Crime NewsWeehawken Bayonne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGS9/11 memorialrichard turnerweehawken waterfront SHARE Weehawken, site of salvation for NY residents on 9/11, hosts interfaith ceremony Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Bayonne By John Heinis – September 12, 2016 12:05 pm 0 Facebook Twitter Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network The Township of Weehawken recalled the importance of their waterway, which was pivotal to helping New York residents on September 11, 2001, during an interfaith ceremony held last night. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A9DzzZhlFE&feature=youtu.be[/fve]Held in front of their 9/11 monument, which was made with authentic pieces of World Trade Center steel, the interfaith ceremony saw representatives from several different faiths reflecting on the terrorist attacks from 15 years ago.“Lord, in the midst of our grief and the memory of our loss, we gather in your presence once again and remember. We have feared the terror of the night. We have seen the sacrifices of the brave. We have cried the tears of the lost. And we have clinched our fists in rage against the pain and damage,” began Monsignor Robert Meyer of the St. Lawrence Church in Weehawken.“What we are facing in our time is the epic battle between the forces of darkness and the forces of light,” Rabbi Moshe Shapiro, of Hoboken Chabad, later added.“Between those who wish to enforce, upon all of us, a corrupt and dark way or life, and those who wish to keep alive and well. A world that followed the universal codes of morality and freedom of ethics.”Imam Mohamed Moussa, of the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center, Swami Nannarayan, of the Weehawken Swaminarayan Mandir and Pastor Birgit Solano, of the Good Shepard Lutheran Church, also spoke during the ceremony.The five names of the township residents who were lost as a result of the attack were also recognized at the event.After the ceremony concluded, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner explained the important role the Weehawken waterway played in 9/11, as around 60,000 New York residents came to the small North Hudson municipality seeking food, water, shelter and medical treatment.“Our fire, our police, our EMS, literally hundreds and hundreds of volunteers came forward to assist people. They set up a triage center and had to be cleaned up, others needed medical attention, others were just in a state of shock,” Turner reflected.” … The monument you see behind me commemorates not only the five individuals that were lost, Weehawken residents, [but] all the other individuals that were lost in the World Trade Center, in Pennsylvania and in the Pentagon, but also all the groups that assisted in sheltering, feeding, providing medical assistance to the 70,000 individuals that were brought here.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleEmpty Sky Memorial in Jersey City honors 749 NJ victims of 9/11 attackNext articleWest New York settles police brutality case with photographer for $50k John Heinis
Share Pinterest Share on Facebook Email Share on Twitter LinkedIn One of the most intriguing physics discoveries of the last century was the existence of antimatter, material that exists as the “mirror image” of subatomic particles of matter, such as electrons, protons and quarks, but with the opposite charge. Antimatter deepened our understanding of our universe and the laws of physics, and now the same idea is being proposed to explain something equally mysterious: memory.When memories are created and recalled, new and stronger electrical connections are created between neurons in the brain. The memory is represented by this new association between neurons. But a new theory, backed by animal research and mathematical models, suggests that at the same time that a memory is created, an “antimemory” is also spawned – that is, connections between neurons are made that provide the exact opposite pattern of electrical activity to those forming the original memory. Scientists believe that this helps maintain the balance of electrical activity in the brain.The growth of stronger connections between neurons, known as an increase in excitation, is part of the normal process of learning. Like the excitement that we feel emotionally, a little is a good thing. However, also like emotional excitement, too much of it can cause problems. In fact, the levels of electrical activity in the brain are finely and delicately balanced. Any excessive excitation in the brain disrupts this balance. In fact, electrical imbalance is thought to underlie some of the cognitive problems associated with psychiatric and psychological conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.In trying to understand the effects of imbalance, scientists reached the conclusion that there must be a second process in learning that acts to rebalance the excitation caused by the new memory and keep the whole system in check. The theory is that, just as we have matter and antimatter, so there must be an antimemory for every memory. This precise mirroring of the excitation of the new memory with its inhibitory antimemory prevents a runaway storm of brain activity, ensuring that the system stays in balance. While the memory is still present, the activity it caused has been subdued. In this way, antimemories work to silence the original memory without erasing it.What does an antimemory do?The evidence for antimemories so far comes only from experimental work in rats and mice and evidence from modelling. These experiments require direct recording from inside the brain using electrodes, and given that putting metal probes into human brains typically is frowned upon, scientists have not yet been able to directly support the presence of antimemories in humans. In a paper just published in the journal Neuron, a team of researchers from the University of Oxford and University College London have come up with a clever method to determine whether human memory operates on similar lines to those of our animal cousins.Test subjects were asked to learn a task that created a new memory. When the researchers used fMRI brain scanning to examine the brain a few hours after learning, however, they found no trace of the memory, as it had been quietened by the antimemory. They then applied a weak flow of electricity in the area of the brain where the memory had formed (using a safe technique called anodal transcranial direct current stimulation). This allowed them to reduce inhibitory brain activity in this area – disrupting