Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Bank) is a financial services institution in Kenya offering products and services to the commercial sector. The banking group offers a full-service offering for commercial and corporate clients and runs an Agency banking model. Its parent company, KCB Group, was founded as a branch of the National Bank of India in Mombasa. Grindlays Bank merged with the National Bank of India in 1958 to form the National & Grindlays Bank. The government of Kenya bought a 60% stake in National & Grindlays Bank and took full control of it in 1970; renaming it Kenya Commercial Group. It was renamed KCB Bank Kenya after a corporate restructure. KCB Bank Kenya is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the KCB Group. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Three thousand attend enthronement of Tanzania’s new primate

first_img Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Africa, By Bellah ZuluPosted May 20, 2013 People Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Anglican Communion News Service] About 3,000 people from Tanzania, other parts of Africa and beyond gathered at Dodoma’s Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Saturday (May 18) for the installation of the Anglican Church of Tanzania’s new Primate.The enthronement of Bishop of Mpwapwa Jacob Erasto Chimeledya was described by one church worker as “like a dream” because of the number of dignitaries in attendance. These included the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and his wife Caroline.Other notable guests at the service included the primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala, and representatives from other Anglican provinces, including Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. As Dodoma is the country’s political capital, the service was also attended by many government leaders including the president of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete.Chimeledya did not pass the opportunity to speak to the country’s political leaders. He urged the government to take action against those guilty of “hate speech,” especially the traditional media and those who publish comments online. With particular reference to the relationship between Muslims and Christians he asked Tanzanians not simply to tolerate one another, but respect each other. “We only tolerate an enemy, not our fellow citizens,” he said.The archbishop also announced a plan by the Anglican Church of Tanzania to begin a new micro-finance bank that will support small business enterprises in the country, and he appealed to the government to support the church in its efforts to address people’s needs. During the service, Kikwete did commit his support to the church’s many programs throughout its dioceses.This cooperation between church and state was welcomed by Bishop John Lupaa of the Diocese of the Rift Valley, as was Welby’s presence in Tanzania — his first official Anglican Communion engagement as archbishop of Canterbury.“It’s a great honor to have the archbishop of Canterbury visit Tanzania,” said Lupaa. “His visit will definitely raise the profile of the Church in Africa as a whole.”While there was only room for about 400 people in the cathedral, other guests were able to watch the two-hour service on screens under tents outside. Thousands looked on as Welby was made a senior elder in the cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika, and they listened as he spoke about the risk of fear, especially to church leaders. He stressed that while fear is a part of life, it can be overcome through the Holy Spirit.Other Anglican groups present at the enthronement included Tanzania’s Mothers’ Union. Members, along with their new President Mwezwa Chimeledya, met with Caroline Welby during her visit to Dodoma to discuss their work.Church Mission Society (CMS) is an Anglican agency with significant historical links to the new primate’s diocese. Mpwapwa is a place where much of the planning and execution of missionary work to the rest of Tanzania took place in the early years of the church there.Speaking to ACNS, the Rev. Dennis Tongoi, executive director of CMS-Africa, congratulated Chimeledya and wished him all the best in his new role. He also acknowledged CMS’ emphasis on leadership development and investment as a way of growing the church in Africa.“Finally our investment is bearing fruit. Africa now has a contingent of well-equipped leaders ready to support the growth of the church,” Tongoi said. “The new archbishop needs to shepherd the flock. Africa is a youthful continent therefore investment in [Tanzanian] youths should also be his top priority.” Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Anglican Communion, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Three thousand attend enthronement of Tanzania’s new primate Archbishop of Canterbury honored at his fellow primate’s installation Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA center_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI last_img read more

