Free Papers Have Reached a Tipping Point, Study Claims

first_imgEfforts to give the public free access to peer-reviewed papers have reached a milestone: One-half of all papers are now freely available within a year or two of publication, concludes a study funded by the European Commission and released today. That means so-called open-access publishing has reached a “tipping point” and will now accelerate, suggests Éric Archambault, the lead author of the study and president of Science-Metrix Inc. in Montreal, Canada. “Things are likely to move much faster now.” But some open-access observers have been quick to criticize the study, which yielded a number twice as high as other analyses.The findings come as open access is set to expand: This week (22 August), U.S. science agencies are due to send the White House draft plans describing how they will make government-funded research papers freely available, generally within 12 months of publication. And the European Commission will soon require that most articles it funds be free within 6 months. The new “findings underline that open access is here to stay,” said Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European commissioner for research, innovation, and science, in a statement.The open-access movement took off more than a decade ago when some scientists began pushing to make full-text papers free. Today, some papers are published in journals that make papers immediately free upon publication and cover costs by charging authors a fee. Some other papers, published in traditional subscription-based journals, are made freely available on an author’s website or through an institutional or government archive, often after a 6- or 12-month “embargo” imposed by the publisher to protect subscription revenue. (Research papers in Science are free with registration after 12 months, and authors can post copies sooner.) Like other analysts, Archambault defines papers published in immediately free journals as the “gold” version of open access, and those posted in archives, sometimes after a delay, as “green”; other forms his team dubbed “hybrid.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To find out how many gold, green, and hybrid papers are now available, Archambault and his colleagues randomly sampled 320,000 papers published between 2004 and 2011 drawn from Scopus, a database. They then built a software robot that scoured the Internet and online archives in April 2013 for the full text. Unlike some other analysts, they included papers that are only temporarily free (such as a journal’s sample issue). As a check, they also manually searched for 500 papers, revealing that the robot had missed a few. After correcting for this error, the Science-Metrix group concluded that open access reached a 50% “tipping point” in 2011, meaning that one-half of the papers published that year are now freely available.The team also found that the proportion of gold papers grew from about 4% of all papers in 2004 to 12% in 2011 (see graph). Over the same period, the share of green and hybrid papers hovered around 34% then fell to about 32%. That decline probably reflects the fact that more recently published papers hadn’t yet come out from under embargo, Archambault says. Overall, he notes, the number of open-access papers has been growing by about 2% a year, and the absolute total jumps each year as journals and authors make batches of old papers free.Such numbers haven’t persuaded other analysts that open access is making a historic transition. “Eric has given us good news about access, not open access,” says Stevan Harnad of the University of Quebec in Montreal, who thinks that delayed access shouldn’t count. Bo-Christer Björk of the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, who’s calculated a smaller number, says that for methodological reasons he’s “not fully convinced” that the 50% figure is valid. However, he says that the study is “important” and will be influential—but not necessarily in the way the authors hope: It may prompt subscription publishers to lengthen embargoes and tighten enforcement.One publisher says that even if the 50% number is real, publishing hasn’t necessarily reached a tipping point. Fred Dylla, executive director of the American Institute of Physics in College Park, Maryland, argues that open access is expanding because it’s being driven by public policy mandates, not favorable economics. For that reason, “I don’t see us reaching the top of a hill and now rushing to the bottom. It’s more like the slope is getting smaller,” he says.However imperfect, the Archambault analysis is welcome, says open-access advocate Peter Suber, director of Harvard University’s Office for Scholarly Communication. It shows that open access “has entered the mainstream,” he says. “When we’re on a long journey, we have a right to celebrate when the odometer rolls over at some round number of miles, even if we’re perfectly aware that the round number is somewhat arbitrary.”A longer version of this article appears in this week’s print issue of Science.last_img read more

DU Admission 2017: List of entrance-based UG courses released

first_imgThe admission to undergraduate courses in Delhi University will commence from May 22 and the university has released a list of all those courses for which an entrance test will be conducted.As per a NDTV report, this year the university will be conducting entrance test for a total of nine under graduate courses. In comparison to last year, only one more course has been added to the list of entrance-based courses, i.e. BA (Hons) in Music.The test will be conducted for the below mentioned UG courses:Bachelor of Mannagement Studies (BMS)Bachelor of Business Administration (Financial Investment Analysis)BA (Hons) Business EconomicsBA (Hons) Humanities and Social SciencesBachelor of Elementary Education (Bel Ed)Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Health Education & Sports: BSc (PE, HE & S)BA (Hons) Multimedia and Mass CommunicationBTech (Information Technology and Mathematical Innovations)BA (Hons) MusicThe registration process of all the programmes will be completely online including sports, Extra Curricular Activities (ECA), Kashmiri migrants, CW (Defence), and PwD categories.  (Read: DU admissions 2017: Important dates announced, registration to commence from May 22)Schedule of online registration:Undergraduate merit based programmes: May 22Undergraduate entrance based programmes: May 31Post Graduate programmes: May 31MPhil/ PhD programmes: May 31Also, the university earlier used to give 50 per cent to sports trial and 50 per cent to sports certificates but now, the admission committee is planning to give 60 per cent to sports trial and 40 per cent to marks.Read: DU Admissions 2017: Sports quota weightage increased to 60 per cent For information on more latest news and updates, click hereadvertisementlast_img read more

All new BMW 5 Series launched in India; prices start at Rs 49.9 lakh

first_imgBMW has launched the 7th generation of the all new 5 Series in India for a price of Rs 49.9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the 520d Sport Line, Rs 49.9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for 530i Sport Line variant, Rs  53.6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the 520d Luxury Line and Rs 61.3 (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the 530d M Sport variant. Bookings have already commenced for the all new 5 Series with deliveries to start from July 1, post Goods and Service Tax (GST) comes in to effect.The 2017 BMW 5 Series was first launched in India back in 2007, while the 2017 5 Series was showcased at the North American International Auto Show last year. While the new 5 Series is brought to India with the CKD unit, it is locally assembled at the company’s Chennai plant.All new BMW 5 SeriesWith more than 66,000 cumulative sales in India so far, more than 19,000 units have been of the 5 Series sedans. While BMW India currently has 41 sales outlets, it plans to expand to 50 outlets plus the mobile showroom by which an additional 50 markets will be covered. Moreover, BMW Group has invested around Rs 12.5 billion in India till now, of which Rs 5.2 billion in BMW India and Rs 7.3 billion in financial services. The all new BMW 5 Series comes in Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport package in India.All new BMW 5 SeriesEngine:The all new BMW 5 Series comes with three engine options- a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine, a 3.0-litre diesel engine and a 2.0-litre petrol engine.advertisementThe 520d variant will come with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that churns out 187 bhp, the 530d variant will get a 3.0-litre, in-line 6 diesel engine that produces 261 bhp and the 530i will get a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 249 bhp. All engine variants will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with RWD function. All new BMW 5 SeriesDesign:The familiar BMW kidney grille is flanked by twin circular headlights with the headlight housings now connecting with the kidney grille. The adaptive full LED headlights alter the light graphic and can be specified as an option. With adaptive full LED headlights, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights are hexagonal and extend to meet the kidney grille.All new BMW 5 SeriesDimension:The all-new BMW 5 Series sedan remains the quintessential midsize sport sedan. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is 30mm longer than the outgoing model 7.62 mm wider and 15.24mm taller. Its wheelbase measures 2974.34mm, an increase of 5mm.All new BMW 5 SeriesFeatures:The latest version of Gesture control which premiered last year in the all-new BMW 7 Series is now available as an option in the all-new BMW 5 Series. Navigation, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be visualized on the standard high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC), the new and improved Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go.Competition:The new generation BMW 5 Series will compete against the likes of new generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB, Jaguar XF, Audi A6 and Volvo S90 in India.All new BMW 5 SeriesALSO READ:2017 BMW 530d first drive reviewALSO READ:2017 BMW 5 Series: Everything you need to knowlast_img read more

