Media in the eye of the storm as revolutions sweep the Arab world

first_img October 14, 2020 Find out more News News Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest RSF_en Reporters Without Borders takes stock of censorship and infringements of the right to information during the pro-democracy uprisings that began a year ago in the Arab world. BahrainMiddle East – North Africa June 15, 2020 Find out more Journalists, and particularly photographers, have paid a heavy price. Eleven media workers have been killed in the performance of their duty, among them several internationally known photojournalists. However, most of the casualties were local journalists. In its report “Upheaval in the Arab world: Media as key witnesses and political pawns”, Reporters Without Borders looks at the methods used by the authorities to strangle the flow of information during popular uprisings in six countries — Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen — from 17 December 2010 to mid-November 2011.The political processes at work are far from over, especially in Egypt, Yemen and Syria. Egypt experienced a new phase of its revolution during the week preceding its parliamentary elections. Violent clashes pitted demonstrators demanding the removal of the army from power against the security forces. The principle of whether elections should be held at all has divided public opinion.Yemen’s president, Ali Abdallah Saleh, signed a transition agreement drafted by the Gulf Co-operation Council, in Saudi Arabia on 23 November. Under the pact, he handed over power to his vice-president, Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who will be responsible for forming a new government in agreement with the opposition, and for organizing presidential elections within three months.However, the handover deal has been disputed by protesters since it grants the former president total immunity from prosecution.In Syria, the government of President Bashar Al-Assad is increasingly isolated internationally. The Arab league, for example, imposed economic sanctions on 27 November.According to the report of the international commission of inquiry on Syria, published on 28 November, more than 3,500 people have been killed since the uprising began there in March.Acts of barbarity have been committed, such as the murder of cameraman Ferzat Jarban in Homs on 20 November. The intransigence demonstrated by the Syrian government means that this toll will inevitably increase. Tunisia and Libya face many challenges in the post-revolution era. They will need the full support of the international community to ensure they have turned their backs on dictatorship once and for all.This assessment mostly covers the period from 17 December 2010 to 17 November 2011, but also includes more recent events in Egypt. The figures cited are conservative since it has not been possible to compile an exhaustive list of abuses. Read this report at: March 17, 2021 Find out more December 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media in the eye of the storm as revolutions sweep the Arab world Organisation German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Receive email alerts BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News Follow the news on Bahrain News to go furtherlast_img read more

California ISO Declares a Statewide Flex Alert Due to High Temperatures

first_imgThe California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is declaring a Flex Alert, a request for consumers to conserve electricity today, especially during peak demand time from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Electricity supplies statewide are expected to be tight because of high summer temperatures driving up demand, power plant outages, and transmission line import capacity reductions. Power imports may be limited today because of high temperatures in neighboring states.Consumers are urged to conserve electricity today, especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners push power consumption to the highest point of the day. Find Flex Alert tips at for July 27, 2016 Flex AlertHigh temperatures are forecast for the entire state. Energy demand is expected to be high and consumers are urged to conserve electricity until after 9 p.m.Forecast peak demand: 45,867 megawatts between 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.Outlook for July 28, 2016Temperatures will continue to be hot. Conservation is important.Outlook for July 29-30, 2016Temperatures will continue to be hot. Conservation is important.Flex AlertsThe California ISO issues a Flex Alert when the grid is under stress to meet demand caused by generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.Flex Alerts call for voluntary conservation before the ISO needs to start using energy reserves to maintain reliability. Conserving electricity helps avoid taking further steps to balance supply and demand, which could include in the extreme, local rotating power outages.To learn more about Flex Alerts and Stage Electrical Emergencies: Tips• Set thermostat at 78 or higher and turn off, if away• Cool with fans & draw drapes• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances• Use major appliances in morning or late eveningLearn more: (available in Spanish and Vietnamese) EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Public Safety California ISO Declares a Statewide Flex Alert Due to High Temperatures Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | 12:53 pm Business News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Top of the News More Cool Stuff Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

