Kushwaha injured in clash with police

first_imgFormer Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Upendra Kushwaha and several other party workers suffered injuries on Saturday when they clashed with the police in Patna during a protest march.The RLSP had organised an ‘Aakrosh’ (anger) march to highlight the deterioration in the education system in the State. Mr. Kushwaha led the march with party workers shouting slogans demanding the resignation of CM Nitish Kumar. “Nitish Kumar has no moral right to be the Chief Minister of the State when teachers are not protected and paid salaries. The education system here has collapsed,” said an RLSP worker. When the march reached the city’s Dak Bungalow intersection, the police stopped them from moving onward. The protesters then clashed with policemen, following which the cops had to resort to water cannons first and finally a baton charge. Over half a dozen RLSP workers, along with their party leader, got injured in the scuffle. Mr. Kushwaha was taken to hospital from where he was discharged after being administered first aid. Party leader Anand Madhav claimed that Mr. Kushwaha was “targeted deliberately as the party had informed the administration about the march in advance”, and blamed the CM for the same.last_img read more

A Doppler Effect for Distant Planets

first_imgAn ambulance whizzes by, and suddenly its siren drops in pitch. We are all familiar with the Doppler effect, even if we don’t know it by name. Now, scientists have found an alternative version of the phenomenon, for when sound, or light, scatters off a rotating object. The discovery could enable astronomers to measure a distant planet’s rotation, or even improve the performance of wind turbines.Here’s how the Doppler effect works: When a noisy object is moving toward you, its sound waves bunch up, producing a higher frequency, or pitch. Conversely, as soon as the object is moving away from you, the sound waves stretch out, and the pitch lowers. The faster the object, the greater the pitch change.The Doppler effect occurs for light as well as sound. For instance, astronomers routinely determine how fast stars and galaxies are moving away from us by measuring the extent to which their light is “stretched” into the lower frequency, red part of the spectrum. 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In recent decades, however, scientists have discovered that the Doppler effect also exists for objects that are rotating. In 1981, chemist Bruce Garetz at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University showed that if a rotating object emits circularly polarized light, that light’s frequency is shifted. Then in 1997, physicists Iwo Bialynicki–Birula at the Center for Theoretical Physics in Warsaw and Zofia Bialynicka–Birula at the Institute of Physics, also in Warsaw, came up with a variant of the rotational Doppler effect, exploiting the so-called orbital angular momentum (OAM) of light.When light has OAM, its electric and magnetic fields rotate so as to give its phase a corkscrewlike twist as the light propagates through space. Iwo and Zofia Bialynicki–Birula showed that a rotating object emitting light would imbue that light with OAM; as a result, a measurement of OAM would enable someone to infer the object’s rotation. In a paper published online today in Science, however, physicist Miles Padgett and Martin Lavery at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom and colleagues from the University of Strathclyde, also in Glasgow, have gone one step further: demonstrating that light gets a Doppler shift in OAM simply by scattering off a rotating object.The researchers made their discovery by shining a laser onto a fast-rotating plastic rotor. They collected the scattered light at a detector, which filtered it into two signals of positive (clockwise-rotating) and negative (counterclockwise-rotating) OAM. Although the rotor did not change the light’s total OAM, it did shift its positive OAM higher in frequency and its negative OAM lower in frequency. The researchers used this frequency separation to determine the speed of the rotor’s rotation.Most objects don’t emit light; they scatter it toward our eyes from other sources, such as light bulbs or the sun. For this reason, Padgett suggests that the Doppler-shift of scattered light—which should also be generated in sound waves—could find useful applications. For example, astronomers could use it to determine the rotation of distant planets, he says. Back on Earth, he adds, lasers could be sent through wind farms to determine the rotation of air currents. “If you’re a windmill, you’d like to know in advance of blustery wind, so you can tether your blades.”Engineer Alan Willner at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles applauds the fact that “fundamental” discoveries about waves are still being made—particularly with light’s OAM, which itself was discovered only some 20 years ago. “[Padgett] has kindled this excitement throughout the scientific community about this newly understood property of light,” ​he says.last_img read more

