Six journalists attacked by police

first_img LebanonMiddle East – North Africa January 14, 2021 Find out more Ladki said several policemen hit him in the face while he was taking pictures of he scene from atop a bulldozer with permission from a police captain. Lamaa said they pushed him “very roughly” to make him come down off the bulldozer. He said the flash of Hassan’s camera had been damaged and his film seized. LebanonMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Help by sharing this information Photographers Wael Ladki, of the daily As Safir, Ali Lamaa, of Al Sharq, reporter Muhamed Assi, of An Nahar, Samir and Said Baytamuni, of the LBC TV station, and Khalil Hassan of Daily Star, were hit by police on 23 March 2002 at the ruins of a building that had just collapsed, killing four people, in Beirut’s Marzraa neighbourhood. Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Lebanon to go further Newscenter_img March 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six journalists attacked by police News Organisation Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” February 4, 2021 Find out more Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) protested today against a police attack on six journalists at the site of a housing disaster and called on the Lebanese authorities to investigate and punish those responsible.”This act of indiscipline comes just a few days before the Arab League summit in Beirut and the journalists were apparently just doing their job,” RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Lebanese interior minister Elias el-Murr. “Journalists in Lebanon must be allowed to work in conditions of complete security.”  News November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

End of an era for Burton’s Biscuits

first_imgPlanning permission is set to be granted for almost 300 new homes to be built on the former Burton’s biscuit factory site in Moreton, Wirral.Wirral Council’s planning committee has the item top of its agenda for its meeting on 15 September, with a recommendation to approve the application.This comes despite a representation on behalf of Premier Foods, which owns the nearby Manor Bakeries site, that the residential development could have a detrimental impact upon the operational efficiency of its business and that the submitted noise assessment does not adequately consider the potential impacts.Burton’s Biscuit Company controversially cut 219 jobs its Moreton site in 2011, moving production to other sites, bringing more than 60 years of biscuit manufacture there to an end.It now says that it wants to redevelop the vacant factory buildings and land as it has been unable to sell them for industrial use.  Its website says: “Since 2013 we have undertaken an extensive, but unsuccessful marketing campaign of the site for employment uses.”Similar housing plans were rejected by the local authority two years ago as the council then said it wanted the land to remain available for employment use.last_img read more

