Nature publisher hopes to end ‘dark sharing’ by making read-only papers free

first_imgThe publisher of the prestigious Nature family of scientific journals today unveiled a new approach to freely sharing papers that are normally protected by a paywall. The initiative seeks to provide an alternative to—and potentially end—so-called dark sharing, a practice that some scientific publishers find problematic.It’s an open secret that scientists routinely share papers from journals that require a subscription with people who haven’t paid up. It’s easy: A subscriber just downloads a PDF copy and e-mails it out, or drops it into a shared Internet folder.The problem is that all that activity is “happening in the dark,” says Grace Baynes, head of communications for Nature Publishing Group (NPG), which produces Nature and 48 sister subscription journals. That means publishers can’t accurately gauge browsing statistics and tell customers (such as university libraries) or authors how often specific papers or journals are being read. And for the public at large, most of whom learn of scientific advances from news media, the original papers remain inaccessible. 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The pilot initiative, which will last 1 year, has two elements. In one, NPG subscribers will gain the option of sharing a link to a read-only version of any paper with anyone, via e-mail or social media. The link encodes the identity of the subscriber who’s doing the sharing and the paper being shared. The link will lead to a full version of the paper within ReadCube, a content management system created by Digital Science, another division of NPG’s parent company, Macmillan Publishers. The ReadCube version of the paper cannot be downloaded or printed by nonsubscribers. But the system will allow the sharer to annotate the paper, and anyone who registers with ReadCube will be able to maintain a library of papers.In addition, for an initial group of 100 news outlets and science blogs, any link to an NPG paper in a story will reroute to the read-only version of the paper (unless the reader is already logged in as a registered user).The initiative is the brainchild of Timo Hannay, a former neuroscientist who is now managing director of Digital Science. The goal, he says, is to help scientists avoid “using clumsy, time-consuming practices” and “enable collaboration.” NPG will be “looking out for misuse” during the trial period, he says. For example, he says automatically posting links to all current Nature papers, or posting screen-grab images of the papers, will be frowned upon. But misuse is not a huge concern, he adds.NPG’s free-sharing effort is “an interesting addition to others currently under way” at other subscription journals, says Kent Anderson, the publisher of Science. For example, some journals, including Science, already provide authors with a link to a free copy of their paper that can be placed on a personal or professional Web page (although the link cannot be published anywhere else). Other subscription journals have experimented with systems that allow scientists to share papers with non-subscribers. The American Institute of Physics (AIP), for example, which publishes 17 journals, tested a similar system, called UniPHY, from 2009 to 2012. AIP is now “planning and implementing a major upgrade,” says AIP Director Fred Dylla. A report on collaborative paper sharing is expected within the next few months from an academic publishing industry task force, Anderson says.NPG’s sharing strategy is being greeted with mixed reactions from advocates for making scientific publishing more open. “It’s definitely a step forward,” says Peter Suber, head of the Harvard University Open Access Project. But one concern, he says, is that “because it’s so much easier for authors to share links rather than PDFs, it might diminish the amount of self-archiving of papers by authors.” (Self-archiving is posting the paper, or a near-final version of it, on a publicly-accessible web site.) “Nature has not only permitted the archiving of papers in Open Access repositories, they have encouraged it,” Suber says. “I hope they will continue to encourage it.”last_img read more

