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Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi in Paris – Open letter to François Hollande

first_img January 22, 2021 Find out more News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation Follow the news on Egypt Help by sharing this information Christophe Deloire Reporters Without Borders secretary-general News to go further February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 6, 2021 Find out more News Dear President Hollande, Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to draw your attention to the critical situation of independent media and journalists in Egypt as you prepare to receive Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi today.In Egypt, which is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, the authorities are cracking down in a shocking manner on journalists in the name of combatting terrorism. Receive email alerts Many journalists have been arrested, detained and prosecuted on anti-terrorism grounds in recent months. In a witchhunt against Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers, the authorities have jailed both Egyptian and foreign journalists whose only crime was to practice their profession.The authorities have targeted Qatari TV broadcaster Al-Jazeera in particular. There has been an international outcry about the sentences ranging from seven to ten years in prison that were imposed on three of its journalists last June. Their appeal is due to be heard on 1 January 2015.Since President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster on 3 July 2013, more than 20 journalists and activists have been arbitrarily detained on the grounds that they worked for news media owned by or affiliated to the Moslem Brotherhood. Many of them have gone on hunger strike. In 2014 alone, at least 30 journalists have been arbitrarily arrested for allegedly organizing or taking part in demonstrations or supporting a terrorist organization.The authorities stop at nothing to gag media and journalists that do not toe the official line, thereby flouting the guarantees enshrined in article 71 of Egypt’s constitution, which forbids censorship and prison sentences for media offences.Freedom of information is also undermined by the Egyptian media’s extreme polarization into Morsi supporters and opponents. More than 600 journalists recently took issue with the fact that certain Egyptian media are following the government line on combatting terrorism to the point of banning any criticism of state institutions.The situation of fundamental freedoms, including freedom of information, has now sunk to a level that is unprecedented in Egypt since Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow. Despite the strategic interests linking France and Egypt, economic and security concerns should not eclipse the obligation to support efforts to establish lasting democracy in Egypt.We therefore respectfully ask you point out to President Sisi that his government’s current excesses are incompatible with an improvement in relations between Paris and Cairo.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our request.Sincerely, Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution November 26, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi in Paris – Open letter to François Hollandelast_img read more

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Pasadena Apartment Building Preserved as Affordable Senior Housing

first_imgA 61-unit Pasadena apartment building will be preserved as affordable senior housing following the completion of a $31.2 million transaction announced Monday by Standard Communities.Under the plan, the Villa Raymond Apartments, 455 N. Raymond Ave., will remain low-cost housing for senior citizens for decades to come, Standard Communities said in a written statement.The transaction was financed through tax-exempt bonds through the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, as well as federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits provided by the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the company said.“Completed in partnership with HUD, CDLAC, TCAC, and the nonprofit Housing On Merit, this $31.2 million transaction will preserve the affordability of all 61 units at Villa Raymond for the next 55 years,” according to the statement. “A comprehensive renovation program will invest more than $5 million to modernize unit interiors, upgrade building systems, improve accessibility features and enhance the property’s amenity spaces. In addition, residents will now have access to a comprehensive suite of services and programming, such as health and wellness programs, at no cost.”Affordable senior housing is sorely needed in the region, said Standard Communities Chief Investment Officer Robert Koerner.“There is a shortage of affordable senior apartments in the Los Angeles area, and we believe everyone, regardless of age or income level, deserves to have a place to call home. Standard is pleased to provide beautiful, safe homes for seniors in Pasadena,” said Koerner.Standard Communities Director of West Coast Production Geoff Moen added that the current cost of building makes preserving affordable senior housing vital.“With the significant cost of new construction in Southern California, the importance of being able to preserve existing affordable housing units at communities such as Villa Raymond is critical to the economic and social health of Pasadena and the Los Angeles metropolitan area in general,” Moen said.Standard Communities, which is the affordable housing division of Standard Companies, has now created or preserved roughly 2,600 units of affordable housing in California, and more than 9,300 nationwide, the company said.More information about Standard Communities is available online at Community News Pasadena Apartment Building Preserved as Affordable Senior Housing STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, November 2, 2020 | 6:18 pm More Cool Stuff Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Herbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Tips For Dating As A Single DadHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

