BangladeshAsia – Pacific March 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities turn up the heat on journalists News News to go further Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders deplores the persecution of Ekushey Television (ETV) by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and regrets the government body’s threats to shut down the commercial satellite station for allegedly broadcasting illegally.The organization condemns also the threats by local leaders of the ruling Awami League in the southern city of Pirojpur against 19 Pirojpur-based journalists on 13 March, and the suspension of broadcasting by three privately-owned TV stations the previous day to prevent live coverage of an opposition BNP rally in the capital.“If ETV is ordered off the air, it would be the second television station to be closed down under this government since 2009,” the press freedom organization said.“The BTRC cannot threaten ETV with closure while a verdict by the Supreme Court on similar allegations is still pending. The station must be granted the right to present the required documentation and be given reasonable time in which to do so. In the event that the dispute drags on, the station must be allowed to appeal through the courts and be spared financial strangulation.”“The authorities must loosen their grip on the media at once and cease to constantly harass and threaten journalists, especially when they support the opposition,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities know who were responsible for these threats. They must be held accountable for their statements.” ETV persecutedOn 11 March, ETV was given formal notice to explain the terms under which it was broadcasting, an action the BTRC termed illegal. The regulatory body said the station had no licence and had not been allocated the frequency it was using.The BTRC gave the station seven days to respond. Under the law, ETV could be fined 3 billion taka (about 27 million euros) and its executives could face prison sentences of up to 10 years.On 22 April 2007, the BTRC demanded a payment of more than 300 million taka (about 2.7 million euros) from the privately owned station for broadcasting illegally, on pain of losing its allocation of airtime. ETV asked for a ruling by the High Court which granted a stay of execution, putting the case on hold.The station’s CEO, Abdus Salam, indicated that he had documentation proving that it had paid all fees and costs up to 2012 and told a news conference on 15 March he was surprised to receive such an order, since the station had been broadcasting since 2007.Launched in April 2004, ETV was forced to stop broadcasting in August 2002 by the Supreme Court, which ruled that its licence was invalid. It resumed transmissions in December 2006.Threats from Awami LeagueFearing for their lives, 19 Pirojpur-based reporters went to the city’s main police station on 14 March to make statements and request police protection from local Awami League leaders and supporters who had threatened to kill them at the previous day’s rally because of recent critical coverage of two local Awami League parliamentarians, A.K.M.A. Awal (also known as Saidur Rahman) and Anwar Hossain.The Awami League leaders and members had warned the journalists that if they dared to criticize the two parliamentarians again, they would be expelled from the city or they would be “chopped into pieces and buried.”The threats were prompted by coverage of claims by Awami League representatives in small towns in the Pirojpur area accusing the two parliamentarians of corruption, high-handedness and favouritism. The reports were carried by several Dhaka-based national dailies and privately-owned TV channels.The 19 journalists who filed complaints are Mahmud Hossain of United News of Bangladesh (UNB), Muniruzzaman Nasim Ali of Dainik Ittefaq, S.M. Pervez of Dainik Jugantor, A.K. Azad of Dainik Sangbad, Fashiul Islam Bacchu of Dainik Samakal and Channel-i TV, Khaled Abu of Dainik Amadher Shomoy, Rezaul Islam Shamim of Dainik Amar Desh, Shirina Afroz of Dainik Kaler Kantho and Ekushey TV, Mizanur Rahman of Dainik Shakaler Khabar, Shafiqul Islam Milan of ATN Bangla TV, Rashid Al Munan Shujan of NTV and Dainik Destiny, Nahid Ahmed Reaz of RTV, Abdur Razzak Chowdhury of Diganta TV, Nure Alam Siddiqui of Independent TV, H.M. Jewel of Mohona TV, Ziaul Haque of Shomoy TV, Humayun Kabir of Islamic TV, Sohel Billal Kajal of Dainik Janata and Mashiur Rahman Rahat of the weekly Baleshwar.Censored broadcastsIn a separate development, the government ordered the Cable Operators’ Association of Bangladesh (COAB) to block transmission of three privately-owned TV stations – Ekushey Television (ETV), Bangla Vision and Islamic TV – on 12 March to prevent them from providing live coverage of a major rally by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka.The suspension lasted three and a half hours and was lifted at 6:30 p.m., an hour after BNP leader Khaleda Zia had finished addressing the rally. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission had urged the TV stations on 10 March not to broadcast the rally live. 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The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Print This Post Related Articles December 1, 2020 1,186 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac released monthly summary reports covering October. The reports contain information about the GSEs’ monthly and year-to-date activities related to gross mortgage portfolios; mortgage-backed securities; and other guarantees, interest rate risk measures, serious delinquency rates, and loan modifications.The full Fannie report can be found on Fanniemae.com. The following are the October 2020 highlights provided within the report:Fannie Mae’s Guaranty Book of Business increased at a compound annualized rate of 12.0% The Conventional Single-Family Serious Delinquency Rate decreased 15 basis points to 3.05% 3.6% of Fannie’s Single-Family Conventional Book of Business based on unpaid principal balance and loan count, respectively, was in active forbearance, the vast majority of which were related to COVID-19; 17% of these loans in forbearance (based on loan count) were still current0.5% of our Multifamily Guaranty Book of Business based on the unpaid principal balance was in an active forbearance, the vast majority of which were related to COVID-19Fannie Mae issued resecuritizations that were backed by $10.5 billion in Freddie Mac securitiesFannie Mae’s maximum exposure to Freddie Mac collateral that was included in outstanding Fannie Mae resecuritizations was $123.1 billion.The full Freddie report can be found on FreddieMac.com, and the enterprise reported the