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first_imgThis article originally appeared in the January 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. An exclusive Q&A with the front-rower, where he talks guilty pleasures and embarrassing moments LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Downtime with… Harlequins and England prop Kyle SincklerWho are the jokers you play with?At Quins, it’s Dave Ward. He’s a funny guy. With England, Jamie George, Harry Williams, Alec Hepburn, Ben Te’o. Hang out with those guys and you crack up.What about practical jokes?We used to do quite a few. Danny Care and Jamie were on the social committee and would play pranks on people, film it and then play them in meetings. It didn’t happen so much in the last campaign.What are your phobias?I don’t like snakes so I’m happy I live in England. I hate spiders. I think I’m on the verge of OCD thinking about lights left on in the house – things like that. I have to check on my housemates. I live with George Merrick and a friend from school – they’d say I’m a very firm landlord!What are your nicknames?Sinck. Kitchen. Dylan Hartley calls me D300 – I think it’s after some sort of wrestler or bodybuilder.Tall order: Courtney Lawes puts his height to good use at a lineout (Getty Images)If you could be any of your team-mates, who would it be?Courtney Lawes. To see what it looks like from up there at 6ft 8in.Your Mastermind specialist subject?I pride myself on my sports knowledge – horse racing, football, basketball, NFL, tennis… If anyone wants to talk sport with me I can have a conversation. If it’s anything else, I lose my bearings!Do you have any superstitions?I used to wear the same undershorts and same socks and have the same routine. As I got older, I realised it didn’t matter. It’s about your preparation in the week – if you prepare well, everything else can take care of itself.What’s your most embarrassing moment?When I was a kid, about 13, someone called me fat at school and I was so upset that I ran to my auntie’s house nearby. When she opened the door I was in floods of tears and she thought something serious had happened. I said: “They called me fat.”Ball games: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Getty Images)Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with?Tom Brady. I’d like to pick his brains for a few hours on the stuff he does. He wasn’t a high Draft pick, no one expected anything from him, but he built himself up, won five Super Bowls, made himself the best quarterback ever and is still playing at 41. TAGS: Harlequins What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought?I bought this brown jacket, like a trench coat that is fluffy on the inside. I tried it on and the shop assistant was saying it looked good and I should definitely buy it. I’ve still got it – but I’ve never worn it!What’s your guilty pleasure?I wouldn’t say it’s guilty but I love cheesecake. I also love these crisps, sweet chilli Sensations. They say on the label they’re healthy – and taste unbelievable. I could get through a pack of eight.What would you save in a house fire?My dog Brody, a French bulldog I’ve had for four years. And my Xbox; I play NBA 2K19, Fifa 19, Red Dead Redemption.Dinner date? Jennifer Lopez performs at the American Music Awards (Getty Images)Who would be your three dream dinner party guests?Denzel Washington. LeBron James – he hasn’t dropped off in the way he plays and at 33 is arguably playing his best basketball. And Jennifer Lopez – she’s a great singer so can sing at dinner.If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? Teleportation. I hate long journeys, so I’d like to click my fingers and be home. I take a sleeping pill on long flights, close my eyes and open them when we arrive.What do you want to achieve outside of rugby?I’ve set up my own property company, so I’m building my portfolio. I’ve got two houses and am going to buy a third. They’re in Guildford as that’s where I live and I like to be hands-on if things go wrong. I’ll go round with the builder and pop in to check the boys haven’t wrecked it. Lewis Boyce, Marcus Smith and Stan South live in my second house.It’s easier to rent to the boys and I want to help them out, see them get their own houses. I encourage them to save. It’s important to think ahead, get something to your name by the time you retire.Do you have any hidden talents?I’m pretty decent at football but I’m not sure it’s a hidden one. We used to sneak off on a Monday after Quins training and play five-a-side. We played in a league in Tolworth – me, Dave Ward, Adam Jones, Karl Dickson and a few others.I was the top goal-scorer and we were top of the league. Then the coaches found out and put an end to it. Prop star: England’s Kyle Sinckler on the charge against Australia (Getty Images) last_img read more


first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Anglican Communion, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Press Release Environment & Climate Change This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Anglican Church of Kenya helps tackle food and plastic waste AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books center_img Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Bath, NC Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA [Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church of Kenya has been tackling the issue of food security through its development wing, the Anglican Development Services (ADS). Food waste is a real problem in Kenya. According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, growers lost over 1.9 million tonnes of food in 2017, worth $1.5 billion USD.Read the entire article here. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest By Lucy CowplandPosted Jun 21, 2019 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Callslast_img read more


