The bill enables new investments in health tourism

first_imgToday, the 60th session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia was held in Banski dvori, and the Bill on the Provision of Services in Tourism was sent to the Croatian Parliament.Minister Gari Cappelli said that the proposed law transposes the European Union Directive from 2015 on travel in package arrangements and related travel arrangements into the legal order of the Republic of Croatia. “During the work on the text of this legal proposal, we assessed that the existing law is restrictive for the development of the overall provision of services in tourism and strengthening the competitiveness of Croatian tourism.”, He emphasized. Speaking about the novelties proposed by the law, the Minister mentioned the reduction of administrative barriers to starting, but also continuing entrepreneurial activity and prescribing services that are considered tourist services of health tourism, adding that the possible circle of providers of tourist services in health tourism is expanding.Tourist services are additionally regulated in congress tourism, as well as the provision of car rental services without a driver and who can provide them and under what conditions. Services are also being regulated tourist diving and allows the church and religious communities to organize pilgrimages and other journeys in the function of promoting and manifesting the faith. The provision of services is regulated tourist guide citizens of another Contracting State to the Treaty on the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation on a temporary or occasional basis, as well as the abolition of seminars and professional examinations for heads of higher education institutions and only the passing of professional examinations for heads of affairs before the examination commission. It is also planned to reduce the amount of misdemeanor fines, and introduce more lenient treatment of tourist inspectors towards service providers who commit misdemeanors by applying the principle of opportunity, ie by prescribing the possibility to eliminate irregularities and deficiencies identified in inspections without punishment.Finally, Minister Cappelli said that for the implementation of this Act it is not necessary to provide additional funds in the state budget of the Republic of Croatia, nor in the budgets of local and regional self-government units.Minister of Justice Dražen Bošnjaković explained that the Proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Obligations is closely related to the Law on Provision of Services in Tourism. The proposed law proposes to delete Articles 881 to 903 of the Law on Obligations which regulate the contract on travel organization, which transposed into Croatian legislation the (old) Directive on travel in package arrangements (from 13 June 1990) which was placed out of force with the new Directive on Travel in Package Arrangements and Related Travel Arrangements (of 25 November 2015), which will be transposed into Croatian legislation by the new Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism.The draft Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism is mostly focused on the work of travel agencies as well as on tourist guides. See the draft Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism in the attachment: Proposal of the Law on Provision of Services in Tourism Related news:MINISTER OF TOURISM CAPPELLI: WE EXPECT EUR 350 MILLION INVESTMENT IN HEALTH TOURISM NEXT YEARlast_img read more

Class of 2004

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Speakers encourage women to consider public service

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The theme at the 28th Annual Lugar Series Luncheon on Monday was encouraging women to get involved in public service.“Run. Run, run, run. We absolutely need women at all levels of government to step up,” said Republican Indiana Congresswoman from District 5 Susan Brooks. “We don’t have enough women in the Statehouse. We don’t have enough women as mayors. We don’t have enough women leading at other levels of government.”Brooks along with Republican Indiana Congresswoman from District 2 Jackie Walorski highlighted this year’s Lugar Series Luncheon, taking part in a congressional roundtable discussion moderated by Teresa Lubbers, the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education and one of the program’s founders, before a crowd of over 500 at the Marriott Downtown.The annual luncheon put on by the Lugar Series recognizes the current Lugar Series class and draws a large crowd by bringing in top-name female, Republican officials as keynote speakers.“Both, Congresswomen Brooks and Walorski are in a minority of just 21 Republican women serving in Congress,” said Anne Hathaway, executive director of the Lugar Series. “These women are leaders in Congress and members of key committees with significant impact on Indiana, additionally they are terrific role models for all candidates, men or women. My hope is by hearing from them today more women are inspired and motivated to run for office or get involved in public service.”Indiana GOP Chair Kyle Hupfer, the only male to speak at the luncheon, echoed the reoccurring theme by saying, “We not only put women on the ballot in Indiana, we elect them!”Hupfer’s remarks are referring to Secretary of State Connie Lawson, State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and State Auditor Tera Klutz all Republican incumbents running for re-election in 2018.The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is a nonprofit organization inspired by former Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar. The Series is a women’s leadership development program designed to increase the number of Republican women in local, state and national elective and appointive offices.For more information about the Lugar Series, contact Anne Hathaway at or visit the website.last_img read more

