Banda: Two women allegedly committed suicide in separate incidents in Banda district, police said on Monday. The first incident took place in Pangara village on Sunday, where a 20-year-old woman, identified as Aarti, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her room over being scolded by her mother, Additional Superintendent of Police Lal Bharat Kumar Pal said. In the second incident, which took place in Murwal village under the Baberu police station area on Sunday, Seema, 26, allegedly set herself ablaze after she had a tiff with her husband on phone. She had come to her stay at her parents ‘place and was to return to her in-laws’ by Tuesday, Pal said. Police said the bodies have been handed over to their family and investigation in both the cases is underway.
MONTREAL – A quick sketch of Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, who is vying for a second mandate as premier when Quebecers go to the polls Oct. 1.Age: 61Born: June 26, 1957, in Montreal.Job before politics: Neurosurgeon.Education: Earned a doctorate in medicine in 1979 and neurosurgery degree in 1985 from Universite de Montreal, a specialist certificate from College des medecins du Quebec and a specialist certificate from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1985.Professional career: Strategic adviser in health and in life sciences with Secor-KPMG; senior follow in health law at McGill University; head of the department of neurosurgery at St-Luc Hospital from 1989 to 1992, and again at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke from 1996 to 2003.Political career: Embarked on a career in provincial politics in 2003; served as health minister between 2003 and 2008; elected Liberal leader in March 2013; won byelection in December 2013; became premier in April 2014.Current riding: Roberval, about 250 kilometres north of Quebec City.Quote: “We need to bring a team that is going to be both experienced and made of new people. We’ve always renewed ourselves at strategic moments. This is one of those moments.” — Couillard as he recently announced the controversial candidacy of former NHL player Enrico Ciccone to replace longtime Liberal backbencher Francois Ouimet.
Metallica have announced they will donate their prize money from the Polar Music Prize to three charities.The band were awarded the $130,000 prize in Stockholm by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on June 14. 50% of the prize will go to the Stockholm City Mission, while 25% will go to The World Childhood Foundation, and the remainder will go to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.“Our primary thing for the last year has been, all over where Metallica goes to, to support local food banks,” said drummer Lars Ulrich. “We write checks in every city. We just played a 39-day European tour where we wrote checks to the local food banks.”Last year, Metallica established their new charity, the All Within My Hands Foundation, dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger and other critical local services.
4 October 2010Warning that “never-ending” conflicts are creating new semi-permanent refugee populations, a top United Nations official today called on governments to expand their efforts to ensure protection for the world’s 43 million forcibly displaced people. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres noted that over half of the refugees that the UN refugee agency, known as UNHCR, is responsible for today are stuck in protracted situations – more than 5.5 million. Most of them are in the developing world where four fifths of the world’s refugees reside.Last year was the worst in two decades for the voluntary repatriation of refugees, with only about 250,000 returning home – about one quarter of the annual average over the past 10 years.“There is a simple explanation for this. The changing nature and growing intractability of conflict make achieving and sustaining peace more difficult,” Mr. Guterres told the opening of the annual meeting of UNHCR’s governing Executive Committee in Geneva.“As a result of never-ending conflicts, we are witnessing the creation of a number of quasi-permanent, global refugee populations, of which Afghans and Somalis are the most obvious,” he said. “Afghan refugees are dispersed across 69 other countries – a third of all States in the world… [Meanwhile in Somalia] there seems no real prospect of peace… I do not believe there is any group of refugees as systematically undesired, stigmatized and discriminated against.” The High Commissioner appealed to countries to broaden their support for those affected by such situations and the principles of international protection on which his agency’s work is based. “We need to increase international solidarity and burden-sharing,” he said. “A better understanding and recognition by the international community of the efforts of host countries is absolutely necessary.”One tangible and effective example of burden-sharing, he noted, is resettlement, which enables refugees who cannot find safety or a durable solution in their first country of asylum to take up residence in another country.Since June 2008, 12 new countries have established resettlement programmes and the total number worldwide now stands at 24, with the United States, Australia, and Canada in the lead. “But a huge gap remains between resettlement needs and resettlement capacity,” Mr. Guterres stated, noting that while as many as 800,000 refugees need resettlement, the number of places available annually is only around 10 per cent of that. “Only with resettlement and voluntary return maximized, and a more equitable sharing of the responsibility for hosting refugees, can we hope to see more receptivity to local integration.” Mr. Guterres also touched on the needs of other groups of forcibly displaced people beyond just refugees. These include people fleeing natural disasters, the 27 million people who today are displaced inside their own countries due to conflict, and the estimated 12 million people worldwide who are stuck in the legal limbo of statelessness.
