At first glance, the BT (LSE: BT.A) share price looks highly attractive. Indeed, shares in the telecommunications giant are trading at a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of just 6. That suggests they offer a margin of safety at current levels. Further, the stock supports a dividend yield of 10.8%, at the time of writing. That looks extremely attractive in the current interest rate environment. It’s also more than double the FTSE 100 average of 4.7%. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…However, it doesn’t look as if this dividend is sustainable. What’s more, BT’s management has warned several times over the past 12 months it could cut the distribution to fund capital spending. So, can investors depend on this double-digit dividend yield, or is it worth looking elsewhere for income?The dividend questionIt looks as if the market has already priced in a dividend cut at the company. The problem is, BT is just trying to do too much with too little. It’s having to spend billions upgrading the UK’s internet infrastructure. At the same time, the company is also investing billions in 5G networks. Spending on sports content rights for its pay-TV channel, as well as marketing efforts, are also consuming big chunks of cash. Then there’s the firm’s colossal pension deficit to consider. Boris Johnson’s decision to limit Chinese tech company Huawei’s exposure to the UK telecoms infrastructure is also expected to cost the business £500m. When you take all of the above together, it becomes clear just how hard up the company really is. Its fiscal third-quarter results showed a 42% decline in free cash flow to £1bn, due to increased capital spending and sports rights payments. Net debt increased by £1.1bn between 31 March-31 December last year. According to its results release, the increase in borrowing was “driven by £1.3bn of contributions to the BT Pension Scheme, £1.1bn dividend payment, £2.9bn net capital expenditure, £0.6bn lease payments, and £0.5bn interest payments.”These outflows, totalling £6.4bn, were offset by cash flow from operations of £5.2bn. In other words, it seems as if BT’s dividend was paid with borrowed money. That’s a big red flag. Continued pressure The pressures the company is facing aren’t going to dissipate any time soon. It will take several years to continue the rollout of the fibre broadband across the country, and BT will always have substantial capital spending commitments. It can only borrow so much money before creditors start asking tough questions. As such, it doesn’t look as if the dividend is sustainable at current levels. BT cannot continue to borrow money to return cash to its investors, at current levels, indefinitely.A dividend cut would improve dividend sustainability and help the group shore up its balance sheet. That might hurt income investors in the short term, but it would safeguard the company’s balance sheet for the long run. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 1st March, 2020 | More on: BT-A See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Is BT’s 10% dividend yield safe? Image source: Getty Images. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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“This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Roland Head | Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 | More on: JDW See all posts by Roland Head Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Where will the Wetherspoons share price be in 5 years? England’s pubs are set to reopen on 4 July — less than two weeks from now. Shares in leading pub operator JD Wetherspoon (LSE: JDW) have doubled from their March lows, but the Wetherspoons share price is still down by more than 30% this year.This firm — which is still chaired by founder Tim Martin — has a track record of outperforming the wider pub sector. I think there’s a good chance the shares could be cheap at current levels for buyers with a five-year timeframe.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A top operatorWetherspoons isn’t universally popular with punters, but there’s no doubt the group’s business model is highly effective. Sales have risen by £1bn since the last recession in 2008. Pre-tax profit has risen from £58m to £102m over the same period — an increase of 75%.The company attributes its success to providing “good-quality food and drinks, served by well-trained and friendly staff, at reasonable prices”. Staff receive a profit share bonus every year and the average pub manager tenure was more than 12 years in July 2019.There’s also a culture of continuous small improvements that gradually increase sales per pub. The company says “it intends to utilise a similar approach after reopening”.A quick return to profitability?The Wetherspoons profit margins have been consistently ahead of most rivals in recent years. Its share price has outperformed too, doubling since April 2013. The company expects its large pubs and competitive pricing to aid a quick return to normal.Helpfully, the company has modelled a couple of scenarios for reopening. The firm’s main case is that pub sales will be down by 10% on reopening, and will gradually rise by 2% each month before returning to growth. In this scenario, Wetherspoons expects to be profitable this year, even with a 26% reduction in full-year sales.This may be too optimistic, but the company says it would expect to be cash flow neutral even if sales are 50% below normal levels. That’s pretty impressive, in my book — I believe it’s better than most rivals can manage.Wetherspoons share price: buy, sell or hold?It’s very hard to know how quickly pub trading will return to normal. But I think that the firm’s focus on affordable pricing and high-volume locations will give it an advantage over some rivals.There are also a couple of other attractions. The firm has more than £1bn of property on its balance sheet, based on 1999 valuations. I’d guess their market values today would be significantly higher.The Wetherspoons share price also looks quite reasonable to me, based on long-term earnings. Although buyers today have missed the quick rebound that followed the March stock market crash, the current valuation puts the shares on a relatively modest multiple of about 15 times trailing earnings.If the company can return to growth over the next couple of years — as I expect — then I can see the shares returning to previous highs of 1,500p+ over the next five years. I see Wetherspoons as a decent long-term buy at current levels. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.
