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Spider spins electrically charged silk

first_imgIn their quest to make ultrastrong yet ultrasmall fibers, the polymer industry may soon take a lesson from Uloborus spiders. Uloborids (pictured) are cribellate spiders, meaning that instead of spinning wet, sticky webs to catch their prey, they produce a fluffy, charged, wool-like silk. A paper published online today in Biology Letters details the process for the first time. It all starts with the silk-producing cribellar gland. At 60 micrometers, it is among the smallest silk glands ever observed and is covered in microscopic spigots that produce a low-viscosity liquid silk. In contrast with other spiders, whose silk comes out of the gland intact, scientists were surprised to discover that uloborids’ silk is in a liquid state when it surfaces. As the spider yanks the silk from the duct, it solidifies into nanoscale filaments. This “violent hackling” has the effect of stretching and freezing the fibers into shape. It may even be responsible for increasing their strength, because filaments on the nanoscale become stronger as they are stretched. In order to endow the fibers with an electrostatic charge, the spider pulls them over a comblike plate located on its hind legs. (This also gives the thread its wool-like appearance.) The technique is not unlike the so-called hackling of flax stems over a metal brush in order to soften and prepare them for thread-spinning, but in the spider’s case it also gives them a charge. The electrostatic fibers are thought to attract prey to the web in the same way a towel pulled from the dryer is able to attract stray socks. Next, researchers plan to test the silk for strength, as natural silks offer advantages over synthetics in terms of toughness, processing efficiency, and environmental issues.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Union Minister Gehlot visits murder victims mother

first_imgKochi, May 5 (PTI) Union Minister for Social Justice Thawar Chand Gehlot today visited the mother of a Dalit woman, who was brutally raped and killed, and assured her that the government would ensure that the family gets justice.The minister visited her at the Taluk hospital here where she is undergoing treatment since the incident and consoled her as she broke down.Gehlot kept the media at bay, saying as the Model Code of Conduct was in place due to the May 16 Assembly elections in Kerala, he would not make any statement.The minister said he had been deputed by the Rajya Sabha and would be reporting to the Upper House tomorrow at 11 AM.The issue of the brutal rape and murder of the woman, a law student, on April 28 at her small wayside home was raised in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha yesterday.Gehlot held a meeting with the district officials and investigating officers in the case at Aluva.National Womens Commission chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam also visited the victims mother and said, “The whole country is shocked that such a brutality has taken place.”National Commission for Scheduled Caste Chairman P L Punia was among the early callers at the hospital to meet her.”The mothers entire life depended on her daughter. She had high expectations from her and her dreams have been shattered with her daughters death…a very unfortunate incident,” he told reporters. PTI TGB UD VS AARlast_img read more


November 26, 2019 0

Statistician Vijayan Bala comes up with new book

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Veteran commentator and cricket statistican Vijayan Bala has come up with his new book “Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections”, a compilation of interviews of eminent sportspersons he has conducted since 1971. The 68-year-old Bala, who has also been a member of BCCI’s Statistical Committee apart from being an English teacher, has interviewed Olympians like Balbir Singh Senior, Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to name a few. Among the cricketers of yesteryears, he has interviewed MAK Pataudi, GR Viswanath, Eknath Solkar while Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand are some of the current day players interviewed by him. Bala has earlier published a book on Statistics called ‘Indian Test Cricket back in 1974’. In 2016, he authored a second book “The Complete Indian Sports Quiz” inaugurated by sports minister Rathore. PTI KHS PMlast_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

