Thunder rally from 19 down to frustrate Hornets

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Borrego called it “game plan errors.”Paul George had a different explanation: that’s just the way Westbrook impacts games. He called the seven-time All-Star “one of the baddest dudes in the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAbrines deflected praise for his big game to Westbrook, saying all he had to do was make open shots.“The defense has two options — come in and help and leave me open or stay attached to me and (Westbrook) is going to get layups,” Abrines said. “Sometimes you just stay in the corner and wait for the pass to come.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Said Walker: “They were blitzing me the whole game, so I kind of got a few of my baskets early in the third in transition. But yeah everyone is switching now, but for the most part in the pick and roll they were blitzing me.”WESTBROOK’S TECHWestbrook got a technical foul early for screaming “and one” after a driving layup after the foul wasn’t called. He appeared not to like the call very much because on the next possession he split two Charlotte defenders and threw down a dunk.UP NEXTThunder: Visit Washington on Friday night.Hornets: Host Cleveland on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots over Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Oklahoma City won 111-107. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — James Borrego wasn’t upset Russell Westbrook put up 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds against his team Thursday night. He expected that from the seven-time All-Star.What bothered Charlotte’s first-year coach is that Alex Abrines had 25 points on five 3-pointers and Dennis Schroder was able to get to the rim effectively and add 21 more, helping the Oklahoma Thunder overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Borrego’s Hornets 111-107 for their third straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Alex has to be ready to shoot the ball, he’s a shooter and he knows how to play the game of basketball,” Westbrook said.Westbrook did his part, hurting the Hornets in transition, with pull-up jumpers and in pick and rolls, a few of which resulted in highlight reel dunks. He also helped limit Kemba Walker to 21 points.The Thunder made a concerted effort to slow down Walker, who came in averaging 30 points per game. Walker failed to make a field goal before the break and had just three points, although the Hornets still led 48-44 at halftime.Walker came to life in the third with 10 straight points to help the Hornets push their lead to 19.Westbrook led the Thunder back.ADVERTISEMENT With 1:12 left, he drove and found an open Dennis Schroder with a crosscourt pass for an open 3-pointer. After a Charlotte miss, Westbrook used a screen from Steven Adams to get by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a layup to push the lead to 108-102. Westbrook punctuated the win with a ferocious dunk with 13 seconds left off a fast break before stopping to glare at the crowd.TIP-INSThunder: Were 8 of 37 from 3-point range.Hornets: Charlotte entered with 104 3-pointers, tied for the second most ever through eight games behind last season’s Golden State Warriors (107). … Marvin Williams now has 500 career blocks. … Tony Parker went down hard on his left elbow but remained in the game. Borrego said he is fine.GEORGE’S DEAD FOOTGeorge had a rough night, shooting 4 of 20 from the field and finishing with 11 points. After the game, George revealed he’s been dealing with a peroneal nerve palsy or “dead foot.”“I am just trying to play through that,” George said. “It’s nothing major or that is going to hurt me. It’s just something that is going to come back when it feels right.”STRATEGY ON WALKERThunder coach Billy Donovan joked he wasn’t giving away his strategy for slowing down Walker in the first half since they have to play the Hornets again.“It was a collective team effort and we did a really good job,” Donovan said. “You have to do a good job in pick and roll coverage and you have to be persistent because he’s really shifty. He looks like he is giving up on the play and you bail out and there he goes.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Phenomenal achievement’: Djokovic stunned by return to top spotlast_img read more