Helping to uncover the mechanism controlling brain states

first_img Study using brain imaging suggests why zebrafish facing a threat surprisingly opt to keep mating rather than flee Related How biology affects behavioral decisions It might be complicated, but the concept is as simple as a light switch.A team of researchers led by two Harvard alumni have uncovered a switch-like mechanism in the brains of larval zebrafish that flips their brains between two distinct motivational states — one a highly focused hunting state and the other an easily distracted, exploratory state.The findings, which they detail in the journal Nature, can begin to shed light on how the brain switches between internal states and coordinates this brain-wide shift, leading to dramatic changes in motivation, focus, and behavior for specific time periods.“As soon as you have more than one objective in life [that the brain has to solve], you have a tug of war. You have a conflict,” said Drew Robson, Ph.D. ’13, one of the paper’s lead authors and a former fellow at Harvard’s Rowland Institute, where most of the research took place. “The brain has to have some way of deciding who’s actually in charge right now. Which objective should I prioritize at this moment in time?”How the brain does this has long been a mystery because it happens deep in the brain where it is difficult to image, especially in complex animals such as humans. That is one of the reasons zebrafish have become model organisms for brain researchers, like Robson. A larval zebrafish, with 100,000 neurons in its brain and a limbic system similar to humans, has thin and transparent skin that allows scientists to analyze its neural activity using a microscope.In the study, the researchers describe using a tracking microscope to pinpoint a hub of serotonergic neurons buried deep in the brains of zebrafish where they believe the switch lies that controls this type of decision. This hub is in the zebrafish’s dorsal raphe, a tiny cluster of neurons that sits at the base of the brain and has a reach that stretches through most of the brain. These neurons act as a master regulator for the zebrafish’s motivational state.In zebrafish, the switch mechanism that the researchers studied blasts a powerful signal that the researchers believe promotes certain behaviors and actions while suppressing others for a set amount of time. “You don’t want an animal to be perfectly focused for an infinite amount of time, because that isn’t how an animal has to survive in the world.” — Jennifer Li “Normally, when you think of how neurons talk to each other, you have one neuron that makes a selective set of connections to other neurons. That’s not how these cells work,” said Jennifer Li, Ph.D. ’13, another lead author and also a former fellow at the Rowland Institute. “When these cells fire, almost all other cells in your brain are listening. They are not a way to communicate narrowly from one information channel to another. They send a signal that gets broadcast to your entire brain.”This makes sense, Li said, because this type of system is exactly what’s needed to set a global brain state. It’s also interesting that the brain naturally sets a timer for this, she added.When a zebrafish’s priority is to hunt, the switching mechanism leaps into action, making the zebrafish not only a more motivated but a more effective hunter, because cells in the brain that amplify motor functions related to hunting — like making highly precise turns —are also heightened. This state lasts about 5 to 8 minutes and, in a chart, looks like a triangle. “It shoots up to a really high level and slowly winds down, like the discharging of a battery,” Robson said.In the opposing state, when the signal fully discharges, skills and desires related to hunting are suppressed and the animal seems more interested in exploring its environment and covering longer distances. In this state, even if the zebrafish is hungry and presented with prey, it is routinely inattentive to it, demonstrating a different set of internal priorities. In fact, when it tries to hunt in the exploratory state, the researchers report the fish is more likely to fail.The researchers hypothesize that the zebrafish makes this switch because it is balancing two competing priorities: eating and not being eaten. The findings call into play the questions of how long a focused state can be maintained, and even controlled.“You don’t want an animal to be perfectly focused for an infinite amount of time, because that isn’t how an animal has to survive in the world,” Li said. “They have to switch out of that state so that they can balance all of their other objectives in life.”,The design of the experiment — begun at the Rowland Institute in 2017, where the researchers led a joint laboratory, and finished this September after they moved their lab to the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany — was deliberately simple. The tracking microscope followed the zebrafish in an arena more than eight times their body size while they swam and hunted without interruption for 50‒80 minutes. The researchers put the prey (paramecia) in the same arena and then watched what the zebrafish did. When they analyzed the neural data, they spotted the link between the dynamics of the switching mechanism and the animals’ behavior. Their driving question was whether this hunt-or-prey behavior was random or more organized.The results raise questions about how different areas of the brain listen to and interpret signals from the regulator-like hub.“What we think, based on the results from the paper, is that selective parts of the brain become more activated in response to the broadcast signal, but other cells in the brain are suppressed by the same signal.” Robson said. “So even though you are broadcasting the same message, how it’s interpreted seems to vary greatly in different cells in the brain.”The researchers hope these implications, along with why and how this switching mechanism has been preserved across evolution, can be analyzed in future studies. Serotonergic cells are present throughout the animal kingdom, from worms to fish to mammals, and there is evidence that worms may have a simplified version of the brain-state switch, and mammals, including humans, a more complex one. Though a major difficulty will be comprehensively recording deep regions of the brain like the dorsal raphe in the more-complex animals, the researchers hope that their findings can be used to identify and study other internal-state switches.“Someone just has to find them,” Li said.This work was financially supported by the Rowland Institute at Harvard. How a zebrafish model may hold a key to biology Sensors go undercover to outsmart the brain Study: Artificial neural networks could be used to provide insight into biological systems Devices used in mice offer a more accurate way to study the brain, potential treatment for disease, damage, mental illnesslast_img read more

Kings player banished to quarantine in Orlando for food order; Twitter reacts to tomfoolery

first_imgHolmes is going to have to deal with jokes about his mistake, both from teammates and the general public. (UPDATE: And his mom, too.)Twitter was quick to react to the report on Monday, catching Chris Paul in the crossfire for his reputation as a snitch.You only cross the line for your MOMA’s COOKING! AND I WAS NOT IN FLORIDA SIR!! #lol @Rich_Holmes22. Love you baby!— Dr. Lydecia Holmes (@DrLydecia) July 13, 2020Richaun Holmes when getting food outside the bubble pic.twitter.com/HuIIqOUpQR— Prez💊 (@PresidentEmbiid) July 13, 2020Holmes in his room rn pic.twitter.com/2YejQber9w— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) July 13, 2020Bruh we like 3 days in lmaooo— Austin (@threepeatbulls) July 13, 2020lmaaoo pic.twitter.com/s9FvTJsAxN— 𝗕𝗥𝗬💫 💜💛 (@BryMontana) July 13, 2020Richaun Holmes explaining why he snuck out pic.twitter.com/SNss1aPDEV— Rob (40-24) Rockets (@Hou5ton4L) July 13, 2020Zion sneaking in the back door with wendys pic.twitter.com/TBYTjTAQL1— john (@iam_johnw) July 13, 2020Zion sneaking in the back door with wendys pic.twitter.com/TBYTjTAQL1— john (@iam_johnw) July 13, 2020UPDATE: Rockets forward Bruno Caboclo is also under another quarantine after venturing outside the campus perimeter, ESPN reported. He is under the same schedule as Holmes; he had eight days remaining on Monday. Kings center Richaun Holmes crossed the the Disney campus line to pick up delivery food and must quarantine for 10 days (eight days remaining).— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2020MORE: Russell Westbrook announces he has COVID-19While there have been complaints about the league-provided food in the bubble, it’s difficult to imagine what would be worth being sent to timeout over. After all, most deliveries lose their peak temperature and consistency before arriving, meaning a fancy meal would probably be just average once it got to Holmes.Hopefully we’ll find out what exactly Holmes tried to get — and whether the NBA at least let him eat the food before making him quarantine. Not asking for every fine detail of the situation would be journalism malpractice. Kings center Richaun Holmes apparently could not control his urge to sneak outside food into the NBA bubble in Orlando, where the league is trying to restart without an internal COVID-19 outbreak.Holmes ordered food delivery to the Walt Disney World campus and crossed over the bubble’s border to retrieve his goods, a major no-no in a place with a strict lockdown policy. As a result, Holmes needs to quarantine for 10 days before resuming human contact.last_img read more

