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  British IS fighters 'must be killed'

"In almost every case", that is the only option, a UK Foreign Office minister says.

A fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces stands guard on a rooftop in Raqqa after retaking the city from Islamic State

The "only way" to deal with British IS fighters in Syria is "in almost every case" to kill them, the minister for international development has said. Rory Stewart said converts to so-called Islamic State believed in an "extremely hateful doctrine" and had moved away from any allegiance to Britain . They can expect to be killed because of the "serious danger" they pose to the UK 's security, he said. The government said his comments were in line with the UK 's stated position. Mr Stewart made the remarks after Brett McGurk, a top US envoy for the coalition fighting IS, said his mission was to ensure every foreign fighter in Syria dies there. Asked about the comments on BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics, Mr Stewart, a former diplomat, said they were "very difficult moral issues". He said: "They are absolutely dedicated, as members of the Islamic State, towards the creation of a caliphate.   Who are Britain’s jihadists?    British jihadist Jones 'killed by drone'     Egypt disputes desert shoot-out reports

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Japan PM promises to tackle North Korea

Shinzo Abe pledges strong "counter-measures" against Pyongyang after a decisive election win.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised strong "counter-measures" against North Korea , after winning a decisive victory in Sunday's election. Mr Abe had called an early election for a greater mandate to deal with "crises", including the growing threat from Pyongyang , which has fired missiles over Japan in recent months. His ruling coalition has retained a two-thirds majority in parliament. This paves the way for Mr Abe to amend Japan 's post-war pacifist constitution. The prime minister has previously called for the existence of the country's armed forces to be formalised, a controversial move which he says is needed to strengthen Japan 's defence but which critics say is a step towards re-militarisation. Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo , Mr Abe said his coalition's win was a "vote of confidence" from the public, and based on that "we would dramatically show counter-measures against the North Korea threat". He said he would discuss these measures with US President Donald Trump, who is visiting Japan next month, as well as with other world powers such as Russia and China .   Japan's snap election explained    Country profile   Nikkei hits new highs on election   Snap election explained

US police find body in missing child case

4 hPolice in Texas say they have found a body in the search for three-year-old Sherin Mathews, who went missing on 7 October when her father sent her out of their home at 03:00 as punishment. The Richardson police department told reporters the remains were "most likely" those of Sherin, whose disappearance made headlines in Dallas and India . The Indian-origin couple adopted the girl two years ago from an Indian orphanage. Police have not given any details of how she may have died. The body was found in a tunnel about half a mile from her home on Sunday. The area is being "treated as a crime scene", police said. The Press Trust of India news agency reported that an identification process was under way, but police said they had "no reason" to believe the body was of any other child. Sherin's father, Wesley Mathews, was arrested and released on bail after admitting to endangering her life after sending her out of the home at 03:00 because she had refused to finish her milk.

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US wiped Raqqa off map, says Russia

Moscow accuses the West of sending aid to the Syrian city to cover up evidence of crimes.

Russia has accused the US-led coalition of bombing the Syrian city of Raqqa "off the face of the earth" during the fight against so-called Islamic State. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, took Raqqa last week. Pictures suggest much of Raqqa is in ruins, and Moscow compared it to the Allied destruction of the German city of Dresden in World War Two. The US-led coalition says it tried to minimise risks to civilians. Russia has itself been accused of committing war crimes for its bombardment of Aleppo last year. UN war crimes investigators in June that there had been a "staggering loss of civilian life" in Raqqa. Syrian activists say between 1,130 and 1,873 civilians were killed and that many of the civilian casualties were the result of the intense US-led air strikes that helped the SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, advance. Video Inside Raqqa after IS pushed out   Islamic State group: The full story

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'My job is to put my arms round a bad guy'

The American Muslim is an active FBI agent who befriends key figures plotting jihadist attacks.

An active FBI undercover agent has revealed details of his work infiltrating Islamic extremist groups.

Tamer El-Noury - one of the agent's many false identities - talked to the BBC about his covert attempts to gain the trust of those planning attacks. He was instrumental in foiling the plot to derail the New York City to Toronto train route four years ago. He has published a book about his work, saying he wants Americans to understand his work as a Muslim operative. "The fact is that these jihadists - these radicals that are popping up - are lost souls," he told the BBC in an interview. "They latch on to hatred, and an evil that seems to give them purpose." "I am a Muslim and I am an American, and I am appalled at what these animals are doing to my country while desecrating my religion," he said.   Canada rail plotters get life in prison 

Équipe Coderre stands by Outremont candidate despite concerns of Hasidic community  

Équipe Denis Coderre is running a candidate for borough council in Outremont who has a reputation for virulent opposition to the Hasidic community.

Jean-Marc Corbeil

Équipe Denis Coderre is running a candidate for borough council in Outremont who has a reputation for virulent opposition to the Hasidic community.

 Jean-Marc Corbeil is seeking a seat in the Robert-Bourassa district as part of the team being fielded by Marie Potvin, Équipe Coderre's candidate for borough mayor. Community activists said that before the election campaign began, they tried to raise concerns to Mayor Denis Coderre about Corbeil and Potvin, but these went unheeded. Corbeil, a financial instruments negotiator, has been active in borough politics for several years and often attends Outremont 's borough council meetings. He is seen as an ally of a vocal group of citizens who object to accommodations for the Hasidic community.   Smooth operator: The Denis Coderre method to staying in power    The charm offensive: Valérie Plante's charge for City Hall

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Catalans 'won't follow Madrid's orders'

The warning comes as the Spanish government moves to reassert control over the region's authorities.

People hold candles and a Catalan pro-independence "Estelada" flag during a demonstration in Barcelona against the arrest of two Catalan separatist leaders on October 17, 2017.

Catalan authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region, a senior official says. Foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva told the BBC the central government was acting against the will of Catalans. Spain 's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to sack the region's government and curtail some of the freedoms of its parliament. The regional parliament will meet on Thursday to decide on its response. The Spanish Senate is expected to approve the government's measures on Friday along with a proposal for fresh regional elections. How did we get here? The Catalan government, led by President Carles Puigdemont, has refused to halt an independence drive following an outlawed referendum held earlier this month. Spain's unfathomably delicate task   Video Puigdemont's message to Europe   Crisis in 300 words

After the battlefield

Just how dangerous are returning IS fighters?

Driven out of their de facto capital of Raqqa after three brutal years, IS fighters have lost much of the territory they once held. How real is the danger they will now travel to other countries to carry out attacks, asks Dr Lorenzo Vidino. As the self-declared Islamic State steadily crumbles in Iraq and Syria , security officials throughout the world are asking themselves a crucial question: what will happen to its fighters? Roughly 30,000 foreign fighters joined IS and there is concern that these battle-hardened individuals will return home, or move elsewhere, carrying out terrorist attacks to avenge the demise of the "caliphate". While difficult to forecast, the changing fortunes of IS will undoubtedly have major implications for global security. Over the border There are indications, including an assessment by US counter-terrorism officials, that some foreign fighters will stay in Syria and Iraq . The head of the UK security service MI5 said this week that fewer than expected of the 800 Britons who joined IS had returned recently and that at least 130 had been killed. 

Argentine leader wins key mid-term vote

Argentina 's centre-right governing coalition has won a sweeping victory in mid-term congressional elections.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri greets supporters at the Cambiemos headquarters, in Buenos Aires

The result will strengthen President Mauricio Macri's position as he seeks to complete his pro-market reforms. He told supporters that they had shown it was possible to change the history of Argentina . Former left-wing President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner secured a seat in the Senate, giving her immunity from corruption charges. The vote was seen as a referendum on Mr Macri, who has worked to implement economic reforms he says are crucial to restore the country's economy. His Cambiemos (Let's Change) movement won in 13 of Argentina 's 23 provinces, including the five biggest population areas, official results showed. Despite the gains, he fell short of an overall majority in congress.  Who is Mauricio Macri?   Argentina profile

CO2 rise 'will affect all sea life'

All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say.

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Emergency rooms: A Swedish hospital shows that long waits need not be the norm

Montreal , October 17, 2017  – Quebec 's Health Minister recently gave an ultimatum to the province's hospitals such that emergency room stays could no longer exceed 24 hours. To solve our wait time problem, our politicians should instead take inspiration from the operation of Saint Göran, a Swedish hospital run by a private company, accessible to all and funded by the government at lower cost than public hospitals, as explained in an Economic Note published today by the MEI. "Interminable emergency room stays, which are frequent in Quebec , are anecdotal at Saint Göran. Only 1% of its patients spend more than eight hours in emergency. In Quebec , that's the proportion of patients who spend 48 hours or more in emergency! One patient in fifteen spends more than 24 hours in emergency here, and waiting seven or eight hours has become commonplace in our large hospitals," points out Patrick Déry, Public Policy Analyst and author of the publication. " Quebec is light years away from Saint Göran's level of efficiency." What is this hospital's secret? The business model of Capio, the publicly traded company that runs Saint Göran, is simple: to provide patients with quality care and to do so efficiently in order to generate profits. The case of Saint Göran illustrates the application of basic economic principles. Instead of concentrating decisions within a provincial department that is assumed to be omniscient, responsibility is entrusted to hospital administrators, who in turn leave decisional latitude in the hands of department heads and employees. Also, everything is measured, including the degree of patient satisfaction. "These indicators show that Saint Göran employees are happier at work than the employees of comparable public hospitals in Sweden , and their staff turnover rate is lower," explains Patrick Déry. While our hospitals have failed for years to significantly reduce wait times, the performance of this Swedish hospital should inspire decision-makers within our health care system. The government could thus decide, as the Stockholm County Council did, to entrust the administration of a hospital to a private operator, all while maintaining public funding as we know it. "The idea is not to see Saint Göran as a miracle solution, or the only model. The fact is that we have failed for decades to resolve the problem of emergency room wait times, and there is no good reason to forgo the contribution of the competitive sector in the provision of hospital care. Most industrialized countries benefit from its involvement, with better results than Canada ," says Patrick Déry. "According to a tenacious myth in Quebec that is maintained by many commentators, politicians and, unfortunately, too many doctors, making more room for the competitive sector in the provision of care would threaten access and quality, and would happen at the expense of patients. The experience of Saint Göran shows that this is simply not the case," concludes Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI. The Economic Note entitled "Saint Göran: A Competitive Hospital in a Universal System" was prepared by Patrick Déry, Editor and Public Policy Analyst at the MEI. This publication is available on our website. The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms. 10.18.17

Brazil billionaire brothers face trial

Prosecutors say the two tycoons saved $44m (£33m) by selling the shares before entering into a plea deal with investigators.

