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PM Modi lays foundation stone for RRTS between Delhi, Meerut

first_imgNew Delhi: Commuters between Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut may enjoy the country’s first rapid rail transport facility by 2024, as Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone for the construction of 82 km long Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS) between Delhi, Meerut via Ghaziabad.PM Modi said that “Giving a new way to next generation urban infrastructure, this will be the first RRTS project built with a cost of Rs 30,000 crore. The rapid rail and the metro both will be running on this corridor in Meerut. Once this is completed, Delhi-Meerut journey will be covered in less than an hour. Of this RRTS, commuters’ suffering will be removed and traffic system will be streamlined.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”In an immense relief from the road congestion and pollution faced by the commuters travelling between Delhi and Meerut, the RRTS, regional rail will cover the 82-km stretch in less than 60 minutes. It will offer high-speed, high-frequency, safe and green public transit. The operating speed of RRTS would be 160 kmph and average speed of 100 kmph. The frequency of the trains would be between 5-10 minutes and there would be an RRTS station at every 5-10 km,” said an official from RRTS. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe statement further said that the RRTS will pass through some of the most densely populated sections in Delhi and Meerut. Starting from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi, the corridor will go up to Modipuram in Meerut, joining many urban cities such as Anand Vihar in Delhi, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Muradnagar and Modinagar in Uttar Pradesh. “Meerut Metro: In a unique feature, the Meerut Metro services with 12 stations on 18 kms stretch between Modipuram and Meerut South stations on RRTS infrastructure will meet the local mobility needs of citizens of Meerut besides providing efficient regional connectivity. The arrangement of Meerut Metro on RRTS infrastructure would also result in an overall cost saving of approximately Rs 6,300 crore,” a statement said. While the Meerut Metro would mostly be elevated, it would run underground in high density areas like Bramhapuri, Meerut Central, Bhaisali and Begumpul. The RRTS trains will be equipped with all modern features and every stations and trains will have universal access for the differently abled. Meanwhile, each train will also have a Business Class and a Ladies coach. Addressing the gathering in Meerut, Union minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said, “The population in cities is increasing rapidly. Therefore, public transport and intercity linkages are a must. If you make a rapid transit system, there would be many people who would prefer living in Meerut and NCR and come to Delhi for work. I am confident that RRTS project would be completed on time and will improve the ease of living of people living in Meerut and nearby areas along with improving the region’s economic situation.” “RRTS stations will be seamlessly integrated with other transport modes like Airport, Railway, Metro, ISBTs and will be connected seamlessly through Elevators, escalators, travellators etc. All three corridors of phase I of RRTS will be inter-operable, thus does not require changing of train to go from one corridor to another, the statement said.With new Metro line, travel from Dilshad Garden to Gzb in 16 mins New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro’s Red Line, which will open for passengers from 8 am on Saturday. After the inauguration of Red Line extension, the PM boarded the metro train from Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) at around 7:07 pm and deboarded the metro train at Kashmiri Gate metro station at 7: 26 pm.With this new section, the Delhi Metro will foray into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad. “Passenger services on the Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad will start from 8 am on Saturday,” DMRC’s Executive Director for Corporate Communications Anuj Dayal said. The stations on the stretch are Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar (Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station), Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda). “The Rajendra Nagar Metro Station has been rechristened as Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station and the end station New Bus Adda has been renamed to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda),” the official said. This section will be an extension of the 25.09-km Rithala-Dilshad Garden corridor or Red Line, which has 21 stations. After opening of this section, the entire Red Line will become 34.72 km. “Trains will be available at a peak hour frequency of six minutes and twelve seconds on the Dilshad Garden New Bus Adda section. A total of 35 six-coach trains will be used on the entire Rithala-New Bus Adda Red corridor. The total journey from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda will take about 16 minutes,” Dayal said.last_img read more

Lekjaa Discusses Ways to Develop Moroccan Football

Rabat – Fouzi Lekjaa, President of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation (FRMF) said that time has come to develop a strategy to promote the football field in Morocco.Lekjaa, who is also 3rd vice president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), expressed his commitment to support training that is of great importance in the development of football practice. During a meeting with Nasser Larguet, national technical director at the National Football Center Maamoura in Rabat, the president of the football institution said that Morocco needs to get rid of useless solutions in order to develop in this field. Lekjaa also called for a “break with the exploits of chance, especially since football has today become an autonomous science based on scientific research and professional methods,” reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The federation president also urged regional technical directors to get involved in working frameworks related to the football field in order to develop their strategies.Larguet has reviewed the main lines of the strategy of the work of the technical direction in all its components, added MA.John Pierre Morlan, FRMF Director in charge for football training and development emphasized the importance of building a broad and structured base for forming a strong elite, making clear that the technical direction focuses on the quality of the training provided. read more

Advance planning not just relief needed to confront disasters Ban says

24 April 2009Foresight and advanced planning, not just emergency relief, are necessary to slash the tragic toll of extreme natural disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. “Humanity is not the helpless victim of nature. Our capacity to cope with natural disasters is much greater than we realize,” Mr. Ban said at the release of a report on lessons learned during the response to the giant waves of December 2004, which killed more than 200,000 people and left up to 5 million in a dozen countries in need of basic services. Mr. Ban was accompanied at today’s event by his Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, former United States President Bill Clinton, and heard delegations from India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand present their country’s experiences during and after the tragedy.“We cannot prevent such events, but we can diminish their potential for disaster,” the Secretary-General said in his presentation, noting that the new report builds on the Hyogo Framework for action to reduce disaster risk, adopted by governments three weeks after the tsunami.Experience has shown that good building design, proper land-use planning, public education, community preparedness and effective early warning systems can reduce the impact of severe weather events, he said. He noted that many countries have shown the way by investing in flood control measures, hurricane-proof buildings and coastal ecosystems such as mangroves and coral reefs. Above all, he said, committed leadership, strategic coordination and inclusive efforts are crucial. “We have learned the importance of building local capacity, focusing on the needs of women and the poorest, community participation and accountability and transparency.” He said that much work had already been done to advance national coordination of disaster risk reduction. In that light, he noted that India has established a National Disaster Management Authority and Indonesia has created a Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Board. In Maldives the government set up a National Disaster Management Centre, while in Sri Lanka, the tsunami was a catalyst for the creation of the Ministry of National Disaster Management and Human Rights. In addition, Thailand has enacted a Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act and a high-level command for disaster response.The UN matched those efforts by establishing a “One UN” office for Recovery Coordination in Aceh and Nias, noted Mr. Ban. “Coordination is not a luxury. It is an absolute necessity.” read more

