making strides in its effort to resolve "greedy" mattress retailing with consumer-optimized pricing and procurement while proffering "sleep with a purpose." Byline author: Branding, business and entrepreneurship success pundit, Merilee Kern, MBA, is an influential media voice and lauded communications strategist. As the Executive Editor and Producer of "The Luxe List International News Syndicate," she's a revered consumer product trends expert and travel industry voice of authority who spotlights noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers. Merilee may be reached online at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

UK faces £1.7bn fine for customs fraud

Organised gangs are using fake invoices to undervalue goods being imported from China , it was found.

A Chinese container ship unloads cargo

The UK is facing a £1.7bn fine after failing to stop Chinese criminal gangs using the country as a fraud "hub", despite repeated warnings. Clothes and shoes were imported through the UK at fictitiously low values for years to avoid duties, the European Anti-Fraud Office (Olaf) has found. As a result, investigators say the EU budget has lost millions of pounds in customs duties. HMRC said it plans to challenge Olaf's claims about lost revenues. The Olaf investigation found the UK to be a "significant hub" for so-called undervaluation fraud - where importers can profit from evading customs duties and related taxes. Organised crime groups are using fake invoices to undervalue goods being imported from China - many of which are destined for the black market in other parts of the EU, investigators found. They say the fraud has cost the EU £1.7bn in lost duties between 2013-16 and now they want the European Commission to recover the money from the UK . In 2016, according to Olaf, 79.2% of the €817.2m (£709m) losses in customs duties for the EU budget were through UK importation.

Hitting rock-bottom

Why was this $60m ship sold for scrap? The simple reason is that there are too many ships for too little cargo.  Shipping slump: Why a vessel worth $60m was sold as scrap  

Hammonia Grenada

The Hammonia Grenada was sold for scrap at the start of this year on Global Trade

By Jamie RobertsonBusiness reporter, BBC News In January 2010, the container ship Hammonia Grenada was delivered from a Chinese yard to its new owners, reportedly priced at about $60m (about £37m at that time). Just seven years later - at the start of this year - it was sold for scrap. The price: an estimated $5.5m (£4.4m today). It's not the only vessel to suffer this fate. Last year container ships were sold at rock-bottom prices for scrap in record numbers. The simple reason is that there are too many ships for too little cargo. The most dramatic casualty was South Korean group Hanjin, which collapsed last August weighed down by debts. The container shipping industry, and Hanjin in particular, has been spectacularly wrong about the financial crisis - twice. There was not one but two waves of container ship ordering in 2010, and then again in 2013-14. Interest rates were low and money was cheap. The result - a massive oversupply of vessels. "The attitude in the industry was when you were not making profits the best thing to do was to cut costs, and the best way to cut costs is to increase scale, buying bigger and more fuel-efficient ships," explains Rahul Kapoor, director at shipping consultancy Drewry Financial Research Services.

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 On Quebec Cinema

THE TOURNÉE VISITS MONCTON -

March 27 and 28, 2017

 Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , Tuesday, March 21, 2017  - The Tournée du cinéma québécois is on the road again, heading to Moncton on March 27 and 28 for off-festival screenings presented by the Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie (FICFA). Audiences will have the chance to see two unique feature films from Quebec : TukTuq by Robin Aubert and the latest work by Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie, Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau. New Brunswick movie lovers will have the chance to meet actor Laurent Bélanger, who plays one of the leads in Ceux qui font. The film has been a Canada-wide hit since last year, winning awards such as Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. TukTuq recently premiered in Montreal at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. SCHOOL SCREENINGS IN MONCTON   As part of the Tournée, Québec Cinéma also organizes special cinematic experiences for young people through its school-based activities. On this stop, the Tournée will screen Guibord s'en-va-t-en guerre at two Moncton-area schools: Caledonia Regional High School and École Odyssée. THE TOURNÉE DU CINÉMA QUÉBÉCOIS Presented in collaboration with Radio-Canada, the Tournée du cinéma québécois presents Quebec-made films from coast to coast to coast, making it the largest Canada-wide promotional activity for the province's cinema. Through this tour, Québec Cinéma provides an unparalleled showcase for artists and filmmakers, including exceptional opportunities for audiences and filmmakers to meet. The Tournée is ongoing throughout the year, optimizing its reach and impact through partnerships with events already popular with movie lovers. The Tournée du cinéma québécois will continue its cross-Canada tour with stops in  Halifax  in March,  Toronto  in April andIqaluit, Nunavut , in May. ESSENTIAL PARTNERSHIPS Québec Cinéma extends sincere thanks to FICFA, the government of New Brunswick, the governments of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Nunavut, and its major partners, Radio-Canada, which co-presents the Tournée, Bell, MELS, Akufen and VIA Rail, as well as its public-sector and government partners: Telefilm Canada, the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes (SAIC) and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC).For the Tournée's detailed itinerary and all the latest news visit the Québec Cinéma website and follow us daily on  Facebook,Twitterand Instagram (#TOURNEEQCC) Find Your Awesome:  In our hectic world, most people are glad just to get by but rarely have time to think about what gives them a sense of well-being or makes them happy. Thankfully, artist and writer Judy Clement Wall is about to change all that! With a mission to "make art, do work, and engage in shenanigans that inspire fearless love, soulful evolution, and wild creativity as a way of life," she's trying to make it easier for us to be good to ourselves.  Her delightful new book, Find Your Awesome: A 30-day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self, includes a self-loving theme for each day, with a way to bring that theme to life. I hope you will consider Find Your Awesome for a review, an excerpt, or an author interview or giveaway. Judy makes a dynamic guest. Please read the following press release and let me know if I may schedule an entertaining interview with her. If you would like to run this story, I'd be happy to send you .jpgs of Judy and the book cover (that's actually a whimsical look-alike of her!). Thank you. Kim Weiss, Director of Communications, HCI Books, The Life Issues Publisher, 3201 SW 15 Street , Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 (800) 851-9100 ext. 9212 kim.weiss@hcibooks.com   www.hcibooks.com/trade 3.22.17