Joesley and Wesley Batista are accused of using insider information to sell shares at top prices.

A federal court in Brazil has confirmed that brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista, who are the controlling shareholders in Brazil 's largest meatpacking firm JBS, will face trial for alleged insider trading. They are accused of selling JBS shares at top prices in the weeks before revealing damaging information about their company's bribery scheme. Their revelations caused stocks to plummet. Both are already in detention. Prosecutors say the two tycoons saved $44m (£33m) by selling the shares before entering into a plea deal with investigators. As part of their plea bargain, they revealed information about how they bribed high-ranking officials, fully knowing that the revelations would cause their company's shares to tumble. The day following the Batista brothers' revelations, the firm's stock plunged more than 10% at the start of trading. The fall was so drastic that share trading on the Brazilian stock market was briefly suspended. The most explosive material Joesley Batista produced was a secret recording he had made of President Michel Temer, in which the president apparently admitted paying hush money to an influential politician.   Glossary of Brazil corruption    Brazil corruption probe: A glossary   Clamour grows for Brazil's President Temer to resign

Bombardier to partner Airbus on jets

European aerospace firm Airbus is to take a majority stake in Bombardier's C-Series jet project.

Bombardier C-series

Bombardier has faced a series of problems over the plane, most recently a trade dispute in the US that imposed a 300% import tariff. Bombardier's Northern Ireland 's director Michael Ryan said the deal was "great news" for the Belfast operation. About 1,000 staff work on the C-Series at a purpose-built factory in Belfast , mostly making the plane's wings. Airbus and Bombardier's chief executives said the deal - which will see Airbus take a 50.01% stake - would help to boost sales. The deal also gives Airbus the right to buy full control of the C-Series project in 2023. Experts have hailed the deal as hugely significant and described it as akin to a supervolcano exploding in the aviation world. BBC Northern Ireland's business and economics editor John Campbell said Airbus had effectively taken control of the C-Series project in a transformational deal.   Why is Bombardier important to Northern Ireland?   Government 'should follow Canada' on Bombardier   UK 'disappointed' by Bombardier tax ruling  

GIFTGOWNS, THE HOSPITAL GOWN BRAND DISRUPTING THE CANADIAN MARKET, ANNOUNCES PHILANTHROPIC INITITIAVE TO BENEFIT THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

Special to The Montreal Tribune - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017 - Giftgowns, a Toronto based company specializing in redefining the archaic hospital gown, announced today the release of a limited-edition gown to raise funds and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society in celebration of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The alternative hospital gown features graphics driven to motivate and inspire patients with quotes such as “You are Magic” and “Warrior”, available online at WWW.GIFTGOWNS.COM throughout the month of October. “This October, we are pleased to partner with Giftgowns in the fight against breast cancer,” states Zahra Karimi, Corporate Development Officer at Canadian Cancer Society. “At the Canadian Cancer Society, we are taking action against the disease by funding high-quality breast cancer research, educating women about early detection and providing information and support services to those living with the disease.” Founded by Jackie Moss under two years ago, Giftgowns’ inspiration originates from Moss’ own experience within some of Canada ’s finest medical facilities. As a former patient, Moss recognized the need to create a modern, humourous and functional gown designed with snap enclosures on the backs and sleeves. The gowns are designed to make patients feel more comfortable in pyjama-like pieces that they might wear at home and aid healthcare practitioners easy access for medical needs. “Breast Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to not only raising awareness but working to save lives and we wanted to be part of this national effort,” says Jackie Moss, Founder, Giftgowns. “10% of the proceeds from the sale of the special edition gown will be donated directly to the Canadian Cancer Society.” Moss consulted with breast cancer survivors who gave positive feedback on the gown especially after a mastectomy. One survivor noted the function of the gown as an asset, with the easy access during the recovery period at home as more useful than a traditional robe or housecoat that cannot accommodate drainage tubes.   | WWW.GIFTGOWNS.COM | #giftgowns  FACEBOOK  INSTAGRAM For more information, please contact: NordströmMatte Public Relations: 647.812.0933 Dani Matte | dani@nordstrommatte.com | Ext. 401 Anya Nordstrom | Anya@nordstrommatte.com | Ext. 406 Sheila Joy Sy | sheila@nordstrommatte.com | Ext. 402   MORE ABOUT GIFTGOWNS - Made with purpose, Giftgowns give patients an opportunity to share an active sense of their personal character with what they wear – even when dealing with less than ideal medical situations. Designed with the intention to bring positivity and a fresh take on the archaic hospital gown, Founder Jackie Moss believes creative and colourful hospital gowns give patients of all walks of life the ability to find individuality and joy through something as simple as a dressing gown. Giftgowns ships worldwide daily through the e-commerce platform, www.giftgowns.com, as well as through Amazon and Etsy.ABOUT THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the CCS has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada . For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934). 10.05.17

Corporate treasury is a top target for cyber-criminals, EIU survey finds.

Special to The Montreal Tribune - 59% of companies use internal and external penetration testing but 33% only use internal penetration testing. Only 38% of companies require all of their third parties and suppliers to perform penetration testing. For 18% of companies surveyed, only a minority of clients and suppliers follow the same or similar regulatory and compliance rules as they do. 19% of companies do not check whether their suppliers use the same methods for identity authentication as they do. A new report released today by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) finds that corporate treasury is a top target for cyber-criminals. Treasury’s trove of personal and corporate data, its authority to make payments and move large amounts of cash quickly, and its often complicated structure make it an appealing choice for discerning fraudsters. Cyber-criminals can use inside information to execute high-value thefts. They know that treasurers are neither fully responsible for ensuring that their departments cannot be compromised nor completely in control of the systems, people and processes. It is a gateway into other core corporate management information systems. Third-Party Risks: The cyber dimension, sponsored Deutsche Bank, is based on a survey of senior corporate treasurers across 19 different sectors including aerospace/defence, agriculture and agribusiness, automotive, chemicals, construction and real estate, financial services, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, IT and technology, manufacturing, and professional services. It shows that corporate treasurers are generally well aware of cyber risk but remain vulnerable to hacking via third-party relationships. Going forward, companies must invest in regular and relevant education, but companies must also be mindful of the threat posed by malicious insiders.  The most important measure that treasurers can take is to maintain a healthy collaboration with their IT and cyber-security teams. Renée Friedman, editor of the report, says: “The variation by sector in terms of their awareness, preparedness and defence against cyber-crime through third parties leaves all sectors vulnerable.  Corporate treasurers need work closely with IT to ensure that their specific requirements are met, particularly in light of ongoing technological and regulatory developments that mean even more information will be available to third-parties.” Press enquiries: Ross Jenkinson, global head of marketing, thought leadership +44 (0) 207 576 8047 rossjenkinson@economist.com  Renée Friedman, managing editor, EMEA, thought leadership +44 (0) 207 576 8535 reneefriedman@economist.com Notes to editors The report is based on a survey conducted in April-May 2017 by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), on behalf of Deutsche Bank. The EIU surveyed 300 senior corporate treasury executives globally to find out how they are preparing themselves for current and future third-party cyber-related risks and opportunities. About The Economist Intelligence Unit  The Economist Intelligence Unit is the world leader in global business intelligence. It is the business-to-business arm of The Economist Group, which publishes The Economist newspaper. The Economist Intelligence Unit helps executives make better decisions by providing timely, reliable and impartial analysis on worldwide market trends and business strategies. More information can be found at www.eiu.com or www.twitter.com/theeiu. 10.03.17

Trump's tax proposal

Ottawa should adopt a proportional tax rate of 10.5% to stay competitive

Montreal , September 27, 2017  – While the U.S. President has just reiterated his intention to reduce corporate taxes, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau wants to raise taxes on entrepreneurs. Ottawa would be better off focusing on Canada 's tax competitiveness with its neighbour, for example by adopting a proportional tax rate of 10.5% for all corporate earnings, argues a Viewpoint published today by the MEI. President Trump is looking to lower the federal corporate tax rate in the United States from 35% down to 20%. If such a reform were adopted, Canada 's tax competitiveness would be substantially reduced. Indeed, the highest combined (federal and provincial) marginal corporate tax rate in Canada is currently 31%. "If Trump goes ahead with this reform, and Ottawa sits on its hands, there will be serious consequences for Canada's corporations, and especially for its workers, who would suffer a large part of the negative effects since investment and the demand for labour in Canada would decrease," explains Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI and author of the publication. Indeed, even a more modest reduction in tax rates than the one advocated by Mr. Trump would generate an effect similar to an increase in tax rates in Canada , since it would increase our relative tax burden. In order to protect workers, Ottawa could abolish its top income tax rate of 15% and maintain only the lower rate of 10.5%, which currently applies exclusively to small firms. This would bring Canadian policy more in line with the proposed reform in the United States , and would help preserve Canada 's tax competitiveness. "Actually, Ottawa has an interest in taking the lead and adopting such a measure, regardless of what happens with American tax reform. The introduction of a proportional corporate tax would promote business growth, whereas the existence of multiple (i.e., progressive) rates of taxation tends to discourage it," adds Mr. Bédard. "The federal government has committed itself to adding tens of billions of dollars to the debt over the coming years in order to 'stimulate' the Canadian economy. It should instead reduce corporate taxes and introduce proportional taxation, since this would achieve its goal without saddling Canadians with more debt," concludes Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI. The Viewpoint entitled "To Stay Competitive , Canada Needs a Low, Proportional Corporate Tax Rate" was prepared by Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI. This publication is available on our website.   The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms. 10.03.17

MEPs turn on British Brexit 'divisions'

The UK is blamed for slow progress - but Nigel Farage says the EU is "treating us like a hostage". The UK 's approach to Brexit has been criticised in the European Parliament, with Theresa May urged to "put Britain first" and avoid internal "quarrels". MEP Manfred Weber said it was not clear who was "responsible for the British position" while Guy Verhofstadt said UK ministers were in open disagreement. MEPs are debating a motion urging a delay to any decision on the next phase of talks pending a "big breakthrough". But UKIP's Nigel Farage accused the EU of "treating the UK like a hostage". The UK government insists there is a new dynamic in the negotiations since Mrs May's Florence speech last month and "real momentum" behind the process. The European Parliament, home to 751 MEPs from across the EU, has no formal role in the Brexit negotiations - but will get to approve any final deal agreed between the UK and Brussels .   Rolling updates from the European Parliament  What we learned from Theresa May's Florence speech   May: I don't want cabinet of 'yes men'     LIVE MEPs debate state of Brexit talks   Reality Check: Decoding the PM's speech

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Arts & Entertainment

  Tarantino 'knew enough' about Weinstein

The famed director worked closely with the Hollywood producer accused of many sexual assaults.

