Justice conveys Court’s modern role

first_imgThough the federal government has shut down, Notre Dame students studying in Washington, D.C. listened to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speak about the Court’s role in contemporary U.S. politics at a University of California, D.C. (UCDC) event Monday. Before the event, students submitted questions for Kennedy via a Google Doc for pre-approval by the planning committee. Students were told they would be able to ask unscripted questions later in the program if the committee did not select their submissions. Junior Nicole Sganga said time constraints prevented the Notre Dame students from asking a question, though she wanted to ask him about civic discourse in the United States.  “I was aching to ask Justice Kennedy his position on the current state of civic discourse,” she said. “Luckily, the moderator sneaked in a question regarding the current state of American politics toward the end of the Q & A. Justice Kennedy responded with an eloquent plea for a higher discourse founded on fact and reason [addressed to] his counterparts in the executive and legislative branches.” Junior Szymon Barnas said he hoped to ask Kennedy to elaborate on his description of the Supreme Court’s place in contemporary U.S. politics. “Justice Kennedy has been on the speaking circuit the past couple of weeks and has commented many times on the Supreme Court becoming an arena to settle the hot-button political issues of the day because of our dysfunctional democracy,” Barnas said. “As I read about the cases on the docket for this upcoming Supreme Court term regarding issues like campaign contributions, public prayer and affirmative action, I felt that Justice Kennedy’s description of the Court was all the more accurate and hoped he would comment with some thoughts on the upcoming term.”  Barnas said he was impressed by Kennedy’s forthright answers and engaging speaking presence.  “Justice Kennedy gave very forthright and though-provoking answers,” Barnas said. “I found his observations on what it takes to be a good judge and how the Court is affect by cultural pressures to be very insightful. I enjoyed his thoughts on the Court’s role in democracy. Kennedy said laws and the Supreme Court are really a ‘narrative of our moral sense’ and that ‘injustice is really hard to see in the present.’  “As a student who is thinking about attending law school, these observations really made me consider the interplay between justice, equality and the rule of law, [as well as] the more noble responsibilities of lawyers and judges.” Sganga said Kennedy’s remarks on the current government shutdown resonated with her. “When addressing politics, Justice Kennedy was very careful not to criticize or weigh in too much on the current state of the administration and Congress,” Sganga said. “He mentioned earlier that he is not a political man. However, he did say this much, [loosely] paraphrased, ‘Right now the whole world is watching the United States amid this government shutdown. And for half of them, the jury is still out on democracy. The way we conduct ourselves is a reflection on the nature of our governmental institution.’” Sganga said before she attended the event, she was excited by the prospect of seeing Kennedy speak because of the essential role he played in recent Court decisions.  “I’ve done some research on Justice Kennedy and even read a few of the decisions on gay rights and marriage that he had authored,” Sganga said. “Going into the presentation, I knew he was the swing vote. So, I figured it would be interesting to hear from a justice with such a large sway.” Sganga said she felt Kennedy connected with the students on a personal level. “Here was a man with so many experiences, so much wisdom, and so much say in how our government operates. Yet, he was funny, witty and even charming,” Sganga said. “He had a way of making the students he spoke to feel comfortable and at ease. … He came across as just so thoughtful and well spoken, as if he had really reflected upon each word he communicated.  “I guess that’s what you would like to hear about a Supreme Court Justice, but it also made me wish that more politicians in Washington, D.C. acted and spoke with the same care.” Kennedy’s talk was the highlight among other experiences she had with the Supreme Court while in Washington, D.C. this semester, Sganga said. “On Sunday, I attended Red Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral down the street and was lucky enough to sit through the same service as Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia, Justice Thomas, Justice Breyer and Justice Kagan,” Sganga said. “It was the icing on the cake to hear from Justice Kennedy the next day. Six Supreme Court justices in one week – not bad. Our class visited the Supreme Court a few weeks ago. … A few of us vowed to return now that the court is in session, we would love to observe an oral argument in person.” Barnas said even among the Notre Dame in Washington Program’s various meetings with influential individuals in national politics, Kennedy’s talk stood out as a “surreal experience.” “A valuable part of the D.C. Program is meeting with individuals who have a big impact in the public policy arena, ranging from senators, to lobbyists, to White House officials and now a Supreme Court Justice. I want to find out what inspires and informs these people and how I should strive to be in their place in the future,” Barnas said. “Justice Kennedy is often seen as having a very powerful position on the Court as the ‘swing justice’ and many upcoming decisions will be contingent upon his interpretation of the Constitution and Court precedents.”last_img read more

