Making the case for reproductive rights

first_imgJulie Rikelman ’93, J.D. ’97, has taken the fight for access to abortion to the Supreme Court and won. A warrior for reproductive rights, Rikelman was the lead litigator for the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, which was decided 5-4 for the plaintiff on June 29 (with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ’76, J.D. ’79, voting with his liberal colleagues). The senior director of U.S. litigation for the Center for Reproductive Rights, Rikelman argued successfully that the Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles placed an undue burden on the women of the state.Because the Louisiana law was basically identical to one in Texas that was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016 — a precedent emphasized by Roberts in his concurring opinion — this latest case, the first to focus on abortion rights since the confirmation of Justices Neil Gorsuch, J.D. ’91, and Brett Kavanaugh, was not only a test of precedent but a test of the changing court. Harvard Law Today spoke with Rikelman to discuss the case and its implications.Q&AJulie RikelmanHLT: June Medical Services LLC v. Russo involved a Louisiana law that appeared to be identical to one in Texas that was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016. What was different about this case?Rikelman: It really wasn’t different at all. In fact, the Louisiana law was explicitly modeled on the Texas law, and the facts were really the same. The Texas law shut down about half of the clinics in that state, and if this Louisiana law had taken effect it would have decimated abortion access in that state.HLT: What does this decision mean for women in Louisiana and beyond?Rikelman:This decision is critical for protecting access to abortion in Louisiana. There are three clinics left in the state, and if this law had taken effect it would have made it virtually impossible for most people to get access to care. At the same time, it’s really important for people to remain vigilant, because we know that the opposition is relentless. We’ve had over 450 restrictions on abortion passed at the state level in the last 10 years, and those aren’t going to stop. The vote in this decision was five-four to block this law. Only one vote the other way would have allowed this law to take effect. The two justices appointed by President Trump both voted in the dissent. They would have upheld this law.HLT: What were the salient points in the decision?Rikelman: There are a couple of really critical points. The first, of course, is that five justices of the Supreme Court have said that this law was unconstitutional, that it imposes an undue burden on abortion access in Louisiana. For that reason, it has to be permanently blocked.The second critical point about the decision is that it rejects arguments that Louisiana has been making about something called third-party standing. Louisiana had claimed that this case should have been thrown out of court because physicians, medical providers, and medical practices shouldn’t have been able to bring this case at all on behalf of their patients, and the court, including Chief Justice Roberts, said that that is just wrong — that medical providers can bring these types of cases. If the court had ruled the other way, it really would have shut the courthouse doors to many of the lawsuits that challenge abortion restrictions.The third point is that the court said that stare decisis is important. When the court said four years ago that the Texas law was unconstitutional, given that this Louisiana law is the same, the court needed to have the same outcome today. The court reaffirmed the rule of law.Pro-life activists participate in a demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 29. The Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that a Louisiana law that required doctors who provide abortions to have written agreements with local hospitals to transfer patients was unconstitutional. Alex Wong/Getty ImagesHLT: Was there anything particularly striking about the dissent?Rikelman:One of the things that is critical for people to understand is that even if Roe v Wade remains the law, if people don’t actually have meaningful access to abortion, it’s a right that exists in theory but not as fact. This law would have made it nearly impossible for people to actually have an abortion. It’s very concerning that four justices dissented and would not have blocked this law.The second thing that’s very concerning is, as I mentioned, that a number of the justices would have overturned precedent on third-party standing. That would have been really harmful for abortion access.HLT: What’s next for reproductive rights?Rikelman:What we really need to work on right now is expanding access to abortion. There are many states in the South and the Midwest where it’s extremely difficult for people to actually access abortion, and we need to make it possible for people to have this right in reality, not just in theory. Abortion restrictions disproportionately harm people of color, people who are struggling to make ends meet, people who live in rural areas, and young people. The status quo is not good enough.HLT: Are there any specific cases you are working on now or will be taking on soon?Rikelman:The center has over 30 other cases that are pending in the courts right now. One law that we’re challenging in Louisiana would extend the waiting period in that state from 24 hours to 72 hours. This is the kind of barrier that makes it really hard for people to actually access abortion even while Roe is the law.We’ll also continue to battle against outright bans on abortion. The center just filed a challenge to a ban on abortion that Tennessee enacted just about a week ago. Instead of focusing on expanding access to healthcare, making sure that maternal mortality in these states is falling rather than rising, these states are busy banning abortion and taking people’s decisions away from them.last_img read more