Mervyn proposes to Pillay Audio

He said that if any issue does crop up he will only go home and not join any other political party. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Government Minister Mervyn Silva today openly proposed to the UN High Commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay saying he is ready to marry her in order to keep her in Sri Lanka and show her what the country has to offer.Speaking at an event in Maradana today the Minister said that although he is over 40 years old his body still works like his hands. Minister Silva said that the UN Human Rights Chief should learn more about Sri Lanka’s history and not attempt to critisise the country without knowing the facts. “If Muslims can marry four women what’s wrong in me marrying one more woman? We also should have a small chance,” the Minister said in the presence of Buddhist clergy at the event. He also dismissed claims that he may leave the government and withdraw his support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Minister Silva hailed the President and insisted he will never turn against the President at any cost. read more

Indiegogo chooses Canada to launch first app kickstart mobile strategy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2014 6:03 am MDT Indiegogo chooses Canada to launch first app, kickstart mobile strategy TORONTO – Indiegogo, which bills itself as the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, is looking to grow with a move into mobile apps — starting in Canada.The San Francisco-based company announced Thursday that Canadians are getting early access to its first mobile app, which is now available on Apple’s App Store. The app will be rolling out to other countries in a couple of months, said Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin.“Canada is a really important country for us, in terms of volume it’s the second-largest country for us in the world … and we send money to 70 to 100 countries a week,” said Rubin, who added that an app for Google Android devices is expected before the end of the year.“The Canadian users have been great with their feedback and we feel like it’s a great opportunity.”Entrepreneurs — or anyone with an idea — can post a fundraising drive on Indiegogo and seek supporters to help pay for their plan. Supporters are typically offered rewards in exchange for donating to help to get the idea off the ground.Rubin said mobile usage on Indiegogo has grown dramatically in recent years and the new app is designed to help users support or launch campaigns on the go.“We see the mobile app as an extension of where we’re moving forward with our innovation,” he said.“I would say if we were starting Indiegogo from scratch today and there was nothing else existing there’s a good chance we would go mobile-only. Adding apps is just an extension of where the market and customers are taking us.” read more

Jalin Marshall moving up the ladder

OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Navy on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorDuring spring camp, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall’s status was largely in question after the Middletown, Ohio, native underwent offseason surgery.Three weeks into the season, those questions are becoming a thing of the past.Marshall has already made his impact on the Ohio State offense, as he scored his first career touchdown last week against the Kent State Golden Flashes in a 66-0 victory.Following his first-ever score wearing the Scarlet and Gray, Marshall said he was happy to put the trials and tribulations of the offseason behind him.“I’ve had some injuries and setbacks, but the journey is worth it,” Marshall said. “This is a great university and crowd to play for. I feel great being able to get in the end zone and help my team every week.”Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that Marshall is continuing to improve each week.“He has done a nice job. He didn’t play real well early in the year,” Meyer said. “But the last game, he did a good job.”Meyer said that Marshall’s early issues came from a lack of effort — a problem he is starting to fix.“His whole issue is just the four-to-six mentality that we got, go as hard as you can. When he goes as hard as he can, he is really good,” Meyer said. “I finally saw that last week, where he put his foot in the ground and even on plays that he didn’t get the ball, he was stretching the defense.”Since he arrived in Columbus before the 2012 season, Meyer has preached his philosophy of giving four to six seconds of effort from point A to point B on every play.Despite Marshall only amassing seven total offensive touches thus far on the season, Meyer said he can envision the redshirt-freshman splitting more time with fellow H-back, sophomore Dontre Wilson.“The good thing is he is very knowledgeable about all spots,” Meyer said. “If (Marshall) keeps moving up the ladder, those two (he and Wilson) will be on the field at the same time.”Marshall electrified Ohio Stadium on Saturday when he nearly broke a Kent State punt for a touchdown, but he was cut down by the punter following a 51-yard return.Although the punt return was the longest by a Buckeye this year, Meyer said Saturday he teased Marshall before ultimately praising his and other young players’ efforts.“One guy (Marshall) got caught by a punter, I think, and so we’ll give those guys a hard time,” Meyer said Saturday with a smile. “But I think I’m really excited about our young skill, and I was hoping to try to get Buckeye nation and the stadium to see some of those guys out in open space, and (freshman running back) Curtis Samuel and Dontre and Jalin are — just off the top of my head — guys I’m excited to get out in open space.”Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said the reason so many young guys have earned playing time is not because of a lack of production from the upperclassmen, but rather the impressive showing from the younger athletes.“Everybody has their own skill sets that everybody specializes in,” Spencer said Wednesday. “We are all great athletes, we are all great receivers and because we all are succeeding in certain areas of our game, that’s why so many guys are getting playing time.”In fact, 23 true and redshirt-freshman saw playing time against the Golden Flashes last week.After a bye week, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

Girls of Geek calendar 2012 supports Breast Cancer Awareness

first_imgLooking at my desk now versus two or three years ago, I realize that there are so many things that essentially inexpensive technology has replaced. The dozen or so pictures of my kids replaced with a single digital photo frame. My MP3 Player gone, my Nintendo DS is in a drawer somewhere because it’s easier to play on my tablet. I don’t even keep pens or pencils on my desk anymore, it’s just more convenient to write something down in Google Docs so I have it wherever I am.There’s one thing, one device of the old ways, that I’ll probably never get rid of. The 12 month calendar hanging on my wall. Maybe it’s the joy of flipping to a new month to see the next picture, maybe it’s the physical visualization of time on my wall to serve as a way to organize my month. Maybe it’s just because I can’t think of anything I’d rather have on that spot on my wall. Whatever the reason, it’s clearly here to stay. Good thing too, since I just found my calendar for next year. Take a look at the Girls of Geek 2012 calendar.Done drooling? Yeah, me either. the Girls of Geek team have put together a cast of geeks from all over the Internet. From the appropriately named SassiBoB of XDATV fame to the pictured above Bob Suicide from Suicide Girls. Each of these geeks gals are putting their nerdy sex appeal on paper in a 12 month Calendar due out December 10th. A portion of the proceeds for this $25 calendar will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.According to their website, pre-ordering this calendar gets you one of those breast cancer bracelets that says “G33Ks <3 Boobies!” Take a look at their meet the models page to see what other geeky ladies you’ll be staring at for one of the twelve months of 2012.last_img read more

