National Bank of Canada says data exposed includes name birthdate and phone

first_imgNational Bank of Canada says a website error may have exposed the personal information of nearly 400 of its customers, including their names, birthdates, phone number and email address.The Canadian lender says in a statement the problem related to an electronic form on its website and did not expose clients’ banking information, social insurance numbers or addresses.The bank says a customer filling out an online form to make a branch appointment may have been able to see the data entered by a previous user.National Bank says it was notified earlier this week about the problem, which lasted a few days.The lender adds the incident was the result of human error while setting up the online form, and was resolved immediately.The bank is contacting the nearly 400 potentially-affected customers to offer free credit monitoring.last_img read more

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Cameroon Requests CAF to Postpone its June Match Against Morocco

Rabat – The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) has requested the African Football Confederation (CAF) to postpone its match with Morocco, scheduled to take place in June.  The scheduled match, which is part of the first round of 2019’s African Nations Cup qualifiers, coincides with the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.Cameroon, Africa’s third top team according to FIFA’s ranking, will be representing Africa in the cup, following its victory against Egypt (2 -1) in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), held in Gabon in February. Cameron’s request for a postponement will help them prepare for their upcoming tournament in Group B with Chile, Australia and Germany.The Cameron Football Federation is currently facing obstacles within its football’s department. Team coach, Hugo Broos, threatened to quit the team following management and funding problems in the national team’s set-up, blaming the officials who “sit in their chairs doing nothing” while the players work in “poor conditions.”The national Moroccan football team might play a friendly match against another team in order to prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Morocco is set to play against Mali on August 28.Morocco had already started its preparation for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers by playing friendly matches. Last week, Morocco beat Burkina Faso (2-0) and Tunisia (1-0). read more

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TSX little changed amid thin holiday volumes commodities mixed

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market started the week slightly lower as gold stocks continued to add to the huge losses racked up this year amid thinner-than-usual volumes as 2013 trading winds down.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 2.92 points to 13,585.06.The Canadian dollar climbed 0.09 of a cent to 93.51 cents US.New York markets were weak with the Dow Jones industrials up 12.17 points to 16,490.58, the Nasdaq lost 11.31 points to 4,145.28 while the S&P 500 index dipped 0.34 of a point to 1,841.06.On the economic front, there is nothing on the Canadian calendar while traders will take in U.S. data on pending home sales for November.Economists forecast the gauge from the National Association of Realtors will show a rise of 1% after a 0.6% drop in October. An increase would come after five months of declines.Later in the week, they will take in the latest readings on house prices, consumer confidence and the American manufacturing sector.The gold sector led decliners, down 1.35% while February bullion lost $7 to US$1,207 an ounce, adding further damage to a sector already down almost 50% for the year. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded 21 cents to C$18.47 while Goldcorp (TSX:G) gave back 32 cents to $22.79.The base metals sector was flat with March copper on the Nymex unchanged at US$3.38 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) shed 10 cents to $8.57.Techs led advancers with Constellation Software (TSX:CSU) ahead $3.89 to $220.50.The energy sector was slightly higher while the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was 34 cents lower to US$99.98 a barrel.Consumer staples were also supportive.The TSX is preparing to end 2013 with a respectable gain of about 9%. Gains would have been greater if not for deep losses in the mining sectors. Besides the gold sector, the base metals component has retreated 22%.In sharp contrast, the Dow industrials have plowed ahead 26%.In corporate news, Montreal-based TransForce Inc. (TSX:TFI) has come out the winner in a two-way bidding war for Vitran Corp. (TSX:VTN), another Canadian trucking and logistics company. Toronto-headquartered Vitran is now supporting TransForce’s offer of US$6.50 per share in cash for the stock it doesn’t already own. The deal is valued at US$136 million, including US$29 million of debt that will be assumed by TransForce. TransForce shares ran ahead 42 cents to $25.33 while Vitran was unchanged at $7.13.U.S.-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is calling off its proposed $2.2 billion buyout by India’s Apollo Tyres, a deal that would have created the world’s seventh largest tire company. Cooper said Monday that financing is no longer available and that it still believes Apollo breached the terms of the agreement.Meanwhile, European bourses were mainly in the red as London’s FTSE 100 index lost 0.29%, Frankfurt’s DAX gave back 0.39% while the Paris CAC 40 was flat.This was a strong year for many markets, with the DAX up 26%, the CAC index up 18.4% and the FTSE 100 gaining 14%. But none matched Tokyo’s Nikkei 225, which soared 56.7% in 2013 on renewed confidence in the economy after years of feeble growth. Easy liquidity from government spending and monetary policies aimed at fuelling inflation boosted shares, though the potential for continued strong gains remains uncertain.On Monday, the Nikkei 225 index ended 2013 at its highest level in more than six years.The Japanese benchmark gained 0.7% to 16,291.31 on Monday, its highest close since late 2007.For the rest of Asia, 2013 has turned out to be much less exuberant.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index, burdened by rising concern over debt and slowing growth in mainland China, has gained just 2.4% this year. On Monday, it edged 0.2% lower while the Shanghai Composite Index fell 7% this year and extended that loss Monday, drifting 0.1% lower. read more

