Human rights fight

first_imgInstead the Union will actively lobby other UN members in an effort to block Chinese attempts to kill the US resolution.Civil rights campaigners criticised the EU’s refusal to sponsor the motion. “We believe it’s the wrong decision,” said Lotte Leicht of Human Rights Watch.“We haven’t seen significant moves [by the Chinese] to meet the EU’s basic requirements such as knowing the number of people sentenced to death. There has also been a tremendous increase in prosecutions in China of religious groups and members of the pro-democracy party. This has to be taken into account.”Lindh will travel to Geneva next Tuesday to declare the EU’s support for the motion. In previous years the EU has backed the US position but the resolution has been always blocked by Beijing. In one of the first signs that the Union is cooperating with the Bush administration on foreign policy concerns, ministers will support a US-sponsored motion criticising China’s failure to respect human rights standards.The measure is due to be debated by the United Nations Commission for Human Rights in Geneva next week.But the EU will not officially join the US in sponsoring the resolution, as requested by Secretary of State Colin Powell when he met Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten last month.last_img read more

Wedding Party Boogies Down the Aisle (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore In a church in St. Paul, Minnesota this month, Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson vowed not to have a boring wedding. Instead of a standard entrance walking down the aisle, they and their wedding party performed a choreographed dance sequence to the electro-pop song Forever, by Chris Brown. The YouTube sensation below, has received 1.3 million views in five days and landed the couple on the Today Show.  Congratulations to the bride and groom…  last_img

Siegfried shivers for homeless

first_imgSiegfried Hall’s 8th annual “Day of Man” will give hall residents a chance to shiver for a cause Wednesday as they brave the cold in shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops while collecting donations for the South Bend Center for the Homeless, Day of Man co-commissioner and junior Thomas Ridella said.“It’s one of the largest community service events that I’ve participated in,” Ridella said. “It’s really cool doing it with all your friends and doing something that’s really different and unique. … We’re just doing our part by taking a day, not even a day, out of our time, which is something small, to make a big contribution.”Siegfried Hall president and sophomore Drew Vista said the event encourages hall residents “to stand in solidarity with other people and bring the cause to the attention of the other students at Notre Dame.”“The most important part of the event is that even though it’s a fun thing to do for a day and even though it’s cold, it’s for a really good cause,” Vista said. “Once we hear from the people from the homeless shelter, it makes us feel that what we did was that much more special.”Peter Lombardo, director of community involvement at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, spoke to students gathered for Mass in Siegfried on Sunday. He said funds from Day of Man support academic and enrichment programs at the Center for the Homeless and will help kickstart a nutrition program initiated this year by juniors Kathleen Anthony and Sienna Durbin.“Thank you for risking a trip to the student health center for the Center for the Homeless,” Lombardo said. “The work we do is pretty much aimed at reconnecting [residents], reconnecting them to the sources of support that we all have.“We’re lucky we have family and friends that we can depend on, and they don’t have them. Some of them don’t have them because they’ve broken them themselves, yes, that’s true, but the Center for the Homeless wants to reconnect them, and any help that you can give goes to that.”Sophomore Jack Szigety said the event also provides a way for Siegfried residents to strengthen their own community while reaching out to South Bend.“The best part of the event for me anyway is the solidarity of it,” Szigety said. “You don’t stand only with the homeless people who don’t have as fortunate a situation as we do, but you also stand with your dorm, your fellow men, to get together for a cause.”Ridella said the initial slogan used for the first Day of Man, “Be cold. Be bold. Be a man,” would be featured on the back of the neon blue T-shirt hall residents will wear to class and outside the dining halls Wednesday. Vista said plans for Day of Man would continue no matter how low the temperatures drop, as the hall typically raises more funds in frigid weather.“I don’t know if there is a temperature that’s too cold,” Vista said. “Probably anything that would be physically unsafe for more than five minutes of exposure would be too cold. Other than that, the colder the better.”Tags: Center for the Homeless, Day of Man, fundraiser, Siegfried Halllast_img read more

Law professor nominated to federal court

first_imgNotre Dame professor of law Amy Coney Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th circuit, according to a University press release. Barrett, who had previously clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, researches and instructs on federal courts and constitutional law at Notre Dame. She has twice been selected by students as “Distinguished Professor of the Year.”“Amy is an outstanding professor, scholar and colleague,” Nell Jessup Newton, dean of the law school, said in a statement. “She would be an excellent judge.”A graduate of Notre Dame’s Eck School of Law, Barrett was the executive editor of the Notre Dame Law review and earned the Hoynes Prize, the “Law School’s highest honor,” according to the release.Tags: Eck School of Law, law professor, Seventh Circuit Court of Appealslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s faculty, students travel to see Shakespeare play

