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first_img <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> It’s understood that with the role of U.S. Supreme Court justice comes tremendous responsibility. For Associate Justice Elena Kagan, part of her job as the most junior member of that body involves answering the door.When the nine justices enter their private conference room to decide a case, sometimes one forgets something, such as a critical case file, or reading glasses, or coffee cup. When clerks arrive with the missing item, “They will knock on the outer door, and then I have to hop up and open the inner door,” said Kagan. “Truly, if I don’t do it, nobody will. If I don’t do it, they’ll just all stare at me: ‘Elena, that was a knock on the door.’”In an entertaining talk in HLS’s Wasserstein Hall with Dean Martha Minow on Wednesday, Kagan displayed her trademark wit and wisdom, honed during her years as a Harvard Law School (HLS) student, professor, and dean, her work with the Clinton administration, and her stint as solicitor general. She also pulled back the curtain a little on the nation’s highest court.Since joining the court in 2010, Associate Justice Elena Kagan (right) has made regular visits to her alma mater to talk with students. She and Martha Minow, dean of HLS, viewed Kagan’s portrait during the visit.Kagan delved into topics that ranged from her most difficult court decision (a case about violent video games) to which justice gets the most laughs during oral arguments (a close call between Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer) to her reputation for writing readable decisions (she loves making complicated legal arguments clear) to her thoughts on amending the U.S. Constitution (she doesn’t believe it’s the role of a Supreme Court justice).Since joining the court in 2010, Kagan has made regular visits to her alma mater to talk with students. This week she also took up her former role as teacher, heading an HLS reading group that examined a series of decisions from the court’s last term.Reflecting on her previous job, Kagan said that being solicitor general “is almost the closest thing to being a Supreme Court justice,” adding that in some ways the job is even better preparation for the high court than being a lower court judge. Before she was confirmed, some critics had complained that her lack of judicial service made her less qualified for the role.As the lawyer tasked with arguing cases before the Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. government, “what the solicitor general does is basically think about the Supreme Court all day long,” said Kagan. That thinking ranges from supervising brief-writing for all of the cases in which the government takes part to thinking about which cases the court is likeliest to hear to deciding how best to argue the cases before the justices.“By doing the solicitor general’s job, I really got a kind of crash course in the Supreme Court and how it operates and what the justices were thinking about.”Being literally on the other side of the bench now is much easier, said Kagan, acknowledging that she and her colleagues don’t give the lawyer presenting a case at oral argument “much time to collect your thoughts and to express yourself. … You stand at the podium, and you get a sentence out, two sentences if you are lucky, and then the questions start … you are just bombarded.”The judges have lots of questions, and with only about an hour or so with each attorney, the pace is always rapid-fire. Often, said Kagan, the questions are just a means for the justices to talk to each other, “a way to communicate with your colleagues” about the case.“We’re not really actually all that interested sometimes in what you have to say; we’re a little bit more interested in talking with each other. And there are reasons for that,” she said, adding that the first time the justices convene about a case as a group is at oral argument.There’s another reason Kagan asks lots of questions. As the most junior member of the bench, Kagan comments last when the court meets in conference to discuss and decide a case. The pecking order means “I don’t really get to say anything at conference until everybody had indicated an intention about how they’re going to vote,” she said. “So to the extent that I have something that I think is a slightly different take on a case, or something that I want my colleagues to hear before they say how they are going to vote, argument is the time for me to do that. And I think we’re all aware of that, that argument is a time when one can put ideas into your colleagues’ heads … before they go back to their chambers and they mull things over for a couple of days.”Kagan said she tries to remember what it was like on the firing line as solicitor general and “to at least be polite” when asking questions.Kagan said she prepares for oral argument by reading the briefs carefully and discussing the cases with her clerks in detail, including what kinds of questions it would be helpful to ask. Asked about the collegiality on the court and how she deals with disagreements, Kagan said she takes a page from her friend and hunting partner Scalia, who told her, “If you take the disagreement personally, you are in the wrong line of business.”