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Mother, daughter died from fractured skulls

first_imgBerbice double murder/suicideAutopsies conducted on the bodies of a mother and daughter who were hammered to death on Wednesday, has given their causes of death as shock and haemorrhage due to fractured skulls.Dead: Dindamattie BehariThe autopsies on the women’s bodies were conducted on Friday by Government Pathologist, Dr Vivekanand Bridgemohan, while a third autopsy was also conducted at the New Amsterdam Hospital Mortuary by the Pathologist on the body of Jainarine Seetaram – their killer – and gave his cause of death as asphyxia. Seetaram’s body was found with a canvas rope around his neck, hanging from a beam under an abandoned house. Moments before the discovery of his body, the lifeless body of his wife, Dindamattie Behari, who was found in a hammock; and that of her daughter Surujdai Khan, were discovered in the family home. Khan died on her way to hospital.Relatives of the two dead women say they will be buried on Sunday. Separate arrangements are being made for Seetaram.On Friday afternoon, acting Regional Chairman Denis DeRoop along with other members of the Regional Democratic Council offered condolences to the family of the two women.Dead: Surujdai KhanApart from presenting the family with items to assist with the wake, the Regional Chairman tried to comfort the 11-year-old boy who lost both his parents and only sibling in the double murder-suicide. DeRoop applauded him for his bravery, noting that he has God on his side. In comforting words, he told the traumatised child that he will grow up to become someone who will be very useful in society.Earlier this year, the lone survivor sat the National Grade Six Examinations and is currently awaiting those results. On the very morning of his mother’s death, she had gone to his school to pay for his graduation.Meanwhile, his sister also had big plans; she was expected to join her husband overseas later this year. Instead, her husband returned to Guyana on Thursday to attend her upcoming funeral.On Wednesday morning, Seetaram reportedly hammered his wife to death while she was in a hammock beneath their Lot 1078 Glasgow New Housing Scheme, Greater New Amsterdam house. Dindamattie Behari’s daughter died on the way to the New Amsterdam after she too was hammered in the head. Seetaram also attacked his 11-year-old son the child managed to escape.The boy told investigators that he, along with his sister, were in the upper flat of the house while his parents were in the lower flat, when he heard his mother telling his father to remove from next to her. As a result, he along with his sister went down to the lower flat to see what was happening. He then saw his father, who was armed with a wooden handle hammer in his hand, hitting their mother in her head.The man then turned his attack on the child and his older sister but only managed to attack and injure the 20-year-old.The 11-year-old related that about two weeks ago, his father accused his mother of having an affair with someone and they had a misunderstanding over the accusation.Meanwhile, the very evening after the tragedy, the property was burglarised. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

UG recorded deficit in 2017– Union

first_img– administration says finances under controlIt seems the University of Guyana (UG) recorded a budget deficit last year, even as negotiations between unions at the university and the administration in regard to salary increases are headed to the governing council.This is according to UG Senior Staff Association Chairperson, Dr. Jewel Thomas, at a press conference on Friday. She noted that the state of UG’s finances is a major worry for the unions, as they are negotiating on behalf of workers for salary increases.“There is a great deal that is unknown. Suffice to say that at the end of last year we had a deficit. The issue that was unknown was exactly how large it was… So the administration said to us and others that they were trying to assess the size of the deficit, and they would have more of a sense of it by the middle of the year.“So, the middle of the year, I think, they did do additional assessments and theyUniversity Bursar and primary financial officer, Holda Poonaifound that it (deficit) was millions, and they had to take measures to begin to deal with it. “So where we are now is that we were told at the last (meeting) that measures have been successfully taken to deal with it, but we have not seen the documentation to support this assertion. So we are waiting for documentation on this matter; it is an issue where no clear statement has been received for some time,” Dr Thomas explained.Thomas also expressed serious concerns about how the university has been spending money. According to the union rep, lecturers are sometimes forced to go into their own pockets to buy classroom essentials in order to carry out their work.Thomas explained that the terms of resumption of work after UG workers’ 2015 strike had included the administration providing adequate resources so staff would not be put into expense. Three years later, according to Thomas, the practise continues.“Members of staff were paying to keep this university running from their own resources in spite of more money coming to the university. And you can see evidence of spending (while) staff are still paying for essentials. Staff are stillUG Senior Staff Association Chairperson, Dr. Jewel Thomaspaying for ink, paper, buying their own projectors and bringing it to use in classrooms,” Thomas detailed.“I was told yesterday by someone (that) they had to buy their own office supplies and paper clips, because they were told they can’t have. Leaking roofs can’t be fixed, they have no money. Recently, staff had to be moved in here, and had to work out of this room because of the bat and rat infestation on the old wing of this building. It was so severe that staff couldn’t work anymore,” she detailed.This newscast made contact with the University’s Bursar and primary financial officer, Holda Poonai. She noted that, far from a deficit, the university has cleared all salaries, liabilities, and has been managing its finances. She maintained that, having adjusted its expenditure, there is no shortfall of money.“I know we have paid our November salaries; we have made all our deduction payments. Remember, budget changes based on circumstances. If there is a shortfall and you don’t adjust your expenditure, you will have a shortfall. We’ve since adjusted our expenditure,” she said.last_img read more

