Wade Turns Back the Clock and 76ers in Game 2 Heat Victory

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dwyane Wade snuffed out one 76ers’ rally by popping a 16-foot fadeaway with the shot clock ticking down. Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.Wade was up, the Sixers were down and suddenly, a series.The Heat had to have this one — a brooding Joel Embiid is angling for a comeback.Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers’ 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series.“It’s just in my DNA,” Wade said. “I love the stage.”The 36-year-old flashed the form of a three-time NBA champion with the Heat, not the journeyman who bounced around the last two seasons with forgettable stints in Chicago and Cleveland.Wade made 11 of 17 shots and put on a show in the second quarter and put it away in the fourth.“I saw moments,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what defines Dwyane Wade.”The 76ers could soon get their defining Process moment from Embiid.Miami Heat’s James Johnson, right, shoots and draws the foul call on Philadelphia 76ers’ Ersan Ilyasova, left, of Turkey, during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)The Sixers sorely needed Embiid, their All-Star center out with a broken orbital bone, to settle them as they fell in a quick a 16-point hole.The Sixers lost for the first time since March 13 to Indiana. They won 16 straight to end the regular season and the first game of the playoffs and played their 10th straight game without Embiid.“You need Joel Embiid,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said.Embiid went on Instagram after the game and wrote, “sick and tired of being babied.”Pack the black mask for Miami.“Joel is a superstar. Of course we’re missing him offensively, defensively,” Sixers forward Dario Saric said. “He’s a guy who wants to play all the time. I can’t wait for Joel to come back and help us because we’re a better team with him.”Even without Embiid, the Sixers trimmed the lead to two points late in the fourth.Philly fans were going wild and suddenly the home-court edge that had made the Sixers unbeatable for a month seemed like it would perk the team back up for one more notch on the winning streak.Not so fast.Ersan Ilyasova made a tip shot to close to 98-96 but Wade answered and stripped Saric and finished on the other end with a basket that steadied the Heat.The series shifts to Miami for Game 3 on Thursday.Wade’s play resembled his glory days at times and he carried the Heat in a sensational second quarter that was the difference. He pump-faked his way to 15 points in the quarter — impressive enough, even moreso that he outscored the potent Sixers by two points.Wade made his first seven shots of the game and passed Larry Bird for 10th on the NBA’s career postseason scoring list.“I play the game for these moments,” Wade said.Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington, right, shoots with Philadelphia 76ers’ Marco Belinelli, left, of Italy, defending during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)After a Game 1 victory where they couldn’t miss, the Sixers couldn’t make a big bucket in the first half. The Sixers made a team playoff-record 18 3s in Game 1 and missed a whopping 16 of 18 3s in the first half.The Heat slowed the game down — exactly the kind of style where the Sixers needed Embiid in the middle — and used a collective of defenders on Ben Simmons that rattled the rookie point guard early.The passing-and-pushing offense that got the Sixers to the No. 3 seed in the East failed them for the first time since early March.But there was life left in the fourth.Saric was fouled by Wade and sank both from the line to make it 91-82 and he followed with a 3 the next time down that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Saric broke up a pass on defense that led to a Simmons dunk and suddenly 18 straight wins was within reach.Wade contributed with baskets, assists and free throws over the final 4 minutes to close out the win.“We played Game 1 like a regular-season game and tonight was a playoff game,” Wade said.Simmons, who had a triple-double in the opener, led the Sixers with 24 points and Saric had 23.“I hate this feeling but maybe it’s a good reminder for everybody for next game to lock in,” Simmons said.TIP-INSHeat: Goran Dragic scored 20 points and James Johnson had 18.76ers: Philly native and Hollywood star Kevin Hart rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell and sat courtside a few seats down from Allen Iverson.Wade said he was motivated by Hart’s trash talk. “To be able to hush a crowd, that’s a great feeling,” Wade said.LINEUP CHANGEIlyasova got the start at center for the first time in Embiid’s absence over Amir Johnson.REMEMBERING GREERThe 76ers held a moment of silence for Hall of Famer Hal Greer. Greer died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 81. He’s the 76ers’ career leader in points, field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played.“He was a graceful man. He was class. He was a gentleman,” Brown said.UP NEXTGame 3 is Thursday and Game 4 is Saturday in Miami.—By DAN GELSTON , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Tax Hikes

