Kagan offers a view of a justice’s working life

first_img Read Full Story On Sept. 5, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan ’86 joined Dean Martha Minow for a conversation on life as a Supreme Court justice. The former and current deans spoke before an overflow audience in the Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing building.During the event, their discussion touched on many topics ranging from Kagan’s current reading group at HLS on the Supreme Court’s 2011 term to courtroom issues—including the role oral argument plays and the use of cameras in the courtroom. Said Kagan when asked about the role of the justices’ clerks: “They’re a fount of ideas, they’re a fount of information. They wander around the building and find out a lot about what other people are thinking. There’s a kind of clerks gossip network, and I encourage them to schmooze.”The event was sponsored by the Harvard Federalist Society, HLS American Constitution Society and the Dean of Students Office. To hear more about the inner workings of the Court and what Kagan does with her summer breaks, watch the full video on the HLS website.Kagan served as dean of the Law School from 2003 to 2009 and as solicitor general of the United States from 2009 to 2010. This fall at Harvard Law School, Kagan led a reading group on the court, as the Archibald Cox Visiting Professor of Law.last_img read more

The media, remade

first_imgAfter spending decades in the news business as journalists and executives for companies such as Time Inc., The New York Times, and Akamai Technologies, John Huey, Martin Nisenholtz, and Paul Sagan came to the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy last spring as fellows to piece together a narrative of what they themselves had just lived through.Their objective was to document and explain how journalism has been fundamentally disrupted and transformed by technology since 1980, and to do so by talking to the key people at leading institutions on both sides of the digital front lines.“Our questions were simple: What happened? How did we blow it? What could have we done differently?” Huey, former editor-in-chief of Time Inc., told a packed house Monday evening at the Harvard Kennedy School. The event was a panel discussion involving some of those key players, including Caroline Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America; Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of The New York Times Co. and publisher of the Times; and Tim Armstrong, chairman and CEO of AOL.The result of the research that began last spring is “Riptide: What Really Happened to the News Business,” a multimedia history project launched this month that sets out to capture how sweeping technological changes changed not only the way news is delivered to consumers, but how it is gathered and presented, and by whom and for whom, and what that means for the future of the industry.Created in collaboration with the Nieman Journalism Lab, the “Riptide” website features a comprehensive 88-page essay, a timeline, dozens of historical documents, and 61 video interviews with an array of top players in journalism, media technology, and business, such as Sulzberger, Armstrong, and Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab — all figures, the three fellows write, “who faced the choices, made the decisions, placed the bets, and now have the hindsight as to how it could, or couldn’t, have played out differently.”“Consumers want curated, high-quality content, and I think there’s a very large role for journalism in the future,” said Tim Armstrong (second from left), chairman and CEO of AOL. The panel included moderator Martin Nisenholtz (from left), Armstrong, Caroline Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, and Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times.The organizers say they hope the project will continue to grow as they add fresh interviews to the repository in the coming months.When asked by Nisenholtz during the panel discussion about the current state of the newspaper business, Armstrong said that while there remains cause for worry given the contraction of jobs and revenues, he sees reason for cautious optimism, too.“I think if you look at the data, you’d be really concerned because you look at the number of journalists has gone down by roughly 30 percent in the last seven or eight years. Newspaper revenue — people think of journalism as newspapers in many cases — is down about 55 percent,” said Armstrong, whose company announced last month that 40 percent of its Patch network of community journalists and staffers would be laid off.“I think if you look forward, though, there’s some very exciting things on the horizon,” he said. “Consumers like to pay for content, consumers want curated, high-quality content, and I think there’s a very large role for journalism in the future.”Sulzberger said the newspaper industry was slow to recognize how computer science would come to drive the future of journalism.“Engineers, that’s what we didn’t focus on fast enough,” he said. “The need to have engineers building the systems that we are now using, building the tools we are now using.”While many critics have praised the ambitious nature and broad scope of the project, others have taken to Twitter and blogged on The Washington Post, Slate, and Poynter to note its lack of gender and racial diversity. Of the 61 people interviewed thus far for the project, only five are women and only two are not white.“We’re not pessimistic about the future of news,” Sagan said, noting that one of their big takeaways from researching the project was: Don’t be nostalgic. “Because the truth is … that journalism wasn’t always great. There were golden ages with many, many flaws, many, many incorrect stories, many communities that just weren’t covered at all before, many voices that weren’t heard from, not enough diversity,” he said.“It’s one of the things that we encountered even as we went to interview people and didn’t find the kind of diversity we’d like to find in every aspect of our lives. It wasn’t in journalism before, and digital disruption has exacerbated it in some ways, and improved it in others.”last_img read more

