Likhe: A character three decades in the Making
Sharad Poudel’s popular character Likhe first appeared in his story series in a magazine, NawaYuwa, and eventually became the protagonist of his novel of the same name. Twenty years after Likhe, Poudel has published the sequel to the book, Tapan. Poudel, who is known for his portrayal of Dalit communities, writes about the turbulences that Likhe, and the likes, faced during the Maoist..
Fukushima nuclear disaster: Worker sues Tepco over cancer
A Japanese court has begun hearing the case of a man who developed leukaemia after working as a welder at the damaged Fukushima nuclear site, according to BBC.
The plaintiff, 42, is the first person to be recognised by labour authorities as having an illness linked to clean-up work at the plant.
He is suing Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the complex.
The nuclear site was hit..
Noam Chomsky: We Owe the Rise of Trump to Fear and the ‘Breakdown of Society’
"Leading GOP candidate is taking advantage of America's fears."
By Aaron Williams / AlterNet
Noam Chomsky, 87, is without a doubt the most significant academic figure to cast a highly critical eye on U.S. foreign policies. The 2016 U.S. presidential primaries are in motion and with democratic socialist Bernie Sanders challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination;..
From New Jersey to Nepal: How Maggie Doyne Has Changed the World
When Maggie Doyne graduated from high school, she took what she thought would be a gap year; time to travel and explore before starting college.
With a backpack, and no particular plans, she left her New Jersey suburb, and headed east.
She spent time in a Buddhist monastery, and helped with the construction of a sea wall off the island-nation of Fiji. Then she landed in..
An Interview with Albert Einstein on Science Careers
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) is widely regarded as the father of modern physics. For those of us old enough to have seen him in person, listen to him speak in public or on the radio, and read his writings when they were current, these memories are precious. In addition to being a great theoretical physicist he was looked upon as a philosopher and statesman. His intellectual interests..
Arctic ‘doomsday’ vault to open because of Syrian civil war
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the world's greatest repository of seeds. It has about 860,000 samples from most of the countries in the world stored in a facility cloaked in permafrost, 800 miles beyond the rim of the Arctic Circle on a Norwegian archipelago. Even if electricity failed, its location means the specimens kept within the vault could survive at least two centuries.
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, May 10, the 130th day of 2015. There are 235 days left in the year. This is Mother's Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 10, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union forces in Irwinville, Georgia.
On this date:
In 1775, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, along with Col. Benedict Arnold, captured the British-held..
Here’s what’s happening in Casper today
Here’s what’s happening in Casper today
(Casper, Wyo.) – Here’s what’s happening around Casper today:
Saturday, May 9th
Spring Tea at The Historic Bishop Home a 2:00 pm.
Seton House Playhouse Fundraiser from 1:00 am-2:00 pm.
Safe Kids of Central Wyoming Safe Kids Day at the Casper Recreation Center from 9:00 am -1:00 pm.
Central Wyoming Counseling Center 5k Pajama Jam at 10:00 am..
U.S. sending as many as 500 troops to help with Nepal quake recovery
(Los Angeles Times )A week after a massive earthquake leveled many areas in Nepal, the U.S. military is sending up to 500 troops, plus aircraft and equipment, to help deliver aid that has been stuck at the tiny country’s main airport.
The assistance has been pouring in from around the world but has been slow to reach victims in Katmandu, the capital, as well as smaller towns and villages.
US concern as Russia lifts ban on Iran arms delivery
The US has expressed concern after Russia lifted a ban on supplying Iran with the sophisticated S-300 air defence missile system.
Secretary of State John Kerry raised the matter in a phone call with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, the White House said.
Russia said the embargo was no longer necessary after an interim deal was reached on Iran's nuclear programme.
Tehran and six..
Marooned in an overgrown tea garden
Two years ago, Bijiita Ekka, was a young teenager enjoying school and playing with other children on the sprawling Bundapani Tea Garden in West Bengal, in the foothills of the Himalayas
The vast, 3,000-acre (1,214-hectare) property had its own hospital, schools and shops and more than 1,000 families were involved in the growing and processing of tea.
Then, in July 2013, the tea garden was..
Le Pen family drama: Curtains for Jean Marie?
When Jean-Marie Le Pen confirmed this morning that he was withdrawing his candidacy for December's regional elections, he gave the most concrete sign yet of his waning influence in the party he founded.
Since she took over four years ago, his daughter Marine Le Pen has tried to move the National Front party away from the image it had under its founder - shedding its racist undertones and..
Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves?
Suicide claims a worrying number of lives, with men much more at risk than women in the UK. Simon Jack, whose father killed himself, has tried to find out why.
Forty-four is a fairly unremarkable age to reach for most, but for me, it was a birthday that always had special significance. It was the age my father took his own life 25 years ago, for reasons I'm still unclear about.
As a result, I..
US exhibit shows women as objects and adverts
The way Americans depict race and gender has been a constant theme in photographer Hank Willis Thomas' work.
In 2008, as Obama was mounting a campaign to be the country's first black president, Willis produced an exhibition tracking black identity through adverts.
This year, days before Hillary Clinton announced her intention to run for president, he unveiled a new project - this one..
Marco Rubio launches 2016 White House run
Florida Senator Marco Rubio has urged Americans to look to the future as he launched his 2016 White House campaign.
Mr Rubio, 43, said in a Miami speech he would "lead the way toward a new American century".
He presented the presidential election as "a generational choice" and warned against going back to "the leaders and ideas of the past".
He is the third Republican to officially..
Home gym: Worth it or worthless?
Have you ever dreamt of your own home gym? Would the convenience of exercising in your own private space wipe out lingering laziness and make excuses for not exercising a thing of the past?
Time saving and privacy are the main benefits of a home gym, said Pascal Bollmann, who runs personal training and gym design companyPascal Bollmann, in Freienbach, Switzerland.
Nap rooms gone bad
“It didn’t take us long to figure out that naps were counter-productive,” said Nabeel Mushtaq, chief operating officer and co-founder of the 15-person Toronto company.
Management put a 15-minute cap on power naps, but many employees accidentally overslept, Mushtaq said. Awaking groggy, a number of them then spent even more time refilling their coffee mugs or splashing water on their..