The Justices in Texas are sharply split on the subject of removing the abortion law in the state, but the law remains upheld by the court after opponents said that a third of the state’s abortion clinics had stopped providing abortions for women. The justices voted 5-4 to uphold the right of women to have an abortion in Texas
Justice Stephen Breyer said that he expected the issue to return to the Supreme Court after it is heard in the Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The court would hear the arguments of the dissenting justices and the law will remain in effect until the Justices resume to hear about it again.
In the early hearings of the Texas legislature, a trial judge said that blocking the law was blocking the woman’s right to want an abortion. However, three judges overruled the judge on the basis that it would only have women go through more effort to obtain an abortion, but it will not end the procedure or revoke the right.
Planned Parenthood and other Texas abortion clinics said that the measure meant that it would stop a third of the clinics in the state to stop their abortion services. They said in just a few days after the injunction’s lift, one-third of Texas’ facilities for abortion had stopped providing proper healthcare for women and others were forced to reduce the numbers of patients receiving care.
Posted by: admin in Law
on October 17th, 2013
Many Nigerian musicians faced great danger in the loss of profits and copyrighted work as some companies do not reward artists for the use of their media. The problem had been on for many years in Nigerian history. However, the Copyright Society of Nigeria or COSON had promised artists that their works will be protected against the abuse and exploitation of local organisations.
The Head of COSON’s communications, media and strategy Chibueze Okereke said that it will take legal action against organisations who continue such practices that deter the right of Nigerian artists. Copyright infringement is a serious crime according to Okereke and may mean the loss of product copyrights rightfully owned by the artists.
COSON said that the action from their organisation against media companies had been long too late, but it said that it will firmly follow its resolve in ensuring that all organisations obey the laws regarding copyrights to prevent costly legal action against such organisations.
Nigeria’s Laws of the Federation in 1990 had firmly stated that copyrights belong to the artist and any replication or use of the item should be with permission from the artist. However, because of the lack of a regulating and enforcing body, many original music from Nigerian artists have been used indiscriminately by local Nigerian media.
Posted by: admin in finance
on October 1st, 2013
The Financial Conduct Authority said that the results of its investigation were disappointing as 12 out of 18 firms had failed to comply properly to refunding mis sold PPI to customers. The FCA estimates the 18 firms responsible for 16% of the country’s overall mis sold PPI numbers.
One of the firms already investigated was referred to enforcement action and might possibly face a fine for their activities. The remaining 12 firms might face enforcement action or adjustment.
PPI is an insurance policy designed to help you repay a loan and mortgage but because of the manner banks sold them, they became useless throughout the United Kingdom. If you want to know your total recompense for PPI, consult with a PPI compensation calculator for more information.
The Financial Ombudsman Service had confirmed that many firms and financial companies are still “dragging their feet” in addressing PPI claims. The FOS reports that it had received a total of 266,338 PPI claims in the first two quarters of 2013. The 26% increase in claims, still in favour of customers, means banks have not adopted the example set by the FOS.
To avoid difficulty in making your PPI claim, it is highly advised that you seek help from PPICalculatorCo.co.uk‘s claims experts. Under a no win no fee basis, it is highly recommended to help you get started on your claim.
A civilian contractor and former military man Aaron Alexis had shot at least 12 people in a US Navy Command Complex on Monday. The United States mourns for yet again another mass killing that has no motive. In light of the Sandy Hook shootings, the call for stricter gun laws in the United States continues.
Analysts call the United States’ gun laws as “the most relaxed in the world”. They said that Alexis was discharged from the US navy in 2011 after multiple breaches for similar rampage shooting incidents. However, Alexis was never once convicted.
Records said that Alexis shot at the tires of vehicles in 2004 out of frustration in Seattle. Police said that his attack was “fuelled by anger”. The two contractors who had “mocked” him owned the vehicles. He pulled out the gun after he walked out from the conversation with the two contractors.
Police also accepted his apology in September 2010 when he shot his pistol at the roof of his apartment that almost killed a woman living in the upper room. He said that pistol fired accidentally when he was cleaning it and forgot to check that it was loaded. However, according to reports, Alexis never apologized to the woman and did not notify about the gunshot.
Many people continue to push gun laws in the United States to become stricter as guns in the irresponsible hands of people could lead to more mass murders in the long run.
The Tchaikovsky biopic’s filmmakers and producers avoid the heavy hand of the law by censoring certain parts and a great majority of the Russian composer’s sexuality in the biographical film. The increasing efforts of the government to ban “gay propaganda” had prompted many filmmakers and other media producers to censor certain parts of their films to avoid undesired clashes.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the world famous classical composer from Russia, is believed to have been gay. However, the biopic’s screenwriter Yuri Arabov said that Tchaikovsky was not gay. According to him, Tchaikovsky grew up without a family and public opinion about him being gay brought about such an infamous reputation next to his name.
The Tchaikovsky biopic was partly funded by the government. However, it was requested that the biopic downplay or avoid discussing the sexuality of Tchaikovsky completely.
The government’s new law banning gay propaganda and education to minors raised concerns about self-regulation and compulsory censorship especially in the media. The Russian government’s Ministry of Culture plays a major role in financing Russian-made movies. Most of these movies are patriotic or historical.
However, some agree that Tchaikovsky was not gay. Alexander Poznansky, who wrote books about Tchaikovsky, said that the composer was never gay in the first place. Most of his books were written based on the diary of the composer and the composer’s brother.
