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Videoconferencing Technologies and How It Challenges the Fundamental Tenets of Our Criminal Justice System in Canada

Since the onset of COVID-19 and the requirements for physical distancing, the Canadian court system has been criticized for being archaic, outdated, out of touch with the modern era and too deeply traditional. Most commentators have vigorously pushed for our criminal courts to utilize videoconferencing technologies to deliver justice – arguing that using videoconferencing technology platforms to conduct court business will be more beneficial to Canadians, ease the growing backlog of cases, reduc...
Tags: Florida, UK, England, Texas, Law, Wales, California, US, Canada, Missouri, Smith, Criminal Justice, Legal Technology, Ontario, Walsh, Moore

Here are five ways the government could have avoided 100,000 Covid deaths | Devi Sridhar

The UK needs to learn from the lessons of the past year and come up with a concrete plan to avert a disastrous third wave Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageYesterday Britain passed a grim milestone. A further 1,631 deaths from Covid-19 were recorded, taking the official tally above 100,000, though data from the Office for National Statistics suggests the total number will now be nearer 120,000. In a Downing Street briefing, Boris Johnson has said his government did ever...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Australia, Singapore, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Taiwan, Britain, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Finland, Boris Johnson

'Impossible to work': readers on potential impact of hotel quarantining

Three people explain the impact of expected new restrictions costing travellers £1,000 for 10-day staysThe government is expected to announce new travel restrictions this week, including a possible quarantine period in a hotel for those arriving in the UK. Ten-day stays are likely to cost the traveller more than £1,000.Three people have spoken about their reasons for flying abroad, and how they feel about new UK travel restrictions that may come into place. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Society, UK News, Coronavirus

UK diplomats told to cut up to 70% from overseas aid budget

Officials have just weeks to slash costs, prompting fears that speed of cuts could ‘cost lives’British diplomats have been instructed to find at least 50% cuts in UK overseas aid in the next six weeks in advance of the next financial year, the Labour party has said.Sarah Champion, the chair of parliament’s international development select committee, said: “Our ambassadors have today been instructed by the Foreign Office to cut 50-70% from the aid budget.” Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Labour, Aid, Global development, Foreign, Sarah, Foreign Office, Dominic Raab, Commonwealth and Development Office

UK must cancel poor countries' debt or face Covid-19 'financial tsunami'

International development committee tells government that pandemic and foreign aid cuts fuelling poverty and food insecurityBillions of dollars of debt owed by poor countries must be permanently cancelled in order to stave off a “looming financial tsunami” caused by Covid-19 and the ensuing global recession, a cross-party committee of MPs has warned.Debt relief will not be enough to help the world’s most vulnerable economies as they face skyrocketing levels of hunger and unemployment, according ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, House Of Commons, Aid, Global development, Foreign, Debt relief, COVID, Commonwealth and Development Office

Time to Vote: Pick the Startup Alley Finalists for ABA TECHSHOW 2021

We need your vote! You can help pick the legal technology startups that will be selected for the fifth-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2021. Fifteen companies will be selected to face off in a virtual pitch competition that will be the opening event of this year’s TECHSHOW. In November, we issued a call for entries. From all the entries we received, a panel of judges narrowed the applications down to 25. Now your votes will select the final 15. The 15 startups with the most votes will get t...
Tags: UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Singapore, Uncategorized, US, Eu, Fbi, Chicago, Pandora, Connecticut, Microsoft Office

Teenage asylum seeker in UK wins legal battle over 'unlawful' age assessment

Boy arrived from Sudan when he was 15 but was judges by Wirral council to be aged 20A Sudanese teenager who sought asylum in the UK as an unaccompanied child when he was 15 but was judged by the authorities to be 20 has won a legal battle against the council which was found to have “unlawfully” assessed his age.The boy, who is now 17 and cannot be identified for legal reasons, fled his village in western Darfur aged 11 having become separated from his parents during attacks by the Janjaweed Arab...
Tags: UK, England, Children, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Sudan, Libya, Darfur