Of chakris and mixed pakodas: Kedar Jadhav spices it up against Pakistan

first_imgWhen Hardik Pandya was stretchered off in the 18th over with Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik building a threatening partnership, captain Rohit Sharma had reasons to worry.His fifth bowler indisposed, spinners in the bank against Pakistani batsmen known to be able players of spin and the Indian team smarting from a lacklustre tournament opener against lowly Hong Kong.Enter Kedar Jadhav! By the time Jadhav had finished bowling his nine-over spell with returns of 3/23, Pakistan were seven wickets down, well and truly crippled before the slog overs even began..Analysts find Jadhav’s quirky side arm slow, amusing and impressive in equal measure. Harbhajan Singh coins a new name for his Chennai Super Kings teammate. “I would call him ‘Chakri bhai’. Aisi Chakri ghumai, (spin such a web) they couldn’t understand what he was trying to do. He broke the back of Pakistan batting,” the offie told Aajtak.READ – In heart-warming gesture, Chahal ties Pakistan batsman’s shoelacesCricket legend Sunil Gavaskar credits Jadhav for finding a unique way to fox the batsmen. “The variation in his bowling is not the ball coming of the hands differently, it’s the variation in release point, where one ball comes off conventionally, another of slightly lower arm and one from below sea level. This does not allow a batsman to settle down,” he told Aajtak.READ – Sarfraz Ahmed admits Pakistan stumped by Kedar JadhavGavaskar in his own inimitable style conceives a new name for Jadhav’s side arm bowling. “I called him during commentary – a mixed pakoda bowler. Besides he is a thinking bowler. He completes his overs in two, two and half minutes. And I have rarely seen Kedar going for bucketful of runs. He may give away an odd expensive over but whether for India or in IPL he does not go for many,” he added.advertisementJadhav when asked by Rameez Raja during broadcast if there is any lower he can take his bowling arm, admitted having tried it but had to stick to the rules. “I actually tried it in practice, but it’s not allowed I guess.”For the moment, Jadhav’s twist’ as it stands is good enough to attend to India’s fifth bowler needs in slow bowling conditions in UAE.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins Azerbaijan Grand Prix after Red Bulls suffer calamity

first_imgA lap later Bottas had to face his own slings and arrows, grinding to a halt amid disintegrating rubber. “It was just unfortunate. Unlucky. Ten pints of beer and maybe I will be fine,” said the visibly disappointed Finn. “I will get through it, you always have to get through, it is part of racing but at the moment it is painful.”Hamilton felt for Bottas but knows that he and his team have real work ahead. Their issue with bringing the tyres up to temperature looked no closer to being solved in Baku and he acknowledged that they had to address it.For the moment, however, he leaves with a lead, favoured by fortune but also more than aware that he kept his head and seized the reward. It was cause for the four-times world champion to remember the lesson he had learned in karting. “I never give up,” he said. “It has been a while since I have been reminded of that lesson my dad taught me years ago. I kept pushing and things turned out the way they did and that was a realisation of how true that mindset is.”Carlos Sainz in the Renault finished in fifth, while Charles Leclerc completed an exemplary afternoon and the rookie’s best drive thus far in F1 to take sixth for Sauber. The two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne were seventh and ninth, with Lance Stroll eighth in the Williams and the Toro Rosso of Brendon Hartley 10th. Share via Email Read more Share on Facebook Sebastian Vettel beats Lewis Hamilton to pole at F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger news Since you’re here… The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Lewis Hamilton wins chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Red Bulls collide: F1 – as it happened Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Formula One 2018 Ferrari … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Motor sport Lewis Hamilton took the win but it is unlikely to be a favoured memory. He inherited first place with two laps to go from his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who had looked nailed on for the victory until a puncture caused by debris ended his charge, leaving the Finn disconsolate.Behind Hamilton his championship rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, for some time in control of the race, saw his hopes disappear after a late safety car when he sacrificed calm consideration for an overambitious lunge that reduced him to fourth place.This most unlikely turnaround at the front was reflected in an equally unexpected reversal of the championship standings. Trailing Vettel by nine points before Baku, Hamilton leaves four points to the good, the first time he has topped the table this season.Hamilton, who had not been on the pace all weekend and never looked like threatening for the lead, was honest about his good fortune. “It was mixed emotions,” he said. “Grateful for the opportunity to win but on the other side I did not drive the way I feel like I normally drive, so that hurts a little bit in my heart.”A likely win at the first round in Melbourne was denied Hamilton after a late safety car and he may feel that some justice has been served. But perhaps there will be more satisfaction that his chance of a win here last year was ultimately denied after Vettel barged him. “I was coming out of the last corner in disbelief,” he said. “It was very emotional. In previous years here I have been in the lead and then something went against me. I said maybe third time lucky and it was that scenario today.” Red Bull Formula One Topics Reuse this content Mercedes GP From formulaic through to a denouement that simply could not have been scripted, the streets of Baku were once again the stage for a compelling, dramatic performance. Where cool heads were called for at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix there was not a little abandon and in its wake fortune too played its part to deliver an unlikely result in a season already notable for refusing to stick to a predictable plot. Read more Share on Pinterest Bottas’s ill-fortune and Hamilton’s good favour was the final part of a thrilling last act. Behind them the Red Bulls had been offering a fine narrative of their own, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen going wheel to wheel throughout. It was nail-biting stuff but the team had let them race, a decision they came to regret when the Australian went for a pass into the braking zone of turn one. Verstappen had already moved once and then shifted back to the inside where Ricciardo had committed. A terminal collision ensued. The stewards concluded that both were responsible, Verstappen for changing lines twice and Ricciardo for making his move too late. Both were given reprimands.Disappointment was writ large on the faces of the drivers, but that was as nothing to the condemnation from the team principal, Christian Horner. “We are not apportioning blame, they are both to blame,” he said. “They have been reminded that they are part of a team, they are highly paid individuals and have to act with the team’s interests at heart, not just their own. That message was delivered very clearly.”The safety car the incident caused proved crucial. It allowed Mercedes to pit Bottas, who had stayed out long on his tyres and inherited the lead, to emerge still in front of Vettel.A further lack of focus saw Romain Grosjean put his Haas into the wall on lap 43 while weaving, and that kept the safety car out longer than expected. Five laps later at the restart Bottas had control, but Vettel did not. He charged up the inside into one, far too hot, locked up, went wide and lost places to Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen, who was second, and then to Force India’s Sergio Pérez who took third, his team’s first podium of the year.It was not the percentage manoeuvre of a championship contender but the German insisted he had no regrets. “I am happy I tried the move. I am not happy it didn’t work. You have to try.” That’s a view he may come to consider again if the season goes to the wire. Read morelast_img read more

