Growing restrictions on free flow of information

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns a new wave of obstacles that Burma’s military government has imposed on Internet usage. It is getting steadily harder for Burmese to send emails or access websites while all means of communication were cut yesterday around opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s home. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Myanmar Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts MyanmarAsia – Pacific In an email message to Reporters Without Borders, they said: ““They told us they had received an order from Naypyitaw (the capital) to arrest us (…) They gave us no explanation. They did not ask us anything, they did not tell us anything, they did not look for anything, and they did not take anything. We were not mistreated or handcuffed.”They added that they thought their arrest and expulsion might have been prompted by the case of an American citizen who was arrested for secretly visiting Aung San Suu Kyi in her home. However, they stressed that they had no ties with that American.The exile online newspaper Irrawaddy today quoted journalists working for various Rangoon-based publications as complaining about their inability to cover Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrest because of government censorship. May 31, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture May 26, 2021 Find out more May 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Growing restrictions on free flow of information Reporters Without Borders condemns a new wave of obstacles that Burma’s military government has imposed on Internet usage as well as its expulsion of two American journalism teachers on 6 May. It is getting steadily harder for Burmese to send emails or access websites while all means of communication were cut yesterday around opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s home.“The increased restrictions on Internet usage following Aung San Suu Kyi’s reimprisonment suggest that the military government is once again trying to isolate Burma, as it does whenever there is political tension,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We firmly condemn this behaviour and appeal to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to put more pressure on the government to allow the free flow of information.”It is now extremely difficult to access websites. A Rangoon-based journalist told Reporters Without Borders: “For the past five days, it has been taking hours to open foreign websites, especially email sites, but no one knows why.” It took an average of one hour to send a single email message, he said. “This is almost certainly a deliberate policy, so that no reports or photos can easily be sent out of the country.”In practice, emailing is now very restricted. When an Internet user tries to connect to Gmail, the most popular email service in Burma, the browser often disconnects, treating Gmail as an “illegal” website (see illustration on the Reporters Without Borders site). The government has also reportedly warned Internet café managers that any use of proxy software to circumvent online censorship will result in the café’s closure. Those caught in the act of opening email accounts for clients will also be closed, they have reportedly been told.The two Americans who were expelled, Jerry Redfern and Karen Coates, were teaching journalism to students in Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city. After being arrested and held in their hotel room, they were taken by train to Rangoon and expelled the next day (6 May) without being told why. May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Winner Announced: Fannie Mae’s Non-Performing Loan Sale

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Winner Announced: Fannie Mae’s Non-Performing Loan Sale Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Winner Announced: Fannie Mae’s Non-Performing Loan Sale About Author: Nicole Casperson Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Fannie Mae HOUSING mortgage 2017-11-10 Nicole Casperson Tagged with: Fannie Mae HOUSING mortgage The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fannie Mae recently announced the results of its 11th non-performing loan sale—and the winning bidder is MTGLQ Investors, L.P. a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs.According to the enterprise, this deal includes an estimated 7,500 loans totaling $1.23 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB), divided among four pools. The transaction is expected to finalize by December 21, 2017.In the report, Fannie Mae broke down the numbers by group.The group 1 pool contains 756 loans with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of $133,922,761. In addition, the average loan size is $177,147, with a weighted average note rate 4.3 percent, a weighted average delinquency of 28 months, and a weighted average broker’s price opinion (BPO) loan-to-value ratio of 86 percent.As for the group 2 pool, there are 1460 loans with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of $241,360,082, average loan size of $165,315, weighted average note rate at 4.48 percent. Additionally, this pool had a weighted average delinquency of 22 months; and a weighted average BPO loan-to-value ratio of 69 percent.The group 3 pool contains 3,381 loans with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of $475,718,218, average loan size of $140,703, and a weighted average note rate at 4.89 percent. The reported weighted average delinquency is 26 months and the weighted average BPO loan-to-value ratio is 55 percent.Group pool 4 resulted in 1,879 loans with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of $376,985,499, an average loan size of $200,631, and a weighted average note rate 4.25 percent. Along with a weighted average delinquency of 26 months and a weighted average BPO loan-to-value ratio of 115 percent.According to Fannie Mae, the cover bid represents the second highest bid at 78.16 percent of UPB for the total of the four pools—which were purchased on an all-or-none basis.In conjunction with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and First Financial Network, Inc., Fannie Mae first started marketing these loans to potential bidders in October 2017.Bids are due on Fannie Mae’s 9th and 10th Community Impact Pools on November 15, 2017.Potential buyers can acquire more information by clicking here.center_img November 10, 2017 1,790 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: FDIC Continues a Complaint Against Banks’ RMBS Practices Next: The Week Ahead: Delving Into Economic Opportunity The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 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] Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

