Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks today for a passive income

first_img Buy-to-let has been a popular investment over the past few decades, and the asset class has made a lot of property owners very wealthy. However, recent tax changes and regulations mean that it has become harder to earn a passive income from rental property.Many FTSE 100 companies now have better income prospects. As such, owning blue-chip stocks could be a better way to generate a passive income over the long run. Here are two prime examples that could be worth purchasing today.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Royal Bank of Scotland GroupRecent updates from RBS (LSE: RBS) show just how far the business has come over the past 10 years. Management has spent the last decade selling off non-core businesses and repositioning the bank for growth.These efforts have also freed up capital and improved profit margins so much that RBS was able to reintroduce its dividend in 2018, and it paid out a special dividend to shareholders last year.Despite the company’s improving income credentials, RBS’s exposure to the UK economy has weighed on its share price over the past three years. This presents a buying opportunity for long-term investors.RBS currently trades on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 10.5, which suggests that it offers a wide margin of safety. Moreover, the stock is set to pay out a total dividend yield of 9.4% for its 2019 fiscal year, and 6.2% for 2020. The payout is covered 1.5 times by earnings, which opens up the prospect of further special dividends down the line.With its market-beating dividend yield, RBS appears to offer an excellent opportunity for income investors with a long-term outlook. It should appeal to those who are looking for a growing income stream without having the hassle that investments like the buy-to-let property market bring with them.Phoenix Group HoldingsAnother FTSE 100 stock that offers a highly attractive passive income stream is Phoenix Group Holdings (LSE: PHNX). It seems that investors are avoiding this business because it is quite complex to understand.Phoenix buys old life insurance policies and then manages them to extract as much value as possible. By operating at scale, the company can achieve economies of scale other insurers cannot, which means that it can extract more profit from these policies as they run off.Over the past few years, Phoenix has been on an acquisition spree as other insurers have sought to offload their life insurance assets as part of their efforts to reduce business complexity. The company has been more than happy to take on the risks of managing these policies as this is its sole line of business.The company offers a dividend yield of 6.3% at present, and the payout has been growing in line with its book of policies for the past five years. This dividend yield suggests that the stock offers value at current levels. The rest of the FTSE 100 supports a dividend yield of 4.3%. Therefore, now could be the time to buy this income champion based on its attractive income stream. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 12th January, 2020 | More on: NWG PHNX Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks today for a passive income Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 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Nemani Nadolo is back from his ban and looking as sharp as ever

first_imgTuesday May 31, 2016 Nemani Nadolo is back from his ban and looking as sharp as ever Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo made his return to Super Rugby at the weekend following 4 weeks out after he was banned for a tip tackle on Tomas Cubelli. He returned in fine form, scoring a try, beating defenders and also showing that he is an intelligent footballer.Raw power and surprising elegance are what make this guy fascinating to watch. Above is a quick highlights clip of some of his best moments, including a lovely touch by Kieran Read for the try.The Crusaders won the match 26-21 to move top of the New Zealand Super Rugby conference.What another tough win. Def felt the lungs tonight.the boys really dug deep to come home with the W. Body gonna feel it 2moro ?????? #crusadeon— nemzy (@nemani_nadolo) May 28, 2016Official match highlights:ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… 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 ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports10 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

