Journalists in new wave of arrests in Turkey

first_img August 10, 2017 Journalists in new wave of arrests in Turkey News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisoned April 2, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s Court of Cassation nonetheless ruled on 16 June that “use of [ByLock] would constitute incontestably incriminating evidence in the event that it was technically and indisputably established that communication took place at the behest of the [Gülen] organization and with the aim of exchanging secret messages.” News News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Nine journalists and media workers have so far been arrested under this warrant. They include Burak Ekici, the editor of the online edition of the left-wing newspaper BirGün. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey They also include Muhsin Pilgir of Cihan (and formerly Zaman), Ömer Faruk Aydemir of IHA, Sait Gürkan Tuzlu, Cüneyt Seza Özkan (formerly of Samanyolu), Yusuf Duran, Ahmet Feyzullah Özyurt, Mutlu Özay and Ahmet Sağırlı (who was fired last week from the weekly Türkiye). Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en Ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Turkey is the world’s biggest prison for professional journalists, with more than 100 currently detained. In practice, the judicial authorities tend to criminalize any link with ByLock users, as they have in the case of Cumhuriyet columnist Kadri Gürsel. Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor The Turkish police carried out a new wave of arrests this morning under a combined warrant issued today for 35 journalists and media workers suspected of installing the encrypted messaging app ByLock on their smartphones. News Receive email alerts The authorities are now treating installation of this app as proof of membership of the movement led by the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, which is accused of masterminding the July 2016 coup attempt. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisoned Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more “Lumping together all ByLock users and anyone who contacts them as criminals is totally illegal,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The judicial authorities cannot accuse journalists on the basis of this app alone, without establishing a specific and individual link to criminal activities.” April 28, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Iraqi authorities obstruct media coverage of protests

first_imgNews A journalist in Najaf who asked not to be identified said he had learned from a source close to the intelligence services that he was on a list of journalists circulating within the police. In Karbala, another Shia holy city 100 km southwest of Baghdad, Haider Hadi, who is regarded as one of the city’s few independent journalists, was followed to his home by unidentified individuals on 20 July, immediately after covering the protests there. Receive email alerts December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation Atwany received an apology from the local police force’s head of public relations but that has been an exception since the start of this wave of protests against unemployment, corruption and poor governance, in which 14 peoplehave so far been killed and reporters have repeatedly been exposed to violence and intimidation. Internet connections are still very slow now, forcing most journalists to use VPNs and affecting the few independent media outlets, which for the most part publish or broadcast online. Iraq is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Baghdad, 20 July (c) AFP Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Warnings, arrests and intimidation Oday Hatem, an Iraqi journalist and writer based in France who heads the Press Freedom Advocacy Association,said: “In blocking social networks and intimidating journalists, the government’s goal is not so much to limit the number of demonstrators. Its main goal is to be able to crack down on the demonstrations without being seen and to restrict international media coverage as much as possible.” Several journalists told RSF they have received warning messages or have been directly threatened by persons clearly linked to the security forces or pro-government militias. Asia Satreporter Haydar Salehsaid he and his photographer were briefly detained on 13 July by members of Asaib Ahl al Haq, a Shia militia affiliated to the outgoing government, while covering the demonstrations in Najaf. After being handed over to the police, they had to sign an undertaking to stop covering the protests. News Help by sharing this information Al Nujaba TVcorrespondent Issa al Atwanywas also clearly identified as a journalist on 14 July when he was covering protests in Babil, the province immediately to the south of Baghdad. But he, too, was attacked by police, who broke his arm.  After initially denying any role in the loss of Internet services and blaming technical problems, the Iraqi government finally owned up. Communications minister Hassan al Rashed admitted at the start of this week that the government disconnected the Internet and then blocked social networks for security reasons. “Demonstrators had been abusing them,” he said. News RSF_en July 25, 2018 Iraqi authorities obstruct media coverage of protests Their case is not isolated. According to the information gathered by the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), RSF’s partner organization in Iraq, at least four other journalists have been forced by the Iraqi security forces to sign statements undertaking to stop covering the protest movement. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Freedom of expressionInternet RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Iraq was suddenly deprived of the Internet on the morning of 14 July, six days after the start of the wave of protests and as they were growing in size and reaching the capital. Social networks were completely inaccessible for several days even after the Internet was partially restored on the evening of 15 July. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Freedom of expressionInternet December 28, 2020 Find out more to go further Internet and social networks blocked This is the first time since the US-led invasion in 2003 that Iraq has suffered such a massive loss of Internet. Until now, Internet blocking had been only partial, as in 2014in an attempt to slow Islamic State’s advance or during school exams in an attempt to prevent cheating. February 15, 2021 Find out more What with arrests and intimidation of journalists and Internet blocking, coverage of a major wave of protests in Iraq since the start of the July has been difficult and dangerous for the media. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds the Iraqi authorities that they have a duty to protect journalists and to not obstruct the freedom to inform. News The victims have included Ahmad al Abdi, Dijlah TV’s bureau chief in the holy city of Najaf (160 km south of Baghdad), and two of his cameramen, who – despite being clearly identified as journalists – were stunned by tasers, insulted, threatened and detained for three hours when they covered the protests at Najaf airport on 13 July. Follow the news on Iraq “All of the incidents registered by RSF since the start of this wave of protests point to a clear desire by the Iraqi authorities to obstruct journalists’ work, which is both worrying and unacceptable,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Instead of arresting, threatening and even attacking journalists, the government must guarantee their safety and allow them to freely exercise the right to inform.” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Another form of intimidation was reported by Asia Sat’s Haydar Saleh. He said that, the day after his heavy-handed arrest in Najaf, the police threw a stun grenade at him while he waited outside the governor’s office to interview the governor and was clearly identified as a journalist. He had to undergo an operation for the resulting injury to his ear.last_img read more

