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 Trump's 100 days

Has the US president kept his promises?

By Anthony Zurcher North America reporter - Media caption Donald Trump: First 100 days in 100 of his own words. Determining a presidency's success by inspecting its "first hundred days" is a bit of an artificial construct. If humans were born with 12 fingers, then perhaps we'd be evaluating presidents based on their first 120 days instead. If the Earth rotated a bit more slowly, then presidents would have more time to notch accomplishments. Then again, 100 days is plenty of time to get a rough handle on the shape and thrust of a presidency - and to evaluate what kind of progress a leader has made toward fulfilling campaign promises. The first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency have been anything but boring or slow, but how much of it was sound and fury and how much entailed real action? Here's a quick review of some of the peaks and valleys.

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Venezuela protest deaths rise to 24

Three more people are killed as a wave of anti-government protests shows no sign of easing.

Anti-Maduro demonstrator in Caracas, 24 April

Three more people have been killed in Venezuela , in rival protests both for and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. The latest violence raised the death toll to 24 in three weeks of protests. Public defender Tarek Saab said several others were seriously injured and "between life and death". The latest protests were sparked by the decision of the Supreme Court to take over the powers of the opposition-dominated National Assembly. The court's reversal of the ruling was not enough to stop a wave of demonstrations, with opposition supporters calling for immediate elections. On Monday a man was shot dead in a pro-government demonstration in the city of Merida . Two other men - one in Merida and another in the nearby town of Barinas - also died, though it is not clear what side of the protests they were on. Merida state governor Henrique Capriles, one of Venezuela 's main opposition leaders, tweeted that "paramilitary groups" were responsible for the killings.    What is behind the crisis in Venezuela?

US submarine arrives in South Korea

It comes amid heightened tensions, and fears North Korea is planning more nuclear or missile tests.

The USS Michigan, an Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarine, arrives at a naval base in Busan, South Korea, 25 April 2017

A US submarine has arrived in South Korea , amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. North Korea is celebrating its army's 85th founding anniversary on Tuesday. It marked the event with a large-scale firing drill, South Korea said. Tensions have risen in the area in recent weeks, with the US and North Korea exchanging heated rhetoric. Experts fear Pyongyang could be planning more tests - it has marked some key anniversaries in the past with nuclear tests or missile launches. However, South Korea 's defence ministry said "no unusual development had been detected". Instead, the North conducted a large live-fire drill around the city of Wonsan , South Korea said. Why Beijing should lead on North Korean crisis   North Korea 'detains American citizen'   What can the outside world do about N Korea?   Trump calls Senate in over crisis   N Korea 'ready to sink' US carrier   Why China should take the lead    What can world do about N Korea?

Arkansas murderers executed on same day

The men are put to death in the first double execution on the same day for 17 years in the US . The state of Arkansas has executed two prisoners on death row after the US Supreme Court rejected their last-minute appeals. It is the first double execution on the same day in the US for 17 years. Jack Jones and Marcel Williams were both sentenced to death for rapes and murders committed in the 1990s. Arkansas initially planned to execute eight inmates in 11 days because its supply of a drug used in lethal injections expires in late April. On Thursday, Ledell Lee became the first person to be executed in Arkansas since 2005. Attorneys for Jones had said he could suffer from a "torturous death" because he may be resistant to the drug, midazolam. Lawyers for Williams had argued it might be difficult to find a vein on their client for the lethal injection because he weighs 400lb (180kg). Williams was sentenced to death in 1997 for kidnapping, raping and murdering Stacy Errickson. He also abducted and raped two other women. His execution was put on hold minutes before he was scheduled to die, as his lawyers raised concerns that Jones' execution was "inhumane". But a district judge allowed the execution to go ahead after a brief hearing.   Video 'I can't forgive Arkansas death row killer'

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US sanctions over Syria 'chemical' attack

Washington says its "sweeping" sanctions target 271 employees of Syria 's state scientific agency.

A man breathes through an oxygen mask as another one receives treatment after what rescue workers described as a suspected chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib province, Syria (4 April 2017)

The US has imposed "sweeping" sanctions on officials in a Syrian government agency in response to a suspected chemical attack earlier this month. The treasury department ordered a freeze on all assets in the US of 271 employees of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC). The US believes it made the nerve agent that killed more than 80 people in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun . Syria says the incident was a fabrication. President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of making up events in Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April so the US had an excuse to carry out missile strikes on the government's Shayrat airbase, which took place a few days after the alleged attack. In a statement on Monday, the treasury department said the 271 employees had been responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons and the means to deliver them". Syria 'chemical attack': What we know   Video Assad: 'We have never used chemical weapons'   Anger after Russia protects Syria at UN

Ten dead in Pakistan minibus blast

At least 10 people have been killed in a roadside bomb blast that hit a minibus in north-west Pakistan . The blast took place in the Kurram tribal district on the border with Afghanistan . At least two children were reported to be among the dead. Several others injured in the blast were taken to hospital in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram district. The area has seen a series of attacks, including a car bomb blast in March that left 24 people dead. Another attack at the town's vegetable market in January killed at least 20 people. A faction of the Pakistani Taliban said it carried out both attacks. Parachinar is a mainly Shia area and the Kurram district is known for sectarian clashes. Two census workers were in the minibus, according to local media reports. Census workers have been targeted in the past, but it is not clear if their presence was a factor in this case. Will Pakistan ever stamp out extremism?   The little boy killed at the market    Will Pakistan ever stamp out extremism?   The little boy killed at the market

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Le Pen steps aside as party leader

Marine Le Pen says she will be above "partisan considerations" as she seeks the French presidency.

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen waits before an interview on the set of the France 2 TV channel on 24 April, 2017 in Paris.

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front (FN) party. The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will face centrist Emmanuel Macron. Ms Le Pen told French TV she needed to be above partisan considerations. Opinion polls suggest Mr Macron is firm favourite for the second round but Ms Le Pen said: "We can win, we will win." The French term she used signalled that the move to step aside would be temporary. She told France 2 that France was approaching a "decisive moment". Ms Le Pen said her decision had been made out of the "profound conviction" that the president must bring together all of the French people. "So, this evening, I am no longer the president of the National Front. I am the candidate for the French presidency," she said. Katya Adler: A sigh of relief in Brussels   Why is this election important?   A guide to the final candidates   Five things we learned from round one   1st round: Five things we learned   'The system lost': Voters react

Montreal woman's mail diverted to suspected fraudster

When Kathleen Hamilton got a Canada Post notice asking her to confirm her request for mail forwarding, she thought it was a mistake. It turns out she was a victim of identity theft.

Canada Post slip asking her to confirm mail-forwarding request tipped off Kathleen Hamilton to identity theft By Leah Hendry, CBC News  - Montrealer Kathleen Hamilton thought Canada Post had made a mistake when it sent her a notice confirming her request to have her mail forwarded. She'd never asked for the change. When she called the postal service earlier this month, she discovered it wasn't an error — but fraud. Someone had requested her mail be forwarded to a new address, and some of her mail had already been sent there. Canada Post wouldn't tell her where the mail was going but apologized, advising her to report the fraud to police and obtain a credit report to see if there had been unauthorized activity. "It was a lot of time and frustration," said Hamilton . Luckily, there wasn't any fraudulent activity on her bank account or credit card, but Hamilton asked Equifax, a consumer credit rating agency, to put an alert on her file. Hamilton thought she'd dealt with the fallout, but 10 days later, she got a letter from the Bank of Montreal, thanking her for applying for a Mastercard. She hadn't. She cancelled the application immediately.    Mail-forwarding scam on the rise, Edmonton victim urges vigilance    Montreal police rebuffed effort to retrieve stolen merchandise, merchant says

Montreal's towing industry dominated by violence, organized crime, report says

Montreal 's towing industry has been infiltrated by organized crime groups that resort to violence and intimidation to secure profits, according to a report released Monday by the city's inspector general. The report contains witness accounts of an industry in which companies aggressively seek to limit competition in the boroughs where they operate. The names of individuals and businesses were withheld to protect the witnesses' safety. These companies, many tow-truck owners told the inspector general, have ties to one of the main organized crime networks in the city, be it the Hells Angels, the Mafia or street gangs. Protection money demanded The owner of one company said he had to pay between $500 and $700 per week in protection money to a member of the Hells Angels if he wanted to continue operating without competition in his borough. Failure to pay, the report reads, could result in threats or acts of intimidation. There appears, moreover, to be little desire on the part of organized-crime members to disguise their affiliations. "The investigation showed that entrepreneurs who are members of criminal organizations, or close to influential organized-crime members, don't hesitate to display their colours in the milieu," reads the report by Denis Gallant, the city's inspector general.

