Slot decline hits Czech gambling market in 2018

first_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Topics: Casino & games Finance Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Bingo Slots Table games Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Czech Republic Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines. Bingo Slot decline hits Czech gambling market in 2018 Email Address Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines.Players in the country wagered a total of CZK 249.4bn across all products and channels, up 11.3% from 2017, and won a total of CZK218.2bn, according to figures provided to iGaming Business by the Czech General Directorate of Finance.However, slots, referred to as “technical games” by the Directorate, struggled during the year, with revenue dropping 39.3% to CZK14.8bn. Land-based slot revenue plummeted 42.4% to CZK12.9bn, and online revenue was down 4.8% at CZK1.9bn.This follows the introduction of strict controls on what bonuses land-based venues can offer players from August 2017. Tighter rules around customer identification and registration were then issued in March 2018, requiring all casinos to verify the age and identity of all patrons.Other casino products, such as table games – “live games” according to the Directorate – saw revenue grow 8.0% to CZK2.3bn, driven by a strong land-based performance. Online revenue amounted to CZK175.1m, compared to CZK119.5m in 2017.Lottery revenue was up 13.8% to CZK6.7bn, driven by a strong retail performance, with the channel accounting for 89.9% of the total. Online lottery, which has been legal since January 2017, saw revenue grow 78.0% year-on-year to CZK670.6m.Revenue from fixed-odds sports betting, meanwhile, was up 2.0% to CZK7.6bn. The majority of revenue for the vertical (84.3%) was generated online, with the land-based contributing falling marginally to CZK1.2bn.Totalizer, which is only available in physical outlets, saw revenue almost double, albeit from a low base, to CZK4.7m. Bingo, another land-based product, saw revenue decline to CZK7.4m.As a result of the decline in slot revenue, for which operators pay a 35% gross revenue tax, the government’s tax take from the industry fell 20.3% year-on-year to CZK9.7bn.The figures are the second set of full-year results published since the country’s revamped gambling regulations came into force in January 2017. While the new regulatory framework was designed to encourage international operators to secure licences, high taxes and lengthy administrative processes, such as in-person registration requirements for igaming sites, have limited its appeal. The tax rate is set to grow even higher, after the Czech government agreed to increase taxes on gambling from January 2020, as part of a wider effort to limit the availability of addictive products, services and substances. This will see the tax rate on lotteries, non-slot casino games and bingo rise from 23% to 30% of revenue, with fixed-odds betting tax increased to 25%.Image: Sébastien Avenet 11th June 2019 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

Genius Sports agrees partnership with German Tennis Federation

first_img10th December 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Sports betting “Our technology at PlaySight will enable the DTB to bring their production in house, giving them complete control of their content and more flexibility for distribution“ Through the deal, Genius gains the exclusive rights to capture and distribute live data and video content from DTB events for betting purposes. It hopes the partnership will help to enhance its profile and connect with tennis fans around the world. Rodney Rapson, managing director for Europe and the UK of PlaySight, added that: “The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in the world when it comes to the level of players competing. Now fans around the world will be able to watch this content both live and with on-demand video highlights.” Email Address “This partnership with the DTB is one of our largest tennis partnerships to date, providing our sportsbook partners with premium content during off-peak windows for the global season,” Jonny Katanchian, head of commercial partnerships for EMEA at Genius Sports, said. “The DTB is committed to enhancing the reach, visibility and profile of its events and we’re excited to be part of this global strategy.” Topics: Sports betting Data and technology supplier Genius Sports Group has entered into an exclusive data and streaming partnership with Germany’s national governing body for tennis, the German Tennis Federation (DTB). Tags: Genius Sports Group German Tennis FEderation PlaySightcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Genius Sports agrees partnership with German Tennis Federation Video, analytics and live streaming platform, PlaySight, will provide automated production, live streams and highlights across all DTB events covered under the partnership. In turn, the partnership will allow DTB, which has over 1.4m playing members, to reach more fans through Genius’ over 150 partner sportsbooks. Genius Sports has continued its global expansion throughout 2020, as a flurry of activity in November and December saw it sign new data deals with the Argentine Football Association, Mexico’s Liga MX, the Polish Basketball League and Polish Basketball Association, American Hockey League, and Beach Soccer Worldwide, all within a month. Regions: Germany Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter DTB’s vice president high performance tennis and education, Dirk Hordorff, described how the partnership will bring the possibility of following the end-of-year German Tennis Championships, as well as the Bundesliga, to millions of German and international fans. Both competitions feature top international talent, which will help to grow the visibility of the sport, he said.last_img read more