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College english and humanistic studies departments have teamed up to arrange their annual trip to a Chicago Shakespeare performance at Navy Pier.Students and faculty were able to visit Chicago on Saturday to see a matinee performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”The trip is open to a variety of majors and the only requirement is that the students be interested in Shakespeare.Chicago Shakespeare normally performs at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago, however, they also give performances to schools in the area and host a wide variety of educational programs. According to the company’s website, there are currently two plays being performed: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Us/Them.” The company also does a program called Abridged Shakespeare, which cuts down the traditional plays to a shorter length for families or younger school groups.Students and faculty from Saint Mary’s carpooled to Chicago to see the company perform. In past years, a bus was provided for students who wished to make the trip but this year, it was up to students and faculty to find transportation. However, the students who decided to go made it work. Senior biology major Jordan Myers has been on the trip before and said she greatly enjoyed it in the past. Myers said in an email that the decision not to rent a bus did not impact her enjoyment of the trip as a whole.“We were able to drive there with our professors, then had a quick lunch on Navy Pier,” Myers said. “We had some time on the pier, then we saw the play, which was fantastic.” Myers and other students were able to meet and take photos with the actors and actresses after the play. They also learned about what it takes to perform Shakespeare, she said.“I gained a fuller picture of what Shakespeare might have had in mind in his time,” Myers said. “And, we learned about the different ways to portray characters and the stage.” After the trip, students were able to see the city lights at night from Navy Pier and have a quick dinner before returning to Saint Mary’s.Myers said the trip would be beneficial to younger students looking to learn about Shakespeare and English in general.“Shakespeare is all about his plays,” she said. “Why study his works at all if you don’t get to see any?” Tags: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago Shakespeare, Shakespearelast_img read more

San Marco Limited Edition Seats Celebrate Bicycle Film Festival

first_imgSan Marco is helping celebrate the Bicycle Film Festival by releasing limited edition colors of their retro bike saddle, the Concor Supercorsa.  They announced the re-release of this original saddle design at Sea Otter, and now it’s in a rainbow of colors to honor one of three dozen cities hosting the BFF.There are only fifty saddles in each color available when the festival opens in the corresponding city.  Get online now, the NYC show starts today!  Price is €95.Via Coolhunting.  ‘More’ images after the break… Via Coolhunting.last_img

Up to $42 million in NIH grants awarded to Dartmouth-Hitchcock for pediatric research

