New power for Manitoba childrens advocate after inquiry into 5 year olds

first_imgThe Canadian PressManitoba’s children’s advocate will gain new powers next week to work on behalf of more young people and to make more of her findings public.The Progressive Conservative government says portions of a law passed last year are to take effect March 15.The changes expand the role of Daphne Penrose beyond child welfare to examine youth services in areas such as education, health and justice.Another change will allow her to publicly release findings from her investigations into the deaths of children in government care.The additional powers were recommended in 2013 by the inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair, a five-year-old girl who was beaten to death by her mother and mother’s boyfriend after social workers closed her file.The advocate’s office is currently finishing a review into the death of Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in a Winnipeg river in 2014 after she had run away from a hotel where social workers had placed her.“This (change) will ensure greater public accountability for a range of key public services that protect Manitoba’s most vulnerable children and youth, and aim to make those services more effective and responsive,” Families Minister Scott Fielding said Tuesday in a written statement.The children’s advocate is an independent office of the legislature that has been forbidden from publicly releasing reports into child deaths. The advocate releases general findings in annual reports and appears every year before a legislature committee.last_img read more

Bail hearing set for man charged in plane sabotage case

MIAMI — A bail hearing is scheduled for a mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner as part of a labour dispute.Prosecutors are seeking pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing. Defence attorneys are expected to argue that he should be released from jail on bail.Alani was arrested earlier this month on a criminal complaint charging that in July he disabled an airliner with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport because he was upset that ongoing labour negotiations were jeopardizing his chances at earning overtime.The aircraft did not take off and no one was injured.Alani is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Iraq. Prosecutors have not filed any terrorism-related charges in the case. Alani also has not yet entered a plea.Curt Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Boris Johnson to tackle antivaxx fake news on social media that is

The Prime Minister has said social media firms must share the responsibility for the rising spread of measles in the UK as he attacked antivax misinformation. Boris Johnson will on Monday set out plans to improve vaccination rates on a visit to a hospital in the South West, following a rise in cases of measles.In the first quarter of 2019 there were 231 confirmed cases of measles, just three years after the World Health Organisation declared the UK measles-free. Earlier this year Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, said “fake news” by anti-vaxers on social media had fuelled a tripling in measles cases and added that the promotion of misguided messages on Instagram and YouTube was one of the factors behind the dip in vaccinations.Ahead of the visit, Mr Johnson, who will call a summit of social media companies to discuss how they can play their part in promoting accurate information about vaccination, said: “After a period of progress where we were once able to declare Britain measles free, we’ve now seen hundreds of cases of measles in the UK this year. 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. Health Secretary Matt Hancock added: “With this strategy, the whole health system will come together to renew focus on vaccinations, especially for our children, and this time we will eliminate measles for good.”Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England, said the UK losing its measles-free status was “a stark reminder of how important it is that every eligible person gets vaccinated”. “Elimination can only be sustained by maintaining and improving coverage of the MMR vaccine,” he said.”Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known to man – only one person travelling back to an area with lower vaccination rates can lead to an outbreak.”Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine is always at risk.” “One case of this horrible disease is too many, and I am determined to step up our efforts to tackle its spread. “This is a global challenge and there’s a number of reasons why people don’t get themselves or their children the vaccines they need, but we need decisive action across our health service and society to make sure communities are properly immunised.”The Prime Minister added: “From reassuring parents about the safety of vaccines, to making sure people are attending follow-up appointments, we can and must do more to halt the spread of infectious, treatable diseases in modern-day Britain.”Mr Johnson called for health leaders to renew their efforts to ensure 95 per cent of the population have had both doses of the MMR vaccine, as currently only 87.2 per cent of children have the second dose of the jab. As part of the Department for Health’s strategy it plans to work with the Department for Education to explore more ways in which students can be informed about their health, including the value of vaccinations, which they hope will enable them to critically assess misinformation spread online about certain vaccines. This is down from a high of 88.6 per cent in 2014-15, the lower uptake of which is thought to be partly behind the spread of measles, Downing Street said.NHS England will write to all GPs urging them to promote “catch-up” vaccination programmes, and will seek to strengthen the role of local immunisation co-ordinators in a bid to improve uptake.It will also seek to update the advice on the NHS’s website to address misleading information about the dangers of vaccines. read more

Great news for uranium – two new US reactors

first_imgUS President Barack Obama announced last week that the Department of Energy (DoE) has offered conditional commitments for a total of $8.33 billion in loan guarantees for the construction and operation of two new nuclear reactors at a plant in Burke, Georgia, USA. The project is scheduled to be the first US nuclear power plant to be constructed in nearly three decades.“To meet our growing energy needs and prevent the worst consequences of climate change, we need to increase our supply of nuclear power and today’s announcement helps to move us down that path. But energy leaders and experts recognise that as long as producing carbon pollution carries no cost, traditional plants that use fossil fuels will be more cost-effective than plants that use nuclear fuel. That is why we need comprehensive energy and climate legislation to create a system of incentives to make clean energy profitable,” said Obama.The two new 1,100 MW Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant will supplement the two existing reactor units at the facility. “This is a significant step by the Obama Administration to restart our domestic nuclear industry, helping to create valuable long-term jobs and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. Project sponsors include Georgia Power Co, Oglethorpe Power Corp, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and the City of Dalton, Georgia.The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorised the DoE to issue loan guarantees for projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and employ new or significantly-improved technologies as compared to technologies in service in the US at the time the guarantee is issued.The nuclear facility is eligible for loan guarantees because it achieves substantial environmental benefits by reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants. In addition, the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor has incorporated numerous innovations resulting in significant operational, safety, and cost enhancements.The DoE says Georgia’s need for electricity is growing and is expected to increase by around 30% over the next 15 years. When the new nuclear reactors come on line, they will provide reliable, base-load electricity capable of serving about 550,000 residences or 1.4 million people.last_img read more

