Clark’s Story (VIDEO)

first_img November 15, 2016 By: Liz Roderick, Advocate   SHARE  TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Clark’s Story (VIDEO) Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos On November 2, 2016, Governor Wolf signed legislation to battle Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic. This legislation will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs. During this press conference, we heard from Liz Roderick who shared her personal story.As we discuss the opioid epidemic, two words we hear constantly now, an epidemic that is taking almost 100 Americans a day, it’s easy to think of it in abstract terms and as something that happens to other people and other families. It is easy to think “that’s horrible” and change the channel or click to another article. No one thinks it’ll happen to their family. Until it does. You’re then thrown into a club you never wanted to join, with hundreds of thousands of other families who are equally shocked, angry and heartbroken.My name is Liz Roderick and I’m here with my father, David, and daughter Penny to personalize this public health emergency and put a face on the important work that we celebrate today. I am honored to be standing here this afternoon, albeit for sad circumstances, and thank the Governor and his staff again for the chance to share this story. Clark Roderick was my brother. This is his picture. The opioid epidemic happened to Clark.Clark was a true Pennsylvania boy. Grew up in Radnor. Went to Valley Forge Military Academy. Went to the University of Pittsburgh. Clark loved and I mean LOVED the Steelers. He was a friend to so many. He loved animals, had an incredible sense of humor and a contagious chuckle that pulled you in. He stood up for the bullied. He loved drinking tea and building fires. His 6’2 build and loving demeanor made him a real gentle giant.When Clark was 25 he was in an accident that severely hurt his back. And so begins a tale that represents the vast majority of these tragedies. He was prescribed powerful painkillers, got hooked and was never the same. The next 6 years was an endless chase for more drugs and higher highs. He was a heroin addict in less than 18 months. Our family rallied together, we attended family counseling sessions on how to best support him, my parents sent him to rehab three times. The periods of sobriety were heaven for everyone and always gave us hope that he’d pull through and that he’d beat his demons. We let him know at every opportunity that we loved him. We did everything we could to help him with the information we had.Ten months ago, on December 16th, my brother texted me late that night asking me to please call him at 6am the next morning so he wouldn’t miss his shuttle to the airport. He was happy and excited to be coming home for Christmas. He was discussing what movies he was going to watch on his layover and what the schedule would be for the holidays.On December 17th my father drove to the Philly airport to get him and he wasn’t on his flight. The nightmare started then and within hours we all got “the call”. I’d always imagined where I’d be when I got it and had prepared for it for six years. I don’t really remember exactly what was said but his landlord had been able to break the door down with the help of the police and they found my brother on the floor of his bedroom with a tourniquet around his arm. There was melted ice-cream on his nightstand. That detail always stands out to me. He died a few hours after sending me that text message and taking a lethal amount of Xanax and Heroin. My 31-year-old baby brother. Dead.How did we get here? How does a child from a loving home with endless resources and love at his fingertips turn to heroin? This drug and this epidemic and this disease (and it IS a disease) does not discriminate. I’m here to tell you that if you haven’t been personally affected by this plague then you will be if we don’t all fight back. If it can happen to Clark it can happen to anyone. He got sick and lost his way and we as a society ultimately failed him because so much is still left unknown about how to best address these thousands and thousands of cases. No one is safe. We need to improve our policies, our laws and our systems and what we’ve seen here today is a step in the right direction. Please continue to support leaders and programs like the ones celebrated today.The statistic is that this takes 100 Americans a day. These are not junkies. These are not bad people. These are the sick friends and family members of all of us who need our help. My parents lost their son. A pain I cannot even begin to fathom. I lost my brother. He did not deserve to die nor did he want to die.My daughter was born 6 weeks after Clark died and she’ll never know her uncle. I brought her here today to be part of this fight so she can begin to know the dangers of addiction and opioids. It makes me sad that she’ll grow up in a world that he’s not in. I’ll take her to his grave and tell her stories. He’s buried in his Steelers jersey at St. Vincent’s, a cemetery that overlooks where the Steelers hold their training camp. There’s a Terrible Towel on his headstone. I know he’d love that.Clark is your neighbor, your parent, your teacher, your son, your daughter, your friend. His lost battle represents so many others who followed almost identical paths. Let us learn from their lives and let their deaths mean something to the generations that follow. 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Partrac Steps Into US Market