Residence at Punkunnam / LIJO RENY architects

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/14933/residence-at-punkunnam-lijo-reny-architects Clipboard Save this picture!+ 27 Share India 2007 Architects: LIJO RENY architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Residence at Punkunnam / LIJO RENY architectsSave this projectSaveResidence at Punkunnam / LIJO RENY architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/14933/residence-at-punkunnam-lijo-reny-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Thrissur, Indiacenter_img CopyAbout this officeLIJO RENY architectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHousesThrissur3D ModelingIndiaPublished on February 21, 2009Cite: “Residence at Punkunnam / LIJO RENY architects” 21 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects Area:  255 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Text description provided by the architects. The compound wall is a simple contemporary design, which breaks at two points, on either side of the site, to form horizontal openings that give a glimpse of the serene landscape within. The compound wall was designed in this fashion so that it compliments the building within it. It accommodates two entries to the site, a vehicular gate & a wicket gate. The wicket gate stands under a gateway that which is totally contemporary and a very good example of how traditional elements can be used in a modern context. The gateway connects the compound wall to the house visually, a point that is missed in most of the houses today. Space for a planter was found out side the compound wall, between the two entries, by setting in the wall. This setting in of the compound wall and the main gate connected to it facilitates better turning radius for vehicles entering the compound. Having no thread to pick up from the context in which it stands, this unique creation that spreads, on a 10 cent corner plot, to an area of 2750 sq ft, in Hari Sri residential colony, in Trichur, makes a bold statement as a silent protest against the pseudo traditionalism that has been plaguing the present architectural scenario in Kerala,(India). Save this picture!Recommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamWoodEGGERLaminatesRenders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™Porcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionThe juxtaposed solid form with its structural walls pulled out, ensures a perpetual play of light and shadow. The structural fins that come out redirects breeze into the building at various openings as well as adds a certain aesthetic character of the building. The various masses that rise and fall are a pure reflection of the volume contained within. The landscape is kept minimal to avoid the clutter that usually turns out to be maintenance constrain. Also the minimal landscape complements the visually complicated form. The waterspout is also custom designed and positioned in a way it gels well with the rest of the design. Entering through either of the gates, one has to tread the various levels to reach the sit out. These levels integrate the building into the landscape. Save this picture!As one enters the site, the pool with the tree in the middle is that which catches ones attention. Moreover one would not fail to note the striking contrast between the water court and the dry court, near the sit out, rendering an unconventional feel to the space. On entering the house one would be taken aback by the sheer volume of the interior space. This is achieved by the 8m height above the skylight court in the living and above the staircase and also by the quantity of light flooding in through the two huge sky lights. Each of the skylights run both vertically and horizontally, the vertical being that of frost glass, for privacy and the horizontal that of reflective glass, to cut out maximum heat, at the same time to give glimpses of the changing sky. The skylights being the highest point in the house have been provided with air vents to facilitate airflow through stack effect. The openness of the living, dining and the family space gives an unobstructed volume for the easy ventilation. Save this picture!The skylight court in the living has a growing bamboo. It branches out in to the living to add vibrancy and life. The family space, viewed from the living room below, designed like a bridge; seem to hover in mid air, having painted a slightly darker shade of grey. The clock is one of its kinds. The architects themselves design it. It’s designed with an aluminum section for the body and industrial drill bits for the digits and is mounted on the wall. Save this picture!The dining area is segregated from the living area with a wall, that fall short of reaching the ceiling that in turn help in giving the family deck above a floating effect. The curio taking punctured partition wall between the living and the dining gives necessary privacy required without marring the openness of the collective space. The dining with its full-length seating serves its purpose during post dinner discussions and siestas. The kitchen too has an in-built seating which turns out to be a multipurpose area for cutting vegetables, grating coconut (due to its comfortable height) and of course as an informal seating, just to mention a few. The breakfast counter also doubles up as study table for kids. Another interesting add on is the inclusion of work area space into the kitchen space itself, in turn avoiding a separate work area altogether. This helps in giving the kitchen a more spacious feel. The light that filters through the skylight above the stair find its way, mildly, through the small glazed openings that touch the ceiling above the kitchen cabinets. Save this picture!The master bedroom and the guest bedroom have a foyer each, which opens into the court in the living, giving quite a rare feel while breaking all conventional notions about a bedroom. Interestingly this space can be used as a reading corner, for ironing or for dressing. The foyer seating is design with inbuilt storage below the. This space attached to bedroom help double the space visually. The bedrooms have a raised platform, which doubles up to take the bed. These platform beds have ample storage space below them. Just Above the platform the bedroom ceiling splits, to add an additional 0.9m height to the room. The higher point takes the air vents and the exhaust to keep the air circulating, which ensure the comfort levels in the bedrooms. Save this picture!Having combined the dress and the toilet, a spacious feel is achieved which is accentuated further by the colour band running from the floor to the ceiling and back. The reference lines that run throughout the house are very visible, as the grooves done on the doors are also carried on to the window and wardrobe shutters. The simple design of the doors is further enhanced by recessing in the wall that takes it, that gives it a larger and unconventional feel. Save this picture!The family space doubles as a home theater with the screen placed on the double height wall that springs from the dining. The acoustical quality of the design gives a consistent audio output anywhere in the internal open space of the family deck as well as the dining and the living below. The various unobstructed volumes of spaces around the family deck, in the first floor, render it as a platform suspended in mid air. The openness of this, keeps the house well ventilated.Project gallerySee allShow lessCompetition finalists: Imperial War Museum North Exterior DesignArticles3XN wins architecture competition for the Randers Museum of ArtArticles Share Residence at Punkunnam / LIJO RENY architects Year:  Houses “COPY”last_img read more

