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Langham Huntington Hotel Gets Health Security Verification From Forbes Travel Guide

first_img 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, along with its sister hotels in Chicago and New York, are among the first group of hotels in the world to become “Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED” by Forbes Travel Guide, the company announced Wednesday.The designation is meant to reflect that the hotels have adopted expert-validated best practices to keep guests and staff protected from the COVID-19 pandemic.“The comprehensive facility verification helps ensure that guests and travel planners can book with confidence at properties that have appropriate health safety procedures in place,” the Langham Hospitality Group said in a written statement.Company CEO Stefan Leser said the safety of guests and workers was “of the utmost importance to our brand.”“We are very proud to be among the first hotels to be certified by Forbes Travel Guide with the Sharecare VERIFIED with Forbes Travel Guide badge, which we are sure will help our guests feel even more protected when they choose The Langham for their next trip or staycation,” he added.The verification involves more than 360 standards, ranging from sanitation and ventilation to social distancing and communication with staff and guests, according to the statement.The pandemic has brought the issue of health to the forefront, Travel Guide CEO Filip Boyen said.“By becoming VERIFIED, The Langham Hotels & Resorts in the U.S. have demonstrated their commitment to creating a culture of accountability and following global best practices to heighten health security, certified by a third party,” he said.Langham Huntington Managing Director Paul Leclerc said the hotel was “thrilled” to receive the designation.“Over the past year, the hotel has meticulously implemented rigorous, careful measures to ensure the well-being of our guests and colleagues, and we are proud that these efforts have been officially acknowledged by Sharecare and Forbes Travel Guide in obtaining this verification,” he said.“We hope this gives our past, present and future guests even greater confidence in the service we provide, and that they may enjoy their experience to the fullest knowing the hotel is putting their health and safety first,” Leclerc said. “As the heart of the community, we strive to continue to be a trustworthy and welcoming getaway for locals and visitors alike.”A complete list of Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED hotels is available online at forbestravelguide.com/verified. Community News Make a comment Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Langham Huntington Hotel Gets Health Security Verification From Forbes Travel Guide STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 2:49 pm More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

