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first_img RSF_en In a letter to Minister of Interior Relations and Justice Ramón Rodriguez Chacin, RSF condemned the 31 January 2002 bomb attack on the daily “Así es la noticia”. “The president’s verbal threats against media outlets that criticise him have resulted in creating an auspicious climate for violence,” noted RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard. “We ask that you condemn this attack carried out by alleged government supporters,” he added. RSF also asked the minister to ensure that those responsible be identified and brought to trial. VenezuelaAmericas February 5, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bomb explodes in front of daily’s offices Follow the news on Venezuela August 25, 2020 Find out more Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets News News According to information collected by RSF, on 31 January, a bomb exploded in front of “Así es la noticia” daily’s offices, in Caracas, causing damage to the building’s facade. The bomb was thrown by two individuals who were riding a motorcycle. Prior to the attack, the daily’s management received an anonymous threatening telephone call, during which the newspaper was accused of having an editorial stance critical of the government. After the explosion, pamphlets accusing “Así es la noticia” journalists of carrying out an anti-governmental campaign and serving the “oligarchy” were found near the daily’s offices. The pamphlets bore the signature of the MRT, a previously unknown organisation. Organisation Help by sharing this information Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News to go further “Así es la noticia” newspaper is headed by Ibeyise Pacheco, who is also lead-writer for “El Nacional” newspaper. On 7 January, “El Nacional” was threatened by some of President Chávez’s supporters. The two newspapers belong to the same media group. On 30 January, Pacheco pointed to the existence of a document outlining the alleged relations between Venezuelan government officials and members of the Colombian guerilla. The government has taken measures to protect “Así es la noticia” and “El Nacional” newspapers and the Globovisión television station. Police forces have been assigned to patrol around the three media outlets’ offices. Receive email alerts News January 13, 2021 Find out more VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more


first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe A blog post from the Urban Institute published on Tuesday went in depth into the over $3 trillion in untapped home equity by seniors. Homeowner age 65 and older are unwilling to tap into the wealth of equity from their homes, due to various financial concerns. The data from Urban Institute is backed by Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey, which found that 37 percent of senior homeowners feel concerned for their finances in retirement, and only 6 percent of seniors are interested into tapping into their home equity to address these concerns.Equity may be accessed through downsizing, forward or reverse mortgage products, or even indirectly by underspending on maintenance, yet seniors are unlikely to use mortgage products as a method of equity access. Out of the four primary mortgage channels for equity extraction—home equity lines of credit (HELOC), closed-end seconds, cash-out refinance loans, or Home Equity Conversion Mortgages—no channel had an origination rate greater than 4 percent, and only one, HELOCS, had a rate exceeding 1 percent.The low rate of equity access through mortgage products among seniors may be due to a desire to stay out of debt, or the increased number of seniors who stay in the workforce into old age. Additionally, poor financial literacy and complexity as well as the high costs of some mortgage products may steer seniors away from such products. These factors combined have led to a large, untapped amount of wealth.Experts Karan Kaul, Research Associate at The Urban Institute, Laurie Goodman, Codirector of the Urban Institute, and Patrick Simmons, Director at Economic and Strategic Research, list a few ideas in the blog post to help open access to home equity for seniors: improve reverse mortgage financial literacy, reduce the cost of reverse mortgages, improve access to credit, and explore new products and alternative approaches for equity extraction.The complete report by Karan Kaul and Laurie Goodman can be found here on Urban.org, and the blog post can be found here. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Seniors Are Sitting on Trillions of Dollars Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Fannie Mae Home Equity mortgage 2017-02-28 Staff Writer Previous: Interest Rates Continue Trend Next: What are the Top and Bottom CBSAs? Home / Daily Dose / Seniors Are Sitting on Trillions of Dollars  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Fannie Mae Home Equity mortgage About Author: Staff Writer February 28, 2017 1,516 Views last_img read more


first_imgiStock(OAHU, Hawaii) — Nine people were killed when a sky diving plane crashed on the island of Oahu Friday, the deadliest civilian plane accident in the U.S. since 2015.The twin-engine King Air plane crashed Friday at about 6:30 p.m. local time and killed everyone on board, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation.“With extreme sadness HDOT reports there were 9 souls on board the King Air twin engine plane that went down near Dillingham Airfield with no apparent survivors,” the DOT tweeted.“There’s nothing left of the plane,” Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel P. Neves told reporters at the airport.Dillingham Airfield is located on the northwest coast of Oahu, the opposite side from the state’s capital of Honolulu. The airfield is used for both military and civilian aircraft.“I am closely following the tragic developments out of Dillingham Airfield this evening,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a tweet. “At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.”