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Tokyo candidate for the world athletics championships

TOKYO (AP) – Tokyo’s $1.4 billion National Stadium, built by the Japanese government for last year’s Olympics, is being considered a site for the world championships. Athletics.

An inspection team from World Athletics – the sport’s governing body – met Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Wednesday and was due to visit the stadium on Thursday.

The next world championships, which have been postponed from 2021 to make way for the Olympics, will be held in July in Eugene, Oregon. Budapest, Hungary is expected to host in 2023.

Tokyo would be considered one of the favorites for 2025. This choice is expected in July. The location of 2027 has not yet been chosen.

Antti Pihlakoski, the chairman of the inspection team, praised Tokyo. But neither he nor Koike answered questions during a brief photo opportunity at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

Pihlakoski said World Athletics had four candidates for 2025. He did not name them, but they would be Tokyo, Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, Singapore and a site in Poland.

“I believe there is no other city in the world that could have organized (Olympic) competitions during the COVID period, and did so in a very good way,” he said. “And everyone in the sport owes you a very big, deep thank you.

Sebastian Coe, the head of World Athletics, said last year in Japan that he wanted to bring the championships to the city. Coe is not known to be in Tokyo this time. Many World Athletics sponsorship deals are negotiated through Dentsu Inc., the Japanese advertising and public relations giant.

Three of World Athletics’ four main sponsors are Japan-based companies: sportswear maker Asics, watchmaker Seiko and Japanese electronics company TDK. The other is the Qatar National Bank.

Dentsu was the main driver in securing over $3 billion in local sponsorship for the Tokyo Olympics and is a powerful player in Japanese business, politics and media. Much of Dentsu’s influence lies in sports marketing and handling broadcast rights issues.

Tokyo held the world championships in 1991 and Osaka hosted them in 2007. Koike said she remembers the 1991 championships and Carl Lewis’ world record of 9.86 seconds in the 100 meters.

“His overwhelming run is still fresh in the memories of everyone in Tokyo and all over Japan. And I, too, remember those days clearly,” Koike said.

Coe, a two-time Olympic 1,500m gold medalist and former member of Britain’s parliament, is a power player in his own right and is seen as a possible successor to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Bach’s term ends in 2025.

The Japanese city of Sapporo is also among the favorites to clinch the 2030 Winter Olympics. It competes with Salt Lake City and Vancouver.

The IOC is expected to name the site for the Winter Olympics in May 2023 during meetings in Mumbai, India. He could also do a double prize and name the host city of 2034.


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The Finnishization of Asia EJINSIGHT

“Finlandization” describes the commitment to strategic neutrality that a small country might take, in order to avoid provoking a much larger and more powerful neighbour. The term is derived from Finland’s longstanding policy of strict military non-alignment with the Soviet Union or the West – a policy it maintained vis-à-vis Russia after the end of the war. cold but that its recent application for NATO membership has overturned. But even as Finland abandons finlandization, many Asian countries may well be ready to embrace it.

Unlike Finland and its European partners, most Asian countries have refrained from verbal or vocal condemnation of Russia’s war on Ukraine. Of the 35 countries that abstained in the United Nations General Assembly vote on March 2 on a resolution demanding that Russia end its invasion of Ukraine, 11 were in Asia.

Two of those countries that abstained were great powers: China and India. For China, the decision to abstain was perhaps less about Russia, with which it signed a cooperation agreement a few weeks before the invasion, than about the West. Chinese leaders are highly skeptical of Western values ​​and fear the militarization of Western-led international institutions. If and when China decides to invade Taiwan, it hopes to avoid the high international costs that Russia has incurred for its aggression in Ukraine.

India, for its part, likely abstained due to its longstanding ties with Russia. India led the Non-Aligned Movement in the 1950s and 1960s – a period when it also pursued Soviet-style socialist economic policies. India abandoned these policies in the early 1990s – around the same time communism was collapsing in Europe – but continued to depend on Russia for military supplies, including warplanes and tanks. . Given the importance of these supplies, India cannot afford to alienate Russia, despite the Kremlin’s increasingly close partnership with China, which is waging a stealth war with India in the Himalayas.

Small abstaining countries – Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Vietnam – are even more likely to replicate some version of finlandization, reflecting pressure from Russia and China. Meanwhile, Japan and South Korea remain the West’s frontline in the region, facing threats from both powers, as well as North Korea (which voted against the resolution).

US President Joe Biden is currently in Asia trying to bolster that front. In meetings with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden sought to lay the groundwork for deeper cooperation, including planning for various contingencies, such as a North Korean missile attack. on one of the three territories of the countries. Biden has even vowed to militarily defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion.

But Biden held separate bilateral meetings with Yoon and Kishida. For the front line to hold, South Korea, Japan and the United States must develop a viable three-party strategy to deal with the security challenges facing Asia.

Here, Yoon’s election victory last March gives reason for hope. After defeating the incumbent party candidate, Yoon is expected to break with the foreign policy of his predecessor, Moon Jae-in. This includes abandoning Moon’s policy of appeasement toward North Korea, the biggest military threat to the South, and replacing his policy of “strategic ambiguity” in the Sino-US rivalry with stronger ties. deep with the United States. In fact, when they recently met, Biden and Yoon affirmed the critical importance of broad deterrence in their shared policy toward the North Korean regime.

Another political mistake Moon made was allowing South Korea’s relationship with Japan to be poisoned by historic disagreements dating back to World War II. Rather than remaining weighed down by the burden of history, the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States must bear the burden of peace together. We hope Yoon understands this.

Kishida, too, broke with the policies of his predecessors, who embodied a softer approach to Russia, in the hope that Russia would return to Japan the four Kuril Islands that Stalin had seized at the end of World War II. world. Abe Shinzō – Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, whose term ended in 2020 – met with Russian President Vladimir Putin 27 times between 2012 and 2020 and provided Russia with substantial economic aid.

These efforts proved unsuccessful. Putin never came close to engaging in serious negotiations on the islands. In any case, Japan has now abandoned the business. Following the invasion of Ukraine, Kishida’s administration quickly announced that it would join the rest of the G7 in imposing tough sanctions on Russia. It has since suspended most of its economic engagement with Russia.

Japan and South Korea seem determined to maintain a united front with the United States and Europe against Russia. This unity must be maintained – at the very least, until the willful Finnishization of Asia that the Ukraine war spurred begins to reverse.

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Takatoshi Itō

A former Japanese deputy finance minister, the writer is a professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a senior professor at the National Institute of Policy Studies in Tokyo.

‘The Acolyte’: How ‘Star Wars’ is about to turn back time

When he took on the job of doing the prequels, the way he decided to approach technology and all those types of things was to make it much sleeker, more beautiful, almost After advanced time. That’s the weird thing about Star Wars. The further back you go, the better. “A long time ago” actually becomes more futuristic. So while we’re creating that type of world, we’re trying to convey George’s concept that the further back you go, the more exciting, new, stylish, and interesting things get.

The way you describe it reminds me of Roman times, a time when that empire was very powerful and quite technologically advanced. Then this region of the world falls into a period of barbarism, and the dark ages follow. Is it similar to what you’re talking about here? Is the High Republic an era of education, advancement, and glory, when the Star Wars movies and shows we know best date from a time of collapse and decadence?

Yes. We actually use the term Renaissance or Enlightenment. There need not be an uprising among the people in the extended regions or in the inner worlds, because everyone is doing so well. For what I’m exploring, another good analogy might be post-World War I in the United States, where we really got into this isolationist concept of: we don’t help anybody. We want to protect this particular atmosphere that we have. [Laughs.] “Vibe” is definitely not the word they use.

So, do the rulers of this galactic age prefer to ignore conflict or suffering rather than resolve it?

The High Republic is so golden in so many ways. Jedi uniforms are gold and white and it’s almost as if they’ll never get dirty. They would never come out. The idea is that they might have these types of uniforms because they don’t get much involved in skirmishes. So, of course, my question is like, “Well, what else is going on?” » You can’t finish with George’s phantom menace situation if all goes well.

It has to go well to the detriment of what? What is not supported? What are we turning a blind eye to that could lead to the rise of someone like Palpatine roughly a century later? Yes it is a villain, but he is a villain who completely undermines the whole system of government. Many other things must have happened below the surface.

And we know the Jedi completely miss that.

[They’re] constantly talking about balance. If the light side proliferates everywhere, what happens with the dark side? How does it manifest? What is this do to survive? Because he very clearly does later in the world.

I heard you describe The Acolyte like a mystery. So is that the mystery, what is beneath the surface of this shining world?

Yes, are things what they seem? Are things as good as everyone says? This is the big question for any society that has these big boom times. There is a form of counterculture or a form of underground, whether it’s good or bad, you know what I mean?

What are some of your cinematic influences for the show?

Jon Favreau said that when you work in this world, you want to go back to what George was inspired by. There were westerns and then of course Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films, and the fact that he originally offered Obi-Wan Kenobi to Toshiro Mifune…

DOJ Commentary on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement: What You Need to Know | NAVEX

Recently, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. gave a speech during Compliance Week detailing how the DOJ evaluates corporate compliance programs. The purpose of clearly articulating these expectations in detail is to “ensure that companies design and implement effective compliance systems and controls, create a culture of compliance, and promote ethical values,” says Polite.

In this article, we summarize what compliance professionals need to know to ensure their programs comply with DOJ guidelines. To begin, Polite outlines three key DOJ expectations for compliance programs:

  1. That compliance programs are well designed
  2. They have adequate resources and are empowered to operate effectively
  3. Compliance programs work in practice

Polite explains very clearly how compliance programs should be designed and what the DOJ expects from organizations to meet this standard.

“First, when we say we expect a company’s compliance program to be well-designed, we look closely at the company’s risk assessment process and the development of a program tailored to the management of its specific risk profile. We want to see if the company has policies and procedures in place designed to address the key areas of risk identified in its risk assessments, and if these policies and procedures are easily accessible and understandable to employees and business partners of the company. We want to know how the company trains employees, management and third parties on the risk areas and responsibilities applicable to these individuals. Policies, training, and other processes should address relevant high-risk elements of the company’s business model, such as third-party relationships or mergers and acquisitions. We want to ensure that the company has a process in place for reporting violations of law or company policy that encourages employees to speak up without fear of retaliation, and that such reports are taken seriously , properly documented, investigated and, if substantiated, corrected. ”

Polite draws on his experience as a compliance manager and discusses some of the common challenges you may also face.

“I know the resource challenges. The difficulties you encounter in accessing the data. relationship challenges. The compartmentalization of your function. You are called to be a source of information, an enforcer of law and policy, and somewhat the main architect of your company’s ethical culture,” says Polite.

Compliance officers facing resource allocation issues may want to refer to Polite’s advice on how the DOJ defines “adequate resources.”

“When assessing whether a compliance program is adequately resourced and empowered to operate effectively, we want to know more than dollars, headcount and reporting lines. We will review the qualifications and expertise of key personnel in compliance and other gatekeeper roles. We want to know if compliance officers have adequate access and engagement with the company, management and the board. We seek to understand if and how a company has taken steps to ensure compliance has adequate stature within the company and is promoted as a resource. A company’s commitment to promoting compliance and ethical values ​​at all levels, from the CEO down to middle and lower management, is essential. »

A well-designed compliance program is one that is embedded in the culture of the company, used by employees at all levels and, to reiterate the point above, with sufficient resources and empowered leaders.

“We want to see evidence that the compliance program is working in practice. We review whether the company continually tests the effectiveness of its compliance program, and improves and updates the program to ensure it is sustainable and adapts to changing risks. We want to know that a company can identify compliance gaps or violations of policy or law. Equally important, we want to see how the company addresses the root causes of these deficiencies or violations and finds ways to improve its controls and prevent the recurrence of problems. We want to see examples of compliance success stories: disciplining bad behavior, rewarding positive behavior, transactions that have been rejected due to compliance risk, positive trends in whistleblower reporting, and partnerships that developed between compliance officers and the business. . We are also interested in how a company measures and tests its culture – at all seniority levels and throughout its operations – and how it uses data from these tests to embed and continually improve its ethical culture,” Polite says.

Politeness also includes “if and how the company responds to past misconduct demonstrates its commitment to compliance and an ethical culture. Companies that have effectively deployed capabilities to conduct independent monitoring and testing of all elements of their compliance program, not just their financial controls…”.

“We prefer not to hear a ‘check-the-box’ presentation from outside counsel. We love seeing the compliance manager leading the compliance presentation and demonstrating knowledge and ownership of the compliance program. Not for show, but because we want to empower these teams,” says Polite.

He goes on to say, “Other senior managers should also participate, taking ownership of their role in the compliance program and demonstrating their commitment to compliance. Based on what we learn about the company’s compliance program, we determine whether an independent compliance monitor should be required.

“We believe that surveillances are effective tools to strengthen corporate compliance programs in companies where there were compliance weaknesses that led to criminal behavior. Monitors can be allies of compliance officers by making recommendations that create lasting, long-lasting change in corporate culture,” says Polite.

The DOJ plans to mandate independent compliance monitors, where appropriate, to convince prosecutors that programs meet compliance and disclosure obligations for non-trial resolution. In these cases, they follow Criminal Division screening procedures to ensure applicants are well-qualified with “extensive compliance experience,” and they demonstrate diversity in experience and background.

Polite also says that even when a compliance monitor isn’t deemed necessary, there’s still work to be done. “When we determine that a monitor is not necessary, it does not mean that the company’s obligations to continue to test, improve and demonstrate the effectiveness of its compliance program end when the resolution is written. Businesses without a monitor are still required to comply with ongoing obligations and report to the Department on the status of compliance obligations.

Because compliance programs typically don’t provide an immediate return on investment, decision makers in some organizations may be reluctant to go all out to invest in and mature the E&C function. This is, unequivocally, a risky business decision. As Polite makes clear, “We hold companies accountable for failing to meet their obligations under our corporate resolutions, including obligations to implement an effective compliance program, cooperate or report allegations of misconduct.”

If you’re struggling to gain momentum, this poignant statement can provide clarity for those blocking the path to funding and maturing the program:

“Our message is clear: companies that invest seriously in improving their compliance programs and their internal controls will be better perceived by the Ministry. Support your compliance team now or pay later.

Polit adds that this declaration is “a new tool in your arsenal to combat these challenges. This is the type of resource that compliance officers, myself included, have been looking for for some time, as it makes it clear that you should and must have an appropriate stature in corporate decision-making. It is intended to enable our compliance professionals to have the data, access and voice within the organization to ensure you and us that your business has an ethical and conformity.

Whether starting out or looking to strengthen and mature your organization’s compliance program, there is plenty of ammunition demonstrating the importance and value of strong E&C programs. Compliance leaders must feel empowered to champion the resources and autonomy needed to improve the health and culture of their organizations through the E&C programs they lead.

The full transcript of Polite’s remarks can be found here. NAVEX is also pleased to offer tools and resources to help support your organization’s ethics and compliance journey.

For more helpful information, download these resources:

How to get started with ethics and compliance

10 Key Steps to a Strong Ethics and Compliance Risk Assessment

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Nonito Donaire Arrives In Japan For Comeback Battle With “Monster” Inoue

The seemingly ageless Nonito Donaire arrived in Japan not long ago, “The Filipino Flash” ready for his rematch with Japanese superstar and pound-for-pound contender Naoya Inoue. Donaire, a five-weight ruler and Hall of Fame lock, is now 39, but the current WBC bantamweight champion has looked significantly younger than his age in his last two fights.

Donaire, who scared ‘The Monster’ in November 2019’s The Fight of the Year, says he’s upped his game again and will surprise Inoue this time; the return is scheduled for June 7 at the Super Arena in Saitama.

“If Naoya thinks it will be the same Donaire as when we first met, that’s wrong,” Donaire told reporters upon landing in Japan. “I’m quite different because I can hit from any angle. My skills and motivation have improved.

The first fight was special, and since then Inoue has gone 3-0, with all three wins by knockout. Inoue may be at his peak right now, at 29, and he’s really going to get beat. Even from a great fighter like Donaire.

Donaire, however, has surprised us many times throughout his long career, especially in those last two brilliant performances (against Nordine Oubaali and Reymart Gaballo) and maybe he still has a performance/fight special in his locker? It’s going to be a big night in Japan on June 7 and fans are gearing up for another classic fight.

Will it be a rehearsal or a rematch this time around? Will Inoue-Donaire II go the distance? Will the rematch be another Fight of the Year trophy winner? Will we witness a crushing knockout this time? With just two weeks to go, fans are anticipating another big fight. With the styles, skills, passion and desire that these two 118-pound warriors possess, how could this be anything other than a great fight – a great rematch?

Could we even see these two modern greats fight a trilogy?

Not so fast, Albanese tells China as Quad reunites in Japan

Ahead of the election, Beijing has said through indirect channels that a change of government would be an opportunity to reset Sino-Australian relations.

For the first time, China suggested it needed to compromise, rather than blaming it all on Australia.

After the defeat of the Morrison government on Saturday, Beijing
spokesperson for the English language, The overall times, said the election of
Mr Albanese “foresees a turning point for Sino-Australian relations which are currently at an all-time low”.

“Morrison, in particular, has put his tough stance against China at the forefront of his election campaign,” he said.

“However, Saturday’s results showed once again that Australians care more about their government’s commitments and actions on issues related to people’s wellbeing, such as climate change, soaring prices and wages, than the unwarranted threat from China.”

On Monday, he had hardened his line, saying that the presence of Mr. Albanese
quad was “the first test of the political wisdom of the new
Australian Government”.

“Especially on the question of whether it might shed the shadow of previous
Scott Morrison’s anti-China strategy that has deeply damaged his own economy and trade.

The Prime Minister, accompanied by Foreign Minister Penny Wong,
flew to Tokyo on Monday for the meeting with his United States,
Japanese and Indian counterparts.

The decision to attend the elections so close was intended to send a signal of the new government’s commitment to regional security and stability.

The Morrison government sought to make national security a key point of difference during the election campaign, but its credentials were damaged when the Solomon Islands and Beijing announced their security pact midway through the campaign.

Mr Albanese said Scott Morrison’s Pacific Step-Up had become a
Pacific Stuff-Up and he blamed the Pacific Coalition’s withdrawal of economic aid and its poor record on climate change as factors.

The former government suggested that the Solomon Islands government could have bribed to get closer to China.

Mr Morrison said Australia and the United States had agreed that establishing a Chinese naval base in the Solomons would draw “a red line”.

What this actually means should be discussed at the Quad. As a statement of Australia’s commitment to trying to stop such deals with China, Mr Albanese will present the leaders of the United States, Japan and India with his political pledges to increase the economic and diplomatic aid to the region and to combat climate change.

The “package” includes an aid increase of $470 million over four years, the appointment of a special envoy for Southeast Asia and other diplomatic initiatives.

On the sidelines of the Quad, Mr. Biden will launch his Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), which is an attempt to substitute for the United States’ decision to withdraw from the 11-member regional free trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

While Australia and Japan back the initiative as a stepping stone to U.S. membership in the TPP, “no amount of cheerleading will make up for the fact that the framework is a Spakfilla policy that cannot replace the absence of America’s Regional Trade Agreements,” Richard wrote. Maud in The Australian Financial Review Last week.

Mr Maude, executive director of policy at Asia Society Australia, said the IPEF was nothing more than a “list of US-centric initiatives on digital trade, labor and the environment. when Southeast Asia wants to access the market”.

10 tips newcomers should know before starting the game

With a TV show currently in development from PlayStation Productions (via Deadline), newcomers may try Ghost of Tsushima for the first time, whether on PS4, PS5 or via the Director’s Cut. The game is incredibly immersive, with players taking on the role of samurai hero, Jin Sakai, as he tries to free his beloved home.

The open-world gameplay and intuitive mechanics really help this title come to life, but there are still plenty of tips for new fans to consider, in order to get the most out of the game. Ghost of Tsushima gives audiences such a rich story to watch unfold, but there are ways to make that experience even better.


Difficulty level

ghost of tsushima jin and fox

Ghost of Tsushima is a difficult game. The boss battles are intense, the range of enemies to defend against is superb, and ultimately, it’s easy for the player to fall on the back foot. This goes for all video game experiences, but for those looking to enjoy the story, they might find it best to put the title on easy.

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The difficulty level can always change depending on the player’s progress, but there’s always some level of challenge for those who want to feel like they’re getting the full experience, while working through the narrative itself. For players who feel discouraged by the size of the title, choosing easy might be the best decision.

In search of hot springs

Ghost of Tsushima Hot Spring (Carved Mountain Hot Spring)

There are plenty of little-known details that gamers might miss if they don’t look to make the most of it. Ghost of Tsushima. Hot Springs is one of those areas that some players don’t care about, as they see them as time-consuming extras compared to the main campaign.

The finalists will, of course, target the Hog Springs anyway, but of all the discoverable locations, the Springs is worth the most. They actually increase Jin Sakai’s health, which means players can stay in the fight a bit longer. It is absolutely recommended to visit all available sources to continue leveling up.

Don’t Skip Side Quests

Khotun Khan holds a great blade in Ghost of Tsushima

Side quests in most open world titles can be considered pretty pointless. They might help round out the fictional landscape a bit more, but it often seems like audiences aren’t missing much if they were to skip a side quest. However, for Ghost of Tsushima, This is absolutely not the case.

The stories Jin explores in these additional quests can really help set the mood and tone of the room. He will meet new characters or form new relationships with established personalities, which, in turn, will play into the main campaign that is unfolding. The likes of Lady Masako’s story, for example, work perfectly with the play’s main quests.

Use positions

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One gameplay element that players might take some getting used to is stances. Players can flick through the controls to choose different positions for Jin. These moves will actually make a real difference in battle.

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Each brings with it a beneficial maneuver that can disarm a specific opponent and is designed to target a certain enemy. Some stances also help break down a shield’s defense, while others can aid in a dangerous spear fight.

Prioritize proper skill advancement

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Skill advancement and, to some extent, skill trees are an integral part of any title. It takes a little step back Ghost of Tsushima because there’s actually a little less to upgrade compared to other titles. This is because players can also add to their gear separately from the main menu.

Players really need to make sure that the first thing they really improve is their position. They can make such a difference when the situations Jin encounters become more dangerous and will help get through enemies, especially in the early days. After that, players will want to level up their skills depending on how they play, from their use of explosives to stealth moves.

Using stealth the right way

Ghost of Tsushima Image

One of the worst aspects of Ghost of Tsushima is that there’s actually a limited range of stances and choices when it comes to stealth combat. However, this style of play goes against the samurai code and should therefore be used to a minimum.

In fact, it’s a theme of the story, even time escalates depending on how cruel Jin is with his assassination techniques. There are definitely places where stealth is the most recommended tactic, including some of the campaign missions that require Jin to break into a heavily fortified fort. But to get the most out of the title, it’s probably best to save it for specific circumstances.

The use of a dead end

Tsushima Ghost Duel

A stalemate is an optional part of any combat situation. This is where Jin will use samurai lore to take a moment with his opponent before he strikes. It needs to be timed perfectly or the player will start out at a health disadvantage.

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Whether or not to use the deadlock option is always an argument to be had, but for the most part it has more pros than cons. As the player progresses, stalemate can allow Jin to eliminate more than one enemy at a time. Plus, it continues to help her honor her culture and traditions.

follow the birds

Ghost Of Tsushima Expansion Iki Island Details

Players will notice all kinds of animals across the stunning landscape the developers have created Ghost of Tsushima. The one they might find flying past them most often is a yellow bird. It is worth paying attention to whenever one begins to soar in the skies.

The yellow birds will actually lead players to places that will help them discover something new. It could be a side quest they weren’t aware of or a settlement that needs saving. Whatever the situation, they are a valuable guidance system to watch out for.

Save the hostages first

The Mongols usually take a hostage. These are just one of the realistic little details of the game and players should make sure to save them when they finish their clash. However, when liberating territories, there is an order on how to perform tasks.

Upon entering Mongolian territory, players will be given a list to complete. Always prioritize defending and saving hostages. When the alarms start sounding, they can actually be killed and as a result the mission is a disaster. Smaller story details can often be obtained by speaking with these hostages as well.

Liberate Mongolian Territory

Ghost of Tsushima lets players play the flute

Mongol territory is all over Tsushima and Jin is tasked with reclaiming his land. Players will be warned that they are entering these areas and may wish to bypass them until it is absolutely vital that they return to finish the job.

It is best to go directly to them. Liberating these territories will help unlock new quests and clear a large portion of the map in one go. This can be very useful for those who are trying to find all the items available in Tsushima and have tried to clear the map just by walking through it.

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The founder of Ethical Esports has a vision for the grass field at the St. Lawrence Center mall | Business

“Right now, I think it’s kind of in the idea phase,” Bryan Thompson said.

The Shapiro Group, a Montreal company, purchased the mall from the Carlyle Development Group in January 2017, and in August 2018 held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new sports complex.

The state-of-the-art field complex with artificial turf that can be used all year round has replaced a year-round ice rink. It has a capacity of 1,300 and the turf is used for a variety of activities including soccer, lacrosse, frisbee, volleyball, putting and chipping.

But that could change if the SUNY Canton student succeeds in converting it into an esports stadium. He said the grass pitch could potentially be moved to another location in the mall.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, esports tournaments were held in person. At the start of the pandemic, these were largely held online. Now they can start returning to the in-person competition, which could take place in Masséna.

“I kind of want to reuse this in a stadium eventually because it could mean our city and our mall have a lot of revenue and stuff like that,” Thompson said. “As we start to come out of the COVID era, things are generally coming back online to in person. It’s a good opportunity right now because as things start to open up again, that’s when you should be opening up new things for people to come in and pique their interest, which is all the point of starting now because we’re sort of going post-COVID.

His vision is to make Massena the venue for competitions, which could give the mall a financial boost.

“What I hope to do with the arena is I want to make sure that we have amateur, professional and competitive level teams that compete against each other every weekend for different matches. It would draw a lot of attention to the mall,” he said. “If we manage to get a professional team here, we could sell tickets for $200, $300 each just to make a profit towards the mall.”

In addition to this vision, Mr. Thompson said that Ethical Esports Ltd. had other goals. Among them are raising awareness and working to address ethical issues in the esports/gaming industry, and organizing community events to educate people about the economic benefits of esports and the future of esports.

He also wants to provide advice to anyone who wants to enter the esports industry and ultimately help people who are passionate about esports access training equipment.

He wants to offer college esports athletes possible scholarships from his non-profit organization and offer internships for college students studying esports with the opportunity to follow his organization.

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Taiwan in time: bloody unrest in Yunlin

Local Japanese authorities perpetuated two massacres in 1896 and 1902 in response to local resistance, which took seven years to suppress

  • By Han Cheung / Staff Reporter

May 23 to May 29

After resisting for seven years, more than 250 Yunlin-based resistance fighters were finally persuaded to surrender in six separate ceremonies on May 25, 1902. The Japanese had subdued most of the Taiwanese Han within six months of their arrival in 1895, but intermittently. unrest continued – in Yunlin the Tieguoshan (鐵國山) guerrillas caused the new regime much headache until at least 1901.

These surrender ceremonies were common and usually conducted peacefully, but the Japanese had different plans for these troublemakers. After the event ended, they shot every participant with machine guns.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Only Chien Shui-shou (簡水壽) survived because he left early, but he was arrested and executed along with several other leaders three months later.

The remaining commanders fled to China or went into hiding, ending this chapter of anti-colonial resistance in the region that included the bloody Yunlin Massacre of 1896, where countless fighters and civilians were killed indiscriminately and thousands houses were burned down. . The event was reported in Hong Kong and British newspapers, causing an international outcry, and the head of Yunlin sub-prefecture, Yunoshin Matsumura, was stripped of his honors and sent back to Japan.

The Japanese took a more tempered approach after this, preferring to force the fighters to surrender so they could help fight other rebels, but as the massacre shows they were still ruthless against anyone who pushed them too far.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


The Japanese arrived in Taiwan in May 1895 after the Qing Empire ceded the island to them through the Treaty of Shimonoseki. After taking Taipei without a hitch, they encountered heavy resistance as they moved south, with the biggest clash occurring three months later at Changhua, just north of Yunlin.

There were already many armed militias and bandit groups in the Yunlin area, as the Han settlers frequently fought among themselves and against the native warriors, and they constituted the bulk of the local resistance. Wu Te-kung (吳德功) writes in his early 1900s account of the resistance that Yunlin strongman Chien Yi (簡義) and several others participated in the defense of Changhua before retreating south.

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After recuperating in Changhua, a contingent of Japanese troops passed through Yunlin without too much trouble—sometimes even being greeted by locals—before stationing in the Dalin (大林) area of ​​Chiayi. However, the soldiers’ misconduct soon caused local resentment, and the people rose up and attacked them.

With the help of Liu Yong-fu’s (劉永福) Black Flag Army, as well as various local armed groups recruited by Liu’s subordinate Wang Te-biao (王得標), they managed to push back the Japanese in Changhua.

Japanese reinforcements soon arrived, and after a few weeks’ rest pushed south again on 5 October, clashing with the brigades of Wang and Chien. The Japanese easily prevailed and reached Tainan on 21 October. Like the two previous rulers of the Republic of Formosa, Liu fled to China without a fight.


The resistance was far from over, however, as revolts broke out intermittently across Taiwan over the next two decades. Chien joined forces with Ko Tie (柯鐵) and retreated to the Dapingding (大坪頂) mountains of western Yunlin, forming the Tieguoshan guerrillas.

Nicknamed the “Iron Tiger”, Ko was a young farmer from Dapingding who had a reputation for being violent. He joins Chien’s army and helps defend Douliu (斗六) before heading into the hills with him. Ko knew the local terrain well and made a name for himself as a sneaky fighter who seemed to appear and disappear at will and shoot at the Japanese.

On June 12, 1896, a Japanese-owned store near the Douliu police station was robbed in the middle of the night. Matsumura was furious. The police arrested more than 20 people suspected of having links with the Tieguoshan rebels and found out where they were hiding.

After half of the unit they sent to investigate Dapingding was wiped out, the Japanese began amassing troops at Douliu in preparation for a major assault. Convinced that the locals were in cahoots with the rebels, Matsumura declared that “there are no good citizens in Yunlin” and launched a bloody and indiscriminate campaign in the villages near the mountain. Thousands of homes were burned in a week and the death toll ranged from 700 to tens of thousands.

The Japanese thought this would scare the rebels into giving up, but instead it drew more fighters to their side. They launched an offensive on June 28, reaching Douliu in three days as their numbers grew, many of them civilians armed with agricultural tools. Matsumura fled to Chiayi and the rebels entered Nantou and pushed as far north as Taichung.

The Japanese quickly returned fire, this time with strict instructions not to harm anyone unarmed. On July 25, the resistance is crushed.


Due to international pressure, the government decided to employ loyal Taiwanese elites such as Koo Hsien-jung (辜顯榮) of Lukang to persuade the rebels to surrender. Chien answered the call on October 5, 1896, after which Ko became the leader of Tieguoshan.

Chien received a medal of nobility and a minor local official position. He died of illness a year later.

Ko refused to give up and continued to attack the Japanese over the next year. After losing four more battles, he also surrendered in March 1899. However, unrest continued in Yunlin over the next two years and the Japanese authorities finally had enough. On May 25, 1902, they rounded up over 250 rebels and officially surrendered them in six ceremonies across the sub-prefecture.

Ke Kuang-jen (柯光任) writes in “Matsu Legends in the 1895 Anti-Japanese War and Structural Amnesia” (乙未抗日媽祖傳說與結構性失憶) that in addition to the continuing unrest, local officials were annoyed that those have surrendered. the “bandits” received all sorts of privileges. After seven years, two of Yunlin’s top rebel commanders were still at large, and sub-prefectural officials decided to once again revert to extreme measures.

The surrendering fighters each wore a white flower on their chest, the size of which indicated their rank in the resistance army. At the end of the ceremony in Douliu, officers arrived under cover to look for weapons. The rebels tried to retaliate one last time, but soldiers and police were already in a position to open fire.

It seems that there were no consequences for this act. The Taiwan Daily News (台灣日日新報) claimed that the rebels tried to start a riot, and that was it. It wouldn’t be the first time they used this tactic either.

Taiwan in Time, a chronicle on Taiwan’s history published every Sunday, highlights important or interesting events in the country that have anniversaries this week or are related to current events.

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British Prime Minister Johnson congratulates Albanese | Camden-Narellan Advertiser

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has congratulated Anthony Albanese on his election as Prime Minister of Australia.

“Our countries have a long history and a bright future together. As thriving, like-minded democracies, we work every day to make the world a better, safer, greener and more prosperous place,” Johnson said in a statement. communicated.

“As we reap the benefits of our comprehensive free trade agreement, the AUKUS partnership and the unrivaled closeness between the British and Australian people, we do so knowing that the only distance between us is geography.”

Outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison moved quickly to concede after polling day on Saturday despite millions of votes still to be counted as an Australian prime minister is due to attend a summit in Tokyo on Tuesday with US, Japanese and Indian leaders.

“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Albanese in the weeks, months and years to come as, together, we address common challenges and demonstrate the importance of our shared values,” Johnson said.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss tweeted: “Congratulations @AlboMP on your election as Prime Minister of Australia.

“As freedom-loving democracies, we will continue to work together for a free and open Indo-Pacific, boosting our trade and deepening our security ties through AUKUS.”

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Violence only begets violence | Journalist

It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the barrage of brutality. How many times in the past few days have I felt my stomach turn from the news bombarding us? Rage roars in our space, so free that we can’t help but feel that here and now, everything is collapsing.

Unfortunately, the roots go back far and deep, forged by the multitude of stories that accompany us in our dark moments. Trauma, trauma, everywhere, at all levels; scratch any surface and you’re bound to find horror stories, sometimes stuck and buried, sometimes foaming at the mouth. In one form or another, we come from a culture of violence.

One aspect, derived from the concept of corporal punishment, has been a perpetual obstacle to the existence of mankind. Some time ago, writing about the death penalty, I wrote that: “This planet has always practiced retributive punishment. Some of the sadistic methods suggest that the punishers were quite deranged themselves. People were burned and boiled; buried alive or buried with their heads exposed for animals to feast on; lynched; quartered; thrown to the lions; chased by dogs; crucified; crushed, decapitated; dismembered; drowned; stoned, all in the name of the laws.

I can’t help but remember it now.

The very idea of ​​corporal punishment is based on inflicting physical harm on others. It has been used wildly and regularly in schools, homes and the penal system. Flogging, whipping, caning, those brutal “beatings” were activities that accompanied visits to the dens of directors; teachers were also often vigorous enforcers of “disciplinary” measures. Parents and guardians used all the tools at hand; the licks flowed with anger, and no restraint was needed. The nine-tailed cat, described as a piece of braided rope with nine straps designed to lacerate skin, was commonly used in prisons around the world.

The violence came from all places meant to protect and nurture; churches were insidious spaces for sexual abuse. Nowhere was sacrosanct. Worse, it was ingrained and routine, institutionalized and sanctified as the path to morality.

Beat them into submission. And the righteous complied.

When my daughter was a student at the Center for Specialized Learning, perhaps around 2001, the school sent a circular to the parents, asking them if they gave their consent to corporal punishment. I replied that I definitely disagreed, and furthermore, I found it very disturbing that the school could not offer further disciplinary action. About a year later, while I was doing the evening pick-up, her classmates came en masse to inform me that the teacher had pelted her with a chalkboard duster and hit her repeatedly ( six slaps, according to one) for not paying attention. That was the end of that. I would like to think that the school has evolved since then.

At home, we had worked out house rules, nothing onerous or rigid; it’s just about establishing agreed codes of conduct. I encouraged her to devise penalties for infractions. It was very fun for me. She was a very tough taskmaster. I remember asking her once why she didn’t watch Samurai X, one of her favorite TV shows, and she calmly replied that she had been banned from it for two weeks. I had forgotten about it, but she was diligently applying the punishment she had invented.

