MIKE Rush was understandably delighted with his si

first_imgMIKE Rush was understandably delighted with his side’s tenacity as they held on to beat Catalans 20-15.Despite having Tony Puletua sent off for a tackle on Gregory Mounis and receiving a big slice of luck with a no-try decision at the death, Saints rose to third in the Stobart Super League table.“Yeah, I would have had complaints if that decision had gone against us,” he said. “But I’m not going to moan too much, because the decision has gone our way!“It was nice for us to get a win after we threw away two points at home against Catalan. We might not have been in our best form but we’re picking up some points.“It is always tough to come away from home and we had a long day travelling on Thursday and a long day waiting for the 9pm local kick off time too. We showed courage, determination and a lot of heart.“There were some contentious calls throughout the game and I’m sure both coaches will feel aggrieved. TP’s tackle looked ok from where we were sitting, but we’ll wait until we see the video, and Trent (Robinson) won’t be happy with that no try.“But it would have been heartbreaking to come away with nothing with the amount of effort we put in.”As some fans will have seen, Rush celebrated the dramatic win with great emotion at the final hooter.“Yeah, it was good! You get caught up in the emotion,” he added. “In the stands we were surrounded by passionate fans and when something went wrong it wasn’t the ref’s fault, it was mine, Keiron (Cunningham’s) and Kel’s (Coslett).“It is a hard environment to coach in, something I have never known. It means so much to get something out of this environment and our fans were superb weren’t they?”last_img read more

BENS BLOG All of a sudden greyhound trainers are 2 kool 4

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he most endearing quality Greyhound Racing has, must be, that it is such a ‘genuine’ sport. There is no pretence, and arrogance is not welcome. It’s a mucker-inners game.The Trainers Championship. Surely, an honour, for any dog-handler to be invited to enter?Now, I know that everyone’s on the relentless Towcester suck-up, and ‘save Wimbledon’ bandwaggon. And both causes are fully deserving, and absolutely necessary for the game.HOWEVER, contrary to popular belief, there are some other tracks about, and Sittingbourne is one of them. Promoters were invited to apply to hold the yearly competition, and the Kent venue were the only people to come back with a proper package.So, they were totally deserving of being awarded the prize.Everyone else had their chance to step forward. No unlucky-faces can possibly be permitted.And ALL OF A SUDDEN, Greyhound Racing has become snooty! Three of the trainers have pulled out, because Sittingbourne isn’t their cup of tea! 2 kool 4 skool?! How very disappointing, and what unattractive and snobbish behaviour. POOR SHOW.Action from last year…..In other news:I have made a book at Oxford, Sittingbourne, Walthamstow, and Coventry. BY FAR, the nicest and most welcoming crowd and regulars, were at Sittingbourne. And despite being seen as a MUCH smaller fish, they are the only track, of those mentioned, to have stood the test of time. I will never forget the busy Sunday night open-race meetings there. Betting next to John ‘Curly’ Wilson (what a nice man and excellent bookmaker). Sponsoring my first competition (The New Kid on The Block Stakes). Going right the way, down the book, on favourites Lofty didn’t fancy. And recruiting half the punters in the ring to be putter-onners. THANK YOU, ROGER CEARNS (pictured, right), FOR GIVING ME MY FIRST PROPER START. HAPPY MEMORIES.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW West Ham v Man U

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve only just woken up. Not from any New Year over-indulgences you understand but from trying to watch the Middlesbrough v Leicester earlier game.Hopefully, Premier League 2017 will deliver more excitement than that 0-0 borefest.West Ham take on Man U at the London Stadium in the late televised kick off and I strongly fancy the visitors to come out on top.Man U have found some good form – coming from behind to beat Middlesbrough on Saturday and in doing so recording their sixth straight success which has lifted them to sixth in the table. This will be their final league game before hosting Liverpool at Old Trafford on the 15th January so they’ll no doubt be anxious to get another three points on the board.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said: ”It’s difficult for us and difficult for West Ham. We’ve both played at the same time, we’ve both had difficult matches and couldn’t rest players.“The intensity of the game was very high for them, for sure, against Leicester, and for us the same. And now we have 48 hours to play, so it’s difficult for all of us.”West Ham looked liked getting dragged right into the relegation zone prior to Christmas but have bounced back well with three wins in a row against Burnley, Hull and Swansea.The Hammers might be without captain Mark Noble who will be assessed after he took a blow to his knee against Leicester.Alvaro Arbeloa, Arthur Masuaku, Diafra Sakho and Gokhan Tore all remain out.West Ham v Man UtdPremier League17:15 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2016 EFL CUP Man Utd 4-1 West HamNov 2016 PREMIER Man Utd 1-1 West HamMay 2016 PREMIER West Ham 3-2 Man UtdApr 2016 FA CUP West Ham 1-2 Man UtdMar 2016 FA CUP Man Utd 1-1 West HamDec 2015 PREMIER Man Utd 0-0 West HamFeb 2015 PREMIER West Ham 1-1 Man UtdSep 2014 PREMIER Man Utd 2-1 West HamMar 2014 PREMIER West Ham 0-2 Man UtdDec 2013 PREMIER Man Utd 3-1 West HamThe Arsenal HT/FT bet obliged last night and I’m sticking with the same bet at around 11/8 with Star Sports for Man U to be in front at the end of each half.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN U / MAN U 12 points at 11/8 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: +10.00 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

