first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.North Korea is a harsh and isolated dictatorship, but Jieun Baek is not about to let that minor detail get in her way.“My obsession, my life passion, is with this idea of trying to bombard this country with information about the outside world,” said Baek. “To get people to not only think about what’s outside their reality, but also trying to build mental capacity to act on that. I’m not trying to start a revolution, because the regime has no qualms about wiping … people out, but trying to inform that citizenry is something I’m really interested in.”Baek’s parents were born in South Korea, but her interest in the North began when she arrived at Harvard College. “It was November of freshman year, and some cute guy asked me to come to a talk at Kirkland House. I didn’t even know what Kirkland House was at that time. I went, and speaking was Kang Chol-Hwan, who was sentenced to a prison camp [in North Korea] at the age 9 for 10 years. He was talking about how he was being tortured and all these awful things, and it was just a shock to my system,” she said.Following a gap year working at the U.S. State Department, Baek graduated in 2010 and took a job in her native California with Google, managing ad sales and researching projects to help North Korean defectors access information.Despite the job’s enviable prestige, Baek, 27, always intended to return Cambridge and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where she has earned a master’s degree in public policy.“There are lots of amazing kids at Harvard, obviously, but she’s a very amazing one,” said Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at HKS. “She is determined that North Korea is going to be free. She’s determined that this is going to happen sooner rather than later, and if you tell her anything she could do to make that more likely, I’d say watch out, she’ll probably do it.”Baek started “Inalienable,” a blog that provides a conduit for North Korean defectors to freely tell their remarkable and often heartbreaking stories, and she co-produced “Divided Families,” a documentary about families torn apart by the icy relations between North Korea and most of the world.“Trying to instill human dignity on a one-to-one basis, it’s a very powerful experience. Hearing people’s individual stories … the shocking, haunted element of every story, has not worn off,” she said.Last August, Baek led a group of Harvard students on an eight-day trip to North Korea. Despite the worries of family and friends, she forged ahead, the first of her relatives to visit since the country formally split.“It was very emotional experience for my relatives, especially for my grandfathers who were from North Korea and separated from their families, [and] haven’t seen their families since 1948,” said Baek.Baek is mulling a Belfer Center fellowship offer to work after graduation with Allison; Gary Samore, the center’s executive director of research; and Stephen Bosworth, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea. She plans to write a book about her experiences talking to dissidents and the ongoing efforts to pierce North Korea’s veil of secrecy.Reflecting on her six years at Harvard, Baek said she has been regularly inspired by her fellow students. “One thing I think about often that I’m grateful to this giant institution for is that … the realm of possibilities for me has exploded exponentially. ‘I can’t’ has been stripped from my vocabulary,” she said.“I see individual people around me doing work that is pretty impossible to do, but they’re just doing it on a daily basis. And that kind of thinking has really penetrated my psyche. It’s been a hell of a ride.”last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are investigating an armed home invasion in New Cassel early Monday morning.A 61-year-old woman was watching television in the bedroom at her Sherman Street home when three men entered the room armed with a handgun, a cane and a stick, and demanded money at 3:10 a.m., police said.The victim complied and the trio fled on foot in an unknown direction with cash, a debit card and personal papers. The victim was not injured.The suspects were described as black men with slim builds wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts.Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

first_imgIn a press briefing, Health AssistantSecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 32 in total have already recovered fromthe 80 initially reported infected Filipinos in Japan. “Malalamanpo natin in the coming days kungpapaano,” she added. (GMA NEWS/PN) On Feb. 25, 10 infected Filipinos whohave recovered from the infection also returned to the country with over 400other repatriates from the virus-hit cruise ship. MANILA – The Department of Health said22 infected Filipinos from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan will berepatriated after they recovered from 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)infection.center_img On Feb. 25, 10 infected Filipinos who have recovered from the infection also returned to the country with over 400 other repatriates from the virus-hit cruise ship. AFP “Of those 32, 10 na po ‘yung napauwi natin dito. Maynaiwan pa pong 22 na sa ngayon ayinaayos pa ho through our embassythere and through our Department of Foreign Affairs,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgThe City of Wellington is currently searching for a motivated, customer service oriented individual to join the team in our solid waste collection and recycling operation. High School graduate or GED. Salary range is $10.19 to $13.89, non-CDL, $11.69 to $16.95 with possession of a CDL, DOQ.Please apply on-line at www.HRePartners.com or to the City Clerk, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152 by 5:00 pm, June 26th. EOE, Drug-free workplace.last_img