first_imgScottish-based marine survey and coastal consultancy company Partrac has launched its US subsidiary Partrac GeoMarine Inc.Based in Houston, Texas, Partrac GeoMarine offers the full range of services and products as its parent company in Europe, including services and consultancy for engineering and environmental projects in challenging marine environments around the world, the company said.“Houston is the ideal US hub for Partrac GeoMarine,” said Partrac Co-Founder Sam Athey. “We wanted a city with a highly skilled workforce that reflects the wide range of market sectors that Partrac operates in and is within easy reach of both the Gulf and East coasts of the United States. We see these as having the biggest growth potential for our services and products.”Partrac has a number of unique technologies it wants to bring to the US to help solve some of the problems and answer some of the questions, Athey said, emphasizing that the company’s sediment tracing and benthic flume technologies have been used to help with scour around offshore monopiles, as well as free spanning of pipes and cables.“Our experience gained over the last 15 years collecting MetOcean data and working on wind farm installations in European waters – including the world’s first floating wind farm – puts us in a great position to assist the growing offshore renewables market in the US.”Partrac has worked on a number of offshore wind projects in Europe, the most recent being the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm, as well as the Kincardine floating wind project.last_img read more

Brentford v Newcastle: five key battles

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBrentford host Newcastle on Saturday hoping to avenge the 3-1 defeat they suffered at St. James’ Park in October and earn a first win over the Magpies since 1948. Here are five match-ups we think could go a long way to determining who comes out on top.Scott Hogan v Jamaal LascellesCome 2pm, we’ll know just how close – or otherwise – Hogan is to a potential move to West Ham. Bees boss Dean Smith says the 14-goal striker has recovered from the injury that kept him out of last weekend’s FA Cup tie and insists he is available for selection, so if he does not join Vibe on the teamsheet his career at Griffin Park may be at an end. Newcastle’s back four – led by skipper Lascelles and ex-Aston Villa man Clark – have conceded only 20 goals in 25 games, the third-best record in the league.Harlee Dean v Dwight GayleEmbed from Getty ImagesAt the other end, Bees skipper Dean will have the unenviable task of shackling the Championship’s top goalscorer. Gayle has 19 to his name this season, including two in the reverse fixture at St. James’ Park back in October. Dean has called on his Brentford team-mates to impose themselves on the game and get in Newcastle’s faces – he, John Egan and Andreas Bjelland will have to be at their sharpest to prevent ex-Palace man Gayle from notching again.Tom Field or Yoann Barbet v Matt RitchieEmbed from Getty ImagesNineteen-year-old Field scored his first two Brentford goals against Eastleigh in the FA Cup last weekend, which may see him keep his place. However, Newcastle pose a considerably greater threat than Martin Allen’s National League side, and with Bjelland set to return to the back three, Smith may prefer to go with the more experienced Barbet against Ritchie, one of the most talented wingers in the division.Ryan Woods and Nico Yennaris v Isaac Hayden and Jack ColbackEmbed from Getty ImagesGetting control of the midfield will be crucial. Newcastle are without Jonjo Shelvey, who is serving the final game of a five-match ban, so will rely on the more workmanlike Hayden and Colback to provide a platform for their dangerous front four. Yennaris and Woods, who are likely to be joined in the middle by either Romaine Sawyers or Josh McEachran, will hope to win this particular battle and set the tempo themselves.Maxime Colin v Paul DummettEmbed from Getty ImagesColin has been increasingly influential since Brentford switched to 3-5-2, with his ability to get up and down the right flank. His opponent on Saturday, homegrown left-back Dummett, has already played as many Championship games this term as he did in the Premier League last season and is growing in stature, despite criticism from some Newcastle fans at times.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Million-year-old artifacts found in South Africa

