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Murder accused 'eroticised backpacker's death'

Jurors in the trial of the man accused of killing Grace Millane hear closing arguments from lawyers. Grace Millane trial: Accused 'eroticised' backpacker's death

Grace Millane

University of Lincoln graduate Grace Millane had been travelling alone in New Zealand

The man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane "eroticised her death", prosecutors have said. Ms Millane, 21, died in a hotel room in Auckland , New Zealand , before being buried in woodland outside the city. In a closing speech, prosecutor Brian Dickey said the defendant had "sexualised" the killing by taking intimate photos of her dead body before viewing pornography online. His defence claims the death was an accident during consensual sex. Ms Millane, from Wickford, Essex, died on the night before her 22nd birthday in December last year. The defence has told Auckland High Court her death was not murder, but the result of choking during sex which "went wrong". In his closing remarks, Mr Dickey said evidence from pathologists had shown fatal strangulation results from "sustained pressure" to the neck. Ms Millane would have "gone limp" and shown other signs of physical distress some time before death, he said. "If you are satisfied that [the defendant] knew he was doing something that would cause some harm, he did it and then death occurred, he would be guilty of murder," he told jurors. 'Calm and calculated' In his closing speech, Ian Brookie, for the defendant, said the "core" of his client's story of an accident matched with the evidence. "These two people did get carried away in the moment, they did get affected by alcohol and were not experienced in these types of activities, particularly pressure to the neck," he said The defendant's behaviour had shown a "real lack of planning and a lack of sophistication", he added.

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Impeachment takes centre stage in Democratic debate

The candidates have been trying to wrest US voters' attention away from the ongoing hearings.

Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders during the debate

The fifth Democratic presidential debate was held on Wednesday evening at the Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta , Georgia .

For at least a few hours, 10 presidential candidates did their best to wrest the attention of American voters away from the ongoing impeachment hearings that have dominated national headlines for weeks. First, however, they had to address the elephant in the room. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a front-runner and one of the first candidates to suggest Donald Trump should be impeached, said she would try to convince Republican senators to vote to remove the president by telling them to view the latest revelations about Ukraine as part of what she said was Mr Trump's ongoing lawlessness. She added a plug for her anti-corruption plan, which includes a proposal to ban big campaign donors (like Gordon Sondland, the star of the day's impeachment hearings) from being named ambassadors. Two other candidates with strong support, Senator Bernie Sanders and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, also had an opportunity to chime in. Sanders, as he often does, labelled Trump a pathological liar and the most corrupt president in modern history. Buttigieg said the president had abused his power, but pivoted to calls for unity - a major theme of his campaign.   Which Democrat will take on Trump?   Obama warns "revolutionary" democrats    Impeachment inquiry: A bombshell for President Trump   Trump directed Ukraine pressure, US diplomat says    US & Canada

US judge halts federal executions over method

The ruling temporarily blocks a policy ordered resumed by Attorney General William Barr in July. Federal executions in the US have been halted over concerns that the method of carrying them out may be unlawful. Five men were due to be executed in Indiana in December and January, after the federal government earlier this year moved to resume executions. But a judge ruled that four inmates' legal challenges to the method of execution were likely to succeed. The execution of the fifth man was already halted in a separate court ruling last month. On Wednesday, District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan said the four men would be "irreparably harmed" if they were to be put to death without being given the opportunity to have a court hear their case. Their argument revolves around the lethal injection that would be used. Attorney General William Barr's announcement earlier this year lifted an informal moratorium on federal executions - as opposed to state-directed executions - that had been in place since 2003. That moratorium was in place because of a series of court rulings against the common method of execution, which involved a cocktail of three different drugs in the injections.   From July: US government orders first executions since 2003    How many countries still have the death penalty?    US inmate's execution halted in high-profile case    US & Canada

 China could 'turn off power' in the Philippines  

China could 'turn off power' in the Philippines , senate hears. China could switch off the Philippines ' national grid, congress has heard in Manila . The head of the National Transmission Corporation confirmed the possibility during a senate session. China has part-owned the Philippines ' national grid since 2009 - leading one senator to question whether China 's "hegemonic ambitions" posed a security threat to the Philippines . The countries have a territory dispute in the South China Sea . "We have given our grid - although 40% it appears - to a foreign corporation that has interests that collide with our country in the West Philippine Sea ," said Senator Richard Gordon, using the Philippine name for the eastern parts of the South China Sea . "And that [country] obviously has a hegemonic ambition." The senate heard that - although the power could be switched off remotely - the Philippines could restore it within 24 to 48 hours. How could China switch off power? China 's State Grid Corp has a 40% stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) - which runs the country's lone power transmission line. It transmits electricity all the way from Luzon - the northern end of the country - down to Mindanao in the south.    Why is the South China Sea contentious?    China defiant at South China Sea ruling

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Russia returns Ukraine ships 'stripped of toilets'

Ukraine 's navy accuses Moscow of removing weapons and equipment from vessels seized in the Black Sea .

