The Israeli police denied targeting journalists in Surif. In a statement, they said: “The forces, which were facing dozens of demonstrators – some of them with their faces covered who were throwing stones at them and burning tires – used means for dispersing demonstrations in accordance with regulations and the necessary approvals.” “Although regarded by the Israeli authorities as non-lethal, using firearms and ammunition of this kind to break up protests can clearly cause permanent injuries and exposes journalists to unacceptable risks,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The Israeli authorites must conduct an investigation into this serious incident and must draw the necessary conclusions from this use of weapons against civilians that do not comply with international regulations.” News The statement added: “We do everything possible to prevent injuries to innocent people and ask that photographers avoid approaching places that might endanger them.” IsraelPalestineMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflicts Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Organisation to go further Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Israel’s use of live rounds to disperse protests after a Palestinian journalist lost an eye when Israeli border police fired at Palestinians protesting in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on 15 November. Such practices expose reporters to direct danger, RSF said. June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts According to the information gathered by RSF, the doctors at the Jerusalem hospital where Amarnih was taken are concerned about the fragments still lodged in a sensitive part of his eye, but are wary of operating because of its proximity to his brain. Witnesses say that Amarnih, who was about 150 metres from the police at the time, was hit in the eye by fragments from a bullet that exploded after hitting an object News November 18, 2019 – Updated on November 19, 2019 Palestinian reporter loses eye when Israeli police fire on protesters Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists According to +972 Magazine, a non-profit news website run by Israeli and Palestinian journalists opposed to the Israeli occupation, the police fired 0.22-inch Ruger rifle bullets, also known as “Two-Two.” They are live rounds that cause less damage than regular bullets, but they can cause serious injuries and can be lethal. Israel is ranked 88th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en Amarnih is the second Palestinian journalist to have lost the use of an eye this year. The first was Al-Aqsa TV’s Sami Misran, who was injured by Israeli gunfire while filming a demonstration near a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on 19 July. Freelance photographer Moath Amarnih has lost the use of his left eye as a result of being hit by fragments from a ricocheting bullet while covering the protest in Surif, a village near the city of Hebron. He was clearly identifiable as a journalist because he was wearing a helmet and a vest with the word “PRESS.” RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance IsraelPalestineMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflicts News News June 3, 2021 Find out more
Home / Daily Dose / Ocwen Reacts to Recent Actions By Credit Ratings Agencies Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Previous: Housing Market Will Benefit From Increased Job Gains, Economists Say Next: Data Shows April Was Prosperous For Housing Sign up for DS News Daily 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. 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Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Credit Ratings Agencies Moody’s mortgage servicing rights Ocwen Standard & Poor’s 2015-06-05 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Ocwen Reacts to Recent Actions By Credit Ratings Agencies Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Credit Ratings Agencies Moody’s mortgage servicing rights Ocwen Standard & Poor’s Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Ocwen Financial Corp. reacted to the recent developments in the last week that included a ratings upgrade from Moody’s and being placed Standard & Poor’s CreditWatch list for a downgrade, with a press release on Friday in which the company’s president and CEO praised the company’s progress and said he was “surprised” by S&P’s move.Among the improvements the Atlanta-based servicer has made in the last few months, according to Friday’s release, are continued investments in Risk and Compliance Management Systems, which includes the firm’s internal audit group. Independent monitor Joseph A. Smith Jr., who is overseeing Ocwen’s compliance with the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement, launched an investigation of Ocwen’s internal audit group in May 2014; in May 2015, Smith noted the improvements of that group in his report.Ocwen reported that it had separated its audit and risk functions after hiring Marcelo Cruz as EVP and Chief Risk Officer in June 2014, part of an initiative to add additional experienced management in line with the servicing growth, business complexity, and growing