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Princes Trust Ambassador Tim Peake Announces STEM Funding

first_imgPrince’s Trust Ambassador Tim Peake was in Cardiff last month to help the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, announce £7.2m of funding to encourage young people, especially girls, to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects at school.The astronaut joined the Minister at an event organised by The Prince’s Trust Cymru at Tramshed Tech, where they met young people involved in our STEM-related programmes. There, the Minister announced an investment of £7.2m, including £5.2m of European Union funding, for two similar projects which will help to ensure young people, particularly girls and young women, continue STEM studies at GCSE and beyond with the aim of pursuing STEM-related careers.Over the next four years, STEM Gogledd will work with 600 young people, 60% of whom will be female, to enrich and promote STEM subjects through a range of activities that complement the mainstream curriculum within schools across Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy.Technocamps 2 will work with 3,600 young people across West Wales, North Wales and the South Wales Valleys, two-thirds of whom will be female. It will target secondary schools which do not currently offer computer science as an option at GCSE, or where the subject is only recently available. The project will enable pupils in these schools to take part in workshops to build on their existing knowledge and enthusiasm for IT and computing.Announcing the funding, the Minister said: “It is a pleasure to be standing alongside Tim Peake today to announce such an important investment which will help to build the skills of our young people to help drive a the Welsh economy.Wales must become a STEM nation if we are to build a modern, dynamic, open economy that benefits everyone in Wales. Both the pace and nature of technological change is increasing dramatically and, to have the skilled workforce to capitalise on it, it is vital we have more young people who choose to study STEM subjects to a sufficiently high standard.“This is why I am grateful to organisations like The Prince’s Trust for their pioneering programmes and to role models, like Tim, who are influential in promoting the study of STEM subjects. Tim’s Principia mission inspired a generation and showed just how far, literally, science can take you.“We cannot just rely on people like Tim, though. We must all play our part in stimulating interest in these crucial subjects as a way of securing the next generation of STEM professionals in Wales. This is why I am so pleased to announce this £7.2m investment, £5.2m of it from the EU, for STEM Gogledd and Technocamps. This is a great example of EU funds helping to enthuse and excite young people, particularly girls, about the opportunities available to them.”Philip Jones, Director of The Prince’s Trust Cymru said:We are delighted that Tim Peake was able to join us and Welsh Government in promoting the importance of STEM to Welsh Education today. At The Prince’s Trust Cymru, we believe every young person should have the chance to succeed, and we believe Welsh Government’s latest commitment to STEM activities will help transform more young lives in Wales.last_img read more

