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Graduate student appears on ‘Jeopardy,’ places second

first_imgMarika Kuspa, a Notre Dame graduate student in biological sciences, competed in a Jan. 9 episode of the iconic game show “Jeopardy,” placing second and beating the previous day’s champion.Courtesy of Marika Kuspa Kuspa said she was neck and neck with her competitors during most of “Double Jeopardy,” but fell slightly behind going into the final question. Unfortunately, her answer was not correct.“I was very excited to see the ‘Foreign Words and Phrases’ category in the ‘Jeopardy’ round and the ‘Two-Word Science Terms’ category in the ‘Double Jeopardy’ round,” she said. “I split that category with the other scientist.”As the “fun fact” she used to introduce herself on the show, Kuspa said she referenced her prior scientific research.“I said that I worked in a tuberculosis biosafety level three facility, which requires wearing a full suit, respirator and three pairs of gloves for protection,” she said. “I thought it would be interesting for people to get a glimpse of scientific research in real life.”Kuspa said she began the audition process with an online assessment and was one of more than 100,000 people who took the test that year.“About 2,500 people are called to in-person auditions in a major city,” Kuspa said. “I drove up to Detroit. During the in-person audition you take another written test and then play a mock game of ‘Jeopardy’ against your fellow opponents.“At this point, the producers know that everyone is pretty smart, so they’re looking for people who are TV-friendly.”The production crew tapes two weeks worth of shows in two days and requires contestants to bring several changes of clothing for filming, Kuspa said.In addition to shopping for outfits, Kuspa said she prepared for the taping by watching episodes of “Jeopardy” and reading 74-game champion Ken Jennings’ book “Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions.” Jennings’ winning streak ran during the 2004 season, when he won over 3 million dollars.“Basically I would peruse lists of facts and just see if any of it stuck in my head,” she said. “I also started doing crossword puzzles because those are a great way to learn random facts and they’re fun. Also, I try to stay up on more current events by listening to [National Public Radio] in my car.”Before the taping, producers explained the rules about contestants’ buzzers, Kuspa said.“You can’t buzz in on ‘Jeopardy’ before the question is over or the computer system will lock you out for a fraction of a second in which your opponent can ring in and score,” she said.Although she did not win, Kuspa said she was pleased with her performance on the show and was especially prepared for certain categories.“It was a really great game overall and it would have been even better to win, but I’m not disappointed by my performance.”Contact Tori Roeck at vroeck@nd.eduTags: Jeopardylast_img read more

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New Law Blocks Housing Providers From Support Animal Discrimination

first_imgCrjs452 / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 ALBANY – A new law in New York State now prohibits housing providers from discriminating against a person who relies on an animal for help alleviating the symptoms or effects of a disability.According to the Governor’s Office, housing providers must now provide reasonable accommodation by permitting a support animal to live in a home that otherwise would have prohibited pets.“New Yorkers have zero tolerance for discrimination of any type and this measure will protect some of the most vulnerable among us who require a support animal to help function in their daily lives,” Governor Cuomo said.However, the language of the bill does not make a clearly identify what kind of animal training or services are covered. According to the National Service Animal Registry and the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice, “support animal” and “service animal” are distinct categories:“A service dog is specially trained to perform a function or job for an owner that has a physical, intellectual, or emotional disability. An emotional support animal serves as more of a companion for the owner. A service dog may still be able to provide the comfort of an emotional support animal, but it has been trained to complete tasks that a support dog will not.”“Because [emotional support animals] have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA,” the DOJ says. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Colombia Wages Successful Battle against Kidnapping