Ukraine's naval ships, captured in the Kerch Strait in November 2018 and then returned by Russia, are seen in the port of Ochakiv, Ukraine, 20 November 2019

Ukraine has accused Russia of removing weapons and equipment - including toilets - from navy boats it returned after seizing them in the Black Sea . "[ Russia ] removed even dome lights, sockets, and toilet bowls," Ukraine 's navy commander Ihor Voronchenko said. But Russia 's Federal Security Service (FSB) said the ships were returned in "normal condition and with good plumbing". The boats, which were seized last November, were handed over on Monday. The 24 Ukrainian sailors on board the ships were returned in September in a prisoner swap deal. Video footage reportedly from inside one of the vessels appears to show a toilet in place and intact, but it is unclear when it was shot. Ukraine 's President Volodymyr Zelensky inspected the two gunboats, Berdyansk and Nikopol , and the Yana Kapa tug on Thursday at the Ukrainian port of Ochakiv , near the coastal city of Odesa . According to Russian state news agency Tass, Mr Zelensky later told reporters that equipment was "partially missing". "The admiral and I had a conversation, and some things cannot be disclosed, but part of the weaponry is missing," he said. "I noticed the condition and there will be an investigation. We will definitely contact the Russian side so that it returns everything that was there."

An introduction to the new Quebec nationalism and the tricks it plays on federal leaders

Quebec ’s Bill 21 was a dominant theme in the first week of the campaign. Here’s why. The main proponent of this resurgent nationalism is the provincial government headed by Premier François Legault and his centre-right party, the Coalition Avenir Québec. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)   By Jonathan Montpetit · CBC News · 

The opening  days of the 2019 election campaign have been marked, above all, by the attempts of federal leaders to navigate the new Quebec nationalism and its most potent expression, a law on secularism. The main proponent of this resurgent nationalism is the provincial government led by Premier François Legault and his centre-right party, the Coalition Avenir Québec. And Legault didn't wait long before giving the federal leaders a taste. The campaign was barely a few hours old when he demanded they renounce support for legal challenges to the secularism law his government passed in June — not just "for the moment," as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he would, but forever. It was a warning to steer well clear of a matter he considers to be solely within his jurisdiction, even though the law has raised constitutional concerns across the country, not to mention within Quebec itself.

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Trump directed Ukraine pressure, US diplomat says

Ambassador Gordon Sondland tells the impeachment inquiry he followed the president's orders.

Trump responds to Sondland testimony

Impeachment inquiry: Trump directed Ukraine pressure - Sondland

Media captionThe big names who had a bad day at the hearing. A top US diplomat has told an impeachment inquiry that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. The instruction came from Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Ambassador Gordon Sondland said. The inquiry is assessing if Mr Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine as a precondition. He denies any wrongdoing. It is illegal in the US to seek foreign help to gain electoral advantage. Mr Biden is one of the top contenders for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election. Mr Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, told the latest hearing in the US House of Representatives that Mr Giuliani had sought a public statement from Ukraine 's leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, announcing an inquiry into "corruption issues". Mr Giuliani specifically mentioned the company Burisma - which had the son of Democratic presidential candidate Mr Biden, Hunter, as a board member - and issues surrounding the 2016 US presidential election, he said. If found guilty in a majority vote in the House, the Republican president will face an impeachment trial in the Senate. But two-thirds of members of that Republican-controlled chamber would then need to vote for Mr Trump to be removed from office.    Sondland's testimony and reaction     Five key moments from impeachment hearing    Who's who in Trump-Ukraine story?     Why Ukraine is so important to the US    Trump impeachment inquiry    US & Canada    Bombshell for Trump     Five key moments from hearing   Video'I want nothing' - Trump re-enacts Sondland call

