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“Chuggers” viral email wins Channel 4 award

first_imgA viral email featuring a photo of a spoof street sign in London’s Camden pointing to “Charity Muggers” has won an award in Channel 4’s Germ viral marketing awards.Neil Hepburn’s ‘Welcome to London’ was described as “a spoof Camden street sign with a bit of honesty”.The Germ awards were open to the general public and UK digital creative agencies. Advertisement Howard Lake | 11 January 2006 | News Tagged with: Awards Digital Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving  42 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “Chuggers” viral email wins Channel 4 award “If a viral provokes laughter, anger, controversy or confusion, then I’d say it was successful”, Neil Hepburn told The Guardian.last_img read more

FRSB invites charities and agencies to send in annual complaint return form

first_img Howard Lake | 10 January 2012 | News FRSB invites charities and agencies to send in annual complaint return form Tagged with: Fundraising Standards Board Law / policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  26 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) is asking its member charities and fundraising agencies to complete and send in their annual complaint return form. This document summarises all their fundraising activity and any complaints received during 2011, and its submission is a core obligation of membership.Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the FRSB, said: “Although we currently have a very high submission rate for complaint returns at 80%, we are determined to see that return level rise still further, enabling us to monitor both fundraising volumes and complaint levels as accurately as possible.”As part of this process, for the first time, from June 2012 the FRSB’s website www.givewithconfidence.org.uk will clearly show whether each member has filed its return.Photo: Alistair McLean, CEO of the FRSB by FRSB on flickr.comMcLean explained the move, saying:“By publicly acknowledging those members that have completed their returns we believe that we are giving others an extra spur to action ensuring greater transparency to the public.”He added that the form has been redesigned to be even easier to complete and that FRSB staff were on hand to help members complete their returns.The FRSB now has over 1,370 members signed up to self-regulation, so it is expecting to report both greater fundraising volumes and complaints than in previous years.Three core fundraising areas will be explored in detail by the FRSB; telephone fundraising, direct mail and data protection.As in 2011, fundraising academic Professor Adrian Sargeant will provide an analysis of complaint trends which will be published within the FRSB’s Annual Report in June 2012.The deadline for members to submit the annual return is 16 March 2012.The 2011 FRSB Annual report revealed that 18,442 complaints had been received by charities during 2010, with direct mail (addressed and unaddressed) accounting for 53% of all complaints, and with street fundraising attracting the highest proportion of complaints against volume of activity at 0.17%.www.frsb.org.uklast_img read more

Using Laser Scarecrows to Keep Birds Out of Your Sweet Corn…

first_img Facebook Twitter Using Laser Scarecrows to Keep Birds Out of Your Sweet Corn This Summer By Ashley Davenport – Dec 18, 2020 Sweet corn naturally attracts butter and salt once it’s out of the field, but in the field, it can attract birds. There’s liquid repellants, propane cannons, and sound deterrents to keep birds away, but researchers from the University of Rhode Island have shown great success with using laser scarecrows.Audio Playerhttps://www.michiganagtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/The-Effectiveness-of-Using-Laser-Scarecrows-in-Sweet-Corn.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For more information about the URI Laser Scarecrow Project contact Rebecca Brown [email protected] courtesy of Nora Lewis, URI“The idea of using lasers for bird control was not particularly new—it had actually been investigated off and on since the 1970s when it was originally tested as a solution for bird control at airports,” said Dr. Rebecca Brown, associate professor of the department of plant sciences and entomology at the University of Rhode Island.Brown gave her presentation during the 2020 Virtual Great Lakes Expo. Researchers noticed the birds were deterred by the bright search lights. Technologies and advancements were made to lasers over the years, and that lead to a new development.“Commercial development continued, improvements in computer technology led to automated laser scarecrows with moving beams rather than the stationary beams of the early units,” she said. “[That] also led to units being operated on battery and solar power.”Early in their research, Brown said existing laser scarecrows weren’t well-adapted for bird control in sweetcorn.“We needed a laser scarecrow that could be easily moved between fields that didn’t require a large solar panel,” she added. “We needed to be able to block the beam from projecting in unwanted directions so it wouldn’t interfere with roadways, neighbors, or low-flying aircraft.”Brown’s team then developed their own units, and over the three years of their research, they discovered there was a profound impact.“When we talk to growers who have been protecting their entire field with a laser, they’re reporting less than 10 percent damage,” said Brown. “[On] neighboring fields on their farm—and they’ve only protected one of them—they will get 80 percent damage on the other field.”Brown added that scarecrows need to be placed in the field before the birds discover the corn. Photos and the full research can be found here. SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Using Laser Scarecrows to Keep Birds Out of Your Sweet Corn This… SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleMichael Regan Nominated to Lead EPANext articleHoosier Ag This Week- The Week in Review Podcast for December 19th Ashley Davenportlast_img read more

