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  • Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder

    first_img Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more A major step forward was taken on 5 December when an appeal court in Paris ruled in favour of extraditing François Compaoré – deposed Burkinabe President Blaise Compaoré’s brother – back to Burkina Faso to face trial there as the main instigator of Norbert Zongo’s murder. An investigative reporter and editor of the weekly L’Indépendant, Zongo had – just prior to his death – been investigating the suspicious death in detention of François Compaoré’s driver. The burned and bullet-riddled bodies of Zongo and three companions were found in a car on the side of a road on 13 December 1998. François Compaoré fled Burkina Faso after his brother was ousted in an uprising in October 2014. Since May 2017, he has been the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by the Burkinabe authorities on suspicion of “inciting murders.” He was detained on landing in France on 29 October 2017 and was placed under French judicial control. “The authorization of François Compaoré’s extradition back to Burkina Faso is a major step in the long judicial battle that must conclude with the leading suspects finally being tried for Norbert Zongo’s murder,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “But 20 years after the murder, there are still many obstacles and some of the suspects have already died. We urge the French and Burkinabe authorities to prioritize the resolution of this case so that Norbert Zongo, who inspired so many others to become investigative reporters, should not continue to be the symbol of impunity for crimes of violence against journalists.” Still under judicial control After the 5 December hearing, François Compaoré’s lawyers issued a statement claiming that the judicial control had been “lifted” and that there were now “no restrictions on his movements,” implying that he could leave France at any time. RSF is in a position to deny this. The 5 December ruling confirms that François Compaoré is still subject to French judicial control and therefore cannot leave the country. But an extradition will take time. His lawyers have already decided to appeal to the court of cassation. After the appeal’s rejection by the court of cassation, the French government would have to issue an order for his extradition, following which his lawyers could make a final appeal to the Council of State.Without the extradition of the leading suspect – dubbed “the little president” in Burkina Faso because of the influence he wielded during his brother’s 27 years as president – it is hard to imagine any trial getting under way. But time is pressing. Three of the six main suspected perpetrators – all soldiers who were presidential bodyguards – have already died. The other three were charged in 2015 and are detained in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, pending trial. Burkina Faso is ranked 41st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Burkina Faso RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails the progress in the investigation into the murder of Norbert Zongo, a leading Burkinabe journalist whose body was found 20 years ago tomorrow, but calls on the authorities in France and Burkina Faso to accelerate the judicial proceedings so that those responsible can be finally brought to trial. French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali June 7, 2021 Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Burkina FasoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeEnvironmentViolence to go further Help by sharing this information center_img May 5, 2021 Find out more News News Burkina FasoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeEnvironmentViolence RSF_en @RSF_Inter Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso News François Compaoré @AFP Organisation March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Ginnie Mae Enhances MBS Data Disclosure

    first_imgSubscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, News Previous: Regions With the Most Overleveraged Mortgagers Next: Increasing Numbers of Homeowners Leave Large Coastal Metros Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago March 24, 2021 894 Views Ginnie Mae Enhances MBS Data Disclosure Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Ginnie Mae, the principal financing arm for government mortgage loans, today announced that it is implementing a new Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) stratification record in the Single-Family Supplemental File that is part of Ginnie Mae’s Disclosure Data Download page.According to a Ginnie Mae press release, the objective is to give Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities investors information that supports their sustainable investing decisions and solutions. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) representative Douglas Robinson writes that the objective is to give Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities investors information that supports their sustainable investing decisions and solutions.The ESG record will provide pool-level aggregate information about the extent of loans and unpaid principal balance (UPB) dollars that are in low- and moderate-income areas, Robinson reports.The Low- and Moderate-income areas used in formulating this new disclosure record are defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As a part of the HUD Community Development Block Grant Program, HUD delineates geographic areas that are designated as Low- and Moderate-income areas. The new disclosure aggregates to the pool level the Number of Loans, % of Loans, UPB Dollars, % UPB Dollars across low- and moderate-income areas applicable to the pool.Any reader with questions pertaining to this recent announcement should send an email to [email protected] Those inquiries will be addressed within 2 business days.Ginnie Mae in 2013 began releasing monthly loan-level data for existing, active single-family mortgage-backed securities (MBS).”The release of loan-level data for existing single-family MBS is an important step toward improving our transparency,” Ginnie Mae President Ted Tozer said at the time. “Enhancing MBS disclosures assists Ginnie Mae in attracting global capital by meeting the needs of investors more effectively and enabling them to make better-informed investment decisions.The company has since been continuing to enhance its MBS data disclosure system. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2021-03-24 Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Ginnie Mae Enhances MBS Data Disclosure Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

