Sam Roch-Perks, a Cork property investor-turned renewable energy promoter, whose company plans to develop a huge wave energy farm off the Cornwall coast, has assembled a coterie of high-profile backers to help float the project.
Roch-Perks runs Simply Blue Energy with his business partner, Hugh Kelly, who is president of the Irish Exporters’ Association. Simply Blue recently signed a deal with Wavehub, a UK government-backed renewable energy test site, to deploy about 200 small wave energy generators at the site.
The project will cost about £45 million, with some of the money coming from research and development grants. Roch-Perks says Simply Blue has also received commitments from a number of private investors.
Anthony Gurnee, a Waterford-based former US Navy officer who founded Ardmore Shipping, which is listed on the US stock exchange, recently came on board as a director.
Hugh McCutcheon, the former Davy corporate financier, has also joined the advisory board of Simply Blue, which also includes former investment banker Hylton Murray-Philipson, who once ran the New York operations of Henry Ansbacher bank. He previously invested in recycling outfit Agrivert, whose former managing director, James Astor, is also now on Simply Blue’s rejigged board.
Simply Blue, the developer of the wave energy farm, is using technology developed by a Swedish company in which Roch-Perks is also an investor, Seabased, which recently deployed the technology off the coast of its homeland.
He knows the country well, as he also runs a Swedish-Irish property company, Swirish (sure, what else would you call it?) and his wife Petra hails from the Scandinavian country. “We hope to have the first phase of generators in the water next year,” said Roch-Perks, who said there were are not yet any suitable sites for Seabased’s technology off the Irish coast.
Roch-Perks, an engineer by trade, once set up an Irish bar in Hong Kong with a friend because he couldn’t find anywhere decent there to have a pint. “It was my first business. I was only in my 20s,” he pleaded. Since then, he’s progressed from beer to water, with Simply Blue. One to keep an eye on.
On our second morning in Rajasthan, we awoke to the sound of birds chattering, vendors barking and taxis beeping below our window. It was the merry din of an Indian city waking up to a busy day.
We rolled over, relished the cool serenity of our hotel room and resolved to take the morning off from being tourists. And why not? Our hotel was a 16th-Century Rajput palace — an elegant compound of shaded cloisters, winding stone passageways and domed turrets.
In short, a museum in itself.
Without realizing it, we had devised a strategy for coping with India. You visit this remarkable country knowing you are plunging into a maelstrom — the birthplace of two great religions, home to countless temples and palaces, a society that throbs with the energy of 1.2 billion people.
But you also risk jet lag, malaria, dysentery, smog, sleep deprivation, dehydration and sensory overload from constant immersion in colors, smells, sounds and crowds.
Sometimes, you just need a break. Fortunately, India offers these, too, in rich profusion. And so we soon fell into a comfortable rhythm: a morning foray into India’s pulsing markets, slums and historic sites followed by retreat into the tranquility of a temple, mosque or garden.
Hubbub and escapes
In “The Last Mughal,” historian William Dalrymple describes the royal procession that rode across Delhi on the evening of April 2, 1852. Elephants, camels, torchbearers, drummers and princes on horseback issued from the Lahore Gate of the great Red Fort to commemorate one of the last royal weddings of the Mogul dynasty. Today, you can walk that same route.
An essential starting point is Lal Qila, the Red Fort, whose imposing sandstone walls enclose the royal compound of Shah Jahan, who came to power in the 17th Century as the fifth of the great Mogul emperors. The gardens and pavilions are a bit decrepit today — a hint that India’s Hindu majority lies uneasily with the great Muslim chapters of its past. But it nonetheless showcases Mogul architecture and conveys the splendor of an emperor who ruled 10% of the world’s population.
Leaving by the Lahore Gate, you cross a busy plaza and plunge into Chandni Chowk, a commercial artery that runs through the heart of Old Delhi. In this pulsing bazaar, you can buy anything: silver bracelets, Persian slippers, Nike T-shirts, beaded necklaces, baby shoes, incense, chewing gum, Pashmina scarves, brass statues of Ganesh, a lamb kebab, a shave, a head massage, bumper stickers with Shiva.
On advice of our friend and host Grace Morgan, we hired bicycle rickshaws to navigate the throng. The lanes are so jammed with scooters, pushcarts, bicycles, donkey carts, pedestrians, panhandlers and shoppers that you can’t take it in unless you leave the driving to someone else.
We then found Lodi Gardens, a quiet, stately park in south Delhi. Its winding paths, lined with magnolias and boxwoods, are popular with joggers and walkers in the morning mist. We soon fell into their meditative pace.
But the park also opens another chapter of Indian history, for it is dotted with handsome tombs built by the Sayyid and Lodi sultanates, the royal families that preceded the Moguls. Though we sought Lodi Gardens as an antidote to urban hubbub, it was so beautiful that I would add it to my list of must-visit sights in Delhi.
