Under Biden, China faces renewed trade pressure

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — The U.S.-Chinese trade war isn’t going away under President Joe Biden. Biden won’t confront Beijing right away, economists say, because he needs to focus on the coronavirus and the economy. However, Biden looks set to renew pressure over trade and technology complaints that prompted President Donald Trump to hike tariffs on Chinese imports in 2017. Negotiators might tone down Trump’s focus on the trade balance and push harder for changes to open China’s state-dominated economy, say economists. But no abrupt tariff cuts or other big changes are expected.last_img read more

Attorney: Murder charge after deadly drug raid ‘political’

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — An attorney for a Houston police officer indicted for murder following a deadly 2019 drug raid in which a couple was killed says his client is being targeted by a district attorney looking to score political points in the wake of last year’s nationwide protests against police brutality. Officer Felipe Gallegos became the second officer who was indicted for murder following the January 2019 drug raid. Rusty Hardin, Gallegos’ attorney, said the officer was a “hero” who saved other officers. Gallegos says he hasn’t been able to explain he’s not a ‘bad person.’ Gallegos is one of a dozen officers indicted after their work came under scrutiny following the raid.last_img read more

Judge OKs extradition of 2 wanted in ex-Nissan boss’ escape

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — A U.S. judge has cleared the way for the extradition of an American father and son accused of sneaking former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box. The U.S. State Department said in October that it had agreed to hand Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor over to Japan but U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Massachusetts put their extradition on hold after their lawyers filed an emergency petition. Talwani wrote in a ruling issued Thursday that the extradition could move forward. Lawyers for the men said in court papers that they plan to appeal to the Boston-based federal appeals court.last_img read more

Cowboys for Trump leader released from jail pending trial

first_imgSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., is freeing from jail Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin as he awaits trial in connection with the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell on Friday reversed a magistrate judge’s detention order and released Griffin to his home in New Mexico pending trial on charges of knowingly entering barricaded areas of the Capitol grounds with the intent to disrupt government as Congress considered Electoral College results. Howell says denying pre-trial release might leave Griffin in jail for longer than the one-year maximum sentence amid pandemic-related court delays.last_img read more

Lecture: conflict in Darfur ‘not being resolved’

first_imgShould we still be talking about Darfur? According to professor Edith Miguda and Notre Dame alumna Liz Kurz, the answer is yes.They shared their experiences during a talk Wednesday at Saint Mary’s sponsopred by Campus Ministry, speaking about why they felt there should still be discussion about Darfur and its people. This event was also meant to teach students about the conflicts in Darfur and Sudan.Miguda, a native of Kenya, explained where Darfur is and how the conflict began in this area.“Darfur is in the greater horn of Africa,” she said. “The greater horn has had much conflict.”Miguda said the conflict is not being resolved or helped by the government.“The heart of the problem in Darfur is the challenge of non-Arab Darfurians to what they called decades of neglect, discrimination and marginalization by the Arab dominated government in Khartoum,” Miguda said.She also talked about the suffering of the people in Darfur. Miguda said they live in fear because there are rebels and groups of people who attack and kill innocent people.“Janjaweed — they are the ones who have ransacked villages — raped women and lined up men and shot them,” Miguda said.According to the United Nations, out of the population of six million, up to 300,000 people have been killed and some 2.5 million have been displaced.“But everyone knows that the number is much, much larger than that,” Miguda said.Many people have fled Darfur and gone to refugee camps in other parts of Sudan or even other countries.Kurz, a native of South Bend, said this is not the land they are used to. They are now in the desert and this makes agriculture difficult and their standard of living is very low.“They were forced to leave the only place they have ever known and into these camps,” Kurz said.Kurz said she had a friend who traveled to Sudan and brought back not only pictures and an experience of a lifetime, but she also brought back knowledge about the conditions in the refugee camps.Kurz and six others decided they needed do something to try and help.“The best way you can help people in Sudan is to be arrested in front of the Sudanese embassy, because it saves people from being killed,” Kurz said.Kurz said she and her six friends tried this to help the people in Darfur and in Sudan.“The seven of us went, we knelt, we prayed the rosary and the Our Father and we were arrested because we were blocking the entrance to the embassy,” Kurz said. “I spent 20 hours in jail and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I don’t know how many people we may have saved that day, I don’t know how effectual it was, but I tried.”This is an extreme example of a way to help, and Kurz and her friends were tried and found guilty in a court of law. She will always have a misdemeanor on her record, but she said she will never regret what she did.On Feb. 23, the Peace Accord was signed in Doha, Qatar, ending the war in Darfur.According to Miguda, however, there are still many people who need help, especially those who have been displaced from their homes.“Little, small actions can make a big difference,” Miguda said.last_img read more

