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Understanding Dr. Fauci


(From CNN)In a matter of just weeks, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci has become something of a comfort blanket for many Americans.

Amid the ups and downs of President Donald Trump's reactions to the coronavirus epidemic, Fauci has been a steady, calming and honest presence about the nature and extent of the threat to American lives.

Which brings me to something Fauci said about Trump in a remarkably candid interview with Science Magazine on Sunday. Here's the exchange (bolding mine):

Reporter: You've been in press conferences where things are happening that you disagree with, is that fair to say?

Fauci: Well, I don't disagree in the substance.It is expressed in a way that I would not express it, because it could lead to some misunderstanding about what the facts are about a given subject.

Now, Fauci is being as polite as he can be here. But make no mistake, what he's saying is this: Trump says things at these daily coronavirus task force press conferences that are not true.

That's a very, very bad thing.

View this interactive content on CNN.com

Whether it's his claims that the FDA had approved an anti-malarial vaccine to be used to treat coronavirus (they hadn't), his insistence that things are getting better (the US surgeon general said Monday "this week it's going to get bad") or his claim that GM and Ford are making ventilators (they aren't), there's a demonstrated pattern of untruth here by the President.

Which, in normal circumstances, is bad. But in a crisis like the one caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the ability to trust our leaders is paramount.

If the President is expressing himself in ways that "could lead to some misunderstanding about what the facts are about a given subject" (in Fauci's words) then the possibility of misinformation being pushed to the public is high. And that misinformation could cost lives.

The Point: Trump's casual relationship with the truth isn't new. But these circumstances are. And they make what he is doing much more dangerous

03/23/2020  - return to most current
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Lost sense of smell, an important indicator


March 22, 2020
A mother who was infected with the coronavirus couldn’t smell her baby’s full diaper. Cooks who can usually name every spice in a restaurant dish can’t smell curry or garlic, and food tastes bland. Others say they can’t pick up the sweet scent of shampoo or the foul odor of kitty litter.

Anosmia, the loss of sense of smell, and ageusia, an accompanying diminished sense of taste, have emerged as peculiar telltale signs of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and possible markers of infection.

On Friday, British ear, nose and throat doctors, citing reports from colleagues around the world, called on adults who lose their senses of smell to isolate themselves for seven days, even if they have no other symptoms, to slow the disease’s spread. The published data is limited, but doctors are concerned enough to raise warnings.

“We really want to raise awareness that this is a sign of infection and that anyone who develops loss of sense of smell should self-isolate,” Prof. Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society, wrote in an email. “It could contribute to slowing transmission and save lives.”

She and Nirmal Kumar, president of ENT UK, a group representing ear, nose and throat doctors in Britain, issued a joint statement urging health care workers to use personal protective equipment when treating any patients who have lost their senses of smell, and advised against performing nonessential sinus endoscopy procedures on anyone, because the virus replicates in the nose and the throat and an exam can prompt coughs or sneezes that expose the doctor to a high level of virus.

Two ear, nose and throat specialists in Britain who have been infected with the coronavirus are in critical condition, Dr. Hopkins said. Earlier reports from Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus first emerged, had warned that ear, nose and throat specialists as well as eye doctors were infected and dying in large numbers, Dr. Hopkins said.

The British physicians cited reports from other countries indicating that significant numbers of coronavirus patients experienced anosmia, saying that in South Korea, where testing has been widespread, 30 percent of 2,000 patients who tested positive experienced anosmia as their major presenting symptom (these were mild cases).

The American Academy of Otolaryngology on Sunday posted information on its website saying that mounting anecdotal evidence indicates that lost or reduced sense of smell and loss of taste are significant symptoms associated with Covid-19, and that they have been seen in patients who ultimately tested positive with no other symptoms.

The symptoms, in the absence of allergies or sinusitis, should alert doctors to screen patients for the virus and “warrant serious consideration for self isolation and testing of these individuals,” the academy said. The organization has reminded its members that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged all clinicians to prioritize urgent and emergency visits for the next several weeks and to reschedule elective and routine procedures. “There is evolving evidence that otolaryngologists are among the highest risk group when performing upper airway surgeries and examinations,” said a notice posted on the academy’s website on Friday. “A high rate of transmission of Covid-19 to otolaryngologists has been reported from China, Italy and Iran, many resulting in death.” Dr. Rachel Kaye, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Rutgers, said colleagues in New Rochelle, N.Y., which has been the center of an outbreak, first alerted her to the smell loss associated with the coronavirus, sharing that patients who had first complained of anosmia later tested positive for the coronavirus. “This raised a lot of alarms for me personally,” Dr. Kaye said, because those patients “won’t know “Most ENTs have on their own accord tried to scale down,” she said, adding that her department at Rutgers had already started using personal protective equipment

03/23/2020  - return to most current
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Monday morning update


COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Last updated: March 23, 2020, 12:15 [gmt]
Coronavirus Cases:350,457
Deaths:15,316
Recovered: 100,354

03/23/2020  - return to most current
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Chlorine Dioxide for Coronavirus: a revolutionary, simple and effective approach


Yes we can
Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) has been used for over 100 years to combat all types of bacteria, viruses and fungi successfully. It acts as a disinfectant, since in its mode of action it turns out to be an oxidant. [1# BiologicalEfficacyList ] It is very similar to the way our own body acts, for example in phagocytosis, where an oxidation process is used to eliminate all kinds of pathogens. Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) is a yellowish gas that, to date, has not been introduced into the conventional pharmacopoeia as an active ingredient, although it is used on a mandatory basis to disinfect and preserve blood bags for transfusions. [2# Alcide studies on blood disinfection] It is also used in most bottled waters suitable for consumption, since it does not leave toxic residues; besides, it is a gas that is very soluble in water and evaporates from 11 ºC. The recent Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic demands urgent solutions with new approaches. Therefore, chlorine dioxide (ClO2) in low-dose aqueous solution promises to be an ideal, rapid and effective solution. All too often, the solution is in the simplest of ways. The approach is as follows: on the one hand we know that viruses are absolutely sensitive to oxidation and on the other hand, if it works in human blood bags against viruses such as HIV and other pathogens, why would it not work organically against the coronavirus?