County Health Department Investigates COVID-19 Outbreak At Local Business

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageMAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health is investigating a possible COVID-19 outbreak at a local business.In a statement to the media on Sunday, Christine Schuyler, the County Public Health Director, says with every positive case a disease investigation is conducted and isolation and quarantine orders are issued for those impacted.“We are working collaboratively with an employer in the north county where an employee(s) tested positive for COVID-19.” said Schuyler. “This employer has been very cooperative and is following all of the required and recommended state protocols for this industry.”Officials did not specifically identify the business in question. “In partnership with the NYSDOH, we are continuing our public health work on this situation.”She says only when close contacts cannot adequately be identified or located, will public health agencies issue a public notification with more specific information to assist in locating contacts and mitigating disease spread.On Friday, eight new COVID-19 cases were reported in the county. An update recapping new weekend cases is expected on Monday.last_img read more

Dried produce

first_imgIf your home garden “runneth over” with produce, try drying the excess as a healthy snack or nutritional addition to winter soups and sauces. A University of Georgia food safety specialist says it only takes a dehydrator and a little effort.Many home gardeners plant a few extra vegetable plants in case insects or diseases strike their crops. When all goes well, this can lead to harvests too large for one family to consume.Elizabeth Andress, a UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist, discovered a new personal treat last season when she decided to dry some tomatoes left over from a food preservation training class.Tastes great, makes the kitchen smell yummy“They were Roma tomatoes so they weren’t big and juicy,” she said. “I sliced them a quarter of an inch thick and sprinkled them with a little oregano. It smelled just like a pizza kitchen while they were drying.”Andress stored the dried tomatoes in her cupboard in zip closed freezer bags and used them as a healthy snack. Dried food doesn’t have to be refrigerated because the moisture that would cause it to spoil has been removed, she said. Tomatoes should be dried like fruits, not like vegetables, she said. Unlike vegetables, which usually require blanching before they can be dried, fruits can be sliced and placed directly in a dehydrator.Like vegetables, tomatoes can be blanched, but they do not need to be. “If you plan to eat them in the dried form as a snack, it is better not to blanch them,” Andress said. “Just plan on eating them within several months.”“Tomatoes, and other fruits, can still be a little flexible after drying as long as there’s no moisture left,” she said. “It doesn’t hurt to dry them a little further. Just be careful because they can scorch and burn if you dry them too long. Just ask some of my students.” Andress said dried tomatoes can also be stored in the freezer as long as the container is free of air and moisture. To reduce inside condensation, remove the tomatoes from the container when you are ready to thaw them.“If you are just planning to rehydrate them in a soup or stew, it doesn’t matter,” she said.Almost impossible in GeorgiaSun-dried tomatoes sound like a gourmet dish, and in Georgia they are not an easy task to make at home. Sun drying is a process that relies on the air around the produce being very dry, Andress said.“Our air is very humid so it’s very difficult to sun-dry,” she said. If you try to sun-dry, use only acidic foods like fruits and never low acid foods like jerky and vegetables, she said.Andress’s favorite foods to dry are apples, figs and pineapple. Some fruits, like kiwi, don’t work. “The slices end up shrinking so much that it’s just a mouthful of seeds,” she said. Follow these stepsTo dry a tomato or other fruits, follow these steps: 1. Choose good quality produce. If it’s moldy, mushy or browning, throw it out. 2. Wash the fruit, and slice it evenly. (Some light-colored fruits, like apples and pears, will brown less if dipped in an ascorbic-acid solution after slicing.)3. Place it on a tray in an electric dehydrator. If your oven can be programmed for low temperatures, you can use it. Set the dehydrator’s temperature at 140 F. Food dried at lower temperatures might never fully dry. At higher temperatures, food dries faster on the outside, which becomes hard, but leaves the inside moist and likely to rot. 4. Wait a few hours and keep a close eye on the produce as it gets nearer to the end of drying. Food close to being done will dry faster at the end than at the beginning. 5. Seal the finished pieces in freezer-weight plastic bags or in plastic storage boxes. Follow the same steps with vegetables, except blanch them first. The only vegetables that don’t have to be blanched are onions, okra and peppers (all types). Collard Roll-Ups?Other foods that can be dried are meat jerky, seeds, herbs and greens like kale and collards. Foods can also be pureed and dried flat, much like Fruit Roll-Ups. “One advantage to me of doing some of the fruits I like, like apples and pineapples, is sometimes commercially they’ve added sugars and sugar coatings to them,” Andress said. “This way, you can just have them plain.” As a diabetic, she still has to watch how much she eats. A whole dried apple has the same amount of sugar as a fresh apple; it just has a smaller volume. Commercially-dried banana chips often contain tropical oils and sugar, she said. “Homemade bananas will be chewier, but you can get them in their natural forms without the additives.” Dried fruits can be mixed with nuts as a trail mix and dried vegetables make great starter for soup mix. Drying “tends to be popular with people who do hiking and backpacking and kayaking and such,” Andress said. “A real advantage is the condensed volume, lighter weight and small storage space.” For more information on drying food, visit read more

