The world of academic publishing is an oligarchy. Not only are the vast majority of highly cited papers authored by an elite 1% of scientists, but a small group of elite journals also get the lion’s share of citations and media attention. But this rarified world is becoming more egalitarian, according to a study released 9 October by the team that develops Google Scholar, the free literature search engine now used by virtually every scientist in the world. The study is the strongest evidence yet that the dominance of the elite journals is eroding, thanks in part to how much easier it has become for scientists to find and cite obscure but relevant papers.As recently as the 1990s, most scientists found each other’s work by cracking open a journal that their university subscribed to and reading the articles in print. But even with speed-reading, humans just can’t read fast enough to explore more than a tiny portion of the more than 1 million academic papers published every year. The digitization of journals has allowed computers to do the searching for us.To mark their 10th anniversary next month, the Google Scholar team is taking a short break from building and maintaining their scholarly search engine. “We wanted to take a look back and see how things have changed,” says Anurag Acharya, a computer scientist who co-founded the project at Google in 2004.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(*)The team has a massive data set to explore, encompassing about 160 million documents according to one estimate, although the exact size of its corpus is not public information. The data include not just most journal articles ever published but also just about anything deemed as “scholarly” that has been digitized and put online: Ph.D. theses, books, patents, and even conference posters. Because all of this material is harvested automatically by Google’s Web-crawling software, researchers have discovered that Google Scholar’s algorithms can be gamed to artificially boost citations. But so far, no high-profile exploitations have been reported.To see how academic publishing has evolved, Acharya’s team analyzed the journals and articles within each of the search engine’s 261 subject areas, which fall within nine broad fields, for each year from 1995 through 2013. Then, they created a ranking of journals based on how frequently their articles are cited. They defined the journals in the top 10 as “elite” and the rest as “non-elite.” Then they ranked all the papers in each area based on citations, regardless of the journal in which they were published.Elite journals like Science and Nature are still on top of the heap, they found, but lower ranked journals in many fields have been making gains, the team reports in a paper posted to arXiv titled “Rise of the Rest: The Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals.” In 1995, only 27% of citations pointed to articles published in nonelite journals. That portion grew to 47% by 2013. And the nonelite journals published an increasing share of the most highly cited papers within each field as well, growing from 14% to 24%. The most dramatic egalitarian trends were in the areas of Computer Science, with a 133% increase in citations to nonelite journal articles, and Physics & Mathematics, with the fraction of most cited papers in nonelite journals more than tripling over the past 2 decades. The results echo those of a study published online last year in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology that analyzed citation data from Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science. “I am pretty happy to see them corroborated using another data source,” says Vincent Larivière, the lead author of that study and a library scientist at the University of Montreal in Canada. In an e-mail to ScienceInsider, Larivière noted that “the coverage of Google Scholar is much (much) larger” than Web of Science and other competing academic search engines, so the results could have been wildly different. The egalitarian trend “is a pretty strong phenomenon, and independent from the data sources,” he says.”Their explanation for the results is definitely sound,” says Hadas Shema, a library scientist at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, and an expert on journal jockeying. But she notes that some of the trends may have more mundane explanations. For example, “The large jump (204%) in citations for non-elite journals in Physics & Mathematics probably has to do with the establishment of the ArXiv repository in 1991,” she says. “The custom of depositing a free copy in ArXiv before ‘official’ publication have made the publication in a journal more of a formality.” And the growth of open-access journals and open-access article repositories may also explain some of the leveling, she adds. The Google Scholar study “didn’t differentiate between different types of documents,” she notes, instead lumping everything together.*Correction, 15 October, 11:04 a.m.: The fraction of most cited physics and mathematics papers in nonelite journals has more than tripled, not more than doubled, in the past 2 decades.
She is trained in Hindustani classical music, but her passion is Flamenco. She never wanted to be a playback singer in Bollywood and here she is churning out blockbuster hit after hit beginning with her debut song with none other than the musical genius A.R.Rahman. The song “Shakalaka Baby” not only netted her the *Filmfare* award for best female singer, but also was a highlight of *Bombay Dreams*, the larger than life musical on Broadway and now playing across America. She didn’t know the ABC of acting, but found her self being directed and acting opposite the legendary superstar actor Kamal Hassan in her very first film *Hey Ram*, and then making waves with Mira Nair’s *Monsoon Wedding.*In an exclusive interview with Little India’s Kavita Chhibber, Vasundhara Das talks about her journey and what has worked well for her.So do you come from a musical family?Well my family has always been into music and it has been my grandmother’s passion, but Tamil Brahmin girls in her time did not pursue music professionally. Plus she had four kids at a relatively young age and was busy. She did however continue to sing and dreamed that maybe one of her four kids would take it up seriously. That didn’t happen either. Then she looked at her grandkids with great hope, but when none of them showed any serious inclination. I the youngest grandchild was the one she anointed as the chosen one.And then you fell in love!Yes I was 11 years old and visited my maternal uncle in Phoenix, Arizona. I never used to listen to any other kind of music, but classical. And then I saw him, this gorgeous man on video and was hooked on his music. I asked my uncle can we go see that good looking man I saw on the video, perform in a concert? He said, I think you mean Elvis! Alas Elvis was already dead by then, and what a heartbreak it was for me!But it also got me very interested in Rock and Roll and I started listening to the Beatles and also a lot of African American singers like Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. So when I came back, the girl who hrefused to listen to anything but Indian classical music, now listened to