Developments in Safronov and Politkovskaya cases heighten concern about government’s intentions

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first_imgNews RussiaEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News RSF_en to go further The announcement that the Moscow prosecutor’s office has concluded that Kommersant defence correspondent Ivan Safronov’s death was suicide, coming amid signs of complete disarray in the Anna Politkovskaya murder investigation, reinforces Reporters Without Borders’ concern about the Russian government’s interest in solving the suspicious deaths of journalists. May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation September 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Developments in Safronov and Politkovskaya cases heighten concern about government’s intentions June 2, 2021 Find out more News Yesterday’s decision by the Moscow prosecutor’s office to close the investigation into the 2 March death of the Kommersant newspaper’s defence correspondent, Ivan Safronov, on the grounds that all the evidence points to suicide, reinforces concern about the Russian government’s desire to solve the suspicious deaths of journalists, Reporters Without Borders said today.“At the time of his death, Safronov was working on sensitive issues such as Russian arms sales in the Middle East, while those close to him say he had no reason to take his own life, so we have a right to question the reasons that led the police and judicial authorities to conclude so quickly that this was suicide,” the press freedom organisation said.“After this decision and the latest developments in the Anna Politkovskaya case, we are very worried about the functioning of the committee that has been set up to supervise the Politkovskaya murder investigation,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We hope it will demonstrate that the authorities are seriously determined to combat impunity in the murders of journalists, but it will not be easy and we will continue to follow the case closely.”Claiming there was no evidence that Safronov’s death was criminal, the Moscow prosecutor’s office yesterday said in a statement: “In his professional activity, Safronov tackled sensitive issues, but these issues were widely covered in other news outlets. It is unlikely that his articles affected anyone’s interests, including the government’s.”Many journalists, including Safronov’s colleagues at Kommersant, question the conclusion reached by the prosecutor’s office. Kommersant deputy editor Ilya Bulavinov told Reporters Without Borders the investigators just went through the motions and had no interest in finding out what really happened. He said none of the people Safronov had quoted in his articles had been questioned“The investigation was very hesitant,” Bulavinov said. “When I was questioned, it was only with great reluctance that they took down the names of the different government institutions I mentioned, for fear that they would have to go and question the people who work there.”Glasnost Defence Foundation president Alexei Simonov told Reporters Without Borders he thought the prosecutor’s office rushed to “conclude that it was suicide without finding evidence that would explain the reason.” He said all of the elements involved in Safronov’s death had not been investigated or made public. He added that if it was not suicide, it was clear why the authorities wanted the case closed.Aged 51, Safronov was a former colonel in the Russian space programme and a specialist in defence issues and Russia’s military-industrial complex. He was killed when he jumped, or was pushed, from the fourth floor of his Moscow apartment building. At the time of his death, he had been working on a story for Kommersant about Russia’s arms sales to Syria and Iran. He did not get to write it.The news agency Interfax meanwhile reported yesterday that a member of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Lt. Col. Pavel Ryaguzov, has been charged under article 285 of the criminal code (concerning “abuse of authority in the exercise of one’s duties) in connection with the Politkovskaya murder. The report was not confirmed by the authorities.The head of the committee that is supposed to be supervising the Politkovskaya investigation, Vladimir Markin, announced on 11 September that 11 prosecutor’s office investigators, including the one leading the investigation, were no longer part of the team. At this point, it is hard to say who is in charge of the investigation. Kommersant says it is inspector Valeri Khomitski.Politkovskaya, who was a well-known critic of President Vladimir Putin and who wrote about the war in Chechnya for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was gunned downed in her Moscow apartment building on 7 October 2006. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Russia May 5, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Receive email alertslast_img read more

