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Were the predictions about Hong Kong 's handover correct?

In July 1997, more than 150 years of British rule came to an end in Hong Kong with its handover to China , a historic event viewed with a mixture of uncertainty and hope. We asked observers how their predictions turned out 20 years on. Would Hong Kong remain China 's 'golden goose'? Back then, cosmopolitan and prosperous Hong Kong was seen as China 's vital gateway to the outside world - and many believed it would stay that way for years to come. Fast forward 20 years, and it is no longer the only jewel in China 's crown, with cities like Shanghai , Shenzhen and Guangdong becoming financial or manufacturing powerhouses. " Hong Kong was the golden goose in China ," said politician Martin Lee. "I couldn't have thought that China 's economy would develop so quickly… and Hong Kong 's bargaining power would diminish so fast." Many also did not envision Hong Kong ending up as "a paradise for money laundering and capital outflow" for the mainland, said financial analyst Agnes Wu.

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Strike on IS prison in Syria 'kills dozens'

The US-led coalition says it is looking into reports that more than 40 prisoners are among the dead.


Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria , activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 prisoners and 15 militants died when the facility near Mayadin, in Deir al-Zour province, was hit on Monday. The Deirezzor24 news website said dozens of civilians and Syrian rebel fighters were detained there. A coalition spokesman said it was looking into the casualty reports. Mayadin, which lies in the Euphrates river valley about 45km (28 miles) south-east of the city of Deir al-Zour, has been targeted frequently by coalition aircraft. US intelligence officials believe IS moved most of its leaders to the town in recent months as Iraqi government forces advanced into the Iraqi city of Mosul and a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters encircled the Syrian city of Raqqa .   More on the Middle East   The desperate fight for Raqqa   Inside IS: A Raqqa diary   Islamic State: The full story    US warns Syria on 'chemical attack plan'    Video Man who survived 'nerve agent'

Partying G20 police sent home in disgrace

Outdoor sex and urination were among the party pieces from officers drafted to Hamburg . They were drafted in to police a summit in Hamburg next week of 20 of the world's most powerful leaders and now they have been sent home in disgrace. The 220 police from Berlin were spotted at a barracks indulging in a variety of outdoor antics such as having sex and urinating in a group against a fence. Their Berlin bosses cringed with embarrassment and said more officers would be sent out to replace them. The G20 summit is expected to attract big anti-globalisation protests. Berlin is providing 1,000 police as part of an overall force of 20,000 brought in to secure the event on 7 and 8 July. Spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said it was "simply embarrassing how colleagues have behaved". The partying appears to have begun soon after 500 Berlin officers arrived on Sunday evening at a barracks near Bad Segeberg north of Hamburg . The "unfortunate and over-the-top behaviour" involved off-duty officers in a closed area, according to Berlin police president Klaus Kandt.   Erdogan guards 'not welcome' at G20

 US deportations of Iraqis halted by judge

 A federal court in Michigan has blocked the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqis living in the US who have been targeted in recent immigration raids. US District Judge Mark Goldsmith expanded an order he issued last week, initially halting the removal of 114 Iraqi nationals from the Detroit area.  He sided with immigration advocates who argue the detainees face persecution or death if returned to Iraq . The move comes as the US Supreme Court reinstated parts of a US travel ban. Judge Goldsmith ruled in favour of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which said those being deported - many of whom are Chaldean Catholics, Sunni Muslims or Iraqi Kurds - faced physical danger in Iraq . "Such harm far outweighs any interest the Government may have in proceeding with the removals immediately," he wrote in a seven-page opinion and order.   Big win for Trump and his travel ban  

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Qatar 'facing indefinite isolation'

Gulf countries might 'ultimately, simply disengage from Qatar ', a UAE spokesman says.

With less than a week remaining for Qatar to comply with a tough set of 13 demands from its Gulf Arab neighbours, it is looking increasingly likely that this month's economic and political sanctions imposed on Qatar will become permanent. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have demanded, inter alia, that Qatar stop funding terrorism - which it denies - downgrade ties with Iran and close down its Al Jazeera broadcaster, or face permanent isolation. Qatar is not backing down. 'Cut all ties' " Qatar is not responding positively to what we've sent," says UAE government spokesman Omar Ghobash, who, as well as being the country's ambassador to Moscow , is also the author of a counter-extremism book, Letters to a Young Muslim. "I think the whole idea would be to ultimately, simply disengage from Qatar ."  Qatar crisis: Have Saudis gone too far?

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Montreal's free, family-friendly summer activities

The city's numerous festivals, ongoing 375th celebrations and museum discounts make for a busy, budget-friendly hub of entertainment.

Complètement cirque offers a variety of free circus shows in different parks across the city.

School is out for the summer and the kids have been set free.

The city's numerous festivals, ongoing 375th celebrations and museum discounts offer plenty of options when it comes to making the most of the long summer days. For parents looking for ways to keep children entertained on a budget, Montreal 's festivals and arts programming provide the answer. Marché des Possibles  From now until August 13, the Marché des Possibles put on by POP Montreal is offering free events for families every weekend at the corner of St-Dominique and Bernard streets. The programming, now in its fourth edition, offers workshops, music, food, vendors, activities for kids and a pop-up playground called the Lion and the Mouse. Over the Canada Day weekend, the playground will be open July 1 from noon to 3 p.m. , and a treasure hunt will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  New music festival sets up beneath Mile End overpass   Montreal Jazz Fest introduces new safety measures for women, LGBTQ community

BEI investigate fatal police shooting in Montreal

Police say man was armed with screwdrivers, using stun gun on him failed before they fired


The 58-year old man shot multiple times during an operation involving Montreal police Tuesday has died, and the investigation has been transferred to Quebec 's independent investigations bureau (BEI).

The 58-year old man shot multiple times during an operation involving Montreal police Tuesday has died, and the investigation has been transferred to Quebec 's independent investigations bureau (BEI). According to a news release sent out by the BEI, the police say that around 7 p.m.  they received a call about a man destroying everything in his apartment. When police arrived at the scene, near the corner of Robillard and St-André streets, the man confronted them with a screwdriver in each hand. Police then tried to subdue him with a stun gun and rubber bullets, but were unsuccessful. Some officers then used their firearms, at  7:19 p.m. Twelve BEI investigators are now working to confirm these preliminary details, transmitted by Montreal police. They have recruited the Quebec provincial police force to help in the investigation.

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Helicopter attacks Venezuelan court

The helicopter is reported to have been stolen by a police officer, whose whereabouts are unknown.

Venezuela 's Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a "terrorist attack". Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard. The police officer said to have piloted the stolen aircraft issued a statement denouncing the "criminal government". His whereabouts are unknown. It comes after mass protests against the political and economic crisis. The Supreme Court is regularly criticised by the Venezuelan opposition for its rulings which bolster Mr Maduro's hold on power. What happened? In an address from the presidential palace, President Maduro said the helicopter had flown over the Supreme Court and also the justice and interior ministries. Video Bang and gunshots   Going hungry in Venezuela   Venezuelan general quits in protest   Irreconcilable visions for the future  

China launches new warship to boost navy

The launch comes as Beijing is increasingly assertive in the South China Sea .

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China on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically built warship in its latest bid to modernise its military, state media said. The launch comes after China presented its first home-produced aircraft carrierin April. Amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, Beijing is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the waters it claims. China 's new 10,000-tonne destroyer will undergo extensive testing. The warship "is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons," China 's official news agency Xinhua said. According to the state-run Global Times, the vessel type is thought to be the first type 055 destroyer - a successor to the smaller type 052D destroyers. Defending its "sovereignty"  Beijing has reasserted its "indisputable sovereignty" over parts of the South China Sea after the Trump administration vowed to prevent China from taking territory in the region.  More on China   Japan's answer to China's new naval might   China boosts military with new carrier

Edmonton Northlands denies K-Days booth to pro-life group after 15 years of inclusion

Monday, June 26, 2017 EDMONTON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( has made aformal request for Edmonton Northlands to reconsider its refusal to permit Edmonton Pro-Life (EPL) to have a booth at the 2017 K-Days festival, which takes place this year from July 21 - July 30. EPL has had a booth at K-Days for over 15 consecutive years, and never had difficulty registering.  On January 6, 2017 , a Northlands "Exhibit Sales Specialist" informed EPL that EPL would no longer be permitted to have a booth at K-Days.  Northlands claims to have adopted a "new policy" prohibiting "political and religious organizations" from having booths at K-Days. K-Days is operated on property owned entirely by the City of Edmonton . Northlands receives the bulk of its funds from government, and numerous government representatives and employees are on the board of Northlands. The Justice Centre explains in its letter to Northlands that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to their decision to prevent the expression of EPL, and is an infringement of section 2(b) of the Charter. The Justice Centre's letter states that Northlands' position is also "unreasonable, violates the administrative law principles of procedural fairness, has the appearance of bias, and fails to meet the standard of proper exercise of discretion." The Justice Centre's letter requests that Northlands respond by Wednesday, June 28, 2017 . For more information please contact: John Carpay, president, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms 403-619-8014 or 6.26.17  


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Global ransomware attack causes turmoil

Banks, retailers, energy firms and Kiev airport say they have been targeted by malware attacks.

Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack.

British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted as a consequence. The virus, the source of which is not yet known, freezes the user's computer and demands an untraceable ransom be paid in the digital Bitcoin currency. Ukrainian firms, including the state power company and Kiev 's main airport, were among the first to report issues. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has also had to monitor radiation levels manually after its Windows-based sensors were shut down. Interpol involvement   In a statement, the US National Security Council said government agencies were investigating the attack and that the US was "determined to hold those responsible accountable".   More on Technology   Video What is ransomware?   'Military should punish hacks'   Wannacry linked to North Korea   Wannacry helps drivers dodge fines

'Vaccine' created for huge cyber-attack

A file can be used to protect against Tuesday’s global cyber-attack but will not stop the threat entirely.

By Dave Lee North America technology reporter - Security researchers have discovered a "vaccine" for the huge cyber-attack that hit organisations across the world on Tuesday. The creation of a single file can stop the attack from infecting a machine. However, researchers have not been able to find a so-called kill switch that would prevent the crippling ransomware from spreading to other vulnerable computers. Experts are still unsure about the attack's origins or its real purpose. Given that the ransom amount - $300 - was relatively small, some are speculating that the attack may be a front for causing wider disruption or making a political statement. Among the victims of the attack were the Ukrainian central bank, Russian oil giant Rosneft, British advertising firm WPP and US law firm DLA Piper. Also caught up in the attack was at least one hospital in the US city of Pittsburgh .    Global ransomware attack causes turmoil

NEWSBEAT 'My travel card is implanted in my hand'

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow asked a professional piercer to put his Opal card chip into his left hand.

This Australian can now tap in and out at train stations with a travel card chip implanted in his left hand.