Violent clashes outside national TV station after talk of privatizing state media

first_img News to go further TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News December 26, 2019 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more November 12, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the violent clashes that took place outside the Tunis headquarters of the state-owned Télévision Nationale network on 23 and 24 April between journalists working for the network and those who had been staging a sit-in outside since 2 March to press for a purge of the state media.Tension had been fuelled by recent talk of “privatization of the public media” by Ennahda Movement leader Rached Ghannouchi and Ennahda political bureau member Ameur Laarayedh, who is a member of the Constituent Assembly. The moderate Islamist Ennahda has more seats than any other party in the assembly and its secretary-general is the current prime minister.During an interview for the Qatari daily Al-Sharq and the Omani daily Oman on 18 April, for example, Ghannouchi referred to the possibility of “taking radical measures in the news media domain including, possibly, privatizing the public media.”“Coming amid tension between the government and the Télévision Nationale staff, these statements just pour oil on the flames and exacerbate the mistrust that is preventing the media and politicians from moving forward on the major decisions that must be taken during the transition,” said Reporters Without Borders, which opposes privatization of the public media. According to the information available to Reporters Without Borders, three journalists were physically attacked from 20 to 24 April, one of them twice:- Fedia Ben Hemda, a producer, was insulted and manhandled after she tried to take a photo of the plaque outside Télévision Nationale on which the protesters had written the words “TV7 for sale.” – Reporter Walid Hamaroui was attacked on 23 April as he and others repaired the plaque outside the station. The next day he was stabbed with a knife in the palm of his hand.- Kais Ben Mefteh, a member of the Télévision Nationale producers union, was attacked on 24 April, sustaining a hand injury for which he was treated in hospital.The National Body for the Reform of Information and Communication (INRIC) issued a statement on 23 April pointing out that democratic countries do not usually privatize public media and calling for tolerance towards the media during the transition to democracy.At the same time, a coalition of civil society organization including the Tunisian Human Rights League, the Rally for Alternative International Development (RAID), Amnesty International and the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) issued a joint statement condemning the violence and harassment of the media.The end of the sit-in yesterday was followed by a pro-Télévision Nationale demonstration outside the municipal theatre on the capital’s Bourguiba Avenue.Reporters Without Borders also condemns Habib Belaid’s sudden removal as interim head of the national public radio network on 24 April. The heads of four state-owned radio stations – Radio Le Kef, Radio Jeunes, Radio Culture and Radio Tunis Chaîne Internationale – resigned in protest.“It is shocking that Habib Belaid was only notified of his dismissal four days after it was reported in the Tunisian Republic’s Official Gazette,” Reporters Without Borders said.The organization also urges the government, which plans to hold a national consultation on media legislation, not to lose track of the priorities. “An independent broadcast media regulatory body must be created before people are appointed to run the state-owned media,” said Reporters Without Borders, which was very critical of the sudden appointment of new state media bosses on 9 January without prior consultation and without would-be candidates being invited to apply. Follow the news on Tunisia RSF_en News Organisation Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” April 26, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violent clashes outside national TV station after talk of privatizing state media Receive email alerts Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Related documents Pressure on public media – Arabic versionPDF – 68.16 KB Help by sharing this information Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Newslast_img read more

