Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Rattenbury said Riverview is popular because of its private location, versatility — offering green spaces as well as older buildings with pre-built sets — ample onsite parking and proximity to Mundy and Minnekhada parks as well as the urban City Centre.And though BC Housing doesn’t name what TV or movies have been shot there, productions such as Deadpool 2 — starring Vancouver-raised Ryan Reynolds — have clear images of the East and West Lawn buildings, Crease Clinic and surrounding areas.Rattenbury said Riverview can see up to five companies on site per day, either prepping, cleaning up or actively filming; all are monitored by BC Housing film liaison officers 24/7 to ensure safety and security protocols are met. “It’s something that we take quite seriously,” she told the committee, chaired by Coun. Craig Hodge. “We don’t want to see tire tracks or trees lost.”As well, companies also have strict guidelines for filming at Riverview, she said: Producers must provide a synopsis and a copy of the film script to BC Housing for review; filming that negatively depicts mental health or religion — or sex or nude scenes — is banned.As well, movie companies are require to have $5 million in commercial general liability insurance per occurrence, and there is a no visitors rule.Still, despite the tough measures, Riverview is fully booked into next year.“We are at a maximum film capacity at Riverview,” said Sheryl Peters, BC Housing’s director of land development. “We can’t physically take them any more.”Rattenbury estimated each team spends up to $250,000 daily on filming days in B.C. on such goods and services as hotels and restaurants, and equipment rentals.According to 20th Century Fox, more than 3,700 cast, crew and extras were hired for Deadpool 2 and, in its 80 days of filming, accounted for $2 million in construction supplies, $2 million in transportation and car rentals, $1.4 million on catering and craft services, $1.4 million on accommodation, $900,000 on wardrobe and dry cleaning, and $500,000 in gasoline.“Coquitlam is lucky to be the home of one of the busiest and most-sought after film locations in Canada: Riverview,” said David Munro, the city’s manager of economic development. “Coquitlam not only benefits from the jobs and economic impact generated by productions at Riverview but also from the spin-off productions that occur in other areas of the community. Having a core film sector asset such as Riverview helps market Coquitlam as a destination for filming.“Deadpool — aka Ryan Reynolds — at Riverview with Canada’s minister of national defence Harjit Singh Sajjan, during the filming of the blockbuster last August. (TWITTER @HARJITSAJJAN)Meanwhile, Andrea Aleck, chief officer for special projects for KFN Enterprises, a branch of the Kwikwetlem First Nation (KFN) which has a land claim on the Riverview lands, said its new heritage certificate program for people working at Riverview will train up to 200 participants by the end of July.“We are getting queries from other First Nations who want to run the program, too,” Peters said. “It’s a success.”Aleck said KFN is currently putting its artistic stamp around Riverview with public realm elements (i.e., street lamps, crosswalks, electrical boxes) with First Nations designs.As well, Squamish First Nation artist Jody Broomfield — the creator of the Coquitlam salmon public art for the city’s 125th year — is creating blue heron artwork in the Valleyview gym; KFN says Riverview was once the nesting area for the birds.By Janis Cleugh / Tri-City News A still from Deadpool 2, with East Lawn at Riverview burning in the background. The building was used in the movie as an orphanage for troubled mutant youth. (Photograph By 20TH CENTURY FOX) Twitter Login/Register With: Riverview Hospital may have a history steeped in mental health and recovery but it’s future as a filming site isn’t dimming anytime soon.Yesterday (Wednesday), an official from BC Housing, which manages the 244-acre grounds in Coquitlam, told the city’s Riverview Lands Advisory Committee it handled 200 contracts from movie producers in the last fiscal year — up from 40 in 2004.As a result, it’s the most popular filming location in Canada outside of a studio, said Brenda Rattenbury, the agency’s senior manager of film and special events. Advertisement
Rabat – Seven million Moroccans, or an astonishing 20.6 percent of the population, were suffering from obesity as of 2014, a 5.4 percent increase compared to 2005, according to UN State of Food Security and Nutrition in their World 2017 report.The number of Moroccans over 18 suffering from obesity has increased from 5,300,000 in 2004 to 7,000,000 in 2014, said the report, which noted that Morocco is not the exception, as “adult obesity is rising everywhere at an accelerating pace.”Released last Friday, the report indicated that while adult obesity has increased in Morocco, childhood obesity decreased from 4,656,000 cases, or 13.3 percent. in 2005 to 3,745,000, or 10.7 percent, in 2016. Although childhood obesity has decreased in Morocco, the prevalence of the condition, which increases risk of premature death, heart diseases, circulatory disorders, hypertension, diabetes, and breathing difficulties as well as psychological suffering, is still relatively high.The report indicated that obesity among children is due to several factors, including “growing up in obesogenic environments that encourage unhealthy food preferences and inadequate physical activity patterns, which in turn lead to weight gain and obesity.”Worldwide prevalence of obesity has more than doubled between 1980 and 2014.In 2014, 13 percent of the world’s adult population was classified as obese.The condition is more common among women, with 15 percent of all Moroccan women suffering from obesity, compared to men with a rate of 11 percent.The phenomenon is most severe in North America, Europe, and Oceania, where 28 percent of adults are classified as obese, compared with 7 percent in Asia and 11 percent in Africa, said the report.The UN continued to say that in Latin America and the Caribbean, roughly one-quarter of the adult population is currently considered obese.Morocco reduced the prevalence rate of undernourishment from 5.8 percent in 2004-06 to 3.5 percent in 2014-16, leading to fight against the spread of hunger in the MENA region.In North Africa, the under nourishment rate is estimated at 10.7 percent. The kingdom is ahead of Tunisia, where the rate is 5 percent rate, Algeria with 4.6 percent, and Egypt with 4.5 percent.In 2016, an episode ofChannel 2’s TV program, “The Obesity Challenge,” stated that roughly 10 million Moroccans live with obesity, while the World Health Organization (WHO) reported in the same year thatthat an “alarming” 14 percent of all Moroccan children suffer from obesity.
