Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving!

first_imgIf you’re in the United States, I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends. I spent the morning with a front row seat on Woodward Avenue watching the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person in Detroit, Michigan.What a great parade! I met so many families who came down to the parade for the first time. The kids sitting in front of me had fun watching the floats and catching candy from the parade walkers. Hope you enjoy these photos from the parade! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedKicking off the Holiday at America’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeFor the third year in a row, I spent Thanksgiving morning with a front row seat on Woodward Avenue watching America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with thousands of other people in Detroit, Michigan. The floats were amazing to see, and as usual, the clowns were fun to watch! My favorite float…In “Miscellaneous”Celebrating the Holiday at the 90th America’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeIt’s our first year here. I can’t believe how much fun it is to see the parade in person! The young women and her husband sat next to me on the sidewalk along Woodward Avenue. We quickly exchanged names as we settled in to watch the parade. Her two young children…In “Miscellaneous”Celebrating the 91st Thanksgiving Day Parade in DetroitWhat a wonderful way to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday at the 91st Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit, now known as America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I woke up early this morning to claim my spot on Woodward Avenue, along with thousands of other Michiganders, to watch the annual parade of…In “Detroit”last_img read more

Weird science of Vredefort Dome

first_img11 May 2006“It’s like being in the Bermuda Triangle,” says Rodger Hart of the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Science in South Africa. I take the compass to see for myself.At first the needle points in a steady direction, which for all I know could be magnetic north. But then I take a step forward, and the needle swings to a completely different quadrant. Another step, and yet another direction.Next I put the compass down against the large rock outcropping we are standing on. Now as I move the compass across the rock, with every few centimetres of motion the needle swings around.The location is the centre of the Vredefort Crater, about 100 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg. Vredefort is the oldest and largest impact remnant on the planet, created about two billion years ago when a 10-kilometre-wide asteroid slammed into the earth. Evidence of older collisions exists elsewhere, in South Africa and in Western Australia, but in those cases no geologic structure has survived the ravages of time.Vredefort itself is not obviously a crater to the untrained eye. Geologists estimate the total crater size at 250 to 300 kilometres across, but the rim has long since been eroded away. The most obvious structure remaining is the Vredefort Dome, which is the crater’s “rebound peak” – where deep rocks rose up in the crater’s centre after the impact.According to Hart, the probable source of Vredefort’s weird magnetism was a strong and chaotic magnetic field generated by currents flowing in the ionized gases produced at the height of the collision.Laboratory experiments confirm that impacts cause intense magnetic fields in that fashion. Scientists have calculated that a mere one-kilometre-wide asteroid, one tenth the size of Vredefort’s, would create a field 1,000 times that of the earth’s at a distance of 100 kilometres.Vredefort’s intense but random magnetism was not apparent from aerial surveys. Those analyses showed anomalously low magnetism over the crater, like a hole punched in the prevailing magnetic field. All the magnetic madness on the ground averages out to nothing when seen from too high up.The results could have implications not only for earth geology but also for studies of Mars. The immense Martian basins Hellas and Argyre displayed virtually no magnetism when measured by the orbiting Mars Global Surveyor.The conventional explanation runs like this: when these craters formed around four billion years ago, the impacts wiped out the preexisting magnetization of the rocks. Therefore, at the time of their creation Mars must not have had a magnetic field, because that field would have been preserved in the magnetization of the basins’ rocks when they cooled. Mars does not now have a magnetic field, but long ago it did. Thus, the standard explanation implies that Mars lost its field very early on.But as Hart points out, if the Hellas and Argyre basins show the same properties as the Vredefort Crater, one cannot conclude anything about Mars’s magnetic field when they were formed – it may have still been going strong. Mario Acuna, a principal investigator on the Mars Global Surveyor project, however, points out that data from smaller Martian craters of about Vredefort’s size do not agree with Hart’s scenario.Back on earth, Hart has proposed a high-resolution helicopter survey of Vredefort’s magnetism, from an altitude low enough to see the magnetic variations. That would produce a complete magnetic map – and make some sense of the crater’s weirdness.This article originally appeared in Scientific American. Graham P Collins is on the board of editors of the magazine, to which he has been a contributor for several years. His visit to South Africa was funded by the International Marketing Council as part of the 2005 SA Solutions tour of leading science journalists to centres of scientific and technological excellence in South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Disappointed with India’s performance in Australia: Olympians