Mel sees red over Van Persie

first_imgManager Pepe Mel hit out at referee Jon Moss for failing to send Robin van Persie off in West Brom’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester United. Just three minutes after Van Persie was booked for a tackle from behind on Morgan Amalfitano, the Manchester United striker took out Steven Reid with a two-footed sliding tackle. Moss awarded a foul, but did not produce a second yellow and Van Persie was allowed to remain on the pitch. Press Association The Baggies were just 1-0 down at the time and Mel thought his team would have stood a good chance of taking something from the game if Van Persie had been dismissed. “It was a clear second yellow card,” the under-pressure West Brom manager said. “I didn’t speak to the referee after. There was no point, but with the red card to Van Persie, the game would have changed and been completely different.” United boss David Moyes disagreed with Mel’s opinion, but was not willing to take any more chances with Van Persie and he hauled the player off moments later. Van Persie reacted with disappointment when his number came up on the fourth official’s board, shaking his head before sauntering off the pitch. The United boss insisted his striker was always aware that he would not play the full game, however. “Robin knew exactly what was happening. I told him. I walked over and told him that I was going to have to take him off,” the United manager said. “It was a foul (against Reid) but it was not a second booking. “It made my job easy. He played 90 minutes for Holland in midweek and I was never going to play him for another 90 minutes today.” Shortly after Van Persie’s foul on Reid, Wayne Rooney scored to put United 2-0 up following Phil Jones’ opener. A fabulous finish from Danny Welbeck rounded off the win for Moyes’ side, who moved up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League. Mel can only dream of being in such a high position in the table. Seven matches have passed since he was appointed and he is yet to achieve his first win. The Baggies are one point above the relegation zone, but the team below them – Sunderland – have two games in hand. Mel is sure he is the right man for the job. Doubts persist about whether the Albion hierarchy feel the same way and Mel admitted he had no idea whether the club were about to axe him just two months after his appointment. “It doesn’t depend on me,” the former Real Betis manager said. “The only thing I am thinking about is working tomorrow and putting all my energy into making sure West Brom win at Swansea. “Of course I am sure (I can keep West Brom up). The next four matches are very important for us. We need 11 men, 11 good professional players and a good mentality. It is the future of the club (at stake).” Moyes also raged at the officials from the touchline when West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster was not sent off for handling the ball outside the area, but he was a happy man when he left the Midlands following what turned out to be a relatively easy win. Eleven days after a morale-sapping defeat to Olympiacos, his team put on a much better display that moved them to within nine points of fourth place. Rafael’s storming runs down the right caused havoc throughout while Jones and Chris Smalling stood tall after being chosen at centre-back ahead of the departing captain Nemanja Vidic. Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick controlled the tempo of the game in midfield while Welbeck’s finish was top-class. “All areas pleased me today,” Moyes said. “There were some very good performances. Marouane Fellaini did really well, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were excellent. I thought the two boys up front were fabulous, with Juan (Mata) and Adnan (Januzaj). “I saw by their attitude had changed completely (from the Olympiacos game). “They showed their effort and commitment, not just good play.” last_img read more

Antonio Brown a good fit for Ravens, says cousin Hollywood Brown

first_imgThe Ravens would benefit from the signing of Antonio Brown, according to his cousin Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.The older Brown, 32, was released by the Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he has denied. He recently was banned for eight games due to “multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.” Didn’t end how we wanted but man couldn’t ask for a better group of guys and organization we will be backYear 1— Hollywood Brown (@Primetime_jet) January 12, 2020″I feel like he would fit in this locker room. He’s a guy that’s competitive and he’s going to go out there and give 100 percent. Seeing stuff like that is going to make other guys want to do the same.”Antonio Brown, who had a controversial stint with the Raiders last year — he was cut before playing a game for them — is a seven-time Pro Bowler, with all of those selections coming while he was a member of the Steelers.His 23-year-old cousin scored seven receiving touchdowns for the Ravens as a rookie in 2019. Baltimore lost in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs to the Titans. IYER: Ravens need to keep saying no to ABThe wide receiver has been linked with a host of teams ahead of the new season, though, and worked out with both his cousin and star Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in the offseason.Jackson has spoken of his hope of bringing Brown to Baltimore in a move that the team’s second-year receiver — a first-round pick in 2019 — would also welcome.”AB, he’s a guy that’s going to bring the best out of you,” Hollywood Brown told reporters.last_img read more