anything but Indian classical music.My mom was very supportive. She knew this was eventually bound to happen. I actually became disillusioned with Indian classical music as Alisha was rising and Indi-pop became hip. Bangalore was already one of the key centers for Rock and Roll.By the time I was in high school Lalita Kaikini told me I had already gone beyond what she could teach me. As luck would have it, the man my mother had always thought to be the ultimate dream teacher for me, but who didn’t live in Bangalore any more, came back. Pandit Parmeshwar Hegde is one of those rare men, who is not only an extraordinary vocalist with great technique, he is an equally outstanding teacher. While Lalita Kaikini got me interested in music, Pandit Hegde was the man responsible for making music the consuming passion in my life, to the point that I knew I couldn’t do without it any more.I was however getting more and more interested in western music. I also joined Mount Carmel College which had a phenomenal western music association. I started participating in competitions and dabbling more and more in western music. That upset Pandit Hegde so much that he hrefused to talk to me for a year.I realized after a while that I really needed him in my life and I went back to him. I told him, “I’m not going to give up Hindustani classical music, but you have to support me by being open minded enough to accept that I am interested in other genres of music.” I have to give him so much credit that he understood and never discouraged me again. It was wonderful that when we resumed we would have extensive discussions on whatever I did, and at the same time he trusted me to do the right thing with Indian classical music. He was always there to give me the right foundation for whatever I did.Where did dabbling in different kinds of music take you? Actually college was very busy and fulfilling. I was a member of their choir, which was a nationally recognized and honored one. Inside college I did the choir, outside I interacted with other musicians and their bands. There was a monthly gathering of musicians who came and performed and people came to watch. I started as a volunteer, encouraging musicians to come and then started jamming with them. It was in my second year of college that I met these amazing musicians from Columbia who had come to India to study tabla and sitar. We got to spend a month together and when they left I was hopelessly in love with Spanish music. I realized that to understand that music I would have to learn Spanish. I found a Spanish teacher and studied Spanish under her for three years, until she moved back to Spain. I visited her there. We would go to bars and get musicians to teach us Flamenco music. One of the musicians who initially thought we had er.. unholy intentions when we cornered him and asked him to come over to teach us Flamenco was kind enough to direct me to a school where I studied the rhythms, which in Flamenco are as intricate as ours and another was a course in vocals. I actually sang a Spanish song in a concert in Kerala and people loved it. I have traveled to so many places with my teacher and learned so much.How did you form your band Arya with drummer par excellence Roberto Narain?I think at that time my only dream was to form my own live band. Roberto had been on the music circuit in Bangalore for 20 years. When I told my parents music is what I wanted to do full time, they put me in touch with the one family member who had been in a college band. He in turn introduced me to Roberto who was in a heavy metal band. He said to me I’m the wrong guy to come to, because I really am not on the commercial circuit. At that time I thought he was just being evasive and snooty and I walked away in a huff vowing not even to be his friend.I decided to go to Madras on my own and meet various record labels, to get a record deal. I met Magnasound first, auditioned for them and they didn’t let me go anywhere else. I decided to do a Hindi one and that is how the album *Meri Jaan* happened. I went back with the CD to show Roberto I could do it without his help, very sure he wouldn’t like the stuff I did. Surprisingly he did, but he asked me one question, “Is *Meri Jaan* really who you are?” That had me thinking. He said I think you can do better. I needed that honest input and I started trying out different things. We stayed in touch and after traveling a lot for a couple of years, I decided to make Bangalore my home base. We created a studio together and in the four years that it took us to make that happen, we also met some other musicians whom we liked and formed the band Arya, which totally focuses on world music, and I have enjoyed traveling all over with them and performing. A.R. Rahman and Kamal Hassan signed you up pretty quickly as well!It was Praveen Mani who was friends with Rahman and went to see him, taking me along. Outside the recording studio were several producers and directors waiting for Rahman to give them the songs for their movies. I was introduced to him and did play my demos and then we got talking. It was funny that at that time we were both listening to the music of Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. I was listening to a vocal CD of hers and thought she was brilliant. He was listening to an instrumental CD with one vocal song from her and thought she was terrible. So that was our first introduction – disagreeing on something. I left soon after and the next thing I knew people started calling asking me to act in their films. Meanwhile mom was going crazy wondering, what I’m up to.I got a call from mom that Kamal Hassan had called them and wanted to do a screen test for his film *Hey Ram.*I went with my family’s blessings and met him. I was a total tomboy and was expecting some skimpy clothes. Instead I found myself being draped in this Kanjeevaram heavy silk sari, a wig of long hair and flowers in my hair.I used to meet singer Hariharan and every time I met him, I’d ask him how to get a break on the music circuit. His jaw dropped when Kamal said, “I want you to meet my new heroine.” I was taken aback. I had not expected it and it also meant a commitment to him for a couple of months where my music will have to wait.Kamal saw that reticence and said, “We need to talk.” He then said to me, “Look I know you are a reluctant actress. I know the feeling. I’ve been there myself, because I started acting at 5. But you have to decide whether you will allow me to help you and if you will put in the effort.” He had approached my parents and me with such courtesy and graciousness that I found myself saying yes.There is a very intimate scene in the film. How did you manage it, and how was the experience in all?He told me upfront about the scene and again with finesse. From the beginning to the end, we were like a big family. Each scene had its own challenges and Kamal is a perfectionist. The fun part came when he asked me to read some dialogues, He was thrilled when I read it in Hindi, for the Hindi version, and didn’t have a South Indian accent in my Hindi. But when I spoke in Tamil his eyes popped out. In spite of being a Tamilian, I didn’t realize that the spoken Tamil for that film had a different dialect. I still laugh when I remember that look as he said, “What did you just say Maam?” I had to work on my Tamil accent ironically!I still remember the first scene where the family comes to see me for the first time. I had to wear this thick kanjeevaram sari and sing for them. Kamal deliberately chose that scene knowing I was a singer to put me at ease. It was a very thoughtful gesture.Kamal saw the offers that were pouring in as I was shooting in his film. His only advice to me was, don’t do anything where you don’t stand out. Don’t get caught in the hype. I have done regional cinema and Hindi films as well, but I have been very picky.You landed Mira Nair’s film Monsoon Wedding. How was that experience?Mira was in Bombay casting for *Monsoon Wedding,* when I was doing *Meri Jaan.