Sort the rainbow Brilliant contraption uses infrared LED to organize Skittles

first_imgAttention Hollywood assistants — the next time you encounter a diva who wants nothing but green Skittles in her dressing room, you might want to check out this video. While its applications may be limited, the technology behind it and the mere fact that it is possible to accomplish this kind of automation in a fairly accessible way show a keen level of innovation.The machine, built by Brian Egenriether, uses an infrared LED and phototransistor to determine the color of every piece of candy, one-by-one, and then it rotates them around a turnstile before dropping each piece into the appropriate bucket.Aside from that process, the rest of the device is fairly low-tech, with a bunch of PVC pipes, wood, and even a funnel from a hummingbird feeder. In other words, it is a fairly accessible project (as opposed to this one) and something that could probably be turned into some sort of novelty gift.I can’t help but think back to the days of elementary school math when everyone had a bag of Skittles and had to sort out every color as an exercise in randomization and probability. This contraption just makes that practice seem so outdated, like so many other things from the 1990s.Earlier this year, a similar video surfaced of a Lego sorting machine, built of course entirely out of Lego parts. That contraption was arguably more complex, with more than 37,000 parts and the ability to sort on a more granular level than just by color.Check out the Skittles sorting process in action in the video below:last_img read more

Father Marinakis honoured for his service

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Long serving priest, Father Athanasios Marinakis was honoured on May 30 at the Cathedral of Archangels Michael and Gabriel by the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia for his 40-year contribution to the community.Father Marinakis was ordained in 1962 at the young age of 31.Beyond his duties as a priest, the now 79-year-old selflessly dedicated himself to assisting the broader Greek community. He has been a probation officer, an interpreter for the courts, and an interpreter at the Children’s Hospital in both Melbourne and South Australia. He has assisted the Greek community in immigration matters, workers compensation matters, common law cases and raised money for the poor.“Social work and immigration was where the need was because people were very, very poor,” he said. In 1988, Father Marinakis was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his services to the community.The ceremony saw president of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia, Mr Elovaris unveil a plaque in Father Marinakis’ honour.Mr Elovaris praised the long service of Father Marinakis, acknowledging the grave responsibility he had towards attaining to the spiritual needs of the community. Also present was the Bishop of Adelaide , Iakovos, SA Minister for Multicultural Affairs Grace Portolesi, Father Nicholas Despinoudis, Father Mariankis’ family.Father Marinakis thanked all those who have advised him and supported him including various church communities and the committee of women’s auxiliary of the church, including Mrs Antigone Vasou. He closed off by thanking all his parishioners and the Greek community for the many years of support as he serviced the church.last_img read more

Juventus cant afford Pogba or Morata

first_imgJuventus CEO Beppe Marotta has indicated that the club can’t afford to buy either of their former stars Paul Pogba or Alvaro MorataBoth stars played together at Juventus from 2014 to 2016 and together they won the Serie A title on multiple occasions, before Pogba sealed a then-world record transfer of £89.3m to Manchester United and Morata return to Real Madrid in a €30m deal.Currently the duo have struggled at their respective clubs with Pogba regularly being criticised this season for his inconsistent performances. While Morata, now with Chelsea, has only scored one league goal since December and is reportedly discontent with life in London.But, despite their uncertain futures, Marotta told Mediaset that he feels that their market value is now out of their reach.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I don’t really believe in players coming back after having gone away, but there are also exceptions.” said Marotta, according to SportsMole.“They are two great professionals who left excellent memories, but the market value that they have reached is a mirage for us.”last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of August 11 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of August 11, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98Steven W. Parker, 62Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88Previously Lived In Wilmington:Earl W. Hannibal, 80James Thayer Hastings, 84Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Earl W. Hannibal, 80In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Clinton Foundation hacker to plead guilty

first_imgTimothy SedlakA Florida man accused of trying to hack the Clinton Foundation in 2015 is expected to plead guilty on Thursday, months after he was sentenced in a related case to 42 years in prison over child pornography discovered on his computers during the probe.Timothy Sedlak, 43, is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court in Manhattan, according to court records. Prosecutors accused him in September 2015 of trying to gain access to an unnamed New York-based global charitable organisation’s network.Prosecutors have never named the organization. But a court filing obtained by Reuters said US Secret Service agents in 2015 questioned Sedlak about notes they found referencing former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.Sedlak, who called himself a private investigator, told the agents he was researching whether charities were unintentionally providing funding to Islamic militant groups, and said the Clintons “came up in his research,” the filing said.The filing’s description of the Clintons matched prosecutors’ descriptions of two previously unnamed individuals who were said to be an “executive” at the charity and an “individual who has been publicly affiliated” with it.Chelsea Clinton is the vice chair of Clinton Foundation, which was founded by her father, former US president Bill Clinton. Its full name is the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.The filing, a summary of a Secret Service agent’s interview with Sedlak, was downloaded by Reuters on Feb. 3 and soon after was replaced by a redacted version removing the Clintons’ names.A spokeswoman for Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara and Sedlak’s lawyer declined comment. Clinton Foundation representatives did not respond to requests for comment.The investigation into Sedlak, of Ocoee, Florida, predated probes into cyber attacks on Democrats during the 2016 presidential election.US intelligence agencies in January released an assessment that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered a covert effort through the cyber attacks to help Republican Donald Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Clinton.Prosecutors have said that Sedlak launched about 390,000 unsuccessful attempts to gain unauthorized access to the charitable organisation’s computer network.Following his arrest, authorities discovered files on his computers containing child pornography, including a number of images depicting Sedlak himself sexually abusing a toddler, prosecutors said.Sedlak as a result was separately charged in Florida, where a federal jury in Orlando in May found him guilty on charges including that he produced and possessed child pornography. He was sentenced in August to 42 years in prison.last_img read more

