RUDDERLY MAD FINISH VIDEO – NEW WORLD RECORD 21 year old Jasmine Harrison of @rudderlymad completes #TWAC2020 in 70 days, 3 hours, 48 minutes and has become to youngest female to row solo across any ocean!A huge congratulations Jasmine! pic.twitter.com/hsRdvQZK7m— Atlantic Campaigns (@ACampaigns) February 20, 2021The organization gave regular updates on Harrison’s whereabouts. She accomplished the feat by rotating sleeping and rowing every two hours.Harrison also posted weekly updates on her Instagram page, sharing adventures such as when she came across a striped marlin and rowed through a stretch of water covered in seaweed.Harrison experienced a setback on Thursday when, with about 100 miles to go, her boat capsized, according to Atlantic Campaigns. At the time, she also informed her safety officer that she had injured her left elbow, and the race doctor went through the injury with her over the phone, the organization reported.Just hours later, Harrison told the race doctor that she was “much happier and calmer,” was working through the pain and would be able to finish the race unassisted.“Rowing an ocean is not over until you step safely ashore, the risks remain throughout, and there is no time to relax,” the organization said in a statement at the time.Upon approaching landfall, Harrison held up smoke signals in each hand, sporting a British flag once ashore.When asked by reporters what the first thing she wanted upon stepping onto land was, she replied, “Food. Definitely food.”Harrison’s adventures also raised more than $14,000 for disaster relief NGO Shelterbox.Before Harrison, the youngest woman to row across the ocean was American Katie Spotz, who crossed the Atlantic from east to west in 2010 at age 22.ABC News’ Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund February 21, 2021 /Sports News – National Jasmine Harrison becomes youngest woman to row solo across the ocean Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailitchySan/iStockBY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — A British woman has become the youngest woman to ever row solo across the ocean by completing a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic.Jasmine Harrison, 21, was inspired to take part in the challenge after she saw a similar race in 2018, she wrote on Twitter. At the time, she was teaching swimming in the Caribbean and “decided there and then she wanted to do it.”This year, 21 boats from around the world took part in the challenge, which included some solo rowers and others with teams of up to four rowers, according to Atlantic Campaigns, which organizes “The World’s Toughest Row” challenge.Harrison began in Spain’s Canary Islands on Dec. 12 and arrived in Antigua on Saturday — 70 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes, according to Atlantic Campaigns.
“Reassuring (to an extent) that organised Far Rightextremism is not behind the incident. Oxford will go on being watchful for suchextremism. Deeply worrying that children would do this.” Councillor Tom Hayes responded to the arrests on Twitter,stating: “Excellent and speedy response by @TVP_Oxford to the daubing ofhateful images on a wall. Police reported that the 14 year-old “was also interviewedabout a similar incident in Headington in November.” Councillor Aziz said at the time: “Absolutely disgusted tosee Nazi signs sprayed on a wall and building in Oxford this morning on routeto dropping my nieces off at school. This is how hate is normalised.” The suspects, aged 14 and 15, have been referred to theYouth Justice Service. Last November, Councillor Shaista Aziz discovered twoswastikas painted on the wall of a Headington community centre. Police have notconfirmed whether this is the incident in question. The graffiti featured swastikas and references to Friday’s far-rightterrorist attack in New Zealand, in which a 28 year-old man gunned down 50worshippers at two Christchurch mosques. Police have arrested two teenage boys in connection with neo-Nazi graffiti which appeared in Headington on Saturday.
