Kerry urged to raise safety of journalists during Kenya visit

first_img KenyaAfrica Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Reporters Without Borders calls on US Secretary of State John Kerry to raise the issue of journalists’ safety during his current visit to Kenya, which comes just days after a newspaper editor’s brutal murder and amid an alarming deterioration in freedom of information that has been under way for several months, local observers say.Kerry, whose three-day visit began yesterday, is due to discuss security issues, including combatting the Al-Shabaab militants, during his meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta, but human rights are also on the agenda of their talks.“We urge the US secretary of state to raise the issues of the safety of journalists and freedom of information, which must not be subordinated to security concerns,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said.“Journalists in Kenya have been particularly shocked by fellow journalist John Kituyi’s murder last week. We call on the Kenyan authorities to send a strong message by stating very clearly that attacks, threats and crimes of violence against journalists will not go unpunished and those responsible will be brought to justice.”Kituyi was beaten by unidentified assailants as he was returning to his home in a suburb of the western city of Eldoret on the evening of 30 April and died of his injuries in a hospital later that night.His attackers took his mobile phone but left his wallet, which suggests that the motive was not robbery and that he was deliberately targeted.Relatives said he had received recent threats in connection with stories published in his regional weekly, The Mirror. One of his latest stories described how authorities had interfered with witnesses due to testify at Deputy President William Ruto’s trial before the International Criminal Court in connection with post-election violence in 2007.Kituyi was an experienced reporter who had been The Standard newspaper’s correspondent for a long time before founding The Mirror, which often carried investigative reporting.According to the Kenya Correspondents Association, which Kituyi helped to found, a dangerous decline in media freedom in recent years has been accompanied by an increase in threats and attacks against journalists that have gone unpunished.Kenya is ranked 100th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. April 6, 2020 Find out more May 4, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kerry urged to raise safety of journalists during Kenya visit to go further Receive email alerts News News KenyaAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more June 13, 2019 Find out more News Photo: John Kituyi, Reports Follow the news on Kenya The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activistslast_img read more

Neville masterclass sees Limerick to first McGrath Cup title since 2005

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleBilly Lee Names Team To Face Cork in McGrath Cup FinalNext articleSix decades of Charles Harper John Keogh Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement TAGSGAAgaelic footballKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostLimerick.GAA Email WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick are McGrath Cup champions following a 0-20 to 0-16 victory over Cork at the LIT Gaelic Grounds.Danny Neville starred for Billy Lee’s side with a scoring total of 0-7. Jamie Lee and Seamus O’Carroll also chipped in with 0-3 apiece.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick led 0-12 to 0-8 at the break, and managed to hold off a late Cork comeback to earn their 6th ever McGrath Cup.McGrath Cup Final, LIT Gaelic Grounds, Co. Limerick 11/1/2020Cork vs LimerickLimerick players prepare for the second halfMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken SuttonThe teams were level three times in the opening eight minutes, but points from Lee and Tommy Griffin put Limerick two clear with 14 minutes gone.Cian Kiely soon reduced the lead to the minimum, however, an excellent Michael Donovan point saw Limerick two up again once more.Points from Neville, O’Carroll and Neville again then put Limerick 0-9 to 0-5 to the good.McGrath Cup Final, LIT Gaelic Grounds, Co. Limerick 11/1/2020Cork vs LimerickLimerick’s Michael Donovan in action against Cork’s Paul RingMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken SuttonAdrian Enright, Ian Corbett and Cillian Fahy added further scores for Limerick in the first half, while Cork added three to see Limerick’s lead at four at the end of an impressive opening 35 minutes.Paul Maher was sin binned in the latter stages of the first half, but Limerick didn’t suffer in his absence as they maintained their four point advantage.Billy Lee’s men continued to impress in the second half with Neville’s two mark’s in a row extending their lead to six points (0-16 to 0-10).McGrath Cup Final, LIT Gaelic Grounds, Co. Limerick 11/1/2020Cork vs LimerickLimerick’s Tommy Griffin challenges Cork’s Ian Maguire in the airMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken SuttonCork rallied late on with three points on the trot, but Neville finished off a polished Limerick performance with the final two points of the game.Limerick Scorers: Danny Neville 0-7 (2m), Jamie Lee (3f) and Seamus O’Carroll 0-3 each, Iain Corbett 0-2, B Childs, Tommy Griffin, Michael Donovan, Adrian Enright and Cillian Fahy 0-1 each.Limerick: Donal O’Sullivan; Paul Maher, Brian Fanning, Michael Donovan; Tony McCarthy; Iain Corbett, Bob Childs; Tommy Griffin, Adrian Enright; Padraig De Brun, Cillian Fahy, Seamus O’Carroll; Jamie Lee, Danny Neville, Pat Begley;Subs Used: Tommie Childs, Ger Stack, Padraig Scanlon, James Naughton, Davy Lyons.The post Neville masterclass sees Limerick to first McGrath Cup title since 2005 appeared first on Sporting Limerick. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash SportGaaGaelic FootballNewsNeville masterclass sees Limerick to first McGrath Cup title since 2005By John Keogh – January 11, 2020 1132 last_img read more

