‘I’d rather be notorious:’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks in Purcell Pavilion

first_imgCAITLYN JORDAN | The Observer U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is fully aware that one of her nicknames is “Notorious R.B.G.”“I do know where Notorious R.B.G. comes from,” Ginsburg said in a talk Monday night at Notre Dame. “It is from a now-deceased rapper, Notorious B.I.G., and when I heard about it, I said, ‘Oh, that’s wonderful, we have something terrific in common. We were both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York.’”Later in the evening, moderator Ann Williams, a U.S. circuit judge for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and class of 1975 law school alumna, asked if Ginsburg was “Queen Ruth.”“I’d rather be notorious,” Ginsburg said. The conversation with the 23-year veteran of the Court, sponsored by the Office of the President, Notre Dame Law School and Notre Dame Student Government, explored a number of topics throughout the evening. When Williams asked about some of her hobbies growing up, Ginsburg said she was a fan of the Nancy Drew books. “Most of the books I read in school were Dick and Jane,” Ginsburg said. “Dick was active and Jane was in a pretty party dress, but Nancy Drew was a doer and an actor. Her then-boyfriend mostly did what she told him to do. And I liked that part.”Ginsburg said her mother was always a major influence in her life. “My mom repeated two things many times: be independent, and the other, be a lady,” Ginsburg said. Being a lady meant Ginsburg should not waste time on unproductive emotions. “A lady does not snap back in anger; she isn’t envious; she is a lady,” Ginsburg said. “That is, if an unkind word is spoken, it is as though she didn’t hear it.”Ginsburg said some of her fondest childhood memories were those of reading with her mother. “My mother was a voracious reader, and she communicated to me her love of reading,” she said. “She took me on weekly trips to the library. … She would leave me in the children’s section, get her hair done and come back, and I would have my five books to bring home.”Ginsburg also admired her mother-in-law, who gave her a set of earplugs as a wedding gift. “Just before the [wedding] ceremony, [my mother-in-law] took me aside and said, ‘I’d like to tell you the secret of a happy marriage,’” Ginsburg said. “What was the secret? It helps every now and then to be a little deaf.”That was such good advice, Ginsburg said, that she uses it to this day with her colleagues in the Supreme Court.“When an unkind word is unspoken, I tune it out,” she said. Asked about her career path in life, Ginsburg said she considered being a teacher for a while but had an increasingly strong desire to become a lawyer. She enrolled in Harvard Law School in 1956, when her baby Jane was 14 months old. “We had a wonderful nanny to take care of her,” Ginsburg said. “I came home at 4 p.m. when the nanny left, and from 4 p.m. to when Jane went to sleep, that was children’s time. We would sing silly songs and go to the park. … Then when she was asleep, I could go back to the books with a new energy.”During her time in law school, Ginsburg’s husband — himself a Harvard law student of the class above her — was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy. “I had a good note-taker in every class [for him],” Ginsburg said. “His classmates and our classmates rallied around us to help us get through that trying time.” When asked about how she goes about writing court opinions, she said she appreciates clarity and word economy. “We labored over our opinions so that people reading them, first of all, would not have to read a sentence twice to understand what it meant; we tried to write as clearly and concisely as we could,” Ginsburg said. “It’s a lesson I’ve tried to teach my law clerks. I’ve put a 20-page limit on notes.”Ginsburg said progress has been made in diversifying the Court since Jimmy Carter became president. “I’ve been asked the question, when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? … My answer is, when there are nine,” Ginsburg said. “It didn’t seem like there was anything wrong in all the years when the Supreme Court had only men.” Former fellow Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was like a big sister to Ginsburg, Williams said. Ginsburg said O’Connor, who is a breast cancer survivor, was particularly supportive when Ginsburg went through her own bout of cancer. “Sandra had — in the 1980s, she had breast cancer,” Ginsburg said. “She had massive surgery; she was on the bench, hearing arguments nine days after her surgery. Sandra had set the model for me so I had to get back on the bench.”O’Connor’s advice for Ginsburg was to undergo chemotherapy on Friday, recover over the weekend and be back at work on Monday. “She didn’t waste any time feeling sorry for herself; she just did it,” Ginsburg said. “That positive attitude is what she communicated to me.”Junior Sarah Tomas Morgan asked Ginsburg how the Court may be better served by a diversity of opinions. “At the end of the day, a wise old man and a wise old woman will have the same judgement,” Ginsburg said. “But we bring to the table knowledge that others lack.” When asked by sophomore Prathm Juneja how she prevents herself from pre-determining particularly polarizing cases before arguments are presented, Ginsburg said she looks around at her eight fellow justices. “I think about how I would like it if they projected their preconceived notions onto their decisions,” Ginsburg said. “Being part of a multi-person bench prohibits you from trying to be queen, because you’re not.”As for retirement, Ginsburg said she is out of her usual answers. “I plan on staying as long as Justice [Louis] Brandeis stayed,” Ginsburg said. “Justice Brandeis, he was appointed when he was 60 and I always said I would serve as long as Justice Brandeis, but he retired at 83 so I can’t use that one anymore.“My current answer is as long as I can do it full steam, and that means I have to take it year by year.”Tags: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, University Presidentlast_img read more