There are many ways to teach consequences. It seems to me that by engaging children in such discussions, they can better understand our responsibilities as human beings living within a society. The problem is that generations have grown up under the tyranny of the rod; have learned to attribute their “success” to the number of times their parents have straightened them out with a good beating. Look at me, they say, I’m doing fine. If you hold that to be true, why would you bother to think of imparting another way of learning?

People say the reason there is so much violence in schools is that corporal punishment is no longer on the curriculum. We imbibed this idea that physically hurting someone is an effective way to inflict disciplinary measures, when it only teaches that violence is a solution.

Violence – physical, mental, emotional, sexual – destroys every element of what we call our humanity. It disfigures us, leaving lifelong scars that can rupture at the slightest trigger. Children, dropped into a school system that is sadly unprepared to feed them, carry the residual stains of months and months in confined confinement spaces that have been contaminated with frustration, rage and dysfunction.

Do we know what they had to endure within the walls of their houses? Can we imagine how common abusive environments are? You arrive at school with your ears ringing, your stomach growling, your rage festering, and even a strong breeze could knock you into a killing frenzy.

As appalling as it is to see what is happening in schools, we need to step back and examine the nature of the environments we have provided for our children. We disappointed them.

The nationwide abuse scandal in children’s homes is not new; we think it only appears now, but we must know that too many people knew and did nothing, said nothing. It is mind-boggling to imagine such criminal negligence. A disgrace and a disgrace.

• Author Vaneisa Baksh is an editor, writer and cricket historian.

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Famitsu Software Sales (05/09/22 – 05/15/22)

This week’s expanded Japanese software sales are as follows:

1. [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports – 47,525 / 352,113
2. [NSW] Kirby and the Forgotten Land – 14,903 / 710,714
3. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 11,127 / 4,632,554
4. [NSW] Powerful eBaseball Pro Baseball 2022 – 10,372 / 164,305
5. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure – 6,839 / 3,151,727
6. [NSW] Minecraft – 6,553 / 2,641,949
7. [NSW] The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story – 6,409 / NEW
8. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 5,849 / 4,879,799
9. [NSW] Mario Party Superstars – 4,360 / 964,133
ten. [NSW] Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 4,245 / 2,025,606

11. [PS4] Powerful eBaseball Pro Baseball 2022 – 4,161 / 85,144
12. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 3,529 / 7,252,259
13. [PS5] The Centenary Case: A Shijima Story – 3,503 / NEW
14. [PS4] The Centenary Case: A Shijima Story – 3,476 / NEW
15. [NSW] Pokémon Legends: Arceus – 3,383 / 2,247,140
16. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 3,169 / 4,078,151
17. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! – 2,567 / 2,656,587
18. [NSW] Pokemon Shiny Diamond / Shiny Pearl – 2,552 / 2,546,279
19. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Global Classics – 2,453 / 976,320
20. [PS4] Ring Elden – 1,751 / 341,140
21. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise Best Price – 1,712 / 55,561
22. [NSW] Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town – 1,543 / 337,204
23. [NSW] Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition – 1,330 / 71,338
24. [NSW] Pokemon Sword/Shield – 1,266 / 4,340,893
25. [NSW] 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim – 1,250 / 40,486
26. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 1,237 / 1,048,232
27. [NSW] New Pokemon Snap – 1,204 / 343,006
28. [PS4] Gran Turismo 7 – 1,182 / 114,989
29. [NSW] Touken Ranbu Warriors – 1,110 / 137,890
30. [NSW] Fitness boxing 2 – 1,101 / 200,218


Hayao Miyazaki Had Conflicting Feelings About Anime’s Growing Viewership

In Yom’s interview, Miyazaki worried that live-action films aimed at adult audiences would do better financially. He seemed to yearn for a media landscape where adult entertainment got the lion’s share of the attention, allowing him to hide in the obscurity of anime, working for the purity of it, rather than just for the sake of it. ‘money. Having worked in the industry for years and seeing what kind of artistic output he could create with and without money, Miyazaki had the wisdom to know what makes for better films. In short, Miyazaki, in 1994, believed in the purity of not “selling out”:

“I wish adult movies were doing better. I wish things like ticket sales or movie awards would continue without involving anime. It would be better if anime lived in some corner of the world. cinema, and people say ‘oh, there’s also anime.’ If so, I don’t have to do any interviews or lectures If so, directors and animators, all can work pure and poor, remaining anonymous, simply because we want to do the work that we can be satisfied with we did, and we could only work by our internal values ​​such as what we learned in this work, if we were making progress, or if we could promote [animators].”

This feeling was prevalent around the world in the 1990s, which is reflected in the music of the time. It was the decade Kurt Cobain wore a “corporate rock still sucks” t-shirt, and characters from Gen-X movies like “Reality Bites” and shows like “Rent” were preoccupied with creating of art outside of a media-saturated, ultra-commercial environment. Although Miyazaki is not an American Gen-Xer – he was born in 1941 in Bunkyo – his concerns with art were much the same. Miyazaki was even nostalgic for his time as a struggling artist, longing intensely for a time when artistic freedom was more common:

“I lived through that time. Looking at that experience, I feel like although anime is in the spotlight, or because of it, things are more difficult now.”

The Last Samurai Star Defends Tom Cruise Film After Representation Backlash

The Last Samurai star Ken Watanabe defends the Tom Cruise-directed film against criticism that it exemplifies Hollywood’s white savior trope.

The last Samourai Star Ken Watanabe is defending the acclaimed Tom Cruise film after a backlash over the portrayal. Released in 2003, the film starred Cruise as U.S. Army Captain Nathan Algren, sent to Japan in 1876 as a military adviser to help the Emperor put down a samurai uprising after the Meiji Restoration. After losing his first battle, Algren is captured by Lord Moritsugu Katsumoto (Watanabe) and shown the ways of the samurai. Knowing a change of heart, Algren rides alongside Katsumoto into battle to help retain their freedom from the Emperor.

Upon release, The last Samourai was well received by critics and earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actor for Watanabe. In subsequent years, however, the film was criticized for its romanticization of Japanese culture and samurai, ignoring crucial aspects of the Meiji Restoration, and its adherence to the white savior trope, in which a white hero plays a crucial role. in releasing non-whitespace characters. Examples of this trope can be found in films such as dangerous spirits, in which a white teacher enters a disadvantaged school of minority students, or dance with wolveswhich sees a jaded Union Army lieutenant become a member of the Sioux nation and help fight both their Pawnee enemies and the invading American military.


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In an interview with The GuardianWatanabe stands up for The last Samourai, pushing back against its perceived use of the white savior trope. The actor conversely sees the film as a progression in Hollywood’s portrayal of Asians onscreen and a step in the right direction after decades of overtly racist portrayals. Read what Watanabe has to say below:

I didn’t think of it like that. I just thought we had the opportunity to represent Japan in a way we never could before. So we thought we were doing something special. […] Before The Last Samurai, there was this stereotype of Asian people with glasses, broken teeth and a camera. It was stupid, but after [The Last Samurai] came out, Hollywood tried to be more authentic when it came to Asian stories.

Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai

Watanabe’s stereotypical depiction of Hollywood’s past Asian portrayal references the much-maligned portrayal of venerable actor Mickey Rooney’s Japanese character, Mr. Yunioshi of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). Although the film was embraced upon release, the character was widely criticized as one of the most racist in Hollywood film history. Watanabe views the romantic depiction of Katsumoto and the samurai as a positive step forward in correcting the past of the American film industry.

Although Hollywood has improved its portrayal of Asians in film since The last Samourai, positive roles for Asian actors have been rare. Typically relegated to henchmen, bookkeepers or side kickers, it’s only recently that Asian actors have landed major roles in big movies. 2018 boobies rich asian was hailed as a landmark film for a representation of Asian culture unheard of in Hollywood. In 2021, Simu Liu became the first Asian lead role in a Marvel superhero film with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. And this year Pixar’s animation turn red offered a heartwarming coming-of-age tale to the heart of the Asian community in Toronto, Canada. While there have been major advances in recent years when it comes to Asian representation in Hollywood, the industry still has a long way to go to further distance itself from its racist past.

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On sedition, the Supreme Court aligned itself with India’s collective conscience

The Supreme Court’s landmark intervention in a series of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code is a watershed moment in the progressive expansion of human rights jurisprudence.

The rampant abuse of archaic colonial law in recent times has infringed upon citizens’ right to liberty and due process, thereby compromising their right to reputation and dignity. Cartoonists, journalists, activists, intellectuals, students and politicians have faced lengthy incarcerations and oppressive criminal trials for their beliefs and beliefs. More recently, sedition charges against political and other opponents in Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have confirmed that abuse of the sedition is no longer an aberration. It has become a norm that has gutted the constitutional guarantee of basic rights and exposed individuals to the rigors of unjustly invoked draconian laws, outraged national sensitivities like never before.

Within this contextual framework, the Supreme Court’s May 11 order is widely seen as an act of judicial policy. Seizing the opportunity offered by the government’s revised affidavit to the court asking for time to review the sedition provision, the court, while conceding the government’s request to postpone the hearing, issued its much acclaimed interim directions. These effectively suspended pending prosecutions under the challenged laws, granting freedom to those detained for offenses under Section 124A to seek bail from the relevant courts. The court also made it unequivocal that it expected that the central government and state governments would not invoke the disputed provision in the future, before a final decision on the matter.

In what is considered a first in judicial history, the Supreme Court virtually rendered the provision of a criminal statute superfluous without expressly declaring it unconstitutional. His instructions, although expressed “prima facie”, clearly indicate what the court’s final decision, if any, might be. In an example of judicial statecraft, the court protected individuals from harsh law without infringing on the legislative powers of Parliament or the executive’s control over policy decisions. Leaning firmly in favor of the libertarian conscience of the Constitution, the court of Ramana met the expectations of the nation as a constituted guardian of the constitutional principle. Navigating between “Herculean” and “Sisyphean” conceptions of the judicial role, the court indicated its philosophical preference for “keeping a libertarian thumb on the scales of justice”, aligning itself with the collective conscience and the moral imagination of the nation. It has shown that the highest court is not immune to finer sensitivities and “swellings of the heart” when the freedom and dignity of individuals are at stake. The college of three eminent judges chaired by the judge in Chief validated the aphorism attributed to Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes that “judges can be heavy without being heavy”.

Given that each judgment has a generative power and a “directive force for future cases of the same or similar nature”, it is quite normal for the Supreme Court to ensure a teleological execution of its decisions which affirm the sacro- saint of human rights. , a duty recognized on several occasions in its judgments. (Baradakanta Misra, 1974; Nagaraj, 2006; Shayara Banu, 2017; Brajendra Singh, 2016, et al). Exercising full jurisdiction, the Supreme Court is expected to see through its suggestions/orders to the government, especially when these concern the basic non-negotiable rights of citizens.

As with the sedition law, it may push the government to enact an anti-lynching humanitarian law as it has suggested (Tehseen Poonawala, 2018) and a comprehensive law against torture in custody, given the proven inadequacy of the directives it issued for its elimination. (DK Basu, 1997).

Even as the nation continues its quest for a truly libertarian and liberal democracy, the scourge of torture in custody continues unabated. A report by the National Campaign Against Torture confirmed that 1,731 people died in custody in 2019 alone. The absence of a law against torture in custody, a glaring gap in the architecture of the criminal justice system , is inexplicable in view of Article 21, the recommendations of the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha (2010), the Law Commission of India (2017) and the Human Rights Commission and the judgments of the Court supreme (Puttaswamy, 2017; Jeeja Ghosh, 2016; and Shabnam, 2015).

The court is also expected to intervene appropriately and read the UAPA and other criminal laws that have been repeatedly misused to trample on civil liberties and the rights of the people. Instances of their misuse are indelibly etched in the consciousness of the nation. As an organ of the state, the suggestive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is clearly consistent with its stated law (Nagaraj, 2006) that the state (of which the court is an integral part) has a duty not only to protect individual rights, but is also obligated to facilitate the same.

This is indeed the moment to be seized, as the government reviews the legal structures of the nation. The initiatives suggested above serve a democracy rooted in the inviolability of human rights and would strengthen India’s soft power in its engagement with the international community. Court-inspired initiatives would also validate the nation’s preeminent role in shaping a new world order.

Governments, for their part, must know that they can only subsist when they are founded on freedom and justice. For now, the Prime Minister has done well to decide to review a law that is anathema in a free country. Hopefully the nation will be rid of the last vestiges of colonialism which defy the will of the times, the promise of our national charter and are at best a painful reminder of the injustices inflicted on our people.

This column first appeared in the print edition of May 18, 2022 under the title “Act of judicial authority”. The writer is a former Union justice minister

Silica removal in sewage plants causes new silica deficiency

The annual mean DSi concentrations of the influent and the effluent to the treatment plant were 235.4 ± 42.8 µmol L−1 (annual mean concentration ± standard deviation) and 193.9 ± 47.6 µmol L−1, respectively (Fig. 1). The DSi concentration of the effluent was significantly lower than the concentration of the influent in 40 of the 46 observations (you-test, p−1 and 12,093 ± 3,542 mol day−1respectively, and the effluent had a significantly lower load than the influent (you-test, p 6 soft year−1 for the influential and 4.43 × 106 soft year−1 for effluents (Fig. 2). On the other hand, the average annual PSi concentrations of the influent and the effluent to the treatment plant were 67.7 ± 23.9 µmol L−1 and 2.5 ± 1.6 µmol L−1, respectively (Fig. 1). In contrast to the DSi concentration, the effluent PSi concentration was significantly lower than the influent concentration in all observations (you-test, p−1 and 153 ± 104 mol day−1respectively, and the effluent had a significantly lower value than the influent (you -test, p 6 soft year−1 for the influential and 5.61 × 104 soft year−1 for effluents (Fig. 2). The annual removal rates of DSi and PSi were 29.5 and 96.9%, respectively. The PSi was of course eliminated by precipitation during the primary treatment with PBS. However, previous studies have shown that DSi concentration and load do not decrease significantly during primary and secondary processing in STPs.14.

Figure 1

Annual average boxplots (a) DSi and (b) Concentrations in PSi (µmol L-1) in the influent and effluent from the treatment plant. For each boxplot, the median is represented by the bold line while the 25th and 75th percentiles are represented by the bottom and top of the box, respectively. Whiskers represent minimum and maximum values ​​(1.5 × interquartile range), while outliers are plotted as circles.

Figure 2
Figure 2

Si cycle model in an STP. Each line indicates the amount of Si from the influent, effluent, and STP removal, respectively. The reduction of DSi and soluble PSi by STP creates a new hypothesis of silica deficiency (Illustration was created by Picture Library, free material provided by Integration and Application Network, Science Center studies at the University of Maryland [ian.umces.edu/imagelibrary/]).

Two possible reasons for the decrease in DSi concentration at the PTS of this study are physico-chemical and biological elimination. The coprecipitation of DSi with metal ions, such as magnesium, aluminum, and iron ions, is one factor. Magnesium hydroxide has generally been reported to precipitate particles more effectively under alkaline conditions17. Additionally, metal ions, such as magnesium, aluminum, and iron, at pH 6 and 9, accelerate the polymerization of DSi18. Therefore, the co-precipitation of DSi with metal ions, which are rich in STP influent, may have reduced the DSi concentration of the effluent. Magnesium hydroxide is generally used for neutralizing sulfur oxides and neutralizing wastewater in factories. However, excessive addition of magnesium hydroxide can cause an influx into the STP.

The second factor, biological elimination, consists of the absorption of DSi by bacteria of the genus Bacillus . The spores of species in this genus have a layered structure to protect nucleic acids and proteins, with a layer of nanoscale particulate matter on the outside of the coating layers19. DSi is embedded in these layers19. Bacillus species are ubiquitous in a wide variety of habitats, including soil20fresh water21and marine sediments22. In addition to these natural environments, Bacillus spp. are present in activated sludge used for secondary treatment of wastewater at sewage treatment plants23.24. Bacillus occupies 29 µmol L−1 h−1 of DSi during growth19. According to Murakami et al.25 Bacillusspp. represent 92 to 98% of the total bacteria (5 × 107 at 5 × 10ten mL cells−1) in secondary treatment activated sludge. Specifically, Bacillus thuringiensisis indispensable in STPs due to its ability to degrade starch and oil26. These results suggest that Bacillusbacteria living in the secondary treatment environment of sewage treatment plants absorb DSi and precipitate it into the wastewater influent as sludge, thereby reducing the DSi load in the effluent.

It is unclear from this study whether physico-chemical or biological elimination significantly influences the reduction of DSi in STP. Physico-chemical elimination occurs during the primary treatment process while biological elimination occurs during the secondary treatment process. Therefore, it is possible to identify the main factors by evaluating the changes in DSi concentrations during each treatment process. Additionally, it is still unclear what kinds of changes occur in the STPs that run the advanced processing process. Moreover, the reason why the reduction of DSi in some STP (this study) and not the other14 was unclear (eg, a difference in pH, alkalinity, and activated sludge quality). We need to pay more attention to DSi changes in STPs and evaluate them in more detail.

In the PSi dissolution experiment using the influential PBS (Table 1), the DSi concentration increased by an average of 8.1 ± 6.8% and the PSi concentration decreased significantly by an average of 20, 3 ± 7.5% The total Si concentration (DSi + PSi) was 304.0 ± 35.2 µmol L−1 before incubation and 297.2 ± 42.6 µmol L−1 at the end of the incubation, indicating no significant difference. Dissolution experiments suggest that some of the PSi entering the PTS is soluble, about 20.3%. Therefore, the charge of soluble PSi in the influent STP would be about 0.36 × 106, and most of this soluble PSi should be removed by STP. This amount is comparable to the 20.0% DSi removal amount of 1.85 × 106 soft year−1 by the STP (Fig. 2). Therefore, the removal of DSi and soluble PSi attributable to the construction of the STP may have reduced the DSi load in the watershed by 2.21 × 106 soft year−1.

Table 1 Results of the PSi dissolution experiment. The results at time 0 and time 7 indicate the concentrations of influent PBS before and after the incubation experiment, respectively.

In this study, the DSi and PSi loads decreased due to the progress of sewage maintenance in the watershed. Thus, the future construction of sewage treatment plants in coastal watersheds causes a “new silica deficiency hypothesis” for coastal waters around the world (Fig. 2). However, at present, time series observations of DSi in many coastal waters are less available than those of nitrogen and phosphorus. Therefore, data on DSi, as an essential parameter of environmental change, must be accumulated continuously from the present moment before any change occurs.

10 Anime From The 2000s That Are Better Than They Have A Right To Be

The anime medium saw a massive revolution in the 2000s. After a surge in popularity for a handful of 90s classics, the 2000s took anime to new heights with unique shows and movies and fees that were to become seminal works in their respective genres.

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While every generation has its own beloved anime, fans of the 2000s era undoubtedly have some of the most important anime ever made in their catalog. These anime defied the odds and elevated the culture medium to household recognition, paving the way for anime’s cultural dominance in our modern zeitgeist.

ten Spirited Away is one of the greatest animated films to date.

When it comes to animated movies, the average person’s mind goes first to Disney, but one of the few artists who can challenge Disney’s hold on animation culture is undoubtedly Hayao Miyazaki.

Miyazaki gave the world some of his finest art, with Taken away as if by magic holding records for being one of the best-selling animated films to ever exist. While no one can top Disney when it comes to cultural awareness, Taken away as if by magic becomes extremely close and is arguably of an even higher quality.

9 Code Geass brought together Mechs, Politics and Geniuses

Code Geass is a special addition to the mech genre, using battle robots for large-scale political warfare unique to the anime world. Few anime can boast of having such a broad political scope as Code Geasswith characters competing in strategic chess-like battles for control of the world.

Code Geass helped popularize the genius protagonist archetype with Lelouch and set an exceptionally high bar that most anime has yet to reach. When fans want to see smart people engage in battles of wits, Code Geass is at the top of their list.

For an anime released in 2009, many fans would be surprised to learn that Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood always retains the highest rating on the whole MyListAnime. With over a decade of anime that have arrived since and countless anime that have come before it, it can be hard to imagine how a shonen battle reigns supreme.

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But Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood fans know that its distinct power system, fascinating world structure, and deeply clever writing make it particularly unique in the world of anime. To this day, few anime do it as well as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

7 Soul Eater was the coolest anime of its time

soul eater was a massively influential part of its viewers’ lives when it aired. It was one of the few anime to blend the Japanese animation medium with a hip-hop soundtrack, elevating the show to an unparalleled level of freshness.

The animation was smooth to watch and exciting in a way few other anime at the time could boast of. While it’s far from a perfect show, its unique aesthetic was more than enough for fans to overlook its few flaws.

6 Naruto is the face of Battle Shonen

Many anime have tapped into the cultural zeitgeist over the past few decades, but very rarely have they done so to a level comparable to naruto. Fans of different demographics know and have seen naruto.

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It’s had a big influence in the market, with many newer anime trying to copy its formula to varying degrees of success. But no matter how many stories try to do what naruto did it, no one could ever come close to the impact that naruto had on the world.

5 Monster is anime’s best psychological thriller

Whether deserved or not, anime has a reputation among the average crowd for being juvenile and especially for kids. Many anime from every generation seek to refute this reputation and showcase the maturity that anime can offer, but very few have done it as well as Freak.

Of those who saw it, Freak has built a reputation as one of the greatest anime of all time. It’s a haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that shock even the most seasoned anime watchers.

4 Death Note redefines what it means to be Shonen

Death threat created in the mid-2000s and redefined what it means to be shonen. The anime is a deep story about a game of cat and mouse between two geniuses who fight for the basic principles of justice.

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Death threat written at a level of intellect that few anime could even dream of. Since its inception, it has been considered one of the most unique and significant anime to carry the shonen label. The anime expanded the scope of what shonen means and opened the door to a ton of new stories like this.

3 Baccano! Is a fun roller coaster from start to finish

Baccano! is the type of story that only comes up once every two years. It’s a gripping thriller from start to finish that keeps its audience on the edge of their seat, desperately trying to piece together its chaotic timeline.

While Baccano! is kind of a mystery, it’s a lot more fun than your average whodunit. While some anime have tried to replicate the feeling of Baccano!none have been able to fully capture their magic. Baccano! is a unique addition to the anime.

2 Samurai Champloo reinvents the samurai archetype

First in 2004, Samurai Champloo was an original anime television series following the lives of two ronin and their new friend. Together, they travel the lands in search of a samurai who smells of sunflowers. Samurai Champloo brought fluidity to its animation and design that made samurai feel new.

They were no longer stoic warriors wearing heavy metal armor. Instead, Samurai Champloo featured fast and agile samurai, dressed in light robes and wooden sandals. Few anime have managed to make samurai cool in the same way. Samurai Champloo did.

1 Ouran High School Host Club was a romantic comedy for everyone

Ouran High School Host Club is a reverse harem, romantic comedy anime that premiered in April 2006. Although initially a female-specific genre, Ouran High School Host Club stands out from the crowd with its ability to attract a diverse audience.

Its charming cast and comedic abilities helped it achieve popularity far beyond what one would expect. For many anime fans in the mid-2000s, Ouran High School Host Club had a defining influence on their young lives.

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Dragon Ball Super’s New Chapter Gets A Sneak Peek From The Series’ Artist

A preview of Dragon Ball Super Chapter 84 shows that Goku and Vegeta are about to experience an incredible revelation that will change them forever.

A limited-time preview of Dragon Ball Super chapter #84 shows that the sequel to the most famous shonen manga in history still surprises fans of the franchise. The few panels in the preview show that the two Goku and Vegeta will experience an incredible revelation that will forever change their mindset, setting them up for the final fight against Gas.

Since Dragon Ball Z revealed Goku’s true origins, the series primarily focused on the last survivors of the Saiyans, a mighty alien race of warriors and proud conquerors who were almost completely wiped out by the galactic tyrant Frieza. Goku arrived on Earth as a child, with no memory of his heritage, and grew up to be a kind and caring person. On the contrary, Vegeta, the Prince of the Saiyans, considered pride in his heritage the most important thing. When Goku learned of his origins, he didn’t care as he thought of himself as an Earthman. Vegeta, on the other hand, has found love and a family on Earth and has come to regret the Saiyan’s past atrocities, feeling the need to atone for his past sins. However, the two men’s relationship with their past is just changed forever, after witnessing the recorded memories of Goku’s deceased father, Bardock.


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The last chapters of Dragon Ball Super—Toyotarou and Akira Toriyama’s manga – focused on Bardock’s flashback, with him struggling to protect the last survivors of a planet the Saiyan had just conquered, slaughtering its population. Chapter 84 preview shows Goku and Vegeta’s reaction to these past events (recorded via device). Goku realizes that he never fully believed in his own power because he didn’t understand Saiyan pride. Vegeta also comes to see things in a different way: he has taken on too much of his race’s past sins and forgotten about their pride. Non-Japanese can enjoy the preview panels thanks to a translation provided by Twitter user @DBSCronicleswhich you can find below.

It is very difficult to underestimate the importance of this chapter for the whole dragonball franchise. Goku’s lack of regard for his Saiyan heritage has been a defining aspect of his character for over thirty years. Changing it now means that dragonball Great isn’t afraid to evolve its characters, even though they are some of the most established cultural icons in the world. Vegeta moving past his guilt over his Saiyan past is also a big step forward. The two heroes wearing classic Saiyan gear at the end of the preview are symbolic of their positive reconnection with their past.

Dragon Ball Super already made significant changes to Bardock’s character, which weren’t universally welcomed by fans. However, the show’s greatest merit is that it’s not afraid to make changes to its well-established franchise, and the upcoming chapter #84 proves it. fans of Dragon Ball Super can enjoy this preview while we wait to find out exactly how these revelations will impact Goku and Vegeta in their final battle against Gas.

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Sources: Dragon Ball Official Site, @DBSCronicle

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New Crypto Crash Has Coinbase Being Sued By Users

Cryptobros are suing Coinbase for its role in promoting and trading the GYEN “stablecoin”. GYEN is a stablecoin running on Ethereum that is intended to maintain a value of one Japanese yen.

Outraged Coinbase customers say the company locked them out of their accounts after “technical reasons” forced it to stop trading GYEN. Reminds me of the Ripple (XRP) that I still hold.

According to the complaint, “investors placed orders thinking the coin’s value was, as advertised, equal to the yen,” but noted that the tokens they were buying “were worth up to seven times as much as the yen. “.

They added that just as suddenly as their purchases were made, “the value of GYEN plunged again – dropping 80% in one day.”

The lawsuit came a day after Coinbase (COIN) stocks and bonds plunged to a fresh low at $44.35, signaling investor skepticism about the crypto exchange’s prospects in a bear market that deteriorates.

The complaint goes on to state due to “the omission of the fact that GYEN was not designed to hold yen-indexed security, and Coinbase’s restriction prohibiting investors from liquidating their GYEN as it collapsed .

Due to this restriction, several hundred buyers have lost huge sums, with some losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in just a few hours. Users say it caused them “grief, anxiety, stress and outrage”.

Stablecoins such as Dai and Tether were designed to be as volatile as the US dollar and have values ​​that generally change much less than those of Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Who knows what the future holds for crypto as the market seems to have recovered a bit. There is speculation that this is just the “dead cat bounce” before the actual crash.

What do you think? Is the latest crash a sign of an even bigger future crash? Sound off in the comments!

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Dirty money contaminates the British public sphere

The writer, MP, chairs the all-party parliamentary group on the fight against corruption and responsible taxation

For too long the UK has been a ‘laundry’ for corrupt wealth. The ongoing Ukrainian tragedy highlights our complicity in allowing dirty money to spread. But it shouldn’t have taken a horrible war.

These deep rooted issues became clear to me when I chaired the parliamentary public accounts committee. Hearings with tech giants have shown multinationals using complex financial structures to avoid tax. Then a plethora of leaks, from the Panama Papers to the Pandora Papers, revealed that the same structures were being used by criminals to launder money. The latest estimates suggest that economic crime costs our economy £290billion a year.

The Russian oligarchs are not the only players. Worldwide kleptocrats, drug dealers, smugglers, arms dealers and other criminals are ‘cleaning up’ illicit cash in the UK too. And our defenses are overwhelmed.

Decades of lax regulation under Conservative and Labor governments, pathetically weak policing and an unacceptable lack of transparency have made it possible. The UK’s relationship with offshore tax havens and an army of facilitators – accountants, lawyers, bankers, advisers – have helped make us the jurisdiction of choice.

The Economic Crimes Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech gives us a unique opportunity to hunt dirty money. Clean finance is not only morally right, it is good for business. We will never enjoy lasting prosperity on the back of corrupt wealth.

There are a host of needed fixes: greater transparency about who owns companies, trusts, land and assets; tougher agencies for consistent enforcement; strong protections for the press, judges, whistleblowers and civil society to hold wrongdoers to account; effective regulation for professionals carrying out anti-money laundering checks. But real reform cannot stop there.

Financial embezzlement now contaminates our public sphere. There have always been unacceptable behaviors in politics, but the cases were occasional and they were punished. Recently, this has moved from the fringes to the mainstream. “Partygate” has rightly provoked public outrage, but other serious wrongdoings that threaten our democracy are accepted. We lose our moral compass.

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Dirty money given to buy political influence. Soft power purchased through institutions such as football clubs. Citizenship purchased through golden visas. Peerages awarded for donations. Public appointments become political appointments. Too often the government treats taxpayers’ money as if it were its own, awarding contracts to cronies.

The checks and balances of our democracy are systematically weakened. Under the shock of Covid, the protections gave way and the wrongdoings peaked. Take the government’s VIP fast track for awarding contracts. Or blatant lobbying exemplified by Owen Paterson. And the abuse of “pantouflage”, like the Lex Greensill case. Politics has become too transactional – in the UK it is particularly dangerous because access and influence are cheap.

We can begin to stop this slide, as I set out in a report for the Policy Institute at King’s College London chronicling the growth of economic crime in Britain, linking such wrongdoing to the falling standards of our politics . A climate where tax evasion is considered “cool” and financial flows are barely controlled has produced a culture that allows bad behavior to thrive. And when financial malfeasance thrives, it infects the public sphere; turn a blind eye to the dirty money in our economy and this results in corrupt influences in our democracy.

It doesn’t have to be like that. A comprehensive reform program could restore integrity and put the UK back on the path to confidence. The choice is ours.

10 Weirdest Isekai Anime You Won’t Believe Exist

The anime has no shortage of lengthy or downright weird isekai series that place the protagonists in bizarre situations. The fantasy aspect of isekai makes almost everything possible in the plot, from magical systems to reincarnation as a separate species. Isekai’s characters have no choice but to adapt to an unfamiliar environment for their survival and purpose.

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Some isekai anime take particularly unusual directions with the plot pushing how drastically a character’s life can change in another world. The unfortunate protagonists manage fantastical situations beyond imagination with a mixture of comedy, identity crises and intense battles for uncommon causes.

ten Ya Boy Kongming! Send a master strategist into modern Tokyo

Ya Boy Kongming! follows the reincarnation of legendary military strategist Zhuge Liang Kongming in modern Tokyo in the midst of a Halloween party. Kongming uses his brilliant tactical skills in a world very different from the battlefields of the Three Kingdoms era of his past. The once-feared tactician visits the laundromat, designs nightclubs, and participates in rap battles on the local music scene.

Kongming befriends a group of musicians and learns about the modern world from locals who doubt his identity. His increasingly bizarre adventures detail the difficulties of navigating at an unknown time.

9 Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear gives the protagonist a superpowered bear costume

Bear Kuma Kuma Kuma the protagonist Yuna transports her to a fantasy world with a bear costume that she receives as a reward for her experience playing World Fantasy Online. Yuna gains a reputation as an adventurer thanks to the exceptional stats and unusual appearance of her bear costume. His signature bear costume stands out among the typical outfits of his friends and fellow adventurers.

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Yuna’s bear costume exists as one of the most unconventional items of magical power in isekai anime. She never dwells long on the fact that her battle armor is an upgraded pajama-like bear costume.

8 Reincarnated as a sword with a sentient weapon

Reincarnated as a Sword focuses on the reincarnation of the salaryman Master into a magic sword in a fantasy world. The master retains the ability to speak but depends on a wielder to use their powers and move around their environment. He provides guidance and assistance from his magic to a catgirl, Fran, throughout her journey to achieve evolution.

Although the isekai anime features many unusual character transformations, reincarnation into fixed objects is still a rare occurrence. The master lacks the freedom of movement that other isekai protagonists depend on as fighters or travelers.

7 It’s that reincarnated as a virus story turns a scientist into a virus

That’s it reincarnated as a virus story follows the reincarnation of a virus researcher in a world other than the same virus he once studied. The scientist faces the consequences of his involvement in dangerous circumstances as he plots to take over his new world with its viral properties. It infects and controls various species to gain abilities and prolong its survival.

The cutesy appearance of the virus and its tendency to give infected people similar characteristics makes a grim situation look oddly adorable. The former researcher’s medical knowledge comes in handy in unexpected ways.

6 Hello Kara Maou! Transports the protagonist with a toilet

Yuri Shibuya finds himself in medieval Europe after a group of bullies shove his head down the toilet. His new surroundings include a fair share of odd features, from vegetarian sharks to a case of misunderstood marriage. Yuri’s discovery of his demonic heritage and rightful position as Demon King further heightens his struggle to adjust to his new role.

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His efforts to convince the various demons in the region of his worth as king lead to comical and unintended conflict. Although Yuri manages to make a good impression, he makes many mistakes upon discovering his unusual new reality.

5 Oda Nobuna’s ambition turns warlords into anime girls

Yoshiharu Sagara is transported to the Sengoku period in Japan to discover that the warlords of the time have become anime girls. He accompanies General Oda Nobuna, the world’s version of feudal lord Oda Nobunaga, on his mission to unite the regions of Japan. Yoshiharu encounters other famous warlords on Japanese battlefields while exploring the significant differences between his new world and historical events.

He struggles to fix the rewritten history while serving in Nobuna’s army and avoiding battles against experienced warriors. While talented anime warriors frequently appear in isekai, historical battles between anime princess generals create bizarre occurrences.

4 Outbreak Company Creates Otaku Missionary

Shinichi Kanou finds himself recruited and sent by the Japanese government to another world to introduce anime culture to a fantastic new audience. He shares his extensive knowledge of anime and manga with the citizens of the Holy Eldant Empire, who view his teachings with both skepticism and growing interest.

Shinichi gradually spreads the influence of otaku culture through the Holy Empire Eldant hierarchy by befriending the queen of the empire, who is interested in manga and the Japanese language. He spends his days talking about his life’s passion in a hilarious and peculiar way.

3 Life With An Ordinary Guy Who Got Reincarnated In A Fantasy Knockout Creates An Unexpected Friendship Dynamic

Friends Hinata and Tsukasa wake up in another world to find that Hinata has reincarnated into a pretty anime girl. Tsukasa and Hinata find themselves destined to save the world from a Demon Lord while doing everything possible to deny their attraction to each other. The couple grapple with the puzzling circumstances of Hinata’s newfound beauty and the curse against them.

Hinata and Tsukasa’s attempt to protest their situation only further entraps them in their new world by the goddess who brought them. Their path to tracking down the Demon Lord turns out to be more complicated than expected.

2 Yashimaho reincarnates the spectator in a daycare center

yashimaho puts the viewer in the role of an overworked protagonist who is reincarnated as a 5-year-old via a blue pacifier. The series features short, one-minute episodes that place the viewer in a daycare center run by magic-wielding gentleman guardians. by Yashimaho an unusual premise and visual novel-like animation create increasingly bizarre interactions with no established plot.

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The direct interaction with the viewer adds a perspective rarely seen in anime as a genre. Each episode takes a much more direct point-of-view approach than other isekai series. The lack of distinction between viewer and protagonist keeps the action close at hand.

1 Heating pork liver turns an otaku into a pig

Heat the pork liver reincarnated an unassuming Otaku as a pig after passing out from eating raw pork liver. Pig quickly befriends mind-reading girl Jess, who accepts his strange situation but openly threatens to eat him. Despite his unknown form, Pig becomes the key to saving Jess from a terrible fate linked to his mysterious powers.

Pig learns to use his enhanced intelligence and senses to keep himself and his friends safe. The circumstances of his reincarnation detail a unique friendship dynamic and turn of events.