Corruption becomes culture

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, Cathy Hughes, the Honorable Minister revealed an irrational stance on corruption when she insulted members of the public that they are corrupt just like her Government and that corruption is a culture in Guyana. In effect, Minister Hughes aims to deter members of the public from calling out corruption within her Government because she is also allegedly involved in it.Minister Hughes must know that corruption becomes culture because corrupt practices are copied, especially from role models or from those in powerful positions.To this end, Minister Hughes cannot escape the fact that she is spreading corrupt values. Specifically, it has been widely reported that Minister Hughes is being handed government contracts to her personal business for selfish gains. And this is evidence of corruption by a powerful government minister who has no other option but to defend this scourge because of her alleged involvement. She has no moral grounds to stand and fight it.Further, Minister Hughes needs to be reminded that corruption robs human beings of basic needs like food, water, health care and shelter. This is exactly the tragedy in Guyana where the majority of Guyanese, including members of my own family fall into hopelessness, suicide and emigration. Life is unbearable in Guyana because of corruption primarily in government. And most would agree that Guyana is ruled by thieves.Editor, without a doubt, Minister Hughes is unfit to effectively serve in her capacity because of her alleged involvement in corruption. How can a minister not see that her behaviors embolden corrupt practices which destroy lives? Further, Minister Hughes and others with similar values in government have caused Guyana to remain poor in spite of our vast natural resources. And the Government of Guyana must understand that corruption is a brainless and destructive act which is ever supported or defended by decent human beings.Sincerely,Annie Baliram (PhD)last_img read more

Man City to return to China after Beijing debacle

first_imgPep Guardiola’s City will hope there is no repeat when they compete in the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy, which will be held in Nanjing on July 17 and nearby Shanghai on July 20.The other teams will be Newcastle United, West Ham United and Chinese-owned Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Premier League said on Tuesday.Each side will play two games in the mini tournament, which is likely to be testing for the players with peak temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius (86F) and the possibility of torrential rain.The Asia Trophy was similarly dogged by pitch problems — again after rain — when it was held in Hong Kong in 2013.Then-Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio labelled the muddy surface “a killer pitch” and Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen suffered an ankle injury on the waterlogged surface.While uncomfortable conditions for players and disruptive to managers’ pre-season preparations, the Premier League and clubs see such trips as a prime opportunity to grow their fan bases in China, the world’s second-biggest economy.City recently purchased a stake in Chinese third-tier club Sichuan Jiuniu as part of their overseas expansion drive.“In Manchester City we have the reigning Premier League champions competing for the trophy,” the league’s interim chief executive Richard Masters said when naming the July line-up.“I have no doubt the fans can expect some competitive and thrilling Premier League action.”A glut of European football clubs look set to visit China in pre-season, with Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur also committed to coming.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s 2016 game against Manchester United was called off due to an unplayable surface at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing. © AFP / GREG BAKERSHANGHAI, China, Mar 26 – Manchester City will return to China this year for the first time since their ill-fated visit of 2016, when a game with cross-town rivals United was called off at the last minute.The first overseas Manchester derby was cancelled just hours before kick-off because of an unplayable surface at Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” stadium following heavy rain.last_img read more