first_imgFor the last 10 days, champion double trap shooter Ronjan Sondhi has been in a quandary. For someone who is used to hitting the bull’s eye, he doesn’t know how to react to the taunting SMSes of his first coach, Australian Russell Mark, who has been messaging him after India’s defeat in the first Test in Melbourne.Sodhi’s other Australian friends have joined in, adding to the bulging inbox of his mobile phone after India lost the second Test as well. But Sodhi, a keen cricket follower and a staunch Sachin Tendulkar fan, has gone silent.”My Australian friends, including Russell, have been bombarding me with messages after the defeats. But I’ve not replied for the last 10 days as I don’t know what to say,” Sodhi told MAIL TODAY. “They are teasing me because in shooting, we beat Australia all the time. And when India beats Australia in cricket, I also send similar SMSes to them.”Sodhi, the reigning World Cup Finals winner, copped some more embarrassment for Virat Kohli’s finger gesture in Sydney. “After the Kohli incident, one of my Aussie friends sent a message saying ‘the Indians have forgotten to play with the bat and ball, and now they have started playing with fingers’,” he disclosed. “It was embarrassing.”Not just Sodhi, but the entire Indian sports fraternity seems to be in a state of shock.Sodhi’s senior Mansher Singh, a member of the Indian trap team, and an avid cricket fan, has stronger views. “Every morning I wake up charged, hoping to see India’s revival. But it’s not happening,” he said.advertisement”It’s basically the mindset. The cricketers’ mindset has gone completely haywire. These people have lost out the sharpness to win while the Australians are scoring triple centuries. I’m shocked to see that they can’t stay at the crease and the team loses several wickets in every session. They are in IPL mode, in terms of their thought process,” he pointed out. “They also look fatigued after the World Cup triumph.”Former India hockey captain Zafar Iqbal opined that Dhoni’s men are not playing as a team and lack planning. “The Aussies have the home advantage and, no doubt, they’re a good team. Their teamwork is always very strong, even in hockey. They have a clear-cut game plan and they are not bothered by big names, like a Tendulkar or a Dhanraj Pillay, in the opposition ranks,” he averred.Zafar felt that the famed Indian batting line-up has failed to adjust to the pitches. “What I’ve noticed is that they are not able to play on the bouncier and faster pitches. Also, they (Aussies) have looked more determined than us.”Ace golfer Gaurav Ghei concurred with Zafar. “Obviously, there’s something wrong, if you are not winning. Every time we play, our batsmen have a problem in handling pacers on bouncy pitches. We should get stronger in that area,” Ghei, the first Indian to win an Asian Tour event in 1995, told MAIL TODAY.However, Ghei, known as a gentleman on the circuit, said the criticism should be balanced as cricket should not be treated as just another sport. “It’s more than a game, bordering on fanaticism, considering its large following. It has a different bond with people. We’re very negative about cricketers,” he said.Multiple world billiards champion Michael Ferreira is disappointed too, but agreed with Ghei on the issue of heavy criticism. “We are always ready to criticise; we’ve to remember they too are human beings,” he told MAIL TODAY.Former India football captain Chuni Goswami, who also captained Bengal in the Ranji Trophy, refused to believe that an overdose of cricket could be cited as a reason for the team’s abysmal performance.”Unfortunately, this (defeats) has happened earlier – on the recent England tour. The team has been at sea, but I don’t subscribe to the view that they are playing too much cricket,” said the man who played 46 first-class cricket matches.”Our batsmen can’t play when the ball comes consistently at a height. For eight-nine months, they play on Indian pitches where the ball comes at only knee height and can be tackled by going forward,” said the batsman whose favourite shot was the square cut.Ferreira had the last word: “Forget about the past and get on with the job at hand. Also, my suggestion to my countrymen is: lay off and let them do their job and they’ll come back strongly.”last_img read more

Paperless Club

first_imgEvery year sports clubs waste time and money on printing and mailing, but all that can change by becoming a Paperless Club and using your website and emails to inform your members. Make the change and Go Green today – become a Paperless Club.To find out more, visit http://www.sportingpulse.com/mysport.cgi?domain=paperlesslast_img

Urban Meyer Says “Everything Is Fine” And There’s “No Issue” With Braxton Miller’s Instagram Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller promotes Advocare products.Last week, Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller posted a photo on Instagram that was believed by some to possibly be an NCAA violation. Miller, a rep for Authentik Fitness, promoted the nutritional products in the photo and listed his email as a point of contact for potential buyers. Under NCAA bylaws, student-athletes are not allowed to use their likeness to help companies profit. According to Urban Meyer, though, “everything is fine” and there is “no issue.” Urban Meyer answers @CantonRepdotcom ? About Braxton Miller NCAA endorsement issue “everything is fine. No issue.”— toddporter (@toddporter) March 30, 2015That’s, obviously, good news for Ohio State fans. The Buckeyes open their 2015 season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech. Will Miller be the man behind center?last_img read more