Pasadena Police Dept. Sets Out to Hire 2-Dozen Officers, Starting With Local Community Members

first_img Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Pasadena Police Dept. Sets Out to Hire 2-Dozen Officers, Starting With Local Community Members By BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, October 12, 2020 | 4:22 pm Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img HerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs He’s Ready To Spend The Rest Of His Life With YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff The Pasadena Police Department is embarking on a mission to hire about two-dozen new officers to replace others who are expected to retire over the next two months, officials said.The search will prioritize candidates from Pasadena and surrounding communities, Pasadena Police Chief John Perez said. The majority of the upcoming retirements are related to injuries or medical issues.It’s far from the easiest time in history to be a police officer, with an ongoing pandemic, spiking gun violence, and a charged political climate, Perez said. But for a person seeking to make a difference in the community, it might be the right fit. “It’s very purposeful,” he said.“We are asking for the community’s support. We are asking the community to apply,” Perez said. “We believe this is a great city to work for.”The two-dozen positions for entry-level officers will be listed on the city’s Human Resources website in the coming days at https://www.cityofpasadena.net/human-resources.A high school diploma is required and candidates must pass a background check, but no formal training is needed, Perez said.The chief said he wanted to hire as many of the new officers as possible from the local community.While many aspects of policing are universal, every department and city thinks a bit differently, Lt. William Grisafe said.With the hiring process, the police academy, and training, it takes well over 18 months for a newly hired officer to begin work, Perez said.In order to help fill some of the two-dozen expected vacancies more quickly, the department will also seek to hire some “lateral” officers from other agencies, as well as candidates who have already completed police academy training, officials said.Perez said he didn’t expect filling the vacancies with qualified officers would be an easy task.When it comes to hiring officers, “It’s more competitive than ever before,” Perez said.Roughly one of every 100 candidates that generally apply ends up qualifying as eligible based by statewide Peace Officers Standards and Training standards, officials said.The danger involved with being a police officer is very real, Perez said.Shootings have more than doubled over last year in Pasadena this year, he said. About 30 injuries to officers have been reported year-to-date. Police have seized about 230 guns this year.The political atmosphere appears to be deterring some people from a career in law enforcement.“For all the goodness of the social movement, there are a few (things) on the negative side,” Perez said. “The job is less appealing to young people to apply for, and especially young people of color.”Police work is not for everyone, Perez said. But for those with a desire to improve their community, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.“There’s a lot of ups and downs, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to have the fortitude to want to be better,” he said.More information on the process of applying for the Pasadena Police Department is available online at cityofpasadena.net/police/join. Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Amy to light up Limerick this Christmas