* A common friend put us in touch and Mira said, “Oh darling, come for chai on such and such day.” Naively thinking we were going to bond over a cup of tea and then do the screen test, I showed up only to find 100 other girls in line. Luckily an aide of hers recognized me from *Hey Ram* and allowed me to cut the line. As soon as I walked in Mira turned the camera on and asked me to read some lines. Once I did, she said, “Okay that’s it, you got the part.”The film was shot in 30 days and all the cast was asked to report two weeks in advance. All 60 of us stayed together like one big family. Naseeruddin Shah was amazing. Every day we had a workshop with him in the morning and in the afternoon we would be working with all the other departments, be it makeup or clothes or camera shots. It was a great learning experience for me. Mira used a lot of her family stuff. I actually wore her sister-in law’s wedding sari, the jewelry too was from the family. All her family members were present on the sets. It was great fun.Your playback career really took off with your very first song Shakalaka Baby with Rahman, and since then you have had many hits to your credit, with films like Kal ho Na Ho, Main Hoon Na, Salaam Namaste. You have also collaborated with Rahman and the 150 member music group fro Miami University. How has it been working with him?I think Rahman is not just a great musician, he is also a great technician. He is one of the big reasons that the music industry in India has risen above itself. He has raised the bar quite high. He is born with the soul of a great musician. That is something you cannot buy or learn. It is from within. He was also generous enough to let me bring my own influences on the table, whether they were Latin, Arab or whatever and that made me feel that the song I sang was truly my own.Global Rhythms is amazing. These are students from different ethnic groups and they sang all of Rahman’s songs without looking at any paper and with such joy. To get 150 people on stage together who don’t know the language and sing his songs in Tamil and Hindi was quite something.How have you seen the audience change over the years?I think more than anything I have changed as a musician. Earlier I used to sing before a predominantly Western audience. Then I got into playback singing and with my band started performing different genres of music in different languages.I have been so lucky to have been able to do so many different things, and also to have the support of my parents as well as my guru who gave me the freedom to experiment, innovate and be my own person and now I see the audience has had enough of Bollywood and enough of star shows. They are ready for something different in music as well and my kind of music is being very well received. I guess I must be doing something right. Related Items
LATEST STORIES The 6-foot-5 reinforcement went bonkers from beyond the arc, going 7-of-11, three of which coming in the third quarter breakaway to finish with 39 points, nine rebounds, and four assists and seal the Gin Kings’ fate in the next level.With GlobalPort threatening to close in, 56-50, with 6:18 to play in the third period, Brownlee ignited Ginebra’s three-point barrage as they went on a 20-1 tear to bring the lead back up to 25, 76-51, with 1:19 remaining in the quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite his import’s huge scoring outburst, coach Tim Cone felt that it was Japeth Aguilar’s defense which made the biggest difference in Ginebra’s quarterfinal victory.“I think the game turned when Japeth began dominating the paint in the third quarter. He blocked shots, he changed shots, and I thought that really made the difference for the game. And when Justin is knocking down his shots, that helps a lot. But I thought the defense of Japeth was the key on what we needed in this game,” he said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Justin Brownlee scorched from rainbow country to lift Ginebra to a 96-85 victory over GlobalPort and secure a semifinal seat in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Aguilar added 21 markers, eight boards, three assists, and two blocks in the win, as the Gin Kings frustrated GlobalPort to shoot on a paltry 35-percent clip from the field.“I thought we defended really well tonight, especially with Stanley (Pringle). He’s an explosive player and he looked a little worn out tonight,” said Cone. “We challenged (Terrence) Romeo to beat our bigs and for moments, he certainly did make big shots and tough shots, but we just kept the defense on him and didn’t let him use his ball screens.”LA Tenorio also got 12 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, and Scottie Thompson had 11 markers, 12 boards, and three assists for the Gin Kings.Things got heated with 3:28 left in the game as Terrence Romeo whipped his right arm to Tenorio’s waist, leading to an ejection for the Batang Pier super scorer.Justin Harper got 29 points but needed 32 shots to reach the mark, while also grabbing 15 rebounds for GlobalPort.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Romeo wound up with 22 markers on a 7-of-21 shooting, while Pringle was held to just 16 points, five rebounds, and three assists.Ginebra now await for the victor of the TNT-Meralco series for its date in the best-of-five semifinals series. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next D-League: Ragasa cleared of any serious injuries after bad fall
Advertisement AdvertisementSachin Tendulkar believes that the young wrist spinner could still prove to be a helpful addition to the team in the upcoming five-match Test Series against England. The test series is going to start from 1st August.“Whatever I saw on television, Root picked Kuldeep from his hand and did that really well. Now, Kuldeep’s wrist action is a complex one and once he lands the ball, I don’t think too many batsmen in world cricket have got the ability to tackle him off the pitch. Root could afford to play Kuldeep late because he was picking his wrist position early,” Sachin Tendulkar told PTI.Sachin Tendulkar however, doesn’t believe that India is in an ominous situation against the English side, though Joe Root has picked Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling. We’re expecting a thrilling Test Series ahead.Also Read :Women’s Cricket: Captain Mithali Raj calls on the Indian team to regroup quickly after losing another coachCricket: Graeme Swann predicts Kuldeep to be picked ahead of Ashwin.
Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Akhilesh Das Gupta on Sunday announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for Saina Nehwal for winning the Australian Open Superseries women’s singles title in Sydney.The World No.8 defeated China’s Sun Yu 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 in the thrilling final match. This is Saina’s second Australian Open win and with this, she has claimed her maiden title this season.”I congratulate her for this marvellous victory. This is another milestone in her career as she won second Australian Open. This win will sure motivate her for the most important Rio 2016 Olympics where she is leading the Indian Badminton contingent,” Das Gupta said in a release.”On behalf of BAI and Indian badminton fraternity, I am congratulating her and wishing a great run in the Olympics. I also congratulate her coach Vimal Kumar and support staff who have been on their toes to bring out the best from Saina,” he added.The BAI chief also stressed that the latest win showcases the 26-year-old’s preparedness for the Rio Olympics starting from August 5. This was the last BWF World Superseries before the Rio Games.Saina won a bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.”Saina has been training hard for the last many months and has showed impressive performance in all BWF tournaments. This win in Sydney showcases her preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics and her readiness for the big matches,” he said.”I am confident that Saina will continue this form and will bring another Olympic medal for the country.”advertisement
Previous 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations An International Scout isn’t your average restoration. It also isn’t the first thing you’d think of when you’re planning to build a muscle truck. The parts catalog, as well as all the work to build the custom truck of your dreams, just isn’t there. Yet, Velocity Restorations tackled the task and built a wondrous 1979 iteration that’s ready to crawl rocks or rip streets.Though the restoration company specializes in Broncos, a much more common muscle truck conversion, the team didn’t shy away from the challenge of a Scout. The truck seems to have been taken down to the bare metal, refurbished, and then resto-modded into the machine you see before you. Beneath the orange hood lies a 6.3-liter GM-sourced LS3 V-8 that’s generating 430 horsepower, all of which is backed up by a 4670E transmission.To get the Scout to stop, disc brakes sourced from Wilwood are at all four corners, while TR Beadlock wheels and Nitto Trail Grappler tires provide the truck with real grip. To complete the Scout, Velocity Restorations added new front and rear custom bumpers, a new dash and gauge cluster, a four-point roll cage, front and rear sway bars, and the orange paint and black graphics. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Next 1 of 14 Velocity Restorations has been rebuilding trucks for over a decade but has focused on Broncos during that time, which is what makes this particular Scout so sought after — and expensive. According to the company’s for-sale listing, the Scout will set you back $229,000. That, for this make and model — even a Scout as good as this one — is quite an eye-watering price. Then again, you’re likely to have the only muscled-up International Scout on your block, in your city, or even your state. Maybe it is worth it?As for why Velocity Restorations does what it does, according to the company, “There’s nothing quite like a vintage truck, fully restored and customized just the way you want it. It’s like a blank canvas and we get to be your Michelangelo (or Salvador Dali, if that’s your taste). We breathe new life into vintage trucks of all kinds.” The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity
zoom The Lysblink Seaways is now safely berthed alongside in the Great Harbour at Clydeport, as reported by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Ageny (MCA).She arrived there at 7.55pm Thursday with the help of Luca and Svtizer Milford tugs, with the Forth Jouster helping where needed. The tug Afon Menai was released and is returning to North Wales.The towing operation of the cargo vessel to Greenock on the Firth of Clyde started on Wednesday, March 4.The responsibility for the vessel was returned to the owners DFDS Logistics Rederi AS.A counter pollution plan has been agreed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Clydeport.As a contingency arrangement a sorbent boom has been placed around the Lysblink Seaways for the duration alongside the berth, the coastguard said.Preparations to receive the vessel into the dry dock at Inchgreen are continuing – it is estimated this could be on Wednesday 11th March.“It has been a great example of how co-operation between many people and organisations can make a difference in a potentially challenging situation and I’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved, particularly the salvors and the Scottish Environment Group,” Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s representative Maritime Salvage and Intervention said.Lysblink Seaways ran aground north of the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, on February 18th.
Mumbai: The BJP and Shiv Sena have started closed-door parleys to arrive at a consensus on sharing seats for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly polls amid indications of hard bargaining from both the alliance partners. Sources said state BJP president Chandrakant Patil and his party colleague Girish Mahajan (both also state ministers) are talking to senior Shiv Sena leader and minister Subhash Desai and other party functionaries to arrive at a deal on splitting the 288 assembly seats between them. The pre-poll pact talks between the saffron allies are going on for the last few days, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’BJP sources said CM Devendra Fadnavis has conveyed to the Shiv Sena that both parties should retain the seats won by them in 2014 and after allocating a certain number of seats to smaller allies, share the rest equally. Shiv Sena sources said the party will stick to the formula of 144 seats each which they claimed was worked out during a meeting between BJP chief Amit Shah, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Fadnavis earlier this year. “It has been decided that all responsibilities will be equally shared, including the Chief Minister’s post for 2.5 years. The Sena and BJP should contest 144 seats each,” a Sena source close to Thackeray said. In 2014, the BJP and Shiv Sena had contested the assembly polls separately, winning 122 and 63 seats, respectively. The BJP formed its government under Fadnavis in October 2014 and the Shiv Sena joined the dispensation a few months later. The Congress and NCP had bagged 42 and 41 seats, respectively. The twi parties, too, had contested the 2014 polls separately after sharing power for 15 years.
