Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy talk about what Pride Month means to them

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGary Gershoff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pride Month celebrates the overall progress made toward the equality of LGBTQ individuals. Fundamentally though, it’s also about the progress made on an individual level — the celebration of your own personal journey in understanding who you are and defining your greater purpose.Openly gay Olympic athletes Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy sat down with “Good Morning America” to talk about what Pride Month means to them, what makes them proud to be who they are and they shared a special message to those who are part of the LGBTQ community or its allies.Pride is “fully embracing who you are as a person,” Rippon told “GMA.”“[It’s] fully embracing all of your interests … your friends, your family. It’s a moment where you can celebrate everything that you are,” he added.Rippon also shared that “coming out” as gay is an experience. It’s something someone likely decides to do without great thought and consideration.“You put everything on the line,” Rippon added.Rippon stressed that he’s far from alone. The people he’s met since he came out as gay are the ones he credits with being “the people that make me really glad that I was able and had the strength to share who I was.”And, then, there’s mom.“My mom inspires me,” Rippon added. “My mom was able to give me the confidence as a young kid and reminded me constantly … no matter who I was, that if I treated people the way I wanted to be treated that I would be successful.”Kenworthy, an Olympic silver medal-winning freestyle skier, told “GMA” he was “never fully accepting of myself.”To him, coming out as gay was a “very personal journey.”“Love yourself and embrace yourself” Kenworthy added.He said he would have “certainly” come out as gay earlier, looking back now.“If I knew how accepted and loved I was going to feel after coming out, I certainly would have come out … I would have saved a lot of years of heartache and anguish,” Kenworthy said.What makes Pride 2018 so special to these two?It’s the acknowledgment that there’s work yet to be done across the LGBTQ communities.“We’ve come so far but we’ve got a long way to go,” Kenworthy explained. “We’re a strong community, but we are so divided. Support one another and come together.”Most importantly, he added that the sense of community encouraged during Pride Month shouldn’t just last for one month, but it should be year-round.To those who are not part of the LGBTQ communities and are not allies, he urged them to “get with the program, babe.”“2018 is the year of authenticity,” Rippon said.It’s not only about being authentic to yourself, but it’s about helping, inspiring and mentoring others around you to be strong enough to be their best and authentic selves.“When we can raise each other up, we actually bring ourselves even higher,” Rippon said. “If you feel like you have the platform and you feel comfortable with yourself … if you feel like you have the strength to help others, do it.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by June 12, 2018 /Sports News – National Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy talk about what Pride Month means to themcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Alaska welcomes West Coast’s first fast response cutter

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Alaska welcomes West Coast’s first fast response cutter View post tag: US Coast Guard Alaska welcomes West Coast’s first fast response cutter March 20, 2017 Authoritiescenter_img U.S. Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, Alaska welcomed fast response cutter John McCormick (WPC-1121) and its crew who arrived on Friday following a 6,200-mile trip from Key West, Florida.The John McCormick is the first fast response cutter to be homeported on the West Coast and will provide increased capabilities compared to the smaller 110-foot patrol boats it is replacing.The FRC is scheduled to be commissioned April 12, 2017.“We are pleased to welcome the crew of the new fast response cutter John McCormick to the Ketchikan community,” said Capt. Shannan Greene, commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “The new cutter and its crew will provide greater service and enhanced capabilities for the southeast Alaska area and its maritime communities.”The Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class cutters are built by Bollinger Shipyards under a design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. They have a flank speed of 28 knots, and a stern launch system for a 26-foot cutter boat.The Coast Guard is acquiring 58 FRCs to replace the 110-foot Island-class patrol boats. The FRCs are designed for missions including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; search and rescue; and national defense.Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. View post tag: USCGC John McCormick Share this articlelast_img read more

Bra-faced cheek?

