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05.10.2014
The Secret Life of the American Teenager has been a big hit for ABC Family and helped put the network on the map as far as scripted programming goes after premiering way back in 2008. Actor Daren Kagasoff, who plays hunky lead Ricky Underwood alongside Golden Globe nominated (did I mention “very talented?”) Shailene Woodley and her character Amy Juergens, participated in a recent conference call in which he talked about his experiences doing the show and what viewers can expect for the final 12 episodes! Daren Kagasoff: We would get the episodes probably the night before we would have to shoot and it would take seven days, so I guess getting the dialogue down was one of the most challenging things. Q: We all know that next is Delirium, so if Ricky were dropped into the world of Delirium, would he get the cure? Q: Are you happy with the way the series ended for you and for what the outcome for Ricky is?
Q: Can you talk about what has been your favorite episode from the series that you’ve loved?
Daren: Yes, I know I’ve been asked that question before and I said the day I won valedictorian of my class and I had to learn all these lines, it must have been a nine page monologue, and that was the most challenging because I had to talk to about 200 people that were sitting out in the audience.
Q: With the series coming to an end, what do you think you’ll miss most about your time on the show? Daren: Probably everybody that I worked with, the crew, the cast, the producers, everybody, because we were doing it for so long, we shot around, I don’t even know the exact number, I want to say 120-something episodes, so when you’re around these people for so long you form relationships, you form friendships, I mean, that’s what I’m going to miss the most, is just missing my cast and being able to talk and be open with them, because these are your best friends. Q: Do you have a favorite moment or behind the scenes memory from the series you can share with our readers? Q: The cast has gone through so many changes in their real lives, how has the show changed you since you started? Daren: Well, I never knew I wanted to be an actor until maybe six months before I got the job, so it just has taught me you’ve got to work so hard for the things that you want in life, and things don’t come easy. Q: What’s the hardest part in balancing Ricky’s bad boy past and his role as a father on the show, and how does that affect you and influence your opinions of real life parenting? Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna pregnant with their first child togetherBIG news for Rob Kardashian and fiancee Blac Chyna: they are expecting their first child together! American Idol stars react to Rickey Smith’s death from DUI driver crash on FridayAmerican Idol stars, judges, and producers react to the passing of Season 2 finalist Rickey Smith, who died early Friday morning after a head-on collision with a vehicle going the wrong way on the Interstate. The third phase of the judgment will take place on the earth at the close of the 1,000 years of Revelation chapter 20--after Jesus' return to earth with the holy city. In Study Guide 2, we learned how Satan falsely accused and challenged God and brought the ugly malignancy of sin into the universe. For decades, Pang Xiaowei has been shooting black-and-white portraits for thousands of celebrities in China. The 60-year-old photographer has captured the likenesses of all the Olympic gold medal holders in China up to 2012 and more than 1,000 celebrities, from singers to film-industry figures, including famed directors, performers and producers.
He started to snap celebrities in the film industry in 2002 to honor the 100th anniversary of China's film industry. The difficulty of photographing an actor or actress is that they don't know how to be themselves in front of a camera when they don't have to play a role, says Pang. Pang understands it well because he had been a theater actor for 10 years before taking up photography at age 30.
After the film celebrity series, Pang was touched by Beijing's excitement to hold the Olympic Games in 2008, and he began his Chinese Olympic champion series, which included 186 Chinese gold medal winners. That seemed like an impossible task, because many champions then lived in various countries and out of the public eye. For his latest show, which just closed on Tuesday at the National Art Museum, he aimed his lens at craftsmen, local residents and even the boys of a visiting chorus from Saxony in Germany, a cultural project initiated by A. Fan Di'an, head of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, says Pang's photos represent a process of using film to reveal a person's inner self. Pang is now working on a Peking Opera series, and for the first time in his life, he will create portraits of the well-known performers in color - but he will also produce a black-and-white edition of the series. He adds that Spanish tenor Placido Domingo loved the Peking Opera photos Pang gave him as a gift when the two met in Beijing last year.
Her country-and-western covers album Detour, which was out on Friday, brings another unexpected twist to a career that has included music, theater, television, movies and wrestling. A musical chameleon, she's won two Grammys, an Emmy and a Tony, but despite all the success, she says she's not as savvy at the art of business.
Her meandering path took her from Broadway where she wrote music for Kinky Boots, which won six Tony Awards, to Music City where the pink-haired 62-year-old singer recorded her latest album with guest vocals from Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. Together with producer Tony Brown, she worked with some of the city's best session musicians to craft a live sound that wasn't polished to perfection.
The songs are from a different era of country music, as far back as the '40s, when country was heavily influenced by early rock 'n' roll and blues, or as Lauper says her record label head Seymour Stein put it, "before Elvis kicked the door down". She covers songs made famous by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Dolly Parton and Marty Robbins.
At four hours long (not counting two intermissions), the play does not contain much dramatic conflict. The hero of the play, Professor Josef Schuster, jumped to his death shortly before the curtain rose. Heroes' Square is one of the foreign productions presented during the Tianjin theater festival.
As an alter ego of the playwright Thomas Bernhard, Josef vents his anger and frustration onto Vienna, or the world at large. When his brother, Robert Schuster, rants on about the state of affairs of the city, they obviously share political inclinations, but we are told Robert is much nicer in disposition. It may be an irony that the more the brothers, or the playwright, take on Vienna as the hotbed of evil, the more sympathy audience members in the Tianjin Grand Theater showed for the Austrian capital. As for the possible relevance for the audience, I don't think Bernhard or director Krystian Lupa had China in mind when they first broached the topic. The pessimistic streak that underpins his worldview also runs through his relationships with those closest to him, not unlike Hamlet's with Ophelia. The crowd noise from the titular square acts as the oppression of the populace, who are deemed stupid and blind.
Heroes' Square is one of many imported theatrical productions the audacious Tianjin festival is presenting this season. Others include Richard III directed by Thomas Ostermeier and (A) pollonia by Nowy Teatr of Poland. Situated on a mountain top and approachable only after more than an hour's drive along zigzagging mountain roads from the nearest town, Muyang village is a favorite destination for visitors. A natural environment, refreshing air, picturesque mountain views and the clear water of its famous Muyang Brook draw people to experience life in this village, which lies near Sandouping town, in Yichang in Central China's Hubei province. Top: A local woman in red rides a covered boat on Longjing Brook in Sandouping town, known for the Three Gorges Dam project and the Tribe of the Three Gorges. The village is home to more than 2,000 people, who live in settlements in the mountainous area, which varies in altitude from 300 to 850 meters.
The villagers traditionally depended on farming and silkworm breeding for their livelihoods, according to Liu Ping, the Party secretary of the village.
Ai Shihua, 83, a villager who has spent his entire life in the village, says he has seen big changes in the lives of the villagers in the past decade thanks to tourism. Now living with his son in a home that is equipped with modern appliances like a TV and a refrigerator, Ai helps the family run a farmhouse restaurant that they started in 2009.
During the peak season, which runs from May to October, the family can earn up to 800 yuan a day just by providing food.
Ai's son is now building a better-equipped farmhouse inn so they can expand their business to cover both dining and accommodation.
Even his grandson is trying to promote the family's business using WeChat, a popular app in China.
The family owns less than 0.3 hectare of land, on which they grow corn, potatoes or rapeseed. As more visitors come to their village, products such as rapeseed oil have become popular with tourists and bring them income. Ai adds that earlier the family used to depend solely on farming and earn about 10,000 yuan per year before they turned to tourism. Meanwhile, according to Liu, many families are now operating farmhouse restaurants, inns and parking lots in the village.
He adds that the village also plans to add a mulberry plantation of 67 hectares for fruit picking to its current tourist assets. Separately, the village will introduce more farm crops that can be used to make products which can be sold to tourists.
Rural tourism has now become a critical part of the local tourist industry and will be the main focus of the town's tourism promotion in the future, says Wang Hua, the head of the town's government.
In 2015, the town's scenic areas and rural tourist destinations welcomed more than 4.73 million people, bringing in 4 billion yuan of consolidated revenue for a town that has a population of 35,000. In recent years, the local tourism industry has also put a large number of local farmers on the road to a better life, she says. In 2015, the Tribe of the Three Gorges, an area with the highest ranking under China's tourist-attraction rating system - 5A - developed from a previously poverty-stricken village, drew 2.8 million visitors, contributing about 12 million yuan of taxes to the local government. To encourage rural tourism, the local government also offers training to poor families who are willing to enter the tourism trade.
The families are then provided with a "green pass", which simplifies the approval process and provides them with easier access to loans. In recent years, the government has also tried to further integrate its well-known tourist spots, such as the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River and Tribe of the Three Gorges, with its rural tourist destinations nearby by developing more tourist routes. Thanks to the Three Gorges Dam, Sandouping receives about 350,000 Chinese and overseas visitors annually.
Situated along the midsection of the Yangtze River, the town boasts two areas with the highest grade under China's tourist attraction rating system. The two areas with the 5A ratings are the Three Gorges Dam, the largest water project in the world, and the Tribe of the Three Gorges area, a picturesque landscape corridor. Thanks to its unique location, the town is an important stop along the Three Gorges section of the river. The town's only main street extends along the Yangtze, and we stayed in a guesthouse on the street, which offered a nice view of the river. In contrast to the turbid water in the lower reaches of the Yangtze, the section here is clear and quiet.
After breakfast, we set out for the Tribe of the Three Gorges area, which turned out to be a good place to appreciate the quiet valley and local culture. Visitors typically take a ferry boat from the opposite bank of the Yangtze River to the valley entrance, which is connected to the river. Trackers toiling along the river while singing work songs were a common sight in the region in the old days. On the brook, a covered boat moves slowly amid soft ripples with a young girl in a striking red traditional costume standing on it holding an umbrella.
For a moment, we feel as if we are in a painting, until we are awakened by a folk song that suddenly starts to resonate in the valley. We follow the sound and the scenes change as we walk along: A fisherman mends his net on a boat, girls in traditional blue outfits wash clothes along the edge of the brook in front of their wooden houses on stilts, and young couples stand on the mossy stone bridge in the village. Performances though they are, they create an engaging atmosphere by naturally melting into the peaceful environment. Then we hear a noise coming from a crowd of tourists amid the sound of a gong in front of large wooden building. The performers, most of whom are local villagers, interact with the tourists and invite one of them to act the groom. The sightseeing route leads all the way to the mountain top, where the villagers still reside. The giant dam rises 185 meters, creating a reservoir that spans more than 600 kilometers in the middle of Yangtze River.
Local people tell us that the best way to enjoy a panoramic view of the dam and the reservoir is from the mountain nearby. They say that if you are lucky to see water being released from the dam you can feel the ground shaking. Jia Pingwa's new novel, Ji Hua, tells the story of a woman who is freed after three years after being kidnapped.
