Governor announces Florida barbershops, hair and nail salons move into phase…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The governor also lifted his stay-at-home order for Palm Beach County, one of three south Florida counties excluded from phase one of his reopening plan that launched this week.DeSantis made the announcement allowing “personal service businesses” to reopen via Twitter after meeting with barbers Sunday in Orlando and teasing a pending relaxation of COVID-19 prohibitions during news conferences Friday in Jacksonville and West Palm Beach.“Look, I practically have a mullet,” he said in Jacksonville. “I haven’t had a hair cut in a long time. I absolutely see a path. I think you are going to be seeing something on that very soon.”“Soon,” in this instance, was within a few hours.Phase one of DeSantis’ three-phase reopening plan allowed retailers and restaurants to reopen in limited capacities, while movie theaters, gyms, bars and face-to-face personal service providers remain closed.“We considered (reopening them) for phase one,” DeSantis said, “And my view is, OK, we need to talk with doctors. We need to talk with the industry. We need to figure out what would make sense to reduce risk.”DeSantis met with Orlando Mayor Jerry Demings, health experts and business operators Sunday to discuss ways to reopen barbershops, nail salons and cosmetology businesses.“They were all talking about, ‘Here’s what we would do,’ and I think the ideas were great, so those ideas have been taken, they’ve been internalized,” he said. “The health (department) has looked at them, other physicians have looked at them, so I think it’s going in a really good direction.”Later Friday in West Palm Beach, DeSantis announced Palm Beach County could advance into phase one Monday. Miami-Dade and Broward counties will remain under his April 1 stay-at-home order. The three South Florida counties constitute about one-third of the state’s population, but have about 60 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases.“In order for Florida to come back, we need Palm Beach County in a leadership role. I think starting Monday, I am going to authorize Palm Beach County to move into phase one,” DeSantis said. “We’re going in a smart, safe and step-by-step way to get back, and I think that’s the way to do it.” Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSBarbershopsCOVID-19Governor DeSantisHair SalonsNail SalonsPalm Beach CountyPhase OneReopeningThe Center Square Previous articleIs it safe to visit your mother on Mother’s Day? A doctor offers a decision checklistNext articleOrange County announces end to curfew, expanded test sites, opening personal care services and more Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment!center_img The governor said the Palm Beach County Commission and West Palm Beach City Council had issued resolutions that called on him to allow them to move into phase one. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply “I thought Palm Beach could have” moved into phase one sooner, DeSantis said. “I think they are going to be in good shape. We’re going on the data, listening to local officials. I think they are ready for it. I think the people here are very smart.”“Now we are entering phase one, and I have no doubt this community will lead the way in South Florida in adapting to the new normal,” Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner. “This community is ready to move forward, to lead the way in a safe and smart reopening.”Among residents and business owners who could see relief from the relaxation in Palm Beach County is President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, which had to lay off 153 workers during the COVID-19 emergency. By John Haughey | The Center SquareGov. Ron DeSantis issued an order Friday that allows Florida barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and cosmetology businesses to reopen Monday across most of the state under “enhanced safety protocols.” Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Tens of thousands strike for school funding in Washington State

first_imgSeattle, May 19.Some 6,000 Seattle school teachers held a one-day strike on May 19, defying the Washington State Legislature. Along with student allies, they marched to demand adequate school funding.After a noon rally, the Seattle Education Association was joined by teachers from Issaquah and Mercer Island as they marched from Seattle Center to downtown and back again.The action was part of statewide “rolling walkouts.” Washington Education Association President Kim Mead said over half of its 85,000 members had walked out so far in April and May, with more scheduled.Across the country, teachers’ unions and parents are fighting for funding for education as state politicians impose budget cuts while slashing taxes for the rich. With the impoverishment of students, families and communities, public schools are now seen as society’s basic safety net.Several years ago the WEA and other public education supporters brought a lawsuit that forced the state Supreme Court to mandate increased funding for K-12 public education. This included resources for students and compensation for teachers.The state Legislature, filled with lackeys of big business, has failed to do this. Instead, their agenda is to divest from public education while maintaining tax breaks for Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon. So the Legislature has now been found in contempt of court. (In contempt of students, teachers and communities as well!)But the Supreme Court has yet to issue any penalty. So the teachers and their allies are now ratcheting up the pressure. In addition, an initiative the teachers got on the ballot mandating lower class sizes was approved by the voters. But the state Legislature hasn’t done anything to lower the very high class sizes either.The Seattle walkout began at 8 a.m. with picketing at many schools and marching past other schools. Dozens of strikers carried “Black Students’ Lives Matter” signs. Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Garfield High School, told KIRO-TV: “It’s simply outrageous that the state Legislature has given itself an 11 percent pay raise while offering a measly 1.8 percent for teachers.” The teachers’ pay ranks 42nd in the country. School paraprofessionals protested having to live on public assistance and being homeless.On May 22, 1,000 teachers and students marched in Kennewick in eastern Washington when teachers struck there. Spokane teachers in the state’s second-largest district have voted to strike on May 27. Teachers’ unions in 64 districts have voted to walk out.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Interior minister asked to investigate beating of dissident journalist