JULIE COLLIER Thurs Starters Orders

first_imgHORSE RACING3.40 SalisburyLifeboat 6/1 > 3/15.35 ChepstowGibeno 4/1 > 3/18.05 TranmoreTornado Watch 3/1 > 15/8LIVE FOOTBALLCarabao Cup 1st Round19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event5/4 Sunderland19/10 Sheffield Wednesday5/2 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 15 AugustJULIE COLLIERIntroduces the daily specials and offers on Thursday:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

SIMON NOTT The Games Greatest Commodity

first_imgI’ve recently had the pleasure of having a rare insight into the incognito world of two modern day professional punters via our #BettingPeople series. They both generally work from home, rather than the previous cut and thrust of the betting ring. The trouble most of them get when trying to avail themselves of the ‘value’ on offer is actually getting the value. To borrow a line from a pre Credit Crunch advert, those offers are often available to ‘Brand New Customers Only’, if that’s a bit strong them maybe confirmed losers, or, if in betting shops, people they don’t have down as ‘sharp’ so they have people sticking on for them.Fear not, this is not going to be another of those ‘can’t get on’ blogs because there are people that can’t get on with Star Sports either, it’s the nature of the game.Before I continue I’m going to hark back to ‘The Good Old Days’ and yes I know that there are going to be groans out there, here we go again, but humour me and join me meandering back for a couple of paragraphs.The grease that kept the betting ring running like clockwork was honesty and trust. The bookie employed change men who he trusted with the money, he employed floormen who in turn called, sometimes huge, hedge bets in over punter’s heads to other bookies, when went in the book ‘with a ring’ to be paid or drawn afterwards.Punters were also trusted, their favourite bookie would often put their bets in the book ‘cash after’ or ‘with a ring’, ‘with a ring’ being an instruction to the clerk to circle the bet to show it wasn’t paid on. Some punters weren’t given a ticket even if they’d paid on, instead the bookie would call ‘down to Mr C’ or ‘Farmer’ which would give the punter a warm glow of being a valued customer. Of course, the most famous of all the tic-tacs would relay bets between rings without a word being spoken.The change-men gave out the right change and didn’t steal any of it, the floorman paid the bets or the bookie paid the floorman, the cash after punter settled after the race, win or lose and the credit client and tic-tacs on the agreed date. The whole operation worked like a well-oiled machine.That is of course unless there was an iffy cog. When I first started working with Jack Lynn he made me roll my sleeves tidying the bag up. That humiliation/precaution due to a story that nobody really knew if it was true or not. It was a tale of a bag man that had elastic bands around his arms up his sleeves to snare notes when he plunged deep into the hod’s readies, remember the game was good then. Some people couldn’t quite grasp the notion of honesty or trust. With all that money flying around many a novice workman, given the chance to work on a racecourse, couldn’t resist supplementing his wages with a snaffled score, the bookie wouldn’t notice, of course he eventually did. A thieving workman was never given a second chance.Trust in a team was always the utmost importance, there was no place for two-faced backstabbing in bookmaking firms, if there was an issue it got dealt with face to face. Bookmakers had a strange relationship with others, it still continues today, they view rival firms as brethren but with a combatant’s eye while individual firms are rock solid and look out for each other.When we talk about getting in too deep, bookies’ sons were the worst culprits for betting with money they didn’t have. There are plenty of stories where, after seeing clever punters calling in ‘£500 – £70’ or an ‘Even Bottle’ then copping with no money ever changing hands a bookmaker’s sons would start to follow them in. Cruelly, at first, they’d win, the stakes would rise, the punter’s purple patch was over and the called in bets with a ring figure would rise.Ultimately the father would get a whisper in his ear, would pay off the son’s debt with a bollocking and hopefully a lesson learned. Floormen of course always knew better than their boss. There was a regular horror story where a workman, pocketed the requested £500 -£15 a back-bet on a rag, ‘because it couldn’t win’ then had to pay it back when it did. That took some doing at a pony a day wages, not a breach of trust so much as Sod’s Law, not so being sent of for a £300-£100, bagging a £350-£100 in the back row then copping the extra £50 when it won. These guys were inevitably caught and mostly sacked. There’s no need to go on about punters that knocked, there are too many for a short blog, but you get the drift, the whole thing worked if everyone played the game. It’s all different now of course, there’s still trust between bookmakers but very little need to rely on it in the modern say betting ring.So back to those professional punters, one of the questions I have asked modern-day stay at home professionals is why you operate alone? Most don’t totally but do have a small honourable team that they confide in and do business with, a solid nucleus of trustees. I’m the same with a couple of betting pals, sadly there’s no call for me to have big lively bets placed for me but should I go on holiday or be unable to get on for other, not shrewd reasons, I can ask them the place any bets that might arise. I go and enjoy my holiday and when I return ask if it’s a ‘blew’ or ‘cop’ and we square up accordingly. No need to see slips or ask for figures. Honesty, integrity and trust, commodities that abound in our community in ‘The Game’ but rare in others, something we pride ourselves on and cherished most of all, lose those attributes and you are nothing.Simon Nott Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thurs Movers and Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING2.10 LudlowCourt Royale 13/2 > 3/1That’s A Given 6/4 > evens4.20 ThurlesChaparral Dream 11/2 > 9/45.45 ChelmsfordWise Ruler 9/2 > 5/2LIVE FOOTBALLUEFA Europa League Group Stage17:55 BT Sport 34/11 RB Leipzig15/2 Celtic17/4 DRAWUEFA Europa League Group Stage17:55 BT Sport 23/1 Sporting CP10/11 Arsenal11/4 DRAWUEFA Europa League Group Stage20:00 BT Sport 22/15 Chelsea22/1 BATE Borisov15/2 DRAWUEFA Europa League Group Stage20:00 BT Sport 3 / BT Sport 4K UHD6/5 Rangers23/10 Spartak Moscow5/2 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 25 OctoberJULIE COLLIER Introduces the afternoon daily specials and offers on Thursday:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