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Nokia revamps its research facilities in Japan to showcase its end-to-end local 5G portfolio and Lab-as-a-Service

Tokyo, Japannokia announced the opening of its new Advanced Technology Center (ATC) to test and demonstrate nokiaend-to-end portfolio of local 5G equipment, software and services. The center will now enable enterprises, communications service providers (CSPs) and infrastructure providers to learn and understand first-hand the vast potential of local 5G technology to unlock new value and better serve their customers. ATC will also offer Lab-as-a-Service (LaaS), ensuring easy access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and testing and validation services for devices, applications and solutions.

nokia acquired a Local 5G radio license from the Ministry of Interior and Communicationswhich allows it to demonstrate local 5G in the Tokyo, Roppongi Office. ATC will help nokia provide technical training for faster customer deployment.

The center will nokiacustomers and partners to jointly develop solutions, demonstrate use cases and conduct innovative research to test various applications using real equipment and simulate the real use environment to help them discover how the technology will work in a real scenario. LaaS will help businesses and CSPs accelerate time to market for new products and services.

nokia plans to further expand the 5G LAN at the Roppongi office workplace and create an environment where all employees can use the 5G LAN in the office.

Established in 2017 as nokiathe flagship advanced technology center of Japan, ATC assisted CSPs in testing and conducting 5G demonstrations. The modernized center will now take advantage nokiaend-to-end 5G products to enable local 5G demonstrations, integration testing, and interconnect testing with third-party application partners in the vertical segment.

nokia is a leader in industrial-grade private wireless, powering Industry 4.0 today, helping industries accelerate their digital transformation. nokiaAirScale Radio and private wireless solutions, including nokia The Digital Automation Cloud and Compact Mobility Unit industrial-grade private wireless core are used to enable local 5G coverage around ATC. nokiaJapan’s Fastmile 5G Gateway model will provide 5G Wi-Fi coverage for Wi-Fi devices and nokiaIP networks will also be used to provide high-speed connections between the Radio, Core and Edge nodes within ATC.

John Lancaster-LennoxRepresentative Corporate Officer, Chairman of Nokia Japansaid: “We are delighted with the opening of the brand new Advanced Technology Center at our office in Roppongi at Tokyo. We look forward to showcasing our latest 5G innovations and how they unlock new opportunities for our customers. nokiaThe Lab-as-a-Service will enable communication service providers to rapidly launch innovative services and products by being able to validate their reliability and performance in the real world. The center allows our customers to discover the potential of local 5G in a real environment. Additionally, it allows us to train our professionals in a simulated real environment and quickly resolve any deployment issues.

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New book explores ancient Japanese artisanal sake

There has been a lot of craft sake craze in Toronto lately. Restaurants like Sakai Bar and Omai have led the way, but sake selections are no longer limited to a single sheet of options.

“Some places have pages and pages of sake available (now),” said journalist Nancy Matsumoto, who fell in love with sake and started reporting on it a decade ago.

Matsumoto has teamed up with Toronto sake samurai Michael Tremblay to pen “Exploring the world of Japanese craft sake,” a new book that tells the story of the ancient liquor made from rice, water, koji mold and yeast.

The book begins with an introduction to sake. The history of brewing nihonshu, another name for sake, with rice, water, yeast, and koji mold is steeped in Shinto and Buddhist connotations. Sake was first brewed by Buddhist monks before becoming a commercial product.

Sakamai, or rice specific to sake, is ground and soaked in water, steamed and then soaked in koji. Koji turns rice starch into sugar. Yeast is then added to the mixture to start the fermentation process.

“It’s an incredibly complex process,” said Tremblay.

The book serves as a guide through the Japanese sake industry, once known for its closely guarded brewing techniques.

“The oldest brewery dates back to 1141, we’re talking about 55 generations of a family that’s involved in the brewing process,” said Tremblay, who runs the beverage program at Ki, a longtime Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood. city ​​finance. .

Senkin Brewery's generational sake brewer Masato Usui, left, with Nancy Matsumoto and Michael Tremblay who have released a new book exploring the world of Japanese artisanal sake.

Tremblay and Matsumoto also spent a lot of time interviewing farmers, scientists and other industry figures.

“We wanted to illustrate that sake is a rapidly changing industry due to the personalities and new attitudes behind it,” Matsumoto said.

Tremblay echoed that sentiment, pointing out that some sake brewers have taken inspiration from the natural wine movement.

“There is more openness to develop the product now. There is an appetite for different techniques.

Japanese food culture also plays a big role in the book, as do Toronto restaurants like Omai, as Tremblay and Matsumoto both promote the idea that sake is a great pairing for many cooking styles.

“It’s mainly because of the umami in the sake,” Matsumoto said. Foods that already have umami qualities, such as tomato sauce, aged cheeses, mushrooms, “look harmonious” when paired with sake.

Tremblay has built a following for his meticulously curated sake list. At any one time, he has more than 80 sakes to enjoy at Ki. During the pandemic, he started a bottle shop at the restaurant where many of his favorite artisanal sakes are available.

We asked Tremblay for three brew recommendations highlighted in the book that are available at Ki’s bottle shop.

Hachinohe Shuzo

Hachinohe Shuzo “Mutsuhassen” Ginjo, from Aomori Prefecture

Hachinohe Brewery, based in Aomori, is one of the oldest sake makers in Japan.

Notes from Tremblay: This brewery makes ultra clean and fruity sakes that are absolutely sublime! Bright aromas of pineapple, honeydew melon, fennel frond and tangerine with a silky smooth palate that tapers off with echoes of the tropical core of the aromas.

Yoshida Shuzoten “U” Yamahai Junmai, from Ishikawa Prefecture

This sake is made with medium hard water from the Tedori River and Mount Haku. Harder water means a higher volume of minerals, which helps get the fermentation starter off the ground.

Tremblay Notes: The sake has aromas of ripe Fuji apple, yellow banana (marshmallow) and a herbaceous accent of fresh thyme. The palate has a honeyed, complex and clean weight with a perfect, dry and crisp finish.

Moriki Shuzo “Rumiko no Saké” Tokubetsu Junmai, from Mie Prefecture

One of Tremblay’s favorite sakes is Moriki Shuzo, brewed by master brewer Rumiko.

Tremblay’s notes: The sake is made with one of the first Ginjo yeasts in the sake world, which gives a subtle green apple undertone that plays well with fresh cut herbs (basil), Bartlett pear, banana blackberry and the flavorful steamed rice profile of Sake.

Lucía Freitas: The starred chef of Santiago de Compostela

Galician Mussels in Citrus Escabèche with Red Lentil Soup (for 4 people)
By chef Lucía Freitas (adapted for BBC Travel)

Ingredients for the mixed dish:

20 citrus escabèche mussels (see sub-recipe below)
300g red lentil soup (see below for sub-recipe)
120g baby carrots
80g of bok choy
40g grapefruit wedges
40g blood orange wedges
Coriander leaves, carrot leaves and mini basil (for garnish)
Orange zest, freshly zested (for garnish)

Mussels with citrus escabeche


2 leeks
3 carrots
3 yellow onions
1 liter olive oil (not extra virgin)
1 head garlic, halved
1 lemon (zest and juice)
10 black peppercorns
4 green cardamom pods
1 stalk lemongrass, lightly crushed to release flavor
2 makrut lime leaves
15 g chopped fresh ginger
15 g chopped fresh galangal
150ml dry white wine
250ml apple cider vinegar
25 g chilli (smoked paprika)
500g cleaned mussels


Julienne the leeks, carrots and onions. Sauté the vegetables in oil for 20 minutes over low heat with the garlic, lemon (zest and juice), pepper, cardamom, lemongrass, lime leaves, ginger and galangal. Once the vegetables have been poached, pour in the wine and vinegar to stop the cooking, and bring everything to a boil. After boiling, remove from the heat and stir in the pimentón. Leave the mixture to rest overnight in the refrigerator.

The next day, strain the mixture through cheesecloth, reserving the vegetables and escabeche liquid separately. Steam the mussels to open them and extract them from the shells. Add the mussels to the escabeche liquid and let them rest in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

Red lentil soup


300g red lentils
1 liter of vegetable broth
2 tablespoons turmeric powder
1 bay leaf
1 tomato
1 yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
35 g chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 dried guindilla pepper
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon pimenton (smoked paprika)
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 tbsp Yondu sauce (a naturally fermented, gluten- and lactose-free seasoning made from soy and vegetable broth; you can substitute with half the amount of soy sauce)


Cook the lentils in the broth, adding the turmeric and bay leaf. Finely chop the tomato, onion and garlic and sauté them in olive oil like a sofrito until lightly caramelized. Add the ginger, cumin, mustard, guindilla and coriander, and cook over low heat for a few minutes. Stir in the pimentón, garam masala and Yondu sauce, then add the lentils and broth. Let the mixture cook for another 10 minutes over low heat so that the spices release their flavors, taking care not to burn them. Blend everything in a blender, strain and reserve the soup for the dressing of the final dish.

Assembly and presentation of the final mixed dish:

Purée the reserved vegetables (those that have been drained from the escabèche) until creamy. Briefly cook the carrots and bok choy in a skillet or steamer and season with some of the escabeche liquid. Drizzle ¼ of the vegetable puree into each dish, top with carrots, bok choy and mussels. Add a few slices of grapefruit and blood orange, as well as cilantro, carrot leaves and mini basil leaves. Add a little freshly zested orange to each dish, then spoon a quarter of the red lentil soup into each dish.

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Japan and Finland condemn Russian aggression, agree resolute action

The leaders of Japan and Finland on Wednesday strongly condemned Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and agreed on the need for a resolute and united response to the ongoing crisis that threatens the rules-based global order.

At the first in-person meeting, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin briefed her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida on Finland’s plans to potentially join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a landmark decision which she said would “strengthen “the international community that shares universal values.

“We consider the security of Europe and the Indo-Pacific region to be inseparable and we oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force anywhere in the world,” Kishida told a press briefing. spouse with Marin at his office.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (R) and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin shake hands before their talks at the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo on May 11, 2022. (Kyodo)

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“We will deepen cooperation with Finland to respond to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and achieve a ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific,” Kishida said.

Since the start of the Russian aggression in February, Kishida has repeatedly expressed concern about its ramifications beyond Europe. Japan, along with the United States and other like-minded countries, is pushing for a “free and open” Indo-Pacific as an assertive China expands its sphere of influence.

The crisis in Ukraine has motivated Finland and its neighbor Sweden, both of which have faced Russian aggression in the past, to consider joining NATO, a collective security framework seen by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a threat to the security of his country due to its eastward expansion. .

Ahead of the summit, Marin told an event in Tokyo that his government would soon make a decision on applying for NATO membership.

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin (R) speaks during a seminar in Tokyo on May 11, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Finland, which shares a border of about 1,300 kilometers with Russia, had engaged in high-level dialogue with it until the start of the war in Ukraine. As a member of the European Union, however, Finland is now a strong supporter of new sanctions against Russia, Marin said.

“Russia is openly violating international law and the Charter of the United Nations. Their atrocities against civilians continue. This cannot be accepted by any nation, let alone a permanent member of the Security Council,” he said. she declared.

Marin said she discussed “general disappointment” with the UN Security Council, given that the veto power has been abused. “We need to reform the council so that it becomes transparent, more effective and more representative,” she said.

At the summit, Japanese and Finnish leaders agreed to work towards a world without nuclear weapons, a key goal for Kishida. Marin said Finland was “very concerned” about North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

Japan and Finland have deepened their ties as strategic partners sharing universal values ​​such as democracy and respect for the rule of law. Economically, science and technology are key areas of cooperation, with Finland known to be at the forefront of digitalization.

Spotlight to represent Samurai Rabbit – Licensing.biz

2022 may be the year of the tiger, but it’s also shaping up to be a big year for bunnies in Netflix’s highly anticipated children’s animated series. Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, and the long-running, award-winning Stan Sakai comic series Usagi Yojimbo who inspired him.

Spotlight license has been appointed by Gaumont to launch and manage the global merchandise licensing program for Rabbit Samurai: The Usagi Chronicles (which debuted on Netflix on April 28).

“We are incredibly proud of Samurai bunny! It is a fun, fun, action-packed, beautiful, animated children’s series that young viewers will love. Creator Stan Sakai was involved every step of the way, so we hope his comic book fans love it too,” said Terry Kalagian, executive vice president of creative content at Gaumont US.

Spotlight was simultaneously tapped to handle global merchandise licensing for Sakai’s creator Usagi Yojimbo.

Usagi Yojimbo‘s Miyamoto Usagi is an ancestor of samurai rabbit teenage star Yuichi Usagi and — because Miyamoto is such an integral part of Yuichi’s life and story — it made sense to consolidate and coordinate licensing efforts for the series and comics with one agency,” says Sakai, who is executive producer of samurai rabbit series and remained involved throughout development to ensure the show would be well crafted and respectful of Japanese culture.

“We are excited to work with Gaumont and Stan Sakai to find the right licensing partners in the United States and around the world for each property, Rabbit Samurai: The Usagi Chronicles and Usagi Yojimboseparately or together, as appropriate,” says Carole Postal, president of Spotlight Licensing.

Spotlight actively seeks licensing partners across a wide range of product categories, including not only toys and games, but also apparel, costumes, accessories, action figures, collectibles, and other items. As a global agent, Spotlight will also seek to assess potential licensing partners and sub-agents worldwide.

Elon Musk would end Donald Trump’s ‘morally wrong’ Twitter ban: ‘Insane in the extreme’

Elon Musk has said he would reverse former President Donald Trump’s permanent Twitter ban if the Tesla CEO closes his deal to acquire the social media company for $44 billion.

Musk, speaking virtually at a Future of the Car summit hosted by the Financial Times, said Trump’s Twitter ban was a “morally wrong decision” and “insane in the extreme”. He said permanent Twitter account bans should be rare and reserved for accounts that are scams or automated bots.

“I think that was a mistake because it alienated a lot of the country and ultimately didn’t stop Donald Trump from being heard,” Musk said. “So I think that may end up being frankly worse than having a single forum where everyone can debate. I guess the answer is that I would reverse the permanent ban.

Musk has repeatedly criticized Twitter’s content moderation decisions, including Trump’s ban, but mostly avoided saying what he would do about Trump’s account until he was pressed to more details on Tuesday from Peter Campbell, an automotive correspondent for the Financial Times. Twitter banned Trump’s account in January 2021 for “inciting violence” following the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol.

Trump has previously said he has no intention of joining Twitter even if his account is reinstated, telling Fox News last month that he would instead focus on his own platform, Truth Social, which is mired in problems since its launch earlier this year.

“I don’t go on Twitter. I will stick to the truth,” Trump told the network. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he will improve it and he’s a good man, but I’m going to stick with Truth.”

A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment in response to Musk’s remarks.

While Trump was president, his Twitter persona functioned as a hodgepodge of political announcements, often out of the blue; media complaints; denigration of women, minorities and perceived enemies; and praise for his followers, replete with exclamation marks, capital letters, and one-word statements such as “Sad!”

He fired many officials on Twitter and his posts, like his speeches at rallies, were a torrent of misinformation.

In announcing Trump’s ban, Twitter said Trump’s tweets amounted to a glorification of violence when read against the backdrop of the Capitol riot and plans circulating online for future armed protests around the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Musk’s remarks raise questions about whether those banned besides Trump could also return. The long list of people banned from Twitter includes QAnon loyalists, COVID deniers, neo-Nazis and former reality TV star Tila Tequila, who was suspended for hate speech.

Other Trump allies who started Twitter include Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was permanently banned in January for repeatedly spreading misinformation about COVID-19 and the coronavirus. vaccine safety.

White supremacist David Duke and the often violent organization Proud Boys were banned, along with far-right trolls like one called Baked Alaska, who promoted anti-Semitic tropes and faced charges stemming from his involvement in the attack of January 6. .

Conspiracy theorists were also eliminated. David Icke was kicked off the platform two years ago for spreading false information about COVID-19, including claims that Jews and 5G towers were to blame for the pandemic. Icke is a prominent advocate of the belief that a race of lizards took over the Earth by posing as human leaders.

Alex Jones, the creator of Infowars, was permanently banned in 2018 for abusive behavior. Last year, Jones lost a defamation case filed by parents of children killed in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting over Jones’ repeated claims that the shooting was fake.

Twitter, Musk said on Tuesday, currently has a strong left-leaning, largely because it’s located in San Francisco. This alleged bias prevents him from building trust in the rest of the United States and the world, he said: “It’s way too random and I think Twitter needs to be a lot fairer.” Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Musk’s comments.

Earlier, Musk said he supported a new European Union law aimed at protecting social media users from harmful content after meeting the bloc’s single market chief.

EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he explained to Musk how the bloc’s online regulations aim to maintain free speech while ensuring that everything illegal “will be banned in the digital space”, which Musk “fully agreed with”. .”

In a Breton video tweeted Late Monday, Musk said the two men had a “great discussion” and that he was fine with the Digital Services Act, which is expected to get final approval later this year. It will force big tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook’s parent company Meta to more strictly police their platforms for illegal or harmful content like hate speech and misinformation, or face billions in fines. .

Warriors of Light took place

On this day in ONE Championship history, ONE: Warriors of Light took place on May 10, 2019. It was an action-packed fight card that featured bouts in MMA, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai.

The headlining bout saw Thai-born champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao defend his title against Japanese striker Hiroaki Suzuki. In the bout, Nong-O successfully retained his ONE Muay Thai bantamweight belt with a five-round decision.

Thereafter, Nong-O continued as the feared champion, defending his title in his next four fights. His next fight will be against British striker Liam Harrison in 2022.

After his loss, Suzuki suffered another setback in ONE before switching to MMA and competing in RIZIN. He has a 2-1 record in MMA so far.

Additionally, the inaugural ONE Kickboxing Flyweight Championship was introduced to ONE: Warriors of Light. Thai fighter Petchdam Petchyindee Academy beat Elias Mahmoudi of Algeria by decision.

ONE: Warriors of Light – Untitled Battles

This ONE Championship event also hosted several exciting non-title fights. Japanese MMA fighter Shoko Sato scored an impressive second-round TKO victory over Australian Mark Abelardo.

Muay Thai superstar Rodtang Jitmuangnon, meanwhile, used punches and leg kicks to score a TKO win over Cambodia’s Sok Thy. Later in 2019, in Rodtang’s next fight, he won the ONE Muay Thai flyweight title by defeating Jonathan Haggerty.

Masterful demolition by Rodtang Jitmuangnon, taking down Cambodia’s Sok Thy via leg destruction in round 2. Classic Muay tank. #WarriorsOfLight https://t.co/7ooQrREwEp

Elsewhere on the card, Thailand’s Pongsiri Mitsatit made quick work of Filipino Robin Catalan. Pongsiri ended the fight in the first round with a knee to the body. Pieter Buist also picked up a triumph over Kota Shimoishi at the event. He did it with via TKO after a vicious knee.

Additionally, Zhang Chenglong defeated Panicos Yusuf by decision in their fight. Next, Chenglong competed for the World Bantamweight Kickboxing Championship. He failed in his quest for gold, losing to Alaverdi Ramazanov.

Muay Thai fighter Savvas Michael, meanwhile, edged out Singtongnoi Por.Telakun. Michael will now compete in the ONE Muay Thai Flyweight Grand Prix at ONE 157 on May 20th.

Another upcoming Grand Prix contender was also in action at ONE: Warriors of Light. Superlek Kiatmuu9 defeated Rui Botelho by decision. Superlek will now face Taiki Naito in the first round of the Muay Thai tournament this month.

Finally, Janet Todd picked up a TKO victory over Wang Chin Long on this May 10, 2019 fight card. Todd went on to win the Women’s World Atomic Weight Kickboxing Championship against Stamp Fairtex. Todd remains a champion to this day.

Many exciting fights took place at ONE: Warriors of Light, many of which included major implications for the title going forward. Superlek, Michael and Rodtang will all return to ONE 157 on May 20.

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Japan’s Naval Pivot to the Indian Ocean

The growing deployments of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Forces focus on peaceful projects, but they also serve to bolster the country’s presence in the strategically critical Indian Ocean region, writes Jay Maniyar.

As a key maritime power in the Indo-Pacific, Japan is seeking to improve its naval relations with South Asian countries.

Having already undertaken a considerable capacity building against naval forces in South Asia, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMDSF) is now bolstering the country’s military pivot to greater influence in the region with another annual regional deployment. .

The first edition of the new Indo-Pacific deployment (prior to 2018 called the “Indo-Southeast Asia deployment”) was announced and undertaken in 2019, followed by a second in 2020 and a third in 2021.

According to the government, these deployments have two main objectives.

The first is the enhancement of the JMSDF’s tactical capabilities in the Indo-Pacific through increased naval cooperation with partner nations, and the second is a “proactive contribution” to peace and stability.

Deployment activities testify to this. The 2019 deployment included a bilateral naval exercise with the Indian Navy, and the 2020 deployment included a JMSDF resupply visit to Sri Lanka.

The 2021 Indo-Pacific rollout, however, seems like a step forward. Between August 20 and November 25, 2021, the JMDSF launched the largest of three “Indo-Pacific” deployments to have taken place to date. It chose to include Exercise Malabar – involving the countries of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the “Quad”) – as well as other JMSDF activities in the Indian Ocean, including resupply visits to India and the Sri Lanka.

Along with the deployment, Japan has donated patrol vessels to the Sri Lankan Navy and made regular port visits. Japan is also getting involved in the development of India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands – recently signing an agreement to provide $133 million in aid to India for a power supply project there.

On the other side of the Indian Ocean, Japan has a naval base in Djibouti, which is partly intended to protect its vast trade, consisting mainly of non-renewable energy, from the Middle East. The government has expanded base operations in recent years, and for two years between 2020 and 2022, a JMSDF intelligence-gathering deployment was sent to the Persian Gulf to monitor piracy activities.

Naturally, this helps all countries that send legitimate trade to the region and shows how the JMSDF uses defense diplomacy to establish a Japanese presence in the Indian Ocean.

However, the JMDSF does not act with pure benevolence. Recently, news emerged that the Bangladesh Navy may acquire the Japanese-made Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft. Japan has also cooperated with India in the Bay of Bengal to build infrastructure.

But why is the Northeast Asian giant so interested in the Indian Ocean?

The Indian Ocean makes up about half of the predominantly maritime Indo-Pacific region. Moreover, India is at the center of Japan’s interests and activity in the region, and its Indo-Pacific deployments have regularly put India in the spotlight.

It is likely that future JMSDF Indo-Pacific missions will also focus on the Indian Ocean, as it enhances other South Asian countries, such as Sri Lanka and the Maldives, as they approach a crucial decision point regarding China’s role in their future.

Indeed, it is clear that many of these maritime interventions by Japan make China an adversary, even when operationally focused on urgent non-traditional security threats, such as maritime piracy, terrorism shipping and natural disasters.

Each Indian Ocean country is intrinsically linked to the maritime domain and its associated “blue economy” in many ways, and involvement in the Indian Ocean aligns with the stated goals, vision, strategy and principles. of Japan in the Indo-Pacific.

JThe JMSDF deployment is an important part of Japan’s larger Indo-Pacific mission and its focus on the Indian Ocean has raised Japan’s profile and presence in the region.

Ultimately, these developments are essentially designed to do what Japan says they are – to proactively build Japan’s image as a nation working for peace while deepening the bonds of a strategic partnership. supported in the Indo-Pacific. Still, other countries in the region should note the success of Japan’s efforts to build partnerships – especially with India. They may just pay off in more contested moments on the track.

KCC Comic Con welcomes the community for free nerdy fun

Article by Kurt Liedtke, Public Information Officer, Klamath Community College

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Pull out your mask and press on your cape, the first Comic Con in the Klamath Basin in nearly three years is coming to Klamath Community College. Driven by a desire to host a full-scale open house for the community, the college will host its first KCC Comic Con from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

A free event filled with games and crafts, and featuring plenty of vendors and speakers, KCC Comic Con will offer something for everyone as a festive way to celebrate the end of spring. Falling on the only Friday the 13th of the year, the event will be family-friendly and horror-themed, with a haunted house setting on campus. Coming in costume is strongly encouraged.

Nearly 40 vendors will be on hand, selling everything from fan art to apparel and collectibles, games and jewelry, plus an assortment of food trucks. Each visitor will be given a program with a map of the campus highlighting the different activity stations. Collecting a stamp at each station and returning to the check-in booth will earn a prize.

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You will also have the opportunity to try KCC’s full motion flight and commercial truck simulators. Or visit KCC’s fire truck and a Commercial Driver’s License Program tractor-trailer outside to see the real thing.

The KCC Business Center (Building 7) will be converted into an interactive video game museum, housing more than 80 video game consoles installed chronologically from the early days of Pong in the 1970s to today’s virtual reality. In the KCC Learning Resource Center, you’ll find an assortment of tabletop board games, popular collectible card games such as Yu-gi-oh, Pokémon, and Magic the Gathering, and guided Dungeons and Dragons adventures .

The Building 4 Commons will be the epicenter of Comic Con with vendors, a photo booth, main stage, and KCC admissions staff available for instant registration for the summer and fall terms. Adjacent to the Commons in the KCC Wellness Centre, from 3-5pm will be a puppet workshop, where everyone can learn how to build and manipulate their own puppets.

The puppet workshop will be overseen by professional filmmaker and puppeteer Jesse Blanchard, whose all-puppet comedy/horror film “Frank and Zed” will screen in collaboration with KCC and Klamath Film at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Oregon. Tech Auditorium. Tickets for the film screening are $10, available at www.klamathfilm.org.

Recommended Joshi Matches of the Month: May 2022

The Joshi wrestling scene (Japanese women’s wrestling) is a deep scene full of incredibly talented performers and every month there are dozens of fantastic matches from promotions from Celebrity for Sendai Girls and everywhere in between. In this article, our goal is to give readers a list of recommended Joshi matches that have taken place in the past month, there will be a few honorable mentions, and then a top 5 with our absolute favorites! Scott Edwards gives his latest edition, which covers April 2022.

Important Note: Due to some matches not being aired at the time of writing, some presumably awesome Joshi matches cannot be ranked. Also due to the recent PPV model adopted by a number of promotions, we cannot view all events.

Recommended Joshi Matches of the Month: April 2022

Honorable mentions

  • Momo Watanabe and Starlight Kid vs. Giulia and Thekla (featured)
  • Maria & Makoto vs. Yurika Oka & Ai Houzan (Wonderful)

5. Kohaku vs. Suzu Suzuki (Pro Wrestling WAVE)

Credit: Pro Wrestling WAVE

The beginnings of Kohaku in professional wrestling WAVE went about as well as a start could go despite a short game. After all, she was facing the former ICExInfinity champion and 19-year-old prodigy. Suzu-Suzuki, who brought it to Kohaku whenever she had the chance. If you want to take a peek into Joshi’s indie scene to see the young talent showing up and how talented they are, this is the match for you. The physique was there (as you would expect with Suzuki) but there was also an amazing mix of athleticism that really took the game to the next level. If and when Kohaku puts it all together, she’ll make this list in her sleep.

4. Syuri vs. Himeka (Celebrity)

The long-awaited celebrity world championship match for Himeka was a big one. A shock (not really) that Syuri was able to make this list with the current race she has. A kind of staple food, the The eye of God The leader continues to produce great wrestling match after great wrestling match against any opponent thrown in front of her. ‘The Jumbo Princess’ proved to be the opponent this time around and they lived up to the hype, fighting a battle worthy of the World of Stardom Championship. Himeka hit everything she could in the match with her devastating Running Powerbomb being something of an exclamation mark for her but, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win her. Syuri came out with the championship still around her waist but not without a fantastic fight from Himeka.

3. Arisa Nakajima vs. Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon)

Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Arisa Nakajima |  Joshi Matches of the week
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Potentially the last match in history between these two and this time with the Beyond The Sea Championship on the line, Tsukasa Fujimoto and Arisa Nakajima didn’t let Joshi fans down with their second game in as many days. The total violence that the Best friends bringing each other is what ultimate respect looks like at Joshi. The drama of Fujimoto potentially stealing the Beyond The Sea Championship before his long hiatus cast a major shadow over this match and made it better. In the end, it was Nakajima who was able to recoup his victory and successfully defend his championship, but it was the fans who won seeing these two warriors provide another top fight.

2. AZM vs. Mei Suruga (Celebrity)

High-speed wrestling can be the best of the best in all of pro wrestling if done right. Add to that the fact that perhaps no one in the world right now is better at style than AZM and you’re into something big. It can be said here once again as the high speed champion defended her championship against Attack of Gatohit is Mei Suruga, who won the Cinderella Rumble at Stardom World Climax to loosely earn the opportunity. Appreciating the art of high speed is often more than a lot of moves in a short time. What they are able to accomplish and the drama they can create with the exchange of pinfall attempts is what makes each match more engrossing as the minutes go by. Suruga had one of the best performances of her career, showing what she was capable of aside from her eccentric and often “goblin” demeanor.

AZM was not only able to survive Suruga’s impressive onslaught but also bring it back straight away as the home stretch had a number of jaw-dropping falls that could have ended the game at any time. Only one game won more props than them in April, but it’s a must-watch encounter.

1. Arisa Nakajima vs. Tsukasa Fujimoto (SEAdLINNNG)

Arisa Nakajima vs. Tsukasa Fujimoto
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Joshi’s “Best Friends” faced off twice more before Tsukasa Fujimoto’s extended leave from professional wrestling. As you read above, their second match in as many days for the Beyond The Sea Championship was a great match, but this first SEAdLINNNG match golden moment was one of the best games of the year. What these two managed to do in their match was tell a story of friendship turned into a competition where neither of them wanted to lose.

Arisa Nakajima would crush Fujimoto with her full arsenal, but the Ice Ribbon legend fought back and showed her heart that has made her so special for so long. While the championship was not on the line in this match, the stakes were just as high due to the emotion they shared in the ring. Fujimoto would stun him with a quick pin, earning a win that would earn him the title the next day.

While the Battle of the Ribbon of Ice was tougher, this match had the beauty of fierce, jaw-dropping maneuvering that rightfully makes it a bona fide Match of the Year contender. Do all you can to see this because there’s no promise as to when we’ll see these two share a ring together again. A war between “The Best Friends” that reminds you how amazing these two wrestlers are to this day.

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Europe’s first samurai museum opens in Berlin | cultural | Report on arts, music and lifestyle in Germany | DW

Japanese samurai are considered masters of swordsmanship and brave and fearless fighters. The myth surrounding the warriors still fascinates today. Both in Hollywood and in video games, Feudal Japan is a box office success. The samurai are romanticized as the epitome of chivalry and honor – though their warfare was no less bloody or ruthless than combat elsewhere.

A new museum in Berlin explores what lies behind the myth.

More than 1,000 objects from the collection of Peter Janssen, a German entrepreneur, are on display at the Samurai Museum Berlin, which opens on May 8.

Weapons and armor, tea sets, woodcuts and Buddhist sculptures are part of the interactive exhibition. “The myth and influence of the samurai on Japanese society is illuminated from various angles such as daily life, arts and crafts, or martial arts,” the museum writes.

Five facts about Japanese warriors:

1. Samurai means “one who serves”

The history of the samurai began when military conscription was abolished in Japan in the 8th century. Military-trained men from the provinces replaced the conscripts. They served the Kyoto Imperial Court as well as noble families. They earned their living as fighters.

Tea ceremony: Photo from the series Seven Virtues

Over the centuries, the samurai expanded their power. At the end of the 12th century, they established their own military government, the shogunate, which coexisted with the imperial house.

Until the 19th century, when their status was revoked by Emperor Meiji in favor of a modern army, samurai were an integral part of Japanese political, social and cultural life.

2. Only a true samurai was allowed to carry two swords

Samurai fought and rode horses, mostly using bow and arrows.

Over time, the two swords they carried – a long, curved sword (katana) and a second, shorter sword (wakizashi) – became an important status symbol.

In some families, they have been passed down from one generation to the next.

Sword hilt with intricate carvings

The sword is the soul of the samurai, a warrior chief once said.

The intricate ornaments and decorations added to the swords represented the personality of the samurai. Elaborately decorated armor and helmets also referenced the rank and character of the warrior. Motifs including demons, dragons and Buddhist patron gods were believed to offer supernatural protection. Sometimes samurai wore masks with sinister features and mustaches intended to frighten the enemy.

3. Samurai warriors did not always act nobly

The Japanese term bushido means “the way of the warrior”. He was referring to the samurai code of conduct long before a German rapper rose to fame under that stage name.

The values ​​idealized by the samurai included courage, honor and, above all, loyalty to one’s master. Warriors also had to be willing to sacrifice themselves in battle or by ritual suicide.

There is no doubt that the samurai displayed great courage and martial skill, but the extent to which the samurai followed a code of conduct is disputed today. In reality, there was betrayal, deceit, and disloyalty even among the Japanese warriors. They broke truces, burned villages and massacred the people they defeated. They took the heads of their victims as trophies.

three photos of a young woman wearing a mask that show different expressions

Masks show different emotions in Noh theater

In fact, bushido is more of an idealized idea of ​​how samurai should live their lives. The term only became popular at the end of the 19th century, when samurai no longer existed.

4. Samurai were more than warriors

Elite samurai had to combine the arts of peace (bun) and war (bu).

In times of peace, samurai turned to bureaucratic duties.

The samurai children had to study Chinese and Japanese literature and Confucian texts, but they also learned martial skills like archery and horseback riding.

Many high-ranking samurai devoted themselves to tea ceremonies and painting. Famous battle scenes, horse racing and the Inuoumono “dog hunt”, where dogs were slaughtered, were popular motifs.

Noh theater, a traditional form of dramatic dance, was another samurai activity. Noh plays emphasize Buddhist themes and focus on the emotions of a main character tormented by love, anger, or grief.

5. Samurai were men, but women fought too

Women fought alongside samurai. Nakano Takeko is considered one of the greatest and also the last Japanese warrior. During the Battle of Aizu in 1868, the 21-year-old led a unit of female fighters armed with rifles against the imperial army.

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Impressive 18th century samurai armor

The daughter of a high official in the imperial court, Takeko was highly educated and trained in martial arts.

During Aizu’s attack, she killed several men before being hit by a bullet. Legend has it that she asked her sister to cut off her head so that her body wouldn’t be taken as a trophy by the enemy.

Shortly after the battle, the shogunate – Japan’s feudal military government – fell, leaving the imperial court in control and ending the era of samurai.

This article was originally written in German.

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It’s kind of like summer these days, not just in the weather department, but in what’s going on!

turkey supper

It’s the second Saturday of the month on the 14th, so it’s time for The United Methodist Church’s take-out turkey dinner! Drop by from 4-6 p.m. for a turkey meal with all the trimmings, like mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, peas, cookies and a homemade pie, all for a $10 donation.

Garage sale

A garage sale will be held Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the First Congregational Church. Household items, clothing and various collectibles will be available.

Story time is back!

The Carver Memorial Library resumes its popular outdoor storytime on the lawn on Fridays from May 13 at 10.30am. Miss Rhonda will read stories and share songs for the Young Learners Movement. Designed for children 5 and under and their caregivers. Bring your sunscreen, blanket, lawn chair or grass seat. If the weather is not suitable, it will take place in the children’s room. Families are invited to participate!

The museum opens on May 27

The Penobscot Marine Museum opens its doors for the first time in two years! On Thursday, May 26, from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be a reception and preview of the Main Street Gallery and the Old Vestry.

Here are some of the highlights from this summer: Captain Fowler-True-Ross’ home has been transformed to tell the stories of Searsport’s men, women and children at sea. Searsport’s Maritime Stories” is a new permanent exhibit. Each room in the house will focus on a different aspect of life at sea and at home with stories of loss, misfortune and miraculous rescues.

Visitors will recognize many Searsport surnames. The Pendletons with their stories of the War of 1812, joined by Frank Irving Pendleton in his samurai garb for a China trading trip. Joanna and Lincoln Colcord tell the story of Chinese trade from their perspective through objects, letters and photographs. The Dow-Eaton family tells their story of love, life and loss through letters, merchandise and paintings. Searsport families saw their neighbors more frequently in foreign ports than on the streets of Searsport!