first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img TAGSFlorida Hospital – ApopkaMindfulness Previous articleSJRWMD: Birdapalooza is a celebration of over 300 speciesNext articleOrange County Economic Summit coming this month Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Stop for a second. What are you doing? Yes, you are reading this article, but what else are you doing? Chances are, you’re also responding to a text message, answering an email, eating a snack, and thinking about what you are going to have for dinner tonight. If this resonates with you, take a mindful moment to only read this article right now.Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment. This technique involves calmly acknowledging and accepting your thoughts and feelings (both emotional and physical). Simply put, mindfulness is not something that you “do;” it’s a mindset that you live.“Practicing mindfulness affects every aspect of your life: eating, activity, relationships, finances, happiness, productivity, etc.,” says Lilly Graziani, CREATION Health Education Manager at Florida Hospital. Graziani has four tips for implementing mindfulness in your everyday life.1. Take time for a gratitude minuteMindfulness is about frequently “checking in” with your emotional and physical wellbeing. It involves shifting your thoughts and perspective to openness, honesty, forgiveness and gratefulness. If you take a minute – or even a few seconds – to acknowledge things in life for which you are grateful, it creates a more positive, happy outlook.Graziani explains, “A gratitude minute is a great way to focus on the amazing things in your life.” “I suggest either ending or beginning your day by writing down things that you are grateful for so you are either finishing or starting your day in a very positive, uplifting way.”In addition to feeling grateful in the moment, a gratitude minute has been shown to have lasting effects. Practicing gratitude can increase your happiness levels by about 25 percent. In one study, Emmons and McCullough (2003) were surprised to find that happiness could be increased by a simple gratitude exercise. Participants took the time to write down 5 things they were grateful for once a week, for 10 weeks. At the end of the study the group was 25% happier than a comparison group who simply listed five events from the week.2. Retrain to not complain“We are a society that loves to be busy,” exclaims Graziani. In all our hustle and bustle, we often find time to complain about our mounting tasks and the negative things in our life. Graziani continues, “If you train yourself to think more positively, you tend to talk about those things more.” “It will make you happier, and those around you as well.”Happiness is contagious. If others are smiling and talking about pleasant things, it simply brings happiness into your life, too. It’s not to say that you can’t talk about things bothering you, but positioning challenges by talking about their solutions is a more constructive and mindful way to deal with hardships compared to just complaining about them.3. Disconnect to reconnect“We’ve all seen that family at a restaurant sitting around the table texting or looking at their devices the entire time,” says Graziani. “This family is losing a moment to connect and be mindful about their time together.” If we practice mindfulness, we stop to think about who is around us and how we can use the present moment to appreciate one another.Graziani accounts, “When I was growing up we had one phone in kitchen with a long cord and I remember walking as far as I could around the house, still tethered, to talk to my friends and family.” “With the evolution of cell phones, we stopped calling at home, or even calling at all.” “Technology is great but we are losing interconnectedness of our relationships.” “Being more mindful and present will help us foster our relationships and quality of life,” says Graziani.4. Tap your sensesIt is important to take a step back and recognize when something – a thought, a device, a person, a feeling – might be keeping you from enjoying your present moment. Are you on vacation standing behind your phone taking pictures without breathing in the air, seeing the beauty around you through your own lenses, or talking to a local who could provide you with some incredible insight? Are you sitting at your desk for five hours straight and not paying attention to your back that is hurting, which is a signal to get up and stretch? If you are mindful, you will begin to recognize these moments as tremendous opportunities to reconnect with yourself and the world around you.Graziani suggests, “When you have a mindful moment, stop and run through your senses.” What am I seeing? What am I feeling (both emotionally and physically)? What am I hearing around me? She continues, “You might realize in a split second that you are quite tired and need more sleep, so you decide to go to bed earlier that night.” “You might realize that the lunch you ate made you feel sluggish, so you decide to eat a healthier dinner.” “You might find that you’re stressed and need to take a break to recharge, so you take a few vacation days.” “Your mind and body will usually tell you what you need – you just have to listen,” she concludes.And