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first_img For millions of Americans, pets are a member of the family. They provide companionship and countless memories that last a lifetime. Having a pet-friendly home increases the likelihood that these memories will be positive.These tips can make pet ownership simpler, and create a safer, healthier environment for your four-legged companion.Pet-friendly flooringCarpeted flooring can be a challenge for pet owners. Carpet traps unpleasant odors and is difficult to clean. Hardwood, bamboo, laminate and other alternatives – when properly maintained – offer a surface that’s easier to clean, doesn’t trap allergens and doesn’t hide fur or other debris.Experts like Lumber Liquidators offer a wide selection of flooring options, so you’re sure to find a style and look that will complement your home and is perfect for your pet.A space to call their ownMany pets seek shelter when startled by loud noises. Whether it’s the clap of thunder or a boisterous guest, an unexpected noise can send your animal fleeing (or peeing). Having a dedicated space for your pet, be it a mudroom, doorless closet or comfy bed, provides a safe place for your animal during times of stress.Also, pets need a little down time every once in a while. A cozy nook away from direct sunlight provides a perfect place for them to relax and recharge.Picking the best paintEven the cleanest of pets can leave marks on your walls. Choosing the right paint can make the difference between a permanent stain and one that’s easily removed. Lower sheens can be difficult to clean, so opt for semi-gloss or satin.Also, depending on your climate, you may prefer a light or dark paint color. Light colors can help keep your pet cool by reflecting the sun, while darker colors absorb the sun’s heat and can warm the home environment.Protect your curious petPets are inherently curious. If it’s within reach, chances are it will be investigated with a detective’s attention. Even if the food is safe for pets, the packaging may be harmful. Medications, cleaners and cosmetics should also be kept on high shelves or behind a latched cabinet.Most pet owners know to keep food and toxins off accessible surfaces, but it’s easy to forget something on a bedside table or the edge of a counter.Pets require time, attention and love. They will return the favor more naturally in an environment that’s comfortable and safe. Consider these tips for creating a pet-friendly home. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSPet-friendly Previous articleIs Apopka a sanctuary city?Next articleFormer Apopka Blue Darter drafted into the NFL Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 last_img read more

first_imgThursday Feb 20, 2020 ‘Find a f*cking way’ – Rassie Erasmus has released another fascinating RWC 2019 planning video In the latest behind the scenes video released by Springbok World Cup winning coach Rassie Erasmus, the former Test flanker can be seen explaining to his troops how and why replacements are decided upon during the heat of a Test match battle.ADVERTISEMENTRasmus has been periodically releasing videos on his own twitter account, giving fans a fascinating insight into some of the backroom meetings and planning sessions that went on ahead of their famous Rugby World Cup 2019 victory.He also released a video of his team talk shortly before the players went out in to face England in the final:In this latest video, from an alignment camp ahead of the tournament, Erasmus goes into detail about the rationale behind how he and his coaching staff replace players during matches.He says that decisions were made based on output and energy, rather than individual mistakes.“When you stop applying yourself. When you stop putting yourself into battles. When you stop working off the ball, and you get slowly off the ground [that’s when they will be substituted].”ADVERTISEMENTIt makes for fascinating viewing, and probably some good advice for young players out there too. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

first_imgArchDaily 2012 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Bronte House / Rolf Ockert DesignSave this projectSaveBronte House / Rolf Ockert Design CopyHouses•Sydney, Australia Projects “COPY” Australia “COPY” Bronte House / Rolf Ockert Design Photographscenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Rolf Ockert. Architect. Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Photographs:  Courtesy of Rolf Ockert DesignText description provided by the architects. The client approached us to create house of their dreams on a site perched high over the Pacific Ocean, a home that was to make them feel like being on holiday every day. While the view was fantastic the site was very small and suffocated by overbearing neighbouring dwellings. The finished house, though, feels generous and as if it is alone with the ocean and the sky. Save this picture!Courtesy of Rolf Ockert DesignBeing tightly restricted by site conditions there were only two avenues we could take to create generosity of space and location:  Firstly the surprising height of the living room space that takes advantage of the only extravagant spatial dimension available to us. Save this picture!Courtesy of Rolf Ockert DesignAnd secondly the pursuit of sightlines to water and sky wherever possible. High side walls, for privacy but also to provide mass for a comfortable indoor climate, have continuous highlight windows for the enjoyment of 360° views of the sky. The large face concrete wall dominating the space has slim slot windows, allowing teasing glimpses of the ocean when entering the house while effectively cutting out the visual presence of the neighbour. The house opens itself up completely to the East, the presentation of the stunning water views.Save this picture!Courtesy of Rolf Ockert DesignThis also allows the capture of the constant ocean breezes to cool down the house throughout the year, easily regulated by a plethora of ventilation options from sliding doors to operable louvres. A rich but reduced palette of strong, earthy materials, from the above mentioned concrete to Timber flooring and ceilings, rust metal finishes and thick, textured renders, contrasts with the fine detailing of the interior and anchors the residence against the airy, light aspect created by the opening to the views.  