Sally Field-Led The Glass Menagerie Switches Theaters

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2017 The Glass Menagerie Another switcheroo for a Shubert venue has occurred. The new Main Stem revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, led by Sally Field, will now play the Belasco, instead of the Golden Theatre. Performances will still start as scheduled on February 7, 2017, with opening night set for March 9. The Belasco is the bigger Shubert house by around 200 seats.Directed by Sam Gold, the cast will also include Joe Mantello, Finn Wittrock, Jim O’Connor and Madison Ferris.The Glass Menagerie, which follows a faded Southern belle and her two kids, premiered on Broadway in 1945 and has since been revived six times. The most recent revival, in 2013, featured Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto and Brian J. Smith.Dear Evan Hansen had previously been slated for the Belasco, before moving to the Music Box Theatre.Broadway.com customers impacted by the switch will be contacted in regards to their tickets.center_img Sally Field(Photo: Brian Ach/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

Georgia Nuttins

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaA sweet Georgia product took home top honors at the fourth annual 4-H Food Product Development Contest May 19 in Athens, Ga.After losing last year by one point to a group from Bartow County, Tift County 4-H’ers Josie Smith, Michael Luo, Matthew Robinson and Samantha Tankersley came back to the contest hungry for a win.Their “Sweet Georgia Nuttins” are “peanut flour-based muffins that serve as a high-protein food that’s good to eat on-the-go with a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee,” the team said about their product.”They were very polished, very prepared,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H youth specialist.”It did help that they had been in the contest before, because they knew what to improve on,” she said. “They flavored their product differently, with chocolate chips, this year, instead of butterscotch chips. They had everything we asked for on the scorecard. It was a really nice product and great presentation.”Their coaches were Tift County Extension agent Judy Bland and 4-H volunteer Lisa Smith.”It was fun watching the 4-H’ers experiment with different products and then tasting them,” Smith said. “I am constantly amazed at their creative ideas for marketing and promotion.”The contest was designed, in part, to introduce high school students to food science and make them aware of the job opportunities for food science graduates.”The food industry doesn’t have enough food scientists,” said Robert Shewfelt, a professor and undergraduate coordinator in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences food science and technology department. “And, it’s not just Georgia. This is a nationwide problem.”The contest was the brainchild of CAES student recruitment coordinator Brice Nelson. He teamed with Varnadoe, Shewfelt and Extension food specialist Jim Daniels five years ago to get it started.”I got behind it because we’re really looking to get more people involved in food science,” Shewfelt said.UGA’s enrollment in food science has increased in recent years, and they hope this contest will bring in more recruits. Some of the 4-H students in the competition say they are considering food science as a career. Shewfelt believes it’s important that they’re talking about it.”We’re getting the message out by word-of-mouth,” he said. “It gets the message to more people.”Since the contest began, judges have seen products ranging from flavored marshmallows to granola-style treats.This year, second place honors went to Bleckley County with their “Go Go Java Joe Bars,” a product “which could go on the market now,” Varnadoe said.Third place was a tie between Madison County, with their “Nut Clusters,” and Taylor County, with their “Healthy Homerun Granola Bites.” Spalding County was fourth with “Friscuits.”Friscuits, Shewfelt said, are like jelly donuts, except instead of donut pastry, they used a biscuit.”The judges really liked the Friscuits idea,” Varnadoe said. She tells students, “Just because you don’t do well in competition, doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea. If you believe in your product, you can get it on the market.”Judges this year were Daniels; George Cavender, a master’s-level graduate student in food science and technology; and Emily Wise, a food science graduate who now works at Chick-Fil-A.The contest allows students to go through the phases of putting out a new product, from coming up with an idea and making the food to packaging and marketing it.The program also teaches students the value of teamwork. “They get really creative,” she said. “It was really cool to see all they chose to do.”The contest, sponsored by a grant from the CAES Eterna Fund, “could be a great benefit to industry,” Shewfelt said. “I really believe in it.”last_img read more