first_img $50,000 donated by Wine Cellar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Oct 2014 – Lots of new taxes talked about when the Cabinet got together this week… cost of living and working and reveling in the islands will be more expensive beginning from this month. October saw the activation of the stevedoring tax hike and now government is reminding of the November increase on the pricing of tourism activities. A 12% tack on to the cost of services in 19 new areas, as the Revenue Department in the Ministry of Finance reminds the public that the House of Assembly has approved an amendment to the Hotel and Restaurant (Taxation) Ordinance for these changes to take effect. There is push back from the sector, but it appears that all will go ahead as TCIG planned… as the tax for these designated tourism service providers will apply if the company exceeds a quarterly income of $12,000 or annual income of $50,000. It will be 12% more expensive for services like: water sports, sight-seeing, concierge, fishing, destination weddings, photography and golfing. This tax takes effect next Saturday, November 1st, 2014.center_img Related Items:concierge, destination weddings, fishing, photography, sight-seeing, tax increase, taxation ordiance, water sports Police update on Friday 13 snorkel death in Provolast_img read more

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People On The Move 51513

first_imgKiplinger has named Rebecca Dolan as its community editor. Dolan was previously an associate editor at Huffington Post Travel.Jackie Roembke has been named editor of WATT’s feed brands. Roembke was formerly the editor of Feed & Grain magazine.Bloomberg Businessweek has named Aaron Rutkoff as its deputy digital editor. Rutkoff joins the magazine from The Wall Street Journal, where he was a news and online editor.Maureen Choi is now beauty editor at Glamour. Choi was serving as associate beauty editor at Marie Claire. Golf Digest has named Molly Baldwin as director of editorial operations for the publications website. Baldwin was previously group director at Conde Nast Productions.Jayne Jamison has been promoted to vice president and publishing director at Seventeen and Redbook. Jamison was serving as vice president, publisher and chief revenue officer at Seventeen.JP Kyrillos has been named president at The Daily Meal. Kyrillos was formerly president and publisher at Travel + Leisure.Vanessa Velazquez has been named director of account management at Double Verify. Velazquez was previously director of client services at Everday Health.Skift has named Jessica Plautz as its social media and engagement manager. Plautz was serving as communications and engagement manger at Investigative News Network.Rob Brunner is now senior editor at Fast Company. Brunner was editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly.The American Prospect has promoted Gabriel Arana to Web editor. Arana was previously Web editor at the publication. Also, Clare Malone has been named Web editor. Malone was previously assistant editor. Noah Mallin is now vice president of marketing at the Online Publishers Association. Mallin was formerly senior partner and head of account planning at Ogilvy.Maria Duenas Jacobs is now senior accessories director at Elle. She was serving as senior accessories editor at Glamour.Hearst Magazines has named Troy Young president of digital. Young was formerly president at Say Media.last_img read more