Sharks defenseman injured in Game 2 vs. Golden Knights

first_imgThoughts and prayers to #SJSharks forward, Logan Couture. 🤢 pic.twitter.com/OT3GlKGkkr— Vinnie Parise (@VinnieParise) April 13, 2019SAN JOSE — Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and center Logan Couture were both injured in the second period of the Sharks’ game against the Golden Knights on Friday. Couture would return to the ice in the third period but Vlasic remained out of the game. The Sharks lost 5-3 to the Golden Knights at SAP Center in Game 2 of their opening round playoff …last_img

Saudi jet under threat?

first_imgA false alarm over a suspected hijacking of a Saudia Arabian Airlines Boeing 777-300 with 410 passengers and 21 crew aboard has sparked a massive security operation at Manila Airport.According to local authorities the pilot told air traffic controllers that the 777 was “under threat” as it approached the airport.Saudi Arabian Airlines clarified the situation saying that the incident was a “false alarm for hijacking”.However, the flight from Jeddah was isolated after the threat.According to the UK’s Independent “officials said a hijack warning button was repeatedly pressed by the flight crew, sparking the mobilisation of security forces and isolation procedures.”The Boeing 777 landed at 3pm local time.last_img

AT&T pilots smart city projects around Chicago

first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#AT&T#CES2017#Chicago#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#transportation Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … AT&T and the City of Chicago are deepening their smart city partnership with a pilot project for smart kiosks and bus shelters.The telecoms giant is expanding its smart cities work in the city with the new structures that will provide free Wi-Fi.The announcement of the project, which will roll the technology out within the next couple months was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.Besides internet connectivity, the smart transit shelters will include digital delays tracking bus arrival times and intelligent lighting. Ericsson is also a technology partner on the shelters.As for the kiosks, they will feature touchscreens, USB charging ports and tourist information.  They also may include expanded information like public safety and weather alerts, along with restaurant offers.“All the pilots we’re doing are designed to keep the residents more productive and engaged as they move about town,” said Mike Zeto of AT&T’s Smart Cities program. “The goal is to help the city try out tech that will provide benefits.”She said that the city would be launching up to three prototype bus shelters and five kiosks around the city. The locations of the test beds will be announced in the coming weeks.Looking to make O’Hare smarter, tooMeanwhile, AT&T Smart Cities is expanding its presence at O’Hare International Airport. It currently is installing digital displays that show real-time ground transport information.And now it is adding a new project which will capture passenger data as they move around the airport.“We’re leveraging big data to look at the flow of people throughout the airport to help us understand where people are coming from and where they are going,” said Chicago’s Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman. “That kind of data will help the team that manages O’Hare better understand how to help the travelers at O’Hare. For example, is there a better way to manage the taxi queue?”Chicago was one of the first U.S. cities involved in AT&T’s smart cities program, announced last year.center_img Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Bolts keep hopes alive

first_imgPhoenix’s Jeff Chan drives for a layup against Meralco’s Jason Ballesteros (left) and KG Canaleta. —SHERWIN VARDELEONMeralco coach Norman Black wanted his Bolts to treat the clash against the Phoenix Fuel Masters as a championship game. He was glad his players responded to the challenge.With the threat of another early exit hanging over their heads, the Bolts slipped past the Fuel Masters, 92-90, last Tuesday night to stay alive in the playoff race in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Garvo Lanete fired 24 points built on four triples, while Cliff Hodge had 17 points before leaving the game due to a knee injury as the Bolts survived a late onslaught by the Fuel Masters, who almost snatched the win at the buzzer only for Jeff Chan to miss on his three-point attempt.“For us, it was a championship game,” said Black, whose team improved to 3-6. “That was a really hard fought game. I’m just happy that the guys stayed in the game and kept fighting up until the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bolts stopped their losing streak at three games, while keeping the playoff race interesting with eight teams still in the hunt for the remaining five playoff spots.Later, GlobalPort leaned on a stellar game from Nico Elorde to repulse a listless TNT, 99-84, and boost its own playoff hopes, while pushing Ka Tropa out of the quarterfinal picture. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding On record-setting night, Ceres highlights big leap MOST READ Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Playing his finest game yet, Elorde tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Batang Pier, who climbed up to seventh with a 4-4 record.It was Ka Tropa’s third straight loss in a week that also saw them suffer a double-digit defeat to Barangay Ginebra. Ka Tropa fell to ninth at 4-6.“We started aggressively because our mind-set was TNT has already played three games in a week so we wanted to take advantage and push the tempo,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.Phoenix came roaring back from a 16-point deficit early and nearly erased an 87-92 lead in the final 1:23 of the match. Jaypee Mendoza’s hustle play gave the Fuel Masters one final crack to steal the win, but Chris Newsome bothered Chan as he shot the potential game-winning triple.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more