the inhibitory antimemory and thus revealing the hidden memory. How the antimemory counters the brain activity of a memory. Credit: HC Barron et al/NeuronThis diagram shows four coloured shapes that will be paired together by the test participant during a memory task. The two pairs of shapes are learned, with the memory represented by the orange connections between them. Having learned this pairing, the excitation in the brain caused by learning and creating the memory is balanced out by an inhibitory antimemory, represented by the new grey lines. The yellow boxes below represent the rate of firing of neurons during this learning process. At first, before pairing, they respond only to the red square. After learning the pairing of the red and green squares, the neurons fire to either stimulus. As the antimemory develops this association is silenced and neurons activate only in response to the red stimulus. Finally, after temporarily disturbing the antimemory, the underlying association is evident once again, with the neurons activating to either stimulus.So it seems that in humans as well as in animals, antimemories are critical to prevent a potentially dangerous build-up of electrical excitation in the brain, something that could lead to epileptic-like brain states and seizures. It’s thought antimemories may also play an important role in stopping memories from spontaneously activating each other, which would lead to confusion and severely disordered thought processes.Just as the mathematical theory of antimatter and its later discovery in nature and creation in a lab was hugely important to 20th century physics, it seems that the investigation of these enigmatic antimemories will be potentially revolutionary for our understanding of the brain and an important focus for the coming century.By Harriet Dempsey-Jones, Researcher in Clinical Neurosciences, University of OxfordThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
Sir Cliff Richard has won a privacy case against the BBC over its ‘somewhat sensationalist’ coverage of a police raid of his home. The entertainer was awarded £210,000 in damages in a High Court ruling this morning.Richard, who sued both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police, claimed the BBC’s reporting of the 2014 raid was a ’serious invasion’ of privacy. He was never arrested or charged over the alleged offences.Handing down his judgment in Sir Cliff Richard v BBC and South Yorkshire Police, Mr Justice Mann said: ‘I have found that this was a serious infringement of Sir Cliff’s privacy rights, in terms of what was disclosed, in terms of the manner of disclosure and in terms of the effect on Sir Cliff.’Mann found that ‘Sir Cliff had privacy rights in respect of the police investigation and the BBC infringed those rights without a legal justification.’Richard sued SYP for breach of privacy and under the Data Protection Act 1998 after the police disclosed that he was under investigation and the date, time and place of an intended search of his home. Before the trial SYP had already admitted liability and agreed to pay £400,000 in damages plus costs. He sued the BBC on the same grounds for publicly disclosing the facts and covering the search in various broadcasts.The case revolved around subsequent dealings between the BBC and SYP. The BBC claimed the police volunteered the information whereas Richard claimed SYP was ‘manoeuvred into providing it’ from a fear and implicit threat that the BBC would or might publish news of the investigation before the police were ready to conduct their search.‘As my judgment reflects, I have accepted the SYP/Cliff Richard case on this point, and rejected the BBC’s case,’ Mann wrote. He added: ‘I find that Sir Cliff had privacy rights in respect of the police investigation and that the BBC infringed those rights without a legal justification. It did so in a serious way and also in a somewhat sensationalist way.’Nicola Cain, partner at RPC, warned that the media will now have to ‘walk on eggshells’ when reporting on police investigations.She added: ‘The judge found that even if an investigation involves public activity, and reporting on it is in the public interest, an individual can still have a reasonable expectation of privacy in not being identified. This goes against several previous decisions which recognised the importance to the media of identifying individuals in coverage.’Emma Woollcott, head of reputation protection at City firm Mishcon de Reya, said the case may spark future challenges from high-profile individuals who have been subjected to similar ’sensationalised’ news reports.David Malone, human rights and criminal barrister at Red Lion Chambers, said the case has potentially huge, and perhaps constitutional, implications for the investigation of cases of abuse alleged to have been committed by those in positions of power and influence.Malone said: ‘Parliament despite frequent debate, research and opportunity to do so – including most recently a Private Member’s Bill in June 2010 – has not legislated upon this specific issue i[the anonymity of suspects before charge].‘It is important that, in appropriate cases in the future, the police are not cowed by this judgment, and do still at the very least consider reporting the name of an individual, when that action may enable other victims to come forward to strengthen the case against that individual.’Fran Unsworth, the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, confirmed it was considering an appeal.’This judgment creates new case law and represents a dramatic shift against press freedom and the long-standing ability of journalists to report on police investigations, which in some cases has led to further complainants coming forward,’ Unsworth said.’This isn’t just about reporting on individuals. It means police investigations, and searches of people’s homes, could go unreported and unscrutinised. It will make it harder to scrutinise the conduct of the police and we fear it will undermine the wider principle of the public’s right to know. It will put decision-making in the hands of the police.’In his judgment, Mr Justice Mann acknowledged that the case could have a significant impact on press reporting, but not one requiring a change in the law. ‘The fact is that there is legislative authority restraining the press in the form of the Human Rights Act, and that is what the courts apply in this area… If the position of the press is now different from that which it has been in the past, that is because of the Human Rights Act, and not because of some court-created principle.’
