QUIRKY WORLD ... No pleasure for condom makers in China birth move

China: Shares in companies making nappies, baby buggies. and infant formula were handed a big boost by China’s decision to scrap its decades-old one-child policy — but the news was not so good for the condom makers.
QUIRKY WORLD ... No pleasure for condom makers in China birth move

Investors backed a bump in sales for companies with baby or child-related businesses after China’s Communist leaders announced that all married couples would be allowed to have two children.

One of the biggest winners was China Child Care, which makes hair and skin care products for children, while Hong Kong and mainland Chinese-listed formula makers also rose strongly, as did nappy makers in Japan. However, shares in Japanese condom maker Okamoto, a favourite of Chinese visitors to Japan, slumped by 10%.

Bieber beef 

Norway: Justin Bieber stopped a concert in Norway after one song because fans got in his way as he tried to wipe up liquid on stage.

On Instagram, the Canadian pop star wrote that he “chose to end the show as the people in the front row would not listen”. Videos on social media show any irritated Bieber saying: “Gimme me a second. Guys, I am done. I am not gonna do the show.”

The 21-year-old singer removed his cap and headset as he walked off the stage at Oslo’s Chateau Neuf concert hall before 1,000 screaming fans. Bieber, who earlier this week quit a radio show in Spain, blamed a rough week, saying: “I don’t always handle things the right way, but I’m human.”

Point made

US: An author’s irreverent stage tribute to the 1991 Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves action movie Point Break is entitled to copyright protection even though she did not seek permission from the filmmakers to create the parody, a court ruled.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that the unauthorised creation by Jaime Keeling entitled Point Break Live! qualifies for copyright protection because it adds sufficient originality to the movie.

“Without any possibility of copyright protection against infringement for her original fair-use parody, playwrights like Keeling might be dissuaded from creating at all,” circuit Judge Jose A Cabranes wrote. The panel noted that Keeling’s production parallels the characters and plot elements of the movie and relies almost exclusively on selected dialogue from the screenplay about a rookie FBI agent played by Reeves who goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of bank-robbing surfers led by Swayze’s character.

“To this raw material, Keeling added jokes, props, exaggerated staging, and humorous theatrical devices to transform the dramatic plot and dialogue of the film into an irreverent, interactive theatrical experience,” the 2nd Circuit said.

Keeling went to court for an order to stop a four-year-old stage production by Eve Hars, who stopped paying Keeling for the parody after learning she had not gotten permission from the movie’s creators. Keeling won that round but Hars appealed.

Never too late

US: A 97-year-old woman has received an honorary diploma from a Michigan high school, eight decades after she was forced to drop out to help her family.

Margaret Thome Bekema finally was able to don a mortarboard and fulfill her lifelong goal in front of her friends and family on Thursday. School administrators from Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, presented her with the diploma at the Yorkshire and Stonebridge Manor senior community in Walker.

Bekema would have graduated with the class of 1936, but she left during her junior year to care for her three younger siblings because her mother was ill with cancer.

She said leaving school at age 17 broke her heart.

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