– The Rockefeller Center and surrounding blocks were totally filled with
revelers for the 85th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.Mayor Bill de Blasio flipped the switch
surrounded by the Rockettes, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker.The tree lighting performers included Harry
Connick Jr., Seal, Train, Brett Eldredge, Pentatonix, The Tenors and others.
Norway Spruce stood 75 feet tall, weighed 12-tons and was donated by Jason
Perrin, State College, Pennsylvania.Swarovski Star was placed at the top of the Norway Spruce tree and
adorned with 25,000 crystals and one million facets.The tree will be lit every day until January
7th.The Rockefeller Center
Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.Security was tighter this year with more
areas restricted as well as extra screening.
City – The Upper West Side was packed with holiday revelers enjoying a full
evening of festive activities. Weather was mild allowing families to have their
children embrace the excitement of the holiday event. Taking the stage was Micky Dolenz the voice from
The Monkees as headliner.Lea Salonga
from Broadway’s “Once On This Island” lead the lineup with members of the
Metropolitan Opera.The celebration’s
formal kickoff began with a tree lighting ceremony in Dante Parkon the Upper West Side lead by Amy
festival had a large variety of events for all to enjoy.The always-entertaining stilt-walkers
enlightened everyone with their amazing ability and agility to walk through
crowds and give a creative performance as they walked through the festival.Vendors were serving food from over 30 of Lincoln
Square’s top eateries.Ice Sculpturing
took place in front of the Time Warner Center.Domes Tree Farm from Bliss, New york installed the 27ft Concolor Fir.
City – The temperature was colder at the start of the parade but that did not
keep spectators away from enjoying the largest Thanksgiving Parade in the
country.The winds were low so that the
balloons could be flown at normal expected height for all to be amazed of the
size as they came down the parade route.Estimation of over 3.5 million people lined the parade route.This year featured new balloons such as Olaf
from the movie “Frozen” and from “Paw Patrol” Chase, a new version of the
Grinch of Dr. Seuss stories.
floats had celebrities as Jimmy Fallon, Smokey Robinson, The Roots, Wyclef
Jean, Flo Rida.Marching bands from
different parts of the country and the long awaited Santa Claus closed the
successful parade event.The route is 2
½ miles long and traveled down Central Park West from 77 street to Columbus
Circle, along Central Park South to 6th Avenue to 34 Street and
ending at Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street.Security was extra tight to keep everyone
safe to enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Conn. – The parade held strong with thousands lining the streets to watch.A fun-filled lineup of floats, balloons,
marching bands, dancers and dignitaries.The evening before with inflation had rain but it subsided for
Sunday’s parade.The wind gave a bit of
a challenge but the strong organized teams were able to launch a large number
of the balloons for the kids to gaze with amazement.Last year the balloons were not able to fly
with strong winds.The clowns filled the
streets and had everyone ready to fully enjoy the parade.
known as a Comedic Daredevil always amazes the audience with his agility of
breath taking stunts when he climbs a high pole that sways as he does his
performance.Masters of Ceremonies was
Alan Kalter.Silver Steel Band
performed, 12 marching bands, NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band, the
Fairfield County Police Pipes and more participated.
NM – The first place for the longest distance record in the gas balloon race
starting off from Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta won by the Swiss
team.Nearly 60 hours aloft for 2,278
miles the Swiss team landed near the Newfoundland border in a remote area in
Canada.The Swiss team of Nicolas Tieche
and Laurent Sciboz broke the record that was set in 2000 with 1,998 miles by brothers
David and Alan Levin.
The record flown
in Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett championship in 2005 of 2,113 miles was
also broken by the Swiss Team.Andy
Cayton from the U.S. and Krzysztof Zapart from Poland took second place
touching down along the Quebec Coast on Tuesday.Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke from the
Albuquerque were champions last year landed in Vermont for third place.Eight gas balloons took off from the Balloon
Fiesta Park Saturday evening.This is
the 22nd America’s Challenge gas balloon race at the Albuquerque
International Balloon Fiesta.
NM – Balloonists arrived early in the morning for the first day of briefing
Competition to hear if they would be able to launch from outside the field and
head back into the field to compete.The
Competition that was to launch at 7 a.m. was cancelled because of high
winds.About an hour later the winds
lessened allowing the flags to change from yellow to green for balloons on
launch from the field.The launch off
the field filled the sky with bountiful colors.