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Aid summit seeks to pull Yemen from brink

Countries are urged to commit cash to save 'forgotten' Yemen from humanitarian catastrophe.

Child in hospital in Yemen

A pledging conference to raise funds for Yemen is taking place in Geneva on Tuesday, amidst what the UN describes as "the world's largest humanitarian crisis". Before the conflict between the Saudi-led coalition, supporting Yemen 's government, and Houthi rebels began, Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East . Now, after two years of civil war, the World Food Programme says the country is on the brink of famine. The sheer scale of the deprivation is staggering: of Yemen 's 25.6 million people, almost 19 million are in urgent need of assistance, the UN says. Almost seven million are "severely food insecure", meaning they need food aid immediately. Two million children are acutely malnourished.  Video The plight of Yemen's starving children     Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe

Paraguay heist sparks deadly gun battles

Huge robbery sparks gun battles in Paraguay and Brazil

A policeman takes notes outside the premises of multinational company Prosegur after a robbery in Ciudad del Este, Alto Parana department, Paraguay (24 April 2017)

Brazilian police clash with a gang blamed for "the robbery of the century" in neighbouring Paraguay .

Brazilian police near the border with Paraguay have exchanged gunfire with members of a gang who carried out what Paraguayan officials are calling the robbery of the century. Three gang members were killed and two injured in the clash, police say. Earlier on Monday about 50 men moved into the Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este , blew up the front of a private security firm, and fired on police. Unconfirmed reports suggest they could have stolen up to $40m (£31m; €37m).  After the robbery, the gang created a diversion by burning cars and attacking the local police station.  They escaped after a two-hour shootout that left one police officer dead at the scene after the company's vaults were blown up. Police believe they fled in several of the security company's armoured trucks and then may have transferred their booty to waiting boats at the Parana river .

Teen in court over threats to Jews

Prosecutors say Michael Kadar made hoax calls to airlines, hospitals and Jewish schools worldwide.

Michael Ron David Kadar (pictured right) allegedly made hundreds of hoax bomb threats

A teenager has appeared in court in Israel charged with threatening to blow up Jewish schools and community centres. Michael Ron David Kadar, 18, who has joint US-Israeli citizenship, allegedly used the internet to make hundreds of hoax calls in the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Prosecutors say he often used software to disguise his voice as a woman's. He is also accused of trying to extort money from a US senator. Israeli prosecutors say Mr Kadar made more than 2,000 threatening calls to schools, airports, police stations and hospitals over a two-year period. The charges against him were filed in Florida and Georgia , but the US justice ministry has said he will be tried in Israel . His motives remain unclear. Threats to schools and planes  Mr Kadar reportedly targeted several British Jewish schools between February 2016 and March 2017.   'Disruption and anxiety' in US Jewish centres   Jordan to end rapists' marriage loophole    Mother jailed in Iran loses final appeal    Migrant NGOs 'colluding' with smugglers

Genetec Named One of the Top Employers in Montréal for 2017

Recognized for Eleventh Year as Genetec Celebrates Twenty Years as an Independent, Privately-owned Québec Business

 Special to The Montreal Tribune - MONTRÉAL April 20th, 2017 - Genetec Inc. ("Genetec"), a leading provider of open-platform, unified IP security solutions, has been named as one of the top employers in Montréal by the editors of Mediacorp Canada Inc., for the eleventh consecutive year. Organized by the editors of Canada 's Top 100 Employers, this annual competition recognizes Montréal-area employers that lead their industries in offering outstanding places to work. Evaluations are based on criteria such as: work atmosphere, community involvement and performance management. Employers are compared to others in their field to then determine which organizations offer the most progressive and groundbreaking programs. The Genetec worldwide headquarters are located in the Ville Saint-Laurent Technoparc Montréal, a scientific research park that is home to 90 high tech companies. To accommodate its rapid growth and offer its employees an optimal work environment, Genetec is currently building a brand new bistro where staff can enjoy affordable healthy menus, a new gym with free membership, a new comfortable outdoor eating space and a redesigned reception area. Genetec employees also benefit from other advantages, including: flexible family-friendly hours, generous vacation and time-off, comprehensive group insurance coverage, a retirement savings plan, an attractive employee referral program, as well as training and personal development programs. As Genetec enters its twentieth year of innovation as a leading developer of unified physical IP security platforms, software, hardware and cloud services, the company is increasing its presence throughout the province of Québec by opening new offices in Sherbrooke and Québec City . With offices located in 12 countries around the world, Genetec currently employs 831 employees, 562 based in Montréal alone. The company is also actively involved with local universities and has an active internship program. "We are honored to receive this recognition as a Top Montréal Employer for the 11th year in a row," said Richard Pailliere, Director of Human Resources at Genetec.  "At Genetec, we constantly strive to offer the best working environment for our employees to maximize their creativity, feed their spirit of innovation and assure that they have a rewarding quality of life. As we celebrate our company's 20th anniversary, we give credit for our success to these talented people both here in Montréal and all over the world," added Pailliere. Genetec™ is always looking to add skilled and motivated employees to its team. To view available career opportunities in Montréal, Sherbrooke and Québec City , please visit:  About Genetec™ Genetec™ develops open-platform software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Its flagship product, Security Center , unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control and license plate recognition (LPR) into one platform. A global innovator since 1997, Genetec™ is headquartered in Montreal , Canada , and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec™ was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify physical security systems. For more information about Genetec™, visit:    © 2017.   GENETEC is a trademark of Genetec Inc., and may be registered or pending registration in several jurisdictions. Other trademarks used in this document may be trademarks of the manufacturers or vendors of the respective products.  Genetec™ and the Genetec™ logo are trademarks of Genetec Inc., and may be registered or pending registration in several jurisdictions. Other trademarks used in this document may be trademarks of the manufacturers or vendors of the respective products. 4.22.17


