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first_img 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 center_img 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 last_img read more

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Automated Valuation Models: Benefits and Unexpected Challenges 2021-01-06 Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 1 day ago January 6, 2021 1,268 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 1 day 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. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Automated Valuation Models: Benefits and Unexpected Challenges in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Previous: Forbearance Activity Ended 2020 on a Flat Note Next: Top 10 States for Inbound Migration Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day ago Share Save As professionals from all industries search for ways to work more efficiently and safely during a national health crisis, property appraisers have turned to automated valuation models (AVMs), which allow for contact-free assessment of a home’s market value.Researchers at the Urban Institute acknowledged that AVMs hold promise when it comes to reducing costs and increasing accuracy, and they write that the practice has helped keep the housing market moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, in a late-December study, they found that AVMs in majority-Black neighborhoods produce larger errors, relative to the underlying sales price, than AVMs in majority-White neighborhoods, potentially contributing to the wide housing wealth gap between Black and White homeowners.Researchers Michael Neal, Sarah Strochak, Linna Zhu, and Caitlin Young, who wrote the paper entitled “How Automated Valuation Models Can Disproportionately Affect Majority-Black Neighborhoods,” say that historically, appraisals, including in-person appraisals, have been tainted by bias.”AVMs have drawbacks,” the authors wrote. “Historically, AVMs have not been able to take a property’s condition into account when determining a home’s value. Like in-person appraisals, the accuracy of AVMs depends on having a large-enough number of comparable sales in the area to ensure greater accuracy. And the use of comparable sales in the area may reinforce past racial bias.”The report, which can be accessed in full on urban.com, examines key drivers of the magnitude of inaccuracy and how they differ among neighborhoods.For example, the authors found that the percentage magnitude of inaccuracy in majority-Black and majority-White neighborhoods may be similar, the lower sales prices in majority-Black neighborhoods increase the percentage magnitude of inaccuracy significantly in all three cities we examined, possibly causing greater damage to the overall home values in these neighborhoods.The Institute’s findings suggest that the expanded use of AVMs could disproportionately affect majority-Black neighborhoods and reinforce the impacts of past racial discrimination that often resulted in the undervaluation of Black-owned homes. According to the researchers, a significantly lower appraised value, even from an AVM estimate, could lead to a canceled sales contract, which can contribute to the Black-White homeownership rate gap and the Black-White wealthgap.”When aggregated across society, these risks also have implications for policymakers responsible for macroeconomic and financial market supervision. More research is needed to identify the full scope of policy implications stemming from AVM inaccuracy,” the authors noted. “Nevertheless, the policy suggestions we present are meant to ensure that as the use of AVMs increases, its costs are better understood and more progress is made to ensure that all households experience the benefits of homeownership.The entire report is available on urban.org.last_img read more

first_imgEquinor, Orsted submit bids for New York’s 2.5GW offshore wind solicitation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Newsday:Norwegian energy conglomerate Equinor has bid to create another 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind power for New York state and Long Island with two projects. One, which would connect to the local electric grid in Nassau County, would more than double the number of turbines off Long Island to some 200. A second would be built around 50 miles from Montauk Point and connect to the state grid in Queens. The plan would also include conducting assembly work in Brooklyn.In disclosures Tuesday in response to a state request for proposals, Equinor said it would bolster its already state-awarded, 819-megawatt Empire Wind project off Long Island’s South Shore with another called Empire Wind 2 that will add 1,260 megawatts. Turbines of at least 10 megawatts each would mean that the prior project’s 80 or so turbines could be joined by another 120. Equinor’s federally approved lease area off Long Island encompasses some 80,000 acres, starting 15 miles due south of Long Beach and extending east and south.Equinor on Tuesday also submitted plans to offer a second project called Beacon Wind that would be built 50 miles from Montauk Point, off the coast of Massachusetts. It would be 1,230 megawatts and connect