Month: July 2019

Academy Reserves

first_imgThis year’s crop of Saints youngsters gave the Bulls a taste of their own medicine as they refused to give way down the middle constantly beating their bigger opponents at their own game.The tone was set in the first tackle of the game as Jamie Pye and friends forced a knock on from the kick off. Tom Nisbett had the honour of opening the Saints account for this season proper as he finished off a sweeping left to right move taking Josh Simm’s back of the hand pass to go over in the corner.A mix up from the kick off allowed the Bulls to take possession forcing the Saints to defend their own line. This they did with speed and vigour getting off the line and into the faces of the Bulls.The lead was increased from a scrum on the Bulls 40 given for a knock on again brought about by the Saints ferocious tackling. Jos Simm took the ball at first receiver running to the right before passing inside to Nisbett who fed Jack Welsby. The full back then went on a trademark mazy run before dummying his way over in the corner.The Saints were denied a third try when Lewis Dodd’s effort was ruled out for crossing. Somewhere?! As the half wore on the Saints were guilty of giving possession away to the home side and on the half hour they pulled a try back with their big prop charging onto a pass 2 metres from the line.This game could have gone the way of last years with the Bulls growing in confidence but the Saints didn’t allow that to happen this time. Nisbett was denied a second as the final pass to him from Simm was intercepted after Ryan Horne and Sam Royle had worked the opening.Minutes later and Simm did increase the lead as his quick thinking saw him take a quick tap penalty to himself spotting the lazy Bulls defenders. Third time lucky for Dodd as he managed to convert from the touchline.The call at the break was that the next 10 minutes were going to be crucial in keeping the Bulls out. Well the Saints certainly did that scoring twice and having a try ruled out for a questionable obstruction.The impressive Nico Rizzelli opened his account in the red vee four minutes in. Welsby started it picking up a loos pass on his own, weaving his way towards the right and putting Simm away. He went 60 metres only to be caught on the line but a quick play the ball put Rizzelli in.The next set saw Dodd take the line on down the middle breaking through and outpacing the cover to the left corner.The game was effectively put out of reach of the home side 13 minutes in as another weaving run from Welsby allowed Dodd to put Rizzelli in for his second.The Saints defensive effort was summed up in two tackles on the hour. The Saints were facing their second set in succession on their own line when the Bulls prop again charged onto a pass expecting to score again.But he had reckoned without Matty Foster who, despite giving away pounds, stopped the prop in his tracks saving a try.Not content with that but he only went and did it again two minutes later. The Saints put the icing on the cake with Nisbett’s second try coming from Sam Royle’s run and Welsby’s neat grubber.The Bulls grabbed a late consolation but couldn’t take the gloss off a magnificent defensive display from all 17 players.The pack led from the front putting their bodies on the line. There were good debuts from Rizzelli and Warren Smith with Josh Simm out wide.But the person who tormented the Bulls players all night as they tried, mostly in vain, to touch him let alone tackle him was Jack Welsby who was at his mercurial best.Match Summary:Bradford Bulls U19s:Tries: Oliver Wilson (29), Daniel McGrath (78). Goals: Joe Stirk 1 from 2.Saints U19s:Tries: Tom Nisbett (4), Jack Welsby (14), Josh Simm (35, 68), Nico Rizzelli (44 & 53), Lewis Dodd (46). Goals: Lewis Dodd 1 from 6, Josh Simm 1 from 1.Half Time: 4-14 Full Time: 10-32Teams:Bradford: 1. Joe Stirk; 2. Murphy Smith, 4. Ryan Leadbeater, 3. Ryan Butterworth, 5. Daniel McGrath; 6. Luke Littlewood, 7. Harry Shackleton; 8. Oliver Wilson, 9. Lochlan McGill, 10. Keelan Foster, 11. Bradley Gallagher, 12. Ethan O’Hanlon, 13. Ethan O’Hanlon Subs: 14. Cameron Berry, 15. Kieran Brining, 16. Anesu Mudoti, 17. Bradley Ho.Saints: 1. Jack Welsby; 5. Tom Nisbett, 3. Josh Simm, 4. Nico Rizzelli, 2. John Hutchings; 6. Ryan Horne, 7. Lewis Dodd; 8. Jamie Pye, 9. Paul Nash, 10. Kye Siyani, 11. Matty Foster, 12. Sam Royle. 13. Jake Wingfield. Subs: 14. Harvey McDaid, 15.Lewis Baxter, 16. Harry Brooks, 17. Warren Smith.last_img read more

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H2GO water results reveal high levels of compound carcinogenic to humans

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A 24-hour sample of the water supplied by Brunswick County showed levels of 1,4-dioxane at more than 10 times the EPA established health advisory, H2GO announced.According to a news release, water collected on October 18 showed 1,4-dioxane at 3.91 parts per billion. The EPA has characterized 1,4-dioxane as “likely carcinogenic to humans” and has established health advisory level at .35 parts per billion.- Advertisement – H2GO received additional perfluorinated compound results of finished water treated and supplied by Brunswick County.  Samples taken on October 18 revealed GenX levels at 59.7 parts per trillion and a total toxic mixture of perfluorinated compounds at 618.05 parts per trillion. That includes an unknown compound, PFMOBA, at levels of over 270 parts per trillion.NC Health and Human Services has established the health goal for exposure to GenX in drinking water at 140 ppt.  EPA has yet to establish a health advisory for combined toxic concentrations.Brunswick County says the full results were not shared with them by H2Go prior to being released to the public. The county will request those results so they can investigate further.Related Article: Regional meeting held to discuss water treatment options for north Brunswick CountyIn an email, Brunswick County PIO Amanda Hutcheson wrote “we take the results of all tests seriously and will work rapidly with our partners at the State to determine appropriate action. One isolated result, with very little context provided, warrants further investigation before arriving at any conclusions.”last_img read more