Third COVID-19 Related Death Reported In Cattaraugus County Sunday

first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.LITTLE VALLEY – The third COVID-19 related death was reported in Cattaraugus County on Sunday. The county Health Department says a 91-year-old woman developed sudden respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.“We extend our deepest condolences to her family and the entire Cattaraugus County community,” expressed officials.Additionally, two new COVID-19 cases were reported in Cattaraugus County on Sunday. Officials say the cases involve two woman who were both asymptomatic.There are now 66 cases total, with 19 active and 41 recovered.Health officials say those interested in getting tested are asked to register for a test at cattco.org/covid-19-test or call 716-938-9119 or 716-938-2265.Two additional cases of the virus were also reported in Chautauqua County on Sunday.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

Friends Star Matthew Perry to Get ‘Naked’ on London Stage

Matthew Perry is off to make some Friends in London! He will lead the cast in the world premiere of his playwriting debut, The End of Longing. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the bittersweet and comic new show is scheduled to run for a limited engagement February 2, 2016 through May 14. Opening night is set for February 11 at the Playhouse Theatre.This is a reunion for Perry and Posner, who first collaborated on Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the West End’s Comedy Theatre in 2003. “Being on stage makes you feel naked. Being on stage in a play that I have written will make me feel doubly naked,” said Perry in a statement. “So if you’d like to see me doubly naked, tickets go on sale today.”Perry is best known for playing Chandler Bing in Friends; other TV credits include The Odd Couple, Go On, The Good Wife, Mr Sunshine, The Ron Clark Story, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The West Wing. Film appearances include 17 Again, The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards, Three to Tango, Fools Rush In and A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.Meet Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie: four lost souls, entering their forties and searching for meaning. After sharing one raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar, their lives become irreversibly entwined in a rollercoaster journey that forces them to confront the darker sides of their relationships.Further casting for the four hander will be announced soon. View Comments read more

Plant Pecans

first_imgBefore you even plant a new pecan tree, you may have already decided its success, says a University of Georgia scientist. The variety you select and where you plant it are the most critical choices homeowners can make when planting pecan trees, said Tom Crocker, an Extension Service horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Homeowners can’t spray their trees the way commercial growers do,” he said. “They need to consider disease resistance as their No. 1 choice when they select a variety.” CHOOSE A SCAB-RESISTANT PECAN variety to help ensure a good crop, said Tom Crocker, a UGA horticulturist. Scab, shown on a leaf above can cause a tree to lose its leaves and decrease nut yields. The five most popular resistant varieties are Elliot, Stuart, Curtis, Gloria Grande and Sumner. Backyard trees mainly need a built-in resistance to scab, a major disease of pecan trees, Crocker said. For all practical purposes, that cuts homeowners’ choices to five fine varieties. Elliott (Crocker’s personal favorite) is an especially hardy tree with small, round nuts, golden halves and excellent flavor, he said. It’s very resistant to scab. Stuart, a popular variety, has large, thin-shell nuts with excellent kernels. It’s scab-tolerant and a very productive tree. Curtis, another very productive tree, yields smaller nuts with excellent kernels. It’s very resistant to scab. Gloria Grande, a good producer, is another tree that yields large nuts with excellent kernels. Sumner is a good producer with excellent kernel quality. It’s late-maturing, but very tolerant to scab. “Those are the best choices of disease-resistant varieties,” Crocker said. “The best size is normally a 5- to 6-foot tree,” he said. “This size tree is large enough to have reserves to carry it through some tough times.” February and early March, he said, are the best times to plant. But once you’ve got the tree, you still have a critical choice to make: where will you plant it? “Probably the most important aspect of planting pecan trees is to make sure they have enough room to grow,” Crocker said. “It’s little now, but it’s going to be a big tree. Don’t plant pecan trees too close to buildings or power lines. It’s best to give them 40 to 60 feet on all sides.” A pecan tree, he said, produces nuts on the ends of the limbs. “If it doesn’t have room,” he said, “it will stop fruiting and grow straight up like a pine tree.” After you’ve bought a disease-resistant variety and picked a roomy place to plant it, dig a hole big enough — about 2 feet across and 3 feet deep — to get the roots off to a good start. Be careful to plant the tree at the right depth. “The problem most people have is they tend to plant too deep or too shallow,” Crocker said. “They need to take note of the dark area that indicates how deep it was planted at the nursery. Then plant it at that depth.” Then there’s one more critical part of getting a good pecan tree started. “I can’t stress water enough,” Crocker said. “During the first two years of life, pecan trees should be watered weekly whenever it doesn’t get adequate rainfall.” Anything that will help conserve moisture and lessen big fluctuations in soil moisture will help, he said. Good weed control around the base of the tree is important. “Mulching is the big thing,” he said. “That will pay off more than anything else. It controls weeds and conserves moisture.”center_img Rob Flynn ARS-USDAlast_img read more