TCU Neeley Management Professor Michael Hitt Earns Career Achievement Award

center_img regions: Dallas RelatedTCU Neeley Faculty Gains Eight New Business ProfessionlsThe Texas Christian University – Neeley School of Business has recently added eight new faculty members to the TCU Neeley faculty, who will further strengthen their rigorous and committed curriculum. Michael Hitt and Brad Harris will be joining the Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership as the Distinguished Research Fellow…January 15, 2016In “Featured Region”Mays Gives Their First Lifetime Achievement AwardTexas A&M Uniersity’s Mays Business School recently gave its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship. The honor was awarded to Michael A. Hitt, a University Distinguished. According to Mays’ online news website, Mays Dean Jerry Strawser said, “We are starting a new tradition in a place that’s full…March 30, 2015In “Featured Region”Mays Professor Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship ContributionsDuane Ireland, Executive Associate Dean of the Texas A&M University – Mays Business School, has recently been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award for research and scholarship contributions. Ireland is the current Executive Associate Dean at Mays and also serves as University Distinguished Professor while holding the Benton Cocanougher Chair in…March 15, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

Cleaning the ocean one sunglass at a time

first_imgLet’s file this one too under eye-wear made out of interesting materials. After Shwood’s Cactus Sunglasses come Norton Point’s Ocean Plastic Frames. Each frame follows Norton Point’s philosophy of “One Pound One Pair”, which basically mean that each pair of sunglasses is responsible for cleaning and reusing one pound of the Ocean’s plastic waste.Creating an ecosystem and a business that’s more about consciously cutting down on plastic waste than about profitability, Norton Point sources their plastic from the wastelands in Haiti, employing hundreds, and incentivizing the waste-collection process. The spectacles/sunglasses are then made from this recycled plastic (although honestly, it looks and feels just like regularly molded virgin plastic). Each piece of eyewear even comes with the GPS coordinates of the place the plastic was sourced from. Now isn’t that just amazing?!Designer: Norton PointBUY NOWBUY NOWSharePinShareFlipSharePocket822 Shareslast_img read more

