In November 2013, Harvard received 23 takedown notices from Elsevier, a publisher of academic journals.A takedown notice is a request from a copyright holder to remove a work from the Internet because of alleged copyright infringement. To comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Internet hosts like Harvard must comply with takedown notices even if the recipient may choose to put the work back up again.All 23 of the takedown notices targeted published editions of articles from Elsevier journals posted to websites on the Harvard.edu domain, including for example lab sites, faculty sites, and course websites hosted on iSites. All 23 articles were promptly taken down.None of the takedowns targeted articles in DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard), the open-access repository maintained by Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC). As Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, put it, “The OSC is part of the solution, not part of the problem.”We explore the issue with Peter Suber, the director of Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication.Q. Why did the 23 Harvard faculty members receive takedown notices from Elsevier?A. Elsevier believed that the posted copies infringed its copyrights.Q. Was Elsevier within its rights to demand these takedowns?When authors publish in a journal, they typically transfer all or some of their rights to the publisher. These rights typically allow the publisher to do what Elsevier has done. Read Full Story
Visitors to the GeorgiaNational Fair in Perry, Ga., can find out how much they know in the daily Ag U QuizBowl.”It’s a fun way to learn about a very serious subject,” said Willie Chance, a Houston County Extension Service agentwho helped run the first Ag U Quiz Bowl in last year’s fair.The quiz show is sponsored by the Universityof Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences and the Georgia National Fair. The fair is Oct. 9-18.Fair visitors will have a dozen chances to get in on the quiz bowl fun, with threedaily showings Oct. 12-15. The shows will be at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. each day inside thefairground’s Heritage Hall.At each show, a CAES professor will provide some fascinating facts about agriculture inan entertaining lecture.Visitors will learn the basics, like the fact that agriculture accounts for one inevery six jobs in Georgia and generates $39 billion, or 16 percent of the state’s economicoutput.But they’ll also get a quick review of Georgia farm history and some fun facts like:* The state’s farmers grow enough peanuts for every Georgian to get 187 pounds of peanut butter every year. “But we spread it around,” Chance said.* More people die from insect bites than snake bites. Mosquitoes and the diseases they carry will probably kill 1 million people this year.After the lecture, Chance said, four people in the audience get to be contestants inthe quiz bowl. They’ll compete for Ag U degrees by answering questions covered in thelecture. The winner will get the “doctor of ag facts” degree. Runners-up willget “farm foreman” degrees, while the losing contestant will be declared a”city slicker.”Actually, all four will get some nice prizes — all Georgia farm products such ascotton T-shirts, peanuts and coupons for free eggs.”We have a good time,” Chance said. “We try to make it as fun andentertaining as we can. While we’re having fun, though, we try to let everyone leave witha little more knowledge about the importance of agriculture in Georgia.” If you got dressed and ate breakfast this morning, you have some farm’s finest in youand probably on you. But how much do you know about agriculture?
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hurricane Dorian The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warned users to remain vigilant for malicious cyberactivity targeting Hurricane Dorian disaster victims and potential donors.“Fraudulent emails commonly appear after major natural disasters and often contain links or attachments that direct users to malicious websites,” said the agency in a Wednesday news release.CISA suggested users exercise caution in handling any email with a hurricane-related subject line, attachment or hyperlink. In addition, users should be wary of social media pleas, texts or door-to-door solicitations relating to severe weather events. Potential Hurricane Dorian scams are at the forefront of a number of recent cybersecurity-related news items, which also include fraudsters taking advantage of new European authentication measures, leaks at the cosmetics firm Yves Rocher and more Facebook data-related exposures. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Should my daughter remove her hijab? Should I tell my son to shave his beard? What do I tell my young children when they ask if President-elect Donald Trump is going to deport us?Those were just some of the pointed questions posed to a panel of religious leaders, elected officials, law enforcement and community organizers during an often-emotional forum that attracted close to 100 people at the Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI) in Westbury on Thursday night.Muslim and Jewish leaders in Nassau County following Trump’s shocking victory last month coordinated the hastily arranged event. It sparked passionate discussion about tangible steps minority groups should take when confronted by hate-filled rhetoric and what role law enforcement can play in preventing bias crimes. Nationwide last year, anti-Muslim hate crimes saw a dramatic 67-percent increase from the prior year, and attacks on Jews, blacks and LGBT people also spiked.The number of incidents this year won’t be available until 2017, but anti-hate groups have documented hundreds of bias crimes since the Nov. 8 election.The event, the first of many to come, was in response to accusations that candidate Trump trafficked in hate, misogyny and Islamophobia to drudge up support from people distrustful or fearful of immigrants. Underscoring the anxiety many minority groups are feeling, Silvia Finkelstein of the Nassau District Attorney’s Office of Immigrant Affairs said she’s been to about a dozen similar events in the last three weeks.At one point, a visibly perturbed Rabbi Michael White of Temple Sinai of Roslyn peered over at elected officials and questioned how they’d react if Trump’s incoming administration institutes a registration system for Muslims.