May 1, 2001 Regular News New Federal Judicial Nominating Commission named New Federal Judicial Nominating Commission namedWith the advent of a Republican president and two Democratic U.S. senators in Florida, the state has a revised system for sifting through applicants for federal judgeships and U.S. attorney posts. U.S. Reps. C.W. “Bill” Young and Clay Shaw and Gov. Jeb Bush have appointed new members to Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission has three subcommittees, one each for the Northern, Middle, and Southern district courts in Florida, and will meet as a group to consider vacancies to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The structure is modeled on the system used by U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat, and former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, a Republican, for the past several years. “This commission composed of distinguished Floridians from across the state will ensure that only the names of highly qualified individuals will be submitted to President Bush for his consideration,” Young and Shaw said in a prepared statement. Traditionally, the federal judgeship applicants are nominated by the senior senator from that state of the president’s party. Since Mack retired last year and was replaced by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, the new system was created that has the governor and two senior GOP congressmen making the nominations. President Bush will make the final nomination to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. The overall commission will be chaired by former U.S. Attorney Roberto Martinez of Miami. Though the Miami Daily Business Review reported that the nominating commission for South Florida “reads like a who’s who of the top Republicans in the area,” Martinez told The Florida Bar News: “Certainly, I’m a Republican. But there is absolutely no litmus test on any candidate. People are not quizzed on social views. One’s views on whatever social issues is not germaine, and not something I would ask or condone the asking.” Martinez said he did not know how many Republicans served on the commissions, and he encouraged applicants to apply by the May 31 deadline for federal judgeships and U.S. Attorney positions, regardless of party affiliation. (See notice, here.) “A candidate’s party affiliation is not of importance to this process,” Martinez said. “We are looking for people who will be entrusted with substantial power and authority. Federal judges and U.S. attorneys need to be conscientious, experienced, and have an understanding of the system of justice. And it would be helpful to have a balanced temperament.” The Southern District Committee will be chaired by Karen Margulies of Hollywood. Members are JulieAnn Allison of West Palm Beach, Gonzalo Dorta of Miami, Bill Duke of Ft. Lauderdale, Charles Garcia of Boca Raton, Daphne Jones of Ft. Lauderdale, Robert Josefsberg of Miami, Manny Kadre of Miami, Barbara Lagoa of Miami, Edith Lederberg of Ft. Lauderdale, Dexter Lehtinen of Miami, Osmundo Martinez of Miami, Tom O’Donnell of Ft. Lauderdale, Doyle Rogers of West Palm Beach, Ed Scales of Key West, Tom Scott of Miami, Dr. Barry Silverman of Aventura, Don Stephens of West Palm Beach, Tom Tew of Miami, and Jason Under of Ft. Lauderdale. The Middle District committee will be chaired by Dr. Adam Herbert, former chair of the Florida Board of Regents. Members are David Brown of Orlando, James W. Carter of Sanford, William C. Cramer of St. Petersburg Beach, Marshall Criser of Jacksonville, David Deitrich of Bradenton, Robin Gibson of Lake Wales, Bill Jennings of Orlando, Diane Jensen of Ft. Myers, Suzanne Hill of Orlando, Harvey Klein of Ocala, Parkhill Mays of Lakeland, Kathleen Passidomo of Naples, Harlan Paul of DeLand, Richard Salem of Tampa, Myrue Spivey of Palm Bay, Carl M. Stewart of Jacksonville, Rebecca Walter of Tampa, David E. Ward, Jr., of Tampa, and Warren Wilson of Palm Harbor. Chair of the Northern District Committee is William Harrison of Panama City. Members are Jennifer Byrom of Milton, Donald R. Everett, Sr., of Perry, George E. “Cotton” Fletcher of Gainesville, Dynetta Griner of Chiefland, Julie Hilton of Panama City, Rev. R.B. Holmes of Tallahassee, Lillie Johnson of Lake City, Harold Knowles of Tallahassee, Dr. Stan Marshall of Tallahassee, Richard McFarlain of Tallahassee, Ed Moore of Pensacola, Van Poole of Tallahassee, and Tim Wells of DeFuniak Springs. All the terms began on April 3 and terminate on December 31, 2002. Committee rules, adopted by Bush, Young, and Shaw, provide that the public may submit written comments on applicants to the commission, that all commission meetings except deliberations will be open to the public, and that all records, except certain government information such as FBI background checks, will be public. The rules give this charge to the commission: “Only the most qualified, conscientious, and dedicated persons available should be proposed for nomination as U.S. attorneys and federal judges. The maintenance of a strong and viable federal judiciary and system of justice is essential to the protection of the rights and freedoms of all citizens of the United States. An independent judicary is indispensable to the preservation of the judicial branch as a co-equal branch of our government. It is essential that the members of the federal judiciary and U.S. attorneys be committed to dispensing equal justice under the law. This commission shall ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities to receive appointments.”
