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Output Drops at World’s Largest Open-Access Journal

first_imgThe number of papers published by the world’s largest open-access journal, PLOS ONE, has plummeted over the past few months after rising fairly steadily for years, notes a scholarly publishing blogger. Phil Davis suggests the closely watched PLOS ONE may have become a less attractive option for scientists as its impact factor has fallen and other open-access publishers have come on the scene.Founded 14 years ago, the Public Library of Science (PLOS) has been a leader in open access—online journals that are free for anyone to read and cover costs by charging authors a fee. But PLOS has also drawn criticism, because the nonprofit broke even only after starting the multidisciplinary PLOS ONE, which accepts all papers that pass technical scrutiny regardless of their importance. The model has drawn the complaint that PLOS ONE bulk publishes low-quality papers to make its more selective journals sustainable. That high volume made PLOS ONE the largest scientific journal in the world in 2010, with more than 8600 research papers. Last year, the site featured 31,509 papers.But this year, the trend has been downward, notes Davis, a publishing consultant. PLOS ONE’s output peaked in December 2013 at 3039 papers and by May had fallen 25% to 2276 papers (see graph). Davis suggests that a drop in PLOS ONE’s impact factor last June could be one explanation: Researchers tend to prefer journals with higher impact factors, a measure of how widely a journal is cited that is often used—mistakenly, many argue—to assess a scientist’s performance.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(*)Other factors may include the debut of other open-access journals, last October’s 16-day U.S. government shutdown, and a decline in U.S. federal research funding, Davis writes. Whatever the reasons, he writes, PLOS’s bottom line is taking a hit: “[T]hat 25% drop in 2014 publication represents about $1 million less revenue in the first quarter alone. If this trend continues, supporting other PLOS activities may become more difficult.”In response to questions from ScienceInsider, PLOS cautions against reading too much into the 25% drop (see full statement below). As a nonprofit, it says, PLOS “is not primarily driven by short-term financial considerations, but rather by a mission to transform research communication.”PLOS STATEMENT:“PLOS as a nonprofit is not primarily driven by short-term financial considerations, but rather by a mission to transform research communication. PLOS is committed to ongoing collaboration with the scientific community to continually work toward this goal. As governments, funders and institutions, to their credit and to the benefit of society, increasingly require that research be made Open Access, and as the amount of research fluctuates worldwide, the peak volume in published works of research for any publisher is likely a moving target. Competition stimulates innovation, which ultimately will mean a better publishing experience for authors. PLOS is proud to be at the leading edge of this progress.”*Correction, 4 June, 2:47 p.m.: The article has been corrected to state that PLOS ONE is the world’s largest journal, not publisher.*Clarification, 5 June, 8 a.m.:The headline has been revised to reflect that the journal’s output, not submissions, have dropped.last_img read more

#DesiWallofShame: Indian-Americans are countering community members pushing Trump’s divisive agenda

first_imgOn December 15 last year, Washington DC-based civil rights activist Deepa Iyer sent out a tweet: “On this year’s #desiwallofshame, Ajit Pai tops the list for being on the wrong side of history, for choosing profit over civil rights, and for advancing the anti-immigrant, white supremacist agenda of the Trump Administration.”Iyer’s voice is one that the progressive South Asian community in the United States is familiar with and reveres. For over a decade, she has been attempting to bridge the gaps within the diaspora and leading solidarity efforts with other immigrant communities and people of colour.Read it at Scroll Related Itemslast_img read more