The author, who won the Mao Dun Literature Prize, China's top literary award, for his earlier novel Qin Qiang (Qinqiang Opera), has named his latest book after an imaginary flower, which has later found to be the Chinese caterpillar fungus. Ji Hua is the tale of Hu Die, a girl from a poor rural family who accompanies her single mother to the city. Jia is among China's most influential contemporary writers, and his books have been translated into many languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Korean. Ji Hua was written based on a real-life story that Jia had heard from a resident of Xi'an, in Northwest China's Shaanxi province, a decade ago. Jia, who also comes from a rural family, then began to focus on population thinning in rural areas of China. Several years ago, in many remote villages in Shaanxi, the number of residents fell so much that the villages were merged into one. Many women who go to the cities with their husbands either divorce or abandon them, fearing the prospect of returning to the poor villages. The situation reminded Jia of the story about the abducted girl, and resulted in the new novel of around 200 pages - his shortest - using a concept he borrowed from Chinese ink painting, an art form in which he also excels.
Instead of depicting pure good and evil, his book creates an organic image of a remote village in his home province, where challenging living conditions present many complexities.
Chinese author Liang Hong, who is known for her works about the Chinese countryside, says for her, Ji Hua isn't about an abducted woman, but more about how to communicate with the land.
According to Chen Xiaoming, a professor of Chinese literature at Peking University, Jia's writing is both about wronged women of rural China and the living conditions there.
The author writes about the villages that have been deserted for the cities - villages with history, beauty and vitality.
The novel is a mix of realism, magical realism and many other avant-garde writing techniques. Since the novel was first published, it has set a record as a contemporary literary work, with about 2 million copies sold in China, according to People's Literature Publishing House. In 2010, the novel was adapted into a film of the same name directed by Wang Quan'an and starring Zhang Fengyi, Zhang Yuqi and Duan Yihong. Feng Jicai, another highly accomplished writer, says in a message of condolence: "Chen scaled the highest peak of Chinese contemporary literature. Chang Zhenjia, 72, an editor at People's Literature Publishing House for more than 30 years, read the first edition of White Deer Plain and published the first review of the novel.
Karl Schlecht, the 83-year-old sponsor of the China Center at Germany's Tubingen University. Wide-eyed students flocked around Karl Schlecht as he prepared to tuck into spring rolls and steamed buns after speaking at the opening of Tubingen University's China Center in Germany. The food went untouched until the 83-year-old had finished chatting and posing for pictures with his wellwishers. Sporting a bright-red tie, white shirt and double-breasted navy-blue suit, and wearing thin-rimmed glasses, he looked and sounded more like the students' favorite grandpa than a benefactor who once ruled a construction machinery empire that helped build the world's tallest skyscrapers. Born in a small Swabian town near Stuttgart in 1932, Schlecht learned to mix and lay mortar and concrete from his father, a master plasterer.
While studying at the Technical University of Stuttgart in the late 1950s, the young Schlecht answered his father by designing an automated mortar machine, which he assembled in his garage. Before graduating college, Schlecht started a company that would help change the face of civil engineering, riding on the crest of Europe's post-war construction boom. In 2012, Schlecht astonished the world by selling the empire he had built single-handedly to a Chinese rival, Sany Heavy Industries, for a reported 560 million euros ($643 million). Schlecht insists it was the right deal, and all the proceeds went to his charitable foundation. In addition to his charitable causes, Schlecht now serves as an adviser to Sany's chairman, once China's richest man.
One of the first tips the German offered to Putzmeister's new owner came from an unexpected source: Confucius.
According to the German businessman, Confucius underlines essential elements of true entrepreneurship: trust, honesty, tolerance, love and responsibility. After the takeover, Schlecht persuaded Liang to become a joint patron of the World Ethics Institute at Peking University. He now devotes most of his time to his charitable foundation, KSG, which has a long list of projects, including clean energy research and good leadership. Schlecht says the China Center at Tubingen, which is 30 minutes' drive from where he assembled his first mortar machine, was founded with an ideal: to make students aware of each other's history and of the forces that propelled China to become the world's second-largest economy within a generation. A voracious reader, he goes to bed to re-read Erich Fromm's The Art of Love or maybe a John Rockefeller biography. The 29-year-old, who moved to the UK at age 15 to pursue his snooker dream, narrowly missed out on unseating Mark Selby from his world No 1 spot in a gripping final of the World Championship at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. It was another landmark in a career in which Ding has served as China's standard-bearer in a sport that has undergone a rapid growth of interest and participation. Jason Ferguson, chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, says snooker was already huge in China. In addition to Ding, players such as Zhou Yuelong, Yan Bingtao and Zhao Xintong are likely to become a lot more familiar over the next decade, as will others competing in a sport that attracts 100 million TV viewers at home.
During this year's final it was announced that the World Snooker Championship will stay in Sheffield until at least 2027. Ding, whose record at the World Championship was poor before this year, says: "Five years ago I reached the semifinals, and this year I made it one step further. Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry applauded Ding, saying he is at a different level from most others. Nowhere else in the world has one single humble bean given rise to such a large range of different foods, from juices, pickles, preserves, seasonings, custard to cakes of different textures, and finally, fertilizer. According to legend, it was indeed alchemy that led to the discovery of bean curd, more commonly known as tofu. Throughout Chinese history, those who ruled often were afraid of death, losing all they had gathered, or of having to leave all that power and glory.
In their attempts, they drew water from the region's natural springs and cooked ground up soybeans to create a base for that elusive pill. That was more than 2,000 years ago, and in the interim, bean curd has become one of the most important ingredients China has contributed to the world. As the Chinese ventured out, they brought the culture of bean curd with them, so much so that it took on a life of its own, adapting to the cuisines of various countries from Japan and Korea in the north to the Malay and Indonesian archipelagos to the south.
Various forms of bean curd and its derivatives, too, have become the backbone of vegetarian cuisine in the global meatless movement. Soybean products are a good source of vegetable protein, and after being processed, most no longer have that embarrassing side effect that made the bean itself so unpopular - flatulence.
One of the best breakfasts you can have in China is a piping hot bowl of soft bean curd, called doufunao in the north and doufuhua in the south. The northerners prefer a savory version, dousing their soft bean curd with a brown sauce often laced with strips of mushrooms and a few dried daylily buds.
No one cooks tofu better than the chefs who specialize in Huainan cuisine, right from the region where it was first invented. Here, tender blocks of tofu challenge the knife skills of chefs who float strands as thin as hair in rich chicken stock. Soft blocks of tofu are also steamed to retain their original bean flavor, and may be drizzled with soy sauce or oyster sauce and garnished with a sprinkle of chopped spring onions.
Cubes of a harder version may be deep-fried into puffs and then stuffed with a fish paste to create a dish popular with the Hakka community - niangdoufu. Or the curds may be aged and fermented to create that notorious snack that has the uninitiated holding their noses. In the Jiangsu-Zhejiang region, stinky tofu is legendary, having made it into literary classics such as native son Lu Xun's works. Across the Straits, Taiwan's famous night markets must have at least one or two stinky tofu stalls.
Back in my Yunnan, slightly fermented tofu is sold at breakfast stalls, sprinkled with chopped peanuts, chili sauce and cilantro. Tender tofu and soft fish paste in custard translate to a dish suitable for both grandparents and grandchildren. This is a dish that contrasts the simple texture of the silken tofu with the stronger flavors of the spicy mince. Spread mince and sauce mix evenly over block of tofu and steam for 15 minutes on high heat. They are white, chubby and have sprigs on their heads - and Chinese social media can't get enough of them. Roughly half the population has conveyed some kind of emotion with a Budding Pop emoji on WeChat, the instant-messaging app, making them one of the most popular in the world. Many of them hope this fame will lead to financial rewards, too, as it means they can potentially produce books for fans to buy as well as sell the rights for their characters to companies for marketing purposes.
He says the way his team works is similar to the Japanese cartoon industry: artists design an original image and others contribute ideas to update the series. Zhong Wei in the northeast city of Shenyang has been drawing cartoons since 2014 and has published two picture books.
Zhong has released three collections of the emoji via the instant-messaging app since August last year. China's emoji craze is rooted in Japan's kawaii (cute) and otaku (outsider) movements, he explains. Shi Donglin, 23, creator of the Freezing Gal emoji, believes the ultra-short animations can also help bring light relief at tense or embarrassing moments. Freezing Gal, which has dark skin and a ponytail, is based on her experiences in college and is popular among students. Unlike traditional cartoonists, who generally created characters before selling stories to magazines or publishing houses, Shi launched her career via social media. She says she will continue to make emojis and has now started on a series of picture books featuring Freezing Gal. Cashing in while a character is hot is important, according to Xu Han, the artist behind Ali the red fox, another popular character.
Wang at 12 Buildings agrees that it is hard to guarantee longevity, but he believes the internet provides opportunities for budding Chinese illustrators to work with major brands that would previously have opted for foreign talent.
Budding Pop is now featured in promotions by Procter & Gamble, the multinational consumer goods company, while smartphone maker Xiaomi is using Freezing Gal to reach new buyers. Xu is a good model for any modern Chinese illustrator: first came the character, then picture books and emojis, and then online shops selling merchandise. Ali originally appeared online and in magazines in 2006, but only after making his debut on instant-messaging app WeChat last year did the character gain mass appeal.
The fourth installment, Carrousel Garden, published in March, sees Ali encounter characters from Western fairy tales, such as the Little Prince, Pinocchio and the Ugly Duckling. Even if Chinese artists can gain exposure through the internet and social media, he says building a brand is not easy.
During his six years in the job, he says there has been a noticeable increase in men in kindergarten classrooms, but there are still hurdles to attracting more.
Chen Yilang and a student strike a kung fu pose at the China Welfare Institute Kindergarten in Shanghai. So are education officials, who have moved to act in recent years in the fear that Chinese schools are producing effeminate boys.
Despite relaxing the college admission requirements for men seeking to study preschool education, as well as offering scholarships that come with a guarantee of full-time employment, the number of men entering the field has remained low. In Shanghai, for example, just 200 of the more than 53,000 teachers at 2,000 kindergartens were men in 2014, according to the city's education commission. Industry insiders say the biggest hurdles are the general perception that teaching preschool is for women and the relatively low salaries that are offered to educators.
Chen Yilang, who works at the same kindergarten as Gao, says most people in his job earn about 55,000 yuan ($8,400; 7,500 euros) a year, which is roughly 10,000 yuan lower than the city average in 2014. Education experts believe the gender imbalance at preschools could have a serious social impact, as this stage of education can be critical to the forming of a young person's character.
Feng Wei, the principal of the China Welfare Institute Kindergarten, argues that the shortage of male teachers has led to an increase in boys who are shy and timid.
The typical family environment in China has also played a role, she says, as mothers are expected to raise the children while fathers bring home the bacon. To address the problem, authorities need to focus on promoting respect, says Shi Bin, director of the Fundamental Education Development Center at Shanghai Normal University.
Parents are noticing, too, and some are already taking action to "toughen up" their sons by enrolling them in team sports and activities. China Welfare Institute Kindergarten has been recruiting male teachers since the late 1990s. The distinct teaching methods employed by the male and female teachers "are a perfect complement" and help to provide children with a holistic learning experience, according to Feng.
Gao, for example, says he tries to reinforce "masculine qualities" through physical activities such as making students climb orange trees to pick the fruit.