$3.2 million in funding will benefit 3 trail and sidewalk projects in Tompkins

first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — Three projects that will enhance paths for pedestrians and bicyclists in Ithaca, Dryden and Cayuga Heights have received major funding to move forward. Related: Dryden Rail Trail project gets $1.5 million award With $1.2 million awarded through the state, the City of Ithaca will build a bridge over the flood control channel at the end of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail to Cecil Malone Drive and Cherry Street. When finished, pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to more easily get from West Hill to businesses on the south end of the city. And someday, it will be part of a long trail system that connects the Black Diamond Trail — which starts at Taughannock Falls — to Buttermilk Falls and Robert H. Treman State Park. As laid out in the trails strategy, the county wants to build a network of five connected trails — the Black Diamond Trail, the Ithaca-Dryden Trail, the South Hill Recreation Way, the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, the Gateway Trail and Finger Lakes Trail — that when complete will form more than 120 miles of continuously connected trail in Tompkins County. And those could even link up with the in-progress Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail in the future. Tim Logue, director of engineering services for the City of Ithaca, said the bridge will provide a benefit for West Hill residents to reach shopping areas on the southwest end of Ithaca, and for people in the southside neighborhoods to reach the trail system and waterfront. Featured image: Black Diamond Trail. (File Photo courtesy of Jeff Katris) Tagged: black diamond trail, new york state parks, trail system, transportation Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced $6.5 million in funding for six bicycle and pedestrian enhancement projects in the Southern Tier — and half of the projects awarded will benefit Tompkins County. The projects include the Black Diamond Trail grant, a $1.5 million grant for the Dryden Rail Trail and a $535,000 grant for the Village of Cayuga Heights for sidewalks that will make walking to school safer. The recently announced grants will also help construct other paths in Tompkins County, like a plan to add sidewalks in Cayuga Heights. (Sketch courtesy of the Village of Cayuga Heights) The bridge that will be constructed in the City of Ithaca is one piece of a larger vision for a long trail system in Tompkins County. The 8.5-mile Black Diamond Trail connects Ithaca to Taughannock Falls in Ulysses. Logue said the bridge will be a big step forward for the Black Diamond Trail and “our burgeoning trail network.” The Town of Dryden has been awarded $1.5 million to construct a pedestrian bridge over Route 13 near the intersection of Route 366 as part of the Dryden Rail Trail, a non-motorized path in the works that follows the abandoned Lehigh Valley rail corridor. The bridge was the most challenging aspect of the project, a news release from Dryden Town Supervisor Jason Leifer said this week. The funding will also be used to finish three miles of trail surface with stone dust to ADA compliance. The funds are made available through the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation. Fernando de Aragón, executive director of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, said building and funding bridges is one of the more difficult pieces of the trail connection project. “Once you build a bridge, the rest of the way is relatively straightforward,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to be able to go from the Village of Trumansburg to the Village of Dryden, mostly on trails,” de Aragón said. “That’s enough to attract people to visit … it’s certainly going to be a tremendous amenity and a great transportation link for a lot of communities along the way.” Kelsey O’Connor “NYS Parks has taken great leadership to build the first phase between the City and Taughannock State Park, and the City, State Parks, and the Town of Ithaca are working together to accomplish the second phase between Cass Park and Buttermilk Falls State Park. With funding opportunities of this scale hard to come by, it’s important that we take advantage of these big grants. And, lastly, investments in our trails system serve a wide range of people of all ages, needs and abilities – whether you are just learning to ride a bike, enjoy a walking group of seniors, are trying to live a car-free or car-lite lifestyle, can’t afford a car, are visiting and want a memorable experience, are trying to exercise more, or for a variety of other reasons – the trail vision set out in the Priority Trails Strategy should really be a win-win for all of us. Happy to take another step forward,” Logue said. “It not only saves time, but it also helps people on foot or on bike to avoid the congested and uncomfortable area of Route 13 at Meadow and Fulton Streets,” Logue said in an email. With a $535,000 grant, Cayuga Heights will be able to improve sidewalks in the village and create new handicap accessible sidewalks along Kline and Wyckoff Roads, along with concrete curbing, high visibility crosswalks, signage, improved road shoulders, reduced lane widths and other safety enhancements, a news release states. The village is also partnering with Lake View Cemetery to create a safe walking path connecting the village to Ithaca High School and Boynton Middle School. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorlast_img read more

Griffin wins ALFA award

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article “You can depend on Jewel Griffin,” Hale said. “She comes to all the meetings and, if for some good reason she can’t make a meeting, she calls to let you know. Jewel is always willing to do whatever is asked of her. She had done everything from making snacks for the committee members to selling tickets for the annual Farm-City Banquet.Hale said Griffin is a good organizer and she carries out plans to the letter.“Jewel enjoys decorating and she’s good at it,” he said. “She brings relics and historic items every year to be used at the Committee’s booth at the Pike County Fair. She and June Flowers earn us a blue ribbon just about every year.”Hale said Griffin and Flowers help keep agriculture at the forefront at the annual Peanut Butte Festival with an informative display.“Jewel also distributes the Farm-City coloring books to all the schools and she goes to Montgomery to get the placemats that we use for the banquet. She does a lot that people don’t even know about and she likes it that way.”Hale said Griffin has always lived on a farm.“She has horses and chickens and goat and ponds,” he said. “She has an agricultural background that is evident in her interest in Farm-City activities and related activities. Jewel is a pleasure to work with and very deserving of this honor.” Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author “Mrs. Griffin has helped with the ALFA food price survey for many years,” Ramsey said. “She has also been responsible for delivering coloring books to all second graders in Pike County before Farm-City Week.“But, she was recognized with the Individual Leadership Award for her hard work and attention to details with the Farm-City booth at the Pike County Fair and the Brundidge Peanut Butter Festival. We so greatly appreciate Mrs. Griffin’s dedication to this valuable program.”Griffin said the she was honored and humbled by the award. Pike County Farmers Federation member Jewel Griffin was honored with an Individual Leadership Award for her work with the Alabama Farmers Federation Women’s Leadership Division.Griffin was recognized at the Alabama Farmers Federation 92nd annual December meeting in Montgomery.Kimberly Ramsey, Women’s Leadership Director, Alabama Farmers Federation, said Griffin has been a longtime member of the Pike County Farm-City Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. Latest Stories Sponsored Content “It was a surprise,” Griffin said. “I had no idea that I would get anything like that. But, it’s nice to be recognized for what you do. I greatly appreciate the honor. It is humbling.”Griffin has always been on the agriculture bandwagon.“I know what all farmers have to go through and I appreciate them for their hard work and their dedication and commitment,” she said. “Many city children don’t even know that milk comes from a cow. I think it is important for young people to know where their food comes from. That’s why I do what I do.”Randy Hale, chair of the Pike County Farm-City Committee, said Griffin has been a longstanding and dedicated member of the committee. Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Griffin wins ALFA award Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Christmas Open House at Johnson Center Sunday Submitted PhotoChristmas ornaments by Tara Satorius will be available at the Johnson Center for the Arts this holiday season. The… read more By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

