Just how big is Google Scholar? Ummm …

first_imgThe study is very “thorough and creative work,” says bibliometricist Henk Moed, a visiting professor at Sapienza University of Rome and a former senior scientific adviser at Elsevier, who was not involved with the research. By itself, however, the number doesn’t answer some other questions important to academics. One is: What proportion of all scholarly documents is covered by Google Scholar? A previous study by computer scientists Madian Khabsa and C. Lee Giles of Pennsylvania State University, University Park, which estimated the size of Google Scholar at 100 million documents, suggested that it covers about 88% of all scholarly documents accessible on the Web in English. “It’s not complete, but a very good coverage,” Giles says.Another puzzle is how to gauge the quality of Google Scholar’s citation statistics (the number of times a paper is cited by other authors). In general, the citation numbers on Google Scholar tend to be higher than those provided by other sources, Moed says. That’s apparently because databases such as Web of Science require their citation sources to be peer-reviewed and surpass a minimum impact factor, he says, whereas Google Scholar taps into a much broader range of sources.That’s not necessarily bad, Orduña-Malea says, noting that such wide citing practices can help expand the range of papers that researchers read, beyond those published in elite journals. But a potential problem, Moed says, is that some people may think that “the higher the [citation] numbers, the better the database. … But this is not necessarily the case.”Moed’s team is conducting a study that compares citations for the same paper provided by Google Scholar and Scopus. One goal is to discern the sources included in Google’s search engine, he says. So far, the percentage of peer-reviewed sources tapped by Google appears to vary drastically across disciplines, he says.To take the mystery out of such research, both Moed and Orduña-Malea would like to see Google Scholar become more transparent. Indeed, Google’s silence on the size of its index made the authors of the arXiv study wonder “if the company really knows this figure.”But one insider dismisses such musings. “It is of course not difficult to compute,” says Anurag Acharya, a co-founder of Google Scholar who leads its development. Still, he wouldn’t share any numbers with ScienceInsider. He did note, however, that index size is less relevant to search companies such as Google than to subscription-based databases, which can use size as a selling point.One thing seems certain, researchers say: Google Scholar is continuing to expand its coverage of scholarly literature, which is already believed to be the largest among all academic search engines and databases. “Google Scholar, we think, is representing very well the science landscape,” Orduña-Malea says. When it comes to searching for scientific literature, Google Scholar has become a  go-to resource for a growing number of researchers. The powerful academic search engine seems to comb through every academic study in existence. But figuring out exactly how many papers are covered by Google Scholar isn’t easy, recent research shows—in part because of the company’s secretive, tightlipped nature. And some scholars warn the service may be inflating citation counts, although that may not necessarily be a bad thing.Figuring out how many documents are indexed in traditional bibliographic databases, such as Thomson Reuters’s Web of Science and Elsevier’s Scopus, is a piece of cake—a simple query is all it takes. Microsoft Academic Search is similarly transparent. Google Scholar, however, offers no such tools to bibliometric researchers, and the Web search giant has declined to publish the information.To come up with a tally, bibliometricist Enrique Orduña-Malea of the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain and his colleagues used four different methods to estimate Google Scholar’s total number of documents. Although each method has distinct limitations, all but one yield similar results, the researchers report in a study posted to the arXiv preprint server earlier this year and updated this month. 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ICC Champions Trophy: India vs Pakistan like any other match for us, says Virat Kohli

first_imgCaptain Virat Kohli refused to be drawn into any extra pressure or hype around India’s opening game in the ICC Champions Trophy against arch-rivals Pakistan.CLICK TO WATCH FULL PRESS CONFERENCEIndia and Pakistan have not played bilateral series since 2012-13 and have met only in ICC events.The two teams had clashed in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England (at the same venue as this year: Edgbaston) where India won a rain-truncated game. They next took on Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaidae and won again, thanks to a classy hundred by Kohli.Last year, India played Pakistan twice and Kohli was the difference between the two teams on both occasions. His magnificent 49 had helped India overcome a dangerous Pakistan pace attack in Dhaka and his sublime half-century resulted in an Indian victory at the Eden Gardens in the World T20.Kohli, passionate and aggressive on the field, however, was not willing to put his men under any extra pressure.”Whatever else is going around an issue, as a cricketer you can’t even think about your partner at the other end, forget about other issues,” Kohli said at the pre-departure press conference in Mumbai.India vs Pakistan is an exciting game for people in general and the atmosphere in the ground is different. For us cricketers, it’s just any other game and you can ask this to cricketers from both teams. The hype created is not in our control. We prepare for it like every game.”It’s not like we are playing them for the first time and there’s no need for any extra motivation. When you are playing for India, you really do not need any other motivation. Yes, you need passion but you can’t be too emotional against any one team.”advertisementKohli has been extremely diginified in his interaction with the Pakistani players over the years. Last year, he had gifted Mohammed Amir with a bat and congratulated him for bowling a splendid spell on a green surface in Dhaka.Kohli had also gifted former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi with a Team India jersey, signed by all his players.last_img read more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches National Sports Talent Search portal

