North Carolina officials are delaying certification of the results of the race for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district while they investigate possible election fraud. In the November 6 election, Republican Mark Harris defeated Democrat Dan McCready by a margin of 905 votes after beating incumbent Rep. Rob Pittenger in the primary. State election officials are investigating potential absentee ballot fraud as a possible cause for irregularities in the results from two countries in the district. The 2018 midterm elections were held almost a month ago, but the results of a closely-contested North Carolina Congressional race are in doubt as the state elections board delays certification of the results while it reviews allegations of ballot tampering and election fraud. In the Nov. 6 election, Republican Mark Harris defeated Democrat Dan McCready by just 950 votes in the race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional district, after beating incumbent Congressman Rob … [Read more...] about A hotly contested Congressional race in North Carolina remains in limbo amid an investigation over possible election fraud
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Vietnam’s Macroeconomic Policies-Third Quarter 2018 under scrutiny HCM City Securities Corp tops derivatives market share HCM City Securities Corporation (HSC) had the biggest market share on the derivatives market in the third quarter of 2018, according to the Ha Noi Stock Exchange. Of the 11 securities companies that are allowed to operate in the derivatives market, HSC held a 25.35 per cent market share. HSC was followed by VNDirect Securities JSC (23.98 per cent), MB Securities JSC (15.88 per cent) and Saigon Securities Inc (15.40 per cent). Other securities firms with less than 10 per cent market share included VPBank Securities JSC (9.87 per cent), BIDV Securities JSC (4.65 per cent) and Viet Capital Securities Co (2.84 per cent). The three new securities companies whose operation on the derivatives market had been accepted earlier by the HNX were Viet Dragon Securities JSC, KIS Vietnam Securities Co and Vietcombank Securities Co Ltd. Those three … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 16/10
By Allie Morris, Austin Bureau Published 11:30 am CDT, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 AUSTIN — Today marks the final day for Texans to sign up to vote on November 6 in an election year that has already seen a surprising surge in registration. Yet, despite a new record in midterm voter registrations, experts warn the challenge will be getting voters to the polls. Texas ranks bottom of the pack nationwide in voter turnout. The last time more than half of registered voters cast a ballot in a midterm election was 1994, when Democratic Gov. Ann Richards lost to Republican George W. Bush, according to state data. Competitive races, like that one, help drive turnout, said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. Since that year, Democrats haven’t won a statewide election. “If elections aren't competitive, then one side of the partisan divide feels like they are not being included in the process,” Rottinghaus said. But … [Read more...] about Texas voter registration surged before today’s deadline. But will voters turn out?
In late December 2017, the price of eggs and milk suddenly doubled throughout Iran. A few days later, hundreds of protestors took to the streets in Marshad, Kermanshah, and several other cities. Within weeks, the country was engulfed in the largest demonstrations it had seen since a rigged presidential election in 2009. Demonstrators inveighed against inflation and corruption, but even in traditional strongholds of support for the Islamic Republic regime, they chanted, “Death to the dictator,” and “Our enemy is right here–they lie when they say it’s America.” In 2009, the protests were crushed after a couple of months and never really expanded beyond reform-minded Iranians in major cities. This time around the unrest has lingered and spread, partly because the demonstrators’ grievances are economic in origin, even if popular discontent toward Iran’s political system helps explain why the protests have continued this long. Iranians of … [Read more...] about Iranian exiles use creativity and tech smarts to get real news past the regime’s censors
Visitors soak up sun and cool off at Centennial Square and Fountain Park in West Palm Beach Sunday August 5, 2018. (Meghan McCarthy / Daily News) South Florida suffered through a simmering September that ranked 5th warmest in records dating back 125 years. The average temperatures at Palm Beach International Airport was 83.1 degrees, which is more like August than early fall. The average high temperature at the airport was 89.5 degrees. But it wasn’t just West Palm Beach sweating in September. More than a dozen cities statewide felt their warmest September on record last month, including Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Tampa and Key West, which averaged a balmy 85.8 degrees.Part of why South Florida was so hot last month was it remained for weeks in the grip of a high pressure system, which is still influencing the weather with strong easterly winds and mostly clear skies. Today’s high in West Palm Beach is forecast to reach 90 degrees. If that holds true, it will be the eighth … [Read more...] about Hot September: 5th warmest in West Palm Beach