New Turf Facilities

first_imgFor more information on UGA’s turfgrass programs, visit “This university has an impressive and undeniable legacy in growing these experiences.” More than 200 people gathered June 24 for a groundbreaking ceremony that brought new turfgrass research and education facilities on the University of Georgia’s campuses in Griffin, Tifton and Athens one step closer to completion. Local, state, industry and UGA representatives met on the UGA Griffin campus to officially mark the university’s continued commitment to an industry that provides 87,000 full- and part-time jobs throughout the state. “In business, you’re only as good as your ability to keep ahead of your competitors. In Georgia, our sod growers and turf professionals are fortunate to have a world-class turfgrass program to keep them ahead of our friends and competitors in other states,” said J. Scott Angle, the college’s dean and director. “Much of the past success of our sod and turf industry is a direct result of the many varieties of turfgrass generated here (in Griffin), in Tifton and also in Athens.” “In turfgrass science, we do not grow food, and we do not grow fiber. We grow human experiences and human connections,” Grubbs explained. “We grow the soccer fields that children play on during the weekends, we grow the football fields that we love to visit every fall, we grow the parks that we spread blankets out on to watch fireworks, we grow the yards that we stand on in our bare feet, and we grow the golf courses that someone’s grandfather plays on every Sunday. Turf developed at UGA has been underfoot on an international scale—at World Cup soccer tournaments and Olympic venues including the upcoming games in Japan—and gracing fields locally, including Sanford Stadium and the UGA practice facilities. The college has been serving the turfgrass industry for more than 60 years, starting in the 1950s with a warm-season turfgrass breeding program. UGA researchers—known as the Turf Team—continue to develop and evaluate new varieties, searching for those that require less fertilizer and are more drought, disease and pest tolerant. In the college, 10 faculty members focus primarily on turf along with an additional eight researchers who have involvement in turf-related projects. “Turfgrass is one of Georgia’s largest agricultural commodities, and the future of the turfgrass industry—now valued at nearly $8 billion—is very bright,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “At the heart of the industry’s growth and development lies UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Our turfgrass scientists conduct leading research, provide training to industry professionals and prepare students to be leaders in turfgrass management.” During the 2014 legislative session, Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly approved $11.5 million for a statewide turfgrass facilities enhancement project. Outdated facilities on UGA’s campuses will be replaced with labs, greenhouses, classrooms and office spaces designed to keep the university at the forefront of turf breeding programs around the nation. “Our state has a huge investment in human capital and machinery and equipment in the (turf) industry, and to come down here to what I feel like, in a lot of cases, is the home of the green industry in our state means so much,” said Rep. Terry England (R-Auburn), chairman of Georgia’s House Appropriations Committee. Turf, he continued, “is just one of those things that gives enjoyment to everybody.” Ultimately, a turf scientist’s work is about building relationships, said Becky Grubbs, a doctoral student in the college’s crop and soil sciences department. Additional ceremony speakers included Tommy Hopkins, regent of the University System of Georgia, and Ken Morrow, president of Sod Atlanta Inc.last_img read more