Wang Jiaming, another male teacher at the school, agrees that it is important to have a mix of male and female educators involved in a child's education. Chen adds that male teachers prefer to let children obtain physical knowledge and abilities through frequent sporting activities.
Strange as it may seem, carving fruit pits - or drupes, pips, seeds, and nuts if you prefer - goes back centuries. Crafting peach and apricot pits walnut shells, and even olive seeds into Buddha figurines, jewelry and landscapes has been practiced at least since the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC).
Yun's most famous pieces express a sense of active realism, often are praised for the sense of life he gives to his subjects, which sometimes are celebrities.
Located in the heart of the city and well known for its labyrinth of alleys, Tianzifang was built where abandoned factories from the 1940s and historical Shikumen residential buildings from the 1920s once stood. Yu Hai, a professor of sociology at Fudan University who has studied Tianzifang since its inception nearly 20 years ago, says it is a shame that the true charm of the area has been lost in the modernization process.
This used to be a place where people can savor the essence of old Shanghai, and one that was slated to become a community for people from the creative industries. Zheng Rongfa, the former administrative head of the Dapuqiao area which Taikang Road is under, recalls how Tianzifang used to be a vibrant place filled with the sounds and smells coming from the homes of Shanghainese families. In 1998, Zheng kicked off the project to turn the area into a hub for the cultural industry.
In 1999, Chen Yifei, a world-renowned Chinese painter, and several other artists set up studios in the old factories on Lane 210 along Taikang Road, creating a cluster of more than 200 culture and art venues.
One year later, the sub-district government leased the remaining spaces to a sole proprietor named Wu Meisheng.
Fortunately, thanks to the intervention of Zheng and a group of his supporters, Tianzifang emerged unscathed. According to statistics provided by Yu, 100 million square meters of old buildings in Shanghai were torn down between the early 1990s and 2008 to make way for modern ones.
However, the Shanghai government has also been striving to preserve traditional architecture, turning many old estates into zones for creative industries. According to statistics from the municipal government, there were 87 zones hosting creative industries and 52 parks for cultural industries at the end of 2013.
Following this incident, Zheng realized that the residents from neighboring lanes needed to band together to help expand the size of Tianzifang in order to boost the significance of the area.
However, he says that he had done so only because the 3,500 yuan ($540) he charged for rent would go a long way in helping with his living expenses - he was only getting 300 yuan every month from his retirement pension.
In the past decade, more than 500 households have followed in Zhou's footsteps to convert their houses to non-residential units. While the interiors of many of the buildings have since been renovated and given a new coat of paint, the old brick facades from which Tianzifang gets its charm, are still very much intact. Laundry would hang from balconies as new-age music spilled through windows of boutique shops on the ground floor. In 2008, the government took over Tianzifang and shifted the focus from developing the place into an art and culture hub to commercialization, security and property management.
As one of the first shop owners to arrive on Lane 274 in 2007, Yan Hongliang, who sells ceramic art designed and produced in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, has witnessed the tremendous changes that have taken place since. Having already struggled to break even in the first few years of his business, the exorbitant rent now has made doing business in Tianzifang unrealistic. Unsurprisingly, Yu's survey reveals that many shop owners have cited the rising rent - it has increased at least ten-fold in 20 years - as the primary reason for relocating.
Fabienne Wallenwein, a German PhD student who is enrolled in a one-year exchange program at Fudan University, shares the same sentiment. In the meantime, Zheng Rongfa, the former administrative head, says he can only hope that the government thinks the same way about the future direction of Tianzifang's development. They range from cotton drawers worn by the mother of Queen Victoria (the V&A museum is named for the 19th-century monarch and her husband), to a Swarovski crystal-studded bra and thong. But there are men's unmentionables, too, including 18th-century shirts, which were considered underwear because they were worn next to the skin - only the collars and cuffs could decently be shown. Curators of the show have emphasized the contribution of female designers and innovators such as Roxey Ann Caplin, whose "health corset" - designed to shape the body without crushing the internal organs - won a medal at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Waist-constricting corsets run through the exhibition, in versions that range from functional to fetishistic. Edwina Ehrman, the exhibition's curator, says Lycra was "a fabulous breakthrough" - and a reminder that the evolution of underwear is a story of technology as well as creativity. The exhibition reveals that the line between underwear and outerwear has long been blurred. Recent years have seen the line blur even further, as tracksuits, onesies and other loungewear moved from the living room onto the streets.
But French lingerie designer Fifi Chachnil - whose signature Babyloo playsuit is on display in the exhibition - thinks we will always want to show off our skivvies. A full scale replica of Dumont's legendary airplane called "14 Bis" sits outside the museum, which is the centerpiece of a revamping of the Rio port area ahead of the Olympic Games starting in 100 days. The Flying Poet is a big exhibit, the first of its kind dedicated to a man who while weighing a mere 50 kilograms was a giant of aviation. Although perhaps less well known than the Wright brothers in the United States, Dumont is celebrated in Brazil as no less than the true first pilot. Although this was three years after the Wright brothers' historic flight in North Carolina, his fans argue that only his exploit met the definition of a certified, independently powered flight.
It's a polemic rich with nationalism, but what's sure is that Dumont, who has Rio's domestic airport named after him, remains a fascinating figure. The Franco-Brazilian Dumont, who lived from 1873 to 1932, had a reputation for eccentricity and imagination. Before his feat in the "14 Bis" he was already famed for flights in balloons and dirigibles, including one he used to moor outside his house in Paris and used to fly to join friends across town.
He can also claim to having been one of the first to wear a wrist watch, having asked his friend - none other than the even more famous Louis Cartier - to make him something more practical for telling the time in the air than the traditional pocket watch.
The pop-up drone cafe will be serving up all weekend as part of celebrations for the "Dream and Dare" festival marking the 60th anniversary of the Eindhoven University of Technology.
The 20 students behind the project, who spent nine months developing and building the autonomous drone, aim to show how such small inside craft could become an essential part of modern daily life.
The drone, nicknamed Blue Jay, which resembles a small white flying saucer with a luminescent strip for eyes, flies to a table and hovers as it takes a client's order, who points to the list to signal what they would like. The drinks are picked up and carried by a set of pinchers underneath the drone, in a bid to show that these aerial machines could be used to carry out delicate missions such as delivering medicines or even helping to track down burglars. Each drone has cost about 2,000 euros ($2,293) to build, in a project funded by the university which the students say aims "to give a glimpse of the future". Thanks to sensors and a long battery life they can fly inside buildings and navigate crowded interiors, unlike other drones, which rely on a GPS system. They believe the drone's applications could be endless: as extinguishers to put out fires, alarm systems to warn of intruders or mini-servants which would respond to commands such as "fetch me an apple". A three-year review of data just published in the scientific journal PeerJ challenges the conventional assumption that the iconic and famously elusive spotted cats are thriving in the wild. It finds leopards have almost disappeared from vast ranges in Southeast Asia and the Arabian peninsula while African leopards confront mounting challenges in the north and west. The big cats are threatened by spreading farmlands, declining prey, conflict with livestock owners, trophy hunting and illegal trade in their skins and teeth.
Their rangelands have shrunk from 35 million square kilometers in 1750 - before the colonization of Africa and the spread of firearms - to about 8.5 million square kilometers now, the study estimates. It will be used to update the endangered species list curated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, among several groups that conducted the study. It is "the single most authoritative and exhaustive review of this kind," said Guillaume Chapron, associate professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science.
Conserving wildlife and preventing conflict with livestock holders is complex and countries take different approaches, said Stuart Pimm, chair of conservation at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. An ancient Spanish town that voted to change its name because it was deemed anti-Semitic has come under attack from extremist groups who have daubed the town's signposts and buildings with offensive right-wing symbols and messages protesting the change.
Castrillo Mota de Judios ("Jews' Hill Camp") town Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez Perez said that after the latest attack the town had decided to file a complaint with police.
The north-central village of some 50 inhabitants voted in 2014 to change its name from Castrillo Matajudios ("Camp Kill Jews") to its current form. He said the graffiti and vandalism by groups came from outside and would not change the town's push to honor its Jewish origins. The town hall plans to visit Israel in July for a twinning ceremony with the village of Kfar Vradim.


In the latest attack, the old town name was sprayed onto new road signs and as well as the extremist symbol of a circle with a cross. Documents show the original name was "Jews' Hill Camp" and that the "Kill Jews" name dates from 1627, after a 1492 Spanish edict ordering Jews to convert to Catholicism or flee the country. Researchers believe the village got its previous name from Jewish residents who converted to Catholicism and wanted to convince Spanish authorities of their loyalty. No Jews live in the village now but many residents have Jewish roots and the town's official shield includes the Star of David. Australia's prime minister on Sunday officially called a July 2 election and put economic management at the forefront of his campaign to win a second three-year term for his conservative coalition during an era of extraordinary volatility in the country's politics.
Kicking off a two-month election campaign, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull said a center-left Labor Party win would prevent the Australian economy diversifying from a mining industry that had been hit hard by the Chinese slowdown and the associated falls in the prices of iron ore and coal, Australia's most lucrative exports. Climate change, gay marriage, climbing house prices, company tax rates and union corruption in the national building industry are also shaping into key issues.
Turnbull and Shorten recently outlined their conflicting economic policies on how Australia should rein in mounting debt without slowing an already sluggish economy.
Neither man has ever led his party into an election campaign before and the eight-week campaign is the longest in decades. Turnbull replaced his unpopular predecessor, Tony Abbott, in a leadership ballot of lawmakers in the Liberal Party in September, only two years after the coalition government was elected. The change of prime ministers immediately boosted the government's standing in opinion polls, but recent polls suggest the government is now running neck-and-neck with Labor. The government has released its budget plans for the next fiscal year, which begins on the eve of the election, calling for stimulus measures including income tax cuts for middle- and high-income earners and a gradual reduction of the company tax rate over a decade from 30 to 25 percent. Labor opposes most of the tax cuts and would spend the money saved on hospitals and schools. Shorten said the government's budget was crafted for "Malcolm's millionaires" and offered nothing for the poor. The government accuses Shorten, a 48-year-old former union boss, of inciting divisive and outdated class warfare. A crucial election issue for many Australians is the policy differences on the Australian housing industry, which is a major strength of the economy.
Many analysts agree that housing is overpriced in major cities including Sydney, and that the proportion of Australians who can afford to buy their own homes is shrinking.
Australia for the first time has a prime minister and opposition leader who both argue that gay marriage should be legally recognized. Turnbull's government would ask the Australian public to vote on the issue in a plebiscite.
Elections are a traditionally volatile time in a nation infamous for lax gun laws and a violent political culture, and they have been inflamed again this year by allegations of massive corruption from the local village to presidential level.
