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Utah NCAA Volleyball Roundup: 8/24

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNAMPA, Idaho-Sierra Bauder netted a team-best 18 kills and 20.5 points as well as a .519 hitting percentage as the Biola Eagles outlasted Dixie State 3-2 at the Northwest Nazarene Tourney in NCAA women’s volleyball action. Hannah Doonan had 16 points to lead the Trailblazers, while Megan Treanor had a team-best 16 kills for Dixie State and Jordyn Nelson’s 31 assists also led the Trailblazers in the loss.LAS VEGAS-Swedish national Filippa Hansson posted nine kills and 11 points and the Long Island-Brooklyn Blackbirds swept Southern Utah 3-0 Friday at the UNLV Invitational in NCAA women’s volleyball action. Natalia Rivera of Cayey, Puerto Rico added 17 digs for the Blackbirds while Austrian national Kora Schaberl had a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage for Long Island in the sweep. Janet Kalaniuvalu had a team-best 13 kills to pace the Thunderbirds in defeat.DAVIS, Calif.-Kristen Allred amassed 10 kills on a .391 hitting percentage and the Utah Valley Wolverines stymied Holy Cross 3-0 at the UC Davis Aggie Invitational in NCAA women’s volleyball action Friday. The Wolverines were excellent in hitting ratio, outhitting the Crusaders .264-.120. Seren Merrill was also solid for Utah Valley, posting a team-high 12 digs and a service ace for the Wolverines.SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Mikaela Nocetti amassed 20 kills, 18 digs and 20 overall points as the Sacramento State Hornets blitzed Utah State 3-1 Friday in NCAA women’s volleyball action at Colberg Court. Bailey Downing’s 10 kills led the Aggies in the loss. August 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah NCAA Volleyball Roundup: 8/24 Tags: Bailey Downing/Filippa Hansson/Hannah Doonan/Janet Kalaniuvalu/Jordyn Nelson/Kora Schaberl/Kristen Allred/Megan Treanor/Mikaela Nocetti/Natalia Rivera/Seren Merril/Sierra Bauder Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more


Industry faces too much regulation, claims leading regional agent

first_imgHome » News » Industry faces too much regulation, claims leading regional agent previous nextRegulation & LawIndustry faces too much regulation, claims leading regional agentSue, who with her partner John runs one of Belvoir’s most successful offices with 13 staff, slams the problems red tape causes for agents.Nigel Lewis5th November 20200899 Views Award-winning Belvoir agent Sue Warburton is one of the company’s most successful operators but like many agents, despite the current boom raging within the housing market, she is worried that red tape is starting to become a significant burden for many businesses.“The continued increase in legislation is something we all understand is needed to improve standards.“But it has downsides too – colleagues become more fearful of the consequences of getting things wrong.“This has been particularly the case when dealing with student tenancies, an area of our business which has grown over the last 18 months.“We see the guidance that student housing advisors produce, and it’s not helpful.“Belvoir Leamington Spa won The Negotiator Awards for Best Letting Agent in 2018 and 2019, but despite this, students and their families can still see us as one of ‘the bad guys’.”Have landlords been exiting the rental market in your patch?“We’ve been fortunate and it hasn’t affected us too badly, but we’ve seen a number of landlords wanting to sell up.”How do you attract new landlords?“We make great use of social media and digital marketing so we feel we are well placed in this respect.”How do you find about changes in the law?“As a Belvoir franchisee, we get support and updates from Belvoir.  We also use Propertymark.  Even with this level of support behind us, we find there is still a gap.“We need access to a helpline that gives us practical advice from people with practical letting agent experience – and more than a quick response by telephone, and that includes from HF Assist.”Read more about franchising.Sue and John Warburton HF assist Leamington Spa Belvoir November 5, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more


