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Steven Munsie and Mary Munsie’s New Book “The Adventures of Samba Rat & Friends: Sherman the Last Dragon” Is a Grand Tale of Friendship and Camaraderie

Steven Munsie and Mary Munsie, creators of a young people’s acting company, the Young Shakespearian Repertory Ensemble, at the Shakespeare Society of America’s Globe Playhouse, West Hollywood, have completed their new book “The Adventures of Samba Rat & Friends: Sherman the Last Dragon”: an enjoyable read that tells of a group of friends and their journey to keep each other safe and lead each other homeward.

Authors Munsie show that even at the face of danger, the power of love and friendship still triumphs: “Four woodland friends—Samba Rat; Peter Porcupine; Squirrely, a scout camp mascot; and Cindy, a ladybug—returning home from a spring picnic are caught in a storm and discover a large mysterious egg hidden in an ancient tree. When it hatches into a baby dragon, the four friends are set upon an adventure to find the little creature a home. The four friends are joined by Kitty Joy, a young master scout who first tracks them and then joins them on their adventure to find a mysterious sanctuary and save Sherman, the Last Dragon.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Steven Munsie and Mary Munsie’s captivating fable contains vivid pictures that edify the reader’s imagination.

Readers who wish to experience this engrossing work can purchase “The Adventures of Samba Rat & Friends: Sherman the Last Dragon” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

Page Publishing is a traditional New York based full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors’ books, including distribution in the world’s largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create - not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex and time-consuming issues, and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at http://www.pagepublishing.com.

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LiveWall Living Walls Enliven the Healing Landscape at HOPE Tower

Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center includes two LiveWall® Living Walls in the landscaping of the HOPE Tower. Hope Tower is the new 5 million, 300,000-square-foot outpatient care facility on the east campus of Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. The two green walls, totaling 514 square feet, were installed with the LiveWall® Outdoor Living Wall System, the green industry’s most sustainable, durable and low-maintenance living wall system.

“Guided by a patient-centered approach to care, and understanding that a sense of well-being and peace of mind are essential to healing, we set out to create an environment for holistic care that is beautiful, welcoming, accessible, and convenient,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president, southern market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “From thinking about how patients and their families enter the building and what they see as they do, to selecting colors and materials, to designing the process of care and clinical workflow – every decision we made in the design of HOPE Tower was to enhance the patient experience and promote healing.”

“The green walls are essential,” said Drew Smithson, chief operating officer, Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “They transform highly visible exterior walls, which would be otherwise unremarkable, into vertical gardens that are an integrated part of the whole landscape.”

The two living walls each measure 22 feet 8 inches wide x 11 feet 3 and 3/8 inches high. Everyone who enters HOPE Tower from the parking garage walks along a corridor with floor to ceiling windows and sees the ground level green wall in a garden courtyard that is being established with a green roof. The living wall partially covers the exterior wall of a linear accelerator (technology used in precise radiation treatment of cancers). Rather than the cold, institutional feeling of a blank, gray wall, patients, their families and visitors are invited into HOPE Tower with a welcoming, calming view of sun-splashed greenery.

Plants are getting established on the other green wall, which is taking shape as part of the green roof landscape on the outdoor terrace that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on the tenth floor. The green wall will soften the appearance of the exterior red brick wall. With the green wall, all four directions on the terrace will have visual interest and appeal.

“By extending the landscape up the sides of the structural walls, the green walls complement the landscape design and bring a vertical element to the spaces that make the landscapes more complete,” said Chris Cirrotti, vice president and principal in charge, Dewberry, the exterior civil engineering and landscape architecture firm for the HOPE Tower project.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and the only Level II Trauma and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in Monmouth and Ocean counties. It is home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. With more than 1,200 physicians and dental staff in 60 specialty areas, the medical center’s team provides quality care in a patient-centered, environmentally friendly setting. The team’s commitment to excellence has earned Jersey Shore University Medical Center numerous accolades, including being named #4 in New Jersey.

The medical center’s clinical research program and commitment to medical education is evident through an affiliation with Hackensack Meridian School for Medicine at Seton Hall University. The medical center serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs.

LiveWall
Designed with a healthy regard for plants, LiveWall® is the patented living wall system that achieves simplicity and sustainability in harmony with nature. LiveWall is the result of four years of R&D by the professionals who created LiveRoof®, the superior green roof system. LiveWall green wall solutions are engineered with horticultural and structural features specific for indoor and outdoor environments. LiveWall supports plants as nature intended — roots growing down, stems and leaves growing up. With unsurpassed versatility to grow a diversity of plant types, LiveWall transforms ordinary walls into inspiring, thriving vertical landscapes that are simple to install and easy to maintain. Follow LiveWall on LinkedIn, like LiveWall on Facebook, and for more information call 877-554-4065.