CARLOS VIVES AWARDED HONORARY MASTERS DEGREE FROM BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC

PRESTIGIOUS INSTITUTION RECOGIZES VIVES FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND MUSIC - VIVES JOINED COLOMBIAN ARTIST MONICA GIRALDO & BERKLEE STUDENTS IN AN EMOTIONAL CONCERT OF HIS MUSIC

Left to right:  Roger Brown, President of the Berklee College of Music and Carlos Vives

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  BOGOTA, COLOMBIA –  2 x Grammy, 12x Latin Grammy winning recording artist/producer Carlos Vives was awarded a Master of Latin Music degree by the prestigious Berklee College of Music at a ceremony at the GML Auditorio (Gaira Music Local, Vives’ venue) in Bogota, Colombia.  The award was presented by Berklee president Roger Brown and was followed by a performance of music from Berklee students and Vives at the Julio Mario Santodomingo Theater.  The Massachusetts-based Berklee College of Music is the largest private music college in the country and boasts a highly regarded Latin Music Studies program. Vives was recognized for his significant contributions to music and society. “The music of Carlos Vives reflects a deep love of his native Colombia . Regardless of how modern or global the sounds and rhythms of his music are, there is always the Colombian flavor,” said President Brown in the presentation of the award to Vives. “Carlos is a charismatic and powerful performer who has endured as an artist because of his unique combination of energy and sensitivity. We are honored to present the Berklee Master of Latin Music Award to Carlos Vives.” In receiving the honor, Vives said, “It was very gratifying to have Roger Brown and his team from Berklee surprise us with a visit to our home at Gaira Musica Local in Bogota and that they would recognize and be aware of the work that we do.  I was so honored to have received a Master’s Degree in Latin Music. I am also very grateful to the community of teachers and students who invited me to make music with them. It was a unique and unforgettable experience!” In 2013, the college launched its Master Musician Awards, an effort to celebrate the work of musicians through a series of specialized awards. The artists earned these honors not only by making great music, but by demonstrating the importance of following one's personal vision and leading new generations of musicians into the future. Past honorary doctorate recipients include Duke Ellington, Chucho Valdes, Juan Luis Guerra, Paco de Lucia, Aretha Franklin, Alejandro Sanz, Paul Simon, Sting, Gloria Estefan, and Willie Nelson (Vives is the second Colombian to receive this honor after Toto La Momposina.) Also at the event was Monica Giraldo, Colombian singer and a member of the Board of Directors of Berklee. During the musical performance, the student ensemble and Giraldo paid an emotional tribute to Vives’ musical legacy. He joined them in their performances of “Ella,” “Hijo del Vallenato” and “La Tierra del Olvido.”

The evenko foundation donates a piano to Concordia University

 Patrick Watson and Anne-Marie Withenshaw surrounded by Rebecca Taylor Duclos, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia and Joshua Rager, professor at the Department of Music at Concordia

Credit : Lucas Harrison Rupnik

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , Monday 13 March 2017 - As part of its many specific activities, the evenko foundation for emerging talent and its spokesperson Anne-Marie Withenshaw invited Patrick Watson to offer two gifts to the students of Concordia University 's Faculty of Fine Arts on March 13. In the name of the evenko foundation, the world-renowned musician donated a magnificent Yamaha U1 piano to the university, in addition to performing an intimate mini-concert for over a hundred students of the Faculty of Fine Arts, who were assembled in Room EV Junction,  Watch a video of Patrick Watson's performance, click here. Since its creation in 2015, the evenko foundation, which is actively involved in the community in order to inspire youth to engage in the performing arts, has donated more than $420,000 in musical instruments and financial support to 24 organisations and schools throughout Quebec. On April 20 at 8 p.m. in the Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts, it will present the seventh edition of the Show de la Réussite, which will bring together Louis-Jean Cormier, Alex Nevsky, Corneille, Gabriella, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Brigitte Boisjoli and Valérie Carpentier, with the special collaboration of the cast of Backstage, and of some 250 students of the Integrated Arts Program for a unique show directed by Olivier Loubry, under the musical direction of Antoine Gratton. For additional information or to buy tickets for the Show de la Réussite: www.evenko.ca   www.fondationevenko.ca   www.placedesarts.com   www.facebook.com/fondationevenko  About the evenko foundation for emerging talent  Launched in May 2015, the evenko foundation for emerging talent aims to support youth between the ages of 5 to 25 to engage in the performing arts in order to stimulate their creativity, improve their self-esteem and their desire to learn and grow. The evenko foundation also aims to encourage emerging talent through programs, donations and fundraising activities directly addressed to youth on evenko concert territories. Charles Lemay, Annexe Communications  clemay@annexecommunications.com   514 844-8864, poste 118

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (MY MUSIC) | March 2016 | PBS

Take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music. Enjoy classic hits you know and love, from the performers who made them famous. Airs Sunday, March 12th at 8:00 pm . Read More

Country Pop Legends (My Music) Promo

In this reunion hosted by country music legend Roy Clark, country pop sensations such as Glenn Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Hank Locklin, and BJ Thomas united for a trip down memory lane as they perform their biggest and most memorable hits from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. Airs Monday, March 13th at 9:30 pm and Thursday,  Read More

Don't miss the premiere of the 2016 Royal Nova Scotia International Military Tattoo this Saturday. Tune in Sunday for a special live broadcast from our studio of the premier of Part 3 of " Montreal , mon amour, mon histoire". Plus great music of all kinds this week: rock, soul, country and more! – Kevin

