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first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is calling on the United Kingdom to grant the EU’s first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status after London declined to accord him those rights. But the 27-nation bloc gave no clear signal that it would take retaliatory action. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is refusing to grant full diplomatic status to Joao Vale de Almeida, the 27-nation EU’s envoy to the U.K, which left the bloc last year. London says the EU is an organization, not a country. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday that “we will not accept that the United Kingdom will be the only country in the world that doesn’t recognize the delegation of the European Union.”last_img read more


first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison will pay $2.2 billion to settle insurance claims from a deadly, destructive wildfire sparked by its equipment in 2018. The utility acknowledged no wrongdoing. Edison said Monday that the agreement covers all claims in pending lawsuits from insurance companies related to the Woolsey fire that blackened 151 square miles of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Three people died in the November 2018 fire, and more than 1,600 homes and other buildings were destroyed. In addition, Edison said it’s finalized settlements from the December 2017 Thomas fire and mudslides a month later on land that burned.last_img read more


first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Norman Lear made his mark as a television producer who strived to explore race relation issues through his famed sitcoms “All in the Family” and “Good Times.” And now, the Golden Globes will honor Lear with its TV special achievement trophy.,Lear will receive the Carol Burnett Award during the 78th annual ceremony on Feb. 28, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday. He is a writer, director and producer who champions television diversity with other classic hit sitcoms such as “The Jeffersons” and “Sanford and Son.”,HFPA President Ali Sar said in a statement that Lear is among the “most prolific creators of this generation.” He also said Lear’s work “revolutionized the industry.”,“His career has encompassed both the Golden Age and Streaming Era, throughout which his progressive approach addressing controversial topics through humor prompted a cultural shift that allowed social and political issues to be reflected in television,” Sar said of Lear.,The Carol Burnett Award is given annually to honor someone “who has made outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen.” It’s the small-screen version of the group’s film counterpart, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which will be handed to Jane Fonda during the awards ceremony.,Past recipients of the Burnett award include Ellen DeGeneres and Burnett.,Nominations for the upcoming Golden Globes are scheduled to be announced Feb. 3.,Lear, 98, is a six-time Emmy winner whose shows confronted war, sexuality, abortion, and poverty with topical humor. His other popular series include “Maude,” “One Day at a Time” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”,Lear, a World War II veteran, has collected several accolades in his career. He received the Peabody Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2016, awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1999 and inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984. He was a Kennedy Center honoree in 2017.,As a social activist, Lear founded advocacy organization People for the American Way. He also founded several other non-profits to promote thoughtful citizenship, including the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication.,In the early 2000s, Lear purchased an original copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. He then founded the Declaration of Independence Road Trip to the share the document with people across all 50 states.last_img read more


