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Sotomayor shares Supreme Court insight, advice

first_imgU.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor discussed a wide variety of issues, including court procedure and diversity, in a public conversation with NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson at Leighton Hall in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Students and faculty from across the University attended the discussion, which was moderated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams.Sotomayor, who  Williams described as a “dreamer of big, impossible dreams,” said the day she accepted her nomination to the Court was a profound moment in her life. When entering the room behind President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, she said she felt a sense of detachment from reality.“And at that moment, I felt like my spirit had left my body,” Sotomayor said. “I was looking at myself from up there … I couldn’t connect with my emotions and I knew, ultimately, that the reason for that was if I did, I wouldn’t be able to do what I needed to do: to give a speech. I thought that feeling would end that day, but it lasted for about a year and a half. I watched myself doing things that I would have never thought possible.” Caitlyn Jordan Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, left, converses with NBC news correspondent Anne Thompson, a member of the Notre Dame class of 1979, on Wednesday night in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.When Thompson, Notre Dame class of 1979, asked how justices reach decisions on court cases, Sotomayor said the process relies heavily on personal interaction and discussion.“A lot of the initial decision making is personal. Generally speaking, the first time we get to talk about a case is oral argument,” she said. “Through our individual questions our colleagues are understanding each other. We’re exploring the strength and weaknesses of the case through our questions.”The justices then hold a conference amongst themselves and disclose their opinions and reasoning, Sotomayor said.“So the chief [justice] will start, and his is usually the most forceful explanation. He’ll come up and say, ‘Well, this is the way that I’m voting, but I’m a little bit unsure, and this is what’s still troubling me,’” she said. “He also explains why some counterarguments don’t convince him. What happens is then we go down in descending order, around the room, in descending order of seniority. … By the end of the discussion, we all sort of know what each is thinking.”Sotomayor acknowledged that while the justices can hold conflicting opinions, the justices’ commitment to upholding the Constitution unites them.“Many of us have similar approaches to constitutional interpretation, but the fact that we have similar approaches doesn’t always mean we come to a similar result. And there is no one who is shy on the court about either expressing themselves or who has a failure of courage to vote for a position that is unexpected,” she said. “I think every justice on the Court is devoted to the Court. Each one of us cares deeply about the Court’s institutional responsibility to society. … But we also have a very deep abiding passion about the Constitution, our system of government, about our respect for the law, which leads us to believe that some things can’t be compromised.”When asked what the inclusion of women as justices brings to the Court, Sotomayor said the Court started ruling on cases that supported women’s rights.“It was only when Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the Court that we had the first case that found gender discrimination that was unacceptable, and that was the Virginia Military School case [United States v. Virginia]. Before that, the Supreme Court had almost routinely never voted in favor of a women’s issue,” she said. “A lot of people don’t remember or realize that. The court might have been a slight step ahead of the society when it came to race inequality; it was ten steps behind society when it came to gender inequality. I’m not saying that it was only the presence of women, but I am saying that the presence of women does change the conversation a little bit. … There is a difference in sensitivity in the way you address things when you have some diversity on the Court.”Sotomayor said that since her appointment to the Supreme Court she has realized the humanity of the people involved in making history.“We are ordinary human beings, with strengths, with weaknesses, with foibles, with courage, and sometimes fear. When we get disappointed in our elected officials, often it’s because we see the human side of them,” she said. “That doesn’t mean we should respect them less but that you should respect them because they’re trying to do jobs that are hard.“In my explaining to you what the process of the court is, what the process of the law is, I hope you come away with a respect for the people who are trying their best, human beings that are trying their best, to do what’s right. And that doesn’t mean that they always succeed according to your judgment, because there’s going to be court opinions that you agree with and that you disagree with. But it is a product of people trying to do what’s right. I will hope that will lead people to less disillusionment, to more respect for the court instead of less, and more respect for the people who have the opportunity to try to do the right thing.”The crowd was taken aback when Sotomayor responded “no” after Thompson asked if she felt as if she “belonged” on the Court.“I am different and yet I’m not because we’re all engaged in the same enterprise. We’re all trying to come to the right decisions together, and we’re all part of that conversation,” she said. “To that extent, I belong. But will I ever quite feel that I have their same background, their same understanding of the world that I operate on? Not really.”Sotomayor said she has learned to respond to differences as an opportunity to learn something about new institutions, people and situations.“For me, it’s very, very important not to think of differences as good or bad, but just different, and understanding what moves people to the choices they make,” she said.After her discussion with Thompson, Sotomayor responded to questions posed by Notre Dame undergraduate and law students.In answer to a question about her experience of discrimination as a successful Latino woman, Sotomayor said expectations for women of color are higher than for the average citizen. She also said discrimination can come from unexpected places, and often results from misunderstanding and miscommunication.“People don’t really understand their own prejudices,” Sotomayor said. “Most people do things that are discriminatory, or say things that are hurtful, without really knowing they’re doing it.”In the face of discrimination, Sotomayor said, people have a choice – either to retreat from a negative experience, or to try to reach a greater level of mutual understanding and respect with those who have offended them.“Those small slights, those senses of not belonging, can make you not belong if you let them,” she said. “You can belong and make friends in almost any place or setting you’re in, but sometimes you have to make the effort to bridge that gap.”Indeed, Sotomayor said making friends, particularly with people of differing opinions, is invaluable for personal growth. She said although she has found it difficult at times, she has been able to maintain friendships with other justices on the Court despite their opposing outlooks.“We disagree with each other, but we do listen,” she said. “We try to persuade each other, we try to convince each other, and often we fail.“The challenge is to make friends who don’t agree with you, who try to talk you out of your mistakes, who try to change your mind. Whether they succeed or not is irrelevant – you learn something from them.”Sotomayor said one failing of the Court as a whole is its lack of diversity – not only in terms of gender or race, but also in terms of the legal backgrounds of the justices. She said all current justices on the Court were prosecutors, and only one, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has a civil rights background.“We have areas of practice that people have never experienced: immigration law, family law,” she said. “But we’re making decisions that affect every one of those areas of the law.”The members of the Court are not the only ones who could benefit from being more well-rounded, Sotomayor said. Addressing the students present, she said college students should take advantage of opportunities to expand their learning in a variety of areas.“You should be learning about the world, and to do that you have to get out of your comfort zone and study things that you know nothing about.”In particular, Sotomayor said taking courses in religion, economics, sociology and philosophy are essential for understanding current events.“When you leave this university, you should have a working knowledge of all the things that affect the human condition,” she said.Tags: DPAC, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Courtlast_img read more