Even After 25 Years Pete Roses Ban From Baseball Is Money in

In the long and varied history of sports heroes — from Pheidippides to Johnny Football — none has signed his name more often, nor more energetically and whimsically, than Pete Rose. Signing for dollars has been at the core of Rose’s livelihood, and lifeblood, since he was banned from baseball 25 years ago. For years now he has appeared four days a week, in five-hour shifts, at a memorabilia shop in a Las Vegas mall. The crowds don’t swarm, but they do come, steadily. An autographed ball costs $99, a bat $200, a jersey $40. Items are also bundled and sold in packages. It’s not unusual for Rose to move more than $10,000 worth of merchandise in a day.Prices and item choices are set not by Rose himself but by the company, Hit King Inc., that employs him. (He gets a flat fee for his work, but if sales pass a certain level, he receives a percentage of the extra money.) That means that when he’s signing somewhere else and has a different employer, the prices, and the menu, can vary. Just the other day, for example, Rose was in Cooperstown for Induction Weekend, where he has made almost annual autograph appearances for the past two decades. He signed at the Safe at Home shop on Main Street, less than 400 feet from the Hall of Fame to which he has been famously denied induction. In Cooperstown, customers could do a lot better for themselves than they could at The Art of Music store, Rose’s autographing venue in Vegas.Here’s a look at some of the price variability of baseballs with two popular Rose inscriptions, by retailer (keeping in mind that an autographed item for sale on eBay may be less reliably authentic than one signed in person or bought from Steiner Sports):The first inscription refers, of course, to Rose’s record career hits total; the second is a winking apology for the crime (betting on baseball) that landed him in the boat he’s in. Rose likes to lampoon his situation further: In certain circumstances he’ll sign baseballs with “I’m sorry I broke up the Beatles” or “I’m sorry I shot JFK.”Downtown Cooperstown is many things to many people on Induction Weekend but it is most conspicuously a bazaar for players selling their signatures. At any moment you can find scores of former big leaguers signing things in shops or at sidewalk tables along the narrow streets. Voices ring out, carnival-barker style, to let you know where to look for your favorite players. “Ernie Banks! A Hall of Famer, he’s right here! Come on in! Ernie Banks here today!”Special inscriptions like Rose’s are sometimes part of the transaction. This year, for example, the former Braves closer John Rocker, famous for his anti-New York rant in the late 1990s, was in town, capitalizing on the influx of Atlanta fans who’d come to see Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox get inducted. You could get a ball signed by Rocker for $20, plus $10 for a personal inscription. The inscription price rose to $25, though, if you wanted him to write “F New York” or “F the New York Mets.”So how does Rose’s Cooperstown fee of $60 compare with other players’ fees? Below is a look at the rate for some notable autographs during Induction Weekend. Typically, a Hall of Famer’s autograph sells for more than a non-Hall of Famer’s. So leaving out Rose’s figure, and relying on help from a pair of fine reporters (big cheers to David Bauer and Larry Mileo), I also calculated the average price for each of those two subsets of players. The autograph prices are set by the vendor and are determined, naturally, based on demand. It sometimes happened that a player appeared at more than one venue during the weekend and his autograph sold for slightly different prices. I took that into account.In comparison with Hall of Famers (the group Rose’s supporters believe he should be part of), Rose commanded 6 percent less than the average price. (Among teammates from the 1970s Big Red Machine, Rose drew about 13 percent less than Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan and about 9 percent more than Hall of Famer Tony Perez.) Compared to other non-Hall of Famers, however, Rose killed it. Braves pitcher John Smoltz, who had the Atlanta contingent in town and who was billed on a price flyer as a “Future Hall of Famer” (he’ll get in next year) was the only non-Hall of Fame player whose autograph went for as much as Rose’s.Most surprising, given how long Rose has been at it and how deeply he has saturated the market for his own signature, is that his price has remained stable as he has continued to sell. At Safe at Home, the signed ball fee went up from $55 to $60 about seven years ago, according to store proprietor Andrew Vilacky, and has remained at that price. In Las Vegas, Rose’s autograph on a ball cost $79 when he was selling at the Field of Dreams in 2009. Today, at The Art of Music, he gets a 25.3 percent higher rate without any drop in volume.So why does Rose, now 73, still draw? As the eBay price in the first table suggests, no one is investing in his autograph in hopes of making much resale profit. Part of the allure is Rose’s continued fame — he may be the most famous non-Hall of Fame former baseball player alive. But there is more to it than that.What people keep buying is not just the autograph, but also the experience of getting it. Plenty of ballplayers can engage with the fan base, but nobody does it better or embraces it more than Rose does. Pete is extremely good at being Pete. You sit with him for five minutes during an autograph session. He’ll banter cornily (“Your name is Bob? Mind if I spell it backward?”) and crassly (“The whole time your wife was taking that photo with me, she had her hand on my ass”). He will give batting tips to kids (essentially, “Be aggressive”) and recall old at-bats with astounding clarity and detail. He’ll break off an anecdote about Willie Mays in a urinal, and he might, without warning or provocation, hold forth on the subject of blow jobs. However all this may sound to you, many customers clearly view it as value added. I have seen people wait to get their ball signed, spend the time with Rose, then get back in the queue and do it again.People are also drawn to Rose for the contradictions in his character — what to make of someone who both honored and dishonored the game so profoundly? Rose, through his gambling and his recalcitrance, has the lure of an outlaw hero. He’s also the only player in baseball history to be expressly denied a place on the Hall of Fame ballot, and that gives customers something edgy to discuss with him. As much as Rose might like to get inducted one day, he is not blind to the notoriety that his banishment has given him, nor to the understanding that, in the autograph trade, it may have helped his bottom line. “You know,” he once said to me. “Not being in the Hall of Fame — that’s my shtick!”For the right price, I’m sure, Rose will write that on a baseball for you. read more

CROSSING BORDERS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos News Break with Deandrea Hamilton is NOW airing in Nassau and other islands of The Bahamas thanks to an arrangement negotiated between the McKinney Broadcasting Network and Xcel Management Agency, the official agent of Magnetic Media. The MBN, with its own radio station Peace 107.5FM has agreed to air the Magnetic Media production as a part of its ‘The National’ report on the Nassau-based station, and on affiliate radio stations in islands like Abaco.Turks and Caicos News Break officially begins today on Peace 107.5FM (online streaming). Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Another Murder in Nassau Related Items:bahams, magnetic media, nassau, news break, peace 107.5, xcel management agency Recommended for you Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Surveylast_img read more