Guzzo's derelict Cinéma Paradis has got to go, says east-end borough mayor

Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough Mayor Pierre Lessard-Blais says the CEO of Cinémas Guzzo can no longer ignore the theatre his father bought in 1974, which launched the family empire.  Abandoned 10 years ago, theatre that started Guzzo empire is ‘pulling the neighbourhood down,' mayor says Cinema Paradis on Hochelaga Street , about five blocks east of Highway 25, shut down 10 years ago. Now the mayor want something to be done with the property. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)   By Isaac Olson · CBC News · The Cinéma Paradis in Montreal 's east end has been boarded up for a decade, collecting a mix of spray paint and urban grime while the borough strives to revitalize the area. Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough Mayor Pierre Lessard-Blais says the CEO of Cinémas Guzzo, Vincenzo Guzzo, can no longer ignore the theatre his father bought in 1974, which launched the family empire. What will be proposed for the derelict building and when is still anybody's guess, but there are plenty of ideas floating around the community. The local merchants' association wants more commercial space for  Hochelaga Street as the strip becomes increasingly vibrant, while a tenants' advocacy group says the old building should be replaced by much-needed social housing. As for the mayor, he envisions a residential complex with commercial space on the ground floor, but no matter what, he said the first step is for Guzzo to submit a plan. "We are very open to having proposals from him," said the mayor. "The citizens are tired. They just want a good project here. And I think it could be something good for the neighbourhood." Just this year, eight new businesses have opened on the street, according to Lessard-Blais, who attributes that economic resurgence to borough initiatives. While the area shows signs of returning to its former glory, he said the building is "pulling the neighbourhood down." No matter what, it's up to the building owner — not the borough — to come up with a plan, he said.

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Do foreign students get what they pay for in Canada?

Canada is competing against countries like the UK and US for the minds - and wallets - of international students. But what happens once they get there?

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Jobandeep Sandhu is a hard worker. The 22-year-old worked pretty much full time as a truck driver while studying to be a technical engineer, so he could help put himself and his brother through college in Ontario . "My thinking was that working isn't a crime," he said. But now the Indian citizen is facing deportation after he was arrested for working too many hours as an international student. Sandhu's student visa stipulated that he can only work off-campus up to 20 hours a week during the school year. Yet some weeks he was working as much as 40. Sandhu said he did this because his parents could not afford the high cost of international tuition for both himself and his brother, plus the living expenses. When an officer pulled him over during a routine traffic stop and asked to see his trucking log books, Sandhu readily turned them over. "I was working legally, I was paying taxes," he said. "I thought that I don't need to lie." Since then, he has had to hire a lawyer to fight his deportation, which is scheduled for 21 May. US & Canada

Google finds 'iPhone attack lasting years'

Criminals used previously unknown vulnerabilities to implant monitoring software, research shows. Security researchers at Google have found evidence of a “sustained effort” to hack iPhones over a period of at least two years. The attack was said to be carried out using websites which would discreetly implant malicious software to gather contacts, images and other data. Google’s analysis suggested the booby-trapped websites were said to have been visited thousands of times per week. Apple told the BBC it did not wish to comment. The attack was shared in great detail in a series of technical posts written by British cybersecurity expert Ian Beer, a member of Project Zero, Google’s taskforce for finding new security vulnerabilities, known as zero days. "There was no target discrimination,” Mr Beer wrote. “Simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant." Mr Beer and his team said they discovered attackers were using 12 separate security flaws in order to compromise devices. Most were bugs within Safari, the default web browser on Apple products.    Technology

France passes tax on tech firms despite US threats

The Trump administration says the new 3% tax on sales in France will harm US online giants.  France has approved a digital services tax despite threats of retaliation by the US , which argues that it unfairly targets American tech giants.  The 3% tax will be levied on sales generated in France by multinational firms like Google and Facebook. The French government has argued that such firms headquartered outside the country pay little or no tax. The US administration has ordered an inquiry into the move - which could result in retaliatory tariffs. The new tax was approved by the French senate on Thursday, a week after it was passed by the lower house, the National Assembly. Any digital company with revenue of more than €750m ($850m; £670m) - of which at least €25m is generated in France - would be subject to the levy. It will be retroactively applied from early 2019, and is expected to raise about €400m this year. Why target tech giants? At present, they are able to pay little or no corporate tax in countries where they do not have a large physical presence. They declare most of their profits where they are headquartered.   Trade wars, Trump tariffs and protectionism explained   Facebook quizzed in court on EU-US data transfers    Europe

