Eight flyovers to be repaired by Durga Puja

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) and other government agencies will repair eight flyovers in the city before Durga Puja, officials said on Saturday.The busy Chingrighata, Kalighat and Sealdah flyovers are among the eight flyovers. Chingrighata and Kalighat flyovers have been shut for heavy vehicles. A second round of inspection will decide the extent of repairs of the eight bridges. The decision comes after the Bridge Inspection and Monitoring Cell recently submitted a report on these bridges. The panel, which includes experts from state Public Works Department, Irrigation Department and KMDA, was formed in the wake of the Majerhat Bridge collapse in Kolkata, killing three people and injuring several others in September in 2018. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Chingrighata and Kalighat flyovers will soon be completely shut for repairs and KMDA will request police to draw up traffic diversions, said a KMDA source. The condition of a pillar of Chingrighata flyover, which connects south Kolkata’s EM Bypass to Salt Lake, needs immediate repairs, the source said. The Chingrighata flyover suffers from design defects, the source added. Last year, structural engineers of KMDA were asked to rectify the defects. The repair work for both the flyovers are likely to take place this month. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Experts found that pillars of Kalighat flyover had corroded. Last month, it was shut for two days for health assessment. At the time, they had raised questioned over its internal structure. KMDA has also planned to install height bars on both sides to restrict heavy vehicles from using the flyover.”The process of health audit of these flyovers are already in place. In the first phase, eight flyovers will be examined and after conducting health audit necessary repair work will be done before Puja. A few flyovers will also go through load capacity test,” said a KMDA official, who didn’t want to be named. Sealdah flyover, which was earlier identified as vulnerable, will also go through a similar test. As per officials, it will be shut for three days from August 15. Experts will also examine the load capacity of Aurobindo Setu and Bijon Setu. In the second phase, Dhakuria bridge, Chetla Lock Gate bridge, Karunamoyee bridge over Tolly’s Nullah, Chitpur bridge over the railway yard, Canal bridge near RG Kar Hospital, etc will undergo similar health audits. Three weeks ago, part of Ultadanga flyover was shut for three days after the panel found that it had developed cracks for repairs. The other flank (EM Bypass bound) of the bridge is still shut for traffic. “There are several flyovers and bridges in and near Kolkata that have aged. All these need to undergo audits and repair work. The safety of commuters is of utmost importance. We don’t want to take any chance. After a thorough repair and load-bearing-capacity check of flyovers which are damaged will be marked safe,” said an official from the monitoring cell. Before the September tragedy, no study was undertaken to check the structural stability of bridges in Kolkata.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

BC government shakeup puts federallyapproved pipeline project in jeopardy

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal Liberals are nervous about the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline project as a political shake-up in British Columbia seems likely to produce a provincial government that opposes the plan.Liberals waited anxiously throughout the day for details of a deal between B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver and were greeted at day’s end by news the deal had not only been signed, but specifically included a plan to oppose the pipeline.The project – to twin the existing pipeline that runs between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. – was given the green light by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last fall. B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark came around to supporting it over the winter after certain conditions she placed on it were met.That approval likely cost her in the May 9 election, in which the Liberals fell one seat short of a majority and the Greens, with just three seats, were left holding the balance of power.Clark intends to test her government in the Legislature before the end of June, a test she expects to lose. She would likely then be replaced by Horgan and the NDP, whose minority government would be propped up by the Greens.Both Horgan and Weaver campaigned against Trans Mountain, a factor University of British Columbia professor George Hoberg said was certainly part of the election result and a sign that a majority of British Columbians don’t want the pipeline to be twinned.“A lot has changed,” said Hoberg, of the politics around Trans Mountain.While interprovincial pipelines remain the jurisdiction of Ottawa, he said a province could put up road blocks, such as refusing logging permits for construction or insisting on a provincial environmental assessment.“If it does either of those things the federal government would have to go to court to force B.C. to stand down and respect federal jurisdiction,” said Hoberg. “They would probably win. That would take a couple of years.”He said any delays could further erode the confidence of investors, who were already showing some skittishness about the project during Kinder Morgan’s initial public offering Tuesday.Trudeau, who was in Italy, insisted Tuesday the B.C. political shake-up doesn’t change the facts in favour of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr reiterated the message saying the project was approved based on science and extensive consultations and nothing has changed that.“The approval will be there for the former government, the current government and any government after that,” Carr said.However a source in the federal government acknowledged events in B.C. have made people in Ottawa nervous. The pipeline has already caused strife for the ruling party among supporters and even within the caucus with several B.C. Liberal MPs opposing it.Federal Conservatives smell blood. Newly-minted Leader Andrew Scheer said there are “forces uniting” to kill the Trans Mountain project and Trudeau doesn’t have the political stamina to stand up to them.“The Prime Minister personally approved this pipeline,” Scheer said in the House of Commons.“He said that it was a fundamental responsibility to get Canadian energy to market. Will the Prime Minister finally stand up to the forces that are seeking to kill these jobs, or will he fold like a cardboard cutout?”Greg MacEachern, a former Liberal strategist who is now a vice-president at Environics, said whatever happens in the B.C. legislature there will be areas of common ground and room for negotiation.“If there is a new NDP/Green government they are also going to have demands,” he said. “What this likely will come down to is the economy.”But federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said Tuesday she thinks Trans Mountain is “dead.”-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

