Summit to discuss how to strengthen biological weapons convention – UN

The States Parties to the Convention – 151 countries have ratified the treaty, which entered into force in 1975 – are expected to discuss issues raised during a meeting of international experts on the Convention in August. This week’s summit will examine the adoption of domestic measures, such as penal laws, to implement the prohibitions outlined in the Convention, and national mechanisms to ensure the security of pathogenic microorganisms and toxins. Next year’s meeting is scheduled to examine how to enhance international capabilities for investigating cases of alleged use of biological weapons (and suspicious outbreaks of disease). The meeting in 2005 is expected to discuss codes of conducts for scientists around the world. The Convention proscribes Member States from developing, otherwise acquiring or retaining biological or toxin weapons. Its formal title is the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction. read more

UN urges Kenya to reconsider Dadaab camp closure displacing some 350000 refugees

“Large-scale returns are still not possible in many parts of the country, in particular to South Central Somalia,” spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Karin de Gruijl, told journalists in Geneva. The Government’s decision was announced this past weekend following the horrific attack at Garissa University in Kenya earlier this month, the agency said, referring to the 2 April assault on the campus for which Somali-based Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility. According to the UN Security Council, which strongly condemned the attack, dozens were killed, scores injured and many held hostage and others unaccounted for, the vast majority of whom were students.“UNHCR too has been shocked and appalled by the Garissa attack. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and his staff stand in solidarity with the people of Kenya. We reiterate our condolences to the families of all the victims,” said Ms. de Gruijl said today.Yet forcing refugees back to Somalia would have severe practical consequences, and would be a breach of Kenya’s international obligations. Kenya has hosted and protected refugees from violence and persecution in neighbouring Somalia for more than two decades, she added. UNHCR is working closely with the Government of Kenya and understands the current regional security situation and the seriousness of the threats Kenya is facing. It recognizes the Government’s obligation to ensure the security of its citizens and other people living in Kenya, including refugees.“We are thus urging the Kenyan authorities to give the matter further consideration. UNHCR stands ready to work closely with the Government of Kenya to strengthen law enforcement at Dadaab and support other measures to protect refugees and Kenyans alike against possible intrusion by armed actors from across the border,” Ms. de Gruijl said.UNHCR will also support other measures to protect refugees and Kenyans alike against possible intrusion by armed actors from across the border. In December 2014, a pilot scheme was launched to support people who seek to voluntarily repatriate to one of three relatively safe areas of Somalia, namely Luuq, Baidoa and Kismayo. “We are ready to work with the Governments of Kenya and Somalia to step up this program where there are opportunities for voluntary repatriation,” UNHCR said, reiterating its commitment to support Kenya in its protection of Somali refugees going forward. read more

Buckeye Briefs for May 25

Twenty-six Buckeyes will represent Ohio State track and field at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries this weekend in Greensboro, N.C. The field of 13 men and 13 women will compete against teams from the Big Ten, ACC, SEC, and Big East schools. There are five All-Americans representing the Buckeyes, including four-time All-American Jeff See. Joining See are Thomas Murdaugh and Matt DeChant. Christina Manning, Letecia Wright and Shaniqua McGinnis round out the top of the pack for the women. Top qualifying times from the East and West preliminaries will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9 to 12.The ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge pairings have been set and OSU hosts the Virginia Cavaliers on Thursday, Dec. 2. The challenge pairs 11 teams from each conference together. Both conferences have historically been known as women’s basketball powerhouses. In the challenge’s fourth year, the Big Ten hopes to break a pattern of defeat, as the ACC has won the challenge the past three years. The Buckeyes won their sixth-consecutive Big Ten title in 2010 and return all five starters, including two-time All-American Jantel Lavender. The women’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge follows the men’s and will take place across two days on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2. The No. 4 men’s tennis team ended its team portion of the NCAA Championships after falling in the quarterfinals 4-0 to No. 5 USC on Sunday. It was deja vu for the Buckeyes, as they lost to the Trojans in the 2009 NCAA Championship, the program’s only appearance in the finals. Senior co-captains Justin Kronauge and Mike O’Connell hold the record for the most all-time wins with 164, as well as most NCAA all-time wins with 17. Big Ten Athlete of the Year Chase Buchanan and Kronauge are set to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, and Buchanan and Dino Marcan will compete in the doubles point.The rowing team travels to Gold River, Calif., to compete for the 11th-consecutive season in the 2010 NCAA Championships. The field is made up of 16 teams, four of which are from the Big Ten. The Buckeyes will compete with two boats of eight rowers for the First and Second Varsity Eights and one boat of four rowers for the First Varsity Four. Washington State University hosts the Championships on Lake Natoma from May 28 to 30. read more