Liverpool will drop points, says Man City boss Guardiola

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola (right) says Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will drop points in the Premier League © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Pep Guardiola is convinced Premier League leaders Liverpool will drop points between now and the end of the season as the Manchester City boss prepares for Thursday’s huge title clash with the Reds.Guardiola’s City side have been unable to keep pace with unbeaten Liverpool despite their own blistering start and sit in third place, seven points behind Jurgen Klopp’s outfit ahead of their crunch meeting at the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool have dropped just six points so far this season and come into the match on a nine-match winning streak in the league, but Guardiola is confident they will make mistakes amid a heavy domestic and European schedule.“We are there, still with a lot of games to go and I think everyone will lose points this season, even Liverpool, because there are a lot of competitions,” he told reporters on Wednesday.“They have been incredible … scoring four or five goals in every game. They are solid behind and in front.”Guardiola feels his own team deserve credit for amassing 47 points in 20 league matches and is certain they will get opportunities to apply pressure on Liverpool after Thursday’s match.“We have dropped off sometimes but that is normal. During the season, sometimes you forget what you have to do,” added Guardiola.“You have to remember those things, and come back, and we have done it exceptionally well.”– Liverpool motivation –Liverpool have not won the English league since 1990, two years before the creation of the Premier League, and Guardiola believes that will be significant motivation for Jurgen Klopp’s side, similar to what drove his own side to win last season’s title with a record 100 points.“My feeling is last season it was a little bit easier to maintain that hunger because 80 percent of the players had not won anything in their lives.“So I can feel what they feel, the Liverpool players. After 29 years not winning the title, to be there to win the Premier League, I understand it.”Guardiola also claimed that Liverpool’s illustrious history, which includes 18 English league titles and has seen them crowned champions of Europe five times, will push Klopp’s squad to match those achievements.“When I was a little boy, I looked at the Premier League from Catalonia, from outside, and it was always two or three teams, and Manchester City were not there,” he said.“In the past decade our club has been incredible. Every time here in the past six or seven years, we have qualified for the Champions League.“History is not 10 years, it’s much more, it’s longer, Anfield is Anfield, Old Trafford is Old Trafford, and the history is there and the Champions League titles are there. The players, when they put the shirt on, they know what they have to defend.“Maybe in the next decade, the players will feel it when they come here. Our target is there now. It’s to go higher and then higher than that — and that is what I want to maintain.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

AC Milan aim to hijack deal for Arsenal and Liverpool target

first_imgAC Milan have contacted the agent of Gonzalo Higuain as they aim to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to his signature.The striker is wanted by several clubs this summer after firing home 18 goals for Napoli in Serie A last season.Arsenal and Liverpool have both scouted the Argentina international but they now face serious competition from Milan.The Italian club’s CEO Adriano Galliani, according to Tuttosport, has contaced Higuain’s agent about a move to the San Siro.The 27-year-old is represented by his brother, Nicolas, and he is reportedly ready to hear what Milan have to offer.The Serie A side have made signing a big-name forward a priority this summer and have also made tentative enquiries over the availability of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Gonzalo Higuain 1last_img read more