first_imgThe Army and the National Police deserve much of the credit for reducing kidnappings throughout the country, according to Yadira Gálvez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). They include new laws that increase penalties for kidnapping; programs to enhance public awareness and citizen cooperation in reporting kidnappings; increased resources for courts and prosecutors to prosecute kidnappers; and increased government control of rural areas by security forces to deny organized kidnapping groups freedom of movement, among other factors. In 2000, a reported 3,572 people were kidnapped, or almost ten people per day, according to statistics from by the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Extortion Directorate of the Colombian National Police. Praise for the Army and National Police Another dramatic change in the nature of kidnapping in Colombia is that victims are being rescued or released much more quickly than in the past. In recent years, however, common criminals are believed to have been responsible for about 75 percent of all kidnappings in Colombia. Meanwhile, guerrilla groups such as the FARC, which has officially sworn off kidnapping as a tactic, are blamed for only about 23 percent of the cases. Kidnapping victims rescued and released Fewer abductions by terrorist groups According to the report, one key element in the battle against kidnapping was the creation of elite, highly-trained, anti-kidnapping teams known as Unified Action Groups for Personal Freedom, or GAULAs in Spanish. Regardless of which they fall under, all GAULA groups are elite units whose personnel have received extensive training in both urban and rural combat, crisis management, weapons training, specialized instruction for snipers and breachers, raids, detention methods, and intelligence-gathering. Praise for the Army and National Police In addition to the sharp decline in the number of kidnappings, statistics show that the nature of kidnapping in Colombia has changed dramatically over the past one-and-a-half decades. They include new laws that increase penalties for kidnapping; programs to enhance public awareness and citizen cooperation in reporting kidnappings; increased resources for courts and prosecutors to prosecute kidnappers; and increased government control of rural areas by security forces to deny organized kidnapping groups freedom of movement, among other factors. GAULAs are a key component of anti-kidnapping strategy First created in 1996, GAULA units now amount to 33 operational units in Colombia. Sixteen of those are under Army command, while another two are under Navy command, together comprising about 1,200 officers. Another 15 GAULA units are under the command of the National Police. Both Military and National Police units are under the overall command of the Ministry of Defense. Cooperative efforts by the Colombian National Army, National Police, and civilian agencies have reduced kidnappings in Colombia by more than 90 percent over the past 14 years, according to statistics compiled by the nation’s anti-kidnapping agency. Still, most of the GAULA units’ work involves ordinary people who have fallen victim to kidnappers. For example, in December, 2014, an Army GAULA unit assisted by Army Troops launched an operation to rescue a local prosecutor who had been kidnapped by unknown assailants in Cauca Department. Given the pressure from the GAULA operation, the kidnappers released their victim unharmed the next day. Kidnapping victims rescued and released Regardless of which they fall under, all GAULA groups are elite units whose personnel have received extensive training in both urban and rural combat, crisis management, weapons training, specialized instruction for snipers and breachers, raids, detention methods, and intelligence-gathering. In 2000, a reported 3,572 people were kidnapped, or almost ten people per day, according to statistics from by the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Extortion Directorate of the Colombian National Police. By Dialogo February 16, 2015 GAULAs are a key component of anti-kidnapping strategy In 2000, kidnapping victims were routinely held in captivity for years. In 2014, however, about 190 kidnapping victims — more than half the annual total — were held hostage for 30 days or less, with the majority of them held for only one or two days. The Army and the National Police deserve much of the credit for reducing kidnappings throughout the country, according to Yadira Gálvez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Colombia’s successful fight against kidnapping is attributable to a number of factors, according to a report on personal freedom between 2011-2014 by the Colombian Ministry of Defense. In another recent incident in November, 2014, GAULA troops rescued a 74-year-old agricultural engineer who had been kidnapped in the northern Department of Tolima by common criminals who demanded a large ransom. Acting on intelligence from local residents, the GAULA troops found the victim unharmed in two days. In 2014, however, the annual number of kidnappings for ransom or political/terrorist purposes dropped to below 300, the directorate reported, a figure that has remained roughly constant over the past three years. In 2000, kidnapping victims were routinely held in captivity for years. In 2014, however, about 190 kidnapping victims — more than half the annual total — were held hostage for 30 days or less, with the majority of them held for only one or