Bill Shine White House Appointment Sparks Protests From Gretchen Carlson Chelsea Handler

first_imgFormer “Chelsea” host Chelsea Handler mocked the White House’s officials statement regarding the Shine hiring, tweeting “The White House said he “brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and coverup of sexual harassment.”” Since we now pay Bill Shine’s salary, feel like we’re owed a full accounting of his role in covering up nearly two decades of sexual harassment and blackmail.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 5, 2018Popular Vox columnist Ezra Klein tweeted about the appointment being in line with a strategy off “triggering the libs,” speculating the appointment was engineered to make liberals angry and/or upset. Former Fox News executive Bill Shine will join the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications. The White House said he “brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and coverup of sexual harassment.” Amen.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) July 5, 2018Several prominent media figures were also quick to point out Shine’s checkered history in the public eye. Chris Hayes, host of “All In” on MSNBC, touched on how American citizens should be filled in on Shine’s role in the Ailes allegations, given his salary is now paid by American taxpayers. ×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 Popular on Variety The Bill Shine appointment is where you see that “triggering the libs” has become a way to avoid moral culpability for your actions and associates.— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) July 5, 2018Meanwhile, women’s organization UltraViolet issued a statement, saying “For years, Bill Shine actively covered up Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly’s sexual misconduct at Fox News, created and fostered a toxic work environment at the network, and actively retaliated against women who reported their abuse.“While certainly disturbing, Fox News’ Bill Shine is an unsurprising pick for the Trump White House. Since taking office, the Trump administration has been a revolving door of abusers of women and their enablers—and Shine is just the latest perpetrator to be added to those ranks.”Shine will be serving as Trump’s assistant and deputy chief of staff for communications. Former Fox News executive Bill Shine’s White House appointment by President Trump has drawn ire across social media. Many Twitter users have been quick to point out that he resigned as co-president of Fox News in 2017 due to his close relationship with Roger Ailes and accusations that he attempted to cover up Ailes’ alleged sexual harassment allegations.Gretchen Carlson, who filed the first sexual harassment lawsuit almost exactly two years ago, pointed out the irony in a tweet, saying: “This …. on the 2 year anniversary eve of filing my harassment lawsuit; giving women a voice, letting them know you can be believed, launching a national movement to stand up and speak up and say enough is enough. Life… works in mysterious ways. #BeFierce”last_img read more

33yearold parcel delivery guy is a reallife Good Will Hunting

first_imgGood Will Hunting is the story of a school janitor who also happens to be a math genius. It’s a fictional tale starring Matt Damon who has no formal education, but somehow demonstrates the natural skills required to solve the most complex of math problems. Now this fictional story has become a real story in China.The real-life equivalent of Matt Damon is a 33-year-old man named Yu Jianchun. He works for a parcel delivery company and has no college degree, and yet he’s created an alternative proof for verifying Carmichael numbers. What are Carmichael numbers? Wikipedia is your friend here for a detailed explanation, but in summary they are not prime numbers but still pass Fermat’s primality test, making it more complicated to prove a number is actually prime.The excellent Numberphile video below also offers a great explanation:Carmichael numbers were verified with a proof written 20 years ago by a group of academics. Since then variations have been created, but they all follow the same base proof. What Yu has done is to create a completely different proof that’s much more efficient, which is incredible considering he’s done it all on his own with no specific math education.Yu describes himself as shy, introverted, and diligent. He explains that he has a sensitivity to numbers and spends long periods of time in solitude with a calculator going over numbers. He wrote the proof during 2015 in his spare time and as he built himself a house in the village where he lives.Yu JianchunSo far Yu has presented his proof and several other problem solutions during a graduate student seminar at Zhejiang University last month. His proof is being verified, but is already going to be included in a book written by Professor Cai Tinxin of Zhejiang University. Yu has also been offered a new job at a local silk manufacturer that has promised him more free time to study. Depending on how his proof verification goes, he may not need to take the new job or even keep his old parcel delivery gig.last_img read more

final touch

first_imgExperimentation. Entertainment. Instilled with energy. The third phase of Short and Sweet, organised by Shoelace Productions was a complete stunner. Not the conventional words to use in a play review maybe. But these are thoughts that came to mind as the festival draws to a close.Held at Epicenter in Gurgoan, these set of ten plays rocked, as festival director Deepak Dhamija made sure that festival-cum-competition sailed through smoothly.Unbelievably funny, Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dickheads (offended anybody?) was my personal favourite, which was dished out as a surprise. Written by Ashwath Bhatt and directed by Vivek Shrivastava, this play is about the lives of two street children who eventually become superstars. The story is simple yet compelling, with splendid performances. While 2922, written and directed by Arnav Nanduri and Pranay Manchanda, gets audience attention through a musical journey laced with humour.Who’s the Boss makes you laugh all through, with a secretary sitting on her boss, caught in an uncomfortable situation, being tied together. The lesser said about Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNine types of Ice the better. Designed and directed by Himanshu Mehta, Chup was more compelling.So was Chairpersons, written and directed by Rajiv Rajaram. It is a political satire, which encapsulates the contemporary Indian political scenario, comparing power dynamics to a game of musical chairs.Smart and slick writing, executed by amazing performances by Rajaram Sandeep John and Nikhil Sriram make this play a treat for theatre lovers.Solitary Creeper , which captures Delhi life as people bump into each other during metro rides was a fun watch. Arvind Gaur’s Khol Do was a compelling watch too with some actors making a lasting impact which includes Shilpi Marwaha and Gaurav Mishra. The evil effects of smoking was nothing more than a over-dramatic monologue. But even A Different Client directed by Vivek Mansukhani, experiments with a different concept complimented by a powerful performance by Mansukhani.After these three rounds, the list of ten plays who have made it to the finale of Short and Sweet, to be held this Friday at Kamani, was announced which includes – 2922, Chairpersons, Dickheads and A Different Client from this round. While from the earlier two rounds, plays which have made it include the superbly humorous Lyra directed and written by Aishwarya Jha Mathur, the amazingly directed The sum of your experiences with the stunning performance of Damandeep Sidhu, well conceptualised and executed Unit Test, superbly performed Between Romeo and Juliet, interestingly executed Gandhi, Chaplin and Salt and Juhi Goel’s fabulous Dhalti Shamein.Catch the the Gala- finale at Kamani on 14th December 7:30 pm, log on to www.bookmyshow.comlast_img read more

