A watershed on weddings

March 1, 2021

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first_imgHarvard Overseer and legal scholar Kenji Yoshino ’91, author of “Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights” (Random House, 2006), said he was surprised by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to let stand appeals court rulings that in effect allow same-sex marriages to proceed in five states. But he has no doubt about where the issue is headed. He spoke about the case and the issue by phone on Monday afternoon. GAZETTE: How surprised were you by the court’s decision?YOSHINO: I was very surprised, because the Supreme Court usually grants review when a federal court of appeals strikes down a state constitutional amendment on the ground that it violates the federal Constitution. So I was actually expecting that the court would review this case. The consequence of them declining the review is, as you know, that five states flipped immediately to having same-sex marriage, and then there are six others that will also quickly flip because they are governed by the courts of appeal whose decisions were left intact … So it’s a big step forward. It takes us from 19 states to 30 states, plus the District of Columbia, with marriage equality.GAZETTE: For a lot of onlookers, the court appeared to decide by not deciding.YOSHINO: Yes, even though it didn’t decide, it actually decided a lot for the country. Because taking us from 19 to 30 states is getting across the halfway mark, and that’s one indication of when the Supreme Court is willing to step in and impose something as the law of the land. That is, if you have a supermajority of states, then the court is much more willing to step in and sweep away outliers.GAZETTE: Public opinion has shifted dramatically in favor of gay marriage in recent years. Does the court watch political trend lines in arriving at its decisions?YOSHINO: They absolutely do. When was the last time the Supreme Court flipped a supermajority of states on a major social issue?GAZETTE: Do you think Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments about Roe v. Wade — that the court moved too far too fast — have come into play here?YOSHINO: I do think that’s one of the reasons why they’re proceeding so cautiously and so incrementally. At least the liberals on the court are. I don’t think the supposition is that they’re not going to vote for same-sex marriage as a constitutional right or as being protected by the Constitution when it comes to them. I think what they’re saying is, “We want to do this in a way that makes it stick. So we’re not going to take this until the last possible moment that we can take it.”GAZETTE: So what happens next? Are we waiting for another court to rule in favor of a ban on same-sex marriage, forcing the Supreme Court’s hand?YOSHINO: Exactly. When a circuit court of appeals does that — upholds a ban on same-sex marriage as constitutional — then that will create what’s known as a circuit split. … The Supreme Court can do whatever it wants, but the court is almost 99 percent sure to take that case. Because the Constitution can’t differ according to where you live. … And if two courts of penultimate resort have gone in the opposite direction, then people are living under that uncertainty, with no recourse but the Supreme Court. … The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is most likely, because they’ve already heard oral arguments in that case, and the judges seemed like they were sympathetic to upholding the ban on same-sex marriage.GAZETTE: And you’re confident of the eventual outcome?YOSHINO: I do think that it’s inevitable that this will reach the high court, and I also think that it’s inevitable that the court will rule for what everyone calls a “50-state solution,” where same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land.This interview was edited for clarity and length.last_img read more