Such small gifts are an effective, if illegal, way for politicians to win support in a nation where roughly one quarter of its 100 million people live below the poverty line. To try to check vote buying, the election commission has banned mobile phones in polling places. At the national level, presidential and vice presidential rivals are also accusing each other of trying to rig the elections. President Benigno Aquino, who is limited by the constitution to a single term of six years, has warned the favorite to succeed him, Rodrigo Duterte, is a dictator in the making and will bring terror to the nation. Duterte, mayor of the southern city of Davao, has in turn accused Aquino's administration of planning "massive cheating" to ensure that his preferred successor, former interior secretary Mar Roxas, wins. Followers of Duterte, who has admitted links to vigilante death squads in Davao that rights groups say have killed more than 1,000 people, have warned of a "revolution" if he loses. Meanwhile, at least 15 people have died in election-related violence, according to national police statistics. In the latest suspected case, a grenade blast killed a nine-year-old girl behind the house of a powerful political warlord in the strife-torn province of Maguindanao late on Saturday, said Chief Inspector Jonathan del Rosario.
The girl's death has not yet been included in the tally, although it likely will be, according to del Rosario, spokesman for a police election-monitoring task force in Manila. Del Rosario said 90 percent of the nation's police force, or about 135,000 officers, were already on election-related duty and had been authorized to carry their assault rifles. Armed with laptops and smartphones, some 500 members of the Nahdlatul Ulama - one of the world's biggest Muslim organizations - are seeking to counter the Islamic State group's extremist messages. They are trying to hit back at IS's sophisticated Internet operations, which have been credited with attracting huge numbers from around the world to their cause. Internet propaganda is believed to have played a key role in drawing some 500 Indonesians to the Middle East to join IS, particularly among those living in cities where it is easier to get online. The dangers of the growing IS influence in Indonesia were starkly illustrated in January when militants linked to the jihadists launched a gun and suicide bombing attack in Jakarta, leaving four assailants and four civilians dead. It was the first major attack in Indonesia for seven years, following a string of Islamic militant bombings in the early 2000s that killed hundreds. As well as firing off tweets, the NU members have sought to dominate cyberspace by establishing websites promoting the group's moderate views, an Android app and web-based TV channels, whose broadcasts include sermons by moderate preachers.
The initiative has been building momentum for a while but started to pick up pace a few months ago. But it will be an uphill battle and the NU, which has been promoting moderate Islam for decades, conceded they have previously struggled to take on IS's hate-filled messages.
The online drive comes as the NU is set to take its campaign to promote their tolerant form of Islam onto the international stage this week, with a two-day meeting from Monday of moderate religious leaders from around the world. They aim to showcase their particular brand of the Muslim faith, known as "Islam Nusantara", to counter the IS jihadists' radical interpretation of Islam. Meaning "Islam of the Archipelago" - Indonesia is the world's biggest archipelago, comprising over 17,000 islands - it is accepting of diversity and stresses nonviolence. It grew up organically in Indonesia, as the religion entered the country gradually and had to mix with existing traditional beliefs such as praying at tombs, making it a naturally tolerant form of Islam. Nowadays, most of the approximately 225 million Muslims in Indonesia practice a moderate form of Islam. The NU wants to persuade Muslims from around the world to look for inspiration to Indonesia, where religious minorities and a multitude of ethnic groups mostly coexist harmoniously, rather than to harsher forms of Islam from the Middle East. Mohammad Shahidullah, 65, had been missing since leaving home on Friday morning before villagers last night found his body in a pool of blood in a mango grove in Rajshahi.
It comes amid a troubling rise in violence against religious minorities, liberal activists and foreigners in Bangladesh, with six murders since the start of last month alone.
The police officer said the killing of the self-proclaimed Sufi master was "similar" to other recent hacking deaths of religious minorities carried out by attackers with machetes or cleavers.
Sufi Islam is a mystical form of Islam popular in rural Bangladesh but considered deviant by many of the country's majority Sunni Muslims. They include the Saudi Arabia-inspired Salafis and Wahhabis, who are gaining strength in the country.
Suspected Islamists have been blamed for or claimed dozens of murders of atheist bloggers, liberal voices and religious minorities in recent years including Sufi, Shiite and Ahmadi Muslims, Hindus, Christians and foreigners.
In the past five weeks, two gay activists, a liberal professor, an atheist activist and a Hindu tailor who allegedly made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad were hacked to death. The Islamic State group and a Bangladeshi branch of Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for several of the killings. However the secular government in Dhaka denies that IS and Al-Qaeda are behind the attacks, saying they have no known presence in Bangladesh, and blames the killings on homegrown militants.
The fire, which started at 6 pm eastern (2200 GMT) last Sunday near the town of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, spread so quickly that the town's 88,000 inhabitants barely had time to leave. Officials said that, even though the fire had largely pushed through Fort McMurray and was heading quickly northeast through dry boreal forests, the town was still too dangerous to enter. Thousands of evacuees are camped out in nearby towns but stand little chance of returning soon. Some residents are complaining about the lack of news from the town, fire chief Darby Allen said in a video posted online late on Saturday. An Alberta government statement issued on Saturday night said the fire had consumed 200,000 hectares - an area the size of Mexico City - and would continue to grow. More than 500 firefighters are in and around Fort McMurray, along with 15 helicopters, 14 air tankers and 88 other pieces of equipment, officials said. An evacuee from the Fort McMurray wildfires sits on a bed at an evacuation center in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday. With a growing number of prominent Republicans refusing to fall in line, Donald Trump is standing firm in his assertion that the Republican Party doesn't have to be unified because he will gain Democratic votes to win in the fall.
Trump played down his problems unifying the GOP as he continued to assail Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, whom he's dubbed "Crooked Hillary". Trump is once again raising former president Bill Clinton's marital infidelities, a preview of how the billionaire businessman is likely to respond to general-election attacks from Hillary Clinton and her allies about his treatment of women. Trump appeared to be responding to news that Priorities USA, the lead super PAC backing Clinton, has already reserved $91 million in television advertising that will start next month. Medecins Sans Frontii??i??res (MSF) called on the government to reconsider its drastic decision and continue providing humanitarian assistance to more than 600,000 refugees in the East African nation. Kibicho said the government would close the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps "within the shortest possible time" because of national security concerns. He said Kenya had hosted more than 600,000 refugees for over a quarter of a century and had shouldered a 'very heavy economic, security and environmental burden' and asked for the support of the international community to expedite the process. However, human rights organizations have said despite the government's frequent statements that Somali refugees in Kenya are responsible for insecurity, officials have not provided credible evidence linking Somali refugees to any terrorist attacks in Kenya. Aelbrecht said the closure of Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp complex, would risk some 330,000 Somali lives and have extreme humanitarian consequences, forcing people to return to a war-torn country with minimal access to vital medical and humanitarian assistance.
Somali refugees gathered around a water point at Hagardhere refugee camp in Daadab, northern Kenya. Khan celebrated his landslide election victory Saturday in a multi-denominational ceremony at an Anglican cathedral accompanied by London's police chief, Christian and Jewish leaders, and stars of stage and screen.
They gave Khan a standing ovation as he pledged to be an approachable Everyman for his city of 8.2 million - including more than a million residents who, like him, happen to be Muslim.
Khan's Labour Party candidacy to lead London triumphed in the face of a Conservative campaign seeking to tar him as sympathetic to Islamic extremists. Leading Muslim activists in the Conservative Party expressed shame and anger over their own candidate Zac Goldsmith's attacks on Khan, saying they had recklessly stoked racism and intolerance. Many criticized Goldsmith's final published appeal in a right-wing Sunday newspaper warning that London stood "on the brink of a catastrophe" if it elected Khan.
Mohammed Amin, chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, said he had been disgusted by the Goldsmith campaign tactics. Amin said he voted for Goldsmith because he opposes Labour policies, but could not stomach campaigning actively for him - and instead took pride in seeing Londoners vote so strongly for a fellow Muslim of Pakistani background.
Leading Conservatives defended their campaign tactics, even as they expressed surprise at losing a post locked down for the past eight years by the eccentrically popular Conservative, Boris Johnson. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, who previously accused Khan of sharing a platform with a London imam sympathetic to the Islamic State extremist group, repeated those since-discredited claims Saturday and insisted such charges represented "the rough and tumble of politics". He also declined, when pressed several times on the matter, to withdraw his campaign claim that London's security would be jeopardized by Khan. Leading Russian musicians staged a classical concert on Thursday in the ancient theater of Syria's ravaged Palmyra in a show to herald Russia's successes against terrorists in the war-torn country. Famed conductor Valery Gergiev led Saint Petersburg's celebrated Mariinsky orchestra through pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Prokofiev and Rodion Shchedrin in front of a crowd of Russian soldiers, government ministers and journalists. Cellist Sergei Roldugin played a solo against the backdrop of the Roman amphitheater where jihadists from the Islamic State group staged mass executions less than a year ago. Syrian troops recaptured the UNESCO world heritage site from Islamic State group fighters in March.
Russian army sappers said last month they had demined the ancient site - known as the "Pearl of the Desert" - where jihadist fighters blew up ancient temples and looted relics. The Kremlin shipped foreign journalists to the concert as it basked in the retaking of Palmyra, one of the most significant achievements since it launched a bombing campaign in September.
Putin said that he saw the concert as a sign "of hope not just for the rebirth of Palmyra as a cultural asset for the whole of humanity, but for seeing modern civilization rid itself of this terrible scourge of international terrorism". Mikhail Pyotrovsky, the director of Russia's Hermitage Museum, told journalists at the scene that "Palmyra is injured but she has not been killed" and pledged help in restoring it. Sitting in the audience, Syrian tour guide Anwar Al-Omar told AFP that while he thought only Russia could help rebuild the ancient town he was downbeat about its prospects in the long-term. Gergiev is one of the world's best known conductors but has faced backlash in the West for his strongly pro-Kremlin views, with his tours sometimes interrupted by protesters. Gergiev also conducted a charity concert in Tokyo for victims of the Fukushima tragedy in 2012 and led a charity concert tour to raise funds for victims of Russia's Beslan school massacre in 2004. A live web broadcast showed the first-stage booster touching down vertically in the pre-dawn darkness atop a barge in the Atlantic, just off the Florida coast. Because of the high altitude needed for this mission, SpaceX did not expect a successful landing.
Musk said this was a three-engine burn for the booster's return, "so triple deceleration from the last flight". Musk contends rocket reusability is key to shaving launch costs and making space more accessible.
Already in the delivery business for NASA, SpaceX hopes to start transporting US astronauts to the International Space Station by the end of next year in the company's next-generation Dragon capsules. In a groundbreaking announcement last week, Musk said his company will attempt to send a Red Dragon to Mars in 2018i??i??and actually land on the red planet. Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday suspended a powerful lawmaker at the center of efforts to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, on grounds he tried to obstruct a probe into his alleged corruption.
Eduardo Cunha, the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, is the architect of the impeachment drive that is expected to force Rousseff to step aside from office on Wednesday.
He said his suspension, the latest in a whirlpool of corruption scandals, was retaliation for his campaign against Rousseff. Her supporters argued it was grounds for the impeachment drive now to be dropped, though it was not expected to spare her now that her case is in the hands of the Senate.
Despite facing criminal charges including bribery and hiding money in Swiss bank accounts, Cunha has survived months of attempts by prosecutors and a congressional ethics committee to see him brought to justice. A master backroom political operator, he is widely seen as the key figure in getting the impeachment proceedings greenlighted by the lower house in April. But the man Brazilians refer to as a real-life Frank Underwood - the corrupt US politician in the hit Netflix series House of Cards - appeared finally to have been brought down by the high court.