A Resurgence of ARMs

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) may have been a defining trait of the housing market crash. However, the average mortgage rates on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) as well as the  30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) rose by about 70 basis points from August 2017 to August 2018, according to an analysis by CoreLogic. “ARMs were popular prior to the housing bubble burst and its share of the dollar volume of conventional loan originations dropped to a staggering 4 percent in early-2009 from more than 50 percent during mid-2005,” Archana Pradhan, Senior Professional Economist at CoreLogic wrote on its blog. Though the rates of ARMs have fluctuated from 8-18 percent, increasing and decreasing in tune to the rise and decline of FRMs, the overall ARM share remained stable from last year despite the rise in the mortgage interest rate, the report indicated. The analysis also found that ARMs accounted for 15 percent of the dollar volume of conventional single-family mortgage originations as of August 2018. It is worth noting that the national share of ARMs had considerable variations across locations and loan sizes. The report found that ARMs are common in expensive areas and among homebuyers borrowing large-balance mortgage loans than for those with smaller loans. The rate on 30-year FRMs surged to 4.55 in August 2018 from 3.88 in August 2017. Similarly, the rate on 5/1 ARMs rose to 3.87 in August 2018 from 3.15 in August 2017. Buyers perceive ARMs to be a more feasible option on account of its lower initial interest rate, especially for bigger loans compared to FRMs, resulting in bigger monthly savings. Pradhan noted the strong relationship between the average sale price and the ARM share, wherein it is higher for metros with a higher average sale price. San Jose metro had the highest average sale price and the largest share of ARMs out of all conventional mortgage originations in 2018. Metro areas used in the CoreLogic analysis are Core Based Statistical Areas. At a stable rate since 2017, ARMs comprised 51 percent of the dollar volume among mortgages of more than $1 million originated during August 2018. The ARM share dropped by 1 percentage point from August 2017 and is currently at 21 percent among mortgages in the $400,001-$1 million range, and remains unchanged from last year among mortgages in the $200,001-$400,000 range at 7 percent in August 2018. The report reflects on the correlation between the demand for ARMs and FRM rates and the difference in their initial interest rates. For homeowners, relatively low FRM rates continue to be a great option despite the rate having increased a year ago. The analysis also cites higher default rates on ARMs during the crash, rigid underwriting requirement of lenders in recent years, lengthening periods of expected ownership as the possible reasons for the decrease in ARMs volume. November 14, 2018 577 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Adjustable Mortgage Rates Archana Pradhan CoreLogic Fixed-Rate Mortgages HOUSING Previous: And Your Home Can Fetch … Next: Marion McDougall Stepping Down From Caliber The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago A Resurgence of ARMs Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Home / Daily Dose / A Resurgence of ARMs Adjustable Mortgage Rates Archana Pradhan CoreLogic Fixed-Rate Mortgages HOUSING 2018-11-14 Donna Joseph Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Donna Josephlast_img read more

Share your Memorable Holiday Pictures, Win $100 Gift Certificate to Passion Vines

first_imgThe Schneider and Crowley families send warm Christmas cheer from St. Maarten. Do you have a funny, inspiring, touching or otherwise memorable holiday photo?  Share them in the comments section under this posting on the OCNJ Daily Facebook page, and we may have a gift for you. OCNJ Daily will be awarding one of its readers a $100 Gift Certificate for 1st Place to Passion Vines.The photo that receives the most “likes” by noon on December 26 will be our winner and they will be notified directly via Facebook. Pictures of you, your family, your friends, business associates, even your pets, can be the subjects of a winning shot.  They can be happy, solemn, light-hearted, as long as the photos are family friendly and holiday-related, they are eligible. Good luck, and we look forward to seeing your photos!Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2019 from all of us at OCNJ Daily and Passion Vines!last_img read more

Making foundational change $1 at a time

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With nearly 2.5 million members in a state with 10.4 million people, State Employees’ Credit Union ($40.1B, Raleigh, NC) has a considerable impact on North Carolinians as a provider of affordable, responsible financial services. But the nation’s second-largest credit union (and largest state charter) adds to that impact via grant funding through its SECU Foundation.The bulk of the funding for the SECU Foundation comes from a monthly $1 donation taken from members’ checking accounts. That donation began as a monthly maintenance fee on all checking accounts, but under then president and CEO Jim Blaine, senior management seized the opportunity to create a foundation in 2004 to address the requests for support and sponsorships that come in across the credit union’s sprawling branch network.Today, members may opt-out of the donation, but the vast majority of SECU’s 1.4 million checking account holders choose to contribute.“We have more than 99% participation,” says Jama Campbell, the former SECU branching executive who became the foundation’s executive director and its first full-time employee four years ago.last_img read more

