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For Jason Dugger, the Mayor’s Christmas Parade in Hampden perfectly epitomized Baltimore.

“It’s very traditional, but slightly askew,” said the 41 year old, visiting from New York.

The 42nd annual event on Sunday showcased an eclectic collection of marching bands, dancers, floats, giant balloons, “hons,” Star Wars characters and all manner of other performers.

Among them were Quintina Water and Denise Cameron, two of the parade’s longest running participants. The Baltimore Westsiders drum majors said they’ve taken part since 1986 and 1974, respectively.

The world can seem a menacing place, Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan says, one in which evil prevails as often as not. But just as a single, small light can be seen from afar, he says, a humble act of good will can dispel the darkness.

Kaplan will help light what organizers say is Maryland’s tallest menorah.”This parade is so beautiful,” Cooper said. “It puts you in the Christmas spirit.”

At the corner of the Avenue and Chestnut Avenue, steam rose from a pot of hot chocolate on a table in front of The Charmery.

Laura Alima, 35, owns the ice cream shop with her husband, David, He was marching in the parade as one of the “Boys of Hampden,” a group of businessmen who posed scantily clad for a calendar for charity.

Alima and employee Margaret Hurley said the store had sold gallons’ worth of $3 hot chocolates ($4 with Tahitian vanilla marshmallows).

Nikki Bass, 33, of Towson, wore a wreath skirt adorned with crabs and an Old Bay label, candy cane leggings and Ugg boots decorated as gingerbread houses.

The 2015 HonFest winner’s outfit, she said, was an ode to David DeBoy’s song, “Crabs for Christmas.”

“I liked seeing Hampden outside of the Avenue,” she added. “We always go there to shop, but it was nice seeing people out on their stoops.”

Missing, for the second year, was the mayor herself. Stephanie Rawlings Blake was returning from the Paris climate talks late Sunday afternoon. A spokesman said she was “disappointed” she wasn’t able to attend the parade or Sunday night’s Menorah lighting in the Inner Harbor.

“She hopes both events were enjoyed by many people, and she looks forward to participating in a number of holiday events in the coming weeks,” spokesman Howard Libit said.
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Low mood and depression are common problems for many people of all ages.

If you struggle with feelings of depression, loss of motivation and enthusiasm, or if you have difficulty finding joy in everyday life it’s time to rethink your diet.

These foods provide you with the right nutrients or co factors the body needs to produce neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) that give up a natural lift.

You are what you eat:Our diet and lifestyle can have a profound effect on our mood and research reveals there’s a direct link between what we eat and how we feel (file image)

Depression affects around one in 10 adults with estimates that up to 50 percent of the population will experience at least one episode of depression during their lives.

Mainstream medicine still relies upon psychoactive drugs that not only have a success rate of 50 percent or less but are fraught with potential side effects.

Current research suggests depression is actually linked to an array of underlying factors including inflammation, insulin resistance, oxidative stress, poor methylation and hormone imbalances.

By tackling these underlying imbalances you can improve overall brain health and boost mood too.

Fixing your brain starts with fixing your body. Optimising what you put in and taking out the negative influences is the first start

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This means ditching the refined sugary carbohydrates, white starch, fruit juices and sugary smoothies and instead basing your meals around lean proteins, healthy fats (like oily fish, avocado, olives, nuts and seeds) and plenty of antioxidant rich vegetables.

2. Stop being fat phobic

Around 60 percent of your brain is fat mostly comprised of phospholipids and omega 3 fats. Deprive your body of these healthy fats and your focus, concentration and mood will suffer.

Healthy fats are particularly beneficial to the brain and you can get your daily dose from three different oils olive oil, coconut oil, and omega 3 rich oils such as oily fish.

Extra virgin olive oil, which is a good source of polyphenols and monounsaturated fats helps protect the brain cells and lower inflammation.

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Bishop Angaelos, the Cairo born head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, said he was told by colleagues in Egypt that 52 churches had been attacked in the space of 24 hours beginning Wednesday, as well as numerous Christian homes and businesses across the country.