first_img28 July 2014 South African and Canadian archaeologists have uncovered tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools, estimated to be up to one-million years old, at a site at the town of Kathu in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The scientists, from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Toronto, published the first detailed information on the Kathu Townlands site, one of the richest early prehistoric archaeological sites in South Africa, in the journal PLOS ONE last week. The Kathu Townlands site, which is estimated to be between 700 000 and one-million years old, is one component of a grouping of prehistoric sites known as the Kathu Complex. Other sites in the complex include Kathu Pan 1, which has produced fossils of animals such as elephants and hippos, as well as the earliest known evidence of tools used as spears from a level dated to half-a-million years ago. According to the study, the latest research results confirm the “remarkably high artefact density” of an extraordinarily rich archaeological deposit whose full extent has yet to be determined. Such is its richness, workmen in the area have reportedly used gravel “composed primarily of artefacts” in order to repair roads. “We need to imagine a landscape around Kathu that supported large populations of human ancestors, as well as large animals like hippos,” Professor Michael Chazan, director of the Archaeology Centre at the University of Toronto and one the co-authors of the study, said in a statement issued by the two universities on Friday. “All indications suggest that Kathu was much wetter, maybe more like the Okavango than the Kalahari. There is no question that the Kathu Complex presents unique opportunities to investigate the evolution of human ancestors in southern Africa.” But the scientific challenges posed by the density of early human traces in the area are outweighed by the more immediate challenges posed by development in what is, today, a major iron mining centre. “The site is amazing and it is threatened,” the lead author of the journal paper, Steven James Walker from the Department of Archaeology at UCT, said on Friday. “We’ve been working well with developers as well as the South African Heritage Resources Agency to preserve it, but the town of Kathu is rapidly expanding around the site. It might get cut off on all sides by development, and this would be regrettable.” The South African Heritage Resources Agency designated the Kathu Townlands site as a Grade 1 National Heritage site in 2013, but according to the researchers the threat to deposits beyond the declared area remain acute. For Walker, the fact that such an extensive prehistoric site is located in the middle of a zone of intensive development poses a unique challenge for archaeologists and developers to find strategies to work cooperatively. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

You Can Contribute and You Can Make a Difference

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Anthony Robbins has a framework for human needs. It’s very much like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, something a lot of people are familiar with, especially if you have taken a psychology class. Maslow’s needs are called deficiency needs, and Robbins are the same, even if he has made them more practical and tactical, something that makes them easy to understand and apply.Robbins’ Six Human Needs are certainty, variety, belongingness (love and connection), significance, growth, and contribution. Like Maslow, all human beings share these needs, each of us being driven more by some than others. Much like Maslow’s hierarchy starts at your physiological needs and moves up to safety, then to belongingness, before reaching needs of a higher order, the needs Robbins framework follows the same direction, with contribution being the top of the pyramid (for Maslow, it’s self-transcendence). Once your deficiency needs are met, contribution seems to be the greatest driver, and the one that provides the greatest sense of meaning, mission, and purpose.If you want the ultimate hack when it comes to creating a sense of meaning, and mission, and purpose in your life, you can shift right to contribution. At any time, you can contribute to some cause outside of yourself. You can find someone or some organization that needs your help, and you can give them your time and energy or your money (no matter how much or how little).I once heard a story about a senior executive at a big company. He decided to get his MBA in Philanthropy. I was unaware that a degree was necessary, having always believed that a check given to a worthy cause— that also clears the bank—makes one a philanthropist. Generosity isn’t something that is reserved to the wealthy and well-off. Giving what you are able to give, regardless of how much or how little, is generosity and compassion, neither of which should be measured or compared to what others give.You can approach the hierarchy of needs from the other direction. You can contribute to some cause beyond yourself. What you give makes a difference, just like each drop of water makes up the ocean, one drop being no more or no less than every other drop, none being more or less wet than any other.last_img read more

Russian film fete to be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Panaji

first_img‘Russian Film Days’, a film festival organised as part of an Indo-Russian government co-operation initiative, will be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Panaji. The film festival will open in New Delhi at Siri Fort complex on November 10 with the drama film Bolshoi, which will be presented by the director himself, Valery Todorovsky. The festival is being organised to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and India. Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Ambassador to India Nikolai Kudashev and leading representatives of Russian and Indian cinema are expected to be in attendance.The opening ceremony will see a tribute paid to the legendary Raj Kapoor and his hallmark 1970s film Mera Naam Joker that ran successfully across the USSR 45 years ago. Ballerina to attendSpecial guest for the evening will be Randhir Kapoor and Kseniya Ryabinkina, a former ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater, who played one of the key roles in the film. This is the first time that the festival is being held in Goa. The film festival will travel from Delhi to Mumbai and culminate in Goa at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Pathbreaking films such as Light up, Hostage and Closeness will be screened at IFFI. Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev’s new masterpiece Loveless, which will show at the festival, has been described as an “apocalyptic study of a failed marriage and the subsequent disappearance of a child” in reviews.The festival is organised by the Cinemarus, a production company in cooperation with Russkoe Kino company and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Russian National Fund of Copyright Holders’s Support, the Filmmakers Union of the Russian Federation, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting India, Directorate of Film Festivals and IFFI.last_img read more

