‘Hope in Darkness’: Nearly 2-year nightmare ends as Josh Holt and his wife gain their freedom

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Josh Holt after his release from prison in Venezuela, in the Oval Office of the White House on Saturday, May 26, 2018, in Washington. | Alex Brandon, Associated Press

Editorial note: This is the latest in a series of articles related to the KSL Podcast, “Hope In Darkness.” Find all of our episodes and coverage at kslnewsradio.com/hope-in-darkness/.

SALT LAKE CITY — A Senate floor speech in April 2018, just over a month before Josh and Thamy Holt’s release from a Venezuela prison, threatened to potentially undo all the work behind the scenes to secure their freedom, in the eyes of a Senate staffer whose work was key to that effort.

“I was worried we were completely burned to a crisp and that it had ruined any chance to get you out,” Caleb McCarry, former Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer, told Josh Holt two years later in an interview for his podcast, “Hope In Darkness.”

‘On the edge of collapse’

Rafael Lacava, the governor of Venezuela’s Carabobo state, invited Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to visit Caracas in April 2018. Lacava was aware of the Holts’ imprisonment; he knew McCarry through a mutual friend and legislator, opposition leader Pedro Diaz-Blum, who had been with McCarry and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at a Boston retreat in the early 2000s aimed at mending fences between Venezuela’s government and opposition factions and the United States.

Durbin hoped to negotiate the Holts’ release during his visit. He also wanted to urge Venezuelan leaders not to go forward with potentially unfair elections. At the time, there was concern among international circles that Maduro had moved the election date up by a number of months in order to more easily win reelection.

When he got back to Washington, Durbin felt compelled to document the conditions he witnessed there, which were far beyond anything he expected. He described a country not just in crisis but arguably failing.

“No doubt many are aware that Venezuela has been suffering devastating economic and democratic backsliding,” Durbin said in his April 2018 Senate floor speech. “But what I found was a country that is on the edge of collapse, facing overlapping economic, humanitarian and political crises.”

“Inflation is rampant, expected to reach 13,000% this year, leading to what some call a race for survival,” Durbin said on the Senate floor. “Business leaders told me they’re being vilified by …read more

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Samsung’s new $170 wireless earbuds feature noise cancellation and a unique bean-shaped design — here’s how and where to buy them

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live will be available for $169.99 starting August 6.
The true wireless earbuds feature a unique bean-shaped design geared toward comfort.
Unlike the company’s cheaper Galaxy Buds Plus ($149.99) and Galaxy Buds ($129.99), the Galaxy Buds Live include support for active noise cancellation (ANC).
This feature is typically found on more expensive earbuds and could help the Galaxy Buds Live compete with pricier models, like Apple’s AirPods Pro.
For more headphone recommendations, check out our regularly updated roundup of the best headphone deals and our guide to the best true wireless earbuds.

After weeks of rumors and leaks, Samsung has officially revealed its latest pair of true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Live. The earbuds were announced alongside several other products as part of Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on August 5. Other new Galaxy devices include the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Watch 3, and Galaxy Tab S7.

Marked by their decidedly unique shape, the Galaxy Buds Live resemble a high-tech jelly bean more than a typical pair of earbuds. This ergonomic design offers a clear distinction from the company’s previously released Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus, which both have a more conventional look. You can read our review of the Galaxy Buds Plus here.

Apart from style, the Galaxy Buds Live also separate themselves from Samsung’s other earbuds thanks to some upgraded specifications, including bigger speaker drivers and an active noise cancellation option. That latter feature helps put the Galaxy Buds Live more in line with pricier models, like the AirPods Pro, though it remains to be seen just how well Samsung’s new earbuds actually perform.

Below, we’ve broken down all the details you need to know about the Galaxy Buds Live, including purchase options and technical specifications.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live price

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live will be available for purchase starting August 6. The earbuds cost $169.99 and come in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black color options.

The Galaxy Buds Live will be sold on Samsung’s website and other major retailers. Product listings from stores like Amazon and Best Buy are not yet available, but we’ll update this section with purchase links once they’re posted.