03/21/2020  - return to most current
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zonasur.online/hona


Join us March 20th at 1 p.m. Central Time (GMT-6) in a LIVE Broadcast from Hona in Dominical, Costa Rica to discuss the following important topics we are facing from a holistic perspective:

1. Resources available to our community in terms of alternative treatments of viruses
2. Prevention measures including immune system boosting
3. Access to organic food during these next few weeks of the organic markets being closed due to the Corona Virus.

Hosting this live streaming webinar is Huf of Biorez Wellness who is an expert on alternative treatments of viruses and has himself had an earlier strain of the Corona Virus that he successfully treated himself. 

Also joining the conversation is Karine Salanon who is organizing a community supported organic food delivery service

03/20/2020  - return to most current
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Can't Truss It


Ya, nine-juan-juan's (911) a joke in your town (as the lyrics of the popular NWA song suggests). Did you know that the place in China where Covid19 originated is no longer producing any new cases? Did you know that China started opening flights to London. Did you know that the regular media and trusted journalists have been expelled from the source of that news? Did you know that I am managing this feed from a cell phone with a sim card from Dominical, Costa Rica?
OK! now that you know all this...
Look out for the sneaker wave . You can' t trust 'em.
trust me on that. Oh yeah, and cheer up. We are noticing the power of positivity goes a long way.

03/19/2020  - return to most current
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By Bob Lefszets


I really don't want to overload your inbox, certainly not with coronavirus material, which you're inundated with constantly. But I keep getting e-mail from people who are not taking the threat seriously. Who are leaving the house and visiting with other people. Let me make it simple... When you get together with somebody, you're getting together with everybody who ever came in contact with them. Sure, they might not have left the house, but did their housekeeper come? And did the housekeeper drive him or herself or did they take the bus? Of course you cannot totally immunize yourself from personal contact, you do need food delivery, which is done by humans. (As for the hoarding, this is positively insane, there's plenty of food, I'd link you to the "Wall Street Journal" story but you either believe me or not. And when you're hoarding, other people who might need the item you have in bulk have no access to it. You can't buy distilled water, yet people with CPAP machines need it. As for toilet paper, I've heard a few good jokes, you probably have too. 1. If the people are that scared shitless why do they need toilet paper? 2. Trump is so full of shit the country ran out of toilet paper.) So the story that had the most impact upon me today was this: "CORONAVIRUS - CA MAN DIES AT 34 - Recently Visited Disney World In Fl": https://bit.ly/33yq5g2 This guy was from Glendora, in SoCal, not that far from L.A. 34? Read this, heartbreaking. And then this afternoon, this broke: "California governor projects '56% of state's population will be infected' in the next 8 weeks": https://cnn.it/3d888Jw I've got to ask you, do you feel lucky? Because those are terrible odds. In other words, you're more likely to get the coronavirus than not. And sure, not all  young 'uns are gonna die like the 34 year old above, but he did. As for oldsters, you're in the target group. Now the country at large is clamping down. Florida mayors closed the beaches when the governor refused to, but as the day wore on the governor got on board, well, sorta. My point being that what's permissible, just outside the lines today, is taboo tomorrow. Vail, Colorado, a tourist town, is inundated with coronavirus cases. Last I checked, Eagle County, which Vail is part of, had the most coronavirus cases in Colorado. Anyway, the hospital issued a memo today saying how long it's taking to get test results (3-5 days and getting worse), and the imminent threat of running out of hospital beds: https://bit.ly/3deC46K Now I've been hearing all day from right wingers saying the problem did come from China and it's not Trump's fault and he's doing a great job. You probably saw the pic wherein "corona" is changed to "Chinese" in Trump's script, but you have to watch the video in this page: "Sean Hannity denied calling coronavirus a hoax nine days after he called coronavirus a hoax": https://wapo.st/3a5DZJ3 Of course the video is funny, but what is vastly more interesting is the WaPo taking a side, no longer employing false equivalencies. Suddenly it's about what is right as opposed to doing your best to appear fair when there's no fairness at all. Don't commit a crime, there are cameras everywhere. And don't try to deny what is already out there, when footage exists. But please, do not leave the house unless it's to buy necessities, i.e. groceries and gasoline, your life depends on it.

03/19/2020  - return to most current
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March 18th World Updates


: These are the updates from the last 48-72 hours.

