Journalists will face two years in prison for quoting unofficial sources

June 12, 2021


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first_img July 6, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists will face two years in prison for quoting unofficial sources Follow the news on Egypt News As a result of the critical security situation in the Sinai Peninsula, any journalist citing a non-military source will face the possibility of imprisonment, deportation or house arrest. Journalists covering attacks and bombings will even be exposed to criminal proceedings for failing to cite official death tolls.This will happen if, as expected, President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi approves the new terrorism law in the next few days. Although Egypt’s prisons are already packed with unjustly detained journalists, the regime is cracking down more than ever on media freedom, claiming that the country must be protected from “false reports” on security grounds.“If adopted, this law will inevitably impose self-censorship on journalists who are already harassed on spurious grounds whenever their reporting reflects badly on the authorities,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk.“The regime is suppressing too many fundamental freedoms in the name of combatting terrorism, and this bill violates the guarantees enshrined in the January 2014 constitution. The very ability of journalists to work properly is threatened because they are meant to quote different sources and thereby promote a public debate. We ask the government to reconsider this bill and to modify the provisions affecting the media.”Under article 33 of the bill, publishing false information about terrorist operations that contradicts official communiqués will be punishable by up to two years in prison.Articles 26, 27, 29 and 37 are also dangerous because of the vagueness of their wording. Those who publish information that even indirectly incites violence or the preparation of terrorist acts designed to hurt the security forces or involving terrorist actions in Egypt or abroad will also face the possibility of imprisonment. Even covering terrorist trials without permission will be punishable by a fine.The bill, which has been condemned by the Egyptian journalists union, was unveiled in the aftermath of a series of deadly attacks against Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula on 1 July that were claimed by Islamic State. The Egyptian media had conflicting figures for the death toll, which was 21 according to an army spokesman. The conflicting reports undermined the country’s morale, justice minister Ahmed Al-Zind said. President Sisi had promised tough legislation after a car bomb killed prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat on 29 June.Egypt is one of the world’s biggest prisons for media personnel, with at least ten journalists currently detained just for doing their job to report the news. Freedom of information has declined sharply since Sisi took power.Egypt is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News January 22, 2021 Find out more News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 6, 2021 Find out more Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Journalists in Egypt will face severe penalties if they to do not limit themselves to official sources in their coverage of armed attacks and bombings by rebel groups, under a bill unveiled yesterday that will impose drastic new curbs on freedom of information, if adopted. February 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go furtherlast_img read more

Freddie Mac Tracks Serious Delinquencies

May 31, 2021


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first_img Tagged with: Freddie Mac Freddie Mac Monthly Volume Summary GSEs Monthly Volume Summary Share Save February 28, 2018 2,118 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, News  Print This Post Freddie Mac Freddie Mac Monthly Volume Summary GSEs Monthly Volume Summary 2018-02-28 David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Hispanic Homeownership Increased in 2017 Next: San Francisco and San Jose Approaching Pre-Crash Highs Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Freddie Mac Tracks Serious Delinquencies Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Tracks Serious Delinquencies Freddie Mac has released its latest Monthly Volume Summary, which provides information on Freddie Mac’s mortgage-related portfolios, securities issuance, risk management, delinquencies, debt activities and other investments. This latest Monthly Volume Summary is comprised of data from January 2018.Freddie Mac’s Monthly Volume Summary for January reveals that Freddie’s total mortgage portfolio increased at an annualized rate of 0.3 percent in January. This is down quite a bit compared to January 2017, when Freddie’s portfolio increased at an annualized rate of 3.7 percent. It’s much closer to the January 2016 rate of 1.6 percent.The aggregate unpaid principal balance of Freddie’s mortgage-related investments portfolio increased by approximately $2.4 billion in January 2018, a jump of nearly $2 billion over the monthly total increase from a year prior ($0.5 billion in January 2017). It’s still shy of the aggregate unpaid principal balance from January 2016—$2.7 billion, according to Freddie’s records.Freddie reports that the single-family seriously delinquent rate (representing loans more than 90 days overdue) decreased from 1.08 percent in December to 1.07 percent in January. For comparison’s sake, the seriously delinquent rate decreased from 1.00 percent in December to 0.99 percent in January. Stepping back another year, Freddie’s seriously delinquent rate for January 2016 came in at 1.33 percent—a far cry from the 3.20 percent rate logged in January 2013. (Fannie Mae also showed a decreasing single-family serious delinquency rate in January 2018, dropping 1 basis point to 1.23 percent.)Freddie’s single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume was $9.3 billion for January 2018, representing 41 percent of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases and issuances. This is compared to $20.9 billion in January 2017, when single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume represented 59 percent of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases and issuances. During January 2017, approximately 5 percent of Freddie’s total single-family refinance volume was comprised of relief refinance mortgages. What were those numbers in January 2016? According to Freddie, single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume was $34.5 billion in January, representing 80 percent of total mortgage portfolio purchases or issuances.You can read Freddie Mac’s full Monthly Volume Summary for January 2018 by clicking here. Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

UN worried Yemen’s Houthis may renege on tanker examination

February 8, 2021


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first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says it is “very concerned’’ that Yemen’s Houthi rebels may reconsider their formal approval for U.N. experts to examine an oil tanker moored off Yemen’s coast loaded with over 1 million barrels of crude oil that is at risk of leaking. The U.N. has warned that the FSO Safer could cause huge environmental damage and affect international shipping in the Red Sea. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday that the Iranian-backed Houthis have not responded to multiple requests for a letter with security assurances that the U.N. needs to facilitate the leasing of service vessels for the mission. He also says there are indications Houthi officials are considering a “review” of their approval for the mission.last_img read more