originations business the company has experienced in the last couple of years. The firm also reported its internal audit group has increased the breadth and depth of its audit scope due to the changing environment and the increased need for a focus on compliance. The firm stated in its press release that it believes it has “addressed the higher risk audit issues” and currently does not believe that any of the findings they have identified as higher risk pose a material financial risk.”We were surprised by the S&P announcement and specifically their reasons because we believe that we have made significant progress in resolving past regulatory concerns, strengthened our financial condition, and, over the past couple of years, continually invested in the quality and capacity of our risk, compliance, and internal audit functions,” Ocwen president and CEO Ron Faris said. “We also believe that our risk, compliance, and internal audit scope and effectiveness are consistent with or better than a number of other large mortgage servicers. With the recent filing of our first quarter Form 10-Q and 2014 Form 10-K, we believe that S&P is reviewing the impact of our disclosed regulatory and legal updates in those filings.”As previously reported, we are not aware of any unresolved issues with state agencies that would have a material financial impact on the Company. Similarly, we are not aware of, nor anticipating any, material fines, penalties, or settlements and we are not aware of any pending or threatened actions to suspend or revoke any state licenses. We also continue to have frequent and transparent communications with state and federal regulators, Attorneys General, GSEs, and other important stakeholders.”Ocwen has experienced a tumultuous last year that has included multi-million dollar settlement over alleged servicing violations, a formal notice filed by major investors claiming they lost $1 billion as a result of alleged servicing infractions by Ocwen, ratings downgrades by Moody’s in January and Fitch in February, and the threat of being de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange for the late filing of its 2014 10-K financial report.The company has worked hard to reduce its Agency mortgage servicing rights portfolio in 2015, starting with sales to Nationstar (one in February worth $9.8 billion and one in March worth $25 billion), one to Green Tree Loan Servicing in March (worth $9.6 billion), and one to Chase worth $45 billion that was finalized in mid-May.The MSR sales by Ocwen this year, which total close $100 billion, prompted Moody’s to upgrade Ocwen’s credit ratings earlier this week. Ocwen’s Corporate Family Rating and the Senior Secured Bank Credit Facility were both upgraded from B3 to B2, the Senior Unsecured Debt was upgraded from Caa1 to B3, and Moody’s now has a “stable” outlook for all of Ocwen’s ratings.”We are pleased to see that the strategy we have deployed is working and achieving its objectives,” Faris said. “Execution on sales of a portion of our Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac servicing portfolios has resulted in increased liquidity, reduced corporate leverage and a simplified operating structure. We are pleased that Moody’s has upgraded our Corporate Family Rating, Senior Secured Bank Credit Facility rating, and Senior Unsecured Debt rating. We are also pleased to see that Moody’s has changed its outlook for all of these ratings to stable.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago June 5, 2015 1,096 Views Subscribe read more
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Former Supreme Court Justice Byron White, who was also an all American football player, once famously noted that he turns to the sports pages to learn about man’s successes and the front page to learn about his failures.Maybe it’s because I couldn’t escape the deluge of negative news enveloping the country even after I turned on yesterday’s football games; Or maybe it’s because after watching Ken Burns’ documentary on the Vietnam war last night that got me thinking that the country has never been so divided since 1968, but I decided to throw away my intended subject for today’s blog and remind all you employees and employers out there to take a deep breath when it comes to discussing issues in the work place.Let’s be honest, with Facebook now that everyone has a soapbox and wants everyone to be their friend, there’s a good chance that supervisors will know where exactly their employees stand on the hot buttoned issues of the day. continue reading » read more
“Flowers are beautiful, and we all love getting them, but you can’t eat flowers,” Pickering said with a laugh. Pickering prefers donuts to flowers. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Flowers are a traditional Mother’s Day Gift, but outside the Gault Toyota Dealership, a possibly sweeter gift was being dished out: a donut bouquet. To maintain safety during the coronavirus crisis, Pickering and her help wore masks, and customers simply pulled up, grabbed their donuts and drove off. JukeBox Donut Shop owner Tanya Pickering made more than 300 donuts on Sunday morning, preparing the 37 orders for people to pick up for their loved ones.