“People are all operating in good faith, and trying to do the right thing, and taking their jobs extremely seriously, and sometimes you are going to reach different outcomes,” Kagan said.“I think it’s an incredible group of people — smart, engaged, interesting, personable, really decent people,” she added. “And I enjoy being with them. Sometimes the folks who I disagree with are really among my favorites to spend time with.”A blog that keeps track of the biggest laugh lines during oral argument put Scalia and Breyer ahead of the pack. Kagan said the blogger also wrote that he thought she was “underperforming what he knew to be my true potential.”Chief Justice John Roberts is “very, very witty and very, very fast. Other people occasionally surprise you. Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg loves it when she makes people laugh,” said Kagan.Law School Dean Martha Minow (left) shared a laugh with Associate Justice Elena Kagan.Her opinions, which Minow said have gained a reputation “for being distinctively readable,” are the products of hard work. Kagan said her goal is to make her writing approachable by everyone, from the legal experts to “the ordinary people who are interested in what we do.”“To try to explain what’s at issue or why it matters in a way that people can understand takes more than one draft,” she said. “Mostly I just work at it, and work at it the more.”The judges agree more often than they disagree, said Kagan, something the public doesn’t always appreciate. But when they do disagree there is often “a lot of back and forth and a lot of attempts to persuade, and that’s tremendously fun and exciting to be part of.” Kagan tries to models herself on her predecessor, John Paul Stevens, whose chair she now sits in. Even after decades on the court, he approached every day, she said, eager and ready to learn.Kagan urged her listeners to be open to new things, and “take more risks than you think you should,” adding that, “Law students are too risk-averse.” Many students pressed her on difficult topics, including her most conflicted moment on the court.Kagan said that while she doesn’t suffer from “back-and-forth angst” with most cases, a First Amendment case involving violent video games and children’s access to them was particularly challenging. “That was one where I thought that all of First Amendment doctrine pushed one way, and all of common sense pushed another way, and that was very difficult for me. But I ended up going the way I thought the First Amendment doctrine pushed.”She admitted that if she were a parent, she wouldn’t want her child watching such games, and that keeping children from buying these games “without a parent” present struck her as “eminently sensible.” Still, she said, she couldn’t “square that result with essential First Amendment rules that the court has.”Amending the Constitution “is not my job,” said Kagan in response to another question. “I feel very strongly about that actually.” She said that her job is simply to “interpret, as best I can, apply as best I can, the Constitution that we have.”“Why are justices at the Supreme Court any better positioned to say what the Constitution means than anyone else in this room?” wondered one student.“I am going to say that I know more than most people in this room, at least I hope I do,” Kagan said with a laugh, adding on a more serious note, “It’s a lot of chance that the nine of us are there rather than nine other people. All you can do is try your best to do the best job you can.”last_img read more

first_imgRisk factors for heart health, such as smoking, unhealthy diets and minimal physical activity, may seem personal, but for people who are married or in a domestic partnership, the behavior patterns of one person may be strongly linked to the patterns of the other.A new study led by investigators from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital assessed cardiovascular risk factors and behaviors of more than 5,000 couples who took part in an employee wellness program offered by Quest Diagnostics. The team used several metrics to classify people as having ideal or non-ideal risk factors and behaviors, finding that in 79 percent of couples, both people fell into the non-ideal category for cardiovascular health, with most sharing unhealthy diets and getting inadequate exercise. The findings point out the potential importance of addressing healthy behaviors for both people in a relationship. Results are published in JAMA Network Open.“We know a lot about cardiovascular risk factors for individuals but not for couples,” said corresponding author Samia Mora of the Brigham Divisions of Preventive Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine. “We expected to see some shared risk factors, but it was a surprise to see that the vast majority of couples were in a non-ideal category for overall cardiovascular health.”Mora and colleagues examined data from Quest Diagnostics, which offered a voluntary health assessment program to its employees. Researchers analyzed data from 5,364 couples (10,728 individuals) who joined the program between October 2014 and August 2015. The researchers determined whether each individual was in the ideal, intermediate, or poor category for each of the American Heart Association-defined Life’s Simple 7 (LS7) risk factors and behaviors. The