House bill takes up the use of retired judges

first_img December 1, 2001 Regular News House bill takes up the use of retired judges In the midst of a pending Florida Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of courts employing senior judges, the Florida House Judicial Oversight Committee has approved a bill by Rep. Sally Heyman, D-North Miami Beach, which changes the guidelines for their use. At present, Florida statutes require that for temporary judges to receive compensation, they may not have been removed from office as the result of an election or merit retention defeat. Heyman’s bill, which was unanimously approved by the committee, changes the statutes to allow the Supreme Court chief justice to appoint such retired justices or judges, provided they have served on the bench for at least 10 years. However, retired judges who were approved for service prior to July 1, 2002 — the date the bill would take effect — may continue serving even if they did not sit on the bench for the minimum time period. Current Florida statutes also require that retired judges not practice law. Heyman’s bill would allow the judges to continue their law practice, with limitations set forth by the Supreme Court. Rep. Heyman’s bill must now pass through the House Council for Smarter Government in order to reach a full vote in the House. The Supreme Court may make the issue moot, however, when it addresses the constitutionality of using retired judges in February, based on a medical malpractice case brought before the court. The plaintiff in the case alleges that allowing courts to use retired judges is unconstitutional, because citizens have a right to have their case presided over by a “duly elected” judge. Some attorneys in Broward County, where the case originated, argue the local court system relies too frequently on retired judges. Broward Chief Judge Dale Ross has denied the allegations and said that senior judges were elected before their retirement, and there is no constitutional requirement that they be elected in the county where they serve. Heyman’s statutory changes do not address the issue of location. The Supreme Court determined the case “demonstrates a preliminary basis for relief” and asked Broward officials to respond to the plaintiff’s argument by November 19. House bill takes up the use of retired judgeslast_img read more

UAE postpones Mars mission due to weather at Japan launch site

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates has postponed to July 17 the launch of its mission to Mars due to weather conditions at the launch site in Japan, the UAE government communications office said on Tuesday.The UAE’s Hope Probe was due to set off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center at 12:51am UAE time on Wednesday (2051 GMT Tuesday) for a seven-month journey to the red planet where it was due to orbit and send back data about the atmosphere.”The UAE’s space mission, the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission, will launch on Friday July 17, 2020 at 12:43am UAE time (July 16, 2020 at 8:43pm GMT) from Tanegashima Space Center,” the government communications office tweeted. There are currently eight active missions exploring Mars; some orbit the planet and some land on its surface. China and the United States will send another two this year.The UAE, an oil-exporting nation, first announced plans for the mission in 2014 as part of efforts to diversify away from hydrocarbons and develop a knowledge economy, aiming to reach the planet by 2021.With a population of 9.4 million, most of whom are foreign workers, the UAE lacks the scientific and industrial base of the big space-faring nations. It launched a National Space Program in 2017 to develop expertise in space science among Emiratis.Emirati Hazza al-Mansouri became the first Arab in space in September 2019 in a flight to the International Space Station.To develop and build the Hope Probe, Emiratis and Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) worked with US educational institutions with space science expertise.The UAE government has announced an ambitious goal of a Mars settlement by 2117. Topics :last_img read more

Canadian Badgers bring home gold

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)We’ve all heard about the Wisconsin women’s hockey players who represented the United States in the Olympics last year, but with six players who call Canada their home, USA hockey isn’t the only national organization taking notice of the Badgers.Over winter break, forwards Mallory Deluce and Carolyne Prevost, along with defensemen Brittany Haverstock and Stef McKeough, joined Team Canada’s under-22 team in the MLP Nations Cup.With Team Canada these four Badgers played against teams from Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Russia. Not only were they playing against the other countries’ senior teams, they brought home the gold medal for the eighth time in the last nine years.“It was definitely a lot of fun,” McKeough said. “I mean every time you’re able to put on a Team Canada jersey it’s a privilege. Then when you come back here it’s a privilege to wear the Wisconsin one. I guess hard work always pays off. When your dreams, in a sense, are starting to come into reality, it’s a relief almost and it’s really exciting at the same time.”While all four have played for one of Canada’s national teams at some point, Deluce and Prevost each played in the MLP Cup a year ago with similar success.With two more Badgers on the roster this year, they were more than thrilled to share the experience.“Obviously it’s always an honor when you play for your own country,” Haverstock said. “It was awesome. When I found out I was really excited, and to get to play with some of the Badgers was an even better experience.”“It’s always a great honor to be a part of that team,” Prevost added. “It was good to have a chance to play three other of my teammates. It made it a lot more pleasant to be out there. A lot of the times we were out on the ice at the same time, there was a little Wisconsin line going on. It was really fun.”Through four games Prevost, McKeough and Deluce each netted a goal. While Prevost and McKeough ended the tournament with four points, Deluce had five.Regardless of their individual stats, the four Badgers were proud to help bring the gold back to Canada and show what women’s hockey is capable of.“It’s a good experience obviously to play against the best players from other countries,” Prevost said. “It was our under-22 team, and we’re playing against other countries senior teams. It tells a lot about the development of hockey. It’s really fun obviously to win the tournament. We’re just trying to get women’s hockey to develop, that’s pretty much the primary goal of the tournament. It’s coming along in a big way too.”“It means a lot,” Deluce added. “You really work hard, and to win gold is a big accomplishment for us.”Skating for Team Canada was an honor for the four Badgers, but they weren’t the only WCHA representatives. Jessica Wong from Duluth as well as Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner from Ohio State also represented the WCHA.Going from friends on one team to rivals on the next may not seem like the easiest transition, but it is simply a mutual understanding.“We definitely still talk during the year, but I think we’re all pretty competitive people and we know that when we step on the ice, it’s time to play hockey and put the friendships aside for awhile,” Haverstock said. “But we definitely continue them after the game.”Prevost also noted that despite the rivalries, they respect each other and know that it is just part of the world of hockey.“When you’re part of a team obviously you have set goals as a team. You focus on the task at hand with the team that you’re with. That’s what we all try to do,” she said. “There’s different players from college teams that we play here and there’s rivalries when we play each other, but when it comes down to it, when we’re playing for Team Canada, we’re all a team. We respect each other and have fun.”Having fun and representing your country is really what it’s all about. “Anytime I play hockey I have fun,” McKeough said. “When you’re there it’s just another step, and it really pushes you to try to prove to the rest of the players who you are and where you come from. Then again you also see how hard everyone else works so it’s doubly motivating in a sense.”last_img read more

Former Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon: ‘I’m on cloud 9 right now’

first_imgTyler Lydon was playing wiffle ball at home Thursday afternoon. By the time the clock struck 11 p.m., his name had flashed across the screens of televisions all over the country. He’ll fly across the country to Denver in the coming days and, with a powder blue jersey on, answer questions at a press conference. Soon, he said, his nerves will calm down enough that he’ll be able to eat.It has been a crazy few hours for Lydon. He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, but his rights are likely to be traded to the Denver Nuggets. He wasn’t in Brooklyn for the draft itself, instead choosing to host his closest family and friends for a draft watch party at his home in Elizaville, New York, about 50 miles south of Albany. With them surrounding him, a lifelong dream was fulfilled.“I’m on cloud nine right now,” he said.Lydon said he really started to lock into the television broadcast once the range of picks he was predicted to be selected in arrived. He admitted that he didn’t expect to go to the Nuggets. Lydon worked out for 11 NBA teams, and Denver wasn’t one of them. He said he and his agent thought about trying to fit them into his schedule, but it didn’t make the most sense considering the Denver’s position in the draft. But the stars aligned after the trade with Utah.“They just said ‘Tyler,’ and then I heard ‘Ly,’ and then everybody just exploded,” Lydon said. “This is obviously an incredible moment, something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I couldn’t be more thankful to share it with the friends and family that came here.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom a location perspective, Lydon, who has a wolf tattooed on his chest and is an outdoorsman at his core, isn’t complaining about going to Denver. His family is already envisioning the fly fishing and elk hunting that lies in the future. But he will be there to play basketball, and he thinks his ability to stretch the floor, along with his lifestyle, will fit in right away.“I’m so happy and I’m ready to go in there and work my butt off,” Lydon said. “Those guys, they put their reputation and everything on the line for me.”The former Syracuse forward played in Denver as a part of Team USA’s U-18 squad. The thin air might take a few days of adjustment, he said, but it’s not something he’s worried about.In fact, he said he’s not worried about much at all. Not about when he needs to get to Denver, or about the summer league, or what’ll be the first thing he buys when he signs his name on the dotted line of a rookie contract. He’s living in the moment.“It’s just an unbelievable thing to have your dreams come true,” Lydon said. Comments Published on June 23, 2017 at 12:05 am Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Afcon qualifiers wrap: Swazi shock as Cape Verde, Tunisia get cricket scores

first_imgAfrica has started the journey to the kickoff of the 2017 Afcon qualifers with games around the continent.Friday saw the start of 26 games, with Tunisia destroying Djibouti 8-1 at home in Radès. The Group A opener means the Carthage Eagles have a great start ahead of their second game with Liberia in September while Djibouti play Togo. The most stunning result so far was recorded in Morocco, where Guinea play their home games due to the continuing fears of Ebola contagion back home.Angola lapped up the celebrations as they smashed Central African Republic 4-0 in Group B while Cape Verde in Group F got their groove on with a 7-1 demolition of Sao Tome and Principe.In the same group, it was truly a feast of goals for some, but Morocco could just manage a 1-0 win against Libya.Shocker in Morocco Swaziland stunned Guinea 2-1 in Casablanca with captain Tony Tsabedze getting both goals for a side ranked 117 places below opponents who reached the 2015 quarter-finals in Equatorial Guinea.The loss was a second straight one for new coach Luis Fernandez, who replaced French compatriot Michel Dussuyer as coach. It was a completely unexpected result in a match moved from Conakry to the Stade Mohammed V in the Moroccan commercial capital because of Ebola epidemic fears.Swaziland had never won an away Cup of Nations qualifier in 20 previous attempts stretching back to the 1986 eliminators.But they got precious recent practice in the Cosafa Cup southern Africa championship, defeating Tanzania and Lesotho and drawing with Madagascar. Bafana clutchAt the Moses Mabhida Stadium, it was a goalles draw as Gambia parked the bus against South Africa (snapshot pictured above). Gambia were gutsy, but for the hosts, it was a case of missed chances.  Cranes soarUganda defeated Botswana 2-0 in their opening match of Group D at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala on Saturday.  A goal each in the second half from Geoffrey Massa and Brian Umony were enough to give Uganda the victory after having dominated the entire match.  Uganda came into this match as favourites following their decent home record, having won seven out of seven fixtures. Zimbabwe late winnerSaturday saw Khama Billiat’s stunning 82nd minute goal getting Zimbabwe a 2-1 win over their hosts, Malawi, in their Group L matchup in Blantyre.The win put Zimbabwe second in the group on three points whereas Swaziland are top after the north African heroics. Despite going into the game amid financial problems and enduring a bus break-down on Friday afternoon while travelling to Blantyre, it was the cash-strapped Warriors who lived up to their name.Eagles begin wellThe Super Eagles, three-time African champions, started their quest to return to the tournament with a 2-0 win over Chad in Kaduna on Saturday. Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi handed debuts to Anderson Esiti and Kingsley Madu while usual suspects, Vincent Enyeama, Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo all got starting berths.But the two goals came in the second half within a minute of each other, with strikes from Gbolohan Salami and Odion Ighalo (penalty). Group G still has Egypt and Tanzania still to play.Fennecs return?El Arbi Soudani scored a goal in each half to help Algeria to a 4-0 win over the Seychelles at Blida’s Stade Mustapha Tchaker on Saturday evening. Eager to get their 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign off to a positive start following their disappointing exit from this year’s showpiece, head coach Christian Gourcuff named his strongest available line-up.Lions cruiseSadio Mané found the net as Senegal beat Burundi 3-1 at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar as the Lions of Teranga kicked off their campaign for a place at the Gabon finals.Moussa Konaté gave Senegal the lead with a penalty on the quarter-hour mark, but Fiston Abdul Razak levelled matters on 59 minutes. Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf restored Senegal’s lead four minutes later, with Mané wrapping up the win in the first minute of injury time. Zambia miss great chanceZambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene (above pictured) saw his stoppage-time penalty saved as Zambia drew goalless at home with Guinea Bissau.The Group E result left the two sides tied on one point apiece with the other two sides in the group, Congo and Kenya, playing each other on Sunday.Zambia coach George Lwandamina described the start to the campaign as sad.”It is a sad beginning because we wanted to win this match. Our boys did all they could but we could not get a goal to wrap up the game because our opponents decided to defend in numbers. In short, they parked the bus. But there are lessons to be learnt and we shall make changes where necessary in our next match,” Lwandamina said.–Afcon 2017 qualifying resultsFriday, June 12Tunisia 8-1 DjiboutiMorocco 1-0 LibyaGuinea 1-2 Swaziland Saturday, June 13Angola 4-0 Central African RepublicMali 2-0 South SudanUganda 2-0 BotswanaBurkina Faso 2-0 ComorosZambia 0-0 Guinea-BissauCape Verde 7-1 Sao Tome and PrincipeNigeria 2-0 ChadAlgeria 4-0 SeychellesSenegal 3-1 BurundiMalawi 1-2 ZimbabweSouth Africa 0-0 GambiaSunday. June 14Ghana v MauritiusMozambique v RwandaCameroon v MauritaniaDR Congo v MadagascarTogo v LiberiaCongo v KenyaEquatorial Guinea v BeninEthiopia v LesothoNiger v NamibiaGabon v Ivory CoastEgypt v TanzaniaSudan v Sierra Leone – Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Vince Dunn, Oscar Sundqvist back for Game 4 — just in time

first_imgCenter Oskar Sundqvist, suspended one game for a boarding infraction on Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2, rejoins St. Louis’ fourth line with Ivan Barbashev and Alex Steen.”I just wanted to feel myself getting used to the speed of things. The more I practiced, the faster I was catching up to things,” the smooth-skating Dunn, 22, said Monday. “So I gotta feel like myself out there, I want to be able to be effective and I want to be the player that I was (before the injury).” Related News Getting Dunn along with Sundqvist back couldn’t come at a better time.The Blues are coming off a 7-2 home loss Saturday in which the Bruins’ power play was 4-for-4 and needed only 2:06 of power-play time and four shots to score the four goals. Ouch. More important, Boston took a 2-1 series lead and reclaimed the home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series.”It was tough obviously. You want to be out there with them and it felt like it was a night that took forever. So, I’m happy to be back,” Sundqvist said (via NHL.com) of watching Saturday’s shellacking and knowing he’s one of the Blues’ better penalty-killing forwards.While Sundqvist, the forward, offers defensive help, Dunn, the defenseman, offers an offensive skill set that coach Craig Berube pointed to Monday.”He moves the puck as good as anybody on our team from our own end out transition-wise, and Dunn has the ability of doing high-end things in the offensive zone sometimes,” Berube said. “Not all the time, but there’s just times where he can do things that wow you a little bit and make a great play, or score a goal from nothing. He can make something from nothing a lot of time in those areas.”Berube also made some other lineup moves, shuffling three of his lines, most notably putting Zach Sanford, who was on the fourth line in Game 3, on the second line with center Ryan O’Reilly and winger David Perron for Game 4.One change Berube didn’t make: Goalie Jordan Binnington, pulled in the second period of Game 3 after the Bruins’ fifth goal, will be back in net to start Monday. Berube’s decision to stick with the rookie could be influenced by the fact that he’s 6-2 after losses in his first NHL playoffs.”In his bounce-back games,” the Blues coach said, “it’s just his calmness and his mannerisms more than anything. I think he goes back in there and he feels real confident about himself.” As if to reinforce what Berube noted, Binnington, when asked Monday about his confidence after being pulled for the first time in his NHL career, said of Game 4: “It’s another game. You prepare the same way.”Game time in St. Louis is 8 p.m. ET.With reporting by Sporting News’ Jackie Spiegel in St. Louis. Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues’ Jordan Binnington benched for first time in playoffscenter_img Stanley Cup Final 2019: Three takeaways from Bruins’ Game 3 win over Blues The Blues will get back two key players — one from injury and the other from suspension — for Monday’s crucial Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.Defenseman Vince Dunn, sidelined since taking a puck to the face in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Sharks, returns to the Blues’ third defensive pairing with Carl Gunnarsson, replacing Robert Bortuzzo.last_img read more