Notre Dame students and faculty reflect on the life and death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

first_imgLast week, associate justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg died due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Justice Ginsburg, also referred to as “the Notorious RBG” and the court’s “Great Dissenter,” led with strength in the face of adversity. She spent much of her early career fighting gender discrimination, before being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She leaves behind a life-long legacy as a trailblazer for promoting and protecting women’s rights and furthering gender equality.University President Fr. John Jenkins released a statement Friday evening addressing Ginsburg’s death, and recalled her visit to campus in 2016. “I recall fondly her standing-room-only appearance in the Joyce Center in 2016,” Jenkins said in the statement.Political science professor Christina Wolbrecht spoke to the importance of Ginsburg’s work and its influence on the lives of current and future generations of women.“Few people in history did more to advance the equality of women than Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and all long before she sat on the Supreme Court. The series of cases she argued in the 1970s transformed and ensured the constitutional basis for sex equality,” Wolbrecht said. “There is no woman in this country whose life was not materially improved by Ginsburg’s work.”Professor Eileen Hunt Botting, a political theorist whose scholarly interests cover modern political thought, feminism, family, ethics of technology and literature, also spoke of Ginsburg’s passing. Courtesy of Riya Shah. Notre Dame College Democrats and others gather to recognize Ginsburg’s death in a vigil at the grotto Sunday night.“The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg hit our country hard during a time of greater political and public health crisis, not only in the U.S., but around the world,” Botting said. “She had rightfully become a legal icon of a triad of egalitarian feminist values at the foundation of modern representative democracy: equality before the law; the right to non-discrimination on the basis of sex, gender or other social status; and equality of opportunity.”First year Anjali Pellegrin said she was saddened by Ginsburg’s death, and discussed her admiration for the late justice. “RBG’s death made a lot of my greatest fears a reality; for me the Supreme Court is the greatest protector of the people and the minorities, and it’s so hard to see such a strong force for good go,” Pellegrin said. “As a woman, she was my idol and as an activist she was my hope. She will rest in power” Sophomore Isabella Garcia of Notre Dame College Democrats spoke to her regard for Ginsburg, and said she was upset by the politicization surrounding her death. “It was really monumental, but I think that, especially in this time, it really stings and reminds me that the election is so important,” Garcia said. “We’re in the 40-day stretch now. I’m thinking about the fact the Trump administration is going to try to nominate and push someone through.”On Sunday evening, Notre Dame College Democrats held an unofficial vigil to remember Ginsburg’s life and recognize what she contributed to the advancement of historically marginalized groups’ rights.When asked how students can work to honor Ginsburg’s memory, Garcia talked about the vigil and said specific practices are important in honoring her. “I think, especially on a Catholic campus, it’s important to recognize the fact that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a Jewish woman, and so recognizing the traditional learning practices for that faith tradition has been an awesome thing to learn during this time,” Garcia said. When reflecting on how to honor Ginsburg’s memory, Botting said it’s best to remember the education that brought her to the Supreme Court.“We must ensure that future generations of citizens read and learn about the egalitarian and liberal ideas that are the basis for our most cherished democratic rights and freedoms,” Botting said.Tags: egalitarian feminism, feminist, Notorious RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court, The Great Dissenter, vigillast_img read more