Tony Eligibility Rulings Announced for Five More Shows

January 18, 2021


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first_img Jessie Mueller will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance as the titular role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. View Comments Jessie Mueller All other decisions were consistent with the shows’ opening night credits. The committee has previously discussed eligibility for 17 productions this season, and will meet once more to discuss final rulings. Listen up: more Tony eligibility rulings are in! The Tony Awards Administration committee has met for the third time this 2013-14 season and made rulings on five additional productions: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Outside Mullingar, Bronx Bombers, Machinal and The Bridges of Madison County. Check out the decisions below. The 2014 Tony Awards are just around the corner! The nominations will be announced on April 29 at the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe and the winners announced in a live telecast June 8 on CBS, hosted by Hugh Jackman. Star Files Debra Messing Outside Mullingar stars Debra Messing and Brían F. O’Byrne will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress and Actor in a Leading Role in a Play categories, respectively.last_img read more

RenewableUK says country’s battery storage pipeline has jumped to 10.5GW in past year

December 31, 2020


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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Green:The UK’s energy storage sector is enjoying rapid growth, as the rollout of smart grid technologies that are seen as essential to the development of a cleaner and more flexible energy system continues to outstrip expectations.Trade body RenewableUK today published new data showing that the cumulative capacity of planning applications for battery storage projects has increased more than 50 per cent in the past year, from nearly 6,900MW to over 10,500MW.The latest data highlights the rapid pace of development for a sector that lodged just 2MW of planning applications in 2012. It also confirms that over the past 12 months the number of UK companies involved in the sector has risen from 300 to more than 450, while the average battery project size has also ticked up from 27MW to 28MW.RenewableUK said the pipeline was expected to keep growing, while a combination of falling battery costs and recent planning reforms should make it easier for developers to deliver larger projects with over 50MW of capacity.Barnaby Wharton, RenewableUK’s director of future electricity systems, said the pace of change in the industry was both “hugely exciting” and essential to the development of a decarbonised energy system. “As we build the net-zero energy system of the future based on renewables, we’re changing the way we manage the entire network, using a wide variety of extraordinarily innovative storage technologies,” he said. “Energy storage has reached a tipping point with major companies entering this new market, providing new services to guarantee the security of our energy supplies and maximise the amount of power available, providing massive benefits to consumers.”More: Renewables industry reports ‘massive growth’ in UK energy storage capacity RenewableUK says country’s battery storage pipeline has jumped to 10.5GW in past yearlast_img read more

Hundreds of Alleged Arsonists Arrested for Starting Australia Wildfires

September 20, 2020


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first_imgMore than 180 alleged arsonists have been arrested since the start of the Australian bushfire season, with 29 blazes deliberately lit just three months.Rain is bringing some relief from the fires but 25 people have died, 20 million acres have burned and a half billion animals have died.The Shoalhaven fires were lit between July and September last year, with Kempsey recording 27 deliberately lit fires, NSW Bureau of Crime and Statistics and Research data shows.Police arrested 183 people for lighting bushfires across Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania in the past few months. NSW police data shows 183 people have been charged or cautioned for bushfire-related offences since November 8, and 24 arrested for deliberately starting bushfires.Queensland police say 101 people have been picked up for setting fires in the bush, 32 adults and 69 juveniles.In Tasmania, where fires have sprung up in the north of the state and outside Hobart, five were caught setting fire to vegetation. Victoria reported 43 charged for 2019.last_img read more

Boys lacrosse Bees win twice, get even with Liverpool

September 17, 2020


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first_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys lacrosse Twice this spring, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team found itself on the wrong end of decisions against Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division foes, but has managed to avenge both of those defeats.First, the Bees did so against Fayetteville-Manlius in April. Then, in last Thursday’s game at Liverpool, B’ville prevailed 12-8 to get even with the Warriors for a home defeat to them a few weeks earlier.That April 16 game had ended up 13-12 in Liverpool’s favor, with B’ville rallying from an 8-5 halftime deficit to lead at the end of the third quarter, only to have the Warriors outscore them 3-1 down the stretch to pull it out.The rematch would not have the Bees fall behind again. With its attack in top form, B’ville raced out to a 6-3 edge by the time the first quarter was done, and the margin grew to 8-4 by halftime.For the rest of the game, the Warriors found itself in a chase where it didn’t let the Bees move away from them, yet could not string together the run it needed to make things tense late.Spencer Wirtheim augmented his pair of goals with five assists, leading a well-balanced B’ville attack. Brendan Wilcox got three goals, with Austin Bolton, Mike Tangredi and Adam Davis getting two goals apiece. Connor Steria had the other goal.Dan Stehle made 11 saves, frustrating the Warriors, who had Jake McGowan land five assists as Kyle Caves got three goals and two assists. Brendan Mancuso had two goals as Devin Dewane and Cade Clouthier also scored, Liam O’Neil finishing with 15 saves.Before this, B’ville had handled Syracuse City 20-6 last Tuesday night, almost of the damage done during a stunning second quarter where the Bees buried the Cougars with 11 unanswered goals.Wirtheim dished out six assists to go with scoring twice. Davis and Noah Ravas each had three goals and two assists, with Bolton getting three goals and one assist.Wilcox Tangredi and Casey Scott notched two goals apiece, with Steria, Jake Walsh, Connor Steria and Cameron Slink netting single goals.Starting with Cicero-North Syracuse and West Genesee, B’ville plays four times in seven days to close out the regular season, also meeting Webster Thomas on Saturday and Vestal on May 13.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more