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Senate suspends one-ticket Junior Class Council election, names winner

first_imgStudent senate voted to suspend the Junior Class Council election for the class of 2020 and declared the only ticket the winner Wednesday night.Laksumi Sivanandan will be president, Brandon Garcia will be vice president, Quentin Colo will be treasurer and Gabrielle Meridien will be secretary.Judicial Council president and senior Matt Ross brought the order before the student senate to instigate the vote.The majority of senate supported the suspension, with only four members voting against it. The dissentors included junior Sebastian Lopez, the senator from O’Neill Hall, who “vehemently opposed” the order.“Why are we shortcutting democracy?” Lopez said. “Why are we stealing the freedom of choice?”Lopez suggested there were not more tickets because of a lack of advertisement of the election.Sophomore Joe Witt, president of the current Sophomore Class Council, voted to pass the suspension and opposed Lopez’s suggestion regarding the advertisement of the election.“There are three tickets running for Sophomore Class Council and two running for Senior, so I don’t really think that [advertisement] is a big deal,” Witt said. “Laksumi is one of the best vice presidents [and] one of the best people who I am very happy to hand the reigns over to.”Witt said Sivanandan, Garcia, Colo and Meridien will all be present at the upcoming Winter Carnival on Saturday and at the Gatsby Dance if their future constituents would like to meet them.Senior Sara Dugan, president of Senior Class Council, also expressed support for the suspension of the campaign.“I would echo Joe’s sentiment that it is unnecessary and honestly just annoying to Laksumi and her ticket to not pass this,” Dugan said.Following Dugan’s comment, senate voted to pass the order, making Sivanandan and her ticket the future Junior Class Council.Senate also heard from representatives from two campus groups promoting the upcoming Be The Match Drive, a nationwide effort to break the world record of the most people added to the bone marrow registry in a single day.Junior Clay Elmore, last year’s president of the Notre Dame Be The Match club, implored student senate to attend the drive and promote it among their dorms.The drive is a result of the return of 20-year-old Chris Betancourt’s battle with leukemia last September, Elmore said. With the help of his friend Dillon Hill, 19, Betancourt has created a bucket list for the last one or two years of his life.On the list was Betancourt’s wish to break a world record, and the record that Betancourt and Hill settled on was to have the most people register with Be The Match, a bone marrow transplant registry, in a single day, Elmore said.“Universities all around the nation, and not just universities … are hosting these drives, and everyone who gets registered on March 1 is going towards the total,” Elmore said. “Any person registered at Notre Dame will be part of the world record, if they’re able to break it.”The drive will take place March 1 at the Duncan Student Center in room 246 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Elmore said. There will also be a table on the first floor from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.To register with Be The Match, students only need to have their cheeks swabbed, a five-minute process, Elmore said. The swab will allow the doctors to find donors of the correct ethnicity in order to make a suitable pair for the transplant.“Sometimes, pairing people with their match can be the only way to save a life,” Elmore said. “Bone marrow transplants are by no means a 100 percent cure, but if you do get to the point of a bone marrow transplant, usually patients are pretty desperate for something and are willing to take on whatever challenges it presents.”The Love Your Melon campus group will also be present at the drive, sophomore Jenna Koenig, who also spoke to senate regarding the drive, said.“[Love Your Melon’s] mission is to put a hat on every kid battling cancer,” she said.Love Your Melon uses the profits from their beanie sales to support non-profit partners, Koenig said.“Be The Match is one of our non-profit partners, so that’s why we’re doing the drive with them,” she said.Senior and student body president Becca Blais expressed support for the drive because of her own experience receiving a bone marrow transplant.“I had a random donor that I found through Be The Match,” Blais said. “It’s really important to me, personally, that we can get a lot of people involved and it makes such a big difference. A cheek swab literally will save someone’s life.”Seven minutes into the meeting, the senate voted against two senators’ motions to close the meeting, allowing the meeting to continue as planned with the presentations from Be The Match and Judicial Council.Tags: Be the Match, Bone Marrow Donor, bone marrow registry, Class of 2020, junior class councillast_img read more

