Anderson says Letterkenny/Derry link with NI Science Park will bring jobs to NW

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Facebook Previous articlePriests’ representitive body says many are in limbo following unproven allegationsNext articleEircom says repair staff will work through weekend to restore services News Highland WhatsApp By News Highland – December 2, 2011 Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire A Junior Minister in Stormont says a partnership between the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast with ILEX and Letterkenny Institute of Technology in the North West will hopefully lead to a major development on the Fort George site in Derry.Foyle MLA Martina Anderson says the partnership is now considering the feasibility of establishing a North West Regional Science Park on the former army base, with it and Letterkenny I.T. acting as satellites of the Belfast park.Ms Anderson says such a project would stimulate the establishment and development of high quality technology and knowledge based businesses in the North West Region, attracting higher value added inward investment projects and jobs to the region…………[podcast][/podcast] Facebook Anderson says Letterkenny/Derry link with NI Science Park will bring jobs to NWcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

Salah ruled out of Stars’ AFCON qualifier

first_img0Shares0000Egypt forward Mohammed Salah speaking with teammate Mohammed El neny during training at the Borg El Arab Stadium. PHOTO/EFA?TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has confirmed that striker Mohammed Salah will miss the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars on Thursday due to an ankle injury.Salah picked up the injury playing for his club Liverpool in Sunday’s crunch English premier League match against Manchester City. Liverpool had insisted that Salah had to remain at the club’s training ground in Melwood to assess his situation, but the forward is said to have insisted on travelling to Cairo to be examined by the club’s medical team.The EFA confirmed his unavailability and posted a photo of him wearing a supportive boot together with his teammates at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.His absence will remove one threat off Francis Kimanzi’s plan for the game on Thursday night though even in his unavailability, the Pharaohs still possess enough firepower to trouble Kenya’s Stars.The EFA also confirmed Salah will miss the game against Comoros on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Nobel Prize Winner Fights Tyranny of Big Scientific Journals

