PIOled teams CubeSat to be sent to space by Nasa

first_imgWashington DC: A team led by an Indian American student has been chosen by NASA to have its CubeSat — a mini research satellite to detect cosmic rays — flown into space on future missions of the US space agency. The researchers from the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association (YUAA), led by 21-year-old Keshav Raghavan, are among the 16 teams across the country whose CubeSats will be flown into space on missions planned to launch in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The team’s CubeSat BLAST (Bouchet Low-Earth Alpha/Beta Space Telescope) is named for physicist Edward A Bouchet — the first African American to receive a PhD in America. Students designed the satellite over the course of four years, and received the launch grant through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative competition. According to the NASA, BLAST is a scientific investigation mission to map the distribution of galactic cosmic radiation across the night sky. The satellite will identify and count alpha particles and beta particles in the rays, and measure the radiation energy around Earth. BLAST will contribute to the ongoing search for the origins and nature of these rays, which will provide insight into the origins of the universe. Typical CubeSat projects cost about USD 30,000, while the one developed by the team will cost around USD 13,000 to USD 20,000, according to Andrew Krzywosz, co-president of YUAA. Once BLAST, a cosmic ray detector, goes into orbit, it will collect data about particles travelling to earth from distant supernovae, Raghavan said. “Building a CubeSat and launching it into space is an ambition YUAA has had for quite a while. The founding members in 2011 had it as a goal in the back of their minds, but at that time, it was totally beyond our capabilities as a club,” said Jonathan Li, co-president of YUAA. The team said that as the satellite is ‘smaller than a loaf of bread,’ it costs orders of magnitude less than large-scale satellites. The work, so far, has culminated in a viable prototype that the team anticipates will be ready for launch in slightly over a year. CubeSats are miniature satellites intended as a standard, inexpensive design that can easily fit alongside larger satellites aboard launch vehicles. The CubeSat model has given student groups, hobbyist organizations, and research teams operating with limited funding or experience unprecedented access to space. CubeSats are built from a modular structure of 10x10x10cm cubes, and feature a wide variety of commercially available off-the-shelf components designed to fit the structure from various manufacturers.last_img read more

Lufthansa Launches FrankfurtAgadir Direct Flight

According to a Lufthansa communique, an Airbus A320 will offer two weekly flights, Mondays and Saturdays, between Agadir and Frankfurt. An Airbus A319 will provide another direct flight between Agadir and Munich every Sunday starting November 4.The two new routes will provide Agadir with access to 239 destinations in approximately 88 countries, the communique boasted.“Morocco will continue to be an important market for the Lufthansa group, and we are so happy to announce our two new lines linking Agadir to the main hubs in Germany. This is our third Moroccan destination, and we can’t wait to help travelers move to Agadir and other destination via our network,” said Nils Reichardt, the general director of the Lufthansa Group for Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya. The Souss Massa Regional Council governing the region around Agadir has been working hard to win collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism to increase tourism infrastructure and attract more investors and visitors. The new direct flights to Germany may add value to their endeavors.Lufthansa already operates flights between Germany and Marrakech through its low cost affiliate Germanwings. The company has regular flights between Casablanca and Frankfurt, Cologne, and Bonn and other flights to Tangier. read more

French explorers back in the spotlight

PORT DOVER – More than three centuries after they camped out in Norfolk County, French explorers Francois Dollier de Casson and Rene Galinee are enjoying a moment in the spotlight.This year marks the 350th anniversary of the visit by Dollier, a Catholic priest, and Galinee, a deacon, to what later became Port Dover. Local Catholics celebrate the pair for conducting the first mass documented in this part of Ontario.Dollier and Galinee are also celebrated as the first explorers to document a round-trip to Montreal along a route that includes the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and east from Sault Ste. Marie through Georgian Bay, the French River, Lake Nippissing and the Ottawa River.In 1669, Galinee, Dollier and a support team of seven over-wintered on the banks of Black Creek. The location off Donjon Boulevard in Port Dover is marked by one of the oldest federal heritage monuments in Canada. The party built a cabin there and kept detailed records of their stay from October through to March, 1670.“The best part of this story is that it happened here,” John Ayre, of Simcoe, said in a presentation at St. Cecilia’s Church in Port Dover.“This is our story. They proved the inter-connectedness of the lakes. Until then no one knew that. Their journals and maps showed how the lakes were inter-connected and how travelling them could be done.”The Knights of Columbus, Dollier and Galinee Council 8149, in Port Dover is taking steps to keep the 350th anniversary in the public eye.Ayre’s presentation was his second this year. In May, he spoke to a full house at the Harbour Museum in Port Dover. Nearly 100 took in his presentation at St. Cecilia’s. Ayre is scheduled to make an encore presentation at the Harbour Museum on Oct. 27.The Port Dover Knights are putting together a 20-page booklet on the exploits of Dollier and Galinee.On Sept. 6, Most Rev. Joseph Dabrowski, auxiliary bishop of the London diocese, which includes Norfolk, will conduct a mass at the wintering site. The Port Dover Knights have also reserved a booth at next month’s Lynn River Music and Arts Festival in Simcoe.“We’re trying to raise awareness of this wintering site and the history of this area,” said Knights representative John Gots, of Port Dover. “We will continue to bring this story to the people. We hope the youth will get engaged. They are our future and they will keep this history going.“If this were down in the United States, I’m sure they would have a glass dome over the site by now.”In his presentation, Ayre likens the odyssey of Dollier and Galinee to a lunar space mission — but riskier. Through a combination of skill, luck and frontier toughness, they made it back to Montreal in the spring of 1670. The party had been given up for dead so their return was greeted as miraculous by the city’s 600 inhabitants.Dollier and Galinee’s stay in Port Dover was rather pleasant, with comfortable lodgings in a protected, bountiful location.“They said the bear meat tasted better than the sweetest hogs of France,” Ayre said. “They said the wine they made from wild grapes was better than the finest Bordeaux back home. They survived rather well.”In addition to bear, they also hunted deer and beaver, ate plenty of fish, and had ample supplies of wild apples, plums, walnuts and chestnuts.Dollier and Galinee did experience many challenges along the way. Ayre cited biting flies, near starvation, difficult portages, long days of rowing and the losses of a canoe and of sacramental items deemed essential to the conversion of natives.“`I leave it to you to imagine whether we suffered in the midst of this abundance in the earthly paradise of Canada,” said Ayre, quoting from Galinee’s journal of 1670. “’I call it so because there is assuredly no more beautiful region.’”“And I happen to agree,” Ayre noted.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

