‘The Bachelor’ finale: It had to be…you?

first_img Related Arie and Becca on “The Bachelor”; ABC/Paul Hebert(NEW YORK) — Monday night, the three-hour season 22 finale of The Bachelor put everything on the line and promised the first unedited scene in reality TV history. Arie Luyendyk Jr. began the night still conflicted about whether he wanted to propose to Lauren Burnham or Becca Kufrin, but by the end of the night he shocked Bachelor Nation with his decision. With host Chris Harrison watching along with a live studio audience, the show kicked off with Arie in Peru with his family talking about Lauren and Becca. He told them how confused he was because he said he loves them both.Lauren got to meet the family first. There were smiles and hugs but the meeting lacked the upbeat quality of when Arie brought Krystal home. Lauren admitted her concern about being let down. The family seemed to embrace her in spite of her natural concerns.Next, Becca got to meet the family and was very confident about her feelings for Arie. She talked to his parents, who both pointed out that they had met Lauren. When Becca talked to Arie Sr. and he said whomever Arie picked, that “either way, I’m fine with it.”Arie’s mother Mieke was not much help because, like Arie, she said she loved Lauren and Becca both.Later, the family counseled Arie that Lauren is insecure and will need constant reassurance and Becca stands on her own. so they endorsed Becca for candidate for marriage to Arie. But Arie said he sees a life with both of them and needed more time to think about it.  Caroline told Chris that she doesn’t think Arie knows what he wants, which has been evident throughout the show.Lauren and Arie went to Machu Pichu and Arie confessed to be leaning toward her, saying it’s the little things about her that he notices and appreciates, as well as her looks and personality. He said he can’t imagine saying goodbye to that.In the studio, Chris asked Bekah M. what she thought and she replied that if Arie is this confused, then a proposal is absolutely the wrong thing to do.Arie spent time walking around with Becca and enjoying the colorful shops and scenery. Becca admitted there are so many emotions happening. Arie admits that after spending time with Becca he’s in love with her and still conflicted about what to do.At the final rose ceremony, Lauren showed up in a long white beaded dressand Chris Harrison walked her to a backyard filled with alpacas.  Lauren said she could not imagine Arie not proposing to her.After Lauren confessed her love to him, Arie told her that he can’t go through with it, and that there was something holding him back — and then he walked out.  Leaving in the car and wiping away tears, Lauren said she didn’t understand.Back at the ranch, Becca arrived wearing a black lace dress and feeling positive and ready.  Arie greeted her and told her she looked beautiful, and that his love for her is immeasurable.  Dropping to one knee, Arie proposed and Becca said, “Of course!” They kissed and Arie offered her the final rose before they waltzed around deliriously.Later, Bachelor Nation was treated to unedited footage of Arie and Becca together in Peru the weeks after the proposal.  Everything looked fine until, back in Los Angeles, Arie confessed that he missed Lauren and had made a mistake.  He vowed to call off the engagement and break up with Becca.Becca was humiliated and upset though the two addressed it rather calmly.  She finally got up and declared, “I’m done!” and walked out. As she started to pack, Arie went into her room and told her he would leave. But he only went outside and when Becca cried in the bathroom, he went back to try again to talk to her.  But Becca only wanted him to go, and after 10 minutes of dragging it out, Arie finally left.Back in the studio, Becca watched the clip, which she described as “Brutal.” “After he left, I went through all of the emotions,” she said.  “I was sad, I stayed in LA for a few days, and cried for probably four days straight. And grieved the loss of that relationship, and the future that I thought we were going to have. I am angry at times. I feel betrayed a lot of the time, just because I feel like I was lied to for so long.”Chris then announced that Arie and Becca would return Tuesday night on the live After the Final Rose special, and meet for the first time since the breakup.The Bachelor: After the Final Rose airs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Southwest moves on Hawaii

