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Delaware State Police arrested a 50-year-old man Hope Wheatley from Laurel, DE and 30 Amanda Adkins of Bridgeville, DE for obstructing prosecution after an incident in the Lewes area earlier this month.

On June 9, 2022, at approximately 7:36 p.m., Hope Wheatley and Amanda Adkins entered the Tokyo Steakhouse restaurant located at 17906 Coastal Highway, accompanied by Danny Adkins, 52, of Laurel, DE. Danny Adkins is a registered sex offender who is actively wanted by police on two felony warrants. The three subjects left the restaurant before the soldiers could respond. Hope and Amanda did not cooperate with the soldiers when questioned about their involvement with Danny Adkins.

Hope Wheatley

On June 29, 2022, Hope Wheatley was taken into custody at her home without incident. She was transported to Troop 4 and charged with obstruction of prosecution (felony). Hope was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace in Court No. 2 and released on her own recognizance.

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Amanda Adkins

On June 29, 2022, Amanda Adkins responded to Troop 4 of her own volition, where she was charged with obstructing prosecution (felony). Amanda was arrested by the Justice of the Peace in Court No. 2 and released on her own recognizance.

The Delaware State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Danny Adkins. He currently has two active arrest warrants and his whereabouts are unknown. Adkins is described as a Caucasian male, about 5 feet 09 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Attempts to locate Adkins were unsuccessful. Soldiers are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Detective C. Simpson of the 4 Troop Major Crimes Unit at 302-752-3855, or by calling 9-1-1. Information may also be provided by sending a private Facebook message to Delaware State Policeby contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or via the Internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

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Tour de France 2022: cyclists to watch – OlympicTalk https://katsushika.org/tour-de-france-2022-cyclists-to-watch-olympictalk/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://katsushika.org/tour-de-france-2022-cyclists-to-watch-olympictalk/

Ten riders to watch at the Tour de France, live on NBC Sports and Peacock July 1-24 (broadcast/streaming schedule here)…

Tadej Pogacar
United Arab Emirates/Slovenia team
Winner of the Tour de France 2020, 2021

In 2020, Pogacar became at 21 the second youngest winner in the history of the race, after Henry Cornet in 1904, and the first man in over 60 years to cycle for the first time with the yellow jersey on the last day of a Tour. In 2021, Pogacar was more dominant, taking the lead on stage eight and keeping it until the end of the Tour. He won by 5 minutes, 20 seconds, the biggest gap since 2014. Pogacar enters as heavy favorite to join Chris Froome as three-time Tour de France champions for the past 27 years (not counting the stripped Lance Armston). He can also join Eddy Merckx as the only men to have won the Tour in each of their first three starts. Again, the question is whether a deep team like Jumbo-Visma can find the winning strategy to defeat him.

Primoz Roglic
Vice-champion of the Tour de France 2020

The converted junior ski jumper was the favorite to win the 2020 Tour and wore the yellow jersey in the decisive penultimate stage. But Pogacar won that crucial time trial by a monstrous 81 seconds, easily erasing the 57-second deficit on Roglic. However, it was a historic Slovenian double on the podium in Paris. In 2021, Roglic withdrew before the ninth stage of the Tour after being compromised by a fall six days earlier. This year, Roglic won the Criterium du Dauphine, a key race in the Tour.

Jonas Vingegaard
Vice-champion of the Tour de France 2021

Assumed the Jumbo-Visma leadership role after Roglic withdrew from last year’s Tour on his second Grand Tour. Played admirably, dropping Pogacar on Mont Ventoux en route to his second place overall, well behind Pogacar. Seven years younger than Roglic, he is perhaps not only the future of the team, but also its present. He was second at the Dauphine behind Roglic, and they could be tagged for roles as co-leaders of the Tour in a bid to dethrone Pogacar.

Geraint Thomas
Ineos Grenadiers/Great Britain
Winner of the Tour de France 2018

Ineos is no longer the dominant force it once was. Neither does Thomas, who is 36 years old. Younger teammates Adam Yates and Dani Martinez maybe better shots on the Tour podium, but Thomas is the undisputed face of the team. He won the Tour de Suisse, which is one of the two main preparatory races for the Tour with the Dauphine. The Tour de Suisse field did not include Pogacar, Roglic or Vinegaard.

Chris Froome
Israel–First Tech/Great Britain
Winner of the Tour de France 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017

The most decorated cyclist in the peloton with seven titles across the three Grand Tours, the last in 2018. Hasn’t been an overall contender since 2019, when he broke his right femur, elbow and multiple ribs, was in intensive care and underwent surgery for several hours after crashing into a wall at 34 miles per hour. At 37, who knows how many Tours he has left.