Transfer failures! Arsenal have only themselves to blame

first_imgTransfers Stop blaming City, Arsene! Arsenal have been left defenceless by transfer failings Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:52 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Opinion The Gunners erred badly in failing to sign a quality centre-half during the January window, as Harry Kane proved once again on Saturday As Harry Kane soared above the Arsenal defenders to make it seven goals against the Gunners in seven games, a familiar sense of déjà vu could be seen among those players wearing the red and white at Wembley.Traditionally, Wembley has been good to Arsenal, the venue for three FA Cup triumphs in the last four seasons, but there were to be no celebrations on Saturday, as Arsene Wenger’s top-heavy side was swept aside by a dominant second-half showing by bitter rivals Tottenham.We shouldn’t have been surprised, of course. Arsenal’s away form in 2018 has been disastrous. They’ve won none of their five games on the road in so far this year,  losing four times and conceding 10 goals overall. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A week on from their 5-1 demolition job on Everton at Emirates Stadium, the Gunners’ dismal away record was encapsulated in another Jekyll and Hyde defensive performance.The onus was on Hector Bellerin to attack down the right-hand side but he enjoyed next-to-no success and Arsenal struggled to muster up any chances of note in the first half until the Spaniard smashed an effort over the bar on 40 minutes.The 20-year-old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos was the only defensive addition made by Arsenal in January and when Wenger was asked why he didn’t strengthen a porous defence which has conceded the most goals out of the top six (36) so far this season, a familiar excuse was made.“Everybody looks for defenders,” he argued. “You could see again, you look at [Manchester City], they buy again a defender [Aymeric Laporte]. How much money did they spend on defenders in the last three years?“We don’t have the financial power of Manchester City. And the fact that they conceded half the goals we conceded is as well down to the fact that, offensively, they are very powerful. And they have a lot of possession in the opponent’s half that we have not.”Mesut Ozil Arsenal TottenhamWhile Arsenal were spending £60m – a club record – on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, their rivals were strengthening in key areas by signing players that they desperately needed.The departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United was indeed a hammer blow but it was offset by the arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, so perhaps Wenger got his priorities wrong by deciding to bolster an attack which already boasted Alexandre Lacazette and super-sub Olivier Giroud, who has since been sold to Chelsea.Lacazette’s late spurned opportunity to equalise – an excellent piece of play where he used his movement to go around Davison Sanchez before shooting inches wide – is an example of a player who looks rusty after playing a bit-part in recent matches.Jonny Evans was targeted by Arsenal in January and what has been labelled as a ‘below-valuation bid’ was unsurprisingly rejected by West Brom. Although he’s not the world class defender Arsenal need, he would have added some solidity to a defence which has looked disorganised and vulnerable away from home this season.Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal TottenhamPer Mertesacker is retiring this summer, Laurent Koscielny has a troublesome Achilles problem and the youngsters Rob Holding and Calum Chambers need a spell on loan to aid their development.Asked why he did not request more money to spend on his defence from Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, Wenger added: “If Kroenke gives you £200m, Man City then get £400m.”The trend of blaming your competition for their intelligent work in the transfer market has to stop. Wenger needs to instead focus of better organising his defence if the Gunners are to have any chance of securing a top-four spot this season.This is now Arsenal’s longest run of games without a clean sheet (nine) in 17 years. Those glaring defensive deficiencies weren’t addressed in January. They have to be resolved in the summer. By then, though, it could already be far too late, with Arsenal looking increasingly likely to miss out on Champions League football for the second successive season.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy M20, Honor View 20, Nokia 8.1: Best phones to buy in February