Thursday’s Macklemore concert moved to Commons

first_imgThe College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Twitter ReddIt TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Israel is a senior journalism and political science double major from Sinton, TX. Currently, he serves as a Managing Editor for TCU 360. He interned at the White House in the fall, and on most days, you’ll likely find him nerding out on the latest political news coverage. + posts Twitter Facebook New intramural fields coming this fall Israel Canohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/israel-cano/ Israel Cano Israel Canohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/israel-cano/ Photos: theEnd hosts Andy Grammer Linkedin Linkedin Facebook printA change in venue is in store for the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert set for Thursday.The concert, originally scheduled for 9 p.m. in Schollmaier Arena, will be moved to 7 p.m. in the Campus Commons “due to unforeseen production challenges,” according to an email SGA sent to students.Maddie Reddick, student body president, said the move was made to meet the duo’s needs to provide a “high quality show” and to accommodate for a larger crowd.During a Dec. 8 SGA meeting, Maddie Reddick, student body president, proposed a bill to fund an inaugural spring concert. Thursday’s concert was set to serve as the grand opening of Schollmaier Arena.The cost of the concert was listed as $150,000 at the Dec. 8 meeting, which did not include venue costs, Reddick said. The bill was passed without an exact estimate.With the concert moved to the Commons, the additional funding will be used on production costs associated with building an outdoor stage, Reddick said.This is the first year that SGA has been able to sponsor a spring concert. After an alum made a donation to fund the 2012 and 2013 fall concerts, SGA used the leftover money to fund the Macklemore concert.In December, cabinet member Katie Phillips, vice president of external affairs, said Macklemore and Lewis reached out to add TCU to their tour as a result of TCU’s positive reputation in the entertainment industry.“We weighed our options and chose the duo based on who we felt would most excite students,” Phillips said. “So far, the student response has been very positive.”Phillips said Macklemore and Lewis were also chosen based on their availability, price and fit for TCU.“The agents and managers of the duo have been very easy to work with,” Phillips said. “They are excited to perform on our campus.”According to the email, the show is a “private concert open only to TCU students, faculty, and staff with a valid TCU ID.” This is a change from the policy for fall concerts, which let students bring one guest.“Given our ability to fund a spring concert this year, we decided this would be an incredible way to give back to the students,” Phillips said.This story has been updated to include a response from Student Body President Maddie Reddick. COMMENTARY: Allen West’s appearance at TCU In this picture made available Aug. 15, 2014, US rapper Macklemore performs during the concert of the US hip hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 22nd Sziget (Island) Festival on the Shipyard Island in Northern Budapest, Hungary. (AP Photo/MTI, Janos Marjai) Previous articleTCU survives against TexasNext articleVacancies increasing at the Fort Worth Police Department as recruiting slows Israel Cano RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Israel Canohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/israel-cano/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddItlast_img read more