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Brazilian Ministry Concludes Plan to Rebuild the Health System in Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo January 28, 2010 Brasilia – A total of R$ 135 million ($75 million dollars) will be used to send ten Rapid-Care Units (UPAs) and fifty Mobile Urgent Care Service (SAMU) ambulances, besides the building of Family Health teams and support for the Child’s Pastoral. The Health Ministry of Brazil has presented its aid plan for rebuilding Haiti’s health system. Ten Rapid-Care Units will be built in the country, and fifty Mobile Urgent Care Service ambulances will be sent to provide urgent and emergency care. The project also foresees the organization of basic health care, with a capacity to provide care for around 80% of health problems. For this purpose, consultants will create a local Family Health model. Finally, the action is intended to increase support for the Child’s Pastoral in Haiti. Between initial investment and upkeep costs, R$ 135 million will be spent. These measures are part of the Brazilian relief strategy for the country. In the health sector, the first phase is to rescue people. The provision of temporary health services will follow, with field hospitals and activities to prevent and control the spread of contagious diseases, which is a medium-term step. Once the field hospitals have been deactivated, the Rapid-Care Units will step in as part of the rebuilding of the country’s health system, a medium to long-term task. “This plan is part of the Brazilian effort to rebuild Haiti. After the first shock, there is a need to create structures that will ensure continued care for the population. Relief action in the health area has this focus,” the Health Minister, José Gomes Temporão, affirms. The action plan also foresees the support of teams of health professionals for immediate assistance to the population, temporary health services, and activities to prevent and control the spread of contagious diseases, averaging thirty professionals per month. The Rapid-Care Units will be sent from Brazil in prefabricated pieces. The modules will be transported by ship and assembled in Haiti by Brazilian personnel. The cost for the ten units will be R$ 50 million. Another R$ 60 million will be used to pay for the health professionals who will work in these units. The Rapid-Care Units will be type 3, with the capacity to see up to 450 patients each per day, with up to 20 beds. Each unit will have pediatric, medical, dental, and orthopedic clinics, besides a clinical laboratory and facilities for X-rays, casts, sutures, medication, and vaporizers. The Rapid-Care Units in Brazil handle on site more than 99% of the cases in which medical care is sought by the population. The remainder are sent to hospitals. For urgent cases, fifty Mobile Urgent Care Service ambulances will be donated to Haiti. They will be equipped with mobile ICU (Intensive Care Unit) equipment. This service will be a tool for integration among primary-care clinics, Rapid-Care Units, and hospitals. The total cost is R$ 10 million. The plan also foresees care for the most common medical problems, as well as health promotion and measures for disease prevention. For this purpose, consultants will create a local Family Health program. About 80% of health problems can be solved on the basis of the provision of basic medical care, unclogging urgent and emergency services. Each Family Health team is made up of one doctor, one nurse, one nursing assistant, and five or six community health workers. The group’s mission is to provide basic accompaniment to the population, which involves care, recovery, rehabilitation, and health maintenance in the community. Finally, the Ministry of Health foresees an increase of R$ 3.5 million in funds for the Child’s Pastoral, founded in the 1980s by Zilda Arns Neumann, with the goal of enabling this organization to carry on its work in Haiti. Since 1985 the Ministry has been one of the largest sponsors and one of the main technical supports of the Pastoral, a partnership that has been reflected throughout these years in the reduction of infant and child mortality in the country. Zilda Arns was promoting the organization’s activity in the country when the earthquake occurred. The Ministry of Health has already sent two tons of medicine and strategic supplies for pharmaceutical care to Haiti. The material is enough to care for ten thousand people for a period of three months. Another two tons will be sent in the next week. The shipment includes anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, anti-hypertensives, diuretics, analgesics, drugs to combat skin conditions, and oral rehydration salts, besides syringes, gloves, bandages, and sodium hypochlorite to treat potable water, among other items. Sending civilian health professionals is also under consideration. The provision of Brazilian aid follows the priorities set by the Ministry of Defense, in accordance with the deliberations of the President’s Institutional Security Cabinet (GSI/PR). In all, more than 3,500 professionals are registered on the list of volunteers available at the Health Portal (www.saude.gov.br).last_img read more

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Colombian Military Personnel to Compete in International Sitting Volleyball Tournament

first_imgBy Dialogo February 29, 2012 Obtaining the only available slot for the 2016 London Paralympics is the objective of the 12 disabled National Army officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted personnel who make up the Colombian sitting volleyball team. Staff Sergeant Edgar Fernando Sandoval, who was wounded by an anti-personnel mine in La Macarena, Meta, in November 2010, leads the group of athletes who traveled to Egypt on February 27, to compete against the world’s 15 best teams in an intercontinental sitting volleyball tournament. “Thank you to the service, because it’s given us the opportunity to be able to show another side of our lives and represent the country through sports, as we were doing in uniform on the battlefield, and now in an athletic contest,” said Staff Sgt. Sandoval, captain of the national team. For her part, Deputy Minister for the Defense and Welfare Social and Business Group Yaneth Giha, who arranged for the resources needed to send the Colombian representatives to the international competition, highlighted the effort and dedication of these national heroes, wounded in combat. “This is part of their process of recovery and moving forward, proving themselves that they have the courage to continue and be an example for all their comrades who are in rehabilitation, and that this is one way to do it,” Giha stated. The deputy minister, accompanied by the defense minister’s wife, María del Pilar Lozano, and the director of the Military Logistics Agency, the official sponsor, bid farewell to the team, which has been training for this intercontinental tournament for two years, in the Health Battalion.last_img read more

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Comprehensive tax reform on 114th Congress’s agenda, Donovan says

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Comprehensive tax reform is expected to play a major part in the 114th Congress, and the Credit Union National Association plans to be an active player in ensuring credit unions’ tax status is maintained. That’s what Ryan Donovan, CUNA senior vice president of legislative affairs, said in a video interview with News Now .“As we look to 2015 and 2016, credit unions need to take the tax reform discussions very seriously,” Donovan said. “We’ll be actively advocating for the credit union tax status beginning at the start of the year, through the Governmental Affairs Conference and through the course of the entire Congress. Because tax reform won’t be done until a president, whether it’s President Obama, Clinton, Cruz, Christie, you name it, signs a bill.”In the interview, Donovan mentions three recent tax reform plans from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), incoming chair of the Senate Finance Committee; Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.); and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), outgoing chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.Hatch’s plan and Camp’s plan are likely to serve as foundations for the way their respective committees might approach tax reform, Donovan said. continue reading »last_img read more

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If you have $500, you can start investing. But should you?

first_imgHere’s better idea: Build up a bank account first.by: Ian SalisburyStill trying to get started saving for retirement? Your task just got a little easier.Online financial adviser Wealthfront is now offering people with as little as $500 to invest a convenient and cheap way to build a portfolio of stocks and bonds. And for accounts up to $10,000, the service is free.That sounds like a great deal, and in some ways it is. Of course, Wealthfront isn’t doing this to just be nice—they’re hoping to turn you into a paying client down the road. And while it’s great to get started on retirement saving early, if all you have to to put away right now is $500, you may have priorities besides putting money in the stock market. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How to say no to your kids

first_imgAs a mom of three children, I know that parenting is a difficult job. One of the hardest parts is figuring out how to say no to your kids.“Parents feel really guilty when they say ‘no’ because they don’t want to see their kids unhappy,” said Susan Newman, a social psychologist and author of “The Book of NO.” But you’re not doing your kids — or yourself — any favors by always saying “yes.” “By giving them everything they want when they want it, you’re giving them the license to come back to you and ask for more,” she said.“When you say ‘no’ to your child, you’re teaching them how to cope with disappointment,” said Newman. You’re also teaching them the value of money and the importance of making choices. “You don’t want your child to think everything comes easily and money is no object,” she said. “The real world doesn’t work that way.”If your children are used to hearing “yes,” they’ll be in for a rude awakening when they enter the real world. Plus, it doesn’t help your financial picture if you’re buying your kids things you can’t afford. So, here’s how to say “no” to your kids, improve your parenting skills and even head off some meltdowns. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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PREMIUMPostponements, cancelations new normal as virus fears grow

first_imgFrom heads of state meetings to exhibitions and major sporting events, cancellations and postponements are the order of the day as the death toll from COVID-19 reaches more than 3,200 worldwide.The postponement of a special summit in Las Vegas between leaders of Southeast Asian countries and the United States set for March 14 was announced last week by US officials, as a result of worries about the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reported.However, the officials provided no definite date for rescheduling the event set to be attended by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.As of Friday, the US had recorded more than 180 confirmed cases nationwide with 12 deaths, according to an AFP tally.A spokesperson to the US Mission to ASEAN said the US remained on the lookout for future opportunities for US President Donald Trump to meet with the leaders of ASEAN countries, bu… Linkedin Facebook Forgot Password ? Google Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account events cancellation postponement coronavirus Wuhan-coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak healthlast_img read more

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Indonesian health system might collapse soon: COVID-19 task force

first_imgThe Indonesian health system might collapse quickly if the public continues to ignore COVID-19 prevention protocols, says a member of the national COVID-19 task force. “We really need the public’s help to implement the health protocols. If we continue this [poor] situation, the nation’s health system will hit the ground,” the task force’s coordinator for medical volunteers, Jossep William, said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.He also said the health system in Indonesia had been overwhelmed by the crisis. Once the system collapses, it will be difficult to overcome the COVID-19 issue in Indonesia, he added.Therefore, Jossep urged the public to comply with the health protocols in order to keep the nation’s health system in a stable condition by reducing the number of COVID-19 patients.Read also: Jakarta gears up for possible collapse of healthcare system“Avoid public gatherings, maintain physical distance from each other, wash your hands and wear a mask,” Jossep said.Community health centers and ambulances in Jakarta have been struggling to send patients to the COVID-19 temporary hospital at the Kemayoran athletes village in Central Jakarta.The athletes village is currently operating four towers, namely towers 4, 5, 6 and 7. Towers 4 and 5 are used to treat asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, while towers 6 and 7 are used to treat those with moderate symptoms. As many as 2,355 patients are currently undergoing treatment in towers 6 and 7, while 1,497 patients without symptoms are being treated in Tower 5. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

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Barcelona will demand double figures from Griezmann after COVID-19

first_img Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One MovieThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhy Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeThis Nation Is Almost Impossible To Invade Barcelona will demand double from their players as soon as football returns, but a bit more from Antonie Griezmann. The club want him to have more bite upfront and the board expect a lot from the Frenchman.Advertisement Barcelona have placed Griezmann as one of the untouchables.and they have good reason to do so, although they need money in their accounts after the crisis.‘Sport’ already assured that he will not leave for the 120 million euros that the club signed him for and because they believe there is much room for improvement with the current season’s data on the table.The Barca board will ask for much more from Griezmann as soon as football resumes because at the highest levels of the club a lot is expected form the ex-Atlético player, especially with regards to scoring and in the final third.Griezmann’s numbers have gone from being better in defence than in attack, sinning from what Diego Simeone once taught him. But no, Barca want him to make a change and be a player with more bite.Barca will demand double figure from GriezmannRead Also: Ex-Barca president tips Messi to pen new deal as Neymar returnsHowever, the club value, according to ‘AS’, the attitude he is having to integrate into the dressing room and they way in which he arrived, i.e. with astonishing humility and a desire to learn as if he were an 18-year-old.If this season is played, Griezmann would be under the magnifying glass because of the injuries to Suárez and Dembélé, but the one that will really be important is the following. Until the break, the world champion played 27 matches, scoring 14 goals and getting 4 assists. They want Griezmann to be more of a poacher.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Such has been Griezmann’s season that rumours have placed him outside Barcelona to try and bring back Neymar. A hypothesis that is not going to be fulfilled in the next months.last_img read more

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Registration Opens For Camp Little Red Door

first_imgA summer camp for children with cancer will be held from July 27 through Aug. 1. (Image: Little Red Door Cancer Agency)Little Red Door Cancer Agency is hosting Camp Little Red Door, a five-day summer camp for children with cancer. The camp will be held from July 27 through Aug. 1 at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Ind. The registration deadline is June 13, 2014.Any child 8-18 years old with cancer or in remission living in Indiana is eligible to attend. One sibling/friend per patient is welcome to attend, if space allows. The camp is Indiana’s oldest camp for children with cancer.The camp will include swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery, camp fires, arts and crafts and more! An experienced medical staff will be onsite 24 hours a day. The Robert T. Grand Leadership Academy, open to previous campers at least 16 years-old, will be held July 25 through July 27.The cost is $25 per camper and $50 per sibling/friend. Financial assistance is available. You can download the application at www.littlereddoor.org/camp or call (317) 925-5595.Established in 1945, Little Red Door Cancer Agency works to reduce the physical, emotional and financial burdens of cancer for medically underserved residents of central Indiana by providing free client services, cancer screenings and education.News Releaselast_img read more