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Journalist forced to give evidence to rights court

first_img to go further News July 23, 2020 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders protested today at the 9 June decision by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to order ex-Washington Post reporter Jonathan Randal to give evidence about an interview he had in 1993 with a former Bosnian Serb leader. He has already refused to answer a previous summons by the court to testify at the trial of Bosnian Serb leaders Momir Talic and Radoslav Brdjanin.”If journalists in war zones are now to be seen as aides to international courts, the already very dangerous job of war correspondent will soon become impossible,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to the ICTY’s chief prosecutor, Carla del Ponte. “New war crimes will be committed, this time out of sight of the media.””Reporters give evidence about world events, but in real time and for the benefit of international public opinion,” he said. “We urge you to not jeopardise this very important duty for the sake of a court case. I am sure other witnesses can be found who are not journalists.”The ICTY said on 9 June that the right of journalists not to reveal their sources, which would excuse them from giving court evidence, did not apply in this case since the person interviewed was a public figure. RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 13, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist forced to give evidence to rights court April 29, 2020 Find out more Bosnia-HerzegovinaEurope – Central Asia center_img Bosnia-HerzegovinaEurope – Central Asia Bosnia: Death threat against a journalist goes unpunished Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal Follow the news on Bosnia-Herzegovina News Organisation Repressive laws, prosecutions, attacks… Europe fails to shield its journalists against the abuse of the COVID-19 crisis Receive email alerts April 8, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Tekce décrit comment Wealth Amnesty crée un important flux de capitaux étrangers en Turquie

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Castro Responds to Questions About Effects of Defaults

first_img Previous: Survey: Investors Prefer Flipping Over Renting Next: For Sale: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac MSR Portfolio – $3 Billion The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. 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During her five-minute questioning period of Castro, Love questioned the secretary on the expected default rate of people gain homeownership as a result of recent housing policy changes enacted by HUD or FHA and on what he expected would happen to surrounding homes in neighborhoods where defaults occur.Castro did not have much to say regarding how the agencies planned to sustain homeownership, however. The majority of his answers to Love’s questions involved praising the work of HUD and FHA.Love presented a map that showed distressed residential areas from 2008 to 2012 to illustrate her point that she did not believe the recent housing policy changes were helping Americans achieve the goal of not only attaining homeownership but maintaining it once they are in the homes.”[T]he people who run these (distressed) areas have the same political view as you do,” Love said. “In the words of the president during the State of Union address, if it’s not working, it’s time to do something different. We need to do everything we can by not just worrying about just one family, but worrying about as many people as possible.”While Love began her questioning period by acknowledging that the questions Castro had been asked that day were “really hard” – Love’s questioning occurred within the final 15 minutes of a marathon four-hour long hearing – she quickly moved into asking the secretary about the expected default rate of people who gained homeownership as a result of lowering the insurance premiums.”We have a default rate of less than 10 percent,” Castro said. “It’s improved over the last couple of years. We also have seen serious delinquencies, which refer to 90 day delinquencies, drop by 27 percent since 2013 because 2013 and 2014 have been some of the strongest on the books.”In response to Love’s question about what happens when the loans go into default, Castro said, “That’s a great question. There’s a long process before that happens. In fact, I think to the credit of FHA, and in part to the committee, we have improved our loss mitigation process. We work with folks through housing counseling and through other measures to try and avoid default.”When Love turned her questioning toward what happens to value of homes in the areas where homes default and what happens to the people who have “gotten into their homes responsibly” when someone around them defaults. After Castro said he disagreed with the premise of the question, Love repeated her question as to the effect of defaults on surrounding home values.”I think the answer to that is that varies,” Castro said. “Sometimes those homes are sold, and somebody new moves in, so you have a variety of experiences out there in terms of what happens in that circumstance.”Love pointed out those effects by drawing from an economic review by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta: “Given that foreclosure properties generally sell at a discount, the natural question arises as to whether these distressed properties in turn put downward sale prices, pressure on neighborhood properties resulting in negative externalities.” She also quoted former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Castro’s predecessor: “Foreclosed and vacant homes have a debilitating effect on neighborhoods and often lead to blighted neighborhoods, decay, and reduced property values.” Love discussed the importance of looking beyond what is “seen” and stating that the issue goes beyond just simply getting people into homes.”What I’m trying to say is, this is not just a fiscal issue for me,” said Love, a former mayor in Utah who began her first Congressional term in January. “This is a moral issue. . . What do you say to the people who have gotten into homes responsibly, and all of a sudden, because of so many different foreclosures around that area, realize their neighborhoods are going into decay and they’ve lost the value in their home? What do you say to those people?”Castro responded with a plug for FHA.”I’d say first of all, if they’re in that neighborhood, chances are that those responsible homebuyers were through FHA, because we’ve been doing our work,” Castro said.Love wasn’t convinced that the secretary was seeing the bigger picture, however. She pointed out in her response that she knew Castro, a former mayor like herself, had seen the devastating effect that foreclosures have on neighborhoods, and how those communities turn into something “less than desirable” compared to what those families and individuals wanted when they moved into those communities.”This is about bringing people from the lowest common denominator up,” Love said.last_img read more