Football season ticket holders to be able to pick their seats

Season ticket-holders will be able to choose their tickets in a new online system starting in 2016.Credit: Courtesy of OSU.Ohio State football season ticket holders will soon be able to select their specific seats online, akin to the way one would buy concert tickets on a virtual map.In the past, seats could be changed by making a request during the renewal process. OSU would then consider the request and possibly make accommodations, said Martin Jarmond, OSU executive associative athletic director.The ability for specific ticket holders to improve their seats depends on their standing within the university’s “donor priority system.” The point system, which is based on a weighted calculation of the ticket holder’s current, past and revocable donations, will not change, said Martin Jarmond, OSU executive associate athletic director.The only access change will be the ability to pick specific seats, rather than requesting seats in a general area.The university began mailing out brochures Tuesday explaining the new process, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The new system will distribute tickets on a four-year basis and begin for the 2016 season.The new system was rolled out for faculty and staff this season, and Jarmond said this smaller demographic, which is roughly half of the number of public ticket holders, served as a sort of beta test, and results have been better than he expected. The biggest issue with the technology has been poor function on certain browsers.The availability of the technology was the No. 1 reason for the change. The new system will be easier for the fans and for the university, as OSU won’t have to use its manpower to screen change requests, Jarmond said.As for a financial benefit of the change, “We really have no idea. That remains to be seen,” Jarmond said. “It’s just a system change, but we don’t know yet if people are going to be donating more because of it.”The distribution method for student tickets also will not change, Jarmond said, as the lack of a seating priority system moots the need to change the student ticketing process. read more

Dont worry The Aston Martin DB5 wrecked in Skyfall was a 3D

first_imgIt’s not unusual to see cars getting blown up in big budget movies– when you mix explosives with high-end sports cars you expect some really beautiful automobiles to meet a fiery end. Many filmakers use computer effects to make things look good without actually having to blow $100,000+ cars up, but not the special effects crew who worked on the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall.To save money and preserve a classic automobile the team built three models using a 3D printer. A company called Voxeljet managed to create three highly detailed, 1:3 scale models of Bond’s 1960 Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 first appeared in Goldfinger 48 years ago, and the cars that are left are practically priceless so it’s understandable why the crew wouldn’t want them to come to any harm.Voxeljet’s large-format VX4000 printer can print objects that are up to 4 x 2 x 1 meters (283 cubic feet), so the scaled-down DB5 was possible though the final model was assembled from 18 parts.Once the team had the CAD data for each individual part, the printer applied polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) layer by layer and a binding agent was used to glue it all together. PMMA allows the models to be stable and resilient but also highly detailed. As you can see in the image above it can accept a paint job quite nicely as well.The Aston Martin could have been printed in one piece but the effects crew required a much more highly detailed model, complete with working parts. The hoods, trunks and doors all opened, there were even realistic bullet holes applied to the models to make them fit for the big screen.One of the three models that didn’t get destroyed was auctioned off for just under $100,000. Not only is it a brilliantly realistic model, it shows how far 3D printing technology has come.More at 3Ders via Gizmodolast_img read more