“Anybody who returns risks being treated like an LTTE sympathiser. They will be taken in for questioning at the airport and most likely tortured and imprisoned,” Anna Annor, vice-president of Swiss Council of Eelam Tamils, told swissinfo.ch.She claims that many prisoners of war from the 2009 war have still not been released.A 47-page report released by the SEM on Tuesday – based on visits to Sri Lanka in January and February – testifies that conditions have improved since its last analysis in 2014.Poverty and lack of economic and career prospects were cited as the biggest problem in conflict-affected north of the country. The report acknowledged that individuals entering the country from abroad are investigated and those who left the country illegally (by sea using the services of human traffickers) can be denounced and fined for violating immigration laws. Swiss authorities have announced that they will apply more stringent criteria for granting Sri Lankan nationals – mostly ethnic Tamils – refugee status. They believe that the situation on the ground has improved since the 2009 civil war, swissinfo.ch reported.“Today we acknowledge that considerable progress has been made in the area of human rights, for example in the freedom of expression and assembly,” the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) said in a statement. However, the authorities acknowledged that “some gaps remain, especially in the area of human rights” and as a result individual circumstances will be taken into consideration while examining asylum requests.At the end of May 2016, 1,316 asylum applications from Sri Lankan nationals were pending at the SEM. In total, over 5,000 Sri Lankans have been taken in by Switzerland, of which 3,674 have been given refugee status. A total of 1,613 have been admitted provisionally and potentially face the threat of expulsion. “Therefore, more restrictive conditions now apply for recognising the refugee status of journalists, human rights activists and opposition politicians.” “Although police violence is known to be a general problem, no more recent information is available on ill treatment upon entry at the airport in Colombo,” the report states. The SEM also added that the need to protect those with a link to the vanquished Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a separatist rebel group of ethnic Tamils, was decreasing since the end of the bitter war in 2009 between the Sri Lankan army and LTTE for control of northern, Tamil-dominated part of the country, in which the latter were defeated. During the visit of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to Switzerland in March, there was talk of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the area of economic cooperation. The trade between Sri Lanka and Switzerland is worth around CHF300 million. A “migration partnership” was also agreed during the visit whose technical details ought to be finalised soon.Annor claims that Switzerland’s keenness to trade with Sri Lanka is affecting its stance on the human rights situation in the country.“The Swiss government needs to be neutral on the issue instead of supporting Colombo. It is all about business,” she said. (Colombo Gazette)
What would you sacrifice to get to the top?That’s the question at the heart of Top Girls, a contemporary play that takes a critical look at women and their relationship to power and success.First produced in 1982 and last seen in Niagara at the Shaw Festival in 2015, Top Girls by playwright Caryl Churchill will have an eight-day run from Friday, March 2 to Saturday, March 10 at Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.The production is being presented by Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts and is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Danielle Wilson. Top Girls tells the story of Marlene, a career-driven woman in 1980s London whose only interest is business success.The plot takes Marlene to a dinner party with five women from history, literature and art, and as the drinks begin to flow, so do their stories of family, adventure and loss, which overlap in witty and humorous dialogue. Throughout the play, we also meet the real-life women in Marlene’s life who struggle to rise to the top of the corporate ladder, but are held back by lack of opportunity and the harsh competitiveness of the business world.Top Girls examines themes that are extremely topical such as the challenges of working women who choose self-promotion and career over motherhood, family and domesticity. It highlights the contradictions between feminism and capitalism.In addition to Wilson directing, MIWSFPA students behind the play include Michelle Mohammed as assistant director (who is writing about the development of the show in a dedicated blog), Alicia Marie Bender as stage manager, Whiney Braybrook-Byl as assistant stage manager and performers Helena Ciuciura, Emma McCormick, Samantha Mastrella, Meryl Ochoa, Manchari Paranthahan, Catherine Tait and Kristina Ojaperv. Community professionals involved in the production include set designer Nigel Scott, costume designer Kelly Wolf, lighting designer Jennifer Jimenez and music composer Max Holten-Andersen. Jane Gooderham is the dialect coach.Top Girls runs Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m., and Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. There is also a special presentation for high school students on Friday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m.Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, $10 for groups and $5 through the eyeGo high school program. They’re available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office online, at 905-688-0722 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Exams are over, school’s out and youngsters have not yet grown restless in the long summer holidayCredit:Frederick Florin AFP With tricky Brexit negotiations ahead, gloomy economic forecasts and no chance of a Brit winning Wimbledon there may seem little to smile about.But, according to experts today is the happiest day of the year with the UK reaching peak cheerfulness thanks to the good weather, summer holidays and light nights.Dr Cliff Arnall, who coined the term Blue Monday in 2005 to describe the most miserable day of the year – the third Monday in January – used a similar formula to find out when the UK is at its most content.He discovered that July 14th is when well-being soars, as the end of the working week coincides with the beginning of the summer holidays and long warm days allow people to spend more time with friends and family outdoors. The new formula was commissioned by Jury’s Inn who have developed a Stay Happy Guide for guests. Dr Arnall said: “The start of the school holidays has a positive effect on the household. Family stress can be significantly reduced as the usual hassle of getting children ready for school then joining the rush hour school traffic stops during the holiday period. Key for the formula Teenagers who have taken exams in May and June are also feeling much calmer by July as schools and colleges close for the summer and results are over a month away.The cabin fever associated with the end of the six week break is also many weeks away and children have not had enough time to get bored and restless. “This reduction in traffic congestion also benefits people without children, or whose children have grown up, as the roads are clearer and car trips are more relaxed.”Previous studies have found that happiness rockets on Fridays, as levels of stress hormone cortisol fall gradually throughout the day with the approach of the weekend. The formula The new formula factors in emotional connectedness, kindness, health, being true to yourself, calmness, uncertainty, friends, family and fun. Crucially it does not include financial wealth after several studies have shown that money does not make people happier.“The world today is a very different place to 2005,” said Dr Arnall, 51, a from Brecon, Wales, a former lecturer at Cardiff University who now runs happiness and confidence sessions for organisations including the Department for Work and Pensions and the NHS.“We are now in a time where massive socio political national and international changes force us to examine where we are heading.“The formula addresses the core human fundamental issues head on to help people build and maintain their happiness and well-being in spite of a very uncertain world.”This year’s Blue Monday, which fell on January 16, was deemed to be the most depressing ever because of a string of celebrity deaths, anxiety of Brexit and fears about the Donald Trump presidency in the US. The gloom was compounded by bad weather and Christmas debts.
Logan’s father David tried to get into the living room but was beaten back by the smoke and flames. After he escaped from the house he and a neighbour rescued Miss Williams from the kitchen. She suffered burns to her hands, arms and face, which has left scarring and has undergone surgery four times.She later described her boyfriend as a sensitive, kind and funny “teddy bear”, who had done well at university and wanted to join the police and become a detective.Shelagh McCall QC, defending, said her client had shown “wicked recklessness” but did not intend to kill his brother. He was said to have “felt physically sick at the whole thing”.She added that he had “unusual” personality traits and a lack of understanding of the impact of his actions on others. “The accused then ran from the living room and went out the front door. Catherine Logan slammed the door behind him, shouting something like ‘get the hell out of my house’, still not knowing who it was. Blair Logan claimed he only wanted to ‘maim’ his brotherCredit:PA