DOD Spokesman: As U.S. Provides Aid to Central, South America, Russia Sends Bombers

first_img (Follow David Vergun on Twitter: @VergunDoD) By By David Vergun, December 13, 2018 Medical personnel aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort have thus far treated more than 25,000 civilians, and performed more than 600 surgeries in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras, U.S. Army Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters December 10, 2018. The Comfort is currently treating patients in Honduras. A number of people who were treated are migrants from Venezuela who fled to neighboring nations, Col. Manning said. “Contrast this with Russia, whose approach to the man-made disaster in Venezuela is to send strategic bomber aircraft instead of humanitarian assistance,” he said. “The Venezuelan government should be focusing on providing humanitarian assistance and aid to lessen the suffering of its people, and not on Russian warplanes.” Making a Difference Medical personnel from the Comfort are making a tremendous difference on the ground, Col. Manning continued. “This is medical aid that civilians would not otherwise have access to,” he added. “Their presence speaks to how we see being a neighbor in the Western Hemisphere and how we see the importance of providing humanitarian assistance to those that otherwise would not have it.” The Venezuelan health care system is all but collapsed and can’t provide aid to its citizens, Col. Manning said. “We stand with the Venezuelan citizens during their time of need,” he told reporters. “That’s what the symbol of the Comfort means.” The crisis in Venezuela can be resolved only by the restoration of a democratic government’s rule of law and respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms, Col. Manning said. Pentagon officials said two Russian heavy strategic bombers — Tupolev TU-160 Blackjacks, which can fly at supersonic speeds — are in Venezuela, along with all of the required maintenance and refueling capabilities. last_img read more

3 subtle ways you can deliver respect in the workplace

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details When you think about respect in the workplace, the first words that come to mind are probably kindness and politeness. While those are common adjectives that describe a respectful person, the parameters of being respectful are a lot larger. Here are three subtle ways you can show respect in the workplace…Timely responses: Think about how you use your time. You probably have a schedule that is set up around your needs, but what about the people you work with. Does your schedule show respect for others? Checking your email 3 times a day may work well for you, but how is it affecting your coworkers? They may need you help with an issue, and a timely response from you may be just what they need to see that you respect them and the work that they’re doing every day.Be insightful: If you have the ability to look ahead and see what needs to be done before it’s asked of anyone, take the initiative to do it. If you see a coworker is swamped on a day when you have a lighter load, ask them if they could use an extra pair of hands. Most people are willing to help when asked for it, but far less seek out ways to be helpful.Get on board: We’ve all pitched ideas in meetings that have been quickly swatted down. Sometimes your pride can be a little hurt, but it’s important that you look at the big picture and move on. Once you’ve realized that another plan is a better plan (and even if you don’t ever realize that), it’s time that you not only go along with it, but you get on board and help get things done. Being a team player is a great way to show your coworkers and bosses that you respect the team and its ideas.last_img read more