Presentation at SMC addresses victim blaming

January 26, 2021

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first_imgCatharsis Productions, the theatre group responsible for bringing the informative production “Sex Signals” to both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame first-year students, returned to Saint Mary’s Carroll Auditorium on Tuesday evening for an interactive discussion titled, “Beat the Blame Game: Silence the Snark – How You Can Be a Voice and Speak up for Victims of Rape.” The talk comes as part of the Belles Against Violence Office’s week of activism and the #YesallBelles campaign, addressing victim blaming and rape culture.Amber Kelly from Catharsis Productions led the audience of students and faculty in discussion, beginning with the underlying societal forces that prevent a supportive culture for rape victims and how many people tend not to realize the impact of sexual violence when it occurs.“Not only does victim blaming put the responsibility on [the victim], but we are also supporting some abusive and horrible behavior,” Kelly said.Kelly first projected an example of victim blaming from radio personality Bill O’Reilly, showing a transcription of his commentary on the topic of the rape and murder of teen Jennifer Moore. She then invited students to examine the text and decide who O’Reilly was really blaming for the rape and murder — the audience collectively agreed on Moore herself.Kelly then gave a brief overview of the Just World Hypothesis, the cognitive assumption that a person’s actions are ultimately destined to bring morally fair and fitting consequences to that person, Kelly said.“The Just World Hypothesis is when people believe the world is a just place,” Kelly said. “Have you ever heard, ‘Good things happen to good people, and bad things happen to bad people?’ When people victim blame, the first thing people attack is character. ‘This thing that happened is bad; therefore, this is a terrible person.’”Kelly also led the audience in an interactive exercise in which she asked what adjectives people typically use when describing a woman who has sex. She then asked them to do the same for men.“‘Girls’ is negative,” Kelly said. “‘Boys’ is positive. How do guys feel about being called these things? Proud, good, confident. On the other hand, I don’t think you have any friends who want to grow up to be a ‘slutty thot.’”Variations of many terms determine their usage in culture on different genders, Kelly said.“‘Man whore’ is a good example,” Kelly said. “If you just say ‘whore,’ what list does it go on? The women’s list. We have to put a modifier in front of the word for the man.”An important element Kelly highlighted was the fact that not all men are defined by the words society and popular culture associates with them, such as “player,” “stud” and “the man.”“I will argue that this doesn’t actually define all men,” Kelly said. “What does this say about men? How often do they have sex? All the time. How do they feel about those women who they’re having sex with? They couldn’t care less. It gives a really limiting and negative perception of men in general.”Derogatory terms such as “slut” and “whore” are often thrown around carelessly without consequence, Kelly said.“Why do people still use [them]?” Kelly said. “[A slut is] … a girl who sleeps with anyone, on the first date, with multiple people. What’s the number of times a woman has to have sex to cross over into that area of ‘slut-dom?’ Four? One? Zero? We use these to create the bad category, and it’s not just men using this language on women. It’s women using this language on women. If we kept going, we could have gotten variations of these words like ‘town bikes’ and ‘door knobs.’”“Here’s the thing, I’m sure you guys have heard ‘don’t objectify women,’” Kelly said. “What is the job of a whore? To have the sex. All I asked for [were] words that describe women who have sex, not negative or objective.”Not only does consent from both parties make for a more enjoyable time for people, but the point of it is to respect another’s boundaries, Kelly said.“People think that asking people to have sex is awkward, like asking a chair for permission to use it,” Kelly said. “When we use this language, we’re valuing people less, and we really want to get rid of this, because this is the way we attack people in our current culture.”Tags: Catharsis Productions, Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office, Sex Signals, victim blaminglast_img read more


Fresh & cheap

January 17, 2021

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first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaYou can save money on your food bill and serve your family freshvegetables. You just have to get your hands dirty and plant yourown backyard garden.A University of Georgia horticulturist says planting and tendinga home vegetable garden is easier than you might think.”Most people are a little nervous at the thought of plantingtheir first garden,” said Bob Westerfield, a consumerhorticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “It’s fairly simple. But you have to stayon top of it.”Growing, planting, learningWesterfield plants fall and spring vegetable gardens as part ofhis work duties. But he also gardens at home to provide hisfamily fresh vegetables.”A home vegetable garden is a great way to supplement your dietwith fresh vegetables,” he said. “And you know exactly whichchemicals were used on the plants because you were the grower.”Grocery vegetables can’t compare to freshly picked, he said.”Buy a tomato, grow a tomato and compare the two,” he said.”There’s just no contest. The homegrown one will be farsuperior.”Sweet corn is an even better crop for a homegrown-store-boughtcomparison test, Westerfield said.”Sugar builds up in sweet corn just before it’s harvested in thefield,” he said. “When it’s picked, the sugar turns to starchwithin hours. By the time you buy the corn from the grocerystore, it could have been there for a week or so, and the sugarhas all turned to starch. With sweet corn growing in your homegarden, you can go out and pick it and eat it within an hour.”The sugar-to-starch conversion is one reason the triple sweetcorn variety has become a popular option over the traditionalSilver Queen variety. “Triple sweets are designed to have moresugar content,” he said. “They have genes that help the cornstore the sugar longer.” Inexpensive food sourceWesterfield says home-garden vegetables aren’t just better.They’re cheaper, too.”Seeds are really cheap,” he said. “And you can store yourharvest in cans or in the freezer and enjoy your home gardenvegetables year-round.”At home, Westerfield and his family freeze sweet corn andbroccoli and can green beans and homemade tomato paste. At work,he donates the vegetables from his trial gardens to area foodpantries.”The food pantries really appreciate the fresh vegetables, and sodo the patrons,” he said. “Fresh vegetables are welcome treats tosomeone who’s used to eating primarily canned foods.”Georgia’s climate allows home gardeners the luxury of planting summer and fall gardens. So, it’s never too late to start.last_img read more