first_img Previous article#ThrowbackThursday: This week’s look back at our Out & About photosNext articleCity protests over sealing of Mother and Baby home records Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Advertisement Print Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Email Amy Mulcachy and Baz AshmawyAMY Mulcachy, who survived against all the odds after becoming trapped when her rowboat capsized, is to light up Limerick this Christmas. The Annacotty teenager has been invited to take part in the turning on of the Christmas lights via a video link this year. Amy’s life hung in the balance after her hair became entangled in the boat and she was submerged in the river for nearly ten minutes. But she fought back and is on the road to recovery.She featured in the first programme of the DIY SOS television series in which presenter Baz Ashmawy and a team of volunteers gave her home a massive makeover to make it easier for Amy to get around in her wheelchair and gain independence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up NewsCommunityAmy to light up Limerick this ChristmasBy Staff Reporter – October 29, 2020 1824 last_img read more

DA’s office to retry stabbing case

first_img Twitter DA’s office to retry stabbing case By admin – February 7, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Michael David Kildow Jr. mugshot The case against a man charged with stabbing his father several times is expected to be retried this month, District Attorney Bobby Bland said, following a mistrial due to a hung jury on Jan. 26.Bland said the case against 32-year-old Michael Kildow Jr. is planned to be retried either during the week of Feb. 12 or Feb. 26, the two criminal jury trial weeks in the 358th District Court of Judge W. Stacy Trotter at the Ector County Courthouse, 300 N. Grant Ave.The DA’s office has no intention of dismissing the case, Bland added.Bland said Trotter declared a mistrial after the jury had deliberated on the case for more than nine hours without reaching a conclusive verdict.Kildow’s defense attorney, Bob Garcia Jr., pleaded with the jury during the trial to find his defendant not guilty by reason of insanity, as he had been diagnosed by two separate psychiatrists with schizophrenia.Prosecutors Bill Prasher and Melissa Williams argued that, while Kildow may be schizophrenic, he was in his right mind when he assaulted his father, Michael Kildow Sr.Police were first called about the stabbing in September 2014 in the 2800 block of East 11th Street where, after a nearly 30-minute standoff, Kildow gave himself up and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony.Should Kildow be found guilty, he would be sentenced anywhere between five and 99 years in prison. If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, Bland previously said it would be up to the judge to determine what kind of hospitalization or treatment Kildow would need and for what length depending on how much he found Kildow to be a danger to society.Jail records show Kildow is still in the Ector County Detention Center and has a $100,000 bond. Facebook Local NewsCrime Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleBusiness I-20 lanes to be closed this week near Loop 338Next articleCHAREN: Our capacity to understand a complicated world is limited adminlast_img read more

Mason Industrial Technology, Inc. Announces Pricing of $450,000,000 Initial Public Offering

first_img Mason Industrial Technology, Inc. Announces Pricing of $450,000,000 Initial Public Offering Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 TAGS  Local NewsBusinesscenter_img Facebook Facebook NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– Mason Industrial Technology, Inc. (the “Company”), a newly incorporated blank check company incorporated in Delaware for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses, today announced its initial public offering of 45,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. Each unit consists of one share of the Company’s Class A common stock and one-third of one redeemable warrant. Each whole redeemable warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one share of the Company’s Class A common stock at a price of $11.50 per share. The units will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) beginning January 29, 2021 under the ticker symbol “MIT.U.” Once the securities comprising the units begin separate trading, the Class A common stock and warrants are expected to be listed on the NYSE under the symbols “MIT” and “MIT.W,” respectively. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Jefferies LLC are serving as underwriters for the offering. The Company has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to 6,750,000 additional units to cover over-allotments, if any. The Company is sponsored by Mason Industrial Sponsor, LLC, an affiliate of Mason Capital Management LLC, a New York based hedge fund active in public company, private company, event-driven, credit, shareholder activism and distressed investments. The Company was formed for the purpose of executing a business combination in the industrial technology, advanced materials or specialty chemicals industries. The initial public offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. When available, copies of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained for free from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) website, http://www.sec.gov; Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, or by telephone at 1-800-831-9146; or Jefferies LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate Prospectus Department, 520 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10022, telephone: (877) 821-7388, or email: Prospectus—[email protected] A registration statement relating to the securities has been filed with, and declared effective by, the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements,” including with respect to the proposed initial public offering and the anticipated use of the net proceeds. No assurance can be given that the offering discussed above will be completed on the terms described, or at all, or that the net proceeds of the offering will be used as indicated. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s registration statement for the Company’s offering filed with the SEC and the preliminary prospectus included therein. Copies are available on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128006204/en/ CONTACT: Gasthalter & Co. Jonathan Gasthalter (212) 257-4170 KEYWORD: NEW YORK UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BANKING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINANCE SOURCE: Mason Industrial Technology, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/28/2021 09:34 PM/DISC: 01/28/2021 09:33 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128006204/en WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleCOLLEGE BASEBALL: Wranglers regroup for start of new seasonNext articleRutgers staggers Michigan State 67-37, 1st win over Spartans Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