Rain situation might get critical, says Pune collector

first_imgPune received heavy rains on August 4 with district authorities issuing an advisory asking people to be alert as the situation could turn critical, and ordering schools and colleges to be shut on August 5.The India Meteorological Department, in a bulletin issued at 9 p.m. IST on August 4, predicted “moderate to heavy rains” in isolated parts of Pune city for the next five days and “heavy to very heavy rains” for the district’s ghat regions in the same period.Low-lying areas in the district were on alert after water was released into the Mutha river on August 4 following incessant rains in the catchment areas of dams supplying water to the city.Later in the day, district collector Naval Kishore Ram said orders had been issued to keep educational institutions in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad shut on August 5 in view of the rains. He said Mula, Mutha, Pavana, Bhima and Nira rivers were in spate and there was possibility of more water being released from the adjoining dams as catchment areas continued to get heavy rain as on August 4 evening.“We have issued an advisory for citizens asking them not to venture out of their houses unless absolutely necessary as the situation might get critical,” Mr. Ram said. He said between 2000-2500 people had been rescued so far from flooded areas of the district.Seven members of a family stranded in a flooded house in Kamshet area were rescued by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), an official from the agency said. With more water being released from the Khadakwasla dam, water gushed into several low-lying areas in Balewadi, Baner, Aundh, Yerwada, Sinhgad Road and Bopodi.According to the irrigation department, the catchment areas of four dams – Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar – have been witnessing continuous rainfall. “All the four dams are filled to their maximum storage capacity. As a result, we have already started releasing water into the Mutha river,” a senior official from the irrigation department said.From 11 a.m. IST on August 4, 35,574 cusecs of water was being released from Khadakwasla dam. Since the catchment areas were still witnessing rainfall, around 41,756 cusecs of water will be released at 3 p.m., he said. “When water will be released at the rate of around 42,000 cusecs, a lot of people will have to be evacuated from the low-lying areas…we have issued an advisory to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s disaster management cell.” “Several areas are already inundated and more are likely to be affected as water is released from the dam,” he added. Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather department at the IMD’s Pune office, said, “As far as Pune is concerned, especially the ghat areas, there is a heavy to very heavy rain warning for the next five days. For Pune city, there is moderate to heavy rain warning in isolated areas. Tomorrow onwards, for Pune city, light to moderate rain is expected over next two to three days.”last_img read more

GoAir 2

first_imgIncreasing air connectivity to Srinagar will also aid inIncreasing air connectivity to Srinagar will also aid in the strengthening of business and trade ties with other states.Hon. Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, remarked, “With increased flight connectivity, we are optimistic and hope to see increased commercial and recreational travel in the city. We are pleased that GoAir has taken this step, and are sure that we will see a positive impact on tourism.”Effective June 15, 2016, the GoAir flight G8-228 and G8-229 will take off from Srinagar at 18:40 pm to Mumbai and Delhi, respectively. Tickets for the flights are now open and can be booked through the company website, www.GoAir.in or online travel portals, GoAir call centre, airport ticketing offices, through travel agents, and the GoAir app that is available on both Apple iOS and Google Android. Passengers will be required to download the latest version of the apps to be able to make the bookings.(MORE) PRNewswire JSMlast_img read more

InFocus launches Bingo 50+ smartphone at Rs 7,999

first_imgInFocus on Tuesday launched a new phone in its Bingo series called Bingo 50+. The phone is priced at Rs 7,999 and will be exclusively available on e-commerce site Amazon India starting today.The smartphone comes with 3GB RAM and runs on 64-bit quad-core 1.3 GHz processor. It runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 and has a 2600 mAh battery inside it. The phone comes with 16GB ROM which can be expanded to 64GB. The phone supports 4G-VoLTE, something that has become a sort of must have feature nowadays in the wake of Jio’s upcoming entry into the market. InFocus Bingo 50+ sports a 5.5-inch HD IPS display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top.The smartphone has a 13 MP primary camera with LED Flash technology and F2.2 aperture.  A 8-megapixel camera with auto focus sits on the front of the phone. The phone will be available in two colour variants — gold and silver.”We are happy to be the partner of choice for InFocus and offer our customers an exclusive access to the new Bingo 50+. With festive shopping commencing soon, customers on Amazon.in will now be able to purchase this new feature-rich and attractively priced smartphone and enjoy fast and reliable doorstep delivery,” said  Noor Patel, a spokesperson for the Amazon India.Also Read: InFocus launches all-metal M535 smartphone at Rs 9,999 The company had recently launched its selfie-centric phone M535+ in India at a price of Rs 11,999. The InFocus M535+ is said to be a variant of the company’s M535 phone and is available in the colours gold and silver. InFocus in February this year also launched a range of its LED TVs starting Rs 9,999.advertisementlast_img read more

JES Placed under Judicial Management

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Chinese shipyard operator JES International Holdings has filed an application in the High Court of Singapore to place the company under judicial management.The JM application was filed on February 11, while the date for the hearing of the application is yet to be fixed by the court.JES added that the trading halt in respect of the shares of the company called on March 4, 2015 continues.The development was made after China’s Jiangsu Jingjiang Court ordered for JES’ seven shipbuilding subsidiaries to cease operation and to be wound up in October 2018.At the time, the company informed that the court decision was made after its judicial managers failed to submit a draft of a revival plan according to schedule.Earlier in 2018, JES’ intentions to sell its shipbuilding subsidiaries fell through. The company was considering disposals after the group encountered commercial uncertainty from bank debts and delays in its restructuring process.last_img read more