  • OCHS Senior, Sea Isle Italian American Club Host Prom Gown Giveaway

    first_imgBy MADDY VITALEWhen Stephanie Carey was just a junior, she came up with an idea to help others enjoy the prom without the worry or the expense of purchasing gowns.The Ocean City High School senior, who lives in Upper Township, solicited the help of her parents, Marty and Michele Carey, to come up with an event where prom-goers who couldn’t afford gowns could go to try on dresses that were free of charge.That was last year, and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no prom.But on May 21, the high school will host a prom on the football field in Carey Stadium.So, the 250 gowns that sat in the Carey household for a year will not be there much longer. For two days this month, the Sea Isle City Italian American Club will host an event that will allow students who need prom gowns to make an appointment and go there to try them on.All of the dresses, many still with the tags on them, were donated by local businesses and ones as far away as New York City.And all of the gowns were donated to help make someone’s memories of a monumental high school event not only extra special but in some cases possible.“I feel like the dress is a huge part of the prom. You want the girls to feel confident,” Stephanie, 18, said in an interview Wednesday. “I spoke to our school and they were really supportive of the event. I wanted to get the best dresses we could for girls who couldn’t afford a prom dress.”Stephanie found a location for prom-goers to try on and select their free dresses, which range in size from 0 to 24, by just asking around.There will be more than 250 gowns to choose from. (Photo courtesy of the Carey family)The Sea Isle City Italian American Club with Colleen Buch, the club’s president at the helm, offered to host a prom gown store in the club on April 20 and April 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.Buch said that when Stephanie approached her about the idea, she thought it was wonderful.“It is so cool,” she said. “How could you say no?”Buch got right to work. She spoke with local businesses in Sea Isle and immediately, the merchants and community showed they wanted to help. She received not only people willing to donate their time to setting up the store, but also donations of hangers, clothing racks and more.“There are a lot of different people coming together to help. It is going to be a special event,” Buch said.She added that the dresses are “stunning.”“Most of the dresses are long, but there are some short ones, too,” Buch pointed out. “If you can buy a dress for $250 you are getting a bargain, so to get one for free at this time is amazing. This is really something incredible Stephanie is doing.”Buch, with help from volunteers, is setting up 10 fitting rooms in the Italian American Club. Social distancing will be followed. There will be 10 people allowed in the club at a time, each with a guest. Each prom-goer will have about a half-hour to select their gown.“We plan on making it as special as we can,” Buch said.All people have to do is email Ocean City high school nurse and Wellness Center director Jill Berenato at [email protected] to make an appointment to select their gowns at the Italian American Club, located at 309 JFK Boulevard.“I’ll be excited when people start making appointments,” Stephanie noted. “I really can’t wait for people to start signing up.” Ocean City High School senior Stephanie Carey holds up a gown available for free. (Photo courtesy of the Carey family)last_img read more

