Olympian Shaun White apologizes for ‘insensitive’ Halloween costume

first_img Written by October 30, 2018 /Sports News – National Olympian Shaun White apologizes for ‘insensitive’ Halloween costume Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGabriel Christus / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Olympian Shaun White is owning up to a really “insensitive” choice he made for a recent Halloween costume.The famed X-Games star, 32, dressed up as Simple Jack, played by Ben Stiller in the movie Tropic Thunder, over the weekend. The fictional character has a mental disability.“I owe everyone in the Special Olympics community an apology for my poor choice,” White wrote Monday on social media.“It was a last minute decision. It was the wrong one,” he continued. “The Special Olympics were right to call me out on it. They do great work supporting so many tremendous athletes and I am sorry for being insensitive.”He closed by saying, “lesson learned.”The Special Olympics on Monday released a statement to HuffPost that criticized the athlete for wearing the costume.“We are truly disappointed that Shaun White, an acclaimed Olympian, would choose this costume which is so offensive and causes so much pain. Disability is not a joke nor should it be a punchline. We hope that Shaun White and others learn that this just continues stigma, stereotypes and discrimination,” the organization said.In screenshots of the now deleted post, you can see fans sharing how “heartbroken” they were with White’s Halloween choice, urging him to “delete” the photo immediately.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Wintershall Dea awards global frame agreement to APT

first_imgApplied Petroleum Technology will provide geochemical analyses including consultancy services to deliver interpretation of drilling samples and other reservoir data Wintershall Dea awards global frame agreement to APT. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) Applied Petroleum Technology has been awarded a global frame agreement by Wintershall Dea GmbH to supply geochemical analyses for the energy company’s E&P efforts around the world.Under the agreement, Applied Petroleum Technology will provide geochemical analyses including consultancy services to deliver interpretation of drilling samples and other reservoir data.The frame agreement is valid for three years.“We have supported Wintershall and Dea extensively in the past, including on the Norwegian continental shelf as well as onshore in Germany. This frame agreement allows us to support Wintershall Dea on all fields globally, which we are prepared for,” says Helge Nyrønning, CEO of Applied Petroleum Technology.Over the past 20 years, Applied Petroleum Technology has built up what is probably the world’s most advanced laboratory within geochemistry services. Located in Oslo, the laboratory offers the oil and gas market’s shortest delivery time for geochemical analyses. In addition, clients are able to tap into 20 years of geochemical analyses to quickly identify deviations – positive or negative – of their drilling samples.“The analyses we perform are designed to support Wintershall Dea’s in-house geology teams that are either working to find new hydrocarbons or to maximise production from existing assets. Our job is to provide high quality geochemical data, and we will do so in a way that is tailored to Wintershall Dea’s specific requirements,” says Geir Hansen, APT’s head of petroleum geochemistry.Wintershall Dea is Europe’s leading independent natural gas and crude oil company.Applied Petroleum Technology provides geochemical and biostratigraphic laboratory services, basin modelling and petroleum systems analysis to operators worldwide. The company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has additional offices in the UK, USA and Canada. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Seahawk Helicopter, HMAS Darwin Work Together in Middle East Area of Operations