Zebras were busy directing the balloons on the
field to launch.Zebras are people
dressed in black and white striped shirts to officiate as launch
directors.Zebras keep an orderly launch
of the balloons as they set for lift off at 7 a.m.The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
has over 3000 dedicated volunteers that put long hours in daily to make the
Fiesta a number one event that multi-thousands of spectators attend.Chase crews are an essential group of
volunteers that help the pilots inflate, launch, land and deflate for each
NM – Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has entered the 46th
year of prestigiously recognized as the Balloon Fiesta in the world.Balloonists from all over the world come to
Albuquerque, New Mexico to launch at Mass Ascension in the mornings at 7:00 am.Ceremonies start at 5:45 am with a
sophisticated Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol Show, Krispy Kreme Morning Glow and
Opening Ceremonies before the official launching of hundreds of balloons.
Mass Ascension was a perfectly beautiful morning with all factors making for an
amazing launch.America’s Challenge
Balloon Race Inflation started at 2:00 in the afternoon with the official
launch completing by 7:15 pm.The day
ended with a Twilight Twinkle Glow and a combination of laser show and an
impressive fireworks display.The week
is filled with continuous events for the public to come out and enjoy and learn
from all the pilots and crew.The final
day is Sunday, October 15.
The infrastructures of today are increasingly being
challenged with the ability of hackers to alter or entirely stop the product
from performing its function.Wind
turbines that use wind for transfer of power to homes and multi-electrical uses
are vulnerable.Increasing the number of
wind power throughout the world has caused concern to the technicians.The question continues on how to keep ahead
of the hacker so that the grid doesn’t get locked down.
Also, as the future of automotive cars becomes
increasingly prevalent for the public to operate hackers are causing continual
challenges for the industry to block the invasion in order protect the
public.Elimination of the vulnerability
as the world becomes more autonomous is keeping many technical people up at
night on how do they keep ahead of the potential attack. The public needs to be
aware of what to do if the “what if” occurs.
awaited solar eclipse for 2017 had millions of people mesmerized.All that traveled miles to a destination to
view were ecstatic with the experience.Not
the entire pathway had clear skies with clouds impacting and creating a unique
effect with small breaks in the sky in some areas but the effect was still ominous.
A one chance in a lifetime to witness
day turn into night for a little over two minutes as the moon blocked the
sun.Temperature dropped, nature became
quiet, Venus, Mercury and bright stars became visible for the brief moments of
this amazing phenomenon.
The corridor of the eclipse followed a pathway
from Oregon to South Carolina with a 70-mile pathway.The United States saw the last total solar
eclipse in 1979 that stretched over only five states in the Northwest
experiencing total darkness.
drones are growing faster in strength and numbers.Training classes are filling up with pilots
that need to and want to know what the FAA rules and restrictions are so that
rules can be maintained.
governmental organizations as well as military usage is increasingly
changing.Farmers throughout the country
have found the advantage of having a drone fly over their crops to see where
issues may be occurring so that they can be proactive.
with the numbers of drones increasing the FAA is monitoring where the impact
areas are being restricted.Aerial
photography for news media, shipping and delivery is increasingly being
explored with drones.Building safety
inspection and many other uses are increasing daily.
Washington, D. C. - First week after the Inaugural
has begun with President Donald Trump non-stop with meetings, revisiting
previous executive orders that were implemented during President Obama
term.The whole week will be a reflection
of what to expect for the coming years on a national and international
Nominations are being finalized as well as Press
secretary Sean Spicer held the first full White House briefing on Monday
morning.President Donald Trump signed
three Executive Orders and pulled the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership
(TPP).British Prime Minister Theresa
May will be the first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader.
New Mexico – Mass Ascension for Flight of the Nations lifted off early
Wednesday morning with nearly 600 balloons.The winds allowed the “box” to form that Albuquerque is so famous for.The higher elevation had stronger winds that
did not allow the competition portion of the balloons to come from outside the
field to complete the task for a second day in a row.America’s Challenge Gas Balloon race launch was
held off for a day because of impending weather that they would encounter as
the winds would float them eastward
MN - Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked the TCF Bank Stadium with over
50,000 fans.The rain stopped minutes
before the Rolling Stones took the stage and fans stood throughout the two hour plus concert absorbing music that the
band has been performing over 53 years.Mick Jagger remains strong with his iconic dance form that everyone has
become accustomed to seeing along with playing the harmonica to “Midnight
Walker, Minnesota – BOSTON
played to a fully packed arena at Moondance Jam 25. The 25th
anniversary for Moondance Jam 25 had a non-stop music festival for the weekend
and is known as one of the top country music festivals. Multi-thousands of fans
came out to hear the top musicians from all over the world. BOSTON’s
performance was cut short because of a huge lightning storm that was passing
through the area after some very hot and humid days.
MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over
the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed
arena of fans.Friday went off like
clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted
for.Entertainers began with Dallas
Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.Saturday will be filled with performances by
Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.