NGO Reports Central Americans Kidnapped in Mexico

December 20, 2020

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first_imgBy Dialogo March 05, 2013 The immigrant advocacy organization “Hermanos en el Camino,” reported a wave of kidnappings towards Central American citizens, the last of which was perpetrated by criminals in the south eastern area of Mexico, leaving at least one Honduran national killed. “We are concerned; there have been several kidnappings in recent months. Today, another one occurred. The authorities, the General Prosecutor’s Office know about this; we have reported it. However, nothing has been done. They just do not care,” Alberto Donis, member of the advocacy organization, claimed. Donis explained that criminal gangs in Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, are “on the hunt” for Central American citizens, demanding $100 to let them board the train that travels towards the U.S. border. “If they don’t pay, they keep them until their families or the United States pay a ransom from $1,000 to $5,000,” Donis added, who also has a shelter for immigrants in Ixtepec, Oaxaca. Kidnappings have proliferated since October, when a Honduran national was shot in the head while he was trying to escape from criminals in Medias Aguas, Veracruz. Later, his body was decapitated, according to the report. Donis assured that kidnappers have “undercover members” on the train that is boarded by immigrants in Chiapas, near the Guatemalan border, who establish conversations with the Central American immigrants to find out if their families have enough resources to pay for a ransom. The organization “Hermanos en el Camino” – Brothers on the Road, is headed by Priest Alejandro Solalinde, a well-known immigrant advocate in Mexico and other nations,who has confronted criminals, and caused him to received several threats that forced him to leave the country in 2012. Lately, this organization’s shelter has assisted hundreds of undocumented Central American immigrants, who are provided with food and a place to rest and clean up before resuming their attempt to reach northern Mexico, hoping to cross the U.S. border illegally. On their way through Mexico, they become victims of abuse and extortion by organized crime. The State Human Rights National Commission estimates that 20,000 immigrants are kidnapped annually and held for ransom from their families.last_img read more


US election results: ‘We’re going to win this race’ – Biden

November 20, 2020

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first_imgAs protracted vote counting continues in the US, Joe Biden says: “The numbers tell us a clear and convincing story – we’re going to win this race”. However the Democratic candidate – speaking in his home state of Delaware running mate Kamala Harris by his side – stopped short of officially declaring victory in the presidential election.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img


Nursing home owners set to pull out of troubled sector

October 20, 2020

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Jeremy Corbyn backs Patrick Vieira for next Arsenal manager and rules himself out of the running

October 18, 2020

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first_imgPatrick Vieira is currently in charge of Nice in Ligue 1 (Picture: Getty Images)Freddie Ljungberg is in interim charge of the team and will also become a candidate to take the job permanently if he picks up good results.When asked about the job, Vieira certainly kept his options open, saying on Saturday: ‘It’s a very difficult job and I realise that. It’s always sad to see a coach lose his job.‘Today it’s his turn and tomorrow maybe it will be me. When you throw yourselves into this job, you have to expect to be sacked one day.‘There are things I don’t control. People say a lot of things in this industry, whether they’re true or not. I have nothing to say on the matter.‘Like you, I read things, watch things and listen to things. That’s all. I have never said I wanted to leave Nice!More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Maybe one day I’ll be sacked without wanting to leave Nice. I know where I am and I know where I’m going and it doesn’t bother me.‘It’s true that this evening I would have preferred more questions about the performance of my players rather than on my future.’MORE: Jamie Carragher ‘surprised’ by three players Freddie Ljungberg picked for first Arsenal game vs NorwichMORE: Freddie Ljungberg explains decision to start Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka for Arsenal’s clash with Norwich Phil HaighSunday 1 Dec 2019 2:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link220Shares Jeremy Corbyn backs Patrick Vieira for next Arsenal manager and rules himself out of the running Comment Advertisement Advertisement Jeremy Corbyn has made his choice for the next Arsenal boss (Picture: Getty Images)Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has backed ‘brilliant guy’ Patrick Vieira to be the next Arsenal manager and has confirmed that he has no interest in the job.The Gunners fan has a lot on his plate at the moment as he contests the upcoming General Election, but had a clear opinion when asked about the situation at the Emirates.The 70-year-old only picked out one name for who he wants to take over in the red half of north London, and that is former Arsenal captain and current Nice manager, Vieira.‘Personally I like Patrick Vieira,’ Corbyn told Sky News. ‘Iconic player, brilliant guy and he’s done so much for the education of children back home in Africa. I think Patrick Vieria.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But by the way, it won’t be me. No matter what happens in the election, I will not be the Arsenal manager. That might be good news for some people, whatever, but that’s the situation.Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.Vieira is being considered as one of a number of candidates to replace Unai Emery after the Spaniard was sacked on Friday.Arsenal had gone seven games without a win under Emery and defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night proved to be the final straw.Also believed to be in the frame to take the job at the Emirates are former Juventus manager Max Allegri, Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.last_img read more