Moldova UN human rights expert calls for more fostering of religious diversity

9 September 2011Moldova’s Government leaders should demonstrate robust leadership to encourage religious diversity and ensure that the country’s minority groups are not marginalized, a United Nations human rights expert warned today. The Eastern European nation has made “noteworthy progress” on religious freedom since the era of the Soviet Union, but it can still take further steps to foster diversity, according to Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.In a press statement issued in Chisinau, the capital, after an eight-day visit, Mr. Bielefeldt noted “the obstacles deriving mainly from the overly predominant position of the Orthodox Church, which enjoys a privileged status at variance with the constitutional guarantee of a secular State.“Moreover, important sectors of society see Orthodox Christianity, in particular the Orthodox Church of Moldova, as constituting the backbone of national identity,” he added.“Some groups go as far as to explicitly demand, often in an aggressive fashion, to put followers of other denominations – such as Protestants, Jews and especially Muslims – in a marginalized position.“Although these extremist groups seem to account only for a small minority, they apparently are not met with much criticism from within the Church, thus leading to the perception that they somehow speak on behalf of the country’s Orthodox believers in general, as well as with the tacit approval of the Church authorities.”Mr. Bielefeldt stressed that what is most needed “is a public culture of appreciating diversity.”He called on the Government to take the lead by issuing strong anti-discrimination laws, promoting inter-religious communication, investing in civic education and speaking out against incitement to religious hatred.”The Special Rapporteur stated that religious instruction in Moldova is voluntary according to the law and the Government.“Strong and effective mechanisms must be developed to protect children who opt out of religious education from any form of negative pressure, be it from school authorities, church officials, other children, or any other party.”Mr. Bielefeldt, who serves in an independent capacity, reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. He will issue a formal report to the Council early next year on his visit to Moldova. read more

BlackBerry Ltd replaces head of global sales with industry veteran from Cisco

WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry Ltd. has replaced its head of global sales.Carl Wiese succeeds John Sims, who joined BlackBerry 18 months ago as part of a series of management changes at the struggling smartphone company.Wiese comes to BlackBerry from Cisco Systems. He previously held positions at Apple, Avaya, Lucent and Texas Instruments.BlackBerry Ltd’s purchase of Android-related domain names sparks Android phone speculationBlackBerry Ltd sales sagging as Apple Inc’s iPhone keeps gaining momentumSims joined BlackBerry in January 2014 shortly after BlackBerry installed John Chen as its chairman and chief executive.BlackBerry said that Sims has left the company but didn’t provide details.Chen has focused on transitioning BlackBerry away from falling handset revenues and towards sales in its software business but revenue in the first quarter of the current financial year were US$21 million below analyst estimates, at US$658 million. read more

Côte dIvoire president signs powersharing decree Annan helped to draft

“The language of that decree was worked out with the Secretary-General’s help at the recent summit in Accra, Ghana,” Fred Eckhard said at the daily briefing, adding that the signing was a welcome development fulfilling part of the “Accra III Agreement,” the deal signed at the end of that meeting late last month.Under the deal, the transitional government and opposition parties pledged to implement the January 2003 Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, which ended bitter fighting between factions in the north and the south, but which had caused a four-month political stalemate.The deal, whose exact clauses have not been made public, also calls for a new nationality code that would expand the field of political candidates to include people of immigrant descent and for rebel forces to disarm by mid-October.The West African country has been roiled by unrest that started with a failed coup against Mr. Gbagbo in 2002. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2013 5:30 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,750.52 up 54.14 points):Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 51 cents, or 1.60 per cent, at $32.35 on 19.38 million shares. The energy sector was up 0.87 per cent at 254.43 points, as price of crude oil advanced 86 cents US to $95.01 per barrel.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down 18 cents, or 0.90 per cent, at $19.88 on 11.21 million shares. The gold sector led the decliners on the main index, sliding 0.70 per cent to 188.59 points. The price of the bullion fell US$7.70 to $1,378.90 per ounce.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up 11 cents, or 2.38 per cent, at $4.74 on 6.41 million shares.San Gold Corp. (TSX:SGR). Miner. Up 6.5 cents, or 39.39 per cent, at 23 cents on 5.35 million shares.Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:BNK). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 3.31 per cent, at $3.12 on 4.94 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (954.41 up 5.80 points):Seafield Resources ltd. (TSXV:SFF). Gold explorer. Up a penny, or 20 per cent, at six cents on 8.34 million shares. The Toronto-based company said it made new discovery of gold-copper prophyry mineralization at its project in Colombia. Seafield’s president and CEO said the company’s geological team is interpreting the data.Anglo Swiss Resources Inc. (TSXV:ASW). Base metal explorer. Down half a cent, or 33.33 per cent, at a penny, or 7.51 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS). Paper. Up $1.58, or 2.24 per cent, at $72.23 on 23,063 shares. Montreal-based Domtar acquired Associated Hygienic Products, a maker of store brand infant diapers in the United States, for $272 million.MTY Food Group Inc. (TSX:MTY). Restaurants. Up $2.40, or 10.57 per cent, at $25.10 on 72,010 shares. The company behind the Country Style, Yogen Fruz and Mr. Sub brands signed a deal to buy the a group of companies that operate the Extreme Pita, PurBlendz and Mucho Burrito restaurant chains for $45 million.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS). Bank. Unchanged at $59.61 on 4.48 million shares. Second-quarter profit jumped nearly 10 per cent but still came short of analyst estimates. Its revenue totalled $5.22 billion, up from $4.7 billion in the same period a year ago, helped by its acquisition of ING Direct. read more