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 He’s on a campaign to bring power to the people.Randy Schekman, a co-winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in cell transport mechanisms, now has a powerful platform for speaking his mind.  In “How to break free from the stifling grip of luxury journals” in The Conversation, he is using it to empower thousands of beleaguered scientists who might feel threatened with the loss of careers if they were to speak up.  The major “luxury journals” like Science, Nature, and Cell, he feels, have “distorted how science and scientists operate.”  That’s also why he has started up his own online open-access journal called eLife, for which he is Editor-in-Chief.I am saying what many others believe but feel they cannot say, because they fear their careers might be damaged.Journal publishing has long been considered a criterion of science.  Ideas not published in peer-reviewed journals are subject to scorn as being pseudoscientific.  What this assumption has led to, though, is a fawning dependence on recognition from a few high-profile journals.  A measure called “impact factor” distorts the value of original research, he argues, leading universities and the public to rank the quality of research according to “branding” by the luxury publications.I am deeply committed to developing the careers of younger scientists I work with – that, indeed, is a major motivation for my argument. I do not want them to have to play a system where the artificial scarcity of prestige publications makes recognition and advancement such a lottery. It is gratifying that several of my lab colleagues have publicly supported me.The digital revolution, Schekman argues, does away with the limits created by paper, yet the luxury journals remain wedded to paper.  “It makes journals more selective than they need to be, driving extreme competition for space that is good for subscription businesses but bad for science.”  How is that?Intense competition for space in key journals means that the editorial process often involves multiple rounds of revision, review and resubmission, causing long delays in publication. Additional experimental data and information are often demanded by reviewers who might later, as authors, be competing for space in the same journals. Much of this data is then relegated to supplementary appendices. The experience can be highly dispiriting for researchers.By vastly increasing the publishing real estate, electronic publishing removes the need for quotas and liberates the market.  A growing number of open-access journals are paid not by advertisers and subscribers, but by the scientists or their institutions.  They typically have much lower overhead, faster turnaround, and can make their posts accessible to the public immediately.  Standards will still be held, but if a researcher meets an electronic journal’s requirements, artificial barriers are removed.  This benefits all: there is plenty of space for all the research that meets the criteria, and they can be made accessible to everyone, rather than hiding behind paywalls.After advocating for e-journals, Schekman becomes more radical.  He wants to remove branding and impact factor altogether.  The brand name of a journal should make no difference in funding decisions, quality assessment, or tenure.  Concentrate on the cereal, not the box: “Article metrics might have a role to play, but narrative explanations of research significance and accomplishments would be more helpful.”  Reviewers should agree beforehand that “journal brand cannot be used as a proxy for scientific quality.”Schekman is happy just to “spark a discussion” about this, and indeed he has: his previous article in The Guardian sparked 268 comments.  “I was not surprised by the range of opinions my comments provoked, but I have been impressed by their quantity,” he said.  “The evidence that the scientific community wants and needs this discussion could not be stronger.”The journals are not unaware of the trends.  PhysOrg published an article by Alex O. Holcombe about how publishing giant Elsevier, which “owns much of the world’s academic knowledge” in the form of copyrights, is stepping up “take down notices” against scientists who republish PDFs of their papers on, a kind of wikileaks for scientists where they can share and follow research.  The website boasts over 6 million researchers in its community.  Holcombe argues that it’s time for scientists “riled up” at Elsevier’s dominance to embrace open-access journals. Both Nature and Science took note of a new preprint server for biologists, like the arXiv that physicists have used for years.  Bucking tradition, preprint servers allow peer review after publication, not before.  In addition, social media like Twitter are allowing scientists to get rapid feedback from large numbers of colleagues instead of comments from a few anonymous reviewers who might be rivals.Evolution News & Views discussed some of the changes underway in “Public Science 2.0” – a return to the days when science was conducted in the public eye.  For a few decades now, people have equated print publishing in peer reviewed journals as a hallmark of scientific quality, but “there was never anything sacred about traditional scientific practices,” the article points out.Witness a scientific revolution in the making.  If Schekman’s priorities go mainstream (and there is every indication they will), it will be like a country going from dictatorship to democracy.  The quality of science will no longer be measured by connections, artificial metrics and the tyranny of editorial boards.  Anyone who does good work can get a hearing.  Undoubtedly new concerns and difficulties will arise, but like the proverb says, sunlight is the best disinfectant.  What this will do to the creation-evolution controversy remains to be seen, but in general, democracy is better than oligarchy.last_img read more