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FBI Brunswick Sheriffs Office holding active shooter drill at middle school

first_img Neighbors may see an increase in the number of law enforcement officers in the area as part of the training exercise.  All tactical scenarios will take place inside the school and will be closed to the public.The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program, or ALERRT, is part of a training strategy developed by the FBI in the wake of mass shootings across the country.ALERRT has trained more than 60,000 law enforcement first responders in a response protocol adopted by the FBI as the national standard for special agent tactical instructors.  The training includes classroom instruction, as well as tactical scenarios.Related Article: Charlotte family reunites with their pup after 8 trying days in Brunswick Co.Last month, the Brunswick County courthouse in Bolivia closed early so the Sheriff’s Office and court officials could hold an active shooter drill there. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies practice their response to an active shooter at the Brunswick County Courthouse (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This week, School Resource Officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will train with the FBI to respond to an active shooter.The training will take place at Cedar Grove Middle School in Supply on Wednesday and Thursday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Environmentalists Coal ashrelated compounds found in Cape Fear River

first_img The samples, which were taken Sept. 21 beside the earthen dam separating the Cape Fear River from Sutton Lake hours after it failed paint a drastically different picture than those taken by Duke Energy during and after flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. Where the environmental group samples show elevated levels of arsenic, chromium, selenium and other coal ash-related compounds, Duke’s samples showed levels of all compounds within state limits.“We feel very confident that the river water itself is still within surface water standards, which are pretty stringent,” said Erin Culbert, a Duke Energy spokeswoman. Read more here from StarNewsOnline. Water from the flooded Cape Fear River breaches the dam at Sutton Lake in New Hanover Co. on Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo: WTVD) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Samples taken by environmental watchdog organizations along the Cape Fear River near the Sutton plant found arsenic and selenium levels many times higher than state surface water quality standards, the groups reported Wednesday.Taken by Cape Fear River Watch and Waterkeeper Alliance, the samples found arsenic levels 71 times state fish consumption water quality standards at one site and selenium levels 4.4 times the state’s aquatic life and secondary recreation standard.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Staffing issues in northeastern airports impact ILM travel times

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Because of the government shutdown, there is a lack of air traffic controllers at major airports across the northeast. This had an effect on many travelers at Wilmington International Airport Friday morning.LaGuardia Airport in New York City had several staffing issues. Since that airport has a direct flight to and from Wilmington, it delayed several flights at Wilmington International Airport.- Advertisement – The airport’s Deputy Director Gary Broughton says the 35-day shutdown has not impacted the day-to-day operations at the airport due to the dedication of the staff.“[I am] very pleased to say that our air traffic controllers and our TSA workers that staff the checkpoint here have all been showing up to work on time and working through their shifts,” said Broughton. “The dedication of these federal employees here in Wilmington has been exemplary.”last_img read more

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Production wraps in Wilmington on two NC Film Grant projects

first_imgFilming at Greenfield Lake for ‘Swamp Thing’ (Andrew James/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Two North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant recipients, “Swamp Thing” and “Uncle Frank”, recently wrapped production in the Wilmington area.Combined, the productions are expected to generate a direct in-state spend of more than $75 million, according to a news release from the NC Department of Commerce. The productions created more than 1,500 job opportunities in the state, including more than 800 cast and crew positions.- Advertisement – “North Carolina is home to production talent, compelling sites for film and infrastructure that frequently fuels industry interest in our state as a film location,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “With millions in revenue infused in the Wilmington market from these productions, we can undoubtedly call these productions an economic development win for our state.”“Swamp Thing” is a retelling of the popular DC Comics character this time centering on a young woman reluctantly returning home to the swamp-surrounded town of her youth, and a scientist who is reconstituted as a super-strong extra-human creature made up of environmental elements.The production was filmed in the greater Wilmington area and based out of EUE/Screen Gems Studios. The project, whose pilot also filmed in the state, is eligible for a rebate of up to $12 million through the North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant.Related Article: Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett caseThe feature is available on the new DC Universe streaming service. DC Universe is a new streaming service by Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment.Set in 1973, “Uncle Frank” is an independent feature about an 18-year-old woman and her uncle who road trip to their small, southern hometown for a family funeral.The feature is written and directed by Alan Ball, who returned to North Carolina after previously executive producing the first three seasons of the series “Banshee” in the state from 2012-2014. Ball is the showrunner for HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood”.The production, shot in Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties, qualifies for a rebate of up to $1.1 million.“Film inquiries are increasing in North Carolina, and a lot of that has to do with the buzz surrounding these two projects and the continued support and stability of the state’s grant program,” added Guy Gaster, the North Carolina Film Office Director with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.Other productions that have recently had funds awarded include the made-for-television movie “When Angels Land,” the pilot for a potential streaming series “Reprisal,” and the feature film “Words on Bathroom Walls.”The North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant provides financial assistance to attract feature film and television productions that will stimulate economic activity and create jobs in the state.Production companies receive no money up front and must meet direct in-state spending requirements to qualify for grant funds. The program is administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce and promoted by the North Carolina Film Office, part of VisitNC and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.last_img read more

