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first_imgWelcome to episode 17 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of CUInsight.com. I’m excited to announce that Michael Reuter is joining me as today’s guest! In case you aren’t already familiar with Mike, he’s the Executive Director of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions at WOCCU. We’ll chat about everything from the importance of doing global good, the benefits of US credit unions being involved in the larger global movement, and Mike’s own path to credit unions.Doing global good within this industry, Mike explains, is about taking the “why” of credit unions to a global level. This helps international credit union members who might think that they don’t have the ability to expand their business, grow their farm, or create a better life. Hearing Mike’s passion about this topic is a fantastic reminder of how much of a difference credit unions can make.One of the things I deeply admire about Mike is his work and leadership style. As you’ll hear today, he views being part of a team as one of the most important aspects of being a leader. It might not surprise you to learn that he’s also acutely aware of the need to listen first while forming opinions, and that he understands the need for patience.We’ll also dig into what role the Worldwide Foundation plays in addressing challenges resulting from climate change, business reasons for why it makes sense to get involved in the global movement, why storytelling is so important, and much more. If you’re in need of a great dose of inspiration to get you re-enthused about working in the credit union industry, don’t miss this fantastic conversation! Enjoy.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find Mike:Michael ReuterExecutive Director, Worldwide Foundation for Credit [email protected] | Linkedin | InstagramShow notes from this episode:Check out the new and improved website for the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions: www.doglobalgood.orgWhile you’re at it pop on over to WOCCU as well and see all the amazing going on in credit unions globally: www.woccu.orgI’m a fan of this blog. A must read.  Field Notes: A blog of the Worldwide FoundationInterested in participating on a field engagement? Find out more here.Geez… It took us 10 minutes to mention DE. Mike and I will do better next time. But we did talk about it more later in the show. You should join the club. Find out more about CUDE here.Mike talked about the work they are doing with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Every dollar raised in the US system is leveraged into $44 through the Worldwide Foundation. Give nowBlog post mentioned to get your feet wet with the Worldwide Foundation: Three Ways Global Good Can Grow Your Credit Union.Shout-out to: Susan Mitchell, Crystal Long, Bill Cheney, Steve StappGoing to Rome or Lisbon? Walking tour I mentioned on the show: The Rogue HistoriansBest album of all time: Brothers by The Black KeysBook(s) mentioned: Start with Why by Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek, You are a Badass by Jen SinceroNow that you’ve listened, you probably want to donate to the Worldwide Foundation. Go global good. Become a global champion. We have a link for you here.Previous guests mentioned in the show: Doug Leighton, Jill Nowacki, Gigi Hyland, Jim NussleYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:03] – Welcome back to the show! Today’s guest is Michael Reuter, the Executive Director of the Worldwide Foundation at WOCCU.[02:36] – What does doing global good mean to Michael?[04:00] – Michael talks about how he hopes that the credit union community engages to do more global good.[06:33] – Does Michael have a favorite story about the Worldwide Foundation doing good?[09:50] – We hear about whether there’s a business reason (rather than just wanting to do good) that credit unions in the United States should want to be actively involved in the global movement.[13:21] – What’s the biggest challenge that the Worldwide Foundation is currently facing?[17:10] – Michael talks about whether the effects of climate change are something that the Worldwide Foundation addresses.[18:22] – We learn about how credit unions and individuals can get involved with the Worldwide Foundation.[21:12] – One of Michael’s favorite posts on the Worldwide Foundation’s blog is one of the earliest ones: Three Ways Global Good Can Grow Your Credit Union.[22:32] – We move into the second part of the podcast, with Michael explaining what inspired him to take the gig at the Worldwide Foundation.[25:44] – Michael explains why he went through the Credit Union Development Education (DE) Program.[27:33] – Is there a belief currently held by credit unions that Michael thinks will significantly change in the foreseeable future?[29:02] – We hear about how Michael would describe his leadership style.[30:06] – Is there something that Michael’s team has heard him say so often that they could finish his sentence?[30:49] – Michael talks about whether there’s a mistake that he made early in his career, or that he sees young leaders make.[32:20] – Are there any failures in Michael’s career that ended up leading to a future success?[33:29] – We learn about a piece of advice that Michael has gone back to over and over throughout his career.[34:33] – Michael talks about the biggest point that he has brought from his experience in running museums into his work at credit unions.[36:36] – Does Michael have any hacks to get past the times when he runs into a brick wall?[37:45] – Michael chats about how he plans to keep his message fresh and relevant both within and outside his organization.[39:25] – What does Michael do when he has a free day? What does work/life balance look like for him?