Japan probe of Boeing 787 battery finds signs of thermal runaway battery

Japan probe of Boeing 787 battery finds signs of thermal runaway; battery maker’s profit down AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – An investigation into a lithium ion battery that overheated on a Boeing 787 flight in Japan last month found evidence of the same type of “thermal runaway” seen in a similar incident in Boston, officials said Tuesday.The Japan Transportation Safety Board said that CAT scans and other analysis found damage to all eight cells in the battery that overheated on the All Nippon Airways 787 on Jan. 16, which prompted an emergency landing and probes by both U.S. and Japanese aviation safety regulators.They also found signs of short-circuiting and “thermal runaway,” a chemical reaction in which rising temperature causes progressively hotter temperatures. U.S. investigators found similar evidence in the battery that caught fire last month on a Japan Airlines 787 parked in Boston.Photos distributed by the Japanese investigators show severe charring of six of the eight cells in the ANA 787’s battery and a frayed and broken earthing wire — meant to minimize the risk of electric shock.All 50 Boeing 787s in operation are grounded as regulators and Boeing investigate the problem. The Japanese probe is focusing on flight data records and on the charger and other electrical systems connected to the damaged battery.Lithium ion batteries are more susceptible to catching fire when they overheat or to short-circuit than other types of batteries. Boeing built in safeguards to gain safety certification for use of the relatively light and powerful batteries to power various electrical systems on the 787, the world’s first airliner made mostly from lightweight composite materials.Investigators earlier said they found no evidence of quality problems with production of the 787’s batteries by Kyoto, Japan-based, GS Yuasa, whose own aerospace ambitions are on the line.Yuasa said Tuesday that its April-December net profit fell 3.6 per cent to 5.5 billion yuan ($59.6 million) from a year earlier, as demand for batteries lagged due to sluggish demand in Japan and overseas.The company has struggled to turn its lithium ion business to profitability. In April-December its lithium ion business posted a 7.2 billion yen ($78.2 million) loss, it said, compared with an operating loss of 3.26 billion yen in the full-year that ended March 31, 2012. by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2013 6:41 am MDT read more

SMMT proudly supports search for British automotive talent

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is backing this year’s Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award seeking to attract young talent into the automotive industry.Open to all higher education students, the competition aims to promote careers in the motor industry and showcase UK talent. Entrants must submit a written response to the question: Where do you think the next automotive industry revolution will start and what will it deliver?Six finalists will be selected to go before a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style judging panel to present their ideas to top industry executives including SMMT president and chairman, Ford of Britain, Joe Greenwell. Proposals may focus on technology, politics, production methods, financial incentives, or all of the above, as long it’s within the scope of the automotive industry.The winner of the award will be announced at SMMT’s Annual Dinner, 24 November at the Park Lane Hilton, and will receive one month’s work experience at each of the four partner companies (Ford, Harley Davidson, Honda and Marshall Motor Group) supporting the programme as well as a cash prize.Entries can be made online at www.autocar.co.uk/next-generation and must be received by 23 October 2009.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Football Ohio StateMichigan rivalry continues overseas

Ohio State self-defense instructor Mark Karman (right) and Ohio State Navy ROTC member Scott Wostiac (left) aboard the USS Enterprise. Credit: Courtesy of Mark Karman.Imagine being an Ohio State fan thousands of miles away from Columbus while deployed and stationed on a military base. Now imagine your deployment is during the biggest college football rivalry game of the year. What do you do? How do you manage to watch the game? Who do you watch it with?For some military members affiliated with Ohio State, this scenario is all too real. Yet, those members of the armed forces are resilient in their effort to watch their beloved Buckeyes take on Michigan. From watch parties to finding Ohio State sports bars in foreign cities, the strategies of finding a way to watch the biggest game in college football seemingly never end while overseas.Ohio State self-defense instructor and lieutenant colonel Mark Karman’s experience watching the game differed depending where he was located, but the process of finding Buckeye and Wolverine fans was always the same.“You knew who was from Michigan because it would come out naturally,” Karman said.During his deployment in Africa and Iraq, Karman said he needed people to pick up his watch shifts in order to see the game. He also said watch parties often formed among Ohio State and Michigan military members. There was always some sort of food set-up, like chips and dip or other leftovers scrounged up from dinner before the game started. Each team’s fans would watch in a separate room, just close enough where they could hear the other group cheering and yelling. When Karman was stationed in South Korea, the experience vastly differed. On the night of the game, he and other Buckeye fans in his squadron were led into town to watch the game at a local bar. As they entered the bar, it didn’t take long to realize this bar was unlike any other in South Korea. Hundreds of Ohio State fans packed the small sports bar, anxiously waiting for kickoff at 2 a.m. Korea Standard Time. Karman said it was unlike anything he had seen before overseas, and the atmosphere was “electric.” When asked if the time zone difference played a factor, Karman shrugged it off and said that those determined to watch the game found a way no matter the time zone. The game was always watchable via the Armed Forces Network (AFN), a service network that offers ESPN and other channels streamed to troops anywhere. Ohio State strength and conditioning instructor and retired staff sergeant Jason Sturgill remembered dedicating the entire month of November to the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry during his time stationed at Guantanamo Bay for the military police. Sturgill said his military unit was from Ohio and there were always a few units from Michigan that made their presence known. From flying flags outside tents to repping school colors while off-duty, everyone on base knew who was from Ohio and who was from Michigan. Though he was not able to watch the game, Sturgill said his unit would usually watch the game from inside this huge tent on base that would fit between 500 and 1,000 people. On the day of the game, the tent was filled with both Ohio State and Michigan fans. Sometimes the rowdiness of the fans forced the game to be viewed in separate tents. Sturgill said his time at Guantanamo Bay was filled with small pranks and bets between the schools’ followers. He recalled how the flags of each school often flew over their respective tents leading up to the game.“We would steal [Michigan’s] flag the night before, and give it back the next day,” Sturgill said. One popular bet among the two groups was that the losing school’s unit would fly the winning school’s flag after the game.Sturgill also said another bet from the Michigan units was a push-up wager. The unit supporting the losing team would have to do the same amount of push-ups the winning team scored during the game.“So if Michigan scored 48 points on us and won, the Ohio guys had to do 48 push-ups,” Sturgill said.Karman and Sturgill said the overall tone of the rivalry overseas between the two schools was a friendly rivalry. They stressed how, even though there was animosity between the schools, everyone stationed overseas was there for the same reason: to serve and protect the United States and the rest of the world. Of course the rivalry can get intense at times, but sometimes fans have to take a step back from the feud in order to accomplish something greater. Ohio State fans usually don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, but they sure do give a damn about the whole military and its time and sacrifice. read more

