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Mother Shares Story Of Dave Matthews’ Kindness To Her Daughter With ALS

first_imgIn one of the more heartwarming stories we’ve come upon, a mother wrote an open letter to Syracuse.com, sharing the story of how Dave Matthews took the time to provide support to her daughter. The daughter, named Kristen Kawa Caron, had late stage ALS, and Matthews agreed to a meet and greet with Ms. Caron despite his usual hesitations for these types of encounters.The meet and greet was particularly meaningful for Caron, as her mother tells the tale:My daughter, who was in the final stages of ALS, had put together a beautiful book to leave behind for her children using some of her favorite quotes, many from Dave’s songs. She could no longer speak but had come prepared to the concert with questions and of course, this book of remembrance. He and his staff were really taken with Kristen and spent quite a bit of time with her before they took the stage.What followed was a lengthy email correspondence through Caron’s final days, and they sent each other books throughout it. She sent Dave Matthews a copy of The Great Gatsby, for example.“His generosity meant so much to my lovely daughter who kept this connection close to her heart. So thank you, Dave, and all your staff, who were so very kind,” Sharon Kawa writes in the letter. You can read the full note here.last_img read more

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Soft robots go for color, camouflage

first_imgLast year, a team of researchers led by George Whitesides, the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, broke new engineering ground when they developed soft, silicone-based robots inspired by creatures like starfish and squid.Now, they’re working to give those robots the ability to disguise themselves.As demonstrated in an Aug. 16 paper published in Science, researchers have developed a system — again, inspired by nature — that allows the soft robots to either camouflage themselves against a background, or to make bold color displays. Such a “dynamic coloration” system could one day have a host of uses, ranging from helping doctors plan complex surgeries to acting as a visual marker to help search crews following a disaster, said Stephen Morin, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and first author of the paper.“When we began working on soft robots, we were inspired by soft organisms, including octopi and squid,” Morin said. “One of the fascinating characteristics of these animals is their ability to control their appearance, and that inspired us to take this idea further and explore dynamic coloration. I think the important thing we’ve shown in this paper is that even when using simple systems — in this case we have simple, open-ended micro-channels — you can achieve a great deal in terms of your ability to camouflage an object, or to display where an object is.”“One of the most interesting questions in science is, ‘Why do animals have the shape and color and capabilities that they do?’ ” said Whitesides. “Evolution might lead to a particular form, but why? One function of our work on robotics is to give us, and others interested in this kind of question, systems that we can use to test ideas. Here the question might be: ‘How does a small crawling organism most efficiently disguise (or advertise) itself in leaves?’ These robots are test-beds for ideas about form and color and movement.”Just as with the soft robots, the “color layers” used in the camouflage start as molds created using 3-D printers. Silicone is then poured into the molds to create micro-channels, which are topped with another layer of silicone. The layers can be created as a separate sheet that sits atop the soft robots, or incorporated directly into their structure. Once created, researchers can pump colored liquids into the channels, causing the robot to mimic the colors and patterns of its environment.The system’s camouflage capabilities aren’t limited to visible colors though.By pumping heated or cooled liquids into the channels, researchers can camouflage the robots thermally (infrared color). Other tests described in the Science paper used fluorescent liquids that allowed the color layers to literally glow in the dark.“There is an enormous amount of spectral control we can exert with this system,” Morin said. “We can design color layers with multiple channels, which can be activated independently. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface, I think, of what’s possible.”The uses for the color-layer technology, however, don’t end at camouflage.Just as animals use color change to communicate, Morin envisions robots using the system as a way to signal their position, both to other robots, and to the public. As an example, he cited the possible use of the soft machines during search and rescue operations following a disaster. In dimly lit conditions, he said, a robot that stands out from its surroundings (or even glows in the dark) could be useful in leading rescue crews trying to locate survivors.Going forward, Morin said, he hopes to explore more complex systems that use multiple color layers to achieve finer control over camouflage and display colors, as well as ways to create systems — using valves and other controls — that would allow the robots to operate autonomously.“There are a number of directions this technology could go in,” he said. “Some of them are similar to the course we have taken thus far, but I think there are other aspects to explore – such as how the robots interact with their environment — that are related to what soft robots may be doing in the future.“What we hope is that this work can inspire other researchers to think about these problems and approach them from different angles,” he continued. “There are many biologists who are studying animal behavior as it relates to camouflage, and they use different models to do that. We think something like this might enable them to explore new questions, and that will be valuable.”last_img read more