Rebecca Williams was seriously injured in the attack that killed her boyfriendCredit:PA The attack was said to be in retaliation for an incident at the house when his brother had punched him. Logan also told police they had not spoken since the death of their grandmother in 2013. “When she turned back towards the living room she saw ‘orange and crackling’ and the room turning black. She also heard Cameron and Rebecca screaming.”She tried to open the door to the room without success and ran out of the house to ask neighbours for help.Miss Williams managed to crawl out of the room into the kitchen, and put her head in the fridge in a bid to protect herself from the fire. The fire damaged family houseCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. On the night of the fire, his brother and his brother’s girlfriend, who lived in Glasgow, had arranged to stay over at the family home and his mother set up an inflatable mattress for them in the living room. They returned from a Hogmanay party at around 4am and went to sleep.At around 7.15am, Mrs Logan was woken by Gomez whining and when she went downstairs she saw a figure in dark clothing standing inside the living room.Rebecca also saw a man in the room, holding something that was on fire, and she and Cameron both screamed.Mr Prentice told the court: “Catherine Logan then heard Cameron roar in surprise, shock and fear, before the accused made a jerking motion with his arm as if throwing something. After his arrest, he told police: “I didn’t want to kill him.” Alex Prentice, prosecuting, said the accused admitted pouring petrol over his sibling “with the intention of maiming or crippling” him.Logan, a Tesco store assistant, told detectives he took the petrol from a church garage a month and a half before the fire and stored it in his bedroom.The court heard that the brothers had a “hostile” relationship and searches of the killer’s computer found he had researched burn injuries. Cameron Logan’s parents, David and CathyCredit:PA A man has admitted murdering his brother by pouring petrol on him and setting it alight on New Year’s Day.Blair Logan doused his younger brother Cameron, a 23-year-old psychology student, in fuel as he lay in bed with his 25-year-old girlfriend Rebecca Williams, who was seriously injured.Logan, 27, a solicitor’s son, is facing a life sentence after pleading guilty to killing his brother and attempting to murder Ms Williams, a radio journalist, at the family home in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire.His parents David and Catherine were here at the time and had to be treated for smoke inhalation. The family’s dog, Gomez, also died in the fire.Logan was also charged with endangering the lives of his parents, who were at the High Court in Glasgow to hear his guilty pleas. The judge Lady Scott asked for a social work report and will sentence Logan on August 11
There have been many methods and products to help you escape from an encounter with a shark, from underwater shark cattle prods, to magnetic repellents. Whether or not these methods truly work, there is one underlying common thread: the sharks still see you and know you’re there. Now, however, with a new camouflage wetsuit, the sharks may not even know you exist.Scientists from the University of Western Australia and designers from Shark Attack Mitigation Systems, collaborated to create two new wetsuits that are designed to act as something of an invisibility cloak to sharks. Rather than employing fancy technology like cattle prods or magnetic pulses, the two suits simply use nature to their advantage. The suit seen above, dubbed Elude, sports a color and pattern that takes advantage of sharks’ color blindness, so ideally a shark just won’t even notice you’re in the vicinity. The second suit, seen below — dubbed Diverter — features white and dark blue stripes in an attempt to mimic nature’s own color scheme and pattern that is intended to ward off predators.In theory, the design of the suits are sound. The Elude suit makes sense because, obviously, if a shark doesn’t know you’re there, then you can’t be targeted. The Diverter suit, however, is slightly more complicated, but is founded on an idea just as sound. In nature, certain colors and patterns are a prey’s only protection. Bright orange stripes may alert a predator to stay away from a fish because those colors mean the fish is poisonous. This is the theory the Diverter follows.Currently, the designs have been tested around tiger sharks, but have not yet been tested worn on humans. However the initial results were reportedly so promising that the suits were already put up for sale. If the lack of human testing, or testing on only one kind of shark (though it is a shark that is known to be aggressive toward humans), seems a little worrisome, the suits are continuing testing this summer with great whites.