[40:44] – Michael starts off the rapid-fire question part of the show by talking about the first time that he got into memorable trouble.[41:58] – Does Michael have any daily routines that he needs to do, or his day feels off?[42:45] – What’s the best album of all time, that Michael can listen to without skipping a song?[43:22] – Is there a book that Michael has gifted, recommended, or thinks everybody should read?[44:17] – What has become more important to Michael as he has gotten older? What has become less important? What advice would he give his 25-year-old self?[45:11] – When Michael hears the word “success,” who’s the first person who comes to mind?[46:15] – Does Michael have any final asks or thoughts for listeners?[47:34] – What’s the best way to get in touch with Michael? 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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first_imgChelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has vowed that he will not quit the club after the defending champions’ FA Cup exit.Saturday’s penalty shoot-out defeat by Everton leaves the Champions League as the Blues’ only realistic hope of silverware this season.Asked if he would consider resigning ahead of facing FC Copenhagen on Tuesday, Ancelotti said: “No, not me.“I don’t have to consider my position. It is the owner [Roman Abramovich] that has to do that, not myself.”Chelsea’s last-16 European tie offers the Blues a chance to turn around another poor run of form which has seen them slip to fifth in the Premier League, 12 points behind leaders Manchester United.Following a 1-0 defeat to Wolves on 5 January the Blues won four out of five games, but they have failed to score a goal in normal time in the past three matches, despite the acquisition of £50m striker Fernando Torres. Ancelotti claimed John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien are not 100% fit and admitted only John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are currently playing at the top of their game.The team’s stuttering displays mean that qualification for the Champions League next season is under threat.A similar situation two seasons ago led to the sacking of previous boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, but at that stage in February 2008 Chelsea were fourth in the league and still in the FA Cup and Europe.But Ancelotti, who won a league and FA Cup double in his first season in charge last season, said that resuming their European travails could give them the jolt they needed.“The Champions League is not easy, but it will bring a lot of motivation for every one of us,” he said. “We have to have the right pressure. We have to play against Copenhagen. We have 180 minutes to win this game.” “Chelsea won’t go out against Copenhagen,” he added. “I think we have the possibility to win against Copenhagen.”The defeat by Everton on Saturday came after Frank Lampard had scored in extra-time, only for Leighton Baines to equalise with a free-kick.Both Nicolas Anelka and Ashley Cole missed crucial penalties in the shootout with Everton captain Phil Neville scoring the decisive kick.On Sunday former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri resigned as Roma’s coach. The Italian was in charge of the Blues between 2000 and 2004 and said recently he would consider a return to the Premier League.Source: BBClast_img read more

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first_imgIvory Coast were more impressive in the early exchanges before a modest crowd in a stadium overlooking the Suez canal, a major shipping link between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi finger-tipped a Gradel shot on to a post and Kodjia wasted a chance from close range after a cutback in 38 celsius (100 fahrenheit) heat.Serge Kanon was the next Ivorian to squander an opportunity to put the two-time champions in front, stabbing the ball wide from inside the six-yard area.Against the run of play, Algeria went ahead when Feghouli connected with a Ramy Bensebaini cross and his snap shot flew past Sylvain Gbohouo.Algeria had a great chance to go further ahead early in the second half when Bounedjah was fouled by Gbohouo, but he blazed the penalty against the crossbar and over.The Ivorian Elephants were playing much better than in previous matches and equalised just past the hour mark, ending a 422-minute run by Mbolhi without conceding a goal in Egypt.Crystal Palace flier Wilfried Zaha created the goal with a surging run down the middle from the centre circle before passing to Kodjia, who scored with a shot from just inside the box.Share on: WhatsApp Algeria. photo via @CAF_OnlineSuez, Egypt | AFP | Africa Cup of Nations title favourites Algeria defeated the Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties in Suez Thursday to the relief of Baghdad Bounedjah and set up a semi-final showdown with Nigeria.The quarter-final finished 1-1 after extra time with Sofiane Feghouli giving Algeria a 20th-minute lead that was cancelled by Jonathan Kodjia on 62 minutes.In the shootout, Youcef Belaili struck the woodwork when he had a chance to clinch victory for Algeria, then Ivory Coast captain Serey Die hit the same post and his team were eliminated.Forward Bounedjah missed a penalty in the second half of regular time and was visibly upset by his failure, fearing it would cost Algeria a first last-four place since 2010.Algeria retained the team that started a last-16 demolition of Guinea, a result which confirmed the belief of many rival coaches that the Desert Foxes are the team to beat.Ivory Coast coach Ibrahim Kamara changed two of the side that began an unimpressive 1-0 win over Mali in the first knockout round.Midfielder Ibrahim Sangare and forward Max-Alain Gradel were selected to start in place of Jean-Philippe Gbamin and off-form Nicolas Pepe.This was the eighth Cup of Nations meeting between the countries with Ivory Coast holding a 3-2 lead and two matches drawn.