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Rare Budds Beach cottage a bargain buy

first_imgThe private sandy beach on main river at Budds Beach is a popular local haunt.An original cottage with water views along the tightly held Budds Beach riverfront strip has sold under the hammer for $75,000 less than it achieved at auction 15 years ago.A local buyer snapped up the split level brick and tile house at 13 River Dr, Surfers Paradise for $1.1 million at an onsite auction on June 27. River Drive, Budds Beach holds a private position within Surfers Paradise.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe last comparable sale on River Dr was in 2016 when a two-bedroom beach shack on 516 sqm at 23 River Dr sold for $1.275 million. Eight bidders were registered for the auction of 13 River Dr which attracted a large crowd of spectators on the street and footpaths surrounding the property. Ray White Prestige Agent Sherry Smith declined to comment on the sale price, but said the previously rented property presented a rare opportunity for the new owner. Plans for the property are unknown however council regulations prevent a duplex being built on the site. 13 River Dr, Budds Beach sold for $1.1 million at auction.Property records show the two-bedroom, one bathroom house on 478 sqm last changed hands in 2005 for $1.175 million. Overlooking the Nerang River, the cottage is one of only eleven original houses remaining along the riverfront section of Budds Beach, making it prime real estate.last_img read more

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Bacuna back for Villa

first_img Press Association The Dutchman, who can play at full-back or in midfield, missed the defeat to Crystal Palace with a hamstring strain but is back in contention to face the Saints. Otherwise, Paul Lambert is choosing from the same squad with Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N’Zogbia, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius and Gary Gardner all long-term absentees. Lambert must attempt to shut out off-field intrigue long enough to secure the one win he believes will secure Barclays Premier League safety. Villa go into the weekend fixtures four points above the drop zone with five games to play, but their scrap for safety was shunted down the news agenda when it was announced this week that assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa had been suspended by the club. As long-term associates of Lambert, the decision has created considerable interest and no little speculation. But an ongoing internal investigation means Lambert cannot speak publicly on the matter. Instead, he has attempted to focus the minds of players and public alike on the real business at hand – securing a potentially decisive win. Southampton visit Villa Park on Saturday, with Lambert looking to end a losing sequence stretching four games. “Forget about the rest of it, my main focus is to prepare for the game, to go and get the lads ready as best as we can,” he said. “We’ll try and get the supporters behind us, get everyone positive and try to win a game. That’s my job to try and do. “(One more win) and we’ll be in touching distance (of safety). We always say to the lads to be positive no matter what, we don’t talk about being negative. “But the lads know the situation, they don’t need me to tell them. They know it themselves and we’ll be ready for this one.” Lambert admits his side seemed to have lifted themselves out of the relegation battle with a 1-0 win over Chelsea last month, but no points from the last 12 available has dragged them back in. “After the Chelsea game everybody thought ‘great, no problem’, nobody foresaw the last four games,” he said. “After Chelsea we were sitting with feet up and all of a sudden, four games later, you’ve got a bit more to do to get over the line. “It (complacency) never came from ourselves, as a group or as a team. Outside people, pundits and all that, thought Aston Villa were totally safe but I’ve never given that implication. “We know that now is the time to win a game.” Artur Boruc has beaten his back injury in time for Southampton’s trip. The Poland stopper’s return offsets the continued absence of fellow goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, also with back trouble. Maya Yoshida (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (ankle) will also miss out. Saints are aiming to hit back to winning form after last weekend’s frustrating 1-0 home loss to Cardiff. Well aware of the watchful gaze of England coaches Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington, Rickie Lambert said he must set all World Cup thoughts aside in favour of fighting for form and goals with Saints. “Most importantly, we’ve got four games to try and get more points for Southampton and try and push us up further in the league,” said the 32-year-old target man. “We got asked the same question a few games ago – ‘we’ve got nothing to play for’ – but then we won three out of four games, so the lads are still very hungry and very determined to do well and that’s what we’ll be trying to do in the remaining four games. “I think we’ve had either Ray or Roy watching our games for the last 10 games I think, so we know we are getting watched and that’s brilliant for them to be watching Southampton. “I try not to focus on it, if I’m being honest. I try to play my own game, I think that’s the best way to go about it. “I think you can’t think too much about it, because I think it might affect your game. “You’ve just got to get on with it, try and do well for Southampton and hopefully Roy or Ray are impressed, that’s it really.” Leandro Bacuna is back in the Aston Villa squad for Saturday’s home clash with Southampton.last_img read more

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Fans could return for 20-21 season: Premier League chief