24,835 Views By AFP Image: Shutterstock/cynoclub Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 13th 2017, 2:31 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3284825 File image of a ski slope in the French Alps. 13 Comments Share Tweet Email Man killed after horrific collision on slopes of French Alpine resort The Italian died and a British tourist was left seriously injured. A 52-YEAR-OLD Italian skier died and a British holidaymaker was left seriously injured after a violent collision on a gentle blue piste in a French Alpine resort at the weekend, emergency services said.The Italian was knocked unconscious and could not be revived after he skied into the 33-year-old Briton yesterday in Les Deux Alpes in an area used both by beginners and more experienced downhillers.The British skier was taken to a nearby hospital in Grenoble where he is being treated for head injuries, the mountain rescue service in the local Isere region said.The French Alps have been hit by a series of avalanches in recent weeks following heavy snowfall.© – AFP 2017Read: Death toll after fire at Guatemalan children’s shelter rises to 40Read: Dutch PM says he won’t apologise to Turkey over escalating diplomatic row Monday 13 Mar 2017, 2:31 PM File image of a ski slope in the French Alps. Image: Shutterstock/cynoclub
As part of Term 2 of the 2014 Greek History and Culture Seminars hosted by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, open lecture Avenger or Revolutionary? Orestes’ Political Lesson from the Eumenides will be given by Dr Dimitris Vardoulakis.Dr Dimitris Vardoulakis is lecturer at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, at the University of Western Sydney. When: Thursday 21 August at 7.00 pm Where: Ithacan Philanthropic Society building, Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne For more information, visit www.greekcommunity.com.au or contact (03) 9662 2722 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Premier accident pour la voiture sans chauffeur de GoogleDébut août, une Google car a eu un accident avec un second véhicule une Toyota Prius. C’était le premier accident pour ces voitures sans pilote conçues par le géant Google et révélées en octobre 2010. En octobre 2010, le géant de Mountain View rendait publiques des recherches qu’il tenait secrètes depuis plusieurs mois. Leur but : concevoir des voitures automatisées capables de maitriser leur propre conduite sans l’intervention d’un pilote. Aujourd’hui, que ces “Google cars” sont désormais bien connues et qu’elles ont déjà parcouru plusieurs milliers de kilomètres, la firme de Mountain View a enregistré le tout premier accident de ses véhicules. Début août, l’une des voitures a en effet accroché une seconde à proximité du siège de l’entreprise, a révélé Gizmodo.fr. Néanmoins, un porte-parole de Google a indiqué que le véhicule n’était plus en mode automatique lors de l’accrochage, mais qu’il était conduit par une personne. Une déclaration qui n’a pas pu être confirmée par d’éventuels témoins de l’accident. Cependant, aucun blessé n’est à déplorer et les dégâts se sont avérés mineurs. Pour rappel, ces Google cars sont bardées de radars, de lasers et de caméras qui leur permettent de se diriger sans entrer en collision avec d’autres véhicules ou obstacles. Elles effectuent alors leur trajet en utilisant Google Maps et Google Earth et en communiquant en permanence avec les centres de données du géant de Mountain View. À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?”Notre objectif est d’aider à prévenir les accidents de la route, donner plus de temps aux gens et réduire les émission de carbone en changeant radicalement l’usage de la voiture”, expliquait Google en octobre 2010 cité par Silicon.fr. Malgré l’accident, la firme ne semble donc aujourd’hui, aucunement remettre en question son projet de véhicules automatisés. Découvrez la Google car, voiture sans pilote, en démonstration vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 16 août 2011 à 11:53 • Maxime Lambert
EDMONDS — Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a swastika that was found spray-painted on a vehicle outside a church north of Seattle.KOMO-TV reports the swastika was discovered on a vehicle outside Westgate Chapel Sunday morning in Edmonds.Police say a police sergeant who was working security at the church recognized the suspect and saw spray paint on his fingers.He was questioned and evidence was collected from his vehicle.After detectives talked to him Wednesday, he was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of malicious mischief.Detectives are also investigating whether the Edmonds man could be responsible for April incidents when swastikas were painted on cars in Edmonds neighborhoods or a June incident in which hate speech was included in graffiti at Madrona Middle School.
Portland — The Port of Portland on Friday filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board in response to union activity that is causing delays for businesses using the port’s Terminal 6 container facility.Work actions by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 8, “have significantly impacted container operations at Terminal 6 causing costly delays for area shippers and truckers,” the port said in a statement. The terminal is operated by ICTSI Oregon Inc.Port spokesman Josh Thomas said Friday afternoon that trucks were lined up outside the terminal on North Marine Drive due to the work slowdown.At issue is a jurisdictional dispute between the Longshoremen union ILWU Local 8, whose members hold many terminal operations jobs at the port, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers over a small number of jobs that involve plugging/unplugging and monitoring refrigerated containers at Terminal 6, the port said.When the port transitioned container terminal operations to ICTSI Oregon Inc. last year under a 25-year lease, continuation of the IBEW work was included in the lease terms, the port said.ILWU Local 8 officials criticized the port for filing the claim, saying it should not get involved in a dispute affecting ICTSI Oregon. It said the terminal operator is contractually obligated to hire Longshormen from ILWU Local 8 for the disputed jobs.