Violence Without Let-Up Rages In Poor Venezuela Neighborhood

first_imgBy Dialogo October 27, 2009 A 7-year-old girl is injured by a stray bullet in a shootout that leaves one dead and another three wounded: yet another weekend drama after dark in Petare, a poor, sprawling expanse in the Venezuelan capital that is regarded as one of the most violent neighborhoods in the Americas. Little Catherine is taken to the Perez de Leon Hospital, where she is treated and released the same night at a crowded emergency room where the few doctors struggle to treat an avalanche of new patients, sometimes at the risk of their own lives. Not far away at police headquarters in Sucre, the Caracas municipality that includes Petare, a man is confined on suspicion of starting the shootout in this district of almost a million inhabitants victimized by crime gangs, illegal arms, drugs and alcohol. Just one more incident in the tragic reality of poor Caracas neighborhoods, in a capital where the crime index continues to rise and where violence can take more than 50 lives on any given weekend. A score of people arrested that night are taken to police headquarters in Sucre, where the man elected mayor last year, Carlos Ocariz, tries to deactivate the violence with social programs in a district without hope. Up to 9:00 p.m., police work concentrates on traffic. But then the violence grows hour by hour, especially with the abuse of alcohol and gangs settling their scores. Drugs and arms keep the death toll rising. Chief Inspector Jose Alvarez and Inspector Hector Quintero begin their rounds at around 5:00 p.m., about an hour before nightfall. In a white Jeep they patrol the streets of the suburbs that make up Sucre, where a few middle-class residential areas are surrounded by slums. Their main job at this hour is prevention. They watch young people drinking in the street, men on motorcycles…they ask for their documents and search them for weapons. At a bridge into one of the poor neighborhoods is a police patrol on the lookout for the motorcyclists. Criminals driving around on small motorcycles constantly attack pedestrians and motorists caught in traffic. An agent tells Efe of the need for more resources, more patrols and complains of the hundreds of thousands of weapons in the hands of slum dwellers. Alvarez and Quintero’s patrol heads for the narrow, labyrinthine streets of Petare, but only to part of the district. Higher up in the endless hills covered with rudimentary housing, patrols have to be done on motorcycle. On the steep streets, one group after another, mostly made up of young people, sits in front of poor shanties swigging beer. The police greet some of them. In the poor neighborhood at night, the streets are alive with salsa music blaring from loudspeakers, but the fun can turn into drama as the hours pass and shots ring out because of an argument or gang rivalry, as in the shootout where Catherine was wounded. “Three people have been admitted for gunshot wounds tonight,” Dr. Julia D’Angelo, who has worked at the Perez de Leon Hospital for two years, tells Efe. Besides Catherine, a 15-year-old girl is admitted, wounded in a leg, while a man in his early 20s lies on a cot with a gunshot wound and slashed with a razor on one side. D’Angelo speaks calmly of the dozen who have been admitted with knife wounds tonight, but recalls how “her legs shook” when she first began at the hospital. She tells of the day when emergency personnel had to hide from a clash between the companions of two who had been brought in and who had apparently shot each other. There is always a cop on duty in the emergency room. In the wee hours, a hundred people wait at door to the emergency room for news of a friend or relative, close to a police post that a group tried to burn one night in an attempt to “rescue” one of their buddies, wounded and confined in the hospital. Another night ends on a Petare weekend. Fairly quiet. It’s worse, the police say, on paydays every two weeks or at the end of the month.last_img read more

Actually, you can send more marketing emails

first_imgHow many marketing emails can you send each month? As you can probably imagine, the answer depends on a few variables. However, you might be surprised by just how much you can get away with.The general fear that brands (and many marketers) have is that more emails = more spam. But that’s not necessarily the case! In this blog, we’ll cover how many emails you can safely send to your list before people start unsubscribing.Variables Affecting Send FrequencyThere are a few things that affect how many emails you can send per month. Remember that while these variables influence how often you can send emails, they won’t give you any hard and fast rules. Rather, they’ll just indicate whether you can get away with sending more or if you should hold back and send less. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Steuben County confirms 3rd positive case of COVID-19

first_img For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at www.steubencony.org or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth. The individual who tested positive is a resident of the City of Corning but is currently residing in Penn Yan. The individual is being isolated and closely monitored by the Steuben County Health Department. The individual was known to be at Miller Bros. Auto Sales in East Corning on Friday, March 13. The County Public Health Director, Darlene Smith urges anyone that was at this business on that day to contact the Public Health office at (607) 664-2438. BATH, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Steuben County Public Health Department confirmed its third positive case of the coronavirus on Saturday.center_img For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here. Public Health staff are in the process of identifying those who have been in close contact with the individual. last_img read more

PRO14: Leinster remain unbeaten, Scarlets do enough against Zebre | Rugby Union News