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo splits cameraman’s head open in Champions League final warm-up Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:06 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Cristiano Ronaldo cameraman composite Getty/Goal composite Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool UEFA Champions League Videos The 33-year-old handed over his training jacket to make up for his wayward shot leaving a cameraman needing stitches Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to make amends for smacking a cameraman on the head with a ball while preparing for the Champions League final.Real Madrid’s hopes of winning a third consecutive European crown are resting on the Portuguese star’s shoulders ahead of their meeting with Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday.Hit by a @cristiano shot… But the four-time #UCLfinal winner makes up for it!Ronaldo = @realmadrid pic.twitter.com/Km3ggwzT67 — #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) May 25, 2018 However, the 33-year-old will have to improve on the level of shooting he showed in their last training session before the big game. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Ballon d’Or holder hit a shot but immediately recoiled in horror as he saw it hit cameraman Juan Lorenzana Prieto on the head, leading to him needing stiches.(Square) Cristiano Ronaldo's cameraman Real MadridRonaldo was left feeling guilty by the incident, as he checked to see if the Lorenzana Prieto was okay and even handed him his training jacket as a gift.Luckily, however, the injury was not severe, but Ronaldo will have to improve his accuracy on Saturday night.The former Manchester United forward is hoping to bag his fifth Champions League win, surpassing Lionel Messi and equalling Real legend Alfredo Di Stefano.Liverpool aren’t without their own fantastic forwards, with Mohamed Salah (10), Sadio Mane (9) and Roberto Firmino (10) having scored 29 goals between them in the Champions League this season.Real defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, Juventus in the quarter-finals and Bayern Munich in the last four as they bid to win the title for a third consecutive time.Last year, their victory over Juventus in the Cardiff final made them the first club in the Champions League era to defend the top European club crown.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Very young Guendouzi offers many thingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is delighted with the impact of Matteo Guendouzi.Guendouzi was booked for the fourth time this season in the feisty 3-1 win over Burnley.That was the 19-year-old’s 15th Premier League appearance of a season which began with him excelling even in defeat to Manchester City and has seen him establish himself as the latest youngster to take Arsenal by storm.“I am very happy with Matteo, he’s improving a lot and helping us,” said Emery. “He gives us a lot of moments in the team with combination and quality, with the possibility to play with our style.“He needs to improve more, to continue his progress with us. He’s very young.” last_img read more

first_img An opportunity to meet Leonardo DiCaprio at his Foundation’s St. Tropez Gala. Andy Modeling in Vest, a 1983 Christopher Makos photograph of his friend and frequent portrait subject, Andy Warhol. A Gilles Bensimon photograph of Audrey Hepburn, shot for French Elle in 1988, from the last fashion shoot of her lifetime, which celebrated the legendary partnership between two icons: Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy. An opportunity to attend the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s first major fundraising gala in the heart of Monte Carlo, including a meet and greet with His Serene Highness, to benefit its initiatives to support sustainable oceans worldwide.The evening also marked the Paris launch of amfAR’s new fragrance, Gala by amfAR. Available as both a women’s perfume and a men’s cologne, Gala by amfAR was conceived as a tribute to the Foundation’s Founding International Chairman, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the first celebrity to have her own line of fragrances. The Paris debut of Gala by amfAR coincides with the 30th anniversary of the launch of Dame Elizabeth’s first perfume, Passion. Proceeds from the sale of Gala by amfAR will support amfAR’s efforts to achieve one of the greatest scientific and humanitarian goals of our time – a cure for HIV.Harry Winston was the event’s Presenting Sponsor. Moët Hennessy and Renault were the event’s