Jazz Fest is, of course, a celebration of jazz. But it’s also a celebration of the many musical forms that have flowed from jazz, as well as the intersection of those new forms with the older styles that preceded them. This intersection was on full display this past Saturday night, when Grammy and Academy Award-winning rapper Common made a surprise appearance with the Robert Glasper Rotation Trio in New Orleans during Jazz Fest at Ace Hotel New Orleans’ Three Keys music venue.After joining the band for a brief collaboration during their first set, Common teamed up with the Robert Glasper Rotation Trio for an impromptu, hour-long second set. The rapper opted to make his second stanza free to the public, and the venue even opened its doors to the Ace Hotel lobby to allow additional fans and unsuspecting spectators to take in the music. Jazz Fest will continue this Thursday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 6th.Robert Glasper Rotation Trio feat. Common[Video: Three Keys]Live for Live Music will also be in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, where we’ll be putting on a series of after shows and daze between shows at clubs across town. You can check out our late night guide for a comprehensive list of what New Orleans has to offer during Jazz Fest, and you can take a look at our own late night calendar below.
Our moon is unique in the solar system. Just the right size and just the right distance, it is positioned to stabilize the tilt of Earth’s axis, providing stable seasonal cycles. Science lacks data so far to know just how unique the Earth-moon relationship in a habitable zone is among other stellar systems. We know from the planets of our own solar system that moons come in all sizes, from tiny Deimos to massive Titan, and orbit in apparently arbitrary radii from their host planets. What astrophysicists can do is predict what would happen on earth if things were different. That’s what one scientist did. Another discovery could change the view of the moon’s surface being unaltered for billions of years.PhysOrg reported a thought experiment by Neil F. Comins, author of a book entitled, What If the Earth Had Two Moons? (see title on Amazon.com). First, consider why we should be glad to have just one:Our Earth-Moon system is unique in the solar system. The Moon is 1/81 the mass of Earth while most moons are only about 3/10,000 the mass of their planet. The size of the Moon is a major contributing factor to complex life on Earth. It is responsible for the high tides that stirred up the primordial soup of the early Earth, it’s the reason our day is 24 hours long, it gives light for the variety of life forms that live and hunt during the night, and it keeps our planet’s axis tilted at the same angle to give us a constant cycle of seasons.A second moon would change that.Here’s he says would happen if Earth were to capture a second moon he names Luna:Luna’s arrival would wreak havoc on Earth. Its gravity would tug on the planet causing absolutely massive tsunamis, earthquakes, and increased volcanic activity. The ash and chemicals raining down would cause a mass extinction on Earth.Comins, clearly an evolutionist because of his reference to the primordial soup icon, thinks that after a few weeks, things would settle down on Earth for life to evolve again. Nocturnal animals, if they emerged, would have to adjust to brighter light at night. Should humans arrive on such a world, there would be no rhymes of ancient mariners: tides would be measured in thousands of feet, making beachfront life and cruises nearly impossible. “The habitable area of Earth, then, would be much smaller.”But Earth’s troubles would not end there. Eventually, the two moons would collide, undoubtedly raining debris onto the Earth, resulting in another mass extinction. Ever the optimist, he ends, “The end result would be one moon orbiting the Earth, and life another era of life would be primed to start.”Space.com reported on a NASA study that should cause us to be thankful for our global magnetic field. The energy of coronal mass ejections is sufficient to “sandblast” the moon’s surface. Earth is protected from the rain of terror from the sun, consisting of a “ billion tons of plasma that tear through space at a blistering pace of up to a million miles per hour in a cloud many times the size of Earth,” because the charged particles get deflected around our world or hit the atmosphere at the poles, producing little more than inconvenience to electronic gear in the worst case, or beautiful auroras to admire.The moon and Mars, however, lack the protection of a global magnetic field. That may be why Mars has such a thin atmosphere – whatever it had before has been eroded from the onslaught of the solar wind. What’s new about the NASA study is the finding that the proportion of charged helium rises from 4% to 20% in coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Because of their greater mass, helium ions can sputter away ten times more material from the lunar surface. A NASA scientist at Goddard said, “”The model predicts 100 to 200 tons of lunar material — the equivalent of 10 dump truck loads — could be stripped off the lunar surface during the typical two-day passage of a CME.”Although the article did not explore the consequences over the assumed lifetime of the moon (4.5 billion years), it would seem, since almost every part of the moon except possibly at some spots near the poles is exposed to “the wrath of the sun,” that the lunar surface would have been subject to considerable reworking by CMEs over that time.Exercise: Calculate the mass loss and change of appearance expected of the lunar surface for an old moon subjected to sputtering by CMEs, and whether the calculation matches what was observed by the Apollo astronauts. Take into account the average frequency of CMEs striking the moon in 4.5 billion years. The delicate balance of the Earth-moon system is a prediction of intelligent design. For evolutionary theory, it is a lucky happenstance. In science, prediction generally has more value than saying “Lucky stuff happens sometimes.” For an explanation of our moon, therefore, the edge should, therefore, be given to intelligent design instead of evolution. We’ll let interested researchers explore the age implications of continual bombardment of the moon by CMEs. At first glance it seems doubtful that removal of dump truck loads of material for billions of years would leave the lunar surface the way the Apollo astronauts found it.If Comins thinks that the Earth would be primed for life to start after two catastrophic extinctions, well, we have some beachfront property on Titan to sell cheap, stocked with cupboards of primordial soup.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