Steve Jobs actor Ashton Kutcher offered 10m to promote Lenovo PCs

first_imgThe Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher is due to arrive in theaters next month, and it looks like Kutcher is taking a page from the former Apple CEO’s playbook. He’s reportedly pondering an infusion of cash from a company with very strong ties to Windows.According to the New York Post, Lenovo is dangling a whopping $10 million to secure Kutcher’s endorsement. He’s been the poster boy for Nikon’s digital cameras for nearly four years now, so clearly Lenovo isn’t alone in thinking that the one-time underwear model and lovable sitcom oaf strikes a chord with consumers.The match makes good sense. Just this month, both IDC and Gartner declared Lenovo to be the world’s number one seller of PCs. Kutcher is television’s highest-paid star, raking in $24 million in a single year as Charlie Sheen’s replacement on Two and a Half Men.Even though it has taken over the pole position, Lenovo still hasn’t become a household name like HP or Dell. A few well-done promo spots featuring Kutcher would certainly help, and they’d give additional exposure to some of the company’s slick new products — like the IdeaPad Yoga and the massive IdeaCenter Horizon.It’s a shame Dell didn’t try to beat Lenovo to the punch. It would have been awesome to see vintage Kelso resurrect the old “Dude, you’re gettin’ a Dell” ads. Maybe Lenovo’s marketing folks will tap into that vibe for some of the spots… assuming, of course, that Kutcher signs on.It’s not like he’ll have to put himself in the hospital again to get in touch with his role.last_img read more

Du papier graphène plus résistant que de lacier

first_imgDu papier graphène plus résistant que de l’acierDes chercheurs australiens sont parvenus à concevoir un matériau à base de graphène et qui présente des propriétés très avantageuses comparé à l’acier.Léger, peu dense mais dur et résistant : le matériau conçu par les chercheurs de l’Université de Technologie de Sydney en Australie présente des propriétés exceptionnelles. Sous forme de papier, celui-ci est constitué de graphène, des cristaux de carbone qui forment lorsqu’ils sont empilés une couche de graphite. Depuis sa découverte en 2004, de nombreuses recherches se sont intéressées au graphène mais les scientifiques ont ici employé une nouvelle technique pour créer leur matériau.À lire aussiDes chercheurs ont trouvé comment rendre la soie d’araignée encore plus résistanteEn effet, ceux-ci ont moulu du graphite brut qu’ils ont ensuite filtré et purifié à l’aide de produits chimiques pour le refondre et le reformer en configurations microscopiques. Des nano-structures à partir desquelles ils ont créé des feuilles aussi fines que du papier. Enfin, ils ont testé les propriétés mécaniques et physiques du matériau en utilisant une méthode synthétique et un traitement par la chaleur. “Personne n’a utilisé une telle méthode de production et de tests par la chaleur. Et personne n’a exécuté des propriétés mécaniques aussi exceptionnelles pour le papier graphène”, a expliqué dans le communiqué de l’UTS Ali Reza Ranjbartoreh, principal auteur des travaux. Selon les résultats publiés dans Journal of Applied Physics, les tests effectués se sont avérés très prometteurs. “Comparé à l’acier, le papier graphène préparé est six fois plus léger, cinq à six fois moins dense, deux fois plus dur, 10 fois plus extensible et 13 fois plus rigide au pliage”, ont expliqué les chercheurs ajoutant que le matériau était aussi un “produit durable et recyclable à la fois respectueux de l’environnement et rentable”. Avec de tels avantages, ce papier graphène pourrait alors avoir de nombreuses utilisations dans l’industrie aéronautique ou automobile, domaines toujours à la recherche de matériaux plus légers et plus économiques.Le 23 avril 2011 à 09:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Car catches fire after hitting power pole; outages follow