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (yes, that's his legal name) says he had it put under his skin by a professional piercer. The chip in his Opal card was cut down to 10mm by 6mm for the procedure and is one of several implants. Meow-Ludo says his new implant gives him "an ability not everyone else has". "If someone stole my wallet I could still get home," he told ABC News. It's not the best super power in the world, but it's better than nothing. He has two other implants in his arm, one of which he uses to store documents. An Opal card is the Sydney alternative to an Oyster card in London . Both let anyone in the city use public transport by topping up the balance on their card and tapping in and out of stations or on buses. Meow-Ludo says sometimes the card readers don't register his implant on the first tap, but that can also happen with a regular card.

Google hit with record-sized EU fine  

The European Commission fines Google €2.4bn ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) for favouring its shopping comparison service.

By Leo KelionTechnology desk editor - Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results. The amount is the regulator's largest penalty to date against a company accused of distorting the market. The ruling also orders Google to end its anti-competitive practices within 90 days or face a further penalty. The US company may decide to appeal. If it fails to change the way it operates the service within the three-month deadline, it could be forced to make payments of 5% of its parent company Alphabet's average daily worldwide earnings. Google had previously suggested that Amazon and eBay had more influence over the public's spending habits and that the commission's views "failed to fit the reality of how most people shop online".   Gmail scraps ad-targeting email scans

'14 chokepoints' threaten food security

Suez Canal a vulnerable "chokepoint" putting the world's food supply chain at risk, report says.

Container ship in Suez Canal (file pic)

The world's food security is increasingly reliant on 14 "chokepoints" for seaborne trade, a think-tank report has warned.

UK-based Chatham House says more needs to be done to protect key transport routes such as the Panama Canal , the Suez Canal and the Turkish Straits . Almost 25% of the world's food is traded on international markets. This, it says, makes food supply and prices vulnerable to unforeseen crises or climate change. Infrastructure at the chokepoints is often old and would struggle to cope with natural disasters which are expected to grow in frequency as the planet warms, the report authors say. They urge governments to invest in "climate-resilient" infrastructure, and diversify food production and stocks. The report gives examples of how reliant the world is on this trade: Three-quarters of Japan 's maize and wheat imports pass through the  Panama Canal , which is just 300m (984ft) wide  Open data needed to end world hunger



CANADA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched the #ASK1TOASK1 campaign, asking all Canadians to join the challenge to raise 150,000 meals for children in Haiti through the ShareTheMeal app to mark Canada 's 150th anniversary Every day, countless children in Haiti turn up for school on an empty stomach, which makes it hard to focus on lessons. A daily school meal can mean not only better nutrition and health, but help the next generation reach its full potential. The #ASK1TOASK1 ShareTheMeal campaign will allow WFP to scale up their Home Grown School Meals programme in Haiti . It costs just $4.55, less than a bottle of maple syrup, to provide one week of nutritious meals to children in school through the ShareTheMeal app! The app allows users to share nutritious food with hungry children around the world by simply tapping on their smartphone and donating $0.65 or more. "WFP's ShareTheMeal app and the #ASK1TOASK1 campaign provides Canadians with an easy way to share meals with hungry children in Haiti ," said Robert Opp, a Canadian who is Director of Innovation and Change Management at WFP.  "Daily school meals allow children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs, feeding their dreams for the future." Haiti has been repeatedly affected by a series of devastating natural disasters over the last two decades.  2016 was the third consecutive year of El Nino-related drought, and the country was hit by the category 4 Hurricane Matthew, which left more than 800,000 people in need of urgent food assistance. In Haiti , WFP is working together with the Government to produce a sustainable, nationally-owned, school feeding programme linked to local agricultural production. WFP procures local commodities such as rice, fresh fruit and vegetables from the local smallholder farmers, giving them a predictable market for their products and the children enjoy a healthy diversified school meal. Join WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, George Stroumboulopoulos and other celebrities like World Champion Wrestler Andre Berto, Singer Dawn Richard and Canadian national Olympic Weightlifter Isabel Lahela who have all committed to help fundraise for the children in Haiti . To get involved, simply download the free app, join team #Canuck and once you have fed a child for a week share with your social media network, using the hashtag #ASK1TOASK1. WFP's award-winning app has engaged a new generation in supporting the fight against hunger. More than 850,000 people have downloaded the app and shared over 14 million meals with thousands of vulnerable children in Jordan , Syria , Lebanon , Malawi , Cameroon , South Sudan and Yemen . The ShareTheMeal community recently contributed to WFP's famine response in South Sudan , where users shared 1 million meals with those people in dire need of food. WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries. ShareTheMeal allows smartphone users to share their meals with hungry people via a free iOS and Android app. ShareTheMeal is an initiative of the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator. Download the app here: For more information, please visit: Follow us on Twitter @wfp_Canada and @ShareTheMealorg For more information please contact (email address: Julie Marshall, WFP/Toronto, Tel. 905 818 2664 Via Cesare Giulio Viola, 68/70, 00148 Rome , Italy Telephone: +39 06 65131 Fax: +39 06 6590632/7 The world-renowned safety brand, SABRE The world-renowned safety brand, SABRE, is launching a national Scholarship Sweepstakes that will provide one lucky student with $15,000 in scholarship funds in hopes to help raise awareness for campus safety. Are you interested in covering? Let us know if you would like to interview SABRE CEO David Nance to talk about the upcoming sweepstakes or to discuss campus safety tips. --Nicki Full page release about the sweepstakes and campus safety is below but here are some important details to know: The Safe Is Smart Scholarship Sweepstakes is set to run from July 1 to September 1—just in time for the back to school season. It is open to all incoming freshmen and students enrolled in a secondary education institution. One student will be awarded $15,000 in scholarship funds To enter, go to: Entrants will watch a video about campus protection and the latest in personal safety, before being able to register and submit their information. SABRE Announces $15,000 Safe Is Smart Scholarship Sweepstakes The world-renowned safety brand is helping one lucky student with their college tuition while raising awareness for campus safety.  SABRE, the number one brand of pepper spray trusted by police and consumers worldwide, is holding a scholarship Sweepstakes that will award one winner with $15,000 in scholarship funds. The Safe Is Smart Scholarship Sweepstakes is set to run from July 1st to September 1st—just in time for the back to school season. Recent campus safety statistics show and increased danger for students—particularly females—with up to 1 in 5 college women encountering sexual assault and nearly 10,000 students each year enduring aggravated assaults and robberies during their time in college. SABRE is working to enhance awareness of the safety steps students need to take when they get to campus. However, they also want to encourage students with the chance at winning a scholarship to apply to their studies. "Our decision to award a scholarship was twofold," explains SABRE CEO David Nance. "We wanted to give back to our community by helping someone with their college dream, while also teaching students and their parents about campus safety." SABRE has spent more than forty years in the personal safety market and partnered with elite law enforcement professionals to further their understanding of self-defense tactics. 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Italy forced to bail out two more banks

Rome will spend at least 5.2bn euros to rescue Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca.

Italy 's government is bailing out two banks in the Venice region at a cost of 5.2bn euros (£4.6bn; $5.8bn).

The move comes two days after the European Central Bank warned that Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca were failing or likely to fail. The banks' "good" assets will be taken on by Intesa Sanpaolo banking group. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said the rescue was needed to protect savers and ensure "the good health of our banking system". The two banks' branches and employees will be part of Intesa by Monday morning in a move designed to avoid a potential run on deposits that could have spread to other Italian banks. Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said Rome would also offer guarantees of up to 12bn euros for potential losses to Intesa from bad and risky loans. "Those who criticise us should say what a better alternative would have been. I can't see it," he told a press conference on Sunday.  Santander rescues rival from collapse  Italy approves Monte dei Paschi bailout

Airbag-maker Takata files for bankruptcy

Japanese firm faces billions of dollars of liabilities linked to the biggest ever automotive recall.

Japanese car parts maker Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Japan .

It is facing billions of dollars in liabilities over its defective airbags, which have been linked to at least 17 deaths worldwide. Some of the airbags contained faulty inflators which expanded with too much force, spraying metal shrapnel. US-based Key Safety Systems (KSS) has bought all of Takata's assets, apart from those relating to the airbags. The $1.6bn (£1.3bn) deal was announced after the Japanese firm filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US, with similar action taken in Japan. "Although Takata has been impacted by the global airbag recall, the underlying strength of its skilled employee base, geographic reach, and exceptional steering wheels, seat belts and other safety products have not diminished," said KSS chief executive Jason Luo.   Video Takata recall: A customer's view   Takata fined $1bn in airbag scandal

Are Electric Vehicle Subsidies Efficient?

While Quebec and Ontario are trying to stimulate the sale of electric vehicles any way they can, an Economic Note published today by the MEI shows that subsidizing the purchase of such vehicles is the least efficient and most expensive way of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Electric vehicle subsidies: expensive and ineffective

Montreal, June 22, 2017 – While Quebec and Ontario are trying to stimulate the sale of electric vehicles any way they can, an Economic Note published today by the MEI shows that subsidizing the purchase of such vehicles is the least efficient and most expensive way of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. "It's just a waste," says Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI and co-author of the publication. "Not only do these programs cost taxpayers a fortune, but they also have little effect on GHG emissions." Indeed, even if the Quebec government were to achieve its very ambitious goal of having one million electric vehicles on the province's roads by 2030 (there are currently fewer than 6,000 of them on the road), this would only avoid 3.6% of our current level of emissions. Same thing in Ontario where, if it aimed for proportionally the same target, the province would eliminate just 2.4% of its current emissions. Quebec provides a subsidy of $8,000 for the purchase of a new electric or rechargeable hybrid vehicle, and Ontario for its part provides a subsidy of up to $14,000. These subsidies cost taxpayers $523 per tonne of GHGs not emitted in Ontario , and $288 per tonne in Quebec . In comparison, the same goal of reducing GHGs costs around $18 through the existing carbon market, which groups together California, Quebec, and soon Ontario. And it will cost between $10 and $50 per tonne of GHGs avoided with the federal government's impending carbon tax. "Between the different incentive measures that produce the same results, the most expensive option should never be favoured," emphasizes Germain Belzile. "Subsidizing the purchase of electric vehicles represents without a doubt the worst option among current solutions." In subsidizing the purchase of electric vehicles, the Ontario government ends up spending 29 times the carbon market price for each tonne of GHGs eliminated, and 52 times the rate of the upcoming federal tax when it comes into effect next year. For Quebec , the figures are 16 and 29 times. "The real costs are probably even higher, since half of buyers of electric vehicles would make their purchases even without the subsidy," explains Mark Milke, independent policy analyst and co-author of the publication. "Those subsidies are therefore a pure loss, with no resulting reduction in GHGs."  "The Quebec and Ontario governments have to face facts. Subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles not only have little effect on GHG emissions, but they also cost taxpayers a lot of money. Common sense, both economically and ecologically speaking, argues in favour of reducing these subsidies, and even eliminating them," concludes Mark Milke. The Economic Note entitled "Are Electric Vehicle Subsidies Efficient?" was prepared by Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, and Mark Milke, independent policy analyst. 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.

Uber chief executive Kalanick resigns

Travis Kalanick, chief executive of ride-sharing service Uber, resigns following pressure from investors.