first_imgSouthwest has big plans for lesisure routes Airline services to and within the Hawaiian Islands are set for major upheaval as Southwest, which starts services next year, signals that it is looking at more than mainland US flights to the holiday islands.Add to the mix the final withdrawal of ultra-low fare Allegiant which stopped its last Boeing 757 flights in October, and the demise of Island Air there are the ingredients for a fascinating competitive cocktail.Read: World’s Best Airlines 2018Southwest Airlines will use 737 MAX 8s on routes to Hawaii and tickets will go on sale early next year, although no dates have been set yet on when flights might begin, or on what specific routes.The 737-MAX8 has a nonstop range of 3,515 nautical mile / 6,510-kilometer range, which puts cities in the western U.S. as far away as Denver within range of the islands.Before flights can begin, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has to give the go-ahead for Southwest’s LEAP 1B-powered aircraft to ply the long overwater ETOPs (extended operations) routes.Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly says, “Hawaii is an important place for Southwest Airlines because so many people count on us to take them everywhere they want to go reliably and affordable. We’re ready and excited to address a request we’ve heard for years.”On the inter-island services, no final decisions have been made according to Mr Kelly.“Step one, of course, is getting from California to Hawaii,” Kelly said in a conference call with media and investors in October. “It [Inter-island service] has been down our priority list, but we will have serious consideration of that.”Southwest is the master of short flights and quick turn times – perfect for the inter-island flights and operating these flights would greatly strengthen the airline’s appeal.But Southwest will have plenty of competition from existing carriers.The Big Three legacy carriers—United, America, and Delta all have well-established service to Hawaii from their hub cities.United has been operating Mainline – Hawaii flights for 70 years and this past summer it upped the ante to 40 daily nonstops.Resurgent Hawaiian Airlines flies nonstop to 11 U.S. gateway cities, relying heavily on Honolulu as both an O&D (origin and destination) and a connection point for the state’s ‘Neighbor Islands.’Also making a strong bid for largely leisure business is Alaska Airlines, which operates ETOPs-certified Boeing 737NGs (next generation) aircraft from the West Coast to Hawaii.How long all of these airlines can continue to co-exist and make money flying from the Mainland to the islands is very much up in the air, especially given Hawaii’s history.In February 2000, Aloha began Mainland flying, helping pioneer the use of ETOPs-certified Boeing 737-700s from Honolulu, Kahului and Kona to a number of West Coast cities. Fuel prices, the September 11th attacks and SARS worked in concert to prompt Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004. Aloha emerged from Chapter 11 protection in 2006, only to re-enter it two years later. This time the culprit was a withering fare war.last_img read more

Goodmail Announces Embedded Video Email Platform

first_imgphil glockner Although HTML emails aren’t anything new, and can easily contain the code to an embedded video player, Goodmail’s system is tuned toward the needs of larger customers who would like to bring something extra to their opt-in email campaigns. Their video platform is, by their description, very flexible in relation to which player can be used, how long the video clips are, and how the player is styled. Plus, detailed campaign statistics are available on the player, such as how many people watched the video. Similar statistics are available on the email portion of the campaign as well. Another email video effort that has been in the works, initially geared more toward individual use, is MotionNotes by Whiteboard Labs. Their platform allows customers to compose video messages or choose YouTube videos, customized with a theme, and then send them to their friends. Although they offer a free account to individuals, they also offer a vertical Pro version that is designed with campaigns in mind. Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Goodmail Systems, specialists in email delivery campaigns that are certified via a cryptographic signature, today announced the launch of their embedded video platform. This new feature will allow customers to use the same trusted Goodmail service to send emails with a multimedia edge.On the end-user side, inclusion of video is pretty straight-forward. Emails have an Adobe Flash widget that will offer the recipient the ability to watch the video from within their email client. Sound will not be enabled as a choice on the deliverer’s side in order to provide a better experience for the end user. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Paradise by the Stashboard Light