Man and woman in their 70s die in crash with van pursued

A man and woman in their 70s have died after the car they were in was hit by a Ford Transit van which was being pursued by police.Scotland Yard said police officers spotted a van being “driven erratically at speed” which failed to stop.The vehicle collided with a Citroen C3 on Footscray Road, Eltham, at just after midnight on Saturday.Paramedics were called, but both the male and female in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the alcohol limit, driving while unfit through drugs and death by dangerous driving, the Metropolitan Police said.Officers added that the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.The incident follows four deaths this year involving police vehicles.Paul Radcliffe, an 18-year-old student, was hit by a car which had failed to stop for police in Oadby, Leicestershire on January 19. Off-duty PCSO Holly Burke, 28, was hit by a car being pursued by police in Bearwood, in Sandwell, West Midlands, on January 22. On the same day, a 26-year-old refugee from Eritrea died when she was hit by a 999 response car in Walthamstow.  Jessie Whitehead, 74, was riding a mobility scooter when she was struck by a marked car as it responded to an emergency call in Warwickshire on January 23. 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. read more

Taoiseach ministers criticised for inappropriate tobacco industry meeting

first_imgUpdated 11.25amTHE MINISTER FOR Health will be asked this morning by Senator John Crown about a meeting between the Taoiseach, two ministers and the tobacco industry.The meeting between the industry members and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Ministers Alan Shatter and Michael Noonan, took place in government buildings a fortnight ago, Arthur Beesley reported in the Irish Times today.CriticisedSince the meeting came to light, the Taoiseach has been heavily criticised by both Senator Crown and MEP Nessa Childers. Senator Crown said that he wants to know who arranged the meeting, and told TheJournal.ie that he plans to use his time at the Committee on Health and Children meeting today, at which Minister for Health James Reilly is present, to ask him about the issue today.He said he does not believe that government should be meeting with the tobacco industry, and that it is “simply unconscionable” that such a meeting occurred. “They are not our partners,” he pointed out.“This is entirely inappropriate,” said Senator Crown, adding he believes Ireland should be a tobacco-free country by 2030 and that the tobacco industry should be informed about this.CondemnedNessa Childers MEP has condemned Kenny and senior Ministers for not disclosing their meetings with the tobacco industry, which she says breaks terms of a World Health Organisation (WHO) treaty of which Ireland is a signatory.This is absolutely shocking and shows complete disregard for all in Ireland who campaign for public health issues and against cancer in Ireland. It will be especially embarrassing for the Irish Presidency, which is overseeing the negotiations on the EU Tobacco Products Directive. The Taoiseach and senior Ministers have met with the industry lobby for John Player, British American Tobacco, and Japan Tobacco International. These meetings happened despite a warning from fellow Health Minister James Reilly last year to his cabinet colleagues of their obligations under the WHO treaty.Under the WHO framework convention on tobacco control (Article 5.3): “2.2 Where interactions with the tobacco industry are necessary, Parties should ensure that such interactions are conducted transparently. Whenever possible, interactions should be conducted in public, for example through public hearings, public notice of interactions, disclosure of records of such interactions to the public”.Childers said that “we need to know how and when this terrible industry is lobbying the government, and why”.The Tobacco Control Directive is now before her Public Health Committee in the parliament, and Childers said they “will be fighting for a strong EU tobacco law”.ShockThe chief executives of Ireland’s largest health charities have written to the Taoiseach to communicate their shock about the meeting.The Irish Cancer Society and Irish Health Foundation say the meeting “shouldn’t have happened” and that they are “very concerned” about it. They say that the tobacco industry is “not a normal industry and cannot be allowed a seat at the decision-making table”.The two charities have requested to meet the Taoiseach, Minister Noonan and Minister Shatter as soon as possible.Read: Cigarettes, tobacco and counterfeit vodka seized in €1.5 million sting operation>Read: ‘Nearly 30 per cent’ of cigarettes sold in Ireland last year were illegal>last_img read more