Indian-Origin MP Seema Malhotra Among Anti-Trump Voices In UK Parliament

first_imgIndian-origin Labour MP Seema Malhotra was among a number of British MPs who spoke out against US President Donald Trump’s proposed state visit to the UK in Parliament. Related Itemslast_img

Trail Blazers lock up no. 3 seed in West after dramatic win over Kings

first_imgThunder clinch West 6th seed after beating league-no. 1 Bucks PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “It was a hell of a game. I was really proud of those six guys who played,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “The NBA is a funny game and obviously at halftime, it didn’t look like we had much going, defensively in particular.”Stotts said before the game that guard CJ McCollum would rest because it was the second of a back-to-back. McCollum missed 10 games with a left knee injury and had just been back for Portland’s last two games.As for his other players, Stotts said going in that it was “fluid.” Damian Lillard was available but did not play. Neither did any of the team’s other regular starters, as Stotts went with Skal Labissiere, Layman, Meyers Leonard, Gary Trent, Jr. and Simons. Trent, Simons and Labissiere were making their first starts of the season.The Kings’ season is over, but coach Dave Joerger said he was encouraged.“We haven’t been great for the last couple of weeks, but I don’t want that to dull the shine on what has been a terrific season of development and competitiveness, and competitive spirit, of laying down a foundation and an identity, a lot of success and a lot of good moments,” Joerger said. “I feel good about that, and I feel good about where we can be in the future.”The Kings stayed with their regular starters and went up by 11 points in the opening quarter. They extended the lead to 28 points during the second and were up 87-62 at the break. Da’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 17 points and nine assists at halftime.Joerger went to his reserves in the second half.“Being a top-three seed in the West is an accomplishment,” Lillard said. “We should be proud of ourselves but obviously our business is just beginning.”TIP-INSKings: Joerger was asked before the game why the Kings had not won in Portland since 2012. He replied: “LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Wesley Matthews.” … The Kings gave up 76 points in the second half. Trail Blazers: Sacramento’s 87 first-half points were the most Portland had allowed in the half this season. … Simons became just the 11th rookie in franchise history to have a 30-point game. … Portland earned the No. 3 seed for the second straight year. Last season they were swept by New Orleans.ABOUT THE THUNDER: Oklahoma City won all four games against the Blazers this season. Portland swept the Thunder the year before.“We know that we’re capable of beating them. Each game this season came down to a possession here, a possession there,” Lillard said. “It’s going to be a tough, tough series. And I think we’ve got to go out and just be aggressive going into it. Our mentality has to be as the aggressor, go in there with the attitude that we’re getting it done.”UP NEXTSacramento’s season is over.The Trail Blazers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Simons, who had seven 3-pointers, played all 48 minutes as the Blazers rested their starters for the regular season finale.“To have all the young guys come in and secure the third seed, it felt good,” he said. “All of us felt good about that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Blazers have won 14 of 17 games en route to their sixth straight trip to the playoffs. Portland will open the postseason Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who finished in sixth.Portland had already clinched homecourt advantage in the opening round with a 104-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers the night before. Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, right, reaches for a loose ball in front of Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon— It was a heck of a first start for rookie Anfernee Simons.Simons scored a career-high 37 points and the Portland Trail Blazers locked up the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with a dramatic 136-131 victory over the Sacramento Kings using just six players on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Denver beat the Timberwolves 99-95 Wednesday night, locking the Nuggets into the No. 2 seed and a first-round series against San Antonio, and giving Portland the opening to claim the third seed. The Jazz wound up as a No. 5 seed and will play fourth-seeded Houston. The West’s top finisher, Golden State, will face the No. 8 Clippers.Portland trailed by 28 points but made it interesting in the fourth quarter by closing within 117-116 with 7:53 left on Simon’s 3-pointer. Simons found Jake Layman for an alley-oop dunk to pull the Blazers in front.Portland pushed the lead to 128-119 on Layman’s basket with 2:49 left. Simons hit his seventh 3-pointer to make it 131-123 with just over two minutes left and Sacramento couldn’t catch up.“That was fun. That was probably the best time I’ve had all season,” Simons said. “Just winning by coming back from down 28. We all stuck together and our teammates all helping us out the whole way. That was fun.”Marvin Bagley III had 20 points to lead the Kings, who lost their 11th straight game in Portland.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