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Layton: GSE Scorecard Brings Little Value to the Public

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Don Layton Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) FHFA Scorecard Freddie Mac GSEs The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Don Layton Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) FHFA Scorecard Freddie Mac GSEs 2021-03-18 Eric C. Peck March 18, 2021 1,229 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Layton: GSE Scorecard Brings Little Value to the Public Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Eric C. 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Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released its 2021 Scorecard, outlining specific conservatorship priorities for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the government-sponsored enterprises or GSEs), and their joint venture, Common Securitization Solutions LLC (CSS).The 2021 version of the Scorecard was the 10th such installment, a tool originally developed in 2012 by FHFA Acting Director Edward DeMarco to give the GSEs—who have been in conservatorship since September 2008—specific policy direction in providing transparency to the mortgage industry and policy community. It was also meant to show transparency to the American taxpayers, who are financially supporting the companies, what was being done with their tax dollars.The three primary objectives of the 2021 Scorecard are to ensure the GSEs continue to:Focus on their core mission responsibilities to foster competitive, liquid, efficient, and resilient (CLEAR) national housing finance markets that support sustainable homeownership and affordable rental housing;Operate in a safe and sound manner appropriate for entities in conservatorship; andPrepare for their eventual exits from the conservatorships.Don Layton, Senior Industry Fellow for Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and former CEO of Freddie Mac (from May 2012-June 2019), has authored The Many Flaws and Weaknesses of FHFA’s 2021 GSE Scorecard: A Hollowed-Out Document, arguing that the 36 specific stated goals of the 2021 Scorecard are riddled with problems.“Not every one of the 36 goals is problematic, but enough are so that the document is quite weak. At times, the Scorecard appears to engage in signaling about ideology rather than providing implementable direction for the GSEs,” said Layton. “Furthermore, the criteria for its goals are entirely qualitative and judgmental, never quantitative; this absence of quantitative criteria further erodes the scorecard’s transparency. Taken together, these weaknesses greatly decrease the Scorecard’s value as a communications vehicle: it conveys less content with less value, and it does so less transparently.”Layton notes that the intent of the FHFA’s Scorecards from day one was to bring clarity to the public in terms of its conservatorship. However, he feels it has done nothing of the sort.“The concept of the scorecard, going back to its first appearance in 2012, is to provide transparency to the activities of the FHFA as conservator of the two GSEs,” said Layton in his paper. “The Scorecard should therefore clearly explain what the GSEs must do as they seek to meet the Scorecard’s stated goals. Unfortunately, the 2021 Scorecard fails to provide that clarity, leaving even the most knowledgeable reader unsure of what is being proposed. In other words, the Scorecard is sometimes worded so unclearly that one can’t figure out what it really means, leaving the FHFA with a blank check of sorts.”Layton found the “flaws and weaknesses of the 2021 GSE Scorecard rather extensive,” but came to three main conclusions:The Scorecard’s value has diminished dramatically from 2012-2019 (the years Acting Director DeMarco and Director Mel Watt led the FHFA), describing fewer goals with less specificity, and duplicating already-known requirements.The 2021 Scorecard uses some key “ideological virtue signaling,” verbiage not suited for a document from an independent regulator.The FHFA seems to care little for the Scorecard and its value as a means of communication with the public that, as Layton states “one wonders why it bothered to produce one at all.”Layton commented: “We now have a hollowed-out GSE Scorecard, with little value to the public.”Click here to view the report, The Many Flaws and Weaknesses of FHFA’s 2021 GSE Scorecard: A Hollowed-Out Document. 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Lincoln MCR disaffiliates from OUSU

first_imgLincoln College MCR has voted to disaffiliate from OUSU.A motion was presented at the General Meeting on the 23rd of November, and the MCR voted to disaffiliate with immediate effect.Several reasons were given for the disaffiliation, “The financial aspect of OUSU is probably the most worrying, considering the lack of transparency in OSSL and the massive loss presented at the end of last year,” read a letter from the MCR to OUSU.The letter further suggested that the salaries of the Sabbatical officers “should be reconsidered”.The MCR noted “the importance of OUSU’s role in representing the students toward the University and that the current OUSU sabbatical team is taking steps in the right direction.”Lincoln MCR expressed a hope that they would be able to reconsider their position towards OUSU in the future.last_img read more