Justice Teori Zavaski slapped the suspension on Cunha on Thursday morning, and the full court ratified it later in the day. Zavaski said that Cunha had obstructed justice "to prevent the success of investigations against him".
With Rousseff likely to be suspended and replaced by her vice-president, Michel Temer, next week, Cunha would have moved up to first on the presidential succession list.
The government's top lawyer Jose Eduardo Cardozo said the suspension "shows that Mr Cunha abused his office". Rousseff is accused of manipulating government budget accounts with illegal loans, a charge which she describes as technical and not worthy of impeachment.
Cunha is accused of taking bribes as part of the corruption scheme centered on Petrobras, the huge state oil company. He is also being investigated by the congressional ethics committee over allegedly lying to Congress about possessing secret Swiss bank accounts. Justin Anderson, a local resident, packs his three children and dog into his truck as he prepares to leave the Christina Lake Lodge campground in Conklin, Alberta, on Thursday. A convoy of evacuees began the long drive out of work camps north of the fire-ravaged Fort McMurray area on Friday morning. Meanwhile, a mass airlift of evacuees was expected to resume, a day after 8,000 people were flown out. In all, more than 80,000 people have left Fort McMurray, in the heart of Canada's oil sands, and officials say no deaths or injuries related to the fire have been reported. Crews battling the fire got a little help with temperatures forecast to fall overnight to 16 C from 30 C.
The Alberta provincial government, which declared a state of emergency, said more than 1,100 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers were fighting the fire, but Chad Morrison, Alberta's manager of wildfire prevention, said rain is needed.
About 25,000 evacuees moved north in the hours after Tuesday's mandatory evacuation, where oil sands work camps were converted to house people. Officials said a helicopter would lead the evacuation convoy on Friday morning to make sure the highway is safe.
Fort McMurray is surrounded by wilderness, and there are essentially only two ways out via road.
Aided by high winds, scorching heat and low humidity, the fire grew from 75 square kilometers on Tuesday to 100 square km on Wednesday, but by Thursday it was almost nine times that - at 850 square km. Unseasonably hot temperatures combined with dry conditions have transformed the boreal forest in much of Alberta into a tinder box. The region has the third-largest reserves of oil in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. The wildfire was expected to incur the largest insured property losses from a single disaster in Canadian history.
Capital Markets analyst Tom MacKinnon said in a report on Wednesday that the insurance losses was estimated between $2 billion and $3.6 billion. Australian police have charged a 21-year-old woman with fraud after she allegedly spent $3.4 million that her bank mistakenly gave her, with much of the money reportedly lavished on handbags.
The woman, named in Sydney media as Malaysian chemical engineering student Christine Jiaxin Lee, reportedly splashed out on luxury apartment rentals, designer bags and other high-end items after her Australian bank gave her an unlimited overdraft on her savings account. Police arrested the woman as she attempted to board a flight to Malaysia on Wednesday night.
They said she had been charged with dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime. Reports said that Lee, who has been released on bail, allegedly spent the money between July 2014 and April 2015, and that some $2.4 million had not been recovered. Stapleton questioned whether the cash could be considered a "proceed of crime", saying "it's money we all dream about".
NSW state police detective inspector Sean Heaney told the ABC on Thursday that if members of the public find money in their accounts that should not be there, or they have an ability to overdraw on an account that they should not have, they should not spend the money.
The Food and Drug Administration's action brought regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco in line with existing rules for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco. The rules promise to have a major impact on the $3.4 billion e-cigarette industry that has flourished in the absence of federal regulation, making the nicotine-delivery devices the most commonly used tobacco products among US youngsters.
The FDA said it will require companies to submit e-cigarettes and other newer tobacco products for government approval, provide it with a list of their ingredients and place health warnings on packages and in advertisements. The FDA will require age verification by photo identification, ban sales from vending machines except in adults-only locations and stop the distribution of free product samples. The new regulations had been highly anticipated after the agency issued a proposed rule two years ago on how to oversee the e-cigarette industry and the other products. Burwell said health officials still do not have the scientific evidence showing e-cigarettes can help smokers quit, as the industry asserts, and avoid the known ills of tobacco. E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that vaporize a fluid typically including nicotine and a flavor component. The e-cigarette vapor industry, which includes e-cigarettes, vapors, personal vaporizers and tanks, is expected to have about $4.1 billion in sales in 2016, Wells Fargo estimated.
Three million US middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2015, compared with 2.46 million in 2014, according to the most recent federal data. A University of Southern California study of high school students last year found that those who used e-cigarettes were more than twice as likely to also smoke traditional cigarettes.
The Workers' Party of Korea, the ruling party of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, opened its 7th Congress on Friday. It is the first WPK congress in 36 years and the first under the leadership of Kim Jong-un.
Analysts say the congress may focus on further consolidating the policy of simultaneously developing nuclear weapons and the national economy, and might emphasize the DPRK's status as a nuclear state.
An estimated 3,000 party representatives will attend the meeting, which presumably will last three days. Yoon Hae-ryoong, a senior majoring in mechanics at Kim Il Sung University, told Xinhua that he sees the congress as a historical watershed in the revolutionary cause of the DPRK. He said the concurrent development of nuclear weapons and the national economy is a long-term strategic approach to dealing with "US imperialists". In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that China hopes the DPRK can "achieve national development" and "heed the calls of the international community and work with us to maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia". Pyongyang had announced in late October that the 7th WPK congress would be convened in early May. Cannabis may join the herb and spice rack in California kitchens as the most populous US state prepares for the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in November.
Chef Chris Sayegh is leading the way by taking haute cuisine to a higher place with his cannabis-infused menus in private homes for as much as $500 a head, or in "pop-up" banquets around Los Angeles for $20 to $200 a person.
Sayegh, 23, who cut his teeth in the kitchens of top restaurants in New York and California, said incorporating cannabis into his recipes creates an entirely new consciousness for diners that goes beyond the effects of a fine wine. Edible marijuana products are nothing new, and the market for them has evolved into a multimillion-dollar industry. Marijuana has been legally permitted in California for medical purposes since 1996, and voters are widely expected to pass a measure on the upcoming November election ballot to legalize pot as a recreational drug for adults statewide. Sayegh said he began experimenting with cannabis cuisine after growing tired of pot-baked brownies and other snacks. In the kitchen, Sayegh uses oil containing an extract of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis, and a "vaporizer" to infuse ingredients with THC. The livestreamed Cats Meok Bang show is a twist on an online trend of young South Korean men and women tucking into feasts in real time, while viewers send messages and sometimes virtual cash. While the stars of those programs seek a rapport with their fans, cat TV has gained viewers despite its uneventfulness.
Cats Meok Bang, a mash-up of the Korean words for broadcasting and eating, began by accident. Four months on, 110,000 South Koreans a month on average watch the show and more than 10,000 of them have bookmarked the show. During the slow hours after patients leave his office, Yoo Young-hoon, 49, a physician in Seoul, said he always plays the cat TV on the screen next to the medical chart. Unlike dogs that are considered loyal to their owners, cats do not have a positive image in South Korea. But viewers of the online cat show said they began paying attention to those animals roaming around the street with affection. Stray cats approach foods prepared by Koo Eunje, the 35yearold host of an online cat show in JeollaNamdo, South Korea. Alberta declared a state of emergency on Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires that have already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Canada's main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, forcing more than 80,000 residents to flee.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said fire had destroyed or damaged an estimated 1,600 structures. Danielle Larivee, Alberta's minister of municipal affairs, said the fire is actively burning in residential areas.
Fatalities have been reported from a collision on a nearby highway but she was unaware if it was related to the evacuation or fire.
There were haunting images of scorched trucks, charred homes and telephone poles, burned out from the bottom up, hanging in the wires like little wooden crosses. Some residents were evacuated for a second time late on Wednesday when they were told to leave their emergency accommodations in the nearby hamlet of Anzac. The blaze effectively cut Fort McMurray in two late on Tuesday, forcing about 10,000 north to the safety of oil sands work camps. The other 70,000 or so were sent streaming south in a bumper-to-bumper snake line of cars and trucks that stretched beyond the horizon down Highway 63. Firefighters were working to protect critical infrastructure, including the only bridge across the Athabasca River and Highway 63, the only major route to the city in or out.
Labour's Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, voted early in his multiethnic constituency of Tooting in south London. His main rival, environmentalist Zac Goldsmith, cast his ballot in the posh Richmond neighborhood west of the city center. The vote is seen as the first major electoral test for opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party has been rived by infighting over allegations of anti-Semitism. The results of the regional elections that are also being held in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will likely set the tone for the final seven weeks of campaigning ahead of Britain's June 23 EU membership referendum. In the Scottish Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's pro-independence party is looking to tighten its hold on power as it seeks to build support for a second vote on seceding from the UK following a failed referendum on the issue in 2014. If Britain as a whole votes to leave the European Union but Scotland votes to stay in, Sturgeon says that would be a pretext for her Scottish National Party to demand another independence referendum. In London, polls show the city facing a straight choice between Labour candidate Khan and his Conservative rival Goldsmith.
The campaign has been dominated by negative campaigning, with Goldsmith seeking to establish links between Khan and Muslim extremists, which Khan has consistently dismissed as "desperate stuff". Khan, 45, is the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver who became a human rights lawyer and government minister, while ecologist Goldsmith, 41, is a son of the late tycoon financier James Goldsmith, a scion of one of Britain's wealthiest families.
Despite the surface-level rancor, both candidates accept that the sky-high cost of homes and the city's creaking transport system are the dominant issues for voters. Of the 12 candidates, second preference votes for the top two are added on to determine the winner. London's Evening Standard newspaper endorsed Goldsmith on Wednesday, as he spent the last day of campaigning on a 24-hour tour of the city.
During a visit to a street market in south London on Wednesday, Khan told AFP his rival had run a "negative, divisive and increasingly desperate campaign". The new mayor replaces the eccentric Conservative Boris Johnson, whose eight-year term in office included the London 2012 Olympics and the launch of a cycle hire scheme dubbed "Boris Bikes". Out of London's City Hall, the fiercely-ambitious Johnson - a leading figure in the EU referendum's "Leave" campaign - is the bookmakers' favorite to become Britain's next prime minister. Sadiq Khan, Britain's Labour Party candidate for mayor of London, and his wife Saadiya pose for photographers after casting their votes for mayor in South London on Wednesday.
The leader of Bangladesh's top Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami is set to hang within days after the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld his death sentence for war crimes. Motiur Rahman Nizami was convicted of murder, rape and orchestrating the killing of intellectuals during the country's 1971 independence struggle. A defense lawyer for the 73-year-old said he would not seek clemency and Alam said jail authorities would begin preparing for the execution once they received a copy of the verdict.
