20 Nov

Celeb Parents Wear Matching Pajamas With Their Kids: Pics

first_img“To wake up every single day so in love, happy and fulfilled — being a hopeless romantic I never gave up,” the reality star wrote. “I just adore @therealtarekelmoussa and the kids so much. Tarek gave me the job of picking out the outfits for our family Christmas shoot. He said ‘I’ll wear whatever you bring home’ hahaha and well … I decided on matching jammies. And look how cute he looks.”While the pair had a “stressful” day “wrangling” Taylor and Brayden into their outfits, Young concluded, “I wouldn’t have it any other way. Love my new little family!!!”- Advertisement – Dressed to impress! Tarek El Moussa, Heather Rae Young and more celebrity parents have proudly posed for pics in matching family pajamas over the years.The Flip or Flop star donned a red plaid onesie in his December 2019 Christmas card, and his son, Brayden, wore a smaller version. As for his fiancée, the Selling Sunset star matched her future stepdaughter in red onesies. Taylor accessorized hers with a green hair bow.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to post a photo just like this. As you know, life has been pretty tough on me since 2013,” the Flip Your Life author captioned his Instagram upload at the time, referencing his previous health struggles and split from wife Christina Anstead. “I look at the last six years and sometimes wonder how I made it lol. It was extremely tough fighting two cancers, back surgery and a public divorce.”Meeting Young made the California native happy again, he gushed, explaining, “I honestly gave up on love until I saw @heatherraeyoung last summer on the boat next to mine. The second I laid eyes on her I knew there was something special about her and I was right! She is absolutely incredible and me and the babies love and adore her. Thank you @heatherraeyoung for coming into our life and making this photo possible.”The real estate agent shared the same sweet shot on her own Instagram account, writing that she had dreamt her “whole life” of having a family.- Advertisement – Brie Bella and her husband, Daniel Bryan, have also opted for matching PJs with their kids, Birdie and Buddy.“Keeping up with holiday traditions is important to [us] — especially since it’s Buddy’s first Christmas,” the former professional wrestler captioned a September 2020 Instagram slideshow. “So in love with these three.”Keep scrolling to see more celebrity parents wearing pajamas to match their kids, from Kylie Jenner to Sean Lowe.Brie BellaThe Total Bellas star and her family posed in front of their fireplace where four stockings were hung.last_img read more

19 Sep

Scholarship awardee Gavin Lewis continues to excel at academics and athletics in the USA

first_imgNOT much has been heard of young tennis player Gavin Lewis since he migrated to the United States of America (USA) to study on a tennis scholarship at the Coppin State University. During that time, however, the 20-year-old has been shining both academically and athletically.This coming January will mark two years since Gavin left Guyana, and while there have been few reports on just how he’s been doing since he left, it has been quite an interesting and accomplished two years for him.Guyana’s Gavin LewisGavin was awarded Most Valuable Player on the team, the Coppin’s Eagles, and a spot on the college’s Dean’s List after finishing his first year with a 3.5 GPA.He is considered one of Coppin’s leading men’s tennis student-athlete, crowning his 2016 season with a highly regarded doubles win against Howard University in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).He was one of only three players from his school named as part of the (MEAC) Tennis All-Academic team, which recognises student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.Gavin’s performance in the USA marks a continuation of his top end accomplishments when he was performing in tournament’s locally – the very reason he caught the eye of overseas-based Guyanese, Coppin State head coach Diwani Lewis.He was Guyana’s number one junior seed when he was given the scholarship in 2014. He had also performed remarkably in the senior tournaments.So outstanding was his performance back then that Diwani had been eyeing Gavin for a scholarship even before he was old enough to access one. So once he was old enough it was only a matter of formality to get him into the school’s sports programme.At Coppin, Gavin is studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Journalism. Being a part of Coppin has afforded him several opportunities to improve his skills.Coppin is continuously involved in matches throughout the season, which gives him a lot of time to play and challenge himself.But it was not all fun for him when he first arrived. Gavin’s dad had passed away just prior to his leaving for his scholarship, and this really shook him up. He really had to push through his emotional pains to put his best foot forward for his new school.“My first year was pretty good. I didn’t expect to do as well as I did, given the situation I was in when I left for college,” Gavin said.last_img read more