OTTAWA – Current U.S. policy directs the American military not to defend Canada if it is targeted in a ballistic missile attack, says the top Canadian officer at the North American Aerospace Defence Command.“We’re being told in Colorado Springs that the extant U.S. policy is not to defend Canada,” said Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand, deputy commander of Colorado-based Norad.“That is the policy that’s stated to us. So that’s the fact that I can bring to the table.”St-Amand delivered that revelation Thursday during an appearance before the House of Commons defence committee, which is studying the extent to which Canada is ready for an attack by North Korea.The study comes after several provocative nuclear and ballistic missile tests by North Korea, which have stoked fears Canada could end up in the middle of a confrontation between the U.S. and the so-called hermit kingdom.The latest test occurred on Friday, when North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile travelled about 3,700 kilometres and reached a maximum height of 770 kilometres.Those tests have also resurrected questions over whether Canada should join the U.S. ballistic missile defence shield, which it famously opted out of in 2005 following a divisive national debate.St-Amand said Canadian and U.S. military personnel at Norad headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., work side-by-side detecting potential airborne threats to North America.But Canada would have no role in deciding what to do if North Korea or any other country fired a missile at North America, he said.Canadian military personnel would instead be forced to sit on the sidelines and watch as U.S. officials decided how to act.The general did acknowledge that U.S. officials could ultimately decide to intervene if a missile was heading toward Canada, but that the decision would likely be made in “the heat of the moment.”St-Amand’s comments appeared to confirm the worst fears of many people who believe it is time for Canada to join the U.S. ballistic missile defence shield.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to all but close the door on joining ballistic missile defence last month when he said Canada’s position is “not going to be changed any time soon.”But that has not stopped various defence experts, retired military personnel and even some Liberal MPs from calling for Canada to embrace the missile shield to ensure the country’s protection.Earlier in the day, officials from Global Affairs Canada and National Defence warned the committee that it was likely only a matter of time before North Korea would be able to launch an attack on North America.But they also said that based on recent contacts with Pyongyang, the North Koreans do not see Canada as an enemy, but rather as a potential friend that has the ear of the U.S.Those contacts include a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her North Korean counterpart in August.“There has been no direct threat to Canada,” said Mark Gwozdecky, assistant deputy minister of international security at Global Affairs Canada.“On the contrary, in recent contacts with the North Korean government … the indications were that they perceived Canada as a peaceful and indeed a friendly country.”Pyongyang’s primary goal is self-preservation, the officials said, and it understands the consequences of a war with the United States or any other country.Yet the officials also said the risks of a miscalculation are high, and the Liberal government believes Canada has an important role in helping find a peaceful solution to the situation.That includes talks, but also trying to exert more pressure on the North Korean government — either through diplomatic isolation or economic sanctions — to give up its nuclear weapons.“We must convince Pyongyang that it can achieve its goals through peaceful diplomatic means,” Gwozdecky said.— Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said it was only a matter of time before North Korea launches an attack on North America. It also misattributed a quote to Stephen Burt, assistant chief of defence intelligence at the Department of National Defence.
VANCOUVER – An industry expert says a public inquiry into British Columbia’s record-breaking gasoline prices may increase the public’s understanding of a murky market, but the provincial government’s options for response are limited.Michael Ervin of the Kent Group consulting firm says there are two options: creating a gasoline price watchdog group or reduce taxes.The government could also regulate prices, but he says there are problems with that.Crude and wholesale gasoline are global commodities so Ervin says capping prices could see American buyers guzzle up local supply.He also mentions regulating prices at the pump could put gas stations out of business because their retail margins adjusted for inflation have declined over 30 years.Premier John Horgan ordered the inquiry in May when prices at the pump reached a-dollar-seventy per litre, saying gas and diesel price increases were “alarming, increasingly out of line with the rest of Canada, and people in B-C deserve answers.”READ MORE: B.C. Premier asks utilities commission to probe high gasoline pricesHe tasked the British Columbia Utilities Commission with overseeing the inquiry.A panel chaired by C-E-O David Morton is to begin oral proceedings on Wednesday in Vancouver.
Mumbai: Allaying apprehensions of the grounded carrier Jet Airways on its vacant slots, the aviation ministry Tuesday said they are being allocated to other airlines purely on “temporary basis” and once the airline resumes operations, these slots will be returned. The ministry also assured Jet of “protecting” its historic slots as per the applicable norms and regulations. The SBI-led consortium of lenders and Jet Airways employees unions had Monday urged the government to secure its international landing slots to protect its valuation. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”To reduce inconvenience of passengers and facilitate induction of additional capacity, it has been decided to allot some of the slots vacated by Jet to other airlines purely on a temporary basis, for a period of three months,” the ministry said in a statement Tuesday. The abrupt temporary closure of Jet due to cash crunch last Wednesday left thousands of passengers in the lurch, forcing the ministry to allot some of the slots across domestic and international airports to other local carriers in a bid to help mitigate inconvenience. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe crisis at Jet has caused inconvenience to many air passengers and the ministry is seized of the matter, it said, adding the decision to allot vacant slot to other carriers has been taken to reduce the inconvenience of passengers and facilitate induction of additional capacity. “The historic rights of Jet Airways, as per extent ministry guidelines for slot allocation will be protected. These slots will be made available to Jet as and when they revive their operations,” the ministry said. It also said a committee has been constituted by government comprising regulator DGCA, the Airports Authority, joint venture/private sector airlines and slot coordinators to ensure that slots are allocated in most equitable and transparent manner. This committee would be allocating slots purely on temporary basis for three months only to those airlines which bring additional capacity (aircraft), the ministry added. Meanwhile, ending a three-day losing streak, shares of Jet Airways (India) surged nearly 10 per cent at close of trade Tuesday on value-buying at lower levels. The scrip jumped 9.90 per cent to close at Rs 169.90 on the BSE. During the day, it zoomed 12.19 per cent to Rs 173.45. At the NSE, shares advanced 8.30 per cent to close at Rs 167.55. On the traded volume front, 45.27 lakh shares of the company were traded on the BSE and over four crore shares on the NSE during the day. In the past three days, the scrip plummeted 40.94 per cent. It hit its 52-week low of Rs 132.20 on Monday.
