Taking notes boosts memory of jurors, new study finds

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Emailcenter_img Jurors who are allowed to take and review notes during court trials are less likely to forget critical evidence, a new University of Liverpool study has found.This finding has important implications for justice, as jurors who forget critical trial evidence often reach different verdicts to those who remember it.There are variations in practice both between and within judicial systems as to whether jurors can take notes during a trial. In the UK, for example, jurors can take notes although they are not always told this and they are given no opportunity to review their notes prior to reaching a verdict. Pinterest In a new study, published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, Dr Craig Thorley looked at whether or not note taking helps jurors to recall trial evidence and whether or not being able to review these notes afterwards offers any additional benefits.144 jury eligible adults took on the role of mock jurors in an experiment that involved watching a video of a murder trial that took place in the America in 1992. Three-quarters of the mock jurors were allowed to take notes while watching the trial. One-third of these note takers then reviewed their notes for ten minutes, one-third mentally reviewed the trial only, and one-third completed a filler task to prevent any form of reviewing. The remaining jurors took no notes during the trial and also completed a filler task afterwards. All mock jurors then had their memory of the trial assessed.The experiment found that the process of note taking alone enhanced the mock jurors’ memory of trial evidence. Moreover, note taking jurors who reviewed their notes had superior memory of the trial than those note takers who did not review their notes.Dr Thorley, who is based at the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, said: “There is now a growing body of evidence that note taking during trials enhances jurors’ memory of trial evidence and this improves their decision making when reaching verdicts.“This research emphasises the importance of note taking as an aid to remembering trial evidence but also shows that permitting jurors to review their notes, which is something courts do not typically do, further enhances their memory of trial evidence. I would therefore strongly recommend courts permit jurors to take notes during a trial and then give jurors time to review them prior to reaching a verdict.”last_img read more

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It’s time to go public about privacy

first_imgThe privacy genie is out of the bottle. The Facebook generation, brought up on sharing even the most intimate details online, has no concept of confidentiality or need-to-know.And it is this same IT-savvy Facebook generation that is tasked with safekeeping our personal data: our private medical and financial records, our purchasing patterns and income history, our web browsing and emailing secrets. The privacy genie is never getting back into the bottle because, to put it bluntly, the bottle has been smashed. These were some of the observations made during a debate hosted by Law Society president Robert Heslett on Monday 7 June. Chatham House Rules applied, which means the Gazette is unable to reveal who the speakers were, so I have decided to give them invented names along the lines of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’. Mr Red got the show off to a good start. ‘Privacy safeguards have not kept pace with risk,’ he said. ‘There has been no malign intent. Paper records that once required a small warehouse to store them now fit on to a couple of CDs or a memory stick – which is convenient, except they are easily lost. ‘The technology was aimed at doing good for society and, mostly, it has. Except we’ve gone forward piece by piece, the click of a mouse here, a mobile phone there, Facebook here, Google street map there, a CCTV camera here, there and everywhere. Until suddenly, in its totality, we have found ourselves with something scary and intrusive. ‘What can we do about it? Is it too late? Do we need a big legislative stick, with threats of heavy fines and prison sentences, to force businesses to take our privacy seriously?’ Plenty to think about there. Ms Brown said: ‘Privacy is a grudge purchase. The risk perception is low because there is no risk to life or limb, only to money or reputation. We need stronger regulation, with more bite, to force boardrooms to make the privacy grudge purchase – the same as they make a grudge purchase for security.’ Mr Purple, who works for a search engine company, warned against ‘bundling Big Brother’ with beneficial advances in communications. Mr Green, from the same search engine company, said: ‘Air travel and the internet have both revolutionised our lives. There are hundreds of deaths each year when aeroplanes crash, but we accept that as the price you pay for speed and convenience. Search engines do not cause deaths. Maybe we should accept the occasional breach of privacy as the price you pay?’ Mr Red wrapped up proceedings: ‘I suspect there would be a public outcry if we ripped out all the CCTV cameras. We are a tolerant society and people believe they are there to protect us. ‘Nonetheless, I accept that the organisation I am representing today has spent too much time jaw-jawing rather than war-warring. There is no silver bullet, unfortunately, but at least this evening’s debate has set lots of hares running.’ The Law Society has joined forces with surveillance watchdog Privacy International to found a privacy rights centre providing pro bono legal help to victims of oppressive surveillance technologies. Heslett has said the centre will be ‘a key player in a coalition of individuals and organisations concerned with the legal and human implications of surveillance in the UK and internationally’. He calls upon lawyers and activists to become involved in the centre’s work. For more information visit the Privacy Rights Centre website.last_img read more