Grandeur of Mumbai
On our last morning in Mumbai, I got up early to catch sunrise at the Gateway of India, a huge ceremonial arch overlooking the city’s harbor. The arch was built to commemorate the 1911 visit of England’s King George V and Queen Mary, but it also served as a departure point for the last troops of the British Raj, so it captures both the grandeur and the tragedy of British colonialism.
Most guidebooks describe Mumbai as a city for eating and shopping, not high culture, and that was our experience. Still, the Fort District near the Gateway arch provides a magnificent walking tour of what has been called the world’s greatest collection of Victorian Gothic architecture.
Among the highlights: the Taj Mahal Hotel, whose massive balconied façade rivals that of the Plaza Hotel in New York for sheer splendor; the imposing but graceful Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum), where palm trees sway above the sweeping front lawn, and farther north, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly the Victoria Terminus) a massive railway station whose exterior bristles with cupolas, spires and gargoyles.
You can complete that tour in an hour or two, but it means navigating some of India’s busiest streets — broad avenues that swarm with taxis, lorries, motor-rickshaws, food vendors, cows and pedestrians. By the time we finished, we were ready for some solitude. We found it on the Oval Maidan, a huge lawn ringed by palm trees that serves as a public garden.
Palaces in Jaipur
On the day we visited Jaipur’s great Amber Fort, our guide was in a hurry. The elephants go off duty at 11 a.m. — before the heat of the day — and if we wanted a ride, we had to get there early. Assured that the elephants are not mistreated but feeling more than a little sheepish, we climbed aboard a great gray mount for a winding, swaying and unforgettable climb to the fort’s high ramparts.
Of all the palaces we saw during 18 days in India, this was the showstopper — a hilltop fortress that overlooks its own artificial lake and an abandoned medieval village. It was in this palace, begun by Rajah Man Singh in 1592, where the Moguls’ signature architecture met Hindu motifs of lotuses and elephant heads, and where royals cavorted in mirrored chambers and water-cooled gardens.
Even a palace, however, can get crowded. When the tour was over, we retired to a palace of our own, two hours away in the village of Deogarh. The Deogarh Mahal, built in 1670 by one of the district’s 16 feudal families, operates as one of India’s many “heritage hotels,” royal palaces that have been converted for tourists. Others are more elegant — the Samode Haveli in Jaipur, for example, or the unforgettable Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.
But here, you feel as if the royal family just left. They haven’t entirely: Descendants of the Singh family still occupy one wing of the mahal and will share their history over afternoon tea if your timing is right.
As evening closed in, we sat on one of the mahal’s many rooftop terraces. A fire burned in a caldron as two young women in saris and ankle bells swirled through a Rajasthani dance. The waiter came around with spicy snacks and cool drinks, the fire crackled and sparked, and by the time darkness fell, we felt recharged for the next day’s plunge.
If you want to go
Getting there: If you need to fly into Delhi and out of Mumbai (or vice versa), a good choice is Delta. It and its partners KLM and Air France can fly that route for about $1,400-$1,800 round-trip, and you can earn Delta miles on the route: Detroit-Amsterdam-Delhi, then Mumbai-Paris-Detroit.
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Centrify overnight introduced its inaugural Centrify Channel Partner Network Awards Program by announcing the company’s top performing channel partners around the world.
The inaugural Australian winner of the Centrify Channel Partner Network Award for APAC is Melbourne-based Network Professional Services (NPS), which has deployed Centrify for a large number of customers including Essendon Volkswagen.
The annual global program recognises partners for their outstanding delivery and execution on every level of engagement, including customer acquisition and retention, market execution, sales performance and sales effectiveness.
“The purpose of our new awards program is to show our appreciation for the ongoing commitment our channel partners demonstrate in driving success with Centrify’s technology solutions around the globe,” said Nathan Adams, channel chief at Centrify.
“It’s an honour to have the opportunity to publicly recognise our committed partners as leaders in the channel partner community. They are demonstrating proven success in partnering with Centrify and our Centrify Channel Partner Program, helping stake out a clear leadership position for the company in the unified identity management sector.”
The Centrify Channel Partner Network (CCPN) is a global network of value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors. The CCPN helps partners to achieve growth and profit by delivering unified identity management solutions that help customers strengthen security, meet compliance requirements, reduce IT expenses, and extend cloud and mobile technologies across the enterprise.
“Mainline is honoured to receive the Centrify North America Server Suite Partner of the Year award. The value of Centrify’s products is clearly defined and easily understood, allowing us to strengthen our role as trusted advisors within our accounts,” said Jeff Dobbelaere, vice president of technology and alliances at Mainline Information Systems.
“Centrify delivers on the promise of unified identity management that is easily integrated, readily adopted and highly regarded, leading to successful deployments and satisfied customers time and time again.”
