The challenges 12 boys and their soccer coach are facing as they make their way out of a flooded cave in Thailand are more mental than physical, Canadian cave divers and rescuers said Monday.The dangerous underwater rescues — considered a last resort — involve two divers accompanying each of the boys, none of whom had experience diving before they were found on July 2.The group had gone exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave.A massive international search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope deep in the complex.Typically people would learn to scuba dive before embarking on a more technically challenging cave dive like the one involved in the rescue effort, said Chris Foisey, a St. Catharines, Ont.-based scuba instructor with experience diving through underwater tunnels.But the boys have had experts on hand to navigate the tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, with no light to guide the way.Foisey said the rescuers will be looking for signs including the direction the bubbles are travelling in order to figure out which way leads out of the cave and which leads farther in.So the challenge for the children lies in keeping in keeping calm while remembering the minutiae of a new skill, Foisey said.“For instance, if their mask was to leak, how to clear the mask properly without any sort of panic,” he said.The kids may also have been instructed in non-verbal ways to communicate while underwater using touch and light, he said. For instance, a squeeze of the arm could mean there’s an emergency, or a light moving in a circle could mean “OK.”Christian Stenner, a provincial co-ordinator for the Alberta/BC Cave Rescue Service, said making sure the kids understand what’s going on is key.“Any way we can help involve them in their own rescue is beneficial,” he said. “It gives them a bit of focus, a bit of ownership over the process.”And, Foisey said, the boys do have one thing going for them: “I’m sure these kids were very determined to get home.”-With files from The Associated Press
Moscow: Russia emerged as a crucial power broker in the crisis in far-away Venezuela this week when Washington accused Moscow of convincing President Nicolas Maduro not to flee to Cuba. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Maduro had a plane on the tarmac ready to fly to Havana when “the Russians indicated that he should stay”. Moscow hit back, dismissing the claim as fake and accusing Washington of supporting a coup “that has nothing to do with democracy” by backing opposition leader Juan Guaido. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportMoscow has its reasons for standing behind Maduro — he’s a rare ally in Latin America and Russia has poured billions into the Venezuelan economy. But analysts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is also playing the long game, hoping to use Venezuela as leverage in his global tug-of-war with Washington. “Russia is seeking to translate its influence over Maduro — which is in fact not absolute — into an opportunity to have dialogue with the United States,” Tatyana Stanovaya, head of R.Politik, a Paris-based analysis firm, told AFP. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Maduro is a bargaining chip.” Tensions in Venezuela have soared since Guaido declared himself acting president in January, claiming Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate. More than 50 countries led by the United States lined up behind the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, but Russia and China have backed Maduro. Reeling from Western sanctions, Moscow has quickly sensed an opportunity, even if it meant locking horns with the United States in Latin America, Washington’s traditional sphere of influence. In a highly publicised move in March, Moscow sent two planes with around 100 soldiers and equipment to Caracas, where Russian mercenaries are also believed to be operating. Ties between Russia and the West plummeted over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its backing for separatists in eastern Ukraine and military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But the audacity with which the Kremlin inserted itself into the Venezuela crisis has drawn gasps in Washington. “Russia is making the next play in our hemisphere,” Frederick Kempe, president of the Atlantic Council, wrote last month. “Vladimir Putin may be laying the ground for making Venezuela the defining foreign policy debacle for President Trump in the same way Syria became that for the Obama administration.” Russia and Venezuela enjoy a long history of ties and Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, known for his passionate tirades against the United States, was a welcome guest at the Kremlin. After Chavez’s death in 2013 the relationship with a country that boasts the world’s largest proven oil reserves has continued to thrive. Russia is the second largest lender to Caracas after China, with Moscow heavily investing in Venezuela’s oil resources and Caracas acquiring Russian arms worth billions of dollars. However that also means, analysts say, that Russia has a lot to lose from a change in leadership. But what it stands to gain from a possible deal with Washington may be more important for the Kremlin.