Flames erupt at building on Lenin Sarani none injured

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at a multi-storied building located on Lenin Sarani near Lotus Crossing on Sunday evening. Six fire tenders doused the fire within a few hours. None got injured or trapped in the incident.According to sources, on Sunday at around 5:30 pm locals saw smoke coming out of a building’s roof located at 171, Lenin Sarani. Immediately, Bowbazar police station and the fire brigade were informed. Initially four fire tenders were pressed into action and later two more were called in. A hydraulic ladder was also sent. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLocal residents informed that there is a guest house at the said building. On Sunday, fire broke out on a temporary structure and spread to the fourth floor. As the building was evacuated before the fire spread, none was hurt. On the roof a temporary structure had been made, but the purpose of the structure is not clear yet. Some locals stated that it was being used as the kitchen for the guest house, whereas others claimed that an undergarment factory used to run there. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTo control the blaze, firefighters went to the roofs of other adjacent buildings and started spraying water in ‘zig zag’ method. The hydraulic ladder was used to spray water from Lenin Sarani. While firefighters were dousing the fire, the temporary structure on the roof collapsed. Meanwhile, occupants of the other adjacent buildings got panic stricken and went outside. Also due to thick black smoke, some locals felt uneasy and breathless. At around 7 pm, the fire was controlled. Later, Fire minister Sujit Bose went to the spot and interacted with the fire brigade officials. “Our men are working. Fire has been controlled. Anything more can be said only after inquiry,” said Bose. MLA Nayna Bandyopadhyay also went to the spot. It has been alleged that the temporary construction which was made on the roof of the building, is illegal. But it is yet to be confirmed from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) whether any permission was given to erect such a structure. Sources informed that whether the building owner and the guest house owner had obtained all the necessary permissions from the competent authorities or not will be checked. If any flaw is found, the fire brigade may lodge a complaint against the building owner and the guest house owner.last_img read more

Fix Windows couldnt be installed We couldnt update the system reserved partition

first_imgFix: Windows couldn’t be installed. We couldn’t update the system reserved partition by Martin Brinkmann on March 05, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: March 05, 2018 – 7 commentsWindows couldn’t be installed. We couldn’t update the system reserved partition is an error message that you may receive when you try to upgrade Windows.I ran into the issue on a machine running Windows 10 Insider Builds but users experienced the issue in earlier versions of Windows as well. The error seemed to be common on Windows 8.1 systems that users tried to upgrade to Windows 10.The system reserved partition contains boot information for Windows. Microsoft notes that users may receive the error “We couldn’t update the system reserved partition” if it does not have enough free space. Users may receive error code 0xc1900104 or error code 0x800f0922 when that is the case.Windows 10 couldn’t be installed Windows Explorer lists all partitions of the PC. Check the system reserved partition on the affected PC to find out more about it. You may notice that it has a size of 100 Megabytes and that most of the space is not free.The system partition had 15 Megabytes of free space on the Windows 10 PC that threw the error message.Windows updates may fail if the system partition does not have enough free disk space. Windows administrators can correct the issue by freeing up disk space.I managed to free up 15 Megabytes of space by deleting all language files but the language file that I needed and running check disk to truncate the NTFS log. This resolved the Windows couldn’t be installed. We couldn’t update the system reserved partition.Microsoft’s recommendationMicrosoft recommends deleting data on the system partition to free up disk space to free up 15 Megabyte of space (when upgrading from Windows 8.1 or earlier), or 13 Megabytes of space when upgrading Windows 10 to a new feature update.You cannot just access the data on the system partition and delete the fonts folder as the partition is not mounted to a drive letter and because of a lack of permissions.Note: You may need to display hidden operating system files. See Show hidden files in Windows 8 and 8.1 for instructions. These work for all versions of Windows.Step 1: determine the partition styleTap on the Windows-key, type diskmgmt.msc and use the Enter-key to start the Disk Management interface.Right-click on the disk that Windows is installed on, e.g., Disk 0, and select properties.Switch to the Volumes tab.Check the partition style line to find out whether MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table) is used.Step 2: Windows 10 GPT partitionsTap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down the Ctrl-key and the Shift-key and select the result to open an elevated command prompt.Type mountvol y: /s and hit the Enter-key. This maps the drive letter Y to the system partition. See mountvol documentation here. The /s parameter mounts the system partition.Switch to drive Y by typing y: and press the Enter-key.Navigate to the fonts folder by typing cd EFI\Microsoft\Boot\FontsType del *.* to delete all font files. Confirm the deletion if prompted.Step 2: Windows 10 MBR partitionsTap on the Windows-key, type diskmgmt.msc and select the result to load the Disk Management interface.Right-click on the partition marked System Reserve and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths”.Select Add in the window that opens.Pick the drive letter Y and click ok.Open an elevated command prompt: tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, right-click on the result and select “run as administrator”.Change to the system partition by typing y:Use cd Boot\Fonts to switch to the fonts directory.Type takeown /d y /r /f . to take ownership.Type icacls Y:\* /save %systemdrive%\NTFSp.txt /c /t to back up the permission to the drive.Type whoami to display your user name.Type icacls . /grant :F /tType del *.* to delete all fonts and press Y when you are asked to confirm the operation.Once done, type icacls Y:\ /restore %systemdrive%\NTFSp.txt /c /t to restore the permissions.If you run into errors, run icacls . /grant system:f /tGo back to Disk Management and hit the Refresh button to reload the data. You should see that the system reserved partition has more free space now.Right-click on the system reserved partition.Select Change drive letter and paths.Select the Y: drive letter.Select Remove and click ok.Step 3: Run the update againWindows 7 or Windows 8.1 with GPT partitionUse Step 1 from above to determine the partition type. The following instructions are for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machines with GPT partitions:Open an elevated command prompt. Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, right-click on the result and select “run as administrator”.Type mountvol y: /s to mount the system partition.Type taskkill /im explorer.exe /fType explorer.exe to restart Explorer with elevated privileges.Open Explorer and go to Y:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\Remove all language folders but the folder of the language you want to be used, e.g. en-US for US English, de-DE for German and so on.Remove font files at Y:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\Fonts to free up more space.Reboot the device. This removes the driver letter.Run the upgrade.Windows 7 with MBR partitionAssign a drive letter to the system reserve partition. Use the instructions from Step 2: Windows 10 MBR partitions to do so.Open an elevated command prompt. Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, right-click on the result and select “run as administrator”.Switch to drive Y by typing y:Run the command takeown /d y /r /f .Back up the permissions: icacls Y:\* /save %systemdrive%\NTFSp.txt /c /tType whoami to display your username.Type icacls . /grant :F /tOpen the Boot folder of the system reserved partition (drive letter Y) in Explorer.Remove all language folders but the folders of the languages that you want to use.Truncate the NTFS log file with the command chkdsk /L:5000 /X /FIf truncating the NTFS log file is not enough, run the following commands to delete the USN Journal and recreate it:fsutil usn deletejournal /D /N Y:fsutil usn createjournal m=1500 a=1 Y:Restore permissions with the command icacls Y:\ /restore %systemdrive%\NTFSp.txt /c /tRun icacls . /grant system:f /t to adjust the ACL back to System.Run icacls Y: /setowner “SYSTEM” /t /c to set the owner of the drive to System.Remove the drive letter in Disk Management.Windows 8.1 with MBR partitionNote: You need to have an external drive with at least 250 Megabyte of space.Assign a drive letter to the system reserve partition. Use the instructions from Step 2: Windows 10 MBR partitions to do so.Open an elevated command prompt. Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, right-click on the result and select “run as administrator”.Switch to drive Y by typing y:Run the command takeown /d y /r /f .Type whoami to display your username.Type icacls . /grant :F /tType the following command: attrib -s -r -h Y:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wimVerify the drive letter of the external drive in Explorer, we use F: but your drive letter may be different.Type mkdir F:\Recovery\WindowsREType xcopy Y:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wim F:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wim /hType C:\Windows\System32\Reagentc /SetREImage /Path F:\Recovery\WindowsRE /Target C:\WindowsType del Y:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wim /F.Run the upgrade.Type (on an elevated command prompt) xcopy F:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wim Y:\Recovery\WindowsRE\winre.wim /hType C:\Windows\System32\Reagentc /SetREImage /Path Y:\Recovery\WindowsRE /Target C:\Windows.Remove the drive letter from the system reserved partition.Now You: Did you run into upgrade issues lately?SummaryArticle NameFix: Windows couldn’t be installed. We couldn’t update the system reserved partitionDescriptionWindows couldn’t be installed. We couldn’t update the system reserved partition is an error message that you may receive when you try to upgrade Windows. Use our instructions to fix the issue on your Windows PC.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Café Rojo and Libros Duluoz make the perfect pair in Barrio Amón

