North Korea has successfully tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile
According to North Korean state media, the country successfully tested a ballistic missile via a submarine, confirming earlier reports made by South Korea.
North Korea’s KCNA news agency stated that the missile had “lots of advanced control guidance technologies”, and was fired from the same vessel that was used in a 2016 test.
The agency did not mention leader Kim Jong-un, suggesting he did not attend the test.
On Tuesday, South Korea’s military reported an apparent weapons test in waters off Japan’s coast.
North Korea has carried out a flurry of missile tests in recent weeks, including of what it said were hypersonic and long-range weapons.
Some of these tests violate strict international sanctions
North Korea is specifically prohibited by the United Nations from testing ballistic missiles as well as nuclear weapons.
The UN considers ballistic missiles to be more threatening than cruise missiles due to the fact that they can carry more powerful payloads, have a longer range and also fly faster.
On Tuesday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stated that one missile had been launched from the port of Sinpo, in the east of North Korea where Pyongyang usually bases its submarines. The missile landed in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan.
South Korea suspected the missile to have been a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
South Korean media reported that this particular missile was believed to have travelled about 450km at a maximum height of 60km.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has since responded to the launch by NK, calling the latest actions as “very regrettable”.
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Rise in parents purchasing homes for adult children sparks concerns
A growing trend of parents buying houses for their adult children is causing a stir, raising questions about the potential downsides of such arrangements. While the gesture may seem benevolent, experts warn of the pitfalls associated with this practice.
Financial advisors express concerns about the impact on both generations’ financial independence. By providing ready-made homes, parents might inadvertently hinder their children’s ability to learn crucial financial lessons, such as budgeting, mortgage management, and property ownership responsibilities.
The trend also sparks debates on the long-term implications for the housing market. Critics argue that such parental interventions can distort property prices and exacerbate existing affordability challenges, particularly for younger individuals aspiring to enter the property market independently.
There’s a call for a broader societal discussion on the balance between parental support and fostering financial autonomy. While the intention is often rooted in care, the unintended consequences of sheltering adult children from financial realities are prompting a reassessment of this well-meaning practice.
Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology
Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.
The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.
The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.
In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.
Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.
The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.
It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.
As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.
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