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Pigeon’s prediction

By on June 16, 2021

Relationship fundraising has been the buzzword of the nineties, but is another concept likely to take its place? Stephen Pidgeon, chairman of advertising and marketing company Target Direct, thinks so. Pondering in ThirdSector magazine on the impact of face-to-face fundraising, he writes: “Forget relationship fundraising – it is a nineties concept. In the 2000s we will be talking about Feedback Fundraising.” Howard Lake | 2 October 1999 | News  29 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Pigeon’s prediction Advertisement Tagged with: Individual giving About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

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Rally demands justice for Frank McQueen

By on June 15, 2021

first_imgProtesters demand answers, May 9.WW photo: Joseph PietteChester, Pa. — Family, friends and Philly REAL Justice Coalition activists rallied on May 9 at the site of the June 2, 2014, police killing of Frank McQueen in Chester, Pa.Delphine Matthews, McQueen’s mother, brought a yellow school bus and several carloads of supporters to the sidewalk across the street from 1210 Culhane Street, where speakers asked for witnesses to come forward with any information about what really happened there after 3 a.m. last June 2.McQueen was a 34-year-old Black man studying for a master’s degree, and the author of the novel “Red Devil” and two other books. A 2011 interview with the writer can be heard at tinyurl.com/ngzuj7t.Missing details, many questionsAlmost a year after he was shot over 20 times and killed by the Chester Police Department, very little other information has been released. The police were quick to release McQueen’s criminal record, but a criminal record alone does not justify police shootings.After an internal police investigation, the Chester Police Department claimed the shooting was justified, saying a police officer suffered a minor wound from the alleged gun police claim McQueen fired at them as he was leaving his estranged girlfriend’s home.But many questions remain. Who fired the first shot? Why were so many shots fired? What were the names of all the police involved? Do any of the involved cops have a history of police violence? Did the bullet that hit Officer Matt Stewart come from friendly fire or another gun? Did forensic evidence prove that McQueen’s hands were covered with telltale firearm discharge residue? What about fingerprints? Were there any witnesses other than cops? Were there any videos of the incident? Why was the full police report never made public?The coroner’s report has not been made public, and McQueen’s personal belongings have still not been released to his mother.Appeal for eyewitness informationRally participants handed out fliers to drivers in passing cars, asking them to honk their horns if they opposed police brutality. Protesters talked about the case with area residents drawn by the chants and sound-system-amplified voices.The whole group marched with banners and signs while chanting, “No justice, no peace” and “Justice for Frank McQueen” and handing out fliers to bystanders in the suburban neighborhood.Chester, a city of 34,000, has one of the highest rates of people living in poverty in the U.S., with more than 33 percent of the population below the federal poverty line. Seventy-three percent of Chester’s residents are Black. (neighborhoodscout.com/pa/chester/)Chester police were also questioned about the killing of a 30-year-old man in 2012. An aspiring rapper who performed in Philadelphia, Noahcell Bagley was fatally shot by cops after a traffic stop. Facing an outstanding arrest warrant against him, Bagley fled and was shot in the back of his right arm and buttocks.“A Taser could have taken him down,” his mother Barbara Bagley said. “We all make our decisions in life. Noah made his. Does that give the officer the right to take his life? These are the questions left unanswered.” (Wilson Times, Jan. 21, 2013) Bagley’s mother is white and his father is Black.The district attorney cleared police of any wrongdoing because allegedly “At the time that the officer discharged his service revolver, the officer was in a situation where he reasonably believed his life to be in danger of serious bodily injury or death.”Delaware County prosecutors refused to reveal the cops’ names in the shootings of both McQueen and Bagley. In nearby Philadelphia, prosecutors also refused to reveal the names of cops who killed Brandon Tate Brown, a Black man also killed after a traffic stop. (Wilson Times, March 5, 2013)Just as in the cases of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and untold other Black men and women, the police are systematically allowed to shoot and kill whenever they claim fear of harm. Refusing to release all details about police-involved shootings raises further criticism of the so-called justice system.McQueen’s family is demanding that all information and evidence be released and an independent investigation be conducted.A community event in honor of McQueen’s life will take place on June 6 at Chalmers Park at 30th Street and Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia. All proceeds will go to a college fund for McQueen’s ­children.Anyone with information about Frank McQueen’s death should contact Delphine Matthews at 267-393-3823.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Journalists must be free to work without being threatened