“We’ve been protected by a phenomenal police department, and I don’t expect that to change,” White, a panelist, said. “There has been a spike all over the country of horrific events in schools and in parks, phrases like ‘Heil Trump,’ swastikas, awful stuff…You raised the issue of this abominable potential of a registry…I want to know from our elected officials here: if the federal government calls for a registry based on religion, what will you do?”RELATED: Trump Team Considering Resurrecting Ineffective & Discredited Bush-Era Muslim RegistryTown of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, demurred. Instead she said the key is to be proactive and to continue holding similar events that unite the community.“I grew up understanding the danger of identifying groups, of having groups feel that they were in any kind of danger of who they were, how they prayed,” she said. “And so our best approach is what we’re doing here tonight—it’s by standing together.”Bosworth noted that after the election, a swastika was discovered in the bathroom of a Port Washington public school. The community responded by organizing a similar forum that attracted more than 500 people.ICLI President Dr. Isma Chaudhry set the tone for the evening’s discussion when she recalled the palpable fear among mosque leaders for their congregation, particularly weekend school students and teachers. Chaudhry, who has made a career out of interfaith dialogue, said even she was unable to effectively respond to entreaties from worried parents.“Parents are asking me, should they ask their girls to take their head covers off when they go out?” she recalled. “Do the young Muslim men now have to shave off their beard because their parents are afraid?”RELATED: ‘Heil Hitler’: Reports of Hate Crimes Have Long Island, Nation on EdgeJohn Berry Jr., commander of Nassau County police’s Third Precinct, which covers Westbury, said practicing Muslims should not diverge from their faith.“You have our support—we are behind you 100-percent,” he told Chaudhry and the audience, many of whom were Muslim. “There’s no reason to change. This is what America is about; it’s a melting pot. In particular, New York and New York City [have] always been that way. I wouldn’t change any of your practices or customs—do what you’ve always done.”When confronted by a young Muslim woman about discredited claims of Sharia law spreading in the US and questionable police tactics—most notably the NYPD’s years-long surveillance of Muslims on Long Island and elsewhere after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks—Deputy Chief of Patrol Kenneth Lack said cops, like religious groups, are frequently over-generalized as he defended his department.“I think we do it better than most of those 18,000 other police departments,” he said of NCPD’s decades-old policy of community engagement, adding that each officer in the police academy participates in 12-hour hatred and intolerance training at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.While it was difficult for panelists and community members to agree to a consensus as to how best to address many of their fears among Long Islanders, their was near-unanimous agreement that schools must take a more prominent role in educating students about tolerance.Jenna Freed of Roslyn, a parishioner at Temple Sinai and the parent of an adopted child from Ethiopia, said it’s important that parents air concerns to school officials.“When the election happened I reached out to our school district…and said what are you gonna do?” she said. “Because if my kids come home and feel targeted, they’re going to be really devastated and I’m going to be really mad…your words will carry much more weight when you proactively send something out and address it then they will reacting to a crime.”She said within minutes after her meeting, the principal of one of the schools sent a letter to all parents calling the school a “place of unity and community and we celebrate our diversity.” Similarly, an elementary school in the district tried to alleviate fears by reminding parents about the “No Place for Hate” initiative its involved in to address intolerance and hate.Another parent of four echoed Freed’s sentiment.“Fear spreads from ignorance,” the woman said. “They know nothing about Islam, they know what they hear in the media.“I think we need to bring more speakers into our schools,” she continued, adding that a middle school-aged girl in her district in Suffolk County was harassed and threatened suicide. “This is how dangerous it is.”A woman who identified herself as a longtime educator at Westbury Public Schools, said its no secret that some kids are fearful of new deportation policies.“Since the election, nobody in the school district has really addressed the elephant in the room,” she told the panelists. “We hear our children in the hallway [talk] fearfully about whether or not their parents are going to be sent away—we’re not supposed to answer because we’re not supposed to be politically correct. And that more than disturbs me because, I too, was raised in a family of Holocaust survivors and I was taught the danger of silence.”Despite the trepidation among many parents, some speakers offered hopeful messages.Dr. Faroque Khan, a board member of the ICLI, reminded the audience about how support for the Muslim American community on Long Island has grown since 9/11.“We have to be optimistic, this will pass,” Khan said. “We did not elect a new constitution, we elected a new president. That’s a crucial difference.”