A home entertainment system with an estimated value of $10,000 was reported stolen near Delhi last week.The break-and-enter was brought to the attention of police around 10 p.m. last Wednesday.Police have determined that the break-in occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday. Taken was a projector, a screen and a sound system.“The OPP are continuing to investigate and are urging all community members to contact police to report suspicious activity,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.Police seek suspected thiefPolice have a good idea of who they are looking for after receiving two eyewitness accounts regarding a man who attempted to break into a vehicle in Simcoe.Around 6:40 p.m. Thursday, the suspect was confronted as he tried to break into a Jeep that was parked at the Simcoe Recreation Centre. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.“Officers arrived and subsequently spoke to witnesses who identified the suspect as an 18-year-old Norfolk County male,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“Investigators are continuing to investigate and will seek a warrant for the arrest of the suspect.”Mischief most foul A vandal in Simcoe left a biohazard behind following an incident on Cedar Street.Police were called to the apartment building last Thursday.Police have determined that – between last Tuesday and Thursday – someone smeared excrement on the wall of a stairwell inside the building.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Broken window leads to charges A Norfolk man was charged after a home was damaged in Simcoe last week.Around 2:50 a.m. Thursday, a man and a woman had an argument on King Lane. As the male left the premise, a window was damaged.Police subsequently located the suspect and took him into custody.A 26-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with mischief under $5,000 and causing a disturbance.Home trashed in Simcoe A Norfolk man faces several charges after damaging the interior of a home in Simcoe last week.Police were alerted to the damage around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Norfolk OPP report the suspect engaged a woman in an argument before the damage occurred.Police took the man into custody without incident. However, an incident at the Norfolk OPP detachment on the Queensway West in Simcoe resulted in additional charges against the suspect.Police report the suspect leveled threats against two civilians and a police officer.A 32-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with three counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, two counts of mischief under $5,000, and two counts of failure to comply with a probation order.Charges laid after cab damaged A Norfolk man was charged after a taxi cab was damaged in Port Dover last week.Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a cab driver dropped off several fares in the area of Greenock Street West.One of the passengers got into an argument with the driver, at which time damage was done to the taxi cab.Police were contacted and a 22-year-old Norfolk man was charged with mischief under $5,000.Vehicle egged near Courtland A vehicle was egged on Jackson Side Road near Courtland this weekend.The situation was brought to the attention of police around 7 a.m. Saturday.Police report the vehicle was also smeared with an unknown foam-like substance.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Shoplifting incident Police would like to speak to a man who entered a local convenience store last week and allegedly left without paying for merchandise.The suspect was captured on video at the Target convenience store and gas bar on the Queensway West in Simcoe around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.Anyone with information that might lead to the identity of the suspect in the photo can share what they know with the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Callers can also share information with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Annan appeals to businesses to work with UN to make world fairerAnnan appeals to businesses to work with UN to make world fairer
“Perhaps no one has more at stake than the business community itself,” the Secretary-General said in opening remarks at the one-day Global Compact Leaders Summit, which is examining the impact of the initiative he launched in 1999 to promote better corporate practices in human rights, labour and the environment. “You have helped drive globalization [and] have benefited greatly from it. Your vision, strategies, and organization embody it. And you have even more to hope from it in the future,” he told the largest and highest-level gathering of business, labour and civil society leaders ever held at the United Nations. Mr. Annan noted that from an initial group of fewer than 50 firms, the Compact has grown over the last four years to encompass more than 1,500 businesses from 70 countries. It also includes the major international labour federations, representing more than 150 million workers worldwide. Participants also have agreed to include a 10th principle dealing with corruption, reflecting the recently adopted UN treaty on that issue. Nevertheless, he said, existing commitments within the Compact need to be more fully integrated into mainstream business strategies and practices, and the Compact’s activities must also enable more companies – and more people – to play an effective part at the local level. The Compact should also have a governance structure in which leaders from all participating sectors play an active part to allow its potential to be fully sustained, and it must also contribute to improved public governance, at both national and global levels, if it is to bring about beneficial changes, the Secretary-General stressed. However, with threats to globalization much more real now than before, and international terrorism an unmistakable threat to peace, stability and open borders, it was incumbent on all stakeholders “to protect our common space, building on what unites us,” he said. “Our fragile global order stands in jeopardy today. Securing its future requires your resources and capacities, your advocacy, and your leadership. It calls for the unique contributions that only private enterprise can make to the creation of public value, at home and abroad,” he declared. “So I ask all of you to work together – business, civil society, labour and governments and, of course, us – and to work with the United Nations, to reduce the global risks we all face, and to realize the promise of a fairer more stable world,” he said.
