Journalist gets suspended prison sentence for publishing statements by Chechen leaders

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more February 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gets suspended prison sentence for publishing statements by Chechen leaders Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Belarus Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Newscenter_img News to go further May 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says _ read in russianReporters Without Borders condemned the suspended sentence of two years in prison passed today by a court in Nizhny Novgorod on Stanislav Dmitrievsky, the editor of the newspaper Pravo-Zaschita (Legal Defence) and president of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, for publishing interviews with Chechen separatist leaders.Convicted of “inciting inter-ethnic hatred and offending human dignity” under article 282 of the Russian penal code, Dmitrievsky will have to serve his prison sentence if found guilty of any other serious offence during the next four years.“This verdict is yet another confirmation of the taboo about Chechnya, which no one may discuss freely without being accused of expressing extremist opinions,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Only information coming out of Moscow may be used to mention this region, where all independent information is excluded.”The press freedom organisation added: “Dmitrievsky was convicted as an example, simply because he published statements by former Chechen leaders and for once allowed Russian citizens to hear an alternative to the Kremlin’s views. We voice our solidarity with Dmitrievsky and we call for this conviction to be quashed on appeal.”Dmitrievsky denied the charges that were brought against him by the Nizhny Novgorod public prosecutor on 2 September and pleaded not guilty when the trial began on 16 November. The indictment referred to two documents published in Pravo-Zaschita in the spring of 2004. One was drafted by former Chechen deputy prime minister Akhmed Zakaev, now a refugee in London. The other was written by the former separatist president Aslan Maskhadov, who was murdered by the Russian secret services in March 2005.Both leaders appealed to the Russian people and the European parliament, in November 2003 and March 2004, to a peaceful solution to the conflict that had dragged between Moscow and Grozny since 1994.Dmitrievsky hopes to appeal against his conviction. If rejected, he says he will take his case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation last_img read more

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Tracking Nationwide Mortgage Delinquency

first_img Rachel Williams attended Texas Christian University (TCU), where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude with a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and History. Williams is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, widely recognized as the nation’s most prestigious honor society. Subsequent to graduating from TCU, Williams joined the Five Star Institute as an editorial intern, advancing to staff writer, associate editor and is currently the editor in chief and head of corporate communications. She has over a decade of editorial experience with a primary focus on the U.S. residential mortgage industry and financial markets. Williams resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband. She can be reached at [email protected] About Author: Rachel Williams The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago CFPB Delinquency Foreclosure HOUSING mortgage Richard Cordray 2017-10-30 rachelwilliams Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Numbers Don’t Lie: Tracking Nationwide Mortgage Delinquency The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: CFPB Delinquency Foreclosure HOUSING mortgage Richard Cordray Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago On Monday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched a Mortgage Performance Trends Tool that allows user to explore interactive charts and graphs to dig into the mortgage delinquency rates for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The tool’s info is powered by information from the National Mortgage Database—launched by the CFPB and Federal Housing Finance Agency in 2012.“Measuring the number of consumers who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments is a telling barometer of the health of mortgage markets locally and nationally,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “This rich information source identifies mortgage delinquency rates down to the county and metro-area level, making it a useful public tool.”The tool breaks down delinquencies into two general categories. The first are borrowers 30-89 days behind (generally missing one or two payments). According to the CFPB tracking borrowers in this category “can detect trends in the increase or decrease in the number of delinquencies, and act as an early warning sign for mortgage market developments that impact the overall economy.” The second category is made up of borrowers in serious delinquency (which is categorized as 90 days or more overdue).According to the CFPB, high rates of seriously delinquency can signal severe economic distress in the marketplace, but according to the Mortgage Performance Trends Tool the rates of serious delinquency are at the lowest level since the financial crisis. In its peak in 2010, this rate was at 4.9 percent according to the CFPB, but as of March 2017 its fallen to 1.1. percent. New Jersey and Mississippi lead the nation with serious delinquency rates of 2.1 percent.States that show vast improvement since the housing crisis include California and Arizona, which in 2010 had seriously delinquency rates of 7.5 percent. As of March, Arizona’s serious delinquency comes in at 0.8 percent, while California has one of the lowest serious delinquency rates in the nation at 0.6. The only two states lower than California are Alaska and Colorado—both at 0.5 percent. in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News October 30, 2017 2,705 Views Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Numbers Don’t Lie: Tracking Nationwide Mortgage Delinquency Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Did Affordable Housing Performance Meet its Goals? Next: Facing Foreclosure Challengeslast_img read more

