US News ranks Vermont Law School as best in nation

first_imgUS News & World Report again has ranked Vermont Law School’s environmental law program as the best in the nation. The 2011 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools appears on USNews.com on Thursday, April 15, and on newsstands on Tuesday, April 27.“I’m gratified at this recognition of the depth and breadth of our environmental curriculum, clinic and institutes,” said Associate Professor Marc Mihaly, director of the school’s Environmental Law Center (ELC). “Our success reflects the dedication of our environmental faculty and our wonderful community of students who over the years have populated key legal and policy positions in government, non-profits, law firms and corporations with a strong positive environmental direction.”Vermont Law School has placed first 13 times since the U.S. News environmental specialty rankings began in 1991, including the past two consecutive years, and has never placed lower than second. To develop its specialty rankings, U.S. News asked legal educators to identify the top programs.The ELC offers the largest and deepest selection of environmental law courses in the nation. The multidisciplinary program in law, policy, science and ethics attracts law and graduate students, lawyers, government officials, teachers, scientists and citizen activists. Since its creation in 1978, the ELC has trained people to be environmental leaders in government, nonprofits, corporations and private practice — locally, nationally, and internationally.The ELC administers the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree program for lawyers and non-lawyers and the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law, a post-Juris Doctor degree for experienced attorneys who seek to specialize.Vermont Law School offers clinical, research and experiential environmental programs through the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, the Land Use Institute, the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, and the Environmental Semester in Washington.The ELC’s Summer Session participants learn the legal and scientific underpinnings of environmental policy and explore major environmental issues with national experts in a collaborative setting. The Summer Session offers a broad curriculum, a Visiting Distinguished Environmental Scholars program and a lecture series that features summer faculty members, distinguished summer scholars and environmental summer media fellows speaking about current issues in their fields.“We’re very pleased that Vermont Law School has retained its number-one environmental ranking,” said Dean Jeff Shields. “The rankings also show that we do very well in other important areas of comparison, including our 13.5 student/faculty ratio and our 95.2% employment rate at nine months after graduation.”##Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is the nation’s top- ranked environmental law school, according to U.S. News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM)  in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).Source: Vermont Law School, South Royalton. 4.15.2010last_img read more

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The machine learning dilemma: So much data, where do we begin?

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to industry headlines, the answers to many challenges facing credit unions today lie deep within their member data.However, with volumes of data spanning a credit union’s systems and applications – and multiplying by the minute – bringing it all together under one technological roof is easier said than done.So how can credit unions better manage their data, implementing the right strategies and infrastructure to transform data into both operational efficiencies and better member experiences?“Machine learning technology is quickly advancing and promises to benefit credit unions and their members in many important ways – from fraud detection and risk management to member services and marketing,” said Phong Q. Rock, Sr. VP, corporate strategy and business development for Feedzai. “However, leveraging all that machine learning has to offer requires credit unions to first ensure the quality of their data.” continue reading »last_img read more

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PSG embark on trophy blitz as French football resumes

first_imgThe fixture at the Stade de France marks the return of French football, lagging well behind the rest of Europe’s top leagues which eventually restarted despite the health crisis.PSG have shown little rustiness in dispatching a trio of friendly opponents — Le Havre, Waasland-Beveren and Scottish champions Celtic — with 20 goals scored and none conceded.For Saint-Etienne, the COVID-19 interruption allowed them to turn the page on a dismal league campaign in which they finished 17th — a far cry from their fourth-placed effort in 2018-19.”The goal was to avoid injuries and come into the final with fresh legs and clear minds. We’re ready to play,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel. “It’s a very important match after a long break. No team has ever done that. We want to win.” Topics : ‘Historic and strange’ PSG captain Thiago Silva hopes to sign off on an eight-year spell at the club with a raft of trophies, having signed a short-term extension through August.”The truth is I didn’t want to leave but the decision has been taken and I respect it,” said Silva, who has helped PSG to four of their record 12 French Cup triumphs.”It’s a different time to any other, it’s historic and strange,” he added. “To stop for four months like that, it’s not easy to then get back to the highest level.”Friday’s showdown is a repeat of the 1982 final, won by PSG on penalties following a 2-2 draw in which Michel Platini scored twice for Saint-Etienne. It was PSG’s first major title and also the last time Saint-Etienne reached the final.”We’re not favorites. Our goal is to enjoy ourselves, play our trump card and be in the match. I hope we let loose, we have nothing to lose,” said Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel.French President Emmanuel Macron will be in attendance as is tradition, but fewer than 5,000 spectators will be permitted at the 80,000-seater venue as part of stringent health regulations. Saint-Etienne supporters have said they will boycott the match after receiving an allocation of just 900 tickets.However, the occasion will provide Tuchel the chance to atone for last year’s final defeat by Rennes in a penalty shootout, as PSG failed to win at least one of the two domestic cups for the first time since 2013.PSG return to the Stade de France on July 31 to face Lyon in the French League Cup final. They will then head to Lisbon to play Atalanta on August 12 in the quarter-finals of a Champions League ‘Final Eight’.The tournament will be played in a straight knockout format due to the difficulties caused by the coronavirus, with PSG dreaming of a remarkable quadruple to celebrate the club’s 50-year anniversary. Four months after French football ground to a standstill as the coronavirus pandemic worsened, Paris Saint-Germain head into Friday’s national cup final against Saint-Etienne looking to land the first of a potential three titles in a five-match burst.Declared Ligue 1 champions for the seventh time in eight years after the season was ended prematurely, PSG return to competitive action 135 days later with the French Cup, French League Cup and Champions League in their sights.Unlike their last fixture on March 11, a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund behind closed doors that sealed a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, a limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the French Cup final.last_img read more