As part of Children’s Health Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule that significantly improves the actions that water systems must take to reduce lead in the nation’s drinking water. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the proposal at an event in Green Bay. This action represents the first major overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since 1991 and marks a critical step in advancing the Trump Administration’s Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures.“Today, the Trump Administration is delivering on its commitment to ensure all Americans have access to clean drinking water by proposing the first major overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule in over two decades,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “By improving protocols for identifying lead, expanding sampling, and strengthening treatment requirements, our proposal would ensure that more water systems proactively take actions to prevent lead exposure, especially in schools, child care facilities, and the most at-risk communities. We are also working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to encourage states and cities to make full use of the many funding and financing options provided by the federal government.”In conjunction with today’s announcement, EPA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have launched a new website that summarizes available federal programs that help finance or fund lead service line (LSL) replacement. The new resource also includes case studies demonstrating how cities and states have successfully leveraged federal resources to support LSL replacement projects.“During my time as a physician, I saw firsthand the devastating impacts lead exposure can have on children,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “I applaud the EPA for taking action to reduce lead exposure in drinking water, particularly in our most vulnerable communities.”The agency’s proposal takes a proactive and holistic approach to improving the current rule—from testing to treatment to telling the public about the levels and risks of lead in drinking water. When finalized, this proposal will:Require more water systems to act sooner to reduce lead levels and protect public health.Improve transparency and communication.Better protect children and the most at-risk communities.The proposal focuses on six key areas. Under the proposal, a community water system would be required to take new actions, including, but not limited to:1) Identifying the most impacted areas by requiring water systems to prepare and update a publicly-available inventory of lead service lines and requiring water systems to “find-and-fix” sources of lead when a sample in a home exceeds 15 parts per billion (ppb).2) Strengthening drinking water treatment by requiring corrosion control treatment based on tap sampling results and establishing a new trigger level of 10 ppb (e.g. trigger level outlined below).3) Replacing lead service lines by requiring water systems to replace the water system-owned portion of an LSL when a customer chooses to replace their portion of the line. Additionally, depending on their level above the trigger level, systems would be required take LSL replacement actions, as described below.4) Increasing drinking water sampling reliability by requiring water systems to follow new, improved sampling procedures and adjust sampling sites to better target locations with higher lead levels.5) Improving risk communication to customers by requiring water systems to notify customers within 24 hours if a sample collected in their home is above 15 ppb. Water systems will also be required to conduct regular outreach to the homeowners with LSLs.6) Better protecting children in schools and child care facilities by requiring water systems to take drinking water samples from the schools and child care facilities served by the system.EPA’s proposal does not change the existing action level of 15 ppb. EPA is proposing for the first time a new lead trigger level of 10 ppb, which would compel water systems to identify actions that would reduce lead levels in drinking water. EPA’s new 10 ppb trigger level will enable systems to react more quickly should they exceed the 15 ppb action level in the future. These actions could include reevaluating current treatment or conducting a corrosion control study. Systems above 10 ppb but below 15 ppb would be required to set an annual goal for conducting replacements and conduct outreach to encourage resident participation in replacement programs. Water systems above 15 ppb would be required to annually replace a minimum of three percent of the number of known or potential LSLs in the inventory at the time the action level exceedance occurs.Additionally, small systems that exceed the trigger and action levels will have flexibility with respect to treatment and LSL replacement actions. This will allow smaller systems to protect public health by taking the action that makes sense for their community.EPA’s Lead and Copper Proposed Rule reflects input received from the agency’s state, local and tribal partners, the Science Advisory Board, the National Drinking Water Advisory Council, and best available peer-reviewed science. EPA is taking public comment on this proposal for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register via: http://www.regulations.gov [Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0300].FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Pictured from left: Dr. Christopher Conzen, Executive Director, HCCC Secaucus Center; Nathaly Ibarra Santillan, the first HCCC student to register for Secaucus Center courses; William J. Netchert, Esq., Chair, HCCC Board of Trustees; Dr. Chris Reber, HCCC President; and Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive. ×Pictured from left: Dr. Christopher Conzen, Executive Director, HCCC Secaucus Center; Nathaly Ibarra Santillan, the first HCCC student to register for Secaucus Center courses; William J. Netchert, Esq., Chair, HCCC Board of Trustees; Dr. Chris Reber, HCCC President; and Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive. On Thursday, Sept. 5, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber hosted the opening reception of the college’s new Secaucus Center on the Hudson County Schools of Technology Frank A. Gargiulo Campus, at One High Tech Way in Secaucus.Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, HCCC Board of Trustees Chair William J. Netchert, Esq., Hudson County Schools of Technology Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez, and HCCC Executive Director of the Secaucus Center Dr. Christopher Conzen joined Dr. Reber at the event.“As a former educator, I appreciate the value of this partnership between Hudson County Community College and Hudson County Schools of Technology for our residents, and for the continued economic growth and development of the county,” said DeGise.“Our thanks to County Executive DeGise, the Board of Freeholders, and the Board and administrators of Hudson County Schools of Technology for their support in establishing the HCCC Secaucus Center,” Dr. Reber said.“Our Middle States-approved Secaucus Center focuses on expanding opportunities. It will serve all of Hudson County – especially those who live or work in Secaucus, Kearny, Harrison, and East Newark – with full-credit, college-degree programs offered in the evening. In addition, we are also providing High Tech High School students interested in STEM education with the opportunity to complete an HCCC associate degree upon high school graduation.”“The partnership between Hudson County Schools of Technology and Hudson County Community College aligns with our district’s mission to provide students of all ages with diverse learning opportunities,” said Superintendent Lin-Rodriguez.“By working collaboratively, our current high school students are able to earn an associate degree from HCCC upon graduation, and we are able to expand our post-secondary offerings. I thank County Executive Tom DeGise for continuing to invest in public education, allowing everyone to further their studies and prepare for future career opportunities.”At the event, Dr. Conzen introduced Nathaly Ibarra Santillan, the first student to register at the HCCC Secaucus Center, and presented her with a certificate.The HCCC Secaucus Center offerings include required courses in all HCCC majors. Further, two full-degree programs – Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts (General) and Associate in Science in Business Administration – will be offered in their entirety at the Secaucus Center.Classes are offered in weekday evening sessions, during which an HCCC Student Success Coach is available to assist with degree planning, financial aid and scholarship applications, and transfer/career planning.Hudson County Community College serves more than 17,000 credit and noncredit students annually.Thanks to the College’s comprehensive financial aid programs and services, approximately 83 percent of HCCC students receive financial assistance. HCCC 2019-2020 students are encouraged to apply for the free-tuition New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program, which covers tuition and academic fees for eligible students.For more information about CCOG, current and prospective students may email [email protected], call (201) 360-4222, or visit the College website at www.hccc.edu/ccog.Hudson County Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs, including award-winning English as a Second Language, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management, Nursing and Allied Health, and Fine and Performing Arts.The HCCC Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. Over 94 percent of HCCC Nursing Program graduates passed the NCLEX first time out, placing the program’s graduates in the top tier of two- and four-year nursing programs nationwide.In 2017, the Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 5 percent of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for social mobility.HCCC has partnerships with every major four-year college and university in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer for further undergraduate and graduate education.
Upmarket sandwich chain Benugo says it has been forced to close its outlet in Westfield, White City due to “extraordinarily high rents”.A spokeswoman said the company had been losing thousands of pounds at Westfield, despite high footfall levels. The outlet was closed last week, she confirmed.She commented: “Financially it was not beneficial to be there any more, rents are extraordinarily high compared to high street rents, so Benugo decided to leave.”She added that Benugo had also closed its City Road outlet in London in November last year after the landlord for the block decided he wanted to clear the premises to build a large development.However, there were no other closures planned and the fine dining and deli company was continuing to expand its portfolio of shops, she said.It recently opened an outlet in Hanover Street, off Hanover Square in Mayfair, London, and will open next month within the exclusive 62 Buckingham Gate development, near London Victoria station.Benugo, founded in 1998 by brothers Ben and Hugo, currently has 10 high street outlets plus an espresso bar, as well as 11 restaurants and 12 sites in public spaces, such as the Museum of Childhood in London. It also operates in-house cafés in corporate workplaces.The company has a bakery in Bermondsey, London, where it prepares a range of bakery goods to distribute to its outlets.Shops sell sandwiches, cold or toasted, on a variety of different breads, including signature combination options (priced from £4.45), such as the New Yorker – a rustic ciabatta bread filled with British turkey from the Arden forest, crispy bacon, Gruyère with Dijon mayo, lettuce and tomato.
Tonight, Conan O’Brien has a number of special guests slated to appear on his nightly television program. In addition to actor Jackie Chan and comedian Tig Notaro, Conan will be welcoming Gov’t Mule to perform as his musical guest for Conan O’Brien Presents: Team Coco Wednesday. Currently, the jam band led by famed guitarist Warren Haynes is promoting the group’s latest album, Revolution Come…Revolution Go. You can tune into TBS at 11 pm (EST)/10 pm (CT) to catch the program and get a taste of the latest from Gov’t Mule.Revolutions Come And Revolutions Go, But Warren Haynes Is Here To Stay [Interview/Album Stream]Currently, the members of Gov’t Mule—Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Danny Louis, and Jorgen Carlsson—are deep into their supporting tour for Revolution Come…Revolution Go. Steeped in the roots and mystique of rock, blues, soul, jazz and country, Revolution Come… Revolution Go enriches Gov’t Mule’s distinguished legacy with cleverly-crafted songs, intelligent and timely lyrical commentary, and downright incendiary playing, while the depth and breadth of the band’s stunning songwriting is displayed with full force. With the political climate in a current state of uncertainty, Gov’t Mule uses their music to express frustration, understanding, and spread the reminder that we are all in this together. The studio time was spent wisely, using the spotlights to provide messages of unity. While there are some political observations on Revolution Come… Revolution Go, there are also introspective ruminations on life and love.[Photo: Dave Vann]