US lifts steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada

Mexico is also expected to see levies lifted, paving the way for a new North American trade agreement.  The US has reached a deal with Canada to lift tariffs on steel and aluminium imports in a move that could lead to approval for a new North American trade deal. In a joint statement, the US and Canada announced that a 25% tariff on steel imports, and of 10% on aluminium, will end in 48 hours. It is widely expected the US and Mexico will make a similar announcement soon. The US implemented the tariffs last year on grounds of "national security". Under the agreement, there will be no quotas on how much steel or aluminium the three countries buy from overseas. However, the US and Canada will monitor imports and if a country is determined to be buying in too much, one of the other nations can request a consultation and potentially re-impose tariffs. What does the agreement mean? Getting rid of the tariffs is viewed as a key hurdle to approval for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal which was signed in 2018. It replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement. Providing that Washington and Mexico City also announce an agreement to lift levies on steel and aluminium, the US , Mexico and Canada will ask their respective governments to ratify USMCA.    USMCA trade deal: Who gets what from 'new Nafta'?    A quick guide to the US-China trade war   US tariffs: Steel and aluminium levies slapped on key allies    Business

Trump hits China as trade war escalates

China threatens retaliation as the US raises tariffs on $200bn of the country's products.  The US has more than doubled tariffs on $200bn (£153.7bn) worth of Chinese products, in a sharp escalation of the countries' damaging trade war. Tariffs on affected Chinese goods have risen to 25% from 10%, and Beijing has vowed to retaliate. China says it "deeply regrets" the move and will have to take "necessary counter-measures." It comes as high-level officials from both sides are attempting to salvage a trade deal in Washington . Only recently, the US and China appeared to be close to ending months of trade tensions. China 's Commerce Ministry confirmed the latest US tariff increase on its website. "It is hoped that the US and the Chinese sides will work together... to resolve existing problems through co-operation and consultation," it said in a statement. Tariffs are taxes paid by importers on foreign goods, so the 25% tariff will be paid by American companies who bring Chinese goods into the country.  The US-China trade war in charts    The next US-China battleground   US-China trade war in 300 words    The US-China trade war in charts    The next US-China battleground    VideoWill a trade deal end US-China rivalry?

Pharma boss convicted in US opioid case

The founder of Insys Therapeutics John Kapoor has become the first pharmaceutical boss to be convicted in a case linked to the US opioid crisis. A Boston jury found Kapoor and four colleagues conspired to bribe doctors to prescribe addictive painkillers, often to patients who didn't need them. The former billionaire was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy for his role in a scheme which also misled insurers. Tens of thousands of deaths have been caused by opioid overdoses in the US. Indian-born Kapoor founded drugmaker Insys Therapeutics in 1990 and built it into a multi-billion dollar company. The jury found Kapoor had also misled medical insurance companies about patients' need for the painkillers in order to boost sales of the firm's fentanyl spray, Subsys. The court heard that Kapoor - who was arrested in 2017 on the same day President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a "national emergency" - ran a scheme that paid bribes to doctors to speak at fake marketing events to promote Subsys.   What are opioids and what are the risks?      US schools prepare for overdoses

Ghosn arrested over new claims in Japan

Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has been re-arrested in Tokyo while out on bail pending trial over claims of financial misconduct. Prosecutors said the 65-year-old had been detained over suspicions he caused Nissan $5m (£3.8m) in losses, according to reports. In a statement, Mr Ghosn said his re-arrest was "outrageous and arbitrary". Mr Ghosn's lawyer told a news conference they would strongly appeal against the latest arrest. Junichiro Hironaka also said that Tokyo prosecutors had confiscated the passport and mobile phone of Carlos Ghosn's wife, Reuters reported. From the section Business    Nissan boss was too powerful, report finds   Nissan ex-boss Ghosn released after 108 days   Five charts on the Carlos Ghosn scandal    Full article Ghosn arrested over new claims in Japan

Billionaire celebrity jeweller held in UK

Nirav Modi, whose jewellery was worn by Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, is accused of defrauding an Indian bank.  A billionaire Indian diamond trader, whose jewellery was worn by the likes of model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actress Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, has been arrested in the UK .  Nirav Modi is wanted for his alleged role in India 's largest ever bank fraud, totalling some $2bn (£1.5bn). He left the country in early 2018, and has not returned to India since. Mr Modi, 48, was arrested in central London on Tuesday, and is due to appear in court on Wednesday. Police said the arrest had been made on behalf of Indian authorities, who have asked for his extradition. Mr Modi's case was thrust back into the limelight after a British newspaper found him living in an £8m ($10.5m) London flat. The Telegraph questioned him near the Oxford Street apartment in early March 2019. It is thought Mr Modi - who disappeared in February 2018 - had reportedly been in the British capital since at least June. Within days, officials confirmed that UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid had certified India 's extradition request, initially made last August. He is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court , which issued a warrant for Mr Modi's arrest this week. The arrest comes at an interesting time in India , where people will start voting for their new MPs in the next few weeks. A successful extradition could boost the ruling BJP's standing in the polls.   From the section India   Who is billionaire jeweller in fraud probe?   Full article Billionaire celebrity jeweller held in UK     Who is India's scandal-linked billionaire?  