two days. Colombia’s successful fight against kidnapping is attributable to a number of factors, according to a report on personal freedom between 2011-2014 by the Colombian Ministry of Defense. In recent years, however, common criminals are believed to have been responsible for about 75 percent of all kidnappings in Colombia. Meanwhile, guerrilla groups such as the FARC, which has officially sworn off kidnapping as a tactic, are blamed for only about 23 percent of the cases. In addition to the sharp decline in the number of kidnappings, statistics show that the nature of kidnapping in Colombia has changed dramatically over the past one-and-a-half decades. But the GAULAs’ successes against kidnappers have not come without cost. Since 2005, GAULA units have lost 28 officers killed in the line of duty. Cooperative efforts by the Colombian National Army, National Police, and civilian agencies have reduced kidnappings in Colombia by more than 90 percent over the past 14 years, according to statistics compiled by the nation’s anti-kidnapping agency. In 2014, however, the annual number of kidnappings for ransom or political/terrorist purposes dropped to below 300, the directorate reported, a figure that has remained roughly constant over the past three years. In 2000, anti-government terrorist groups such the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) were responsible for the majority of the nation’s kidnappings, often setting up roadblocks in rural areas and kidnapping people en masse. “This remarkable change in the reduction of kidnapping in Colombia is very important, it is a result of the increasingly strong presence of security forces of both the National Police and the Army,” in areas where the FARC, the ELN, and other illegal groups have been active, Gálvez said. Fewer abductions by terrorist groups In 2000, anti-government terrorist groups such the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) were responsible for the majority of the nation’s kidnappings, often setting up roadblocks in rural areas and kidnapping people en masse. First created in 1996, GAULA units now amount to 33 operational units in Colombia. Sixteen of those are under Army command, while another two are under Navy command, together comprising about 1,200 officers. Another 15 GAULA units are under the command of the National Police. Both Military and National Police units are under the overall command of the Ministry of Defense. According to the report, one key element in the battle against kidnapping was the creation of elite, highly-trained, anti-kidnapping teams known as Unified Action Groups for Personal Freedom, or GAULAs in Spanish. Still, most of the GAULA units’ work involves ordinary people who have fallen victim to kidnappers. For example, in December, 2014, an Army GAULA unit assisted by Army Troops launched an operation to rescue a local prosecutor who had been kidnapped by unknown assailants in Cauca Department. Given the pressure from the GAULA operation, the kidnappers released their victim unharmed the next day. In another recent incident in November, 2014, GAULA troops rescued a 74-year-old agricultural engineer who had been kidnapped in the northern Department of Tolima by common criminals who demanded a large ransom. Acting on intelligence from local residents, the GAULA troops found the victim unharmed in two days. In all, GAULA units rescued or assisted in the rescues of 84 kidnapping victims in 2014, according to the anti-kidnapping directorate, while almost 600 kidnappers were apprehended. Another 133 kidnapped victims were released by their captors, 16 died in captivity, 11 were freed under pressure from security forces and nine escaped on their own, according to Ministry of Defense statistics. Although Military and National Police GAULA units work closely together, the Military GAULA units generally operate in remote, rugged, and rural areas, while National Police GAULA units generally do so in metropolitan areas. But both Military and police GAULA officers work closely with the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Administrative Department of Security (DAS). Another dramatic change in the nature of kidnapping in Colombia is that victims are being rescued or released much more quickly than in the past. In all, GAULA units rescued or assisted in the rescues of 84 kidnapping victims in 2014, according to the anti-kidnapping directorate, while almost 600 kidnappers were apprehended. Another 133 kidnapped victims were released by their captors, 16 died in captivity, 11 were freed under pressure from security forces and nine escaped on their own, according to Ministry of Defense statistics. Although Military and National Police GAULA units work closely together, the Military GAULA units generally operate in remote, rugged, and rural areas, while National Police GAULA units generally do so in metropolitan areas. But both Military and police GAULA officers work closely with the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Administrative Department of Security (DAS). But the GAULAs’ successes against kidnappers have not come without cost. Since 2005, GAULA units have lost 28 officers killed in the line of duty. “This remarkable change in the reduction of kidnapping in Colombia is very important, it is a result of the increasingly strong presence of security forces of both the National Police and the Army,” in areas where the FARC, the ELN, and other illegal groups have been active, Gálvez said.last_img read more