Cavaliers hold off Celtics in NBA opener

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, passes against Boston Celtics’ Semi Ojeleye in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. APCLEVELAND — Boston’s Gordon Hayward broke his left ankle just five minutes into the season, a grisly injury that overshadowed Kyrie Irving’s return to Cleveland and the Cavaliers’ 102-99 win over the shocked Celtics on Tuesday night.LeBron James scored 29 points — 13 in the fourth quarter — in his most extensive action in three weeks because of a sprained left ankle. He also fed Kevin Love for a critical 3-pointer with 46.3 second left to put the Cavs up 102-98.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Irving, who asked to be traded this summer after six seasons in Cleveland, had a chance to tie it with a 3-pointer at the horn but missed. Irving then shared a warm embrace with James, his teammate for three seasons.Irving finished with 22 points for the Celtics, who overcame an 18-point deficit in the third and led with 2:04 left. Boston’s guard was also called for a technical.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHayward, who signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract with the Celtics this summer, was bumped by James while trying to catch an alley-oop pass with 6:45 left in the first quarter. The forward’s leg got twisted underneath him as he came back to the floor and snapped his ankle grotesquely.The 27-year-old sat up, looked at his foot and yelled in horror while some players covered their mouths and others turned their heads. Celtics: Host Milwaukee on Wednesday. Boston closed out 2016 regular season with home win over Bucks.Cavaliers: At Milwaukee on Friday. Cleveland has won four straight over Giannis Anteokounmpo and Co. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Source: Richard Jefferson, Nuggets agree to 1-year deal Hayward’s stunning injury changed the tenor of the highly anticipated season opener between two of the league’s best teams, and will likely alter the direction of Boston’s season. Hayward will require surgery and need months to recover.The Celtics were understandably shaken at halftime, and went to the locker room down 16.However, they battled back and were still leading 98-97 when James, who only played in one exhibition after spraining his ankle on Sept. 27, spun in the lane and made a layup to put Cleveland up by one. On Boston’s next possession, James cut off Marcus Smart and deflected the ball off the guard’s leg and out of bounds.James then made a crosscourt pass to a wide-open Love, who drained his 3 to give the Cavs a four-point cushion.Irving’s free throw made it 102-99, and the Celtics had two late chances but both Jaylen Brown and Irving missed late 3s.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES Love had 15 and Derrick Rose 14 in his debut for the Cavs, who are trying to blend new faces and big egos quickly.After the final horn, James and Irving, who spent part of the summer making subtle jabs at each other following the blockbuster trade, completed their signature handshake and the All-Star point guard greeted several former teammates.He may still have a ways to go with Cleveland’s crowd, which booed him every time he touched the ball.Irving heard it from the moment he took the floor as Cleveland fans got their first chance to voice their displeasure toward him for demanding to be traded this summer despite three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and one title.But Hayward’s injury took some of the bite out of Cleveland’s crowd, which gave the forward a roaring ovation as he was taken off the floor on a stretcher.When Hayward went down, Boston’s players huddled in prayer near their bench as a distressed James took a seat on the scorer’s table in disbelief. The injury was a reminder that there are no givens and games, seasons and careers can change in a blink.TIP-INSCeltics: Coach Brad Stevens has been impressed with Irving’s basketball acumen and how quickly he has picked up Boston’s system. “He’s spent a lot of time watching film, a lot of extra time talking about it. He has good insights,” Stevens said. “Guys like that can fit in anywhere. It’s about how do we all put our strengths together.” … Marcus Morris (sore right knee) took part in pregame drills but is out for a week or more.Cavaliers: James (28,816) passed numerous Hall of Famers while jumping to No. 7 on the career scoring list last season. He came in nearly 1,500 points behind Dirk Nowitzki at No. 6. … Although it may take some time for the Cavs to find their on-court chemistry, coach Tyronn Lue said that doesn’t change his early expectations. “We still expect to win,” he said. “We still expect to play hard and play the right way. It’s going to be a process and we understand that. As long as we play the right way, we’re focused on the right things, we’ll be fine.” UP NEXT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Homecoming for Asian Games champions

first_imgThe men’s 400m hurdles race at the Asian Games in Guangzhou was supposed to be a straightforward fight between Japan’s Kenji Narisako and Naohiro Kawakita. India’s Joseph Abraham stood no chance of a podium finish, let alone gold.Critics had written off the 29-year-old from Kottayam, Kerala, saying that he was past his prime and winning a medal at a highly competitive event like the Asian Games was beyond him. But Abraham, one of the senior-most members in the Indian athletics contingent, pipped both favourites to finish with gold.While everyone has been busy congratulating Abraham on his feat, he confessed to MAIL TODAY on Monday that after the disappointment at the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG), winning the gold and proving to himself that he still was good enough to compete at the international level was the only thing on his mind.”I desperately wanted to win gold and prove to myself that I am not past my prime. The CWG disappointment was still lingering on my mind. I had always wanted to win a medal in front of my compatriots and I was immensely hurt when I failed to qualify for the final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,” Abraham said.”I would really like to thank my coach who kept insisting that I was good and deserved to win gold. He kept egging me on and asked me to go for gold. Although I was a bit skeptical initially, I gained in confidence after the heats. Having done well in the heats, I was sure that I could finish first if I gave it my best shot.”advertisementBut the simpleton that Abraham is, he says that winning in India would have meant much more that in Guangzhou. “I still feel that winning in Delhi would have meant much more than winning in Guangzhou in front of Chinese spectators. Although there were Indian people in the crowd, but the majority were Chinese while in Delhi, most of the spectators were Indian. Only after landing at the airport on Sunday did it feel good. Even though I would be honest that there weren’t many people who were waiting for our arrival, it still felt good when the ones that were there recognised me, came up to me and congratulated me on my achievements. It always feels good when people of your own country appreciate your efforts,” he said.International sportspersons sometimes give sportsman’s spirit a miss in their bid to rake in laurels but honesty and upholding the spirit of the game have always been Abraham’s strengths.Competing at the 2009 Asian Championships in Guangzhou, Abraham had won the silver in the 400m hurdles behind Narisako.But rather than rejoicing, he was worried because he had accidentally stepped into the inside lane on his way to clearing the last hurdle and he feared that all the hard work that he had put in would go to waste and he would be disqualified.Although the referee didn’t disqualify him, for reasons best known to the referee, Abraham was honest enough to confess that he had been guilty of crossing the lane. Contrast this with Narisako’s celebrations after coming second at the Asian Games, though he had committed a technical infringement. In the end, Narisako was disqualified.While most felt that Narisako looked to be on the verge of overtaking Abraham in the final stretch, the Indian said: “I was not completely balanced after touching the ninth hurdle. As a result, he managed to gain the momentum. But I was always in control and paced my run in such a way that he wouldn’t be able to cross me.”Tactical mishaps had cost Abraham the gold at the Asian All-Star Athletics meet just prior to the CWG. Even during the heats of the CWG, it was a tactical mistake that saw him failing to qualify for the finals. So Abraham made a conscious effort to ensure that he didn’t make any goof-ups in the Asian Games.”Both in the Asian All-Star meet and the CWG, I had failed to strategise, resulting in poor finishes. But this time I was conscious and ran the first 200m without keeping the time in mind. I knew if I could conserve a bit of energy going into the last 200m, I would definitely win the gold and that is exactly what happened,” he said.Looking ahead, Abraham says competing at the 2012 London Olympics and bringing a medal for his country is his ultimate dream. “My concentration will now be solely on competing at the 2012 Olympics and bring home a medal. I will train keeping the Olympics in mind,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Italian Open: Rafael Nadal through to last-16 after Nicolas Almagro injury