LS7 include smoking status, body mass index, physical activity, healthy diet score, total cholesterol, blood pressure and fasting glucose. The team also gave each participant an overall cardiovascular (CV) health score. Data were collected from questionnaires, examinations and laboratory tests.When examined individually, more than half of the participants were in the ideal category for three LS7 risk factors and behaviors: smoking status (never smoked), total cholesterol (<200 mg/dL), and fasting glucose (<100 mg/dL, Table 2). But more than a quarter of the individuals were in the poor categories for BMI, physical activity, and CV health score. Only 12 percent of individuals were in the ideal category for CV health score. “Rather than thinking about interventions for individuals, it may be helpful to think about interventions for couples or whole families.” — Samia Mora, Brigham and Women's Hospital When both people in the couple were considered together, more than half of couples shared all LS7 risk factors and behaviors as well as CV health score. When one member of a couple was in the ideal category, the second member was more likely to be in the ideal category for all factors except for total cholesterol. But 79 percent of couples were both in the non-ideal category for CV health score, largely driven by unhealthy diet and inadequate exercise.The team did find that when one partner had quit smoking, lost weight, increased their physical activity or improved their diet, the other partner was more likely to have done so. But over the five-year study period, the health of couples, risk factors and behavior patterns remained relatively unchanged overall. Apart from modest changes in blood pressure and fasting glucose, the team found no significant changes in factors.The authors note that some of the data in the study comes from self-reporting, which can be inaccurate, and that the longest duration for follow up was five years. The study only examined data for employees who chose to participate in the company’s wellness program, but it was a diverse population. The team found some variation by ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location.“Our data suggest that risk factors and behaviors track together for couples,” said Mora, who is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Rather than thinking about interventions for individuals, it may be helpful to think about interventions for couples or whole families. And it’s important for people to think about how their health and behaviors may influence the health of the person(s) they are living with. Improving our own health may help others.”Mora has served as a consultant for Quest Diagnostics for work outside the current study. Four co-authors are employees of Quest Diagnostics.last_img read more

first_imgIndia cancels auction for 21 coal mines due to lack of interest FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:The coal ministry has received valid interest for only six coal mines out of the 27 which were offered for the iron & steel, cement, and captive power plant end-use. Auction of 21 coal mines has been cancelled by the ministry as it received less than three bids for them.According to the norms of the coal auction under the Coal Mines Nationalisation Act, each mine requires minimum three bids for the government to hold auction.Jamkhani coal mine, situated in the state of Odisha, has attracted maximum bids including from companies like Vedanta, JSW, Hindalco, JSPL, Rungta Mines and Natural Resources Energy Limited.“The response to the coal auction has been subdued, mainly because of the market sentiment and also changes in policy,” said a source from the coal ministry.The auction process was incorporated in 2014, post deallocation of 214 coal mines. India has not seen a successful auction of coal mines after the first round where it auctioned 24 coal mines, out of which about 12 are now in production.More: Auction of 21 coal mines cancelled as govt sees tepid responselast_img read more

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force arrested two suspects on multiple felony charges Wednesday. criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree, a class A2 felony2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (sub. 2), a class B felonycriminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (sub.7), a class B felonycriminal possession of a marijuana in the 2nd degree, a class D felony2 counts of criminal possession using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree, a class A2 felonycriminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree, a class D felonycriminal possession of marijuana in the 2nd degree, a class D felony2 counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor The task force says 37-year-old Richard Gregory and 34-year-old Briona R. Zduniak, both of Binghamton, were arrested following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at 26 Way St. Gregory was charged with the following: Zduniak was charged with the following: The task force says officers found around 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, “several different types” of illegally possessed prescription pills, two high capacity magazines, drug packaging materials and around $1,900 in suspected drug proceeds at the location.last_img read more

