Qatar gives Liverpool fans booze boost for Club World Cup visit

first_imgLiverpool fans have been assured they will be allowed to have a drink if they head to Qatar to watch the Reds try to win the Club World Cup in December.The ruling council of football’s world governing body FIFA met in Paris on Monday and approved the plan to stage the next two editions of the tournament in the Gulf state.With Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup in November and December that year, it represents the perfect chance for organisers to test their new stadiums in 2019 and 2020 at the same time of year.It will also be a chance for the Muslim country to learn how to deal with thousands of thirsty western football fans, and vice-versa.Speaking to reporters in Paris, the chairman of Qatar 2022’s organising committee Hassan Al Thawadi said: “We’re looking forward to hosting the World Cup in 2022.“Now we’ve got the Club World Cups in 2019 and 2020, so it’s exciting times for us, and there’s no doubt the Club World Cup will be an important test event.”Asked if fans will be allowed to drink alcohol in the dry state, Al Thawadi said: “We’ve answered that question many times but yes, everyone will be welcome, everybody will be able to enjoy the tournament.“I’ll give you the full operational details later but I can say it will be a great learning opportunity for us, too.”Liverpool earned the right to compete in this year’s tournament by beating Spurs in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.As per the recent editions, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be competing for the title against the champions of world football’s other five confederations and the national champions from the host country.So far, the other qualifiers are Mexico’s Monterey, Tunisia’s Esperance and Hienghene Sport, the Oceania champions from New Caledonia. The Asian and South American champions will be decided in November.The current Qatari champions are Al Sadd, whose manager is former Barcelona and Spain star Xavi, who recently took up the post.As European champions, Liverpool would enter at the semi-final stage. The Reds lost 1-0 to South American champions Sao Paulo in Yokohama in the 2005 final, their only previous appearance in the competition in its current guise.Real Madrid won last year’s Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, beating the host nation’s Al Ain in the final.The competition took place from December 12-22, and a similar schedule would have this year’s final finishing on Saturday, December 21.The next two editions in Qatar will be the last before FIFA revamps the competition in 2021 by expanding it to 24 teams and holding it every fourth summer in the slot currently held by the World Cup warm-up event, the Confederations Cup.It had been reported in some quarters FIFA was not going to bother with the Club World Cup before relaunching it in 2021, but that was never the case.The hold-up in naming a host was caused by waiting to ensure Qatar would have two finished stadiums for this year’s tournament, as the already renovated Khalifa International Stadium in Doha is being used for the World Athletics Championships in September and will not be ready for football in December.Confirmation this year’s Club World Cup is on means Liverpool will get the chance to add three more pieces of silverware before the year is out.They face Premier League winners Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley in early August and Europa League winners Chelsea in the European Super Cup in Istanbul on August 14.last_img read more