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tribute to hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary and launched the National Sports Talent Search portal.Modi said the legend’s sporting skills worked “wonders for Indian hockey”.His birthday is celebrated as National Sports Day in India.The Prime Minister said the nation has immense sporting talent. “To harness this potential” the portal was launched, he added.It would provide “essential direction and support to youngsters to pursue their sporting aspirations…”, Modi said, adding, “Sports is about physical fitness, mental alertness and personality enhancement.”On #NationalSportsDay, I congratulate all sportspersons and sports enthusiasts who pursue sports with great vigour and passion.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2017I pay tributes to the exemplary Major Dhyan Chand, whose legendary sporting skills did wonders for Indian hockey.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2017Sports is about physical fitness, mental alertness and personality enhancement. https://t.co/XaYoP07FQZ- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2017India is blessed with immense sporting talent. To harness this potential, a portal was launched by @IndiaSports. https://t.co/yOGTU3U59h- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2017The #NationalSportsTalentSearchPortal gives essential direction & support to youngsters to pursue their sporting aspirations and shine.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2017Tribute to the finest hockey player of all time, Dhyan Chand. #NationalSportsDay pic.twitter.com/GoQvWEBa4k- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 29, 2017 Tributes to the greatest hockey player of all times and India’s greatest sportsman, Major Dhyanchand on #NationalSportsDay . pic.twitter.com/MzYxMGPDtC- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 29, 2017advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United to meet financial goals after turbulent season

first_imgEnglish soccer club Manchester United said it would meet its financial forecasts for 2018-19 despite what it called a “turbulent season” that ended with only a sixth place finish in the Premier League.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the three months to the end of March fell to 41.2 million pounds ($52.8 million), down from 45.7 million a year earlier, the club said on Thursday.That reflected in part the impact of wage costs of 84.8 million pounds, an increase of 9.7 million pounds from a year ago, mainly due to investment in a playing squad which includes French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and Chilean Alexis Sanchez.Calls to rebuild the squad have grown louder after the 20-time English champions missed out on a berth in next season’s lucrative UEFA Champions League competition.”Preparations for the new season are underway and the underlying strength of our business will allow us to support the manager and his team as we look to the future,” Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward said, after what he called a “turbulent season”.Despite a brief upturn in form after replacing manager Jose Mourinho with former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the team stuttered in the last few weeks and ultimately finished in sixth place in the domestic league, a whopping 32 points behind champions Manchester City.The club continues to expect revenue of 615-630 million pounds and adjusted EBITDA of 175-190 million pounds for the year to the end of June.Also Read | Manchester City referred to UEFA judicial chamber over alleged FFP breachesadvertisementlast_img read more

Datebox is the Valentine’s Day Gift that Keeps on Giving

first_imgRelationships are hard. Especially relationships that have lasted more than a few years.After so much time together, it’s inevitable that the ‘spark’ you once felt so strongly will begin to dim. A quick remedy to breathe a little more fire into that dying ember of interest is to dedicate one night a month to a date night. Some guys might find this a little hokey–but I ask you this, is strengthening your relationship and staving off possible divorce or worse, hokey? I didn’t think so.But the problem with establishing a date night is that it’s a lot of work–dinner reservations must be made, activities planned, babysitters (or dogsitters) scheduled. Then you have to factor in the weather, and by the time a decision is finally made, you and your significant other are exhausted and would be happier just drinking a few beers and going to bed. Now, I have nothing against Netflix and chill, but I am against complacency and the slow decay of a once-loving relationship. So buck the trend of the dismal date night, while also making it as easy as possible for yourself by trying out Datebox.Now, I know what you’re thinking: Another subscription box? Yes, but this one is actually worth it. Not only do you receive a box full of ideas, inspiration, activities, treats, and even a Spotify playlist to up your date night game, but you also get it sent directly to your door with literally no effort on your part. And, starting at $40 for one Datebox, it’s about 50% less expensive than planning your own.But, the best part about it is that your lady love will love it. Dedicating yourself to a monthly date night will likely make do a double take and then fall directly into your arms. Actions peak louder than words, and a Datebox showing up at your front door is a relationship affirming statement. Quality time spent together leads to better and more open communication, which leads to an overall healthy and robust relationship.How it WorksHop onto Datebox’s website and take a look at their three subscription options. You can choose their ‘Flirty’ month-to-month for the aforementioned price of $40 per month, their ‘Steady’ plan, which is $110 every three months, or the ‘Serious’ plan, which is $200 every six months. Now, that may sound steep, but you’re getting six date nights up front for less than it would cost for two dinner dates at a slightly upscale restaurant. Datebox usually arrives around the 15th of each month.What’s InsideEach Datebox is different. One month you might receive a sushi-making kit with a shopping list and green tea. The next month you might receive all the ingredients to make muffins together or a booklet full of fun quizzes and questions to ask your significant other (that you may never have thought to ask before). Other items range from art supplies and canvases to get your creative juices flowing, to growing your own herbs. To see more of what you can find inside Datebox, check out #Datebox on Instagram. All those smiling couples are proof positive that Datebox is doing something right.If you’re looking to get your first box by Valentine’s Day, be sure to place your order before the end of January. The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shocked 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Nowlast_img read more