Disney’s “Moana” is a smooth sailing adventure

first_imgTCU VGP (Ep. 24 – Battlefront Details, Telltale’s Guardians and more) Facebook Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Sizzle Reel (Ep. 23 – Star Wars Celebration, DC Rumors and more) World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleStudio art class sparks feminist conversationNext articleTCU’s first on-campus rock climbing competition to take place this weekend Chris Garcia RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR This image released by Disney shows Moana, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, in a scene from the animated film, “Moana.” (Disney via AP) Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Twitter print“Moana” Review from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.The latest film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Moana” serves as a solid addition to the already strong animated movie lineup even though a few problems keep it from hitting Disney’s high mark.The film follows the young and adventurous Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) as she journeys to find the demigod Maui and prevent her island home from being destroyed by darkness.This image released by Disney shows Moana, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, in a scene from the animated film, “Moana.” (Disney via AP)The biggest issue with “Moana” is its relatively average plot. The film starts slowly, introducing large amounts of backstory and setting up Moana’s journey before settling into a better-paced second act. Unfortunately, just as the film starts to find its footing, an awkward transition into the finale seems random in its placement and handling. While “Moana” does have Disney’s signature heartwarming moments and important moral lessons, these more serious scenes are offset by hit-or-miss humor. All this makes it feel like a few screws still needed to be tightened.  The songs scattered through the film are fun and emotional but come across as more Broadway-esque than previous Disney fare. This may leave some audiences feeling like the songs aren’t as memorable or easy to sing along to on repeated watchings, even though the change of pace is welcome and refreshing. There are also only a handful of songs in total, with two in particular repeated multiple times. This creates a small issue as the song quality is so good it leaves a feeling of wanting more instead of hearing another reprise. One of “Moana’s” biggest strengths comes from the cast itself. Newcomer Auli’i Cravalho does a great job as the titular protagonist, bringing a strong sense of freedom and feistiness to her role. Cravalho is complimented well by Dwayne Johnson’s Maui, with Johnson also performing strongly in his first animated role. The rest of the cast does well, especially Jemaine Clement who has a memorable performance as the monster Tamatoa. The characters themselves are interesting and layered, though they do have a few small issues. Moana is a strong and driven character, but it seems like she needs to be pushed into action a few too many times to feel like she’s completely grown into her own character. That said, she continues Disney’s tradition of providing likable and relatable protagonists. Maui also has a good arc that ties nicely into Moana’s while building a natural friendship between the two. The film’s other biggest strength lies in its visuals. Everything is beautifully animated, with the landscapes providing a vibrant and realistic backdrop to the action and fun of the film. The mixture of caves, islands, boats and more lend a nice variety to what could have been a more static film and there is a constant movement from one location to the next. The characters and creatures also look believable, with well-done expressions, movements and a large amount of unique detail put into each from Maui’s tattoos to Moana’s hair flowing in the breeze. Verdict:Another strong addition to the Disney animated line-up, Moana is a beautifully animated film filled with fun songs and led by a great performance from Auli’i Cravalho that is hampered by a few problems.8/10 TCU VGP Video Finale (Ep. 25 – Call of Duty WWII, Cluster Trucks and more) Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Twittercenter_img Chris Garcia is a senior film and journalism double major from Midland, Texas. When he’s not working on student media’s newest podcasts, he can be found watching the latest releases at the closest theater. TAGSvideo ReddIt Chris Garcia Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Sizzle Reel Finale (Ep. 24 – Teen Titans, Star Trek: Discovery and more) + posts Facebooklast_img read more

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross ASC Academic All-Conference

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Previous articleLaw enforcement gets active shooter trainingNext articleKyker guides church, shelter admin GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross ASC Academic All-Conference Facebook Local News Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter By admin – June 16, 2018 Sul Ross 2018 Athletic Red Bar logo ALPINE A total of 16 Sul Ross State University student-athletes have been named to the Winter-Spring American Southwest Conference Academic All-Conference list in an announcement on June 5.Included on the ASC Winter-Spring Academic All-Conference list are the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field. Students assisting with athletic training and media relations are included among the Winter-Spring Academic All-Conference honors recipients.Sul Ross students listed this year’s winter-spring honor roll include the following:BASEBALLMike Munden, SR/Business Administration (El Paso).Holden Simpson, JR/Business Administration (Kingsland).MEN’S BASKETBALLConner Dawson, SO/ Kinesiology & Human Performance (Tilden).Caleb Thomasson, SR/Interdisciplinary Studies (Ackerly).WOMEN’S BASKETBALLTaylor Gass, SR/Kinesiology & Human Performance (Gail).SOFTBALLDarrian Doederlein, SR/Kinesiology & Human Performance (Lamesa).Jackie Gonzalez, SR/Biology (El Paso).Alexis Trotter,SR/Biology (Buda).MEN’S TENNISKyle Ferguson, SO/Political Science (Floresville).WOMEN’S TENNISAlexa Gallardo, SR/Pre-Veterinary Medicine (El Paso).MEN’S TRACK AND FIELDJames Davis, SR/Kinesiology and Sports Science (Houston).Joseph Parker, JR/Geology (Burnet).Robert Rodriguez, SO/Biology (Canutillo).WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELDKiowa Lesser, SO/Kinesiology & Human Performance (Big Spring).STUDENT ATHLETIC TRAINERMacKenzie Attwood, SR/Kinesiology & Human Performance (Cypress).Diana Olivas, SR/Kinesiology & Human Performance (El Paso).To be eligible for ASC Academic All-Conference honors, student-athletes must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) prior to the season at their institution. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) as certified at the conclusion of the academic semester in which the ASC sport championship is held.last_img read more