first_img Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 11:10 IST HIGHLIGHTSIn February, you can expect to see even more new phones that will look to replace last year’s models.Launched at Rs 15,999, the phone is currently available at Rs 14,999, making it a great deal in this segment.Poco India dropped the price of the device even further and it can now be found at a base price of Rs 19,999. 2019 has kicked off on an exciting note with Honor and Samsung launching some really interesting phones like the Honor View 20 and Galaxy M20, respectively. It is a clear indication that companies are looking to keep themselves busy this year, launching one phone after another that will bring the latest trends. And things are only about to get crazy with MWC 2019 around the corner.In February, you can expect to see even more new phones that will look to replace last year’s models. But MWC is still a few weeks away, so for now there are plenty of exciting phones from 2018 that look great even now. Here’s a list of some of the best phones you can buy right now.Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000Realme C1: Rs 6,999Realme offers a great package with the budget Realme C1. It brings a 6.2-inch notched display, Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. It houses a 4,230mAh battery similar to the Realme 2. The entry-level smartphone comes with a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture, and a 5MP front-facing sensor. It ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s ColorOS 5.1 on top (can be updated to ColorOS 5.2).Redmi 6 Pro: Rs 9,999 The Redmi 6 Pro was already a pretty solid device at its initial launch price of Rs 10,999, but Xiaomi slashed its price earlier this month and it is now available starting at Rs 9,999. Now under Rs 10,000, the Redmi 6 Pro is an even more attractive option as it brings a 5.84-inch FHD+ notched display. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM for the base model. It also gets a 12MP + 5MP dual camera system with EIS and a 5MP selfie camera. The Redmi 6 Pro houses a beefy 4,000mAh battery with a two-day battery life promise.advertisementBest phone(s) under Rs 15,000Realme 2 Pro: Rs 13,990The Realme 2 Pro continues to be one of the most powerful phones under Rs 15,000. With a Snapdragon 660 chipset and 4GB of RAM, the Realme 2 Pro is for power users who are looking to multitask a lot and play graphic intensive games like PUBG. It also gets an attractive dewdrop design with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display, some powerful 16MP dual cameras and 16MP selfie camera and a decent 3,500mAh battery. Xiaomi Mi A2: Rs 13,999 The Mi A2 was part of Xiaomi’s price cut spree recently and saw a major price cut of Rs 3,000. Launched at Rs 16,999, the Mi A2 is now available for Rs 13,999, making it a terrific Android One device under Rs 15,000. Not only does the phone run stock Android (upgraded to Android Pie), but it is also powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and gets some powerful 12MP + 20 cameras on the back as well as a 20MP selfie camera. The phone also houses a 3,000mAH battery with Quick Charge 4+ support.Nokia 6.1 Plus: Rs 14,999One of the most popular Nokia phones last year, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has been lauded for its attractive glass design, notch display, smooth performance and stock Android UI. Launched at Rs 15,999, the phone is currently available at Rs 14,999, making it a great deal in this segment. The Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display and is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It bears a dual camera setup which includes a 16MP primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP secondary sensor with similar aperture. The phone houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port. The phone was launched with Android Oreo and has been updated to Android Pie.Samsung Galaxy M20: Rs 10,9902019 is an important year for Samsung and the new Galaxy M series is a big bet for the company to win back market share in the affordable segment. Fortunately, it seems Samsung is off to a good start because the Galaxy M20 is a great budget device thanks to a great new Infinity-V waterdrop display and a solid 5,000mAh battery. These are two major features of the Galaxy M20 that will really attract you. On top of that, the Galaxy M20 also offers a brand new Exynos 7904 chipset which is pretty smooth at handling day-to-day tasks. The dual camera setup on the back offers an ultra wide-angle lens which is unique to this segment. While the phone runs a dated Android Ore, the new Experience UI 9.5 on top looks quite attractive and clean.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Poco F1: Rs 19,999 The Poco F1 is widely considered as the most disruptive and value for money phones of 2018 as it brought a Snapdragon 845 chipset for just Rs 21,000. Poco India dropped the price of the device even further and it can now be found at a base price of Rs 19,999.advertisementThe Poco F1 brings a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The dual camera setup on the back includes a 12MP + 5MP setup while the front gets a 20MP selfie sensor. The phone also houses a large 4,000mAh battery to take you through a good day and a half. The Poco F1 has already been updated to Android Pie and is due to get Android Q in the future as well.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Nokia 8.1: Rs 26,999The Nokia 8.1 is currently one of the most premium Nokia phones in the market, and it makes a case for the best phone under Rs 30,000. This is because the Nokia 8.1 brings a gorgeous and elegant glass and metal design coupled with a terrific Snapdragon 710 chipset and Android Pie. The Nokia 8.1 sports a 6.18-inch FHD+ (2246×1080) PureDisplay with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It houses a 3,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. The dual camera system includes a 12MP primary sensor with 1.4 micron pixel, OIS, EIS and 2PD support, and a 13MP secondary sensor for depth sensing. The device also comes with a 20MP front-facing camera.Asus ZenFone 5Z: Rs 29,999An underrated phone, the Asus ZenFone 5Z is a powerful sub Rs 30,000 device as it brings a Snapdragon 845 chipset. It also brings a premium design language and fast charging. The ZenFone 5Z sports 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and the base variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.The ZenFone 5Z houses a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging support, supports stereo speakers and High-Res audio, among other things. The phone runs Android Oreo-based ZenUI. The dual camera setup includes a primary 12MP sensor with large 1.4um pixels, f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, four-axis OIS and EIS. The secondary camera comes with an 8MP wide-angle sensor for depth of field shots. Up front, the ZenFone 5Z sports an 8MP sensor and the cameraBest phone(s) under Rs 50,000OnePlus 6T: Rs 37,999The OnePlus 6T continues to be one of the best premium affordable phones out there thanks to its blazing fast performance and optimised OxygenOS software. It brings an updated design compared to the OnePlus 6 such as a bigger display with a smaller notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor, while keeping most of the internals the same. The OnePlus 6T sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM. The glass on the front and back is also upgraded to Gorilla Glass 6. The OnePlus 6T gets an in-display fingerprint sensor that will unlock the device in 0.34 seconds. The 6T houses a 3,700mAh battery with Dash Charge support and ships with Android 9 Pie. The 6T sports a 16MP + 20MP camera setup on the back with f/1.7 aperture and OIS + EIS support, and 16MP front-facing sensor. There is also a new Nightscape feature that uses HDR algorithm to improve low-light photography.advertisementHonor View 20: Rs 37,999The newest entry to our list is the Honor View 20, which was launched in India a few days ago. This is Honor newest flagship that brings some exciting new technologies such as a stunning hole-punch display and a 48MP AI Ultra Clarity rear camera. The flagship is also ridiculously fast thanks to a Kirin 980 chipset under the hood. It houses a solid 4,000mAh battery with support for 40W Super Fast charge. The View 20 is perhaps the best alternative to the OnePlus 6T in this segment. It sports a unique chevron design on the glass back panel, a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of inbuilt storage and Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top. The hole-punch houses a 25MP selfie camera.Best phone(s) that money can buySamsung Galaxy Note 9: Rs 67,900 The Galaxy Note 9 is easily Samsung’s best flagship of 2018. It ticks all the right boxes for high-end phone and that includes a stunning AMOLED Infinity Display, best-in-class cameras, excellent performance and even an all-day battery life. It recently got update to Android Pie with One UI on top, which looks fantastic.The Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ (2960×1440) display. It is powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset with the base variant getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Samsung has also fitted a large 4,000mAh battery. You get a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with dual OIS and the f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture feature. The front camera is also similar at 8MP and F/1.7 aperture.Google Pixel 3: Rs 71,999While the Pixel 3 is a great stock Android flagship phone that offers a fast and smooth UI, it is really a fantastic camera phone first. The 12MP rear camera with 1.4-micron pixels and the revolutionary Night Sight feature makes the Pixel 3 the go-to phone for anyone willing to spend a premium on a camera phone.The Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch FHD+ (2160×1080) OLED display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, while the Pixel 3 XL offers a taller 6.3-inch FHD+ (2960×1440) display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a very deep notch. They are powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset that’s paired with 4GB of RAM. The Pixel phones are offered in two storage options – one with 64GB of internal storage and another with 128GB of internal storage.iPhone XR: Rs 76,999The iPhone XR is the best iPhone for most people. This is because the iPhone XR brings most of the same features as the top-tier iPhone XS at a price that’s more reachable for a lot of people. In terms of size, the iPhone XR slots between the iPhone XS and XS Max. It gets a 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina HD display (1792×828). It is powered by the A12 Bionic chipset and brings 3GB of RAM. The iPhone XR also supports Face ID and ships with iOS 12. The single 12MP wide-angle camera on the back comes with OIS and f/1.8 aperture. The front sees a 7MP TrueDepth camera similar to the other two iPhones.Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Rs 69,990The Mate 20 Pro is the first Mate-series phone in India and it is all kinds of premium. It is possibly the most feature-packed flagship phone yet which also means it may not be for everyone. With the View 20 now available, the Mate 20 Pro does seem overpriced. But if you’re interested, the Huawei flagship does offer a 6.39-inch 2K+ (1440×3120) OLED display and a Kirin 980 coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.The Mate 20 Pro houses a 4,200mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge support. The other big highlight is the Leica-branded triple camera matrix setup on the back. The system includes a 40MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP Ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The cameras also support laser and phase detection auto focus as well as AIS (AI-based stabilisation). On the front, the Mate 20 Pro sports a 24MP 3D depth sensing camera.ALSO READ | Poco F1, OnePlus 6T, Asus ROG Phone and 4 more gaming smartphones you can buy right nowALSO READ | Poco F1, ZenFone Max Pro M2, Honor 8X: These are the best smartphones under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Nokia 8.1, Xiaomi Mi A2, Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Best phones to buy in JanuaryGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow SamsungFollow XiaomiFollow iPhoneFollow HuaweiFollow OneplusFollow HonorFollow Realme Samsung Galaxy M20, Honor View 20, Nokia 8.1: Best phones to buy in FebruaryMWC is still a few weeks away, so for now there are plenty of exciting phones from 2018 that look great even now. Here’s a list of some of the best phones you can buy right now.advertisementlast_img read more