Top 10 Wins For The American People With The Financial CHOICE Act

first_imgThe Financial CHOICE Act will replace the failed Dodd-Frank Act with reforms that will deliver:MORE ACCOUNTABILITYProtecting consumers and growing our economy requires accountability from both Washington and Wall Street. That’s why accountability is at the heart of the Financial CHOICE Act. It imposes the toughest penalties in history for financial fraud, it puts Washington’s financial regulators on budget, and requires rules to pass a cost-benefit test and holds them accountable to Congress for major regulations.NO MORE BAILOUTSDodd-Frank did not end “too big to fail.” Hardworking taxpayers still remain on the hook for Wall Street risk-taking thanks to Dodd-Frank’s bailout fund.The Financial CHOICE Act ends bank bailouts and “too big to fail” once and for all. There will be bankruptcy — not taxpayer-funded bailouts — for financial firms that fail. A “no more bailouts” policy also lays the foundation for a more resilient, stable financial system that creates economic opportunity for all Americans.MORE ECONOMIC GROWTH, MORE JOBS AND A MORE RELIABLE FINANCIAL SYSTEMDodd-Frank’s excessive regulatory complexity has produced a less resilient financial system and stifled economic growth.By reducing obstacles to credit and capital, the Financial CHOICE Act strengthens our financial system and promotes a dynamic economy with more jobs, higher wages and faster growth. These reforms “will allow the private sector to fuel economic growth in our 21st century economy,” the Small Business Investor Alliance said.MORE CHOICES FOR CONSUMERSThe “regulatory taxes” imposed by Dodd-Frank are passed on to consumers in the form of increased fees, fewer products and services, and more limited credit options. For example, since Dodd-Frank became law, the share of banks offering free checking accounts has fallen by almost half.The Financial CHOICE Act gives consumers more choices and options when it comes to credit, providing access to products and services they want and need.  Consumers must be vigorously protected not only from fraud and deception, but also from the loss of economic opportunity and freedom.HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESS, AMERICA’S JOB CREATING ENGINEEven President Obama’s Small Business Administration director admitted Dodd-Frank’s regulations hurt small business lending. “Small banks have been laden with excessive costs and confusion from overlapping regulations, which are getting in the way of their ability to make small business loans,” she said.The Financial CHOICE Act includes numerous provisions — many of them strongly bipartisan — to eliminate unnecessary regulations in order to provide small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs greater freedom to innovate, grow their businesses, and create jobs in our communities.MORE CERTAINTY SO WORKING AMERICANS CAN PLAN THEIR FINANCIAL FUTURESThe best way for the Federal Reserve to help the economy is by adopting a transparent, strategy-based policy strategy that will provide more predictability for the American people. But currently, the Fed’s so-called “forward guidance” is vague and leaves hardworking taxpayers uncertain as they attempt to plan their financial futures.By promoting a more predictable and transparent rules-based monetary policy, the Financial CHOICE Act provides a stronger foundation for economic growth than the Fed’s improvisational approach of recent years.A MORE LEVEL PLAYING FIELDDodd-Frank didn’t end “too big to fail,” but it did create “too small to succeed.” Unlike big banks, community banks can’t afford the armies of lawyers and compliance officers it takes to sort through Dodd-Frank’s red tape. This creates an uneven playing field. Since Dodd-Frank became law the big banks are bigger and the small banks are fewer. The Financial CHOICE Act provides desperately needed regulatory relief for Main Street banks and credit unions. This will help level the playing field and allow community financial institutions to devote more time and resources to meeting customer needs and free up resources for lending.MORE SAVINGS FOR WORKING AMERICANSThe Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule will cost working Americans billions of dollars in lost retirement savings. The Financial CHOICE Act repeals this misguided, unnecessary, and excessively complex regulation that makes it harder for working Americans to save and invest for retirement, college, and their future.MORE FINANCIAL OPTIONSThere are numerous provisions in Dodd-Frank touted as “investor protections” that actually increase costs, including rules that force companies to waste money on burdensome requirements rather than using that money to grow, thrive and create jobs.The Financial CHOICE Act will amend and eliminate provisions that restrict financial opportunity and investment options for hardworking Americans and make it harder for businesses to create good-paying jobs.A MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND TRANSPARENT FEDDespite its failures during the run-up to the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve gained extraordinary new powers thanks to Dodd-Frank but no corresponding increase in its transparency or accountability to the American people.The Financial CHOICE Act protects the Fed’s independence when it comes to the conduct of monetary policy, but demands greater oversight, accountability and transparency at the nation’s central bank. For example, the Financial CHOICE Act requires an audit of all aspects of Federal Reserve operations — not just those that the Fed wants us to see. This is a necessary antidote to the secrecy and lack of transparency that have characterized the Fed for far too long.This information was compiled by the House Financial Services Committee and can be access on the committee’s website here: FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


Cookies by design

first_imgCSM United Kingdom has launched a new Craigmillar Cookie Mix, designed to give bakers flexibility and add variety to their cookie menu.”With this new mix you control the portion size of your cookies,” explained development manager Norman Chappel. “You control the unit cost of your cookies by varying the amount and type of inclusions. You even have the option for soft and chewy or more crumbly cookies all from one mix.”Chappel said the mix offers short mixing and baking times.The bakery ingredients specialist has also launched Arkady’s new formulation soft roll improvers, available in either paste or powder format. CSM United Kingdom has taken its established Arkady Soft Roll Improvers, such as Pearl 2000 and Softex pastes plus powders, Ultimate 2000 and has reformulated them to create a range of products that will help bakers meet FSA targets for sodium levels, said development manager Flo Lyn.last_img read more


Sasquatch Music Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

first_imgReturning to The Gorge Amphitheatre from May 26th through the 28th, the famed Sasquatch! Music Festival has revealed their 2017 lineup. The festival will see headlining sets from Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean and Chance The Rapper, with dozens more announced for the three day event.The full lineup features The Head and the Heart, The Shins, MGMT, Phantogram, Mac Miller, Bonobo, Rufus Du Sol, Kaytranada, Big Gigantic, Charles Bradley, Vulfpeck, Bob Moses, Car Seat Headrest, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Foxygen, and so many more! There’s also an exciting lineup of comedians for the event, including Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata, and more.Tickets and more information for the festival can be found on their website, and the full lineup announcement can be seen below.last_img read more


With Curveball Grounded, Pop-Up Festival Knuckleball Hit Homerun For Displaced Fans [Photo/Video]

first_imgLast weekend, heavy disappointment and heartbreak fell upon Phish fans like a dark cloud as the band’s highly anticipated festival, Curveball, was canceled due to health concerns beyond the band’s control. With so many fans traveling to Watkins Glen, NY from near and far—not to mention months of planning by saving for tickets, time off from work, figuring out the best way to get to the venue, how to camp or where to stay, as well as a year of preparation by the band itself—it was shocking to learn the fate of the festival.Once the cancellation announcement was made, fans were left figuring out their next move. Should they return home? Possibly camp in a nearby area since they’ve already got the gear and the time off? Should they just travel and see the local sights? The options were endless but one thing was for sure: most were starved for live music. Where there’s a need, there’s someone in motion trying to fill that void. Cue Tony Scavone, owner and founder of Disc Jam Music Festival, and property owner Joe Schenk. Together they jumped into action and worked tirelessly throughout the night to come up with a game plan to “save Curveball” and host a live music camping event within driving distance of Watkins Glen.In the wee hours of the morning, the pop-up festival known as Knuckleball began to take shape. Working in tandem with Purple Pig Music Festival, Scavone and his team secured grounds in Naples, New York, for this last minute event to happen. With swift action, word of mouth spread quickly once this alternative festival was posted on social media sites, allowing stranded attendees an option to catch live music not far from the Curveball grounds.One band in particular, The New Motif, based out of Cape Cod, MA, was put on high alert by Scavone’s staff member, Greg Visci, and advised to stay by the phone to await the green light and head out once grounds were secured. That call came the next morning. Like many other bands attending Curveball as fans, The New Motif was planning to do improvised sets within the festival campgrounds but that came to a crushing halt after the cancellation was announced. With a renewed sense of providing a release to music-starved fans, the band grabbed their gear, packed their vehicles and drove the eight hours, finally arriving around 1 am just as Character Zero was wrapping up. Headlining both nights, The New Motif was unstoppable as they reached new levels playing to a spirited crowd well into the wee hours.Vendors, food trucks, fans, musicians, helping hands, kind folks, children and lovers of life made their way to the site to when the festival cancellation made a curveball but didn’t ground live music from happening that weekend. It goes to show that a terrible situation can be turned into a magical moment in time that will not be forgotten by attendees for years to come. Yet another reason that humans are downright awesome and can overcome when darkness appears to shut out the light.On the second day of the festival, fans continued to pour in and were thankful to get their fill of live music after striking out with Curveball. Over 1,000 people made their way to the pop-up festival and danced the weekend away. In addition to The New Motif and Character Zero, the full line-up of music included the following bands: TNM, William Thompson Funk Experiment, Electro Politics, Acid Raindance, Shaba Duza, Stereo Nest, ILAS live, Mint Intelligence, Prop Lyds, and SolarPlexus. After the pop-up festival ended, fans took to social media to send out notes of praise and thanks:You guys crushed Knuckleball with the fierceness! You made so many people happy. We all thank you from the bottom of our purple Phish hearts! — Haley RotterWords can’t even describe what happened this past weekend. The mood after the bad news was “we’re already here and packed with supplies, so let’s party!” How these people were able to pull something like this off I will never know, but I am so grateful that they did! The mood around the campsites was awesome and the vibes from the music were incredible. How we were able to witness such great musicians as Character Zero, The William Thompson Funk Experiment, and especially The New Motif is beyond me. So for all the sadness of missing out on something, I was one of a small group that was able to witness something truly amazing! Great job Tony and friends and I look forward to this again! — Paul PriscoAll these Magnaball posts showing up in my history feed the past couple days are not making the cancellation of Curveball last weekend any easier. Thankfully, there was Knuckleball (big ups to Tony Scavone & all the rest of the Disc Jam & Purple Pig krewes for their quick & responsive prowess), where the vibes to keep on keeping on were strong! Made quite a few new friends, discovered new bands (The New Motif needs to get they asses down here to show Philly what they got!), and basked in the kind, collective glory of a nomadic pop-up community that refused to be defeated. — Michael KinsleyKnuckleball saved our souls. — Zoe BurghardThe New Motif – “Whirlwind” – Knuckleball 2018[Video: The New Motif]For more information, please visit the official websites of Disc Jam Music Festival and The New Motif.Words by Sarah Bourque.Special thanks to Greg Myette for details regarding this story as well as 215Music for use of their photographs.Knuckleball Festival | Naples, NY | 8/17–18/2018 | Photo: 215 Music Load remaining imageslast_img read more


Arboretum gets a solar boost

first_imgAll three projects are funded by Harvard’s Green Revolving Fund and will reduce the Arboretum’s dependence on fossil fuel and nuclear-generated electricity. Over 25 years they could offset an estimated 1,144 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, comparable to 1,250,650 pounds of coal burned, 2,649 barrels of oil consumed, or 145,874,092 smartphones charged.Katie Lapp, Harvard’s executive vice president, emphasized the project’s impact.“We as a University are continually reviewing practices to lower our carbon footprint and become a progressively sustainable institution,” she said. “The Arnold Arboretum is helping carry out that mission, not only through the advancement of scientific research through its living collections, but also as an important leader in sustainability efforts at Harvard.”The project is employing the latest and most innovative solar technology available. Referred to as a “smart system” by Solworks Energy, the Boston-area solar and energy storage developer overseeing the installation, this system is so smart that it will not only monitor the building’s demand for electricity, but also jump ahead of it to use stored energy from a high-capacity battery array to reduce peak draw from the power grid — a critical feature for the Weld Hill laboratories, greenhouses, and plant growth chambers. The energy-storage battery array will mitigate use during high-demand periods when heavy energy consumption necessitates the use of less-efficient, carbon-emitting peaking power plants, which switch on when the grid is more stressed.,In line with the state’s solar goals, the Weld Hill project is also part of Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), a long-term sustainable solar incentive program initiated last September through the state Department of Energy Resources.Benjamin Cumbie, founder and managing director of Solworks Energy, has managed multiple solar projects at Harvard. He said the Weld Hill project is one of the earliest uses of this forward-thinking solar energy storage technology.“I think of storage in a really simple way,” Cumbie said. “It’s like a mason jar. You are basically canning clean energy for times when the market begins providing dirtier energy during peak demand. What the batteries do is have almost two megawatt hours of power on reserve for the Arboretum to use when it makes the most sense.”It also ensures a reliable and economical power supply over the long term in an urban environment, according to Derek Brain, Solworks Energy’s executive director. The Weld Hill system is not just solar power, he said; it is solar plus storage.“Demand will continue to get higher, particularly in the populated part of Massachusetts that we live in,” said Brain. “Because there’s an ever-increasing demand for electricity, it’s getting harder and harder to build the infrastructure to deliver that electricity.”The solar project is not only sensitive to the energy needs of the Arboretum, but also to the neighborhoods surrounding its perimeter. The Arboretum established a task force early in the planning process to determine the impact on the abutting communities and minimize disrupting the view.Rob Orthman, a third-generation Roslindale resident and former president of the Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association, where the parcel is located, said Arboretum leadership is engaging in the larger mission of the community and setting an example by adopting aggressive policies around climate change.,“I think it’s great this is going to be in our backyard,” he said. “We can point to it and understand its meaningful impact. This is the future. … We should applaud and encourage it.”The design of the solar array takes extra steps to ensure the health of the natural habitat around it: The pollinator meadow beneath the panels in the east array will be the first of its kind in Massachusetts. The urban-managed ecosystem of locally collected grasses and flowers will provide habitat for a variety of native pollinators and insect and bird biodiversity.In essence, the entire Weld Hill Solar Project is a hand extended to ensure ongoing environmental sustainability. According to Heather Henrickson, managing director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, the Arboretum’s solar-plus-storage project exemplifies the living lab, translating research into practice to pilot, prove, and scale sustainable solutions.“We are excited about the possibilities to have our students, faculty, and staff learn from this storage project and apply the learnings to our broader climate goals as well as connect to the shared work Boston and the region are doing to address climate change,” she said.Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley said investing in renewable energy is necessary to confront the real and growing impact of climate change, and called the Arboretum a leader in that battle.“I appreciate the Arnold Arboretum’s continuing commitment to reducing the Weld Hill Research Building’s reliance on the electrical grid,” he said. “Meeting such goals is essential to our city’s broader commitment to environmental sustainability.” Photos reveal nature’s wonder at Arnold Arboretum The living landscape of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University thrives — for nearly 150 years the extensive collection of woody plants has been harnessing the energy of the sun, pulling in its rays to flourish.A new solar project now underway at the historic institution is taking that a step further by using the sun to power its scientific research facilities dedicated to understanding plant life, both at the Arboretum and around the world.The groundbreaking project complements Harvard’s Climate Action Plan and the city of Boston’s Carbon Free Boston initiative to become fossil-fuel free by 2050. When completed in the fall, the Weld Hill Solar Project will provide up to 30 percent of the energy used by the Weld Hill Research and Education Building in Roslindale. On about 1.2 acres adjacent to the facility, the solar project marks the most ambitious sustainability initiative to date for the Arboretum, and for the University.William “Ned” Friedman, the Arboretum’s director and Harvard University Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, said he wants to look out his office window at the panels every day and be reminded of the continuing and collective human obligations to the planet.“The planet’s biodiversity has been harnessing the sun’s energy forever. It is time for humans to put solar energy generation and storage technology to work to do more. It’s a moral mandate,” he said. “At the Arboretum we are taking responsibility for our carbon footprint and our obligations to the planet. It is wonderful to be able to show the Boston community that climate change solutions can begin right here, in our own backyards.”The Weld Hill Research and Education Building is a 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art science laboratory and teaching facility that opened in 2011. On any given day researchers, faculty, and students from Harvard and elsewhere use its laboratories, greenhouses, growth chambers, and classrooms to further the study of plant life and its connection to all life on Earth.,The 1,152 ground-mounted solar panels and 145-panel solar awning that will power the facility constitute a 450-kilowatt system capable of producing more than 542,061 kilowatt hours a year. Occupying three sections of the Weld Hill property, photovoltaic systems, or PV arrays, convert light directly into electricity and work in conjunction with a sophisticated energy storage system. Space below one array will be used as a pollinator meadow that supports wildlife. The benefits of the Arboretum solar installation are twofold, according to Friedman: harvesting the sun’s energy, and driving the general health of the local ecosystem.The Weld Hill Solar Project is the third solar installation erected at the Arboretum as part of the University’s institutional commitment to sustainable development and fighting climate change. In 2016, the Arboretum installed its first solar panel array on the roof of the Hunnewell Building maintenance garage and a second on the Dana Greenhouse Facility Building. The Weld Hill project is Harvard’s second-largest solar installation, and it will increase the University’s solar energy capacity by nearly a third. A flip of the switch to mitigate climate change A growing role as a living lab Weld Hill Solar Project feted by city, Harvard officials Related At Arboretum, researchers find ‘all of the species we would ever want to look at, and then some’ New exhibition explores the patterns, textures, and shapes of its landscape last_img read more


Professor emeritus dies at 89

first_imgEdward Vasta, professor emeritus of English at Notre Dame, died Monday at the age of 89, according to a University press release.Vasta served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 through 1948, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship after graduating from Notre Dame in 1952 and returned to the University as a faculty member in 1958. He specialized in Middle English literature, medieval studies, creative writing and the humanities, the press release said.Vasta was the head of the department of English at Notre Dame from 1972 to 1978 after serving as director of graduate studies from 1966 to 1969.“Vasta had an infectious passion for literature, especially poetry,” Jacqueline Vaught Brogan, professor emerita of English, said in the press release. “My discussions with him over the latter remain among the high points of my time at Notre Dame and influenced my own creativity, for which I am grateful. His personal attention was an inspiration to many. He is sorely missed.”According to the release, funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, with visitation one hour prior at the McGann Hay University Chapel. A burial with military honors will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.Tags: department of english, Edward Vasta, professor emeritus, professor emeritus dieslast_img read more


Bush seeks judges with ‘integrity’

first_imgBush seeks judges with ‘integrity’ Bush seeks judges with ‘integrity’ Senior Editor Gov. Jeb Bush is unapologetic in saying when he appoints judges, he is looking for lawyers who share his judicial philosophy.But, he is quick to add, that’s not the same thing as political philosophy.Speaking at the September 26 Judicial Nominating Commission training seminar in Orlando, Bush — who addressed the commissioners along with Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead and Bar President Miles McGrane — said he would rather appoint a political liberal than a conservative if the liberal believed in judicial restraint.“So long as the person is of high integrity and is well qualified, I’m looking for people who share my philosophy: respect the separation of powers and recognize the judiciary has an important role,” the governor said. “They don’t need to be legislating, even if our legislature is imperfect, even if the governor is a crazy son of a gun. The judiciary’s role is not to clean up after my frailties or the weakness of the legislature.”Other qualities Bush said he looks for in judicial appointees are integrity, diversity, and demeanor.“Diversity is very important to me,” he said. “It’s important when people come into a courtroom that they don’t see white guys all the time, to be blunt about it. I think the judiciary needs to represent the great diversity of our state.”As for ethical standards, “To me, integrity is the most important thing in public life,” Bush said. “High ethical standards are truly important. There’s no single way to describe that or define it.. . . You know it when you see it. Integrity rings out.”The governor had a simple definition for demeanor: good manners.“I think people in public life need to have good manners. They need to be people who show a demeanor that recognizes they are servants, not masters, they have a servant’s part,” he said. “There are ways that judges can do this that put people at ease.“.. . . Robe-itis, or whatever that disease is called, should be purged from the judiciary.. . . They have to have the demeanor to treat people respectfully, treat people as though they are the servant, not the master.”That, Bush said, would make the courts less daunting to people who are generally scared and in court because something bad is happening in their lives.Anstead talked about two qualities he said JNCs should look for when interviewing candidates, and the importance of an impartial judiciary.“Those qualities are integrity and character,” the chief justice said. “That is the basis for everything else that anyone does when they are in a position of responsibility.“If they are people of integrity and they are people of good character, they will do all of the other things that we consider. They will be educated, they will consider both sides, they will be prepared, they will keep up on their education. They are people who take care of their families.”The task would be easier, Anstead said, if there was a Geiger counter-type device that could measure character and integrity. Instead, “We’re all still human beings and we have to do this human evaluation,” he said. “But I think we’re fairly good at that.”He said JNC members as well as judges and others have to step up to educate the public about the role of the courts. And while it’s fine to talk about such notions as judicial independence and the rule of law, it needs to be put into terms that people understand.“All that independence of the judiciary means is that there are judges on the bench who are fair and neutral going in to adjudicating any dispute,” Anstead said. “The poorest person in our society and the wealthiest head of the biggest corporation in our society can be assured that the person who has the responsibility for adjudicating that dispute will be fair and neutral in considering the merits of that dispute.”He criticized recent battles in Congress over federal judicial appointments, saying both parties seem to want partisan judicial appointees. “That is the total opposite of the independence and responsibility of the judicial branch,” he said. “Partisanship is the very opposite of the basic and fundamental quality of what a good judge should be and what the first responsibility should be of that good judge.”The duties of the judicial branch have received heightened attention since September 11, Anstead said, notably from President Bush.“Our president soon after 9/11 and thereafter has stressed to the rest of the world that. . . the rule of law is really the best insulation that we could ever have against lawlessness and terrorism,” he said.McGrane said the goal of the JNCs should be to provide the governor with a list of nominees so that “if he closed his eyes and threw a dart, he would come up with a good one.”That’s also the Bar’s goals when it submits lists of candidates to the governor for appointment to the JNCs. Under a law passed about three years ago, the Bar nominates three lawyers each for four seats on each of the 26 JNCs, with Bush making the final choice. Bush directly fills the other five seats.He asked the lawyers in the audience to help the Bar find qualified potential JNC members who meet the Bar and Bush’s goal of improving diversity. Work has already begun on setting up screening committees who will review applicants for board action next spring, and McGrane urged lawyers in the room to encourage others to apply when the Bar begins accepting applications early next year.“We’re serious, we need applicants. That’s where you get your diversity. The more people who apply, the more you have to choose from, the better it is,” he said. “Go back to your communities and local bars and drum up people to apply for the JNCs.. . . “We’re going to do our best to send a pool of applicants so the governor can throw a dart and come up with good JNC members.”McGrane, who served on the 11th Circuit JNC, also reminded members of the “awesome” responsibility they have in screening judicial applicants, particularly those for circuit judgeships. Circuit judges, he noted, have the authority to take property, liberty, homes, decide child custody disputes, make divorce settlements, and, in capital cases, order an execution.He recalled that one lawyer he served with on the JNC always asked if a lawyer applicant would forget what it was like to practice law if he or she was appointed, about the need to be on time and be prepared. “That is the type of judge we are looking for, who doesn’t forget what it’s like to practice law,” McGrane said.The Bar president also agreed with Bush that the JNCs should submit more rather than fewer nominees. State law allows JNCs to submit between three and six names, and Bush said he prefers to get six.McGrane said sending up more names tells those who were nominated but not appointed that they are good enough, and it encourages them to reapply. “I think that is a good thing,” he added. “I think that is a hopeful message to send.”The seminar was co-sponsored by the Governor’s Office and the Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee.Topics ranged from a review of the JNC process and how to conduct an interview, to ethics and the importance of diversity. October 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more


Smithtown Woman Dies After Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 80-year-old Smithtown woman died after a car crash that injured two others in Hauppauge on Sunday night.Suffolk County police said John Gilmartin, 51, was driving his Toyota Corolla westbound on Veterans Memorial Highway with his mother, Elizabeth, when their car collided with an eastbound Ford Mustang that was making a left onto Route 111 at 8:30 p.m.The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she died on Monday.Her son and the driver of the Mustang, 23-year-old Nikki Torres of Ronkonkoma, were taken to the same hospital, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call them at 631-854-8452.last_img read more