US film director Quentin Tarantino has admitted knowing for years about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged misconduct toward women. "I knew enough to do more than I did," Tarantino told the New York Times. His comments come as Los Angeles police are investigating Weinstein over a suspected sexual assault in 2013.  He already faces allegations of sexual misconduct and assault from dozens of women. He has "unequivocally" denied having "non-consensual sex".   "There was more to it than just the normal rumours, the normal gossip. It wasn't second-hand. I knew he did a couple of these things," Tarantino said in an interview with the US newspaper.  "I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him."  Tom Hanks says no way back for Weinstein    How the Harvey Weinstein scandal unfolded   N Korea 'on cusp' of nuclear capability

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A must-see exhibition at the Galerie Corno - from October 20 to December 23, 2017

Montréal, October 19, 2017 - The Galerie Corno, formerly the Galerie AKA, will present from October 20 to December 23 the exhibition CORNO & WARHOL, an event honouring Corno and Warhol'sinfluence on the larger-than-life artist. This is the first time in North America when original posters forAndy Warhol exhibitions held in his lifetime will be presented. Discovering the worlds of two master artists - The exhibition was Corno's dream, but she didn't have a chance to make it come true before she passed away in December 2016. Her sister Line Corneau says that Andy Warhol was Corno's idol: she worshipped him, "the first time we went to Boston together to present her work, she was much more interested in the galleries presenting Warhol's work. CORNO & WARHOL will finally unite the work of these two exceptional artists." As for Warhol, his works on display all come from the vast personal collection of Paul Maréchal, an important figure in the visual arts community in Quebec . "The significant influence of Warhol's work on Corno's is particularly obvious in this exhibition. The juxtaposition of the works reveals a true relationship between the two artists, both in terms of treatment and subject," says the specialist and collector of Warhol's work for more than 20 years. "The body and portraits were their two main centres of interest. Celebrity portraits especially, particularly Marilyn Monroe's, which both artists treated extensively in their work."  Another similarity is the use of strong, vibrant colours by Warholand Corno, since both were affiliated with the pop art movement, recognized for the use of these colours. They also shared a technical approach which involved using silkscreen transfers enhanced by large brush strokes," he added. New works and major pop art classics During the visit, people will discover some twenty original works by Corno, some of which have never been shown, that clearly reflect Warhol's influence on her art. Some of the works are from the estate collection, but selected works will be on sale. There will also be 27 Warhol exhibition posters, including the one featuring a Campbell 's soup tin (his first and the rarest in this collection), and four self-portraits. Some forty record sleeves will also be on display, some from such famous artists as John Lennon, Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin. The record sleeves are available for purchase by lots. The CORNO & WARHOL exhibition, at the Galerie Corno, 51, rue Saint-Paul Ouest in Montréal, will be presented from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon to 6 pm. Admission is free. The public is invited to contact gallery personnel for further information at 514-847-9539. About Corno A graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal, the painter Corno became the darling of Montreal collectors at the end of the 80s and is still one of the most sought-after Quebec artists. Her style is instantly recognizable due to her bright colours, rich textures and generous brush strokes, blending new expressionism with figurative work developed from minute details that have bold contemporary resonance. Her exciting colours combined with her intense textures and generous brush strokes are a pleasure to behold. Corno's success and the interest for her art grew over the years: she was invited to exhibit her work on several continents, where she won popular and critical acclaim. Her works have found permanent homes in New York Miami London Paris Monaco , HongKong Singapore Seoul Dubai andLosAngeles. The list of international museums, companies, as well as public and private collectors continues to grow on several continents. In 2009, Corno was honoured to be named by MORE MAGAZINE among the Forty over 40 most remarkable women in Canada , then Châtelaine included her in the Club des 100, a list of 100 women who have left their mark on Quebec About Paul Maréchal  From Montréal, Paul Maréchal an art historian, curator, collector and author interested in Andy Warhol's work.  He graduated from Concordia University in film studies (1988) and from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1994) with a Master's in Art. While still a student, he worked at the Hôtel des encans de Montréal, a local auction house, where he developed a practical knowledge of art and the market. This experience led to his appointment as a cataloguer of Paul Desmarais's art collection in 1989. In 1993, he became curator of the Power Corporation of Canada 's art collection, a position he still holds today. A longtime fan of Andy Warhol and a collector of his work, Maréchal has published several works including Andy Warhol: The Record Covers in 2008, which became the starting point for the exhibitionWarhol Live presented at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal that same year. The exhibition was then presented at three American museums: the de Young in San Francisco , the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the First Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville . In 2014, Maréchal published two additional catalogues about Warhol's printed work, the first dedicated to Warhol's 38 commissioned posters, and the second to the 412 magazine illustrations created during his career. For 17 years, Paul Maréchal has also been giving courses on the basics of the art market, as well as writing numerous articles about the subject. 10.20.17

  But Look! Who's Talking: Woody Allen 'Sad' For Weinstein

The director tells the BBC he heard rumours but never the "horror stories" which have emerged.

Director Woody Allen and producer Harvey Weinstein arrive on the red carpet at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' in 2008

Woody Allen has said he is "sad" for Harvey Weinstein as the producer faces numerous allegations of sexual assault.

The filmmaker said he had heard rumours but not "these horror stories" after a number of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of assault. Weinstein was voted off the board behind the Oscars on Saturday as a result of the allegations. Allen faced his own sex claims; accused of molesting his adopted daughter - a claim he has always strongly denied. Weinstein has been credited with reviving Allen's career after Allen was accused of abusing Dylan Farrow, his daughter with actress Mia Farrow. The allegation emerged in the early 1990s following Allen's separation from Mia Farrow. The actress left Allen after discovering he was having an affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.  Exploring the casting couch culture of LA   Video Weinstein questions awkward on red carpet

More women accuse Weinstein of rape

British actress Lysette Anthony says he attacked her at her London home in the late 1980s.

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Two more women have accused Harvey Weinstein of raping them as the top Hollywood producer finds himself increasingly shunned by his peers. British actress Lysette Anthony says he attacked her at her London home in the late 1980s while another, unidentified woman says she was raped in 1992. The organisation behind the Oscars has voted to expel Weinstein and his own brother called him "sick and depraved". Weinstein, 65, insists any sexual contacts he had were consensual. Police in London are investigating an allegation against Weinstein who is also being investigated by police in New York . More than two dozen women - among them actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan - have made a number of accusations against him including rape and sexual assault. Weinstein has been a huge figure in the film world, where his productions received more than 300 Oscar nominations and won 81. Woody Allen 'sad' for Weinstein    Oscars board expels Weinstein    Exploring the casting couch culture of LA

Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum says Harvey Weinstein harassed, assaulted her

Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum is adding her voice to those accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.

Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum says she first met Harvey Weinstein in Los Angeles when she was in her early 20s. (Reisler Talent Agency)

A Montreal actress is adding her voice to those accusing disgraced Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. Erika Rosenbaum, 37, said there were three separate instances nearly 15 years ago where Weinstein aggressively came on to her. In the worst case, she accuses him of grabbing her by the neck in front of a mirror while masturbating behind her. "He did that while looking me right in the eye," she said. Rosenbaum said she met Weinstein at a party in Los Angeles in her early 20s. Afterward, they booked a meeting to discuss her career. But the meeting's location was changed to a hotel at the last minute, she said, and when she arrived, Weinstein's tone shifted. "I suddenly found myself fending him off, as though we were on a first date and he was making unwanted advances," Rosenbaum told CBC News on Thursday night. She said she was trying to avoid embarrassing or angering him, because she was aware his negative opinion could sink her career. She said she protested, but he persuaded her to give him a massage. "In a surreal scene from a bad movie, I massaged his back and then he let me go. I walked away confused and ashamed," she said. Allegations pile up The former co-chair of The Weinstein Company now faces numerous allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, including three women who say he raped them.     NYC, London police taking fresh look at Weinstein claims   Amazon Studios chief on leave following harassment claims    10.13.17

Rose McGowan accuses Weinstein of rape

An Amazon Studio executive is put on leave of absence after being accused of ignoring her allegation.

