Blues Traveler Welcomes Oteil & Krasno At Red Rocks For Annual July 4th Celebration

first_imgJam band stalwarts Blues Traveler had plenty of surprises up their sleeves when they took the stage at Red Rocks on July 4th. Playing the storied Colorado venue every Independence Day since 1993 (except for a cancellation in 1999), John Popper and co. brought along a few friends and some choice 90’s covers to celebrate the holiday with them.Early in the show, the band invited out Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge for a fun, reggae-tinged cover of “What I Got” by Sublime, which led into a sick bass duel between Oteil and Blues Traveler bassist Tad Kinchla. Burbridge and Blues Traveler go way back to the H.O.R.D.E. tour days, as Burbridge toured as the bassist for the Aquarium Rescue Unit. Burbridge was in Colorado for the two-night run with Dead & Company that concluded on July 3rd. Shortly after that, Blues Traveler invited Thompson Square on stage for both “Matador” and “I Can Still Feel You.” After a few more covers, including a traditional “The Star-Spangled Banner” for July 4th, Blues Traveler played their classic hit “Run Around” before busting out a cover of “Creep” by Radiohead.Following “Creep”, the band went into full gear, playing 11 songs in a row without stopping, fully segueing and keeping the energy high. This run included two more Blues Traveler classics in “But Anyway” and “Hook”, before bringing the set to a close with “Cara Let The Moon.”  When the band returned to the stage for their encore, they had Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno join them for a rapid-fire take on “Brother John” to end the celebratory evening.Check out full setlist details below for Blues Traveler at Red Rocks!Edit this setlist | More Blues Traveler setlistslast_img read more

One Rebels Player Named Second Star, Another Receives Honorable Mention

first_imgFile image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – For their performances in their series against the New Jersey Titans, Rebels winger Liam Hansson was named the NAHL’s Eastern Division Second Star of the Week and goaltender Noah West was given an honorable mention on Tuesday. Hansson finished the two game series vs. the Titans with six points.In Friday’s game, Hansson scored two goals and added two assists in Jamestown’s 5-2 victory. In game number two Saturday, Hansson tallied a pair of assists which helped the Rebels walk out with a 5-3 win.This season in 43 games played, the Bergen, Norway native has scored eight goals and has 28 points. Between the pipes for both games of the series, West posted a 0.944 save percentage, finishing with 84 saves on 89 shots faced. So far this season, the Roberts Wesleyan committed athlete is 14-21-0-1 in 37 games. West is allowing 2.60 goals per game, has a 0.919 save percentage and has posted a pair of shutout victories for Jamestown.The Rebels will return to action on Friday night at 7 p.m., in which they will be on the road to take on the Maryland Black Bears, who are currently holding the final playoff spot in the East.Jamestown will go into that series in fifth-place in the Eastern Division. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Busted!  Planet-Making Theories Don’t Fit Extrasolar Planets

first_imgFamed planet-hunter Geoff Marcy is giving theorists headaches.  The leading theories of planet formation won’t stand up to observations of hundreds of planets we know.  In National Geographic News reporter Richard Lovett lamented, “The more new planets we find, the less we seem to know about how planetary systems are born, according to a leading planet hunter.”  We cannot apply theories that fit our solar system to other systems: “In theory, other stars with planets should have gotten similar starts.  But according to Marcy, theory has implications not born out in reality.”    Specifically, planetary orbits should be circular, but many extrasolar planets have elliptical orbits.  Everything should orbit in the same plane and direction, but many have highly inclined or even retrograde orbits; “Orbital inclinations are all over the map,” Marcy said.  And Neptune-sized planets should be rare, since models of our water giants require highly unusual starting conditions; there are too many out there, Marcy noted; “Theory has struck out,” he told the American Astronomical Society last month.    His critics complained that modeling is complicated and difficult.  Hal Levison said that simplifying them leads to “crappy models.”  Marcy thought that without taking into account planetary interactions, future discoveries, as they multiply, “will give the theoreticians yet more reasons to tear out their hair.”  For more on Geoff Marcy, see 02/02/2011.Maier’s Law says, “If the facts do not conform to the theory, they must be disposed of.” (see corollaries, right sidebar).  A science that cannot fit observations to theory does not win the honor of being called a science.  It may be a job, a profession, an avocation, a hobby; but to be a science, there should be some concordance between theory and observations.  Has planetary cosmogony done any better than alchemy yet?  Let them play but come back later when they have something.  One theory they never consider is the top-down theory; that planets were created with stars, but have been fragmenting and interacting since then.  This theory has the advantage of fitting the observations of providential fine-tuning for our own Privileged Planet.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mind Your Brain