IEA data show a significant downturn in coal plant financing

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Fossil-fuel advocates have a favorite rejoinder to those who predict a global shift to renewable energy: Coal has never been more popular.It’s a decent argument because it happens to be true. While coal-fired power has declined by nearly a quarter in Europe and almost 40 percent in North America over the past decade, the change has been overwhelmed by a 63 percent increase in Asia.That makes ambitions to prevent more than 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming seem all but out of reach. Making matters worse, there’s a further 236 gigawatts of plants under construction worldwide, according to the Global Coal Plant Tracker, an online database operated by climate activist groups. Put together, that’s enough to add another quarter to the current fleet of turbines.The tide may finally be turning, though. Final investment decisions, or FIDs, for coal plants have fallen by about three-quarters over the past three years, from about 88GW over the course of 2015 to around 22GW in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest world investment report released this week.The full significance of that figure isn’t apparent until you compare it to the pace at which plants are shutting down. Some 30GW of generators were retired last year, so more capacity was closed in 2018 than was approved – almost certainly the first time this has happened in a generation, and possibly the first time since the 19th century. When FIDs drop to zero, the 140-year era of coal plant construction will finally be over. “This is a sneak preview of where we’ll be in three to four years time,” said Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a research group that favors energy transition. “If closures stay where they are, we’re at peak by 2021.”More: The world’s last coal plant will soon be built IEA data show a significant downturn in coal plant financinglast_img read more

Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for May 22, 2013

first_imgYour outdoor news bulletin for May 22, the day 1,000 brave adventurers set out on the Oregon Trail in 1843 hoping to find freedom, fertile land, and a video game franchise to span generations:Bike Share Business BreakdownBike Share systems are sweeping the nation, popping up in cities big and small. They are a great asset to commuters, transient workers, and anyone who doesn’t own a car or wants to limit their carbon footprint by not driving around – a group that is growing rapidly in this country. The Washington Post has a very interesting article that focuses not so much on the environmental and social aspects of a D.C.’s Bike Share program, but the economics and business side of it. The District’s Capital Bikeshare network has more shared bikes in circulation than any other region in the nation (when you include Arlington, Alexandria, and metro D.C.) with 1,890 bikes and 22,000 members. The article dives into the system used to keep popular racks stocked with bikes, the effect on drawing young professionals to live there, prices compared to other forms of public transportation, etc. If you are interested in bike shares, this is a must read.Petition to Repeal Backcountry Camping FeeA petition has been posted to Change.org demanding that the National Park Service repeal the backcountry camping fee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The $4 per person, per night  fee was implemented in February of 2013 and is being used to increase customer services to backcountry campers. This has rankled many of those who believe they should not have to pay a fee if they do not use amenities, should be able to buy a year pass, or should be able to sleep in GSMNP more than the 60 day limit. The end of the petition states: “We no longer have confidence that Superintendent Dale Ditmanson can effectively and efficiently manage the day to day operations of Great Smoky Mountain National Park in the best interest of the citizens who use this most beloved of national parks.” Ouch. As of this writing, the petition had 97 of the 100 signatures needed.People Love the Ocoee RiverAccording to a recent study by Steve Morse, an economist and associate professor in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management and commissioned by the Ocoee River Outfitters Association and the America Outdoors Association, Tennessee’s Ocoee River was the most visited whitewater river in the U.S. With 229,542 visitors in 2012, the Ocoee trumped the Arkansas River in Colorado (208,329), the Pigeon River also in Tenn. (169,060), The Nantahala in N.C. (165,906), and the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania (110,422). The study states that visitors left a $42.8 million economic impact and supported 622 jobs the Ocoee Region. That’a a lot of hooch.last_img read more