A better way

first_imgLocal authorities present particular challenges for good occupationalhealth  provision, in part because ofthe wide diversity of staff they employ. Coventry City Council’s occupationalhealth team drew up protocols to help ensure a consistent and focused approachto managing health across the organisation, by Angela White Ensuring that good workplace practices are applied consistently has alwaysbeen an area of difficulty within local authorities. Health management is onesuch area that presents its own unique problems in this respect. The process for managing OH within Coventry City Council, as in manyorganisations, has evolved since the instigation of the service over 25 yearsago. Although policies and guidelines had been written, such as a sickness absencepolicy, in the main, health management remained undocumented and personnelofficers and departmental managers operated on established custom and practice.With the usual turnover in staff and decentralisation, there were many greyareas that resulted in a loss of continuity and some mismatch of expectationsacross the organisation. This was having a detrimental effect on the managementof health. Lack of understanding Coventry City Council’s occupational health unit interacts with all departments(see box), and the difficulties they were experiencing became apparent. Theoccupational health unit was frequently called upon to resolve the problemsthat resulted. Furthermore, managers often made it clear that they did notfully understand the role of occupational health and anticipated different,sometimes unrealistic, outcomes from employee referrals. It was recognised that a lack of specific guidance often left personnelsections and managers in a difficult and sometimes confrontational position.This created unnecessary operational tensions that detracted from good healthmanagement. Problems that repeatedly arose ranged across the occupational healthspectrum, included; pre-employment health clearance, health assessments,rehabilitation, disability management, ill health retirement, work-related illhealth and health surveillance. A high proportion of individuals were starting work prior to medicalclearance, for example, with an expectation from personnel and managers thatpre-employment clearance could be obtained at any time, even 12 to 18 monthsafter employment. Misunderstandings continually arose with regard to confidentiality, withsome managers and personnel officers convinced that knowing a diagnosis was theonly means of effectively managing that employee’s ill health. There was alsolack of clarity on redeployment and rehabilitation, with departments applyingdifferent criteria to similar situations. Inappropriate referrals Incomplete referral forms and inappropriate referrals were often received bythe occupational health unit, complicating the management of cases. These casesclogged the system and delayed appropriate health assessments. In many instances, the reasons given for the referral were general, andspecific questions were not being asked. Job descriptions and other pertinentinformation were not being attached to employee referrals as a matter ofcourse. This made the process less constructive, affecting its overall value,and reducing the usefulness of the information going back to departments. In addition, referrals were often made to the OH unit with unrealisticmanagement of regarding what could be achieved. Disappointment was oftenexpressed that some situations were not instantly resolvable. Having received a report from the occupational health unit,managers/personnel officers often showed reluctance to take action, especiallyif the outcome was likely to be controversial or difficult, terminatingemployment on the grounds of health-related capability, for instance. Furthermore, employees frequently complained that the reason for thereferral to the occupational health unit had not been explained to them.Discussions between the employee and the manager/personnel officer, before ahealth referral, appeared to be ad hoc, increasing the opportunity for conflictand misunderstandings. Introducing protocols Having recognised the need for a more consistent and focused approach tomanaging health within the authority, the occupational health unit developed acomprehensive set of guidelines outlining the role of managers, personnelofficers and occupational health professionals. These protocols were adopted bythe city council in April 2002, with instructions that all those involved inthe process must operate them. The protocols give clear guidance to key players in the organisation’smanagement of health, with the aim of making the process more transparent,efficient and effective and they should encourage valuable dialogue betweenstakeholders. With effective dialogue comes clarification, which will assistmanagers and human resources personnel in applying the advice given by the OHunit. It will also contribute towards the development of better workingrelationships between managers, HR staff and OH professionals, especially inrespect of health-related capability and the management of sickness. Development To develop the protocols a working party was set up with key personnel,including HR and the legal department. Opinion