first_imgRafael Nadal eased into the last-16 of the Italian Open on Tuesday when his second-round opponent Nicolas Almagro retired after sustaining a knee injury early in the first set.Nadal, who is the clear tournament favourite and looks to be in the form of his life on clay this season, raced into a 3-0 lead before Spanish compatriot Almagro felt his left knee with less than half an hour played.Nadal is seeded fourth in Rome, where he is bidding for a record eighth title to go with his recent successes in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, and will meet either the Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely or American Jack Sock in the next round.Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the number seven seed, beat Spaniard David Ferrer 7-5 6-2 earlier in the day and will play either Britain’s Kyle Edmund or Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the last 16.Third seed Stan Wawrinka was also in action later on Tuesday against unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire, who beat him on clay in Madrid last week.last_img read more

Laudrup: Unfair to compare Dybala with Messi

first_imgLionel Messi Dybala is no Messi – Laudrup thinks comparisons are unfair Alex Fisher 02:54 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) messidybala - cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Paulo Dybala Juventus v Genoa Real Betis v Barcelona Juventus Serie A Primera División The Danish football legend says comparing the two Argentina team-mates is unfair on the Juventus forward, who has also rejected comparisons Paulo Dybala may be a burgeoning star in European football but it is unfair to compare him with Barcelona icon Lionel Messi, says Michael Laudrup.Dybala’s exploits for Juventus since moving from Palermo in 2015 have earned him rave reviews, the 24-year-old scoring 44 Serie A goals in 84 games for the Bianconeri.His 17 strikes in all competitions this season have made him one of the hottest prospects in Europe, with many labelling him as the heir to Messi’s throne with Argentina and Barca. 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 Former Juve and Barca player Laudrup does not buy into that train of thought, though, because he believes Messi is a once-in-a-generation player.”He’s a talent,” Laudrup told Omnisport. “The problem I think is that he’s from Argentina and he’s another player that people like to say could be the next Messi. “No, there is no next Messi now. To see the next Messi, we’ll have to wait. I don’t think I’ll see the next Messi in my lifetime.366 – Lionel Messi is now the player with the most goals scored in one of the top five European leagues, surpassing Gerd Müller (365 in Bundesliga). Milestone.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 15, 2018″You don’t see a player like that every ten years, or every 15. Maybe we’ll have to wait 25, 30 years, 50 years to see another player like that. This is the standard you use sometimes.”He [Dybala] is from Argentina, he’s left-footed, he’s not so tall, the way he is moving.”But I don’t think it benefits him that he’s compared to Messi, because he is no Messi. He is a very talented player, but he is no Messi.”last_img read more

High Performance Youth And Masters Coaching Positions

first_imgThe previous process held during October of this year resulted in limited expressions, and as a result TFA will re-open the Expression process. Members wishing to express their interest now have until COB Friday, 27 January 2012 to submit the required information.Please click on the attachment for more information. This story was first placed on the website on Friday, 9 December 2011. Related Files2011_coach_re_advert_-_youth__masters-pdflast_img

