Reporters Without Borders condemns a decision by the Chinese authorities to place a journalist known by the name of Naranbilig under house arrest for a year after holding him for 20 days in Inner Mongolia. It also condemns the 3 May arrest of writer Zhou Yuanzhi, who may now be charged with “inciting subversion of state authority” as many other Chinese intellectuals and dissidents have already.“With just three months left to the Beijing Olympic Games, the authorities continue to jail people who express independent or critical views in different parts of the country,” the press freedom organisation said. “Whether it is a Mongol journalist or a writer in Hubei province, they are silenced with the same determination. Far from view, the repression continues as the games draw near.”Naranbilig, an independent journalist and human rights activist of Mongol origin, was arrested on 23 March at his home in Hohhot, the capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. His family was not informed of his arrest until he was released on bail of 1,850 euros and placed under house arrest for one year beginning on 12 April. The police searched his home, confiscating his computer and many personal documents.The author of dozens of books and essays about the Mongol minority, Naranbilig edited a monthly magazine called Golonte (“Family Hearth”) that was banned in 2006 after only five issues. An ambassador of Mongol culture and traditions, he represented the Southern Mongolian nomad community in the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous People (WAMIP).According to the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre (SMHRIC), he was arrested in an attempt to suppress the issue of minorities in Inner Mongolia, as has already been done in Xinjiang, in the north, and Tibet, in the west. Inner Mongolia’s leading political prisoner, the Mongol journalist Hada, has been detained since 1995 and is serving a 15-year sentence for “separatism” and “spying.” His family recently complained about the appalling conditions in which he is being held and the deterioration in his health.A writer and journalist aged 47, Zhou was arrested with his wife on 3 May in Zhongxiang, in the central province of Hubei, by the city’s State Security Bureau. According to the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, a writers’ association, he has not been seen since his arrest. His wife was released and placed under house arrest. It is impossible to reach their house by telephone.Zhou was expelled from the Communist Party in 1992 after writing an article for a Voice of America publication. The authorities have often criticised him for raising social problems and government corruption in the hundreds of articles he has written. The Zhongxiang police say they have lots of evidence that would allow them to prosecute him on a charge of “inciting subversion of state authority.” May 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Repression of journalists continues with two more arrests April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further News Receive email alerts China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber Censorship Figures News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more News ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en News March 12, 2021 Find out more
Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: Updates on Ocwen, RES.NET, and More … Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share 1Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: FICO, Experian, and Finicity Launch New Credit Score Next: Coming to America Related Articles October 25, 2018 1,630 Views From credit counseling initiatives to partnerships to automate REO processes, get the latest buzz on the industry in this weekly update.Florida-based Ocwen Financial Corp.and Cambridge Credit Counseling, a not-for-profit U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved housing counseling organization, recently hosted a free mortgage assistance event for Massachusetts homeowners having trouble making their mortgage payments. Held on Saturday, October 20, homeowners met one-on-one with Ocwen Home Retention Agents and counselors from Cambridge Credit Counseling to discuss their unique situations and to receive information about potential options to help lower their mortgage payments.“Ocwen is making a real difference across the country in the lives of homeowners struggling to pay theirmortgage,” said Jill Showell, SVP, Government and Community Relations at Ocwen. “Local borrower outreach events, such as this one in Massachusetts with Cambridge Credit Counseling, give us the chance to workdirectly with families in need of a mortgage solution to help them better afford their homes.”__________________________________________________________________RES.NET, a technology platform allowing mortgage bankers, investors, vendors, consumers, and other parties to communicate around a real estate transaction, today announced it has successfully developed and deployed a robust Buyer’s Marketplace for FirstBank Puerto Rico. The new marketplace showcases the bank’s diverse portfolio of available assets and engages a much broader audience of potential buyers and investors than traditional tools available in the market. It was created in Spanish to accommodate the widest range of buyers.Shortly after FirstBank Puerto Rico selected RES.NET as the operating platform to assist with the disposition of its OREO (other real estate owned) properties, the devastation from Hurricane Maria presented a new set of unforeseeable challenges for the bank and the island as a whole. The bank and RES.NET issued a call to action, expediting the development and deployment timeline, quickly launching the marketplace in its native language to contribute to the rebuilding efforts of the community.