Nacho Ordinary Fundraiser and Dance Party

first_img on September 10, 2013 By CBN 0 E-Headlines Nacho Ordinary Fundraiser and Dance Party Pinterest Google+ Twittercenter_img Email Share. Facebook Tumblr LinkedIn On Saturday, September 14 local chefs will throw down for the title of champion in a “Nacho Ultimate” competition at Locavore, Central Oregon’s local food marketplace and education nonprofit. These chefs will provide their rendition of the world’s best plate of nachos using all local ingredients. Who will take home the crown? You’ll be the judge! But the real winners of the night will be the children of our community as funds from this event mean another season of Farm Kids—Kids Dig It! and local food youth education programs through Locavore. This program gets kids out of the classroom and onto the farms of Central Oregon where they learn where food really comes from. The program specifically focuses on low-income youth—in some cases these kids have never before been to a place where food grows.  A $25 ticket, available through centraloregonlocavore.com or in the Locavore marketplace on 1st Street, includes one free drink, all you can eat nachos, and an evening of music and dance. We’ll keep the party, and the no-host bar, cranking ‘til the wee hours. Locavore thanks Tims Chips (which distributes for Juanitas) O-Hana Salsa, Savory Spice Shop, Broken Top Bottle Shop, Eberhards, Redtail Farm, Fields Farm, Juniper Jungle Permaculture Farm, Rathole Brewing, Piggyback Ranch and Oregon Spirit Distillers whose generous contributions provide all the supplies for this event. Clearly, this is nacho ordinary fundraiser. See you there!What: Fundraiser for Central Oregon Locavore and Farm Kids – Kids Dig It! When: Saturday, Sept. 14. Doors at 6 p.m. Music at 7pm. Final judgment at 8pm. Dance party at 10pmWhere: Central Oregon Locavore, 1216 NE 1st St. in BendTickets: Tickets for the Nacho Competition are $25, which includes one drink. Tickets for dance party only are $10.last_img read more

These are the 13 Largest US Tech Startup Funding Rounds of March

first_imgArmed with some data from our friends at CrunchBase, I broke down the largest US startup funding rounds from March 2019. I have included some additional information such as industry, company description, round type, founders, and total equity funding raised to further the analysis.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TOP US STARTUP FUNDINGS OF MARCH 2019The TechWatch Media Group audience is driving progress and innovation on a global scale. With its regional media properties, TechWatch Media Group is the highway for technology and entrepreneurship. There are a number of options to reach this audience of the world’s most innovative organizations and startups at scale including sponsoring a piece like this, which will be read by the vast majority of key influencers in the entrepreneurial universe. Find out more here.PREVIOUS POST1 / 22NEXT PAGE These are the 13 Largest US Tech Startup Funding Rounds of March 2019April 3, 2019 by Reza Chowdhury 409SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: Funding, Startups Tagged With:  Matt Sacks,  Michael Bruno,  Phong Nguyen, 1stdibs, Aman Narang, Angus Pacala, Branch International, Brandon Krieg, Brian Bair, Casper, Chime, Chris Britt, Cloudflare, Constantin Eis, Craig Ramsey, Dale Branlund, Daniel Jung, David Ronick, David Schmaier, Drew Perkins, Ed Robison, Edward Robinson, Emily Weiss, Eric Wu, Gabriel Flateman, Glossier, Grassroots Cannabis, Gregory Mark, Ian Wong, James Ramsey, Jason Gardner, Jeff Chapin, Jennifer Fleiss, Jennifer Hyman, Jerry Coleman, John Thomson, Jonathan Grimm, Justin Ross, Keith Rabois, Kevin Jones, Lauren Perkins, Laurence Forcione, Lee Holloway, Luminary Media, Mark Armenante, Mark Frichtl, Markforged, Marqeta, Matt Flannery, Matthew Prince, Michael Deering, Michael Plunkett, Michael Wiemer, Michelle Zatlyn, Mitch Kahn, Mojo Vision, Neil Parikh, Offerpad, Omar Bakr, Opendoor, Ouster, PayIt, Philip Krim, Rabin Patra, Random Bares, Rent the Runway, Ryan King, Sergiu Nedevschi, Stash, Steve Fredette, T. Luke Sherwin, Tarana Wireless, Toast, Vlocity, Young Sohnlast_img read more

ATU344 – AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center – Carolyn Phillips

