Lawyers Seek to Avoid Jury Trial

first_imgFollowing claims and counter claims over government lawyers influencing members of a jury to bring down a verdict in their favor, defense lawyers are gradually avoiding their cases from being decided by jurors.Juror tampering is a criminal offense characterized by attempts to influence members of a jury by means other than evidence and arguments presented in court, according to a legal expert.“This act should be a considerable concern for the legal system,” the expert warned, adding, “The goal of holding a trial is to provide people with a fair, honest and complete hearing with a jury that decides the case on the basis of information presented in court.” To make their decision interesting, last Monday, lawyers representing four former employees of the Liberia Coco-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC) accused of stealing over US$1.8 million openly informed Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ that they waved their clients rights under the law to be tried by a jury.At Monday’s hearing, Judge Gbeneweleh granted the defense team’s request after a member of the prosecution team, Cllr. Theophilus Gould, gave no objection.Another instance is the ongoing US$6 million Private Use Permit case, at the same Criminal Court ‘C,” where lawyers representing four dismissed senior managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), and a senior surveyor at the Ministry of Land, Mines and Energy (MLME) avoided jury trial.Meanwhile the court had recruited several individuals to serve as jurors, who will be paid by taxpayers’ money even if they did not hear a single case for the 42 days for which they were selected to serve as jurors.According to the expert, the result of jury tampering is a false verdict or mistrial both of which, he said, “are costly for the legal system and delay justice in the case at hand.”He indicated that there were numerous ways that people can try to influence jurors. “These include bribes threats, and unauthorized communications.”He added, “Juror tampering can come from attorneys, defendants, plaintiffs, and members of the public with an interest in the case.” He also advised that if a juror is approached by someone, who is attempting to engage in juror tampering or has reason to believe that another juror is involved in tampering, it must be reported.“If jurors are tampered with, and this is not identified in time, this could have an influence on the verdict that would result in a miscarriage of justice,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trackers selling 50/50 tickets this weekend to raise funds for provincials

first_imgThe N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers are continuing their fundraising efforts for provincials tomorrow as they will be selling 50/50 tickets. Tickets will be sold at various locations for five dollars each.There are 1,200 tickets left to be sold and the prize currently is around $7,000. If the tickets sell out the winning prize will be $10,000.Tickets will be sold from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Totem Mall, the B.C. Liquor Store and the Pomeroy Sport Centre.- Advertisement –last_img

Insurance companies accused of ripping off loyal customers

first_imgInsurance companies in Ireland have been accused of ripping off loyal customers by using big data to single out vulnerable buyers.According to the Irish Independent, several insurers in this market are using so-called dual-pricing software to identify customers who they can overcharge.Regulators in Britain have threatened to fine insurers engaged in the practice which sees loyal customers paying higher prices when they renew home and motor cover. A spokesperson for the regulators refused to answer when it was put to them that dual pricing is a consumer protection issue.Asked if it had any plans to probe Irish insurers over dual pricing, the Central Bank here would only say it will consider the work being undertaken by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and any further output.A report compiled by leading consultancy to Irish insurance companies, Milliman, states: “Several Irish insurers and brokers have embedded price optimisation algorithms within their pricing.”All insurance companies in this market were surveyed. Most refused to say if they engaged in dual pricing. A series of detailed questions was put to them.RSA had no comment, and both Axa and AIG denied engaging in dual pricing.Zurich had no comment on its pricing, while Liberty Ireland insisted it was fair to new and existing customers.FBD admitted it had “invested heavily in analytics to enable competitive great value pricing for consumers and an excellent level of cover as standard”. It insisted it was fully compliant with the Central Bank’s consumer protection code.Aviva insisted it tries to minimise price volatility for customers at renewal. Allianz said it would not comment on whether it used price optimisation software as “this is commercially sensitive information”.Insurance companies accused of ripping off loyal customers was last modified: July 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2015 Proficiency award winners part II