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CFPB signals changes coming to agency’s basic functions

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Signaling yet another Trump Administration effort to remake the CFPB, the agency Wednesday announced that in the coming weeks, it will solicit public comment on agency enforcement, supervision, rulemaking, market monitoring, and education activities.The Trump Administration had been highly critical of the agency as it was run by former Director Richard Cordray, contending that Cordray was overly-aggressive. The agency, currently run by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, is expected to take a much less aggressive approach to enforcement.For instance, the agency on Tuesday announced it might revise the CFPB’s controversial payday lending rules.On Wednesday, the agency said it will be calling for “evidence to ensure the Bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Bamboo shoots blamed for botulism cases in Thailand

first_imgMar 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of apparent botulism associated with home-preserved bamboo shoots has sickened more than 150 people following a festival in northern Thailand, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The Thai Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) determined that 152 people had signs and symptoms consistent with botulism by Mar 20, the WHO reported today. All the patients had eaten traditionally prepared pickled bamboo shoots, the WHO said.A hundred people were hospitalized, and 40 of them needed respirators, but no one has died to date, the WHO said. The Bangkok Post reported today that 42 of the patients were comatose.The sick people were among about 170 who participated in a Buddhist festival in Banluang district of Nan province last week, China’s Xinhua news service reported.Botulism, caused by Clostridium botulinum toxin, leads to vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, cranial nerve dysfunction, respiratory failure, and sometimes death. It has an incubation period of 12 hours to 3 days, but recovery may take months.Thai health officials tracked and recalled the bamboo shoots and are educating the public on food safety, WHO said. The authorities seized 21 cans and 550 bags of bamboo shoots yesterday, the Bangkok Post reported. Those samples will be examined as part of the ongoing investigation.A case-control and cohort study is under way, with WHO, MOPH, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigating the incident.Sixty doses of antitoxin from the United Kingdom, the United States, and drug manufacturer Sanofi-Pasteur have been provided to Thailand, the WHO said. In addition, Xinhua reported today that Japan is sending 70 doses of antitoxin and experts to help investigate.About 40 seriously ill patients will be flown by helicopter from northern Thailand to hospitals in Bangkok, according to Xinhua.Botulinum toxin has been weaponized and is considered a Category A biological weapon, one of a group of agents that can be easily disseminated, cause high mortality, might cause public panic, and require special action for public health preparedness.Although C botulinum is one of several agents used in biological weapons, the New York Times reported today that Thai officials have “given no indication that the food poisoning originated from anything but contaminated food.”See also: CIDRAP overview of botulismhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/botulism/biofacts/index.htmlCIDRAP guide to foodborne diseasehttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/causes/causes-foodborne.htmllast_img read more

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European actuarial body calls for PEPP amendments

first_imgPhilip Shier, immediate past chair of the AAE, told IPE that the inclusion of the capital protection requirement was surprising.“It seems to have gained traction with the Commission,” he said. “Whether it will survive the parliament discussions we shall see.”The AAE gave several reasons for opposing the capital protection requirement, but Shier said the main reason for its view was that it didn’t consider it “in the best interests of the consumer”.The association said such a protection requirement would have little value for a consumer with a saving/investment period of 30-40 years.Shier said: “You wouldn’t expect in the vast majority of cases that the guarantee would ever apply, but by requiring it the provider has to hold additional reserves.”The requirement could limit the field of institutions wishing to become PEPP providers, according to the AAE.Under the Commission’s proposal a range of institutions would be allowed to provide a PEPP: insurers, occupational pension funds, investment firms, asset managers and banks.In its first response to the Commission’s proposal, InsuranceEurope said that, “at first sight”, the requirement for capital protection for the default investment option was positive.The trade body for the European investment management industry, meanwhile, said it should be up to PEPP providers to decide whether they want to offer life-cycle investment strategies or strategies with minimum return guarantees as a default option.The AAE is in favour of the life-cycle approach for long-term savers, and said the choice of default strategy should also take into account the option selected for decumulation – cash or an annuity.It said the EU regulation for a PEPP should address the design and regulation of the decumulation phase rather than leaving this to national authorities. The requirement for the default option for a pan-European personal pension product (PEPP) to offer capital protection could undermine the European Commission’s initiative, according to the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE).In a statement, the association welcomed the Commission’s proposal for an EU regulation creating a PEPP, but said that some amendments were needed if the initiative were to be successful.In a post on Twitter, Falco Valkenburg, chairperson of the pensions committee of the AAE, said that the AAE was supportive of a “courageous” PEPP proposal, but had some suggestions.  In its statement the AAE focused its comments on the requirement for a PEPP default option to protect at least the amount a saver invests.last_img read more

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Three-year deal delights Bruce

first_img The 54-year-old took charge of the Tigers in June 2012 and led the club into the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking before securing their top-flight status in 2014. Hull, who reached the FA Cup final under Bruce last season, are currently in a position to stay up once again and their boss appears to have been duly rewarded for his efforts. Speaking before Saturday’s league game at Leicester, he said: ” I’m delighted because I’ve enjoyed the last two-and-a-half years. This season has been difficult at times but I’ve enjoyed it. “What we’ve started here is about trying to establish ourselves as a Premier League club. “When you commit yourself to a new deal the first thing to ask is ‘do you still have the energy for it?’ Those things were going through my head. “Let’s hope we have another two-and-half years like we’ve had. “It’s a three-year contract with a year rolling – that’s the nuts and bolts of it.” Manager Steve Bruce feels energetic enough to push on with Hull after agreeing to sign a new three-year contract at the KC Stadium.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Body found near beach shoreline in Fort lauderdale

first_imgOfficials in Fort Lauderdale are reporting that the body of a 40-year-old man was found along the beach shoreline.The body was located Friday around 8:00 am on the 2400 block of North Atlantic Boulevard just behind the Sun Tower Hotel & Suites.Limited information has been released about the incident at this time, however, authorities reported that the victim has been identified as Abu Nasher of Pompano Beach and that it is believed that his cause of death may have been the result of suicide.last_img