Toast to the End of Summer at Shandytown in Portland, Oregon

first_imgThis year, weather in Portland, Oregon, did a 180-degree switch overnight. Sunny, smoky skies gave way to the chilly rain that covers the city for a majority of the year. Even though Mother Nature thinks otherwise, Portland makers are doing whatever they can to hold onto that last bit of summer just a bit longer.Take Pono Brewing Company co-founder Erick Russ and local event producer Natalia Toral, for example. They saw the framework for an event to celebrate a beloved summer beverage, the shandy, and organized a community celebration around the beverage to soak in the last of the season’s splendor. Their event, Shandytown PDX, puts a quintessentially Portland twist on a beverage that originated in Britain in the 1700-1800s.Pono Brewing Company co-founder Erick RussThe drink, initially called “Rich Man’s Shandy Gaff,” was half Champagne, half ale. More modest patrons would mix ginger beer or lemonade instead; the “gaff” theoretically came from the half ginger beer addition (ginger + half = gaff.)Eventually shortened to just “shandy,” the libation became wildly popular, both for flavor and  low alcohol content. When Americans eventually caught, there were no shortage of stateside brands putting out their own versions of the typically sweet drink. Nowadays, the beer can be mixed with anything from soft drinks to juice, and many can be found in cans and glasses.In a city that loves to drink, the original idea for Shandytown was drummed up at — you guessed it— a bar.“I was meeting with [Ataula bartender] Angel Teta, working on getting one of our beers on her menu,” Russ says, “and she instantly made a shandy with our Pineapple Kolsch. It became the No. 1 drink on her menu.”A few weeks later, Russ was in another cocktail haven: Portland’s Raven & Rose. One bartender at each of the restaurant’s two bars also made shandies, then tested both on customers to see which one was more popular. After another shandy talk at a third restaurant, the idea had been planted for the celebration.In true Rose City fashion, Shandytown PDX quickly blossomed from a few bartenders offering their own renditions of shandies to a full-blown competition between five of the city’s most lauded drinking establishments. Chefs around town also got wind of the event and wanted to be a part of the celebration. As a result, Shandytown PDX will also showcase five food collaborations, from Filipino cuisine to ice cream. Attendees will get access to the entire shandy and nosh lineup.Above all, Russ is about collaboration. He hopes to bring together people from the thriving beer and spirits worlds, which sometimes exist in their own circles.“My hope is that we can work together to promote both communities,” he says.Shandytown PDX takes place Monday, September 25. You can purchase your tickets here. The event benefits Growing Gardens, a Portland-based nonprofit that helps low-income families grow and harvest their own fresh produce. Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxinglast_img read more

BC inquiry has lessons for federal governments Royal Commission on MMIW

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn Tuesday, the federal government called for a national inquiry into shocking numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women.The news has brought hope to many families and friends who have lost someone.But in British Columbia, which held an inquiry into the province’s missing and murdered women in 2010, there is mixed reaction.APTN’s Tina House tells us why.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Bourdains death means loss of a voice for immigrant workers

first_imgAnthony Bourdain’s culinary passions went far beyond the cuisine he put on a plate. He also was committed to the immigrant workers who toil in his and other kitchens throughout the restaurant industry.Bourdain, who died Friday in France in an apparent suicide at age 61, was an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and a fierce defender of Hispanic workers.The chef, global traveller and author, whose popularity grew with his CNN series “Parts Unknown,” often was the first to tip his hat to his employees from Central America or Mexico. He promoted his Mexican-born sous chef, the late Carlos Llaguno Garcia, to run two of his New York restaurants and complained loudly about the United States’ “ridiculously hypocritical attitudes” toward immigration.“Some, of course, like to claim that Mexicans are stealing American jobs,” Bourdain said in 2014. “But in two decades as a chef and employer, I never had one American kid walk in my door and apply for a dishwashing job, a porter’s position or even a job as prep cook.”During the 2016 presidential campaign season, Bourdain slammed Trump’s promises to deport immigrants in the U.S. illegally and build a wall along the Mexican border.“If Mr. Trump deports 11 million people or whatever he’s talking about right now, every restaurant in America would shut down,” Bourdain said in an interview with SiriusXM radio.Trump has said the wall is needed to keep immigrants and drugs out of the U.S. and his policies are designed to keep the country safe.Julian Medina, the owner of eight Mexican restaurants in New York, said he and Bourdain crossed paths a few times at industry events.“The Latino community was very important to him because in the kitchens of New York there are many Latinos,” Medina said. “He supported that because he always worked beside a Latino and put Carlos in charge of his kitchen.”Saul Montiel, executive chef at the Mexican restaurant Cantina Roof Top in Manhattan, said Garcia, who died of cancer in 2015, always spoke highly of Bourdain. For an episode of Bourdain’s Travel Channel show, “No Reservations,” Garcia gave Bourdain a tour of his hometown, Puebla. Bourdain claimed all the best cooks in his New York restaurants came from there.Montiel, who started in the business washing dishes 15 years ago, said Bourdain was “one of the few chefs that valued the work of the Latinos in the kitchen.”“There are many chefs,” he said, “that never recognize the hard work of the Hispanics.”Mel Mecinas, an executive chef in Scottsdale, Arizona, who was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, remembers when Bourdain featured his home state on “Parts Unknown.” He liked that Bourdain went to smaller villages and wasn’t afraid to sit on the floor and eat, sampling traditional dishes such as tamales with mole negro sauce wrapped in banana leaves instead of corn husks.“When he goes somewhere, he always finds the place where he can find the root of the culture,” Mecinas said. “I was so impressed about how down-to-earth he is and his sense of humour.”Occasionally, Bourdain’s penchant to spotlight minorities attracted a backlash. Last year, a blogger accused him of banning white chefs from getting exposure on a “Parts Unknown” episode on Houston’s culinary scene. Bourdain responded on Twitter, calling it “shameful, dishonest race-baiting click bait.”Latinos weren’t the only minority group that embraced Bourdain. Jason Wang, CEO of Xi’an Famous Foods in New York, planned to donate profits at all its locations on Friday to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.In a Facebook post, Wang said Bourdain’s impact on his family’s Chinese street food business was immeasurable. In 2007, Bourdain endorsed the Wangs’ basement food stall, which served lamb noodle soup with hand-ripped noodles on “No Reservations.”The bump in business was swift. Wang and his father gradually went from that stall to six eateries. In 2015, Wang had the chance to relay his gratitude in person.“I looked at him in the eyes and said, ‘this is something we will always be thankful for Tony,’” Wang wrote. “And he simply replied, ‘I’m just calling out good food like it is, that’s all.’”___Associated Press writer Claudia Torrens in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more

