Obama presses Aliyev to free jailed bloggers

first_img September 27, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Obama presses Aliyev to free jailed bloggers Follow the news on Azerbaijan Photos and video of the rally organised by the Support Committee and Reporters Without Borders outside the Azerbaijani embassy in Paris on 22 January are available here: http://en.rsf.org/azerbaijan-another-adjournment-in-case-of-22-01-2010,36188.html AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia 24/09/2010 Azerbaijan’s supreme court has refused to consider a petition by jailed bloggers Adnan Hadjizade and Emin Milli for their release and for the prosecution of the arresting police officers and the prosecutor who fabricated the case on which they were convicted.The decision to reject the request and to keep the two bloggers in prison was issued by supreme court president Ali Seyfaliyev. Their lawyers have said they will now take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.——————————————————Stubborn authorities refuse to free jailed blogger who qualifies for parole “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News The families of the two bloggers have also addressed an open letter to President Obama and their support committee has launched a petition calling for their immediate release. Sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-adnan-hajizada-and-emin-milli/ The hearing about Adnan Hadjizade’s request for early release will take place on 1 October.——————————————————Supreme court refuses to hear petition by jailed bloggers Reporters Without Borders wrote to US President Barack Obama asking him to request the release of journalist Eynulla Fatullayev and bloggers Adnan Hadjizade and Emin Milli when he meets with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during tomorrow’s session of the United Nations General Assembly. Read the letter. June 4, 2021 Find out more 18/08/2010 Reporters Without Borders condemns the insistence of the authorities in keeping bloggers Adnan Hadjizade and Emin Milli in prison. A court in the Baku district of Garadag today refused to grant Hadjizade the early conditional release for which he qualifies after completing half of his 24-month jail sentence.Prison director Ali Nabiyev and his deputy opposed his release on the grounds that he was conflictive, did not do enough prison work and met with his lawyer too often. A similar hearing will probably be held for Milli in October, when he will have completed half of his 30-month sentence. Arrested in Baku on 8 July 2009, Hadjizade and Milli were convicted on 11 November on clearly trumped-up charges of hooliganism and “deliberate physical violence.”Their lawyer has appealed to the supreme court, which is due to examine their case on 10 August. The judicial farce is continuing despite the support they have been getting from the international community and the calls for their release that have been voiced by such people as US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and EU commissioner for human rights Thomas Hammarberg.———————————————————————————-First anniversary of arrest of bloggers Adnan Hadjizade and Emin Milli07/07/2010 to go further AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Related documents LettertoObamaonAzerbaijanPDF – 76.52 KB center_img 26/07/2010 Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is pleased that US President Barack Obama called on his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, to free imprisoned bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hadjizade when the two leaders had a bilateral meeting during the UN General Assembly session in New York on 24 September. The White House said Obama urged Aliyev to free the two bloggers as part of an increased effort to protect human rights and implement democratic reforms. Both the families of the bloggers and Reporters Without Borders (in a 23 September letter) had asked Obama to press for their release.———————————————————–Obama urged to press Aliyev for release of journalist and two bloggers Receive email alerts Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation News RSF_en News On the first anniversary of the arrest of bloggers Adnan Hadjizade and Emin Milli, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for their immediate release and voices deep exasperation with the Azerbaijani government’s intransigence.“Arrested on trumped-up charges designed to make them look like criminals, these two bloggers are being persecuted for making fun of corrupt politicians in a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aaecvg7xCIk),” Reporters Without Borders said. “The international community is pressing for their release but the authorities are turning a deaf ear and are continuing to openly violate the right to free expression. The pressure must be maintained until their conviction is overturned and they are freed.”Hadjizade is a video blogger and member of the apolitical “OL! Youth Movement” while Milli is one of the founders of a collective called “The Alumni Network.” They were arrested in Baku on 8 July 2009 for allegedly assaulting two individuals in a restaurant although in reality they were the ones who were attacked. Convicted on charges of hooliganism and “deliberate physical violence,” they were sentenced by a court in the Baku district of Sabail on 11 November 2009 to 24 and 30 months in prison respectively.A Baku appeal court upheld their conviction on 10 March. Their lawyer, Isahan Ashurov, has appealed to the supreme court, which is due to hear the case in mid-August. If necessary, Ashurov plans to take it to the European Court of Human Rights.US secretary of state Hillary Clinton raised their case with the authorities during a visit on 4 July, calling for their release. Many human rights organisations and international bodies such as the European Parliament, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Council of Europe have also condemned their arrest and imprisonment.The Adnan Hadjizade and Emin Milli Support Committee has just launched a new action campaign. Go to the www.adnanemin.com website and the videopetition.blogspot.com blog for more information and to sign the petition. News April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Key Challenges Facing Mortgage Servicing

