Hums delivers his ‘Last Lecture’

first_img “Professors actually live through their students,” he said. “You’ll never know how much your successes mean to us.” “Friends are there forever.  They will help you get through your journey,” he said. “And colleagues help you do the heavy lifting. They are the people who lift you up continuously when you have your down days.” Hums told students to pick out one professor each semester and to take the opportunity to really get to know that professor. Hums said he still remembers when he was first accepted to Notre Dame as an undergraduate and how his mother cried when she heard the news. “You should always take the time to recognize who is walking with you,” he said in the lecture at Washington Hall.  “The three ‘P’s,’ parents, priests and professors, are especially important in your journey here at Notre Dame.” Hums encouraged students to think about the little butterfly effects in their lives. Hums told the students it’s okay if they encounter difficulties with the material in their classes.  The student government-sponsored Last Lecture Series gives Notre Dame professors the opportunity to share their life lessons and experiences outside of the classroom setting.  “You never know what experiences you may share with him or her or what doors it will open to you in the future,” he said. Hums said he believes the priests at Notre Dame are great resources of faith for the students to turn to in times of need. He also discussed the relationship between the professors and the students, drawing from his personal experience as a faculty member at the University.  “You have to understand that not only can you learn, but you can also enjoy it,” he said. The gap between students and professors at Notre Dame has grown, and Hums said he is said about that. “Never underestimate your parents’ love for you and make sure you reciprocate your love for them,” he said. Hums also said students should have a strong support system of friends and colleagues.   Everyone is on a journey and the most important part of that journey is the path that you travel along the way, accounting professor Ed Hums said Thursday evening at the fourth installment of the 2010-11 Last Lecture Series.  “There are a lot of people out there who struggle, and it’s okay,” he said. “You may get B’s or C’s, but you will still turn out well.” “There are so many simple events that lead you to great things,” he said. “It’s important to recognize them.”last_img read more

Carol keeps her winning ways

first_img Former Curtis Cup player Carol Gibbs showed she’s kept her winning ways when she topped the women’s leaderboards in the England Golf Senior Midlands tournament at Sherwood Forest Golf Club. Gibbs, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, had the best scores in both the handicap and scratch competitions, returning 66 and 62 points respectively. The men’s handicap winner was Michael Howell of York Golf Club who had 70 points from the two rounds; while Steve Cullington of Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire, was the men’s scratch winner with 57 points. Gibbs played in the Curtis Cup team of 1974, was the English and British girls’ champion, an England international in the 70s – and still plays off two. “I’m definitely still keen to win, even if it doesn’t matter quite as much!” she said. She had a net score of 33 points in both rounds and was one off the pace after the first 18. But in the second round she was sure she’d dropped away. “I only had one point on each of the last four holes and when I came in I thought I’d really blown it, but I still managed to win.” Two points behind her in the handicap event were Sue Hatton (Beau Desert) who took the handicap prize when Gibbs topped both leaderboards; Mary MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Andrea Stockdale (Sherwood Forest); while Amanda Mayne (Saltford) was runner-up in the scratch. In the men’s handicap event, Michael Howell jumped 19 places up the leaderboard with his second round 39. It included three birdies, among them a near miss for a hole-in-one on the short 7th, where the ball ran round the cup before settling inches away. Howell has played in a number of these events, including one at York Golf Club two years ago when he was captain, and he said: “I enjoy them, they’re good fun. People enjoy the golf, we play some nice courses, it’s good humoured and a pleasure.” The handicap runner-up was Jim Butler (Kirbymoorside) on 69, and third place went to Nigel Jennings (Blackmoor) on 67. Steve Cullington also made a significant move up the leaderboard in the scratch event with his second round of gross 31 points, for a total of 57. Crucially, he signed off with a birdie three on the 18th, for three points, which edged him a point ahead of the runner-up, John Cox (Kirtlington) who bogeyed the last. Click here for full scores Caption, from left: Ladies’ captain Sue Taylor, Steve Cullington; Sue Hatton, chief referee Maureen Clarke, club captain Colin Barnard, Carol Gibbs and Michael Howell 9 Jul 2016 Carol keeps her winning ways last_img read more

Kurtenbach: The quotes that defined the Raiders in 2018

first_imgThe Raiders’ 2018 season is mercifully over, but in taking stock of everything that went wrong for the Silver and Black the last calendar year, it struck me on just how quotable this team — well, one guy — was.The jury is still out on if Jon Gruden can coach in the NFL, but there’s no doubt that he helps create good copy. The man is a golden quote machine. If he ever wanted to go into broadcasting, I bet he could get paid a bunch…So I’ll let Gruden’s own words tell the story of his team. …last_img

