Bristol is the coolest city in the country, maybe in the world. Not a day goes by, it seems, that some magazine, website, estate agent, TV channel, blog, guide or influencer isn't announcing they have written a list of all the places in the world that are cool, happy, best to live in, or the hippest city, and Bristol is not there or thereabouts at the top of the list. Bristol is cool for a lot of reasons that go back decades - the music, the accent, the dry, laid back wit of Bristolians, the suave good looks of almost all the people who live here, and the fact that, as a city, it seems anything much goes and no one is that bothered. But if Bristol really is cool, it's not the Insta-friendly coloured houses, the cider in the park or the fiercely independent streak of streets, shops, views and protests that makes it so, it is the people themselves. Two years ago, we compiled the first Bristol Cool List amid much fanfare and some controversy, with the words: "Everything is subjective, and … [Read more...] about The 2019 Cool List: The 60 coolest people in Bristol right now
Omission in criminal law
opinion Bonnie Goldstein Opinion contributor Published 2:18 PM EDT Apr 14, 2019 As an investigative reporter, I strongly believe in the importance of transparency in government, accountability of public agencies and full disclosure of acts taken in the name of the American people. I believe secrets to protect national security, though necessary, should be rare and reviewed often to prevent cover-ups and corruption. To me, whistleblowing at the risk of one's job or going to jail, to expose undisclosed waste, fraud or abuse, promote social justice and/or protect the public interest, is an act of heroism. Hacking is a method, not a philosophy. Hackers deconstruct bureaucracies to see where they are weak or redundant and exploit systemic vulnerabilities. Julian Assange, the world's most infamous hacker, uses the principle of the people's right to know to justify digital breaking and entering. The line between transparency and trespassing is a moving target and the WikiLeaks … [Read more...] about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks: Criminal or essential to democracy?
WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, the one-time 2016 Trump campaign chairman and longtime Republican lobbyist, was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in prison for a slate of financial fraud crimes, a much lighter sentence than many had anticipated. Manafort’s sentence, handed down by U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria, Va., is not the final word on his fate — another sentencing is scheduled next week for a series of additional crimes. However, his 47-month sentence is the longest to date for a Trump associate ensnared in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Manafort — wearing a green jail uniform and relying on a wheelchair and cane during the hearing — asked for “compassion” from the judge before receiving his punishment, a coda to 16 months of legal wrangling that has featured his jailing over allegations of witness tampering, gag orders, a ripped up plea deal and the only trial to result from … [Read more...] about Paul Manafort gets 47 months in prison for financial fraud
The criminal justice system failed in the manner in which it dealt with a compulsive criminal who was later involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident, writes Michael Clifford.NEXT August, it will be eight years since Shane O’Farrell was killed by a hit-and-run driver while out cycling near his home in Co Monaghan.The driver of the vehicle, Lithuanian man Zigimantas Gridziuska, had an appalling record before the criminal courts over the previous three years before the accident on August 2, 2011. The most appalling aspect of it was the failure of the criminal justice system to process his crimes. There is a strong case to be made that, had he been dealt with properly by the system, he would not have been in a position to kill the 23-year-old law student.That hypothetical and horrible scenario represents a lingering pain for the O’Farrell family. Nothing can bring Shane back to them, but they believe they are entitled, as citizens, to have possession of all the facts about the … [Read more...] about O’Farrell family deserve the facts after son and brother killed by repeat offender in hit-and-run
HONG KONG—Malaysian authorities on Monday filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and a former partner of the bank in connection with the 1MDB financial scandal, the country’s attorney general said in a statement. Goldman Sachs International and two Asian subsidiaries of the Wall Street bank were charged under securities laws for the omission of material information and publishing of untrue statements in offering documents in 2012 and 2013 for the sale of international bonds by state investment fund 1Malaysia... … [Read more...] about Malaysia Files Criminal Charges Against Goldman Sachs