first_img Organisation UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Uzbekistan News Help by sharing this information to go further News News April 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interior minister asked to investigate beating of dissident journalist UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia An independent journalist based in the southern region of Jizzakh was badly beaten near his home on the night of 23 April. Reporters Without Borders calls on the Uzbek interior minister to investigate this press freedom violation and establish who was in russian Receive email alerts May 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Read in russianReporters Without Borders wrote to Uzbek interior minister Zakir Almatov today saying it was appalled by the severe beating which independent journalist and human rights activist Ulugbek Khaidarov received on the night of 23 April.”This violent attack on a dissident journalist is a flagrant violation of press freedom in Uzbekistan,” the letter said. “We call on the authorities to quickly conduct a transparent, exhaustive and independent investigation so that an exemplary punishment may be given to the perpetrator of this cowardly attack and, if appropriate, the instigators. It is important that a climate of impunity should not take hold in the region.” Khaidarov (picture), who is also the local leader of the Uzbek human rights organization Ezgulik (“Kindness”), was hospitalized with a broke collarbone and two broken ribs immediately after being badly beaten by an unidentified individual near his home in Jizzakh, his birthplace.He reported from his hospital bed that his assailant, while hitting him, said, “I will teach you how to write.” The attack seems to have been directly linked to articles Khaidarov wrote jointly with Jamshid Karimov, the nephew of President Islam Karimov, which were published in February and March on the opposition websites and .The articles criticized the treatment which Jizzakh’s peasant farmers receive from the local authorities, who constantly harass them, seize their crops and keep the most fertile land for themselves. Last month, farmers in the region protested against the autocratic policies of Jizzakh governor Ubaidulla Yamankulov, demanding his resignation. A police station and two police cars were set on fire by members of the population.For reporting this explosive situation in the region, Khaidarov was threatened with reprisals if he did not quickly leave Jizzakh. Pressure on him from the local authorities increased after he commented scathingly on Governor Yamankulov’s description of the United States as the “global policeman” at a press conference. His name also reportedly appeared on an alleged interior ministry blacklist circulating on the Internet.The governor personally called on Khaidarov on 20 April to stop writing his articles, threatening to “sort him out.”Jamshid Karimov, the president’s nephew, also received a beating on 21 December after criticizing the Jizzakh authorities in an article for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, a London-based media watchdog. February 11, 2021 Find out more News More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena-based Pankow Builders Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Bring Children’s Playhouses to Local Community