20 Dec

Warriors training camp: 5 key questions for this new-look outfit

first_imgFor the first time in a long time, the Warriors enter training camp with more uncertainty than expectations.In the wake of major departures, an extended Splash Brother rehab and eight new players, here are some of the biggest questions facing the team as it gets set to start training camp this week at its shiny new San Francisco facility.1. Who is the fifth starter?As Klay Thompson continues to rehab a torn ACL, the Warriors will have to find a way to backfill his 34 minutes and 21.5 points …last_img read more

19 Dec

Missing Link in Star Formation Found?

first_imgAccording to a press release from the European Space Agency, a missing link in stellar evolution has been found.  Observation: excited molecular hydrogen in two colliding galaxies.  Conclusion: a star is born:The scientists noticed that the overlapping region of the two colliding galaxies is very rich in molecular hydrogen, which is in an excited state.    In particular, the radiation from molecular hydrogen is evenly strong in the northern and southern areas of the overlap region.  Much to the team’s surprise, however, there are too few supernova explosions or regions of intense star formation there to explain the observed molecular hydrogen emission.  So, the excitation of the molecular hydrogen must be the signature of that observationally rare pre-star birth phase in which hydrogen is excited by the mechanical energy produced in the collision and transported by shock waves.  In other words, these results provide the first direct evidence of the missing link between gas collision and the birth of the first stars.  The team estimates that when the gas will collapse to form new stars, during the next million years, the Antennae galaxy will become at least two times brighter in the infrared.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The observations were made with ESA’s ISO infrared observatory.  Although scientists have assumed that colliding galaxies produce shock waves that lead to rapid star formation, “So far, however, there was no clear picture of what happens in the time between the collision of two galaxies and the birth of the first new stars.”  The observation of molecular hydrogen in an excited state is said to the be signature of this stage.Excuse me, but are you not assuming what you need to prove?  You said that direct observations of star birth by gas compression are lacking, then assume that gas compression is producing star birth.  That’s called begging the question.    The point of this commentary is not to dispute whether star formation occurs by gas compression caused by shock waves.  It is to encourage good science.  This press release did a mighty sloppy job of making its case.    Assume for a moment you are an unbiased, neutral observer listening to an astronomer prove that when hydrogen is compressed by galaxy collisions and supernova explosions, it collapses into compact burning objects called stars.  From your personal experience, you might be tempted to assume that excited gas does no such thing.  Yet Professor Zubenelgenubi insists it happens, so you, unbiased observer that you are, are eager to hear his proof.  He first claims that the observations are scanty, but we see infrared radiation from areas where star birth is occurring.  Are you convinced yet?  He continues:The astronomers believe that star formation induced by shocks may have played a role in the evolution of proto-galaxies in the first thousand million years of life of our Universe.  Shock waves produced through the collision of proto-galaxies may have triggered the condensation process and speeded-up the birth of the very first stars.  These objects, made up of only hydrogen and helium, would otherwise have taken much longer to form, since light elements such as hydrogen and helium take a long time to cool down and condense into a proto-star.  Shock waves from the first cloud collisions may have been the helping hand.Your next response to him might be that this makes a nice story, but you were expecting proof that stars form by compression of shocked gas and he seems to be just assuming they do.  Silently you wonder if the Professor has actually been observing anything for a billion years, but uninitiated frosh that you are, you meekly point out that it would seem that shocked gas would dissipate, not compress into compact, dense, shining objects.  He then points to his Exhibit A: “Ah,” he patronizes, “but now vee have zee proof!  Vee have zee missing link!” [drum roll] “excited molecular hydrogen!” [cymbal crash].    Biological evolutionists are often guilty of assuming evolution to prove evolution.  Every data point is inserted into a pre-existing mental picture of the very thing they need to demonstrate.  Here we see it happening with astronomers, too.  The story is the thing: the big sweeping panorama of big-bang-to-earth evolution is merely assumed, and every little ounce of observation is fit into the story, whether the observation justifies it or not.  As for proto-galaxies, the science we read shows that the very oldest galaxies were already mature (see 03/10/2005, 08/27/2004 and 07/08/2004 entries), so where are the missing links for this cosmological Cambrian explosion?  The story of star formation itself is not without problems (see 03/31/2004 entry) – so much so, that Simon White remarked, “The simple recipes in published models do not reproduce the star formation we see.  Theorists are now having to grow up.”  This ESA press release seems appropriate only for those in kindergarten.    Maybe shocked hydrogen forms stars, and maybe it doesn’t, but any unbiased truth seeker would surely demand more evidence than this.  Where else would such a physical process occur?  We can observe compressed gas and shock waves in the solar system, such as the bow shock at Jupiter’s magnetic field boundary.  There, the compressed gas just flows around the outsides and doesn’t form compact, dense objects.  In this case, gravity is too small to be a factor, so the comparison may be moot; that’s beside the point.  Read this press release without assuming stellar evolution is true and you would be hard pressed to find a solid reason to find the case convincing.  Don’t ever get swept into the emotional euphoria of any scientist’s bluff.    Is it not ironic that the only ones obeying the bumper sticker, “Question authority,” are the creationists?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