North Queensland Championships

first_imgThe 40th annual North Queensland Touch Football Championships were held last weekend in Townsville with 42 teams from across the region taking part. Ten divisions were contested under idyllic conditions. Congratulations to the winners, runner ups and finals referees:Men’s Open Tier 1Townsville Blue 8 defeated Townsville Green 7 Player of the Final – Andrew Searle (Townsville Blue) Referees – Michael Littlefield, Jason Miller, Paul EdmondsonMen’s Open Tier 2 Atherton 12 defeated Hughenden 5 Player of the Final – Cameron Glaspy (Atherton)Women’s Open Tier 1Townsville 8 defeated Cairns 4 Player of the Final – Toni Daisy (Townsville) Referees – Kerrod Hall, Mitch McKenzie, Chris Benstead Women’s Open Tier 2Burdekin 10 defeated Atherton 1 Player of the Final – Martina Monday (Burdekin) Referees – Damin Johnston, Jordan Rafter, Dean RamsayMen’s 49’sTownsville 5 defeated Cairns 4 Player of the Final – Tony Parsons (Townsville) Referees – Darryl Lyon, Danny Dong, Allan CampMen’s 39’sTownsville 9 defeated Cairns 2 Player of the Final – Damien Logan (Townsville) Referees – John Viklund, Shane Murell, Rob McKayMen’s 27’s Townsville 10 defeated Cairns 6 Player of the Final – Damon Townsend (Townsville) Referees – Scott Marsh, Marcus Muller, Denise WeierMen’s 19’s Townsville 5 defeated Mackay 4 Player of the Final – Jamaiah Hutchinson (Mackay) Referees – Roderick Mundraby, Hayden Smith, Justin HillWomen’s 39’s Townsville 11 defeated Gordonvale 4 Player of the Final – Julie Style (Townsville) Referees – Clive Grossman, Dean Saunders, Noel LongWomen’s 26’s Cairns 5 defeated Townsville 2 Player of the Final – Jeda Nash (Cairns) Referees – Fiona Quinn, Alison Watters, Regan Cheetham Women’s 19’sMackay 12 defeated Townsville 1 Player of the Final – Tayla McGuire (Mackay) Referees – Krista Field, Cara Symons, Karli ReisenPhotos from the weekend can be found here: http://on.fb.me/1Mn9n3c Related Links2015 NQ Champslast_img read more


November 7, 2019 0

Flyride Is the Insane Flying Watercraft You Never Knew You Needed

first_imgMan wasn’t built to fly, but that little wrinkle in evolution hasn’t stopped many of us from trying. If bungee-jumping, skydiving, and wingsuits are … nice, but not quite disco enough for you, the one-of-a-kind Flyride may be the antidote.In short, Flyride is the world’s first flying personal watercraft. It looks a bit like a Jet Ski, rides like a Jet Ski, and is even powered by the jetwash from a Jet Ski. Except, it has added controls for going up and down — for flying. A thick, high-pressure hose connects from a running Jet Ski to the rear of the Flyride. Water is forced up the middle of the bike, below the seat, and out two steerable jets near the front. Take-off is possible from the water or the shoreline, and it’s allegedly easier than riding a bike. Allegedly. Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts center_img The four ride modes ensure things only get out of control if you want them to. Most users are wise to begin their training in “Beginner Mode” or even “Child Mode.” When you’re ready to take the training wheels off and unleash the craft’s full 300 horsepower, switching to “Advanced Mode” turns things up to 11 (complete with “Kickstart My Heart” soundtrack).Lest you think this whole thing is an express train to a broken neck, the Flyride features automatic self-balancing sensors to ensure it remains upright at all times. A series of gyroscopes provide balance assistance, and there’s even computer-assisted throttle, elevation, and take-off control. However, a dedicated “barrel roll” button deactivates many of these fun-stopping safety features. Provided you have enough altitude, depressing the button will spin you up to two times before automatically righting the Flyride.Flyride comes courtesy of Zapata, the same folks responsible for Flyboard, the Silver Surfer-inspired HoverBoard, and this insane hydro jetpack. The French brand was founded by world champion Jet Ski racer Frank Zapata. Since its beginnings in 1998, the Zapata team has continued to pioneer the most insane ways for humans to travel over water at breakneck speeds. Given their already lengthy catalog of extreme products, we’re stoked to see what they’re planning next.Flyride is available for pre-order for a cool USD $6,000. Check the official Zapata website to locate your nearest dealer. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