first_imgWinning by a nose in the final furlong to snatch the ’Letter of the Year’ title is the following missive, received this week by email.Open-minded types that we are, we weren’t ruling anything out. “Pray tell, how do you envisage working with us?” we asked, intrigued by the possibilities opening up before us.”Thank you for your fast reply,” came the answer. “Can you offer product reviews? Another option we could consider would be to run a prize giveaway/competition with you? For your site, in particular, I thought you might be interested in working together to promote a new range of maternity lingerie we are about to take on Cake Lingerie. We thought we could try to brainstorm a fun way to promote it with you? Please let me know your thoughts.”If that tantalising prospect isn’t reason enough to renew your subscription next year, we don’t know what is. In the meantime, while we scratch our heads to find a way to make this kinky cake crossover work for you our valued reader your ideas and suggestions are, as ever, [email protected]last_img read more

Identities of Farmington deaths released

first_imgFARMINGTON – The bodies of two men found in a High Street residence on Tuesday were identified Wednesday morning.The bodies of 58-year-old Donald Hunter and 55-year-old Kevin Stanley were discovered by Farmington Police on Tuesday, March 30, just after 9 a.m. Officers were responding to a call for a well-being check at the residence when they found the deceased individuals according to a press release from Maine State Police.Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit – South was notified to assist with investigation, along with Maine Drug Enforcement and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.Post-mortem examinations were conducted on Wednesday morning however the cause and manner of death is still under investigation the press release stated.This story will be updated.last_img read more

Another degree, and a passion realized

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Bridging the visual arts, dance, and animation, Catherine Musinsky ’86, a graphics assistant with the Museum of Comparative Zoology, will process for Harvard again this month.She earned her undergraduate degree in East Asian languages and civilizations. Now, Musinsky is a digital media arts and sciences concentrator in the Extension School’s master of liberal arts program in information technology. Her thesis, a 3-D reconstruction of skeletal and muscle movement for a kinetic and functional study of chewing in herbivores, combines her scientific focus with a lifelong love of movement and art.“Animation fascinates me because I’m a dancer, so I’m always moving,” said Musinsky, who also holds an M.F.A. degree from the Tisch School of the Arts. “I’ve been obsessed with dance ever since I was a kid, and still am.”One of Musinsky’s greatest challenges may have been how she has overcome illness by transforming a devastating experience into art. In 2006, she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. The life-threatening illness led to intense treatment, including a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, as well as several months of chemotherapy and radiation.Just a week before her surgery, Musinsky performed a dance with Lorraine Chapman The Company. “It was both a ritual preparation for the surgery and the chemical rite of passage I was about to go through,” she said.  “All told, I went through about 18 months of treatment, and I just wanted to be still — not eat, not move, just be still. It was as close to being dead as I have ever felt.”After her treatment, Musinsky struggled to come to terms with her life and body, and to find a new concept of normal. A friendship with documentary filmmaker Brynmore Williams, a multimedia and digital video specialist with the Division of Continuing Education, prompted her to embark on a film project.Inspired by the SCAR Project, a series of photographs of semi-nude women who have had mastectomies or lumpectomies, Williams envisioned a film that would focus on Musinsky and her relationship with her body after surviving cancer. The film could aid breast cancer awareness. “I was very shy about my mastectomy and reconstructive surgery,” Musinsky said. “So I asked Genevieve Levin, a henna tattoo artist, to come and do a design on the breast that had been surgically reconstructed.”The four-minute documentary film focused on the application of the henna tattoo, and a subsequent semi-nude dance performance by Musinsky. “Unchastened” has won numerous awards on the film festival circuit.“To be honest, I never really understood public nudity,” Musinsky said, laughing. “I thought people should generally keep their clothes on, and I didn’t really want to be ogled. But this project had nothing to do with that. This was about something that I was struggling with, something that I was ashamed of, and how revealing what’s hidden can take that shame away. It was really about finding acceptance with my body as it now was.”For Williams, the film’s success is directly linked to Musinsky’s openness, honesty, and vulnerability. “The fact that she surrenders so much on film prompts very revealing conversations among audience members who have dealt with breast cancer themselves,” he said. “They feel comfortable to share their own perspectives and anxieties, tell their own stories, and celebrate what they have. The most powerful thing is that, in a way, the film has helped people to see that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”As Musinsky prepares — for a second time — to process in Harvard’s Commencement ceremony, she might just break into a few dance steps. “When you hear music, your body just starts to move,” Musinsky said. “When I don’t dance, I feel less human. There’s no way, at least for me, to keep still.”last_img read more

