International Press Freedom Groups Call for Justice for Jailed Sri Lankan Journalist

first_img Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en One year after Tamil journalist J.S. Tissainayagam was detained without charge in Sri Lanka, international media rights organisations remain deeply worried about his continuing detention on charges of terrorism.Marking the anniversary of his detention on March 7, 2008, the International Press Freedom Mission is calling for the unconditional release of Tissainayagam, who has been subjected to arbitrary court adjournments and is suffering ill health.“The treatment of Tissainayagam and the use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) against him have set an alarming precedent in efforts to silence independent voices and criticism in Sri Lanka, especially in regard to reporting on the conduct of the war in Sri Lanka,” the press freedom organisations said. Tissainayagam, the editor of OutreachSL, and a respected columnist with the Sunday Times, was detained on March 7, 2008 by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) of the Sri Lankan police force. He was detained as he sought to check on the welfare of his colleagues, Jasiharan and Vallamarthy, who were taken into custody the previous day.Tissainayagam was held without charge for more than five months. Successive courts extended his detention with no explanation. During this time he was granted only sporadic access to family, legal advice and medical attention for a degenerative illness.Court hearings were regularly postponed. Tissainayagam’s lawyers lodged a fundamental rights petition to seek interim relief, on the grounds of arbitrary arrest, torture, ethnic discrimination and a denial of equality of protection under law. It was denied. On August 25, indictments were issued against Tissainayagam, Jasiharan and Vallarmathy in the High Court of Colombo. The charges were laid under the PTA, a draconian law that has remained on Sri Lanka’s statute books despite being introduced in 1979 as an ostensibly temporary measure. The Government has repeatedly rejected calls for bail. Organisation The charges are:1. The accused together with unknown persons conspired to commit an offence by intending to cause the commission of acts of violence through inciting communal disharmony by words either spoken or intended to be read or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, through the printing or distribution of the publication North Eastern Monthly magazine.2. An offence by the accused himself has been committed by intending to cause the commission of acts of violence through inciting racial or communal disharmony by words either spoken or intended to be read or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, through the printing or distribution of the publication North Eastern Monthly Magazine.3. The third charge under the Emergency Regulations of 2006 relates to acting in furtherance of specified terrorist activities, (“specified terrorist activities” being defined as offences under the PTA) by contributing or collecting or obtaining information relating to the purpose of terrorism through the collection of funds for the North Eastern Monthly magazine.The charges against Tissainayagam refer to two articles he wrote in 2006 for the North-Eastern Monthly, in which he criticises the Government’s military campaign and its impact on civilians. Tissainayagam is the first Sri Lankan journalist formally charged under the PTA and one of less than a handful of journalists facing counter-terrorism charges in any country with a democratically elected government. On November 17, Tissainayagam was suddenly moved from a remand prison to the notorious Magazine Prison in Colombo, which is known for violence against Tamil prisoners. Reports at the time said he showed signs of being physically tortured. The International Mission says that: “Tissainayagam’s health and access to necessary medical treatment remain a major concern having contracted both tuberculosis and acute infected scabies over the last number of months”.The international Mission remains committed to the release of both Tissainayagam, as well as his colleagues Jasiharan and Vallamarthy, and appeals to authorities in Sri Lanka to abide by internationally recognised standards to ensure their unconditional release. July 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka Receive email alerts March 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International Press Freedom Groups Call for Justice for Jailed Sri Lankan Journalist Help by sharing this information News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Notes to the editor: Since 2006, the International Press Freedom Mission to Sri Lanka has conducted three missions to Sri Lanka. The mission includes and is supported by the following international organizations: July 15, 2020 Find out more January 13, 2021 Find out more – Amnesty International- Article 19- Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)- FreeVoice- International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) – International Media Support (IMS) – International Press Institute (IPI) – Reporters Without Borders (RSF)- World Association of Newspapers (WAN) One year after Tamil journalist J.S. Tissainayagam was detained without charge in Sri Lanka, international media rights organisations remain deeply worried about his continuing detention on charges of terrorism. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists ENDS Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial News Newslast_img read more