The scandal deluging Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has deepened after US actress Rose McGowan publicly accused him of raping her. In a series of tweets, McGowan also accused Amazon Studio chief Roy Price of having ignored her when she made the allegation earlier. Amazon has put Price - himself accused on Thursday of sexually harassing a female producer - on leave of absence. Weinstein denies any sexual assaults. There was no comment from Price. Police forces in the US and UK police have launched investigations into sexual assault allegations against Weinstein: The New York Police Department is looking into an allegation dating from 2004 and reviewing whether there are any additional complaints London 's Met Police has received an allegation of sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s  Harvey Weinstein: The accusers' stories   How the scandal unfolded   Did everyone really know about Weinstein?   How the scandal unfolded   Did everyone really know?   Is the media complicit?  Oscars academy to hold talks on Weinstein     More stories at Entertainment & Arts

Kinky’s new video for "Acento en la U" feat Mariel Mariel

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After releasing two hits from their latest album “Nada Vale Mas Que Tú”, Kinky surprised us with the video of their third single, "Acento en la u", featuring Mariel Mariel, which premiered on MTV on October 4.

Recorded in the streets of India , the video was produced by Marcela Recio for Artcore Films and directed by Rika Dávila. Over 12 days the team toured the country and chose sites like Udaipur , New Delhi and Taj Mahal as locations for this video. "The Prince of Rajasthan opened the doors of his palace where we were able to film privately in some of the rooms with amazing history," says Gil Cerezo, lead singer of the band. In the video, you can see the luxurious parts of India , but also Delhi ’s old market and even the atmosphere in the trucks that cross the streets, because it was them who gave a "ride" to the production team to get into the small communities living in the desert.  “Nada Vale Más Que Tu” is, undoubtedly, one of the most important records in the career of this regiomontana band. With more than 17 years of experience,  Kinky has performed all over the world, including Coachella, KCRW Fest, Bumbershoot, Austin City Limits, and 6 times in the prestigious Festival Vive Latino, among others. They have also appeared on David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and the MTV VMAs, and toured with The Flaming Lips, Cake, Modest Mouse, De La Soul, Shakira, Los Lonely Boys, Beck, Norah Jones and Vasco Rossi.   KINKY:   Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / http://kinkymusic.com/

Suzi Quatro: Rock's female role model

It all began with the bongos.

Suzi Quatro looks back at her life in music

By Mark Savage BBC Music reporter - As a seven year-old in 1950s Michigan , Susan Kay Quatro would sit with her father's jazz band, the Art Quatro Trio, playing percussion and getting an early education in stagecraft. But her life changed when she saw Elvis and the Beatles on television. Grabbing the Fender Precision Bass her father had loaned her, she started a band with her sisters Patti and Arlene. The Pleasure Seekers' early singles, especially Never Thought You'd Leave Me and What A Way To Die, are still sought after by garage rock collectors - and the band soon found themselves sharing the bill with fellow Detroit rock stars Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper. When the band broke up in 1971, Quatro was headhunted by British pop impresario Mickie Most, and launched a hugely successful solo career, marrying the double-tracked drums of glam rock to the strolling bass lines of Motown. One of the first female rock stars, she sold 55 million records, with number one singles including Can The Can and Devil Gate Drive ; while setting hearts aflutter on TV sitcom Happy Days as The Fonz's dream date, Leather Tuscadero. One of rock's true trailblazers, she's about to set off on a UK tour. She told the BBC about shooting Alice Cooper, becoming a museum exhibit and what's inside her "Ego Room". More Stories at Entertainment & Arts

 'DESPACITO' CO-WRITER ERIKA ENDER NOMINATED FOR TWO LATIN GRAMMYS

 ENDER WAS NOMINATED FOR “SONG OF THE YEAR” & “BEST SINGER-SONGWRITER ALBUM” FOR HER SOLO ALBUM, “TATUAJES”

LOS ANGELES, CA (Sept. 26, 2017) – As featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesForbesHuffington PostVibe and more, Erika Ender has been nominated for Song of the Year with “Despacito” and Best Singer-Songwriter Album with her fifth studio album “Tatuajes” at this year’s Latin Grammy Awards. Last year, Ender took home the award for Best Regional Song with “Ataúd”, which she co-wrote with Manu Moreno and Mónica Vélez for Los Tigres del Norte, illustrating the wide range of genres in which Ender has achieved huge successes.  Earlier this month, Erika Ender joined other global leaders and activists at the Social Good Summit, put on by Mashable and the United Nations, to discuss ways to improve the world by 2030. Ender spoke to moderator and MSNBC correspondent Mariana Atencio about how she gives back through the power of music and closed her session with a moving performance of “Por Qué?”, about a young boy abandoned by society, and “Todos Somos Iguales”, which celebrates the diversity that brings us together. Erika is now tied with Mariah Carey as the female songwriter with the longest-running No. 1 hit of all time. She's now also the first female songwriter to have a Spanish-language song top Billboard's "Hot 100" chart.  In October, Ender will be inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, where she stands out as the only woman in her category, and the youngest in history to ever be inducted. To date, Ender has released five studio albums, and songs that she has written are included in more than 160 albums. At least 40 singles penned by Ender, have reached the top of the charts throughout the world. Ender has been the winner of the industry's most important awards, including the Latin GRAMMY, Latin Billboard, Monitor Latino, SESAC, ASCAP, among other awards and nominations.

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  Emergency rooms: A Swedish hospital shows that long waits need not be the norm

Montreal , October 17, 2017  – Quebec 's Health Minister recently gave an ultimatum to the province's hospitals such that emergency room stays could no longer exceed 24 hours. To solve our wait time problem, our politicians should instead take inspiration from the operation of Saint Göran, a Swedish hospital run by a private company, accessible to all and funded by the government at lower cost than public hospitals, as explained in an Economic Note published today by the MEI. "Interminable emergency room stays, which are frequent in Quebec , are anecdotal at Saint Göran. Only 1% of its patients spend more than eight hours in emergency. In Quebec , that's the proportion of patients who spend 48 hours or more in emergency! One patient in fifteen spends more than 24 hours in emergency here, and waiting seven or eight hours has become commonplace in our large hospitals," points out Patrick Déry, Public Policy Analyst and author of the publication. " Quebec is light years away from Saint Göran's level of efficiency." What is this hospital's secret? The business model of Capio, the publicly traded company that runs Saint Göran, is simple: to provide patients with quality care and to do so efficiently in order to generate profits. The case of Saint Göran illustrates the application of basic economic principles. Instead of concentrating decisions within a provincial department that is assumed to be omniscient, responsibility is entrusted to hospital administrators, who in turn leave decisional latitude in the hands of department heads and employees. Also, everything is measured, including the degree of patient satisfaction. "These indicators show that Saint Göran employees are happier at work than the employees of comparable public hospitals in Sweden , and their staff turnover rate is lower," explains Patrick Déry. While our hospitals have failed for years to significantly reduce wait times, the performance of this Swedish hospital should inspire decision-makers within our health care system. The government could thus decide, as the Stockholm County Council did, to entrust the administration of a hospital to a private operator, all while maintaining public funding as we know it. "The idea is not to see Saint Göran as a miracle solution, or the only model. The fact is that we have failed for decades to resolve the problem of emergency room wait times, and there is no good reason to forgo the contribution of the competitive sector in the provision of hospital care. Most industrialized countries benefit from its involvement, with better results than Canada ," says Patrick Déry. "According to a tenacious myth in Quebec that is maintained by many commentators, politicians and, unfortunately, too many doctors, making more room for the competitive sector in the provision of care would threaten access and quality, and would happen at the expense of patients. The experience of Saint Göran shows that this is simply not the case," concludes Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI. The Economic Note entitled "Saint Göran: A Competitive Hospital in a Universal System" was prepared by Patrick Déry, Editor and Public Policy Analyst at the MEI. This publication is available on our website. The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms. 10.18.17

Fertility MoT tests 'a waste of money'

Measuring how many eggs a woman has left cannot predict likelihood of getting pregnant, experts say.

Fertility tests marketed at women worried they have left it too late to have a baby, can be a "waste of money". Ovarian reserve tests, which can cost £100 or more, measure hormones in blood to give an idea of how many eggs a woman has. Latest research in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the tests did not predict a woman's chance of conceiving, however. Women must be told this, experts say. The tests were originally developed by IVF clinics to predict how a woman having fertility treatment might respond to the drugs used to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs. But some companies have been marketing them to women as a fertility MoT. Poor predictor  The JAMA study included 750 women aged 30 to 44 years who had no history of infertility and had been trying to conceive for three months or less. The results showed that low AMH or high FSH - the hormones that ovarian reserve tests measure - had no bearing on the chance of a woman becoming pregnant within any given month, and did not lead to a lower chance of conceiving after six or 12 months. Experts point out that many women with low ovarian reserves will conceive without any problems, while others with a good ovarian reserve may take time and need fertility treatment.   Fertility treatment 'works for most'    'Man deficit' prompts women to freeze eggs   World's children rapidly turning obese    What to do if your child is overweight   Child obesity rates 'on the rise'   Child door finger injuries 'can be lifelong'    Can prosecco ever be hangover-free?    Care after miscarriage 'lacking', report says    How 'cervical selfies' can help save lives - BBC News    Gene test 'narrows down breast cancer risk'    Rise in assaults on mental health staff     More Stories at Health 10.13.17

DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

A Chinese team corrected the potentially fatal blood disorder beta-thalassemia.

 

Precise "chemical surgery" has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first, Chinese researchers have told the BBC. The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single error out of the three billion "letters" of our genetic code. They altered lab-made embryos to remove the disease beta-thalassemia. The embryos were not implanted. The team says the approach may one day treat a range of inherited diseases. Base editing alters the fundamental building blocks of DNA: the four bases adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine. They are commonly known by their respective letters, A, C, G and T. All the instructions for building and running the human body are encoded in combinations of those four bases. Embryos edited to stop disease   UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

It will enter clinical trials to prevent and treat the infection next year.

Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates.

It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus - making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The International Aids Society said it was an "exciting breakthrough". Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection. Our bodies struggle to fight HIV because of the virus' incredible ability to mutate and change its appearance. These varieties of HIV - or strains - in a single patient are comparable to those of influenza during a worldwide flu season. So the immune system finds itself in a fight against an insurmountable number of strains of HIV. Super-antibodies  But after years of infection, a small number of patients develop powerful weapons called "broadly neutralising antibodies" that attack something fundamental to HIV and can kill large swathes of HIV strains. Researchers have been trying to use broadly neutralising antibodies as a way to treat HIV, or prevent infection in the first place.  'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV  Antibody helps keep man's HIV at bay for 10 months

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 Are You In Command Of A Social Networking Army?