A look at flagship policies of federal NDP leadership candidates

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal NDP race is entering its final stretch as party members prepare to start voting for their future leader on Sept. 18. There are four candidates in the race to replace Tom Mulcair — Quebec MP Guy Caron, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, Ontario MP Charlie Angus and Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh.Here is a look at key policies presented by each contender:1. Caron — basic minimum income:Caron, an economist, has proposed using a basic income to reduce inequality in Canada. He is pitching a taxable supplement that would help Canadians whose income levels fall below a standard minimum threshold, determined in part by the size of their family and the city they live in. He says the idea would be designed to complement existing provincial and federal social programs, not replace them.2. Ashton —dental care:Ashton says she wants to see the Canada Health Act expanded and revamped to include dental care. She says Canadians suffer in regions across the country because they can’t afford basic dental care and often don’t have private insurance to foot costly bills. The only form of dentistry covered is surgical dental work, Ashton says, suggesting this leaves many people to suffer until their issues become dental emergencies.3. Angus —Indigenous children:Angus, a long-time advocate for the rights of Indigenous children, has proposed the creation of a federal ombudsman who would have the legal authority to order government departments to comply with policies aimed at improving child welfare. He would also work with the parliamentary budget officer to calculate the cost of delivering service to Indigenous Peoples, adding it is necessary to end the “culture of secrecy” on funding for communities.4. Singh — racial profiling ban:As part of his criminal justice platform, Singh plans to create a federal ban on racial profiling — an issue he has been outspoken about as a provincial legislator in Ontario. He says he knows first-hand what it’s like to be racially profiled during arbitrary street checks often known as “carding.” Singh says the practice sends a destructive message to people of colour like himself.last_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Canada marks 10th anniversary of apology with acknowledgement that there is still

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsIt was 10 years ago June 11 that the federal government gave an apology to the survivors of the residential school system.150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their homes and put in schools run by the churches.That era was acknowledged today in Ottawa as was the work that still needs to be done.tlamirande@aptn.ca@ToddLamirandelast_img


October 14, 2019 0

Clubs World Cup In Morocco Promises Great Show Of Friendly Competition

Rabat – The 2014 Clubs World Cup, scheduled to take place in Morocco on December 10-20, will be a great show of friendly competition bringing together best clubs in all continents, FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter.In an interview with MAP, Blatter said he is “fully convinced” that the 2014 Clubs World Cup promises great games between some of the best Clubs from all continents in an atmosphere marked by friendly competition.In view of the quality of participating clubs, the Cup promises a great show to the delight of the Moroccan football fans whom Blatter invited to fill up the stadiums of Marrakech and Rabat. It will be a moment of “intense emotion,” he said. The Cup brings together best performing Clubs from all continents who had to go through tough qualification processes, said Blatter, adding that the 2014 edition knew an increase in the number of clubs that take part in the event for the first time.Recalling the Cup’s previous edition, which took place in Agadir and Marrakech in 2013, Blatter commended Morocco’s good organisations. “The FiFA is very satisfied with the 2013 Clubs World Cup,” he said.The 2014 edition of the tournament brings together the champion clubs from each of the six continental federations. The qualified teams are Auckland City, Cruz Azul, ES Sétif, Moghreb Athlétic Tétouan, Real Madrid, San Lorenzo and Western Sydney Wanderers. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Morocco Takes Note of UNSG Report on Sahara Ambassador

United Nations – Morocco has taken note of the report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council on the Sahara, the kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, said.The kingdom has a lot of remarks on its content and reserves the right to return to this report, the Moroccan ambassador added.Priority is given currently to the resolution that the UN Security Council is expected to adopt by the end of this month, the diplomat underlined, adding that Morocco is focusing on related consultations and negotiations. The Security Council is scheduled to decide whether or not to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Sahara, known as MINURSO next Thursday April 28.It is annual report on the “Situation concerning the Western Sahara” made public last Monday, the UN chief calls on the 15-member body to renew MINURSO’s mandate for one year until April 30, 2017. read more