World population to hit 98 billion by 2050 despite nearly universal lowerWorld population to hit 98 billion by 2050 despite nearly universal lower
Global Fertility Rate World Population In contrast, the birth rate in Europe was 1.6 births per woman in 2010-2015, up from 1.4 births in 2010-2015.“During 2010-2015, fertility was below the replacement level in 83 countries comprising 46 per cent of the world’s population,” according to the report. The lower fertility rates are resulting in an ageing population, with the number of people aged 60 or over expected to more than double by 2050 and triple by 2100, from the current 962 million to 3.1 billion. Africa, which has the youngest age distribution of any region, is projected to experience a rapid ageing of its population, the report noted. “Although the African population will remain relatively young for several more decades, the percentage of its population aged 60 or over is expected to rise from five per cent in 2017 to around nine per cent in 2050, and then to nearly 20 per cent by the end of the century,” the authors wrote. In terms of other population trends depicted in the report, the population of India, which currently ranks as the second most populous country with 1.3 billion inhabitants, will surpass China’s 1.4 billion citizens, by 2024. By 2050, the third most populous country will be Nigeria, which currently ranks seventh, and which is poised to replace the United States.The report also noted the impacts of the flows of migrants and refugees between countries, in particular noting the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis and the estimated outflow of 4.2 million people in 2010-2015. In terms of migration, “although international migration at or around current levels will be insufficient to compensate fully for the expected loss of population tied to low levels of fertility, especially in the European region, the movement of people between countries can help attenuate some of the adverse consequences of population ageing,” the authors wrote. The concentration of global population growth is in the poorest countries, according to World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision, presenting a challenge as the international community seeks to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which seeks to end poverty and preserve the planet.“With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline,” said the report’s authors at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. At this rate, the world population is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and surpass 11.2 billion in 2100.The growth is expected to come, in part, from the 47 least developed countries, where the fertility rate is around 4.3 births per woman, and whose population is expected to reach 1.9 billion people in 2050 from the current estimate of one billion.In addition, the populations in 26 African countries are likely to “at least double” by 2050, according to the report. That trend comes despite lower fertility rates in nearly all regions of the world, including in Africa, where rates fell from 5.1 births per woman from 2000-2005 to 4.7 births from 2010-2015. Ageing Population
Brock aims to increase SpringSummer course accessibilityBrock aims to increase SpringSummer course accessibility
Through free parking, flexible scheduling and reduced accommodation costs, Brock University is working to make its Spring/Summer courses more accessible than ever.Registration for the University’s Spring/Summer term opens Monday, March 5 with a variety of online and in-class offerings available to help students advance their education. For many students, the term is an opportunity to accelerate their degree.“Brock’s Spring/Summer course offerings are designed to be as flexible as possible, allowing students to choose from online, blended and accelerated course formats,” said Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Success. “Together with the option of free parking, we are hopeful that students will be able to both facilitate their degree completion and balance summer employment opportunities.”Adding value to the Spring/Summer term is a new parking model the University is rolling out to make campus more accessible for students as well as the broader Niagara community. Brock is introducing free parking in Zones 1 and 2 from May 1 through Aug. 31, during which parking permits and meter receipts will not be required.For students who wish to stay on campus during the Spring/Summer term, Brock is also offering reduced residence rates between May and August. This will allow students from outside of Niagara or those from another institution looking to take a course by Letter of Permission, the opportunity to live on site while studying.The Spring/Summer term provides students the chance to get ahead on their degree, pick up a context requirement or elective that is in high demand in the fall, retake a course to improve their mark or take courses in support of a change in major.A full list of Spring/Summer courses is available at brocku.ca/springsummer
Man who shot toddler in the head with an air rifle andMan who shot toddler in the head with an air rifle and