first_imgA judge has ordered a businessman to vacate a bar and restaurant after a long and bitter battle over the premises.John G Larkin and his wife Honey outside Letterkenny Courthouse after yesterday’s case.David Mackey was given seven days to leave the Millview Bar in Letterkenny after a fractious stand-off with landlord and owner John G Larkin. What started off as an amicable business agreement in 2006 ended up in a violent altercation in which doors were smashed in and a chainsaw being brandished.Mr Larkin took Mr Mackey to court in a bid to get him ejected from the premises claiming his tenant owed him up to €150,000 in unpaid rent and other items.Mr Mackey’s barrister claimed that figure was more like €50,000.Mr Larkin told Letterkenny Circuit Court that he could not trust Mr Mackey any more.The Millview Bar and Diner at the centre of the disputed case.The court was told that there has been no rental payments on the property by Mr Mackey since January 17th, 2012.Mr Larkin said he received numerous cheques from Mr Mackey but claimed a number of them had bounced.The premises had initially been fitted with 10 bedrooms for bed and breakfast but Mr Mackey asked Mr Larkin if he could open an upstairs restaurant instead.The landlord agreed and fitted out a new restaurant called Flavours and agreed to give him a year’s free rent to see if the business took off.In December 2010 the restaurant was destroyed by flood damage.Mr Larkin told the court he was never reimbursed as Mr Mackey had never paid the insurance premium on the premises as had been agreed.On March 21st, 2012, Mr Larkin said he had had enough and went to change the locks on the premises.He was forced to employ security men from Dublin as he discovered his own security firm MICAD had been telling Mr Mackey what they were doing – a whistleblower as Judge O’Hagan referred to them.Mr Larkin and his group entered the building at 8.05am and took possession.Mr Larkin then said he phoned Gardai, they arrived and he told them he had taken possession and there was no breach of peace.However he revealed that throughout the day a large crowd of more than 30 people gathered.A small crowd including Mr Mackey tried to break their way into the back door and Mr Larkin said he was injured with a crowbar.“A chainsaw was brandished at one stage,” he said.However as they tried to keep these people out, another crowd were breaking their way into the building through its skylights.Mr Larkin said the men stayed there and it was made known to them that they were going to “ramraid” the rest of the building.He said his wife Honey began to cry and it was then he decided to leave the building.Judge John O’Hagan said he appreciated there was a lot of emotion in the case but that there was only one law on it.Mr Mackey’s barrister Seamus Breen asked for a ten minute recess.When he returned he said his client was withdrawing from the proceedings but asked for 28 days to leave the premises.Barrister for Mr Larkin, Conal Kelly, said his client wanted Mr Mackey out immediately.Judge O’Hagan said he would give Mr Mackey seven days to leave the premises.He also warned Mr Mackey that if he caused any damage to the premises he would face contempt of court and could find himself going to prison.Judge O’Hagan also ordered Mr Larkin to get an assessment of the cost of equipment belonging to Mr Mackey.He reserved the matter of costs and adjourned the case until July 29th.DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN GIVEN SEVEN DAYS TO QUIT RESTAURANT AND BAR was last modified: July 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:David MackeyJohn G LarkinLetterkenny Circuit CourtMillview BarNEWMILLSlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.Jim McGuinness has insisted he has no regrets about his decision to walk away from the Donegal job after four glorious years in charge.McGuinness took Donegal football from the gutter to the highest peak possible when they captured the All-Ireland title in 2012.He also guided Donegal to three Ulster SFC titles for good measure, and almost delivered a second All-Ireland success before becoming unstuck against Kerry in September. However, McGuinness decided to quit after four-years at that helm, saying he wanted to focus on his Sports Performance Consultant role at Celtic FC.His former assistant Rory Gallagher has replaced McGuinness.However, McGuinness insists he has no regrets about leaving the job and says he’s comfortable with the decision he made.McGuinness told The Irish Daily Star, “I’m very busy with work and it’s a busy schedule in Glasgow. I’m really enjoying it. “There hasn’t really been any time to reflect. It’ll only really be when the (Donegal) games start – but it’s hard to say.“It’s something I’m very comfortable with to be honest with you. It’s a decision that I’d going around in my head for a very long time.“I’m with happy with and I think Donegal football is in a really good place. The future is bright.“You’d like to think we won’t be too far away competing for major honours.MCGUINNESS – “I’M COMFORTABLE WITH THE DECISION I MADE TO LEAVE DONEGAL JOB” was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:celtic fcdonegalHome-page SportJim McGuinnessnewsRESIGNATIONlast_img read more

Thoughts from Facebook’s down-time

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Monday afternoon, our office, like much of the world, experienced problems with Facebook crashing. This brought about various thoughts from my coworkers and I, all of whom apparently spend too much time on social media when we should otherwise be working.“Is your Facebook working?”The initial recognition of something gone wrong. This of course was followed by various bellows of “yes, mine is working” and “only Facebook on my phone is up”, trailed by the inevitable, “oh, wait, yeah mine is all down now too.”“This could be the big one”At the time you’re reading this, the big blue website is back up and running. While it was out, conspiracy theories rose to the extreme. Plus, this isn’t just a simple couple of minutes of it being down. Quick searches on CNN for articles explaining the situation are pointless. True entertainment is found on Twitter where the top trending hashtag #FacebookDown has the deep and meaningful memes that really help to solve the problem.“Definitely the Russians”When things on the world wide web go wrong, it’s always to the Ruskies that we place our first blame. In our defense, the way Facebook crashed was definitely suspicious, because the normal “Oops, something went wrong” page was replaced by words, a couple dead links, and the broken image error. *puts on tinfoil hat*“Now how do I share my memes?”This is a truly perplexing issue for many of our friends used to sharing every single analysis and thought of their life with others — in meme form — on Facebook.“Gosh, where do I get agricultural news now??”Not to worry! Though we share all of our news through social media like Facebook and Twitter, you can always come back to for the latest in articles, video, audio, and much more!“Oh hey guys, it’s back up.”This has to be shared at least once from each person in the office after their Facebook page successfully reloads.“Wow! The last 15 minutes were the most productive of my eight months of employment! Back to Facebook I guess.”You know who you are.last_img read more