SAA leads the global field

first_img27 January 2015South African Airways (SAA) will this week become the first airline globally to install the Satellite Authorisation System (SatAuth), which will allow secure credit card transactions anywhere in the skies.The system, first installed on the airline’s cabin trainer for testing in May, would not only allow secure credit card transactions anywhere in the skies, but would also provide pin-point accurate aircraft tracking services for operational purposes, SAA said.SAA installed the device on one of its Airbus A340-300 aircraft at the South African Airways Technical (SAAT) maintenance facility in Kempton Park, Johannesburg on 26 January. “SAAT engineers worked closely with the developers of the solution to ensure certification and engineering procedures, ultimately realising the usability of the product within an aviation environment,” said chief executive, Musa Zwane.SAAT, the driving force behind the innovation, develops testing and engineering procedures for airline maintenance facilities around the world.The system will allow secure credit card transactions to take place at any point and real-time positioning of any flight, anywhere, affecting fuel saving interventions in- flight as well as providing full visibility of actual flight paths versus planned routing at any time. SatAuth is the first product of its kind, and was developed in South Africa.SAAT will manufacture all major aircraft components required for installation of SatAuth in accordance with the international Aviation Certification standards required for installation.“This provides SAAT with substantial commercial impetus with a new revenue stream. The installation is the first of its kind in the world and marks a new milestone in South African avionics engineering. It’s another affirmation of the quality, skill and expertise that SAAT offers in terms of its aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities,” Zwane said.Installation of the solution can be done during a standard A-Check – a regular overnight maintenance procedure that occurs every 200 to 400 cycles (take offs and landings).“SatAuth will provide an economical and secure transaction environment. As a truly South African innovation, the solution would not have reached this milestone without the dedicated support of the SAA Avionics engineers who took it upon themselves to assist us in guiding the SatAuth solution through the numerous certification requirements so endemic to the aviation industry,” said Paul Roux, the founder and chief executive of the SatAuth solution.Source: SANews.govlast_img read more

The Science of Global Warming Is Older Than Quantum Mechanics

first_img~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Much of the information from this article comes from “History of the Greenhouse Effect” by M.D.H. Jones and A. Henderson-Sellers. It was originally published in Progress in Physical Geography (14, 1-18, ©1990) and reprinted in a book that I bought in the mid-1990s: Global Warming: Selected Reprints by John W. Firor, published by the American Association of Physics Teachers, ©1995. Meet Joseph FourierFourier is known to all who study physics for his development of Fourier Analysis, which allows you to model mathematical functions as a series of sines and cosines, and Fourier’s Law, which is the basic law of heat flow by conduction. The latter is known to beginning building science students as Q = U x A x ΔT, which is a simplified version of the full law.
What Fourier did was to calculate that the earth, because of its distance from the sun, should be significantly colder than it is. He calculated the amount of radiant energy hitting our planet and found that it wasn’t enough to account for the temperatures we have here. In addition to considering the possibility of additional radiation from interstellar space providing the boost, he proposed that the atmosphere trapped heat and caused the warmer temperatures. I’m new to global warming. I didn’t hear about it until 1983. Even thirty years ago, the science behind the greenhouse effect and global warming was well known. French Physicist and mathematician Joseph Fourier is generally credited with being the first to hypothesize that the earth is warmed by its atmosphere and even that we humans can change the climate. That goes all the way back to 1827. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Further 19th-century advances in climate scienceSeveral other 19th century scientists took up Fourier’s work and studied radiation, absorption, and conduction in atmospheric gases, trying to get a handle on how our climate works. The Irish scientist Tyndall was one of the first to try to calculate how infrared radiant energy flows affect the climate.Then came the interest in how carbon dioxide affected the balance of heat flows. Langley looked into this in the 1880s and calculated, incorrectly, that the earth’s temperature would be only about -200°C (-328°F) were it not for the presence of CO2 and its insulating effect on the earth’s atmosphere. It would actually be about -18°C (0°F), but hey, we’re talking about someone doing this back in the 1880s. Lord Grantham’s mother, the Dowager Countess, was probably still hot and fashionable then!One thing that Tyndall concluded from his work was that water vapor had more effect on atmospheric temperatures than carbon dioxide. In 1895, Svante Arrhenius gave a presentation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on the subject. Hist paper was titled, “The Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air Upon the Temperature of the Ground.” (What they called carbonic acid, we know as carbon dioxide.) In it, he disagreed with Tyndall and said carbon dioxide was the more important greenhouse gas (though I’m sure he didn’t use that term).Arrhenius’s study was pretty darn interesting. He wanted to know what would happen if the CO2 levels were different than the then-current concentration of 300 parts per million by volume. He calculated the resulting temperature for levels that were 0.67, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0 times as high and also looked at how it changed with longitude.His results were quite similar to what scientists have found a hundred years hence: Doubling the atmospheric CO2 results in a temperature rise of about 6°C. Current work in the area of climate sensitivity puts his result just outside the 3°C ± 1.5°C range of modern climate research. The good thing about scienceAs with most areas of science, the revolution happens first, and then the focus shifts to filling in the details. Thomas Kuhn discussed this in his wonderful book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, describing the revolutions as periods when we undergo paradigm shifts. I’m not sure the development of climate science represents as much of a paradigm shift as it does the creation of a paradigm, but the work of Fourier was definitely groundbreaking.Since his work in the 1820s, we’ve added a lot of documentation to Fourier’s ideas about the greenhouse effect and global warming (including that the so-called greenhouse effect isn’t what keeps greenhouses warm, but that’s for another article). Scientists have tons of data on this subject and among them, there’s not really any debate about (1) whether our planet is warming and (2) that our actions are a big part of the cause.You can choose not to believe it, of course, but as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said recently, “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” The really amazing thing about Fourier’s work is that he did this before James Clerk Maxwell, Jožef Stefan, and Ludwig Boltzmann were even born. In the 1820s, scientists were still decades away from understanding that light, heat, electricity, and magnetism were all related. Maxwell put that together in the 1860s with his famous set of four equations that govern the field of classical electromagnetism.Only then could Stefan and Boltzmann figure out their law of radiation, showing that the energy transferred by radiation is proportional to the fourth power of the radiating body’s temperature and its emissivity. (The emissivity of materials is something we exploit in the making of low-e windows and radiant barriers). What Fourier did in the 1820s was revolutionary, but now this calculation is basic enough that it appears in introductory physics textbooks. RELATED ARTICLES Good News Bad News With Climate ChangeAvoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationThe Connection Between Obesity and Climate ChangeCommercial-Scale Wind Powerlast_img read more