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago How has the housing industry changed during your career?The biggest change in the industry has come about since the crash in 2008 with the disappearance of the private market. Around 93 percent of the mortgages originated are now supported by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, or Gennie Mae. That’s incredibly different than it was 10 to 15 years ago.While those were still viable options, you also had a liquid secondary market for private placement and securitization, not through the GSEs or FHA. That simply has not come back for 10 years, and it doesn’t seem likely to make a wild comeback in the near future either. Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News November 6, 2019 3,313 Views Steve StaidSteve Staid has 27 years’ experience in the mortgage industry, primarily in mortgage servicing.  From 1992 to 2007, he worked at several mortgage servicing companies and held a variety of leadership roles in the default and customer service areas. In 2007, Staid relocated to Europe, where he was responsible for mortgage servicing operations in a number of countries across the continent.  Upon his return to the United States three years later, he took a leadership role at Saxon Mortgage, a Morgan Stanley subsidiary, eventually becoming its CEO. In 2012, Staid took on a leadership role at Bank of America, overseeing non-default servicing operations and the bank’s mortgage related companies, including their title company, their appraisal management company, and several other entities.  In 2017, he joined PHH as the head of mortgage servicing and business development. Staid, now the new Chief Servicing Officer with Gateway First Bank, spoke with DS News on his new role, changes in the industry, and what lies ahead for the consumer in 2020.  2019-11-06 Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Do you believe affordability could increase for the consumer in 2020?It is a more complicated story than most people would probably believe. We understand that housing starts in high growth areas, in the big urban centers – think of the Dallas, Houston and Denver. Unfortunately, new stock is not keeping up with the demand for housing. The underlying challenge here that we’re having an interesting dialogue about at Gateway is that low to moderate house prices have become very difficult to find in those sorts of markets and very difficult to start. The cost of new home builds has gone up dramatically in the last 10 years.Additionally, cities and municipalities are taking a really good look now at what their tax base needs to be in order to afford the services to their community.Think about building schools, fire departments, police department. Then start thinking about how things started in the $200,000 and up range. When you start thinking about that number, that doesn’t really feel like starter home number, right? There is an interesting dynamic whereby it’s incredibly more expensive than it has been to build a house, and cities would like to see a higher tax base in order to afford all the services required for their community. What does this mean for affordable, single-family housing in the future? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago What role do you see technology playing in the service industry as we enter 2020?Technology plays a more critical role than ever. We always talk about economies of scale in servicing, but we really get the most economies of scale through the implementation of new technology – to automate more processes and to take more expenses out of the system.The companies that are more advanced along those lines will find themselves successful as this profit and loss pressure mounts, if inflation rises over the next five years as predicted.  Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Key Challenges Facing Mortgage Servicing Do you think the move to high-density zoning could be a viable solution to the affordable housing crisis?I’m not sure there is another solution right now, especially if you think of somewhere like San Francisco, or Seattle, where you are limited in how you can expand. You have geographical limitations to those places. Seattle can’t be a sprawl, especially when compared to somewhere like Dallas.Everyone is talking about growth in areas, like those big metroplexes, but the growth is outstripping the ability to build single-family houses anyway. It’s got to go high density. Previous: The Danger Beyond the Storm Next: The Areas Where Homeowners Are Still Underwater The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago What are your thoughts on the current state of the industry with 2019 coming to a close?I think the biggest challenges for the servicing industry in the coming years are going to be surrounding profitability. One of the things that servicing entities are challenged with, simply with 93 percent of mortgages being GSE or FHA related, is that the servicing fees on those are fixed. If you look at how the inflation curve has run lately, it’s not that scary. But, if you want to project inflation over the coming years, we’re talking about the cost of servicing going up just on inflationary basis, over the next five years, maybe 10 to 15 percent. Our expense base is going to increase, yet our ability to increase our revenue is going to be capped by the growth of mortgage balances. The 25-basic points of fixed servicing fees has been in place for a long time, and I think that will continue to bring more pressure to bear on the profitability of servicers over time. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Key Challenges Facing Mortgage Servicing Share Save What are your thoughts on being named Chief Servicing Officer at Gateway First Bank?I’m extremely excited to be working with Gateway. They’re a great mortgage company, that’s now also a bank, and there is a huge opportunity to grow their servicing book in the coming years. At Gateway, we have a very powerful origination channel, and have proven over time that it’s sustainable and profitable. As a servicing company, you really need a channel for loans to come in. Loans pay off over time, and borrowers refinance or pay off their mortgage in full.Having a pipeline into a servicing platform is critical, and that’s one of the strengths at Gateway that I found very appealing.  Related Articles Subscribelast_img read more