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU134 – Discovering Your Personal Genius – Learning Disabilities (Carolyn Phillips and Martha Rust), Voice My Mail, Andrea Bocelli visits MIT, ATIA early bird discount, Switch Access to YouTube Videos, What to Expect from Apple in 2014December 20, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU064 – Assistive Technology Re-Use (Carolyn Phillips and Liz Persaud), AT and Disaster Recovery, Voicebook VO, Dragon 12 Turns Your Mobile Phone into a Microphone, Autism Speaks AppAugust 17, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU135 – Critical Apps for Learning Disabilities (Carolyn Phillips & Martha Rust) www.gatfl.org, Tablet Computer for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Priests use Technology to Hear Confessions of People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, International Association of Accessibility Professionals, Panther Math PaperDecember 27, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update” AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center with Interim Director Carolyn Phillips | amacusg.orgA Bitcoin Whitepaper Braille Version has Finally Been Made Available | BTCMANAGERhttp://bit.ly/2CNT3KdLyft announces a new partnership with Aira to make ridesharing easier for the visually impaired http://bit.ly/2oWpcNw——————————If you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email [email protected] out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/INDATA——-transcript follows ——CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  Hey, this is Carolyn Phillips, and I’m the interim director of AMAC, Accessibility Solutions and Research Center, at Georgia Tech, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.WADE WINGLER:  Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Welcome to episode number 344 of Assistive Technology Update. It’s the last one for 2017 and scheduled to be released on December 29.Today I have a fun conversation with my friend Carolyn Phillips who is the interim director of AMAC, Accessibility Solutions and Research Center, at Georgia Tech. We also have some information about bitcoin and how braille readers might be able to have access to more information about bitcoin. And Lyft the ridesharing company has done yet another thing to make sure that their service is more accessible.We hope you check out our website at www.eastersealstech.com, sent us a note on Twitter at INDATA Project, or call our listener line. We love to hear your questions and comments. The number is 317-721-7124.***Bitcoin has been in the news a lot lately. The value has just skyrocketed. We will wait to see how long it stays like that. From an accessibility standpoint, bitcoin is something that is a playfield leveler in terms of currency. There is a new initiative to make sure the white paper that is entitled “Bitcoin:  a peer-to-peer electronic cash system” is available to people who read braille appeared in gentleman named Adam Newbold started a crowdfunding effort and raised about $4000 and is working to create, in partnership with the American printing house for the blind, braille copies of information about bitcoin. Lots of details and you can find those on our show notes. I’ll pop a link.***I’ve seen a couple of stories lately about some of the accessibility things that Lyft, the ridesharing service, is doing. Back in the springtime, they added features to make their service more accessible to people who work deaf or hard of hearing. Now they have partnered with Aira, which is an assistive technology service for people who are blind or visually impaired. We had them on our show not long ago. They worked hard to make sure their systems are integrated, and if you are an Aira user, it makes it really easy to get a Lyft ride. I’ll pop a link in the show notes to a blog that will tell you about the details related to that, I hope we see more about Lyft and accessibility and its partnership with Aira. Check our show notes.***So I don’t do a lot of this, but check out this audio clip that’s going to be highlighting our interview for next week.SPEECH SYNTHESIZER:  Swipe one finger left and right on the screen to hear available options. Once you have selected your desired choice, tap the screen twice with one finger. When the kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless and I joined forces with money Kristof and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, snow queen Elsa, and break the icy spell. Tap the screen twice with one finger to play. Please connect headphone to continue. American sniper. Child 44. Exodus: Gods and Kings. Hobbit:  the battle of five armies. In the heart of the scene. Night at the Museum:  secret of the tomb.WADE WINGLER:  What you heard was a few sound samples from the interview that I have with David Brown next week. This is the world’s first accessible in-flight entertainment system that is being featured on Virgin Atlantic Airlines right now. If you are interested in accessibility or airplanes or movies or those things, make sure you check out our interview next week.***I’m super excited about our interview today. It’s because – I mean, I have a lot of friends in the field of assistive technology, but this is someone who is super special to me. Is fun when you get to have a laid-back conversation with a good friend to talk about some pretty cool stuff happening in her career.I recently saw a no on the Internet that the AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center, which is very well known at Georgia Tech University, has a new interim director. It just happens to be my friend Carolyn Phillips. She is on the line with us. Hey, Carolyn.CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  Hey, thank you. As you know, I’m a huge fan of yours too. It’s an honor to be able to talk with you today. Thank you so much.WADE WINGLER:  It’s good to have you here. You’ve been on the show a couple of times, and actually you’ve been in studio. That would be the only thing that could’ve made the interview better today is if you could have been here in Indianapolis.CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  I love your studio. I’m thankful for this a virtual opportunity, but I always love seeing the great work you all are doing in your studio and your center.WADE WINGLER:  You are not new to the field of assistive technology. You and I have probably worked together for at least 10 years, and you’ve been doing that a lot longer than that, as have I. For those who aren’t familiar with you, let’s start by talking a little bit about yourself, how you became interested in assistive technology, and questions about your day job, your primary roles, responsibilities, that kind of thing.CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  Yes, yes. A little bit about me:  I am one of many folks that this is true within our practice and the work we do on a daily basis. Assistive technology is personal and professional for me. The victories that we have on a daily basis, but also the bigger visions and goals, the work we need to get done for future generations and even for folks right now, are very real for me. I have learning disabilities. I obviously have had those my whole life. I used to dream of the solution that we are caring in our hands in pockets, and even solutions like this. I have dyslexia, dysgraphia, some auditory processing issues, and I absolutely need assistance technology. I got into this field as a need so that I could be successful in college and high school and also in my career. That was how that began for me.Pretty much everything I do, even on a daily basis, is geared towards how can we change a system, how can we develop a product to move from problem to product, problem to solution. That’s a lot of the work we’re doing here at AMAC. When I was offered this opportunity to work as interim director here at AMAC, Accessibility Solutions and Research