Budget 2015: as it happened

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. George Osborne delivers the last budget in March. Jonathan Hordle/REX Today marks the first Conservative budget in more than 19 years, with all eyes on how Tory election promises and pledges to cut benefits will pan out over this Parliament.Chancellor George Osborne told the Cabinet this morning that this Budget would “put our country firmly on the path from a high tax, high welfare society to a lower tax, lower welfare society”.In today’s speech, he will tell MPs: “Our long-term economic plan is working. But the greatest mistake this country could make would be to think all our problems are solved.”Cuts to welfare of £8 billion had been promised over the next two years, with a view to making total welfare savings of £12 billion by 2017-18, but speculation this morning has suggested slowing this process down.Follow Personnel Today’s coverage of the budget announcements as they happen, below.Please refresh this page at regular intervalsIntroduction of new National Living Wage, aiming for £9 an hour by 2020. Cost to business will amount to just 1% of corporate profits, offset by reductions to national insurance contributions. From next April, the National Living Wage will be £7.20, an 11% rise on the current minimum wage rate of £6.50.Confirmation personal tax allowance will increase to £11,000, with goal of reaching £12,500 by 2020. Higher rate income tax threshold rises to £43,000 next year, from £42,000.Osborne claims UK working age benefit system should be more sustainable: working-age benefits to be frozen for four years. Statutory payments like maternity pay will be excluded from the freeze.All working parents of three and four-year-olds will receive childcare credits.Young people will face the choice of “earn or learn”, with automatic entitlement to housing benefit to be abolished for 18 to 21-year-olds.Corporation tax to be cut to 19% in 2017 and 18% in 2020.Confirms local councils will gain power to control Sunday trading hours, relaxing current laws.Government will introduce an “apprenticeship levy” on large employers, meaning that those who offer apprenticeships “will get back more than they put in”. Money for training will be directly controlled by employers. Osborne says “too many large companies have been leaving the training to others and taking a free ride on the system”.“Plan for productivity” to be set out this Friday, led by consortium of British businesses.Public-sector pay awards will continue to be 1% per year for the next four years.Osborne claims the gender pay gap is at all-time low; a record number of women in are in work.Plans to “make work pay” through the creation of an additional two million jobs. “Jobs are not created by accident, but when businesses have confidence,” he adds.“We have a job to do, this will be a budget for working people,” says Osborne.  Budget 2015: as it happenedBy Jo Faragher on 8 Jul 2015 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Badminton Association of India office to shut down from March 23 due to coronavirus

first_imgNew Delhi: The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Friday announced that it will be shutting down its office from March 23 in wake of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.In a statement, BAI said: “In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and the advisories issued by the Sports Ministry and Government of India guidelines for safety measures; Badminton Association of India (BAI) has decided to shut down their office from March 23, 2020.“After accessing the situations and discussions with various stake holders, it was observed as the best solution and health and wellbeing of our staff is of prime importance for BAI,” said Ajay K. Singhania, General Secretary, BAI.He added that the situation will be further reviewed after March 31. The BAI also instructed all its staff members to work from home and only in cases of absolute emergency they may go to office.Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) had also shut down their offices in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak which has so far claimed four lives in the country.The Sports Ministry has already advised National Sports Federations (NSFs) to suspend all sports events, including competitions or selections trials, until April 15. IANSAlso read: Indian women’s hockey team plays fearlessly now, says Striker Navneet KaurAlso Watch : Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digitallast_img read more