Coach Says Football Player Convicted of Juvenile Rape Earned

Ma’Lik Richmond walks toward the victim and her family to apologize after he and co-defendant Trent Mays were found delinquent on rape and other charges during their trial in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini says a player convicted of rape as a teen has earned a second chance by staying disciplined, focused and out of trouble.Ma’lik Richmond will be allowed to remain on the team’s active roster after settling a lawsuit Monday against the school, which told him he wouldn’t be allowed to play this season after he made the team.Richmond was 16 in 2013 when he and a Steubenville High School teammate were convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party. Richmond served about 10 months in a juvenile prison in a case that garnered international attention through social media and included allegations of a cover-up to protect a storied high school football team.Pelini told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he gave Richmond a chance after hearing him accept responsibility for his conviction.“I didn’t make this decision lightly,” Pelini said. “He was extremely remorseful. I saw a young man who was desperately wanting to better his life and those of the people around him.”Pelini said Richmond stood out from other 21-year-olds because of his focus, discipline and maturity.Richmond was released in January 2014 and attended colleges in West Virginia and Pennsylvania before transferring to Youngstown State in the fall of 2016 as a sophomore.Richmond and his legal guardians spoke with Pelini and YSU President Jim Tressel about joining the team after he enrolled. Pelini researched Richmond’s past before meeting him, then said he made no promises and told Richmond he’d have to earn good grades and stay out of trouble to be on the team.“He stuck with it,” Pelini said. “He went over and above. He knew he had no room for error.”Richmond began practicing with the team as a defensive end after Youngstown State’s loss in the Football Championship Subdivision title game in January. Pelini said Richmond, a walk-on player with no scholarship, showed talent but was a “work in progress.”When The Youngstown Vindicator wrote a story in August noting that Richmond was on the team, a student circulated a petition calling for the school to bar Richmond from playing football. Youngstown State subsequently sent a university-wide email that said Richmond could continue to practice but could not be on the active roster this season and would lose a year of eligibility.Richmond quit the team after learning of the email and went home to Steubenville, prompting Pelini, another coach, and three teammates to visit him and convince him to return to school.Pelini said he told Richmond during the visit: “You need to get your butt back to campus and trust that things are gonna work out. You can’t walk away from school, you’ve come this far. It’s time to stick it out.”It was a mistake not to publicize Richmond’s place on the team or address concerns earlier, Pelini said.“I’m not stupid,” Pelini said. “I understand that the opportunity to be a part of the team raises questions.”Richmond returned to school. Less than two weeks later, he was in class when he learned his father, 51-year-old Nathaniel Richmond, was killed when he shot a judge in a courthouse parking lot and a probation officer returned fire. Pelini said it was another blow to Richmond, whose once-absent father was becoming more involved in his life.Richmond grew up in a troubled home. He began living off-and-on with his youth football coach, Greg Agresta and Agresta’s wife, Jennifer, when he was 8. They became his legal guardians and mentored him as college coaches began recruiting him in high school.Pelini said Richmond’s rape conviction and the intense public attention sharpened Richmond’s focus and determination to rise above his past.“He’s been through a lot,” Pelini said. “It makes you grow up in a hurry.”The day after Richmond’s lawsuit was filed, a federal judge ruled that Richmond could play for Youngstown State. He got on the field during the second half of a blowout win against Central Connecticut State on Sept. 16, but didn’t play Saturday in a 19-7 win over South Dakota State.“He really puts his nose to the grindstone and brings it every day,” Pelini said. “He understands the scrutiny that goes with this story, that with his background, he can’t make another mistake.” read more