Laid-off sugar workers are not likely to embrace cooperatives (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,It seems that I touched a sensitive nerve unintentionally when I wrote a letter recently suggesting that Government’s initiative, spearheaded by Minister Keith Scott, to get laid off sugar workers to form cooperatives might not be the best option for them at this time.Someone from the minister’s team, Kenava Elious, responded — in a section of the media on July 11, 2018 — by accusing me of not doing research and not presenting “empirical evidence” to support my contention, among other misguided comments.Let me make it clear that I am not against cooperatives. Under the right circumstances, and with the right people, cooperatives can be successful. My point is simple: At this time in Guyana’s history, the right circumstances might not exist for successful cooperatives in the areas where most former sugar workers reside. And they might not be the right people to form successful cooperatives.Everybody knows that most cooperatives formed in Guyana failed. Everybody knows that many Guyanese connect cooperatives to a particular political party. Everybody also knows that former sugar workers live in communities that traditionally oppose the party that people link to cooperatives. Therefore, Government has a challenging task to get former sugar workers to embrace cooperatives and make them work.Also, I know for a fact — by communicating directly with many of these terminated sugar workers — that they have bitterness in their hearts; bitterness that is turning into hate. Their lives are in confusion, and they appear to be unforgiving. For me, this is a sad state of affairs. It pains my heart that in the Skeldon/Corriverton area, where I grew up, former sugar workers are thronging and begging for jobs in any capacity to make ends meet. The fact that I do not have contracts in the area to absorb these people disturbs me.So, Kenava Elious, I might not have empirical evidence from formal research, but I have lots of information acquired by observation. I meet these people, and they call me. Their wives and children Whatsapp me appealing for jobs. This is where the closure of the various sugar factories in the important zones in the sugar belt affects me personally, because I know — and you know — there was no preparation or education of these people about cooperatives and proper investment of their severance pay.My other great worry is that while looking for employment, their severance will be eaten out, and they will be left with nothing in their hands. Then drastic desperation and confusion will reign in their minds. It’s not dozens of people, but thousands who have been terminated without due diligence, preparation and organisation.I know the Government will be willing to assist in the cooperative ventures of groups. I have faith in the Government. But feeding the idea of cooperatives into the minds of confused and vexed people will be a tough sell. I am not speaking philosophy, I am speaking reality. I originate from the bosom of the sugar belt, and from among sugar workers.I believe Government initiatives must be practical to succeed.I know that when people are helped to develop their own businesses by the sweat of their own brows, and when what they get from the business is in proportion to what they put in, there is a much higher chance that they would succeed. In my opinion, businesses based on group mentalities are more likely to go awry. There are usually quarrels and fights for leadership, and members tend to grumble about the returns. Some cannot deal with financial responsibilities, and start to steal.The writer of the response to my letter alluded to me being a disciple of Minister Keith Scott. I have never been anyone’s disciple. I have a strong aversion to the word ‘disciple’ being used to categorise me. I understand mentors and persons who inspire. The minister has his way of thinking, and I am not necessarily completely with him in everything he says and does; and he is not always fully in step with me on every issue, such as the plan to push former sugar workers into cooperatives.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

Implications of Granger’s, GECOM’s actions do not augur well

first_imgDear Editor,After doing everything to stymie and suppress the Constitution, Vincent Alexander and his cohort Commissioners are attempting to justify why elections should be held at a date beyond April 30, 2019. They are very much aware that the validity of the list will expire creating a situation that necessitates the strongest sanctions. At the same time, the implications for Mr Granger and his cabal of Ministers cannot and must not remain of the same order and it will not be business as usual.We are witnessing bribery and corruption increase exponentially as the Granger Administration plunders and squanders, making this behaviour the order of the day. After four years, the coalition Government failed to show any improvement in the country and is now trying to do damage control through bribery. Instead, our youths are without jobs and our pensioners are being cheated and robbed every day. At all of the public offices, citizens transacting business are being asked to leave a ‘lunch’ or a ‘raise’ in order to get the simplest of transactions done. Our Constitution is clear and with all the forces in and out of the country fully behind the constitutional requirements, it is time for us to demand free and fair elections.The implications of the President’s actions and that of GECOM to date do not augur well for the necessary cohesion among our peoples. GECOM must be fully prepared to hold free and fair elections. Guyanese citizens must not accept an illegal Government and we must unite and stand up to protect our constitutional rights. Unless things change drastically by March 21, 2019, we must use the necessary measures to demonstrate, march and protest vehemently against this corrupt APNU/AFC cabal. This column supports heavy pressure and strong resistance to assert the rights of our citizens to this illegal APNU/AFC Government.March 21, 2019 happens to be a blessed day, as Guyanese will be celebrating the national Hindu festival of Phagwah. Let us, therefore, have a peaceful day and be ready to support the imminent and seemingly inexorable revolution as we demand urgent free and fair elections.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Better packages discussed at May Day meet with Granger

