Leaders to receive degrees

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first_imgTwo prominent Catholic leaders will receive honorary doctor of law degrees from Notre Dame at the University’s winter Board of Trustees meeting in Rome on Jan. 27, a University press release stated.Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement and the only female to lead a major Catholic lay movement, will be honored during the academic convocation at Notre Dame’s new center in Rome’s San Giovanni neighborhood, the release stated.“Though their energy and good works, our honorees personify the fact that God’s love knows no barriers,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release.Tauran, a native of Bordeaux, France, became a priest in 1969 and went on to work in the Vatican’s diplomatic service in the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Haiti, Beirut and Damascus, the release stated. After Pope John Paul II elevated him to a cardinal in 2003, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI appointed him president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in 2007.Tauran voted in the 2005 and 2013 papal conclaves, and he was the speaker who made the formal “Habemus Papam” announcement of Pope Francis’s election to St. Peter’s Square on March 13, 2013, according to the release.Voce, a native of southern Italy, began to lead the Focolare Movement in 2008, which promotes unity and universal brotherhood in 182 nations, the release stated. She was the first woman to practice law in Rome’s modern judicial system and is a consultor for the Pontifical Councils for the Laity and for Promoting the New Evangelization.While in Rome, Jenkins and other University officials will meet with Vatican leaders in papal congregational offices and pontifical councils related to Notre Dame’s mission as a leader in Catholic higher education, the release stated. The Board of Trustees will also conduct its regular business meetings in Rome.Tags: Honorary degrees, Romelast_img read more

Workers’ comp judges up for reappointment

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first_imgWorkers’ comp judges up for reappointment Workers’ comp judges up for reappointment The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims will meet June 13 at 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport at 9300 Airport Blvd. for the purpose of interviewing the following workers’ compensation judges for reappointment: Judge Ivy Harris, Judge Diane Beck, Judge David Langham, Judge Kathryn Pecko, and Judge S. Scott Stephens.Any questions or comments relating to any of the above judges of compensation claims should be directed to: Victor Marrero, Commission Chair, Director of Risk Management, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Ft. Lauderdale 33312; telephone (954) 831-8358; fax (954) 321-4587; and e-mail Victor_Marrero@sheriff.org. June 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Let’s be honest about diversity: Age matters too

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first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The conversation about diversity is finally opening up. We have a long way to go, but gender and ethnic equality are firmly on the agenda. From the law to the notoriously homogeneous tech industry, leaders are taking notice and working to create change. But there’s a gaping oversight in the conversation that’s too often ignored: In the push to improve diversity, we have to recognize that age matters, too.Nearly ten years ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg—then 23 years old—told a startup event: “Young people are just smarter… Young people lead simpler lives. We may not own a car. We may not have a family. Simplicity in life slows you to focus on what’s important.” Now a new father and in his 30s, at the helm of one of the world’s most valuable brands, one wonders whether he’s changed his mind.One thing is clear, however: The opinion of the tech industry as a whole hasn’t shifted at all.Tech’s Failure to Connect the DotsWhen Twitter’s engineering manager, Leslie Miley, left Twitter last year, he refused a severance package so he could speak openly about his exit. In a post called “Why Diversity is Difficult,” he talked about Twitter’s efforts to be at its diverse best—only to turn around and oversimplify the situation or forget about it altogether in the course of getting things done. continue reading »last_img read more

CUs: Comment now on FOM proposal, added flexibility

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first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU is seeking comment from member credit unions on the NCUA’s proposed changes to its field of membership (FOM) rule. The changes aim to make it consistent with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s decision in the lawsuit brought against the agency by the American Bankers Association.In a Regulatory Alert, NAFCU highlights that the proposal:would re-adopt a provision to allow an applicant to designate a Combined Statistical Area (CSA), or an individual, contiguous portion of CSA, as a well-defined local community (WDLC), provided that the chosen area has a population of 2.5 million or less;further explain the elimination of the requirement to serve the Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) in the NCUA’s 2016 FOM final rule; andcenter_img NCUA headquarterslast_img read more