United States: President Trump signed into law a coronavirus relief package, which provides free coronavirus testing and ensures paid emergency leave for those who are infected or caring for a family member with the illness. The bill also provides additional Medicaid funding, food assistance and unemployment benefits. The "third phase" coronavirus response bill is expected to pass later this week.
United States: President Trump announced that home foreclosures and evictions will be suspended “until the end of April.” Read more here. He also invoked the Defense Production Act, which gives the government the authority to control the production and distribution of scarce materials deemed "essential to the national defense." In his executive order, Trump specifically cites protective equipment (presumably face masks) and ventilators as meeting the criteria in this provision.
United States: Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ben McAdams become first members of Congress to test positive for coronavirus.
United States: King County in Washington State is building a 200-bed field hospital on Shoreline soccer field amid coronavirus outbreak.
United States: The New York Stock Exchange said starting March 23, it will temporarily close its historic trading floor and move fully to electronic trading. This is the first time the physical trading floor of the Big Board has ever shut independently while electronic trading continues. Read more here.
United States and Canada: US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to close the US-Canada border to all non-essential travel in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. Trade will not be affected.
Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a massive $82-billion aid package to help Canadians and businesses cope with the global COVID-19 pandemic, including income supports, wage subsidies and tax deferrals. The package includes $27 billion in direct supports and another $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals. 
Japan’s Hokkaido, the nation’s prefecture with the highest number of coronavirus infections, will end its state of emergency over the epidemic on Thursday. 
Europe: The European Central Bank launched an extra emergency bond-buying program worth 750 billion euros ($820 billion) in the latest attempt to calm markets and protect a euro-area economy struggling to cope with the coronavirus epidemic. 
France: French police handed out over 4,000 fines Wednesday to people found violating an order to stay at home, on the first full day of a lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in the country. 
Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa declared a state of emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The new measures allow Prime Minister António Costa's government to restrict movement of people, temporarily suspend the right of workers in vital sectors — such as health, civil protection, security and defense — to strike, and ban protests and social or religious meetings 
Brazil: Davi Alcolumbre, the head of Brazil's Senate, became the latest high-level political figure to test positive for coronavirus on Wednesday.
Chilean president Sebastian Pinera declared a 90-day state of catastrophe Wednesday to address the spread of COVID-19 in the country, which has 238 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. By law, a state of catastrophe puts the armed forces in charge of public order and security and enables military control of the movement of people and goods. Military officials will be able to issue direct instructions to public employees and local governments and establish measures deemed necessary to maintain public order, including curfews. 
Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa

03/18/2020  - return to most current
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INNOVATION?


Elon Musk’s Neuralink Human testing of the noninvasive device could start as early as this year.
By Donovan Alexander
March 16, 2020
Neuralink/YouTube
Sure you know just about everything about Tesla and SpaceX, but how much do you know about Elon Musk’s Neuralink start-up? Out of the many eccentric projects that Musk is currently working on, Neuralink definitely takes the cake. The ambitious start-up seems to be working on something straight out of a science fiction film.
If Neuralink accomplishes its goal, the company could end up ushering in a new age of "superhuman cognition." But, enough with the suspense. What exactly is the Neuralink company working on?
Neuralink is a company set up by Elon Musk in 2016 that is exploring the human brain and how it can be connected to a computer interface. Operating at a much smaller scale than Tesla or SpaceX, this conceptual startup aims to use this brain-machine interface to integrate humans with artificial intelligence by surgically implanting processors into our brains with a procedure that is said to be no more invasive than something like LASEK surgery.
Now, you are probably wondering why humans may want to do something like this? And why does this sound like an episode of Black Mirror?
Brain-machine interfaces are not completely new and they have the potential to help millions of people. As stated in the Neuralink published paper, “Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) hold promise for the restoration of sensory and motor function and the treatment of neurological disorders”. However, the reason why humans might want to connect their brain to computer boils down to one potential existential threat, artificial intelligence.
Experts, business leaders, and researchers across the globe believe that artificial intelligence has the power to change the world for the better, impacting almost every industry across the world. Yet, some of these same leaders, including Elon Musk, believe AI could, very much, become a science-fiction level threat if we do not tread carefully.
Simply put, Neuralink would offer upgrades to the human brain that could potentially make us more competitive against AI with human-level or higher intelligence.
Neuralink’s coming ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces could help usher in a new evolutionary step for humans. Yet, we are getting a little ahead of ourselves. Here is everything you need to know about Neuralink.
Looking to the near future
Let’s imagine a scenario. Five years from now you are sitting comfortably in your smart home, packed brimming with the latest and greatest smart appliances. You are streaming the newest season of the Game of Thrones prequels while also comfortably working from home. Its the early afternoon and you are feeling a bit tired so it is time for some coffee. Without even getting up, using just your thoughts, you can tell your smart coffee machine to make you a cup of coffee. Perhaps you decide to put some music on in the background and turn off the TV while you work. No remote needed. All you need to do is use your mind.
Neuralink could bring us this future. However, it goes much deeper than just controlling your smart appliances and streaming service. Brain-machine interfaces could help those who suffer from mobility disabilities gain better control of their lives, allowing them to communicate with loved ones in more dynamic ways or complete daily tasks that are otherwise almost impossible. Paralyzed humans would be able to control smart devices and computers.
To give humans these superpowers, Musk's Neuralink will install a special gadget to create a “direct cortical interface” to upload and download thoughts. Since the founding of the company in 2016, Musk’s team has not shed much light on the project. His team has developed a device that is comprised of a tiny chip, dubbed the N1, that consists of a little over 3,000 electrodes. Attached to flexible threads thinner than a human hair, these electrodes can monitor the activity of 1,000 neurons. This design also serves a very specific purpose. The Neuralink device can target very specific areas of the brain. This, in turn, allows for the device to be surgically much safer and allows it to target very specific areas of the brain. Even more so, Neuralink has stated that a patient can have as many as 10 N1 chips implanted at any given. Now your next question may center around, how exactly will the device be implanted. Elon Musk has stated many different times that the process would be virtually painless, no different than getting LASEK surgery. Source: Neuralink/YouTube Your Neuralink device would be implanted using traditional neurosurgery methods safely and seamlessly with a robot surgeon.  As mentioned in the Neuralink published paper, “We have also built a neurosurgical robot capable of inserting six threads (192 electrodes) per minute. Each thread can be individually inserted into the brain with micron precision for the avoidance of surface vasculature and targeting specific brain regions.” Have they started testing the devices? Source: Neuralink/YouTube The Neuralink team has already started experimenting with various versions of the devices on both rats and monkeys. The results have been impressive. During the presentation in San Francisco, Musk and his team described one instance of a monkey being able to control a computer with simply its brain. Unfortunately, (or fortunately) there have not been any tests on humans. Yet, the team hopes to obtain FDA approval and begin human trials as early as this year. Are there any risks? During his presentation Elon Musk reiterated the idea that Neuralink will be an important part of our future, eventually allowing us to reach symbiosis with artificial intelligence. “With a high bandwidth brain-machine interface, we can go along for the ride and effectively have the option of merging with AI”, saidMusk.  And as for the risks to reach this end goal? Musk reassured his audience that the device will be safe. Elon Musk Keeps Mentioning 'Neural Lace' And Here's Why Even more so, BMIs technology is not completely new and is currently used to help those with mobility disabilities. However, this technology is still in its infinite stages, is very invasive, and is not so scalable. That is what makes Neuralink so special. The N1 Bandwith system holds the promise of being non-invasive, safer, and potentially easier to integrate into our lives. 
Nevertheless, there are a lot of technical and ethical challenges ahead for Neuralink if they want to make this possible. Could someone hack these devices in the future? What do we do with all the collected patient N1 data? Krittika D'Silva, an AI researcher at the Frontier Development Lab and attendee of the event summed it up perfectly for BBC news when she stated, “The technology described by NeuraLink is exciting because it is significantly less invasive than prior work in this field.”
Do you think it is worth it?
According to Neuralink’s CEO, Max Hodak, the first people able to test out the Neurolink devices will be patients suffering from quadriplegia due to spinal cord injuries. Neauralink could help those with neurological disorders that have their origins in the inability of the brain to connect with the nerves around the body. Musk paints a picture in which this technology is common, ushering in a new age where we need to merge with technology to compete as species with artificial intelligence.
What are some of the ethical questions we should be asking ourselves before pursuing a project like this? Are you excited to see a project like Neuralink? Or does it scare you?
We like Oleksii Kharkovyna's overall positive outlook on the device stating in his Medium article, “Theoretically, adopting this innovative technology, for paralyzed people.