first_imgRecent discoveries about the brain and the mind reveal the wonders inside our skulls and pose deep philosophical questions.Switchboard operator:  How does your brain keep track of the constant stream of input coming in from the senses without getting lost in the stimuli?  Science Daily says you have a switchboard operator called the pulvinar.  It “regulates communication between clusters of brain cells as our brain focuses on the people and objects that need our attention.”  For instance, when crossing a street, you need to be able to focus on the oncoming bus without worrying about all the other sights and sounds.  An orchestra musician needs to focus on his or her part amidst all the rest of the players.  A mother wants to hear her daughter’s voice coming off the train amidst all the other voices.  “The transmission of behaviorally relevant information between various parts of the brain is tightly synchronized,” the article said.  “When we pay attention to important visual information, the pulvinar makes sure that information passing between clusters of neurons is consistent and relevant to our behavior.”  This makes it sound like attention is a choice, and the pulvinar is a servant of our choices.Cleaning crew:  A whole plumbing system in the brain has been overlooked till now.  Like other organs, brains generate garbage that needs to be taken out, but the blood-brain barrier isolates the brain from the rest of the circulatory system, thus protecting it from viruses and microbes.  The mystery has been solved, according to National Geographic News.  A pump and plumbing system that circulates cerebrospinal fluid was undiscovered before now because opening the skull makes it stop.  For this reason, neuroscientists thought cerebrospinal fluid moved by passive diffusion throughout the brain.  Now, researchers at University of Rochester Medical Center have found a system that is “on the order of a thousand times faster than diffusion” – a “glymphatic system” as named by Maiken Nedergard.  The article describes how it works:Glial cells do this by growing their “feet” around vessels and veins that carry blood, forming a sort of pipe around a pipe.  Tiny pores in this outer pipe then suck nutrient-rich cerebrospinal fluid from the blood vessels into channels dense with nerve cells, and pores at other locations pump the fluid out. The process simultaneously carries away the brain’s waste while feeding its cells.Another neuroscientist not involved in the study said this discovery “made his heart sing.”  The finding may have implications for brain abnormalities such as Alzheimer’s disease.Memory champs:  Speaking of Alzheimer’s disease, why do some people maintain superb memories even to old age?  A new study is trying to figure that out, reported Live Science.  One initial finding is that the cerebral cortex of these seniors looks just like those of young people.  Maybe that’s what should be considered normal.  Researchers tend to focus on abnormalities, but “perhaps we could learn just as much by looking at what goes right with the brain.”Brain’s timekeeper:  More continues to be learned about the body clock, also known as circadian rhythms.  Science Magazine (7 August 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6096 pp. 805-806, DOI: 10.1126/science.1227203) reported how the clock involves proteins, genes and electrical activity in neurons working in a feedback loop.  Here’s an excerpt about how the brain clock interacts with the rest of the body:Circadian rhythms pervade all aspects of our physiology and behavior. For example, at night we sleep and our metabolic activity is low, while during the day, we are awake and active, and our metabolism is high. Genes and proteins that underpin the molecular timekeeper of these rhythms have been modeled as a transcription-translation feedback loop (TTFL). This TTflclock is present in cells, tissues, and organs of eurkaryotes, and some of its molecular components are conserved across animal species. In mammals, the master circadian clock is in the brain’s suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus. Individual neurons of the SCN contain the TTflclock, and the coordinated activity of these cell-autonomous oscillators conveys timekeeping signals to the rest of the brain and body.Nutrient supply lines:  Before the brain is ready to use, networks of blood vessels need to set up the supply lines.  Announcing a new finding, PhysOrg posed the scientific problem:How the intricate network of blood vessels forms within the brain has long fascinated biologists. Though the human brain comprises only 2 percent of body weight it receives up to 15 percent of the cardiac output through this network, or vessel vasculature. The vasculature in the human brain consists of a complex branching network of blood vessels, in total some several hundred miles in length. The network is formed so as to distribute blood efficiently to all brain regions, and abnormalities can lead to various neurological disorders, including strokes, learning difficulties and neurodegeneration. Yet our knowledge of just how the brain vasculature develops remains relatively limited.Using zebrafish embryos, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences were able to observe neurons and blood vessels undergoing a complex interplay involving growing and pruning, “with some 45 percent of early-formed vessel segments pruned during the course of brain development.”  The pruning process is “mainly mediated by the expression of Rac1, a protein known to drive migration of the EC cells concerned,” they said.Neural diversity:  Not all neurons in the brain are the interchangeable.  In Nature, 488 16 Aug 2012, pp. 289–290, doi:10.1038/488289a), Nathaniel Urban and Shreejoy Tripathy commented a new study that shows a lot of specialization between neurons.  “Neurons of the same type can show functional differences,” the subtitle said.  “It turns out that this diversity is in part the result of the cells’ adaptation to their specific neural networks.”  It means that neurons cannot be treated like “interchangeable parts” on a Ford assembly line.  “However, neuroanatomists have long marvelled at the snowflake-like diversity apparent in the shapes of individual neurons, even within a cell type,” announcing that “recent analyses have demonstrated that same-class neurons show substantial heterogeneity in their intrinsic properties, although the origin of such diversity is poorly understood.”  The new study in by Angelo et al. in the same issue of Nature (488, 16 Aug 2012, pp. 375–378, doi:10.1038/nature11291) provides one example: “physiological variability among mitral cells (a type of neuron in the olfactory system) is at least partly caused by differences in the inputs that they receive.”  Imagine what this means if each of your 100 billion neurons is as unique as a snowflake.MRIrony:  In an effort to plumb the question of mind-brain coordination, researchers in France used MRI to study subjects faced with statements of irony: “as each key sentence was read, the network activity was greater when the statement was ironic.”  They are performing experiments on Theory of Mind (ToM) to examine the physical aspects of known mental activities.  “This shows that this network is directly involved in the processes of understanding irony, and, more generally, in the comprehension of language,” they believe.  Other possibilities could explain the increased activity, though: by analogy, a TV display might light up more during an action scene, without having any cause-effect relationship with the content of the action.  That interpretation might be ironic for the researchers.Baby morals:  Do infants have a moral compass?  The debate heats up, reported Live Science.  New experiments in New Zealand raise questions about a previous Yale study that suggested babies have an innate sense of right and wrong.  The Yale researchers dispute the new study, however, while both sides claim flaws in each others’ experimental methods.  One thing seems clear, though; apes don’t care much for morality.  “When it comes to food, chimps only think of themselves,” PhysOrg reported.Science of the soul:  Giulio Tononi has written a historical scientific novel, Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul, that claims the mind is composed in the neurons of the brain. Christoph Koch, reviewing the book in Nature, “marvels at a journey that explains mind–body theory through a fantastical lens,” but is not sure he buys its materialism.  Is consciousness a mere epiphenomenon of the physical brain and its interactions?  That’s the deep question that “scholars, scientists, doctors and artists from the Enlightenment to the modern era” including “Descartes, Nicolaus Copernicus, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust and … Alan Turing,” actors in Tononi’s story, wrestled with.  Claude Shannon, Leibniz, Spinoza and Thomas Nagel (the only living person featured in the book) interact with protagonist Galileo in the plot.  In the end, Tononi puts hell in the mind, along with everything else that tugs at human consciousness.  “I believe that in the fullness of time, the quantitative framework outlined in Phi will prove to be correct,” Koch states; “Consciousness is tightly linked to complexity and to information, with profound consequences for understanding our place in the evolving Universe.”  Koch and Tononi failed to specify whether their own thoughts and opinions could be reduced to a quantitative framework, or whether “understanding our place in the evolving Universe” has any hope of being true given the premises of materialist neuroscience.  A little thought (with one’s mind) would suggest that Galileo, Leibniz, and any number of other non-materialist scientists and philosophers would have different opinions about that.Big brain by mutation:  Science Daily bombastically announced, “Evolutionary Increase in Size of the Human Brain Explained: Part of a Protein Linked to Rapid Change in Cognitive Ability.  Researchers have found what they believe is the key to understanding why the human brain is larger and more complex than that of other animals”  Wow, this would almost encourage readers to drink more protein shakes.  “Researchers have found what they believe is the key to understanding why the human brain is larger and more complex than that of other animals,” the article continued.  Could it be that modifications to a protein named DUF1220 made us what we are today, knowing that “The size and cognitive capacity of the human brain sets us apart”?   The researchers at University of Colorado think their magic protein “points to a new way to study the human brain and its dramatic increase in size and ability over what, in evolutionary terms, is a short amount of time.”  In short, “The take home message was that brain size may be to a large degree a matter of protein domain dosage.”  Funny that no other animal ever hit on that formula.Free will:  Early experiments that supposedly showed free will is an illusion (because the brain acts before our consciousness does) have been called into question.  New Scientist announced, “Advocates of free will can rest easy, for now. A 30-year-old classic experiment that is often used to argue against free will might have been misinterpreted.”  Anil Ananthaswamy wrote that the Libet experiment, that showed electrical potentials 550 milliseconds prior to a subject’s action, has flaws: “Libet argued that our brain has already decided to move well before we have a conscious intention to move.”  Aaron Schurger responds, “We argue that what looks like a pre-conscious decision process may not in fact reflect a decision at all. It only looks that way because of the nature of spontaneous brain activity.”  Ananthaswamy left the debate open, begging the question whether any of the contestants used their free will to argue their propositions.The wonders of the brain stand in sharp contrast to the simplistic folly of evolutionists who think a mutation to a protein turned Bonzo into Einstein, or who use their minds to say minds don’t really exist.  We’ve already shown how this kind of thinking is self-refuting (see 8/15/2012) so no need to belabor the point here.  Use your mind rightly to contemplate the gifts you have from your Designer – and resolve to use them wisely.  (Pondering the “evolution of wisdom” would not be a good example.) (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Remembering 9/11: There’s an App for That