Chinese media slams NBA’s ‘about face’ on Hong Kong

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police01:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Crews at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz arena, where the Nets and Lakers were to tip-off, were seen Wednesday morning removing the logos of the NBA, Nets, Lakers, and corporate sponsors from lamp-posts and walls in the area.Speculation has grown in the US that the games themselves –- another is to be held in the southern city of Shenzhen on Saturday — could be cancelled.The NBA has built a lucrative Chinese fanbase in recent years thanks in part to the popularity of former Rockets centre Yao Ming.But after Morey’s tweet, state broadcaster CCTV and Chinese internet company Tencent both suspended broadcasts of Rockets games and two preseason NBA games in China.The Chinese Basketball Association, which Yao now heads, has also cut off ties with the Rockets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Gregg Popovich lauds Silver’s response to China over tweet rift A woman walks past a NBA merchandise store in Beijing on October 8, 2019. – China on October 8 scrapped plans to air NBA exhibition games as the league faced an escalating punishment campaign in the lucrative Chinese market ignited by an American basketball executive’s pro-democracy tweet. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)Chinese state media slammed the NBA for an “about-face” Tuesday after the body said it would not apologize for a tweet by the Houston Rockets General Manager supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.The US league has drawn fire for from Chinese broadcasters, sponsors and social media after Daryl Morey tweeted a message Friday saying “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Becoming his own man After the NBA called Morey’s tweet “inappropriate” in a statement on Chinese social media platform Weibo, league commissioner Adam Silver insisted at a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday that the league would not apologize and would “support freedom of expression”.In an editorial, the state-run China Daily accused the NBA of a U-turn and said Silver’s remarks showed the league’s earlier “honey-mouthed” statements had been “nothing but an attempt to prevent the hemorrhaging of profits made in China.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manIt added that “Silver’s about face, which will definitely give a shot to the arms of the rioters in Hong Kong, shows his organization is willing to be another handy tool for US interference in the special administrative region.”Beijing has often accused foreign forces of fuelling the unrest in Hong Kong. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics An editorial in the nationalistic Global Times also blasted the NBA for bowing to “political correctness in the US”, saying there was now “little room for reconciliation” as the issue had escalated into a clash of values between China and the US.Silver “will only offend more people no matter what he tries to say,” the tabloid said.The NBA commissioner said he hoped to discuss the situation with Chinese officials in Shanghai, where the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are set to play an exhibition game on Thursday.But a day after the NBA cancelled a Nets publicity event in the city, NBA representatives told AFP that it had scrapped a similar public event involving the Lakers on Wednesday.Separate training sessions by the teams on Wednesday that media had been invited to were also abruptly declared closed.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

Atletico Madrid sign England’s defender Kieran Trippier from Tottenham Hotspur

first_imgEngland right back Kieran Trippier has signed for Atletico Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur, the two clubs said on Wednesday.Atletico did not say how much they will pay for Trippier, 28, although British media reported the deal was worth 20 million pounds ($25 million) plus variables.Trippier played a leading role in England’s run to the last four of the 2018 World Cup, scoring from a free kick in their 2-1 semi-final defeat by Croatia.He also helped Spurs to the Champions League final for the first time in their history last season, where they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.”With this signing, we add to our team a fantastic and experienced player who comes to us from the Champions League runners-up,” Atletico said in a statement on their website hereThe Englishman is a versatile full back who can also play in midfield and has a fantastic right foot.Because of all this, we welcome Trippier to the Atleti Family and wish him the best of luck at his new home.Trippier is the third defender to join Atletico in the close season after Brazilian pairing Felipe and Renan Lodi while reports in the Spanish media say Spain centre back Mario Hermoso is also set to sign for Diego Simeone’s side.Atletico, who finished second in La Liga last season, bid farewell to captain Diego Godin and stalwart full backs Juanfran and Filipe Luis after their contracts expired, while France defender Lucas Hernandez has moved to Bayern Munich.advertisementTrippier will be the first English player to play for Atletico in La Liga and the third British player in Spain’s top flight next season alongside Scottish forward Jack Harper of Getafe and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.last_img read more