Harry began crying and climbed up the sofa so he was next to his mother. The court heard Walters aimed the gun at the toddler and fired it right into his head, causing a significant head injury.In a statement released after the hearing, Harry’s parents said the toddler’s struggled would continue for the rest of his life. “That cannot be changed,” they said. “Fortunately we still have Harry in our lives. We are looking forwards now and not backwards.”They added: “As a family we would like to see changes made to the law so that people who possess high powered air rifles are made to be more responsible for their actions while at home or elsewhere.” “Only the resolution of Harry in his fight for life and the brilliance of the surgical team saved him.”But for your grossly irresponsible behaviour, Harry Studley would today be a bouncing little boy with unlimited expectations ahead of him in life.”The judge said Harry is showing symptoms of epilepsy and has badly impaired vision “and will so suffer for life”.”Many recreations and pleasures will be denied to Harry both in his youth and his adult life,” the judge added. “The impaired vision is severely limiting as well. There is a probably personality change also.”The court heard Walters and his partner, Emma Horseman, 24, were good friends with Harry’s parents, Amy Allen and Edward Studley. Both couples lived at Oak House, a block of flats in Bishop Avenue in Bristol.Miss Allen brought Harry to the couple’s flat, where Miss Horseman and her children were, on July 1 last year. Walters later arrived, removed his air rifle from the cupboard and started cleaning it in preparation for shooting rats the following day. The toddler underwent emergency surgery after suffering the serious head injury Credit:Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire A man who shot a crying 18-month-old boy in the head with an air rifle and left him with permanent disabilities has been jailed for two years.Jordan Walters, 25, fired the weapon at Harry Studley, who was left fighting for life and with permanent disabilities.The toddler underwent emergency surgery after suffering the serious head injury at Walters’ flat in Hartcliffe, Bristol, on July 1. Many recreations and pleasures will be denied to Harry both in his youth and his adult lifeJudge Julian Lambert He has been left with limited vision in both eyes, daily post-traumatic seizures and finds it difficult to recognise his parents.Bristol Crown Court heard Walters dialled 999 after the incident and later pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.Judge Julian Lambert jailed Walters for two years and described his actions as “grossly irresponsible”.”You bear a very heavy burden of responsibility for a crime that left a little boy fighting for his life and which leaves him with serious permanent disability,” the judge told Walters. The air rifle used to shoot Harry in the headCredit:Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
MC Mining looks to expansion at Uitkomst with new fundingMC Mining looks to expansion at Uitkomst with new funding
MC Mining Ltd, operating in South Africa, is pleased to announce that its 70% owned Uitkomst Colliery has secured a ZAR20 million (approximately $1.4 million) facility from ABSA Bank, a major South African financial services provider.Uitkomst transitioned to an owner-operated mine in August 2018 with the acquisition of the independent underground mining contractor’s business operations, which included mining equipment and the transfer of approximately 340 contractor employees. Following this, the Colliery secured a five year, ZAR15 million, asset finance facility from ABSA, used to finance new underground mining equipment. The cash flows generated by Uitkomst are greater than envisaged when the colliery was acquired in June 2017 and the facility will be used to fund short-term working capital requirements and potential expansion opportunities. The facility has a floating coupon at the South African Prime rate (currently 10.0% per annum) plus 1.0%, with Uitkomst debtors ceded as security and is subject to annual review. David Brown, MC Mining’s Chief Executive Officer commented: “The facility further enhances our relationship with ABSA and is an endorsement by an independent financial institution of the potential of Uitkomst Colliery and its ability to deliver on tonnage targets coupled with prevailing favourable coal prices. In addition, MC Mining continues to progress with various initiatives relating to the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project with further updates to come.”
Stay on target Watch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in DumpsterNature Cam Captures Black Bear Feeding at Condor Sanctuary A nature photographer captured a jaw-dropping mid-air battle between a bald eagle and a red fox fighting over a rabbit meal. The incredible image, captured by photographer Kevin Ebi, recently won an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards.Ebi captured the wild encounter at San Juan Island National Historical Park, Friday Harbor, in Washington.“I had spent the day photographing foxes and was panning with this kit running with its prey when an unmistakable cry made me look up. I just knew the eagle racing our way was after the fox’s rabbit,” Ebi told Audubon. “I expected to have only a split second to capture the theft in one explosive frame; instead the eagle snagged the fox and rabbit, carrying both 20 feet off the ground. After eight seconds it dropped the fox, seemingly unharmed, and flew away with its stolen dinner.”The Audubon Photography Awards celebrate the year’s best images of birds and the landscapes they inhabit. Now in its 10th year, the Awards received more than 2,500 entrants, hailing from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces and territories.See all the winners of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards below.View as: One Page Slides1. Grand Prize Winner: Kathrin SwobodaPhoto: Kathrin Swoboda/Audubon Photography AwardsRed-winged Blackbird at Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia2. Amateur Winner: Mariam KamalPhoto: Mariam Kamal/Audubon Photography AwardsWhite-necked Jacobin at Dave & Dave’s Nature Park, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica3. Youth Winner: Sebastian VelasquezPhoto: Sebastian Velasquez/Audubon Photography AwardsHorned Puffin at Alaska SeaLife Center (accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Seward, Alaska4. Professional Winner: Elizabeth BoehmPhoto: Elizabeth Boehm/Audubon Photography AwardsGreater Sage-Grouse at Pinedale, Wyoming5. Plants for Birds Winner: Michael SchultePhoto: Michael Schulte/Audubon Photography AwardsHooded Oriole on a California fan palm at San Diego, California6. Fisher Prize Winner: Ly DangPhoto: Ly Dang/Audubon Photography AwardsBlack-browed Albatross at Saunders Island, Falkland Islands7. Amateur Honorable Mention: Melissa RowellPhoto: Melissa Rowell/Audubon Photography AwardsGreat Blue Heron at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Florida8. Professional Honorable Mention: Kevin EbiPhoto: Kevin Ebi/Audubon Photography AwardsBald Eagle and red fox at San Juan Island National Historical Park, Friday Harbor, Washington9. Plants for Birds Honorable Mention: Joseph PrzybylaPhoto: Joseph Przybyla/Audubon Photography AwardsPurple Gallinule on a fire flag at Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, Florida10. Youth Honorable Mention: Garrett SheetsPhoto: Garrett Sheets/Audubon Photography AwardsBobolink at Dunn Ranch Prairie, Lincoln Township, MissouriMore on Geek.com:Can You Spot the Bobcat Kitten in This Photo?Here’s the World’s First Image of a Rare Albino Giant Panda in the WildWatch: Photographer Captures ‘Best Bear Fight Ever’ in Finnish Forest
While conceding that their mistakes proved to be ultimately costly in their 4-1 defeat to Barcelona, Edin Dzeko rued the ungiven penalty “that could have changed the game”In the opening 10 minutes of the first leg, the Bosnian was fouled by Nelson Semedo with the referee Danny Makkelie waving aside all appeals for a penalty and allowing the match to proceed.Afterwards, Barcelona capitalized on the decision with two own goals and a Gerard Pique effort giving them a 3-0 lead. Although Dzeko did pull on back for Roma, Luis Suarez restored their the host’s strong advantage with fourth late on.“I think that, right from the start, we tried to play as we always do by pressing high, even knowing that they are an incredibly strong side,” said Dzeko, according to the club website.“We have tried everything, which is a shame, as 4-1 is a tough result to take.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The former Manchester City forward has called for referees to be braver in making decisions against Barcelona: “The penalty could have changed the game. The referee needs to have the courage to give a penalty against Barcelona, because we are also in the quarter-finals and all of the teams here have earned the right to play.”Dzeko was unsure as to whether playing Barcelona at the Nou Camp had a negative effect on the side, but is confident that Roma will bounce strongly against Florentina in their next game.“I don’t know whether it’s a question of mentality; they are a better side than us and everyone is aware of this,” said the 32 year-old.“3-1 would have been a better result but when you make so many errors against a side this good you get punished. “[Now] we have to bounce back against Fiorentina. It’s an important game in ensuring we play in next season’s Champions League. After that, we’ll think about Barcelona again.”
ALBANY, N.Y. — Donald Trump on Monday defended his Trump University as a booming success for student entrepreneurs and blasted New York’s attorney general, who called it a scam.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shot back that Trump is making wild accusations, just like others who commit fraud and get caught.“We have a terrific school. It’s done a fantastic job,” Trump told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “We have a 98 percent approval rating among students.”Trump held several TV interviews to further contest the lawsuit filed Saturday by Schneiderman, which alleges the real estate mogul helped run a phony university that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars.“This is a political hack looking to get publicity,” Trump said.His attorney, Michael Cohen, said Saturday that Schneiderman was upset the reality TV star didn’t give him more campaign contributions, which he claims Schneiderman sought even while investigating Trump University. Cohen called it extortion.Trump, in interviews with “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today,” denied Schneiderman’s claims that he never met with students and didn’t pick instructors.
These figures very well may change as Dell, HP and Motorola are set to release tablets within the upcoming months. According to the Wall Street Journal, publishing companies aren’t the only groups weary of Apple’s new subscription app model for the iPad tablet. Reportedly, both the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have begun examining the terms of the model, according to people familiar with the matter. In question is whether or not Apple is violating U.S. antitrust laws by directing media companies’ customers into the iTunes store’s payment system and the 30 percentage share Apple receives when a subscriber buys through iTunes. Apple’s sub model may draw more than just complaints from publishers. A Michigan health-insurance company was recently sued by the Justice Department due to allegedly utilizing clauses similar to Apple’s in order to “hobble rivals”. To build a relevant case, antitrust enforcers would have to demonstrate that Apple holds market power and is abusing it. Apple only corners 16 percentage of the mobile market with the iPhone, but holds 75 percentage of the worldwide tablet market. They would also have to determine to what extent publishers have to depend on Apple’s technology to deliver their product to consumers.