Over 1000 quarantined in measles scare at LA universities

first_img Image: Owen Humphreys Short URL Image: Owen Humphreys Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 2:00 PM Share Tweet Email1 By AFP 15,732 Views 63 Comments Apr 27th 2019, 2:01 PM MORE THAN 1,000 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the US.By Friday afternoon, two days after Los Angeles County ordered the precautions, about 325 of those affected had been cleared to return after proving their immunity to the disease, through either medical records or tests, health officials said.The action at the University of University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Los Angeles — which together have more than 65,000 students — reflected the seriousness with which public health officials are taking the nation’s outbreak.“Measles actually kills people, so we have to take that really seriously,” said Dr Armand Dorian, chief medical officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.Those under the quarantine were instructed to stay at home and avoid contact with others. They also were barred from travelling by public transportation, including planes, trains, buses or taxis. If they must travel for an emergency, they were told to notify public health officials first.“This is a legally binding order,” the county’s public health director, Dr Barbara Ferrer, told reporters.Anyone who violates it could be prosecuted, she said, but added that it appears everyone is cooperating so far. She didn’t describe what penalties those who don’t could face.The number of measles cases in the US has climbed to nearly 700 this year, including five in Los Angeles County and 38 altogether in California. The surge is blamed largely on parents not getting their children vaccinated because of misinformation about the supposed dangers.Yesterday, Donald Trump urged everyone to get vaccinated.Authorities ordered mandatory vaccinations earlier their month in the affected Brooklyn neighborhoods and threatened fines of $1,000. City officials said earlier this week that 12 people had been issued summonses. Over 1,000 quarantined in measles scare at LA universities Donald Trump has urged everyone to get vaccinated. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Dixons Carphone yet to determine if Irish customers affected by major cyber

first_img Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 11:30 AM Share16 Tweet Email 8,879 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 13th 2018, 11:30 AM 7 Comments BRITISH RETAILER DIXONS Carphone has not yet determined whether any Irish customers have been affected by a major cyber attack that attempted to compromise 5.9 million customer payment cards.In Ireland, Dixons Carphone operates Currys PC World and the Carphone Warehouse.Dixons Carphone announced today that an investigation indicates that there was an attempt to compromise 5.9 million cards in one of the processing systems of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores.However, it said that while 5.8 million of the cards had chip and pin protection, about 105,000 non-EU issued payment cards without such safeguards had been compromised.“As part of a review of our systems and data, we have determined that there has been unauthorised access to certain data held by the company,” the group Dixons Carphone said in a statement.“We promptly launched an investigation, engaged leading cyber security experts and added extra security measures to our systems. We have taken action to close off this access and have no evidence it is continuing.”In a statement to, a spokesperson for Dixons Carphone in the UK said: “In terms of the potential Irish customers being affected, the investigation is ongoing and we hope to update you ASAP when we have an update.”In its general statement, the company said that there was no evidence of “any fraudulent use of the data”, adding that it had informed the police and relevant UK watchdogs.“Separately, our investigation has also found that 1.2 million records containing non-financial personal data, such as name, address or email address, have been accessed.“We have no evidence that this information has left our systems or has resulted in any fraud at this stage,” the statement said.Apologising for the situation, Dixons Carphone chief executive Alex Baldock, said the group had shut down the unauthorised access.“Cybercrime is a continual battle for business today and we are determined to tackle this fast-changing challenge,” he added.© – AFP 2018 with reporting by Hayley Halpin Image: Yui Mok via PA Images By AFP Image: Yui Mok via PA Images Dixons Carphone yet to determine if Irish customers affected by major cyber attack The attack attempted to compromise 5.9 million customer payment cards.last_img read more

Music song and dance in Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Colour, celebrations and culture is what you’ll be expecting at this year’s Oakleigh Music Festival and Neos Kosmos will have a ‘Hellenic Lounge’ right in the heart of Oakleigh providing a place for the punters to refresh with Greek coffee, dessert and entertainment by Manasis dance group. The City of Monash will be buzzing with fabulous food, family fun and community events starting from the 8 March and going right through to the massive Oakleigh Music Festival that will take place from midday to 6:00 pm on Sunday 18 March. The festival is a free community celebration in Warrawee Park. A family fun day, the park will come alive with music, song and dance. The Flavours of Monash stage will entice palettes of every persuasion with a feast of cooking from local community groups. Jalisco and Tequila, Chuchu Club, Ethiopia Group, Kariatides Oakleigh Greek Women’s Group, Calabrisella Senior Citizens, South Sudanese Family Foundation, Indian Senior Citizens Association, Indonesian Club Melbourne and the Kingston Chinese Senior Citizens will be cooking up a storm on the stage with traditional recipes. Continuing the music theme, each group will be performing traditional dances over the afternoon. Monash Mayor Stefanie Perri said, “This Festival is a great family day out, with something for everyone, including a Kid’s Zone that will have activities for children throughout the day.” Oakleigh Music Festival will take place in Warrawee Park on Sunday 18 March from midday to 6:00 pm.last_img read more