__________________________________________________________________LERETA, LLC, a national provider of real estate tax and flood services for mortgage servicers based in Covina, California, has tapped Eric Christensen as the Chief Strategy Officer for the company. Christensen is responsible for product development, corporate strategy, marketing, and M&A transactions.Christensen, who most recently was the founder and managing director of Credit Data Solutions, has spent his career developing knowledge around financial software, predictive modeling and analytics, credit risk technology, and decisioning software. His expertise extends in fraud management, competitive strategy, business planning, sales and marketing as well as risk management and regulatory relations.“Eric’s deep and varied experience in the financial industry makes him perfect to help usher LERETA into a new era where technology and people help provide the best level of service to our customers,” said John Walsh, CEO of LERETA. “We welcome his knowledge and passion for bringing positive change to the industry.”__________________________________________________________________Credit scoring agency, FICO, along with Experian and Finicity recently launched a new credit score called UltraFICO Score. The new credit score leverages account aggregation technology and distribution capability from Experian and Finicity to help consumers improve access to credit by tapping into consumer-contributed data, such as checking, savings, and money market account data, that reflects responsible financial management activity.The three companies estimate that this new score has the potential to improve credit access for the majority of Americans and is particularly relevant for those who fall in the grey area in terms of credit scores (scores in the upper 500s to lower 600s) or fall just below a lender’s score cut-off. 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Oxford University’s support for ethical trade gained ground this week after Hertford announced that it had officially become a Fairtrade College. It is the third Oxford college to be given Fairtrade status from the Fairtrade Foundation, after Linacre and Wadham. Motions of support for Fairtrade were passed by Hertford JCR, MCR and the governing body. The announcement is the culmination of a four-year project by Hertford members to win the status.The motion passed stated “That many colleges are currently working towards Fairtrade college status and that if two-thirds of colleges become Fairtrade colleges, Oxford becomes an official ‘Fairtrade university’.” The JCR resolved to ensure that “Fairtrade products…be available at all catering outlets in college and that JCR members should be informed of the benefits of Fairtrade.”Mike Prater, the Hertford College JCR Fairtrade representative explained, “Fairtrade products guarantee developing country farmers a fair wage and ensure good standards of social welfare and environmental sustainability are upheld. We hope that Hertford getting Fairtrade status will act as a catalyst to encourage other Colleges to switch to Fairtrade.”In order to become a Fairtrade college, the Foundation sets five criteria. These include ensuring that Fairtrade products are stocked at all catering outlets around College as well as creating a Fairtrade steering group. To meet these criteria, Hertford sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, Divine chocolate and bananas in Hall and the JCR has since October 2006 sold Fairtrade Hertford Hoodies. The College also takes part in the Valentine’s Day Fairtrade chocolate delivery service whilst members have promoted Fairtrade products through food and wine tasting events. The first meeting of Hertford’s steering group occurred in Michaelmas term, with Hertford’s Home Bursar Jo Roadknight and Bob Hart, the Hertford Catering Manager, in attendance. The Committee noted that Fairtrade products should be purchased even if they are marginally more expensive than non-Fairtrade products.Melissa Boulter, who seconded the Fairtrade motion, said, “I am really proud that Hertford has gained Fairtrade status and that our college has come together around something so positive. It is a small step towards a more equitable society. “It would be brilliant to see other colleges follow us and make a commitment to Fairtrade, through stocking more Fairtrade products and raising its awareness, so that more of the producers of the products we buy in the University can get a fairer wage.”by Rob Pomfret, Deputy News Editor
PBS will be broadcasting the “GRAMMYS Salute to Music Legends” as part of their “Great Performance Series” on Friday, October 14th. This particular concert showcases an all-star cast including Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, as well as Earth, Wind and Fire, Herbie Hancock, and more.This supreme cast of musicians joined forces earlier this year in Los Angeles to honor The Recording Academy’s 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. The PBS special will feature tribute performances and never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the recipients contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage.Find out when the special will broadcast on your local PBS station right here.According to PBS, the full list of performances include:This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award™.Along with never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees’ contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage and heartfelt testimonials from the presenters, the star-studded event features performances byPatti Austin, Ry Cooder, Lila Downs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Andy Garcia and The CineSon All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, J’Nai Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Naughty By Nature, Anthony Parce, Lucrecia, Shelby Lynne, Martina McBride, Magnolia Sisters, and JD Souther. Other presenters include Jimmy Jam, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Crosby, LL Cool J, Don Was, andDavid Foster.Among numerous highlights, psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane takes fans back in time as they play some of their most memorable hits that shaped much of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s and earned them international mainstream success. Standing in for legendary frontwoman Grace Slick (who is present to accept her award) is GRAMMY®-nominated rock songstress Cathy Richardson.Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz has made a living recording, preserving, selling, and celebrating the music he loves —music that formed the fabric of both American and international culture. Paying homage to the multifaceted and uniquely talented producer/businessman will be six-time GRAMMY winner and fretboard virtuoso Ry Cooder, Chicago bluesman GRAMMY nominee Henry Gray, and Cajun music jewels and GRAMMY nominees Magnolia Sisters.Paying tribute to three-time GRAMMY winner and four-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Celia Cruz — internationally known as the “Queen Of Salsa” — are Latin GRAMMY nominee Lucrecia and GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Andy García, who will bring his Cuban musical group, Andy García And The CineSon All Stars, to the stage.Six-time GRAMMY winners Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the most important and innovative musical forces influencing music and popular culture across generations, offer a roof-raising performance.A salute to 10-time GRAMMY winner Linda Ronstadt features pop, country and Latin musical offerings from GRAMMY and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Lila Downs and GRAMMY nominees Martina McBride andJD Souther.The full musical program follows (the honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses):Linda Ronstadt“Faithless Love” (JD Souther)“Gritenme Pledras del Campo” (Lila Downs & Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano)“Blue Bayou” (Martina McBride)Fred Foster“Me & Bobby McGee” (Kris Kristofferson & Shelby Lynne)“Oh Pretty Woman” (Shelby Lynne)John Cage“Water Walk” (Anthony Parce)“The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs” (J’Nai Bridges)Ruth Brown“Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean” (Patti Austin)Jefferson Airplane“Somebody to Love” (Jefferson Airplane)Medley: “Embryonic Journey”/”Come Back Baby” (Jefferson Airplane)Celia Cruz“Guantanamera” (Andy Garcia & the CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia)“Quimbera” (Andy Garcia & the CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia)Run-DMCMedley: “King of Rock”/”Rock Box”/”Peter Piper”/”My Adidas”/”It’s Tricky”/”Beats to the Rhyme” (Naughty By Nature)Chris Strachwitz“Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest” (Ry Cooder & Henry Gray)Medley: “Blues de Voyage”/”Magnolia Hop” (Magnolia Sisters w/”Ry Cooder)Herbie Hancock“Nuance” (Herbie Hancock w/Wayne Shorter)Earth, Wind & FireMedley: Intro/”Shining Star”/”Celebrate”/”In the Stone”/”Fantasy”/”September” (Earth, Wind & Fire)“That’s the Way of the World” (Earth, Wind & Fire Encore)
When the Harvard Art Museums’ newly renovated and expanded facility reopens, probably in late 2013, it will better realize the dream of all those — art scholars and admirers alike — who envision Harvard’s dynamic collections operating in perfect tandem.Once the project at 32 Quincy St. is complete, visitors for the first time will be able to experience the University’s three distinct art museums under one roof. The new project will bring together the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums on one site, increasing accessibility to the collections, enhancing curatorial collaboration, and further developing the role of the museums in Harvard’s undergraduate curriculum.“One of the great drivers behind this project has been to bring our three collections, the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and the Sackler, into much greater interaction with one another,” said Thomas W. Lentz, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “Bringing them into greater interactivity and greater dialogue will go a long way toward unleashing the vast potentials of this collection as a teaching and learning tool.”But while the museums will be united under one roof and under the Harvard Art Museums umbrella moniker, museum officials are quick to note that each will retain an individual presence in the newly renovated and expanded space.“No one should ever think that the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and the Sackler are going away — they aren’t,” said Lentz. “Each will still have its own distinct identity and its own critical mass. But what we want to do is make the borders between these three museums much more porous.”The new facility will encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary work. It will have increased gallery space, a dedicated study center for each of the three museums, classrooms, seminar rooms, a public education room, and state-of- the-art storage space. The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies will occupy new space on the upper floors, and a 300-seat auditorium will be located on the lower level.Relocating the Sackler Museum so that it is proximate to the Busch-Reisinger and the Fogg will also accomplish the University’s long-term goal of allowing visitors to experience the Sackler’s celebrated collection of ancient, Asian, Islamic, and later Indian art in direct relation to the Western collections of the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger.Arthur M. Sackler, who died in 1987, was a physician known for pioneering research and was also a committed philanthropist who was passionate about art, particularly Asian art and its importance on the world stage. In the 1980s, the New York native gave millions to Harvard to create an appropriate setting for its collection of Asian art.The building in which the Sackler is now located is the work of British architect James Stirling, and is one of only five buildings that Stirling completed in the United States during his career. Renowned for his postmodern style, Stirling is considered one of the most influential and innovative architects of the 20th century.But one important feature of the building plan never came to fruition. At the building’s main entrance on Broadway, two massive concrete cylindrical centurions flank the front door. Above them hovers a large square window. Those flourishes were meant as much for function as for flair — Stirling’s original design included a pedestrian passage that would span the busy Broadway below and act as a walkway, gallery space, and a connection to the Fogg. The concrete columns were part of the planned support for this elevated gallery, and the large window was to have been the central entrance to the building. But local opposition in the 1980s put a halt to the plans and the linking of the three museums was never completed.Over the years, visitor numbers have shown that the Sackler, by virtue of its separate location, was being sadly overlooked.