Auto Expo 2014 New Skoda Superb Launched In India Price and SpecsAuto Expo 2014 New Skoda Superb Launched In India Price and Specs
Skoda Auto India on Monday pulled the wraps off its new Skoda Superb at the ongoing Auto Expo 2014.Skoda, which has been riding its Superb on Indian roads since 2004, launched the revamped version with a price tag of ₹18.87 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The car will be available for purchase in showrooms across India.Skoda Superb has been a successful endeavour in India since its domestic market entry and the brand hopes to tap more volume with the new version. The company has given a sporty and stylish treatment to the exterior and interior of the redesigned Superb. Flaunting the new family face grille as well as the company logo in the front, the Superb facelift appears to be ready for the competition in the sedan segment. Skoda lovers will have the option of both petrol and diesel engine and the latest avatar of Superb will come in eight colors: Candy White, Magnetic Brown, Brilliant Silver, Rosso Brunello, Metal Grey, Amethyst Royal, Lava Blue and Magic Black.The petrol version of the car packs 1.8-litre, direct injection, turbocharged motor, which can churn out a power of 158bhp and torque of 250Nm.The diesel version of Superb comes with 2.0-litre TDI diesel, which can generate a power output of 140PS and a torque of 320Nm.The vehicle will be pitted against Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat in India.”The introduction of the redesigned Superb is part of our ongoing model offensive strategy. The refreshed Superb is even more appealing than its predecessor and retains the features & comforts that our customers have become accustomed to. Our renewed focus towards customers will further add to the overall ownership experience with the brand,” Car Dekho quoted Sudhir Rao, Chairman & Managing Director, ŠKODA Auto India .Prices for the revamped Skoda Superb (ex-showroom Delhi)Skoda Superb Ambition 1.8 TSI MT- ₹18.87 lakhSkoda Superb Elegance 1.8 TSI MT- ₹ 20.65 lakhSkoda Superb Elegance 1.8 TSI AT- ₹22.27 lakhSkoda Superb Ambition 2.0 TDI CR AT- ₹23.43 lakhSkoda Superb Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT- ₹25.20 lakh
McDonalds Scaling Back on Its Quarter Pounders Premium Chicken Sandwiches and SnackMcDonalds Scaling Back on Its Quarter Pounders Premium Chicken Sandwiches and Snack
McDonald’s, the fast-food giant, announced on Monday that it will cut down the variety of offerings in its Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Premium Chicken Sandwiches and the Snack Wrap range in some select experimental markets.The move comes after McDonalds reported a 4.6 percent drop in its US sales figures. The fast food giant said that it will simplify its menu and offer just one Quarter Pounder with cheese instead of the existing four.Varieties include a deluxe Quarter Pounder, a bacon-and-cheese burger, and a Double Quarter Pounder with cheese.McDonald’s also said that it was cutting down on its Premium Chicken Sandwich offerings to just one from the earlier available three variations. Snack Wraps are also going to be cut from three to one.The cuts will be experimented in Delaware, Little Rock, Waco, Bakersfield, Macon and Knoxville outlets only.McDonald’s is also set to reduce five Extra Value Meal offerings from the current 16 to 11, effective January 2015.”Our intent is to have a clearer menu board that is easier for customers to absorb. The tests are designed to determine what works and what doesn’t within our restaurants by considering the operational experience, customer response, price points and other important information which may inform future decisions,” McDonald’s said in a statement.”We’ll be clearing the path for future menu innovations,” the company added.Experts say McDonald’s should cut the poorly performing items on the menu rather than cutting down on the variety.”It’s a drop in the bucket compared to what they need to do,” Richard Adams, owner of Franchise Equity Group, told USA Today.The burger giant has been facing stiff competition from rivals like Subway, Burger King and KFC. Analysts believe that it’s too early to say how the menu cuts would help McDonald’s.”A turnaround will take time given what we believe to be a consumer perception issue around the food,” Lynne Collier, an analyst at Sterne Agee wrote in a note to investors.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has alleged that the ruling Awami League does not want a free and fair national election.”The 11-point of Awami League contradicts public demands. When the countrymen want a non-partisan government to hold the election and deployment of army to ensure fair polls, the AL does not want them,” said the BNP leader while addressing a press briefing at the party’s central office at Naya Paltan in the capital.“Why will they want that? If army is deployed, how will they rig the polls? I am saying it again, the prime minister is the main obstacle to holding of a free and fair national election,” alleged Rizvi.Rizvi further alleged that BNP leaders and activists were harassed on their way to the Dhaka airport on 18 October while they were going to accord a reception to party chairperson Khaleda Zia on her return from the UK.A number of them were also arrested for no reason, he alleged.Besides, the government stooped as low as to ordering a power outage around the airport area to foil the programme, Rizvi also said.Referring to a recent interview of the finance minister with a national daily, Rizvi said it is now surfacing that AL men have embezzled millions in the last few years.The BNP leader demanded his party men be set free and the cases filed against them be withdrawn immediately.