Nov 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 avian influenza has been confirmed at a second poultry farm near the site of a recent outbreak, South Korea’s agriculture ministry told news services today.The farm is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the first reported outbreak in Iksan in North Jeolla province, about 141 miles (230 kilometers) south of Seoul, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The owner of the second farm requested that his chickens be tested for H5N1 avian flu yesterday after 206 of 12,000 chickens died, the Korea Times reported.The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service confirmed that the chickens were infected with the H5N1 virus, the Times report said.The outbreaks on the two farms are South Korea’s first in almost 3 years. No human cases of H5N1 illness have ever been reported in South Korea.An agriculture official told Reuters today that there have been no reports of infections associated with the current outbreak in local residents or quarantine workers. AFP reported that health authorities have vaccinated 151 people living with 500 meters of the second outbreak; the report didn’t specify what kind of vaccine was used.The second outbreak has raised concern that the virus has spread outside the high-risk zone around the first affected farm, the Times report said. Expanding the quarantine zone beyond the site of the first outbreak could greatly increase the number of chickens, dogs, cats, and other animals that officials would kill.The AFP report said more than 170,000 chickens at farms within 500 meters of the first outbreak have been killed in the past 2 days, along with a number of pigs and dogs.The agriculture ministry confirmed three other avian flu outbreaks in other districts but said they involved a mild strain, according to AFP.In other avian flu developments, China is considering phasing out live-poultry markets in an effort to prevent the spread of avian flu, according to another AFP report today. A document released by China’s State Council suggests a ban on any new live-poultry markets and recommends that existing markets be moved out of densely populated urban areas.Poultry markets present an avian flu exposure risk because chickens are often slaughtered there in unsanitary conditions. The markets also serve as hubs for viral spread as birds are moved to farms or other markets.About 46,000 poultry have died in 10 outbreaks in seven Chinese provinces this year, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported on Nov 10. Jia Youling, chief veterinary officer and director of the Veterinary Bureau in the Ministry of Agriculture, said at a press conference that another 2.94 million fowl were culled, Xinhua reported.
At the CIHT 2018 conference in Crikvenica, TCN talked with Keith Pollard, editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Medical Travel, about the potentials of Croatian health tourism.One of the many prominent Croatian and foreign speakers at this year’s International Conference on Health Tourism in Crikvenica was Keith Pollard, editor-in-chief of the most influential media in the health tourism sector, the Journal of International Medical Travel (IMTJ). TCN talked to Keith about Croatia’s potential in the field of health tourism after his interesting lecture at a conference entitled “How to develop a medical travel strategy for hospitals and clinics.”Can you give us some advice for the development of health tourism in Croatia? Where can we look for the best examples and in which part of the market can Croatia really compete with the competition?First I would say that there is a lot of marketing noise related to this sector. Everyone thinks they can do medical tourism, but if you want to know which is the best country you could learn from, then this is Malaysia.Malaysia is undoubtedly a country that has succeeded. IMTJ awards prizes, and Malaysia has won the Destination of the Year award three times in four years. For some reason, perhaps because of their culture, they have managed to join forces of all institutions and stakeholders. I was there and got to know their process, that’s the real thing.You get off the plane and are immediately greeted by a lady with your name on them. Sherene (Azli, above, Director General of the Malaysian Health Travel Council, who also spoke at the conference) has about 35 employees and has really invested a lot in the process. It can be seen that the work is working. Another thing Malaysia is good at is measuring results. They do this because the state requires them to provide data. This is also the case in Dubai, where the requirements are similar.There is nothing like it in Croatia.Croatia is very similar to Spain, which is a significantly similar destination. There the state invested some money, but recklessly and inefficiently. The key thing was in the individuals who head the clinics. This is what drives their medical tourism. There are entrepreneurs with reasonable marketing and a sense of business who see the opportunity and then make excellent use of it. This entrepreneurial spirit is also emerging in Croatia, and the most prominent example is the Bagatin Polyclinic. Ognjen Bagatin is one of the most enterprising people in this country.Keith Pollard from IMTJ is one of the six CIHT ambassadors whom the Kvarner Health Cluster thanked at the opening of the conference / Photo: CIHT Conference Crikvenica CroatiaKeith Pollard, IMTJ: Croatia could also learn from HungaryCroatia could also learn from Hungary, which has developed its dental tourism. These