first_img View post tag: work View post tag: Helicopter Training & Education May 5, 2014 View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Area View post tag: East View post tag: Middle Back to overview,Home naval-today Seahawk Helicopter, HMAS Darwin Work Together in Middle East Area of Operations center_img View post tag: Seahawk Embarked in Darwin is an S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter with a helicopter crew (known as a Flight) consisting of 16 personnel; six aircrew and 10 maintenance personnel, with most of the Flight living in the Nowra region.The members of the Flight have been working together since February 2013, undergoing readiness training prior to joining Darwin. The Flight joined Darwin in June last year to assimilate with the ship’s company and to conduct further training prior to starting their deployment at the start of this year. The embarked Flight’s main role is to extend the sensory capabilities of Darwin in detecting narcotics trafficking and piracy, usually conducted by small vessels. To enable early detection of these vessels, the helicopter conducts two flights a day. “Though we are away from families and friends for a long period, we know the role the Flight plays in Darwin’s mission is vital,” said the ship’s Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Chris Smith.Commanding Officer of Darwin, Commander Terence Morrison believes the role of the helicopter on this operation cannot be underestimated.“Without organic aviation, Darwin would be severely limited in her capacity to detect and track vessels that are key to success in our mission,” Commander Morrison said.“The dedication and professionalism exhibited by Flight 1 is excellent and has consistently delivered a safe and effective aviation platform throughout our deployment”The six member aircrew consists of four pilots and two aircrewman. The role of the aircrewman, also known as a Sensory Operator (SENSO), is to operate radars, acoustic systems and cameras and is also responsible for the weapons onboard the helicopter; being a 50 calibre machine gun or a general purpose machine gun. To be a SENSO, nine months of intensive aircrew training is undertaken, followed by the Sensory Operator course, which covers varying aircraft types and takes up to 18 months to complete.Though away from their families and friends, care packages and emails sent to Darwin make the absences a little easier to handle. Darwin regularly updates the families via its Facebook site, with information such as charity fundraising activities, brief profiles on ship’s personnel and short messages to loved ones.Darwin is assigned to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to conduct maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and Indian OceanThe CMF is working to defeat terrorism, prevent piracy, reduce illegal trafficking, and to promote the maritime environment as a safe place for mariners with legitimate business.Darwin is the 57th Royal Australian Navy ship to conduct a rotation of the Middle East Area of Operations since the first Gulf War in 1990. This is the 33rd ship to deploy in support of Operation SLIPPER duties. Operation SLIPPER is the Australian Defence Force Contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter smuggling and counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and enhancing regional maritime strategy.[mappress]Press Release, May 5, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Darwin The men and women of HMAS Darwin are currently working hard conducting operations as part of Australia’s contribution to maritime security, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations in the Middle East Area of Operations. View post tag: Operations Seahawk Helicopter, HMAS Darwin Work Together in Middle East Area of Operations View post tag: together View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Navylast_img read more

HMS Northumberland to Mark Battle of Waterloo Anniversary

first_img View post tag: News by topic HMS Northumberland to Mark Battle of Waterloo Anniversary Authorities View post tag: Navy Royal Navy warship HMS Northumberland is set to play a lead role in events marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo this weekend.The Plymouth Type 23 frigate sails from Ostend in Belgium to Kent as part of a re-enactment called The New Waterloo Dispatch.The event recreates the historic journey of the dispatch – carrying news of the British and Allied Forces victory over Napoleon – between Waterloo and London.HMS Northumberland will carry the document between Ostend and Broadstairs, arriving off Viking Bay on Saturday (June 20).The event culminates in a Waterloo Parade along The Mall on Sunday, led by The Royal Marines Band Portsmouth.The procession includes 150 cadets from the three services and seven European military bands.[mappress mapid=”16265″][mappress mapid=”16265″]Image: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS Northumberland Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Northumberland to Mark Battle of Waterloo Anniversary center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: europe View post tag: Battle of Waterloo June 18, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

Six hundred lawyers cunted

first_imgA New College student has been called up for a disciplinary hearing, after he ‘replied-all’ to the Law Soc mailing-list with a single abusive word. Oliver Wilson, a third-year New College Law finalist, has received a decanalsummons to explain why he sent what university regulations classify as an “abusive email”. Halina Wielogorska, the Publicity Secretary of the society had accidentally sent out an email advertising the “Barristers and bevies” evening which enabled all recipients to reply to the whole list, as opposed to the usual undisclosed recipients list. Wilson, it seems, clicked on reply-all and sent an email to all 600 members with the single word spelled out in block capitals, “CUNT.” Wilson refused to speak to Cherwell, but a close personal friend claims that he is “upset” and suggested that a hacker may have sent the email. Another student, Ben Eyre, a first-year Lawyer, took the opportunity to advertise the annual Greyfriars invitational 5-a-side football tournament on the list. Speaking to Cherwell, Eyre said he had made “a genuine mistake” by confusing the reply and reply-all options. Another email was later sent from the Law Society apologizing for the “rogue emails” that had been circulating and advising no one else to reply to the list. “Disciplinary proceedings have been initiated”, it continued. The email also detailed the fates of other students, who in 1998 suffered rustication and fines ranging from £50 to £500 for similar offences.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

