Facebook(SAN DIEGO) — The suspected gunman who allegedly opened fire with an assault rifle on members of a Southern California synagogue during a Passover service — killing one person and wounding three others, including the rabbi and a child — has been linked to a recent arson blaze at a nearby mosque, according to a law enforcement source.John Earnest, 19, was taken into custody after being confronted during Saturday’s attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego by an armed off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent working security at the temple, officials said.A law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation told ABC News that Earnest has been identified as the suspect in a March 24 arson fire that damaged the Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in Escondido, a San Diego County town about 15 miles north of the synagogue in Poway.Earnest “is our guy,” the law enforcement source said of the arson at the mosque.In the mosque fire, Earnest, of San Diego, allegedly left behind a note referencing the March 15 attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. A 28-year-old Australian man, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, described by authorities as a white supremacist, allegedly killed 50 Muslim worshippers and broadcast part of the massacre on Facebook Live.In the Chabad of Poway synagogue attack, Earnest allegedly wore a helmet camera and was attempting to live stream the shooting, but his video equipment apparently failed to function, the source told ABC News.Prior to Saturday’s shooting, Earnest allegedly posted a 4,000-word letter on the dark web, professing to be a white supremacist and expressing hate for Jewish and Muslim people.Earnest was allegedly inspired by the mass shootings in Christchurch and at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where on Oct. 27 suspect Robert Bowers, who had written anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant messages on a website popular with white supremacists, allegedly killed 11 people and wounded seven others.The attack in Poway occurred exactly six months after the Tree of Life massacre.“It was only six months ago to the day that we became members of that tragic club of community-based shootings to which no one wants to belong. We know first-hand the fear, anguish and healing process such an atrocity causes, and our hearts are with the afflicted San Diego families and their congregation,” reads a statement from the leaders of the Tree of Life Synagogue.“These senseless acts of violence and prejudice must end. Enough is enough!” reads the statement.The Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting unfolded about 11:30 a.m. when Earnest allegedly fired at least 10 rounds inside the house of worship with a .223 AR assault rifle he purchased in recent weeks, the law enforcement source told ABC News.A U.S. Border Patrol agent, whose name has not been released, was working security at the synagogue when the gunfire erupted. He confronted the gunman and is being hailed as a hero for stopping the attack.The armed agent fired at the gunman, missing him but hitting his car as he drove off, authorities said.Earnest was taken into custody moments later when a K-9 officer saw him nearby, officials said. The suspect jumped out of his car and put his hands up, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said during the conference on Saturday.Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was in in the middle of his sermon on the last day of the Jewish observance of Passover when gunfire broke out, witnesses said.Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, a member of the Poway synagogue, was shot in the attack and later died at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, according to authorities and synagogue officials. Three other people hurt in the attack, including a young girl, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Palomar Medical Center, officials said.All of the surviving victims have been released from the hospital, officials said on Sunday.Despite being shot in the hand, Rabbi Goldstein continued with his Passover sermon, witnesses told the police.Minoo Anvari said her husband, who was attending the service, called her from the synagogue immediately after the shooting.“The rabbi lost two fingers. But in spite of bleeding, he was trying to finish his speech,” Anvari said her husband told her. “He was telling all the people who know him, ‘Be strong. … God helps us, God helps [our] country.’”President Trump praised the border agent for his heroism.“Sincerest THANK YOU to our great Border Patrol Agent who stopped the shooter at the Synagogue in Poway, California. He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement weren’t!” President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday.During a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Saturday night, Trump said, “We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate. It must be defeated. We will all get to the bottom of it.”In the letter he allegedly wrote, Earnest made a point of saying he is not a supporter of the president.John Sanders, acting commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection, said the Border Patrol agent is based in the region.“We have learned that one of our own off-duty Border Patrol agents was present and took actions that may have prevented additional loss of life,” Sanders said in a statement. “CBP will fully support our law enforcement partners who are investigating.”In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Sunday, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said his community is responding to the shooting with love.“You know, our community is doing as well as can be expected, and I just want to say first, our Jewish brothers and sisters from Chabad of Poway have to feel the love all of us are sending their way,” Vaus said. “We’re a close community and we’re going to be for them every step of the way.”He said security is being boosted at houses of worship in the area.“Every preacher on every pulpit in Poway will talk about this,” Vaus said. “It will be on people’s hearts and minds, and our law enforcement teams, who have been incredible from the beginning of this, are going to make sure our community is safe.