President Higgins set to be awarded Perus highest honour

first_img By Cliodhna Russell Share136 Tweet Email3 PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS is set to be awarded with Peru’s highest honour, the “Gran Collar” of the Order of the Sun.Higgins is visiting the Peruvian capital Lima today to kick off a 12-day tour of South America.This trip is the first time an Irish President in office has visited Peru, Colombia and Cuba.The President of Peru indicated that he will be awarding Higgins with the country’s highest honour prior to the trip.Higgins will begin his time in the country with a visit to the tomb of Ambrosio O’Higgins, a native of Sligo, who became one of the last Viceroys of Peru in the Spanish period and whose son Bernardo O’Higgins fought for Chilean independence and was later appointed Supreme Director of Chile.The President will deliver a keynote address on the work and humanitarian vision of Roger Casement, who documented abuses associated with the extractive practices in the period of colonial exploitation.He will also attend a reception for members of the Irish community in Peru.Read: Poll: Do you think the Obamas should get the Freedom of Dublin?> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 8:04 AM President Higgins set to be awarded Peru’s highest honour This trip is the first time an Irish President in office has visited Peru, Colombia and Cuba. http://jrnl.ie/3228388 Feb 8th 2017, 8:04 AM 15,275 Views 31 Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Imageslast_img read more

A great deal of fear in IrishAmerican community after man arrested in

first_img Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 4:23 PM http://jrnl.ie/3453555 ‘A great deal of fear’ in Irish-American community after man arrested in Boston on immigration offences John Cunningham was arrested on Friday for living illegally in the US. Share67 Tweet Email5 37,214 Views THE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it is providing consular assistance to an Irish man who was arrested in the US over immigration offences.John Cunningham was arrested on Friday for living illegally in the US. He now faces deportation from the country.The DFA said that it was aware of Cunningham’s case and that it was providing consular assistance.Cunningham is the former chairman of Boston Northeast GAA. He has been living in the US for a number of years.The DFA also said that it was aware of the number of arrests of Irish citizens who have come to the attention of US Immigration authorities.“We are conscious of the understandable concern amongst the Irish community in the US, as there is in others, given developments under the new Administration,” a spokesperson said.Our Embassy in Washington and our Consulates across the US continue to monitor the situation closely, in conjunction with the Coalition of Irish Immigration CentresThe spokesperson said that the Irish Embassy was in close touch with US authorities. It also said the number of deportations of Irish citizens to date this year had not increased compared to other years.‘World turned upside down’Speaking this afternoon on RTÉ’s News at One, Boston immigration lawyer John Foley said that he had been to see John Cunningham on Sunday.“Basically his world has been turned upside down. He’s been hit with an immigration tsunami,” said Foley.Life as he knew it is over. And so he – like many in Irish community are living – [is] looking his shoulder if you will.Foley – who isn’t involved directly with Cunningham’s case – said that it wasn’t a question of if Cunningham would be deported. He said it was almost certain that he would be.“It’s not a question of the deportation going ahead – it’s going ahead,” said Foley.He – like many of the Irish – enter on the visa waiver programme. So they can come and stay for 90 days. The waiver part means they’ve waived all right to judicial processing.Foley said that there was “a great deal of fear” in the Irish American community.US president Donald Trump promised a crackdown on illegal immigration to the US during his campaign trail.It is estimated that there are over 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US, including around 50,000 undocumented Irish nationals.The DFA urged concerned Irish citizens to remain calm and to stay in touch with their local Consulate and Immigration centre. It said that if necessary people should consult with an immigration lawyer about their particular circumstances.Comments have been disabled on this articleRead: Watch: Enda’s ‘lecture’ to Donald Trump on immigrationRead: US immigration attorney warns undocumented Irish to ‘remain silent or you’ll be gone very quickly’ By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: RTÉ Prime Time via Screengrabcenter_img John Cunningham now faces deportation from the US. Image: RTÉ Prime Time via Screengrab No Comments Short URL Jun 20th 2017, 4:23 PM John Cunningham now faces deportation from the US. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Changement climatique un mur pour protéger les Îles Marshall de la montée

first_imgChangement climatique : un mur pour protéger les Îles Marshall de la montée des eaux ?Archipel du Pacifique dont les îles et atolls sont pour bon nombre situés à moins d’un mètre au-dessus du niveau de la mer, les Marshall envisagent d’ériger un mur pour se protéger de la montée des eaux, face à la menace du réchauffement climatique.Phillip Muller, l’ambassadeur des îles Marshall à l’Onu, a lancé ce week-end un appel aux donateurs internationaux afin de financer la construction de ce mur. Un projet dont le coût est estimé à 20 millions de dollars, soit 14 millions d’euros environ. Le pays entend ériger un mur de cinq kilomètres sur l’atoll de Majuro, où vit plus de la moitié des 55.000 habitants des îles. Les autorités souhaitent également combler de petites baies qui serviront de tampon en cas de tempêtes et d’élévation du niveau de l’eau. À lire aussiUn nouveau rapport incite à un changement drastique d’alimentationIl y a deux ans, la vulnérabilité des îles Marshall, composées de 29 atolls et cinq îles dispersées sur 800.000 kilomètres carrés dans l’ouest du Pacifique, avait été révélée après d’importantes inondations. Engendrées par des tempêtes, elles ont touché l’archipel pendant une période de grandes marées. Si les vagues ne s’étaient pas élevées à plus de deux mètres, elles avaient contraint des centaines de personnes à évacuer les lieux, et provoqué d’importants dégâts matériels.Pour financer les projets visant à protéger le pays des impacts du changement climatique, Phillip Muller espère avoir accès aux fonds des donateurs internationaux promis aux pays les plus fragiles face au réchauffement de la planète.Le 7 novembre 2010 à 12:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Would Princess Bubblegum be a good President