Deepening our dedication to diversity

first_imgCUES has long been committed to having experts with highly diverse perspectives be part of our professional development offerings for two big reasons: 1) being exposed to a diversity of thinking promotes learning and 2) research clearly shows that diversity leads to improved organizational performance.Over the years, CUES has brought in speakers from industries other than our own to present at our events. We’ve interviewed people with opposing viewpoints for articles in our magazine. We’ve even included experts whose views ran in opposition to our own views and those of our members. Today CUES is striving to do even better. Many people in the industry have wanted CUES to engage even more diverse experts in helping the industry’s current and future leaders learn—and we are delivering on that. For example, check out Advancing Women, our quarterly, online-only publication dedicated to the development of female leaders, women who aspire to leadership and those who support them. The issue that just published in August includes a video about how women can overcome obstacles to financial freedom, information about environments in which women learn best and tips for how to look within yourself for leadership qualities.CUES has also launched “Diversity Insight,” a monthly column covering diversity, equity and inclusion that has already covered the journey of a Tennessee credit union’s first-ever VP/diversity & inclusion, why CUs are perfectly poised to do well with diversity and inclusion, and a Washington CU’s involvement in supporting its local LGBTQ+ community.We’re also really pleased with the exceptional diversity in our speaker lineup for our CEO/Executive Team Network, coming up Nov. 4-6 in Amelia Island, Florida:  Walter Bond, former NBA player and CEO, Walter Bond Worldwide, presenting Team Chemistry Trumps Individual Talent: How Exceptional Leaders Deliver Unprecedented Wins Francesca Gino, Tandon family professor of business administration, Harvard Business School, covering The Future of WorkStephen M. R. Covey, co-founder, CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Speed of Trust Practice, presenting The Speed of TrustAncin Cooley, CIA, CISA, principal, Synergy Credit Union Consulting, on What Would You Do? Situational Strategies for Senior Management John Odom, Ph.D., president, Odom & Associates, presenting Workforce Diversity is a Strategic AdvantageCUES is always on the lookout for bright minds to include in our professional development offerings. If you know of someone who would bring a fresh perspective to our industry’s learning, please let me know. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Seven dead as coronavirus measures trigger prison riots across Italy

first_imgTopics : Three prisoners died there, and another four in prisons where they were moved after the violence started, a prison administration official at the justice ministry, said.Some died from overdoses of drugs they had stolen from prison clinics, a justice ministry source said, without giving details on what had caused the other fatalities.Police and fire trucks massed outside the prison as black smoke swirled into the sky on Sunday. A justice ministry spokesman said the situation there was under control by Monday, and officials were assessing the damage.Two guards were taken hostage in a prison in the northern town of Pavia on Sunday night, and then freed in a police raid hours later, the prison police group UILPA said.Inmates revolted in Milan’s San Vittore prison, taking to the roof and unfurling a banner demanding a general pardon.Further south, prisoners in the Tuscan city of Prato set fire to mattresses.On Sicily, inmates rebelled at Palermo’s Ucciardone prison, which houses some Mafia convicts, but guards managed to regain control, officials said.Italian media said about 50 inmates managed to escape from a jail in the southern city Foggia. The majority were rapidly captured, but by nightfall nine prisoners were still missing.Italy’s prisons are among the most over-crowded in Europe. “The spread of the virus is a real concern,” said Andrea Oleandri of the Italian prison rights group Antigone.  Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede said the government was open to discussing prison conditions but the rebellions had to stop.In a sign of the political pressures piling onto his coalition government, the leader of the far-right opposition League, Matteo Salvini, called for an “iron fist” response.Italy – the worst-hit country in Europe – has reported 463 deaths linked to the virus.The biggest rebellion began on Sunday in a prison in the northern town of Modena.center_img Seven prisoners have died as riots spread through crowded jails across Italy over measures imposed to contain the coronavirus.Inmates, many angered by restrictions on family visits, went on the rampage and started fires from Sunday into Monday, authorities said. In one prison, inmates took guards hostage and in another some escaped.By Monday afternoon, violence that started at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy had spread south, hitting more than 25 penitentiaries nationwide.last_img read more