22 July 2008The Renault-Nissan Alliance is to invest R1-billion in upgrading Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, to increase output and produce the Nissan NP200 pickup and the Renault Sandero for the South African market.In a statement this week, Nissan says that the upgrade will enable the company to produce right-hand drive versions of the two models, as well as to develop the local components and accessories supply chain.The plant upgrade will create an additional 300 jobs, while also increasing output from the current rate of 40 000 units per year to 68 000 units per year by 2009, with the new range of vehicles initially being sold only on the local market – though exports are a future possibility.Production of the Nissan NP200 half-ton pickup, which replaces the highly-successful 1400 Champ, has already started, while production of the Renault Sandero will start in 2009.Engineering News reported this week that both vehicles are based on the same Logan platform, with the components that are not produced locally being imported from Romania, India (right-hand drive components), Brazil (stamping parts), Turkey and Spain (powertrains).Formidable reputation“Nissan has built up a formidable reputation in the light commercial vehicle segment of the market and the retirement of the legendary 1400 bakkie should not be viewed as the end, but rather the beginning of an era,” said Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield in the company statement, adding that the company was dedicated to sustaining its reputation in the sector.The Renault Sandero will contribute significantly to Renault’s growth in South Africa, and the company is to expand the product line-up offered to local customers with vehicles ranging from entry-level to upper range.Among them will be the new Twingo, a small car, and the Koleos, Renault’s first crossover, set for launch in South Africa in 2008.“[The] Sandero will represent affordable motoring, produced to meet the needs of the South African market and will be the first Renault product manufactured in South Africa,” said Renault South Africa MD Xavier Gobille.The Renault-Nissan Alliance was created in 1999, with the aim of becoming one of the top three global automakers in terms of quality, technology and profitability, selling over 6.1-million vehicles in 2007.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Nebraska Football/TwitterAfter a week of heartbreak, the Nebraska football community is turning sorrow into pride.Last weekend, the Nebraska Huskers lost Sam Foltz, their senior punter, in a fatal car crash in Wisconsin. His funeral was yesterday in Grand Island, Neb.Yesterday, the Huskers released a video that highlights the incredible career of the three-year starter, as well as his significant leadership role both on the team and in the local community.“My message today is all about teamwork,” the punter says.Now, the Huskers honor Foltz’s legacy by joining together in memory of their brilliant teammate with this video memorial.You can watch the tribute video here:“My name is Sam Foltz, I’m the starting punter here.My message today is all about teamwork.” pic.twitter.com/Sb885pH3VR— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) July 30, 2016Unfortunately, the car crash that took Foltz’s life also killed former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye, also in the accident, managed to escape the burning vehicle.Foltz, a Nebraska native, was entering his fifth year in the Huskers program. Named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List earlier this summer, he was expected to be one of the best punters in the country.
Kolkata: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has recovered and seized 6.347 Kg gold of foreign origin from the city and arrested four persons in this connection. The market value of the seized gold is estimated to be Rs 2.53 crore.Sources in the DRI informed that a unique modus operandi was adopted by a cartel of smugglers by engaging an auto-rickshaw, driven by a member of the group and using the same as a moving transit point in Salt Lake area. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe group used to lure poor local ladies of the Indo-Bangla border areas of Bongaon, by paying handsome money for carrying smuggled gold by train or bus from the border area to Salt Lake. They then handed the gold over to the auto-rickshaw driver for taking it to Burrabazar, through another set of carriers to avoid detection by any law enforcement agency. The auto was intercepted on the basis of reliable source information. The arrested persons include the auto driver Raj Kumar Sardar alias Raju and three lady passengers who introduced themselves as Rakhi Biswas, Namita Biswas and Rina Mondal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe DRI sleuths found four rectangular paper packets wrapped with adhesive tapes and blue coloured ribbon. After opening them, three rectangular bars were found inside each packet. A dozen yellow coloured metallic bars believed to be gold of foreign origin were recovered from the toolbox of the vehicle. Personal search of the four apprehended persons led to the recovery of two similar yellow coloured metallic bars.