Deadlier Than the Ebola Virus

first_imgMy wife and I had a friend, Samson Rightfoot, whose wife, Dorothy Rightfoot, left him three years ago. The experience depressed him that he had hallucinated about ending his life, but we realized that though at the age of 35, he had much more to live for.  “You have much to be happy about,” my wife told him, “hold yourself together.”  “I’ve worked for the last five years,” he sobbed, and my wife had fought back a tear that was betraying her.  “I know how much your wife meant to you,” I added my voice in consolation. “We’ll be with you all the way.” My friend had lifted his head and gazed directly at me. It was a delight for my family to be useful to a depressed soul. I felt, however, disturbed that a family man of more than ten years would sink into disrepair, but considering my own love for my wife and our two children, I felt pity for his condition.  I was learning much more from the weakness of human nature, for here was a man who had devoted his life to the progress of his family and when that forward march was interrupted and the one who meant a lot to him left unceremoniously, he sunk into utter hopelessly. What crime could one commit to bring him such humiliation and disappointment! I was not judge on human nature, but I felt extremely disturbed and examined how far my family had come. I argued with myself that the situation could be reversed for he was like one of those living dead roaming in Monrovia searching for life’s meaning, but sadly their misfortunes had been greater than their fortune, and they simply lived for the day.  Samson was a jovial fellow, and I remember fairly well his positive response after we examined his situation, one Sunday evening.  “I appreciate both of your concerns for me,” Rightfoot said, smiling.  “That’s what friends are for,” I said, and my wife, Elizabeth Bluecross, nodded to reassure him that we meant well.  “Sam,” Rightfoot said, “it takes friends to make friends and truly speaking, I am overwhelmed,” his eyes filled with tears, and I moved in to console him.  I held his hands together and squeezed them, with a comment, “Don’t give up, dear friend.”  My response forced a grin and a laugh from my friend, and we all laughed, including my wife.  “We need each other sometimes, Sam,” I pleaded, with a look of concern on my face.  “I had loved her with everything,” my friend moaned, wiping his face with the back of his right hand. I said, “You are welcome to our home and though New Kru Town has its own minuses and pluses, come here whenever you need someone to even talk to.”  With his eyes filled with tears, Samson extended his right hand and I grabbed it, as we pumped it for a while, before he eased his grip and I followed suit.  That evening, Sam got the best entertainment from us and before he left, my wife managed, with my agreement, to push some money into his pocket, to enable him reach Logan Town.  When his troubles began, Samson resorted to heavy drinking that took a toll on him and our swift intervention, and his eventual realization that we were there for him, rescued him from his dissent into what many saw as his journey to the abyss of despair and hopelessness.  In the course of time, Samson discovered his jovial self. He became a frequent visitor to our home, as we had instructed him to do.   In all fairness, Samson was an amiable fellow and I was particularly grateful that I was able to use my influence on my wife to help another soul. We showed him every bit that we wanted him to know we cared for, and about him.  “What we are doing for you,” I told him during one of his visits, “means our love and with Christ’s directive to lend a hand when a brother is down.” My response elicited a smile from my friend, and he was forced to reply, “Sam, it will be better for you to take the Cross.”  “I was not meant to be a preacher,” I confessed, “but maybe one day, when the Lord wills it, I will be.”  We all laughed over it.  I knew that life had a way of punishing people, and particularly with the increasing number of family problems; one would always need another’s shoulder to cry on.  Many people fail to work through their problems; they would not even make an attempt to find a workable solution, and as a result, they contribute to their own misery and would make it seem as though the family arrangement would always be on a try and error basis.  The recent discovery of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, and the manner the news was publicized in the country created much apprehension that I wondered what preventive measures were clearly necessary. I was not particularly pleased with the kind of preventive measures broadcast to the nation, but I knew it was someone’s job to get the message across and so be it.  Two days after sample tissues of those affected with the deadly Ebola virus returned from Paris, France, and it was announced that at least two of the dead had the virus; my friend Samson Rightfoot came to my house, visiting with my family as usual.  As we sat to talk, we joked about the unnecessary tension the confirmation of the virus’ presence in Liberia had raised, and later my wife suggested that we should get something to drink and some food from a nearby shop, since it was a Saturday, and the day was wasting away, slowly.  It was a good thing and I decided to rush to the nearby shop to get something for all of us.  “I think I should go with you,” Samson said, but I felt he should not bother.  “Just wait right here,” I said, “I will be back with the drinks.”  “A couple of stouts will be fine with me,” he told me, and I nodded my consent. He did not appreciate my refusal for him to go along with me, but I insisted, because I knew it was my duty to make him more comfortable anytime he was around my family. So I left him with my wife.  The location of our house sat across a smaller road, jutting toward the main trunk road. The house’s windows were located in opposite, but awkward positions that one could be coming from either of the two windows, without anyone in the room being aware.  It took me about twenty five minutes to get the drinks from a center just across from the nearby Plaza Cinema. I was approaching towards one of the windows, and to my shock, I saw what I thought it happening in a dream; or like it was happening in a movie.  My friend Samson was in close contact with my wife, and as I approached, the two held each other in an uncompromising posture that filled me with disgust and anger.  Perhaps it was the reality of ‘thirty days for rogue, and one day for master’ and as the couple did not notice my presence, I stood watching them painfully till they ended up their passionate kiss.  It was rather too late for them to have claimed any of the many things as the reasons for their intimate closeness and fumbling and betrayal.   The moment they saw me, they let each other loose and over-reacted so violently that in a few seconds, my friend began to sweat.  At the store, along with the drinks I bought several tins of corn beef, some loaves of Fula bread. I placed them on the table before my faithful wife and wonderful friend.“How was it while I was gone?” I said, and it was like torture to both of them, but my friend mustered some courage.“Everything was fine,” he said, in a voice that betrayed his sincerity to our relationship and avoided my gaze.I said, “Ok, what about you Honey?” My wife could not raise her head to look into my face, and though I was enjoying the torture, I felt sorry for them at the same time.It became apparent to me that the uneasiness, as a result of what had happened was so overbearing that my friend Samson wanted to ask for leave, and save himself the painful memories of the tragic scene that I had openly witnessed.“It was fine,” my wife managed to say, and began to move towards the kitchen.I said, “Give me one of the butcher knives from the counter.”Suddenly, she said, “For what?”“I just need a butcher knife,” I said derisively, “I left my faithful wife with my true friend to get something from the store.“I returned with what I went to get for us, and I need a butcher knife, and you don’t want to give it to me?”“You don’t need a butcher knife to slice bread,” Samson retorted with a grin.  “You’re right,” I said, “but did anything go wrong here?”  I meanwhile walked towards the kitchen for a butcher knife but when I turned to look at my friend, Samson had already urinated (pepe) in his trousers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberians Who Wish to Become Entrepreneurs, Come Forth, Seize Elumelu’s Offer