FDA panel: Children’s deaths unrelated to Tamiflu

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first_imgNov 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A routine government safety review of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) revealed 12 deaths in Japanese children who were taking it, but a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel concluded today that the deaths were not related to it.The Associated Press (AP) quoted Dr. Robert Nelson, chairman of the FDA’s Pediatrics Advisory Committee, as saying, “If we ever have a pandemic of avian flu, which is a debatable point, people want to know that they have a drug that will not cause more harm than the flu itself. There is no evidence that this will.”The committee unanimously agreed that the drug’s label does not need a warning related to the children’s deaths, the AP reported. However, the panel did say that information about serious skin reactions should be added to the label.Oseltamivir, currently regarded as the best available drug for preventing or treating a potential pandemic strain of influenza, is used by more people in Japan than anywhere else. Many countries are stockpiling the medication in case H5N1 avian flu triggers a human flu pandemic.The FDA revealed yesterday that a legally required safety review for pediatric drugs had identified the deaths in Japanese children taking oseltamivir. The advisory committee discussed the report at a meeting today.In a statement on its Web site, the FDA said the children’s deaths appear to be part of a wave of influenza-related encephalitis and encephalopathy cases in Japanese children that began in the mid-1990s, before oseltamivir was approved.”Based on the information available to us, we cannot conclude that there is a causal relationship between Tamiflu and the reported pediatric deaths,” the statement said.The safety review identified neurologic and psychiatric problems such as delirium, hallucinations, abnormal behavior, convulsions, and encephalitis, nearly all of them (and all 12 deaths) in Japanese children.”In many of these cases, a relationship to Tamiflu was difficult to assess because of the use of other medications, presence of other medical conditions, and/or lack of adequate detail in the reports,” the FDA said.The agency said that since the mid-1990s there have been many reports of flu-associated encephalitis or encephalopathy in children. “These reports originated primarily from Japan where pediatricians described a pattern of rapid onset of fever, accompanied by convulsions and altered level of consciousness, progressing to coma within a few days of the onset of flu symptoms. This syndrome frequently resulted in death or significant neurologic sequelae.”These reports prompted the launching of nationwide surveillance for such cases in Japan before oseltamivir was approved for treatment of flu, the FDA said.”Review of the available information on the safety of Tamiflu in pediatric patients suggests that the increased reports of neuropsychiatric events in Japanese children are most likely related to an increased awareness of influenza-associated encephalopathy, increased access to Tamiflu in that population, and a coincident period of intensive monitoring [of] adverse events,” the statement said.The FDA said its oseltamivir review “also identified severe skin reactions (like allergic reactions) in some pediatric patients. These events were not all reported in Japanese children and have also been reported in adults. Severe skin reactions in all age groups are currently being reviewed in more detail.” The AP said the FDA staff recommended adding information to the drug’s label about potential skin reactions.The advisory panel asked the FDA staff to give an update about a year from now on adverse events related to oseltamivir and to provide a full report in 2 years, according to the AP.An official with Roche, manufacturer of oseltamivir, told Bloomberg News that the 12 deaths represented a rate of about 1 death per million Japanese children treated. “The scientific evidence is that neuro-psychiatric events are no more common among people on Tamiflu than those not being treated,” said David Reddy, head of Roche Holding AG’s virology unit.A Roche statement said 24.5 million Japanese have taken oseltamivir since 2001, out of a total of about 33 million people who have used it worldwide. The company said flu-related death rates in children treated with the drug are 60% to 90% lower than in those not treated.See also:FDA statement on Tamifluhttp://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/tamiflu/QA20051117.htmNov 18 Roche statementlast_img read more

Live like royalty in classy Gold Coast mansion

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first_img21 Cheval Ct, Benowa Waters.It has a neoclassical style with neutral tones and granite and marble featured throughout.A wall of windows frame the water views in the combined living and dining area with fireplace and open kitchen and family room, which includes a wetbar.It also has a covered alfresco area and balcony upstairs as well as a pool overlooking the canal. 21 Cheval Ct, Benowa Waters. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago21 Cheval Ct, Benowa Waters. 21 Cheval Ct, Benowa Waters. 21 Cheval Ct, Benowa Waters. 21 Cheval Ct, Benowa Waters.TROPICAL gardens and canal views set the scene for this waterfront home.It may look like a resort-style oasis from the outside but step inside this Benowa Waters mansion and it’s all class. 21 Cheval Ct, Benowa Waters.last_img read more

House to tackle bills on ABS-CBN franchise renewal on March 10

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first_imgMANILA – The House of Representatives willhold its first hearing on bills seeking a new franchise for broadcastgiant ABS-CBN. decided to take up pending bills on the renewal of franchise of the televisionnetwork on March 10. According to Cayetano, this is to makeit clear to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that they areacting on ABS-CBN’s franchise and that it should grant it provisional authorityto operate pending the franchise renewal’s approval. “Paramatapos na ito, kung hindi mahabolduring our regular schedule na matataposna by March 11, ang last session,then if possible na magkaroon nghearing during the break,” Zarate said. The House of Representatives. ABS-CBN NEWS Cayetano also noted that thehearing aims to set ground rules so the proceedings do not end up a “bullsession” or a “sipsipan forum.”center_img Meanwhile, Bayan Muna party-listRepresentative Carlos Zarate suggested that hearings on the network’s franchiserenewal should go on even during the congressional break. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetanosaid Wednesday the House committee on legislative franchise  “Para by May 4, if we can have adecision to renew or not to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, then it’s betterfor all the parties,” he added. Congress is set to go on break beginningMarch 13. ABS-CBN’s legislative existing franchise will expire on May 4, thesame day Congress returns from its seven-week break./PNlast_img read more