19 Dec

Miller Time Party Drags On

first_imgAstrobiologists threw a party when a team of researchers decided there was more hydrogen in the early earth’s atmosphere than thought (see “In the beginning, hydrogen: was it Miller Time?, 04/22/2005).  While this was good news for those wishing for better conditions on the early earth for chemical evolution, a few are staying sober enough to warn against letting the celebrations get carried away.    Last month, veteran origin-of-life researcher Christopher Chyba, buoyed by the announcement, was nevertheless cautious about how much it helps the Miller scenario.  He wrote in Science:1In 1952, Stanley Miller, working with Harold Urey, simulated the atmosphere of early Earth with a gas mixture of methane (CH4), ammonia (NH3), molecular hydrogen (H2), and water.  When he introduced an electrical spark to represent lightning, he observed the formation of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins….    However, by the 1960s, the validity of hydrogen-rich (and hence reducing) model atmospheres for early Earth, such as the CH4-NH3 atmosphere used by Miller and Urey, was under attack.  Since the 1970s, carbon dioxide (CO2)-rich atmospheres have been favored.  Miller has shown that the production of amino acids and other organic molecules is orders of magnitude less efficient in such atmospheres.  For this and other reasons, the Miller-Urey approach to the origin of life has fallen out of favor with many researchers.  But on page 1014 of this issue, Tian et al.2 argue that the early-Earth atmosphere might have been hydrogen-rich after all.(Emphasis added in all quotes; see also 05/02/2003 entry on the history of the Miller experiment.)Chyba described the Miller-Urey scenario in more detail, but admitted it was “probably largely wrong.”  Such a reducing atmosphere would have been hard to form or sustain.  If, however, there was a sustainable hydrogen abundance of 30% or more, as suggested by the Colorado team, conditions favoring higher production of amino acids might have existed.  Still, “Many uncertainties and problems remain,” Chyba said, and they seem serious, indeed:Rinse:  Tian et al. focus on the oceans as the “birthplace of life,” but polymerization of amino acids into proteins (or nucleotides into RNA) is thermodynamically unfavorable in liquid water.Salt:  Furthermore, in an early ocean as saline as that of today, the salt inhibits key prebiotic reactions.3  The bulk ocean may thus have been one of the worst places to try to originate life.Toss:  After making life’s building blocks in the ocean, one needs to look elsewhere to carry the chemistry further.He suggested that meteor impacts “may also have been a major driver of organic production in an early H2-rich atmosphere,” but with all the hope and hype, Chyba advises sobriety:These are tumultuous times in the study of the origin of life.  The early ocean may have been even less hospitable for prebiotic chemistry than previously thought, and claimed evidence for the earliest signatures of life on Earth is being strongly challenged.  Now a 30-year, albeit shaky, consensus on the nature of the early atmosphere may have to be reexamined, and the geochemical implications of an H2-rich early atmosphere will need to be scrutinized.  This turmoil makes it a great time for young scientists to enter the field, but it also reminds us that some humility regarding our favorite models is in order.  As Jacob Bronowski noted, “Science is a tribute to what we can know although we are fallible.”These week in Science,4 Richard Kerr also wrote about the higher hydrogen estimate:Thirty years ago, geochemists took away the primordial soup that biologists thought they needed to cook up the first life on Earth.  