TurboTax Launches 2021 Integrated Marketing Communication Program to Empower and Educate the Latino Community…

first_img SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– TurboTax, from Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), the leader in online tax preparation, processing nearly 40 million tax returns last year alone, announced today the launch of its Latino-focused integrated marketing efforts. The year 2020 was an unpredictable and challenging year that forced many Latinos to make tough financial decisions. TurboTax, more than ever, is focused on providing resources and tools to assist and financially empower the Latino community. The brand has formed strategic media and community partnerships to promote access to key educational content and provide relief to those most in need. “TurboTax is committed to serving the Latino community by listening to their needs,” said Alejandra Molinari, Lead of TurboTax Latino Communications. “They are the fuel of entrepreneurship, fastest adopters of technology and a crucial demographic of our nation’s future. However, the Latino market also faces many challenges and as we rollout our marketing efforts, it is important for us as a brand to serve them with the tools and resources they need to be successful in their finances, starting with a better understanding of their own taxes.” Last year brought several events that could have impacted an individual’s tax filing situation. For this reason, TurboTax developed in-language tools to serve as a resource to the Latino community and support them throughout these unprecedented times; these include the Unemployment Center, a Self-Employed Coronavirus Relief Center, and the Coronavirus and Stimulus Center. TurboTax also offers TurboTax Live, so the Latino community can get answers to their tax questions as they go and a review of their return before they file. Additionally, NEW this tax season is the TurboTax Live Full Service offering which enables taxpayers to connect to a dedicated bilingual tax expert, who will prepare and file their tax return from start to finish, all from the comfort of their own home. Latino taxpayers with simple tax returns can take advantage of the TurboTax Live Basic limited time offer and have a bilingual tax expert review their return for free so they can be 100% confident their taxes are done right. This year’s TurboTax Latino marketing efforts include the “Straight To You” (Directamente a ti) advertising campaign, which reinforces that tax filers can file using TurboTax Live products, receiving the help of a bilingual tax expert along the way so they can file with total confidence. The campaign features two Latino targeted TV spots currently on air: “The Family Tax Expert”: In this spot, TurboTax Live tax experts have tax advice for everyone in the family. Covering everything from self-employed income, to home improvements and medical expenses, TurboTax bilingual experts can provide tax advice for even the most unique situations. “Your Abuela Can Answer That”: Abuela (grandmother) seems to know it all. She is answering most of the questions the TurboTax Live expert has for her granddaughter about her taxes. Luckily for the granddaughter, the TurboTax Live expert has got her covered and will completely prepare and file the tax return from start to finish, saving granddaughter time and providing confidence that her taxes are done right. Created by Wieden+Kennedy, the spots will air on Univision, Telemundo, Azteca America, and other networks. Furthermore, TurboTax Latino integrated marketing program will include the following key extensions: #LeadingConEducación: a corporate responsibility program in support of Latino youth and college students seeking financial support via scholarships to complete their college education. Scholarship applicants will have access to educational content to better position themselves for success when it comes to managing personal finances starting with their own taxes. The program is being executed in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. #ViveFullService” Social Video Series: A series of culturally relevant video content created by Latino influencers highlighting the NEW TurboTax Live Full-Service experience and the benefits of working with TurboTax Live bilingual experts. #SmartDinero Partnership with WeAllGrow Latina Network: TurboTax and #WeAllGrow Latina Network embarked on their sixth year of partnership with the goal of engaging and educating Latina entrepreneurs and self-employed around the topic of finances and tax preparation. These efforts are being executed in partnership with Hispanic public relations agency Havas FORMULATIN. The agency’s work also includes both paid and earned media tactics as well as social media engagement throughout tax season. ABOUT INTUIT Intuit’s mission is to power prosperity around the world. We are a mission-driven, global financial platform company with products including TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint, designed to empower consumers, self-employed and small businesses to improve their financial lives. Our platform and products help customers get more money with the least amount of work, while giving them complete confidence in their actions and decisions. Our innovative ecosystem of financial management solutions serves more than 50 million customers worldwide. Please visit us for the latest news and in-depth information about Intuit and its brands and find us on social. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005189/en/ CONTACT: Alejandra Molinari Alejandra—[email protected] Checo [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY FINANCE BANKING ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HISPANIC SOFTWARE CONSUMER CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SOURCE: Intuit Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 08:00 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 08:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005189/en TAGS  TurboTax Launches 2021 Integrated Marketing Communication Program to Empower and Educate the Latino Community this Tax Season Local NewsBusiness Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestcenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook Previous articleSeek Now Receives Significant Growth Investment From Susquehanna Growth EquityNext articleMedico Healthcare Linen Delivers Reusable Isolation Gowns to Customers Using State-of-the-Art Process Developed with Positek RFID Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Underinsured and Underwater: Preparing for Disaster