Rabat – On Saturday, August 10, women in Casablanca took to the streets to march in shorts as an expression of solidarity with the Belgian teens who have been in the headlines recently.The initiative, dubbed #YesWeShort, has been spurred on by many internet users in response to the harsh social scrutiny and public shaming a group of young Belgian volunteers recently faced for their choice to wear shorts as they helped build a road in Taroudant, in southern Morocco.The goal of the march was to “send a message to the obscurantists who want to impose extreme thoughts and destroy the image of our country,” said the organizers of the event. The event has received praise on social media, with users commending the women for doing something tangible to show solidarity with the Belgian teens.Excellente cette intifada de la jeunesse marocaine contre le diktat des obscurantistes qui veulent faire régresser la société #yesweshort Bravo pour leur courage, pour leur créativité et pour leur esprit d’initiative— Omar Dahbi (@OmarDahbi) August 10, 2019The group of Belgian youth, from the organization Bouworde, came to Morocco to volunteer for the summer and was building a road in Taroudant. But the young volunteers unexpectedly found themselves in the center of media controversy this week.On Saturday, August 3, Moroccan news outlets shared videos and photos of the volunteers building a road in the remote village of Adar, east of Agadir. The girls were praised in the media for their initiative, but online comments soon took a turn for the worse.Some internet users were objecting to the teenage girls’ choice of attire. The girls were filmed wearing shorts and tank tops, while doing manual labor under the Moroccan sun, in the name of volunteering.One 26-year-old teacher from the north of Morocco posted on Facebook that “their heads should be cut off so that no one else dares to challenge the teachings of our religion.” He was arrested on Tuesday, August 6, by Moroccan police for inciting terrorism.As a result of the threats and the fear the controversy may have caused the students, Bouworde has offered the students the opportunity to return home early. Only 3 of the 37 volunteers accepted the offer to return home.Read also: Belgian Organization Cancels Volunteer Projects in Morocco Following Media Controversy
TORONTO — They say breaking up is hard to do — and that most often can be the case when it comes to leaving your realtor.Although not overly common, there may come a time when you want to ditch the real estate agent you have entrusted to help you sell or buy a home.However, if you have signed a contract to work with your agent, chances are you’re stuck with them, at least for awhile.Realtor Andre Pasche says the top reason why a client may want to dump their listing agent before their contract ends is that they blame them for not being able to sell their property.Why OREA and others believe an open bidding process is a better way to buy and sell real estateThe Uber of real estate is coming and once again, it’s millennials who are behind the disruptionDo real estate agents work as hard to sell a client’s home as they do to sell their own?“You can find yourself at a standstill,” said Pasche, who is with Norman Hill Realty in Markham, Ont.“The house isn’t selling, the real estate agent isn’t going to cancel the agreement, so nothing is going to happen. Basically everybody is wasting time because they’re mad at each other.”Other reasons why a homeowner may become unhappy can include a realtor over-promising in their pitch, convincing the owner the home is worth more than market value or added services such as staging and marketing materials were not delivered to their standards.Alternatively, homebuyers can become frustrated if they keep losing out on bids, or begin to not trust the expertise or advice given to them by their buying agent.In these scenarios, there is little recourse for someone who wants to back out of a contract, says Pasche.It can be hard to break up with your real estate agent. Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press The first step an unhappy client should take is to express their concerns with their agent to see if they’d be willing to break the contract.If that’s not possible, they can speak with the agent’s manager and ask to work with another salesperson in the company. Switching agents within the same brokerage does not contravene the original contract, which is usually signed with a brokerage, not an agent, for anywhere from 60 to 90 days.Lastly, the homeowner can reach out and file a complaint with the regulating real estate body in their province, like the Real Estate Council of Ontario, which can often be laborious and time-consuming.Pasche says the simplest way to stop working with an agent is to wait until the contract expires, pull the property off the market and relist it with a new realtor.Listing agents are often reluctant to let clients break their contracts because they typically spend hundreds of dollars on staging the property, creating a website and hiring a professional photographer. Some realtors may agree to void the contract, but will insist on being reimbursed for these costs.John Pasalis, president of Realosophy Realty, says his company always adds a special clause in their buyer and seller contracts that allow clients to leave at any time — even though it’s not standard industry practice.“As you’re working with someone, and they give you the authority to represent them, if they’re not happy, then what is the point of locking in someone to work with them?” he asked. “To me, it only makes sense to let buyers move on if they’re not happy.”Pasalis suggests homeowners and homebuyers should interview two or three realtors before committing. Ask yourself whether you trust them, trust their advice and experience, and the likelihood they could deliver on their promises.The best way to ensure a content relationship is to hire someone based on a referral, he added.Clients should also be wary before signing on the dotted line, and ask to see if the contract period could be negotiated.Pasalis says potential homebuyers are usually not asked to commit with a realtor until the first offer is made. This contract could be added to the pile of papers clients need to sign for a bid, and before they know it, they’re locked in with a buying agent for six months to a year.“Like all other things, you need to think about this stuff before you sign,” he said. “You don’t want think about the worst case scenario after you’re in that relationship. The first thing to do is be preventative. Have that discussion or add clauses in the contract that allow you to cancel.”
Megan Rapinoe (center) and Abby Wambach (right) speak to OSU women’s soccer coach Lori Walker during an OUAB event on March 28 at The Ohio Union. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorTwo of the most prominent American female athletes visited Ohio State on Monday night to discuss a wide variety of topics in a crowded Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The event, put on by OUAB, featured former U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach and current midfielder Megan Rapinoe. The duo sat down with OSU women’s soccer coach Lori Walker for a talk about women’s rights, gay rights and Wambach’s retirement. Those in attendance listened to the moving words and topics that the athletes presented. Wambach and Rapinoe are coming off a FIFA Women’s World Cup title, the third in U.S. history. The duo described their feelings when meeting President Barack Obama and riding on floats through New York City for their championship ticker-tape parade.However, these women had a much larger message to leave with students.Both Rapinoe and Wambach have come out as lesbian in recent years, and wanted to let people who are struggling with their sexuality know it is OK to be gay. The World Cup champions described the points in their life when they discovered they were gay, and the triumphs and struggles they encountered while doing so.Wambach said she plans to release a book toward the end of the year describing not only her successes in life, but also her failures and darkest moments. The all-time leading goal-scorer in the history of international women’s soccer said she will open up in ways that no one knows about, and that some of the details in the book might be shocking to some readers. Even so, Wambach said she is not scared about unleashing this information, and she is completely comfortable with who she is.For the first time publicly, Wambach announced she will join former U.S. women’s soccer player Brandi Chastain and donate her brain for concussion research. Rapinoe said she would follow suit, as well, although she noted she doesn’t use her head quite to the extend Wambach does. Rapinoe talked about her engagement and upcoming marriage to singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone and her excitement surrounding the event. The USWNT winger was recently inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame and is a large proponent of the LGBT community.Rapinoe said she feels that her advocacy role is not only about the story of her own sexuality, but to make other people of the LGBT community feel comfortable with who they are and to “be your best you.”Throughout the discussion, Wambach touched on her recent retirement from soccer, and what her future plans are both in life and in the realm of the game. The 35 year-old said she knew it was time for her to retire when then-teammate Kelley O’Hara came in as a substitute and scored a goal against Germany in the semifinal of the 2015 World Cup. Wambach said at that moment she felt that she could leave the team after being a leader and member since 2001 and it would be “in good hands.”The former teammates in Wambach and Rapinoe remain great friends, and Wambach said she plans to remain involved in the game of soccer, specifically with the USWNT. The champions will also drive to become even bigger advocates within the LGBT community and always remind people to not care and to be happy with who they are.A full story about Rapinoe and Wambach’s decision can be read here.