Now, some atmospheric chemists are trying to give it back.    Creating the primordial organic goo used to be easy.  If you combined the methane and ammonia seen in the still-primordial atmosphere of Jupiter, passed lightninglike sparks through the mixture, and added some water, voilà, complex organic compounds such as amino acids formed.  But then in the 1970s geochemists spoiled the party by insisting that Earth’s earliest atmosphere was nothing like Jupiter’s.  Earth’s carbon would have been part of oxygen-rich carbon dioxide, and its nitrogen part of inert nitrogen gas, they said.  And hydrogen seeping from the planet’s interior would have quickly escaped to space.  That left chemists with a thin gruel indeed.Kerr summarizes the new estimate and what it means: “Overall, hydrogen would have escaped at 1/100 the rate previously assumed, the group says…. That would make for a far more productive atmosphere than chemists have been coping with for 30 years” – allowing vast amounts of organics to form into the ocean “ to make a soup.”    Kerr hastens to make clear that there is still disagreement.  While the announcement “is going to make the biologists a lot happier,” another doesn’t feel that Tian et al. adequately dealt with all the factors that contribute to hydrogen escape; “a more sophisticated model would show that hydrogen escaped the early Earth at least as fast as it does today.”  (Kerr does not even mention the problem with salts in the ocean.)  Is the Miller party running out of food?  He ends, “Time will tell whether too many cooks spoil the primordial broth.”1Christopher Chyba, “Rethinking Earth’s Early Atmosphere,” Science, Vol 308, Issue 5724, 962-963 , 13 May 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1113157].2Tian et al., “A Hydrogen-Rich Early Earth Atmosphere,” Science, Vol 308, Issue 5724, 1014-1017, 13 May 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1106983].3Monnard et al., “Influence of ionic inorganic solutes on self-assembly and polymerization processes related to early forms of life: implications for a prebiotic aqueous medium,” Astrobiology 2002 Summer;2(2):139-52.  They write that concentrations of salts anything like those in our contemporary oceans inhibits formation of amino acids and completely disrupts primitive membrane systems.  Conclusion: “These observations suggest that cellular life may not have begun in a marine environment because the abundance of ionic inorganic solutes would have significantly inhibited the chemical and physical processes that lead to self-assembly of more complex molecular systems.”4Richard Kerr, “A Better Atmosphere for Life,”, Science, Vol 308, Issue 5729, 1732, 17 June 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5729.1732].Same comment as in 04/22/2005: too little, too late.  The good news is no better than that in the Geico commercials: “I have good news and bad news.  The jury has found you guilty, you have to go into the slammer for life, your wife and kids have left you and are changing their names, your stocks went bust, and you have cancer.”“What’s the good news?”“I just saved $400 on my car insurance by switching to Geico.”Everything is against the astrobiologists: the chemistry, the sources, the geology, the salt, the water, the information, the probability, the thermodynamics, the philosophy.  Does the good news really matter?  “I just saved 30% on my hydrogen when switching to the Tian et al. model.”  It would make any knowledgeable astrobiologist want to hold his head and groan, “Oh, shut up.”(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