Uber boss Travis Kalanick has resigned as chief executive after pressure from shareholders.

His resignation comes after a review of practices at the firm and scandals including complaints of sexual harassment. Last week he said he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following the sudden death of his mother in a boating accident. Mr Kalanick will remain on the board of the ride-hailing firm. Five major Uber investors demanded Mr Kalanick's immediate resignation as chief executive, the New York Times said. Mr Kalanick reportedly said: "I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight."  Uber: The scandals that drove Kalanick out    Bowing to drivers, Uber finally adds tips

Bike firm bust after losing 90% of bikes

A Chinese bike-sharing company has gone out of business after 90% of its bikes went missing in the first five months.

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Chongqing-based Wukong Bikes said the bulk of its 1,200 two-wheelers were lost or stolen.

Unlike rivals, the firm did not put GPS systems on its bikes and by the time it realised the technology was necessary, money had run out. It is believed to be the first bankruptcy of China 's booming bike-sharing industry. A free ride Billed as "Uber for bikes", China 's tech giants have been funding sophisticated bike hire businesses as a potential solution to congested roads. Tencent-backed Mobike and Ofo, supported by Alibaba and Xiaomi, are dominating the market. But Wukong was a much smaller player, aimed mainly at students in the city. Founder Lei Houyi told local media that as well as the lack of GPS, his firm had struggled because its bikes were of inferior quality to those used by its larger competitors and were damaged too easily. He added that while users were initially charged, Wukong resorted to giving away bicycles rides for free to try and compete with other players.   Do public bike hire schemes work?   Video China's hi-tech bike hire startups

Barclays charged with fraud in Qatar case

  The Serious Fraud Office charges relate to the bank's fundraising at the height of 2008's financial crisis.

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Barclays and four former executives have been charged with fraud over their actions in the 2008 financial crisis.

The Serious Fraud Office case relates to the billion of pounds the bank raised from Qatari investors enabling it to avoid a government bailout. Former chief executive John Varley is one of the four ex-staff who will face Westminster magistrates on 3 July. Barclays says it is considering its position and awaiting further details. "The charges arise in the context of Barclays' capital raisings in June and November 2008. Barclays awaits further details of the charges from the SFO," the bank said in a statement. It is the first time criminal charges related to the financial crisis have been brought against a bank in the UK . Mr Varley, former senior investment banker Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris, a former chief executive of Barclays' wealth division, and Richard Boath, the ex-European head of financial institutions, have all been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud in the June 2008 capital raising.  Why Barclays came under SFO fire

Arts & Entertainment

Depp 'may face perjury charge' over dogs

The actor's ex-managers allege he knew he was breaking the law when bringing his dogs into Australia .

Australia 's deputy prime minister has threatened US actor Johnny Depp with perjury charges in a new instalment of the "war on terrier". The Pirates of the Caribbean star and then-wife Amber Heard failed to declare their dogs to Australian customs after arriving by private jet in 2015. Ms Heard escaped conviction and the pair released an unusual apology video. But legal documents filed in a US court allegedly show Mr Depp was "fully aware" he was breaking Australian laws. His former business managers, The Management Group (TMG), claimed the actor had "pressured one of his long-term employees to 'take the fall'," in papers obtained by People'It is called perjury'  Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce subsequently hinted that the government may reinvestigate Depp. "If the allegation is correct, there's a word for that - it is called perjury," Mr Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.  Is Depp in trouble over Trump remarks?   Depp sorry for Trump assassination 'joke'

Quitting while they're ahead

The Hollywood stars who retired from acting

Daniel Day-Lewis surprised Hollywood this week by announcing his retirement from acting. Although he still has one film due to be released later this year - Phantom Thread, based on the fashion world of 1950s London - after he finishes its promotion he "will no longer be working as an actor". Whether he can be tempted back out of retirement remains to be seen, but here are nine other stars who have quit the profession. Cameron Diaz You might not have realised, but Cameron Diaz hasn't been in a film since 2014's Annie, nor does she have any films in the pipeline. She recently explained why she stepped out of the spotlight at an event run by her best mate, Gwyneth Paltrow. "I just went, 'I can't really say who I am to myself.' Which is a hard thing to face up to. I felt the need to make myself whole," she said at a Goop Wellness Summit. In the years since, she has married Good Charlotte singer Benji Madden and published two books - The Body Book, a health and fitness manual, and The Longevity Book, about the art and science of growing older. More at Entertainment & Arts




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New York , NY ( June 22, 2017 )-- On September 1, 2017 , Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the Change Begins Within Concert on DVD [MSRP $15.98]. Featuring sets from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, with each performing some of their best-known classics from The Beatles to Wings and beyond, and reuniting onstage for the finale, this incredible charity show also featured many other world-famous musicians. Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Ben Harper, Paul Horn, Angelo Badalamenti, Betty LaVette, and Jim James joined the two Beatles to thrill the capacity crowd, as did Jerry Seinfeld in a brilliant guest performance. This exhilarating, star-studded benefit concert was recorded on April 4, 2009 in New York City . It was this show, dubbed "Change Begins Within", that launched the David Lynch Foundation into an entirely new level of public awareness. As these globally renowned artists took to the stage at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall , they helped raise funds for the Foundation's international initiative to teach one million at-risk children to meditate - and to begin to change their world from within. All those present at this remarkable concert were committed to helping the charity in its aim of bringing meditation to students everywhere and helping disadvantaged youth reach their full potential. In addition to superb individual performances, the musicians at this celebratory concert joined forces on many songs and the whole Change Begins Within show is characterized by a powerful, joyful onstage camaraderie and unity. 6.23.17

ARTS ALIVE! QUÉBEC: Knowlton Events June 25 to July 8


Montreal , June 22, 2017  – Since the inception of Arts Alive! Québec (AAQ) in 2015, Knowlton's participation has grown in leaps and bounds. This year Knowlton has pulled out all the stops to create a festival of cultural performances and activities that stretches from June 25 until July 8, 2017 ! Local organizer, Danny McAuley of Brome Lake Books, said, "I love how AAQ pulls the entire community together. This year we're collaborating with the Brome Country Historical Society, Theatre Lac-Brome, Pettes Memorial Library, theKnowlton Players, the Celtic Harmonies Festival, Coldbrook and Lion's Parks, and more. The artists are making a special effort to showcase not only our region through art but Canada 's diversity as well." Highlights of the festival include United We Stand, an original play with comedy and song, written by Roger de la Mare, and the Gemini Award-winning Jefferson Lewis (French Immersion (2011), Emotional Arithmetic (2007), Mon amie Max (1994)), is giving a two-part screenwriting workshop followed by a film workshop and a public screening of the final product on July 8th. Directly following the film premiere, Celtic flautist Dave Gossage closes the two-week festival with a concert featuring an eclectic line-up of musical guests such as the up-and-coming Quebec fiddler, Alexis Chartrand, renowned step-dancer Pierre Chartrand, Inuit throat-singers Nina Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge and in honour of recent immigrants, Tabla player, Shawn Mativetsky. Programming details follow.  ABOUT ARTS ALIVE! QUEBEC   ARTS ALIVE! QUEBEC is a moveable feast of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film and so much more. Initiated by ELAN (English-language Arts Network) in 2015, six dynamic regions—Knowlton, Quebec City, Hudson, Huntingdon, Wakefield and the West Island—produce six individual festivals to showcase Quebec's diverse cultural communities and innovative artists with activities and performances for the entire family! Visit the AAQ web site for details: ABOUT ELAN ELAN (English-Language Arts Network) is a not-for-profit organization that connects, supports, and promotes Quebec 's English-speaking artists and arts communities. Its members include artists and organizations representing a multitude of artistic disciplines and regions of Quebec . ELAN's philosophy is inclusive, encouraging an evolving Quebec identity that recognizes French as the public language and celebrates social, cultural, and artistic diversity. To find out more about ELAN's various programs, visit Dave Gossage  - Honeysuckle Sisters - #ArtsAliveQC MEDIA CONTACTS  June/July: Barbara Ford ▪ 514-342-7936 ▪ 438-398-75897  Aug/Sept: Janis Kirshner ▪ 514-287-8912 6.23.17



Montreal Thursday, June 15, 2017  - The Québec Cinéma team strongly believes that young people should be exposed to Quebec's films and be given the opportunity to meet the people who make them. To that end, for more than a decade Québec Cinéma has been organizing educational activities in schools across Canada . The organization is proud to announce that the team reached more than 10,200 young people during the 2016-17 school year, through 235 activities (11% more than in 2015-16). With activities in more than 20 cities across the country, Québec Cinéma is, more than ever, committed to helping young people discover our cinema. Québec Cinéma's educational activities include workshops, discussions, guided screenings, mentorship and master classes, all aimed at fostering the development of analytical skills, critical thinking and curiosity, while also helping make culture an integral part of young people's education. In all, 60 Quebec-made films(fictional and documentary features, short films) were screened and 30 artists met with students, including actor Jean-Carl Boucher and directors Francis Leclerc and Chloé Robichaud. USING CINEMA TO KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL Québec Cinéma has developed a new collaboration with Fusion jeunesse, aimed at enhancing the organization's CLIP program, which uses Quebec-made films to help reduce the dropout rate. Through this partnership, launched in the fall of 2016, more than 500 at-risk students from 20 high schools in Montreal , Longueuil , Quebec City and Amos have been supported by Quebec artists in making short films on the theme of "local tales and legends." QUEBEC FILMS IN THE STREET The Cinéma québécois dans la rue project is part of a partnership between DANS LA RUE and QUÉBEC CINÉMA aimed at exposing homeless youth to Quebec films, and encouraging them to use our films as a starting point for discussing their own perspectives and experiences. The project presents screenings followed by discussions with a film professional or an experienced member of the Québec Cinéma team. Since January 2013, it has helped more than 1000 homeless youth participate in awareness workshops. Culture gives these young people new ways to see the world and themselves, helps them build confidence and learn about other realities and nurtures their creativity. JOINING FORCES - CINÉCOLE AT THE RENDEZ-VOUS For the fifth year in a row, Québec Cinéma teamed up with the CinÉcole project, led by Mediafilm, to present three free Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois screenings for 700 high school students: Chasse-galerie : la légende by Jean-Philippe Duval and the documentary Police Académie by Mélissa Beaudet. The directors were present for all screenings. The students also had an opportunity to think about bullying thanks to a screening of the feature film 1:54, followed by a discussion with director Yan England . SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ON TOUR In 2016-17, as part of the Tournée du cinéma québécois, the Québec Cinéma team travelled 28,800 km to deliver privileged Québécois cinematic experiences to young francophone and francophile audiences across the country. This June, the school-based component of the Tournée presented screenings of La légende de Sarila by Nancy Florence Savard, and the Wapikoni short film program at Inuujaq School in  Arctic Bay , and led workshops for primary-school pupils at Trois-Soleils School in Iqaluit. The Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels tour is part of the "Wapikoni From Coast to Coast: Reconciliation Through the Media Arts," a project under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and supported by the Government of Canada. Québec Cinéma closed its year with 24% higher participation in its school-based activities as compared to 2015-16. The team can also proudly claim "mission accomplished": according to a recent survey, 95% of the young people reached1 said they were more interested in seeing Quebec-made films after participating in our school-based activities - an excellent number of new cinephiles to enjoy our cinema. 1 Survey of 735 students, mean age 13.5. Follow Québec Cinéma 's school-based activities:|| 6.18.17  



Montreal June 20, 2017 -For the last 14 years, the Tournée du cinéma québécois has helped promote Quebec 's films across Canada . The goal: to provide year-round access to Quebec-made movies for francophones and francophiles everywhere in Canada . The Tournée enhances the programs of existing festivals, brings more cultural options to francophone communities, and organizes activities in schools to promote Quebec 's cinema in as many Canadian cities as possible. Québec Cinéma is also proud to announce that during the 2016-17 season more than 8,000 francophones and francophiles participated in the Tournée's activities, including 3,055 students through the educational outreach program.