following highlights:The total mortgage portfolio increased at an annualized rate of 25.7%Single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume was $89.7 billion, representing 71% of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases and issuances. The aggregate unpaid principal balance (UPB) of our mortgage-related investments portfolio decreased by approximately $6.7 billion Freddie Mac mortgage-related securities and other mortgage-related guarantees increased at an annualized rate of 26.1%The measure of our exposure to changes in portfolio value (PVS-L) averaged $10 million Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago GSEs Release Mortgage Portfolio Updates Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2020-12-01 Christina Hughes Babb The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / GSEs Release Mortgage Portfolio Updates Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Initiative Targets ‘Disproportionate’ Challenges of Black Homeownership Next: Loan Application Defects Are Down From 2019 Subscribe
A 58-year-old woman jumped to the rescue of her daughter who was attacked by a crocodile while the latter was bathing in India.Diwalinen Vankar (58) had gone to the banks of river Viswamitri river in Thikariya Mubarak village on Friday, around 40 kms from Vadodara, with her daughter Kanta (19).While Kanta was bathing, a crocodile attacked her and caught hold of her right leg. Soon after hearing her cries, the woman rushed to rescue her.Vankar told PTI that she got hold of Kanta’s hand first and then hit the crocodile’s jaw with the wooden bat she was washing the clothes with.Kanta was immediately taken to a nearby hospital.She said they often have to wash clothes on the river bank due to erratic power supply in their village and face the peril of encountering crocodiles in the river.Meanwhile, Range forest officer Ashok Pandya said they have cautioned villagers time to time not to venture into the river as it a home to some crocodiles.
QPR are interested in signing Jérémy Morel from Marseille for £2m, according to the Sunday People.Left-back Morel, 29, has a year of his contract left to run and is apparently keen to finish his career in England.The same paper suggest that Fulham are ready to make a move for Blackburn defender Scott Dann and that Burnley are considering Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson as a possible replacement for Charlie Austin, who recently joined QPR.Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday say Chelsea are preparing to offer Manchester United around £40m for Wayne Rooney.The People say the Blues have slapped a £45m price tag on David Luiz to ward off interest from Barcelona.And Chelsea are one of the Premier League clubs tracking 17-year-old Santos prospect Victor Andrade, according to the Sunday Mirror.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
In the case of tennis, the popularity of the game in the metros, coupled with the success of Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi and Somdev Devvarman has ensured a steady flow of young hopefuls taking up the game. The hosting of the CWG meant a massive makeover of the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in the Capital. The stadium has 14 fields of play and the courts are utilised for approximately 10 hours.Nearly 500-600 youngsters practice every day and after the CWG, more than 20 tournaments, including Challengers and Nationals have been held here. The ‘Come and Play’ scheme of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will also be implemented and 50 children have already been shortlisted for the programme. But the going has not been smooth for the stadium authorities as they do not get any funding from the government for the maintenance, and getting sponsors for the ITF tournaments is also an uphill task.”The maintenance of the stadium entails a lot of money and we do face some teething problems. But with players from Iran and Nepal also utilising the facilities with our national teams , we somehow manage to keep things going,” said R. Chauhan, Executive Director – Development and Marketing, All India Tennis Association.He also stressed the importance of conducting more tournaments. “We should conduct more ITF and Challenger tournaments. But funds are an issue. We are planning to submit a plan to the government and apprise them of the benefits of more tournaments. Our players will immensely benefit from it and their rankings will also improve if they play more Challenger tournaments in home conditions,” he added.advertisement
Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) Director of Referees, Greg West, hosted the event, teaching the crowd some new things about the referee discipline. The breakfast covered topics including teamwork, score line positions and outcomes, as well as rules and interpretations. Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup referees, David Baggio and Luke McKenzie, spoke to the referees on different occasions at the breakfast, using video examples from 2011 Youth Trans Tasman and Elite Eight Series games. A question and answer session was also held at the end of the breakfast, with Baggio and McKenzie being asked about how they got into refereeing, how long it took to progress through the levels of refereeing. They were also asked what training they take part in and what advice they have for referees from rural areas. Both McKenzie and Baggio spoke about how important it is to use opportunities like the National Youth Championships to make contacts, not only with the referee panel members, but with referees from around the country. Both also spoke of the friendships they’ve made throughout the years whilst refereeing at events.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Silva insists West Ham was turning point for Evertonby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton manager Marco Silva believes that his team experienced a turning point against West Ham United.The Blues boss believes their gritty 2-0 win at Goodison Park over the Hammers will see them revive their season.The Toffees were in the relegation zone before that game, but are now looking to get back into the top half of the table.”We performed so well, we showed that quality, that pride in ourselves to play the level we played,” Silva told reporters.”Of course we have to build from that. It was a turning point for us. It does not mean we will win all the matches from now until the end of the season of course but we have to play in that way, always to win, always with that pride in ourselves.”We have to play with that pace, with that desire to win the game, and play with freedom like we did even if that pressure was there.”