How can this be? The reason is shale oil. The success of the shale oil sector—specifically horizontal drilling and fracking shale—has caused a significant increase in domestic US production. This is nothing new, and certainly isn’t a surprise to our subscribers. But what is interesting was Saudi Arabia’s reaction to the increase in domestic US production. The United States had been Saudi Arabia’s largest oil customer… until the US Fed’s quantitative easing policy created cheap money, which fueled the shale revolution in the US. Today, China is Saudi Arabia’s new best friend. The Saudis cut the spot price of oil to China and caused a significant whiplash in oil prices, which sent international oil markets from US$95 a barrel to below USD$85 a barrel. According to the EIA, China is expected to surpass the US as the world’s largest oil importer by the end of 2014. Cripple ISIS—ISIS funds everything with black-market oil; so as oil becomes cheaper, there’s less money for the group In the last 35 years, world oil consumption growth has gone into negative growth (meaning below zero growth—meaning world uses less oil) only twice. The first was the 1980s recession; the second instance was the global financial crisis of late 2008. But during both times, the US was without a doubt the world’s largest consumer and importer of oil. Essentially, the world consumption of oil is directly and positively correlated with the real US GDP. In fact, the correlation is +0.99, which is about as good as it gets when it comes to correlation coefficients. However, horizontal drilling and fracking has increased US domestic oil production, and as a result, US net imports as a share of consumption are at their lowest level in 29 years. Over the last 35 years, China has awakened and has become a game changer in the global energy markets. It will continue to play that role. According to the EIA, China is well on its way to becoming the world’s largest importer of oil. Preorder The Colder War Now Marin Katusa Chief Energy Investment Strategist Casey Research China consumes about 11 million bopd—and it’s expected to match US consumption by 2030. However, the growth of the US domestic oil production from shale oil is not cheap oil production… and shale oil comes with a high decline in production. What Happens to US Domestic Oil Production at $75 Oil? On average, an Eagle Ford or Bakken shale oil well needs US$55-$70 oil to make a decent profit, in order to continue drilling to replace the decline rates of existing shale oil wells. Many other shale oil formations need higher than $70 oil to break even. Thus, we can expect the incredible growth of domestic US oil production (primarily as a result of the Bakken in North Dakota and Eagle Ford in Texas) to become significantly impacted at prices below $75. This means lower domestic oil production rates, which then means importing more oil from either Canada or the Middle East. However, Canadian oil isn’t any cheaper to produce than American oil; therefore, one can expect Canadian oil growth to also start declining at $75 oil. The only blessing for Canadian producers in this scenario is a weaker Canadian dollar. This is all good news for the informed and prepared energy investor. In the September Casey Energy Report, we broke down all of the US oil producers and compared them to the Canadian oil producers, explaining the fundamental differences between the two. We’ve broken down all of the metrics company by company, and have our Buy list ready. In that report we stated that we would rather be patient than rush into a volatile sector. This month, we presented our first of three stocks that you must own in a declining oil market. These stocks will not only pay you an incredible yield, but each is the best company in its peer group in terms of metrics such as payout ratios, lowest-cost producer, and low debt. We’re excited about the market selling off and have been using $75 oil and $3 natural gas in our calculations. We’ve also stress tested every producer on both the US and Canadian stock exchanges and have our full analysis ready. In this month’s Casey Energy Report, we’ll explain to subscribers how to best position their portfolios to reap the rewards of a $75 oil price. And now, a personal note to all my readers. Over the last decade, I’ve traveled the world over trying to find the best resource investments. Some have worked out spectacularly well while others have failed, and others are still in the works. Doug Casey wanted me to write a book a few years ago, but I don’t see myself as a writer, but rather as an analyst and speculator. However, after my personal health challenges (which I’m proud to say I have under control), I thought I may want to get to my bucket list sooner than later, and the time was right for my first book. Its subject? The Colder War. The book covers many aspects of the geopolitics of energy… especially the struggle between Russia and the US to control the world’s energy trade. Some pretty influential people have endorsed my book, such as former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, who stated: The Colder War provides a reversing contrast from the hysterical “Putin is Stalin, Jr., restart the Cold War” message emanating from the neocon think tanks and the mainstream media. Marin Katusa shows the real threat to the American people … You see, while America and the West weren’t looking, Vladimir Putin has been orchestrating a takeover of the energy sector. He has transformed Russia from a crumbling former Soviet state into an energy powerhouse to become: The