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Oh, ooooohhh. Anuther Jesus is being preached.

the meantime it is the duty of all the Muslims, especially the Shi to strive steadfastly for the creation of the proper atmosphere and the right climate for the establishment of a world order based on justice, virtue and piety. They should not only mould their individual lives according to the teachings and high ideals of Islam, but they should also bend their efforts to set up the Islamic order on the collective and communal level. was) in financial aid IF the Egyptian Military will keep the Muslim Brotherhood out of power! Makes you REALLY question Obama decision. I think the key word here for the GCC countries is in the region and they know the MB does not have that same goal. President has failed at it. Shame on you President Obama.

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How soon will our country be fighting over our religion? I bet it hard to believe but we already fighting over our religion when all our religions are fighting against one another. But it doesn matter what faith you are, as long as you believe in God and somehow get to heaven. As long as you read the Bible and follow God commandments it doesn matter what you believe as long as you have a relationship with the creator you be fine. Only God knows how committed to him anyways so why do what other people think matters to us? Because we looking for acceptance. That is what it all boils down too, not saying we should be doing that, it what we doing.
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CHIME, the $16M new Canadian radio telescope, saw its Light on September 7th and was celebrated at a ceremony in Penticton, BC involving Federal Minister of , Kirsty Duncan.

The telescope is designed to simultaneously tackle major astrophysics and cosmology topics, including studying the nature of dark energy by making unprecedented maps of the distant universe, studying pulsars, and determining the origin of the mysterious phenomenon of Fast Radio Bursts.

Now that all the major components are in place, the first data from the instrument is starting to be collected. “After years of work it’s fantastic to finally see the graphs showing real sky data coming through the system on all channels.” says Nolan Denman, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, who produced the first light plots after an overnight session collecting data during the transit of Cygnus A (a nearby galaxy that is bright at radio wavelengths and is a useful source for calibrating the instrument). This new instrument will serve as a powerful tool to explore a number of interesting cosmological and astrophysical topics.

CHIME first light. Cross correlation of the signal measured by two CHIME antennas on different cylinders during the transit of Cygnus A. Top panel shows the magnitude, real, and imaginary component of the cross correlation. Bottom panel shows the phase. Radio waves from Cyg A reach the two antennas at slightly different times. As the source moves across the sky, the delay between antennas changes. This results in the fringe pattern observed in the real and imaginary component, with the envelope tracing out the antenna beam pattern. To accomplish this, it will produce a three dimensional map of the 21 cm emission from neutral hydrogen that covers the entire northern sky and spans redshifts 0.8 to 2.5. This will enable a measurement of Baryon Acoustic Oscillations (BAO) in the large scale distribution of neutral hydrogen a relic that originates from sound waves propagating in the baryon photon plasma of the early universe. The size of the BAO feature will be used as a standard ruler to measure the expansion history of the universe during the epoch when dark energy generated the transition from decelerated to accelerated expansion.

Two further key science projects are currently under commissioning and will soon be conducted simultaneously alongside the cosmology experiment. These include a blind survey for Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), energetic single pulses of radio emission arriving in random directions from unknown sources well beyond our galaxy. FRB appears to be a new class of radio transient with unknown astrophysical origin and have drawn a lot of attention among the astrophysics community. “There are currently more theories in the literature than the number of known FRB sources” said graduate student Utkarsh Giri at the Perimeter Institute. So far progress in resolving the mystery has been limited by the low survey efficiency of traditional single dish telescopes. With its huge field of view and broad frequency coverage, CHIME is a nearly ideal instrument for finding and studying many of these bursts. Like what McGill postdoc Emmanuel Fonseca said, has taken almost 10 years to observe 25 FRBs with different telescopes; CHIME is expected to detect 25 FRBs within one week of operation.” Pinning down the FRB event rate will be crucial for determining the origin of FRBs and all eyes are on CHIME to revolutionize the field.

The other commensal project that CHIME will carry out is pulsar timing. CHIME will monitor the pulses from all known pulsars in the Northern hemisphere visible from Penticton, every day. It is composed of four cylindrical reflecting surfaces that resemble snow board half pipes and have a total collecting area equivalent to five hockey rinks (8,000 square meters). It records the information from all the radio waves falling across its surface with over a thousand antennas. “These cloverleaf shaped antennas are compact and have an excellent broadband coverage. They are made out of conventional low loss circuit boards and can be mass produced economically.”, said Meiling Deng, a graduate student at UBC who has led the design of these antennas.