Pierre Sagan
Seven-time Tour de France green jersey record

Won his last green jersey title for sprinters in 2019, which was also the last time he won a stage. Withdrawn from last year’s Tour before stage 12 due to knee injury. Rival Marc Cavendish won the green jersey competition, but Cavendish was not selected for this year’s Tour. He withdrew from the Tour de Suisse after testing positive for COVID-19 for the third time, although he said he had no symptoms.

Fabio Jakobsen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl/Netherlands
Vuelta a Espana 2021 Sprint Champion

Replaced Cavendish as Quick-Step sprinter and could be the green jersey favorite on his Tour debut aged 25. Won five stages at the 2021 Vuelta a Espana and has 10 wins in total this year. In 2020, he suffered an accident at the Tour of Poland finish line which led to him being placed in a medically induced coma. Injuries included brain and lung contusions, skull fractures, a broken nose and the loss of 10 teeth.

Wout van Aert
Six-time Tour de France stage winner

A support runner for Roglic in recent years, van Aert has added green jersey ambitions this year. You have to take him seriously, given his credentials: three world titles in cyclo-cross, Olympic medals and world championships in time trials and road races, a stage winner on each of the last three Tours and a fourth as queen of the mountains. ranking last year. He bumped a knee against the handlebars during training 10 days before the Tour and withdrew from the Belgian nationals as a precaution.

Sepp Kuss
Only American to win a Tour de France stage since 2011

There was a bit of concern that Kuss wouldn’t make Jumbo-Visma’s Tour de France deep roster. But he is back in his usual role supporting team leader(s) Roglic (and Vingaard). In 2020, Kuss was often the man riding ahead of Roglic on the big climbs. In 2021, the Durango, Colorado native won a stage after Roglic forfeited. The last time an American won a Tour stage was a sprinter Tyler Farrar in 2011.

Philippe Ganna
Ineos Grenadiers/Italy
Double time trial world champion

Passed Australia Rohan Denis as the best time trial in the world. Fifth on a hilly Tokyo Olympic course. Here he will be favored to wear the yellow jersey on his Tour debut given that the first stage is a flat time trial. Ganna is also an Olympic champion and world champion in track cycling in the pursuit events.

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Protecting biodiversity starts in the community https://katsushika.org/protecting-biodiversity-starts-in-the-community/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://katsushika.org/protecting-biodiversity-starts-in-the-community/

Amid shaky global negotiations on biodiversity protection that have been stalled by the Covid-19 pandemic, a researcher who has studied the impact of humans on nature around the world argues there is hope to be found in local initiatives.

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In March in Geneva, 195 countries debated the next global biodiversity framework. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, negotiations have been deadlocked for more than two years. The latest global biodiversity agreement, known as the Aichi Biodiversity TargetsExternal link, expired at the end of 2020 and a new biodiversity framework is needed to replace them. But in Geneva, participants failed to produce concrete goals for moving forward, or even agree on overarching goals for the next framework. Another negotiation meeting is scheduled for July in NairobiExternal link, Kenya, ahead of the UN Biodiversity Summit in Montreal, Canada in December. But the process was characterized by a lack of urgency, according to many NGOs present at the Geneva negotiations.

Threats to nature persist

The pandemic has interrupted biodiversity management efforts in many places, and global threats to nature have continued largely unabated. Although the early days of the pandemic heralded the return of dolphins and swans to crowded waterways and mobility was significantly restricted due to pandemic response strategies, consumption and land use patterns hardly changed – with impacts on nature all too clear. And as weeks of lockdown stretched into months, it became clear that humanity’s response to the pandemic was itself harming nature.

As pointed out International Conservation,External link “There is a misperception that nature is ‘taking a break’ from humans during the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, many rural areas in the tropics face increased pressure from land grabbing, deforestation, illegal mining and wildlife poaching.

The situation in developed countries is even more insidious. The amount of plastic waste resulting from sanitation has exploded and the resulting plastic pollution has skyrocketed in many countries in Europe and the Americas, which had tried to phase out the use of plastics. And in the developed world, people fleeing cities out of fear or simply to take advantage of remote working are driving demand for resources and energy-intensive single-family homes in suburban or rural areas.