03/18/2020  - return to most current
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Global Human Quarantine is proving to help the planet


According to Lauri Myllyvirta, an analyst at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air in Finland, these restrictions contributed to a 25 percent drop in China’s carbon dioxide emissions over four weeks beginning in late January, compared to the same time last year. Myllyvirta’s analysis also found that industrial operations were reduced by 15 percent to 40 percent in some sectors and coal consumption at power plants fell by 36 percent. Pollution-monitoring satellites operated by NASA and the European Space Agency observed drastic decreases in air pollution over China over a two-week period in February when the quarantine was in effect. The satellites measured concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, which is released by cars, power plants and industrial facilities, from Jan. 1 to Jan. 20, and then again from Feb. 10 to Feb. 25. The difference was unmistakable. Clearer waters in Venice in early March was an unintended climate benefit of the coronavirus lockdowns in Italy.Marco Capovilla / Venezia Pulita The cloud of nitrogen dioxide that was parked over China in January seemed to evaporate in February. NASA scientists said similar emissions reductions have been observed in other countries during economic disruptions, but the sharp decrease in air pollution in China during the quarantine period was especially rapid. “This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic dropoff over such a wide area for a specific event,” Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement earlier this month. Pollution levels have similarly decreased over Italy, which has become the center of the coronavirus pandemic outside China. On March 8, as cases in the country spiked, Italy imposed a lockdown of its northern Lombardy region. Two days later, the prime minister expanded the quarantine to include the entire country. Concentrations of nitrogen dioxide in the atmosphere over Italy also fell precipitously, as it did in China. An analysis by The Washington Post found that the most dramatic dropoff was observed over northern Italy. Nitrogen dioxide can irritate the lungs and inhaling the pollutant can increase the risk of asthma and inflammation of the lungs. Though the noxious gas is not thought to be a major contributor to climate change, studying its concentration in the atmosphere can help scientists understand other heat-trapping greenhouse gases that do drive global warming.

03/18/2020  - return to most current
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Check 1 - 2 - 3


This is a test from my new Galaxy phone on wifi

03/17/2020  - return to most current

“Human Cells Carry Quantum Information That Exists as a Soul”



03/16/2020  - return to most current
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A little about that Joe Rogan Video


The physical universe that we live in is only our perception and once our physical bodies die, there is an infinite beyond. Some believe that consciousness travels to parallel universes after death. “The beyond is an infinite reality that is much bigger… which this world is rooted in. In this way, our lives in this plane of existence are encompassed, surrounded, by the afterworld already… The body dies but the spiritual quantum field continues. In this way, I am immortal,” suggest researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich
The Max Planck physicists are in agreement with British Physicist Sir Roger Penrose who argues that if a person temporarily dies, this quantum information is released from the microtubules and into the universe. However, if they are resuscitated the quantum information is channeled back into the microtubules and that is what sparks a near death experience. “If they’re not revived, and the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.”
Steve Paulson writing for Nautil.us describes the 88-year-old Penrose’s theory as an “audacious—and quite possibly crackpot—theory about the quantum origins of consciousness. He believes we must go beyond neuroscience and into the mysterious world of quantum mechanics to explain our rich mental life. No one quite knows what to make of this theory, developed with the American anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff, but conventional wisdom goes something like this: Their theory is almost certainly wrong, but since Penrose is so brilliant (‘One of the very few people I’ve met in my life who, without reservation, I call a genius,’ physicist Lee Smolin has said), we’d be foolish to dismiss their theory out of hand.”
While scientists are still in heated debates about what exactly consciousness is, the University of Arizona’s Hameroff and Penrose conclude that it is information stored at a quantum level. Penrose agrees –he and his team have found evidence that “protein-based microtubules—a structural component of human cells—carry quantum information— information stored at a sub-atomic level.”
It was Hameroff’s idea, writes Paulson, “that quantum coherence happens in microtubules, protein structures inside the brain’s neurons. And what are microtubules, you ask? They are tubular structures inside eukaryotic cells (part of the cytoskeleton) that play a role in determining the cell’s shape, as well as its movements, which includes cell division—separation of chromosomes during mitosis. Hameroff suggests that microtubules are the quantum device that Penrose had been looking for in his theory. In neurons, microtubules help control the strength of synaptic connections, and their tube-like shape might protect them from the surrounding noise of the larger neuron. The microtubules’ symmetry and lattice structure are of particular interest to Penrose. He believes “this reeks of something quantum mechanical.”

