Russia censors Novaya Gazeta at Chechen leader’s behest

first_img RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists InternetFreedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassment RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists InternetFreedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassment RSF_en Crédit : Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Russian media control agency Roskomnadzor’s “unacceptable” censorship of an article in the leading Moscow investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta about Chechnya’s chaotic and authoritarian management of the coronavirus crisis.It seems that the Russian authorities will stop at nothing to support Ramzan Kadyrov, who has ruled the autonomous southwestern republic of Chechnya with an iron hand for years and is on RSF’s list of Predators of Press Freedom.Roskomnadzor ordered Novaya Gazeta to delete the article from its website on 15 April on the grounds that it contained “inaccurate” information and could prove dangerous – without saying who might be endangered.The order came two days after the Chechen strongman condemned the article in a video broadcast live on his Instagram account and distributed via Telegram, calling on the Federal Security Service (FSB) to put a stop to the newspaper’s criticism. Asked yesterday about Kadyrov’s threats, Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said he saw “nothing unusual.”An archived version of the article is still accessible. Published on 12 April, it was written by Elena Milashina, a Novaya Gazeta reporter who was the target of a physical attack in the lobby of her hotel during a visit to Grozny, the Chechen capital, in February. The attack remains unpunished.”These new threats and restrictions on Novaya Gazeta, a newspaper that has been repeatedly targeted by the Chechen authorities, are unacceptable,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Russia is required by its international obligations to guarantee journalists’ safety. We call on the Russian authorities to firmly condemn these dangerous comments and to end the censorship that is helping to turn Chechnya into an ‘information black hole’.”Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News April 17, 2020 – Updated on April 20, 2020 Russia censors Novaya Gazeta at Chechen leader’s behest Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 98.48 KB Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 2, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News News to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Noonan fears further pain for taxpayers’

first_img Previous articleThreat to future of St Paul’s Nursing HomeNext articleWillie in Wonderland admin House prices could lose half their value, says Goodbody’s THE Government has forced NAMA to use out-of-date, inaccurate information to  overvalue bank loans, according to Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan. Goodbody’s prediction that house prices will end up falling by 50% before levelling  out, he said, spells yet more  trouble  for  NAMA and further pain for taxpayers,  “The  prediction that house prices will lose half their value is desperate news for struggling homeowners.  This  outcome would send thousands more tumbling into negative equity.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The  consequences for  NAMA and the taxpayer are equally worrying. NAMA’s so-called  ‘business  plan’ is based on the assumption that property prices will  rise  from  the  levels  of  last November – the reference period for determining  the  current market values of the banks’ toxic developer loans that  NAMA  is  buying.“ But  according  to  Goodbody’s,  house prices have continued to plummet since then and are set to fall by a further 16% in the immediate future”.It was bad enough, continued deputy Noonan, that the taxpayer was being forced to pay far more than current  market  values  for  toxic  developer loans in a tumbling property market on the basis of their ‘long-term economic value.“But making matters even worse is the fact that NAMA is forced by the Government legislation to estimate  this  long-term value using outdated and inaccurate information.“Only last week  the  ESRI  predicted  that  the  Irish  labour force and population would  shrink  in the coming years because of recession-related emigration. This will mean lower demand for property. But in estimating the long-term value  of the property-related assets that it is buying, NAMA is prevented from using economic and demographic projections from beyond last January.  At  that  time, the CSO was still predicting a growing population for Ireland in the coming years”.There were, he continued, certain accountancy rules which require banks to  state  their  asset  value  on the date of audit, and prevent them from predicting a declining market, but that no such constraints applied to NAMA. “The  chances  of NAMA recovering taxpayers’ money, he concluded, seemed slimmer by the day. Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin Emailcenter_img Twitter NewsLocal NewsNoonan fears further pain for taxpayers’By admin – July 22, 2010 507 Print Facebooklast_img read more

S&P Case-Shiller Index: Increases Across the Nation

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Home / Daily Dose / S&P Case-Shiller Index: Increases Across the Nation Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago S&P Dow Jones Indices released the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index today. The data accounts for July 2017 and shows that home prices continued to increase across the country over the last year.The index reported a 5.9 percent annual gain in July, a slight increase from the previous month. The 10-City Composite annual increase came in at 5.2 percent, while the 20-City Composite posted a 5.8 percent year-over-year gain.According to David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, consumers, through home buying and other spending, are the driving force in the current economic expansion.Regionally, Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and Las Vegas, Nevada reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities. According to the data, Seattle, “led the way with a 13.5 percent year-over-year price increase, followed by Portland with a 7.6 percent increase, and Las Vegas with a 7.4 percent increase.” In addition, another 12 cities had greater price increases in the year ending July 2017.“While the gains in home prices in recent months have been in the Pacific Northwest, the leadership continues to shift among regions and cities across the country,” said Blitzer. “Dallas and Denver are also experiencing rapid price growth. Las Vegas, one of the hardest hit cities in the housing collapse, saw the third fastest increase in the year through July 2017.”Blitzer continued to explain other housing indicators that will have the market dealing with confronts.“The housing market will face two contradicting challenges during the rest of 2017 and into 2018,” he said. “First, rebuilding following hurricanes across Texas, Florida, and other parts of the south will lead to further supply pressures. Second, the Fed’s recent move to shrink its balance sheet could push mortgage rates upward.”To view the full Index, click here. About Author: Nicole Casperson Share Save Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img S&P Case-Shiller Index: Increases Across the Nation HOUSING mortgage S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices 2017-09-26 Nicole Casperson Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago September 26, 2017 1,335 Views Previous: Equifax CEO Explains Reasons for Retirement Next: The American Dream: Homeownership Still Included? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

