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G: Geography

China-led development bank careful to co-operate with critics

(Image by Asian Development Bank) The AIIB has swiftly been taking shape since China’s President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang announced its formation less than three years ago. China is the biggest shareholder in the bank with a stake of almost 21%. China’s decision to start a new multi-lateral development bank raised fears it might seek to displace the World Bank, or (conversely) narrowly serve China’s interests in Asia, especially its New Silk Road infrastructure web, woven around its own trade needs. The largest loan was US$216 million for the renovation of slum housing in Indonesia. The AIIB is the sole investor in the Bangladesh project. The 24 have already applied, ahead of the 30 September cut-off date. Jin predicted that AIIB would soon have more members than the US-Japan led Asian Development Bank. The bank's president said that as an international institution the AIIB could not confine its investments to Asia, in view of pressure from African and Latin American countries that could join the bank in the future. The AIIB’s president also confirmed that the bank will support countries outside the “belt and road” region. It is rare for major Chinese institutions to invite NGOs to their annual meetings. However the issue of how to avoid environmental and social risks was not addressed at the meeting. In order to better evaluate how effective the AIIB’s framework is, Greenpeace applied these criteria to four projects, funded by the China Development Bank,…

D: History

It's Official: Obama's Presidential Library Will Be In Chicago's Jackson Park

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side to build President Barack Obama's presidential library near the University of Chicago, where Obama once taught constitutional law. Paul Beaty/AP hide caption President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side to build President Barack Obama's presidential library near the University of Chicago, where Obama once taught constitutional law. "For the first time, a presidential center will be in the heart of an urban community," Obama Foundation chair Mary Nesbitt said in a statement announcing the decision. "Michelle and I are thrilled that the Obama Presidential Center will be developed in the heart of Chicago's South Side, a community we call home and that means the world to us," Obama said in a statement released by the Foundation. One of the fair's biggest attractions was a giant Ferris Wheel, which carried 1,400 people 250 feet into the air. They've cast a vote in favor of crafted buildings rather than those that are computer-driven blobs.

K: Law

Melania Trump's Nude Photo Spread from Max, Jan 1996 - Can Trump Team Position It As "Art"

a The New York Post, reports Isabel Vincent, obtained the nude photo spread done by Melania Trump back in January 1996. She covers the genital area with one hand. The series of photos appeared in Max, the European men's magazine which no longer exists. To some the way the photos had been taken may represent "art." And the Trump campaign may attempt to position and package the spread as that. One form is the Christian right. In addition, the Trumps have to explain why Melania's website vanished after her educational credentials had been questioned.

M: Music

Arthur Bliss 125: WWI and The Somme

Arthur Bliss (right) with his brother Kennard on the steps of their London home in 1915. The Bliss archive contains not only the letters he wrote from the trenches to his father, Francis Bliss and his brothers Kennard and Howard, but also pages from the personal diary he kept whilst at the Front. My action was purely automatic, sparked off by a feeling of outrage at the cause of the war, of a debt owed, and added to this was the spirit of adventure and the heady excitement which the actions of my own contemporaries engendered. Bliss was devastated, writing to Edward Dent “I almost feel glad that a person such as he was spared a longer existence in such awful surroundings”. A page from the diary for 1915 which Bliss kept whilst at the Front Line. Demobilsation followed, eventually, in early 1919. The effect of his experiences in WWI stayed with him – hardly surprisingly – for the rest of his life. I was still there in the trenches with a few men; we knew the Armistice had been signed, but we had been forgotten; so had a section of the Germans opposite. Enquiries regarding material in the Bliss Archive may be made via music@lib.cam.ac.uk.

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