Morsi’s son to face trial in Egypt drugs case

first_imgCAIRO – A son of deposed Islamist president Mohammad Morsi will face trial for alleged possession and use of hashish, judicial sources said on Monday, but no date has yet been fixed. Abdullah Morsi, 19, was arrested on March 1 along with a friend for allegedly possessing two joints while they were in a car parked by the roadside in Qalyubia province north of Cairo. The two were freed the next day pending investigation after agreeing to give urine samples which the prosecution says tested positive. Morsi’s other son Osama has denied the charges against Abdullah, saying the authorities were “fabricating the case” and that his brother’s arrest was an attempt to “defame the family”. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood have been the target of a relentless government crackdown since the Islamist was ousted last July after just a year in office. Amnesty International says that more than 1,400 people have been killed, mostly Morsi supporters, in street clashes since his ouster. Morsi himself and several Brotherhood leaders have been put on trial on charges that could lead to the death penalty.last_img read more

Information on Senate meeting held November 14

Amendments to the Faculty Handbook were approved during Senate 602 held November 14 and can be viewed at a summary report on the meeting, which includes information on the amendments.Click here for the President’s Report of the meeting.

UNESCO says books play prominent part in battle for peace

“Books are a powerful means of external projection and can become an important factor in material well-being,” Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. “We must therefore work unceasingly to ensure the success of the industry on which their existence depends.”Noting that books offered, now more than ever, an irreplaceable medium of information, critical reflection and education, he said: “Books and copyright, as driving forces for the creativity of every people, play a prominent part in the battle for peace.” read more

Alcoa to buy titanium supplier RTI International in 15B deal to broaden

Alcoa to buy titanium supplier RTI International in $1.5B deal to broaden its aerospace push by The Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Mar 9, 2015 6:39 am MDT This April 7, 2014 photo shows the Alcoa logo in the lobby of Alcoa’s headquarters in Pittsburgh. Alcoa is taking another step to bolster its stake in the aerospace industry with a $1.5 billion deal to buy titanium supplier RTI International Metals, the company announced Monday, March 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alcoa is taking another step to bolster its stake in the aerospace industry with a $1.5 billion deal to buy titanium supplier RTI International Metals.The New York-based company said Monday that it will buy the specialty metal products company in an all-stock deal. Alcoa said the aerospace and defence industries accounted for 80 per cent of Pittsburgh-based RTI’s revenues last year.Alcoa has been shifting from its traditional role of mining and smelting aluminum to becoming a more diversified maker of lightweight metal and alloy products for aerospace, autos and other industries. It has benefited from demand for aluminum and other lightweight materials used to make planes more fuel-efficient.Last week, Alcoa said it completed its acquisition of the German titanium and aluminum structural castings company Tital. That company’s titanium castings are used in aircraft engines and frames. It also completed in the fourth quarter the purchase of Firth Rixson, which makes alloy parts for jet engines.For its latest deal, Alcoa plans to trade slightly more than 2.8 Alcoa shares for each RTI share. That equals a value of $41 per RTI share and represents a premium of 50 per cent to RTI’s Friday closing price of $27.28.The $1.5 billion deal value includes $330 million in RTI cash and up to $517 million in the company’s convertible notes.Alcoa also said Friday that it will review 14 per cent of its global smelting capacity and 16 per cent of its refining capacity for possible curtailment or divestiture. The company has curtailed, closed or sold 31 per cent of its smelting capacity since 2007.Shares of RTI International Markets Inc. jumped 39 per cent, or $10.62, to $37.90 in midday trading on Monday. Alcoa Inc. shares fell 85 cents, or 5.9 per cent, to $13.63. read more

