first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns the latest proceedings that Croatian interior minister Tomislav Karamarko has initiated against journalist Zeljko Peratovic, the target of repeated legal actions by the minister during past two years accusing him variously of defamation, violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation and divulging information liable to disturb public order (see the release of 15 January 2009).Karamarko began this judicial harassment after Peratovic accused him of obstructing the investigation into the death of Milan Levar, a witness under the protection of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), who was killed by a car bomb in Gospic in August 2000.In the latest move, the Zagreb prosecutor’s office opened criminal proceedings against Peratovic on 12 November for allegedly violating the confidentiality of a previous investigation initiated against him by Karamarko. Peratovic’s crime, according to the prosecutor’s office, was to have posted the depositions of prosecution witnesses on his blog on 1 August 2009.Karamarko brought a complaint against him the following month claiming that the publication of this information was liable to endanger the witnesses. Peratovic was questioned by the police about the complaint in November 2009 and by the investigative judge in March of this year. No date has so far been set for a trial. The depositions were also posted on other websites without complaints being brought against them by the minister, indicating that the safety of the witnesses was just a pretext.The interior minister’s judicial harassment is clearly designed to prevent Peratovic from working freely by forcing him to devote all his attention to the prosecutions, and to prevent him from defending himself publicly by enforcing respect for the principle of judicial confidentiality.As he already tried to do last year, Karamarko probably hopes to be able to convince the court to ban Peratovic from publishing information for an indefinite period, thereby preventing him from working as a journalist, whether writing for his blog or for other media.Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the fact that the social services have also just opened an investigation aimed as demonstrating that Peratovic does not take proper care of his daughter. A similar investigation by the social services last year ended up finding no grounds for accusations of paedophilia that had been made anonymously against him.Social workers spent more than a year trying in vain to locate the neighbours who had anonymously expressed “concern” about Peratovic. The paedophilia investigation was eventually dropped but now, at the request of the prosecutor’s office, the social services are to going to verify whether he looks after his daughter’s physical and moral well-being.It is curious that the social services have been asked to conduct this new investigation at the same time that the latest criminal proceedings were announced. Reporters Without Borders urges the social services to proceed in an impartial, independent and rational manner and to conclude the investigation if the allegations are not supported by any solid evidence. CroatiaEurope – Central Asia to go further December 2, 2020 Find out more News November 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judicial harassment of Zeljko Peratovic must stopcenter_img News Follow the news on Croatia Help by sharing this information News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Ten RSF recommendations for the European Unionlast_img read more


first_img Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago July 31, 2015 1,664 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market  Print This Post Previous: Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Portfolio Contracts at Double-Digit Rate for Third Straight Month Next: Number of Underwater Borrowers is Declining at an Accelerated Pace Deeply Delinquent Mortgage Loans Freddie Mac Non-Performing Mortgage Loans NPL Sales 2015-07-31 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Freddie Mac Completes NPL Sale With $591 Million in UPB Freddie Mac announced on Friday the sale of 3,577 deeply delinquent non-performing loans from its residential single-family mortgage investment portfolio via auction on July 28.The loans, which are three years delinquent on average, have an aggregate unpaid principal balance (UPB) of $591 million, according to Freddie Mac. Given the length of time the loans have been delinquent, the borrowers have likely either been previously evaluated for or are in various stages of loss mitigation or other foreclosure alternatives, or actually in foreclosure.About 28 percent of the aggregate pool balance consisted of previously modified mortgages that subsequently became delinquent, according to Freddie Mac. The transaction is part of Freddie Mac’s Standard Pool Offerings (SPOs) and is expected to settle sometime in mid-September.Investors had the flexibility to bid on one or more of the three separate pools of mortgage loans offered, or they could bid on the aggregate total of all three pools. Pool