Signature Sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR. A photograph of David Bowie, taken in 1974 as a publicity shot for the LP Diamond Dogs, by one of the world’s most accomplished and collected photographers Terry O’Neill. The exclusive Moët & Chandon MCIII Wine Cellar, the only one of its kind in the world, featuring 23 magnum bottles of MCIII wine housed in a specially handcrafted cellar.center_img A luxurious vacation at the legendary Maldives resort of Huvafen Fushi. Supporters gathered for a dinner and auction at the Petit Palais in Paris over the weekend in support of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.Carla Bruni Parforms at amfAR EventCredit/Copyright: Kevin Tachman/amfARamfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost opened the evening by welcoming guests and thanking event sponsors Harry Winston, Moët Hennessy, and Renault for making the night possible, and also gave a special thanks to amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby and Carine Roitfeld for their continued support of amfAR. Frost then introduced the evening’s performer, world-renowned singer-songwriter and former First Lady of France, Carla Bruni.Carla Bruni gave a special performance for the exclusive guest list. The chanteuse sang Enjoy the Silence, a new song from her upcoming album French Touch, and a soulful rendition of The Rolling Stones’ Miss You.Exclusive items featured in the live auction, conducted by event producer Andy Boose, included: A Jean Pigozzi photograph of Mick Jagger and Arnold Schwarzenegger taken in 1990 at the legendary Hôtel du Cap in Antibes. A one-week trip aboard the magnificent yacht Bliss. A Paris Haute Couture Week package, including tickets to the Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Ulyana Sergeenko, Valentino and Chanel shows, as well as a Jean Paul Gaultier-designed “Moulin Rouge” haute couture dress and a four-night stay in a suite at Le Bristol Hotel.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh met the Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik at Police Headquarters at ITO on Monday and demanded security review for Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who was attacked recently in a public rally in Motinagar.Speaking to reportes Sanjay Singh said that they have given a demand letter to the Police chief for the necessary action. Raising concerns over the increasing attacks on Arvind kejriwal, Singh said that the Chief Minister has been atacked multiple times which is an area of concern. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Delhi CM has been attacked 9 times, this is not normal, who would be held responsible if something unfortunate happens with him? We have asked the Commissioner to analyse his security,” Sanjay Singh said. Sanjay also said that the family of the accused man has already confessed that they have an inclination towards the BJP so there is no question of this man being a part of AAP. He also attacked both Congress and BJP for accusing AAP of self-staging the attack. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”Rahul Gandhi’s silence on the issue is also questionable when almost all are condemning the attack on Delhi CM,” Sanjay Singh said. Asked why did the police say that the accused belong to AAP, Sanjay Singh took a jibe at Delhi Police and said that when the incidents will happen with the protection of the government the language of the police would be like this only. The accused, Suresh, has been booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and has been sent to 2 days of judicial custody.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Shreyas Talpade says there have been times when he was written of as an actor but he always managed to prove his talent. In his 19-year-old career, Shreyas has had a mix bag of hits and flops but every film has been a learning for him, says the actor. “Coming from a non-film background, all you need is an opportunity to show your work, show your versatility. And I am grateful for all the work that I have done and reached this far and still doing work I think it is great. Every film has taught me something. The journey is not over yet,” he told PTI in an interview. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Best known for his critically-acclaimed turns in “Dor” and “Iqbal”, the actor says he has learnt to balance praise and brickbats that are a part of being a performer. “If everything is going in your favour or is good, then you will become complacent. I like challenges thrown at me… I don’t mind when I am not called a star, or when people say I am finished or think I am a non-actor. I know what I am capable of. I believe in myself.” Shreyas says it is tough to sustain in this industry and he is aware that everyone goes through highs and lows. “Even the biggest of stars including Amitabh Bachchan sir had to go through a weak phase, he had to struggle. It is part of your professional journey. One who has the hunger and passion for cinema will do whatever it takes to do good work. “One thing that the industry has taught me is that it is never too late to start or restart at any point. Like how Bachchan sir reinvented himself,” he says.last_img read more