18 Dec

Soweto building on award shortlist

first_imgRay Maota The Nike Football Training Centre inSoweto is used as a training groundby nearly 20 000 young footballers ayear and is also an HIV/Aidseducational centre.(Image: Designboom) This theatre in Estonia is made from blackspray-painted straw bales and is incompetition with the Nike building inSoweto for the 2011 World Building Award.(Image: Dezeen Magazine)MEDIA CONTACTS• Seruscka NaidooCommunications manager, Nike SA+27 82 688 4376RELATED ARTICLES• Reviving sport in SA schools• Nestlé nurtures future footballers• Cape Town has Africa’s best airport• Mandela’s old offices restoredThe Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto in Johannesburg’s south-west, could become the second South African building to be named World Building of the Year, after making the shortlist for the award.The facility is used as a training ground by nearly 20 000 young footballers every year and is also an HIV/Aids educational centre.If it is crowned the World Building of the Year 2011, the centre will join Limpopo province’s Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, the site of an ancient trading civilisation located in the Mapungubwe National Park. This structure won the award in 2009.The Nike building is one of 704 entries from 59 countries competing for the annual World Architecture Festival Awards, which take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 2 – 4 November 2011.The festival, described as the “world’s largest architectural meeting for architects, suppliers and clients”, culminates in the awards ceremony. This year’s event is the fourth edition, and has attracted the most entries since its inception.There are three main sections: completed buildings, structural design and future projects. The South African entry is nominated in the first category.Seruscka Naidoo, communications manager at Nike South Africa, said: “Nike is very proud and excited to be nominated for this prestigious international award.”Naidoo said that the Nike building’s place on the shortlist is testimony to the world-class facilities it offers.Rivals for the award include an office made of bamboo in India; Sweden’s Treehotel which takes the treehouse concept to new heights; and a straw-made theatre in Estonia.The centre in the heart of SowetoThe football training centre was opened by then-mayor of Johannesburg, Amos Masondo, on 9 June 2010.Designed by architects from Rural Urban Fantasy Projects (RUF), it took six months to build.Sean Pearson, RUF director, said: “It is a world-class facility, with its design inspiration taken directly from the community of Soweto and the surroundings, and football.”In its shape the rectangular building is similar to houses in the township, but is covered with wood-strip cladding, adorned with the Nike logo, that protects the interior from the sun yet lets in appropriate amounts of light.The reception area is brimming with autographed photos, T-shirts and football boots of greats such as Ronaldo from Brazil. It also features a coffee shop and 10 Apple Mac computers for the use of visitors.The first floor houses offices and the roof, fitted with synthetic grass, has a view of the two Fifa-approved pitches.Mark Parker, president and CE of Nike Inc, said at the centre’s launch: “This football training centre will create a lasting legacy for the Soweto community and inspire the next generation of footballers by delivering premium football clinics combined with life skills programming.”These factors, he said, would equip young people to live free of HIV.Saving lives in AfricaThe centre is part of Nike’s RED initiative which uses the power of sport to support young people in the fight with HIV/Aids in Africa. It does this through its Lace Up/Save Lives campaign.Nike urges people to buy red shoelaces, giving sale proceeds to educational and medicinal programmes that tackle the disease across the continent.Simply by buying the shoelaces one would have contributed to programmes such as Grassroots Soccer, which uses football as a framework to teach youngsters how to avoid contracting HIV/Aids, and to the Global Fund.The fund supports the purchase of lifesaving antiretroviral medication, training of medical staff, HIV testing, and treatment to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa’s minister of health, said at the centre’s opening: “Nike’s approach to combine football, education and medication is a powerful example of how sport can be used as a catalyst, enabling youth to make informed decisions and hopefully live a life free of HIV.”The Lace Up/Save Lives campaign has to date generated more than US$135-million (R972-million) for the Global Fund.last_img read more