Bay Avenue Construction Update

first_imgThe Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority is replacing and rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work will be done on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.Work for the week of Dec. 2 to 6:From Monday to Friday, the south construction crew will continue to work toward 25th Street. The north crew will be working in the vicinity of 16th Street. Traffic:From Monday to Friday, Bay Avenue will be closed between 34th and 14th streets. Detours will divert motorists to West Avenue. Police will be stationed at 14th Street to assist in traffic control.See full project update. Construction will cause detours along Bay Avenue.last_img read more

Protection against reinfection

first_img ‘Viral history’ tool VirScan offers new insights into antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 Medical, political analysts ponder Trump’s coronavirus battle, and what it means for the president and the nation Related People who survive serious COVID-19 infections have long-lasting immune responses against the virus, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).The study, published in Science Immunology, offers hope that people infected with the virus will develop lasting protection against reinfection. The study also demonstrates that measuring antibodies can be an accurate tool for tracking the spread of the virus in the community.The immune system produces proteins called antibodies in response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “But there is a big knowledge gap in terms of how long these antibody responses last,” said Richelle Charles, an investigator in the Division of Infectious Diseases at MGH and a senior author of the paper. To find out, she and her colleagues obtained blood samples from 343 patients with COVID-19, most of whom had severe cases. The blood samples were taken up to four months after a patient’s symptoms emerged. The blood’s plasma was isolated and applied to laboratory plates coated with the receptor-binding domain (RBD) of the virus’ “spike” protein, which attaches to cells, leading to infection. The team studied how different types of antibodies in the plasma bound to RBD. The results were compared to blood samples obtained from more than 1,500 individuals prior to the pandemic.The researchers found that levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin G (IgG) remained elevated in infected patients for four months and were associated with the presence of protective neutralizing antibodies, which also demonstrated little decrease in activity over time.“That means that people are very likely protected for that period of time,” said Charles. “We showed that key antibody responses to COVID-19 do persist.”They also found that measuring IgG was highly accurate in identifying infected patients who had symptoms for at least 14 days. Since the standard PCR (nasal swab) test for SARS-CoV-2 loses sensitivity over time, augmenting it with a test for antibodies in patients who have had symptoms for at least eight days (at which time 50 percent are producing antibodies) will help identify some positive cases that might otherwise be missed, said Charles, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). When COVID and the election collided Infection detection In another finding, Charles and her colleagues showed that people infected with SARS-CoV-2 had immunoglobulin A (IgA) and immunoglobulin M (IgM) responses that were relatively short-lived, declining to low levels within about two and a half months or less, on average.“We can say now that if a patient has IgA and IgM responses, they were likely infected with the virus within the last two months,” said Charles.Knowing the duration of the immune response by IgA and IgM will help scientists obtain more accurate data about the spread of SARS-CoV-2, explained co-senior author of the study Jason Harris, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at MGH, and an associate of pediatrics at HMS.“There are a lot of infections in the community that we do not pick up through PCR testing during acute infection, and this is especially true in areas where access to testing is limited,” he said. “Knowing how long antibody responses last is essential before we can use antibody testing to track the spread of COVID-19 and identify ‘hot spots’ of the disease.”Lead authors of the paper are Anita Iyer, a postdoctoral fellow at MGH, and Forrest K. Jones, a doctoral student in infectious disease epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Funding was provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and MassCPR.last_img read more