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Adding carbon dioxide gas to water, a process similar to making carbonated soda water, could help control the movement and behavior of invasive carp in the Great Lakes basin, according to a recent study.“This study demonstrates the ability of carbon dioxide to act as a non-physical barrier on a large scale,” said Cory Suski, University of Illinois researcher.  “ Work on this topic to date has primarily been performed in small, laboratory studies, and so this work showed the potential for CO2 to be effective at larger scales more relevant to field applications.”Bighead carp and silver carp are species of invasive Asian carp that threaten the Great Lakes. Scientists with the University of Illinois and U.S. Geological Survey tested the effectiveness of infusing water with recycled CO2 gas to discourage the movement of bighead and silver carp. Both carp species avoided CO2-infused water in a research pond at the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wis.“These fish responses provide evidence that CO2 could be used as a tool to deter the movement of bighead and silver carp,” said Michael Donaldson, a U of I researcher and the study’s lead author. “The results are encouraging because there is a need for additional methods to prevent the entry of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.”The scientists gradually added light plumes of CO2 gas to one end of the USGS test pond. They monitored the behavior of individual bighead and silver carp, as well as the behavior of native fish species such as bigmouth buffalo, channel catfish, paddlefish, and yellow perch before, during, and after the addition of CO2.The findings include:•           Each fish species except for paddlefish avoided the areas of the pond with CO2-infused water.•           Certain bighead and silver carp movements slowed down after CO2 was injected.•           Bighead carp used a smaller area of the pond furthest from the injection sites after CO2 was added.“Further tests are needed before CO2 can be used in Asian carp management,” said Jon Amberg, a USGS scientist and co-author of the study. “Understanding the effects of long-term, elevated CO2 exposure on fish and other organisms can help assess its risks to native species.”The next research step is to test the usefulness of CO2 gas in controlling bigheaded carp movement in a natural river. Non-native Asian carp have the potential to damage ecosystems in the Great Lakes basin by competing with native fish and mussels for food. Large silver carp are also hazardous to boaters because they can leap up to 10 feet out of the water when startled.“Carbon dioxide as a tool to deter the movement of invasive Bigheaded Carps” co-authored by Michael Donaldson, Shivani  Adhikari, Adam Wright , and Cory Suski from U of I; and Jon Amberg, Aaron Cupp, Nathan Jensen, Mark Gaikowski, and Jason Romine from the U.S. Geological Survey. The study is published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society and is available online.The study was supported by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources through funds provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.last_img read more

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first_imgConcordia University in Montreal got a nice pre-holiday gift last month with the launch of a solar energy research laboratory and the inauguration of a national net-zero-energy research initiative that will be headquartered at the university.Formally dubbed the Solar Simulator – Environmental Chamber, the lab is a $4.6 million (about $4.46 million U.S.) facility designed to test solar systems with simulated full sun. Its main purpose is to measure the performance of solar energy applications and structural envelopes, and analyze their prospects for use in net-zero-energy buildings. Another major goal for the lab is to help develop systems that are relatively low-cost.Reaching that goal, Concordia explains on its website, requires testing a wide range of systems and materials, including air and water collectors, photovoltaic systems, window coatings, and advanced components such as semitransparent photovoltaics that generate electricity while eliminating ultraviolet and infrared radiation.Replicating temperature and humidity conditionsTouting the lab as the only facility of its kind in the world, and one of only five that can test solar systems under standard conditions with simulated full sun, Concordia notes that the Solar Simulator is equipped with eight special lamps and an “artificial sky” system that removes infrared heat from the lamps. The facility also can mimic the movement of the sun: windows on one side of the chamber admit light from a six-lamp mobile solar simulator.Simulated conditions can range from Arctic to desert, with simulated temperatures accurate to 1°C and humidity produced at levels ranging from 2% to 95%, depending on the temperature. The test chamber accommodates curtain walls as large as 4.5 by 7 meters and test huts as large as 3.5 by 6 by 6 meters.The quest for NZEThe NZE research initiative, known as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Strategic Network, will receive $5 million ($4.85 million U.S.) in federal funds over five years to lead research on the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to achieve zero annual average energy consumption at both building and neighborhood levels.Funding for the solar simulator comes from Industry Canada and Quebec’s Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, under the government’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program, which is a component of Canada’s Economic Action Plan announced three years ago to provide infrastructure enhancements to colleges and universities.last_img read more