DAYTON, Ohio — Cole Gentry scored 15 points and Loudon Love had 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead Wright State to a 58-39 victory over NCCAA-member Cedarville on Tuesday night.Gentry made five 3-pointers and added five assists. Love was 4-of-11 shooting and blocked four shots. Mark Hughes added 14 points and Bill Wampler had 12 for Wright State (4-3).The Raiders shot just 32 per cent from the floor but made 10 3-pointers and outrebounded Cedarville 50-39. Skyelar Potter came off the bench and grabbed 12 rebounds.A 5-0 spurt to open the second half gave Cedarville a 30-27 lead. Hughes answered with a 3-pointer and a dunk to spark 17-0 run, and the Raiders led 44-30 with 12:37 remaining. Hughes added another 3-pointer and finished with eight points, and Gentry capped the stretch with a 3.Cedarville scored just 14 points in the second half and finished 12 of 52 (23 per cent) from the floor.The Associated Press
Because the Queen no longer undertakes long-haul travel, she asked Prince Harry to go in her place. The diplomatic importance of his mission will be drilled into him daily by Sir David Manning, his adviser on foreign affairs and the former ambassador to the US. He will never be more than a few paces away from the Prince throughout the trip.The Prince’s sea legs will be tested to the limit during the trip, as he will be ferried between islands and will sleep aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, a tanker used for refuelling Royal Navy vessels in the area.In St Lucia there will be more cricket when the Prince joins another West Indian legend, Daren Sammy, for an exhibition match between teams competing on behalf of each man. Prince Harry has arrived in the West Indies to begin a two-week tour that is likely to be the biggest test yet of his ability to win over the public.He arrived in Antigua on a scheduled British Airways flight from Gatwick, inspecting an honour guard on the airport tarmac before attending a welcome reception hosted by the country’s Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams.Having left a wet and windy London behind, the Prince arrived to 30C heat and blistering sunshine at the height of the West Indian summer.The Prince, 32, will visit seven Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean, six of which are Commonwealth realms, with the Queen as head of state. Republican sentiments run strongly through some of the island nations, however, and the Prince could face protests against his visit. Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Prince Harry (left) is greeted by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Rodney WilliamsCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Credit:Paul Edwards Instead of a president they will have to make do with an appearance by the “Queen of Barbados”, the singer Rihanna, at a concert attended by Prince Harry.The Not My Prince movement has even quoted the words of the Prince’s girlfriend Meghan Markle for its own ends. Miss Markle, who has a black mother and a white father, proudly talks about her ancestors who were slaves, and said in one interview: “You create the identity you want for yourself, just as my ancestors did when they were given their freedom.”There are, however, plenty of Prince Harry fans ready to give him a warm welcome. Ascot Michael, the country’s tourism minister, reminded the Prince that he and Prince William were brought to Barbuda by their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, for childhood holidays, saying: “We are truly pleased to welcome you back to a place of childhood memories, your home in the Caribbean.”The Prince will visit Barbuda later this week, but it is understood that his programme will not allow him time to visit the places where he stayed with his mother.Earlier in the evening the Prince made an unscheduled stop at Nelson’s Dockyard, a Unesco World Heritage Site in English Harbour, named after Admiral Lord Nelson, who was based there as a Royal Navy captain for four years in the 1780s.Local historian Dr Reginald Murphy told the Prince that Nelson hated the place, because half of all his sailors who arrived in Antigua died on the island from tropical diseases including malaria and yellow fever, and regarded it as a “hellhole”. It was where his great-aunt, Princess Margaret, spend two weeks of her honeymoon in 1960, but it had fallen into complete disrepair until a British businessman donated more than £2 million to rebuild it.On Sunday night the Prince officially re-opened the building that was built for the Duke of Clarence, the future William IV, when he was governor general of the island in the 18th century.He is in the Caribbean as the Queen’s personal representative, and he read a letter from his grandmother to the people of Antigua and Barbuda as the island nation celebrates the 35th anniversary of its independence.In it, she spoke of her “fond memories” of visiting the country in 1966, 1977 and 1985, and before he read the message the Prince congratulated his grandparents on reaching their 70th year of married life. Prince Harry on a visit to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua at the start of his 15-day tour of the CaribbeanCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Wire Credit:Chris Jackson Prince Harry is greeted by the Governor General His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams Credit:Chris Radburn /PA A social media campaign has been established under the hashtag #NotMyPrince, borrowing from the Not My President campaign against Donald Trump in the US, and Harry is aware of the potential for demonstrations.The campaign describes itself as an “anti-colonial welcoming committee for Prince Harry” which aims to “break the bonds of empire”.It is centred in Barbados, whose Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, announced last year that the island would drop the monarchy and elect a president to coincide with the anniversary celebrations on November 30, but since then the plan has been quietly postponed, to the annoyance of many citizens. A spectacular welcome for Prince Harry in Antigua at the start of #RoyalVisitAntiguaBarbuda 🇦🇬 pic.twitter.com/iwdnzctkgU— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 20, 2016 Antigua and Barbuda has created a special cocktail in his honour, called, appropriately, The Prince’s Ginger, using the country’s English Harbour Rum, with ginger slices, lemon and pineapple juice.It was inspired by a liqueur created for King Edward VII in 1903 called The King’s Ginger, which the king liked to sip during morning carriage rides.On his first day on the tour, Prince Harry paid tribute to his grandmother the Queen on the day she and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.The Prince visited Clarence House in English Harbour, Antigua, built for the same man as Clarence House in London, now the London residence of the Prince of Wales. Show more Sir Curtly, at 6ft 7ins tall, was one of the most deadly bowlers of the 1990s, while Sir Viv, the “Master Blaster”, scored 24 test centuries with the bat.The Prince, 32, will take to the crease at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua as his two-week tour of the Caribbean gets into full swing.After the cricket, which will be at a sports festival to engage young people in cricket and other games, the Prince will switch into diplomatic mode as he attends a reception hosted by the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne.The day will set a familiar pattern for a tour that will be divided between the fun and the formal.Barbados and Guyana each invited the Queen to be the guest of honour at their respective 50th anniversary celebrations, while Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its independence. The Prince will travel with a staff of 10, comprising his private secretary Edward Lane Fox, Sir David Manning, four press officers, two programme co-ordinators, a visit support officer and an orderly, who will all travel with him aboard the Wave Knight.A Kensington Palace source said: “Prince Harry has been looking forward to this tour for many months. He was honoured when his grandmother The Queen asked him to represent her in these seven countries.