second-largest oil exporter in the world, on pace to pass Saudi Arabia very soon; The largest uranium exporter in the world, powering 1 in 10 American homes; The largest natural gas exporter in the world, doling it out with an iron fist and willing to cut off supply and let harsh winters kill thousands to get its way. Russia is quickly becoming the only source for countries desperate to secure long-term supplies of energy—giving Putin more power and more leverage than ever before. Europe, Africa, and China are all dependent on Russian energy. And Putin won’t stop until he takes down the only thing standing in his way of turning Russia into a superpower: the US. Inside my book, you’ll discover that Putin is working to break the monopoly of the US dollar in the global energy trade. He’s set in motion in an ingenious yet devastating plan to do it. If Putin is successful, he could nuke the US economy and cost the average American dearly. Do you think the recent pullback in oil prices will cripple Putin? If you said yes, you’re wrong… and you really need to read my book. Friends and colleagues have told me that they’ve sat down and read it in the course of an evening. It’s that fascinating and easy to digest. Once you read it, your view of the world and the global markets will change. You might even want to call your broker the next morning—because the US has never been more vulnerable, and the stakes have never been higher… Preorder your copy of The Colder War and make sure you’re among the first to read this important book. Saudi Arabia has taken an aggressive stance in slashing prices and maintaining its market share; and as a result, other oil producers will suffer, specifically ISIS. Interestingly, there’s strong evidence suggesting that it is in fact Saudi Arabia which created the Frankenstein monster that is today’s ISIS. Let’s take a quick look back into the region’s history. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have both funded Wahhabi Salafism under the guise of education. What is now ISIS originally took to the early teachings of Wahhabi Salafism, the goal of which is to convert Muslims and others to its “purer” form of Islam. In short, they’re extremists that make up less than 3% of the global Muslim population; this movement has been on the rise since 9/11. Now I’ll put all the pieces of the puzzle together. In the early days of the Syrian civil war, Saudi Arabian leaders were quite pleased with the initial Sunni fighters against Assad, but they weren’t happy when Russian President Vladimir Putin stood his ground and backed a longtime Russian ally in the Assad regime. Saudi Arabia tried to sway Russia to turn its back on Assad’s regime in 2013, going so far as to dangle multibillion-dollar military contracts and other financial economic “incentives”… or what’s realistically known as a bribe. Putin would have none of it. He politely rejected the Saudis offer and stood his ground, with China in Russia’s corner. Fast forward to mid-2014, and the Saudis have a Frankenstein on their hands. Its name is ISIS. Yes, ISIS is a major oil exporter in the black market. If this sounds confusing, let me take you into the dark, back alleys of the Middle East oil trade. “ISIS” stands for Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant. ISIS has been taking over oil-producing regions in Iraq and has been funding its military advances by selling oil on the black markets (specifically, in Turkey) at a discount, roughly 50,000 bopd. It’s the dark secret of the Middle East oil sector, but it’s happening. ISIS first started selling smuggled Syrian oil in Turkey, making millions a day, but Obama doesn’t want that information widely known, so it was put on the down low. Politicians in Turkey have publicly stated that ISIS has sold US$800 million worth of stolen, black-market oil in Turkey alone. ISIS then expanded into Iraq and has captured oil wells in Iraq—even the Russians have stated that ISIS has been selling “stolen” or captured oil from Iraq on the black markets. It’s much easier to sell stolen oil at a discount than oil that one produces. So what can the Saudis do to take down their own Frankenstein? The Saudis only nuclear-level weapon is oil. Having realized that China had surpassed the US as their biggest oil buyer, the Saudis decided to start taking big discounts and continuing to pump oil to increase their market share in Asia. Now the Saudis are attempting to hit four birds with one stone: Payback to Putin for supporting Assad’s regime in Syria (sub-$80 oil is bad for Russia’s GDP) Deflation [dih-fley-shuhn] Economics. a fall in the general price level or a contraction of credit and available money (opposed to inflation). Source: Dictionary.com The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) published a very compelling chart last week; it shows that the net energy imports of the US as a share of consumption are at their lowest level in 29 years. Decrease US oil prices—perhaps even slow down US domestic oil production; that would result in the US importing more Saudi oil, and help fuel global growth with cheaper oil. Don’t Mess with Putin: He Isn’t Your Regular Politician Russia isn’t cutting back its production—rather, Russia is hitting post-Soviet highs in oil production. Thus we see tumbling oil prices. But how low can this go? Let’s get back to basics of supply and demand to answer this question. Sincerely, Maintain market share—in the near term, the Saudis can absorb the lower costs (cheap conventional oil), and they definitely want to continue being the #1 supplier to China.