was sought from departmentalmanagers, personnel officers, employees and trade union representatives. Thedraft document then progressed through a full consultation process over aperiod of 18 months, including a review by the management board, beforeagreement. The protocols establish an improved process for managing pre-employmentclearance and confidential sickness reporting, with the aim of reducing theamount of time occupational health professionals spend on administrative tasks.This enables professional staff to provide a more valuable service, focusedon preventing work-related ill health and reducing sickness absence, both ofwhich have a financial impact on the city council. Without such protocols consistency and continuity in the management ofoccupational health was lacking. Not all managers or HR personnel followed the same course of action. Oneemployee may have been given the opportunity to have a discussion with his orher manager before being referred to the OHU, for example, and another may not.Operating with clear and concise protocols not only helps to avoid employerdiscrimination which could result in litigation, but also helps to ensure thefairness and consistency of medical advice. It was also essential that all those involved in the management of health issuesfully understood and appreciated the restrictions placed on OH professionalstaff. The protocols establish the requirement for confidentiality embodiedwithin the strict professional codes of conduct. The protocols remain a ‘live’ document, and their effectiveness will bemonitored over the coming months, with changes and improvements beingincorporated as the need arises. Further reading 1. Handy CB (1985) Understanding Organisations. Middlesex: Penguin. 2. Occupational Health and Organisational Effectiveness. Institute ofPersonnel Development. 3. English National Board, Department of Health (1998) Occupational HealthNursing. Contributing to a Healthier Workplace. Luton: Chiltern Press. Angela White RGN (Hons) OH is principal occupational health adviser,Coventry City Council To obtain a copy of the protocols and the following supporting guidelines,which have been produced by Coventry City Council’s occupational health unit,please send a large stamped addressed envelope to: Occupational Health Unit,Little Park Street, Coventry CV1 2JZ. – Health Assessment while in Employment Guidelines – Phased Returns to Work: Guidelines for Managers and Personnel Officers – Work-Related Ill-Health Conditions: Guidance on the Reporting Procedure Where any of the documents are to be adopted by your organisation, it isrequested that the source is acknowledged as ‘Coventry City Council’sOccupational Health Unit’. Packs are available at a cost of £23.00, which also covers postage andpacking. The meaning of best valueLocal authorities are currentlyfocused on ‘best value’ and sickness absence management. Best value is astatutory duty placed on local authorities by the Government, with the aim ofachieving continuous improvement. The most appropriate and efficient use ofservices is one of the fundamental requirements of best value, along withcost-effectiveness and quality. The clearly established guidance embodied inits health management protocols will help Coventry City Council in thisendeavour. Better management of health at work will remove some of theambiguity and conflict that currently besets the process.Coventry City Council’s OH unitThe unit is managed by the principal occupational healthadviser, supported by three part-time medical officers, four full-time equivalentoccupational health advisers, two health promotion nurses and threeadministration/clerical support officers. The principal OH adviser is also responsible for the provisionof counselling and support and physiotherapy services. As part of its role, the occupational health unit carries outpre-employment clearance; employee health assessments; health surveillance andhealth protection programmes; departmental audits and training – includingfirst aid; health education and health promotion.  The OHU is centrally based in the Civic Centre and provides afull occupational health service not only to the city council, but also toCoventry University, further education colleges, Whitefriars Housing Group,Coventry and Solihul Waste Disposal Company and various other small enterprisesand outsourced areas. Teaching and support staff at primary and secondaryschools are also part of the remit.Approximately 17,000 staff work for the city council, serving apopulation of around 300,000. Services it provides include road maintenance,street lighting and cleansing; refuse collection, sports and leisurefacilities, including libraries and museums; city planning, and the promotionof trade and tourism. These services are divided between six departments.Employees, many of whom interact directly with the public, undertake a widerange of activities including building and road work, catering, horticulture,mechanical and electrical repairs, plumbing, carpentry, pest control,laboratory work, driving, community care and administration. Previous Article Next Article A better wayOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Late Pleistocene record of elevated UV radiation in an Antarctic lake