Revolutionary LGBTQ Pride

first_imgWorkers World Party in Detroit commemorated LGBTQ Pride month with a public forum June 25. The featured speaker was Loan Tran, a queer and gender nonconforming organizer from North Carolina who is a leading activist in the struggle to overturn HB2, the state’s bigoted anti-trans bathroom law. There are over 40 anti-trans bills being considered in 16 states, including Michigan.The highly political talk included LGBTQ history, working-class internationalism and the role of imperialism. It also stressed the need for solidarity and leadership by oppressed people in order to overthrow capitalism and build a new society free of racism and bigotry of all kinds. The blame for the Orlando tragedy was placed squarely on the capitalist system, which relies on its military and armed state repression of workers and oppressed for its existence.Mike Mchahwar, a student leader and activist at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, spoke on the participation of WWP and Fight Imperialism, Stand Together in the annual Motor City Pride parade and festival. FIST, a revolutionary youth organization, supports full rights and liberation for all LGBTQ people.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ag Leaders Call On Presidential Hopefuls To Support Clean Energy Future

first_img SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Mar 4, 2015 According to the Farmers Electric Cooperative, its solar farm in Johnson County will generate roughly enough electricity to power 120 homes out of the 650-home service area and reduce electricity costs for ratepayers. Notable signers to the letter, which urges “every single Iowa Ag Summit speaker to acknowledge the critical role wind, solar and biofuels play in building a strong, vibrant farming future for our nation,” include the 25x’25 Alliance, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, the American Council on Renewable Energy, the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, the National and Iowa Biodiesel Boards, the American Solar Energy Society, CropLife America, and Windustry. Facebook Twitter The state obtains 27 percent of its total electricity generation from wind, the largest share among states in the nation and enough to power nearly 1.5 million homes. Iowa is host to 14 active wind-related manufacturing facilities in the state, which create and sustain jobs and strengthen the economy. Facebook Twitter Home Energy Ag Leaders Call On Presidential Hopefuls To Support Clean Energy Future Biofuels industries have added $13.1 billion to Iowa’s economy, generated $4.1 billion in new household income, and created and supported 62,000 jobs statewide. Overall, Iowa accounts for 30 percent of total U.S. biofuels production.   To view a copy of the letter, click HERE. “As the U.S. and other world economies move to a low carbon future, policymakers need look no further than Iowa for what a vibrant clean energy future can and should look like,” said Ernie Shea, Project Coordinator for the 25x’25 Alliance, a coalition united behind the goal of securing 25 percent of the nation’s energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2025. “Iowa’s farmers have found a way to take advantage of abundant, economical, clean sources of energy. It is my hope that as the Summit convenes, national leaders will look toward Iowa as an example of what is possible for our clean energy future.” The Summit convenes on Saturday. Several presidential hopefuls have confirmed attendance, such as former governors Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New York businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Iowa ranks near the top in the United States in production of renewable energy.   Prominent leaders from agriculture’s diverse value chain issued an open letter to policymakers and presidential hopefuls attending the first ever Iowa Ag Summit, urging them to consider Iowa’s renewable energy record in wind, solar and biofuels as an example for clean energy policies for the nation. “Iowa farmers have demonstrated they can fuel and feed the planet at the same time,” said Ron Heck, an Iowa soybean and corn producer, a former president of the American Soybean Association and a founder of the 25x’25 Alliance. “We’re number one in biofuels, number three in installed wind capacity, and installed our largest solar farm last year. We are harnessing homegrown energy in a manner that’s good for farmers, the economy and the environment.” Previous articleIndiana Soy Checkoff and Purdue Launch Risk Tools on WebNext articleIndiana-Based Seed Company Partners to Support Ethanol Gary Truitt Ag Leaders Call On Presidential Hopefuls To Support Clean Energy Futurelast_img read more