when you do, many things in your life begin to improve: your health, your relationships, your wellbeing, your attitude – the possibilities are endless.So how did you do? Were you able to make it through by only reading this article. If not, no worries. Perhaps these four tips will help you create more mindful opportunities in the future. Mindfulness: Four tips on how to focus on the momentFrom Florida Hospital – Apopka Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Melanie May | 27 September 2017 | News tap+DONATE contactless box launch announced for 23 October  153 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: microdonations mobile Technology  154 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 “Our supporters tell us that they want the ability to donate quickly and seamlessly particularly if they’re not carrying cash. The ease of using a contactless unit like the tap+DONATE service meets this need perfectly.” Mobile donation platform DONATE™ is to launch its tap+DONATE™ charity contactless boxes in the UK on 23 October, with the Royal Association for Deaf people one of its initial partners.The National Funding Scheme is behind the DONATE platform, which enables people to donate using their mobile phones wherever they see the DONATE sign asking them to support a campaign, and the launch of tap+DONATE follows a trial with the boxes in March with School of Hard Knocks.With the contactless tap+DONATE boxes, supporters give by tapping the boxes with their mobile or contactless card, and charity fundraisers can set a specific donation level. However, should a donor wish to make a larger donation the Chip+PIN facility can be activated. All major contactless cards are accepted, and donations, including any Gift Aid, go to the National Funding Scheme, which then pays the charity.tap+DONATE units will be available for rent at £45 per month, or for sale at £250 with a one-time set-up fee per charitable organisation of £250. The units comprise two parts: a contactless pad that can also accept Chip+PIN, and a brandable frame. Charities can create their own stickers to put on the frame using a branding template or DONATE will also provide an artwork, printing and sticker attaching service. The units also come with a spare battery, lanyard and the template for branding stickers.William Makower, founder Trustee of National Funding Scheme, said:“With a predicted 45% drop in Britons’ use of cash and a 900% increase in contactless payments, the provision of a national solution to contactless charitable giving is increasingly urgent. Offering both a purchase and rental route, tap+DONATE provides the answer to UK charities’ need to replace cash buckets.”Dr. Jan Sheldon, Chief Executive of Royal Association for Deaf people, said: Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more


first_imgIt nasty start to the week as a strong coastal storm moves into our area. While this storm will not be like last year’s January storm, heavy rain, high winds and tidal flooding will make travel difficult on Monday.High Wind Warning until 4pm MondayThe main impact will be the high winds as a High Pressure to our north and Low Pressure to our south will cause a tight gradient for a period of time over our area allowing strong onshore winds to increase rapidly from the east. Winds 25-35 mph gusting to 60mph. It might be a good idea to secure any loose outdoor furniture or trash cans. Downed trees and power lines are possible which could cause power outages.Coastal Flood Advisory & Beach ErosionWidespread minor tidal flooding is expected as strong onshore winds will push water into the bays. Fortunately, were are in a period of low astronomical tides. With wind and battering waves, beaches will also see some beach erosion.Seas will build 12-16 feet with breakers along the coast around 6-10 feet. Some beach erosion will occur as waves batter the beaches.The 1st high tide Monday morning passed with very little street flooding but the worst is yet to come. Ocean City reached close to 6 ft but the next tide is expected to be a foot higher.The highest tides will occur Monday evening as tides 3-3.5 feet above normal. The usual flood prone streets on the island will be impassable. It would be a good idea to keep cars off low lying streets.The heaviest rain should fall between 2pm-8pm which will add to the flooding issues during high tide Monday evening. Total rainfall of around 2″ is expected.The wind and seas will decrease later in the day on Monday and especially Tuesday as the coastal storm lifts north and away from the coast.Rain will end Tuesday morning as the storm pulls away. There could be one more shot of minor tidal flooding Tuesday morning as water levels remain high.Sunshine returns by mid-week and will continue to stay on the mild side with highs topping out around 50 degrees.last_img read more