number 3 was comprised of loans with LTV ratios of less than 50 percent of the property value, based on broker price opinions. Below is a summary of the pools of loans for sale and the winning bidders, as well as the cover bid prices (second highest bids).All bidders must comply with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)’s enhanced requirements for NPL sales announced on March 2, which include approval by and good standing with government housing agencies (Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Ginnie Mae, and the Federal Housing Administration); evaluating borrowers for eligibility in the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP); and applying a “waterfall” of resolution tactics before resorting to foreclosure.Freddie Mac began marketing this transaction on July 8 through its advisors, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Suisse Securities and The Williams Capital Group, L.P., an MWOB to non-profits, neighborhood advocacy funds, and private investors active in the NPL market.FHFA, Freddie Mac’s conservator, stated in its 2014 Report to Congress released in June that “FHFA’s expectation is that the sale of seriously delinquent loans through non-performing loan sales will result in more favorable outcomes for borrowers, while also reducing losses to the Enterprises, and, therefore, to taxpayers.”This transaction was Freddie Mac’s fourth SPO NPL transaction of 2015 and fifth overall since July 2014. The previous four NPL transactions totaled approximately $2.17 billion in UPB. 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. Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Completes NPL Sale With $591 Million in UPBcenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Deeply Delinquent Mortgage Loans Freddie Mac Non-Performing Mortgage Loans NPL Sales Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more


first_imgChronic oil pollution related to gas and oil drilling activities is increasing in the sea due to the rising offshore petroleum industry activity. Among marine organisms, zooplankton play a crucial role in the marine ecosystem and therefore understanding the effects of crude oil chronic exposure on zooplankton is needed to determine the impact of oil in marine environments. The present study reports on the effect of crude oil on adult northern krill, Meganyctiphanes norvegica, collected during three seasons. Their sensitivity to oil was examined with oil concentration of 0.01 versus 0.1 mg oil L− 1 and photo-modified oil in flowing seawater maintained in the dark for 2 weeks at in situ temperature. Oil (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs) entered the krill (on average, 350 and 4400 μg·kg− 1 wet weight in low and medium oil treatments respectively) and a larger fraction of the krill exhibited digestive gland pathologies (enhanced apoptosis and pathology of digestive tubules) in oil treatments (27–80%) compared to a significantly lower fraction (7–13%) in treatments that received no oil. However, 2-week oil exposure at these concentrations did not significantly decrease survivorship or impair basic functioning such as feeding and respiration rates. Similarly, there were only limited changes in the transcription of 7 selected genes from head tissue. Additionally, although there was significant seasonal variation in krill total lipid content and fatty acid composition, there was no treatment effect on both these parameters, which suggests limited oxidative stress under experimental conditions. Furthermore, there was no significant treatment effect on two direct measures of oxidative stress (MDA: malondialdehyde and AOPP: advanced oxidation protein products) in any of the seasons. Nevertheless, histology clearly revealed enhanced digestive gland pathologies in krill even at low concentrations. Although krill with such pathologies continue to survive, their accumulation of PAHs may be transferred up the food chain, impacting their predators and the wider ecosystem.last_img read more


first_imgCampusMonroe Park Campus Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/99703 Sensitive PositionNo Working TitleAdjunct Faculty-Marketing Remove from posting on or before06/30/2021 Is any portion of this position grant-funded?No Special Instructions to Applicants Normal work hours Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Job Code/TitleAJ – Adjunct Position TypeAdjunct – Teaching Resource CriticalYes Hours/Week Preferred Qualifications Posting Details Description of the Job Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Open Until FilledNo Normal work days * How did you find out about this position?