Security has been stepped up in Dhaka, already tense after a string of killings of secular and liberal activists and religious minorities by suspected Islamist militants. Hundreds of people who had campaigned for the Islamist leaders to be tried for their roles in the 1971 war burst into impromptu celebrations at a square in central Dhaka and in the port city of Chittagong. Three senior Jamaat officials and a key leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the main opposition party, have been executed since December 2013 for war crimes despite global criticism of their trials by a controversial tribunal. Jamaat said the charges against Nizami were false and aimed at eliminating the leadership of the party, a key ally of the opposition BNP.
Nizami took over as party leader in 2000 and was a minister in the Islamist-allied government of 2001-2006.
Prosecutors said he was responsible for setting up the Al-Badr pro-Pakistani militia, which killed top writers, doctors and journalists in the most gruesome chapter of the 1971 conflict.
Their bodies were found blindfolded with their hands tied and dumped in a marsh on the outskirts of the capital. Prosecutors said Nizami ordered the killings, designed to "intellectually cripple" the fledgling nation. The 1971 conflict, one of the bloodiest in world history, led to the creation of an independent Bangladesh from what was then East Pakistan.
Nizami was convicted in October 2014 by the International Crimes Tribunal, which was established in 2010 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government and has sentenced more than a dozen opposition leaders for war crimes.
Rodrigo Duterte has a commanding lead in opinion polls ahead of the May 9 election, much to the dismay of business chiefs, investors and diplomats who see him as a clown with no clear economic policies and a possible liability for the country.
Brash and openly scathing of the political establishment on the campaign trail, he has been likened to US presidential candidate Donald Trump. And yet, Duterte's supporters point to his past to argue that as president, he would not be the disaster that critics fear. As mayor of Davao city in the south of the country, they say, the 71-year-old former prosecutor waged war on drugs, crushed crime rates, lifted investment levels, improved health and education, and delegated policy issues to technocrats. Eurasia Group, a global risk research firm, said in a report this week that the Philippines is likely to continue on the pro-growth and reform-oriented path set by outgoing President Benigno Aquino, regardless of who wins the election. It said that while Grace Poe, a senator who was at one stage the front-runner in opinion polls, appears more engaged and knowledgeable on economic policy, Duterte defers to capable advisers and is likely to pursue infrastructure development, administrative streamlining and openness to foreign investment.
Last week, members of the country's leading business club were stunned when Duterte addressed them in his usual style, threatening to kill criminals and making risque comments about Viagra use and his sex life, but shedding little light on the economic policies he would pursue if he became president. Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte (center) listens as Senate candidates Dionisio Santiago, right, and Sandra Camtalk to him while campaigning inManila.
A senator selected as a fact-finder by a special Senate commission considering the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff recommended on Wednesday that she be put on trial for possible removal from office. The Israeli military launched airstrikes early on Thursday on four Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to mortar rounds fired at Israel, the military said.
A bleeding pregnant woman dropped dead at the gates of Haiti's largest public hospital after failing to get help on Wednesday amid a weeks-old strike by resident doctors, nurses and other staff.
A woman has been found alive after six days in a collapsed building and rescuers were working to free her, a Kenyan government official said on Thursday. Rescuers were creating room to release the woman who was speaking to medics waiting to treat her, said Pius Masai, the head of the National Disaster Management Unit. The New Day newspaper is shutting down after only nine weeks after its circulation failed to meet expectations. Relative calm prevailed on Thursday in the Syrian city of Aleppo following a US-Russian agreement to extend a cessation of hostilities that had crumbled after nearly two weeks of violence between rebels and government forces that killed dozens. Syrian state media said the army would abide by a "regime of calm" in the city that came into effect at 1:00 am for 48 hours.
But the army again blamed Islamist insurgents for violating the agreement overnight by what it called indiscriminate shelling of some government-held residential areas of the divided city.
President Bashar Assad said on Thursday his country would not accept less than an outright victory against rebels in the northern city of Aleppo and across Syria, state media reported.
In a telegram sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Assad said the army would not accept less than "attaining final victory" in its fight against the rebels. Witnesses said at least one person was killed in rebel shelling overnight of the Midan neighborhood on the government side of the city.
A resident contacted in the rebel-held eastern part of the city said although warplanes were flying overnight, there were none of the intense raids seen during more than 10 days of aerial bombing.
People in several districts ventured out onto the streets where more shops than normal had opened, the resident of al Shaar neighborhood said. The only intense fighting reported was in the southern Aleppo countryside where Syria's al-Qaida offshoot Nusra Front is dug in close to where militias maintain a stronghold.
The surge in bloodshed in Aleppo wrecked the first major "cessation of hostilities" agreement of the war, sponsored by Washington and Moscow, which had held since February. Meanwhile, around 64,000 Syrians are stranded at the border with Jordan after intensified violence around Aleppo, Jordanian border guards said on Thursday.
Jordan, which is already home to more than 630,000 Syrian refugees, said it must screen newcomers to ensure they are genuine refugees and not jihadists seeking to infiltrate the country.
A Syrian refugee woman, who is stuck between the Jordanian and Syrian borders, holds her child as she crosses into Jordan after a group of refugees had crossed into Jordanian territory on Wednesday.
Davutoglu, who had fallen out with President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, announced he was stepping aside following a meeting with executives of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, which has dominated Turkish politics since 2002. Davutoglu indicated he did not plan to resign from the party, saying he would "continue the struggle" as a ruling party legislator. The shake-up is seen as the outcome of irreconcilable differences between Erdogan, who would like to see the country transition to a presidential system, and his once-trusted adviser.
But the adviser to Erdogan tried to act independently on a range issues and often proved to be a more moderating force to Erdogan. Crisis talks between the former political allies dragged out for nearly two hours on Wednesday but clearly failed to resolve their differences. Divisions between the Erdogan and Davutoglu camps first spilled into the open over the conflict with Kurdish militants. Erdogan took issue with Davutoglu after he spoke of the possibility of resuming peace talks with the PKK if it withdraws its armed fighters from Turkish territory.
Volunteers in opposition-held areas of Syria are forced to improvise as they carry out one of the world's most dangerous tasks: dismantling cluster munitions, land mines and explosive booby-traps as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for civilians to return. Booby-traps laid by the Islamic State group in the Kurdish-held town of Kobani, in northern Syria, have killed more than 20 volunteer sappers in 15 months, according to a senior regional official.
The sappers were all regular fighters in the main Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, who volunteered to take a munitions-clearance course based on Internet videos and shared experience. Still, the amateur demining effort continues in other parts of Syria, often with minimal training and no specialized equipment. An estimated 5.1 million Syrians live in what the UN's demining coordination body, UNMAS, calls "contaminated" areas, where unexploded ordnance poses a threat to life and limb. Defusing or otherwise neutralizing unexploded ordnance is a perilous task for even the best-trained technicians, to say nothing of volunteers. The weapons have been used extensively by the Syrian government, the Russian Air Force, and the Islamic State group in civilian areas throughout much of the war, according to evidence gathered by Human Rights Watch and other watchdog agencies.


The Syrian government has been able to rely on Russian military technicians to secure areas under their control, such as the ancient city of Palmyra, which pro-government forces retook from IS in March. But the writers were so good at doing their job and writing good scripts, so it actually got easier as the seasons progress. Is there anything you can tease us about the series finale and if many of our questions will get answered? I know everybody wants Amy and Ricky to end up together, and I guess you guys will see if that happens. We shot a lot of intense scenes, and to wrap up the show the way we did – I’ll never forget it.
They’re definitely coming in and out as far as new relationships that occur this next season.
In the beginning, when Secret Life first started Ricky was just a high school kid that didn’t really take any responsibility for his actions, and was just was kind of floating through life. And it was just daunting, and I got through it and I got through it well, and that was probably one of my most memorable scenes. The boys on the show, Greg Finley and Ken Baumann, we all became really close and a lot of times interviewers would come on to the set and they’d go behind the scenes and show them the trailers or the sets. And you can see it through the characters that were on Secret Life, whether certain things that happened in their lives they have to conquer and overcome. He was a bad boy, he will always have that toughness about him, but he was sensitive guy that always wanted to do the right things and he really was looking out for Amy and her best interests and John’s best interest. The first phase of the judgment is called the pre-advent judgment because it takes place before Jesus' second coming.
For this reason, this first phase of the judgment is also called the investigative judgment. God and His manner of handling the sin problem will be gloriously vindicated before the entire universe. When I accept Him as Saviour, He saves me from the guilt and penalty of sin and gives me the new birth. The Lord's goat, which was sacrificed on the day of atonement, represents Jesus, who assumed and paid for our sins on Calvary. It is also clear that, though forgiven, the record of these sins remains on heaven's books until the end of time (Acts 3:19-21).
The heavenly judgment is not complete until the judgment of the wicked takes placea€”immediately prior to their destruction at the end of the world. To make it possible for us to be certain regarding the timing for the judgment, God clearly specified it three times in Daniel chapter 7. The day of atonement in ancient Israel taught, through symbols, how God will handle the sin problem and bring harmony back to the universe by the atonement.
In addition to celebrities, he also focuses on ordinary people, as seen in the works in his latest show (below) in Beijing. It took him nearly four years to frame more than 1,000 famed faces, including actresses like Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi, and directors Zhang Yimou and Jiang Wen.
For instance, he took the photo of Zhang Ziyi when she rested while performing the leading role for the film Purple Butterfly in 2003. After visiting a solo show of the late American photographer Ansel Adams, famed for his charming black-and-white photography, Pang felt the power and beauty of the simple colors. The first act, which lasts 90 minutes, has the memorable action of ironing and folding a shirt, as some in the audience joked.
He made his only appearance when he was lit from behind a screen at the end of Act I, doing nothing but folding a shirt. He is the subject of this measured and calculated character study - of a character who is mostly absent from the stage yet increasingly comes into relief as each onstage character reminisces about him.
The freedom to express such views, no matter how biased, does not equal artistic ingenuity.
The only sliver of compassion he displayed was for his housekeeper, who seemed to sing his eulogy with clenched teeth. The way he listed the evils of the world before his suicide is a reminder of "the whips and scorns of time, the oppressors' wrong, the proud man's contumely, the pangs of despised love, the law's delay, the insolence of office", etc, when the prince of Denmark contemplated "making his quietus with a bare bodkin". Within the cloistered space of the stage, the balance is often tipped by actors' movements that are concentrated in one corner. When the historical recording of Hitler's speech and mass cheering shattered the Schusters' window glasses, the message came loud and clear. But in recent years, the village's well-preserved environment has become its greatest selling point.
Now the area has more than 10,000 people who work directly or indirectly in the tourism industry. On our second morning there, a light haze hung over the river, obscuring the view of buildings on the other bank. Before entering the valley, we were able to enjoy a show that recreated a scene of boat trackers on the bank pulling a traditional sailboat with ropes.
It extends along the Longjing Brook, whose mirror of light-indigo-blue water is half hidden under thick clumps of bamboo.
As we walk closer, we see it is the enactment of a traditional wedding ceremony by the local Tu ethnic group. There, tourists can enjoy a view of the peaks, the rocks and also a spectacular 1,500-meter-long karst cave.