The information warriors fighting 'robot zombie army' of coronavirus sceptics

The Anti-Virus website takes on figures like Toby Young and Allison Pearson - and its creators think it has them on the runCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSometimes, Stuart Ritchie feels like he’s being pursued by an army of smiley faces. The lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, is not delusional: instead, and somewhat to his surprise, he is on the frontline of a coronavirus information war.The emojis often dec...
Tags: Twitter, UK, London, Media, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Allison Pearson, King, Stuart Ritchie, Toby Young, Coronavirus

English and Scottish get drunk most often, 25-nation survey finds

Average of more than 33 times last year is more than twice the rate of several other nationalitiesThe English and Scottish have topped an international league table of how often people get so drunk that they lose their balance and slur their speech.The Global Drugs Survey (GDS) for 2020 suggests the UK’s drink problem is far more dangerous than use of any other drug. More than 5% of people under 25 in the UK reported having sought hospital treatment after getting drunk, compared with a global av...
Tags: Health, UK, Drugs, Alcohol, Society, UK News, Global Drugs Survey GDS

Covid leaves Boris Johnson with an expensive 'levelling down' problem

The prime minister’s promise to level up the UK north will be four times more difficult, warns thinktankCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe economic impact of Covid will leave Boris Johnson’s government with a costly “double challenge” to level-up the north and Midlands while protecting the affluent towns and cities in southern England suffering most job losses, according to a report.Warning that the prime minister’s election promise to rebalance Britain’s lopsided ec...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, England, Economics, Society, UK News, Poverty, Britain, Unemployment, Airline Industry, Job losses, Boris Johnson, Midlands, Centre for Cities, Hospitality Industry

Uncertainty over 12-week Covid jab interval intensifies as UK rollout expands

More vaccination centres open as experts call for monitoring of effect of lengthy gap between jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts have called for greater clarity about the monitoring in place to assess the 12-week dosing interval for Covid vaccines, as the UK’s vaccination programme ramps up.According to government data released on Sunday, a total of 6,353,321 people in the UK have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. A further slew of vaccination ce...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus

UK vaccine adviser says delay of Covid second dose will save lives

JCVI deputy chair defends extended gap between jabs as Hancock warns end of restrictions ‘long way off’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA representative of the UK’s vaccine advisory committee has defended its decision to delay a second dose, saying it will “save many lives”, as the health secretary, Matt Hancock, warned lifting restrictions was “a long, long way off”.Prof Anthony Harnden of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said the evidence wa...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock, JCVI, Coronavirus, Anthony Harnden

'The air reeks of invisible danger': an extract from Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic

In this extract from her new book Breathtaking, palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke reveals the pressure and pain of splitting her time between hospice patients and hospital Covid wardsRachel Clarke Q&A: ‘NHS staff are burning with frustration and grief at this second wave’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn January 2020, novel coronaviruses are nowhere on my mind. Like everyone working in the NHS, I am steeled for a home-grown catastrophe. For no matter how many pati...
Tags: Health, UK, Germany, Society, NHS, Doctors, Clarke, Autobiography and memoir, Rachel Clarke, Society books, Coronavirus

The pandemic one year on: 100,000 dead in the UK from coronavirus

The UK is set to reach a grim milestone by the end of January after a year of missed opportunities has led to one of the worst Covid-19 fatality rates in the worldThe World Health Organization begins tracking the disease we now call Covid-19. On 14 January it finds its first case outside China, in Thailand. Human-to-human transmission seems likely, and on 30 January WHO warns this is a “public health emergency of international concern” – the highest level of alert that WHO can issue. Continue re...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, China, Society, UK News, World news, Thailand, Who, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus, COVID

I’ve had my first vaccine jab. It gives me hope of liberation... but not yet

Exactly a year after his first story about coronavirus, our science editor received the Pfizer injection last week. Here he reflects on a remarkable scientific achievementCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageI marked a grim anniversary in an unexpected manner last week. On 18 January last year, I wrote my first story about a mysterious disease that had struck Wuhan, in China, and which was now spreading around the world. More than two million individuals have since died of...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, China, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Wuhan

After Covid, will digital learning be the new normal?