With nearly 19,000 participants throughout Quebec -   Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montréal, April 20, 2017 - Nearly 19,000 Quebec smokers participated in the 18th edition of the Quit to Win! Challenge, which took place from February 6 to March 19. This marks a 16% increase in participation compared to 2016. According to a survey conducted by Léger, nearly 4 out of 5 participants managed to not smoke during the 6 weeks of the Challenge, an excellent success rate! [1]    The 2017 Challenge in numbers   Notoriety reached a record 72% in the general population and 81% among smokers.[2]   A majority of participants are between the ages of 20 and 44, specifically 28% between 20 and 34 years old and 30% between 35 and 44. A 24% increase in the number of Facebook followers, with posts generating 3,747,036 impressions and more than 48,000 interactions in 3 months. 86% of participants used their online profile. 96% of participants would recommend the Challenge to someone who would like to quit smoking.[3] Support to increase the chances of success The free support tools and resources provided notably include the website, the online personal profile, the encouragement emails, a calendar to track progress as well as the Jean Coutu Quit Kit. It is important to once again mention that not smoking for 6 weeks increases the chances of quitting for good by 6,[4] which marks an excellent start for a smoke-free life. The good news: support continues beyond the 6 weeks, through emails sent for 1 year and the Facebook page, which is active year-round. Quote Dr. Christiane Laberge, spokesperson for the Quit to Win! Challenge: "Quitting smoking is a personal process, which is different for everyone. The Challenge invites smokers to commit to taking action and provides them with free support tools and resources they can use according to their needs. With thousands of Quebecers trying to quit at the same time, motivation and strength can be found in numbers. After 18 years, it is evident that the Challenge is an approach that works. Congratulations to all the participants!" About the Quit to Win! Challenge  The Quit to Win! Challenge is a province-wide campaign that provides free support to smokers who want to quit. Created in 2000, this initiative of Capsana is in partnership with several public and private organizations, including the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, Quebec 's Directions régionales de santé publique, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Jean Coutu Group, and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. To find out more, visit About Capsana  Capsana is a social enterprise owned by the ÉPIC Foundation, which is associated with the Montreal Heart Institute, and the Fondation PSI. Its mission is to help individuals take an active role in their health. To find out more, visit | | @equipeCapsana     Information and interview requests:   Marie-Noël Phaneuf  Annexe Communications   514-844-8864, ext. 211 \

Montreal premiere of "The History of Love" by Radu Mihaileanu In English with French subtitles
Montreal, April 20, 2017 – The Canadian premiere of the film The History of Love by filmmaker Radu Mihaileanu will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Dollar Cinema, 6900 Décarie (Decarie Square). Admission: $10 Jewish Public Library members & students, $15 general. For tickets call 514-345-6416 or for more information Adapted from the book The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Starring Derek Jacobi, Sophie Nélisse, Gemma Arterton and Elliott Gould. Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl. He promised he would make her laugh all her life. He braved everything to keep his promise. Radu Mihaileanu is the director of Train of Life, Live and Become and The Concert.  Sponsored by Lois and Danny Miller

Humana Gives Up Its Seat at the Table - Wants No Apparent Role in Political Fix for Nation's Health Care Woes

Health Insurance Giant that Promoted, Advanced and Defended ObamaCare Expresses Little Interest in Working with President Trump and Congressional Conservatives  Free Market Leader: "Companies that Foisted ObamaCare on the American People Have a Moral Obligation to Repair the Damage that Law Caused for Millions"   Louisville, KY / Washington, DC - At today's annual meeting of Humana shareholders, in response to a question from a representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project (FEP), CEO Bruce Broussard all but gave up the insurance giant's seat at the table in the national political dialogue about repealing and replacing ObamaCare. "I was extremely disappointed in Humana's response," said National Center General Counsel and FEP Director Justin Danhof, Esq., who attended today's Humana shareholder meeting and questioned Broussard. "Humana and other major health insurance companies crafted, promoted and ultimately defended ObamaCare. With that law now in a death spiral, Humana should feel it has a duty to work with President Trump and Congress to help create a better path forward for the American people. Companies that foisted ObamaCare on the American people have a moral obligation to repair the damage that law caused for millions. It's that simple." At the meeting, Danhof noted: Humana shares a responsibility for the pain that ObamaCare has caused the American people. Therefore, it is incumbent on the company to be part of the solution. The current political climate offers a unique opportunity for both private industry and health care consumers. President Trump has vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare with a more patient-centric approach to provide greater options and use market forces to control prices. The first attempt at this effort may have stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the American people still deserve a solution to ObamaCare's broken promises. I have a few quick questions: Will Humana seek a seat at the table by working with the Trump Administration and Congress to promote this new health care agenda as it did during the Obama Administration, and what specific reforms would you suggest to the new President? Danhof's entire question, as prepared for delivery, is available here.  Audio of Danhof's exchange with Broussard is available here. "Humana is abdicating a moral responsibiity to help improve America's failing health care infrastructure," added Danhof. "Liberal politicians, together with the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, crafted ObamaCare. Politicians such as Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi certainly deserve blame for the pain so many Americans are now experiencing under ObamaCare's market-distorting mechanisms. But they left office or are out of power and aren't going to be part of finding a solution to the mess. Companies that worked with them, such as Humana, are still around and have a stake in the outcome. They ought to use their considerable influence to work with President Trump and his team to craft a free-market-based health care plan." Earlier this year, another health care provider indicated to the National Center that it would be willing to work on replacing ObamaCare. Walgreens Boots Alliance Chairman James Skinner told Danhof at the pharmacy giant's annual shareholder meeting that his company would be willing to work with the Trump Administration in finding a free-market alternative to ObamaCare. Following that meeting, Danhof joined former congressman J.D. Hayworth on "Newsmax Prime" to discuss why it is so important for corporations to work with the Trump Administration on health care reform. 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 Humana meeting marks FEP's fifth shareholder meeting attended so far in 2017. 4.22.17

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. So far in 2017, the FEP has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Breitbart, WorldNetDaily, Drudge Report, Business Insider, CNET, National Public Radio, American Family Radio and SiriusXM. In 2016, the FEP was also featured in the Washington Times, the Fox News Channel's "Cavuto," the Financial Times, Crain's Chicago Business, theHollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Newsmax, the Daily Caller, Lifezette, the Seattle 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. 4.22.17


The Worldwatch Institute analyzes how we can equip students with the skills to navigate the turbulent century ahead.

Special to The Montreal Tribune - The Worldwatch Institute analyzes how we can equip students with the skills to navigate the turbulent century ahead.  With global environmental changes locked into our future, what we teach must evolve. All education will need to be environmental education, teaching students to be ecoliterate, deep-thinking, and deeply moral leaders, ready to face unprecedented challenges.  EarthEd explores traditional areas of environmental education such as nature-based learning and systems thinking, as well as new essential topics including social-emotional learning and the importance of play.  The event will be broadcast from Appalachian State University in Boone , North Carolina . We invite you to join us over live webcast by registering today.  Symposium Schedule   EarthEd Fundamentals ( 9 AM – 12 PM EST )    9:00    Welcome from Appalachian State University | Lee Ball Jr., University Sustainability Director    9:05   Welcome from Appalachian State University Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs   9:20    Welcome Worldwatch Institute | Ed Groark, Acting President, Worldwatch Institute   9:30    Video of highlights from Satellite Host Schools    9:40    EarthEd Fundamentals | Erik Assadourian    10:05  Talk 1: Ecoliteracy Education | Michael K. Stone    10:25  Talk 2: Social Emotional Learning | Pamela Barker    10:50  Talk 3: Comprehensive Sexuality Education | Robert Engelman    11:35  Q & A panel with speakers    Higher Education Reimagined ( 1 PM – 4 PM EST )    1:00  Appalachian State University afternoon welcome    1:05  Afternoon introduction | Erik Assadourian    1:15  Recorded presentation | Michael Maniates    1:25  Talk 1: Ecological Economics | Josh Farley    1:45  Talk 2: Agricultural Education | Laura Lengnick    2:05  Talk 3: Sustainability Education in Prisons | Joslyn Rose Trivett    2:35  Q & A panel with speakers    3:10  Panel on Sustainability Education at App State/UNC System    4:05  Closing Remarks | Lee Ball  

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 The Secret of Chabad With Rabbi David Eliezrie

Montreal , April 19, 2017 – How did a small Chassidic group in Brooklyn become an international Jewish powerhouse? It's the central question examined in the acclaimed new book, The Secret of Chabad by Rabbi David Eliezrie, National Jewish Book Awards finalist. Rabbi Eliezrie will speak on  Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm  at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Admission: $10 JPL members & students, $15 general. Tickets: 514-345-6416  Why are young Chabad couples willing to move to Katmandu and Bahia Blanca for a lifetime of Jewish community service? Why is Chabad booming on college campuses? How has Chabad created a new entrepreneurial business model? What is the outreach philosophy that is animating its growth? How did Chabad create a Jewish renaissance in Russia ? How does its success straddle the society divide between the religious and the secular in Israel ? These questions will be examined by the Rabbi David Eliezrie, a veteran Chabad Shaliach and President of the Rabbinical Council of Orange County, California. Eliezrie is an entertaining and inspiring speaker. Introduced by Rabbi Ronnie Fine, Chabad Lifeline Zichron Kedoshim. Book sale and signing and refreshments will follow. Sponsored by the The Galkin Family Annual Lecture Endowment of the JPL. 4.20.17