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New vegan food-to-go products coming to supermarkets

first_imgVegan NPD is moving fast. Demand for portable plant-based food and drink products has skyrocketed and both brands and retailers have come up with plenty of innovative launches for the vegan lunchtime meal deal. From fishless sushi to pig-free bacon crisps, here’s our pick of the best new vegan food-to-go products.,Absolutely Avo Hummus Wrap Brand: Peardrop Rsp: £6.50This veggie-filled wrap joined the Planet Organic food-to-go lineup in July and combines slow roasted tomatoes with carrot, red cabbage, roasted red peppers and fresh avocado. The packaging is plastic-free and made with “planet-friendly” paper. It’s also nut-free.Source: Mintel GNPD Probiotic BallsBrand: Health LabRsp: £2Available in Choc Matcha and Mixed Berry flavours, these cashew and date balls contain one billion vegan probiotics. Made in Australia, they’re set to hit major UK mults, specialist retailers and online retailers in January 2019. Bubble & Squeak Sandwich Brand: Co-opRsp: £2.65Landing on shelves ahead of Christmas, this sandwich contains a sweet potato bubble & squeak fritter, pickled beetroot and red cabbage slaw and Christmas spiced chutney. It will be available as part of the Co-op meal deal.  Oat Millionaire BarsBrand: GrazeRsp: £1.79A vegan reinvention of caramel shortbread, these bars contain up to 12g of protein and are available in three flavours: Peanut Butter, Raspberry and Orange. The bars layer oats and quinoa with date paste and cacao nibs. They’re now available from Boots and WH Smith.  Crunchy Cauli CouscousBrand: Marks & SpencerRsp: £2.20Made with cauliflower, carrot and cabbage, this salad hit M&S shelves in June. Containing a pot of basil and thyme dressing, the salad is garnished with parsley and pumpkin seeds. Source: Mintel GNPD Spicy Butternut Falafel, Rainbow Grains & Houmous SaladBrand: AsdaRsp: £1.50Asda first launched a range of vegan food-to-go products in January this year. The latest addition is this Spicy Butternut Falafel, Rainbow Grains & Houmous Salad. The product, which carries a Vegan Society accreditation, comes equipped with a fork and mini pot of houmous.  Caffè Brand: Alpro Rsp: £1.70Available in three flavours: Soya Caramel & Ethiopian Coffee, Coconut & Peruvian Coffee and Almond & Brazilian Coffee, this ready-to-drink chilled coffee hit the meal deal shelves of Boots in October.  BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sushi BurritoBrand: ImaRsp: £5.99This new launch from vegan sushi brand Ima promises to leave “plenty of fish in the sea”. Available from Planet Organic and Greenbay Supermarket, it’s a seaweed wrap with barbecue marinated jackfruit and carrots and it comes in sustainable sugar cane packaging. Source: Mintel GNPD Peanut Butter SlugBrand: Pic’s Rsp: £1Naturally vegan, this on-the-go peanut butter format hit Tesco shelves in May. The snack only contains hi-oleic Australian peanuts and a pinch of salt. Vegan PloughmansBrand: Waitrose Rsp: £2.60Waitrose launched a raft of vegan options in its Good to Go range in January but this sandwich only came into stores last month. This vegan take on a classic ploughman’s includes a dairy-free cheddar style slice, pickle, tomatoes and vegan mayo.  Bacon & Tomato CrispsBrand: Fairfield FarmsRsp: 80pDespite having a “subtle bacon flavour” these hand-cooked crisps are the first vegan-friendly meat flavour the brand has created. They entered Co-op stores in September.  Sicilian Caponata Pasta Brand: BolRsp: £3The combination of courgette, cannellini beans, plum tomatoes and sunflower seeds makes this pasta pot high in plant protein and low in sugar. It became available in Sainsbury’s stores from the end of October.  Chocolate Cups Brand: Nutty CacaoRsp: £2.89A “healthier version” of classic chocolate cups, these plant-based treats are now available in Selfridges and Daylesford in Peanut Butter, Rocky Road and Coconut varieties. Available in handy snack packs, the cups are free of refined sugars, gluten and are made with natural ingredients.  last_img read more