Senator Neufeld is against STV

first_imgThe Senator does concede that the current system isn’t perfect, but it is easy to understand and participate in.STV will be on the ballot again Tuesday May 12th and will only pass if 60% of voters approve of the proposal. Senator Richard Neufeld has come out against the Single Transferable Vote System.In an editorial published Monday in the Alaska Highway News the Senator is encouraging local residents to vote against the proposal in the STV referendum Tuesday.The Pro-STV website states that there would be a higher chance of minority governments being formed, thus forcing coalition governments.  The Senator believes this could cause more frequent elections rather then the current system of every four years.- Advertisement -The Senator is also concerned about the size of the new ridings in the province as the current 85 will shrink to 20.  Senator Neufeld is worried that we could be in a riding with Prince George and end up with people from that community representing our riding.According to the Elections BC website, under the proposed STV system, Fort St. John would be in a riding that only includes the communities currently within Peace River South and Peace River North.Neufeld goes on to say that with STV, smaller parties that get only 10 percent of the vote, could get 10 percent of the seats in the legislature and in his opinion, why should a party retain a seat if they only get 10 percent of the vote.Advertisementlast_img read more

Work & family

first_imgTraveling for work once meant sacrificing precious time away from home. But as the American workplace becomes more flexible about letting employees juggle their duties with family life, people like Barrett are finding it easier to bring their spouses and kids wherever their jobs may take them. According to the National Business Travel Association, 62percent of U.S. business travelers said they add a leisure component to at least one business trip per year. Among those travelers, two-thirds say they bring a family member or friend with them. Pushing the trend is the growing number of single parents, women in executive ranks, two-income families, and those simply looking to save a buck by turning company-paid trips into working vacations. People are having kids later in life, too, meaning they’re more likely to be comfortable enough in their careers to blend work and family. Family now accepted That blurring between office and family life represents a sea change from a generation or two ago, when children were told bothering their parents with a phone call at work could get Mom or Dad in trouble. On a recent business trip to San Diego, Kurt Barrett took his family to Sea World. Between the banquet dinners and panel discussions on agricultural policy, he also took his 5-month-old daughter swimming for the first time in the hotel pool. Another day, they strolled through the humid botanical gardens in Balboa Park. “It was like being at home. I got done with work, then enjoyed spending time with my wife and child,” said Barrett, a 30-year-old general manager for a rice distributor in Williams, Calif. “Work is very important, but there has to be a balance,” Barrett said. “That’s not the case today. There’s a realization that work has encroached so much on private time that there needs to be some give and take,” said Nancy Ahlrichs, president of EOC Strategies, a human resources consulting company in Indianapolis. In fact, many business conventions today court attendees by trumpeting baby-sitting services and family outings. The trend became more pronounced after the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, as the travel industry struggled to recover by offering more incentives to get people on the road again. Smart conference planners realized a good vacation spot could spur attendance, Ahlrichs said. Hotels are stepping up family-friendly services too, at least in part to cater to the changing business convention – a big moneymaker for the industry. When the Barretts arrived at the Loews Hotel in San Diego, they found waiting in their suite a crib, baby swing and CD full of lullabies for their infant daughter. The baby accoutrements were made available through the hotel’s partnership with Fisher Price Inc., launched this year. “When you have very young kids, they require a tremendous amount of gear you have to bring along,” said Emily Goldfischer, a spokeswoman for the New York-based hotel chain. “Here, they have a place to leave an infant in a swing or a play pen – they don’t have to worry about bringing all that along.” The hotel, which generates about half its sales through conventions, also contracts with a baby-sitting agency and serves baby food at its restaurants. At check-in, teens get backpacks filled with a water bottle and brochures. Younger kids are given a toy. At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Fla., kids can even enjoy a mock banquet with Disney characters while their parents attend the grown-up version in an adjoining hall. The company, which began dramatically expanding its convention business in the 1990s, now has six convention hotels at Disney World. That growth is being fueled by employees who increasingly see business trips as “opportunities to bring the family along,” said George Aguel, senior vice president for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Everyone feels time-starved, and we’re only continuing to see that growing,” Aguel said. Even Hyatt launched a kids’ menu last year. Parents can also check kids into “Camp Hyatt,” where children might make adobe art or go “coconut bowling,” depending on the locale. The camp is often filled at the Hyatt resort just outside Austin, where many business conferences are held, said Scott Seed, a Hyatt Resorts spokesman. Policies on bringing family on business trips vary from company to company, said Caleb Tiller, spokesman for the National Business Travel Association, based in Alexandria, Va. Lines must be drawn Some companies encourage it – even helping find accommodations for the family – as a way to keep employees happy and productive. Others might allow it but require employees to sign waivers releasing the company from liability in case anyone is injured during the trip, Tiller said. Many smaller companies may not have policies. But however welcoming and open a company may seem about family matters, it’s always a good idea to let the boss know your plans ahead of time, said Peter Post, director of the Emily Post Institute and author of “Etiquette Advantage in Business.” “If you do it surreptitiously, and the boss hears about it – now all of a sudden you have to explain not only why you did it, but also why you didn’t tell them,” he said. Setting boundaries between family and work on business trips is critical, Post said. Bringing a 7-year-old into the conference room, for example, is never a good idea. For Kurt Barrett, bringing his daughter to San Diego was easy, since his wife could watch her while he attended work functions. The conference even provided tickets to Sea World and organized family-friendly events such as picnics and volleyball games. The trip went so smoothly, the Barretts intend to bring their daughter along on Kurt’s business trips as often as possible. “It’s a way to expose her to new experiences while keeping the family together,” Kurt Barrett said. And his wife, Deeanna Barrett, a 29-year-old part-time special-education teacher, doesn’t mind tagging along for the trips, either. “The next major conference is going to be in the Bahamas,” she said. “I told him he needs to talk to the company about that one.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