House-passed stimulus bill includes pandemic funding

first_imgJan 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Yesterday the US House of Representatives passed an $819 billion economic stimulus bill that included funding for pandemic influenza and bioterrorism countermeasures, and now the Senate will debate its version of the measure, which also includes spending on some of the same items.President Barack Obama and several Democratic legislators have hailed the public health spending provisions as a way to create jobs and boost the productivity of the American workforce. However, some lawmakers oppose spending provisions, particularly those aimed at government departments.The House bill includes $900 million for biomedical advanced research and development, pandemic flu, and cyber security to help the nation better prevent or respond to a natural or man-made biological threat, according to a Jan 15 statement from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group in Washington, DC.The House plan also includes $3 billion for disease prevention, including funding for state and local health departments and immunization programs, and $20 billion for health information technology.Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, said in the statement, “This is an unprecedented one-time investment in public health.” In 2008, a TFAH expert panel reported that the country faces annual $20 billion shortfalls in critical public health program funding across state, local, and federal levels.The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) said in a Jan 15 statement that federal support for effective public health programs has eroded steadily over several years. “This (House) bill would reverse that course and set the stage for an emphasis on wellness in forthcoming discussions of reform of the nation’s health system,” the group said.On Jan 27 TFAH released a statement applauding the Senate Appropriations Committee for including $16 billion for public health in its version of the stimulus bill. “This funding is desperately needed to revitalize and modernize the country’s ailing public health system, and we’ll be putting more Americans to work in programs that will directly improve the health of communities where they live,” Levi said.The Senate bill includes $870 million to complete funding for the nation’s pandemic influenza plan. It also includes $5.8 billion for prevention and wellness efforts, including $600 million to boost the healthcare, and $5 billion toward the modernization of health information technology.TFAH said the Senate’s stimulus bill includes funding to modernize the nation’s capacity to respond to a pandemic outbreak, along with equipment and medications to detect, contain, and treat pandemic influenza.Yesterday the House passed its stimulus measure by a 244-to-188 margin, with Republicans unanimously opposing the bill. It’s unclear how the bill will fare in the Senate, where Democrats have a slimmer majority.Senate debate on the bill could begin as early as Feb 2, the Associated Press reported today.Once the Senate passes its stimulus bill, a conference committee made up of members from both Congressional chambers will meet to resolve differences between the House and Senate bills.During a US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) webcast yesterday on the status of the nation’s pandemic preparations, Robin Robinson, director of the HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), addressed what would happen if legislators strip money for pandemic measures out of the stimulus package.”We need to continue to develop antiviral drugs, and some of the money in that request was earmarked for that,” he said. “Second, we need to finish buying adjuvants [immune-boosting chemicals] for our [vaccine] stockpile, and some of the money was for that. Those would be the two primary effects if we didn’t get the money.”In a Jan 8 pandemic plan progress report, former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said the HHS planned on adding prepandemic vaccine doses to the national stockpile and has plans to buy 5.2 million doses of a GlaxoSmithKline adjuvant that it will pair with the government’s existing supply of GlaxoSmithKline vaccine.See also:Jan 27 TFAH press releaseJan 15 TFAH press releaseJan 15 NACCHO press releaselast_img read more

USC opens season with confidence

first_imgThe USC track and field team’s indoor season began weeks ago, but its focus remains on the sunny outdoor skies.Record holder · Senior sprinter Ahmad Rashad holds the USC 100-meter sprint record of 10.10 seconds, which he ran at last year’s NCAAs. – Daily Trojan file photo Despite the fact that several members of the team have already competed in several indoor invitationals, USC Director of track and field Ron Allice says the season has yet to begin.“Our focus is absolutely on the outdoor season,” Allice says. “We won’t put our best combinations forward until later.”That outdoor season begins Saturday when USC will compete in the Claremont Rossi Relays in Claremont, Calif., and begin its march toward what Allice hopes will be another top-10 season for the Trojans.“Our goal is always to be in the top 10 programs in the country and finish higher than we did the previous year,” Allice said. “In addition, our expectation is always to win the UCLA dual meet.”Entering his 16th year at the helm of the Trojans track team, Allice has plenty of reasons to believe his team will accomplish those goals in 2010. The team returns 14 All-Americans and 22 athletes already ranked in USC’s all-time top 10 for a variety of events.Among those athletes is senior sprinter Ahmad Rashad, who finished second in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA championships with the fourth best time in Trojan history at 10.10 seconds. Sophomore Joey Hughes, who finished second in the 400-meter dash at both the Pac-10 championships and the NCAA West Regionals, joins Rashad at the core of USC’s talented group of sprinters.On the women’s side, Dalilah Muhammad, who last year took third place in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA championships as a freshman, returns to lead USC’s women sprinters. Muhammad was also part of the 4×400-meter relay team that took sixth at the NCAA championships. That team returns all four members, including seniors Shalina Clarke, Elizabeth Olear and Myra Hasson.However, sprints shouldn’t be the only strength for the 2010 Trojans. Allice has always prided himself on having a well-rounded team, as opposed to having what he calls “pockets” — a focus on one area of the team while the others get left behind.“You cannot neglect any aspect of the program,” Allice said. “A lot of other schools have their ‘flag,’ like Washington and Oregon do with their distance runners. We’re going to have everything.”USC’s field competitors also made splashes at last year’s marquee meets. Senior Manjula Wijesekara finished third in the high jump at the NCAA championships, while seniors Aaron Dan and Colin Campbell each emerged as two of the best discus throwers in the West region last season.For the women, junior Zsofia Erdelyi, who holds the USC all-time records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races, leads the distance squad. Junior Kristine Busa leads the women’s field athletes as the team’s best javelin thrower, finishing eighth at the NCAA championships last year and earning All-American status.With a talented team like the one Allice has, it’s easy to get excited early. But the veteran director says the team understands that the season itself is a marathon, not a sprint.“Everything is a stepping stone and progression towards the Dual Meet, the NCAA regionals, the NCAA finals and nationals,” Allice said. “We target from the middle of May until June. Everything else is a stepping stone towards being our best at that time in the season.”last_img read more

