Myanmar editor could be jailed for life over rebel interview

first_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsJudicial harassment Surge in harassment cases  Myanmar’s legislation provides for a Media Council which, in theory, should deal with any complaint about an article published in the media. In practice, the authorities continue to bring criminal proceedings against journalists. Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Myanmar Headlined “Peace Process has stopped,” the interview was published on 27 March, four days after the authorities decreed the AA to be a terrorist organization, effectively putting an end to the peace process. Nay Myo Lin was arrested over an interview with a representative of the Arakan Army (AA), a rebel group seeking autonomy for northwestern Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where the country’s Rohingya minority has been the target of ethnic cleansing. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF published a press release in July 2019 about a surge in cases of journalists being threatened, intimidated and jailed as a result of judicial harassment by the military and police. This was two months after Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists serving a seven-year prison sentence, were finally pardoned and released. After falling seven places in the two previous years, Myanmar is ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. May 26, 2021 Find out more News March 31, 2020 Myanmar editor could be jailed for life over rebel interview RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Nay Myo Lin is seen outside the court of Chan Mya Tharzi township, in Mandalay, on 31 March 2020 (photo : Zaw Zaw / AFP). May 12, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsJudicial harassment to go further “We call on Kyaw Swa Lin, the judge who ordered this journalist’s detention, to dismiss these utterly absurd and disproportionate terrorism charges,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Nay Myo Lin complied fully with journalistic ethics and published this interview with the aim of serving the public interest by helping to restart the talks needed to end the conflict in Rakhine State.” News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate withdrawal of the utterly disproportionate terrorism charges that have been brought against a journalist in Myanmar for interviewing the spokesperson of a rebel group. Receive email alerts US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture News “This is worrying for press freedom,” Voice of Myanmar website editor Nay Myo Lin rightly said this morning after a court hearing in the central city Mandalay, where he was arrested yesterday and is now facing a possible life sentence under sections 50(a) and 52(a) of Myanmar’s anti-terrorism law. News May 31, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Foreclosures Rise in Q3 Despite Falling to Eight-Year Low in September

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Foreclosures Rise in Q3 Despite Falling to Eight-Year Low in September The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Foreclosures Rise in Q3 Despite Falling to Eight-Year Low in September  Print This Post Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Default Notices Foreclosures quarterly report RealtyTrac REO 2014-10-15 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Default Notices Foreclosures quarterly report RealtyTrac REO 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. Previous: DS News Webcast: Thursday 10/16/2014 Next: ACES Risk Management, Kroll Factual Data Announce Partnership October 15, 2014 923 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Foreclosure filings, which include default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions, inched upward nationwide in Q3 despite dropping to their lowest level in eight years in September, according to RealtyTrac’s Q3 2014 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released on Thursday.A total of 317,171 residential properties in the U.S. reported foreclosure filings in Q3, which is a decline of 16 percent from the same quarter in 2013 but an increase of 0.42 percent from Q2, according to RealtyTrac. It was the first quarter-over-quarter increase reported since the third quarter of 2011.RealtyTrac cited a 2 percent increase in default notices and a 7 percent jump in scheduled foreclosure auctions as the reasons for the quarterly increase in foreclosure filings. The number of bank repossessions (REOs) declined by 12 percent from Q2 to Q3.The number of foreclosure filings in September (106,866) was down 9 percent from August and down 19 percent from September 2013. September was the 48th consecutive month in which foreclosure filings declined on a year-over-year basis. With the recent decline, foreclosure filings nationwide are at their lowest level since July 2006, a total of 98 months.”September foreclosure activity was back to pre-housing bubble levels nationwide, in large part thanks to a continued slide in bank repossessions,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “However, a recent rise in scheduled foreclosure auctions in many markets across the country shows lenders are continuing to clean house of lingering delinquent loans. This rise in scheduled auctions foreshadows a corresponding rise in bank repossessions and auction sales to third party buyers in the coming months.”The five states with the highest foreclosure rate were Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Nevada, and Illinois, according to RealtyTrac. The five metropolitan statistical areas with the highest foreclosure rates were Orlando, Florida; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Macon, Georgia; Ocala, Florida; and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida.Meanwhile, RealtyTrac reported that the foreclosure process is taking longer nationwide. In Q3 of 2014, properties were in the foreclosure process for an average of 615 days, an increase of 7 percent from Q2 and 13 percent from Q3 2013. It is the longest average time for the foreclosure process since RealtyTrac began tracking the data in 2007. New Jersey had the longest average foreclosure time of any state at 1,064 days, according to RealtyTrac.The number of default notices nationwide in Q3 increased by 2 percent from the previous quarter but declined by 11 percent from the same quarter a year ago, according to RealtyTrac. It was the ninth straight quarter in which default notices declined year-over-year nationwide. Ten states saw a year-over-year increase in default notices in Q3, led by Indiana (up 59 percent), Oklahoma (up 49 percent), Massachusetts (up 38 percent), New Jersey (up 19 percent), and Iowa (up 12 percent).Scheduled foreclosure auctions in the U.S. totaled 139,721 for Q3, up 7 percent from Q2 but down by 1 percent from Q3 2013, marking the 15th straight quarter in which foreclosure auctions declined year-over-year. The number of scheduled foreclosure auctions rose on a year-over-year basis in 22 states, led by North Carolina and Oregon with an 85 percent increase each, New Jersey (66 percent), Oklahoma (58 percent), and New York (57 percent). Scheduled foreclosure auctions increased in 32 states quarter-over-quarter, led by Michigan with a 34 percent hike, followed by Maryland (up 30 percent) and California, Texas, and Arizona with a 25 percent increase each.REO activity is down nationwide; in the third quarter, lenders repossessed 74,271 residential properties in the U.S. in Q3, representing a decline of 12 percent from Q2 and a drop of 38 percent from Q3 2013. It was the 16th consecutive quarter in which REO activity declined year-over-year. Still, REO activity increased in Q3 from the same period a year ago in seven states, led by Maine (up 24 percent), Maryland (up 19 percent), Oregon (up 13 percent), Georgia (up 11 percent) and New Jersey (up 5 percent). 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Donegal County Council has had it’s last meeting before next months local elections