first_imgWe are today calling on all Liberians, between the ages of 16 and 40, who want to start their own businesses, to come forward. To do what? To apply to the Entrepreneurship Program of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). The TEF has pledged to train you in realizing your ambition to start and grow your own businesses.Our Business Reporter David Yates, who wrote the story about this challenge in Monday’s edition, said the aim of the Program is to enhance and materialize Tony Emelelu’s philosophy and vision of africapitalism, aimed at “positioning Africa’s private sector and most importantly entrepreneurs as the catalyst for the socioeconomic development of the African continent.”But first, let us explain what an entrepreneur is. An entrepreneur is one who, according to the wealthy Nigerian business tycoon, Tony Elumelu, “wishes to grow his own business in order to realize his ambition and vision. We are,” Mr. Elumelu continued, “showing what the African private sector can achieve, how hard work and enterprise can catalyze real, sustainable development.” Mr. Elumelu is a major investor in United Bank Africa (UBA). Reporter Yates also quoted TEF Chief Executive Officer Parminder Vir Obe as saying, “The program will continue to surpass the expectations of entrepreneurs and its success is palpable (real, profound).”The TEF journey, she said, “begins when you make the decision to complete the application. We are seeking real entrepreneurs, people who can take risk and reap rewards, not just for themselves, but their communities and countries.”Reporter Yates named three successful entrepreneurs who have successfully gone through the program. One is a Gambian, Mass Taal, who turned his US$5,000 seed capital into US$1.2 million in revenues.Another is Tanzania’s Bukhary Kibonajoro, who used the TEF mentorship to create within a year 34 new jobs in education and training for over 100 new local businesses.A third successful entrepreneur is Chioma Okonu, whose waste management business has created ancillary revenue for over 6,000 households, creating 40 jobs and a US$50,000 profit.The Daily Observer is today calling on Liberians between the ages of 16 and 40 to apply to the TEF Entrepreneurial Training Program for fellowships to enter its mentoring program. You may apply by using the website We at this newspaper have long been calling on our people, Liberians, to plunge into business by choosing a business sector, be it a grocery shop, a building materials store, an agricultural enterprise such as poultry and eggs or a vegetable or flower garden, or whatever. Plunge out into the deep, take a risk and start a business of your own, no matter how young you may be.We need, at this time, to tell you how the Daily Observer newspaper got started. When Kenneth & Mae Gene Best resigned their jobs in Nairobi, Kenya, he from the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and she from a philanthropic organization, they returned home with the aim of starting Liberia’s first independent daily newspaper.The couple had no money, except for US$4,000, which was all they had been able to save after working six and a half years in Kenya. That was the seed money we used to start the newspaper. We were also able to convince a few Liberians to take shares in the business, valued at US$10 per share, with shareholders averaging US$75 to US$150. We were also able to obtain a loan from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), which was approved on October 30, 1980.The newspaper was launched on February 16, 1981. But it was scarcely six weeks before we ran into serious trouble with Justice Minister Chea Cheapoo who, angry at a story we had carried on him, threatened to hunt down the newspaper publisher, Mr. Best, and shoot him! The Minister also deported three of the staff back to Ghana and Nigeria, demanded that the newspaper, an entirely new business, cough up US$3,000 to pay fines he had levied against the three deportees and also to pay their transport fares back home. Three months later, in June1981, the military junta shut down the newspaper, arrested Mr. Best, Mrs. Best and several of their staff, including three other female employees, and imprisoned them; the men in the Post Stockade and the women at the CID cell. The newspaper suffered three more closures, in August 1983, January 1984 and January 1985, this time for nearly two years.But that was not all. In 1987 President Doe, who though having been elected President was still behaving like a military dictator, ordered his Defense Minister Gray D. Allison, who was also Chair of the board of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), to cut the Observer’s electricity!In addition to all this, three times the government attempted to burn the newspaper’s office. At the third attempt, they burnt the building to the ground, and we lost everything!By that time the war was on and Mr. Best and family were in The Gambia trying to establish another newspaper, which they did successfully—until the new military head of state Yaya Jammeh, deported Mr. Best in August 1994.But despite all of these trials and tribulations, the Daily Observer was able to maintain a staff of 40 full time staff and employed over 400 newspaper vendors, most of whom paid their own way through night school and many built their own houses and supported their families. The Daily Observer management was also able to pay back its LBDI loan.We wish to assure all young entrepreneurs that you will NOT suffer the same fate as befell the Daily Observer. The political and business climate has dramatically and positively changed; and we have and will continue to have for the foreseeable future, a democratic and a very business-friendly government. So we urge our young people to go forward and apply to the TEF, become entrepreneurs and create your own businesses. One day you will succeed, become your own boss, and be able to employ others and make a constructive and meaningful contribution to national development. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fisherman dies in boat accident

first_imgA Corentyne, Berbice fisherman died on Friday after a boat collision at sea.Dead is Rudra Persaud, 51, of Number 77 Housing Scheme, Corentyne, Berbice.Reports are Persaud was the captain of the vessel Rosanna 1. The incident reportedly took place in the Atlantic Ocean at a place called “Long Pole” in Surinamese waters.This newspaper was told that the incident occurred just around midnight. Reports are the crew of five was awakened by a loud crashing sound on their boat. According to information, another vessel was in the water but Rosanna 1 began to sink. The men then cut their seine and started the engine, hoping to make it to shore but the boat continued to take in water. The others in the boat were Premdat Sohan of Number 55 Village, who is currently hospitalised with a broken rib and burns from gasoline, which had spilt on him; Sukhpaul Kaiso, 26, of Number 77 Housing Scheme; Ravindra Persaud, 23 (son of the dead man), and Shazad Ally, 17. Kaiso told this publication that they tried to use the ice box to float to no avail.“We nah see nothing but the boat was leaking and within three minutes, the boat gone down. We hold on the icebox and float on it for hours until 03:00 this morning (Friday) then we get rescue,” the man said.According to the father of one, Persaud told them that he was not going to make it. “When we already near fuh reach the boat he make two blow and that was it. Is the cramp and he does suffer from high pressure and was heavy rain…” The rescue boat, he said, pulled up the front half of a wooden speed boat in its seine.Meanwhile, the dead man’s wife referred to him as a very kind person who always took care of the family. The fishermen were expected back in Guyana on Saturday.Persaud leaves to mourn his wife and two children. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Argentina 1-1 Iceland: Messi misses penalty to hand Iceland a point on debut