Time and Policy to Heal New York Foreclosure Backlog

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first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Black Knight’s New Digital Solutions Next: HUD Releases Proposed Budget for 2020 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Time and Policy to Heal New York Foreclosure Backlog Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The foreclosure crisis and ensuing zombie home invasion in New York has improved markedly in the last few years thanks to the passing of both time and policies. Foreclosure filings across the state are down 46 percent since 2013, according to a report from the state comptroller. Similarly, the number of pending foreclosure cases in the state is down by half since 2014.However, before the mood becomes too celebratory, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli warned, “the foreclosure crisis is far from over,” and “New York must continue to support the programs and reforms that have helped homeowners avoid foreclosure and communities reduce blight caused by zombie properties.”After experiencing heightened foreclosures, a court backlog, and an onslaught of zombie properties—where the home becomes vacant before foreclosure is complete—New York responded with an ambush of new policies aimed at helping homeowners avoid foreclosure, helping courts process foreclosures, and helping return zombie properties to the land of the living.The state has enacted several changes to the foreclosure process in the courts. For example, it created the Vacant and Abandoned Property sector of the court to speed up judicial review when dealing with these properties. The foreclosure process has also been further standardized to ensure consistency and easier tracking. Another court-related change has to do with the transfer of deeds and titles in cases of divorce to help homeowners avoid foreclosure during or after divorce.Other changes New York made have to do with borrower communication, “primarily in the form of better and more consistent communication about the foreclosure process and homeowners’ rights and responsibilities,” according to the report.Also, in addition to working to expedite foreclosures in the case of vacant properties, New York has worked to eradicate zombie properties through the use of land banks, which are nonprofits that acquire zombie homes and work to “return them to productive use.” As of 2017, land banks had “acquired nearly 2,000 problem properties and returned $28.4 million in assessed value to the tax rolls,” according to the report. The state is set to add 10 more land banks.The state also created the New York State Community Restoration fund to purchase distressed mortgages in areas with high foreclosure rates with intent to either provide loan modification for borrowers or repair and sell the homes to new owners.With the help of these policies, the New York housing market has experienced improvement with the foreclosure rate falling in every part of the state over the past few years. In mid-2014, 18 counties in the state had foreclosure rates above 1 percent and four had a rate above 2 percent. As of mid-2018, only four counties had foreclosure rates above 1 percent, and 38 counties had rates below 0.50 percent, according to DiNapoli’s report.While acknowledging the significant improvements, DiNapoli sees potential threats on the horizon. “Housing advocates have warned that proposed cuts in State funding for homeowner protection programs could—if implemented—also undermine or even reverse the progress made,” DiNapoli said in his report. Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia.  Print This Post foreclosure rate Foreclosures Housing Policy Loss Mitigation New York Foreclosure Rate zombie homes Zombie Properties 2019-03-11 Krista Franks Brock About Author: Krista Franks Brock Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Time and Policy to Heal New York Foreclosure Backlog Tagged with: foreclosure rate Foreclosures Housing Policy Loss Mitigation New York Foreclosure Rate zombie homes Zombie Properties in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Loss Mitigation, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily March 11, 2019 1,717 Views last_img read more

Canary sets out on new chapter

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first_img Press Association Testing conditions are expected to bring out the best in Canary Row in the www.thetote.com Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh on Sunday. Twice runner-up behind champion juvenile Dawn Approach a couple of years ago, Patrick Prendergast’s colt struggled to make a significant impact as a three-year-old as he competed in handicaps off marks in the high 90s. Now preparing to make his four-year-old debut, the son of Holy Roman Emperor has been given some relief by the assessor and Prendergast hopes his charge can kick-start a profitable campaign with a bold showing in the 100,000 euro contest. center_img “I would imagine the ground is going to be quite hard work, but I think that will suit Canary Row,” said the trainer. “He’s a horse who was second to Dawn Approach twice as a two-year-old and for that reason he was quite highly rated last year and just hit the crossbar a few times. He’s come down the weights a bit and we’re claiming 10lb off him with Ben (Dawson) taking the ride. Ben rides him out every day and they seem to get on well with each other. “The horse has had a trouble-free preparation and we’re quite hopeful he’ll have a good four-year-old career.” Canary Row is one of two runners in the fiercely competitive handicap for County Kildare-based Prendergast, with Smoker making his first appearance since pulling up injured at Gowran Park last May. The trainer added: “Smoker gets in with a very low weight (8st 4lb), but the last time he was on the track he got injured quite badly and he will definitely come on for the run a good bit.” Ken Condon’s stable stalwart Bold Thady Quill makes his seasonal reappearance having finished third in the race 12 months ago. However, the trainer feels his charge has plenty on his plate this time around. Condon said: “He is ready to run and ready to run well, but he is a horse who normally takes a run to get back up to full speed. “He was third in the race last year off 91 and he’s rated 100 now. I think his last win in a handicap was off 81, so it looks a difficult task for him. The ground will suit him, though. We know he handles extreme conditions. “Hopefully he’ll give a good account of himself and then we can kick on for the rest of the season. After finishing third here last year he went and won the Cork Stakes, which is a Listed sprint, so we might go down the same route again.” last_img read more

Canada’s Liberal PM Trudeau Says “Sorry” for Wearing “Racist” Brownface Makeup

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first_imgCanada’s prime minister is apologizing for dressing up in brownface during an “Arabian Nights”-themed party 18 years ago. Time magazine reports the photo of Trudeau dressed up as Aladdin in a turban and brown makeup appears in a yearbook for the private school where Justin Trudeau was teaching in 2001 when he was 29-years-old. In it he’s wearing a turban with his face painted brown. How different headlines could affect the sympathy of people.The Indonesian one focused on his excuse, while Time focused on how he immediately apologised.#Trudeaubrownface pic.twitter.com/v1QkFsfZrA— D. R. N. (@dwrhnrs) September 19, 2019 A spokesperson for Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada confirmed that Trudeau is in the picture.last_img read more