Link to Project Photos: LiveWall Hope Tower
Link to Project Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A715YgLZqQ

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Hearing others’ voices, a new book series for young adults by Balestier Press

Hearing Others’ Voices is a transcultural and transdisciplinary book series edited by British anthropologist Ruth Finnegan and Taiwanese physicist Roh-Suan Tung. The books are designed, in easy-peasy language, to enlighten and attract general readers, undergraduates, young adults and, above all, teenagers about recent advances in thought, overlooked areas of the world, and key issues of the day.

The general editors of Hearing Others’ Voices, Ruth Finnegan and Roh-Suan Tung, have done a tremendous job in eliciting books that tackle perpetual topics of interest such as mental health, the nature of the universe, of music and of storms, shamanism, voices of the Christian west, and our awesome minds and bodies.

The books in the series provide introductions,  accessibly written (often illustrated, and linked to audio-video internet material), to the latest insights into fascinating and perpetual topics such as the different ways pain has been handled in the past and present, the history of children, the make-up of our incredible bodies, and much much more. They also reveal something of the wisdom of the often dismissed traditions of, for example, Amazonia, native Australia, and Africa, bringing a wider understanding and ownership of who we are, and how the world has come to be as it is.

With some similarities to the Oxford University Press ‘Very Short Introductions’, but shorter and more immediately readable, and to the popular English Ladybird books for a younger age group but more interactive and personally challenging than either, the books will be particularly suitable for young adults’ school and/or personal reading, and a perfect resource for mind-opening general studies in students’ final school year. They are designed to stimulate readers’ curiosity and provide the material and the insights to start addressing blind spots in self- and cultural-awareness.

The suggestions for further (tougher) reading for those who want to take their understanding further will be an invaluable tool for readers, including those at or preparing for university. 

A notable, and unusual,  feature is the interactive element in the form of discussion questions, suggested mini-projects, and audio-visual Internet links and/or customised blogs on the publishers’ website where readers are invited to contribute and interact.

The aim is to bring the material home to the personal interests of each and every reader, and help them grow. 

Each book is by an acknowledged expert eager to communicate outside the too often closed realms of academe, or by practitioners, sometimes themselves young, who  speak directly from their own experience. No empty pontificating from on high!

General readers and beginning undergraduates too will find much to interest them, set out in straightforward but not simplistic or patronising terms. 

Not so much textbooks as sites for reflection and challenge, books in the series give readers a unique path into greater cognizance of our wonderful world, far and near, east and west, past and present. There are plans to issue some as audiobooks and to translate key titles into world languages, starting with Chinese. 

The series logo has been created specially for Balestier Press by the celebrated designer Rob Janoff, the creator of the Apple logo and a keen supporter of the series’ aims.  We expect his logo to play well with a young adult computer-mad audience. 



Among other titles, the series will include  the inspirational ‘For peace: voices against the fog and blood of war’, a collection from across the world and the centuries; ‘Grass: the miracle from the earth’; ‘Learning  from Native American science’; and the remarkable ‘Listen to the beginning of the universe and what it means’ (with audio).

Other upcoming books by acclaimed experts and practitioners include ‘Teams, voices from the field’ by two New Zealand experts from  sport and from urban planning; ‘Amazonia, the authentic voice of a shaman’, ’Decisions, decisions, decisions - with love: voice from the headteacher’s study’, ‘Listen to your feet’ by a podiatrist and sports physiotherapist,  ‘Time for the world to learn from Africa’ by  Africanist Ruth Finnegan, ‘“Dear Lulu”, a letter God might have written’  by Lord Rowan Williams, FBA (Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of all England  2002-2012), and ‘Listen world! music’s reverberating sounds’,  by Dame Evelyn Glennie CH, virtuoso percussionist.

Though obviously presenting relevant and necessary information and in this sense educational, the prime aim is to engage rather than instruct. Young people, like their elders, need to know, and reflect on, who they are, how they have come to be like that, how the world is, how and why it has come to be as it is. and where, in their hands, it may be going.

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Most Drivers Don't Wear Their Seatbelts Correctly

How many of us ‘wear’ our seat belts properly?

As RoSPA state, seat belts should ‘be worn as tight as possible with no slack’ and ‘the lap belt should go over the pelvic region, not the stomach’. It is well documented that although the crash test dummies are in this perfect sitting position when new cars get tested by NCAP/EuroNCAP, this is not the position most of the world’s 900 million vehicle drivers are in during normal driving.

