Study of massive preprint archive hints at the geography of plagiarism

first_imgNew analyses of the hundreds of thousands of technical manuscripts submitted to arXiv, the repository of digital preprint articles, are offering some intriguing insights into the consequences—and geography—of scientific plagiarism. It appears that copying text from other papers is more common in some nations than others, but the outcome is generally the same for authors who copy extensively: Their papers don’t get cited much.Since its founding in 1991, arXiv has become the world’s largest venue for sharing findings in physics, math, and other mathematical fields. It publishes hundreds of papers daily and is fast approaching its millionth submission. Anyone can send in a paper, and submissions don’t get full peer review. However, the papers do go through a quality-control process. The final check is a computer program that compares the paper’s text with the text of every other paper already published on arXiv. The goal is to flag papers that have a high likelihood of having plagiarized published work.”Text overlap” is the technical term, and sometimes it turns out to be innocent. For example, a review article might quote generously from a paper the author cites, or the author might recycle and slightly update sentences from their own previous work. The arXiv plagiarism detector gives such papers a pass. “It’s a fairly sophisticated machine learning logistic classifier,” says arXiv founder Paul Ginsparg, a physicist at Cornell University. “It has special ways of detecting block quotes, italicized text, text in quotation marks, as well statements of mathematical theorems, to avoid false positives.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Only when there is no obvious reason for an author to have copied significant chunks of text from already published work—particularly if that previous work is not cited and has no overlap in authorship—does the software affix a “flag” to the article, including links to the papers from which it has text overlap. That standard “is much more lenient” than those used by most scientific journals, Ginsparg says.To explore some of the consequences of “text reuse,” Ginsparg and Cornell physics Ph.D. student Daniel Citron compared the text from each of the 757,000 articles submitted to arXiv between 1991 and 2012. The headline from that study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is that the more text a paper poaches from already published work, the less frequently that paper tends to be cited. (The full paper is also available for free on arXiv.) It also found that text reuse is surprisingly common. After filtering out review articles and legitimate quoting, about one in 16 arXiv authors were found to have copied long phrases and sentences from their own previously published work that add up to about the same amount of text as this entire article. More worryingly, about one out of every 1000 of the submitting authors copied the equivalent of a paragraph’s worth of text from other people’s papers without citing them.So where in the world is all this text reuse happening? Conspicuously missing from the PNAS paper is a global map of potential plagiarism. Whenever an author submits a paper to arXiv, the author declares his or her country of residence. So it should be possible to reveal which countries have the highest proportion of plagiarists. The reason no map was included, Ginsparg told ScienceInsider, is that all the text overlap detected in their study is not necessarily plagiarism.Ginsparg did agree, however, to share arXiv’s flagging data with ScienceInsider. Since 1 August 2011, when arXiv began systematically flagging for text overlap, 106,262 authors from 151 nations have submitted a total of 301,759 articles. (Each paper can have many more co-authors.) Overall, 3.2% (9591) of the papers were flagged. It’s not just papers submitted en masse by a few bad apples, either. Those flagged papers came from 6% (6737) of the submitting authors. Put another way, one out of every 16 researchers who have submitted a paper to arXiv since August 2011 has been flagged by the plagiarism detector at least once.The map above, prepared by ScienceInsider, takes a conservative approach. It shows only the incidence of flagged authors for the 57 nations with at least 100 submitted papers, to minimize distortion from small sample sizes. (In Ethiopia, for example, there are only three submitting authors and two of them have been flagged.)Researchers from countries that submit the lion’s share of arXiv papers—the United States, Canada, and a small number of industrialized countries in Europe and Asia—tend to plagiarize less often than researchers elsewhere. For example, more than 20% (38 of 186) of authors who submitted papers from Bulgaria were flagged, more than eight times the proportion from New Zealand (five of 207). In Japan, about 6% (269 of 4759) of submitting authors were flagged, compared with over 15% (164 out of 1054) from Iran.Such disparities may be due in part to different academic cultures, Ginsparg and Citron say in their PNAS study. They chalk up scientific plagiarism to “differences in academic infrastructure and mentoring, or incentives that emphasize quantity of publication over quality.”*Correction, 11 December, 4:57 p.m.:  The map has been corrected to reflect current national boundaries.last_img read more

