Grieve alarmed by ‘trial by Google’

first_img‘Trial by Google’ offends fundamental principles of the English legal system, undermining trials and open justice, the attorney general has warned. Dominic Grieve spoke last night highlighting the dangers posed to fair trials due to the growth of the internet, but he argued that the law of contempt is ‘adaptable and resilient’ in the face of the challenges of technology. Giving a lecture at Kent University, he asked: ‘How does a legal regime framed when the internet was but a gleam in the eye of Tim Berners-Lee cope when faced with the flow of information that now forms the fabric of our culture? ‘More specifically, what does the internet mean for our system of trial by jury? ‘Is the trial process equipped, or even able, to regulate the information that jurors receive? How can we be sure that jurors decide their cases on the basis of the evidence they hear – and not what they looked up on their smartphones on the bus on the way to court?’ Grieve described the internet as a ‘champion of freedom’, but also ‘a haystack of material, scattered with the odd prejudicial needle’ that could have an adverse impact on the trials. ‘Trial by Google allows a juror to locate the haystack, find the needle, pull it out and ascribe significance to it that it simply would never have had otherwise. It takes a minor risk and turns it into a major risk,’ he said. In doing so, he said trial by Google offends some ‘foundational principles’ of the legal system. Conviction or acquittal based on evidence adduced in court, in accordance with rules of evidence, subject to judicial supervision, is replaced. ‘The jury will no longer be able to deliver a verdict based solely on the evidence adduced before them; the role of the judge has been usurped, the defendant’s right to a fair trial is prejudiced,’ he said. The principle of open justice allows the defendant, the public, the victim and the prosecution to know the evidence in the case, and enables that evidence to be challenged and scrutinsed. Trial by Google, said Grieve, undermines this. Not only will the evidence on which a defendant is convicted or acquitted unknown, but parties are denied the opportunity to challenge the evidence which the jury itself has gathered using the internet. Grieve’s comments were made on the day that the Crown Prosecution Service revealed that it had dealt with around 40 cases where it was alleged that crimes had been committed using social media sites.last_img read more

UWP outlines plan for economic recovery

first_imgLocalNews UWP outlines plan for economic recovery by: – July 26, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share 17 Views   2 comments Tweetcenter_img Share Share Opposition Leader, Hector John (file photo)The United Workers Party (UWP), Dominica’s main opposition party, has outlined its plan for the country’s economic recovery.Opposition Leader, Hector John, outlined this vision in his rebuttal address to the 2013/2014 national budget on Friday, 26th July in the House of Assembly.These key initiatives which he said “will definitely” change the economic landscape in Dominica, includes the provision of concessionary and venture capital financing to private sector amounting to about $15 million, the reformation of corporate tax, fiscal incentives and VAT in order to free up business cash flow and revitalize the private sector. “The establishment of Dominica Trade and Investment Corporation, this new corporation will replace DEXIA and assume the roles of Invest Dominica, thus this will involve the establishment of a full-fledged trade facilitation and promotion offices in Martinique, Guadeloupe, Antigua and the USVI,” Mr John said.His party, if elected, would purchase an appropriate vessel and aircraft for ensuring that the logistics for exporting our fresh produce and manufactured produce are in place and adequate, as well as establish Dominica’s first business incubator in Roseau. The UWP will also implement a national high school and state college entrepreneurship scholarship program which would lead to new start-up and immediate job by time of graduation. This he said is expected to lead to approximately 250 new jobs a year.Mr John further highlighted “some tangible, solid proposals” which his party believes will also lead to economic recovery.These tangible proposals includes the establishment of a state of the art juicing processing plant in the west coast and the upgrade and or allocation of one of the existing water bottling plants.It also includes the establishment of a high value boutique style agro-tourism chocolate plant in the Layou area, the establishment of a root crop processing facility and the revitalization of the bay oil industry in Delices and Petit Savanne.According to Mr John, the UWP will provide direct support to facilitate and alleviate the economic pressure which hotel industries are facing as well as direct support to enterprises and individuals in the cultural industries.He explained that his party will place great emphasis on good governance as this is the foundation of any thriving democracy.“No one should be disenfranchised and absolutely no one should be allowed to frustrate that process. We believe that the rights and freedom of every citizen should be respected as we pursue happiness”. As a result, the UWP will ensure that voter ID cards become a reality, that there is a cleansing and revising of the voter’s list, a fixed date for election, campaign financing reform and constitutional amendment for two terms maximum for any one prime minister.They will also strengthen parliamentary committees like the Public Accounts Committee and the Integrity in Public Office Commission.Mr John noted that his party is “proud of its records for standing on the side of the constitution by taking up electoral reform and the court matters” because this has “certainly made Dominicans more aware of their rights under the constitution”. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Malzahn expects Spurrier to have Gamecocks ready