Minister says Govt. is Committed to the Elimination of all forms of Child Labour

first_imgBy Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Government is committed to the elimination of all forms of child labour in Jamaica.He informed that this objective is anchored on the recognition that the eradication of abuse against children is directly linked to the development of a safe society for all citizens.“Our determination in this goal is unshakable and we will remain engaged with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the European Union, and other international and local partners in this endeavour,” he assured.The Minister was presenting the keynote address at the World Day Against Child Labour 2013 forum, held at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston, on June 12. The day was observed under the theme: ‘No to Child Labour in Domestic Work’.Child labour, as defined by the ILO’s Minimum Age Convention of 1973, is a form of abuse, which refers to any work done by children which is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to them and interferes with their education.Under the country’s Child Care and Protection Act, it is an offence to employ a child under 13 years old. The law, however, makes an exception for children 13 to 15 years old to be employed, but only under circumstances where they are allowed to do only light work.Minister Kellier further pledged that children in hazardous work – one of the worst forms of child labour – which either threatens to harm the health, safety, wellbeing or morals of the children involved, will not be condoned in Jamaica “in any shape, size or form”.He pointed out that in this vein, the Ministry has increased its capacity to introduce, implement and enforce new legislation for this purpose.“(Our country) programmes, among other things, seek to strengthen the capacity of national and local authorities, social partners and civil society in the formulation, implementation and enforcement of policies to fight the scourge of child labour,” he said.The Ministry, he informed, has also achieved the integration of child labour education in various relevant national plans.Mr. Kellier also pointed to the work of the Tackling child labour through education (TACKLE/ILO) project office, which he said, continues to work to increase the ability of a range of social partners to play an integral role in policy dialogue and practice in their own organisations.He said all Jamaicans also have a role to play in the fight against child labour, noting that many culturally accepted practices and perceptions must be overcome in order to eradicate the practice.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Advisory Board, TACKLE Project, Errol Miller, informed that approximately 16,000 children are involved in some form of economic activity in Jamaica.He noted that the figure is contained in a survey carried out by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica in 2002. The study revealed that the chief child labourers were street children, including market vendors, mainly in urban areas; commercial agricultural workers; urban formal sector workers, and domestic workers.“The message is apt for Jamaica – we are also guilty of child labour,” he said. Mr. Miller therefore called on all Jamaicans to say a resounding “No, to child labour!”For her part, Head of Delegation, European Union, Paola Amadei,  pointed out that the closest ally of child labour in the developing world is poverty.She noted that, as such, the EU is engaged in combating the root causes of the problem through a number of programmes, including the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP).Ms. Amadei also informed that as a main supporter in the rural sector, the EU hopes that by improving the conditions and prospects for rural farmers, there will be a run-on effect on improving the conditions which allow child labour to fester.She noted that  the data on child labour in Jamaica is over a decade old,  and called on the Ministry of Labour to embark on research, which will provide new statistics in this area. This, she said, will assist in strengthening the government and other stakeholder efforts in fighting the problem. The ILO estimates that children make up nearly 30 per cent of the world’s estimated 50 to 100 million domestic workers.June 12 was designated World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 by the ILO, with the objective of focusing attention on the extent of child labour globally and the efforts being made to eliminate the problem.last_img read more

Bitumen Tankers Push NewLead’s Operating Revenue Up

first_imgzoom Greece-based dry bulk carrier and tanker operator NewLead Holdings Ltd. has generated over USD 15.7 million in operating revenues from its bitumen tankers and shipped over 3.1 million barrels of bitumen in 2015.The company’s bitumen fleet utilization was 92.7 percent during the year as NewLead’s number of available days and operating for the bitumen tanker vessels was 1,810 and 1,678, respectively.The difference between the available and the operating days is principally attributable to the scheduled repairs and maintenance of NewLead’s bitumen tanker vessels in 2015.“NewLead’s chartering policy will continue to be adaptive to market conditions and allow a combination of long-term time charter contracts, Contracts of Affreightment (CoAs) and spot charter. NewLead will continue to target for 65% to 70% long term time charter contracts and CoAs and 30% to 35% spot charters that allow the company to have an understanding of the market and provide flexibility to its long term investors,” Michael Zolotas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NewLead, said.NewLead controls a fleet of five highly specialized bitumen tanker vessels, totaling 18,918 dwt with a current average age of 7.2 years.The company said that, according to market sources, world asphalt supply and demand is expected to grow to reach 121 million tons by 2020.In North America, where the Newlead Granadino is currently trading, consumption is expected to reach 24.7 million tons by 2020, while in Sweden, where the MT Ioli is currently trading, consumption is expected to increase 2.35% to 2.85% by the end of 2020.NewLead plans to continue its focus on creating a platform to support fleet expansion, as well as the expansion of its “global presence in the bitumen tanker market, through the development of joint ventures with oil traders and refineries.”last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_img -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 (Marion Bridge Highway) Traffic on Route 327 (Marion Bridge Highway) is reduced to one lane for repaving, from the intersection of Caribou Marsh Road, south for six kilometres. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The project is scheduled for completion by Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141last_img