first_imgThe first thing you’ll want to do is get your API Credentials and follow the example scripts that will allow you to push from your existing monitoring framework to your brand new status page. Why You Love Online Quizzes The examples above were taken from rwwstatus.appspot.com. Now that you’ve seen how quickly you can put Stashboard into action you have no reason not to give your users and customers a better idea of what your status is at any given time.Are you currently using Stashboard or other status page solutions? What have you connected to these status pages? Let us know in the comments below! Related Posts Perhaps you have launched already. You’re up. You’re running. The next thing you know the whole stack is down! You’re back up again. A week goes by and… you remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday! Now you need to make sure everyone knows about your status. Put down that meatloaf and let’s take a look an easy to deploy status dashboard from the folks behind Twilio.Let me sleep() on itStashboard might look familiar if you have seen the Amazon AWS Status Page or the Google Apps Status Page. If you are providing a hosted service or API you can use Stashboard to create a fully customized status page hosted within Google App Engine.To be clear, Stashboard provides the status page and isn’t a monitoring system or a method for polling against third party services. Rather, Stashboard is a succinct way to summarize the alerts and status of services you are providing to your users. It’s up to you to send the alerts and status updates to Stashboard. As a Stashboard administrator you’ll have access to basic CRUD through the actual web interface. Now you can explore and test by updating status as an automated or ad hoc operation. You can even control how your legend of status indicators is displayed. Tags:#hack#Tools jay cuthrell Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Before we go any furtherGetting started with Stashboard is as simple as having a basic understanding of Google App Engine, Google App Engine Launcher and editing basic Python. From there you can customize and explore the options as both a regular user and an administrator within Google App Engine. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

first_imgCongress returned after its Memorial Day recess and the House Appropriations Committee approved the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which includes funding for the IRS. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued two audit reports, with one finding that the IRS had not effectively identified and assisted all individuals potentially affected by the Get Transcript application data breach. In addition, the IRS issued final regulations that define the term “taxpayer” as it applies for the exclusion of discharge of debt income for specific entities. Final, temporary and proposed regulations that impose corporate level tax when property from a C corporation becomes the property of a REIT or RIC were also issued.CongressHouse. The House Appropriations Committee approved the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill for fiscal year (FY) 2017 on June 9 (TAXDAY, 2016/06/10, C.3), which included a $10.9-billion budget for the IRS for FY 2017. The full committee submitted a draft report in explanation of the bill it will accompany, detailing IRS funding and oversight (TAXDAY, 2016/06/09, C.1). The bill now goes to the House floor.House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and ranking member John Lewis, D-Ga., sent a letter dated June 7 to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking that all assistant U.S. attorneys (AUSAS) involved in the alleged abuse by IRS’s civil asset forfeiture be held accountable (TAXDAY, 2016/06/10, C.2). The letter requested details on how the Department of Justice (DOJ) is reprimanding those involved and seeks information on how the DOJ will ensure the alleged abuse does not happen again.Senate. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, sent letters dated June 9 to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and Treasury Department Secretary Jack Lew inquiring into certain safeguards and coordination strategies the agencies have in place for Code Sec. 1603 grants and energy tax credits (TAXDAY, 2016/06/13, C.2).TreasuryCybersecurity. TIGTA found that the IRS did not effectively identify and assist all individuals potentially affected by the Get Transcript application data breach (Ref. No. 2016-40-037; TAXDAY, 2016/06/09, T.1). TIGTA’s analysis of system audit logs created between January 1, 2014 and May 21, 2015, identified approximately 621,000 taxpayers whose tax account information involved potentially unauthorized access not identified by the IRS.Injured Spouse. TIGTA also reported that the IRS’s Injured Spouse Program did not always resolve taxpayers’ requests for relief in a timely manner, resulting in the unnecessary assessment and payment of interest (Ref. No. 2016-40-042; TAXDAY, 2016/06/10, T.1). TIGTA found that 30 percent of the cases were not resolved within the required time period.IRSREITs and RICs. The IRS issued final, temporary and proposed regulations that impose corporate level tax on certain transactions where property from a C corporation becomes the property of a REIT or a RIC (T.D. 9770, NPRM REG-126452-15; TAXDAY, 2016/06/08, I.1). The regulations are meant to prevent abuses of Code Secs. 355(h) and 856(c)(8) and in furtherance of the purposes of the repeal of General Utilities.Discharge of Indebtedness Regs. The IRS issued final regulations that define the term “taxpayer” for the exclusion of discharge of debt income from gross income of a grantor trust or an entity that is disregarded as an entity separate from its owner (T.D. 9771; TAXDAY, 2016/06/10, I.1).Expatriate Health Plans. The Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services have issued proposed regulations on the rules for expatriate health plans, expatriate health plan issuers, and qualified expatriates under the Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014 (EHCCA) (P.L. 113-235); NPRM REG-135702-15; TAXDAY, 2016/06/09, I.1). The regulations are proposed for years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.Interest Rates. The IRS announced that the interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning July 1 will remain at 4 percent for overpayments (3 percent for corporations), 4 percent for underpayments, and 6 percent for large corporate underpayments (IR-2016-84; Rev. Rul. 2016-12;TAXDAY, 2016/06/07, I.3). The interest rate corporate overpayment that exceeds $10,000 remains at 1.5 percent.Get Transcript Relaunch. The IRS has relaunched its Get Transcript online service with a much more rigorous authentication process, which provides increased protection against identity theft (IR-2016-85; TAXDAY, 2016/06/08, I.2). The new process requires two-step authentication for all online tools and applications that require a high level of assurance.TE/GE Advisory Committee. The TE/GE Advisory Committee has issued its annual recommendations report to the IRS (TAXDAY, 2016/06/09, I.2). The report offers recommendations to the IRS as to how to approach certain topics and policies to better encourage tax compliance with its limited resources.Common Reporting Standard. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has urged Congress to act quickly on the Common Reporting Standard legislation during his discussion regarding recent international tax development at the 2016 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) International Tax Conference. (TAXDAY, 2016/06/08, I.3). The call for a common reporting standard comes after what has been the successful implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) (P.L. 111-147).By Jessica Jeane and Jalisa Mathis, Wolters Kluwer News Staff.last_img read more