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Bartlett Sher to Direct J.T. Rogers’ Oslo Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows This summer, Tony winner Bartlett Sher will direct the world premiere of J.T. Rogers’ Oslo off-Broadway. Performances will begin on June 16 at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Opening night is set for July 11. Additional information, including casting, will be announced at a later date.The play tells the true—albeit little known—story of Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen, who together coordinated top-secret peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat in the early 1990s. Their efforts culminated in the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. The show, billed as a darkly comic epic, brings dozens of diplomats and political figures together through various settings around the world.A staple of Lincoln Center, Sher is also the director of the Tony-winning revival of The King and I, as well as the current revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Rogers’ work was previously seen at Lincoln Center in 2011 with Blood and Gifts. His additional plays include Madagascar, White People and Seeing the Elephant.The production will feature sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Peter John Still. Roger Bart View Comments Oslocenter_img Bartlett SherPhoto: Bruce Glikas Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on July 16, 2017last_img read more

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The Swing at the End of the World

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In Ecuador, there is a seismic monitoring station.At this seismic monitoring station, there is a treehouse overlooking a cliff.Attached to this treehouse is a swing.That swing swings out over the aforementioned cliff.There are no safety devices.Thrill-seekers can swing on the swing out over the nothingness at their own risk.It is dubbed “The Swing at the End of the World”It looks like this.Read/See more: A Thrilling Swing That Sits At The ‘End’ Of The Worldlast_img