Pryor uses arm legs to dismantle Hoosier defense

Fans had been waiting all season for Terrelle Pryor to become the dual threat many saw him as coming out of high school and that he showed glimpses of last year. Saturday night against Indiana, their wishes were fulfilled, as Pryor picked apart the Indiana defense with both his legs and his arm.He finished the game with four touchdowns, three through the air and one on the ground. For Pryor, it was the type of performance that he and the rest of the passing game had been trying to put together all season.“We’re always on a mission,” he said. “Sometimes it might not show out there, but I mean not every offense in the country is perfect.”Pryor was near perfect when it came to spreading the ball Saturday. He completed passes to eight different receivers, including two of his three touchdowns to freshmen Duron Carter and Zach Boren.“It’s a great feeling,” Boren said. “Terrelle gave me a great ball that I could just catch and go right into the end zone.”“It was a great experience for my first road game,” Carter said. “I was the second read, and Terrelle trusted me with the ball, and I jumped up and caught it.”But Carter was actually more excited about a devastating block he put on an IU defender.“Football is a contact sport,” he said. “If you don’t like contact you shouldn’t be playing.”When it was all said and done, Pryor finished with a career-high 27 attempts as the coaching staff continued to put the offense in his hands.“He was glued in,” coach Jim Tressel said.Defense doesn’t miss a beat without ColemanIt’s not easy to replace a team captain, three-year starter, and All-Big Ten performer and not have a drop off.But with Anderson Russell filling the shoes of suspended safety Kurt Coleman, the Buckeyes did exactly that.OSU held the Hoosiers to 14 points, with seven of those coming in the last 10 seconds of the game against the second and third string. Coming into the game, the Hoosiers were averaging 28 points per game.“We didn’t give up any home runs. We seemed to tackle well. With Kurt not there and Jermale [Hines] limping around there for a minute, we were awfully young,” Tressel said. “But they kept everything in front of them … and I thought they were solid.”Russell started the first two games of the season before being replaced in the lineup by Hines. He showed no signs of rust as he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble during Saturday’s game.“He’s a guy that has never changed who he is just because we changed the rotation,” Tressel said. “He works like crazy, studies film all the time. He’s a smart young man on the field and off the field.”Increased workload for ‘Zoom’ doesn’t slow down running gameAlthough it was known that the defense would be without Coleman coming into Saturday’s game, the status of junior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron was uncertain.“Boom in a real pinch could have played tonight, but I’m not sure he’d have been 100 percent,” Tressel said.Luckily for OSU, a less-than-100-percent Herron would not be needed, as Brandon Saine efficiently stepped into the starting running back role. His 113 yards were a large part of OSU’s 219-18 yard advantage on the ground.“I’ve been excited since Thursday when I found out I was going to be starting and that I’d be a captain,” Saine said. “I had a lot of fun out there, and I’m glad we were able to come out with a win. I’m definitely really grateful for the opportunity I had today.”Although Saine, a track star in high school, is known more for his speed, he has quickly established himself as a power back as well.“Brandon Saine is 220 pounds, and he’s moving those pounds fast,” Tressel said. “We always say, ‘Whoever wins the battles in the trenches is going to win the game.’”Buckeyes hit by fluIn addition to a suspension and injuries, OSU is now having to deal with the issue of the flu. Junior offensive tackle Andrew Miller was prohibited from traveling with the team after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. He wasn’t the only Buckeye that was affected.“We had three or four guys miss practice during the week,” Tressel said.Tressel named sophomore starting center Mike Brewster and sophomore defensive lineman Solomon Thomas among those who missed multiple practices with flu symptoms. He couldn’t recall which other players were affected by the flu but acknowledged there were more.OSU isn’t the first team to have to deal with the flu this year. Georgia starting quarterback Joe Cox was unable to travel with the rest of the team prior to the Bulldogs’ season opener, and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was plagued by flu-like symptoms in the Gators’ game against Kentucky. read more