first_imgRelated posts:4th of July Picnic, Pride Parade, Calypso Festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Lonely Planet guide documents a changing Central America Valentine’s Day, lyrical boleros, and other happenings around Costa Rica Spanish metal band, folkloric dance show, and other happenings around Costa Rica Facebook Comments Café Rojo is cute. The red sign hanging from the iron gate is cute. The one-room dining room is cute. Slatted wood tables out front are cute. The waitstaff and cooks are cute. Even the place settings, with their simple-elegant plates and carafes of water stuffed with mint, gush with cuteness. But it’s not the kind of cute that makes you gag. It is not saccharine or twee. Café Rojo occupies an old building in Barrio Amón, and the vintage windows and trim give the place a distinguished atmosphere. Rather, Café Rojo is fun – like a shy girl from Tacoma who plays vinyl records and rides a 1970s Schwinn.Describing itself as a “cafetería,” Café Rojo has a rotating menu printed on a single piece of xerox paper, and for such a classy bistro, the daily lunch deal is actually a deal: You can order one entrée, plus a soup or salad, plus a hot or fruit drink, for under ₡5,000 ($10). Unlike your corner soda, the menu is wide-ranging and gourmet. You would be hard-pressed to find a better platter of Pad Thai or Vietnamese bowl for the price. You complement these scrumptious meals with a variety of coffees and even hibiscus tea.What really sells Café Rojo is the atmosphere, an urban-indie feel that manages to dodge pretention. You can share space with scruffy youths with skinny jeans and chain wallets and not feel out of your element. The music that plays from surrounding speakers is the stuff of old crooners. The staff smiles hospitably. The place is oddly located on a nondescript side street in Barrio Amón, so it feels like a secret, even thought it has stood there for a few years. During a workday lunch, the place isn’t clogged with trendy fans, a risk that such places often run. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesAcross the corridor from the café you’ll find Rojo’s perfect neighbor, a tiny bookstore called Libros Duluoz. Also occupying a single room, Duluoz is snugly packed with shelves and (mostly) Spanish-language books. San José has a lively but microscopic literary scene, so it’s a relief to find a book stall that avidly sells local authors: You’ll find small-press volumes and zines, art books and lit mags, plus reissued and hard-to-find titles that only zealots would appreciate. Small as it is, Duluoz caters to book lovers. A true bibliophile could browse its selection for hours.Folks are always talking about the up-and-coming nature of Barrio Amón, citing venues like AmonSolar and TEOR/éTica Gallery as signs of progressive development. These are indeed great places to frequent, and their staff are doing amazing things. But Café Rojo and Libros Duluoz are quieter signs. Here, you can feel proud to wear glasses. And the inventive sandwiches? The textured soups? That rare copy of Mario Levrero’s “La Ciudad,” standing temptingly on the shelf? Not just cute. Irresistible.Café Rojo is located in Barrio Amón, downtown San José. Tue.-Sun., 12-7 p.m. Info: Company Facebook page. Libros Duluoz: Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1-7:30 p.m. Info: Bookstore Facebook page.last_img read more

