Newly published official publications from :
The European Union
When and how to unwind COVID-support measures to the banking system. “This in-depth analysis proposes ways to retract from supervisory COVID-19 support measures without perils for financial stability. It simulates the likely impact of the corona crisis on euro area banks’ capital and predicts a significant capital shortfall. We recommend to end accounting practices that conceal loan losses and sustain capital relief measures. Our in-depth analysis also proposes how to address the impending capital shortfall in resolution/liquidation and a supranational recapitalisation.”
Clustering and unsupervised classification in forensics: From theory to practice. “Nowadays, crime investigators collect an ever increasing amount of potential digital evidence from suspects, continuously increasing the need for techniques of digital forensics. Often, digital evidence will be in the form of mostly unstructured and unlabeled data and seemingly uncorrelated information. Manually sorting out and understanding this type of data constitutes a considerable challenge, sometimes even a psychological burden, or at least a prohibitively time consuming activity. Therefore, forensic research should explore and leverage the capabilities of cluster algorithms and unsupervised machine learning towards creating robust and autonomous analysis tools for criminal investigators faced with this situation. This report presents a first comprehensive study from theory to practice on the specific case of video forensics.”
Applying the degree of urbanisation : A methodological manual to define cities, towns and rural areas for international comparisons : 2021 edition “This manual develops a harmonised methodology to facilitate international statistical comparisons and to classify the entire territory of a country along an urban-rural continuum. The degree of urbanisation classification defines cities, towns and semi-dense areas, and rural areas. [It] has been produced in close collaboration by six organisations:
- The European Commission
- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
- The International Labour Organization (ILO)
- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- The World Bank.”
Westminster and the UK Government
Concussion in Sport: Debate and call for evidence. The House of Commons debated the issue of concussion in sport on Thursday 11th March. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is holding an inquiry into this issue and is currently seeking evidence (deadline 30th March 2021).
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2019-21 was introduced to Parliament on 9th March 2021. The House of Commons Library has published a range of Research Briefings on specific aspects of the bill.
The Scottish Parliament and Government
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