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Man allegedly drunk firing shotgun and repeatedly dialing 911

first_img According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, neighbors say Sebastian John Catanzaro, 52, was drunk, out in the middle of the street, shooting a shotgun and making rude gestures toward the neighbors.Lt. Jerry Brewer said when deputies arrived, Catanzaro told them he didn’t have a gun.While deputies were on the scene, Catanzaro called 911 asking for state police to arrive because he was being harassed by deputies. He repeatedly called 911, even when dispatchers told him not to.Related Article: Supply man wanted on rape, sexual battery chargesDeputies arrested Catanzaro for misuse of 911.Two neighbors took out warrants for assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.Catanzaro is also charged with possession of firearm by felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.He is in jail under a $160,000 bond. Sebastian Catanzaro (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Castle Hayne man faces charges after allegedly threatening neighbors with a gun.It happened Saturday night at a home on Hubert Drive.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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EPs support for Copyright Directive important milestone – FZD

first_imgMEP Francis Zammit Dimech has described the European Parliament’s vote on the Copyright Directive, ‘another important milestone’ which will support Malta’s creative community.He explains that the measure is aimed at helping creators will be properly remunerated for sharing their work on online platforms like Youtube.‘We want to make sure that platforms share their profit with creators.’, Zammit Dimech said.Read more:Watch: Metsola votes against EU Copyright DirectiveThe European Copyright Directive ExplainedIn addition to helping both the futures of the creative community in Malta and the sustainability of the industry which hosts their content, the Directive is also expected to help teachers.He explains that the new law will help in classrooms and lecture halls with publications and data content which can be used for research.In addition to protecting the creative industry and educational access to materials, the measure will also protect the existence of internet elements like memes and gifs.FZD added that this works, ‘to preserve historical and cultural heritage through digitalisation’WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Alcantara tops Guardiolas transfer wishlist

first_imgReunions between coaches and players is a frequent occurrence in football and Manchester City seem to be plotting one as they hope to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich. Guardiola signed the Spanish midfielder for £21m when he was Bayern Munich’s coach in 2013.Alcantara has also been linked with a return to Barcelona but Manchester City’s manager hopes to lure him to the English Premier League instead. The gifted midfielder is the son of 1994 Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho and is under contract with the Bundesliga side until 2021.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Mango Gives Market Something Technical To Chew On

first_imgAdvertisement Mango becomes first African airline to launch mobi-booking channel. Linked to its existing Flymango.com URL, the mobi-site automatically detects and adjusts to different mobile devices.A tablet application will be available for download at no cost from various app-stores by the end of October with flight change functionality available shortly. – Advertisement – “Innovation is one of the cornerstones of our business,” says CEO Nico Bezuidenhout, who believes that going mobile will not only make doing business with the airline easier, but provide access to bookings where traditional e-commerce has no reach.“Mobile connectivity in South Africa accounts for a significant portion of internet users who solely connect using their cell-phones. This represents a vast, untapped online market well within our potential customer base,” says Bezuidenhout.According to published highlights of the 2012 Internet Access SA study, South African internet connectivity has grown by 25% in 2011 to 8.5 million by the end of 2011. In 2010, growth was pegged at 28%.Of these connections, approximately 7.9 million internet users access it through their cell phones, just over 6 million through traditional PCs and laptops and 2.48 million users who solely use their cell phones to access the internet. By the end of 2011 there were 8.5 million smartphone users in South Africa.“We will effectively reach nearly 2.5 million potentially new customers who do not access the internet in any other way,” says Bezuidenhout. “Marry this with our wide payment method acceptance, particularly Edgars and Jet store charge cards that are highly relevant to this market, and you have a winning recipe.”Mango was the first to retail flights through retailer Shoprite Checkers and remains the only airline globally to accept store cards.Mobility follows several new developments at Mango; these include the roll out of the G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi service now available on 90% of its fleet with the final aircraft presently in installation phase and its home check in and boarding pass printing service. Source:IT NEWS AFRICAlast_img read more

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Oxygenics brings your favorite Star Wars characters to your bathroom

first_imgAdvertisement Meet R2-D2 and Darth Vader in showerhead form! With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon, the two characters are now finally fully operational. You can now buy Star Wars showerheads to spice up your morning routine.The R2-D2 version is the droid in full form fixed to your shower line. Vader, though, is just the helmet with a proper handle beneath running to a flexible, long hose. Both are pocked with holes, with Vader again being more notable, as his eyes are giant dark voids.Both products are from Oxygenics, and both come with three different settings for adjusting the water flow. Other shared features include anti-clog nozzles, and a 2 gallons-per-minute flow rate. The biggest difference is that R2 is a fixed shower head, while Vader is attached to a hose, and easily becomes a more convenient handheld sprayer. – Advertisement – Vader version, however, costs $30 which is five dollars more than R2 at $25.Source: Toylandlast_img read more

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Meet kuangalia the next big app for farmers

first_imgAdvertisement Kuangalia shwahili for check is a platform which the developers believe will help farmers avoid counterfeit inputs.The applications was awarded first place at the #hack4ag Uganda hackthon held last week in Jinja. According to David chief economist working with the World Bank, Kuangalia solves one of the biggest problem that farmers face in a very simple way.The team kuangalia includes; Mbaziira Samson CEO code4lyfe, Kato Drake C.T.O code4lyfe, Ssemitego Musisi Fred, Kevin Janvier Chinabalire software developer at Outbox. Three of the team members were a part of the Ndejje university team that won the UG health app challenge earlier this year. – Advertisement – The future for this apps looks set since they are signing a partnership with Ug innovate’s Evelyn Namara. Uganda’s I.T promoting body NITA-U has also shown interest in the application.[related-posts]With all these partnerships coming in, the developers are now focused on developing a product that meets the requirements of the farmers. We shall keep on watching the space and we hope kwangalia becomes the next big thing in Agriculture.The platform is available through a mobile app, website and soon on USSD.last_img read more