Overall, there have been some positive developments for biodiversity conservation as a result of the pandemic, including greater attention to regulating wildlife trade, but researchers around the world have noticed many other negative impacts.

reason to hope

A goal of protecting 30% of global ecosystems by 2030 was discussed ahead of the upcoming biodiversity summit in Montreal. To achieve this requires not only a return to pre-pandemic levels of aspiration, but also an overshoot of them. While it may seem daunting after two years of little progress, we must remember that the real work of implementation takes place in local communities. There are already a large number of successful biodiversity practices and initiatives underway in various contexts around the world.

The Regional Centers of Expertise (RCE) are an example of this. There are 175 RCEs around the world, each bringing together local actors to advance Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). These NCEs join formal education providers (such as schools and universities) with non-formal education providers (such as city governments, national parks, museums and zoos) to use education and training in order to promote an integrated sustainable development program in a given region.

Launched in 2003, the NCE initiative is facilitated by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo and funded by Japan’s Ministry of Environment.

The protection and restoration of the biosphere have been at the heart of the concerns of the RECs since their creation. The recent publication Engaging Communities for Biodiversity Conservation: Education for Sustainable Development Projects from the RCE Global NetworkExternal link highlights successful cases such as the restoration of mangrove ecosystems in Bangladesh and the Philippines or the reduction of human-wildlife contact in Brazilian and Kenyan communities. The post offers many other concrete examples of how communities around the world have used education as a mechanism to take concrete action to protect biodiversity in their area. Whether taking an ecosystem or species-based approach to conservation, the NCE projects featured offer the next steps we can all take in our own communities to translate education into action to protect the biosphere.

Clearly, we will need global goals and targets in the future as we seek to protect nature around the world. But with these examples, where communities have been able to take the lead in using education and training to implement biodiversity conservation, we are that much closer to making these elusive global goals a reality. .

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Tom Pidcock and Connor Swift of Yorkshire will participate in the Tour de France this summer https://katsushika.org/tom-pidcock-and-connor-swift-of-yorkshire-will-participate-in-the-tour-de-france-this-summer/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:06:00 +0000 https://katsushika.org/tom-pidcock-and-connor-swift-of-yorkshire-will-participate-in-the-tour-de-france-this-summer/

Pidcock will make his big race debut as part of the eight-man Ineos Grenadiers squad tasked with trying to reclaim the yellow jersey that at some point in the last decade they never seemed to give up.

The honor for Pidcock only comes in his second year in the professional road racing peloton, a period in which the 22-year-old from Leeds demonstrated his versatility as a cyclist by winning gold in the the Olympic mountain bike race in Tokyo last August and the rainbow jersey at the cyclo-cross world championships in the United States in America.

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Pidcock’s main objective as the Tour moves through Denmark and then its traditional heartland of France is to help team leader Geraint Thomas fight for the overall victory he claimed in 2018.

A year later, Egan Bernal won it again for the Sky/Ineos machine, their seventh victory in eight years, but the last two belonged to Slovenian prodigy Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates, who will walk away as heavy favorites.

The second Yorkshireman to descend the ramp for Friday’s opening 13.1km time trial is Connor Swift, the 26-year-old former British road race champion from Doncaster who is racing in the Tour de France for the third consecutive year.

Swift will once again play a supporting role for her French team Arkea Samsic. He has recorded two top-20 finishes during his Tour de France career.

Two Yorkshiremen in the race is something to behold, as not too long ago – even in 2014 when the Grand Depart arrived in Yorkshire – there were just four British riders in the entire race.

TOM PIDCOCK: The Olympic mountain bike champion from Leeds will race the Tour de France this summer. Photo: Getty Images.

There are seven in this year’s edition, which ends in Paris on Sunday July 24, including four-time winner Chris Froome for Israel Premier Tech and a quartet at Ineos – Pidcock, Thomas, Luke Rowe and Adam Yates.

Pidcock is only entering his second career Grand Tour less than two weeks after contracting Covid-19, which forced him to withdraw from the Tour de Suisse.

Yates, 29, also pulled out of this race with the virus but joins Thomas, Dani Martinez, time trial specialist Filippo Ganna, Jonathan Castroviejo and Dylan van Baarle.

CONNOR SWIFT: Will also be at the Tour de France this summer. Photo: Getty Images.
Cash on Your Mobile looks at flexible ways to get loans https://katsushika.org/cash-on-your-mobile-looks-at-flexible-ways-to-get-loans/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 23:33:33 +0000 https://katsushika.org/cash-on-your-mobile-looks-at-flexible-ways-to-get-loans/

Cash on your mobile is a reliable and trustworthy company offering a wide range of comprehensive loan services. In a recent update, the team looked at several flexible ways to get loans.