Astronomers discover Earthsized exoplanet with very short orbital periodAstronomers discover Earthsized exoplanet with very short orbital period
Explore further (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers has detected a new Earth-sized exoplanet in an ultra-short period around its parent star. The alien world, designated EPIC 228813918 b, circles its host every four hours and 20 minutes, which makes it the second-shortest orbital period of a planet known to date. The finding was presented in a paper published July 14 on arXiv.org. More information: EPIC 228813918 b: an Earth-sized planet in a 4.3-hour orbit around an M-dwarf, arXiv:1707.04549 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1707.04549AbstractWe report the discovery from K2 of a transiting terrestrial planet in an ultra-short-period orbit around an M3-dwarf. EPIC 228813918 b completes an orbit in only 4.3 hours, the second-shortest orbital period of any known planet, just 4 minutes longer than that of KOI 1843.03, which also orbits an M-dwarf. Using a combination of archival images, AO imaging, RV measurements, and light curve modelling, we show that no plausible eclipsing binary scenario can explain the K2 light curve, and thus confirm the planetary nature of the system. The planet, whose radius we determine to be 0.89 +/- 0.09 Earth radii, and which must have a iron mass fraction greater than 0.45, orbits a star of mass 0.463 +/- 0.052 Msol and radius 0.442 +/- 0.044 Rsol. EPIC 228813918 b was identified by a group of researchers led by Alexis Smith of German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin, Germany. The transit signal was detected using NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, during its Campaign 10, lasting from July 6 to September 20, 2016.The planetary nature of this signal was confirmed by adaptive optics imaging, radial velocity measurements, light curve modeling and analysis of archival images, which excluded the possibility that the star EPIC 228813918 could be an eclipsing binary.For follow-up observations, the researchers used a variety of instruments, including the Infrared Camera and Spectrograph (IRCS) on the 8.2-m Subaru telescope at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, the HIRES instrument of the 10-m Keck I telescope, also on Mauna Kea, the NESSI imager on the 3.5-m WIYN telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona, and the Andalucia Faint Object Spectrograph and Camera (ALFOSC) mounted at the NOT telescope of Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma, Spain).”We use its K2 light curve, radial velocities, archival images, adaptive optics imaging and a catalog of eclipsing binaries (EBs) to demonstrate that EPIC 228813918 is a transiting planetary system, and not an EB,” the paper reads.The newly found planet is slightly smaller than Earth (0.89 Earth radii). However, it’s extremely massive – its estimated maximum mass is 0.7 Jupiter masses. The exoplanet orbits an M-dwarf star nearly half the size and mass of our sun every 4.3 hours. The planetary system is located some 310 light years away from the Earth.The ultra-short orbital period of EPIC 228813918 b makes it the second shortest-orbital-period alien world discovered so far. The record holder is still KOI-1843 b (also orbiting an M-dwarf star), which has an orbital period just four minutes shorter than that of the newly detected planet.The researchers also managed to determine the chemical composition of EPIC 228813918 b. According to them, the planet has an iron core and a silicate mantle. The minimum iron mass fraction was found to be about 0.52, which is greater than that of Earth, Venus or Mars, but smaller than that of Mercury.The authors of the study concluded that the discovery of such extreme planetary systems like EPIC 228813918 is important for improving our knowledge about planet formation processes.”Discovering and characterizing extreme systems, such as ultra-short-period planets like EPIC 228813918, is important, as they offer constraints for planet formation theories. Furthermore, they allow us to begin to constrain their interior structure and potentially that of longer-period planets too, if they are shown to be a single population of objects,” the astronomers wrote in the paper. Citation: Astronomers discover Earth-sized exoplanet with very short orbital period (2017, July 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-astronomers-earth-sized-exoplanet-short-orbital.html Archival images of EPIC 228813918, demonstrating its proper motion over nearly six decades. The images are from (i) 1954, (ii) 1992, and (iii) 2012. Each image is 50 by 50, and in each case North is up and East is to the left. The position of EPIC 228813918 (J2000 epoch) is indicated with a red reticle. The blue reticle in the leftmost panel indicates the position of the star used to determine the limiting magnitude of the image. The arbitrarily-positioned green rectangle in image (ii) indicates the size of the photometric aperture used by Vanderburg & Johnson (2014) to extract the flux of EPIC 228813918. The cyan (NE of target) and magenta (SE of target) reticles in image (ii) indicate the positions of EPIC 228814238 and EPIC 228813721, respectively. Credit: Smith et al., 2017. © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. New ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanet detected by K2 mission