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Today is the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America which became known simply as “9/11.” For many people worldwide, today is a day of remembering and honoring the lives lost, the heroism of those onboard United Airlines Flight 93 who seized control of the plane from the hijackers, and the brave efforts of the rescue workers who worked around-the-clock in search and recovery operations. To help you recall and remember what occurred eight years ago today, there’s an app called “9/11 Numbers” which brings the sobering realities of September 11th to light through simple statistics you can flip through on your iPhone.At first, we have to admit we cynically wondered if the 9/11 app was an opportunistic attempt to capitalize on this national tragedy. But we’re glad to report we were wrong. There’s no charge for the application – it’s completely free – and there are no ads popping up either. The layout of the app is simple. It’s screen after screen of statistics about the terrorist attacks that day as well as updates as to where we stand today. Each stat focuses on a number (hence the “numbers” in the app’s title) and then explains what that particular number refers to. For example, “24” is the number of people still classified as “missing” from the World Trade Center. “16” is the number of survivors from WTC South’s point of impact. “1776” is the number of feet high the Freedom Tower memorial will be. In the background behind the text is an image of the New York skyline and the Tribute in Light memorial, an installation of 88 searchlights which projects two vertical columns of light into the sky.The app offers a creative and interesting way to remember 9/11. And as the app’s description reads, “not forgetting is not enough – it’s also important to grasp the measure of what transpired.” Thanks to Appsfire for the tip! A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Red Giant Bulletproof FREE Public Beta