October 12, 2019 0

UN agency chief marks World Tourism Day with call for greener industry

Global tourism can play a much bigger role in efforts to combat climate change and alleviate poverty if industry operators and governments change their habits and adopt greener and more sustainable technology and practices, the head of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-General of the Madrid-based agency, said in a message to mark World Tourism Day – which is being observed today – that the tourism sector needs to move more quickly towards becoming carbon-neutral. “We encourage urgent adaptation of a range of policies which promote sustainable tourism that reflects environmental, socio-economic and climate responsiveness,” he said. Responding to the challenges posed by climate change is the theme of this year’s Day, and Mr. Frangialli noted that the UNWTO had stepped up its efforts over the last year to press the tourism industry to become as close to carbon-neutral as possible. “Our call to action is hence to change habits and position renewable energy at the forefront of international response by promoting the action-oriented Davos Declaration Process, encouraging tourism stakeholders to adapt, to mitigate and use new technology and secure financing for the poorest countries to face the challenge of climate change.” UNWTO is hosting a think-tank in Lima, Peru, today in which government tourism ministers, industry officials and operators will gather to discuss possible solutions and strategies to help mitigate climate change, especially in developing countries, where the industry is often a major source of employment and income. 27 September 2008Global tourism can play a much bigger role in efforts to combat climate change and alleviate poverty if industry operators and governments change their habits and adopt greener and more sustainable technology and practices, the head of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). read more


October 12, 2019 0

US lawmakers to look into cancelled Alaska missile project

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s members of Congress say they plan to look into a Pentagon decision to cancel a project to improve Alaska-based missiles.The Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday that the Pentagon cancelled a Boeing contract last week as a result of unspecified missile design flaws.Congress authorized the Pentagon to add 20 updated interceptor missiles to its current fleet of 44, most of which are housed 91 miles (146 kilometres) southeast of Fairbanks at Fort Greely.The ground-based missiles are designed to strike down incoming threats as North Korea, China and Russia take steps to advance their missile capabilities.Sen. Lisa Murkowski says it is “disappointing” the contract was cancelled before the additional 20 ground-based interceptors were placed in Alaska.Sen. Dan Sullivan says he is “deeply concerned” about the decision.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more


October 7, 2019 0

WatchStrained USCanada relationship backs arguments for pipeline say Liberals

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are pointing to the unpredictable wrath of the American president to further buttress their argument that Canada needs the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to reduce its trade dependence on the United States.The U.S. is currently the destination for 99 per cent of Canada’s oil exports — a fact the Liberals cite as evidence in favour of building Trans Mountain, which would allow Canadian bitumen to be shipped to Asia by sea.That argument appears to be getting fresh momentum from U.S. President Donald Trump and his Twitter feed, both of which have been the source of pointed attacks on Canada that have cast a worrying pall over the state of one of the world’s oldest and most enduring trade relationships.“Well, yeah,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr replied when asked if the situation underscores why Canada wants to build Trans Mountain so badly.“I believe that Canadians believe that to have more than one customer for our main natural resource is good for Canada.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau inferred the link during question period Tuesday.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s plan to impose “a limit on oilsands development and a price on pollution” included a pipeline to get oil to markets other than the U.S., he said — “something we can all agree on is probably a good idea, this week.”In a speech at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary Tuesday, Notley said “it has never been more important for Canada to get a Canadian pipeline built to a Canadian coast for the benefit of all Canadians.”“If the last days and weeks tell us anything, it’s that we, as Canadians, need to take control of our economic destiny,” Notley said.Notley’s comments and her alignment with Trudeau widen the already yawning chasm between her and the federal NDP, which introduced a Commons motion Tuesday calling for Canada not to spend “billions of public dollars on increasingly obsolete fossil fuel infrastructure.”Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh disagreed with the notion that a full-fledged Canada-U.S. trade war bolsters the Trans Mountain argument. Canada’s economic future depends on investing in clean energy and technology that will create jobs and economic growth for decades, he said.“Investing potentially upwards of $10, $15 billion of public resources to build one pipeline, one specific project, doesn’t seem to be a vision of what we should be doing with our public resources.”While $15 billion invested in clean energy could make Canada a leader in the sector, spending that money on the fossil fuel industry is “short-sighted,” he added.Last month, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government would buy Kinder Morgan’s existing Trans Mountain pipeline and its associated assets for $4.5 billion and build the expansion itself, selling it back to the private sector once it’s financially marketable.Opposition to the pipeline and court challenges from the B.C. government made Kinder Morgan queasy about proceeding with its $7.4 billion investment in the expansion, all but abandoning it unless Ottawa could provide some measure of financial certainty.With files from Lauren Krugel in Calgary read more