Just three years after the high-profile failure of an AIDS vaccine trial sent researchers back to the drawing board, optimism is again rising about the prospects of protecting humanity from a disease that ranks among the deadliest in history.Seth Berkley, president and chief executive officer of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), outlined new approaches, new discoveries, and one moderately successful recent vaccine trial that he said paves the way for real progress toward ending a pandemic that in 2008 alone infected an estimated 2.7 million and killed 2 million.Though the spread of antiretroviral treatment to the developing world has improved the prognosis of those getting the drugs, the drugs are still unavailable to many, which means that HIV/AIDS remains a killer for most sufferers, Berkley said.Berkley spoke Tuesday (Nov. 9) at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), where he delivered a Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on the subject. HSPH Dean Julio Frenk introduced Berkley, calling the AIDS pandemic “the single most important public health crisis in the history of humankind.”In 2007, the failure of a vaccine trial by pharmaceutical giant Merck sent a wave of pessimism crashing over the AIDS vaccine community. Considered at the time the most advanced candidate for a successful vaccine, its failure — and the evidence that it might have actually increased the risk of contracting HIV — left researchers feeling as if they had to start from scratch.In the years since, however, several breakthroughs have advanced vaccine efforts, Berkley said. One is the discovery of 15 antibodies in humans that provide new avenues through which to attack the virus. A second is the promise shown by new viral vectors — used to deliver a vaccine to the target — and the third is a 2009 trial in Thailand of a vaccine that appears to have provided protection against HIV for about 30 percent of those inoculated. While Berkley said the Thai trial provided just “modest” protection, it has raised hope that a more potent vaccine can be developed.“It is a really exciting time in AIDS vaccines. We are in an AIDS vaccine renaissance,” Berkley said. “The science is moving on as we are talking.”Despite his optimism, Berkley said that creating a vaccine against HIV remains a major scientific challenge. The primary reason HIV is so difficult to protect against is that the virus mutates very rapidly, so a vaccine that protects against one strain or substrain may provide little or no protection against another.The discovery of the new antibodies, some of which are particularly potent against HIV, offers both new candidates for a vaccine and new strategies short of development of a full vaccine. The antibodies themselves could be injected as a temporary immunization measure, much as gamma globulin was once given to protect against hepatitis A.Work toward a vaccine involves both branches of the human immune system, Berkley said. In addition to the branch that uses antibodies to destroy invading pathogens, the second branch of the immune system, called cell-mediated immunity, sends natural killer cells, macrophages, and other immune cells to attack invaders. Berkley said several efforts are under way to mobilize cell-mediated immunity against HIV.Researchers are also focusing on the best way to deliver a vaccine. Results on self-replicating vectors that multiply inside the body have been promising in laboratory monkeys, he said. Using the monkey analog to HIV, the simian immune virus, or SIV, research with self-replicating viral vectors has shown promising results, with 54 percent of those vaccinated able to entirely clear the virus from their bodies.Harvard’s teaching hospitals are among those institutions involved in vaccine development efforts, with Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center teaming up on one effort in clinical trials, together with IAVI and other collaborators.Berkley said it’s important to think about delivering a vaccine where it’s most needed once it’s developed. Though some believe that delivery of a vaccine to the developing world would naturally be a high priority, he said recent history with the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) — a leading cause of cervical cancer — shows that it will take more than assumptions to deliver vaccines where they’re needed. Though the HPV vaccine was licensed in 2006, it is still unavailable in most of the developing world, Berkley said.
View Comments Spring Awakening Related Shows Having made the leap from Broadway chorus boy to choreographer, Spencer Liff is bringing back the Golden Age of dance with a modern sensibility. The man behind Spring Awakening’s American Sign Language-infused movement reflects on the careers of such artists as Gower Champion while making strides to advance both his career and the language of dance.“I didn’t want to wait until I couldn’t dance anymore to start choreographing,” Liff told Broadway.com. While he has begun to direct regionally, he’s focusing on dance before making a full switch to director-choreographer (like Champion). Until then, his moves are everywhere.“It seems like in recent years, choreographers haven’t been as crossover as they used to be,” Liff observed. “Fosse would go and make a film a year, a Broadway show and then a bunch of variety TV specials. So I would like to bring that back and not have to choose.”And choose he doesn’t. In the past year, Liff has choreographed for stage (Spring Awakening), TV (Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris) and film (Speech & Debate). “My brain sees things in camera shots,” he explained. “Even when on a stage, I shoot it in my head the way I would if it were going on film. I love working in all three mediums.”While Liff is indeed part of the movement to bring back the omnipresent career paths of director-choreographers, he’s doing so with full awareness of the contemporary responsibility of inclusiveness and representation in art.