“He has spent the last few weeks preparing for the dozens of engagements he will carry out and is ready to get started.”While this tour will necessarily have a more formal feel, he’s pleased that he’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet people from all walks of life. There should be plenty of fun along the way.” But the harbour provided such superb natural shelter for the Navy’s frigates that they could be stationed there all year round, even through the hurricane season, enabling Britain to dominate the region for decades.The dockyard is made up entirely of buildings dating from 1750 to 1850, making it a unique time capsule of Britain’s maritime heritage.Princess Margaret became patron of a fund to restore the dockyard in 1955, to which the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were among the donors.Today it is one of the island’s main tourist attractions, and will be complemented by Clarence House, which overlooks the dockyard from a hillside.On Monday the Prince will have to dust off the cricket skills drummed into him by his games master at Eton as he takes on two West Indian cricket maestros, Sir Viv Richards and Sir Curtly Ambrose. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Health Secretary Matt Hancock last month ordered a “root and branch” review of hospital food following the deaths. One idea believed to be supported by Mr Hancock involved hospitals hiring their own chefs to prepare food fresh on the sites.But apetito chief executive Paul Freeston said public perception of mass-produced frozen food was “outdated”, claiming it was safer than fresh food or meals made in hospital kitchens because it could be tested for bacteria before it was served. The biggest suppliers of hot food to the NHS have spoken out against campaigners demanding fresh meals in hospitals in the wake of the listeria outbreak, claiming safety concerns are a “myth”.Private catering firm apetito provide around a fifth of all hot meals served at hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales, which are prepared at one factory in Wiltshire before being shipped across the country.Every day, patients at around 430 hospitals, from Plymouth in Devon to Wick in northern Scotland, are served 46,000 reheated ready meals which were originally cooked in apetito’s mass-production kitchen and then stored in freezers.It is thought just over half of the NHS’s hot food is bought in from external suppliers as ready meals. But questions have been raised about the health service’s reliance on mass-produced food since a listeria outbreak in May, linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads, killed five patients. 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. Show more Kath Dalmeny of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, run by the charity Sustain, said half of hospitals still failed to comply with basic food standards.“The best hospitals prioritise fresh, healthy, sustainable and appetising meals, served in a compassionate way to help those with physical difficulties,” she said. Unlike fresh food which must be eaten quickly, the frozen food is held in quarantine while samples from each batch are laboratory-tested for bacteria and allergens.Once results come back clear, meals are stored for an average of two months in a giant cold storage hangar by the M5 near Bristol, before being delivered. At hospitals, the meals are cooked directly from frozen in heated trolleys on each ward before being served.Mr Freeston said: “There’s a myth that food would be much better if it’s made in a hospital by a chef. But in a big hospital, the kitchen can be half a mile from some of the wards.”By the time the food has got to the ward it has deteriorated.“Our system is about keeping it frozen until the last possible minute and reheating it at the ward so it can be served to patients when it is at its best.”But food campaigners are sceptical about the use of reheated ready meals in hospitals.Rob Percival, of the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme, said: “Health Secretary Matt Hancock recently said that the best hospitals are those serving freshly prepared meals – and we agree.”Patients deserve real food, and we know that it’s possible.”
With all the commotion surrounding Apple this week we sometimes forget that other manufactures are announcing their latest crop of handsets. Up until recently Acer were always regarded for their budget smartphones, their strange take on customizing the interface (some attempts more successful than others), but more importantly providing a lot of tech for your money.This – as of yet – unnamed handset seems to follow this trend, whilst we don’t have any clues on pricing, the spec alone has our mouths watering in anticipation for its April 2011 release date.AdChoices广告For a start the 4.8” screen boasts a resolution of 1024×480, though this comes in slightly smaller than the Dell Streak, the improved resolution should make for an even better picture (not to mention being vivid). There’s also a 2MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera (with LED flash), 720p video recording, a six-axis Gyroscope + accelerometer package, and LED edge lighting.In terms of processing power and connectivity options you have the latest Bluetooth 3.0 standard, 802.11n WiFi, HSDPA support, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and an HDMI output – nice!Read more at Engadget
Curiosity passe Noël sur Mars à explorer “Yellowknife Bay”Toujours sur Mars, le rover Curiosity a passé ces derniers jours à explorer une nouvelle région de Mars appelée “Yellowknife Bay”. Le but : collecter des informations pour choisir une roche à forer. Si toute la planète est actuellement en train de célébrer la fin de l’année, Curiosity lui poursuit son aventure martienne. Malgré la pause des vacances de Noël, le rover est ainsi loin de chômer, il explore même depuis mi-décembre, un tout nouveau site de Mars baptisé “Yellowknife Bay”. Ce terrain est différent de tout ce qu’a rencontré Curiosity depuis son arrivée en août et constitue l’un des trois types présents dans la région de Glenelg choisie par les équipes deux semaines après l’atterrissage.Le 11 décembre dernier, le rover a ainsi quitté le site qu’il explorait pour effectuer une descente d’environ un demi mètre et un déplacement de 14 mètres en direction de Yellowknife Bay. Puis le jour suivant, un déplacement de 26 mètres à amener le robot roulant en plein milieu du bassin. C’est là que les équipes ont déployé la MastCam et la ChemCam pour étudier les roches aux alentours. Quelques jours plus tard, Curiosity s’est ainsi approché de deux roches d’intérêt baptisée “Costello” et “Flaherty” afin qu’il puisse les examiner avec ses autres instruments : l’Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) et le Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI).Après avoir fini ces analyses, le rover s’est une nouvelle fois déplacé de 5,6 mètres pour s’enfoncer encore plus dans Yellowknife Bay. Une mini-promenade qui a porté à 677 mètres la distance parcourue par Curiosity depuis son arrivée. Si un autre déplacement était prévu au cours des derniers jours, l’explorateur martien ne bouge plus désormais : les équipes de la mission font une pause de Noël ! Celui-ci se contente donc d’étudier l’environnement martien dans la position où il se trouve actuellement et dans laquelle il restera jusqu’à la fin de l’année.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreCe n’est qu’en 2013 que les choses sérieuses recommenceront quand les ingénieurs choisiront enfin la roche où Curiosity utilisera pour la toute première fois sa perceuse. L’outil servira à récupérer de la poudre au plus profond de la roche et ainsi d’en savoir plus sur la composition de cette dernière. (crédits : NASA/JPL-Caltech) Le 26 décembre 2012 à 12:20 • Maxime Lambert
A Vancouver man suffered a gunshot wound to his right forearm Friday night as he celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with friends at his home in the Orchards area, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Logan Ostreim, 24, told deputies he was enjoying the fireworks displays going off throughout his neighborhood at about 11:30 p.m. when he felt a deep pain in his arm. He thought he had been struck by a firework, and his friends drove him to the emergency room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.At the hospital, an X-ray revealed Ostreim had a bullet from a 9mm handgun lodged under his skin. It was surgically removed and Ostreim is expected to make a full recovery.“It appears that the round was a random shot fired by some irresponsible individual celebrating the holiday, which unfortunately struck Ostreim on the downward trajectory,” according to the news release.The sheriff’s office has no known suspects, and anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Joe Swenson at 360-397-2044.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A 4-year-old boy who had been reported missing from Bunche Park Elementary was found safe following what school district officials described as a case of mistaken identity.Miami Gardens Police announced Ja’sryah Bostic had gone missing from Bunche Park Elementary School, in Miami Gardens, just before 4 p.m. Monday.According to Bostic’s parents, when they showed up to the school to pick him up during dismissal at 1:50 p.m., he was not there.“She brings another boy out here, so I’m like, ‘That’s not my son,’” said Patrick Bostic, the boy’s father. “She’s like, ‘Are you sure?’ I said, ‘Ma’am, that’s not my son.”Patrick said he was told there was a mix-up, and his son had been taken to a day care provider when he wasn’t supposed to be.“Mix up kids, how do you do that on the first day of school?” he said. “That’s not right.”The after-care facility Ja’sryah was taken to is located at a community center in Opa-locka, about two miles way from Bunche Park Elementary. Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson said a private company brought the story to the center but can’t provide any additional statements because the after-care is not associated with the city.The father said he did not know where his son was for nearly two hours.A Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesperson confirmed the child was found safe soon after.7Skyforce hovered above the entrance to the school as father and son were reunited next to a police cruiser.Ja’sryah’s father said he was relieved and thrilled to have his son back.M-DCPS officials said the boy’s disappearance stemmed from a miscommunication on the school’s part. They released a statement that reads in part, “A thorough review of procedures is underway and, upon its conclusion, disciplinary actions toward employees may be taken if warranted.”Patrick said, while Bunche Park Elementary may be a good school, he’s concerned by the staff’s actions on the first day of classes. “This school is supposed to protect kids, period, and they’re not doing that,” he said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
1 Tags The Amazon Echo Dot wants to talk. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Someday, you may ask Amazon’s Alexa about the weather in Miami and that query will quickly flourish into an extended conversation with the voice assistant about booking weekend getaways there.That kind of back-and-forth dialogue with any digital assistant isn’t possible today, except in limited settings, like asking for local movie times. But Amazon is working on this very big concept of chatting with a robot with the help of its Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge, a competition among colleges to build the best social bot.On Wednesday, the Alexa Prize unveiled its latest class of colleges for its third year of competition. The announcement coincided with the kick off of Amazon’s inaugural re:MARS science and tech conference in Las Vegas.Here are this year’s competing schools:Carnegie Mellon UniversityCzech Technical University in PragueEmory UniversityMoscow Institute of Physics and TechnologyStanford UniversityUniversity of California, DavisUniversity of California, IrvineUniversity of California, San DiegoUniversity of California, Santa CruzUniversity of Michigan”We are very early,” Rohit Prasad, the head scientist for Alexa’s artificial-intelligence team, said in an interview. “While there’s been progress over the past two years, I think we’re at least five to eight years away before we can meet the ultimate goal of having a real, coherent and engaging conversation for 20 minutes with any of these bots.”The Alexa Prize is part of Amazon’s broad mission of making its voice assistant smarter, more human-like and more conversational, so it can become more useful and engaging for its users. The benefits of creating a better digital assistant could be huge. It could allow Amazon to have a technology millions of customers rely on, helping it sell more smart speakers and products through voice shopping, while also helping it capture useful data about its users. But, Amazon isn’t alone in this pursue, with Google, Apple and Samsung all working on their own assistants.Also, with consumers focusing more on their data privacy, Alexa may face a less receptive audience in the future, no matter how clever it becomes.Prasad said the Alexa Prize is already paying dividends in a number of ways. First, the prize is helping familiarize and inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers with voice computing. Also, concepts from past years’ social bots have served as inspiration or mirrored some of the predictive and conversational elements Amazon has already introduced into Alexa.Lastly, the longer-form conversations customers have with Alexa as part of the competition have already helped Alexa get smarter. The assistant is typically fed short bits of dialogue that involve a request and an Alexa response. The Alexa Prize offers a useful way of training the artificial intelligence on more substantial conversation, Prasad said.To take part in the Alexa Prize, consumers can simply say, “Alexa, let’s chat,” to talk to a social bot. The newest group of social bots will become available in September.Prasad said the audio from these conversations is never shared with the competing schools and consumers are able to delete these chats if they want. Text transcripts are provided to the schools to help them improve their bots.Applications for this year’s competition came in from 15 countries. University of California, Davis, which was last year’s winner, was automatically allowed to enter this year’s competition without having to apply again.The selected schools will receive research grants from Amazon, Alexa team support and Alexa-enabled devices to complete their work. Last year’s winner received $500,000. Czech Technical University in Prague, another repeat entrant this year, received a second-place prize of $100,000 last year. Alexa Amazon Voice recognition Comment Share your voice Smart Home
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra Friday lashed out at the Uttar Pradesh government for detaining his wife, saying the dispensation should immediately release her and not let democracy turn into dictatorship. The Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East was on Friday detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra, where 10 people were gunned down this week. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Gandhi was taken to a guesthouse after she squatted on the road, insisting that she be allowed to proceed, UP Police officials said. “The way my wife and Congress leader, Priyanka, has been arrested, is completely unconstitutional. No documents were produced for the arrest,” Vadra tweeted. This is a complete abuse of law in every respect, he alleged. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “Is it a crime to visit the family of the deceased?” Vadra said. Does this government want to suppress every voice that sides with the truth, he wondered. “The state government should immediately release her and let democracy be a democracy and not a dictatorship,” he added. The Sonbhadra shootout acquired a sharp political edge with Congress leaders, including former party president Rahul Gandhi, alleging Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was “illegally” arrested and the Uttar Pradesh government was attempting to crush democracy, while the local police maintained that she was just detained in Narainpur in the state’s Mirzapur district. Ten people were killed and 18 injured in the clash between supporters of the village head and Gond tribals over a piece of land in Sonbhadra’s Ghorawal area on Wednesday.
Apple still hasn’t shared any details about its plans for augmented reality (AR) hardware, but we may not have to wait much longer: Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has had a very good track record when it comes to predicting the company’s roadmap, expects Apple to start manufacturing AR glasses as early as Q4 of this year.The iPhone maker may ramp up the production of the glasses by Q2 of next year, according to Kuo. 9to5Mac was first to report on Kuo’s note Friday; Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Kuo expects Apple’s AR glasses to be powered by the iPhone, which could bring down the price of the device while also doing away with the need to connect them to a PC.Standalone AR glasses still come with a premium price tag: Microsoft’s newly-introduced Hololens 2 costs a whopping $3500, whereas Magic Leap is charging developers $2295 for its Magic Leap One headset. Popular on Variety The now-reported timing for Apple’s AR hardware matches previous reports about the project. CNet reported a year ago that the company was looking to combine augmented and virtual reality in one device, and that it was looking to sell the device as early as 2020.Apple reportedly has a team of several hundred working on the project, but had a significant departure earlier this year: Last month, Variety was first to report that AR/VR pioneer and Hololens co-inventor Avi Bar-Zeev left the company in January. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
If you asked me which is my favorite all time video game, my number one would be Thief II. So it’s with more than a little excitement that I report the source code for the Dark Engine, used to create Thief, Thief II, and System Shock 2, has been found.Developer Looking Glass Studios shut down in 2000, and even though the Thief franchise continued, the original two games are still seen as the best (in my view, anyway). We all thought the source to the original games had disappeared with the studio, but that’s clearly not the case.The source code for the engine was found as part of a Dreamcast development kit purchased some four years ago. The actual CD with the engine on wasn’t located in the bag the devkit came in until last week. The hard drive was also full of Looking Glass game projects, but the guy who bought the kit didn’t have the right adaptor so couldn’t use it.The Through the Looking Glass community site has always been behind getting the source code and using it for good. By good we mean updating the games and producing yet more gameplay, better graphics, and mods, someof which they have already achieved with fan missions. Now they may be able to what they want without needing anything from the company who owns all the rights to Looking Glass projects: Eidos.While the source code on the disc isn’t perfect, and Eidos may decide to take action against anyone using it, the community is at least a lot closer to getting what they require: full access to the original games. As an added bonus the source code also includes work done on the unreleased spy game Deep Cover.Read more at Rock, Paper ShotgunMatthew’s OpinionI hope Eidos just leave the community alone to disect the engine and put it back together again in an updated form. They may end up doing Eidos a favor by producing new versions of games they own the rights to for re-release, including compatibility with the latest operating systems, HD graphics, and a load of new gameplay too.However, what’s more likely to happen is any hint of an updated Thief/System Shock game will be met with a cease and desist order. Most publisher would rather crush any sign of life from IP they own unless it was their idea to update it in the first place. I’ve got my fingers crossed, though.
Park Myung-Hee is a Korean artiste who majored in painting and design and has been working in Busan. She has been working with Ottchil (Korean Traditional Lacquer Painting) on woods for a very long time. An exhibition, My universe by the Korean Artiste will be on display till March 20 at the Exhibition Gallery at the Korean Cultural Centre, Lajpat Nagar in the Capital.Park Myung-Hee’s works are patient with continuous recoat of black Ottchil (Korean Traditional Lacquer) for smooth and shiny surface to achieve her purpose. She has been studying about the Ottchil substance with much perseverance and patience. Like the big-bang theory, her head is full of life energy and tissue cells dancing in it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to the Artiste the beauty of life has vitality to be unfolded and folded by itself.Her works intend to express the movements of small lives that we cannot see with our eyes and their life force.Perhaps that is the approaching way of biological dimension to know her own self. Not understanding where it comes from, always moving in the internal side, cannot deny, the energy of life is reflected in her Ottchil works.Ott tree grows in Korea, China, Japan, and the likes mainly in Southeast Asia as a special product of the Orient. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOttchil is extracted from Ott trees, which is a thick (kind of) liquid of light grayish white color at the first, but if it is exposed to air then it is changed to brown. Ottchil which is the pure paint that we get from nature has a lot of excellent characteristic with dignified and rich gloss. Once Ottchil is dried, its gloss is peculiarly beautiful. And dried Ottchil has strong aseptic ability, water-resistance, durability, adhesive strength, and its disinfection effect, antioxidant effect, and so on are superior. Ottchil which has such aesthetic and practical value has been used very much as paint for metal or woodwork, and particularly for all instruments and industrial art object that is need durability, in Korea, China, and Japan from old days. Especially, Ottchil becomes dry in a warm and humid place which has a temperature of 25-30% with a humidity of 75-85% and its color appears differently according to the drying condition. Such fussy drying condition makes the progressing of Ottchil work slow, but we could even say that such point is also the attractiveness of Ottchil.When: On till March 20 Where: Exhibition Gallery, Korean Cultural Centre, A – 25, Lajpat Nagar IV
At some point this week, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is going to crash down to Earth. When and where? We can’t know for sure. And for that, we have physics to blame.Tiangong-1 is in orbit around the Earth at an altitude of about 138 miles. At first approximation, there is only one force acting on the space station—the gravitational pull from the Earth. This gravitational force pulls the space station towards the center of the Earth so that it moves in a mostly circular orbit. It’s just like taking a ball on a string and swinging it around your head. The string pulls the ball so that it moves in a circle.But wait! There’s actually more than just the gravitational force. We like to pretend that outer space is an empty vacuum—but there are plenty of gases up there. And in the case of objects like Tiangong-1 in low Earth orbit, there are also still some atmospheric effects from the Earth’s air. Oh sure, the air is super thin up there, but even a little bit of air resistance can make a difference over a long time. In fact, this is why the International Space Station gets an occasional reboost so that it doesn’t slow down from the interaction with the air.This tiny air resistance force pushes on the space station in the opposite direction of its motion. It’s just like sticking your hand out the window of a moving car—but in space. This backwards pushing force decreases the speed of the space station so that it has a lower orbit. Oh, and what happens when the orbit gets lower? Yup, the object moves further into the atmosphere where there is even more air and greater air resistance. This can quickly lead to a runaway effect that heats up the object—so much that most of it will burn up during re-entry.Now, if the basic physics of re-entry is understood, then why don’t when know when and where the Tiangong-1 will land? The short answer is that the motion of the space station is very sensitive to initial conditions. Let me explain this by making a model of something similar to the Tiangong-1 in low Earth orbit.When building something, it’s best to start off simple. Here is a numerical model for an object in orbit around the Earth with no air resistance (here is an example of the physics from an older post). Note: You can indeed rotate your view here. Just right-click-drag (or ctl-click-drag) to view the orbit from another angle (for fun). If it stops, just click the “play” button to start it again. Oh, and the orbital height is to scale, but the size of the space object is greatly exaggerated so that you can see it. [embedded content]Now I want to add an air resistance force to the orbiting object. This air resistance force will depend on the size and shape of the object, the velocity of the object, and the density of air. It’s that last one, the air density, that’s the tough part for our purposes. Of course as you get farther from the surface of the Earth, the air density decreases, but getting the density as a function of altitude isn’t so easy. Fortunately, someone has already created such a density model—you can check it out here.I’ll skip over the details but there should be enough comments in the code for you to figure things out. I won’t include the visualization since it basically looks the same as the previous one except this time it eventually “crashes.” Instead, I will just show you a plot of the altitude as a function of time.Notice that with these initial conditions, it took a little over 8,000 seconds to crash. But what happens if I change the atmospheric density just a tiny little bit? (This isn’t a totally crazy idea; the Earth’s atmospheric density actually changes all the time depending on the weather). So let me modify the density function for just the very highest altitudes—just a super tiny bit. This is such a small atmospheric change, you can barely see it. Here is a plot of the density as a function of altitude for my two atmospheric models.Now when I run two identical objects with the exact same initial conditions (except for the atmospheric density), I get the following.Here you can see that the object with slightly lower air density crashed about 16 minutes after the other object (here is the code if you want to play with it). That might not seem like a big difference, but it is. Remember, this is just a model of orbiting objects. I created it so that they would “crash” in a reasonable amount of time. In reality something like Tiangong-1 is in an orbit such that it is influenced by the air drag over a very long time by a very little amount. Any tiny changes to the atmosphere will make huge differences in the final outcome. And that’s just modeling one variable that could impact its trajectory.So no, we don’t know exactly when and where the Tiangong-1 will crash. We have a fairly good idea of its current altitude and velocity (but not exactly), but we don’t have a perfect model for the density of air. (It actually gets worse: I used a model for air drag that most certainly does not apply to cases where the density is so low and the speed is super high.) Here’s the good news, though: While physics is your enemy when it comes to knowing the space station’s landing site, statistics is your friend when it comes to knowing if it’ll hit you. It won’t. You, after all, are a very tiny person on a very large planet.