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UN experts recommend ways to maintain arms embargo against DR of Congo

For its part, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), denounced the attempts of two militias, the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC-L) and the Front for National Integration (FIN), to destabilize Ituri district in the eastern border region abutting Rwanda and Uganda.In a report to the Council, the Group of Experts said it has found that “more than a lack of State capacity, it is the intertwining of shared interests and objectives on both sides of the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that render the arms embargo subject to abuse.”The panel focused on three primary sectors involved with weapons supplies and logistical support: civil aviation; customs and immigration; and border commerce.Knowing how the networks involved in these sectors operate in violating the embargo would suggest ways of breaking the links they were using, it says.”Once arms or related military equipment have entered illegally into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, existing distribution channels supervised by key political and military stakeholders, acting either in their own interest or in the interest of their respective parties, enable further dissemination at the grass-roots level,” it says.The distribution continues no matter whether the national disarmament, demobilization and reintegration campaign and the integration into the national army are taking place and the Group is trying to identify the “regional spoilers” linked to political actors in the DRC capital, Kinshasa.The internal provision of weapons, training and “military sustenance” to renegade members of the national army (FARDC), local defence forces, proxy forces, foreign armed groups and militias maintains a vicious cycle in which the presence of the armed groups are used as an excuse not to build an integrated army, it says.In turn, “both Rwanda and Uganda maintain security arrangements with leaders of armed groups in the embargoed regions, under the pretext that the Democratic Republic of the Congo has so far failed to disarm rebel forces” constituting threats to their national security, it says. read more

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UN envoy maps out ideal trajectory to next round of intraSyrian talks

“We are at a time of testing whether the political will exists for real de-escalation and more meaningful political talks and move beyond preparatory talks,” Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council via videoconference from Geneva.His briefing focused on the latest developments and some of the possible future steps ahead to create a conducive environment to bring the six-year war to an end.He said that “the ideal trajectory” over the coming two weeks would be progress in the next round of the Astana talks on 4 and 5 July.The process taking place in the Kazakh capital is led by Russia, Turkey and Iran and produced agreement on a ceasefire between warring parties in Syria in late December 2016. Five months later, a deal was struck to set up “de-escalation zones” in Syria to prevent incidents and military confrontation between the warring parties. These zones are expected to also give greater humanitarian access to the 6.3 million people still living the country today. “Let’s give de-escalation efforts a fair chance to succeed because that is what people are asking in order to bringing the violence further down and enabling confidence-building,” Mr. de Mistura said.Since the three guarantor States signed the de-escalation memorandum on 4 May in Astana, violence is clearly down, he said, noting that hundreds of Syrian lives continue to be spared every week, and many towns have returned to some degree of normalcy. But in some areas, the fight and violence has been continuing and in fact intensified. And the overall improvement of the security situation has regrettably not yielded equally significant progress on humanitarian access to areas where the needs are the greatest, he added.“With every week that passes, we know it, without a final arrangement for the de-escalation zones being indeed finalized, the fragility of the ceasefire regime and the risk posed by the fragility increases,” warned Mr. de Mistura.Next, Astana talks would be followed by a further set of joint technical expert meetings with the opposition groups in the same week, and then a continued discussion and dialogue among international stakeholders, including at the G20 Summit in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July, in which Syria cannot be avoided as a subject, he said. “I hope that a combination of these elements would help shape an environment conducive for the next round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva in the months to come,” the UN envoy said, noting that it “would bring us one step forward on the journey towards our shared goal” of implementing the resolutions of this Council, in particular resolution 2254 (2015), which laid out the pathway to peace. read more

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Rain Limits Mammoth Fire

US Forest Service Press ReleaseHUNTINGTON, Utah, July 28 – The Mammoth Fire has grown to eight acres and has moved into an area previously planned for prescribed burning. Crews have established a secure line on the southeast of the fire to keep it burning to the northwest among dead spruce and deadfall timber. Grass meadows and aspen in the area are green and wet.High relative humidity and rains have kept the fire from growing as it would under dry conditions, so firefighters did a test burn Saturday to determine whether it would continue to burn in the decadent timber. The burn successfully moved the fire further west, but then it received heavy rain. Crews will continue work to determine whether the fire can successfully burn out the dead timber. A drying trend beginning Sunday is expected to aid the effort.The fire is directly bordered by an earlier, closed timber sale adjacent to the south shore of Huntington Reservoir and a drainage with a flowing stream to the east. It is burning entirely on the Ferron-Price District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. There are no state or private lands involved. The lightning caused fire is about 29 miles northwest of Huntington, Utah and just southwest of the Miller Flat Junction with SR-31. No campgrounds are threatened and there are no evacuations. There are about 30 crew members on the fire at this time.Lightning has been credited with several smoke reports on the National Forest in the past week. Although there are no fire restrictions on the National Forest at this time, visitors are asked to use caution when building fires. Never build a fire under a tree or in vegetation, never leave a fire unattended and always be sure it is dead out. Fireworks are not allowed on the forest.To receive updates on fires on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal/ and sign up under Stay Connected! read more

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27th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting set for Feb 27 2015

One of Canada’s most sought-after wine events, the 27th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting, has been set for Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at Fallsview Casino Resort.Cuvée has become one of the most prestigious celebrations of Ontario wine for the last 26 years. Now as the event evolves, proceeds will go to support the industry it showcases.Organized by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University, money raised from Cuvée 2015 will support student bursaries and research that will benefit the Ontario grape and wine industry.CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis said the leadership transition has brought a new look and feel for the event along with a new website.The feedback gained from small, medium and large wineries has positioned CCOVI to take Cuvée to the next level.Inglis said CCOVI’s long history of supporting Cuvée gives it a natural fit for taking on the role of organizing the event.“CCOVI is committed to helping the industry continue to grow by training the next generation of industry professionals, and by providing the industry with applied research solutions,” Inglis said.Scholarships will be established for undergraduate oenology and viticulture students as well as graduate students studying in fields across the grape and wine value chain, including viticulture, wine science, business and tourism.Research funding will go to support projects that address priorities identified by the industry.The Cuvée Grand Tasting on Feb. 27 will feature Ontario’s best VQA wines as well as food prepared by local chefs. The Cuvée en Route passport program will run at participating wineries from Feb. 27 to March 1 and showcase exclusive tasting flights. read more

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Hot shooting leads Creighton past Montana 9872

OMAHA, Neb. — Damien Jefferson scored 18 points, Martin Krampelj added 17 and Creighton shot 60 per cent in beating Montana 98-72 on Wednesday night.Creighton was 32 of 53 from the field, including 13 of 25 from distance, and made 21 of 30 free throws. Crieighton’s first miss did not come until the 12:10 mark of the first half and by then the Bluejays already had five 3-pointers. The Bluejays hit 29 of their first 44 shots.Mitch Ballock made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for Creighton (6-1), which outrebounded Montana 34-20. Ty-Shon Alexander added 13 points and freshman Marcus Zegarowski had 11 points, five rebounds and six assists.Sayeed Pridgett made four 3-pointners and scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half for Montana (4-2). He also had five steals. Michael Oguine added 21 points with nine rebounds. The Grizzlies made 8 of 17 from 3-point range but were just 12 of 22 from the free-throw line.The Griz shot better than 50 per cent from the field for a fifth straight game, finishing at 55 per cent overall.The Associated Press read more

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High school football playoffs at Ohio Stadium estimated to bring in 4M

After Ohio State plays its last regular season game against Michigan in late November, Ohio Stadium will keep its gates open.For the first time in 25 years, Ohio Stadium is set to host the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs and is set to bring in an estimated $4 million in visitor spending for Columbus, according to a Greater Columbus Sports Commission press release.The OHSAA state playoffs are set to begin Friday.From Dec. 4-6, high school teams from around the state and in all seven divisions will compete for a state title from the confines of Ohio Stadium.Game one is scheduled to take place Dec. 4. at 7:30 p.m. while the following two days will host three games each, with games starting at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.Single game tickets for each game can be purchased for $15 for club level seating, or $12 for general stadium seating. In addition, an all-session ticket can be purchased for $105 that gives the ticket holder access to the Huntington Club for each game, while an $84 all-session pass will simply give the ticket holder access to each game.For the last 24 years, the OHSAA state title games have been held at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, and also at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, Ohio. Ohio Stadium last hosted the OHSAA title games in 1989. read more

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De Gea looking for transfer away from Mourinho

first_imgManchester United’s current goalkeeper David De Gea has been looking at opportunities from all around Europe lately. However, he could sign a team no one has ever thought he would.The Spaniard seems sceptical about winning much silverware under the rule of Jose Mourinho while still playing for the Red Devils. Since Real Madrid stopped showing interest in him, he has been searching everywhere and he might eventually end up in – surpise! – Paris.He has been with United since 2011 and is currently considered one the world’s best goalkeepers. De Gea was rumoured to be joining Real back in 2015 but to no success. Despite not coming to an eventual agreement, Madrid’s door was still open for him until recently, when Perez set his sight on Roma goalkeeper Alisson.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Paris Saint-Germain have been chasing the Spaniard for his signature. Despite not being really into it, De Gea might sign as his only desire right now is to leave Mourinho, according to Caught Offside.Jose Mourinho has been underachieving overall since he took over Manchester United in the last season – so far he has been able to win only the League Cup and Europe League, which is certainly not enough for the 27-years-old De Gea.last_img read more