On its 28,800 km journey for the 2016-17 season, the Tournée team presented more than 75 films and invitedmore than 20 artists and industry professionals to attend events and meet audiences. The Tournée added 8 new destinations to its itinerary, making it not only a way to show our films, but an essential tool for making audiences aware of francophone culture. According to a recent survey of 1000 Tournée audience members, 97% of participants agreed that the Tournée is absolutely essential to enriching the cultural life of French-speaking communities outside Quebec .

In addition, thanks to partnerships with a dozen festivals in every region, the Tournée put Quebec's films in the spotlight in Orléans, Toronto, Winnipeg, St. John's, Halifax, Moncton, Vancouver, Victoria and Yellowknife, reaching a large audience. Québec Cinéma and the Tournée du cinéma québécois are, more than ever, succeeding in making our cinema and the people behind it shine bright across the country.


Presented in collaboration with Radio-Canada, the Tournée du cinéma québécois screens Quebec-made films from coast to coast to coast, making it the largest Canada-wide promotional activity for the province's cinema. Through this tour, Québec Cinéma provides a high-profile showcase for artists and filmmakers, including exceptional opportunities for audiences and filmmakers to meet.

Get all the latest news from the Tournée du cinéma québécois: #TOURNEEQCC||


The Tournée du cinéma québécois is made possible by the support of Bell in the form of tangible benefits.Québec Cinéma thanks the governments of Nunavut, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Ontario, as well as its primary partners, Tournée co-presenter Radio-Canada and MELS, Akufen and VIA Rail. Thanks also to our public-sector and government partners, the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes (SAIC), Telefilm Canada and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC). Special thanks to the Wapikoni Mobile.The Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels tour is part of "Wapikoni From Coast to Coast: Reconciliation Through the Media Arts," a project under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and supported by the Government of Canada.


Québec Cinéma's mission is to promote Quebec's cinema and its artists and professionals, and to contribute to the advancement of our film industry. The organization is focused on improving access, education and awareness, including an extensive educational outreach program. Québec Cinéma produces the industry's three main showcases: the Tournée and Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois and the Gala Québec Cinéma. Through its initiatives, the organization reaches more than 1.5 million people annually in Quebec and around the world.

The outdoor program at the 35th FESTIVAL JUSTE POUR RIRE:

It's going to be a great year!

Plastic Bertrand, Village People, the OSM, P-A Méthot, Jean-François Mercier, Sèxe Illégal, Kool & the Gang and Russell Peters will be part of the Juste pour rire outdoor events

Montréal, June 20, 2017  - The outdoor program will be even more hilarious than ever this year! Comedy's craziest get-together will celebrate its 35th birthday with a record number of shows! The Festival Juste pour rire presented by Vidéotron in collaboration with Loto-Québec is doing its birthday up right and will dazzle you with lots of new features and major events worthy of the biggest international festivals.


Getting 30 comedians and 10 musical performers together: yes, can do! Make it a date at the Scène Vidéotron from July 15 to 30 to see them.

July 15 - Xarxa Teatre's inspiring theatre

The Spanish company Xarxa Teatre sparks curiosity! Music, street arts, pyrotechnics and theatre blend to create an upbeat, intriguing immersive experience. Veles e Vents is part of the official programming of Montréal's 375th anniversary.

July 16 - Plastic Bertrand will get Montréal on its feet

Plastic Bertrand, whom we first got to know in the 70s with his song Stop ou encore, returns to Montréal to perform his biggest hits! Xavier Caféine and his band will accompany this striking performer who made a unique mark on music. DJ Frijid will perform the first part of the show.

July 17 - The Village People are back with a vengeance for Juste pour rire's 35th birthday

The world's most popular disco band will be in Montréal for an unprecedented musical extravaganza! Come and see the colourful characters of this emblematic sextet! Audio Playground, composed of Gino Baggio, Doug St-Louis and Anthony Gitto, will present the first part of the return of Village People.

July 18 - The fourth edition of Mado's Got Talent is going to be huge!

Presented since 2014, the Mado's Got Talent show has been a spectacular hit each year. Enter the glittery world of this burlesque comedy star. You know you want to!

July 19 - Show du 35e : L'OSM et les grandes chansons comiques

For its 35th birthday, the Festival Juste pour rire decided to restore the prestige to our own comedic writing talents! You will rediscover the greatest comic songs from Quebec , orchestrated by none other than the OSM, under the musical direction of Stéphane Laforest and Réal Béland at the direction of the show. LesDenis Drolet, les Chick'n Swell, Claudine Mercier, Patrick Groulx, Ingrid St-Pierre, Olivier Martineau, Nathalie Choquette, Damien Robitaille, Réal Béland, François Pérusse, RBO, Véronique Claveau and Patrick Malette will sing their greatest hits and you will see that humour has created many classics

July 20 - Guillaume Wagner promises a no-holds-barred show!

Guillaume Wagner will take to the Scène Vidéotron with all the candour he is known for to perform a few of his older and more recent numbers! You will also be wowed by the humour of Roman Frayssinet, who will perform the first part of the show.

July 21 - P-A Méthot performs the last show of his Plus gros que nature tour

The tales from the comedian's life will be performed for the last time by P-A Méthot! Don't miss the chance to come hear him tell his unfiltered, hilarious stories appreciated by tens of thousands of spectators since 2013.

July 22 - It's Fiesta Latina time!

The Colombian celebrity Esteman will present his show Los que bailan se contentan on the Scène Vidéotron! Come enjoy the heat of the Latin star's sound.

July 23 - Patrick Groulx ends his tour along with the P'tits pas fins

Accompanied by Maude Landry, Sam Breton and Matthieu Pepper, better known as the P'tits pas fins, Patrick Groulx will his end show tour at the Festival Juste pour rire. Not to be missed!

July 24 -Jean-François Mercier's final performance of his most recent show

Directed by Guy Jodoin and with François Avard as script editor, Jean-François Mercier presents an unprecedented collage of numbers that have earned him, over the years, a place in the sun. During this exclusive evening, he intends to rock fans as well as skeptics, and add a bit of his own colour to the immaculate white of the Place des Festivals.

July 25 - Les Appendices celebrate Christmas

Be surprised by Campers' Christmas revisited by the Appendices! Absurdity and special guests will be on hand for a Christmas Eve like no other!

July 26 - The duo Sèxe Illégal invites you to the world's smallest music festival

Make room for Cocochello, the world's smallest music festival, presented by Zoofest! They will be accompanied by the duo Sèxe Illégal, Didier Lambert, the Sœurs Boulay, Greg from the Dead Obies, Dumas, Julien Tremblay and Les Deuxluxes.

July 27 - Russell Peters will give quite a show!

The Old School Mixtape Live by Russell Peters promises an exciting, memorable evening! Presented by Just for Laughs.

July 28 - Danse ta vie !

This grand evening of dance, hosted by Gardy Fury, will feature the best dance troupes. Let yourself be swept away by the biggest hits from the most popular musicals that will make you want to dance like crazy! Then continue the party with music by Julie St-Pierre.

July 29- The Comedy Jam storms the Place des festivals!

The comedian Josh Adam Meyers and his band, Elemenopy, will host the very first underground humour event: The Goddamn Comedy Jam, where humour and rock & roll meet. Comedians will perform accompanied by a live band. Presented by Just for Laughs.

July 30 - Kool and the Gang are going to groove the Scène Vidéotron

Who could be better than Kool and the Gang to bring the Scène Videotron's outdoor program to a close? Join the foursome and get moving to their greatest hits. Addictiv will be in the first part of the show


Shows will be presented on the Scène Loto-Québec every day at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8:30 pm and 10 pm, as well as at 4 pm from July 28 to 30, and at 5 pm on July 20 and 25. Among the events not to be missed is the first solo show by Mario Lirette and Michel Lafrance July 16 at 10 pm; Mélanie Ghanimé's shows on July 20 and 25 at 8:30 pm and July 17 and 18 at 10 pm; and the Tournoi d'humour EL DRÔLE at 6 pm from July 22 to 24 and from July 26 to 30.

The Punch Club shows, hosted by Robert Nelson on July 23 and 27 at 7 pm and 10 pm are must-sees. On July 23, you'll see Arnaud Soly, Louis Courchesne and Ève Landry take on Vincent Dargis, Catherine Robert and Mathieu Lepage. On July 27, it will be up to Florence Longpré, Marie-Ève Morency and Suzie Bouchard to face Mehdi Bousaidan, Richardson Zéphir and Fabiola Aladin.

On July 24, the Best Of from the LOL Contest in Ontario , will present Charles Doray, Amélie Trottier, Alfonso Ferguson, Justin Chénier, Gabrielle Poirier and Mickaël Girouard. The winner of the "Fais-moi rire" contest in Alberta , Manyx Paquin will also appear on stage.

And there's more, including the show Ma décennie est meilleure que la tienne on July 25; La bande à Victor on July 26 and 27; Julien Lacroix and his band on July 28; l'Improbable ShowJuly 28; the Strip stand-up with Didier Lambert, Maude Landry and Charles Pellerin; and last but not least, on July 30, a show by Étienne Dano, who will also be accompanied by Simon Delisle, Kevin Raphael and Charles Pellerin.

A variety of shows will be offered from July 15 to 30 on the Scène Loto-Québec which allows festival attendees to discover artists from here and elsewhere free of charge. "All across the province, Loto-Québec supports events with significant social and economic benefits for their communities. A must for the summer season, which is deeply rooted in Quebecers' lives and "drôlement" important, the Festival Juste pour rire is a perfect illustration of our sponsorship program and our mission, which is to enable our clients and festival attendees to experience A World of Entertainment," said Lucie Lamoureux, Corporate Director of Sponsorship and Social Commitment at Loto-Québec.


A Festival must, the Twins' Parade, is back for a 20th year! The event will take place on July 22 with a "Fiesta Latina" theme. The parade founders, Lucie and Luce Rozon, as well as Joël Legendre accompanied by his twins Anaïs et Marion, will be the event's spokespersons this year.