Mobile technology specialist IMImobile has integra

first_imgMobile technology specialist IMImobile has integrated its Multi-Media Console with the Zeebox Showtime social TV platform.IMImobile’s platform provides broadcasters with a way to aggregate audience content across digital streams including Twitter, Facebook, SMS, MMS, email and apps. This allows the broadcaster to edit, curate and publish user-generated coverage through Zeebox’s second-screen interactive TV platform.The pair initially cooperated to drive audience engagement for pay TV operator BSkyB’s Got to Dance show on Sky One, creating a ‘social wall’ for each of the acts performing on the talent show.Jay Patel, managing director of IMImobile, said, “Zeebox are leading the way in second-screen audience engagement, and how to utilise social media for TV.  We look forward to working with zeebox and broadcasters globally to drive audience engagement, and to create new, innovative formats that put content at the heart of a show.”last_img read more

Melita a Maltabased telecom services provider h

first_imgMelita, a Malta-based telecom services provider, has appointed former Telesystem International Wireless CEO, Bruno Ducharme, as an independent non-executive director.Ducharme founded and served for 12 years as the CEO of Telesystem. He is now a private investor and also sits on the boards of Orange Switzerland, Tele2 Russia, Baltic telco Bité and UK fibre broadband firm Hyperoptic.last_img

Pitt engineer wins 500000 NSF CAREER award to study impact of harmful manmade

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 26 2019Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are man-made chemicals that are useful in a variety of industries because of their durability, but do not naturally break down in the environment or human body. With evidence showing that PFAS may have adverse effects on human health, Carla Ng, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, wants to further investigate the potential impacts of these chemicals and identify ways to remove them from the environment. She received a five-year, $500,000 NSF CAREER award to pursue this research.Because of their useful oil- and water-repellent properties, PFAS are used in many consumer products, industrial processes, and in firefighting foams, but unfortunately, their manufacturing and widespread use has contributed to the undesired release of these chemicals into the environment. According to Dr. Ng, more than 4,000 different kinds of PFAS may have been for decades, and detailed toxicity data does not exist for the large majority of these.”One of the pressing concerns with PFAS is its adverse effects on human health,” said Dr. Ng. “Conventional drinking water treatment is not effective at removing most PFAS from water so they can build up in the bodies of humans and wildlife, disrupt normal development, and impair the immune system. Some PFAS have been associated with increases in kidney and testicular cancers in humans.”The goal of Dr. Ng’s CAREER award is to address these issues through a complementary approach using predictive modeling and experiments.”In this project, we will use molecular and organism-scale models to conduct large-scale predictive screening of PFAS hazards,” said Dr. Ng. “With the information gathered from our predictive models about the structure-interaction relationships, we will design new bio-inspired sorbents to remove PFAS from water.Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous research”Because we have so little information about potentially thousands of these substances, we cannot experimentally assess each one; the costs would simply be too great in time, testing, and resources,” continued Dr. Ng. “This is where models can be very powerful tools because they allow researchers to concurrently conduct virtual experiments on many chemicals. When these models are tied to targeted experiments, their predictions can be evaluated and the models improved to be more accurate.”Beyond understanding the effects of these chemicals, models can also provide clues on how to remove them from the environment. Dr. Ng will employ the very characteristics that make PFAS so dangerous against them. By using her models to discover which biological molecules react strongly with PFAS, her group will be able to design a new class of selective sorbents that remove them from water in an efficient and targeted way. She hopes that the knowledge gained during this five-year CAREER award will also help identify hazardous properties in future chemicals.An important objective of this CAREER award is to engage middle and high school students in STEM research by exposing them to the power of modeling and simulation. To do so, Dr. Ng will implement formal educational programs and informal STEM outreach. She plans to elevate K-12 and undergraduate education through the use of collaborative model-building in a game-like environment.”The agent-based modeling language NetLogo is a freely available and accessible model-building tool that can be equally powerful for cutting edge research or for students exploring new concepts in science and engineering while learning useful model-building and coding skills,” said Dr. Ng. “I hope to enhance systems-level thinking and self-confidence among students in STEM so that we can cultivate diverse cohorts of future STEM leaders.” Source: read more