Schools have embraced apps and remote classes in the past year. Some see benefits in virtual learning but others fear the impact on disadvantaged children and privatisation by stealthHistory is likely to record that Britain’s teachers were better prepared for Covid-19 than government ministers. With cases rising in Europe, 14 schools in England had already closed their gates by the end of February 2020. When senior staff at Barham primary school began drawing up contingency plans on 26 February,...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, England, Technology, Education, Microsoft, Society, Britain, Social exclusion, Schools, Barham, Coronavirus, COVID

UK asylum seekers told claims at risk if they ‘misbehave’

Call for Home Office to act after private contractors tell people their applications will be jeopardised for speaking out, going on hunger strikes or complaining about foodPeople held at temporary Home Office refugee camps are being threatened that their asylum claims will be harmed if they “misbehave”, according to testimony from site residents.A series of statements from asylum seekers inside the camps, anonymised to protect them from possible reprisals, allege they have been told by staff emp...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Inequality, Priti Patel

Doctors call for shorter gap between Pfizer Covid vaccine doses in UK

British Medical Council warns current 12-week wait could reduce effectiveness of the jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe gap between the first and second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine must be reduced to ensure the vaccine is effective, senior doctors have warned.Currently patients wait about three months to get their second dose. Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, said this was a “public health decision” to get the first jab...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Doctors, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty, British Medical Council

Summer holidays cancelled? UK faces big decision on border

Stricter controls appear likely, with government’s approach in stark contrast to that during first Covid waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSlumped on the sofa after another day of home schooling, many families will have longingly eyed adverts for getaways: sun, sandy beaches and glittering pools, a much-needed reward after a year in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.But ministers are becoming increasingly concerned they may have to ask the British public to sac...
Tags: Travel, Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Home Office, Health policy, Boris Johnson

Covid vaccines: what are the implications of new variants of virus?

UK, South Africa and Brazil variants indicate changes may be neededCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn common with others, the virus that causes Covid-19 mutates as it spreads. Most mutations have little or no effect, but some can change the behaviour of the virus. Mutations in a variant found in the UK in September has helped the virus spread more easily and potentially more dangerously. Further changes in variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil may help the ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Brazil, UK South Africa, Coronavirus

Low-paid workers in UK more than twice as likely to lose job in pandemic

Job opportunities increasing for higher-paid staff in sign of growing inequalityThe UK’s lowest-paid workers are more than twice as likely to have lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic than higher-paid employees, according to a study revealing rising inequality amid the crisis.The Institute for Employment Studies said one in 20 low-paid workers had fallen out of a job in each quarter since the pandemic struck – equivalent to 250,000 workers across Britain – compared with one in 50 of those...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Economics, Society, UK News, Britain, Unemployment, Economic policy, Job losses, Low, Rishi Sunak, Institute for Employment Studies

Jeff Katz obituary

Corporate investigator who rejected dubious tactics and agents to shine a light on foul playJeff Katz, who has died aged 74 from a heart attack, played a key role in changes to the corporate investigation business, first at Kroll Associates, then at Bishop International.Long before the Leveson inquiry, and as far back as the early 1970s, there have been prosecutions in the UK for phone hacking and blagging of information involving small-time private investigators, some of them working on behalf ...
Tags: Business, UK, Crime, Law, US, UK criminal justice, International criminal justice, Serious Fraud Office, US crime, Organised Crime, Katz, Leveson, Kroll Associates, Jeff Katz, Bishop International Long

Bell-ringing and air-punching as Covid jabs begin in Whalley Range

Cricket club turned vaccine hub in south Manchester welcomes its first excited customers Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Aneet Kapoor had not slept a wink when he arrived at Whalley Range cricket and tennis club at 7am on Thursday. “It was the excitement that kept me awake,” said the pharmacist, who has spent the last six weeks working dawn to dusk to turn the clubhouse into south Manchester’s latest vaccination centre. “I just couldn’t wait to start.”Around 200 peop...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Vaccines and immunisation, Kapoor, Sunil, Whalley Range, Coronavirus, Aneet Kapoor