Lombok Travel Mart promotes tourist destinations in Sumbawa

first_imgAn annual travel exhibition held in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), recently attracted at least 150 local and foreign buyers mostly involved in the leisure business, in particular travel agencies.The seventh Lombok Travel Mart was held by the Regional Representative Council (DPD) in collaboration with the Indonesian Association of Tourism Professionals (ASPPI). The event, held from March 1 to March 4, adopted the theme “Magical Moyo” to promote top tourist destinations on Moyo Island in Sumbawa, NTB.The head of the event, Ade Devi Handayani, explained that sellers came from tourism-related industries such as hotels, restaurants, travel agents and tourist attraction operators. “From 400 applicants, only 150 of the best buyers were chosen to join the event,” Ade said at the Golden Palace Lombok Hotel in Mataram during the opening on March 1.The event showcased travel destinations on Moyo Island such as Mata Waterfall, which is already a tourism icon of Sumbawa, and a snorkeling spot called Poto Jarum that is considered to be the best snorkeling spot on the island.The chairman of ASPPI, Ahmad Ziad, said the event was held annually to promote tourist destinations in the province to both domestic and foreign tourists.“The annual event brings together buyers and sellers in tourism,” he said, adding that last year the event attracted 175 buyers and 35 sellers.The head of the NTB Tourism Agency, Lalu Moh Faozal, said that “Magical Moyo” was chosen as the theme to promote popular tourist destinations in Lombok such as the famous Amanwana resort.  (ydp)Topics :last_img read more

Pep Guardiola issues blunt response when asked if he is missing Mikel Arteta

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 Jan 2020 2:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8kShares Pep Guardiola issues blunt response when asked if he is missing Mikel Arteta Pep Guardiola had been keen for Mikel Arteta to remain at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City have already moved on from Mikel Arteta and denied the Premier League champions are missing the presence of his former No.2.Arteta has made a positive impact since his appointment as Arsenal’s new head coach and celebrated his first win at the helm after masterminding a convincing 2-0 win over Manchester United on Monday.Guardiola had been keen for Arteta to remain at City until the end of the season but sympathised with the dilemma the 37-year-old faced when Arsenal came calling following their decision to sack Unai Emery.City slumped to a shock defeat at Wolves last week, which all but ended their hopes of retaining the league title, but subsequently recovered to record back-to-back wins over Sheffield United an Everton.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if he was missing his former sidekick Gaurdiola responded bluntly, saying: ‘We have already readjusted our routine day by day, our way to work and now he is the manager of Arsenal.’ Advertisement Aymeric Laporte is closing in on making his return after missing four months with a knee injury (Picture: Getty)City are a distant 14 points behind Liverpool in the table with Jurgen Klopp’s side continuing their relentless winning run over the festive period.Guardiola’s side, however, remain in contention for three other trophies and their hopes of ending the season with significant silverware will be boosted by the imminent return of Aymeric Laporte, who has been out of action since August with a knee injury.‘Yesterday was the first time he training 10-15 minutes with the team and today again,’ said Guardiola ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup third round tie against Port Vale.‘The rest individually and he is getting better. He feels good, i think next week he will complete all the training sessions with us.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I don’t know [when he will play again]. You think about it but I think he will dictate with how he feels, he has been out for four months and needs time.‘So it is not like he can immediately play 90 minutes. What is important is he has not had any setbacks during his time out – the same with Leroy – and that is incredibly good.  I’m grateful to the physios.’Are Man City missing Mikel Arteta?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mikel Arteta responds to David Luiz’s dig at former Arsenal boss Unai EmeryMORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future and clarifies January transfer plans Advertisement Commentlast_img read more