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US hurricane forecasters embark on preparedness mission to Mexico and Caribbean

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, April 10, 2017 – Miami – The 2017 hurricane season is fast approaching, and NOAA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve will host a series of events, including tours aboard a hurricane hunter aircraft to help communities in Mexico and the Caribbean prepare for the season and weather the coming storms.NOAA hurricane specialists, including National Hurricane Center director Rick Knabb, Ph.D., will provide information to residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness and resilience. Tours of the Air Force Reserve Command’s WC-130J “Hurricane Hunter” will offer an opportunity to learn how scientists collect hurricane information.“Several Caribbean countries were severely damaged last year by Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Otto,” Knabb said. “Another season is just weeks away and we have to be prepared. Simply hoping one of these storms won’t hit your community is not a good plan.”Locations, all local airports, and local times for public tours are:April 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Merida, MexicoApril 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – San Pedro Sula, HondurasApril 26, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Grand CaymanApril 27, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Turks and CaicosApril 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Aquadilla, Puerto RicoDuring hurricanes, military air crews fly state-of-the-art WC-130J aircraft directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather data that are critical for forecasting a hurricane’s intensity and landfall. The data are sent in real time via satellite from the aircraft directly to the National Hurricane Center for analysis and use by hurricane forecasters.“This data is vital in improving storm track models, which plays a critical role in alerting coastal residents about potential hazards,” said Lt. Col. Kaitlyn Woods, 53rd WRS chief meteorologist. “The Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour educates the public not only about our mission but also of the importance of being prepared.”During the 2016 hurricane season, the 53rd WRS flew 75 missions, including 12 investigative flights over the Atlantic, for the National Hurricane Center. It also flew one mission over the eastern North Pacific and 14 over the central North Pacific. The eastern North Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 while the central North Pacific and Atlantic basin hurricane season begins June 1.Aside from Knabb, also participating in the tour will be Lixion Avila, Ph.D., NOAA NHC senior hurricane specialist; and U.S Air Force reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (WRS), 403rdWing, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss.NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our other social media channels.Press Release: NOAA Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Lighting up the lives of poor

first_imgWarangal: She is poor and afar from Warangal city where institutional facilities are not available in abundance to withstand the rigours ofcompetitive world. Yet Durgam Nirmala,who lives at Jangedu inJayashankar Bhupalpally, a predominantly tribal district, has made it to the Sub-inspector job. It was adream come true for Doddapuneni Sandeep Kumar as well. Sandeep, a resident of Yerraboinapally village in Khammam district, who could notmake it to the SI job in 2016, Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us clinched it this time around. Thanks to the Sumarg, a free coaching programme to prepare youth appearing for the competitive exams initiated by Warangal Police Commissionerate three years ago.Not just Nirmala and Sandeep, there are more than 30 others belonging to economically weaker sections owe a lot to Warangal Police for its initiative to provide free coaching besides supplying study material. The brainchild behind the Sumarg was the then Commissioner of Police G Sudheer Babu. He initiated the programme in 2016 in a bid to give substance to the employment dreams of those less fortunate, engaging subject experts from Hyderabad. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The first success of the Sumarg came when as many as 121 candidates of the total 220 who were trained under the programme got selected for onstable jobs in 2017. In the following months, as many as 45 candidates trained under the Sumarg have got selected for Subinspector jobs.In the latest recruitment also, candidates trained under Sumarg programme achieved a stupendous success. Commissioner of Police V Ravinder who met the successful candidates told them to continue their hard work to achieve more success in their careers.Speaking to The Hans India, Durgam Nirmala said: “Sumarg is of immense help to those who can’t afford to get coaching in private institutions.I owe a lot to the Warangal Advertise With Us Police Commissionerate which not only provided training but also gave courage to candidates like me to withstand pressure of competitive world.”Expressing similar opinion,Sandeep said: “I came to know about Sumarg through a social networking site. Earlier in 2016, I failed in the events. The expertise provided by the Sumarg coaching unit saw me through this time around. The authorities not only gave us study material but also provided lunch during the training.” The Sumarg also helped 30 odd youth in getting panchayat secretary, village revenue officer,Forest department etc.last_img read more

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Sensex Nifty advance 2 after Centre takes steps to spur growth

first_imgAmong top gainers on the Sensex were Yes Bank, up 6.16 per cent, followed by HDFC, Bajaj Finance and Larsen and Toubro.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesBoth the key market indices — Sensex and Nifty — on Monday, August 26, surged over 2 per cent led by gains made by public sector banks (PSBs) and financial sector stocks, following a slew of measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week.At 2.35 pm on Monday, the Sensex jumped over 793 points to 37,463.90, while the Nifty traded 216.95 points higher to top the 11,000-point mark at 11,046.30.The Nifty PSB index and financial services company stocks surged over 3 per cent, while metal scrips continued to trade in the red. The Finance Minister on Friday announced the capital infusion of Rs 70,000 crore in PSBs.The most crucial announcement was the roll-back of the tax surcharge on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), which is aiding the market rally on Monday.Among top gainers on the Sensex were Yes Bank, up 6.16 per cent, followed by HDFC, Bajaj Finance and Larsen and Toubro.Tata Steel, SunPharma, Vedanta, HeroMotoCorp and Tata Motors DVR lost in the 1 to 3 per cent range.Thirty-nine stocks of the NSE index’s 50 constituents finished the day in positive territory.last_img read more

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Trump Has Left 17 Legal Vacancies In Texas

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneDonald Trump speaks at a campaign event in The Woodlands on June 17, 2016.In the last three weeks alone, President Donald Trump has nominated dozens of people to positions across the federal government, sending appointees everywhere from circuit courts to ambassadors’ residences, from Alabama to Singapore. But none of those nods sent new leadership in the direction of Texas, where all four U.S. attorney seats, 11 district judgeships and two slots on the historically conservative U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sit open.  While Trump’s appointments process has been slow going overall — as of June 20, 2009, President Barack Obama had appointed about twice as many people as Trump had by the same date this year — the current White House is not entirely to blame. All but one of these 17 vacancies opened under Obama. And when it comes to appointing U.S. attorneys, at least, Trump’s first nomination on June 12 was not unusually slow: Obama nominated his first U.S. attorney on May 15, 2009; it took President George W. Bush until Aug. 1, 2001. 17 Texas court seats remain vacantMatthew ZhangSince taking office, Donald Trump has yet to fill 17 longstanding Texas vacancies, including four U.S. attorney seats, two positions on the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and 11 federal judicial vacancies. This chart shows the length of time that these seats have remained vacant.Still, the absences are particularly noticeable in Texas, which contains the most U.S. attorney districts of any state. The Southern District of Texas is the busiest in the country, prosecuting more cases than any other, and the Western District shares a 660-mile border with Mexico. Of the 51 federally designated “judicial emergencies” across the country, nine are in Texas. One chair has been vacant since 2011. For a self-described “law-and-order” president, these vacancies should be urgent, legal experts said. “Texas is a big state with a lot of serious law enforcement problems, where many of the issues that the Trump administration purports to care about get played out,” said David Sklansky, who co-directs Stanford University’s Criminal Justice Center. “So you would think that if the administration was seriously interested in really addressing these problems as opposed to just talking about them and using them politically, they would want presidentially appointed U.S. attorneys in place as quickly as possible.” U.S. attorneys are political appointees selected by the president and then confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and they play a critical role as the nation’s top federal prosecutors. When political appointees resign at the start of a new presidential term, as has become customary, their seats are temporarily filled by senior, nonpartisan civil servants who handle daily operations but tend to wield less power for implementing long-term strategic visions. Three acting U.S. attorneys in Texas — John Parker, Richard Durbin and Brit Featherston — all said their offices continue to aggressively prosecute cases but acknowledged that a political appointee would carry more clout. In a state like Texas, where many of the new president’s stated priorities — border security, immigration, drug trafficking — are particularly pressing, these roles seem urgent to the new administration. U.S. attorneys do not have the power to disobey Department of Justice directives, but there is enormous prosecutorial discretion in the position, experts and U.S. attorneys themselves agreed. The most common explanation for delays in political appointments is partisan obstruction — experts, for example, attribute the dearth of Texas appointments during Obama’s tenure to friction between the former president and the state’s two U.S. senators. But given the new political alignment between Trump and Republican senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, the lag is harder to explain. Legal experts speculated that the delay could be due to disagreements between the two senators or attributed it to the Trump administration’s lack of a “deep bench” of potential appointees. Both Cruz and Cornyn have legal backgrounds and serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee.   Hugh Brady, director of the University of Texas School of Law’s Legislative Lawyering Clinic, pointed out that the Trump Administration might be less worried about the temporary U.S. attorneys in Texas than those in, say, Massachusetts. And because of Texas’s overall rightward bent, it is less likely to be the “scene of constitutional litigation” that opponents file against the president, Brady said — perhaps making a stacked judiciary in Texas less important than a White House-appointed bench in a more liberal state. The White House, the Department of Justice and spokespeople for Cornyn and Cruz all declined to comment on a timeline for any potential nominations. But Cornyn told a reporter last week that names for the 5th Circuit nominees could come “literally any day now.”    Trump’s nomination time has not been unusually slowMatthew ZhangTrump’s first U.S. attorney appointment on June 12, 2017, was faster than Bush’s but slower than Obama’s.In Texas, a bipartisan commission called the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee takes a first pass at applicants interested in such spots and then makes recommendations to the senators. That group interviewed scores of candidates, and completed its work in April, members said. But David Prichard, a San Antonio lawyer and the chairman of that committee, said he is not surprised that Trump has not yet made nominations. “We have to realize that [some of these] are lifetime appointments, and they carry a lot of power, so getting it right is pretty important,” he said. Trump announced eight nominations for U.S. attorney slots on June 12, naming only one — Justin Herdman of Ohio — who required approval from a Democratic senator through the informal “blue-slip” process. Trump has also announced a slew of nominees for judicial positions. Those judicial vacancies are arguably the most pressing because there are no interim judges to step in. Understaffing of the federal bench has long plagued Texas, and it’s an urgent issue, experts said. The openings can mean petitioners have to wait, and, as the old adage goes, “justice delayed is justice denied,” said Raul Gonzalez, a former Texas Supreme Court Justice and the vice chairman of the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee. “I wish there was a way to speed it up,” Gonzalez said. “I really don’t know what the bottleneck is. We do our work, and then we’re done with it and then we just wait and see.” Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.    This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/28/seventeen-vacancies-still-open-texas/.The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

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Soapy property improves electron mobility in organic semiconductors

first_img Citation: Soapy property improves electron mobility in organic semiconductors (2008, October 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-soapy-property-electron-mobility-semiconductors.html Taking a step toward that goal, physicists have made an important advance in the development of organic semiconductors in terms of their electron mobility. Generally, organic semiconductors have low electron mobility, meaning that the overall motion of their electrons is too random and not directed enough to provide a good electric current and conductivity. The physicists demonstrated how to improve the electron mobility of liquid crystalline semiconductors to 0.27cm2/ V•s, which is 10 times higher than the current highest level for room-temperature columnar liquid crystalline materials. The physicists, from the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, and the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, published their study in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.The scientists modified a molecule known as a condensed porphyrin copper complex to make it self-assemble into a liquid crystalline state at room temperature (throughout a wide range from -17 to 99°C). They achieved the record mobility at a temperature of 16°C.The key modification was adding hydrophobic side chains to one side of the molecule and hydrophilic side chains to the other. By being both hydrophobic and hydrophilic, the molecule has now become “amphiphilic.” Other common amphiphilic substances include soaps and detergents, which have molecules that can both attach to grease and easily be washed away by water.The amphiphilic property is useful for improving electron mobility because amphiphilic molecules tend to gather together in an orderly manner. Specifically, the amphiphilic molecular design enhanced the ð-stacking interaction, and molecules with larger ð-conjugated cores tend to have higher electron mobility. The physicists explain that ð-stacking is improved due to a nanoscale phase separation caused by the incompatibility between the hydrophobic and hydrophilic side chains of the molecules.The scientists also noted that the new organic semiconductor is especially efficient at absorbing visible light, which could make them useful for organic thin-film solar cells.More information: Sakurai, Tsuneaki, et al. “Prominent Electron Transport Property Observed for Triply Fused Metalloporphyrin Dimer: Directed Columnar Liquid Crystalline Assembly by Amphiphilic Molecular Design.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130 (42), 13812-13813, 2008. 10.1021/ja8030714.via: Tech-On! Polarized optical micrograph of a condensed porphyrin copper complex molecule with hydrophobic and hydrophilic side chains. Image credit: Tsuneaki Sakurai, et al. Physicists use nanostructures to free photons for highly efficient white OLEDs (PhysOrg.com) — Organic semiconductors are a main component in a variety of future organic electronics, such as flexible flat-panel displays, inexpensive solar cells, and other unique devices. Because of their advantages – which include being energy-efficient, inexpensive, and lightweight – organic electronics are expected to compose a multi-billion industry. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Going beyond boundaries

first_imgWith Bollywood films now exploring new heights in terms of domestic and overseas incomes, which are soaring sky-high, is it hard to analyse the success and popularity of Indian film-making business? The latest example of proliferation of Bollywood films in Australia is explained by Pat Fiske, where she said that the aboriginal community of Ramingining in northern Australia are familiar to the colourful scenes, melodrama and music of Bollywood. Also Read – A vintage affair with Shyam SundarPat Fiske is an Australian Documentary filmmaker, who revealed in an interview to Millennium Post, during her recent visit to the national Capital, that Aboriginal people of Australia are crazy about Bollywood films. She said: “I was working on a film and we were filming in the Ramingining community of northern Australia and the kids there love Bollywood films and I loved watching Bollywood films with them because they would dance, they would get up and perform which would make me emotional because they get so happy.” Also Read – Melodious Mavericks – Jatin LalitShe added: “The boys, they would dress up as women sometimes. They would wear a bra and grass skirts and have great fun.” When asked why they (the Aboriginal community) are so attracted towards Bollywood films, Martin Butler, another Documentary maker ponders and says: “Probably through the DVD’s because the community of Ramingining are remote and they have few TV sets and say let’s say that one may have the access to anything they like.” He adds: “I think that Bollywood is great fun and probably that’s exactly what attracts them.” Aboriginal Australians have inhabited the continent since 50,000 years. Martin Butler’s documentary First Footprints explores, through various heritage sites, the presence of the Aboriginal people and the possibilities of them being the most advanced community to have travelled to foreign lands from Africa. However from the time of Captain Cook’s arrival the British government acted as if Australia were uninhabited. So, instead of admitting that it was invading land that belonged to Aboriginal people, Britain acted as if it was settling an empty land. Martin Butler said: “In Australia there never was a treaty because the settlers said that the legal status was terra nullius which means empty land and that there is nobody here sufficiently advanced enough to make a treaty with.”“That was an extraordinary statement but that was the legal basis upon which Australia existed. That has shaped the attitude of White Australia towards the Aboriginal community,” Martin Butler added and believes that formal acknowledgement by the White Australians would be a better idea. Bollywood, earlier existing as mere cheap entertainment and as a replacement for banned Hollywood films in different countries like Nigeria and Soviet Union, the industry has  now risen and covered the globe extensively.Bollywood comprises both Hindi movies and movies made in the regional languages. Australia also brings out a large number of feature films and documentaries in English as well as native Aboriginal langauges per year. Classics of Hindi cinema like Mother India, Sholay, Zanjeer and Don to the films shot in Australia like Dil Chahta Hai, Salam Namaste and others have managed to reach the core of Australia, and are loved as much as in the home country. So, how is it that Bollywood, with no geographical proximity, language or cultural connection is able to thrive in a completely different land altogether?Bollywood in Australia: Transnationalism and Cultural Production, a research paper introduction written by MakandParajape and Andrew Hassam from the University of Wollongong explores Bollywood industry and answers the question quite clearly when it says: “Bollywood films have circulated globally among the Indian and South Asian diaspora as a shared cultural idiom. They have also been immensely popular in the erstwhile Soviet Union and on the African continent. Further, in an age when creative, information and services industries propel economic growth, Bollywood and its modalities of production, distribution and reception, are seen as important players in global culture industry networks. Countries of the developed world – Switzerland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand – go out of their way to welcome Bollywood production teams to shoot in their pristine locales. Local cinema houses in Australia, the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe regularly run shows ofnewly released Bollywood blockbusters. Many Hollywood producers now outsource their post-production work to Mumbai at costs lower than those they would incur in the US.”The quote hence reflects upon a symbiotic relationship where culture is shared and each nation makes profits, but that is not the only reason why Aboriginal communities are introduced to films. There has to be a need for reflection upon the usage of methods of communication and other factors. With time, methods of connecting have also changed. Earlier, it was older colonial circuits that linked the two countries and now the technology which helps a user get information and cultural products.The introduction of the research paper clearly lists out the reasons when it says: “Bollywood is not integrated with, say, the Czech Republic to the same degree as Australia. Many other factors are responsible for the kind of impact that it has on Australia. Among these are the English language and the older colonial circuits that linked India and Australia. The Indian diaspora finds it easier to migrate to English-speaking countries. These countries, in turn, find it easier to receive cultural products from India. In the case of Australia, its close cultural ties with the UK and the US also make its society more receptive to Bollywood.”But the above point reflects upon the presence of Bollywood films in a general manner in Australia due to presence Indian diaspora but Bollywood has also entered the hearts of Aboriginal Australians. Is it not possible that Aboriginal cultural products be showcased in Indian films.Martin Butler hoping to get the Aboriginal Australians on the international radar due to their cultural products said: “There may be the possibility, that future Bollywood movies set in Australia will portray greater political sensitivity and recognise the existence of Aboriginal Australians as part of a more inclusive Australian society.”Hence as the whole world is witnessing exchange of cultural products, it is time that Bollywood explores not only the abundance of Hollywood films, locations and screenplays but also the cultural heritage of other nations.last_img read more

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Khao Lak posttsunami tourism recovery transformation