The Qld suburbs leading the nation for house price growth

first_imgBOOM SUBURBS — CAIRNS. SOURCE: By comparison, the top performer in New South Wales was Dudley in the Newcastle-Maitland district (up 25 per cent) and Palm Beach ($3.4 million) in Sydney, up 24 per cent to $3.4 million. Only seven of the 10 Sydney suburbs recorded double digit growth, according to the data.The top performer in Victoria was also in a regional centre, with Lovely Banks in Geelong up 26 per cent. The top performing Melbourne suburb was Warburton, up 20 per cent to $527,500.The findings come after another report — the REIQ Quarterly Market Monitor — revealed that the annual median house price within the Brisbane City Council region had hit another new high, reaching $680,000. RELATED: Brisbane house price hits new record high: What‘s your home now worth? Take a look inside Brisbane’s $18 million trophy home REA Group / chief economist Nerida ConisbeeBut she said the “really good news” was that Brisbane, and the southeast generally, had largely weathered the downturn that has gripped southern states.In Townsville, which was devastated by widespread flooding earlier this year, one suburb saw median house prices jump 32 per cent in the same period. Gulliver has seen its median house price jump 32 per cent to $295,000. Mr Curtain said there was great value to be found in some of Brisbane’s “inner city acreage” suburbs. Townsville’s Marina Residences development hits the market BOOM SUBURBS — BRISBANE. SOURCE: house prices in the suburb, which is arguably the closest acreage suburb to the city, have reached $1.1 million, according to Gumdale, Place Woolloongabba agents James Curtain and Chris Dixon are marketing a contemporary, architecturally-designed residence on approximately 1ha. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59A LEAFY Brisbane suburb has recorded the strongest median house price growth in the country, with several regional city suburbs also outperforming prestige interstate hot spots.Gumdale, about 14km east of the Brisbane CBD, recorded a staggering 37 per cent increase in median house prices in the 12 months to the end of May. MORE NEWS: Insane Brisbane houses on the market right now Brisbane’s hungry for luxury, says richlist developer In the Gold Coast/Tweed region, growth ranged from four per cent at Broadbeach Waters to 15 per cent at Jacobs Well. BOOM SUBURBS — GOLD COAST/TWEED SOURCE: There are plenty of nice houses in Gulliver, but you may just get this ramshackle house for a bargain at auctionOther top performers in the sunshine state were Buccan (Brisbane) which was up 26 per cent to $765,000, East Ipswich (up 23 per cent to $329,000), Carvonica in Cairns (up 25 per cent to $499,000) and East Toowoomba (up 22 per cent to $525,000). That revelation marked 27 straight quarters of growth for Brisbane at a time when interstate capital cities have seen house prices plummet.Ms Conisbee said she expected to see even stronger growth for the city going forward.“It is steady as she goes,” she said. “But I think your growth will be stronger again (with the next data run) given that we have a market that feels stronger after the Coalition win and the interest rate cut.“There is always that risk of rising unemployment … one interest rate cut is good but multiple cuts because of job cuts just takes away from any gains in the property market anyway.“But it is a good sign that people are buying within a wide range of price brackets and shows a healthy market with offerings for all budgets.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoBOOM SUBURBS — TOWNSVILLE. SOURCE: Conisbee said Gulliver was an affordable suburb, and like many regional centres close to mining hubs experiencing a boost in employment and confidence, rents have increased and house values naturally followed. RELATED: The Townsville ‘no hoper’ house with wannabe gangster graffiti BOOM SUBURBS — SUNSHINE COAST. SOURCE: This acreage property at 88 Archer Street at Gumdale is listed for sale“It is 15 to 20 minutes from the CBD and it has sought-after schools,” he said. “There are also business people targeting Gumdale because they want to be able to live and run a business from the same locality. And there is a mix of entry level homes right up to very luxurious new builds so there is a good mix.”REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee said acreage suburbs close to Brisbane were consistently popular with prospective buyers in Brisbane. Of the 10 suburbs surveyed in Brisbane, every one recorded double digit growth of between 13 per cent (Kenmore and Gordon Park) and 37 per cent in Gumdale.The Sunshine Coast also recorded double digit growth across its top 10 suburbs, with Mons and Ninderry recording 24 per cent and 22 per cent respectively. Townsville houses were flooded earlier this year in what was described as a 1 in 500 year event. (AAP Image/Dave Acree) How this local tradie saved his way to four sound investments by 22last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant learns rotator cuff is ‘pulled off the bone’ in video