Sponsored Stories MADRID (AP) — Spain’s indicted Princess Cristina has been ordered to present a list of assets she will be blocked from selling while she awaits trial on tax fraud charges, a court official said Thursday.The Palma de Mallorca court spokeswoman said investigative magistrate Jose Castro has given the princess until Friday afternoon to present the list, which will cover her 2.7 million euro ($3 million) bail fee. Cristina and her husband have repeatedly said through lawyers that they are innocent and the Spanish prosecutor involved with the case recommended that Cristina should not be indicted but face an administrative fine carrying no criminal penalty.Castro decided not to accept the recommendation and issued the indictment — meaning Cristina will tried by a panel of judges.The case was one of several scandals to affect the royal family under former King Juan Carlos, who abdicated in favor of Felipe last year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility She said the judge will verify if the assets cover the bail amount and then begin blocking them. The spokeswoman said no property would be seized from the princess but that she would not be able to sell any of it.The court spokeswoman could not immediately say if the list would be made public. She spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with court regulations.Cristina, 49 — King Felipe’s sister– was indicted last December as part of a four-year probe into her husband, Inaki Urdangarin. The trial is expected to begin before the end of the year.She is the first royal family member in the country ordered to stand trial since the monarchy was restored in 1975. If convicted she could face up to four years in prison.A former Olympic handball medalist turned businessman, Urdangarin is charged with money laundering and fraud and could face up to 19 years.The case centers on allegations that Urdangarin used his Duke of Palma title to embezzle about 6 million euros in public contracts through the Noos Institute, a nonprofit foundation he set up with a business partner.Another 15 people are charged and must present asset lists.Cristina has already put up some 580,000 euros to cover the amount she could have profited from her husband’s dealings, reducing her bail to some 2.1 million euros. Quick workouts for men Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The vital role family plays in society
Tripoto Singapore Tourism Board come together with travel webseries Trails 2 PassionTripoto Singapore Tourism Board come together with travel webseries Trails 2 Passion
Tripoto, the global travel community, has partnered with the Singapore Tourism Board, to create an innovative, fun and exciting travel web series ‘Trails 2 Passion – Singapore Redefined’. The seven-episode, web-series which showcases the experiential exploration of Singapore by Naveen Kasturia and Veer Rajwant Singh, well-known faces of internet web series scenario was aired on April 1.‘Trails 2 Passion – Singapore Redefined’ takes you along the journey of these two actors in Singapore, where they plan their own trails in order to ensure the deep exploration of their true passions, fulfilled to their hearts content through this journey. Naveen Kasturia, a creative guy who is extremely busy in life and ruled by stress will indulge in well curated, local experiences, whereas Veer Rajwant Singh, a happy go lucky guy, will have ultra-luxe experiences.Speaking about the experiences Naveen Kasturia said, “When Tripoto approached me for this project, I didn’t give it a second thought. I said yes as I knew I had to do it. It is for the 1st time that I have done an experiential travel show and it has been quite an experience. As an actor, I had my moment of truth and got a chance to improvise and be spontaneous in front of the camera. Travel puts a lot of things into perspective and shooting for this show made me explore Singapore by breaking off the monotonous planned schedules I am used to following. Veer and I had a blast travelling through Singapore, revelling in the culture and the offbeat experiences this place had to offer. I am sure our audience too will be left awestruck following our travel trails through Singapore.”Adding to his experience Veer Rajwant Singh said, “I have been wanting to do a travel show for some time. It is because you are not merely acting, you are living your passion and enacting as is. I explored a whole new side of me in Singapore in an entirely different light. Most of my shots were the real-time reactions to the experiences curated. Not only did I try some cool adventure activities, but I also came in touch with local experiences, more of which you will see in Trails 2 Passion – Singapore Redefined.”The 6-7 minutes, 7-episode web-series will have upbeat and catchy content on Singapore, with extra worthy information and illustrated trail map of the theme at the end of each episode. Speaking on the association with Singapore Tourism Board and coming with such fun series, Michael Lyngdoh, Co-Founder, Tripoto said, “Tripoto and STB are collaborating to showcase a different side to Singapore. It is an amalgam of exciting culinary experiences, adrenaline pumping adventures and beautifully diverse cultures packed into one city. Singapore now appeals to the global experiential traveller. Our new web series ‘Trails 2 Passion’ is the story of two friends travelling through Singapore and discovering their passions along the way. It’s entertaining, fun and informative; just as great immersive travel content should be.”The series will be around themes such as food, exploration, adventure, culture etc., to showcase Singapore as not only a fun and adventurous destination but also high on art and culture. The episodes intend to spark the interest in the viewer to see Singapore in a new light and to introduce them to the 6 passion tribes under the Passion Made Possible brand i.e. Foodie, Explorer, Collector, Culture Shaper, Action Seeker or Socialiser.Speaking on their association with Tripoto, G B Srithar, Regional Director (South Asia Middle East and Africa), Singapore Tourism Board said, “With a high penetration of smartphones and a growing number of digital native young consuming content online, there are new, exciting opportunities to connect with them. Our partnership with Tripoto is a creative way of telling Singapore tourism stories. We are happy to have two cool millennials – Naveen and Veer showcase their recent trip. ‘Trails 2 Passion – Singapore Redefined’ tells their stories, in their own voices. Their escapades will entice Indian travellers to enjoy our diverse offerings and live up their own passions.”
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