Editor of three weekly papers killed in grenade attack

first_img RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News News Editor of three weekly papers killed in grenade attack News News June 3, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities in northern Iraq to find and punish those responsible for a grenade attack today that killed journalist Sahar Saad Eddin Nuami, editor of three Kirkuk weekly papers. Nuami, who edited Al-Mizan, Al-Khaima and Al-Hayat al-Gadida and was close to a moderate pan-Arab political group, was killed instantly by a grenade thrown at his car by unknown attackers in the city. Clashes are common between the city’s three main ethnic communities, the Turkmens, Kurds and Arabs, and several prominent figures have been murdered recently.Iraq is still one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists. Since fighting started there in March last year, at least 33 journalists and media assistants have been killed, 19 of them this year, including 15 Iraqis. Nuami is the first to be killed in Kirkuk. Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Call for Al-Jazeera cameraman’s release from Guantanamo on fifth anniversary of arrival of first detainees

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas News Follow the news on United States Five years after the first detainees were taken to the US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Al Jazeera cameraman Sami Al-Haj (photo), a Sudanese citizen who has been held at Guantanamo Bay without being charged or tried since 13 June 2002. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay in eastern Cuba, Reporters Without Borders today reiterated its call for the release of Sami Al-Haj, a Sudanese cameraman with the Qatar-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera, who has been held without charge since 13 June 2002.Several hundred people who had been captured by the US army during “Operation Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan were transferred to Guantanamo Bay on 11 January 2002, thereby inaugurating a tropical gulag which altogether has received some 770 prisoners including Al-Haj.“The US supreme court’s June 2006 decision that it would be illegal to try ‘enemy combatants’ held at Guantanamo before military tribunals has unfortunately in no way changed the situation of the detainees, who for the most part are being held without any grounds in the most appalling conditions,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The release of about 30 detainees in the last quarter of 2006 does nothing to diminish the legal and humanitarian outrage for which a democratic country has been responsible for the past four years,” the press freedom organised continued. “We hope the new majority installed in Congress on 4 January will tackle this issue quickly and make the government close down the camp.”Arrested by the Pakistani army on the Afghan border in December 2001 and then handed over to the US military, Al-Haj was forced to confess to supposed links between Al-Jazeera and Al-Qaeda. He has been interrogated more than 150 times and has repeatedly been tortured (including prolonged exposure to the tropical sun, water-boarding and sleep deprivation).Ailing and denied any contact with his family since his arrest, Al-Haj spoke for the first time of his desire to kill himself when he received a visit from his lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith, in April 2006. He is accused without any evidence of interviewing Osama Bin Laden and trafficking in arms for Islamist terrorists. His case is typical of many of those held at Guantanamo.A White House directive of 7 February 2002 declared that Geneva Convention provisions for prisoners of war did not apply to the Guantanamo detainees, thereby placing them outside of any legal framework. After a long legal battle, the US supreme court ruled on 29 June 2006 that it would be unconstitutional for them to be tried by military tribunals. The February 2002 presidential directive was rescinded two weeks later, on 12 July 2006, but Congress legalised the tribunals on 28 September and introduced new clauses preventing the detainees from challenging their detention before they are tried and banning any prosecution of their jailers. On 17 October, another law authorised the use of torture.According to Agence France-Presse, the government plans to try between 60 and 80 of the 395 detainees currently held at Guantanamo. Al-Haj’s lawyer, Stafford-Smith, told Reporters Without Borders he did not know if his client is among those who are going to be tried.He told Reporters Without Borders: “The prisoners are almost all very down, for predictable reasons: They have been held for five years without any prospect of a fair trial. Contrary to what the military say, the conditions now are worse than they have ever been, worse than any death row I have ever been to, and I have seen many in 20 years of representing prisoners sentenced to death in the USA. Most are now held in solitary confinement, with nothing to do all day.”Over 16 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations sothat their cases will not be forgotten.Currently, Sami Al-Haj is sponsored by La Sexta, IPS-Comunica, La Voz del Occidente, Colexio de Xornalistas de Galicia, Corriere Canadese, Atlas media, Magazine de Saint-Lambert, Mouton Noir, CIBL, Radio Canada Sudbury.Sign the petition for Sami Al-Haj : http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=19079 January 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for Al-Jazeera cameraman’s release from Guantanamo on fifth anniversary of arrival of first detainees RSF_en News News News Organisation to go furtherlast_img read more