Khao Lak post tsunami tourism recovery transformationOne million arrivals are expected for Khao Lak this year, a huge transformation for the destination, following the dark days following the Asian Tsunami in 2004 according to a new report by leading hotel consultancy, C9 Hotelworks.In the year following the event hotel guest arrivals in Phang Nga Province fell sharply under 300,000 for the entire year, but in a remarkable sustained upswing the number pushed upwards to 962,020 at the end of 2015 and is expected to break the one million mark this year. View the Khao Lak Hotel Update 2016 report here: http://www.c9hotelworks.com/downloads/khao-Lak-hotel-market-update-2016-05.pdf Key drivers, according to the report, are rising Chinese and Australian visitors, adding to the European guests that still dominate the market with 80% of arrivals, resulting in a new surge of hotel development.Khao Lak’s hotel market has 104 registered accommodation units with 7,822 keys, a number which pales compared to neighbour Phuket, whose total supply is close to 50,000 rooms. But, over the past five years the destination has seen a compounded annual growth rate of 16%, a rising performance not un-noticed by both Thai and foreign hotel developers with 1,213 new rooms coming into the supply pipeline.Commenting of the market evolution C9 Hotelworks’ Managing Director Bill Barnett said: “The upward cycle in tourism is highlighted by the planned return of Bill Heinecke’s Minor Hotel Group and more international brands coming on stage such as IHG’s Holiday Inn brand. Geographically within Khao Lak we are seeing the push north for the newest and larger resorts with Bangsak in particular seeing a number of large-scale properties.” Guest Arrivals at Registered Accommodation Establishments – Phang NgaSnowbirds or winter visitors from European countries especially German-speaking nationalities have traditionally been the legacy market. These were in fact the main drivers of the destination in the period after the Tsunami. However, by 2006 foreign visitors eclipsed domestic demand for the first time and the trend has grown ever since.“Over the past few years Khao Lak has attached itself to Phuket’s fast rising airlift and China and Australia in particular, with strong arrivals in the traditionally lean summer months, driving the growth and market maturity as it becomes a year-round market as opposed to the disruptive seasonality it used to be known for,” said Mr Barnett. Data from C9’s report also points to other key emerging markets such as Japan Korea, Malaysia and Singapore as key catalysts of change.Summing up Phang Nga’s push towards the golden one million milestone Bill Barnett added: “Khao Lak has been able to attract an increasing number of visitors from nearby Phuket who have destination fatigue and are disconnected by the wide-spread urbanized of the island’s resort atmosphere. Though the destination is firmly connected to the bigger Greater Phuket infrastructure including the soon to open expanded airport, in the long-term Phang Nga will have to develop its own gateway airport in order to control its own tourism destiny.About C9 Hotelworks C9 Hotelworks is led by founder and Managing Director Bill Barnett, who brings over 30 years’ experience in the Asian hospitality and real estate sectors. Prior to founding C9 in 2003, Bill held senior executive roles in hotel operations, development and asset management. He is considered to be a leading global authority on hotel residences, and has sat at almost every seat around the hospitality and real estate table. Bill promotes industry insight through regular conference presentations at key events and contributes to numerous industry publications. For more information contact www.c9hotelworks.com Amazing Thailanddiscover more here Manathai Khao Lak recently opened on Bangsak Beachcenter_img Source = C9 Hotelworks read more

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Related Thomson Airways named Britains most punct

first_img RelatedThomson Airways named Britain’s most punctual airlineThomson Airways operated the most on-time flights over the course of last summerVLM’s Amsterdam-London City service ‘slicker’ than rivalsThe performance saw the Belgian carrier surpass rivals KLM, easyJet, British Airways and bmi.Over 90% of bmibaby flights depart on time in Januarybmibaby has revealed that more than nine in ten (90.8 percent) of its flights departed within 15 minutes of schedule Results published by air travel data specialist FlightOnTime.info have proved BMI, Ryanair and Eastern Airways to be market leaders in flight punctuality.Collating figures from the Civil Aviation Authority, the group’s 2007 Scheduled Airline Punctuality Results analysed airline average arrival times at several UK hubs, dividing results into Scheduled, Low Cost and individualised Key Routes results.The Scheduled section showed BMI Regional to be the most punctual among the largest operators at UK airports for the third year running.The carrier achieved average delay times of only 5.9 minutes over 2007, a figure matched only by Eastern Airways (6.4) and nearly half the length of average delays for the next best performers.While low cost carriers were also included in the general Scheduled category, a separate listing of designated budget airlines put Ryanair first on punctuality, recording average delays of 12.7 minutes and allowing only 3.2 per cent of its flights to arrive more than one hour late.The Key Routes breakdown found BMI British Midlands to be the most punctual airline flying between London and Edinburgh, London and Aberdeen, and London and Manchester.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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