As EuroNCAP state “Occupant positioning is critical to effective protection during a collision: systems such as seatbelts and airbags do not work as effectively if the occupants are displaced from the expected sitting positions before the impact.”

Although seat belts are proven to reduce injury and save lives, after just a few miles we slip down just an inch or two and our pelvis rotates and this leads to the lap belt riding up off the pelvis onto the stomach, compromising the seatbelt safety. Any collision in this position leads to a very different outcome compared to the EuroNCAP tests. At lower impact speeds the seat belt can cause bruising but at higher speeds internal bleeding and even ‘submarining’ can occur, where the occupant slips under the seat belt. Ask any first-on-the-scene paramedic. A head on collision of 2 cars travelling more than 30mph leads to a 60mph impact. The seat belt works optimally when firmly across the hips to take the huge force on the strong pelvic bone, but if there is slack in the lap belt section, as happens commonly, the damage to the occupants can be fatal.

SHOFT is a new patented product that goes a long way to solving this problem, and it’s so simple.

We all want to sit in the safest position and although most of us start off in a healthy upright position with slack removed, gravity takes its toll after just a few miles and we tend to slip down and forwards slightly into a ‘slouch’ position. We often see drivers sit back up at traffic lights and even give the seat belt a tug upwards to remove the slack again, only for the process to happen again a few miles down the road.

The stark fact is that any slack in the lap belt or misplacement of the seat belt will compromise the effectiveness of the safety devices fitted to the car, such as airbags, knee protection and the seat belt as they are all designed and tested with the occupant sitting upright with seat belt across the hips and with no slack.

Now there is a simple solution.

SHOFTTM is a small palm-sized product designed to keep the slack out of the seat belt. After a 2 second install adding a SHOFT to the seat belt provides it with extra functionality by turning it into an ‘anti-slouch’ device. By keeping out the usual slack that creeps into our seatbelts, SHOFT helps to keep both driver and passengers in a better and potentially safer seated position. And with our poor posture in cars being identified as a major cause of back pain, SHOFT also helps to solve a problem that nearly all of us will have to deal with.

The innovative simple design invented by Dr Graham Cox and his father Ronald, is made from a specially designed soft material that fits by slipping over the top of your car seat belt tongue (that’s the bit you grab every time you buckle up). 
How does it work?

SHOFT has a specifically designed built in ‘brake pad’ made of a secret formula called GRIPteneTM, that engages the seat belt webbing across the lap portion when you buckle up and this helps to resist slack creeping into the lapbelt. SHOFT only affects the lap section of the seat belt, so the occupant can lean forwards in the seat to reach dials as normal.

Adding SHOFT to your vehicle can help you comply with RoSPA guidelines and will help ensure your seat belt is optimally positioned every mile of your trip.For more infomration visit us at www.shoft.co.uk.

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UK MedTech wearable wins global award in 150bn USD sector

ViCardio®, (http://www.vicardio.com) a unique blood pressure monitor developed in the UK, has beaten global competition in the prestigious IDTechEx awards, held in Berlin. The judges were impressed by Tarilian Laser Technologies’ patented biosensor used in ViCardio, which is central in allowing ViCardio® to be the world’s first non-invasive, beat-to-beat, blood pressure monitor. Winning the Best New Wearable Technology Device Award at IDTechEx comes on the back of parent company, Tarilian Laser Technologies (TLT), being just one of six firms chosen by PwC to represent the UK in the Great Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong last month.
 
TLT & ViCardio CEO Dr Sandeep Shah said: “We are delighted to win the Best New Wearable Technology Award, especially coming so quickly after being part of the PwC delegation to Hong Kong. This reflects the potential of ViCardio® to transform the patient experience, as well as the strength of the UK technology sector. The global wearables market is growing rapidly and we’re confident that ViCardio® will become a key player in the sector, creating valuable export opportunities and jobs along the way.”
 
IDTechEx have estimated that the global wearable technology will reach over 150bn USD annually by 2027, across a number of categories, including medical devices, fitness trackers and smartwatches. UK companies such as TLT are well-placed to take advantage of this growing market. The judges at IDTechEx, Matthew Heasley, from GSK, and Dr Akira Sakaigawa, from Huawei commented that “ViCardio’s device has the potential to be revolutionary in blood pressure monitoring, so we are delighted to recognise this potential via this award”. Dr David Pearce, accepting the award in Berlin, said: “We’re very proud to have been honoured by the largest emerging technologies conference in Europe. UK wearables technology is becoming a global leader and we are playing a major part in that growth.”
 