BUNDORAN PUB NAMED IN PUB SPY’S TOP TEN!

first_imgA Donegal pub has been named in the top ten by the Sunday World’s infamous Pub Spy.The secretive Pub Spy and his trusted commandoes visit pubs across the country each week and give them marks out of five pints!Now the Marine Bar in Bundoran has made it into the spy’s top ten of best bars visited in the past year. As well as being a large an airy pub, Pub Spy said he was impressed by the fact that the toilets were immaculate!    BUNDORAN PUB NAMED IN PUB SPY’S TOP TEN! was last modified: January 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundoranMarine BarPub Spylast_img read more

Is this Chelsea’s XI for opening day v Burnley featuring three new signings?

first_img Right forward: Pedro Centre midfield: Tiemoue Bakayoko (from Monaco, £40m) 11 Left forward: Willian 11 11 Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – click the right arrow to see the predicted Chelsea line up 11 11 11 Centre back: David Luiz Centre back: Cesar Azpilicueta Centre midfield: N’Golo Kante The Premier League fixtures have been released, meaning Chelsea finally know who they will be starting their title defence against.The Blues, crowned champions last season, host Burnley at Stamford Bridge on the opening day and will be looking to get off to a winning start.SEE ALSO: Revealed – Chelsea’s full 2017/18 Premier League fixture listHowever, Antonio Conte will be without star attacker Eden Hazard when the Clarets visit west London as he had to undergo surgery on his ankle after suffering an injury while on international duty.But despite Hazard missing out, Conte is likely to field a starting line up featuring new signings made over the summer transfer window.Romelu Lukaku is Chelsea’s primary target, and the Everton striker appears close to agreeing a deal to move to the Bridge, though Conte also wants to improve the Blues’ midfield and wing back positions.So, just how could Chelsea line up on the first day of the 2017/18 Premier League season? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Blues XI in Conte’s favoured 3-4-3 formation… Left wing back: Alex Sandro (from Juventus, £61m) 11 Right wing back: Victor Moses 11 11 11 Centre back: Gary Cahill 11 Centre forward: Romelu Lukaku (from Everton, £70m)last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: ANRAÍ LEADS HIS 1,000TH TRIP TO THE SUMMIT OF ERRIGAL

first_imgTop men! Anraí and members of the DMRT at the top of Errigal todayCarrickfin man Anraí O Domhnaill celebrated his 50th birthday today – by climbing Errigal for the 1,000th time.Hundreds of people joined Anraí on a lunchtime charity climb to the top of Donegal’s highest mountain.Members of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team guided young and old through hail, wind, rain and storm. It may have been muddy and wet, but the craic was good.Proceedings were delayed, but Mayor John Campbell didn’t make it – so King of Tory Patsy Dan Rodgers got the climb under way, helped with music from the bagpipes.The mountain rescue volunteers were the beneficiaries – Anraí collecting donations for them at Base Camp!And after spending several hours up there today, it makes you realise the fantastic work the DMRT guys and girls do. Maith sibh!  PICTURE SPECIAL: ANRAÍ LEADS HIS 1,000TH TRIP TO THE SUMMIT OF ERRIGAL was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anraí Ó Domhnaillcharitydonegal mountain rescue teamErrigal Climblast_img read more