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Community News Pasadena-based Pankow Builders Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Bring Children’s Playhouses to Local Community From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 7:18 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News center_img Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Pasadena-based Pankow Builders gathered its 220+ company-wide employees throughout California last month to attend learning workshops, develop leadership skills and build camaraderie, and to build playhouses for children.On Friday, April 29th, Pankow partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles for its Playhouse Build Program, where the employees went through an enjoyable volunteer experience as they build useable and durable playhouses. The program also provided a memorable and enjoyable team building opportunity for Pankow employees whose goal is “to inspire, engage and excite with one another.”The completed playhouses will be donated to the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity (SGV Habitat) and will benefit the local San Gabriel Valley community.Headquartered in Pasadena, Pankow has an established partnership with SGV Habitat since the early 2000s. While its Pankow ambassador has changed hands over the years – starting with Project Executive Emily O. Nochez to Regional Operations Director Calvin Yoshida to Senior Superintendent William “Red” Ward to former Chief Estimator Bob Law – Pankow’s has shown unwavering dedication in supporting its local communities through SGV Habitat.Since 2009, Senior Superintendent Amanda Gallagher has worked closely with SGV Habitat through its renovation programs, Brush with Kindness, and its new construction projects, including the Geneva and Chestnut Home projects in Glendale.Gallagher spearheads all of Pankow’s local volunteer opportunities with SGV Habitat and serves on the SGV Construction Committee outside of Pankow.“As managers and engineers, we don’t always have the opportunity to physically work with our hands and get a little dirty,” Gallagher said. “Working with SGV Habitat allows us to go beyond the daily grind of our computer screens, drawings and details – and actually build something tangible ourselves.”Pankow President and COO Dave Eichten says the company looks forward to continuing the relationship with SGV Habitat over the coming years.“As a local builder based in San Gabriel Valley, it makes sense for Pankow to be involved with SGV Habitat,” Eichten said. “We all have a great time learning new skills and developing leadership skills – with diverse tasks that vary from our day-to-day jobs. Pankow is a proud partner of SGV Habitat and we are happy to embark on a new partnership with Habitat LA.” Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

Fashion faculty on show

first_imgAdvertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsFashion faculty on showBy Guest Writer – May 10, 2013 1468 Limerick Post Show | Milk Market on re-opening Print Milk Market remaining open as locals asked to support small food producers Email Linkedin Limerick webinar on Slow Fashion & Capsule Wardrobe Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This design is by graduate student Michael Stewart from Kilkishen County Clare whose hand-painted work is inspired by pagan rituals and will feature at the Graduation Fashion show in the Milk Market on May 16THE Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT graduate fashion show takes place on Thursday May 16 in the city’s iconic Milk Market. The following day it will host the ‘LSAD International Alumni Fashion Gathering’, where past pupils, including Natalie B Coleman who recently dressed pop star Jessie J, will return to the city where they learnt their craft. Nineteen final year students will showcase their collections on the night.  These students have recently completed work placements which have taken them all over the world to prestigious design houses such as Alexander Wang in New York, Phillip Treacy  in London and Amit Aggarwal in India.center_img Twitter Previous articleFree art exhibitionNext articleMunster to make UL their home Guest Writer Facebook TAGSfashionLimerick School of Art & DesignMilk Market Limerick Milk Market looking to expand RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Post Show | Coláiste Iósaef | Junk Kouture Neil Jordan to Open Exhibition in Limericklast_img read more