6. Sport England Emergency Flood Relief FundSport England’s fund is investing up to £400,000 of National Lottery funding into sports facilities that have been damaged as a result of the floods and storms to help get sports facilities back up and running as quickly as possible. Clubs and community-based sports organisations can apply online for up to £5,000 of emergency funding.Sport England Emergency Flood Relief Fund AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 4 January 2016 | News 7. The Prince’s Countryside FundThe Prince’s Countryside Fund has announced that it is working alongside The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group to raise money in an appeal that it will use to help the communities, farmers and businesses affected by the flooding.The Prince’s Countryside Fund & The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group 10 appeals raising funds to ease UK flood devastation 2. Lancashire Flood Recovery Fund Public AppealThe Community Foundation for Lancashire has so far raised almost £140k with its appeal aimed at helping those in Lancashire and Merseyside. Launched on December 8th, this appeal is raising funds to contribute to clean-up costs, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating.Lancashire Flood Recovery Fund Public Appeal 4. Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal (Boxing Day floods 2015)Launched by the Community Foundation for Calderdale to aid those affected by the Boxing Day floods in Calderdale, Yorkshire, this appeal has so far raised 25% of its £1m target. The money will help provide cleaning up materials, and grants to support people with emergency accommodation, and the costs of cleaning up and replacing furniture and white goods.Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal 10. Bingley Flood Support GroupBingley in Yorkshire was hit by the Boxing Day floods. The Flood Support Group is aiming to raise £5000 to help those affected in the town.Bingley Flood Support Group Help is also available for those keen to help but unsure on the best cause of action or which appeal to donate to. Earlier in December, Lakeland Radio told people how they could help, while last year the Charity Commission issued advice on how to give to flood appeals. 9. Croston AppealIndividuals are doing their bit too. One woman in Croston, Lancashire has set up a Crowdfunding page to raise funds to help pay the insurance excess for the Croston Community Centre as well as local resident, which has almost reached its £5k target.Croston appeal The flood damage wrought in the north of the UK by the December storms has seen many communities suffer, prompting the launch of a number of fundraising appeals and funds to help those affected.While the Government has pledged £50m, the devastation has also seen appeals created by a range of organisations, from community foundations to sports organisations and charities, as well as individuals.Here are 10 that are helping to ease the crisis:1. Cumbria 2015 Flood AppealThe biggest of the appeals so far, the Cumbrian 2015 Flood Appeal was launched by the Cumbria Community Foundation on December 5th 2015 with an initial £1m target. By New Year’s Eve, the appeal had already raised over £4m with a new target of £6m.According to the Cumbria Community Foundation site, the fund is open to anyone whose home has suffered flooding, significant structural damage, or to those who have lost work or income as a result of the storm or flood. Funds are directed towards cleaning up, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, childcare equipment and basic furniture. It is also providing grants to voluntary and community groups who are providing immediate relief to people, offering longer-term community rebuilding projects or have experienced significant structural and or flood damage.Cumbria Flood 2015 Appeal 8. Daily Mail Christmas Flood AppealThe Daily Mail had raised £1m through its readers by Christmas Day, which is going to the Cumbria Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Lancashire.Daily Mail Christmas Flood Appeal Tagged with: appeals Community fundraising disaster 3. Greater Manchester Flood Recovery AppealLaunched by charity Forever Manchester, which works closely with the Greater Manchester Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit, the appeal is being managed within the Greater Manchester Disaster Relief Fund, which provides financial support to victims of large-scale disasters. By New Year’s Day, it was over halfway to achieving its £50k target.Greater Manchester Flood Recovery Appeal 134 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 5. Emergency Football Relief FundA £750,000 fund established using funding from the Premier League, the FA and Government to rebuild and repair grassroots football pitches and facilities that have suffered storm damage and flooding, expanded on Dec 31 to include the regions covered by the Manchester County FA, Liverpool County FA, Cheshire County FA and the North Riding County FA. Organisations are asked to contact their County FA for more information about how to access the emergency relief funding.Football Relief Fund
Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Twitter Previous articleLimerick in top ten international investment areasNext articleLimerick man resigns as finance chief Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Print Email #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ WhatsApp Facebook THE man charged with being the getaway driver in the murder of Roy Collins has been escorted to Limerick under armed guard to visit the remains of his deceased mother ahead of her funeral mass.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 24-year-old Nathan Killeen is on trial for the killing of the Limerick business man in 2009 with Wayne Dundon and the day after his trial opened at the Special Criminal Court, the body of Nathan Killeen’s 55-year-old mother, Susan, was tragically recovered from the canal at Locke Quay in Limerick.As the heavy armed convoy arrived at Cross’s funeral home shortly before 2pm this Wednesday, convicted criminal and brother of Killeen’s co-accused 26-year-old Ger Dundon arrived to pay his respects to the family.Amid heightened security, a navy unmarked prison van accompanied by an armed unit of the RSU and an unmarked detective car brought Killeen to a gated area near the funeral home.Killeen was taken from the van in the yard adjacent to the funeral home and brought to family members within the building. His mother’s remains lay in repose before being brought to the family home on Ash Avenue in John Carew Park ahead of the funeral mass on Thursday at the Holy Family Church in Southill.Dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, 26-year-old Ger Dundon who was released from jail in January, was at the funeral home just as the prison van pulled up with Nathan Killeen shortly before 2pm.The Garda RSU marked Volvo estate car blocked access to the road outside the funeral home for the duration of Killeen’s 15 minute visit.Inside, members of Killeen’s family including Ciara, mother of two children with convicted murderer John Dundon, together with Linda Casey and extended family, briefly met with the 24-year-old.Large floral tributes were brought to the funeral home before Susan Killeen’s remains were brought by a black hearse to the family home.This is the second time Ciara has lost a family member in tragic circumstances.In 2007 Nathan’s twin brother Gavin also died tragically.Susan Killeen, whose maiden name was Casey, was originally from Hyde Road in Limerick but recently had an an address in Caherdavin, Limerick.After she was found, Emergency services together with Gardai and rescue teams recovered the body at 1am after they responded to the alert of distress calls heard in the area.Efforts were made to resuscitate her and she was taken to University Hospital Limerick where she was pronounced dead but Gardai not treating her death as suspicious.Her funeral mass will take place at midday tomorrow at the Holy Family Church in Southill.Last Tuesday, the three – all female – judge Special Criminal Court granted an application made by lawyers for Nathan Killeen that he be allowed attend his mother’s removal after they conveyed condolences to the 24-year-old standing trial.Nathan Killeen, along with Wayne Dundon from Lenihan Avenue in Limerick, have both denied the murder of Roy Collins who was shot dead at the Coin Castle Amusement Arcade on April 9, 2009 last.It is alleged that Killeen was the getaway driver for another man previously convicted and that Wayne Dundon was the organiser and “director” of the hit. TAGSfeaturedfuneralGardaíMusic LimerickNathan Killeenroy collinsSpecial Criminal Court No vaccines in Limerick yet NewsBreaking newsCrime & CourtMurder accused returned for removal amid tight securityBy Staff Reporter – May 7, 2014 3683 Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Linkedin Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April