October 7, 2019 0

Central African Republic violence displaces nearly 1 million UN agency says

“People are hiding in the bush, fearing fresh attacks,” spokesperson Babar Baloch told journalists in Geneva citing reports from colleagues at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).Targeted attacks against civilians, looting and the presence of armed elements at some displacement sites had severely limited humanitarian agencies’ access to those in need of urgent assistance. This deteriorating situation, coupled with the long distances between internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) sites outside the capital, Bangui, and poor road infrastructure, make it increasingly difficult to reach people displaced by the conflict.He also cited a “complete breakdown in law and order” as a challenge to putting in place an effective system for aid distribution. The spokesperson said that despite an international military presence near Bangui airport, they “had not been able to secure conditions for the humanitarian agencies to do their job effectively”. More troops and effective operational coordination was needed for the UN-mandated International Support Mission, an African Union (AU) peacekeeping force known by its French acronym MISCA to respond effectively to the insecurity, Mr. Baloch said.The Security Council authorized the Mission last month to quell the spiraling violence and human rights abuses. CAR has been thrown into turmoil since mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago and forced President François Bozizé to flee in March. A transitional government has since been entrusted with restoring peace and paving the way for democratic elections, but armed clashes have erupted again, notably between ex-Séléka and Christian anti-balaka militias.UNHCR is scaling up its presence in the country. In addition, since the previous Sunday, the UN agency has organized airlifts from its regional warehouses of vehicles and relief items, such as tents, blankets, and plastic sheets. Distribution of shelter materials and other relief items is more challenging, Mr. Baloch said, given the increasing numbers of families in need. “In the previous week, the number of IDPs arriving at the airport had almost doubled, and now there were some 100,000 people there,” he said.More than half of Bangui’s total population – some 512,672 people – are currently sheltering in 67 sites in Bangui or living with host families, according to UNHCR figures. Sixty per cent of those displaced are children. Continued clashes in Bossangoa, 300 km north of Bangui, had also led to an increase in displaced families, particularly at two nearby sites known as Archbishop and École Liberté.Also in CAR, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is today starting a vaccination campaign against measles in parts of the country with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners. Over the next three to five days, some 50,000 doses of the vaccine will be given to children between six months and 15 years of age seeing refuge at the Bangui airport. WHO has confirmed three cases of the viral infection there. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Penn State Trustee Resigns Amid Jerry Sandusky Fallout

The fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case continues. The latest casualty is Steve Garban, a longtime and influential member of Penn State’s Board of TrusteesGarban resigned, bowing to pressure by some of his fellow trustees who were angry at him for failing to alert them about the Jerry Sandusky criminal investigation in April 2011.The trustees have become increasingly alarmed this week that the NCAA will hand down an extreme punishment, possibly the death penalty for its football program for its “loss of institutional control” during the Jerry Sandusky years.Several trustees flatly argued in private sessions this week that Garban’s resignation was needed to show the public the board was serious about “moving forward.”In a letter to board chairwoman Karen Peetz, Garban wrote: “It is clear to me that my presence on the board has become a distraction and an impediment to your efforts to move forward.”“These past months have been some of the most painful of my life,” Garban wrote. “After absorbing the findings of the Freeh Report last week, the Board of Trustees accepted responsibility for the failures of governance that took place on our watch. Following the release of the report, you also asked each member of the board to evaluate our individual paths forward.”Garban is the first Penn State trustee to quit since the release of the Freeh report, which was highly critical of the trustees’ handling of the Sandusky matter and the firing of coach Joe Paterno.The Board of Trustees hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to conduct the investigation, which interviewed 430 people and reviewed more than 3.5 million documents over eight months. The 267-page Freeh report was released July 12.Only one thing is certain: the fallout is not over. More administrators – and the school at large – will go down. read more