William’s three-year cycle around the world

first_imgLinkedin WhatsApp LimerickNewsWilliam’s three-year cycle around the worldBy Staff Reporter – January 24, 2018 1957 Twitter William contemplates a spectacular view on the Huascaran Circuit in the Peruvian Andes.1,105 days after leaving his home, Limerick man William Bennett was greeted by family and friends after an epic cycle that took him across five continents and 58 countries.   27 year-old William reached the end of his 58,000 kilometre round-the-world journey last Saturday with an overwhelmingly positive view of the world, despite having survived tropical diseases, breakdowns and multiple robberies.After five years of preparation, William set off on his odyssey in January 2015, cycling across Europe, where he endured days of sub-zero temperatures as he traversed Poland and western Ukraine during their harsh winter months.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This steep learning curve would serve him well as he crossed the Bosphorus Strait and started his long cycle across Asia which took more than a year to complete. He passed through Iran, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, countries which have always held dangerous reputations but where he encountered some of the most welcoming people in the world.William is welcomed home by family and friends at the Coolquinn Athletics Club last Saturday.Photo:Kieran Ryan“During my crossing of Iran, not a day went by where I wasn’t invited for lunch or welcomed into a family home to spend the night. In countries like Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the biggest danger was accepting too much vodka from the friendly drivers who would pull over and demand that you eat and do shots with them before midday,” he said.The stark beauty of the “Stans” of Central Asia was in contrast to his first day in Mongolia where he was attacked by a bandit.“After seven punches to the head and with no way to escape, I had no choice but to fight for my life, throwing a punch so hard that it shattered my knuckle and broke my attacker’s jaw, dislodging two of his teeth and knocking him unconscious.”He underwent surgery on his hand before restarting his journey two months later, crossing the length of China in winter before reaching the more relaxed, easy-going countries of South-East Asia.With 200km gaps between water stations in the Australian outback, William said that “at one stage I had no choice but to carry 15 litres of water and close to ten kilograms of food with me. My loaded bicycle made for some pretty slow progress on the dirt tracks of the outback.”After catching a flight to South America, he restarted his journey in Colombia, cycling from the lush jungles of the Amazon to the heights of the Andes in southern Ecuador, the majesty of Peruvian Andes, across Bolivia to the plains of Paraguay and the steep forest highways of southern Brazil.“Africa ended up being by far, the hardest part of my cycle. Between the vast, silent deserts of Namibia, dodging the roaming elephants of Botswana, the bandits of Northern Kenya, the stone-throwing teenagers of Ethiopia, the howling headwinds in the Sahara and the armed police escorts through Egypt, Africa proved to be a fitting final challenge to the journey.”A 4,000 kilometre winter dash across Europe faced the Limerickman before he arrived home last Saturday.“On a journey that long, it is inevitable that you will meet some bad people but from my experience, those make up less than one per cent of the people you will generally encounter. The vast majority of people I met were hard-working decent people just trying to raise a family and live a good life.“I lost count of the number of people who would offer me food, buy me dinner, come to my rescue when I became badly sick and who would invite me, a complete stranger, into their homes to spend the night.“It has been an eye-opening and enlightening experience and one that I am so happy to have had the opportunity to undertake,” the Limerick adventurer declared.See more Limerick news here Emailcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Previous articleTaoiseach sees new infrastructure as key to region’s successNext articleMinister a no-show to answer on UHL overcrowding Staff Reporter Printlast_img read more

Priest learns way to forgiveness

first_img Twitter The Rev. Bernard Getigan has been pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for the past couple of months. Fr. Bernadito returned to the parish where he had been for 2 years beginning in 1998. Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Local News WhatsApp By admin – February 10, 2018 center_img Twitter Facebook Facebook St. Mary’s Catholic ChurchWhen the Rev. Bernard Tabaranza “Father Bernardito” Getigan preaches about forgiveness, he sometimes cites his own experience.The 57-year-old native of Tagbilaran, Bohol, the Philippines, had just been ordained on Dec. 14, 1985, when he was approached by a man he had never seen before. “He introduced himself to me as my bio-dad,” said Getigan, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 612 E. 18th St.“I’d been raised in a family with a dad and a mom and I believed the man who raised me was my biological dad. It ruined my beautiful ordination day that was supposed to be a joyful day. I was really upset.“My problem was that as a priest I preached on forgiveness, love and mercy, but there I was, having a hard time forgiving my own dad. I finally came to the point where I decided the best way to a peaceful life and to be a man of God was to forgive him. It taught me the beauty of being able to make peace.”Since then, Getigan has visited the man in the Philippines and been visited by him in the U.S. He has two sisters.Serving churches in his country till coming to Odessa in 1998 as an associate of the late Monsignor Francis X. Frey at St. Mary’s, he was also at St. Lawrence Church in Garden City, Holy Redeemer and San Miguel here and in Midland and Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Ozona before returning July 15 to St. Mary’s, where 600 to 700 people attend Masses at 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Getigan says a Filipino Mass at 5 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month.“I had seen pine trees and beautiful places in American movies, and when the plane started to descend I wondered, where are the trees?” Getigan said. “Am I in the United States? But when Father Frey met me at the airport, he was so welcoming, so hospitable, that all my fear was gone. And the people at St. Mary’s are very welcoming.“I base my homilies on the Word of God, the Bible, and situations in the lives of the people, and I include my personal story. We are the people of God, God loves us, he is here for us to forgive us and he does not condemn us. He gives us the assurance, ‘I am your God and I’m here to protect you and to love you.’“I’m happy as a priest and blessed that God chose me to be his minister and gave me this beautiful opportunity to minister to people in the diocese and now here at St. Mary’s.”Getigan has a story for children about obeying their parents, illustrated by the long horizontal scar on his forehead. “My mom asked me to stay in, but I said ‘no’ because I’d just learned to ride a bike,” he said.“I was 13. I fell from a cliff and hit a rock and was in the hospital.”The Rev. Nilo Nalugon, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church at Sweetwater, said Getigan “is very prayerful and generous with the people.“Father Bernardito was seven or eight years ahead of me, but we were at the same seminary,” said Nalugon. “He is the same guy now, very disciplined and hard-working with his pastoral ministry.” Priest learns way to forgiveness Previous articleBOYS SOCCER: Odessa High takes down previously-undefeated Wolfforth Frenship to start district competitionNext articleTEXAS VIEW: time to complete I-35W adminlast_img read more

