EDMONTON – Fresh off uniting Alberta’s feuding, floundering centre-right to forge a unified opposition, Jason Kenney begins work in 2018 to build on those gains ahead of a provincial election.Regardless of the outcome, says Calgary pollster Janet Brown, Kenney’s audacious unity plan galvanized Alberta politics in 2017 and reordered its landscape.“He hit four home runs and there were lots of naysayers that said he couldn’t do it,” Brown says. “He laid out a five-point plan and he has just effortlessly been ticking off (the boxes) one at a time.”Kenney, a former Conservative Calgary MP and Stephen Harper lieutenant, won the Progressive Conservative leadership in early 2017, arranged a merger with the Wildrose Opposition and its leader Brian Jean, and got that merger ratified by both parties.He then beat Jean to become leader of the new United Conservative Party and, on Dec. 14, won a seat in a Calgary byelection.Kenney has made it clear he will campaign on fixing an economy that has been decimated by low oil prices.Premier Rachel Notley has responded by saying she won’t make things worse by slamming spending into reverse. Her government has continued to borrow billions of dollars for day-to-day operations and capital projects, while increasing the minimum wage and imposing a carbon tax.The economy is rebounding, but Notley faces criticism that it isn’t going fast enough, or that her efforts have saved the present at the cost of a future debilitated by debt payments.Kenney, in his UCP victory speech, laid down the gauntlet on the core issue, saying his party seeks, “people who understand the creative power of a free economy, that we cannot mortgage the future of the next generation through fiscal irresponsibility.”Brown, along with Calgary political scientist Duane Bratt, says jobs and the economy are uppermost in Albertans’ minds and the unifying force for Kenney’s party.“The unifying theme is anger at the NDP and the desire to throw the NDP out,” says Bratt of Mount Royal University.Adds Brown: “The economy is the thing. He’s had some missteps on social issues, but as uncomfortable as Albertans may be on individual social policies, their concern about the economy and their desire to get the economy on track is outweighing all of those things.”Social issues are what Notley’s NDP believes could ultimately be Kenney’s Achilles heel.He has taken a laissez-faire approach to social issues, tying institutional compassion to the economy while broadly urging tolerance for all.“We are one step closer to a government focused on prosperity so that we have the means to be a compassionate and generous society,” he told supporters after he won the leadership. “We don’t care in this party what god you worship or who you love.”Kenney, however, has been criticized over the issue of gay-straight alliances in schools.The clubs are designed as safe havens for kids who may not turn to anyone else, or can’t look for help at home. Nevertheless, Kenney has said that teachers need to have the authority to tell parents when their children join an alliance — unless that could bring a child to harm.Advocates and the NDP say that threatens to out children to their parents and could lead to kids avoiding the groups altogether. Kenney says teachers have the tools to handle it.The Alberta Teachers’ Association says it doesn’t want the responsibility and instead endorses a bill passed this fall by the NDP that makes it illegal for anyone to tell parents when a child joins a ga-straight-alliance.The bill was opposed by the UCP.Brown says Kenney is taking a pragmatic approach.“He’s smart enough to know that he’s never going to be the choice among people who are highly preoccupied with social issues,” she says.“But if he can just assure those people who are only moderately concerned about social issues that they don’t need to fear him, then that’s just really what he’s got to do.”
New Delhi: The sarcasm in Ambati Rayudu spelling out his World Cup plans after a munch-debated selection snub isn’t lost on the BCCI but the governing body on Wednesday said it has no plans of sanctioning the batsman. The Hyderabadi, who was ignored in favour of all-rounder Vijay Shankar, on Tuesday created a frenzy by tweeting that he plans to buy 3D glasses to watch the showpiece which begins May 30 in the UK. The 3D reference came a day after chairman of selectors MSK Prasad cited Shankar’s “three-dimensional qualities” to justify his selection. The BCCI brass has taken a note but since it wasn’t a direct criticism of the selection policy, the parent body wants to let it go. “We have taken note of what Rayudu has tweeted. (But) Let’s accept that emotions are running high at this moment. “There is bound to be disappointment and there needs to be an outlet of expression as long as it’s not out of line,” a senior BCCI official said on Wednesday. “He will need some time to soak in the disappointment and it’s understandable. “There is no need for sanctions. Also, he is one of our standbys. If any injury happens there is every chance, he would go,” the official said. Rayudu missed out on World Cup berth after three failures against Australia at home last month. Rayudu’s tweet has got more than 76,000 likes and 12,000 retweets so far. The current selection committee has been largely consistent with its policies but there have been instances in which some players have expressed their disappointment at being snubbed. Karun Nair had spoken about lack of communication after being dropped for the home series against the West Indies having not played a Test in England. Even Murali Vijay was reportedly unhappy at being dropped in the middle of the England series with rookie Prithvi Shaw coming in.