Northern, northeast Ohio residents win food contest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe small business sector in Ohio is vital to many stakeholders.  The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the Ohio Signature Food Contest which showcases many new, innovative products ready to take that next step – actual product development.CIFT President & CEO, Rebecca Singer announced the winners selected in recognition of their product concepts:Sarah Steinbrunner and Taylor Crooks of Sandusky, Ohio with their Bean Nut Butter:  A delicious non-GMO and vegan nut butter that is free of the top eight allergens. Uniquely incorporates garbanzo beans which are high in protein and fiber, but lack high calorie and fat content association with regular nuts.Tina Smith and Ashtabula Farm Bureau member Nate Bissell of Jefferson, Ohio with their Sweet and Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce: A unique, all-natural barbecue sauce made with a kick of hot peppers but offering a special ingredient – the sweetness of pure Ohio maple syrup.Following a review of written applications and presentations by food entrepreneurs and chefs to a panel of judges, the highest scoring concepts were selected based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, and overall appeal to the marketplace.As a result of the award, technical assistance from CIFT will be provided to the startup businesses ranging from business planning, product/process development, shelf stability testing, labeling review, regulatory assistance, and batch product preparations for sampling.  Later, production will take place at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK) in Bowling Green, Ohio.  The NOCK is a commercially-licensed kitchen that educates and provides technical assistance to new and growing food businesses.Ohio Farm Bureau has been a sponsor of the contest for the past four years. CAPTION: Ohio Executive Vice President Adam Sharp, left, with Ohio Signature Food Contest winners Tina Smith of Jefferson who won with Sweet and Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce and Sarah Steinbrunner, Taylor Crooks and Collin Crooks of Sandusky who won with Bean Nut Butter and CIFT President and CEO Rebecca Singer.   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Credit Scores and How to Boost Them: Part 1

first_imgBy Carol ChurchIn a world where credit scores have a lot of power over our financial future, it pays both to know your score and to know how to boost a score that needs a leg up. While the average American’s score is decent (in the high 600s), many of us do face the problem of a not-so-great credit score at one point or another in our lives.This little number can have big consequences. Having a lower score can make it tough to secure loans at reasonable rates…or even get credit at all. Meanwhile, having a high score can grant access to favorable terms on car loans, mortgages, and credit cards, exempt consumers from paying deposits, decrease car insurance rates, and more. As the years pass, a high score can actually save people thousands of dollars, such as when having excellent credit vs. poor credit means the difference between paying 3% and 10-20% on a loan.Implications for Service MembersFor service members, credit scores can even affect career opportunities. The military typically runs a credit check on members who need security clearance–and if they find problems, that’s not good. (One study found that over 80% of security clearance denials in the Navy were due to credit problems.) A poor credit score may give the impression that a member is not responsible, trustworthy, or able to self-manage. It may even raise concerns that he or she could be prone to making dangerously poor financial decisions while on the job, or to consider stealing money to pay off debt.What’s A Good Score?In general, a credit score in the 300s-500s is very poor, 600 through mid-600s is okay, high 600s through mid-700s is good, mid 700s through 800 is great, and above 800 is fantastic. Different sites have different opinions on these cut-offs, though. Many experts consider the “magic number” (when rates fall significantly) to be somewhere around 760-780. (Did you know that military PFMs can get service members access to a free credit score? Check out this page to learn more.)It’s also important to know that though we talk about a credit “score” as if each person has only one, there are several different models in use. However, these individual scores are not likely to be too different from each other; lenders will tend to look at the average.The BasicsSo, what can people with lower credit scores do to bring this important number up—and what shouldn’t they do? The main elements that contribute to a credit score are bill payment history (whether you pay our bills on time every month), credit utilization (how much you owe compared to the total amount of credit you have been extended), length of credit history (how long you have held your credit accounts), credit mix (the various types of credit you hold), and amount of new credit (how many new requests for credit you’ve recently made). Of these, bill payment history and credit utilization are most important.Dr. Barbara O’Neill and Rod Griffin from Experian presented a 90-minute webinar on credit scores in 2016. Watch a recording of the event above, and find copies of the slides and more materials from this event.However, there is certainly a bit more to the story than this. In part 2 of this series, we’ll go over some more in-depth “do’s and don’ts” for those who are looking to increase their credit scores. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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

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