Posted by: admin in Law
on August 5th, 2013
NSA leaker Edward Snowden finally leaves Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport’s transit area as Russia grants him a one-year asylum in the country and has left for a ‘confidential’ and ‘safe’ residence in the country. Russia gives a mixed reception to Snowden’s grant of asylum as Snowden’s leak also compromised Moscow.
A split in the July Poll in the Russian public regarding Snowden’s asylum grant showed that 51% of respondents agreed with Snowden’s conviction to “blow the whistle” while only 43% wanted to give him asylum in the country.
However, Snowden’s Russian Lawyer Anatoly Kurechena received letters of well-wishes from many Russian supporters who hoped that Snowden will quickly adapt to Russia and expressed their support for the leaker.
According to political analysts, Putin’s grant of asylum for Snowden is the latest in the series of “insults” he does against the US. One example is that Putin had backed Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad even before the two-year civil war began. The White House, disappointed with Russia’s decision, is planning to boycott the September Summit with Russia.
Kurechena said that Snowden would appear for interviews after his “adaptation course” is finished. Snowden also expressed through Kurchena that he thanked Russia and his supporters. He also criticised the US government for having no respect for international law.
America’s extradited whistleblower Edward Snowden continues to seek asylum after his reveal of illegitimate NSA and GCHQ activities. However, even if Snowden is granted Asylum, he will need to face many legal obstacles that will take time to process. The US government said that it only cancelled Snowden’s travel documents but he was not deprived of citizenship and he can “come home” at any time.
According to international law, no one can be rendered stateless. In 1948, the United Nations declared that everyone has a right to a nationality and they cannot be deprived of such nationality or denied the right to change the nationality they already have under article 15. Snowden can be rendered “stateless” if he had formally renounced his citizenship at a US embassy.
By convention, all countries consider their airports and other international stations as part of their control. Russia’s profound excuse of Snowden “not having treaded on Russian soil” by staying in the airport can be rendered invalid because it is only finding a reason to do what it wants. This leaves Snowden’s plea for asylum at the hands of Russia.
Even with Ecuador’s endorsement of a temporary letter of passage, Snowden will still need Russia and the chosen airliner’s acceptance to allow him to travel.
Snowden’s application for asylum in Russia was withdrawn after it stated he should “stop his work at bringing harm” to the United States, leaving Snowden to choose from countries without any extradition treaties from the United States.
Posted by: admin in Law
on June 3rd, 2013
This previous article talked about a landlord’s responsibilities to their tenants. Tenants also have legal responsibilities to their landlords. Here are the responsibilities of tenants according to the United Kingdom law.
Landlords expect their tenants not to disrupt or cause disturbances to their tenants regardless of any occasion. However, disturbance for certain occasions at the landlord’s home near the proximity of the tenant is allowable only if the tenant agrees to an arrangement with the landlord.
2. Do It Yourself Modification
In the United Kingdom, tenants are strictly not allowed to modify the home’s basic structure not unless permitted by a landlord. Adding a new patio or modifying the roof or waterlines could only be done if the landlord permits.
A tenant is responsible for the property the landlord entrusted them and they must consider this their primary home at all times. A landlord can evict a tenant who did not provide a leave of absence from the home going to a holiday or visiting a relative for a very long time.
4. Locks and Changes
Tenants are not allowed to modify the locks of any doors at the house. Any problems with the doors they must report to the landlord as soon as possible. Landlords will also need to have a master key to the property’s doors.
Posted by: admin in Law
on May 16th, 2013
If you’ve got residential property and you’re renting it out, you’re automatically a landlord even if you just have one room for rent. Being a landlord, you have responsibilities for the people living under your roof. You are in charge, and legally responsible, for the following.
1. Providing a Fair Price
By law, a fair price between a landlord and tenant is the monthly rent amount agreed upon by both parties and notarized by a legal representative. This fair price should be negotiated and must be final between the two parties. The price must also be within the legal amount provided by the government.
2. Fixing the Area
Before you invite tenants to rent your property, it is important that you do the necessary repairs. If you’ve enough budget, hiring helping hands from contractors or home builders could do the job faster, but for the most part, you’ll be doing the fixing by yourself.
3. 24 Hours Service
As a landlord, you also double as the head-clerk of a hotel suite. You’ll need to be there when your tenant asks for help. However, you could limit the time of tenant management if you put it in the contract between you and the tenant that includes the renting price for the house.
As a landlord, you’re paying property taxes. You must notify the HMRC about your property taxes to avoid penalties and overdues.
Older Posts »
Posted by: admin in Law
on March 25th, 2013
UK’s gun laws and its history of mass hysterical shootings that targeted children had them pass some very tough gun control laws in 1997. Today, its effects on criminal organizations and local citizens have been staggering in both a positive and negative way. Here are a few of their effects.
1. Criminals Turn to the Black Market
Criminals could either turn to the exorbitant prices of the black market’s weapon section or they improvise certain devices to make guns or projectile-launching weapons. Some criminals have made use of flintlock pistos and retrofitted flare guns. The UK government expects that anybody who possesses a gun is effectively a criminal at once.
2. Fewer Illegal Guns
Over 1,000 illegal guns have crimes attached to them. This is also an overall effect of the gun control laws in the United Kingdom.
3. Gun Deaths
Any citizen in the UK has about 3% chances of being killed by a pistol. In 2012. Only 59 gun deaths were reported in the UK last year.
4. Sports Guns
Sports guns are allowed, but they are with tight restrictions. Rifles and shotguns largely suitable for farms and sport must always be kept behind locked boxes and police have the right to inspect the guns at any time.