The scholarships are available for Masters Degree (1-2 years) and PhD (3-4 years) programmes and are tenable at one of New Zealand’s eight world-class universities. All eight of New Zealand’s universities are ranked in the top 3% globally by QS World University Rankings. These scholarships are valid for a range of subjects around the themes of renewable energy, agriculture development, disaster risk management, education and public/private sector management. This is intended to promote study of subjects that will help Sri Lanka’s social, economic or political needs. Scholars are, therefore, required to return home for at least two years after finishing their studies to ensure Sri Lanka benefits from the knowledge acquired. Detailed information, including where to apply and the full range of eligible subjects, can be accessed at: www.mfat.govt.nz/scholarships (Colombo Gazette) The New Zealand Government has announced its fresh round of Commonwealth Scholarships for Sri Lankan students who wish to commence programmes of study at New Zealand academic institutions in 2018. The application process opens on February 15 and closes on March 30.“New Zealand and Sri Lanka share an important and growing relationship, which is built on strong people-to-people links. Scholarships to attend New Zealand universities play an important role in reinforcing these links and contributing to Sri Lanka’s overall development. I am very pleased to confirm that New Zealand will offer new scholarships to Sri Lankan students this year too,” says Suzannah Jessep, the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. “Scholarship recipients will get to experience New Zealand’s world-class education system which encourages independent and analytical thinking. The academic and practical skills they will gain will equip them to compete in any marketplace worldwide, and to contribute to the development of their home countries,” adds John Laxon, Education New Zealand’s Regional Director for South and South East Asia and Middle East. To be considered for these prestigious awards, scholars need to have a confirmed admission offer and send in their paper-based application to the designated national agency in Sri Lanka for the operation of Commonwealth Scholarships on or before March 30.The financial support offered through these scholarships include full tuition costs, a fortnightly living allowance, an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel to and from your home country at the start and end of your scholarship, home leave or reunion travel for some students, and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has been notified in connection with an arrest in Caledonia earlier this month.The Ontario Provincial Police report a woman was arrested in Caledonia March 10 in connection with a disturbance.In a news release, the OPP say “During the apprehension, a woman sustained an injury and was treated in hospital.”The SIU is called in anytime a civilian is injured or killed during an interaction with Ontario police. The SIU also investigates complaints from citizens who allege a police officer sexually assaulted them.This is the second time within a week that the SIU has been called in to investigate police conduct in the local area.Last Thursday, a 44-year-old Norfolk man was arrested in the area of the Simcoe Walmart in connection with a theft complaint.The man was kept overnight in jail at the Norfolk detachment of the OPP in Simcoe. The following morning, the man complained of pain and was treated for the same at Norfolk General Hospital.Once the SIU is involved, police refrain from further public comment on an incident.
“The peacekeepers were informed on Sunday that the national army troops were under attack by militia members in Kagaba, and the militia included women and children,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily briefing in New York.Peacekeepers from the contingents of Pakistan, Nepal, Morocco and Bangladesh, along with two attack helicopters, were taking part in the operation to ensure that the DRC national army controlled the area, he said. The mission is known by its French acronym, MONUC.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:25 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Manitoba joins other provinces in efforts to reform Canada Pension Plan: Morneau OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Manitoba has joined the other provinces and agreed to help strengthen the Canada Pension Plan.The agreement in principle now includes every province except for Quebec.Quebec has agreed to remain part of the discussions in recognition of the unique nature of the Quebec Pension Plan.All have agreed to work towards confirming the approval of their respective governments by July 15.The preliminary agreement reached by the country’s finance ministers on June 20 states that the CPP premium increases on workers and employers will start to be phased in over several years beginning on Jan. 1, 2019.An average Canadian worker earning about $55,000 would pay an additional $7 a month in 2019, and that would increase to $34 a month by 2023.If fully implemented, the maximum annual benefits will increase by about one third to $17,478.When the finance ministers reached the agreement last month, Manitoba’s newly-elected government said it wanted to give the matter careful consideration.“I am pleased to welcome Manitoba to this historic agreement-in-principle, which now includes all CPP-participating provinces,” Morneau said Thursday in a statement.On Wednesday, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business called on Ottawa and the provinces to delay final agreement on changes to the CPP. The national association said it wants the governments to consult with Canadians and conduct a full economic impact analysis of the agreement in principle.