Anyone who hates needles, myself included, sighed with relief when a number of painless alternatives started appearing, albeit in prototype form. The replacement for the needle stabbed into your arm is a micro-needle array with protrusions so tiny you can’t feel them breaking through your skin to deliver the meds.Fujifilm revealed its micro-needle array last year, and then a dried sugar variant appeared in February. Now human trials are set to start with another solution called the Nanopatch.Professor Mark Kendall from Brisbane, Australia invented the patch that uses a similar array of micro-needles, each having dried vaccine applied to them. They beat out standard needles not only because there is no pain involved, but due to the fact the dried vaccine doesn’t require refrigeration, meaning it’s much easier and far cheaper to transport to remote locations. He also argues that the vaccine will work better from a Nanopatch as you are injecting it just below the skin rather than into a muscle.The Nanopatch will be used in a field trial this October in Papua New Guinea. If successful, we move on to clinical trials that happen around 18 months after that in both Papua New Guinea again and Brisbane.The cost difference between needles and a Nanopatch is quite staggering. A typical 3-needle vaccine course costs around $50 where as a single patch can do the same job for 50 cents. So the sooner this becomes the standard way of vaccinating people the better.
Michael Lowry asked his secretary to oversee £250,000 payment, trial hears One of nine charges has been dropped against the TD. Share16 Tweet Email Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 9:30 PM Jun 20th 2018, 9:31 PM Michael Lowry arriving at the CCJ. 20,384 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Michael Lowry arriving at the CCJ. Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie MICHAEL LOWRY’S POLITICAL secretary has told a jury that in August 2002, the politician asked her to oversee a payment of £250,000 to an individual for money owed on a property deal.Aileen Dempsey told Michael O’Higgins SC, defending Lowry, that she was an employee of the Independent TD for 30 years as his secretarial assistant and was paid by the Oireachtas. She worked out of his company office, Garuda Ltd, who traded as Streamline Enterprises.She said Lowry was on extended leave in August 2002 when she got a phone call from Kevin Phelan who said he was due a payment from Lowry in respect of a property deal. She said she knew Phelan had met him before.She said it took her a few days to get in contact with Lowry; she relayed the message and he told her there was commission due to Garuda from a Finnish refrigeration company, Norpe OY.Dempsey told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he instructed her to raise an invoice from Streamline Enterprises for that amount and told her to oversee the payment of this money to Phelan.She said Lowry told her he had “cleared” the transfer of the money to Phelan with the CEO of Norpe OY.Dempsey said she rang her contact in Norpe to enquire as to what the euro equivalent of Stg£250,000 was “so that when the invoice landed there wouldn’t be a hiccup”.She got a call back from Stella Lipponen in Norpe who told her that the invoice had to come from Kevin Phelan.“I relayed that information to Phelan. I told him that Michael had cleared the payment with the CEO in Norpe but an invoice had to come from him or his company in respect of the £250,000,” Ms Dempsey said.She said she got a call from Norpe to say the payment had gone through and they faxed through a copy of the invoice they had relied on when issuing the payment.“What did you do with the invoice?” O’Higgins asked.“As far as I was concerned that was the end of the transaction. As I deal with queries and finalise them I put a line through them and put them in a storage box. That box is later taken down to a store,” Dempsey said.‘Monies owed’She said in January 2007, she got a call from Michael Lowry’s accountant who said he would fax her through a letter that she was to type up on Streamline headed paper and get Lowry to sign.Dempsey said the letter was also dictated to her and she was informed it was an important letter. She said it was stressed to her that it had to say this was commission due to Garuda for the year end 2006.The letter, which was an exhibit in the case, was dated January 15, 2007 and addressed to Neale O’Hanlon, a partner in accounting firm BBT, the practice employed by the TD. It was signed by Lowry.The letter said: “I wish to advise that I issued an invoice to Norpe OY in respect of monies outstanding for commission due to Garuda Ltd. up to the end of 2006 to the value of €372,000. I obtained payment directly to myself of this amount.“As this is money properly due to the Company please ensure that it is returned and reflected in the Accounts with tax paid and set against my Director’s loan.”Dempsey told O’Higgins she didn’t connect the €372,000 referred to with the £250,000 from August 2002.She did as directed and gave the letter to Lowry. “He paid attention to it and he signed it,” Dempsey said.She said in August 2015, Michael Collins, Michael Lowry’s solicitor, told her that Lowry’s and Garuda’s appeal on a €1.1 million tax bill had been sucessful “but the trial was still going ahead”.“He sat me down and explained to me the huge importance that there was no Streamline invoice to cover the figure in question. At some point it triggered with me that I could have had some involvement with it,” Demspey said.She said she went down to the store and spent a number of days searching for the invoice that had been faxed to her in August 2002. She found it and handed it to Lowry. He read it and advised her to get it to Collins immediately.“Were you ever told that this transaction was not to be talked about?” O’Higgins asked Ms Dempsey.“Absolutely not,” she replied.Ms Dempsey agreed with Remy Farrell SC, prosecuting that it didn’t occur to her, until the conversation with Collins, that the transaction at issue in the trial was the one she had looked after in 2002.“When I went looking for that document, I was hoping to find something else relating to another transaction. I didn’t know it was the transaction until I found the invoice. When I saw the invoice I nearly died,” Ms Demspey said .She agreed that even though Lowry had instructed her to raise an invoice, no invoice was ever generated by her.“I was told to oversee the payment. The transaction went through and I oversaw it,” Dempsey replied.She accepted a suggestion from Farrell that she didn’t remember the faxed through invoice until Collins spoke to her about in 2015.“You didn’t remember when it all kicked off. You didn’t remember it when he was charged with criminal offences?”“It was the accountants who were dealing with,” Dempsey replied.At the start of the trial, Lowry (64) of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co. Tipperary, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of filing incorrect tax returns on dates between August 2002 and August 2007 in relation to a sum of £248,624 received by his company, Garuda Ltd and one charge in relation to failing to keep a proper set of accounts on dates between 28 August, 2002 and August 3, 2007.He further pleaded not guilty on behalf of Garuda Ltd to three similar charges in relation to the company’s tax affairs and one charge of failing to keep a proper set of accounts on the same dates. http://jrnl.ie/4082607 Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie No Comments Short URL By Sonya McClean