first_imgDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine Researchers at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system have been awarded up to $42 million to investigate environmental influences on child health. The highly competitive awards are part of a $157 million, seven-year initiative known as Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)(link is external) that was announced (link is external)Wednesday by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).The ECHO program will study how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development, from conception through early childhood, influences children and adolescent health. The awards will build the infrastructure and capacity for the ECHO program to support multiple, synergistic longitudinal studies that extend and expand existing cohort studies of mothers and their children.“Every baby should have the best opportunity to remain healthy and thrive throughout childhood,” says NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD. “ECHO will help us better understand the factors that contribute to optimal health in children.”ECHO research will focus on factors that may influence health outcomes around the time of birth, as well as into later childhood and adolescence—including upper and lower airway health and development, obesity, and brain and nervous system development.“Critical gaps remain in our understanding of the early drivers of child health and development that have life-long consequences,” explains Margaret Karagas, PhD, chair and professor of epidemiology at Geisel, who will collaborate closely with colleagues at Dartmouth College’s Arts and Sciences, Geisel, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock in the effort. “In particular, there is a dearth of comprehensive information on U.S. children, including those from rural settings who may experience higher exposures from unregulated drinking water supplies, household air pollution from wood smoke, and unique lifestyle factors influence by their physical environment.”Led by Karagas, the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study (NHBCS)—a research project that since 2009 has been investigating how various factors such as contaminants in the environment affect the health of pregnant women and their children in New Hampshire and Vermont—will receive up to $40 million in funding over the next seven years to help lead ECHO’s research efforts. “As a relatively young cohort, our team is poised to apply advanced technologies to illuminate the impact of environmental toxicants, physical, social and behavioral factors, and medical exposures early in life that bear on lifelong health through this prestigious award,” she says.The NHBCS is one of a number of existing pediatric population studies being funded by ECHO as a consortium—ECHO’s goal is to enroll more than 50,000 children from diverse racial, geographic, and socio-economical backgrounds. These studies will analyze existing data, as well as follow the children over time to address the early environmental origins of at least one of ECHO’s health outcome areas. Each group will participate with the others to combine data that are collected in a standardized way across the consortium.A critical component of ECHO will be to use the NIH-funded Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) program to build state-of-the-art pediatric clinical research networks in rural and medically underserved areas, so that children living in these communities are able to participate in clinical trials.“This initiative will provide a much-needed central coordinating platform for pediatric clinical trials in the Dartmouth community,” says Paul Palumbo, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) and a professor of pediatrics and of medicine at Geisel, who will receive up to $2 million in funding over the next four years to conduct pediatric clinical trials in NH as part of the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (ISPCTN). “It will support existing and new investigators, expanding our clinical trials universe, stimulating expansion of our portfolio and offering new opportunities for professional development with the resultant recruitment and training of new faculty and research staff.”“As the state’s only children’s hospital, research is core to the mission of CHaD and its Department of Pediatrics,” explains Keith Loud, MD, MSc, chair and associate professor of Pediatrics at Geisel and physician-in-chief of CHaD. “The child health research unit that we will develop with this funding will not only connect us with clinical trials nationwide, but enhance our abilities to collaborate effectively with exciting research initiatives across Dartmouth, including Dr. Karagas’ ECHO program, Dartmouth SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the emerging clinical research infrastructure at Dartmouth-Hitchcock,” says Loud.In addition to its pediatric cohorts and clinical sites for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials network, ECHO’s infrastructure includes the following programmatic components: Coordinating Center, Data Analysis Center, Children’s Health and Exposure Analysis Resource Core, Patient Reported Outcomes Core, and Data Coordinating and Operations Center for the ISPCTN. About Dartmouth-HitchcockDartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system that serves a population of 1.9 million in New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, delivering care in Lebanon, NH at its flagship, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center(link is external), one of only 45 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock(link is external); affiliate hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and at 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine(link is external) at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center(link is external) in White River Junction, VT. In 2016, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was named one of “100 Great Hospitals in America”(link is external) by Becker’s Hospital Review.Source: DHMC 9.21.2016 About the Geisel School of Medicine at DartmouthThe Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, founded in 1797, strives to improve the lives of the communities we serve through excellence in learning, discovery, and healing. The nation’s fourth-oldest medical school, the Geisel School of Medicine has been home to many firsts in medical education, research and practice, including the discovery of the mechanism for how light resets biological clocks, creating the first multispecialty intensive care unit, the first comprehensive examination of U.S. health care cost variations (The Dartmouth Atlas), and the first Center for Health Care Delivery Science, which launched in 2010. As one of America’s top medical schools, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine is committed to training new generations of physician leaders who will help solve our most vexing challenges in health care.last_img read more

Are you prepared for the next disaster?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hurricanes be damned, the IRS still expects to be paid. So, recently the IRS released this handy little tip sheet outlining steps that individuals and businesses can take to make sure that their vital tax information is protected if and when a storm or other disaster strikes.With so many businesses outsourcing their payroll processing now, one tip that caught my eye was the suggestion that businesses check to see that their payroll provider has a fiduciary bond in place.  And, of course, the IRS reminds us that emergency plans should be updated.One of the really big challenges facing credit unions, and all businesses for that matter, is that there are so many regulations being thrown at them that it is easy to forget the ongoing obligations that were imposed just a few years ago.  I’m sure many of you know that Appendix B to Part 749 of NCUA’s regulation requires credit unions to prepare for a catastrophic act.I’m also sure many of you can pull out a policy or program adopted by your credit union in response to this requirement.  But how many of you have done annual testing or updated the plan?  I know you are all busy, but if you can find the time, you might save some much needed money and prevent operational headaches the next time the storm of the century hits. continue reading »last_img read more