China’s carbon emissions may be 13% lower than estimated

first_imgChina has emitted significantly less carbon since 2000 than previously estimated because of erroneous assumptions about the quality of the country’s coal, a study released today claims. That may sound like great news—but it doesn’t mean that the world is warming at a slower rate or that the need to reduce emissions has become less urgent, the researchers warn. China remains the world’s largest carbon emitter, and the new study doesn’t make its target of reversing its growth in emissions by 2030 any easier to attain.The main benefit of the study, based on new analyses of the carbon content of the country’s coal, is that “it provides a baseline for future emission policies,” says Dabo Guan, a co-author of the paper and a climate change economist at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, U.K.”There is no doubt that the authors have made a significant step forward” in characterizing China’s emissions, and the country’s effort to improve the quality of its climate data “is very welcome,” says Josep Canadell, an earth system scientist at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Canberra.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(*)Key to the new estimate are so-called emissions factors, which are derived from the carbon content, heating value, oxidation rate, and other variables that allow carbon emissions to be calculated for the amount of a given fuel consumed. In the absence of better data, emissions factors for China’s coal were so far assumed to be similar to those of coal mined in the United States and Europe, Guan says. But the coal actually used in China is of lower quality, with a lower carbon content.The team was able to derive new emissions factors based on data from Chinese government programs that analyzed nearly 5000 coal samples taken throughout the country. “It’s the first time ever for someone to take into account, systematically and comprehensively, the quality of the coal actually used in China,” Guan says. They also made new estimates of emissions from imported coal, oil, and gas, and from cement production. In a paper published online today in  Nature, they conclude that between 2000 and 2013, cumulative carbon emissions for the energy and cement sectors were about 2.9 gigatons—or 13% less than previous estimates, which pegged China’s carbon emissions at something over 22 gigatons. (This paper uses carbon emissions rather than the more frequently cited carbon dioxide emissions.)It is not all good news, however. Relying on low quality coal “is a bad thing,” Guan says. More of it must be burned to produce a given amount of heat, and that increases the release of particulates and other pollutants. And the new number has little effect on the big picture of climate change. The time frame in which China’s emissions were overestimated “is too short to have a cumulative impact on climate scenarios,” says Zhu Liu, the lead author and a climate change specialist at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.Last November, China pledged to halt the growth in its emissions by 2030. That target has been “applauded by the international community given China’s emissions have been growing at rates of 5% to 8% over the past decade and a half,” says Canadell, who is also executive director of the Global Carbon Project, an international consortium of scientists studying the global carbon cycle. Not all climate scientists agree, however; the Climate Action Tracker, an alliance of four European research groups, rates the targets “inadequate.”But whatever you think of China’s ambitions, the lower estimate of past emissions won’t make fulfilling them any easier. “What is important is the rate of present growth and how this growth goes down to zero by 2030 at the latest,” Canadell says. In fact, the research team used a new approach to conclude that between 2000 and 2010, China’s energy consumption grew by 9.9% annually, faster than the 8.8% indicated by national statistics. This will make getting emissions growth to zero “extra challenging,” Canadell says.Regardless of past totals, the focus should be on reducing emissions, says Wang Yi, director-general of the Institute of Policy and Management at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, who was not involved in the study. “This research can help China’s government form policies that more accurately target emission reductions,” Wang says.last_img read more

