By Leonoor Van Kersbergen
Weeks and weeks of preparation. Learning how to write UN resolutions, opening speeches and policy statements. Learning parliamentary procedure, vocabulary and learning even more about international relations… from Sunday the 29th of January to Friday the 3rd of February it was time for this year’s delegation to make use of their newly obtained skills at The Hague Model United Nations conference (THIMUN).
The delegation of twelve people (in the picture), gathered on Sunday at 5am for an early flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From here we went on to The Hague, where the conference centre was located. Where Sunday was a day of exploring the city, Monday the real deal started. After an incredible opening ceremony in which all delegations where involved, the lobbying sessions were commenced. Laughs, frustrations and elations were part of the road to many resolutions to be submitted for debate. It was these resolutions on which the following days, 7 hours a day, debate was held.
Tired, yet full of amazing memories the week came to an end. In just a couple of days, I have met many new people, got inspired by many incredible speakers, and in short had an experience of a lifetime.
A great thank you to Ms Teleki and Mr Friend for making this all possible, and I encourage every student to join MUN next year!
In top photo, from left to right and top to bottom, Kristian Chung, Katherine Adelman, Joel Ramlill, George Colville, Leonoor van Kersbergen, Rim Fawaz, Ms Teleki, Katie Kim, Hannah Tickle, Farah Vogel, Olivia Bisbee, Michelle Tseng, Blanche de Boilley.
By Sally Johnson
The newest musical to hit Broadway, “Dear Evan Hansen”, tells the story of Evan, a senior in high school with social anxiety disorder and how he gains popularity by faking a friendship.
The musical came out in December 2016 after an off-Broadway production tour was on during 2015. It has been a massive hit and tickets are virtually sold out for the next three months until more become available.
The musical has been featured on talk shows and television shows such as “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and the “Today” show. The soundtrack landed at number 8 on Billboard’s 200 above Hamilton at number 12. It is the fourth cast recording to make the top ten other than The Book of Mormon (2011) and Hair (1969).
The musical itself talks about Evan Hansen and his problem with social anxiety disorder (SAD). As a project from his therapist he writes letters to himself about how great his upcoming day is going to be. In town is another family consisting of Zoe, Evan’s crush, her brother Connor and their parent. After a family tragedy Evan’s letters unite the two families, bringing Evan closer to popularity and Zoe.
The songs are extremely catchy and the lyrics are surprisingly moving. After a few listens they’ll have you bawling in your bedroom after you realise what they really mean. They’re a mix of happiness, struggle, sadness and even romance.
The show stars Ben Platt as Evan. He is mainly known for his role in Pitch Perfect 1 and 2 and was the youngest person to play Elder Cunningham in the musical “The Book of Mormon” at only 19 years old. His performance is outstanding and was described by Washington Post critic Peter Marks as “An achievement bordering on heroic”.
Overall, from a musical theatre nerds perspective, it seems like the new “must see” Broadway musical and it looks like Ben Platt has been a hit with audiences and critics alike.
by Lukas Baumann
Barack Obama, the first black president, ushered a new era in America, so now that there is a successor who opposes most of his policies; let's look at what Obama has done in his presidency and at his biggest achievements.
Obama's most famous achievement is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), which caused the percentage of people without insurance to drop from 16.0% in 2010 to 8.9% in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From the standpoint of a Democrat this is great, but Republicans argue that it caused the taxes to rise for the upper class by adding new taxes for the rich. However, medicine actually became more expensive over the years, according to Federal Health officials. The prescription drug spending increased by 12.6% in 2014 and is expected to rise by 7.3% a year through 2018. Everybody should be involved in this topic and research it more, since this is a huge topic, important for the generations to come.
Obama also pushed for a strict climate change agenda by being a major party in creating the Paris Climate Change according to it and also signing it. The Paris Agreement is an agreement that unites all the nations in the world to combat climate change. The deal wants to keep the average temperature `well below` an 2.0 Celsius increase of pre-industrial times and `endeavour to limit` average temperature increase to pre-industrial times. It also forces countries to be reviewed and gives them advice to maximise their efforts every 5 years. Also important is the `climate finance` part of the deal, which states that richer countries have to financially support poorer countries. This deal is the most comprehensive climate change deal ever signed, showing an enormous change in the way politicians deal with climate change.