Toddlers love selfies: Parenting in an iPhone age

first_imgCBS:Every so often, Brandi Koskie finds dozens of photos of her 3-year-old daughter, Paisley, on her iPhone – but they aren’t ones Koskie has taken.“There’ll be 90 pictures, sideways, of the corner of her eye, her eyebrow,” said Koskie, who lives in Wichita, Kan. “She’s just tapping her way right into my phone.”The hidden photos, all shot by Paisley, illustrate a phenomenon familiar to many parents in today’s tech-savvy world: Toddlers love selfies. Observant entrepreneurs have caught on to these image-obsessed tots, marketing special apps that make taking photos super-easy for little fingers. You can even buy a pillow with a smartphone pocket so toddlers can take selfies during diaper changes.But toddlers aren’t the only ones taking photos nonstop. It’s not unusual for doting parents to snap thousands of digital photos by the time their child is 2. Today’s toddlers think nothing of finding their own biopic stored in a device barely bigger than a deck of cards.…Tot-centric snapshots can help build a healthy self-image and boost childhood memories when handled correctly, but shooting too many photos or videos and playing them back instantly for a demanding toddler could backfire, said Deborah Best, a professor of cognitive developmental psychology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.The instant gratification that smartphones provide today’s toddlers is “going to be hard to overcome,” she said. “They like things immediately, and they like it short and quick. It’s going to have an impact on kids’ ability to wait for gratification. I can’t see that it won’t.”Read the whole story: CBS More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

New Mexico House Approves Increase In Contributions To Public Employees Retirement Association

first_imgBy MICHAEL GERSTEINThe New MexicanA plan that would increase contributions from public workers and the state to the Public Employees Retirement Association to get the pension system on a path to solvency is nearly on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk.The House approved the legislation in a 40-28 vote Monday after hours of debate.Senate Bill 72 calls for a rise in contributions and a temporary suspension of cost-of-living increases for some retirees in an effort to ensure PERA can continue pension payouts well into the future, supporters say. It also calls for reduced cost-of-living increases in the years after the suspension ends.The House made a technical change to an amendment to SB 72, so the measure will need to return to the Senate for approval before going to the governor’s desk, said Daniel Marzec, a spokesman for the House Democrats.The governor praised the House vote in a statement Monday.“With their vote today and with the tremendous bipartisan support this proposal has earned throughout the session, lawmakers have sent a clear message to public employees and public retirees: We will honor the promises that have been made, we will ensure the solvency of our retirement fund and New Mexico’s pension system will remain the best in the country,” Lujan Grisham said.“There should be no illusion: These changes require sacrifice,” she continued. “The legislation ensures the sacrifice is shared and that vulnerable groups are protected, as is retirees’ sacred defined benefit.”Senate Bill 72 increases cost-of-living adjustments to 2.5 percent for retirees over the age of 75, those with disabilities and retirees with pensions less than $25,000 after 25 years of service. For other retirees, it eventually would tie future increases to investments in the stock market ranging from 0.5 percent to 3 percent depending on investment performance.PERA represents about 90,000 New Mexicans, including about 40,000 retirees. The $16 billion retirement fund has unfunded liabilities of about $6.6 billion. Payouts began outpacing contributions to the retirement fund in the late 1990s, according to Lujan Grisham’s office, which is backing the pension system overhaul.Supporters of the legislation argue that unless the state acts now, it might not be able to pay public pensions in the future if the economy takes a downturn. That could matter most to younger workers who are paying into the system now and expect to retire in the next two decades, said Rep. Phelps Anderson, R-Roswell, a co-sponsor of the legislation.“Arguably those young New Mexicans … care the most,” Anderson told fellow lawmakers on the House floor Monday. “They care the most because they have a career or work and paying in, expecting that we will live up to our promise. They’ve got a 25-year career, and when they get to the end, they would rather have 100 percent funding of our pension rather than zero.”Although many Democrats supported the proposal, others opposed it.“In times of crisis or economic downturns, I’ve seen this legislative body place the burden of these crises on the backs of the poor, working families, our school kids and the elderly,” Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, said during the floor debate. “These efforts of solvency within PERA are placing the burden on the backs of retirees.”Rep. Moe Maestas, D-Albuquerque, argued there’s no reason why the state is obligated to have a public pension system that’s 100 percent funded, and he questioned the assumption that a market downturn is impending and would put PERA in a position in which it is unable to issue payouts.“What I fundamentally disagree with, and it permeates this building as a result of the banking crisis in ’08 … is this notion that these dramatic economic changes are gonna come some day and we have to prepare for them,” Maestas said. “I have not seen a single document provided to me that even contemplates certain hypotheticals in regards to that.“The government is not going belly up. We’re not gonna owe $6 billion tomorrow,” he continued.last_img read more