Centrify has named Corus360 as their first North America Partner of the Year. “For the past two years, Corus 360’s partnership with Centrify has enabled us to open new doors and tackle new challenges,” said Steve Johnson, president of Corus360.
“I am elated with the recognition as the Centrify Partner of the Year because it underscores the value Corus360 and Centrify bring to our customers. In today’s world, customers often struggle with accessing systems of records from multiple devices, and Centrify is able to provide identity management across the application stack to all systems of engagement. It’s by understanding our customers’ challenges that we become more relevant as vendors.”
In 2014, Centrify more than doubled its channel revenue with contribution from new and existing partners, and also announced the world’s first subscription-based managed service provider (MSP) program. Through Centrify’s partner network, businesses of all sizes can leverage Centrify’s unified identity management technology in a manner that suits the size and scope of their business at any given time.
Centrify continues to recruit new strategic partnerships, and this is proving to drive new revenue streams and strong alliances. Centre Technologies has proven to be a very strong partnership for Centrify. As a result, they were awarded the Rising Star Partner of the Year award for the United States market.
“Centre Technologies is honoured to accept this award,” said Chris Pace, CEO of Centre Technologies. “Centrify plays a critical role in C-Stack, Centre Technologies’ enterprise solution. C-Stack is a great product for our clients, and our business has grown ever since Centrify came on board. We’re looking forward to a great future together.”
To add to the above North American awards, SoftwareONE was awarded Centrify’s Identity Services Partner of the Year for North America and CDW was awarded Centrify’s Mac Authentication Partner of the Year for North America. Both are very strong partners for Centrify. Scalar Decisions in Toronto was awarded Rising Star Partner of the Year for the Canada market, IMMIX was awarded as the Centrify Federal Partner of the Year.
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With significant new investment from the University of Bristol, the QET Labs will span research groups across both the Faculties of Science and Engineering to deliver a radically new generation of machines that exploit quantum physics to transform our lives, society and economy.
Potential applications include developing secure communication systems for individuals, corporations and government; precision sensors for environmental monitoring, biomedical applications and security; quantum simulators to design new materials, pharmaceuticals and clean energy devices; and quantum computers to tackle challenges in big data and machine learning.
Speaking at the launch event from the deck of the SS Great Britain, Professor Jeremy O’Brien, Director of CQP said: “It seems fitting that we are standing here on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, in sight of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, launching a new venture that pays homage to such great historical figures as Dirac and Brunel. The QET Labs brings their contributions to humanity together binding quantum physics with engineering technology.”
“QET Labs will be an international node for collaboration with industrial and academic world-leaders,” Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research, said.
QET Labs aims to be a global centre for research, development and entrepreneurship in the emerging quantum technology industry with world leading facilities and core expertise in photonic quantum technologies and quantum systems engineering. The Labs will house over 100 researchers working to deliver quantum technologies whilst supporting the training of future quantum engineers through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantum Engineering.
The QET Labs development is well under way and will be fully complete and open for business in September.
Pour les besoins de la série NCIS : Nouvelle-Orléans dont il est le héros (sur RTL-TVi, le mercredi), Scott Bakula vit de longues semaines loin de sa famille.
Après NCIS Los Angeles, une nouvelle équipe d’agents spéciaux vient d’être constituée : les NCIS : Nouvelle-Orléans. C’est à Scott Bakula, ex-héros de Code Quantum – que revient la lourde tâche de pérenniser ce nouveau show. Interrogatoire poussé.
Est-il vrai que l’agent Dwayne Pride, le personnage que vous incarnez dans NCIS Nouvelle Orléans, existe vraiment ?
“Effectivement ! Les scénaristes se sont inspirés de l’histoire de D’Wayne Swear. Cet homme a chapeauté pendant vingt-huit ans la branche de la Naval Criminal Investigative Service à la Nouvelle-Orléans”.
Il est toujours en activité ?
“Non. Il est maintenant en semi-retraite. L’autre moitié de son temps, il le consacre au show-biz ! C’est un homme intelligent. Un homme qui a tout compris. (rires)D’Wayne est aujourd’hui notre consultant technique dans la série. Après avoir passé seize heures sur le set, généralement, on est fatigué par toutes ces scènes que l’on a dû tourner. Mais pas lui. À la fin de la journée, il me regarde, range ses effets personnels méticuleusement et me balance avec un sourire en coin : ‘Je pense que tu n’as plus besoin de mes conseils pour aujourd’hui ! Tu peux rentrer chez toi !’ Comme si j’étais un bleu !” (rires)
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In 2012, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva discovered a Higgs boson that was consistent with the standard model of particle physics. However, some theories propose that other Higgs-like particles with different properties may exist alongside the standard model Higgs. A new analysis of data from Fermilab’s Tevatron outside of Chicago sets limits on some of these “exotic Higgs” particles.