Federal archeology lab in Nova Scotia to remain open cabinet minister

first_imgHALIFAX – Parks Canada says it has decided to continue leasing a facility in a Halifax-area business park for an archeology lab that houses artifacts from the Atlantic region.Treasury Board President Scott Brison tweeted Wednesday evening that the Liberal government was keeping the facility going, saying it “meets conservation and security standards.”The previous Conservative government had announced in 2012 that the lab was closing as part of a consolidation of six labs, and the artifacts were scheduled to be moved.In a brief email, a Parks Canada spokeswoman confirmed Brison’s tweeted message.A number of local archeologists had criticized the Harper government’s plans to close the facility, saying it was both a valued storage facility and a source of expertise to researchers.last_img read more

Man hurt during arrest for alleged slurs at BC vigil for New

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — An investigation is underway after a man in Surrey, B.C., was injured while being arrested for allegedly yelling racial slurs at a prayer vigil for the victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks.Surrey RCMP say it happened Sunday afternoon at the pre-planned event in the city’s civic plaza.They say the man was acting suspiciously at the time.The Independent Investigations Office confirms it has been notified and its investigators are now gathering evidence and seeking witnesses.The office, which investigates all cases of police-involved injury or death in British Columbia, says the injury occurred as the man was being taken into custody for breach of the peace.A statement from the office says that during the arrest the man went to the ground and was taken to hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Surrey RCMP say in a post on their website that the office will “determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries.”The detachment says it will not make any further comment while the investigation is underway.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Runners Complete Paris Half Marathon For Naked Heart Foundation

first_imgOn 6 March 2016, the Naked Heart Foundation – set up by Natalia Vodianova, Guerlain makeup and Shalimar fragrance muse – joined forces with Guerlain to take part in the Paris Half Marathon.Natalia Vodianova Greats Team Members At Paris Half MarathonThis year’s fundraising goal was to continue charity’s “Summer with Purpose” project and organise much needed integrative summer camps for children and young adults with autistic spectrum disorders across Russia.Every March for seven years running, la Maison Guerlain as a committed brand and the Naked Heart Foundation, have been taking part in the Paris Half Marathon. The team this year had 79 runners, consisting of Guerlain and Naked Heart Foundation staff and a number of volunteers, who selflessly raised money for the charity’s work with children with special needs.Laurent Boillot, Guerlain CEO, also took part, and among the other runners there was Naked Heart Foundation trustee Sandra Nedvetskaia, Swiss artist Olympia Scarry, Systems Magazine co-founder Alexia Niedzielski, Museum Frieder Burda curator Patricia Kamp and Natalia Vodianova’s eldest son Lucas Portman.Natalia, who has successfully completed several Paris Half Marathons in the past, personally greeted all the team members at the finish line.The team have managed to raise more than €230,000 in private donations through taking part in the run and there’s still time to support Natalia or any of the other runners on the team’s official fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/teams/summerwithpurpose2016.The “Summer with Purpose” project will provide children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders with an opportunity to enjoy a much-needed summer break. Integrative summer camps, run by the Naked Heart Foundation, bring significant positive changes to lives of people with autism and their families all over Russia. These camps will contribute to the development of their social and communication skills and give them a chance to make friends and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere. The project started in 2015 and provided advanced training to 10 specialists and helped organise 5 integrative summer camps for 57 children and young adults with special needs. Now those specialists are applying the methods and approaches they learned on a daily basis and are training their colleagues and volunteers in working with children with autism.last_img read more