5 questions for a US poet in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for a U.S. painter and writer in Costa Rica 5 questions for a Costa Rican musician and artisan 5 questions for a French-African painter in Costa Rica 5 question for a Costa Rican photographer Facebook Comments “I’ve always read extensively and thought of myself as a writer,” said James Just when asked how he got into the world of poetry. “I have written poetry since I was a young man, but never before had the resources to be able to devote myself to writing.”Just was born in Sacramento, California. After dropping out of law school, he worked in a variety of jobs; he met his wife Irina in Seattle while he was running a wine shop there. The couple moved to southern France, where they lived in a small village surrounded by vineyards; upon their return to the United States, he bought some acreage in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, planted a vineyard, and a few years later began to make wine.Four years ago the couple wanted to make a change and relocated to Costa Rica, where they found a wonderful place to live in El Cajón, Grecia.“I go to my studio to write every morning, work until it’s time for lunch, then go back to my desk after lunch. The window at my desk looks out on the San Luis ridge, covered in coffee and forest, the air filled with butterflies and birds,” Just said. “But I can’t sit at the desk for long, I’m always getting up to play in the garden with the dogs, walk around to see what’s going on around me. A lot of procrastination goes into a few lines of verse.”After moving here, Just finished and published three poetry books: “A Year of Days,” “Sketches of Poás,” and “Meanders.” He also just finished translating the work of Costa Rican poet Rosibel Morera, a task that took Just 11 months. He says he did it because he strongly believes Morera’s poetry must be available in English so a wider audience can experience her work.The Tico Times talked to Just about his life in Costa Rica, his books and his favorite Costa Rican poet. Excerpts follow. James Just is a U.S. writer and poet who moved to Costa Rica few years ago. Here he wrote and published three books. (Courtesy of Irina Just)Why did you move to Costa Rica?Farm life was getting to be too much for us, as was life in the States. So we sold the farm and began thinking about our next adventure. Her job was to tidy up our affairs, mine was to find us a new place to live. When Irina heard that Costa Rica was a stable social democracy with a good universal (well, almost) health care system and no army, our decision was made. The fact that the country is beautiful and the climate terrific didn’t hurt.We moved here a little over four years ago and immediately filed for temporary residency. In a couple of months, we will be filing for permanent residency.I spend my time here writing, studying Spanish, and being with friends. Never before in my life have we had so many good friends, and so close, just a few minutes away, even within walking distance. It’s a wonderful neighborhood, vibrant with life. The view from James Just’s studio overlooking the coffee fields across the canyon (Courtesy of Irina Just)Tell me about your poetry books,One of the books I published last year, “Meanders,” collects what was not lost from my earlier works and ties them into life here in Costa Rica. “A Year of Days” is kind of a journal of a year living here in El Cajón, in poems. “Sketches of Poás” is a collection of shorter poems about life on the slopes of Poás Volcano, focusing on the creatures with whom we share our lives. Each poem is accompanied by an illustration by Gesa Emde, a German artist living in France. James Just”s three published books. (Courtesy of Irina Just)Why did you translate Rosibel Morera’s poems?We have a good Tica friend who lives up the road, who appreciates my work. One evening over dinner we were talking about poetry, and I mentioned that I had never come across any Spanish-language poetry that had really captivated me, as had poetry in German, French, English of course, and, in translation, Chinese and Japanese. She mentioned Rosibel Morera, saying that her sensibility was very similar to mine. Then she loaned me Morera’s book “.” I began to read it and was immediately captivated, but found that understanding it required that I translate the poems painstakingly into English. Ms Morera’s work is really special. It demands to be made available for the English-speaking world. Rosebel Morera’s book of poetry (Courtesy of Irina Just)So she’s your favorite Spanish-language poet?Morera is not only my favorite Costa Rican poet and my favorite poet writing in Spanish, but also one of the handful of poets in any language who have influenced me the most… ranked with such poets as Gary Snyder, Li Po, Po Chü-i, Tu Fu, Basho. Morera’s work is funny, powerful, emotionally honest, rooted in nature. She uses image, never abstraction, and writes in a limber line unlike anything I’ve seen before. She writes of sensuality and sexuality and love, evoking both passion and compassion. Her work is a breath of fresh air.Do you recommend any other authors for those just starting to read in Spanish?I’ve only read a handful, and those in translation: Neruda, Borges, Márquez. I love the short stories of Borges, and the novels of Neruda and Márquez. But I’ve never read them in Spanish.Read more Weekend Arts Spotlight interviews here.If you’re interested in reading Just’s books, contact the writer at ticajust@gmail.com or 8420-7285.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? 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Wyndham Takes Top Honours

first_imgWyndham Takes Top HonoursWyndham Takes Top Honours at National Customer Service Awards for Second Year RunningWyndham Destinations Asia Pacific’s Customer Experience team has once again been judged the top of its class at the prestigious Australian Service Excellence Awards (ASEAs), which were held at The Star in Sydney last week.The team was honoured with the Customer Service Team of the Year – Large Business Award, and was also named runner-up Service Champion in the Service Project of the Year – Continuous Improvement (five-day project) category.Hosted annually by the Customer Service Institute of Australia, the ASEAs attract more than 650 attendees each year to recognise best practice and innovation in customer service from major companies including Optus, American Express and iCare.“We are thrilled to have been honoured with this accolade for the second year running. This award speaks to the heart of our business and goal to deliver exceptional customer care through creating personalised and memorable experiences,” said Bruce Harkness, Senior Vice President Human Resources and Customer Experience, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific.Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific’s Customer Experience team includes 28 staff members covering customer design and delivery, customer insights, customer care, VIP handling and quality assurance. The team works to improve the customer experience delivery across two vacation clubs, WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham and CLUB WYNDHAM® ASIA, and at Wyndham’s 42 managed and Club resorts across Asia Pacific.Source = Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacificlast_img read more