ORGANISERS of the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facilities (RCMTC&SF) have rescheduled the club’s horse race meet to October 30.The meet was originally planned for this Sunday at the club’s track Alness, Corentyne Berbice.However, chief organiser Marcel Crawford Jr indicated that the race meet has been postponed due to a number of unforeseen circumstances.Crawford Jr further indicated that the original programme remains the same, but with the club moving to regulate the level of racing in Guyana, a number of new initiatives will be introduced by the new date.Eight races are planned, where over $3M in cash, trophies and other incentives are up for grabs.The feature race is the classified Alness Classic over 1600 metres for a first prize of $600 000.Other races planned for the day are: G and Lower, Two-year-olds race for Guyana-bred horses, H and Lower, K and Lower, J’1’, L ‘1’, and there is an event for unclassified horses.Interested persons can make contact with Marcel Crawford Jr on 678-5342 or Compton Sancho on 602-1567 for any clarifications.
For more than 50 years, the USC men’s basketball team called the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena home.A landmark on its own, sure, but over time, the facilities were hardly up to par with other top-notch arenas around the country. To put it bluntly, if I were a recruit, I definitely wouldn’t be signed up to play in a dump.But in 2006, the Galen Center opened. It was certainly a welcome change from the Sports Arena, and the opening of the new arena was supposed to be a new beginning for USC basketball.In the years following the opening of the Galen Center, USC hauled in big high school stars, such as O.J. Mayo and DeMar Derozan. Despite playing one year each, the Trojans qualified for the NCAA tournament in both years Mayo and DeRozan donned the cardinal and gold. In fact, in four of the last five years, USC has earned a trip to the Big Dance. Despite sanctions imposed on the program, USC has managed to stay relatively competitive — until this year.It’s been a snowball effect throughout the course of this long season. The Trojans have been dealt a hand that they can’t play well with. The injuries and the losses have piled up. The fans have all but abandoned the team, or so it seems.Sure, next year looks to be promising with everybody returning. Students are not interested anymore, though. Alumni and other fans have been visibly upset. And they’re showing their displeasure in arguably the worst way possible not even showing up to home games.With that in mind, however, can everybody forget this dismal year and give USC coach Kevin O’Neill one more shot?Yes, they should and they can, but the Trojans need to do some work on the recruiting trail for that to happen. To make everybody put this season in the rearview mirror, USC needs to land the No. 1 overall player in the nation: Shabazz Muhammad.The six-foot-six senior from Bishop Gorman High School in Nevada is averaging nearly 30 points and 10 rebounds a game, according to a MaxPreps.com article. He is the consensus No. 1 recruit in the country.One player can do a lot for a fan base starving for someone to jumpstart a program coming off an underwhelming year. One player can give Los Angeles another team to cheer for.Not since Mayo and DeRozan has USC enjoyed playing in front of a nearly sold out Galen Center. Not since those two hyped high school stars has there been a buzz around campus regarding another sport besides football.Muhammad would solve all these problems in an instant. His size, strength and basketball acumen are unparalleled. NBADraft.net compares him to Kobe Bryant.That alone says enough. What kind of fan wouldn’t want to see someone with the potential to be that good? If that doesn’t draw more students, I don’t know what will.The star power, the energy and the excitement will be felt should the Trojans land Muhammad.Attendance this season has been horrific — and that might be putting it lightly. I get it, though. After losing by 19 points and drawing a season-high 8,474 fans against UCLA in mid-January, I don’t blame anybody for not wanting to come back.Let’s face it: O’Neill’s squads won’t wow us with offensive fireworks. The highlights on that end of the floor will be few and far between. The old adage that defense wins championships might ring true, but nobody truly likes to see teams grind out victories scoring 50 points per contest.So even with everybody likely returning next season — and a chance for the team to be really good, win the Pac-12 conference and earn a bid to the NCAA tournament — there needs to be that one player who “wows” the crowd solely based on his name.Without Shabazz Muhammad none of this happens, though. Land the best player in the nation and everybody forgets about this season. This is what the basketball program needs. He might be a lot to ask for, but one player can make basketball relevant again at USC. “In the Zone” runs every other Friday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Trevor at [email protected]
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Former West Indies Women captain Merissa Aguilleira believes that the regional side is capable of securing championship honours in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, which starts next month in India.West Indies women have reached the penultimate stage of the competition on three successive occasions, but the Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper-batsman believes that they can go all the way this time.”I am really excited about this tournament because I truly believe it is time for us to win this T20 World Cup,” said Aguilleira.”It has been three consecutive times we have reached the semi-finals, so it’s about time, but I have all faith in the girls, and I truly believe we can cross that mantle.”Aguilleira has been in prolific form since she was relieved from her duties as captain, a title that has been handed to Jamaican cricketer Stafanie Taylor.She roared to two powerful half-centuries in St Lucia last October to help West Indies Women come from behind to beat Pakistan in an ODI series 3-1 and said consistency would ensure that Windies Women lift the World T20 trophy.LACKING CONSISTENCY”I must say consistency because we have been lacking that for quite some time,” said Aguilleira, a 10-year veteran who has played 86 ODIs and 73 T20s.”One minute we are up; next minute, we are down. But I think once we get that consistency going, everything will fall into alignment.”Aguilleira is part of a squad that includes a number of reserve players in a training camp at the West Indies High Performance Centre in Barbados, preparing for a tour of South Africa before the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament in India. They are participating in an on-field training programme as well as a number of personal-development sessions before leaving for South Africa in two batches on February 9 and 10.”I will be going forward in South Africa with full fire, trying to continue from where I left off in St Lucia,” she said.”I have really been putting in some work so, hopefully, I can go out there and contribute for the team.”