The standard model predicts that the Higgs boson is a scalar particle, which means it has zero spin and even parity (describing how it behaves in a mirror reflection). The Higgs discovered at the LHC is a scalar particle, as verified in data where the particle decays into other bosons (W and Z bosons, as well as photons). It’s still possible, however, that an exotic Higgs boson of similar mass exists but decays preferentially through other channels.
The Tevatron, which shut down in 2011, studied proton-antiproton collisions at energies of 1.96 tera-electron-volts, about a factor of 4 below the LHC’s collision energy in 2012. In spite of this, the two Tevatron-based experiments, CDF and D0, uncovered evidence in 2012 of a Higgs boson decaying into fermions, specifically, a pair of bottom quarks. The two collaborations have again combined their data to check for exoticness in this fermion decay channel. The Tevatron data show no signal consistent with a Higgs boson having spin zero and odd parity (a so-called pseudoscalar) or spin 2 and even parity (gravitonlike). The results are important for building the case that the Higgs boson seen in particle colliders is indeed the standard model Higgs.
KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Bobbie Sears, the newly inducted 2015 Living Angel, accepts her award at the Life Saver’s Ball on Saturday night, March 7. She received the signature angel pendant necklace during the bBall. Sears is well-known in the community for her work with Relay For Life, at Elyria Catholic, and her career at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center.
LORAIN – University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center lead telephone operator Roberta “Bobbie” Sears also uses her voice to speak for cancer patients and survivors.
Moved by the 1978 colon cancer death of her mother and the 1995 breast cancer diagnosis of a close friend, Sears helped organize the first Elyria Relay for Life in 1995. The 65-year-old Elyria resident’s work organizing the event for the last 20 years led to her being named this year’s Living Angel by the American Cancer Society.
“Together, we all can make a difference,” Sears told about 300 people at the annual Life Savers Ball at DeLuca’s Place in the Park, 6075 Middle Ridge Road. “Everybody can make the difference if they just give a little bit.”
Master of ceremonies Dr. Alexander Zolli, a cardiovascular surgeon at Mercy Regional Medical Center, said Sears was a “humble and serene figure” who has a passion for helping people.
“Her mission statement is simple: don’t give up,” he said. “Her efforts have touched and impacted hundreds of people. She’s a no-frills person who serves others.”
Sears has worked at the hospital since 1976 and said after the event that she was nominated by a friend of a friend and by a co-worker. She said the nomination surprised her.
“For once, I was speechless. That doesn’t happen very often,” said Sears whose voice is on hospital phone recordings. “I’m overwhelmed. I really am.”
Thirteen winners were on hand with Sears for the ceremony, which was preceded by a dinner and fundraising auction. Zolli said their presence and the presence of about a dozen cancer survivors in the audience was an inspiration.
Cancer is expected to kill 589,430 this year, according to the society, about 1,620 per day. Nonetheless, Zolli said the disease has limits.
“It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope,” he said. “It cannot erode faith. It cannot silence courage. It cannot conquer the spirit.”
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Roberta “Bobbie” Sears on Saturday became the latest American Cancer Society Living Angel award winner.
The award began in 1995 and there have been 27 winners with multiple winners in some years.
Winners are nominated by community members in December and January and there were 20 nominations for the 2015 winner.
Nominees can be someone who does cancer research or someone who works with cancer patients such as a doctor, nurse, social worker or volunteer.
Winners are decided by a nonpartisan committee with no connection to the healthcare or hospice fields.
Winners receive a 14 karat gold Living Angel pendent from Nielsen Jewelers in Lorain.
In Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, there’s a scene in which one of the characters cries out at the futility of life: “They give birth astride of a grave,” he shouts, “the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.” During an unforgettable paragraph in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes the mortician Caitlin Doughty goes further: a visibly pregnant woman attends her funeral home to arrange a cremation for her baby. “That’s a shame about your baby,” a colleague says to her, “but you’re lucky you’re pregnant, and gonna have another child.” He shouldn’t have spoken so soon: it was her unborn baby that needed the funeral.
In what gets called the “natural” world it’s usual to die in infancy, but for human beings, there remains something deeply unacceptable about that truth. Advances in medical care over the last few decades, and the attendant shift in death from home to hospital, now mean that few of us spend time with those who are dying. The unprecedented longevity of many of our grandparents, and the creeping atomisation of communities, have reinforced many people’s alienation from death. It’s become fashionable to complain that as a society we’re out of touch with death, but for the most part, that’s a good thing. We should celebrate our lack of acquaintance with the stench and the agony that, for much of human history, all too often accompanied the last days of life. Still, modern life permits a distance from death and dying that brings its own problems, not least a difficulty in accepting the inevitable, or being able to adequately grieve. Doughty is a trailblazer of a “death positive” movement, beginning in the US but now very much over here, that seeks to normalise the contemplation of mortality with “death cafes” and “death salons”. Her story about the pregnant mother arranging a funeral for her unborn baby is just one of many sobering tales she offers, but her book is not a catalogue of horror; it’s a hilarious, poignant and impassioned plea to revolutionise our attitudes to death.