Best Buddies to hold first Friendship Walk

first_imgThe Best Buddies of Notre Dame will hold their first Friendship Walk and 5K Run tomorrow morning to benefit Best Buddies Indiana. Junior Elizabeth Klinepeter, president of the club, said the event is designed to spread the impact the organization has on those with developmental disabilities. “Best Buddies is an international organization and their largest fundraisers throughout the country are state Friendship Walks,” Klinepeter said. She said while state chapters hold a Friendship Walk each spring, Notre Dame is one of three college chapters to host the first collegiate Friendship Walks. “We will be having a 1.5-mile walk and a 5K run starting at Stepan Center, going around South and God Quads, and ending at Stepan Center,” Klinepeter said. “All of our chapter members and their buddies will be walking with us.” Klinepeter said she hopes the walk attracts many people from the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities. Junior Nick Pellegrini, the event’s coordinator, said the proceeds from the Notre Dame event will benefit Best Buddies Indiana. “This is a fundraiser for chapters, specifically across the state of Indiana, to support people with developmental disabilities in their specific areas,” Pellegrini said. Pellegrini said planning for the walk began last summer and continued through the academic year. “Most of the planning this semester has been a combination of working with the Best Buddies Indiana Office, our club officers here on campus and [the Student Activities Office (SAO)],” Pellegrini said. “We have weekly conference calls with the state office and, in between them, meetings with SAO to try to prep for the event and make sure the race logistics are organized well.” The event encourages close interaction and brings participants together, Pellegrini said. “This walk is a good example of bringing our colleges students and buddies together for a fun event and raising awareness on campus by walking through campus,” he said.last_img read more

Speaker emphasizes developing ‘personal brand’

first_imgCompanies devote great efforts to developing their brand, and Stephanie Hightower feels that a person should heed the same efforts with their personal identity. Hightower, president of USA Track and Field and member of the 1980 Olympic track and field team discussed developing and protecting one’s personal identity in a lecture titled “Developing your Lifelong Brand” on Friday in the Vander Vennet Theatre. Cross Currents Program Collegiate Speakers Series, Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative at Saint Mary’s College and Key4Women cosponsored the event. Hightower said the idea of brand in business is just as valuable when developing one’s own personal image and individuality. “Meaningful brands go far beyond any product,” she said. “They express what a company is, what they stand for and how they want to be perceived. Most of all, a brand is based on the experience they have with it. Apple would not be seen as cutting edge if buyers could not see, touch, hear, and know that were true and I am here to tell you that this idea of brand is just as valuable when it comes to your own self image and identity.” Hightower said there are four questions that one must ask when creating their personal brand. “What and who you are, what you stand for, how you want to be perceived, and what kind of experience people have when they work or interact with you these are all parts of defining your own personal brand,” she said. She said creating an authentic and reliable personal brand requires sticking to the truth and starting from the ground up. “You want to define your authentic self, your brand should be built on the truth of who you are, not someone else,” she said. “Next you have to build your brand from ground up. If you say you are a champion, you got to work to be a champion. If you say you are committed to excellence, then everything you do should be aimed at that goal. Hightower said building a personal brand requires a person to act in accordance with their words, because authenticity is key. “Building your personal brand means owning and polishing what is most essentially you. … Remember, it is not what we say, but what we do that counts. People want to know if you will backup your words with action. If your brand is the authentic you even when the spotlight is not shining,” Hightower said.   Hightower said she began developing her own personal brand when she was running the 100- and 60-meter hurdles at Ohio State.”I was working toward a singular feat: to compete in the Olympics. Everything in my mind, in my body, and in my soul in my activities was towards making the 1980 Olympic team,” she said. She said developing one’s personal brand was difficult, and destroying it is much easier. “Off the track is where they forget about building and protecting their image and uniqueness. There was the first offer of money from an endorsement deal, taken without thinking through who wrote the check. Then there was the first glow of the spotlight and the parties that followed, enjoyed without thinking about the national or international attention that comes with it,” she said.Hightower said it is never too late to start developing one’s personal brand, whether it is as a young adult in college or as someone with a steady career. “For those of you who are in college and for those of us who are in the market place and out here with jobs. This is still the primetime to start defining what your personal brand is,” she said. “None of us are too old to define what our personal brand is. … You need to take this opportunity in your life to define your brand, to build your brand, and most important to protect your brand.”last_img read more