Researchers create reusable adhesive that liquefies under UV light

first_imgThe AIRT representative at the show noted that the material does not undergo a reaction where new bonds form and are broken as it moves between a liquid and solid state, instead, an isomerization reaction occurs where the shape of the material itself changes. Because of that, the material can be used over and over again without losing its characteristics. They also noted that the speed of the reaction varies depending on the amount of light applied. Also, to cause the material to liquefy, the light used must be in the range 365 nm to 385 nm. To cause it to harden, the material can be exposed to ordinary light, as it contains light in the green range. This is the slow way, they say—using a green light, speeds up the process dramatically—a film 10 microns thick, for example, would take about 2 minutes to harden under a 80mW light source. It’s important to note, they add, that the change occurs due to light only—no heat is required to cause it to come about. They add that the adherence strength of the material is roughly equivalent to double-sided tape.AIRT believes the new material might be useful in manufacturing applications, where parts need to be held together temporarily while work is done, than released. Other applications might be more difficult to implement due to the necessity of working with transparent materials that allow light to pass through to the adhesive. Company reps say their engineers are continuing to study the material to see if its adhesive strength might by increased, and to find a way to change its color. Explore further Engineers from AIRT demonstrated the material at NanoTech 2013, currently running in Tokyo. The material was first presented as a powdered solid. Shining UV light on it causes it to liquefy where it can be applied to a surface. Once in place, shining a green light on it causes it to become hard, bonding two pieces of material together. In the demonstration, two small glass plates were “glued” together using nothing but the material and UV light—they were subsequently “unglued” by shining a green light at the point of connection. In addition to changing between liquid and solid states, the material also changes color. It’s yellow as a solid, but turns orange as it liquefies. (Phys.org)—Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, (AIRT) have developed an organic material that can be liquefied or hardened by shining different types of light on it. The result is an adhesive that can be used over and over again. © 2013 Phys.org More information: via Diginfo.tv Citation: Researchers create reusable adhesive that liquefies under UV light (2013, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-reusable-adhesive-liquefies-uv.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers create elastic material that changes color in UV lightlast_img read more

Register now for ACVs Europe Regional training sessions

first_img UPDATE: Air Canada Vacations has made a correction on the Winnipeg date training and added a number of additional training dates. The correction and additional dates have been added below.MONTREAL — Travel agents across the country are invited to attend Air Canada Vacations’ Europe Regional training sessions ahead of its 2019 Europe Collection launch.At each session, ACV’s sales team will share highlights of the product lineup along with its new programs and partnerships. Portugal Tourism, the main event sponsor, will present alongside other Europe suppliers like Avis Rent A Car, Azamara Cruises, Insight Vacations and Royal Caribbean International.“Our Europe collection continues to expand and the resulting support from our trade partners has been fantastic,” said Dana Gain, Senior Director of Sales, Groups & Partnerships at ACV. “We’re already seeing a terrific response from the trade and a lot of great feedback. Make sure you block your seat while there’s still space!”Agents can register via the following links:January 15, Formation Rive-Sud: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_south_shoreJanuary 15, Kelowna: [email protected] << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group January 15, Hamilton: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training__hamiltonJanuary 15, Oshawa: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/air_canada_vacations__oshawa__europe_reginoal_training_15_january_2019_breakfast_eventJanuary 16, Formation Granby: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_granbyJanuary 16, Victoria: [email protected] 17, Langley: [email protected] 17, Barrie: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_barrieJanuary 17, St. Catherine’s: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training__st_catherinesJanuary 17, Formation Saguenay: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_saguenayJanuary 23, Formation QC avec AC: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_quebecJanuary 25, Gatineau: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_gatineauJanuary 31, Halifax: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_halifaxFebruary 6, St. John’s: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_st_johnsFebruary 27, Winnipeg: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_winnipegMore news:  FIVE FESTIVE FOODS TO TRY AT EUROPE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETSAir Canada Vacations is reminding travel agents that when clients book 180 days prior to departure, they save up to $1,000 per couple. When they book 120 days prior, they save up to $500 per couple, and $300 per couple when booking 90 days prior. This offer is valid on bookings made between Nov. 5, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2019, for travel from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019. Register now for ACV’s Europe Regional training sessions Tags: ACV, Air Canada Vacations, Europe, Training Posted by Monday, January 14, 2019 last_img read more