Carr Center awards Traub-Dicker Fellowships for summer 2009

first_imgThe Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has awarded Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowships for the summer of 2009 to Benjamin Hall and Baylee DeCastro. Hall and DeCastro will spend the summer researching in the domain of policies affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.Both students bring a strong record of academic achievement and a long-standing commitment to LGBT human rights. Hall will study police reform in London’s LGBT community, and DeCastro will research LGBT health advocacy in San Francisco. Timothy Patrick McCarthy, adjunct lecturer in public policy and Carr Center faculty affiliate, will advise their research projects.“I am genuinely delighted to welcome Ben Hall and Baylee DeCastro as the Carr Center’s inaugural Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellows,” says McCarthy. “These two extraordinary students bring a rare combination of talents — intellectual heft, political acumen, and personal passion — to the study of LGBT human rights and public policy. We are all very excited to see the fruits of their important research.”McCarthy added, “Personally, I am also extremely grateful to our friends Margaret Traub and Phyllis Dicker, not only for making this exciting fellowship opportunity possible, but for supporting the Carr Center’s growing commitment to LGBT human rights.”Hall joined the Metropolitan Police, London, in 2001, and graduated as the top student in his class in the police academy. He spent one year in uniformed response in South London before selection into the Detective Corps where he worked in investigation units for sexual assault and domestic violence. After two years’ service, he was selected for specialist operations at New Scotland Yard at the age of 23, where he has since been promoted to detective sergeant in the Serious Crime Command. Before coming to Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar, he received a French and Spanish B.A. with honors from University College, London; an M.Sc. in criminal justice policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and an M.Phil. in criminological research from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, U.K.DeCastro is a second-year master in public policy (M.P.P.) student at HKS. As a committed public health advocate, DeCastro has worked for over a decade to unlock the health system’s potential to restore economic security and promote the health of low-income and medically underserved communities. Her research focuses on the relationship between the production of scientific knowledge and its use in policy formulation and implementation. As one of this year’s Traub-Dicker Research Fellows, her research examines the ways in which state-centered advocacy efforts toward LGBT inclusion as subjects and objects of health research influence health policy. Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, DeCastro served as policy adviser to three large University of California, San Francisco, clinical, policy, and research programs, where she forged successful partnerships with health care providers and community organizations to promote quality affordable health care statewide. DeCastro also led a national network of women’s health professionals as executive director of the Association of Academic Women’s Health Programs.The Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellowship is intended to support the summer research of one or two HKS students in the domain of policies affecting the LGBT communities. This program was established through a gift by Margaret Traub ’80 and her partner, Phyllis Dicker.last_img read more

Bill Simmons’ Ringer Films, HBO To Produce Music Documentary Series Similar To ESPN’s ’30 For 30′

first_imgSportswriter Bill Simmons is the latest entertainment media personality to try his hand at producing a music documentary series. A new report shared by The Hollywood Reporter reveals Simmons and his team at The Ringer will partner up with HBO for music-focused documentary films similar to ESPN‘s sports-driven 30 For 30 series.Related: Spike Jonze-Directed ‘Beastie Boys Story’ Set For IMAX, Apple TV+According to the report, the forthcoming six-part series to air on HBO will see six filmmakers explore and portray “pivotal moments or stretches in an artist’s career, iconic albums or larger looks at the music industry.” Simmons and his Ringer Films–a subsidiary of his Ringer media group which provides digital content covering pop culture at large–will produce the series alongside Polygram Entertainment and Universal Music Publishing Group executives Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino.The untitled project is expected to air on HBO sometime in 2021, and no specific directors or documentary subjects were revealed with the report.Related: Phish Got Their Own Spotlight Moment During This Week’s Episode Of “High Maintenance” [Watch]“It’s been a dream of mine to put this project together,” Simmons mentioned in a statement to go with Wednesday’s report. “We see an opportunity to elevate the storytelling form with music docs much like ’30 For 30′ changed the landscape for sports documentaries at the end of last decade. We don’t want to make music docs that just cover the beginning, middle and end of someone’s career. We think there’s a different way to do these. And we want to work with the best directors possible, talented filmmakers who have the same passion for this project that we do.”Simmons has a strong history with the subscription-based television and movie platform, having previously produced his own sports-focused talk show and an after-show for Game of Thrones in recent years. Ringer Films also produced the 2019 HBO documentary on the larger-than-life wrestler Andre the Giant. Ringer Film’s forthcoming film for HBO, Showbiz Kids, was directed and produced by Bill & Ted actor, Alex Winter.[H/T The Hollywood Reporter]last_img read more