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first_img RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation June 7, 2021 Find out more March 19, 2014 – Updated on February 27, 2017 Journalists must be free to work without being threatened RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns an attack on Oleksandr Panteleymonov, acting CEO of the National Ukrainian Television Company (NTKU), on the evening of 18 March, when around 20 people led by parliamentary members of the nationalist Svoboda party stormed into his office, insulted and beat him, and forced him to sign a resignation letter.“A full and impartial investigation must be carried out to ensure that this kind of unacceptable behaviour does not recur,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“This entails lifting the parliamentary immunity of the legislators involved. And one of them, Igor Miroshnichenko, cannot continue to be a member of the parliamentary committee on freedom of expression and information.”Bihr added: “Journalists must not be held hostage to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. They must be able to work in an impartial manner, refraining from any propaganda or disinformation, and without being forced to rally to the flag of any of the parties to the conflict.”Video recordings show Miroshnichenko, the current vice-president of the parliamentary committee on freedom of expression and information, hitting Panteleymonov. Two other Svoboda parliamentarians, Bogdan Benyuk and Andriy Illenko, can be seen among the assailants.They accused Panteleymonov, state-owned NTKU’s acting CEO since before President Viktor Yanukovych’s removal, of being “in Moscow’s pay” and blamed him for the fact that Pershy Natsionalny, one of NTKU’s channels, broadcast the 18 March signing ceremony in Moscow making Crimea part of the Russian Federation.The incident has shocked Ukrainian journalists, who have issued protests and have called on the prosecutor-general’s office to investigate. Miroshnichenko has so far refused to apologize and has said his actions were justified by the “war with Russia.” He has nonetheless said that he is ready to renounce his parliamentary immunity in order to defend his actions before the courts.Svoboda’s leader, Oleg Tyagnybok, and interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk’s government have both condemned the attack on Panteleymonov.Continuing impunity in CrimeaThe rapid evolution in the situation in Crimea has not so far led to any improvement in the climate of intimidation for journalists working in the peninsula or the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for acts of intimidation.The Institute of Mass Information, a Reporters Without Borders partner organization, has reported no fewer than 89 cases of threats or violence against journalist or acts of censorship since the start of the Russian intervention in late February. At least three journalists have fled from Crimea to Kiev in the past few days following repeated threats.In the latest case, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty journalist Levko Stek reported being kidnapped in Bakhchisaray on 18 March by unidentified individuals, who gagged him, put a bag over his head, took him away in their car and finally dumped him in an open field, warning him not to return to Crimea.Ibrayim Umerov, a reporter for the Tatar TV station ATR, and his cameraman were detained in Simferopol on 18 March by a dozen armed men, who threatened them and then let them go.There is still no news of Yaroslav Pilunski and Yuri Gruzinov, two citizen-journalist cameramen who are working on a documentary for the Babylon ’13 project. They went missing on 16 March when trying to pass a package to Ukrainian soldiers trapped in a military base in Simferopol. UkraineEurope – Central AsiaRussia News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go further Newscenter_img News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News UkraineEurope – Central AsiaRussia June 8, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Press freedom violations recounted in real time (from July to December 2010)