Save this picture!Courtesy of Rolf Ockert DesignSophisticated simplicity would be the most appropriate motto for the design of this house. Being on a very small block the client’s expectations of the generosity and design standard to be achieved required a very stringent approach. While the focus is naturally on the maximisation of the enjoyment of the majestic ocean views it was the suburban context that drove most of the major design decisions: The slotted northern concrete wall, the solid southern facade, the high roof with its continuous strip of highlight windows and louvres. Save this picture!Courtesy of Rolf Ockert DesignThe house has transformed the lives of the clients. Having stepped back from a high powered, high income lifestyle they now enjoy the beach life and pursuit of their new occupations, writer and therapist respectively. This lifestyle is partly funded by the renting out of the house to high calibre visitors. The architectural quality and enhancement of the ocean location through the design is essential for this to be possible.Save this picture!Upper Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessChildren’s Playhouse ‘Sam + Pam’ / Office Of Mcfarlane Biggar Architects + Designers…Selected ProjectsBass Ensemble / Hyla ArchitectsSelected Projects Share 2012 Save this picture!Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design+ 15 Share Year:  Houses CopyAbout this officeRolf Ockert. Architect.OfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSydneyHousesAustraliaPublished on August 26, 2013Cite: “Bronte House / Rolf Ockert Design” 26 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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first_img Tagged with: Events Tate’s sponsored haircut. He raised over £300 to have his afro shaved off for Childs i Foundation.Tate and his mum used a range of channels to promote his fundraising activity, including of course YouTube. Note the reference to a Facebook page and Moo cards (from Advertisement Howard Lake | 27 July 2009 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving.center_img  33 total views,  1 views today Tate’s day of shear madness!  34 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_img Receive email alerts News Organisation RSF urges the authorities to adhere to international standards governing the treatment of detainees. The trial was postponed for the fifth time at a hearing on 21 November – this time at the request of the defence, which asked for a delay in order to prepare its arguments.The 54 defendants include news website editor Hamid El Mahdaoui and the following citizen-journalists and media workers: Mohamed El Asrihi and Jawad Al Sabiry of Rif 24, Houssein Al Idrissi of Rif Press, Fouad Assiadi, the editor of the Awar TV Facebook page, and Rabiaa El Ablak of are all currently held at Okacha prison, which is more than 500 km from their homes in and around the city of El-Hoceïma, in the northern Rif region, where they were arrested.According to the information obtained by RSF, their treatment in prison does not comply with the international principles established by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Fair Trial and Legal Assistance in Africa.“When we met Hamid El Mahdaoui’s family and some of the lawyers for the Hirak detainees last week in Morocco, they described to us the deplorable conditions and constant humiliation to which these journalists are being subjected in detention,” said Yasmine Kacha, the head of RSF’s North Africa bureau.“We urge the Moroccan authorities to respect standards on the treatment of detainees both in prison and during hearings. We have shared our concerns with the protection department at the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH), which took note of them.”Yasmine Kacha from RSF with Bouchra el Mahdaoui on November 15 in Rabat.El Mahdaoui staged a two-week hunger strike in September in protest against the conditions in which he is being held and the fact that he has been in solitary confinement for several months. He is allowed into an exercise yard for only two 30-minute periods a day during which he cannot talk to anyone.El Ablak began his third hunger strike on 9 November against the “inhuman” and “shameful” treatment he is receiving. A few weeks ago, the detainees stopped being allowed to receive food packages from their families. El Ablak ended his hunger strike on the eve of the 21 November hearing.When they appear in court, the defendants are confined to an area behind tinted glass and are monitored by cameras. During the hearing on 21 November, police manhandled El Mahdaoui’s wife, Bouchra, when she tried to approach her husband.“Mistreatment by prison guards is a distinguishing feature of the detention of these journalists,” said Khadija Riyadi, a winner of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize and a co-founder of the committee set up to support El Mahdaoui and the other journalists held in connection with the Hirak protests.