La lune séclipsera cette nuit

first_imgLa lune s’éclipsera cette nuitCette nuit, une éclipse totale de Lune sera visible depuis l’ouest de l’Europe, l’Amérique du Nord et l’Amérique centrale. Elle pourra être observée à l’oeil nu.Le phénomène est rare : une éclipse totale de Lune observable à l’oeil nu. Celle-ci pourra être admirée pendant plus d’une heure : de 8h41 (heure de Paris), demain, à 9h53, pour l’Europe de l’Ouest, l’Amérique et une partie de l’Asie, si le ciel est clair.En France, l’éclipse de Lune sera visible brièvement le matin, avant le lever du Soleil. Selon l’Institut français de mécanique céleste (IMCCE), “à Paris et dans la région parisienne on pourra observer une Lune éclipsée se couchant à l’ouest alors que le Soleil se lève à l’est, et donc voir les deux astres en même temps”, rapporte le site du NouvelObs. Les observateurs les mieux placés dans l’Hexagone sont ceux qui se trouveront sur la pointe de la Bretagne, et plus généralement sur la côte atlantique.La Lune présentera une couleur orangée, provoquée par la déviation des rayons solaires lorsqu’ils traversent l’atmosphère terrestre.L’éclipse totale de Lune ne peut avoir lieu qu’au moment de la pleine Lune. Lorsque le Soleil, la Terre et la Lune sont bien alignés, celle-ci peut-être momentanément privée de la lumière solaire si elle passe dans le cône d’ombre de la Terre.La Lune doit commencer à entrer dans l’ombre de notre planète demain à 7h33. Elle sera ensuite totalement couverte de 8h41 à 9h53. A partir de 11h01, l’éclipse sera à nouveau partielle.Contrairement à ce qui est préconisé pour les éclipses solaires, il n’est pas nécessaire de porter des lunettes spéciales pour observer les éclipses de Lune. Elles ne représentent aucun risque pour les yeux.La première éclipse de Soleil de 2011 aura lieu le 4 janvier prochain. Elle sera visible en Europe si le beau temps est au rendez-vous.L’année prochaine, quatre éclipses solaires partielles et deux éclipses lunaires totales sont prévues. Il s’agit d’une combinaison très rare qui ne se produira que six fois au XXIe siècle.Le 20 décembre 2010 à 09:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pourquoi une caresse nous paraitelle si agréable

first_imgPourquoi une caresse nous parait-elle si agréable ?Des chercheurs américains pensent avoir identifié les neurones qui expliquent pourquoi une caresse nous parait si agréable. Il reste maintenant à déterminer comment ces cellules sensorielles communiquent avec le cerveau.Des humains aux souris en passant par les chats ou le singes, tous les animaux “sociaux” semblent ne pas pouvoir résister aux caresses. Ces gestes affectueux qui suffisent à déclencher chez eux une sensation particulièrement agréable. Mais les circuits et mécanismes à l’origine de celle-ci restent, depuis de nombreuses années, un véritable mystère pour les scientifiques. Toutefois, une équipe américaine du California Institute of Technology (Caltech) pense aujourd’hui avoir percé une partie du mystère.La peau est le plus important organe sensoriel du corps. Celle-ci est capable de distinguer un contact plaisant, comme une caresse, d’une sensation négative comme une brulure ou un pincement. Pour cela, les cellules cutanées sont en contact étroit avec des fibres nerveuses qui transmettent des messages à différents types de neurones communiquant eux-mêmes avec le cerveau. Or, bien que plusieurs de ces neurones aient été identifiés et étudiés en détail, la majorité d’entre eux transmettent plutôt des sensations de douleur. C’est ce qui a motivé les biologistes du Caltech à pousser les recherches pour en savoir plus sur les sensations “agréables”.”Nous en savons beaucoup sur les neurones qui détectent les choses qui nous font mal ou ressentir de la douleur, mais nous en savons bien moins sur l’identité des neurones qui nous font nous sentir bien quand ils sont stimulés”, explique David Anderson, principal auteur de l’étude cité par le Daily Mail. Dans des travaux publiés par la revue Nature, ce chercheur et ses collègues expliquent ainsi être parvenus à isoler les neurones sensoriels qui répondraient spécifiquement aux caresses et aux stimuli agréables. Des neurones activés uniquement en cas de caresses Pour cela, ils se sont intéressés à des cellules sensorielles découvertes en 2007 mais dont le rôle n’avait pas encore été établi. Au cours de leurs travaux, ils ont fait se reproduire des souris génétiquement modifiées qui présentaient un marqueur moléculaire fluorescent attaché aux neurones en question. Ceux-ci s’allumaient alors dès que ces cellules étaient activées. Ajouté à cela, ils ont aussi fait un petit trou le long de la colonne vertébrale des souris afin de scruter ce qu’il s’y passait en utilisant un microscope et voir si les cellules s’allumaient.”Nous avons tiré profit du fait que les neurones sensoriels sont bipolaires dans le sens où ils envoient une branche dans la peau qui détecte les stimuli et une autre branche dans la moelle épinière pour relayer le message détecté dans la peau au cerveau”, précise le Pr Anderson. En appliquant différents types de stimuli (plus ou moins douloureux ou agréables) à la peau des rongeurs, les chercheurs ont alors constaté que les neurones ne s’allumaient que lorsqu’on les caressaient. Toutefois, pour être surs, qu’il s’agissait bien pour les rongeurs d’une sensation agréable, l’équipe a dû mener une seconde expérience.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Celle-ci a consisté à répartir des souris dans deux “pièces”. Dans celle de gauche, les rongeurs recevaient une injection de drogue qui stimulait les fameux neurones tandis que dans celle de droite, ils se voyaient injecter de la solution saline. Après plusieurs sessions dans chaque pièce, les rongeurs ont été placés dans une troisième pièce située au centre et les scientifiques ont observé dans laquelle ils se rendaient spontanément. Résultat : la pièce de gauche a été clairement favorisée, suggérant que l’activation des neurones étudiés provoquait bien une sensation agréable chez les souris.  Savoir comment ces neurones communiquent avec le cerveau Selon le Pr Anderson, c’est la première fois qu’une telle expérience était menée. “Généralement, c’est bien plus facile d’étudier les sensations qui sont douloureuses parce que les animaux ont évolué pour devenir plus sensibles aux choses qui font mal ou souffrir qu’aux choses qui font se sentir bien”, ajoute le scientifique qui entend donc bien poursuivre ses recherches. Avec ses collègues, celui-ci espère que ces premières découvertes et les nouvelles méthodes développées vont permettre aux chercheurs de tracer le circuit de cette sensation des neurones jusqu’au cerveau.  “Nous sommes désormais plus intéressés par comment ces neurones communiquent avec le cerveau à travers les circuits. Autrement dit, quelle partie du circuit dans le cerveau est responsable de la sensation positive qui se produit apparemment en activant ces neurones ?”, estime le Pr Anderson qui ajoute pour conclure : “cela peut paraitre frivole d’identifier les neurones du massage chez la souris, mais il se pourrait que quelque chose de bien en ressorte”.Le 1 février 2013 à 12:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Morning Press Drama teacher arrested American Idol contestant Christensen Shipyard