The Geek in Review Ep. 102 – Nicole Morris on Emory Law Schools TI:GER Innovation Conference

Nicole Morris is the Director of the TI:GER Program and Professor in Practice for Emory Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. She joins the podcast to discuss the upcoming TI:GER Innovation Conference on January 28, 2021. This free (yes FREE!) online conference on “Advancing Equity in Innovation” is focused on addressing the needs of women and people of color in technology. Not just legal technology, but the overall scope of issues affecting them from STEM education, to Patents, and to the lack of Ven...
Tags: Apple, Podcast, UK, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington Post, Uncategorized, US, Atlanta, Diversity, Finland, Emory, Houston, University Of California Berkeley, University Of California

Teenagers can 'catch' moods from friends, study finds

UK study investigates impact of individuals’ moods within shared social network Teenagers can “catch” moods from their friends and negative moods appear to be more contagious than positive, a study has found.The study by Oxford and Birmingham universities investigates “emotional contagion” among teenagers, to see the impact of individuals’ moods within a shared social network. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Children, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Oxford, Birmingham

UK reports 1,820 more Covid deaths, the most recorded in one day

Britain records biggest ever daily increase for second day in a row, as new cases rise sharplyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe daily number of coronavirus deaths has reached 1,820, the highest since the pandemic began.The number of new cases rose sharply to 38,905, after initially falling earlier in the week, which prompted hopes that lockdown restrictions were working. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Britain, Coronavirus

David Perry QC quits prosecution of Hong Kong activists

British barrister was called ‘mercenary’ by UK foreign secretary for taking on case against pro-democracy figuresThe British QC hired to run the prosecution of senior Hong Kong activists, including the media mogul Jimmy Lai, has pulled out of the case after widespread pressure, the territory’s government has said.David Perry QC had been instructed by the Hong Kong justice department to prosecute 76-year-old Lai and eight others including the democracy figure Martin Lee and the veteran activist L...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Human Rights, Protest, Law, World news, Asia Pacific, Lai, David Perry, Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee, Lee Cheuk

Landmark hearing to examine handling of domestic abuse cases by UK courts

Family lawyers hope test appeals involving allegations of partner rape and coercive control will help update approach of family courtsA landmark hearing in the court of appeal is under way to examine how cases of domestic abuse are handled by judges in the family courts.It concerns four conjoined appeals which feature allegations including marital or partner rape and coercive control, which emerged during private proceedings to address disputes centred on access to children. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Society, UK News, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault, Women's rights and gender equality

Rebels aim to insert genocide amendment in UK-China trade bill

UK court would determine whether China is committing genocide against Uighurs if measure passedThe government is struggling to contain a potential backbench rebellion over its China policy after the Conservative Muslim Forum, the International Bar Association (IBA), and the prime minister’s former envoy on freedom of religious belief backed a move to give the UK courts a say in determining whether countries are committing genocide.The measure is due in the Commons on Tuesday when the trade bill ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, China, Religion, UK News, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Islam, Xinjiang, UK China, Trade Policy, Uighurs

British Virgin Islands' governor launches inquiry into alleged corruption

Gus Jaspert’s extraordinary step comes amid claims of a climate of fear in the UK overseas territoryAllegations of widespread political corruption, misuse of taxpayer’s money and a climate of fear in the British Virgin Islands have led its governor to take the extraordinary step of establishing an independent judge-led inquiry into the claims.Gus Jaspert, the British-appointed BVI governor, with the personal backing of the UK prime minister, has established a commission of inquiry to investigate...
Tags: Business, UK, Law, Americas, UK News, World news, Tax Avoidance, Corporate Governance, British Virgin Islands, BVI, Gus Jaspert, Gary Hickinbottom, Jaspert, Andrew Fahie

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