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Infinix Uganda Holds a MeetandGreet Party For their Infinix Lucky Winners

first_imgAdvertisement During the Kilimall Kenya Black Friday media conference, Infinix Mobility announced that they had made an exclusive deal with online shopping platform; Kilimall Uganda to launch the Infinix NOTE3 and HOT4 in Uganda market on it’s Black Friday that happened last month.Already launched in Kenya and Nigeria, the launch on Kilimall Uganda promised to excite Infinix fans with Kilimall Uganda being the only online store to sale smartphones. On November 21st the two clients; Kilimall Uganda and Infinix Mobility partnered to launch the Infinix Note 3 and Infinix Hot 4 in the Ugandan market.On Saturday, Infinix Uganda together with Kilimall Uganda, hosted a meet-and-greet party with customers who have recently won, purchased and used their Infinix Hot 4 and Infinix Note3 phones, dubbed under the #Hashtag #UgInfinixHangout at Sky Lounge.  – Advertisement – Generally, the hangout gathered these customers who have used the Infinix smartphones to give their opinon of what they liked about the phones and what can be done to prove them. During the discussion session, most of the users said they liked the RAM and Camera more.#UGInfinixhangout1 of 8 Some of the Infinixer who have purchased and used the Infinix smartphones. (Photo By: Nathan Ernest Olupot) Mr. Carter; Managing Director Infinix Mobility in Uganda and Kenya. (Photo By: Nathan Ernest Olupot) Some of the Infinixer who have purchased and used the Infinix smartphones. (Photo By: Nathan Ernest Olupot) (Right) Chengyang Wang; Managing Director at Kilimall Uganda having a chat with one of the Infinix user. (Photo By: Nathan Ernest Olupot) Infinix lucky winners take a group with (3rd left behind Row) MD Kilimall Uganda and (3rd Right front row) MD Infinix Mobility Uganda and Kenya.As the discussions further went on, the organizers also held games where winners walked away with smart watches. Among some of the questions, Users were asked to each give the full specs for the type of Infinix smartphone they had. They were also asked to compare the Infinix smartphones to other smartphones they had such as; the itel1516 Plus, Samsung J8, to name a few.[related-posts]Full Specs of the Infinix Hot 4 and Infinix Note 3SpecsInfinix Hot 4Infinix Note 3Display5.5 Inch Super Amoled.12 Ultra-Bright backlight LEDs.6.0 Inch Full HD IPS.PlatformAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow.Android 6.0 Marshmallow.Storage2GB RAM.16GB ROM.Expandable Slot of 32GB.2GB RAM.16GB ROM.Expandable Slot of 128GBProcessorMediaTek 6580 Quad-core.1.3GHz Octa-core.CameraRear: 8MP.Front: 5MP.Rear: 13MP.Front: 5MP.Battery4000mAh.4500mAh.Sim TypeDual SIM.Dual SIM.Network Supported2G/3G.2G/3G/4G.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 21 December2.15 NewcastleOverpriced 10/1 > 5/12.25 AscotAt Fishers Cross 8/15> 8/11 Reve Du Sivola 9/2 > 5/23.00 AscotHoublon Des Obeaux 100/30 > 9/43.10 LingfieldLowther 12/1 > 7/13.35 AscotWillow’s Saviour 16/1 > 12/1 Dell’ Arca 10/1 > 15/2What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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Rice students work on weighty problem for doctors