Spaulding ends absence from victory lane at Oshkosh

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first_imgBy Dave Panske OSHKOSH, Wis. (May 30) – Travis Spaulding moved into the top spot on lap nine and following a fi­nal caution on lap 11, settled in for a long run to the end of Friday’s Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified feature at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.Sean Jerovetz, Chris Engels, Brian Drexler and Eddie Muenster ran behind the leader to the fin­ish.This win by Spaulding was his first here since Aug. 3, 2010. The Karl Chevrolet SportMods started off with Bernie Miller grabbing the lead and Cory Wegner, Brekken Kleinschmidt, Kevin Bethke and Jeff Schmuhl close behind. After a lap two caution, Bethke took the lead for one lap before Ryan Besaw took charge. A final caution on lap seven gave Colten Van Hierden a shot at the lead with Schmuhl, Besay and Steve Schneider behind. For the rest of the contest Van Hierden held off all challenges until lap 19, when Schmuhl was able to work into the top spot and drove to his first-ever feature win at the Speedzone. Besaw was also able to sneak by to take the runner-up spot with Van Hierden taking third. Brock Saundes and Jon Schulz rounded out the top five. Jake Linderby took the Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car lead followed by Harley Simon, Dylan Heilmann, Justin Jacobsen and David Hoerning. A flat tire forced Simon out of the running on lap seven as point leader Travis Van Straten moved into second. Following a caution on lap eight, Van Straten overtook Lunderby, settled into the lead and pulled away from the field. A late caution on lap 17 bunched the field but Van Straten was able to collect his third straight feature win. Dustin Lowberger took second from Lunderby after the last restart and followed Van Straten to the checkers. Lunderby took his best finish so far with third. John Heinz was fourth followed by Hoerning.last_img read more

Nate Silver speaks to students and faculty about data’s significance in life

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first_imgFamed statistician Nate Silver spoke to students and faculty in Bovard Auditorium on Friday morning in a presentation titled “Baseball and Politics are Data Driven.”Numbers game · Writer and statistician Nate Silver speaks to students about the process of predicting outcomes on Friday at Bovard Auditorium. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanSilver’s presentation was the first in a yearlong series of events made possible by the Dennis F. and Brooks Holt Distinguished Lecture, a speaker’s series. The event, put on by the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Price School of Public Policy, drew students, faculty and members of the public for an hour-long lecture and Q & A with Silver.Known for his extremely accurate predictions of election results over the last few years, Silver sold his original election prediction blog “538” to The New York Times, and later sold to ESPN.He first gained national attention in 2008 when he correctly predicted both the primary election results and the presidential winner in 49 out of 50 states. In 2012, Silver topped his previous record and perfectly predicted the electoral map. Now, he’s taking the 538 blog to ESPN to bring his statistical knowledge to baseball.Silver said his success stems from his ability to not only accurately interpret statistics, but also his ability to communicate this knowledge to others.“As a statistician, you have to understand that however interesting your finding might be based on the statistical evidence, it won’t persuade anyone unless you have a wider audience,” he said. “I’m definitely far from the best statistician in the world, and I’m far from the best writer, but the overlap of those skills is what characterizes what I’ve tried to do.”Silver began the presentation by describing the role technologies such as the printing press and the Internet have played in society. He discussed the importance of finding data that shows causation, not just correlation, the subject of his most recent book, The Signal and The Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t.He concluded with a series of suggestions to help students navigate the data minefield and be aware of misleading information. Using a combination of graphs, jokes and well-timed Notre Dame jabs, Silver presented a lecture many students found entertaining.Jack Knott, dean of the Price School, says making his expertise accessible is what sets Silver apart.“Nate would be a great teacher. He is able to make statistics relevant to not just focusing on political elections, but because of his expertise in things like baseball and poker, he has a very special ability not only to do high level statistical analysis but to also communicate it in a way to a much broader audience,” Knott said.Christian Patterson, a junior majoring in political science, said Silver’s unique style made the lecture engaging and fun.“I thought that he was a very talented speaker,” he said. “His presentation made a very strong case for using statistics as a means of predicting election results.”Knott also says that Silver’s outlook is the same view the Price School tries to instill in its students.“Evidence-based public policy decision making is hugely important for our country — it’s not based just on ideology, or one partisan way of looking at something,” he said. “We offer courses that teach students to think in a probabilistic, statistical way about policy issues and about the role of information and the news media in information and decision making.”Cat Duffy, a first year doctoral student in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, agreed.“With the explosion of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, individuals are bombarded with information that is unfortunately presented as definitive fact, even when it lacks evidentiary proof,” Duffy said. “It’s important for students to recognize that being skeptical can be a virtue and recognizing that ‘not all information is created equal’ to ensure they make better and more informed decisions about the world around them.”For Silver, statistics is not just about data, but also the perspective it can provide on how humans interact with their environment.“To me, statistics do not just mean numbers,” he said. “It means an empirical way of looking at the world.”Follow Nathaniel on Twitter @haas4prez2036last_img read more