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One of Canada 's most recognized political leaders, and the former leader of the separatist Bloc Quebecois Party, weighs in on the new era in relations between the United States and Canada . Lake Placid is looking once again to host athletes from around the world. And two little surprises arrived at a wildlife refuge in the Adirondacks . Airs Friday at 8:00 , Saturday at 7:00 and Sunday at 10:00 am . This Week on MLJ 03-10-17  One of Canada 's most recognized political leaders, and the former leader of the separatist Bloc Quebecois Party, weighs in on the new era in relations between the United States and Canada . Lake Placid is looking once again to host athletes from around the world. And two little surprises arrived at a wildlife refuge in the  Read More  Let No One Sleep Hungry Tonight!  Humanity First commits to Deliver Food Hampers to needy on Humanity First Day - March 12, 2017 Vaughan , Ontario , Canada – On March 12, 2017 , Humanity First Canada is launching a nationwide campaign “Let No One Sleep Hungry Tonight”. The campaign is to create awareness and alleviate hunger in Canada . On this day Food Hampers will be prepared and delivered to needy families. According to Food Banks Canada, in March 2016 over 850,000 people in Canada received food from a food bank. Approximately 36% are children and youth. Humanity First Canada has been offering food hampers from its Foodbank in Vaughan , Ontario serving over 1200 families and students on monthly basis, where food is delivered to the people in a discrete and respectful manner throughout GTA. Launch Date:   Sunday, March 12, 2017  Venue: Humanity First Foodbank   Address:  600 Bowes Rd. Unit #40  Media Interviews:     11:00am    Commenting on this campaign, Dr. Aslam Daud, Chairman Humanity First Canada said, “On daily basis we hear the sad situation of many families struggling to put food on the table, we have seen a growing number of children and youth needing assistance. In Canada , No one should go hungry.” Humanity First has responded to the natural disasters in Nepal , Haiti , Bangladesh , Philippines and Indonesia , recently in Ebola relief in Africa , Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts in USA East coast, famine in north east Africa , Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods. For further information and donations, please visit our website at www.humanityfirst.ca or call 416-440-0346.- # # # - Notes to editors: Humanity First is an International Non-Profit Charitable Organization established to promote and safeguard the preservation of human life and dignity. Humanity First is a non-political, non-sectarian international relief and development agency that works with communities around the globe to improve the quality of life for some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.Directors, Officers and Aid Workers of Humanity First are unpaid volunteers. Humanity First has been granted a special consultative status with the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council( ECOSOC).  For further information and media inquiries, please visit our website http://www.humanityfirst.caor email to info@humanityfirst.ca    Dr. Aslam Daud, Chairman, Humanity First Canada, Tel: 1-416-560-7933 Mubashir Khalid, Spokesperson / Media Relations, Humanity First Canada, Tel: 647-988-3494 Humanity First Canada    600 Bowes Road , Unit #40,  Concord , ON  L4K 4A3 T: 416.440.0346, E: info@humanityfirst.cawww.humanityfirst.ca

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Fish oil 'no benefit' to baby intelligence

Taking the supplement while pregnant does not increase brain development, research has found.

Taking fish oil while pregnant does not improve the brain development of babies, new research has found. Fish oil has been marketed to women as a prenatal supplement. But a 10-year study of more than 2,500 pregnant women found it did not improve babies' intelligence, according to the Australian research. The findings suggested that fish oil might lead to slightly longer pregnancies, but that would require further research, the team said. "If a pregnant woman has a healthy, balanced diet, then the baby's brain development is not going to benefit from having these fish oil supplements," study co-author Dr Jacqueline Gould told the BBC. Lengthy study The research, by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, followed women from their pregnancy to when their children were seven years old. Participants were given either a daily fish oil supplement or a placebo. The results found taking a 800mg dose of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 acid, had no impact on babies' intelligence.    Omega-3 oils 'halve' in farmed salmon

'Healthiest hearts in the world' found

A group of people in Bolivia could teach us all how to look after our hearts better, say researchers.

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By James GallagherHealth and science reporter, BBC News website - The healthiest hearts in the world have been found in the Tsimane people in the forests of Bolivia , say researchers. Barely any Tsimane had signs of clogged up arteries - even well into old age - a study in the Lancet showed. "It's an incredible population" with radically different diets and ways of living, said the researchers. They admit the rest of the world cannot revert to a hunter-gathering and early farming existence, but said there were lessons for all of us. Tsimane? Tsimane is pronounced "chee-may-nay".  There are around 16,000 Tsimane who hunt, fish and farm on the Maniqui River in the Amazon rainforest in the Bolivian lowlands. Their way of life has similarities to human civilisation thousands of years ago. It took the team of scientists and doctors multiple flights and a canoe journey to get there. How does your diet compare with the Tsimane?    Video Peru woman escapes from landslide

11th annual Mois des Câlins campaign raises more than $400,000

Yet another outpouring of love from all over Quebec for the children of Sainte-Justine!

  Special to The Montreal Tribune  - Montreal , February 21, 2017 - A total of 30,000 units of Clarins "Rose Câlins" Lip Perfector were once again snapped up from the shelves of 345 Jean Coutu stores across the province in a heartwarming expression of love for the young patients of Sainte-Justine. Thanks to the continued support of Quebecers and campaign partners Rythme FM, Jean Coutu and Clarins, the 11th edition of Le Mois des Câlins de Sainte-Justine generated $400,000 for a very appreciative CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.