Crowds flock to first Parks Legado farmers market of summer

first_img Jason Waters, right, explains pricing on baskets of vegetables at Walker Waters Urban Farms produce stand at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay WhatsApp Cowan Produce’s Gage Spencer, left, sells produce to George Baucom and his wife Lucy Baucom at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Facebook Assorted baskets of vegetables are up for sale at Walker Waters Urban Farms produce stand at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. John Skiles turned away from a pile of cardboard boxes, all labeled ‘PEACHES’ and stacked up as tall as him, before he swung his foot up to rest on another box in front of him.All empty.“I love it,” he smiled.Big crowds flocked through the first Parks Legado Farmers Market of the season on Saturday morning, all to take a look through vegetables, artisan goods, crafts, fruits like Skiles’ peaches and much more offered from about 70 local vendors. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Carla Braden sorts out kernels from freshly made kettle popcorn at Mariposa Produce stand Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Then they left with armloads of buys, from what vendors called the biggest and best market at Parks Legado to kick off the center’s second summer running the event.“We had 36 boxes of peaches, and about 600 pounds of produce, and it’s gone in two hours,” Skiles said a little after 10 a.m. The market opened at 8 in the morning.“Last year, it was taking almost the whole market to sell everything, so for two hours — yeah, I guarantee this market has grown exponentially,” he added.The Parks Legado Farmers Market started last summer, with organizers presenting four events over the summer months, and the market’s back for another go-around this summer.Saturday’s event marked the first of four scheduled for this summer, all on the second Saturday of each month through September — and already, this year’s first market has grown bigger, busier and more successful than the event was last year, echoed vendor Lesli Kizer.Kizer, under the tent at her own booth, glanced over glass jars filled with colorful jams and jellies offered by her business We Be Jammin — or at least what was left.“We’ve been pretty busy,” she said. “We’re out of a whole bunch of flavors, but that’s a good problem to have.“It’s doubled in size,” she added, on the crowd of buyers attending Saturday. “It’s been awesome today.”Kizer sold jams, jellies, pickles and different condiments bottled by her local company that she started in 2013. Skiles sold some locally grown squash, zucchini and cherry tomatoes, along with peaches the family bought and trucked back from Weatherford on Friday.They were among the 70 or so vendors on hand Saturday, which is a number that’s grown this year right along with the number of shoppers. About 50 vendors came to the market during each session last summer, organizing official Andrew Marshall said last week, speaking for the Sewell Family of Companies which presents the event at the shopping center the organization built in 2013.One of those new, first-time vendors, Jason Waters, said he was impressed and excited by the crowds, under his tent and behind the banner Walker-Waters Urban Farm.“You could sell anything here,” Waters said, as a potential buyer looked through his onions. He sold locally grown onions, squash, tomatoes and potatoes, alongside his wife, Chelsea Waters, who offered bottles of lotion and more from the beauty shop in Odessa she owns called Glitz House of Beauty.Jason Waters raises vegetables on his land and at his father’s place, and usually just gives extras to his employees at W&W Energy, his business in the oil industry.“This time we were like, ‘Heck, let’s take it to the farmers market. It’ll be fun,’” Waters said.Across the plaza, Yolanda Hernandez, also of Odessa, offered samples of her spice called Porras’ Spices de Vida, in her and husband Oliver’s first time at the Parks Legado market.Yolanda said they had vended at the Odessa, Texas Farmers Market presented by Medical Center Hospital and at the Briar Patch Trade Days in town, and that they planned to be back at the Parks Legado market after Saturday.“There’s a lot of people here,” Hernandez said. “I think it’s going pretty well.”The next event at Parks Legado is set to open July 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the town center located at 7260 East Highway 191. The center will also host markets on Aug. 14 and Sept. 8. The Parks Legado market advertises itself alongside MCH’s market, which opens next on June 23.“We love it. We’re all about the farmers market, because when we get a chance, we actually get to go and shop a little bit and get some more fresh fruits and veggies and things like that,” Kizer said.“But I like the fact that it brings everybody out. It’s the good, old-fashioned shopping.”Odessa farmers market scheduleParks Legado Farmers MarketDates: July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8When: 8 a.m. to noonWhere: Parks Legado Town Center, 7260 E. Highway 191 Local News Crowds flock to first Parks Legado farmers market of summer Vegetables at Farmer Troy’s produce stand at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. MCH Odessa, Texas Farmers MarketDates: June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22When: 9 a.m. to noonWhere: MCH Main Campus, 3rd Street and Alleghaney Avenue By admin – June 9, 2018 WhatsApp Jacquel Cockrell, left, purchases a watermelon from Walker Waters at Walker Waters Urban Farms produce stand at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Cowan Produce’s Gage Spencer, left, sells produce to George Baucom and his wife Lucy Baucom at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Home Local News Crowds flock to first Parks Legado farmers market of summercenter_img Pinterest Attendees to Parks Legado Farmers Market browse vendors Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Parks Legado Farmers Market brings a large crowd of customers Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Quentin McKee, right, and Becky Leonard, center, purchase vegetables from Kyle and Sons’ produce stand at the Parks Legado Farmers Market last June at Parks Legado Town Center. 1 of 13 Peaches are up for sale at Kyle and Sons’ produce stand at the Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Pinterest Shirley Braden dumps a fresh batch of kettle popcorn out of the kettle at Mariposa Produce stand Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Facebook Twitter Previous articleGabe McDonald trial begins MondayNext articleTRACK AND FIELD: Athletes finish strong at West Texas Junior Olympics admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR OC employee of the year always learning Armiah Aguilar, 16, right, and her sister Cloe Aguilar make miniature doughnuts at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Attendees to Parks Legado Farmers Market browse vendors Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Twitterlast_img read more