Accidental death verdict in Limerick house fire inquest

first_imgAdvertisement Email NewsLocal NewsAccidental death verdict in Limerick house fire inquestBy Editor – January 11, 2018 3243 Twitter The late Grace McDermottA lamp that fell on to a couch was identified as the likely cause of a fire that claimed the life  of a 26-year-old Dublin woman who died in a house fire in Limerick last May.Grace McDermott, a lecturer at Dublin City University, had taken part in the Great Limerick Run over the May bank holiday weekend and, having lost the key to her hotel room, stayed at a friend’s house.An inquest into her death in Limerick yesterday heard that she died from carbon monoxide poisoning after a lamp that was missing its base fell over on to a couch in the bedroom where she was sleeping in the early hours of Monday, May 1, 2017.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Forensic scientist Paul Collins said that if the couch had been compliant with the highest fire safety standards, it may not have occurred.Three men and another woman who were in the house at The Oaks, Riverbank, Annacotty, escaped uninjured.Ms McDermott’s fiancé, Colin O’Neill, told the inquest that Gardaí returned the engagement ring he gave her. The couple met in Australia in 2012.Cathal Sheridan, a friend of Ms McDermott’s, who invited her back to the house, described how he tried to rescue her but was held back by his fellow housemates.“My abiding memory is roaring Grace’s name. She was the nicest girl you could ever meet; the smartest, most intelligent girl,” Mr Sheridan said.Coroner John McNamara said the only verdict he could return was an “accidental death”.He said a number of unfortunate events had led to Ms McDermott staying at her friend’s house after she had become separated from another friend who she had planned to stay with in the Travelodge hotel.Mr McNamara said he intended to contact the Department of the Environment, recommending smoke detectors be fitted in every bedroom of every new home in the future, as a mandatory safety measure.More local news here Previous articleHospital talks on overtime for internsNext articleLimerick man’s body recovered in Killaloe Editorcenter_img Linkedin WhatsApp Print Facebooklast_img read more

Rally in support of Donegal Home Help Service in Letterkenny on Friday week

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook News Google+ A march and rally in support of the Donegal Home Help Service will take place in Letterkenny on Friday week next, the 19th of October. At 1 o’clock, the march will proceed from St Conal’s Hospital to Market Square where speeches will be made and a soup kitchen set up.The trade unions IMPACT and Siptu say a show of strength is necessary after confirmation by the HSE that over 1,500 hours per week will be cut from the Home Help Service across Donegal in a national cost cutting exercise.IMPACT North West Assistant General Secretary Richy Carrothers says Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” is being used on posters in a bid to depict the horror the cuts will cause………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rich1pm.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Previous articleHealth Service Executive urging people to get the flu vaccineNext articleGardai investigate alleged extortion at betting shop in Lifford News Highland Facebook By News Highland – October 9, 2012 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Rally in support of Donegal Home Help Service in Letterkenny on Friday weekcenter_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

Breaking- ‘Virtually Gives 360-Degree Profile Into A Person’s Online Activity’: Whatsapp’s New Privacy Policy Challenged In Delhi High Court