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first_img News December 31, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom violations recounted in real time (from July to December 2010) ——– Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists 30 July 2010 – Woman journalist freed on bail after being held for eight weeksAzam Vismeh, an online journalist who works for Parlemannews, the official website of the pro-reform parliamentarians, was released on 21 July after paying 70 million toman (7,500 euros) in bail. Arrested at her home on 1 June, she had been held in Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison.——-2nd July 2010 – Two released and one freed on licenceNarges Mohammadi, journalist and spokesperson for the Defenders of Human Rights Centre, was released today on bail of 50 million tomans (40,000 euros). Intelligence ministry agents arrested the journalist, who works with Nobel peace prize laureate, Shirin Ebadi, at her home on the evening of 10 June 2010.Reporters Without Borders also learned of the release on bail on 26 June, of Mahbobeh Khanssari, who works for the agency Cultural Heritage. She was arrested at her home on 1st June. On the other hand, Azam Vismeh, online journalist with Parlemannews (official website of parliamentary reformists), who was arrested at the same time as her, is still being held in solitary confinement and has been banned from receiving visitors. Judicial authorities on 24 June allowed a release on licence to seriously ill journalist and documentary maker Mohammad Norizad. He worked for several years as an editorialist on the daily Kayhan, the conservatives leading press organ. Following the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president on 12 June 2009, the journalist, who also ran the blog http://mohammadnurizad.blogfa.com/, began to be openly critical of Iran’s Supreme Leader as well as the government and the country’s justice system. The 54th chamber of Tehran’s appeal court on 29 May confirmed his sentence of three and a half years in prison and 50 lashes for “publicity against the regime and insulting the authorities”.Abdolreza Tajik, journalist and member of the Circle for the Defenders of Human Rights, was arrested on 12 June 2010. His family still has not been informed either of the place he is being detained or the reasons for his arrest. —————-Press freedom violations recounted in real time – January/July 2010————Press freedom violations recounted in real time – JUNE/DECEMBER 2009 ——–14.12.2010 – Crackdown continues against press in Iran as three journalists are arrested in Tehran, two from the newspaper Shargh. Intelligence ministry agents arrested Rihaneh Tabatabai, journalist for the daily Shargh, at her home on 12 December 2010. The same day, his colleague Mehran Faraji was arrested and taken to Evin prison. IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information —–4 November 2010 – An arrest and a releaseJournalist Nazanin Khosravani, a contributor to several pro-reform newspapers including Bahar, Karghozaran and Sarmayeh, was arrested at her home by intelligence ministry officials on 2 November. Her family has received no news of her since then and still does not know why she is being held.Henghameh Shahidi, the editor of the blog Paineveste, was released provisionally on bail on 28 October on medical grounds. She has a heart ailment and must undergo an operation without delay. Arrested on 25 February when she responded to an intelligence ministry summons, she was transferred to Evin prison and, two days later, was sentenced by a Tehran court on appeal to six years in prison and a fine of 50,000 tomans.Shahidi was previously arrested on 29 June 2009, spending 50 days in solitary confinement in Section 209 of Evin prison. A Tehran revolutionary court released her on 2 November 2009 on bail of 9 million tomans (8,000 euros). 11/02/2011 – New wave of arrests, crackdown on mediaThe Iranian authorities launched a new wave of arrests of journalists in the run-up to a demonstration called by government opponents for 14 February in solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian peoples. At least four journalists and bloggers have been arrested in Tehran since 9 February:- Taghi Rahmani, an independent journalist and staunch free speech activist, was arrested at his Tehran home on 9 February.- Meisam Mohammadi and Omid Mohadess, journalists with the Behesti foundation’s website (http://www.beheshti.org/), were arrested at their homes by plain-clothes police on 10 February. It is not yet known why they were arrested or where they are being held.- Mazyar Khosravi of the daily Shargh was arrested at his workplace on 11 February by intelligence ministry agents.According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, a number of journalists and bloggers have also been summoned for questioning by Revolutionary Guards and intelligence ministry officials in various parts of the country.—————————————–31.12.2010 – World’s youngest detained blogger granted conditional releaseA revolutionary court in the northern city of Amol granted Navid Mohebbi, the world’s youngest detained blogger (http://en.rsf.org/iran-world-s-youngest-detained-blogger-18-11-2010,3884…), a conditional release on 25 December after giving him a three-year suspended prison sentence on charges of “actions against national security” and insulting the Islamic Republic’s founder and current leader by means of “foreign media.”Aged 18, Mohebbi was arrested on 18 September. His trial began behind closed doors on 14 November without his lawyer being present.Reporters Without Borders has learned that Ali Khodabaksh, the publisher of the daily Sharght, and Ahmad Gholami, the newspaper’s editor, were released conditionally yesterday pending trial. Several million toman in bail was paid. They were arrested by intelligence ministry officials at the newspaper on 7 December along with foreign editor Farzaneh Roustaei and political editor Keyvan Mehregan, who are still being held in Tehran’s Evin prison.At a news conference last week, Tehran prosecutor Abass Jafari Dolatabadi accused them of “actions against national security” and wanting to criticise the government in their writings.Another journalist has meanwhile been arrested. It is Shahram Azmodeh, the editor of the monthly Talesh, who was arrested yesterday in the northern city of Talesh and is now serving a six-month jail sentence that he received as result of a complaint by the local mayor, whom he criticized in an article. The monthly has been suspended for six months.