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Accounting – Blake Campbell, Waterford FFAAgricultural Education – Natalie Miller, Miami Trace FFAAgricultural Communications – Sarah Hunker, Bellevue FFAAgricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Wyatt Downard, Preble Shawnee FFAAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Entrepreneurship – Zach Hasting, Covington FFAAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Placement – Kevin Daubenmire, Zane Trace FFAAgricultural Processing – Maggie Hovermale, Westfall FFAAgriscience Integrated Systems Research – Drake Moore, Anthony Wayne FFAAgricultural Sales Entrepreneurship – Kelsey Kirchner, Miami East MVCTC FFAAgricultural Sales Placement – Collin Dunaway, Felicity Franklin FFAAgricultural Services – Dakota McKee, Ridgemont FFAAgriscience Animal Systems Research – Shelby Griffith, Georgetown FFABeef Production Entrepreneurship – Molly Cleveland, Old Fort FFABeef Production Placement – Nick Erf, Bellevue FFADairy Production Entrepreneurship – Demi Dovin, Firelands FFADairy Production Placement – Katerri Schmitmeyer, Versailles FFADiversified Agricultural Production – Clay Gerfen, Ridgemont FFADiversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship – Evan Schaefer, Miami Trace FFADiversified Crop Production Placement – Sam Robertson, Buckeye Central FFADiversified Horticulture – Amanda Seger, Fort Loramie FFADiversified Livestock Production – Nole Gerfan, Ridgemont FFAEmerging Agricultural Technology – Nathan Teeters, Miami East MVCTC FFAEnvironmental Science and Natural Resources Management – Jonathan Burgan, Ridgewood FFAEquine Science Entrepreneurship – Clayton Fisher, Cardington FFAEquine Science Placement – Elysse Shafer, Clear Fork Valley FFAlast_img read more

If Not Nano, Then What? Apple Looks at Budget iPhone

first_imgRelated Posts The week started off with rumors that Apple was planning to “launch a smaller, more affordable iPhone – an iPhone Nano, if you will.” The rumors were largely a result of reports in Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, but now The New York Times has come along to squash them. According to an article in today’s Times, “contrary to published reports, Apple is not currently developing a smaller iPhone, according to people briefed on Apple’s plans who requested anonymity because the plans are confidential.”The Times’ sources say there are a number of reasons that Apple is not looking to introduce a smaller version of the iPhone, not the least of which being that the smaller size wouldn’t necessarily result in a cheaper iPhone. The smaller size would also cause trouble for app developers, who have enjoyed uniformity of screen size across iPhones, as compared to Android developers who have to deal with a variety of devices. The Time does say, however, that Apple is looking to lower the cost by using different components. “Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to offer a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary,” said the Times’ source, who has worked on multiple versions of the device.What will the company do then? Tags:#Apple#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Another senior Apple executive said during a private meeting recently that it did not make sense for the company to make multiple iPhone models, noting that Apple would stick with its practice of dropping the price of older models when it introduced a new one.The iPhone 3GS is now available for $49 with a two-year contract that helps subsidize the price of the device in the United States.As part of its effort to find new customers for the iPhone, Apple plans to make it easier to operate the device through voice commands, removing an obstacle for people who do not like using a virtual keyboard, said another person with knowledge of Apple’s plans.So what does this all boil down to? iPhone Nano? Nope. But perhaps we’ll see a version of the iPhone with even less memory for a lower cost. An iPhone Cloud, if you will. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Pressure Reducing Valves Save Water and Prevent Problems

first_imgWhat is a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV)?PRVs have spring-loaded diaphragms that resist the incoming pressure of the water supply to a home. They are typically installed just after the water meter on the system side (see photo). PRVs usually come set at 45 pounds per square inch (PSI) but have a set-screw adjustment so that the PRV’s range of operation is from approximately 30 to 80 psi. PRVs cost around $80; installation costs may double the total cost, depending on installation circumstances (new or existing home, location of incoming line, ease of shutting off water service to the home, etc.).Why are PRVs included in the WaterSense new homes specification?The 2009 WaterSense Single-Family New Home Specification requirement is for static water pressure no greater than 60 psi. For homes with wells, a pressure tank must be installed as part of the domestic water system. For homes on municipal water distribution systems, you need either a PRV or a determination the home complies with the static pressure maximum (see the Inspection and Verification Guidance for WaterSense¯ Labeled New Homes).PRVs save water by reducing flow rates. The greater the water pressure, the greater the rate of flow for many plumbing fixtures. Reducing the system pressure by as little as 10 to 20 psi can save thousands of gallons a year in a typical home. Reflecting this benefit, it is not uncommon for PRV installations to be supported by water utilities. The City of Austin’s water utility gives a $100 rebate for PRV installations in homes with greater than 80 psi water pressure.But PRVs in homes with high water pressure are green and smart for other reasons. Many residential plumbing fixtures are engineered for pressures no greater than 75–80 psi; some manufacturers void their warranties if pressures are above this range. Fixtures such as storage-type water heaters, dishwashers, refrigerator icemakers, and pressure-assisted toilets can be particularly prone to reduced service life or leaks at pressures above 75–80 psi.Is high water pressure really that common?Municipal water systems vary tremendously in water-delivery pressure, depending on distance from water plant, elevation, and other factors. Pressures in excess of 100 psi are not unusual. In my own home, we measured water pressures ranging up to 110 psi routinely over a week-long period.It’s easy to test your water pressure—you can screw a pressure gauge right on to a hose bib (see photo). If pressures exceed 200 psi, two PRVs can be installed in series to manage the load. But leave the installation of the PRV to a plumbing professional, hopefully a green one.last_img read more