Saturday, June 26, 2010

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Ferguson Jenkins - Canadian Hall of Famer

For baseball lovers, a pilgrimage to Cooperstown, New York is pretty much a requirement in order to complete the entire baseball experience. That humble town is the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and it is where the greats of the game are memorialized. For those who can't make a visit out to New York, the "Museum" area of the site is a good place to start.

Here visitors can view all of the plaques that honor those baseball greats from years past.

Educators will appreciate the "Enriching Education" area, which gives interested parties access to educational modules and videos which place baseball within the context of an industrializing
society. Finally, visitors can also use the "Plan Your Visit" area to learn more about how to make the most of their visit to the facilities. [KMG]

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Female, Fortyish, Fit and Feeling Fantastic? If not, why not?

TORONTO, June 9, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - There are those who move into different phases of their life with vim and vigour. And then there are many of us who are more than aware of the aging process and all its telltale signs. Not just the physical evidences such as stiffness and aches, tight waistbands, and furrowed faces, but the emotional ones as well - the erratic highs and lows, bouts of anxiety, lack of sleep and chronic stress. Juggling life and countering all its punches requires great effort, and some days it's downright overwhelming. What's a girl to do? Focus on and commit to a few simple solutions.

First, cultivate healthier food choices. Review your meals and food choices. Pick an area or two to improve. Up your veggie intake by two or three servings a day. Bypass the pop and juice. Opt for herbal tea or a glass of water with fresh squeezed lemon or lime. Bake and broil meats rather than frying.

Starting the day with a cup of coffee and a bagel? Ditch it. Take three minutes out of your day and make a breakfast smoothie (whey protein, milk and fresh/frozen fruit) to ensure you start the day off right. It provides a nutritious, quick breakfast to kick start your metabolism, support health and immunity.

Did you know that some whey proteins come with many perks? SHAPE UP SMOOTHIE contains whey protein, healthy fats, fibre and the powerful antioxidant green tea (battles aging and helps burn calories) and banaba leaf (to control cravings and balance blood sugar levels). And MOOD FOOD is a whey protein product that contains l-theanine (to help improve mood and create mental calm).

Kick it up a notch with a daily supplement of omega-3 fish oil rich in EPA and DHA. The essential fatty acids have a plethora of health benefits. They improve mood, support brain and cognitive health, cardiovascular health and vision. And they're anti-inflammatory in nature which can also aid joint health (arthritis, aches and pain) and support weight loss.

Second, cultivate a stress-free lifestyle. Chronic stress creates havoc in our life and on our body. Effects include irritability, lack of sleep, and loss of sex drive to name only a few. Furthermore, research reveals that greater life stress and stress reactivity can contribute to central (abdominal) fat. Consider a few supplements to improve symptoms of stress. They may include theanine, GABA, 5-HTP, passionflower, St John's wort.

Third, cultivate laughter. Find it. Develop it and use it. It works. Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones. It's invigorating and energizing! Research shows laughter can improve general health and strengthen the immune system, reduce pain levels and food cravings. So much more, but those few benefits alone are a great start.

Fourth, cultivate body movement. Forget exercise as we know it. Become active. Garden. Go for a walk, cut the lawn, walk your neighbour's dog.

Fifth, cultivate a healthy attitude. Consider your cup half full. And always try looking on the bright side.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Aging baby-boomers will have to innovate

Having fewer children, they will be counting on an extended family and non-traditional networks.

MONTREAL, May 31, 2010 /Canada NewsWire Telbec/ - As their autonomy fades, tomorrow's elderly will need to create non-traditional support networks or pay for the care they receive.

This is the conclusion of Jacques Légaré, professor at the Université de Montréal, who studies aging baby-boomers, a generation for whom children are relatively rare and stable couples almost an exception.

In a paper presented at the 2010 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, held this week at Concordia University in Montreal, Mr. Légaré shows how the family circle available to the elderly will evolve from now until 2030.

It is usually the elderly person's family circle that provides care. Mr. Légaré notes that about 70 per cent of the care provided for frail seniors comes from the informal network - essentially the spouse or the children. This is only possible because today's elderly - baby-boomers' parents - have more children to care for them and generally live in stable couples.

This situation will soon change. Divorce, common-law unions, blended families and relatively few children per couple are factors to consider. In addition to this, death rates have declined considerably, to the point where average life expectancy has grown considerably. Couples who have not split up will be living together longer.

"Tomorrow's elderly - today's boomers - had far fewer children. Who will take care of them?" the professor wonders. "They risk finding themselves in difficult circumstances and might have to turn to the public system or pay their way."

According to Mr. Légaré, baby boomers not interested in paying or who can't afford to pay will have to innovate and seek out non-traditional networks - friends, siblings and even cousins.

The research on boomers must adapt as well. Demographers, who are increasingly turning to micro-simulation to make projections, will have to factor in the recourse to these non-traditional networks. According to professor Légaré, new programs must be developed to model these extended families and new support systems.

If informal services change, the public system must also adapt.

"Boomers have done nothing like the others," Mr. Légaré points out. "They stand out from the other cohorts, and we believe they will do so again."

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Prof. Stephen Hawking to be Officially Welcomed at Perimeter Institute on June 20th, 2010

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 5, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - Professor Stephen Hawking is a Distinguished Research Chair at Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) and, on Sunday June 20th, 2010, he will be officially welcomed to Canada by the Honourable Tony Clement, Industry Canada Minister, and to the province by the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario. The greetings will be followed with a special presentation by Prof. Hawking. The activities will be broadcast on TVO that same evening.

Dr. Neil Turok, PI Director, said

"We are very happy to have Stephen here doing science with other researchers at Perimeter Institute. On June 20th he will take time out to be welcomed by our many public and private partners, including the governments of Ontario and Canada, and to give a special broadcast lecture. Stephen is an exceptional communicator, and we are delighted to be able to share his talk on television. We are also looking forward to his impressions of the 'Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute' now under construction."

This past October, when the expansion to PI's facility was named in his honour, Professor Hawking said,

"Our field of theoretical physics has been the most successful and cost-effective in all of science. Where would we be today without Newton, Maxwell and Einstein? Many great challenges lie ahead. Where this new understanding will lead, is impossible to say for sure. What we can say with confidence is that expanding the perimeter of our knowledge will be the key to our future."

About June 20th Events

Official greetings will take place on June 20, at 4:00pm at the Institute. Prof. Stephen Hawking will be met by the Honourable Tony Clement, Industry Canada Minister, and by the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario.

Also taking part will be Mike Lazaridis, PI Board Chair, and Dr. Neil Turok, PI Director, who will share news on the Expanding the Perimeter initiative and the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute. The formal greetings and information about PI will be followed by a special lecture from Prof. Hawking on topics involving space, time, matter and his life in science.