Commission gives green light to electronic signatures

first_imgNo change in the law is necessary for electronic signatures to meet a statutory requirement for a signature on a document, the Law Commission has concluded. Preliminary findings of a study published today on the electronic execution of documents also propose that witness requirements for signatures on deeds be fulfilled by video link. The commission’s proposals will be welcomed in Whitehall and by bodies such as Land Registry, which is attempting to digitise the home buying process. Nearly two decades after the Electronic Communications Act 2000 created a statutory basis for electronic signatures and two years after the Law Society and City of London Law Society issued a practice note on executing commercial contracts with electronic signatures, uncertainty still abounds about the legal status of digitally signed documents.Announcing today’s findings, law commissioner Stephen Lewis said: ’Contract law in the UK is flexible, but some businesses are still unsure if electronic signatures would satisfy legal requirements. We can confirm that they do, potentially paving the way for much quicker transactions for businesses and consumers.’Concluding that no further primary legislation is necessary, the document states that: ’The combination of EU law, statute and case law means that, under the current law, an electronic signature is capable of meeting a statutory requirement for a signature if an authenticating intention can be demonstrated. This is not limited to a particular type of electronic signature.’Furthermore, it is our view that an electronic signature inserted with the intention of authenticating a document would be sufficient to satisfy a statutory requirement that the document must be executed “under hand”.’However the commission stresses that its proposals are provisional and will be finalised following public consultation. And, despite the apparently bold endorsement it proposes further steps that could be taken to clarify and build certainty in the law. One option would be to consider is whether a claim could be brought using the test case procedure under the Financial List to seek an authoritative High Court ruling on the use of an electronic signature in particular circumstances.  In further steps to improve the law, the commission seeks views on whether:The government should set up a group of industry experts to monitor the use of electronic signatures and advise on potential changes Webcam or video links could be used instead of a physical witness for documents which require witnessed signaturesThere should be a move away from traditional witnessing in person to:  a signing platform alone, where the signatory and witness are logged onto the same programme from different locations; or the ability of a person to ’acknowledge’ that they applied an electronic signature to a witness after the eventA further project should be carried out on whether the concept of deeds is fit for purpose in the 21st centuryHowever it warns the government against any ’overly prescriptive or detailed legislation dealing with technology’.The deadline for responses is 23 November 2018.last_img read more