Nova Scotia man charged with drowning litter of kittens SPCA says

first_imgHALIFAX – Two Nova Scotians have been charged criminally in unrelated horrific animal death cases — a man who allegedly drowned a litter of kittens in a bucket, and a woman who allegedly left a dog to die in an abandoned car.“These animals suffered a horrible death,” said Jo-Anne Landsburg, chief provincial inspector for the Nova Scotia SPCA, which announced charges in both cases on Thursday.“The reasons both of these cases went to the Criminal Code as opposed to the Animal Protection Act is because of how severe these were.”The SPCA said a Little Narrows, N.S., woman was charged after a dog was found dead in a vehicle in a Halifax parkade on May 25. No food or water was left for the dog, Landsburg said.“It is our belief that the car was abandoned by the owner and the dog was left inside,” she said.“The dog did not die of heat exhaustion that day. The dog was in that car, for it was probably weeks before it was actually found. It actually died from dehydration and starvation.”The Little Narrows woman was scheduled to appear in court Thursday. She has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering or injury to an animal and failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for it.In the other case, the SPCA said it received a call in late July about “the possible disappearance of a litter of kittens,” and determined they had been drowned by their owner, an Aldershot man.“It’s what we refer to as breathlessness — so when an animal is drowned, it’s basically the worst sensation you can ever come across is you know you’re about to die,” Landsburg said.She recounted a case earlier this year in which a dead cat was found in a bag in an Annapolis Valley pond, but she said it was the first such mass kitten drowning she has seen.“Maybe 40 years ago it was the norm that people would revert to on farms or whatever — they would fill a feedbag up, and put a litter of kittens in it and drown it. That’s not the way we do things today.”The man is charged under the Criminal Code with wilfully and without lawful excuse killing kittens. He will be arraigned Oct. 24 in Kentville provincial court.Landsburg said the SPCA offers spay and neuter programs at low cost, and also helps find homes for unwanted kittens.“There’s lots of options out there so they don’t have to resort to this heinous crime,” said Landsburg.last_img read more

Insurance company uncovers pervasive auto body shop scams urges action

first_imgTORONTO – Workers at auto body shops deliberately damaged cars, installed used parts but billed for new ones, or invoiced for phantom repairs, according to an investigation by a Canadian insurer that is calling on government to help in curbing the problem.Aviva Canada found about half the total expenses submitted for repairs to crashed vehicles during its investigation in Ontario were bogus — an amount the company estimates adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.“Nobody has ever really sampled the extent of fraud with any kind of accuracy,” Gordon Rasbach, Aviva Canada’s vice president of fraud management, said in an interview. “This is the first time in Canada that we’re aware of that anyone has actually taken a sample, albeit a small one, at random, and used actual cases in progress to put some kind of numbers on it.”In its investigation — results are to be released on Monday — Aviva attempted to simulate typical fender-bender situations involving private passenger cars by deliberately crashing 10 vehicles.The company had experts detail the damage and estimate repair costs, then kitted out the cars with hidden cameras and, at various times last year, put them on highways in the Toronto area. Investigators posed as hapless drivers just having gone through their first crash.Rasbach said he was surprised only one repair outfit acted honestly. The other nine cases showed some degree of “clear cut” fraud, he said. While Aviva’s experts had estimated total damage for the 10 vehicles at about $30,000, the repair shops invoiced Aviva for about $61,000, the company says.Among other things Aviva says occurred were tow-truck drivers who billed for towing and storage that didn’t happen, drivers who were asked to sign blank work orders, cars maliciously damaged at body shops, and shenanigans over repaired or replaced parts.“The video footage and clear evidence of fraudulent invoicing shows just how pervasive the problem of fraud is,” Rasbach said. “Honest consumers are the ones that are paying for it.”Insurance fraud eats into the bottom lines of companies like Aviva.Industry estimates suggest between five and 15 per cent of premiums drivers pay for car insurance go toward covering undetected fraudulent claims. Aviva, whose own tactics in fighting legitimate claims have come under fire by the courts, says more has to be done to combat fraud. Among other things, it wants governments to force insurance companies to report and share information when fraud is identified.“In Canada, insurers are not only not compelled to report fraud, they’re not even compelled to do something about it,” Rasbach said. “The insurers themselves don’t seem to be able to get their act together on this problem.”Banning referral fees to third parties — for example a tow-truck driver who gets paid to take a vehicle to a specific facility — and making it illegal to ask consumers to sign blank work orders are other measures the government should take, Aviva said.A spokeswoman for Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the government was making structural reforms to address fraud but did not comment on any of the ideas put forward by Aviva.Ken Whitehurst, executive director of the Consumers Association of Canada, expressed skepticism the fraud is as extensive as claimed given that repairs are often done at body shops recommended by the insurance companies themselves. However, Aviva deserves some credit, he said.“It’s great that they are illustrating that (fraud) is really happening,” Whitehurst said. “It’s a positive thing that they’re trying to come up with what they hope are low cost ideas (to address it).”The Aviva study comes just months ahead of a provincial election in Ontario, where high auto-insurance premiums have been a perennial hot topic for decades. A report previously commissioned by the province found the average policy for a vehicle in 2015 was $1,458 — double that in Quebec and almost 55 per cent higher than the Canadian average.That report, which focused on curbing sharply rising costs related to crash-related health-care benefits, prompted the province among other things to begin developing standard treatment plans. In addition, Ontario has announced plans to set up a “Serious Fraud Office” to combat fraud with a focus on auto insurance.A previous Aviva investigation into a scam involving claims for accident-related health benefits in the Toronto area prompted a police probe that led to fraud charges against three people.last_img read more