Paralympian Marieke Vervoort fulfills wish to take own life

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first_img 10 months ago Bala vs Ujda Chaman row: Sunny Singh film now books new release date Written By 10 months ago Rajkummar Rao on taming ‘The White Tiger’ & heading to China 10 months ago Kareena Kapoor Khan: Best no-makeup looks of the Jab We Met actor Last Updated: 23rd October, 2019 18:20 IST Paralympian Marieke Vervoort Fulfills Wish To Take Own Life Paralympian Marieke Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life. COMMENT WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago 5 owls being delivered to occultist for sacrifice on Diwali saved LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago Anil Kumble congratulates Sourav Ganguly, confident of his leadership Paralympian Marieke Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life.That day came Tuesday in her native Belgium, her death confirmed in a statement from the city of Diest.Vervoort, who was 40, won gold and silver medals in wheelchair racing at the 2012 London Paralympics, and two more medals three years ago in Rio de Janeiro.In an interview attended by The Associated Press at the Paralympics in Rio, Vervoort described living with unbroken pain from an incurable, degenerative spinal disease.She talked of sleeping only 10 minutes some nights, described severe pain that caused others to pass out just watching her, and detailed how sports kept her alive.“It’s too hard for my body,” Vervoort said in the 2016 interview. “Each training I’m suffering because of pain. Every race I train hard. Training and riding and doing competition are medicine for me. I push so hard — to push literally all my fear and everything away.”Vervoort spent her last evening with close friends and family, even sharing a glass of sparkling wine, which she referred to as a painkiller.Condolences streamed in from across the nation, including from the royal family“Marieke ‘Wielemie’ Vervoort was an athlete tough as nails and a great lady. Her death touches us deeply,” the family said in a statement.Vervoort was a strong advocate of the right to choose euthanasia, which is legal in Belgium. Like training hard, she said it gave her control and put “my own life in my hands.”“I’m really scared, but those (euthanasia) papers give me a lot of peace of mind because I know when it’s enough for me, I have those papers,” she said.“If I didn’t have those papers, I think I’d have done suicide already. I think there will be fewer suicides when every country has the law of euthanasia. … I hope everybody sees that this is not murder, but it makes people live longer.”Vervoort also had epileptic seizures and had one in 2014 when she was cooking pasta and spilt boiling water over her legs. That resulted in a four-month hospital stay.A loyal Labrador named Zenn began staying with her, pawing her when a seizure was about to occur. Zenn also pulled her socks out of the sock drawer, she said, and helped carry groceries home when Vervoort bought too much.“When I’m going to have an epileptic attack, she warns me one hour before,” Vervoort said. “I don’t know how she feels it.”Vervoort said she kept pushing back the day of her death, knowing it could come anytime — as it can for anyone. She said she can be pain-free one minute, and nearly pass out a few minutes later.“You have to live day-by-day and enjoy the little moments,” she said. “Everybody tomorrow can have a car accident and die, or a heart attack and die. It can be tomorrow for everybody.”Vervoort called herself a “crazy lady.”She talked of flying in an F-16 fighter jet, riding in a rally car, and she was curating a museum of her life going back to at least 14 when she was diagnosed with her rare illness.She had spikey hair and wanted to be remembered as the lady who was “always laughing, always smiling.”“I feel different about death now than years ago,” Vervoort said. “For me, I think death is something like they operate on you, you go to sleep and you never wake up. For me, it’s something peaceful.” First Published: 23rd October, 2019 18:20 ISTlast_img read more