DRAKE SHARES TATTOO OF ABBEY ROAD COVER AFTER BREAKING THE BEATLES CHART

first_imgHe now holds 35 songs in the upper echelons of the chart, compared to the Beatles’ 34.Drake has long maintained a one-sided rivalry with the iconic British band. After shattering their record of 12 hit singles in a year in 2018, Drake jumped on Meek Mill’s track Going Bad to proclaim that he’s “got more slaps than The Beatles.”But Drake is also making waves on the Billboard 200 album chart where his new compilation Care Package notched his ninth No. 1 album..@Drake now has 203 career #Hot100-charting hits, the only solo artist in history to reach the milestone.— Billboard Charts (@billboardcharts) August 12, 2019David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitter Drake is putting himself ahead of The Beatles after recently shattering another of the Fab Four’s chart records.The Toronto rapper posted a photograph on his Instagram Monday that appears to show a new tattoo on his forearm — an illustration of the British band crossing Abbey Road while Drake stands at the front of the line, waving at them.His ink reveal comes after Drake passed The Beatles for the most charted songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in June. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Drake is putting himself ahead of the Beatles after recently shattering another of the Fab Four’s chart records. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/The Associated Press) Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Ban Kimoon to hold talks with US Congressional leaders

“This brief visit will allow him to further broaden his contacts with members of Congress,” the Secretary-General’s Spokesperson, Michele Montas, told reporters today.In addition to the Middle East and Sudan, Mr. Ban and Congressional leaders are also expected to discuss the relationship between the UN and the US, peacekeeping, UN reform and climate change – which the Secretary-General has recently referred to as the “defining issue of our era.” During his first visit to Washington soon after taking office in January, Mr. Ban called on US President George W. Bush and the country’s Congressional leaders to lift their spending cap on the UN peacekeeping budget, warning that if the limit remains then the work of individual operations may be hampered.He noted that the Congress has imposed a cap so that the US – the largest financial contributor to the UN – pays no more than 25 per cent of expenses for peacekeeping operations.According to a scale of assessments agreed upon by UN Member States in 2000, the US is required to pay about 27 per cent.Also holding talks in the US capital is Ibrahim Gambari – appointed by Mr. Ban last month to continue diplomatic initiatives on Myanmar – who has meetings scheduled today and tomorrow at the White House, the US State Department and Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, Ms. Montas said. 19 June 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Washington tomorrow to hold talks with leaders of the United States Congress on “issues of mutual interest” to the world body and the US, including the Middle East and Sudan. read more

Brantford police search for man who grabbed young girl

Brantford police are investigating after someone followed a young girl as she walked to school and grabbed her by the arm.Police say the student was walking near Centennial-Grand Woodlands School on Friday when she noticed she was being following by a male.“The male approached the female and grabbed her by the arm, she was able to break free and run away,” said Brantford police in a news release.Police are looking for a man in his early twenties, with blonde hair shaved on the sides of his head and green hair on top. He was wearing black shoes, a black coat and grey pants.Anyone with information that could help police is asked to contact Det. Jeff Cotter at 519-756-0113, ext. 2269.

Brock Media Clips for Friday Feb 2

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Parental leave needs revamp as government plans for paternity leave: Kate Bezanson, Associate Professor of Sociology, gave her analysis on the government’s paternity leave plans in an interview with CBC’s The House and in The Globe and Mail. In a separate story about gender budgeting, Bezanson was quoted on 680 News.Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance: Environmental Physiologist Stephen Cheung was recently quoted about how athletes can use the power of positive thinking to their advantage. The Toronto Sun, along with affiliated publications in Winnipeg, Calgary, Kelowna and elsewhere quoted Cheung about the topic. Another story about the issue quoted Cheung in the Wall Street Journal.Doctor’s surgery wait times could be reduced using mathematics, professor says: The research of Professor of Operations Management Kenneth Klassen and Associate Professor of Operations Management Reena Yoogalingam around doctor’s office wait times continues to get major headlines. ABC News in Australia picked up the story recently.Brock researchers develop ‘beautiful’ DNA test: The St. Catharines Standard picked up on the story of a new, inexpensive DNA reader developed by Brock professors Feng Li and Ana Sanchez.Brock represented at Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame event: At the annual induction ceremony for the Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame Jan. 28, former Brock soccer and hockey player Michelle Edgar was inducted while cross country coach and Brock staff member Emily Allan gave the keynote address. The Niagara Falls Review and BP Sports Niagara both covered the event.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