  • 3 places to do networking for your credit union

    first_imgEver wonder where the next member is coming from?  Are you looking at outside resources to ensure that your credit union is reaching enough people so that you can get enough inbound inquiries for new accounts?  When I talk to staff at credit unions during my trainings, we discuss how to get out into the community on a regular basis. More specifically we discuss where they can go to find more networking opportunities that will result in more conversations, more cups of coffee, and more new accounts at the branch!Further proof that people don’t get out enough is the self-assessment I conduct when speaking or training on these issues.  Overwhelmingly audience attendees are rating themselves below average when asked: “Do you attend networking events in the community on a regular basis?”People readily admit that they don’t do this, yet when asked where business comes from they constantly reply “Word of Mouth”.  Then when asked the follow up of “How do you create more word of mouth referrals?” The response is silence!Here are 3 places you can go for more networking opportunities!1. Your local Chamber of Commerce – Lots of events each month, most of which include networking opportunities, and others have some specific networking groups.2. BNI Local Chapter (Business Networking International) has been around since X and often times will have a seat available for someone in your branch. The key here is understanding which seat you want.3. Your branch lobby!  I’m not even kidding. Don’t look to far from home. There are 3 major opportunities that I have seen work very effectively with branches. First, consider hosting a networking event at your branch. Second, Consider hosting a weekly networking meeting at your branch. Third, utilize your lobby as a place to begin conversations with customers, that can continue in future visits, over the phone, or over coffee.  These conversations lead to more business and they certainly lead to more word of mouth referrals.Word of mouth referrals aren’t easy to come by. They take diligent and consistent work to ensure that they are coming on a regular basis. It’s imperative that you get out and about, build relationships and grow your contact base so that they have an opportunity to refer you more often when the opportunities present themselves. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Ward Matt is the founder of Breakthrough Champion…In 2002 Matt began working with business owners through his website agency, inConcert Web Solutions, to improve their bottom line, gain more clients, … Web: www.Breakthrough-Champion.com Detailslast_img read more