From the ENS Archives: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ author Madeleine…

first_img Madeleine L’Engle, who wrote more than 60 books ranging from children’s stories to theological reflection, died Sept. 6, 2007, in Litchfield, Connecticut, at 88. She is shown here two years earlier. Photo: Square Fish Books[Episcopal News Service] The March 9 release of Ava DuVernay’s movie version of the classic — and controversial — children’s book “A Wrinkle in Time” has brought a new awareness of author Madeleine L’Engle who was a world-renowned lay Episcopal playwright, poet and author of fiction and nonfiction books.L’Engle, who wrote more than 60 books ranging from children’s stories to theological reflection, died Sept. 6, 2007, in Litchfield, Connecticut. She was 88. In its obituary of L’Engle, the New York Times reported that “A Wrinkle in Time” was then in its 69th printing and had sold 8 million copies. Those figures are sure to increase with the release of the movie.“A Wrinkle in Time” won the Newberry Award in 1963. L’Engle traveled widely from her home base in New York, leading retreats, lecturing at writers’ conferences and addressing church and student groups abroad. In 1965 she became a volunteer librarian at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York. She later served for many years as writer-in-residence at the cathedral.“A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, left, speaks with Storm Reid, who plays Meg Murry, between scenes. Photo: Walt Disney PicturesL’Engle’s work expressed her Christian theology and has been compared to C. S. Lewis. “A Wrinkle in Time” rankled some conservative Christians and the book ranks 90th on the American Library Association’s list of the 100 most-banned/challenged books of the early 2000s. Critics said the book combined Christian themes and the occult, and they disputed L’Engle’s contention that science and religion can coexist.There are echoes of the Gospel of John and 1 Corinthians in the book. After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg Murry, her brother and her friend to space in order to find him. Three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which lead the children on a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all the evil in the universe.In 1995, L’Engle spoke with Episcopal News Service about the power of storytelling and her theology.‘Story Is Where We Look for Truth’ An Interview with Madeleine L’EngleEpiscopal News ServiceJanuary 19, 1995By Neil M. AlexanderNeil M. Alexander was vice-president and editorial director of the United Methodist Publishing House when he interviewed L’Engle. He is now president and publisher emeritus. He is not to be confused with Bishop J. Neil Alexander, the current vice president and dean of the School of Theology at Sewanee The University of the South. What are you seeking to discover and share through your writing?I wrote my first story when I was five, because I wanted to know why my father was coughing his lungs out from mustard gas he was exposed to in the First World War. Why is it that people hurt each other? Why don’t people love each other? I learned quickly that a story is the best place to explore these unanswerable questions. Facts are limited; they don’t carry us very far. Story is where we look for truth.Which questions do you find yourself asking over and over again?All the big ones. The questions that adolescents ask — and that we should never stop asking. Unless we continually bring questions to our faith, it will become sterile and cold. And so we ask: Why did God create the universe? Is there a purpose to it? Why did God take the incredible risk of making creatures with free will? And this leads us to ponder why, if God is good, do terrible things happen? Of course, there are no simple answers. If you have people with free will, they are going to make mistakes, and our actions do have consequences.Is too much emphasis given to the importance of individual freedom? Would it be better if our communities provided more narrow boundaries?I remember many years ago being in Russia with my husband. After a concert we were walking back to our hotel late at night, with no fear whatsoever, through tunnels beneath Red Square. When we came up on the other side of the square, I turned to my husband and said, “The price for this sense of security is too high.” With freedom there also comes risk, but it is worth it.Ava DuVernay’s movie version of the classic children’s book “A Wrinkle in Time” was released March 9 and has renewed interest in the book and its author. It has also prompted a host of other books related to the story and the movie. Photo: Walt Disney PicturesWhere do you find the resources to sustain your search, to help you struggle with the ambiguity of being human?Reading the Bible has always been a part of my daily life. My parents were Bible-reading people, and I grew up reading the Bible as a great storybook, which indeed it is. It is remarkably comforting to me that of all the protagonists in scriptural stories, not one is qualified to do what God is asking. In a sense we are all unqualified. If you were going to start a great nation, would you pick a hundred-year-old man and a woman past menopause? That’s the kind of thing God does.I also read in the area of quantum mechanics and particle physics, because these are disciplines where people are dealing with the nature of being. These writers describe a universe in which everything