Would the real San Francisco 49ers please stand up

first_imgWould the real San Francisco 49ers please stand up?After a dominating opening-game performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, the Niners got smacked early and often in a 43-18 loss at Pittsburgh last Sunday.For the first time in 2015, we’ll get to see the new-look 49ers take on a division foe when they head to Glendale to face the undefeated Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday. • Cardinals ready for Kaepernick to scramble on third downs (CSN Bay Area)The Arizona Cardinals want to squeeze the middle of the field and force 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to throw the ball outside the numbers, safety Tony Jefferson said on Tuesday.• 49ers’ O-line ranks last in pass protection (CSN Bay Area)While the 49ers own the league’s top rusher through two games, the offensive line ranks as the league’s worst pass-blocking unit, according to Pro Football Focus, which grades the performances of every player in every NFL game.• Anatomy of a Play: Colin Kaepernick’s 75-yard Touchdown Pass to Torrey Smith (49ers.com)One bright spot from the San Francisco 49ers Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was the second-half performance of the passing attack.Colin Kaepernick completed 22-of-31 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns after the break. The biggest play came midway through the fourth quarter when the quarterback hooked up with Torrey Smith down the middle of the field for a 75-yard score.Tuesday, September 22• Right side of 49ers offensive line showing its warts (ESPN.com)The San Francisco 49ers’ rebuilt offensive line, with only one starter remaining at the same position he played at in the 2014 opener (paging left tackle Joe Staley), was a concern entering this season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Colin Kaepernick: Not fun being down by 20-plus points (ESPN.com) Yes, Colin Kaepernick got his passing groove on late in the San Francisco 49ers’ 43-18 loss Sunday at the Pittsburgh Steelers.No, he did not have much fun in finding that rhythm with first-year 49ers receiver Torrey Smith.“I don’t ever see it being fun being down by 20-plus points,” he said Wednesday.• 49ers injury report: Bush plans to play vs Cardinals (CSN Bay Area)Bush sustained a calf strain in the first half of the 49ers’ season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. He did not make the trip to Pittsburgh. He remained in the Bay Area to rehabilitate.• Tomsula weighs in on Mitchell’s ‘low tackle’ against Hyde (CSN Bay Area)“He came in to tackle him low,” Tomsula said on Wednesday, the first time he has been asked about the play. “I put it as a low tackle. Carlos is a big, strong, physical back. That’s all I have to say about that. It’s not a knee or a hip, it’s a quad.”• Tomsula: No personnel changes planned for 49ers’ secondary (CSN Bay Area)Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Pittsburgh had pass plays of 59, 56, 48, 41, 35 and 28 yards. The 49ers surrendered an average of 13.7 yards for every Steelers pass attempt. After two games, Pinion ranks 24th in the NFL in gross average (44.4) and 15th in net (40.9). Meanwhile, Lee, a three-time All-Pro, ranks second in gross (55.0) and third in net (45.8).• 49ers’ Kaepernick free to run and gun (SFGate.com)In the season’s first two games, the 49ers have used far more of the pistol formation Kaepernick ran at Nevada and have frequently rolled him out of the pocket. The 49ers have run 45 percent of their plays (73 of 163) from the pistol — a shortened version of the shotgun in which the quarterback lines up only 3 or 4 yards behind center — this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Last year, they used the pistol only 6 percent of the time (65 of 1,088 plays). They have also used either a shotgun or pistol formation on 88 percent of their snaps this season (53 percent in 2014).• 49ers defense expects Palmer to look deep (CSN Bay Area)There is little doubt that if Carson Palmer has time to throw on Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals face the 49ers, he will look repeatedly for the home-run ball.• 6 Bold Predictions for San Francisco 49ers’ Week 3 Matchup (Bleacher Report)San Francisco 49ers starting running back Carlos Hyde will struggle against the Arizona Cardinals—that’s bold prediction No. 1. • Pros and cons of Colin Kaepernick: Does the good outweigh the bad? (SFGate.com)Colin Kaepernick set career highs for attempts (46) and completions (33) in the 43-18 loss in Pittsburgh. Overall, Kaepernick played solidly and corrected some mistakes from last week and last year. Here are the good and bad from Kaepernick in the game.• 49ers notebook: Kaepernick comfortable in revamped offense (San Jose Mercury News)“The biggest thing is I’m being asked to be myself this year,” Kaepernick said Wednesday. “I don’t think anyone knows how to be myself better than me. It’s a comfort zone for me.“It’s a situation where I’m not being asked to do things outside of my character.”Wednesday, September 23• 49ers defense singing the third-down blues (ESPN.com)The 49ers also had a hard time getting off the field on third down in the first half, with the Steelers converting four of five third-down opportunities and six of 10 overall. And if it seemed like Pittsburgh had some big plays on those conversions, you’re right.• 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, Torrey Smith could be impressive tandem (SF Gate)The 49ers hope so after one of the few bright spots in their 43-18 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday was a 75-yard touchdown from rocket-armed Colin Kaepernick to fleet wideout Torrey Smith. Top Stories center_img Comments Share • Jim Tomsula updates injuries for Torrey Smith, Reggie Bush, other 49ers (ESPN.com)The San Francisco 49ers had been one of the healthiest teams in the NFL after Week 1, with running back Reggie Bush the only player listed on the team’s injury report through last Thursday. But then receiver Bruce Ellington landed on it with a sprained ankle.• Colin Kaepernick: ‘We don’t play for moral victories’ (ESPN.com)Because while Kaepernick had his fourth career 300-yard passing game with 335 yards, 274 of those yards came after halftime … when the Steelers led 29-3.• Transcript: Tomsula addresses 49ers’ struggle on defense (CSN Bay Area)49ers head coach Jim Tomsula addressed the media in the aftermath of his team’s 25-point loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.• 49ers snap count: Davis takes over as backup RB (CSN Bay Area)Jarryd Hayne opened the game Sunday as the 49ers’ backup running back against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but rookie Mike Davis quickly replaced him in that role while making his NFL debut.• Bowman: ‘You’re comparing this team to what we had in the past’ (SFGate.com)What happened to a defense that’s ranked among the NFL’s top five in yards allowed every season since 2011? Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman provided the most sobering and honest assessment. All week, we’ll keep you updated on the happenings in the Bay Area as the 49ers prep for the Cardinals. Friday, September 25• Kenneth Acker expects Cardinals, Carson Palmer to test him like Steelers (ESPN.com)Has Kenneth Acker recovered from his baptism by fire at the feet of Antonio Brown this past weekend?If not, the rite of passage for the San Francisco 49ers’ first-year cornerback will continue this weekend in the Arizona desert against the likes of Larry Fitzgerald.• NaVorro Bowman returns to practice, Reggie Bush still out (ESPN.com)As noted earlier, inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who had a vet’s day off Wednesday, returned to practice and was a full participant. Meanwhile, running back Reggie Bush, who has not suited up since straining his left calf in the season opener, remained sidelined.• 49ers ‘strip’ back playbook for Colin Kaepernick (ESPN.com)Colin Kaepernick raised eyebrows Wednesday when he said, unsolicited, that he was now “being asked to be myself this year,” as opposed to the past, when he was “asked to do things outside of my character.”• Growing pains: Pinion, 21, aims to emerge from slow start (SFGate.com) “You’re comparing this team to what we had in the past,” Bowman said. “We had probably eight or nine vets on our defense.”• 5 Things We Learned from Jim Tomsula to Start Cardinals Week (49ers.com)The San Francisco 49ers coach spoke about cleaning up mistakes from the Pittsburgh Steelers game as well as looking ahead to a Week 3 divisional showdown versus the Arizona Cardinals. • On 49ers: Can defense gain its footing? It’s been done before (Sacramento Bee)There were plenty of problems Sunday in Pittsburgh, especially safeties who were either late arriving on deep passes or, in the case of Antoine Bethea in the second quarter, had a Steelers wide receiver blow past him for a touchdown.• Red-zone failures continue to haunt 49ers (San Jose Mercury News)What the 49ers want to play out better is their red-zone offense. Only 3-of-8 red-zone possessions have led to touchdowns this season. The Cardinals, Sunday’s opponent, are 7-of-7 through their two wins.Thursday, September 24• Reggie Bush still sitting out practice (ESPN.com)A week ago, the San Francisco 49ers’ injury report consisted of one player — running back Reggie Bush. But after Sunday’s 43-18 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers, the report has grown to eight players.• Cardinals QB Carson Palmer expects 49ers defense to ‘clean up’ mistakes (ESPN.com)But while Palmer, like Roethlisberger, is a vet, he does not anticipate the 49ers breaking again on third down come Sunday in Arizona.“We’re not expecting that to happen,” the Cardinals quarterback said in a conference call on Wednesday, referencing the 49ers getting caught out of position often by bluffing at the line of scrimmage before the snap.last_img read more