first_imgWell, no. Princess Bubblegum can’t be the next President of the United States. She’s a fictional character. Plus, as far as we know, she wasn’t born in the United States and spawned from a giant mass of gum called the “Mother Gum” so she probably doesn’t count as human enough to be a viable candidate.However, in the event that we can choose any fictional cartoon character to run for President and to take part in presidential debates, we could do worse than Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time. She has been leading the Candy Kingdom in the Land of Ooo for centuries, after all.There are plenty of other fictional characters that can qualify for the position (such as actual US citizens or people), but few have the long resume to back them up like PB.She’s certainly qualified for the job. She has years of experience and has been leading the Candy Kingdom from obscurity and desolation into relative profit and normalcy for all that time. In the episode “The Vault,” we learn that she was responsible for the founding of the city, along with the creation of the Gumball Guardians that protect it. So we know that she has infrastructure and organizational experience, and has a stable domestic defense policy in place. She also regularly plans events for the kingdom, such as scientific conferences and parties, so we know she has community relations experience.We also know that she is thoughtful about foreign relations, or at least she tries to be. She tries to maintain a semblance of neutrality when visiting neighboring kingdoms and until war breaks out or the leader of said kingdom does something reprehensible, she’s usually well-mannered and eloquent. Even when faced with leaders like the obnoxious and terrifying Lemongrabs, she manages to keep her cool (for the most part).Her ability to maintain neutrality in the face of clear incompetence is probably one of her strongest traits as a leader. Despite the Ice King repeatedly trying to kidnap and stalk her, she comes to his aid, invites him to events, and seems to generally put up with him.In the event that one of those relationships goes sour or if another threat lands on her doorstep, she has safety covered. She’s represented her kingdom in many crises, including the Lich, and always seems to have a plan in an emergency.An administration under PB (or Bonnibel, depending on how close you are), would be one centered around the continued expansion of knowledge in science and technology, with our President at the forefront. She’s never been afraid to test out something new, whether it’s resurrection, nanobots, or the creation of new life. There wouldn’t be a Candy Kingdom without her because she’s mostly made every single resident. She wouldn’t have to do this for us, but we’d have a President with priorities, working on advances that could impact our society for the better. Or worse (more on this later).This has little do with her qualifications, but wouldn’t it also be nice to have a gay President? And to maybe have Marceline as the First Lady? Just a thought.So in general, Princess Bubblegum would make a good President. She’s fearless, knows how to interact with foreign countries, is knowledgeable about the position, and is confident in her politics. There wouldn’t be any threat, domestic or foreign, that can sway her. She has the experience and the character for the job.But…The Princess has a lot of flaws that don’t exactly disqualify her from a hypothetical presidency but would make her a very questionable country leader. This is especially true in a democracy or republic where the people can hold their leaders accountable. While she has always been resolute in her ideologies, that means trouble when she does something wrong.Her foreign relations slate isn’t clean. It was her interference that led to Flame Princess getting locked away. While you can argue that PB made the decision in the best interests of her people–because Flame Princess’ powers would be dangerous–she still didn’t hesitate to ruin the lives of rival kingdoms in her own self-interests. This of course, has consequences later.Bubblegum has a history of nationwide and abusive surveillance on her people. As we see in “The Cooler,” she would go so far as to bug citizens that have left the Candy Kingdom in order to spy on other leaders, such as Flame Princess. She even has cameras in the citizens’ private bedrooms.While people in the US have had the ability to question the government on its surveillance policies without the threat of arrest (not quite the same as somebody leaking private documents on the NSA), you wouldn’t be so lucky in the Candy Kingdom. Princess Bubblegum has established absolute rule and doesn’t take criticism well. In “Apple Wedding,” she breaks into the King of Ooo’s home to prove that he’s a fake while at Tree Trunks’ wedding. When called out on this invasion of privacy, she throws everybody in jail, including the bride and groom.Her arrogance and need to control everything has gotten the best of her. She was eventually usurped by the King of Ooo in an election for leader of the Candy Kingdom in the episode “Hot Diggity Doom,” thinking that she didn’t need to campaign for her people. Of course, her citizens don’t make the best decisions on their own, so it’s not surprising that she lost her title. The citizens eventually revolt against the King, but not before PB all but gives up on leading her people.And even without the politics and current events getting in her way, she’s still a dangerous control freak. I mentioned earlier that her fearlessness in scientific progress is commendable, but the way she goes about experimentation is questionable to the point of being destructive.While the princess is an expert in the scientific field, she doesn’t have a strict code of ethics. She creates and abandons life on a near episode basis and has been doing it for centuries. She tests out experiments without thinking of the consequences before it’s too late and she has to call in Finn and Jake to help.In the clip above, we see a test of muffin nanobots that goes horribly wrong. Since the beginning of the series, she has been getting into trouble, such as when she tries to resurrect citizens and accidentally turns them into zombies or tries to create somebody like Goliad to replace her in the event of her death and nearly causes the end of it all anyway. Her stubbornness has nearly caused the apocalypse (and might again, if the fan theories are true).Princess Bubblegum has the relationships to be a great politician and the confidence to lead people into dangerous waters. She has been there in times of crisis, has built the Candy Kingdom up from nothing, and only wants to improve the quality of life for her people. Her citizens live in relative safety and normalcy for a reason.However, she’s reckless and doesn’t think of the consequences to her actions. She talks before she thinks. She doesn’t give her citizens a voice and is similar to a dictator in many respects. An absolute rule isn’t out of reach for her and she doesn’t listen to others that may advise her. The Candy Kingdom citizens are generally a bunch of idiots, but her diminishing patience with them won’t help them in the long run and only makes things worse.A leader that has that much control over their citizens and makes decisions on their own wouldn’t make a good US President. There needs to be balance in an administration, and there is no such thing in the Candy Kingdom.But how about you decide? Princess Bubblegum makes her presidential run in Boom’s one shot Adventure Time: President Bubblegum available now at Comixology.last_img read more