is totally interrelated, where nothing happens in isolation. They have discovered that nothing can be studied objectively — because to look at something is to change it and be changed by it. I find such discussions helpful in framing theological responses to questions about the nature of the universe.You have an incredible ability to draw upon your memory, to discern truth from events in your own life. How might others be helped to develop this capacity?One thing that is helpful is keeping an honest and unpublishable journal. What you write down you tend not to forget. I’ve been keeping journals since I was eight. It is a way of having a say in the telling of our own stories. The act of writing it down helps set it in our memory. For storytellers, memory is very important because we can’t write a story without drawing on our own experience.How does that apply to our spiritual pilgrimage as Christians? Do you think the faith community has developed a good memory to draw upon?I don’t. I think we have forgotten far too much. I am concerned, for example, that we take Jesus’ parables out of context. We treat them as isolated illustrations in and of themselves, but they make much more sense if you know when they were given in the course of Jesus’ ministry and to whom he was speaking.I don’t believe you can be a Christian in isolation from the support and collective memory of the believing community. My church is very important to me, and so is the group of women I meet with every Monday for study and prayer. We are in this life together, not alone.Some time back there were reports about folks speculating that you are a “new age” thinker. What was that all about?I haven’t the faintest idea. I once asked someone what led people to say I was promoting “new age” concepts. The response was, “You mention the rainbow, and that’s a sign of new age thinking.” I said, “Hey, wait a minute. The rainbow is the sign of God’s covenant with his people. Don’t hand our symbols over to those promoting ‘new age’ spirituality. Don’t let faddish groups take away what God has given us.”“A Wrinkle in Time,” whose original book jacket is show here, was rejected 26 times before it was published and won the Newberry Award in 1963. Photo: WikipediaI was sent a newspaper clipping that cited my book “A Wrinkle in Time” as one of the 10 most censored books in the United States. When it first appeared in 1962, it was hailed by many as a Christian work. In the intervening years not one word of that book has changed. So, what has happened to cause people to want it banned?What do you think happened?I think there are some people who are terribly afraid … afraid that they cannot control or manipulate God, that God might love people they don’t love, that God’s love is too all-embracing, and that we don’t have to earn it. All we have to do is say we are sorry, and God throws a big party.That is frightening to some people. They seem to feel that they can’t be happy in heaven unless hell is heavily populated. I don’t really understand that.Do you worry that an overemphasis on unconditional grace might lead to giving license for the self-centered pursuit of personal comfort without accountability?Unconditional grace is not the same as permissiveness, though I think it gets confused with that sometimes. We are creatures who sin. I don’t think that makes God angry. On the contrary, I think that makes God incredibly sad.I think we hurt God by our sinning and by manipulating the idea of unconditional grace into something that makes it easier for us to go on sinning. Grace does not give us permission to be destructive people. God’s grace ought to give us the courage to try to give pleasure to God.At night when I read my evening prayers, I ask myself, “What have I done that would have hurt God today?” and “What have I done to give pleasure to God?”How do your books help people experience God’s grace and grow in faithfulness?I have had many letters from people who say that the loving God revealed in my books has changed their lives. They tell me that they have discovered that they no longer have to be afraid of God.“The Summer of the Great Grandmother” is about my mother’s 90th and last summer. I was very angry about what was happening to her. I wrote about walking down the dirt road in front of the house shouting, “God, don’t do this to my mother. You take her!”I have received letters from readers who said, “I didn’t know I was allowed to be angry.” Well, of course we are allowed to be angry, but we are also called not to stay stuck in our anger.In “The Irrational Season” you say that male and female will not be completely reconciled until Christ returns. Yet in “Two Part Invention” you describe the extraordinary harmony of your own marriage. We seem to be in a time of struggle over male and female roles and relationships. What are your current thoughts about this subject?There is a lot of antagonism in the world between male and female. I think we are paying much too much attention to gender conflict. What I hear people asking is: Does God really love me? Will I continue as who I am after death? Will God continue to help me grow? Why is there so much pain? Why, if God is good, do we do so many wrong things? I wish the church would address itself to that.We see violence, deprivation, suffering and hatefulness close to home and across the world. As you survey what is happening, how do you dare to be hopeful?I am hopeful because I don’t think God is going to fail with creation. I think somehow or other love is going to come through. Christ is with us.After my husband died, I lived several years with my two granddaughters who were in college. They questioned things, and sometimes we didn’t agree, but at least we were all struggling to find truth.Because we are human and finite, and God is divine and infinite, we can never totally comprehend the living, wondrous God whom we adore. So, there are always unanswered questions as God pushes us along and helps us grow in love. But my granddaughters and the other young people I meet are willing to ask and struggle with the important questions. That gives me hope. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska March 14, 2018 at 6:05 am Thank you for sharing this article. Madeleine opened a lot of eyes in her time here on earth. As her works continue to be enjoyed, perhaps now more hearts will be opened! Bonita Reed says: March 13, 2018 at 5:21 pm How wonderful to see this interview that I missed the first time around.She was a grand person. My children grew up on “A Wrinkle–”Now, I hope to read other books she that wrote. Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (4) Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Blanche Stevens says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC March 14, 2018 at 10:00 am I once had the privilege of meeting Madeleine L’Engle . She was as I had imagined her. Her writings are “right on”. I am grateful for her questions and her forward thinking. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Shreveport, LA From the ENS Archives: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ author Madeleine L’Engle on the power of storytelling Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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first_imgManufacturers: Carlos Pérez Gómez Maderas, Ladrillos y barro Chanes, Saulo Dario López Enciso Metales LocalesSave this picture!© Miguel ValverdeText description provided by the architects. Sole Houses are two twin houses located in a private residential development in Guadalajara City (Mexico). These houses were designed for a real state group for sale. For such reason, Sole Houses should accomplish a very specific program that could in general terms “take into account” the main needs of upper middle class families according to market standards, without knowing who will inhabit the house. At the same time, the project was looking forward to offer 2 unique facades that could identify each house with nevertheless they had same program, same orientation and same lot measures. The program initially consisted on: three rooms, studio, living room, dinning room, kitchen and two parking lots for each house. Save this picture!PlansThese houses were conditioned also to a very specific system of rules established by the private residential housing development (two level house max., front and back terrain restrictions, specific materials and forms). Save this picture!© Miguel ValverdeThe proposal breaks the program, suggesting a “Patio” in the middle of both houses, creating in this way not only an open space inside the house, but a place that could work as a visual, physical an emotional communication spot between the areas (program) inside both houses. Both patios consist of a two level wall that bends into the floor, giving the sensation of always looking up into the sky, a non limited space. Taking this into account, the sensation of looking at the “patio” from the second level feels like being also on the patio as it goes up into the wall. The patio can be seen from the kitchen, living room, dinning room, studio, principal room, secondary room, and an extra add program called “flexible área”, located in the 2nd floor in front of the patio. Save this picture!© Miguel ValverdeBoth houses were sold when they were still in progress, just in time the “patio” was being finished, so the program added worked out not only as an space that connected visually and phisically the house, but as a market strategy, and a spatial tool that could provide crosswind, proper lighting for spaces and a heart for the house.Save this picture!© Miguel ValverdeSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Miguel ValverdeProject gallerySee allShow lessStefano Boeri Architetti Unveils Plans for Vertical Forest Towers in NanjingUnbuilt ProjectFly Through Mecanoo’s Final Designs for Washington D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Mem…Architecture News Share Photographs:  Miguel Valverde Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Mexico Photographs Houses Save this picture!© Miguel Valverde+ 17 Share Sole Houses / SANTOSCREATIVOS + VTALLER Sole Houses / SANTOSCREATIVOS + VTALLERSave this projectSaveSole Houses / SANTOSCREATIVOS + VTALLER ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY”center_img Year:  Architects: SANTOSCREATIVOS, VTALLER Area Area of this architecture project Area:  191 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Guadalajara, Mexico Projects 2015 “COPY” ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeSANTOSCREATIVOSOfficeFollowVTALLEROfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGuadalajaraMexicoPublished on February 03, 2017Cite: “Sole Houses / SANTOSCREATIVOS + VTALLER” 03 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?墨西哥独家住宅 / SANTOSCREATIVOS + VTALLER是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Cover Crop Termination Timing to Help Manage Soil Moisture