A list of the top 20 primetime programs in the Nielsen ratings

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Feb. 9-15 Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 9-15. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary,” NBC, 23.14 million.2. “NCIS,” CBS, 18.77 million.3. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 16.19 million.4. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 12.27 million.5. “Empire,” Fox, 11.96 million.6. “Scorpion,” CBS, 11.86 million.7. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 11.46 million.8. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 11.35 million.9. “SNL: 40th, Red Carpet,” NBC, 11.32 million.10. “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 10.66 million.11. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.46 million.12. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 10.35 million.13. “Mom,” CBS, 10.22 million.14. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 9.89 million.15. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 9.81 million.16. “Modern Family,” ABC, 9.77 million.17. “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 9.62 million.18. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 9.53 million.19. “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.33 million.20. “Scandal,” ABC, 9.32 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; AMC is owned by AMC Networks; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2015 6:09 pm MDT read more

Jim Tressel 3 former Ohio State players on College Football Hall of

Then-coach Jim Tressel holds the championship trophy after a game against Oregon Jan. 1, 2010, at the Rose Bowl. OSU won, 26-17.Credit: Courtesy of TNSFormer Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel and three former OSU players are listed on the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, according to an OSU release.Alongside Tressel — who is the current president of Youngstown State University — on the ballot are former Buckeye running back Keith Byars, linebacker Tom Cousineau and fullback Jim Otis. The former coach and three players are among 193 names on the ballot.The 2015 class is set to be announced on Jan. 9 in Arlington, Texas, three days before the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game, according to the release.Tressel coached at Youngstown State from 1986-2000 before joining the Buckeyes from 2001-10. He won the Football Championship Subdivision national title four times with the Penguins before winning the 2002 BCS National Championship with OSU.Byars was the 1984 Heisman Trophy runner-up, the same season he was named the Big Ten MVP and a first team All-American and All-Big Ten. He’s fifth in OSU history for all-purpose yards and rushing yards. Byars also played 13 seasons in the NFL as a running back and tight end.Cousineau’s 572 career tackles while at OSU are the second best in school history and he was named first team All-American twice to go with three All-Big Ten seasons. He was drafted first overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 1979 NFL Draft.Otis won the 1968 national championship with the Buckeyes and was named a first team All-American the following year.Currently in the College Football Hall of Fame are 24 former Buckeye players and 10 former coaches. Former offensive lineman Orlando Pace was inducted last year. The last OSU coach to be inducted was John Cooper in 2008. read more

Immigration Officer friend killed in Houston accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo killed in separate accidents over the weekendAugust 15, 2016In “latest news”Teen killed in Bagotville accident, friend criticalDecember 13, 2018In “Crime”Motorcyclist killed after colliding with cow on number 55 public roadNovember 8, 2018In “Crime” Chase who was the pillion rider was flung from the motorcycle and was subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).King reportedly died instantly as a result of the impact and was pronounced dead on arrival at the medical facility. An Immigration Officer and her friend met their demise late Saturday night on the Houston Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) when the motorcycle on which they were traversing lost control and crashed into a concrete median.Dead are Mirwava Chase 25 ,of William Street, Kitty and Stanley King, 24 years old of 116 section “M” Campbellville.Dead Stanley King Dead Mirwava Chase According to reports, the two were traversing on motorcycle CG 2195 at around 21:45hrs south along the western carriageway when King who was said to be speeding lost control while negotiating a turn and slammed into the median. read more