Bangladesh rise to No 6 in ODI rankings

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies gain automatic qualification for T20 World CupJanuary 2, 2019In “latest news”England cement white-ball rise with No.1 ODI rankingMay 2, 2018In “latest news”India-Pakistan Asia Cup match on September 19July 25, 2018In “latest news” Bangladesh have climbed up to No. 6 on the ICC ODI rankings on the back of their first victory over New Zealand in conditions outside of home. The five-wicket win came in Dublin where the teams were engaged in a tri-nation tournament with hosts Ireland ahead of the Champions Trophy. Bangladesh now stand above three Full Members – Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies – and are 18 rating points behind England.Some members of the Bangladesh ODI team (ESPNCricinfo photo)In the current rankings cycle, results between May 2016 and 2017 get 100% weightage and those between May 2014 and 2016 get 50%. Bangladesh won six out of 14 completed games between May 2016 and 2017, including a drawn series with Sri Lanka. They qualified for the Champions Trophy, a tournament they will play for the first time in 10 years.Bangladesh had 18 wins in 28 completed games between May 2014 and 2016, when they made the World Cup quarter-final and earned series wins over India, South Africa and Pakistan.The top-eight teams on September 30 this year gain automatic qualification to the 2019 World Cup. At the May 1 rankings update, Bangladesh were in seventh place with 91 points, with Pakistan only three points behind them. Their promotion now to No. 6 gives them a lot more breathing space. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

London shock Sligo to secure first Connacht SFC victory since 1977

first_imgUpdated  at 16.14London 1-12Sligo 0-14LONDON SECURED A shock victory in the Connacht SFC in what was a thrilling game in Ruislip against Sligo – their first win in the competition since 1977.London got off to a brilliant start when Lorcan Mulvey broke through for an early goal that propelled them into a 1-1 to 0-1 lead.The Exlies added a further two points to stretch their advantage and at one stage they enjoyed a 1-4 to 0-1 lead.Sligo were then denied a goal when Pat Hughes crashed a shot off the crossbar but Adrian Marren and Mark Breheny grabbed points soon after for Kevin Walsh’s men.Mark Gottsche responded with a point for London before the home side then saw their effort for a second goal thwarted in the 31st minute.Padraig McGoldrick – a Sligo native – saw his penalty effort saved by goalkeeper Philip Greene.Sligo built on that boost with Breheny, Marren and Charlie Harrison all on target again before the break yet London were still ahead by four points.McGoldrick then partially atoned for his penalty by scoring London’s first point of the second half to increase their lead, before Breheny responded for Sligo.Further points, including one from the impressive Gottsche gave his side 1-10 to 0-6 lead.However, they suffered a setback when McGoldrick was sent off for a second bookable offence. Sligo’s confidence increased following this incident, with Breheny and Hughes scoring further points to keep them in the game.Harrison and James Kilcullen narrowed the gap even further, but Sean Kelly gave London some breathing space with his second score of the game.Late points from Murphy, Harrison and Tony Taylor made it a one-point game in the dying seconds, before Breheny hit a wide and Pat Hughes struck the crossbar as the visitors attempted to draw level.However, London ultimately held on for a historic victory, and will now meet Leitrim in the semi-final.Additional reporting by Paul FennessyLONDON: Declan Traynor (Fulham Irish);  Kevin Lynam (Heston Gaels), Stephen Curran (St Kiernan’s), David McGreevy (Kingdom Kerry Gaels) Seamus Hannon (Fulham Irish), Shane Mulligan (Fulham Irish), Tony Gaughan (Neasden Gaels); Mark Gottsche (Tir Chonaill Gaels), Paul Geraghty ( Neasden Gaels); Greg Crowley (Parnells), Lorcan Mulvey (Fulham Irish), Barry Mitchell (Tir Chonaill Gaels); Padraic McGoldrick (Heston Gaels), Ciaran McCallion (Kingdom Kerry Gaels), Cathal McGee ( Tir Chonaill Gaels).SLIGO: Philip Greene (St John’s); Keelan Cawley (Coolera-Strandhill), Neil Ewing (Drumcliffe), Ross Donovan (Eastern Harps); Charlie Harrison (St John’s), Adrian McIntyre (Tourlestrane), Brian Curran (Tubbercurry); Stephen Gilmartin (Tubbercurry), Tony Taylor (Eastern Harps); Brendan Egan (Tourlestrane), Pat Hughes (Geevagh), Shane McManus (Geevagh); Mark Breheny (St Mary’s), Adrian Marren (Curry), Frankie Quinn (Shamrock Gaels).Half-Time: Kerry in control in Munster SFC against Tipperary>last_img read more