Ohio State baseball downs Eastern Michigan 81

Redshirt-junior 1st baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse (left) tags the runner during a game against Eastern Michigan April 8 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 8-1.Credit: James Grega Jr. / Lantern reporterOne of the most important things a team has to do to succeed is win the games they are supposed to win.The Ohio State baseball team has done that all season long, and Tuesday was no exception in its game against Eastern Michigan.OSU (19-13, 2-7) won its ninth straight non-conference game against EMU (10-19, 1-8) defeating the Eagles, 8-1. While the win was good for the team, coach Greg Beals said after two straight weekend sweeps losing against Indiana and Nebraska, he would still like to see his team play at a higher level.“I told the guys afterwards that I don’t think we played a whole lot better than we played over the weekend, we got more hits but you’re playing a Tuesday mid-week game, you’re going to get more hits than against a weekend rotation pitcher,” Beals said.The Buckeyes’ starting pitcher freshman Zach Farmer threw 7.0 innings, only allowing two hits and one run and tallying three strikeouts. The win gives Farmer a team-best fifth win of the season.“I just settled down and threw what I knew I had, I went through my mechanics slowly and I just threw fastballs in there for strikes,” Farmer said. “Everything was really on point today.”Although Farmer’s game isn’t perfect, Beals said he is pleased with the progression of his young pitcher.“He’s one of the best left-handed pitchers in the state of Ohio and that’s why we brought him here and we were fortunate to get him here,” Beals said. “He continues to develop, he still needs to work on controlling the running game, he still needs to work on just being a little more efficient, but other than that his stuff is dominating.”A leadoff triple by redshirt-sophomore utility infielder Nick Sergakis initiated a massive third inning to get the Buckeyes’ offense going. OSU produced five runs in the inning, including an RBI single by junior outfielder Pat Porter to score Sergakis.The offense did not let up in the next inning, scoring two more in the fourth after a two-run RBI single to right-field by redshirt-sophomore infielder Ryan Leffel, bringing the score to 7-1 in OSU’s favor.Porter, who had an impressive diving catch in right field in the ninth inning to accompany his three hits and one RBI at the plate, said he felt good about his performance against EMU.“I’m starting to finally get comfortable, I felt real comfortable tonight I just have to keep grinding it out,” Porter said. “My swings felt good all year, really it’s just seeing the ball up, taking advantage of mistakes and I did that really well tonight.”Beals said  Porter’s effort showed – diving for the ball is exactly what he wants to see from each of his players.“I don’t care how many hits he got, I’ll take that catch in the ninth innings of a seven-run game because that tells me how he’s playing, that tells me where he’s at— he’s locked in and he’s playing the game,” Beals said.After Leffel’s single, both teams’ bats got quiet – neither team would post a run until sophomore first baseman Zach Ratcliff hit an RBI single to give the Buckeyes their final run of the night.Freshman pitcher Curtiss Irving entered the game in relief of Farmer in the eighth, throwing two scoreless innings with one hit and three strikeouts.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to action Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. against Dayton at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