——————————————————————————————–28.12.2010 – Cartoonist Hadi Heidari freedHadi Heidari, a cartoonist who runs the Persian Cartoon (http://www.haditoons.com) website, was released on 26 December, eight days after he and three other supporters of the pro-reform Participation party were arrested in Tehran. Heidari was freed on bail pending trial. June 9, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Four more journalists from the same newspaper were arrested at their workplace on 7 December. They were managing editor Ali Khodabaksh, editor in chief Ahmad Gholami, international editor Farzaneh Roustaei and political editor Keyvan Mehregan. No reasons have been given for these arrests.  Reporters Without Borders also learned of the arrest on 9 December of Amir Hadi Anvari, financial journalist on the suspended daily Etemad and for several other reformist newspapers. Mashaallah Shamsolvaezin, spokesman for the Association of Iranian Journalists and the Iranian Committee for the Defence of Freedom of Press, editor of Iran’s first reformist newspapers, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison by the 28th chamber of Tehran’s revolutionary court for “insulting the president of the Republic”. He was also banned from political and journalistic activity. He was arrested at his home by men in plainclothes on 28 December 2009. He had been released on bail while awaiting trial on 28 February 2010.—————30 November 2010 – One step forward, one step backNima Dehghan, journalist on the weekly Chehel cheragh (40 Lights), was arrested at his home by intelligence ministry officers on 28 November. It is still not known why he was arrested or where he is being held. Chehel cheragh was suspended on 22 November after nine years of publication, by the Press authorisation and Surveillance Commission which comes under the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation. The satirical journalist is known for his humorous articles about the state of the country. Reporters Without Borders has learned with relief of the release yesterday of Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour, a theologian and director of the website “Silent Echo” (http://www.pejvak-kh.com/), from prison in the holy city of Qom. The mullah and blogger was sentenced to one year in prison on 27 December 2009 for “publishing false information about the regime” and “discrediting the Shiite clergy”. He was “pardoned” one month before the end of his sentence. He went on a 16-day hunger strike in protest against his prison conditions and sent an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He also faced proceedings for a letter that the prosecutor referred to as “publishing false information about the regime.” Journalist and director of the blog director Paineveste, Henghameh Shahidi, was forced to return to her cell at Evin prison on 15 November after Iran’s judicial authorities refused to extend her medical leave for heart problems, which had allowed her temporary release on bail on 28 October. Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News RSF_en News News 19.10.2010 – Two releasesReporters Without Borders learned on 15 October of the release of Rahim Gholami, contributor to several local newspapers in the city of Ardabil, north-west Iran. He was arrested on 29 October 2009, and sentenced to one year in prison by the first chamber of the Ardabil revolutionary court for “publicity against the regime”. The organisation was also informed of the release of Alireza Behshti Shirazi, director of the website Kaleme.org, the official site of opposition leader Mirhossein Moussavi, who was arrested at his home in Tehran on 28 December 2009. The journalist was freed on bail of 500,300 million tomans (470,000 euros), while awaiting his trial.——09.09.2010 – SituationLawyer for several imprisoned journalists, Nassrin Soutodeh, who was arrested on 5 September for alleged anti-government propaganda and plotting against the regime, was yesterday able to call her family from Evin prison. She told them that she is being held in solitary confinement, her lawyer, Mina Jafari, confirmed to Agence France-Presse. The reformist weekly Nasir Bushehr, published in Bushehr province in the south of the country for the past 11 years, was banned on 7 September for “publishing articles contrary to the principles of Islam and the Islamic Republic” and “insulting regime leaders by publishing articles, photos and cartoons.” The ban was the decision of Iran’s Commission for press authorisation and surveillance, the censorship arm of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation. Cyber-feminist Jila Bani Yaghoob was summoned on 30 August by the 76th chamber of the Tehran court for “insulting the president”, her lawyer, Farideh Gheirat said. She was tried and convicted on the same charge on 8 June this year, and sentenced to one year in prison and a 30-year ban on working as a journalist by the Tehran revolutionary court’s 26th chamber. The prosecutor appealed the verdict and called for Yaghoob to be sentenced for her articles critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It is the third time the journalist and women’s rights activist had been brought before the courts in less than a year. Jila Bani Yaghoob and her husband Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee were both arrested on 20 June 2009 along with around 20 other journalists during demonstrations that followed the disputed re-election of Ahmadinejad as president. She was freed on 24 August but her husband was jailed for five years. —— IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further March 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran ——-23 November 2010 – Reformist weekly suspended in IranIran’s most popular weekly among young people, Chehel cheragh (40 chandeliers), was suspended yesterday by the Press authorisation and Surveillance Commission which comes under the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation. The commission did not specify the reason for the ban in its media statement. But in its latest edition, Chehel cheragh carried an interview with the grand master of Iranian traditional music, Mohammad Reza Shajariyan, who has often made plain his support for the opposition movement, detested by the regime.  The last time the ministry’s official censorship arm ordered such a ban was on 27 September this year, when the daily Andisheh-ye No (New Thought) was permanently closed down. The newspaper had already been suspended on 21 December 2009 after it published articles about Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the reformist grand ayatollah who died on 20 December 2009, in the holy city of Qom, 60 kilometres south of the capital Tehran, at the age of 87. The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation had issued a decree the previous day forbidding all newspaper editors from mentioning the ayatollah. February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Bosco Tech Instructor Featured on Telemundo