How to shine in Indonesian science? Game the system

first_img In October 2018, Anis Fuad, a health informatician at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, presented RISTEK with a detailed analysis of the problems. Indonesia’s most-cited 2018 paper so far wasn’t a major breakthrough, Fuad noted, but a study titled “Analysis of Student Satisfaction Toward Quality of Service Facility,” presented at a workshop co-organized by the Indonesian Publications Collaboration Community (KO2PI) and published in conference proceedings, a type of publication that gets minimal peer review. The study had been cited 42 times, often in papers on unrelated topics—including mosque architecture and cold storage of fish—that were also published in conference series or in low-quality open-access journals no longer indexed in Scopus.One of the paper’s 10 authors was statistician Ansari Saleh Ahmar of the State University of Makassar, who won SINTA awards in two categories last July; he co-authored more than 100 papers in 2017 and 2018 and has been cited almost 600 times. Ahmar is also president of KO2PI, which has run workshops in an extraordinary range of scientific fields. On a poster produced in early 2017, KO2PI promised participants a paper in a Scopus-indexed proceeding in return for a 1.5 million rupiah ($106) fee. Ahmar says he was “surprised” by his own citation rate, but says statistical papers are often cited in seemingly unrelated fields. He says he is no longer active in KO2PI and, given the controversy, would now like to return his award.After asking Ahmar and other academics suspected of gaming the system for an explanation, RISTEK has deleted their SINTA accounts, Sadjuga says, but it has not withdrawn the awards because “the public shaming is punishment enough.” Sadjuga says problematic data in Scopus and scientists’ unethical behavior contributed to the problem but does not blame SINTA itself. (An Elsevier spokesperson says Scopus has stopped indexing three journals that many Indonesian scientists have published in and is investigating “concerns” about the conference series used by KO2PI, which is published by the U.K. Institute of Physics.)Gaming aside, Indonesia’s research evaluation should not rely on a commercial database, says Dasapta Erwin Irawan, a hydrogeologist at Bandung Institute of Technology. He also says the system’s preference for Scopus-indexed international journals is misguided, because research in Indonesian journals may be just as good and sometimes more relevant. RISTEK doesn’t entirely ignore local journals: It has created an online portal, named Garuda, to more than 7000 journals in the Indonesian language, as well as a journal accreditation system. But researchers win far fewer SINTA points when papers in local journals are cited and none at all for publishing in them.That lack of appreciation for locally relevant research violates the “Leiden Manifesto for research Metrics,” an influential paper Hicks and three co-authors published in 2015. Hicks says SINTA falls short on several other principles in the manifesto, which stipulates that metrics should “support a qualitative, expert assessment” and “account for variation by field in publication and citation practices.” SINTA currently does neither.A new version of SINTA, set to be launched this year, will integrate data from several additional sources, including the Web of Science and the Indonesian National Library. It will also give researchers credit for other types of output, such as books, artwork, and patents. A new tool will flag self-citation and the ministry will disseminate scientific integrity guidelines to Indonesian universities.But Mikrajuddin Abdullah, a physicist at Bandung Institute of Technology, says RISTEK should still review last year’s awards and retract them if they were based on misconduct: “It will teach us that scientific achievement does not come suddenly, but is the result of a long period of perseverance.” National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy Stock Photo Surging ahead New incentives have driven a sharp rise in Scopus-indexed papers from Indonesia. An Indonesian scientist at work on Borneo. The country’s new index seeks to capture academics’ performance. JAKARTA—Last July, when Indonesia’s Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (RISTEK) here honored eight researchers, along with institutions and journals, for their exceptional contributions to science, observers noticed something odd. Many of the laureates were relatively unknown academics from second-tier universities; underdogs had apparently become leaders.It didn’t take curious scientists long to figure out why. The honors went to top scorers in Indonesia’s Science and Technology Index (SINTA), a system introduced in early 2017 to measure research performance. Critics showed that several winners had inflated their SINTA score by publishing large numbers of papers in low-quality journals, citing their own work excessively, or forming networks of scientists who cited each other.It’s unclear whether formal rules were broken, but SINTA’s architects concede they were outwitted. And the revelations have led to a fierce discussion about SINTA, a unique nationwide attempt to capture the output of every academic in a single formula. Some say it should not be used to produce rankings, or should even be abandoned. But the government is undeterred: After a meeting on 3–4 January, it announced the rollout later this year of an improved version. SINTA “gives recognition to Indonesian scientists, triggers competition among them, and motivates them to be better,” says Sadjuga, RISTEK’s director of intellectual property management. (Like many Indonesians, he goes by only one name.)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(*)Indonesia has introduced several other policies in the past 6 years to boost research output from its more than 250,000 academics, who work at more than 4000 universities. University professors may lose almost half of their salary if they don’t publish in international journals, for instance. As a result, the number of papers published by authors in Indonesia has soared from just under 7000 in 2014 tomore than 28,000 last year, according to Scopus, a database operated by Dutch publisher Elsevier. Indonesia seems set to overtake Malaysia as the region’s biggest research producer by 2020.SINTA—also the name of a Sanskrit goddess—turned the pressure up a notch. It combines data from Scopus and Google Scholar with information submitted by Indonesian academics to track published papers, citations, and researchers’ h-index, a controversial metric reflecting both output quantity and citations. These numbers are used to calculate a personal score that is taken into account when academics apply for research grants; a high score may also help with promotions and salary negotiations.Many other countries use publication and citation data to evaluate research; some pay hefty cash bonuses for papers in top-tier journals. But, “There is nothing like [SINTA] that I know of,” says Diana Hicks, a research metrics expert at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The extra push was welcome, says Danang Birowosuto, an Indonesian physicist at CINTRA, an international research group in Singapore: “Our international competence in science is still very low.” But many Indonesian academics worried that SINTA might harm their reputations. Thousands joined groups on social media to help each other navigate the new numbers-driven landscape. “Although the original aim was sincere,” discussions soon turned to gaming the system, says plant biologist Andik Wijayanto of the State University of Malang.center_img (GRAPHIC) M. ENSERINK/SCIENCE; (DATA) RISTEK How to shine in Indonesian science? Game the system By Dyna Rochmyaningsih Jan. 8, 2019 , 5:15 PMlast_img read more