first_imgCurrently Bulletproof supports Canon DSLRs, Nikon DSLRs and GoPro cameras.  Red Giant will be improving the software based off user feedback of this FREE public BETA version.  So, give it a shot in your own video work and help make future versions of Bulletproof a powerful media management tool for video pros!Download and support info on the Red Giant site. Red Giant’s ‘Bulletproof’ is a media management & digital workflow application for video production pros. Download it now in FREE public beta.At the 2013 NAB Show, Red Giant Software made a splash with the announcement of their newest product offering, “Bulletproof”.  Designed specifically to manage the workflow needs of DSLR video shooters, Bulletproof is anon-set solution for managing and readying your video files for editing and post production.The Bulletproof workflow:Import -> Save your video footage to your hard drive and create backups.Organize -> Sort your clips and create folder structureReview -> QC your footage for color and consistencyRefine -> Add color adjustments and metadataExport -> Export your transcoded footage for editlast_img read more

10 days agoJuventus chief Paratici insists they’re counting on Rabiot

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici insists they’re counting on Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus chief Fabio Paratici insists they’re counting on Adrien Rabiot.The summer arrival from PSG is already being linked with a January move away.Paratici said: “For us he’s very important, we’re happy about him like he is about us. I have no doubts that he will stay, both at the end of this season and next.“Even Nedved, when he arrived in Turin, had problems adapting to the team for months and he always reminds me.“I’m confident Matthijs will give us great satisfaction. Rabiot needs time, it’s not easy get back playing after a long time out.” last_img

Video: Arizona Celebrated Win Over Utah With A Passionate Locker Room Ric Flair Speech

first_imgTip off between Missouri and Arizona.TUCSON, AZ – DECEMBER 13: The Arizona Wildcats tip off against The Missouri Tigers to begin the college basketball game at McKale Center on December 13, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.(Photo by Nils Nilsen/Getty Images)Arizona scored a huge victory over No. 13 Utah on the road last night, and the Wildcats are making a serious case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament later this month. To celebration the big win, two Wildcats decided to say a few words in the locker room. But it wasn’t your normal “rah rah” type of motivational speech. Nope, it was an ode to former professional wrestler Ric Flair. Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the way:Here’s a video of Flair’s shtick. We’re not sure why the Arizona players identify with it, but it’s definitely amusing.last_img read more

Bombardier expected to double down on CSeries sales drive in China

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. is expected to double down on its efforts to snag a CSeries order from China after the U.S. announced hefty duties that threaten to shut it out of the large American market.“The CSeries business is probably not viable longer term without access to the U.S. market, but Bombardier may be able to find enough international customers to still ramp up production in the next few years,” says analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial.He said uncertainty over the overbudget aircraft remains the biggest investor concern, but anxiety can be alleviated by a new order from a large airline outside the U.S.Bombardier’s (TSX:BBD.B) shares lost more than seven per cent to close at $2.10 Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange as investors weighed the prospect of a 220 per cent duty on U.S. sales of its flagship CSeries passenger jets and the European merger of two railway rivals.Analysts say the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary duty decision, which was much harsher than expected, raises questions about the future of a key order for up to 125 CS100 jets by Delta Air Lines.The department ruled in favour of Boeing, which alleged that Bombardier used unfair government subsidies to sell aircraft at artificially low prices. U.S.-based Delta Air Lines has argued that Boeing doesn’t even make the 100-seat planes it needs.Bombardier’s last CSeries order for two aircraft came in December but the company has suggested it was confident of signing new deals by year-end.The Montreal-based company has been targeting buyers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. A published report suggested talks with Chinese airlines could lead to a deal that could be announced when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on a state visit to the country.Bombardier didn’t respond to requests for comment about the viability of the CSeries but late Tuesday called the size of the proposed duty “absurd.”Doerksen doesn’t expect any U.S. airline will order the CSeries until the Boeing challenge is resolved. A final department ruling is expected in December, followed by a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission on alleged injury to Boeing in February. Still, appeals could keep the CSeries out of the American market for years.That would put pressure on Bombardier since the U.S. accounts for about 26 per cent of global sales for this size of plane. That still leaves three quarters of the world open to the CSeries, said Addison Schonland of aviation consultant AirInsight.“I think the CSeries goes on,” he said in an interview. “Is the U.S. important? Absolutely, but is it critical and a must have? Maybe not.”While the ruling may not be good news for Bombardier, it’s no apocryphal, Schonland said.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Bombardier, in which the province has invested US$1 billion, will continue to sell the aircraft around the world.“Boeing may have won a battle but let me tell you, the war is far from over and that we shall win,” he said in Quebec City.Aerospace rival Embraer said a WTO dispute panel will be established on Friday to review the Brazilian government’s complaint against the CSeries across the world.Analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group said Bombardier has no choice but to stay the course and hope things get better.He said Boeing may have won a hollow victory since it may have unleashed a political battle that could lead to lost military contracts in Canada and Britain and the ire of Delta, which could turn to Airbus or Embraer.“The only way Boeing could help the CSeries in some markets is by doing this,” he said. “It sends the message that they take the CSeries extremely seriously and that frankly elevates the jetliner’s status.”last_img read more

