Paul Ryan Elected House Speaker, Nepal’s First Female President, Voyager, & Top 5 Things to Do In Boston This Weekend

Weekly Roundup 10.30

Top Story: Paul Ryan is Elected House Speaker

On Thursday, October 29th, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was elected the 54th speaker of the House, the youngest to hold the position in 140 years. Out of the possible 432 votes, Ryan received 236 of them while Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received 184 votes and Rep Daniel Webster received 9 votes. As the newly elected Speaker, Ryan claims that it is time to fix the ‘broken’ House and start solving our nation’s problems rather than adding to them.

“The American people make this country work, and the House should work for them,” Ryan said after his election. “What a relief it would be to the American people if we finally got our act together. What a weight off their shoulders.”

His election comes just days away from lawmakers passing a much anticipated two-year budget deal. The house had passed the bill on Wednesday and the Senate is expected to pass within the next few days. This bill highlights just how deep the divide is between the House Republicans. The Democrats supported the budget deal unanimously while only 79 Republicans voted for it. Meanwhile, Ryan had only agreed to run for the position upon the agreement that the issues within his political party would be in the past so that they could move forward and become more unified.

Under the Radar: Nepal’s First Female President

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Women’s rights campaigner Bidhya Devi Bhandari has been elected by Nepal’s parliament as its first female president. Bhandari is currently vice-chair of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal and it has been through this position that she was able to build a strong influence in bringing women into political roles. As a result, she pledges to continue her fight for minorities and women’s rights in her new position.

In Nepal, the prime minister is the nation’s leader while the president is there as the ceremonial head. Bhandari is the second president of Nepal since they became a republic in the mid-2000s after abolishing their centuries-old monarchy. She follows Ram Baran Yada, who was elected in 2008. The president is supposed to hold the position for two years but, due to the preparation and adoption of the constitution, Yada was in office for seven years due to political differences.

Tool of the Week: Voyager, A Wi-Fi-Enabled Leather Travel Bag

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Voyager, a bag that is styled like a briefcase, roomy like a duffel, and has the organization of a backpack, is made by the company This is Ground. This company is a leather goods company based in Los Angeles. What makes Voyager different from any other leather travel bag is that it comes equipped with Karma, a Go Wi-Fi device. This device is a pay as you go network, where the data never expires along with coverage in over 400 U.S. cities.

During the design process, the creators found that, “Whether traveling or just commuting, we found ourselves living out of this bag. On the train and during frequent cafe visits, we found ourselves struggling with inconsistent, subpar internet connectivity while needing to remain productive. While there are many public WiFi networks available, the service, quality, and security of the connection is always uncertain” (Source)

The end result of this design process, has the bags dimensions at 12 inches tall and 16.5 inches wide and designed to have two separate zippered sections. The main compartment has the capability of holding a few days’ worth of clothes with a pair or two of shoes, while the side pocket, where Karma is located, has partitions for a phone, battery pack, charging chords, headphones, and your passport. Voyager comes in multiple colors including Navy, French Grey, and Charcoal.

Voyager is expected to go on sale November 2nd with a retail price of $925 with the Wi-Fi device, or $725 without it.

Around the Hub: Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

1) Boston Common Costume Dash 5k

Saturday, October 31st, marks the first annual Boston Common Costume Dash 5K. The race will start at 9:00 AM in Copley Square and finish in the Boston Common. The award ceremony will be at 10:15 AM in the Boston Common and the costume contest will take place at 10:30 AM. Following the run, Harpoon Brewery is sponsoring the after parties hosted at Beantown Pub, The Pour House, The Rattlesnake, Barracuda Tavern, and Globe Bar & Café.

2) Night of the Crawling Dead Bar Crawl

This is a two-night event held Friday, October 30th, and Saturday, October 31st.  Both nights, registration will be held at Tia’s located on 200 Atlantic Ave. The price ranges from $10-$15 which grants you free access to all participating pubs, saloons, taverns, and bars. Some of the participants this year are Loretta’s Last Call, Wild Rover, The Hill Tavern, Sissy K’s, and Hong Kong.

3) Haunted Ghost Ship Party Cruise

Saturday, October 31st, the Provincetown II will be hosting a Haunted Ghost Ship Party Cruise. The cruise will travel around Boston Harbor with one of Boston’s best DJ’s performing. The price of the event is $30 and will leave the dock at 7:30 PM.

4) Día de los Muertos at Besito Mexican

On Sunday, November 1st, Besito Mexican will be adorned with traditional decorations so guests can learn about the traditions of Día de los Muertos and understand its importance in Mexican culture. Besito’s culinary team has also created a special menu for this celebration. Menu prices will vary. 

5) Jazz Brunch at the Merchant

On Sunday, November 1st, the Merchant will be hosting a Jazz Brunch. The brunch menu will combine some breakfast favorites, such as French toast and omelets, with lunch favorites, such as chicken wings and burgers. Some of Boston’s best Jazz musicians will be playing to accompany the brunch. Menu prices will vary. 

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