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first_img Business News 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img center column 5 Bosco Tech Instructor Featured on Telemundo Volunteering to Provide Basic Education to Latin American Immigrants From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, December 6, 2013 | 11:55 am HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Carolina Schmeisser. Photo by Don Bosco Technical InstituteTech Spanish instructor Carolina Schmeisser was recently featured on Telemundo for her volunteer efforts teaching local adults. Ms. Schmeisser is working with the Universidad de Colima en Los Ángeles to help area residents complete their primary or secondary education from México.With sponsorship by the Consulado General de México en Los Ángeles, this unique program aims to assist immigrants in completing their education, from building basic skills in reading and writing in Spanish, to assisting those who did not have the opportunity to finish high school so they can now earn the Méxican equivalent of a GED (adult high school diploma). The program is free for participants and the highly qualified instructors, like Ms. Schmeisser, are donating their time to help those in need of this valuable service.“As an educator, I consider that every human being should have the opportunity to study and reach their dreams, especially in the United States,” she says. “If I can share my knowledge with those people who need me, not only am I helping them through my efforts, but I am sending a message to the next generation of students, and to the community, that the education is very important. Seeing the faces of the people being helped makes me feel very motivated and happy.”In addition to appearing on TV, Ms. Schmeisser was interviewed by the Spanish language paper La Opinión and featured in the November 9 cover story article titled “Estudios al alcance” (Education accessible for all). The diplomas earned by individuals who complete the secondary, or high school level, work are issued through the Secretaría de Educación Pública de México (Department of Education of México).Don Bosco Technical Institute, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead, (626) 940-2000 or visit www.boscotech.edu. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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Quarterly Gains Reported by Fannie and Freddie

