New Greek finance minister is a change of style, not substance

Euclid Tsakalotos, the mild-tempered professor who was appointed as Greece’s new finance minister on Monday, is a clear change in style from his combative predecessor Yanis Varoufakis. The 55-year-old Tsakalotos studied at prestigious private London school St Paul’s and at Oxford University, speaks Greek with a British accent and rarely appears in public, let alone wearing the torso-hugging T-shirts Varoufakis favors. As the brainchild of Syriza’s economic thinking, Tsakalotos is likely to redouble efforts to put one of the most contentious issues in the five months of financial aid negotiations between Greece and its creditors — debt relief — back on the table.

Bullets banish books in South Sudan as education becomes a casualty of war | James Copnall

Slim progress on education is set back as soldiers requisition school buildings and fighting forces children to flee, but some are returning to the classroom

At the end of a school day in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, young girls in light brown uniforms walk home, chatting in the late-afternoon sun. The scene should be repeated all over the country but over the past year and a half the civil war has forced hundreds of thousands of children out of school nationwide.

Education is one of the hidden casualties of South Sudan’s latest conflict, which began in December 2013 and shows little sign of ending. School buildings have been requisitioned by soldiers, pupils and their teachers have been press-ganged into armed groups, and an estimated 400,000 children have been forced out of school.

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10 Greatest San Francisco 49ers Stars on New Teams

For San Francisco 49er fans, one of the hardest things about the 2015 season might be seeing Frank Gore in Indianapolis Colt blue.

It made sense for the team to move on from Gore. Gore is 32 years old with a lot of mileage on his tires, and the 49ers drafted his replacement the year before in Carlos Hyde. Hyde’s remaining production is almost guaranteed to be higher than the rest of Gore’s career.

Still, Gore is a 49ers legend, and his tank isn’t empty yet. Seeing him succeed for Andrew Luck and the Colts would be bittersweet, especially if he out-performs the 49ers’ running attack this season.

Seeing legends and stars succeed in other places is always painful. There’s something that just triggers an inherent feeling of wrongness to see, say, Brett Favre in a Vikings uniform or Johnny Unitas as a Charger.

With Gore in mind, let’s take a look at the 10 greatest post-49er careers for 49er greats.

This isn’t just the best careers by players after they were 49ers; they had to establish themselves as a great player on San Francisco for an extended period of time. Therefore, Deion Sanders’ career in Dallas, for example, doesn’t count, because he was only with the 49ers for one season, even if it was a fantastic season.

It’s also a ranking of how successful they were, as opposed to how painful it was to see them in another jersey. While Joe Montana was more beloved by most 49ers fans than Terrell Owens, Montana only played two seasons away from San Francisco while Owens played for years after succeeding in the Bay Area.  Longevity counts for something.

With those caveats, here are the top 10 ex-49er greats:

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Niese Gets 1st Win Since May 9 As Mets Top Giants 3-0

Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park on July 6, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Jonathon Niese pitched eight sharp innings for his first win in nearly two months, and the Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 Monday night to hand the World Series champions their seventh straight defeat. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed.


Are bridge-mounted wind turbines a viable option?

An artist's take on how wind turbines underneath bridges might look

Wind turbines might be common sight all around the world, but situating them in open fields or on breezy ridges isn’t always a practical option. Ideas like placing turbines under bridges have been proposed, but is that a viable alternative? According to new research out of Europe, the answer is yes.

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Watch: Turls’ “My Plug”

Check out Turls’ latest for “My Plug”….and no, your computer screen isn’t broken.  

This week’s offering on The Signal comes from Turls, who’s dropping the visuals for his track “My Plug.”  Turls drops bars about robbing his plug (probably a bad move) with a long, drawn out, monotonous drawl that somehow works over the electronic-laced trap beat.  Check it out above, and be on the lookout for Turls’ Destruction of A Heart project, dropping soon.

