Italian warship, ITS Libeccio, took time to meet local seafarers while patrolling in the waters off Somalia, September 25.The team from ITS Libeccio was also joined by a Somali linguist from the Djibouti Coast Guard. During the meeting ITS Libeccio’s team provided the seafarers with food and water, and discussed the issues of piracy in the region.Operation Atalanta protects World Food Programme vessels transiting the area, deters piracy and contributes to the monitoring of fishing activites off the coast of Somalia.Image: EU Naval Force Share this article October 5, 2015 Authorities View post tag: ITS Libeccio View post tag: Friends ITS Libeccio Makes New Friends View post tag: africa View post tag: Somalia Back to overview,Home naval-today ITS Libeccio Makes New Friends
September 1, 2000 Associate Editor Regular News The committee said in In Concerned Democrats of Florida v. Reno, 358 F.Supp. 60 (S.D. Fla. 1978), the court struck down F.S. §105.09, which prohibited a political party from supporting, endorsing, or assisting any judicial candidate. “Pursuant to Reno, this committee operates upon the assumption that a political party has the constitutional right to support non-partisan judicial candidates,” the panel said. “Nevertheless, this committee has not hesitated to note that the Code of Judicial Conduct places rather tight strictures upon a candidate’s right to publicly represent, as part of a judicial campaign, the candidate’s experience with, and connections to, a political party.” Such analysis appears in Opinion 96-21, in which the panel said, notwithstanding the Reno decision, “Florida is firmly committed to the ideal that insofar as the activities of judicial candidates themselves are concerned, partisan politics will play no role whatsoever in campaigns.” The committee also said in Opinion Number 2000-16 that a judicial candidate may not host a weekly radio talk show during the election season, with some narrow exceptions. The inquiring judicial candidate is presently a member of the Florida Legislature and his term as a legislator will end on November 5. The candidate has a radio talk show that he characterizes as “informative in nature.” He selects a topic and has guests on his show who are experts in the field. The show accepts phone calls from the general public and the host, as well as the guests, comments on the topic. The committee said the question of whether a judge may appear as a commentator on a commercial television station was thoroughly surveyed in Opinion 96-25 and the analysis for a radio show would be no different. In that case, the committee looked at ethics opinions from around the United States and concluded that a judge’s appearance as a regular commentator on the commercial airwaves would violate the Code of Judicial Conduct if the subject matter covered by the judge focuses upon current legal matters and cases pending before various courts. “There would appear to be no prohibition, however, against a candidate for office hosting a show that is in the nature of a political advertisement, so long as the candidate otherwise observes the requirements of the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Florida election laws,” the committee said. The candidate next asked, if he is successful in his election, may he participate in partisan political activities between the election and his assumption of the bench. This committee recently answered the same question in the negative in Opinion 98-25. In that opinion, the committee stated: “A judge-elect is bound by the political restrictions in the Code of Judicial Conduct and should comply with the restrictions applicable to a sitting judge who is not a candidate.” The committee said Canon 7(1)(b) prohibits a judge or a candidate for election from publicly endorsing or publicly opposing another candidate for political office. Public Service Announcements The committee held a judge may not appear in a public service announcement, even if it does not solicit volunteers or donations, for local not-for-profit organizations. Opinion Number 2000-16. The inquiring judge said she would like to do public service announcements only to advise the public of the existence of such organizations and the projects these organizations run. The committee, however, said doing so would violate Canon 2B, which states “A judge shall not lend the prestige of judicial office to advance the private interests of … others.” The panel held that although there is no direct solicitation of funds or membership on these taped public service announcements, the judge’s testimonial in the video “is at the very least tacitly lending the prestige of the judge’s office to advance the solicitation of funds and/or membership.” “Further, this committee notes that the inquiring judge has not stated whether these public service announcements will or will not be used in any future solicitation of funds and/or members by the not-for-profit organizations,” the panel said. “However, it seems that the potential for such uses would be likely.” The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory and conduct that is consistent with an opinion may be evidence of good faith on the part of the judge, but the Judicial Qualifications Commission is not bound by the committee’s interpretive opinions. The full text of the committee’s opinions is available on the Supreme Court’s website. Judicial candidates should steer clear of partisan politics Mark D. Killian Associate Editor While political parties are free to endorse judicial candidates, those running for judgeships must be careful not to inject party politics into the campaign, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. The ethics panel also said a judge-elect may not participate in nonjudicial campaigns before he is sworn in and — with only narrow exceptions — cannot host a weekly radio talk show during the election season. Judges also are prohibited from appearing in public service announcements because to do so would lend the prestige of their office to benefit others. Party Endorsements The committee said while political parties are free to support the candidacy of a judicial candidate, the candidates must be careful about using that endorsement. Opinion Number 2000-16. Judicial candidates should steer clear of partisan politics read more
St. Leon, IN —Authorities in Franklin County are asking drivers to use caution if you are traveling on SR 46 near White’s Hill Road. Shortly after 10:30a today, a truckload of what is reported as raw turkey meat was spilled on to the roadway and the grease has caused the roadway to be slick. Crews will be bringing in sawdust to soak up the oils.