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first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Quarterly Gains Reported by Fannie and Freddie About Author: Eric C. Peck Previous: The Week Ahead: Examining the Climate’s Impact on Housing Infrastructure Next: After 9 Weeks of Steady Improvement, Forbearance Activity Rises Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News The government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) have reported their Q1 financials, with both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continuing show strength in a challenging marketplace.In the first quarter of 2021, Fannie Mae reported a net income of $5 billion, an increase over Q4 of 2020’s net income of $4.6 billion. Freddie Mac reported a Q1 net income of $2.8 billion, up slightly over the Q4’s totals of $2.6 billion.“COVID-19 continues to present challenges and opportunities for homeowners and renters,” said Hugh R. Frater, CEO of Fannie Mae. “We had another quarter of near-record mortgage volumes as many took advantage of low rates to refinance or purchase a home. In addition, more than two-thirds of the 1.3 million homeowners with Fannie Mae loans who entered forbearance have since exited, even as we continue to help others find solutions. I’m proud of our steady performance and continuing focus on helping homeowners and renters through uncertain times.”The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) estimates that an approximate 2.25 million homeowners remain in forbearance plans nationwide. GSE actions have assisted thousands of Americans remain in their homes during the pandemic through a number of forbearance options and plans.Fannie Mae stated that more than 1.3 million single-family forbearance plans were initiated to help borrowers since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic; as of March 31, 2021, with approximately 920,000 of these loans having exited forbearance, including nearly 337,000 through reinstatement and 275,000 through Fannie Mae’s payment deferral option.Freddie Mac extended its single-family foreclosure and eviction moratorium covering approximately 12 million homeowners, until at least June 30, and extended forbearance plans to a maximum of 18 months for the approximately 230,000 single-family borrowers remaining in forbearance.“Similarly, we extended COVID-19 related forbearance to qualifying multifamily property owners for another three months to June 30. And, tenants of those properties remain protected from eviction for non-payment of rent,” said Christian Lown, CFO of Freddie Mac. “Overall, we helped hundreds of thousands of at-risk homeowners and renters remain in their homes, while supporting a vibrant U.S. housing finance system that remained a source of strength for the national economy.”Fannie Mae acquired approximately 340,000 home purchase loans and 1.1 million refinance loans during Q1, as scores of U.S. homeowners continued to take advantage of low interest rates in the quarter. Freddie Mac reported new business activity of $362 billion increased on strong home purchase and refinance activity, compared to Q1 of 2020, but declined slightly from Q4 of 2020.“We helped nearly 94,000 families remain in their homes through Single-Family loan workout activity that increased from 11,000 in the prior year quarter, driven by completed forbearance agreements and payment deferrals primarily related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lown.Click here for more on Fannie Mae’s Q1 2021 results and click here for more on Freddie Mac’s Q1 2021 results. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Christian Lown Fannie Mae Forbearance Freddie Mac government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Hugh R. Frater Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) 2021-04-30 Eric C. Peck Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Quarterly Gains Reported by Fannie and Freddie Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago April 30, 2021 739 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Christian Lown Fannie Mae Forbearance Freddie Mac government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Hugh R. Frater Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)last_img read more