first_img This real time analysis leads to quicker treatment as well as specified treatment, called “goal-directed point of care therapy,” Castellino said. University research is giving trauma victims a greater chance of survival, according to Dr. Francis Castellino, director of Notre Dame’s W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research. Castellino said he hopes to see this research implemented on the battlefield. “These are pioneering papers,” Castellino said. “We have had major collaboration with schools like the University of Colorado Medical School.” Besides saving lives of trauma victims, who need treatment as fast as possible, these new groundbreaking developments in the field of coagulation research are also saving precious blood products. “No one has ever identified what is going on with the platelets,” she said. Also in progress is an application for a Department of Defense grant, according to Ploplis. The Keck Center, which has spent the last 40 years researching genetic disorders, is the lab for expertise in blood coagulation, according to Castellino. This collaborative research has identified platelet receptor mutations for several coagulation diseases, including two separate mutations with Bernard-Soulier syndrome, a defect where the platelets don’t connect to the walls of blood vessels. “We save lives by doing state-of-the-art early trauma care,” Castellino said. “We’re looking at blood clotting in real time at the point of care, whether that be at the bedside of the far-forward battlefield, like the front lines.” “I can see it implemented in the military,” he said. “These machines are small, and you can have one in the field to diagnose what a victim needs.” “We can save blood products — we don’t want to waste them,” he said. “We can give this goal — directed blood component therapy instead of fixed ratios. We can adjust our ratios based on what the patient needs.” “We would have nothing of scientific value without Castellino,” he said. “We continue to refine our parameters of treatment based in his research.” The research out of Castellino’s lab is like nothing else in the nation, Walsh said. Only three to four other labs are doing any research like this in the nation. The group has published two papers on this coagulation research since the beginning of the collaboration a year-and-a-half ago, and has several more waiting for publication, he said.   “We have a good chance of getting the grant because we have people at both ends of the research,” she said. “We have the scientists, and we have the physicians implementing the research into their treatments. It’s translational.” Researchers at the Keck Center, in collaboration with trauma physicians from South Bend’s Memorial Hospital, are looking at blood coagulation, or clotting, using a thromboelastogram, a machine that breaks down how a patient’s blood coagulates, Castellino said. By using this machine in a new way, the researchers are finding out what specific blood product, such as platelets, plasma or red and white blood cells, a patient might need. “Treatments now are shooting blood into patients [instead of finding out what blood product they need],” Castellino said. “This research is taking it a step forward.” Besides trauma benefits, the research out of this collaboration has also helped identify gene mutations in genetic coagulation disorders, according to Dr. Victoria Ploplis, the associate director for the Keck Center. Dr. Mark Walsh, a trauma physician at Memorial Hospital, said the goal-directed therapy is helpful in the emergency room.last_img read more


first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Student Activity Board (SAB) hosted Midnight Madness on Wednesday night to celebrate school spirit and build excitement for the midnight announcement of this year’s SMC Tostal performer, Sammy Adams.  Junior SAB member Anna Vaughn said the event unites students from all class years for a night of light-hearted games and activities.  “The purpose is to bring classes together in fun competition,” Vaughn said. “Everyone comes together not only as a class, but also as a school.”  SAB set up a variety of activities, including dodgeball, “minute to win it” games, hula-hoop contests, an Oreo-eating contest complete with milk, a relay race and a tug-of-war competition. Senior Emily Skirtich said the night’s events foster both competition and community among Saint Mary’s students.  “I love the class competition aspect of Midnight Madness,” Skirtich said. “It’s a great way to bring a sense of community to our school. And I love the ‘minute to win it’ games.” Vaughn said students were encouraged to wear clothes in their respective class colors, with seniors in blue, juniors in green, sophomores in pink and first years in purple.  The South Bend community also contributed donations to Midnight Madness, Vaughn said.  “We also try to promote community businesses as well,” Vaughn said. “We were able to get a lot of donations from local businesses.”  Businesses such as Bruno’s Pizza, Salon Rouge, Dairy Maid and the Shaheen Bookstore donated prizes for many of the Midnight Madness games and activities.  First year Maeve Curly said she was excited to participate in activities at her first Midnight Madness.  “I think [Midnight Madness] is so much fun,” Curly said. “And I really like how it encourages school spirit at Saint Mary’s.”  First year Kelly Crooksesaid she was impressed by the hard work SAB put intoemaking the event a success.  “They did such a nice job promoting the event,” Crooks said. “It showed me that it must be a great way to support the school as well.”last_img read more