Infatuated travel accounts manager stole £11million from his firm to give to a

first_imgYou were infatuated with a fellow employee, who did not realise that you were being dishonest to the companyJudge Hone “You knew you would be exposed in any event by fresh auditors.”Linda Shamel, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey: “This case is a long term fraud by the defendant, committed by him over a period of ten years, and the total loss is £1.1million.”It is £1.1million by his own admission. The company records only went back to five years ago.”He was quite complete in his confession. He gave a complete account in his confession to the managing director.”The Crown’s position is he only confessed to the crime, or rather fraud, because he was frightened of a new ledger by the auditors.”And he handed over a USB memory card because he was extremely frightened, at that point, that he was going to be found out, and he get away with it no longer. And he decided to report the matter to the managing director of Miki Travel.”Although some people might consider his confession a mitigating factor, he had not shown remorse, Ms Shamel argued.She added: “Not least he carried it on – the fraud – for a period of ten years by his on admission.”When police interviewed him, he told them “he was taking the money and passing it on to a female colleague, Ms Gregorio”, the prosecutor said.But she has not been charged as there was “insufficient evidence”, the court was told.Judge Richard Hone QC said: “All that remains is expensive handbags.” Ms Shamel said: “Yes, tainted gifts, as they could be described.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. All that remains is expensive handbagsJudge Hone A besotted travel accounts  manager who stole £1.1million from his firm over ten years to give to a married colleague who spent it on designer handbags was jailed today.Jonathan Nash, 44, swindled Miki Travel Limited out of the cash to give to Rowena Gregorio, who he was infatuated with, and who believed it was his inheritance.He believed she needed help because her parents in the Philippines were suffering from cancer, a court was told.Nash, who worked as department manager of the accounts division, forged signatures of his fellow employees to pocket the money. But he was rumbled when the City-based company worked out more than £400,000 had gone missing between 2012 and 2015.Nash, who has since been declared bankrupt due to his £40,000 credit card debts, confessed he had pocketed a lot more over a decade, as he knew he would eventually be exposed. It is believed the scam may have been going on as long as 12 years.Nash, of Thurrock, Essex, admitted one count of fraud by abuse of position last month, and was jailed today, on his birthday, for four years.Sentencing Nash, Judge Hone said: “You were infatuated with a fellow employee, who did not realise that you were being dishonest to the company.”She was told by you that it was an inheritance that enabled you to be able to pay out something like £80,000 a month over that significant period of time.”You are, as one might expect, of a previous good character, and I have read five letters from family members and close friends who speak of your positive qualities.”On the other hand, I have to balance out a truly prodigious period of serial dishonesty, which certainly went on for a minimum of ten years, and arguably more.”You have abused the trust of Miki Travel, and I have read the impact statement which shows the ongoing effect of this type of dishonesty, particularly on fellow employees whose signatures you forged.”I accept that your personal gain was not great, and indeed you appear to have been made bankrupt. “He continued: “I am prepared to find that you are remorseful for what you have done. But, on the other hand, I do have to balance the seriousness and high culpability of what you did. The prosecutor said she believed there was no realistic prospect of recovering the money, as Nash had been declared bankrupt.The “only sensible, realistic option is by the civil route”, she added.Siddick Gokhool, defending, said: “He made an admission that he has been doing this for the last nine, ten years.”However Judge Hone said there was a reference, in one of the statements, that the scam may have gone on “as long as 12 years”.Mr Gokhool said Nash started off giving money from his own pocket to Ms Gregorio, before he started stealing from the firm. He said he did so “with the intent of repaying the company back”.Mr Gokhool added: “Unfortunately, the money was higher, then this kept going. In regards to Mr Nash, his personal position, you have heard, he has been made bankrupt, and he had a debt of over £40,000.”And there has also been no personal gain for himself. We say he was trying to help his colleague because her parents back home in the Philippines were suffering from cancer.”So when Mr Nash was asked about the money, he said if he was able to repay, he would. Mr Nash has been very helpful to his family members, and especially his elderly parents.”He had no previous convictions and had shown “full remorse” over his wrongdoing, Mr Gokhool told the court.Nash was told he will serve at least half of his sentence in jail before being realised on licence.After he was sentenced, Nash, wearing a grey suit and glasses, waved to his parents, who broke down and wept in the public gallery as he was sent down.last_img read more

Hundreds of motorists stuck on the M80 for more than 12 hours

first_imgAt around 10pm, the 49-year-old legal commercial director said: “Everything was going well until just after Gleneagles, then we hit the traffic jam at 5.05pm and have been here ever since. So what do you do when you’re stuck all night on the M80 in Scotland? Clearly, play footie with other drivers. pic.twitter.com/uhJQZs9bT0— Pádraig Belton (@PadraigBelton) March 1, 2018 M80 “It’s not too bad. We are in the car and we are warm. There’s not much to look at, it’s like a car park. I saw the mountain rescue about four or five hours ago coming past with water. So there have been people with supplies.”Supt Helen Harrison called on motorists to avoid travel in areas affected by the red warning and an amber warning that will remain in place across much of Scotland until 6pm.Meanwhile, forecasters warned lying snow could reach 15 inches in some places with much of central Scotland at a standstill.Glasgow Airport remains closed with the earliest flights likely to be after 3pm while airlines not flying from Edinburgh Airport won Thursday include BA, Ryanair, easyJet, KLM, Flybe and Aer Lingus. Rail services are also seriously disrupted, with none operating in the red area before 10am on Thursday. PLEASE NOTE: @metoffice high impact AMBER warning has been extended until 10am tomorrow (Friday 2 March). The advice to the general public is do not travel unless unavoidable. https://t.co/HEG2DYSTO6— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 1, 2018 Drivers had been urged by police officers and by the Scottish Government to stay at home and avoid all but “absolutely essential” journeys. Why is a driver texting in to BBC Scotland that they have been stuck on the M80 since 7pm last night? What part of the met office red weather warning did he not get? What part of the transport Minister’s message didn’t he listen to?#eejits— MaidenScotland #fbpe (@lucasradiby) March 1, 2018 Hundreds of motorists were stranded overnight on one of Scotland’s busiest nights as a red alert for snow remained in place across the central belt.Around 1,000 vehicles came to a standstill in an eight-mile tailback at the height of the problems on the M80 between Glasgow and Stirling.Traffic stranded on the route on Wednesday afternoon began moving again at around 2am on Thursday, but came soon came to a halt again with drivers stuck again around Junction 9 during the rush hour.Some motorists have been in their cars for up to 13 hours in as emergency responders and local residents delivered water and snacks in blizzard conditions near Cumbernauld.Traffic first came to a halt on Wednesday soon after the Met Office issued Scotland’s first red alert for snow, lasting from 3pm on Wednesday to 10am on Thursday, as the “beast from the east” blew in. Vehicles at a standstill overnight on the M80Credit:PA Many drivers took to social media to criticise HGV drivers whose vehicles could not cope with the steeper sections of the M80.Graeme Murray left Aberdeen at 2.45pm with his daughter Ella, 16, who was hoping to catch a flight to Dublin from Glasgow for an under-17s netball competition. Around 200 people stuck overnight at Glasgow Airport had British Red Cross bedding delivered to them.Hospitals, including all those in the Glasgow area, have cancelled all non-essential operations and outpatient appointments on Thursday. Virgin Trains has closed all its routes to and from Scotland throughout the day.Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s Transport Minister, said the advice in the affected areas – with an amber warning now extended to 10am on Friday – was “do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary to do so”.He added: ”Even after the red warning is lifted, large parts of Scotland will still be subject to high level amber weather warnings for snow. This should not be underestimated.”An amber warning means there is a real possibility that vehicles and drivers will become stranded – something that we have already seen happen during this period of snow.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We have no idea what’s happening, we’re just getting messages from home.I think we’re going to get ready to spend the night here.”Mr Murray said people from the local area had been walking up and down the motorway offering chocolate biscuits and hot drinks which was “very welcome”.Nicola Lee told the BBC she had been stuck on the motorway overnight with traffic still at a standstill early on Thursday.last_img read more