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Neymar ready to act as mentor to Richarlison

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Brazil captain Neymar has revealed he is acting as a mentor to rising Everton star Richarlison.Richarlison has won a place in the Brazil squad this season after impressing for Everton following his transfer from Watford.The 21-year-old has scored twice in his first four appearances for the Selecao and will feature in their friendly against Uruguay at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Friday.Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar, who has hit 59 goals in 94 caps, has been impressed by Richarlison’s emergence and is taking the youngster under his wing.“Everybody knows that Richarlison is a really great player and a really nice guy,” Neymar told reporters on Thursday.“He has this trick to solve matches, to play well in great matches as he is doing now for Everton.“I expect him to grow up, to keep developing in his career.“I hope I can help him to achieve his goals and to help inside the pitch and even outside the pitch, as a friend, as a colleague. “And if he is as smart as he is showing he is, he will try to keep with working well to be a really great player in the future.”Richarlison celebrated his first Brazil goal, in September’s 5-0 win over El Salvador, by performing a dance with Neymar.And Neymar admitted he is under pressure to repeat the celebration against South American rivals Uruguay.“My son already asked me and Richarlison to do the dance of the bird – the pigeon – in the next match,” he added.After being reunited with Everton boss Marco Silva, who managed him at Watford, Richarlison has been one of the most impressive players in the Premier League this season, with six goals in 10 league fixtures.Brazil manager Tite has been impressed with Richarlison’s ability to cope with his new-found status as a star for club and country.“He grew up in Brazil very fast, he rushed many things and we could see that he had a potential since he was a boy,” Tite said.“He’s really strong in his mind. This is something he showed us playing in America (friendlies against the United States and El Salvador) and in Brazil, also for Fluminense and Watford. He’s really a great player.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Leafs outlast Braves in Super Bowl day shootout

first_imgThe Braves pushed the Leafs to the limit before losing a wild one Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena 8-7.The last time the Leafs met the Braves at home Spokane squeaked out a 3-2 win.Nelson, sweeping the Grand Forks Border Bruins twice Thursday and Friday, now meet the Castlegar Rebels in a home-and-home series.The teams open Friday in Castlegar before returning Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest at the NDCC Arena.The Rebels, following a weekend split against division leading Hawks, will finish second in the Murdoch and meet the Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. The Nelson Leafs continue to build for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs after pulling off a weekend sweep against the weaker sisters in the Murdoch Division.However, the way the Spokane Braves have been playing the Leafs, maybe it’s a good thing the American team is heading off to meet Beaver Valley in the first round of the playoffs instead of the Green and White.last_img read more