“There was a fire close to the fence line. We extinguished the fire, so luckily because it was accessible we could get to the fire right away,” Neves said. “We’re collecting information; it was a sky-dive aircraft.”“We have witnesses that say it was inbound so we’re not sure right now [whether it left the airfield], we’re gathering information,” he added.There were family members of those on the plane who were waiting at the airfield, Neves said.“It is very difficult,” he said. “In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we’ve had. We’ve had some helicopters with the military, but this is a civilian plane that went down with that many people on board.”One man who was hiking in the area of the airfield said he saw fire trucks, police and helicopters rush to the scene. When he got closer to the scene, he spoke to a couple who saw the plane take off.“I talked to a couple on my way from the other side [of the airport]; they said they saw the plane, it looks like it was taking off and it looked a little wobbly and that’s the last they could see of it,” eyewitness Jonathan Keating said.The crash is the deadliest in the U.S. for a civilian plane since nine people were killed in Akron, Ohio, in November 2015. There have been two more recent military plane crashes with at least as many casualties: a C-130 crash in Georgia in May 2018 that killed nine people and a C-130 crash in Mississippi in July 2017 that killed 16.Sixteen people were also killed in a hot air balloon accident in Texas in July 2016.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgblackred/iStock(DALLAS) — An American Airlines flight bound for Dallas from Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger tried to open the emergency exit door in the middle of the journey.American Airlines Flight 2300 left O’Hare International Airport Tuesday and was less than 45 minutes into its flight to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when the plane had to be diverted to St. Louis, Missouri, because of the unidentified “unruly passenger,” the airline said in a statement Wednesday.“He started coming at the door,” passenger Jonathan Cowan told ABC News. “He just had these big, black gazing eyes. There was really no emotion. … He had all the door levers being flipped up. He was just going at it, attacking it.”The door, however, could not be opened. Airline experts said that emergency doors are kept sealed during flight by cabin pressure inside the plane.Others on board were quick to subdue the unruly passenger.“I got him to the ground, pinned him,” Cowan said. “A couple other gentlemen got on back of me and helped pin him down.”Alexa Campanile, a passenger who shared a video with ABC News, said that after the man attempted to open the exit door, passengers were the first to take action and then flight attendants assisted.“The aircraft landed safely and law enforcement met it upon arrival,” American Airlines said in its statement. “There were no injuries to passengers or crew members. We thank our crew members for their quick action to ensure the safety of everyone on board and providing excellent care to our customers during a difficult situation.”The unruly man was tied up and held down until the plane landed in St. Louis. Video shared by passengers showed the unidentified man being detained by authorities and later removed from the aircraft in St. Louis.Officials at St. Louis Lambert International Airport did not comment on the incident and referred ABC News to federal authorities.An FBI spokesman in St. Louis said that the agency had coordinated with airport police during the incident and that no one had been arrested. The man was released without charges.“There was no nexus to terrorism or criminal activity,” the spokesman told ABC News on Wednesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgMessage* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink From left: 860 Washington Street, Masayoshi Son and Elon Musk (Photos via Getty; James Carpenter Design Associates)A glassy building in the Meatpacking District that’s home to some of 2020’s hottest companies is now valued at $80 million after the partners who developed it completed a sale-leaseback deal.Romanoff Equities bought the 10-story building at 860 Washington Street from co-developer Property Group Partners, records filed with the city Thursday show. The purchase price works out to about $700 per square foot.At the same time, Romanoff leased the asset back to Property Group Partners for a term of 99 years.Representatives from Romanoff and Property Group Partners could not be immediately reached for comment. A Cushman & Wakefield team of Adam Spies, Doug Harmon, Kevin Donner and Marcella Fasulo brokered the sale between PGP and Romanoff.ADVERTISEMENTBuilt in 2016, 860 Washington Street was among a handful of small, boutique commercial buildings that helped transform the Meatpacking District into a highly desirable office neighborhood. These properties commanded triple-figure rents that are rarely seen in areas of Manhattan outside the most prime stretches of Midtown Manhattan.Tenants include Tesla, which has a ground-floor showroom, and which has seen its stock price explode in 2020. Its stock closed above $620 per share this week, more than seven times what it was trading for at the beginning of the year.The Softbank-backed online lender SoFi, which is reportedly considering a public listing amid this year’s white-hot IPO market, is also a tenant in the building alongside other companies including Alibaba and Delos Living.Romanoff Equities, headed by Michael Romanoff, owns a number of properties in the Meatpacking District, and teamed up with Jeffrey Sussman’s Property Group Partners in 2013 to develop the building.Contact Rich Bockmann Email Address* TagsCommercial Real Estatemeatpacking districtReal Estate Financingromanoff equitieslast_img read more