Class council tickets announce platforms

first_imgThe election committee of the Judicial Council approved six tickets to run for Class Councils. The tickets for Senior Class Council and Junior Class Council will run unopposed, and four tickets will campaign for Sophomore Class Council. Elections take place Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the Judicial Council.  Emily Hoffman | The Observer Senior Class Council Martin Walsh, Briggs Hoyt, Devin Nagendran and Robert ReedMartin Walsh, Briggs Hoyt, Devin Nagendran and Robert Reed hope to utilize their collective experience to create a memorable senior year for their class by organizing events to bring its members together.“For next year, our main goal is to plan memorable class events that are rooted in unity and service,” Walsh, the ticket’s presidential candidate, said. “It is our hope that these events not only promote class unity but also foster a stronger class growth as we journey through our final year here at Notre Dame.“We hope to build on past successful events of Junior Class Council as well as allow the class as a whole to be more integral in determining the types of events we plan.”Walsh said the ticket’s main goal is to provide class events that promote senior class camaraderie and integrate the South Bend community. He said they hope to plan a class Silver Hawks game and social events that showcase the South Bend music scene.Junior Class CouncilZach Waterson, Michael Fliotsos, Andrew Stoker and Miranda HerreraZach Waterson, Michael Fliotsos, Andrew Stoker and Miranda Herrera plan to center their Junior Class Council administration on collaboration, communication and quality.“Junior Class Council is in a unique position, as many of our classmates will be abroad during at least part of our term,” Waterson said. “Our goal is to envision events, projects and resources that strengthen the unity of the class of 2016 and ensure that our classmates feel connected, even across continents.”Waterson said the ticket wanted to focus on collaboration.“We want to extend the Junior Class Council’s presence in event programming on campus,” Waterson said. “For example, we want to collaborate with next year’s Sophomore Class Council for the second annual Great Gatsby dance, hopefully cementing it as a tradition.”Sophomore Class CouncilThomas Davis, Grace Maxwell, Benjamin Cote and Joanie HoganAs class officers, Tommy Davis, Grace Maxwell, Benjamin Cote and Joanie Hogan would link to be a link between sophomores and other people and organizations on campus.“We see our place as more of a bridge for people who have ideas, but they can’t get them to the right people,” Green said. “We see our place as trying to be that bridge between either the administration, the judicial council, upperclassmen, pretty much anyone who needs to hear these ideas.”Green said he and his ticket want to help people with specific ideas bring them to fruition, as well as organize events that connect the different classes.“One thing is that we don’t have as many events that link with other classes, and so I’d try to work with some of the upperclassmen to try to build a broader community instead of just the sophomore class,” he said.Andrew Galo, Michaela McInerney, Vincent Vangaever and Daniel BarabasiThe ticket of Andrew Galo, Michaela McInerney, Vincent Vangaever and Daniel Barabasi is attempting to ensure student government hears the voices of rising sophomores next year.“We believe that the sophomore executive board should be the first line of communication between the sophomore class and the University,” Galo said. “We will make sure every complaint or suggestion about residential, academic, social or spiritual life is heard.“If we cannot directly solve it, we will consult the student body president and vice president, and we will make sure you are heard.”Galo said the ticket would also promote social outreach projects in South Bend and the social aspects of campus life. A specific initiative of the group would be making the Great Gatsby dance an annual event.Editor’s Note: Barabasi is a Scene staff writerAndrew Green, Ned Vogel, Francesca Mancuso and Matt BarrattCurrent freshmen class officers Andrew Green, Ned Vogel, Francesca Mancuso and Matt Barratt want to continue their work by encouraging community in the sophomore class.“What class council’s all about is getting unity and community for the entire class, and so what we really want to do is push for that more, by doing all the different events that we did this year but more off campus next year and focusing in on the service aspect and the social aspect — making sure that everyone feels like they’re included in this class,” Green said.The ticket’s ideas include a class trip to Cedar Point, improving the class website to include events and employment resources, organizing events with the Career Center and other events like a battle of the bands.Noemi Ventilla, Michael Markel, Neil Joseph and Eva NiklinskaAs class officers, Noemi Ventilla, Michael Markel, Neil Joseph and Eva Niklinska would like to increase the connections between the Sophomore Class Council, other student government organizations and the student body.“We would set up office hours or hold monthly town hall meetings where students could voice their opinions, ask questions, volunteer their help or make suggestions to the Sophomore Class Council,” Ventilla said. “We want the sophomore class to be familiar enough with us to feel comfortable sharing their ideas and needs.”Ventilla said the other students on her ticket, all of whom currently serve on Freshman Class Council, would like to establish service events in South Bend and organize free skates and a dance marathon.“We would like to first receive feedback from the sophomore class as to their interest,” she said.Tags: Class Council, elections, junior class council, senior class council, sophomore class councillast_img read more

NDSP reports robbery on campus

first_imgAt about 2 a.m. Saturday morning, three men in a silver sedan approached a Notre Dame student on campus, demanded the student get in the car, took the student to an off-campus location to withdraw cash and robbed the student, according to an email from NDSP on Saturday afternoon.The student was approached on Notre Dame Ave. between the Morris Inn and Holy Cross Dr., the email stated. Following the incident, the three perpetrators returned the student to campus.“One of the men got out of the vehicle and instructed the student to come with them,” the email stated. “They demanded money and took the student to a gas station and a grocery store so he could get cash for them. They then brought the student back to campus.”According to the email, the student did not see any of the men carrying a gun, but it was implied they were armed.“The suspects were described as three black males wearing dark clothing,” the email stated. “They had no facial hair or visible marks or tattoos. One of the men had dreadlocks. One of the men was about six feet tall, medium build. All three appeared to be between 20-23 years old.”The email reminded students they should travel in groups and use safe transportation options such as licensed taxis or the Transpo bus system.last_img read more

Student senators gather for first session of the year

first_imgWednesday night, the student senate gathered for its first meeting of the year. The meeting was comprised primarily of two workshops, one on celebrating diversity, presented by Diversity Council Representative Ray’Von Jones and Africana Studies Professor Maria McKenna, and another on parliamentary procedure, presented by Student Union Parliamentarian Sara Dugan. Jones shared a quote from an anonymous Diversity Council member about the importance of different viewpoints.“As a Catholic institution, being welcoming and accepting of all cultures and differences is embedded in our foundation,” the unnamed class of 2017 student said. “Education and discussion around diversity are so crucial because they create spaces for personal growth and help people better understand the struggles faced by their fellow brothers and sisters.”McKenna also said it was important to be inclusive of all kinds of diversity on campus, not just racial or ethnic. “We think about ideological diversity on this campus, and we think about diversity we can’t always see, particularly as it pertains to disability or other types of mental health challenges, different ways that people are seeing the world for all kinds of different reasons,” McKenna said. “Diversity doesn’t end with just racial or ethnic diversity.”The workshop also referenced several responses from Notre Dame students and faculty about the state of inclusion at the University. Jones and McKenna specifically highlighted English professor John Duffy’s letter to the editor entitled “On hearing you might transfer,” which was published in The Observer in January and signed by more than 150 Notre Dame staff and faculty members, and a Tumblr blog called “I, Too, Am Notre Dame,” which addresses the specific challenges students of color face on campus. Jones said discussion was important even though the topic can be uncomfortable for people. “I feel a lot of people don’t want to talk about race,” Jones said. “We want to pretend everything’s okay, and when we do this, a lot of people are silent. It makes it easy for us to discount people’s experiences and say, ‘There’s no way that’s happening at Notre Dame.’”Diversity Council chair Chizo Ekechukwu was also present at the meeting and explained the role of Diversity Council and encouraged senators to come to a meeting. “Diversity Council falls under multicultural student programs and services,” she said. “On campus, we have a representative from every cultural club sitting on our council. The main role of it is to use programming and collaboration to bring up and discuss issues in regard to diversity on our campus.”After the diversity workshop, the meeting ended with a parliamentary procedure workshop in which Dugan outlined the basic rules and guidelines for discussion in the senate, including the role of proxies and different types of motions. The student senate meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center. All meetings are open to the public. Tags: Diversity, diversity council, Student government, student senatelast_img read more