Minister Clarke Stresses Gov’t’s Commitment to Food Security

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Government remains committed to increasing the production of local foods as it intensifies efforts to promote food security and safety in Jamaica.He noted that the local domestic production of staples such as yams, bananas, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, Irish potatoes, and tomatoes continues to increase incrementally, while the island is also self-sufficient in the production of chicken meat and pork.The Minister was speaking at the World Food Day National Ceremony and Exhibition held on October 16 at the Greater Portmore High School in St. Catherine.Minister Clarke said through the agro-parks programme, the Government is strategically targeting the production of peas, beans, onions, fish and meat, a vast amount which is imported.“Part of our solution must be to increase production and productivity of local foods. This cannot be stressed too often. Once we have produced locally, we must also aim to consume fresh local produce, which very often are the fruits, vegetables and staples we need for healthy diets and lifestyles,” he said.Further, in keeping with food security efforts, the Minister noted that Government has approved the Jamaican Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which seeks to ensure the availability of a sufficient quantity of nutritious and appropriate foods, through increased domestic production and a sustainable level of imports.“As Government and policy makers, we also intend further, to enact a Food Security Law to ensure the domestic production of a minimum threshold of a selected basket of foods for which there is production capability and national comparative advantage to meet domestic food, nutrition and health goals,” he stated.“We wholeheartedly subscribe to the expressed view of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that raising nutrition levels include enhanced production, marketing and consumption of local vegetables and staple crops such as locally grown yams, sweet potatoes and cassava,” the Minister added.World Food Day was established by the FAO in 1979 and serves to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world.  In addition, it turns the spotlight on agricultural food production and stimulates national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end. It also promotes the transfer of technologies to developing countries.This year’s theme: ‘Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems’ served to highlight the importance of food systems that can feed all people in a sustainable manner.During the event, exhibitions were mounted by the Ministry; FAO office in Kingston; Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon; the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland; Jamaica 4-H Clubs; the National Irrigation Commission (NIC); the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the National Food Safety Committee. Through the agro-parks programme, the Government is strategically targeting the production of peas, beans, onions, fish and meat, a vast amount which is imported. World Food Day was established by the FAO in 1979 and serves to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world. The Government remains committed to increasing the production of local foods as it intensifies efforts to promote food security and safety in Jamaica.last_img read more

Crime Prevention Empowers Youth

first_imgCrime prevention starts with a positive direction, and that is what the Lighthouse Program provides for youth in communities across Nova Scotia. The program helps community groups provide recreational, educational and after school programs for young people. Justice Minister Ross Landry visited the Whitney Pier Youth Club today, April 16, where teens participate in after school programs. He praised the club and its members for offering positive options for youth. While at the club, Mr. Landry announced that community organizations involved in recreational activities will receive $240,000 under the program as part of the provincial budget for 2010-11. “The Lighthouse Program is a commitment made and a commitment kept by the government, and one that will make life better for families.” said Mr. Landry. “By offering positive alternatives to our youth, we are empowering them to make the right choices.” In the first year of the Lighthouse Program, a total of $180,000 was granted to organizations, including the Whitney Pier Youth Club, which received $12,000. Chester Borden, executive director of the Whitney Pier Youth Club, said the board members are trying to be proactive with their programming. “Youth don’t care what you know, until they know that you care,” said Mr. Borden. “This grant will assist us to continue the much- needed programs and services offered to the youth, their families and our community.” Organizations will be asked to apply for the 2010-11 grants this fall.last_img read more

Funding Continues for After the Bell Program

first_img Young people in the Annapolis Valley are getting active through After the Bell programs in West Hants, Wolfville, New Minas, Canning, Berwick and Kentville. Today, Jan. 28, Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine visited a yoga program in Wolfville to announce more than $22,000 of continued funding for after-school activities in those six communities. The program provides funding for after-school activities such as yoga, snowshoeing, rock climbing and Zumba in rural communities across the province where busing and transportation can be a challenge. “I’ve had lots of fun and learned many new skills for surviving and having fun outdoors in the Berwick Bio-Venturers program,” said Allyson Gibson, a Grade 7 participant from Berwick. “From tracking animals to making nature crafts, every day is different and interesting. My confidence in the outdoors has really improved.” After the Bell aims to increase physical activity in 12-to-15- year-olds, the years of greatest decline in physical activity. The priority is to involve girls. Research shows just 21 per cent of girls meet the standard of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Last year, 79 per cent of the 1,958 After the Bell participants were girls. “It’s important to help young people make physical activity a part of their daily routine,” said Mr. Glavine. “The After the Bell program gives students a chance to participate in activities close to home.” Groups that receive After the Bell funding can decide which activities they would like to run based on the needs of their community. Last year, about 250 students in these communities took part. Government is investing $282,000 in After the Bell projects in 67 communities across the province. A list of grants announced today in the Annapolis Valley follows this release.last_img read more