Winning Their Game—Entice Millennials into the Market

first_img Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Min Alexander, SVP, real estate services for Altisource Portfolio Solutions. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Altisource or any other Altisource® business or entity. The foregoing content is not intended to constitute, and in fact does not constitute, financial, investment, tax or legal advice by the author, Altisource, or any other business or entity.  The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Millennials Technology Winning Their Game—Entice Millennials into the Market in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News About Author: Min Alexander Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Millennials Technology 2017-07-04 Min Alexander July 4, 2017 2,457 Views Home / Daily Dose / Winning Their Game—Entice Millennials into the Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Strangled by Restriction—Effects of Disastrous Appraisal Training Mandates Next: The Stamp of Approval: Ensuring Compliance for Document Services Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save The post-recession years have seen significant debate about the next generation of home buyers — the millennial generation — and whether or not they are interested in owning homes. However, it has become clear with recent research that millennials do want to be homeowners and understand the value of home investment. According to the most recent ValueInsured Housing Confidence Index, more than 76 percent of millennials reported that they would like to purchase a home — a reason why many are utilizing online real estate platforms to research homeownership opportunities in today’s competitive market. High volumes of web traffic through online real estate platforms suggests that demand certainly exists among this generation. This begs the questions of why millennials aren’t buying houses in today’s market, and what can be done to change it. The reason won’t come as a surprise to anyone. Affordability is a major issue in many U.S. cities. The lack of new supply coming onto the market has made purchasing a home more expensive. Furthermore, stricter credit score and down payment requirements have limited access to financing in many cases. Adding to these dynamics, millennials’ obstacles have been well-documented: student debt makes obtaining a mortgage more difficult, and paying a mortgage is compounded by chronic underemployment or irregular cash flow with the rise of the freelance economy. The issues are familiar at this point. The solutions are where we need to shift the discussion. Looking at the longer term, builders — perhaps with some incentive from local governments — can increase the number of affordable starter homes being constructed to raise the housing supply. More immediately, however, is another solution: more millennials are buying auction properties, which presents opportunities to buy homes at competitive prices. The 2016 National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends found that buyers 35 and younger were the generation most likely to consider purchasing a home that was in foreclosure. Many sellers of foreclosed properties select auction as a preferred disposition strategy and market to the public through online platforms.. Auction markets for residential real estate have existed for many years, but grew significantly during the financial crisis. To manage the inflow of bank-owned properties after 2008, technology development accelerated to automate auctions, including bid and offer management and paperless contracts, to make the processes more efficient, simpler and customer-friendly for buyers and sellers. For millennials who grew up in the digital age, making purchases online is more natural than for other generations. To make self-directed buying easier, the online auction industry is continuously evolving — improving user interfaces, increasing the amount of asset-level data available without cost and increasing transparency in the bidding process. Changes in the market are breaking down barriers for auction properties for first-time home buyers. For example, in recent years, auction properties were typically cash purchases with no contingencies permitted. Today, most auction sales permit both financing, including FHA 203(k) renovation loans, and inspection contingencies, which decrease risks for first-time buyers. These advancements open up new opportunities for novice homebuyers and investors working to get on the property ladder. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Eircom says every effort is being made to return phone services

first_img NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook By News Highland – December 15, 2011 Twitter Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Previous articlePaediatric Diabetic Service to be maintained in LetterkennyNext articleMan in court accused of depriving Donegal investors News Highland Facebook Eircom says it is doing all it can to restore phone services to the thousands who are reporting problems since storms earlier this week.5,000 people have reported a fault on their phone line, Donegal is one of the worse counties effected.Eircom says it will work through the weekend in an effort to return services to its customers.Meanwhile Up to 6,000 homes in Donegal experienced electricity outages as a result of Tuesday’s storm according to the ESB.At the height of the storm, 3,000 homes were without supply in Donegal. ESB says the majority of homes have since had power restored. Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp Pinterest Newsx Adverts LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Eircom says every effort is being made to return phone services WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

E-Courts: Can They Be The New Normal?