Driving Sustainability in Public Procurement for a Better Tomorrow

first_imgThis post is co-authored by Louise Koch, Corporate Sustainability Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Dell EMC.We are at a tipping point in human history with two major trends coming together. On one side, we have the dawn of the digital era which will transform business and society in many ways. On the other side, we are facing global sustainability challenges on a scale that requires global and local action. Every year, we use more resources than the earth can regenerate. What use is all this digital innovation if we won’t be there to see it?We believe that digital solutions hold the potential to be a significant driver of sustainable development and progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. However, this can only be realized through collaboration between the industry, governments, and civil society in a joint effort to minimize the footprint and maximize the positive impact of technology for people and environment.This week, Dell Technologies announced our call to action for sustainable IT public procurement, urging European Governments and the IT industry to work together to ensure that the €45 billion of public money that currently goes into IT procurement, also drives increased sustainability across the region and in global supply chains. We have always recognized the importance of sustainable technology and we are proud to champion this vitally important initiative at a time when organizations and individual citizens are increasingly concerned about social and environmental issues.Right now, we have a major opportunity to influence transformation towards a more sustainable, circular economy therefore the time for action is now!Call for collaborationWe know from our own conversations with customers that governments, businesses and even citizens are pushing for greater sustainability, good working conditions and reduced waste. But, until now, most IT procurement decisions have been made upon cost grounds only, with limited consideration of the impact upon the local or global environment.A recent report on sustainability in public procurement of IT in Europe by the research agency Oxford Analytica points to a number of barriers to progress. These include, limited awareness among public procurement professionals on existing industry best-practice and sustainability standards, as well as ongoing difficulties in developing and applying clear and relevant criteria to include lifecycle considerations and supply chain responsibility in public procurement of IT. The report also recommends a collaborative approach to enhance the dialogue between EU and government stakeholders, public procurers, and the IT industry.With around €1.8tn of European public spending often going to the cheapest contracts, it’s time to question the old logic and ensure that contracts are awarded not only to benefit the budget, but also to drive progress towards national sustainability commitments.Today we’re calling on the following key players to drive greater sustainability in public procurement:The European Commission: To help develop guidelines for the implementation of social and environmental sustainability in public IT procurement contracts, in close collaboration with industry, civil society, and national government stakeholders, by providing key insights into public procurement and sustainability in the region and helping to build capabilities to empower public procurement authorities to implement the required criteria.National Governments: To promote the use of sustainability criteria as a default in public procurement, in line with international frameworks from the EU, UN, OECD, and the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), whilst fostering industry collaboration to better understand sustainability challenges and opportunities and developing national programs to increase awareness and capacity building.IT Industry: To continuously drive improvements in environmental and social sustainability in products, operations, and the supply chain, and engage with EU Commission and national governments to share best practices and innovations for enhancing sustainability across the IT lifecycle.We are proud to do our partSustainability and corporate responsibility aren’t PR-exercises. As a European business community, we need to actively support and instigate genuine action from both public and private sector partners on sustainability. By driving market demand for sustainable IT products, a cumulative step-change in impact can be achieved.At Dell Technologies, we put sustainability at the heart of everything we do. A central part of our circular design approach is to consider sustainability at every stage of a product’s lifecycle – from the initial design concept to its use and eventual recycling. Our goal is to achieve zero waste by ensuring that every part of our products can be reused or recycled, and we’re making big strides towards it. For example, more than 90 percent of a Dell laptop is recyclable.We launched our sustainability strategy in 2013 – with 22 ambitious goals across four key pillars to achieve by 2020 – working to achieve the following goals:Build sustainable and ethical supply chains.Care for the environment through design, planning and recycling in our products and operations.Strengthen local communities and transform lives with technology through partnerships with non-profits around the globe.Cultivate a truly diverse and inclusive culture where all team members contribute fully with their talents and innovative ideas.From recycling the plastic in old electronics for new computers, to turning ocean-bound plastics into recyclable packaging, Dell Technologies is a world leader in establishing greater sustainability in the supply chain and realizing the associated benefits across the wider business. We are proud of our work in this area, and in addition to being recognized by the CSR Impact Awards, RCBC Environmental Awards and Fortune’s Change the World; Dell Technologies has been included in The 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies List for six consecutive years!It’s a shared responsibilityBy significantly driving up demand for sustainable offerings, a cumulative step-change can be achieved, though it won’t be a small step, by any means. It will require increased awareness among public buyers of the positive impact upon business and the environment, alongside a concurrent global shift in mindset that looks beyond price to favor a more holistic perspective towards procurement.This is very much a call for collaboration as no one business, organisation or public entity can shift the needle alone. As such, we’re committed to working together with our customers, colleagues and society to build a better, more sustainable future. We have one chance to act – to initiate a global sustainability movement which can bring tangible benefits to everyone – and the time is NOW.To answer our call to action and join us as we move towards a more sustainable future, visit the News Release.For more information on our social impact commitment, visit the Dell Technologies Social Impact space.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorLouise Koch is the Corporate Sustainability Director for Dell EMC in Europe, Middle East and Africa.Her work is driven by a passion to build a better world through business. Louise believes that business holds an unlimited potential to develop sustainable solutions by activating the power of innovation, business thinking, and global relations.Louise is the focal point for Dell’s corporate sustainability in EMEA, working closely with colleagues, customers and partners to share and develop Dell’s corporate sustainability program and identify new opportunities for business development through sustainability. As part of this role, Louise is driving a team of CSR Leads across Europe, providing insights for global strategy development in Dell, and engaging in government affairs dialogue on sustainable development policies, including advancing circular economy and sustainability in public procurement.Louise is an appointed member of the Danish Government’s Council for Sustainable Business & the UN Global Goals and serves as the Chairman of the Sustainability Council in the IT Industry Association in Denmark as well as a member of the Sustainability Council of the IT & Tele Industry Association in Sweden. In both positions, she is actively involved in policy dialogue with a particular focus on advancing sustainability in public procurement of IT solutions.She is also a recognized international expert on CSR and sustainable business development. Louise is a Member of Faculty at University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability in Leadership, and a well-known speaker in media and at international CSR and sustainability conferences across Europe.Prior to joining Dell, Louise was Head of CSR for the Confederation of Danish Enterprise, where she built a dynamic platform for CSR and sustainable business development, counselling member companies on strategic CSR and driving public affairs issues in Denmark and the EU. She also served as a board member of the Danish Ethical Trade initiative and a national expert in the ICC Commission on CSR and Anti-corruption.In February 2016 Louise was listed as the Global 100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders by the organisation World CSR Day. She holds a master degree in Anthropology and innovation from the University of Copenhagen.last_img read more