through Long Island Sound to Queens.The new proposals came in response to a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority bid request. In a statement, Siri Espedal Kindem, president of Equinor Wind U.S., said the company’s plans would include “significant new benefits for New York — from workforce training, economic development, and community benefits — alongside a tremendous amount of homegrown, renewable energy.”Meanwhile, Denmark-based Orsted, working with New England power company Eversource, has also submitted plans for a new offshore wind project called Sunrise Wind 2, a proposal that includes “multiple bids” that would create “hundreds of new jobs, and infrastructure investment,” according to a company statement. Con Edison Transmission will also work to develop transmission facilities for that project, the companies said.Orsted and Eversource already have contracts to develop a 130-megawatt wind farm for LIPA to serve the South Fork, and an 880-megawatt wind farm for the state. All of its hundreds of turbines would be based in a lease area off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.[Mark Harrington]More: Scores more wind turbines proposed for Long Island’s South Shorelast_img read more

first_imgAccording to the Law on Tourist Boards, the Tourist Board of the City of Pula should adopt a program of activities and financial plan for 2019 by the end of the current year, and in order to include the programs of events and other events they decide to accept in the plan, the Pula Tourist Board program for 2019.Music and stage events, sports events, congresses and more will be co-financed. “Programs that are accepted in order to plan the activities of the Tourist Board of the City of Pula in 2019 will be funded exclusively in the accepted form, which will be defined in the contract, and the costs will be paid directly. ”Point out from the Pula Tourist Board.The deadline for submitting bids is 20.09.2018. year until 15 pm, and more details on how to apply and conditions can be found in the attachment:Attachment: TZ PULA / Calls for proposals for 2019.last_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There’s too much mowing. Remember the old push mowers? Our lawns were smaller. We had lots of bees and butterflies. Why such big lawns? I don’t get it.We put pesticides and herbicides and other chemicals on our lawns to kill everything but the grass. What are we doing?Clover is beautiful, but it is mowed off. No, no, no, they aren’t weeds; they’re wild flowers. Stop, for our honey bees are having a hard time. Give a piece of your lawn to the “wild side” and see what you get. Watch the lightning bugs and get rid of Spectrum and have free TV.Eunice KilmerJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationTroopers: Colonie man dies in Montgomery County Thruway crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familylast_img read more

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first_imgChristian Benteke single-handedly dragged Aston Villa out of their nine-game winless streak with his first goal in nine months securing a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace. Scott Dann needlessly chased a lumped ball out to the wing, deserting his central post – and Benteke picked his pocket. Villa’s only credible threat sauntered infield as far as the edge of Palace’s area without bringing a challenge, because Brede Hangeland inexplicably backed off. The former Norway skipper’s backtracking gifted Benteke time and space to pick his spot, and the Villa forward duly delivered. Palace boss Warnock has picked up the slack admirably since Tony Pulis walked out on the eve of the season: but here was a goal that would never have materialised in the ex-Stoke manager’s tenure. Palace’s profligacy was all that kept the hosts scoreless at the break, Villa relieved Warnock’s men seemed to have no final ball up their sleeves. A trademark half-time rollicking from Warnock shocked Palace into renewed vigour after the break, but even cranking through the gears could not generate a clear-cut chance. The hosts wasted eight gilt-edged attacking platforms between the restart and the hour-mark, underlining both Villa’s fragility and their own offensive shortcomings. Amid the one-way traffic Villa forced a break that ended when Andreas Weimann blasted straight at Speroni. The Palace keeper blocked comfortably with his legs in relief, because had the Villa midfielder would have doubled the lead had he aimed anywhere else on goal. Palace’s all-out assaults grew ever more desperate as time ticked down, the final whistle bringing resounding boos from a home crowd as dissatisfied as boss Warnock. Benteke side-footed the winner in a low-quality Premier League encounter at Selhurst Park to toast his return from a three-match ban for his red card against Tottenham. The Belgian hitman was dubbed “one of the best strikers in Europe” by Villa boss Paul Lambert in midweek: the 23-year-old never had to reach that billing to decide this tie. Press Association Palace slipped to their fifth defeat in eight games, and had only themselves to blame, wasting countless half-chances in a fruitless search for a quality final ball. Villa moved three points ahead