a month agoJuventus chief Paratici insists Ronaldo deserved The Best award

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici insists Ronaldo deserved The Best awardby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabio Paratici says Juventus insist Cristiano Ronaldo deserved FIFA’s The Best award.Ronaldo did not attend the gala as Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named the winner on Monday night.“We respect Messi, but Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the award as The Best,” Paratici told DAZN.“We thought that after last season, when he won the Nations League with Portugal, Serie A and the Italian Super Cup with Juve, he deserved to win it.“It’s a pity he is not available this evening, but he had a slight adductor issue and we’ll see how he feels for the weekend.” last_img

6 days agoMan Utd keeper De Gea with squad for Liverpool clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper De Gea with squad for Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea arrived at the Lowry Hotel with the rest of the squad on Saturday ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday.The Spaniard pulled up with a groin injury on international duty in midweek and was initially ruled out of Sunday’s huge clash with the Premier League leaders at Old Trafford.But The Times says De Gea still believes there is a slim chance he could feature after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played down his injury.And he was amongst the United squad that arrived at the Lowry Hotel to prepare for the game, with Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also in attendance as they get set to return to the fold.De Gea was one of three goalkeepers in the squad along with Sergio Romero, expected to be his replacement, and back-up Lee Grant. last_img read more

Paul McCartney Celebrate Life This Holiday Season

first_imgWhat is Paul McCartney eating for Christmas dinner this year? Not turkey, that’s for sure – and to bring the message home, the former Beatle appears in a brand-new PETA UK campaign, in which he shows off an “Eat No Turkey” T-shirt below the words “Celebrate Life This Holiday Season. Go Vegetarian”.Paul McCartney’s New PETA AdWhen McCartney sat down to record his narration for PETA’s video exposé of the meat industry – called Glass Walls for the music legend’s famous statement “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian” – he shared what his family eats for the holidays: “We eat a veggie roast at home, so if we have traditional moments like Christmas … the roast is perfect. It’s completely vegetarian, but I can slice it, so I can do all my traditional dad things. We can do our family stuff with it, and it’s delicious, so I much prefer that to my memory of turkey”.Every year, almost 10 million turkeys are slaughtered in the UK for Christmas dinners alone. In nature, turkeys are protective and loving parents as well as spirited explorers who can climb trees and run as fast as 25 miles per hour. But most turkeys slated to be killed for food are crammed into filthy warehouses, where disease, smothering and heart attacks are common. Turkeys are drugged and bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight.Paul McCartney is part of a long list of celebrities – including John Bishop, Pamela Anderson, Owain Yeoman, Joss Stone, Alicia Silverstone and many more – who have teamed up with PETA UK to promote healthy, humane and Earth-friendly vegetarian meals.The “Eat No Turkey” T-shirt is available to purchase here. For more information, including animal-free holiday recipes, visit read more