Spice Girls Reunion With Victoria Beckham Planned For 2018 Following “secret” talks, all five Spice Girls are reportedly onboard for a reunion celebration in ’18Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2017 – 10:46 am Slam your body down and wind it all around, ’90s style!According to multiple reports, including NME, the Spice Girls — Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Brown (Scary), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), Emma Bunton (Baby), and Geri Horner (Ginger) — are planning to reunite for some big projects in 2018, including a celebratory reunion TV special and new album.”The five of them have been locked in secret talks since the summer, and finally they are all on-board for a 2018 reunion,” a source told The Sun. “As it stands, they will be working together on a series of projects, which will include an album and a TV special celebrating the Spice Girls — and getting Victoria to agree has been a coup for everyone involved, given she has always been the person holding back on a reunion.”Horner hinted at a possible Spice Girls reunion in October. “I really pushed to get everyone back together,” she told Red magazine. “I still love the girls and there are other bits and bobs in the pipeline.”The quintet last appeared together to perform their hits “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The group released their last studio album, Forever, in 2000.’The Bodyguard’ Soundtrack: 25 Years After Whitney Houston’s Masterpiece Twitter Facebook News Email Spice Girls To Reunite In 2018 spice-girls-reunion-victoria-beckham-planned-2018
KEENE, NH — Keene State College has announced that the following Wilmington student has been named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List:Deeanna MallettAbout Keene State CollegeKeene State College is a preeminent public liberal arts college that ensures student access to world-class academic programs. Integrating academics with real-world application and active community and civic engagement, Keene State College prepares graduates to meet society’s challenges by thinking critically, acting creatively, and serving the greater good. To learn more about Keene State College, visit http://www.keene.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Keene State College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Keene State CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Pumphret & Rae Named To Dean’s List At Keene StateIn “Education”Wilmington’s Mallett, Mazzie & Rae Named To Dean’s List At Keene StateIn “Education”
Kim Jong Un file photoNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing starting Tuesday and is expected to discuss with Chinese leaders his next steps after his nuclear summit with president Donald Trump last week.Kim’s visit to Beijing, while expected, is one way for China to highlight its crucial role in US efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. The US has long looked to China to use its influence with North Korea to bring it to negotiations, but the visit comes as ties between Beijing and Washington are being tested by a major trade dispute.Chinese president Xi Jinping “is exerting a lot of influence from behind the scenes,” said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Glaser said it was predictable Xi would want to be briefed by Kim directly about the North Korean leader’s talks with Trump.”I expect they will talk about the path going forward and where priorities should lie,” Glaser said. Those priorities, from China’s perspective, would be to ensure that Beijing is included in any in peace treaty talks and for creating an environment on the Korean Peninsula that will make it unnecessary for US troops to remain.Security was tight Tuesday morning in the Pyongyang airport, where another flight was unexpectedly delayed and later at the Beijing airport where paramilitary police prevented journalists from shooting photos. A motorcade including sedans, minibuses, motorcycles and a stretch limo with a golden emblem similar to one Kim used previously was seen leaving the airport.Roads near the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where senior Chinese officials meet with visiting leaders, were closed and the same motorcade with motorcycle escorts was later seen heading into the compound. A ring of police vehicles and black sedans surrounded the perimeter of the guesthouse where Kim stayed on his first visit earlier this year. Kim’s presence there and the schedule of his visit, including any meetings with Xi, have not been confirmed.Kim was diplomatically isolated for years before making his first foreign trip as leader in March to meet with Xi in Beijing. This would be his third visit to China, North Korea’s main ally and key source of trade and economic assistance. Following his summit with Trump, Kim was expected to meet with Chinese leaders to discuss progress in halting his country’s missile and nuclear weapons programs in exchange for economic incentives.The Singapore meeting resulted in a surprise announcement of a US suspension of military drills with its South Korean ally, a goal long pursued by Beijing and Pyongyang. That move is seen as potentially weakening defences and diplomacy among America’s Asian allies, while bolstering China and Russia.The US has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the Korean War, in which China fought on North Korea’s side and which ended in 1953 with an armistice and no peace treaty.The state media treatment of Kim’s visit departed from past practice of not announcing his travels until Kim returned home. Analysts said Beijing appeared to be trying to normalize such visits.Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor at Renmin University’s School of International Studies in Beijing, said the frequency of Kim’s visits was “unprecedented.” He noted that unlike on previous visits, China’s state broadcaster CCTV announced Kim’s visit before his departure.”This is an improvement. This shows that China is moving toward a healthier and more normal direction in relations with North Korea,” Cheng said.The visit comes as a dispute over the large trade imbalance between China and the US has been escalating, straining ties between the world’s two largest economies and moving them closer to a potential trade war.Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual property theft. The tariffs were quickly matched by China on US exports, a move that drew the president’s ire. On Tuesday morning China woke to news that Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, a move swiftly criticized by Beijing.A trade war with the US could make it less attractive for China to use its influence over North Korea to help the US achieve its objectives of denuclearization.”The potential comprehensive trade war will make the cooperation between China and US in North Korea’s nuclear issue more complicated,” Cheng said. “There will be a big question mark over whether China and US will continue this cooperation.”