Barho tragedy could prompt new safety measures upgraded building code experts

first_imgHALIFAX — Experts say the deaths of the seven Barho children in a ferocious Halifax house fire last week could lead to new fire safety measures and changes to the country’s building code.Phil Rizcallah, director for construction research and development with the National Research Council of Canada, says the country will learn from the tragedy.He says the federal research organization plans to study the fire marshal’s report, and that the house fire could lead to changes to the national building code.Mike Holmes, one of Canada’s leading contractors and a well-known television host, says the tragedy is a wake-up call.He says new homes should be built with fire-resistant products, including sprays that can help reduce the risk of a flash burn.Fire officials are continuing to investigate the fast-moving blaze that left only a charred husk of the Barho home, located in a newly built residential housing enclave in a Halifax suburb.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian light oil prices hit with same discounts afflicting oilsands prices

first_imgHe says there’s also less room for Canadian crude in American refineries, which are running at a 13-year high of more than 90 percent of capacity, because of strong U.S. crude oil production in 2017.Deloitte predicts that Canadian price differentials will start to return to historic norms as the new Sturgeon Refinery northeast of Edmonton ramps up production this year, soaking up some of Alberta’s oilsands crude surplus, and as more refinery room becomes availablein the U.S.It adds that the Alberta government’s recent initiatives to encourage building partial upgrading facilities for oilsands crude, if successful, will also help free up more export pipeline room.About 850,000 barrels per day of Canada’s oil production is conventional light oil, the rest of the 4.5 million bpd total is oilsands bitumen and conventional heavy oil.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The same factors that have inflated the discount paid for Canadian oilsands heavy crude compared with U.S. oil are also driving a substantial rise in the discount for light Canadian oil.Accounting firm Deloitte says in a report that the difference between New York-traded West Texas Intermediate and Edmonton Light oil prices widened to US$7.32 per barrel in January, an 86 percent increase over the average of US$3.93 per barrel in the fourth quarter of last year.Deloitte partner Andrew Botterill says the lower relative pricing for Canadian crude is partly caused by pipeline capacity constraints as oil production rises in Canada. A key conduit to the U.S. market, TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline, remains at lower capacity following a leak in November.last_img read more

Court action taken to free Al Jazeera’s Nigerian journalists

By Kevin KriedemannLondon – Legal action has been taken to declare the Nigerian military’s detention of two Al Jazeera journalists as “illegal and unconstitutional.”The Motion on Notice filed today in Abuja’s high court seeks the enforcement of Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa’s “fundamental rights to personal liberty and human dignity” under the Nigerian constitution. It also seeks a court order for their immediate release from the “illegal military custody” that began on 24 March 2015.The move comes as concern for the pair grew after they were denied access to their phones and contact with the outside world. Al Jazeera said it was extremely concerned about the situation and was seeking guarantees regarding the safety and wellbeing of their journalists.It is hoped that the legal action will help bring an end to the impasse where Idris and Mustafa have been held by military forces in Maiduguri for no apparent reason for the last ten days.Salah Negm, director of news for Al Jazeera English, said, “We want the military to bring this situation to a close, and call on all parties involved in this capture of our journalists to end this now. Nobody appears to be taking responsibility for this grave action and we hope this legal action will help to cut through the haze.”The detention has been condemned by the Committee to Protect Journalists, the National Press Club, and the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a coalition of organisations working in support of credible and transparent elections. Al Jazeera English is one of the most-watched news channels in Nigeria, with millions of viewers every day.Idris is an experienced journalist who has over thirty years of broadcasting experience. He started working for the Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1983. In 2006 Idris joined the BBC in Abuja and in 2007 until 2010 he was the Bureau Editor. Since 2010 Idris has served as a producer/reporter for Al Jazeera. In 2014 he was the first international journalist to reach Chibok and interview families affected by the mass kidnap of schoolgirls by Boko Haram.Mustafa has been a cameraman with Al Jazeera since 2011. He graduated from the National Film Institute, Jos, Plateau State in 2000 as an Independent Film Maker, majoring in scripting producing and directing. read more

Great opportunities seen at Colombo Port City

Council members were seen questioning engineers in detail on the various aspects of the construction of Port City.They had urged the management to afford them the opportunity of further visits to familiarize themselves with the workings of this new city by the sea. The President of the Chamber, Ranjith Gunatilleke had requested the CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd employer’s representative, Wang Hao who was also a member of the council to extend visiting opportunities for aspiring architects and engineers in local universities.He was of the opinion that they could inspect the site and understand the future prospects this gigantic development project held for them.The Chamber of Construction saw great opportunity for these students to be a part of the development of Port City Colombo, which is expected to reach completion by 2040. The Sri Lanka Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI) says it sees great opportunities at the Colombo Port City.The council members of the Sri Lanka Chamber of Construction Industry made an observational visit to the Port City Colombo construction site. The council members made positive remarks about the project and they found the tour informative as well as being a new experience. A technical presentation was made followed by a tour of the construction area. The executive council members of the CCI also had their monthly council meeting at the Port City Colombo site office. read more