How AI and Tech Personal Assistants Will Make Your Life Easier

first_img Sign up for a personal shopper who knows your style — and your budget. Tags:#AI#personal assistant Coordinating travel plans is one task that a human personal assistant has traditionally filled. True, the internet has made planning a trip easier by vastly increasing the amount of information you have at your fingertips and giving you the ability to book flights and make reservations electronically. Yet even with all of those options available with one click, finding the best prices and most convenient flights can still be a major undertaking.AI has made personal service available to more than just passengers who only fly first class. Take the Mezi app, for example, which essentially is a personal travel assistant. You send Mezi a text with the general outlines of your trip (“Hey, Mezi: I need to go to San Francisco for business on October 5-8. Can you find me a morning flight and a hotel?), and the app responds with flight, hotel, and even restaurant recommendations and books the arrangements upon your request.While you may never reach the level of wealth or fame where you “have people for that,” with these tech-driven alternatives, you won’t need them. Check out these five options to get the helping hands you need. The idea of a personal shopper, even when a store offers the service for free, may seem a little daunting. If you’ve used a personal shopper at a higher-end department store, you probably know it can be tempting to make expensive purchases. The experience can also entail hours of trying on clothes and consulting your shopper’s opinion on your style.Instead of spending more money or time than you really want to, turn to tech for the modern personal shopper experience. Stitch Fix, for example, is a personal style service that hand-picks five items then sends them straight to your home. You simply fill out a profile describing your style, wish list, and price, and if you don’t like what shows up, you send it back. You can order things on demand or set up an automatic regular shipment. If you’d like to consult a personal shopper for fashion advice, something like Style Counsel, an iPhone app that provides fashion counseling, may be a better fit. Put your trust in an AI personalized travel agent. When you picture a personal assistant, you probably envision a celebrity — or at least someone very wealthy — walking around with a “shadow” who takes her messages, makes her travel plans, helps her pick out the perfect outfit, and eliminates other daily tasks from her lengthy to-do list.If you’ve ever wished you could have a personal assistant of your own, then you’re in luck. Personal assistants are quickly becoming accessible to the masses — thanks to AI and other emerging tech. In fact, technology really has been an equalizer when it comes to providing everyday people access to personal concierge services.Besides Siri or Google on your smartphone, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home may be some of the first digital “personal” assistants that come to mind. These devices do research for you by allowing you to ask for details about a topic; they play the music you want to hear and movies you want to watch; and you can even pull up the directions you need to navigate to your favorite places — all with a simple verbal request.AI can provide you with a digital assistant, and a slew of emerging tech options can also put you in touch with a real human personal assistant for specific needs. If you ever find yourself wishing you had someone to help you handle life’s routine and not-so-routine tasks, there may an accessible option out there.Here are just a few ways you can leverage AI and tech to put a personal assistant within your reach: AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them If you have a hectic work schedule or a large family at home, grocery shopping can seem like a part-time job all on its own. The well-to-do have long had hired help whose duties include keeping the kitchen well stocked. Now, you can reap the benefits of a personal assistant when you’re struggling to make it to the store — without paying someone to be on call 24/7.Simply type up your grocery list and use a personal shopper from a service like Instacart, which does same-day delivery from a long list of grocery stores. For a one-time fee, you can have someone else pick up all of your necessities, texting you for a Plan B if your favorite brand is sold out or the store’s produce selection is lacking. Then, she delivers everything right to your door. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Moving is typically one of life’s more stressful events. It’s a time when you likely crave the seeming luxury of a personal assistant who could coordinate your move so you can focus on pushing through everything you’re personally responsible for and rest assured that everything else that needs doing will get done.Fortunately, a personal assistant for your move is no longer a luxury, thanks to tech that allows this person to digitally manage everything he needs to do. Moved, for instance, is a free moving concierge service that provides a personal assistant to manage the myriad tasks required to complete your move — meaning anything from hiring movers to buying insurance. If you’re not looking for a personal assistant to plan your move but just want one to do the dirty work of packing and unpacking, Amazon Home Services is one option. Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Use a personal assistant to make moving hassle-free. Frank Landman Find a personal pharmacist who will never make you leave your house. Find a personal shopper who lets you skip the grocery store. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Instead of routine trips to the drugstore to pick up your medications, there are now digital platforms that will deliver your prescriptions to your door.One such digital pharmacy is Medly Pharmacy, which delivers prescription medicine for no charge throughout New York City. The full-service digital pharmacy manages everything about your prescription, including refills and insurance. Plus, trained pharmacists are always available to answer your questions.last_img read more