News UpdatesAP HC Initiates Contempt Action Against Abusive Social Media Posts Against Judges LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK26 May 2020 8:12 PMShare This – xThe Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday issued suo moto contempt notices to 49 persons, including a Member of Parliament and a former Member of Legislative Assembly, observing that they made intimidating and abusive social media posts against judges.Bapatla MP, Nandigam Suresh and former MLA Amanchi Krishna Mohan, both belonging to the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), are among those who…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday issued suo moto contempt notices to 49 persons, including a Member of Parliament and a former Member of Legislative Assembly, observing that they made intimidating and abusive social media posts against judges.Bapatla MP, Nandigam Suresh and former MLA Amanchi Krishna Mohan, both belonging to the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), are among those who were served the notices.The 49 persons have been asked to appear in person or through Advocate on June 16.The Court took the action after it received emails attaching the social media posts targeting judges. The Advocate General told the court that the comments tend to scandalize the institution.The comments were made in the particular context of the order passed by the HC on May 22, ordering CBI probe into the police assault of a government doctor.A bench comprising Chief Justice J K Maheshwari and Justice C Praveen Kumar noted that the comments attributed political motives to the judges. Some of the comments were highly abusive, intimidating and life threatening, the Court observed. The Court said that there appeared to be a larger conspiracy against the judges.”The content in the video/clippings/postings also amount to contempt for trying to scandalise and lower the image of the Hon’ble Court and Hon’ble Judges”, the Court observed.Recently, the SC had sentenced three persons to three months imprisonment for contempt of court for circulating a letter with “scandalous and scurrilous” allegations against sitting judges.Click here to download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
A high frequency radio Doppler experiment was deployed in the Antarctic Peninsula region, centred on Argentine Islands (65°15′S, 64°16′W; L = 2.3), to investigate the morphology and sources of ionospheric disturbances. The experiment consisted of a three-transmitter dual frequency network which permits horizontal and vertical propagation velocities to be estimated over a north-south baseline of 200 km and an east-west baseline of 100 km. A new class of ionospheric disturbance has been observed, in the period range 10 min−1 h. These disturbances are characterised by unusually good correlation between perturbations on all available Doppler signals, but are apparently non—propagating and occur simultaneously at each reflection point. Several of these events display large (2 Hz at about 5 MHz transmitted frequency) Doppler shifts, thus we have labelled them Large Simultaneous Disturbances (LSDs). Criteria for identification of LSDs are established and the analysis of one event is described in detail. The occurrence statistics of the LSDs are presented, including their seasonal and diurnal distributions. There is no clear general relationship between LSDs and local geomagnetic field perturbations. However, examination of the magnetic indices AE and IRC indicates that there is a loose association between the occurrence and amplitude of LSDs and magnetic activity. Several possible mechanisms for the generation of LSDs at middle latitudes are reviewed. The most likely explanation is that high latitude electric fields penetrate to magnetic middle latitudes and drive the ionospheric plasma via the E × B drift.
Kingsmill-parent Associated British Foods has bought the Patak’s business from the founding Pathak family.The deal, set to complete in August, comprises the Patak’s brand and assets in all countries except India – including its Scottish ethnic breads bakery business.ABF said the Patak’s brand would give its grocery division a strengthened platform in “world foods”, operating alongside its Blue Dragon brand. Kirit Pathak will become chairman of the combined business of Patak’s and ABF’s Blue Dragon and Meena Pathak will also become a director. Other details are yet to be finalised. Patak’s had hired investment bank NM Rothschild to review a potential sale of the business earlier this year.Patak’s manufactures, markets and distributes Indian breads, cooking sauces and other meal accompaniments. Its bakery is based in Cumbernauld, Scotland, and makes a range that includes chapattis, naans and wraps. It can produce 58 million naans a year.George Weston, ABF chief executive, said: “We are privileged to acquire as fine a business as Patak’s.”