Two Parents In South Carolina Made Their 14-Year-Old Daughter Live In The Woods For 2 Days Just For Eating A Pop Tart…

This cannot be real.

Two parents in South Carolina deserve an award for how terribly disgusting they just treated their child.

James and Crystal Driggers of Sumter County, SC were arrested over the weekend after forcing their 14-year-old daughter to live in a tent after she ate a Pop Tart without asking first…

The parents-of-the-year punished their completely out of line daughter with a week of being grounded in the middle of the woods with nothing but a tent, some toilet paper, a flashlight, a whistle, and a watch.

The teenager was first locked outdoors last Tuesday and was fed only a can of Spaghetti-Os thanks to her brother.

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Luckily, the teen’s grandmother heard about the way she was being treated and called Police on Thursday and she was returned home.

However, when the Police went back for a follow up on Friday, they discovered she was outside. Again.

James and Crystal’s four other children are currently in their grandmother’s custody, while the 14-year-old is in the care of Social Services.

The parents were each charged with a count of unlawful child neglect, but we’re hoping the state throws just a bit more legal ramifications their way.

Have U ever heard of such cruel and unusual punishment for a child?!

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American Ninja Warrior 2015 Results: Recap from July 6 Episode

San Pedro, California, was the site for American Ninja Warrior‘s sixth and final qualifier as dozens of competitors attempted to tackle a grueling course that proved rather treacherous.    

There was a distinct military theme to the qualifier as active duty members and veterans battled in the shadow of the USS Iowa.

Among the numerous military personnel to take part, only 10 brave souls managed to survive each of the barriers in their way before completing the Warped Wall. You can view all 30 people who advanced to the city finals below:

The show saved the best for last as Ryan Stratis was the final contestant to run. He’s no stranger to American Ninja Warrior, now having competed in each of the seven American seasons.

Being the experienced pro that he is, Stratis took his time with each of the stages, and the strategy paid off as he reached the finish with relative ease, taking one step closer to Mount Midoriyama.

Even with his massive reputation, Stratis still wasn’t the most impressive performer—Dustin McKinney and Ahmed Toure arguably tied for that honor.

McKinney may have finished the course with the slowest time, but the fact he could still complete The Worm after scaling the Warped Wall is downright remarkable, per the show’s Twitter account:

It’s a good thing that celebration didn’t cost him.

Meanwhile, Toure was simply in a class of his own because he showed up to San Pedro in his business-casual attire. His jeans must have allowed for great flexibility:

Next time you want to hit the gym, maybe consider a nice pair of blue jeans. Toure might be holding the secret to success.

One of the more notable athletes who tried and failed to make his way across the course was 72-year-old Chuck Mammay. If you’re wondering how somebody could feasibly compete on American Ninja Warrior at Mammay’s age, the show gave you a taste of his typical workout regimen:

And to think I consider running a couple of miles a week to be a job well done.

In addition to the $1 million prize, Mammay said in December he had another goal in mind with his journey to American Ninja Warrior, per Lauren Rautenkranz of WECT 6 in Wilmington, North Carolina:

Well, it’s because a lot of people say I inspire them by the condition I’m in. Sometimes I feel like ‘Oh I don’t want to get out of bed and do this!’ But once I get going it’s just there. It’s the fun of doing it. People say it’s work and, eh it might be a little work, but it’s a lot of fun plus you get to eat more, which I love to eat! The way I look at it, I figure if I can get out and inspire more people and if I can get on American Ninja Warrior that’ll be maybe millions of people I can help inspire.

Unfortunately, Mammay’s run ended almost immediately after it began. He approached the Quintuple Steps all wrong and slipped on the first step before hitting the water below.

Still, the fact he made the show at all is an incredible accomplishment. American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman believes everybody should strive to match Mammay’s level in life:

For the 30 competitors who advanced to the city finals, there’s still a long way to go to grab the $1 million.

Monday’s episode not only featured impressive feats of athleticism, but it also served as a fantastic tribute for those who have served in the armed forces.

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