first_imgWith Diego Maradona in the stands and Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick the day before looming over him, all eyes were on Messi, including those of the three Icelandic defenders who followed him wherever he went and offered no space to exert his influence.He finally got his chance on 64 minutes when Bristol City’s Hordur Magnusson bundled Meza over in the box, but Hannes Halldorsson’s spectacular save from the spot kept the scores level.In the dying minutes Halldorsson was at his best again, flying to his left to keep out substitute Cristian Pavon’s goalbound effort as Iceland followed up their Euro 2016 antics with yet another upset.STAR MANHannes Halldorsson marked his 50th cap for his country with the biggest performance of his career, denying Messi from 12 yards and Pavon from 20 as he backed up the phenomenal work of his defenders with two huge saves in the second half. As the constant harrying and hounding weakened the brick wall put up by 10 outfielders, Halldorsson was called upon to keep his country level, and he did not disappoint.MOMENT OF THE MATCH 4 Manchester City’s Aguero opened the scoring with his 38th international goal, and first at a World Cup For all the efforts of their backline, which appeared to be eight-strong at times, all Iceland’s hard work could have been undone just after the hour mark after Magnusson’s clumsy challenge. Messi, who has now missed four of his last seven penalties for club and country, never looked confident, and keeper Halldorsson’s save ensured that a nation with the population of Croydon did not end their first World Cup game with defeat.GROUP D TABLE 4 Iceland stunned Argentina in Moscow as Lionel Messi’s second-half penalty miss saw the smallest nation in World Cup history secure a draw against the two-time world champions.Alfred Finnbogason’s equaliser cancelled out a Sergio Aguero strike as England’s Euro 2016 conquerors produced a heroic defensive display against the star-studded Argentine attack.center_img Finnbogason ensured Iceland were not behind for long 4 It was Aguero, goalless in all eight previous World Cup appearances, who set the scoring going, lashing in on the turn with his left foot on 19 minutes after Marcos Rojo’s scuffed shot fell to him in the box.Undeterred, the debutants equalised just four minutes later, Finnbogason tapping in their own first ever World Cup goal after Willy Caballero palmed Gylfi Sigurdsson’s low drive right into his path.Argentina were adamant they should have been awarded a penalty at the end of the first half when Maximiliano Meza’s cross deflected up onto Ragnar Sigurdsson’s arm, but both referee and VAR deemed the contact unintentional. 4last_img read more

Royal Society Joins Open-Access Bandwagon

first_imgLess than a week after AAAS, Science’s publisher, announced the launch of its first open-access online journal, Science Advances, Britain’s Royal Society has done the same. Royal Society Open Science, slated for launch later this year, will “provide a scalable publishing service, allowing the Society to publish all the high quality work it receives without the restrictions on scope, length or impact imposed by traditional journals,” a statement issued today says. The journal will cover life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer science.The Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific society and publisher. Next year, it will celebrate the 350th anniversary of its Philosophical Transactions.There are several open-access business models, but the Royal Society, like AAAS, has opted for “gold,” meaning that scientists pay for submission and then published papers are available to everyone for free straightaway. Some publishers of traditional journals—for which submission is free but readers must pay a subscription—have shied away from open-access journals because it was not clear whether they would be profitable. 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Its editorial team will draw on the expertise of the society’s fellows and the journal will accept direct submissions as well as referrals from other Royal Society journals.“Philosophical Transactions was the first journal dedicated to scientific endeavour and introduced the concepts of scientific priority and peer review. Today more than 20,000 scientific journals around the world are based on these two key principles and it is difficult to imagine a research process functioning without them,” Royal Society President Paul Nurse said in the statement. “The publishing model is continually evolving and it’s important that the Royal Society’s own journal offerings do so too.”Not everyone agrees, however, that the Royal Society is following the best route. “The [Royal Society open-access] journal launch is welcome, but probably premature. While most of the established must-have journals are still subscription journals, paying to publish articles in an [open-access] journal is not only an additional expense for institutions that still have to pay their must-have subscriptions, but it is needlessly over-priced,” says open-access proponent Stevan Harnad of the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.Harnad argues that institutions and funders should mandate that articles published in the subscription journals be made “green” open access by self-archiving them in the author’s institutional repository. Once this becomes common practice worldwide, such repositories will become the standard home for papers, subscriptions can be canceled, and journals can downsize to just providing peer review at a fair, affordable, sustainable price, he says.last_img read more