Hudsons Hope RCMP publishes policing report for May

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — Cst. William McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP has published a policing report which says that police responded to approximately 32 calls for service over the last four weeks. During the month of April, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP issued 58 Motor Vehicle Act Warnings and Violation Tickets. One impaired driver was stopped and charged during this period.   Four check stops were conducted in an effort to combat impaired driving. Cst. McKenna said that the Hudson’s Hope Speed Watch program is progressing and expected to implemented in the next few weeks, and that the detachment is still welcoming volunteers to help with the program. The Hudson’s Hope RCMP was assisted by officers from Fort St John, Chetwynd, and North Peace Traffic Services during an enforcement campaign over the May long weekend. Extra police presence on the highway, on ATVs, and on the water was focused in historically busy areas in an effort to prevent offences and injuries to outdoor enthusiasts.The Hudson’s Hope RCMP Positive Ticketing program has begun and will continue until fall.  Several youths have been “caught in the act” being safe or acting in a positive way such as wearing a bike helmet, using a crosswalk to safely cross the road, or wearing a seatbelt. When officers witness this, the youth can be issued a free ice cream positive ticket. Cst. McKenna extended a big thank you to Belinda Karlin and the staff at Marg’s Mini Mart for partnering with the local RCMP in promoting safety and positivity in our community.  On April 24th, officers responded to a complaint of a shoplifting theft from the Sportsman Inn Liquor store. The suspect was described as a First Nations woman, approximately 20-30 years old, standing 5’5” tall, with a stocky build. She had bleached hair with an orange tint. Anyone with information can contact the RCMP locally or Crime stoppers.   On May 20th, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called out to a home on Twelve Mile road for a possible domestic assault. A man was arrested and lodged in cells for a few hours to sober up and was released later in the day.  The file is still being monitored.  On May 20th, the RCMP located a vehicle parked at a local business with expired insurance.  The driver eventually returned to the vehicle and was issued seven violation tickets for multiple infractions. The vehicle was also towed.  Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page.last_img read more

Woman exhusband accused of abandoning adopted dwarf girl so they could move

A formerly married couple from Indiana has been accused of abandoning their adoptive dwarf daughter in favour of moving to Canada with their biological children.Kristine and Michael Barnett were charged on Sept. 11 with felony neglect after allegedly leaving an 11-year-old girl with dwarfism from Ukraine at an apartment in Lafayette, Ind., in order to move to Canada.News outlet WISH-TV reported cops allege the girl was abandoned in July 2013 with the neglect continuing until February 2016. Court documents stated the Barnetts continued to pay the apartment’s rent where the girl was living.Kristine told WISH-TV she wasn’t aware of the charges until she was told by the news station. The woman called the girl a “diagnosed psychopath and sociopath.”In a letter reportedly written by a doctor Kristine had given to WISH-TV, the girl “has made a career of perpetuating her age facade” and had been previously committed to a psychiatric hospital and had been diagnosed with sociopathic personality disorder in 2012.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The letter allegedly stated the girl admitted she was over 18 and determining her true age was difficult because records from Ukrainian officials were “grossly incomplete.”Kristine stated the girl’s adoption was a “scam” and had been an adult the entire time she lived with the family.The Daily Mail reported the Barnetts legally adopted the girl in 2010. When doctors examined the unnamed girl, she was determined to be roughly eight years old.Two years later, the couple had the girl’s legal age changed from 10 to 22.When interviewed by cops, Michael told them his wife counselled the girl to tell people she was 22 and only looked young if ever questioned, the Washington Post reported.In a 2012 appearance on 60 Minutes, the Barnetts beamed about their autistic son Jake, who was a math and science prodigy and a college sophomore at age 13.The Barnetts moved to Canada with their three biological children so Jake could further pursue his studies. According to his Facebook profile, Jake is currently a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ont.Michael told cops besides paying rent, he and his now ex-wife never financially supported the adopted girl.According to WISH-TV, the neglect in the case ended on Feb. 26, 2016 when the girl moved out of the apartment. Fifteen days later, another couple applied to become her legal guardians.Citing the girl’s age issue, the Barnetts reportedly filed an objection to the adoption petition. The petition was abandoned in January 2018 when the other couple changed their minds.On Sunday, Kristine took to Facebook to say she hasn’t been arrested. “I am sick and devastated from the idea of any of these charges and maintain that they are false charges,” Kristine wrote. read more