Another neighbor said: ‘Naomi was a flamboyant, lovely fun person. I think she had problems in her life but was well liked.‘We are devastated to lose a friend and neighbor.’325 trans people killed last yearFrom October 2016 to September 2017, at least 325 trans, non-binary and gender-variant people were killed.42 of the trans murder victims were reported to be 21 years old or younger, with some as young as 15.Brazil has the highest number of murders (171), with Mexico second with 56 killings of trans women and men.The USA has seen 25, an increase from last year when 24 trans people were killed.But these horrifying numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.Media organizations – including normally reputable names – are often guilty of misgendering the victims when they are trans, making it even more difficult to get a real sense of the problem.And there are multiple countries, many in Africa, where we have little knowledge of the violence happening against trans people. The highest numbers have been found in countries with strong trans movements that carry out professional monitoring.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A trans woman was stabbed to death in a London hotel near Heathrow Airport.Naomi, 36, was discovered at Heathrow Palace in Hounslow with knife injuries at 10.50am on Sunday last week. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… She was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.Trans woman murdered in London hotelJesse McDonald, 24, of Hounslow, was charged with murder.A 17-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with assisting an offender. She was released on bail and will appear at the Old Bailey on 17 April.Tributes were paid to the victim.On social media, Naomi was described as a ‘tennis lover, music junkie, film and TV addict’.One neighbor told the Standard: ‘She was fun to be around and a real character. She was into music and tennis. She was a nice person.‘Naomi was a flamboyant, lovely fun person’‘We are very shocked by the whole thing. She only used to go away for one night at the most. When she disappeared for more I knew something was wrong.‘I saw her Whatsapp went offline which was unusual, she was always on her phone.’ Fourth trans woman murdered in the US this year was misgendered by authoritiesTrans woman ‘murdered after three-day sex and drugs binge’ in LondonDenzell Thomas indicted for the death of trans woman Jazz AlfordRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-woman-stabbed-death-london/
Merit Medical Announces Advanced Interventional Cardiology Transradial Intervention Education Course
News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… read more Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. Brightwater… read more August 23, 2017 — Merit Medical Systems Inc. will partner with internationally renowned interventional cardiologist Ferdinand Kiemeneij, M.D., Ph.D., to deliver the next generation in educational opportunities for interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists.Kiemeneij will serve as a co-proctor at the upcoming Advanced Transradial Intervention Education Course for Interventional Cardiologists, which will be held Oct. 13-14, 2017, at the Merit Medical Education Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sandeep Nathan, M.D., MSc, FACC, FSCAI, an associate professor of medicine, director of interventional cardiology, and co-director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, is the ThinkRadial Interventional Cardiology course director and founder, and will co-proctor the Advanced IC training with Kiemeneij.Acclaimed as the “father of transradial,” Kiemeneij, a Dutch interventional cardiologist, performed the first transradial coronary angioplasty in 1992 at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, followed by transradial stenting in the same year and stenting on an outpatient basis in 1994. Kiemeneij serves as the interventional cardiology proctor for Merit’s ThinkRadial EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) course and has trained countless physicians in transradial techniques over the years. In addition to its ThinkRadial training program, Merit Medical offers a full line of tools for radial procedures, including the PreludeEASE Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer. Available in 4F to 7F sizes, featuring a hydrophilic coating that facilitates easier insertion and removal, specifically up to 30 percent less insertion force than the leading competitor, the PreludeEASE is suitable for use in a wide range of interventional and diagnostic procedures. It is available in multiple kit configurations and custom options to meet specific procedural needs.Kiemeneij recently called the PreludeEASE the “ideal kit” for interventional procedures for distal transradial access, a new radial entry site in the hand. It combines “optimal 21-gauge needle, 0.018-inch metallic wire and hydrophilic sheath introducer.”The PreludeEASE Hydrophilic Sheath Introducer is often used in conjunction with the PreludeSYNC Radial Compression Device, a safe, secure, personal and effective compression device to aid in achieving vascular hemostasis.For more information: www.merit.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. 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Cruz received a law degree from the University of Costa Rica, and a doctorate in law from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. He began his extensive judicial career in 1972 as a minor crimes investigator, working his way up the ladder to chief public prosecutor, and ultimately, Sala IV justice, in 2004. According to José Manuel Arroyo, president of the Penal Branch of the Supreme Court, Cruz could rule on politically sensitive cases such as one involving a mining concession granted to Industrias Infinitos to develop the Crucitas gold mine in Cutris de San Carlos, in northern Costa Rica.“We [Sala IV justices] have been trying for a year to rule on the constitutionality issue involving the Crucitas case, and it strikes me that we haven’t been able to do that,” Cruz told the daily La Nación. “In the middle of this is my re-election and I can’t render my decision on the issue. That stands out to me; this has been going on for a year and now I won’t be able to rule.”Another case involves PLN presidential candidate Rodrigo Arias – brother of former two-term President Oscar Arias – and the management of funds from the Central American Bank of Economic Integration. Rodrigo Arias was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the case, but the Sala IV likely will rule on appeals in the case.Then there’s Cruz’s past record. According to the daily La Nación, the justice held a dissenting position in the highly divisive case of the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement, which narrowly passed a public referendum in 2007.Cruz also ruled against the constitutionality of a fiscal reform plan, the failed centerpiece of the Chinchilla administration. He ruled against a lawsuit requesting an injunction by ex-President Rafael Ángel Calderón Fournier (1990-1994), who sought to be conditionally released from jail during a corruption trial.Cruz, said Arroyo, “is a person with a very big social conscience, and he has ruled on a number of issues that libertarians don’t agree with.” “If what [lawmakers] want to do is fix what is wrong with the Sala IV, the democratic method for those who have the power to