TORONTO RAPPER NAV SCORES FIRST NO 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD CHARTS WITH

first_imgNav performs at the Juno Awards in London, Ont., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Rapper Nav is latest Canadian to sit atop the Billboard album chart. ~ Frank Gunn / THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img In Canada, the album debuted in the top spot as well, with 10,000 units.The 29-year-old rapper’s tally was helped by solid streaming numbers and various merchandise bundles sold through his website.Fans could pick up an array of items, from hoodies to a 12-pack of “Bad Habits”-branded Styrofoam cups, and each included a refundable code for the digital album.Several days after its March 22 release, Nav reissued the album in a “deluxe version” with eight additional tracks.He also released an array of new merchandise bundles during the sales week, including a package that offered an early access pass for his concerts and the album for $10. Facebook Login/Register With: TORONTO — Rapper Nav is the latest Canadian to sit atop the Billboard album chart.The Toronto performer, born Navraj Goraya, scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Bad Habits, released on the Weeknd’s XO record label.It sold the equivalent of 82,000 album units for the week ending March 28, a figure that includes both physical and digital sales as well as streaming numbers.last_img read more

TSX resumes last weeks sell off despite strong gains from cannabis sector

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index resumed last week’s selloff by closing down slightly on Monday despite strong gains by the cannabis-heavy health sector just days before the drug’s legalization.The markets are just trying to find a little bit of footing at the start of the corporate earnings season after last week’s spike in volatility, said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist for Edward Jones.North American markets lost ground during the day after ending Friday on the upswing following a few days of heavy losses.“I think we’re going to get this kind of tennis match between the ongoing anxiety of the selloff and probably the positive news of corporate earnings and that probably can keep the markets bouncing around,” he said in an interview from San Francisco.“I expect volatility to continue this week, probably not to the degrees we saw last week but I think the balance between those two forces at the moment are probably going to keep the markets a little bit on edge this week.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down slightly, losing 4.82 points to 15,409.47, after dipping to a low of 15,398.47 on 246.8 million shares traded.The health care sector gained 6.7 per cent, followed by gold. Information technology, energy and financial sectors were the biggest losers on the day.Energy was down on some geopolitical concerns related to the suspected death of a Washington Post columnist after he had entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey.Most cannabis stocks enjoyed solid gains as the enthusiasm that has driven the sector higher continued.Fehr expects the exuberance will continue past Wednesday’s legalization of recreational cannabis use.“I don’t think that that has to necessarily come an end just because of legalization but I think the enthusiasm will wane once the kind of the shimmer wears off this newness to the growth story here.”He said the momentum enjoyed by cannabis shares is very similar to cryptocurrencies earlier this year.“That can only last for so long,” Fehr added. “At some point this sector, these companies are going to have to rely on growth, they’re going to have to rely on revenues and profits as a driver of their stock prices.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 89.44 points to 25,250.55. The S&P 500 index shed 16.34 points to 2,750.79, while the Nasdaq composite was off 66.15 points to 7,430.74.Fehr warned investors not to look at the market volatility as the beginning of the end of the bull run because it’s not driven by news about a global or North American downturn.“Instead I look at it much more as a healthy, normal type of correction that’s just based off of some concerns about some trends that we’ve known about for some time.”The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.96 US compared with an average of 76.7 cents US on Friday.The November crude contract was up 44 cents at US$71.78 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was up 8.1 cents at US$3.24 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$8.30 at US$1,230.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.2 cents at US$2.79 a pound.last_img read more

Foreign Movie Productions in Morocco Exceed MAD 500 Million in 2014

By Sapha BouamaraRabat – During the first six months of this year, the value of investments in foreign films in Morocco reached up to MAD 502 million, with a total of twenty-two foreign movies and TV productions filmed before the end of this past month.Morocco has been always known for its great and big landmarks, like the Kasbahs of Ouarzazate, the exotic monuments in Marrakech or Tangier’s breathtaking scenery. Many famous movies have been filmed in Morocco such as Babel, a multi-narrative Drama directed by Alejandro González and written by Guillermo Arriaga and starring Brad Pitt or Rock the Kasbah an American comedy film directed by Barry Levinson, with many film stars including Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Kate Hudson. These past few years, the cinema in Morocco has grown. According to the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre, just in this past six months more than MAD 500 Million, ($61 Million) was invested in the production of movies in Morocco. The whole of last year, the investment was only twenty-four million dollars.Morocco had more than 20 movie sets, nine of which are American movies, four French and some from different countries like Germany and Canada. And last May, the German movie producer and director Tom Tykwer filmed some of his movie, “A Hologram For The King,” in Moroccans cities like Laayoun, Tata and Ouarzazate studios.Earlier this year, the movie Queen of The Desert directed by Werner Herzog, a German producer and actor, took place in Marzouga, Marrakesh, Arfoud and Ouarzazate, Morocco. The move gathered big and well-known actors and actresses like Nichol Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattison and about 50 Moroccan actors and more than 1000 extras and 65 Moroccan technicians who helped during the filming.Morocco hosted over 50 movies that were entirely or partially shot in different cities. Some of them are famous movies like The Mummy, The Hills Have Eyes, Body of Lies and even some shots from Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio.1 United States Dollar = 8.25 Moroccan Dirham (MAD). Edited by Ann Smith read more

How does the fox plead

Hamilton Police have arrested a fox-masked man wanted in a New Year’s Day gas bar robbery.They say Dylan Wynne, 29, and another man walked into the Esso on Main St, assaulted the cashier and took off with an unknown amount of cash. Yesterday Wynne turned himself into police and was charged with robbery and breach of probation. Police are thanking the public for their help in this case.

Chinese court orders Johnson Johnson to pay damages in lawsuit under antimonopoly

BEIJING, China – Health care giant Johnson & Johnson has become the latest global company accused of misconduct in China after a court ordered it to pay damages to a distributor in a lawsuit brought under an anti-monopoly law.The ruling by a Shanghai court expands use of the vaguely worded, 5-year-old anti-monopoly law and raises the possibility of action against other foreign companies. It comes amid Chinese investigations of possible bribery, price-fixing and other misconduct by global suppliers of milk, pharmaceuticals and other products.“This case is a warning to companies, including Chinese and foreign ones, that the Chinese government is increasing the intensity of anti-monopoly investigations,” said Wang Xiang, a lawyer for the firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.Johnson & Johnson was found guilty of “vertical monopoly” for setting minimum prices its distributors could charge for surgical sutures, according to Thursday’s ruling. The court said that caused the Chinese distributor to lose potential sales and awarded 530,000 yuan ($85,000) for lost profits.A phone message left for Johnson & Johnson’s spokesman in China was not returned.There have been few court rulings so far on the law. That has fed uncertainty about how it will apply to global companies that are eager to expand in the world’s second-largest economy.Chinese regulators have cited the law in ordering changes to acquisitions or business practices. In 2009, they blocked Coca-Cola Co. from buying a Chinese fruit juice producer.Business groups welcomed the 2008 law as a step toward clarifying operating conditions in China. Since then, they have said it is enforced more actively against foreign companies than against their Chinese rivals.Beijing is especially sensitive to consumer prices at a time when Communist leaders face pressure to contain surging living costs.Last month, two dairies — Nestle SA and FrieslandCampina — announced price cuts after authorities launched an investigation of possible price-fixing by foreign milk suppliers. They also were accused of using vertical monopolies.Also last month, police detained four employees of GlaxoSmithKline on charges they bribed doctors to prescribe the British pharmaceutical giant’s drugs.The Johnson & Johnson ruling was the first involving a Fortune 500 company in an anti-monopoly case, according to lawyers and Chinese news reports.The judge, Ding Wenlian, said the ruling reflected the law’s intention of protecting consumers and “public interests,” according to the government’s Xinhua News Agency.Johnson & Johnson was accused of improperly setting minimum sale prices to maintain its image as a premium brand, according to a court announcement. It said the company has since stopped imposing that condition on distributors.The Chinese law says companies with a large market share must let market forces set prices. Companies with monopoly power are defined as one with 50 per cent of sales in a given market or two that account for a total of two-thirds of sales.The Johnson & Johnson ruling and price-fixing probes suggest Chinese authorities see all minimum price agreements as illegal, according to Ning Xuanfeng, a lawyer for the firm King & Wood Mallesons.Companies that continue to use them “will be exposed to a great risk of being investigated or being sued,” Ning said in an email. She said a company can be convicted of operating a “vertical monopoly” if a minimum price agreement is found to exist even if its sales are below the legal threshold for monopoly power.Rainbow Medical Equipment & Supply Co. said it lost its contract with Johnson & Johnson in 2009 after it submitted a bid to supply sutures to a Beijing hospital at a price below the U.S. company’s standard. Rainbow Medical it had worked for Johnson & Johnson for 15 years.A Shanghai court rejected Rainbow Medical’s lawsuit seeking 14 million yuan ($2.2 million). But a higher court ordered Johnson & Johnson to reimburse it for lost profits.Foreign business groups also have expressed concern about a section of the anti-monopoly law that forbids abuse of intellectual property rights to hamper competition. Companies worry it might be used to force them to give know-how to potential Chinese rivals.In the Coca-Cola case, regulators said its $2.5 billion bid for Huiyuan Juice Group would harm competition by giving the U.S. company too large a market share. Industry analysts said Beijing didn’t want to see a successful homegrown brand fall into foreign hands.___Associated Press researcher Fu Ting contributed to this report. by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 2:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chinese court orders Johnson & Johnson to pay damages in lawsuit under anti-monopoly law read more

Alberta aims to keep deficit at 61B despite low oil prices finance

Alberta aims to keep deficit at $6.1B despite low oil prices: finance minister by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 10:28 am MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci talks to reporters before the start of a meeting with Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his provincial and territorial counterparts, in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. Ceci says his government’s goal is to keep this year’s deficit at $6.1 billion despite oil prices that continue to slide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand EDMONTON – Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the government’s goal is to keep this year’s deficit at $6.1 billion despite oil prices that continue to slide.Ceci said Tuesday he doesn’t plan to make changes to his budget plan before the end of the financial year March 31.“The goal is still to do what we said we were going to do,” Ceci said in a conference call.“Mid-course corrections (are) not something that I’m contemplating. The situation with commodities is dire, but it is for all of Canada, too.”Alberta’s budget is based on an average West Texas Intermediate price of US$50 for a barrel of oil. In recent weeks, the price has slipped well under $40 a barrel. As of Tuesday, it was below US$37.Ceci said he’s heartened by some forecasts that say there’s nowhere to go but up.“In some respects, people think it might be the bottom of the trough and that things are going to be building and getting better going forward.“Certainly … for Albertans that would be a really good outcome.”The province’s long-term budget forecast is for multibillion-dollar deficits until 2019-20. There are also plans for $34 billion in infrastructure spending over the next five years, bringing the projected capital debt by 2020 to more than $47 billion.The opposition parties have criticized Premier Rachel Notley’s New Democrats for not doing more to rein in spending and for not having a plan to repay the capital debt.On Friday, the international assessor Standard and Poor’s reduced Alberta’s credit rating to AA-plus from AAA in part because of the NDP’s budget plan.Ceci has said the government is still looking for cost savings in departments and in a review of agencies, boards and commissions.He has also said a number of initiatives that were to start in 2016-17 — including a child-care benefit, a reduction in school fees and a school nutrition program — may have to be put on hold or get reduced funding.One initiative that is going ahead is a student summer hiring program. read more