Latest violence in parts of Sudan impacts 16500 people UN says

The figure, confirmed today at UN Headquarters in New York, came from the Sudanese Government and is based on statistics gathered over the past two weeks.In response to the additional needs, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have already distributed one-month emergency food rations to 8,500 people. The Sudanese Red Crescent Society – supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) – has established two emergency health clinics in Rashad, a town in northeastern South Kordofan.In addition, the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) and WHO supported the South Kordofan health ministry with emergency medicine and equipment, including basic health kids to cover 10,000 people for three months, nutritional supplements and water and sanitation services.In Abyei, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, expressed his concern today about the increasing number of people from South Sudan seeking refuge in Abyei, an area contested by South Sudan and Sudan.Over the past few days, at least 3,000 people have arrived in Abyei, a UN spokesperson said. They are fleeing violence in South Sudan’s Unity state, bringing the total number of South Sudanese in the area to 6,000. Meanwhile, a peacekeeper from the African Union – UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was freed today, 54 days after being taken into custody. Sergeant Awesu Soleiman was abducted in Nyala on 9 March. The Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, expressed the Mission’s gratitude to the Government of Sudan, the Wali of South Darfur, and the Government of Nigeria “for their valuable assistance” in securing his safe release. read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img 10,053 Views Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 8:52 AM By Adam Daly Mar 5th 2019, 7:58 AM Share3 Tweet Email No Comments EVERY MORNING brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #TICK TOCK: French President Emmanuel Macron has set out plans to overhaul the EU in following the UK’s decision to leave the bloc, warning “never has Europe been in such danger”. 2. #DENIS O’BRIEN: The Supreme Court will today deliver its judgement in the case taken by Denis O’Brien against the Dáil and the State.3. #POVERTY: A new report from the Society of St Vincent de Paul has found that the rate of in-work poverty among lone parents more than doubled between 2012 and 2017.4. #TRADE DEAL: The US intends to scrap a preferential trade status granted to India and Turkey which allows certain products from the two countries to be imported duty-free.5. #JANICE BRADY: An arrest warrant has been issued for a Sligo woman who impeded an investigation into a killing and was released on bail, despite DPP objections, after the High Court heard that gardaí have “no idea where she is”.6. #GENDER BALANCE: The Minister for Finance has said the Central Bank may be forced to take action if there is no improvement in diversity in the senior posts at Irish banks.7. #NEWS FLASH: Leo Varadkar was told by one of his officials that ”radical re-thinking” of RTÉ’s role might be needed to address its chronic deficits – rather than constant rises in its public funding.8. #REMISSION: A London man appears to be free of the Aids virus after a stem cell transplant, the second success including the Berlin patient.9. #NISSAN: Former Auto Industry titan Carlos Ghosn has been granted bail at one billion yen (€7,893,849) after more than three months in a detention cell.  Comments have been closed as legal proceedings are active in one of the stories above.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Short URLcenter_img Image: Shutterstock/Jacob Blount The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s the news as you start your day. Image: Shutterstock/Jacob Blount Get the 9 at 9 News audio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ABC in the heart of the Mati fire tragedy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two months have passed since the East Attica wildfires that sank Greece deep into mourning. For those who survived and have lost their loved ones, however, the trial continues. The death toll has reached 99, and it’s not unlikely that it will rise even higher, while the extent of damages in housing, infrastructure and the environment makes the victims’ predicament even direr. Add to that the significant delays in crisis management response and the high demand for financial assistance from the state to cover basic, immediate needs, and the picture of the tragedy becomes clearer.And while the residents of Mati and neighbouring areas continue to count their wounds, the unanswered questions and blame game when it comes to assuming responsibility have the lead in a drama that just won’t cease.The news team of ABC’s Foreign Correspondent visited the site to document the chronicle of the devastating incident and reveal how things stand in the aftermath of the tragedy, through Eric Campbel’s confronting report which will air on Tuesday.The show’s producer, Mark Corcoran, speaks to Neos Kosmos about the stories he heard and everything he witnessed during a two week filming period from the end of August till the beginning of September.Their investigation focused on the causes and the impact of the fire, presenting personal accounts from those involved, but also some of the questionable statements from politicians and crisis management officers regarding responsibility.“We talked to a range of people: government ministers, emergency services people, firemen; [we talked to] the helicopter pilots, to alerting crisis and disaster experts,” Corcoran tells Neos Kosmos.Ilias Karvonopoulos saved his mother from the fire but he lost 10 friends. photo: Greg NelsonTHE PERSONAL ACCOUNTS“The most immediate impression I got was, as the fire came through, [the residents] were pretty much left to themselves,” he says.“And also, this extraordinary bravery thing that Greeks have and manage pulling together every last bit of strength in moments of crisis.”Corcoran will not forget an 84-year-old man who didn’t hesitate to put his own life in danger in order to save two children.“We interviewed another man, Ilias Karvounopoulos, who – with serious burns on his back – went through the fire on a motorbike to rescue his mother.”“Quite extraordinary accounts, but also great tragedy,” he adds, recounting the moment he met a young professional fireman who was fighting the blaze and realised it was getting closer to his home where his wife and six-month-old son were.Andreas Dimitriou called his wife to tell her to evacuate, but he was unable to prevent the worst from happening.“We interviewed that gentleman. It is extraordinary how he was going on helping others despite the immense loss he’d suffered.”The feelings of the local community are mixed, Corcoran says. “Disappointment, questions, anger, fear for what the future will bring … but through all of the above there was incredible resilience and great strength, even hope.”“Most are quite angry, yet they’re really hoping that things can change, not only in terms of rebuilding Mati, but in terms of the system. A lot of people are still in shock; 100 people are gone, hundreds more are injured. Many have lost their homes and winter is coming.”“It is a crime demanding justice and punishment” – ex-Parliamentary Speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou blames the deaths on the EU’s austerity program.THE BLAME GAMEBeyond the victims’ personal accounts, ABC’s report focuses on the attempts to find the deeper reasons and failings that led to such a devastation, as well as on who is, or is considered to be, responsible.One of the most sharp statements heard on the show comes from former SYRIZA MP – and Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament – Zoe Konstantopoulou, who deems the austerity responsible for the extent of the tragedy as staff, supplies and equipment cuts were made in crisis management and infrastructure departments due to lack of funding.“On a national and political level, there’s a lot of finger pointing; people blaming the fire brigade, the police blaming the government. [Ms Konstantopoulou] said it’s a crime and that people should be prosecuted for what happened,” Corcoran explains.“Given the circumstances and the location, what is extraordinary is that the death toll is not much higher, mainly thanks to some extraordinary accounts of bravery from certain people.”Amongst those featured is Crete Polytechnic University professor Costas Synolakis, a natural disaster expert who, according to Corcoran, was quite scathing in his response; “everything that could go wrong went wrong”.“Some people blame climate change, it’s not like Greece has a moderately cool summer. Some people blame austerity and [Synolakis] says this is part of it, but his overriding conclusion was that it was a management failure, a systemic failure of emergency services and he feels that if things were working properly, perhaps they couldn’t have stopped the fire but at least they could have delayed it for an hour or two. This would have given enough time for people to evacuate. There was no formal evacuation [process]; people were left to themselves.”Crisis management expert Costas Synolakis. Photo: Greg NelsonREACHING FOR ANSWERSSeeing the affected area up close, Corcoran concludes that this could have also happened in Australia, but with a major difference.“It reminded me of places in Australia, outside Melbourne or the central coast of NSW – It could have been here a very similar ambiance to the place; however, Australia has a much more advanced warning system, allowing residents to prepare for the fire, mitigating the risk of fire to your house and offers tips on what to do if the fire actually comes your way. There was none of that in Mati.”Corcoran can’t help but wonder if anything will change through this tragedy. “Where does one begin here?”“Assuming they can demolish a few thousand homes based on the argument that the paths to the water are obstructed, will it really make a difference? Was that the critical factor?,” he wonders.“There was not much consensus regarding the investigation but I’m reflecting on what Synolakis said, that given what happened there, the scale and ferocity of the fire, it is surprising that more lives were not lost and certainly from what we were told, you could put that down partly to the heroic efforts of individuals looking after themselves friends and families.”*The Foreign Correspondent episode ‘Eye of the Fire’ airs on ABC at 8pm on Tuesday 25 September.last_img read more