How to Shoot Practical Floating Text in Your Video

first_imgIn this Premiere Pro video tutorial, learn how to capture (and edit) moving text without relying on motion graphics or other effects.All images via Cinecom.A popular trend among lyric videos these days is floating script that moves in and out of the shot. The result is engaging and eye-catching, so how does this particular type of video play into your workflow? Corporate clients might ask for a fun, how-to style video, or maybe you just want to make a lyric video for your own personal channel — or to boost a friend’s media presence.The good news is that you don’t have to be a motion graphics wizard to pull off an effect like this — and you don’t have to blow your budget licensing a particular song. In this video tutorial from Cinecom, you can pick up a few ways to capture the practical effect in-camera. Move the Text YourselfThe first method is to simply move the text on a piece of paper in front of the camera. So, first, you’re going to want to find the lyrics to the song you’d like. In this video, Jordy picks out one of Premium Beat’s “vocals” tracks. All you need to do is make sure the background is the same shade of white as your paper, then light the sheet evenly, eliminating any unwanted shadows. (Watch your hands so they don’t get in the shot.) The action is simple: move the text in and out of frame as you’d want it to move in the video. It helps to play the song while you do this so you can hit all the notes in time — which might mean you need to enlist one of your trusty PAs or a friend to help nail the timing.Move the Camera Above the TextIf you can’t get anyone to help out, and you can’t seem to flip the cards at the right time, you can also place the sheets of paper with the lyrics, on the ground. As long as you’ve lit the sheets of paper evenly, you can move the camera in and out, back and forth to the lyrics however you see fit. You can also move up and down, making the text seem bigger (but watch your focus).Time to EditOnce you’ve captured the action footage for your video, perhaps featuring actors or stock footage, you can now place the clip in your timeline. Add the text clip to the video Track 2. First, you’re going to want to invert the clip, so go to Video Effects > Channel > Invert. This will change your white background to black and your text to white. Now, head on over to Opacity, and change the Blend Mode to Lighten. And that should do it. Now you can edit the speed, motion, and timing of the text clips however you want.If you want to check out PremiumBeat’s vocal genre to find a song of your own, head on over.Looking for more filmmaking video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: How to Stitch 360 Footage in After EffectsDIY Filmmaking: How to Build Your Own Dolly for $50Video Tutorial: A Brief Guide to the Warp StabilizerVideo Tutorial: Better, Faster, Stronger Editing TipsVideo Tutorial: How to Loop an Animation in Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