Derek Jeter on Thursday delighted those New York Yankees fans lucky enough — or well-heeled enough — to go to his final home game. First he smashed a near home run (it ended up being a double) in the opening frame. Then he finished his Yankee Stadium career in storybook fashion with a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the ninth:In the minds of most Yankees fans, it was classic Jeter — The Captain stepping up in the clutch, like he’s been doing for years.Then again, Jeter has also had the misfortune of playing his entire career during the sabermetric boom, which for the longest time denied the very existence of a true clutch hitter. Contrary to pinstriped dogma, Jeter couldn’t be something that didn’t exist.Sabermetricians have since softened on that stance, and further research has shown there are players with a demonstrable ability to improve their hitting when it matters most. (Of course, most of those players are guys you’d never expect, provided you’re not a huge Scott Spiezio fan.) Sabermetricians have also devised ever more inventive ways to measure what it means to hit in the clutch, chief among them being Win Probability Added (WPA) and its derivatives.WPA measures the change in win probability resulting from each plate appearance, putting a number on how much every play moved the needle toward a win in either team’s direction. Naturally, clutch situations will carry more WPA weight, because those moments produce the largest swings in win probability; there’s even a metric called Leverage Index that tracks how crucial a given situation is relative to the average plate appearance in Major League Baseball.(To give an example of WPA in action, Jeter’s final plate appearance at Yankee Stadium began with a 69 percent chance of New York winning. When the plate appearance ended, the Yankees had a 100 percent chance of a win — having, you know, won the ballgame. Therefore, Jeter earned 0.31 units of WPA with that single, making it the most impactful hit of the game for the Yankees.)If you add up all of those incremental pieces of win probability throughout the season, you’ll arrive at the total estimated number of wins a player added at the plate, giving a great deal of weight to when the player’s numbers were produced.That’s WPA.But there’s also a way to measure what a player’s WPA would be if we didn’t weigh clutch moments so much heavier than ordinary ones. To do that, sabermetricians have developed WPA/LI, which divides a batter’s WPA by the average Leverage Index of all his plate appearances, effectively producing a context-neutral version of WPA.Because any discrepancies between the two metrics are necessarily driven by contradictions in performance between big and routine moments, the difference between WPA and WPA/LI has been used to quantify clutch performance. And Jeter — despite his reputation, despite hits like Thursday night’s game-winner — hasn’t hit appreciably better or worse in pressure situations than in typical ones.As is the case with a few notable advanced metrics, the “Clutch” figures at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs don’t match up exactly (here, probably because of slight differences in the sites’ win probability models). But both data sets tell similar stories. According to Baseball-Reference.com, there have been 1,077 players to have 1000-plus career games since 1940, and Jeter ranks 634th in Clutch — right ahead of Nate McLouth, Nick Swisher and Shane Victorino. FanGraphs’ Clutch data only goes back to 1974, but among the 1,663 qualifiers with 1,000 or more plate appearances since then, Jeter ranks 639th, slightly outpaced by Deion Sanders. Relative to the universe of MLB players past and present, Jeter’s Clutch differentials are only remarkable for how unremarkable they are.Maybe that’s the point. This particular statistical conception of clutch focuses narrowly on just one definition of the term — how much a player’s numbers improved or declined in big moments — but ignores the baseline level of performance from which each player was starting. Sanders was a relatively mediocre hitter who was relatively mediocre in the clutch as well. By contrast, Jeter was a fantastic hitter (and not just “for a shortstop”) for most of his career, regardless of the circumstance, so it means something that he performed to his usual high standards in clutch situations as well. That’s how you end up producing as many career WPA as a Hall of Famer like Ernie Banks, for instance.If anything is puzzling about Jeter’s relatively average crunch-time metrics, it’s not the contrast against his game-raising reputation as Captain Clutch — a good amount of which was myth-making hooey anyway. It’s that his style of play has traditionally been quite conducive to outperforming one’s baseline statistics during high-leverage at bats. Running a regression between FanGraphs’ version of Clutch and its various component stats, including walk rate, strikeout rate, isolated power and speed score, the two metrics most strongly associated with a player’s Clutch number are a lack of strikeouts and a lack of power. Jeter’s career K-rate was 2.9 percentage points below the MLB average, and his career isolated power was 25 points below the norm, so you’d think he’d have a leg up in the clutch. Not so, say the statistics.But his curtain call at Yankee Stadium demonstrated those traits perfectly. On Wednesday, my colleague Jonah Keri wrote extensively about Jeter’s signature inside-out swing, and his propensity for going to the opposite field. About how Jeter perfected the art of going the other way through hours of practice, gaining the consistency required to shoot the ball precisely into the gap between the first and second basemen. It was fitting, then, that his walk-off single showcased all of that. Jeter the “technician” produced hits like Thursday night’s farewell stroke in clutch and non-clutch moments alike.