At least seven companies investigated in bread pricefixing probe

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Competition Bureau’s investigation into allegations of bread price-fixing includes at least seven companies from bakery wholesalers and discount chains to Canada’s three major grocers, according to court documents.George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) and Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) admitted Tuesday to participating in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement for over a decade and tipping off the country’s competition watchdog.The Competition Bureau executed search warrants at the offices of a number of grocers earlier this fall, but has said there has been no conclusion of wrongdoing and no charges have been laid.The investigation began on Aug. 11 and was expanded on Oct. 23.The search warrants and information to obtain them were sealed because of concerns by the watchdog that the release of the information might compromise its investigation. However, the affidavits sworn by a Competition Bureau investigator to have them sealed were unsealed by the court this week.According to those affidavits, the regulator is also investigating the alleged involvement of Canada Bread, Walmart, Sobeys (TSX:EMP.A), Metro (TSX:MRU) and Giant Tiger as well as “other persons known and unknown.”“The bureau is collecting facts to determine the precise time frame of, and the participants in, the alleged conspiracy,” Simon Bessette, a senior competition law officer, swore in an affidavit on Oct. 26.“Analyzing the records the bureau obtains from the search warrants sought in the ITO will take time; however, it would only be after such analysis is performed that the bureau would be in a position to determine whether additional investigative steps are required.”“Should details of the bureau’s ongoing investigation be made available to the public, the integrity of the evidence available through further investigative steps and/or court authorizations may be compromised,” Bessette wrote.Metro said in a statement Tuesday that it continues to co-operate with authorities and it has launched an internal investigation.“Based on the information processed to date, we have found no evidence that Metro has violated the Competition Act and we do not believe that the bureau’s investigation will have a material adverse effect on the corporation’s business, results of operations or financial condition,” the statement said.Giant Tiger released a statement Wednesday saying they currently “have no reason to believe that Giant Tiger or any of our employees has violated the Competition Act.”Walmart Canada spokesman Alex Roberton said in an email that the company “takes its legal obligations very seriously.”Canada Bread spokeswoman Sylvia Sicuso said Tuesday that the company and its associates “operate with the highest ethical standards” and neither has been charged with any offences.Giant Tiger, Walmart Canada and Canada Bread all said they are co-operating fully with the investigation.Sobeys Inc. did not respond to a request for comment, but has previously said it is also co-operating.Weston and Loblaw said Tuesday they became aware of an arrangement involving the co-ordination of retail and wholesale prices of some packaged breads from late 2001 until March 2015.The companies said they established an independent compliance office earlier this year and provided training and re-certification to marketing personnel at Weston Bakeries and all merchants and store managers at Loblaw, as well as senior managers at both companies and at parent company George Weston.The employees responsible for the companies’ role in the arrangement are no longer employed there.Loblaw is also offering eligible customers a $25 gift card that can be used at its grocery stores across Canada.The Competition Act prohibits agreements that “prevent or unduly lessen competition or to unreasonably enhance the price of a product,” according to the bureau.That could include agreements between competitors to fix prices, or to restrict production of a product by setting quotas or other means, which would be considered cartel activities. Penalties for price fixing could include fines of up to $25 million, imprisonment to a maximum term of 14 years, or both.However, the bureau says price-fixing conspiracies are, by their nature, difficult to detect and prove.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version provided incorrect maximum fines and imprisonment terms for price-fixing agreements.last_img read more