first_img Facebook Twitter Cover Crop Termination Timing to Help Manage Soil Moisture By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 23, 2021 By Lyndon KelleyMichigan State University ExtensionTiming of cover crop termination is one of the few management decisions that can be a benefit in either a wet or dry spring. An aggressive cover crop like cereal rye will use 0.8 inches of water per week in early April and increase to 1.2 inches of water per week by early May.In the wet season, allowing the cover crop to grow to almost planting time can help dry fields and make them easier to work between rainfalls. In a dry spring, terminating the cover crop after a limited amount of growth stops the water use, yet leaves a dead cover to reduce water evaporation from the soil surface. Termination with herbicide rather than tillage maximizes the amount of water left in the soil.Tony Vyn, professor of cropping systems in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University, commented at a recent crop update meeting, “Early termination helps preserve seedbed soil moisture. If dry conditions are expected, then saving seed-zone moisture is critical. Once killed, the cover crop mulch should reduce evaporation from the soil surface. How much transpiration loss there is from a cover crop depends on its current biomass and the air temperatures going forward. The biggest risk is with fall rye that has a thick stand.”The other advantage from early kill of a cereal cover crop before corn (e.g., 10 days to two weeks ahead of planting) is that there is less chance of negative allelopathic effects to early corn growth and a faster release of the nitrogen captured by the cover for the corn that follows.Top irrigated crop producers manage cover crop growth closely. Even in fields where producers have irrigation available, early termination of the cover crop has an economic and water savings advantage. In a normal year, May rainfall is sufficient to replace the soil moisture used by the cover crop. However, in a dry spring, between the cover crop and tillage, irrigators may need to do 2 or 3 inches of additional irrigation applications to replace the water removed. At an average cost of $3.50 per acre-inch, the savings is over $10 in energy cost alone, not to mention the increase labor at a critical time of the year.This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. For more information, visit Facebook Twitter Previous articleHAT Market Analysis for 4/22/21 with Mike Silver of Kokomo GrainNext articleCan You Safely Apply Potash Ahead of Soybeans? Hoosier Ag Today SHARE SHARE Home News Feed Cover Crop Termination Timing to Help Manage Soil Moisturelast_img read more