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J.J. Redick having best season with Clippers thanks to health, familiarity

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error You’re watching the basketball game. Suddenly, you see someone streak across the middle. It’s J.J. Redick, shooting guard for the Los Angeles Clippers.Redick expends a lot of energy moving without the ball. Bang, bang, bang — he’s all over the place. Just like that, he catches and buries a 3-pointer. Always working hard.Redick is in his ninth season in the NBA. He’s 30 years old, yet he’s having his best year. Redick averaged a career-high 16.4 points during the regular season for the Clippers, who Wednesday night at Staples Center will take on San Antonio in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.This season, Redick shot 47.7 percent from the field, 43.7 from 3-point range. Again, his best numbers ever. Familiarity has been a key, Redick agreed.“I think this has been a great basketball situation for me here in L.A. with the Clippers and playing for Doc and playing with CP (Chris Paul) and Blake and DJ (DeAndre Jordan),” Redick said. “It’s been very enjoyable and I think it’s allowed me to play to my strengths.” Redick was already having a nice season when March hit. He heated up by averaging 20.6 points and shot 50 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc that month. And in the seven regular-season games in April, he averaged 19.9 points and shot 49.0 percent — with a whopping 48.9 (22 of 45) percent from 3-point land.His numbers leave teammate Blake Griffin shaking his head.“He’s having a great year,” Griffin said. “Especially these past two months, he’s been unbelievable. But he’s been that way for us at times, and he has really put his imprint on our offense and on the game.“The last two months, I don’t even know if I have words to describe the way he’s shooting the ball.”This comes as no surprise to Rivers, who recently was talking about what makes special players. He said it was about mental toughness, basketball IQ and work habits. Then he mentioned Redick’s tireless nature.“I think J.J. takes more shots than anybody on our team per day, and so if your best shooter is doing that, it would just make sense that the guys who are under him would say, “Well, I think I need to take more shots than them to be a better shooter, or as good,’” Rivers said.The season didn’t start out so well though. Redick averaged just 12.9 points in 14 November games, shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. Not horrible numbers, but nothing to write home about. Not like the ones he’s been putting up for some time now.Redick wasn’t worried, though, because he is no different than a prize-fighter who earns the victory on fight night because of his preparation in the gym.“When I got off to a slow start the first 10 games of this season, I wasn’t discouraged because I knew the amount of work I had put in during the off-season and knew that eventually things would work out,” Redick said, “and I ended up shooting the ball pretty well.”Redick did not have a terrific performance in the Clippers’ 107-92 Game 1 victory over the Spurs on Sunday. He scored 10 points on just 4-of-13 shooting. But the second of his 3-point baskets — with 5:05 to play — gave the Clippers a 17-point lead, all but sealing the Spurs’ fate.Redick pumped his fist after, showing that even on an off night, he can come through in the clutch.BREAKOUTREDICK FILEAge: 30Height: 6-foot-4Statistics: 16.4 ppgFG percentage: 47.7 overall, 43.7 3-point rangeCollege: DukeYears pro: Ninecenter_img It’s cool, Redick admitted, that he’s having the season of his life at this particular time. “Yes, I try to get better every year,” he said, humbly.Redick’s field-goal percentage was sixth-best in the league. His 200 3-point baskets — another personal best — ranked him fifth. This is only Redick’s second season with the Clippers. And in 2013-14, he played in just 35 games because of injuries.“I just think he’s healthy,” Clippers coach Doc River said, alluding to the 78 games Redick played this season. “He’s been healthy all year. And I think it’s the second year with this group. I think it’s as much him, but I think it’s them, too, realizing what they have.“I think our guys understand when J.J.’s on the floor, he’s a weapon in itself and they understand that. I personally think the dunks are great, but when J.J. gets open, the picker is excited. When the ball’s in the air, you can see our team react because they did something.”last_img read more

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