first_img About Author: Kristina Brewer Previous: Cities That Stress Less … and More Next: A Slow Decline: First Look at June Foreclosures Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Underinsured and Underwater: Preparing for Disaster According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused an approximated $265 billion in damages, impacting the U.S mainland and territories. Three tropical storms and four hurricanes made landfall in the United States, including Puerto Rico—the most hurricane landfalls since 2005.With one of the most impactful hurricane seasons in recent memory, the consequences still linger for many thousands of homeowners and servicers in these affected areas. A recent article from the Wall Street Journal outlined the increase in federal flood policies covering Florida homes and small businesses from September 2017 to May 2018, rising to 1.7 million—a 2 percent increase. The number of federal flood policies in Puerto Rico spiked 77 percent, to 9,199. Texas increased 17 percent, to 702,800.With the Atlantic hurricane season nearly two months underway, Americans are reflecting and preparing for the potential of storms ahead.”The mortgage servicing industry learned many painful lessons in the aftermath of 2017’s very busy storm season,” said Denis Brosnan, President and CEO of Dallas-based DIMONT, a provider of specialty insurance and loan administration services for the residential and commercial financial industries in the United States. “The value of an insurance audit cannot be understated. Servicers need to be aware of gaps or deficiencies in coverage on loan collateral before an expensive storm season occurs.”Data from CoreLogic found that 6.9 million homes are at risk of hurricane storm damage in the 2018 season, with $1.6 trillion in potential reconstruction costs on the line.”It is also critical that mortgage servicers act fast once storms actually occur,” Brosnan said. “In 2017, many servicers struggled to scale up and this caused expensive delays that could have been avoided. Another important lesson was that servicers needed to do a much better job communicating with homeowners. The lack of communication not only caused chaos among servicers’ disaster recovery teams but damaged their reputations with homeowners.”An upcoming Disaster Preparedness Summit—hosted by the Five Star Institute, DIMONT,  and Five Brothers Asset Management Solutions—will focus on answering questions about how servicers can better communicate with homeowners in the aftermath of a disaster, what changes can be implemented to help combat fraud, and how the industry can work to improve cohesion, understanding, and speed to execution.Some of the key topics that will be discussed include a review of 2017’s disaster impact, the outlook for 2018 disaster areas, how to service loans in impacted areas, and strengthening the relationship between servicers and customers. The summit will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, on Wednesday, July 25. The summit is co-hosted by Auction.com, Apex Asset Management Group, ArkForecast, Cyprexx, DLS Servicing Consultants, Laudan Properties, Mortgage Contracting Services, Vacant Property Security, RES.NET, and WeatherCheck. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles 2018-07-23 Kristina Brewer Share Save  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Underinsured and Underwater: Preparing for Disaster Kristina Brewer is the Editorial Assistant of Publications for the Five Star Institute, including DS News and MReport magazine. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT), where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in rhetoric and writing and a minor in global marketing. During this time, she served as Director of Philanthropy in the national women’s fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha, of which she is an alumna. Her passion for philanthropy continued after university when she was an intern at Keep Denton Beautiful, a local partner of Keep America Beautiful, where she drove membership, organized events, and led social media campaigns. Brewer honed her writing at the North Texas Daily, UNT’s student-run newspaper where she wrote about faculty, mentorship, and student life. 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“Secret” Extradition Proceedings Going on to Bring Vijay Mallya To India : Centre Tells SC