first_img Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ By News Highland – April 28, 2014 WhatsApp Donegal County Council has had it’s last meeting before next months local elections.Voting will take place in the local elections on May 22nd.The county house in Lifford was packed out today as dozens of candidates handed in their nomination papers.Verteran Cllr David Alcorn will not run in the elections, and today could be his last ever County Council meeting, but he isn’t ruling out a return to politics in the future:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Pinterest Newscenter_img Pinterest Twitter Previous articleDonegal County Council told finances are secure for the next yearNext articleA5 public consultation to get under way tomorrow News Highland Donegal County Council has had it’s last meeting before next months local elections WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebooklast_img read more

Former State Sen. Owen Johnson, 85, Dies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s veteran lawmaker, the former State Sen. Owen Johnson, who spent 40 years in public service until his retirement in 2012, has died at the age of 85, it was announced today.“Owen Johnson was beloved by his constituents and respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, including eight governors who served during his career in the Senate,” said Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the co-leader of the State Senate whose Republican majority counted on Johnson’s continuing support.Johnson had represented the people of Suffolk County in the State Senate from 1972 to 2012, when he finally decided not to run for re-election. At the time he was facing a challenge from long-time Democratic legislator, Rick Montano (D-Brentwood). Instead, Assemb. Phil Boyle became the Republican candidate and won the Senate seat.“Owen Johnson’s leadership helped countless citizens far beyond the boundaries of his senate district,” said Sen. Boyle (R-Bay Shore). “I am proud to say that Owen was not just my senator but he was my mentor and friend. He will be sorely missed.”Up in Albany, Johnson, or “O.J.” as he was known by his colleagues and friends, was the long-time leader of the Senate Finance Committee. “He was a staunch advocate for a state spending cap, which we have strictly adhered to in the past four enacted budgets,” said Skelos in his statement. “Senator Johnson sponsored the original legislation to create the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and the first bill to provide drivers with an insurance discount or a reduction in points for successfully completing a defensive driving course, among many other legislative accomplishments.”Back in his district, Johnson was known for his helping his constituents with their concerns, as well as promoting tourism, strengthening the local economy and boosting the marine fishing industry, as well as preserving the area’s natural resources, which included hosting his annual beach clean-up days. Johnson attended West Babylon Grade School and Babylon High School, according to his official bio, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then graduated from Hofstra College in 1956.He reportedly died of natural causes, at home with his family, according to his former chief of staff, Rory Whelan.“Owen Johnson left an indelible mark on the Senate and forged a legacy of extraordinary service to the people of Suffolk County,” said Skelos.He is survived by his wife Christel; two children, Owen and Christen; his son-in-law Dan Tymann; and his granddaughters Eliza and Scarlett.last_img read more

Thanks for letter on Touareuna Road closing

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAlthough I do not know Bernard Witkowski of Scotia, I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his Oct. 17 letter to the editor regarding the town of Glenville’s board meeting of Oct. 4 and the possible permanent closure of Touareuna Road.We are hopeful that the board finds money (as you suggested) to repair the road, enough to keep it opened seasonally, as it has been for decades.Again, Mr. Witkowski thank you for taking the time to voice your support to our concern.Peter MichalskiAmsterdamlast_img read more