CHIME at night. The telescope consists of four parabolic cylinders that are 20 m wide and 100 m long with a focal length of 5 m. The telescope has no moving parts, instead relying on the earth rotation to move the sky across its field of view. The focal line of each cylinder is populated with 256 dual polarization antennas that feed into a custom 2048 input radio correlator.

The CHIME correlator is a sophisticated digital network and signal processing instrument that converts the massive amount of information that is contained in the radio waves incident on the cylinders into an image of the overhead sky. Measured in number of analog inputs (N=2048) squared times bandwidth (400 MHz), the CHIME correlator is the largest radio correlator in the world and it was built for a comparatively low price. The correlator employs 128 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to digitize the analog radio signals collected by the antennas and channelize their full bandwidth into 1024 narrow frequency bins. The FPGAs are interconnected through custom, full mesh backplanes that enable a massive reorganization of 6.6 Terabit/second of data into the format required to compute the N2 correlation matrix of the signals measured by the antennas. The data is then transmitted over more than a thousand fiber optic cables to a supercomputer.

Using the data from the FPGAs, the CHIME supercomputer correlates the inputs into “visibility” matrices used to created detailed sky maps, and performs real time beamforming which is used for the FRB and pulsar applications. This requires a huge amount of computing power, which was made possible thanks to the existence of low cost Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) from AMD, which were developed primarily for computer games, but are increasingly leveraged by scientists to perform complex calculations. In total CHIME has 1024 high end GPUs, spread out over 256 servers. Together they are able to perform over 7 quadrillion (a million billion) operations per second.

Undergraduate and graduate students played a key role in the assembly, testing, and on site installation of the instrument. favourite part of working on CHIME has been interacting with all the wonderful people involved in this project. The team’s enthusiasm and devotion is contagious said Emilie Storer, an undergraduate student at McGill who participated in the testing of FPGA motherboards.

People at work. (Top left) Postdoc Emmanuel Fonseca and summer intern Tristan Simmons raising feeds onto the focal line; (top right) Postdoc Cherry Ng connecting some of the 2048 50m long coaxial cables; (bottom left) Graduate student Juan Mena Parra installing FPGA motherboards; (bottom right) Graduate student Nolan Denman assembling GPUs in the X engine.

Future of CHIME

CHIME is now in its commissioning phase, in preparation for science operations. This new telescope will bring Canada to the forefront of an emerging important and technically challenging domain of radio astronomy. More information on CHIME can be found here.
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Giada De Laurentiis is now officially divorced from her ex of over 11 years, Todd Thompson.

E! News has obtained a copy of the divorce docs, which show that the world famous chef has been ordered to pay her former husband $9,000 dollars in monthly child support.

The papers also detail how the exes have divided their assets, including their $3.2 million dollar home in Pacific Palisades Thompson will get to keep.

The estate is also said to include over $300,000 worth of furniture and artwork, which again will stay in Thompson’s possession.

Additionally, the Food Network star’s ex will keep his membership at the Bel Air Bay Club, which is located near his mansion.

But that doesn’t mean that De Laurentiis is stepping away from the marriage empty handed.

She will keep all of the rights to her soon to be released and currently untitled Italian cookbook as well as her own production company, Linguine Pictures.

The two never signed a prenuptial agreement when they tied the knot, which is why De Laurentiis was ordered to give Thompson half of the unpaid advances to multiple cookbooks that she currently has in the pipeline which includes with Giada for $2.5 million, Giada’s Feel Good Food for $2.3 million, and Everyday Pasta for $757,000.

Both parties involved are independently wealthy has an estimated net worth of $20 million while he is said to be worth an equally impressive $15 million the former couple is said to be divvying up their various bank accounts that total upwards of $2 million dollars.
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When it comes to keeping warm, some people prefer the lightweight warmth of a microfleece scarf or blanket. Others prefer to lose themselves in a heavy knit sweater or under a thick comforter. Tights, turtlenecks and UGG boots are staples for some. For others, it’s fleece for day, flannel for night. Luckily, many have become experts at layering whether they’re heading into the office or out to the slopes.