Justice Centre urges Committee to pass Bill S-217

 (detention in custody) to ensure that judges can protect the public

Special to The Montreal Tribune - OTTAWA: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( will appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights this Tuesday, April 11, to present its recommendations regarding Bill S-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (detention in custody).  The Justice Centre's Litigation Manager, Jay Cameron, will appear before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights between
3:30 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. in Centre Block, Room 237-C.  Other witnesses include Cheryl Webster, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa , Anthony N. Doob, Professor, University of Toronto and Nancy Irving, Barrister and Solicitor. Bill S-217 ("Wynn's law") was tabled before the Senate in February 2016 by Senator Bob Runciman in response to the slaying of RCMP Constable David Wynn by career criminal Shawn Rehn, who was out on bail at the time at the time of the killing on January 17, 2015 .  This Act amends the Criminal Code so as to require that the criminal record of the accused, if one exists, be put before the judge who is considering the bail hearing. The Justice Centre will recommend to the Committee that Bill S-217 be enacted, to better ensure the rights and freedoms of Canadians are guaranteed by the judicial process. The Justice Centre's Brief to Parliament concludes: The amendment to section 518(1)(c) as proposed in Bill S-217 prevents human prosecutorial error by requiring that the physical paper record of an accused is presented at a bail hearing 100% of the time. The introduction of the accused's record at a bail hearing is universally in the best interests of the Canadian public and the judiciary. The mandatory introduction of the record is also required to protect the Charter rights of accused persons themselves, both so that they may be aware of the case against them and any errors in the alleged record, as well as so they may have the benefit of the record before an impartial judge. Jay Cameron will be available for media at Centre Block following Tuesday's Committee proceedings. For more information, please contact: Jay Cameron, Litigation Manager, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms: or (403) 909-3404 4.11.17 

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Saudi king ends public sector pay cuts

In a raft of decrees, King Salman fires his civil service minister and makes his son US ambassador.


Saudi Arabia 's King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him under investigation for abuse of office. He also named his son Prince Khalid as new ambassador to the US . His decrees saw a new national security centre created under the Royal Court . The king also ordered two months extra salary be paid to frontline military personnel taking part in Saudi-led operations in Yemen . Prince Khalid, the new ambassador in Washington , is a fighter pilot who has trained in the US and carried out air strikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Syria . The decree said the pay cuts for ministers and government employees - the first in the country, where about two-thirds of working Saudis are employed in the public sector - had been in response to falling oil prices, which sank to a low of $28 (£21) a barrel last January.  Saudi Twitter users debate post-oil future    Saudis debate post-oil future   Saudi Arabia profile

  Brazil's Odebrecht to pay $2.6bn fine

A US judge formally sentences the engineering giant over bribery in 12 Latin American countries.

A US judge has formally fined Brazil 's engineering giant Odebrecht $2.6bn in a corruption case centred around the country's state oil company, Petrobras. The fine was a plea bargain deal agreed last year with the US , Brazilian and Swiss authorities. The judge said Brazil will receive $2.39bn, with the rest going to the Swiss and US authorities. The US charged Odebrecht with bribery in 12 countries in Latin America , with some bribes flowing through US banks. Odebrecht, and its affiliated petrochemical company Braskem SA, pleaded guilty in December in a deal designed to draw a line under the company's wrongdoings. Monday's order comes as the company tries to negotiate plea deals with other governments so that it can be allowed to tender for future major infrastructure projects. The countries include Argentina , Chile , Colombia , Ecuador , Mexico , Peru , the Dominican Republic , Venezuela , Panama and Portugal .    Brazil firm fined $2.6bn for bribery

China first quarter growth hits 6.9%

Infrastructure spending and property demand helped the economy expand faster than many had predicted.

A paramilitary guard stands at the gate of the Forbidden City ahead of the upcoming opening sessions of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on 1 March 2017

China 's economy grew by 6.9% in the first quarter of 2017, according to official figures. The growth rate, which compares expansion with the same three months in the previous year, was slightly higher than many economists had forecast. State-led infrastructure spending and demand for new property helped drive the world's second largest economy. Last month China cut its growth target for this year to 6.5% from 6.7% in 2016. China 's National Bureau of Statistics in a statement said "the national economy maintained the momentum of steady and sound development from the second half of last year, getting off to a good start in 2017 and laying a solid foundation for accomplishing the whole-year growth target." Another set of data also suggests a pick-up in domestic consumption. February retail sales jumped 10.9% from the previous year.   China 2016 economic report card    President Trump: China 'not a currency manipulator'    Locked out of China's property market    China cuts growth target to 6.5%    Trump: China 'not a currency manipulator'

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Black Sheep Theatre invites you and a guest to opening night of...

Outside Mullingar   By John Patrick Shanley   Thursday April 27th, 7:30 pm

Starring Vince Carlin, Daniel Gervais, Kate Smith, and Beverley Wolfe

Directed by Dave Dawson - Set and Lighting Design by Carolyn Barnes - Sound Design by Steven Lafond - Costumes by Patrice Forbes
Props and Set Dressing by Louisa Haché - Stage Managed by Laura Wheeler