Thai man jailed for 35 years for defaming royals in Facebook posts

first_img 15,701 Views Friday 9 Jun 2017, 9:27 PM Thailand’s new king Maha Vajiralongkorn, who continued with the prosecution after his father’s death last year. Share8 Tweet Email Jun 9th 2017, 9:27 PM http://jrnl.ie/3436482 By AFP Short URLcenter_img 48 Comments Thai man jailed for 35 years for ‘defaming’ royals in Facebook posts The man’s last name has been withheld from publication to protect his relatives from ostracisation. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (left) and Queen Sirikit wave to people from the balcony of Dusit Palace in Bangkok, June 2006. Source: Durand PatrickObservers have been closely watching how the new king approaches the controversial legislation, which effectively blocks scrutiny of Thailand’s opaque and powerful monarchy.Lese majeste court cases are routinely shrouded in secrecy, with media forced to heavily self-censor the details to avoid breaching the broadly-interpreted law.Reporters were barred from entering the military court where Wichai’s verdict was read.Wichai, who was arrested in northern Chiang Mai in December 2015, initially denied the charges but later confessed after waiting for more than a year in jail for court proceedings to begin, iLaw said.Lese majeste suspects are rarely acquitted or granted bail.The UN’s human rights office said it was “appalled” by the sentencing and decried the increasing number of lese majeste cases under junta rule.In a separate case today a criminal court sentenced another lese majeste suspect to 2.5 years in jail for uploading an audio clip from an underground political radio show that allegedly insulted the monarchy.- © AFP 2017Read: Beloved Thai king, the world’s longest-serving monarch, dies aged 88Read: ‘We are suppressing obscene and dirty shows’: Thai police say they’re cleaning up Pattaya A THAI MAN has been jailed for 35 years today for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said, in one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand’s ultra-rich monarchy from criticism.A Bangkok military court convicted the 34-year-old of 10 counts of lese majeste for posting pictures, videos and comments concerning the royal family on a Facebook account that purported to belong to a different user.Wichai, whose last name was withheld to protect his relatives from ostracisation, was accused of using the account to slander a former friend, said iLaw, a group that tracks royal defamation cases.“The court punished him with seven years per count. Altogether he was given 70 years, but it was reduced in half because he confessed,” said Yingcheep Atchanont from iLaw.Use of the draconian defamation law has surged under the royalist junta that grabbed power in 2014, with more than 100 people charged since the coup.Prosecutions have continued under Thailand’s new king Maha Vajiralongkorn, who took the throne in late 2016 after the death of his deeply revered father. Thailand’s new king Maha Vajiralongkorn, who continued with the prosecution after his father’s death last year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Une fusée russe envoie six satellites américains dans lespace

first_imgUne fusée russe envoie six satellites américains dans l’espaceMercredi, un lanceur Soyouz a décollé du cosmodrome de Baïkonour au Kazakhstan. Il emportait avec lui six satellites de télécommunications américains Globalstar-2.Prévu au départ le 5 décembre, le lancement de la fusée Soyouz-2.1a a finalement eu lieu mercredi depuis le cosmodrome de Baïkonour au Kazakhstan. Doté d’un bloc d’accélération Fregat, l’engin transportait six satellites américains de télécommunications Globalstar-2 qu’il devait mettre en orbite dans la nuit. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Les cinquième et sixième satellites doivent se séparer du bloc Fregat le 29 décembre à 01h38 de Moscou (le 28 décembre à 21h38 UTC), les autres à 01h40 de Moscou (21h40 UTC)”, a précisé à RIA Novosti un porte-parole de l’Agence spatiale russe. Chacun de ses satellites possède une durée de vie de 15 ans pour une masse de 700 kilogrammes. Une fois mise en orbite, cette nouvelle constellation est destinée à fournir des services de qualité en matière de téléphonie et de transmission de données.Néanmoins, si ce lancement s’est bien passé, on ne peut pas en dire autant de tous les lancements conduits par l’Agence spatiale russe qui a dû essuyer un nouvel échec ces derniers jours avec le satellite Meridian retombé sur Terre.Le 29 décembre 2011 à 11:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fiscal Changes with New Fiscal Year