How Cryptocurrency Can Help Fund Affordable Housing

first_img Share Save Communities across the nation are struggling to provide enough affordable housing for their residents, high home prices and low inventory ensuring strongly competitive markets in many corners of the U.S. According to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), only 13 cities (2.4 percent of the total) met their full goals last year. Or, put another way, 97.6 percent of cities did not meet their full goals. Worse, 70 percent of California cities failed to meet their housing goals for any income level. In the face of this crisis, the city of Berkeley is turning to Bitcoin for inspiration.Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett and Mayor Jesse Arreguin are teaming with UC Berkeley’s Blockchain Lab and finance startup Neighborly to look into creating a new cryptocurrency that would be backed municipal bonds. The funds raised by the cryptocurrency’s “initial coin offering” (ICO) would then be put toward affordable housing measures. Purchasers of the cryptocurrency could then use the digital “tokens” they receive in exchange to shop at local establishments, or even possibly pay their rent at local participating apartment complexes.”We have a jobs explosion and a super-tight housing crunch,” Bartlett said. “You’re looking at a disaster. We thought we’d pull together the experts and find a way to finance [affordable housing] ourselves.”In a media statement, Neighborly Project Manager Garrett Brinker said, “Berkeley is struggling to build sufficient affordable housing, especially as federal funds dry up and the new tax bill restricts their financing capabilities. An initial community offering presents a unique opportunity to help raise the necessary funds through local investors to build low-cost housing while striving to improve social well-being and equity.”Councilmember Bartlett said that “Cryptocurrencies enable the city to mitigate some … potentially detrimental effects and help localize the financing of crucial social policy initiatives. Blockchain’s benefits, such as security, efficiency, transparency, and speed, are not only applicable, but much needed at the government level to deliver better and more streamlined services to the people who need it most.”Pending proper approvals, Neighborly COO COO Kiran Jain said the city could launch its “initial community offering” of the Berkeley cryptocurrency by mid-May. “Unlike most of the ICOs which deliver coins for a future value or service, these coins will represent a real security issued for a specific purpose,” Jain said.It might still be a while before people are regularly using cryptocurrencies to pay for their mortgages, but in the meantime people continue to find ways to innovate with the technology. To stay on the cutting edge of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, machine learning, and other technological concepts that are positioned to evolve and disrupt the mortgage and housing industry, be sure to register for the upcoming inaugural Five Star Fintech Summit, happening March 21-22 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Click the banner below for more info. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago February 19, 2018 3,050 Views How Cryptocurrency Can Help Fund Affordable Housing The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Which U.S. Cities are Embracing Reverse Mortgages? Next: More Communities Banning Plywood on Zombie Homes Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / How Cryptocurrency Can Help Fund Affordable Housing in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, News, Technology About Author: David Wharton Related Articles Affordable Housing Affordable Housing Crisis bitcoin cryptocurrency housing shortages 2018-02-19 David Wharton The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordable Housing Affordable Housing Crisis bitcoin cryptocurrency housing shortages Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Fourth Challenge To New IT Rules : Kannada News Portal ‘Pratidhvani’ Moves Karnataka High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesFourth Challenge To New IT Rules : Kannada News Portal ‘Pratidhvani’ Moves Karnataka High Court Mustafa Plumber31 March 2021 6:58 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Wednesday adjourned by two weeks a petition filed by “Truth Pro Foundation India (TPFI)”, a non-government organisation that runs the Kannada news portal Pratidhvani, challenging the recently notified Information Technology(Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules) which seeks to regulate digital news portals. …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 Karnataka High Court on Wednesday adjourned by two weeks a petition filed by “Truth Pro Foundation India (TPFI)”, a non-government organisation that runs the Kannada news portal Pratidhvani, challenging the recently notified Information Technology(Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules) which seeks to regulate digital news portals. The petition filed through advocate Rakesh B Bhatt claims that the rules are ultra vires the Information