September 30, 2019 0

Ohio State mens volleyball unable to build off first set win falls

Redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen (8) sets the ball to redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous (4) during a match against Ball State Feb. 26 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Kathleen Martini / Oller reporterA five-game homestand ended on a sour note for the Ohio State Buckeyes.After sweeping a pair of matches against Grand Canyon over the weekend, OSU could not keep the momentum going, losing to No. 14 Ball State 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24) Wednesday at St. John Arena.The loss puts the Buckeyes back at .500 for the season at 7-7, with a 4-3 record in the Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference.OSU started strong, taking the match early with a score of 25-20 in the first set.“We started off strong and looked good and promising from there, I don’t know if we get complacent but we definitely allowed them some life and let them get back into the match,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said.Coach Pete Hanson said the team is going to take a look at its game as a whole as it prepares for its next match, next Wednesday at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.“We have to keep working on all phases of the game, we don’t have one phase that is consistent in what we need to have happen. We will continue to work on our offense and defense, I think we need some overall improvements, we have been working hard, we just need to stay at it and get better,” Hanson said.The Buckeye offense came off strong in the beginning, but started lacking when the Cardinals turned it up defensively, Hanson said.“Early on, it was our offense that was on,” he said. “Ball State is a team that blocks well and our offense started to get pretty predictable which prevented us from gaining those points.”Three Buckeyes led the team with double digit kills. Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson had tallied a career-high 16, while redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous and Henchy contributed 12 kills each.Johnson said the team needs to work on its unity.“We need to have a stronger team, instead of strong individuals. Tonight, there was too many holes in our core group of guys,” Johnson said.Match time between the Buckeyes and IPFW is set for 7 p.m. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Hungary wants to join SEHA – Veszprem IN PICK Szeged still thinking

SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League got a new country in the project – Hungary. Hungarian Federation are ready to cooperate with the SEHA officials in order to find solution in which two best teams will play in regional league from the next season. MVM MKB Veszprem have already reached some agreement with SEHA office and want to join League which won RK Vardar Skopje this season, but decision of PICK Szeged is still unknown.SEHA GSS has currently 10 teams. SEHA president Mihajlo Mihajlovski announced in April that League could have 12 teams from the next season. Slovenian best teams also want to join SEHA, but Celje PL and Gorenje don’t want to pay 150.000 EUR each for the “ticket” for the league. Are they will be replaced by Hungarian teams or both countries will have teams inside, decision will be made by SEHA board on June 15. hungary sehaSEHA GAZPROM ← Previous Story VIDEO: Furious Veszprem’s attack! Next Story → DANISH PLAY-OFF FINAL: KIF Kolding Kobenhavn storm in Aalborg! read more


September 22, 2019 0

Xbox One chief Don Mattrick to leave Microsoft for Zynga Updated

first_imgUpdate: 4:15pm – This was just confirmed. Mattrick will be starting at Zynga next week as its CEO and joining the company’s board.When something goes wrong in the marketing of a product, heads roll. The bigger the mistake, the more senior the person/people who suddenly announce they are leaving. In the case of Microsoft, following the difficult build up to the Xbox One launch Don Mattrick, president of the company’s Interactive Entertainment Business, is expected to exit. His destination? Zynga.Regardless of who ultimately made the decisions regarding the Xbox One’s always-connected features and used games stance, Mattrick didn’t do a great job to counteract the anger from gamers or explaining the possible advantages of the Xbox One’s proposed setup. One of his worst moments was when he stated on camera that those without an internet connection should stick with an Xbox 360 instead of choosing a next-gen machine.Although not yet confirmed, Mattrick moving to Zynga is being viewed as a win for Zynga. Apparently Mattrick may have been discussing a move to Zynga for some time, so could be unrelated to the Xbox One situation entirely. But, for many, he has been the guy pushing the Xbox One and its more unfriendly features, which ultimately made him a villain.If Mattrick does exit it will leave a hole at Microsoft with no clear person to primed to step into the role he held. However, Microsoft is expected to shake up the whole management structure of the company very soon, and Mattrick leaving would give them more flexibility when deciding who goes where.Microsoft has improved the perception of the Xbox One with gamers by removing certain disliked features, but it does need someone to push the console publicly in the coming months. Who will that person be if Mattrick leaves?last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