first_imgA car burst into flames and caused power outages after veering off the roadway and into a power pole Sunday afternoon, north of Dollars Corner.The crash was first reported shortly before 1 p.m., at about the 6900 block of Northeast 259th Street.Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said a driver was heading east when the car went off the road and into a power pole.The impact knocked down the pole and power lines, the latter of which set the car on fire.Firefighters arrived to find the car engulfed in flames, Dawdy said.Dawdy said the driver escaped the vehicle, and Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Luque said no injuries were reported in the crash.The crash and response affected traffic for a few hours, and, at peak, left several hundred customers without power, according to Clark Public Utilities.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday May 17 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowNo budget plan unveiled as legislative session endsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Legislature is ending its session today with no state budget and no agreement on a plan to balance the budget in the future.Legislature approves all but one of Walker’s cabinet picksAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska Legislature approved 101 of Governor Walker’s appointments yesterday (Tuesday) – and voted down one. The only rejection was of Fairbanks resident Drew Phoenix. He’s served as a member of the State Commission for Human Rights since February. He’s also transgender.  His appointment was defeated, 35 to 24.Young OK with special counsel, rues ‘media hype’Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Alaska Congress Don Young says it’s fine with him that the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate Russia’s role in the 2016 election. “This is all media hype,” Young said.Bogoslof Volcano erupts, sends up ash cloudAssociated PressAn Aleutian volcano erupted Tuesday night and spewed ash for more than an hour.Sinkhole pops up at Ft. WainwrightDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA sinkhole has opened up on Ft. Wainwright in Fairbanks.Mayor’s veto cuts Mat-Su education budgetCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA bit of last-minute school funding did not survive the veto pen of Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Vern Halter.New trooper boss talks priorities on first dayCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Alaska State Troopers have a new boss: Longtime trooper Hans Brinke is now Col. Brinke, the head of an organization he joined 26 years ago as a recruit.Repair season under way on ‘just about every road in Alaska’Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe Alaska Department of Transportation’s summer road-construction season has begun, with major projects in Fairbanks and on both the Richardson and Parks highways. Crews are hustling to get as much work done as possible during the short construction season.Kodiak prepares for infectious disease with ebola simulationKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakEvery year on Kodiak Island, the common cold – known locally as the “Kodiak crud” – spreads among city residents. But imagine if a more serious illness or disease entered the population.UA president discusses search for new individual campus’ leadershipDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA University of Alaska Anchorage provost will serve as interim UAA chancellor while a search is conducted to replace outgoing chancellor Tom Case.From gangs to a grad: A former inmate celebrates finishing collegeQuinton Chandler, KTOO – JuneauThis month, 30-year-old Marcos Galindo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science with a concentration in political science. Now, he’s working on a master’s of public administration and wants a Ph.D. in Chicano studies – a choice weighted by his early life on the streets and in the prisons of California.At Bartlett High, a student meteorologist delivers the forecastWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor most high-schoolers, the first thing they hear at school every day is the Pledge of Allegiance and announcements. But students at Anchorage’s Bartlett High School get something more: a weather report.last_img read more

Regional airline ends scheduled JuneauPetersburg service

first_imgAn Island Air Express plane sits at Ketchikan’s airport in August 2018. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)After just nine months, a small airline in Southeast Alaska is ending scheduled service between Petersburg and Juneau. Island Air Express is discontinuing scheduled stops in the two communities on Jan. 15.Scott Van Valin, co-owner and director of operations for the regional airline, said there was not enough passenger demand on those flights.“When you peel everything back, our attempt to do this operation and that route, I can’t see how we can look back and say, ‘If we had only done this it would’ve worked,’” Van Valin explained. “You know we put the best equipment, best pilots, everything that was required to make this a quality service in place, and it’s just the one component that is the most important component is the passengers, and unfortunately there aren’t enough to sustain it.”The airline offered a scheduled, same-day round-trip between Petersburg and the capital city. There are no changes planned for the Ketchikan-Klawock service, which the company has offered for about a decade. Van Valin explained that Island Air didn’t want the new service to jeopardize that established connection.“We’ve seen many air carriers in the past in Alaska not follow that procedure, that idea or the concept, and basically take a long-term company that was operating for many successful years and, within a year, a new idea can topple it all down,” he said. “That’s kind of why we are not willing to attempt much more. That was kind of the game plan.”Island Air will still do charter flights around the region. Van Valin said it was a difficult decision to end flights to Petersburg.“You know, I’ve lived on Prince of Wales (Island) for 30 years and have been to Petersburg quite a few times and never got super involved. And I can tell you from our time last spring until now, I now can see why Petersburg has always been considered a really neat, tight community, because everybody we came in contact with during the past nine months were just extremely outgoing, friendly and welcomed us into the community,” Van Valin said.The company has six planes and 24 employees in Ketchikan and Klawock.last_img read more