“What we found was that far fewer people were going to the Sackler Museum just because it was across the street,” said Daron Manoogian, director of communications for Harvard Art Museums. “When both the Fogg and the Busch-Reisinger were open at 32 Quincy St., the Sackler was receiving about one-fifth the amount of visitors.”In the new configuration, the Sackler will occupy a prominent location at the corner of Broadway and Prescott, and visitors will be able to move seamlessly among the museums, making connections and expanding their visual horizons as was originally intended.Visitor experiences also will be enhanced by some long-awaited amenities. The original entrance to the Fogg on Quincy Street and a new public entrance on Prescott will lead visitors into the central courtyard, where they will find a new café and museum shop. A large central stairway and new elevators will make all five floors of public space easily accessible for all.“The new facility will be a major new platform for the visual arts at Harvard that puts our great collections in greater alignment with the University’s educational mission,” said Lentz.While the renovation and expansion project is under way, the Stirling building is open, displaying a variety of objects drawn from the collections of the three museums. University officials are working with museum officials and members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to ensure that after the new facility is completed, the Stirling building, which will continue to bear Sackler’s name, remains dedicated to the visual arts.
MANILA – A criminal case is now being readied to be filed tomorrow against Metro Manila top cop Major General Debold Sinas over his controversial birthday gathering, according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. SINAS. NCRPO PIO He added the PNP is also seeking clearance from the Office of the President regarding the possible filing of administrative charges against the alleged quarantine violators. Sinas has apologized for the incident, claiming he found “nothing wrong” with the gathering as proper social distancing and health measures were followed by the guests. “Major General Sinas is a third level officer and a presidential appointee; hence, a clearance from the OP is needed for the filing of administrative charges of the PNP. The same applies to the senior police officials who are also presidential appointees,” Roque said. Sinas received criticisms after photos of his birthday celebration on May 8 – which he had labeled as a simple “mañanita” or early morning serenade – went viral online earlier this week. The pictures were initially uploaded on the Facebook page of National Capital Region Police Office’s (NCRPO) public information office where police officers were seen giving Sinas roses and cakes while other photos were seen Sinas mingling with guests seated at various tables. “I don’t think so na there’s a double standard… ‘Yung gathering po namin, hindi po ‘yun mali. Wala po kaming nakitang mali doon. It’s very ungentlemanly kung hindi ko sila hinarap, at kung pinauwi ko sila. They prepared for that. I think we observed naman ‘yung protocol,” Sinas said in an interview with CNN Philippines. “I asked an apology, but if some groups will not accept it, okay lang po sa amin. I’ve already given my explanation,” he added. “I will have the investigators na lang assess what really happened.”/PN Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa is readying a criminal case against Sinas and other senior officers who attended the party and it will be filed on Friday, Roque said.
Victor Anichebe has revealed he will put himself through a personal boot camp to revive his season. The West Brom striker is ready for a fitness drive during the international break after his injury struggles. He had a hernia operation in September and made his first Barclays Premier League start since August in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle. Anichebe has scored once in eight appearances this term and is desperate to prove his worth at The Hawthorns. “For me it’s very difficult,” said the 26-year-old. “I had niggling injuries here and there and I have just come back from hernia surgery and I had some complications. That’s not an excuse or anything, it’s just normal. “I feel a lot better and hopefully, given the break we’ve got, I can go away, get myself right and come back and help the team.” Press Association The Baggies next go to Chelsea on November 22 and Anichebe is planning to return fighting fit. He said: “For me, over the international break, I need to go away, come back and be as fit as possible. I don’t feel as sharp and fit as I was at the start of the season but that will come. “I came back about a month or six weeks ago from hernia surgery, something which reoccurred after I did it a couple of years ago. “I need to go away, come back and take care of my own body and be fitter than I have been recently. “I have the medical team here, they have helped me a lot and I have guys in America I have worked with a lot. Between the two we have come up with a fitness regime which will help me to get to where I should be. “I will go away and I will do parts to try to get myself ready but I’ll also be with the team. We just need to come back after the international break and be ready for the difficult fixtures ahead of us.” The former Everton starlet has only netted four goals for Albion since his £6million move from the Toffees in September last year. He has also made just 16 starts for the Baggies in over 12-months after struggling with a series of minor injuries.