President says he will not approve pay hike for MPs

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had said earlier there was no final decision on increasing the salaries of Members of Parliament. The Speaker said that any increase of the salaries of MPs must be in line with a decision reached by Parliament in 2006 on the salaries of MPs and High Court judges.Jayasuriya said that the salaries of High Court judges had been increased recently in line with the decision reached on 2006/23/11 and there was a proposal to increase the salaries of MPs as well. In a media statement yesterday, Jayasuriya said that there has been a lot of debate in the media over reports a decision had been taken to increase the salaries of Parliamentarians. President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will not approve an increase of the salary for Members of Parliament.The President made these comments while addressing a gathering at an event in Polonnaruwa today. He however said that while the proposal is being studied no final decision has been reached. (Colombo Gazette) read more

2 UVic students dead several seriously injured in Vancouver Island bus rollover

Two University of Victoria students died and more than a dozen other people were injured Friday after a bus on its way to a marine research centre rolled over on a narrow gravel road on Vancouver Island.The incident happened between the communities of Port Alberni and Bamfield, said the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, which received a call for assistance at around 10 p.m.“It’s pretty austere out there. Lots of trees, lots of hills, lots of rugged terrain, and the weather wasn’t really co-operating,” said navy Lt. Tony Wright, a public relations officer with JRCC.The pilots couldn’t land the helicopters at the scene so ambulances took the injured to an airport in Port Alberni, he said. From there, three people were airlifted to hospital.Two of them were in critical condition and one was in serious condition, said Andrea Visscher, a spokeswoman for British Columbia Emergency Health Services.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Fourteen others in stable condition were taken by ground transportation to local hospitals, she said. BC EHS couldn’t provide an update on any of the injured people’s conditions.“Once they’re admitted into hospital, we don’t get any further updates from them,” Visscher said.A school bus drove 29 others away from the scene, she said.The RCMP is investigating the cause of the crash.The Wilson’s Group, which owns Wilson’s Transportation Ltd., said in a statement that one of its buses was involved in the accident.“Our immediate concern is with the passengers, the driver and their families,” read the statement. “Management and ownership is working with authorities and the University of Victoria to address those immediate concerns.”Wilson’s Transportation is a charter bus company that serves Victoria and Vancouver Island, according to its website. It operates more than 140 vehicles.A statement from the university said the students on the bus were headed to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre.“Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the students’ families and loved ones, to whom we offer our sincerest condolences,” said Jamie Cassels, the university’s president.The research centre also acts as a shared campus of several post-secondary institutions, according to its website.An employee who answered the phone Saturday declined to comment on the centre’s programs or why the students were travelling there, but according to its website it offers summer field courses, as well as a five-course fall semester program in marine sciences.Robert Dennis, chief councillor for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, was driving home with his wife when they passed by the scene“There were some people laying on the ground, laying on what appeared to be blankets and were being looked after by the rest of the students,” he said.“They were definitely panicked.”The bus was overturned and about six to nine metres down an embankment, he said, adding that it rested against some trees, which seemed to have stopped it from rolling further down.People were helping remove others from the bus and getting them up to the roadway, Dennis said, adding that he and his wife provided them with water and a rain poncho for warmth. He said he and his wife stayed at the scene to help in any way they could.Dennis said the area has no cellphone reception and he estimates he was at the scene for about two hours until first responders showed up.He said the incident occurred on a “dangerous” narrow stretch of the road, noting that the First Nations community has been asking the provincial government for the road quality to be improved for years. They would like to see it chipsealed, which he says would be a better pavement surface.The road is more than 80 kilometres long and mostly gravel, said Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions. It was once mostly heavily used by logging companies, she said, but now it’s also frequented by tourists and people living in coastal communities.“It’s a challenging road at the best of times. It’s narrow and (winding),” she said, adding its condition is not up to standard. “It’s a concern for sure.”The city has supported the First Nations community’s call for improvements, she said, reaching out to the provincial government as well.She’d like to see it paved or chipsealed, receive regular maintenance and increased lighting, and offer cellphone service for at least emergency calls.But, she noted, the section of road was graded the day before the crash. She said Western Forest Products maintains that portion of roadway, and workers have agreed to continue to maintain it despite currently being in strike action. read more