The Ups and Downs of Mortgage Forbearance Trends

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2020-08-25 Christina Hughes Babb in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago As of August 10, the total number of loans now in forbearance dipped one basis point from 7.21% of servicers’ portfolio volume the week before to 7.20%, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey. A total of 3.6 million homeowners are in forbearance plans, it estimates.Similarly, the share of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in forbearance came in at 4.93%, a one basis point retreat. Ginnie Mae loans in forbearance were unmoved at 9.54%, while there was an upward shift of three basis points to 10.37% in the forbearance share for portfolio loans and private-label securities. Meantime, there was an ascension one basis point to 7.48% in the percentage of loans in forbearance for depository servicers. Among independent mortgage bank servicers, the percentage of loans in forbearance ticked up to 7.43%, a jump of one basis point.A total of 37.91% of total loans in forbearance are in the initial forbearance plan stage; 61.34% are in a forbearance extension. The remaining 0.75% are forbearance re-entries. Total weekly forbearance requests as a percent of servicing portfolio volume compared to thee week before receded from 0.11% to 0.10%.While the share of loans in forbearance declined for the 10th consecutive week, the rate of improvement markedly slowed, said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist.“The extremely high rate of initial claims for unemployment insurance and high level of unemployment remain a concern, and are indications of the challenges many households are facing, while new forbearance requests remain low, particularly for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, the pace of exits from forbearance has declined for two straight weeks.”During the week of March 30 to April 5, the number of home loans in forbearance ballooned from 2.73% to 3.74%, according to an MBA survey.Ginnie Mae-backed mortgages experienced not only the most significant weekly expansion of 1.58%, but the highest overall share in forbearance requests at 5.89%.Fratantoni said the nationwide shutdown of the economy to slow the spread of COVID-19 continues to spark hardships for millions of households, and more are contacting their servicers for relief in accordance with the forbearance provisions under the CARES Act.”The share of loans in forbearance grew the first week of April, and forbearance requests and call center volume further increased. With mitigation efforts seemingly in place for at least several more weeks, job losses will continue and the number of borrowers asking for forbearance will likely continue to rise The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Ups and Downs of Mortgage Forbearance Trends Subscribe Chuck Green has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and others covering various industries, including real estate, business and banking, technology, and sports. Share Save Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Mae Announces Sixteenth Sale of Reperforming Loans Next: Many Homeowners in High-Risk States “Unprepared” for Hurricane Season  Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 25, 2020 1,869 Views The Ups and Downs of Mortgage Forbearance Trends Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Chuck Greenlast_img read more