How to Give Back this Summer

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here “If it’s hard for you to commit to a scheduled time and place to volunteer, virtual volunteering is a relatively new option for you to consider.”Two mistakes here: (1) virtual volunteering takes real time. It’s a real commitment. The biggest mistake people make about it is thinking it doesn’t actually take time. It does. (2) It’s a practice that’s more than 35 years old – it’s a tried-and-true, well-established practice. “Contact the nonprofit that is close to your heart and discuss virtual volunteer opportunities.” Instead, go to the organization’s web site and sign up to volunteer, see what they need, and see if it aligns with what you want to do. You can also look at the United Nations Online Volunteering service, which lists online opportunities all over the world: http://www.onlinevolunteering.orgalso see this page of all of the various places online to find virtual volunteering opportunities: http://www.coyotecommunications.com/stuff/findvv.shtml LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Jayne Cravens June 27, 2016 at 2:20 pmcenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Previous articleReclaim Your RestNext articleOrange County Legal Aid Society provides needed help Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 This time of year, charities are often forgot about. During summer, there are no school drives for the local food pantries and many businesses put on a halt on their charitable work as people head out for vacation. Lisa Tomasi, Philanthropy Expert and Founder of e-giving site YouGiveGoods, stresses that NOW is the time to help non-profits, and has provided her insight for families who want to band together and help a good cause, while still enjoying summer.Tips for Giving Back During Summer: Get the kids involved. Kids are home and looking for something to do. They have loads of energy, creativity and enthusiasm. Talk to your kids about ways they can make a difference in your community this summer – they are never too young to start. Fun activities like a car wash or lemonade stand can collect money for a cause. A summer food drive is a great idea. Kids love using technology like YouGiveGoods.com to run an online food drive. They can tap into their social networks and learn how to use social media for good.  Setting up a drive is simple, free, fun and most importantly, gets much-needed food items delivered to local food pantries.Get the grandparents involved. Retired people are a great resource for charitable work. Many welcome the responsibility and interaction that come with volunteer work but don’t know where to start. Recruit your parents, grandparents, older neighbors, and senior center patrons to help support your cause.Collect donations at your next family or business event.  Is your business holding a summer picnic? Are you planning a graduation, birthday party or just fun get together? Why not ask each attendee to bring a canned good to your event? Set up a table to drop off and showcase the goods you’ve collected. We promise this donation table will be a happy topic of conversation at your event.Make a difference as a family. Family time is important to many over the summer months. What better way to motivate and bond a family than to work together for a greater good? Studies show that kids that see parents and grandparents volunteering are more likely to volunteer and donate to charity as they get older. Animal lovers, call your local animal shelter and set up a time for the whole family to go in and volunteer. Families of book lovers can run a book drive for area kids’ summer programs.  Outdoorsy families can grab gloves and a garbage bag and clean a local park. Active exercise enthusiasts can organize a neighborhood run or fun walk benefiting a cause. Choosing your cause, organizing and planning the event, no matter how small, will be some of the most rewarding family time you’ve ever spent. Imagine how you will all feel when you have accomplished your goal, together.Virtual volunteering. If it’s hard for you to commit to a scheduled time and place to volunteer, virtual volunteering is a relatively new option for you to consider. Contact the nonprofit that is close to your heart and discuss virtual volunteer opportunities. A few hours of your time using your home computer can make a big difference to a nonprofit. Offer your expertise in accounting, marketing, graphic design, party planning, logistics, and more.last_img read more

Huge Pride march in Houston

first_imgHouston’s Pride festival and Pride parade drew about three-quarters of a million people to downtown on June 25, all determined they would not let fears rising out of the Orlando LGBTQ massacre deter them.The march was led by people carrying a huge rainbow flag overwritten with the names of those killed in Orlando. Honorary grand marshal of the parade was Imran Yousuf, a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub who helped save many lives during the Orlando killings. He said, “It’s a good feeling — to get out there, help rebuild and remember the ones we lost in the best way we can.”The female grand marshal was African-American activist and attorney Fran Watson, who overcame great odds to get her GED diploma, graduate from the University of Houston-Downtown and then from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2009. In 2012, Watson joined the Houston Stonewall Lawyers Association.Although Watson grew up in Houston long after the Civil Rights Movement, she is aware of her past and her family history. “My great-great grandmother was a slave,” she says. “My grandmother used to tell me stories that her mother had passed down to her about those days. It had a deep impact on me.” As an African-American lesbian, she says she understands the intersectionality of being a woman, a person of color and a member of the LGBTQ community. She is the first African American to be elected to Houston’s GLBT Political Caucus.Houston City Hall was lit in the colors of the rainbow flag during June, and Mayor Sylvester Turner not only supported Pride 2016 but encouraged everyone in Houston to come out and celebrate. The day before the Pride festival, the African-American mayor held a press conference to announce that Houston was forming an LGBTQ Task Force so the needs and issues of LGBTQ communities would have a voice at City Hall. Turner said, “As I stated at the Houston Stands with Orlando Vigil, as long as I am mayor, we are going to stand together.”In this, the most diverse city in the United States, there were more nationalities and ethnicities present at Pride 2016 than could be counted.Despite Orlando, despite this being the 25th anniversary of the July 4 gay-bashing murder of Paul Broussard outside a Houston gay nightclub, despite the oppressive heat — Houston proved that solidarity and LGBTQ Pride ruled theday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