As a little girl growing up in Hawaii Doughty was death-obsessed; on teenage work experience at a local hospital she asked to be assigned to the mortuary. She went on to study medieval history, and wrote a thesis about dead babies in witchcraft. “Functionally morbid”, after college she had the ambition of working at a crematorium. “Academic papers had provided a fix, but they weren’t enough,” she writes. “I wanted the harder stuff: real bodies, real death.”
Her memoir of Westwind Cremation Burial in San Francisco is shot through with arresting descriptions of how modernity deals with the dead: “a girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves”; “seeing a flaming human skull is intense beyond your wildest flights of imagination”; “there is nothing like consistent exposure to dead bodies to remove the trepidation attached to dead bodies”. She describes the process of embalming in shuddering detail, as well as the importance of a good seal on a cremation-chamber door: “from the chute where the bones are swept out, came a sluice of gushing molten fat … I plunked down on the floor with a pile of rags, sopping and swabbing up the fat as it cascaded out.”
Once the body itself has burned, bones are often intact – most jurisdictions insist these be ground in a cremulator before being returned to the family. The cremulator doesn’t work for babies’ bones – these she has to grind by hand. “I had written my thesis on medieval witches accused of roasting dead infants and grinding their bones,” she observes. “A year later I found myself literally roasting dead infants and grinding their bones.”
The intensity of such a life, confronted with the reality of death and an enforced intimacy with the grief of others, deepens her emotions: “It felt as if my life up to this point was spent living within a tiny range of sensations, rolling back and forth like a pinball. At Westwind that emotional range was blasted apart, allowing for ecstasy and despair like I had never experienced.” She becomes more philosophical about the fragility that we embody as human beings. She wants us to experience the peace she’s achieved through her work – her acceptance of her mortality: “This confident, stable feeling was available to anyone,” she writes, if only “society could overcome the burden of superstition”.
Another death-positive campaigner is Brandy Schillace, a cultural historian based in Cleveland, Ohio, whose book opens by lamenting the curtailment of western death culture. We have forgotten how to grieve, she says; psychiatrists now categorise disabling grief as “pathological” only two months after the death of a loved one. This places immense demands on the bereaved to “get over it”, and promotes the medicalisation of sadness. In the first half of her book she articulates this problem, surveys other cultures’ death practices and offers a history of western attitudes to death, dwelling in particular on the Victorians’ memento mori practices. In their human-hair brooches and skeleton pendants she finds a message for the modern world: “The modern westerner has lost loss; death as a community event, and mourning as a communal practice has been steadily killed off.”
During the Victorian era, doctors began to replace clergy as the familiars of death; Schillace examines how dissecting cadavers became a rite of passage for medical students, and the attendant ways clinical science has sequestered the dying from everyday life. Just as lay birth assistants (“doulas”) are becoming more commonplace, she calls for more layfolk to become “death midwives” – skilled in assisting the dying – so that death can be mediated by professionals other than clinical staff.
Schillace teaches humanities at the medical school in Cleveland, and is shocked by how much information her trainee doctors have to cram, leaving little time for the literary or historical texts she sets them. “You enter [medical school] as a human,” one doctor tells her, “and years later, you get to be a human again.” That particular pendulum of medical training may be reaching the end of its arc; in the UK, at least, there are hopeful signs that we may be swinging back towards a more personalised, respectful and mutually negotiated model of medical care. End-of-life care is relatively well developed in the UK as opposed to the US, and hospices are consulted and respected for their expertise in providing a good death. But the provision of these “palliative” services is still patchy, provided by charities rather than being a cornerstone of the NHS as it should be. In her book Living With Dying, GP and BMJ columnist Margaret McCartney has written a manifesto for a more humane approach to dying, urging fewer pills and protocols, and greater attention to individuals’ wishes.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Death’s Summer Coat are short on statistics, but McCartney makes up for them: between 2000 and 2010 the death rate in the UK fell by an extraordinary quarter for men (from 8,477 to 6,406 deaths per million), and a fifth for women (from 5,679 to 4,581 deaths per million). There has been a near doubling in life expectancy over the last 100 years. The success of specialised medicine and the development of institutionalised care has meant less and less of us now look after the sick in our own homes, so when a loved one wants to come home to die, family carers struggle: “Dealing with bathing and washing, toileting and personal hygiene, vomit and faecal matter … can be arduous, unrelenting, back-breaking work.” McCartney wants to see palliative and hospice services expanded from their current postcode-lottery status to a more comprehensive system. But at the same time she challenges the wisdom that everyone should be able to die wherever they want to, reminding us that families have a say too: one Canadian study found that while only 5% of terminally ill patients wanted to die in an institution, 14% of carers wanted their relatives to die in one. While 30% of patients didn’t die in their preferred location, 92% of their carers felt that they’d died in the most appropriate place. The family carers I meet in my work as a GP are also my patients; the death of their loved one will be just the beginning of a voyage through grief – a voyage that can be harder, and more prolonged, if their own preferences haven’t been respected. McCartney also acknowledges the uncomfortable truth that relatives are often expected to care for someone with whom they’ve had a fraught, fractured or even abusive relationship.