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking- ‘Virtually Gives 360-Degree Profile Into A Person’s Online Activity’: Whatsapp’s New Privacy Policy Challenged In Delhi High Court Akshita Saxena14 Jan 2021 4:14 AMShare This – x“The hallmark of freedom in a democracy is having the autonomy and control over our lives”A writ petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the new Privacy Policy introduced by instant messaging app, Whatsapp, as being violative of the citizens’ Right to Privacy and threatening the National Security of India. The petition has been filed by Advocate Chaitanya Rohilla, stating that the updated Policy gives the Company virtually a 360-degree profile into…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?LoginA writ petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the new Privacy Policy introduced by instant messaging app, Whatsapp, as being violative of the citizens’ Right to Privacy and threatening the National Security of India. The petition has been filed by Advocate Chaitanya Rohilla, stating that the updated Policy gives the Company virtually a 360-degree profile into a person’s online activity. “This level of insight into a person’s private and personal activities is done without any government oversight at present or regulatory supervision. Moreover, in the absence of a data protection authority, it leaves the users with a company’s own assurances and privacy policies,” the plea states. Thus, he has urged the High Court to issue an injunction order, restraining Whatsapp from enforcing the updated privacy policy, with immediate effect. He has also sought guidelines/ directions to ensure that any change in Privacy Policy by Whatsapp is carried out strictly in accordance with the Fundamental Rights. Inter alia, he has sought a direction upon the Central Government to exercise of its powers under Section 79 (2) (c) read with Section 87 (2) (zg) of the Information Technology Act and ensure that Whatsapp does not share any data of its users with any third party or Facebook and its companies for any purpose whatsoever. Whatsapp updated its privacy policy on January 4, 2021 and made it compulsory for its users to accept its terms and conditions, failing which the accounts and services would be terminated after February 8, 2021 for the respective user. Affects right to Privacy The Petitioner has, at the outset, stated that updated Privacy Policy directly attacks the fundamental Right of Privacy, guaranteed under Part-III of the Constitution of India, an recognized by the Supreme Court in Justice KS Puttaswamy & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors. In this regard, it is pointed out that the new policy takes away the choice users had until now to not share their data with other Facebook-owned and third-party apps. The Petitioner submitted, “if WhatsApp is stating that it is now going to use the users data and share it with the largest social network in the world [Facebook], which is embedded on every second website and collect data from there as well, the integration of this data will essentially mean that the user is perpetually under the surveillance of the Facebook group of companies.” The plea adds, “the sharing of users’ data by WhatsApp to third parties and Facebook is in itself illegal because WhatsApp can only use the information for purposes that are reasonably linked to the purpose for which the information was given. A user who has signed up to WhatsApp because they want to communicate. Users’ provide their data to WhatsApp for this, whereas WhatsApp is using this data and sharing it with third-part services and Facebook to run their own businesses. It emphatically implies that the purpose that WhatsApp is using the information for is not reasonably connected to the purpose for which the user is giving that information to WhatsApp.” Further, by mandating its users to accept the Policy within a stipulated timeline, WhatsApp has put a damocles sword upon its users, compelling them to share their data to them and ultimately other companies. Obligations under International Law The Petitioner has pointed out that India, being a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), is obligated to implement essential data protection regime, in both the public and private sectors. In the words of the General Committee of the Covenant: “Effective measures have to be taken by States to ensure that information concerning a persons’ private life does not reach the hands of persons who are not authorized by law to receive, process and use it, and is never used for purposes incompatible with the Covenant. In order to have the most effective protection of his private life, every individual should have the right to ascertain in an intelligible form, whether, and if so, what personal data is stored in automatic data files, and for what purposes.” Similar obligation also arises from a close reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Updated Privacy Policy not applicable in Europe The Petitioner has pointed out that the updated Privacy Policy introduced by WhatsApp is not applicable in the European Region, owing to the data protection law (GDPR) in place there. However, the company is trying to arbitrarily and in most monopolistic way enforce the policy in India, as they see vulnerability in the absence of any comprehensive law in this subject. WhatsApp is discharging a Public Function despite being a private entity. On the point of maintainability, the Petitioner has submitted that WhatsApp is amenable to writ jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution, even though it is a private entity, because as it is discharging a ‘Public Function’. [Andi Mukta Sadguru Shree Muktajee Vandas Swami Suvarna Jayanti Mahotsav Smarak Trust v. V.R. Rudani, (1989) 2 SCC 691] The plea states, “Whatsapp has become an important mode of communication amongst the citizens of India and is also being used to aide multiple Governmental functions as well. So much so that even the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, vide Order dated 10.07.2020 in Suo Moto Writ Petition (C) No. 3/2020 in ‘Re: Cognizance For Extension of Limitation’ had allowed the service of summons via electronic mode including WhatsApp. This substantiates to the fact that WhatsApp is discharging a despite being a private entity.” It adds, “In the prevalent Covid-19 pandemic times, Confidential proceedings such as that of the mediations is being conducted by WhatsApp.”Next Storylast_img read more