Sébastien Benoit, Hug Fairy, Danielle La Roche, Clarins, Mitsou, Hug Fairy, Hélène Bisson, Jean Coutu, Claudia Bergeron, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation

These funds will go toward CHU Sainte-Justine's Integrated Centre for Child Neurodevelopment (CIRENE), led by Dr. Lionel Carmant, to give more children like 7-year-old Guillaume and 3-year-old Thelma access to adapted resources and the best and earliest care for neurodevelopmental disorders. Guillaume had his first seizure at age 4½ - an experience his parents are not likely to forget any time soon. He was transferred to Sainte-Justine and diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy. "He was having up to 70 seizures a day," his parents, Christelle and Vincent, recall. Today, three years later, they gladly report that Guillaume is seizure-free and leads a virtually normal life. He is still being treated by the specialists at CIRENE for motor and language development issues, which stem from his epilepsy-related attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although he has more hurdles to cross, Guillaume's parents are confident he is on the right track, due in large part to the early intervention. As for Thelma, she was born with a severe heart defect. It would have been difficult for anyone to imagine back then that she would be skating, dancing and riding a horse only three years later. "If Thelma hadn't received such a timely diagnosis, she wouldn't even be able to walk at this point," explains Dr. Carmant. Her mother, Linda Ounis beams: "Because of CIRENE, she can fulfill her dream of learning how to figure skate. It's wonderful!"  The generosity of campaign partners Jean Coutu, Clarins and Rythme FM was matched by Québecor. Their media campaign and $1 donation for every packaged double issue of 7 Jours/La Semaine sold in Jean Coutu locations in Quebec brought in $5,000, which was added to the proceeds of the 11th annual Mois des Câlins campaign earmarked for CIRENE. Drawing contest a hit once again!   The Dessine-moi un câlin (Draw a Hug) contest wrapped up on February 14, with almost 1,000 drawings received from budding artists aged 5 to 12. The winner will be announced shortly. The selected illustration will appear on the 2018 box of Clarins "Rose Câlins" Lip Perfector, in support of the next instalment of Le Mois des Câlins. The prize package also includes $1,000 from Toys "R" Us. About the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation  The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation's mission is to engage the community and support CHU Sainte-Justine in its pursuit of excellence and its commitment to providing children and mothers with one of the highest levels of healthcare in the world, now and in the future. fondationsaintejustine.org 2.23.17

Ottawa should respect provincial jurisdiction over health care

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal, February 21, 2017 – In order to improve Canada's public health care systems, Ottawa should withdraw from this sector and let each province decide for itself the best ways to provide services to its population, argues a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.   Ottawa intends to limit its health transfer increase (to a little over 3% rather than 6%) and force the provinces to spend a portion of this money on specific areas, which has led to a wrestling match between certain provinces and the federal government. When it comes to autonomy, the provinces are right. "Health care is an area of provincial jurisdiction, and it is provincial governments that must face their electorates and justify their actions. Provincial politicians should be able to make decisions that are contrary to the federal government's wishes and that would please their voters," says Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI and the author of the publication. From an economic point of view, this federal interference poses a problem, he notes. Health transfers, with federal conditions attached, make Canada 's public health care systems less efficient. "When the federal government imposes its priorities, it limits potential innovation," points out Mr. Belzile."In contrast, more decentralized health care decisions would introduce additional competition between the provinces, which would favour the sharing of best practices," explains Mr. Belzile. "Also, by freeing up the fiscal space that it occupies on this issue, making room for the provinces, Ottawa would make local politicians more accountable, and thus more attentive to the wishes of voters in their region." Since it is easier to adjust provincial policies to regional differences than to adjust a single national policy, the fact that Ottawa imposes conditions is counterproductive. "Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott was calling recently for a 'transformation' of the health care system, noting that it was important 'to do better, to make sure we get better value for money'," says Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI. "Among the best ways to get there is to respect provincial jurisdiction over health care," he concludes.The Viewpoint entitled "Why Ottawa Should Respect Provincial Jurisdiction over Health Care" was prepared by Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, in collaboration with Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI. This publication is available on our website. 2.23.17

