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Gao Yu’s (temporary) release is good news but…

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific News News Gao has heart problems, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) repeatedly drew to the attention of the Chinese authorities and international community in recent months .However, the authorities could send her back to prison at any time if they decide that her state of health is compatible with prison conditions.“Our reaction is a mixture of optimism and concern,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The court’s decision to let Gao Yu receive treatment at home is good news, but it offers no guarantees for the future. “The authorities are just acting under international pressure. We fear they will send her back to prison if the pressure lets up. Gao committed no crime, so she should receive a full and unconditional release.”Aged 71, Gao suffers from a heart ailment and lymphadenopathy, a swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck. Her condition has worsened significantly since her arrest in May 2014 and, according to her lawyers, she had a heart attack last month.Ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, China continues to be the world’s biggest prison for news and information providers, with a total of 107 professional and citizen-journalists currently detained. Receive email alerts Follow the news on China News November 27, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Gao Yu’s (temporary) release is good news but… China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en After a Beijing people’s high court yesterday reduced journalist Gao Yu’s jail sentence on a charge of divulging state secrets from seven to five years on appeal, the court gave her permission to temporarily serve the sentence at a friend’s home so that she can receive medical treatment. June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more News to go furtherlast_img read more

Citizen Lab develops Internet initiative to shed light on RIM’s concessions to governments

first_img Receive email alerts News November 4, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Citizen Lab develops Internet initiative to shed light on RIM’s concessions to governments November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Help by sharing this information On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia January 15, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img November 11, 2020 Find out more to go further Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomes a new website, Project RIM Check, that is intended to shed light on government surveillance of BlackBerry smartphone services that the BlackBerry’s Canadian manufacturer, Research in Motion (RIM), seems to have permitted in certain countries where its smartphones are used.Created by the University of Toronto’s famous Citizen Lab, a technology and human rights research centre, and SecDev Group, an Ottawa-based thinktank, the project is “inspired by a broad need to monitor the activities of private sector actors that own and operate cyberspace, particularly as they come under increasing pressure to cooperate with governments on national surveillance and censorship laws.Reporters Without Borders declares its support for this initiative, which is intended to generate information of interest to concerned BlackBerry users.Launched just as India has called off its threat to shut down BlackBerry services, this project is intended to establish “who has access to what” as a result of the concessions that RIM is believed to have made in response to demands from governments for more and more access to their citizens’ instant messaging, emails, texts and other electronic communications.India has reportedly reached a provisional agreement with RIM allowing it to intercept BlackBerry services. The deadline for reaching a definitive agreement is 31 January. So, for the time being, Blackberry services are not going to be suspended in India. But at what price?This is what Project RIM Check is intended to answer. The initiative is able to monitor BlackBerry data traffic and shed light on the data’s security. BlackBerry users are invited to go to the project’s website in order to provide Citizen Lab’s researchers with the details that will allow them to monitor traffic flow and identify where it exits the BlackBerry networkCiting the need to protect national security, various countries have of late been pressuring RIM to install servers within their territory in order to allow surveillance of BlackBerry communications. Reporters Without Borders has voiced concerned about these initiatives and the danger of facilitating government surveillance of dissidents. It has also asked RIM to be more transparent. CanadaAmericas News CanadaAmericas “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” Follow the news on Canadalast_img read more

BNY Mellon Cautions U.S. Supreme Court on RMBS Decision

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago BNY Mellon Lawsuits Mortgage-Backed Securities U.S. Supreme Court 2015-11-24 Brian Honea BNY Mellon Cautions U.S. Supreme Court on RMBS Decision Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 11/24/2015 Next: What is the Cost of Delaying the Foreclosure Process? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Related Articles November 24, 2015 1,241 Views center_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Bank of New York Mellon has issued a warning to the U.S. Supreme Court predicting disaster for the residential mortgage-backed securities market if the nation’s highest court overturns a Second Circuit Court ruling that the bank was not liable for losses incurred by investors as a result of defective securities, according to a report from Law360.In a filing earlier in November, BNY Mellon asked the Supreme Court not to review a decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals from December 2014 which found that the mortgage-backed securities in question were not protected under the 1939 Trust Indenture Act (TIA). A group of union pension funds led by the Retirement Board of the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of the City of Chicago asked the Second Circuit court to reverse that decision in September 2015, which overturned a district court’s decision that permitted the pension fund to sue BNY Mellon for failing to perform its duties as a trustee on 26 trusts with about $30 billion in balances.The trusts in question contain pools of mortgages serviced by Countrywide Financial, which was acquired by Bank of America in 2008 and has since cost that bank billions of dollars in legal fees and settlements regarding its RMBS practices.The pension funds’ lawsuit suit claims that BNY Mellon failed in its duties as trustee with the securities because it did not intervene when Countrywide failed to perform its duties as servicer, which include reviewing loan files, repurchasing bad loans, or transferring mortgage notes to BNY Mellon. The suit alleges that BNY Mellon was negligent in its duties because it did not ensure that Countrywide performed those duties.A district judge ruled in 2012 that the pension funds would be allowed to bring claims on 26 out of 530 trusts held by BNY Mellon which amounted to an original principal balance of approximately $424 billion. Two years later, that decision was later overturned by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.The pension funds allege that reversing the Second Circuit Court’s decision and allowing them to sue the bank would improve the RMBS market by improving trustee oversight of the bonds, which would lift the confidence of investors. BNY Mellon disputed that claim in its brief filed with the Supreme Court earlier this month, saying that reversing that decision would force the bank to rewrite contracts worth “trillions” that were believed to be exempt from the TIA at the time they were created. BNY Mellon said in its brief that “[N]othing could be more unsettling to investors than a ruling that, many years after the fact, retroactively changed the terms of contracts governing trillions of dollars worth of investments.” Home / Daily Dose / BNY Mellon Cautions U.S. Supreme Court on RMBS Decision Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: BNY Mellon Lawsuits Mortgage-Backed Securities U.S. Supreme Court Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Tips to effectively complete those ‘rainy day’ projects

first_imgThey say to first pick out a single room, not the whole house. Another tip is to have a few boxes set aside labled “KEEP, DISCARD, DONATE, or RECYCLE.” If it’s a larger room maybe start by doing a corner of it or half of it, if you pick too big of a space to clean your probably going to get overwhelmed and just not do it. 12 News spoke to Chris Wurth, the owner of Decluttering Chaos LLC, about their process for cleaning out those rooms that have been put off for another day. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — If you’re stuck inside the house and have been running out of things to do this might be the opportune time to complete those “rainy day” projects you’ve been sitting on.center_img They say to go around the room in a clockwise manor an find anything that may have fallen behind stands or really just any clutter you wont need. If you do little steps at a time you’ll start to see results and feel better as you go through de-cluttering your house. “First thing your going to want to do is first go through with a garbage can and pick up anything you know your not going to need, anything garbage like soda cans or bottles or anything like that.” Said Wurth.last_img read more