Du30 vows to protect ex-rebels from NPA

first_imgThe decommissioning also involved theturnover of RPA-ABB armaments (315 long and short firearms) to the government. The decommissioning of the formercombatants was a step towards the closure agreement with the group, expected tobe signed by 2022. On July 19, the ClarificatoryImplementing Documents (CID), which lists down the commitments of thegovernment and RPA-ABB, was signed. The RPA-ABB is a splinter group of theNPA. The CID components includeddisposition of arms and forces and security arrangements, social and economicreintegration, release of the remaining alleged political offenders,transformation of the group into a civilian organization engaged insocio-economic and political activities, and community peace dividends. (PNA/PN) ILOILO City – President RodrigoDuterte vowed to protect from the New People’s Army (NPA) the 727 members of theRevolutionary Proletarian Army – Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) whosurrendered to the government. On Sept. 19, Duterte led thedecommissioning of 727 RPA-ABB members in Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz. She assured the government that hergroup would be one with the government in moving forward peace and progress inthe country.center_img “Nanditokami ngayon kasama ng pamahalaan para sadecommissioning ng lahat ng mga hinawakannaming mga armas at sandata nang kami ay tumiwalag sa mali at kriminal napamumuno ng Communist Party of the Philippines – NPA,” she said. “Mularito, buo ang loob at mahigpit ang aming paninindigan na ipagpatuloy ang pagpupunyagiupang paunlarin ang matibay na kooperasyon sa pamahalaan sa paglutas ng ugat ngarmadong tunggalian para sa kapayapaan at kaunlaran ng mamamayan at ng buongbansa,” said Tabara. “I’m going to arm you. Sira na ‘yan, wala na ‘yan. Bigyan ko ngarmas kayo. Sumama na kayo sa gobyerno. We are now duty-bound to protectyou,” Duterte said. Veronica Tabara, RPA-ABB head,expressed gratitude to the government for reintegrating their group back intomainstream society. “I’m sorry to tell you, everybody dies in this world but you will go ahead first. Remember that,” says President Rodrigo Duterte. He issued a warning on Wednesday against “ninja cops,” or those police officers involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs. PCOO “You are part of the government. Magkasama na tayo ngayon. Kung ipitin kayong komunista, and they really want trouble, I will give you new firearms. Mas maganda pa dito,” said Duterte.last_img read more

Swansea look to expand Liberty Stadium

first_img Chairman Huw Jenkins has previously spoken of his desire to add extra seating to the council-owned ground in order to meet demand for tickets for home games, providing the club are able to retain their Premier League status. Swansea regularly sell-out games at their 20,500 capacity home and are eager to bring in extra revenue, with the club enjoying the greatest success of its 101-year history. There are plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to a maximum of 32,000, with the club taking a piecemeal approach to the work. The number of seats is set to rise to 22,000 during the summer, and they hope an additional 5,000 will be added in time for the start of the 2014-15 campaign. But Jenkins is adamant the club will only press ahead with the expansion if it is deemed the right financial decision. Jenkins said: “We will have a full planning application in for the end of March and once that is passed we will do part of the work towards the end of next season, starting with the East Stand. Once we get that moving we will go from there, but it all runs parallel to us still being in the Premier League and it being right for the club. “If and when the final stage is complete, the capacity will be 32,000. “The first part will take the figure to 22,000 this summer, and then it will be 27,000 with the first stage of development of the East Stand, which will start near the end of next season and run through the summer. “We have to make sure we do it right but it will be led by how well we do on the field.” Swansea are set to submit a planning application to expand the Liberty Stadium in the wake of their Capital One Cup success.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

‘Stone Cold Singh’ – John Cena’s nickname for Ranveer Singh

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/WWEAdvertisement 7lm0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6iiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 88Would you ever consider trying this?😱1jrjCan your students do this? 🌚3Roller skating! Powered by Firework The netizens of the country may not have seen the interaction between a WWE superstar and Bollywood icon too often, but in the ongoing lock down amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, John Cena and Ranveer Singh has been together for a funny banter, and the Indian actor has earned the nickname of ‘Stone Cold Singh’ from the professional wrestler!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/WWEIt all started with a social media post Ranveer Singh made a couple of months ago. Donning dreadlocks, a full beard and eye shadow, Singh shared a photo on hos official Instagram, which was similar to his  Alauddin Khilji look from the 2018 movie Padmavaat.“Me coming out of quarantine” Singh added a hilarious caption with the photo. Check it out below-Advertisement In addition to his fanbase, Ranveer’s post also caught the attention of John Cena, who edited the photo a little, adding in the fists and the signature skull ring of his fellow WWE icon Stone Cold Steve Austin from one of his most famous photos.Cena added the text ‘Sone Cold Singh’ in the picture. Check it out below-The 16 times world champions has a huge fan base in India, who were in fits seeing the post. Other than the photo going viral among both the Bollywood and WWE loving netizens, Ranveer Singh himself appeared in the comments.“Hahahahahaha 🔝 😂🙏🏽” the 34 year old actor commented.Image Courtesy: InstagramBelow here is the photo of Steve Austin that was used by Cena to create the funny picture.Image Courtesy: GettyHowever, its not the first time Cena has used Steve Austin for some of the funny memes he has been creating and sharing during the lock down. From ‘Stone Cold Social Distancing’ to ‘Stone Cold Sweethearts’, the WWE champion’s Instagram is filled with such hilarious posts, and some of them even featured other renowned WWE stars like The Rock, Edge and CM Punk. Here are some below- If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Find out the only Indian who makes it into Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes! Advertisementlast_img read more