Bakers Oven’s winning ways

first_imgGreggs’ Bakers Oven division has announced the results of its annual in-house bakery competition.First prize overall went to Richard Haydon, relief baker for Bakers Oven Midlands, who was assessed on 10 products that he baked on a day-to-day basis. Second place went to Paul Norman, a bakery manager at the Bedford Bakers Oven, and third place was taken by Andy Page, bakery manager at Bury St Edmunds.The finalists were also eligible to enter innovation awards in bread and sweet categories. Haydon won the bread innovation award for his six-seed cheesy herb tear-and-share bread.last_img read more

International credit union engagement

first_img“Engagement trips are like traveling in a time machine. Sometimes you go to the future. Sometimes you visit the past.”  — Courtesy of one of the Worldwide Foundation’s engagement participants.Above, Asian study participants meet in a futurist-style setting to talk issues of technology, regulation and advocacy. Below, WF engages with members of the Polish Parliament in September 2018.The value proposition of the World Council is to build, champion, defend and grow a global credit union community that improves lives.  World Council serves 100 countries of credit union systems around the world. World Council’s Worldwide Foundation leverages the skills, experience and will of the credit union system to engage in that work through the International Credit Union Field Engagements.Field engagements can be deep-dive studies to understand the challenges facing a credit union system and the relevance of that experience at home. Service engagements allow volunteers to engage with local credit unions in volunteer and community service work. Technical and advocacy efforts assist credit unions to tackle their top technical or regulatory challenges.In 2018, field engagement groups studied credit union services to small Kenyan farmers and provided community service to the Busia orphanage. Busia was originally built and supported by credit unions. Other groups engaged in a deep-dive study of the Asian credit union system and participated in a strategic “futuring” exercise with top credit union leadership of 12 Asian countries.Caribbean hurricane relief engagements traveled to Puerto Rico and Dominica to advise credit unions in updating risk management systems, strengthening balance sheets and diversifying revenue. Another group engaged with Polish credit unions to give U.S. soldiers deployed to Poland access to Polish credit union ATM and cash services and to advocate with Polish credit unions on the issues of taxation and regulation in front of Polish regulatory officials and members of Parliament.International Credit Union Field Engagements 2019In April 2019, we are headed to Australia, where the credit union system abides by the same regulatory and taxation framework as banks and where credit unions have built innovative advanced digital and payments solutions. We will be engaging with credit union and banking CEOs from Australia in dialogue forums to learn about the impact of these regulations, taxation and the branding and digital challenges our Oceania colleagues face. We plan study visits in Sydney and Melbourne from April 9-16, 2019.A 2018 engagement trip to Kenya wrapped with service work at Busia. We will visit Busia again in December 2019.We will return to Puerto Rico August 1-6 after the World Credit Union Conference, July 28-31, in the Bahamas.  Participants will learn about the history of this U.S. territory and engage with the Puerto Rico credit unions in their continuing work to rebuild their communities after 2017 Hurricane Maria.In early December 2019, we will return to Kenya in service work and to share the holiday spirit with the Busia orphanage in Kenya. We continue to spread the message of Busia — the orphanage that credit unions built.As in previous years, new or unplanned engagement opportunities will arise in 2019 as credit unions in other countries and our supporters identify a need or an opportunity and pitch in to address it.Information about all field engagements and how to participate can be found on the Worldwide Foundation website at http://www.doglobalgood.org/volunteer/field_engagements. 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laura Mihm Laura Mihm is the Executive Communications Assistant for the World Council of Credit Unions. Prior to joining World Council in 2018, Mihm was the corporate communications manager for Foremost Farms … Web: https://www.woccu.org Detailslast_img read more