first_imgKeep scrolling to see photos of Drake’s son, Adonis, from family portraits to toy time. – Advertisement – Curly-haired cutie! Drake and Sophie Brussaux’s son, Adonis, arrived in October 2017 and made his social media debut more than two years later.The rapper posted pictures of himself and the toddler in March 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, writing, “I love and miss my beautiful family and friends and I can’t wait for the joyful day when we are all able to reunite.”- Advertisement – Pusha T first revealed in May 2018 that Drake was a dad, sharing the news in “The Story of Adidon,” rapping, “You are hiding a child / Let that boy come home / Deadbeat motherf–ka, playin’ border control.”The “God’s Plan” rapper confirmed the news  the following month. “Yesterday morning was crazy / I had to come to terms with the fact that it’s not a maybe / That s–t is in stone, sealed and signed / She not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine,” the Degrassi alum rapped in “March 14,” released in June 2018. “[My mom] Sandi used to tell me all it takes is one time, and all it took was one time / S–t, we only met two times, two times.”The Canadian star went on to rap directly to his baby boy, saying, “Fairytales are saved for the bedtime stories I tell you now / I don’t want you to worry about whose house you live at / Or who loves you more or who’s not there / Who did what to who ‘fore you got here.”- Advertisement – In December 2019, the Grammy winner opened up about why he waited to address the news about Brussaux’s birth. “To be honest with you, I did a DNA test for my son and it came back to us and it said the DNA test got ruined in transit and they couldn’t be 100 percent sure that that was my son or not,” he said during a “Rap Radar” podcast episode. “I was in a really weird pending situation where I didn’t want to go tell the world that that was my son and it wasn’t.”Drake now has “no desire” to mend his and Pusha T’s relationship. “He told the world that the biggest artist at the time has a kid that he hasn’t told you about,” the American Music Award winner explained at the time. “I knew, for me, it was over at that point. It wasn’t even about battle rap.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThe Croatian Chamber of Commerce has been carrying out the action for 22 years in a row Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia, as part of which awards are given to the best economic entities in the tourism sector.This year, the evaluation is conducted in nine categories, and the best will receive awards at a ceremony at the end of October at the Days of Croatian Tourism, the largest gathering of tourism professionals in the country, which are held this year on Hvar. The aim is to encourage the improvement of the quality of tourist products and services and to raise the competitiveness of the tourist sector.The evaluation uses financial and physical performance indicators of economic entities, but strong emphasis is also placed on the quality of services. We invite hostels, camps, agencies, marinas and charter companies to apply to compete in their categories. ”Point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.You can apply here:HostelsCamps of the Agency forMarine Charter companies Related news:CROATIAN TOURISM DAYS THIS YEAR WILL BE HELD IN HVARlast_img read more

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first_imgThe €4.2bn pension fund PNO Media and its provider Media Pensioendiensten (MPD) are thinking to become exclusive partners. According to MPD’s annual report, both parties are weighing their options in anticipation to the extension of their contract, set to expire on 1 March 2015.Jeroen van der Put, director at MPD, said PNO Media wanted to increase MPD’s focus on the scheme, as a merger with PGB, the €15.3bn pension fund for the Dutch printing industry, was no longer on the cards.Following the strategic review, MPD said it was open to cooperating with other pension funds as long as their final aim was a merger with PNO Media. “Solely acting as a provider for other pension funds only offers marginal synergy benefits,” he said. “This would come at the expense of the focus on the board. A merger delivers real synergy.”Previously, MPD acted as a provider for the pension fund for the film and cinema industry (Film en Bioscoopbedrijf) for a three-month period before it merged with PNO Media.The pension fund’s wish to keep the costs of pensions provision low is another reason for an exclusive relationship.“MPD operating on a commercial basis would require PNO Media to set up an expensive pension competence bureau as a countervailing power,” Van der Put said.In its annual report, MPD said it wanted to target the fast-growing creative sector, rather than just the media industry.In the creative sector, it has identified a potential of 171,000 new participants, who are active in the areas of art, cultural heritage (museums and the preservation of historic buildings), the entertainment industry and creative business services.MPD is an independent cooperation, with PNO Media and PNO Care as its members – PNO Media has by far the largest say in the organisation.PNO Media has 59,765 participants, who are affiliated with 465 companies.last_img read more