first_imgColumnsE-Courts: Can They Be The New Normal? Rahul Chitnis5 Jun 2020 7:39 AMShare This – xThe COVID-19 pandemic has thrust E-courts upon us, without giving anyone a chance to consider the advantages or disadvantages of E-courts. The term ‘E-courts’ in this article includes electronic filing of pleadings/documents, courts convening by video conferencing, advocates advancing arguments remotely and judges delivering judgments by video conferencing. The thinking today seems…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 COVID-19 pandemic has thrust E-courts upon us, without giving anyone a chance to consider the advantages or disadvantages of E-courts. The term ‘E-courts’ in this article includes electronic filing of pleadings/documents, courts convening by video conferencing, advocates advancing arguments remotely and judges delivering judgments by video conferencing. The thinking today seems to be that ‘E-courts’ enhance the justice delivery system. But do E-courts really enhance the justice delivery system? The Justice Delivery System consists of different layers, from the outside to the inside, namely, (a) access, (b) engagement, (c) hearing, (d) analysis and (e) judgment. Let us consider how E-courts affect each of these layers, one at a time. Access E- filing of pleadings etc. vastly improves access to the Justice Delivery System because it makes it easy for the advocates/litigants to file pleadings, documents in courts from anywhere any time. Electronic filing also obviates the need of advocates/litigants physically travelling to the courts and instructing advocates at the place where the courts are situated. Digital documents reduce the costs of printing/photocopying and digitisation is environment friendly. Thus, digitisation through methods such as electronic filing, etc. vastly enhances ‘access’ (the outer layer) to the justice delivery system. However, at the present time, there are practical, infrastructure related issues that plague E-courts, which seriously hamper access to justice. These range from the complicated maze of software systems used today for virtual courts, low and fluctaing bandwidth of internet connections used by the advocates, the compatibility of devices used for accessing the services etc which make it extremely difficult for parties to engage in a meaningful manner. To elaborate, the Supreme Court uses ‘Vidyo’ software for VC ( virtual courts). The Delhi High Court uses ‘Cisco Webex’, the Bombay High Court initially used ‘Vidyo’, then ‘Zoom’and now using ‘Cisco Webex’ software (some judges of the Bombay High Court use ‘Microsoft Teams’ for VC). In the Bombay High Court, sometimes the Advocates are asked to change from one software to another during the course of the day. There is no method to check the security of the various softwares that are being used. Another aspect is that Vidyo software does not run on certain operating systems (like ‘Mac OS Catalina’). As on date, there is no integrated platform to conduct hearings in different courts, and this hampers greatly the functioning of the Justice Delivery System. Engagement The way the litigants engage with advocates and the courts (but not the judges) is another area which needs attention. Digitisation improves the engagement between litigants and advocates. Litigants are able to hold virtual conferences with their Advocates for drafting pleadings, preparing evidence, etc. and this reduces costs and increases efficiency. Also, the quality of pleadings is also improved as advocates are able to access precedents available on e-libraries. However, if one considers ‘recording evidence’ (which can be recorded by video conferencing) as part of engagement, then problems start to crop up. Firstly, when a witness deposes remotely, there is no way of knowing whether the witness is prompted, deposing without pressure, coercion or undue influence. It is also very difficult to exhibit documents, confront witnesses with documents, etc. during video conferencing. Also, it may be very difficult for courts/commissioners to record the demeanour of the witness. Justice Ravindra Bhat in a recent webinar ( organised by LiveLaw) has mentioned that the recording of evidence should not be left to Video Conferencing. Hearing The main stakeholders in the Justice Delivery System are (a) Judges, (b) Advocates (c) Litigants and (d) the Public. The ‘public’, however, as a stakeholder in the justice system, is a concept that needs greater elaboration. Legal systems in democracies have evolved to include ‘the public’ as an important check and balance. The role that they play is one of a critical observer. The exclusion of public from the administration of justice such as hearing, passing of open court orders, observations of the judges would generate lack the confidence and may give rise questions about the objectivity, impartiality and fairness. Subjecting to ‘public scrutiny’is an essential concomitant of judicial functions. The large number of PILs entertained and ‘suomotu’ proceedings initiated by the courts would show that there are several cases wherein the public is interested. They closely follow the hearings/orders passed in those matters, because the judgments in such cases affect them directly. Often, the decisions in these matters, shape government policies. Section 153B of Code of Civil Procedure mandates that the place of trial shall be deemed to be an ‘open court’ to which the public has access. It is the prerogative of the presiding judge to decide that a trial of any particular case may not be accessible to the public generally, such cases must be an exception.Similarly, Section 327 of the Code of Criminal Procedure provides that criminal courts generally, are deemed to be open courts to which the public have access. Only trials of offences relating to rape, etc.are required to be conducted in camera. Here too, proceedings are arean exception. Further, in the case of Naresh Shridhar Mirajkar v. State of Maharashtra, (1966) 3 SCR 744, a nine judge bench of the Supreme Court has laid down that all cases brought before the courts, whether civil, criminal, or others, must be heard in open court. As far back as 1966,the Supreme Court has upheld the concept of open courts as being vital to the process of justice. In fact, the Supreme Court states that the advantages of open courts are so significant that ‘there can be no two opinions’ on the matter. Though the digital courts were never envisaged then, the principle is still binding. Recently, in the case of Swapnil Tripathi v. Supreme Court of india, reported in (2018) 10 SCC 639, ( ‘the live streaming of court proceedings case’), a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court has said that the principle of open justice encompasses several aspects that are central to the fair administration of justice and the rule of law. Article 145(4) of the Constitution mandates that no judgment shall be delivered by the Supreme Court, save in open court. In Virtual Courts, the links are made available only to the Advocates appearing in that particular matter. In addition, some courts restrict the number of links that are forwarded to the advocates and litigants. The public has no access to the hearings. This also affects the several public interest litigations. Many court circulars say, recording of the hearing is strictly prohibited. Analysis Judges analyse pleadings to arrive at a just judgment. Advocates play a major role in helping Judges to analyse thelaw and facts based on precedents. There are many short comings in this process. While during the course of arguments many a times the arguing counsel face difficulties to refer to pleadings and documents without the assistance of a colleague, and this is not possible in the current scenario of Covid. Finally, there is much to evolve to create a ‘feeling’ of being part of a hearing when one participates in hearings conducted by video conferencing.The Advocates cannot ‘feel’ the reaction of the Judges to a particular point advanced by them or to a particular point of law being advanced by them.Video conferencing makes the hearing very ‘transactional’, when it should be a dialogue seeking the best possible outcome. This is applicable to the judges too. A critical aspect of justice is meaningful and thoughtful dialogue and analysis between lawyers and judges, while marshalling the best possible arguments and evidence. This requires ‘full bandwidth communication’ (and not communication limited to the bandwidth of the telecom provider) – something which is possible only in the physical presence of judges. Judgments Judgments are products of co-creation between Advocates and Judges. the judgments reflect the thought process of Judges and the arguments of the Advocates. Also, judgments evolve out of ‘reflective thinking’ between Advocates and Judges. ‘Reflective thinking’ by Judges is adversely affected in hearings conducted by video conferencing because the hearing itself is ‘transactional’. This in turn, is likely to adversely impact the quality of judgments. Therefore, E-Courts cannot be the new normal for ever. As the country opens up under a ‘new normal’ that consists of social distancing and protective attire amongst other measures, so too must courts resume open court hearings under this ‘new normal’. While some aspects of digitisation, carried out in a well thought out and uniform manner, such as e-filing, having hearings of procedural matters by video conferencing may benefit the justice delivery system in the long term, e-courts cannot substitute ‘normal’ courts without much preparation, because they may provide increased access to justice, but may in the final analysis, impact the quality of justice in our system.Views Are Personal Only (The Author is an Advocate practising in the Supreme Court of India and presently is the Chief Standing Counsel and Government Advocate for the State of Maharashtra in the Supreme Court of India) Next Storylast_img read more

People urged to comment on Draft Concrete Blocks Assessment Standard

Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows The National Standards Authority of Ireland is today, issuing a new draft protocol for the assessment of buildings damaged by defective concrete blocks.The draft standard is one of the reccomendations set out in the Expert Panel Report which was published last June and outlines a protocol which will be used to assess and categorise the damage in the 5000 homes in Donegal and Mayo effected by Mica and Pyrite.The draft standard is now going out to public consultation with the closing date for submissions, July 18th.NSAI Standards Technical Officer is Yvonne Wylde:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/wyldghghghe1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Draft Concrete Blocks Assessment Standard is available on the NSAI’s website. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – June 6, 2018 AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th People urged to comment on Draft Concrete Blocks Assessment Standard Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleArthur Lynch says USL Play Off is very hard to callNext articleDuffy hails Foyle Cup ‘Opportunity’ News Highland Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction read more