Tornado Survivor Finds His Missing Dog Buried Alive Under Rubble

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJon Byler Dan, survived the devastating tornado that struck Washington, Ill., by hunkering down in the basement clutching his four children – ages 8, 5, 2½ and 1½. But an important member of the family was still in harm’s way.Before the storm, as debris started to hit his house, he tried to coax the family dog, Maggie, downstairs but the skittish animal refused to leave her kennel. After the storm passed, Byler Dann emerged from the basement to find that his home had been destroyed above him. Maggie was missing and the family assumed their beloved pet was dead.(READ the story, w/ more photos in by Charles Ledford of the University of Illinois, via Weather.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

VDH COVID-19 Update: Cases fall under 100 as Pfizer vaccine distributed

first_img2.2% Total tests 3,970 People tested 2 Deaths+ Total people recovered * Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.+ Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending. Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.Find more data at: is external).COVID-19 TestingTesting is an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about who should get tested and find a site near you at is external).Guidance for Vermonters and BusinessesHealth information, guidance and data: is external)Sector guidance: is external)Modeling: is external)Governor’s actions: is external)Get the information you need at our Frequently Asked Questions(link is external).School & Child Care GuidanceStrong and Healthy Start: Safety and Health Guidance for Vermont Schools(link is external)Mental Health: A Strong and Healthy Start: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Supports During COVID-19(link is external)Child care: Health Guidance for Child Care and Out of School Care(link is external)More resources on the Your Community web page(link is external).Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental HealthIf you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:Call your local mental health crisis line(link is external). Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line(link is external).Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(link is external) at 1-800-273-8255.For more information visit is external).Visit our Coping With Stress(link is external) web page.Get connected to Alcohol and Drug Support Services at VT Helplink(link is external).Get self-help tips and connect to mental health services at COVID Support VT(link is external).Food resourcesIf your financial situation has recently changed, you may now qualify for Vermont nutrition and food programs, including WIC program (Women, Infants and Children), 3SquaresVT/SNAP, and more. Newer programs such as Farmers to Families and Everyone Eats are helping to fill the gaps. Contact the Health Department(link is external), Hunger Free Vermont(link is external), or call 2-1-1 for more information.Find Opportunities to Support the COVID-19 ResponseVermonters can now step up and help with the COVID-19 response in long-term care facilities and other areas. Visit is external) for more information.Stay Informed with VT-ALERTStay up to date on the latest COVID guidance and information by registering for Vermont Alert (VT-ALERT), the State’s emergency notification system. Visit is external) and select the alerts they would like to receive (COVID information is listed under “Health Alerts”). Current subscribers can also update their notifications. Notifications are available via email, text, phone and the Everbridge mobile app. 640,896 86(6,243 total) 10 Percent Positive (7-day average) Hospitalized under investigation 214 Number Travelers monitored 191 Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)December 18, 2020New or updated information is in red and bold.This update is available online at is external)Click the “See the Latest Update” button.Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 web and data pages is external)Officials give vaccination update, urge Vermonters to stay safe for the holidaysHealth Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said at Friday’s press conference that all hospitals have now received their allocation of COVID-19 vaccine for the first week and have been busy vaccinating their higher risk healthcare staff.Meanwhile, the state pharmacy partners — CVS, Walgreens and HealthDirect/Kinney Drugs — are scheduled to begin clinics at long-term care facilities next week.“We need to be patient as we wait to make sure those at highest risk are protected right now,” Dr. Levine said. “While we won’t get to watch all the vaccinations that continue over the coming months like we saw the very first one, we can keep this in mind: every time a Vermonter gets vaccinated, all of us benefit.”Before finalizing the next priority group for vaccination, we are awaiting recommendations from ACIP, which will be meeting this weekend, and our own Vaccine Implementation Advisory Group which met today. As important as the vaccine is, we must stay focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Levine said, especially with the holidays that begin next week.“The guidance that is currently in place still calls for us to avoid social gatherings, and the CDC has also said: the safest way to celebrate is to celebrate at home with the people you live with,” Dr. Levine said.We need to remind anyone who does get together with others, to keep gatherings as small as possible, wear masks, keep a 6-foot distance, go outside if you can. And always stay away from others if you’re sick.Plan ahead to get tested — right afterward, and seven days later. And if you gather or travel, plan to quarantine — stay home and away from others, either for 14 days or seven days with your negative test result (as long as you don’t have symptoms).“The fact is, we need to acknowledge that some people will choose these higher risk activities, but if we can encourage them to take these steps, we can still help protect our communities from further spread,” Dr. Levine said. “And please strongly reconsider any gathering that involves a person with underlying medical conditions or an older person.”Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine?The COVID-19 vaccine is now here in Vermont, and hospitals have begun vaccinations.If you’re looking for the latest information about who can get the vaccine now, where and when people will be vaccinated, visit is external). Check back often, as we update this web page with new information. And sign up for our Weekly COVID-19 newsletter(link is external) to stay up to date.While we wait for vaccine to become more widely available to Vermonters, we must keep up our prevention practices, including physical distancing, mask-wearing and handwashing. This is still the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.New at is external)The Holiday Messaging Toolkit for Schools(link is external) has been updated with messages to share with families for the winter holidays and break. The toolkit contains social media posts plus images, sample newsletter drop-in text and information to help schools share with staff and parents. You can find it, and other resources, on our PreK-12 schools page(link is external) under “Guidance.”Each county in Vermont has a 2% or lower percent positivity since March. Since October 1, percent positivity has increased in every county except Chittenden. Learn more about the percent positivity by county in the latest Weekly Data Summary Spotlight(link is external).Vermonters who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) represent 6% of the state’s population but 18% of COVID-19 cases. BIPOC Vermonters with COVID-19 have significantly higher hospitalization and chronic disease rates, relative to white non-Hispanic people with COVID-19.A new data brief(link is external) delves deeper into how BIPOC Vermonters have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, due to systemic and structural racism affecting the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, and work.Case InformationCurrent COVID-19 Activity in VermontAs of 12 p.m. on December 18, 2020 Description 27 107 Currently hospitalized 248,986 Hospitalized in ICU Contacts monitored New cases* 11,400 People completed monitoringlast_img read more