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Streetlights or park? Mongolian residents pick using mobile app

first_img“The traditional approach was expensive and time consuming, and did not give us an accurate picture because not everyone could participate,” he said on Thursday.”Digital voting is a more democratic process, and we can disaggregate the data at the city, district, and even the street level, and prioritize and plan for the short term and long term,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.As authorities around the world sought to contain the coronavirus pandemic with lockdowns and restrictions on movement, businesses, government agencies and support groups went digital.Smartphone penetration in Ulaanbaatar is about 90%, so digital voting is a feasible and inclusive option, Nasan said. Nearly half of Ulaanbaatar’s 800,000 eligible residents voted on projects under the Local Development Fund (LDF) using the mobile application this year, with women making up about 54% of those who took part, according to MUB.While those living in apartment buildings voted for green spaces and security cameras, those living in informal settlements picked streetlights and better amenities.The LDF, which allocates federal money for local projects, is the only exercise in participatory budgeting in the central Asian country.Participatory budgeting, which began in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989 as an anti-poverty measure, is now practiced in over 3,000 cities worldwide for federal budgets, as well as in states and schools.The process can bring communities together, and make investments “more effective, efficient and equitable”, said Carolin Hagelskamp, a professor at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.”People become more willing to vote for investments that benefit the community as a whole. Digital tools can include a broader cross-section of the public,” she said.MUB’s digital platform is backed by The Asia Foundation, a non-profit, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, a government body.Residents can track the votes and the progress of the selected projects on the app, said Khaliungoo Ganbat, manager of the urban governance project at The Asia Foundation.”The application can demonstrate just how meaningful their participation has been,” she said.In a country that is facing enormous climate-change impacts and where a fourth of the population still lives a traditional nomadic life, civic engagement is key to decision making and may be extended to other budgets as well, said Nasan.”Every citizen pays tax, so they should have the right to say how they want their money to be spent.”  Topics :center_img Residents in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar have voted on what public amenities they’d like using a mobile app, a new method that authorities may extend to other areas to improve transparency and efficiency, a government official said.Nearly half of the city’s eligible voters picked their favored facilities – ranging from children’s playgrounds to streetlights – through a mobile app even as they remained in their homes in recent months because of coronavirus lockdowns.The process saw more women, young people and the elderly participate than in a previous paper-based system that only allowed household heads to vote, said Otgonbayar Nasan, head of policy and planning in the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar (MUB).last_img read more

Pandemic presents opportunity for reform to attract investment: HSBC

first_imgTo bring about reform, the Jokowi administration is currently pushing for the passing of the job creation omnibus bill, which will revise 79 laws and more than 1,200 articles that are deemed obstructive to investment.The government expects the House of Representatives to pass the omnibus bill in October, despite backlash from labor unions, observers and NGOs that argue it will jeopardize labor rights and weaken environmental protections, among other issues.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the government was also preparing a priority investment list for industries that were export-oriented, produced import substitutes, were labor-intensive or had a high-tech and digital basis. These priority industries will receive tax incentives, among other incentives.The government is also developing major infrastructure projects like the Trans Java toll road to improve connectivity and logistics in the hopes of attracting investment to industrial parks in the north of Java. “With this economic corridor in the northern part of Java, we hope to encourage its utilization by industries so it can be a driver of economic growth,” said the minister.The government is also developing the Batang Integrated Industrial Park, which will be dedicated to industrial development and manufacturing. The park will sit on 4,368 hectares of land owned by state-owned plantation holding company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) IX in Gringsing district, Batang regency.Phase one of the development is expected to cover 450 ha.BKPM head Bahlil Lahadalia said three companies had committed to developing glass, automobile and battery factories in the Batang Industrial Park with a total combined area of 140 ha.“Some of them will launch [their projects] at the end of the year,” said Bahlil. “This is what will make investment in Indonesia improve.”Bahlil has said he did not expect the omnibus bill to bring about significant changes to investment this year even if the House passed it in October.The BKPM has set this year’s investment realization target at Rp 817.2 trillion. As of the second quarter, the agency reported that investment realization had reached 49.3 percent of the target.Topics : “So I think that the COVID-19 pandemic is actually a very good opportunity for the country to really accelerate reforms to show that it is serious about attracting FDI next year,” he said in a virtual discussion on Wednesday.Indonesia recorded a decline in FDI realization for two consecutive quarters this year, as the pandemic battered both the national and global economies.FDI fell 6.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 97.6 trillion (US$6.55 billion) in the April–June period, continuing the downward trend recorded in the first three months of the year, when FDI fell 9.2 percent yoy, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) data show.However, this is still better than global FDI, which is forecast to contract 40 percent yoy on average this year, according to Incalcaterra. The Indonesian government should use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to accelerate economic reforms to attract more investment after the health crisis recedes, an economist with multinational investment bank and financial services holding company HSBC has said.Joseph Incalcaterra, the chief economist for ASEAN at HSBC, said on Wednesday that the current uncertainty of the global economy made reform even more important, particularly for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, companies will be more risk averse in their investment decisions and will want to see a reform and political trajectory that can accommodate their investments, Incalcaterra said.last_img read more