first_img Is the weekend bring rain or shine? Check out the forecastThis week’s top stories and some news you may have missedEvergreen drama teacher accused of raping high school studentA drama teacher at Evergreen High School was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly raping a high school student.Stephanie Erin McCrea, 35, was arrested without incident on suspicion of four counts of rape of a child, according to Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman. McCrea is scheduled to make her first court appearance this morning in Clark County Superior Court.“Since the victim is a juvenile, information will be limited,”‘ Kapp said.The Children’s Justice Center is handling the investigation.According to a letter distributed Tuesday afternoon by Evergreen Public Schools, “Evergreen High School administrators were initially informed about the possibility of unprofessional conduct between McCrea and a student earlier this month. McCrea was immediately placed on administrative leave and the Vancouver Police Department was contacted.“McCrea has been a teacher at Evergreen High School since 2006. When she was hired, she passed all required background checks,” according to the letter to parents.Due to the seriousness of the allegations, and the age of the student, the district said, it will only say that the alleged victim is a high school student enrolled in the Evergreen school district. Evergreen H.S. drama teacher Stephanie McCrea makes a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of four counts of child rape, Wednesday, January 28, 2015.last_img read more

CES 2019 Sony noisecanceling headphones to get Amazon Alexa support

first_img Tags Headphones Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sony WH-1000XM3 Comment Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Sony WH-1000XM3 (Black) See It 1 $298 50 Photos $299 Sony’s new portable wireless speakers at CES 2019 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. $249 See it 1:07 See It See It Some of the most anticipated tech for 2019 Share your voice Preview • Sony WH-1000XM3 finally surpasses Bose as best noise-canceling headphone Review • Sony WH-1000XM3 review: The best noise-canceling headphone you can buy Enlarge ImageAlexa is coming to Sony’s noise-canceling headphones, including the WH-1000XM3. David Carnoy/CNET Sony didn’t unveil any new headphones at CES, but it did announce a small but important headphone update: Amazon Alexa support is coming to its highly rated over-ear noise-canceling wireless headphones — the WH-1000XM3 and WH-1000XM2 — as well as the in-ear neckband-style WI-1000X, which also has noise-canceling technology. Those models already support Google Assistant, but an upcoming software update will allow you to choose between Google or Amazon voice assistants. But you’ll only be able to activate one assistant at a time.To access either voice assistant you’ll still have to tap a button. You can then use your voice to ask Alexa (or Google Assistant) to play music, change tracks, control smart home devices, search the internet for information and more. Of course, you’ll have to have your headphones connected to your phone (or internet-connected tablet) to use voice controls.  Delivered via Sony’s Headphones Connect app (version 4.1) and firmware update, Sony says we’ll be able to access the Alexa update in the first quarter of 2019. $298 News • Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are still $52 off at Amazon Best Buy CES 2019 Abt Electronics CES Products Alexa Amazon Google Sonylast_img read more

Forget Netflix Going to the cinema alone is lifes greatest guilty pleasure

first_imgGo to the cinema by yourself, you cowards. Getty Images I am here to tell you something that runs counter to decades of cultural programming. I am here to make your brain hurt. I am here to create a cognitive dissonance so dense your brain will short-circuit and implode beneath the sheer weight of how wrong you’ve been all these years.I’m talking about going to the movies. During the day.Alone.Just try it. It will change your life for the better.Right now you might think differently. You might think, as I once did, that going to the cinema by yourself is an activity for elderly gentlemen in flat caps and body warmers. Retired ladies of leisure armed with precisely made triangle sandwiches and warm flasks of peppermint tea. But you’re wrong. You’ve never been more wrong.In 2019, going to the cinema by yourself in the cold light of day is the purest of magical pursuits. If you’re not already doing it, you’re denying yourself one of life’s secret pleasures.Please listen. For years you may have believed that the cinema day trip is the sole realm of the “weirdo,” a hidey-hole for society’s misbegotten tribe of undesirables. That approaching the box office, head bowed, and saying “just one ticket, please,” is a modern-day “walk of shame.” TV and Movies TV and Movies 2:15 Tags 2019 sci-fi and geeky movies to freak out about Share your voice 27 42 Photoscenter_img When I was a teenager I went to the cinema to hide, essentially. From exams, pressure, the zit on my forehead. As a 37-year-old man it’s more like a release valve. From mortgages, Trump, global warming, trolls on Twitter, my noisy overbearing children.It’s a beautiful thing. The movie finishes. You emerge bleary-eyed. It should be nighttime, but no. Broad daylight. Because you forgot you went into the cinema at 1 p.m., not 9 p.m. What a joyous discovery. It’s 3:30 p.m. and the rest of the day is yours to own and you’ve already seen Aquaman or Green Book or whatever degenerative garbage you’ve spent the last two hours vegging out to. It’s like waking up early and going to the gym. Without the exercise. Win the morning, win the day. You are an inspired human being, and you stride purposefully toward the sun. Time to go home and write that novel, finish that script, buy an easel and take up oil painting. You know what? I will apply to medical school.Movies seen during the day feel different. Nowadays, default daytime consumption of media is the binge, accompanied by the “second screen” and perennial veneer of brain-twisting anxiety. A mind-numbing, multitasking hellscape that has you mainlining Netflix while live-tweeting your third rewatch of Mad Men in a pair of loosely fitted jogging pants, eating an oversized bowl of Lucky Charms. That’s not living. Get on your glad rags. Emerge from your pit and head to the cinema, lay down 10 bucks, turn off your mobile phone, divorce yourself from all connections to the real world and disappear from the trappings of your oppressive digital life for a couple of hours. It’s magical. It’s endlessly freeing. And we all should do it more often. I understand this. In my midteens especially I felt it. Back in the mid-’90s when I started going to the cinema by myself, I was a spotty-faced, troubled kid who bore the weight of this mentality. I absolutely felt the pull of the solo cinema day trip, but also the shame. Not quite secure in my own (bad) skin, I’d awkwardly buy the ticket, sit in the back row, avoid eye contact and cower in the dark, skittishly scanning the cinema to see if I was the only loser who’d come to watch The Phantom Menace on his lonesome. It felt weird. The world made it feel weird. My friends gave me grief. Even my parents thought it was strange. But despite how awkward it made me feel, it was always one of those “something wrong shouldn’t feel so good” situations. Later in life, I became more confident about it. After high school I traveled a lot overseas, alone. I worked in New York as a waiter, in Japan as a teacher. I would often go to the cinema to kill time waiting for buses or flights, or as an escape from bad service jobs taken to make ends meet. Going to the cinema during the day feels like a much-needed vacation from the harsh realities of real life.  Now playing: Watch this: Comments 40 films (and a tech company) you didn’t know won Oscars I quickly found out the solo cinema day trip was the absolute best, and it was my job to preach the gospel.Why? Loads of reasons, really. The cinema day trip feels like skipping school. Going to the cinema at night, with a date or a rowdy horde of friends, is business as usual. It’s what you’re supposed to do. It’s practically a job in and of itself. Going to the cinema during the day feels like a much-needed vacation from the harsh realities of real life. Like calling in sick from work, a tiny pointless rebellion. A sly indulgence. Day drinking without the evening hangover. last_img read more