Professor offers advice in ‘Last Lecture’ series

first_imgThe Last Lecture series kicked off on Monday evening in Washington Hall with a talk by Maria McKenna, senior associate director of the Education, Schooling and Society minor. McKenna is also an associate professional specialist in the Department of Africana Studies. Sponsored by the academic affairs department of student government, the series asks student-nominated professors, “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?”McKenna said she prepared her lecture by thinking about what she would want to say if she were giving a final speech to her four children.“If the only people who were in this room were my four kids, what would I want them to know?” McKenna said.She then began her speech by reading off a list of quotes and advice from her family and friends whom she asked for help in preparing her lecture. Although the content of each piece of advice differed, McKenna said she found a common theme of “keeping it real” and staying honest to yourself and those around you. She said she realized the importance of this maxim from an early age and throughout the rest of her life.McKenna said she assumed an incredible amount of responsibility in her family at an early age and was afraid to communicate her fears and insecurities to her parents. Ultimately, she was able to find a way to be honest with them and find peace. Even still, McKenna said relationships and life in general are inevitably messy despite what the culture around us says.“The world we live in tells us we have to look put-together,” McKenna said.McKenna said she is able to find happiness in the messiness and imperfection in her life, whether they be a massive pile of dirty laundry or commitments to taking care of others.“The faster we come to realize things are messy, the sooner we will be happy,” McKenna said.According to McKenna, everyone has many identities in life — from roles as family members and friends to jobs and duties — but individuals must not compartmentalize everything they do and risk losing their integrity.“Don’t confuse what you do with who you are,” McKenna said.McKenna said relationships are essential to finding stability in life, citing the support of her husband. When she was plagued with anxiety and considering suicide, McKenna said her husband saved her from despair and made sure she recovered. She said the honesty in their relationship was the basis for everything they accomplished.“You can’t be afraid of telling the truth in relationships,” McKenna said.McKenna quoted former Notre Dame professor Carol McLeod, wife of former Notre Dame basketball coach John MacLeod, who said relationships are a “90/10 deal and not a 50/50 one” and in order to have a successful relationship, you have to be willing to be on both sides of the split.Concluding her lecture, McKenna said when she finally dies, she hopes that people will remember her integrity and her willingness to give her all in whatever she did. Tags: Academic Affairs, Education Schooling and Society, Last Lecture series, Maria McKenna, Professor Maria McKennalast_img read more