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

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

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Netherlands wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Duncan Laurence wins the contest with his song Arcade , but the UK 's Michael Rice comes bottom.

Media captionThe contest's highlights - from singing in the shower and bendy poles to the Netherlands ' triumph. The Netherlands ' Duncan Laurence has won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his song Arcade . He had been the bookmakers' favourite to win, and came through to the top of the leaderboard with 492 points after the public vote. The UK 's Michael Rice came bottom, after getting just three points from the public vote, and a total of 16 points for Bigger Than Us. Laurence said: "Here's to dreaming big, this is to music first, always." The last time The Netherlands won was 1975. The audience joined in as Laurence performed the track again at the end of the show. Italy finished second with 465 and Russia third with 369 points. The ceremony also saw last year's winner Netta perform, while singers from previous contests also sang each other's songs. Eurovision 2019 live page   In pictures: Highlights from the contest   Madonna makes a statement at Eurovision    Eurovision Song Contest    Entertainment & Arts

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‘Three-person’ baby boy born in Greece

The baby was conceived using an experimental form of IVF that has been criticised by some experts.

Fertility doctors in Greece and Spain say they have produced a baby from three people in order to overcome a woman's infertility. The baby boy was born weighing 2.9kg (6lbs) on Tuesday. The mother and child are said to be in good health. The doctors say they are "making medical history" which could help infertile couples around the world. But some experts in the UK say the procedure raises ethical questions and should not have taken place. The experimental form of IVF uses an egg from the mother, sperm from the father, and another egg from a donor woman. It was developed to help families affected by deadly mitochondrial diseases which are passed down from mother to baby. It has been tried in only one such case - a family from Jordan - and that provoked much controversy. But some fertility doctors believe the technology could increase the odds of IVF too. This is all about mitochondria - they are the tiny compartments inside nearly every cell of the body that convert food into useable energy.   First 'three person baby' born   Three-person babies IVF technique ‘safe’   The girl with three biological parents   From the section Health   Three-person baby technique ‘safe’   The girl with three biological parents   Full article ‘Three-person’ baby boy born in Greece 

Doctor finds four bees living in woman's eye

The small sweat bees flew into her eyes and may have been drinking her tears as a source of food.

A Taiwanese woman was found by doctors to have four small sweat bees living inside her eye, the first such incident on the island.

The 28-year-old woman, identified only as Ms He, was pulling out weeds when the insects flew into her eyes. Dr Hong Chi Ting of the Fooyin University Hospital told the BBC he was "shocked" when he pulled the 4mm insects out by their legs. Ms He has now been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery. Sweat bees, also known as Halictidae, are attracted to sweat and sometimes land on people to imbibe perspiration. They also drink tears for their high protein content, according to a study by the Kansas Entomological Society. 'They were all alive'  Ms He was weeding around her relatives' graves when the insects flew into her left eye. She was visiting the grave as part of the annual Chinese Qing Ming tomb-sweeping festival, which is traditionally observed by sprucing up loved ones' graves. When a gust of wind blew into her eyes she assumed it was dirt that had entered, she told reporters. But hours later, her eyes were still swollen and in pain, leading her to seek medical help at the hospital in southern Taiwan . "She couldn't completely close her eyes. I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg," Dr Hong, an ophthalmology professor at the hospital told the BBC.   From the section Asia   World's biggest bee found alive   Full article Doctor finds four bees living in woman's eye

No alcohol safe to drink, study confirms

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

Brazil hunts 'Dr Bumbum' after patient dies

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

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

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

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

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

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

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

Long, lazy summer days, car trips to visit grandma, campfires (with s'mores of course!) - all the perfect places to introduce storytelling to your children! I invite you to consider the below article by professional author, storyteller and father, Jim Weiss, " Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools." As Jim shares below on the effectiveness of storytelling, "you are twenty times more likely to remember information if you learn it in a story than if you learn it simply as data to memorize. In part, the more stories we encounter, the more effectively our brains learn to work within the structure that most stories follow.  We not only absorb the stories' contents, but at the same time, our brains get used to organizing what we learn into a usable form. We learn how to learn through stories." I'd love to have you share this article with your readers. Jim is also available for an interview if interested. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum  856-489-8654 x302
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Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools
By Jim Weiss
 
Stories are spectacularly successful learning tools. Many studies show that children whose parents tell and/or read stories to them from an early age turn out to be better readers and students later on.
 