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn The Scottish SPCA is caring for an otter cub found crying on a doorstep after becoming separated from his mother during severe weather in Dumfries and Galloway.Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted when the 10 week old was discovered at the back door of a house in Kirkcudbright on Monday morning (7 December).The cub is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, where he has been nicknamed Buddy.Centre manager Colin Seddon said, “Buddy is currently being bottle fed milk and hand fed a diet of fish. He is still weak and underweight but is improving.“This has been our busiest year for otter cubs and we have 15 in our care at the moment.“Buddy will be introduced to our three youngest cubs, Ebb, Tide and Wave, who were also found without their mothers.“They will stay with us for around a year until they are old enough to fend for themselves back in the wild.“This is a very hazardous time for young otters as they can easily be washed out of their holts by high rivers and at that age they are not accomplished swimmers. If separated from their mothers, they may well perish.“We would appeal to the public to be watchful, especially in areas affected by the recent floods.“If anyone hears or sees any animals they think may be in distress they should contact our animal helpline for advice on 03000 999 999.” Images credited Scottish SPCA
EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Venezuelan Embassy celebrates Spanish Week by: – November 11, 2014 Sharing is caring! The Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation (IVCC), through the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, has commenced the 13th Spanish Language Week from November 10th to 14th 2014. The opening of this program was held in the morning with the celebration of a solemn Mass celebrated by Monsignor William John – Lewis at the Roseau Cathedral. In attendance at this activity were Ambassadors of Brazil and Cuba, as well as diplomats from the Embassy of the People´s Republic of China, teachers and students from some schools in the Roseau district, which have been formed in the Spanish language the Institute precious. Ambassador Hayden Pirela acknowledged the assistance of all present and made relevant the importance of this week which for years has been held in this period, urging students to “not see the Spanish language as a nation but as a language.The schedule of activities from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 are as follows;Tuesday Novenber 11th 2014 -Spelling Competition (secondary schools) at the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation at 9:30 a.m Wednesday Novenber 12th 2014 -Didactic Competition (primary schools) at the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation at 9:30 a.m.Thursday November 13th 2014 -Linguistic Competition (secondary schools) at Convent High School at 9:30 a.m. Venezuelan PoetryFriday November 14th 2014 -Closure of the Spanish Week at the Arawak House of Culture at 10:00 a.m. – / 5 252 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Share
LaFollette City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries (standing) met with downtown merchants to discuss ways to promote business for the holidays. Several Christmas events are in the works.By Charlotte UnderwoodLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Downtown LaFollette business owners and city administrator Jimmy Jeffries held a town hall meeting on Wednesday to discuss ways to spur business for the holidays. According to downtown merchants and the city, business has been down since the construction closing of the lane in front of many of the downtown businesses. The bridge has been shut down since mid-September, and this has affected parking and decreased business, according to merchants.To combat this and to also provide holiday activities for the community, the city and merchants are planning several holiday events on the three Fridays leading up to Christmas.The theme has tentatively been set as Downtown Country Christmas.Nothing is set in stone, but several activities being planned include possible hay rides, carol singers, holiday music as well as gift give-a-ways for those who visit all the shops in downtown. Light refreshments such as hot chocolate, cider and popcorn would be sponsored by the city. Discussion of a face painter and photos with Santa, as well as lighting ceremony at the park is also in the works. Details are being finalized and the group will to meet again on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at noon at Ahh Spa to hammer out the remaining plans. The current plan is to hold these events each Friday leading up to Christmas from 6 to 8 p.m.“We just need something to bring more people out to the streets and the downtown businesses in LaFollette; the city wants to help if we can,” Jeffries said.WLAF will announce full details once plans are finalized. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/26/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter