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League of Women voters still conducting its judicial survey

first_img July 15, 2001 Regular News League of Women voters still conducting its judicial survey Florida judges still have time to participate in a confidential survey that will be used to help educate voters about the value of an independent judiciary and the important balance between the three branches of government. Mimi Jones of the Tallahassee League of Women Voters said the organization has solved a computer glitch which may have prevented some judges from completing the online survey asking about the day-to-day realities of the threat to judicial independence. Every state judge should have received a letter inviting participation in the survey, and the league has sent out another round of letters encouraging those who have yet to respond, or had a problem in responding, to do so now. “The initial password caused a problem,” Jones said. “We have removed the password, and now all the judges have to do is log on. Because every judge uses the same logon, anonymity is still assured.” Questions on the survey include: • During recent judicial elections in Florida, have incidents arisen regarding inappropriate negative or misleading campaign advertising? • Are you ever conscious of the possible ramifications of making an unpopular court ruling? • Has this affected your decisions? Do you believe this has influenced the decisions of other judges? • Are you aware of any misleading or unfair criticism of individual decisions or personal attacks on judges in your circuit? • Should the legislature remove the budget authority of the chief justice and transfer it to the executive branch? • Should the legislature be allowed to supersede judicial rulemaking, as some legislators have proposed? • What issues or concerns have arisen in your circuit regarding judicial appointments? The Tallahassee League of Women Voters received a $3,000 grant from the Open Society Institute to conduct the survey. The goal of the survey is not only to publish the results, expected by the end of September, and encourage media coverage of the findings, but also to continue to educate voters about the issues at election time. “We are getting some wonderful, interesting, varied returns,” Jones said. Judges who have questions about the survey or are encountering problems in accessing the survey may call Jones at (850) 942-7199. League of Women voters still conducting its judicial surveylast_img read more

Man Utd strike back at ‘Park the Bus’ critics

first_imgManchester United Lukaku and Man Utd strike back at ‘Park the Bus’ critics Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:18 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(16) Lukaku Lingard Getty Manchester United Premier League West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United West Bromwich Albion Manchester United won 2-1 at West Brom on Sunday with a much-improved display, showing they still have something to show for themselves in attack The last seven days in English football seem to have been filled with talk of Jose Mourinho’s bus. The Manchester United boss has quite rightly drawn the ire of many for the timid way he set his side out in the 2-1 defeat to runaway leaders Manchester City last Sunday.But one week on from that most forgettable of United displays, and with City’s taunts still ringing in their ears, United have responded with a return to the business of winning football matches. And on Sunday there was even a hint of swagger about their performance for the most part as they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at The Hawthorns thanks to a clinical first-half display which featured another goal for the much-derided Romelu Lukaku, even if they were left hanging on at the end.United had attempted plenty of intricate passes and neat sequences in the opening 20 minutes but they had threatened West Brom’s defence little. It was only when they eventually got a first testing cross into the box that they opened the deadlock through Lukaku’s header from Marcus Rashford’s centre. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lukaku’s worth in the more higher-profile fixtures has been doubted for much of his Premier League career so far, but this was his 31st goal in 39 matches against teams outside of the modern ‘top six’. What’s more, it was his third in four games with only the setback against City breaking up his scoring run. In addition, it was a reminder of how lethal he can be if United decide to provide him with just the kind of service he relishes most.Manchester United Romelu Lukaku celebrateOnly eight minutes later they had the game all-but won thanks to Ahmed Hegazi’s unnecessary diversion of Jesse Lingard’s low shot, completely foxing goalkeeper Ben Foster. For a side which had come into the game on a 304-minute barren run in front of goal, a two-goal deficit was always going to be too much to breach.United’s fans took the opportunity to fire back at City’s supporters and players by re-appropriating the “park the bus” chant for themselves as a sarcastic response to the accusations levelled at their side. They know as well as anyone that under Mourinho this season their team has been more than capable of this kind of performance even if they have too often reverted to the sort of approach which has caused rancour over the past seven days.At 2-0 up it appeared United would see the game out with something to spare but they contrived to give away a soft goal from Chris Brunt’s 77th-minute corner as Gareth Barry poked home after Jonny Evans’ initial effort wasn’t cleared. From then on there was a nervousness about United’s play which belied the rest of the proceedings, but they were more than deserving of their three points.In a jam-packed festive calendar, and on the back of a punishing derby loss, wins are all-important right now. But the largely-improved display at The Hawthorns should not go unnoticed as Mourinho’s men pick themselves back up off the canvas. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Crowd watches as backhoe rips into mangled plane after Halifax runway overrun

first_imgHALIFAX – Crews have begun tearing into the mangled Boeing 747 cargo jet that overshot a Halifax runway last week, as gawkers marvelled at the huge wreck — and how close the plane came to breaching the airport’s fence and overrunning a public road.Dozens of people watched late Sunday afternoon as a backhoe dug into the midsection of the fuselage, which buckled when the empty SkyLease Cargo plane overshot the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Wednesday.“It’s quite a sight — it’s awful close to the road. If it hadn’t stopped where it did, it would be right where we’re parking right now,” said Jayme Newcombe, who came from Milford, N.S., with her partner Jamie Fillmore to show the mangled aircraft to their three-year-old son, Riley, who is fascinated by planes.“They’re very lucky to walk away from that for sure. A few more feet and they would have gone through some telephone poles and it could have been worse for them. Very lucky to end it the way they did,” said Fillmore.The four crew members suffered minor injuries and the plane was badly damaged when it slid 210 metres off the end of Runway 14 on Wednesday. Federal investigators said it touched down in rainy conditions while being buffeted by a crosswind with a potential tailwind.“I’m glad for the crew that it held together, that it basically stayed in roughly one piece — although not in a real healthy way for the plane,” said Oscar Lopez of Halifax, one of the many who braved near-freezing temperatures for a look. “It’s something with that crack in the middle … it’s quite a sight.”Flight KKE 4854, which had arrived from Chicago just after 5 a.m. Wednesday after a two-and-a-half hour flight, was to be loaded with live lobster destined for China.As it skidded down a slight, grassy embankment, the plane hit a large localizer antenna, its landing gear collapsed, two of its four engines were torn off and there was a small fire under the tail section — caused by one of the severed engines.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Saturday that it had released the site, and planned to examine recovered components at its Ottawa lab.Investigators planned to download and analyze data from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, the TSB said. They planned to talk to witnesses, review control tower audio and radar data, and investigate weather and runway surface conditions as well as records for the aircraft and its pilots.It also said it would “examine the terrain at the end of the runway at Halifax/Stanfield Airport to determine what role it played in aircraft damage.”On Monday, Theresa Rath Spicer, director of public affairs, marketing and customer relations for the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, said the backhoe was used to prepare for the dismantling and removal of the aircraft.“First and foremost, safety and the environment remain our top priorities, and with respect to that, we are continuing to work to mitigate the environmental concerns caused by the fuel leak,” she said.“We’ve engaged an environmental consultant very early on in this process, and we’re working in concert with them as we monitor the situation on a 24/7 basis.”Rath Spicer said the impact of the fuel leak — classified by the TSB as “minimal” — has been contained to the immediate site area, and arrangements will be made to remove the impacted soil as soon as possible.She said the next step is to remove the fuel from the aircraft before dismantling the aircraft itself. The process is expected to take a number of days.She added that operations for the airport went back to normal on Friday.“We did see some delays, cancellations and even some early arriving flights on Saturday with the inclement weather, but we are pleased to report that at this time, our operation has normalized,” she said.Late Sunday afternoon, the massive plane remained within a few dozen metres of the fence as crews worked around it.The operator of a large backhoe would rip at the plane’s mid-section, get out to take a look, and then take another swipe. A smaller backhoe picked up nearby debris, including what appeared to be pieces of airport ground equipment, as people with rakes filled up drums with debris.“By the looks of the terrain at the end of the runway there, they must have had a real bumpy ride there, that last bit,” said Carl Gates, who drove from Dartmouth for a look with his wife, Lorraine.“It’s going to take quite a bit to get it out of there,” said Lorraine Gates.Jordan Reimer drove to the airport from the Annapolis Valley to have a look at the wreck with some friends. He said he had recently damaged his own light aircraft in a windstorm, and sympathized with the pilot.“A fun thing to see — it’s huge. Was worth the drive all the way out here, definitely,” he said. “I just feel really bad for the pilot. He did not have a good day.”last_img read more