Mark Twain was right fake news spreads far more rapidly than the

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The researchers launched the study after noticing a glut of fake news following the Boston MarathonCredit:AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh “If it were just bots, we would need a technological solution.”The research was published in the journal Science. The MIT scholars tested their ‘novelty hypothesis’ by taking a random sample of 25,000 tweets from 5,000 Twitter users who retweeted false stories, and analysed the content of the reactions to those stories.”We saw a different emotional profile for false news and true news,” added Dr Vosoughi .”People respond to false news more with surprise and disgust, whereas true stories produced replies more generally characterized by sadness, anticipation, and trust.”The study shows that although some people are deliberately spreading false news, many are doing so unwittingly, suggesting the phenomenon is not simply driven by malicious intent.”Behavioral interventions become even more important in our fight to stop the spread of false news,” added Prof Aral. It is said that a lie will travel around the world while the truth is pulling on its boots, and now scientists have proven that it is true.The adage, variously attributed to Mark Twain and 19th century London preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeons, was coined way before the advent of social networks and 24 hour rolling news.But a new study by MIT found that false stories spread far more rapidly on Twitter than genuine news, and also reach a much wider audience, a result which researchers describe as ‘very scary.’An analysis of stories between 2006 and 2017 found that false news is 70 per cent more likely to be retweeted over bona fide articles. It also takes true stories about six times longer to reach 1,500 people as it does for untrue reports.Deb Roy, who served as Twitter’s chief media scientist from 2013 to 2017 and is now an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, said his team was ‘somewhere between surprised and stunned’ by the findings.”These findings shed new light on fundamental aspects of our online communication ecosystem,” she said and advised people to: “think before you retweet.”The researchers began the study after MIT’s Dr Soroush Vosoughi noticed a slew of false information on Twitter following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. The team were also surprised to find that the spread of false information is not due to ‘bots’ which are programmed to disseminate inaccurate stories, but are driven by humans ‘intrigued by novelty.’”False news is more novel, and people are more likely to share novel information,” added Professor Sinan Aral, of MIT’s Sloan School of management.“On social networks, people can gain attention by being the first to share previously unknown – but possibly false – information. People who share novel information are seen as being in the know.” Some tweets claimed an eight-year-old girl, who had been running in memory of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, was killed even though children are not allowed into the race.Another story said a woman was blown up shortly before her boyfriend was due to propose. Fake news is often disseminated by people who think it is true, rather than those with malicious intent  The researchers launched the study after noticing a glut of fake news following the Boston Marathon “I realized that a good chunk of what I was reading on social media was rumors,” said Dr Vosoughi . “It was false news.”To find out if false news was disseminated more quickly the team used Twitter’s archive to track around 126,000 cascades (or network trees) of real and fake news stories involving politics, urban legends, business, terrorism, science, entertainment and natural disasters.Fake new stories included a claim that boxer Floyd Mayweather wore a Muslim headscarf to a Donald Trump rally and that a Trump’s dead cousin used his obituary to urge people to vote against the president.True stories included Michelle Obama’s claim that the White House was built by slaves and Hilary Clinton’s assertion that top hedge fund managers make more money than all kindergarten teachers combined.The stories reached three million people and were retweeted about 4.5 million times.Professor Sinan Aral, of MIT’s Sloan School of Management added: “We found that falsehood defuses significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth, in all categories of information, and in many cases by an order of magnitude.” Fake news is often disseminated by people who think it is true, rather than those with malicious intent last_img read more