Big weekend for Touch Football Tasmania

first_imgIt was a big weekend of Touch Football in Tasmania, with the 2013 Club Championships and Schools Championships taking place in Devonport. Club ChampionshipsThe 2013 Club Championships, although a northern based event, were extremely well supported this year by Southern Touch clubs with the Pirates taking the Men’s Division One title, the Condors taking out the Mixed and the Pirates being named the overall Club Champions.The Men’s division was well fought with the mostly young Launceston-based Sharks boys pushing the Pirates all the way. The Pirates came out on top in a fiery Grand Final, but certainly had to work for their 9-7 victory.Sharks veteran Jon Harmey was awarded the Player of the Final, and with 15 touchdowns for the day and a dominating display across the event, the Pirates’ Jez Edwards was named an unmatched Player of the Series.The Men’s three versus four play-off again was well contested by two Devonport Men’s teams with the favoured Unicorns defeating the Cobras 5-3.Once again, there was a great mix of youth and experience in both teams, with the DTA showing signs of better things to come when State Cup rolls around.The Mixed event was also well contested, with the Southern Touch Condors team proving too strong at the end of the day for the Grasscutters and winning the Grand Final 10-6.Once again the DTA showed a great spirit in competing in this event, with a growing strength in Mixed Touch, due partly to a great Mixed competition held regularly in their region.Sam Williams led the Condors well in the Grand Final and was rewarded with the Player of the Final award, with fellow teammate Nat Curtis taking out the female Player of the Series, and Grasscutter Tom Gardiner awarded the male Player of the Series.Southern Referee Klaire Carrick continued the great day for Southern members, being awarded the Referee of the Tournament.Schools ChampionshipsAlthough Riverside High School has once again shown their dominance at the junior event, they didn’t have it all their own way this year.The Boys 9/10 division was a fantastic division with all teams pushing each other in every game, and winning results changing from rounds to finals.The inclusion of Don College this year just strengthened the competition and after Reece High defeated the Riverside boys in the round game, Riverside hit back in the elimination final to put themselves in a great position to take on the undefeated Devonport High boys in the Grand Final and to replay the final from the last Schools Champs event.Whilst the game continued to be tight throughout, the Devonport High team were just too tough and took out the game 11-7.Devonport High’s Bailey Charleston was name the Player of the Final, with Riverside’s Mackenzie Nason taking out the Player of the Series.The 9/10 Girls was also a strong event, with great representation from the Devonport schools.The Riverside High girls experienced showed, with their ability to manage their seven players through the event to an 8-0 Grand Final win.Emily Nason was the stand out in a very classy Riverside team winning both the Player of the Final and Player of the Series awards.The Boys and Girls 7/8 divisions were extremely tough for all who came up against the incredible strength of both Riverside High teams.The girls completed their day with an 18-0 win over the Reece Flying Pigs and the boys winning 16-1 again over the Reece High school team.As would be expected, the Riverside players took away all of the individual awards with Amelia Bransden named as Player of the Final, and Alice Robinson the Player of the Series for the girls, and Toby Bott Player of the Final and Jacob Boyd Player of the Series for the boys.One of the highlights of the day was seeing the amount of Primary School students having so much fun participating in this event.The Exeter Primary girls took out the best of three series against an ever improving Riverside Primary Team, with Exeter’s Montana Wakeford being named Player of the Series.The boys division was a great standard and no doubt all have learnt so much over the day to take back to their schools and clubs.The Riverside 6’s were too big and too strong for the  Exeter Primary boys winning their Grand Final 8-0.With the younger Riverside boys also competing so well in this division, Riverside Primary is looking like being a force for some time.Jock Goodyer from the Riverside 6’s was named the Player of the Final, with his team mate Rakesh Dave awarded the Player of the Series.Riverside Primary narrowly defeated Exeter Primary to be awarded the Primary School Champions.Devonport referee Britt Gibson was awarded the Referee of the Tournament with Exeter Girls coach (and Exeter Coordinator) James Edmunds awarded the Coach of the Tournament.To view photos of the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania Facebook page – Related LinksBig Weekend in TAS!last_img read more

10 months agoAndriy Lunin asks Real Madrid to let him stay with Leganes

first_imgAndriy Lunin asks Real Madrid to let him stay with Leganesby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeganes goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is reluctant to return to parent club Real Madrid this month.While he is playing understudy to regular goalkeeper “Pichu” Cuéllar, Lunin is happy in his surroundings in the Madrid suburbs where he has forged an excellent relationship with the rest of the “Lega” squad and goalkeeping coach Joseba Ituarte.As such, reports AS, Lunin has requested to stay at Butarque through to the end of the 2018/19 season.Lunin has played 274 minutes of competitive football with Leganes so far this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoAgent: Barcelona pushed hard to sign Man Utd defender Victor Lindelof

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent: Barcelona pushed hard to sign Man Utd defender Victor Lindelofby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona were keen on Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof this summer, says his agent.Lindelof’s agent – Hasan Cetinkaya – has claimed that Barcelona ‘s interest in his client intensified after Juventus won the race to sign Dutch starlet Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax. “Victor Nilsson Lindelöf was perhaps Manchester United’s best player last season and with that comes interest from clubs who are better on the pitch right now,” he told Sport Bladet after the Swede penned new terms last week. “When Mathijs De Ligt chose Juventus, Victor became Barcelonas first choice. His play style, his DNA is very close to the way Barcelona plays.”He’s one of the best center backs on his feet and Barcelona wanted him. That was it. I can talk openly about that now.”His agent claimed he attempted to push through a move to Spain but United were unwilling to sanction the deal.He added: “They contacted Ed Woodward multiples times with concrete offers. I met with their head of transfers Matt Judge to try and get a deal through.”But they said ‘There is no way. Victor is one of our best players’.” last_img read more