No chemical warehouse to be allowed in Old Dhaka PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the oath-taking programme of the newly elected mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation and 50 newly elected councillors of DNCC and Dhaka South City Corporation at the PMO on 7 March 2019. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday expressed her government’s firm stand to remove the warehouses of inflammable materials from the old quarter and other residential areas of the capital, reports UNB.“Such inflammable materials can’t be allowed to be here. We’re looking for a separate place for them (businessmen). But we don’t want to ruin their businesses. But no chemical warehouse can be allowed to be there in residential areas,” she said.The prime minister said this while addressing the oath-taking programme of the newly elected mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation and 50 newly elected councillors of DNCC and Dhaka South City Corporation at the Prime Minister’s Office in the city.In a recent fire in Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area, at least 71 people have been killed.Addressing the DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon, who was present at the programme, Hasina said the recent fire incident in Old Dhaka is very painful.She said, “The businessmen (of inflammable products) can keep their showrooms and sell their products here. But we’ll arrange a completely separate place for warehouses where inflammable materials would be safe.”Mentioning the Nimtoli fire incident that took place in 2010, she said many people lost their lives in the two fire incidents in Chawkbazar and Nimtoli areas.”So, we won’t accept any obstacle in this regard,” she warned.last_img read more

Kolkata Metro sees hike in number of passengers

first_imgKolkata: Metro Railway has carried more number of passengers in the first three and half months of this financial year, against the corresponding period of the previous year.A spokesperson of Kolkata Metro informed that during this period (i.e. from April 1 to mid July) 5.92 crore passengers have travelled by Metro, against 5.81 crore passengers last year. “The increase has been around 1.83 percent from last year,” the spokesperson added.The earnings were also raised to Rs 56.96 crore during the same period this year, compared to Rs. 55.17 crore last year, thereby registering an increase of 3.25 percent. At present, Metro Railway has 14 AC rakes and 13 non-AC rakes operating in the 27 km-long line from Noapara in the North to Kavi Subhash station in the South. Also Read – Naka checking to be stricter to rein in speed demonsFour state-of-the-art AC rakes from Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Perambur have already reached the city and the Metro authorities hope to introduce them before the Pujas. The Metro is gradually working towards replacing its old rakes, which have been a cause of worry for the authorities as they are often developing technical snags. Kolkata Metro has ordered 14 rakes from M/s Dalian Locomotives Ltd. of China, among which the first rake is expected in August.last_img read more

Heres the aspect of selfdriving car testing thats not dominated by

first_imgA Cruise vehicle is spotted in San Francisco.Image: Dllu/wikimedia commonsBy Sasha Lekach2018-05-21 22:31:59 UTC Image: bob al-greene/mashableBut the picture on the road is different from just a year ago. Then, Cruise was trailing Waymo’s 79 approved vehicles with its 31. Looking at miles driven in autonomous mode — a key indicator in the autonomous testing race — Waymo is still firmly ahead: It logged 4 million miles across the U.S. by the end of November, and the company now says it’s at more than 5 million self-driven miles. In its end-of-year report in December, Waymo said it had completed 352,545 miles in autonomous mode in California.GM’s Cruise, comparatively, reported 125,000 miles on San Francisco streets.Before Uber dropped its California testing permit (hence the zero vehicles in the latest report) after a fatal crash in Arizona, Uber was around 3 million autonomous miles.Apple will file its first report later this year.Like Cruise, Waymo has ambitious goals, like offering a self-driving car service in Phoenix by the end of this year. In the self-driving industry, other measuring metrics like miles per intervention (when a human has to take over from the machine) could be examined to tell which company is ahead, but these metrics are not standardized or consistently tracked. So it’s a pretty muddled terrain out there to predict which company is truly leading.The race to autonomy continues. Last week, Apple’s secretive, self-driving car project got some attention for adding more cars approved for testing in California.But despite the company’s big name and the heightened curiosity over the iPhone-maker’s foray into autonomous vehicles, the winner here is not the company you’d expect.We looked at the past few months of reports from the California DMV’s self-driving permit program to see which of the 50-plus (and growing) companies involved are stepping up its testing. Only two companies — Waymo, the self-driving car program from Google, and one other that has not been publicly revealed at this time — have applied for permits for the state’s truly driverless testing program, which would allow for an empty vehicle.In terms of cars currently allowed to test drive on the California road, GM’s Cruise Automation dominates the big players. With 104 vehicles — named after the condor, hippo, wolverine, scorpion, puma, crayfish, and mongoose (according to the company’s last disengagement report from December) and of course, those ubiquitous Chevy Bolts — the startup-turned-major-car-company project has a large fleet with which to attempt to hit its target. By 2019, the company plans to offer a self-driving car service.A company spokesperson for Cruise Automation made clear that although the total reported cars can technically drive with the self-driving tech, it doesn’t mean that many are out on the road, and almost certainly not all at once. But here in the Bay Area, it makes sense why those white Chevy Bolt Cruise vehicles appear to be everywhere — GM has way more cars than any other company, and have for months.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment about its growing autonomous vehicle project — aside from DMV reports, the company hasn’t publicized or shared anything about the team, the cars, tech, testing milestones, or any partners, goals or timelines.last_img read more