In terms of improving quality of life, good personalised care is more valuable than pills or medical interventions, yet “care” can’t be assessed by Nice, and clinicians can’t prescribe it. This is the infuriating paradox McCartney wants to address: “The obvious and far more ethical answer,” she writes, “would be for doctors to be able to prescribe more time and contact with skilled carers first, rather than medication.” Local councils now routinely “auction” care contracts to the lowest-bidding private firms, which must use zero-hour contracts and pittance-paid staff just to balance the books – the situation in care homes is just as bad. The low value we now place on care is an enduring tragedy – a collective scar on our society’s conscience. Those in the caring professions see how damaging this attitude is: since one of my own patients began using a wheelchair, she has had 70 different strangers through the door to help her with intimate care such as bathing, dressing and toileting.
Another target in McCartney’s sights is institutional expectation that doctors sign Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) agreements with the terminally ill, even in cases when resuscitation would be overwhelmingly likely to cause harm. The conversation itself often causes distress, and signing such disclaimers wouldn’t be contemplated for other medical interventions with as little likelihood of success. She proposes that we replace the DNAR forms with “AND” ones – “Allow Natural Death” – quoting a woman whose mother was assaulted in her final hours by paramedics who ignored her DNAR form anyway: they “robbed [her] of her natural death”, the woman wrote, causing “prolonged dying in a manner that was contrary and repugnant to her wishes”.
“Few can welcome death,” McCartney writes, “but acceptance of it is something that we all must do, though it is difficult and often traumatic.” One of the roles GPs perform is “bearing witness”, and McCartney’s laudable goal is that “everyone will have the funding for hands-on, personal care, that hospice care would be statutorily funded, and that choices in treatment could be offered even if it meant that the time of our death would be accelerated”.
For Samuel Beckett’s character, life was a glimmer of light between the darkness of the womb and that of the grave. Vladimir Nabokov agreed: his memoir Speak, Memory declares “the cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness”. Our lives might pass in a flash, but what we do with our own flash of light, and its inevitable dying, still matters. It’s not true that as a society we’ve rejected death: some of my patients meet it with dignity and acceptance, and their loved ones with good grace. The families who do so have usually been able to talk about it, articulate their fears, and be honest about what’s important to them. Books such as these are a valuable contribution to the debate about death, but will also facilitate those private conversations. Reliable and compassionate care helps too: “If we are fearing our death,” writes McCartney, “let us at least not fear for the things that we as a society can and should provide.”
Grimm returns to NBC tonight with a brand new Friday April 17, season 4 episode 17 called “Mishipeshu,” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, Nick [David Giuntoli]and Hank [Russell Hornsby] have a homicide on their hands when a dark and mysterious Native American myth comes to life; Juliette’s erratic behavior lands her in trouble with the law; Rosalee and Monroe reach out to Capt. Renard for help.
On the last episode, Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) were called to investigate a rare Wesen that left its victims frozen solid. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) started to feel that she was losing her humanity as she seeks to get revenge on Adalind (Claire Coffee). Elsewhere, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) continued to suffer from mysterious bleeding and visions while Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) worked toward coming to grips with the Wesenrein incident. Reggie Lee and Bree Turner also star. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the NBC synopsis, “a homicide leads Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) onto the dark and mysterious path of a local Native American power quest. Meanwhile, Juliette’s (Bitsie Tulloch) erratic behavior lands her on the wrong side of the law. At the spice shop, Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) are on a mission and call on Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) for help. Reggie Lee and Claire Coffee also star.”
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#Grimm begins two days from the present with Nick fighting Hank who doesn’t seem to realize it’s Nick. Hank woges into something electric and hairy. Monroe and Rosalee welcome Nick and Hank to their house for dinner. Rosalee asks how things are and Nick says no one needs to feel awkward about Juliette. He says he doesn’t know where she is and says she hasn’t even been showing up to work. He says he’s worried what she’ll do. He says he’s driving around every night looking for her.
Nick says he can’t be there pretending and says he can’t stay. He leaves. Monroe asks who’s hungry. Rosalee says Henrietta could be wrong and says they should talk to Renard since he has the book. Rosalee says they need to look through all the spells and Hank says they also need Juliette. The woman in question is at a bar and orders vodka straight. A guy approaches her and offers to buy her the drink. She says he can buy that one and the next one. He agrees and says he’s Rick. He asks her name.