The coral connection

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaHow extensive is fecal contamination of water surrounding the Florida Keys and how harmful is it to humans and the environment? These are questions troubling both University of Georgia scientists and residents of the string of more than 1,800 tropical islands arcing off the southern tip of Florida.With few large, modern sewage-treatment plants in the area, most human waste is processed by small-scale waste water treatment plants, or more commonly flushed into thousands ofseptic tanks and cesspits ( holes in the ground covered with concrete slabs).Some homes, like most of the thousands of houseboats docked in the Keys, simply have waste pipes leading directly from toilets to the ocean. Older sewer lines also are known to leak untreated sewage into the groundwater.Microbiologist Erin Lipp is looking to the coral reefs surrounding the islands for some answers.“The [septic] fields are so porous that even the legal systems are not functioning,” said Lipp, who works with the University of Georgia Department of Environmental Health Science. A 42 percent increase in the population each spring, when tourist season arrives, adds even more strain to the islands’ inadequate waste treatment systems.Resulting human fecal contamination near shore is well-documented, Lipp said. “About 95 percent of the canals tested in the Keys tested positive for human viral pathogens like polio, hepatitis A and Norwalk.”How much wastewater is reaching the region’s coral reefs further offshore, and to what extent it may be affecting them and offshore water quality are big unknowns. UGA ecologist Jim Porter has found the reefs have been decimated. He has documented a 38 percent decline in living coral coverage in the Keys over the last seven years.Scientists suspect that there’s a connection between the contamination and the reef reduction, but offshore water testing hasn’t indicated the amount of human contamination that scientists suspect might be present, Lipp said.“In a recent study, 13 out of 15 coral heads had the RNA of viruses on them but only one water sample indicated fecal contamination,” said Lipp. “In fact, offshore water testing has hardly detected any fecal indicators.”Lipp thinks the corals themselves may hold the answer – that bacteria and viruses from human waste may be collecting on the reefs rather than floating around in the ocean.“These bacteria and viruses prefer sediment or surface,” Lipp said. “They will colonize before they’ll simply float around.”Furthermore, coral is a particularly hospitable environment for microbes. “Corals produce a mucus in response to stress,” she said. “It’s very sticky and a highly nutritional environment for bacteria.”If human viruses and bacteria are collecting on coral as Lipp suspects, then the reefs would be a more accurate indicator of human fecal bacteria and pathogenic viruses offshore than water sampling.Scientists have discovered bacteria indigenous to the ocean on the surfaces of corals that are two orders of magnitude higher than a few years ago, Lipp said She, along with co-investigators Dale Griffin of the U.S. Geological Survey in Florida and Joan Rose of Michigan State University will look specifically for human viruses and bacteria on the coral.“Coral may be a more efficient and effective bio-indicator versus sampling hundreds of liters of water,” Lipp said.With more accurate indications of human pathogens in near and offshore waters, scientists could create more accurate models to assess the risk of human waste to humans and the environment.In a separate study, Lipp is investigating the origins of white pox, a coral disease that has destroyed a large part of the population of elkhorn coral in the Keys. White pox is caused by a bacterium that is also a human pathogen – it’s a common source of hospital infections – which suggests there may be a link between it and human activities.Lipp, along with UGA researchers Kathryn Patterson Sutherland and Jim Porter, will use DNA fingerprinting to examine strains of this bacterium to determine the source.Cat Holmes is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