Quality improvement programs in the NHS show no difference in patient survival

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 26 2019Researchers from Queen Mary University of London studied the effectiveness of one of the largest ever national quality improvement programs in the National Health Service (NHS) and found no improvement in patient survival.The overall risk of death after inpatient surgery within the NHS is one in 65. However, one in ten patients undergoing emergency bowel surgery die within 30 days.The Effectiveness of a national quality improvement program to improve survival after emergency abdominal surgery (EPOCH) trial, which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and published in The Lancet, tested the effectiveness of a national quality improvement programme in 93 NHS hospitals.The trial involved patients aged 40 years or older, undergoing emergency major bowel surgery. Data were analyzed for 15,856 patients to test whether hospital staff could improve survival by making major improvements to the quality of patient care. There were 37 quality improvements which included more involvement of senior doctors (consultants) in decision making, better assessment of patient risk before and after surgery, consultant presence during surgery and critical admission after surgery.Related StoriesTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’Bariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemThe researchers found that such extensive changes were too difficult to implement in a short period of time. The 90-day mortality rate was 16 per cent in both the usual care group and Quality Improvement groups, meaning the team found no survival benefit from the programme.Senior author, Rupert Pearse, Professor and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Queen Mary University of London said: “The main message from this trial is that improving the quality of complex patient care pathways is much harder than we expected. Healthcare leaders, such as senior doctors and nurses, need more dedicated time and resources to improve patient care.”Some health care professionals have argued that quality improvement programmes are ineffective. Despite this, health-care policy is promoting their widespread use to drive large-scale change. The findings of the EPOCH trial suggest this approach will not work unless hospital leaders have the resources to make changes that last.Before the EPOCH trial, most experts believed that poor awareness of the number of deaths after emergency abdominal surgery was the main reason for poor patient care.Professor Pearse said: “We now understand the problem better. Clinicians were too busy delivering patient care and had no spare time to improve it. Quality improvement programs are not a quick or easy solution to improving NHS patient care. We are now taking a much more realistic approach to this work.”The findings suggest future quality improvement programs should implement fewer changes over a longer time period, and ensure doctors and nurses leading these changes have enough time in their working day to make improvements in patient care.Professor Pearse added: “This trial tells us why our quality improvement didn’t work and what we need to do differently.” Source: read more