JAMPRO Clients Create 14,401 Jobs

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the number of jobs created by JAMPRO clients in 2018/19 was 14,401, exceeding the target of 14,156.Making his contribution to the 2019/2020 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives today (April 23), he also noted that the value of export shipments (export sales) by JAMPRO clients was US$762 million, some 43 per cent above target.The Minister said that preliminary data show that for the period 2018/2019, the value of local and foreign direct investments was US$545.5 million, some 87 per cent of the target of US$625.5 million.He said the agency will continue to connect both local and international private-sector members to opportunities in the economy in the mining and quarrying, energy, manufacturing, business process outsourcing (BPO), and the hospitality sectors.Mr. Shaw reported that during the past fiscal year, the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM Bank) disbursed some $9.40 billion to the productive sector, 72 per cent of which went towards providing financing to the micro, small and medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) sector, “its highest ever contribution to the growth and development” of that area of the economy.He said an additional $400 million has already been committed by the Bank for investment in the MSME sector, as a “growth-inducement” initiative, and his Ministry will continue to work with the institution for strengthening of the sector.“The Bank is projecting to provide in excess of $9.4 billion in credit this fiscal year, but is hopeful of being able to increase this target with increased capital injections to facilitate export growth for new and existing clients, while expanding its role as a capacity builder for the MSME sector,” the Minister outlined.He also commended the private sector for using more local produce in baking, brewing and for expanding export of fresh produce and manufactured goods as well as for growing their businesses by investing in Jamaica. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the number of jobs created by JAMPRO clients in 2018/19 was 14,401, exceeding the target of 14,156. Making his contribution to the 2019/2020 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives today (April 23), he also noted that the value of export shipments (export sales) by JAMPRO clients was US$762 million, some 43 per cent above target. The Minister said that preliminary data show that for the period 2018/2019, the value of local and foreign direct investments was US$545.5 million, some 87 per cent of the target of US$625.5 million.last_img read more

Navig8 Chemical Ends Quarter in Loss

first_imgzoom Although the chemical tanker market started sailing towards recovery, the chemical shipping company Navig8 Chemical Tankers ended the first quarter of 2017 with a net loss of USD 1.2 million, against a net income of USD 10.3 million seen in the same period a year earlier.Navig8 Chemical said that the decrease is mainly attributable to lower gross average daily time charter equivalent (TCE) rates achieved in the period, partially offset by an increase in total operating days compared to the same period in the prior year, and increases in vessel operating expenses, depreciation and interest income related to the expansion of the company’s operating fleet.“The chemical tanker market began to show signs of improvement in the first quarter, although rates remain under pressure primarily due to global fleet growth that has outpaced demand,” Nicolas Busch, Chief Executive Officer of Navig8 Chemical Tankers, said.Revenues for the period experienced a slight increase ending the quarter at USD 37.9 million, compared to USD 36.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2016.The total number of vessel operating days for the three months ended March 31, 2017 increased by 791 to 2,577 compared to the same period in the prior year, representing a surge of 44%.“Fleet growth, which exceeded 6% over the past 12 months based on deadweight tonnage, is expected to slow to beneath 2% over the next twelve months.  In the meantime, the demand outlook for 2017 and beyond is encouraging with increasing demand from Asia and acceleration in new long‐haul chemical production capacity in the Middle East and the US,” Busch added.Navig8 Chemical informed that the remaining three ships from the company’s newbuilding program of 32 chemical tankers are scheduled to be delivered by the middle of 2017.Upon their respective deliveries, the company’s vessels have and will be deployed in commercial pools managed by the Navig8 Group, including the Chronos8, Delta8 and Stainless8 pools.last_img read more