From 5 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday 25 July, you will be able to appreciate the talent of exceptional singers at the Jardins des chorales.

The major happening Juste pour Ados is also back this year! Young people's favourite artists such as Pascal Morissette, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Félix-Antoine Tremblay, Claudia Bouvette, and Mehdi Bousaidan will be there. Put Saturday July 29 in your agenda.



A comedy venue especially designed for the newbies, the Mini-midi comédie hosted by Jessy Sheehy, Martine L'Écuyer and Garihanna Jean-Louis and Drôle d'apéro d'ados hosted by Alexandre Bisaillon will be presented by the Complexe Desjardins. This is also where festival attendees will have the chance to see École nationale de l'humour graduates perform in a comedy cabaret. From July 20 to 23 and from July 27 to 29, at noon and 5 pm .


New at the Festival, the cinéma sur l'Esplanade will present two film projections per evening, starting at 9 pm of the following films: Let Yourself Go (Italy); Mr. Kaplan (Uruguay); The Wedding Plan (Israel); Chevalier (Greece); Pigeon Sat on a Branch (Sweden); Swiss Army Man (United States); Maggie's Plan (United States); Reality (Italy); Gueros (Mexico); Goon : Le dernier des durs à cuire (Canada); How to be a Latin Lover (United States, Mexico); Liza the Fox-Fairy (Hungary) and Prank (Quebec).


Another first, "Le Manoir Juste pour rire" will be located on Ste-Catherine and welcome curious visitors! Young and old alike are invited to visit this strange House of Laughter where our famous green mascot, Victor, was born. His creator, Count Victorio, has more than one trick up his sleeve...


With all its success, and considering the importance of The Just for Laughs Festival, the English side of Juste pour rire, it was about time that it had its own stage on the exterior site! Booked by the Festival's team, this small stage will present local and international comedians as well as a selection of videos of the best moments of the Galas Just for Laughs from the past few years. Just for laughs will present shows from 6 pm to 10 pm ,host by Mike Paterson. Don't miss the programming to be unveiled soon.

It's a date with Montréal's 375th every day at 6 pm on the Esplanade de la Place des Arts for the Festia Latina! A variety of shows that will transport you to Brazil , Colombia , Spain , Bolivia , Mexico , Venezuela , Argentina , Portugal , Peru , Chili and Ecuador await you!


At the end of the evening, be sure to turn up at the Melting Pot on the Place des Festivals, the outdoor club downtown to party on! You'll find Grandmaster Flash, Fatman Scoop, Russell Peters as well as DJ Short Cut, Paris & Simo, Paolo Rocco and Mike Larry for the biggest party of the summer.


To the delight of young and old, Place de la famille du Lait offers outside activities for everyone: inflatable obstacle course, Super Shot, games of skill, Oobleck, group games and a bungee trampoline will ensure that youngsters can have good, old-fashioned fun. Colourful characters will also be in attendance to stir it up a bit!

Young festival attendees will also be able to participate in the Académie Victor, a superhero school where young and old can discover their own superpowers. All kinds of fun guaranteed!

Shows by La Raviolimanie, Recto Verso, Lili et Virus à l'aventure, Les Brotipo, Gabzy perd la boule, Violon dingue, Kattam et ses tamtams, and Bouge de la Cie Le Gros Orteil will also delight the little ones during the Festival.


There will be a something for everyone on the Scène Carrousel with the magician Benoît Fournier and Big Nazo, Calixte, Chante Rose, La Fanfare d'Espace forain, and the Théâtre Group.


Les Gags dans la rue will amuse passers by. Street performers will invite themselves along as people go about their business and stir up some fun!

On Sainte-Catherine and Maisonneuve streets, you will find such colourful characters as Marchtiern, Irrwish, Delinus, CQP production, Albedo, and Les grosses têtes. And back again this year, le Labyrinthe Tangerine and Écran des Gags de Tim Hortons.


The Festival's visual arts component, presented this year in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine arts (MMFA), will make it even more fun to discover the MMFA's collection! The two free presentations will be a humorous tribute and will liven up Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme on the Place des Arts between 9 am and 11 pm , every day, rain or shine. Billy Tellier, the spokesperson for the Young Finalists' Exhibition in the HAHA-ART VisualArts Contest, will help showcase the talent of young Quebecers aged 18 and under, for the benefit of the Children's Wish Foundation. Come to the annual opening on July 17 from 5 pm to 7 pm . For more details, visit

Don't miss the Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec, the festival entirely dedicated to games in all their forms! As well, Scène Zoofest will once again offer exciting programming.

For more information about the 2017 edition of the Festival Juste pour rire or to buy tickets, please visit

To make the most of the Festival Juste pour rire, get the Passport 2017. Choose three shows and receive one free ticket per day of the festival (some restrictions may apply).

The Festival Juste pour rire would like to thank its public partners: le Government of Canada, the Gouvernement du Québec, the Ville de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal for their support; as well as their private partners: Vidéotron, Loto-Québec Tangerine, Sleeman, Kia, Tim Hortons, Sirius XM, Le Journal de Montréal, le 24h, TVA and Rythme FM 105,7.

Find us on social media,  #JPRMTL #JPR35, Facebook: @justepourrire Twitter: @juste_pour_rire Instagram: @juste_pour_rire

Source: Juste pour rire

Media requests Ariane Fortin, Annexe Communications    514 844-8864, ext. 108

Excitedly welcome over 400 pros and co-anglers to the 3-day FLW Costa Series at the Plattsburgh City Marina, kicking off on Thursday, June 22nd bright and early at 6:30 a.m. ! This is the second event in the #ADKCoastProBass17 season and the largest tournament the FLW has seen in its Northern division.

FLW Returns to the Adirondack Coast with largest tournament in Northern division FLW Costa Series sets sign-up records on New York side of Lake Champlain June 22-24 Plattsburgh, NY – 6/21/2017 – The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and the City of Plattsburgh excitedly welcome over 400 pros and co-anglers to the 3-day FLW Costa Series at the Plattsburgh City Marina, kicking off on Thursday, June 22nd bright and early at 6:30 a.m.! This is the second event in the #ADKCoastProBass17 season and the largest tournament the FLW has seen in its Northern division. Competition is sure to heat up on Thursday as participants battle it out on Lake Champlain ’s waters, reeling in impressive catches in the hopes of scoring the top award of $46,000 in cash and a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard! Weigh-ins for the FLW Costa Series will be held at the Plattsburgh City Marina daily starting at 2:30 p.m. Spectators are welcome, so don’t miss your chance to “catch the excitement”! On Saturday, June 24th, the FLW Foundation will host a kids’ fishing tournament at the marina from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m. , and is open to participants of all abilities ages 18 and under. The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau’s 2015 Economic Impact Study: Pro Bass Fishing Tournaments revealed that annual fishing tournaments on the Plattsburgh , NY side of Lake Champlain bring in roughly $2.1 million to the local economy, with anglers taking advantage of our many lodging, dining, and fuel facilities. Bassmaster Magazine even named Lake Champlain one of the “Top 100 Best Bass Fishing Lakes in the U.S. ”, attracting roughly 2,000 anglers from across the globe. The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau will be updating this study in 2017. Bass fishing season on the Adirondack Coast continues with the following events: 2017 Tournament Dates June 22-24: FLW Costa Series July 22: Northern Bass Open July 27-30: Bassmaster Elite Series August 26: Collegiate Cup Challenge Interested in learning more about any of these upcoming fishing tournaments? Visit ### About the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, was established in 1994 as the official tourism promotion agency for the travel and tourism industry in Clinton County , NY . Based in Plattsburgh , NY , the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau contributes to the county's economic development and quality of life by promoting the region as a destination for leisure and group travel with a particular focus on history, agriculture and outdoor recreation including cycling, paddling, fishing, boating and skiing. For more information about Clinton County tourism, please contact the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau at 518.563.1000, visit or log onto

Much Ado About Nothing in Parks This Summer

~ Repercussion Theatre Brings 29th Shakespeare-in-the-Park to New Locations ~

Montreal , June 21, 2017  – From July 13 to August 15 inclusive, Repercussions Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothingfor its annual family-friendly Shakespeare-in-the-Park (SITP) tour. Directed by Repercussion's Artistic Director, Amanda Kellock, the production blends seasoned and emerging actors and designers to create a magical evening of theatre under the stars. Continuing its expansion into new neighbourhoods, Repercussion adds  Greenfield Park , Town of Mount Royal ,LaSalle and Rivière-des-Prairies to the tour, along with  Cornwall , Ontario . (Please see the full schedule below.)

Much Ado About Nothing examines deception and gender inequality through a confluence of plot lines. Claudio, a young soldier returned from war, asks Don Pedro to woo the beautiful Hero on his behalf but once won, Claudio's affections quickly vanish when he is falsely led to believe that Hero has cheated on him. Meanwhile Beatrice and Benedick, committed bachelors, humorously illuminate the downside of traditional gender roles through an ongoing and rigorous battle of wits. Claudio's instant attraction to Hero, his public renunciation and eventual betrothal highlight the fickle side of love yet, as powerful in its vulnerability as it is comical in its capriciousness, love triumphs over treachery in the end, and both couples are happily united.

Quincy Armorer, Dakota Jamal Wellman, Tiernan Cornford and Holly Gauthier-Frankel.

Photo by ©Studio Baron Photo

Director Amanda Kellock elaborates on the play's themes. "This play involves good people making bad choices, hurting those they care about and their actions are so extreme it's hard to imagine any form of reconciliation. But in order to do this play we have to ask ourselves: 'How do we truly atone for our mistakes? How does forgiveness work? How do we keep moving towards each other, even when it feels impossibly hard?' Audiences might watch the show and think, 'I would have known better!', but as Benedick says, 'Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.'"

Dakota Jamal Wellman, a recent Bishops University graduate who toured with Geordie Productions this past season, is the young and impressionable Claudio, who falls for the beautiful and chaste, Hero, played by Tiernan Cornford in her professional debut while on summer break from her first year at Concordia University. Quincy Armorer, Black Theatre Workshop's Artistic Director and the imperious Oberon from SITP's silver anniversary production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, is Benedick, sparring partner for the independent and feisty Beatrice, inhabited by Holly Gauthier-Frankel, returning to SITP after her debut in last year's all-female Julius Caesar. In his fifth SITP production, Matthew Kabwe returns as Don Pedro to woo fair Hero for Claudio. Dean Patrick Fleming, former Geordie Productions Artistic Director, stretches his acting muscles digging into the polar opposite characters of the manipulative Don John and Verges, the straight-man sidekick to one of Shakespeare's most hilarious fools, Dogberry, played by one of Montreal's best actors, Chip Chuipka, who also portrays the servant Balthazar. Hero's respected and well-to-do uncle, Leonato, has morphed into a female Leonata, played by Susan Glover, a veteran actor of impeccable comedic timing also coming on board with SITP for the first time. Anurag Choudhury, born in Oman but a Montrealer for the past six years, is both Borachio, Don John's crafty associate, and the Friar, who devises a plan to extricate Hero from her shameful predicament. Playwright, actor and musician, Sarah Segal-Lazar, is Margaret, an unwitting partner to Borachio in Don John's devious plan and Hero's bawdy serving woman. Ursula, a returning soldier in this production as well as another of Don John's entourage, is played by Cara Krisman, currently in her last year at the National Theatre School of Canada.