The summer kitchen will be dedicated to the ship’s crew where their stories will be told through work songs and games.

The photography exhibition presents Kosti Ruohomaa: The Maine Assignments. Ruohomaa’s work spanned two decades, documenting a critical period in American culture by photographing the years of World War II.

Her photos have found their way into some of the most visible publications such as Life, Look and National Geographic. He often based his homework on a photo report, telling a story in pictures.

Searsport receives $2 million broadband grant

Consolidated Communications will bring the Internet to 2,000 homes in Searsport with a grant from ConnectMaine. This means that even the most rural sections of Searsport will be able to access the Internet.

Consolidated representative Simon Thorne said: “If you have a pole and a power source at home, you can be connected. Consolidated offers high speed and reliability through Fidium fiber optics at a starting cost of $35 per household for the first year. There will be no contract or setup fees. The package will include a modem, plus two extenders if the signal is weak in one part of the house. For anyone who needs to terminate service, the process has been streamlined with specially trained customer service representatives.

It was a long process – over two years – and some said it couldn’t be done! But thanks to the Broadband Select Committee, consisting of George Kerper, Sue McClintok, Janine Laveway, Dan Nichols, Ellie Flagg, Doug Norman, Steve Tanguay and Karen Smith – they made this possible!

Installation will begin in the summer of 2023 and is expected to be completed in three months. Consolidated is a top 10 US provider with experience in over 50 communities in Maine and New Hampshire. Thorne’s estimate is therefore realistic. And according to the National Realtors Association, a home with a fiber optic connection earns 3% more in a sale.

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India’s dharmic democracy has ancient roots

The Ukraine crisis has fractured the world into separate blocs. On the one hand, we have autocrats who run their countries with total control over the state, the economy and the media. On the other side, we have democratic nations that guarantee liberty and liberty to their people. During the Ukrainian conflict, India struck a balance between these two blocs to protect its national interests. However, make no mistake: Indian democracy has deep civilizational roots. We have developed our own unique dharmic democracy. We cherish our freedoms and will always oppose autocracy.

Democratic systems emerged after thousands of years of experimentation with different governance arrangements around the world. Well-functioning democratic systems reflect four fundamental principles: a wide variety of inalienable human rights; rule of law, including equality of all before the law; the separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary creating a system of checks and balances; and accountability to the public. Each of these principles is of vital importance, but it is the interlocking nature of these principles that ensures justice, liberty, equality and brotherhood.

India’s democratic system is not based on Western Enlightenment thought, but on our own ancient beliefs. As Bhishma tells Yudhishthira in the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, which was repeated by Chanakya in the Arthashastra: “The happiness of the ruler lies in the happiness of his subjects. It’s not what the leader likes that counts, only what the people like. This thought is further developed in Ram Rajya’s concept, as articulated by Mahatma Gandhi: “Ram Rajya’s ancient ideal is undoubtedly that of a genuine democracy in which the most wicked citizen could be safe rapid justice without an elaborate and costly procedure”. Moreover, BR Ambedkar said: “Let no one, however, say that I borrowed my philosophy from the French Revolution. I do not have. My philosophy has its roots in religion, not political science. I took them from the teachings of my Master, the Buddha.

The first democratic principle of inalienable human rights derives directly from the most important moral virtue of Indian civilization: Ahimsa or strict non-violence. Respect for living beings inevitably leads to human rights because by practicing ahimsa we give everyone the freedom to live and worship as they see fit. Thus ahimsa is directly related to the fundamental western concept of freedom. Following ahimsa gives everyone freedom since we cannot coerce anyone. Taking away someone’s freedom is a violent act and therefore contrary to the ahimsa principle. Interestingly, in the original copy of the Constitution, Part III, which deals with fundamental rights, opens with an illustration of Lord Ram with Sita and Lakshman – a clear allusion to Ram Rajya’s ideal of true democracy.

Moreover, among world civilizations, Indian civilization is unique because it is fundamentally based on freedom of thought and belief systems. One of the most famous lines in the Rig Veda says: ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti – there is one truth, the sages call it by many names. Each individual is free to pursue eternal truth in their own way – in fact, these choices shape their karma and lead to their moksha; each person must seek his own salvation or liberation. The Bhagavad Gita illustrates how individuals should question their rights and duties, exercise their free will, and then decide their conduct. Accordingly, we have always celebrated pluralism and abhorred fanaticism.

Likewise, our Dharmic traditions, particularly our commitment to Raj Dharma, have defined our unwavering commitment to the second democratic principle of the rule of law. It doesn’t matter whether we are rich or poor, weak or powerful, we are all enjoined to follow Dharma. The Arthashastra states: “It is power and power alone which, only when exercised by the king impartially and in proportion to guilt either to his son or to his enemy, maintains both this world and the following. The just and victorious king administers justice in accordance with dharma (established law), sanstha (customary law), nyaya (pronounced law) and vyavahara (evidence, conduct). Our constitution, various laws and regulations, and consistent case law define the Raj Dharma.

Indian society has always believed in the separation of powers, the third democratic principle. While ancient Indian states were generally kingdoms ruled by monarchs, these rulers relied on assemblies of nobles to validate and approve their decisions. Historical research suggests that most of northern India had republican states throughout the Buddhist period. Priests have also had a significant influence on the conduct and decisions of monarchs throughout Indian history. Thus, feudal power was circumscribed not only by Raj Dharma, but also by checks and balances introduced by assemblies and priestly power. Judicial systems were also well established in Indian society, both during the ancient period as well as during the medieval and modern periods. Chanakya devotes Books 3 and 4 of the Arthashastra to the judicial system, detailing how civil and criminal law should be maintained by magistrates and judges.

Finally, transparency and accountability are hallmarks of democratic systems. In our constitutional system, this is enforced by legislatures, periodic elections and media surveillance. Our ancient wisdom, as enshrined in the Mundaka Upanishad, has always stressed the importance of speaking the truth: “Satyameva Jayate – only truth triumphs. Those who hold executive power must tell the truth about their actions. They must truly serve the needs of the people and not use misinformation to perpetuate their rule. Dharma demands truth, not propaganda.


India has always followed the eternal values ​​of ahimsa and dharma. The two are also linked by the phrase from the Bhagavad Gita: ahimsa paramo dharma. Thus our civilizational heritage guides us inexorably towards a humanitarian ethos and a dharmic democracy. As the world is torn into opposing blocs, ahimsa and dharma inspire India to be a beacon of pluralism and democracy.

This column first appeared in the print edition of May 7, 2022, under the title “We are a dharmic democracy”. Jayant Sinha is the Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Standing Committee and a Lok Sabha MP from Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. Views are personal

Fun, Free, Cheap: What to Do in San Francisco This Week

By Johnny Funcheap

Special for examiner

81st Annual SF Mother’s Day Rose Show

Want to give your mom one of the most glorious roses in town on the cheap? Plan an afternoon at Golden Gate Park’s Hall of Flowers for the return of the San Francisco Rose Society’s first in-person Mother’s Day Rose Show in three years. Discover a fine collection of hybrid teas, grandifloras and climbing roses from gardens across the city as they compete to win the queen of the show (and other prizes like biggest rose, smallest rose and the “blackest red rose”). And if you wait patiently until 4 p.m., you can give your mom one of these award-winning flowers. Most of the roses and bouquets in competition are offered at the end of the day in exchange for a small donation. Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Hall of Flowers, 9th and Irving, Golden Gate Park, SF, free. sfrosesociety.org

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Mother’s Day Community Day at the Exploratorium

The Exploratorium had several “pay what you want” days each year, but these started to become rare even before the pandemic. This Sunday, the tradition of Community Day returns for the first time since May 2019 in honor of Mother’s Day/Día de las Madres. Many free bilingual activities entice you to spend the whole day at the museum, including folk dances and a mariachi concert singing the Mothers’ Serenade. Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate tastings, see how corn tortillas are made, or learn how to make colorful paper flowers for a free Mother’s Day gift. Arrive early as entry is subject to capacity. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St., SF, Pay What You Want. exploratorium.edu

(Courtesy of The Chase Center)

(Courtesy of The Chase Center)

Watch Golden State Warriors playoff parties

Dub Nation descends on Thrive City for the biggest and loudest game watch party in the bay. During each road playoff game, the Warriors open up the West Plaza in front of the Chase Center and fill it with grass games, an athletic field and a few thousand golden-blooded fans for an experience almost as electric as if you were inside the arena. Cheer on the Warriors on the massive 42-foot outdoor screen or get pumped by the dunk crew and DJs who often help amp up the crowd during breaks. RSVP if you wish, but entry to this incredibly popular event is first-come, first-served. Every Warrior road playoff game. Next game, Wednesday, 5 p.m., Thrive City West Plaza at Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way, SF, free, subject to capacity. chasecenter.com

(Courtesy of Jeffrey Eisen)

(Courtesy of Jeffrey Eisen)

Bluegrass picking picnic

Lay down on a blanket and enjoy a great day of music in the park that sounds like a tiny little version of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Local guitar/mandolin duo Jeanie and Chuck round up some of their favorite bluegrass, country and folk artists for yet another version of this five-hour impromptu jam gig at Dahlia Dell Garden, just east of the Conservatory of Flowers. It’s BYOE (Bring your own everything – including acoustic instruments if you want to participate). There are no signs pointing to the location, so if you’re having trouble finding things, just head to JFK Drive and keep your ears peeled for the faint sound of banjos and fiddles. Saturday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Dahlia Dell Grove, Golden Gate Park, SF, free. countryroundupsf.com

(Courtesy of the Conservatory of Flowers)

(Courtesy of the Conservatory of Flowers)

Free Japanese Flower Conservatory and Tea Garden for SF Residents

In case you missed the late April news, two of Golden Gate Park’s finest gardens are now free to all San Francisco residents. (Unfortunately, non-residents saw their price jump to $13.) The Conservatory of Flowers, built in 1879, is the oldest building in the park. Explore the five galleries of the massive greenhouse filled with nearly 2,000 plant species. Or stroll past the pagodas, koi ponds, stone lanterns and arched drum bridges of the Japanese Tea Garden, originally established in 1894 and now the oldest Japanese public garden in the United States . Open daily, variable hours. Conservatory of Flowers, 100 JFK Dr., Japanese Tea Garden, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park, SF, free for San Francisco residents with ID. conservatoiredesfleurs.org

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Russia’s failure forces China to reconsider ‘Not as good as they think’ | World | News

According to US Congressman Mark Green, China may be watching Russia “stumble” in Ukraine and start thinking twice about escalating tension over Taiwan. Xi Jinping has backed Vladimir Putin’s stalled invasion of Ukraine, but some believe Beijing may begin to reassess its own military strength after watching Russian forces fail to secure a quick victory.

The US congressman told NewsNation: “Certainly [China] watch the West come together and impose sanctions on Russia that have an impact.

“They also see Russia, this formidable force that everyone was afraid of, stumble in Ukraine and realize that they may not be as good as they think either.

“So all of those things have to be taken into consideration. “

Beijing has repeatedly said that annexing the self-governing island of Taiwan is a strategic goal of the Chinese Communist Party amid rising military tensions in the region.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida warned on Thursday that the invasion of Ukraine could be replicated in East Asia if the major powers do not react with one voice, saying peace and stability in the Strait of Taiwan were to be maintained.

Kishida, speaking in London through a translator after a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said the time had come for the Group of Seven ruling nations to consolidate their unity.

“Collaboration between countries sharing universal values ​​is becoming increasingly vital,” he said. “We must work together with our allies and like-minded countries, and never tolerate a unilateral attempt to change the status quo through the use of force in the Indo-Pacific, especially in East Asia. “

“Ukraine may be East Asia tomorrow.”

“If Japan really wants peace and stability in East Asia, it should immediately stop provoking confrontation between the great powers and do more to help build trust between countries in the region and promote peace and regional stability,” ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry thanked Kishida for his comments on peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, saying they “not only reflect the aspirations of democratic countries, but also win recognition and approval from the community.” international”.

Russia made minor gains in eastern and southern Ukraine, after failing to take the capital kyiv in the first weeks after its February 24 invasion.

Moscow calls its actions a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of anti-Russian nationalism fomented by the West.

With over 3 million downloads, Ys 6 mobile game marks Singapore beta launch with limited exclusives

Arm yourself, as a cult classic Japanese role-playing game, Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (a.k.a Ys 6 Mobile) is launching its open beta to gamers in Singapore, unleashing the mystical realm of the 30-year-old cult classic game, and the sixth installment in the Ys series, to a new generation of mobile gamers across the country.

Developed by Japan’s most prestigious game studio, Falcom, the mobile port of the popular 2003 console RPG game made its mobile debut in July 2021 in Japan, before releasing in Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong, where it topped the charts on both Apple and Google Play stores, with over 3 million downloads. Riding the wave of success, the game is now making its way to local shores, and fans of the series, when it was then available on PC and game consoles, can relive the adventure in one of the RPG games. most acclaimed ever released.

Since Ys 6 Mobile TVC hit social media, the video has received nearly 200,000 views in less than 4 days, and the mobile game is still trending and spreading like wildfire!

In Ys 6 Mobileplayers embark on a breathtaking adventure through the island of Canaan exploring every corner of Saint Zemeth Santum, from the village of Rehda, the port of Rimorge to the wild mountains and mysterious underwater caves, and unveil the ancient secrets of the earth.

Adventurers will play alongside Adol, a world-renowned adventurer who has written thousands of volumes of travel journals, and his companion companion. After an attack launched by a fleet of Romun ships, Adol finds himself on the Canaan Islands by the daughters of the chief of the nearby village of Rehda. It is from here that the adventure and the story unfolds.

To participate in the open beta, claim this exclusive, limited-time redemption code in game on Google Play and App Store.


This code offers players an in-game gift pack worth up to S$7 and can be redeemed from May 1 to June 30, 2022 only (T&Cs apply).

While the original game is 30 years old, the mobile version features major graphical updates, bringing the visuals on par with modern JRPGs, while retaining its classic PlayStation2 aesthetic, to give fans a dose of that well-known graphical style. loved Ys. The mobile port also comes with an exciting soundtrack and background music, as well as a variety of in-game challenges to keep fans coming back frequently for more exciting adventures.

With the introduction of adventures across the world, players will be able to meet other players online and build up a roster of comrades to support them on their fantasy journey as they battle through dungeons, mode story, boss raids and treasure hunts.

The vast world of Ys is now more social and interactive, as players will be able to engage in a variety of multiplayer activities, ranging from leisure activities such as furnishing, farming and collecting herbs, to creating a guild and forming raid groups to defeat tough bosses.

The game also offers players the opportunity to forge romantic relationships that can culminate in great in-game marriages complete with exciting couple gifts. Players can also conjure pets to accompany them on their adventures, while enhancing their pet’s combat abilities and giving them stylish makeovers.

Right off the bat, players can customize their character and choose from five different character classes, ranging from a brutal warrior, agile ranger, stealthy samurai, clinical assassin, or spellbinding mage. Character progression is an indispensable aspect of every adventurer’s journey, allowing players to shape their characters into one of nine subclasses.

For more information about the game, visit the official website and follow the game on its social networks: Facebook, Facebook group, instagram, ICT Tac& Youtube.

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How to Spot Rogue Lawyers: They’re Probably Playing a Game

How to Spot Rogue Lawyers: They’re Probably Playing a Game

Welcome to the Big Law Business section on the evolution of the legal market written by me, Roy Strom. Today we look at a new study on what drives honest decision-making among lawyers. Register to get this column delivered to your inbox on Thursday mornings.

Are you prone to feelings of guilt? Do you love the thrill of sharing unvarnished honesty? Do you view negotiations as a collaborative process rather than a zero-sum game?

It says a lot about who you are both as a person and as a lawyer, according to Taya Cohen.

Cohen is an associate professor of organizational behavior and business ethics at Carnegie Mellon University. She studies the interplay between moral character, honesty and business negotiations.

Cohen found that people who are more prone to feelings of guilt are more likely to be trustworthy. She also concluded that people overestimate the social cost of being “completely honest”.

She turned to lawyers for a study published last month in Negotiation Journal. Cohen wanted to know why some lawyers are more “honest” than others.

“It’s particularly interesting to think about honesty in the context of law because there are all sorts of strategies lawyers use to say something that’s technically true but may or may not further their counterpart’s understanding,” said Cohen in an interview.

His research built on previous work that found that people who performed better on morality exams tended to have greater “moral recognition,” meaning they saw moral aspects in a higher wide variety of decisions. Cohen thinks the opposite is people seeing things through a “game frame”.

Players don’t believe their actions reflect who they are. They view negotiations as adversarial competition with arbitrary and artificial rules. The object of the game is to win.

Cohen reasoned that attorneys with lower character scores would be more likely to apply a gambling framework to negotiations and less likely to make honest disclosures to opposing counsel.

She was right.

She passed a morality test to 215 lawyers. Next, she asked them questions about how they viewed negotiations to determine whether they viewed them through a game frame. Cohen asked participants, for example, if they viewed cooperation in negotiations as a disability. She also asked them if the way a person behaves in a negotiation reflects something about the person’s true character.

Finally, Cohen gave participants hypothetical scenarios and asked whether they would disclose or conceal certain information in each situation.

In one, she told participants to imagine they were representing a plaintiff (presumably in a personal injury lawsuit). Cohen asked them if they would correct an opposing attorney who mistakenly believed the client lacked the capacity to work.

In another scenario, she asked if attorneys would inform opposing counsel that they had omitted a specific competitor from a non-competition clause.

Lawyers with lower morality test scores were more likely to see the negotiations in a game setting, Cohen found. They were also less likely to correct opposing counsel’s erroneous impressions or disclose omissions.

“When you combine that competitive motivation to win, that adversarial part, and combine that with seeing the rules of the game as arbitrary, that’s the recipe we feel for dishonesty and other unethical behavior. “, Cohen said.

The link could explain the mental health problems of some lawyers, according to Cohen.

Lawyers are taught to “think like a lawyer” and to defend their clients diligently. This creates tension: the rules of the profession can seem ambiguous about how to be honest while still being effective.

Cohen plans to study whether students are more likely to apply a gambling framework to negotiations as they progress through law school.

“There could be a connection between people wanting to act on their values ​​related to honesty or other values, but if they feel they can’t do it to be effective, that’s a problem,” she said.

Which raises another question: Is brutal honesty good for your customers?

“Honesty promotes credibility, and credibility promotes trustworthiness, and trustworthiness really is the direct route to effectiveness,” said Robert Creo, attorney, arbitrator and mediator who co-authored the study with Cohen and Erik Helzer. , associate professor of management at the Naval Postgraduate School. .

If you’re reading this and feeling guilty about omissions you’ve made in the past, it could be a sign that you’re hiding your true desire to be trustworthy. But it could also mean that you “just think like a lawyer.” Cohen’s further research could help reconcile the two.

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On SCOTUS Clerk: I wrote this week about how much a Supreme Court clerk would lose if they were found to have leaked the draft opinion that would overturn Roe vs. Wade. The loss of the most promising legal career was enough of a deterrent to make some former clerks believe a judge was more likely behind the leak.

On diversity in the great law: As Big Law rushed to fill seats over the past year, they hired a larger percentage of lawyers of various races, reports Meghan Tribe. Diverse lawyers accounted for nearly 5% of lateral hires by the top 100 firms last year, up from about 3% in 2019, according to Firm Prospects.

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Binghamton man sentenced to 25 years to life for murder by hammer attack

A man who admitted killing a Binghamton resident by repeatedly hitting him in the head with a hammer has received the maximum sentence for second-degree murder.

According to the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, Austin Whitney, 30, of Binghamton, has been convicted in connection with the death of Anthony Cebula.

The body of Cebula, 60, was found in a second-floor bedroom of her First Ward home by a relative on January 4, 2021. Police investigators say the attacker tried to set the house on fire. residence at 1 Chelsea Square.

Chelsea Square in Binghamton on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Chelsea Square in Binghamton’s first ward on Jan. 6, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Whitney was on the run for about a week after Cebula’s death. Investigators eventually received a tip that the suspect was seen on Grand Avenue at Vestal Center. He fled into a wooded area when police spotted him walking along Route 26.

Units from the Vestal and Binghamton Police Departments, along with Broome County Sheriff’s Deputies and state troopers searched for Whitney for approximately 30 minutes.

Authorities said Whitney suffered lacerations while trying to evade police.

In a press release, Broome County District Attorney Michael Korchak said:

The community must be protected from violent individuals like Whitney. We are pleased that the Court accepted our recommendation that the maximum sentence under New York State law of 25 years to life was warranted.

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected]. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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Sifu Developers On Challenge To Bring Mandarin Chinese To Action Brawler

Sifu is a game that draws heavily on Chinese culture. And, in its attempt to create something authentic to its source material and respect cultural differences, developer Sloclap sought to include Mandarin Chinese voiceovers from the game’s launch. Sifu’s story was constantly evolving until the end of production, however, by the time the script was finalized, scheduling issues meant voiceovers could not be implemented until the game was released.

“We already knew in December 2021 that we wouldn’t have the Mandarin voiceovers ready until early March, so that wasn’t a factor in our decision to push back our launch date by two weeks,” says Felix Garcyznski, marketing manager of Sloclap.

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“As the game is heavily influenced by Chinese culture and Kung Fu, we also wanted players in China to be able to experience it in their own language.”

February 2022, in particular, was a busy month filled with big game releases. This included Destiny 2: The Witch Queen and Dying Light 2. Sifu was originally slated to launch on February 22, the same day as PlayStation’s exclusive Horizon Forbidden West, and very close to the highly anticipated Elden Ring on February 25. Back in November 2021, however, Sloclap announcement that Sifu’s release date had been brought forward two weeks to February 8. Even if the game had kept its original late February release date, the Mandarin voiceovers would still not have been available at that time.

Garcyznski notes that Sifu was ready ahead of schedule as Sloclap planned extra time in case of an emergency, given that this was the studio’s first experience with self-publishing. Garcyznski acknowledges that February was busy with big game launches, saying, “As an indie studio with limited means of communication compared to AAA, we decided to take the opportunity to release a little earlier, which has was a nice surprise for our fans and everyone who was waiting for the game.”

Voice director Li Zhengxiang, who notes that the tight schedule to record voiceover while localization files were being polished, was his biggest challenge working on the game. ‘a problem specific to Sifu, but a common problem in the games industry. Zhengxiang says he would also like to further improve his work on Sifu: “If the game is to do follow-up DLC, we also hope that we will have the opportunity to catch up on what we haven’t done too.”


(Image credit: Sloclap)

“When a fight scene came up, the actors could use body language to better show the emotion in the sound.”

Sifu is filled with references to classic martial arts movies and culture and is set in a fictional contemporary Chinese city. As such, Sloclap felt that for many gamers, including themselves, having Mandarin voiceovers would help with immersion.

“As the game is heavily influenced by Chinese culture and Kung Fu, we also wanted players in China to be able to experience it in their own language,” says Garczynski. Zhengxiang adds that he and his team would make simple adjustments to the Mandarin script based on the original English text, including some expressions and sentence structures, but only to make the expressions sound more natural.

For example, Sifu’s vocal lines were in more traditional Mandarin to reflect the culture’s ancient and classical roots, with a few exceptions. One of the bosses, Kuroki, had lines that contained modern buzzwords and slang to match his setting which was a contemporary museum.

One of the challenges Zhengxiang faced was trying to make the Mandarin voiceovers authentic for native Chinese players, as they have the highest expectations. Most games these days have an English and/or Japanese dub, depending on the studio and genre. “Previous voiceovers such as English and Japanese have already made the first impression among Chinese gamers, and first impressions are the most lasting, so naturally they will expect more from our Chinese VO version,” he explains. he.

Since Sifu is an action game, fights, dialogues and cutscenes are interspersed with each other. Zhengxiang wanted to reproduce the feeling of physical exertion of the characters in the game. he. “So when a fight scene came up, the actors could use body language to better show the emotion in the sound.”


(Image credit: Sloclap)

Lui Beichen and Mi Xiao voiced the respective male and female versions of the protagonist of Sifu. When it came to choosing who would voice which character, Zhengxiang says he considered factors such as the actor’s timbre and tone, as well as age and gender. The actor’s individual temperament was also taken into consideration. “After all, during the actor’s performance, if his temperament is close to the character, things will be easier,” he says.

In the case of Sifu’s main villain, Yang, voiced by Huang Jinze, Zhengxiang recites a memorable line from the character, along the lines of, “After I killed your father, I saved a lot of people, but you don’t care. . All you see is hate.” Zhengxiang said that through this line, players can see Yang’s temperament and image.

“I believe players will also understand what this game is trying to tell everyone: the bad guys in the story, everyone has their own struggles and frustrations. There are no completely good people and completely bad people. in acting in the traditional sense, it’s just that they all have different values ​​and concepts,” Zhengxiang explains. “As a director or an actor, I enjoyed this process very much, and we can live many different lives. .”

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Star Wars movies ranked from worst to best

The Last Jedi is positively filled with fascinating and potentially iconic moments. From Rey and Kylo Ren’s magnificent, highly choreographed lightsaber ballet against the Crimson Praetorian Guard to Vice Admiral Holdo’s brave lightspeed maneuver to a force projected by Luke Skywalker scolding at his former sidekick that he doesn’t Ain’t The Last Jedi – this film includes how to establish an epic scene fitting of an epic saga spanning cinema. He is very Ratatouille-esque the claim that a great Jedi can come from just about anywhere is also a breath of fresh air. Sure, The Rise of Skywalker would nullify this notion and many other ideas presented in The Last Jedi. This makes the already distinct central chapter feel even more estranged from their peers. However, the film presents itself as a worthy entry into the star wars cannon. – A B

3. Return of the Jedi

The first time a star wars The arc really ended on the big screen, it ended with a bang. The conclusion of Luke Skywalker’s story took us from the sands of Tatooine (“I used to live here, you know.” “You’re going to die here, you know. Handy.”) to the second star of half-dead, masterfully charting a young man’s journey to adulthood all at once. The film is both a technical marvel and a snapshot of what now seem to be the idiosyncrasies of the era, including the ever-amazing space battle above Endor and Lucas’ love of puppets and effects. practice. Certainly, there are fair reviews of the original finale, Leia’s clumsy Ewoks role, and Jabba’s Palace musical number.

However, the heart and strength of Luke’s story still shines in Return of the Jedi. It’s a film that seems to say something different at whatever age you watch it, depending on where you are in your own life journey compared to Luke’s charged self-discovery. While as a teenager I thought his black-clad heroism was as cool as the movies, as an adult I again appreciate how the Skywalker family dramatizes the much smaller clashes that most people have with their equally fallible human parents. It’s hard to find a better example of star wars‘ operatic scale as Luke’s solemn conflict with his father and the Emperor. –MC

Star Wars: A New Hope

2. A New Hope

It’s where it all began, and 45 years later, it’s still hard to beat Lucas’ original vision of a sci-fi fantasy universe filled with space wizards, advanced civilizations on distant planets , cool looking aliens, snipers and epic space. battles. Inspired by the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers the soap operas he loved as a child, as well as Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films, Lucas in turn created arguably the most influential blockbuster of all time, a show whose presence is still felt today. today, whether in the MCU or jurassic worldnostalgic dinosaur-filled extravaganzas. Nerd culture simply wouldn’t be the same without the story of a young Luke Skywalker learning the ways of the Force and taking on the Evil Empire with all his friends.

Not only does this story of the oppressed fighting oppression seem universal and poignant to this day, but A new hope is also visually stunning, an absolute pioneer in terms of what could be done with practical effects in the late 70s. In fact, watching this film in 2022 still feels like a timeless experience. The film barely feels dated so many decades later, a testament to ILM’s innovative effects work. This third-act battle over the Death Star, with X-wings and TIE fighters zooming through space and past endless barrages of laser fire, still gives modern CGI festivals a race for their money. –JS

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

1. The Empire Strikes Back (READER’S CHOICE)

Some audiences did not know what to make of The Empire Strikes Back when it opened in 1980. The New York Times complained that it lacked the spirit of the original star warsand The Wall Street Journal wondered if Lucas’ fantasy had “lost its innocence?” In retrospect, these reviews are due to what a departure from the brilliant first film Empire turned out to be. Rather than a pure sword-and-sword game, Lucas and screenwriters Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan crafted a film that, while still a living pastiche of pop culture, suggested there was a really brooding over the dark side of this mythology.

‘Do something Democrats,’ chant abortion rights supporters outside US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, May 3 (Reuters) – Hundreds of abortion-rights supporters have rallied angrily outside the U.S. Supreme Court after an unprecedented leak showed a majority of justices were set to rule. set aside Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion nationwide.

Hours after Politico released a first draft advisory on Monday that would overturn the landmark decision, a crowd called on Democrats in Congress to take action to protect abortion access, while decrying a possible decision that would take away what they consider a fundamental right.

“The first line of the draft is that this is a moral issue,” said Annie McDonnell, 19, a student at George Washington University, referring to the draft notice. “If it’s a moral issue, you shouldn’t deprive us of our choice.”

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“Judges come out of my vagina,” read a sign held aloft. “I love someone who had an abortion,” reads another.

The crowd was interspersed with smaller numbers of anti-abortion activists, some with drums and guitars chanting, “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Roe v. Wade gotta go.”

“Abortion is health,” chanted the supporters of the right to abortion. Chants of “Do something Democrats” also erupted.

Based on the opinion written by conservative judge Samuel Alito, the court would conclude that Roe v. Wade was taken wrong because the US Constitution makes no specific mention of the right to abortion. Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the project. Read more

Moira Flath, 22, said she was “horrified” when she received notification of the news around 9.15pm.

“I think part of me has to be cautiously optimistic, like seeing people here who are ready to get up at 10 p.m., 11 p.m. at night and that gives me hope for my generation, but it’s going to be a very tough battle. difficult,” said the University of Delaware student.

Her housemate Erin Sheehan, 21, said: “I think everyone should be able to fight for this and no one, especially no man, should tell us what we can or cannot do with our bodies.”

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10 Cross-Promotional Wrestling Events You Completely Forgot About

Thanks to All Elite Wrestling’s opening of the “forbidden door” between the companies, the later years of wrestling were dominated by talk of the promotions collaborating. Of course, longtime fans know that it’s actually not all that new – just that WWE has been a mainstream and often-shutdown promotion for so long that companies working together seem surprising and bold.

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Now that AEW has officially announced Forbidden Doora show co-promoted with New Japan Pro-Wrestlingnow seems like a great time to take a look at some forgotten cross-promotion events from the past, with some extremely well-known companies taking part.

ten NJPW, AJPW and NOAH: All Together (08/27/2011)

Competition and ratings wars are a hot topic in Western pro wrestling fandom, but it seems that in Japan, it’s not that uncommon for rival companies to hold shows together. In 2011, New Japan, All Japan and Pro Wrestling NOAH collaborated for a show titled All together, with multi-man matches and lots of teams between the stars of the different promotions. The main event had the promotion’s heaviest hitters as NJPW’s Hiroshi Tanahashi teamed with NOAH’s Go Shiozaki and AJPW’s Suwama against NJPW’s Shinsuke Nakamura, AJPW’s KENSO (aka the former star of WWE’s Kenzo Suzuki) and NOAH’s Takashi Sugiura.

9 Impact & WRESTLE-1: On the way to glory (10/12/2014)

One of Impact Wrestling’s weirdest picks of the 2010s was holding their flagship PPV, On the road to glory, at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall in collaboration with Japanese indie WRESTLE-1. The resulting spectacle was a mixed bag with solid matches like Samoa Joe defending the X Division belt against Low Ki and KazHayashi, but missing out on many of the promotion’s big stars and even a world title match. Instead, the main show unfolded with TAJIRI and The Great Muta teaming up against cult leader James Storm’s era and Muta’s former protege, future NJPW star Sanada.


8 AAA and WCW: When Worlds Collide (11/6/1994)

Because When worlds collide isn’t available legally in a convenient place like the WWE Network, it’s likely that many fans aren’t familiar with this historic pay-per-view. Before ECW introduced future legends like Rey Mysterio Jr., Psicosis, and Juventud Guerrera, AAA and WCW teamed up to produce an entire style-focused PPV.

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With Mike Tenay calling the action on his wrestling broadcast debut, the famed When worlds collide features future mainstays of WCW like Mysterio, Psicosis, Konnan and La Parka. The standout match here is a Mask vs Hair 2/3 falls apuestas match, with Art Barr and Eddie Guerrero taking on lucha libre icons Octagon and El Hijo Del Santo.

7 WWE & WAR: WAR/WWF (09/15/1992)

Founded by former AJPW star Genichiro Tenryu, WAR – first representing Wrestle & Romance, then later Wrestle Association-R – lasted from 1992 to 1999 and had a working relationship with WWE in its early days. . One of WAR’s first shows was co-promoted with WWE, with a lineup including Ultimo Dragon, The Undertaker and lucha libre Negro Casas, the main event of this show had Ric Flair defending the WWE Championship against Tenryu in a 2/3 falls match that would ultimately end in a draw.

6 ROH & NJPW: War of the Worlds (05/17/2014)

New Japan and Ring of Honor spent the 2010s with quite a working relationship that resulted in talent swaps as well as numerous co-promoted shows, including those in 2019. G1 Supermap at Madison Square Garden. But in 2014, the two companies had their first major shows together, the second of which was War of the Worlds at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, an important venue for wrestling fans. Going back and looking at the map offers some awesome NJPW vs. ROH matchups, including Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Steen (now Kevin Owens), Adam Cole defending the ROH World Title against Jushin Thunder Liger, and Jay Lethal taking on KUSHIDA.

5 AWA, NWA and WCCW: SuperClash (09/28/1985)

Held just a few months after the very first WrestleMania the first one Super Clash was a group effort, with the American Wrestling Association, National Wrestling Alliance, and World Class Championship Wrestling banding together in the face of WWE’s continued expansion. With huge matches like Ric Flair defending the NWA World Title against Magnum TA and Stan Hansen challenging Rick Martel for the AWA World Title, the show also included big names like Sgt. Slaughter, The Road Warriors and Mil Mascaras.

4 NJPW & WCW: Starrcade 1991 at Tokyo Dome (03/21/1991)

New Japan Pro Wrestling and WCW had a working relationship throughout the 1990s, hosting its first co-promoted supershow in 1991, which was called Starrcade. Featuring fights like Great Muta vs. Sting and The Steiner Brothers taking on Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki for the IWGP Tag Team Title, the main event saw IWGP Heavyweight Champion Tatsumi Fujinami defeat NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair in a win-win title. match.

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This would be the first of three major NJPW/WCW Super Shows at Tokyo Dome, the final two of which would be held on January 4, a date which would come to mark the biggest show of the year in New Japan, Fight Kingdom.

3 ECW & FMW: Year End Sensation (12/12/1998-12/13/1998)

Given that Extreme Championship Wrestling’s deathmatch-influenced approach to professional wrestling was heavily influenced by Atsushi Onita’s borderline martial arts wrestling, it makes sense for the two to hold shows together. FMW’s last two shows End of year feeling The tour was held in conjunction with ECW and featured Rob Van Dam and Sabu taking on Tommy Dreamer and FMW ace Hayabusa as well as Shane Douglas defending the ECW World Title against future NJPW booker Gedo.

2 Impact and Lucha Underground (06/04/2018)

A cult favorite of the mid to late 2010s, Lucha Underground teamed up with Impact Wrestling for a co-promoted show held in New Orleans the same week as Wrestle Mania 34 and streamed for free on Impact’s Twitch channel. Held between seasons 3 and 4 of Underground Luchathe event featured notable matches like LAX defending the Impact Tag Titles against Killshot and The Mack, as well as a three-way main event with Pentagon Dark taking on Austin Aries and Fenix.