Des moutons tondront les pelouses parisiennes dès le mois davril

first_imgDes moutons tondront les pelouses parisiennes dès le mois d’avrilParis va tester l’éco-pâturage, à partir du mois d’avril. Le principe : utiliser des animaux pour entretenir un espace vert de façon à limiter le recours aux engins mécaniques et aux produits phytosanitaires.Le printemps commençant à pointer le bout de son nez, Paris se prépare à bichonner ses espaces verts. Mais cette année, les “ouvriers” des jardins pourraient être d’un genre un peu particulier ! Dès le mois d’avril, la ville de Paris a en effet décidé d’expérimenter l’éco-pâturage. Cela consiste à utiliser des animaux pour entretenir un espace vert, ce qui permet de limiter le recours aux engins mécaniques, sources de bruit et consommateurs de carburant, et aux produits phytosanitaires tels que les désherbants. À lire aussiUn incroyable jardin se développe dans une bouteille fermée depuis 50 ansLe mois prochain, ce ne sont pas des machines qui viendront tailler les pelouses mais bien des moutons ! L’expérience démarrera grâce à des ovins provenant de l’île bretonne d’Ouessant qui procèderont naturellement à la tonte d’”un terrain de 2 000 m² en friche” appartenant au service des Archives de Paris, dans le XIXe arrondissement. Si ce sont ces moutons là qui ont été choisis, c’est parce qu’ils sont à la fois résistants et de petite taille, ce qui permet “une manipulation plus aisée”, souligne la municipalité. L’objectif de cette première expérience est d’évaluer si ce type de gestion écologique des espaces verts est applicable dans un milieu urbain dense comme Paris intramuros. Cette expérimentation est prévue en “plusieurs périodes” d’avril à octobre. Entre chaque période de pâturage, les animaux seront hébergés par la Ferme de Paris, située dans le bois de Vincennes, laquelle sera chargé de leur suivi sanitaire. En cas de résultats probants, d’autres expérimentations pourraient suivre, par exemple dans les bois de Vincennes et de Boulogne, indique la mairie. Le 25 mars 2013 à 14:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alcool et mémoire ne font pas bon ménage

first_imgAlcool et mémoire ne font pas bon ménageSelon une étude qui vient d’être publiée, les hommes qui consomment trop souvent de l’alcool risquent de voir leur mémoire décliner beaucoup plus rapidement que les autres. Sans grande surprise, l’alcool entraîne une diminution de leurs capacités d’attention et de concentration relèvent les chercheurs.Une étude qui a été publiée dans la revue Neurology le 15 janvier par des chercheurs de l’Inserm et l’University College London indique que les personnes âgées de 40 à 60 ans qui consomment plus de 36 g d’alcool par jour s’exposent à un déclin accéléré de la mémoire. Pour arriver à ces conclusions, les scientifiques ont réalisé une étude épidémiologique auprès de 5.054 hommes et 2.099 femmes. Ces personnes ont été questionnées trois fois en dix ans sur leur consommation habituelle d’alcool : à l’âge de 56 ans en moyenne puis 5 et 10 ans plus tard. En parallèle, les scientifiques ont étudié les capacités de mémorisation, d’attention et de raisonnement des candidats.Mémoire et fonctions exécutive testées Pour évaluer la mémoire, les personnes devaient se souvenir du maximum possible de mots parmi le 20 qui leurs étaient soumis. Les fonctions exécutives, elles (attention et raisonnement), étaient évaluées sur la base de trois tests : un test de logique comprenant 65 questions et deux tests dits de “fluence verbale”. Dans ces derniers, les candidats disposaient d’une minute pour inscrire le plus possible de mots commençant par S et le maximum possible de noms d’animaux.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Résultats : les gros consommateurs d’alcool présentent un déclin accentué de la mémoire et des fonctions exécutives. En revanche, on n’observe aucune différence de la mémorisation chez les personnes sobres, les anciens buveurs et les buveurs légers à modérés. Un vieillissement intellectuel de 1,5 à 6 années chez les grands buveurs D’après l’étude des tests, le décalage retrouvés chez les gros consommateurs d’alcool équivaut à un vieillissement intellectuel de 1,5 à 6 années supplémentaires. Ainsi, un grand consommateur d’alcool de 58 aurait un cerveau âgé de 60 à 64 ans. De plus, comme l’indique Séverine Sabia de l’University College London, “les effets apparaissent d’autant plus marqués que la consommation est élevée”.On ne sait pas si ces résultats sont valables chez les femmes dans la mesure où un trop faible nombre d’entre elles consommait de l’alcool en grandes quantités. Toutefois, il semble qu’il y ait un déclin plus rapide des fonctions exécutives chez celles qui boivent plus de 20 g d’alcool par jour.Le 18 janvier 2014 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Get Up to 75 Off on These Bluetooth Speakers and Earbuds

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Soy Growers Look to White House Task Force to Lead on Key

first_imgASA welcomed today’s establishment by the White House of a task force to address the challenges facing America’s farmers. According to an executive order issued by the White House, the task force, to be led by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, will identify policy areas where executive branch agencies can take action to improve economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life for rural America and U.S. farmers. ASA President Ron Moore, a farmer from Roseville, Ill., applauded the creation of the task force in a statement issued today:“It is encouraging that President Trump’s executive order recognizes the vital work that farmers do for our fellow Americans. By noting specifically that a reliable, safe and affordable food supply is critical to our success and stability as a nation, President Trump sets a firm foundation for future conversations with our industry. We are confident that Secretary Perdue will be a productive and forward-thinking guide for these conversations.“The multiple functions of the task force will help move our industry forward, and specific directives like addressing regulatory barriers farmers face and investing in the infrastructure on which our industry depends will directly address some of our most significant challenges. As the task force begins its work, we want to ensure a constant line of communication between ASA and other farm organizations and the task force so that this group can function as effectively and successfully as possible. We look forward to opportunities to sit down with President Trump, Secretary Perdue, and others in the administration to provide input on how the task force can best serve soybean farmers.”last_img read more

BSE closes points 13459 up on March 3

first_imgBSE closes points 134.59 up on March 31.4K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 134.59 up on March 31.4K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, March 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 134.59 points up to stand at 29,593.73. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 134.59 points up to stand at 8,996.25. TATA ELXSI LTD. and BHUSHAN STEEL LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 15.30% along with IDBI and NATCO PHARMA LTD. with an increase of 10.33% and 9.99% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include EICHER MOTORS LTD. and COAL INDIA with a decrease of 4.46% and 3.98% along with MAHINDRA and MAHINDRA LTD and OBEROI REALTY LTD with a decrease of 3.48% and 2.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 171.82 points at 19,753.13 while the banking sector is down 61.57 points at 22,920.15 and the reality sector is down at 21.59 points at 1,794.95. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 61.89 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, March 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 134.59 points up to stand at 29,593.73. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 134.59 points up to stand at 8,996.25. TATA ELXSI LTD. and BHUSHAN STEEL LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 15.30% along with IDBI and NATCO PHARMA LTD. with an increase of 10.33% and 9.99% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include EICHER MOTORS LTD. and COAL INDIA with a decrease of 4.46% and 3.98% along with MAHINDRA and MAHINDRA LTD and OBEROI REALTY LTD with a decrease of 3.48% and 2.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 171.82 points at 19,753.13 while the banking sector is down 61.57 points at 22,920.15 and the reality sector is down at 21.59 points at 1,794.95. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 61.89 per dollar.last_img read more