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2012/05/0511_R-AIDES-2.jpgThe R-Aides device created by students at Rice University in collaboration with a Texas Heart Institute doctor is able to lift 40 pounds. Here, the suction cups grip a 12-pound piece of silicone the students used to simulate flesh. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) ShareSUMMARY: Rice University students built a prototype device to lift weight from the abdomens of obese patients to help them breathe during surgical procedures.Editor’s note: Links to a high-definition video and photos for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice students work on weighty problem for doctorsSenior engineering prototype would help obese patients breathe during medical proceduresHOUSTON – (May 8, 2012) – The best doctors strive to relieve their patients’ burdens. A physician in Houston asked Rice University students to help him do so in the most literal way.
A team of bioengineering seniors built a prototype device to literally lift the weight from obese patients who, while undergoing surgical procedures, might otherwise have trouble breathing.
The respiratory assist device built by Team R-Aides uses suction cups attached to a horizontal beam and tied in to a vacuum pump to gently lift the abdomens of patients who are on their backs and under light sedation. Though the suspension device would not be suitable for patients under heavy sedation or who are undergoing abdominal surgery, it could be invaluable to surgeons performing operations that involved the upper or lower body.
The students – Gabriel Ochoa, Marisa Prevost, Norman Truong, Daeun Yoon and Justin Yun – accepted the challenge last fall as their senior design capstone project, required of most graduates of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering.Mehdi Razavi, director of electrophysiology clinical research at the Texas Heart Institute (THI), brought his idea to Rice last year. He had had success in the past working with students at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK). “One of the highlights of working in the medical center is working with Rice and Maria (Oden) on senior design projects,” said Razavi, co-adviser on the project with Oden, OEDK director and a professor in the practice of engineering education.He found his inspiration on the job.“Almost all of these ideas come during a procedure, when you have the ‘What if?’ moment,” Razavi said. “I was in the midst of a surgical procedure on a very obese patient when he started snoring, which implies the airway may be a little bit occluded. We could see that his oxygen levels were going down, and he was trying to push against his abdominal contents to breathe.“I thought if there was a way to support his belly, he would probably do much better and there would be less chance of having to declare an emergency and put a breathing tube in,” he said.Razavi envisioned a device that could not only help patients breathe by gently relieving pressure on the abdomen, but would also save hospitals money. “Hospitals aren’t reimbursed by the insurance companies for medical complications,” he said. “This could help avoid the cost of having to put a breathing tube in, which is not going to be reimbursed.”The doctor’s pitch to the Rice students “sounded a little weird,” Truong said. But a search of the literature by Razavi and the team turned up no evidence that such a device already existed.“I would have heard about it,” Razavi said.“We asked around to see if doctors were interested,” Prevost said. “It seems like it’s an issue they just deal with. They get assistants to hold up the weight or pick it up themselves, but when we asked them if they’d be interested in a device, they said, ‘Yeah, that would be good.’”Razavi, a cardiologist, installs pacemakers through the chest and accesses arteries to the heart through the groin. He said he would use a respiratory assist device “for everything I do. A lot of the time, the abdominal content pushes down and distorts the whole anatomy of the groin, so I could use this to hold it back. But I can see it being used in any number of ways, not only in hospitals and cardiac catheterization labs but also in outpatient clinics.”Once they decided noninvasive suction was the proper approach, the students needed suction cups that would gently caress the skin without bruising it while maintaining the vacuum. “The cups we used come from breast pumps,” Yoon explained. “They have flexible rubber rims that conform to the contours of the skin, so they keep a good seal.”The cups, which would link to an operating room’s vacuum system, are suspended from a horizontal beam that bears the weight. The students and Razavi served as test subjects for the prototype by lying on their backs with a weighted slab of silicone, which mimics human tissue, on their chests.“It was a simple, nothing-can-go-wrong test,” Ochoa said. “We had the subjects lie down on a table, and we put 40 pounds of weight on their stomachs to see how their vitals changed. We expected their CO2 levels to drop – we had a pulse oximeter on them – but we didn’t find a statistically significant change. But we did find their heart rates increasing quite a bit to compensate.”“I got the full 40-pound treatment,” said Razavi, who also had the cups attached to his real skin. “The suction was a concern; they left it on for, I think, a good hour.” The doctor said he took “a good dose” of aspirin the day before to mimic the condition of patients likely to be on blood thinners and whose skin would be extra sensitive as a result. “At the end, my skin was a little red, but there was no bruising,” he said, either after the test or the next morning.A provisional patent has been filed for R-Aides’ invention, which may be developed by Saranas, a medical device company founded by Razavi and recent Rice alumnus Alex Arevalos. The students said their prototype cost less than $200 to make. The most expensive components were the custom-printed plastic connectors fabricated on the OEDK’s 3-D printer. Injection molding those parts would cut the cost even further, they said.“The device will be very cheap, and the amount of training required to use it will be nominal,” Razavi said. “And the approval process, the regulatory pathway, is likely to be quite straightforward. I’ve run this by a regulatory specialist, and we believe strongly that it’s going to be an FDA Class 1, which is basically more paperwork than anything else.”
Razavi is encouraging the team to show the device at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Los Angeles in November. “If we get a spotlight there, it will spur a lot of studies,” Yoon said.In the meantime, the seniors will graduate this week with honors in hand from the third annual Rice Undergraduate Venture Challenge, in which they took the prize for best pitch May 3.-30-View a video about R-Aides at http://youtu.be/oLmN6pXBkHYRelated materials:Team R-Aides: http://oedk.rice.edu/Content/Members/MemberPublicProfile.aspx?pageId=1137258&memberId=5509335Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen: http://oedk.rice.edu/Photos for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/05/0511_R-AIDES-1.jpgA team of Rice University engineering seniors created a device to lift the weight from the abdomens of obese patients undergoing surgery. The R-Aides device uses suction cups hooked to vacuum to help patients under light sedation breathe. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/05/0511_R-AIDES-3.jpgSenior engineering students at Rice University used suction cups from standard breast pumps to create the R-Aides device designed to help obese patients breathe while undergoing surgery. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)center_img FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/05/0511_R-AIDES-4.jpgRice University students hold the R-Aides device, their senior capstone design project. From left: Gabriel Ochoa, Norman Truong, Daeun Yoon, Justin Yun and Marisa Prevost. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.last_img read more

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Database clarifies bottomup design of cement