President Trump, VP Pence Set to Attend Wednesday’s SpaceX Launch

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first_imgThey are scheduled to lift off from launch pad 39A, the same one the Apollo astronauts used to get to the moon in 1969.NASA is working to return astronauts to the moon by 2024 under orders from the Trump administration.Meanwhile, President Trump recently oversaw the creation of the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.“Our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security,” he said in a statement.Vice President Pence serves as chairman of the National Space Council. President Trump plans to be in Florida on Wednesday, along with Vice President Mike Pence, to watch American astronauts head into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in nearly a decade.It is slated to be the first time since NASA’s space shuttle program ended in 2011 that U.S. astronauts will launch into space on an American rocket and from American soil.This time around, though, a private company is running the show.Elon Musk’s SpaceX is responsible for the launch, while NASA is the customer, as businesses start to send astronauts to the International Space Station.The NASA/SpaceX Commercial Crew flight test launch will carry NASA’s newest test pilots, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.SpaceX and @NASA completed a full rehearsal of launch day activities with @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug ahead of Crew Demo-2 pic.twitter.com/n3B2BBBmnq— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 23, 2020last_img read more

RBR’s Keller Honored for SOURCE Work

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first_imgLITTLE SILVER – Red Bank Regional’s (RBR) Suzanne Keller was recently honored by the Community Affairs and Resource Center (CARC) with its Partner in Youth Development Award for her work as the school’s SOURCE coordinator.The SOURCE is RBR’s school-based youth services program that provides students with a range of services from quality mental health counseling to learning support initiatives. CARC, formerly the Hispanic Affairs & Resource Center, is a nonprofit social services organization operating in Asbury Park, Freehold and Red Bank.Keller, a Manalapan resident, joined the SOURCE in 2006 as a clinician after obtaining her master’s in social work following a successful career in marketing. In 2010 she was promoted to the SOURCE coordinator where she utilizes her unique skill set. She is responsible for maintaining the SOURCE’s state grants and overseeing all special programs. She also maintains relationships within the community, including government agencies and area churches where she helps coordinate other programs such as SAT prep and student college visitations. She has expanded RBR’s reach in the community by organizing a community advisory board that includes more than 40 different agencies and community businesses. Her continued community outreach has introduced new programs to the school such as TOP (Teen Outreach Program), a character-building program in affiliation with Central Jersey Family Heath Consortium.A major component of her job has been perennial fundraising for several foundations. Under The SOURCE Foundation, she organizes and runs several signature events. She enables RBR’s Latino students to achieve their dream of college by administering and fundraising for the Latino Scholarship Foundation. She also sits on a community mentor board to help RBR scholarship students succeed in college.Keller’s fundraising and management expertise was invaluable this year as RBR experienced unprecedented tragedies with the unrelated sudden deaths of two senior students and the displacement of 70 RBR families and faculty during Super Storm Sandy. She set up foundations and raised funds to cover the funeral costs for the students’ families and established ongoing scholarships in the students’ memories. She also continues to raise funds and maintains a list of matching community donations and family needs for those still trying to piece their lives together from the horrific storm damage.With all her business responsibilities, Keller continues her close connection to the students. She maintains her own counseling task load, accompanies students on field trips and sometimes even drives them to school to ensure their attendance. She is guided by the sign above her desk stating, “To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.”last_img read more

Round-up: Blues lose, change at QPR, exits close, Hogan latest, Bees chase signings

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first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea’s winning run is over.The Blues were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham in the derby at White Hart Lane, where Dele Alli’s goals denied them a record-breaking 14th consecutive Premier League victory.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said the defeat would be a good test of his side’s mentality – and is confident they will respond.Meanwhile, Brentford have rejected an offer of £10m from West Ham for striker Scott Hogan.Embed from Getty ImagesThe Hammers’ bid came after Premier League rivals Watford also made an enquiry about the 24-year-old’s availability.The Bees are also busy trying to strengthen their squad. Having cut Jota’s loan short, they are keen to bring Sergi Canos back to Griffin Park and are in negotiations with his current club Norwich.They also remain confident of signing 19-year-old Ben Stevenson, despite having a bid turned down by Coventry, who are holding out for more than £2m.Fulham want to sign experienced striker David Nugent, who is surplus to requirements at Middlesbrough.At QPR, it’s shaping up into another busy January – with changes on and off the pitch.Embed from Getty ImagesPlaymaker Tjaronn Chery is set to complete a move to Chinese Super League side Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng, with Rangers fans seemingly broadly in support.Karl Henry has been told he can leave following a fall-out with Holloway, fellow midfielder Sandro is in talks with Turkish club Osmanlispor, while QPR will also listen to offers Sebastian Polter – though that has drawn a mixed reaction from supporters.It’s not only outgoings though – Holloway is keen to sign Kazenga LuaLua on loan from Brighton.Off the field, Rangers chief executive Lee Hoos has been handed overall responsibility for the running of the entire club.With the January transfer window open, there are a number of rumours flying around – Ross McCormack has been linked with a return to Fulham, while Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been tipped to complete a loan move to Championship leaders Brighton.In cricket, James Franklin has signed a new two-year deal with Middlesex.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Wheelchair star Montjane shines in Louisiana