Mother of robbery suspect to face court for attempting to smuggle

The mother of one of the suspects who allegedly robbed a supermarket at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on August 30, is currently in hot water after she was reportedly caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the EBD lockups that her son is detained in.According to information from the police, the robbery suspect, who was charged and is being kept at an EBD police station awaiting his appearance before a Magistrate on Monday, was visited by his mother around 19:50h on Friday as she brought a sandwich for him eat.However, officers upon examining the sandwich reportedly found that it contained two grams of cannabis.According to the police, the 44-year-old housewife was promptly detained and is likely to be arraigned in court next week, charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.On August 30, two bandits, one armed with a handgun, stormed the “Number One Supermarket” at 18 Grove, Public Road, EBD and robbed the entity of all the cash in the register and several phone cards before escaping.The police apparently detained the aforementioned suspect in relation to the crime.The Supermarket in question has since been a haven for robbers as the entity has been robbed on multiple occasions.Just recently, one of the three bandits who were nabbed in the brazen robbery committed on the supermarket in June of this year was sentenced to seven years in prison after he appeared in the Providence Magistrate’s Court.Ryan Bannister, 27, of Herstelling Seadam, EBD pleaded guilty to charges of robbery under arms and possession of an illegal firearm when it was read to his by Magistrate Sunil Scarce.The other two men Gerald DaSilva, 45, and Ron Simons, 33 pleaded not guilty to the said charges and were remanded to prison.It is alleged that the three men – one of whom was armed with a handgun – stealthily entered the “Number One Supermarket” at about 04:30h on June 13.The men pounced on the lone security guard and bounded his hands with his shoe lace. The bandits then proceeded to the third floor of the building, removed the grill from a window and entered the building.As the bandits were all inside of the supermarket, the 53-year-old security guard, managed to free himself and immediately alerted neighbors who summoned the Police.Prompt response from the lawmen resulted in the bandits being caught in the act.When the men were nabbed they had $70,000 in prepaid phone cards and an undisclosed sum of cash in their possession.A .38 revolver with six live matching rounds was also found. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman robbed by gunman after withdrawing money from BankFebruary 3, 2018In “Crime”6 busted with guns, ammo in Grove likely to be charged soonApril 13, 2018In “Crime”Suspect wanted for murder arrested after robbing wash bay operatorJanuary 7, 2019In “Crime” read more

Chris Mohr Great BritainWe are very excited about the OG

← Previous Story Netherlands cancelled Women’s EHF EURO 2012 organisation! Next Story → Dragan Tubic to HBW Balingen Chris MohrGreat Britain handballOG Handball National handball team of Great Britain is for the first time at Olympic Games. Balkan-Handball.com talked with Great Britain’s playmaker, Chris Mohr (22) about preparation period and upcoming Olympic Games in London.What is your comment about the game against HC Železničar 1949?– We had a physical training the last 2 weeks, this was only our second handball game and we did pretty well. You can see towards the end we get tired, the other team pulled away and they won by 3 goals. It’s a good start for us, we would of course, rather won the game.Are you happy with your preparation period?– Yes, so far it’s been great. We were on Kopaonik, up on the mountain and it’s been perfect for us, no distractions, we had hotel for ourselves. It’s a perfect prepration and we just have to keep going.What can you expect from the Olympic Games?– I’m really excited and it’s first OG for us. First time Great Britain handball team were ever going to OG, so we are very excited. It’s going to be tough, playing with the best teams on the world. We are really looking forward to it and we are working extremely hard at the moment and we worked hard for the last 3 years. It’s going to be an amazingexperience .Who are favorites for the TOP3 places in the Olympic Games?– Denmark, as a European Champion, obviously. France, even tho’ they had a bad European Championship, and Spain have a good team.What can you tell about Serbian NT?– Serbia did very well in January, at home for the European Championship. So you can’t underestimate the team, they have very good players.How do you like Serbia? Is this your first time here?– No, we been few times here, because of coach Dragan Đukić. We been here 3 or 4 times now, on training camps, played some games with the club teams and also watch European Championship in January. It’s a nice country and people are very friendly, it’s always very nice to be here.ALEKSANDRA DENIĆ read more

Student reveals devastating effect of her livetweeted drinking arrest

first_imgSince right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide Meet Ron Fisher, the SoftBank executive who awarded WeWork a $47 billion valuation months before it delayed its $10 billion IPO AMERICAN STUDENT Samantha Goudie made headlines last month as “Vodka Samm” after she registered a .341 BAC and live-tweeted her arrest.At the time, she seemed to show little remorse for her actions — constantly retweeting people’s praises from her quickly growing Twitter account — before abruptly going silent, deleting her handle and disappearing from social media.In a new video interview with the Daily Iowan, Goudie reveals that her experiences had a much harsher effect on her than anyone realised, calling it “devastating” and “embarrassing.” She reveals that she had previously experienced depression and an eating disorder, and was hospitalised last year for several months.“I didn’t come to college to drink and be ‘Vodka Samm,’” she says. “I was completely embarrassed of the whole situation.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface and a turban during an ‘Arabian Nights’ themed party in 2001 center_img A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader via Melissa DawkinsThe @Ireland Twitter account had a big night last night>last_img read more

