LCJ warns of technology threat to justice system

first_imgThe lord chief justice has today warned of the need to preserve the integrity of the trial and jury system in the face of risks posed by modern technology. In his foreword to the Court of Appeal Criminal Division’s annual review of the Legal Year, Lord Judge stressed: ‘Modern technology does not come without risks.’ He said: ‘I remain concerned at the ease with which a member of the jury can, by disobeying the judge’s instructions, discover material which purports to contain accurate information relevant to an individual case or an individual defendant. ‘I am also concerned that the use of technology enables those who are not members of the jury to communicate, in both directions.’ Judge warned: ‘In the context of current technology, we must be astute to preserve the integrity of jury trial and the jury system.’ Highlighting wider concerns about the integrity of the jury system, the annual report shows that in three separate appeals last year convictions were found to be unsafe in the light of jury irregularities – though none of those concerned use of technology. Retrials were ordered in two cases. In two other cases the court endorsed decisions made in the Crown courts that trials should proceed without a jury, either because of the danger of jury tampering or where this had occurred. The report revealed a 2% drop in the number of applications compared with 2009/10, to 6,972. The majority of the court’s work concerns appeals against sentences. In the last year it received 5,481 applications to appeal sentences, down from 5,653. In addition it received 1,491 applications to appeal convictions, roughly the same as 1,480 applications received in 2009/10. During the legal year, which ran from October 2010 to September 2011, the Court of Appeal heard 535 full conviction appeals, up from 488, and 2,004 full sentence appeals, down from 2,136. In addition it dealt with 1,251 applications for leave to appeal conviction and 4,039 applications for leave to appeal sentence. The annual report shows that on average over the last three years, 13% of conviction applications and 26% of sentence applications received were successful. On average appeals against conviction were dealt with in 9.3 months, while sentence appeals were disposed of in 4.6 months. The attorney general referred 101 potentially unduly lenient sentences to the court, which resulted in increased sentences in 82 cases. The annual report also noted that the Court of Appeal has continued to use technology to improve its efficiency and reduce costs, particularly through the use of video-link facilities. Last year, it held 99 video-linked hearings to locations including 35 prisons and six courts. This meant appellants and witnesses were able to give evidence without having to attend at the Royal Courts of Justice. In one case two vulnerable child witnesses were able to give evidence from their local magistrates’ court rather than having to travel to London.last_img read more

MOL Jointly Develops Voyage Information Display System Using AR Technology

first_img Author: Priyanka Ann Saini Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced an agreement with Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. and MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. to jointly develop a system that supports ship operation during voyages using augmented reality (AR) technology.In this project, information, such as other ships sailing around the vessel and landmarks like buoys at sea, can be shown on tablets and other displays, based on data from the Automatic Identification System (AIS). Images of landscapes taken from the bridge can also be shown on the same tablets, and these images will overlap with AR to provide visual support to crewmembers operating ships and keeping watch during voyages.MOL is looking at ways to overlap displays of obstacles taken by radar, adding an Obstacle Zone by Target (OZT), which is an algorithm to prevent collisions between vessels, and supplementing displays of obstacles using image recognition technologies to expand such functions. Functions will be improved during FY2018. In addition, MOL expects this technology to play a key role in realising autonomous ships in the future.MOL has moved ahead with advanced support of safe operation and reduction of its environmental impact, as set out in the “ISHIN NEXT – MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT -,” started in November 2016, and aims to become customers’ first choice as a logistics partner by applying ICT technology to improve service quality and efficiency. Sea News, December 27last_img read more