The best grilling tools you can buy this summer

first_img Amazon Weber Taylor With the spring and pending summer season in full swing, it’s high time you take off that grill cover, check the gas and fire that baby up. Whether you’re a novice or an advanced grillmaster, you’re of course going to need a few high-quality tools to maximize your grilling skills this year. A grill brush, cleaner, lighter and the right spatula are just the essentials. Here’s everything else you need to have your best grilling season ever.These products and services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. $13 at Amazon Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter $17 at Amazon “Get yourself a small cast-iron smoker box,” says Bill Fletcher, owner and chef at Fletcher’s BBQ at DeKalb Market Hall, a guy who knows a thing or two about grilling. “It’s a great way to add substantial flavor to any grilled menu item and works equally well on gas and charcoal grill setups,” he says. Amazon Steven Raichlen Extra-Long Suede Grill Gloves $13 at Omaha Steaks “I find grilling baskets incredibly useful,” says Chef Marc Vidal of Boqueria. “Using a whole fish grilling basket makes grilling seafood a breeze.” This tool — which is common in northern Spain — allows you to turn the fish easily on the grill and the sizes of these baskets can vary allowing you to easily cook fish as small branzino to as large as whole turbot! The comb shape you’d otherwise use on your hair doubles as a genius little cooking alternative for serving kebabs. This “grill comb” combats the annoyingness that generally happens when you reach the middle of a skewer, either with your hand or your teeth; it makes removing your meat a cinch and ensures everything evenly cooks up to the right temp, too. $23 at Amazon Anglink $17 at Amazon See Chowhound’s Ultimate Guide to Grilling & BBQ for more.This story was written by Dan Koday. $20 at Amazon $17 at Amazon $25 at Home Depot “These things let you grab burning coals, logs, screaming hot grill grates and anything else that’s ridiculously hot. This means you can now grill a steak directly on bright red coals like a cowboy, cowboy,” says Fletcher. Omaha Steaks Silicone-Tipped Tongs Tags Weber Anglink Heat-Resistant BBQ Grill Gloves Comment Weber Stainless Steel Smoker Boxcenter_img Grillaholics Large Grill Basket Share your voice Exultimate The award-collecting pitmaster traveled across the U.S. to taste the best BBQ around. What that means for you: You’ll get every famous BBQ recipe from some of the most prestigious joints out there — such as the Smoked Chicken Wings recipe from Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta, GA, Giant Beef Ribs from Black’s BBQ in Lockhart, TX, and Brisket from Maple Block Meat Co. in Culver City, CA — all in one place. Seriously, don’t bother buying any other grilling book because this one has all you need. A glove is a staple any time you’re firing up the barbie. They help protect your hands and give you grip when you need it most — around a hot fire. That’s also why there’s a ton of new ones available on the market each season. This year, we like these from “the Shakespeare of barbecue,” because they fit even the biggest of hands, are 100% leather, easy to clean and — heck — they’re even pretty stylish. Taylor Grill Digital Folding Thermometer $10 at Amazon Easily and quickly grill your veggies and give them that smoky, slightly charred taste and perfect texture without the hassle of having to pick each piece up one-at-a-time. Alternatively, you can also place a piece of chicken wire mesh on top of your grill so you can easily char foods that normally might fall through, like cherry tomatoes and other smaller vegetables or pieces of meat, Cibo e Vino’s Executive Chef Maro Gjurasic tells us. But this basket is definitely classier. $15 at Target Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. There’s simply nothing tastier on a hot summer night than some some grilled corn (elote style, preferably). The cuteness of these corn holders definitely outweighs their functionality, but who doesn’t like fashionable new summer accessories? $22 at Amazon “When dealing with a charcoal grill, a chimney starter is a classic and becomes a must-have for your grill after you use one. It keeps the charcoal all together tightly and helps [the briquettes] get hot evenly before you spread them around,” says Laurence Edelman, Left Bank chef and co-owner. Outset Fish Basket with Rosewood Handle Charcoal Companion Popcorn Corn Holders Outset Omaha Steaks Grillaholics “Use the tongs to oil the grill by soaking a rag in canola oil, then grabbing it with the tongs, shaking off all excess and wiping down the hot clean slats,” says Edelman. This specific pair has silicone tips that don’t melt and non-slip handles that’ll keep you from dropping them into a scorching fire and, of course, can also be used for flipping steaks. Amazon Grilling Comb Barbecue Skewers 1 Take this bad boy anywhere you flip meat, from your deck grill, a campsite, even to your Sunday tailgate party. Its portability makes it stupid simple to accurately measure the internal temperature of your meat wherever you may be and, more importantly, did we mention it can also open a brew for you? (If you’re ready to upgrade, try the Thermapen Mk4.) Smoked by Ed Randolph Applianceslast_img read more