England defender Joe Gomez has today penned down a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club.Gomez, 21, committed his future to the Reds by signing a fresh deal at Melwood on Monday morning, extending his three-and-a-half-year stay with the club.The rising star originally arrived on Merseyside from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2015 and is happy with the progress he has made.Gomez told Liverpoolfc.com: “Signing this new deal means the world to me.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“I’ve been at the club a few years now and have had the pleasure to play for Liverpool and experience what that means, so I am delighted to get the chance to extend my contract here.“I love the club, I love playing and learning here, and I am happy for that to continue.”Gomez is currently facing another spell on the sidelines due to a lower-leg fracture picked up against Burnley last week, though thankfully he’s set to return sooner rather than later in the New Year.
An IndiGo Airlines cabin baggage security check tag is pictured on a passenger’s luggage at Bengaluru International Airport in Bangalore March 5, 2012.ReutersIndia’s low cost carrier IndiGo is planning to bring smaller towns into its orbit with ATR-72 planes, according to the schedule submitted by the airline to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).Indigo, with highest market share in domestic aviation market, the company now plan to connect 13 small towns in the hub-and-spoke model under its regional operations, beginning this winter, business daily Business Standard reported on Monday.The airline has sought DGCA’s approval to operate 85 daily flights with its new ATR-72 planes to Tier II cities, which can act as a feeder to its main routes. Some destinations IndiGo is planning to fly to are Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Shirdi, Bhuj, Bhopal, Gwalior, Vijayawada, and Tirupati.Simultaneously, the airline plans to deploy ATR-72 planes on some routes that are mostly in north-eastern states and currently served by the Airbus A320.In its filing, IndiGo has indicated it will launch regional operations between Hyderabad and Nagpur from November 10. While Hyderabad and Nagpur will be its southern and western hubs, the airline plans to cover the east and north-eastern region from Kolkata and Delhi.”The destinations are all either religious or industrial hubs, there will be no shortage of traffic and IndiGo will have the advantage of having extensive connectivity to become the carrier of choice in these routes,” a rival airline official told BS.IndiGo’s proposal will be taken up for approval by the civil aviation regulator later this month. The management has said commercial operations will start by the end of this year, and the airline will have seven ATR planes by next March.”Documentation work with the aircraft and engine manufacturers continues towards finalisation of the purchase agreements and currently our plan is to launch the commercial operations by the end of this calendar year,” IndiGo’s President Aditya Ghosh said in a conference call.The airline will participate in the second round of bidding for the regional connectivity scheme and has asked the civil aviation ministry to remove the exclusivity clause, which gives a successful bidder a monopoly over a route for three years.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Climate scientists have been debating among themselves what will happen as the planet warms. In addition to changes in temperature, there are likely to be changes in weather patterns and precipitation. One thing they have not been able to agree on is whether the planet will experience more or less precipitation. In this new effort, the researchers suggest that an equation widely used to help predict changes in weather patterns and precipitation levels is flawed because researchers have failed to properly use one of its parameters.Scheff explains that the equation, the Penman-Monteith equation, uses temperature, surface radiation, wind speed and humidity as inputs. As one factor changes, such as temperature, changes can be seen in the others. But, he notes, many who use the equation have failed to take into account the closure of leaf stomata in plants that occurs when carbon dioxide levels increase, resulting in less evaporative loss. The equation allows for this with a parameter that permits inputting surface resistance to evaporation in non-arid locations. Many have simply been setting it to zero. The researchers argue that doing so has caused erroneous results that suggest an increasingly drier planet. They found that allowing this parameter to depend on carbon dioxide changes allowed accounting for leaf stoma closure. They report that using the equation in such a way showed that the planet is likely to experience more precipitation in some areas, less in others and that some areas may remain unchanged—a finding that would appear not only more logical but in line with several other theoretical models. Citation: Changing variable in equation used to project climate change to give more accurate estimate of precipitation changes (2018, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-variable-equation-climate-accurate-precipitation.html Explore further Study sheds light on why a warmer world may equal a wetter Arctic A team of researchers from Australia and China has changed a variable used in an equation to project precipitation as the climate changes, and in so doing, has found that the planet may not become drier as many have suggested. In their paper published in Nature Climate Change, they explain their rationale for changing the variable and why they believe the equation now better represents reality. Jacob Scheff, with the University of North Carolina, offers a News and Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. © 2018 Science X Network More information: Yuting Yang et al. Hydrologic implications of vegetation response to elevated CO2 in climate projections, Nature Climate Change (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0361-0 Journal information: Nature Climate Change Credit: CC0 Public Domain