Oklahoma State Has Top Five Bowl Record Historically

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State does not have a great history of getting to bowl games in its history. Before playing in 10 straight after Mike Gundy took over, the Cowboys has only been to 16 ever prior to 2005. That’s a pretty startling number. But once OSU reaches the postseason, it thrives.In fact, it has one of the five best records of any school in bowl games (min. 20 bowls played). These aren’t the Boises of the world beating up on unsuspecting AAC teams, either. These are big dogs. USC, Ole Miss and Florida State. Here are all the teams with a 55 percent winning percentage or better in bowl games.screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-2-34-13-pmThere should be some sort of weight applied to the fact that OSU’s wins are coming in the Heart of Dallas Bowl and Cactus Bowl and USC has won like 32 Rose Bowls, but this is still impressive. Everybody associated with the programs loves this time of year, too.“You get some extra time to get some young guys reps, so it’s a good time,” said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich recently. “It’s kind of like an added spring ball. We’re getting some guys experience they need and really getting back to the basics, the fundamentals and doing all the things we emphasize on a daily basis and it kind of just starts back over. You implement a game plan during this time, so we’re looking at schemes that can be effective against their attack.”Mike Gundy agreed with his play-caller.“I’m pleased with where our team is right now,” said Gundy whose team leaves for San Antonio next week. “We’re healthy. Attitude, and all those things I think are important during bowl preparation, have been very good up to this point.”last_img read more