○ Alumni association magazine○ Chronicle of Higher Education○ Community event○ Email notification○ HERC (Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium)○ Higher education publication○ Internal Recruiter○ Job fair○ Job site (e.g. Monster.com)○ Listserv○ Newspaper○ Professional association/journal○ Referred by person/employee○ Search firm notification○ VCU vacancy listing – eJobs○ Other Recruitment PoolAll Applicants The Department of Marketing in the School of Business at VirginiaCommonwealth University is recruiting a pool of applicants forpossible adjunct teaching positions during the Spring, Summer orFall semesters. This pool will be utilized on an as-needed basis.Should an adjunct teaching position become available, theDepartment of Marketing will contact persons in the pool whosecredentials match our teaching needs. This pool will be accessedonly when an opening arises. Your application will remain activefor one year. After one year, if you are still interested inadjunct teaching, you may resubmit your application for subsequentyears. Note, only those selected for an interview will becontacted.Position duties include:• Meet all designated course instruction guidelines anddepartmental assessment objectives.• Grade assignments and exams in a timely manner.• Respond to student inquiries within 1-2 business days.• Submit final grades according to school policy.RESPONSIBILITIES :Teach courses in marketing as needed. These classes could beinclusive of any areas within the discipline. Examples includeretailing, business-to-business marketing, integrated marketingcommunication/advertising strategy, personal selling/salesmanagement, social media/internet/digital marketing,global/international marketing, branding/brand management, orservice marketing. Anticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate with Experience * If you selected ‘Other’ for your referral source pleaseindicate where you heard about this posting. (If you did not select’Other,’ please enter ‘n/a.’)(Open Ended Question) All candidates must attach to this application a cover letter,curriculum vitae or resume, and the names/contact information forthree references (as an “Other Document”).Virginia Commonwealth University is an equalopportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, andpersons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Position NumberJ00001 Organizational Overview Required Qualifications Job Open Date07/01/2020 Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Additional Information Job Category DepartmentMarketing EDUCATION :Master’s degree in a related field with experience and specializedexpertise directly related to the position.COMPETENCIES / EXPERIENCE :• Demonstrated teaching experience or good oral presentation andcommunication skills.Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty,staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a facultymember at VCU . EDUCATION :Ph.D or other doctoral degree in a related discipline or directlyrelated to the position is highly preferred.Previous experience teaching courses within an undergraduate orgraduate-level business program is particularly welcome. Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumeOptional DocumentsOther Documentlast_img read more


first_imgAcademic groups have raised concern about plans to make research freely available online.The government announced plans to make all publically funded research available online free of charge from 2014, following recommendations from the Finch report, released in 2012. The report, undertaken by Dame Janet Finch, a sociologist, reported that opening up access, “will mean that more people and organisations in the UK have access to more of the published findings of research than ever before. More research will be accessible immediately upon publication, and free at the point of use”.Research papers will be made available to universities, companies and individuals from anywhere in the world. Previously readers had to pay to access research papers but under the new scheme, the cost would fall on universities, who will have to make a fee every time they wanted to publish work from their researchers. Chris Grey, OUSU Graduate Officer, told Cherwell, “There are some strong arguments in support of the principle of Open Access. It does, after all, seem a bit perverse that the taxpayer funds thousands of researchers only to have to pay high journal subscription fees to read the results. However the pace at which the Government is attempting to implement these changes, and the lack of consultation with the academic world, is troubling.“There are a lot of unintended consequences that need to be considered very carefully, and it looks like the current plans will actually end up costing Universities a lot of money, money that could be spent on teaching and funding for students. Our priority right now though is to make sure that any extra charges incurred by graduate students and young researchers who are trying to publish will be covered by the University.”A number of academic groups and societies, such as the Royal Historical Society, the Political Studies Association and the Council for the Defence of British Universities, have spoken out about the changes the Government are planning to implement. Howard Hotson, a fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford who sits on the steering council for the Council for the Defence of British Universities told Cherwell, “Open access is an attractive goal in principle, but the transition to it needs to be handled with patience and care.  Scholarly communication has been based largely on the printed word for over 500 years, and on printed scholarly journals for over 300.