The Eight Steps to Loving Your Child Through Purposeful Discipline

By Dr. Domenick Maglio - An undisciplined child typically develops destructive behavioral patterns that hurt him or her as well as others. On the other hand, a disciplined child will learn constructive methods that will assist him in his interacting with the world. But the most important part of discipline is that it must be purposeful. What is Purposeful Discipline? Purposeful Discipline is a demonstration of one person's love for another. When parents are intentionally disciplining their child to alter a destructive behavior, the parents are actually expressing love toward their child. The reason for Purposeful Discipline is for the parent to provide the child with teaching or training that will assist in developing moral values and behaviors. These values and behaviors have worked and passed the test of time and have been proven to be effective in developing a healthy individual. The Four Requirements of a Parent Who Wants to Use Purposeful Discipline   1.     Parents should be responsible and emotionally mature   2.     Parents should be able to meet their children's concrete physical needs  3.     Parents should ready to actively teach through Purposeful Discipline  4.     Parents should be willing to be firm and consistent their discipline  Eight Steps of Purposeful Discipline  1. Be in charge. Your child is your solemn responsibility to raise. The child is not your friend or your equal. To become a friend or equal to the child, the parent has to consciously distort reality. Parents who play the phony game of "I'm your equal" lose their authority as parents. 2. Role model moral values. Adults who are ready to be parents possess awareness and emotional maturity as well as know the behavior and thought patterns their children need to have to be morally productive people in their future. For parents to begin the process of instilling values in the mind of the child, the parents need to believe in these values, to agree with each other these values are positive for the development of the child, and most importantly, role model these values and behaviors. 3. Communicate the positives of moral values. After parents reach an agreement with each other on the values and expectations they desire in their child, the parents create parameters. A parameter is the defining of the expected general value to be internalized by the child. This is demonstrated by examples that give the pictures they want their children to internalize. The more creative energy the parents use in various situations to communicate these parameters, the clearer and more focused the child's picture is in his head of what the parents expect from him. 4. Set limits and expectations. Parents set limits and expectations when they state the rules of what the child can and cannot do. As the parents observe the child's behavior, the parent may see that the child often wanders outside of the established parameters. The parent sees the discrepancy between the parameter (desired value) and the child's inappropriate behavior. To move the child back inside the lines of the parameter, the parents announce to the child the rules of what the child can and cannot do. 5. Prepare child with anticipated consequences. Once the parameters and corresponding limits are set, situational preparation logically follows. The particular situation that is going to occur, such as visiting relatives, going to church, and taking a day trip, requires that the parents prepare the children as to their specific expectations. Parents need to give the child the anticipation of a reward or punishing consequences for or inappropriate behavior. By spelling out the parent's expectations to the child, the parents are setting up a forced choice that increases the probability of the child displaying the socially approved behavior. 6. Debrief after the event. After the specific event, the parents debrief the children on how things went according to their perception. The children were forewarned by the prepping and should be evaluated immediately following the situational event.  7. Administer consequences. Parents need to observe the child and give rewarding or punishing consequences depending on the behavior exhibited. Consequences are responses to behavior that increase or decrease the probability of a person adhering to a specific behavior. Using consequences shows the determination of an adult to enforce the limits and maintain the integrity as parental authority figures. 8. Discuss purpose of the discipline. Finally, the parents will ask the children or tell them the reason for the discipline in order to increase the understanding and decrease resentment. Depending upon the age of the child, the parent explains how his choices affect the family, friends, and his own development as a person. The younger the child, the simpler is the explanation. The older the child, the more complex is the explanation of the reason for the specific consequence. Providing the child with values such as love, obedience, respectfulness, empathy, honesty, independence, willpower, conscience, critical thinking, pain control, social skills, and safety awareness is an expression of love. Parents who consciously pass on their wisdom through Purposeful Discipline will eventually create a child who is internalizing the process of becoming self-disciplined. The emergence of a young individual's self-discipline is a sure sign of parental love for the child. Dr. Domenick J. Maglio has been an educator and psychologist for over 45 years. He is the author of In-Charge Parenting: In a P.C. Nation. For more information, please visit, www.drmaglio.com and connect with him on Twitter, @djmaglio. 2.23.17

Life expectancy to break 90 barrier

Women in South Korea will be the first in the world to live an average of 90 years.

Korean woman

South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, a study suggests. Imperial College London and the World Health Organization analysed lifespans in 35 industrialised countries. It predicted all would see people living longer in 2030 and the gap between men and women would start to close in most countries. The researchers said the findings posed big challenges for pensions and care for elderly people. " South Korea has gotten a lot of things right," Prof Majid Ezzati told the BBC News website. "They seem to have been a more equal place and things that have benefited people - education, nutrition - have benefited most people. "And so far, they are better at dealing with hypertension and have some of the lowest obesity rates in the world."    More at Health Section

Cancer Society launches a new research focused microsite i

This is an information email to help journalists who occasionally work within cancer/health topics and is unclear on what the Canadian Cancer Society can help you with when researching stories. Also, today the Cancer Society launches a new research focused microsite in English and French that may help you with future stories; (and much like what you are doing) for Canadians looking for real science-based cancer articles & information in French & English. www.cancer.ca/en/research-horizons   With new research discoveries emerging constantly, reporting on healthcare and specifically cancer has never been more complex. That's why the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is proud to launch the Research Horizons microsite. Research Horizons is an online newsroom that will focus on research breakthroughs, many of which will change the way cancer is treated. The microsite will focus on immunotherapy, genomics, cancer vaccines and early diagnosis – areas identified by researchers, industry and patient groups, and advocates as in need of more readily available information. Content on the site will represent Canadian and international research efforts and will cover recent research advances in all cancer types. All CCS-authored content on Research Horizons will be available in English and French. Research Horizons will not only be a resource for reliable information on cancer research, but will also feature shared news and rich media resources to inform readers even further. The site will be an important "first stop" for any journalist reporting on new findings in cancer research. English and French Media contact: André Beaulieu, Porte-parole et conseiller principal, Communications, 514 255-5151, poste 22418, abeaulieu@quebec.cancer.ca

'Humanitarian crisis' in England's NHS

The British Red Cross says it has been responding to a "humanitarian crisis" in NHS hospitals in England .

There is a "humanitarian crisis" in NHS hospitals in England , the British Red Cross has said.

The charity said volunteers and staff had been helping patients get home from hospital and called for more government money to stabilise the situation. It comes as a third of hospital trusts in England  warned they needed action to cope with patient numbers last month. NHS England said plans were in place to deal with winter pressure and beds were not as full as this time last year. Figures show that 42 A&E departments ordered ambulances to divert to other hospitals last week - double the number during the same period in 2015. Diversions can only happen when a department is under significant pressure, such as lacking the capacity to take more patients or having queues of ambulances outside for significantly prolonged periods, and when all existing plans to deal with a surge in patients have been unsuccessful.

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Milestone in medical human 'cloning'?