GU Energy Labs confirms 2016 athlete roster

first_imgGU Energy Labs has announced its line-up of athlete ambassadors – ranging from amateur runners to world champion triathletes – ‘who demonstrate the importance of performance nutrition and strategic nutritional planning’.Some of the athletes highlighting the 2016 roster include ultra-runner Rob Krar, cyclist Sonya Looney and the Every Man Jack triathlon team.Rob Krar has been voted Ultra Runner of the Year (twice), and is a two-time (2014, 2015) Western States 100-mile Champion. The Flagstaff, Arizona resident has also won the Leadville 100 and currently owns the fastest known time (6:21:47) for running the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim. A native of Ontario, Canada, Rob twice represented Canada at the Triathlon World Championships prior to moving to the US.“GU played an important role during one of my proudest accomplishments early in my ultra-running career, my Grand Canyon Rim-Rim-Rim Fastest Known Time,” said Krar. “After that there was never any doubt GU would take care of me on any adventure I tackled.”Sonya Looney is a soaring star in the cycling world, with a self-professed goal of ‘Be Brave. Do Epic S***’. The endurance mountain bike racer is the defending World 24 Hour Mountain Biking champion, is a four-time US National Champion and has a palmares stuffed full of other wins and podium finishes in events such as the Breck Epic and TransAndes.She has also given TED talks and is the founder of the ON Dirt Series, a widespread event that combines speaking engagements with rides to inspire others to ride.Every Man Jack (EMJ) has, in only a few short years, become a force in the triathlon world, growing from a local San Francisco club to a national US powerhouse, scoring overall amateur titles at IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, IRONMAN Arizona, IRONMAN Texas and IRONMAN Coeur D’Alene as well as IM 70.3 overall amateur wins at Vineman, St George and Boulder. In 2014, all four top amateur spots at Escape from Alcatraz were EMJ athletes.The team is also noted for its commitment to philanthropy, having raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity in recent years.“Team Every Man Jack is a good example of what we’re looking for in our athlete ambassadors,” noted GU Energy Labs Director of Marketing Lauren O’Connor. “They’re serious athletes who know the value of expertly engineered nutrition during their training and racing. The team really represents the greater athletic community and truly have a passion for triathlon.”Krar, Looney and EMJ join a roster of representatives including ultra-runners Max King and Magdalena Lewy Boulet, adventure racer and cyclist Rebecca Rusch, off-road triathlete Emma Gerrard and 3x IRONMAN World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae.“Our sponsored athletes are an extension of our organization, and they demonstrate our commitment to fuelling athletes through their training and racing,” O’Connor added. “More than that, they’re a critical part of the development of our products. The physical demands of their sports provide valuable insights to their needs. Athletes expect the absolute best in performance nutrition, and we want to ensure that GU consistently delivers.”GU is a leading sports nutrition brand founded in Berkeley, California, in 1993. GU’s products help athletes hydrate, energize, and recover optimally before, during and after demanding endurance Relatedlast_img read more