Parents of tea-time tearaways can breathe a sigh of relief.The fussy eating habits of children are largely the result of genetics rather than poor parenting, scientists have found.Researchers at University College London studied nearly 2,000 families with twins to tease apart the genetic and environmental factors behind mealtime meltdowns.They found that food fussiness – where children are overly selective about food – could be explained half through genetics and half through environment. But where a child refused to try new food – a trait called food neophobia – only 22 per cent was due to the environment.The rest was genetic, suggesting that a parent is battling the genetic make-up of their children each time they attempt to introduce a new food.“Establishing a substantial genetic influence on both of these traits might be quite a relief to parents as they often feel judged or feel guilty for their children’s fussy eating,” said Andrea Smith (UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre), who jointly led the research.“Understanding that these traits are largely innate might help to deflect this blame.” So if identical twins show more similarly on a given trait is provides evidence that genes significantly influence that trait. However if identical and non-identical twins share a trait it is likely environment has more of an influencing role.The researchers said that although food fussiness has a strong genetic basis, it does not mean that the behaviour cannot be changed. “Genes are not our destiny,” said Dr Clare Llewellyn, (UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre) senior lead researcher for the paper.“We know of many traits with a strong genetic basis that can nevertheless be changed, such as weight.“It would be useful for future research to identify the important environmental shapers of food fussiness and neophobia in young children so that they might be targeted to reduce these behaviours.” The research was published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Scientists use twins for studies because identical twins share all the same genes while non-identical have an average of 50 per cent shared genetics. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. These findings contest the idea that fussy eating is simply the result of ‘bad parenting’.Holly Harris of the UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, said: “Having a child who refuses to eat most foods can be very distressing for a parent.“A logical next-step is to work with parents to address their concerns, and develop strategies to best respond to a child’s fussy eating to encourage future food acceptance.”
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Opener Kieran Powell fell narrowly short of a century but the West Indies still made steady progress in their first innings on the third morning of the second Test against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.Powell turned his overnight score of 43 into a hard-earned 90, but his dismissal saw the West Indies reach lunch on 188 for four in response to Zimbabwe’s 326 all out.While the second evening at Queens Sports Club had produced attritional cricket as the West Indian scoring rate crawled along, the tourists were more adventurous on day three with Powell leading the way in a 55-run stand for the second wicket with night-watchman Devendra Bishoo.It took the introduction of off-spinner Sikandar Raza to change the course of the morning, as he had Bishoo caught and bowled for 23 and then trapped Kyle Hope lbw for one.Powell looked destined for a fourth Test century after he was dropped on 85 by Graeme Cremer, but seamer Chris Mpofu ensured the mistake was not costly as he used the second new ball to have the opener caught at gully.Kai Hope and Roston Chase reached lunch on 23 and 16 respectively, as the West Indies scored 110 runs in the morning session to reduce the deficit to 138.The West Indies lead the two-match series 1-0. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPowell, spinners gives West Indies slight advantageOctober 30, 2017In “Sports”WI v Zimbabwe: Raza’s maiden five-for keeps Bulawayo Test evenly poisedOctober 31, 2017In “Sports”Russell returns to West Indies ODI squad for first time since 2015July 17, 2018In “latest news”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “First and foremost it’s about your electorate, that’s who put you here.”Snatching what was the safe Labor seat of Barton at the election, Liberal MP Nickolas Varvaris is the most recent Greek Australian recruit to federal parliament. Not that he is unfamiliar with high public office. Twice mayor of Kogarah City Council in south Sydney, Nick Varvaris knows a thing or two about the workings of government and meeting the needs of a diverse electorate. But being a member of the Australian Parliament’s House of Representatives is a different matter, says the former accountant and company director. “There’s a lot to learn, I’ve had a lot of experience in local government but this is a different kettle of fish altogether. “There’s a steep learning curve,” admits Mr Varvaris, who a month after induction, is like all novice MPs, still getting his head around the myriad of rules governing life at Parliament House. The prime minister’s welcome to Liberal backbenchers wasn’t something that was ever going to be lost on the new member for Barton. “His focus was to get settled in,” says Nickolas, “work out what areas you want to contribute in, and more importantly, his emphasis was ‘though you’re stuck in Canberra – never lose sight of the fact that you’re there to represent your community, that should always be the priority’.” A motivation to help “create stability”, says the former mayor, is the reason he ran for Australia’s 44th Parliament, after the growing uncertainty of Labor’s minority government reign. “I saw the impact the last government was having – families were struggling, small business was struggling, and to me governments are there to help not to hinder.” One of his immediate agenda items, he says, is to bring his new found influence to bear on environmental issues in south Sydney, particularly in relation to water quality. Under Varvaris’ mayorship, Kogarah won a sideboard-full of prestigious international awards for its pioneering approach to environmental sustainability. He’s keen to apply the lessons learned in his new role. “In my seat the water is an important part of our community, people