27 Nov

FIFA World Cup 2014 match preview: Host Brazil takes center stage at World Cup

first_imgBrazil’s footbal team at a training session ahead of their match with Chile, at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (AP Photo)The second round of the World Cup gets underway with host nation Brazil facing Chile and Colombia taking on Uruguay in an all-South American race to reach the quarterfinals. Brazil will be the first to play, in Belo Horizonte, and faces a Chile squad that has lived up to its pre-tournament expectations as a very good team that could cause few surprises. Colombia, which plays a Uruguay lineup that will be missing Luis Suarez, has also delivered so far on predictions of being a potential quarterfinalist in Brazil. Given Suarez’s absence, Colombia’s run should continue after Saturday’s game at Rio’s Maracana stadium. BRAZIL vs CHILE The statistics point to one outcome at the Estadio Mineirao: Brazil has never lost to Chile on home soil and hasn’t been beaten by its South American rival in 14 years. On top of that, Neymar is already in scintillating form for Brazil at the tournament. He scored twice in a labored 3-1 victory over Croatia in the tournament opener and struck two more to give Brazil a decisive 2-1 lead in what became a comfortable 4-1 win over Cameroon in its last group game. However, Brazil’s players – and coach – are understandably wary of a dangerous Chile side which has far less to lose than the hosts. “It’s normal to feel uncomfortable and anxious ahead of this first elimination game,” Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “We are a bit more scared and nervous… not only because this one is in Brazil. We know we can’t make mistakes, we can’t lose.”advertisement Chile’s 2-0 victory over 2010 World Cup champion Spain at the group stage underlined the potential of Jorge Sampaoli’s team, though a loss to the Netherlands by the same score maybe indicated its limits. Playmaker Arturo Vidal and livewire forward Eduardo Vargas will be the ones to watch in a game which the Chileans are clearly relishing. Vidal is coming back from injury, but there are bigger concerns over a muscle injury sustained by central defender Gary Medel. “We have a historic opportunity to eliminate the hosts,” Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said. “It’s our longtime rival, one with a lot of titles. It’s up to us to do it.” COLOMBIA vs URUGUAY Things could hardly be going better for Colombia ahead of this match. Three straight victories and nine goals scored, playmaker James Rodriguez has been outstanding and now Uruguay’s best player, striker Luis Suarez, has been sent home. Even allowing for the absence at this tournament of its star forward, the injured Radamel Falcao, Colombia will be the favorite to reach the quarterfinals. Rodriguez, who engineered the opening two victories over Greece and Ivory Coast but was rested for the first half of a 4-1 win over Japan, will return to the starting lineup. For Uruguay, the loss of Suarez will be damaging – both technically and psychologically. His two goals in the 2-1 victory over England in Group D propelled Uruguay toward to the knockout stage and his presence in the squad as a proven match winner did much for its confidence. By contrast, strike partner Edinson Cavani has been in mediocre form so far at the tournament and will need to step up to the plate against Colombia. Playmaker Diego Forlan, named the best player of the 2010 World Cup, could be Uruguay’s best hope of a victory.last_img read more

30 Sep

Kobe Bryant Turns To Magic Johnson For Lakers Advice

Kobe Bryant is so concerned about the state of affairs with his struggling Los Angeles Lakers that he reached out to another champion, Magic Johnson, for guidance on how to handle the drama.After seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall with his family, Bryant called Johnson and said the conversation was “very helpful. . .“We just talked about some of the experiences he went through and some of the systematic changes that he had to go through after Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) retired and how he kind of managed through that and how he dealt with that,” Bryant said to the media after the Lakers shootaround in preparation for their game against the New York Knicks on Thursday.Bryant was guarded about the specifics of the conversation, saying, “The advice I get from Magic, Michael (Jordan) and those guys, that’s always sacred. That’s going to the mountain top and talking to Buddha, know what I mean? That’s privileged information.”Johnson expressed his displeasure with the way coach Mike D’Antoni has used all-star big man Pau Gasol, said it “doesn’t make sesnes.”  A 7-footer with immense talent in the low post, D’Antoni has him playing on the perimeter mostly, which means the team has not been maximizing his skill set.Bryant remained relatively calm after the Lakers lost their fifth in six games at lowly Cleveland Tuesday night. But the fact that he called on Johnson speaks to his concern at his team’s 9-15 record going into Madison Square Garden.It would help Bryant and the Lakers if point guard Steve Nash could get healthy. He has missed all but one game with a leg injury that still will require another two weeks to heal, he said.“He’s getting closer,” D’Antoni said of Nash. “He worked out pretty well today. We see some flickers at the end of the tunnel.”Then he added: “He hasn’t progressed that far. But we’re getting closer. I just don’t want to build up expectations and he has a little setback and then everybody goes crazy. It’s going to be a whille. But a while, I don’t know what that is.” read more