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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Share on Facebook Share Email Pinterest To answer this question, Buckholtz and senior study author René Marois of Vanderbilt University used repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)–a noninvasive way of stimulating the brain using magnetic fields –and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in human subjects who made blameworthiness judgments and punishment decisions about a series of crime scenarios.In each trial, subjects were shown a short written scenario describing a protagonist named John committing a crime, ranging from simple theft to assault and murder. In some cases, the crime was deliberate and John was fully responsible for his actions, but in other instances, his culpability was diminished due to duress, psychosis, or other mitigating factors. In separate sessions, subjects either rated John’s blameworthiness or the severity of punishment he deserved.The researchers first used rTMS to magnetically stimulate, and thereby temporarily disrupt, DLPFC activity in 66 healthy volunteers (half of whom received active rTMS; the other half received placebo or “sham” rTMS). DLPFC disruption reduced the level of punishment for wrongful acts without affecting blameworthiness ratings, suggesting that these two aspects of norm-based judgments rely on distinct cognitive and neurobiological processes. On closer inspection, the researchers found that rTMS only lowered punishment ratings when John’s actions were deliberate but resulted in minimal harm. Further analysis revealed that DLPFC disruption caused subjects to base their punishment decisions more on the consequences of the crime rather than on John’s intentions. The findings suggest that DLPFC plays a critical role in balancing information about intent and harm to enable appropriate punishment decisions.A separate brain imaging experiment in the same study corroborated the main rTMS findings. Overall, DLPFC showed greater activity during punishment decisions compared to blameworthiness judgments. Moreover, DLPFC activation was sensitive to John’s culpability level, but this effect was only found for punishment (not blameworthiness) judgments. The findings suggest that the DLPFC is not involved in assessing culpability per se; rather, this brain region uses information about culpability specifically to support punishment decision-making.Taken together with past results, the findings suggest that the DLPFC receives relevant information about culpability and harmful consequences from other brain regions and then integrates this information to support punishment decision making. According to the authors, future studies should identify the precise computations involved in this integrative process.In the meantime, the authors urge caution when it comes to interpreting the results, even though the findings suggest that a brief dose of magnetic stimulation could change how people make core legal judgments. “While this study does provide new insight into how human brains make decisions of the kind that judges and jurors make daily, the effects that we report are modest in size, and it’s unclear how they would generalize to trial courts. The value of this study lies in its ability to reveal the basic mechanisms of norm-enforcement decisions,” Marois says. “Magnetic brain stimulation will not be coming to a courtroom near you anytime soon. LinkedIn Humans are unique among social creatures in their willingness to bear personal costs to punish those who have harmed others. A study published September 16 in Neuron reveals new insights into our unparalleled sense of justice, specifically, the precise role of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)–one of the most recently evolved regions in the human brain. The findings reveal that DLPFC integrates information about a suspect’s blameworthiness for wrongful acts and the resulting harm to others, enabling us to decide on the appropriate level of punishment.“Despite the centrality of such third-party punishment decisions to modern institutions of justice, we don’t know very much about how the brain combines evidence of intentionality and harm,” says study first author Joshua Buckholtz of Harvard University. “Our study provides new insight into how humans make these judgments.”The success of our species is thought to rely largely on our capacity for large-scale cooperation; this, in turn, hinges on the uniquely human ability to establish and enforce social norms. To make decisions about how to punish those who violate these norms, it’s necessary to integrate information about a suspect’s culpability as well as the harmful consequences of the transgression. The DLPFC is well positioned to play this role; its cellular organization and high level of connectivity with other brain regions makes it specialized for integrating multiple streams of information in order to select appropriate responses. Others have shown that DLPFC performs this integrative role in non-social cognitive tasks, and the DLPFC appears to be activated in many studies of moral and legal norm-based decision-making. But until now, the precise role of DLPFC in making these judgments has been unclear. Share on Twitter read more
A new range of high-strength steels developed by SSAB Swedish Steel offers the promise of significant savings in wagon tare weights, with improved payload and lower operating costs. The company is proposing to adopt designs based on automotive engineering, using hot-rolled Domex steel which has a yield strength of up to 750N/mm2 and cold-rolled Docol steel with a tensile strength of up to 1·4 kN/mm2.SSAB Swedish Steel, SwedenReader Enquiry Number 147
Rugby Union PNG Rugby Football Union executives will meet today to address a way forward for the game. PNGRFU training and education coordinator Sailosi Druma said the meeting is important for the future and return of the competition in the country. Druma said the meeting will also discuss the return to sports protocols and to see it endorsed by the boards to ensure the restart of the competition. “We will meet tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the return of sports protocols,” Druma told the Post-Courier yesterday. “The meeting will oversee when the competition will resume and how it will be played and managed for the remaining time,” he said. “Return of sport protocols had already been made and PNGRFU Ian Liveras’ administration is aware of that and the meeting is to see it takes effect for the resumption of games.” Druma said the protocols and new normal measures had been drafted by Dr Kapua Kapua and it will be up to the boards to endorse. He said they are taking similar procedures like other sports organizations at these trying times to find a way forward for their competitions to resume. “It’s just like what PNGRFL did to see Digicel Cup competition resume and they have produced their return to sports protocols. “We, at the PNGRFU, also set out the similar return of sports protocols and guidelines for the boards for their endorsement to ensure a healthy and safer return to rugby union this season. “The results of when the game resumes and how the protocols will be observed will be sent out to all the unions later,” Druma said. read more
Jones had played every minute of United’s three matches in the Premier League this season as part of a new-look three-man backline implemented by manager Louis van Gaal.The Dutchman is already light in defence, with Chris Smalling, Rafael (both groin) and Luke Shaw (hamstring) currently sidelined, although the latter two could make their returns this weekend against QPR.Meanwhile, Marcos Rojo is also available to make his Red Devils debut on Sunday after finally being granted a visa following his off-season switch from Sporting CP.But Van Gaal will have to do without Jones for the next three weeks at least after confirming the latest blow to his defensive options.He said: “Phil has a torn hamstring. He is maybe out for three weeks or a month.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, September 13- Phil Jones has joined Manchester United’s growing injury list after being ruled out of action for up to a month with a torn hamstring.The 22-year-old defender sustained the injury while on international duty earlier this week, having been forced off during the second half of England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland on Monday. read more