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Withering away

first_imgIn the recent past, the passage of Bills like RTI, Triple Talaq, River water disputes, Abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, etc., have provided for every reason to critically analyse the aspect of Parliament accountability more deeply. The Indian Parliament completed 60 years of its existence seven years ago. A couple of parliamentarians of yesteryears were also felicitated on the occasion. However, over the years, the effectiveness of the Indian Parliament as an institution of accountability and supervision has been on a decline. The instruments for accountability like motions on the floor, oversight powers, committee system that Parliament can use, are being rendered dysfunctional. The globalisation of Indian economy eroded the power of Parliament. International treaties govern much of the economic decision-making and Parliament does not have a system of effective treaty oversight in place. The decision on these treaties would have been already taken and are unalterable by the time they come to Parliament. Parliamentary oversight on the powers which are being delegated to non-elected institutions is very weak. Also Read – A special kind of bondSlow legislation process, more powers to executive in the form of ordinances substituting for legislation were identified as the weakness of the Indian Parliament. Parliament is increasingly becoming ineffective in providing scrutiny of the executive. Parliament itself has self-abdicated many of its functions. The imperatives of electoral and party politics facilitated in delaying of important legislation just for the sake of delay but not for any qualitative improvement in legislation. Parliament has become more of an oppositional space rather than a forum for genuine debate. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt is debatable as to what extent the Indian Parliament could be held responsible for the successes and failures of Indian democracy. Performance of parliamentary democracy is not independent of the performance of Parliament. Performance of legislators in a parliamentary system is more an outcome of the influence of the political party to which they belong than anything else. The quality of parliamentarians, judged by their qualifications and commitment, seems to be declining. Though India’s current parliamentarians have much higher levels of formal education than in the past, sizable number among them has criminal backgrounds. This certainly has an impact on the functioning of Parliament. The composition of Parliament in general and the Lok Sabha, in particular, has been a reliable index of the changing political preferences of Indian voters. The social composition of Parliament has changed considerably over the years. From its inception as an elite coterie of British educated lawyers, its members today are drawn from a variety of social strata and occupations. Parliament continues to lag behind in the representation of women, and through quotas, a certain number of seats have been earmarked for historically marginalised groups – the Scheduled Castes and Tribes – and this has ensured the representation of these groups in Parliament. Parliament, thus, is a reasonable representation of the diversity of social interests. The “state of emergency” that Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared in 1975 was probably one of the most precarious episodes for parliamentary democracy and was not warranted by the national interest. There is also a general sense that the procedural norms that are the basis of parliamentary practice began to erode, particularly after the mid-1970s. The weakening of political parties, the multiplicity of political parties represented in Parliament, from five in the first Lok Sabha to nearly 40 subsequently as well as the changing nature of constituent services and re-election incentives have all transformed the institution of the Indian Parliament. The primary objective of Parliament is to enact legislation, although it also has constitutional, financial and governmental powers. It is the sole body that can amend the Constitution. It is also the only body with the power to raise taxes and spend money, including the authority to pass the annual budget. The failure of the government to ensure the passage of the budget is automatically a vote of no-confidence. Finally, the Cabinet is collectively responsible to Parliament. Parliament is the agency through which the government is held accountable. The opposition is the constituent part of Parliament that has the most incentive to use the statutory powers of Parliament to keep the government accountable. The principal reason that opposition parties in India do not scrutinise the day-to-day functions of government with any seriousness is that political parties are weak institutions. The ability of the opposition to function as an independent mechanism of accountability has little to do with the formal rules of Parliament. There are various types of committees in the Indian Parliament namely standing committees like Committee on Public Accounts, the Committee on Estimates, the Committee on Public Undertakings and Ad hoc Committees which are usually appointed for a specific purpose and can be either select or joint. However, the Parliament itself tends to ignore the reports of its committees which is yet another reason for its declining accountability. Legislation in the Parliament involves three stages corresponding to three readings of a bill. A distinction needs to be made between the workings of Parliament as an institution and the processes that go into the making of Parliament itself. The imperatives of raising electoral financing make parliamentarians beholden to special interests and in some cases corrupts them, distorts the legislative process and causes a considerable decline in Parliament standards. Parliament’s working hours has declined over the years. There is a sharp increase in adjournments of Houses as a result of disorderly scenes and interruptions where nothing could be recorded and nobody could hear the MPs. Due to interruptions, legislative proceedings are frequently disrupted to the point where there is no option but to adjourn. The disruption can take many forms including rushing to the well of the House and shouting in front of the speaker. On one hand, it appears that parliamentarians spend most of their time attending to the affairs of their constituents. On the other hand, parliamentarians seem relatively uninterested or ineffective in utilising grants and policies for the development of their constituencies. This is exemplified by the extraordinary failure of the Local Area Development (MPLADS) scheme. It also seems that most MPs and their constituents seem to look upon MPs primarily as distributors of patronage rather than as policymakers. MPLADS is perhaps less important than its implications for Parliament as an institution of accountability. Under the Indian Constitution, the president can, on the advice of the government and even in the absence of parliamentary legislation, promulgate ordinances to deal with matters that might arise from time to time. The frequent use of presidential ordinances cannot be seen other than as a way of bypassing the need to secure parliamentary approval for important legislation. While parliamentary democracy remains healthy, there are significant institutional challenges facing the Parliament and it is absolutely necessary to overcome them. (The author is Chief PRO to Telangana CM. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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