In the news today Jan 24

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, Jan. 24———TRUDEAU CONTINUES PRE-ELECTION MARITIMES TRIPPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is spending a second day in New Brunswick today as he continues a cross-Canada swing aimed at boosting party candidates in an election year. The prime minister will begin the day with a visit with families at the Origins Natural Learning Childcare Centre in Quispamsis to highlight the Canada Child Benefit payments. Then, in the evening, Trudeau heads to northern New Brunswick for another of his townhall-style meetings to take questions from the public. On Wednesday night, he spoke briefly during a rally for a New Brunswick Liberal MP in the battleground riding of Fundy Royal.———HOUSING A TOP ISSUE IN BURNABY SOUTH BYELECTIONHousing is shaping up to be a defining issue in the Burnaby South byelection where N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh is seeking a seat. Renters in the riding have been kicked out of older apartments to make way for luxury condos, and sky-high prices are shutting millennials out of the market. Singh proposed measures this week to build 500-thousand new affordable units over the next decade, challenging the Liberal government to start by removing federal tax on the construction of such units. The New Democrats narrowly beat the Liberals in the riding in the 2015 election by about 550 votes, while the Conservatives placed third, losing by about 3,600 votes.———U.S. MAYORS URGED TO LOBBY FOR TRADE DEALOne of the hard-bargain drivers from the American side of the NAFTA negotiating table is bringing his powers of persuasion to the next challenge facing the new trade pact — the U.S. Congress. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney was a fixture of the 14-month negotiation process that culminated last October in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. On Wednesday, he urged a gathering of American mayors to lobby Capitol Hill lawmakers to ratify the deal. Mahoney told a panel discussion at the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington that they all have influence on their members of Congress, and the White House needs their help.———NEW GUIDE FOR BABIES AT RISK OF ALLERGIESNew guidelines from the Canadian Paediatric Society suggest babies at high risk of developing allergies be offered common allergenic foods at about six months of age. Babies who are ready for food sooner can start as young as four months of age, but not earlier. The recommendations follow a recent shift in global thinking on when to introduce potential allergens, the most common of which are cow’s milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy. The society advises caregivers to offer potential allergens one at a time to gauge reaction. If the foods are tolerated well, offer them a few times a week to maintain tolerance. If there’s an adverse reaction, consult a doctor about the next steps.———VERDICT DUE FOR MEN BEHIND FREE PAPERTwo men responsible for a free newspaper in the Toronto area find out today if they’re guilty of peddling hate. James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine pleaded not guilty to promoting hatred against women and Jews.The prosecution argued that the paper, Your Ward News, is filled with “vile and degrading” articles and imagery. Sears, the editor-in-chief, and St. Germaine, the publisher, maintained they are satirists. Your Ward News has a circulation of about 300,000. The federal government has barred Canada Post from distributing the publication.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

amfAR Announces StarStudded 2017 Gala Cannes Event

first_imgThe amfAR Gala Cannes event will take place later this month.Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, Diane Kruger, Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria, Carine Roitfeld, Pedro Almodóvar, David Lynch, Vanessa Redgrave, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, and amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby will be among the chairs of the 24th edition of amfAR’s world-renowned amfAR Gala Cannes event, to be held on May 25, 2017, during the Cannes Film Festival. Other event chairs include Len Blavatnik, Nayla Hayek, Michel Litvak, and Vincent Roberti.The annual star-studded event is one of the world’s most successful benefits, and is the most coveted ticket during the Cannes International Film Festival. Held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, this glamorous and unpredictable gala will include several musical performances and a parade of prominent appearances, as many of the celebrity guests help with the event’s exciting live auction of exclusive items and experiences.Longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld will once again curate a fashion show of one-of-a-kind looks from a who’s who of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers. Forty of the world’s top models will participate in the spectacular Golden Age of Hollywood Collection runway presentation, accessorized with jewelry by Harry Winston.Harry Winston and Bold Films are the Presenting Sponsors of the amfAR Gala Cannes. Moët Hennessy, Persol, and Renault are the event’s Signature Sponsors. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy Belvedere Vodka’s specialty amfAR Martini Cocktail, Hennessy X.O, Moët & Chandon Impérial, Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay and other fine wines and spirits from the Moët Hennessy portfolio. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.After the amfAR Gala Cannes dinner, guests will be invited to the exclusive After Party, presented by Moncler.amfAR’s annual amfAR Gala Cannes events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $190 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. Additionally, amfAR recently launched the Countdown to a Cure for AIDS Initiative, aimed at finding a broadly applicable cure for HIV by 2020.Countdown to a Cure is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next five years, with the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as the cornerstone.Past events have been chaired by amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who hosted the first amfAR Gala Cannes in 1993, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.The amfAR Gala Cannes event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.For more information, click here.last_img read more

Manitoba court halts inquiry into Phoenix Sinclairs death

first_imgAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG–The Manitoba Court of Appeal has put a halt to an inquiry exploring the death of five year-old Phoenix Sinclair.Friday’s ruling suspends the inquiry as it was entering its third day of hearing.The court ruled that the inquiry should pause while it considers procedural questions around access to transcripts of interviews conducted by inquiry staff of possible witnesses.The case was launched by the Southern First Nations Network of Care, the General Child and Family Services Authority, the First Nations of Northern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority and Child and Family Services All Nations Coordinated Response Network.The agencies wanted the transcripts before the hearings began, but only received summaries from the inquiry.The court said it wanted to hear an explanation for that decision.Sinclair was murdered by her mother, Samantha Kematch, and stepfather, Karl McKay, who regularly beat and choked her.Her body was discovered in the bush nine months after she died. Her mother and father collected the little girl’s welfare throughout that time.Kematch and McKay were convicted of first degree murder in 2008 and sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years.last_img read more