6 things you need to know about your W-2

first_imgIf you’ve ever been somebody’s employee, you’ve probably noticed that every January or February, you receive a form with a lot of little boxes on it in the mail. It’s not a bill — it’s a W-2, and every employer that paid you at least $600 during the year has to send you one.The W-2 form, formally called the “Wage and Tax Statement,” details your compensation from an employer. Don’t confuse it with your W-4 — that’s the form you use to tell your employer how much tax to withhold from your paycheck every pay period. And notice the key word here: employer. Freelancers or contract workers get 1099s from their clients, not W-2s.The W-2 form is really important. For most people, the information on it determines whether they’re getting a refund or writing a check in April. Here are six things you need to know about how to handle it. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Team Trump wanted a James Baker to head their legal push. They got Rudy Giuliani instead

first_img– Advertisement – “For one thing, our whole argument was that the votes have been counted and they’ve been counted and they’ve been counted and it’s time to end the process. That’s not exactly the message that I heard on election night. And so I think it’s pretty hard to be against counting the votes,” Baker told The New York Times.“We never said don’t count the votes,” Mr. Baker added, calling it an indefensible position in a democracy.- Advertisement – Meanwhile, Trump’s twitter feed includes a steady refrain of “STOP THE COUNT!” Another aspect that makes this wildly different from 2000 is the fact that Trump would have to prevail in multiple lawsuits instead of just one. So even if he were to prevail in Pennsylvania, for example, and stop the count there, he would also have to deploy some pretty fancy legal jiu-jitsu to turn back the counts in Michigan and Wisconsin while also winning other cases he dreams up in Georgia and Nevada. Instead, so far, all we’ve seen is a lot of posturing by subpar legal talents, blindfolded and wildly swatting at a hollowed-out piñata. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Flu viruses can evolve in unsuspected ways, study says

first_img The conventional understanding of flu virus evolution in nonpandemic (interpandemic) periods describes it as a series of minor mutational changes in the dominant strain, mostly involving HA, the article says. In the process known as antigenic drift, the changes help the virus persist—and necessitate the creation of a new vaccine each year. But the new findings suggest that the conventional model is incomplete. Researchers report that three different groups, or clades, of influenza A/H3N2 viruses have circulated at the same time for the past several years. In 2002, two of the groups acquired a gene from the third. This “reassortment,” the authors say, probably gave rise to the Fujian strain of flu, which predominated during the 2003-04 flu season and was not included in the vaccine for that year. The gene trees for the viral genes all differed in ways that fit their respective clades, except for the gene for hemagglutinin (HA), the surface protein that enables the virus to attach to host cells. The HA gene tree grouped all the clade A viruses that emerged after 2002 together with the clade B and C viruses from the same period. Holmes EC, Ghedin E, Miller N, et al. Whole-genome analysis of human influenza A virus reveals multiple persistent lineages and reassortment among recent H3N2 viruses. PloS Biol 2005 Jul 26 (early online publication) [Full text] Jul 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A large-scale study of genetic data on influenza shows that viruses of the same strain or serotype have more genetic differences than previously suspected and can exchange genetic material in ways that make them more infectious. The authors did an initial analysis of genetic sequence data collected under the National Institutes of Health’s Influenza Genome Sequencing Project. The analysis dealt with the genomes of 156 human H3N2 viruses collected in New York state from 1999 to 2004. Also included in the study were partial sequence data from other flu virus studies. The researchers grouped the isolates according to sequence similarities. They also traced gene trees (phylogenetic trees) for each of the virus’s eight genes, depicting the inferred relationships among them. They found that most of the genomes fell into one group, called clade A, but a few fell into two other groups, clades B and C. “These data, derived from the first large-scale study of H3N2 viruses, convincingly demonstrate that multiple lineages can co-circulate, persist, and reassort in epidemiologically significant ways, and underscore the importance of genomic analyses for future influenza surveillance,” says the report, published by the Public Library of Science Biology (PloS Biology). The authors further determined that the Fujian strain of H3N2 shared certain key amino-acid changes with the clade A reassortant strains and the clade B viruses from 2003-04. They concluded that the reassortment in which clades A and C acquired the HA gene from clade B was “central” to the rise of the Fujian strain and the resulting reduction of vaccine effectiveness in 2003-04. “These results indicate that different viral strains had circulated in the same populations until 2002 and then the clade A and C viruses acquired a common HA gene from clade B through reassortment,” says an article summary published in the same journal. The phylogenetic analysis also indicated that two other reassortment events involving two other genes occurred. The study was authored by Edward C. Holmes of Pennsylvania State University and colleagues from the Institute for Genomic Research, the New York State Department of Health, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. “We found that at least four reassortment events occurred among human viruses during 1999-2004 and that two of these involved a major change in HA,” the authors write. Citing another recent study that also provided evidence of the clade A-B reassortment, they add, “To our knowledge, these analyses are the first demonstrations of the emergence of a major antigenically variant virus derived by reassortment between two distinct clades of co-circulating H3N2 viruses rather than by antigenic drift.” They conclude that the finding has “major significance” for the task of selecting which flu strains to use in each year’s vaccine.last_img read more