“I love people like Steven Hoggett, and their ability to work with all different kinds of body types and ages,” he said when asked about fellow choreographers he admires. “That is really 10 times harder than having amazing dancers in the room who you tell to do whatever you want.”His work on the revival of Spring Awakening is exemplary of that model: How do you incorporate a cast of deaf actors—and their language—into a fully choreographed musical?“We started from scratch by seeing how a deaf cast can match a rhythm. We’d stomp our feet around in a circle for hours. Then, we would start to set the signs to those rhythms.” Once the cast was able to follow a beat, it was up to Liff to ensure their language was not compromised by his moves. “It was a constant negotiation of how far we could push it. We cared so deeply that our deaf audience was going to be able to understand the plot. If we needed to stand still and sign to deliver the information, we did.”Alexandria Wailes, a deaf performer who worked with director Michael Arden previously on Deaf West’s Big River, serves as associate choreographer on Spring Awakening. The collaboration forced Liff to actively learn to sign—and eventually communicate independently with his actors.“It’s really hard to know somebody when you can’t look at them when you’re speaking. Daniel Durant [who plays Moritz], doesn’t read lips; he doesn’t hear. I remember the first time we had a conversation looking into each other’s eyes. This wall broke down, and he respected me so much more. I felt so much closer to him.”On top of pending renewals for both So You Think You Can Dance and Best Time Ever, Liff has upcoming Broadway gigs in the works. While the projects he takes on are eclectic, there is a selection process: “I pick things that are totally out of my wheelhouse, to force myself to grow….Next year is going to be crazy. You will definitely see more of me in New York.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:PG&E Corp. plans to replace three natural gas-fired power plants in California with battery-storage systems as the state continues its push to squeeze fossil fuels out of the electricity mix.The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday four PG&E energy-storage contracts to support Northern California’s electric grid, including a project by Tesla Inc. The commission in January ordered the state’s biggest utility to find a way to replace the power it gets from three Calpine Corp. gas plants that are at risk of retirement, and to consider battery systems.California has mandated that utilities add about 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage to the grid by 2020 to help integrate the increasing amount of intermittent wind and solar power. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation in September requiring the state to get all of its power from carbon-free sources by 2045.Commissioner Liane Randolph called Thursday’s 4-1 vote “only one step in the broader challenge we face in managing the state’s fossil fuel fleet.” Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen was the lone opposing vote. California relies on gas for about 34 percent of its electricity, according to the California Energy Commission.The four battery projects include a 183-megawatt facility south of San Jose, California, that will be designed and built by Tesla and owned by PG&E. Vistra Energy Corp. is planning a 300-megawatt installation; Hummingbird Energy Storage LLC is developing a 75-megawatt project; and Micronoc Inc. plans to install 10 megawatts of capacity at customer locations.More: California moves to replace gas plants with batteries from Tesla California regulators approve utility plans to replace natural gas with battery storage
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The Washington Senate passed a bill to require utilities to stop using coal-generated power by the end of 2025 and make all retail sales of electricity greenhouse gas-neutral by 2030.The bill would impact Puget Sound Energy Inc., the state’s largest utility, as well as Avista Corp. and Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary PacifiCorp. The bill would only impact out-of-state coal-fired power plants, such as Colstrip in Montana, because all three utility companies have ownership interests in the plant.Washington has only one coal-fired plant in the state, TransAlta Corp.’s 1,376-MW Centralia plant in Lewis County, which is due to be retired by 2025, the same year as the deadline set in the bill. Centralia is already subject to a state law passed in 2011 that required the plant to close. A portion of the plant’s output is sold under contract to Puget Sound Energy, or PSE.Senate Bill 5116, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle, a Democrat, passed on a 28-19 party line vote March 1, the same day Gov. Jay Inslee announced he is running for U.S. president on a platform to address climate change. Inslee sought the legislation in his State of the State speech in December 2018, when he called for a carbon-free electric grid by 2045.The Colstrip plant is operated by Talen Generation LLC. PSE owns the largest single share, with a 50% ownership interest in units 1 and 2 and a 25% interest in units 3 and 4. Avista owns a 15% interest in units 3 and 4, and PacifiCorp owns a 10% interest in units 3 and 4.PSE settled with the Sierra Club in July 2016 to retire units 1 and 2, the older and smaller of the units, dating from the mid-1970s, by July 1, 2022, according to the utility’s Form 10-K filing. Also, PSE will accelerate depreciation of units 3 and 4 to conclude at the end of 2027 under terms of a rate case settlement. This bill would require the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to accelerate depreciation for any coal-fired resource owned by an investor-owned utility to no later than the end of 2025.More ($): Wash. Senate passes bill to stop utilities from using coal plants Washington legislators push plan to force state’s utilities to be carbon-neutral by 2030