No one is above the law US House steps up Trump impeachment

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Donald Trump stands with Medal of Valor recipients during a ceremony at the White House, 9 September. Image: Gripas Yuri/ABACA Donald Trump stands with Medal of Valor recipients during a ceremony at the White House, 9 September. 27,338 Views Share15 Tweet Email DEMOCRATS HAVE MOVED to intensify their impeachment investigation of US President Donald Trump as whiffs of a new scandal surrounding the White House emerged related to Trump’s business and his lawyer’s involvement in Ukraine.While the Democrat leadership remains reluctant to go all-in on impeachment, given that the Republican-controlled Senate would vote down any effort to oust Trump, the stepped-up investigation could add further pressure on the embattled president 14 months before the next elections.House judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler moved to formalise an investigation that had up to now avoided officially declaring the aim to impeach Trump and put him on trial in the Senate.He laid out new procedures that he said would govern “the committee’s investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Donald J Trump”. He also defined the investigation along four specific lines: allegations that Trump illegally interfered with the Russia election meddling investigation, that he took part in hush payments to alleged former mistresses, that he has used his office to enrich himself, and that he offered pardons to government and campaign officials to protect him.“No one is above the law,” Nadler said in a statement.“The unprecedented corruption, coverup, and crimes by the president are under investigation by the committee as we determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment or other Article 1 remedies,” he said, referring to the US Constitution’s section on legislative powers.‘Delivering the truth’ In recent weeks more than half of the 235 Democrats in the House of Representatives have endorsed impeachment, even as senior party officials, especially House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, continue to resist it.Pelosi has made clear she believes the party needs to focus its energies on defeating Trump and the Republicans in the November 2020 election.Nadler’s new rules, which are expected to be passed by the committee on Thursday, will govern how witnesses will be called and questioned and how Trump’s lawyers will be involved.They are also expected to provide the committee with a broader ability to subpoena witnesses and documents, in the face of resistance by the White House.“We will not allow Trump’s continued obstruction to stop us from delivering the truth to the American people,” Nadler said.Meanwhile, the Democratic heads of three other House committees announced an investigation into alleged efforts by Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to pressure the Ukrainian government for their own political ends, including by withholding US security assistance.They allege that Trump and Giuliani have pressured Kiev to prosecute Ukrainians who provided evidence against Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort in the Russia meddling investigation.They also alleged that Kiev was pressured to provide damaging information on the son of former Democratic vice president Joe Biden, who could face Trump in next year’s presidential election.Hunter Biden worked for a Ukrainian gas company beginning in 2014, while his father was vice president.- © AFP 2019 ‘No one is above the law’: US House steps up Trump impeachment probe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made clear she believes the party needs to focus on defeating Trump in the 2020 election. Monday 9 Sep 2019, 7:26 PMcenter_img Short URL Sep 9th 2019, 7:26 PM Image: Gripas Yuri/ABACA 27 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4802368 By AFPlast_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Connecting our children to their Greek heritage