Furthermore, you are twenty times more likely to remember information if you learn it in a story than if you learn it simply as data to memorize. In part, the more stories we encounter, the more effectively our brains learn to work within the structure that most stories follow.  We not only absorb the stories' contents, but at the same time, our brains get used to organizing what we learn into a usable form. We learn how to learn through stories.
 
Other brain researchers have found that different parts of the brain kick in when we encounter a story that comes with a visual image, such as on a TV or computer screen, versus when we encounter a story for which we fill in the visuals with our imaginations, as when we read alone, are read to, or listen to an audio.  These different parts of the brain link with different forms of creativity, visualization and imagination.  They even help us build the ability to empathize with other people by "visualizing" ourselves inside characters.  We must "exercise" these different parts of the brain in order to acquire these skills, so introduce stories to a child through a mix of technologies.
 
As a professional author and storyteller, a father, and the husband of an award-winning schoolteacher and counselor, I can attest firsthand that one of the most effective and most engaging ways to teach and to learn is through stories. Here are a few tips I want to share to help you integrate storytelling into your child's daily routine:
 
1. Start with picture books when your child is very young. 
Reading to children not only offers the value of the book's contents, but also visually demonstrates that you value books, which reinforces your child's interest in reading. Read aloud to your child, or try telling a story you already know in your own words, as you turn the pages.  This allows you to keep eye contact with your child, while offering you the security of having the book to refer to if you feel you've lost your way.
 
2. Introduce stories of historical or fictional people who do what they love.  There are endless resources: books and web sites that tell stories of famous artists, composers, engineers, athletes, scientists, etc. You never know which one will resonate with your child and open up a lifetime passion, so offer a variety.  I've had many people tell me "I'm a scientist/artist/author now because I listened to your recording about scientists, etc."
 
3. In addition to telling stories to your child, try to tell with her or him.  First, tell an old favorite together. It gives the child a sense of mastery, particularly if every so often you ask, "What did she do then?" Next, try creating a new version by asking, "What if Cinderella hadn't dropped the glass slipper? Can we think of another way she and the prince might have found one another?" If you reach a dead-end, go back to an earlier moment of decision in the story, hae the character make a different choice, and go on from there.
 
4. Another form of storytelling is family stories. Sharing incidents from your life, or those of your ancestors, gives the message to your child that s/he is important enough to share in this family history, and imbues your child with a sense of her/his own roots and identity.   
 
5. Always consider to whom you are telling the story, and think of yourself as "translating" the intent of the story onto a level this person can understand.  You can tell a story differently at different developmental stages.  Think about what you most want the child to remember.   Start simply with what you know, and tell it in your own words.  If you make a mistake say, "I forgot to tell you that..." and go on; kids find that endearing. Another way to handle having left out a part is to say, "Now what Aunt Joan didn't know yet was that Uncle Bill had already bought the tickets."  This presents the information you forgot as a dramatic element of the tale. Storytelling reinforces reading, too, and adds a rich oral language element, but it demonstrates something additional.
 
6. One powerfully positive element of storytelling is that it fosters a strong bond between parent and child.  Through our stories, and the manner in which we choose to tell them, families and entire societies pass on what matters most to them.  Children come to recognize that you are sharing your true self, not through a lecture but through a story.  Your child may not retain into adulthood every single detail you taught him/her, but always will remember that, "Mom/Dad loved me enough to share what s/he thought really mattered the most."
 
If you are fortunate, there will come a day when you see your own child, now grown up, carry on this story tradition with his/her child.  It all starts and ends with love -- and a good story.
 
Jim Weiss founded Greathall Productions in 1989. To date, Jim is the producer and reader of 58+ Greathall storytelling recordings featuring classical literature and history, as well as masterful and thoughtful, unabridged readings of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham; Men of Iron by Howard Pyle; and more. He is also the recipient of 100+ national awards from numerous prestigious sources. Jim travels extensively across the
United States , Canada and international destinations performing and teaching at community events, theatres, libraries, stores and schools; teacher and parent workshops; and at a wide variety of educational, literary and family conferences. For more information and to view Jim's entire catalog, please visit,www.welltrainedmind.com. 7.07.18

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

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

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Oh  Canada   How I Love You

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

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

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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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