Backpagecom CEO plead guilty to state US charges

Citation:, CEO plead guilty to state, US charges (2018, April 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Feds seize, websites in enforcement action In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo CEO Carl Ferrer appears before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee on Investigations looking into Ferrer will serve no more than five years in state prison under a plea agreement announced Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file) In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, CEO Carl Ferrer leaves the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ferrer will serve no more than five years in state prison under a plea agreement announced Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file) Federal prosecutors say that Backpage brought in a half-billion dollars since it began in 2004, mostly through prominent risque advertising for escorts and massages, among other services and some goods for sale. Authorities allege the site was often used to traffic underage victims, while company officials said they tried to scrub the website of such ads.Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer will serve no more than five years in prison under a California agreement in which he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of money laundering in California. Also Thursday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the company pleaded guilty to human trafficking.And a federal judge in Phoenix unsealed an April 5 plea deal revealing that Ferrer pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy.”For far too long, existed as the dominant marketplace for illicit commercial sex, a place where sex traffickers frequently advertised children and adults alike,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “But this illegality stops right now.”Under his plea agreement, Ferrer agreed to make the company’s data available to law enforcement as investigations and prosecutions continue. The guilty pleas are the latest in a cascade of developments in the last week against the company founded by the former owners of the Village Voice in New York City, Michael Lacey, 69, and James Larkin, 68.The company founders were among Backpage officials indicted by a federal grand jury in Arizona. Attorneys for the company and Lacey, Larkin and Ferrer did not respond to multiple telephone and email messages from The Associated Press.The U.S. Justice Department also seized and shut down the website, and Ferrer’s federal plea deal requires him to help the government seize all the company’s assets.Ferrer could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine in the federal case in Arizona, while could face a maximum fine of $500,000 for its money laundering conspiracy plea in the Arizona case. The chief executive of a website that authorities have dubbed a lucrative nationwide “online brothel” pleaded guilty Thursday to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at, authorities said. Explore further The federal plea deal says any prison sentence Ferrer would face would run concurrent with his 5-year terms in Texas and California. “Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it is happening in our own backyard,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement announcing the plea deal. He called Ferrer’s plea “a game-changer in combatting human trafficking in California, indeed worldwide.”Larkin and Lacey remain jailed in Arizona while awaiting hearings on whether they should be released after pleading not guilty to federal charges alleging they helped publish ads for sexual services.Five employees of the site also were arrested and pleaded not guilty, but Lacey and Larkin are the only ones in jail.Lacey and Larkin also earlier pleaded not guilty in California after Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Larry Brown last year allowed the state to continue with money laundering charges. The state attorney general’s office, which is prosecuting the case, alleges that Backpage’s operators illegally funneled nearly $45 million through multiple companies and created websites to get around banks that refused to process their transactions.But Brown threw out pimping conspiracy and other state charges against Backpage’s operators. Brown ruled that the charges are barred by a federal law protecting free speech that grants immunity to websites posting content from others.President Donald Trump this week signed a law making it easier to prosecute website operators in the future.Texas state agents raided the Dallas headquarters of Backpage and arrested Ferrer on a California warrant after he arrived at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport on a flight from Amsterdam on Oct. 6, 2016. The Dutch-owned company is incorporated in Delaware, but its principal place of business is in Dallas.Paxon called Thursday’s pleas “a significant victory in the fight against human trafficking in Texas and around the world.” © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Team invents worlds first nickelhydroxide actuating material that can be triggered by

first_img Citation: Team invents world’s first nickel-hydroxide actuating material that can be triggered by both light and electricity (2018, June 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from More information: K. W. Kwan et al. Light-stimulated actuators based on nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide, Science Robotics (2018). DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aat4051 The evidences above revealed that this nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide actuating material can have different applications in the future, including rescue robots or other mini-robots. The intrinsic actuating properties of the materials obtained from the research show that by scaling up the fabrication, artificial muscles comparable to those of mammalian skeletal muscles can be achieved.From a scientific point of view, this nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide actuating material is the world’s first material system that can be actuated directly by visible light and electricity without any additional fabrication procedures. This also opens up a new research field on light-induced actuating behaviour for hydroxide-oxyhydroxides, which has never been reported before. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Figure 1  Actuating force of a 0.3-mg nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide actuator of under periodic light can reach about 1000-mg. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Journal information: Science Robotics A mechanical engineering team led by Professor Alfonso Ngan Hing-wan, Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, and Kingboard Professor in Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) published an article in Science Robotics on 30 May 2018 (EST) that introduces a novel actuating material—nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide—that can be powered by visible light, electricity, and other stimuli. The actuation can be instantaneously triggered by visible light to produce a fast deformation and exert a force equivalent to 3000 times its own weight. The material cost of a typical actuator is as low as HKD 4 per cm2 and can be easily fabricated within three hours.Light-induced actuating materials are highly desirable because they enable wireless operation of robots. However, very few light-driven materials are available, and their material and production costs are high, hindering their development for actual applications. Explore further Figure 2. A mini arm with two actuating hinges lifting a weight 50 time heavier than itself under light. Credit: The University of Hong Kong The fabrication only involves electrodeposition, which is a simple process, and the time required for the fabrication is around three hours. Therefore, the material can be easily scaled up and manufactured in industry. Professor Alfonso Ngan and Dr. Kwan Kin-wa introduce the new actuating material powered by light. Credit: @The University of Hong Kong Play Actuating material powered by light. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Developing actuating materials was identified as No. 1 among the 10 grand challenges of Science Robotics. Research in actuating materials can radically change the concept of robots which are now mainly motor-driven. Therefore, materials that can be actuated by wireless stimuli including a change in temperature, humidity, magnetic fields and light is one of the main research focus in recent years. In particular, a material that can be actuated by visible light and produces strong, quick and stable actuation has never been achieved. The novel actuating material system, nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide, that can be actuated by visible light at relatively low intensity to produce high stress and speed comparable to mammalian skeletal muscles has been developed in this research initiated by engineers in HKU.In addition to its visible light actuation properties, this novel material system can also be actuated by electricity for integration into existing robotics technology. It is also responsive to heat and humidity changes so that they might potentially be applied in autonomous machines that harness these tiny energy changes in the environment. Because the major component is nickel, the material cost is low. Figure 3.  A mini walking-bot with the “front leg” straightened under light, while the light blocker blocks the light illumination on the “back leg” and therefore it remains curled. Therefore, the walking-bot walks towards the light source. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Play Actuating material powered by electricity. Credit: The University of Hong Kong The newly invented nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide responds to light almost instantaneously and produces a force corresponding to about 3000 times its own weight (Figure 1).When integrated into a well-designed structure, a “mini arm” made by two hinges of actuating materials can easily lift an object 50 times of its weight (Figure 2). Similarly, by utilizing a light blocker, the researchers made a mini walking bot in which only the front leg bends and straightens alternatively and therefore moves under illumination such that it can walk toward the light source (Figure 3). These demonstrate that future applications in micro-robotics, including rescue robots, are possible. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen ‘Smart’ material enables novel applications in autonomous driving and robotics Over the past 30 years, researchers have studied actuating materials that can reversibly change their volume under various stimuli in order to develop micro- and biomimetic robots, artificial muscles and medical devices. Figure 3.  A mini walking-bot with the “front leg” straightened under light, while the light blocker blocks the light illumination on the “back leg” and therefore it remains curled. Therefore, the walking-bot walks towards the light source. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Figure 2. A mini arm with two actuating hinges lifting a weight 50 time heavier than itself under light. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Provided by The University of Hong Kong This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Rainforest World Music Festival to attract over 20000 visitors