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Big data innovations benefit community financial institutions

first_imgSpreading the availability of once complex information and technology to broader audiences is known as democratization. As the big data revolution marches on, we are seeing an increase in the availability of data and the analytical tools needed to make sense of the data once it’s collected. In other words, we are entering a phase of big data analytics democratization, and community financial institutions (FIs) stand to benefit.Recently released research from Mercator Advisory Group looks at how the democratization of big data analytics is helping FIs better understand consumer behavior. The research report, “Analytics Innovations for Business Users Show Promise in Banking,” delves into innovations, such as data visualization, that are simplifying data gathering analysis for FIs.Standouts from the report include: How FIs understand the value of big data as it progresses beyond basic charts and reportsThe increasing availability of faster, more user-friendly analytics tools and softwareNew methods for quicker modeling, data management, testing and implementation continue reading » 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Amityville Man Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 76-year-old Amityville man was killed when an SUV crashed into his car in North Lindenhurst on Tuesday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Glenwood Blalock was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier westbound on Albany Avenue when his car was struck on the driver’s side by a northbound Dodge Ram at the corner of New Highway at 12:20 p.m.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver was not injured.First Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img

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Johnson City resident stars on The Price Is Right, did he win big?

first_img“It was very exciting. It was very upbeat, very energetic. Just to meet Drew Carey and be up on the stage, it was very exciting,” said MacDonald. “He was there for a few rounds until he actually got called up on the stage. We were very nervous watching him the whole time, like come on,” said Hamlin. One local resident found out, and it was mostly by chance. “We were going to Los Angeles for my son’s college graduation and we were looking for things to do. We saw it pop up, free tickets to The Price Is Right, so we figured let’s give it a whirl,” said Johnson City resident and star of the show Graham MacDonald. “It’s not what I won, it’s more what I lost. I had the, the Publishers Clearing House was there and I had $20,000 in the palm of my hands,” said MacDonald. Regardless of winning or losing, it’s a special moment he will always remember. After going through the interview process on that second day, Graham was in the audience when his name got called with the first group of contestants.center_img TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Many of us watch game shows like “The Price Is Right” as a part of our daily routine or just for fun. But what would it be like to be on the show? Graham and his family went to the studio, but realized they already filled the seats for that taping. Unfortunately the live airing of the episode with Graham was interrupted by a CBS Special Report, but Graham and his family still gathered to watch as much of the episode together as they could. Graham went on to play a game of “This or That”, and while he couldn’t reveal what exactly he won, he knows he unfortunately missed the big prize. “The first day, the day we had planned our tickets for, they had already filled up. There was no more room, they had hit their limit. We were like, can we come back tomorrow, will there be room? They were like yeah just get here early,” said family friend Samantha Hamlin.last_img read more

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The first Way of the Cross under the sea in the World was officially opened in Trogir

first_imgOn Sunday, August 27, the first Way of the Cross under the sea in the world was officially opened in Jelinak Bay in Trogir.Through this unique project, it is planned to set up the entire Way of the Cross, all 14 stations of the cross, and under the sea will be laid 50 sculptures representing the Way of the Cross, and the sculptures will be life-size. Currently, only the first station has been set up, and the completion of the entire project is planned for the end of September 2017.The location for setting the entire underwater story, fell on a small bay near Trogir, Jelinak bay, which proved to be perfect due to the depth of up to 10 meters. “Jelinak Bay belongs to the municipality of Marina, which readily accepted our idea and thus enriched and expanded its tourist offer. We are convinced that the project is very important for the whole region and that it will greatly contribute to the tourism industry. ” points out Josko Kandija, one of the originators of this new and unique tourist attraction.”Cross stations will be set at a depth of 4 to 9 meters, and in this way diving will be adapted to everyone, as well as experienced divers, as well as to beginners, those who have never before experienced stunning landscapes of the depths of the sea.. The plan is to place a large statue of Jesus about 9 meters high in March, before Easter, at a depth of 18 meters, which would mark the 15th station of the Way of the Cross. Also, the plan is to illuminate the entire underwater park so that you can dive and see the Way of the Cross at night, which will certainly be another attraction and special feature of the underwater park.”Concludes Kandija.last_img read more