don’t want to live on a river that’s full of garbage. A lot of my electorate is surrounded by Botany Bay … and the Cooks River is a mess. “I’d like to think I can contribute to improve the water quality in our bays. That’s an important project for me to impact on.” Beyond the vital minutiae of delivering positive outcomes for his constituency, does he see himself as an advocate of Greek Australians generally, and the issues the Greek community faces? “I’m proud of my Greek heritage. I think you appreciate your culture more as you get older. “When I first went to school I didn’t know a word of English. Unfortunately my Greek these days isn’t what it should be,” he says, adding that with an ethnically diverse electorate – 45 per cent of Barton’s residents having been born overseas – coupled with his own background, he’s a strong advocate of multiculturalism. “The largest ethnic group in Barton is Greek, with about 20,000 residents. There are some 18,000 Chinese, 10,000 Lebanese, it’s a broad multicultural community.” On the wider – but not unrelated – subject of foreign affairs, is he keen to involve himself in issues around Australia’s relationship with Greece? “The [Greek] ambassador has been keen to approach me and work on those links, and I’m obviously happy to reciprocate. It’s important. “Being one of the few Greek representatives – I understand that there’s myself and Arthur Sinodinos, and his time is limited considering his position, so there’s a void there that I might need to fit into. “You’re there as a voice. Being of Greek heritage I’m happy to stand up for some of those issues.” With barely a month since getting his feet under his new parliamentary desk, Nickolas Varvaris is focused on the local. “First and foremost it’s about your electorate, that’s who put you here,” he says. “It’s not about the big national issues – though you do get to deal with the big national issues. At the end of the day you’re here to represent your community. “I’ve always focused on, even at local government, what’s going on in my backyard, it’s not so much the bigger picture. That’s what I’ll be fighting for.” Nickolas Varvaris will make his maiden speech in the House of Representatives on December 11.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prince Charles is the guest of honour at an official dinner held at the Presidential Mansion in Athens tomorrow. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall Camila Parker were invited to Athens by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos. The couple will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldier Monument in Syntagma Square, before heading to the Presidential Residence. Although the event will be attended by a number of prominent Athenians, including the country’s leading politicians, no official reception will be held, as the protocol does not allow it, since Prince Charles is not yet a Head of State.A frequent visitor to the Holy Mount Athos, Prince Charles is scheduled to meet Archbishop Ieronymos, head of the Greek Orthodox Church, on Thursday, before heading to Piraeus where the HMS Echo and HMC Valiant are stationed. The British ships are cooperating with the Hellenic Coast Guard in search and rescue exercises.During their stay in Athens, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will also lay a wreath at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and then attend a number of engagements to celebrate the UK and Greece’s longstanding maritime relationship.
Bill Nye: Humans Living on Mars is ‘Science Fiction’Bill Nye Will Become the Netflix Science Guy in April Bill Nye The Science Guy will be coming into the Geek/PC Mag offices tomorrow and we couldn’t be more excited. For most of us, this guy is the reason we ended up in our current jobs in the first place. He showed everyone how cool it was to be a nerd. He may have been the first person to encourage us to ask questions, a habit we never kicked. He was also much more than the host of a children’s edutainment show. In the years since Bill Nye the Science Guy went off the air, he’s become one of the world’s fiercest advocates for science, even in the face of seemingly overwhelming ignorance. The guy just wants to world to become a more curious, more understanding place.To prepare for The Science Guy’s upcoming visit, we thought we’d take a look at some of Bill Nye’s accomplishments over the years. He’s had a pretty crazy life. These are 11 of the coolest things Bill Nye ever did.View as: One Page Slides1. He Invented an Airplane PartBefore he became The Science Guy we all know, Bill Nye was a mechanical engineer at Boeing. While he was there, he invented the hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor tube used in 747 airplanes. What is that? Well, it’s also called a ripple dampener or a pulsation dampener. From what I can dig up, it minimizes the effect of vibrations that get introduced into the system. So next time you get to fly on one of those big planes, remember that Bill Nye is part of why you’re having such a comfortable flight.2. Quit His Engineering Job to Pursue Comedy… Because He Resembled Steve MartinBill Nye performing stand-up on Seattle public access television (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)All through his college and early professional life, Bill Nye was told he was just like Steve Martin. Enough people thought so that Nye entered and won a Seattle Steve Martin lookalike contest. Soon, he was impersonating Steve Martin at parties, which led to him trying stand-up at local open mic nights. His wacky sense of humor got him a gig writing jokes for a radio host, leading him to quit Boeing and eventually join the cast of the Seattle late night sketch show, Almost Live!.3. Taught Seattle (and the World) How to Pronounce “Gigawatt”Bill Nye the Science Guy on Almost Live (Photo via KING Seattle)After Back to the Future came out, most people pronounced the word as “Jiggawatt.” Bill Nye first corrected a radio host’s pronunciation, which led to a regular call-in science fact segment on the show. Later, during a segment on Almost Live, he corrected host John Keister’s pronunciation of the word, and Keister replied, “Who are you, Bill Nye the science guy?” As we all know, the name stuck. Bill Nye the Science Guy became a recurring segment on the show, paving the way for his children’s television hit.4. Invented a Ballet ShoePacific Northwest Ballet dancers on Bill Nye the Science Guy (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)Even long after his job at Boeing, Bill Nye remained a mechanical engineer. While filming an episode about bones and muscles, he visited the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Seeing 22-year-old women who’d had multiple foot surgeries got him thinking about how toe shoes hadn’t changed in centuries. He designed a shoe that included a toe box. The box enclosed and protected the dancer’s toe while providing more support along the sole. Nye’s invention made it safer and more sustainable for ballet dancers to perform en pointe.5. Taught Us About Static Electricity with the Rocking Wig of ScienceBill Nye the Science Guy: Static Electricity (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)We all loved Bill Nye the Science Guy for its wacky humor, fast pace and unbridled enthusiasm for pure science. The coolest parts were when we got to watch Nye play around with science toys (all of which were named, “The X of Science”). During the episode on static electricity, he brought out the Rocking Wig of Science. He built up static electricity into a metal ball, then touched the ball to allow the electrons to flow through him. Since electrons are all negatively charged, they repelled and caused his ’80s hair metal wig (of science) to stand on end. It was even cooler when he used a second metal ball to direct the electricity off of him, causing his hair to fall and an arc to form.6. Created a Fire TornadoBill Nye the Science Guy: Chemical Reactions (Photo: Screenshot via Netflix)While most of Bill Nye’s experiments could be easily repeated by kids at home, the most exciting demonstrations were the ones that absolutely could not. That’s why the Chemical Reactions episode is one of the best. It’s filled with examples of science’s greatest pursuit: blowing stuff up. The coolest moment of the show was where he created a fire tornado with Full House’s Candace Cameron. Was there an easier way to explain how fire is a chemical reaction? Probably. But none as memorable as this.7. Treated Real Life Scientists Like Rock StarsWay Cool Scientist (Photo: Screenshot via Netflix)Every show featured a different “Way Cool Scientist” that helped explain the concepts being taught that episode, and showed us their real world applications. These segments really brought home the message that science was cool, and could lead to some pretty fun jobs when we grew up. Bill Nye probably created more future scientists than anyone else with these segments.8. Helped Invent a Sundial Used on Mars RoversArtist rendition of Spirit Mars Rover (Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell University)Bill Nye continue making valuable contributions to science and engineering even after his show. When NASA designed the technology used on the Mars Rovers, Bill Nye assisted in the development of a sundial the rover would use to calibrate its cameras. The MarsDial was used on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, inscribed with the phrase “Two worlds, one sun” and “Mars” written in 22 different languages.9. Calmly Debated Countless Climate DeniersBill Nye on Tucker Carlson (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Fox News)Every time someone wants to argue whether or not climate change is a thing, Bill Nye is the one cable news channels call to go over the science. Why? Well, even though he isn’t a scientist himself, he does know a lot about it. (That’s what makes him a Science Guy). He is constantly learning and adding to his knowledge base, so whenever someone wants to argue that humans have no effect on the planet, he’s their to call them on it. This does have the unfortunate side effect of obscuring the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change, but it does ensure that working climatologists don’t have to put up with these distractions. So they can focus on, you know, trying to make sure we don’t cause our own extinction.10. Explained the Difference Between Sex and Gender (and that There’s a Spectrum)Bill Nye Saves the World: The Sexual Spectrum (Photo: Screenshot via Netflix)Bill Nye’s new Netflix show, Bill Nye Saves the World is essentially Bill Nye the Science Guy for an older audience. The result can be hit-and-miss, but one segment provided a much-needed service to people who can’t quite seem to get the concept of gender identity through their heads. Just like he’s always done, Nye broke down the difference between sex, gender, attraction and expression into simple terms. Using a toy abacus as a metaphor, he explained that none of those things are binary. There are areas in between. Again, simple stuff, but there are still some people (in Nye’s target audience) for whom it needed to be said.11. Made Kids and Adults Fall in Love with ScienceBill Nye the Science Guy: Chemical Reactions (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)Scientist or not, this is the most valuable contribution Bill Nye made to the field. When he was developing his science show for kids, he originally planned to focus on the mechanical applications of science. It was Carl Sagan who told him to focus on pure science, rather than technology, in order to get kids excited. The advice worked. Bill Nye sparked kids’ curiosity and encouraged us to ask questions about how the world worked. That curiosity stayed with us into adulthood. To this day, Bill Nye continues to encourage kids and adults to keep learning about the world. He remains one of science’s most enthusiastic advocates, and continues to show us all just how fun it can be.Got questions for Bill Nye, contact our sister site PC Mag and get them asked on air tonorrow.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