UFC scouring for Asian fighters

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “Our challenge is more in Southeast Asia in finding talent from this market.”Li Jingliang is the sole Chinese fighter on Saturday’s card — compatriot Wang Guan pulled out due to an injury — which is topped by Holly Holm’s fight against Bethe Correia of Brazil.Carr said it was harder to find top-quality fighters in Southeast Asia, although the Philippines’ Rolando Dy is also on the Singapore card.“The challenge in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore is that there’s not any fighters that can compete at the highest levels of the UFC,” he said.“But we’re actively searching for those guys and when we find promising young prospects, we focus on bringing them to the US and fighter development program and have them train at the best gyms have them hone their skills.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UFC will also hold an event in Tokyo in September and is planning a third Asian fight night in November, said Joe Carr, head of international and content.But he said unearthing home-grown fighters was “the most important piece of our business”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You look around the world, any market we’ve had tremendous amounts of success is because we’ve had local talent emerge,” Carr said.“We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been successful in Korea, Japan and some of the North Asian countries, we’ve been successful there. McGregor backers: Mayweather fight is no sideshow View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Particularly if we feel we’re going to make (Singapore) an annual event, we’re gonna be very focused on finding more talent in this region.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – UFC president Dana White speaks with the media during a media day for UFC 207, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Leading mixed martial arts promoter UFC is planning to hold three-four events a year in Asia and is scouring the region for fighters, a senior executive told AFP.Las Vegas-based UFC, which made stars of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, is making a concerted bid to establish a presence in the region, starting with an event in Singapore on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: This is the best I have seen Bangladesh play, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgBatting great Sachin Tendulkar heaped rich praise on Bangladesh cricket team for their consistent performances at World Cup 2019.Bangladesh were in the semi-final race until Tuesday as they headed into the match with 7 points from as many matches. However, Mashrafe Mortaza’s men lost to India by 28 runs in their 8th match of World Cup 2019 in Birmingham to crash out of the semi-final race.However, Bangladesh’s brand of cricket in England over the last month has impressed Sachin Tendulkar.The former India captain, speaking to India Today, stressed that Bangladesh had run India close in their chase of 315 against India and that they could have gotten closer to the total had they strung a few more partnerships in the middle over.Shakib Al Hasan, who has become the first player to hit over 500 runs and pick up more than 10 wickets in a World Cup, led the chase but he fell for 66. Mohammad Saifuddin, who walked out at No. 8, came up with a valiant half-century and gave India a bit of a scare, before Jasprit Bumrah came back to clean up the tail at the death.”They [Bangladesh] have played well in this tournament. It’s not just one-off good performance. They have consistently played well. Credit to them. Even today, if those partnerships had flourished… then the game would have gotten even closer,” Sachin Tendulkar said.”We talk about Bangladesh brand of cricket… this is the best I have seen of Bangladesh,” Tendulkar added.Bangladesh opened their campaign by stunning South Africa but defeats to England and New Zealand derailed their campaign. The Asian side though stormed back into the campaign, chasing a 322-run target in just 41.3 overs.advertisementBangladesh will now play for pride when they take on Pakistan at Lord’s in London on Friday, July 5.Also Read | Rohit Sharma played chess with Bangladesh bowling attack, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh: Virat Kohli in furious argument with umpires after losing reviewAlso Read | Fortune favours the brave, says Rohit Sharma after match-winning 104 vs BangladeshAlso Read | World Cup 2019: What happens to Pakistan if England beat New Zealand?last_img read more

Move over Ozil – Kane names Sane best German in EPL

first_imgPremier League Move over Ozil – Kane names Sane best German in Premier League Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:38 11/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Leroy Sane Manchester City 2017 Getty Images Premier League Manchester City Leroy Sané Harry Kane Leicester City v Manchester City Leicester City The Spurs striker has been impressed by the Germany international so far this season and says it’s nice to have him playing in the English top flight Tottenham forward Harry Kane has marked Leroy Sane as the German opponent who has impressed him most this Premier League season, claiming the Manchester City winger’s speed makes him near impossible to stop.While Mesut Ozil has long held a claim to being the best Germany international in England’s top flight, Sane has broken out this season, having scored six goals and registered six assists in just 12 appearances under Pep Guardiola so far, with City sitting eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table after 12 games.Sane 9/2 first scorer v Feyenoord Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sane has also created two goals in the Champions League this season and scored twice in his single Carabao Cup appearance against West Brom in September.The 21-year-old’s form has caught the eye of Spurs striker Kane, too, who named Sane as the most impressive German player in the English top flight.”Leroy Sane of Manchester City,” he told Bild. “He just impresses me. He is so fast, aggressive, difficult to stop in one against one and he’s scored often this season.”It’s nice to have him in the Premier League.”Leroy Sane Raheem Sterling Manchester CityKane was unavailable for both of England’s friendly fixtures during the recent international break, with the Three Lions drawing 0-0 both with Germany and Brazil.Gareth Southgate fielded relatively youthful squads in both games, and Kane believes that the England boss has the personnel to make a mark on Russia next year during the World Cup finals.”We have recently achieved great results in friendlies against great teams like Germany and Brazil,” he added. “Even without me, because I was injured.”We have improved enormously. But a World Cup is about more than just quality. You have to be a team and stick together. Even if you lose. We have nothing to lose in Russia at all.”You know, sometimes people forget what a great nation we are. We have players in our squad who are among the best in Europe.”We have pressure, but we have to hide it. We just have to go on the pitch with confidence, defend well in the back, score and enjoy the game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

New Scandal FIFA Admits Receiving Luxury Watch Gifts From Brazilian Federation

Rabat – FIFA is amid a new crisis dubbed by the media as one of the biggest crises in the organization’s history.After the Qatar 2022 World Cup bribery scandal, FIFA president and 26 top executives at the world football governing body are accused of receiving watches worth around €20,000 each as commemorative gifts from the Brazil FA (CBF) upon their arrival to attend the World Cup during the summer.According to the British newspaper The Sunday Times which has history in revealing the dirty secrets of FIFA, President Sep Blatter and his elite executives who make the FIFA’s ruling executive committee were handed luxurious watches manufactured by leading Swiss brand Parmigiani as part of a welcome bag distributed by the Brazilian football association on the occasion of its centennial celebrations. FIFA confirmed in a statement the receiving of the expensive watches and said that its ethics committee is looking into the matter.“The CBF distributed commemorative watches at the World Cup in Brazil from their own sponsor to various people, including the members of the FIFA Executive Committee,” the statement explained.“The Ethics Committee was informed about this accordingly and is dealing with the matter.”Three FIFA executives, Sunil Gulati, Moya Dodd and Prince Ali bin-Al Hussein admitted receiving the watches in the belief that they breaches FIFA’s ethics code which bans members from receiving anything of more than trivial value, according to media reports.The Football governing body also confirmed that attempts by Hublot, FIFA’s official watch sponsor, to present similar items to committee members were passed by Michael Garcia’s ethics committee and deemed to be inappropriate. read more

Rare sabretoothed whale found dead on California beach

first_imgA RARE WHALE that has a dolphin-shaped head and sabre-like teeth has been found dead on a beach in Los Angeles.The roughly 15-foot-long female Stejneger’s beaked whale washed ashore at Venice Beach earlier this week.A truck hauled away the mammal, which was being examined at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum to determine how it died.The Stejneger’s beaked whale is rarely seen in the wild.The species typically dives deep in subarctic waters to feed on squid and small fish. It is believed to migrate as far south as Northern California, and how the whale ended up so far south will probably remain a mystery.“This is the best,” said Nick Fash, an education specialist for the Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal the Bay:(Previous finds) aren’t anything like this. This is a treat.Males are known for their sabre teeth that stick up midway from each side of the lower jaw. However, the teeth of females and their offspring remain hidden beneath the gum tissue.The whale was alive when it washed ashore, said Peter Wallerstein of Marine Animal Rescue.Its body was covered in bites from so-called cookie-cutter sharks that feed by gouging round pieces of flesh from larger animals.Because the species isn’t seen much anywhere, the autopsies of washed-up carcasses are the best source for scientists to gather information.WATCH: Diver has luckiest escape after whale almost eats him>Read: South Park misses deadline for the first time ever because of a power cut>Watch an entire relationship… in five minutes>last_img read more

Dublin is facing a significant housing shortage ESRI

first_imgOf the 90,000 additional housing units required between 2011 and 2021, over 60% (54,000 units) are needed in Dublin and a further 26% are needed in counties Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow. Thus the requirement for additional housing units is projected to be highly concentrated in the Greater Dublin areaLast month in the Dáil, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said that he felt that the capacity of land zoned for housing in the country is more than enough to meet the expected demand for new housing.He did not provide a geographical breakdown of these areas however.Morgenroth states that the current level of housing completions “will result in significant housing shortages in the Greater Dublin Area if the rate of housing completions does not increase rapidly”.Originally published 6:30am. Read: Nama has over 5,000 units suitable for social housing, but they’ve only handed over 13% >Read: Spain has ghost estates too and jobless families are starting to squat in them > THE STARK COMPARISON between future housing needs in the Greater Dublin Area and elsewhere has been brought into focus by the ESRI.Research from the think-tank shows that 86% of the additional housing needed over the next ten years will be in Dublin, Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.The institutes points out the projected lack of housing in the Dublin commuter belt is very different to the oversupply that exists elsewhere.Analysis of population trends shows that 180,000 additional housing units will be required between 2011 and 2021. The ESRI points out that the large number of existing vacant dwellings will reduce this requirement, by half, to 90,000 units.The shortfall is not evenly distributed though according to research author Dr Edgar Morgenroth:last_img read more

Zone of the Enders HD Collection does not run at 60fps runs

first_imgThere’s some bad news for anyone who’s planning to pick up the new Zone of the Enders HD collection: the new release runs noticeably slower than the original games on the PS2.A collection of gameplay and cutscene comparison videos show that as well as the HD version being slower than the original, the HD collection also plays slightly better on the Xbox 360. Fans have already commented that the mech action and general combat comes across as slightly slow motion and a video showing the difference between the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions shows neither game runs at 60fps. In fact, during one selection of gameplay the Xbox averaged 39fps while the PS3 lagged behind at an average of 32fps.This is bad not only for PS3 owners but for Konami as their official website states that Zone of the Enders HD Collection has been upped to 60fps from its original 30 fps when the reality is quite different.This isn’t the first time a HD Collection from Konami has failed to deliver. In particular, the Silent Hill HD Collection suffered from serious frame rate issues. Eventually the PS3 version was patched but Konami suffered technical difficulties when trying to create a patch for the Xbox 360 version. Customers of the Xbox version were offered an exchange for a different game from Konami.Perhaps this slowdown can be fixed by a patch, it might have to be if lots of customers suddenly start complaining about false advertising. Let us know if you’ve picked up a copy of ZoEHDC and if you’ve noticed any slowdown.More at Esuteru via Joystiqlast_img read more

BlackBerry 10 wins security clearance in US

first_imgRIM’s first BlackBerry 10 devices aren’t due on the market for a few months, but the Canadian company has already scored a modest victory for its upcoming OS. The U.S. government has already bestowed a vital security clearance upon BlackBerry 10, which clears the way for federal agencies and contractors to upgrade to the L and N Series phones when they arrive early in 2013.The thumbs-up is important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it shows that RIM retains its laser-like focus on security, which is something that has helped it stay afloat against the rising tide of iPhone and Android. That’s always been a major selling point for BlackBerry, and it could work in RIM’s favor as the NFC payment revolution picks up speed. Second, it means that RIM can start talking to decision-makers in the government agencies where its phones are still deployed about giving the next-gen BlackBerry a close look. Despite some very public losses last year, RIM says that there are still more than one million of its handsets in use by government employees in the States.A little good government-related news will no doubt be welcomed by RIM. Just over a week ago, the company learned that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was going to end its BlackBerry-only policy and allow other devices — as long as they were secured by Good Software’s mobile device management suite. Contracting giant Halliburton also dumped RIM last year, opting to move its users to the iPhone.RIM has already started to get carriers involved with BlackBerry 10, and with this security clearance out of the way you can bet that the company will start chatting with CTO Todd Park about what it can do to address the fed’s unique smartphone needs. As much as RIM needs to win over consumers with the launch of BlackBerry 10, the government and corporate America need plenty of convincing, too.More at The Globe and Maillast_img read more

Report Man United in talks with Chinese club over Fellaini

first_imgAn unnamed Chinese club have been reportedly in negotiations with Manchester United over signing Marouane Fellaini.The 31-year-old midfielder has been at Old Trafford since the summer of 2013 after his former Everton boss David Moyes signed him for £27.5m on deadline day.Fellaini has been an ever-present figure in the United squad under Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.The Belgium international has only managed 31 minutes of action under interim coach Ole Gunner Solskjaer since replaced Mourinho on December 18.This is due to a calf injury Fellaini sustained in training with Solskjaer revealing on January 18 that the midfielder will likely be out for a “few weeks”.But Sky Sports reports that Fellaini’s time at United may be coming to a quicker an anticipated end after an approach from an unnamed Chinese club.Apparently, United and this club are locked in negotiations right now over Fellaini’s transfer to the Far East.This comes as a big surprise given that he only signed a new two-year deal last summer after allowing his original contract to run out at the end of last season.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Despite the English transfer window closing on Thursday, neither United or this unnamed club will be in a hurry to conclude a deal with the Chinese Super League deadline set until February 28.Speaking in a press conference on Monday, Solskjaer had suggested that there would be no departures from Old Trafford come Thursday.“At the moment, I can see everyone staying at the club because no deal has been done with anyone I think, but then again there is still a few more days,” said Solskjaer.“But I am not too involved in the negotiations so whatever happens, happens. It will be good to get the window closed so we can just focus on the squad and just improving the ones that stay here.”Fellaini has managed 22 goals and 12 assists in 177 appearances for United across all competitions.The Belgian has won the FA Cup, EFL Cup, Europa League and Community Shield in his five and a half years at the Red Devils.Should a move to China go ahead, Fellaini will join his Belgium team-mate Mousa Dembele after he left Tottenham for Guangzhou R&F earlier this month.last_img read more

UP youths force Muslim cleric to chant Jai Shree Ram 12 booked

first_imgBaghpat: Police have booked nearly 12 youths for allegedly pulling the beard of a Muslim cleric and forcing him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Superintendent of Police Shailesh Kumar Pandey Sunday said, “Prime facie it seems to be a matter of physical assault. Even then, the police have registered a case against 12 youngsters on the basis of the cleric’s complaint. Action will be taken against them on the basis of probe.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Citing the cleric’s complaint, the SP said Imam Imlaq-ur-Rehman, a Muzaffarnagar resident, was going to his village on his motorcycle yesterday, when nearly 12 youngsters accosted him, beat him up and also pulled his beard. The Imam claimed he was also forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, the SP said. The cleric said he was rescued by two people of his village when he raised an alarm, added SP Pandey. The complainant also said the youths told him to come to the village, only after shaving off his beard. The SP said the cause of beating up is yet to be known. SP Pandey said the Imam had registered a similar case in Muzaffarnagar district, which was later found to be true.last_img read more

Nike unveils HyperAdapt 10 selflacing shoe

first_imgFor those who hate to get tied in knots Nike has just unveiled self-lacing trainers for the consumer market, making another product featured in the Back to the Future films a reality.The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 features a sensor inside the heel of the shoe and two buttons on the side to adjust the fit tighter or looser. After a couple of of wears, the shoe will automatically adjust to the users preferred setting, reports Wired.The shoes were presented by CEO Mark Parker at a New York media event along with the companys other innovations, part of Nikes drive to reap $50bn (£35bn) in revenue by 2020.Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. Its about accelerating toward it, says designer Tinker Hatfield on the shoes webpage.The shoe is powered by an underfoot-lacing mechanism — think tiny motor — and it proposes a groundbreaking solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing, says Nike. The trainers are battery operated and will need a full three-hour recharge every two weeks or so.The sneakers are scheduled to hit the market before the holiday season. But theyll only be available to members of its loyalty Nike+ app. No word yet on pricing.The Oregon-based Nike company has been talking about releasing the trainers inspired by Back to The Future II for years.The company presented an early prototype of the shoe — a near-perfect replica of the high-top self-lacing Nike Air Mags from Back to the Future II — to the movies star Michael J Fox on Back to the Future Day — 21 October 2015. Thats date his character, Marty McFly, travelled to when he zoomed out of the present in the 1989 instalment of the three-movie series.Thats cool, Fox said in a video as he tries on the whirring trainers. Thats insane. Thats really great.last_img read more

Families receive bodies of 23 USBangla crash victims

first_img.The bodies of 23 US-Bangla plane crash victims were handed over to their respective families after the 2nd namaz-e-janaza at the Army Stadium in the capital on Monday, reports UNB.US Bangla Airlines will provide the transport facilities to carry the victims, who were killed in US-Bangla plane crash in Kathmandu, said Kamrul Islam, general manager, marketing support and PR department of US Bangla Airlines.The namaz-e-janaza was held around 5:25pm.Earlier, a cargo plane of Bangladesh Air Force, carrying the bodies, reached the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city at 4:00pm.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader and civil aviation and tourism minister Shajahan Kamal received the bodies at the airport.The bodies then were taken to the Army Stadium for the second namaz-e-janaza.President’s military secretary Maj Gen Md Sarwar Hossain first placed a wreath on the coffins on behalf of president Abdul Hamid.Also, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader placed wreaths on the coffin on behalf of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and the party while speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury placed a wreath on behalf of the parliament members.The first namaz-e-janaza was held at Bangladesh Mission in Kathmandu at 9:00am on Monday.A total of 23 bodies were identified till Sunday. Their respective passport numbers are provided in parentheses.The names of the victims along with their passport numbers are Foysal Ahmed (AG7611296), Bilkis Ara (BC0049030), Akhtara Begum (BQ0966082), Begum Hurun Nahar Bilquis Banu (BL0077261), Nazia Afrin Chowdhury ( 0C0196215), Md Rokibul Hasan (BF0245028), Sanzida Huque (BL0129840), Md Hasan Imam (BL0077270), Meenhaz Bin Nasir (BL0948957), Akhi Moni ( BA0546584), F H Priok (BE0269054),Tamarra Prionmoyee (BR0896359), Md Motiur Rahman (BA0594388), S M Mahmudur Rahman (BA0594388), Tahira Tanvin Shashi Reza (BB0778372), Umme Salma (0C5084403),Aniruddha Zaman (BP0122973), Md Nuruz Zaman (BF0621111), Md Rafiquz Zaman (BL0601965), pilot Abid Sultan (BE0760912), co-pilot Prithula Rashid (BF0430528), crew Khwaja Hossain Mohammad Shafey (AF3028136), crew Sharmin Akhter Nabila (BE0925527).The three bodies are yet to be identified. They are Alifuzzaman (BQ0626689), Pias Roy (BC0759899) and Mohammad Nazrul Islam (BH0461552).At least 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshi nationals, were killed as the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed and burst into flames at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan county Nepal on Monday last.last_img read more

Selling Computers and Accessories on eBay

first_img Note: This article was excerpted from How to Sell Computers and Accessories on eBay, which is available from EntrepreneurPress.com.Computers and computer accessories are some of the best-selling and most reliably profitable items on eBay. Thousands of people visit eBay every day to browse and shop for new PCs, printers, networking components, cables, monitors and many other computer-related items. Many savvy eBay sellers have already recognized and capitalized on eBay’s large and hungry market for everything computer related. With some research, foresight and careful planning, you can join their ranks.Though selling on eBay is a great way to earn money, it is not a get-rich-quick miracle. Care must be taken when conducting all your transactions and dealing with bidders. eBay’s feedback system is a double-edged sword. It will, at once, boast to the world how great a seller you are, while revealing to the world exactly where you are lagging behind. It takes a lot of work to make and keep buyers happy. If you’ve ever had a job that deals directly with the public, then you know this already. If you do not have the time or interest to devote to taking care of the details of doing business, such as getting packages to the shipping store on time in the middle of a snowstorm, or answering buyer e-mails after a long day of crunching numbers in your cubicle, then selling on eBay is not for you. Your feedback score will suffer, and soon buyers will shy away from your listings. However, if you’re ready and excited for the possibilities eBay presents, then you will have a rewarding and profitable experience.PowerSelling vs. Selling as a HobbyThe first step in selling on eBay is to decide your commitment level to this endeavor. There are two levels of commitment when discussing selling on eBay: hobby seller and PowerSeller. The hobby seller sells casually for extra cash when she finds time in her schedule. The PowerSeller has made selling online her career. The tips found in How to Sell Computers and Accessories on eBay will help both the hobby seller and PowerSeller become more successful, but the initial planning for these two commitment levels is decidedly different. The differences are discussed throughout the book, but for now just think carefully about whether you want to depend on selling computers on eBay as your only income, or if you’d like for it to supplement what you’re already earning elsewhere.Both hobby selling and PowerSelling can be fun, exciting and lucrative. If you’re not sure where to begin, plan to start small and grow over time. It’s much easier to start selling as a hobby to supplement your job than it is to start selling full time and then grovel for your job back if you decide this career isn’t for you.Assessing the CompetitionOf all the possible items to sell, selling computers is a smart choice. Technology is growing and evolving at such a rapid rate that there is near constant demand for more products. However, because these items are immensely popular with bidders, they are also immensely popular with eBay sellers, which means you’ll find plenty of competition in this category. Be aware that if you plan to reach the coveted PowerSeller status, you have your work cut out for you. Many PowerSellers are busy not only keeping a careful eye on their own businesses, but they also have learned to keep a strict eye on their competition-you.The bright side of having a lot of competition is that it provides a lot of opportunities for market research. This is where you begin your journey to becoming a successful eBay computer seller. Know your competition, both on eBay and off, including brick-and-mortar retailers like Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Apple, online stores and local computer shops. What are their strengths? More importantly, what are their weaknesses? If your competition sells on eBay, find and study their product listings. Are they attractive, complete, and clear? Read their customer feedback comments. Are buyers complaining about slow shipping, inaccurate descriptions, or poor customer service? Find these faults, and make it your goal to provide better service in these areas.You’ll find when researching your competition that buyers have countless options for where to buy their computers and computer accessories. It is often impossible to compete with all these sellers on price alone. There are sure to be larger sellers out there who can buy in such large bulk quantities that their per-item price drops significantly. One day, you will be able to do the same, but when you’re starting out, you should focus on competing on customer service, attractive and com¬plete eBay listings, and reliable shipping. You will soon build a feedback score that will attract the buyers you need to begin buying and selling items on par with the PowerSellers. Before you know it, you’ll be a PowerSeller yourself.The Tech-Trickle-DownThe computer market is still in its infancy. New, or first-generation, technology is being introduced nearly every day. Companies like Apple, Intel, and Sony are redefining the “cutting-edge” with seemingly every press conference they hold. This rapid development rate of new technologies and the premium price on those new technologies create a trickle-down effect. Large companies and power users buy the first-generation technology as soon as it becomes available to the public. This technology could be anything from new CPUs to faster hard drives to biometric scanners. Upon introduction, these new items fetch too high a price for the average user to buy and therefore comprise a limited segment of the market. But, inevitably, new technology is introduced that improves upon, and replaces, the previously latest and greatest technology, making it the new second generation. This second-generation equipment is now cheaper and more accessible to the average user. So the number of units sold actually increases to fill the large demand created by buyers who waited for the price to come down. Then, when new technologies are again introduced, this now third generation equipment is moved down the chain to users who don’t mind, or are oblivious to, old hardware. Think of third-generation hardware as the old ThinkPad sitting on your mother’s desk, or grandpop’s Apple IIe.You have an opportunity to sell at every step in the tech¬nology trickle-down process. Pre-order new technology before launch to capitalize on the high, post-launch demand. Watch the hot technology companies to find out when they are set to launch a new product and buy up the inventories of retailers selling off soon-to-be second-generation equipment to make room for the new first generation. Finally, sell off third-generation items at high-volume and rock-bottom prices to turn a profit. Seek new markets for old hardware, such as collectors, hobbyists, and young businesses.Meet a PowerSellerJohn Kreutzer is a Mac-fanatic. His history of using, fixing and teaching Apple computers dates back to their very first models in the late 1970s. In 2001, John decided to capitalize on his expertise by starting a business buying and selling his favorite computers. But you won’t find only computers in his eBay store, Jack’s Mack Shop. You’ll also find the Macintosh operating system, Apple’s various applications, and all sorts of Apple computer peripherals.The items he sells range from brand new to over 25 years old. John enjoys finding his Macs new homes with collectors, bargain hunters and other Mac-fanatics. One of the parts of the business that he enjoys most, John says, is working with his customers to help them find the right products and solve any problems that emerge. Owning the business allows John to work with the products and systems that he finds exciting.John’s customers respond well to his enthusiasm for his products. They have awarded him a 99.6 percent positive feedback rating on more than 3,800 transactions. He is credited with being a fast shipper, very helpful during transactions, and having a profound grasp of all Apple and Apple-related products. John is a good example of creating a successful business out of doing what you love.Learn more about selling computers on eBay from the book How to Sell Computers and Accessories on eBay from EntrepreneurPress.com. 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The Man Who Lost His Language Overnight

first_imgPaul arrives at the emergency department by ambulance. Paramedics wheel in the 70-year-old on a stretcher and help him sit on the edge of a bed. He’s wearing an oversized T-shirt and paint-splotched pants. His arms are crossed, and he’s staring at his shoes, as if giving the room the silent treatment.Paul speaks no English, only Portuguese. Through a translator, he says with a sneer that his wife, Janet, called the ambulance. “I am fine,” he says. “You need to let me go home.” He curses in Portuguese.Since yesterday, Paul has been acting strangely and has seemed confused, alarming Janet. This morning, she called from work to check on him and couldn’t understand a word he was saying. “He was talking funny,” she says in English. She called 911.last_img

Best cities to spend a weekend named

first_imgTo determine the categories for the study, weekenGO first considered what factors affect a weekend trip. Several criteria are important to travellers no matter their age or affluence, for example how easy a city is to navigate, the ease of finding accommodation and the number of green spaces. To highlight which cities are best for millennials, families and baby boomers, the number of social locations such as restaurants, bars and clubs were included, as well as cultural activities such as museums, art galleries and theatres. In addition, safety and tolerance were factored into the research, looking specifically at data on women’s rights and safety, LGBT friendliness and the perception of security. The study began with the top 1,000 cities determined by the number of visitors based on the UN-WTO. The researchers then analysed all of these factors to create a ranking of the top 100 best cities to visit for the weekend.To create the individual scores for millennials, families and baby boomers, weekenGO looked at traveller’s interests on a macro level to determine the best overall representative score. Each category is scored, with a high score indicating high desirability for this factor and a low score indicating a low level of attractiveness for tourists.“Given the fact that we looked at over 1,000 cities worldwide, every destination that made it to this top 100 ranking ought to be on your weekend getaway bucket list.” commented Tobias Boese, co-founder and managing director of weekenGO. “Cities at the top of the ranking such as London, Paris and New York are iconic for a reason, but those cities at the bottom of the ranking such as Casablanca and Belgrade still have a great deal to offer for an unforgettable weekend trip.”The table below shows a breakdown of the results for New York City, USA. Rankings for each category are out of 100, with 1 being the best possible rank. Scores are out of 100, and the higher the score, the better:New York City, USA ranks 7City FactorsMobility (Ranking/Score) Walkability Green Spaces Accommodation87 80.91 71 85.35 83 75.00 5 95.38SocialDining Bars Clubs Music Venues3 99.39 3 99.39 4 99.09 7 98.14ActivitiesConcerts Cultural Events Museums and Galleries Theatreand Cinemas2 99.70 15 95.46 8 97.88 3 99.39Safety and ToleranceWomen’s Rightsand Safety LGBT-Friendly Score Security57 83.70 9 97.58 84 74.85Best For…Millennials Score Families Score Baby Boomers Score Total Score12 90.68 34 86.58 41 86.62 92.08The table below shows the top 10 best cities to spend the weekend, with a sample of the criteria used to determine the total score. For the methodology, please see the bottom of this press release or the full results page:# City Country Walkability Dining Museums and Galleries LGBT-Friendly Score Total Score 1 London United Kingdom 88.30 98.49 99.70 98.49 94.152 Berlin Germany 91.09 89.39 99.09 99.40 93.983 Vienna Austria 87.08 91.52 98.18 95.76 93.154 Hamburg Germany 93.39 90.91 90.30 86.97 92.685 Paris France 88.22 99.09 97.58 96.97 92.666 Amsterdam Netherlands 90.40 79.70 95.76 99.70 92.617 New York City USA 85.35 99.39 97.88 97.58 92.088 Munich Germany 90.13 89.09 90.30 93.64 92.079 Barcelona Spain 91.00 93.70 95.50 99.09 92.0710 Madrid Spain 86.78 93.40 93.33 100.00 91.60The table below shows the top 10 cities for millennials, including a sample of the criteria included to determine the final ranking for this age group:# City Country Bars Clubs Concerts Women’s Rights and Safety LGBT-Friendly Score Millennials Total Score1 Berlin Germany 96.97 97.88 98.18 90.55 99.40 93.342 London United Kingdom 98.79 98.49 100.00 87.70 98.49 93.283 Amsterdam Netherlands 95.15 91.21 97.27 94.24 99.70 92.544 Vienna Austria 92.73 95.46 95.15 86.67 95.76 91.815 Paris France 97.88 96.97 98.49 82.55 96.97 91.746 Toronto Canada 89.70 93.03 96.67 92.61 99.39 91.667 Zurich Switzerland 84.55 90.61 94.55 96.73 80.30 91.028 Dublin Ireland 93.33 89.70 93.64 88.42 93.33 90.849 Munich Germany 89.09 95.46 96.36 90.91 93.64 90.7910 Edinburgh United Kingdom 88.49 82.42 92.12 90.61 92.73 90.78The table below shows the top 10 cities for families, including a sample of the criteria included to determine the final ranking for this age group:# City Country Green Spaces Cultural Events Museums and Galleries Security Families Total Score1 Vienna Austria 92.81 98.18 98.18 96.97 94.462 Amsterdam Netherlands 85.60 98.49 95.76 92.73 91.983 Prague Czech Republic 85.00 99.39 92.12 88.18 91.714 Tokyo Japan 74.69 94.24 98.79 98.49 91.685 Zurich Switzerland 97.50 93.03 81.52 100.00 91.416 Hamburg Germany 83.44 99.70 90.30 98.79 91.317 Berlin Germany 86.50 97.88 99.09 84.24 91.218 Edinburgh United Kingdom 99.69 94.55 80.00 94.24 91.209 London United Kingdom 85.00 98.79 99.70 77.27 90.5910 Munich Germany 83.44 95.20 90.30 95.46 90.41The table below shows the top 10 cities for baby boomers, including a sample of the criteria included to determine the final ranking for this age group:# City Country Mobility Dining Cultural Events Security Baby Boomers Total Score1 Zurich Switzerland 88.04 85.15 93.03 100.00 92.952 Vienna Austria 90.43 91.52 98.18 96.97 92.453 Hamburg Germany 86.14 90.91 99.70 98.79 91.704 Edinburgh United Kingdom 88.99 78.79 94.55 94.24 91.185 Prague Czech Republic 91.96 86.97 99.39 88.18 91.076 Singapore Singapore 96.13 95.15 89.70 96.06 90.887 Vancouver Canada 91.29 89.70 100.00 86.06 90.538 Tokyo Japan 89.30 100.00 94.24 98.49 90.439 Munich Germany 86.84 89.09 95.20 95.46 90.2010 London United Kingdom 86.05 98.49 98.79 77.27 90.09Further Findings:• Graz, Austria ranks as the most walkable city.• Stuttgart, Germany ranks number 1 for most green spaces.• Rome, Italy ranks best for most accommodation options.• Tokyo, Japan ranks as the best city for best dining, and is also part of the Family and Baby Boomer top 10 ranking.• Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ranks as the best for bars.• Shanghai, China ranks number 1 for the best club options.• Paris, France has the most music venues.• London, UK has the highest rank for concerts, theatres and cinemas.• Vancouver, Canada ranks number 1 for the most cultural events.• Los Angeles, USA ranks highest for the most museums and galleries.• Oslo, Norway ranks as the safest place for women.• Madrid, Spain ranks as the most LGBT friendly.• Zurich, Switzerland ranks number 1 for security and is included in the top 10 ranking for all age ranges.Currently reading:1Share this: eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Online weekend getaway portal weekenGO have released a study revealing the top 100 best cities to spend the weekend, with London, UK taking the top spot. The results give an overall score for each city, but also indicate which destinations are best for three different types of travellers; millennials, families and baby boomers.WeekenGO undertook the study to define what exactly makes a city great for a short visit, and to help travellers of different age groups and dynamics to choose a destination which best caters to their interests. Best cities to spend a weekend namedITB Berlin recognizes industry pioneers23rd Annual LGBTQ Tourism & Hospitality SurveyMore articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