She asks what she looks like and he says Jackie. She says he’s good and says that’s her name now. She asks who his friend is and he says this is between the two of them. She asks if he thinks he can handle her by himself. He asks if she’s wild and she tells him he doesn’t want to know. He says he bought her two drinks when she goes to walk off. He says he wants to know who she is and she asks if he likes her eyes. She asks if he likes her lips. He says he likes it all. She woges and lightbulbs burn out.
He freaks and she sends him flying away from her with magic. The bartender says he’s calling the cops. Juliette just walks out. A guy is buffing the floors at a school when he hears a noise. He goes to check it out and grabs a wrench from his tool box. He calls out and sees a door closing. He says anyone there will be sorry. The buffer starts up on its own. A fuzzy electric creature jumps out at him, knocks him down and bites his neck.
Nick and Hank are at the school the next day and meet Wu. He says Lawrence, the school custodian, is the victim. He says it’s Deputy Farris that’s working it locally. She says this case is as weird as the lats one. It looks like the guy was mauled. She says Larry kept to himself and worked there for seven years. Renard comes to the spice shop with the book. He says to be careful with them and can’t close the book. Rosalee says Nick doesn’t know they’re doing this because they didn’t want to give false hope.
They ask if he’s talked to Juliette. He thinks about kissing her then tells them she’s not the same person. Renard cautions them not to do more harm than good. The principal says Larry wasn’t popular among the staff and says she thinks he was divorced. She says they had an incident with some minority bullying of Native Americans early in the year and says it said buffalo jockey, white pride and red skin stuff. She says she thinks Larry may have been involved.
She says Simon George was the student involved but he dropped out then left his foster family. Farris asks to tag along and says her ex is Native American and the same tribe as Simon and may be able to help. We see Simon wake in the woods with blood on his mouth. He looks scared and staggers to his feet. He laps up some water from a creek and then sees the cat like reflection in the water and gets scared. Hank says Larry has a bit of a record for drunk and disorderly type stuff.
Nick says Simon was in foster care since he was five and his dad Gus was murdered in a road rage incident. Farris says Simon was five and witnessed his dad being dragged from the truck and beaten to death. She says the perps were never caught. Farris says the tribe may know where he is and says she can make a call. Wu says he got a call saying Juliette is in custody for assault over at Central booking. Nick says at least he knows where she is.
Farris says Simon is living on the reservation now and she and Hank leave to go try and find him. A mechanic is working in his shop up under a car. He hears the door squeak open and calls out to see who’s there. He says he’ll be out in a minute. He’s yanked out and screams as he’s attacked brutally. Nick goes to see Juliette in her holding cell. He asks what happened and she asks didn’t he read the arrest report. He asks why she’s doing this and she says she’s being the best hexenbiest she can.
Juliette says a Grimm and an h-biest can’t live happily ever after. Nick says he could never hurt her and she says she wishes she could say the same but she doesn’t know anymore. She says deep down she blames him and part of her loves him because she likes the way this feels. She says he was the special one for so long and now she knows and understands and doesn’t want to give it up. She says once you’re in it and tasted it, you can’t go back.
She says everyone else seems blind and says she likes the power and knows he does too. He tells her to stop it but she says she can’t. She touches his hands and asks if he can just take off his clothes and crawl in bed with her. She woges and he flinches. She asks if he can close her eyes. She says she didn’t need to let them arrest her but just wanted to see if he would come rescue her. Nick says he’s not letting her out and says it’s safer for her in there. She says it’s safer for him too.
On the res, Farris shows him a bear mother statue. They meet with Hector, a tribal leader and he asks why they’re looking for Simon. Hank tells him about the murder and Hector asks if it’s about the racist graffiti. He says Simon is out on a power quest right now. He says he hasn’t been part of the tribe for a long time but after the graffiti, expressed interest in learning about the tribe. He says he went looking for his guardian spirit. She says Hector is a dream reader.
Hector says he’s on his third day on Spirit Mountain. Hector says they can try and find him then Hank asks about the death of Simon’s dead and Hector says he knows a lot since Gus was a friend of his. He says it was an act of hate. He says law enforcement never even tried to find the guilty. Nick calls and tells Hank that she’s pushing it and doesn’t care what he thinks. He says he’s going to keep her locked up as long as he can. Hank says that’s a plan of some sort.
Nick says there’s another victim at Declan’s auto repair. Wu meets them there and says the mail man found Declan. He says they guy had an assault record. Wu checks his computer to see if the guy knows Larry. Farris wonders if the attacker is using dogs. Wu says Larry is in his contacts. They decide to run their common contacts. Simon is on the mountain chanting by a fire in the moonlight. A horned furry spirit rises from the ground and comes toward him. It enters him. Simon’s eyes glow with yellow light.