Regional rum producers may look to WTO to solve dispute with United States

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 6, CMC – Caribbean rum producing countries may have to approach the World Trade Organization (WTO) in its ongoing dispute with the United State over the provision of subsidies to rum producers in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).“We find that extremely difficult to compete (with) and it is a challenge at this point in time and we are appealing, not just the Barbados rum industry, but the CARIFORUM (Caribbean Forum) rum industry in general, to our governments to take this issue very seriously,” said Chairman of the Barbados Rum Committee, Dr. Frank Ward.He said the discussions with Washington should be with a “view to resolving what we feel is an iniquitous and pernicious use of subsidies for multinational spirit companies and their rum production”.The West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association Inc. (WIRSPA) says while it has no dispute with rum producers in the United States it is nonetheless warning that subsidies given to US-based producers could damage Caribbean economies.Earlier this year, the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association Inc. (WIRSPA) said while it has no dispute with rum producers in the United States it is nonetheless warning that subsidies given to US-based producers could damage Caribbean economies.WIRSPA said that it has been brought to its attention of a possible trade dispute at WTO between CARIFORUM countries and The United States over the compatibility of subsidies given to multinational spirits companies producing rum in the USVI and Puerto Rico under the US cover-over programme.But WIRSPA, which describes itself as “the regional trade association for rum producers in the CARIFORUM group” said that the dispute is between the governments of these independent Caribbean countries and the United States and not between rum producers.Ward told reporters that the subsidies for rum industries in the US territories were severely impacting Barbados’ own industry’s ability to thrive and survive.He warned that if the situation is not dealt with immediately it could result in the demise of the rum industry not just in Barbados, but throughout the Caribbean.On the issue of approaching the WTO, Ward said there was still the option of resolving the matter through dialogue with Washington.“We have had so far three legal opinions of the legality at the WTO of these subsidies which are being given by US territories and all of them stated that there is a case to be made against the subsidies, and one of the opinions came from the advisory centre on WTO law which is a body set up to advise individual countries on issues related to WTO laws.“So we have a clear case there. We now need the political will to take it forward and time is not on the side of the industry,” Ward said.Agriculture Minister Dr. David Estwick said that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries must decide to fight in the interest of all regional players in the rum industry.“From the domestic perspective now, what I have to do from hearing the scenario painted here… I will now have to speak to the Private Sector Trade Team as well as the Ministry of Foreign Trade to see if there is a … rule within WTO which relates to subsidies in regards to 10 per cent of any total government support of any industry,” Estwick said.Estwick said Barbados might eventually have no other choice but to file a case with the WTO against the US or suffer the death of its US$50 million-a-year rum export industry.Antigua Observer Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 17 Views   one commentcenter_img Share NewsRegional Regional rum producers may look to WTO to solve dispute with United States by: – November 6, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Bosch motorcycle systems bags ASEAN NCAP award

first_imgLeading automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Bosch has been awarded with the “Safety Technology Award: Innovative Motorcycle Technology for Safer Riding” by the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) this week.Image credit: BoschThe award sees Bosch being recognised for its continuous efforts in innovating safer riding with two-wheeler technologies such as the motorcycle anti-lock braking system (ABS), motorcycle stability control (MSC), and side view assist (pictured above) that were developed by its Japan-based Two Wheeler & Powersports Division.Both systems were displayed and demonstrated yesterday at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) during the Global NCAP #StopTheCrash campaign. You can check out our feature of the Bosch motorcycle ABS system demonstration we published yesterday.Presently, the ASEAN region sits as the world’s third largest motorcycle market, with Bosch highlighting the region’s rising demands for enhanced riding safety especially in emerging markets. With statistics indicating 21,000 fatal motorcycle accidents recorded annually in Indonesia and Thailand alone, it is easy to see why.Malaysia, on the other hand, has the third highest road traffic fatality rate in ASEAN. According to the World Health Organization’s records in 2015, around 18 road fatalities were recorded daily in Malaysia with more than 60% of which involving motorcycles. Simong-Song, Managing Director of Bosch receiving an award from David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP (far left) and Professor Dr. Wong Shaw Voon, Chairman of ASEAN-NCAP (middle).Pic Credit:Bosch Bosch motorcycle systems awarded with ASEAN NCAP Safety Technology award. According to Bosch, its accident research studies show that if every motorcycle is equipped with ABS, roughly one fourth of accidents could be prevented. Presently, motorcycle ABS has become mandatory equipment for all 125cc and larger bikes in the European Union. Examples include the  2016 Vespa Sprint ABS and Primavera ABS that were recently launched locally.Similar legislation will be enforced in Japan and Taiwan starting from 2018 and 2019 respectively.Presently, Bosch offers its new and compact ABS 10 suite that’s developed specifically to meet the requirements of emerging markets. The first new production motorcycle model to adopt it is the upcoming 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250/300 that’s slated to enter markets early next year.–Ads–last_img read more