first_imgDr. Bill Stackman, associate vice president of student services, visited the Student Senate during this week’s meeting and spoke on his role in Notre Dame’s sexual assault policies. New to Notre Dame this year, Stackman has spent 31 years working with sexual harassment at a variety of schools, most recently Texas A&M University.  His current role is the Deputy Title IX coordinator, which means he is the point person for all reports of sexual assault at Notre Dame.   “Title IX is about equality on college campuses, especially concerning athletics,” Stackman said.  “Due to the [Department of Education’s] Office of Civil Rights, every university is required to take immediate action [on allegations of sexual assault], meaning we have 60 days to complete the process [of investigation].  You can imagine if you are a victim or on the side of an accused it can be pretty daunting, so the last thing they want this thing to do is go on forever.” Stackman said it is not enough to just have a handbook or a website; universities have to educate the campus on how to report. “My job is to reach out to students of concern all the time,” Stackman said.  “We flag students who are struggling, whom we heard about through a rector, a faculty member or students themselves and reach out to provide support.” Stackman said sexual assault policies are not the same across the board and need to be defined at each university. At Notre Dame, reports can be made from a variety of sources, including NDSP, rectors, faculty, students, coaches and parents, and after a report, Stackman said he assigns a Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator (SARC) to both the complainant and the accused. Student body vice president Katie Rose added that student are not obliged by the honor code to report sexual assault and can generally be considered confidential sources, but those acting in certain roles, such as Resident Assistants, are required to pass reports to the Deputy Title IX coordinator. Students can find more information about which sources can remain confidential and which cannot through the Center for Sexual Assault Prevention. Once a report has been made, Stackman said the SARC will help guide students through the Notre Dame’s process of investigation. “Often students don’t know where to go in this situation,” Stackman said.  “The SARC is to provide them with this type of support. In addition, we ask each person involved to not have contact with the other person [who is accused of assault] until further notice. This includes physical contact, communication and communication between friends.” Stackman said.  Since being at Notre Dame, Stackman has handled 20 cases in his capacity as Deputy Title IX coordinator. Eight of those cases involved complainants who were unwilling to share, meaning they came forward to an extent but did not give the name of the accuser to take the case further, Stackman said.  In addition, five out of the 20 complainants were males, and two involved sexual intercourse. Sixteen of the 20 cases involved alcohol. “This is an administrative process, it is not a court of law,” Stackman said.  “We have room to make this our own, and we’re always looking for ways to make it better.” Rose said the reason for this presentation was the clear up the misinformation that is widespread across campus.   “I’ve heard stories from people who have been witnesses or accused and nobody seems satisfied, no one knows the actual process,” Rose said.  “Now it should be clear that if something does come up in your dorm or with your friends you can know the process and know that it’s a stringent one that is the same across the board.” Sitting in on the session were the newly elected student body president and vice president Alex Coccia and Nancy Joyce, introduced at the beginning of the meeting by current student body president Brett Rocheleau. They will assume their offices in April.last_img read more


first_imgAt Wednesday’s senate meeting, the student group passed two resolutions proposing amendments to the student government constitution.The first resolution, written and presented by Judicial Council president Michael Masi, proposes to amend the constitution so the Judicial Council president would be responsible for “verifying the validity of all votes cast in any election.”“I know that some people are nervous about giving all the power to one person,” Masi said.The goal, he said, is to make the process more efficient by having one person in charge of recording and verifying the votes.The amendment would also require that dorms comply with the constitution by running hall elections through the Judicial Council, Masi said. In 2013, 23 out of the 29 residence halls did so, and Masi said he hopes to have all 29 on board for the 2014 election.With the amendment, all elections this year would take place through Google docs, which would be set up by an independent netID that only the Judicial Council president and his Student Activities Office (SAO) advisor would have access to.Department of Internal Affairs director Daniel Colston also produced and presented an amendment which came up for vote at Wednesday’s meeting. This amendment establishes a “48-hour rule” that will apply to future resolutions and agendas for the Senate.Colston said when resolutions have been circulated too soon to their votes, “ability to make an informed vote — based on what your constituents want — was impaired,” because the senators did not have time to think them over and present them at their individual hall councils.Earlier versions of the constitution had a “three-day rule” in place, but the new amendment calls for only 48 hours in order to give student body vice president Nancy Joyce as well as other members of the cabinet time to put together the necessary documents.In the event of an emergency, the amendment stipulates that a resolution may be voted upon without prior notice if the members of student senate unanimously agree that it should be voted upon, particularly in cases where the senate wishes to express its appreciation, support of or congratulations to a group or person in a timely manner.The group also discussed several upcoming student government events. The student body debate between presidential and vice-presidential candidates will take place Monday in the basement of LaFortune Student Center. Information sessions for those interested in running for class council will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4, and elections for student body president will take place Wednesday, Feb. 5.last_img read more