“Relative to print, open access scholarly publication on the internet only began to look feasible the day before yesterday, so it is unsurprising that, despite its attractions, serious difficulties with its implementation remain for many disciplines. A one-size-fits-all solution, driven forward by the artificial timetable of the Research Excellence Framework, to be imposed nationally virtually overnight after minimal consultation, will have massive undesirable unintended consequences. What is needed is patient, prudent, incremental change, not more ill-considered radicalism.”Under the scheme, universities may have more control over selecting what research will be published. A spokesperson for Oxford University said, “Funders in many areas are already working towards open access policies and models, and we will continue to work with them to find the best way forward. We look forward to a wider discussion across the collegiate University about the potential impact different open access models may have in the many and varied research fields supported at Oxford and are keen to ensure that any changes are sustainable and are not at the expense of ensuring that our research outputs are of the highest quality.“We are committed to ensuring that the fruits of our research are widely accessible, and the University is already very active in disseminating research for the benefit of the international research community and society.”Some Oxford Students were also concerned about the effect on reviewing research. Rebecca Fynn, a student at Balliol College, told Cherwell, “I think it’s a great idea to try and make academic history more accessible but I would be worried about bias in the system. I think there should still be independent assessment or else it could be really unfair towards minority interests or controversial opinions.”last_img read more


first_imgLoad remaining images Jonathan Scales Fourchestra continues to push sonic boundaries, recruiting unique lineups for exploratory music. The rhythm heavy project recently finished a run through the Southeast, as Scales was joined by Prince bassist MonoNeon, Snarky Puppy drummer Robert “Sput” Searight and former Nth Power percussionist Weedie Braimah. The Fourchestra never fails to captivate an audience, as an intimate setting allows them to show off the mastery of their craft.Check out some videos of their musical style, as well as a full gallery from Ellison White Photography of their performance in Charleston, SC, below.last_img


first_imgSubmitted image.FALCONER – A group dedicated to highlighting special education students furthered their efforts on Monday with a special training.Exceptional Stars Athletics hosted a training at The Falcons Nest on Monday night for the “buddies” program.Terri Johnson and Beth Jermain of The Resource Center provided an hour-long training with the 22 buddies who work with the program.Submitted image.The group’s founder, Rich Bianco, says the he wants his buddies to be more comfortable and confident when working with special need athletes. “Terri and Beth were fantastic. They gave our kids a lot of helpful insight and guidance. This is only going to make our program even better,” said Bianco. “A year and a half ago, we started with eight buddies at our first baseball game. Tonight, we trained 22 kids. We’re very proud of these kids and what they do for the athletes of Exceptional Stars.”Submitted image.Bianco’s group will be holding a ‘bowling day’ with on Saturday, December 5 at Jamestown Bowling Company on Foote Avenue. The social event is sponsored by Shults Auto Group.For more information on the program, call Rich Bianco at 450-1329 or email [email protected] Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgWe now know who will be appearing alongside the previously announced Jonathan Groff in A New Brain! Tony winner Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Aaron Lazar and more have been tapped for the opening production of the 2015 Encores! Off-Center Season. Directed by James Lapine, with choreography by Josh Prince, William Finn and Lapine’s tuner will run June 24 through June 27.Joining Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Gasteyer (Wicked) and Lazar (The Last Ship), in the cast will be Jenni Barber (Wicked), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime), Bradley Dean (Doctor Zhivago), Josh Lamon (Finding Neverland), Alyse Alan Louis (Mamma Mia!) and Rema Webb (Violet).A New Brain, inspired by Finn’s personal experiences, is a medical tragedy seen through the iris of a Looney Tunes short. After struggling composer Gordon Michael Schwinn (Groff) collapses face-first into a plate of spaghetti, he is diagnosed with a brain tumor and is forced to come to terms with his creative ambitions and the lovable screw-ups in his life: an overbearing mother (Gasteyer), a ruthless kiddie-show host (Fogler), and a boyfriend who’d “rather be sailing” (Lazar).The musical opened at Lincoln Center Theater on June 18, 1998 and ran for 78 performances, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. Star Files View Commentscenter_img Jonathan Grofflast_img read more