first_img…as President commits to labour movementPresident David Granger has underscored the significance of the labour movement’s yearly May Day observance, and has indicated that the APNU/AFC Administration is committed to the labour movement in Guyana.The Head of State, who was treated at the Guyana Labour Union (GLU) on Monday, told Guyana Times he was indeed pleased to be part of this year’s May Day festivities.GTU president, Mark Lyte, told this newspaper that the Guyanese Head of State met with members of the GTU at its Woolford Avenue Headquarters on Monday, and issues relating to the package proposals for teachers were discussed. “Presently, we still have our outstanding proposal, and President Granger was here and this was raised with him; so we need to see some movement with that,” Lyte told <>.The Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU) has expressed hope that the nation’s teachers will reap the benefits of the GTU multi-year package proposals for salaries and additional benefits, which remain outstanding. The GTU president expressed that, once the proposals are implemented, teachers can begin to garner the rewards before next year’s Labour Day celebrations.“[The] multi-year package allows for (payment of) the increases that we believe our teachers deserve, and the other non-salary benefits that will go a far way to ensure our members will enjoy a proper year. I hope that we can have that agreement signed off and the benefits can begin to roll off for our teachers,” he remarked.According to the GTU President, some 400 teachers have participated in this year’s rally. “Despite the fact that the Guyana Teacher’s Union did not move all of its members from all of its regions, we still had a very significant turnout of over 400 persons (from Georgetown, West Demerara and the East Coast). We believe that the trade union movement needs to reunite, so that we can be a stronger force; and I believe we have achieved that,” he noted.Lyte welcomed the joint May Day Rally, and stressed that more needs to be done to push the labour movement forward.President David Granger“This observance is really significant, following up on last year, (when) all the trade unions joined in one major rally which set the tone for this year. It’s very significant, and I want to commend the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) (and) FITUG (Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana) for ensuring that this was possible. We member units of the various trade union bodies are supportive of this activity, and we wish the people across Guyana a blessed May Day.“While we’re together, we will be able to move the hand of our employers to ensure that our needs are properly satisfied,” the GTU president added.Guyana’s 2017 May Day observances began on Sunday last with a church service at the St James-the-Less Anglican Church on David Street, Kitty, Georgetown. A wreath-laying and tribute ceremony to pay homage to the ‘father’ of the trade union movement, Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, was later held at the forecourt of the Parliament Building.International Worker’s Day, or Labour Day, which has roots in socialism, is held on the first day of May every year in most of the territories across the world. May Day is often observed by the staging of rallies and demonstrations.last_img read more