Tony Award nominee for Best Play. Anthony and Rosemary have spent their entire lives on their adjoining farms in rural Ireland . Anthony's father, an ailing widower, threatens to disinherit his childless son and leave his family farm to American cousins. Rosemary's mother, a recent widow, is trying to keep a leash on her fierce daughter. These four eccentric souls will need to overcome bitter familial rivalries and their own stubborn pride, to resolve a generations-old land dispute, and fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of future. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. Written by Pulitzer, Oscar, and Tony winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck, Romantic Poetry). "Shanley's finest work since DOUBT... a softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections on the unsatisfactory nature of life and the thorns of love." —New York Times Free-Market Activists Plan to Question Humana Executives About Willingness to Work with Trump, Congress on Health Care Reform Humana's Steadfast Support of ObamaCare Could Lose Company a Seat at the Table in Setting New Health Care Agenda After Working with Liberal Politicians to Advance Obama-Era Failed Health Care Policies, Humana Owes it to American People to Work with Trump Team and Congressional Conservatives. Louisville, KY / Washington, DC - At this week's annual meeting of Humana shareholders, the nation's leading proponent of free-market investor activism plans to offer the insurer's executives an opportunity to repudiate its long-standing support for failed ObamaCare policies and embrace market-based alternatives advanced by the White House and some members of Congress. Humana's shareholder meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 2017 , at the company's headquarters in Louisville , Kentucky .  This will be the third time a representative of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project (FEP) has attended a Humana shareholder meeting  "This is the third time we will address Humana executives about ObamaCare's failings, and we hope they will have a more open mind this time," said National Center General Counsel and FEP Director Justin Danhof, Esq., who plans to attend on Thursday and participated in a past Humana shareholder meeting.  "With President Trump determined to set a new course on health care policy and the congressional leadership behind his efforts, Humana risks losing a seat at the table if they continue to provide support for a system they won't even work with anymore." On April 20, the National Center will post the text of its prepared question for Humana executives prominently on the National Center website after 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 previous shareholder meetings, Humana CEO Bruce Broussard refused to cede any ground to National Center representatives who questioned him about the company's support for ObamaCare.  In 2014, when the National Center 's David Hogberg, Ph.D. asked Broussard if Humana would pledge not to take a bailout from ObamaCare's "risk adjustment" scheme, Broussard refused and said the money would "ensure that our members have an affordable plan."  In 2015, Danhof questioned Humana's support of ObamaCare through an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of King v. Burwelldespite the Humana website noting ObamaCare "falls short in addressing. . . rising costs."  Danhof brought copies of a dozen free-market ObamaCare alternatives to that meeting and asked Broussard to consider working with conservatives on a free-market alternative.  Broussard would not commit to working with conservatives, but Humana recently announced plans to exit ObamaCare's health care exchanges in 2018. "Humana and other large insurance companies worked in lock-step with the Obama Administration and liberal congressmembers to advance, promote and defend ObamaCare.  We repeatedly brought concerns over ObamaCare's market-distorting schemes to their attention, but our concerns were dismissed. Now that Humana and other insurers are exiting many ObamaCare exchanges and otherwise suffering the ill effects of the law, the timing is optimal for a new path forward," said Danhof.  "While the most recent congressional effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare has stalled, there will be plenty of opportunities to enact change.  Humana owes it to the American people to work with President Trump and Congress to craft policies that expand access to care and drive down health care costs. Earlier this year, another health care provider indicated to the National Center that it would be willing to work on replacing ObamaCare.  Walgreens Boots Alliance Chairman James Skinner told Danhof at the pharmacy giant's annual shareholder meeting that his company would be willing to work with the Trump Administration in finding a free-market alternative to ObamaCare 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 Humana meeting will mark FEP's fifth shareholder meeting attended 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. So far in 2017, media featuring the FEP has included the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Breitbart, WorldNetDaily, Drudge Report, Business Insider, CNET, National Public Radio, American Family Radio and SiriusXM. In 2016, the FEP was also featured in the Washington Times, the Fox News Channel's "Cavuto," the Financial Times, Crain's Chicago Business, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Newsmax, the Daily Caller, Lifezette, theSeattle 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. The Android is Coming The Android app now just 7 days away - here's 3 reasons why this is big news: We are forecasting that we will double our user base within the first week of the Android version going live! This will boost project funding, create more momentum for app users and greater impact for project recipients. 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Special to The Montreal Tribune -  LOS ANGELES, Calif. , April 18, 2017  – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have scored their second No. 1 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Dance Chart with their international smash “Hey Baby” feat. Diplo and Deb’s Daughter. Watch/listen HERE.  “Hey Baby” has over 16.2 million YouTube views and 40.2 million streams on Spotify. Listen to Kid Ink’s remix of the track HERE. “Hey Baby” comes on the heels of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s 2016 No. 1 hit with Ne-Yo, “Higher Place”. A residency with the acclaimed Wynn Nightlife in Las Vegas, and an ambitious international touring schedule is also instore for the heavyweight DJs, with shows through the US, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, and Asia (see below). The trailblazing brothers have solidified themselves as one of the most in-demand live acts, amassing an audience of over 8 million Facebook “likes,” a collective 3 million Instagram followers, a combined 2.6 million Twitter followers, and in excess of 400 million YouTube views and counting across their videos. The duo has scored a countless number of Beatport No. 1 hits and multiple iTunes number ones, while lighting up main stages of festivals like EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, Tomorrowland, and many more.


A spectacular cabaret presented at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal - The first collaboration between Festival Juste pour rire, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE and Casino de Montréal

Special to The Montreal Tribune -   Montréal, Tuesday April 18, 2017 - For the first time in their history, Festival Juste pour rire, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE and Casino de Montréal are joining forces to offer the city this internationally acclaimed show. Since its founding in 2013 for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, LIMBO has played to sold-out audiences from Brisbane to London . This summer, the troupe will perform in Montréal from July 4 to 15 at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal. Directed by Scott Maidment, LIMBO is a grandiose, surprising and sexy cabaret that presents incredible illusions, spectacular moves and breathtaking choreography. Audiences are immersed in a 1920s-insprired world, thanks to the terrific music, by New Yorker Sxip Shirey, played each night by two musicians Mick Stuart and Eamon McNelis. The artists, all equally gifted, invite audiences to a wild party where passion and irreverence go hand in hand. You'll see, the line between heaven and hell is sometimes very thin. With this new collaboration, Festival Juste pour rire, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE and Casino de Montréal would like to add a unique, striking show to Montréal's already rich choice of cultural activities. Tickets for LIMBO are on sale now at from $39+tx to $59+tx. The show is intended for 18+ audiences. ABOUT FESTIVAL JUSTE POUR RIRE Festival Juste pour rire has been selling happiness for 35 years as of this year. Founded by Gilbert Rozon in 1983, its mission is simple: make people happy. The most important humour and comedy event on the planet reinvents itself every year, so that Montrealers, Quebecers, Canadians and international visitors can enjoy a professional, varied and surprising selection of artistic performances.  ABOUT MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE, a Festival TOHU MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE is a Festival that brings people across the city every July with a stunning circus program for 11 days. Created in 2010, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE is the result of a collective dream that brings together TOHU-project's driving force-along with the support of Cirque Éloize, Les 7 doigts, Cirque du Soleil, the École nationale de Cirque and En Piste. They pooled their collective expertise, resources and will to create the first North American international festival dedicated to circus arts. ABOUT CASINO DE MONTRÉAL Renowned for the variety of its games and its excellent customer service, Casino de Montréal welcomes close to six million visitors each year.  It offers a wide range of entertainment - shows, restaurants, bars, a multimedia area - and stands out for its emblematic architecture. The Cabaretis a very versatile venue which be set up according to the specifications of each event it hosts, allowing for a multitude of types of productions, including LIMBO that it will proudly present this summer. ABOUT STRUT & FRET PRODUCTION HOUSE Strut & Fret is an internationally recognized Arts and Events Company, with 20 years of experience within the industry. A vibrant company, Strut & Fret produces and manages events, theatrical productions, performers, and venues throughout Australia and internationally. The company is well respected and renowned for its unique 'catch your breath' style. Since its inception in 1997, the company has worked in numerous capacities within the arts, entertainment & event industries.

Inter Pares presents the Ottawa premiere of Seven: a documentary play

"It is the faces of the women that will always move me, guide my footsteps through the landmines..." OTTAWA - MEDIA ADVISORY: Wednesday, April 12, 2017   Seven: a documentary play  Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 6pm   Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health  299 Montreal Road , Vanier , Ottawa

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  Ottawa-based social justice organization Inter Pares presents a staged reading of Seven: a documentary play for one night only on  Monday, April 24, 2017  at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. The play intertwines seven true stories told by women's rights activists from  Russia , Cambodia , Guatemala , Afghanistan , Nigeria , Pakistan and Northern Ireland .  Directed by 2017 Femmy Award winner Jessica Ruano, the play will be read by Maha Babeker, Dillon Black, Chelby Daigle, Adrian Harewood, Lesley Parlane, May Telmissany, and Rebecca Wolsak. The reading will be preceded by the presentation of the Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award to a Canadian organization whose work has had a positive and innovative impact on women's rights, and will be followed by a facilitated discussion with Inter Pares. 6 pm  Reception with light refreshments  7 pm Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award   -  Seven : a documentary play  -  Facilitated discussion with Inter Pares - Pay-what-you-choose tickets are now available at Simultaneous English and French interpretation will be provided. This event is wheelchair-accessible through the Health Centre entrance. Content warning: this play contains some graphic language and descriptions of violence  ABOUT SEVEN: A DOCUMENTARY PLAY Seven: a documentary play was created from 2006-2007 and premiered in 2008. The play has since been translated into 20 languages and presented in over 30 countries internationally.  Seven tells the true stories of seven women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families, and children around the globe: Marina Pisklakova-Parker in Russia, protecting women from domestic violence; Mu Sochua in Cambodia, rescuing girls from human trafficking; Anabella De León in Guatemala, giving voice to the poor; Farida Aziziin Afghanistan, empowering rural women; Hafsat Abiola in Nigeria and Mukhtar Mai in Pakistan, fighting for women's education and rights; and Inez McCormackin Northern Ireland, promoting peace and equality. In 2010, Seven opened the Women in the World Summit, presented by Tina Brown and the Daily Beast, introduced by Hillary Clinton, directed by Julie Taymor, and starring Meryl Streep and an all-star cast at The Hudson Theatre on Broadway. 4.13.17