do so is to reform the constitution or the law that governs [the Sala IV], not make a scapegoat out of someone who has angered political sectors with his decisions,” Arroyo said.Said Juan Carlos Mendoza, legislative leader of the Citizen Action Party: “What the PLN and its allies have done is deepen the [country’s] institutional crisis, and above all, continue discrediting the Legislative Assembly.” Hitting a snagThe political row over justice Cruz was so significant that Luis Fishman, who until this week served as legislative head of PUSC, quit his party in the Legislative Assembly (although he remains a member of the party outside the assembly). Fishman battled with fellow PUSC lawmakers who voted to prevent Cruz’s re-election. Not only did Fishman renounce his party in the assembly, he also fought to reinstate Cruz to a second term, filing a constitutional challenge to the same court where Cruz had been removed. Fishman’s Sala IV challenge – along with 10 other appeals – noted that lawmakers’ vote last week was unconstitutional, as the term to remove Cruz had expired in October. Article 158 of Costa Rica’s Constitution states that “Supreme Court judges shall be elected for eight years and will be considered re-elected for an equal term unless a vote of no less than two-thirds of the total members of the Legislative Assembly  agree otherwise.” Cruz’s eight-year term expired on Oct. 18, and the vote took place on Nov. 15. According to Fishman, Cruz should have been automatically re-elected in October. On Tuesday, assembly President Víctor Emilio Granados, of the Access Without Exclusion Party, agreed with Fishman’s analysis, annulling last week’s vote and ordering Cruz to be sworn in on Thursday.That never happened, as lawmakers fought back with an immediate 26-19 vote to override Granados’ annulment and ratify the Nov. 15 vote. The matter now goes to the same court whose members back Cruz – the Sala IV. A final ruling could take as long as 14 months, Cruz told Channel 7’s Telenoticias. Meanwhile, the court has ordered the legislative vote from last week to be suspended, pending a ruling.“Whatever the Sala IV’s ruling, … lawmakers and the country will have to accept it,” said lawmaker Fabio Molina, head of the PLN’s legislative bloc. Meanwhile, Chinchilla, who returned on Tuesday from an official visit to Spain and is already facing the lowest voter approval rating in the Americas, promised to meet with the presidents of the assembly and the Supreme Court in an attempt to ease the crisis.On Wednesday night, members of the judicial branch organized a candlelight vigil in the Plaza de la Justicia outside the court complex in downtown San José. Several prominent Costa Rican musicians performed in support of “Costa Rica’s tradition of democracy” and a separation of powers.Cruz, stoic, calm and unassuming throughout the week, maintained his faith in the judicial process and in the country’s democratic institutions, telling La Nación, “I’m taking all this with a sense of objectivity and serenity. These are the rules of the game, although, of course as always, politics go beyond the rules of the judicial game, and political acts require legitimacy. But the final word on that legitimacy is up to the press and public opinion.”Tico Times online editor L. Arias contributed to this story. Facebook Comments Outside of legal circles, the name Fernando Cruz likely didn’t ring a bell to most Costa Ricans until late last week. But the 63-year-old Supreme Court justice has found himself at the center of one of Costa Rica’s biggest political crises in recent memory.On Nov. 15, 38 lawmakers from various political parties voted to deny Cruz’s re-election to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, where he had served independently since 2004. According to the Costa Rican Constitution, Sala IV justices are elected to eight-year terms, and then automatically re-elected unless lawmakers vote by a two-thirds majority to remove them when their terms expire.This is what happened to Cruz, who became the first Sala IV justice to be blocked from serving a second term. The political backlash that resulted is showing serious cracks in the country’s democratic system, with members of the judicial branch rallying to defend Cruz and accusing members of the legislative and executive branches of upsetting the country’s democratic balance of power. Supreme Court President Luis Paulino Mora delivers a fiery speech in front of black mourning banner on Court. “The Legislative Assembly has taken a swipe at the Supreme Court,” said former Costa Rican President Luis Alberto Monge, who was outraged at the lawmakers’ vote. Monge, who served from 1982-1986, is one of Costa Rica’s heaviest political hitters, helping found the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN), which unanimously voted against Cruz. Monge also is the only living signatory of Costa Rica’s Constitution of 1949. Supreme Court President Luis Paulino Mora on Monday delivered an impassioned speech in defense of Cruz to a room filled with judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other employees of the judicial branch, all dressed in funeral black. Mora called Cruz “an independent, honest and respected judge recognized as one of the best jurists in the country.”“This is a clear threat to the independence of the judicial branch and against democracy itself,” Mora said. “It’s an excuse to find complacency in thought and action, in which the majority can do anything, especially to silence dissidence; in other words, to silence rich democratic diversity in the name of a badly understood or manipulated governance.” So why was Cruz removed? Lawmakers who voted in favor of blocking the justice’s re-election belong to several political parties, including Liberation, the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC), the Libertarian Movement Party and Costa Rica’s two evangelical political parties. They deny a political conspiracy to remove the justice – which some supporters of Cruz allege was organized by President Laura Chinchilla’s administration, a charge the administration denies – each offering their own reasons for the vote, and some of them citing the public will for change at the Sala IV, which wields enormous judicial power over the country’s laws. PLN lawmaker Siany Villalobos, who voted to block Cruz’s re-election, said she hoped to improve the Sala IV. She cited a recent poll concluding that seven of 10 Costa Ricans are unsatisfied with the court’s performance. According to Villalobos, the decision to “send a message” to the Sala IV coincided with the end of Cruz’s eight-year term.Libertarian Movement lawmaker Danilo Cubero said his vote against Cruz was not based on personal criteria, nor was it a plot, but rather, “our party simply did not support his re-election. We thought that eight years was enough.”PUSC lawmaker Walter Céspedes said, “I didn’t vote against a specific person; I voted to give a slap on the wrist to the judicial system, as a protest against the system.” Left-Leaning, independent juristOn the other side of the issue, Cruz’s supporters say lawmakers had plenty to gain from removing a thorn in their side. No related posts. Public defenders Yamura Valenciano and Maritza Aguilar join a vigil Wednesday night organized by the Supreme Court against a Legislative Assembly attempt to block Justice Fernando Cruz’s re-election. Alberto Font Alberto Font
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