Heres Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in August 2019

first_imgStay on target These Are the Games You Should Play This MonthBest Skywatching Events in August 2019: ‘Shooting Stars,’ New Moon, More Before you know it, summer is over. But it’s OK. Amazon Prime Video is ending your binge watching-filled summer with a superhero bang — Avengers: Endgame will be available to rent or purchase starting August 13. And if the Marvel blockbuster is not enough to end summer in style, the streaming service also has one of our favorite movies of 2019: Detective Pikachu, the first full-blown live-action Pokémon movie.Other new arrivals include the Amazon original Carnival Row, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne; the most recent Mission: Impossible film, Fallout; and a documentary series exploring the stories and triumphs at the heart of the sport of soccer, This Is Football, all available to stream free for Amazon Prime members.Below is everything coming to Amazon Prime Video in August 2019. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member yet, start your free trial here.August 2300This Is Football (Season 1) Amazon Prime OriginalAugust 6The Souvenir Available for Rent or Purchase on Prime VideoAugust 7All I See Is YouAugust 9Free Meek (Season 1) Amazon Prime OriginalPete the Cat (Season 1 Part 2) Amazon Prime OriginalAugust 12Andy Irons: Kissed by GodAugust 13Avengers: Endgame Available for Rent or Purchase on Prime VideoAugust 16Photograph Amazon Prime OriginalJim Gaffigan: Quality Time Amazon Prime OriginalAugust 20Pokémon Detective Pikachu Available for Rent or Purchase on Prime VideoPoms Available for Rent or Purchase on Prime VideoTolkien Available for Rent or Purchase on Prime VideoAugust 21A Simple FavorAugust 23Mission: Impossible — Fallout#IMomSoHard Live Amazon Prime OriginalMike E. Winfield: StepMan Amazon Prime OriginalAlice Wetterlund: My Mama Is a Human and So Am I Amazon Prime OriginalAlonzo Bodden: Heavy Lightweight Amazon Prime OriginalAugust 26The Lincoln LawyerAugust 27A Dog’s Journey Available for Rent or Purchase on Prime VideoAugust 30Carnival Row (Season 1) Amazon Prime OriginalAugust 31A Cadaver Christmas Boy Computer Chess Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand / Manuscripts Don’t Burn Failure to Launch Far From Home Firstborn Flashback Glissements Progressifs du Plaisir / Successive Slidings of Pleasure Godzilla Hellboy II: The Golden Army I, Frankenstein Jack Frost Kicking the Dog Klip / Clip Korkoro La Maison de la radio Looking Glass Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter Music From the Big House Naples ’44 Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist Parting Glances Pirate Radio Poltergeist II: The Other Side Sacred Ground She Must Be Seeing Things Sucker Punch Surviving Progress Ten Dead Men The Bog Creatures The Collectors The Fifth Element The Hills Have Eyes Part II The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat The Penguin Counters The Uninvited This Ain’t No Mouse Music Top of the Food Chain Top Spin Vito Za Ji Wang Ming DuiMore on Geek.com:‘The Boys’ Final Trailer: Good Guys Go After World’s Worst SuperheroesWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This WeekendBest Space Documentaries to Streamlast_img read more

Demand crashes permit website

first_imgLONGVIEW — Those looking to scale Mount St. Helens will have to wait until next week for a permit after the permitting website crashed due to overwhelming demand Thursday morning.Ray Yurkewycz, executive director of the Mount St. Helens Institute, said more than 10,500 people attempted to get the $22 permits between 9 and 10 a.m., causing the site to crash. Permits are required for anyone climbing above 4,800 feet elevation on the volcano. The Institute sells 100 permits a day from mid-May through October.Yurkewycz added that two and a half times more people tried getting permits in that first hour this year versus in 2017.“We did not foresee a huge increase this year,” he said. “I’m not sure how we could have. An increase this year does not follow the trend of the past several years.”KIRO 7 News reported the website began working again later Thursday afternoon, but the calendar for visitors to choose climbing dates and all checkout buttons disappeared.The Institute on Thursday afternoon suspended the permitting process and expects to update the situation by 5 p.m. Monday. Permits purchased before the site crashed are valid.last_img read more

Langsdorf Landing boat ramp renovation begins

first_imgConstruction to renovate Langsdorf Landing boat ramp on the Columbia River in the Vancouver Lake lowlands is under way.Work started in mid-January on the parking lots, new rest room and mitigation aspects of the project, said Sandra Jonker, regional wildlife program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.“The ramp itself will not be replaced until October of this year when in-water work can occur,” she said. “The launch will remain open during the construction phases, except for a couple of days in October when the new ramp and dock are installed. All work is to be completed by the end of 2014.”In 2011, the state Recreation and Conservation Office announced a grant of $753,000 for Langsdorf Landing, also known as the Caterpillar Island or Shillapoo ramp.The single-lane, concrete plank ramp is off Lower River Road. It has an adjacent gravel parking lot, plus an overflow lot across Lower River Road.A second overflow lot will be added immediately across the road from Langsdorf Landing. That lot will be gravel with enough room for 18 truck-trailers or 36 individual automobiles.While the launching ramp will remain a single lane, it will be wider. The ramp also will be 128 feet of concrete, armored on both sides and at the end.last_img read more