Center, at Georgia Tech, I was just humbled and honored because I see the big picture and I see the great work we are collectively doing. One of the things that, even in this interview, is you can see a lot of these relationships go well beyond a physical ability. Is not an Atlanta thing. It’s a national thing. It’s a global thing. I think that’s part of our strength, is being able to do that kind of collaboration and push the whole field of assistive technology, accessibility, inclusion, universal design forward.WADE WINGLER:  You and I have known each other primarily – and you’ve been on the show before — because of your work at tools for life. Tell me a little bit about AMAC and tools for life and how are those things related.CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  As you referenced, we are at Georgia Tech under the College of design. AMAC is the umbrella organization, and there are a lot of initiatives and projects that we have that are actively going on, whether it is research, development of product, or practice or service. Tools for life, the assistive technology act here in Georgia, is probably under AMAC. We also have the national Pass It On Center which is all about assistive technology re-use, best practices, technical assistance, training. We work with the AT3 national Center. That’s all under AMAC.WADE WINGLER:  In terms of AMAC, I know it’s an umbrella, what are some of the core services in the organization?CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  We are growing and developing all kinds of cool systems and products and ways of doing business. Our core services can be broken down into what are some of the areas that we’ve had problems with for years. We were born out of the concept of being that change maker. E-text, electronic text, when I was in college back in the early 90s, I would take a class in college and I would wait for my book. Sometimes that book would show up within three months and I’m well into my course. It may show up even three years later because people had to read the book. It was ridiculous. Our leader, the person who founded AMAC, Doctor Christopher Lee, he is the one who actually said we could do better. And I agree, we can do better. Once again, personally and professionally, I knew this had to change.He created a system, and now you can get your book in electronic format. You can get PowerPoint converted into electronic format. We have a wide variety of formats now in different products and services we offer under our e-tech services. You can get a book within 24 hours, maybe even less. When they are saying, oh, it’s going to take a while – it’s not three years and not three months. They are saying it’s going to take a while, three weeks at the most, which is incredible.We also have real-time captioning, see you can be sitting in a meeting and somebody in my office is going to be captioning the meeting for you so that you can be participating in the meeting in real time or in a class or conference. That our real-time captioning. We are doing some research around that to see what kind of captioning really does make a difference. Is the size font a factor to consider?  Is the color of the font something we need to consider?  Thinking about all of that and wrapping research into all of these various things we create.Also looking at audio description and trying to find tune and make it even better and working out the best practice. And ICT, information communication technology, accessibility is another area we’ve grown in. We had a massive open online course that is free to all of you. Feel free to take the course. It is offered through Ted X. We have over 7,500 students from 166 countries that are learning more about information communication technology accessibility and are getting credit for it if they want. It’s a great way to learn more about the field. That’s probably what you’re going to find is the foundation of what we do, is pushing the field forward and that holistic approach to not leaving things in the lab but putting research and practice.WADE WINGLER:  As we think about AMAC and all these different services, are we talking about services more to individuals or organizations?  Who is your customer?CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  The other one that I do want to — and this is an excellent way to answer this question – one of my favorite initiatives that we have here is our braille services. We offer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math braille. If you come here physically and see what we are doing, you can be on site and see all of these various programs in action. Our and customer within braille, for example, is actually that student who had doors closed before because they weren’t able to go into the sciences or technology or engineering because their books were not accessible. The end user is the customer. But it’s actually helping colleges’ disability student services offices. It’s helping publishers. Those are all customers too. So that we can get the information put into an accessible format and expand the whole field. I would even say some of the colleges that we have that our partners and members of AMAC have started advertising us, that they can indeed come and participate and enroll regardless of your disabilities, that we want to focus on the ability. That’s the key here.The other cool thing about our braille initiative is that we are connected within the prison system. We have a whole initiative about second chances and real job opportunities and career opportunities for folks as they get out. That’s very exciting to be part of that.WADE WINGLER:  That’s really cool. You mentioned membership. Tell me about that.CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  Through AMAC, we have memberships. Let’s say for example you wanted to have an assistive technology evaluation, or you wanted to start an assistive technology lab, or you wanted to order a book in digital format, or you wanted to have you website or map that you’ve developed audited. We can do all that. If you wanted to get braille or also request real-time captioning or you have a video that you want to be audio described, you would join. You can go to our website and join. We have one of the tabs on our website is membership. You can also see what our memberships and initiatives are, and also our research. Those are all in primary focus is on our website.WADE WINGLER:  Your office are doing a whole lot of work. I know that you are doing this because there are stories and people and lives being changed as you are doing this work. We see that here. It’s where we get up every day. I want you to tell me a story. I know you’re a good storyteller, so tell me a story about a life that’s been changed.CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  This is hard for me because one of the things I love about the work we collectively do, you do, I do, we do, is the stories, that personal impact, which is why we want to have that constant research and practice and academia. The first story that comes to mind is a woman, her name is Lisa. She was driving on the road minding her own business, just like any of us on an average day. She was in a car wreck, and that moment changed her life. She ended up in a nursing home and wanted to get out of the nursing home. The folks that we were working with — we are also partners with division of aging services – got in touch with us through their Money Follows the Person initiative. They said, hey, can you just come talk with her. One of our occupational therapy experts and AT specialists, her name is Rachel Wilson, went out and met Lisa. Sure enough, instantly – as I said, we move from problem to product, problem to solution.She started talking to Lisa, and the next thing you know, we actually [Inaudible] her up pretty quickly. What are some of those everyday solutions, mainstream solutions, universal design solutions such as Alexa?  