Milton, Queensland – June 27, 2022 – In a recent post on the website, the company highlighted the terms and conditions that a customer should consider when looking for the best cash loans Brisbane offers.

That’s why they do everything to encourage customers to have better scores. They can help a client obtain a loan, helping them resolve their financial situation. So whether a client is looking for extra dollars to pay for rent or groceries, the team knows the proper steps to get a great result.

The Cash on Your mobile team knows how intimidating applying for a loan from the bank can be. So they developed payday loans in brisbane to relieve customers of stress and phone calls to accept loan applications. The gain can go up to one year.

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El Sherbini and Asal win titles at the end of the PSA World Tour Finals season https://katsushika.org/el-sherbini-and-asal-win-titles-at-the-end-of-the-psa-world-tour-finals-season/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 23:15:26 +0000 https://katsushika.org/el-sherbini-and-asal-win-titles-at-the-end-of-the-psa-world-tour-finals-season/

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]]> McLaughlin breaks his own 400-meter hurdles record with the magic of “Track Town, USA” https://katsushika.org/mclaughlin-breaks-his-own-400-meter-hurdles-record-with-the-magic-of-track-town-usa/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 23:59:00 +0000 https://katsushika.org/mclaughlin-breaks-his-own-400-meter-hurdles-record-with-the-magic-of-track-town-usa/

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EUGENE, Ore., June 25 (Reuters) – Focus, skill and a bit of “Track Town, USA” magic propelled Sydney McLaughlin to break her own world record – yet again – in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday.

The Olympic gold medalist won the U.S. Championships final in 51.41 seconds at Hayward Field, bettering her own benchmark time at the American track paradise of Eugene, Oregon.

The 22-year-old took the lead early and never gave the rest of the field a fighting chance, clinching her place at the world championships in front of an adoring crowd.

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“It’s Track Town, USA, what can you expect?” McLaughlin said. “Every time I come here, I can just feel that something amazing is going to happen.”

She previously set the record with a performance of 51.90 seconds at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene almost a year ago to the day, only to break that figure in Tokyo, claiming gold in 51.46.

“I don’t see anything like the first time you do it, just crossing that line in awe,” she told reporters, when asked to compare which of her record-breaking efforts meant the most.

“It’s just a great indicator of where we are and hopefully (we) go home and work on some things.”

Short of lane five, McLaughlin put in a flawless performance with her opponents offering little pressure to push her towards the finish line.

McLaughlin, who also won a gold medal in the relay in Tokyo, offered a quiet smile and a double thumbs-up as his achievement became clear.

Britton Wilson finished 1.67 seconds behind Shamier Little taking third in 53.92.

“Zone on what I need to focus on puts me in a head space to really not worry about anyone else and focus on 10 my obstacles,” she said after the race, adding that she plans to celebrate by eating “real food – alongside vegetables.”

McLaughlin faces a potential world championship showdown with her main rival and defending champion Dalilah Muhammad, who was absent from the national championships due to injury.

She finished second to Muhammad by seven hundredths of a second at the 2019 Doha World Championships.

McLaughlin took a 52.90-second victory in Friday’s semifinal and a 54.11-second victory in Thursday’s playoff.

The top three in Eugene, Oregon, who meet certain qualifying standards, and the reigning world title holders will compete in the world championships, which will be held in the United States for the first time from July 15 on the same track. Read more

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bne IntelliNews – Soaring inflation is forcing more Russians to take out ‘payday’ loans https://katsushika.org/bne-intellinews-soaring-inflation-is-forcing-more-russians-to-take-out-payday-loans/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 19:09:50 +0000 https://katsushika.org/bne-intellinews-soaring-inflation-is-forcing-more-russians-to-take-out-payday-loans/

Skyrocketing inflation is forcing more and more Russians to take out expensive short-term loans to last until the end of the month when they get their paycheck.

Russians took out more consumer loans just to cover daily expenses in May this year than during the coronavirus crisis. Short-term loans for “emergency purposes” to cover a monthly shortfall accounted for 10% of all personal loans taken out in May, compared to 6% in the same month a year earlier, reports the Central Bank of Russia (CBR). . The number of applications for these loans also increased by 1 pp from April to May and by 2.5% year on year, Kommersant reports.