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first_imgAre you interested in teaching the next generation of Touch Football stars?With over 230 school programs registered so far for the Sporting Schools Program, Touch Football Australia (TFA) is eager to engage with its members and accredited coaches in order to effectively deliver all of these programs.TFA has developed the Field Officer Program which will provide the capacity for accredited coaches and interested members to become involved in the Sporting Schools Program.To be eligible to become a Field Officer an individual needs to: – Be aged 15 years or over– Have a current state/territory Working With Children Check – Hold a General Principles, Foundation or Talent level coaching accreditationAs a Field Officer you will receive: – Program payment between $25 and $50 per hour/session (dependent on accreditation level)– Uniform– Resources– Educational and pathway development opportunitiesIf you are interested in becoming a Field Officer please click the following link and complete the form – TFA Field Officer Registration. For more information on the Sporting Schools Program, please visit www.sportingschools.gov.auIf you have any questions or would like further information, please contact TFA via [email protected] Related LinksTFA Field Officerslast_img read more

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first_imgLA POCATIERE, – Bombardier Transportation’s plant northeast of Quebec City has obtained a $54-million contract from Via Rail to upgrade 17 train cars that date back to the 1950s.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Via CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano made the announcement Tuesday in La Pocatiere, about 150 kilometres from Quebec City.Via says the contract will allow for the stainless steel cars to become fully accessible.Each reconfigured car will be equipped with two wheelchair lifts; two accessible spaces with anchoring devices; announcement display screens; and an accessible washroom.The program is scheduled to be completed in 2020 and the renovated cars will be deployed over Via’s long-haul routes.The La Pocatiere plant has about 600 workers.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The country showed signs of growing price pressures last month with inflation staying strong and its underlying pace grinding higher — both of which propped up expectations that higher interest rates are on the way.The annual inflation rate for August receded somewhat to 2.8 per cent, easing from July’s three per cent pace that marked Canada’s highest reading in seven years. Last month’s step back was largely due to more-moderate expansion in gasoline prices, Statistics Canada said Friday as it released its latest consumer price index.The resilience of the August headline number kept it above the mid-point — and close to the top end — of the Bank of Canada’s target range of one- to three-per cent. The inflation-targeting central bank uses interest-rate hikes as a tool to help prevent price growth from rising too high.Ahead of its rate decisions, the Bank of Canada also keeps close watch on the three measures of underlying inflation, which strip out more-volatile items like gas prices.Statistics Canada’s figures show that each measure crept upwards once again in August, with the average of the three moving up to 2.1 per cent, compared with two per cent in July and 1.96 in June.BMO chief economist Douglas Porter said that, combined, the core measures are matching some of the highest underlying inflation readings Canada has seen since 2009. Porter believes the inflation figures are “a touch uncomfortably high for the Bank of Canada.”With a tightened labour market and robust growth, bank governor Stephen Poloz is widely expected to raise the benchmark interest rate at the Oct. 24 rate announcement.“I think that this just really is another feather in the cap and turns up the odds by a notch or two,” Porter said of Friday’s inflation report.“Nothing to get overly concerned about, but I think the big story is inflation has moved away from years of relatively low readings to a little bit above what the Bank of Canada targets.”However, clouding the interest-rate picture is a significant wild card: the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Without more clarity on the deal’s renegotiation, Porter said it’s tough to know precisely what Poloz will do.The Bank of Canada, which has stressed it will stick to a gradual rate-hiking approach, has made a point of saying it’s closely watching the NAFTA talks and other trade policy developments, which could have negative impacts on the economy.After the release of Friday’s inflation report, other analysts said Poloz is in line to raise the rate next month.“While the headline inflation has eased off somewhat, the Bank of Canada core measures continued to move forward,” TD economist Ksenia Bushmeneva wrote in a research note.“Continued progress on the inflation front alongside a well-performing economy and a range of indicators pointing to limited excess capacity suggest that maintaining stable inflation will require further rate hikes by the central bank, with another one likely coming next month.”Following last month’s policy meeting, the Bank of Canada described the recent rise in headline inflation as temporary. It predicted inflation to fall back towards two per cent in early 2019 once the effects of past increases in gas prices fade away.The Statistics Canada report Friday showed year-over-year pump prices rose 19.9 per cent in August, compared with a 25.4 per cent increase in July. Excluding gas prices, the inflation rate was 2.2 per cent last month.A closer look at August’s inflation numbers shows prices of passenger vehicles rose 2.3 per cent, up from two per cent in July. Statistics Canada said this was mostly due to increased availability of following-year models compared with a year ago.The prices of booze and tobacco were up 4.6 per cent last month, while food costs increased 1.6 per cent.In a separate report Friday, Statistics Canada said retail trade expanded 0.3 per cent in July in large part because of sales boosts at food and beverage stores and gas stations.The July increase, which brought sales to $50.9 billion, followed a June contraction of 0.1 per cent and a May expansion of 2.2 per cent.