Penton Title Sees Success With Virtual Events

first_img“Attendees can gather information from the different companies,” says Wolpin. “There are also opportunities to go into resource centers and gather documents from different exhibitors, in addition to going to the exhibition halls. Attendees can also sit and talk with their peers.”During the 2011 event there were 19 digital exhibitor booths and six webinars sessions that provided industry-related content. Several magazine advertisers are also sponsors of the virtual event, which uses the ON24 Virtual Show platform. The magazine leverages its print product to promote the virtual event, in addition to posting on social networks and to its own website. “We’re using more than one medium to express subjects of interest,” says Wolpin. “We tend to set up the virtual event to drive attendees to the webinars because that’s the main event.”The webinars are editorially driven and serve as the session tracks for the daylong virtual conference. During the virtual event there is a dedicated booth for the magazine where representatives try to secure subscriptions from those who are not already subscribers. B-to-b media revenue hit $26.49 billion last year, with revenue from trade shows, events and conferences rising to 40 percent of that total, according to American Business Media. While many are still utilizing face-to-face events, Wolpin says a virtual show can sometimes be more valuable to attendees.“The reason we have a virtual event instead of an in person event is because there’s no time or money required on the part of the person who attends,” he says. “It’s easy and it’s no harder than picking up a magazine—they turn on a computer and click on a few places. Five years ago, budgets were being cut and we’ve had a few recessions in the last decade. Each one took its own pound of flesh in terms of travel budgets for state and local governments and has reached greater proportions today. Virtual events are a convenient and no cost way to get at least part of what you would get at a live show.” Penton Media’s American City & County magazine, a monthly b-to-b publication serving the state and local government markets, is driving audience development and ROI with virtual events. The title’s State and Local Government Summit (pictured), which launched five years ago, is delivering a variety of paid sponsorships and cultivating valuable connections with readers.“The audience comes for a reason—to learn some things and talk with people from other (municipal) counties,” says Bill Wolpin, editor and publisher of American City & County. “I can stop and ask people questions and talk with people. Publishers should consider virtual events—if they’re already doing webinars, they’re half way there. A virtual event is a webinar on steroids and I would strongly suggest media companies look into it because it is an ideal way to engage your audience and make a difference that will continue to pay benefits in terms of audience and advertiser engagement.”Wolpin says that the publication has seen individuals staying longer and longer in the virtual event each year—an opportunity for the brand to capture the attention of its core audiences, while also pleasing its sponsors. Additionally, the event has grown from 600 to almost 2,000 attendees since its initial launch.last_img read more

Forest officials worried over recovery of decomposed big cat carcass

first_imgKolkata: The death of a Royal Bengal tiger whose decomposed carcass was found at Adalamari forest areas of Sunderbans has become a cause of concern for the forest department officials who are leaving no stone unturned for the protection of the big cats.The officials are yet to ascertain the cause of death of the animal and they are awaiting the postmortem report. The incident comes as a setback to the forest department officials who are constantly striving to transform Sunderbans into a model of tiger conservation for the rest of the world. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe recovery of the decomposed carcass of a full-grown tiger also becomes a major cause of concern for the forest department. Senior forest department officials are looking into all possible angles that could have led to the death of the tiger. The forest officials suspect that the tiger might have died 10-15 days ago. The forest department officials are not ready to buy the theory of poaching as they claimed claws, teeth and skin or any other parts of its body remained intact. They are yet to ascertain if it was a male tiger or a female. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAs the animal’s body was decomposed, it has become difficult for the forest officials to determine its gender. It was learnt that a trap, which is generally used for catching deer, was found lying near its body. It makes the forest officials believe that the tiger’s death was not natural and there may be some foul play behind the death. A detailed probe has been ordered by the forest department to find out the actual cause of its death. The autopsy report might throw some light into the death of the animal, said a senior official of the forest department. It may be mentioned here the last poaching incident in Sunderbans was reported in 2008. Since then no tigers were killed here. The forest officials are examining the trap that was recovered from the spot. The forest officials may talk to the people who live in the areas near forest and at sometimes venture into the woods to get firewood.last_img read more

Cancun citizens demanding end to violence resignation of attorney general

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Residents of the city of Cancun say that due to the increase in violence, they not only want peace, but the resignation of the state attorney general.Faced with a continual increase in violence, executions and insecurity that have reached historical levels, residents of Cancun are demanding peace for their city. Associations have organized a March for Peace, which will be held Friday evening in Cancun.The March for Peace will also serve as a way to protest and demand the resignation of the State Attorney General, Miguel Angel Cen Pech.Across social networks, the organizers say they’ve had enough of the violence. “Either we stop this or the next one could be you. In the absence of results by the authorities and the increasing number of robberies, assaults, executions, kidnappings, scams, etc., next Friday, August 10 at 5 p.m. will depart from the roundabout of Ceviche with a course set to the vice-office in a march of protest.”The city of Cancun has recorded historic figures in violent acts, with numbers so far in 2018 exceeding the total for the year of 2017. Several organizations and public voices have hinted that the State Attorney General, Miguel Angel Cen Pech, resign from his position, however, Cen Pech says he has no plans on resigning.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgSiemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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Current treatment strategies focus on cardiovascular risk and serum cholesterol levels rather than direct assessment of extent of disease in the coronary arteries.Plaque that forms in the arterial walls can restrict blood flow and in some cases rupture, leading to potentially fatal heart attacks. There is considerable evidence that calcified, or stable, plaque is less prone to rupture than non-calcified, or soft, plaque. Intravascular ultrasound can quantify non-calcified and calcified coronary artery plaque, but it is invasive and unsuitable for screening purposes. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring with computed tomography (CT), a common noninvasive option, measures how much calcified plaque a person has, but it doesn’t measure non-calcified plaque, and that’s the component that tends to be dangerous. Despite treatment for hypercholesterolemia (high levels of cholesterol in the blood), CAC scores often paradoxically increase. Thus, researchers have searched for other plaque measures that can identify treatment response.“Most information to date about coronary artery disease and cardiovascular risk factors in asymptomatic individuals has been derived from calcium scoring,” said the study’s lead author, David A. Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D., from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. “We hypothesized that risk factors for the presence of non-calcified plaque may differ from those for calcified plaque.”Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) has emerged as a viable screening option for plaque, including non-calcified plaque. CCTA can capture the full anatomic map of the coronary arteries in a single heartbeat with low radiation dose and provide a complete picture of the total amount of plaque throughout the arteries of the heart.For the study, Bluemke and colleagues used CCTA to assess the relationship between calcified and non-calcified coronary plaque burden in the coronary arteries and cardiovascular risk factors in low- to moderate-risk asymptomatic individuals.The researchers recruited 202 asymptomatic men and women over age 55 who were eligible for statin therapy. CCTA was performed using a 320-detector row CT scanner and an intravenous contrast agent. Coronary wall thickness/plaque was evaluated, and analysis was performed to determine the relationship between risk factors and plaque.Controlling for all risk factors, total coronary plaque index was greater in men than in women. Non-calcified plaque index was significantly associated with greater systolic blood pressure, diabetes and elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level.“These results highlight the potential of CCTA in quantifying plaque burden to assess progression or regression of coronary artery disease in low- to moderate-risk individuals,” Bluemke said.For more information: www.radiology.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | June 02, 2015 CT Angiography Links Arterial Plaque with Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Soft plaque assessments may offer disease diagnosis beyond calcium scoring Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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Firsthand look shows audacity of drug lords escape tunnel

