The Daily Populous

Tuesday September 4th, 2018 night edition

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A man who forked out almost $60k in child support payments wants his money back, after a DNA test revealed he isn't the father.

Appearing on Channel 9's A Current Affair, Kerry was a local footballer when he had a one-night stand with Julie.

Kerry said he paid almost $60k in child support, but then found out his daughter wasn't his.

I had my passport frozen and told that it wouldn't be reinstated until I had paid the bill in full.

"The consultant from Child Support, when he asked me, I can't see a result for a DNA test here, I said, 'Because I didn't have one'," Kerry said.

But Kerry says he'd rather the Child Support Agency pay back the money for allowing this to happen.

"I've been hassled non-stop by Child Support, but the reason they thought I was the dad wasn't right," he said. »

EU and national funders launch plan for free and immediate open access to journals

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The idea is to open up publicly funded research to everyone, not just the well-resourced, says the architect of the plan, Robert-Jan Smits.

The EU's research commissioner, Carlos Moedas, congratulated the funding bodies that committed to Plan-S "and strongly encourage[d] others to follow as soon as possible".

He developed the open access plan with Marc Schiltz, president of Science Europe, a body representing national public research funders. »

Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence

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Saudi Arabia will punish online satire that "disrupts public order" with up to five years in prison, the public prosecutor said Tuesday, as the kingdom cracks down on dissent.

Saudi Arabia's legislation on cybercrime has sparked concern among international rights groups in the past.

Dozens of Saudi citizens have been convicted on charges linked to dissent under a previous sweeping law, particularly linked to posts on Twitter. »

European science funders ban grantees from publishing in paywalled journals

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As of 2020, the group, which jointly spends about €7.6 billion on research annually, will require every paper it funds to be freely available from the moment of publication.

"We think this could create a tipping point," says Marc Schiltz, president of Science Europe, the Brussels-based association of science organizations that helped coordinate the plan.

"Really the idea was to make a big, decisive step—not to come up with another statement or an expression of intent.". »

Aretha Franklin's family found eulogy 'distasteful'

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Aretha Franklin's family have said that they found the closing eulogy at her funeral offensive and distasteful.

Instead, the family selected Williams because he had spoken at other family memorials, including the funeral of Franklin's father, the minister and civil rights activist CL Franklin.

Jasper Williams, Jr. used this platform to push his negative agenda, which as a family, we do not agree with," the family said. »