Comics from Canada are some of my all-time new favorites. Toronto produces some of the coolest comics and creators that tell the stories we want to hear. For the spooky season, TO Comix Press presents Wayward Sisters. WS is an anthology collecting stories to celebrate lady and non-binary monsters. This collection brings forth new kinds of monsters that break the mold in every way.I don’t think I can officially put into words how remarkable this anthology is. I love any types of monsters. Seeing a collection of stories from creators that embrace the unusual, original and unique variety of monster sets my heart on fire.From their official website: “From mermaids hunted for their meat to a ghastly beauty pageant, Wayward Sisters celebrates lady and non-binary monsters who are indelicate, impolite, and irrepressible. Inside you’ll find tales of undead motivational speakers, vengeance demons compelled to hunt family, and a gentle T. Rex who just wants to be loved. This collection of full-colour comics stars thirty-eight intersectional creators who identify as women or gender-nonconforming.”via Kickstarter / Wayward Sisters / TO Comix PressWayward Sisters launched their Kickstarter October 11th. You still have plenty of time to support this fantastic anthology until November 10th. Lead editor Allison O’ Toole (The Pitiful Human-Lizard and Life, Death & Sorcery) with editor M. Blankier (Marvel, Kids Can Press, Knopf/Random House Canada) were “both bored by monster stories where women are only victims, romantic interest, or sexy monster hunters.” They sought out a different kind of monster stories. With that, they called for pitches, and Wayward Sisters was born.Wayward Sisters contains 25 stories from both female-identifying and non-binary/non-conforming creators. Backers for the Kickstarter will be able to receive digital downloads, physical copy of Wayward Sisters, limited edition prints by artists, original artwork, an exclusive pin and so much more.via Wayward Sisters / TO Comix PressTO Comix Press has maintained successful and exceptional campaigns for their comic funding. They’re going above and beyond to make Wayward Sisters a reality. With the anthology 73% funded, there are a lot more rewards to grab. The support will allow the book to launch Feb 2018. If you love monsters, uniquely different types of monster, you’ll want to back Wayward Sisters today. You can find out more and follow them on their Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Stay on target
Ima let you finish but Shinzo Abe had the best entrance of all time pic.twitter.com/uQsQt5SmLI— Olympic Bun (@Rxbun) August 22, 2016Given the importance of touchstones like Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda to both the Japanese economy and the nation’s image around the world, I’m betting that the 2020 Olympics will be a great time for geeks the world over. At the same time, it’s already offering up an opportunity for some amusing tweets:I can’t believe the Prime Minister of Japan leaked the design of the Nintendo NX at the Olympic Closing Ceremony pic.twitter.com/Ug7lyvfBo5— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) August 22, 2016 We all know the big names and faces of the Olympics right now. Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, and… Mario?Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, made an appearance at the Rio closing ceremony dressed as Nintendo’s famous mascot, seemingly emerging from an iconic green pipe. It’s traditional for a national leader from the next host country (in this case, Japan), to help close out the Olympic games and give people around the world a taste for what’s to come.Abe was welcomed with plenty of cheers, as well as a smattering of famous Japanese icons like Pac Man, Link from the Legend of Zelda series and more.Plenty of people lost it on social media hoping that it was a sign of a ridiculous video-game-and-anime-themed Olympiad in 2020.マリオの中身が安倍晋三だった pic.twitter.com/Piitbx5vI0— junya犬ラブユナイテッド (@junyaganba) August 22, 2016 THE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE JUST SHOWED UP AT THE OLYMPICS DRESSED AS MARIO, POPPING UP THROUGH A PIPE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.— Mark:Di-Stefano (@MarkDiStef) August 22, 2016