Vives’ US Tour Kicks Off this Saturday, April 15 at New York ’s Radio City Music Hall

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  SANTA MONICA , CA ( April 10, 2017 ) – As announced by, Carlos Vives’ international smash “La Bicicleta” (feat. Shakira) has garnered the Colombian superstar his first-ever Billboard Music Award nomination for “Top Latin Song”. The song received “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the 2016 Latin Grammy Awards, and has over 853 million views on YouTube and over 200 million streams on Spotify. Vives kicks off his US tour this Saturday, April 15 at New York ’s Radio City Music Hall , followed by a stop at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago on Sunday, April 16 (see full list of tour dates below). Vives recently released “Al Filo de tu Amor”, the second single from his highly anticipated forthcoming album "Vives", which is slated for a fall release. The 2x Grammy, 11x Latin Grammy award-winning pioneer of vallenato pop has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, and continues to be one of the most important and respected figures in Latin music. Vives’ last two albums, "Corazón Profundo" y "Mas + Corazón Profundo," have generated six No. 1s on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart and his "Mas + Corazón Profundo Tour" in Colombia was the most successful tour in the history of the country with more than 200,000 fans filling stadiums in five different concerts.



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Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York, NY (April 6, 2017)-- On June 16, 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Acoustic In Concert by Simple Minds on DVD + CD and digital formats [MSRP $19.98]. This wonderful collection of re-tooled classics follows the release of last year's acclaimed Acoustic album and includes: "Alive And Kicking", "Don't You (Forget About Me)", "Glittering Prize", "Waterfront", "Promised You A Miracle", "Sanctify Yourself", "See The Lights", and more. On the eve of the album's release, in November 2016, Simple Minds took to the stage of London 's famous Hackney Empire to perform a special show for BBC Radio 2's renowned "In Concert" series. The band performed re-imagined acoustic versions of some their greatest hits and best-loved tracks along with cover versions of some of the songs that influenced them including a stunning finale of "Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)" which sees them joined by Steve Harley. This is Simple Minds as you've never seen them before! Simple Minds prove once again that they are a class act, with hit after hit given a fresh twist that allows them room to breathe and the melodies to shine through.Acoustic In Concert is a must for any fan of this remarkable band. The Ukrainian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal in collaboration with the Jewish Public Library presents The Dr. Victor C. Goldbloom Memorial Lecture 4.09.17  

Writers' Strike

Are US TV shows about to fall off air


There could be another writers strike in the US - putting dozens of your favourite TV shows at risk. In a letter to media buyers, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has threatened to strike from 2 May. It's to do with a row over pay - writers say they have been losing revenue in recent years, 23% in the last two years alone. Also, because so many series are getting shorter but writers' contracts remain the same length, many of them find themselves locked into a contract without other work. "Should this [strike] occur, writing for television, feature films and digital series will cease," the letter says. This would be catastrophic for the major networks, which were hugely affected when the WGA went on strike for 100 days in 2007. Many TV networks struggled to fill their schedules, which led to an increase in repeats and reality TV shows. In light of the letter, five days of negotiations are due to begin on Monday. If they don't go well, loads of your favourite shows could become victims of the strike. Unlike the last time, many viewers will now be able to turn to streaming services to plug the gap in new content. However, for traditional TV networks and film studios, a new strike would cause chaos. Full article Writers' Strike    News from Elsewhere   More at Entertainment & Arts



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Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York, NY (April 5, 2017)—In June 2016, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore made his much-anticipated return to rock music as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Delivering three powerhouse concerts in Europe , two in Germany and one in England , Blackmore yet again proved why he is a pivotal figure of rock and roll. On June 9, 2017 , Eagle Rock Entertainment will issue the Live In Birmingham 2016 2CD [MSRP $19.98] and Digital Audio -- the first release of the audio from the 2016 British show. Packed with a set list combining classic tracks from both Deep Purple and Rainbow, the 2CD boasts "Catch The Rainbow", "Mistreated", "Since You Been Gone", "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll", "Black Night", "Spotlight Kid", "Smoke On The Water", "Stargazer", "Perfect Strangers", and more! The two German shows at Loreley and Bietigheim were caught on camera to produce the concert film Memories In Rock, which was released by Eagle Vision and Eagle Records in November 2016. This new 2CD set captures the full audio from the British show at the Genting Arena at the NEC, Birmingham , including performances of "Soldier Of Fortune" and "Burn" from the Mark III Deep Purple era that weren't in the German shows. The Line-Up for the Birmingham show featured Ritchie Blackmore (Guitar); Ronnie Romero (Vocals); David Keith (Drums); Bob Nouveau (Bass); Jens Johanssen (Keyboards); Candice Night (Backing Vocals); Lady Lynn (Backing Vocals). A true celebration of Ritchie Blackmore's career and legacy, Live In Birmingham 2016 excellently captures an astounding night of music.  

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Children taken away from foster parents unwilling to say Easter Bunny is real

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - HAMILTON, ON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( today announced that Derek and Frances Baars have filed a court application against the The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton (CAS).  The court documents allege that CAS violated the Charter rights of the Baars by closing down their foster home because the couple refused to tell the girls in their care that the Easter Bunny is a real entity. In 2015, Derek and Frances Baars completed thorough training on foster parenting.  CAS completed a "homestudy", which included numerous interviews and home visits over a period of several months. The Baars welcomed two sisters, ages three and four, into their home in December 2015.  The sisters were temporarily separated from their biological parents, with the goal of returning them to live with their parents again in the future.  A weekly journal was passed back and forth between the Baars and the biological parents, who made various requests that the Baars carried out.  The Baars are devout Christians and had informed CAS that they do not celebrate Halloween.  CAS said this was not a problem: someone else could take the girls trick-or-treating if the biological parents requested this.  CAS had also noted in its Homestudy Report that the Baars "do not endorse Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny as they do not wish to lie to children."   "From the beginning, it was our delight to have the girls with us.  We loved them from the moment that they came to us," states Frances Baars in an affidavit filed this week in the court application against CAS.  The Baars regularly took the girls to a park near their home, attended and hosted playdates with other girls of similar age, played educational games, and painted with them, which provided hours of entertainment. CAS's Support Worker Tracey Lindsay visited the Baars and the girls, and acknowledged that they looked well cared for in all respects.  However, Ms. Lindsay informed the Baars that it was part of their duty as foster parents to teach the girls about the Easter Bunny, because she considered it part of Canadian culture.  The Baars informed Ms. Lindsay that they intended to hide chocolate eggs and have the girls find them at Easter, and play other games.  The Baars planned not to speak to the girls about the Easter Bunny at all, unless the girls specifically asked questions about this. In late February 2016, Ms. Lindsay informed the Baars that the girls would be taken away, and their foster home permanently closed, if the Baars refused to inform the girls proactively that the Easter Bunny is a real entity.  Ms. Lindsay's demand was known to CAS, and was supported by her superiors.  All this despite the fact that the biological parents had never expressed a desire for the girls to be told that the Easter Bunny is real. The Baars offered to let the girls stay with another foster family over the Easter period.  Ms. Lindsay refused.  On March 3, 2016 , Ms. Lindsay told the Baars that their foster home would be shut down, and the girls would be taken away the next morning.  The Baars requested a transition period of more than 24 hours, believing that a sudden change would be unwise and inappropriate for the girls.  Ms. Lindsay refused.  As Frances Baars explains it in her affidavit: We had poured our lives into taking care of the girls.  To have them suddenly ripped away from us was deeply painful. ... It was the days after they left that the house felt empty without them. I lacked desire to do anything. As remains of their belongings kept popping up—we had so little time to pack the girls' belongings that we weren't able to collect everything—it finally struck me that they weren't coming back. Several weeks later the girls' worker stopped by to pick up their remaining belongings, including the scrapbooks I had made for the girls, which I had purposely held on to so I could finish the scrapbooks before sending them on. The scrapbooks were my final way of showing our love and care, and to provide them with reminders of all the good times we had together. A picture of the girls is still on our fridge, so we can remember the happy times we shared. The Baars asked Ms. Lindsay if they could keep their foster home open just for infants, or for families that do not celebrate the cultural practices of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.  Ms. Lindsay refused. As recently as January of 2017, the Hamilton Children's Aid Society has continued to struggle with a severe shortage of foster parents in Hamilton . "The Hamilton Children's Aid Society needs to be held accountable for its misguided emphasis on a single, minor issue," stated Calgary lawyer and Justice Centre president John Carpay. "People can be good foster parents even if they refuse to say that the Easter Bunny is real, especially with the pressing shortage of foster parents which the Hamilton Children's Aid Society itself has spoken about publicly," continued Carpay. For more information contact: John Carpay, 403-619-8014 or  Frances and Derek Baars: 587-230-1890 or; 4.13.17