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said on Friday that fans could be allowed to attend top-flight matches in the 2020-21 season on a “phased basis”.The Premier League plans to resume the 2019-20 campaign on June 17 following the coronavirus lockdown.But the remaining 92 fixtures will be played behind closed doors to minimise the health risks of football’s return in a country badly hit by the pandemic.The prospect of playing the next season with no fans is unappetising for the Premier League and Masters suggested it could be possible to being back supporters at some stage.“No one knows when matches will move away from the behind-closed-doors model and it is right to have contingency plans in place, but there is optimism at the Premier League and at clubs that we will see fans back in the stadiums next season and it may happen on a phased basis,” Masters told Sky Sports News.“Hopefully it will be a huge morale boost and that is what we’ve been working towards.“We’ve got some incredible fans in this country and we all know the Premier League as we know and love it won’t be fully back until we have fans back through the turnstiles.”The biggest concern for ‘Project Restart’ is another wave of the virus, which could lead to the competition being suspended again.With that in mind, Masters said it was crucial clubs agreed on a plan for what would happen if the season had to end early before games resume.But he would not be drawn on whether an unweighted points-per-game model would be used in decide the final table in the event of the season being abandoned.“We need to have plans in place so that we go into the start of the season knowing that if it can’t be completed, what then happens,” Masters said. “(But) I’m not going to give away any of the details of the private discussions we are having with our clubs.”– ‘Legitimate concerns’ –The video assistant referee (VAR) system is set to be used in the remaining matches, but Masters said it would be done remotely rather than from the officials’ usual base at Stockley Park.“VAR has its own social distancing issues but we think there is a way of completing the season with VAR, so absolutely our intention is to complete the season with VAR in place,” he said.“The hub itself could be a problem, so if you can’t do the hub you have to do it remotely, and that’s what we’re looking at.”Liverpool are two wins away from clinching their first English title for 30 years, but they could be forced to play at a neutral venue when the trophy is within reach on police advice.Police chiefs are concerned about the safety risks of Liverpool fans gathering outside Anfield or any other stadium their team are playing at.Masters said talks with the police about neutral venues for some games are on-going, but he hopes Liverpool can at least have a trophy presentation.“They (the police) have legitimate concerns but we think we can mitigate some of the issues they’re trying to deal with,” he said.“Ultimately, we want the season to be played out on the pitch and we’re discussing a number of options to make it as fair as possible.“We’ll do everything we possibly can to deliver a trophy presentation. It’s really important to mark that moment and to give the fans that memory to mark it.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Miami-Dade Police Shoot, Kill North Carolina Fugitive After Firefight

first_imgMiami-Dade Police reportedly shot and killed a man they described as being a fugitive from North Carolina, after the man shot an officer in his bulletproof vest.Investigators tracked him down to a house on the 25500 block of SW 147th Avenue, where the 56-year-old man barricaded himself inside.At one point, Miami-Dade’s Special Response Team was called in to assist hostage negotiators, but were unable to convince the man to surrender.SRT officers then entered the house. The man “opened fire, striking an SRT officer on his ballistic vest,” according to a police press release.A firefight unfolded and the man was ultimately shot and killed.“The officer did not sustain any injuries,” police said.Officials did not provide any details or the man’s identity, but said that he was wanted for a shooting in North Carolina.last_img read more