The Freight Co barges in

first_imgOperated by Consolidated Heavy Lift Singapore, the barge service is scheduled to begin operation in the middle of September.The service will be served by the tugboat Shwe Lin Ta and the 210 ft (64 m) flat top barge CHL 2101, which has a 60-tonne capacity heavy-duty ramp. There is also an option to add a 100-tonne capacity or 300-tonne capacity ramp, said The Freight Co.To allow for discharging at remote locations, the barge can also be fitted with a crawler crane. Services can be provided to all coastal areas and to offshore platforms, as well as upriver in Myanmar’s waterways, subject to draft conditions.The Freight Co explained that the barge service is primarily targeting the oil and gas, power, steel, mining and construction industries.The Freight Co is also to host a heavy transportation and lifting workshop for a number of authorities in Myanmar (including the Ministry of Energy, Power, Industry, Construction and Transport) in Yangon in November 2014.  www.the-freight.comlast_img read more

Gatlin interview with TMZ: Justin Gatlin trash talks Bolt again

first_imgJustin Gatlin (left) vows to defeat Usain Bolt in Brazil Gatlin interview: vows to beat Bolt in BrazilTwo-time doper and controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin in an interview with TMZ, has vowed to defeat the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, at the Rio Olympics later this year. In the Gatlin interview, he says he is seeking revenge after Bolt put a troubled build-up behind him to beat the American and retain his world 100m title in Beijing, China, last year.The prospect of another clash between Bolt and Gatlin sets the tone for an epic 100m showdown during the summer Olympics in Brazil from the 5th to the 21st of August.WATCH: CNW90 – Usain Bolt sidelined with injury earlier this year. Will he be ready?In the Gatlin interview which was aired on TMZ, Gatlin said, “I’m going to win. We are bringing it (gold medal) back to the USA. We are going to bring it back to the USA, to LA to New York.”“We are going on a tour around the country with it around my neck like a gold chain.”Although Gatlin came into the final in Beijing last year on a 28-race unbeaten run, Bolt beat him at the death to snatch victory by one hundredth of a second. See video below.Gatlin says he considers himself the closest threat Bolt has ever had and he is working hard to be even better.WATCH: CNW90 – Justin Gatlin vows to beat Bolt“It’s my duty to beat the biggest rival possible to make it one of the most epic races in Olympic history, so I got to stand up to the duty. So I am working very hard around the clock,” said Gatlin.“Last year was a nail-biter to the finish line at the World Championships. He won over me by a hundredth of a second, so I am the closest threat he has ever had. So right now I am working to be better than that.”READ: Danny Glover predicts that Usain Bolt will retain his title in RioWatch American sprinter Justin Gatlin speak with TMZ reporters about winning the 100m in the Rio Olympics this summer:Watch Bolt defeat Gatlin in the 100m by one hundredth of a second at the 2015 World Championships:READ: Bolt misses two weeks with ankle injury in Januarylast_img read more

Dominica declares national day of mourning for Mandela

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 7 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominica declares national day of mourning for Mandela by: – December 9, 2013center_img Share Share The Dominica Government has declared Tuesday, December 10, 2013 a national day of mourning as a mark of respect for the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.As a result the Dominican Flag shall be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in the State on that day.Nelson Mandela, 95, died on December 5, 2013 after ailing for some time.Mandela, the first truly democratically elected President of South Africa, served from 1994 to 1999.He was imprisoned for 27 years, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison.After his release from prison in 1990, Mr Mandela was instrumental in unifying South Africa following decades of white minority rule. He leaves to mourn his wife, children and the entire nation of South Africa.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, described the late Nelson Mandela as possibly the world’s leader. “Nelson Mandela demonstrated to us, as people, the spirit and the importance of reconciliation,” Skerrit said in a press release on Monday, December 9, 2013.The Prime Minister said Mr Mandela’s legacy will certainly live on amongst South Africans and people across the world.“This was a man who could have easily demanded retribution because of the manner in which he was treated by the Apartheid regime but instead went through a process of truth and reconciliation and in that process united the people of South Africa.”Mr Mandela’s funeral will take place on Tuesday, 10th December in Johannesburg.Dominica and CARICOM memeber states will be represented at the funeral by CARICOM’s chairperson, Trinidad & Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Beach-N-Biker Fest 2015 photo gallery

first_img 2015-04-19 Beach-N-Biker Fest 2015-04-19 Beach-N-Biker Fest 2015-04-18 Beach-N-Biker Fest 2015-04-19 Beach-N-Biker Fest Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.center_img By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Share RelatedBeach-N-Biker Fest this weekendBY SASHA HELLER Managing Editor editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The sounds of rip roaring, revved-up engines will fill the streets of South Padre Island this weekend as the 11th Annual Beach-N-Biker Fest starts on Friday at the Convention Centre. The three-day charity fundraiser will feature live music, motorcycle events, a poker run, trade…April 10, 2014In “News”Scenes from the Beach-N-Biker Fest, Lighthouse Market DayApril 16, 2012In “Gallery”Let it Ride!Hundreds of spectators and bikers attended this year’s Beach N Biker Fest on South Padre Island, some of whom are seen here enjoying the many festivities that were on-hand, including entertainment provided by musicians, art and photography. (Photos by Francisco E. Jimenez)April 25, 2013In “Gallery”last_img read more