While it’s wise to get your own winter wardrobe and home in shape for the cold months ahead, the holidays are the time to give gifts of warmth whether it’s buying plush slippers for a favorite aunt or donating coats, blankets and other items to those in need.

This time of year also offers opportunities to discover what wintry items local artisans are creating, from felted hats to alpaca gloves to pretty candles that will visually warm up a room. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. Admission: $2. Saturday and next Sunday.

In the meantime, turn to Page F3 to find some items we dug up to keep you warmer yet still stylish.

For a unique look, felted accessories are a stylish and warm way to go. Buffalo textile artist Linda Collignon, who calls her business Raveloe Fibers, creates a colorful line of hand felted flower brooches, hats and scarves, priced $35 to $75, using the wet felting technique. It’s done by layering and gently agitating wool fibers together by hand with soap and hot water to form a firm felted cloth.

“Wet felting is a traditional felting technique that is very warm because it is impenetrable to wind, repels water and is lightweight so you don’t feel weighed down,” Collignon said.

“I sometimes incorporate silk fabric into it so it is more lightweight and strong,” she added.

Her collection can be seen through Dec. 15 at Indigo Art, 47 Allen St. Her accessories also are available Dec. 5 7 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, as part of the 14th annual Holiday Open Studios and Galleries.

When you think flannel, you think plaid, right? Well, flannel bedding, a winter must have for many, branches out in the pattern department. Lands’ End this season offers a super sized paisley print in black on a cream background on a duvet cover and matching shams smashing with garnet red flannel sheets. Bean puts a botanical floral on its Ultrasoft Comfort flannel sheet set, as well as evergreen branches and pine cones on another.

There are plenty of fresh takes on plaids, too. The Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s includes the Sleigh Ride Plaid Flannel pattern including a duvet cover in the oversized white plaid with black accents on a red background. This can be mixed with flannel sheets in several coordinating patterns, including a damask floral.

Of course, other fun prints can be found on flannel pajamas for the whole family, including holiday and seasonal themes.

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such as a faux fur trim on a detachable hood on a parka, for instance. But it also makes some surprise appearances, such as on the Nate Berkus Faux Fur Stool, $54.99, introduced at Target earlier this season.

In addition, you will find faux fur vests a big trend as well as dressy faux fur jackets, neckwarmers, earmuffs, booties, slippers and handbags. A real head turner: A faux fur trim of generous proportions dresses up an oversized cocoon cardigan from Guess, $138, spotted in the Lord Taylor holiday catalog.

Cathy Hinze, who owns Alpaca Play Pen in Attica with her husband, Jim, participated in last weekend’s 34th Annual Holiday Gift Show at the Kenan Center in Lockport. While knitting a pair of fingerless alpaca gloves near her display of yarns, clothing and accessories, she explained what makes alpaca so appealing.

“Alpaca fiber is five times warmer than sheep’s wool, three times lighter, and 80 to 90 percent of the people who can not wear wool can wear alpaca. It doesn’t have the itch factor that wool has. It also wicks moisture away from your body so you can wear it in the summer,” said Hinze, who makes socks, gloves and sweaters from alpaca yarns. A few years ago, she even made a wedding dress from woven alpaca fabric for a fashion show at an alpaca farm in Ohio.

Her alpaca fingerless gloves, available in two lengths, cost $25 to $30.

Many people turn to down or a down alternative in coats for day and comforters for night. This season, quilted insulated coats, parkas and puffers come in a range of colors including brights and jewel tones. Some are filled with goose or duck down (or combined with feathers); others have a synthetic downlike insulation. Some are labeled “packable” and even come with a drawstring travel bag.

You’ll notice that many of today’s styles are tailored to look sleeker than some from the past. Waist defining belts, princess seams and diagonal or vertical stitching help eliminate the Michelin Man look.

The outerwear experts at Lands’ End also point this out: The higher the fill power the greater insulation, so you can use less of it, eliminating excess bulk. Its knee length Chalet coat for women with 600 fill power down insulation is described as providing “warmth without weight.”

Fill power is a key factor when choosing a comforter, too.

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