first_img Sponsored Stories It was the beginning of an escape odyssey straight out of the pages of fiction, and the media were given a peek Tuesday at the deep and sophisticated tunnel that led the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, whose illicit drug trafficking reach includes Europe and Asia, swiftly to freedom late Saturday.On Wednesday, government officials gave media access to Guzman’s cell. He was housed in cell No. 20 in the Altiplano prison’s highest security wing below ground level. Twenty-two steel doors, most opening only when the previous one is closed, stood between Guzman and the outside. So he chose another exit.The square of concrete in his shower appeared to have been punched out, rather than cut or chiseled. It was relatively thin, just three or four inches in thickness. It did not include rebar, but rather some thin wire.Speaking to reporters outside the warehouse where the tunnel exited, leftist Sen. Alejandro Encinas criticized the prison’s construction standards.“I was in charge of the construction of two prisons in the Federal District and that is not how you do it,” he said.Government officials have maintained that the prison meets the highest international security standards. A journalist climbs a ladder to get out of the tunnel that according to authorities, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman used to escape from the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. A widespread manhunt that included highway checkpoints, stepped up border security and closure of an international airport failed to turn up any trace of Guzman after he escaped through an underground tunnel in his prison cell. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories center_img Video released by the authorities showing Guzman’s final moments in his cell and journalists’ climb into the tunnel put real dimensions to a high-tech engineering feat three stories underground, where planners and builders managed to burrow through dirt and rock right to the one spot in Guzman’s cell that surveillance cameras couldn’t see.Mexico’s security commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said Tuesday that up to the moment Guzman disappeared, his pacing was considered normal for someone who lives in about 5 square meters (60 square feet) with only an hour a day outside for exercise. But there was nothing usual after he lifted a slab of concrete shower floor and descended into a warm and humid man-made underworld, where a motorcycle rigged to two carts on rails waited to whisk him away.Guzman either rode on the bike or in one of the carts for a mile (1.5 kilometers) in the dirt tunnel built just high enough for a man called “Shorty” to stand without hitting his head. When he reached the other end, he climbed a wooden ladder through a large, wood-framed shaft with a winch overhead that had been used to drop construction supplies into the tunnel. After pulling himself up 17 rungs, he reached a small basement, where a blue power generator the size of a compact car provided the electricity to illuminate and pump oxygen into the underground escape route. From there, Guzman walked to a shorter ladder and climbed one, two, three steps as the air thinned and the temperature dropped 10 degrees. As Guzman’s head poked above the dirt floor, he climbed three more rungs to stand inside the unfinished bodega built to hide the elaborate scheme.Digging crews had discarded 4-by 4-inch wooden beams, 8-foot-tall coils of steel mesh, gallons of hydraulic fluid, 10-foot lengths of PVC pipe and an electric disc saw. A battered wheel barrow full of fine gray soil sat just above the opening in the floor. A couple of improvised wooden tables and a wooden bench rounded out the bodega’s furniture, along with shelves of assorted drill bits, a circular wood saw blade, a jar of liquid cement for pipe joining and a bottle of motor oil.Seven more strides and the man who Mexico’s government said could not possibly repeat his 2001 prison escape stepped through a sliding steel door into the chilly night on a high plain west of the capital.For the first time since his latest capture on Feb. 22, 2014, Guzman was free.It was no slapdash project. It appeared no expense was spared, though working quickly was the priority.A tunnel of such sophistication would normally take 18 months to two years to complete, said Jim Dinkins, former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. But Guzman was behind bars barely 16 months. “When it’s for the boss, you probably put that on high speed,” Dinkins said.__Associated Press writer Christopher Sherman reported this story in Almoloya and E. Eduardo Castillo reported from Mexico City. AP writer Mark Stevenson in Almoloya contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019 ALMOLOYA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s most prized prisoner paced his cell, first to the latrine, then the shower, then the bed. At every turn around the tiny room, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman checked the shower floor hidden by a half wall, because even jailed criminals get their privacy.In his final sweep, Guzman sat on his bed and took off his shoes. Then he walked back to the shower, stooped behind the wall and disappeared. Comments   Share   last_img read more