first_img Cabinet launches consultation drives Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Mar 2015 – No new taxes, but some expensive changes will take effect tomorrow and it impacts businesses, including employees. We learned today that minimum wage is postponed to May 15, 2015 but last week, the public was informed of changes to the Immigration Regulations which will see work permit fees increased by over 100% in some cases and the NIB informed on March 17th that payments will be increased as the wage ceiling is raised; that change also comes into effect on April 1st, 2015. There will be some savings… business licenses are cut by 50%; there will no longer be the 7.5% Customs Freight Insurance Tax; the FIT is gone in what Finance Minister Washington Misick called a rationalisation strategy. The Domestic Financial service tax and a wide range of bank service fees will no longer be charged but to transfer money out of the Turks and Caicos will more expensive; no longer at 10%, now 12%. Pensioners likely welcome the news that during a recent Cabinet meeting it was decided that, and I quote now, “TCI National Insurance Board pension regulations will be changed to ensure that monthly retirement pensions will be based on the ‘best five years of contributions’ of the past ten qualifying years. Pensioners will then receive a pension calculated on the 5 years of their highest total amount of insurable earnings.” Even better news is that the new policy takes effect retroactively from 1 January 2015. Recommended for you Bahamas to hold historic Cabinet Meeting outside of Capital Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI begins loan re-financing talks Related Items:cabinet meeting, fiscal year, immigration regulationlast_img read more

Apprehension of Irregular Haitian Migrants

first_imgCoral Harbour Base, 13 July, 2015 (RBDF)… A Haitian vessel suspected of smuggling irregular Haitian migrants was intercepted a few miles west of the central Exuma chain in the Warderick Wells Cay area shortly after 9 a.m. this morning. The 30-foot sailing sloop and its occupants were apprehended by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force stationed at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park along with the Park Warden. The migrants were brought to the Coral Harbour Base, New Providence by HMBS P44, where they were handed over to Immigration authorities. The migrants consisted of thirty-three (33) adult males, nine (9) adult females and two (2) male children, bringing the total count to forty-four (44).The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to “Guarding Our Heritage” and the sovereignty of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, illegal haitians, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationcenter_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Cocoa Industry to be expanded

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, February 6, 2017 – Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government is committed to the expansion of the cocoa industry and will be offering increased support to stakeholders.  He said the Ministry, through the extension services of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), will be designating teams to work directly with the farmers in the cocoa industry.  “Small farmers will receive the benefit of highly skilled extension officers who will visit with them, guide them and assist them in how to manage their farms,” the Minister said.Mr. Samuda said the extension officers will also provide technical guidance to farmers on reaping practices, as well as in detecting and reacting to any introduction of diseases within fields.  Addressing the opening ceremony for a two-day International Fine Cocoa Conference and Chocolate Expo at the Spanish Court Hotel, today (February 6), the Minister said this collaboration between the Government and the independent cocoa farmers is crucial.   In addition to technical advice, farmers will be provided with seedlings and other productivity incentives to encourage an expansion of cocoa production to more parishes across the island.Meanwhile, Mr. Samuda said legislation to establish the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), which was passed in the House of Representatives in September last year, will allow cocoa farmers to determine their prices and enable higher levels of competition within the industry.The JACRA results from the merger of the Coffee Industry Board, Cocoa Industry Board, the regulatory functions of the Coconut Industry Board and the Export Division of the Ministry. It is responsible for the development, regulation, promotion and standardization of the agricultural commodities industry.   It is intended to ensure the efficient and competitive development of the sector.“Instead of the industry being controlled by the Government dictating prices for the product, the new legislation, which focuses on regulating industries that contain brands that are critical to Jamaica, allows the players within the industry to be free to market their own product.  This means an independent farmer can go and market his own product and go in search of the best price,” Mr. Samuda said.  He said the Government will focus on monitoring the integrity of the quality of products in the market, to ensure it meets internationally recognized standards.  The Minister said this provides a new opportunity for the cocoa industry. “A new door has opened and the Government will be doing everything to promote the expansion of cocoa production,” he added.The International Fine Cocoa Conference and Chocolate Expo was hosted through the International Fine Cocoa Innovation Centre, a project of the Cocoa Research Centre of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.  The event brought together 100 delegates from across the Caribbean and the United States of America. There were sessions on a range of current issues related to the industry, such as disease control, certification, value-addition and processing. Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