Los Angeles, CA, October 19, 2017 ― A pretty face, a singer looking to be discovered, or perhaps simply tantalizing photos and videos of scantily-clad bodies – everything intended to add millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. These are the commanders of today's social networking armies. Since the day "General Kardashian" exposed her rear flank, women and men have been baring their talents in an effort to stimulate a legion of followers, likes, and views. The question posed by retailers and other businesses is whether these large armies can be harnessed to sell their goods and services. To find out, a number of companies are joining forces to sponsor the first annual "Social Networking Army General contest" or SNAG. To qualify to be a contestant, a social networker must have at least 25,000 followers or likes. Both non-celebrity men and women are eligible, with the Sweet Sixteen being announced in November. Each finalist will then be assigned a "Competition Week" (Monday through Sunday) to encourage, convince, and motivate their army of followers to purchase a $4.99 eBook (title to be announced) that is being circled by several Hollywood producers. That's potentially good news for social networkers seeking to launch their acting careers as the Grand Prize is a role in a movie/TV series (or one entering pre-production). Contestants can also create a 1 to 3 minute book trailer video to showcase their talents in front of and behind the camera – with the top vote getters earning additional prizes. Allen Foster, a writer with Entertainment Options, one of the SNAG sponsors, says the idea to hold a social networking contest stemmed from a recent marketing symposium. "The challenge of figuring out how to best utilize the phenomenon of social media to market goods and services has been around since MYSPACE was the place to be. Public relation firms, wholesalers and retailers have taken notice of non-celebrity social networkers who have accumulated large armies of followers. I've interviewed quite a few social networkers who are looking to launch their careers in acting, singing or modeling by building huge armies of followers, and that can work. Determining whether to hire a social networker to market a company's products or services requires knowing on average the number of followers it takes to convert a 'Buy Message' into an actual sale. SNAG was organized by a group of retailers and public relations firms to collect data in order to develop an algorithm related businesses can use to get a handle on this." To attract the top amateur networkers, SNAG's sponsors have arranged commissions and bonuses that could earn participants tens of thousands to high six figure dollars, depending upon the sway these "Generals" have over their armies. Not bad for a week's work of posting on social media! Sponsors are still being added, all receiving live links on the www.SNAGcontest.com website where the public will vote on book trailer videos created by the contestants. Sponsors will also receive access to the accumulated data in exchange for contributing promos and packages for the sixteen finalists. To learn more or to enter the contest, go to www.SNAGcontest.com. 10.20.17

Love Is the Power: Moving Humanity from Fear to Love By Robert O. Williams

Inspiring True Story Captures the Vivid Memories and Near-Death Experiences of Inventor and Former Beach Boys Musician. A  Powerful Journey Toward the Realization of Love and His Invention of the Heart+ App Helping Humanity Move from Fear to Love. "Is it possible that love is the foundation of all life, and that science is now proving what the mystics and saints from nearly every spiritual tradition have been saying for thousands of years? Robert Williams' amazing book not only asks important questions about the evolution of humanity, but he gives answers that shouldn't surprise anyone - that Love is indeed the only power in the universe. And what happens when a small percentage of people on the planet activate that power and extend it into the world? The answer is simple, and it's in this book."
- James Twyman , NY Times Bestselling Author and Peace Troubadour. Los Angeles , CA , October 17, 2017  — What happens when we live all emotions, thoughts and body feelings as love as opposed to just searching for love? We are free to give to others without need or fear. That love is the power and pure heart consciousness. In Love Is the Power, Robert O. Williams leads readers into the intimate journey of his life through the vivid memories of his unique childhood, an inspiring account of his talent and perseverance as a saxophone player, his introduction to Transcendental Meditation (TM), his magical time performing and recording with The Beach Boys, and the extraordinary journey through multiple near-death experiences and visits with other dimensions which culminated in three decades of research and invention of Quantum Code Technology™ and the One08 Heart+ App. The One08 Heart+ App significantly reduces stress by more than 30% and opens the heart chakra, helping move humanity from fear to love. Peace Troubadour James Twyman is the ambassador of the One08 Heart+ App. Williams said, "The fact that we were able to develop a proven technology to strengthen our physical hearts as well as serve in the awakening of our spiritual hearts is, for me, an indication that we truly can raise consciousness through technology." Readers will be transfixed as they learn of Williams' numerous near-death and out-of-body experiences, which showed him the answer to the purpose of humanity: to realize love. Love Is the Power is not about the search for love, romantic or otherwise; rather, it is about being love. At a young age, Williams had the ability to see auras and the capacity for clairvoyance. He tuned into the natural world the way not many others have. In Love is the Power, he shares a valuable message, simple yet necessarily vast to its core. The unfolding of his story is stirring and uplifting in its ability to relate to the reader in a way that finds beauty, depth and insight in even what seems the most trivial, or the most challenging life experiences. The natural world was Williams' muse as a young child, connecting with nature spirits and a close spirit friend. With the onset of adolescence came the vanishing of these beings, resulting in Williams' anger, frustration and serious and mysterious physical ailments. Music became an unexpected replacement, as playing the saxophone was now an obsession. While in college he was deeply touched by a photo of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that would forever change the course of his life.  He decided to attend Maharishi International University in Iowa . Williams' extraordinary talent playing the saxophone eventually landed him his dream job of touring with The Beach Boys. Williams' search for spirituality reached a pivotal moment when he learned that despite years of dedication to the saxophone, a physical disability would prevent him from playing the instrument he loved for extended periods of time. It was his search for the rekindling of the spirituality of his childhood and his love of music, the "carrier waves of pure heart love," that led him to discover TM. This discovery was crucial to the events that would happen next: nearly dying multiple times, clear vision and communication with his guru, revelations of sacred geometry, and travels through the dimensions. Uncovering the ultimate Law—Love, Devotion, Surrender—is icing on the cake. Williams' tenacity and wisdom of the scientific relation between the physical and metaphysical worlds resulted in QCT™ to move humanity from fear to love—making the world a better place.  www.loveisthepower.com  About Robert O. Williams: Robert is considered one of the world's foremost experts in subtle energy engineering and technology. Robert is an inventor, musician and educator. He lectures at leading universities and is the inventor and developer of Quantum Code Technology™. In addition to teaching music at the university level, Robert recorded and performed with such artists as The Beach Boys, Paul Horn and Charles Lloyd.  He has worked with prominent scientists including Dr. William Tiller (Stanford), Dr. Beverly Rubik ( Berkeley ), Dr. Rustum Roy ( Penn State ) and Dr. Stuart Krassner (UC Irvine). About One08:  One08 is an innovative global technology company with a mission to improve the lives of all human beings worldwide by developing and bringing to market scientifically based life-changing mobile apps and clean technology products that improve the health, performance and lifestyles of its customers.  Future offerings from One08 will include additional mobile apps, and patented clean technology products with Quantum Code Technology™ to positively affect global resources necessary for healthy living. 10.18.17

Boutique Publisher Celebrates Vibrant Bahamian Culture

Washington, D.C., October 17, 2017 ― The rich history and vibrant culture of the Bahamas are understood and appreciated by the precious few who've lived it. But that may soon change. Author, journalist and motivational speaker Wendy Coakley-Thompson, of Bahamian ancestry herself, launched Duho Books in September to bring the underrepresented authors and stories of the Bahamas to the world stage. The name Duho is a nod to the Bahamas ' pre-European past, when chiefs (called caciques) were elevated on wooden ceremonial seats, or duhos. Today, Coakley-Thompson hopes that Duho Books will result in the elevation of the Bahamian experience to a higher level of awareness through the promotion of Bahamian authors and the distribution of their written words. As a boutique, independent publisher, Duho plans to publish 12, carefully selected books annually. To coincide with its September launch, Duho released three titles:

•    The 15th anniversary edition of Back to Life, by Wendy Coakley-Thompson, is an interracial love story between a black woman and an Italian-American man set against the backdrop of the charged political climate during New York City's mayoral race between David Dinkins, an African-American Democrat, and Rudolph Giuliani, a law-and-order Republican. 

•    My Name is Karma, the debut novel by Bahamian psychologist N. A. Cash, introduces readers to Karma, a young woman who struggles with the power and complexities of her supernatural gifts as she journeys on a voyage of self-discovery. Cash's training as a psychologist powerfully informs her ability as a writer to expose the inner life of her characters.

•    The Lights of Home, the debut title from Marin Frederique, is an enticing romance novel filtered through the prism of the beauty of the Bahamas that explores the many forms of love and its power to heal, restore and transform the body, mind and soul.