News media shaken by Harry Yansaneh’s death

first_img RSF_en August 3, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News media shaken by Harry Yansaneh’s death An autopsy was carried out on 29 July on the body of Harry Yansaneh, the acting editor of the independent daily For Di People, who died the previous day after more than two months in hospital. He was hospitalised following an assault on 10 May by thugs allegedly acting on the orders of ruling party parliamentarian Fatmata Hassan Komeh.The forensic specialist who performed the autopsy, Dr. Orwizz Koroma, was reported by local sources as attributing his death to a dysfunction of both kidneys.Reporters Without Borders wrote yesterday to the inspector general of police, Brima Acha Kamara, requesting that there should at last be a “rapid and thorough” investigation into the events leading to Yansaneh’s hospitalisation. The organisation also asked for a copy of the autopsy report. Yansaneh was buried on 31 July in the presence of many of his colleagues.Komeh has meanwhile reportedly been questioned by the Criminal Investigation Department although the date of her interrogation is not known. The Attorney general was given prior notification in accordance with the law. Komeh was allowed to go free after giving a statement.Yesterday also saw the suspension of superintendent Kalia Sesay of Freetown’s central police station, where the police failed to take any action in response to the complaint Yansaneh filed about the attack. Nonetheless, the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists announced at the police’s weekly news conference that the independent press will boycott the activities of the president, parliament and police until the Yansaneh case goes before a court.—————–29.07.2005 – Call for autopsy after death of editor of For Di PeopleReporters Without Borders expressed sorrow at the death of For Di People interim editor Harry Yansaneh on 28 July 2005, more than two months after he was savagely beaten up by henchmen of Fatmata Hassan Komeh, a deputy in the ruling party.The worldwide press freedom organisation called on the authorities to hold a rigorous investigation including a post mortem to determine the exact causes of the journalist’s death.The editor and founder of the newspaper, Paul Kamara has been in prison since October 2004 after being sentenced to four years for “seditious defamation” based on a complaint from President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.Fatmata Hassan Komeh, a member of parliament for the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), on 10 May 2005 ordered her henchmen, some of them her family members, to beat up Yansaneh, for reporting negative comments about the government.Her two sons, accompanied by three other men, burst into the editorial office and beat the journalist, drove staff out of their offices, blocked access to the paper and vandalised equipment. Yansaneh was left with his body and face swollen from his beating. A complaint was made to the police but they have so far taken no action. Some sources said that several of the assailants had since left the country.”We are saddened and distressed by the death of Harry Yansaneh, after nearly three months in hospital, “said Reporters Without Borders, offering the organisation’s profound solidarity to his family and colleagues. “It is inconceivable that the police should find any further reasons not to investigate the case and find the assailants and the instigator of the attack.”An autopsy must be held to determine the cause of Harry Yansaneh’s death in particular whether he died of the injuries inflicted on him by Fatmata Hassan Komeh’s henchmen.””The authorities in Freetown must realise that this tragic episode means yet another blow to a profession already hit by the unfair imprisonment of Paul Kamara, for whom Yansaneh was editing For Di People in his absence,” it added.On the same day as the attack on Yansaneh, Komeh forced six independent newspapers – The Independent Observer, For Di People, The African Champion, The Progress, The Pool and The Pioneer – to leave the offices that they had been renting for more than ten years. News Reports News November 27, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more to go further Newscenter_img Organisation Sierra LeoneAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Sierra Leone Help by sharing this information Sierra LeoneAfrica Receive email alerts Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