first_imgWhen the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye at the J. Phil Campbell Research and Education Center, it can only mean one thing. It’s time to fire up the burners and boil some corn.Conceived of as a way to introduce neighbors to the farm’s research when the 1,055-acre farm was operated by the USDA, the center’s annual corn boil is just what it sounds like — a feast made from the corn grown on the property.The open house runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 27, with lunch service starting at about 11:30 a.m. Van tours of the farm will depart every 15 minutes.Since 2013, J. Phil Campbell has served as the hub for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences sustainable row crop and sustainable pasture research. From living mulch to rotational grazing for grass-fed beef, researchers here are working to make traditional agriculture more profitable and more sustainable.The center currently houses about 30 ongoing UGA research projects on sustainable farming systems, nutrient cycling, water quality, organic production, livestock grazing systems, forage breeding and variety trials.The Campbell Center also serves as a center for hands-on education through the office for UGA Cooperative Extension in Oconee County.The event is free and open to the public. Call 706-310-2253 for more information, and send a RSVP message to [email protected] to ensure that organizers provide enough food.last_img read more


first_imgLawyer use of technology to provide legal services in the United States is nearly universal. More than 97 percent of respondents to the ABA 2003 Legal Technology Survey indicated that they used a computer for work-related tasks.The survey is a comprehensive look at how the legal profession uses technology. More than 1,500 ABA members in private practice in the U.S. returned questionnaires relating to law office computing, litigation and courtroom technology, and Web and communications. The survey covers issues including technology training, budgeting, hardware and software purchases, as well as where and how lawyers use technology.Lawyers continue to adopt technologies common in other industries, underscoring the similar business needs lawyers share with other professions. More than 26 percent use a laptop as their primary computer, and more than 70 percent have access to a laptop on a temporary basis. Nearly all lawyers, 97 percent, reported using e-mail for work-related tasks, with eight in 10 using e-mail every day for such purposes.Lawyers have seen an increase in their development of business Web sites. More than two-thirds of respondents now have a company Web site, and every firm in the survey with 50 or more lawyers reported having one. However, fewer firms were hosting their Web site internally, down to 37 percent from 40 percent in 2002.High speed Internet connection has increased in law firms, with 36 percent of respondents now using DSL to connect to the Internet at work, up from 27 percent last year. Just 12 percent of respondents use dial-up connections, down from 20 percent in 2002.Of the 90 percent of lawyers who used the Internet to conduct research of any type, almost two-thirds favored Google as their general-purpose Internet search engine or directory, up from 52 percent last year.Another 16 percent of respondents preferred Yahoo! — a 7 percent drop from the previous year. While the Internet is a significant research tool for lawyers, more than half of those surveyed still receive their technology information from print publications, as opposed to the Web.One area of significant growth over the last year was security. In possible response to the increase of unwanted e-mail, anti-spam software usage increased from 48 percent in 2002 to 72 percent in 2003. E-mail and Internet policies also grew in importance, with 60 percent of firms reporting that they had an e-mail usage policy and 57 percent reporting an Internet usage policy, increases from last year of 11 percent and 6 percent respectively. More than half of the firms had implemented a disaster recovery or business continuity plan, up 10 percent from the previous year.In the general office software category, there were few surprises. Word processing, spreadsheets, and accounting were still the most popular general software packages. The availability of software applications specifically geared toward the legal profession increased, with time and billing being the most widely available, at 78 percent of firms, and widely used at 46 percent.The survey is an annual project of the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center, a specialized unit providing lawyers, bar associations, law schools, and other legal organizations with information on technology and its use in the practice of law. The center’s professional staff research and write on technology issues and provide continuing legal education on practice management using technology. For more information on the 2003 survey or the resource center, visit www.lawtechnology.org or call (312) 988-5465. Lawyers go hi-tech August 15, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img Lawyers go hi-techlast_img read more


first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As consumer demand for more online banking services grows, fraudsters are finding more and more ways to exploit these services. While not a new scheme, online account origination fraud has grown in part because of the prevalence and ease of use of online banking services, and in part because of the number and scope of data breaches allowing bad actors access to a large amount of consumer data.In this blog post, we’ll discuss common tactics used in online account origination (OAO) fraud, and controls that can help prevent losses.Common tacticsOften, fraudsters use stolen identities and banking information to perpetrate fraud when opening new accounts online. The use of real information can make this type of fraud much more difficult to detect, especially because of the relative anonymity associated with online banking.last_img read more