first_imgA multicultural population is one of the best things about our nation, but it can also present many challenges. An important component of our education system is teaching children to respect and interact with other cultures in positive ways, but in fact appreciating their own culture is just as vital.For many of us with Greek backgrounds, the desire to continue our culture is strong. It’s instinctual and something that connects us with others in the diaspora. More than ever, families are busy juggling multiple commitments. There is not much free time in between work and school hours, attending sports and other hobbies, and social commitments with family and friends. How important is it for my children to connect to their Greek heritage? This is a question that parents need to ask themselves regularly. For those who want their children to celebrate their Greek heritage, activities that reflect this goal need to be prioritised. Scheduling time in the family’s weekly agenda for Greek lessons, learning Greek dancing, attending family events by Greek organisations, or arranging play dates with other Greek children, will feature prominently and not get pushed aside when other activities present themselves. One of the positive implications to emerge from Greece’s economic crisis has been the influx of new Greek immigrants to Australia. Their arrival has emphasised some of the wonderful Greek traditions we are losing in Australia, such as the celebration of name days. And now with Pascha approaching, we are reminded of seasonal events in Greece such as Tsikno Pempti and Apokries. It was only this year that I attended my first Apokries party hosted by a newly-arrived Greek family. Everyone got dressed in fancy costumes and wonderful memories were created. Befriending new immigrants and taking part in such activities helps children to learn about current Greek traditions.An obvious way of helping kids to connect to their heritage is through teaching them Greek. There are many opportunities for children to be introduced to the language, from online resources that offer Greek lessons designed for kids of all ages, attending Greek school on weekends (or hiring a Greek tutor). This investment will reap many rewards, especially when children visit Greece and can communicate with the people they encounter there – newfound friends and relatives. My Greek school days are among some of my fondest childhood memories. Those friendships I formed I still have today, and we often reminisce about the cheeky antics we got up to. I presented copies of my book Catch that Cat! at the Greek Independence Day celebrations to the first year class learning Greek at the Gold Coast Parish of Saint Anna. The children proudly read out their Greek poems, albeit struggling to pronounce some of the words. Acknowledging children’s efforts forms a connection to community which learning the Greek language can promote. It’s why campaigns such as We Speak Greek in March are so important to continue.The Greek vocabulary is so rich and used in English words – Mr Portokolos from the Big Fat Greek Wedding movies is not so far wrong – the Greek root is apparent in mathematics, philosophy, literature, science and art.Don’t underestimate media in facilitating the Greek connection. Watching Greek programs such as on Meraki TV or watching children’s programs on YouTube are free and easily accessible resources. Listening to Greek music is also a fantastic way of introducing new Greek vocabulary. I love to play pepper966.gr in the background. It is a special gift for our kids to share their culture openly with their peers, and then, in turn, be curious about the cultures of other children. The subtle ways of introducing other families to Greek culture, such as sharing traditional Greek food or inviting them along to a local Greek festival, help us communicate: ‘We’re Greek, and proud of it!’* This article is part of a monthly series where author Melina Mallos will address issues relating to what it means for children to feel Greek in Australia today, and ways the adults in their lives can facilitate the process. Her book for children, Catch that Cat!, is a tool for helping children 3-8 years learn about Greek culture, people and places. It is available for purchase online at www.catchthatcat.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Casual Spy Wear

first_img ThinkGeek really dubbed this zipper hoodie the ‘What Natasha Wears Around The House.’ And I have to say if she did take a day off, Tash-Tash would pretty dang snug in this terrycloth jacket. This officially licensed item from Marvel combines the style of Black Widow with the comfort afforded to so many great articles of clothing that come from team ThinkGeek.I could imagine Nat throwing this on after leaving training at the Stark compound. This jacket has actually become my go-to post kickboxing choice now. It’s super cozy. The light material is perfect for your cooldown after clocking in a few hours at the gym or even if you’re coming off an intense undercover mission.The Widow’s logo adorns the front and has a worn battle tested aesthetic. Plus that aged look gives the illusion that this is probably a Romanoff favorite. But honestly, those are always our favorite pieces, right?  It’s definitely been around a few brawls just like our lady spy.Now I’m not as leggie as Nat, so I found plenty of room to relax in this unisex small. I mean the last thing you want is a tight shirt when you’re trying to kick your feet up and chill after a full day of espionage. And the ribbed detail around the cuffs and waist add some nice pizzazz to an overall simple but chic look.But it’s not like you couldn’t wear this out with your favorite spandex and thigh holster either. It’s perfect for low-key style. It’d actually be really nice for a casual cosplay. Roman-Day-Off? The soft waffle texture on the inside makes you feel right at home, whether you’re nuzzling up to a Clint or a Bucky with a bottle of vodka.Psst. I think you know which team I’m only. #WinterWidowForLifeSo now is the time to pounce on this. It’s on deep discount, and all sizes are still available. It’s the perfect gift for yourself or your favorite double agent. It’s currently listed at $9.99, so your wallet will also be saying, ‘Spasibo.’ Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0