From the people of Venezuela to the people of the U.S.

first_imgThe Bolivarian government of Venezuela has made free gasoline available to all Hurricane Harvey rescue workers, firefighters and other first responders in Texas and Louisiana. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced on Twitter on Sept. 2 that the government was acting in solidarity with suffering area families. The gasoline is available at Citgo stations, through Citgo Holding Inc., a subsidiary of the country’s state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela. The announcement came a day after Citgo administrators made a U.S. $5 million donation to ­Houston’s Harvey Relief Fund. (teleSUR)Open Letter to the People and Government of the U.S. from the People of VenezuelaWe, the People of Venezuela, want to address the People of the United States of America. You must know that on August 11, 2017, President Donald Trump threatened the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with direct military intervention. This dangerous threat was rejected by all nations and by the People of the United States. Nevertheless, two weeks later, President Trump imposed severe and unfair sanctions on us, publicly admitting his intention was to economically isolate Venezuela. It is the same strategy — recognized by the U.S. Government — that was implemented to overthrow the democratic government of Chile in 1973, paving the way for the ruthless dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.These threats and unilateral decisions will affect our economy and our means to obtain resources for food, health care and production, seriously impairing our citizens’ everyday life. President Trump seeks to manufacture a political crisis in our country by forcing President Nicolás Maduro out of office, even though he was democratically elected in 2013.Furthermore, these actions also affect ordinary U.S. citizens, who could face the possibility of a hike in gasoline, while thousands of workers risk losing their hard-earned savings as retirement funds are affected by the ban on Venezuelan bonds.This behavior is inconsistent with Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America great again.” Rather, it creates new problems, both inside and outside the United States, making life harder both for Venezuelans and millions of U.S. citizens, while at the same time, it generates global rejection and resentment toward the U.S. government, and indeed towards its people, who have nothing to do with these warmongering actions.As was the case in Iraq, we might be on the verge of an unfair and baseless military intervention, where oil is paramount. Yet nothing can justify that young Americans are driven into another military conflict, much less if it entails confronting a friendly and peaceful country such as Venezuela.Venezuela is neither an enemy of the United States nor does it represent a threat to its security. We admire its history, culture and scientific achievements. It is, therefore, imperative to cease this irrational policy of aggression and instead promote political understanding, so this long tradition of friendship between the two countries can be made to flourish.President Maduro has tried to reach out to President Trump several times, so as to facilitate communication and generate solutions based upon International Law and mutual respect. Regrettably, thus far, the U.S. Government has ignored and disregarded all dialogue initiatives proposed by the Venezuelan Government.The People of the United States are a people of peace, and we believe you should lead efforts seeking to neutralize the jingoist intentions of your government. That is why we reach out to you, in fraternity and sincerity, to urge all Americans of good will, to join us in working together for the defense of our peoples’ freedoms, our children’s well-being, towards cooperation and peace for our region. It is a time for dialogue and understanding. Let us not miss this opportunity and in the words of John Lennon: Let’s give peace a chance.Sponsored by Ministry of Peoples Power for Foreign Affairs [email protected]re thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

‘Silent plight’ carolers show solidarity with county jail inmates

first_imgClevelandQuestion: Where are holiday carolers unwelcome this time of year?Answer: In the Cuyahoga County “Justice Center,” when they represent the Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail, and they have changed the words “Silent night, holy night” to “Silent plight, violated rights.” Singing rewritten carols outside Cleveland “Justice Center” after being kicked out for showing solidarity with county jail inmates. Cleveland, Dec. 16.On Dec. 16, coalition members and supporters entered the center, which houses both the jail and Cuyahoga County Courts. They had rewritten four carols and one Hanukkah song to draw attention to a range of issues including: deplorable conditions in the jail, the need for bail reform, cruel judges’ harsh sentencing and housing juveniles in the adult jail. Before they could finish singing their second number, they were escorted out by Cleveland police.The coalition was formed a year ago in response to a record number of preventable deaths inside the jail, along with documented reports of overcrowding, lockdowns, bad food and medical care, mistreatment by guards and other abuses. One of the group’s main demands is for bail reform; a high number of people held for nonviolent offenses would be out on the street if they could afford bail.The county administration has made some improvements due to public pressure and negative media publicity, but serious rights violations are ongoing.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Photographer killed in clashes in Kashmir