Donald Trump promised to bring back jobs from China, but Obama has actually created a huge amount of jobs. He decreased the unemployment rate from 7.8% in January 2009 to 4.9% in June 2016. So, he created about 9 mio jobs. He did this with different stimuli and also with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. This act has cost around 831 bio dollars and will last until 2019, so we do not know the final effect of it, but since it is the biggest stimulus for the economy since the great depression, it is arguably responsible for this miraculous decrease of the unemployment rate .
Obama's foreign policy is very interesting, since he has created a free trade deal called TPP among 12 countries (biggest trade deal ever), the controversial Iran Nuclear deal and has opened the US towards Cuba after nearly 60 years of extremely strong sanctions. The Iran Nuclear deal is a deal between Iran and the permanent member of the UN Security Council (+Germany), which ensures that Iran cannot gain nuclear arms; however sanctions on Iran have to be lifted and foreign assets unfrozen. This deal caused Iran's Nuclear Program to be downsized in a very fast manner, because the amount of centrifuges was cut from 19,000 to 6,000 and it is still being reduced.
TPP is a free trade deal between 12 countries (the US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore,
Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru), that covers 40% of the world's economy. This deal slashes tariffs and should boost trade between its members. He also let the debt spiral out of control, because of him enacting plans that need more money than the US can spend, like Obamacare, the stimulus package and tax cuts. He also was president during several recessions, like the real estate bubble or the great recession from 2007-8. However, to be fair to Obama the recessions and him having to invest huge amounts of money into the economy was made necessary, because of his predecessor, George W Bush, becoming involved in very expensive wars. The war on terror, e.g., will - according to Time - cost the American taxpayer 5 trillion and according to Forbes only 1.7 trillion.
On the other hand, Obama`s administration deported more people than any other president before by deporting 2.5 mio people during his presidency. Important to know is that 91% of these deportees in 2015 were convicted of a crime. Some people might find his stance on immigration fine or even great. He also continued the American involvement in Iraq and started airstrikes in Syria. Furthermore, his administration prosecutes whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning who is jailed for 35 years, because he leaked several videos about the US Military involvement in crisis around the world.
So in conclusion, Obama was able to decrease unemployment by 2.9%, implement strict environment acts (Paris agreement), provide healthcare to about 17 mio people, initiate the largest trade deal (TPP), cause a nuclear disarmament in an enemy country (Iran) without military action and open relations with an old foe of the US (Cuba). But he also let the US debt explode, allowed whistleblowers to be prosecuted and deported more people than any other president.
By Francesca Costantino
Carvana is a used car dealership that allows you to have a hassle and people-free experience. You can order their cars online and take them for a test drive or, if you’re more interested in solely buying a car, you can take a 360° tour of the car on their website. Of course, after ordering the vehicle, a person must deliver it to your house but recently they’ve tried to improve their business by making the experience person free and have 24/7 service. Carvana developed the car vending machine to provide people with around the clock retrieval. Using the vending machine means no interaction with people and no complications when filling out paperwork. Once you arrive at one of the vending machines, you must provide your buyer credentials as your “coin” to get the car, a simple process. Currently, there are only 3 vending machines in the United States but it is guaranteed that there will be more. You can see more about how the vending machine works here: https://www.carvana.com/vendingmachine
Hello I am Hugo Bastien-Jacoutot and I am going to show you how to create your very own video game🎮.
I am sure that you ever said to yourself "I want to create my own video game, but I don't know how to do it"
Well, I mostly use Unity to make my games. Unity is a free software on Windows and Mac. You can your iPad as a controller go on AppStore > Search “Unity” > and instal “Unity Remote 5”
Mac OS X 10.8+
OR: Windows 7 to 10
Graphics card with DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities
Actually, you need to know a bit of Java Script or CSharp Script but the rest is fine you only need a texture generator to make textures for your game.
Unity offers you an asset store for Textures, Script and more…
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