What?  Jamaica’s Tourism Minister takes issue with UK terror advisory

first_imgJamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has taken issue with an advisory by United Kingdom (UK) officials which warns British nationals to look out for possible terrorism attacks in Jamaica.“I take issue with an advisory which suggests, without specifics, that although we have not had any case of terrorism, their nationals must watch it when they come to Jamaica,” Bartlett said.The advisory was issued by Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that has compiled a comprehensive list of all the countries in the world, and has provided advice about the terrorism threat levels in each country.It aims to serve as travel advice to British nationals in light of the recent terror attacks against its nationals.“Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Jamaica, attacks can’t be ruled out. There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time,” the advisory stated.Bartlett said he will seek audience with the British High Commission.“The fact is Jamaica has had an enviable record in visitor safety. As all of us here in the Caribbean, we have had the safest destination in the world for visitors. Indeed, the Caribbean is regarded as the zone of peace,” Bartlett said.“Jamaica enjoys the highest level of repeat business in the world today. Forty-two per cent of all the visitors who you see on the beach here in Jamaica, have been here at least once before, and that is a huge statement of how safe and secure they feel in this destination,” he added.The FCO’s updated travel advisory comes after a spate of terror attacks in the UK.The most recent is the Manchester Arena bombing last Monday, where a suicide bomber killed 22 persons and injured 116 others.Bolt, Gayle hail victims of Manchester attacklast_img read more

Couple recall years spent caring for Showcase House of Design

first_img“During the daytime, we had 16 gardeners plus staff. We had about 25 baby sitters. They couldn’t get into trouble if they tried,” she laughed. At Christmastime, the house would be filled with people putting up elaborate decorations sometimes until midnight. The rest of the year, the Grafs were the only ones around after dark. “As soon as the gardens closed it was all ours,” Maggie Graf said with delight. “In the summertime, we’d have picnics on the lawn or over on the balcony.” “The mosquitoes didn’t come up that high,” added Don Graf about the balcony dining. Sometimes things did go bump in the night. “One night we heard a knock on our upstairs door. The kids had been playing and had left the back door to the house open. It was a raccoon. We gave him a banana and some water. He ate it and left,” she said. “They left the door open again and a whole raccoon family came in.” Many dream of living in a mansion on hill surrounded by acres of trees and gardens. Don and Maggie Graf lived that dream with their two sons for less than $100 a month. The Grafs lived in the Boddy House – the 2007 Pasadena Showcase House of Design – as caretakers from 1960 to 1997. It was not a life of luxury, but it was an adventure. They lived in five rooms in the eastern portion of the second floor. During the day, people would come and go beneath them for art exhibits, luncheons and meetings, said Maggie Graf. She said she never had to worry about her sons when they were playing outside. Another night when a babysitter was there, Don and Maggie Graf returned to find the “granddaddy of all skunks” on the front staircase. Luckily, they were able to shoo him away without provoking him to stink up the house. “After that we never forgot to lock that door,” Maggie laughed. “You never really knew what you were going to run in to.” The Grafs were a young couple with a 6-month-old son when they moved into the 1938 house that E. Manchester Boddy had sold to Los Angeles County in 1953. Another couple had lived in the house for a few years, but had decided to move. Don Graf was working at Descanso Gardens as a tram driver and handling public relations in the gatehouse when his employers invited them to live in the house. “We were young, dumb and poor with a brand new baby. We were living in West Covina and our pediatrician was in Pasadena and I didn’t drive at the time. It made a lot more sense at the time, especially since the baby was sick a lot.” “The solitude and beauty of the grounds was a wonderful selling point,” added Don Graf. “It was sometimes like working 24 hours a day. I had to check the grounds a couple times a night and sometimes there were kids wandering around or there would be a broken pipe.” They paid a meager rent of $57 per month, which went up to $154 per month by the end of their 37 years there. Their living quarters were cramped and their kitchen tiny. It looked nothing like the Showcase House. “It’s absolutely amazing what they could accomplish,” Maggie Graf said after touring the Showcase House of Design – her old home. The small upstairs family room – made over by Karina Oldemans Interior Design with a sage green wall unit and matching thin wood veneer wallpaper – was the Grafs’ living room. The room decorated as a teen daughter’s bedroom by Studio Blu Interior Design was the Grafs’ master bedroom. The larger closet was their baby nursery with a crib, changing table and rocking chair. “I was upset that they painted that cedar wood,” said Maggie Graf of the pink, black and white walls. Though she admitted she understands why they’d want to make the room brighter. The family shared the bathroom that connects their old master bedroom to the boys’ room, which was redone as a teen boy’s room by MK and Company Interior Design. The connecting room that has been redone as an elegant office by Judy Taylor Interior Design was the family’s kitchen. That room has changed the most drastically of the rooms they lived in, said Maggie Graf. Where the desk sits there was a closet wall, so their kitchen was even smaller. It was a mere 10 by 11 feet, she said. “When the boys got older and we needed room for a table, I had my husband take out the stove and I cooked on a two-burner hot plate and in the microwave for 10 years,” she remembered. Maggie Graf was pleased with most of the new looks in the house but was most excited to see the new patio out back. “It’s beautiful now. The flagstones were lifting up before and it was really a hazard,” she said. No one has lived in the house since the Grafs moved out in 1997. They now live in a mobile home in Palmdale. The Descanso Gardens Guild asked them to move out because they needed more office space. Though the Grafs sometimes wish they’d bought a house for the financial investment, they’re glad they lived in the Boddy House. “For the sake of raising the kids, we wouldn’t change the decision we made,” said Don Graf. “The solitude and the animals were great.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sharks notes: Erik Karlsson’s status for NHL All Star Game in doubt