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What keeps Blackberrys Director of Security Response up at night

first_imgWhile Blackberry commands a shrinking fraction of the smartphone market share, it has an incredibly diverse install base because of its proliferation in the enterprise sector. Corporations, small businesses, and governments from around the world use Blackberry devices in their respective environments.A diverse install base and enterprise adoption means that Blackberry has to deal with a vast spectrum of threats: from third party apps that intrude into a user’s privacy, to government requests for decrypted BBM traffic, and everything in between.Because Blackberry deals with such a diverse array of threats, and platform security is paramount to the brand’s reputation, the company has an internal Security Incident Response team. This team is staffed 24/7 and takes the lead on any threat to the Blackberry ecosystem that emerges.Last week at CanSecWest in Vancouver we got a chance to sit down with Adrian Stone, Director of Blackberry’s Security Incident Response Team, to discuss some of the unique challenges his team faces.Question: What keeps the Blackberry SIRT team up at night?Answer: Vulnerabilities in our product that were not reported directly to us. If we hear evidence of an exploit in the wild, or a vulnerability that’s being talked about that we didn’t have a read on.What kind of threats are the most challenging to deal with?Dealing with third party app ecosystem. We’ve been fortunate at Blackberry because we haven’t seen the systemic issues with malware that have plagued competitors. However, it’s still something we deal with a lot.Today we released a privacy notice to let our customers know that here’s an application that’s not malicious — it’s not malware —  but it’s doing some things from an information perspective that we’d like our customers to know more about.Thats an area we’re investing a lot of time with. We’ve launched a collaboration with Trend Micro for app vetting.Governments are amongst Blackberry’s largest enterprise clients. What happens when a government makes a request that isn’t in the interest of another client? What sort of challenges emerge?Our policy at Blackberry is that we protect the larger ecosystem. That’s our goal. We’ll never look to be put in a position where one government is necessarily in a disadvantageous sort of situation given some of the dynamics that are out there. Obviously all of our government customers have some pretty significant requests or demands, and we start from “What is in the interest of our broad customer base? Not just government A, B, or C”. There’s been a lot of coverage in that space over the last year.What’s the process of response to the discovery of a threat?The SIRT team is staffed 24/7. When we see an alert that comes in through a result of our analysis capability, or watching communication, or watching the press, the team immediately starts working to determine the technical facts and severity of the situation. We also work with the response communication team to make sure we inform customers at a regular very quick sort of cadence so they understand what’s happening. We want them to have situational awareness. Once we determine the severity and impact, it it meets our criteria for a fix, or some type of engineering resolution, we move into our release phase.[Unlike other vendors at CanSecWest] Blackberry doesn’t have a compensation for exploit program, but it sponsors pwn2own and mobile pwn2own. We believe pretty strongly in the research community [and work with them in various ways]Why is Blackberry the most secure system for enterprise clients?Our customers require a unique level of protection. The way we communicate to customers, the level of transparency we’ve developed over the last couple of years that gives our customers timely information that allows them to form their own risk assessment and take their own action.I also think that BB10 features like “Balance” that creates a segmented user and work space and within that work space. All of the information in the workspace area of the device cannot be transferred into the user space.Some features won’t work in the workspace, like emulating Android apps. So what does that mean? You’re less likely to have your corporate data exit out unintentionally through the user’s personal email, or social media. We provide a very unique level of protection through communication, engineering capability, and giving enterprise customers the controls that they need to manage risk.last_img read more

Hillary Clinton believes misogyny Russian interference and the FBI cost her the

first_img By Associated Press 111 Comments Tuesday 2 May 2017, 9:34 PM Source: news672/YouTubeHILLARY CLINTON SAYS that she’s taking responsibility for her 2016 election loss but believes misogyny, Russian interference and questionable decisions by the FBI also influenced the outcome.The former Democratic presidential nominee offered extensive comments about the election during the Women for Women International’s annual luncheon in New York. Clinton said she’s been going through the “painful” process of reliving the 2016 contest while writing a book.“It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There is no such thing,” Clinton said in a question-and-answer-session with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “But I was on the way to winning until a combination of (FBI Director) Jim Comey’s letter on 28 October and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off.” Source: Kevin Hagen/APShe reminded the enthusiastic audience packed with women that she ultimately earned three million more votes than President Donald Trump.“If the election were on 27 October, I would be your president,” Clinton said.She also highlighted Russia’s role in hacking into her campaign’s internal emails and subsequently coordinating their release on WikiLeaks. US intelligence agencies are investigating whether Russia coordinated with Trump associates to influence the election.“He (Russian President Vladimir Putin) certainly interfered in our election,” Clinton said. “And it’s clear he interfered to hurt me and help his opponent.”Amanpour also asked Clinton whether she was a victim of misogyny.“Yes, I do think it played a role,” she said, adding that misogyny is “very much a part of the landscape politically, socially and economically.”After two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, Clinton is not expected to run for public office again.“I’m now back to being an active citizen,” she said.Read: Here’s what Ireland’s Brexit strategy for the next two years looks like Share Tweet Email Short URL Hillary Clinton believes misogyny, Russian interference and the FBI cost her the White House “I’m now back to being an active citizen,” she said. 18,270 Views May 2nd 2017, 9:34 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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