first_img Organised crime groups exploit any opportunity to make money. Our local communities are being scarred by the illegal dumping of waste, while at the same time people are being conned into placing contracts with dodgy waste firms. We are committed to ending this scourge and I look forward to exploring what more Defra, local authorities, the private sector and police can do on this issue. The review will: Waste criminals act illegally to evade landfill tax, undercut responsible waste disposal businesses, operate illegal waste sites, export waste illegally and fly-tip – blighting communities with bad smells, fly infestations and fires.Their activity cost the English economy more than £600 million in 2015 and the review announced by the Environment Secretary today is the next step in the government’s ongoing work to tackle the crime – which is already a serious offence with tough penalties.A Call for Evidence launched today (10 June) will enable a wide group of people to have their say on ways to crack-down further on Organised Crime Groups (OCGs), who profit from waste crime.The review will be chaired by Lizzie Noel, a Non-Executive Director at Defra.Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said: Serious organised crime is the planning, coordinating and committing serious offences, whether individually, in groups and/or as part of transnational networks Lizzie Noel will be supported by an advisory panel bringing a wide range of experience in serious organised crime, security, and waste. The panel comprises Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Colin Church, Chief Executive Officer at Chartered Institute of Waste Management, and Craig Naylor, Deputy Chief Constable in Lincolnshire Police. Householders can check if a waste carrier is an approved carrier on the Environment Agency website. The cost of waste crime to the English economy being over £600m in 2015 is from Rethinking waste crime, Environmental Services Association Educational Trust, 2017. The figure of the extra investment in the EA having shown a return of about £5 for every £1 extra spent on tackling waste crime is from Waste crime interventions and evaluation project report. The Home Office study referred to is Understanding organised crime: estimating the scale and the social and economic costs, October 2013. For further information please contact Defra press office on 020 8225 7317 or out of hours on 0345 051 8486 ObjectivesThe review will: Organised criminals running illegal waste dumps and fly-tipping are blighting local communities. They cost our economy vast amounts of money, pollute our environment and harm our wildlife. We must crack-down on these criminals who have no regard for the impact they have on peoples’ lives. The time is right for us to look at how we can best tackle these antisocial and inexcusable crimes. Ways of working The health of our communities, environment, and economy is being harmed by organised groups committing serious waste crimes. This review is an opportunity to properly understand the extent of this criminal activity, and I look forward to working with a range of partners to ensure our response is robust and effective. Terms of Reference The Chair will be responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and progress of the review and delivery of the final report. The Chair will work closely with the Head of Waste and Recycling, who will oversee the review within Defra. Progress reviews will be conducted monthly. The Chair, with advice taken from the core working group, may seek to access wider expertise dependent on need. The review will be supported by a Secretariat within Defra, and by staff within Defra and the Environment Agency throughout. A communications strategy and stakeholder engagement plan will be developed. All communication with the media will be undertaken through Defra Communications Team or the Environment Agency Communications team. The review will take a broad approach, to understand the scale, nature and impact of serious and organised crime and current and potential response to it. The focus will be on England only. The review will concentrate on organised criminal involvement in waste crime, characteristics of criminal enterprises, intelligence gathering and enforcement effectiveness. It will consider fly-tipping and smaller waste crime incidents only in connection to the review’s understanding of organised criminality. Purpose The Serious and Organised Waste Crime review is initiated by, and will report to, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Last year, we closed down two illegal wastes sites a day and were granted new powers to complement our existing enforcement efforts. Our officers are also out in communities, preventing and disrupting criminals through our intelligence led investigations, and also dealing with the consequences of illegally dumped waste to the environment and the wider community. We welcome the opportunity to review how best we deploy our resources and strengthen ties across government and with the police to target organised criminal rings behind illegal waste operations, and bring perpetrators to justice. Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace, said: This review will directly inform a strategic approach to waste crime, which will be published in the new resources and waste strategy. This strategy is part of the Government’s environmental policy following the 25-year plan and the Clean Growth strategy. The review will also help shape future direction of work in this area. the enforcement landscape and the multiple organisations involved the sustainability, scalability, deliverability and cost-benefit trade-offs of responses to serious and organised waste crime wider work underway in Defra, the Home Office and the Environment Agency lessons learnt and examples of best practice from a wide range of stakeholders Timing Roles and responsibilities The Government has also recently given councils powers to hand out on-the-spot fines to fly-tippers, made it easier for vehicles suspected of being used for fly-tipping to be stopped, searched and seized, and later this year will introduce new fixed penalty notices for householders who pass their waste to a fly-tipper, subject to Parliamentary approval.The review is due to be completed by September 2018.Further information: Since 2014, the Government has given the Environment Agency an extra £60million towards enforcement work to tackle waste crime. This extra investment has shown a return of about £5 for every £1 extra spent.Today’s announcement builds on a range of new measures from the government to tackle waste crime, including new powers for the Environment Agency to lock the gates to problem waste sites to prevent waste illegally building up and powers to force operators to clear all the waste at problem sites, and extending landfill tax to include material disposed of at illegal waste sites with effect from April 2018.Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, said: consider the extent and nature of crimes being committed, and the types of organised crime groups involved consider the environmental, community and economic impacts of serious and organised waste crime consider how the Environment Agency is responding to the threat consider the ability of the Environment Agency, other organisations, and the law enforcement system as a whole, to work together to tackle the threat make recommendations for a strategic approach to serious and organised waste crime make recommendations for the future direction of work In implementing the review, the review team should also take account of: More than 850 new illegal waste sites were discovered by the Environment Agency in 2016-17. While an average of two illegal waste sites are shut down every day, they continue to create severe problems for local communities and business, particularly in rural areas, as well as posing a risk to key national infrastructure.A study by the Home Office suggests that criminals may also use waste management activities such as operating illegal waste sites as a cover for crimes such as theft, human trafficking, fraud, drugs supply, firearms supply and money laundering.Review chair Lizzie Noel has more than 20 years’ experience of senior roles in both the private and public sectors. She will engage with a wide range of stakeholders, and the Call for Evidence will enable a wider group of people to have their say.Lizzie Noel said: Reporting The review will commence in June 2018 and is due to be completed by September 2018. Scope Consider the types of crimes being committed and organised crime groups involved; Consider the environmental, community and economic impacts of serious and organised waste crime; Consider how the Environment Agency, other organisations, and the law enforcement system can work together to tackle the threat; Make recommendations for a strategic approach to serious and organised waste crime. To consider, in depth, serious and organised waste crime – including our response to it – so that we can make actionable recommendations for a strategic approach to waste crime. The review will be chaired by Defra Non-Executive Director Lizzie Noel. The review will report to the Defra Secretary of State and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. An evidence-based report will be submitted to Defra Ministers for consideration, detailing the findings of the review.last_img read more


first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Diego Arias Students line up at the starting line to compete against football players in a 40 yard dash. The race was one of many events on Notre Dame Day.Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, after the conclusion of the fourth annual Notre Dame Day — a 29 hour and 26 minute live broadcast that was watched by three million people — Pablo Martinez, class of 2011 graduate and program director for Notre Dame Day, and his team left the LaFortune Student Center.The event was a huge success, Martinez said. Notre Dame fans around the world contributed over 25,000 gifts, totaling $2,175,436 as of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. This year, of the over 850 groups who participated, the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund — a non-profit organization that funds medical research projects that strive to find a cure for Niemann Pick Type-C Disease — received the most votes from donors.Martinez attributed the organizations he was involved in during his time as a student at Notre Dame as part of the reason he is now involved in Notre Dame Day.“When I was approached to lead Notre Dame Day, I said definitely because [of my experiences as an] undergrad,” he said.“ … I know that formed me and I am very grateful for that.”According to Martinez, Notre Dame Day is often misconceived as simply a fundraising event, when it is much more. Donors are able to have a direct and substantial impact on Notre Dame students.“We aren’t asking alumni to make substantially large donations, just to be a part of the day … the day is based a lot on equity, getting people to participate, and getting people to watch the broadcast,” he said.Notre Dame day functions as a place for the campus community to showcase its accomplishments to the external Notre Dame community, Martinez said.“That added funding, those added resources … really helps the students take their experiences while they’re here on campus to another level — that’s why we do it,” he said. “ … one of the things we did do a better job of is making sure the student body feels ownership and they can make this day what they would like to make it.”One of the ways they did this was through the creation of a student advising committee and a Snapchat filter, Martinez said.In addition, to encourage student participation on the day itself, the team added two of what turned out to be some of the most popular events of the broadcast — The Fighting Irish 40-Yard Dash and a performance by two actors from the Chicago cast of “Hamilton,” Ari Afsar and Joseph Morales.Martinez said until Saturday night, due to a contractual restriction from performing Hamilton songs on a non-Hamilton stage, the two performers were just going to sing unaffiliated songs in Lafortune for the live broadcast. However, due to relentless requests from the Notre Dame Day the Hamilton executives allowed a few notes of “My Shot” to be as well as a rendition of “Dear Theodosia,” with Afsar playing the part of Aaron Burr.