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Remembering The Light Within: A Course In Soul-Centered Living

New Book Reminds Us that Love Is Our Essential Nature, Creating a Radical Shift in Perception of Our Life's Purpose from Experts in Spiritual Psychology

Special to The Montreal Tribune - By Mary R. Hulnick, Ph.D. and H. Ronald Hulnick, Ph.D. Santa Monica , CA, March 22, 2017  ― Are you ready for a radical shift in perception― one that may challenge and profoundly alter your idea of who you are and what your purpose is on this planet? This book presents information, stories, and simple yet life-changing practices designed to assist you in doing the work you came to earth to do― Waking up into the Awareness that you are the Presence of Love, and living your unique life of meaning, purpose and fulfillment from within that Awakened state. From Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick, Founding Faculty and Co-Directors of the University of Santa Monica , the Worldwide Center for the Study and Practice of Spiritual Psychology, Remembering the Light Within (Hay House, February 2017) affirms that we all suffer from greater or lesser degrees of "Spiritual amnesia."  We've forgotten who we are and why we're here.  The process of Remembering is an active process through which, step-by-step, you remove or dissolve the barriers within your consciousness that are all that prevent you from knowing your Soul's nature—from experientially knowing that you are a Divine Being having a human experience.  Can you imagine walking through this world in a consciousness that is Awake to Love?  Wouldn't that be Amazing Grace? "We are thrilled to share these life-changing Soul-Centered Living and Remembering who you are teachings with you at this important time in human history. For a deeper experience we recommend reading one chapter at a time and then engaging with the Practices and Intention at the end of the chapter for a week or two before moving on to the next chapter," said Ron Hulnick. Mary Hulnick added, "The Practices are not things you do once or twice and then move on. They are empowering, transformational, and when utilized over time, become integrated as a Way of Being and a Way of Life. In your Soul, you are already Awake to the Love that you are. This book is intended as both inspiration and support for Awakening into that Awareness and living a Soul-Centered life — an inspired life of Love, meaning and purpose. Remembering the Light Within is filled with remedies for Spiritual amnesia including Spiritual Wisdom and practices supported by the time-tested Principles of Spiritual Psychology. A few of the essential concepts covered in this book include: discovering what it means to enter the Spiritual Context, learning the difference between the ego and the Authentic Self; recognizing the distinction between Goal Line and Soul Line opportunities; accelerating Spiritual Awakening through using the scientific method; reframing unresolved issues as Blessings; communing with the Divine through prayer, and finding Freedom through Compassionate Self-forgiveness. The authors also share from their own experience the power of the material to support readers in "Hitting a Spiritual Home Run" and learning how to use "Spiritual Crampons." Radical, liberating shifts in perception await!  For more information about Remembering the Light Within and to receive complimentary limited-time bonus gift with book purchase (only available through this website), please visit: www.RonandMaryHulnick.com  For additional information about University of Santa Monica please visit: www.UniversityofSantaMonica.edu   Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick are pioneers and worldwide leaders in the field of Spiritual Psychology, as well as Teachers and Facilitators of Awakening in Consciousness. They are renowned educators, authors, and the Founding Faculty and Co-Directors of the University of Santa Monica (USM), where they have designed, developed, and facilitated Educational Programs for the past 35 years. Both are licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mary is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist. They are also the authors of Loyalty to Your Soul: The Heart of Spiritual Psychology, published by Hay House and available in twelve countries and eight languages. Remembering the Light Within: A Course in Soul Centered Living   By Mary R. Hulnick, Ph.D., H. Ronald Hulnick, Ph.D.  Paperback: 268 Pages   Language: English  ISBN: 978-1-4019-4976-1    Price: $16.99 3.23.17


I'm Still Standing: D.C. Sniper's Ex-Wife And Her Courageous Struggle For Community

Special to The
Montreal Tribune - Oxon Hill , MD , March 22, 2017 - While married to the D.C. sniper, John Allen Muhammad, Mildred Muhammad was intimidated into silence about the domestic abuse she suffered. Her 2009 memoir, Scared Silent, was widely acclaimed, and she now returns with the follow-up. I'm Still Standing: Crawling Out of The Darkness Into The Light covers the compelling events during and after the conviction and execution of her former husband. Through the eyes of their embattled mother, we learn what was going through the minds of the three young children as they learned their father was going to be executed for his crimes in the October 2002 sniper killings that took place in the Washington , D.C. metropolitan area.  During the trial, negative media attention and threats from people in her community created a toxic atmosphere of victim-blaming, even after it came out that Mildred was his intended target. Law enforcement stated the theory was, he was killing innocent people just to cover up Mildred's murder so he could come in as the grieving father to gain custody of their children. It was a domestic violence/child custody issue. I'm Still Standing is a gritty, raw, and emotional account beginning with Mildred's choice to turn to isolation as a way of protecting herself and her children. As she triumphs over the external and internal systems putting her in a place of fear and isolation, Mildred Muhammad's story glows with resilience, strength and faith in God. Now she can say with confidence, "I'm still standing!" Author, speaker, advocate and survivor, Mildred Muhammad has risen to become a voice for other victims and survivors, especially for the 80% who do not have physical scars to prove they are victims. She has received many awards such as a Special Commendation presented by the Office on Violence Against Women, the Maya Angelou Still I Rise Award, the Shirley Chisholm Woman of Courage Award and the Redbook Strength & Spirit Heroes Award, as well as multiple awards from the military community.  The D.C. sniper, John A. Muhammad, went on a three-week rampage with the intention of eventually finding Mildred and killing her. The very personal details of her experiences, involving fear, abuse and many times, victim-blaming, has allowed Mildred's mission to be even more influential and of greater purpose. She shares her expertise on what it's like to be a victim and a survivor of domestic violence "without physical scars" at various conferences, seminars, and workshops. Her audiences include victims and survivors of domestic violence, advocates, law enforcement professionals, therapists, counselors, mental and medical health providers, university and college students as well as military personnel in training regarding domestic violence and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Her critically acclaimed memoir, Scared Silent: When the One You Love Becomes the One You Fear, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009. Muhammad has self-published two working journals, A Survivor's Journal and Dare to Heal, as well as Planning My Escape (a comprehensive step-by-step safety plan) specifically for victims and survivors to help with the emotions that others may not understand and tips for strategically leaving an abusive relationship. For more information, please visit the website: www.MildredMuhammad.com  I'm Still Standing: Crawling Out of The Darkness Into The Light  Available online everywhere and at the author's website: http://www.mildredmuhammad.com/publications.html  ISBN:  978-1534692084 3.23.17