Mayor in Austin to accept $3.4 million in grants

first_img Share By ABBEY KUNKLESpecial to the PRESSSince taking office just over a year ago, South Padre Island Mayor Barry Patel has emphasized the importance of improving sidewalks throughout the City. On Thursday, we was in Austin accepting a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant in the amount of $3,490,360, which is focused on construction of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects in Texas cities. The grant is awarded through the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).The City submitted their application back in May and were thrilled to be awarded the funds, which would be used to create a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly corridor along Padre Boulevard. A major part of the proposed project includes construction of 6-foot-wide contiguous sidewalks along the length of the Island from the Convention Centre at the north end of the Island to the south end at Isla Blanca Park.  In addition, widened bicycle lanes, along with increased signage, and handicap accessible intersection crossings along the boulevard will further improve accessibility for pedestrians throughout the Island.During his campaign and time in office, the mayor has been passionate about sidewalks, parks and Convention Centre renovations, all of which have come to fruition over this past year. He made a point to remind City staff to repair any areas posing safety risks to pedestrians and played a large part in encouraging City staff to pursue this grant.However, the Mayor gives credit to SPI City Staff and TxDOT for all efforts. He said, “We are very grateful to TxDOT and all their efforts to help make Padre Boulevard a safe pedestrian and bicycle route for the thousands of visitors and Island residents. The city staff, and especially Jesse Arriaga, Debra Carpenter and Darla Jones worked very hard in writing the grant application and for that, I am very grateful. With our beach nourishment, construction of a new park, newly renovated community center and Convention Centre renovations and 4 miles of new bike/walking lanes on Gulf Blvd, SPI is open for business and more welcoming for our present residents and newcomers.”Over the past couple years, the City has been extremely successful with obtaining grants with staff including Coastal Resources and Parks Administrator Reuben Treviño, who has obtained many grants for shoreline improvements, Transit Director Jesse Arriaga with the Multi Modal project, and Development Director Dr. Sungman Kim with the recent grant for the new City park.Grant writing consultant Peter A. Ravella has been brought on to help pursue RESTORE Act funding, which was created to distribute some $800 million in settlement funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill over the next 15 years, and he will focus his efforts on a marina project at Corral Street, land acquisition and ecotourism facilities near the Birding Center and Sea Turtle, Inc., and lastly, a land conservation and public access project near the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway.Mayor Patel added, “I will also be announcing early next year brand new projects that will further improve our Island.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedSafety, health reasons prompt sidewalk projectBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press Pedestrians’ awkward walk alternating between the edge of Highway 100 and the strip will soon be a thing of the past for the people of Port Isabel. The city received a grant from the UT Health System and an ordinance was approved for…October 23, 2014In “News”Looking forward: Patel plans for Island’s futureBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press February 26, 2015 South Padre Island Mayor Barry Patel gave a broad three to five year outlook on some of the goals and expectations he is hoping the city will meet at the most recent session of the SPI Chamber’s “Coffee and Conversation”…February 27, 2015In “News”Council considers raising taxes to fund projectsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The SPI City Council met Wednesday evening for their regular meeting. The Mayor celebrated the month of May with a proclamation recognizing May 2015 as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. Before delving into funding requests on the agenda, City Manager Bill DiLibero came…May 8, 2015In “News”last_img read more

UWF Drops Season Finale To West Georgia

first_imgUWF (5-6, 3-5 Gulf South Conference) finished with five victories in 2016, tying the most by a first-year Division 2 program over the last 10 years. Florida Tech and New Haven each won five games in their first seasons. UWF honored four seniors prior to the game and could return 20 starters and more than 70 other student-athletes when spring practice begins in March 2017. On Saturday, UWF finished with 138 yards of total offense. Graduate quarterback Kaleb Nobles surpassed the 3,000-yard mark with 72 yards on 11-of-23 passing. Freshman running back Chris Schwarz was the team’s leading rusher with 44 yards on nine carries. UWG scored on 11 of 14 possessions, including its first eight. The Wolves registered 21 points in the first quarter and 27 in the second for a 48-0 lead at the half. Full Schedule Roster  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img The Argonauts completed the ultra-competitive GSC season tied for sixth place after being tabbed eighth in the preseason coaches poll. UWF had three sellouts at Blue Wahoos Stadium and drew more than 31,000 fans to the downtown venue over five home dates. The 6,328 average attendance currently puts the program at 19th in the country. Each home game drew more than 6,000 with a football capacity of 6,288. PENSACOLA, Fla. – The UWF football team saw its inaugural season come to an end with a 69-0 loss to 2-time defending Super Region 2 champion West Georgia before 6,088 fans at Blue Wahoos Stadium Saturday. UWG (7-4, 4-4) showed why it was the preseason pick to win the GSC, collecting 336 yards on the ground and 225 through the air. The Wolves scored 31 points off six Nobles interceptions and were 9-of-9 inside the red zone.last_img read more