Farris, Wu, Nick and Hank do research on common contacts and find Max McClay who is the same age as them and was arrested once with Declan. They wonder if Max killed the other two or if he’s the next victim. They find an address on him. Max goes out for firewood and then heads back into his house. He swigs some whiskey then hears a growling noise. He grabs a gun and then hears the floorboards creak. Simon is in the closet! Max creeps around with the gun.
Nick, Hank and Farris pull up outside just as Simon pounces on Max. His gun goes off. Max is thrown out a window and Hank heads inside while Nick runs around back. Nick says he’s a Grimm and tells him to get down on the ground. He tells Hank he thinks he’s a Wesen but Hank says he can see him too. The guy jumps onto the roof of the house them jumps down and trips and looks back. Farris sees him too and is disturbed.
Farris says Max is passed out and she says something jumped off the roof and says it looks like something she’s only heard about in stories. She says she doesn’t want to sound crazy but Hank says they saw it too. She suggests they talk to Hector again. Renard gets a call from Rosalee asking for help. She says changing the percentages of the ingredients may result in a numbing effect. Monroe says his mom just did it and didn’t tell them. He says only a skilled hexenbiest should attempt that.
Renard says he can’t get hold of his mother but may know someone. Renard sees a guy in front of him with a wallet full of hundreds and then he goes and mugs him. They tell Hector what they saw and he says he never expected it and shows them a cave painting. He says it’s a Mishipeshu, a horned water serpent panther. Hector says reality is open to interpretation. He says it lives in the depths of a certain lake. Hank says the three victims are linked to each other and they wonder if Simon is possessed.
Farris asks how this would relate to Simon and Hector says Simon’s mother is of the tribe related to the Mishipeshu. He says they have to enter the dream world to find out more. Back at the office, Renard looks at the wallet full of cash he stole. Wu comes to see him and says they connected all three victims and they may have a Wesen crime. Renard says he found a wallet in his coat that’s not his. He asks Wu to get it back to the owner and make sure it’s kept anonymous.
Wu asks what percentage of crime he thinks is Wesen related. Renard says he thinks most crime is. Wu is stunned. Hector, Nick, Hank and Farris are in a sweat lodge out in the woods. They sip a substance to go into the dream world to find a brother who’s lost there. Hector says Nick is different and says it could be dangerous for Nick to go and Hank agrees. He hands Hank a necklace that Simon was given by his father and hands Farris a necklace that belonged to his mother. Hector begins to chant.
Simon is in the woods staggering and collapses. He looks at his ankle which appears to be broken. He sees a totem pole nearby and the eyes begin to glow. Hector chants on. Hank is getting shivers and is groaning and sweating. Hector asks where he is. Hank is Simon and he says he’s in his dad’s truck and he’s five and a half. He sees the men beating his father and sees that it’s Gus, Larry and Declan. Hank cries and says they’re killing his dad. Hector says Hank is in Simon’s past.
Nick says the victims must be the three men that killed his father. Farris gets dizzy and Hector tells him to take her outside. He goes. Hector tells Hank to come out of the dream. Hank screams – they killed my dad. He runs out of the sweat lodge still channeling Simon. Hank runs through the woods at top speed. Hector comes out and says Hank is still with Simon. Hank runs as he sees the laughing men beat Simon’s father. Hector says they need to go to where Gus is buried.
They take off at a run to the grave site. Hank runs until he sees a totem pole then he sees Simon come out of the trees. The creature comes out of Simon and jumps into Hank. Simon collapses. Hank’s eyes glow yellow and he takes off at a run. Hector and the others find Simon and he asks what happened. He says he hurt his ankle. Farris sees the totem is Mishipeshu. Hector says Mishipeshu must be using Hank since Simon is injured. He says it won’t stop until they’re all dead.
Nick says it must be going to finish off Max. Simon and the others wait for Hank at Max’s house and tell the Mishipeshu it’s no longer needed there. Nick calls Hank’s name and the creature’s face disappears but then Hank attacks Nick and they brawl. Farris has Max outside in a car protecting him. Hank is choking Nick when Hector blows some herbs in Hank’s face and Mishipeshu leaves his body and flies away. Hank asks what happened and Nick says Mishipeshu borrowed him.
Hank says it’s hard to explain what he saw and says he was Simon at age five and saw the men that murdered him. He says it was Larry, Declan and Max. They go back outside and Hank says it’s gone. He goes to the car and pulls Max out and tells him he knows what he did and that he beat Gus to death. He asks how he knows and Hank says he saw it. Max says good luck proving it and tells them to get off his property.
Farris asks if that’s one of the men that killed his father and Simon says yes. Nick says they have no evidence to tie him to it and it’s been so long no one will believe Simon’s eyewitness testimony. Max glares at them, swigs his whiskey then closes his blinds. Juliette lies asleep in her holding cell and Nick watches her sleep and thinks about her saying she likes the power. Max sits drunk, passed out sleepily holding his gun. The Mishipeshu comes for him then runs back into the woods. We see it’s Farris that was possessed this time.
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