Anchorage lifeguard charged with distributing child pornography

first_imgJonathan Daniel SabetA former Anchorage lifeguard has been arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography. Twenty-two-year-old Jonathan Daniel Sabet worked at the East High School Pool. A Parks & Recreation press release says he passed two FBI background checks before he was hired in 2010.The Anchorage Police Department started investigating Sabet in April. Investigators worked undercover and received videos from the suspect that showed the sexual exploitation of children. Special agents with the FBI also received videos from him in July. The police searched his house on Wednesday and found more child pornography. He was arrested and is being held on a $15,000 bail.The APD says this is an ongoing investigation. They encourage anyone who might have more information or who thinks their child might have had an inappropriate interaction with Sabet to contact them at 786-8500.last_img read more

Arte Público Press Author Interview Jasminne Méndez

first_img 00:00 /31:41 Arte Público PressJasminne Méndez: Author of Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e – Personal Essays And PoetryAfter earning her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Houston, talented and ambitious young Afro-Latina Jasminne Méndez decides to pursue her dream of becoming a freelance actor/director/writer. She resigns from her secure but unfulfilling job as a Volunteer Coordinator at a non-profit agency and embarks on her new life in the gig economy. Noticing a disturbing and recurrent numbness problem with her fingers, she visits a physician and is (initially) diagnosed with Lupus and subsequently with Scleroderma, a painful and chronic autoimmune disease. Arte Público PressNight-Blooming Jasmin(n)e – Personal Essays and Poetry by Jasminne MéndezIn her new novel Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e, Ms. Méndez takes readers on a challenging and often frustrating journey through the health system. Along the way, we meet her hardworking, devoted (and sometimes a bit  impatient) Dominican parents, her wonderfully patient and subtly persistent husband and her well meaning but sometimes pushy friends. Ms. Méndez introduces us to the fascinating and variably effective world of support groups.After suffering a miscarriage and subsequent infertility, Ms. Méndez devotes considerable energy and  enthusiasm to helping her friends and relatives celebrate their growing families, becoming the go to “baby shower lady” for her companions and co-workers.  More information available at www.artepublicopress.comHouston Public Media’s Eric Ladau spoke with Jasminne Méndez.   Share Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Breaking Through Fake News The Power Drill Method