first_imgElevated ultraviolet irradiance (UVR, 280–400 nm) damages DNA and induces reorganisation within biological communities at the Earth’s surface. Southern high latitude aquatic ecosystems may be particularly susceptible because of low stratospheric ozone levels and extremely low contents of photoprotective dissolved organic matter (DOM). Surveys of shallow lakes and ponds in eastern Antarctica show that cyanobacteria survive elevated UVR exposure by increasing extra-cellular concentrations of photoprotective compounds, which are preserved in sediments together with photosynthetic pigments. Thus, reconstruction of long-term changes in biological UVR receipt, to provide a context for evaluating the long-term significance of recent changes in ozone column depth, is feasible in Antarctic settings. The sediment in Lake Reid (69° 23′ S, 76° 53′ E), Antarctica, spans the late-Pleistocene and contains UVR-absorbing pigments from benthic cyanobacteria. Here we show that mean exposure of these benthic cyanobacteria to UVR during the last glacial was more than three times higher than during the Holocene, likely due to short periods of photosynthetic activity coinciding with relatively high UVR fluxes, or due to increased UVR transmission to the Earth’s surface resulting from changes in external factors such as stratospheric ozone levels, cloud cover and surface albedo.last_img read more

Gulden Homers as Utah Baseball Falls to Arizona State, 7-4

first_img Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTEMPE, Ariz. – The Utah baseball team opened a three-game series against Arizona State with a 7-4 loss to the Sun Devils on Friday evening.ASU broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the bottom of the eighth for the win.Rykker Tom went 2-for-4 on the night at the plate while Wade Gulden hit a two-run home run for the Utes.Utah used five pitchers, with starter Josh Tedeschi pitching two innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits with a strikeout. Justin Kelly pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts before leaving the game with an injury. Jacob Rebar, who earned the loss, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout. Trenton Stoltz pitched the final 1/3 of an inning, allowing one hit.Utah stranded two on base in the first inning, but it was ASU that broke through first with two runs in the bottom of the first, as the Sun Devils left the bases loaded to end the inning. Arizona State also scored two runs on four hits in the second for a 4-0 lead.The Utes rallied back in the third as Chris Rowan walked to lead off the inning and Keirsey doubled, leading to Rowan scoring on a ground out. Keirsey scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch.Davis Delorefice walked to lead off the fourth and set up Gulden’s two-run home run, tying the game at 4-4.Utah got out of a jam in the fifth, forcing ASU into leaving bases loaded, and both teams kept runners off the bases in the late innings before the Sun Devils broke through in the eighth for the win.Utah and ASU play game two of the series on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. MDT (6:30 p.m. PT/MST). Tags: Baseball/Pac 12/Utah Utes Written by April 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Gulden Homers as Utah Baseball Falls to Arizona State, 7-4last_img read more

City Council Candidates Debate Set for Tuesday

first_imgA City Council candidates debate sponsored by the Democratic and Republican organizations of Ocean City is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday (April 29) in the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School.All five candidates vying for the three at-large seats on City Council in the May 13 municipal election will participate.Incumbent Councilmen Mike Allegretto and Keith Hartzell are seeking their third terms. Mike Hyson, Pete Madden and Eric Sauder are running for the first time.The event in the Ocean City High School auditorium will include candidates giving two-minute responses to randomly drawn questions. Council candidates will be able to rebut or respond to other questions during five-minute closing statements.A debate for mayoral candidates will be held at 7 p.m. May 7 in the same auditorium. Ed Price is challenging Incumbent Mayor Jay Gillian in the race for mayor.last_img read more