The Government will be increasing provisions to the Student Loan Bureau (SLB) in the new financial year.Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said that this will enable the organisation to provide more loan support to students, who wish to pursue tertiary education.“I believe that I can say that in the upcoming financial year, increased provision will be made so that those who have come to the level of tertiary education can be assisted by more ample availability of student loans and financing than has happened in the past. To me, this is a signal achievement,” he stated.The Education Minister was addressing the graduation ceremony for 67 teachers held on Sunday (January 13) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James.The SLB funds approximately 30 per cent of the island’s tertiary students. Minister Thwaites informed the audience that the Government had to find $2.7 billion this year to cover the obligations of the bureau.He said that despite the economic challenges, the Government continues to give priority to education, with the allocation to the sector commanding a large portion of the budget.“Jamaica spends 6.5 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 14 per cent of its budget on education, a higher proportion than any other country in the Caribbean region, except Cuba,…after paying the debts that are due, education gets pride of place,” he pointed out.The Minister argued that given the significant investment, it is important that the education resources are utilised in the most efficient way possible to get the best returns from the sector.“We have to look radically at the way we spend our education dollar and to determine the best way to ensure that we are getting the highest returns,” he stated.He noted, for example, that the Government spends upwards of $2.5 billion each year “to keep teachers out of the classroom” as they pursue advanced studies and that such spending could no longer be afforded.“Teachers, who seek to be upgraded for services in the leadership and in the particular specialties of the education system, will have to do so virtually and by way of the holidays and other mechanisms, in order to preserve your places in the classrooms, because we cannot pay for the locum tenens (substitute teachers) anymore,” Rev. Thwaites stated.The 67 teachers, from the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ and Mico University colleges had successfully completed the Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Master of Science in Reading and Language Arts, through the Central Connecticut State University in the United States.
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsKANESATAKE MOHAWK TERRITORY – Drive past Torrey Daoust’s house from the back, and it could be mistaken it for an island. Brown water from the Ottawa River laps at his green lawn about a metre away from a row of sandbags.“I’ve slept three hours in the last twe days because I’m just worried about the water going up. I have to worry about my house and my mother’s house it’s very stressful,” said Daoust while driving through almost a metre of water in his pick up.Unlike some of his neighbours, Daoust hasn’t had to leave his home yet. But the 51 year old Mohawk man says that his house is precariously close to being flooded.“They told us today it’s going to come up another 18 inches [almost half a metre], as you can see it’s going to be right up against the sand bags here,” he said.Kanesatake Mohawk Territory is confronting what dozens of other municipalities in Quebec have faced in the last week, mass flooding that hasn’t been seen in generations. So far eight homes have been evacuated, and at least 20 more are in danger.“We’re fighting the clock right now,” said Grand Chief Serge Simon of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake. “We’re working like crazy here.”Simon said that close to 300 tons of sand has been bagged by community members like 26 year old Anthony Fournier-Phillips.Fournier-Phillips has been throwing 20-35 kilogram bags of sand on to pallets for two days, and he says he’s starting to feel it in his lower back. Still, he intends to keep at it. He and a few dozen others have formed an assembly line making thousands of sandbags to transport for Kanesatake Mohawks in need.“Everybody is just trying to help out, get everything out as fast as possible for the guys who are laying out the bags,” Fournier-Phillips said.The armed forces have been called in to help the neighbouring municipality of Oka, but Grand Chief Simon says they’ve declined any help from the army even though volunteers are getting tired and that resources such as bags and twist ties are running thin.“We’re not ready to have the army back here, after what happened 26 years ago,” said Simon referring to the 1990 invasion of Kanesatake by armed forces, known as the “Oka crisis”. “We’re doing pretty good, I think we’re doing as good as the army could. I’m really proud of my community.”While Torrey Daoust is grateful for all the community support, at this point all he can do is hope that it’s enough. There’s no real Plan B if the sandbags fail to withstand rising floodwaters.“I have insurance for my belongings, but not the property itself, it’s a federal house. They won’t insure it, I have no deed for it,” Daoust explained.It’s a common problem in many First Nations. Here in Kanesatake, it’s one they’ll have to tackle in the days ahead when the waters finally [email protected]