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first_img:09 Rarely do you see fast and quick in the same body but Mike Wallace is just that and he has “2” Speeds …Fast…and fast as he needs to be!:08 I am still trying to figure out why “they” spent $500 million on a new arena and then play the hockey game outside, huh?:07 Phone call for Mike Haywood Phone call for Mike Haywood…Mr. Haywood…Hey, anybody seen Mike, he was here just a minute ago…:06 I still got the Celtics to win the East…(please fellas make me look good) have you noticed if one of the Heat’s Big Three Go Down they can’t win. “Boston Shaq” is back. Boston wins, “Take It To The Bank”:05 Alright “Magic Mike” Williams, I am gonna clean this up for ya. Add these to the Top 10 point guards list:•The late great ….great Larry “Byrd” Richerdson•The late great George Harvey (Stop on a dime and would kill you!)•Gil Cummings (Nobody’s scored more City League points!!)• David “Dr. Death” Trent (Nuff said)•Chip Harris (New Ken’s finest will steal the ball and your socks and you won’t know they’re gone.)•Thomas “June Bug” Howard (C’mon Neal…That was your boy) Anybody else missed? Call me—412-628-4856.:04 Speaking of corrections (Yeah, every now and then I miss one or two). If I ever do a Top 10 Dunk List again and not put Lenny Morant on the list, take me to a bridge and hang me by my Chuck Taylors! (sorry Lenny):03 An NBA team in Pittsburgh. Is it just me or do we get every other team known to sports in this city but NBA basketball? Cleveland and Jersey can do big time hoops, but we can’t…C’mon man! Unless somebody or some groups of somebodys don’t want a NBA team here because? (I’m just saying).:02 Can some public official in Pittsburgh or Allegheny County say thank you to the Champions Association for 35 years of dedicated public service. Not to Bill Neal, but to the Champions and the hundreds of volunteers that helped make Pittsburgh, and most specifically the inner city, a better and safer place to live. Consider this:•35 consecutive years, 25 programs a year•Nationally recognized Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League•Nationally recognized Kenny Durrett High School All-Star Basketball Classic•5 state recognized programs•The state’s first “Midnight to 6 a.m.” basketball camp•17 W. Pa., Pittsburgh & Allegheny County programs•3 radio sports shows, 2 TV sports shows•Average 25, 000 annually served•Average 10,000 youth annually served•Thousands of youth kept off the streets every year for 35 years…C’mon man!:01 Go see “The Fighter,” best boxing movie since “Ali.” Good movie and a true story.Double Overtime:00 Halle Berry is finer than Frogs Hair! (Thank you Coach Larry Anderson)“Game Over”Happy New Year, Everybody! BILL NEAL :10 By the time you read this the Steelers have beat the Jets, Jets, Jets, 24-14 and are on their way to beat the Green Bay Packers in a Historic Super Bowl.last_img read more

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Report: Darius Bazley signs $1M internship with New Balance

first_imgSneaker [email protected] BRIGHTON, Mass. (AP) — Former Syracuse recruit Darius Bazley, who opted to forgo college to work toward the 2019 NBA draft, has landed a job as an intern for New Balance. New Balance hasn’t marketed basketball shoes since the 1990s. Bazley, who decided not play in the development league, is the first athlete signed to promote the company’s re-entry into the basketball shoe market.Bazley was ranked No. 18 among national recruits for the 2018 class by Rivals.Bazley at first said when he decided to leave Syracuse that he was planning to play in the NBA’s development league, but he eventually decided against it. The NBA G League held its draft on Saturday.Paul told the Times the deal with New Balance was too good to ignore, even though his client will be giving up valuable court experience for an office job prior to the NBA draft next June.“This is my risk,” Bazley told the Times. “I’m going to go ahead and do it this way, and I’m still going to succeed, even when others say I won’t.“This will also be fun. It’s not like I’m going to be doing something I don’t want to do.”The slender Bazley, who was listed at 195 pounds in high school, also is working on his strength and skills.Paul tells the Times the internship will give Bazley a taste of “a business that actually aligns with his interests.”___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports 51 Twitter Ads info and privacy New Balance signs high school prospect Darius Bazley to lucrative shoe contract. Will forego college ball and G-League (via: @TheSteinLine) https://snkrne.ws/2q6SQ0j 3:19 PM – Oct 22, 2018 The New York Times reports the 18-year-old Bazley signed in May with agent Rich Paul, who arranged for the 6-foot-9 forward from Cincinnati to work for the athletic equipment company for the first three months of 2019.Paul, who also has LeBron James, John Wall and Ben Simmons among his NBA clients, told the newspaper the internship is part of a multiyear shoe contract that will pay Bazley at least $1 million and up to $14 million if Bazley reaches performance incentives written into the contract.“They hooked me up,” Bazley told the paper. View image on Twitter 23 people are talking about thislast_img read more

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Duquesne’s A.J. Palumbo Center getting $45 million makeover; to be renamed after Chuck Cooper

first_imgChuck Cooper (Courtesy Photo Duquesne University)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Duquesne is giving the A.J. Palumbo Center a major makeover after the upcoming basketball season.The school announced Tuesday that the reimagined 30-year-old arena will be named UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse after former Duquesne basketball player Chuck Cooper. Cooper played for the Dukes from 1947-1950 before becoming the first African-American to be drafted by an NBA team. The Boston Celtics selected Cooper in the second round.The renovation is expected to begin in March and cost an estimated $45 million. It is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2020-21 season. The school did not say where the Dukes would play in the meantime.The Palumbo Center opened in 1988 and serves as the home for the Duquesne men’s and women’s basketball teams. While the updated arena will have wider concourses, a new video board and upgrades to premium seats, capacity is expected to stay around 4,400.___More AP college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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