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People on the Move

first_img Chad Millman becomes vice president, editorial director, domestic digital content, after serving as editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine. The Economist Group has named Jennifer Hicks North America associate publisher of 1843, its bi-monthly culture and lifestyle magazine formerly called Intelligent Life. Hicks has 30 years’ experience in magazine publishing and advertising, including most recently as associate publisher at Condé Nast Traveler. Patrick Stiegman takes on the new role of vice president, global digital content, a newly created position overseeing the development of ESPN’s editorial content around the world.  “These changes enable our Digital & Print Media leaders to accelerate our work to make ESPN the worldwide leader in sports news and information,” said John Kosner, EVP, ESPN Digital & Print Media. Frontline Medical Communications announced that Bryan T. Hanypsiak, MD, a fellow of AAOS, has been named editor-in-chief of the new AJO, The American Journal of Orthopedics. Dr. Hanypsiak currently holds an appointment at Peconic Bay Medical Center/Northwell Health in Riverhead, NY. Trusted Media Brands, Inc. announced that Dean Durbin has been appointed CFO. Durbin comes to TMBI with decades of experience, most recently as CFO at Cengage Learning. ESPN Digital & Print Media has announced several organizational changes that will shift and increase responsibilities for key leaders in charge of ESPN’s digital and print content: Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:  Ryan Spoon, SVP, digital product management, will lead ESPN’s new Audience Development unit, charged with creating new and enhanced ways to curate and present content across ESPN.com, the ESPN App, and third-party platforms. Alison Overholt adds to her responsibilities, becoming editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine in addition to espnW, which has set audience records in addition to producing award-winning long-form journalism, film series and a national radio special.  Kalmbach Publishing Co. has promoted Sarah Horner to human resources director where she will lead the company’s human resource function. Horner has been with Kalmbach for 19 years, most recently serving as human resources manager.   Marcela Martin has been named CFO, National Geographic Partners, overseeing Finance, Accounting and Budget Planning. Prior to joining National Geographic Partners, Martin had served as executive VP & CFO of Fox International Channels since 2007. CQ Roll Call, an Economist Group business, announced that Alex Roarty will join the Roll Call newspaper as senior political writer. Roarty worked for five years at National Journal, where he last served as the chief political correspondent for The Hotline.last_img read more

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Nationally Renowned A Cappella Quartet To Perform At TewksburyWilmington Elks On September 8

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Buzz, an award-winning ensemble in both the national competitions of The Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adelines, is hosting their last ever New England performance on Saturday, September 8 at 7pm at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks (777 South Street).This musical party happening, filled with great performances, is largely organized by members of the Wilmington-based Merrimack Valley Acappella, a chorus of over 40 women, from communities all over the area.The concert will feature performances from several other top quartets, including Saffron.Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Based Merrimack Valley A Cappella Chorus Presents Spring Cabaret On April 28In “Community”Wilmington-Based Merrimack Valley Chorus To Hold Concert On April 24In “Community”MISSING WEDDING BAND: Keep An Eye Out Around Elia’s Or Tewksbury-Wilmington ElksIn “Community”last_img read more

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ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests Issue 4 Summonses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Log, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 8, 2019 and August 15, 2019.Thursday, August 8, 2019Gonzalo Gomez Jurado (27, North Andover) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License. (4:39pm)Friday, August 9, 2019NoneSaturday, August 10, 2019NoneSunday, August 11, 2019NoneMonday, August 12, 2019Allison Marie McLaughlin (27, Tewksbury) was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle, Failure To Yield At Intersection, and License Not In Possession. (3:24pm)David Temazacarias (36, Lynn) was issued a summons for Failure To Stop/Yield and Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle. (6:45pm)Tuesday, August 13, 2019Timaree C. Brown (Cambridge, 62) was arrested on a court warrant as a fugitive from justice. (2:11pm)Wednesday, August 14, 2019NoneThursday, August 15, 2019Ronald M. Pynn (44, Medford) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Revoked Registration and Uncovered/Unsecured Load. (1:26pm)Ery Jordani Rosario (27, Worcester) was issued a summons for Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (6:24pm)Jason Trudelle (20, Wilmington) was arrested for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Failure To Stop/Yield. (7:47pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Here are the top car stories at CES 2019