Contact:
 
press@vicardio.com
ViCardio Website (http://www.vicardio.com)
 
About IDTechEx
 
The IDTechEx Show! is hosted by IDTechEx. Since 1999 IDTechEx has provided independent market research, business intelligence and events on emerging technology to clients in over 80 countries. From the IDTechEx judges: Each year at the IDTechEx Show!, two companies are honoured for their achievements in developing and commercialising different aspects of wearable technology. This year the awards were judged by Mr Matthew Heasley (GSK) and Dr Akira Sakaigawa (Huawei) with support from the independent analyst team with IDTechEx Research. As the ecosystem around various wearable products matures at different rates, significant developments at both the product and component level that are required to move the market towards the next generation. Both the high volume and wide diversity of applicants to the award reflected the ongoing spirit within this industry, and the judges commented as to the difficulties selecting just two winners from a list of impressive achievements. The winner of the Best New Wearable Technology Device: ViCardio Reasons for choice: Blood pressure remains one of the most challenging vital signs to characterise. ViCardio’s non-invasive technique does not require the traditional inflating cuff, and also removes the need for individual calibration which has been a requirement in previous attempts at cuff-less, non-invasive monitoring. The device is currently being tested in clinical trials, with the aim of confirming the quality of the data. ViCardio’s device has the potential to be revolutionary in blood pressure monitoring, so we are delighted to recognise this potential via this award.
 
Global, wearable technologies market ID TechEX Review (https://www.idtechex.com/research/reports/wearable-technology-2017-2027-markets-players-forecasts-000536.asp)
 
Background to the development of ViCardio®
 
Tarilian Laser Technologies Ltd (TLT), a global Innovator in medical device, digital technology and engineering, announces the 2018 planned market launch of its remarkable and unique Cuffless continuous beat-to-beat blood pressure monitoring solution, ViCardio® (www.vicardio.com). ViCardio® is based upon TLT’s State of The Art engineering platform delivering both a high performance and aesthetic Medical Wearable Device. The outstanding TLT device is based upon its proprietary and internationally patented opto-electronic sensor which instantly – within a second of application – delivers a continuous and highly accurate* blood pressure reading – similar to the output that is generated from an internal invasive arterial line. In contrast to all other technologies, TLT is easy and extremely comfortable to apply – with no cuff, no application pressure and no calibration required at all. Unlike other attempts at cuffless technology over the past 50 years – which have relied on invasion of energy into the body and reflection back to a detector – which is problematic and highly inaccurate – ViCardio has broken a major barrier in sensor technology and developed a high-fidelity system that accurately* and effectively generates the most important surface physiological parameters that determine blood pressure.
 
This technology which has over 37 patents is a paradigm shift and will create a whole new series of applications in consumer and hospital care. The regular and accurate measurement of blood pressure is crucial for patients wishing to achieve the best understanding and control of this condition, that now touches the lives of over 50% of the adult population. Current cuff-based products are not well liked by patients as they cause discomfort and are cumbersome to carry. They also require frequent calibration to remain of any clinical value. Other emerging devices rely on light based invasive sensors (similar to the common heart rate wearable sensors) are highly inaccurate and are not serious contenders to gain FDA/CE Mark approval. The TLT sensor will be available to clinicians and consumers and its ViCardio® brand are now set to disrupt the dynamic and evolving multi-billion dollar Medical Wearable and Luxury Technology markets. Following the conclusion of its final clinical trial (details below), it is anticipated that initial orders will be delivered to clinicians and consumers in Q4 2018. People Tarilian Laser Technologies is led by a family team, Dr Sandeep Shah and Nita Shah. They have combined their medical and electronic engineering backgrounds over several years to pursue the development of the ground-breaking TLT sensor.
 
Having achieved clinical trial results in 2012 within the CE/FDA approval tolerances, they have since focused on the further miniaturisation of the sensor and improvements in accuracy* so as to allow TLT to enter the sensor into a second clinical trial using the highest scrutiny possible, that of comparison to intra-arterial lines used in intensive care environments using the SP-10 protocol. This trial, currently in progress at The Barts Heart Centre, is anticipated to complete in Q2 of 2018 and its results will form the basis of their CE/FDA certifications. Steve Schaefer, patent attorney and engineer by training, moved from his position as the Head of MedTech at the prestigious US patent firm Fish and Richardson in September 2017 to become the third executive director of TLT and the lead of its North American operation. Steve had led the team that had worked on securing the extensive patent portfolio since 2007. Dr David Pearce, a leading Physician, Entrepreneur and expert in digital technology and communications, has recently joined the TLT Non-Executive Advisory Board.
 
*All claims of accuracy are subject to, and will in due course be certified to, an international recognised medical grade approved standard. The TLT sensor is undergoing strict regulatory clinical testing to the highest standards, with CE Mark and FDA regulatory filings to follow.

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