In addition, the average loan size has also increased. Experts believe it’s because banks have clamped down on the number of loans they issue and are imposing stricter rating criteria in a bid to contain the growth of non-performing loans (NPLs) as Russia heads towards recession, due to the extreme sanctions imposed. by the West after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

“In May 2022, 2.38 million payday loans of up to RUB 30,000 ($563) for up to 30 days were issued for a total of RUB 21.59 billion. This is the highest volume since December of last year, and is 16% higher than the previous year. According to the Central Bank, in January-March throughout Russia microloans were issued [worth] 175 billion rubles,” the National Bureau of Credit History said.

Soaring inflation is at the root of the problem, which is eating away at incomes faster than companies can raise wages. Inflation is at multi-year highs even after falling from 17.8% in April to 17.1% in May.

And the pressure is unlikely to let up any time soon, even after the CBR’s emergency interest rate hike to 20% just after Russian forces crossed the Ukrainian border, which appears to have effectively contained inflation. As price growth pressures ease, CBR cut rates to pre-war level of 9.5%, but inflation remains in double digits, disproportionately hurting the poorest .

CBR currently forecasts average inflation this year in the range of 14%-17% and 5%-7% next year, while the prime interest rate is expected to fall back towards 4% in 2024, says CBR , but that doesn’t mean helping low-income families in the meantime, because high inflation reduces real incomes.

Less than a quarter (23%) of Russian borrowers are confident they will be able to repay loans they have already taken out, according to a newly released survey by Kept (formerly KPMG) conducted in April-May, while three-quarters of Russians anticipate problems in meeting debt payment obligations. The survey covered not only individual bank customers, but also small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This uncertainty is caused by the fear of losing jobs. Unemployment has not risen from the current figure near post-Soviet lows of just over 4%, despite an expected economic contraction of 8% to 15% this year, but regional authorities are already signaling early signs growing tension in labor markets. At the height of the coronavirus (COVID-19), pandemic unemployment exceeded 8% and is expected to rise to those levels in the coming year. In anticipation, the vast majority (93%) of Kept respondents plan to cut costs in anticipation of tougher times ahead.

Borrower anxiety has yet to show up in banking statistics, although the CBR stopped reporting some key variables like NPLs and industry earnings in April.

As of April 1, loans overdue by 90 days or more (the definition of NPL) exceeded 1 trillion rubles, but as a percentage this is only 4.1% of banks’ portfolio and less than last September ( 4.3%), reports Kommersant. Sberbank told the publication that the share of loans overdue by a day or more is only 1.5% and that “no problems” are visible with regard to corporate clients.

However, banks and the government are already taking action: banks can restructure problem loans and the CBR said in its last May banking update that the government has used money from the National Welfare Fund (NWF) to recapitalize important companies. The problems were mitigated by credit vacancies and restructurings, without which bad debts in April-May could have increased by 15%, Kommersant cites experts who estimate that one in seven borrowers have lost the ability to repay their debt. Independent expert Andrei Barkhota said Kommersant that bad debts could increase by 25 to 30% by the end of the year.

The state is already planning to step in to cushion the blow with a 4 trillion ruble ($67.8 billion) welfare package to cushion the economic blow of war in Ukraine. The Ministry of Finance announced a 10% increase in pensions in early June, the Bank of Finland’s Institute for Emerging Economies (BOFIT) said in its June 10 weekly update. As Russians still retire relatively young, families with a pensioner, who usually also have a part-time job, tend to be among the safest. Most Russians see a pension not as a retirement plan, but as a supplement that pays for a better standard of living in the second half of their life.

“The previous 8.6% increase in pensions was scheduled for the start of this year. The increases are intended to compensate retirees for rising consumer prices. As for the increase now made, it represents compensation for the sharp rise in prices that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” reports BOFIT.

The government’s spending plan aims to boost wages and social benefits for millions to mitigate the economic fallout from the country’s invasion of Ukraine. A bill signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on June 21 will also increase Russia’s minimum wage and living wage, by around 10%, according daily business Vedomosti. Under the new measures, families with children under the age of three will also increase. There will also be more financial support for low-income families with children up to age 17. The proposal was presented by President Vladimir Putin last week at a televised meeting of the Russian Council of State, where he stressed that the main task of the Kremlin would be to ensure that the minimum wage remains above of the “minimum subsistence”.

Take a Tasty Food Tour During ‘Delicious Little Tokyo’ – NBC Los Angeles https://katsushika.org/take-a-tasty-food-tour-during-delicious-little-tokyo-nbc-los-angeles/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 23:57:25 +0000 https://katsushika.org/take-a-tasty-food-tour-during-delicious-little-tokyo-nbc-los-angeles/
  • June 25 and 26, 2022
  • Events are sold separately; the self-guided Matcha Mania walking tour is $32
  • Matcha, spam musabi, saimin, and other goodies are in the spotlight

Meeting a good friend for a good lunch in Little Tokyo?

It is a joy to anticipate such a meeting, and discussing all the many dining options, and what you might share, and where you might go for a drink first or dessert after your meal, is part of the race for appetite. -until your delicious date.

How, though, do you get to know all those mouth-watering options that make DTLA so lively?

Keeping an eye out for a tasty activity like Delicious Little Tokyo, which will take place, like a palate-pleasing party, throughout the weekend on June 25-26.

Like ordering from an expansive menu brimming with a la carte choices, Delicious Little Tokyo allows attendees to choose exactly the types of events they would like to attend.

Purchasing a ticket for the tour or workshop of your choice is the next step, and while a few of the events have sold out quickly, there are several other great options.

J-Town Treats & Eats, a self-guided walking tour priced at $65 per person, will offer opportunities to “grab sweet and savory treats” as you explore, and a limited-edition tote bag with a few perks.

Matcha Mania, another self-guided walking tour presented by the Little Tokyo Community Council, will treat people to a quartet of matcha-themed sips and snacks.

The price? It’s $32 per person.

If you can’t do the tours, garden events, bingo and tasty delights of Delicious Little Tokyo, stay tuned: the neighborhood has become known for celebrating its nummiest and chicest restaurants, all the way through. throughout the year, through a host of festive evening events. and major weekend parties.

These events appear regularly on the calendar, and the holidays often feature plenty of food-focused events, much like Japan’s Nisei Week festival, which takes place in mid-August.

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Movie review: Slash/Back imagines aliens in Nunavut https://katsushika.org/movie-review-slash-back-imagines-aliens-in-nunavut/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:32:37 +0000 https://katsushika.org/movie-review-slash-back-imagines-aliens-in-nunavut/

The tiny hamlet of Pangnirtung welcomes an alien invasion under the midnight sun

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A few years ago, the Big Think website published a map showing early alien contact in movies. Unsurprisingly, California and New York are popular landing spots, along with London and Tokyo. Outlying locations include the North Pole (The thing from another world) and Antarctica (The thing). But no aliens had ever landed in Pangnirtung, an Inuit hamlet of some 1,500 people just below the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island in Nunavut.

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Slash/back shows why it was a wise call – until now, of course.

The sci-fi adventure story, co-written and directed by Nyla Innuksuk, opens with a group of girls enjoying the summer weather of the Far North. The forecasts are good: on June 10, the sun rises at 00:31, 19 minutes after its last sunset. The next sunset is 23 days later.

The adults in the film are few and far between, with most attending a summer solstice square dance, leaving the youngsters to have fun (and fend for themselves). So teenage Maika (Tasiana Shirley) and her friends take a boat for a quick ride across the nearby tundra.

This is where they spot a polar bear. One of the girls shoots him with Maika’s gun, but Maika’s little sister is then attacked by the animal, and they shoot again, eventually dropping him. They’ve clearly seen polar bears before, but they (and we) can tell something is wrong with this one. “He didn’t move properly,” someone says. Plus, he bleeds black.

The following is equal parts The thing and Attack the block, an alien invasion horror where local children prove to be Earth’s first and best line of defense. Inuksuk doesn’t take the subject too seriously and manages to insert a bit of humor alongside snarky social commentary, such as the tendency of some First Nations children to turn away from their heritage.

Hitting both notes at once is the scene in which Uki (Nalajoss Ellsworth) suggests that the thing they saw was an Ijiraq, a shapeshifter from Inuit folklore. Maika tells him that she is just repeating “stories of old people, made up because they didn’t have the internet yet”. Later, Uki comes up with a new theory: “Not Ijiraq, no, but aliens? Oh yes. Definitely aliens. Most likely.”

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Slash/back fits perfectly into a recent revival of First Nations gender images that includes Jeff Barnaby quantum of blood and night raiders by Danis Goulet. It features a dreamlike lo-fi feel that doesn’t rob the film of its intensity. And while the plot stutters and skips multiple times like a vinyl record that’s been left too long in the midnight sun, the fun, frenetic pace will keep viewers invested, forgiving any minor missteps. It turns out that of all the places aliens could land, Nunavut is one of the most dangerous and entertaining.

Slash/Back opens June 24 in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Kingston and On Demand.

3.5 out of 5 stars