Oklahoma State Athletes React To New England’s Epic Super Bowl Win

first_imgTom Brady is the GOAT— Phil Forte (@PhilForte13) February 6, 2017 One of the best Super Bowl Games in a long time— Lenzy Pipkins (@Pippy_LONGsock) February 6, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Was there a game tonight?— Dillon Stoner (@dillon_stoner) February 6, 2017 Football is a game of hope…. never lose it….EVER— Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) February 6, 2017 The Atlanta Falcons are your Super Bowl 50 champions.That is fake news. Or real, depending on how seriously you take Skip Bayless.In Tom Brady’s masterpiece, the New England Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit to score 31 unanswered points to win the Super Bowl in overtime. But you probably know that by now.Here’s how OSU athletes (and Dez Bryant) responded to the insanity:Dat way pic.twitter.com/SSfeRmWGwy— Kirk Tucker (@YouWannaBe_KPT) February 6, 2017 Wow blew a 21-0 lead?— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) February 6, 2017https://twitter.com/AjGofor6/status/828444032133189632? BRADY— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) February 6, 2017last_img read more

What Mike Gundy Is Looking For With His Backup QB Competition

first_imgOn Monday, Mike Gundy held his first press conference of the year as his team opened spring camp. The topics spanned from Central Michigan to pulling out his wallet to make wagers about Dana Holgorsen (which … who hasn’t?)One of his more telling comments gave us some insight into what he has planned for the Cowboy offense and how he sees the backup quarterback competition shaking out.“We would like to come up with a package like we had with J.W. (Walsh) for one of them,” said Gundy. “I would like to do that forever if we had the option, but we didn’t have that person last year.”The need for a more effective option in the red zone is real. Last season, the Cowboys averaged 4.52 points per red-zone attempt — third-worst over the last nine years — and down from 4.75 in 2015 (when they had J.W. Walsh). Whether that is personnel or execution, it’s hard to argue with the numbers.And it appears Gundy already has his eye set on a couple of candidates.“I think we have a couple of guys that meet that criteria and that could be successful in that style of play,” Gundy said. “What that will do is give them some added reps in practice and games and potentially help us solidify who will be the No. 2 guy. (Keondre) Wudtee obviously has had a great offseason and (John) Kolar has had a great offseason.”Kolar is a mobile option with the ball in his hands and has packed on some muscle since arriving in Stillwater two years ago.“John is a lot different than what people think,” said Gundy. “He came in at about 130 pounds, jokingly. He looked like he was about 130 pounds, but his body has developed and he looks like he may be able to fit that role.”“We’re looking to establish a backup quarterback and maybe somebody that can be a short-yardage guy for us.”Presumably Wudtee or Kolar would fill the short-yardage role. If the two roles are different, I think that means we can semi-confidently pencil in Taylor Cornelius as the true No. 2 to back up Mason Rudolph, at least pending some developments this spring. I don’t think there’s any doubt Mike Gundy wants to keep Jelani Woods’ redshirt intact, given the opportunity.Just because Wudtee is a candidate for the J.W. role, doesn’t mean he can’t spin it which could be an intriguing twist on the red-zone QB thing.R-Fr. QB Keondre Wudtee’s release looking much more refined in year two with the program. pic.twitter.com/5XFNyQpMRL— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) March 6, 2017He’s a big man.Gundy was asked about his true freshman QB and where he expects him to be physically — after a presumed redshirt year.“Maybe 270 pounds or so”, said Gundy. “He’s at 253 right now. He’s a big man.”He is big, especially for a quarterback. The tallest NFL quarterback in history was Dan McGwire at 6-foot-8 and he was 240 pounds when he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1991. Woods is 6’7 and already at 253 according to his head coach.Gundy lauded Woods for making it through the offseason running program held by Rob Glass, even admitting he would have quit had he been put through such strenuous training.Woods may be the quarterback of the future at OSU, but this spring is all about getting reps for all of the QBs on the roster.“There is never enough reps to go around for the quarterback position though,” Gundy said “because unlike those other positions there’s only one guy out there.”The good news for Gundy is that the talent at the most important position on the field may be as deep as he’s ever had at OSU. Let’s just hope they all stick around.“What’s encouraging about Wudtee, Kolar and even on a short note with Jelani (Woods) is that they’re extremely competitive,” said Gundy.Even when it comes to being more vocal.Cool teaching moment for Jelani Woods. Gotta teach the youngsters to speak up (turn up volume). pic.twitter.com/E6hNFX7WY5— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) March 6, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more