Croatian investophobia

first_imgEvery now and then in our media we can read an article by one of our respected journalists, in which they attack an announced investment, which, according to their respected opinion, will destroy everything and anything.The term “protection against devastation” is regularly used as a mechanism of resistance to investment. I am somehow sensitive to this topic, especially when this protection applies to the islands, because I belong to a group of refugees from these Adriatic pearls of ours, who had to continue their lives elsewhere, regardless of the fact that they could and should have all the prerequisites to stay. In addition to the great heritage that the islanders have, many cannot afford to stay and survive, but are forced to leaveDevastation in our country, and especially on the islands, was mostly done on the population. The population is devastated. And that in a long process. Of course, the cause of the devastation of the population was the inability of that population to survive and to provide basic living conditions.More precisely, they were not allowed to do so.Because conditions need to be created. You need to invest. This has unfortunately not been done for decades. NOTHING is invested.Not only is there no investment, but the local population, which has great wealth in the form of land, is not allowed to use that wealth. Because that country is not construction land. It is not included in the plan. Not in the zone. And it’s worth nothing. She devalued herself. Someone didn’t let it become valuable. Or he just didn’t do anything. The result is mostly the same.So in addition to all that land, people like refugees decide to leave. They leave the pearls of the Adriatic, our islands, and the land and houses remain empty.And there are no journalists who would criticize this inaction of institutions, all so far in the last 100 years. There are no protectors and pastors who would go to those islands and be a little with these people. There are no ones to describe how these people live. Especially how they live in winter. How do they overwinter?But when someone tries to invest something on those islands, they jump. Here they are. They write great articles to protect the islands. Prevented devastation. Preserved for future generations.And I wonder for whom?For whom do we protect our grandfather?For those who will come when we are gone?For those who will buy our worthless grandfather for a kuna.For them?Instead of planning and enabling the local population to use their resources, according to all environmental laws and regulations and everything else, to be able to build and operate or sell only a piece of heritage, but at some decent price, the population is forced to sell their grandparents for nothing. And then that worthless heritage in someone else’s hands, through repurpositions and alterations, becomes valuable, and in many ways.Instead of doing everything in a planned way in advance to ensure the conditions under which investors could invest without any and all phobia of devastation, investors must dig up opportunities themselves. And when they finally dig them up, they come across “the protectors of our heritage”.They come across those who were silent when that heritage of ours was devalued and are still silent as it decays before our eyes.Those who are likely to shut up and give up protection if investors just push them a little into a shallow and cheap hypocritical pocket.Author: Miki Bratanić* The views and recommendations expressed in the author’s columns, advice and comments are exclusively the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of the HrTurizam.hr portal,* The views and recommendations expressed in the author’s columns, advice and comments are exclusively the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of the HrTurizam.hr portallast_img read more