MERS Granted Motion for Summary Judgment in Texas Court; Lien Reinstated

first_img  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / MERS Granted Motion for Summary Judgment in Texas Court; Lien Reinstated MERS Granted Motion for Summary Judgment in Texas Court; Lien Reinstated A district court in Collin County, Texas, granted a motion for summary judgment in the favor of MERSCORP Holdings on Wednesday, according to an announcement from MERS.The court also reinstated the MERS lien on the property, finding the lien to be “in full force and effect.” MERS was seeking to reinstate a lien which it claims was improperly extinguished by defendant Kingman Holdings in the case of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. v. Kingman Holdings, Inc. The lien was previously extinguished by Kingman in a quiet title action. MERS contended that their due process rights under both the Texas and U.S. Constitutions were violated when Kingman did not provide MERS, as record beneficiary of the deed of trust, with notice or make MERS a party to Kingman’s action that sought to extinguish the MERS lien.Presiding Judge Scott J. Becker voided the prior judgment that went in Kingman’s favor and reinstated the MERS lien, stating that the MERS deed of trust creates a “valid, subsisting, and enforceable lien” on the property, according to MERS. The judge also ruled that the MERS deed of trust is senior to any Kingman interest and he awarded MERS and MERSCORP Holdings with attorney’s fees and costs associated with prosecuting the case.”This ruling is consistent with case law in numerous states that has determined that MERS has a right to service of process.””This judgment once again confirms that as record mortgagee or beneficiary on security instruments MERS is entitled to notice of all proceedings affecting the real property encumbered by the MERS lien,” MERSCORP Holdings VP for Corporate Communications Janis Smith said. “This ruling is consistent with case law in numerous states that has determined that MERS has a right to service of process.”This is the third major court victory for MERS in the space of a month. In mid-August, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Nashville Division dismissed a lawsuit that challenged MERS’ role in a deed of trust in Tennessee. In early August, MERS was awarded a victory inU.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which ruled that MERS was not duty-bound by the Pennsylvania recording statute to record all land conveyances. Previous: Most Fed Districts Report Positive Residential Real Estate and Economic Activity Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 9/3/2015 About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago September 2, 2015 1,005 Views Share Save Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago MERS MERSCORP Holdings Property Liens Texas 2015-09-02 Brian Honea Tagged with: MERS MERSCORP Holdings Property Liens Texas Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

What’s Wrong In Servicing?

first_img Tagged with: Servicing The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago In a recent three-day online discussion organized by the Urban Institute, industry experts deliberated on the question “Are mortgage servicing costs, complexities, and risks impeding lending?”Urban Institute Housing Finance Policy Center Codirector Alanna McCargo moderated the online event first asking if there are ways to reduce the costs of regulation in servicing without increasing risks to consumers and the housing market. Meg Burns, SVP of Mortgage Policy at Financial Services Roundtable said “Absolutely.”“Consumers do not derive any benefit whatsoever from the complex and inconsistent rules that were imposed over the course of the crisis,” said Burns. “Ironically, the various regulators who issued new policies all had the same goals in mind—to improve servicing practices and enhance the customer experience.”Burns said the regulations have lengthened the time that it takes to resolve delinquent loans, which increases costs and harms the people who are in need of help. David Battany, EVP of Capital Markets at Guild Mortgage agreed. According to Battany, consumer protection regulations need to be powerful, clear, and simple.“When regulations are unnecessarily complex, or intentionally vague, this needlessly creates uncertainty and bureaucracy, which leads to higher costs, all of which are passed onto the consumer and reduces access to credit, particularly for higher risk and harder to serve borrowers,” Battany said.The average cost to originate a loan is about $8,900, according to Battany, which is almost double what it was a few years ago. When borrowers sit down to look at their 100-page loan file, he wonders how many of those papers they actually look at and if the expensive work behind the scenes really adds value to them.“Most regulations [had] very good intentions. Most people would agree that the ability to repay and many servicing regulations created post crisis solved real issues and provide important consumer protections,” Battany said. “The issue lies in the unintended consequences of the people who in good faith wrote the details of the implementation of these regulations without having a full understanding of the complex business processes they were attempting to regulate.”Ted Tozer, former President of Ginnie Mae, said though the CFPB has one foreclosure timeline, an investor has a different one. In his opinion, the servicer should have only one timeline to comply with that doesn’t change based on the location of the property, the servicer’s regulator, or who owns the mortgage.“Servicers need a set of rules and expectations that are specific, standardized, and consistently enforced by regulators and investors,” said Tozer. “A servicer should not be put in a position where they have to decide whose rules they will violate.”This idea is consistent with the views presented in a recent white paper by the National Mortgage Servicers Association (NMSA), which looks to standardize key definitions, guidance, and best practices surrounding the preservation and maintenance of vacant and abandoned properties.“At the end of the day we have to remember the housing finance ecosystem is basically a zero sum game,” said Tozer. “What ever economic burdens are put on mortgage investors and servicers, those costs will be passed on to borrowers in higher credit costs or limited credit availability.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago To view the NMSA white paper, click here.To read the rest of the Urban Institute discussion, click here. What’s Wrong In Servicing?  Print This Post Previous: Lost in Translation Next: Preventing Poverty Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles July 28, 2017 1,964 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicing 2017-07-28 Brianna Gilpin in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / What’s Wrong In Servicing?last_img read more

Donegal woman elected to the INCVF

first_imgNews WhatsApp The Chairperson of the Donegal County Community Forum, Paula Leonard, has been elected to the Irish National Community and Voluntary Forum (INCVF) National Executive.Paula was one of 10 out of 23 candidates elected to the Executive at its AGM in Dublin on Saturday, April 2nd. Over a hundred delegates from throughout Ireland attended the event.The INCVF is the national representative body of County and City Fora which were established as part of the local government reform process.Established in November 2003, this national structure supports County Community and Voluntary Fora in their role in representing the community voice in local government structures.Paula says she hopes her election will give the community and voluntary sector in Donegal a voice nationally……[podcast][/podcast] Previous articleInquiry into A5 upgrade begins with series of meetings along routeNext articleBrochure published to promote Killybegs as an offshore support base News Highland Twitter Google+ Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Donegal woman elected to the INCVF Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 6, 2011 Facebooklast_img read more

SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Development & Broadcast Of “COVID Yoga Protocols”

first_imgTop StoriesSC Dismisses Plea Seeking Development & Broadcast Of “COVID Yoga Protocols” Sanya Talwar23 July 2020 2:30 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking a direction upon the Union Ministry of AYUSH to develop standard Yoga protocol to enhance COVID resistance among people, in addition to customised Yoga Protocols to control most common diseases like diabetes, fever, infections and cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive diseases.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy &…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking a direction upon the Union Ministry of AYUSH to develop standard Yoga protocol to enhance COVID resistance among people, in addition to customised Yoga Protocols to control most common diseases like diabetes, fever, infections and cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive diseases.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy & M.R. Shah was not inclined to here the plea which was thereby withdrawn at behest of the petitioner. Filed by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, the plea also seeks a direction upon the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to broadcast “COVID Yoga protocols” as well as other customised Yoga Protocols, to spread awareness among the general public.Highlighting various physical, mental and spiritual benefits of performing regular Yoga, the Petitioner through Advocate Ashwani Dubey has contended,”Article 21 read with Articles 39, 41, 46, 47 and 51A casts duty on the State to improve health of citizens and provide information instruction training supervision in this regard. State must provide health facilities to all citizens, especially children and ensure creation and sustaining of conditions congenial to good health.”In this backdrop, the plea asserted that the Government should frame a ‘National Yoga Policy’, to promote and propagate Yoga Science in order to make people fully aware about health-hazards, health-hygiene and health safety.The Petitioner has also lay stress upon the creation of conditions that are congenial to good health among children. Towards this end, he sought a direction upon the Central Ministry of Human Resource Development to develop standard textbooks on ‘Environment, Health and Yoga Science’ for students of I-VIII standard and make its study compulsory throughout the Country.”MHRD vide notification dated 31.05.2010 had notified that National Curriculum Framework 2005 shall be the national curriculum under Section 7(6) of the RTE 2009. NCF 2005 specifically says that Yoga is a core and compulsory subject of the elementary education thus it needs to be given equal status with other subjects and must be taught as a compulsory subject. It is necessary to state that NCERT develops syllabi of all the subjects for primary and junior classes so it should develop standard textbooks on ‘Environment, Health and Yoga Science’ for students of Class I-VIII,” the plea states.Exploring the feasibility of this relief, the BJP Leader also contended that dedicated Yoga teachers are not necessarily required to teach Yoga in primary classes and that it can be done through ‘Projectors or Smart Boards’ and even by existing teachers by imparting them Yoga training.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more