DNA from missing Connecticut mom’s husband found mixed with her blood in her home: Prosecutors

first_imgNew Canaan Police Department(NEW CANAAN, Conn.) — Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos, returned to court Tuesday, where prosecutors said his DNA was found mixed with Jennifer Dulos’ blood on a faucet in her kitchen.But defense attorneys said it’s not unusual that his DNA was there as Fotis Dulos had been at the home for dinner before she went missing.Fotis Dulos and his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, are charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution in the mysterious disappearance case.Both pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.More charges are likely, prosecutors said last week.But Fotis Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, said on Monday he’s “unaware of any evidence supporting the theory” that his client “was involved in foul play.”“There are powerful reasons to doubt he was even at the scene of his estranged wife’s home the day she disappeared,” Pattis said in a statement to ABC News.Jennifer Dulos, who had five children with Fotis Dulos, vanished last month amid a contentious custody battle with her estranged husband.She was last seen on May 24, according to New Canaan police.Investigators believe she suffered a “serious physical assault” in her garage, where blood stains were found, according to arrest warrants.Clothes and sponges with Jennifer Dulos’ blood were found in trash cans in Hartford, where surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be Fotis Dulos disposing of garbage bags, according to the documents. A woman in the passenger seat of the man’s car fit the appearance of Troconis, according to the documents.Pattis insists his client is innocent, alleging Fotis Dulos doesn’t know where the body is and neither does the state.Fotis Dulos is expected to post bond on Tuesday. His next court date is Aug. 2.Troconis, who is already out on bond, is due to return to court on July 18.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Blended puts induction in context

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Bupa UK Membership, which is responsible for the insurance and assuranceside of the business of the global health and care organisation, is developinga blended learning induction programme for employees who join its UK contactcentres. The introduction of the programme, which is being developed jointly by Bupaand e-learning specialists Brightwave, followed a review of the existinginduction programme. It is expected to reduce the overall time taken for staffto demonstrate competency standards required prior to starting work at thecontact centre. “The existing induction programme did make use of off-the-shelfe-learning materials, videos and paper documents,” says Charlotte Staal,account consultant, learning and development, at Bupa UK Membership. “Employees see this standard approach as interesting but notnecessarily applicable to themselves or our organisation. The bespokee-learning solutions we are developing with Brightwave will use Bupa casestudies. “We believe this will help our employees understand the context andapplication of what is often seen as nice to know.” Key components of the new programme include regulatory training, which willprovide a Bupa-specific context to health and safety, data protection and ITsecurity, a fully interactive simulation of the customer call process, asimulation of a key IT system and a competency-based testing system. The competency tests will provide detailed reporting and feedback onperformance for use immediately by facilitators within the induction Blended puts induction in contextOn 1 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Advisory: Monthly Revenue Report