How do you use what’s built in to your iPhone, those great accessibility features?  How did you use Amazon products or some things that Microsoft has created?  Where does assistive technology bump in so that we can make sure that Lisa can be independent and get dressed?She has a spinal cord injury and is constantly trying to improve her fine motor skills. She works hard. But in the meantime, she’s excited because she can turn on the lights with her voice. She can this to her audiobook. She can write an email and text with her voice. She can even unlock doors and open doors now. We are living in a very exciting time where the promise of assistive technology and promise of universal design is a promise that’s been kept. We see that everyday.WADE WINGLER:  That’s an amazing, life impacting story.CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  She’s just one of many, as you know.WADE WINGLER:  I know. We could probably do stories all day. We should do that for a show sometime, just talk about the stories. As you are thinking about the AMAC, accessibility solutions and research center, was in your crystal ball for the center?  What do you see as things on the horizon?CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  I work with incredible folks here within AMAC. In this position, this new opportunity as interim director, I have really been amazed by folks that have been my peers for years. I just didn’t know the depth and breadth of their work. If I’m looking into a crystal ball, what I’m seeing is the entire collaboration of researchers with folks who were in the field, that knowledge translation and how powerful that is. I have been within our labs at AMAC, and I have seen people that can actually move quickly, within hours, from you give them a problem and they have a solution. They love that process. I think in my crystal ball, we continue to see the world becoming more accessible and more inclusive. We see best practices. We see where everybody can truly live, learn, work, and play and communities of their choice for as long as they want to. And it’s not something that is layered on later. It’s not something that’s added. Accessibility is not an afterthought, but it’s actually core to the conversation of how we make sure that everyone is included.That may sound kind of dreamy, but I’m seeing it in reality. I think that crystal ball is something that we are going to see manifest from our ideas, yours, mine, other folks cut into reality. It’s going to actively change people’s lives.I have seen some of the most complex situations, folks with highly complex disabilities that come in, and we are able to find solutions that we could only dream of. It’s becoming a reality. That makes me very excited and motivates me every day. I’m one of those that, Sunday night, I don’t think I wish it were Sunday night and I had to work on Monday. I have no problem getting up and going to work.WADE WINGLER:  One other thing I like about you is that you do a nice job of pairing up your dreams and a vision with very practical stuff. It’s a good balance.CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  I’m a huge fan of yours and your work. I think we are like-minded. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to talk with your great listeners and move the conversation forward.WADE WINGLER:  Enough of this lovefest. You’ve been working in the field of assistive technology for number of years and have been using it for a long time as well. I want to back out our conversation a little bit something bigger picture. What have you seen as the biggest one or two changes in the field of assistive technology in your career?CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  The biggest changes I would say are those daily solutions that are coming out. Universal design and assistive technology and accessibility being built in to my iPhone so that I can go get my iPhone, just like you can, or I can get my Google phone just like you can, what have you, and I can use it the same way you can. That was unheard of way back. That’s huge. That’s a game changer.Using my voice for pretty much everything. Because of my learning disabilities, it’s a true issue. In the past, we were very paper dependent, text dependent, form dependent. Having the freedom to fill out a form with my voice and do it quickly and efficiently is a game changer. I think having products that are rolling out, whether it’s Amazon Echo or Google Home or Siri or Cortana, whatever it is, where we can instantly get information, have these answers – now we do have to double check them — but have those answers and be able to control my environment, once again game changers. Those are the things I think are really exciting and move the whole field forward.WADE WINGLER:  Is interesting. As you were talking about that, I got to flashback to attending early trade shows, early Closing the Gap and CSUN and ATIA, and remembering that one time Microsoft showed up with a booth and they were talking about their built in assistive technology. I had a panic for a moment and said if they start building this stuff in, what happens to the world of assistive technology?  Our industry is going to go away and I’m not going to have a job because the stuff is all going to be built in and free. What we would do?  What would you say to a much younger Wade Wingler having a panic moment?CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  I would say you and I are in jobs, and a lot of people are in jobs, that were not even on the radar when we were in elementary school. There was no director of tools for life at that time. There was no interim director of AMAC, accessibility solutions and research center. Those were not real things. What I would encourage people to do is go with the flow, not just follow, but be a part of the conversation. We have in our field such a valuable and powerful voice. Get certified. The International Association for Accessibility Professionals has this great certification. I just got certified. It’s important to have those kinds of certifications behind you. Also, if you did a job search, you can find that companies are hungry for accessibility and they are hungry for assistive technology. That’s a very hot, and will continue to be very hot, topic in the way of moving forward when it comes to product development and also service provision.I understand your fear. I’ve had those panic moments. What I’ve done is take some breaths and think, now what do we contribute?  What I found is that time and again, we are invited to the table, we are invited to the lab, we are invited to the think tank. I think that’s part of it, is what we have as users of assistive technology, what we have as leaders is valuable. We just have to keep that conversation going and active.WADE WINGLER:  We could go on like this for hours, and sometimes we have. Sadly we are out of time for the interview today. I want to make sure that people are interested in reaching out to you, learning more about AMAC. What kind of contact information do you have?CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  You can go to our website, www.AMACusg.org. You can find all the information I was just sharing with you about our services, research initiatives, and membership. We would love to continue the conversation.WADE WINGLER:  Carolyn Phillips of the interim director of AMAC, accessibility solutions and research center, and my good friend. Thank you so much.CAROLYN PHILLIPS:  Thank you. Take care.WADE WINGLER:  Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Looking for a transcript or show notes from today’s show? Head on over to www.EasterSealstech.com. Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more shows like this plus much more over at AccessibilityChannel.com. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi.  For requests and inquiries, contact [email protected]***last_img read more