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  Called On The Ice Merchant

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Galveston , TX , April 19, 2017  – The Ice Merchant, the latest riveting thriller by Dr. Paul Boor, goes back in time to 1889 Galveston to explore the dark history of trafficking in corpses to be used in the medical schools that were popping up across America . In a tale that combines the perfect blend of intrigue, thrills, romance and human weakness, this plot makes for one heck of a page-turner!  Nicolas Van Horne, a shrewd Yankee ice merchant, is happy with his profitable side business. On this particular trip, his first delivery for Galveston 's new Medical School , he's carrying human cadavers wedged between huge blocks of ice deep in his ship's hold. When he becomes enthralled with Galveston 's lady scientist Rene Keiller, he makes the gruesome discovery that he's been trafficking in murdered boys! With Rene's help, Nicolas eventually solves the puzzle behind his grisly cargo. But it's not quite that simple; he must first overcome his addiction to morphine, even as he becomes completely enmeshed in Rene's experiments on the most dreaded killer of their time...Yellow Fever. Dr. Boor's vast background as a scientist and professor at Galveston 's Medical School lends added realism to an already thrilling plot. Also home to the highest-level, infectious Bio-Lab in the nation, Dr. Boor put this experience to work in his first novel, The Blood Notes of Peter Mallow ― a modern biomedical thriller acclaimed as "real, raw and on the edge."  Dr. Boor is a world-renowned, Harvard-trained pathologist and scientist whose contributions to science are highly respected. He was the recipient of both a Young Investigator and an Established Investigator Award from NIH's (National Institutes of Health) Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Passionate about writing, the credibility he brings to his riveting storytelling is making Dr. Boor a hot contender in the thriller and suspense genre. For more information, please visit:  The Ice Merchant Publisher: Argo-Navis Language: English ISBN-10: 0786754931 ISBN-13: 978-0786754939 4.20.17

Take The Leap And Soar Higher Than Ever: From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Friendswood , TX , April 19, 2017- Finding professional and personal happiness is a lifelong journey; Margaret A. Johnson, P.E., credentialed executive/corporate coach and author, has a unique and fun approach to getting out of a rut and moving ahead. From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure is a helpful guidebook for anyone ready to bust their assumptions, unleash their creative ideas, and take courageous risks to get to where they want to be personally and professionally. "If you're stuck in the same old place at work, in your personal life, or still waiting for your dreams to become a reality and you're ready to make a change, this book is for you," Johnson explains. "SOS, or 'Same Old Stuff,' is the place you find yourself in over and over again. For example, maybe you're unhappy at work, wondering what else you could be doing. Maybe you're in a relationship with the same kind of guy or gal you recently separated from, or watching someone else doing what you have always dreamed about, but not making any progress toward making it happen for yourself. "Where would you like to be instead? WOW - 'Well On the Way' - to being where you really want to be," Johnson continues. "No longer stuck in a 'no progress' repetitive cycle, you're achieving your goals using forward-moving tips and techniques to bust through limiting beliefs, making creativity and courageous risk taking a part of your daily life. Finally, you are SWOW – 'So Well On the Way' - staying motivated and making real progress toward your dreams and goals." Margaret A. Johnson is from Michigan but moved to Texas as soon as she could where she learned to ride a horse and say "y'all." Utilizing her BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, her professional engineering license and coaching credentials, she inspires people and organizations to strive for excellence. Her experience ranges from engineering and management in power, to sales and consulting in the oil and gas industry.  As President of Ideal Training, Inc., she trains and coaches professionals and managers with a mission to unleash creativity, ignite ideas and remove barriers to success to assist clients in solving problems and opening doors to possibilities. For more information on Margaret Johnson, coach, speaker and author, please visit the website: From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure  Available online at and at ISBN:  978-0998129501 4.20.17

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. Los Angeles , CA , April 13, 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.  
For more information, please visit:   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  

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

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Livermore , CA , April 10, 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 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( including Inkspirations for Women and Inkspirations for Mindful Living. Visit her at Available at and  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 4.11.17

An Exhilarating Journey To A Better Life Begins With Dear Human, Master Your Emotions

Special to The Montreal Tribune -    Sarasota , FL , April 10, 2017  ― We all want to be our best self, every day. But for most people, emotional reactions like stress, anger, frustration, anxiety, fear, shame, and disappointment are an exhausting daily struggle, making it tough to consistently be the leader, parent, mate, colleague, friend, and person you truly want to be. Dear Human, Master Your Emotions (Inspire On Purpose) is a user-friendly guide to emotional mastery. Author Mark Youngblood has spent decades studying what it takes to lead a successful and fulfilling life. One of his greatest lessons has been this: the power to change our world—to make it what we want—exists within each of us. And through these powerful insights, strategies and life skills, the journey can be faster and easier than you ever imagined. Dear Human, Master Your Emotions provides simple, clear explanations and powerful tools for transforming your life. Readers find powerful insights and perspectives, along with exciting new strategies and life skills, illustrated through fascinating real-life examples. We are born with a robust palette of emotions designed to make our life richer and to serve our best interests; instead, they often seem to make our life more difficult and painful. The inability to handle negative emotions is at the root of most of the strife and suffering in society. People will do almost anything to avoid negative, painful emotions ― and resort to suppression, destructive interpersonal drama, addiction, compulsions, and ultimately to suicide. Dear Human, Master Your Emotions is a user-friendly guide designed to help readers gain greater understanding and acceptance of their emotions by learning how to take charge of them. Embracing all of these emotions and processing them in a healthy way will not only transform an individual life, it can lead to the betterment of society in general. "The development of Inner Mastery is a journey to free yourself from the chains of your personal dramas and the suffering they inflict," Youngblood says. "As you begin your journey, this book will guide you through self-awareness and emotional self-management. It will prepare you with the understanding and skills you will need for continuing your journey of growth." Mark Youngblood is a lifelong student, teacher, and facilitator of Inner Mastery. His life purpose is to elevate human consciousness and promote spiritual growth, individually and collectively. He founded his company, Inner Mastery, Inc., more than 20 years ago to promote personal and organizational transformation. His outreach presently includes executive coaching with top management, the Inner Mastery online learning community, Dear Human books, public speaking, and special workshops. A Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Youngblood has read, studied, and practiced extensively in the art and science of personal transformation and spiritual growth for nearly two decades. A proud father and stepfather, Youngblood is married to his high school sweetheart after 30 years apart. He loves to travel and is an avid fine art photographer. For more information, please visit the website: Dear Human, Master Your Emotions, Inspire On Purpose Publishing, Available at fine booksellers September 5, in e-book, audiobook and paperback formats  ISBN:  978-1941782088 4.11.17