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Latest from the U.S. State Department


Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel
Global Health Advisory
March 11, 2020

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. 

For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.

You are encouraged to visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security. Please also visit the website of the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate to see information on entry restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local governments.

Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.

If you decide to travel abroad:

Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.

Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.

Visit our Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.


03/01/2020  - return to most current
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Live at the Bamboo Room


If your player bugs out, click refresh until you get a good stream....
That's what she said :D

03/11/2020  - return to most current

damn it



03/10/2020  - return to most current

The simplest solution and your wildest dreams could be similar, Occam's razor


The following image is a transcript of the conversation between Earth and Eugene Cernan, after Gene returned from flying around the far side of the moon. At the time of this recorded transcript communication was not possible when the capsule was on the other side of the moon. At mission control in Houston, Texas the CC or capsule communicator (Cap Comm) initiates the conversation with Gene. He had to be certain to tell him a thing or two. You can figure it out from there...

03/09/2020  - return to most current
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We care about data and what we report


The crew at zonasur online is dedicated to bringing you real up to the minute information whenever possible. One thing we will not do is bring you erroneous data that we fail to question ourselves. We have been dealing with two data sets on this latest virus spread. One from the World health organization and another from an Asian analytics agency by the name of worldometer a Dadax company. I contacted the company today to discuss a discrepency of nearly 5,000 cases ahead of what the WHO is reporting.

Here is the response from a representative of worldometer :

"The WHO lags behind for sure. So if there are 3-4k new cases in a day we show them live, but to see them in the WHO report you have to wait tomorrow and hope they aren't missing any.

The data is collected case by case from Government official press releases around the world during the day.

Peter"

03/08/2020  - return to most current
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"Bad Math" is a systemic problem (Not a good time for it)


This is an example of how misinformation is frivolously passed through the media. What zonasur.online is proposing is at least some mathematical checks on information that you are publishing as a news source. Please do not hesitate to contact us concerning any facts or news you may have received. As an alternative media outlet, we aim to provide the necessary analytics to discover these types of mistakes and anomalies before they are published.


03/08/2020  - return to most current
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Bicyclist killed, hit by vehicle in Sierpe de Osa


The authorities of the Red Cross, Transit and the Police Force were alerted of an accident with a cyclist 200 meters south before the entrance to the peak in Sierpe de osa.
Upon arriving at the place they found a male adult of 53 years identified as Benedict Barrantes Hernández neighbor of Sierpe, he was lying on the road and lifeless.
Two people who were going fishing were those who gave the alert at 4:30 in the morning, the Palmar Norte Red Cross attended the accident and declared him dead.
The authorities of the OIJ judicial investigation body of Osa were responsible for the lifting of the body and the investigation to clarify the causes of this accident.

03/08/2020  - return to most current
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Debunking hysteria at Zona Sur Online


The Simpson's did not predict the spread of the Corono-19 virus in this video (below).

While it is true that this popular program has made incredible predictions during it's long run on Fox. This one predictive video has been doctored to portray a likeness of the events. It is not difficult to do. You could probably be shown how to do such edits within a few days with the proper training. Enjoy the video


03/08/2020  - return to most current
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There are already five confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Costa Rica


(Update as of the last 24 hours: There are now 9 cases of Corona -19 confirmed in Costa Rica. Please contact us at Click Here for more information)The Ministry of Health confirmed five cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica
At least one of them is preliminary classified as associated to an imported case. In addition, the ministry clarified that there is no community transmission in Costa Rica at this time.
The confirmed cases are as follows:
- A 49-year-old American woman confirmed Friday. A 49-year-old man, husband of the American confirmed Friday. Continue asymptomatic.
- A 54-year-old man, Costa Rican, who remains in a delicate condition in a public hospital.
- A 73-year-old woman, Costa Rican, aunt of the hospitalized patient and a 41-year-old woman, Costa Rican, caregiver for the aunt of the hospitalized patient.
Foreigners remain isolated and under medical supervision in Josefino hotel.
Costa Ricans are isolated in public hospitals. All stable health, except the 54-year-old Costa Rican who remains delicate.
Notice:
No passenger from Costa Rica may enter the airport of Guatemala without epidemiological evaluation The Director General of Civil Aviation was asked for a daily report of all flights coming from Costa Rica The Ministry of Health reported that seven suspected cases between nationals and foreigners are handled.
"They are one more contact of the 54-year-old Costa Rican, plus six people who have no connection with each other, nor with the confirmed ones, but also meet the definition of a suspicious case and also the respiratory panel, which rules out other diseases, proved negative. All remain isolated in hotel or residential centers, "they say in a statement(.

03/07/2020  - return to most current
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Quarantine Hotel, in China, collapses


Some news coming from the link of the incident just hours ago.

