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Time Running Out To Get Indiana Judicial Nominees ConfirmedThree Democratic senators failed in their attempt Wednesday to force the Senate to hold a vote on the nominees to the federal bench, creating more doubt as to how many judges will be confirmed before the end of the year.Sens. Charles Schumer of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii all asked for unanimous consent for the upper chamber to vote on the candidates who have passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee. The nominees pending before the Senate include Winfield Ong who was approved by the committee for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.“The Republic majority is confirming judges at the slowest rate in more than 60 years and this has real consequences across America,” Schumer said. “… From the district courts to the federal courts of appeals, all the way to the highest court in the land, the Republican majority has been showing the American people that when it comes to judges, they are not doing their job.”North Carolina Republican Thomas Tillis objected to all three requests which prevented a floor vote.In response to Schumer’s statement, Tillis said the Senate has confirmed 329 of President Obama’s judicial nominations compared to the 312 confirmed at the same point in President George W. Bush’s term in office.“So I would submit that that’s doing our job,” Tillis said. “… So I know the other side of the aisle doesn’t like the fact that they don’t set the floor agenda but any reasonable, objective review of the record demonstrates that President Obama has been treated more fairly than his predecessor, George W. Bush.”Glenn Sugameli, attorney and founder of the nonprofit Judging the Environment which follows judicial nominations, described Tillis’s argument as “smoke and mirrors.” He said the 89 current vacancies, up from 43 in January 2015, is higher than they were during the Bush administration. Also filling seats in some jurisdictions does not help individuals and businesses in other districts that are having to wait longer for the cases to be heard because there are not enough judges available.The Senate is scheduled to recess at the end of this week and not return until after Labor Day. Warren asked the Republicans to do their job and take a vote “before shutting off the lights and leaving town.”Tillis gave different view of the Senate’s duties. He said he thought the upper chamber was working on funding for veterans, Zika research and the Department of Defense along with making sure communities have the adequate resources to combat drug addiction and the opioid epidemic.“And then, what we get are things that have nothing to do with doing our jobs,” he said.Warren countered the Constitution requires that the Senate to confirm judges for the federal bench.“We hear a lot of talk these days from Republicans in Congress suddenly caring about the rule of law,” Warren continued. “Talk is cheap. Real cases are piling up. Real courts are starved for help. Real justice is being denied. And the American people aren’t easily fooled.”The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has declared 29 of the open seats to be judicial emergencies because of the high number of filings.The District Court in the Southern District of Indiana is among the courts declared to be in emergency status. The vacancy on the court was created when Judge Sarah Evans Barker took senior status June 30, 2014, although she is continuing to carry a full workload until her replacement is confirmed.Ong was nominated to fill the seat by Obama in January 2016 and endorsed by Indiana Sens. Joe Donnelly, Democrat, and Dan Coats, Republican. The Judicial Committee gave him a hearing in May and approved him on a voice vote in June. Tilllis is a member of the committee.Sugameli echoed Warren in saying the vacancies on the courts are causing problems for litigants. He said in his experience as an attorney representing individuals, companies and trade associations, the parties wanted a decision from the court, win or lose, so they could move forward. However, the delay in getting civil cases before a judge is putting people in limbo.“It is absolutely inexcusable,” Sugameli said. “The irony is it isn’t hurting Obama. It’s hurting people and businesses in districts without judges.”Ong is at the bottom of the list of 16 District Court nominees waiting for a Senate vote. Sugameli and Carl Tobias, University of Richmond School of Law professor and expert on the federal judicial confirmation process, note there is still a window for Ong to get confirmed.The Senate goes back into session in September and could hold votes on some of the nominees then. There is precedent. In 2008, the Senate held hearings and confirmed 10 of Bush’s nominees in September.Also some Republican Senators farther back in the nomination line are pushing their picks which could increase the pressure to vote on the candidates that have been approved by the committee.In particular, Sens. Michael Crapo and James Risch from Idaho want the nominee to the Idaho District Court, David Nye, to have a hearing and a vote before the end of the year. The situation in Idaho is especially dire since the state only has two federal judges with one being 82 years old and on senior status.Thursday morning, the committee did give a thumbs up to Nye’s nomination in a voice vote. Also, Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl and Donald Coggins Jr. were also approved on voice votes for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, respectively.Since the Senate tends to vote on nominees in the order they come from the committee rather than cherry pick which ones to consider, the urgency in Idaho could flush all the other candidates in front of Nye, including Ong, onto the floor for consideration.Another key to Ong’s confirmation is Coats. The Indiana Republican has said he supports Ong and described him as having “the experience, ability and temperament necessary to serve Hoosiers well on the federal bench.”