Armed attack on Tamil newspaper’s distribution office in Kilinochchi

first_img Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge to go further News News Reacting to April 3 armed attack on the Tamil newspaper Uthayan in the northern city of Kilinochchi, Reporters Without Borders and its partner organization, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS), call on the authorities to do whatever is necessary to prevent journalists from being harassed and physically attacked.Two employees were seriously injured when six masked men armed with cricket stumps staged a pre-dawn attack on Uthayan’s distribution office, damaging equipment and vehicles.“This invasion of Uthayan’s premises, the use of violence against two employees and the destruction of equipment the newspaper needs for its operations are quite simply unacceptable,” the two organizations said. “Even if the authorities order an investigation, it is unlikely to lead to a conviction and this disgraceful crime will almost certainly go unpunished. After the censorship of the BBC’s Tamil-language broadcasts, this attack constitutes a further blow to the Tamil people’s right to information.”The two organizations added: “The priority for Uthayan now is to resume publishing as soon as possible so that the Tamil community can again benefit from independently reported news and information.”The six intruders took advantage of the arrival of a distribution truck to enter Uthayan’s distribution centre and carry out the attack. The two employees who were injured were taken to Kilinochchni Hospital.A Tamil-language opposition daily that supports the Tamil National Alliance, Uthayan has been the target of attacks in the past, especially in 2011, when its news editor , Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, and one of its reporters, S. Kavitharan, were the victims of violence.The motive for the attack is not yet known but Uthayan’s staff think it was prompted by a series of articles about army involvement in the seizure of land from Tamils. The newspaper had received several indirect warnings and Tamil media reported last week that military intelligence officers had been seeking information about the newspaper.An Uthayan distributor was attacked on 10 January and the newspapers he was carrying were burned. The newspaper’s editor Premananth Thevanayagam, was summoned by the Criminal Investigation Department on 18 January for questioning about an article implicating senior army officers.Read OnlineUthayan article Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Receive email alerts April 5, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Armed attack on Tamil newspaper’s distribution office in Kilinochchi RSF_en center_img Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial News News January 13, 2021 Find out more July 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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How Many Mortgages Are Now in Forbearance?

first_img How Many Mortgages Are Now in Forbearance? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Forbearance 2020-08-14 Christina Hughes Babb The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and expiration of expanded unemployment benefits continue to represent significant uncertainty for the weeks ahead, according to researchers.The number of mortgages in active forbearance dropped below the 4 million mark for the first time since May, according to new data from Black Knight Inc.’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker.As of August 10, 3.9 million homeowners—or 7.4% of all active mortgages—were in forbearance, representing $852 billion in unpaid principal. This was down by 71,000 cases of mortgage forbearance from the previous week. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 73% of loans in active forbearance had their terms extended.Over the past week, forbearance activity was in complete decline: 10% fewer new forbearance requests, almost 40% fewer renewals and 20% fewer removals from one week earlier. Black Knight observed that renewals are lagging from earlier in the month based on the number of expirations the occurred during the end of July, but added those numbers would normalize into August.Black Knight also reported that approximately 5.4% of all government-sponsored enterprise-backed loans and 11.5% of all Federal Housing Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs loans are in forbearance plans., along with 7.9% of loans in private label securities or banks’ portfolios.Among the investor classes, active forbearances were in downward motion across every major niche. Portfolio-held and private labeled security loans saw the quantity of decline in terms of volume (-36,000) and on a percentage basis (-3%). GSE loans in forbearance registered an 18,000 (-1%) drop and FHA/VA loans fell by 8,000 (-1%).The estimated monthly principal and interest advances on forbearance plans were $4.8 billion, compared with $4.9 billion one week earlier. The estimated tax and insurance advances on forbearance plans were $1.8 billion, which was unchanged from the prior week.However, Black Knight was unwilling to affirm the data was evidence of an unstoppable trend, adding at the conclusion of its data report that “the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic around much of the country and the expiration of expanded unemployment benefits last month continue to represent significant uncertainty for the weeks ahead.” August 14, 2020 3,357 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Forbearance Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: HUD Grants State, Local Officials Receive More Fund-Spending Flexibility Next: Asurity Announces Launch of RiskExec’s Proprietary Fair Servicing Module Related Articles Share Savecenter_img About Author: Phil Hall Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / How Many Mortgages Are Now in Forbearance? Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Call to rethink more work-life balance plans

first_imgCall to rethink more work-life balance plansOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Institute of Directors hascalled on the Government to rethink any future commitments to work-life balancepractices, warning that a further increase in family-friendly measures wouldundermine the competitiveness of UK businesses.Its new report,Keeping Britain Competitive: Manifesto for Business, suggests that the UK’sfall down the World Economic Forum league tables is due to increasing labour marketregulation. In 1998, the UK was ranked fourth, but it fell to ninth in 2000.The release of thereport is timed to challenge the Government’s awaited response to the GreenPaper on Work and Parents, which is due out any day.The IoD’s head ofpolicy Ruth Lea said, “The UK has a global economy and must retain itscompetitiveness so that business can thrive and deliver jobs and prosperity forall. Short of closing our borders to trade with the rest of the world, we mustcompete to stay in the race.”In the manifesto, theIoD calls for “sunset clauses” that allow legislation to expireunless there is a “conscious attempt to renew them”.It also urges theGovernment to implement a five-year review of regulations that affectindividual sectors and suggests that the auditing body charged with reviewingthe regulations must be independent of government departments.Lea said, “It isnot just the employment regulations that are onerous for business, the taxsystem is long overdue for simplification and all regulations should havesunset clauses and be regularly and rigorously audited.”www.iod.org.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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