With potential to boost profits by up to 20 per cent a

In a report covering 13,000 firms in 70 countries, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said that globally, around six in 10 agreed that gender diversity improved their business, with almost as many citing gains in creativity, innovation and reputation. In terms of profits, almost three-quarters of companies that tracked gender diversity in management positions reported increases of between five and 20 per cent, while the majority saw 10 to 15 per cent growth. Firms with more women in management:💵‍ are more profitable👩🏼‍🔬‍‍ have an easier time attracting talent🏆 have a better public imageCheck out our latest report: https://t.co/BQl2dUyEbk pic.twitter.com/ZOVdpedj5O— ILO (@ilo) May 22, 2019 In addition to higher profits, report author Jae-Hee Chang also underlined that having more women in the boardroom also led to more female managers at the entry, medium and senior level. Despite these positive findings, less than a third of company boards globally have at least 30 per cent female participation – the “critical mass” where the positive effects on the bottom line of more women in senior management begin to kick in, according to ILO. “What happens at the very top leadership does trickle down,” she said. “It does have an association and connection to business performance.” “It’s clear there are still fewer women in those type of (senior) roles than in the workforce as a whole, and the higher you go in the chain of command in a company… the less likely you are to find a woman”, said Deborah France-Massin, Director of the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities. At a national level, the UN report also found a correlation between more female employees and increased production, based on data from 186 countries from 1991-2017.  “We expected to see a positive correlation between gender diversity and business success, but these results are eye-opening”, Ms. France-Massin explained. “When you consider the efforts companies make in other areas to get just an extra two or three per cent in profits, the significance is clear: companies should look at gender balance as a bottom line issue, not just a human resource issue.”  Despite the “conscious and unconscious bias” today that prevents women from being exposed to the full range of tasks in businesses that help to ensure career progression, there is some evidence that this discrimination is being addressed, Ms. France-Massin insisted. This is in part owing to increased education levels that are gradually creating a larger number of talented girls everywhere, she said, before warning gender discrimination in the workplace was potentially a bigger problem than previously thought. It “goes above and beyond the workplace,” she said. “Workplaces are a microcosm of the societies we are operating in and the culture we are born into. Companies can do so much, but it’s also about societal change and the role of women in society and the acceptance that as the workplace progresses, companies need talent to move forward, and some of those barriers that used to be there need breaking down even further.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball trying to right the ship before postseason play

Senior forward Sam Thompson (right) keeps his eye on the ball during a game against Penn State on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWith just four regular season games remaining before tournament play takes over the college basketball landscape, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is limping back to Columbus.Having played eight of its last 12 games on the road, the Buckeyes have lost three of their last five games including back-to-back losses to Michigan and Michigan State. The good news for OSU is that three of its last four games are set to be played at the Schottenstein Center, with the last road game coming against Penn State next Wednesday.OSU coach Thad Matta said he knew months ago that the current stretch of road games could make or break the Buckeyes’ season.“I knew in July when the Big Ten schedule came out, I said, ‘My God, coming out of Ann Arbor if our heads are above water, and we’ve got a decent mojo about us, we’ve got a shot,’” Matta said Wednesday. “The biggest thing that I’m at right now is, ‘Hey guys, look, we’re OK. We know what we’ve gotta do, we know how we’ve gotta do it, now let’s walk out on the court and get the job done.’”Doing just that will be key if the Buckeyes want to make their seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.OSU, which has slipped to a No. 8 seed in ESPN’s most recent bracket projections, has not been seeded that low since the 2009 tournament when the Buckeyes fell to No. 9 seed Siena in double overtime.That team, which lost in Dayton, boasted just one senior (a walk-on) and had little NCAA Tournament experience.Despite that, Matta said he doesn’t believe he has to do anything extra to motivate or educate his current freshman-laden roster about the big dance.“Times have changed. I remember, I don’t know if it was ‘08, I had a team meeting one time and said, ‘How many of you freshmen know how to get in the NCAA tournament?’ They didn’t know,” Matta said. “Now, that’s been seven years ago and everybody knows. I like where they (the current freshmen) are in terms of how they’re playing and how they are getting better. I would hope the four seniors that have been here would be telling them those things. I am sure they know that, I don’t like to bring it up.”One of those seniors, forward Sam Thompson, has been as far as the Final Four in the tournament.Thompson, who played 12 minutes in a 64-62 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2012 semifinal as a freshman, said getting back to the NCAA Tournament remains in OSU’s sights.“Obviously the end goal is to make the NCAA Tournament. For the seniors that have been deep in the tournament, we know that there is no better feeling,” Thompson said. “For the young guys, they all came here for an opportunity to play in the tournament. We know that we have some work to do, as far as our résumé, but our goal is to get better, our goal is to play our best basketball. We know if we do that, everything else will work itself out.”The Buckeyes are getting set to try and right the ship Thursday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who have dropped their last five games.Despite the Cornhuskers’ poor form, Thompson said he expects a motivated and fired-up squad coming in from Lincoln, Neb.The Cornhuskers might have extra motivation coming from the fact that coach Tim Miles revoked the team’s access to their locker room after a 74-46 loss at home to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday.“I didn’t hear anything about it until coach Matta told us when he was sort of setting the stage,” Thompson said of Nebraska’s lockout. “We know they are going to come in and play hard. I guess their locker room is on the line now. We know they are going to come in and give us their best shot. We know that we have to be ready to play. Our mindset doesn’t really change.”The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers are set to tip off at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. read more