How the Broome County jail is protecting its inmates, staff from coronavirus

first_img“The only people that are allowed visitation now are attorneys representing somebody and they go in non-contact visitation we call it, where the inmates on one side of a wall with a glass window, and the attorney is on the other side,” Harder told 12 News Tuesday. Monday Broome County Sheriff David Harder announced the jail would no longer be accepting visitors, at least for the time being. Two people have been tested for the novel coronavirus at the jail so far, but neither tested positive. While family members and friends aren’t allowed to visit the jail right now, there is one group of people who is. Sheriff Harder said it wasn’t a decision made lightly, but given the potential harm an outbreak could have in the jail he explained the decision was made in the safety interest of both the inmates and the staff. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Extra safety measures have been put in place across the Southern Tier to combat COVID-19, including at the Broome County Correctional Facility. He said New York State implemented a similar policy for its facilities, and after consulting with the health department, they determined this was the best way forward. In addition to not allowing visitors, the sheriff’s office has also closed its pistol permits office and transitioned some people to work from home to help stop the spread of the virus. Sheriff Harder said because no one is quite sure how long the virus will be in our area, this will have to be indefinite, but he hopes to open visitation back up by the end of May.last_img read more

Lack of manpower, infrastructure and legislation are the main obstacles to Croatian tourism

first_imgYesterday in Zagreb, the 3rd session of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held, at which it was concluded that the lack of manpower, infrastructure and legislation are the main obstacles to Croatian tourism.”This business year is one of the best years in tourism, but there are also limiting factors such as infrastructure issues, legislation and the problem of labor shortages,”, Said the President of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (TPV) Franco Palma.Emphasizing the exceptionally good cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Ivo Bašić, Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, pointed out that diversification is being done, and the topics to be discussed in tourism are cruising, charter and yachting. occupations, which are challenges that will be partially addressed through competence centers. “Despite fires as an aggravating factor, this tourist season has passed in a satisfactory manner”, Said Basic, adding that more needs to be done to increase the tourist results achieved in the continental part of Croatia and to move from the current two to four percent. Basic also added that HRK 900 million of new investments in tourism are expected in 2018, which is an increase of 15% compared to this year and almost 40% compared to 2015.”The problem of the workforce is most pronounced in tourism and construction, and due to the lack of staff, our companies have an increasing problem doing investment projects.”, Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Tourism, Trade and Finance Josip Zaher, adding that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce agreed to work together on the project of introducing a dual education system. “The influence of all factors is needed to address the issue of labor shortages, and this issue will be particularly important by reopening the markets of the Mediterranean countries and strengthening competition.”, Said Zaher and highlighted the Nautical Days, October 19 and 20 in Biograd na Moru, as part of the 19th Biograd Boat Show, Croatian Tourism Days (DHT), October 25 and 26 in Mali Lošinj and the Croatian Product for Croatian tourism, which will be held on November 22 and 23 at the Hypo Center in Zagreb.Leila Krešić-Jurić, Director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce”The Croatian Employment Service needs to be asked for a detailed analysis of the workforce structure, which would be the basis for TPV’s proposal to the Government to adopt certain measures in this area, and if it turns out that the necessary staff for the tourism sector cannot be found. labor markets. The key issues are tax relief for companies in tourism that can provide better working conditions, taxation of travel agencies and the adoption of legislation based on the proposals and needs of the profession”, Said the business secretary of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Antonia Urlić.”With the Study on the Impact of the VAT Rate on Tourism, which will include data from entrepreneurs from 2016, which was prepared by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, we want to first introduce the Croatian Government, and then the general public. The results of the study will provide strong arguments for reducing VAT in tourism”, Said the director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Leila Krešić-Jurić.Tihomir Nikolaš from the Croatian Camping Association, who emphasized that the results achieved were excellent, and that the results of the camping segment reached the pre-war 1986. Krešimir Tomić from the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts warned about the problem of categorizing buildings. “The current course of the tourist year 2017 records a strong growth in demand and high growth rates of tourist traffic. In the first nine months, 16,96 million or 13,2% more guest arrivals and 97,18 million overnight stays were recorded, ie 11,7% more overnight stays. The number of guest arrivals on October 17 reached 17,5 million or 13% more and 99,2 million or 11,7% more overnight stays. At the same time, hotels recorded a growth of 8,7%, campsites 8,8%, family accommodation 20,2% and nautical services 15%. This year, for the first time in Croatia, 100 million overnight stays are expected”, Said the director of the Sector for Research in the Croatian Tourist Board Igor Borojevic.”Although we are recording double-digit growth and breaking records this year, the tourist season has been challenging and difficult, and next year will be even more difficult. We are working to expand the market destination in Slavonia “, pointed out the representative of the Association of Travel Agencies (UPA) at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Nikola Sedlar. “This was an extremely good tourist season, but certain problems and risks should be pointed out, especially the problem of illegal work, excursions, transfers and apartment rentals, as well as the issue of regulating relations with national parks and nature parks because some increased prices overnight. organizing school trips”, Said Ivana Maltar from the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA).Renata Nevidal, president of the Cultural Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, pointed out the possibility of restricting visits to certain localities due to the large number of guests, for example in Dubrovnik, while Ivan Bogović traffic in tourism. The President of the Health Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Marcel Medak, pointed out that legal changes in this activity are expected to bring significant investments in the private sector next year.last_img read more