These titles — and future ones from Duho Books — reflect Coakley-Thompson's vision to offer a space for Bahamian authors to create, thrive and prosper while capturing and celebrating the vibrant culture, history and people of the Bahamas. Duho Books founder Wendy Coakley-Thompson is the author of Writing While Black, Triptych, Back to Life (2004 Romantic Times Award nominee), and What You Won't Do For Love (optioned for cable television). An experienced journalist and blogger based in the Washington , D.C. , area, she has written for Examiner.com as the D.C. Publishing Industry Examiner and has penned articles for Postscript'd, the Grio and Washington Independent Review of Books. She also serves up commentary in her Writing While Blog. She has co-hosted the radio show The Book Squad and earned an Associated Press/Chesapeake Award for her work as a commentator for Metro Connection on WAMU, a Washington , D.C. , National Public Radio affiliate. N.A. Cash, Bahamian author and Miss Earth Bahamas 2005, channels supernatural suspense through fiction. Cash, a self-described extraverted introverted psychologist, spins tales that merge her own vivid imagination with narratives inspired by her decades-long analysis of mysterious internal worlds of individuals encountered through her practice. Author Marin Frederique writes fiction that explores the many forms of love and its power to heal, restore and transform the body, mind and soul. This exploration is filtered through the prism of the beauty of the Bahamas and highlights the interwoven contributions of the many ethnicities that produce the bold tapestry of Bahamian life and culture. Fluent in Spanish, Frederique is particularly fascinated by the ways in which the proximity of her ancestral home to the southern United States and Cuba influences the lives of Bahamians, resulting in interesting relationships and compelling geopolitics. For more information about Duho books and the authors, please visit: www.duhobooks.com www.wendycoakley-thompson.com www.AuthorNACash.com www.marinfrederique.com Back to Life (15th Anniversary Edition) Duho Books Release date: September 23, 2017 ISBN-10: 0999077406  ISBN-13: 978-0999077405  My Name is Karma Duho Books Release date: September 22, 2017 ISBN-10: 0999077430  ISBN-13: 978-0999077436 The Lights of Home Duho Books Release date: September 22, 2017 ISBN-10: 0999077465  ISBN-13: 978-0999077467 TIP SHEET: Q & As available on request. Excerpts from Back to Life reviews: Romantic Times: "Coakley-Thompson enters the literary world with a bang."  Booklist: "... combines reality and fiction in an intriguing and powerful story."  Black Issues Book Review: "Wendy Coakley-Thompson inventively adds another dimension that uncovers the stupidity and strength of racism." 10.18.17

Police Officers Everywhere Can Benefit From Humane Policing Techniques

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Broomfield , CO , October 13, 2017  ― Can "humane policing" succeed in a society rife with conflict and mistrust? Former deputy Darron Spencer knows from personal experience that the answer is a resounding yes. Spencer addresses this intensifying crisis and shares his techniques for neutralizing negative perceptions in his new book, Humane Policing: How Perspectives Can Influence Our Performance. Drawing on his experience as a marine, corrections officer and sheriff's deputy, Spencer reveals his unique approach through real instances of how he implemented "humane policing" and why it worked. The book also exposes the nuances of police work and shows how self-control and understanding can mitigate potentially dangerous situations, with examples of how those upholding the law could alter their interactions with those suspected of breaking it. Written for law enforcement professionals as well as the general public, Humane Policing explores the changes that law enforcement needs to make, chronicles the experiences that shaped Spencer's personal perspective, and offers life-changing tools to help officers everywhere better serve their communities. Author Darron Spencer worked in a patrol division for just 20 months before a debilitating condition ended his career. As a deputy, Spencer oversaw more than 250 cases that resulted in 40 felony and 74 misdemeanor arrests. He assisted in four death investigations and booked in more than 150 pieces of evidence. He was awarded Deputy of the Year and received the Ribbon of Merit. He achieved tremendous success gaining cooperation from individuals, suspects and even career criminals while investigating cases. When Spencer's police work was cut short, he sought a new avenue to public service. Now he travels the country to meet with local police departments and share his approach to policing. His goal is to improve the relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve and ultimately the public image of law enforcement officers on a national scale.  For more information on Spencer and his approach to humane policing, please go to: www.humanepolicing.com or visit:  http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/humane-policing-a-new-approach-to-boost-community-relations/law-enforcement-defense-security to see a recent article on humane policing. Humane Policing: How Perspectives Can Influence Our Performance, Inspire On Purpose Publishing, Paperback release date: October 2, 2017 , ISBN-10: 1941782426    ISBN-13: 978-1941782422   Available at www.Amazon.com and other online bookstores.   TIP SHEET:  Q & As available on request. Senator John Cooke, Senate District 13, former three-term sheriff of Weld County , Colorado : "It was my pleasure not only to hire Darron but also to work with him. During his 20 months under my supervision, I was thoroughly impressed with his style and approach to law enforcement. He treated everyone humanely, with respect and fairness, and his approach led to unprecedented cooperation from career criminals. This in turn led to over 40 felony arrests and the filing of numerous misdemeanor charges. Darron is now reaching out to agencies around the country to share his talents and unique style of law enforcement so that other officers and deputies can learn how he gains cooperation rather than forces compliance in order to solve major cases." Terie Rinne, Retired, Weld County Sheriff's Office: "It was a refreshing pleasure to work with Darron. As a detective, I could always count on him to be complete and thorough in his duties and tasks. He was eager to learn and willing to work hard. He often, if not always, went above and beyond expectations. He has a lot to offer law enforcement even as his promising career was cut short due to illness. He never forgot that we deal with humans, often at their worst, but still human beings. He treated people with warmth and friendliness. There is a time to be abrupt and take forceful command, verbal or physical, but this is unnecessary as a general rule. Most often, people responded well to Darron's style of policing. Using compassion, understanding and empathy is beneficial in dealing with people, even suspects. If a police officer is angry and bitter in his dealings with people, he takes that poisonous attitude home to his personal life, too. It's fortunate that Darron is sharing his perspective. I hope law enforcement views it as the gift that it is." In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Peter Robinson, President and CEO of USCIB, says "the guiding principle for government should be to protect and enable/retrain the worker, not protect the job." Robinson believes that fears over jobsolescence are over-hyped, noting "...there is an established track record...of new technologies creating at least as many new jobs as they displace. Usually these new jobs demand higher skills and provide higher pay." When asked by C. M. Rubin what the biggest obstacle to employability is, Robinson states that "educational institutions won't be able to keep pace with new skills demands." He adds that schools should prioritize the arts and humanities in order to create "T-shaped individuals capable of adapting and going where the demand lies." The CEO of USCIB explains, "middle-class employees without higher education beyond high school need more established paths to long-term employment." Robinson calls for increased "partnerships among employers, policy makers, and educational institutions" because "no one sector of society can address this alone." Peter M. Robinson has been the CEO and President of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) since 2005. Established in 1945, USCIB builds awareness among business executives, educators and policy makers related to issues in employment, workforce training and skills management. In his position as co-chair of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force, Robinson has provided significant input to G20 leaders on training for jobs of the future. He also serves on the board of the International Organization of Employers. Read the full article here. CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today's top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done. For more information on CMRubinWorld, Follow @CMRubinWorld on Twitter, Contact Information, David Wine, CMRubinWorld David(at)cmrubinworld(dot)com 10.13.17

Make Smarter Choices Armed With The Facts In Weed, Inc:

The Truth About THC, The Pot Lobby, And The Commercial Marijuana Industry

Aurora , CO , October 2, 2017  — Do you think you have a good grasp of the issues surrounding marijuana use? Think again. Recovering drug addict and alcoholic Ben Cort discusses marijuana use – both pro-legalization and anti-legalization – in Weed, Inc.: The Truth About THC, the Pot Lobby, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry (HCI – ISBN 0757319882 – September 2017 – $15.95). In this truthful and eye-opening book, Cort is not concerned with telling you which side to pick or which side he is on; he's more concerned with giving people the correct information they need in order to be knowledgeable about marijuana use. His is the voice – often the dissenting one-- that needs to be heard. Weed, Inc. challenges popular opinions about marijuana since cannabis today is an entirely different product than what it used to be. Cort not only defines THC and marijuana in its current state, but also the many confusing terms surrounding it. Cort questions the notion that industrialization is the key to safe, regulated products. He even discusses how the legalization in Colorado is less about the legalization of marijuana and more about the industrialization of it likening it to the reincarnation of big tobacco. There is more access to a substance that few know enough about. This can lead to increased addiction and an unregulated industry that will continue to grow – just like big tobacco. With industrialization comes political agendas, overpaid lobbyists, big marketing budgets, and not far behind, monopolies on manufacturing and distribution. Small farmers will feel the pinch as prices soar with the domination of corporate America under the guise of good old capitalism. Misinformation about marijuana and the effects of it is the main problem most people have with understanding this complex issue. This pivotal book will take you into the real world of legalized weed and open your eyes to topics such as: Environmental concerns (water, fertilizers, power, etc.), Medical concerns, Social justice, The lobby (what businesses stand to gain by this new industry), Law enforcement, Organized crime, FDA involvement, and much more. Cort believes the stronger the information, the more people and the government will make smart choices and decisions regarding marijuana. About the Author: Ben Cort spent a decade inside the drug and alcohol addiction treatment field and is now a consultant to the industry. Ben joined the drug policy conversation at the national level in 2012. He was part of the 'No on 64' campaign, and following the amendment's passage—which changed the Colorado constitution to allow for a statewide drug policy for cannabis—he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) as well as NALGAP (the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Treatment Providers). Ben is currently consulting with the NFL and his passion about the intersection of recovery and public policy makes him a frequent guest in the media. Weed, Inc.: The Truth About THC, the Pot Lobby, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry  HCI Books September 2017 - $15.95 ISBN 0757319882  For more information on Ben Cort or his new book, please contact me at (800) 851-9100 ex. 9212 or kimw@hcibooks.com. 10.03.17