“The food they are getting since their families were prevented from bringing food baskets is of poor quality,” she said. “A few days ago, the detainees were subjected to a humiliating search. Medical care is lacking. We regret not being allowed access to the detainees. The support committee has requested access but has not received an answer.”El Mahdaoui was already sentenced in a separate case in September 2017 to one year in prison and a fine of 20,000 dirhams (2,000 euros). He is also facing a possible five-year jail sentence on a charge of endangering state security. The citizen-journalists and media workers in the Hirak mass trial are being prosecuted under the criminal code and the law on public gatherings.RSF has repeatedly called for their release. If the authorities insist on bringing any prosecution against them, it should be on the basis of the press and publishing law, and the defendants should not be detained while being tried or awaiting trial.The UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners permit solitary confinement for more than 15 consecutive days only in exceptional cases and only as a last resort after an independent review. Also, detainees must normally be allowed to communicate with their families at regular intervals and must receive medical care.Under the Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Fair Trial and Legal Assistance in Africa, which the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights adopted in 1999, every accused person has the right to an effective defence, and states must ensure that detainees are treated in a humane manner and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.Morocco/Western Sahara is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisoned News News RSF_en November 24, 2017 Rif protests trial: concern about treatment of detainees to go further Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 8, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisoned News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Moroccan authorities to respect the rights of the detainees currently on trial in Casablanca for their role in the “Hirak” protest movement in the Rif region. They include a journalist and five citizen-journalists and media workers. 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first_imgNews News Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa News March 12, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today accused Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa of abusing his authority in having Fred M’membe, the editor of the country’s only privately-owned newspaper, The Post, arrested and prosecuted for criticising him in an editorial.“In countries such as Zambia where the laws criminalize press offences, the powerful enjoy the arbitrary right to have any journalist thrown in prison at will,” the press freedom organisation said. “This is both archaic and outrageous. If the president can publicly criticise M’membe without going to prison, M’membe should have the right to question the president’s policies without being treated like a bandit.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call on the judges who hear the case of M’membe versus Mwanawasa to act with composure and fairness and to acquit M’membe.”M’membe was charged with libelling the president and detained when he surrendered to the police at Kabwata police station at midday on 8 November. His shoes, belt and watch were confiscated and he was put in a cell with three ordinary detainees. He was finally released on bail at the end of the day and was due to appear in court the next day.The police had taken deployed extraordinary resources in an effort to arrest M’membe on the morning of 8 November after he was unable to report to the police station the day before in response to a summons, although he had let it be known that he would go on 8 November. Instead of waiting for him to show up, the police launched a “manhunt,” according to a member of The Post’s management, Amos Malupenga, surrounding the premises of the newspaper and raiding M’membe’s home.M’membe’s offence was to have run an editorial in the newspaper’s 7 November issue in which he condemned the president’s “foolishness, stupidity and lack of humility” and questioned his ability to govern in a more rational fashion. “We say this because it is very difficult for us to understand how a man can erupt like a volcano when a simple, humble and honest advice is given to him,” the editorial said.Zambia has in recent weeks been shaken by a political crisis over a proposed new constitution. Thousands of demonstrators demonstrated outside parliament on 1 November to press for the new constitution to be adopted before presidential elections in 2006 in which Mwanawasa is expected to seek another term. Mwanawasa has said Zambia does not have the resources to promulgate a new constitution before then.The day before The Post’s critical editorial, Mwanawasa had publicly criticised M’membe and accused him of harbouring political ambitions. “Every day, it concentrates its attacks on me,” the president said, referring to The Post. “I am incapable, I am inefficient, I lack capacities, I must be kicked out, I am arrogant, and so forth. Their energy should be directed towards persuading people to register en masse so that they can vote me out, because if they don’t, I will surely come back.” Follow the news on Zambia Zambia : Outspoken Zambian TV channel suspended for 30 days Receive email alerts to go further Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more ZambiaAfrica November 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police launch manhunt before finally arresting editor who criticised president RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa March 29, 2020 Find out more ZambiaAfrica last_img read more