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T&G calls for voluntary sector partnerships

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first_img Previous Article Next Article T&G calls for voluntary sector partnershipsOn 25 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The Transport and General Workers’ Union is calling for the voluntary sectorto forge a new partnership with the trade unions to overcome recruitment andretention problems. Jack Dromey, national organiser for the T&G, urged bosses not to shortchange charity workers on pay. He told delegates at the National Council for Voluntary OrganisationsConference: “The voluntary sector boasts a resource the private sectorwould pay in spades for – a committed, motivated workforce. “However, as the T&G would argue, in any sector – public, privateor voluntary – if you want quality delivery you need to pay for quality people.That means no short-changing charity workers on pay. “Many organisations have made the leap into the 21st century in termsof service delivery and campaigning for social change. It is theirresponsibility to ensure their working conditions are equallyprofessional.” Dromey said the Government must play a part by raising standards in thevoluntary sector by establishing a skills council. “The voluntary sector and trade unions have a lot to gain from forginga new partnership,” he said. “We share common values and a common purpose and we urge managers inthe voluntary sector to work with the unions to improve recruitment andretention. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Royal Australian Navy Unveils AE1 Memorial

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first_img View post tag: Australian View post tag: AE1 Authorities September 15, 2011 View post tag: unveils Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy Unveils AE1 Memorial View post tag: Navy View post tag: Royalcenter_img Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, today remembered the 35 men who perished when Australian submarine AE1 was lost at sea during World War I​, with the unveiling of a memorial plaque in their honour.The Governor-General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, AC, and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AM, CSC, RAN, officially unveiled the AE1 memorial to the Royal Australian Navy​’s first submarine in a ceremony at Garden Island in Sydney.The Royal Australian Navy has a rich heritage. As we celebrate Navy’s 100 years of service this year, it is timely to reflect on AE1 and the importance of submarines in the protection of our island nation.AE1 was the first of two E Class submarines built for the Royal Australian Navy. At the outbreak of World War I, AE1, together with AE2, took part in operations leading to the occupation of German New Guinea, including the surrender of Rabaul on 13 September 1914.AE1 vanished without a trace on 14 September 1914 in waters off the coast ofNew Guinea.The loss of AE1 remains one of Australia’s enduring naval mysteries. It is not known what caused AE1 to disappear. Since her loss in 1914 several searches have been conducted to establish her whereabouts. None of these have been successful.Today I am pleased to announce new Government support for the search for the AE1.The Government has granted deductible gift recipient status for three years to AE1 Incorporated to support its search for the AE1. This means that all donations above $2 towards the continued search for the AE1 by AE1 Incorporated may now be claimed as an income tax deduction.The Government highly values the work undertaken by AE1 Incorporated to locate the final resting place of the submarine.While the final resting place of these submariners is currently unknown, the sacrifice and service of these men will never be forgotten. It is also important on a day like today to acknowledge the sacrifice made by the families of these submariners. Many have spent their lives wondering what became of their loved ones.The AE1 memorial has been positioned next to the plaque commemorating the AE2. AE2’s war ended on 30 April 1915 when she was hit in the engine room by Turkish gunfire and scuttled during the Battle of Gallipoli​. All of the crew was taken as prisoners of war. AE2’s wreck was found in 1998.Then Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon unveiled the plaque commemorating AE2 in April 2009.[mappress]Source: navy, September 15, 2011; View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Royal Australian Navy Unveils AE1 Memorial View post tag: Memorial Share this articlelast_img read more

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Britain’s Newest Warship Docks in Dundee

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first_img Share this article BRITAIN’S NEWEST WARSHIP DOCKS IN DUNDEEBritain’s newest Warship has made its first visit to Dundee, one of its affiliated citiesHMS Duncan spent four days in the fourth largest city in Scotland between Friday 6th December and Monday 9th December.During her time docked in the city, HMS Duncan was visited by over 3600 members of the public over two days. She also hosted several other tours for groups with an affiliation or connection to the Ship.Commander James Stride Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Duncan said,“It’s been a fantastic experience bringing HMS Duncan into its affiliated city for the first time and we’ve had a very warm welcome.”On her first night in Dundee HMS Duncan hosted a Reception and Capability Demonstration with around 100 civil and military dignitaries from Dundee and the surrounding areas on-board.They were given an insight into the capabilities and roles of a modern Destroyer of the Royal Navy.Commander Stride also hosted a special reception on Monday 9th December for the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee during which the Commanding Officer was given Honorary Membership of that body.The Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee includes the Bakers, Cordiners, Glovers, Tailors, Bonnetmakers, Fleshers, Hammermen, Weavers and Dyers.The last person to be given Honorary Membership of the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee was Admiral Adam Duncan, after whom HMS Duncan is named.Dundee proved a very hospitable stop for HMS Duncan’s Ship’s Company with 70 of her crew being treated to a reception in Dundee City Council Chambers.During HMS Duncan’s time in Dundee, Leading Seaman (Underwater Warfare) Gary Wright organised a trip to the Tayside Children’s Hospital, which is the Major Children’s Unit for Dundee and the surrounding area.Prior to the ship’s arrival in the city, Leading Seaman Wright had arranged with the other Leading Hands in Duncan that instead of arranging ‘Secret Santa’ between themselves they should instead use the money to buy presents for the Children who are currently patients in the Tayside Children’s Hospital.This idea was enthusiastically taken up by the other Leading Hands in Duncan and when the Senior Rate’s Mess found out about the scheme they to decided to make a donation to this very worthy cause.HMS Duncan had a highly successful visit to Dundee and her Ship’s Company are already looking forward to their next visit to build upon the close ties cemented during the Ship’s first visit to one of her two affiliated city.Belfast, her other affiliated city, will be visited in the near future.[mappress]Press Release, December 18, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Training & Education December 18, 2013center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Britain’s Newest Warship Docks in Dundee Britain’s Newest Warship Docks in Dundeelast_img read more