first_img A simulated construct of cement produced by a model in the cemff database. The model contains hydrogen (white), oxygen (red), silicate (yellow) and calcium (green). The database gathers methods that simulate force-field parameters for the various types of inorganic minerals present in cement. A database tool created by researchers in the United States and Europe will aid in the design of cement, a component of concrete, the most-used construction material in the world and a significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The database contains validated atomistic models for molecular modeling that could help fine-tune cement and curtail emissions. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/10/1008_CEMENT-1b-WEB-tpk0ml.jpegA database tool created by researchers in the United States and Europe will aid in the design of cement, a component of concrete, the most-used construction material in the world and a significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The database contains validated atomistic models for molecular modeling that could help fine-tune cement and curtail emissions. (Credit: ETH/EPFL/Rice University) ShareEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.AT RICE:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduAT ETH ZURICH:Claudia Nägeli+41 44 632 89 61claudia.naegeli@hk.ethz.chAT EPFL:Clara Marc+41 21 69 30462clara.marc@epfl.chDatabase clarifies bottom-up design of cementEPFL, ETH and Rice researchers lead international team to make cement manufacture greener and more efficientHOUSTON – (Oct. 9, 2017) – An international team of scientists led by EPFL Lausanne, ETH Zurich and Rice University has created a database of molecular dynamics models that simulate the properties of cement in all its varieties.The database is called cemff, for cement force fields. It gathers methods for simulating force-field parameters for the various types of inorganic minerals present in cement, which is used to bind concrete, the most-used construction material in the world. Cemff allows academic and industrial researchers to draw upon many types of force fields to make accurate simulations and predictions of purpose-built cement formulations. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/10/1008_CEMENT-4-WEB-15e35vt.jpgA simulated construct of cement produced by a model in the cemff database. The model contains hydrogen (white), oxygen (red), silicate (yellow) and calcium (green). The database gathers methods that simulate force-field parameters for the various types of inorganic minerals present in cement. (Credit: ETH) Return to article. Long Description A simulated construct of cement produced by a model in the cemff database. The model contains hydrogen (white), oxygen (red), silicate (yellow) and calcium (green). The database gathers methods that simulate force-field parameters for the various types of inorganic minerals present in cement. Courtesy of ETH A database tool created by researchers in the United States and Europe will aid in the design of cement, a component of concrete, the most-used construction material in the world and a significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The database contains validated atomistic models for molecular modeling that could help fine-tune cement and curtail emissions. A database tool created by researchers in the United States and Europe will aid in the design of cement, a component of concrete, the most-used construction material in the world and a significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The database contains validated atomistic models for molecular modeling that could help fine-tune cement and curtail emissions. center_img Return to article. Long DescriptionA database tool created by researchers in the United States and Europe will aid in the design of cement, a component of concrete, the most-used construction material in the world and a significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The database contains validated atomistic models for molecular modeling that could help fine-tune cement and curtail emissions. Courtesy of ETH/EPFL/Shahsavari Lab at RiceCemff could help industry design stronger, more durable construction materials that also curtail carbon dioxide emissions from the manufacture of more than 3 billion tons of cement and concrete a year. Concrete manufacturing contributes as much as 8 percent of the greenhouse gas to the atmosphere.Fifteen scientists at 11 institutions worked on the project led by Ratan Mishra of ETH Zurich, Rouzbeh Shahsavari of Rice and Paul Bowen of EPFL Lausanne. Details appear in the Elsevier journal Cement and Concrete Research.In this research, the force field isn’t an invisible barrier from a science-fiction story. It’s the collection of parameters scientists use to build computer models of atomic interactions. These parameters include the intrinsic energy of the atoms in a simulation system. They are used to calculate how atoms interact individually and collectively with their neighbors to give the material its properties.Long DescriptionAn atomistic image produced through the cemff database shows the possible structure of calcium silicate hydrate, the main product of Portland Cement, in reaction with water. The image shows calcium (turquoise), silicon (dark blue), silicate tetrahedra (blue pyramids), oxygen (red), water (the red and white boomerang-shaped sticks) and hydroxyl molecules (purple and white sticks). Cemff is intended to help researchers and manufacturers fine-tune custom cement for concrete, the most-used construction material in the world and a significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Courtesy of EPFL“This unified database is in line with the current trend toward big data and predictive computational materials science,” said Shahsavari, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice.The models show how the component molecules in cement interact with each other. These microscopic interactions determine how well concrete performs in real-world applications and allow for fine-tuning the material to perform at its best for decades and in the most environmentally conscious way.“Molecular modeling still requires multiple trade-offs,” said Mishra, lead author of the paper and a materials scientist at ETH Zurich. “The typical example is time versus accuracy, but more importantly, it is essential to recognize what specific models are good at and what they may be challenged with. Cemff will allow researchers to have a more comprehensive view on this question and to select the best approach for the problem they are tackling.”Cement consists primarily of calcium silicates that react with water to produce the hardened material that confers mechanical properties and durability to concrete. Nearly 60 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from cement production come from the decomposition of limestone, the source of calcium in cement. To reduce the carbon footprint, manufacturers often supplement the mix with clays, waste materials like fly ash and recycled materials.These all influence the mechanical characteristics and resilience of the product; that is why there is a need for simulations at nanoscale that let manufacturers test mixes for strength and durability even before making real cement.“I hope the open format and international base of the cemff database will encourage both the modeling and experimental community to create solid benchmarks to help understand and predict more accurately the properties of the most-used material on Earth and help us build a more sustainable future,” Bowen said. Return to article. Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/10/1008_CEMENT-2-WEB-18zfe0h.jpgA database tool created by researchers in the United States and Europe will aid in the design of cement, a component of concrete, the most-used construction material in the world and a significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The database contains validated atomistic models for molecular modeling that could help fine-tune cement and curtail emissions. (Credit: ETH/EPFL)Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionA simulated construct of cement produced by a model in the cemff database. The model contains hydrogen (white), oxygen (red), silicate (yellow) and calcium (green). The database gathers methods that simulate force-field parameters for the various types of inorganic minerals present in cement. Courtesy of ETHAuthors of the paper include Aslam Kunhi Mohamed and David Geissbühler of EPFL Lausanne; Hegoi Manzano of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain; Tariq Jamil and Hendrik Heinz of the University of Colorado-Boulder; Sandra Galmarini of the Swiss Federal Laboratories of Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf; Lei Tao of Rice; Roland Pellenq of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Adri van Duin of Pennsylvania State University; Andrey Kalinichev, a professor at the Mines-Télécom Atlantic Institute, Nantes, France, and a fellow the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow; Stephen Parker of the University of Bath, United Kingdom; and Robert Flatt, a professor of civil, environmental and geomatic engineering at ETH Zurich.The research was supported by the Commission for Technology Innovation; the National Science Foundation; the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research-Supply of Electricity; the Department of Education, Linguistic Policy and Culture of the Basque Government; the ELKARTEK program; the Swiss National Foundation; the Nanocem research network; the ACS Petroleum research fund; and the Mines-Télécom Atlantic Institute.-30-Read the paper at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconres.2017.09.003.Access cemff at https://cemff.epfl.ch/.This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Images for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/10/1008_CEMENT-3-WEB-1fceqsx.jpgAn atomistic image produced through the cemff database shows the possible structure of calcium silicate hydrate, the main product of Portland Cement, in reaction with water. The image shows calcium (turquoise), silicon (dark blue), silicate tetrahedra (blue pyramids), oxygen (red), water (the red and white boomerang-shaped sticks) and hydroxyl molecules (purple and white sticks). Cemff is intended to help researchers and manufacturers fine-tune custom cement for concrete, the most-used construction material in the world and a significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. (Credit: EPFL) Return to article. Long Description AddThislast_img read more