“I think there was something about the performance of Hamilton in relation to the rest of the broadcast that was so cool, so different that almost made you feel like you changed channels and you weren’t streaming it from LaFortune, you were watching an episode of ‘The Voice’” Martinez said.Martinez said getting more people than ever to watch and participate would not have been possible without his team, or their partnerships with the alumni association, student affairs, director of club sports and every college.“I’m glad I got everyone at the table at the right time and to see themselves enjoy themselves at the table,” he saidThe final monetary count, as well as the official order on the leaderboard, should be available in around a week, following audits, Martinez said.“We just need to make sure that all the transactions were made appropriately, correctly, making sure the number of votes, everything, was fair,” he said.Martinez attributed this year’s success to a wider audience reach via Facebook live, increased student participation and overall, the fact people want to be a part of something and help people accomplish goals.Notre Dame Day is a process that takes 364 days, and preparation for Notre Dame Day 2018 has already begun, with Martinez looking forward to the possibility of a location change to the new Camps Crossroads project.“Starting today, if we hear a good story that we want to include in Notre Dame Day 2018, we’ll log it,” Martinez said. “Come February and March we’ll start thinking about how we can produce it … the model of Notre Dame Day is that we tell ND stories, and no one can tell a story than the person who lived it first hand. So for me, it’s just a matter of making sure that people understand the value there is in Notre Dame Day and participating in it.”Tags: Hamilton Chicago, Notre Dame Day 2017, Pablo Martinezlast_img read more


first_imgThe February 2011 RE/MAX Housing Report indicates that New Hampshire was the only New England state to show an increase in month-over-month increase in sales, while Vermont was the only state to show year-over-year increase in sales for the month. RE/MAX stated that tighter credit standards and unfavorable weather conditions resulted in a decrease in home sales for the region in February. Overall sales declined -13.8 percent month-over-month in New England, led by Massachusetts, while prices declined overall by -2.6 percent.New Hampshire was the only state to see an uptick in sales month-over-month, and Rhode Island was the only state to experience an increase in median price during the same period.In Vermont, however, there were 243 homes sold in February 2011, a 12.5 percent increase from the 216 homes sold the same time last year. RE/MAX of New England predicts that with expected inventory increases, Vermont should experience a positive spring market. Source: RE/MAX of New England. 3.16.2011last_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Consolidated Edison Inc., or Con Edison, said Thursday it has entered into an agreement to acquire a unit of Sempra Energy that holds 981 MW of operating renewable power plants in the US.The transaction was agreed at a purchase price of USD 1.54 billion (EUR 1.31bn), which takes into consideration USD 576 million of existing project debt. It is expected to close near the end of 2018, subject to receiving certain nods, including from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the US Department of Energy.In addition to assets that are fully owned by Sempra, the deal involves its 379-MW share of projects that the company owns jointly with Con Edison subsidiaries. It also concerns some development rights for additional solar and energy storage projects. Together, these assets are seen to increase Con Edison’s own utility-scale renewables to about 2,600 MW.“With completion of this acquisition, we expect to be the second largest owner of solar electric production projects in North America,” commented John McAvoy, chairman and CEO of Con Edison.The newly-purchased assets are located in Nevada, Arizona, California and Nebraska — states in which Con Edison already has projects — and in some cases adjacent to existing Con Edison developments. This creates opportunities for value-enhancing synergies, noted Mark Noyes, president and CEO of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses Inc.More: Con Edison strikes USD-1.54bn deal to buy renewables from Sempra Con Ed buys Sempra solar assets for $1.5 billionlast_img read more


first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You’ve invested massive amounts of time and energy into developing an ethical, member-centric sales and service culture. What steps should you be taking to ensure your staff stays true to your vision and core values?As news coverage of unscrupulous behavior rocks the financial services world, it’s an opportune time for credit unions to re-examine their communication, goal-setting and incentive strategies, oversight capabilities, and performance management.Three members of the CUNA Creating Member Loyalty™ team—Angela Prestil, Carla Schrinner, and Jayne Hitman—along with Denny Graham, president/CEO of FI Strategies, weigh in with advice on developing and maintaining a strong, positive culture in your credit union, designing an incentive program that prioritizes members’ best interests, and the value of earning your members’ trust. continue reading »last_img read more

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