first_imgTop Stories”Secret” Extradition Proceedings Going on to Bring Vijay Mallya To India : Centre Tells SC Press Trust of India5 Oct 2020 9:01 AMShare This – xThe Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that “secret” extradition process was going on to bring fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to the country but it was not aware about its status.The Centre also told the top court that it was not a party to the proceedings.A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Ashok Bhushan asked Mallya’s lawyer to inform the court what kind of “secret” proceedings are…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 Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that “secret” extradition process was going on to bring fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to the country but it was not aware about its status.The Centre also told the top court that it was not a party to the proceedings.A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Ashok Bhushan asked Mallya’s lawyer to inform the court what kind of “secret” proceedings are going on to extradite him.Advocate Ankur Saigal, appearing for Mallya, told the apex court that he was not aware what kind of proceedings are going on.He said, “I have knowledge that my request against extradition has been rejected”.The bench also directed Mallya’s lawyers to apprise it by November 2 when can the fugitive businessman appear before the court and when the “secret” proceedings are going to end.Advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for the Centre, told the court that extradition request has been made as per the direction of the court.”Some secret extradition proceedings are going on to which we are not a party.”Extradition proceedings have been upheld by the highest court of UK but it has not been happening as of now,” he said.The apex court had earlier directed Mallya to appear before it on October 5 while dismissing his plea seeking review of the 2017 verdict which held him guilty of contempt for transferring USD 40 million to his children in violations of court orders.Mallya, an accused in bank loan default case of over Rs 9,000 crore involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines, is in the United Kingdom.The apex court had in June directed its registry to explain as to why Mallya’s review petition had not been listed before the concerned court for the last three years.It had directed the registry to furnish all the details including names of officials who had dealt with the file concerning the review petition in the last three years.The apex court’s 2017 order had come on a plea by consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI), which had said that Mallya had allegedly transferred USD 40 million received from British firm Diageo, to his children in “flagrant violation” of various judicial orders.It was dealing with pleas of lending banks seeking contempt action and a direction to Mallya to deposit USD 40 million received from offshore firm Diageo respectively.The banks had then alleged that Mallya concealed the facts and diverted the money to his son Siddharth Mallya and daughters Leanna Mallya and Tanya Mallya in “flagrant violation” of the orders passed by the Karnataka High Court.Mallya had in May lost his application seeking leave to appeal his extradition to India in the UK Supreme Court, setting a 28-day clock on his removal from the UK.The UK top court’s decision marks a big legal setback to the 64-year-old flamboyant businessman, who had earlier lost his high court appeal against an extradition order to India on charges of alleged fraud and money laundering related to unrecovered loans to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.Mallya has been based in the UK since March 2016 and remains on bail on an extradition warrant executed three years ago by Scotland Yard on April 18, 2017. Next Storylast_img read more