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Boeing 737 MAX inches towards flying again

first_img“The FAA will not speculate when the work will be completed. The agency continues to follow a deliberate process and will take the time it needs to thoroughly review Boeing’s work,” the FAA said.”We will lift the grounding order only after FAA safety experts are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards.”The MAX has been grounded worldwide since March 13, 2019, following an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. That catastrophe came just a few months after a Lion Air MAX crash that killed 189 people.The MAX’s anti-stall flight system, the MCAS, was partially to blame for both crashes. But other technical malfunctions, including one involving electrical wiring, were subsequently detected during the aircraft’s modification process, slowing down its recertification.The FAA, like Boeing, is under scrutiny over its role in the development of the MAX, which has been sharply criticized by government auditors and on Capitol Hill.Representatives Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat who chairs the House Transportation Committee, and Rick Larsen, a Washington state Democrat who chairs the aviation subcommittee, released a letter late Monday asking the agency to provide a recent safety culture survey of employees. “We believe reviewing the results of this survey will help our Committee properly fulfill our congressional role overseeing the FAA and its efforts to help improve the safety culture at the agency,” DeFazio and Larsen said.Topics : The public comment period will be open for 45 days.The FAA statement moves the MAX a step further on the recertification path after the agency on July 1 completed test flights on the plane.While the FAA said the announcement is an “important milestone,” the agency emphasized that recertifying the MAX was not a done deal and that there were additional steps even after the public comment period is complete.These include a final report reviewing and addressing public comments, and a review of Boeing’s final design documentation. All MAX aircraft manufactured since the crashes also will need to be personally inspected by FAA staff. The grounded Boeing 737 MAX moved another step closer towards flying again Tuesday as US regulators said they would soon accept public comments on a roadmap to recertify the jet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would issue a proposed airworthiness directive for the MAX, which has been grounded since March 2019 following two deadly crashes.The listing published in the Federal Register will seek comments on suggested design changes and crew procedures “to mitigate the safety issues identified during the investigations that followed the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents,” the FAA said.last_img read more

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PREMIUMIn leading Ummah, Amien Rais breaks ties with PAN

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Linkedin Facebook politics PAN ummah-party amien-rais infighting Former National Mandate Party (PAN) patron Amien Rais, a staunch critic of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, has announced the establishment of his new party, the Ummah Party, formalizing a bitter divorce from the political vehicle he cofounded and grew in 1998.Amien announced the move on YouTube on Thursday, in a move experts see as bringing his new party into clear opposition to the government.In a slight riff aimed at the Jokowi administration, he said the state was capable of “upholding equitability” and committing “colossal tyranny”.“It all depends on the ruling government, whether it defends the interests of the people and ummah [Islamic community], or, on the contrary, defends those of conglomerates and the corporatocracy,” he said in a video post.“Eventually, a community of m… Topics : Google Forgot Password ?last_img read more

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Retiree says it’s time for others to enjoy all this Burleigh gem offers

first_img23 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Retired Ipswich orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ron Tilbury (pictured) and his wife Sandra and preparing to farewell the family’s holiday house.They bought the property, which currently comprises two self-contained, income-producing flats, in 1992.“It’s been the best beach holiday house for my family for more than 25 years,” Dr Tilbury said.“It’s been a happy house and we have loved having a base at Burleigh but the time is right now to downsize and let someone else enjoy the standout location.”Both units are separately metered for power and the property has redevelopment potential to three storeys. 23 Hill Ave, Burleigh is set to go to auction on April 7.THE Tilbury family have been holidaying in Burleigh Heads for almost 100 years.“My father used catch the train to Mudgeeraba and then a horse and dray to Burleigh,” Ron Tilbury said.The retired Ipswich orthopaedic surgeon and his wife Sandra are preparing to farewell the family’s holiday house at 23 Hill Ave. Burleigh Beach 1932 Picture: Suppliedcenter_img 23 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads. Burleigh Beach in the 1930s. Picture: SuppliedRay White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker is taking the property to auction on April 7. “A buyer could retain and use the existing residence or redevelop with luxury boutique apartments, villas or their desired home of choice,” he said.“The large land holding is very attractive to developers with the current zoning that could see three levels built above street level.”last_img read more

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