first_imgThe Rajery band from Madagascar will perform at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2019. Metro News 04 Jul 2019 A greener Rainforest World Music Festival It is a getaway for music aficionados to soak in the beats of local indigenous and world-renowned musicians from different continents, while indulging the senses in nature. The RWMF 2019 has newcomers from various countries, namely the Ainu people of Japan hailing from the snow-capped state of Hokkaido, the Nagaland people from northern India, performers from Canary Island, the spiritual and mysterious Bhutan, the islands of Mauritius and Jamaica, Estonia in Northern Europe and from life’s rich tapestry that is the West Kalimantan Dayaks.It will have 39 bands with nine emerging bands performing on stage, 69 performances, 27 lifestyle and wellness sessions, and musicians from about 27 different nationalities. While gathering to celebrate nature, culture and music, Sarawak sets itself apart by showcasing the state in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way by emphasising preservation. There is a no-plastic ruling banning all plastic water bottles throughout the festival. Other festivals happening is the Borneo Jazz Festival from July 19 to 21. This annual event is in its 14th year, running as one of the longest international jazz festivals in the region. It will feature a stellar line-up of traditional and contemporary jazz genres from acclaimed local artistes and from overseas such as from Italy, Mexico, Austria, Japan and the US.The Borneo Jazz Festival will have 15 bands and DJs in Miri’s lifestyle and entertainment place called Coco Cabana in Marina Bay. Outreach programmes for emerging musicians, one of whom will be present during the event, will give a chance to finalists to perform and compete at the Borneo Jazz Festival and stand a chance to win a total prize giveaway of up to RM11,000. The festival will showcase the mythical island of Borneo and promote tourism for Sarawak on a larger scale, not forgetting the addition of exotic cuisines and indigenous arts and crafts. Southern & Eastern Region , Sarawak {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 31 May 2019 Sarawak gears up for music festivals THE iconic Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is back in its 22nd consecutive year; bigger than ever and aims to attract over 20,000 festival-goers and tourists to the three-day culture filled event that ends tomorrow.It is being held at Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching, about 50 minutes from the Kuching International Airport.The RWMF 2019 celebrates diverse music genres, cultures and heritage; interactive participation in a host of music tutorials alongside arts and crafts workshops. It is an event known to be one of the best among the 25 international festivals in the world, a family-friendly event for people to experience the living museum that preserves nature. Metro News 14 Jun 2019 Bigger, better music festival Related News Related News Tags / Keywords:last_img read more