Ginsburg holds court

first_img“It was hard enough to get a job if you were a woman, but if you were a mother, then it was impossible,” recalled Ruth Bader Ginsburg, once a struggling young lawyer in a male-dominated field but now a veteran associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.Through determination and hard work, Ginsburg eventually reached the top of her profession. The legal scholar and tireless defender of equal rights reflected on her career during a discussion with Harvard Law School (HLS) Dean Martha Minow on Monday before a packed room in Wasserstein Hall.Ginsburg recalled the frosty climate that greeted women hoping to enter the field of law in the early ’60s. She said that former Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter refused to take her on as a clerk after her graduation, and she couldn’t find a job in a law firm despite being the first woman to serve on both the Harvard Law Review and the Columbia Law Review, eventually graduating at the top of her class.Thanks to a friend, Ginsburg, who was married and the mother of a young child, finally secured a clerkship with U.S. District Judge Edmund L. Palmieri. She went on to become a law professor and a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. In 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Supreme Court.Despite her husband’s death from cancer in 2010 and her own battle with the disease, Ginsburg remains a steady presence on the court. At age 79, she is its oldest justice. During a frank talk with Minow that was peppered with personal anecdotes, Ginsburg offered the crowd a window into her life, as well as a glimpse at the inner workings of the nation’s highest judicial body.Supreme Court justices have made Harvard a regular stop while on the bench. In recent years Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor have taken part in the School’s popular and prestigious Ames Moot Court Competition. Last month Associate Justice Clarence Thomas was at HLS for a similar, candid discussion with Minow.To open the talk, Ginsburg touched on her time at Harvard. She attended HLS with her husband, Marty, and though the school declined to grant her a degree when she transferred to Columbia Law School to follow her husband to New York City, she said she looks back on her Harvard years with fondness. She recalled the support she received when her husband fell ill during his third year and how their classmates rallied around them. “The help that we got from our friends here, I will remember all the days of my life,” she said.Becoming a law professor, she began to focus on issues related to sex discrimination, she told Minow, in part because women were starting to make complaints about being treated unfairly in the workplace that “they had never made before.” It was a “tremendous opportunity for me,” she said.Ginsburg, who went on to argue a series of successful gender equality cases before the Supreme Court, said she, her colleagues, and other equal rights supporters tried “not to take the court by storm, but to lead them there in small degrees.”“Brilliantly done,” responded Minow, who lauded Ginsburg for her concern over “the constraints that gender roles play in the lives of both men and women.”Ginsburg said she envisions that someday there will be three or four women on the Supreme Court, and she hopes it will one day resemble that of Canada, where four of the nine justices are women, including its chief justice.Ginsburg also showed the crowd how her work is never ending, at one point leaving the stage to take an urgent call.“She has an emergency at the court; this is real,” said Minow. When Ginsburg returned, she explained that as the head of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, she is always on call.Minow inquired about collegiality on the court, which is often deeply split. Ginsburg responded that over the years her husband’s culinary skills have helped foster a friendly atmosphere. He baked birthday cakes for members of the court, she said, and catered their quarterly meetings.Ginsburg told Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow that she looks back on her Harvard years with fondness.In addition, the justices like to hold regular soirees, said Ginsburg, where they forgo work and “just listen to beautiful music.”But are there times, Minow pressed, when, despite their ritual handshakes before they take the bench, a little animosity breaks through?Ginsburg said she may occasionally bristle at a “nasty dissent” penned by another justice, but “we are all in this together, and we do revere the institution for which we work.” Still, she said she hoped the court someday will return to the “spirit of bipartisanship which prevailed in the early ’90s.”During a question-and-answer session, Ginsburg discussed her position on Roe v. Wade, the court’s 1973 landmark decision legalizing abortion, and countered critics who suggest she is “against” the ruling. Ginsburg said she agreed with the judgment the court rendered, “dealing with what was the most extreme law in the country, where a woman could get an abortion only if was necessary to save her life.” But she disliked the sweeping scope of the decision. Instead of simply striking down the Texas law and proceeding by “slow degrees,” the ruling made “every law in the country … unconstitutional in one fell swoop.“That’s not the way the court ordinarily operates.”Ginsburg also took issue with the notion that the court should be responsible for fixing society’s ills.“It’s rare that a court will move unless the people want them to. … Before every major change, it was people who saw that the laws were wrong, wanted them to change, were fighting to capture other people’s minds, and then trying to get legislative change,” that pushed issues along. “Then the court is the last resort. … It has to be the people who want the change, and without them no change will be lasting.”One questioner asked Ginsburg how she dealt with “getting a call when you know someone’s life is at stake?”“It’s the only part of the court’s business that I genuinely hate,” said Ginsburg. She recalled the first time she voted in a death penalty case and how she stayed awake until after the execution into early hours of the morning, crying.“It’s just something that I just have to do. I will never adjust to it. I will never feel comfortable about it. I could have made the choice that [Justices] Brennan and Marshall made. They took the position that the death penalty in any case was cruel and unusual. But if I did that, then I would be out of the running, and I couldn’t influence the results in particular cases.”Honoring Ginsburg’s 20 years on the court, Minow closed the session by reading excerpts from 12 essays by HLS faculty members on some of the justice’s important cases.“She was obviously a tremendous guest to have here,” said Laurence Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor, who penned one of the essays. “It was an honor to have her here, and it was wonderful to listen to her.”last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Meryl Streep, Michael C. Hall & More