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Great Opportunity to Develop Football in Bangladesh: Jamal Bhuyan

first_imgKolkata: Bangladesh skipper Jamal Bhuyan on Monday said their Group E Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup tie here against India is a ‘great opportunity’ for them to show why the stakeholders need to invest more in football as India has done in the past few years.Bhuyan said the popularity and success of cricket has overshadowed football in Bangladesh but a good performance in front of 65,000 spectators at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Tuesday can help bring to the fore why football also needs investors to promote the sport.“Success of cricket team may be overshadowed a little bit of football. But you can’t compare cricket with football. Although cricket is a big sport here, I don’t think about cricket I think about football all the time,” Bhuyan told reporters on the eve of the tie.“It is a great opportunity to develop football in Bangladesh like India has done to get big companies to invest in football. Tomorrow is a great opportunity for us to show Bangladesh that we also need to invest as India has done in their last few years,” said the 29-year-old defensive midfielder who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.Bangladesh has lost both their fixtures in the qualifying campaign so far but gave a good account of themselves against Asian champions Qatar on October 10, losing 0-2 eventually.Ranked 187 in the world to India’s 104, the Jamie Day coached side drew their last match against India and Bhuyan said the battle will be won in midfield when the two outfits clash.“Whoever wins the midfield battle has a better chance to win the match. Midfield creates chances.”India is missing defensive mainstay Sandesh Jhingan and holding midfielder Rowllin Borges due to injury and suspension respectively.Asked if that is an advantage, Bhuyan said: “Of course they are missing two important players. We have to create chances and try to score. It’s all about confidence.”Bhuyan said the pressure will be on the home team who are coming on the back of a 0-0 draw against Qatar in Doha last month.“No pressure on us, the pressure is on India as if they don’t win the fans will be after them. I am going to tell my boys to go there and give their best. But yes India is favorites.”Bangladesh coach Jamie Day, meanwhile rued the dearth of infrastructure in their country.“From what I saw we are behind in terms of the league structure. We don’t have proper academies. The equipment that the India team have we don’t have that. We are trying to change that. We have one or two clubs who are changing. It will not happen overnight, it will take some time,” said the Englishman.Bangladesh has looked an improved side under Day’s coaching as they won seven of their 13 international matches since May 2018.“If I were a player I would have looked forward to playing in front of such a crowd. I told my players you might not get a chance to play again in front of such a crowd so make the most of it. I want them to be confident and play their natural game,” said Day referring to all the tickets being sold out for the game. IANS Also Read: Pope Francis Receives Italy Football Squad in the VaticanAlso Watch:Hit-and-Run Case: One killed in Road Accident in Margheritalast_img read more

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Other Sports World Wrestling Championships: India’s Ravi Kumar Dahiya Beats Reza Atri Of Iran To Win Bronze

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ravi Dahiya, who is making his debut at World Wrestling Championships, has won a bronze medal in the men’s 57 kg category. Dahiya defeated Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi of Iran 6-3 to win bronze.Meanwhile, Dahiya has booked his tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after upsetting former World Champion Yuki Takahashi 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the 57-kg weight category.ALSO READ | Bajrang Punia Beats Mongolia’s Tumur Ochir To Win World Wrestling Championship BronzeBefore that, Kumar overcame a stiff challenge from Armenia’s Arsen Harutyunyan and emerged victorious by winning the bout 17-6 in the pre-quarterfinals. He had opened his campaign by thrashing Sunggwon Kim of Korea 11-0.Earlier in the day, a consistent Bajrang Punia registered his third medal at the World Wrestling Championships by defeating his Mongolian opponent Tumur Ochir 8-7 in the 65kh weight category. Punia, who had won the Silver last year, made a stunning comeback from 6-0 deficit to win the bout 8-7. He had earlier won a bronze in 2013.Punia faced a charged up Ochir, who took two points in the first 20 seconds and then bagged four more with a powerful chest throw. Down by 6-0, Punia tried to reduce to difference by scoring 2 points. At the end of the first round, Ochir looked all set to win the bout with the scorecard reading 6-2.However, Punia, who suffered a heart-breaking defeat in the semi-final, had other things in mind. He came out too strong for Ochir to handle in the second round and collected 6 consecutive points with a leg shot. Now, the scorecard read 8-6 in favour of the Indian wrester.In the end, the bout ended with the final scorecard reading 8-7 in favour of Punia. This was the second consecutive World Championship Medal for Punia. He had won the silver in 2018 World Wrestling Championships held in Budapest. With his qualification for the bronze medal bout, Punia was already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. last_img read more

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