  • Chef Michael Symon Inspires a Record-Setting Night at Saint Martin’s Gala

    first_imgFacebook106Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityA spirit of generosity took center stage Saturday night at Saint Martin’s University, as celebrity chef Michael Symon cooked and joked his way through the 2013 Saint Martin’s Gala, inspiring a crowd of more than 600 guests to raise $960,000 for student scholarships. This marks the highest amount the Gala has raised in its eight-year history.The annual Saint Martin’s Gala, held Saturday, Nov. 2, featured Symon, the award-winning culinary giant best known as an Iron Chef and a co-host of the ABC talk show The Chew. Flanked by students dressed in chef’s whites, Symon made his entrance into Marcus Pavilion, which had been transformed into an elegant silver and white dining space accented with shimmering tablecloths. Symon went right to work on the Viking-sponsored stage, charming his audience with his vivacious laughter and ebullient personality.Symon, the second Iron Chef in three years to headline the University’s signature fundraising event, offered a culinary demonstration accompanied by a five-course dinner and live auction. The chef’s signature laugh rang out throughout the evening, whether he was cooking, talking about his family or sweetening an auction item. Symon expanded one item — a trip to Cleveland to dine at his Lolita restaurant — by agreeing to meet the highest bidder in his hometown for a round of golf.Several guests had the opportunity to join Symon on stage, including those whose winning bids landed them on barstools “in the kitchen.” When two guests were offering competitive bids on a chance to work alongside Symon as his sous chef, the celebrity chef invited both on stage to share the role.Another auction item, a trip to Rome featuring a private, after-hours tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican galleries, brought in $16,000 for student scholarships. The highest-fetching auction item of the evening was an authentic Italian picnic for 30 people, which raised $24,000.Emcee Elisa Jaffe, of KOMO News, and auctioneer Jeff Stokes, of Stokes Auction Group, led the Gala festivities.As in years past, students played a major role in the event. Saint Martin’s junior Jeneva Burton welcomed the crowd to the Gala and introduced President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. Later in the evening, senior Dillon Linhart shared his story of success and expressed his gratitude for the financial assistance he has received. Inspired by the students’ remarks, guests “raised their paddle” to make gifts toward the University’s “Feed-a-Mind” scholarship funds. This portion of the program alone raised $343,000 — more than $130,000 above last year’s total.“Every dollar we raise through Gala goes toward funding student scholarships,” Heynderickx told the crowd. “We have more than 150 volunteers at this year’s Gala, and many of them are our students. They are here because they are dedicated to serving you as our guests.”When Symon arrived on the Saint Martin’s campus Friday, Nov. 1, a crowd of enthusiastic, sign-waving students gathered at the Baran Drive entrance to welcome him as he cruised by in his vehicle. Soon after his arrival, Symon took part in “Symon and Saints,” a meet-and-greet event with 80 students in the University’s Trautman Union Building.During the event, Symon delighted students with stories of how he became a chef, recounting how a badly broken arm ended his career as a high school wrestler. The injury cost him any possibility of receiving college scholarships. “I started working in a restaurant that summer, and that experience profoundly changed my life to being able to do something that I love to do for a living,” Symon told the students.The co-chairs for the 2013 Saint Martin’s Gala were Armandino ’59 and Marilyn Batali and Rick and Pam Panowicz.Next year’s Gala is scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Marcus Pavilion, and will again feature a celebrity chef. Those interested in attending the 2014 Gala are encouraged to check Saint Martin’s website, www.stmartin.edu/gala, for updates on next year’s celebration.Saint Martin’s University thanks the following Gala Event Sponsors:Presenting Partner: Bon AppétitSaint Martin Table Patrons: Forma Construction; Armandino ’59 and Marilyn Batali, Brian and Debbie Charneski, Terence ’62 and Mary Louise ’60 Monaghan, Rick and Pam Panowicz, and John and Hollie Xitco; and Joe and Liz WilliamsSaint Benedict Table Patrons: Cronk Family Foundation; Financial Advocates; Jim ’72 and Melissa Guerci; Matt Marcus ’94; The Rants Group; Salumi Artisan Cured Meats; Sunset Air, Inc.; and Viking Range CorporationSaint Gertrude Table Patrons: Joe HS ’62, ’66 and Betty Alongi; Charlie’s Produce; Jack and Luellen Charneski; Dunamis Interiors & Setina Manufacturing Co., Inc.; Kathryn Fies; Jim and Linnea Bremner, Bill and Jacki Gavin, Fred Goldberg and Carolyn Lakewold, Larry and Gail Larson, Richard and Laurel Seaman; GM Nameplate; Heritage Bank; Kathy Lombardo and Fred Wright; Lucky Eagle Casino; Miller Nash LLP and Strader Hallett CPAs; Olympia Federal Savings; Panagiotu Pension Advisors; Panowicz Jewelers; Rice Fergus Miller Architecture and Planning, Propel Insurance, and SCJ Alliance; Rob Rice Homes; Dick ’64 and Karen Roney and Phil and Judy Weigand; Jay and Carla Rudd; RuffaloCODY; Saint Martin’s Alumni Association; Soderstrom Architects; South Puget Sound Community College; Sur La Table; Attila ’78 and Katalin Talaber; U.S. BankSaint Scholastica Table Patrons: Waite ’65 and Patty Dalrymple; Mary ’73 and Fred Gentry; McGranahan Architects; Metropolitan Market; Kathleen O’Grady; Saint Martin’s College Class of 1959; SkyCity at the Needle; The Stars Foundation of Thurston County; Timberland Bank; Virgil Adams Real Estate; Robert and Joan WubbenaIn-Kind Sponsors: Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters; Caffe Vita Roasting Co.; Capitol City Press; Charlie’s Produce; g. miller Olympia; Glass Distillery; Grand Central Bakery; Lucky Eagle Casino; Olympia Olive Oil; Ostrom’s Mushrooms; Ralph’s Thriftway; Ramada Inn Olympia; Sur La Table; Taylor Shellfish; Viking Range CorporationSaint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 375 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more