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Four journalists get jail terms for contempt of court

first_img Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Receive email alerts RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on India March 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News RSF_en center_img September 21, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four journalists get jail terms for contempt of court to go further IndiaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage at a New Delhi court decision today to sentence the publisher of the Mid-Day newspaper and three of his employees – two editors and a cartoonist – to four months in prison for contempt of court because they accused a former senior judge of issuing a ruling that benefited his son.”While judges have a right to defend themselves before the courts, but there is no reason for them to abuse laws, such as the contempt of court law, to punish journalists who make embarrassing revelations,” the press freedom organisation said.”This ruling is a step backwards that weakens press independence and threatens investigative journalism,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We call for the highest judicial authorities to intervene so that these jail terms for Mid-Day’s journalists are not upheld on appeal.”The offending report in Mid-Day claimed that former senior judge Y. K. Sabharwal benefited his son’s company by authorising the demolition of buildings. The four journalists – S. K. Akhtar, Vitsha Oberoi, Irfan Khan and M. K. Tayal – were released on bail pending the outcome of an appeal.The Editors Guild of India said the prison sentences were a threat to press freedom. News April 27, 2021 Find out more News News February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Could Fannie and Freddie Be Eliminated Without Legislation?

first_img February 27, 2018 2,982 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Reform GSEs 2018-02-27 David Wharton Share Save Tagged with: Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Reform GSEs Previous: Ocwen Acquiring PHH Corporation for $360 Million Next: New Bill Addresses Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago GSE reform has been a hot-button topic ever since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came under government conservatorship during the financial crisis, but it’s one of those talking points that often seems heavy on the talk and light on the corresponding action. This week an assembly of analysts and think tanks, including the American Enterprise Institute, introduced a proposal outlining how President Trump could, at least theoretically, move to eliminate the GSEs without having to rely on Congressional support.The plan hinges upon having a Trump-appointed head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government organization tasked with overseeing the GSEs. The FHFA is currently overseen by Obama-era appointee Mel Watt, whose term will conclude at the end of this year. The new paper, which includes among its authors former Reagan White House Counsel and upcoming Five Star Government Forum Keynote Speaker Peter Wallison, argues that a Trump-appointed head of the FHFA could essentially whittle Fannie and Freddie down gradually. This process would involve limiting the types of loans the GSEs could purchase and lowering the size limits for those loans. The authors of the paper said they believed that the plan would allow President Trump to “break this logjam.”Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) has recently been trying to advance bipartisan GSE reform legislation that would keep Fannie and Freddie intact, but would also include a government guarantee for mortgage-backed securities and provisions designed to support affordable housing initiatives. This latter part especially runs contrary to the approach of the new AEI proposal, as Wallison and others have argued that government affordable housing initiatives actually helped flood the market with subprime mortgages that destabilized the market and lead to the collapse of the housing bubble.In a January op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Wallison put it bluntly: “The trouble here is not merely that the Treasury is an outlier in what was supposed to be a deregulatory administration. It is also that the department’s current custodians appear to have learned nothing from the financial crisis, which was caused by precisely the policies they now support.”The AEI paper argues that, rather than focusing on affordable housing mandates, government subsidies should be reduced, which they argue would bring down home prices and make homeownership available to a broader spectrum of Americans.Not everyone would support such a plan, of course, with some proponents arguing that of Fannie and Freddie are in need of either moderate reform or minor policy adjustments. Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi put it succinctly, telling MarketWatch that when it came to the GSEs, “it’s not fixed but it’s not broken.”Last week California-based investment management firm PIMCO wrote in a letter to Congress that, “We believe GSE ‘reform’ should simply formalize the current state of affairs—namely, by making the government guarantee explicit and otherwise keeping Fannie and Freddie functioning as they largely are today. In other words, Congress should be honest about conservatorship: It has been and continues to be immensely successful, not to mention wildly profitable, and the current system works.”According to a February survey conducted by the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, 73.3 percent of respondents opposed eliminating the GSEs and privatizing housing finance without a government guarantee. Moreover, 74.1 percent of respondents supported retaining the GSEs and the explicit government guarantee or replacing them with something similar.You can watch the full archived stream of the AEI’s Tuesday conference discussing their GSE reform proposals below. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, Newscenter_img Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Could Fannie and Freddie Be Eliminated Without Legislation? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Could Fannie and Freddie Be Eliminated Without Legislation?  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Kane says quality signings can fire Spurs title bid