first_imgKatherine Zimmerman, the lead analyst on Al Qaeda for the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Critical Threats Project, gave a live Skype interview hosted by the AEI Executive Council Wednesday evening on Al Qaeda, ISIS and the threat they pose to the United States both short and long term.“To understand the question of what kind of threat ISIS poses to the United States, you actually have to go back and understand where ISIS comes from,” Zimmerman said. “It’s not a group that just appeared around 2013 or 2014. This is a group that traces back to the early 2000’s and even back to Al Qaeda leadership in the 1990’s.“ISIS is really the realization of the vision of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,” Zimmerman said. “He believed in an even more radical form of Islam than the leaders of Al-Qaeda such as Osama Bin Laden. This included believing that if you don’t subscribe to the grand Sharia that he did, then you were not a Muslim and you could be killed.”Zimmerman said Al Qaeda and ISIS are two very different organizations in different locations with different leadership.“Because of the difference in ideology, Al Qaeda in Iraq has always been on a slightly different trajectory than the broader Al Qaeda network,” she said. “Because of the War on Terror prompted by the 9/11 attacks, Al Qaeda was on the run by 2002, and this led to an opportunity for a new group in Iraq to rise.“The two groups began to compete for leadership of the global Jihad and in spring 2013, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announces the beginning of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This caused a schism that yielded two self-sustaining groups, ISIS and Al Qaeda, in which neither had authority over the other.”While some may be tempted to think the emergence of two rival groups of radical Muslims may seem to be a good thing for the United States, Zimmerman said this is simply not the case.“Both of these groups have the same goal, which is to develop the global caliphate,” she said. “This won’t be an all-out war between the two groups that will divert their attention from the United States.”Zimmerman said we need to be prepared for a lengthy fight and any strategy that we use must address the tricky nature of neutralizing a dangerous ideology.“Not to sound too pessimistic, but, let’s say tomorrow we defeat ISIS, and Iraq and Syria go back to two functioning states with legitimate governments in place that respect human rights,” Zimmerman said. “Now we have to think about the foreign fighters that were in those countries returning home. I don’t think it’s a huge step to say that we’ll see a wave of jihadis that return back to their own countries and continue the fight for that same ideology.“We need to have a broad strategy that incorporates the short term by stopping terrorist attacks here in America and abroad, but also eventually defeating Al-Qaeda and preventing the cancer that is the ideology from taking hold and growing. Tags: AEI, AEI executive, american enterprise institute, critical threats project, ISIS, Katherine zimmerman, zimmermanlast_img read more