An American Cage

For Three Escaped Convicts, The Prison Break Was Only The Beginning

"Endings for each of the individual characters are rock-solid and indelible. A tale of convicts on the run that convincingly examines their psychological states." - Kirkus Reviews  Beverly Hills , CA , September 25, 2017  ― Danny Marsh was an average, suburban 20-something until one bad decision landed him in a maximum-security prison. Desperate to regain his freedom, Danny and two fellow inmates hatch a remarkable escape plan, but nothing could have prepared Danny for what awaited him beyond the prison walls. Ted Galdi's An American Cage is a fast-paced psychological thriller that hits the ground running. The story follows the trio as they pull off their daring escape and begin a journey across Texas to find freedom in Mexico . They each have their skeletons in the closet, and it isn't long before a female hitchhiker — hiding from her own demons — joins the group and further complicates their plans. Things go south sooner than any of them could have anticipated, and one member of the group proves more dangerous than the journey itself. Suddenly, much more than Danny's freedom is at stake. His life and the lives of those closest to him hang in the balance. Danny might have escaped from prison, but can he ever really escape the consequences of his actions?  An American Cage is the second book from author Ted Galdi. His first novel, 2014's Elixir, received a Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and a silver medal in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Galdi is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Los Angeles . He has been featured by ABC and FOX television, iHeartRadio and many other media outlets. For more information, please visit http://www.tedgaldi.com or http://www.tedgaldi.com/an-american-cage.html. An American Cage , Precipice Books  Release date: October 16, 2017 TIP SHEET: Q & As available on request. Excerpts from 5-star reviews on Goodreads: "An American Cage, the sophomore release by Ted Galdi, sizzles off the page in the Texas heat. You will be caught immediately in the most theatrical prison escape yet conceived or attempted. Don't discount Danny Marsh and Monty Montgomery, both 20-somethings to Phil Zorn's 40-something. The first two are young and strapping men, neither of whom landed in prison for something heinous — perhaps more on the error of judgment side — rather than terribly criminal. Phil, as he adamantly proclaims, was framed. But he has the smarts. Extreme smarts. . . . The author has an amazing way of creating sympathy for Danny and Monty — these two guys just shouldn't be here. Along the way to El Paso , they've picked up a young female hitchhiker and the situation turns even more desperate. We get to know each of the men and the girl, and it doesn't look like there is any good way out of this. . . . " "Ted Galdi's narrative spilled off the pages with flair. I sat riveted from page one. Just the way I like it. As the dramatic scenes unfolded, I was privy to a Machiavellian escape plan, when set in motion, actually seemed plausible. Essentially, I felt the anxiety of a daring prison break. Now that's a change of pace! The storyline hustled along, culminating with an exciting ending that I never saw coming. . . . " . . . "An American Cage by Ted Galdi is a riveting tome about a jailbreak replete with many twists and turns experienced by the culprits. There are continuous obstacles in their path. One such obstacle is Lt. John Ramos. If he can apprehend the criminals, his police department would get national recognition. . . . The character development of the principals made me 'cheer' as well as 'jeer.' Galdi's sophomore novel was an excellent read that I highly recommend." 10.03.17

Fearless!

A Jersey Girl's Bold Memoir On The Journey To Reach Her Dream Through Exotic Dancing

Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York, NY, September 20, 2017 ― A Jersey girl with a dream, Kerri Walker spent a year in Europe after graduating from college and fell in love with the Rhône-Alpes region in France. Determined to earn enough to one day return to the region for good, she set her sights on landing a job with a much higher income.After a series of traditional jobs fell short of her expectations, Walker turned to exotic dancing, and along the way she learned valuable lessons that she now shares in Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success. Part memoir, part how-to, Fearless! follows Walker 's journey as a dancer from the shore town clubs of New Jersey to some of the busiest establishments in New York City . She offers straightforward advice about the work itself and the people who inhabit the world of exotic dancing, from managers and bouncers, to other dancers and customers. Walker 's approach is raw, candid and, most importantly, helpful for anyone considering a career in this lucrative but challenging industry. Available at all online outlets  Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success  Released: August 2017 ISBN-10: 1548794899  ISBN-13: 978-1548794897    TIP SHEET: Excerpts from five-star reviews on Amazon.com: "Well written book that gives an insider's view of exotic dancing, with plenty of tips on how to not get caught up in the lurid side of this profession." "This book is a modern day Gatsby. Kerri has captured the essence of New York City in the two thousand teens. Despite the title, this book is about so much more than just stripping. Seedy strip clubs as a vehicle for exploring the human condition-- I love it!" 9.21.17

Fitness Frauds—Book Reveals Shocking Truths About Health And Wellness Industry

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Dallas, Texas, September 21, 2017 ― The multi-billion-dollar fitness industry is about to be turned on its head. "With the fitness industry, the unnatural has become the natural. And the very industry built on real health and longevity has sold out to syringes full of shortcuts and synthetic successes," says fitness expert and international keynote speaker Bobby Whisnand. His latest book, Fitness Frauds: Exposing the Truth About Drugs, Lies, and Flex Appeal, pulls no punches when it comes to calling out the incompetence, deception and dishonesty that he witnesses every day in his own industry. Whisnand dissects poor techniques taught by inept fitness instructors that literally cost folks an arm and a leg. He takes aim at the ease with which fitness certifications are earned; reveals the ugly truth about the rampant use of steroids and other "fitness" drugs; pulls back the curtains on misleading fitness-related advertisements; decodes cryptic food labels; and rattles the very foundation upon which supplement-selling pyramid schemes are built. Everyone involved in the fitness industry, whether they're trainers themselves, occasional exercisers or hard-core gym rats, will discover important takeaways within the pages of Fitness Frauds that can help them make better-informed decisions about health and wellness, and, ultimately, effect changes across an industry that is grossly out of shape. No stone is left unturned in this revealing journey through the fitness world, and no secret is safe. Fitness expert, international keynote speaker and author Bobby Whisnand began his career in fitness in 1990. He holds a B.S. degree in psychology with a minor in biology from Midwestern State University , has earned multiple fitness certifications and has completed two, year-long physical therapy internships. He has designed fitness programs for more than 7,000 patients with chronic conditions, as well as teaching them to exercise safely and effectively. Additionally, he has given more than 500 presentations on heart health, exercise, stress management, nutrition, corporate wellness and motivation, and has spoken on behalf of the Dallas American Heart Association at more than 60 events.  Whisnand is also the author of It's All Heart; A Body To Die For: The Painful Truth About Exercise; 12 Rounds: A Day To Day Guide To A Better Life; and 12 Rounds Exercise Program.  For more information, please visit www.BobbyWhisnand.com. Fitness Frauds: Exposing the Truth About Drugs, Lies, and Flex Appeal Release Date: January 2018 9.21.17

Love Is the Power

Moving Humanity from Fear to Love By Robert O. Williams

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Inspiring True Story Captures the Vivid Memories and Near-Death Experiences of Inventor and Former Beach Boys Musician  A  Powerful Journey Toward the Realization of Love and His Invention of the Heart+ App Helping Humanity Move from Fear to Love "Is it possible that love is the foundation of all life, and that science is now proving what the mystics and saints from nearly every spiritual tradition have been saying for thousands of years? Robert Williams' amazing book not only asks important questions about the evolution of humanity, but he gives answers that shouldn't surprise anyone - that Love is indeed the only power in the universe. And what happens when a small percentage of people on the planet activate that power and extend it into the world? The answer is simple, and it's in this book." - James Twyman, NY Times Bestselling Author and Peace Troubadour Los Angeles, CA, September 11, 2017 — What happens when we live all emotions, thoughts and body feelings as love as opposed to just searching for love? We are free to give to others without need or fear. That love is the power and pure heart consciousness. In Love Is the Power, Robert O. Williams leads readers into the intimate journey of his life through the vivid memories of his unique childhood, an inspiring account of his talent and perseverance as a saxophone player, his introduction to Transcendental Meditation (TM), his magical time performing and recording with The Beach Boys, and the extraordinary journey through multiple near-death experiences and visits with other dimensions which culminated in three decades of research and invention of Quantum Code Technology™ and the One08 Heart+ App. The One08 Heart+ App significantly reduces stress by more than 30% and opens the heart chakra, helping move humanity from fear to love. Peace Troubadour James Twyman is the ambassador of the One08 Heart+ App. Williams said, "The fact that we were able to develop a proven technology to strengthen our physical hearts as well as serve in the awakening of our spiritual hearts is, for me, an indication that we truly can raise consciousness through technology."  Readers will be transfixed as they learn of Williams' numerous near-death and out-of-body experiences, which showed him the answer to the purpose of humanity: to realize love. Love Is the Power is not about the search for love, romantic or otherwise; rather, it is about being love.  At a young age, Williams had the ability to see auras and the capacity for clairvoyance. He tuned into the natural world the way not many others have. In Love is the Power, he shares a valuable message, simple yet necessarily vast to its core. The unfolding of his story is stirring and uplifting in its ability to relate to the reader in a way that finds beauty, depth and insight in even what seems the most trivial, or the most challenging life experiences.  The natural world was Williams' muse as a young child, connecting with nature spirits and a close spirit friend. With the onset of adolescence came the vanishing of these beings, resulting in Williams' anger, frustration and serious and mysterious physical ailments. Music became an unexpected replacement, as playing the saxophone was now an obsession. While in college he was deeply touched by a photo of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that would forever change the course of his life.  He decided to attend Maharishi International University in Iowa .  Williams' extraordinary talent playing the saxophone eventually landed him his dream job of touring with The Beach Boys. Williams' search for spirituality reached a pivotal moment when he learned that despite years of dedication to the saxophone, a physical disability would prevent him from playing the instrument he loved for extended periods of time. It was his search for the rekindling of the spirituality of his childhood and his love of music, the "carrier waves of pure heart love," that led him to discover TM. This discovery was crucial to the events that would happen next: nearly dying multiple times, clear vision and communication with his guru, revelations of sacred geometry, and travels through the dimensions. Uncovering the ultimate Law—Love, Devotion, Surrender—is icing on the cake. Williams' tenacity and wisdom of the scientific relation between the physical and metaphysical worlds resulted in QCT™ to move humanity from fear to love—making the world a better place.  www.loveisthepower.com  About Robert O. Williams:  Robert is considered one of the world's foremost experts in subtle energy engineering and technology. Robert is an inventor, musician and educator. He lectures at leading universities and is the inventor and developer of Quantum Code Technology™. In addition to teaching music at the university level, Robert recorded and performed with such artists as The Beach Boys, Paul Horn and Charles Lloyd.  He has worked with prominent scientists including Dr. William Tiller (Stanford), Dr. Beverly Rubik ( Berkeley ), Dr. Rustum Roy ( Penn State ) and Dr. Stuart Krassner (UC Irvine). About One08:  One08 is an innovative global technology company with a mission to improve the lives of all human beings worldwide by developing and bringing to market scientifically based life-changing mobile apps and clean technology products that improve the health, performance and lifestyles of its customers.  Future offerings from One08 will include additional mobile apps, and patented clean technology products with Quantum Code Technology™ to positively affect global resources necessary for healthy living. 9.14.17