See All Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Post a comment Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Enlarge ImageThe Viziv Adrenaline previews Subaru’s new “Bolder” design language. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow Subaru has yet another installment in its range of Viziv concept cars, this time called the Adrenaline — and not to be confused with Ford’s Adrenalin treatment. But rather than previewing a totally new model — even if it does look like a dead ringer for a next-generation Crosstrek — Subaru says the Adrenaline instead shows the company’s new design language, dubbed “Bolder.””Through the new ‘Bolder’ design philosophy, Subaru aims to broaden the brand’s outlook, define the characteristics of Subaru vehicles more prominently and create more enjoyment for all passengers,” the company said in a statement at the Geneva Motor Show.It’s definitely a Subaru alright — definitely not what we’d call pretty, but purposeful and kind of rugged-cute. The gray cladding on the front fender seems to follow the headlight design in a weird way, but we dig the rounded-off rump. Subaru says the Adrenaline’s roof design actually uses parts that reinforce the body structure, and that overall, the styling is meant to “express the toughness and agility” of this concept car.Because this is a design-focused concept, Subaru doesn’t have any information about what kind of powertrain might be under the hood, and it’s not apparent that the car has an interior, either. Still, look for design elements from this concept to show up on future Subarus. Tags 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy 2019 Subaru Ascent review Geneva Motor Show 2019 • More From Roadshow Geneva Motor Show 2019 Subaru reading • Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept looks like a Crosstrek from the future Share your voice Concept Cars 0 38 Photos 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Subaru Subaru Viziv Adrenaline concept hints at bolder future models
Chevrolet Comments 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Performance Cars Coupes More From Roadshow The fabled midengine Corvette is a car that’s been rumored and hyped for literally decades. And we’re finally — finally! — going to see it this summer.Chevrolet tweeted a teaser of the eighth-generation Corvette on Thursday, and the prototype was actually driven through New York with General Motors CEO Mary Barra riding shotgun. As you can see on the large decal on the prototype’s doors, the new Corvette will be revealed on July 18, 2019.Last we heard, the midengine Corvette was delayed due to its electrical system not being up to snuff. We initially expected the car to debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January.You guys, it’s real! Chevrolet We’ve also heard rumors that the midengine Corvette will be called Manta Ray (the current, seventh-generation Corvette coupe is called Stingray). As for exactly what engine will reside amidships, that’s still unknown, but rumors have suggested a 520-horsepower V8 will be on offer.In addition to the photo released on Twitter, Chevrolet published a handful of teaser images on the Corvette Instagram page. Chevy also distributed a handful of photos of the next-generation Corvette prototype being driven through New York on Thursday. All of these images can be seen in the gallery below. Leading up to the full reveal in July, Chevrolet will post updates to a dedicated website it launched Thursday. You can bet we — and the rest of the motoring world — will be bookmarking this page. Share your voice Tags 8 Photos 24 Originally published April 11, 4:11 p.m. PT. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevy teases the midengine 2020 Corvette Chevrolet
A state Department of Law official told concerned lawmakers that regulating marijuana shouldn’t result in federal prosecution.Download AudioSen. Anna MacKinnon said during a Thursday Senate Finance Committee hearing that she had heard from members of the public who thought that legislators were violating federal law if they implemented the ballot initiative legalizing marijuana.Department of Law representative Rick Svobodny told lawmakers that isn’t the case. The oath requires them to uphold federal and state constitutions but doesn’t mention specific federal laws.Although Alaska voters approved possession, personal use and transportation of limited quantities of marijuana for adults 21 and older, it remains illegal federally.The committee is discussing the decriminalization bill.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “If headsets 2.0 do as well as they’re projected to do or even come close, there are going to be enough viewers and customers, effectively, to inspire third-party financiers to jump in,” says Felix & Paul’s chief content officer Ryan Horrigan. “And if markets continue to grow, I think the budgets will get to a significant place.” Although he can’t comment on specifics, he says, “We’re getting close to cable television drama cost-per-minute.”According to Horrigan, the business plan Felix & Paul is crafting is akin to those employed in the indie film world, which combine minority equity investments with foreign sales, tax credits and international co-productions. It works particularly well for Felix & Paul, which, because it is based in Montreal, can take advantage of Canada’s wealth of government tax incentives, as well as co-production treaties with close to 60 countries.As with its counterparts in the traditional film and TV business, Felix & Paul can also use windowing — selling its projects sequentially to different platforms in a variety of regions.The first window rights have typically gone to the VR platforms underwriting the content, such as Oculus, owned by Facebook, but there are a growing number of potential buyers around the world that could help bolster the balance sheet.“It ranges from specific location-based venues that need content — that’s a No. 1 evolving market — to more traditional streaming distribution,” says Bryan Besser, co-founder of the talent agency Verve and a partner and an investor in Felix & Paul Studios. “There is a very large market for 2D 360 video, which can be viewed on mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop, so you don’t have to own a headset to experience it.”(Pictured above: Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show) Popular on Variety Until now, the bulk of the financing for Felix & Paul Studios’ projects has come from Oculus and other companies with virtual reality platforms, including Samsung and Google. This is not corporate altruism; the moves are intended to address the classic chicken-and-egg dilemma faced by purveyors of new media technology: you can’t sell the hardware if there isn’t enough content to play on it, and you can’t finance the content if only a few own the hardware.While sales for the first generation of consumer virtual reality headsets were underwhelming, a new batch of better, cheaper models, similar to the upcoming Oculus Go, which is wireless and self-contained, have the potential to transform the VR industry and, in turn, the business models used by companies such as Felix & Paul.