first_imgNews May 13, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Photographer killed in clashes in Kashmir IndiaAsia – Pacific India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF_en June 10, 2021 Find out more to go further News News Follow the news on India Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the death on 11 May of photographer, Ashok Sodhi, who was covering fierce clashes between security forces and armed militants in Kashmir for the English-language Daily Excelsior.Sodhi, 45, was killed by a bullet to the head while covering a military operation aimed at flushing out armed militants who had taken refuge in the town of Samba, 45 kilometres south of Jammu, in Jammu And Kashmir State.The Jammu-based photographer, was hit while trying to take shots of a house in which fighters were holed up. He reportedly ignored warnings from the security forces as he approached the spot.“This latest death sadly reminds us of the risks run by representatives of the media in this particularly unstable border region, which is subjected to repeated incursions by armed Islamist militants”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“It remains unacceptable that reporters should be targeted during fighting. The Indian authorities and press owners should do their utmost to guarantee the safety of journalists”, it added.“I was always telling him to keep out of the way of exchanges of fire and this kind of clash”, his wife told news channel CNN-IBN. “However, he would often say that if he had to die in an encounter, he would.”The fighting, which lasted several days was the most ferocious for years, during which armed Islamist groups have been regularly crossing the Indian-Pakistani border. The conflict in Kashmir has left more than 60,000 dead in 20 years. In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News IndiaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the death on 11 May of photographer, Ashok Sodhi, who was covering fierce clashes between security forces and armed militants in Kashmir for the English-language Daily Excelsior. “This latest death sadly reminds us of the risks run by representatives of the media in this particularly unstable border region, which is subjected to repeated incursions by armed Islamist militants”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Media ban on return of dead soldiers

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en CanadaAmericas Receive email alerts April 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media ban on return of dead soldiers January 15, 2021 Find out more CanadaAmericas News to go further Organisation Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”center_img On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” November 11, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders has protested against the April 22 ban imposed by the federal government on TV coverage of the return of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. On the evening of April 25, the media were not allowed into the military airbase at Trenton, near Toronto.“The Canadian government is following the bad example set by the U.S. administration if it thinks it can hide the facts from the population. Respect for the grief of the families is of course necessary, but it should not be used as a pretext that is tantamount to censorship,” said Reporters Without Borders.On April 22, four Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor almost immediately banned all media coverage of the return of the soldiers’ remains. On April 25, Cyberpresse reported that the media were denied access to the military airbase at Trenton, near Toronto. “If they brought my son home from that war in a body bag, I’d shoot the first media that come on site,” Conservative MP Myron Thompson is quoted as saying in the Montreal Gazette.In the House of Commons, opposition parties unanimously criticized the decision of the new Harper government. According to Cyberpresse, Liberal leader Bill Graham said the government sought to “reduce the impact of such incidents on the population”. Mr Graham drew a parallel with a similar move by the Bush administration, which since the beginning of the war in Iraq banned media coverage of soldiers’ caskets returning from that country. Not all Conservatives are behind government censorship however, and even less so are some of the military families. Although the government has said that it is imposing this measure “out of respect for families’ grief”, Defence Minister O’Connor acknowledged that he never consulted the families in question. Some of them did however complain to Stephen Harper. The Prime Minister Office and the Defence Department have not responded to requests by the Canadian Section of Reporters Without Borders. November 19, 2020 Find out more News News Follow the news on Canadalast_img read more

