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Private clamping fee ceiling

THE MINISTER FOR Transport Leo Varadkar has introduced a new Bill that will regulate the public and private clamping industries in Ireland gift and premium fair.

The ‘General Scheme of the Regulation of Vehicle Immobilisation Bill 2013’ is designed to reward good practice by reputable clampers and to protect motorists from malpractice.

Under new legislation the National Transport Authority will now regulate the clamping industry and act as the licensing authority. It will also give aggrieved motorists a one-stop-shop to seek redress gift premium.

A maximum cap will be imposed on release fees for vehicles clamped on private land, which will be set by the NTA. It is expected that the fee will be capped at €80.

Under the new rules, clamping staff and their vehicles will also have to be clearly identifiable.

“The public is well aware of cases where private clampers have behaved in a manner which gives rise to serious concerns,” said Minister Varadkar. “I do not favour an outright ban on clamping on private property, as landowners need to be able to deal with nuisance parking. However, the practice must be regulated premium-gifts.”

The Bill is being drafted in the Attorney General’s Office and the Minister hopes to introduce it in the Oireachtas later in the year.
The United States of America's Broadcasting Industry

Aereo made headlines on April 1 with a preliminary court victory over the major broadcasters, which had sought to shut down the service for copyright infringement.

The case, which is still pending, is seen by some as a potentially groundbreaking test: for consumers, whether they can "shift" TV viewing to the web through a third party; and for broadcasters, whether they can maintain control of their content wall storage.

Aereo, which is backed by media mogul Barry Diller, launched in early 2012 in the New York area and was immediately sued by the major broadcast networks - ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox - for copyright infringement.

The company claims its actions are legal, because it is not re-broadcasting, but giving subscribers a personal antenna in its New York warehouse that enables them to watch live TV or record it for later viewing.

A US appeals court panel agreed with Aereo, in a preliminary decision on a request for an injunction to shut down the service. A full hearing in the case is still pending.

The court ruled 2-1 that Aereo was not re-transmitting "public performances," which would be banned under copyright law, but merely allowing customers to rent antennas to receive and record free broadcasts.

"Aereo's system creates a unique copy of that program on a portion of a hard drive assigned only to that Aereo user," the appeals court said, upholding a lower court decision dentist central.

Chet Kanojia, Aereo's founder and chief executive, said the ruling "sends a powerful message that consumer access to free-to-air broadcast television is still meaningful in this country and that the promise and commitment made by the broadcasters to act in the public interest in exchange for the public's spectrum remains an important part of our American fabric."

Some called the ruling a victory for consumers, saying it will allow them to get out from constraints from cable companies, which call the shots for most US TV viewers.

Mitch Stoltz of the Electronic Frontier Foundation called the court decision "a win for Aereo, its customers and for future innovators with the audacity to improve the TV-watching experience yahoo seo hk."

Stoltz said the ruling "gives companies like Aereo an incentive to put TV technology firmly under the viewer's control."
4 deaths caused by the driver
The driver who survived a fiery crash near Gisborne which left four people dead has been charged by police.

Roland Whitney, 58, is facing four counts of driving with excess blood alcohol causing death over the Labour weekend smash, the Gisborne Herald reports cheap bedroom furniture.

The crash happened on State Highway 2 south of Te Karaka township on October 20 last year.

Police said at the time it appeared the 4WD driven by Whitney crossed the centre line, colliding with a van driven by 33-year-old Whatatutu mother Serena Smith Claire Hsu.

Ms Smith was killed, along with Whitney's three passengers, his 14-year-old son Te Anau, his 42-year-old partner Helena Moore, and her son Phoenix, aged 16.

Whitney managed to crawl from the wreckage before fire took hold. Passersby desperately tried to save the other three, but they were unable to release their seatbelts Shipping Forwarder.

Whitney will appear in Gisborne District Court on Friday.