Bullfighting a la tica The controversial endofyear tradition in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Tico-style bullfights: some call it animal abuse, others a tradition Grecia, the toucan with the prosthetic beak, now receiving visitors PHOTOS: The agony, the ecstasy at the Zapote bullfights Video: ‘Toros a la tica’ at Fiestas de Zapote Three people dressed as Batman, Chapulín Colorado and Superman move expectantly among a small crowd until a bull comes out in a rage and pursues them.They all run, and some take refuge behind a barrier, but others approach the animal to provoke it further. Around them, in the bleachers, thousands of spectators applaud each time the beast attacks one of the improvised bullfighters.The scene is part of the “toros a la tica,” an essential ingredient in San José’s end-of-year festivities and one of the most controversial traditions in the country. It takes place this year from December 25 to January 6.In Costa Rica, it is forbidden to kill the bull in the bullfights. Instead, what the public celebrates is when the animal attacks one of the bullfighters.In the arena, some 40 improvised bullfighters, almost all men, are the main actors of this bullfighting show. Some are disguised as superheroes and others as clowns, but all come in search of adrenaline.“Just as there are people who like to parachute, we look for strong emotions; it’s a passion, and one ends up falling in love with this tradition,” José Luis, a popular bullfighter known as “El Gemelo,” told AFP.Novices and veterans, men and women, all can participate in the run if they have signed an insurance policy, like the young Kenli Cisneros, who arrived at 5 a.m. to register at the Zapote ring in the southeast of San José.“It’s my first time as an improvised bullfighter,” she said. “My husband had been waiting for me for more than 12 years to join him in the ring.”Although most participants flee from the bull, the most reckless play with the animal to provoke it — such as “Batman,” who stole the show by dodging the beast with agility.Others, like Greivin Rojas, an improvised bullfighter for six years, could not be saved from “el Ratón,” a bull of about 450 kilos that managed to attack him.“I’ve taken scares, but it’s the first time the bull grabbed me and did not let me go,” said Rojas, still breathless after escaping the goring.Although Rojas was able to leave unharmed, more than once the participants finish hurt. In 2017, the Red Cross assisted about 350 bullfighters during the 13 days of San José festivities.“Last year, a boy had half his head torn open,” said “El Gemelo,” who has more than 30 years participating as a bullfighter.The bullfights in Costa Rica go back to the colonial era, when they emerged together with the development of livestock and Spanish influence.Morbidity and tradition An amateur bullfighter is charged by a bull during the Zapote Feasts, an end of the year holiday celebration in San Jose, on December 28, 2018. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP)Although the bull cannot be killed, Costa Rica remains one of the few Latin American countries that preserves the tradition of bullfighting.In the bleachers, the euphoria is more than present. The audience applauds, sings, bursts with laughter, screams with fright and even with pleasure when the bull reaches a bullfighter.Among them are Fiorella and her family, who for 11 years have been attending the event without fail.“I come to have fun,” she said. “Even if you’re not in the sand, you feel the adrenaline that they feel.“My 10-year-old nephew dreams of turning 18 to go to the ring.”In parallel to the passion that this tradition awakens, activists protest against the mistreatment of the bulls.Yayo Vicente, president of the Animalist Party of Costa Rica, believes that bullfighting is a tradition charged with violence.“In theory, you cannot mistreat the bull, but it is almost impossible not to mistreat it even if the animal is not killed,” Vicente told AFP. “The bullfights are quite harmful for the health of the bull.”Vicente stressed that in the bullfights “the bull will hyperventilate and have hormone levels that indicate excessive stress.”Although they are considered a tradition of the country, Vicente also considers that children should not be exposed to this type of spectacle, which in his opinion reinforces macho behavior.The animal rights activist is convinced that the key to stop perpetuating that tradition lies in changing the mentality of the new generations.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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