It's a great experience to see it," Australian Stave Sloan says after viewing it as part of a 15-day cruise tour along the river. But her urban dreams are soon shattered as she is abducted by a group of people, taken to a village and sold to a family. She returns to the same village to reunite with her baby boy, whose biological father is her former captor. Through the abducted woman's perspective, readers not only see the problems of the rural areas, but also the different aspects of village life. So all the characters in the novel are part of the village, and each person has his or her position on issues," says Liang. They try to find ways to communicate with the outside world such as by doing business, and even with Hu Die to reach a reconciliation," she says. He started writing prose in 1965, and in 1992, he completed White Deer Plain, a novel based on the county annals of his hometown, Bailuyuan in Shaanxi. Half a century later, Putzmeister has become not only a global leader in concrete pump makers, but also the embodiment of the mittelstadt - Germany's small or medium-sized family-owned businesses with time-honored traditions, values and management practices (think Bosch and Trumpf). The German businessman was lambasted for "selling the German soul to the Chinese", while Sany was mocked as "a snake that swallowed an elephant". It would have been unreasonable for Putzmeister, which had been China's market leader since 1979, to compete with a new dominant force in the world's biggest market, he says. They saw eye to eye on a key issue - trust - and he empathizes with the humble roots of Liang Wengen, the founder of Sany, a backyard soldering stick maker turned billionaire entrepreneur. When you are successful at home, you want to go abroad to grow your businesses," Schlecht says, punching the air with his fist. Years before the Sany deal, Schlecht, a self-taught philosopher, became fascinated with Confucianism, especially the notion of "Confucian entrepreneurship", which calls for applying ancient Chinese wisdom to business practice. These are values he describes as the nuts and bolts of a global ethic for success, which he has championed. If old friends visit, he puts down his gardening tools to collect them at the airport in his black Mercedes.
He has inspired a new wave of young players who aim to match his career haul of 11 ranking titles. From Emperor Qinshihuang of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) onward, they have tried to uncover the recipe for immortality.
In that beautiful land full of springs, streams and picturesque mountains, Liu An gathered the best Taoist masters - eight of them - and started his search. They didn't succeed, but what was left in the tripod was a pure, white jelly-like substance. Doufunao literally means tofu brains while doufuhua is definitely more lyrical, translating as tofu flowers.
In the south, the tender jelly is sweetened with syrups made from plain or brown sugar and flavored with ginger juice. Or they deep-fry bean curd so that its texture changes and then braise the entire block in a gravy made with soy sauce and sweet spices. It's deep-fried, served with pickled cabbage and sweet chili sauce, boldly advertising its presence through its lovely pungency.
She is now a second-year art student in Shanxi province and works part time for 12 Buildings, a studio in Beijing.
Among the 32-year-old's creations is a white cat, which he has since turned into a popular emoji. To express various levels of anguish, for example, WeChat users can share an animation of the white cat crying while laughing, sobbing in a pool of tears, or wailing while clapping its hands.
In just a short while, she was producing work for instant-messaging tools like QQ and WeChat. The fox, which Xu created in high school, was among the first emojis made available on the QQ messenger in 2012. During the Chinese New Year holiday in February, he topped the emoji charts as users rushed to send friends and relatives seasonal greetings. However, he says China's animation industry lags behind those in the West and Japan, which have worldwide appeal. They hope a more masculine presence can have an effect, but it appears there is still some way to go.
Plus, because of the one-child policy, many children have grown up without siblings and tend to lead sheltered lives.
A post-80s generation artist, Yun graduated from the art department of Shenyang University, majoring in murals and frescoes, woodcarving and clay sculpture.
Yun can lay claim to creating the split-carving technique, which allows him to compose a piece at scale while keeping the realistic details intact. He feels proud of what he has done but says it is far from enough, with hopes that such a precious cultural relic will be recognized and loved by more and more people.
Now home to the iconic Tianzifang, the area is filled with numerous retail outlets, small snack shops, bars and cafes, most of which are occupied by tourists from other Chinese cities and abroad. Today, it is just another tourist attraction, albeit a very famous one, that only has a faint glimpse of its artistic core. Those who are in the area now are also planning to move out," says Yu, who recently led a team of students from Fudan University and Tongji University to conduct an in-depth survey on the current situation of Tianzifang, which is quickly losing its artistic soul to commercialization. Many men would smoke cigarettes and play poker on tables in the courtyard in the afternoon," says Zheng, who is widely regarded as "the father of Tianzifang". He leased out the 10,000-square-meter space occupied by the idle factories on a 20-year contract and moved the street market indoors.
This was also the time when Huang Yongyu, another well-known painter, named the area "Tianzifang" as a tribute to an ancient Chinese painter of the same name. Galleries, cafes and boutiques have since opened like clockwork alongside old Shanghai homes, imbuing the area with a unique charm not seen before in the city. Calls were made for the place to be torn down to make way for high-rise shopping malls that were part of a real estate project by Taiwan's ASE Group. Formerly a slaughterhouse, the place is now home to several creative agencies and design studios. But as time passed, I began to realize the importance of protecting the origins of the place," says Zhou.
Middle-aged housewives carrying bags of vegetables would squeeze past expats sipping cappuccino at outdoor cafes. Between 2004 and 2008, as many as 6,000 people would walk along Taikang Road's crowded lanes on weekends.
He is now paying 40,000 yuan and said that the rent will exceed 60,000 yuan after his current contract expires in two years. The place is now filled with more tourism-related items instead of original art works," says Yan, adding that he plans to move out of Tianzifang after fulfilling his rental contract despite his attachment to the area.
It's no surprise that many talented artists are leaving the area," says Zhou Xinliang, the resident of Tianzifang.
Over the past five years, retail outlets have steadily replaced the art studios and galleries, which now account for just 2 percent of the shops in Tianzifang. Though he said he does not think that this will lead to the demise of the place, he is concerned that it will eventually result in a change of appearance and the loss of its iconic architecture. This is getting lost in the process of commercialization," she says, adding that she is very impressed with how the buildings in Tianzifang are preserved.
London's Victoria and Albert Museum has peeled back fashion's layers to expose everything from long johns to lingerie in Undressed, an exhibition tracing the hidden history of underwear.
For centuries, people have worn undergarments for practical reasons of protection, hygiene and comfort - but there has always been an element of sexuality and drama as well.
The show, which features more than 200 items made between 1750 and the present day, is dominated by women's undergarments: corsets and crinolines, stockings and shifts, chemises and stays. More recent items include David Beckham boxer shorts and crotch-enhancing Aussiebum briefs.
There are 19th-century models with whalebone stays, a modern-day red and black rubber corset by House of Harlot, and one worn by burlesque artist Dita Von Teese with a wince-inducing 18-inch waist. The exhibition traces the history of brassieres, from their development as "bust supporters" in the 1860s through their wide adoption in the early 20th century to the introduction of Lycra in the late 1950s. Ehrman says people have been revealing their undergarments since at least the 16th century. In this exhibit, 110 years after the flight of '14 Bis', we want to show the young that using the imagination is a way of promoting discoveries," Gringo Caria, the curator of the exhibit, says. The world's first cafe using the tiny domestic unmanned aircraft as servers has opened in a Dutch university. Their skins are sometimes worn as a symbol of power by African chiefs, including South Africa's President Jacob Zuma.
Others include the National Geographic Society's Big Cats Initiative, the wild cat conservation organization Panthera and the Zoological Society of London. He pointed to Kenya, which bans all hunting, and neighboring Tanzania, which devotes more land to hunting than preservation. Rodriguez said that since then there have been six vandalism incidents as well as protests whenever Jewish or Israeli representatives visited. He accuses Turnbull, a 61-year-old self-made multimillionaire, of being out of touch with ordinary folks. Labor wants to reduce tax breaks on real estate to make it a less attractive investment for landlords. A Shorten government would put legislation to allow same-sex marriage to the Parliament within its first 100 days in power. The vote would not be legally binding and some conservative lawmakers have said they would vote down a gay marriage bill even if most Australians supported marriage equality. This is so people cannot photograph their ballots to prove to vote-buyers that they cast their ballots for the right candidates. A handful of cyber warriors operate from a small office in Jakarta, while the rest work remotely, and the group mostly communicate with one another over the web.
A squad of about 500 Muslims from the world’s biggest Muslim organization has begun its crusade to fight IS and its propaganda on social media to counter its influence on young Muslims. But there could be a possibility that he was killed by Islamist militants," said Rajshahi district police chief Nisharul Arif.
Provincial officials said displaced people would be better off driving to cities like Calgary, 655 km to the south, where health and social services are better. About half of the crude output from the sands, or one million barrels per day, had been taken offline as of Friday, according to a Reuters estimate. Much of the negative advertising against Trump is expected to focus on belittling statements he's made about women in the past.
Eng Karanja Kibicho announced on Friday that the government would no longer host refugees and was disbanding its Department of Refugee Affairs, which processes refugee registration. Supporters said Khan's own message - that a victory for him would show the world how tolerant and open Britain was - carried far more power.
The final round of ballot confirming confirmed early Saturday that Khan received 57 percent of votes, Goldsmith 43 percent. The article claimed that Khan and Labour considered terrorists their friends and would handicap police efforts to prevent another attack on London, 11 years after 52 Londoners died in suicide blasts on three subway trains and a bus committed by British-born Muslims. Before liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, he put the chances of a successful touchdown at "maybe even" because the rocket was coming in faster and hotter than last time.
The Senate was scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to open a trial and suspend Rousseff. It appeared the highway is safe enough on Friday to move thousands more south on the highway. The convoy will pass through Fort McMurray where the fire has torched 1,600 homes and other buildings. Morrison said the cause of the fire hasn't been determined, but he said it started in a remote forested area and could have been ignited by lightning. This amount of money would likely to be "by far the largest potential catastrophe loss in Canadian history," he said. Industry officials said the regulations could hurt smaller companies and cripple a their job-creating business due to the expense of the regulatory process. While some researchers believe e-cigarettes pose a lower cancer risk because they do not burn tobacco, other researchers view e-cigarette vapor as potentially harmful because of chemicals released during the burning process. They were asked instead to stay outside the meeting venue and interview Pyongyang residents. He said that as a young college student, he was lucky to take part in the parade and torch march before the meeting.
Cannabis dining, on the other hand, is a relatively new concept, and Sayegh wants to bring it to the masses.
Carrot confit gnocchi with cannabis-infused pea emulsion was followed by New York strip steak with parsnip puree and a "medicated" red wine reduction. In a country where young adults increasingly live and dine alone, the shows have become so popular, some hosts have made small or big fortunes from the virtual cash sent from viewers. Some avid fans say they quit watching soap operas, reading online news or playing mobile phone game to watch.
While visiting his mother-in-law in a mountainous village, Koo Eun-je, 35, saw a cat outside, wondered how it survived and put out leftover fish for it. Some viewers have sent Koo virtual cash items, which help cover his living expenses and cat food.
The show has replaced his time on Facebook and his day is full of newfound cat-related activities although he still does not plan to adopt one. Stray cats are called "thief cats" because they are believed to survive by stealing food from humans. But now once in a while I look down, like beneath a car, to see what kind of cats live near my house," said Park Tae-kyung, a 33-year-old computer graphic designer. Flames are being kept from the downtown area thanks to the "herculean'" efforts of firefighters, said Scott Long of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. Fort McMurray is surrounded by wilderness in the heart of Canada's oil sands - the third largest reserves of oil in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. There had been 2,500 evacuees registered at the local recreation center, although it was not known how many were still there when they were told to get on buses for Edmonton further to the south.
Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called it one of the largest fire evacuations in Canadian history, if not the largest. Now there is no bar to execute him unless he seeks clemency from the president and the president pardons him," said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam after the Supreme Court dismissed Nizami's final appeal. We hope the government will now execute him without wasting any time," said Imran Sarker, a secular blogger.
The Senate's website said Senator Antonio Anastasia made the recommendation for a Senate trial in a 126-page report he presented to the 21-member commission. The military said it hit "terrorist infrastructure sites" belonging to Hamas, the Islamic militant group which rules Gaza.
Hundreds of people gathered around the woman just outside the General Hospital compound in Port-au-Prince's crowded downtown.
The party will hold an emergency convention on May 22 to select a new party leader who would also replace the premier. It comes a day after Davutoglu's government scored a victory of sorts, with the European Union's executive commission recommending approval of a deal to give Turkish citizens the right to travel to Europe without visas. Davutoglu was expected to play a backseat role as Erdogan pushed ahead with plans to make the largely ceremonial presidency into an all-powerful position. But the death toll in the Kobani area was so high that the campaign there has been suspended, Hisso said. Members of the Civil Defense demining teams in Aleppo province have developed their own methods, including burning explosives in primitive pits and detonating unexploded cluster munitions by shooting at them. And all of the people that were there that day, you just don’t forget those types of moments, and thankfully I’m going to have that for the rest of my life, so probably the last day of shooting. I can’t really say who, but there’s definitely going to be some familiar faces that you’ve seen from other projects. And ever since he had John with Amy things changed drastically, and I think he made the most positive decisions in his life to put his son first and his girlfriend first priority.
Kenny was most known for always screwing with me during all these interviews, because he’s way more intellectual than I and Greg are, so he would just screw with us in the interviews.
And as people, as myself speaking about me, there’s a lot of obstacles in this business and in life in general, so from the show I just got keep your head up high, work hard, be respectful, polite, and good things will come.
So looking at it from an outside perspective that’s what I think, say you do get pregnant at a young age, those are the kinds of things that I would expect from the father of the child. Also, there is a link for the GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Rickey’s family, which includes two kids. At the close of the 1,000 years, the wicked dead of all ages will be raised (Revelation 20:5). Every lost soul since the world began, including Satan and his angels, now faces God in judgment. If God destroyed the records before this final phase of the judgment, He could be accused of a massive cover-up. Raped by Hei Liang, a member of that family, she lives through her troubles until her mother rescues her with the help of police and a reporter. It tells of changes to the land over 50 years from the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Evenings find him helping his wife, Brigitte, make his favorite Swabian noodles or pizza before he retreats to his home office to "fantasize" about new projects. From behind the wheel, the silver-haired Swabian then doubles as an animated tour guide to the picturesque Neckar Valley, his childhood home.
Barry Hearn, the chairman of World Snooker, says the Chinese government is pouring investment into sport, which will help the country dominate not only snooker, but also other sports within 10 to 15 years.
In the face of increasing globalization, food is also one of the last strong visages of community and culture. A fresh collection of 16 Budding Pop emojis released on March 12 was downloaded 4 million times within 24 hours. In 2005, Yun started his fruit pit carving career, and in 2007 he founded his workshop, Yiren Hequ, attracting many young artists to pit carving.
As an artist, you need to devote your feelings, explore your innovative techniques, and commit, he says.
Yun has done his part: creating the next generation of fruit pit carvers with the same dream. You choose and you program it like you want," student and project leader Tessie Hartjes says.
The plan is that investors won't price as many would-be owner-occupiers out of the housing market. Bush, the only former Republican presidents still living, said they would not back Trump's candidacy. That was the first successful landing at sea for SpaceX, which expects to start reusing its unmanned Falcon rockets as early as this summer to save money and lower costs.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is escorting 50 vehicles at a time, south through the city itself on Highway 63 at a distance of about 20 kilometers south and then releasing the convoy. Wall Street analysts expect the regulations to herald a new wave of consolidation led by big tobacco companies. It throws off the whole flavor of the dish," he said, adding that he "micro-doses" his dishes to the desired potency of individual clients. When the stray cats finally come to eat the food left out for them, people watching online sit enraptured by their feline charms. But it has helped change negative images of stray cats in South Korea, which has traditionally seen them as thieves. An update from the Municipality of Wood Buffalo later in the evening indicated the fire was continuing to claim homes and had destroyed a new school.
Rousseff is facing impeachment over allegations her administration violated fiscal laws by shifting around government funds to plug holes in the budget.
The Gaza Health Ministry said three children and a 65-year-old Palestinian suffered light-to-moderate injuries in an airstrike that hit a metal workshop in Gaza City. They covered her body in a blanket and carried it to a nearby radio station in an impromptu protest, chanting: "Medicine needs to work!" "This woman came here to get help but couldn't find any doctors. The newspaperi??i??the first title to launch in Britain in 30 yearsi??i??had been seen as a counter to the trend of declining newspaper sales in an online world.
So I’m very pleased with what the writers did with my character from the beginning to the end. I couldn’t really tell you what it is, because they’re pretty terrible pranks, but I would be basically blushing throughout the entire interview because I was so embarrassed.
The day is fast approaching when every person who has ever lived will have their lives reviewed before the all-knowing eyes of God (2 Corinthians 5:10).
In the heavenly court, Jesus, who loves you--your best friend--will be your attorney, judge, and witness. It will doubtless also confirm as lost those whose names are not judged in the pre-advent judgment. It declined in the mid-19th century, but the art is back in force in places like Suzhou, Weifang, Guangdong and Liaoning. Two former Trump rivals for the nomination, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, are among those who have also said they don't plan to back Trump. He said the Conservative campaign sought to frighten non-Muslim voters "about Khan, the alleged Muslim extremist".
That's not right," computer technician Jean Michel Tius said as he watched the crowd march away with the body.
I think he’s made a full circle and it was a pleasure to play and hopefully the fans will like to see that.
But we start very, very soon, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the cast, and that’s basically all I can say. Although we are saved by grace, rewards will be given based on works, deeds, or conduct--which prove the genuineness of a Christian's faith (James 2:26).
The life of every lost person (including Satan and his angels) will be carefully reviewed by the righteous, who will then totally agree with Jesus' decisions regarding the reward for each one. Amazingly, he succeeds in convincing the nations of earth that they can capture the holy city. Guardian angels will probably shed tears over the loss of the people they protected and loved for years. Satan will be punished (as will all other sinnersa€”Revelation 20:12-15) for his own sins, which will include responsibility for (1) the existence of sin, (2) his own evil actions, and (3) influencing every person on earth to sin.
The divine sequence is stated three times (verses 8-14, 20-22, 24-27) in this one chapter as follows:a€?A. Since the judgment is God's work and He has all the facts, we should stop judging others and let God do it. The divine sequence is stated three times (verses 8-14, 20-22, 24-27) in this one chapter as follows:A. The woman has been given oxygen and she is trapped in small corner of her room, said Abbas Gullet, head of the Kenya Red Cross. The righteousness of the law will be fulfilled by Jesus in all of His people (Romans 8:3, 4). On four occasions when the book of Revelation mentions the great judgment, it brings forth praise and thanksgiving!
To claim that this is impossible is to doubt Jesus' word and His power.a€?a€?The judgment is not to inform God.
Instead, it simply confirms the choices which people have already made to serve either Jesus or another master (Revelation 22:11, 12).
This is what the symbolism of the transfer of sin to the scapegoat (Satan) on the day of atonement is meant to convey.
To claim that this is impossible is to doubt Jesus' word and His power.The judgment is not to inform God. All begin new year with a clean slate.a€?a€?These five symbolic steps represent literal atonement events which are instituted from the heavenly sanctuary--God's celestial headquarters for the universe. All begin new year with a clean slate.These five symbolic steps represent literal atonement events which are instituted from the heavenly sanctuary--God's celestial headquarters for the universe.
However, the redeemed people will be coming to heaven from a world that has been degraded by sin.
The first point above is the symbol of the literal atonement event of the first point below; the second point above is the symbol of the second point below, etc. However, we must be prepared for serious consequences when we decide contrary to His Word.a€?D. However, we must be prepared for serious consequences when we decide contrary to His Word.D. Both the angels and the inhabitants of other unfallen worlds would certainly feel uneasy about admitting anyone to God's heavenly kingdom who might start sin all over again.
The books and records are available.a€?a€?No Cover-Upa€?God is not involved in some celestial cover-up.
God loves us so much that He has given us the books of Daniel and Revelation to make these end-time issues clear.
The books and records are available.No Cover-UpGod is not involved in some celestial cover-up.
Our only safety lies in listening to Him and following His counsel from these great prophetic books.a€?E. Our only safety lies in listening to Him and following His counsel from these great prophetic books.E. Satan's real aim has always been to discredit God as unfair, ruthless, unloving, and untruthful. The heavenly books will be helpful to the righteous because they will show how the grace of the gospel changed their lives.a€?J. The heavenly books will be helpful to the righteous because they will show how the grace of the gospel changed their lives.J. This makes it even more important for all beings in the universe to see firsthand how extremely patient God has been with sinners.
Everything is open, and every person who has ever lived plus all the good and bad angels will be viewing this drama of all dramas.a€?a€?The Lost Fall to Their Kneesa€?Suddenly there is a movement.
His deceiving strategies are so effective and so convincing that all but a very few will be ensnared. Everything is open, and every person who has ever lived plus all the good and bad angels will be viewing this drama of all dramas.The Lost Fall to Their KneesSuddenly there is a movement.
A Neglected Imperativea€”Making Him LordJesus placed continuing emphasis upon His Lordship because He knew that crowning Him Lord would be a forgotten and neglected imperative (2 Corinthians 4:5). One lost soul drops to his knees to admit his guilt and openly confess that God was more than fair with him. Unless I make Him Lord of my life, there is no way I can ever become a full-grown Christian clothed in Christ's righteousness.
Without Jesus' resurrection power in our lives daily to protect us from the devil's traps, we will be devastated by Satan. It will be unanimous that God has been loving, fair, gracious, and kind in dealing with all.
Then in one great, almost simultaneous move all remaining people and evil angels, including Satan, fall prostrate before God (Romans 14:11).
They openly clear the name of God from all false accusations and give witness to His loving, fair, merciful treatment of them.a€?a€?All Confess That the Sentence Is Faira€?All confess that the sentence of death pronounced upon them is fair--the only safe way to handle sin.
They openly clear the name of God from all false accusations and give witness to His loving, fair, merciful treatment of them.All Confess That the Sentence Is FairAll confess that the sentence of death pronounced upon them is fair--the only safe way to handle sin.
The accusations and claims of Satan have been exposed and unequivocally discredited as the perverse lies of a hardened sinner. Instead, it basically confirms the choices that people have already made either to serve Jesus or to choose another master.



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