first_img WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to 5 Individuals, GroupsAI as Fact Checker: Algorithm Identifies Fake News Stay on target Fake news has become an often repeated and very loaded phrase over the last few months. Whether you believe it comes mostly from the right or the left of the political spectrum, the fact that you’re on the Internet means you’re going to be exposed to it. Because the concept seems so vague and political on the surface, it might seem hard to identify. And no, you can’t identify it just by shouting “FAKE NEWS!” at something you don’t like…like a magic spell.It’s fairly easy to cut through fake news if you know the signs, and it’s even easier to find the truth underneath it. You only need to take two steps, click a few times, and maybe Google a term or two, and you can find out if the information you’re getting is misinformation. I call this the Power Drill Method of fake news busting, and anyone can do it. It focuses on recognizing fake news, then trying to drill down to either the molten core of actual facts fueling it or the empty pocket of air of hearsay and lies it’s built around.For example, let’s look at two fake news sites I was sent as a response to the story of a swastika being scrawled on an NYC subway window and the people in the car getting together to clean it off with hand sanitizer and tissues. A schmaltzy story, but enough to provoke some people into calling it a likely left-wing hoax. To back up this allegation, I was given two links to other “swastika hoax” stories, on US Herald and Information Liberation. They are perfect examples of fake news sites using elements of truth to build a heavily slanted, guided narrative that fits their political bend.AdChoices广告Step 1: Identify the Source and Its Potential BiasesThe Internet is full of aggregators and editorial filters of information. All news outlets filter raw data, reports, and collected accounts into stories that are more easily consumable. Good news outlets filter without injecting their preferred narratives into those stories. Fake news outlets dissolve all of the facts they can get into a big narrative stew that fits their agenda.If you can figure out what angle a site has, you can better understand what narrative they might be shaping and why. Look at the name and tagline of the site, and click on the About link (it’ll be at the bottom of the page if it isn’t on the top) and see if you can make out any buzzwords that show heavy lean. Look for any signs of political defensiveness, like a premise that it’s valiantly fighting the oppressive mainstream media or social mores. Or it might be obviously and nakedly biased, making it easier to identify.US Herald calls itself “Real Conservative News Online,” and claims it “leverages the power of social media as a means of distribution to break the stranglehold of the traditional media’s liberal bias.” It’s politically defensive against “liberal bias” and wears its conservative bend on its sleeve.Information Liberation doesn’t have quite as obvious partisan flags, but there are a few buzzwords that can give you a hint. It says it’s a “news site dedicated to pursuing the truth wherever it leads,” and that’s reasonable. It does so “without apology,” which is also reasonable but getting defensive. And it does so “without care for being politically correct,” and that’s where the defensiveness pushes straight through into big flashing fake news territory. By framing news solely as an “us versus them” concept, you’re protecting yourself from any criticism for inaccuracy or slant. If your report is biased, you can just say you’re not politically correct like everyone else is. If you stand by the quality of your reporting, you don’t need to start on the defensive.Step 2: Find the Original ReportsFake news doesn’t always mean false news. The really bold fake news sites simply make things up out of whole cloth or take uncorroborated social media posts as truth, but more often you’ll see a story that actually happened but is being told to you in a very specific, misguided way. That’s why you need to drill down to the original source of the story, which hopefully won’t be a fake news site. It’s the core of the Power Drill Method.Look for any source links in the story. Usually, if there’s a real story behind it, it’ll be a local news report that has a much less biased account of the events. If it’s a small news story, the local report is probably the only first-hand report. Everything else you read from the site that linked to it will be an editorial filter, usually to push a narrative.The US Herald story of “Two Liberals BUSTED for HOAX of Trump-Swastika graffiti on church” links to the Conservative Tribune. Which, as you can tell from the very name, indicates a political slant. However, the Conservative Tribune story links to a Chicago Tribune story, which is an actual news report from an actual journalist who read reports, asked questions and got quotes. That’s the core you need to drill down to the actual source of the story. And if anyone suggests that the Chicago Tribune isn’t credible as “mainstream media,” consider that the Conservative Tribune and through it the US Herald found it credible enough to base all of its coverage on the report. It’s the source.The Information Liberation story of a “Swastika Hate Hoax” is a lot easier to drill into. It links directly to the WABC news report on the story. That’s the source. If you hit bland, local news, that’s probably where the story comes from. And the reporters at that bland, local news outlet probably did all of the footwork to get every bit of tangible information that’s being filtered to you.If you can’t find an original source that falls outside of the fake news circle, and there doesn’t seem to be any first-hand accounts at the local news level, you can stop at this step and simply discount the story. It might simply be a lie or repeated hearsay, rather than a narrative put on top of events that actually happened.Step 3: Spot the DifferencesNow that you have the core report to work with, you can look at the possibly fake news site and see just what they tried to add to the story. And in both cases here, they added the entire hoax narrative. Compare the Chicago Tribune report to the Conservative Tribune, and US Herald reports on the exact same event: two Northwestern students charged with hate crimes and vandalism for what they spray-painted on a church. I’ll be quoting a lot of sources in this section, both from fake news and local news sites. To help you keep track, I’ll bold the actual news stories and keep the fake news quotes simply italicized.The Chicago Tribune gives an account of the two students being charged for what they did. It details the time and date of the vandalism and the location of the church and has quotes from the judge.Once inside the chapel, the pair spray-painted an expletive and a slur against African-Americans with a swastika on the chapel hallway, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Brooke Shupe told the court. In a separate area, they spray-painted a derogatory word for homosexuals on a wall, along with lines spray-painted over photos of Muslim students.The young men also spray-painted penises in several places around the church, including on a piano in the chapel, above the word “God” in a hallway, and in a stairwell where they also painted the word “Trump,” authorities said, Shupe said.Prosecutors did not say what they think sparked this act of vandalism. Those are the facts. Two students spray painted hateful things on a church. Their motives are unclear. They were charged with hate crimes and vandalism. Now, look at how the Conservative Tribune and US Herald frame the same story, starting with their headlines:BREAKING: Two Liberals BUSTED For HOAX Of Trump-Swastika Graffiti On Church- Mainstream Media SILENT! andOutrage as Leftist Source of Trump-Swastika Graffiti Exposed Nothing in the source story mentions it being a hoax, or that the students were liberals or leftist or of any political bend. By the fact, they were two college students who committed the vandalism, and their motives aren’t clear. The Conservative Tribune and US Herald both added narratives of them being liberals performing hoaxes, presumably to make Trump supporters look bad. The fake news starts in the headline and permeates through the rest of the story, pushing the idea that this was a false-flag operation by devious leftists and not a pair of dumbass college kids. And all of that perspective was injected into the “stories” with complete disregard of the actual account of the events that happened.Now, let’s look at the other story, as told by WABC. Nassau County police arrested 20-year-old Plainview resident Jasskirat Saini for spraypainting swastikas around Nassau Community College. The vandalism started around October 15.The charges are connected with 110 anti-Semitic drawings, involving 10 cases at Nassau Community College, said Nassau Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter. Each count is punishable by up to four years in prison.“It appears that this bigot was motivated by perceived slights of the Jewish community in his neighborhood in Plainview,” he said. Now, he did spraypaint a “KKK” on one building, and as a minority Long Island resident it’s reasonable to doubt that he’s a member of the Ku Klux Klan. According to Commissioner Krumpter, his motives stemmed from antisemitism and not any desire for a hoax, (beyond perhaps hoping the “KKK” would throw off any accusations towards him, but this is speculation on my part).Compare that to the Information Liberation account, based entirely on the WABC report, starting with the lede:A hate crime hoaxer who drew swastikas and wrote “KKK” and “Heil Hitler” around Nassau Community College in New York is being threatened with 40 years in prison. Again, nothing in the original report indicates a hoax.The Information Liberation story then says that the maximum punishment of 40 years for the multiple charges is 40 years and that it seems harsher than other hate crime “hoaxes” it doesn’t identify. It quotes the same section I quoted, bolding the sentence detailing the punishment. Then it punctuates the story with:Really makes you think. There’s a big omission in that account, and it’s the end of the WABC story that gives context to hate crimes in Nassau County:Krumpter said in 2016, there have been 57 bias incidents in Nassau County; 40 of those involved graffiti. Police said Saini is responsible for more than 10 of those incidents.Bias crimes in 2016 are down 6 percent, he said, over 2015. 40 separate graffiti bias incidents (incidents that seem to indicate motivation from bias or prejudice) in Nassau County last year. 57 bias incidents total. That’s a lot of hoaxes, which is the narrative Information Liberation is pushing. That these acts are all hoaxes.Now that should make you think.Three Easy Steps, RepeatedThis is a simple process if you have the patience and attention for it.Identify the biases of the possibly fake news sourceDrill down to the original account, if it exists.Spot the differences to figure out what narrative is being pushed by the fake news source.You don’t have to take everything you read at face value, or blindly discount everything as fake news. If something sounds too good or bad to be true, or if you think you’re being fed a line, follow these steps to get closer to the truth of what happened.And if you think this story is fake news, or that I’m overly biased or unfair, please let us know. Comment below or contact me or tweet at me with criticism in my methodology or analysis. If I’m doing something wrong, I want to hear it. But if your problem is only with the sides being portrayed in this story and not the facts being presented or the process I’m providing, feel free to use the same process for fake news from the other direction. You’re not doing either of us a service by blindly discounting things because of an immediate political revulsion instead of using careful consideration to actually find the facts for yourself.last_img read more