Authorities urged to drop all charges against detained TV cameraman

first_imgNews to go further TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News Organisation November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”center_img Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Reporters Without Borders, the Tunis Centre for Press Freedom, the National Union of Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Article 19 are very disturbed by the charges brought against Mourad Meherzi, an Astroloabe TV cameraman who has been arrested for filming an egg being thrown at a government minister.The five organizations call for Meherzi’s immediate release. He has been held since 18 August in response to a complaint filed two days earlier by culture minister Mehdi Mabrouk, the target of an egg thrown during an event in Tunis marking the 40th day after well-known actor Azzouz Chennaoui’s death in a car crash.Meherzi is accused not only of filming the incident and disseminating his footage, but also of complicity with the person who threw the egg, filmmaker Nasredine Sihilli.“The fact that a cameraman who filmed embarrassing footage in the course of his work was accused by a government minister of complicity, and that the prosecutor general then immediately began an investigation, constitutes an extremely disturbing and dangerous development for freedom of information in Tunisia,” the five media freedom organizations said.“Public figures must expect to be the subject of media coverage and must not turn on media personnel who happen to witness the problems they encounter or public attacks on them,” the five organizations added, calling for the charges against Meherzi to be dropped.The charges against Meherzi listed in the indictment are absurd. He is facing a possible seven-year sentence on several charges including promoting a conspiracy to commit violence against government officials (article 120 of the criminal code) and causing prejudice to other persons or disturbing their tranquillity “by means of public telecommunications networks” (article 86 of the Telecommunications Code).The five media freedom organizations firmly condemn the use of the criminal code in this case because it ignores the fact that article 79 of a new press law promulgated on 2 November 2011 says that all legal provisions that conflict with the new law are automatically repealed. Article 245 of the criminal code, cited in the indictment, even refers to article 57 of the old press law, concerning defamation.Reporters Without Borders, the Tunis Centre for Press Freedom, the National Union of Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Article 19 point out that the new press law, Decree-Law 115-2011, makes no provision for sanctions against media professionals who cover an event, official or otherwise.Instead, article 13 of the new press law says that journalists “cannot be prosecuted in connection with their work unless a violation of this decree-law is proven.”The five organizations added: “Automatic recourse to the criminal code in media cases is an old reflex dating back to the Ben Ali era ­that must be ended for good.” Follow the news on Tunisia News RSF_en December 26, 2019 Find out more August 29, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to drop all charges against detained TV cameraman News November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Mortgage Collectors Silence Homeowners with ‘Gag Orders’

first_img About Author: Colin Robins Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, Loss Mitigation, News Mortgage Collectors Silence Homeowners with ‘Gag Orders’ The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 22, 2014 967 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: ZVN EVP Moderates Panel on Fast-tracking Foreclosures Next: Mortgage Rates Continue to Slip Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Collectors Silence Homeowners with ‘Gag Orders’ Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Bank of America Benjamin Lawsky Foreclosure Gag Order Loan Modifications Ocwen PNC UpdatedA curious piece of text is appearing in some homeowner’s loan modification agreements—by accepting a modification from the bank or non-bank servicer, the homeowner agrees to never publicly say, write, or post anything negative about the company doing the modification.As originally reported by Reuters, Ocwen, Bank of America, and PNC Financial Services Group are adding new terms to their modification contracts to prevent homeowners from publicly disparaging the companies as part of a mortgage modification agreement.Essentially, the gag orders are being used when distressed homeowners use litigation to resolve foreclosure and loan modification cases, making the modification contingent upon a homeowner’s silence. The deal often extends to lawyers handling litigious cases on behalf of the injured parties.Reuters cited, “A 2013 report by the National Consumer Law Center found that servicers routinely lost borrowers’ paperwork, inaccurately input information, failed to send important letters to the correct address—or sometimes just didn’t send them at all.””These clauses can hurt borrowers who later have problems with their mortgage collector by preventing them from complaining publicly about their difficulties or suing, lawyers said. If a collector, known as a servicer, makes an error, getting everything fixed can be a nightmare without litigation or public outcry,” Reuters noted.According to the original report, the restrictive text is also now showing up when servicers grant regular modifications outside of the courtroom.These new requirements are creating problems for homeowners—and ire from regulators. New York’s Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky said he is investigating Ocwen’s use of these clauses.”Reports that Ocwen is imposing a gag rule for certain struggling homeowners—preventing them from criticizing the company—are troubling and deeply offensive,” said Lawsky in an emailed statement to Reuters. “We will investigate this issue immediately.”PNC’s vice president of external communications, Marcey Zwiebel, told Reuters that “these clauses are part of the consideration we receive for agreeing to settle the case. This helps to ensure that the discussion is not re-opened in public after the case has been settled.”Modifications still play an important role in the ongoing housing recovery. According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1.3 million loan modifications have been completed under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Servicers have completed an additional 5.6 million modifications.”The banks are attempting to hold our clients hostage with a provision they know we cannot agree to,” said University of Notre Dame law professor Judith Fox to Reuters, who runs a clinic for troubled homeowners and who has also petitioned the Indiana Bar Association over attempts to muzzle attorneys. “It is coercive and unethical.”Correction: The piece incorrectly over-generalized the use of non-disparagement clauses. Bank of America said, “We do not include non-disparagement clauses or releases of claims in normal modification agreements. Only when a customer is part of a negotiated settlement that provide additional consideration to the customer is a non-disparagement and related confidentiality clause considered, and in those cases it does not preclude the customer from filing suits on post-settlement issues.”  Print This Post Bank of America Benjamin Lawsky Foreclosure Gag Order Loan Modifications Ocwen PNC 2014-05-22 Colin Robins Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more