Hillsborough families say fine for club official values lives of the 96

Jason Beer QC, defending, said: “Thirty years has elapsed since this offence was committed, but Mr Mackrell was told in August 1990 that he wasn’t going to be prosecuted and lived his life accordingly.”He has spent two years with this hanging over his head.” He said senior police officers had also been aware of the arrangement for turnstiles on the day.He added: “He wasn’t part of any cover up, he wasn’t part of any concealment of facts. He was blameless for the delay of 30 years.”He said at the time, Hillsborough had been regarded as one of the safest stadiums in the country.Judge Openshaw said if Mackrell had been sentenced under the guidelines of today he could have faced a maximum of two years in prison.He said Mackrell had been exposed to public “vilification” since the disaster.He said: “The disaster and its aftermath has had a serious and lasting effect on him and his family.” Mackrell, of Stocking Peltham in Hertfordshire, had originally faced three charges relating to the disaster, but two counts of contravening terms or conditions of the ground’s safety certificate were dropped during proceedings.He stood trial alongside match commander David Duckenfield but, after deliberating for 29 hours and six minutes, the jury failed to reach a verdict on whether the former chief superintendent was guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 of the victims.A hearing to decide whether Duckenfield will face a retrial is expected to be held next month.Judge Openshaw said Mackrell would be given a fine which was 600% of his weekly income.The court heard he made £700-a-week in his job as administrator for the Football League Managers’ Association and earned an additional £670-a-week from pensions.There was laughter from the public gallery as Mr Beer said Mackrell had “modest” savings of £5,000.Mr Beer told the court: “Mr Mackrell made a mistake and he made the same mistake that others may have made.” “He went on to bigger and better things, he was promoted. This is a man who has been paid very well and gone on to do other things. That should not have happened.”She said she was “absolutely livid” when reference was made in court to Mackrell’s good character and said if he was “any kind of professional person and decent man” then he would have answered the 22 questions put to him by officers from Operation Resolve – the criminal inquiry into Hillsborough – rather than give no comment.The court heard there were seven turnstiles available for the 10,100 Liverpool fans with standing tickets.Judge Sir Peter Openshaw said: “He should have realised there was an obvious risk that so many spectators could not pass through seven turnstiles in time for kick-off.” Families of the Hillsborough disaster victims have reacted angrily to the £6,500 fine handed out to a former secretary of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, saying it values each of the 96 at just £67.70. Graham Mackrell, 69, who was safety officer for the club at the time of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, was sentenced on Monday after he was found guilty of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act in respect of ensuring there were enough turnstiles to prevent unduly large crowds building up outside the ground.But outside Preston Crown Court, an enraged Louise Brookes, whose brother Andrew died at Hillsborough, said: “Our 96 are dead and all its worth is £67.70 each. Shameful. Thirty years to get to this.”Our 96 deserve better than this and us families deserve better than this. We are all getting on in age and enough is enough.”My weekly shopping costs more than £67.70.”Speaking of Mackrell, Christine Burke, whose father Henry died in the disaster, said: “When Hillsborough happened he was in charge of the safety certificate at the time and he should have been sacked straightaway. There should have been no way that he could have pursued his career as he did do after Hillsborough. Mackrell, wearing a suit with blue shirt and purple tie, sat in the well of the court rather than the dock for the sentencing.In a statement, Mackrell said: “I am grateful that today the judge recognised my conduct did not cause or contribute to the death of any person or cause any person to be injured on that tragic day.”Despite that, I do wish to take this opportunity to make clear my sympathy to all those impacted by this appalling tragedy. No-one should have to go through what the families have experienced. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Due to the ongoing legal processes involving other defendants, I will not be making any further comment.”About half a dozen family members sat in the public gallery and nine members of the press were also in court, with others watching from an annexe.Three members of the jury returned to hear the sentencing.The former club secretary, the first person to be convicted for an offence relating to the disaster, was found guilty of by a majority of 10 to two on April 3 following an 10-week trial.Ninety-six Liverpool fans died following the crush in the central pens of the Leppings Lane terrace at the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989, after exit gates to the ground were opened to relieve a build-up of crowds outside.But, Judge Openshaw said Mackrell’s offence did not directly cause the disaster inside the ground.He said: “The defendant’s offence was at least one of the direct causes of the crush at the turnstiles outside the ground but it was not a direct cause of the crush on the terraces inside the ground that resulted in the deaths of 96 spectators and injury to many more, to which the crush outside the ground did no more than set the scene.” read more

EHF EURO 2010 For the fifth place Montenegro vs France

← Previous Story Torsten Laen until 2013 in Fuchse Berlin Next Story → Younger Lijewski won’t be ready for the WC 2011? Montenegrin girls didn’t achieve semifinal matches and battles for the medals, but their handball fans can be proud. Montenegro beats Denmark 30:29 and won third place in really tough Main Group I in front of Russia, Croatia and Spain. That means that players of coach Dragan Adžić will play against France for the fifth place, what is a great result for a debutant in big international handball competition.Results of the Round 3 – Main Group 1Montenegro – Denmark 30:29Croatia – Spain 23:22Russia – Romania 35:20Standings:Denmark 8Romania 6Montenegro 6Russia 4Croatia 4Spain 2Semifinals (Saturday – 18.12.):Denmark – NorwayRomania – Sweden