03/07/2020  - return to most current
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5.2 Earthquake near Buenos Aires de Puntarenas


After three 5.0 and greater earthquakes hit Mexico, last night we get a strong one in Costa Rica
Date & time: Saturday, 7 March 2020 02:40 UTC
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 43.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.09°N / 83.12°W (Costa Rica)
Nearest volcano: Durika (44 km)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 4*10^12 J (1.11 GWh / 951 tons of TNT)

03/07/2020  - return to most current
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The cruelty of a burning in Buenoe Aires, Costa Rica


This is Costa Rica, we care about the environment. The following video shows the kind of cruelty that stems from greed and the burden of responsibility is embeded in our souls.
This is why you are seeing it here

03/05/2020  - return to most current
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Be Careful in LA - Take precautions


Los Angeles recorded a new coronavirus case on Tuesday, with Kaiser Permanente announcing it was treating a patient.

“Kaiser Permanente is overseeing the care of a coronavirus patient who is home in self-isolation and being treated on an outpatient basis. We are in touch with and monitoring the patient,” Kaiser said in a statement.

No other details were available.
Hours earlier, Orange County officials announced two presumptive coronavirus cases, both of whom had recently been in countries where the virus has spread.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now looking to confirm those results.
At least five Northern California counties reported new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. On Tuesday, the city of Berkeley reported its first case after an individual visited a country with an outbreak. That individual has remained at home in a self-imposed quarantine since returning.

California museums and theaters shift coronavirus planning into a higher gear March 3, 2020
“While the risk of infection remains low, the expanded presence of the virus in our community is a reality we should all prepare for,” said Berkeley Public Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hernandez. “There are steps that all of us in the community can take now to improve basic hygiene and also prepare for a wider spread in the future.”
Contra Costa County also reported a case.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that the California Department of Public Health received approval from the CDC and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to dip into its emergency planning reserves of 21 million N95 face masks for medical workers on the front lines.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, delivering a message to the American public, reiterated that point.
“I want them to be prepared for the reality that ... there are going to be more cases in the community,” he said. “But I want them to continue their daily lives. I want them to be mindful of the opportunity again to prepare themselves and their families.”
HONG KONG-CHINA-HEALTH-VIRUS CALIFORNIA
Battling coronavirus, California distributing millions of face masks to healthcare providers March 3, 2020
Redfield said scientists do not have the data to predict the disease’s future spread.
“What we do know for sure, that in the right setting, it does have the potential to move quickly,” he said. “When you think that just a couple of weeks ago there were less than three cases in Korea, now there’s 2,500.”

03/04/2020  - return to most current
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Poachers in the wetlands reserves


The natural resources of the Terraba-Sierpe National Wetland, RAMSAR, postulated to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, both SINAC officials and Border Police working together, and found three illegal nets that were removed and which continue to be removed. They be destroyed, the operations will continue indefinitely in order to avoid any illegal fishing gear

Se continua dando protección a los recursos naturales del Humedal Nacional Terraba-Sierpe, sitio RAMSAR, postulado a Reserva de la Biosfera de la UNESCO, tanto funcionarios del SINAC y Policía de Fronteras trabajando en conjunto, hallan tres trasmallos ilegales que son removidos y los cuales serán destruidos, los operativos continuarán en forma indefinida con el fin de evitar cualquier arte de pesca ilegal

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Coronavirus: Chinese app WeChat censored virus content since 1 Jan


Toronto-based research group Citizen Lab found that WeChat blocked combinations of keywords and criticism of President Xi Jinping.
The report also found that WeChat, owned by Chinese firm Tencent, blocked more words as the outbreak grew.
China has for years censored what its people read and say online.
But this report suggests China began censoring discussions weeks before officials began acknowledging the severity of the outbreak.
It was on 31 December that China first alerted the World Health Organization to an outbreak of a new coronavirus in the city of Wuhan.
But authorities initially withheld information from the public - under-reporting the number of people infected, downplaying the risks, and failing to provide timely information that could have saved lives.
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It was only on 20 January that Chinese president Xi Jinping publicly addressed the issue of the virus, saying it had to be "resolutely contained".
It's not clear if the social media platforms blocked these keyword combinations based on government directives - or if it was done of its own accord.
However, the report suggests that it could be the result of companies "over-censoring in order to avoid official reprimands".
Authorities have confirmed more than 92,000 cases of the virus worldwide - of which more than 80,000 are in China.
The keywords censored A report released by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab on Tuesday looked into two Chinese social media platforms - WeChat and live-streaming site YY.
YY was found to have added 45 keywords to its blacklist on 31 December - which made references to the virus that was then unidentified.
These key words included the terms "Unknown Wuhan pneumonia" and "SARS outbreak in Wuhan".
WeChat was found to have censored 132 keyword combinations between 1 - 31 January. As the outbreak continued, WeChat censored 384 new keywords between 1 - 15 February.
These include keywords that referenced Chinese leaders - including President Xi - as well as neutral references to government policies on handling the epidemic, and responses to the outbreak in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.
Journalist Karoline Kan explains how Chinese social media is censored.
Some examples of censored combinations are "Local authorities + Epidemic + Central (government) + Cover up" and "Wuhan + Obviously + Virus + Human-to-human transmission".
References to Dr Li Wenliang also accounted for 19 censored keyword combinations.
Dr Li Wenliang was among a group of doctors in Wuhan who issued the first warnings about the virus in late December.
He was later told by police to stop making "false comments". Dr Li later contracted the virus himself and died of the disease aged 33.
Coronavirus kills Chinese whistleblower doctor The Chinese doctor who tried to warn about coronavirus The report adds that it is possible that WeChat has unblocked keywords as the outbreak continues to develop. YY is known to have unblocked certain keywords.
It is not clear what keywords, if any, continue to be censored on these platforms.
The report adds that censorship in China works through a system of "self-discipline" where companies are held liable for content on their platforms.
The censorship is particularly damaging because WeChat is such a central part of many people's lives in China - it is, in effect, WhatsApp, Facebook, Apple Pay and more, rolled into one.
App users are able to book flights, hail taxis and even transfer money - all on WeChat alone. And it's not used by individuals alone - government authorities often also release official statements on the app.
"It's appalling to see the wide range of terms, even including some non-sensitive terms, [being] censored," Patrick Poon, a researcher at Amnesty International told the BBC.
"It shows how obsessed and concerned the Chinese government is [in] trying to curb any discussion... that falls outside the official narrative.
"It's totally about social control and deprives citizens of their rights to freedom of information and expression."
Censorship is pervasive in China. Sites such as Google and Wikipedia are banned - and it's not uncommon for social media companies in China to remove content that is perceived to be threatening to social stability or the ruling Communist Party.