first_img Share your voice Reimagining the cockpit Ten years ago, CES’ automotive hall was all about speakers and stereos, but 2019 sees automakers and media providers completely reimagining what entertainment in car looks like. Audi collaborated with Disney on a project called Holoride, a VR experience for passengers that brings games and movies along for the ride. Meanwhile, Intel and WB’s AR cockpit is an augmented reality autonomous car experience that takes riders on a virtual tour of Batman’s Gotham City. Intel and Warner Bros. immersive entertainmentEntertainment might get a whole lot more immersive in future autonomous vehicles. Intel Speaking of augmented reality, suppliers like WayRay and Valeo are busy working on ways to bring AR tech to the cars of today. Valeo’s XtraVue invisible towing system uses cameras to make a towed trailer appear transparent when viewed through an in-car display. Meanwhile, WayRay’s massive head-up display tech enables AR data to be overlaid on to a vehicle’s windshield. A different side of autonomous tech The lion’s share of CES 2019’s car-related news fell to autonomous and semiautonomous technologies that aim to make tomorrow’s vehicles safer. The flashiest was BMW’s self-riding motorbike, which was able to steer itself around the convention center’s lot without falling over. We also saw how autonomy will affect the trucking and logistics industries. Freightliner showed off a Level 2 semiautonomous trailer cab that brings many of the modern advanced driver aid features from passenger cars to semi trucks. 0 CES 2019 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2:25 Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value The concepts of tomorrow Forward-looking CES had no shortage of interesting concept cars, a few of which we’ve already seen before. Mercedes-Benz’s Vision Urbanetic concept made its North American debut on the Las Vegas Strip. Roadshow was there to take it for a spin — or rather, be taken for a spin in this autonomous car. Uber talked quite a bit about its plans for flying taxis at its Elevate conference series in 2018. CES 2019 gave many their first in-person look at what to expect from that with the Bell Nexus flying taxi concept. It looks a bit like a big ol’ drone with seating for four passengers and a pilot and it could be taking to the air for test flights in early 2020. I’ve saved the “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads” reference for perhaps the weirdest concept at the show. Hyundai’s Elevate concept is an electric emergency response vehicle with legs between its body and wheels. Able to transition between driving and walking modes, it’s a crazy future ambulance that can scramble over rocky terrain like some kind of lizard car. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. TVs of CES: Huge 8K screens and insane roll-up OLEDs. 10 life-changing things I learned at CES 2019 At a smaller scale, startup Udelv debuted its second-generation autonomous delivery truck. The Udelv Newton has a longer range and is more flexible than the Udelv’s previous truck and will be hitting the road this year as part of pilot delivery programs with Walmart in Arizona and XL Parts in Texas. And that’s just scratching the surface. There’s so much more to discover in our coverage of CES 2019 and more to come as we wrap up our coverage of the big show and roll straight into the Detroit Auto Show next week. BMW’s riderless, self-driving motorcycle goes for a spin…center_img 56 Photos Though many come for the insane TV tech, smart appliances and cute robots, CES 2019 is also the first major car show of the year. Transportation and mobility steals a little bit more of the show every year with more vehicle debuts, more crazy concepts and more tech finding its way into the cars. To bring you up to speed, here’s a quick roundup of the best automotive news we’ve seen here in Las Vegas. New vehicle debuts CES saw the debut of the long-awaited, long-range version of Nissan’s Leaf EV. The 2019 Leaf E+ tweaks the world’s best-selling electric car formula with a larger battery pack that bumps its range to about 226 miles, a significant boost over the current model. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz debuted its coupe-y, swoopy 2020 CLA-Class in Las Vegas this week. The compact sedan is packed with style, but bursting at the seams with tech, including Benz’s MBUX connected infotainment system and a healthy dose of driver aid technologies. (A bit of a power bump over the A-Class doesn’t hurt, either.) Byton Electric car startup Byton only debuted part of the production version of its M-Byte electric SUV, but it’s arguably the most exciting and contentious part. The M-Byte production cockpit features a massive 48-inch screen — that’s as large as seven iPads — and a touchscreen in the center of the steering wheel. We expect to see the rest of the car later this year. CES 2019: We take a ride in the Mercedes-Benz Vision… Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 1:30 All the cool car stuff at CES 2019 11 Photos Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Auto Tech Concept Cars Intel Mercedes-Benz Nissan Self-driving carslast_img read more