1 WWE, AJPW & NJPW: The Peak of Wrestling (04/13/1990)

Held at Tokyo Dome, The peak of the struggle Featured Three promotions working together to put on a 12-game card featuring each company’s top stars. While some fights like the WWE Championship match and the IWGP Tag Team Title defense largely kept contestants in a promotion, there were a few interpromotional matches on the show. Highlights include Randy Savage taking on AJPW’s Genichiro Tenryu, Bret Hart taking on Tiger Mask II – aka future AJPW ace Mitsuharu Misawa – and Hulk Hogan battling Stan Hansen in a standout main event.

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City Life Org – Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Appoints David Chen to the Judicial Selection Committee of the Second Department of the New York State Judiciary

New Exhibit Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the New York State Capitol

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Governor Kathy Hochul today issued a proclamation celebrating May 2022 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Governor Hochul also announced the appointment of David Chen to the Judicial Selection Committee of the Second Department of the New York State Judiciary. Additionally, the Governor announced the opening of NYS Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Isamu Noguchi & Kenzo Okada, a new exhibition dedicated to two artists from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection. The exhibit is located in the Governor’s Reception Room on the second floor of the New York State Capitol and will run through Friday, May 27.

“New York State is proud to join in the nationwide celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month,” Governor Hochul said. “New York is home to more than 1.4 million members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and this month we honor all of their contributions to our state and our nation. Here in New York, our diversity is our strength. , and we will always stand with our AAPI neighbors to fight Asian hatred and work to make them feel safe on our streets, in our subways and in our homes.

David Chen was appointed to the Judicial Selection Committee of the Second Department of the New York State Judiciary. Mr. Chen is currently an assistant county prosecutor in the Westchester County Prosecutor’s Office. In this role, Mr. Chen is responsible for all civil appeals, drafting legislation, and provides legal advice to the county executive and all county departments. Mr. Chen began his career in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Captain and served his nation for six years from 2000 to 2006. Upon leaving the military, after earning his undergraduate degree at West Point , Mr. Chen earned a law degree from Boston College Law School. After obtaining his doctorate in law, Mr. Chen served as a law clerk for the Hon. Dora L Irizarry, a federal district court judge, before joining McDermott Will & Emery. Mr. Chen joined his current office in 2017 and was commended for the work done.

The Governor’s Judicial Selection Committees are created by Executive Order to assess the qualifications of candidates and make recommendations to the Governor for appointment to non-Court of Appeal judgeships.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Exhibit

The works of Isamu Noguchi and Kenzo Okada combine their Eastern stylistic influences, sensibility and patterns with Western materials and culture, resulting in what is now considered one of the most prolific and acclaimed art review of the century. Original works by both artists can be seen on the lobby level of the Empire State Plaza.

Isamu Noguchi (1904 – 1988)

Over his 60-year career, Isamu Noguchi has designed sculptures, playgrounds, lighting, furniture, theater sets, memorials and gardens. Inspired by his Japanese-American heritage, Noguchi’s art transcended cultural barriers and established him as one of the most prolific sculptors of the 20th century.

Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904 to Yonejiro Noguchi, a Japanese poet, and Léonie Gilmour, an American writer and editor, but he spent most of his childhood in Japan. Noguchi moved to New York in 1922 to study medicine at Columbia University, but left soon after to become a full-time sculptor. Throughout his career, he traveled to Europe and Japan and incorporated western and eastern styles inspired by his travels into his sculpture.

Kenzo Okada (1902 – 1982)

Born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan in 1902, Kenzo Okada developed an early interest in Western art, particularly when he studied Western painting at Tokyo University of Fine Arts. After a brief schooling in Paris, Okada returned to Japan to teach. During World War II, the artist moved further into the countryside, where he painted every day. The experience deepened his sensitivity to nature and influenced his use of a limited color palette and flattened organic forms. In 1948, he returned to Tokyo to exhibit his art publicly for the first time.

Continually drawn to the West and the birth of the post-war abstract expressionist art movement, Okada moved to New York in 1950. Okada’s paintings from this era continue to reveal subtle changes through the use of images constructed with delicate color tones in the composition. Described as a “floating detachment”, this approach to her work reflects Okada’s Buddhist values.

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month exhibit is free and open to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Find more information about the exhibit and tour the New York State Capitol here. To see photos of the exhibition, see here.

New York State Office of General Service Commissioner Jeanette M. Moy said: “Each May, we celebrate the historical and cultural contributions that people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have made to New York City and the United States. The Asian American and Pacific Islands (AAPI) this year at the State Capitol highlights two artists from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection whose work has been influenced by their East Asian heritage.Isamu Noguchi and KenzoOkada have helped make New York the center of the art world in the decades following World War II, and we are fortunate that visitors can see their works on display at the Plaza throughout the year.

New films explore the history and cultural heritage of five ports in Wales and Ireland

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By the Water: Stories from the Irish Sea

The stories of five port towns in Wales and Ireland will feature in a series of new films which will premiere in Aberystwyth later this month.

The eight documentary shorts and one feature, At the Water’s Edge: Stories of the Irish Sea, aim to promote the ports of Fishguard, Holyhead and Pembroke Dock in Wales, and Dublin and Rosslare in Ireland, as well as the three ferry ports routes connecting them.

The films were produced as part of Ports, Past and Present, a project which explores the history and cultural heritage of ports, showcasing stunning views of the landscapes and wildlife of the Irish Sea coast and revealing the human stories of port communities.

At Fishguard, residents Gary Jones and Jana Davidson talk about pirate invasions and French armies, while Hedydd Hughes explains how she teaches children about local legends.


Local historian David James also shares the extraordinary story of how the son of a Japanese samurai came to plant a ginkgo tree at Pembroke Dock, and local councilor Josh Beynon explores the secret location where Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon was built.

Professor Peter Merriman, team leader of the project in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, said: “These films reveal the rich cultural heritage of the five port cities, following a range of local people who have intimate knowledge of their local communities.

“Coastal communities are often seen as geographic fringes, but these films show how port cities have always served as important transit points as well as places to live.

“Cultural tourism is an important part of the Welsh and Irish economies, and we want to attract new overseas visitors to these towns, as well as engage local communities in their port heritage, to tackle economic deprivation.”

The films are part of a wider tourism campaign aimed at raising awareness of the rich coastal and maritime heritage of the five selected ports and their communities.

Project leader Professor Claire Connolly of University College Cork said: “The Ports, Past and Present films frame the voices, images and stories of the five ports, enabling new forms of engagement with a past. commmon.

The feature-length documentary will be launched at the Ceredigion Museum on May 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and can be reserved by emailing Rita Singer at [email protected].

The Ceredigion Museum will also host a traveling art exhibit on the rich coastal history and heritage of port communities.

Over the next few months, the films will be screened for free in Wales and Ireland and then released generally so that local communities can promote their own areas.

Film screening details:

* Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth: May 26

* Port of Rosslare: June 17

* Pater Hall, Pembroke Dock: July 30

* Pumphouse, Dublin Port: August 13

* Gwaun Theatre, Fishguard: September 25

* Uchelder Centre, Holyhead: October 23

Ports, Past and Present is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland-Wales Cooperation Program and operates at four institutions in Ireland and Wales, including University College Cork, University of ‘Aberystwyth, University of Wales Trinity St David and County Wexford. Advice.

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Can you be a NIMBY and a Christian? Ex-Motown singer struggles with new homeless shelter

The Bible has always been Larry S. Buford’s guide, but it put the former Motown singer-songwriter in a dilemma when he found himself defending his South Los Angeles neighborhood from development. invasive.

Buford has grown increasingly alarmed over the past two decades as he watches the single-family homes on his quiet block of Avalon Boulevard replaced by multi-story apartment buildings with insufficient parking.

The apartment buildings were intended for people who were poor, homeless, elderly or mentally ill. And the deeply religious 68-year-old, who has lived in Willowbrook for a quarter of a century, was in a dilemma: his personal values ​​clashed with his concern for his neighborhood.

And then he found himself in conflict with a spiritual brother: Reverend Andy Bales, head of Union Rescue Mission, the downtown Los Angeles homeless shelter that is committed to “embracing people with the compassion of Christ.”

It would be a test for Buford, who was drawn to Motown not just because he was born in Detroit, but because, he said, he saw it as an all-inclusive genre, advancing his own desire. of a diverse and peaceful world. .

A test for a man who loved his neighborhood, located about 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, and who is particularly fond of a Bible verse that urges us all to “bring the homeless poor into your house.”


Buford signed with Motown in 1984, the day after singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye was shot by his own father. He worked for four years under the wing of Gwen Gordy Fuqua – the sister of music mogul Berry Gordy Jr. – and attended get-togethers at her Beverly Hills mansion and other locations with the likes of Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.

After MCA bought Motown in 1988 and, it claimed, stopped supporting its artists, Buford left the label without a resounding success. But he continued his trade as his own publisher. For more than a decade, he struggled for a song that had a title, “Can’t Quiet My Soul,” Motown roots and unfinished lyrics striving for a universal anti-violence theme.

It happened when 26 people, mostly children, were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. The massacre shocked the nation and freed Buford from his writers block.

“When President Obama said, ‘Our hearts are broken today,’ it went from there,” Buford said.

Larry Buford with Smokey Robinson.

(Larry Buford)

“I can’t rest for the pain, I can’t rest,” he wrote. “For the children who are dying, the children who are dying. I can’t calm my soul.

If you haven’t heard the ode to children who have died by gun violence, don’t worry. Buford recorded the moving song, but it was never released on a record label.

Buford moved to Los Angeles from his native Detroit in the 1980s. His stretch of Avalon Boulevard was one of those busy thoroughfares that is also lined on both sides by single-family homes.

Although it was divided by four lanes of traffic, it was the kind of neighborhood where the guy across the street with the mobile barbecue occasionally threw a feast for anyone who showed up.

“It was something you looked forward to,” Buford said.

He has worked as an office manager with a variety of companies ranging from sales to biotechnology. And he settled into a dual role: as a spiritually bent book author and a local journalist, writing about South Los Angeles in the LA Sentinel and other publications.

He calls his latest volume, Book to the Future, a faith-based account of how what we do today will affect tomorrow. He weaves together themes of eroding allegiance to the American flag and the Bible, warning, “The more we continue to lower God’s standards as set forth in the Bible, the deeper we fall into immorality.”

He also occasionally emailed other reporters to talk about the encroachment on his block of government-funded big-box residences for the elderly and homeless.

Larry Buford visits the Angeles House residential project for homeless families in South Los Angeles

Larry Buford tours the Angeles House residential project for homeless families in South Los Angeles, which opened on April 13.

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This concentration began around 2000, when a 42-unit seniors’ home rose up across from Buford’s house. In 2012, the barbecue man sold his property. A Community of Friends, a non-profit organization that builds and operates apartments for people with mental illness, announced plans to build all 55 Avalon apartments on the land.

Buford became involved with a neighborhood group that fought this project without success. He reported on the protest for the LA Watts Times, taking a decidedly NIMBY — not in my backyard — approach.

“In a neighborhood full of vagrancy and vagrancy,” he wrote, “where the police are more reactive than proactive, there are concerns even about the safety of the elderly and children who will pass by the complex to do shopping or going to school”.

The project was built anyway.

Eight years later, Buford’s protective instincts were awakened again when he learned that Union Rescue Mission, Skid Row’s venerable homeless service institution, was planning to build a family shelter at the corner of 132nd street.

The 86-unit building would fill the last open parcel on what was once a block of single-family homes, leaving only the Greater Pearl of Faith Baptist Church sandwiched between the shelter and the subsidized apartment building.

“How much can a community take? Buford asked, expressing his frustration in a 2020 email to The Times. “This unincorporated neighborhood already has weak infrastructure as we pointed out to them. There was no impact study on how it would affect us.

Street view of the Angeles House residential project for homeless families in South Los Angeles.

Street view of the Angeles House residential project for homeless families in South Los Angeles. Some local residents have complained of an overabundance of homeless housing projects in the neighborhood that take up too much parking space.

(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

This time, Buford took the lead, taking on Bales, the president and CEO of the Union Rescue Mission, at a 2020 community meeting he said he only heard about through the grapevine.

“As we mentioned to Andy, we are all for homeless housing, but at least we should have received the courtesy of advance notification,” he wrote to The Times. “The site will make traffic and parking even more congested here at 132nd and in Avalon.”


This meeting was the start of a dialogue that has continued from groundbreaking in 2020 for Angeles House to preparations for its grand opening in April. Buford told Bales of his concerns, the main one being the exemption from parking requirements that homeless housing projects receive on the assumption that few of their tenants own cars.

In an email exchange with Bales in March, Buford questioned that premise.

“Can you tell me how much parking space will be available for the Avalon Interim Housing Project? ” He asked.

“I believe 67, Larry,” Bales replied. “Should be more than enough for our staff and a few guests who will have cars.

Andy Bales, center, greets donors at the opening of Angeles House

Union Rescue Mission President and CEO Andy Bales, center, greets donors at the opening of Angeles House, a residential project for homeless families in South Los Angeles.

(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

Buford quickly fired back.

“Unfortunately, that’s what we were told about the other property a stone’s throw from yours,” he wrote. “Our concern is that your tenants will also have friends and relatives visiting, and the parking lot will spill over onto Avalon Blvd, which will make matters worse. … Now people park in the alley; careless speeding; and there is no app. It is a dangerous situation.

“We’re known for the app,” Bales replied. “We’ll probably join you in making sure all the neighbors are respectful.”

The fact that Bales listened to him convinced Buford that he was not dealing with a “car salesman” who would be irrelevant as soon as the deal was closed.

“I think he’s someone who can move forward and would be a great partner to work with us,” he said.

Buford said he also feels the pull of empathy “born from my association with Chrysalis,” the downtown homeless services agency where he once worked.

“I always had a concern once my eyes were opened to the plight of the homeless,” Buford said.

He was also impressed that the project was completed in just over two years and without using a dollar of taxpayers’ money.

Buford attended the April 14 grand opening — as a fan.

On one visit, he responded to the cheerfulness of the building’s interior, with large common areas on each floor, private conference rooms, health and dental clinics, a large chapel, and amenities such as a hairdresser.

“My wife crochets,” he says. “Maybe she can volunteer.”

In fact, Loreen Buford was also impressed with the grand opening and the crowd it drew. “It’s been a long time,” she said, “that we haven’t seen so many whites in the neighborhood. »|

During the speeches, Buford cheered enthusiastically as Bales took the stage.

Bales has vehemently refuted the “harm reduction” philosophy, which he says allows drugs to circulate in government-subsidized housing. Programs based on harm reduction aim to keep people as healthy as possible even if they still use drugs and alcohol, for example by providing clean needles to stop the spread of disease. He also opposed rules that prohibit religious expression.

Then he read the scripture.

“Is it not fasting that I choose: … Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the poor homeless to you?”

Buford recognized the passage.

“Isaiah,” he whispered. “It’s one of my favorite verses.”

Afterwards, when the two met face to face, Buford made a few demands.

Could Bales use his influence to help him get speed bumps down the alley? And a crosswalk for people in the apartment walking around.

“With flashing lights,” Bales said.

“Flashing lights or something,” Buford said.

And there were other worries.

“Give me a list,” Bales said. “Let’s all work together on this.

Homeless families wait for a dedication ceremony at Angeles House.

Homeless families wait for a dedication ceremony at Angeles House.

(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

All MSI 2022 songs from teams chosen by League fans

As is tradition, for the Mid-Season Invitational 2022, the teams present had to choose their personal anthem for the League of Legends tournament. However, this time Riot Games let fans choose the best song to represent each of the eleven MSI entrants. via a poll on the lolesports Twitter account.

Some results were an obvious choice, but others were a surprise. Of Ratatouille movie soundtrack to an anime opening, with Lil Nas X in between, one thing is certain: the MSI 2022 playlist will be unforgettable. Here are all the MSI teams anthems, handpicked by international League community.

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Early 2021, T1 teamed up with artists Baekhyun of EXO, CHANGMO and Raiden to create an intense track that traces the past and salutes the present of T1 like legends. To the tune of “Watch your back, your overhead and your team, cause I’m the legend of the streets”, T1 will show up at MSI 2022 as legends to beat.

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“We’re gonna win again” were the words sung by G2 CEO Carlos Ocelote earlier this year in the team’s first-ever produced song. And after the surprising 12-0 of the European team, there was no doubt that G2 prevailed in their takeover call. The community couldn’t choose a better song than “Our Way” to accompany the European Kings during MSI.

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stronger than a lion, FastPay Wildcats will enter the MSI stage to the roaring sound of this Kety Perry song. While this song won’t fit in a typical esports team’s playlist, “Roar” sends a loud and clear message from the Turkish team: “I’m a champion, and you’re going to hear me roar.”

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There must be a joke inside about that. With an overwhelming 41% of the votes on the other choices, the song that represents the brazilian team in MSI is the song “Le Festin” from the Ratatouille soundtrack. The decision’s inspirational quote may also be readjusted for esports competitions: “Anyone can win”.

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Coming from Latin America, Aze Team plan to blow up the competition, like “Dynamite”. The energetic and world-famous song performed by BTS was chosen to accompany the newcomer to MSI 2022. Instead of taking notes, it looks more like they want to set fire and ignite the competition.

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Native to the Oceania region, ORDERED are “excited and tired of the way things have been.” Fans made it a “Believer” by choosing this Imagine Dragons song as team anthem. After the region’s former representatives knocked down the competition at MSI, ORDER now has the daunting task of continuing to believe and perform better.

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How to measure the knowledge and love that a community has for a team? You let them choose a song to hype up the team at their first international event of the year. Again, Lisa’s “Gurenge” is the song that will accompany FocusMe Detonation at the mid-season invitation. Seems like the song is perfect to describe this symbiosis that the Japanese team has with the League community: “Finally, you have given me a strong reason to be. And we will stay hand in hand until the end.

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The battle for the Vietnamese team anthem was hard foughtbut in the end, the community chose the 2014 world championship song “Warriors” to accompany Electronic Sports Saigon Buffalo at MSI. No better song embodies the perseverance that esports players must show when chasing a dream than this legendary track.

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PSG heel “wanting to be the best” and claiming its rightful place among the best in the world, and the Pokemon The theme song will be accompany them throughout MSI 2022. PSG Talon embarked on a quest to grab all the trophies, but if their local gym was easy to conquer, they will have to train harder to beat the trainers who arrived from all over the world at MSI.

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For Royal never give up, the community chose a Chinese song called “Chasing Dreams With a Child’s Heart”. A heartfelt song that encourages listeners to persevere through trials and see “the glory of life.”

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“This one’s for the champions, and the champions in question are evil geniuses. the the community chose Lil Nas X’s song “Industry Baby” for the new LCS giants. Even if the team isn’t the favorite to win the competition, with this anthem it shouldn’t be a problem: “You were never really for me anyway/When I’m back on top, I want to hear you say that nothing is leaking.

The effect of bad data on good science

Coffee was very popular in Sweden in the 17th century – and also illegal. King Gustav III believed it was a slow poison and devised a clever experiment to prove it.

He commuted the sentences of the murderous twin brothers, who were awaiting beheading, on one condition: one brother had to drink three pots of coffee a day while the other drank three pots of tea. The premature death of the coffee drinker would prove that coffee was poisonous.

It turned out that the coffee-drinking twin outlived the tea-drinker, but it wasn’t until the 1820s that Swedes were finally legally allowed to do what they had always done: drink coffee, lots of coffee.

The cornerstone of the scientific revolution is the insistence that claims be tested with data, ideally in a randomized controlled trial. Gustav’s experiment was notable for its use of identical male twins, which eliminated the confounding effects of sex, age, and genes. The most glaring weakness was that nothing statistically convincing can come from such a small sample.

The problem today is not the scarcity of data, but the opposite. We have too much data and it undermines the credibility of science.

Luck is inherent in random trials. In a medical study, some patients may be healthier. In an agricultural study, some soils may be more fertile. In an educational study, some students may be more motivated. Researchers therefore calculate the probability (the p-value) that the results may occur by chance. A low p-value indicates that the results cannot easily be attributed to luck of the draw.

How low? In the 1920s, the great British statistician Ronald Fisher said he considered p-values ​​below 5% compelling, so that 5% became the barrier to the “statistically significant” certification needed for publication, funding and fame.

It is not a difficult obstacle. Suppose an unfortunate researcher calculates correlations between hundreds of variables, blissfully unaware that the data is actually random numbers. On average, one out of 20 correlations will be statistically significant, even if each correlation is nothing more than a coincidence.

Real researchers don’t correlate random numbers, but too often they correlate what are essentially randomly chosen variables. This random search for statistical significance even has a name: data mining. As with random numbers, the correlation between randomly chosen unrelated variables has a 5% chance of being fortuitously statistically significant. Data mining can be augmented by manipulating, pruning, and torturing the data to obtain low p-values.

To find statistical significance, you just have to look hard enough. The 5% hurdle has had the perverse effect of encouraging researchers to do more tests and report more meaningless results.

So stupid relationships get published in good journals because the results are statistically significant.

• Students perform better on a recall test if they study for the test after taking it (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology).

• Japanese Americans are prone to heart attacks on the fourth day of the month (British Medical Journal).

• Bitcoin prices can be predicted from stock returns in the cardboard, container and box industry (National Bureau of Economic Research).

• Elderly Chinese women can postpone their death until after the Harvest Moon Festival celebration (Journal of the American Medical Association).

• Women who eat breakfast cereals daily are more likely to have male babies (Proceedings of the Royal Society).

• People can use power poses to increase their testosterone, the dominance hormone, and lower their cortisol, the stress hormone (Psychological Science).

• Hurricanes are deadlier if they have female names (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

• Investors can earn a 23% annual return in the market by basing their buy/sell decisions on the number of Google searches for the word “debt” (scientific reports).

These now discredited studies are just the tip of a statistical iceberg known as the replication crisis.

A team led by John Ioannidis reviewed attempts to replicate 34 highly respected medical studies and found that only 20 had been confirmed. The Reproducibility Project attempted to replicate 97 studies published in leading psychology journals and confirmed only 35. The Experimental Economics Replication Project attempted to replicate 18 experimental studies published in economics journals prominent and only confirmed 11.

I wrote a satirical article that aimed to demonstrate the craziness of data mining. I looked at Donald Trump’s voluminous tweets and found statistically significant correlations between Trump tweeting the word “president” and the S&P 500 index two days later; Trump tweeting the word “never” and the temperature in Moscow four days later; Trump tweeted the word “more” and the price of tea in China four days later, and Trump tweeted the word “democrat” and some random numbers I had generated.

I concluded – in tongues as firmly as possible – that I had found “compelling evidence of the value of using data mining algorithms to uncover statistically compelling, hitherto unknown correlations that can be used to make reliable predictions”.

I naively assumed that readers would understand the point of this nerd joke: large datasets can easily be mined and tortured to identify patterns that are utterly useless. I submitted the article to an academic journal, and the reviewer’s comments beautifully demonstrate how deeply ingrained the notion that statistical significance trumps common sense is: “The article is generally well-written and structured. This is an interesting study, and the authors collected unique datasets using state-of-the-art methodology.”

It is tempting to believe that more data means more knowledge. However, the explosion in the number of things being measured and recorded has magnified beyond belief the number of coincidental patterns and false statistical relationships waiting to fool us.

Gary Smith is a professor of economics at Pomona College.

Mickey Rourke Denies Bizarre Requests Report For ‘Iron Man 2’


A new Vulture report shed more light on the chaos behind the scene of iron man 2.

According to MCU insiders, mickey rourke set several strict requirements before accepting the role of villainous Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, despite his unfamiliarity with the Iron Man character or comics.

“What is that iron man 2? What the hell is Iron Man?!” he allegedly asked when he got a call about the movie.

Sources say the Oscar-nominated actor has agreed to meet with Marvel chief Kevin Feige and iron man 2 director Jon Favreau to discuss his possible involvement. During this meeting, Rourke is said to have told the men that he would carry out the project on three conditions: “I must have my hair in a samurai bun. I have to speak with a Russian accent. And I must have a bird on my shoulder,” he reportedly said.

fans of the Iron Man the franchise knows that each of these “requests” has ultimately been met; however, Rourke’s manager claims that these characteristics of Whiplash were not the actor’s idea.

“It’s just not true,” said Kimberly Hines Initiated on the reported bun, accent and birdie requirements.

Hines has not publicly commented on Rourke’s alleged salary request for the 2010 sequel. According to Vulture, the actor was unhappy with the $250,000 he was offered for the role. Sources say Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. agreed to forfeit part of his $10 million check in order to meet Rourke’s demands for money. It is unclear how much Downey contributed.

“It was a significant sum to bring Mickey closer, and Mickey took the deal,” an insider said.

Once the deal was finalized, Rourke reportedly “immersed himself in Russian prison culture, researching mob tattoos and even visiting Moscow’s infamous Butyrka prison.” But despite his deep dive, the actor reportedly started the project with “a lot of ambivalence” and expressed his frustration with Favreau and Marvel Studios.

Rourke spoke about the tensions during a decades-old interview with CraveOnline:

“I explained to Justin Theroux, the writer and [Jon] Favreau that I wanted to bring in other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous avenger villain,” he said. “And they allowed me to do it. Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel, I just wanted a one-dimensional villain, so most of the performances ended up on the floor.

In that same interview, Rourke described MCU as the “maker of dumb comic book movies” and suggested he never intended to work with the studio again.

“I don’t want to be part of it,” he continued. “I don’t want to have to worry about them so much and work so hard and then fight them for smart reasoning, and just because they call the shots, they… You know, I haven’t worked for three months on the accent and all the tweaks and go to Russia just so I can end up on the floor ‘Cause that might make somebody say at the end of the day oh shit I’m just gonna send it by post. But I’m not that kind of guy. I’ll never send it by post.

Leslyn Lewis, the last hope at the leadership of the federal Conservatives, to hit NB.


Federal Conservative leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis didn’t let her objections to federal vaccine mandates stop her campaigning in New Brunswick this week.

Ontario’s first-term MP is the latest potential leader to seek support in the province, arriving just a day after a visit from former Quebec premier Jean Charest.

Lewis opposes the federal requirement for proof of vaccination to fly on a commercial airline in Canada.

She declined to divulge her own vaccination status, but suggested to CBC News on Friday that she may have flown to Quebec this week to campaign before continuing by car to New Brunswick.

“I didn’t get on the plane illegally,” she laughed. “I can tell you. I didn’t break in illegally. I’m a law-abiding person.”

Last week, Lewis declined to say in a broadcast interview whether she had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I believe people are doing what is necessary to keep themselves and their families safe,” she said in an interview Friday during her stop in New Brunswick.

“My objection to not disclosing vaccination status is because I think we are normalizing interference in people’s lives.”

Although she hinted that she met the proof of vaccination requirement to fly this week, she argued the rule is not based on science and is unfair to six million unvaccinated Canadians.

“These people are part of society and in other ways move in close proximity to other Canadians.”

Leslyn Lewis chats with Woodstock resident Suzanne Matheson, right. Matheson said she appreciates “that Leslyn stands up for her morals and ethics, regardless of the backlash people often receive for it.” (Jacques Poitras/CBC News)

Campaigning in Sussex, Saint John on Saturday

Lewis greeted a large crowd of Tory MPs on Thursday evening in Fredericton and stopped Friday afternoon at a grocery store in Hartland, part of the Tobique-Mactaquac riding of Tory MP Richard Bragdon, who is a Lewis supporter .

She is campaigning in Sussex and Saint John on Saturday.

Lewis said while she opposes federal mandates, she abides by all vaccination and public health rules that provincial leaders, including Premier Blaine Higgs, have put in place.

“I am confident that the provinces have their scientific support for the mandates they have imposed,” she said.

Lewis was to meet Higgs during his campaign swing.

The prime minister, who has not endorsed any candidate for the leadership of the federal government, also met with Charest last weekend and candidate Pierre Poilievre in March.

Lewis finished third in the Tory’s last leadership race. She received the most votes among Tobique-Mactaquac voters in the first round of the leadership vote.

This week Lewis, who is often described as a social conservative, released a four-point plan to limit certain types of abortions, identical to her promise in the last leadership race.

Woodstock resident Murray Whitehouse, right, said he supported Lewis’ tough stance on the issues. “What she says today that she stands for is how she will be tomorrow. It’s not going to fluctuate. » (Radio-Canada News)

Support for the firm positions of Lewis

Many supporters who showed up to meet her in Hartland said they supported her because of her positions.

“She doesn’t back down from where she stands,” said Murray Whitehouse of Woodstock, citing her opposition to abortion and her support for the Freedom Convoy.

“What she says today she stands for is how she will be tomorrow. It’s not going to fluctuate.”

Another Woodstock resident, Suzanne Matheson, said she appreciated “Leslyn standing up for her morals and ethics, regardless of the backlash people often get for it. I love that you know exactly what she thinks.”

Time to leave divisive labels behind: Lewis

Lewis dismissed a question about the place of his social conservatism in the conservative debate over centrism versus populism.

“I’m a conservative who believes in the unity of our party and the unity of our country, and I think it’s time we left behind a lot of labels that divide us,” she said. declared.

“I’m a bridge builder. I believe in finding common ground between people who may have differing points of view.”

Lewis also said she would give provinces more leeway to spend federal health transfers as they wish, rather than imposing strict requirements.

Any national guideline should be “flexible enough to meet the geographic and demographic needs of the provinces, and hopefully the provinces would be able to do that without being micromanaged. I don’t believe in granting transfers and then dictating a federal outcome.

She also said she would be open to a formula that gives provinces with older populations, such as New Brunswick, more funding to cover the additional cost of senior care.

The impact of COVID-19 on older Canadians shows the importance of targeting this demographic, she said.

“Regions that have these growing segments should be able to have the resources allocated to deal with them and should not have to dip into other health care services and needs.”

Brendan Loughnane gets by Ryoji Kudo, accidental header leads to technical decision

Brendan Loughnane, PFL 2 at Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (Cooper Neill/PFL)

Brendan Loughnane’s 2021 PFL season was cut short when he met eventual champion Movlid Khaybulaev. With the Dagestani fighter out for the 2022 tournament due to injury, however, the featherweight division was wide open – and Loughnane started his PFL 2 year against Ryoji Kudo on Thursday.

It was a rocky start at first, with the lesser known Kudo proving he was no pushover.

Not exactly well known to casual MMA audiences, Kudo showed solid variety in his kicks, attacking Loughnane’s outside leg an instant, then going upstairs with the same leg an instant later. Loughnane fired a number of low kicks himself, but was caught and dropped by a right hand from Kudo about two minutes later! Kudo immediately went after the finish, getting the upper hand and dropping the ground and the pound from inside Loughnane’s guard. The British fighter would recover, escaping on his feet; he would land a back kick moments later, but Kudo would fire off another clean right hand, the same attack that had dropped Loughnane earlier in the round.

While Loughnane survived the round, there was no question as to who won it.

Loughnane made a play for a takedown early in the second round, but Kudo easily fought that off. A stiff jab from Loughnane would connect, but Kudo was firing combinations on Loughnane’s single strikes. Another attempt by Loughnane to hang on the fence and find a takedown failed. Loughnane was on his bike later in the round, staying out of reach as Ryoji Kudo chased his opponent. Another clinch from Loughnane led to the landing of a few knees, but Loughnane couldn’t put the fight down. Instead, Kudo connected with another right hand after the break.

Brendan Loughnane’s lack of striking through two rounds was confusing to say the least. Going into the third he most likely needed a finish, although the second frame came pretty close. Kudo, a veteran of the ONE Warriors series and the Shooto, proved to be a very competitive opponent.

Kudo took a big swing and missed the final round opener. This time it was the Japanese fighter looking to get taken down, but Loughnane easily fended off the attempt. Next, Loughnane changed levels, then did a bit of chain wrestling, going from a two-legged attempt to a body lock, then staying on Kudo as they headed for the fence. Kudo fell briefly, got back to his feet quickly, but Loughnane stayed on him – where was that Brendan Loughnane in the first two laps? Kudo would break free, but back to center, Loughnane dodged a punch and landed another very brief takedown. Again, Loughnane stayed on top of his opponent, keeping a body lock in place until Kudo finally turned around and found himself with his back to the fence.

An accidental clash of heads then opened a cut on Kudo, which brought in the doctor. With blood flowing free, the fight was called off, sending it to the judges. With the third round in his back pocket and Kudo clearly winning the first, it happened in the second round – and the judges saw it for Loughnane.

Official result: Brendan Loughnane defeated. Ryoji Kudo by technical decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bungie May Have Accidentally Leaked An Exotic Coming In Destiny 2 Season 17


Last week’s TWAB revealed plenty of changes coming to Destiny 2. The sandbox will be shaken up with changes to how weapons are delivered, and players are getting buffs, nerfs, and buffs for various weapon archetypes. weapons, and a big update to how players can engage in aerial flight. fight. A new stat called “Airborne Effectiveness” will govern a weapon’s accuracy when fired in the air, and while it’s invisible at first, all weapons will have this stat starting in Season 17.

Along with this announcement, a list of Exotics that received custom Airborne Efficiency values ​​was provided. One of these exotic weapons was listed as “[REDACTED]and given a value of 29. Bungie usually lists upcoming items this way, so we can safely assume that whatever new Season 17 Exotic this airborne efficiency value will be.


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And we might find out what the Season 17 Exotic weapon will be. The folks at r/raidsecrets (via PC Gamer) noted that last week’s Japanese version of TWAB didn’t redact the name of the listed Exotic. with 29 Airborne Effectiveness. The Japanese kanji translates to “Intruder”, an Exotic sidearm that was added in Destiny 1’s Rise of Iron expansion.


Although never as game-changing as the Gjallarhorn, the Trespasser had its supporters. It fired a three-round burst and featured a perk that slowed those bursts and hit harder after reloading after a kill. It was also the personal sidearm of Shiro-4, an Exo Hunter who was mentioned in Destiny 2 but has yet to make an appearance.

The post has since been updated to read 編集済み, which translates to the same “[REDACTED]as seen on the English version of the post.

There aren’t too many Exotic sidearms in the energy slot, and Trespasser’s return could also signal the return of the anti-Champion Sidearm mods in next season’s Artifact.

In other Destiny news, today’s TWAB revealed that next season’s pursuit weapon will be the Chain of Command Machine Gun. Combined with the Machine Gun buffs revealed last week, we could be back to a Machine Gun meta. There are also changes coming to next week’s Guardian Games, which you can read about here.

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Ten Percent – the English version of Call My Agent! – arrives, the contestants fall like skittles on Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week, and a Channel 4 doc wonders: Where have all the lesbians gone?

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Ten percent, Amazon Prime Video

Fans of the excellent Netflix series Call My Agent! will be eager to see how it unfolds.

BAFTA winner John Morton’s comedy-drama is inspired by the acclaimed series, known in his native France as Dix Pour Cent.

Ten Percent retains the essence of the Gallic original but is transferred to a London talent agency and incorporates Morton’s sensibility while introducing new storylines.

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Jack Davenport, Lydia Leonard, Maggie Steed, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Hiftu Quasem, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Rebecca Humphries, Harry Trevaldwyn and Jim Broadbent star as agents who scramble to keep their A-list clients happy and business afloat after the sudden death of their founder.

The cast also includes Emma Corrin, Himesh Patel, David Harewood and Clemence Poesy, who join the impressive line-up of celebrity cameos that include Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Williams, David Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo, Dominic West, Phoebe Dynevor and Kelly MacDonald. .

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Super Garden, 8:30 p.m., RTÉ One

Kathleen Barrett (above) from Limerick is designing a garden for the Majzel family, who want a garden with a social space to relax in and a dedicated space for their eight-year-old son, Jacob.

Kathleen has two weeks to design and three weeks to build a garden that will give the Majzels what they are looking for, as well as impress the judges.

Chivalry, 9 p.m., Channel 4

This comedy-drama about how women are treated in the #MeToo post Tinseltown – written by and starring Steve Coogan and Sarah Solemani – got off to a great start last week. (Catch-up available.)

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This week, Bobby, Cameron and Rick are working on editing the movie, and Bobby and Cameron realize they may have more in common than they imagined.

Jean convinces Bobby and Cameron that they must fight to save the film’s marketing budget.

On the field, Cameron has a run-in with an important person from his past, while Bobby is forced to confront his own.

Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week, 9:30 p.m., RTÉ2

As regular viewers know, this is not a place for the faint-hearted. It’s hard.

This week’s episode shows just how tough it is, as we’re only hours away from class and already three of the 28 rookies have been knocked out.

The next phase sees recruits pushed to their absolute limits with back-to-back events.

Mr Blandings is building his dream home, 9pm, BBC Four

Here’s a classic 1946 comedy, starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas and Reginald Denny. In 1986 it was redone as The silver pit.

Grant and Loy star as a city couple who set out to build themselves a dream home in the wilderness of rural Connecticut.

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They find they’ve bitten off more than they can chew thanks to a host of legal troubles and a seemingly endless stream of cowboy laborers and expensive materials.

They find they’ve bitten off more than they can chew thanks to a host of legal troubles and a seemingly endless stream of cowboy laborers and expensive materials.

New or returning shows

Where have all the lesbians gone? 10:30 p.m., Channel 4

Intimate and revealing interviews explain what it means to be a lesbian in the UK today and why some gay women feel erased from popular culture and social history.

Lesbian director Brigid McFall works with lesbian photographer Vic Lentaigne to create a series of portraits of women and queer people to answer the show’s title question.

Intertwined with all the pop cultural wraps lesbians get – from Brooksidethe infamous 1968 movie kiss The Murder of Sister George – Interviewees include a Mancunian poet, a dental nurse from Yorkshire, a great-grandmother Geordie and comedians Rosie Jones (above, left) and Jen Brister.

Rebuilding Notre Dame: The Next Chapter, 8:00 p.m., BBC Two

Three years after the devastating fire of Notre-Dame, Lucy Worsley has access to the cathedral of Paris at a critical moment.

Reconstruction and restoration work on the iconic and much-loved building is intensifying in a bid to meet the ambitious deadline for reopening to the public in 2024.

Lucy meets scientists, historians and artisans working to restore this 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece to its former glory.

The blaze blanketed Notre Dame in tons of toxic lead dust, so specialists are now decontaminating the site.

Rob & Romesh vs. Strongman, 9:00 p.m., Sky Max

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The BAFTA-nominated show returns for a fourth season.

This time around, Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan (below) tackle the worlds of strongman competitions, the West End and restaurant management.

For the first episode, the guys will witness mad strength up close as they take on the world of Strongman.

During their trip, they travel to Iceland to train with former champion Magnus Ver Magnusson.

All with the goal of going head-to-head at the Arnold Sports Festival to see which of the two is stronger.

New to feed

Rabbit Samurai: The Usagi Chronicles, Netflix

An impulsive samurai-seeking bunny and his new warrior friends join forces to protect their city from monsters, ninjas, gang members and evil aliens.

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A League of Their Own: Dingle at Dover, 10:00 p.m., Sky Max

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For the final leg of their final road trip, the boys will test their snooker training with a match at the world famous British heritage site, Blenheim Palace.

Freddie and Jamie will then travel to London to meet their new partners, Spice Girl megastar Mel B and comedian/TV presenter Tom Allen (below).

Here they will face their final challenge, starring in one of the West End’s most successful shows, Only Fools and Horses The Musical.

Based on the legendary TV show, musical comedy star Paul Whitehouse will judge their acting ability.

The road trip has reached its final stop where Freddie or Jamie will take on the dreaded package – a helicopter ride with a twist above the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

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The truths stammered by the convict of his choice meet Starmer’s contempt | Jean Crace


IThese were the Prime Minister’s last questions in the current parliament and the last before next week’s local elections. It was therefore hardly surprising that this session was rather bloodless than many encounters in recent weeks. Even the Conservative frontbench was decidedly a C-list event. All the big names in the cabinet had wisely decided not to show up.

It was an opportunity for the party leaders to get going – to ensure their best sound bites – before the battle resumed in a fortnight. But even a relatively underpowered Keir Starmer can easily get the better of Boris Johnson these days. The Convict has become little more than a self-parody. The madman of the madman.

The Labor leader began with a brief reference to claims Angela Rayner tried to distract Johnson by crossing and uncrossing her legs. Johnson insisted the Mail on Sunday story was false. No one cared more about eliminating sexist and misogynistic behavior than he did. And when he caught up with the Boris Johnson who had described female athletes as wet otters and suggested that patting women on the buttocks was completely acceptable, he had given her his opinion. Rayner decided to let it go and gave the Prime Minister a curt nod.

Thereafter, Starmer used all of his six cost-of-living questions. How come the UK was predicted to have the lowest growth of any G20 country except Russia? And what did the government propose to do to prevent inflation from spiraling further out of control? The country was in a total mess and the only plan the Tories seemed to have was to change the MOT laws. This was a government that was so out of ideas that it was counting on Grant Shapps to bail it out (having probably already plundered the brains of Priti Patel).

The Convict could only stammer, shouting random words, only some of which made sense. A few backbenchers loyally tried to cheer him on, but most just looked a little embarrassed. Predictably, the rants were loaded with lies. Time and again, Johnson was asked to correct his claims that 500,000 more people worked under his government. Yet he said it again. Compulsively. Necessarily. Shamelessly.

It was wrong. If you take the self-employed, unemployment is up 600,000. But Johnson is just blind to that. He continues to use whatever numbers he wants. As if he had the right to a truth of his choice. It was the 10th time he repeated the figure in the House of Commons. The Convict also claimed the country would still be under control if Labor were in government. So patently false that no one bothered to dispute it.

That’s how Johnson rolls. One lie after another, until the boundaries between truth and fiction dissolve. Where everything exists only as moral relativism. This is how Boris justified his lies about Partygate. The events took place only in his own imaginary universe of which he alone is judge and party.

“It must be the Oxford Union debating skills that we’ve heard so much about,” Starmer said. Scorn is a useful addition to his PMQ arsenal. Not so much a coherent convict argument as a salad of words. What the current government had to offer made the cone hotline a work of genius. In response, Johnson could only describe the Labor leader as a man “doomed to be a permanent spectator”. It looked more like Boris’ next forced and hubristic career change.

Things got a little more uncomfortable for the convict when Caroline Lucas pointed out that 56 MPs, including three ministers, were being investigated for alleged sexual harassment. Was that grounds for dismissal under the departmental code, she asked. Even though lying and bullying apparently weren’t.

She could also have included the minister whom Tory female MPs reported to the Chief Whip for watching pornography on her phone in the Commons. Think how stupid you must be to do this in a place where you can be observed from almost any angle? And televised. In fact, rub that. It is all too easy to imagine that some MPs are weak enough to think they could get away with this. Or even not being aware of the risks. A triumph of anti-awakening. Or just continue with the work in progress. As it was.

Johnson sounded less than convincing as he said anyone found guilty would be fired. First, he would end up with a lot of loopholes in government, and second, he’s hardly the person to lecture anyone about sexual propriety. The convict was the man who escaped from his job as mayor of London to take pole dancing lessons. Although he did, at least, do that in the privacy of someone else’s home.

The rest of the session rather trailed off, but not before Johnson embarrassed himself further. Was he self-aware enough to be capable of shame. He first remarked that it was strange that Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey was not in the House of Commons to represent his constituents. This from a man who literally did everything last week to avoid the scrutiny of his fellow MPs. He went on to lie about when he knew Covid could be transmitted asymptomatically. To deny responsibility for 20,000 nursing home deaths in March and April 2020, when China warned of asymptomatic transmission as early as January, was crummy even by its standards.

At the end, Michael Fabricator stood up on a point of order. He wanted it on record how delighted he was to be put on a list of 287 MPs – some of whom are no longer MPs – who had just been sanctioned by the Russian government. Nothing he had done before in his life had given him such self-esteem. The rest of us thought it was the most sensible thing the Russians had done in years. If only we could do the same and keep Mickey Fab out of the UK.

‘Touken Ranbu Warriors’ Gets Digital Deluxe Edition, Available For Pre-Order


Touken Ranbu Warriors features 15 characters from Touken Ranbu -Online-, where famous swords take the form of warriors named Touken Danshi (swordsmen), and elite fighters sworn to protect history.

In Touken Ranbu Warriors, the members of Touken Danshi have drifted back in time without their master – the Saniwa – to lead them, when they are suddenly attacked by the fearsome Retrograde Army of History (HRA). After the initial conflict, the Touken Danshi are approached by the government of the day and sent on a mission into the war-torn Sengoku era where the revision of Japanese history is already underway.

Can the heroes of Touken Danshi restore order while restoring the original timeline? The fierce but magnificent battles of the Touken Danshi are finally a reality!

Koei Tecmo America has announced the first details and pre-order information for the Touken Ranbu Warriors Digital Deluxe Edition.

Special DLC packs featured in the digital deluxe edition include the “Honmaru Backdrop”, which allows players to change the season of the honmaru; the “Additional Music” DLC, which includes five additional music tracks by Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- specially arranged for this title; and the 16-piece “Uchiban Outfit” set, which allows players to change outfits for the Touken Danshi.

All DLCs will also be available separately for purchase on May 24.

The standard and Digital Deluxe editions of the highly anticipated musou title are available for pre-order on Nintendo eShop starting today.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Akiko Shikata contributes three new songs to the Touken Ranbu Warriors soundtrack, including the opening theme “Color Barrage”.

The game is designed to feature the electrifying action musou fans have come to expect from a Warriors title, including battles alongside partner characters and head-to-head duels against enemies! Touken Ranbu Warriors also includes the “Honmaru”, the main base of our heroes. Here you can freely place Touken Danshi members to get a glimpse of their daily life which can only be experienced in this game.

Touken Ranbu Warriors comes to Nintendo Switch on May 24, 2022.

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Hotel Transylvania (3D Blu-ray Review)

  • Reviewed by: Tim Salmons
  • Revision date: April 26, 2022
  • Format: Blu-Ray disc

Hotel Transylvania (3D Blu-ray Review)


Genndy Tartakovsky

Release date)

2012 (January 19, 2013)


Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation (Sony Pictures)

  • Film/program category: B-
  • Video Note: A-
  • Audio quality: A
  • Additional Rank: C+

Hotel Transylvania (Blu-ray 3D)



In Hotel Transylvaniareleased in 2013 to great box office success and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (samurai jack, Primitive), Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) raised his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) alone after her mother died shortly after she was born. He opens a secret hotel in the middle of nowhere that only monsters can find and stay in, and the last occasion is Mavis’ 118th birthday party. Although she loves her father and his life, she longs to get out into the world and see it for herself, which the Earl is utterly opposed to, instilling in her that all humans only want to destroy their kind. . Johnny (Andy Samberg), a very human young man who unwittingly connects (Zings) with Mavis, shows up on their doorstep one day, much against the Earl’s wishes. He then attempts to keep the truth about the outside world and Johnny’s status as a human hidden from everyone while going about the day-to-day duties of running a hotel, planning a party, and… birthday and the happiness of his closest friends. To date, the Hotel Transylvania The franchise has spawned three sequels, a television series, and a devoted fan base.

Count me among those who saw the first trailer for Hotel Transylvania and wrote it off completely as mainstream, low-end drivel for the masses. I was pleasantly surprised when I finally sat down to watch it (admittedly almost a decade after its theatrical debut) and found it to be better than I expected in almost every category. Most of the voice work is strong, especially from Sandler whose very name is enough to write off any film for those who despise him. He does a great job here, as does the rest of the cast, including Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon and David Spade, all of whom have plenty of moments to shine. The story and many of the moments that tend to happen in mainstream animated movies are predictable, but the characters are given a bit more gravity and react in unexpected ways. Granted, there are occasional fart jokes, but there’s enough humor from the characters and situations that these types of moments, which would be major turning points in lesser films, become minor. In fact, the movie as a whole is surprisingly funny and heartfelt.

To be clear, Hotel Transylvania and its sequels aren’t necessarily what hardcore moviegoers looking for the works of Godart are looking for, but not everything has to be that. It works for young, old and everything in between. To put a finer point, it’s like a slice of cake that’s neither too sweet nor too bitter, but enough to satisfy in all the right ways – critics be damned.

Hotel Transylvania was digitally animated, finished as a 2K digital intermediate, and presented in the aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The 2D Blu-ray is as colorful and crisp as you can imagine for 1080p. Everything is rendered well but not too sharp, appearing slightly soft around the edges to give characters and objects more definition. Hues are all over the map, from vibrant primaries and secondaries to a range of neons during the party and dance sequences. A bit of background digital noise is sometimes visible, but it is brief and barely noticeable (and possibly inherent in the master). Blu-ray 3D offers a presentation that focuses above all on depth. Even the Columbia Pictures opening logo stands out beautifully. The many environments and kinetic character activities in wide shots and close-ups allow 3D to wrap around rather than rely on gimmicks. Both options offer beautiful presentations of the film.

The main audio option is English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, and it’s a very active and immersive experience. Because the film is filled with a number of monsters doing a number of things, the sound design occupies the soundtrack. Frequent activity is staging all around, panning and zooming from speaker to speaker, but also providing background ambience. The track also helps Mark Mothersbaugh’s excellent score… the closing credits music is particularly beautiful. The dialogue exchanges are also clear and precise. Other audio options include descriptive audio in English; French and Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (the latter on Blu-ray 2D only); Portuguese audio description; and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital. Subtitle options include English, SDH English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Audio commentary subtitles include English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Sony’s release of Hotel Transylvania includes a 3D Blu-ray, a 2D Blu-ray and a DVD of the film. The following extras are included on both Blu-ray discs:

  • Audio commentary with Genndy Tartakovsky, Michelle Murdocca and Daniel Kramer
  • Goodnight Mr. Foot Animated Short Film (4:07)
  • Deleted Scenes: Prologue (3:43)
  • Deleted Scenes: Shadows (1:03)
  • Deleted Scenes: Caught in the Act (1:48)
  • Meet the staff and guests: Voicing Hotel Transylvania (6:29)
  • Make the hotel (3:44)
  • Progress Rolls: Genndy Blur (2:44)
  • Progress Rolls: Mavis Adventures (1:32)
  • Progress Rolls: Image Appearance (3:59)
  • Trouble (Monster Remix) Music Video (3:27)
  • Behind the Scenes (Monster Remix) (2:21)
  • Smurfs 2 Preview (:40)
  • Arthur Noel Preview (1:34)
  • The Pirates! Preview of Band of Misfits (2:24)
  • Zambezi Adventures (1:47)

The audio commentary featuring director Genndy Tartakovsky, producer Michelle Murdocca, and visual effects supervisor Daniel Kramer is mostly flat and technical, but the three contributors provide a wealth of information, sometimes speaking off the cuff but not very often. A few instances of silence creep in as they talk about the production while they watch it together (likely due to cut content), but the track mostly continues. Good night Mr. Foot is an exclusive animated short in the style of the film’s closing credits animation in which Bigfoot stays at the hotel for the night and a witch (housekeeper) makes sure he is not disturbed while sleeping. the Deleted scenes are mostly pre-visualized storyboards, featuring the film’s original opening in which Dracula meets his wife and they have Mavis; the fully animated sequence in which the various guests leave their homes to come to the hotel; and a deleted rap song sequence featuring Johnny (for better). Meet the staff and guests talks to some of the cast and crew about the voice and cast sessions. Make the hotel discusses concept designs and the process of getting the final animation. the Progression Reels show the animation of various moments in transition with the narration by the filmmakers. The rest of the extras are self explanatory. The DVD contains most of these extras, but loses the Meet the staff and guests and Make the hotel featurettes, as well as Progression Reels.

Despite the negative critical reception, Hotel Transylvania created its own little corner of pop culture and became a favorite with many audiences. It has a surprisingly broad appeal, and if you’re like me and rejected from the start, give it a shot, especially in 3D.

-Tim Salmons

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Pocky & Rocky Reshrined Review (Switch)


Note: This review is based on the Japanese release — the game will launch in North America and Europe on June 24, 2022.

pocky and rocky, a Super Nintendo run-and-gun, was developer Natsume’s gold standard, fondly remembered for its tense arcade action, adventurous stage design, and stunning visuals. Where Tengo Project’s Wild Guns Reloaded and Ninja Warriors Once Again were deliciously bloated remasters, Pocky & Rocky Reshrined is a re-vision so markedly different from the original that it’s essentially an entirely new game. Completely redesigned from the ground up, it’s nothing short of magical from the flute ditty that makes up the opening title screen to the first stretch of road and beyond. Fallen leaves are moved as you glide over them, floating down to settle on cobblestones; weather effects desaturate the world with sepia flashes; the special effects, especially around the boss entrances, are dazzling.

The Super Nintendo game’s distinct Japanese theme, traveling to old Japan as a Shinto shrine maiden and tanuki raccoon dog, was one of its most endearing aspects. This was not lost on the art team at Tengo Project, who strove – and succeeded with aplomb – to cram every inch of their freshly rendered maps with charming attention to detail. Water reflections, chattering streams, sun-drenched rice paddies and fiery village backgrounds are all beautifully crafted, while the raging cast of Japanese mythological enemies positively bleed personality. These visual ingredients, brought to life by superb animation, are almost Metal Slug in terms of graphical precision. And, in case you were wondering, a scanline option with a range of densities is available, as is the ability to switch between languages.

The switch and bait of Reshrined is that when you head to the first stage, it appears as a direct remake. Then, as you find yourself navigating small paths and stone steps, around turns and against cartloads of enemies, that notion begins to fade. The second stage, while thematically the same, moves even further, its layout and enemies fundamentally different. You fight roaming fire snakes with your repulse attack and bald, misshapen giants camped behind terracotta walls. When you finally get to the once-familiar octopus boss engage – now a rafted nightmare with an incredible visual bomb – it’s clear that this is a whole new ballgame.

Mechanically, it remains essentially the same. You have a rapid-fire projectile attack, defensive maneuver against incoming fire, quick belly slide to avoid danger, and limited smart bombs that don’t replenish after a kill. The knockback attack now does a lot more work and is more effective at knocking out enemies by bouncing their projectiles back at them. You always accumulate an extra life meter heart after each stage, and there are useful secrets scattered everywhere, regularly off the beaten path, in forest enclaves and glades, and quite often in the guise of stray chickens.

What’s new is that you’re forced to play one of five characters on different stages, each with adjusted weapon attributes, and one of which is only available on hard mode. In the third stage, newcomer Ame-no-Uzume grants new skills, allowing you to produce an orb that automatically directs your projectiles when fired, and a temporary shield that requires a brief charge period. These additional properties arrive just in time for a series of never-before-seen scenes (complete with all-new musical arrangements). Here, haunted rice paddies littered with thatched huts, pond demons, and aggravating spirits lead to deep caverns and Egyptian-style tombs, all of which require the use of your newly learned skills. While there are throwbacks to the airship scene and the original’s torchlit castle, the structure is completely transformed.

As we’ve played the Super Nintendo game to the present day – and with some conviction, we might add – we’re in a good position to draw direct comparisons. The most immediate difference is that Reshrined plays a slightly slower game. Like the original, it’s not designed to be torn apart: it’s dense, strategic conflict that requires moments of digging to clear the ground lest it all become too much. At the same time, the original is a little snappier, with its layout offering more leeway for impromptu slide negotiations and the ability to take out most on-screen enemies fairly quickly once you have an in-game strategy.

Both being superb examples of the genre, it’s hard to say which is more entertaining, although there’s something to be said for the 1992 game’s simplicity and faster pace. Reshrined works differently, weighing in at around a hour and 20 minutes end-to-end, compared to the Super Nintendo release’s 45 minutes on a clean run. The way the stages are formed – especially the new ones, which, while great, are arguably not as creatively inspired as the ones that inform the first 20 minutes of the game – is by having obstacles that force you to camp and clean before continuing. Some enemies, such as Fire Serpents or Worm-like Stone Hands, slow things down or even require a temporary retreat; while the airship stage – which was a forced-scrolling affair in the Super Nintendo game – is segmented here by doors that can only be opened by removing turrets. You can still find the odd gap to slip into in a pinch, but in general, Reshrined is more of a war of attrition.

Powering up quickly is still key, only now it’s much easier thanks to plenty of weapon drops, and the game steers you slightly towards what’s best used for each stage. Additionally, when you take a hit, weapon icons are ripped from you, allowing you to collect them unless they end up splashing into a nearby pond.

In terms of difficulty, it’s maybe a bit easier than its predecessor, but not by much. While the aesthetic is cute enough to take a bite out of, it can be very punishing at times, and strict reflex honing and near-constant switching of offensive and defensive techniques is a requirement. That said, the difficulty curve seems twisty. The first stage is a gauntlet that really shows you the ropes, while other later areas sometimes dive into complexity, like the weirdly easy third stage boss. And, while Stage Four’s winding caverns aren’t too intense, its mammoth winged cow guardian – brutally tearing up the screen and intermittently freezing you with its stomp – really puts your pattern-trading skills to the test. ‘test.

On the other hand, while clearing a credit is always a marked test, continuous reboot points are very comfortable, allowing almost anyone to end up doing it all. Once you accumulate 3000 coins swept away by destroyed enemies, you unlock an easy mode, providing infinite lives.


Although we draw many comparisons to the Super Nintendo game, Pocky & Rocky: Reshrined is, for the most part, a completely new entry in the series. And it deserves to be celebrated for several reasons. Tengo Project, well aware of the pedigree of the original, was smart enough to only use it as inspiration, rather than trying to keep up with it. Within this modern setting, the developer has constructed an exciting tapestry of lights, colors and action-packed moments for hardcore gamers to sink their teeth into. Is it better than Natsume’s venerable 1992 release? No, but it’s pretty much on the same level, although for slightly different reasons. Pocky & Rocky: Reshrined is a blessing, a gorgeous and delightfully artful new take on a much-loved classic, and a standout example of what can be achieved, creatively, with 2D support. If you’re even slightly into applying old-school gaming disciplines, you should definitely pick this up.

Kishida congratulates Macron on his re-election



Tokyo, April 25 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in posts on Twitter on Monday, extended his heartfelt congratulations on the re-election of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Kishida also said, in Japanese and French, that he hoped to work closely with Macron on various topics, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the two countries’ cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

At a press conference the same day, Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki said, “France is an important partner that shares the same universal values ​​as Japan.”

Suggesting that now is a critical time to secure peaceful order, Isozaki said the great powers of the Group of Seven “must stand together more than ever”. The G-7 includes Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States plus the European Union.


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Assassin’s Creed Can’t Keep Ignoring Its Coolest Setting


Assassin’s Creed is a franchise that has taken players to countless places and time periods, but there’s one setting the series shouldn’t continue to ignore: feudal Japan. Fans have been asking the franchise to visit this period since the days of assassin’s creed 2, so there’s definitely a demand for it, and it could provide a slew of unique opportunities. A game set in feudal Japan might even revitalize Assassin’s CreedThe long history.

Assassin’s Creed players have visited Renaissance Italy, Revolution-era France, Ancient Egypt, and many other settings. While all of these locations and time periods have interesting qualities, the series could do more to differentiate its entries from one another. A large percentage of Assassin’s Creed games have taken place in the Western world or the Middle East, and the franchise has only visited the East proper in the side-scroller spin-off Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. Although this game has been generally well received, it is far from considered a main line Assassin’s Creed Game.


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By taking players to feudal Japan, Assassin’s Creed could offer a unique take on gameplay and story while delivering something fans have been waiting for years. 2020s Ghost of Tsushima proved a Assassin’s Creed Japan would be rewarding and fun to explore. Part of what keeps Ubisoft’s best-selling series relevant is its ability to take players to unique destinations, and there are plenty of reasons why Feudal Japan is the next natural choice.

Assassin’s Creed In Feudal Japan Could Offer Unique Environments

Assassin's Creed Japan concept art

Assassin’s Creed is still a popular series, but there’s also a growing opinion that it’s getting a bit stale. The franchise got a major remix when Origins of Assassin’s Creed released in 2017, and the following Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla followed this new formula, introducing the player to light action-RPG elements and favoring expansive, open landscapes over the dense urban environments of previous settings. a smaller one Assassin’s Creed might mean a better story, but it seems Ubisoft’s design philosophy is focused on creating massive scope and scale, combining cities and settlements with natural vistas.

If Ubisoft intends to continue this trend, a Assassin’s Creed set in feudal Japan would be a perfect fit while still giving players something new. Japan offers scenic landscapes ranging from dense forests to tranquil beaches and dramatic snow-capped mountains. Scattered across this map could be cities and towns with iconic and poetic architecture that would pair well with Assassin’s Creedparkour system, which has been minimized in recent entries. By taking this approach, a Assassin’s Creed set in feudal Japan can continue to build on the series’ new approach to world design while keeping the experience fresh with varied nature to explore and cities to explore.

Feudal Japan Could Make A More Interesting Assassin’s Creed Story

Modern Assassin’s Creed has done some interesting things with its story, including transferring characters like the Greek Kassandra into Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but this long-running tale could definitely benefit from a new frame. By moving the series to Japan, new storytelling opportunities may arise. ValhallaThe story of centered on the conflict between different factions during the Viking conquests, and a story of feudal Japan could take a similar approach, weaving a story of political intrigue and power struggles.

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There are some interesting directions this game could go in when it comes to its protagonist as well. Older entries like assassin’s creed 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Unity follow characters who begin their stories as unfortunate novices before eventually becoming master assassins. Conversely, afterOrigins versions focus on veteran warriors who are already skilled in combat before the game’s narrative begins. Given Japan’s rich history of warfare and combat, either setting would work in a Japan feudal Assassin’s Creed.

Assassin’s Creed is a franchise that delves into the world of mythology, with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla featuring several Norse gods and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey also including a number of mythological elements. It’s something that could continue in this hypothetical Japanese Assassin’s Creed, because Japan is full of legends, myths and fables to draw inspiration from. This would allow the game to deliver the fantastical elements players expect from modern games. Assassin’s Creed without being tired or drifting.

Assassin’s Creed Gameplay Could Be Overhauled In Japan

Assassin’s Creed the gameplay was massively overhauled when Origins rolled, and it might be time to make more adjustments. Once again, feudal Japan could provide the perfect base for this shift, as a traditional samurai or ninja character could mean new approaches to gameplay. Even better, the game could allow players to choose between a ninja or samurai path, providing a much-needed return to stealth in Assassin’s Creed.

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The way of the samurai could focus more on direct and confrontational combat, perhaps taking some notes from Ghost of Tsushimahis excellent swordplay. Through this path, players could spec strength or speed stats while collecting gear such as katanas, bows, and heavy armor. On the other side of the coin, players who wanted to focus more on stealth could follow the path of the ninja, collecting collectibles like light armor, throwing knives, and daggers. Ideally, players would have the choice of going all-in with one of these extremes, or mixing and matching for a more personalized experience.

Assassin’s Creed walks the line between action game and western RPG since Origins, but it could finally engage in RPG-style gameplay with the Japanese setting. Because the ninja and samurai distinction is already established in popular culture, allowing build diversity would come more naturally than others Assassin’s Creed games, which made the mistake of categorizing players into separate categories like Norse Viking and Greek Warrior, removing the freedom of choice afforded by a fleshed-out stealth system.

Assassin’s Creed set in feudal Japan isn’t just something fans want – it’s something the franchise could exploit to stay interesting and redefine itself. The last three entries in the series sold well, but Assassin’s Creed now runs the risk of becoming stereotypical and stale, and a uniquely Japanese setting might just be the boost it needs. The future of Assassin’s Creed the series is mostly unknown at this point, as very little official information has been revealed regarding the rumored Assassin’s Creed Spin-off of Basim or the planned live-service Assassin’s Creed. Whichever direction the series takes, ignoring Japan’s much-requested feudal setting would be a huge missed opportunity.

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Johns Hopkins president: Legacy admissions ‘seemed contrary to merit values’


When Ronald Daniels was named president of Johns Hopkins University in 2009, he set himself a difficult task that put him at odds with many of his own professors and alumni: to abolish his longstanding but unfair practice. “legacy admissions”, offering preferential access to students with family ties in favor of purely merit-based applications.

The legacy system remains prevalent among America’s elite and fiercely competitive colleges, allowing those who themselves attended — and often pledged large donations — an easier path for their own children. or other close relatives.

But for someone who believed strongly in justice and worried about growing divisions in American society, Daniels found the data for the University of Baltimore’s undergraduate class that year shocking: 12, 5% were alumni, surpassing the 9% low-income students eligible for Pell financial aid grants from the federal government.

“When we started talking about how inheritance seemed antithetical to the values ​​of merit and equal opportunity, it’s no surprise that some people worried about what it would mean for our ability to attract a philanthropic support and dedication of alumni to the university,” he says.

Daniels, a Canadian who studied economics and law before becoming a professor, was already in shape. In his role as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, for more than 10 years from 1995, he had experienced – and unlike many, enjoyed – the transition from academic teaching and scholarship to management and leadership.

The transition from scholarly life to academic leadership, he says, requires you to make concessions. “There is no shortage of memes about the difficulty of running a university, and some would say the idea is oxymoronic. Universities are highly decentralized and have no shortage of constituents who feel they have the right to be consulted and to obtain their approval. There are many different points of veto. You have to be sensitive to the rhythms and cultural values ​​of the institution.

But what he loves about college is that “conversational currency is well understood,” he says. “The premium on facts and principles is the mode of discourse that we value. Although it takes time, once you reach consensus, there are very few revisions needed. And once the costs of change are faced, “you are able to move forward with some speed.”

Daniels has always sought to retain some scholarly activity, including his recent book, What universities owe to democracy, is a passionate call for higher education to reverse what it calls its polarization and self-segregation from the rest of society, and instead to engage and promote civilized debate, understanding and liberal democracy.

In the book, he recalls a Toronto alumnus and philanthropist who warned after his child was denied admission as a legacy student: one.”

When he later became provost of the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and then president of Johns Hopkins, Daniels was instead inspired to tackle the less egalitarian philosophy of the United States. “Despite all the progress that highly selective universities have begun to make in recruiting low-income and historically underrepresented students, they continue to cling tenaciously to admissions policies like inherited preferences that confer advantages. meaningful to privileged children,” he wrote.

Abandoning the inheritance policy was just part of his campaign to make college entrance more meritocratic. It also involved a rare move towards “blind needed” admissions, ensuring that offers to prospective students are made regardless of their ability to pay. This, in turn, required a substantial assurance of financial assistance to cover the costs of low-income people.

“For me, it was really fundamental to be seen as a university supporting liberal democracy,” he says. “Given the bounty of recruiting the best and the brightest to take advantage of all the benefits we have and transform their lives, I knew the financial aid limitation was deeply constraining.”

His approach was to stick to his principles while consulting widely – and risking university funds to test the evidence for his approach. “I remember well the torturous meetings with my finance department every year, asking how sustainable the policy would be. There was a lot of concern about what investing in undergraduate financial aid would mean for our [academic] research assignment, or for graduates if the focus was on undergraduate students. Skepticism was not lacking. »

His efforts were aided by the solid reputation of the institution, which was founded in 1876 with the claim of being America’s first research-based university. This has given it financial strength, with an endowment now valued at around $9 billion, which was given a huge boost in 2018 by Michael Bloomberg, the businessman and philanthropist, who donated a record 1.8 billion dollars focused on access. The former mayor of New York was himself a former student from a modest background.

But Daniels insists his strategy was already well underway before Bloomberg’s backing arrived as an endorsement of his approach, which was leading to a more diverse and academically strong cohort. “We put a stake in the ground as a moral imperative. We decided to set a goal, think carefully about the transition to get there, and do a lot of evaluations along the way so people could see the result. We moved in a particular direction, showed the impact, and the funding followed.

Three questions to Ronald Daniels

Who is your leadership hero?

Michael Trebilcock, now professor emeritus who was one of my law professors at the University of Toronto. Although he has long avoided formal leadership roles, he is the quiet leader in every room who invokes facts and principles to bring about difficult institutional change. He is an important example of how you have to work to bring about change.

What was the first leadership lesson you learned?

When I was first named Dean of Law at the University of Toronto, Lance Liebman, then Dean of Columbia Law School, warned me that my relationship with my colleagues would change dramatically: some indulged in relentless aggression and criticism, others showered me with generous but unhealthy attitudes. – deserved praise. He advised me in both cases not to take the reaction too seriously: people do not react to you but to the office you occupy. I took that into account – at least for the first reaction!

What would you do if you weren’t a college president?

I would be happily settled in a faculty office, writing and teaching in the fields of law and politics.

He credits his other big accomplishments at Johns Hopkins with his admissions overhaul. One is its effort to promote civilized debate and free speech on and beyond campus, which emerges from fostering a more integrated, diverse, and socially engaged student community.

The other is to foster interdisciplinary research among scholars that respects traditional disciplines but also breaks down their silos to encourage innovative thinking, facilitated by 100 chairs (also funded by Bloomberg) that are jointly appointed in at least two different faculties.

He concedes that not all his initiatives have succeeded to the same degree. In particular, he describes the “stopping of progress” with its efforts to strengthen ties between Johns Hopkins and the city of Baltimore, with funding and staff support for projects to help disadvantaged neighborhoods around its campus in terms of housing, employment and education.

There have been heated debates about the merits of creating an autonomous armed police force for the university. However, “after months, if not years of careful consultation, we achieved overwhelming majorities in the state capitol,” he says. “Virtually all other public universities have a one-paragraph statute [which] allows armed police. We ended up with 27 pages. But as a lawyer, I welcome it.

Discover the origin of the May 5th holiday – Boys’ Day or Children’s Day


Girls Festival, or Hinamatsuri, is celebrated in early spring on March 3. So you’d expect the Boys’ Festival to be in store as well. Not enough. It turns out that Tango-no Sekku, or Boys’ Festival, falls on the same day that we call Children’s Day, both of which are celebrated on May 5.

As confusing as it may seem, even most Japanese do not make a clear distinction between the two. In a word, Tango-no Sekku is a traditional event (tango is the first day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar) and Children’s Day is a national holiday.

Initially, Tango-no Sekku was a court ceremony to ward off disease and misfortune. It has endured since the time of Nara (710-794), as one of the Gosekkuor five seasonal holidays, and was an official holiday of the shogunate and remained a national holiday until 1872. But it gradually became a boys-only event as the iris used in the ceremony was pronounced shobu (respecting the warrior spirit), and the long, thin, pointed leaves of the iris look like swords. So, samurai families specially designated this day to pray for the safe growth of the boy who would be their heir.

Children’s Day was adopted after World War II. Its roots date back to 1925 when June 1 was established as International Children’s Day at the World Conference on Child Welfare in Geneva. After its institution in Japan in 1948, the National Holidays Act declared that the day would celebrate the growth of all children, not just boys. Then it evolved into a modern promotion of their happiness as well as giving thanks to mothers.

The two ideas merged, with May 5 being the designated day for the celebration. Perhaps because of the popularity of Tango-no Sekku and its longstanding traditions, many people still think of Children’s Day as a day for boys.

Kabuto helmet Photo: Kimtoru/photoAC

Before May 5, families with boys display a gogatsu ningyo (May doll), or yoroikabuto; yoroi (armor) and kabuto (helmet). They are believed to guard against disasters and wish for the strong, courageous and vigorous growth of boys. Much like the Girl’s Festival dolls, these displays can be simple or quite elaborate. “Star Wars” fans know they are the inspiration for Darth Vader’s mask.

Koinoborior carp streamers, are the most visible symbols of Tango without sekku. They are hung outside houses to wish the healthy growth of children. This custom began in the Edo period (1603-1867) when samurai warriors decorated the entrance to their residences with banners. Carp are symbols of courage and success, and are associated with a Chinese legend – the carp that successfully swam up the Yellow River and reached the Dragon Gate were reincarnated as dragons.

Traditionally, the largest black koinobori is magoi, symbolizing the father. Following, higoi, smaller in red or pink signifies the mother; kogoi, even smaller ones in blue, green, orange, or purple represent children in consecutive birth order. These five colors are auspicious in various festivals. Although the tradition is dying in urban areas, you can still see these streamers floating in rural areas, even across rivers. The ways to hoist carp banners vary by prefecture.