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first_img26 March 2014South Africa’s top women’s wheelchair tennis star, Kgothatso “KG ” Montjane, added another title to her list of achievements when she won the doubles event at the 25th annual Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the weekend.The ITF Grade 1 event was contested at the Lamar Tennis Centre from 19 to 23 March.Semi-finalsSeeded number one, Montjane and her British doubles partner Jordanne Whiley had comfortable wins over their opponents to reach the semi-finals where they faced the fourth seeded duo of The Netherlands’ Jiske Griffioen and Francisca Mardones of Chile. They won 7-5, 6-0.The final against Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock, the world’s number one singles player, and Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker proved to be the match of the tournament, with Montjane and Whiley eventually triumphing 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 11-9.Previous successPreviously Montjane and Whiley played together in the USTA US Open Super Series in September 2013 and also lifted the title on that occasion.Montjane, the world number seven, reached the quarterfinals of the singles, where she went down to world number five Marjolein Buis in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.Commenting after the tournament, Montjane said: “I am happy with the doubles win and have seen where I need to concentrate on in my singles game.”Evans MaripaSouth Africa’s number one men’s player Evans Maripa cruised past the USA’s Larry Keeter in his first match, winning 6-1, 6-0.Against world number eight, Takuya Miki of Japan, Maripa played focused tennis and showed why he is considered one of the most talented players on the tour. After a slow start he eventually went down in three sets, with Miki securing a 6-0, 6-7 (2- 7), 7-5 victory.Forthcoming South African tournamentsThrough support from Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), Montjane and Maripa will be contesting the Pensacola Open from 26 to 30 March before returning to South Africa to prepare for the Acsa Gauteng Open, which takes place from 23 to 27 April, and the Acsa SA Open, which runs from 29 April to 3 May.SA Sports Awards Coach of the Year 2013, Holger Losch, said in a statement: “I am elated and proud of KG’s doubles win. KG and Evans are taking away as much as they can from these tournaments, in preparation for the upcoming Super Series in South Africa.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Frogeye leaf spot In Eastern Corn Belt fields

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Frogeye leaf spot is a disease that has been observed in soybeans across this eastern Corn Belt during the 2017 growing season. Typically, more prevalent in the southern growing regions, the disease can occur farther north as a result of weather favorable to its development.The fungus that causes Frogeye leaf spot (Cercospora sojina) survives in infected plant debris and can cause infections in growing plants when weather conditions are favorable. Frogeye leaf spot lesions produce spores that are easily transported by wind, acting as inoculum for leaf infections on other plants. The disease is promoted by warm, humid weather and will continue to develop on infected plants during patterns of favorable weather. With the warm and wet weather patterns that have existed in the eastern Corn Belt during 2017, it is expected that frogeye would be observed in some fields.This picture taken last week, is from a plant found in an Ohio field near the Indania/Ohio border, just north of I-70.Frogeye leaf spot symptoms begin as small yellow spots that become larger lesions with gray centers and dark reddish-purple or brown borders. Younger leaves are more susceptible to growth of lesions than older leaves, therefore, new plant growth will be impacted by disease development. In some cases, lesions can develop on the soybean stem and pods.Eastern Corn Belt soybean growers have several options for managing frogeye leaf spot. Because residue is a significant source of inoculum, burying infected residue with tillage can reduce the amount of inoculum present in a field. Crop rotation can also help in minimizing the amount of inoculum present. In this Purdue Fact Sheet, university experts recommend rotation away from soybeans for at least 2 years in fields where infections occurred. Starting the growing season by planting quality, pathogen-free seed. Although residue is believed to be the most significant source of inoculum, seed infected by the pathogen will lead to infections of the plant during the growing season. Growers should work with seed company sales staff and agronomists to choose varieties with strong resistance to frogeye leaf spot. Finally, if disease infections become severe and have potential to greatly reduce yield, growers may need to apply a fungicide at the R3 stage of growth to minimize yield losses.last_img read more

Multiplexes not to screen ‘Padmaavat’ in 4 States tomorrow as protests continue

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