Korean skyscraper shakes from 17 middleaged people doing Tae Bo

first_imgEarlier this month, TechnoMart, a 39-story skyscraper in Seoul, South Korea was evacuated after its occupants felt the building shake for about 10 minutes. However, there was no seismic activity at the time of the tremors, which left many scientists puzzled for the past two weeks. So, what caused the building to shake so much? Apparently, it was a group of 17 middle-aged people doing Tae Bo.The group of people doing Tae Bo, which is a mixture of aerobics and Taekwondo made popular by fitness instructor Billy Blanks, caused the top floors to feel the tremors while listening to Snap’s “The Power,” a huge hit from 1990.Scientists later recreated the event (which makes us chuckle as we imagine lab-coat wearing scientists doing Tae Bo) and found the same result. The gym is on the 12th floor, and Chung Lan, a professor of architectural engineering at Dankook University, said that the “vibration cycle caused by Tae Bo collided with the vertical vibration cycle unique to the building.”Lee Dong-guen, an architectural professor at Sungkyunkwan University who helped conduct the experiment, said that the upper floors of the building vibrated at ten times the normal level while the scientists were doing upper-cuts and roundhouse kicks. This is apparently a phenomenon called resonance, which always results in a large vibration. The scientists are still examining the issue further, but are confident that the shaking came from the Tae Bo workoutTechnoMart gets about 50,000 visitors daily but was closed for two days after the incident. The building itself is said to be structurally sound, so it seems the only thing necessary is a sign on the gym that says “No Tae Bo.”via CNN and Wall Street Journal Korealast_img read more

NEO XYX Neo Geo game to be released for 500

first_imgReleasing games for dead consoles is never going to net a game developer very much money, but the love of a machine usually outweighs any financial issues where these projects are concerned.We’ve seen a few Dreamcast games released in recent years, but a new game for the Neo Geo that will launch as an MVS board kit? That’s definitely classes as a title for the old-school, hardcore gaming crowd.The game in question is called NEO XYX and it’s being developed by NG:DEV.TEAM who also released Last Hope and Fast Striker on Dreamcast and Neo-Geo, as well Gun Lord for the Neo-Geo. So the team clearly have a lot of experience working with the console.NEO XYX is a “maniac shooting game” or shmup that is being advertised as the first Neo-Geo game to use a true vertical scrolling screen. It does have both vertical and horizontal modes though according to the game page, so it’s not going to cause an issue for the typical horizontal displays of MVS cabinets.The game isn’t expected to be finished until the first quarter of next year. When it does release it will consist of 6 stages, an undefined number of game modes, and the promise of both mid and end stage bosses meaning there will be at least 12 to fight.The game is being released as a Multi Video System (MVS) board rather than an AES cartridge for the home system. MVS was Neo Geo’s arcade system which looks like an arcade cabinet, but you can switch out the boards. With that in mind you won’t be surprised to hear the price of NEO XYX is set to be around $500.To help soften the blow of that price point NG:DEV.TEAM is including a number of extras in the box. Alongside the game and the necessary kit for it to work with an MVS system, you also get a cart sticker, printed insert, 12-page full-color game manual, manual baggy, long instruction paper, marquee, cardboard box with sticker, 2 printed posters, a bonus sticker set, original soundtrack CD, and a holographic serial number sticker. You will also be able to get software updates via a USB connection.At $500 the game is only really going to be tempting to avid collectors and anyone who still runs an MVS unit gamers pay to play in an arcade. Even so, it’s nice to see such systems still receiving support in 2012, and hopefully the team will consider porting their games to other systems so more of us can play them.More at NG:DEV, via Kotakulast_img read more

Ransomware Criminals Screwed Victims Out Of 25 Million

first_imgStay on target Android Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit PornCyberattack Strikes City of Atlanta Ransomware is one of the nastiest threats lurking on the Internet these days. There’s no sign that the situation will improve anytime soon, either. Not when ransomware is earning the criminals behind it millions of dollars each month.Somewhere in excess of $2.5 million, according to a study put together by Google and Chainalysis with help from UC San Diego and NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. Arriving at that figure involved a heck of a lot of work.It’s not like cyber criminals are reporting the income, after all. What the research team had to do was to sift through Google’s massive cache of ransomware samples. That cache included a whopping 301,588 files at the time, and it represented 34 distinct families of ransomware.They then turned their attention to the Blockchain to identify transactions from ransomware victims. One particularly interesting finding from the study: 94% of all payouts were processed by the Russian Bitcoin exchange BTC-E. It’s a logical finding, given the ties often found linking ransomware outbreaks to Russian organized crime.If the study’s findings are indeed accurate, then there’s one important takeaway. While ransomware is indeed a huge threat, it’s nowhere near as profitable as two other types of cyber crime.Two years ago, Microsoft estimated that 3.3 million Americans fell victim and were scammed out of roughly $1.5 billion. Also more profitable: business email compromises, which have cost U.S. businesses more than $1.6 billion since 2013.BECs typically involve much higher payouts. While a ransomware victim might be fleeced for anywhere between $300 to $2000, a well-executed BEC could cost a company millions in one fell swoop. Facebook and Apple reportedly got tagged for a combined $100 million by a Lithuanian hacker. In 2015, Ubiquiti Networks was nailed for $46.7 million… though they managed to get a few million of its funds back.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Salah posts injury update