Liverpool v Manchester United: 10 biggest and best matches ever

first_img 10 10 10. Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool, 1915 – click the right arrow, above, to see the rest of the gallery – in order of year… – One of British sport’s worst betting scandals, United and Liverpool conspired to fix a game on Good Friday, 1915. The Red Devils won 2-0, and the referee noted a lack of commitment from the opposition players – who became annoyed when their striker Fred Pagnam hit the crossbar late on. He ended up testifying in the case, which saw seven players banned for life. This photo is from an unknown match at Old Trafford in 1915. 7. Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United, 1994 – Sir Alex Ferguson’s first great United side, who had just won their first league title in 26 years, took a 3-0 lead after just 25 minutes of exhilarating football. But the Reds did not give up in front of their home support, and a Nigel Clough brace started the comeback. Razor Ruddock completed the turnaround with 11 minutes left of what is now considered an early Premier League classic. 10 10 3. Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool, 2009 – One of the most iconic Liverpool performances of recent years, the rout at Old Trafford put them back in the hunt for the Premier League title – although United still went on to win. An early Cristiano Ronaldo penalty put the hosts in front early on, but the Reds turned on the style, with Fernando Torres – who destroyed Nemanja Vidic – Steven Gerrard, Fabio Aurelio and Andrea Dossena all scoring to claim victory. 6. Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool, 1995 – It was the return of Eric Cantona following his suspension for kicking a Crystal Palace fan, and he made his mark just two minutes in with a perfect cross which Nicky Butt headed home. However, Robbie Fowler bagged a brace to send Liverpool in front, only to see the iconic Frenchman score from the spot to pull the game level. 10 10 10 The Premier League is back this weekend, and we are in for a treat with the fixture list throwing up the always anticipated clash between Liverpool and Manchester United.History has seen this match provide entertainment, controversy and goals – lots and lots of goals.Everyone is hoping Monday’s match lives up to the hype and expectation and, to whet your appetite, talkSPORT has collected 10 of the most riveting encounters between the two giants of English football.Ranging from the distant past to the modern day, take a look through 10 of the biggest and best Liverpool v Manchester United matches – in order of year – by clicking the right arrow, above…center_img 5. Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool, 1996 – A dull FA Cup final, but one remembered for the iconic white suits worn by Liverpool’s ‘Spice Boys’ before the match. Eric Cantona downed the Reds once again, netting five minutes from time to win the trophy, with Sir Alex Ferguson claiming his team-talk was done as soon as his players saw the hilarious suits at Wembley. 10 9. Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United, 1983 – The 1983 Milk Cup Final saw Bob Paisley claim victory in his last major final in charge at Anfield. Norman Whiteside put United – hunting their first trophy under Ron Atkinson – in front, but Alan Kennedy and Ronnie Whelan won the game for Liverpool. 4. Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool, 1999 – United’s historic treble-winning season was full of close calls, including this FA Cup fourth round clash against the Reds. Michael Owen’s header appeared to be leading them to victory, but with just two minutes remaining Dwight Yorke and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer netted to claim the win for the Red Devils. 10 10 8. Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United, 1988 – A match famous for Gordon Strachan’s cigar-smoking celebration following his last-gasp equaliser for United. Liverpool took a commanding 3-1 lead after Bryan Robson has put the visitors in front, and it was up to Captain Marvel to reduce the deficit to one late on. Strachan’s leveller sent the crowd wild, and meant Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table remained at 11 points. 2. Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool, 2014 – Liverpool were again chasing the title, and again missed out – but this time to the blue side of Manchester. Steven Gerrard scored two penalties and missed one, with Luis Suarez rounding off the win late on, as the Reds continued their prolific season. Club legend Gerrard once again performed his kissing the camera celebration at Old Trafford. GETTY 1. Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool, 2014 – The year after Liverpool’s title fight, they returned to Old Trafford and were comprehensively beaten 3-0. However, it could have been so different if David De Gea was not in such fine form, making a string of wonderful saves from Raheem Sterling to keep a fine clean sheet. Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin Van Persie scored the goals for United.last_img read more

siffron: LM Tag – The Proven Solution to Loss Prevention — Booth 1514

first_imgMany loss prevention products on the market today keep high-theft merchandise under lock and key, which can decrease sales by as much as 38 percent. With the LM Tag™, an Intelligent Loss Prevention solution, items are not locked up or stored behind a counter, which allows customers to interact with the product and eliminates the need for additional staff assistance.The LM Tag uses the combination of a light sensor and motion detector to notify when the product is both in motion and concealed. It alarms at the point of theft, making it the only device on the market that has the ability to alert you before product walks out the door.Now, the LM Tag product line has been expanded to include additional products that feature different advantages for loss prevention:- Sponsor – LM Tag Slim: The NEW LM Tag Slim is about half the height of the traditional LM Tag, providing a more low-profile loss prevention solution.LM Tag Clip: The LM Tag Clip is a form fitting alarm holder adaptable for LM Tags and is a key accessory to making it appropriate for a wide variety of products and packaging types to be secured. The clip allows the LM Tag to be placed on a variety of products such as shoes, boots, purses, apparel, and more.LM Tag with SONR: LM Tag is now available with SONR™ capabilities, providing an extra level of protection against theft with remote notification. LM Tag interface with the SONR Echo Box (installed remotely) to relay product alarm notification to the Echo Box, reportedly increasing awareness and response times.LM Tag 3-alarm: In addition to the concealment sensors, the 3-alarm LM Tag also features an EAS gate sensor that will activate the LM Tag alarm when crossing EAS security gates, to further prevent shrink.LM Tag Wrap: The LM Tag works with Monofilament Security Wire, making it appropriate to wrap around a wide variety of products and packaging shapes and lengths. Wire provides a clear and unobtrusive security without interference to visual merchandising and packaging.Additional features include:Security tag identificationLED light to indicate activitySensor for easy strobe key activation and deactivation90+ decibel speaker for alarmRF or AM feature for EAS gatesAvailable in black or whiteReplaceable batteryTo see how it works, check out the video: more information on the LM Tag and how it works, contact Southern Imperial at 800.422.2547 or visit Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Suspect Threatens Store Manager with Gun during Theft of Tide Pods