Pamela Anderson Urges MAC To Stop Animal Tests

first_imgFormer Viva Glam M.A.C. model Pamela Anderson is appealing to the cosmetics company to resume its cruelty-free policy and stop paying for animal tests. M.A.C. — along with parent company Estée Lauder — has reneged on its commitment to spare animals painful and deadly toxicity tests by selling products in China, where nearly all cosmetics are required to be tested on animals, unlike in the U.S. and Europe.“I was very disturbed to learn from PETA that M.A.C. … is selling products in China, where the company funds painful tests on animals in order to meet the country’s archaic regulations,” says Anderson, a PETA honorary director, in a letter to Estée Lauder Companies Inc. President John Demsey. “This has tainted the brand and alienated many of the company’s longtime allies.”Several companies — including Paul Mitchell, Urban Decay, and Pangea — have either pulled out of China or refused to sell there until testing policies are modernized.“Hundreds of thousands of rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, and other animals are killed in cruel tests for cosmetics in China every year,” wrote Anderson. “These tests aren’t required in the U.S. and are illegal in the European Union, India, and Israel. Animals are confined to small barren cages and suffer immensely as they have substances dripped into their eyes, rubbed onto their raw shaved skin, or forced down their throats. The tests are conducted without any painkillers, and the animals are killed after the tests are over.”last_img read more

Carbon tax desk thumping on agenda in upcoming Alberta legislature session

first_img“The Opposition is welcome to filibuster all they want … the legislative session will be primarily around platform promises and we’re not going to bend on that,” Nixon said last week.A filibuster, delaying legislation through endless speeches and other procedural motions, may well be in the cards.Notley is staying on as official Opposition leader and her 24-member caucus has many former cabinet ministers who know their way around debate.Notley has said the NDP recognizes the UCP won a mandate to kill the carbon tax, but the bill on labour issues is another matter. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s government heads to the legislature this week to make noise with an ambitious legislative agenda while trying to keep a hush on daily affairs.Kenney has promised what he calls a “spring of renewal” in the first sitting since his United Conservatives beat Rachel Notley’s NDP in the April 16 election.He and his 62 fellow UCP caucus members are to be sworn in as legislature members Tuesday, followed by a throne speech Wednesday and introduction of a bill that would abolish the provincial carbon tax by May 30. “Should it … do something like roll back youth wages and roll back the minimum wage, should it be something that guts overtime for working people, should it be something that goes directly at unions with respect to their free speech, then, yeah, we’ll dig in,” said Notley.Her government raised the minimum wage by one-third to $15 an hour, which some employers say is crippling business. Kenney has proposed reducing the wage to $13 an hour for those 17 and under.Another debate may be a noisy one on keeping quiet in the house.Kenney is expected to move to ban the tradition of legislature members banging on their desks to show their approval.Kenney, a former federal MP and cabinet minister, has said desk-thumping, cross-aisle heckling and shouting are unseemly and undignified.Nixon confirmed change is coming.“I suspect you’ll see a standing order that changes desk-thumping not to be allowed in the house,” he said.Notley said the silence edict is a House of Commons affectation that doesn’t respect the legislature’s traditions or the nature of vigorous debate.“In Alberta, we have pounded on the desks as long as I remember and I see no need to transport Ottawa traditions into our legislature,” she said.center_img The UCP won a majority on a platform to galvanize Alberta’s oil- and gas-based economy with cuts to taxes, rules and regulations.Kenney has appointed a panel to come up with ways to reduce spending in the budget this fall. The Opposition is warning Albertans to brace for big cuts to health and education.The spring of renewal could also be called the season of repeal as Kenney has promised to roll back signature pieces of legislation enacted by the NDP.Besides eliminating the carbon tax on home heating and gasoline bills, he has said the UCP will reduce the minimum wage for youth, change rules for overtime and holiday pay and restore mandatory secret ballots for union certification votes.Corporate income tax is to be cut to eight per cent from 12 per cent by 2022.Government house leader Jason Nixon said the plan is to introduce and pass between 10 and 12 bills in the sitting. It’s to run until the end of June, but could go into July if the NDP decides to delay passage of any bills.last_img read more