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Can those athome laser skin devices really fix wrinkles and acne What

first_img 0 Procter & Gamble’s freckle-erasing makeup wand is pure… Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voicecenter_img Neutrogena’s light therapy acne mask uses a combination of blue and infrared light to reduce redness and inflammation. Neutrogena Over-the-counter cosmetic laser and light devices have become as readily available as OTC pain relievers. A quick Google search for “at-home laser therapy for skin” returns devices that promise to zap zits, eliminate unwanted body hair, reduce wrinkles and fix discoloration.Dr. Tyler Hollmig, director of Laser and Aesthetic Dermatology at Stanford Health Care, told CNET it’s obvious why the market for at-home laser treatments has grown so much: “Going to an actual clinic can be less than convenient as well as expensive,” he said. “At-home devices are relatively inexpensive and promise similar results as those used by dermatologists.”While it’s tempting to place an order for one of these skin-smoothing lightsabers, dermatologists warn that you might not get the results you want. Before you spend the money, learn about the safety of these devices, how they work and what kinds of changes to your skin you can expect. How does laser therapy for skin work? To clear up any confusion, it’s important to mention that most devices marketed or referred to as “at-home lasers” don’t actually use laser technology like the kind you’d get at a clinic or medispa. “True laser technology is not available for home use,” Dr. Kathleen Cook Suozzi, a dermatological surgeon and the aesthetic director of Yale Medicine Dermatology, told CNET. “The at-home ‘lasers’ on the market are typically light-based devices that do not have the power of laser devices available for in-office procedures.” Home use devices do use some of the technology you’d find in a dermatologist’s office, such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and light-emitting diodes (LED), but not with the same pinpointed accuracy. Many home “laser” hair removal devices also use light therapy, but there are some devices that actually use a laser to remove hair. 1:14 What kind of conditions can at-home skin devices treat? You can find at-home light and laser devices for treatment of acne, scars, hair removal and wrinkles using various methods, including IPL, LED, heat, infrared and more. For example, the Skin Clinical Reverse Anti-Aging handheld uses LED to reduce fine lines and smooth your complexion; Neutrogena’s full-face light mask uses blue and red light to treat acne; and Nuface devices use microcurrents to stimulate skin and remove wrinkles.Most at-home treatments fall into one of four main categories:Anti-aging to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and tighten and rejuvenate the skinDiscoloration or pigmentation to get rid of sun spots, age spots or other pigmentation issuesHair removal or hair growth to, well, grow or remove hairAcne treatment to reduce redness, inflammation and scarring Are these devices safe? Consumers should be cautious before purchasing and using at-home devices, Dr. Hollmig said, and should first be informed about potential issues surrounding safety and efficacy. “Unlike drugs, devices are less strictly regulated,” Dr. Hollmig told CNET. “Many laser devices are dangerous to the eyes [and] can even cause blindness, as well as the skin, potentially causing burns and scars.” Dr. David Lortscher, a dermatologist and CEO of skincare startup Curology, explained that unlike some clinical devices, many home-use devices are designed not to fire unless there is direct contact with the skin. If the user attempts to disable safety features, however, or ignores instructions for use and safety warnings, skin or eye damage can occur.Some side effects of at-home light and laser skin devices include:Redness SwellingIrritation or discomfortItchingUnwanted pigment changesSide effects are rare, Dr. Lortscher told CNET, because the devices use such low-level energy. But because most devices target the pigment in your skin, Dr. Lortscher urges people with darker skin to be cautious, as they are at a higher risk for adverse effects.skin-clinical-reverseThe Reverse Anti-Aging Light Therapy device from Skin Clinical uses LED to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Skin Clinical Do at-home laser treatments work? Typically, at-home devices have significantly lower power than those used in a medical setting in order to reduce risks, Dr. Hollmig explained, but there may be a tradeoff between safety and device effectiveness. That is, at-home devices with lower levels of light may be safer, but may not give you the results you want, and vice versa.”Low energy means safe but extremely subtle results, even after numerous treatments,” said Dr. Daniel Friedmann, a dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology in Austin, Texas, and he cautions against excessive use of at-home lasers when you don’t see the results you want.Even with professional-grade lasers, patients typically need several treatments to achieve the final results they want. And even after that, professionals usually recommend maintenance treatments. That said, you should keep your expectations realistic for at-home treatments.womens-face-with-nuface-device-rubbing-on-skinNuFace devices use microcurrents to stimulate the skin, increase blood flow and reduce wrinkles. NuFace Should you use an at-home skin treatment? You should ask yourself a few questions when pondering at-home laser treatments of any sort:Is the device safe?Is the device effective?Do I have a sensitive skin condition (such as melasma, which may worsen with certain laser therapies)Are the results worth the money?Look for whether the device has been FDA-approved or FDA-cleared (there’s a difference) and check out sites such as the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which all post helpful information on such devices and their uses.You can also check RealSelf, which diligently monitors and researches all sorts of cosmetic procedures, lasers included. The site also includes reviews and photos from real people who have undertaken cosmetic procedures.Regardless of a product’s FDA classification and the research behind it, you should always exercise caution when using therapeutic devices. While low-level laser, light and heat therapies may be safe and effective for many people, those who have sensitive skin or a preexisting skin condition — especially inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema — should be wary of at-home skin devices. Personal carelast_img read more