first_imgAUBURN – Gus Malzahn may believe in South Carolina far more than Steve Spurrier does.The Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3 SEC) haven’t shown anything in the last month to suggest they can beat fifth-ranked Auburn (5-1, 2-1), but Malzahn believes the ol’ ball coach will have his team ready Saturday.“He’s a great competitor,” Malzahn said. “He’s one of the better coaches to ever come through the SEC. You know he’ll have his team ready. I told our players this the other day, like I said, they were ranked in the top 10 to start the season for a reason. They’ve won 11 games, what, two or three years straight. They’ve got good players. We expect to get their best.”[youtube has the utmost respect and admiration for Spurrier. He wears a visor because of him. Fell in love with his style of play going back to Spurrier’s ‘Fun ‘n Gun” offense at Florida. Wishes he had a golf game like Spurrier, too.“He’s better than I am,” Malzahn said to the amusement of reporters Tuesday. “I don’t like that.”Spurrier is probably wishing they were playing 18 holes Saturday instead of four quarters at Jordan-Hare Stadium. South Carolina is a 17.5-point underdog.“Weve got to play our A-game, bring our A-game and see if we can get break or two,” Spurrier said during his Tuesday press conference in Columbia. “And see what happens at Auburn on Saturday night.”Auburn has been simmering for two weeks after losing at now No. 1 Mississippi State. The Tigers can’t afford another loss if they want to play for a conference and national title. So Spurrier can be certain the Gamecocks are going to get Auburn’s best.Malzahn admires Spurrier, but he’s studied him, too. With two weeks to prepare, he’s going to have the Tigers ready for this one. South Carolina is 89th nationally in run defense (181.7 yards allowed per game), which doesn’t bode well against Auburn’s read-option running game. The Tigers are averaging 262 yards to rank 13th in country in rushing.[youtube Spurrier is 0-5 against Auburn as a head coach at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are 1-9-1 all-time versus the Tigers. I love Spurrier’s wit, charm and coaching ability, but this is a tall order for him to overcome.This is when he has been at his best, but South Carolina doesn’t looked like a team capable of rising to the moment to beat a formidable team even with Spurrier on the sidelines.“You got to believe you’ve got a chance if your team plays very well,” Spurrier said. “So we’re going with the idea that we’re going to get in a battle with them. We know we’ve got to play well offensively, defensively and on special teams. Hopefully they’ll drop the ball a little bit. Something good like that will happen for us.”The reason South Carolina was ranked ninth in the preseason AP poll is because it won 11 games in each of the last three seasons. Even though the Gamecocks hadn’t won an SEC title, it seemed primed to achieve that goal this year.Somehow it got lost the Gamecocks lost their most talented player — defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Say what you want about his desire or playing cautious to stay healthy for the NFL, but Clowney going at 80 percent was better than anyone else on the team going 100. So that was a much bigger loss than anyone cared to admit.On top of that, the Gamecocks lost starting quarterback Connor Shaw and 2013 leading receiver Bruce Ellington. Plus they had more holes to fill on defense outside of having to replace the eventual top overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.So when Texas A&M came to Columbia where South Carolina had won 18 games in a row, 19 looked to be money in the bank. Johnny Manziel was now in the NFL. This Kenny Hill guy couldn’t beat the Gamecocks in their home stadium, right?Then Hill just beat South Carolina like a drum. He threw for a school-record 511 yards and three touchdowns in leading Aggies to what was then considered an upset victory The win has decreased in value because of how the Gamecocks done since.Now beating No. 6 Georgia was big. Even though the Bulldogs will forever second guess not giving Todd Gurley the ball in the red zone late in the game, that was a typically Spurrier win. So at that time, I thought the Gamecocks were about to get it going.Then I watched the Vanderbilt game.South Carolina was down 14-0 in the first quarter and gave up two kickoffs for touchdowns to the SEC’s worst team. The Gamecocks wound up winning, 48-34, but it just wasn’t a good showing – and things haven’t gotten any better.South Carolina has lost its last two conference games with one coming against traditional SEC bottom dweller Kentucky. The Wildcats are much improved, but South Carolina hadn’t lost more than two games in each of its previous three seasons.The Gamecocks dropped to 3-3 after that defeat. They beat FCS school Furman last week, but that’s not a season-turning win.Beating Auburn would be. I honestly thought by this time in the season, South Carolina would be on a roll. The Gamecocks are from that, but if there is one coach who can pull off the upset when no one thinks he can, it’s the ol ball coach.“We’re going to give it our best shot and see what happens,” Spurrier said.So Malzahn has reason to be concerned.last_img read more