BJP links Lalu kin to land scam

first_imgThe Bihar unit of the BJP on Friday alleged that Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s two sons — Tej Pratap and Tejaswi — and his wife Rabri Devi were involved in a multi-crore land scam. The allegation comes days after the BJP had charged Mr Tejaswi Prasad Yadav with conflict of interest as Forest and Environment Minister in a soil purchase contract, worth ₹90 lakh, for the Patna Zoo.Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to sack both Mr. Lalu Prasad’s sons from the cabinet and order a thorough inquiry into the land scam.Showing about 280 pages of documents related to the “dubious sale and purchase of the land”, Mr Modi further said, “I’ve all the authentic documents to prove my charges and we’ll take this scam too to the extent of the fodder scam.”Ownership transferredMr Modi said the land on which a shopping mall is being constructed by a company owned by an RJD MLA, was first given to Delight Marketing Company Pvt. Ltd in 2005 by Harsh and Vinay Kochar, prominent hoteliers of Patna. The Kochars, alleged Mr Modi, were given two railway hotels at Ranchi and Puri to run when Mr Lalu Prasad was union railway minister.Mr. Modi alleged that, “In 2010 Lalu’s family members, his wife Rabri Devi, two sons Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav, daughters Chanda Yadav and Ragini Yadav made an entry into the company as directors but on November 12, 2016 the company changed its name to LaRa Projects Pvt. Ltd and just two months back on February 14, 2017, only Rabri Devi, Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav remained directors of the company.”“LaRa means Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi…Rabri Devi owns 2,402 and both Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav own 800 shares each of the company today… The company, interestingly, did no business in last 15 years but added ‘construction’ in its objective in 2015,” said Mr Modi, who was earlier in exposing the multi-crore fodder scam against Lalu Prasad Yadav.“Nitish Kumar always says he neither protects anyone, nor implicates anyone…So we expect a thorough probe into this land scam too, ” Mr Modi told journalists.Neither the JD(U) nor Mr Lalu Prasad have responded to the allegations so far.last_img read more

U.K. Looks to Scrap Confidentiality Rules for Animal Research

first_imgThe United Kingdom has proposed lifting outdated confidentiality rules that ban the release of information about animal research.Under Section 24 of the 1986 Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, the Home Office cannot release any information about animal research carried out in the country. This includes, for example, information about people or places applying for animal testing licenses and inspection visit reports. But these rules are now “out of step with [government] policy on openness and transparency,” said Home Office Minister Norman Baker in a public consultation launched yesterday.Sharing information more openly will “help to provide a constructive dissemination of technical knowledge” and will lower the risk of duplication of animal experiments, the government says.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(*)Both animal rights groups and researchers using animals have praised the proposal as a step in the right direction. “Freedom of access to information is … the only means by which research can be properly scrutinised in order to ensure the best possible outcome for people and animals,” said the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in a statement issued today.Chris Magee, head of policy at the pressure group Understanding Animal Research (UAR) in London, tells ScienceInsider that withholding information does not help scientists and their work, because it leaves a “vacuum that activists can fill in with misleading information.” “Explaining what really goes on inside labs is the best way to counter the sometimes hysterical claims of so-called animal rights activists,” says Wendy Jarrett, chief executive of the organization. The secrecy is also unnecessary because the threat of violent extremists is lower now than it was in the 1980s and 1990s, Magee adds.This month, UAR and more than 40 science organizations will publish a joint document, or concordat, laying out how they plan to be more open and transparent about their animal research work.Private companies welcomed the government’s proposal but sounded a note of caution. Louise Leong, R&D policy director of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, said in a statement yesterday that drugmakers “would be looking for reassurance that any amendments to this Act do not compromise the safety of people who work in animal research,” as well as their intellectual property and “commercially sensitive information.”The government’s proposal seems to have taken these concerns on board: It suggests scrapping Section 24 while protecting the names of places, people, and their intellectual property. Under the government’s favored scenario, disclosing animal research information “with malicious intent” would also become a criminal offense.Indeed, when the U.K. government considered repealing Section 24 more than 10 years ago, then–Science Minister David Sainsbury said the biggest concern was “the question of penalties for people who improperly put that information into the public domain” and taking a tough stance against “animal terrorism.”In 2004, the government finally decided to keep the rules unchanged. Now, observers expect Section 24 to be scrapped, but don’t know what will replace it. The public consultation closes on 13 June; the government says it will then “work quickly” to analyze the comments and propose a final option.last_img read more