first_imgThe Dearborn Heights Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a woman wanted for retail fraud from Family Dollar, 23236 Van Born, at about 1:30 p.m. June 29.The woman, described as black, wearing a gray Jurassic Park shirt, black stretch pants, with shoulder length black hair, a headband and sunglasses, walked into the store at 1:24 p.m. and headed straight to the back. (Photo on the website.) Once she was in the back, she was seen on security camera putting two Tide pod packs into her purse.The items were valued at $80.56. She then proceeded out of store, setting off the security alarm. A manager asked her what she had in her purse and she replied: “I’ve got a gun in my purse. Want to come outside and see?” according to the police report. Anyone with information on the woman is asked to call police at 313.277.7716… Press & Guide- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Clubby and ‘disturbing’ citation behavior by researchers in Italy has surged

first_imgItaly 20222426283032% Clubby and ‘disturbing’ citation behavior by researchers in Italy has surged The rate at which scientists in Italy cite themselves and their compatriots is rising faster than in 10 other developed countries, according to a new study. The surge in Italy’s clubby citation behavior is likely the result of a 2010 law requiring productivity standards for academic recruitment or promotion, the study authors say.The findings are a cautionary tale for research administrators who rely too much on citation metrics in allocating resources and making decisions on career advancement, says study author Giuseppe De Nicolao, an engineer at the University of Pavia in Italy. Linking professional advancement to citation indicators can prod scientists into unintended behaviors and make the metrics unreliable, he says.The findings are “disturbing,” says Ludo Waltman, a bibliometric expert at Leiden University in the Netherlands who was not involved in the study. To limit questionable citation practices, Waltman says, the Italian evaluation system should exclude self-citations and consider factors such as a researcher’s experience and activities in addition to citation counts.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(*) After the 2010 law was passed, Italy began to regulate academic recruitment and promotion using indicators such as citation counts. It was intended to address concerns about nepotism and a lack of meritocracy.Under the policy, academics can’t seek a job or a promotion as an associate or full professor unless they meet at least two of three indicators of research productivity. In fields such as medicine and natural sciences, these indicators include the number of publications, the number of citations received, and h-index—a combined measure of productivity and citation impact. 2010 2008 Mark Airs/Getty Images FranceInwardness 2014center_img United Kingdom 2016 Japan Graphic: J. Brainard/Science; Data: A. Baccine et al.; PLOS ONE 2012 By Giorgia GuglielmiSep. 11, 2019 , 2:00 PM Citations turn inward Compared with other countries, Italy saw a faster rise in “inwardness,” the percentage of citations to a country’s scientific articles that came from authors in the same country. Previous studies have found that the 2010 policy induced a rise in self-citations. However, those studies didn’t look at the proportion of each country’s publications cited by other scholars within the same country, says Alberto Baccini, a scientometrics expert at the University of Siena in Italy. These intranational citations could reveal “citation clubs,” a subtle form of manipulation in which groups of scientists cite each other to boost their citation scores, Baccini says.So Baccini, De Nicolao, and their team set out to develop an indicator of inwardness, which measures both self-referential and intranational citations. The researchers scoured Elsevier’s Scopus database, one of the world’s largest for research literature, for citation counts between 2000 and 2016 for researchers in the G-10, a group of 11 developed countries. To calculate a nation’s inwardness, the team counted citations by a country’s authors to papers authored in that country and divided this figure by the total number of citations accrued by the country.All of the nations showed modest rises in inwardness over time, which can be explained, paradoxically, by a growth in international collaborations. These expand the number of papers from participating countries that could be cited. Take, for example, a paper co-authored by research collaborators in Italy and France: Any citation to this paper from an Italian- or French-authored publication will count as an intranational citation for both Italy and France.Beginning in 2010, however, Italy’s inwardness started to increase rapidly, surpassing France, Japan, and the United Kingdom, the researchers found. The surge could not be attributed to collaborations, because Italy’s rate of growth for international collaborations between 2000 and 2016 was anemic compared with other nations. By 2016, about 31% of the Italy’s citations came from authors within its borders—more than any other country except the United States, a research powerhouse where many intranational citations are expected.Because the trends changed after the introduction of the 2010 policy, it’s likely that authors in Italy adopted opportunistic behaviors, including massively citing their own work and that of colleagues, to reach their country’s policy targets, the researchers report today in PLOS ONE.Marco Seeber, a science policy researcher at the University of Ghent in Belgium, says the growth in Italy’s inwardness is “striking.” In March, Seeber investigated the country’s use of citation metrics and found substantial increases in self-citations after the 2010 policy. “The policy was motivated by worthy intentions,” he says. “But bibliometric indicators should be used to inform rather than determine evaluations.”Seeber says it’s unclear how much of Italy’s inwardness is from self-citation versus citation clubs. To uncover these clubs, one would need to examine individual papers to discriminate legitimate from bogus citations, he says.John Ioannidis, a physician-scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, suspects citation clubs are behind Italy’s trend. Ioannidis, who created a database that revealed hundreds of extreme self-citing researchers, says the new study provides yet another example of how metrics can be misused. He notes that self-citations are necessary if a study builds on previous work by the authors or their colleagues. “But if someone has amassed more than half of their citations from themselves or their co-authors, that’s pretty weird,” he says. “You have to take a closer look.”last_img read more