Kellenberger: MSU’s Warren prepares for bigger role

first_imgRufus Warren (77) was once a tight end at Mississippi State and 235 pounds. Now 305 pounds, he will likely start at left tackle this year.Rufus Warren (77) was once a tight end at Mississippi State and 235 pounds. Now 305 pounds, he will likely start at left tackle this year.STARKVILLE – In retrospect, the fried chicken and gravy was really what did it.On the eve of each Saturday gameday, Rufus Warren would go to dinner at Mississippi State’s team hotel with the best of intentions. He really did. Then he’d see the fried chicken and gravy and … well …“I always ended up eating two or three plates,” Warren admitted, explaining in salient detail how the 235-pound tight end Mississippi State signed in 2011 became a 305-pound left tackle that four years later will be tasked with protecting all-everything quarterback Dak Prescott’s back side.Certainly Warren’s eating played a central role in this transition, but it’s important to note none of his coaches portray him as the kind of guy who did not try to lose the weight — Warren did for years, scrambling each spring and summer to get down to a suitable size for a blocking tight end. Warren is 6-foot-7, a full two inches taller than he was coming out of Gentry High, so even now while he is a large man, he’s also more solid than anything else.“He’s a big kid that wasn’t finished growing when he got here,” offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy said. “He was underdeveloped.”“It just kind of became a situation for us where you’re almost fighting the inevitable,” coach Dan Mullen said. “Instead of trying to make him lose this weight and stay as small as he can to remain at tight end, hey, go have another burger at lunch or eat a biscuit at breakfast and go play left tackle.”This is all very much a Mississippi State kind of story and a testament to the strength of the program. Sign a kid who was not done growing, develop him and then, a full year before you will lose four-year tackle Blaine Causell, sit Warren down and have a conversation about a potential position switch. Warren served as Causell’s primary backup in 2014, and now as a fifth-year senior is the presumptive starter at left tackle (even though he does have competition, including four-star juco recruit Martinas Rankin).The Sept. 5 season-opener at Southern Miss would be the first career start for Warren, who caught one pass in two years at tight end. Maybe the biggest question mark right now, because there’s an effort, is whether he will have the energy and focus that it takes to play all the time versus on third-and-short.“Now he’s taken the role of he’s going to have to be a 70-play-a-game guy,” Hevesy said. “He’s learning how it’s every play, it’s not sometime here or there.”Can Warren make that transition? Mississippi State is betting so and with complete trust that the player who Hevesy affectionately calls a “program guy” can now be the one that protects Prescott. That’s an awesome responsibility, and one that is not lost on Warren.“Every friggin’ snap, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I just have to make sure that my man doesn’t even get close to him,’ ” Warren said. “That’s what makes it good and fun, but it’s also a lot of pressure and that’s pressure I want to protect a guy like Dak.”Warren, one of three new starters on the offensive line, has leaned on the advice of his predecessor, Causell, as well as returning guard Justin Malone for in-depth scouting reports on future opponents. The first half of the season will test Warren — LSU comes to Mississippi State in Week 2, and then there’s Auburn’s Carl Lawson in Week 4 and Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett in Week 5. A Thursday night game at Missouri on Nov. 5 also intrigues Warren, since no one in the Southeastern Conference has sacked more quarterbacks the last two seasons than the Tigers.“I can’t wait to see what they have to throw at us,” Warren said.Contact Hugh Kellenberger at (601) 961-7291 Follow @HKellenbergerCL on Twitter.last_img read more

More than the expected number of Levski fans arrive in Montana?

first_imgFrom Montana have engaged 60 police officers to guard the match with Levski. The reason for this is that the hosts intend to release only 300 supporters of the “blues”.According to acquaintances, however, at least as much will be poured into the city. However, they will have to watch the match outside the Ogosta Stadium. “We have taken the necessary security measures,” said club president Rumen Panayotov.In Montana they decided not to raise the price of tickets for the match and it remained 5 leva, as it was for the host of Eter.The ticket offices at Ogosta Stadium will be open from 9 am to 12 noon, and after a break they will reopen at 5 pm.last_img read more

Sissoko leaves on loan

first_imgWolfsburg – VfL Wolfsburg have opted to loan out forward Ibrahim Sissoko to Panathinaikos. The 20-year-old, who can also operate as a right-sided midfielder, has completed a medical examination and will initially join the Greek side on a year-long loan.Sissoko joined the Wolves from Portuguese outfit Academica de Coimbra during last season’s winter transfer window and went on to make two Bundesliga appearances in the second half of last term.“Ibrahim Sissoko will hopefully gain match experience at a top European club,” said Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath. “Panathinaikos finished as league runners-up in their most recent campaign and if he’s able to establish himself then it will be a great step forward for him. In the long-term he’ll strengthen VfL.”last_img read more

Ateneo opens post-Valdez era with sweep of UST

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member This is Ateneo’s first UAAP match without the three-time UAAP MVP Valdez, who steered the school to a couple of championships.Alexine Cabaños had the unfortunate fate of throwing away UST’s final serve that sealed Ateneo’s win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“People expected us to have jitters but at the end of the game what we trained for eventually showed,” said Jia Morado, who took over the captain’s role from Valdez. “There were some points when we were shaky but we were able to get a grip of things.”Jho Maraguinot was the standout offensive player for Ateneo as she led the Lady Eagles with 15 points but Morado also set up other players at their side of the floor. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlyssa Valdez may have already left, but Ateneo hasn’t forgotten its winning ways.The Lady Eagles swept the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, Saturday at the start of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Returning players Mich Morente and Kat Tolentino combined for 17 points while Bea De Leon added seven.EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina combined for 27 points to lead UST. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study MOST READcenter_img Santiago admits NU got ‘excited’ in poor start vs UE 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View commentslast_img read more