first_imgCarroll Hall and Lyons Hall will host the second annual Volley for the Vets volleyball tournament Sunday. Games commence at 10 a.m. and participation is open to all students.For a donation of $5, teams can enter the tournament and will play at least two games, which will take place on the volleyball courts near Carroll and Lyons Hall, respectively.Sophomore Matt Bridgman, one of the event’s student organizers, stressed the importance of supporting veterans.“Veterans are definitely a group that need a lot of financial support. Healthcare for veterans is constantly in the news,” Bridgman said. “We wanted people to get excited about helping.”In keeping with Notre Dame’s historically close relationship with veterans causes, all proceeds will directly benefit the Notre Dame Veterans Fund.According to the National Coalition for the Homeless’ website, there are 144,000 homeless veterans. Additionally, one in every eight soldiers suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans charities focus on providing food, shelter and counseling for returning military members.Student organizers currently have tables set up in both dining halls where students can sign up to play. Students can continue to sign up through the end of the day Friday or on the event’s Facebook page. Bridgman said that the list of participants grows daily.Sophomore Katie McGuckin, also a student organizer, views the tournament as a way to honor veterans and bring awareness to the Notre Dame Veterans Fund.“There’s a veteran who is a graduate student at Notre Dame, so we’re hoping that he will be there so we can honor him,”  McGuckin said. “We’re also hoping to get ROTC involved. We have the reigning champions from last year playing again so we hope it will be a continual event that people look forward to.”In addition to volleyball games, students will have the opportunity to buy T-shirts and food, as well as win prizes. These proceeds will also benefit veterans’ charities.Since the beginning of the week, the organizers have been working to promote the event around campus through posters, dining hall table tents and word of mouth. Students will also be wearing the event’s T-shirt today to advertise. T-shirts will be available to purchase at the tournament for $10.Bridgman hopes that the turnout this year’s turnout surpasses last year’s.“We just want to get the time slots as full as possible,” Bridgman said. “Ideally the event grows so much that the two courts aren’t even enough and we add a third court or we need as many locations as possible. Last year one court was full all day. We want to get both filled completely.”Sophomore Caroline Reidy, another student organizer, also recognized the importance of expanding the event.“We’re definitely trying to increase the size and get the word out more,” Reidy said “Last year was the first tournament and was a test-run…so this year we’re trying to make it bigger.”McGuckin predicts that 30 teams will sign up and is hoping for $1,000 in proceeds. T-shirts represent the most revenue so far.The annual event not only supports veterans’ causes, but also fosters community between Carroll and Lyons Halls.“This is a great opportunity for Carroll and Lyons to grow in a relationship as brother and sister dorm,” Bridgman said.McGuckin said the students of the two halls have been instrumental in creating this year’s event through promotion and working shifts. Sophomore Katie Brown has also been working in conjunction with Bridgman, Reidy, and McGuckin.“It’s a lot of getting the halls behind it. Lyons has been great in pushing this forward. They have all been really excited about shirts, giving input, and signing up to work dining hall shifts and shifts the day of. We have people working on posters and Carroll has been working on food,” McGuckin said. “There’s a big dorm-filled energy which has just been great.”Tags: Carroll Hall, Homelessness, Lyons Hall, Volley for the Vetslast_img read more


first_imgThis semester, students at Saint Mary’s College will be able to join a new club called Better Together. The club is focused on promoting interfaith dialogue throughout campus.Sophomore Jackie Rojas, the secretary of Better Together, said the goal of this club is to demonstrate how people with different perspectives and religious traditions can work together to better the community as a whole. Rojas said the club will strive to make the campus community more welcoming for students who come from different religious traditions.“Before coming to Saint Mary’s, I really didn’t know a lot about other religious traditions or other worldviews and so I took a world religions and dialogue class that really opened my eyes to the need for having this interreligious dialogue,” Rojas said. “As a Hispanic student I know how it feels to feel underrepresented so I don’t want people of other backgrounds to feel that way.”The co-presidents, juniors Sophie McDevitt and Gabby Haff, interned for professor Anita Houck of the Religious Studies department last semester. As a result of this shared experience, McDevitt and Haff helped to organize an interfaith conference that inspired the creation of this new club. At the conference, an acronym was created based on the work of Better Together, Rojas said.“We have this acronym that we invented for the conference called BISC, which meanings ‘building an inter-religious student community’ and so we call ourselves ‘biscuits,’” she said.McDevitt explained that the interfaith conference helped inspire the framework for the new club.“After the conference we talked about what we wanted our next steps to be. How do we want to increase interfaith dialogue on campus,” she said.The next steps, McDevitt said, consisted of integrating aspects from the conference into a group of students who would meet regularly. Aspects of the club’s work in this regard include visiting different places of worship, holding panels with various religious leaders, and open discussion nights. “We are saying interfaith dialogue instead of inter-religious dialogue because we want people to realize that you don’t have to have any religious affiliation to come,” McDevitt said.Rojas said the club’s plans for this semester include exploring members’ own experiences and studying different faith communities in the South Bend area.“We want to have different events where we get together to talk about our own stories in interfaith and also visit different communities or temples or places of worship,” she said. “We also want to work with the women’s interfaith dialogue group in South Bend to work with the outside community and try to increase awareness for the importance of interfaith dialogue.”McDevitt extended an open invitation to anyone who might be interested in joining Better Together.“We do have some open positions on our board if anyone is interested in joining our new club,” she said.Tags: interfaith dialogue, religion, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more