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Kashiwa mochi Photo: Choco Latte/photoAC

Kashiwa mochi is the most popular food for Children’s Day. Kashiwa (oak) add crunch and flavor to moist fluffy rice cake with bean paste inside. Kashiwa is linked to the prosperity of the offspring because its old leaves do not fall during the winter until new shoots come out.

Chimaki is also a treat for children’s parties. It is a sweet rice cake wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed. This been a popular on-the-go meal for warriors during the Warring States period. Some families cook bamboo shoots mixed with rice. Bamboo shoots grow wildly and are full of vitality, making it a perfect food for the occasion, with the hope that the boys will grow up and be healthy.

Some people take shobu-yu (iris bath), in which irises, also used as medicinal herbs, are put in water to enjoy their fragrance on the night of the Tango without sekku. This is meant to ward off evil spirits and help children get through the hot summer healthy.

In conclusion, May 5 is not just a day to celebrate boys. It may not be fair, but although the so-called March 3 Girls’ Festival is not an official national holiday, Children’s Day is a holiday on the calendar.

Now that you know the origin of this day, it’s a good reason to take your children on vacation during Golden Week and pamper the mother who gave birth to them.

© Japan today

Tree planting in collaborative effort in Schenectady – The Daily Gazette


Let’s talk about trees. With Arbor Day approaching on April 29, it’s a good time to celebrate trees by planting one. Additionally, the Town of Schenectady would like the community to provide feedback on its new Community Forest Management Plan at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 at the Mount Pleasant Public Library.

The plan, which is currently available online on the city’s website (www.cityofschenectady.com/documentcenter), is a 100-page document that details everything from the condition and types of the city’s 11,545 trees. how to maintain, protect and enhance the Schenectady community forest.

“It’s exciting to put this into action after working on it for the past two years,” said Alex Sutherland, city operations manager. “The mayor has a zero tolerance policy and wants to plant as many trees as we lose.”

People may remember the October 2020 storm that destroyed or damaged so many of the city’s trees and how National Grid stepped in and pledged $240,000 to the Greater Capital Region, including $80,000 to this county and city to replant trees as part of its 10,000 Trees and Growth Program. Then, in December 2020, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation provided $1.4 million in urban forestry grants to communities across the state to create a forest inventory and management plan. trees. Schenectady was one of 38 recipients from 154 nominations and received $61,200.

So what does all this have to do with trees?

Trees fight air pollution. They clean and use rainwater. They reduce the effects of heat. They improve mental health. They are beautiful. They provide habitat for all kinds of creatures. They provide work for those who plant, maintain and cultivate them. They improve property values. They save energy with their shade in summer and as a windbreak in winter. And without them, we and all life on Earth would not continue to thrive.

All of these facts explain why Betsy Henry and other concerned townspeople founded ReTree Schenectady in 1991. Since then, the group has planted over 4,000 trees in the town and taught volunteers how to plant and care for them. . They also won state DEC grants, wrote the city’s first tree master plan and tree inventory, funded tree tags, and provided a walking guide for Central Park trees. But alliances with local schools, churches and neighborhood groups have helped the most.

“They helped tremendously,” Henry said. “Planting days involve dozens of volunteers sometimes at several planting sites across the city. By involving entire neighborhoods, planting trees is often the first step towards civic engagement.

ReTree also launched a six-week summer program for young people last year to plant trees in underserved neighborhoods. Henry said she expected to host the program again this year.

The emphasis on trees is also linked to the Arbor Foundation, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The group began in Nebraska when J. Sterling Morton, who had settled his family on newly purchased land, realized that there were few trees on the site. With no windbreaks, fuel, building materials and shade from the scorching sun, Morton began planting trees and eventually lobbied the state legislature to create a holiday to encourage other Nebraskanians to plant. This first Arbor Day was April 10, 1872 and approximately one million trees were planted on this day. Arbor Day in New York is now the last Friday in April.

In addition to Tree Day celebrations, a city can gain community pride, better working relationships with state conservation agencies, and provide a healthier environment for its citizens by becoming TreeCity USA with the Arbor Foundation. Schenectady celebrates its twentieth year as TreeCity, one of 3,400 communities in this country.

As the city prepares for eventual planting, Amsterdam is hosting a tree giveaway on April 29 from 4-7 p.m. at the Century Club Amsterdam with seedlings provided by the Montgomery County Soil and Water Department ; and on April 30, at the Pitney Meadows Community Farm in Saratoga Springs, volunteers will farm across the city to plant 53 saplings as part of the Sustainable Saratoga organization.

But local owners may want to plant their own tree. Local nurseries, such as the Saratoga Tree Nursery in Saratoga Springs, have thousands of tree seedlings suitable for this region available for purchase until May 13. The following is a list of ReTree Schenectady trees he recommends: For trees that will mature within thirty feet and are good for frame situations: Hedge Maple, Serviceberry, American Hornbeam, Red Bud of the East, hawthorn, red aronia of Canada, flowering cherry. For large trees where size is not an issue: Red Maple, Katsura Tree, Gingko, Dawn Redwood, Black Gum, London Planet, Flowering Pear, Elm Hybrids, Crimean Linden, Red Oak Northern and Japanese zeikova.

And there’s a website, www.itreetools.org, that gives homeowners information about the health and value of their trees.

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Oaklawn Park Pick and Free Handicap for Saturday, April 23


Oaklawn Park is nestled in the warm “college town” of Hot Springs…no, it’s not Little Rock…Hot Springs is a horse racing college town…

This famous house of thoroughbred culture is hosting an extended festival! The betting options are some of the best in the country! The Meet isn’t over yet! Today we have a map loaded with 12 runs, which includes the Grade 1 Apple Blossom! So enjoy…

At Horseracing.net/us we’ve got the sport covered, including all the action! It’s a good time for some of the best North American racing. Stay tuned! If you’re looking for picks elsewhere in the country this Saturday, be sure to check out our free horse racing picks via the gold button below. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter…Horseracing_USA!!!


CHOOSE ALL STAKES @Oaklawn on Apple Blossom Day

(Race 5: Dirt, 1 1/16th, Apple Blossom H. (G1), $1m, F&M 4+)

One of the highlights of the Oaklawn Meet is this race for older women…the Grade 1 Apple Blossom. Of course, most of the betting attention will be directed to Fausto Gutierrez’s excellent mare, Letruska #2. Rightly so… At 7/5, she’s a deserving favourite, especially considering the St George stable owned router is the reigning Older Female Eclipse Award champion. After such a famous 21 season, she returned to the Royal Delta (G3) runway at Gulfstream Park. With Jose Ortiz on board, she shone in competition. In my opinion, the only way to beat her is to go hoof to hoof with her, right from the start. This is what Florent Geroux did in Azeri (G2) last year with Shedaresthedevil, and it may still be a project. His main rival there is a runner who is the reigning Azeri champion (G2)… Mike McCarthy This This #5 is also the holder of the Eclipse trophy… Female Sprinter. The SoCal-based conditioner sent her to Hot Springs with the hope that she would enjoy the distance test, and she did… Winning Pauline’s Pearl and Shedaresthedevil. Now the game is set… who will win. I don’t see anyone else drawn here who can match either of these talented women. The game is all about calling an icy exacta and reaping the rewards… It will be a race for the ages, and one that could set us up for a rematch in the BC Distaff (G1) at Keeneland in November.

Wagering recommendation: $2 Exacta, 2 w 5

(Race 8: Dirt, 1 1/8ths, Oaklawn S., $150,000, 3)

If you’re looking for a tricky puzzle on this Saturday map, look no further than this 1 1/8th route. With so many options, it won’t be easy to find one among these 7.3 year olds. My inclination is to support Bill Mott Happy Rocket Boy #7. The colt of famed stallion Runhappy ran out for Frank Fletcher & Co. a week ago in Oaklawn in an OC100kn1x event. Maybe he didn’t like the muddy track… maybe that was how Ricardo Santana brought him back… Whatever the reason, I think he can make a comeback here and run well . He’s too well-mannered and adding Mott’s “Blinkers” sounds like a plan. Another entry that should enjoy a better trip this time around is Brad Cox’s Homebrew #4. Owned by Gary and Mary West, the colt had a blast in the $250,000 Smarty Jones S. on New Years Day. After a break, which was probably the best thing Cox could do, it looks like he might be ready to fire. This son of Street Sense has shown strong power on the engine, and if Jose Ortiz can harness that early on then he could be looking for a nice win. Another 3 year old I want to include is Steve Asmussen’s Stellar Faucet #2. Bred well by Tapit, the colt missed Ron Moquett’s Ruggs in his last race at Oaklawn on April 1. It wasn’t a bad effort, especially when you watch the replay… the Central Avenue traffic rival on the day of the Arkansas Derby. With Joel Rosario as the driver, he should be able to turn things around in this terrain, if others aren’t careful. What a fun race!

Bet Recommendation: $2 Trifecta Box, 2/4/7

(Race 11: Dirt, 1 1/8ths, Oaklawn H. (G2), $1m, 4+)

While the Oaklawn S. is for 3-year-olds, the Handicap is a good old-fashioned slugfest for older riders. You are going to find many names in this race that bring back memories, and hopefully a prize will come my way…the reward could be huge! Of course, the attention will be divided between Brad Cox Plainsman #6and Todd Pletcher Fearless #8. The first was so powerful in the lane of the Razorback H. (G3) in February, and it truly lived up to its slim chances. Joel Rosario has the call again, and we’ll see if he can put this 7-year-old in position when it matters most. Pletcher’s entry is likely fortunate to be away from Gulfstream Park, and for that matter, rival Speaker’s Corner. He finally got a distance in the Ghostzapper (G3) that he could manage, and it was a score of 6 lengths for Luis Saez. Now Jose Ortiz is taking over, and there’s no doubt that this one is dangerous. As for the other entries, you could argue in favor of Robertino Diodoro Thomas Shelby#2. This seasoned son of Curlin just doesn’t have the right pace set-up, and if he could control the fractions from the start, then he could pull off a surprise. I’m sure Dallas Stewart is Last Samurai #3and Danny Caldwell claimed Rated R Superstar #5 will need a look too. They tend to arrive when you least expect them. As for Steve Asmussen, he is present with the former Arky Derby Champ, Great Stock #7, a horse that faced tough opponents at the New Orleans Classic (G2) in late March. This one loves the Oaklawn track, and he might be one to watch with new jockey Isaac Castillo in irons. What a field! This may be the toughest race to handicap of the whole weekend. Here’s what I found… a Superfecta extravaganza!

Wagering recommendation: $2 Superfecta Wheel, 2/8 w 2/8 w 3/5/6/7 w 3/5/6/7

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EU has opportunity to use crisis to deepen economic union


The European Commission’s response to the 2008 financial crisis was slow and partial. Fear of moral hazard fueled mistrust and decisions were made on an ‘ultima ratio’ basis. But, having learned from these missteps, the European Union’s response to Covid-19 was swift, activating the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program in March 2020 and introducing the Recovery and Resilience Facility into under the Next Generation EU fund less than a year later.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine posed a new crisis. Although it took only a few days to reach the unilateral decision to impose sanctions on Russia, overcoming dependence on Russian oil and gas imports will be a longer-term challenge, deeply linked to the transition to a net zero economy. This is just one example of how the impending climate emergency will also lead to global stagflation.

Will these shocks lead to much-needed reforms for the euro area and the enlarged EU? Or will they catalyze fragmentation between member states, turning cracks into cracks? This was a key topic of debate at an OMFIF roundtable in March, with a discussion moderated by Marco Buti, Chief of Staff to the European Commission’s Economics Commissioner and former Director General of the EC for economic and financial affairs.

Roundtable participants noted that exogenous shocks have an asymmetric impact on EU Member States, resulting in common but differentiated impacts. As a result, moments of crisis are critical moments for the EU, either bringing member states closer together or pushing them apart. Although disruptive, crises can present opportunities to move quickly and decisively toward reform.

The emergency fiscal and monetary measures taken by EU institutions in response to the pandemic indicated that there was a “pilot in the plane”, reassuring markets – and the public – that the Europe remained united. This, in turn, has helped to combat financial fragmentation, by reducing sovereign bond yield spreads across the euro area.

The NGEU coordinated fiscal expansion across the EU, boosting public spending on green, sustainable and digital projects to encourage resilient and equitable growth. If the NGEU ends in 2026 as planned, the crucial next step will be to translate this temporary solution into lasting change. Similarly, the PEPP, while necessary to support financial markets against pandemic-related shocks, has proven that monetary policy has limited leeway to address underlying economic issues.

While important first steps towards deeper economic union, these programs alone will not be enough to ensure Europe’s unity and resilience in the context of an increasingly antagonistic international environment.

For Buti, the quality of any new policy measure matters more than the quantity. Finer policies could, for example, be designed to fund productive investment, rather than fuel demand inflation in broad strokes. As for the next steps, the capital markets union, banking union and a more permanent fiscal facility were among the reforms discussed.

First, Europe needs to put in place a functioning Capital Markets Union. The CMU initiative has been discussed since the 2008 financial crisis, gaining momentum after the UK’s departure from the EU. It is now more important than ever to meet the financing needs of economic recovery from the shocks of the pandemic and war, and to finance the green and digital transitions. The EU has an opportunity to capitalize on the success of the NGEU to deepen onshore capital markets and facilitate productive investments under the six pillars of the RRF.

Second, the banking union is necessary to ensure that banks in the EU are well regulated, supervised and sufficiently resilient in the face of external disturbances. The Single Supervisory Mechanism and the Single Resolution Mechanism entered into force in 2014 and 2015, respectively, with the automatic admission of all euro area members. However, the European deposit insurance scheme proposed by the Commission – intended to protect depositors, improve financial stability and reduce the moral hazard of banks – has not yet been adopted.

Unlike the CMU, which has largely been blocked by technical obstacles, progress towards a more comprehensive banking union has been blocked by a lack of political momentum. This is probably the most difficult aspect of comprehensive financial reform. Roundtable participants discussed how the political roadblock could now be less of a problem due to the pressing need for Europe to gain momentum on the global stage.

Finally, as public debt has been inflated by the pandemic fiscal stimulus, there is a need to revise the EU debt anchor. The so-called “escape clause” of the Maastricht Treaty rules was implemented at the start of the pandemic, de facto suspending the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact. This opportunity should be used to reform the EU’s budgetary architecture. Any fixed debt ceiling will need to be both credible and realistic.

Faced with a changing world, institutions must evolve with it. The EU has the opportunity to use these crises to implement much-needed reforms within its institutions and Member States. As fiscal and monetary levers run out of steam, new instruments are needed to finance fair and resilient growth in Europe. If these vulnerabilities are not taken into account, it is hard to believe that the EU can play a credible geopolitical role when exposed to all the winds of a crisis.

Ellie Groves is Managing Director and Taylor Pearce is an Economist at OMFIF’s Institute for Economic and Monetary Policy.

Macron: Le Pen’s campaign draws on an anger that I have not managed to appease


ZAPORIZHZHIA: New satellite images show what appear to be mass graves near Mariupol, and local officials have accused Russia of burying up to 9,000 Ukrainian civilians there in a bid to cover up the massacre that took place during of the seat of the port city.
The footage emerged on Thursday, just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed victory in the Battle of Mariupol, despite the presence of around 2,000 Ukrainian fighters who were still locked in a giant steelworks. Putin ordered his troops to cordon off the fortress “so that not even a fly would get through” instead of storming it.
Satellite imagery provider Maxar Technologies released the photos, which it said showed more than 200 mass graves in a town where Ukrainian officials say the Russians buried Mariupol residents killed in the fighting. The images showed long rows of graves extending from an existing cemetery in the town of Manhush, outside Mariupol.
Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko accused the Russians of “hiding their military crimes” by taking the bodies of civilians from the city and burying them in Manhush.
The graves could contain up to 9,000 dead, the Mariupol city council said in a message on the Telegram messaging app on Thursday.
Boychenko called Russian actions in the town a “new Babi Yar”, a reference to the site of multiple Nazi massacres in which nearly 34,000 Ukrainian Jews were killed in 1941.
“The bodies of the dead were brought in by truck and simply dumped in mounds,” an aide to Boychenko, Piotr Andryushchenko, said on Telegram.
There was no immediate reaction from the Kremlin. When mass graves and hundreds of dead civilians were discovered in Bucha and other towns around kyiv after Russian troops withdrew three weeks ago, Russian officials denied that their soldiers killed civilians there and said accused Ukraine of organizing the atrocities.
In a statement, Maxar said a review of previous images indicates the Manhush graves were dug in late March and expanded in recent weeks.
After nearly two deadly months of bombardment that has largely reduced Mariupol to a smoking ruin, Russian forces appear to control the rest of the strategic southern city, including its vital but now badly damaged port.
But a few thousand Ukrainian soldiers, according to Moscow’s estimates, stubbornly resisted the steelworks for weeks, despite beatings by Russian forces and repeated demands for surrender. About 1,000 civilians were also trapped there, according to Ukrainian officials.
Ukrainian officials have repeatedly accused Russia of launching attacks to block civilian evacuations from Mariupol.
At least two Russian attacks hit the town of Zaporizhzhia, a staging post for people fleeing Mariupol, on Thursday. No one was injured, the regional governor said.
Among those who arrived in Zaporizhzhia after fleeing the city were Yuriy and Polina Lulac, who spent nearly two months living in a basement with at least a dozen other people. There was no running water and little food, said Yuriy Lulac.
“What was happening there was so horrible you can’t describe it,” said the Russian-speaker who used a derogatory word for Russian troops, saying they were “killing people for nothing.”
“Mariupol is gone. In the courtyards there are only graves and crosses,” Lulac said.
The Red Cross said it expected to evacuate 1,500 people by bus, but the Russians only allowed a few dozen people to leave and took some people off the buses.
Dmitriy Antipenko said he mostly lived in a basement with his wife and stepfather amid death and destruction.
“In the yard there was a small cemetery and we buried seven people there,” Antipenko said, wiping away her tears.
Instead of sending in troops to finish off the Mariupol defenders inside the ironworks in a potentially bloody frontal assault, Russia apparently intends to maintain the siege and wait for the fighters to settle. return when they run out of food or ammunition.
In total, more than 100,000 people are believed to have been trapped with little or no food, water, heat or medicine in Mariupol, which had a population of around 430,000 before the war. More than 20,000 people were killed in the siege, according to Ukrainian authorities.
The city has drawn worldwide attention as the scene of some of the war’s worst suffering, including deadly airstrikes on a maternity ward and a theater.
Boychenko dismissed any idea that Mariupol had fallen to the Russians.
“The city was, is and remains Ukrainian,” he said. “Today our brave warriors, our heroes, defend our city.”
The capture of Mariupol would represent the Kremlin’s biggest victory to date in the war in Ukraine. This would help Moscow further secure the coastline, complete a land bridge between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia seized in 2014, and free up more forces to join the larger and potentially more consequential battle now. underway for the industrial heart of eastern Ukraine, the Donbass.
In a joint appearance with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Putin said, “The completion of combat work to liberate Mariupol is a success,” and he congratulated Shoigu.
Shoigu predicted that the Azovstal Steelworks could be taken in three to four days. But Putin said it would be ‘useless’ and expressed concern for the lives of Russian troops as he decided not to send them to clean up the sprawling factory, where diehard defenders hid in a maze of underground passageways. .
Instead, the Russian leader said, the military should “block off this industrial zone so that not even a fly will pass.”
The plant covers 11 square kilometers (4 square miles) and is traversed by some 24 kilometers (15 miles) of tunnels and bunkers.
“The Russian agenda is no longer to capture these really tough places where Ukrainians can hold in urban centers, but to try to capture territory and also surround Ukrainian forces and declare a huge victory,” he said. said retired British Rear Admiral Chris. Pary said.
For weeks, Russian officials have said that capturing the predominantly Russian-speaking Donbass is the main objective of the war. Moscow’s forces this week opened the new phase of fighting along a 300-mile (480 kilometer) front between the northeast city of Kharkiv and the Sea of ​​Azov.
While Russia has continued its heavy air and artillery attacks in these areas, it does not appear to have gained significant ground in recent days, according to military analysts, who said Moscow’s forces continued to intensify. the offense.
A senior US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the Pentagon’s assessment, said the Ukrainians were hampering Russian efforts to push south from Izyum.
Rockets hit a neighborhood in Kharkiv on Thursday and at least two civilians were burned to death in their car. A school and an apartment building were also hit, and firefighters attempted to put out a fire and search for anyone trapped.
Elsewhere, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Russian troops abducted a local official leading a humanitarian convoy in the southern Kherson region. She said the Russians had offered to release him in exchange for Russian prisoners of war, but she called that unacceptable.
Vereshchuk also said efforts to establish three humanitarian corridors in the Kherson region failed on Thursday because Russian troops failed to hold their fire.
In the United States, President Joe Biden pledged an additional $1.3 billion for new weapons and economic aid to help Ukraine, and he promised to ask Congress for much more so that weapons, ammunition and cash continues to flow.

An Open Letter to Kurt Campbell


As things stand, Washington cannot count on Canberra to secure the South Pacific. He seems to have realized this as the White House sends its own high-level delegation to the Solomon Islands led by Indo-Pacific Dean Kurt Campbell.

Australia has been a good ally of the United States in the past. Australia supported the United States in Southeast Asia throughout the Cold War. It intensified in the dark days of 9/11 by summoning the ANZUS and deployed with the Colation of the Willing in the War on Terror.

Specifically, we have a deeper shared history in defending liberalism against North Asian fascism, dating back to the great American campaign to liberate the Pacific during World War II:

In April 1942, the Japanese army and navy together launched Operation Mo, a joint plan to capture Port Moresby in New Guinea. The plan also included a navy operation to capture Tulagi in the southern Solomons. The objective of the operation was for the Japanese to expand their southern perimeter and establish bases to support possible future advances to seize Nauru, Ocean Island, New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa and thereby cut supply lines between Australia and the United States, with the aim of reducing or eliminating Australia as a threat to Japanese positions in the South Pacific. The Japanese Navy also proposed a future invasion of Australia, but the military responded that it currently lacked enough troops to sustain such an operation.[3]

Japanese naval forces captured Tulagi but his invasion of Port Moresby was repulsed in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Soon after, the Japanese Navy established small garrisons on the other northern and central Solomon Islands. A month later, the Japanese Combined Fleet lost four of its carriers in the Battle of Midway.[4]

The Allies countered threats to Australia with a buildup of troops and aircraft,[5] for the purpose of implementing plans to approach and recapture the Philippines. In March 1942, Admiral Ernest King, then Commander-in-Chief of the American Fleet, had advocated an offensive from the New Hebrides through the Solomon Islands to the Bismarck Archipelago.[6] After the victory at Midway, General Douglas MacArthur, who had taken command of the Southwest Pacific area, proposed a lightning attack to retake Rabaul, which the Japanese were fortifying and using as a base of operations. The United States Navy advocated a more phased approach to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands chain. These competing proposals were resolved by Admiral King and U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall, who adopted a three-task plan. The first task was the capture of the island of Tulagi in the Solomons. The second task was an advance along the coast of New Guinea. The third task was the capture of Rabaul. The first task, implemented by a directive from the Joint Chiefs of Staff on July 2, 1942 and named the initial attacks Operation Watchtower,[7] became the Solomon Islands campaign.

The liberation of the Solomons was very bloody, but it was the essential first step in securing the fulcrum on which the first great fascist regime in North Asia could be shattered:

the Naval Battle of Guadalcanalsometimes called the Third and Fourth Battles of Savo Islandthe Battle of the Solomonsthe Friday the 13th Battleor, in Japanese sources, the Third Battle of the Solomon Sea (第三次ソロモン海戦, Dai-san-ji Soromon Kaisen), took place from 12–15 November 1942 and was the decisive engagement in a series of naval battles between Allied (mainly American) and Imperial Japanese forces during the Guadalcanal campaign in the Solomon Islands for months during the Second World War. The action consisted of combined air and sea engagements over four days, most near Guadalcanal and all tied to a Japanese effort to reinforce ground forces on the island. The only two US Navy admirals to be killed in a surface engagement in the war were lost in this battle.

Allied forces landed at Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942 and captured an airfield, later called Henderson Field, which was under construction by the Japanese military. There were several subsequent attempts to recapture the airfield by the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy using reinforcements delivered to Guadalcanal by boat, efforts which ultimately failed. In early November 1942, the Japanese organized a transport convoy to take 7,000 infantry and their equipment to Guadalcanal in an attempt once again to retake the airfield. Several Japanese naval forces were tasked with bombarding Henderson Field in an effort to destroy Allied aircraft that posed a threat to the convoy. Learning of the Japanese reinforcement effort, American forces launched attacks from aircraft and naval vessels to defend Henderson Field and prevent Japanese ground troops from reaching Guadalcanal.

In the resulting battle, both sides lost numerous warships in two extremely destructive surface engagements at night. Nevertheless, the United States managed to repel Japanese attempts to bombard Henderson Field with battleships. Allied aircraft also sank most of the Japanese troop transports and prevented the majority of Japanese troops and materiel from reaching Guadalcanal. Thus, the battle repelled Japan’s last major attempt to dislodge Allied forces from nearby Guadalcanal and Tulagi, resulting in a strategic victory for the United States and its allies and deciding the final outcome of the Guadalcanal Campaign in their favor. It would also be the last major naval battle of the Pacific War for the next one and a half years, until the Battle of the Philippine Sea. It was one of the costliest naval battles of World War II in terms of lives lost.

Australia is the proven geostrategic anchor of democracy in the Asia-Pacific through a century of conflict that propagated the liberal values ​​of a Wilsonian post-colonial America. It was a covenant for freedom signed in shared blood that covered much of Melanesia and ultimately the entire Pacific Ring of Fire.

But, of late, the Australian end to the relationship has been embittered and crippled by doubt, corruption and populist politics. This is especially the case in its own region where Australia has completely dropped the ball when it comes to leadership, soft power projection and military readiness.

Worse, this failure was witnessed by China, the second great fascist power in North Asia. So much so that this Australian failure inspired Beijing to begin a creeping occupation of the Solomon Islands by Chinese military forces. From this beachhead, he will bully and bribe his way across the South Pacific with the goal of establishing a series of similar military bases, much like what happened in the South China Sea.

The goal is to separate ANZUS and occupy US hegemonic structures.

Some of these elements may not be obvious to our American friends. If they operate in the elite bubble ruled by the Murdoch and Nine press, their perspective will be clouded by biased reporting and tribal politics. Due to Australia’s vocal declarations of support and long-term large-scale purchases of heavy weapons, Washington may feel that Canberra is still able to police its region as in the past.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Australian government has become all talk and no action. It is a marketing gimmick scheme that routs its own people for Chinese money while selling them porridge on protection against the same.

The Morrison government in power has proved incapable of defending the liberal hegemony installed by American blood some seventy years ago. It is not yet clear whether the Labor opposition, which is favored to win the election, is better. He has a history of sympathy with China that is troubling to say the least.

More fortunately, the people of Australia will remain committed to ANZUS and its core values ​​and support whatever it takes to uphold them.

In short, if Washington really wants to protect the southern flank of the Pax Americana in the Pacific, and it should be unless it wants to expose its North Asian allies to an arc of instability to the south, then he has to be tougher with Canberra and to get around him.

This can take the form of diplomatic pressure or regional leadership itself, both soft power and hard power. My preferred strategy would be to send a Pacific Fleet carrier strike group to the Solomons to negotiate a new multilateral regional security deployment from the Pacific family states. It can replace Australia’s failed RAMSI mission which, ironically, now protects Sogavare while he sells liberalism. This will secure the Sogavare government on the condition that the Chinese agreement is canceled immediately. Otherwise, the carrier group begins a naval blockade of the islands until Sogavare withdraws (which just needs to be whispered at the negotiating table).

In short, Sogavare can be a bastard all he wants, but only if he is our bastard.

It will inherently humiliate Canberra and give it the slap it needs for failing so miserably in its regional responsibilities. Yet it will also leave him free to play good cop to American tough cop as the West rebuilds its ties to the Pacific with a Marshall-style development plan that keeps China out of the region.

Please, Mr. Campbell, advise POTUS to hurry.

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Hike Japan’s oldest and most beautiful trail


Hiking has always been a popular pastime in Japan. However, self-guided tours have taken the lead in recent years. With countless sublime trails crisscrossing all over Japan, hardcore hikers and leisurely walkers are truly spoiled for choice when considering exploratory jaunts for their trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.

One particular route whose fame and beauty has never been feigned is the Basho Wayfarer – a historical journey based on the iconic poetic travelogue, Oku-no-hosomichiwritten by legendary Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Basho.

Considered one of the country’s most illustrious hiking trails, this multi-day and overnight tour sends explorers down the narrow road to the deep north of the Tohuku region, along which sensational samples of the stunning nature of the country, its distinct culture, its welcoming people and historic sites can all be experienced as authentically as the day Basho first discovered them himself.

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Hike the self-guided Basho Wayfarer Trail – one of Japan’s most beautiful routes

The Basho Wayfarer is one of Japan’s most authentic experiences and there’s no shortage of self-discovery along the way. At 100 miles in length, the stupendous path offers an entertaining opportunity to experience Japan’s unique and different northern Tohoku region, where its distinguished culture and friendly people welcome walkers as they explore their proud homeland.

Along with a menu of history, culture and beauty, what makes this journey all the more revered is that participants follow in the very footsteps of the famous wandering haiku poet Matsuo Basho, who previously recounted the journey in his classic poetic travelogue, Oku-no-hosomichi – the “Narrow road to the Far North.”

He wrote what has been translated as: “Seek not to follow in the footsteps of the sages of old, but seek what they sought” – and the itinerary bears witness to those exact words, offering a truly authentic chance to do exactly that while looking for generous offers from Japan.

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Basho indeed completed the journey more than three hundred years ago, but even so, it would seem that the hardy inhabitants – who have adapted to the region’s harsh winters – have not forgotten his visit.

At every step of the journey, residents welcome visitors with warm greetings and recitations of Basho’s eloquent poetry, while the area offers equally rewarding delights: the gift of sumptuous onsen hot springs, irresistible local cuisine and decadent amounts of authentic sake.

Add to that comfortable accommodation in a beautifully traditional style, and tired eyes and aching feet are effortlessly soothed in the evening – the perfect end to every day’s hiking adventures.

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The road

The route begins in Sendai and ends in Yamadera, with the starting point being a historically significant and culturally exquisite part of Japan that once served as the stronghold of the Date clan – a powerful samurai family that dominated the region for over three centuries , whose hometown in Sendai is still the largest in all of Japan.

From Sendai, hikers continue along the path to the site of a ruined fortress at Tagajo, after which they head to the magnificent bay of Matsushima, the beauty of which would have left Basho himself speechless. And if such admiration still isn’t enough to strike the same chord with explorers, then the list of temples to be discovered along the next sections of the route might just do the trick; hikers will encounter Entsuin, Zuiganji, and Chusonji, all of whom are more than enough to leave visitors speechless like they did for Basho.

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Additionally, traversing lush forests with flourishing flora in a myriad of shades throughout the ever-changing seasons is also responsible for the trail’s splendor, resulting in the crisp icy, wintry hues during the colder months, the rich leaves golden autumn leaves and warm, verdant foliage. of spring and summer. And it is in one of these lush forests that hikers descend on the famous Hojin No Re – a picturesque thatched-roof building cited as the only remaining structure in which Basho is documented to have stayed.

It is at this old-world establishment that weary explorers retrace Basho’s footsteps and enjoy a refreshing cup of green tea before retiring to their comfortable accommodation of beautifully traditional nature and aesthetics. And, with onsen baths by the river and a mouth-watering meal of local ingredients prepared by a welcoming local host, weary hikers basking in the therapeutic hot spring waters wonder this during their evening and morning: a vacation. in Japan can they really get much more authentic than that?

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The beginning and end of each day are indeed as heavenly as that image is imprinted on our minds at this moment; backpackers staying in quintessential Japanese ryokans and family-run inns, most with a distinctive traditional setting with sliding paper shoji doors and straw tatami flooring.

If experiencing a true sense of the classic Japanese lifestyle, its historic buildings, and the overwhelming beauty of the nation’s natural environment is on your bucket list, then this incredible voyage of discovery is a must.

It showcases some of Japan’s finest samples of nature, history and culture, all on a stunning route that guarantees a unique perspective and unparalleled insight into the country and its treasures like no other experience to be had in all of Japan. .

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What to know before trying the Basho Wayfarer

The self-guided Basho Wayfarer is simple to follow and less strenuous than many other hikes in Japan. Walking distances vary from five to 14 kilometers per day (three to eight and a half miles) and involve an average altitude differentiation between 100 and 400 meters. The itinerary is as flexible as it is easy; hikers can shorten or lengthen the daily mileage depending on their daily endurance.

Generally speaking, the journey is comfortable, although it does include some significantly steeper portions, such as the most remote section of the Natagiri-toge pass whose challenges are fully rewarded in the form of panoramic views of the stunning countryside. .

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The last point to note, visitors are welcome to explore the Basho Wayfarer from mid-May to early November during the warmest and most inviting months of the season. So pack those hiking shoes, book that ticket to Japan, and get ready to tackle one of its oldest and finest hiking trails for explorers in the Land of the Rising Sun – a path of possession that obviously has captivated the poetic heart of the famous Matsuo in Japan. Basho himself, whose famous words were inspired by the relentless series of performances along this cinematic path – but not before they were first stunned by its majestic beauty.

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Boris Johnson pledges to lead the Tories in the next election


Boris Johnson has pledged to lead the Tories in the next election and urged people to focus on ‘the things that matter’, ahead of a House of Commons vote on his handling of the partygate scandal.

Johnson will table a “devastating amendment” on Thursday designed to postpone a vote in the House of Commons for several weeks to launch a formal inquiry into allegations that he deliberately misled parliament on the issue.

The amendment argues that MPs should await the conclusion of the Metropolitan Police inquiry into the Downing Street parties – and the full report into the case by civil servant Sue Gray – before holding the vote.

Tory MPs are expected to back the amendment, which would effectively delay any vote to refer the matter to the Commons Privileges Committee until after the May 5 local election.

The committee would assess whether Johnson deliberately misled MPs about his attendance at Downing Street parties – a matter which would put him in contempt of Parliament.

Speaking en route to India, Johnson dodged questions about the scandal. But when asked if he would fight the next election, he replied: “Of course, yes.”

He said he couldn’t foresee a situation where he would consider quitting. “I will try to focus on the work in progress,” he said. “Not much that comes to mind at the moment. I’m not suggesting going.

The prime minister downplayed the partygate scandal. “You better focus on the things that really matter and make a difference to the electorate, rather than the politicians,” he said.

Labor wants MPs to task the House of Commons privileges committee on Thursday with launching an inquiry into whether Johnson told MPs the truth about the lockdown parties.

But Labour’s motion is expected to be defeated due to the government’s majority in the House of Commons, while Tory MPs will be told to support the government’s late-comer amendment.

Johnson last week became the first sitting UK Prime Minister to commit a criminal offense when the Met fined him for breaching coronavirus restrictions by attending a surprise birthday party in Downing Street in June 2020 .

Labour’s parliamentary motion calling for an inquiry by the privileges committee refers to four statements to MPs by Johnson last year when he said no Covid rules had been broken in Downing Street and Whitehall.

On Tuesday, Johnson issued a ‘sincere apology’ to MPs for breaking coronavirus rules by attending the birthday party in June 2020 and acknowledged that ‘people have a right to expect better from their Prime Minister’ .

But he also denied deliberately misleading parliament with his past statements to MPs about the party affair.

The ministerial code stipulates that members of the government who knowingly deceive Parliament must resign.

Johnson will not be in the Commons on Thursday as he is on a two-day visit to India, starting in the Gujarati city of Ahmedabad before heading to New Delhi on Friday.

After Russia invaded Ukraine, efforts by rebel Tory MPs to push for a no-confidence vote against Johnson and a Tory leadership race over the party case lost momentum.

A minister said Johnson was likely safe in the short term. “The bar for changing prime ministers is very high,” he added.

But Tory MPs said the mood within the parliamentary party was fragile due to concerns that Johnson could face further fines for attending Downing Street parties during Covid restrictions and the possibility that the Tories suffer heavy losses in local elections next month.