first_img View Comments Guess what, guys? It’s finally Friday, the best day of the week! To celebrate, we’re bringing you a recap of the craziest stuff that happened this week. We learned some very important lessons from Meryl Streep, Hugh Jackman and Aaron Tveit, just to name a few. Ready? Let’s go!Meryl Streep Is Doing It LiveNope, Into the Woods star Meryl Streep is no Ashlee Simpson or Lindsay Lohan. Lip-synching? No way. Pre-recorded tracks? That’s for losers. She’s singing the “Witch’s Rap” portion of the Prologue live (a la the Les Miz movie) in the forthcoming film, just like Jay-Z or Dr. Dre. Live, live and nothing but live!You’re Gonna Hear Jeremy Shamos RoarWhen we asked stars which song they’re embarrassed to love, Jeremy Shamos went a step further and sang (and sang) his favorite Katy Perry tune. “I love our relationship,” he later tweeted us. “I humiliate myself for you and it just makes me love you more. #useme #codependant #seeyousoon.” Aww, Jeremy, the feeling is mutual! Now sing “Firework.”Go to the Bathroom, Meet a VloggerWhere do all the cool Broadway.com vloggers hang out? Apparently in the women’s bathroom. Looks Not Books’ Lesli Margherita and Taxicab Confessions’ Alysha Umphress had a ladies’ room rendezvous this week, and it was glorious. We’d love to have been a fly on that paper towel dispenser.Aaron Tveit Looks Great With a BeardIs there anything Aaron Tveit can’t do? (Before you think too hard about that one, the answer is “no.”) The new Assassins star has picked up some chin scruff in London, and we have to say it’s very becoming on him. Not as becoming as this tangerine short suit, but it’s close.Tony Danza Loves Broadway.com SwagWhen he stopped by Broadway.com HQ, we gave Honeymoon in Vegas headliner Tony Danza a coveted (just ask Aladdin star Courtney Reed) Broadway.com T-shirt. We figured he’d throw it in the back of his closet with his old Who’s the Boss? memorabilia, but we were wrong! You’re the man, Tony.Kristin Chenoweth Is Very, Very 人気のあるWait, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth knows Japanese? She showed off her skills in her new concert “Coming Home,” whipping out a verse of Popular in Japanese. Good job, Kristin! Now we’d like to request our favorite Japanese tune, “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto.”Michael C. Hall Has a Sticky TrickHedwig star Michael C. Hall is enjoying playing a transgender rock goddess and everything, but there’s one small problem: The glitter. He’s got glitter in his house, on his sheets and on his dog. Luckily, he found a secret weapon to eliminate it: Scotch tape! Who knew Office Depot was such a mecca for drag diva supplies?Zosia Mamet Is Getting a Wicked MamaGirls star Zosia Mamet always assumed her character Shoshana came out of a peapod or a seashell, but her mom is actually…drumroll please…SNL and Wicked alum Ana Gasteyer! We wonder if they’ll sing “I Dreamed a Dream” like Lea Michele and her Wicked mom.Tony Yazbeck Loves His PJsHere’s something we didn’t know about On the Town star Tony Yazbeck: He acts like a totally grumpy bear in the morning and spends a lot of his downtime hanging out in his PJs. Yay, pajama party at Yazbeck’s house! Finally, an excuse to wear this.Clay Aiken Is Second to NoneAmerican Idol-runner-up-turned-Broadway-alum-turned-politician Clay Aiken didn’t do so great at the polls this week, and sadly lost the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election. Oh, Clay. If you need us, we’ll be listening to his gospel cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and sobbing.last_img read more

Swindon industrial: Council holds all the cards

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