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Rice U reports progress in pursuit of sickle cell cure

first_imgShare1NEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice U. reports progress in pursuit of sickle cell cureBioengineer Gang Bao uses gene editing to repair up to 40 percent of bone marrow cells from patientsAUSTIN – (Feb. 16, 2018) – Scientists have successfully used gene editing to repair 20 to 40 percent of stem and progenitor cells taken from the peripheral blood of patients with sickle cell disease, according to Rice University bioengineer Gang Bao. Return to article. Long DescriptionGang BaoBao, in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and Stanford University, is working to find a cure for the hereditary disease. A single DNA mutation causes the body to make sticky, crescent-shaped red blood cells that contain abnormal hemoglobin and can block blood flow in limbs and organs.In his talk at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Austin today, Bao revealed results from a series of tests to see whether CRISPR/Cas9-based editing can fix the mutation. His presentation was part of a scientific session titled “Gene Editing and Human Identity: Promising Advances and Ethical Challenges.”“Sickle cell disease is caused by a single mutation in the beta-globin gene (in the stem cell’s DNA),” he said. “The idea is to correct that particular mutation, and then stem cells that have the correction would differentiate into normal blood cells, including red blood cells. Those will then be healthy blood cells.”Bao’s lab collaborated with Vivien Sheehan, an assistant professor of pediatrics and hematology at Baylor and a member of the sickle cell program at Texas Children’s, to collect stem and progenitor cells (CD34-positive cells) from patients with the disease. These were then edited in the Bao lab with CRISPR/Cas9 together with a custom template, a piece of DNA designed to correct the mutation.The gene-edited cells were injected into the bone marrow of immunodeficient mice and tested after 19 weeks to see how many retained the edit. “The rate of repair remained stable, which is great,” Bao said. This engraftment study was carried out in the lab of Matt Porteus, an associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford.Another major finding of the study is that the CRISPR/Cas9 system could introduce large alterations to the genes in patients’ cells, in addition to small mutations or deletions. These off-target effects could cause a disease.The findings, part of an upcoming paper, are a step toward treating sickle cell disease. Obstacles in the way of a cure include optimizing the CRISPR/Cas9 system to eliminate off-target effects, as well as finding a way to further increase the amount of gene-corrected stem cells.Bao pointed out that researchers still don’t know whether repairing as much as 40 percent of the cells is enough to cure a patient. “We’d like to say, ‘Yes,’” he said, “but we don’t really know yet. That’s something we hope to learn from an eventual clinical trial.”Bao is Rice’s Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Gang Bao: http://bao.rice.eduResearch Laboratory of Vivien Sheehan: http://txch.org/research/laboratories/vivien-sheehan-md-phd/Research Laboratory of Matt Porteus: http://med.stanford.edu/porteuslab.htmlImage for download: Return to article. Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/01/0219_BAO-1-WEB-22usgjb.jpgCAPTION: Gang Bao. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Gang Bao FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Gang Baolast_img read more

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Dad Accidentally Kills 2YearOld Son on Thanksgiving

first_img A Texas family’s Thanksgiving holiday turned into tragedy after they lost their 2-year-old son in a freak accident on Thursday morning, Nov. 23.The incident occurred when the toddler’s father was pulling out of their driveway on Hermosa Valley in Altacosta, Texas, without realizing that his son was behind him.Zachariah Rodriguez was struck by the vehicle.The grandfather of the toddler, Paul Soto, told KENS5 he is still coming to terms with what took place.“It’s hard to celebrate Thanksgiving now,” Soto told the CBS affiliate. “But I know where my grandson is now and I know someday we’re all going to go see him again.” He said he had a special bond with his grandson.“He was always making you smile—he would dress himself, put his clothes on backwards, [he was] always playing with my tools,” Soto told KENS5. “I guess he wanted to be like grandpa.”According to KSAT, the boy was transported by air to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he later died from his injuries. Zachariah had severe head trauma.Soto said that the accident should serve as a warning to other parents to not make the same mistake and to always keep alert around their children. Zachariah Rodriguez. (Screenshot via GoFundMe)“We need to watch our children, keep an eye on them at all times, especially the little ones,” he told KENS5.Soto told the network that he will never forget his grandson and the moments they shared with each other.“What I’ll miss most are his kisses, his goodnight kisses,” Soto, in tears, told KENS5.A GoFundMe page was set up on behalf of the boy’s family to help with medical and funeral expenses. As of writing on Friday, Nov. 24, the page has garnered nearly half of its $5,000 goal.“Please help us raise funds for our loved one Zachariah Rodriguez, due to a sudden tragic loss. Any help, donations for funeral expenses will be much appreciated! Thank you in advance and God bless you and your family!” the description on the page says.KENS5 reports that funeral arrangments for Zachariah have not yet been finalized.Watch the full interview below:From NTD.tvPlease help support independent journalism by sharing this article with your friends and family. It takes less than a minute. Thank you!   Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Crime and Incidents Zachariah Rodriguez. (Screenshot via GoFundMe) center_img Share this article Dad Accidentally Kills 2-Year-Old Son on Thanksgiving By Bowen Xiao November 24, 2017 Updated: November 24, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