Meanwhile, Johnson became embroiled in a row with Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, over the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing.

In his Easter Sunday sermon, Welby said the UK program raises “serious ethical questions”, adding that “outsourcing our responsibilities, even to a country that seeks to do well, like Rwanda, is opposite of the nature of God”.

In a private meeting with Tory MPs on Tuesday evening, Johnson said Welby had “misinterpreted” the government’s plan, according to people at the event.

Johnson declined at Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons to withdraw his criticism, telling MPs he was “mildly surprised for the government” by Welby’s comments.

He insisted on his flight to India that he had a “good relationship” with Welby but said sending migrants to Rwanda was “morally the right thing to do”.

Who are all the top 30 cute anime boys of all time?


Anime characters impress millions of viewers around the world.

What are the top 30 cute anime boys of all time?

Cute anime girls and anime boys are also amazing in many ways. We’ve rounded up 30 best anime boys famous for their unique looks and cuteness.

1. Gap

The protagonist of Tegami Bachi or Letter Bee has a drooling purple iris that instantly makes you fall in love with him. Moreover, the unique character has a natural kindness and wears various colorful outfits.


2. Karma Akabane

This Kunugigaoka High School student is the central character of the Assassination animated series. The fair-skinned teenager will instantly win your heart with her piercing eyes and red hair.

Karma Akabane

3. Nai Muhinyi

The slender-looking boy is the reason for the excitement of the animated series Karneval. He has spiky hair with two highlighted tops in a lavender hue.

Nai Muhinyi

4. Levi Ackerman

Levi is one of the toughest warriors and the squad captain in Attack on Titan. He has gray eyes and straight black colored hair.

Levi Ackerman

5. Momiji Sohma

The half-German and half-Japanese characters are cute youngsters from the Fruit Basket series. But he’s hiding something about his house.

Momiji Sohma

6. yato

This lesser god is an attractive personality and usually comes in navy blue outerwear. Her eyes are bright blue and her hair is dark purple.


7. Hinata Shoyo

This enthusiastic personality belongs to the anime series Haikyuu. He impresses viewers with his impulsive judgments on several occasions.

Hinata Shoyo

8. Nagisa Hazuki

This formidable young man with wavy honey-colored hair, an unbuttoned jacket and magenta eyes is a favorite of many Free. He looks very cute in the winter uniform.

Nagisa Hazuki

9. Luca Nogi

She is a fabulous character from Gakuen Alice. Luca has weird blond eyes with a partition in the middle. Additionally, he is mostly seen in a black jacket and a red bow.

Luca Nogi

ten. Illyusha Krat

The boyish looks of this amazing 07 Ghosts youngster make him a popular icon among the Three Bishops. The 170 cm person has a rosy complexion.

Illyusha Krat

11. Keiichi Shimizu

The friendly La Corda d’Oro character is one of the cutest anime characters of all time. However, he looks sleepy and prefers to speak quietly.

Keiichi Shimizu

12. Yoichi Saotome

The spiky haired guy is a prominent name in Owari No Seraph manga series. He has less bouncy medium length hair. Her green eyes are also very attractive.

13. Mitsukuni Haninozuka

This character looks very cute and has a childlike appearance. The attractive student of Ouran HighSchool Host Club is a martial arts champion.

Mitsukuni Haninozuka

14. Tadase Hotori

The boy with short blond hair is popular as King’s Chair among the public. The hair tufts on both sides make it cute and attractive in the Shugo Chara series.

Tadase Hotori

15. Tetsuya Kuroko

The light blue eyed basketball player is a fabulous character in Kuroko no Basuke. His T-shirt number is 11 and he has a fair complexion.

Tetsuya Kuroko

16. Mikaela Hyakula

The boy with unique features usually wears a white hoodie and cropped jeans. Wavy hair looks gorgeous in blue as the Owari No Seraph star rocks blue-eyed looks.

Mikaela Hyakula

17. Aladdin

This cute little boy from the Magi series comes with a thin braid on his head. He wears a turban with rubies to fly.


18. Phantom Sky

The animated series character Black Butler has an impressive look with peacock blue eyes. Additionally, he has a slender build and grayish-blue hair with black undertones.

Phantom Sky

19. So Kurusu

This personality looks more stylish with blonde hair and pale blue eyes. However, he has a lot of ego. The fusion of style and cuteness makes this sensation from the Uta no Prince-Sama series very popular.

So Kurusu

20. Yuno

This Black Cover personality’s black t-shirt is alluring. He has amber eyes and an average height.


21. Kou Tanaka

The combination of brown eyes and black hair makes Kou look particularly stylish in Ao Haru Ride. Also, he’s blond and doesn’t laugh often.

Kou Tanaka

22. Mikoto Mikoshiba

The scarlet studs are so attractive as he comes in the unbuttoned uniform. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun is full of excitement because of this admirable character.

Mikoto Mikoshiba

23. Hanabusa Aido

The attractive character of Vampire Knight Guilty is an attractive personality with sleek blonde hair.

Hanabusa Aido

24. Zazie Winters

The pupils of this person resemble those of cats. He is small but looks really cute with hazel eyes.

Zazie Winters

25. Yashiro Isana

He is tall with gray eyes and fresh, youthful skin. This person from K Project has knee-length silver hair.

Yashiro Isana

26. Satoro Gojo

This spiky, white-haired person is an attractive Jujutsu Kaisen character and has bright blue colored eyes.

Satoro Gojo

27. River Nate

The young man from Death Note has gray eyes and white hair. The hair is a bit longer and makes it look so adorable.

River Nate

28. Eren Jäger

The charms and alluring looks of this character from Attack on Titan have girls drooling over him. He has a round face and gray eyes.

Eren Jäger

29. Takumi Usui

The wonderful green-eyed character of Maid Sama is a popular athlete with a slim body.

Takumi Usui

30. Yukine

The teenager has a fresh face and looks impressive with golden orange eyes. He is a famous character from Narogami and is 155cm tall.


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The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group teams up with the Japanese Navy in the Philippine and East China Seas


The carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln conducted operations with Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force in the Philippine Sea and East China Sea on Monday.

The carrier battle group has partnered with Japanese destroyers Inazuma and Kongo to complete air warfare training and other exercises aimed at enhancing integrated maritime operations and combat readiness, the Navy said.

“Our enduring commitments to our relationship in the Indo-Pacific region continue to grow and flourish through integrated and bilateral sea exercises, including the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force,” said Rear Adm. JT Anderson, commanding officer of CSG 3, in a navy. Press release. “These exercises demonstrate our collective credible capabilities in combat while preserving our common interests and values.”

The operations come after the Navy announced a week ago that a US aircraft carrier was operating off the Korean Peninsula in the Sea of ​​Japan for the first time since 2017. The move follows test firing by North Korea with an intercontinental ballistic missile in March.

“Routine bilateral operations like this reassure our allies and partners of the American commitment to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Cmdr. Hayley Sims, spokeswoman for the 7th Fleet, said in an email to the Navy Times. “Our training enhances the credibility of conventional deterrence by demonstrating the strength of our bilateral partnerships.”

The Lincoln departed San Diego Jan. 3 for a regular deployment and is the first to include Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, the Marine Corps’ first F-35C Lightning II stealth fighter squadron. Lincoln’s carrier battle group includes the guided missile cruiser Mobile Bay and the guided missile destroyers Fitzgerald, Gridley, Sampson and Spruance.

Putin’s war in Ukraine has Orthodox believers attacking their holy men in Moscow


KYIV—Vladimir Putin’s onslaught has pushed Tatiana Bondarenko, a 53-year-old Ukrainian Orthodox Christian, to her breaking point. First, she was forced to flee her hometown of Donetsk during the 2014 war. Then, in March, she had to leave Mariupol after her husband was killed in the crossfire and the city was virtually wiped out by Putin’s army. Her life, she says, is ruined and her heart broken.

On Thursday, Bondarenko wept on the steps of kyiv’s Pokrovsky Monastery, one of 12,000 Ukrainian Orthodox parishes still in operation under the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) led by Russian Patriarch Kirill. She told the Daily Beast that she still finds solace near the monastery, but her feelings about the institution and church leaders have changed dramatically since the war began.

Bondarenko says she no longer wants her church to have anything to do with Russian Orthodox leader Kirill. “Please God, Patriarch Kirill has blessed this war, he’s not the one who has the moral right to tell us ‘God is love,'” she said. “He blessed Putin’s friend Commander Zolotov and Russian soldiers to kill us Orthodox believers in Ukraine,” Bondarenko added with tears in his eyes.

She was referring to a recent ceremony in which the Russian patriarch prayed with President Vladimir Putin’s former bodyguard, Victor Zolotov, who is now the commander of the Russian National Guard fighting in Ukraine. “Let this inspire young warriors who take the oath, embark on the path of defending the fatherland,” the patriarch said at the ceremony in Moscow last month. Zolotov, in turn, complained to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church that “everything is not going as fast as we would like.” The commander then expressed his wish that the prayer protect the Russian army “and hasten our victory”.

Ukrainian worshipers gather to attend a mass at the Church of the Most Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Lviv, Ukraine, April 17, 2022.

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The Russian Orthodox Church and its leader have played a huge role in public support for Putin’s war in Ukraine, where an estimated 10 million Orthodox believers still pray in churches affiliated with the Moscow Patriarchate. Ukrainian Orthodox Christians whose lives have been turned upside down by the war must grapple with the fact that the leader has virtually condoned the killing of thousands of innocent civilians.

Now the cracks are starting to show: over 400 Ukrainian priests have spoken out against Patriarch Kirill for his support of the war, demanding that he be tried by the Council of Eastern Patriarchs. Additionally, dozens of Orthodox parishes in Ukraine that have long been loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate have begun to withdraw from the UOC-MP, changing their jurisdictional affiliations to join the Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church instead.

“Kirill committed a crime: he blessed the killing of innocent people,” Metropolitan Oleksandr, one of the highest clerics of the Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kyiv, told The Daily Beast. He was traveling to a parish that recently declared independence from the UOC-MP.

“I understand their decision, the Russian criminal army has killed thousands of innocent Ukrainian women, children, men, my own parents are in occupied Mariupol, I don’t know if my godfather is alive. Last I heard he and his family were cooking food on the fire outside their ruined house. His voice cracked when he talked about his family members.

An aerial view taken on April 12, 2022 shows the city of Mariupol, during the Russian military invasion launched on Ukraine.

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A Ukrainian priest and his wife, who belonged to a church in the breakaway Luhansk region that follows the Moscow Patriarchate, told The Daily Beast that the church’s guidelines were so shocking that they made the decision to leave it completely.

“We were allowed to pray for Ukraine for eight years when Luhansk was a breakaway republic but in February when the war started we were told we could no longer pray for Ukraine, which was simply contrary to our beliefs,” said the priest’s wife. told the Daily Beast while on a bus to Lviv. “The Russian Orthodox Church made us take the decision to flee with our three children. There are more and more priests who disagree with the Moscow Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

So far, at least 16 dioceses out of 53 parishes loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate have stopped praying for Patriarch Cyril. Many are unhappy that the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Onufriy, continues to pray for the holy Russian leader at kyiv’s Pechersk Lavra, the oldest monastery in Ukrainian territory built in 1051.

“It is time for all parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to become independent from Moscow.”

“It’s hard to imagine how Father Onufriy or other priests still pray for Patriarch Kirill… My 91-year-old grandmother, who lived under German occupation during World War II and now under the Russian occupation, tells me that Russian soldiers looted houses, shops and killed three of its neighbours,” Metropolitan Oleksandr told the Daily Beast. “Moscow accuses us and other Orthodox believers of hatred but we do not feel hatred, we feel righteous anger…every priest who rejects the subordination of the Moscow Patriarchate is condemned by them and forbidden to serve, soon they will forbid us to breathe.”

On Thursday evening, four parishes in the Chernihiv and Cherkassy regions petitioned Metropolitan Oleksandr to allow them to join the Autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“Just in one day today, four parishes made the decision to leave the Moscow Patriarchate Church,” Metropolitan Oleksandr told The Daily Beast. “It is time for all parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to become independent from Moscow.”

Why Sekiro is FromSoft’s most unique Soulslike game


Many video game developers have tried to copy FromSoftware’s success by creating extremely difficult Soulslike games. None have managed to capture the same satisfying feel and challenge that FromSoftware offers. The game studio has produced many souls-inspired games that have all been praised by fans and critics. Demon’s Soulsthe dark souls trilogy, transmitted by bloodand now Ring of Elden all perfectly execute FromSoftware’s established formula.

Other than a few minor tweaks and tweaks, all of these games are quite similar. For the most part, they follow a similar storyline in which the world has fallen into chaos and ruin, and a chosen hero rises to face the mighty monster and the warriors that roam the lands. Ring of Elden is the biggest departure from this formula with its open world, but ultimately the game still feels like a bigger dark souls. These games are great, but they can feel repetitive. However, FromSoftware has a Soulslike one that manages to break the mold and be truly unique: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

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Sekiro reinvents Soulslike combat

Owl attacks Wolf in Sekiro: Shadow Die Twice

In most FromSoftware games, the combat is nearly identical. The player faces an opponent and has the option to roll between their attacks or block them with a shield. Once the enemy has gone through their attack streak, the player will have the option to retaliate while recovering. More experienced players will perform an expertly timed parry, leaving the enemy open for a critical hit. transmitted by blood changes combat by adding a regeneration mechanic where players can restore their health by attacking an enemy immediately after taking damage.

sekiro does something completely different. Although it still has a health bar like other Soulslikes, sekiro also has a posture meter which is much larger. The player can deflect most incoming attacks instead of just blocking. Deflecting an attack refills an enemy’s posture meter. Once this meter is full, their posture breaks and leaves them open for a killing blow, which instantly depletes their health bar.

This fighting style allows the player to be much more aggressive and active than they would be in other FromSoft games. Instead of playing passively and just waiting for the perfect opening to do damage, the player always does some form of damage even when defending. There is never a lull in the fight in sekiro because the player always actively reacts to attacks so that they can deflect them at the right time. fights in sekiro feeling like an exchange of blows between two equally skilled warriors, which is different from other Soulslike games. FromSoftware should feel encouraged to explore new forms of combat that challenge what has been established.

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Sekiro’s design and world traversal is fresh

Sekiro Shadows Dies Twice

The majority of FromSoftware’s Soulslike games take place in similar worlds. Demon’s Souls, dark soulsand Ring of Elden are all set in these medieval European-inspired fantasy worlds filled with ruined castles and knights in heavy armor. transmitted by blood adds a gothic element to the franchise with its Victorian architecture and Lovecraftian monsters, but in all of these games players roam these lands on foot or on horseback collecting weapons and armor.

sekiro takes a radically different approach, moving away from the European inspirations of other games for a world based on Japanese culture. The game’s architecture, characters, enemies, and story are clearly inspired by Japanese culture and mythology. It makes the world of sekiro feel distinct from FromSoft’s other games, something that would be great to see the developer try with a variety of other world cultures and mythologies.

Crossing in sekiro is also different from other FromSoft games where movement is more limited. Although Elden Ring allows players to jump short distances and ride their mount, sekiro The player is given a grappling hook, which allows him to reach great heights, scale high mountains, and move across rooftops. Instead of collecting weapons and armor, the player collects attachments for their prosthetic arm, which transforms the player into a more powerful weapon.

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Sekiro Protagonist Wolf lets the story take center stage

Isshin the Sword Saint from Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

In most Soulslikes, the player creates their avatar in the character creator, changing their appearance as they please and using whatever weapons or armor they prefer. The character is generally quiet and doesn’t respond much to the world. This design choice allows players to imagine themselves as the protagonist no matter who they are, but it also has its limitations.

Because the player doesn’t speak or have any sort of established personality, the story is less engaging. All relationships with NPCs are very one-sided, and the player stares at the NPCs explaining their motivation and goals. The lack of response removes the emotional weight from moments that should be heartfelt. The lore and backstory of these games that are hidden in the item descriptions and world design carry the stories of these games instead of the relationships.

sekiro does not have this problem. The player controls Wolf, an established character with pre-existing relationships and a concrete personality. Wolf speaks with NPCs and develops new relationships, and when those relationships change or characters die, Wolf reacts to these events and gives voice to his inner thoughts. This gives the emotional scenes a weight they wouldn’t otherwise have if Wolf reacted like the silent protagonists of other Soulslike games. sekiro shows that FromSoftware can explore outside the souls formula and try new things while creating challenging and interesting games.


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PharmaEssentia Announces Top Results from Phase I Clinical Trial of KX01 for Actinic Keratosis (AK) in Japan on Behalf of Subsidiary PharmaEssentia Japan KK



1.Date of occurrence of the event:2022/04/15
2.New drug name or code:KX01 Ointment 1%
3.Indication:Actinic Keratosis (AK)
4.Planned development stages:
To complete the phase III clinical trial, and later to apply for the
marketing authorization of KX01 for the treatment of adults with AK
in Japan.
5.Current development stage:
(1)Application submission/approval/disapproval/each of clinical trials
   (include interim analysis):
   Announcement of the top-line results of the phase I clinical trial of
   KX01 for the treatment of adults with AK in Japan.
   A.Study design
     a.Study title:
       Skin Irritation and Phototoxicity Study of KX01 Ointment 1% in
       Japanese healthy male subjects
       (Study Protocol Number: B21-101; ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
       To assess skin irritation and phototoxicity following a single
       application of KX01 Ointment 1% and placebo by simple-patch test
       and under open conditions in Japanese healthy male subjects.
     c.Phase of development:Phase I clinical trial
     d.Name of investigational drug:KX01 Ointment 1%
     e.Indication:Actinic Keratosis
       The primary objective is to assess skin irritation following a
       single application of KX01 Ointment 1% and placebo by simple-patch
       test and under open conditions in Japanese healthy male subjects.
       In addition, the safety of KX01 Ointment 1% will be assessed by the
       evaluation of any adverse events (AE) reported during the study.
     g.Number of subjects:20 Japanese healthy male subjects.
   B.The statistical results (including but not limited to P value) and
     statistical significance (including but not limited to whether
     statistical significance is achieved) of the primary and secondary
     endpoints. If the Company cannot disclose statistical data due to
     other important reasons, the reasons should be stated.
     The primary endpoint: Of the 20 subjects on the investigational
     product, 13 had 41 treatment-related AE during the trial. Pruritus
     was the most common AE (total 37 events in 13 subjects), and no
     phototoxicity-related AE occurred. All AE were mild, no moderate or
     severe AE, and no Serious Adverse Events occurred.
     The data from this study showed a favorable safety profile for KX01
     ointment 1%. The safety results support the continuation of the phase
     III clinical trial of KX01 to treat Actinic Keratosis in Japan.
   C.If statistical results of the phase III clinical trial of the new drug
     is disclosed, the marketing plan of the Company:N/A
   D.The results of a single clinical trial (including the statistical
     P-values of t the primary and secondary endpoints and whether they
     are statistically significant) are not sufficient to fully reflect
     the success or failure of the launch of the new drug. Investors are
     advised to exercise caution and conduct thorough evaluation.
(2)Risks and mitigation measures to be taken by the company upon
   disapproval of the competent authority:N/A
(3)Strategies to be taken by the company upon approval by the competent
   To complete the phase III clinical trial, and later to apply for the
   marketing authorization of KX01 for the treatment of adults with AK
   in Japan.
(4)Accumulated investment expenditure incurred:
   In consideration of the future marketing strategy and to protect the
   rights of the company and investors, no public disclosure will be made
   for the time being.
6.Upcoming development plan:To complete the phase III clinical trial in Japan.
(1)Estimated date of completion:
   The phase III clinical trial is expected to be completed by the third
   quarter of 2023. The timeline will be adjusted according to the actual
   progress of the clinical trial.
(2)Estimated responsibilities: None.
7.Market situation:
Actinic Keratosis (AK) is a chronic and precancerous skin disease that
occurs primarily in areas that have been exposed to ultraviolet radiation
for a long period of time. It is usually found on the face, ears, lips,
bald scalp, forearms, the posterior part of the hands, and lower legs.
The mortality rate of AK is not high; however, it is most likely to
progress to malignant and skin cancer in the long term if left untreated.
According to Taipei Chang Gung Hospital's dermatology column, the medical
statistics show that 1 in 10 AK would progress to skin cancer. Since it is
not possible to predict which AK lesions will develop into squamous cell
carcinoma, all lesions should be treated by dermatologists.
The prevalence of AK increases with age and is more common in people with
lighter skin. In Japan, the prevalence rate of AK is about 414 per 100,000
people; in Okinawa, it is about 1,238 per 100,000 people. AK is treated
with topical creams, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, CO2 laser and
surgical excision.
8.Any other matters that need to be specified:
(1)The Company is granted exclusive rights of KX01 for treating AK in
   Taiwan, Japan, and Korea from Athenex, Inc.
(2)KX01 is approved for the topical treatment of AK of the face and scalp
   in adults and launched in the U.S., EU, and the U.K.
(3)The Company has completed the submission of the New Drug Application
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The best movie versions of Dracula, ranked from best to worst


When the topic of vampires comes up in pop culture, discussions inevitably turn to Dracula. Bram Stoker’s classic novel introduced many tropes associated with vampirism into the world of fiction, and The Prince of Darkness has been the subject of several films and television reports. Nicholas Cage will be the last actor to don Dracula’s fangs in Renfieldwhich focuses on the titular servant of the Lord of the Vampires (Nicolas Hoult). With so many actors playing a classic character, debates have been sparked among moviegoers as to who the better Dracula is – and I’m here to throw my two cents in the ring.

1. Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)

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First place should go to Bela Lugosi, whose portrayal of Dracula in the 1931 Universal Pictures film remains a classic. Lugosi was far from the first person to play Dracula on the big screen, but his appearance – from his slicked back hair to his mesmerizing gaze, which was the subject of many unsettling close-ups – would go on to shape the view of Dracula in pop culture. for decades to come. Lugosi, having previously played Dracula on stage, only reprized his role once in Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein. Suffice it to say, this was far from his first turn as the Prince of Darkness, mostly due to his comedic nature and the fact that Dracula had to share screen time with Frankenstein’s monster (strange glenn), Wolfman Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) and The Invisible Man (Vincent Price).


2. Christopher Lee in Dracula (1958)

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When came the time to Christopher Lee to don Dracula’s cape for Hammer Films’ adaptation of the material, he aimed to put “darkness” back into the Prince of Darkness. And he succeeded: his Dracula performance is more monstrous – Lee’s glowing red eyes, as well as the blood running down his chin when he feeds, are pure nightmare fuel. Lee’s Dracula also began to introduce more sexual themes into vampirism; women exposed their bare necks to him when he visited them in the middle of the night. “He also had to have an erotic element to him (and not because he sunk his teeth into women)… It’s a mysterious question and has something to do with the physical attractiveness of the person who empties your life “, said Lee. That same intensity lent weight to his future villainous roles, including Saruman in the the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Count Dooku in the star wars prequels.

3. Gary Oldman in Francis Ford Coppola Dracula

Gary Oldman in Dracula (1992)
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The 1992 film adaptation Dracula elicited mixed reactions. While Francis Ford CoppolaThe direction and setting/cinematography received praise, fans and critics were divided over the performances, especially Keanu Reeves like Jonathan Harker and his… dodgy attempts at a British accent. However, Gary Oldman had an impressive turn as the Prince of Darkness, especially with the way he was costumed. When Dracula first appears, he is deathly pale with sunken eyes and an elaborate mane of silver hair. However, after feeding on blood, he acquires a younger and more handsome appearance; this feeds into the idea that blood gives life to vampires. Oldman delivers a magnetic and emotional performance throughout, with the opening scene where Dracula renounces God and turns into a vampire throw down the gauntlet.

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4. Peter Stormare in Batman Vs Dracula

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The Batman The animated series remains one of the most underrated versions of the Batman mythos, and its first film adaptation is perhaps one of the darkest Batman movies ever to hit the screen. True to its title, the film pits Batman (Rino Romano) against a revived Dracula (Pierre Stormare), who seeks to make Gotham City his new kingdom. Stormare’s Dracula outclasses Batman in strength and speed, nearly killing the Dark Knight when they first meet. He is also quite terrifying, to the point that the Joker (Kevin Michael Richardson) attempts to flee before being dragged into Dracula’s coffin. And that’s not counting his obsession with Vicki Vale (Strong Tara), whom he sees as the reincarnation of his deceased wife – this plot point also doubles as a nod to Coppola’s take on Dracula.

5. Duncan Regehr in The Monster Squad

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The Monster Squad had all the makings of a cult classic, especially its plot, which saw a number of movie monsters come to life and a group of tweens using their knowledge of horror movies to defeat said monsters. All monsters are led by Dracula (Duncan Regehr), who plays his prince of darkness as a vengeful and frightening character. Dracula blows up the Monster Squad house with dynamite and attacks Phoebe Crenshaw (Ashley Bank), the younger sister of Squad Leader Sean (Andre Gower). What really makes Regehr’s Dracula horrible is the line he spits at Phoebe after cornering her: “Give me the amulet, bitch!” At the end, the audience can’t help but applaud when the Earl is finally sent to limbo alongside his compatriots.

6. Adam Sandler in Hotel Transylvania


Genndy Tartakovskyhis directorial debut Hotel Transylvania is a far cry from the animation legend’s more action-packed efforts such as samurai jack or Primitive – and that extends to his take on Dracula, who is played by Adam Sandler. This Dracula has sworn to protect his fellow monsters by building a hotel where only they can visit, and that safety is threatened by backpacker Jonathan “Johnny” Loughran (Andy Samberg), who falls in love with Dracula’s daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez). Less a frightening inhuman force than an overbearing father, Sandler’s Dracula drew mixed reactions, but it was a hit with young audiences and spawned an entire franchise including three sequels and a TV series.

7. Luke Evans in Unspeakable Dracula

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Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe took pop culture by storm, Universal Pictures created team-up movies that saw its classic monsters collide. The studio has attempted, with little success, to replicate this process, with Unspeakable Dracula being the first film in a planned reboot of the Universal Monsters films. Luke Evans plays the prince of Wallachia Vlad Dracula, who strikes a dark bargain with a vampire (Charles Dance) in order to protect his kingdom from the Ottoman army. Evans plays Dracula as a tormented figure struggling to retain his humanity; it’s a choice that seems at odds with other portrayals of Dracula, and one that doesn’t sit well with viewers or critics. Ironically, the screenwriters Matt Sanzama and Burk Sharpless would take on another tormented vampire when they commit to writing Morbius.

8. Richard Roxburgh in Van Helsing


Speaking of uniting universal monsters, Van Helsing attempted to revive the properties by opposing Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) against monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), throwing a Wolfman (Will Kemp) and Frankenstein’s monster (Shuler Hensley). While director Stephen Sommer had found success with its 1999 reboot of The Mummy, Van Helsing didn’t quite take off. Much of this is due to Roxburgh’s performance as Dracula; rather than sinking its teeth into necks, it bites off large chunks of landscape. That doesn’t even mention his convoluted plan to bring his children to life, or his transformation into a massive bat-like beast.

9. Gerard Butler in Dracula 2000


On paper, Dracula 2000 probably sounded like a good idea. A turn-of-the-millennium take on the Prince of Darkness produced by the horror icon Wes Craven should have been an easy lay-up; but director Patrick Lussier and writer Joel Soisson chose to look at every shot that would come to define the early crop of films of the 2000s. Gerard ButlerDracula sports a mane of long dark hair and an unbuttoned trench coat to show off his bare chest. He looks less like the infamous vampire and more like a dummy. And the film chooses to add an absurd twist by revealing that Dracula is none other than Judas Iscariot, cursed with vampirism after betraying Jesus Christ. Although the film was critically acclaimed and bombed at the box office, Lussier wrote and directed two sequels, although Butler did not return for either.

10. Dominic Purcell in Blade Trinity

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The first one Blade the film launched the Marvel film renaissance, long before Robert Downey Jr. donned the Iron Man armor or Sam Raimi brought Spider-Man to the big screen. Two sequels followed, but the third film Blade Trinity lacked the “bite”, so to speak, of its predecessors. And his take on Dracula is nothing out of the ordinary; Dominique Purcell“Drake” (yes, that’s what the movie chooses to call him) walks around with his shirt open to reveal his bare chest and turns into a bad CGI creation. Purcell found better luck in the comic world with the flash and Legends of tomorrow, where he played arsonist thief Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Mick is shown reading Dracula in the Legends episode “Return of the Mack” as a nod to Purcell’s time as Prince of Darkness.)


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The Ethics of Conscious Artificial Brain Research – Eurasia Review


One of the ways scientists study the growth and aging of the human body is by creating artificial organs in the laboratory. The most popular of these organs is currently the organoid, a miniaturized organ made from stem cells. Organoids have been used to model a variety of organs, but brain organoids are the most clouded in controversy.

Current brain organoids are different in size and maturity from normal brains. More importantly, they produce no behavioral output, demonstrating that they are still a primitive model of an actual brain. However, as research generates brain organoids of greater complexity, they will eventually have the ability to feel and think. In response to this anticipation, Associate Professor Takuya Niikawa of Kobe University and Assistant Professor Tsutomu Sawai of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Biology (WPI-ASHBi) at Kyoto University, in collaboration with other philosophers in Japan and Canada, wrote a paper on the ethics of research using conscious brain organoids. The article can be read in the academic journal Neuroethics.

Regularly working with bioethicists and neuroscientists who have created brain organoids, the team has written extensively about the need to develop ethical research guidelines. In the new paper, Niikawa, Sawai and their coauthors present an ethical framework that assumes brain organoids already have consciousness rather than waiting for the day when we can fully confirm that they do.

“We believe a precautionary principle should be applied,” Sawai said. “Neither science nor philosophy can agree that something has consciousness. Instead of discussing whether brain organoids have consciousness, we decided they did so as a precaution and to consider the moral implications.

To justify this hypothesis, the article explains what brain organoids are and examines what different theories of consciousness suggest about brain organoids, deducing that some of the popular theories of consciousness allow them to possess consciousness.

Ultimately, the framework proposed by the study recommends that research on human brain organoids should follow similar ethical principles as animal experiments. Recommendations therefore include using the minimum number of organoids possible and doing the maximum to prevent pain and suffering while taking into account the interests of the public and patients.

“Our framework was designed to be simple and is based on valence experiments and the sophistication of those experiments,” Niikawa said.

This, the paper explains, provides guidance on the stringency of experimental conditions. These conditions must be decided based on several criteria, including the physiological state of the organoid, the stimuli to which it responds, the neural structures it possesses, and its cognitive functions.

Moreover, the article argues that this framework is not exclusive to brain organoids. It can be applied to anything perceived to have consciousness, such as fetuses, animals, and even robots.

“Our framework is based on the precautionary principle. Something that we think has no consciousness today may, through the development of consciousness studies, turn out to have consciousness in the future. We can consider how we should treat these entities based on our ethical framework,” conclude Niikawa and Sawai.

EDITORIAL: Flexible Policy Responses Needed to Mitigate Damage from Falling Yen


The yen has weakened sharply in recent weeks and broke above 126 yen to the dollar for the first time in about 20 years.

The yen’s rapid fall was driven by a confluence of factors, including the economic recovery from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in some parts of the world and the huge repercussions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the world economy.

But drastic changes in exchange rates are not desirable.

The government and the Bank of Japan need to provide flexible policy responses to the situation in order to minimize the economic damage caused by the weakening yen.

A weaker yen makes Japanese exports more competitive in international markets and pushes up the yen value of profits from Japanese investments abroad. But a weaker currency also pushes up the yen prices of Japanese imports.

This is happening at a time when the prices of energy, food and raw materials on world markets are rising. The rise in the prices of these products, which Japan needs to import in large quantities, inevitably amplifies the inflationary effects of the fall in the yen.

BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda argued that a weaker yen will have “beneficial net effects on the Japanese economy as a whole.”

But he admitted that a fall in the value of the yen is now less likely to boost Japanese exports than in the past, as many major Japanese manufacturers have moved production overseas.

On the other hand, sharp increases in the prices of basic necessities without adequate wage increases have hurt household finances. The economic impacts of the yen falling against the dollar by more than 10 yen in about a month should not be taken lightly. Careful assessments of what is happening are in order.

The yen’s fall this time around was triggered by a more pronounced difference between Japanese and US monetary policies. While the US Federal Reserve has decided to raise interest rates to curb inflation, the BOJ is ready to continue its aggressive monetary expansion.

Unlike the US economy, which is eyeing a robust rebound in demand, the Japanese economy is still struggling to recover from the pandemic-induced slump, with wage growth remaining sluggish.

Soaring energy prices threaten to weaken the Japanese economy even as it begins to recover. A BOJ business climate survey last month showed declining confidence among Japanese businesses. The central bank has good reason to maintain its ultra-loose monetary policy, at least for now.

Given the bleak economic outlook, however, it is also important to keep the Japanese currency in balance. The delicacy of the current economic situation makes it all the more important for policy makers to be careful in their words to avoid their words adversely affecting the currency market.

When there are concerns about the risk of speculators dictating the currency trend, key decision makers need to send an appropriate message to the market.

As it keeps monetary spigots wide open, the BOJ should explore ways to prevent excessive exchange rate fluctuations as much as possible with available policy tools, including adjustments to its approach to interest rate controls.

At its board meeting later this month, the BOJ will discuss the upcoming outlook for economic activity and prices, the central bank’s quarterly report on the country’s economic health.

BOJ board members should carefully assess the effects of key factors, such as the situation in Ukraine, the Fed’s monetary tightening measures and the fall in the yen, so that they can prepare effective policy options to respond. to the rapidly changing global economic landscape.

The currency market trend is not the only challenge Japan faces. We are witnessing the emergence of various factors that could reshape the global economy in the medium and long term.

In addition to the fierce and bitter rivalry between the United States and China, there are growing divisions between nations, including stark differences in attitude towards Russia. Inflation has started to soar in the United States and Europe, where there were fears some time ago of prolonged economic stagnation.

The growing global trend towards a carbon-free future also demands special attention.

Japanese policymakers should be fully aware that all of these factors are straining their economic management.

–Asahi Shimbun, April 15

Japan: Courts and Culture — Politics and Bling at Buckingham Palace


On May 9, 1921, George V hosted a state dinner for Crown Prince Hirohito at Buckingham Palace – the first time a Japanese heir had “left his native shores”, according to the king’s toast. Consumed Imperial and lamb chops oriental style were on the menu, and the day’s musical program included, with exemplary British diplomacy, a selection of Puccini Lady Butterflyan opera about an American who impregnates and abandons a Japanese woman, who then dies by suicide.

Two days later, the crown prince, dressed in a western white tie and sparkling patent leather shoes, with a belt across his chest, posed for a photo at a banquet at St James’s Palace. He looks a little uncomfortable, standing next to the haughty, heavily medal-winning Prince of Wales and two older gentlemen with flower mustaches. But there is more to the costume: he is here on equal footing, spatially and visually, with the British heir to the throne, reflecting and even adding to Japan’s international weight.

The music and photography programme, exhibited from the Royal Collection at Japan: courts and culture at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, accurately capture the contrasting desires of the two island empires at a fervent stage in their relationship. Britain enjoyed a patina of Japanese culture, whether authentic or filtered through Western lenses, while Japan’s thirst was to learn, assimilate and embrace the aesthetics of royal court of a world power.

Crown Prince Hirohito, far left, next to the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII), in London, 1921 © Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The exhibition features choice objects from royal ownership, but is understandably unbalanced when it comes to representing Japanese art forms: there are a lot of ceramics, armor and lacquered objects, things that are resistant, that travel well and that last, but no kimono. or calligraphy. One of the most striking objects is a late 19th-century embroidered screen, given to Queen Victoria for her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, whose sepia-toned silks give it the eerie look of a photograph.

To be fair to Britain, for a long time she could only imagine Japan. The Shogun’s policy of sakoku, which limited Japanese citizens’ contact with the rest of the world, in effect prohibiting leaving the country on pain of death, lasted more than 200 years from the 17th century until American gunboat diplomacy forced an opening. Most Japanese goods then reached the Britis