NEOSI Indians Spring Training Roundup – Tuesday March 6th 2018

first_img Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com. The Indians took on the Cincinnati Reds and came up short losing 7-6. Carlos Carrasco started Tuesday’s game and pitched in 2 innings, gave up 2 hits, 1 run and struck out 4 batters.  Francisco Lindor started the game with a leadoff homer. Jason Kipnis makes fans speculate if he has come to spring training as himself or if a robot has taken over his body by hitting his 6th homer of the spring.To elaborate more on the amazing start to spring that Kipnis has had, he tied the record for most homers in a Cactus League season.Fact: @TheJK_Kid just tied the club record for most HRs in a Cactus League season! ? #TribeSpringHis 6th(!) in as many games: pic.twitter.com/YHr4p3ATaC— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) March 6, 2018When Kipnis has been asked if he has changed up his swing he has had this to say:Did Jason Kipnis (6 homers in 6 games) overhaul his swing? Is he the newest convert in the air-ball revolution?? Kipnis: “No. If you ever hear me say the words ‘launch angle’ or anything like that, I’m lying right to your face.”— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 6, 2018As mentioned in yesterdays’ NEOSI Indians Spring Training roundup,  single-game tickets options have become available online today up until March 19th.Indians manager Terry Francona commented on if Ryan Merritt or Josh Tomlin will take the 5th spot the rotation:“I don’t think we want to name our five guys, too much can happen like injuries and things like that. I don’t know if there is a lot of competition for the five spots, saying that things happen, so we keep our options open and we give the guys innings that need innings and at the end of spring we say this is how we are situated.”Francona commented on Melvin Upton Jr. today:“We’ve always brought guys in knowing that we are going to have a guy, or two, or three to make our club and we have had a lot of success with those guys. This spring we brought in Upton (Melvin Upton Jr.), Barnes (Brandon Barnes), Raj (Rajai Davis), three right-handers. The next two weeks are really important for them. They will get the consistent at-bats early because they are fighting for jobs.”The Indians manager also spoke on what he is looking for in Francisco Mejia this spring:“He’s going to play, we are looking to get to know him. The biggest thing is to see if he is ready if something happens to one of our catchers. We are trying to get those questions answered in the spring, but it is difficult to determine during spring.”Francona comments on how he feels Trevor Bauer has improved as a pitcher:“I feel that he has been light years ahead and has matured a ton. I think he is much more comfortable in his own skin. He might talk different than other guys but he is very close to what good major league pitchers do. The more he commands his fastball, it sets up his breaking ball and changeup. He may wind up the first throw of each inning by taking that step, other than that there is not a lot of difference.”In a twist, Terry Francona asked the Indians in-game reporter Andre Knott jokingly if he will pick up his game up, and what has he done over the winter to pick up his game:“I took my microphone to everywhere I’ve been to. You’d be surprised.” (Then the room filled with laughter) Payton Vincecenter_img Related Topics2018 Spring TrainingCarlos CarrascoFrancisco LindorFrancisco MejiaJason KipnisJosh TomlinTrevor Bauerlast_img read more

Soldotna Hosting Outdoor Movie Friday

first_imgMurray: “We’re hopeful that this will be the first of many movies we’re going to run in the park.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free outdoor movie this Friday at 7:30pm in Soldotna Creek Park. Murray: “I like the costume idea. I want people to take advantage of that and dress up and maybe we’ll have a contest next Tuesday.” Executive Director Tami Murray said, appropriately, they’ll be showing the Disney movie ‘Frozen.’center_img Murray said they’ll have a big screen set up and families are encouraged to bring chairs and dress warmly. Some refreshments will be provided. She’s also hoping… For more on the movie in the park, click here.last_img read more

Anai topples Suzuki; wins first national title

first_imgTakamasa Anai won his first career title at the national championship Wednesday, disposing of Athens Olympic champion Keiji Suzuki on the way to victory at the open-weight category meet.Suzuki, appearing in his first competition since losing in the first round at 100 kilograms at the Beijing Olympics last summer, was sent to a shock defeat at the hands of the 24-year-old Anai in the quarterfinals. Anai deployed a “seoinage” throwing technique against Suzuki after just 27 seconds of the match at Nippon Budokan in a meet which also doubled as the final qualifier in the men’s over-100 kilogram category for the world championships in Rotterdam this August.“I trained harder than anyone else, so I had confidence I could win,” said Anai, who will compete in the 100-kg bracket in Rotterdam this summer. “I am just at the starting point and I want to keep the feeling of a challenger and show everyone that I am strong.”Anai rallied late in the final against Yasuyuki Muneta to win by a unanimous decision.Muneta, who advanced to the final for the first time in seven years, was selected for the over 100-kg spot for the worlds.Beijing Olympic champion Masato Uchishiba, who won two consecutive Olympic titles at 66 kg, crashed out in his first match after a bye into the second round. Up-and-coming 19-year-old Daiki Kamikawa made a third-round exit.Suzuki, who recently said he is eager to return to the international stage after once considering retirement, was seeking his fourth career title and first in two years. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more