Humane Policing: Book Aims To Transform Perceptions, Improve Relationships, Save Lives

Broomfield , CO , September 8, 2017  ― A growing divide exists in America between its citizens and the police officers who've sworn to protect them. Bridging that gap is paramount if officers are to be effective within their communities. Former deputy Darron Spencer addresses this intensifying crisis and shares his techniques for neutralizing negative perceptions in his new e-book, Humane Policing: How Perspectives Can Influence Our Performance. Drawing on his experience as a marine, corrections officer and sheriff's deputy, Spencer reveals his unique approach through real instances of how he implemented "humane policing" and why it worked. The book also exposes the nuances of police work and shows how self-control and understanding can mitigate potentially dangerous situations, with examples of how those upholding the law could alter their interactions with those suspected of breaking it. Written for law enforcement professionals as well as the general public, Humane Policing explores the changes that law enforcement needs to make, chronicles the experiences that shaped Spencer's personal perspective, and offers life-changing tools to help officers everywhere better serve their communities. Author Darron Spencer worked in a patrol division for just 20 months before a debilitating condition ended his career. As a deputy, Spencer oversaw more than 250 cases that resulted in 40 felony and 74 misdemeanor arrests. He assisted in four death investigations and booked in more than 150 pieces of evidence. He was awarded Deputy of the Year and received the Ribbon of Merit. He achieved tremendous success gaining cooperation from individuals, suspects and even career criminals while investigating cases. When Spencer's police work was cut short, he sought a new avenue to public service. Now he travels the country to meet with local police departments and share his approach to policing. His goal is to improve the relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve and ultimately the public image of law enforcement officers on a national scale.  For more information on Spencer and his approach to humane policing, please go to: www.humanepolicing.com or visit: http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/humane-policing-a-new-approach-to-boost-community-relations/law-enforcement-defense-security to see a recent article on humane policing.  Humane Policing: How Perspectives Can Influence Our Performance  Inspire On Purpose Publishing  Presale Date of printed book: September 5th; Available October 2017 Available at www.Amazon.com and other online bookstores  TIP SHEET:  Q & As available on request. Senator John Cooke, Senate District 13, former three-term sheriff of Weld County , Colorado : "It was my pleasure not only to hire Darron but also to work with him. During his 20 months under my supervision, I was thoroughly impressed with his style and approach to law enforcement. He treated everyone humanely, with respect and fairness, and his approach led to unprecedented cooperation from career criminals. This in turn led to over 40 felony arrests and the filing of numerous misdemeanor charges. Darron is now reaching out to agencies around the country to share his talents and unique style of law enforcement so that other officers and deputies can learn how he gains cooperation rather than forces compliance in order to solve major cases." Terie Rinne, Retired, Weld County Sheriff's Office: "It was a refreshing pleasure to work with Darron. As a detective, I could always count on him to be complete and thorough in his duties and tasks. He was eager to learn and willing to work hard. He often, if not always, went above and beyond expectations. He has a lot to offer law enforcement even as his promising career was cut short due to illness. He never forgot that we deal with humans, often at their worst, but still human beings. He treated people with warmth and friendliness. There is a time to be abrupt and take forceful command, verbal or physical, but this is unnecessary as a general rule. Most often, people responded well to Darron's style of policing. Using compassion, understanding and empathy is beneficial in dealing with people, even suspects. If a police officer is angry and bitter in his dealings with people, he takes that poisonous attitude home to his personal life, too. It's fortunate that Darron is sharing his perspective. I hope law enforcement views it as the gift that it is." 9.09.17

Make Smarter Choices Armed With The Facts In Weed, Inc:

The Truth About THC, The Pot Lobby, And The Commercial Marijuana Industry

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Aurora , CO , August 28, 2017  — Do you think you have a good grasp of the issues surrounding marijuana use? Think again. Recovering drug addict and alcoholic Ben Cort discusses marijuana use – both pro-legalization and anti-legalization – in Weed, Inc.: The Truth About THC, the Pot Lobby, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry (HCI – ISBN 0757319882 – September 2017 – $15.95). In this truthful and eye-opening book, Cort is not concerned with telling you which side to pick or which side he is on; he's more concerned with giving people the correct information they need in order to be knowledgeable about marijuana use. His is the voice – often the dissenting one-- that needs to be heard. Weed, Inc. challenges popular opinions about marijuana since cannabis today is an entirely different product than what it used to be. Cort not only defines THC and marijuana in its current state, but also the many confusing terms surrounding it. Cort questions the notion that industrialization is the key to safe, regulated products. He even discusses how the legalization in Colorado is less about the legalization of marijuana and more about the industrialization of it likening it to the reincarnation of big tobacco. There is more access to a substance that few know enough about. This can lead to increased addiction and an unregulated industry that will continue to grow – just like big tobacco. With industrialization comes political agendas, overpaid lobbyists, big marketing budgets, and not far behind, monopolies on manufacturing and distribution. Small farmers will feel the pinch as prices soar with the domination of corporate America under the guise of good old capitalism. Misinformation about marijuana and the effects of it is the main problem most people have with understanding this complex issue. This pivotal book will take you into the real world of legalized weed and open your eyes to topics such as: Environmental concerns (water, fertilizers, power, etc.), Medical concerns, Social justice, The lobby (what businesses stand to gain by this new industry), Law enforcement, Organized crime, FDA involvement, and much more. Cort believes the stronger the information, the more people and the government will make smart choices and decisions regarding marijuana. About the Author: Ben Cort spent a decade inside the drug and alcohol addiction treatment field and is now a consultant to the industry. Ben joined the drug policy conversation at the national level in 2012. He was part of the 'No on 64' campaign, and following the amendment's passage—which changed the Colorado constitution to allow for a statewide drug policy for cannabis—he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) as well as NALGAP (the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Treatment Providers). Ben is currently consulting with the NFL and his passion about the intersection of recovery and public policy makes him a frequent guest in the media. Weed, Inc.: The Truth About THC, the Pot Lobby, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry  HCI Books, September 2017 - $15.95  ISBN 0757319882  For more information on Ben Cort or his new book, please contact me at (800) 851-9100 ex. 9212 or kimw@hcibooks.com. 9.01.17

  Powerful Memoir Proves True Friendship Knows No Age

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Dallas , TX , August 23, 2017  ― At 40-something, Judy Gaman seemed to have it all: a rewarding career as a writer and radio host, a loving family and a bright future. But like many other Generation Xers, Judy had become a workaholic — the very thing she had resented about her own parents. And yet, Judy felt powerless to alter her trajectory until a small miracle in the form of centenarian Lucille Fleming entered Judy's life. Life and Lucille is a touching, inspirational story of friendship that leaves no emotional stone unturned. Judy met Lucille while researching a book about living to 100, and the two women — separated in age by five decades — forged a bond that transcended the lifetime between them. Together, they enjoyed life experiences, amazing journeys, and uncovered many truths about the human existence that transcend age, place and time. When they first met, Lucille shared with Judy the one secret that is required for a happy and healthy life. It wasn't until Lucille's sudden and tragic death that Judy fully understood the true meaning of that advice. Judy Gaman is an award-winning author and speaker. Some of her books include Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy and Wise; and Stay Young: 10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health. A graduate of the prestigious George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Professional Studies , Judy is also an award-winning speaker and co-hosts the nationally syndicated Staying Young radio show with Drs. Mark Anderson and Walter Gaman of Executive Medicine of Texas. For more about Judy, please visit www.judygaman.com. Love, Life and Lucille Projected release date: December 2017 to January 2018 8.25.17

The Painting and the Piano: An Improbable Story of Survival and Love

Special to The Montreal Tribune - By John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo Ocean Ridge, FL, August 9, 2017 − When a baby is born addicted to heroin because of an addicted mother and is transferred to a loving foster home, then bounced back via a highly publicized court case to the unfit birth parents, any sense of normalcy seems unlikely for the child. Likewise, when a young privileged boy grows up with a high society, full blown alcoholic mother whose disease kills her at 42, his chances of a normal life are slim as well. Sometimes the past doesn't always stay in the past. In The Painting and the Piano: An Improbable Story of Survival and Love (HCI Books – $15.95), John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo tell the story of how the demons of their respective biological mothers tore their young lives apart. Despite their contrasting upbringings, they share tragic childhoods that damaged each of them to the cores of their psyches and emotional well-being and resulted in addiction. It all started going downhill for Adrianne when her addict birth parents started a long court battle in an effort to get her back. For John, it was when his parents divorced and he started living with his alcoholic mother. John and Adrianne had to endure the painful toll that alcohol, drugs, and a negligent court system wreaked on them, and were in the depths of despair and slowly dying of addiction. Instead of falling to darkness, John and Adrianne reached for the light and began their respective journeys of healing, which led to a serendipitous meeting, falling in love and building a shared life with the goal of helping others in need. Told as a tandem narrative with chapters alternating between Adrianne and John, readers embark on a journey through their unforgettable story of pain, loss, and the undying human quest for happiness. About The Authors: John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo have each celebrated over a decade of sobriety. Both are fully immersed in the South Florida recovery community and John has been on the board of several men's recovery homes. John has brought AA program meetings into prison and, with Catholic Church Ministries, worked with men and women in maximum security prison including those on death row. Adrianne worked for a recovery home company, sponsors women in AA, and both authors blog about recovery. Adrianne also worked with prisoners on death row and has been interviewed about recovering from opiate addiction. She was born addicted to heroin and was put into foster care as an infant. At the age of nine, her biological parents started a year-long court battle to get her back that made national news. Today, she works to help the public understand the foster care system and its future. Available wherever books are sold, or to order directly from the publisher, contact: www.hcibooks.com or (800) 441-5569. The Painting and the Piano, An Improbable Story of Survival and Love  John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo  ISBN: 0757319920 – $15.95 – September 2017  8.09.17    

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

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

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

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

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Poland buys famous da Vinci at discount

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

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

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

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

Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Italy

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

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

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

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

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

Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

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

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monet and Picasso among art theft

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

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