Technology Act, 2000, in as much as they set up a classification of publishers of news and current affairs content and seek to regulate the news portals under part III of the rules. It is said that imposing a code of ethics which stipulates such vague conditions as ‘good taste’, ‘decency’ etc are not envisaged by the parent act (IT Act). The petition states that the challenge is limited to the IT rules 2021 to the extent it affects the digital news portal and not with reference to publishers of online curated content i.e. OTT media platforms or any other entities sought to be regulated by the impugned rules. The petition seeks to declare the rules as unconstitutional and ultra vires on the following grounds: The purport to virtually legislate on the conduct of entities is not even within the purview of the parent act. It is said “In the present case, though the parent act deals with electronic data/record, the object and purpose of the parent act, is primarily to provide for legal recognition of such electronic data/record, recognise means of electronic communication, authenticate and establish conditions in which electronic data/record could be considered as evidence, and to recognise offences committed through the use of computer resources. Therefore, the parent act does not recognise digital news media as a separate category of entity and does not seek to subject them or their content to any set of special regulations,” the petition said. Further, it is said that Section 69-A is a limited and specific emergent power as described by the Supreme Court in the case of Shreya Singhal. The impugned rules cannot therefore purport to regulate digital news portals by requiring them to abide by the code of ethics. In doing so the rules extend the application of Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act and Press Council Act. It is also said in the petition that the IT Rules expand the scope of the parent Act even more by providing for a “code of ethics and a three-tier regulatory system” and administering a loose-ranging code of ethics that contains extremely wide and vague terms such as “half-truths”, “good taste” and “decency”. This apart, the impugned Rules attempt to proscribe content on the basis of vague and subjective grounds which the Supreme Court has already voided when it struck down Section 66-A of the parent Act in Shreya Singhal v. Union of India. It is also said that “IT rules have been issued under section 87(2)(z) and (ZG). The rule making power under section 87 (2)(zg) is with respect to guidelines for intermediaries, therefore the impugned part cannot be sources to section 87 (2)(zg) since the impugned part applies only to non-intermediaries such as publisher of news and current affairs content and publishers of curated content which are both distinct from intermediaries as defined and understood in the Parent Act. The petitioner also noted that the IT Rules 2021 provide for an oversight mechanism for digital news portals, which includes setting up of an inter-departmental committee which has the power to hear grievances regarding compliance with the said Code of Ethics. However, as the Rules are framed under the parent Act, the former cannot set up an adjudicatory mechanism parallel to the courts of law. This is completely beyond the object and scope of the parent Act. Fourth Challenge to new IT RulesEarlier this month, Delhi High Court had issued notice to the Central Government on a petition filed by the publisher of ‘The Wire’ challenging the new Rules. The Kerala High Court has restrained Union from enforcing Part III of the Rules(which deal with digital media) against LiveLaw while issuing notice on a petition filed by it. Recently, the publisher of ‘The Quint’ also moved the Delhi High Court against the Rules. The Delhi High Court will consider the petitions of ‘The Wire’ and ‘The Quint’ in the second week of April.Next Storylast_img read more

Audio update – Ten-T options report to be published on Monday

first_img Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter By News Highland – January 9, 2020 Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Donegal County Council has confirmed that the Options Selections Report for the TEN-T Priority Route Improvement Project will be published on Monday.Detailed documents and plans will be available for viewing online, or at the six council offices in Lifford, Letterkenny, Milford, Dungloe, Carndonagh and Donegal Town.The document covers three sections of road, the Twin Towns By-Pass, the Letterkenny to Manorcunningham Road and the road from Manorcunningham to Lifford, linking with Strabane and the A5.Letterkenny Cllr Donal Coyle campaigned on the Ten-T issue in last year’s local elections. he says there is no doubt that houses will be lost, and he says there will be other ramifications, particularly for farmers……Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleRetailers to attend as Beef Market Taskforce meets todayNext articleTyrone stay on course in defence of McKenna Cup News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Audio update – Ten-T options report to be published on Mondaylast_img read more