In Other News Lyft Offering Special Service at Ft Meade

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A new feature added by ride-hailing company Lyft that will allow service members and civilians requesting a ride from or within Camp Pendleton, Calif., to be matched only with drivers cleared to make pickups and drop-offs on the base also is being offered at Fort Meade, Md. Lyft currently is engaged in discussions with other installations to expand its “Base Mode” service, reports Military Times.last_img

2018 TOWN ELECTION See This Saturdays Ballot

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the ballot voters will see when they go to the polls this Saturday, April 28 to vote in Wilmington’s Annual Town Election.Please note that the ballot on Saturday will not have the word “Absentee” on top. Thank you to the Town Clerk for providing this ballot.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook.  Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE.  Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Ballot Is Set With Contested Races For Selectmen, School Committee & Town ModeratorIn “Government”TOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Ballot Is Set — 9 Candidates For 3 Selectmen Seats Spread Over 2 RacesIn “Government”TOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Ballot Is Set; Contested Races For School Committee & SelectmenIn “Government”last_img read more

Star Wars Thrawn Treason weaves a web of Imperial intrigue

first_img 74 Photos Galaxy’s Edge from every angle: We take you along for… Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason has some cool scenes featuring Emperor Palpatine, but he doesn’t play a major role in the novel. Penguin Random House Star Wars fans should be grateful to Grand Admiral Thrawn creator Timothy Zahn. His ’90s Thrawn trilogy isn’t canon anymore, but it gave the Star Wars universe the shot of adrenaline it needed and paved the way for new movies such as The Rise of Skywalker.So it’s always worth paying attention whenever Zahn dives back into a galaxy far, far away, particularly if he’s writing another adventure starring the genius Imperial tactician. Thrawn: Treason continues the canon story that started with the character’s 2017 origin and teamed him up with Darth Vader in last year’s Thrawn: Alliances. It’s set halfway through the fourth season of CGI animated series Rebels, which takes place before A New Hope.One of the first scenes in Thrawn: Treason sees the titular grand admiral in a shadowy meeting with Emperor Palpatine and other Imperial bigwigs including Grand Moff Tarkin and Rogue One’s Director Krennic. Zahn injects the scene with a delicious sense of cloak-and-dagger political intrigue as Krennic gets Thrawn to help with problems plaguing the Death Star’s super-secret supply line.  Thrawn has one week to solve the problem, or else funding for his TIE Defender project will dry up. Krennic wants that money for the Death Star, so he dispatches his agent, Assistant Director Ronan, to hinder Thrawn. Ronan’s anti-Thrawn stance creates some nice conflict, but gets a little exhausting sometimes.This sends Thrawn on an investigation that reveals a plot against the Empire and brings him back into contact with members of his own race, the Chiss, who are hunting the Grysk — an aggressive species that’s been quietly working towards an invasion. We saw the first hints of this plot line in Thrawn: Alliances.thrawn-treason-sdccGrand Admiral Thrawn is flanked by his fellow Chiss in the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover. Penguin Random House So Thrawn essentially has to balance his mission as an Imperial with helping the Chiss deal with the Grysk threat. Meanwhile characters like the antagonistic Ronan are questioning Thrawn’s loyalty to the Empire. Unfortunately, we never really question that loyalty because the Chiss feel underdeveloped.The Grysk suffer from a similar lack of development. They’re largely faceless antagonists and we mostly hear secondhand tales about the threat they pose. As a result, they feel like a weak surrogate for the Yuuzhan Vong, a violent race of invaders longtime Star Wars readers will know from the no-longer-canon New Jedi Order novels.Luckily, Thrawn is such a magnificent character that he almost makes up for these shortcomings. Zahn spends a reasonable chunk of the novel’s 333 pages focused on Thrawn, who’s busy hatching and executing brilliant strategies, and the author’s detailed writing makes these a treat to read. You’ll root for his two proteges, Commodore Faro and Eli Vanto, as well. And there’s plenty of excellent Imperial politics and backstabbing for them all to deal with.Overall, Thrawn: Treason proves a slightly uneven outing for the Imperial tactician. It’s worth your time because he remains as compelling as ever, but hopefully Zahn will flesh out his non-Imperial allies and adversaries a bit better in a future adventure.Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason, from Del Rey, hits shelves July 23. null 15:04 Star Wars land: Everything we saw at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge Share your voice 0 TV and Movies Culture Tags Now playing: Watch this: Disney Star Warslast_img read more