Regulators urge pension funds to use new benchmarks ahead of Libor end

September 29, 2020

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first_imgEuribor, Libor and Eonia were not tenable in their current forms, the regulators said, and provided an ever less reliable picture of the interest rates for short-term lending between banks.The regulators added that current benchmarks didn’t meet the requirements of the new European Benchmarks Regulation (BMR), which is to come into force in 2022. After this date they cannot be used in long-term contracts.The regulators warned that the transition to alternative standards would be complicated and require investors to set aside enough time to enact.DNB and AFM sent pension funds, insurers and banks a questionnaire to find out whether they had already started preparations and how much progress they had made.At least 200 investment funds domiciled in Europe still use Libor, Euribor and related benchmarks, according to data retrieved from FE Analytics. Dutch supervisors De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) and Financial Markets Authority (AFM) have urged pension funds to start seeking alternatives for benchmarks such as Euribor, Libor and Eonia.The trio of benchmarks – often used in swap contracts – are set to be scrapped in 2022 following a detailed review in the wake of the Libor-rigging scandal.In a letter to the financial sector, the watchdogs said the interbanking trade was decreasing and a decreasing number of banks were providing data.Therefore, it was important that pension funds and other large financial institutions started exploring alternatives early, DNB and AFM said.last_img read more


Adani impact: Mining towns on cusp of a housing boom

September 28, 2020

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first_imgThe Adani Carmichael Mine has received final approval. Image supplied.Coal Council of Australia chief executive Greg Evans said the mine would be beneficial for central and north Queensland, with both direct jobs and wider economic benefits in towns from Gladstone to Townsville.Mr Evans said the decision by the state government was long overdue, costly and damaging to Queensland’s investment reputation.“Clearly, project approval processes need to be revamped and streamlined to ensure this type of debacle is never repeated,” Mr Evans said.“Demand for high-quality Australian coal remains very sound and is required to provide fuel for the large-scale expansion of high-efficiency low emission power stations in Asia.” A tractor on the site of the Adani Carmichael Mine. Image: supplied.Some mining towns have already started climbing back after reaching rock bottom, with Analysis from property researcher CoreLogic reveals the town of Blackwater in the Central Highlands recorded the strongest growth in home values over the past year of 33.5 per cent.But that’s still 75 per cent lower than its peak at the height of the resources boom.According to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, Gladstone’s housing market is “closer to the end than the beginning of its price falls”.The REIQ said the city’s median unit price of $171,000 was the most affordable of any major region in the state, making it “an attractive proposition for investors”. This three-bedroom house at 16 Melbourne Court, Calliope, in the Gladstone region is for sale for $259,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoRockhampton, with an annual median house price of $254,500, is the most affordable housing sector of all markets in Queensland, according to the REIQ.The city’s median house price rose an impressive 15.2 per cent to $265,000 in the March quarter of this year — a trend that is only set to continue in the wake of the Adani mine approval.Even Townsville’s housing market, which has been impacted heavily by floods, is likely to benefit from the mine.“I think with these big projects, it just shines a light on Townsville,” REIQ Regional Director Damien Keyes said.“We will get the initial injection of all these people coming to the region in places like restaurants and local businesses, but also people will pay attention to how great our market conditions are,” Mr Keyes said.“It will put Townsville on the radar for a lot of people in terms of where they look to buy.” This three-bedroom house at 34 Hodel St, Rosslea, in Townsville, is on the market for offers over $270,000.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said it was hard to say what the approval of the mine would mean for the surrounding regions because there was still a lot of contention around how many local jobs would be created. “If you assume job creation is significant, it will increase demand for housing both from a purchase and rental perspective,” Mr Kusher said.“The challenge will be that since the end of the mining boom these areas have seen very low demand for housing so, if demand exceeds supply you would expect rents and prices to increase, however, I can’t say with any confidence whether that will or won’t be the case. “The previous boom did see big increases in prices and rents, however, we must remember that any pick-up in activity is coming pretty close to the previous boom, whereas the last boom was many years after the prior boom.” An anti-Adani placard is held by a protester outside of state parliament. The mine has received final approval from the Queensland government. Image: AAP/James Ross.REGIONS hit hardest by the resources downturn could be set to benefit from the approval of one of the most controversial mining projects in the state’s history.After years of poor property price growth, cities like Gladstone, Rockhampton and Emerald are poised to become an investors’ paradise following the state government’s decision to give the green light for the Adani mine in the Galilee Basin.Home prices in towns like Bowen, Longreach and Moranbah, which are up to 73 per cent below their peak, could be on the cusp of a major rebound with work on the Carmichael coal mine set to start immediately. MORE: Rough diamonds in the suburbslast_img read more


Police & security forces beefing up operations in the Central African…

September 27, 2020

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first_imgHollande in Central African Republic African Union re-admits Central African Republic Security forces in the Central African Republic have beefed up their operations in the capital Bangui.Police have been cracking down on former Seleka rebels turned politicians. Several former rebels were arrested as they were heading to a political party meeting on Thursday. Residents have welcomed the decision to have local police take a more active role in security in the country.There’s been growing anger at French peacekeepers who have been handling security.Relatedcenter_img Central African Republic Child Abuse Claimslast_img read more