The decor and costumes work in unison to reflect a universe unto itself with Sabrina Miller's romantic set inspired by Italian Renaissance gardens and Sophie El-Assaad's costumes borrowing from the joie-de-vivre fashions of post-WWII. Former SITP stage manager, Jacynthe Lalonde, designs the lighting while Troy Slocum creates the sound and original music for Shakespeare's lyrics. Samantha Bitonti is the Assistant Director and Danielle Laurin stage manages.

POCKET SHAKESPEARE: For the second year, all of the SITP communities will be able to enjoy every nuance of the Bard's English thanks to Plank Design, who designed an application that enables Francophone audiences to follow the text by reading French sub-titles on their smart phones.

SHAKESPEARE-BEFORE-THE-SHOW: Repercussion Theatre is partnering with Geordie Productions to give young audiences fun and innovative ways to engage with Shakespeare. There are three 2-hour Introduction to Shakespeare workshops available for kids and teens at a cost of $35. Participants will learn what all the "foresooths" and "wherefores" are about, experience the fun of speaking Shakespeare and meet the cast of Much Ado About Nothing. Maximum 10 per class. Register online at ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

·        8 to 12 year olds:          Sun. July 23       3:30-5:30pm      Westmount Park

·       13 to 17 year olds:       Sun. July 23       3:30-5:30pm      Westmount Park

·       11 to 17 year olds:       Fri.  July 28        3:30-5:30pm      Centennial Park ( Beaconsfield )

Repercussion Theatre is also teaming up with  McGill University 's Early Modern Conversions Project to host an informative pre-show discussion on Tuesday August. 1st at 6pm  at the McGill Campus site prior to that evening's performance.


PHOTO: A larger format of the above photo is available by request.

MEDIA CALL: Tuesday July 11th at 1pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park  ( 6975 Mackle Road , Côte-St-Luc , QC , H4W). This is an opportunity for still and TV cameras to capture scenes from the play, for radio and podcasters to record sound clips, and for reporters to interview the director, actors and designers. Click HERE for a map.

RAIN CANCELLATIONS: Call 514-931-2644, visit or follow Repercussion Theatre on Twitter (@RepercussionMtl) or Facebook.

SHOW SCHEDULE - All shows begin at 7pm



13th - Baie d'Urfé

1st - McGill University Campus

14th - Cornwall

2nd - Brossard

15th - Knowlton

3rd - Mount Royal Cemetery

16th - Park Extension

4th - Ville Saint-Laurent

18th - Pierrefonds

5th - Rivière-des-Prairies

19th - Kirkland

6th - Plateau-Mont-Royal

20th - Dorval

8th - Westmount

21st - Canadian Centre for Architecture

9th - Westmount

22nd - Westmount

10th - LaSalle

23rd - Westmount

11th - Morin Heights

25th - Verdun

12th - Ville-Marie

26th - Côte-Saint-Luc

13th - Hemmingford

27th -Town of Mount Royal

15th – Greenfield Park

28th - Beaconsfield


29th - Huntingdon


30th - N.D.G


For park details & maps, visit   ABOUT REPERCUSSION THEATRE The mission of Repercussion Theatre is to deliver professional, classically based, visually dynamic theatre that is accessible to all, regardless of income, culture, language, age or education. Repercussion brings the performing arts to people in their communities, reaching new audiences and instilling in them, a lifelong love of theatre. For more information, visit the web site at

Sleep apnoea 'a cause' of Fisher death

The Star Wars actress died from sleep apnoea and "other factors", a coroner says.

Carrie Fisher

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnoea and "other factors", the Los Angeles County coroner says. Her death certificate said in January that the 60-year-old, best known for her role as Princess Leia, had suffered a cardiac arrest. But in a statement the LA coroner said the exact cause was unknown. Sleep apnoea is a common condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep, either for a few seconds or minutes. As well as listing sleep apnoea as a cause of death, the coroner's statement cited other factors, including heart disease and drug use. Her manner of death would be listed as undetermined, it said.  Fisher had been on tour promoting her book The Princess Diarist when she was taken ill on a flight from London to Los Angeles on 23 December.  Carrie Fisher in her own words 

 “Museum Days” on the Adirondack Coast "

Special to The Montreal Tribune - FREE admission offered during “Museum Days” on the Adirondack Coast Explore Clinton County ’s wealth of heritage during NYS “Path Through History” Weekend Plattsburgh, NY – 6/14/2017 – The Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance (ACCA) again celebrates Museum Days throughout the Adirondack Coast from June 17-18, 2017 , inviting visitors and residents to explore the area’s wealth of museums, galleries, and cultural organizations! For these two days, participating locations will offer free admission, including demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on activities, and more. This year’s event coincides with the first of two New York State “Path Through History” Weekends in 2017. As the backdrop for many historical events and happenings, our lakeside villages, charming hamlets and the historic city of Plattsburgh offer visitors opportunities to re-live some of our country’s most pivotal historic moments! Participating locations include:  Alice T. Miner Museum –·  Anderson Falls Heritage Society Museum – 518.834.9219·  Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum –·  Battle of Plattsburgh Association War of 1812 Museum –·  Champlain Valley Transportation Museum and Kids Station –·  Clinton County Historical Association and Museum –·  Coopersville School House of History – 518.570.2052·  Dannemora Village Museum – 518.492.7000, 518.492.7569 (evenings)·  Heart’s Delight Farm Heritage Exhibit –·  Kent-Delord House Museum –·  Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum –·  Northern NY American-Canadian Genealogical Society –·  North Star Underground Railroad Museum and North Country Underground Historical· Association –  Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum –·  Plattsburgh State Art Museum SUNY Plattsburgh –· -more-  Rouses Point History Welcome Center – 518.297.5502 Ext. 345·  The Strand Center· & The Strand Center Theatre – Adirondack Coast Arts & History Passport The Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance has once again created the Adirondack Coast Arts & History Passport. This passport will guide visitors to the sixteen museums and cultural sites located throughout the Adirondack Coast . Along the way, visitors are encouraged to collect as many stamps as they can by Thursday, December 1, 2017 for a chance to win some great prizes!  16-14 Stamps – Grand Prize: A Night on the Town: Arts and Cultural experiences are abundant· on the Adirondack Coast . “A Night on the Town” showcases just that… with tickets to the Strand Center theatre, dining at a downtown Plattsburgh eatery, and lodging accommodations in one of our renovated hotels.  13-11 Stamps – A Taste of Our Town: Lyon Mountain : Experience the historic iron mining village · of Lyon Mountain in the Southwest corner of Clinton County with our beautiful lakes and hills as the backdrop for your adventure. Prize packet includes items from the Lyon Mt. Mining & RR Museum store along with gift certificates from Martin’s Tackle Shop, the Owlyout Restaurant and the Iron Ore Market.  10 or less stamps – Adirondack Coast Basket: A Basket full of Adirondack Coast inspired goodies,· including t-shirts, hats, and magnets. The Adirondack Coast Arts & History Passport can be picked up at any location participating in Museum Days, as well as the North Country Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Museum Days visit Don’t forget to use the #MuseumDays17 hashtag as you share your history adventure online! ### About the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, was established in 1994 as the official tourism promotion agency for the travel and tourism industry in Clinton County , NY . Based in Plattsburgh , NY , the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau contributes to the county's economic development and quality of life by promoting the region as a destination for leisure and group travel with a particular focus on history, agriculture and outdoor recreation including cycling, paddling, fishing, boating and skiing. For more information about Clinton County tourism, please contact the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau at 518.563.1000, visit or log onto About the Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance The Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance is dedicated to serving the cultural, artistic, historical and museum communities of the Adirondack Coast of New York through collaboration, communication, networking, professional development, and advocacy in order to promote the area as a vibrant and attractive cultural destination.

ARTS ALIVE! QUÉBEC Celebrates Canada 's 150th


Montreal , June 14, 2017  – For the third consecutive year, the English Language Arts Network (ELAN), hosts Arts Alive! Québec, a province-wide cultural festival featuring Quebec artists in six different regions, with performances and activities for the whole family from June through September. Funded entirely by Canada 150, the six regions are  Knowlton Quebec City,  Hudson , Huntingdon,  Wakefield  and the  West Island  (encompassing Dorval to Sainte-Anne de Bellevue). " Canada 150 is an opportunity for all Canadians to join together in their community and celebrate what makes our country unique, diverse and vibrant," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Initiatives such as Arts Alive! Québec help showcase the contributions of the English-speaking community in Québec with performances and activities across the province. I encourage everyone to come out and celebrate in style."  ELAN Executive Director, Guy Rodgers, added "When we launched Arts Alive! Québec with funding for a single summer, we hoped to find ways to make it a multi-year event. We are immensely appreciative of Canada 150's support for this third edition. In 2015, AAQ focused on creating new opportunities for artists, and building solid relationships with our community partners. In 2016, we introduced hands-on workshops for participants of all ages to experience the arts. Building on previous successes and partnerships, we're preparing the biggest and best festival for the summer of Canada 's 150th birthday, with theatre, music, visual arts, spoken word, workshops, games, dance, picnics, storytelling, arts and crafts, and kids' activities, indoor and out." For the third year running, CBC is a media sponsor. Meredith Dellandrea, Managing Director of CBC Montreal said, "ELAN'sArts Alive! Québec has all the characteristics we look for in a partner: it reaches into many of the communities we share with our audience and it encourages exchanges between regions through art and culture. It is a great pleasure to partner again with the festival this year." Programming details are yet to be revealed however regional dates have been set for the six perfect family staycation destinations. Stay connected to all summer.  ·       June 25 to July 8: Knowlton (various venues & locations)  ·       July 2 and 3: Quebec City (Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais , G1R 4H3 )  ·       July 20 to 23: Hudson (various venues and locations)  ·       Aug. 18 & 19: Huntingdon (Grove Hall, 165, rue Châteauguay , J0S 1H0 )  ·       Sept. 8 to 10: Wakefield (38, ch. de la Vallée de Wakefield , J0X 3G0 )  ·       Sept. 23 & 24: West Island (TBA)  About ELAN  ELAN (English-Language Arts Network) is a not-for-profit organization that connects, supports, and promotes Quebec 's English-speaking artists and arts communities. Its members include artists and organizations representing a multitude of artistic disciplines and regions of Quebec . ELAN's philosophy is inclusive, encouraging an evolving Quebec identity that recognizes French as the public language and celebrates social, cultural, and artistic diversity.

The JPL Hebrew Theatre Presents: The Guest

By Savyon Liebrecht, directed by Rachelle Glait - Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 7 p.m.  