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgAccording to Krause, the reason for the cancellation of many pipeline projects is because of controversy manufactured deliberately as part of a campaign to land-lock Canadian oil to prevent selling oil at a higher price.“The reason that these projects died on the vine is because of controversy and people need to know that the controversy was manufactured, deliberately, as part of a campaign to sabotage those projects so that Canadian Oil would be land-lock, kept in North America and couldn’t get it to overseas markets to get a higher price.”Krause says this campaign is being funded by an American Charitable Foundation, the Tarsands Campaign, that wants Canadians to find a better way to use fossil fuels in order to reduce impacts on the climate.While Krause agrees that it is important to reduce the impacts on the climate, she finds it unacceptable the way it is being handled as it is giving the US a huge advantage which, she claims, is starting to hurt Canada as a nation.“People need to know that this is being funded by an American Charitable Foundation and they want us to make better use of fossil fuels that we still do need to use and to decrease the environmental climate impacts of our use of fossil fuels. We can all agree that it’s important but the way they’re going about it is unacceptable because it’s giving the United States a huge billion-dollar advantage, it’s hurting our country and now it’s threatening to tear us apart.”Krause believes that there are better ways of reducing the impacts of oil than to completely push Canada out of the global market and that Canada needs to become a leader in the future transition of energy. Krause says she is currently working on a documentary that further explores who is funding the anti-pipeline activists and the reasons as to why.More information on Krause’s work can be found on her Twitter account @FairQuestions. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Independent Investigative Researcher Vivian Krause was in Taylor on Friday, June 14, to discuss the controversy that Canada’s Resource Industry is currently facing.Presented by The North Matters, Krause particularly focused on the impact that the high level of activism is having on Canadian oil and gas resource communities.Krause shined a spotlight on the finances and structures behind many activist groups, especially those that are influenced by foreign funding.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of five judges for appointment as Chief Justices in Rajasthan, Kerala, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh High Courts.The five names are — Delhi High Court Judge Justice S Ravindra Bhat, Kerala High Court Judge Justice P R Ramachandra Menon, Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Justice A K Mittal, Allahabad High Court Judge Justice Vikram Nath and Bombay High Court Judge Justice A S Oka. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Collegium recommended the appointment of Justice Bhat after noting that the office of the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court has fallen vacant after the recent transfer of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog to Bombay High Court. “Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made. Justice S Ravindra Bhat is the senior-most Judge from Delhi High Court and is functioning in that High Court since his elevation. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium finds Justice S Ravindra Bhat suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court. The Collegium resolves to recommend accordingly. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”While making the above recommendation, the Collegium is conscious of the fact that consequent upon the proposed appointment, there will be three Chief Justices from Delhi High Court, which has the special distinction of being the High Court for the national capital,” the Collegium said. It also recommended appointment of Justice Menon noting that the office of the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court has fallen vacant recently after resignation of Justice A K Tripathi, Chief Justice of the High Court. The Collegium said it finds Justice Menon suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court and “consequent upon the proposed appointment, there will be two Chief Justices from Kerala High Court”. On Justice Mittal, it noted that office of the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court would be falling vacant shortly after retirement of Justice M Y Mir, Chief Justice of that High Court. “Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium finds Justice A K Mittal suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court,” it said. Following the proposed appointment there will be “two Chief Justices from the Punjab & Haryana High Court, which serves two States and is the third largest High Court in the country, with sanctioned strength of 85 Judges”, the Collegium said. On Justice Nath, it said that office of the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court which has recently been constituted as separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh, has been lying vacant right from the day of its inception.last_img read more

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