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By Kiyoshi Takenaka, Jack TarrantTOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) chief Tsunekazu Takeda, who is under investigation for suspected corruption, said yesterday he will step down when his term ends in June and resign from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).French prosecutors have questioned Takeda in Paris and had placed him under formal investigation in December for suspected corruption in Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Games.Takeda, who was president of the 2020 bid committee, said during a JOC board of directors meeting in Tokyo he would step down and not seek re-election.At a news conference later yesterday, Takeda said: “I don’t believe I’ve done anything illegal.”When asked why he had not resigned with immediate effect, Takeda said: “It pains me to have created such a fuss, but I believe it is my responsibility to serve out the rest of my term.”The IOC said it respected Takeda’s decision.“Our respect of this decision is even greater because he took this step to protect the Olympic Movement while the presumption of innocence, on which the IOC insists, continues to prevail,” it added in a statement.Takeda had been head of the JOC since 2001 and his resignation leaves a cloud hanging over both the national committee and the organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Games.“I feel very bad that I’m causing a disturbance to the public like this, ahead of next year’s Games in Tokyo,” said Takeda.“I thought about the JOC’s future and I have come to a conclusion that it is most appropriate to pass the JOC onto younger leaders that will bear the next generation, letting them create Japan’s new era through the Tokyo Olympics.”“We are aware of JOC president Takeda’s announcement today that he will step down from his position in June. We understand that president Takeda made his own decision,” Tokyo 2020 said in an email to Reuters.“Details have not been made clear yet, so we would like to refrain from making further comments.”Takeda serves on Tokyo 2020’s Executive Committee but it remains unclear whether he would also be standing down from this role.FRENCH INVESTIGATION French investigators have led a years-long probe into corruption in athletics and in early 2016 extended their inquiry into the bidding and voting processes for the hosting of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.Multi-million dollar payments made by the Tokyo bid committee to a Singapore consulting company are under examination and Takeda is suspected of paying bribes to secure the winning bid.Takeda has denied any wrongdoing, saying that there was nothing improper with the contracts made between the committee and the consultancy and that they were for legitimate work.“I’d like to put my efforts into proving my innocence,” added Takeda, who will officially step down when his presidency ends on June 27.Japanese media have reported that former Olympic judo champion Yasuhiro Yamashita and Japan Football Association president Kozo Tashima, both JOC Executive Board members, could be in line to take over.The IOC’s ethics commission has opened a file on Takeda, who chairs the body’s marketing commission. Takeda has been a member of the IOC since 2012. read more
19 Aug 2018 England’s Conor Gough wins Boys’ Amateur England’s Conor Gough defeated Jose Luis Ballester of Spain by 3/1 to win the 92nd Boys’ Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush.The 15-year-old becomes first English player to lift the trophy since Matthew Fitzpatrick’s victory at Notts (Hollinwell) in 2012.As a result of his victory he will now play in The 124th Amateur Championship at Portmarnock and The Island, and gains an exemption into Final Qualifying for The 148th Open, also at Royal Portrush.Gough (Stoke Park) has already won the McGregor Trophy and the boys’ title at the Fairhaven Trophy this season. He said: “I feel incredible. It’s a dream come true.“I never thought it would have happened this year. I knew I was playing well but I didn’t quite think I’d go this far. Now I’m here, the winner, so I’m really happy with myself.”Gough teed off for the second round of the final 2up over Ballester after a closely contested opening 18 holes of high quality golf.Gough stumbled in the early stages of the afternoon round with a double bogey at the 20th and a bogey on the 21st which enabled Ballester to square the match once more. The lead continued to swing to-and-fro on the front nine with neither player able to build a commanding lead.With the crowds building, the key moment came at the par four 29th. Having watched Ballester roll in a 20ft putt for birdie, Gough stood over his own which rested around 15ft from the pin. Under pressure, he read the line brilliantly and used the break off the left to find the hole.On the next, both players found the bottom of a steep embankment with their approach shots to the green. Ballester showed his touch to pitch close to the pin from the heavy rough but Gough went one better as he delighted the crowd by chipping in for eagle and a one-hole lead.Gough never looked back from that point and grew in confidence as the match neared its conclusion. He carded another birdie at the par four 32nd to double his lead and required just a half for victory at the 35th.When Ballester’s tee shot landed in a gorse bush to the left of the fairway he deemed the ball unplayable and took a drop under penalty of one stroke. Sadly, the young Spaniard’s approach fell just short and found a greenside bunker at which point he conceded the hole and the match to the Englishman who completed a memorable 3&1 victory.