Special to The Montreal Tribune  - Montreal, June 5, 2017 – The Jewish Public Library is proud to present The Guest on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, 5170 Côte Ste-Catherine. This production will be presented in Hebrew with English supertitles. Tickets: Admission: $20 for JPL members and students, $25 general. Segal Centre Box Office: 514.739.7944 or Widowed at 65, Gershon thinks he may have found new love. And so has his daughter Ronnie – with her father's potential son-in-law!  But a surprise visitor from their past might upset matters. Based on the story The Last Visitor from Liebrecht's latest collection of stories, On Love Stories and Other Endings, The Guest is a wry and witty take on love and marriage by Savyon Liebrecht, one of Israel 's sharpest observers of the state of inter-generational relationships. Sponsored by Assaf Drori and Ziki Zaffir and starring local Montreal talent Ronit Kalaf Hollander, Ran Levy, David Razon, Naomi Spitzer and Michaella Weintraub. About the JPL Hebrew Theatre Founded by Nitza Parry and Yael Feingold, the Jewish Public Library Hebrew Theatre stages contemporary Israeli productions that showcase local Hebrew-speaking talent. Since its creation in 2000, the JPL Hebrew Theatre has produced numerous high-calibre performances and remains dedicated to the promotion of Hebrew culture in Montreal . The Hebrew Theatre is operated and managed by the Jewish Public Library, which has remained committed to serving Montrealers' diverse recreational, educational and cultural needs since 1914. 6.07.17

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1 dead after contagious strep A outbreak hits homeless shelters in Montreal

Authorities still investigating 2 other related cases, including 1 resulting in second death

Regional public health officials have alerted the city's shelters to a recent surge in streptococcus A cases among homeless people in Montreal — an outbreak that has left at least one man dead.

By Patrick Butler, CBC News - The CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-et-de-l'Île-de-Montréal warned shelter operators Thursday to be vigilant after it confirmed six linked cases of an invasive group of streptococcus A had surfaced among the city's homeless population since March. Dr. Noémie Savard of the CIUSS confirmed authorities are investigating two more related cases — including one that resulted in a second death. But some frontline shelter workers said they believe there are more cases than have been reported to date. Sam Watts, the CEO of Welcome Hall Mission— the shelter that first flagged the outbreak to regional health authorities in March— said the city's homeless are more at risk to contracting infections. He said poor access to regular health care services and co-morbidities, like pre-existing skins conditions and diabetes, make them vulnerable to diseases such as this type of streptococcus A.  

Health care: The government is missing the mark with Bill 130

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , June 15, 2017  – The Quebec government is missing the mark by trying to centralize the provision of hospital care, as is the case once again with Bill 130. Indeed, a Viewpoint published today by the MEI shows that Quebec would have an interest in following the example of Sweden , which has a decentralized model. In Sweden , the kinds of confrontations we've gotten used to seeing between the Health Minister and doctors are rare. This is largely due to the fact that many private care providers operate side by side with public providers, seamlessly integrated into a publicly funded system. Access remains universal, yet care provision is decentralized, autonomously managed, and competitive. " Sweden has a very limited degree of bureaucratic control over the health care sector. Essentially, Stockholm is responsible for establishing principles and guidelines," explains Johan Hjertqvist, President of Health Consumer Powerhouse and co-author of the publication. " Quebec must be the only place in the world where it's the Health Department that determines the menu to be served in hospital cafeterias!" Moreover, in return, Swedes obtain better access to care than we enjoy here. Statistics show that in Canada , 30% of patients waited two months or longer to consult a specialist in 2016, versus just 19% in Sweden . The same is true of elective surgery: 18% of patients waited four months or more, versus 12% in Sweden . This is 50% more in both cases, a difference representing thousands of patients. "The Swedish experience shows that health care facilities can be privately managed and decentralized, all while having equal and universal access to care. It's time to get over the myth that these two objectives are incompatible," adds Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI and co-author of the publication. "The most important reform to implement in Quebec is to allow the private sector to complement the public system as well as introduce some competition into the provision of care." In Sweden, far from being a threat to universal access, the integration of the private sector into the health care system has on the contrary helped make Sweden's egalitarian values sustainable: Patients who visit private clinics are treated the same way as they would be in public clinics, and no one is turned down based on health condition or financial situation. The Swedish health care model shows that there is no contradiction between private provision of care and equal access to care, given a sound policy framework and decentralized management. Swedes see no difference between public and private care, but they do benefit from choice, better access to care, and better service overall. This is a lesson that Quebec could stand to learn," concludes Jasmin Guénette. The Viewpoint entitled "Health Care in Sweden: Decentralized, Autonomous, Competitive, and Universal" was prepared by Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI, and Johan Hjertqvist, President of Health Consumer Powerhouse and Associate Researcher 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. 6.15.17

Physician's conscience should trump patient demands, argues Justice Centre

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Tuesday, June 13, 2017  TORONTO: The Justice Centre will intervene at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Tuesday June 13 through June 15, in support of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada ("CMDS") Application against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (the "CPSO") in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The CPSO has adopted policies that require doctors to assist patients who want to commit suicide, and other medical services such as abortion, even if those services conflict with a doctor's conscience or religious beliefs.  The CPSO further requires doctors to provide "an effective referral" for physician-assisted suicide, also known as Medical Assistance in Dying ("MAID"). The Justice Centre's intervention will focus on the Supreme Court's repeated rulings that there is no Charter right to health care, or any medical procedure, including MAID.  Therefore, there cannot be a right, Charter or otherwise, which allows patients to demand that an individual doctor perform or provide any medical procedure or an "effective referral" for any specific medical procedure or service that violates that doctor's conscientious or religious beliefs. On the contrary, doctors have protected conscience and religious rights under section 2(a) of the Charter, and government bodies like the College are required to respect those Charterfreedoms. In failing to respect the conscience rights of medical practitioners, the CPSO threatens the integrity of the entire medical profession. The Justice Centre's Factum concludes: The Policy uses threats and coercion to compel conduct that overrides a physician's foundational right-and-wrong imperatives. The CPSO's justifications as to why it is  necessary in the instant case to violate an individual's conscience are fallacious. There is no constitutional right to health care, and no fiduciary obligations exist to require a physician to assist with suicide. History is replete with examples of state entities that compelled their citizens to act contrary to conscience, with horrific and tragic results. In attempting to compel conduct against the wills and consciences of medical practitioners the CPSO adds itself to a list of infamy. For more information contact: Jay Cameron at 403-909-3404 or  6.13.17 

Aspirin 'major bleed' warning

The risk from taking aspirin daily is higher than previously thought for people over 75, scientists say. People over 75 taking daily aspirin after a stroke or heart attack are at higher risk of major - and sometimes fatal - stomach bleeds than previously thought, research in the Lancet shows.  Scientists say that, to reduce these risks, older people should also take stomach-protecting PPI pills. But they insist aspirin has important benefits - such as preventing heart attacks - that outweigh the risks. And they warn that stopping aspirin suddenly can be harmful. Anyone with concerns should speak to a doctor before considering changing medication, they say. 'Lifelong pills' Doctors generally prescribe daily aspirin for life after a person has a stroke or heart attack to help prevent more attacks. But researchers have known for some time that aspirin can increase the risk of stomach bleeds. Aspirin 'might boost cancer therapy'   Instant aspirin advice for minor stroke

Anti-vaccine parents seek Austria asylum

Parents in Italy opposed to child vaccinations say they plan to seek asylum in nearby Austria .

A group of German-speaking parents in northern Italy are so angry about a new requirement to get their children vaccinated that they plan to seek asylum in nearby Austria . The 130 families live in Alto Adige - also known as South Tyrol - a region that was part of Austria before 1919. Last month the Italian government ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools. Cases of measles have risen in Italy . The highly-contagious sickness is fatal in some cases. Some other European countries, including France and Romania , have also seen more measles cases this year. In some parts of Europe , including Italy , vaccination rates have dropped below those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).   Germany fines for vaccine snub

Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in trial

Small study raises hopes of treating women with advanced disease who do not respond to other drugs.

Marianne Heath

A new targeted treatment for ovarian cancer has shown "very promising" results in women in the advanced stages of the disease. It shrank tumours in about half of women who took part in a small trial. Researchers had only been testing the drug to see if it was safe for humans to take, but found it had an almost instant clinical effect. It is hoped the drug could help women who have stopped responding to all other currently available treatments. So far, it has only been tested in 15 women, and the researchers say it may not be safe to take for more than a few months.  However, ovarian cancer is a difficult disease to treat, and the prognosis in the advanced stages is very poor. Marianne Heath, 68, one of the patients who received the drug, said: "I had no other treatment choices, so I felt this was my only option. "I just want to keep going so I can keep the tumours at a level where I can enjoy my life. It isn't a cure, but it is life extension for me."

Prostate cancer drug's 'powerful results'

Lead researcher describes findings from the clinical trial as a "once-in-a-career feeling".

Prostate cancer

One of the largest clinical trials for prostate cancer has given "powerful results", say UK researchers. A drug for treating prostate cancer that has spread was found to save lives when offered earlier, a study found. The trial looked at abiraterone as an additional treatment in patients with prostate cancer who were about to start long-term hormone therapy. Abiraterone improved survival, according to results published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Prof Nicholas James, from the University of Birmingham , who led the research, said: "These are the most powerful results I've seen from a prostate cancer trial - it's a once-in-a-career feeling. "This is one of the biggest reductions in death I've seen in any clinical trial for adult cancers."

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How To Thrive And Not Dive In Life Are Found In Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success