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As strong as an insect’s shell

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first_imgHarvard researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have come up with a tough, low-cost, biodegradable material inspired by insects’ hard outer shells. The material’s inventors say it has a host of possible applications and someday could provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic.The material, made from discarded shrimp shells and proteins derived from silk, is called “shrilk.” It is thin, clear, flexible, and strong as aluminum at half the weight, according to postdoctoral fellow Javier Fernandez, who began work on chitin-based material as a doctoral student at the University of Barcelona and developed shrilk during a year-and-a-half stint working at the Wyss Institute with Director Donald Ingber.Ingber, the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital and professor of bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said companies have already expressed interest in the material, particularly for medical applications. Possible medical uses are boosted by the fact that the ingredients in shrilk have already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Potential uses include sutures that would dissolve over time in hernia repair, protective coverings for burns and wounds, and a scaffold on which cells can grow to regenerate tissue.A major benefit of the material, which was described in a December issue of the journal Advanced Materials, is its biodegradability, Ingber and Fernandez said. Plastic’s toughness and moldability represented a revolution in materials science during the 1950s and ’60s. Decades later, however, plastic’s very durability is raising questions about how appropriate it is for one-time applications such as plastic bags, or short life-span consumer goods, used in the home for a few years and then tossed into a landfill where they will decompose for centuries.“All this plastic, what’s the point of making something that lasts 1,000 years?” Fernandez asked.Shrilk not only will degrade in a landfill, but its basic components are used as fertilizer, and so will enrich the soil.Natural materials, Fernandez said, were supplanted by synthetic materials partly because synthetics can be easily controlled in manufacturing and made into a wide variety of goods. Natural materials are making a comeback, however, as scientists learn from nature the manufacturing techniques needed to mimic the properties that make them desirable. Shrilk is a good example of the Wyss Institute’s mission, which is to learn how to make things from nature’s own engineering.“This is the second chance for natural materials,” Fernandez said.Shrilk’s secret, Fernandez and Ingber said, is not just its chemistry but also its design. There are two basic ingredients, a variation on the material chitin that makes up a large part of an insect’s tough outer layer, called chitosan, and fibroin, a protein derived from silk. But just combining those two ingredients doesn’t produce a hard, flexible material. Instead of blindly combining the materials, Fernandez and Ingber looked to nature to see not just what materials were used, but how.In an insect’s body, the fibroin protein and chitin are layered, creating the kind of stiff design that gives plywood its strength and rigidity. By mimicking nature’s design and layering the chitosan and fibroin protein, shrilk was born.“Much of the structural properties found in nature are not just chemistry, they’re architecture,” Ingber said.Shrilk has great potential, the two said. Chitin is one of the most abundant materials in nature, found in everything from shrimp shells to insect bodies, snail and clam shells. That makes shrilk not only low cost, but also potentially scalable should it be used in applications demanding a lot of material.Work on shrilk is continuing in the lab, the two said. Ingber said the material becomes flexible when wet, so they’re exploring ways to use it in moist environments. They’re also developing simpler manufacturing processes, which could be used for products in non-medical applications, like for computer cases and other products inside the home. They’re even exploring combining it with other materials, like carbon fibers, to give it new properties.last_img read more

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