first_imgThe harsh truth awaited Kobe Bryant. The Lakers’ star visited with team doctor Steve Lombardo on Friday for a re-examination after an MRI suggested he had a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. As shown in a video Bryant posted Saturday on “The Players Tribune,” Lombardo soon delivered some depressing news. “There are four muscles for your cuff,” Lombardo said to Bryant. “Unlike this previous MRI, and your ultrasound you had a couple of months ago, this is pulled off. Torn, (muscle) No. 3.”“It’s pulled off the bone?” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak asked off camera.“Yes,” Lombardo answered. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Case studyThe Lakers’ collective inaction on Bryant’s shoulder juxtaposed how meticulous Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has become in managing forward Tim Duncan, the 18-year veteran.“You have a long view in the sense that you think about it and you look at the schedule at the beginning of the year,” Popovich said. “It’s never about wins or losses. It’s not about that. You don’t overplay somebody to get the win.”Scott tried adopting that plan for Bryant knowing he played only six games last season amid injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. After playing Bryant an average of 35.5 minutes through the Lakers’ first 27 games, Scott rested him in eight of the previous 15 contests before his injury. Scott hoped this approach would preserve Bryant for the 2015-16 season in what would mark the final year of his contract worth $25 million.Popovich began conserving Duncan in only his third year in the NBA entering the 2000 playoffs because an injured knee. “The docs cleared him, he could probably play, but I didn’t let him,” Popovich said. “I did that with the thought of wanting him to have as long of a career as he wanted to. I didn’t want to take a chance to send him out there and do more damage to it.”Injury updateThe Lakers have listed reserve center Tarik Black as doubtful for today’s game against the Rockets because of a sprained right ankle that sidelined him for the past two contests. center_img That means that Bryant will likely need surgery, which would keep him out for the rest of the 2014-15 season. Nothing has become official beyond Bryant remaining sidelined when the Lakers (12-32) host the Houston Rockets (30-14) today at Staples Center. Bryant still plans to visit with Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Monday before determining his next step. But the news hardly looks promising.“The thing I can’t tell is how long you’ve had this injury,” Lombardo said.Neither could Bryant. Lakers coach Byron Scott revealed Bryant alerted him about pain in his right shoulder about a month and a half ago. But Bryant quickly dismissed the discomfort. When Bryant aggravated the shoulder in Wednesday’s loss in New Orleans, Bryant still downplayed the injury. Regardless, Bryant responded with Lombardo’s grim diagnosis by saying “OK” in a stoic tone, suggesting the Lakers’ star understands the circumstances and remains determined to tackle his next challenge. last_img read more

Wallabies need to strike attacking balance

first_imgKurtley Beale and Israel Folau will be reunited on Saturday night, and it didn’t take much for the fullback to show exactly why Beale’s return is so anticipated by Australia.One of Australia’s most prolific Test finishers can’t wait to have his Waratahs teammate back,  just for the flow-on of confidence the utility has in a side.“You grow that extra leg when you know you have him beside you. He brings a lot more confidence to your game and it’s exciting,” Folau said.“Guys like KB they don’t come around too often.“You give him the ball and he’s always going to create something out of nothing. Guys around him, when they play with him, they grow.”Folau’s not the first one to come out singing Beale’s praises, with the utility painted as the great hope for the Wallabies in many senses, but it’s not an expectation that worries Beale.“The feeling in camp has probably been the best it’s been for a while,” he said.“A lot of these new guys have got a really good feel of what is required being at this level now, what needs be done around the edges and your preparation to actually put out a quality performance.“I feel like we’re getting that now and a lot of these young guys are stepping up to the mark and it’s pushing the older statesmen so that’s creating a really good healthy competition and it’s allowing us to move forward and that’s important for us as a group.”He’ll be looking over his shoulder for his old teammate as well, once Saturday kicks off.“You’re stupid if you’re not. This year he’s been incredible in the June series, he’s been on fire so for me I don’t look to overdo it,” he said.Though they’ll clearly be attacking weapons, Beale was kick to emphasise the juggling act the Wallabies will need to perfect against the All Blacks.Kicking was key for the British and Irish Lions in June and Beale will play a crucial role in helping flyhalf Bernard Foley release the pressure valve for the Wallabies, an element that has proven their downfall in the past.“Releasing pressure is so important to try and still be involved in the game – what’s the point of scoring points and then not exiting well from your half?,” he said.“We’ve got a game plan and hopefully I can help Bernard direct a team, take a bit of pressure off him to let him just play and back his instinct.“I feel like we’ve got to back ourselves at times.“There’s got to be that level of balance and I feel like we’re getting to that stage now.”A positive showing is not only vital for the Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup hopes, but in a dismal Australian year, rugby can ill-afford a repeat of the 2016 opener.Folau said there was one thing he wanted spectators to be have no doubt about when they walked out of ANZ on Saturday night.“We just want to see the fans really seeing that we’re having a real decent crack for the jersey and what it means to us,” he said.Michael Cheika will announce his Bledisloe team on Thursday, and there aren’t expected to be any major bolters, with Beale all but assured of starting at 12 and Samu Kerevi likely to fill the 13 spot.The All Blacks name their team on Thursday morning.last_img read more