Kohli’s India boast firepower to make World Cup charge

first_imgIndia boast the game’s undoubted superstar batsman in Virat Kohli but their bowling attack could hold the key to their hopes of World Cup glory.Despite their status as the game’s global powerhouse, India have only won the showpiece tournament twice, in 1983 and 2011.But Kohli’s men, second behind England in the one-day international rankings, will start the tournament in England and Wales among the favourites alongside the host nation and defending champions Australia.For all the focus on captain Kohli, the number one batsman in the world in the 50-over format and Test cricket, the ability of India’s seamers to exploit the conditions could be the most important factor.Jasprit Bumrah, the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world, leads the pace battery alongside Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya.Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal add variety to India’s attack.Former India skipper Rahul Dravid believes the tournament could be a high-scoring affair.“I believe, having experienced some of the conditions in England last year with the A-team tour, it would be a high-scoring World Cup,” he told Star Sports.“And in a high-scoring World Cup, having bowlers who can take wickets in the middle will be very important. I think India is lucky in that regard.“People like (Jasprit) Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal…. (India have) got bowlers who can take wickets.”The 25-year-old Bumrah, with his ability to bowl yorkers at the death, has picked up 85 wickets in 49 ODI matches since making his international debut in January 2016.Yadav and Chahal did not have a great Indian Premier League season but have played an important role in India’s recent successes.And former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar told AFP that the spin twins could have a crucial role to play for India, who kick off their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.“In T20 cricket if you don’t have anything in the pitch for these spinners then the batsmen, by slogging them, have a tendency to get the better of these guys,” he said.“In the 50-over World Cup, in the middle stages, that kind of pressure won’t be there on these two guys.”Kohli, 30, has scored more than 19,000 runs across all formats of the international game and shone during India’s tour of England last year, despite defeats in the Test and ODI series for the visitors.But the rest of the batting line-up appears far from settled, with Lokesh Rahul and all-rounder Vijay Shankar vying for the number four spot after Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli in the top three positions.Kedar Jadhav and M.S. Dhoni are expected to form the core of the middle order.“I don’t think the Indian batting looks settled. Virat Kohli is the only guy that gets me very excited,” said Manjrekar, who admitted Dhoni’s IPL form had been good.All-rounders Pandya and Shankar will also be crucial to India’s chances of making the final four in the round-robin event.An attacking middle-order batsman, a medium-fast bowler and quick in the field, Pandya has the abilty to turn games single-handedly.The 25-year-old Pandya, who earlier this year was suspended over sexist remarks on a TV chat show, is fresh from winning the IPL title with Mumbai Indians and keen to focus his energies on his first 50-over World Cup.“There is no one even close to Hardik Pandya’s talent with both bat and ball,” former India opener Virender Sehwag told cricketnext website.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more