The Inside Track on FHA Property Preservation

first_img Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 10, 2020 1,699 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: FHA Property Preservation Previous: How President Trump’s Proposed Budget Impacts HUD Next: Fed Chair Discusses Recession, Economic Expansion Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post The Inside Track on FHA Property Preservationcenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Inside Track on FHA Property Preservation Sign up for DS News Daily DS News’ Webinar Series, in partnership with Altisource, will present its next webinar on Tuesday, February 18, with Holding Down the Fort. Leaders from across the industry will delve into some of the most pressing topics related to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) properties, including best practices, vendor selection, oversight, and more. Participating in this webinar are the following industry leaders: – Cheryl Merchant, Freedom Mortgage – Ryan McDoulett, ISN Corp. – Jim Vaca, Altisource – Toby White, Flagstar BankVaca points out that 19% of all new loans are FHA insured and that the agency is looking to change the servicing standard to get large banks to increase the market share of FHA from 15%. That mark was previously 50%. Additionally, default rates among FHA loans are two-to-four times the rate of other investors. According to a survey by Altisource, 80% of servicing professionals polled—an increase from the 72% polled last year—expect their FHA loan portfolio to increase over the next two years and 85% expect that increase to be more than 25%. Vaca added that vendor performance is becoming “increasingly challenging” as portfolios shift to rural areas and vendor pools for distressed loans and properties continue to diminish current economic gains.Additionally, 47% of property preservation expenses are losses—an average of $4,100 per property. The average conveyance timelines is 12-times the FHA requirement. Other concerns include a higher rate of FHA defaults in distressed markets such as rural areas and labor supply constraints. Marchant added that HUD requires the servicer to be responsible for the oversight of the performance of property maintenance to ensure the condition and appearance of the property maintained and the property is “conveyable” after the foreclosure sale. Items that cause a delay in pre-sale and post-sale conditions are code violations and damaged properties. She adds that communication is key when it comes to code violations, but it could be difficult to remediate most issues pre-sale.  Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago FHA Property Preservation 2020-02-10 Mike Albanese About Author: Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Joe Burns diagnosed with ‘fatigue disorder’

first_imgMelbourne: Australian Test opener Joe Burns has been diagnosed with fatigue disorder. According to a statement released by Queensland Cricket on Tuesday, Burns was diagnosed with a protracted post-infectious fatigue disorder dating back to an October 2018 viral infection.According to, Burns played the entirety of the 2018-19 domestic summer, forcing his way back into the Test team as well as playing key roles with the Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat, while battling fatigue and burn-out.“Joe is currently undertaking a treatment period of rest and recuperation. A definite prognosis for recovery is unavailable at present; however, it is anticipated he will be fully available for cricket in the near future,” read the statement.Meanwhile, Burns took to Twitter to thank his supporters and said, “Everything is positive and plan to have a bit of rest now before getting back into full training soon.”It is understood that Burns will not be available for selection for the Ashes series in England starting August 1. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more