Repealing Obamacare: What This Means For Businesses Outside The U.S

Special to The Montreal Tribune -New York, NY, April 5, 2017 - Reversing career-ending injuries like chronic tendinosis, a common medical condition caused by a cycle of incomplete healing and re-injury that leads to a painful degenerative state, is the focus for Replicel Life Sciences Inc., a clinical stage regenerative medicine company. Tendinosis is often caused by sports-related injuries, occupational overuse, aging and poor general health. Chronic Achilles tendinosis can affect both physically active and inactive individuals, accounting for 30 to 50% of all sports injuries and 50% of occupation-related disorders in the
United States . The company's cell therapies are designed to treat chronic tendinosis, damaged or aged skin, and pattern baldness. The company is also developing a propriety, next-generation injection device (RCI) for optimal clinical delivery.  Each condition is related to a deficit of a specific cell type which we believe is critical to the restoration of normal function.  The injected cells promote the healing process by producing proteins that are necessary for restoring tissue's structural integrity as well as type 1 collagen fibers which orientate themselves along the direction of the stretch of the tendon. "The anticipated long-term outcome is the return of normal tendon structure, improved function and zero pain," according to company CEO Lee Buckler. Dr. Ross Davidson, an orthopedic surgeon, former clinical professor at the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia, and past head physician and orthopaedic consultant for the Vancouver Canucks (of the National Hockey League (NHL)), adds: "This study shows exciting clinical improvements in patients with clinically diagnosed chronic Achilles tendinosis who were unresponsive to standard treatments, and who had suffered for many months (in some cases, years) with frequent pain and loss of function. Not only did the study show several clinically important improvements in pain and function scores, but several ultrasound measures clearly demonstrate a marked improvement in tendon structure; something rarely seen in patients with this condition." RepliCel, a regenerative medicine company based in Vancouver , Canada , is focused on developing autologous cell therapies that address diseases caused by a deficit of healthy cells required for normal healing and function. RepliCel has also successfully pioneered regenerative cell therapy as a non-invasive cure for hair loss; partnering the Japanese giant Shiseido. Lee Buckler has been an executive in the cell therapy sector since 2000, beginning with Malachite Management in the Stem Cell Technologies group of companies.  Most recently he was the Managing Director of Cell Therapy Group, a firm he formed in 2008 where he did business development consulting for companies and organizations in, or interested in, the cell therapy sector.  His work included deal-targeting, transactions, market intelligence, competitive analyses, strategic assessments, and market profile planning for companies ranging from top-tier multinationals to start-ups. Mr. Buckler has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Law Degree. Buckler served six years as the Executive Director of the International Society for Cellular Therapy and Director of Business Development for Progenitor Cell Therapy.  He is on the editorial advisory boards of the journal Regenerative Medicine and the BioProcess International magazine, as well as the co-chair of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine's Communications and Education Committee. He co-founded Cell Therapy News, founded Cell Therapy Blog, founded and continues to manage the LinkedIn Cell Therapy Industry Group, co-founded Regenerative Medicine Jobs, and is an active industry commentator in publications and in social media.  Mr. Buckler serves on numerous industry conference advisory boards, is an advisory board member for BioCision, Phacilitate Cell & Gene Therapy and RoosterBio, and is on the Board of Directors for Hemostemix. 4.06.17

New Book Explores the Virtues—and Dangers—of Spiritual Teachers

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Minneapolis, MN, April 4, 2017 ― A spiritual teacher isn't an ordinary member of the clergy. They are a perceptive, caring, trustworthy human being who provides one-to-one, in-depth spiritual direction. Celebrities such as Madonna and Russell Brand, and writers such as Elizabeth Gilbert and Deepak Chopra, have all worked with spiritual teachers. So have millions of people from almost every major religious tradition—as well as millions of others who are spiritual but not religious. A new book, The User's Guide to Spiritual Teachers, provides invaluable guidance for anyone who is curious about spiritual teachers—or who wants to work with one but doesn't know how or where to begin. This user-friendly book also offers practical wisdom for anyone who already has a spiritual teacher, and wants to make the most of that relationship. Still more important, The User's Guide to Spiritual Teachers helps readers spot and avoid the predators, narcissists, charlatans, and cult leaders who call themselves spiritual teachers—and who have ruined many people's lives. 
The book's author, Scott Edelstein, has studied happily and productively with spiritual teachers for the past four decades. He has also served as editor and literary agent for several spiritual teachers. A longtime practitioner of both Judaism and Buddhism, he is a committed proponent of serious spirituality in all forms and traditions. The User's Guide to Spiritual Teachers was published on March 21 by Wisdom Publications. Wisdom also published Edelstein's previous book, Sex and the Spiritual Teacher, which examines the all-too-common problem of sexual misconduct among spiritual teachers. Edelstein's website on spiritual teachers,, provides more information on the subject, as well as book excerpts, related articles, and links to media interviews with Edelstein. The User's Guide to Spiritual Teachers, By Scott Edelstein, Publisher: Wisdom Publications,
Somerville , MA , Release date: March 21, 2017 Trade paperback, $15.95; e-book, $9.99; 182 pages, ISBN-10: 0861716108, ISBN-13: 978-0861716104 4.06.17

The Smart Gal's Guide thru Divorce; What Lawyers Don't Tell You

Houston, TX, March 30, 2017- The journey of divorce is highly complex, and daunting. Sara A., speaker and divorce coach, wants to guide women to find courage and to think through the process better prepared and well-informed with The Smart Gal's Guide thru Divorce; What Lawyers don't tell you (WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan).
"We know what you're going through and what's up ahead. We call it, 'Divorce Dizziness,'" Sara A. says. "The discovery, the documents, the details and the delays. The dizziness will only last for a season. For most of us, of course, we never expected that life would bring us here. Unfortunately, sometimes, we find that divorce may come into our lives. Sometimes, life brings change." The Smart Gal's Guide thru Divorce includes sixteen chapters of clear, chapter by chapter guidance on topics such as Calendaring, Lawyering, Divorce Coaching, Documenting, Organizing, Protecting, Empowering, and Moving Forward. The Tools section covers "Over 25 Key-Areas of Concern" to be sure to consider, and "The 30 Most-Costly Mistakes" to avoid. Sara A. is the founder of Divorce Buddys, and has been divorced twice. This book is not about Sara, and it is not intended to talk people through rebuilding after divorce. "This book has never been done before," she says. "This book is to guide you through, with 'insider-thinking.' We think it through with you." Sara A. provides valuable insight into selecting the best attorney, preserving the family nest-egg, limiting financial losses, and smart ways to cut billable hours and control the costly back and forth. Following a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from The University of Texas, Austin, Sara built a resume of business development. With a heart to encourage, in 2012 she was inspired to launch Divorce Buddys, providing key information, wisdom and insight for women walking through the complex journey of divorce. She is a certified divorce coach. In 2015, she founded G.O., Gals Only, encouraging single women in a focused discussion setting with foundational truths, faith-based inspiration, outreach and community. In all her work, Sara A. is inspired to encourage women to "Put on Courage." She is currently available for speaking engagements, radio interviews, TV interviews and meeting with individual clients. For more information on Sara A. and her new book, please visit the website:  Twitter @TheSmartGals Instagram @thesmartgalsguide LinkedIn Business Profile  Sara A. Davis The Smart Gal's Guide thru Divorce. What Lawyers don't tell you. WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Available online everywhere, and from the publisher:  ISBN: 9781512733631 4.03.17

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

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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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Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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

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

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

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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. 

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

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monet and Picasso among art theft

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