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China keen to seek benefits from pandemic, distressed US assets: Report

first_img“It’s a very sophisticated strategy,” AAM President Scott Paul said in an interview. “There’s a very legitimate debate that needs to occur about the appropriate role of Beijing in the US economy, and there are reasons to be wary of including Chinese state-owned enterprises in our recovery effort.”Paul said his lobby group was working with Democratic and Republican lawmakers to strengthen and expand provisions that earmark government funds for US companies, and ensure they do not wind up in the hands of Chinese state-owned firms or investors.The group was formed in 2007 by US companies and the United Steelworkers to push for policies to expand US manufacturing.US President Donald Trump has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas, but the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a government-wide push to move US production and supply chain dependency away from China. US lawmakers and policymakers should be wary of China’s moves to target vulnerable US assets and expand its market share in the wake of the global economic crisis triggered by the novel coronavirus, according to a study prepared for a US trade group and released on Tuesday.The Horizon Advisory report for the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) said the Chinese Communist Party viewed the crisis as “a chance to expand its position in US markets, supply chains and critical infrastructure.”The consultancy said Beijing used the 2008-2009 global financial crisis to accelerate its “Go Out” industrial offensive in the United States, and was positioning to benefit from a likely spike in US infrastructure spending. Topics :center_img Paul said the report showed China had identified “friendly” public officials and states including Kentucky, home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which has attracted increased Chinese investment in recent years.Chinese acquisitions have come under greater US scrutiny to determine their effect on national security, but takeovers could increase if the crisis left many distressed assets, as expected, he said. last_img read more

New Owners to Take Over Forrey’s Forza on February 1

first_imgFacebook90Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Forrey’s ForzaFive years ago, Christine and Tom Forrey had a vision. A vision to create a special place where people feel welcome, have opportunities to connect with one another, and experience a sense of belonging.Tom and Christine Forrey are moving on as the owners of Forrey’s Forza after February 1, 2018. Photo courtesy: Christine ForreyA true labor of love, the Forrey’s invited the community not only into their business, but into their hearts. On February 1, they are passing the torch to two local business owners: Rachel Young of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes and Ryan Lindstrom of PugetSound2Go.What we all know and love as Forrey’s Forza, Home of TC Pies, will become Lacey Forza, Bistro and Event Center. While many things will stay the same, the new owners are looking to amplify and expand on the strong foundation built by the Forrey’s. They will continue offering the popular pies, quiche, cookies and sweet breads made in house, but will add Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes and French Macarons by Mel to the bakery menu.Rachel Young, owner of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes, is excited for this next business adventure. Photo courtesy: Rachel Young.The new owners will continue to develop and emphasize the catering side of the business, and promote Forza not only as a cozy, inviting coffeehouse, but also as a bistro with a full food menu plus beer and wine. They will maximize the event center in the back of Forza, continuing to host business meetings, networking groups and parties, as the Forrey’s have done.We invite everyone to swing by and say goodbye to Tom and Christine, and to say hello to the new owners. It has been an amazing five years, and we look forward to what the future has in store! See you all soon!last_img read more