of Palace in the table, sucking Neil Warnock’s side further into what could yet become one of the most widely-fought Premier League relegation scraps in years. Benteke handed Villa their first win since a 1-0 victory at Liverpool on September 13, atoning in part for his reckless dismissal against Spurs. So his match-winning strike in south London will have gone some way to repaying both manager and team-mates for that ill-judged clash at Villa Park. Benteke’s calm finish punctuated the otherwise staccato arrangement of Palace’s disjointed first-half attacks. Time and again Zaha broke into the final third, only to slug a sledge-hammer boot through the ball when any deftness of touch would have unlocked Villa’s shaky defence. Palace backed up their 3-1 victory over Liverpool with a reasonable 1-1 draw at Swansea at the weekend, but could not find any spark whatsoever on a chilly night. However against the run of play, Palace could, and should, have stopped Benteke ever laying sight on goal for his winner. last_img read more

first_imgIan McIntyre was forced to start as many as seven freshmen at times in 2011. Thrust into a pressure situation amid a team-wide struggle, they didn’t thrive collectively.This year, the Syracuse head coach has the luxury of only starting three freshmen: Alex Bono, Jordan Vale and Stefanos Stamoulacatos. All three players have gotten off to strong starts for the Orange (5-1) and have helped lead the team to its best start since 1996.“We’ve got a really good group of new guys that have helped develop our culture day in and day out.” McIntyre said. “They’re also a group of guys that improve in practice and every game.”Bono has only allowed two goals in six games for Syracuse, leading the Big East in goals against average (0.34) and save percentage (.909). He has made 20 saves for the Orange and was recently named the Big East Goalkeeper of the Week.The freshman goalie has set the tone for fellow freshmen starters Vale and Stamoulacatos.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVale has scored three goals and added an assist, while Stamoulacatos has one goal and three assists. Both players have logged considerable minutes in all six games.Ben Ramin also added a goal in Syracuse’s 6-0 win over Colgate.“We’ve done a good job at spreading goals around,” McIntyre said. “To have Ben, Jordan and Stefanos all chip in with goals, and important goals, has been exciting. It’s always nice to have that output from new faces.”This year’s group of freshmen has helped transform the culture of Syracuse soccer, and McIntyre insists the chemistry between the veteran players and the freshmen is what makes this team so potent.Sophomores Skylar Thomas, Jordan Murrell and Nick Perea have a year of college experience under their belt and have helped the newcomers get acclimated to playing college soccer.They’ve been through a rough season and now are helping elevate the team to a much higher level.“Those individuals have really helped our new guys because now they’re a year older, a year more experienced, more mature and more resilient,” McIntyre said. “The returning players have set the tone and led by example, so you blend those two together and it’s been a fun group to work with so far.”McIntyre said seniors Ted Cribley, Louis Clark and Lars Muller have set the tone for the Orange and served as role models for the freshmen on and off the field.“We have a special group of seniors that has really led by example day in, day out in practice, as well as how they prepare for games,” he said.Other Big East teams that have gotten off to hot starts, like Notre Dame, have no goals from freshmen. Five of the Orange’s 19 goals this year have come from freshmen, and 10 of its 19 strikes have come from players who are new to the program, including Tony Asante.Freshmen Noah Rhynhart and Juuso Pasanen have also played well for Syracuse.  Pasanen recorded his first career point in SU’s 5-0 win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday.Syracuse’s newcomers have accounted for 25 of the team’s 96 shots, and 13 of those shots have been on goal.“Within our program, you earn a spot based on how you perform in practice, and then you keep that spot based on how you perform in games,” McIntyre said.“It doesn’t matter what year you are.” Comments Published on September 11, 2012 at 12:45 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge to Manchester City has faded dramatically in recent weeks as Eden Hazard’s goals have dried up to leave Maurizio Sarri’s men 10 points adrift of the champions ahead of Saturday’s clash between the sides at Stamford Bridge.Even in the midst of an 18-game unbeaten run after City eased past the Blues 2-0 in the Community Shield in August, Sarri insisted Chelsea wouldn’t be able to last the pace against a team he considers the best in Europe.However, the Italian admitted his concern at the scale of his side’s downturn in recent weeks as defeats at Tottenham and then at Wolves where Chelsea capitulated from 1-0 up to lose 2-1 on Wednesday.Those losses as well as a goalless home draw with Everton mean Chelsea are hanging onto their top-four place only on goal difference.“City are the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world,” said Sarri. “Manchester City are in another category. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four.”It is no coincidence that Chelsea’s dip has coincided with Hazard’s early season hot streak cooling off.The Belgian captain stood out as an exception to many players suffering a World Cup hangover. After being crowned the second best player on show in Russia, Hazard scored seven goals in his first six league starts of the season.At the time, Sarri talked of Hazard having the potential to score 40 goals in a campaign although his previous best for Chelsea was 19.However, with speculation mounting over whether Hazard will tie his future to the club by signing a new contract worth a reported £350,000 ($450,000) a week or hold out for a move to Real Madrid, the Belgian hasn’t scored in 11 games for club and country dating back two months.– Silva lining to De Bruyne absence –Sarri has blamed a series of niggling injuries as a demanding summer has finally started to take its toll. “It’s normal at the moment he isn’t at the top of his physical condition,” added the Italian this week.Yet, it is clear that without Hazard firing, Chelsea will struggle to even see off Tottenham and Arsenal for a place in the top four, let alone challenge the unbeaten City or Liverpool for the title.Strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have just six goals between them in the league all season and after promising a turnaround with a double against Crystal Palace last month, Morata’s famously fragile confidence looks shot again.That dependence on Hazard contrasts sharply with City, who have been without another Belgian, Kevin de Bruyne, for practically the whole season and still barely missed a beat.The outstanding individual in a collective 100-point masterclass as City stormed to the title last season, De Bruyne has played 81 minutes of league football this season due to two prolonged spells on the sidelines with injury.In his absence, Bernardo Silva has pounced on the chance to shine in a more central midfield role, freeing up the wings for Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane to wreak havoc.Sane and Mahrez were on target on Tuesday as City won a seventh straight league game 2-1 at Watford despite leaving Sterling and many others on the bench as Pep Guardiola made six changes.By contrast, Sarri’s decision to make five changes was questioned after defeat at Wolves.“I don’t think it depends on the changes; it depends on the mentality of the team,” said Sarri. “We can lose a match, but not without a reaction.”Now he needs a reaction against the toughest team of all.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgAnd most importantly, congratulations to the MVRHS Class of 2020. We have enjoyed our time with you these past 4 years, we will miss you and we look forward to seeing the impact you make in our world.Sara Dingledy, PrincipalNoelle Warburton – Administrative AssistantAmy Lilavois – Class of 2020 AdvisorMatt Malowski – Class of 2020 Advisor To the Editor: The MVRHS Class of 2020 has graduated. On Sunday, July 26, 155 students walked across a stage and received their diplomas. Over 200 cars seated with family members watched on a giant LED screen while their graduates, wearing caps and gowns, sat in chairs placed 6 feet apart and family members near and far live-streamed the event. In the spring, an overwhelming majority of students had expressed their want for an in-person graduation. We weren’t sure it could happen but we were determined to try. After four months of monitoring the state’s shifting health and safety guidelines, an immense amount of anxiety and patience on the part of everyone involved, and an incredible community effort, we pulled it off. The graduating class and their families participated in a one of a kind, in-person, socially-distanced, memorable event that will not soon be forgotten.None of this would have been possible without the support and generosity of so many Island individuals and organizations. To the West Tisbury Select Board — thank you for approving this event without a blink of an eye; to Omar Johnson and the West Tisbury Board of Health and to the West Tisbury Police Department — we thank you for your guidance and patience with our planning; to Kristina West and Chris Lyons of the MV Agricultural Society — thank you for your flexibility and your guidance working with a group of educators who have never before parked cars or organized an event of this size; to the abutting neighbors of the Ag Hall — thank you for the permission to hold this event; MVTV — thank you for editing the video tribute, filming the event to be live streamed for those who couldn’t attend and for volunteering all of your time; to Charlie Esposito for his calming presence and his expertise in all areas technical; Maria Thibodeau, Chris Baer, and Kate Hennigan for capturing the moment on film and video; to MV United Soccer, Point B Realty, Amy Upton and Corona Stompers, MV Social Justice Leadership Foundation, MVCS, MV Youth Task Force, Johnny Cupcakes, Patti Leighton and MV Bank, the parents of the Class of 2020 and countless other generous individuals, thank you for donating time and money to support our students.last_img read more