February 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular News JNC commissioners explore diversity Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Judicial nominating commission members from across the state recently gathered in Miami for a new training session which focused heavily on sensitivity to diversity. The First Annual JNC Commissioner College, which all new JNC commissioners are now required to complete, also included components on proper interviewing techniques, ethics, and updates on JNC procedures and rules. “I can’t think of any more important work than the people in this room perform,” Bar President Herman Russomanno told the assembled commissioners. “If you look at what our system of government is and the important role of the courts and how our state functions, what more important role can you play than assisting in screening applicants and providing the governor the best individuals to serve as judges?” Russomanno said the Bar is committed to devoting the resources needed for JNC training and to addressing Gov. Jeb Bush’s commitment to judicial diversity. Diversity became a key issue for the JNCs a year ago after Bush wrote an open letter to members of the Bar to clarify his stand on JNC independence, said Don Horn, a member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. In the letter, Bush said Florida’s judiciary does not now reflect the state’s diversity, and his efforts to increase minority representation on the bench are stymied by a lack of diversity in pools of applicants and slates of finalists. “I am very concerned about this lack of diversity,” Bush said. “To the extent the state bench fails to look like Florida in all its diversity, the confidence of Floridians in these critical administrators of justice is undermined.” Gov. Bush suggested the low number of minorities applying for vacancies could be because “they have not received a fair shot in the past and do not think they will receive one now.” Russomanno said diversity is a dominant theme of the 21st century and the Bar embraces it. “Justice may be blind, but we all know that diversity in the courts, as in all aspects of society, sharpens our vision and makes us a stronger state and a stronger nation,” Russomanno said. “We need to celebrate diversity in our judiciary.” Carol Licko, who recently stepped down as the governor’s general counsel to return to private practice in Miami, said that Bush is “passionately committed” to diversifying the state’s judiciary. “Our governor believes the best judiciary is one that reflects the state of Florida,” Licko said, adding that JNC commissioners are the unsung heros of that process. “People will not apply if they feel the process is unfair, political or is slanted one way or another, or if they think they simply don’t have a chance.” Licko said one of the best things commissioners can do is to make sure every judicial applicant “feels at the end of the day that they had a fair shot at that opening.” “Those in the Governor’s Office are not your enemy, they are not an adversary, and they are not people you try to outsmart during the process,” Licko said. “This is a cooperative process — it’s collaborative.” Eleventh Circuit Judge Gill Freeman, who also chairs the Supreme Court’s Commission on Fairness, said while we are all most comfortable with people who look and sound like ourselves, JNC members must look past that when nominating people for judgeships. To increase diversity in the pool of judicial applications, Freeman said JNC commissioners should take proactive steps, including: • Speaking to minority bar associations about the JNC process. • Placing notices of judicial openings in minority and women’s publications. • Seeking diversity when making JNC appointments. (Each JNC is made up of nine commissioners, three appointed by the governor, three by the Bar, and those six select three more.) Horn noted some progress has been made in diversifying the state’s bench over the past decade. He said the 1990 Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Bias Study Commission found that only 40 of the state’s 723 judges were minorities. Now, Horn said, 112 of the state’s 820 judges are minorities. Horn also said judicial selection is still the most accessible way for minorities to reach the bench, noting 72 percent of minority trial judges in Florida were appointed compared with 28 percent who were elected. He also said the Board of Governors has made a commitment to recruit minorities to apply for JNC positions and urged JNC members to recruit qualified minorities for their judicial openings. “You can’t make the appointment unless people apply,” Horn said. “That’s why I got upset when the Governor’s Office announced publicly that the JNCs were not giving him diverse slates. My response was: Do we know what the pool is? Because if the pool is all white, you are not going to get any diversity out of it.” That sentiment was echoed by Sixth Circuit JNC Chair Craig Laporte. “One of the statistics that never seems to get mentioned is the pool of applicants from which we can select judges,” Laporte said. “We talk about general population statistics for minorities and women, but what we don’t talk about is the number of minorities and women who are practicing law within the geographic confines of a particular JNC.” He said the Sixth Circuit is comprised of Pasco and Pinellas counties. Of the approximately 200 practicing lawyers in Pasco County, there are no black lawyers. “That limits, obviously, any judicial selection for a county court position,” Laporte said. Horn said the Bar has asked the various JNCs to provide it with demographic information on who is applying for judicial openings, whose names are sent to the governor, and who is getting appointed, but many of the commissions have been slow to respond. JNC commissioners explore diversity