PUBG Mobiles birthday crate design irks Muslims company responds

first_imgPUBG Mobile already has a lot of problems on its plate and it looks like it started another controversy on its first birthday. While reports about the game getting banned in some Indian cities to incidents like PUBG claiming lives of players in various ways are making the rounds of the internet, PUBG Mobile faces another nightmare as players are boycotting the popular battle royale game.As a part of its first birthday celebration, PUBG Mobile introduced a new birthday crate into the game, which offers a “Birthday Chicken and a chance for BP and Silver.” Players can exchange the “Birthday Chicken for event rewards. While it all sounds fun and exciting for millions of players out there, it sure didn’t seem to sit well with a lot of them.PUBG Mobile’s birthday crate design irked Muslims as it resembled that of Kaaba, the holiest Islamic site in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A lot of users were not impressed by PUBG’s move, and many even deleted the game app from their phones to protest. There’s even a petition on Change.org that demands PUBG Mobile to change the birthday box design. PUBG Mobile 0.11.5 update posterPUBGThe design gaffe appears to be getting a lot of heat, but PUBG was quick enough to apologize for its blunder and promised a redesign soon.”We appreciate your feedback on the Birthday Crate, and we apologize for this oversight. We will redesign the Birthday Crate and release it soon. Thank you for your continued support of PUBG MOBILE,” PUBG Mobile said on Friday.Top Pic – Kaaba, An islamic holiest place in Mecca. Bottom Pic – PubG Birthday Crate. is there any similarity? Why PubG needed to do something like this or to design a Crate like Kaaba?Can you answer? @PUBG @PUBGMOBILE @PUBG_Support @PUBGpartners @PUBGEsports @PUBGMobile_IN pic.twitter.com/l3sDmCmLiE— The Tech Star (@techstarsrk) March 20, 2019@PUBG new update on pubg the birthday create looks like KaabaBuilding in Mecca, Saudi Arabia please change it as well as possible and do the needful. pic.twitter.com/9ieS1EdPx7— Rizwan (@Rizwan56116100) March 21, 2019PUBG This Is Totally Wrong❌❌❌ If U Insult Our Religion #boycottPUBG pic.twitter.com/hrzA6E4RI8— Ammu (@ammumuzz786) March 22, 2019Given the gravity of this issue and how it could hurt sentiments of a large religious community, PUBG developers seemed to have acted swiftly on the matter redesigned the birthday crate.Thanks alot to PUBG Comunication,Producer And The Owner of PUBG for redesigning Birhtday Crate .Thanks Alot ?? pic.twitter.com/cw2kkL3L0o— Muhammad Khan (@Muhamma06016576) March 22, 2019While PUBG works on this sensitive matter, a recent update fixed the door opening delay issue, which has marred players for over two weeks now. In addition, PUBG Mobile is also reportedly working on making good on its promise to encourage a healthy gaming environment and finally act upon the ban requests in India. PUBG mobile.PUBG mobileAccording to reports, PUBG Mobile is adding a 6-hour playtime restriction on the game for all players in India. Once a player has finished playing the daily quota, he or she will be requested to get back after a few hours. The six hours restriction is on a 24-hour clock, so players can either choose to play at once or go hour by hour.last_img read more

UD Group expanding metals trade counter to bleak outlook in market

first_imgAs a global rout in commodities drives metals traders to close up shop or lay off staff, Indian-owned industrial metals firm UD Group is setting out expansion plans, boosting staff and moving into more countries.The Singapore-based firm, which has a metals trading arm as well as mining, industrial and renewable units, recently opened an office in Beijing to grow in North Asia and is set to buy a small Swiss trading house, said Chairman Prateek Gupta.He says a strong balance sheet is giving it the comfort to take a counter-cyclical bet, and grow as others contract.”People ask us, ‘Are you guys crazy, you want to step into China now when everyone is getting out?’ I say, that’s exactly why I want to get in,” Gupta, a third-generation of the family-owned firm, told Reuters.The Swiss purchase, which is in its final stages, will include 20 staff and seven senior traders, he said, helping to extend the group’s reach into Europe, Russia and Africa, as it looks to grow from 250 people to 400 in the next two years.”We get access to teams and other commodities, like aluminium, tin, lead and zinc and some ferro alloys,” he said. “That gives us growth in those commodities. They need additional depth of balance sheet.”UD’s expansion comes as trading houses worldwide are facing the worst commodities downturn in a decade and as more banks ditch the sector. U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley this week said it was closing its base metals trading business.Gupta said UD has avoided some of the pitfalls faced by rivals as it has maintained a large capital base and lower levels of borrowings, given the lower debt tolerance of banks in India where it has its roots.At the same time, it has grown big enough to attract larger credit lines from banks elsewhere including in Asia, which are used primarily for working capital as it offers its balance sheet to customers.”None of the metal market industry can survive without credit… That’s where our model offers a better role. We offer credit back up.”UD also takes part in more downstream activities than traditional commodity trade houses, Gupta said, helping to manage risk as it offers an exit strategy in the event of default, where UD will buy its customers’ products and sell them.The firm’s Bombay stock exchange-listed unit, Ushdev International, is capitalised at $124 million and accounted for around a third of overall group business last year. Shares have fallen by more than a quarter this year, mirroring the downswing in metals.last_img read more