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What now for nuclear Kim

first_imgNorth Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un inspects artillery launchers ahead of a military drill. ReutersNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared his country had achieved its long-cherished goal of full-fledged nuclear statehood after successfully testing a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday.The United States and its allies have always maintained they would never accept a nuclear North Korea, but have been forced to watch from the sidelines as Pyongyang pursued an accelerated weapons drive.But what did the latest test actually achieve and does the North’s claim to have completed its nuclear deterrent open the door to diplomatic negotiations?A new missile? -The North said Wednesday’s test was of a new ICBM-called a Hwasong 15 — that was capable of carrying a “super-large heavy warhead” to any target in the continental United States.The North provided no images from the test for outside experts to analyse, but initial flight data suggested it was indeed a more powerful missile-with some estimating a range of around 13,0000 kilometres (nearly 8,100 miles).“Such a missile would have more than enough range to reach Washington DC, and in fact any part of the continental United States,” said US-based arms control expert David Wright.Some questions will likely remain over the North’s mastery of the technology required to guarantee any warhead would survive atmospheric re-entry-the key element it has not yet demonstrated.A new nuclear state? -Much is already being made of leader Kim Jong-Un’s declaration after the test that the North had finally realised “the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force.”Whether that means no more nuclear or missile tests in the future remains to be seen, but the clear suggestion is that Pyongyang now believes it has a nuclear arsenal that amounts to a credible, working deterrent.“To me, ‘completing’ sounds pretty robust, not just about quality, but quantity,” said Melissa Hanham, senior research associate with the East Asia Nonproliferation Program of the Middlebury Institute.It is likely that the US and its allies will continue to refuse to recognise North Korea as a nuclear state, but US Defence Secretary James Mattis conceded that Wednesday’s test was a step towards ballistic missiles that can “threaten everywhere in the world, basically.”The North’s end goal has always been a nuclear strike threat against the United States and it often refers to its nuclear weapons as a “treasured sword” to protect itself from potential invasion by its US “imperialist enemy.”What next? -While some countries will shudder at Kim’s declaration of nuclear statehood, others might see a diplomatic opening.The North has always said its nuclear weapons are not up for negotiation, and that it will only deal with the United States from a position of equality-which it now suggests it has attained.Significantly, the official statement on the missile test included a “solemn declaration” that the North would always be a “responsible nuclear power” and pose no danger to any other country as long as it did not come under threat itself.But sitting down with a “nuclear” North Korea that only achieved its status by defying multiple UN resolutions would represent an enormous climbdown-not just for the US, but the international community at large.Then again, global pressure has proved remarkably ineffective in reining Pyongyang in so far, and the calls for dialogue are likely to grow stronger.The UN Security Council was due to meet in emergency session later Wednesday and, as always with North Korea, much of the focus will be on China and how it reacts.The North’s sole major ally has grown increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang’s provocations. But China has a strategic interest in avoiding any regime collapse in the North which could bring about a reunified Korea allied to the United States.China has pushed for a “dual track approach” which would see the US freeze its military drills in South Korea in exchange for the North halting its weapons programmes.Washington has repeatedly rejected such a quid pro quo, but if the North’s claims are true, Wednesday’s test might have rendered such a trade-off obsolete anyway.last_img
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