Town Hall Meeting at Heroes Circle Oct. 25

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 2). The Government is to host a town hall meeting at Heroes Circle on October 25, where all members of the community and stakeholders will be invited to participate in discussions on the proposed development of National Heroes Park.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 2).He was responding to questions posed by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting.“We will answer their questions and address their concerns. In keeping with this commitment, a contract has been prepared for the retention of the Social Development Commission – the agency mandated to lead interventions and sensitisation of communities regarding government programmes – to lead this aspect of the project going forward,” Mr Holness explained.He said the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has also initiated consultations with the Member of Parliament and Councillors of the Central Kingston constituency, and stakeholders such as the Wolmer’s Trust, technical and professional persons, and members of the construction industry, to seek their input on the way forward.The Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Construction America (CCA) for the crafting of technical plans for the development of a ‘Centre of Government’ at National Heroes Park.The MOU will see the establishment of a model for a purpose-built space to house the Jamaican Parliament, ministries, departments and agencies, possibly a Jamaican museum, and other commercial and residential buildings.Prime Minister Holness also informed that the Government is engaged in a project feasibility study, which will consider viable options and modalities for financing and implementation of the Government Oval Project.“Depending on the outcome of that study, financing and/or implementation of the Government Oval Project, in whole or in part, may be finalised by way of an open and competitive process where local and foreign entities are able to compete for participation,” he informed.The Prime Minister also reiterated that the Master Plan for the development does not propose the demolition of virtually all buildings around the National Heroes Park, including the existing Ministries of Finance, Education, and Labour and most of Allman Town.“It proposes redevelopment of the area around the park. The development proposal has considered the accommodation of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to the east, west and south of the National Heroes Park as well as the further upgrade of the adjoining residential neighbourhoods, which include Allman Town,” Mr. Holness noted. He was responding to questions posed by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting. The Government is to host a town hall meeting at Heroes Circle on October 25, where all members of the community and stakeholders will be invited to participate in discussions on the proposed development of National Heroes Park.last_img read more

New raids on Japan crypto exchanges after Coincheck hack

Explore further Japan said on Friday it had carried out raids on a number of cryptocurrency exchanges following a massive hack that saw thieves steal $530 million in virtual currency. The hack of Coincheck was one of the largest of its kind, and prompted authorities to search the firm’s offices last week, after slapping it with an administrative order.Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday those raids were now being expanded.”We have started to raid several virtual currency exchanges,” he told reporters, adding that the raids were intended to “examine their internal governance structure”.Aso, also the minister in charge of financial services, has admitted that the government “needs to strengthen our supervision” of virtual currency exchanges.Japanese officials have suggested Coincheck lacked proper security measures, making itself vulnerable to theft.In the wake of the theft, the country’s Financial Services Agency instructed more than a dozen local exchanges to submit reports on their efforts to monitor systemic risks.Thieves syphoned away 523 million units of the cryptocurrency NEM from Coincheck during the January 26 hack, exceeding the $480 million in virtually currency stolen in 2014 from another Japanese exchange, MtGox.That hack prompted Japan to issue new regulations, requiring exchanges to obtain a licence from the FSA, but Coincheck was allowed to continue operating while the agency was reviewing its application.The firm has said it will reimburse customers who lost money in the hack, which is still being investigated by local authorities.Reports in Japan’s media in recent days have suggested hackers may have accessed the firm from abroad.The Yomiuri Shimbun earlier this week cited unnamed police sources as saying Coincheck was repeatedly accessed illegally through servers in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands in the days before it was hit.And the Asahi Shimbun daily reported Friday that part of the stolen cryptocurrency was sent to an exchange in New Zealand called Cryptopia.Cryptopia offers a platform for trading various virtual currencies including bitcoin, according to its website.In recent weeks, regulators around the world have discussed or begun imposing new restrictions on virtual currencies. Japan raids hacked crypto exchange, bitcoin plunges further Finance Minister Taro Aso said the raids were being carried out on exchanges to “examine their internal governance structure” © 2018 AFP Citation: New raids on Japan crypto exchanges after Coincheck hack (2018, February 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more