first_img to go further RSF_en Follow the news on Ethiopia Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home November 7, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ethiopian government’s witchhunt against privately-owned media News Help by sharing this information (photo : Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia) EthiopiaAfrica News Receive email alerts News EthiopiaAfrica RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia February 10, 2021 Find out more May 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation At least six publications have had to close in recent months and around 30 journalists have fled abroad since the start of the year as a result of the biggest crackdown on the privately-owned press since 2005, one reflecting a government desire to make a clean sweep of independent media before parliamentary elections next May, local analysts say.In the latest development, Reporters Without Borders learned on 1 November that magazine editor Temesgen Desalegn has been transferred to a prison in the town of Ziway, about 200 km away from Addis Ababa to serve the three-year jail sentence of his 13 October condemnation. Desalegn was convicted of publishing reports about “politicians and journalists linked to terrorist groups” in the now-closed newspaper Fitih, which he edited before becoming the editor of Fact, a magazine closed in August. These charges were dropped after originally being brought against Desalegn in connection with a defamation case in 2012, but were revived last year.“We are extremely concerned about Temesgen Desalegn’s conviction and his transfer to a prison far from his family, especially as he has chronic health problems,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“This conviction is just the latest example of the witchhunt that the Ethiopian government has decided to wage against the independent press. Invoking the spectre of terrorism in order to silence critics has unfortunately become a systematic government practice.”Desalegn’s trial and conviction have been preceded by many other acts of intimidation and harassment that have created a state of extreme fear within the Ethiopian media.The owners of three magazines – Endalkachew Tesfaye of Addis Guday, Gizaw Taye of Lomi and Fatuma Nuriya of Fact – were convicted in absentia of “encouraging terrorism” on 7 October and were given sentences ranging from three years and three months to three years and eleven months in prison.The source of the charges was the justice ministry, which has brought the same charges against three other publications – Enqu, Jano and Afro-Times – whose fate is not yet known.Even public media are not spared when they stray from the party line: in June, 18 journalists were fired by the main state-owned broadcaster in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region, because of their political views. In April, six bloggers with the Zone 9 collection and three journalists – one a freelancer and the other two employed by privately-owned media – were arrested in the course of a single weekend without any explanation being given.It was only after they had been held without charge for three months that they learned that they were to be prosecuted under the 2009 anti-terrorism law for allegedly “organizing themselves into covert sub-groups to overthrow the government by contacting and receiving finance and training from two designated terrorist groups” – a charge that carries a possible 15-year jail sentence.Since then, all their requests to be released on bail have been denied.“We call on the authorities to reverse these convictions of journalists and media owners on specious grounds in recent months and to withdraw all the charges against the news and information providers currently jailed or in exile,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.Persecution campaign against independent mediaA smear campaign against a number of independent newspapers began in January when the government newspaper Addis Zemen published an Ethiopian Press Agency study listing articles they had published that allegedly promoted an uprising and terrorism.One of the journalists concerned said: “This is where the government announces its future decisions. If your name appears there, you know you are going to have problems.”In late August, state-owned Ethiopian TV broadcast three documentaries, including one entitled “Untamed Pens,” that portrayed the staff of the magazines Lomi, Fact, Enqu, Jano, Addis Guday and the newspaper AfroTimes as enemies of the state. This documentary aims at justifying the charges brought against these publications. In the weeks before and after this documentary aired, several media were closed down and their employees threatened or harassed.Seals were placed on the entrance to Lomi’s office on 19 July – on the grounds that it did not have a licence to operate – and the police searched it thoroughly. Ethio Midhar, a newspaper, was closed in October and its editor was summoned for questioning by the criminal investigation division, known as Maekelawi.The companies that print certain newspapers, such as Ethio Midhar, Addis Guday and Lomi, have also been harassed by the authorities, as a result of which they are now refusing to print them.Many journalists have reported being summoned by the police and threatened with arrest or physical reprisals. When the police could not locate them, they threatened their relatives with arbitrary arrest or raids on their homes.All this harassment and intimidation has created a climate of terror within the media community that has driven about 30 journalists to flee the country since the start of the year. The entire staff of some publications has fled abroad. They include Lomi, whose editor, two of its reporters and six other employees fled abroad as soon as the judicial proceedings were initiated.Many have gone to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, which Reporters Without Borders visited last month to interview them about their life in exile and the way they were persecuted in Ethiopia. With no source of income, they have had to endure the most appalling material and psychological conditions in Kenya, and fear being followed by the Ethiopian embassy’s agents.“I arrived here just a few days ago,” one told Reporters Without Borders. “I am in a neighbourhood where many Ethiopians live. I don’t feel safe. I need a safer place but I don’t really know where to go.”Despite the extremely precarious situation awaiting them, journalists are continuing to flee Ethiopia.Another newly arrived journalist said: “Other colleagues are thinking of joining us. The legislative elections are coming and they know that the climate will continue to deteriorate.” One journalist, Million Shurube of the newspaper Maraki, fell ill during the journey and died in exile for lack of treatment.Observers of the situation in Ethiopia say this is the worst crackdown since the one that followed the elections in 2005.Looming parliamentary electionsAlthough its economic and social record has been relatively satisfactory in recent years, the Ethiopian government seems to fear any form of criticism or protest at a time when ethnic and religious-based demands are growing.“The government has managed to eliminate much of the privately-owned press in the space of a few months, thereby curtailing public debate and the ability of ordinary citizens to discuss issues concerning them,” Kahn-Sriber said. “Such a censorship campaign in the run-up to elections is particularly disturbing.”An Ethiopian media analyst who spoke to Reporters Without Borders on condition of anonymity said the situation is all the more worrying because it will continue until next May at least. “Even if the bloggers and journalists continue to appear in court, their case won’t advance before the elections. The government is deliberately blocking it.”The privately-owned press is clearly experiencing its most difficult period in a decade even if some publications, such as Reporter, Addis Admas and Ethio Miska, are continuing to appear.“It’s true that some journalists have been very critical of the government but it is important to respect the principle of proportionality,” the analyst said. “There are procedures for challenging articles regarded as defamatory. Mass arrests and forcing newspapers to close are counter-productive, especially if the very existence of these critical newspapers is a direct result of the government’s news control policies.”Publications that did not originally intend to cover politics felt obliged to evolve because of a pressing public demand for more diverse coverage of political and social developments. And sometimes their staff took radical positions that failed to respect media ethics.But, according to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, none of these media ever published articles that justified the current crackdown. The government’s aim is to clear – to install such a level of fear that it will not be challenged.According to Reporters Without Borders’ tally, at least ten journalists and six netizens are currently detained in Ethiopia, which is ranked 143rd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation May 21, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala HC Dismisses PIL Filed By An ‘Unregistered’ Association Against Issuance Of Chip Based Biometric ID Cards [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 July 2020 11:32 PMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation which sought a declaration that issuance of chip based ID card with biometric capture to a class of people is violation of fundamental right to privacy.The bench comprising Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly dismissed the PIL on the ground that a writ petition filed by an unregistered body is…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 Kerala High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation which sought a declaration that issuance of chip based ID card with biometric capture to a class of people is violation of fundamental right to privacy.The bench comprising Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly dismissed the PIL on the ground that a writ petition filed by an unregistered body is not maintainable.”Justitia”, an association formed by a group of lawyers, had approached the High Court challenging a Government Order pertaining to creation of a systematic data base of the Migrant Workers, thereby enabling the Government to provide them with an ID Card. During the hearing, the bench noted that there are no materials indicating that ‘Justitia’ is a registered association. The court then referred to a recent judgment by which it dismissed a PIL filed by “Prathyasa Mental Health Counselling forum” holding that a Public Interest Litigation filed by an unregistered body is not maintainable. Dismissing the PIL, the Court said that the directions issued by it in a suo motu writ petition relating to of migrant labourers applies to this case also. In the said judgment, the court, taking note of the GO (challenged in this PIL), had said that it is open for the State and the Authorities to take steps to gather the full details, identity and other information of the migrants even now remaining within the State and those who are returning to the State post pandemic period and consequent on any relaxation of the lockdown restrictions. Case name: ‘JUSTITIA’ vs. State of KeralaCase no.: WP(C).No.36372 OF 2017Coram: Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. ChalyClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgiStock(SAN ANTONIO) — Two people are dead and five injured after a person opened fire “indiscriminately” at a San Antonio bar Sunday night.San Antonio Police Department responded to a shooting at a bar called Ventura, steps from the San Antonio River, at 8 p.m. local time. An altercation appears to have broken out between customers when one person pulled out a gun and began shooting, Police Chief William McManus said at a press conference Sunday night.In total, seven people were shot. A 21-year-old man died inside the club, while a second person in critical condition was later pronounced dead.Five people are currently being treated at area hospitals. Their conditions are unclear at this moment, police said.All of the victims appear to be patrons, McManus said. No employees of the bar were shot.“We’re working on that, I’m confident that we will identify the individual and have that person in custody sooner than later,” McManus said.The concert, called Living the DREAM, featured a lineup of up-and-coming rappers popular on social media. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more