first_imgVermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will present the 2009 Vermont Centennial Nonprofit Awards at the statehouse on Wednesday, September 23, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The award acknowledges Vermont’s oldest nonprofits for enriching the economic heritage and enhancing community life during the last century and beyond.  This year 29 nonprofits will be honored.  Special guest speaker is Governor Jim Douglas.For more information about the 2009 Vermont Centennial Nonprofit Awards, visit the Secretary of State’s webpage at http://www.sec.state.vt.us/centennial_nonprofit.html(link is external)What:  2009 Vermont Centennial Nonprofit AwardsWhen:  Wednesday, September 23, 3:30 p.m. – reception, 4:00 p.m. – ceremonyWhere:  Vermont Statehouse cafeterialast_img


first_imgAs the country still struggles to flatten the COVID-19 transmission curve, more medical workers have fallen victim to the disease, with dozens of doctors and nurses across the country succumbing to the coronavirus.According to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI), at least 27 doctors have died due to the disease as of Wednesday.One of them was a neurologist from the North Sumatra University (USU) hospital in Medan, 56-year-old Irsan Nofi Hardi Nara Lubis, who died on Monday after four days of treatment for COVID-19. As of Wednesday afternoon, there 235 COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths have been confirmed across North Sumatra.Read also: COVID-19: #IndonesiaTerserah trends as frustration mounts over physical distancing violations, govt policiesA doctor from Surabaya, East Java, has also been added to the long list of doctors succumbing to the disease. Boedhi Harsono died of COVID-19 on Monday at the National Hospital in the provincial capital, as reported by the IDI on its Instagram account. IDI spokesperson Halik Malik said Boedhi had tested positive for COVID-19 prior to his death. However, he went on to say that the association had yet to get any details regarding Boedhi’s medical history.The spokesperson added that Boedhi’s wife, also a doctor, had also been infected and was receiving treatment at the same hospital.“A team from the IDI in Surabaya has reported that her condition is critical. She is still receiving treatment in the intensive care unit [ICU] and supported by respiratory support equipment,” Halik said on Wednesday.In another death among medical staff in Surabaya, a nurse working at a COVID-19 referral center in the city, the Mohamad Soewandhie Hospital, died of the disease on Wednesday morning.The nurse, Suhartatik, previously worked in the hospital’s stroke ICU until she showed COVID-19 symptoms. She was eventually referred to the Husada Utama Hospital after receiving treatment at the hospital she worked for.Read also: Ambon hospital suspends operations after 25 medical workers test positive for COVID-19Soewandhie hospital spokesperson Rince Pangalila said it was not known how the nurse had contracted the coronavirus, as quoted by tribunnews.com.Suhartatik’s death was confirmed by Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI) chairman Harif Fadhillah on Wednesday, saying the association was still investigating whether the nurse was infected while she was on duty.“She reportedly had been sick even before she got infected with COVID-19. However, we’re still looking for confirmation,” he said.According to the PPNI, 20 nurses nationwide have died of COVID-19, although the actual number might be higher than the official record.“We only record the death of nurses who were infected with COVID-19 when they were on duty. The number might be much higher, considering that nurses who are off duty might also get infected.”Read also: The faces behind the numbers: Remembering COVID-19 victimsPreviously, a four-month pregnant nurse named Ari Puspita Sari suspected of having COVID-19 in Surabaya died on Monday after receiving treatment at two hospitals.At the time of her death, Ari was only suspected of having COVID-19. However, the provincial COVID-19 task force eventually revealed that Ari’s swab test had come back positive.“Prior to Ari’s death, 64 medical staff were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, three of whom have died of the disease,” task force head Joni Wahyuhadi said on Wednesday.Topics :center_img North Sumatra COVID-19 task force spokesman Aris Yudhariansyah said Irsan had been admitted to the Colombia Asia Medan hospital after testing positive of the coronavirus disease. He was buried under the COVID-19 burial protocol at a cemetery in the Perumnas Simalingkar housing complex in the city.“We are still tracking his contact history [with COVID-19],” Aris said, adding that doctors still had no clue how Irsan contracted the disease.He added Irsan’s wife, who is also a doctor, was in self-isolation at home, while authorities were waiting for her COVID-19 test result.USU Hospital spokeswoman Evi Sumianto said Irsan had been a “role model” in the hospital for being humble to the people around him. “We just lost one of the best medical staff we have ever had.”last_img read more