Season over for Napoli’s Malcuit

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Kévin Malcuit’s season is over after the Napoli defender damaged knee ligaments during the 1-1 draw with SPAL on Sunday. It was confirmed on Monday that Malcuit had injured both the ACL and medial meniscus in his right knee against SPAL. The Frenchman, who left the field in tears, will undergo surgery tomorrow and is not expected to play again for Napoli this season. He becomes the fourth defensive casualty for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, with Mario Rui, Nikola Maksimovic and Elseid Hysaj also out. Consequently, Ancelotti will have to turn back to Faouzi Ghoulam, who has fallen out of favour in recent weeks.last_img read more

Saulong plan: Body attack

first_imgAccording to head trainer Joven Jimenez, who trains both Saulong and Ancajas at their Survival Camp in Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes in Cavite, there are loopholes in Iwasa’s defense which they intend to pounce on.“He (Saulong) must cut the ring and fight at close range to negate Iwasa’s height and reach advantage,” Jimenez said in Filipino. “He will target the body.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith Iwata’s reputation as a stylist, Jimenez expects him to move a lot and avoid a slugfest despite being the heavier puncher based on record, 16 knockouts in 24 wins and two losses.Saulong, who hails from Occidental Mindoro and resides in Santa Rosa, Laguna, totes a 21-2-1 slate with eight KOs and is ready to go the full 12 rounds. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Regatta cup charts different course PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ernesto Saulong hopes to follow Jerwin Ancajas’ path to success when he challenges Ryosuke Iwasa for the International Boxing Federation junior featherweight crown at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on March 1.His morale boosted by the fourth successful IBF junior bantamweight title defense of stable mate Ancajas in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 4, Saulong said the fight plan is up for execution against the southpaw Japanese champion.ADVERTISEMENT The 28-year-old Saulong will be accompanied by Jimenez and his manager, engineer-businessman Ariel Araja, when he leaves for Tokyo this Sunday. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES last_img read more