The Geeksplainer Metal Gear Solid

first_img A key tenet of geek culture is knowledge – we judge and are judged based on our encyclopedic knowledge of games, sci-fi, comics, anime, collectibles and more. But it’s impossible for one human being to know everything, no matter how many chips you get put in your brain. That’s where we come in. With this series of “Geeksplainers,” we’ll give you everything you need to know to get up to speed on some of the most complicated, intense subjects in the pop culture universe. No longer will you have to fake it in conversations until you have time to run to the bathroom and engage in a 45 minute Wikipedia session. Let us be your guide, now and forever.This installment: With the announcement of Derek Connolly as the screenwriter for the film adaptation, let’s unravel the world of Metal Gear Solid.AdChoices广告What Is Metal Gear Solid?Metal Gear Solid – or just Metal Gear – is a franchise of stealth action games created by Hideo Kojima for Japanese publisher Konami, typically following the adventures of an agent known as Solid Snake. The series began in 1987 with a Japan-only title for the MSX, which was reworked for the Nintendo Entertainment System without Kojima’s involvement. The game was a moderate success, so Konami produced Snake’s Revenge, also without Kojima. He returned to the franchise for the MSX-only Metal Gear 2 in 1990.Eight years later, things start to get interesting. Metal Gear Solid brought the series into the modern era on the PlayStation, with a remarkably deep and complex story involving Snake sneaking into an Alaskan military base to stop the deployment of a superweapon and meeting his long-lost twin brother. The game was a massive hit and spawned multiple sequels over the next two decades – until he acrimoniously parted ways with the company in 2015.Who Is Solid Snake?In the original MSX game, Solid Snake is a rookie in the FOXHOUND special ops division, sent to infiltrate the Outer Heaven fortress to stop a doomsday weapon. He discovers that his superior office Big Boss is behind the scheme and kills him. That conflict (of course, he’s not dead) forms the spine of the series. Snake is a gruff but sensitive soul, capable of speaking six languages fluently and wielding pretty much any weapon.Metal Gear Solid, with its full voice acting and cinematic cutscenes, fleshed out Snake’s character further. Turns out he was the product of a genetic engineering project called Les Enfants Terribles, where the genetic code of Big Boss was used to create the perfect soldier. We later discover that Snake carries a genetic time bomb that prematurely ages him. The series has also taken sidetrips and flashbacks to let players control Big Boss and cybernetic ninja Raiden. More on that later.What Is A Metal Gear?It’s a giant robot, basically. The walking tank with nuclear capability is the motivating force for most of the stories, but the games aren’t about them, if that makes sense. They’re just sort of an excuse to get Snake in the field and start a bigger story unfolding. That’s probably a good idea, to be honest, as they’re not very interesting.The earliest game in the timeline, Metal Gear Solid 3, sees Naked Snake (the progenitor of the line) sent on a mission to Russia to extract scientist Nikolai Sokolov and destroy his new weapon the Shagohod, an ambulatory tank capable of firing nuclear missiles. This is the first “Metal Gear,” but not the last. Throughout the series, they become more advanced and mobile.Their general purpose still stays the same: to launch nuclear missiles from any location on Earth, destabilizing the precarious peace between the world’s major powers for a variety of reasons. We’ll get into those in a bit.Why Are People So Into These Games?Well, they’re good games (mostly). But plenty of good games don’t get the fan adulation that Metal Gear Solid does. What puts the series on the top tier of gaming is the level of complexity, both mechanical and conceptual. Prior to the first Metal Gear, action games were a pretty basic affair – you moved through environments killing everyone you saw. The introduction of stealth as a mechanic reshaped the genre, making players engage enemies with a higher level of strategy than just “push a button as fast as you can”Metal Gear Solid was a phenomenon – along with Final Fantasy 7, it was one of the original PlayStation’s killer apps. No console game had mimicked the qualities of a big-budget Hollywood action movie before, with tense setpieces and compelling voice acting. But unlike many other “cinematic” games that followed, MGS never got rid of the player’s agency. There were always multiple ways to solve problems, and you were limited only by your imagination.One of the best illustrations of this principle is the battle with sniper The End in Metal Gear Solid 3. The elderly warrior is a master of camouflage who can lay unmoving for weeks, and when Naked Snake faces off with him he’s very difficult to hunt down. However, due to his advanced age the player can actually set the game aside for a few weeks and come back to find The End dead of natural causes! Alternately, they can snipe him from a distance in an earlier scene, or take him out the old-fashioned way.That combination of sandboxy freedom and a gripping narrative has been tried by tons of other developers, but few stick it as cleanly – or as personally – as Kojima. For decades, the man has pushed what the medium is capable of.What’s Up With The Storyline?If there’s one reason why Metal Gear