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Colombian President Meeting With Donald Trump


Office at the White House on Monday. In brief remarks, the two leaders reaffirmed the relationship between the countries and talked about humanitarian issues in Venezuela.

Colombia and the United States have been strong allies, not only defending democracy in the region, but also fighting corruption and drug trafficking.

The crisis in Venezuela and drug trafficking topped the agenda at the White House meeting.

“One of the things we’re talking about is Venezuela — a big subject for us,” Trump said. “And they’re treating the people of Venezuela unbelievably badly. They don’t have water. They don’t have food. They don’t have anything.”

Colombia has taken in at least 1.6 million Venezuelan migrants and Duque has been an outspoken critic of Maduro and called for strong sanctions against the Maduro administration in Venezuela.

“It’s very important that we are stronger on sanctions against a dictatorship in Venezuela,” Duque said. “Venezuela is running out of things. They have destroyed all the healthcare system. So we have to, in this year, work together jointly so there’s a political and democratic transition that is effective in Venezuela.”

Trump addressed the issue of drug production in Colombia, that despite U.S. presence for over two decades has continued to grow.

Ahead of the meeting, Trump told Duque “you’re going to have to spray” coca, the base ingredient for cocaine, ahead of a meeting in the White House. The statement put Duque in a difficult position; the Colombian government can’t resume aerial spraying unless it implements a crop substitution program.

In 2015, Colombia halted aerial fumigation due to the unintended contamination of legal crops and water sources. One year prior to this decision, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that if there was evidence of negative consequences the government had to stop using that method to fight the illegal crops.

The visit was completed with a keynote speech at the 2020 pro-Israel lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, where Duque took to the stand to announce a free trade agreement with Israel and stronger bilateral relations.

03/03/2020  - return to most current
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Now you can save lots of money migrating to solar energy in Costa Rica


According to Ministerial Decree 39220 (Ruling for the distributed Electrical generators for self-usage), since October 2015 the installations of solar panels with DC to AC Inverters is legal in Costa Rica, but only for the purpose of generating electrical energy for self-residential, commercial and industrial usage. The decree forbids the sale of the exceeds of the energy generated to third parties such as your house neighbors or to the electrical distribution company serving your electricity needs such as ICE, CNFL, ESPH and others.
Costa Rica Solar 2020

The decree identifies two types of electrical distributed generators: the ones disconnected from the commercial grid, known as OFF GRID generators, and the ones interconnected to such grids better known as GRID TIED. For the first group, there are almost no limitations or legal restrictions, except the obligation for the generator to take care that at all times his network will not be interconnected with the commercial grid, in case there is none nearby, or one bypassing or serving partially his property.

For the case of the GRID TIE generators interacting with the commercial grid, such as the case when they return excess energy to the grid at peak generating hours generally by noon, the ruling requires them to sign a contract with the distribution company for the purpose of crediting the value of the excess energy at night hours or at rainy days. But if there is not return of energy, the contract is not necessary, and the penalties do not exist with the exception of the disconnection from the grid after a legal jury orders to at the request of the distribution company and only after technical demonstration of failures caused on the grid by the small scale generator. Those failures are identified in the decree as the negative impact caused by the return flow of energy on the commercial delivery voltage, frequency and stability of the entire grid.
Costa Rica Solar 2020


If you are planning to install a solar plant in your property or at your business in Costa Rica, schedule your attendance to COSTA RICA SOLAR 2020, a conference and expo to be held at Crown Plaza Corobicí on May 8.

At the show, you will enter in close contact with several installation companies and you will hear speakers from the main manufacturers of solar plants in the world presenting latest innovations in the technology.
Entrance will not be free, but for a mere $100, you will enjoy an entire day of lectures, including lunch and coffee breaks.

03/02/2020  - return to most current
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Airlines offer increased flexibility in face of spreading coronavirus


The following U.S. airlines which operate routes to Costa Rica are offering flexibility on newly booked tickets, even if they’re to regions not directly impacted by COVID-19:
  • Alaska Airlines has suspended change and cancellation fees for new ticket purchases made between Feb. 27 through March 12, 2020. The waiver applies to travel through June 1, 2020.
  • American Airlines will waive change fees up to 14 days prior to travel for customers who purchase travel between March 1 and March 16.
  • JetBlue has suspended change and cancellation fees for new flight bookings between Feb. 27 through March 11, 2020, for travel completed by June 1, 2020. Customers will receive a full travel credit should they need to cancel their trip.
  • Delta Air Lines is waiving change fees for all international itineraries purchased between March 1 and March 31, 2020.

  • Airlines have also cancelled, suspended, or reduced routes as the virus spreads worldwide. This has primarily impacted flights to China, South Korea and Italy.

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    "LA TORRE" IN OSA, HAS NEW ASPHALT LAYER


    Thanks to municipal efforts, the canton of Osa continues to improve its road infrastructure, this time through an investment of ₡ 250,000,000 the placement of a new asphalt layer on the way to Drake Bay was achieved.