are seven clinics that have joined forces. The state did nothing. These seven clinics merged, founded the Association of Hungarian Dental Clinics, and set standards for what members would offer to foreign patients. And so patients today have a very good experience in Hungary.Patients are warmly welcomed at the airport, and the hotels are adapted for dental patients, with special menus. In some hotels, more than half of the guests are patients from one of these seven clinics. It all started with a gathering of like-minded business people who saw the potential of the whole story. The Creative Dental Clinic in Budapest is one of the best examples. It is a specially built seven-storey building, with 15 dentists, a laboratory and an internet cafe on the roof. Articles about them from the world media are displayed on the walls. Really impressive.What is the difference between the quality of dental services in Croatia and Hungary?I don’t think there is any difference. Hungary did great in the UK 10 to 15 years ago because there was a huge shortage of dentists there. Dentists were found in two countries – Hungary and Poland. The British healthcare system has employed hundreds of dentists, and this has certainly helped Hungary, as British patients have become accustomed to Hungarian dentists.What is the problem with the fact that Croatia has so few flights of low-cost airlines, compared to, for example, Budapest?I always fly British Airways, so it’s not a problem for me, but the truth is that Zagreb fails to take advantage of the opportunities offered by low-budget carriers. Wizzair, easyJet – that’s the big difference.18 million tourists come to Croatia every year. If only one percent of them solved their dental or vision problem during the holidays, that would be 180,000 patients a year. I wouldn’t do that while they are on vacation. I do not understand why Croatia does not advertise its health tourism better. The data is crucial, and you have all the possible data about all these tourists. During the peak season, four million people come in a month, and then that drops to 300.000 a month in January, which is why everything is closed in the winter.There is a whole market of tourists who adore Croatia, and who probably don’t even think of grooming their teeth in Croatia. In their minds, there is no connection between Croatia as a summer destination and Croatia as an affordable solution for obtaining quality health care. Crikvenica is beautiful in November. Let tourists return here out of season for health services.You have so many of these positive-minded, easily accessible consumers. You don’t even have to attract a lot of them – let them come back here in February.Ognjen Bagatin, Polyclinic Bagatin / Photo: CIHT Conference Crikvenica CroatiaWhere will Croatia be on the map of medical tourism in ten years?It could – if it really starts – take over 25% of the Hungarian dental traffic, provided that forces join forces and things are set up properly. I see no reason why that should not happen. I often come here and I really like Croatia.How much is the dental market worth in Hungary?I don’t know the exact amount, but I do know that one clinic has 800 patients a month who spend an average of about 5000 euros. I also know how much they spend on marketing. But it’s just one of those big clinics. Calculate for yourself. How much do they spend per month on Adwords advertising? A lots of. And they are very good at targeting a certain audience – one of their main markets is Finland, for example. Finns, British, Irish, Germans and other Scandinavians. Advertising in Finland is completely different. They sponsor concerts in various targeted cities to make them heard. And more than impressive./ / / /A lot of lessons could be learned in Crikvenica. Thanks to Keith for his time. A country of excellence to learn from – Malaysia. Far closer market from which to learn and with which we can compete – dental tourism in Budapest.Author: Paul Bradbury, Total Croatia News ENG Version /// CROATIAN HEALTH TOURISM: Interview with IMTJ Editor Keith Pollard in Crikvenica RELATED NEWS: HEALTH TOURISM/ / / IT IS TIME FOR US TO START SERIOUS TOURISM SERIOUSLY AND STRATEGICALLY/ / / DR. MILJENKO BURA: WITHOUT QUALITY AND PRESENT HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE WE CANNOT BUILD A YEAR-OLD TOURISM/ / / NEVENKA KOVAČ, SB MEDICO: WE HAVE A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT STRATEGIES AND POSSIBILITIES OF HEALTH TOURISM, AND TOO MUCH WORK IS IN THE FIELD
“It’s very hard to play politics with the pandemic,” said David Coletto at Abacus Data, whose poll this week showed the Liberals had lost four points since the previous survey in June, though they still lead the Conservatives. “But an ethics scandal is music to [the opposition’s] ears.”After several months of lockdown, Canada is gradually opening up again. The sense of urgency has passed, Coletto said, making way for additional scrutiny that will slow the creation of future COVID-19 aid or stimulus.”The nature of this crisis is no longer, Move fast!” he said. “Public appetite for a slower, more deliberative process is higher now than it was.”Trudeau lost his majority in parliament in October and depends on opposition parties for support. The latest ethics scandal has united those three parties — at least temporarily — and they have opened their own investigation in the House of Commons finance committee. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s third ethics probe in as many years will bring greater parliamentary scrutiny to his government’s COVID-19 spending, analysts said on Tuesday, as polls showed him losing gains made while managing the pandemic.Trudeau’s Liberal Party was soaring in polls earlier this month after having shoveled more than C$210 billion in direct emergency aid out the door in less than four months and as Canada got the coronavirus outbreak under control.But the tide turned quickly after Canada’s ethics commissioner put the prime minister under investigation for breaking conflict-of-interest rules when his government tapped WE Charity Canada, which had paid significant speaking fees to his mother and brother in recent years, to run a C$900 million student grant program. Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, whose daughter works at WE Charity, have been called on to testify to the committee. Morneau is due to appear on Wednesday. Trudeau has yet to say whether he will go.The government “did have a bit of a free ride for a long time,” said Garry Keller, a former senior conservative staffer who is now vice president at Strategy Corp, a public affairs consultancy. “Now the opposition can control the agenda.”The shift was evident. The House of Commons, which has been mostly closed during the pandemic, has been open this week so the government can pass changes to its wage subsidy program. But Trudeau’s ethics have been the heart of the debate.”Justin Trudeau cannot be allowed to sweep this latest scandal under the rug,” Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said Monday in the House. “We are going to use every tool at our disposal at the various committees.”Peter Donolo, vice chair at Hill+Knowlton Strategies and previously the director of communications for former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien, said there will be additional scrutiny for many months to come.”I’m quite confident that within the year, [the opposition] will be going through this stuff with a fine-tooth comb,” Donolo said. “It’s irresistible. … It was evident from the beginning that when you spend that kind of money, there’s going to be spillage.”Topics :
HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Japan ready to offer flu drug for Ebola treatment by: – August 25, 2014 (Photo: AP)TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Monday it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as a possible treatment for the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan can offer favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., at any time at the request of the World Health Organisation.Suga said Japan is watching for a decision by WHO that would provide more details on the use of untested drugs. In case of an emergency, Japan may respond to individual requests before any further decision by WHO, he said.WHO said earlier this month that it is ethical to use untested drugs on Ebola patients given the magnitude of the outbreak.The drug, developed by Fujifilm subsidiary Toyama Chemical Co. under the brand name Avigan to treat new and re-emerging influenza viruses, was approved by Japan’s health ministry in March. Fujifilm is in talks with the US Food and Drug Administration on clinical testing of the drug in treating Ebola, company spokesman Takao Aoki said.The company has enough stock of favipiravir for more than 20,000 patients, Aoki said.He said Ebola and influenza viruses are the same type and a similar effect can theoretically be expected for Ebola.Several drugs are being developed for the treatment of Ebola. They are still in the early stages and there is no proven treatment or vaccine for the often fatal disease.Favipiravir inhibits viral gene replication within infected cells to prevent propagation, while other anti-viral drugs often are designed to inhibit the release of new viral particles to prevent the spread of infection, the company said.Recently, two American doctors recovered from Ebola after being treated with the experimental drug ZMapp, though it was unclear whether they were cured by the drug.ZMapp, developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., had never been tested on humans, although an early version worked in some Ebola-infected monkeys. It is aimed at boosting the immune system’s efforts to fight off Ebola.Ebola has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa in the latest outbreak.Associated Press 77 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Share
Last Sunday the 50th edition of the Super Bowl was played in San Francisco. in 1967 the first Super Bowl was played in the Los Angeles Coliseum. In that first game, only one half of the seats were occupied. The cost of the ticket was a normal game price. In this game, Green Bay defeated Kansas City 35-10. The half time show consisted of 2 college bands. Commercials were few and far between and were normally priced.In San Francisco tickets were sold out almost before they went on the market. If you were lucky to find one, it probably cost you upwards of $5,000. Those were the cheap seats. This time the half time show was a 30-minute extravaganza with mutli-talented performers and a cast of thousands. Commercials went for $5 million for a 30-second stint.The first Super Bowl between the NFC and the AFC was a normal broadcast and lasted about 3 hours. This year’s broadcast started as soon as the 2 teams qualified. The hype lasted for 2 full weeks, and the game day broadcast began at 11 a.m. The game itself started at 6:30. In the end, Denver was the winner and the playing time lasted exactly 60 minutes just like the first time. That was the only thing that was the same between the 2 super bowls.