first_imgMohamed Salah has taken to social media to update fans with some positive news on his injury ahead of the World CupThe 25-year-old was forced to leave the pitch within just half an hour of Liverpool’s Champions League final after his tangle with Ramos had caused a shoulder problem to arise with the Reds later struggling in his absence as Real Madrid sealed a 3-1 win.Since then, over half a million people have signed a petition urging the UEFA to punish Ramos over the incident.Salah is a potential doubt for Russia this summer with both Liverpool and Egypt confirming that his recovery from injury could make around three weeks.The Pharaohs’ first game against Uruguay on June 15 will mark their first appearance in football’s biggest stage in nearly three decades.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.But Salah is staying positive on his progress and appears to be confident that he will be available for Egypt’s World Cup opener.“Good feelings,” Salah wrote alongside a photograph of him carrying out a stretching exercise on his damaged left shoulder.Good feelings… pic.twitter.com/Jhyd2kYVKI— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) June 3, 2018last_img read more

Disability agency closed in March

first_imgA nonprofit agency that served people with disabilities since 2002 and was in line to help populate a special housing complex has shut its doors.DisAbility Resources of Southwest Washington went dark at the end of March, according to board president Tim Gensler, because money was tight and participation weak. A newcomer to the agency this year, he said he tried but could never populate its board of directors with sufficient members even to comply with its own bylaws. “We’d try to have a board of directors meeting and we’d have one or two people show up if we were lucky,” he said. “I never got a good response.”Eventually he decided it was better to shut down than gradually disintegrate and perhaps wind up in bankruptcy.“I thought it was better to close down and still be able to pay our bills,” he said. “Without having our entire board, we voted with the people we had to shut down.”A letter posted in the window of the empty office at 2700 N.E. Andresen Road, Suite D-5, and also mailed to clients and community partners, said: “The Board of Directors, supported by the staff, made a decision to close DARSW. This decision was made with much thought and consideration in the challenges of operating the organization. It also reflects our confidence in the local existing community agencies to pick up some of the outstanding services that we have provided since 2002.”last_img read more

Protesters in downtown Miami call for Puerto Rican governors resignation

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Protesters thousands of miles away from Puerto Rico gathered together to call for the resignation of the island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló.Dozens took to the streets of downtown Miami on Tuesday afternoon to condemn the Puerto Rican Governor’s administration.Rosselló has been under fire in recent weeks following several federal corruption arrests and the release of inappropriate and profanity-filled private messages from within his office.“We would like to see the actual administration listen to its people and take full recourse to rectify this and bring stability to our country, to our island,” said Democratic Hispanic Caucus President Nicole Rodriguez.Demonstrators are demanding change, but Rosselló announced he will not step down.On Tuesday, Royal Caribbean announced they have canceled a stop in San Juan over safety concerns.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

VW Group settles lawsuit surrounding alleged fuel economy overstatement

first_img Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better VW will update fuel economy labels for affected cars. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Owners of certain Volkswagen Group models are in for a payday, if a modest one. VW Group of America said on Friday it’s reached a settlement with plaintiffs over a lawsuit that alleged VW knowingly overstated fuel economy in a selection of vehicles.The settlement is worth $96.5 million and does not include an admission of guilt from Volkswagen. The automaker will also adjust fuel economy figures for 98,000 vehicles sold between 2013 and 2017 by 1 mile per gallon to reflect US labeling requirements.Owners and lessees will be paid from the settlement fund to reimburse them for extra money spent on fuel based on the allegedly false fuel economy ratings. Payments will depend on length of ownership with a sum of $5.40 to $24.30 heading to owners for each month they owned or leased the vehicle. The figures are all still subject to court approval, however.Further, VW said it will adjust its Greenhouse Gas Credits with the EPA to remove any additional credits it gained from the fuel economy discrepancy. Eventually, owners will need to submit a claim, but the process to do so isn’t ready just yet.The EPA began investigating the gasoline-powered vehicles following VW’s 2015 diesel scandal. Testing by the California Air Resources Board and EPA found transmission software that caused the models to shift differently during government testing to post better fuel economy than in the real world. According to the EPA, the software was present on 1 million vehicles, but only the 98,000 cars were discovered with lower fuel economy. 1 Share your voice More From Roadshow Comment Review • 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit review: The best daily driver gets better 32 Photos 2:07center_img More about 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Volkswagen Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf: 5 things you need to know 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a bargain sport sedan Car Industrylast_img read more