first_imgThe monthly revenue report for May, along with commentary from State Budget Director Brian Bailey, has been posted on the State Budget Agency webpage. The report and commentary can be found here: Charts visualizing revenue data are located on the Management and Performance Hub under the State Tax Revenue section: Fund collections for May totaled $1,121.1 million, which is $11.0 million (1.0%) below the monthly estimate but $59.7 million (5.6%) above May 2015 revenue.Sales tax collections totaled $598.3 million for May, which is $9.9 million (1.6%) below the monthly estimate but $1.5 million (0.3%) above revenue in May 2015.Individual income tax collections totaled $423.8 million for May, which is $6.3 million (1.5%) above the monthly estimate and $66.4 million (18.6%) above revenue in May 2015.Corporate tax collections totaled $19.1 million for May, which is $7.5 million (28.2%) below the monthly estimate and $9.8 million (34.0%) below revenue in May 2015.Riverboat wagering collections totaled $38.2 million for May, which is $1.9 million (4.8%) below the monthly estimate and $1.8 million (4.5%) below revenue in May 2015.Racino wagering collections totaled $9.8 million for May, which is $0.2 million (2.1%) below the monthly estimate and $0.2 million (2.3%) below revenue in May 2015.CommentaryYear-to-date General Fund collections totaled $13,072.8 million, which is $13.8 million (0.1%) below estimate, but $30.0 million (0.2%) above collections for the same period last year.Sales tax collections through eleven months of fiscal year 2016 were $104.2 million (1.6%) below estimate but $22.8 million (0.3%) above collections through eleven months of fiscal year 2015.Individual income tax collections through eleven months of fiscal year 2016 are $46.9 million (1.0%) above collections over the same period a year ago and were $19.7 million (0.4%) above the year-to-date estimate.Corporate collections eleven months into fiscal year 2016 were $61.4 million (7.6%) below year-to-date collections of fiscal year 2015 but $34.9 million (4.9%) above the year-to-date estimate.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — July 19, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are dry again today, but we are adding a little more moisture potential to our forecast starting tomorrow. Today we should be sunny and warm statewide, with temps getting back close to normal. High pressure is moving off to the east, allowing for south flow to dominate.  Rain starts tomorrow, mostly midday to early afternoon. Action still looks to be the best as we start off to the south and western parts of the state, and through the day we may end up seeing the biggest rain totals from I-70 southward. However, a second wave of action will be developing off to our west later tomorrow afternoon and evening, and as it moves east, we have to keep an eye on thunderstorms overnight tomorrow night, particularly in the western half and NW quarter of the state. We think that most of the state can see .25”-1” tomorrow and tomorrow overnight. Then for the weekend, we still see some good lingering moisture. However, the focal point of the wrap around moisture behind the front seems to want to shift back west here over the past couple of forecast model runs. This is not enough to take rains out of Ohio, but we may see more holes develop, particularly over the eastern third to quarter of Ohio through Sunday. Right now, the additional weekend moisture may be able to add another .25”-1” to about 75% of Ohio, bringing rainfall totals for the combined 3 day window to up to 2” over 80% of the state by the time we get to sunrise Monday morning. The map below gives an idea of our combined moisture thoughts of the weekend this morning.  We still look dry for all of next week, Monday through Friday. However, temperatures do not look to be a big story. We spend most of next week near normal. Temperatures this weekend will be below normal as the rains and that front move through.  The extended period has a system moving in from the west and northwest late the 28th into the 29th with rain potential of around half and inch. Another system is slated for the 31st into the 1st that can be produce similar results. We have pulled rains from those systems back to the lower end of our previous forecast ranges this morning.last_img read more

Regulating Rain Barrels Is Not the Best Idea

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Adell Amos is the Associate Dean for Academic affairs and Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Law at the University of Oregon. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. Throughout the United States, however, the law recognizes the public nature of water. Under the public trust doctrine, each state holds title to the water within the state in trust for the people of the state.Given the competing demands for water use, principles of U.S. law seek to balance these competing needs and uses to ensure that the public’s rights to water are protected.In the eastern United States, there is the riparian system that protects reasonable use of water among all landowners along rivers or streams. In the western part of the country, the doctrine of prior appropriation requires a permit to use water based on showing that the water will be put to beneficial use without waste.The public nature of water ensures that individual private interests never fully control who gets access to water and when, where and how water is used. In fact, when an individual has a right to use water, that right is known as a “usufructory” interest — that is, the right to use the water without owning the water itself.Granting a usufructory interest — something that doesn’t fully privatize a water right — makes good sense when you think about the nature of water.Short of putting water in a bottle and selling it by the ounce, water is difficult to possess and reduce to ownership. It is a shared resource that is used over and over again as the molecules of water make their way through the hydrologic system.Water falls from the sky, runs along the ground, and percolates into the groundwater system. It is taken up by plants and trees, consumed by people and animals, and eventually makes its way through one mechanism or another back into the groundwater or surface water sources, only to flow further down the system to be used again or eventually evaporate back into the atmosphere to start the process all over again.Private ownership of drops of water presents a complex problem, not only as a legal matter, but as an ethical public policy choice as well.The debate over rainwater collection demonstrates this complexity.Don’t homeowners in Colorado have the right to collect rain that falls on their rooftop? At the same time, doesn’t a senior water right holder have a right to have the rain enter the stream so that their right can be satisfied?Our legal system evolved ways to deal with this complex reality, with our state governments empowered to manage this resource among competing interests on behalf of all of us.In the eastern United States, where rainfall is plentiful and competing uses for water are rare, the riparian system allows any landowner adjacent to a water source to use its water. If there is a conflict about the quantity of water available for a certain use, that conflict is resolved by using legal standards to sort through the reasonableness of each individual’s use.In the western United States, where competition among users has always been more commonplace, each individual state requires a permit for water use. These permits are awarded pursuant to the doctrine of prior appropriation. For example, irrigated agriculture often holds senior water rights (issued under state law) and Indian tribes often hold even more senior rights (based on federal law).When conflict arises, disputes are resolved using the legal principle of first-in-time, first-in-right that protects the most senior, beneficial, non-wasteful uses of water. Or at least that is the theory. U.S. water law, east and westBoth the rainwater collectors and the existing water rights holders, such as irrigators or municipalities with water rights to river flows or groundwater sources, believe they have a fully private interest in any water they use. Many of us never think about who gets to use the drops of rain that fall from the sky. But it’s an increasingly pertinent question as more people look to collect rainwater as a way to conserve water, live off the grid, or save money on water bills.As a result, many states in the arid West are now asking whether rain barrels are allowed under existing law and policy and, in some cases, are setting limits on the practice of rainwater catchment.Colorado has gone further than any of its neighbors by requiring a permit for any rainwater collection. Meanwhile, Utah put rainwater harvesting rules into effect in 2010 with some restrictions, and Washington legalized rainwater collection in 2009, while leaving the state the “ability to restrict if there are negative effects on instream values or existing water rights.”Why this worry over rainwater harvesting?If everyone captures the rain that falls on rooftops and through downspouts of homes, the argument goes, then the water will never reach the rivers and streams. If this happens, existing water users may not be able to access their rights to use the water.This concern, however, overstates the issue and risks missing more concrete opportunities for water conservation and efficiency. A more effective way to address decreasing water supply would be for states to apply the legal principles prohibiting waste and demanding reasonable water use, which have long been embedded in any right to use water. In Colorado, Even the Rain Is Spoken ForCalifornia City Pushes Water ConservationDry Is the New NormalCalifornia’s Real Water CrisisSaving Water — Saving EnergyIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las Vegas Water waste and powerful interestsSo how does this relate to the regulation of rainwater harvesting?If the primary concerns are that somehow rainwater barrels will limit the amount of water in the system, reduce availability of water, and potentially impact existing rights, then there may be better ways to address this concern.Rather than devoting resources to regulating individual rain barrels — a logistically difficult task — it may make more sense for state water agencies to get serious about enforcing principles of waste.To enforce waste reduction policies, water resource management agencies in each state would need to set standards on how much water is needed to carry out a particular use. They then would need to measure water use to ensure that individual permit holders are not taking more water than what is necessary to accomplish their purpose.Many longstanding water users take more water than they need, under the principle of use-it-or-lose-it. In western water law, if you don’t use the water, you risk forfeiting your water right. As a result, many users divert the full quantity of their water right whether that amount is needed or not.If the states crack down on waste, it will bring this longstanding practice into the spotlight. Existing water users may be faced with calls to increase efficiency and to decrease the rate of diversion.For decades, there has been a persistent reluctance to address waste because it would involve scrutinizing water use practices among some of the most powerful interests in the state.But by addressing the thorny problem of waste, state agencies could make more headway in securing reliable water supplies and certainly could have a more significant impact on water supply than regulating rainwater catchment.In the end, we may face tough public policy choices about whether and how to regulate rainwater catchment. But before we go in this direction, policymakers should take a careful look at whether existing larger-scale water users are complying with longstanding principles of non-waste and reasonableness embedded in U.S. water law.last_img read more

Resources from the “Financial Implications of Divorce” web presentation

first_imgThank you to the nearly 170 participants who were able to join our April 12 web presentation “Financial Implications of Divorce,” presented by Dr. Barbara O’Neill. Several great resources were shared in the chat box, and are presented here. If I missed anything, please leave additional resources in the comments section. Below is a great video resource about how children feel during divorce. We ran out of time during the web presentation and were not able to show this video. Please take a moment to view it here.Wall Street Journal, Divorce: Splitting Up a Rich Military PensionTricare Continued Health Care Benefits Program Tricare Benefits Overview Service Members Relief Act 2012 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rates Types of BAH Net Worth Calculation Worksheet Spending Plan Worksheet Financial Emergency PreparednessLook Before You Leap, pre-marriage financial counseling workbook Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by Custodial Parent Preventing Identity Theft Qualifying for Divorce Spouse Benefits Placing a “Credit Freeze” on Your Credit Report About Continued Health Care Benefit ProgramUniversity of Tennessee Extension Finances and Divorce program ($15)Beneficiary and Personal Representative DesignationsUniformed Services Former Spouse’s Protection ActDefense Finance Accounting Service Wage GarnishmentHow Children Feel at Divorce (YouTube video)Survivor Benefit ProgramReserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) Coverage and CostsChoosing a Divorce MediatorIf you were unable to join the April 12 presentation, you can view the archived session here. CEU approval for MFLN Personal Finance webinars expires 3 years after the live event. CEUs are no longer available for this webinar.  For more information and to earn CEUs from more current webinars click here.Author: Molly C. Herndon (+Molly Herndon)last_img read more

Retirement: More than Money Decisions

first_imgBy Sara Croymans, Med, AFCPlanning for retirement involves more than making sure there will be enough money to last through the retirement years.  It is important for individuals to plan for this monumental transition by thinking about their expectations for the future and having conversations with their partner about their expectations.Sharon Danes, Professor, Family Economist, and Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota, authored the publication Planning Ahead for Retirement which helps folks address the transitional, emotional, social, as well as financial decisions inherent in the retirement planning process.  The first chapter, “More than Money Decisions,” provides great information and tools for individuals (and their partners) to assess how they approach life, identifying and prioritizing values and setting goals.Consider these keys to successful retirement transition identified by Danes.Identify a vision for retirement.  What do you imagine life will look like in retirement?  Consider how time will be spent and what your health might be during your retirement years.  Visualize what your relationships with family and friends will look like during this time.  Space is also a major factor as you think about where you plan to live.  And of course, finances need to be considered as you build your vision of the future. Worksheet 1: Retirement Questions in the Planning for Retirement publication provides questions to help folks think these factors in more detail.Assess life view. “There is no better predictor of your approach to life in retirement than your approach to life now.” So, it is important to take stock of your present outlook on life. Worksheet 2 in the publication provides an opportunity to think about your disposition, enthusiasm for life, inclination toward traditionalism, and capacity to affect your environment.  This information can be used to determine whether you want to adjust your stance in particular areas.Identify Values and Set Priorities.  Values are the things in life that are important to you and bring you joy.  Values typically guide one’s lifestyle, relationships, careers and volunteer work.  Being aware of your values and setting priorities can help inform what you want your retirement years to look like.  Worksheet 3 can help you identify your personal values while Worksheet 4 helps identify your priorities.Set goals. Setting both short and long term goals can help you frame what you want to accomplish.  Some goals will be easy to achieve while others will require years to reach.  Worksheet 5 provides space to identify goals.Coordinate With Your Partner. Because life is typically not a solo journey it is essential to synchronize plans with your partner.  This involves communicating about roles, values, priorities, and goals.  It may be necessary to manage any conflict that arises.Because retirement involves more than money decisions folks are encouraged to spend time thinking about and planning for this major transition.  The Planning Ahead for Retirement tool is an excellent place to start.To learn more about the transitional, emotional, and financial perspective of military retirement participate in our two-part webinar series entitled Retirement Ready? Effective Strategies for Military Families Part I and Part II on November 1 & 8, 2016. The webinars will be recorded and archived for viewing following the event. CEUs for accredited financial counselors, certified personal finance counselors, marriage and family counselors, social workers and counselors are available.This post was written by Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, and member of the MFLN Family Transitions team. Family Transitions provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Engage with the MFLN Family Transitions team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

California Coastal Commission approves SeaWorld San Diegos new attraction

first_img Posted: July 11, 2019 California Coastal Commission approves SeaWorld San Diego’s new attraction SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Coastal Commission on July 10th approved SeaWorld San Diego’s dive coaster planned to open in 2020.This new roller coaster, which was announced in January, will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state, according to SeaWorld.SeaWorld said they anticipate construction getting underway within the next few months. Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 11, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson last_img read more