first_imgSUNRISE, Fla. — With just two games remaining before All Star Weekend, the Sharks are opting to shut Erik Karlsson down for the remainder of the first half, giving him extra time to recover from a lower-body injury for the stretch run.If Karlsson also chooses to skip next weekend’s All Star festivities in San Jose, he’ll receive 16 full days to recover from the injury that kept him out of Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. After the All Star Game, the Sharks will enter their …last_img read more

Urban Airship Opens Turn-key In-App Sales System for iPhone

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Urban Airship, the Portland, Oregon-based iPhone infrastructure service provider, just announced that it is offering in-app purchase provisioning for iPhone apps. The company says customers can implement the service in four minutes and will be charged 5 cents per transaction. The service also enables delivery of free content to app users for the same cost.Urban Airship’s primary product prior to now has been push notification provisioning. The company says that both push and in-app sales are complicated enough to warrant outsourcing to specialists like them. We’ve written about the company’s vision at launch and its dramatic success on iPhone OS 3.0 launch day.As we wrote early this summer:Push notifications, like when Tapulous now tells users who don’t have the app running that they’ve been challenged to a music playing match by a friend, are something developers believe will increase ongoing engagement long after the initial download of an app. In-app sales will help monetize that engagement, something developers have found challenging after an initial flurry of sales, once they are lost in a sea of options in the app store and no longer making money sitting beside countless other apps on people’s phones.center_img Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Activists in Assam slam NGT for ‘nod’ to 2,000 MW dam

first_imgAnti-dam organisations in Assam have slammed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for virtually paving the way for a mega dam that was left incomplete in 2011.The NGT had earlier this week dismissed petitions seeking reconstitution of a six-member expert committee that they claimed was biased towards environment-threatening big dams.Former All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leader Tularam Gogoi, and president of NGO Assam Public Works Aabhijit Sarma had filed the petitions.Anti-dam groups said that the dismissal of the pleas was a move by the Centre to resume work on the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydropower Project (LSHP) at Gerukamukh on the Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border. The National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) had started work on the project in 2009 but had to stop after a series of protests by local organisations.The NHPC officials said they have been losing ₹10 crore daily since 2011 because of non-completion of the project that was more than 65% through. The work remained stalled as protests have not allowed transportation of turbines and other construction materials to the site in north-eastern Assam.Legality of committee“The Centre had formed a six-member panel to study the project and give a report. Three of the members, who are from Assam, dissuaded construction in an earthquake-prone area. The three other members endorsed the project. Following this, the Centre formed another panel with members from the government. This committee’s legality was thus challenged,” said Akhil Gogoi, leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti that has been opposed to the dam.“The people of Assam will not accept the NGT order. How can a committee with questionable legality submit a report, based on which an expert appraisal panel approve environment clearance,” he asked.The AASU said the Centre should first ensure the safety and security of the people living downstream of the dam before giving its nod.last_img read more