Adobe retires Storify but lets it live on as Storify 2 (sort of) by Martin Brinkmann on December 13, 2017 in Internet – No commentsRemember Storify? Storify was a web service to use content from various social media sites and resources in what the service called stories.An author could pull data from various sources, tweets from various Twitter users, videos, web links and other resources, and use them in a story.Livefyre, which started out as a commenting platform but branched out since then to enter content marketing as well, acquired Storify back in 2013. Livefyre itself was acquired by Adobe in 2016, and shut down its commenting solution for regular users and business to focus exclusively on Enterprise customers.Storify shut downAdobe plans to shut down the service on May 16, 2018. The company has disabled registrations of user accounts already, but existing users may continue using the service until May 1, 2018. New stories cannot be created anymore on Storify starting on that date, and Storify itself will be shut down on May 16, 2018 for good.Users of Storify may use the export functionality to save their work, as it is not carried over but deleted when Storify is shut down. It is rather unfortunate that exporting is only available for individual stories, and not all data of an account.This means that you have to run export operations on each story that you want to save.Do the following to export your Storify data:Log in to Storify at www.storify.com.Mouse over the story that contains content you would like to export and select “View.”Click on the ellipses icon and select “Export.”Choose your preferred format for download.To save your content and linked assets in HTML, select – File > Save as > Web Page, Complete.Repeat the process for each story whose content you would like to preserve.Adobe suggests that Storify users switch over to Storify 2, a service by Livefyre, but fails to link to that service or explain how it differs from the first iteration. One thing that is clear though is Adobe has no plans to offer a free version of Storify 2.Storify was easy to use. Users of the service could use drag and drop to add social media content to stories. This functionality became available to users of select social media sites such as Twitter as well. Twitter users can for instance bundle tweets in threads which made the functionality of Storify in the process less unique and useful.SummaryArticle NameAdobe retires Storify but lets it live on as Storify 2DescriptionRemember Storify? Storify was a web service to use content from various social media sites and resources in what the service called stories.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Until 21 March 2017, Emirates is offering competitive companion fares, for select travel periods, from major Australian cities to more than 35 European destinations, valid for two to nine people travelling together*.Book by 21 March 2017 for return economy class airfares that start from $1,499 to Paris, $1,459 to Copenhagen and $1,479 to Rome and $1,539 to Dublin for groups of two to nine people**, while return business class airfares start from $8,019 to Paris, $7,919 to Copenhagen and $7,939 to Rome and $8,099 to Dublin**.**Fares ex Melbourne*Terms and conditions applyIMAGE: Dublin/ireland.com companion faresEmiratesEurope
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Police are looking for Malkit Singh, 26, from India, in connection with a murder and are asking the public for help in locating him.The killing took place on Sunday morning in Ayios Dhometios in Nicosia after a stabbing victim later died in hospital.According to Cybc, a man and a woman, both non-Cypriots aged 40, were attacked in their apartment around 4am by a man with a knife. The perpetrator stabbed both of them and fled.The couple were taken to Nicosia general hospital where the man died of his injuries around 7am. His wife is still in hospital after undergoing surgery.Later on Sunday police said it appeared the perpetrator knew the couple and they had personal differences. The victim had seven stab wounds, including to his back and chest. The woman had four stab wounds to the abdomen.Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Singh is requested to contact Nicosia police at 22-802222, any police station, the citizens’ hotline at 1460 or fill in a ‘crime report’ form on the police’s website. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola