WASHINGTON (WJLA) – A MPD officer struck in a hit-and-run had to wait nearly 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived on scene.A vehicle struck the MPD officer just after 6:30 p.m. at 46th and A streets SE. When the call was dispatched, D.C. said they had no available EMS units to send.An ambulance from Prince George’s County was dispatched, arriving to the scene at 6:52 p.m. Nearly an hour passed between the time the officer was struck and his arrival time at MedStar Washington Hospital.According to police, the suspect fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind.The officer was conscious and breathing upon transport to an area hospital.
Howard Hall and Morrissey Hall will hold a bone marrow drive today in LaFortune’s Dooley Room with Be the Match Registry, an organization in charge of the national bone marrow registry. Event organizer Sarah Calahan said the drive promotes the dedication Notre Dame students have to service. “We do so much service here to help people and improve the world – this is just another powerful way for you to save a life,” Calahan said. “It’s a great cause to get involved with so come on by for a free bro tank, free food and to save a life.” Calahan said participants’ DNA samples are registered in the national registry after a sample is taken. “All you have to do is take a glorified Q-tip [and] swab your cheek. If you are matched to a patient, then you can choose to donate your marrow,” said Sarah, “It is serious if you are called [because] you could save a person’s life.” This year, the drive chose senior Bridget Dillon and sophomore Scott Dawson as its two spokespeople from the Notre Dame community. Dillon donated bone marrow last year to a pediatric patient. “I was sitting in my best friend’s dorm room when I received a call that I was a possible match for a nine-year old girl with aplastic anemia,” Dillon said. Calahan said though Dillon signed up for the registry during her sophomore year, she was chosen later because bone marrow matches are very rare. “Out of the 500 people that register every year, Bridget was the only one who was requested to donate her marrow,” said Sarah. Dawson said he was on the other side of the donation process. He said he had leukemia and got a bone marrow transplant during his sophomore year. “I underwent four rounds of chemotherapy and thankfully have been cancer-free since,” Scott said. “Although I don’t need a transplant at this time, leukemia patients like me rely on generosity of donors through the Be The Match Registry to beat this disease.” Calahan said technological improvements have made bone marrow transplants easier to perform than in the past. “Bone marrow transplants are not as medically serious now as they were. 75 percent of the bone marrow transplants are non-invasive [and] performed non-surgically,” she said. “Blood is drawn from one arm, it is filtered and then put back into the other arm.” Dillon said her transplant was surgically harvested. This exception was made since she was donating to a pediatric patient. “Bone marrow transplants that were done surgically from the hip bone used to happen within families because no one wanted to go through so much pain for a stranger,” she said. “But now it is relatively simpler and so it is easier to save lives.”
Saint Mary’s students gathered with assistant professor Andrew Pierce on Monday to discuss what the philosophy program’s newest concentration — Law, Ethics and Politics — means for students and the department.The concentration within the philosophy major focuses on how the practical fields of law, ethics and politics tie into philosophy. Pierce, who is leading the new concentration, said many students in the philosophy department are double majors, and many are doubling in political science or history.“This is the philosophy department’s attempt to kind of pull together our offerings that focus on those kinds of subjects,” Pierce said.The concentration hopes to entice both philosophy majors and non-majors to pursue and think about the questions posed by the concentration, Pierce asserted.“I hope it’ll draw some students who are already thinking about philosophy to maybe consider [majoring in] philosophy,” he said. “I know that among our existing group of philosophy students are also a number of students who are interested in this major, because they have these interests in these kinds of practical issues.”Pierce said the major takes after existing programs that have been successful at other institutions.“I did look at a number of other programs at places and they do tend to pull some of these things together,” Pierce said. “There’s a famous program at Oxford, called the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program, which is a little bit different.”Senior Elisabeth Barrett said she sees the program as a way of allowing philosophy students to pursue other interests while staying within the department.“[The concentration] is combining compatible areas that you wouldn’t normally,” Barrett said. “You have this practicality of law, politics and justice that you see a lot of people fascinated by, but they maybe don’t want to go into.”Barrett believes that by placing these subjects in the context of philosophy, it gives students the opportunity to examine them under a different light than in other departments.“The concentration combines that understanding of what all that is with the ability to think critically about it in different ways that you might otherwise not be able to do,” Barrett said. “I think it’s great. I think, in time, it is going to help the philosophy department as well. It is kind of small, and I think it’s going to attract a lot more students.”The program seeks to ground its students in their understanding of philosophy beyond traditional applications, Pierce said.“We hope that it’s a way for students, in addition to getting some of the traditional philosophical training that they get in the major program, to also explore their practical interests in questions of ethics, contemporary political and legal controversies,” Pierce said. “It’s one way to show as abstract as philosophy can be, it has these real, immediate and practical implications as well.”Senior Anastacia Gomez is a philosophy major who is enrolling in the concentration this year. She is researching critical race theory for her senior composition project. She said the program, under Pierce, is making positive steps to address the focus on white male philosophers.“There are not a lot of people of color who major in philosophy or who specialized in philosophy,” Gomez said. “It is mostly women and it is mostly white women. … [Pierce] has given me the resources.”Tags: Law Ethics and Politics, philosophy
Alleged Bush hacker indicted in U.S. – AT&T data taken – P.F. Chang’s confirms breachby. TAL KOPANcredit unions, retailers spar over breaches – Long-simmering tensions between the financial industry and retailers bubbled up yesterday when a letter to Congress from the National Association of Federal Credit Unions rekindled the debate over who is more responsible for recent massive data breaches at big retailers — and who should be on the hook for the cleanup. Retailers should be held to the same data security and breach notification standards as financial service companies so banks and card companies aren’t left holding the bag after a hack, NAFCU’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler wrote in a letter to the four leaders of Congress. “As long as retailers are more concerned with their bottom line than protecting consumers, no one should expect their personal data to be protected,” Thaler wrote.But retail industry groups pushed back Thursday, saying that NAFCU was distorting the facts as financial institutions are wont to do. “Their letter is littered with falsehoods meant to generate headlines and distract from the vulnerabilities inherent in the cards they issue their customers,” said Brian Dodge, executive vice president for communications and strategic initiatives at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which noted that it and other retail groups work with financial institutions on security issues, but the NAFCU is not a part of those talks. “This is the same old, same old from the financial institutions,” said Mallory Duncan, senior vice president and general counsel at the National Retail Federation. The letter: http://politico.pro/1hOAUju And the story, from your host: http://politico.pro/1jmIld0ALLEGED BUSH HACKER INDICTED IN U.S. – Romanian national Marcel Lazar, aka Guccifer, was indicted yesterday in Virginia for allegedly hacking into the Bush family and other political targets. Though the release from the Justice Department does not name the politicians, the indictment alleges Lazar hacked into email and social media accounts from December 2012 through January 2014 of “high-profile victims, including a family member of two former U.S. presidents, a former U.S. Cabinet member, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former presidential adviser.” He also allegedly released those victims’ emails, medial and financial information and photos. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Daily Mail:Wisdom really does come from experience.A new study has found adults aged 60 and over are better at strategising their decisions than those in their late teens and early 20s, who tend to focus on instant gratification.Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University said the findings contradict negative stereotypes elders lose mental edge and reasoning ability with age, showing they are able to make better decisions under some conditions. Findings from the study, led by Darrell Worthy, professor of psychology at Texas A&M University, and co-authored by University of Texas at Austin psychologist Todd Maddox, will be published in Psychological Science.Mr Maddox said the study gives insight into the decision-making process, which will help researchers learn more about the effects of ageing in the brain.Read the whole story: Daily Mail More of our Members in the Media >
Turkish investors, Dogus Group, are bringing to Zadar one of the most famous hotel brands in the world, the famous Hyatt, which will be the first hotel in Croatia. The entire project is estimated at a total value of 100 million euros, and the new hotel would be located in the former Maraska building, which is located in the city center.”We are small enough that we must not be average. The policy of the Ministry of Tourism and this Government is to encourage excellence in all segments, not only in tourism. The results of the Dogus Group are impressive, and the results of the season in Croatia are a record with 83 million overnight stays”, Said Anton Kliman, Minister of Tourism.The grand opening of the new hotel under the Hyatt cap is planned for 2019, and in addition to the hotel, hotel annexes, a new building with luxury apartments, a commercial shopping center, a restaurant and a yacht club would be built. “We strongly believe in the great potential of Croatia and therefore continue to invest in areas and sectors that fit in a sustainable way into the corporate policy of the Dogus Group. We have several hotels and marinas on the Croatian coast and we are convinced that the Maraska project will contribute to the beauty of the city of Zadar, as well as the development of the tourism portfolio of the Dogus Group.”, Said Hüsnü Akhan, CEO of Dogus Group.”We are thrilled to be starting one of the most prestigious projects in Zadar with our partner Hyatt. Our collaboration with Hyatt in Turkey has lasted for more than 20 years, and today, with the Maraska project, it goes a step further. Croatia has great opportunities for the development of luxury tourism, which we are strongly focused on. Together with Hyatt, we hope to strengthen the potential of this region and attract tourists from Croatia and the world”, Said Naci Baserdem, President of the Dogus Tourism Group, adding that the hotel will create 170 new jobs and have a positive impact on indirect employment.With the completion of this project, the total amount of Dogus Group’s investments in Croatia will increase to EUR 350 million. Interestingly, the interest of the Dogus Group is not limited to that, but investors from Turkey are interested in taking over the ACI marina as well as for hotel investments in Zagreb and Split.Photo: Dogus group
Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest New research published in the scientific journal Social Psychological and Personality Science provides evidence that the prevalence of infectious diseases plays an important role in racial prejudices across the United States.The findings support the parasite-stress hypothesis, which holds that people exposed to diseases become more likely to adopt anti-pathogen behavioral strategies — such as avoiding and expressing more negative attitudes toward groups with dissimilar features.“I was surprised when a 2015 study found an association between exposure to black Americans and racial prejudice, such that white individuals living in U.S. states with more black people showed increased prejudice towards this group,” said study author Brian A. O’Shea, a EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Global Fellow based in the Psychology Department at both Harvard University and the University of Amsterdam. Share “The finding was counter to the extensive literature showing that contact with outgroups actually reduces prejudice. I suspected that the study was showing a spurious correlation and that perhaps infectious diseases might better explain variation in racial prejudice across the U.S. This epiphany likely occurred because I was lucky enough to have an office beside Corey Fincher while at Warwick University, who developed Parasite Stress theory, along with Randy Thornhill.”In their study, the researchers utilized 2006-2013 data from Harvard’s Project Implicit website, a nonprofit organization that collects data about people’s automatic, or implicit, attitudes toward different groups as well as their explicit biases.They were particularly interested in data from 355,000 white and 77,000 black respondents who completed a test of racial bias. This data was compared to disease rates across the 50 U.S. states.The study found “that at the aggregated group level, regions with more infectious diseases are likely to have higher intergroup racial tensions,” O’Shea told PsyPost.“Specifically, we found that if you’re a white or black person living in a U.S. state with more infectious diseases, you have a stronger feeling in favor of your in-group and/or a stronger opposition to your out-group, both consciously and unconsciously.”“These effects occur even if we control for individual factors like age, political ideology, religious belief, education and gender, and a number of state-level factors, including median income, inequality, race exposure and more. Importantly, even within areas with high infectious diseases, there is substantial individual variation in prejudice,” O’Shea explained.But the study only examined correlational data, preventing the researchers from establishing a causal link between disease prevalence and racial prejudice.To further solidify their findings, O’Shea and his colleagues set up in experiment in which 588 U.S. adults completed a test of racial bias after being randomly exposed to either images related to disease, terrorism, or buildings and furniture.White participants who showed greater aversion to germs tended to show increased explicit — but not implicit — prejudice toward black people after seeing the disease-related imagery.“Participants who strongly agreed with questions relating to germ aversion (i.e., ‘It really bothers me when people sneeze without covering their mouths and I prefer to wash my hands pretty soon after shaking someone’s hand’) showed the highest racial prejudice, but only after they were primed with images depicting disgusting content such as mold, feces, and an individual with chickenpox,” O’Shea told PsyPost.“We suspect that individuals with high germ aversion will be less willing to come in contact with racial outgroups, and this lack of exposure could increase racial tensions.”“Study 2 is experimental and offers some causal evidence that reminders of infectious disease, especially among those with high germ aversion, can increase racial prejudice. More work is needed to understand why some individuals show high germ aversion, while others in the same environment are less worried when coming into contact with germs. Family upbringing and an individual’s willingness to take more risks are potentially influential factors, but this paper does not directly address this issue,” O’Shea said.While the findings offer a new way of explaining intergroup prejudices, O’Shea said it also points to one possible way to combat them — by reforming health care.“This research indicates that restrictions in access to health care, due to costs or lack of insurance, could have a devastating impact on intergroup relations if it leads to higher infectious disease rates. To foster the right conditions for a cohesive and integrated community, policies must be put in place to ensure vulnerable groups in society have equal access to health care,” he told PsyPost.The study, “Infectious Disease Prevalence, Not Race Exposure, Predicts Both Implicit and Explicit Racial Prejudice Across the United States“, was authored by Brian A. O’Shea, Derrick G. Watson, Gordon D. A. Brown, and Corey L. Fincher.
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Dale Soos has joined the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) as a senior project engineer in the company’s Cortland, N.Y., headquarters. In his position, Soos will be responsible for completing the development of the Lift Inspector Certification Program and assuring its successful implementation. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Soos holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Buffalo State College, is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has been active in the field of commercial, industrial and consumer product safety for more than 20 years. Prior to joining ALI, Soos held key product safety positions held within Intertek Testing Services, including the role of lead engineer for ALI’s Lift Safety Certification Program, ETL’s commercial garage equipment listing service and paint spray booths. Most recently, he served as staff engineer for large wind turbine generator evaluations, approvals and certification. “Dale’s expertise in the area of automotive lifts, including their practical application and our industry’s safety concerns, when coupled with his relevant experience in those other industries and roles, provides a unique insight into the factors and obstacles present as they relate to supporting today’s automotive lift inspection service companies and their inspectors,” said R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman, president of ALI. With the growing demand for qualified people to perform annual safety inspections of automotive lifts from industry stakeholders such as lift users, government regulators and the insurance industry, ALI accepted the challenge of developing an official certification for those inspectors.Advertisement The cornerstone of ALI’s Lift Inspector Certification Program effort is ANSI/ALI ALOIM (Current Edition) – the American National Safety Standard for Operation, Inspection and Maintenance. O’Gorman said he believes the developing program holds promise to credential those doing the job right, while providing a model for those in need of improving their lift inspection skills.
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