Guatemala Uses Cameras to Fight Organized Crime

first_imgGovernment authorities placed the cameras in “strategic locations” in the municipality of Mixco, which has a population of about 452,000 residents; they supplement 87 others which were already in place to help security forces keep track of illegal activities. Each is equipped with facial recognition technology, and has the ability to zoom in and out; they’re durable and work in any type of weather. The El Milagro Task Force, which is made up of members of the Guatemalan Army and National Civil Police (PNC), will use the surveillance system to respond quickly to drug trafficking and other organized crime activity. The cameras are part of President Otto Pérez Molina’s plan to improve security throughout the Central American nation. The Ministry of the Interior has installed 10,000 of them in Guatemala City and in municipalities with the highest crime rates since taking office in January 2012. Soldiers seized 30 kilograms of cocaine, 110 gallons of coca syrup, 10 kilograms of potassium permanganate, 75 gallons of hydrochloric acid, 525 gallons of acetone, and other supplies and equipment from the two laboratories; but the Army did not immediately report whether they captured any suspects in connection with the operations. Soldiers seized 30 kilograms of cocaine, 110 gallons of coca syrup, 10 kilograms of potassium permanganate, 75 gallons of hydrochloric acid, 525 gallons of acetone, and other supplies and equipment from the two laboratories; but the Army did not immediately report whether they captured any suspects in connection with the operations. Guatemala’s Interior Ministry recently installed 1,133 surveillance cameras in the Department of Guatemala to aid the El Milagro Task Force in its fight against narcotrafficking and organized crime groups, Mixco Mayor Otto Pérez Leal said. Colombian National Army destroys 2 cocaine laboratories Government authorities placed the cameras in “strategic locations” in the municipality of Mixco, which has a population of about 452,000 residents; they supplement 87 others which were already in place to help security forces keep track of illegal activities. Each is equipped with facial recognition technology, and has the ability to zoom in and out; they’re durable and work in any type of weather. Colombian National Army destroys 2 cocaine laboratories The ELN is the country’s second-largest guerrilla group, behind the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Both illegal organizations use proceeds from narcotrafficking to fund their terrorist activities. The Army continues to ask residents to use free hotlines 146 and 147 to report any suspicious activity. Excellent news and wishing you much success and may God be with you… Greetings from Colombia, dear land Guatemala’s Interior Ministry recently installed 1,133 surveillance cameras in the Department of Guatemala to aid the El Milagro Task Force in its fight against narcotrafficking and organized crime groups, Mixco Mayor Otto Pérez Leal said. The El Milagro Task Force, which is made up of members of the Guatemalan Army and National Civil Police (PNC), will use the surveillance system to respond quickly to drug trafficking and other organized crime activity. The cameras are part of President Otto Pérez Molina’s plan to improve security throughout the Central American nation. The Ministry of the Interior has installed 10,000 of them in Guatemala City and in municipalities with the highest crime rates since taking office in January 2012. The ELN is the country’s second-largest guerrilla group, behind the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Both illegal organizations use proceeds from narcotrafficking to fund their terrorist activities. The Army continues to ask residents to use free hotlines 146 and 147 to report any suspicious activity. Troops with the Vulacono Task Force’s 30th Brigade recently destroyed one cocaine laboratory belonging to the drug trafficking organization Clan Úsuga and another operated by the Luis Enrique León Guerra Front of the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the Department of Norte de Santander. Troops with the Vulacono Task Force’s 30th Brigade recently destroyed one cocaine laboratory belonging to the drug trafficking organization Clan Úsuga and another operated by the Luis Enrique León Guerra Front of the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the Department of Norte de Santander. By Dialogo May 06, 2015last_img read more

CUNA board takes steps to modernize operations, membership

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA’s board of directors took important steps toward modernizing CUNA’s operations and bringing about a more open and inclusive membership structure to best meet the needs of credit unions, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle reported to membership Thursday.New market forces and increasing expectations of CUNA membership demand more direct accountability between credit unions and CUNA. Interdependence stands for a united system that is the best advocate for credit unions, not a mandated linked membership.To that end, the board has tasked the CUNA staff with presenting the Corporate Governance Committee with draft bylaws that reflect the pillars approved by the board. The CUNA board will review the bylaws before putting them to membership for a vote. continue reading »last_img read more

Leadership lessons from ventilator maker during COVID-19

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Amid the coronavirus pandemic, each of our companies have been tasked with meeting unprecedented challenges. We’ve had to make tough decisions, ask more of our employees than we ever have, and continue to provide the products and services our members need from us.For those that are involved in the health care industry – whether on the front lines directly or in supportive roles – the outlook and mountain of challenges likely seemed insurmountable many times this past year. But you’ve persevered and learned several lessons along the way.My friend Scott Talan sent me an article on the lessons learned from Chris Kiple, a CEO whose ventilator company – Ventec – partnered with General Motors to increase production and ensure hospitals had the ventilators needed. During their partnership, the companies were producing a ventilator every 7 minutes and Ventec has seen nearly 5,000 percent revenue growth this year.Here are some of the lessons Kiple shares with other leaders, and my advice to put them into action: This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

Brentwood Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pedestrian was fatally hit by a vehicle in Brentwood over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Matthew Padilla, 24, of Brentwood, was driving a Toyota westbound on Second Avenue when his vehicle struck a man east of Brentwood Road at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.The victim, who has not yet been identified, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img read more