Compared to Samsung’s other earbuds, the Galaxy Live Buds …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

Samsung’s new $170 wireless earbuds feature noise cancellation and a unique bean-shaped design — here’s how and where to buy them

Galaxy Buds Live_All Colors_Front

Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live will be available for $169.99 starting August 6.
The true wireless earbuds feature a unique bean-shaped design geared toward comfort.
Unlike the company’s cheaper Galaxy Buds Plus ($149.99) and Galaxy Buds ($129.99), the Galaxy Buds Live include support for active noise cancellation (ANC).
This feature is typically found on more expensive earbuds and could help the Galaxy Buds Live compete with pricier models, like Apple’s AirPods Pro.
For more headphone recommendations, check out our regularly updated roundup of the best headphone deals and our guide to the best true wireless earbuds.

After weeks of rumors and leaks, Samsung has officially revealed its latest pair of true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Live. The earbuds were announced alongside several other products as part of Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on August 5. Other new Galaxy devices include the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Watch 3, and Galaxy Tab S7.

Marked by their decidedly unique shape, the Galaxy Buds Live resemble a high-tech jelly bean more than a typical pair of earbuds. This ergonomic design offers a clear distinction from the company’s previously released Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus, which both have a more conventional look. You can read our review of the Galaxy Buds Plus here.

Apart from style, the Galaxy Buds Live also separate themselves from Samsung’s other earbuds thanks to some upgraded specifications, including bigger speaker drivers and an active noise cancellation option. That latter feature helps put the Galaxy Buds Live more in line with pricier models, like the AirPods Pro, though it remains to be seen just how well Samsung’s new earbuds actually perform.

Below, we’ve broken down all the details you need to know about the Galaxy Buds Live, including purchase options and technical specifications.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live price

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live will be available for purchase starting August 6. The earbuds cost $169.99 and come in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black color options.

The Galaxy Buds Live will be sold on Samsung’s website and other major retailers. Product listings from stores like Amazon and Best Buy are not yet available, but we’ll update this section with purchase links once they’re posted.

Compared to Samsung’s other earbuds, the Galaxy Live Buds …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 phones start at $1,000, and you can preorder them on August 6

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 starts at $1,000, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra starts at $1,300.
Both phones will be available for preorder starting on August 6 from Samsung’s online store. They’ll be fully released and available to buy starting on August 21 from Samsung’s online store.
The Galaxy Note 20 series come with some minor updates, like new modern specs for 2020, improved S Pen precision and features, triple camera systems, and 5G connectivity.
Samsung is integrating Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate game streaming service into the Note 20 series, but the $15 per month subscription is separate.
The Note 20 Ultra comes with a new feature powered by ultra-wide-band technology that will let you open doors, like your home or car. It’s similar to Apple’s CarKey feature.

Samsung announced its new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra smartphones on August 5, which differentiate themselves with the S Pen stylus and S Pen functions that come included.

The Galaxy Note 20 starts at $1,000, and the Note 20 Ultra starts at $1,300. Both will be available for preorder starting on August 6 from Samsung’s online store. They’ll be fully released and available to buy starting on August 21 from Samsung’s online store and other retailers.

If you preorder a Galaxy Note 20 5G from Samsung between August 6 and August 20, you can receive $100 Samsung Credit. If you preorder a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G from Samsung in that same time period, you can receive $150 Samsung Credit. You can visit Samsung’s promotions website to learn more details.

Combined with the S Pen stylus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones are productivity devices, and the Note 20 series builds upon that role. The updates are minor in the Note 20 series — they include new powerful processors, improved S Pen precision and features, triple camera systems, and 5G connectivity.

The biggest new feature to come with the Note 20 series is reserved for the $1,400 Ultra model. It’s called Nearby Share and it’s powered by ultra-wide-band technology. Nearby Share is designed to let the Note 20 Ultra send and receive data with other UWB-equipped Samsung Galaxy devices. It’ll also be able to unlock things like doors and cars, similar to Apple’s recently announced CarKey feature on iPhone.

Samsung is expanding its partnership with Microsoft by integrating Xbox Game Pass Ultimate into the Galaxy Note 20 series.

Source:: Business Insider