“The turning moment was 11 (the 29th),” said Gough. “I made a 15ft putt birdie to stay all-square and then 12 was big for eagle. I parred 13 and then made another really important birdie on 14.”He added: “Jose was really good. He gave me a very good game and he impressed me quite a lot with his irons – he was hitting it close.”During the match play stages Gough’s scalps included the European amateur champion, Nicolai Hojgaard of Demark, and his twin brother, Rasmus, Image of Conor Gough with the Boys’ Aamateur trophy courtesy The R&A/Getty Images Tags: Boys Amateur, Royal Portrush read more
The Kootenay Ice took it on the chin for the second consecutive week, dropping a pair of games to tough Vancouver opposition in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action in the Sunflower City.The Greater Vancouver Canadians traveled to the Castlegar Arena Complex before skating off with a pair of wins — 8-2 Saturday and 5-2 Sunday.Kootenay is now riding a five game losing streak where the squad has been outscored 36-11.Ryan Wilkinson scored twice to lead the fourth-place Canadians to the series-opening win. Sawyer Hunt of Nelson and Kadrian Klimchuk of Castlegar replied for the Ice.Greater Vancouver held period leads of 3-0 and 6-1.Sunday, the Canadians exploded for three second-period goals to snap a 1-1 tie.Five different players scored for Greater Vancouver.Ryan Neil of Fruitvale and Kyle Chernenoff replied for Kootenay.Kootenay travels to Kamloops Saturday to face the Thompson Blazers in a two-game weekend series. read more
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Test batsman Shai Hope and left-hander Jonathan Carter both gathered attractive unbeaten hundreds to power Barbados Pride into a match-winning position against leaders Guyana Jaguars yesterday.The right-handed Hope struck 114 not out, while Carter finished on exactly 100 not out as Pride stormed to 320 for four declared in their second innings on the penultimate day of the seventh-round encounter at Kensington Oval.Set an improbable 405 for victory, Jaguars were making a fist of it heading into today’s final day, however, finishing on 52 without loss – still 353 runs adrift of what would be a remarkable run chase.Test opener Rajindra Chandrika was unbeaten on 28 and was partnered by Tagenarine Chanderpaul on 23.The day belonged to Pride, in particular, Hope and Carter, who dominated the Jaguars’ much-vaunted spin attack, to put the hosts in control of the contest.Hope faced 225 balls in a shade over 5 1/2 hours at the crease and counted six fours, while Carter was the aggressor, hammering eight fours and three sixes in an innings requiring only 104 deliveries.For Hope, it was his fourth first-class hundred and second triple figure score in as many games, following his 162 against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the last round.Carter, meanwhile, collected his third first class hundred and his first of the season.The pair put on 162 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand, which steadied the innings after Pride had lost two quick wickets for 16 runs to slip to 158 for four in the first hour after lunch.Brooks perished in the fifth over after lunch, caught at slip by Johnson, off pacer Keon Joseph and Roston Chase lasted just 11 balls before he edged a drive to Assad Fudadin at second slip, also off Joseph.The 24-year-old Keon Joseph was impressive in claiming two for 35, while Veerasammy Permaul finished with two for 108.Hurricanes poisedAt Addelita Cancryn Junior High School: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ 327 all out, reached 323 for six in their first innings at the close on the penultimate day of their seventh-round match in the WICB Regional Four-Day Championship yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 327 (Rahkeem Cornwall 97, Orlando Peters 47, Jahmar Hamilton 46, Nkrumah Bonner 41, Montcin Hodge 31, Kyle Mayers 5-83, Kevin McClean 3-56); VOLCANOES 323 for six (Devon Smith 89, Kavem Hodge 71 not out, Sunil Ambris 56, Jerlani Robinson 47, Kyle Mayers 30 not out, Jacques Taylor 2-52). read more
Bell, in just his second season, is a year older. And he is growing up right before our eyes over the past week.Together, the … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Jordan Bell was asked what a young player can learn from a teammate like Kevon Looney.Bell paused, then said, “I’m older than Kevon.”Maybe it’s that Looney, in his fourth season with the Warriors but still just 23 years old, has always seemed like an old soul.