Laguna Beach, CA, June 26, 2017 ― Why do some people dive, some survive and others thrive? The answer, Randall Bell, Ph.D., reveals, is surprisingly simple: choices.  Bell , a socio-economist and the CEO of Landmark Research Group, has developed an easy-to-follow formula for authentic growth and success based upon 25 years of behavioral research. In his book, Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success, Bell masterfully interweaves stories from his consulting work on high-profile cases—including Chernobyl, the World Trade Center, and O.J. Simpson—with findings from behavioral studies and his own survey of 5,000 people to reveal the daily habits that can make or break both personal and professional growth and success.  In Me We Do Be, Bell explains that all behaviors can be organized into four cornerstones: • Me is quality thinking that builds wisdom. • We habits form quality relationships.  • Do actions build productivity. • Be designs the future. There is no one-size-fits-all definition of success. For some, it's making money. For others it's having a loving family, winning a competition, completing a degree or beating cancer. The power of Me We Do Be is that it connects all the dots and creates a fresh perspective for moving forward, allowing readers to define what success means to them as individuals, while sharing the foundational elements that apply to everyone. Previously, the author led a national practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's largest consulting firm. He has consulted on hundreds of cases, including the Flight 93 Crash Site, the BP Oil Spill, Hurricane Katrina and the nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll. Often a guest of the media, Bell has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, People magazine, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight and by newscasters on every major television network. For more information on Randall Bell and his motivational book, please visit the website:
Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success, Leadership Institute Press, Release date: February, 2017  ISBN-10: 0996793119
ISBN-13: 978-0996793117  Available online and at fine bookstores everywhere
  TIP SHEET: Q & As available on request. Robert G. Allen, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Creating Wealth: "A fascinating blend of personal anecdotes from Dr. Bell's vast professional experience interspersed with powerful quotes, insights and a timeless list of valuable habits designed to improve any life. There are many golden nuggets in here." Jeffrey W. Hayzlett, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Mirror Test: "Some think that complex problems require complex solutions. This is not always true. The four cornerstones of Me We Do Be are a simple, effective way to ignite passion in any life or business!"  Donald T. Phillips, Best-Selling Author of Lincoln on Leadership: "From the homeless to the billionaires, Me We Do Be helps us all understand the true meaning of success and how to attain it in our own lives. This book is creative, beautifully written and based on solid scientific and personal research. Pick up a copy. It's a winner." Steve Alten, New York Times Best-Selling Author: "Eye-opening ... Randall Bell's Me We Do Be is as inspiring as Napoleon Hill's classic Think and Grow Rich." Dr. Piero Ferrucci, Best-Selling Author of The Power of Kindness: "Our life is made up mostly of our habits. Therefore, we'd better choose them mindfully and cultivate them wisely. In this brilliant book Randall Bell picks for us the (demonstrably) most beneficial habits in all domains of life—from inner to social to environmental to financial. I couldn't put the book down." Bob Proctor, Best-Selling Author of You Were Born Rich: "Me We Do Be shows how the little things we do can have a dramatic impact on our quality of life; it's that one small adjustment that can make the difference between winning and losing. Read, learn and act on the great information provided in this book." William R. Forstchen, New York Times Best-Selling Author: "... The opening of his book automatically captured my attention with the promise of drawing links between many of the seminal events that have shaken our nation in recent years and thus offer the potential of providing some answers as to 'Why?' which he does with consummate skill. This is a work we should all take a look at, both in terms of our personal lives and, in a broader sense, the potentially dangerous trajectory our nation is on as well and how to change that course." Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Speed of Trust: "... Based on the four cornerstones of Me We Do Be, Bell brilliantly reveals how cultivating the right 'habits' can not only enrich and improve your life and give you peace of mind, but doing so can save you from the destructiveness, dissatisfaction and danger of a life floundering to and fro¬¬—like a ship without a rudder. Backed by research and highly practical, this book is tremendously relevant today!" 6.26.17

Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World

A Chance To Know The Man Behind The Legacy

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Fullerton , CA , June 15, 2017  ― The world occasionally produces one of those rare thinkers whose name becomes iconic. Thomas Edison lit up the world; Albert Einstein profoundly altered the study of physics; Walt Disney re-imagined entertainment, and Leo Fender invented the electric guitar. Fender grew up in Fullerton , California , where his interest in electronics lead him to open his own radio repair shop in 1938. It wasn't long before musicians and band leaders turned to him for help in repairing their equipment. And the rest, as they say, is history. Fender's revolutionary guitar, the Fender Stratocaster, has been the preference of world-renowned musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Jeff Beck—to name a few. While his name is synonymous with fist-pumping rock and roll sound, in reality, Fender was a shy, unassuming inventor who was nearly deaf and had one glass eye. In 1946 he founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company—the launch pad for his most iconic designs—and later on, G&L Musical Instruments. And now, his wife Phyllis Fender gives readers a memory-filled look into the wonderful world of this quiet genius in the book, Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World. The book was co-written by Randall Bell, Ph.D., who grew up in Fender's neighborhood and whose father was the head of the R&D department at Fender's company. Fender's game-changing contributions to the music world have been widely recognized. He was presented with the Country Music Association Pioneer Award in 1981; was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock Walk of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His accomplishments were also acknowledged with a Technical Grammy Award in 2009. Fender died in 1991. Today, Fender is a household name. But the quirky, shy inventor never lived large or flaunted his fame. He lived in a mobile home, even after selling his company for $300 million (in today's dollars). His daily routines and obsessions made him truly fascinating, and thanks to his enduring instruments, Fender's legacy forever lives on. Author Phyllis Fender volunteers at the Fullerton Museum where she shares with visitors stories about her life with Leo. She also serves as the Honorary Chairman of G&L. Twenty-two years ago, two different doctors told Phyllis that she had six months to live. Today, both of those doctors are dead, and she is here to finally tell this remarkable story. LEO FENDER: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World\. Leadership Institute Press  Release date: November 1, 2017    ISBN-10: 0996793143 ISBN-13: 978-0996793148 Now available for preorder: 6.18.17

UFO Sighting Spurs Best-Selling Author To Pen Tell-All Thriller

Palm Beach, FL, June 2, 2017 ― On Saturday December 14, 2013 at approximately 11:10 PM, NY Times best-selling author Steve Alten and his wife, Kim, were returning home from dinner and a movie. As they drove through their neighborhood, they noticed something bizarre moving toward them in the night sky – pale amber lights like nothing they had ever seen. Says Alten: "There were eight to twelve of them flying in staggered pairs, approaching from the south less than a thousand feet (estimated) above Route 441/State Road 7 in Palm Beach County. They were far too silent and smooth to be helicopters and they were definitely not planes. As they came closer and passed almost directly overhead we could see the outline of a... well, their saucer-shaped vessels. By this time I had parked the car and Kim and I just stood and watched them, the two of us incredulous as they moved north through a cloudless night sky... until, pair by pair, they simply faded into the ether. Let me be clear here, they didn't move out of range or shut off their lights or disappear into a cloud bank, they slipped out of existence. Neither one of us had ever seen a UFO before. Far from being scared, we felt exhilarated, like we had just been treated to something very special." Three days later, the couple drove to
Miami Beach and had dinner with Dr. Steven M. Greer and his wife Emily – the first time the four had ever met. Considered by many to be the world's foremost authority on UFOs and Extraterrestrials, Dr. Greer has prepared briefs for two sitting presidents, members of congress, the Head of the Joint Chiefs, and many world leaders. He also leads CE-5 expeditions – Human-instigated ET encounters which use group meditation and remote viewing techniques to vector in the Interstellars. Steve Alten had contacted Dr. Greer after watching his 2001 Disclosure Project, a media event now viewed by hundreds of millions of people on YouTube that featured twenty eyewitnesses in the military, Intelligence community, FAA, and private defense sector who testified UFOs are not only real, but that there has been a major cover-up regarding free energy technologies, reverse-engineered from downed interstellar craft that could end global warming, poverty and famine, and change the world – only the fossil fuel industry and military industrial complex refuses to acknowledge their existence. Alten had emailed Dr. Greer seeking permission to use excerpts of these testimonials in one of his novels. A year after the book was published he received an invitation to meet the Greers in Miami for dinner. Of course, the first thing the Altens spoke about was their UFO experience three nights earlier. Dr. Greer explained that these close encounters happen to many of the people he is going to meet for the first time; the ETs are "checking you out to make sure your motives are pure." Greer discovered that advanced species communicate through consciousness; it was during meditation that he learned how to initiate his own close encounters. The meeting in December led to a three-pronged game plan designed to alert the masses to these zero-point-energy technologies, along with details about a False Flag event set up by the military industrial complex intended to make it look like we're being attacked by "evil aliens." 'Unacknowledged' (the documentary) was released by The Orchard, a division of Sony on April 24, 2017 . Unacknowledged (the book, edited by Steve Alten) was released by A&M Publishers on April 25, 2017 . Undisclosed (a new thriller by Steve Alten) will be released on June 6, 2017 . The story is about Adam Shariak, a veteran of the Iraq war, who is appointed Under Secretary of Defense in 2017 in order to penetrate a secret government, purposely black-shelving a clean, abundant energy system, reverse-engineered from downed UFOs. Both books and the movie name names, sites of secret black ops funded underground holding real UFOs and Alien Reproduction Vehicles, and details how a secret group, known as Majik, "murdered former CIA Director William Colby days before he was supposed to turn over a zero-point energy device and millions of dollars in seed money to Dr. Greer." Watch the trailer at:   Available at all online outlets  Undisclosed By Steve Alten Publisher: A and M Publishing LLC  June 2017 ISBN-10: 1943957053 ISBN-13: 978-1943957057

Essential Living: A Guide To Having Happiness And Peace By Reclaiming Your Essential Self
By Shelley Uram, MD - Phoenix, AZ, May 31, 2017 - Harvard-trained psychiatrist, Dr. Shelley Uram shares her theory on how we find out what we really want in life. Our innermost desires have been lost along the way and Dr. Uram helps to breakdown the barrier in our minds to identify the genuine desires versus what most people think they want most, such as money, success, more free time, getting married. etc.  In order to achieve complete satisfaction in our lives we must be happy with what we're doing and continually move toward our happiness. Essential Living focuses on finding what that happiness is. Dr. Uram writes, "The Essential Self (our most real state of being) was around way, way before any thoughts or emotions were present." However, society's pressures and what our culture has made us believe is the correct way of living, has hindered our natural ability to recognize what is right for our individual needs. Dr. Uram guides readers in finding a sense of peace, happiness, love, and a sense of freedom.  Some of the benefits to reaching our essential self are: • An increased sense of well-being   • An inner stillness   • A greater sense of inner peace  • A greater sense of connectedness with others and with life itself • More loving of self and others  Most of us have taken an indirect path to what we want most; Dr. Uram explains how that happens and shows readers how to get on a direct path to their ultimate goal.  Exercises are incorporated throughout Essential Living to help readers learn, retain and progress more quickly. About the author: Shelley Uram, MD, (Phoenix, AZ) a Harvard-trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist, is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She speaks all over the US, Canada, and the UK at conferences, international trauma conferences, and annual meetings for professional bodies such as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The EMDR International Association, Harvard Medical School residencies, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has also hosted a radio show called "Tell It Like It Is with Dr. Shelley!" and produced a documentary film, "What Makes Peter Run," that aired on PBS for a number of years. Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher, contact: (800) 441-5569 or  Essential Living: A Guide to Having Happiness and Peace by Reclaiming Your Essential Self By Shelley Uram, MD  ISBN: 9780757319600 – June 2017 -- $15.95 6.02.17 6.02.17

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

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


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

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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. 

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Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

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

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Accepting Open bidding for the "Flower"  (left)

Monet and Picasso among art theft

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

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Are you in the Fashion industry?    

Lots of restrictions has been amended on imports...sell your products and services directly to Canadian Buyers, here’s  our  Previous Issue of Canadian Fashion & Textile Buyers Guide, you can down load it for free but if you want  the NEW and  up-dated version  place your order now, it's US$50 per copy payable by money order or credit card. also don’t forget to inquire about the Industry Textile Book known as The Shmata Business, used world-wide by manufacturers, designers, teachers and students, priced at US$50 per copy.

We are now accepting interested parties to be listed in the International Garment and Textile Suppliers' List.

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To All... Including Overseas: Independent Motion Pictures and Musical Record Producers

Thousands of films or motion pictures and musical recordings are produced every month and the most that reach market are less than 10%. So how do you find a way to the very complicated market of this industry? Get help or assistance from a trader that knows how it works. If you are or a company that’s in this situation, give us a shout by forwarding your e-mail to TPI Communications

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