Strong Author Line-up At Fridays At Five

first_imgHampton Library in Bridgehampton welcomes the 34th season of its author series “Fridays at Five,” kicking off this Friday, June 29, from 5 to 6 PM with Alice McDermott and The Ninth Hour.The series, which will run through Friday, August 24, features nine authors, who will discuss their novels in the library’s rear garden, idyllic for unwinding after a long week. While enjoying beverages and passed hors d’oeuvres, guests will have the opportunity to meet their favorite authors and even ask some lingering questions.Anne Marshall, secretary of the Hampton Library, said, “When the library was remodeled and added to in 2008, the trustees made sure that the rear garden and its magnificent tree would continue to be the setting for its annual program, Fridays at Five. Now in its 34th year, it continues to take place in the rear garden, with its sloping lawn, which makes for a natural amphitheater.”One highlight to this season’s line-up includes a July 6 reading of When Life Gives You Lululemons by bestselling author, Lauren Weisberger, known for The Devil Wears Prada, with Bonnie Grice of 88.3 FM Peconic Public Broadcasting. On July 13, Meryl Gordon, regular contributor to Vanity Fair, will feature her novel, Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend. Maureen Sherry, the former youngest managing director at Bear Stearns turned author, will give insight to her novel Opening Belle on July 20.“I’m really looking forward to coming to Bridgehampton. I’ve long been a supporter of libraries and have heard such great things about Fridays at Five,” noted American author James Patterson, who will be at Hampton Library on July 27 with his book, The President is Missing. He added, “I’m always impressed by local communities that put together creative programming centered around books and reading, and I hope to see many of you at the library next month!”Author Ken Auletta, who has a home in Bridgehampton, said, “Among the joys of summer is getting an invite to speak, or to introduce a speaker, at our local library. Over the years, the library has blossomed, the audience has swelled, and their questions are challenging. I’ve lost count how many Fridays at Five I’ve done, but I know I have never declined one. Nor would I.” He returns on August 3 with Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (And Everything Else).On August 10, Martin London, a renowned trial lawyer and litigator, recounts his national cases, such as ones involving the Kennedy family, in his memoir The Client Decides. The following week, on August 17, Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute, will highlight moments from his researched book Leonardo da Vinci. Closing the series on August 24 will be National Book Award Finalist Min Jin Lee, reading the New York Times Notable Book of 2017 Pachinko, with comedian and former entertainment reporter, Bill McCuddy.Hampton Library is located at 2478 Main Street in Bridgehampton. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors. Admission is $25 or guests may purchase a card for five admissions at $100. Call 631-537-0015 or email Sharelast_img read more

Record PV module for Signet Solar

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Air Liquide inaugurates CO2 plant in Australia

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DeepOcean mobilizes ‘Rem Forza’ in Ghana

first_imgDeepOcean Ghana Limited, a Ghanaian company with 51% Ghanaian owned share structure, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide the services of a Multi Purpose Construction Vessel (MPV) to Tullow Ghana Limited. The scope of work for the contract is inspection, survey and subsea construction on the Tullow operated deepwater Jubilee and TEN Fields offshore Ghana. The contract includes subsea tree and jumper installations in approximately 1,100 – 2,000 m water depth.Following the signing of the contract, DeepOcean Ghana Limited is currently mobilizing the Rem Forza, a subsea construction vessel for a 6-months charter from March – August 2015, with the possibility of extension into 2016.Mads Bårdsen, Executive Vice-President International of DeepOcean, commented: “Tullow Ghana Limited is a strategic client to us, and winning this contract is the first great achievement in the long term strategy for our company in West Africa and specifically Ghana. DeepOcean has for several years looked for a suitable contract to support the establishment of our installation and ROV intervention services in the West African region. With the current contract and associated scope of work we have the right foundation to develop a strong presence in the region building upon our current extensive track record from the North Sea.” Ghanaian crew“DeepOcean Ghana is supporting the local content agenda of Ghana by accelerating participation of Ghanaians in the Oil & Gas industry and delivering in-country support activities. These include having Ghanaian crew onboard the vessel Rem Forza from the beginning of the contract, ensuring transfer of knowledge and building capacity for the future. DeepOcean Ghana has a strong ambition to develop further businesses in Ghana with Tullow and other clients”. Bårdsen further stated.last_img read more

The makeover manifesto

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more