Tydrolyte releases lowcorrosion lowtoxicity electrolyte alternative for leadacid batteries

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Electrolyte specialist Tydrolyte has released an electrolyte intended to replace the sulfuric acid found in lead-acid batteries. It claims that the patent-pending electrolyte is well suited for start-stop batteries, offers lower hold currents and water losses and is less toxic than sulfuric acid.Start-stop batteries are used for engine starts at a rate 100x that of traditional batteries. They must also be able to handle AC compressor loads and higher charging levels. Tydrolyte’s research has shown that its electrolyte provides 12-19% lower DC charge resistances over the critical partial State of Charge (pSOC) range of 10-20% State of Discharge and 90-80% State of Charge for stop-start and micro-hybrid vehicles. Early testing suggests that the electrolyte may also improve round-trip efficiency as well.Several companies have subjected the electrolyte to the EN50342-1 test, the standard for automotive accelerated life testing. A battery using the electrolyte was continuously charged at 14.4 V in 60˚ C. It was found that the electrolyte reduced hold current by 24% with the figure improving as the battery aged. The battery also showed smaller water losses and may provide lower positive electrode corrosion. As a cherry on top, the electrolyte is expected to receive non-toxic classification by the US DOT and EPA, which would lower handling costs for manufacturers.“In spite of its historic success, many aspects of lead battery chemistry are not fully understood, and this provides a significant opportunity to further enhance the performance of world’s most popular rechargeable battery technology,” said Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) manager Dr. Boris Monahov. “We are delighted to welcome Tydrolyte into membership of the ALABC, and strongly support companies such as Tydrolyte in pursuing innovative new solutions to the challenge of improving lead battery performance. There is a bright future for the lead battery, but it is essential that the industry continues to drive innovation to meet future market requirements. We look forward to working with Tydrolyte in the future.” Source: Tydrolyte via Green Car Congress read more