Meditation for Daily Stress

10 Practices for Immediate Well-Being By Michel Pascal

From Michel Pascal, an inspiring meditation teacher whose programs are in Fortune 500 companies,  in prisons, and in his recent multimedia meditation performance at Carnegie Hall, comes a new book with revolutionary and simple one-minute meditations to change our lives.  Special to The Montreal Tribune -
Los Angeles , CA , March 20, 2017  ― Drawing on his experience living at the Kopan Monastery in Nepal , meditation teacher Michel Pascal shares his simple method of meditating in the moment to calm the mind and break the cycle of stress addiction. Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-being is more than just an exploration of why we experience stress; it is a guide to a revolutionary meditative technique for finding peace, quiet, mindfulness, centeredness and simplicity in our daily lives. A true authority in meditation, Michel Pascal introduces readers to the power of meditation as the best solution for daily stress, anxiety, and depression. He prescribes a series of one minute visualization and breathing practices and techniques that can be used throughout the day ― whether in the workplace, while commuting, or at home ― to unplug in the moment, before stress takes hold (or after if necessary). Michel's method includes ten easy practices that you can do for even a minute at a time, wherever you are. In this guide, you will learn how to: • Meditate Like the Horizon to unplug your brain when it is running all the time.  • Meditate Like a Dolphin to discover your inner peace in high-stress moments.   • Meditate Like a Mountain to feel more grounded when your mood is up and down.  • Meditate Like a Wave to help you deal with difficult people and difficult interactions.  • Meditate Like a Kiss to feel less stress in a romantic relationship. Exploring both spirituality and physicality, mind and body, Meditation for Daily Stress is an essential read for busy people looking for an approach to meditation that will allow them to start a daily practice right away in order to live a healthier, happier life. Michel Pascal is a French author, meditation teacher, singer, filmmaker, and photographer. Michel's unique brand of meditation is being practiced at Google, Harvard University , and many other major organizations. Before moving to the United States , Pascal lived in the Kopan Monastery in the Himalayas . He has spent more than 15 years adapting traditional teachings and practices for students around the world. Pascal lives in Los Angeles , CA . If you wish to request an interview with Michel Pascal on Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-Being please send Dea Shandera-Hunter an email with the name of the show, your network, your contact information, calling details and a proposed date. Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-being. By Michel Pascal, Published by Abrams Image, April 2017, ISBN: 9781419724053 , Hardcover $16.95, 192 pages 3.23.17

Pure & Simple: A Natural Food Way Of Life By Pascale Naessens

Renowned Belgian bestselling culinary author who has sold 1.5 million books, former international model, and accomplished ceramic artist Pascale Naessens brings her passion for health and cooking with romantic flair to her first
U.S. book, with more than 60 recipes that showcase beautiful, nutritious, and delicious natural foods.

 Special to The Montreal Tribune -
Los Angeles , CA , March 20, 2017  ― In Pure & Simple, Pascale Naessens celebrates delicious meals, pleasure, and health with passion. Her method for staying happy, healthy and slim will help readers acquire new, conscious eating habits and freedom from carbohydrate addiction. With more than 60 recipes and a new up-to-date approach to eating, Pure & Simple creates a culinary movement. Naessens' approach is building a lifestyle that embraces only natural, unprocessed foods that will leave you satisfied and with more energy. With gorgeous images of healthy cuisine that inspire, Naessens' latest book also exhibits her knack for design and her talent as an acclaimed ceramist. Her aesthetics are evident in the styling of her book, which she is solely responsible for, while her tableware designs adorn the pages of Pure & Simple. Naessens' ceramic tableware line, Pure, is sought after by home cooks and top restaurants alike. Pure & Simple shares delicious, simple recipes with a romantic flair that are designed to be shared with friends and family. More than a cookbook, it is chock-full of the latest nutritional insights, helpful tips, and inspiration for healthy eating. Mouthwatering recipes for appetizers, mains, and desserts make adopting this eating style entirely uncomplicated. Naessens emphasizes that what you eat is just as important as how you eat; creating a pleasurable eating experience is not only simple to achieve but something to savor as well. Naessens came to this realization after experiencing an eating disorder as a model, then delving into the world of health and nutrition and soon becoming a qualified health consultant specializing in traditional Chinese medicine. She is well versed in a wide array of health practices, including tai chi and shiatsu massage. Naessens also is a qualified restaurateur. At its core Pure & Simple focuses on food combinations, demystifying this nutritional philosophy by providing a simple food combining chart with a simple philosophy: replace bread and potatoes with vegetables and fruit at every meal. This is her only rule —concentrated carbohydrates should not be eaten with concentrated protein. The basic series of food combinations in her meals include meat or fish + vegetables, carbohydrates + vegetables, or dairy + vegetables. And she doesn't fear fat. Pascale's very easy and simple recipes to prepare are more satiating than the classic high carb meals. To Naessens, the terms "cooking" and "eating" are synonyms for "enjoying;" food should not be about a calorie war, but rather the pleasure of balanced, conscious eating should be celebrated. Her two conditions for acquiring new healthy eating habits? The food you eat must be good and you must be satisfied after every meal. You won't need to count calories or restrict portion sizes. Simply choose healthy food consciously and enjoy what you eat. You will cook delicious food simply and easily. You can drink wine. You will be satisfied. And you will enjoy your food with pleasure. A few of her recipes include: • Salmon with Olive-Pistachio Tapenade and Tomatoes   • Fish Wraps with Soy-Sesame Dipping Sauce   • Seared Scallops with Sea Beans • Cajun Chicken Salad with Guacamole  • Roasted Rosemary Lamb, Tomatoes, and Carrots   • Meatballs in Ginger-Soy Broth  • Goat Cheese Bites with Marinated Sesame Seeds   • Savory Lentil and Rice Crepes with Fresh Herbs   • Baked Peaches with Mascarpone  About the Author: - Pascale Naessens is a bestselling culinary author in Belgium. She has since become a leading voice for pure and healthy eating. A number of her books have already been translated into French, English, German, and Chinese. It's said that Naessens has "taught her nation to eat healthily." Her cooking and her lifestyle appeal to a broad public as demonstrated by the many Facebook communities where fans of Pascale's Pure Kitchen share experiences and recipes. After completing her studies in economic sciences at the age of eighteen, Naessens traveled the globe as a fashion model. After five years of assignments in Paris , Milan , Madrid , Hong Kong , China and Tokyo , she returned to Belgium where she began a television career with the Belgian broadcasting corporation VTM, first as a presenter then hosting a series of home and lifestyle shows. Pure & Simple: A Natural Food Way of Life  By Pascale Naessens,  Abrams / April 4, 2017 U.S. $24.95 / CAN $29.95 Hardcover / 208 pages 73⁄8 x 93⁄8" / 150 color photographs ISBN: 978-1-4197-2617-0  3.22.17