Police deny coercing suspect in double murder

first_imgBy Elias HazouPolice on Thursday denied that any coercion was exerted on one of the defendants in the case of the murder of a couple in Strovolos back in April.The case, being tried at the Nicosia criminal court, relates to the murder of Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his wife Dina Sergiou, 59.The defendants are accused of killing the couple in what appeared to be a botched robbery on the night of April 18-19. The couple were found in their bedroom stabbed multiple times.The defendants are Loizos Tzionis, 33, believed to be the mastermind of the crime; his half-brother Lefteris Solomou, 23; Sarah Shams, 21; and Marios Hadjixenophontos, 22.They face charges of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit a felony, burglary, robbery, abduction, and carrying offensive weapons.The charge of conspiracy to commit murder, initially included in the indictment, has since been withdrawn by the prosecution.A trial within a trial is currently underway, after Tzionis’s lawyer argued that the testimony and information his client gave to police officers should be ruled inadmissible as it was given under coercion.On April 27, Tzionis had led police to his father’s house in Aglandjia, Nicosia, where the murder weapon (a knife) and the clothes that the suspects were wearing on the night of the murder were hidden.Tzionis’ attorney claims also that during questioning police took advantage of the fact that Tzionis was under duress, as he suffering from withdrawal symptoms, being a drug addict.In court, Giorgos Themistocleous, one of the lead investigators, denied that any pressure was exerted on Tzionis after his arrest and while in police custody.He said the suspect was fully informed of his rights, and was advised that he could have a lawyer present during his deposition. Tzionis waived the right to have an attorney present.On the suspect’s mental state, the officer said Tzionis was in a good mood and that, when police asked him whether he was tired and wanted to sleep, he replied no.Themistocleous said that during the depositions police did not pose leading questions to Tzionis, and that rather the suspect himself volunteered the information.The officer also denied an allegation made by the defendant’s lawyer that, during one interrogation, he slammed his hand on the desk to intimidate Tzionis.After the murdered couple’s son recognized Tzionis in a police line-up done behind a one-way mirror, Themistocleous duly informed Tzionis that he had been identified as one of the suspects who broke into the home.At that point, the officer said, Tzionis muttered “OK” and seemed pensive.The trial within a trial is set to continue next Wednesday.The defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges.Initially Tzionis pleaded guilty to all charges save for that of breaking and entering into the victims’ home. He later changed his mind, entering a new plea of not guilty to all charges.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Neurosurgeons join Gesy rejection chorus

first_imgThe neurosurgical society on Thursday urged its members not to join the National Health Scheme (Gesy) citing the belief that the proposed scheme did not guarantee quality healthcare.The organisation said in a written statement that taking into account the seriousness of the cases they face both chronic and urgent, they believe that a well-planned health scheme would help both patients and doctors.“The proposed health scheme unfortunately presents several pitfalls that do not ensure quality medical care for patients, much more so for patients who require neurosurgical care,” the group said. “Both outpatient and inpatient work as suggested by the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) does not find us in agreement.”The medical society said that they back the decisions of the extraordinary general assembly of the medical association (CyMA) of last October and the actions of this board for the improvement of Gesy.“We advise our members not join the current health scheme proposed by the state,” the group said. The government, however, despite the fact that CyMA, the majority of medical societies, and private hospitals said they would not back Gesy, is confident it will find the 350 doctors needed for the smooth running of the heath scheme. So far, more than 120 doctors registered to participate in Gesy as GPs while another 150 state doctors will be integrated as GPs.The situation appeared bleaker with regards to the number of paediatricians eager to participate.According to the HIO the average earnings for each paediatrician and GP for adults will amount to €135,000, while specialist doctors will earn €160,000 annually.These amounts are particularly favourable compared to those of other healthcare systems, HIO had said. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more