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Videos of the Day Serena Williams Cartoon Reprinted with New Headline

first_img Video of the Day QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Videos of the Day: Serena Williams Cartoon Reprinted with New Headline By Epoch Newsroom September 12, 2018 Updated: September 12, 2018 Show Discussion Sharecenter_img Scroll down for more videosThe Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper, republished a cartoon that has been criticized by some as a racist caricature of tennis star Serena Williams.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video It published the cartoon and headline, “Welcome to PC World,” on its front page for Sept. 12.Cartoonist Mark Knight created the image after Williams’s outburst during the U.S. Open final where she lost to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.Read full storyVideo Shows Chaos in North Carolina Walmart Ahead of Hurricane Florence  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A new video shows chaos inside of a North Carolina Walmart as people attempt to stock up on provisions ahead of Hurricane Florence. While the hurricane is projected to hit land early Sept. 15, the effects are already starting to be felt from the massive storm.Jenetha Diamondz Satterfield recorded the footage at the Walmart in Durham off Glenn School Road and posted it on Facebook.“Nobody was fighting, just pushing and rushing to get water,” she wrote.Read full storyThree New Species Discovered in the Depths of the Pacific  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Scientists have discovered what seems to be three entirely new species of snailfish at some of the most extreme depths of the Pacific Ocean.According to an article published by Newcastle University, a team of 40 scientists from 17 nations cooperated on an expedition to the Atacama Trench, about 100 miles off the coasts of Chile and Peru.The trench is about 3,600 miles long, 40 miles wide, and drops to depths of 26,460 feet. By contrast, the deepest known part of the ocean, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench southeast of Guam plunges down 35,800 feet.Read full storyHurricane Florence Tracker: NASA Posts ‘Stark’ Video of Storm  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Hurricane Florence was captured by NASA via the International Space Station, providing a “stark and sobering view” of the Category 4 storm predicted to make landfall in the Southeastern United States.The footage, according to the space agency, was captured at 7:50 a.m. ET on Sept. 12.Read full storyFirst Photo Shared From Filming New “Fast and the Furious” Spinoff  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Dwayne Johnson posted a black and white photo on Sept. 10 indicating that shooting of his new “Fast and Furious” spinoff has officially begun.“DAY 1 and the evolution has officially begun. Long awaited Fast & Furious spin-off movie, #HobbsAndShaw is electric,” Johnson said.He commented on his partner wearing a sleek suit standing before a fancy sports car in front of a stylish building, “@jasonstatham is lookin’ like $1million bucks and holdin’ it all down.”Read full storyIf you enjoyed reading this article, please continue to read more stories here.Sign up for our free newsletters here. Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_img  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Reuters contributed to this report. US News Share Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said the crash happened around 11:30 p.m., on Nov. 21, 2018, on Interstate 495 in Taunton.​ (Taunton Fire Department) Driver Dead, 5 Injured, in Wrong-Way Interstate Crash in Massachusetts By Jack Phillips November 22, 2018 Updated: November 22, 2018 An elderly man driving the wrong way on a Massachusetts highway caused a major crash that left him dead and injured five other people, officials said.Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio told The Associated Press that the accident occurred on Nov. 21 at 11:30 p.m. on Interstate 495 in Taunton.The driver, 84-year-old Arnold Reda of Foxborough, was southbound when his car hit two others, CBS Boston reported. Near Exit 13, he made a U-turn and then began driving south in the northbound lanes.When his Toyota Camry hit the two other vehicles, it caused one to burst into flames. AP reported that the Reda was pronounced dead at the scene.The others who were injured included two boys aged 10 and 12. None of their injuries are life-threatening, CBS reported.Procopio told AP that police have not figured out how the driver ended up on the wrong side of the highway. State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said the crash happened around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 2018, on Interstate 495 in Taunton.​ (Taunton Fire Department)“The driver of the Toyota was the sole occupant of that vehicle. The two other drivers and four passengers in the two struck vehicles were transported to area hospitals by ambulances with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening,” said the Taunton Fire Department in a statement.Reda slammed his Toyota into a 2016 Mercedes GL450 that was being driven by a 56-year-old man who had three people in the vehicle wit him. A 42-year-old woman and the two boys were in the car, Turnto10.com reported.The adults were transported to Rhode Island Hospital, while the children were taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.The Camry also hit a 2003 Lincoln Towncar, driven by a 58-year-old woman who had a passenger in the vehicle. The driver was not injured, but the passenger was.Meanwhile, the Massachusetts State Police, Norton Fire Department, MassDOT, and Taunton Police responded. Norton Fire, Easton Fire, and Brewster Ambulance Service all sent ambulances to the crash as well.The interstate shut down entirely between exits 9 and 10 for several hours. It was later reopened.Traffic Deaths Down in 2018U.S. traffic deaths fell 3.1 percent in the first six months of 2018, according to preliminary figures released in October.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reported that for all of 2017 traffic deaths fell by 1.8 percent to 37,133 after traffic deaths rose sharply in the previous two years, according to final figures.The U.S. traffic fatality rate fell to 1.08 deaths per 100 million miles traveled for the first half of 2018. The fatality rate in 2017 was 1.16 million deaths per 100 million miles traveled—the second highest rate since 2008.The Governors Highway Safety Association noted that a strong economy usually correlates with an increase in traffic deaths “so this drop, while small, is encouraging news.”NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King said the agency is looking at a variety of factors to explain the reduction. Automakers are adding more crash avoidance features to vehicles to help warn motorists of a potential crash or slow a vehicle “and we’re very hopeful that will continue to be part of a trend,” King said.The agency said over the last four decades the general downward trend in vehicle deaths is attributed to a variety of factors including increased seat belt use, reduced impaired driving, and features like air bags and electronic stability control.The only increase in traffic death categories in 2017 was a 9 percent jump in deaths involving large trucks, including tractor-trailers. Deaths among truck drivers increased 16 percent. Officials noted that a growing U.S. economy means more freight is traveling on U.S. roads, one factor in the increase.Deaths involving the largest trucks above 26,000 pounds rose by 3.8 percent in 2017.Video shows high-speed chase suspect crashing in Oklahoma City  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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