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (right) scored two goals in the 3-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 11 – Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane says the club are ready for another Premier League title push after some quality late additions to th squad.The London side had an underwhelming start to the season, losing to Chelsea and drawing against Burnley at their temporary Wembley home, but they bounced back with an emphatic 3-0 win against Everton at the weekend. Tottenham’s quiet summer in the transfer market was held against them by some but with Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente arriving late, Kane feels they are back in the hunt.“People might not talk about us but that suits us. We will just get on with our job and we will keep producing performances like this,” Kane said after scoring twice at Goodison Park on Saturday.“I wouldn’t say it’s disrespectful. What you have had is teams spending money, buying big players and big names. We have left it late in the transfer market but we have got the players that we wanted and now we have got a good squad, a bulky squad.“We play good football and we have been in the title race for the last couple of years. Come the business end in the second half of the season, we are normally thereabouts fighting for the title.”Kane, whose first goal against Everton was his 100th for Spurs, has won back-to-back golden boots but is still waiting to lift his first trophy.“Of course that is the aim, that is the most important thing,” he said in comments carried by British newspapers on Monday.“All the individual records are good but you want to try and win club trophies, win the Premier League and the FA Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Miracle Tree Could Feed and Fuel Third World

first_imgThe ‘drumstick tree’ grows right where it is needed for food, fuel, water safety, stock feed and many other uses, all for free.It’s been years (3/09/10) since we reported the good news about Moringa oleifera, the drumstick tree – a plant native to Asia and Africa with multiple uses. Now that a new paper has come out about it, it’s time to revisit this amazing plant. Known as “one of the world’s most useful trees,” this one species can do all the following:PowerPoint slide by David CoppedgeWe compared the story to the old Acres of Diamonds parable about a man who wasted his life looking for diamonds, not realizing his property was surrounded by them. Africa may have diamonds (a harsh industry on natives), but it needs nutrition more. The new paper in PLoS One measures how two species of Moringa score on mineral nutrition:Moringa oleifera (MO) and M. stenopetala (MS) (family Moringaceae; order Brassicales) are multipurpose tree/shrub species. They thrive under marginal environmental conditions and produce nutritious edible parts. The aim of this study was to determine the mineral composition of different parts of MO and MS growing in their natural environments and their potential role in alleviating human mineral micronutrient deficiencies (MND) in sub-Saharan Africa.Sure enough, these two species of Moringa are rich in minerals – far richer than the usual plant foods.In Ethiopian crops, MS leaves contained the highest median concentrations of all elements except Cu [copper] and Zn [zinc], which were greater in Enset (a.k.a., false banana). In Kenya, Mo flowers and MS leaves had the highest median Se [selenium] concentration of 1.56 mg kg-1 and 3.96 mg kg-1, respectively. The median concentration of Se in MS leaves was 7-fold, 10-fold, 23-fold, 117-fold and 147-fold more than that in brassica leaves, amaranth leaves, baobab fruits, sorghum grain and maize grain, respectively. The median Se concentration was 78-fold and 98-fold greater in MO seeds than in sorghum and maize grain, respectively.The five researchers concluded that this plant can really help Africans meet their dietary mineral requirements:This study confirms previous studies that Moringa is a good source of several of the measured mineral nutrients, and it includes the first wide assessment of Se and I [iodine] concentrations in edible parts of MO and MS grown in various localities. Increasing the consumption of MO and MS, especially the leaves as a fresh vegetable or in powdered form, could reduce the prevalence of MNDs, most notably Se deficiency.This sounds like a golden opportunity for locals to engage in entrepreneurial business. If people don’t rush to pick the leaves and eat them raw off the tree, why not add them to salads? Why not set up shop to make powder from them, and find ways to make them tasty? Think of the possibilities: Moringa flour, candy, cookies, cocoa, energy drinks – all the things western nations make out of wheat flour or soy. If that works, it could contribute to a cycle of progress: healthier people would have more energy to go into business with Moringa, setting up Moringa farms and all kinds of other enterprises – maybe even exporting this miracle plant’s benefits to the west.Look at Table 1 for all the places this tree naturally grows. It’s all over the place, waiting to be used for good.Moringa oleifera and MS are fast growing multipurpose woody plants which grow in diverse ecosystems, from very dry marginal lowland tropical climates to moist high altitude regions. They shed their leaves during long dry seasons. Their tuberous roots enable them to store water and withstand very long dry seasons. The MO tree can grow up to 5–15 m in height, with a diameter at breast height up to 25 cm. A mature MS tree is usually larger in overall size and more drought tolerant than MO, with larger leaves, seeds and trunk. However, MS is slower-growing compared to MO. In experiments conducted in the Sudan, MS flowered after 2.5 years as compared to 11 months for MO.The authors confirm earlier reports of the many uses of this tree. Its versatility as a useful plant for people is truly astounding:They are used for food, medicine, fodder, fencing, firewood, gum and as a coagulant to treat dirty water. The foliage, immature pods, seeds, and roots are used both as food and medicine. Young shoots are also cooked and eaten. Leaves are either cooked or consumed raw as vegetables. Moringa leaves are used in a similar way as a cabbage and spinach thereby nicknamed ‘cabbage tree’. As a food or forage source, Moringa spp. can supply a wide range of essential macro and micro nutrients.This super-food and super-material grows right where it is needed: Africa, India and Pakistan, Mexico – even the Solomon Islands. Yet the authors call it an “underutilized crop”.This is truly amazing. It’s as if God planted a tree of life for people growing in a cursed world. What are we waiting for? Let’s make use of the riches God has put on this earth to help the people who need it most.This figure is available in the paper as a PowerPoint slide.(Visited 508 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Replacing Your Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription for Under $100

first_imgFor video editors looking for an alternative to their Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, these apps offer similar functionality at a much lower price point.Top image from Blackmagic DesignAdobe makes some truly incredible apps for post-production professionals and are undoubtably continuing to push their software forward as much as possible. But still, their subscription pricing model isn’t ideal for all creative pros, with individual subscriptions ranging from $9.99 all the way up to almost $80. It’s left some editors looking for alternative solutions.There are some key Adobe apps that don’t have a direct alternative at the moment, but the majority of relevant Adobe applications for filmmakers absolutely do have alternatives. Let’s take a look at a few of your options for supplementing your Adobe Creative Cloud products.DaVinci Resolve vs. Premiere Pro/SpeedGradeImage from Blackmagic DesignDaVinci Resolve is not only an obvious replacement for SpeedGrade — considering it’s the best color grading software out there — but also a replacement for Adobe Premiere Pro. As of version 12, Resolve has truly become a full-fledged NLE system and offers a viable alternative to Premiere Pro that’s hard to ignore.Not to mention the basic version of DaVinci Resolve is free. If you’re looking to switch NLEs, but don’t want to make the jump to FCPX, Resolve is an excellent option that offers a tremendous amount of value with a minimal learning curve.Affinity Photo and Design vs. Photoshop/IllustratorImage from Affinity Serif is a relatively new software company that creates very high end, yet affordable creative applications. Two of their products in particular — Affinity Photo & Affinity Design — offer excellent alternatives to two of Adobe’s most-popular platforms.As the name suggests, Affinity Photo is a direct Photoshop competitor. It features a very slick UI and a rich toolset, packaged in a Photoshop-like format that will feel familiar to most Adobe users. Affinity Design is an excellent choice for editors and VFX artists that regularly do design work for their editorial or motion graphics projects. Both programs are only $49.99.Fusion vs. After EffectsImage from Blackmagic DesignBlackmagic is making this list twice for not only offering a Premiere Pro alternative, but an After Effects alternative too. Much like Resolve, Blackmagic Design’s Fusion is an extremely powerful piece of software that is available both in a free and paid version. It is a node-based compositing platform (similar in design to Nuke), and can easily serve as an alternate for Adobe After Effects.The learning curve when transitioning from After Effects to Fusion would be somewhat substantial, especially considering Fusion is node-based and After Effects is layer-based. But at the same time Fusion’s node system opens up a lot of creative possibilities, which will certainly make it a worthwhile reason for many to adapt to the new system.Got any tips for finding alternatives to the Creative Cloud? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid president Florentino plans swap offer for Chelsea ace Hazard

first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino plans swap offer for Chelsea ace Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is willing to make a swap offer for Chelsea ace Eden Hazard next month.Okdiario says Real Madrid are back in the market for Chelsea star Hazard – and could use Isco as bait to get him.The Spanish giants are considering sacrificing the attacking midfielder in a cash-plus-player deal to bring Hazard to the Bernabeu.Perez is prepared to see Isco sold after his blow up with fans this week.That deal would not be wholly different to the one which saw Thibaut Courtois join for £31m in the summer along with Mateo Kovacic heading to west London on a season-long loan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Urban Meyer Predicts Big Things For Cardale Jones At The Combine: “He’s Gonna Kill It”

first_imgCardale Jones tests his vertical at the NFL combine.Vine/NFLWith 14 of his players participating at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine, this week is a pretty big one for Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. Cardale Jones works out with the quarterbacks today, and Meyer predicts big things for his former quarterback.Urban Meyer on Cardale Jones: “I think he’s gonna kill it … This is gonna be his day. I think he’s gonna move up in the draft today.”— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) February 27, 2016“I think he’s going to move up in the draft today. That’s coming from people who have told me that.” – Urban Meyer on Cardale Jones— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 27, 2016Jones has already flashed some impressive athleticism with a 36-inch vertical jump.A very nice 36″ vert for the 6’5 quarterback Cardale Joneshttps://t.co/4qVWMIX5RO— Alexis Chassen (@Lovelybuckeye) February 27, 2016He also has one of the most impressive arms in the field. There are few more interesting prospects at the quarterback position than Jones. Finding out which team wants to take a shot on him will be one of the more fun story lines of the middle-to-late rounds of the draft.last_img read more

Pirates Kidnap MT Barretts 22 Crew Company Confirms

first_imgzoom UK-based tanker owner and operator Union Maritime confirmed that 22 crew member from its vessel MT Barrett were kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea on January 10.The company lost contact with the Marshall Islands-registered ship, which was at anchor off Benin, West Africa, on January 9.“Our primary concern remains the 22 crew on board and ensuring their safety,” the shipping firm said.Union Maritime said that it continues to work with all relevant parties to ensure the situation is resolved successfully and as quickly as possible.The shipping firm added that it regularly operates from ports in this region and has a rigorous safety and security protocol.Furthermore, the company said that crews are repeatedly drilled in all safety and emergency procedures.last_img

Aboriginal woman hopes to become The Biggest Loser

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Aboriginal woman born and raised in Winnipeg is competing in the hit U.S. television program, The Biggest Loser.It’s a reality show where overweight individuals compete weekly hoping to shed the most pounds.Jackie Pierson grew up in Winnipeg but now resides in northern California.Pierson, 36, said she gained most of her weight after the death of her dad in 2004. She now weighs 291 pounds.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.last_img