Solid is legendary, it’s the narrative. Video games aren’t known for rich stories, and certainly weren’t in 1998. But Kojima was inspired by the wide world of film to bring twisting plots and complex characters to the medium. A lot happens in these games, both on-screen and off. Here’s a top-level summary to get you started.It all starts in 1918 with the formation of the Philosophers, a secret international group devoted to shaping the course of human history. By WWII, they’d amassed billions of dollars, which was then lost. This became known as the Philosophers’ Legacy. In 1961, the CIA’s secret FOX unit sends a soldier called the Boss to Russia to try and retrieve it, and later sends Naked Snake to destroy the Shagohod. He does, and hunts down the Boss who has gone rogue (but really hasn’t.) Naked Snake becomes Big Boss and eventually becomes disillusioned with FOX.Big Boss forms FOXHOUND to hunt down the remaining FOX members. In 1970, the Les Enfants Terrible project creates three clones of Big Boss – Solid Snake, Liquid Snake and Solidus Snake. Disgusted, Big Boss leaves and founds Militaires Sans Frontieres, a combat unit not bound to any nation. He has adventures through the next few decades, at one point replaced by a lookalike named Venom Snake who Solid Snake kills in the first Metal Gear game.Speaking of Solid Snake, he starts his military career in the Gulf War in 1990, is deployed to Outer Heaven the same year, and learns about his true identity in the conflict with Venom. He then takes a number of other missions that see him bringing down plans to deploy Metal Gears. In the Shadow Moses incident, he meets Liquid Snake for the first time and learns that his third “brother,” Solidus, is disguised as the President of the United States.Solidus then disguises himself as Solid Snake to lead a ransom plot against the United States, until he’s stopped by cyborg ninja Raiden and Snake himself. We also learn about the Patriots, a covert group that is run by a powerful artificial intelligence. The Patriots eventually take over the world, and are opposed by Snake, Raiden and their allies. They release a virus, FOXALIVE, that deactivates the AI and all of the world’s nanomachines and ends the threat.We skipped over a bunch of stuff, but that’s the basic gist. For even more, this timeline is pretty solid.What Happened With Hideo Kojima?Japanese employers value loyalty, and the development studio system over there cultivates long-term relationships. Hideo Kojima started working at Konami in 1986 as his first job in the industry and stayed there nearly three decades. His creations helped establish the company’s reputation for cinematic adventure. Interestingly enough, young Hideo wasn’t the originator of the first Metal Gear game – he was brought on the project after the first director left the company.Kojima’s voracious appetite for pop culture, both Western and Eastern, made the Metal Gear games what they are. He has always been unafraid to wrestle with moral and philosophical concepts that games hadn’t previously dealt with, to varying levels of success. Without him, there is no Metal Gear. The company recognized that, giving him his own studio, Kojima Productions, in 2005.Nothing gold can stay, though. After a corporate restructuring in early 2015, they removed the Kojima Productions logo and his name from promotional material for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. After that game was released, Kojima Productions was disbanded, and he left Konami in October of 2015. He re-built the studio with Sony and is working on Death Stranding with actors Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen.Konami is moving forward with a new game in the franchise that they own, Metal Gear Survive. It has zombies in it and takes place on an alien world where you have to gather resources Minecraft-style, so to say that fans aren’t excited would be a tremendous understatement.What’s The Deal With The Movie?The funny thing about Metal Gear Solid‘s slow struggle to the big screen is that the English voice of Solid Snake, David Hayter, is a successful screenwriter. His credits include the first X-Men film, Watchmen, and the upcoming live-action Voltron reboot. Hayter actually wrote a script on spec in the early 2000s for the MGS movie but executives passed on it.The project limped along for a few years until Konami cancelled it in 2010, justifiably concerned that a bad adaptation could torpedo the golden goose that was the video games. They changed their mind in 2012 when Sony and Columbia optioned the property and started hunting creatives. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) is still attached to the film, which doesn’t have a star attached.Reports indicate the film will adapt the first MGS game, with Snake infiltrating Shadow Moses and confronting Liquid on the Metal Gear. That’s probably for the best – attempting to deal with the ridiculously complex web of conspiracies and double-crosses that the games entertain would tax the average moviegoer too much.Whether the movie will ever happen, even with a screenwriter attached, is still anybody’s guess. Konami looks willing to exploit the franchise in any way they can (up to and including pachinko machines in Japan), but whether the property can survive, let alone thrive without its main creative force is doubtful. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Geeksplainer: ‘Swamp Thing’Geeksplainer: Everything You Need to Know About ‘Captain Marvel’ last_img read more