Been on the A500 Well police have caught 100 drivers ignoring the

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice caught out 100 motorists exceeding the speed limit on the A500. Officers with the Central Motorway Police Group set up on the bridge off Campbell Road overlooking the dual-carriageway close to the incinerator site. CMPG officers monitoring the A500 (Image: CMPG) The sting saw traffic officers catch out motorists ignoring the 50mph limit – with the highest clocked travelling at 80mph. Read MorePolice are using their secret weapon – this TRUCK – to catch more drivers flouting law on A500 The operation comes after CMPG included the D-Road in its patrol strategy. Officers taking part in this morning’s operation say that in just a few minutes of setting up 13 speeders were clocked.last_img read more

Three temblors registered Sunday in Guanacaste

first_imgNo related posts. The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reported Sunday afternoon three temblors of moderate intensity in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.All were recorded near the Nicoya Peninsula, with the first occurring at 2:38 p.m. at a magnitude-4.6 and a depth of 9 kilometers.A 4.5-magnitude quake occurred at 3:05 p.m. at a depth of 18 km. Its epicenter was located near Soledad de Nandayure.Less than an hour later, at 4:01 p.m., the third temblor happened, with a magnitude of 4.5 and an epicenter 15 km southwest of Puerto Carrillo, Hojancha.No damage or injuries were reported.On Sept. 5, a powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake, the country’s second-strongest of all time, hit the same area and caused nearly $45 million in damage and minor injuries. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Dubai aspires to become a global cruise tourism hub

first_imgDubai in collaboration with Carnival Corporation, the US-based cruise company is working to develop the next phase of the emirate’s plan to become a global cruise tourism hub.Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has approved plans to make the Dubai Cruise Terminal the main hub in the emirate by October 2020.Dubai Harbour will be home to two cruise terminal buildings, spanning a total of 30,000 square metres, joined by a single quay of about 1 km, capable of accommodating up to three cruise ships concurrently, as well as up to 13,200 passengers at a time. Two further terminal buildings are planned that will increase capacity to six cruise ships at the same time.The plan follows the signing of a partnership agreement between Dubai-based Meraas and Carnival Corporation that aims to transform Dubai into a major regional maritime tourism hub. The plan is part of Dubai Tourism Vision 2020, which aims to attract 20 million visitors a year to the emirate.Under the agreement, signed by Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas, and Arnold W Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, the companies will collaborate across port development, terminal management and new cruise development opportunities at Dubai Harbour and the broader region.Sheikh Mohammed said, “We welcome visitors from across the world and provide them with an exceptional tourism experience. We want them to leave with lasting memories that they can share in their countries and communities. The continuous development of infrastructure has enabled our country to be a destination of choice in the region.”Al Habbai added, “In line with the agreement with Carnival Corporation, the cruise hub at Dubai Harbour will reinforce Dubai’s status as an ideal holiday destination, a starting point for cruises to exclusive destinations and a gateway to exploring the world. Our partnership will enhance the city’s tourism offering with new options for families, such as sharia-compliant tours.”According to the Cruise Lines Industry Association, more than 40 million people worldwide will travel on cruise ships annually by 2030, up 40% from 26 million passengers in 2017. At a local level, the maritime tourism sector is expected to contribute more than AED1.5 billion to Dubai’s economy by 2030.last_img read more