    Gracias a esfuerzos municipales, el cantón de Osa sigue mejorando su infraestructura vial, en esta ocasión mediante una inversión de ₡250.000.000 se logró la colocación de una nueva capa asfáltica camino a Bahía Drake.

    Información de Sidney Brown

    03/02/2020  - return to most current
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    Conditions from TCRN


    On this Friday, suctiony conditions are considered on the country, strong bursts will be perceived in the Central Valley, North Pacific, North Zone and the Mountain Ranges; This situation obeys the arrival of the cold front # 4. In addition, an increase in cloud coverage is expected in the Caribbean and the northern zone generating occasional rains throughout the day, part of the cloudiness can be projected towards the mountains of the central valley and cause light little drizzlers. In the Pacific, stable and dry conditions will be maintained by few clouds. It is anticipated that the affectation by this front system remains during the weekend.

    02/28/2020  - return to most current
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    The Costa Rica News - TCRN


    Costa Rica offers dozens of beaches with strong currents on the shores of both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Favored by its more than 1,400 kilometers of coasts, it is rapidly gaining a reputation as a world surfing destination. The national team won the last World Specialty Championship, which was held at Jaco Beach.
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    Here is what they say about Pavones
    Known as a mecca for surfers, it is recognized worldwide for its left breaker that on a good day can give waves of up to a kilometer in length.

    Useful tips for surfers:
    Before entering the sea, inform yourself about the presence of dangerous currents, weather conditions, waves and type of underwater soil.
    Stay alert about sea conditions, as it is a dynamic environment that is constantly changing.
    Always carry the strap by hand to hold the board near the body, for the safety of other surfers.
    If you are a beginner, look for areas that are not very congested to practice and with the presence of a lifeguard.

    02/28/2020  - return to most current
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    The Costa Rica News - TCRN


    For this Thursday the hot conditions will continue during the day in the country, especially in the area of ​​Guancaste, the west of the Central Valley and in the coastal parts. As for the rains, during the afternoon scattered rainfall with a possible localized storm is expected for the mountainous regions of the Central and South Pacific. In addition, isolated short-term rains are possible on the Nicoya Peninsula in addition to the west and north of the Central Valley. On the other hand, starting on Thursday night and early in the morning, a gradual increase in the wind over the country is expected as a result of the advance of the cold front # 4 through the Central American region.

    02/27/2020  - return to most current

    osa Informativo


    En labores de protección a los recursos naturales del Humedal Nacional Terraba-Sierpe, se hacen patrullajes constantes por parte de los funcionarios apoyados por Fuerza Pública-U.I.P. se encuentra un trasmallo de 400 m de largo aproximadamente el cual está en forma irregular dentro del Área Silvestre Protegida, se confecciona acta de hallazgo, no hay personas detenidas

    02/27/2020  - return to most current
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    Osa Informativo


    Con gases lacrimógenos policía levanta bloqueo en la ruta 27
    De acuerdo con Daniel Calderón, director de la Fuerza Pública, la policía trató de negociar por varias horas con los manifestantes, incluso asegura que llegaron personeros de la empresa Globalvía para dialogar.
    Con gases lacrimógenos la Fuerza Pública levantó el bloqueo en la ruta 27 en el sector de Cebadilla de Orotina.
    Con escombros, ramas y palos los vecinos incendiaron la calle en el kilómetro 62 para evitar el paso de vehículos molestos por el cierre de una vía que da salida a la ruta 27.
    Y es que el acceso a la entrada al Caserío y La Parada quedó eliminado y esto obligaría a los vecinos a dar la vuelta y salir por Santa Rita.

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    Next One


    This is a test article that I am calling "next one", it is nice that I can do this.let's see how often it refereshes.

    12/30/1899  - return to most current
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    Osa Informativo


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    Carlos Alvarado se ausenta de conferencia de prensa para evitar preguntas por la UPAD
    No se presentó a la conferencia posterior al Consejo de Gobierno


    Por Melisa Jerez Cerda - 25 febrero, 20200

    Carlos Alvarado, presidente de la República. AMPrensa.com.
    Gobierno ha sido criticado por la poca comunicación Presidente solo brindó declaraciones en Cadena Nacional Redacción – En medio de cuestionamientos mediáticos, de la población en general y hasta de la Fiscalía General de la República, el presidente Carlos Alvarado no asistió a la conferencia posterior al Consejo de Gobierno para referirse a la Unión Presidencial de Análisis de Datos (UPAD). De acuerdo con la agenda pública del mandatario, a las 4:00 de la tarde tenía una invitación al Día Nacional de la Empresa Privada, pero la conferencia en Casa Presidencial terminó minutos antes de las 3:00 de la tarde. A esta conferencia asistieron el ministro de Seguridad Michael Soto, la ministra de Educación Guiselle Cruz, la ministra de Justicia Fiorella Salazar y el presidente del INDER, Harys Regidor, mientras Alvarado se quedó únicamente con la Cadena Nacional del lunes. Debido a los ministros que asistieron a la conferencia, no se habló específicamente de la UPAD ni se brindó un mensaje de contención a la prensa que está desde tempranas horas de la mañana se encuentra a las afueras de Casa Presidencial por la investigación de la Fiscalía con respecto a esa unidad de datos. Además, tampoco se presentó la ministra de Comunicación, Nancy Marín, para hablar sobre ese tópico en específico. Cabe destacar que el gobierno ha sido sumamente cuestionado por la falta de una estrecha comunicación con respecto a la UPAD y los errores que el mismo presidente admitió. Los errores de la UPAD fueron mencionados en Cadena Nacional por Alvarado la noche del lunes anterior; sin embargo, no hubo atención a las consultas de la prensa posterior al material audiovisual donde el presidente brinda declaraciones.

    02/25/2020  - return to most current
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