“I think he could be very important as a senior Republican senator if he would go to (Sen. Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell,” Tobias said of Coats.The likelihood of former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby being confirmed to the 7th Circuit is becoming more remote. Not only is time running out on this Congress to act on her nomination, Coats is hindering the process by withholding his support.Circuit Court judges can have a more difficult road to confirmation because decisions from these benches are binding and more consequential than those from the District Courts. Attorney Donald Schott, the nominee to fill the Wisconsin seat on the 7th Circuit, faced some opposition from the Judiciary Committee, picking up 7 “no” votes along with 13 “yes” votes.At present, Tobias said, the 7th Circuit is moving cases along in part because of overachieving judges Richard Posner and Frank Easterbrook. However, overtime the vacant Indiana and Wisconsin seats will take a toll on case management. In addition the continued vacancies deprive both states of full representation on the court, he said.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
On August 29-30, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) will host a conference in celebration of computer scientist Michael Rabin’s 80th birthday.Speakers will include Yonatan Aumann, Michael Ben-Or, Richard Karp, Dick Lipton, Silvio Micali, Michael Mitzenmacher, David Parkes, Tal Rabin, Ron Rivest, Dana Scott, Madhu Sudan, Salil Vadhan, Moshe Vardi, and Avi Wigderson.Rabin is one of the most prominent computer scientists of the past 50 years. His contributions have influenced many foundational areas of the field.The Rabin celebration event is open to the public, but registration is required by August 25th.If you have any questions, please contact Carol Harlow ([email protected]), or one of the organizers (Michael Mitzenmacher, Salil Vadhan, Leslie Valiant).For more information, see the conference website. Read Full Story
Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka looks better than £72m signing Nicolas Pepe, reckons Martin Keown Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates with Bukayo Saka in Frankfurt (Picture: Getty Images)Martin Keown believes that Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka looks a better player than £72m summer signing Nicolas Pepe after his superb display in the Europa League against Frankfurt.The Gunners secured a remarkable 3-0 victory away in Frankfurt on Thursday night and the 18-year-old Saka caught the eye with a sparkling performance.It was the young forward’s first appearance of the season as he produced two assists and a tremendous goal of his own to guide his team to the commanding win.Keown compared Saka’s performance to those of Pepe who arrived from Lille this summer and has failed to make such an impact as yet.ADVERTISEMENTBukayo Saka strikes! 🔴He becomes the youngest Arsenal player to score in the Europa League with a great finish to cap a fantastic display! pic.twitter.com/FgUIUjYA1A— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2019 Advertisement AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 24-year-old Ivory Coast international has appeared in all five of Arsenal’s Premier League games so far this campaign and came off the bench in Frankfurt but is yet to score and has provided just one assist.‘They toil away, trying to get young players in and they’ve found one in Saka,’ Keown told BT Sport. ‘You think of the way Pepe is playing at the minute, they paid £72m for him and this kid looked better than him tonight.‘By the way, [Joe] Willock as well, he’s got his reward, this has been a breakthrough moment for him. He got a little bit lucky, but that’s all 100% the academy, that first goal for Arsenal.‘When Saka gets the ball [for the second goal], it shows composure, he’s passing it into the goal, it’s a beautiful finish. To think he’s 18 years of age.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityJoe Willock opened the scoring for Arsenal in Germany with a deflected finish 38 minutes into the game as his impressive progression continues.Keown said of the 20-year-old: ‘I think this is the exuberance of young players. I think this is a breakthrough moment for Willock.‘He’s been a bit rushed, lacks a little bit of composure, but I love his energy and he gets his reward tonight to put Arsenal in front.’MORE: Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka shine as Arsenal take control of Europa League group with 3-0 win against FrankfurtMORE: Arsenal are ‘going to turn into Everton’ unless Unai Emery fixes the defence, believes Darren Bent Phil HaighThursday 19 Sep 2019 8:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisement
LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Barbados and Hong Kong sign air services agreement by: Caribbean Media Corporation – July 11, 2015 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share 48 Views no discussions Share Barbados’ Ambassador to China, Dr. Chelston Brathwaite (right) and Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung signing the agreement in Hong Kong.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados and Hong Kong have inked an Air Services Agreement.The deal “provides the framework for the provision of international air services between Hong Kong and Barbados and opens new doors for cooperation in tourism and trade between the two countries”, according to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Barbados to the People’s Republic of China.He says the development also “represents another step in strengthening the relationship between Barbados and China”.Ambassador Brathwaite made the comments as he delivered remarks at the signing of the Air Services Agreement with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).The Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, signed on behalf of his Government.The Agreement, which was signed in Hong Kong recently, will allow the governments of Barbados and Hong Kong to promote mutually beneficial economic and cultural initiatives.