vendredi 22 septembre 2017

THE FALL SEASON 2017


FALL SEASON 2017 -
By Bernard Bujold -
Officially the fall season 2017 begins today Friday September 22nd, but in reality Quebec is rather living an Indian summer with temperatures above 29c. According to meteorologists, the daily temperatures will remain above 20c until mid October and then it will be cooling with snow in the regions to the north. We should be expecting a winter 2017 with a lot of snow all over Quebec and starting in November for the central regions... 
Time will tell! 
For the moment, let us welcome the fall of 2017 and enjoy the nature that smiles at us! 
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dimanche 17 septembre 2017

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE...


SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE... 
By Bernard Bujold Nothing could be more enjoyable than a good Sunday morning coffee in town! The experience is even more pleasant when this coffee is prepared by your favorite "barista"... 
Buona domenica ... e la felicità per i newlyweds! 
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THE INDIAN SUMMER 2017


THE INDIAN SUMMER 2017 - 
By Bernard Bujold- While the fall is on our doorstep (September 22) , the summer 2017 will remain well established until the end of September and, according to experts in the weather, with sun every day and temperatures averaging 24C. But we must take advantage of it because the same meteorologists predicts that by mid-October we could have snow on Quebec and that winter will be very cold with a lot of snow... 
Happy end of summer 2017! 
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FACEBOOK TO OPEN A CENTER IN MONTREAL


FACEBOOK TO OPEN A CENTER IN MONTREAL -
By Bernard Bujold
Facebook announced the opening of a new artificial intelligence center in Montreal on Friday September 15, 2017, marking the latest move by a U.S. firm to tap into Canada’s expertise in the technology, according to two people familiar with the matter. 
Facebook plans to relocate staff from its headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., and also tap local talent, one person said. Late Thursday, the office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would deliver remarks in Montreal Friday at an event hosted by Facebook. A spokesman for Facebook didn’t immediately return a request for comment. 
Facebook opened an office in Montreal in 2013 (advertising) in a move to better serve Quebec and French-speaking businesses looking to expand their presence on the social network. It also has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. 
The new Facebook’s investment in Montreal comes within a year after Google also opened a new artificial intelligence lab dedicated to deep learning, a type of machine-learning technology. (source WSJ)
SEE STORY THE MONTREAL GAZETTE

mercredi 13 septembre 2017

HILLARY CLINTON - WHAT HAPPENED


HILLARY CLINTON - WHAT HAPPENED -
By Bernard Bujold- 
I read the Hillary Clinton book overnight and, as a political junkie that I am, I loved it very much. 
Hillary is very open in the book about the 2016 election and one could conclude that her book is a map about what not to do to win an election... 
Hillary admit it, she did not listen to her instinct during the campaign and instead many times she took the advice of her staff. Conclusion: if you want to win in politics, follows your gut feeling! 
Another thing that struck me is the back cover photo of the book. The photographer, Mario Testino, did a great job, so to speak... 
The real conclusion: this very well-written book is a real Christmas gift for Donald Trump as Hillary repeat the same arguments that Donald said. Happy Christmas Donald and happy reading to all the other political junkies out there! 
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mardi 12 septembre 2017

DONALD TRUMP AND THE SPINNING OF THE RACING CAR...


DONALD TRUMP AND THE SPINNING OF THE RACING CAR-
By Bernard Bujold - 
Donald Trump was a great campaigner during the US Presidential election of 2016, if not the greatest of all, and Hillary Clinton admit it in her new book WHAT HAPPENED. 
She is also adding, of course, that Donald Trump is a very bad President, but that is another story... 
More and more political observers and journalists, even those who voted against him, are admitting that Donald Trump is lot similar in his way of doing things as was Ronald Reagan in his days. 
Reagan was a real champion during the election against Jimmy Carter but got a very slow start as President. He was called the "Hollywood Actor" like Donald Trump is called the "Reality TV Host". But at the end of his two mandates as President, Ronald Reagan was considered one of greatest President in the modern history of the United States. 
Many think that the same judgment will be applied to Donald Trump after his time. 
Personally, Donald Trump's style remember me the one of Brian Mulroney as both had the same political message during their campaign to change the way things are managed in the government. In 1984, I was on the Brian Mulroney's team when he promised to change Ottawa and give to it the private sector spin in management. Running on this program, he elected 211 members on a possibility of 282, the largest landslide majority government in Canada history. 
Donald Trump promised the same thing about Washington. 
But Brian Mulroney discovered early after his election victory that the state is not manageable like a private enterprise and he had to adjust his government team. Brian also discovered that he needed two types of teams: one to win the election and another to manage the government. 
Donald Trump is discovering the same situation in Washington and he is also adjusting his team and his way as the manager of the state. His collaboration with Democrats is also making a lot of good sense because during the campaign he was in many ways an independent candidate and most Republican leaders even refused to support him. Donald Trump electoral base was very independent and even more Democrat than Republican. 
One could say that Donald Trump is indeed the first Independent President! 
But the real conclusion is, that like Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump is the President of the people and I am convinced that he will find his way to success! 
For the moment, he is spinning the racing car and getting his hands well on the wheel! 
To be continued... 
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lundi 11 septembre 2017