Take The Challenge

Find Out What Really Brings You Happiness And Makes Life More Meaningful In Find Your Awesome

 Special to The Montreal Tribune - Livermore, CA, March 21, 2017 ― In today's fast-paced world, filled with deadlines, to-do lists and obligations, it's no wonder we've been neglecting the very states of our well-being. Now (more than ever) there's Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self (HCI – ISBN: 9780757319754 – April 2017 -- $14.95) by author/illustrator and all around awesome person, Judy Clement Wall. The author delivers an illustrated journal filled with fun designed to guide you to a more relaxed, playful, more lovable you. The challenge? To explore and expand the boundaries of your imagination. With Find Your Awesome you'll be encouraged to create, make art (don't worry, you don't have to be DaVinci), or write yourself a love letter. Just have fun! Here's an example of some of the exciting prompts you'll find: • Appreciate your body in all its awesomeness   • Doodle your perfect t-shirt   • Find your life theme   • Be outrageously grateful  • Create a life list. The best part? There are no rules. No expectations. No judgments. Just 'you' time, to let your mind go wild and create.  Let your freak flag fly!  Readers will enjoy original art with full color and space to play and journal. The portable size is also perfect for bedside table, pocketbook, or travel. Please contact me at (800) 851-9100 ex. 9212 or kimw@hcibooks.com for more information. About the Author:
Judy Clement Wall is a writer-illustrator who has been published or featured in the Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and The Good Men Project. She is the author of Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self (A Creative Journal Adventure) and illustrator for HCI Book's popular Inkspirations coloring book series (http://www.inkspirations.com/shop/) including Inkspirations for Women and Inkspirations for Mindful Living. Visit her at www.judyclementwall.com  Available at http://www.hcibooks.com/ and www.Amazon.com   Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self By Judy Clement Wall Publisher: HCI (April 4, 2017) Paperback: 120 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 0757319750  ISBN-13: 978-0757319754  3.22.17
 

Canada Direct

One Square Mile of Canada

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

Montreal skyline

Montreal is The Best City In The World ?

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

What does it mean to be Canadian?

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

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

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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 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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Poland buys famous da Vinci at discount

Poland buys the Czartoryski collection of about 86,000 artefacts for about 5% of its market value.

a woman posing for pictures beside a painting entitled "Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani" (The Lady with an Ermine) by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, London

The Polish government has bought a world-famous art collection, including a rare Leonardo da Vinci painting, for a fraction of its market value.

The Czartoryski collection was sold for €100m ($105m; £85m) despite being estimated at about €2bn. It includes Rembrandt and Renoir works, and da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine. The head of the Czartoryski family, which owned the collection, said it was a "donation", but the board of its foundation resigned in protest. The Czartoryski Foundation's management board said it was not consulted about the sale, which was negotiated between Poland 's culture ministry and Adam Karol Czartoryski, a descendent of Princess Izabela Czartoryska, who founded the collection in 1802. Mr Czartoryski, the foundation's head, said he was following his ancestors who "always worked for the Polish nation". "I felt like making a donation and that's my choice," he said. The collection is made up of about 86,000 artefacts, as well as 250,000 manuscripts and books. Most of the artworks are housed in the National Museum in the southern city of Krakow . All are now the property of the Polish state.  Scans reveal hidden Leonardo works

Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Italy

Italian police have recovered two famous Van Gogh paintings stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002, officials say.

Vincent van Gogh, View of the Sea at Scheveningen, 1882     Vincent van Gogh, Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884 - 1885

Italian police have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen during a dramatic raid on an Amsterdam museum in 2002.

The works were recovered from the Naples mafia, they said. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam said the works were found during a "massive, continuing investigation" by Italian prosecutors and organised crime officials. The paintings were taken when thieves used a ladder and sledgehammers to break into the museum. They were among assets worth millions of euros seized from the Camorra group, Italian reports said. Image copyrightVAN GOGH MUSEUMImage captionVan Gogh's father was a minister at the Reformed Church in Nuenen The theft of the two works, described as priceless, led to criticism of security at the world's major art museums. The thieves broke into the museum through the roof during the night of 6-7 December 2002 and used sledgehammers to break a first-floor window. 

  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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