News Organisation May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Philippines Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Lady Ann Salem, a journalist who should have been freed ten days ago when a regional court in the Manila suburb of Mandaluyong dismissed a firearms case against her. RSF also urges the Philippine authorities to stop using terrorism legislation for political ends. February 16, 2021 – Updated on March 5, 2021 Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News Filipina reporter held for past year on trumped-up firearms charge But the release of this journalist, who is the editor of the Manila Today news website and co-founder of the Altermidya network of independent alternative media, has been blocked by the prosecution on the spurious grounds that the court’s decision “is not yet final.” People gathered in support of journalist Lady Ann Salem who has been detained for 2 months, on 9 January le 9 janvier (photo: Free Lady Ann Salem Network). News The Philippines is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF also reiterates its call for the immediate release of Frenchie Mae Cumpio, the editor of the Eastern Vista news website (a member of the Altermidya network), who has been held on a similar charge of illegal possession of firearms since 7 February 2020, when the police claimed to have found firearms during a search of her home in the eastern city of Tacloban. June 1, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa to go further Fabricated evidence February 9, 2021 Find out more “This could be a cue for the authorities to resort to the insidious tactic of bringing a much more serious charge against our editor under the anti-terrorism law,” a member of the Manila Today staff told RSF, referring to a draconian law that took effect in July 2020, under which journalists can be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison if convicted of inciting terrorism. —————————————————————————-Update – 5 March 2021 It was only today, exactly one month after a court dismissed the case against her, that Manila Today editor Lady Ann Salem was finally released from prison. RSF condemns this arbitrary delay, which prolonged her detention, although the court had ruled that the search warrant that led to arrest her was “null and void’’.—————————————————————————– At a hearing on 5 February, the court dismissed the case against Lady Ann Salem after ruling that the search warrant used by police to raid her Mandaluyong apartment on 10 December was “null and void’’ and that the evidence they claimed to have found there, firearms and explosives, was inadmissible. News Receive email alerts RSF_en “After declaring the evidence to be inadmissible because of police manipulation, the court determined that Lady Ann Salem had no case to answer, which was tantamount to acquittal,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The prosecution has no legal grounds for opposing the judge’s decision and we therefore demand this journalist’s immediate release. We also caution the Philippine authorities against thought of using the anti-terrorism law to persecute reporters.” PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedJudicial harassment
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 12, 2018 1,994 Views Evictions Webinar Explores PTFA Implications About Author: David Wharton Print This Post President Donald Trump recently signed Senate Bill 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, into law. Among other changes designed to streamline or modify some elements of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the bill also restores regulations related to the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA). That has implications servicers need to consider, and now the Legal League 100 will present a complimentary webinar exploring the topic.Entitled “Evictions: Regulatory and Litigation Update,” this latest installment of the Legal League 100 Webinar Series kicks off at 2 p.m. CT, on Wednesday, June 13. The webinar will feature presentations from representatives of two different League member firms: Jenna Baum, Partner, McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, and Gregory Sanda, Associate Attorney, Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP.You can click here to register for the webinar.Originally introduced in 2009, the PTFA “contained protections intended to ensure that tenants facing eviction from a foreclosed property would have adequate time to find alternative housing.” The PTFA expired on December 31, 2014. In the years since, some states have implemented their own versions of the law to continue those protections for tenants. Now, however, the PTFA is once again the law of the land.“In a nutshell, the resurrection of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act will give certain tenants in foreclosed properties significant additional rights beyond those they may have been provided by state laws,” Richard M. Nielson, Managing Shareholder, Reimer Law Co. told DS News.Nielson cited Kentucky, one of the states in which Reimer Law operates, as an example. Unlike some other states, Kentucky has not introduced their own version of the PTFA in the intervening years since it expired at the Federal level. As such, Nielson explained that the return of the PTFA could significantly increase the amount of time it takes to complete a post-foreclosure eviction. If that range was between 10-30 days before, for example, the reintroduced law could now require as much as 90 days’ notice to “bona fide” tenants before they can be evicted.To read the full text of S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, click here. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Evictions Webinar Explores PTFA Implications Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Dodd-Frank Act Evictions Legal League 100 LL100 PTFA s. 2155 Webinars 2018-06-12 David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Journal, News, Servicing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Delinquency Rates Hit Pre-Crash Lows Next: The Impact of Fed Rate Hikes on Homeowners Tagged with: Dodd-Frank Act Evictions Legal League 100 LL100 PTFA s. 2155 Webinars The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe
Cambridge has beaten Oxford once again in the ‘QS Top Universities’ ranking.A study found that Cambridge is the best university in the country at which to study fourteen subjects, with Oxford best for only ten. Behind these two comes LSE with three and Reading, the Institute of Education and Edinburgh with one each.However, globally Oxford outperformed Cambridge. The university was found to be the best university in the world for the study of English Language and Literature, Geography and Modern Languages. Cambridge came top only in History and Archaeology. This places Oxford third, behind Harvard and MIT who dominate the global rankings, coming first in eleven and nine subjects respectively. Despite this, Oxford is ranked 6th globally.The QS Study is published annually, and takes into account a range of factors in its assessment of each university. These include indicators such as citations per faculty, the faculty/student ratio and, most controversially, academic peer review – an opinion survey amongst 33,744 academics regarding which university is currently leading in each particular field.A University spokesperson, commenting on the findings, explained, “There are always limits to how precise league tables can be. However, the latest QS tables confirm Oxford’s leading international status across all subjects, delivering some of the best research and education in the world.”The reaction from the student body has been mixed. One Oxford student commented, ‘These league tables tend to be based on somewhat tenuous evidential findings and change dramatically year on year. I do not believe that the results of this report are of particular relevance to students of either university, other than those looking for some pointless one-upmanship. Besides, obviously Oxford’s better.”One student noted, “Those wankers in Cambridge might get a slightly better education than us but we both know who would win in a fight. Besides we do better globally than them and we’re not as socially inept as those tossers.”The reaction from Cambridge was more positive. One student commented, “I am overjoyed with the news. Our famous rivalry has finally taken a twist towards Cambridge and I could not be happier. I was rejected from Oxford but look at me now! They’re terrible and I’m pleased they’re slipping down the league tables”.A first year lawyer at Jesus stated , “I went on a crew date with Jesus College, Cambridge and I can honestly say they were the biggest twats I’d ever met and I would be happy to never meet them again. All night they went on how Oxford weren’t in the top 3 universities in the world in an attempt to impress every girl in the entire restaurant. I guess it’s all they’ve got.”
Scottish bakery supplier Macphie has unveiled plans for an ambitious renewable energy plan that will involve cutting its carbon emissions by 2,000 tonnes a year.A new Macphie biomass plant – a massive 1.75 MW boiler fuelled by wood chips – will be the first large industrial biomass process steam plant in Scotland.The firm has made a £1.5m investment in the plant which will supply the heating at its Glenbervie site in the north of Scotland from March next year. It also received a grant from the Scottish Executive’s Scottish Biomass Support Scheme.Chief executive Alastair Macphie said the biomass plant was the first phase of a renewable energy plan that will involve cutting carbon emissions by 2,000 tonnes a year.”We calculated the feasibility of this plant when the oil price was at $65 a barrel, and expected a financial payback within five to six years. Now that oil prices are even higher it’s going to be an even better payback.”The company will turn to green energy sources to meet its fuel needs as it gears up to double the size of its business.Electrical usage has already been reduced by 20% over the last three years. The 600-800kVA of electricity it uses has been predicted to more than double to 1,500-2,000kVA by 2011. “We’ve looked for more sustainable ways of doing what we do because of our rural setting, and they are always the more cost-effective routes,” said Macphie.The new boiler will use 5,000 tonnes of locally sourced wood fuel per year to produce the steam demand for its factory on the 2,000-acre family-owned estate.
Ashers Baking Company, the business at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ row, has outlined the grounds which it will appeal over.The family run bakery lost a court case after it was found guilty of discrimination against customer, Gareth Lee, for refusing to make a cake order with a pro-gay marriage slogan.The owners of the Belfast bakery, the McArthur family, have since said they would appeal the judgement. Lawyers for the family will ask:Whether the judge was correct, as a matter of law, to hold that Ashers had discriminated against Mr Lee directly on grounds of sexual orientation.Whether the judge was correct, as a matter of law, to hold that Ashers had discriminated against Mr Lee directly on grounds of religious belief or political opinion.Whether the judge was correct, as a matter of law, to hold that Ashers was not entitled to protection as a result of the rights under Articles 9 and/or 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.Throughout the case, the McArthurs were supported by the Christian Institute, which paid their defence costs.Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute, said: “There is huge public support for an appeal and it is vitally important that the higher courts consider this issue.”This court decision will have dramatic consequences if it goes unchallenged.”