Amazon Abandons Plans for New York Headquarters

first_img ×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 Responding to a growing backlash, Amazon is officially abandoning its plans to build a new base of operations in New York. The company had planned to split its second headquarters, dubbed “HQ2,” between New York and Northern Virginia. On Thursday, Amazon said it wouldn’t be looking for an alternative location for the now-abandoned New York campus.“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” the company said in a statement. “We do not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time. We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada.”Amazon had faced scrutiny for receiving over $3 billion in tax and other incentives, and was heavily courted by state officials while it went through a public application process for its HQ2 location. At one point, New York governor Andrew Cuomo even suggested that he would change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to win the company’s contract. However, the deal was opposed by a number of local politicians, as well as high-profile progressive Democrats including representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who celebrated the company’s decision with a tweet: On Thursday, Amazon blamed officials for torpedoing its plans. “While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City,” the company said in its statement.Amazon also said that it wasn’t going to give up on New York altogether: “There are currently over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams.”Amazon’s primary headquarters has been in Seattle ever since the company was founded in 1994. The company had called for a public application process to build its second headquarter, and got over 200 cities to participate, with many offering lucrative tax incentives to attract the e-commerce giant.The company announced a decision to split HQ2 between Northern Virginia and New York in November, and at the time suggested that it would create as many as 25,000 jobs in each location.Jimmy Van Bramer, the New York City Council member who represents the area in Queens, was among the loudest voices opposing the headquarters deal, on the grounds that the state should not be handing tax breaks to one of the world’s largest corporations.Like Ocasio-Cortez, Van Bramer also raised concerns about Amazon’s track record in dealing with unions and in what they perceived to be a lack of hard commitments from Amazon to invest in infrastructure and services in Long Island City and environs. And they faulted Cuomo for negotiating the deal in secret without input from Queens legislators.“Defeating an unprecedented act of corporate welfare is a triumph that should change the way we do economic development deals in our city & state forever,” Van Bramer wrote on Twitter after Amazon announced its decision. Popular on Variety Defeating an anti-union corporation that mistreats workers and assists ICE in terrorizing immigrant communities is a victory. Defeating an unprecedented act of corporate welfare is a triumph that should change the way we do economic development deals in our city & state forever.— Jimmy Van Bramer (@JimmyVanBramer) February 14, 2019last_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Galway Festival Monday

first_imgYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog… It’s good to be back…It’s good to be back with my blog for Galway week and I’ll update you on my rides each day. Plenty has happened since I last updated you including getting over a chest infection. Anyway, I had a nice trip over for Royal Ascot and also have had a nice little family break in Spain. Things are back to normal now and I’m really looking forward to the seven days of the Galway Festival. It’s such a great meeting and there’s a great carnival-like atmosphere. I’ve got a couple of rides on the opening day…MONDAYGALWAY FESTIVALCOUNT SIMON (5.20pm)The application of cheekpieces made the difference for this fella when he won at Downpatrick for me back in June. He’s very consistent and I’m hoping he can go well and the addition of blinkers for the first time might help him a a bit too. He ran well enough the last day, but will need to step up if he is to beat the Mullins pair who look pretty strong opposition. It’s good to see Ruby (Walsh) back in the saddle and he looks to have a leading chance on Easy Game who was seriously impressive on his stable debut at Killarney two weeks ago. I finished a fair way behind him that day and that was a smart performance.ANGE D’OR JAVILEX (5.55pm)Another ride for Gordon (Elliott) who has his team in good order now after a bit of a quiet spell. Ange D’Or Javilex has his first start for his new yard here after 581 days so it would be some training performance if he could hit the ground running. I haven’t sat on him at home and the form book says he has a fair bit to do. I did ride him a couple of times in his younger days and he is on a workable mark if returning to his best, but that’s a big ask. Charles Byrnes’ Viking Hoard was really impressive the last day and looks the one to beat if the handicapper hasn’t been too tough on him.DAVYlast_img read more