HUD Announces Additional Homeowner Relief Measures

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / HUD Announces Additional Homeowner Relief Measures Share 1Save HUD Announces Additional Homeowner Relief Measures April 2, 2020 3,204 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Tagged with: Coronavirus HUD Mortgage Forbearance Previous: DS5: How Law Firms Are Assisting With Loss Mitigation Next: Increase in Jobless Claims Leading to ‘Unknown Territory’ Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Mike Albanese The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a tailored set of mortgage relief options for homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages who have been impacted by COVID-19. HUD states, effective immediately for those who cannot make mortgage payments due to the virus, servicers must extend deferred or reduced mortgage payment options for up to six and also provide an additional six months of forbearance if requested by the borrower. This measure implements provisions contained in the CAREs Act signed by President Donald Trump on March 27. “The last thing any of us wants is for Americans to lose their homes unnecessarily while we continue to fight this invisible enemy. If you’re struggling, immediate help is now available. The FHA will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure that the loss mitigation options that are offered for both forward and reverse borrowers are appropriately tailored for the present situation,” said Dr. Benjamin Carson, Secretary of HUD. Additionally, the FHA implemented the COVID-19 National Emergency Partial Claim, an option to be used by servicers when the COVID-19 forbearance period ends. This will help eligible homeowners who have been granted forbearance to reinstate their loans by authorizing servicers to advance funds on behalf of homeowners. This claim will defer the repayment of those advances through an interest-free “subordinate mortgage” that the borrower does not have to pay until their first mortgage is paid off. “For American families impacted by the COVID-19 virus and unable to pay their FHA-insured mortgage, imminently losing their homes is now one less fear they should have,” said Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Brian Montgomery. “Today’s actions will ease the immediate pressures faced by many Americans who, through no fault of their own, are struggling with financial uncertainty.” A recent study by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) found that 13 million Americans are at risk of losing their jobs due to the virus. “The loss of service jobs would undoubtedly worsen affordability for households who already must spend an outsized portion of their incomes on rent each month,” Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, Research Associate, JCHS said.Forty percent of households (5.2 million) whose wages came exclusively from at-risk jobs were cost-burdened as compared to 22% of households (13.1 million) whose income came only from other jobs. Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Coronavirus HUD Mortgage Forbearance 2020-04-02 Mike Albanese Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

The credit union difference

first_img 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details Imagine setting out to do something good in your community and the service you provide is so valuable that the demand for it rapidly increases to the point you’re nearly overwhelmed.Demand for services is good, right?But what if the service you’re offering is free? In the credit union industry, that could be good, too and it could create a boon.Such was the situation that led to the formation of Partners in Education Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) committed to bolstering education, primarily financial literacy, within the community they serve. Conceived by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU), Partners in Education was the solution to an overwhelming demand for financial education.Like most member-owned cooperatives, FMFCU set out decades ago to provide financial education within the community. The CU hired a certified educator who understood curriculum, could identify needs, and could coordinate lessons using subject matter experts from within the Credit Union. FMFCU management understood the value of the service and were pleased by how rapidly the demand for this type of service increased. As the CU tried to meet the demand, it became clear that the best method was to partner with organizations that shared its mission. So, FMFCU created a Foundation to carry out this philanthropic work and over time took on partners, thus morphing into Partners in Education.When Delco Hi-Q, the nation’s oldest continuous academic quiz competition, was in need of a major sponsor, FMFCU stepped up and filled the void, partnering at the time with the chamber of commerce and the local intermediate unit to carry out this tradition that serves 21 schools outside Philadelphia, PA. Major funders like the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Foundation, Kimberly-Clark, and CCRES have since committed to the cause. The competition also thrives in Washington,  Wisconsin, and Alabama.FMFCU now employs about a dozen certified educators to carry out the mission of Partners in Education. While the CU covers administrative costs, the Foundation raises funds to help defer the cost of books and material used in lessons, as well as transportation for school field trips to Bear Country Credit Union, Hi-Q, and the annual Partners in Education Celebration, a premier academic recognition event that awards more than $50,000 in scholarships and prizes to students, teachers, and schools.The prestigious awards ceremony held in suburban Philadelphia is the talk of local academia. “It promotes healthy competition off the athletic field,” said Rick Durante, Executive Director. “As much as the schools appreciate cash awards, they compete even more fervently for the trophies, which are a testament to the efforts put forth by teachers and those rival athletic trophies.”While too-big-to-fail FIs affix their logos to sports arenas in big cities, credit unions are in the schools, community centers, and libraries working one-on-one to help people become financially independent. This is the credit union difference, and it is most evident in April—Financial Literacy month. This type of community outreach is one reason more and more young people are choosing credit unions over traditional FIs.The credit union difference is also an example of servant leadership at work. Because credit unions serve their communities, the credit union movement is alive, well, and growing.last_img read more