Day: April 8, 2017

First non-white judge at top UK court used to be mistaken for defendants

Anuja Ravindra Dhir, the first non-white circuit judge at the Old Bailey, says “she was often mistaken for a witness or defendant when she started working as a lawyer” in the 1980s.

The 49-year-old said at first, most clients did not want to be represented by a young Asian Scottish female.

She also said that, when she wanted to go to university in the 1970s, she was told to be a hairdresser instead.

Judge Dhir said she once had to produce her wig and gown before security allowed her into court.
“I got used to turning up at courts and people saying to me ‘Witness? – no – Defendant? – no’ and looking rather surprised when I said I was the advocate,” she said.

Now the youngest Central Criminal Court justice, she talks of the “incredible changes” over the last 30 years.

“There is one glass ceiling that’s in our minds, that’s what we think we can achieve so perhaps we impose our glass ceiling and that has happened to me several times.”

The Old Bailey houses 15 judges, of whom 10 are men and five are women, including one who is due to start soon. And of the recent intake of Old Bailey judges, three out of six are women.

Judge Dhir said: “Child-friendly policies I think are important. As a society we are better at raising that now than we ever have been before.”

She praised the Recorder of London, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, for his commitment to change at the Old Bailey, a building steeped in history and tradition dating back to medieval times.

She said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the commitment to change that I have seen people here at the Old Bailey have.

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Asparagus Quiche with Fontina Cheese

Asparagus Quiche

There’s a bakery near my house in Boston that makes a quiche with the most wonderful smooth and creamy filling. Every time I ask the owner for her recipe, she shrugs and says something about having made it this way forever. She has no intention of telling me more.

But I figured it out! If you want an exceptionally creamy filling in quiche, use all heavy cream.

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Cold beer and tons of free crab: Friday night at a 1938 Louisiana roadhouse

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During the Great Depression, the photographic unit of the Farm Security Administration assigned photographers to crisscross the country and record how people lived and worked throughout the nation.

In September 1938, while traveling through Louisiana documenting sugar plantations, rice farmers, and oyster fishermen, photographer Russell Lee stopped off at Danos’ Nightclub, a roadhouse off Highway 1 in the tiny community of Raceland.

As it happened, he showed up on a Friday night, just in time for Danos’ free weekly crab boil

Grabbing his flash, he snapped photos as locals from around Bayou Lafourche smashed open piles of crustaceans, put away cases of Jax Beer, and blew off some late-summer steam. Read more…

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Spotify Premium Director Robert Lamvik leaves company for meditation app Headspace

 Meditation app Headspace recently brought on Robert Lamvik, Spotify’s now-former director of its premium service, and Dr. Megan Jones Bell, former chief science officer at mental health startup Lantern. Their respective roles at Headspace are head of growth and chief science officer — two new roles at the company. “We’ve always had team of scientists, but as we go into… Read More

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A year later, no action from Chinese company whose insecure PVRs threaten all internet users

It’s been more than a year since RSA’s Rotem Kerner published his research on the insecurities in a PVR that was “white labeled” by TVT, a Chinese company and sold under over 70 brand-names around the world. In the intervening year, tens of thousands of these devices have been hijacked into botnets used by criminals in denial of service attacks, and TVT is still MIA, having done nothing to repair them.

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Crunch Report | YouTube now blocking ads on low-view channels

YouTube is now blocking ads on channels with less than 10,000 views, Amazon pulls Diapers.com and other Quidsi apps and Spotify’s invisible IPO. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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So much for Equal Pay Day: Google accused of 'very significant' pay discrimination

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The Labor Department claimed Friday that Google has fostered an “extreme” gender pay gap across its entire workforce.

The bombshell accusation stems from an ongoing investigation into the search giant’s payroll practices, The Guardian first reported. It also comes three days after the company sang its own praises on Equal Pay Day.

A department official testified in a San Francisco courtroom this week that enough “compelling evidence” had already been found to make a case for systemic discrimination. The agency first filed suit against Google in January in a bid to force the company to turn over salary data in accordance with anti-discrimination laws. Read more…

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