UWF Baseball Scrimmage vs. Northwest Florida State Postponed

first_imgThe Argonauts will play one away scrimmage this fall. The team will take a 20-minute trip to Pensacola State Oct. 23 for a 3:30 p.m. game to close the fall schedule. PENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF baseball’s Oct. 11 scrimmage vs. Northwest Florida State has been canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Michael. The game, which was slated to be hosted at Jim Spooner Field, may be rescheduled. An official decision is currently TBA.The Argos will next host Wallace CC – Dothan Oct. 16 at 3:30 at Jim Spooner Field. The Governors went 42-18 last year, finishing second in the regular season in the Alabama Community College Conference’s South Division. This year’s Argo squad features WCCD alums Daniel Floyd and Joey Bend as well as Dothan native Kirk Maddox. #ARGOS#  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img The Argos are coming off a 32-19 season last spring. The team went 19-6 at Jim Spooner Field and compiled a 19-10 GSC record, earning the 4-seed in the annual conference tournament. The Argos scored wins vs. West Georgia and Montevallo but could not advance past the tournament’s opening round. To stay updated on UWF baseball, follow the team on Twitter @UWF_Baseball. For information on all UWF athletics, visit read more

French racism cost me Euro 2016 spot, says Benzema

first_imgReal Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, said he was denied the chance to play for France in the Euro 2016 this month because of his Algerian origins, reports Reuters.The French Football Federation denied the accusation, but Benzema’s comments, published just nine days before France hosts the tournament, have deepened a row about alleged racism in a national team once seen as a model for ethnic integration.Last week, Eric Cantona accused coach Didier Deschamps of omitting Benzema and another French-born football†player of North African descent, Hatem Ben Arfa, because of their foreign roots.Deschamps’ lawyer said he planned to sue Cantona for slander. The two have a longstanding rivalry since the mid-1990s when Deschamps replaced Cantona as France’s captain and led the team to World Cup and Euro successes in 1998 and 2000.Benzema is under investigation over an alleged plot to blackmail a teammate, something Prime Minister Manuel Valls said made him unfit to play for the national team. Benzema said his legal problems were being used as an excuse to drop him from the squad.They said I couldn’t be picked, but on a sporting level I don’t understand and, on a legal level, I’ve not been convicted and I’m presumed innocent,î he told Spanish sports magazine Marca.last_img read more

Boy wonder – Teenager Kean scores 2 as Juventus beat Udinese 4-1 in Serie A

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP): Despite resting Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of their crucial Champions League match, Juventus romped to a 4-1 victory over Udinese yesterday with teenager Moise Kean scoring twice. Kean, who received a standing ovation when he was replaced late, also won a penalty, which was converted by Emre Can. Blaise Matuidi added the final goal as Juventus extended their lead in Serie A to 19 points. With Juventus needing to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday in their round-of-16 Champions League match against the Spaniards, Massimiliano Allegri rested a number of key players. The 19-year-old Kean was handed his first league start of the season, having played just a handful of minutes in two substitute appearances, and he certainly staked his claim for more time. Kean netted his first in the 11th minute by sliding to prod home Alex Sandro’s cross. He doubled his tally shortly before half-time, showing a fantastic burst of pace and feinting as if to cross before beating the goalkeeper at the near post. The goal brought Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala, who were on the substitutes’ bench, to their feet in admiration. Kean almost bagged a hat-trick in the second half, but was brought down by Nicholas Opoku, and Can fired the resulting penalty straight down the middle. Juventus had not scored more than three goals in a match this season, but they got a fourth in the 71st when Matuidi headed in Rodrigo Bentancur’s cross from the right. Kevin Lasagna netted a late consolation for Udinese.last_img read more

ICC chief congratulates Aussie women

first_imgICC Chief Executive David Richardson has congratulated Cricket West Indies for a fantastic ICC Women’s World T20 2018 that saw unprecedented attendances across three venues.“On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate Cricket West Indies for organising a tournament that proved to be a celebration of cricket. The crowds came out in thousands to watch and the tournament displayed the love people in this part of the world have for the game.“We saw some memorable performances and milestones being achieved and I would like to thank all the teams for putting up their best and showing the world what women’s cricket is all about. The ICC is committed to backing both women’s cricket and the T20 format and this tournament has played a significant part in that,” Mr Richardson said.“This tournament has been watched around the world and I’m sure the quality of cricket displayed during the tournament will inspire girls across continents to pick up a bat or a ball and play cricket,” he added.Mr. Richardson, who watched Saturday’s final between Australia and England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, also acknowledged the sponsors for the event.“The ICC would also like to thank the sponsors for their backing of the event as well as Star, our global broadcast partner which plays such a significant role in growing the women’s game and taking coverage of this event to more than 200 territories around the world.“Finally I’d like to thank the ground staff for handling every challenge that came up during the tournament. It would not have been possible to put up such a wonderful tournament without their support.”last_img read more