first_imgAs part of their emergency plan schools started handing out food to students this week. They say so far everything is going well. “It’s been smooth it’s been very smooth. I think that we have a lot of caring adults who love these kids so everyone is going above and beyond to make sure we got everybody covered and every family too,” said Horace Mann Elementary School Principal Peter Stewart. “Things are going great. It took a couple days to really get our rhythm down, but now things are going smoothly. The staff is up and running, they know what they need to do to take care of our kids. We’re doing great, we’re feeding anywhere from 8 to 10 thousand kids at this time,” said BOCES Senior Director of Food Services Mark Bordeau. “In Binghamton we’re one big family. This school district, we love these kids like our own kids. Every day we come to work we try to give them our best. So for me, this is what it’s all about. This is why I got into this kind of work,” said Stewart. “We’re geared up to have food for two to three weeks. We’ve already reached out to our vendors to bring new supplies of food in. So, we’re good until April 14th,” said Bordeau. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — During this pandemic everything has happened quickly, posing a challenge for many, especially schools.center_img In a challenging time for all, hard work and a sense of community are two things everyone can count on. BOCES officials have enough food between their vendors and local restaurants to serve meals well into April. “The cafeteria staff, they have a special spot in my heart. The work they do every single day, they didn’t question. They came in at 4:30-5 o’clock in the morning, they’re working hard,” said Bordeau. Each individual school is making sure they have enough staff on hand to serve all families.last_img read more


first_imgForce all politicians to show tax returns The Democrats are clamoring to see President Trump’s tax returns. They’ve tried everything else, and now they want to turn people against him because he avoided paying taxes. I admit that that idea bothers me. However he’s doing what other successful businessmen have done before him. No one enters the business sector with the desire to lose money.As long as we’re delving into the realm of public opinion, I’d like to see the tax returns of all the politicians. The Pelosis, Clintons and Maxine Waterses are all multimillionaires.Bernie Sanders claimed earning a million dollars last year, and I’m sure the Obama’s aren’t far behind. How do people who aren’t millionaires upon entering the political arena leave as millionaires? I don’t recall any campaigns in which they said vote for me, and I’ll get rich. How did they use their office to benefit themselves? Their wealth hasn’t helped me in the least. I thought they wanted to help the public.Political office is akin to winning the lottery. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe the last president to leave office as an everyday person was Truman.Pete PidgeonScotiaIs this how you make America great again?On this, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we have a president, supported by millions, who mocks American POWs, denigrates Gold Star families and thinks there are good neo-Nazis. MAGAMichael BoehmSchenectadyDo the right thing for St. Clare’s retireesConcerning the St. Clare’s Hospital employee pension fund fiasco: Did the corporation inform the employees that no deposits were being made into their fund so that they could explore options early on? Also, before New York state gave its $25 million-plus, did a licensed actuary determine the required amount necessary to maintain the pension fund? If so, did a financial manager competently manipulate the fund all those years?Apparently not, not, and not. There are many to blame for the disgraceful disregard and abandonment of the St. Clare’s employees. It is past time for each entity to do the right thing.Marilyn B. GuidarelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBill adds protections against harassment  This legislative session, New York has an opportunity to ensure that the right to equal employment opportunity is available to all employees, across all protected categories, including race, disability, and sexual orientation and that the right is actually enforceable in practice, not just on paper.S3817A/A7083A, sponsored by Senator Biaggi and Assemblywoman Simotas, will allow all employees access to justice by awarding prevailing plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases attorney fees, not just in sex discrimination cases which is current New York state law.Currently, employees must prove that harassing conduct was sufficiently “severe or pervasive” to permeate the workplace.Time after time courts have dismissed claims that allege outrageous behavior including touching of intimate body parts or use of highly offensive language on the basis that the conduct was not severe enough or that it did not happen enough to be considered pervasive.S3817A/A7083A proposes a different minimum threshold, where harassing conduct is unlawful unless the employer proves the complained conduct was a petty slight or trivial inconvenience. This is currently the standard only within New York City, not under state law.Punitive damages are also included in this bill as a form of damages in employment discrimination cases to deter employers from permitting egregious or persistent harassment. This is currently not available under state law.It’s time that employees throughout New York be extended the same protections.Sarah J. Burger, Esq. Saratoga SpringsThe writer is an employment attorney with Burger Law Group PLLC and Second Vice President of the National Employment Lawyers Association/NY Chapter.last_img read more