AFTERNOON WITH DUCKS ...


AFTERNOON WITH DUCKS... 
By Bernard Bujold - 
With the summer coming soon to an end, it is still very pleasant to spend an afternoon at the edge of the pond with the ducks. Personally, I spent a recent weekend with "one duck", only one, who had adopted me and wanted to be my friend! And friendship, one cannot not refuse it, especially from a nice duck... 
Happy end of summer 2017! 
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dimanche 10 septembre 2017

RAFAEL NADAL WON THE US OPEN TENNIS 2017


Rafael Nadal won his third US Open men’s singles title with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over first-time finalist Kevin Anderson inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday afternoon September 10, 2017
This victory gave the 31-year-old Spaniard his 16th Grand Slam crown, the second-most of all time behind only Roger Federer, who won his 19th earlier this summer at Wimbledon. 
Nadal is now one of only six players in the Open era to win at least three US Open men’s singles championships, along with Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors, who have five each; John McEnroe, who has four; and Ivan Lendl, who won three. 
"Been a great two weeks," Nadal said after his triumph. "Increasing level of tennis, increasing of confidence during that two weeks. Yeah, I have this trophy with me again here in New York. There is no better way to finish the Grand Slam season for me after a very emotional season in all aspects. "So very happy the way that I played, happy the way that I managed the pressure, and the way that I was competing during the whole event. Playing better or worse, the competitive spirit have been there in a very positive way all the time." 
Rafael Nadal is the World No. 1 and he could be proud about it as he deserve it!
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POPE FRANCIS AND THE MODERN MASS


THE POPE AND THE NEW VATICAN LAW -
By Bernard Bujold-
Pope Francis has used his absolute authority in the Vatican to decentralize once more the power from Rome since his election and he is going now against some of his Cardinals by making a widespread change to the ways, and words, in which Roman Catholics worship in the church by amending Vatican law to give bishop around the world a greater authority in translating liturgical language for the mass. 
Some conservative opponents to the Pope favored the return to Latin Mass, or at least more faithful translations to it in the local language, and they wanted the church hierarchy in Rome to ensure global universality and unity by making all of those translations uniform. The amendment is a significant development in a liturgical schism that has split Catholics across the world which is evident at the highest echelons of the church. 
The new law announced this Saturday September 9, 2017 will go into effect on October 1.
SEE STORY NYT

TEX LECOR (1933-2017)


TEX LECOR (1933-2017) 
By Bernard Bujold- 
The artist Tex Lecor died in the night of Friday to Saturday September 9, 2017 as a result of pulmonary complications. He was 84 years old. 
His real name was Paul Lecorre and he was born on June 10, 1933 in Saint-Michel-de-Wentworth, north of Lachute, in the Laurentians. 
This artist TEX, who was loved by all, will be remembered as one of the greatest poets of Quebec; a humorist with his insolence of a telephone; and finally a painter. 
Personally it is his musical work that touched me most because his songs reflected the traditional Quebec of the seventies, years of my adolescence. One can compare him to a Felix Leclerc at the level of his poetry deeply identified to Quebec and his people. 
Tex Lecor had retired from the musical world since the beginning of 1980 and devoted himself to his first trade as a painter, a trade he had studied at the Montreal School of Fine Arts from 1951 to 1958 with other artists as the sculptor Armand Vaillancourt. 
Another page in the history of Quebec has just turned... 
SEE BIOGRAPHY TEX LECOR