TV journalist briefly kidnapped, threatened with same fate as journalist killed in 2000

first_img April 28, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa July 3, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders called on the Mozambican authorities today to protect Jeremias Langa, the news director of the privately-owned television station Soico TV (STV). He was briefly kidnapped at gun-point on 27 January in Maputo and threatened with the same fate as journalist Carlos Cardoso – killed in 2000 – if he continued to “talk to much.” Follow the news on Mozambique MozambiqueAfrica Help by sharing this information News Joint letter to Mozambique’s president about journalist’s disappearance Organisation News to go further Reports February 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV journalist briefly kidnapped, threatened with same fate as journalist killed in 2000 November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Mozambique: Case of missing Mozambican journalist referred to UN News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders called on the Mozambican authorities today to protect Jeremias Langa, the news director of the privately-owned television station Soico TV (STV), who was briefly kidnapped at gun-point on 27 January in Maputo and threatened with the same fate as journalist Carlos Cardoso – killed in 2000 – if he continued to “talk to much.”The press freedom organisation said Langa’s kidnapping was preceded by an armed threat against him in October in which the police investigation achieved nothing. It also pointed out that the latest incident had come just a few days after one of Cardoso’s convicted killers was returned to prison, and that it had revived old concerns. “Violence against the press and impunity for the perpetrators should finally be a thing of the past,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But to achieve this goal, the Mozambican authorities must take this attack seriously rather than finding excuses for not carrying out an immediate investigation.”The organisation added that the authorities should protect Langa until they had caught those who carried out the attack and its instigators, if there was any.Langa said he was held up by two gunmen “of African race, in their 30s” in the Maputo suburb of Malhangalene on the evening of 27 January. Threatening him with their pistols, they got into his Toyota Corolla with him. One took the wheel while the other kept his gun trained on Langa in the back seat.”You talk to much,” said the man pointing his gun at Langa. “You’re a journalist who talks to much. You are going to be given a lesson that will make you shut up. Your are going to die like Carlos Cardoso.”Langa told Reporters Without Borders he made an effort to say nothing in reply and to keep calm. “You are saying nothing, but you talk too much on your TV station,” his assailants kept saying during the half hour that the abduction lasted.They finally threw him out of the car as they passed a restaurant a few kilometres from the city centre. Displaying their pistols one last time, they said: “Say anything at all, and you’ll be killed.”In the October incident, Langa was accosted by three men, two of whom were armed, as he approached his car after leaving his office. One of them said to him: “Journalist bastard, we’ll get you.” Langa told Reporters Without Borders the police took no action and, when he enquired, they said they had “mislaid the complaint.”He said he did not know the precise motives for these attacks, but he assumed his frequent comments of a political nature on the air on STV during interviews with Mozambican personalities could expose him to reprisals. MozambiqueAfrica last_img read more

Realtors Support HAWK, Say It Could Go Further

first_img  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Realtors Support HAWK, Say It Could Go Further Realtors Support HAWK, Say It Could Go Further Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago July 1, 2014 1,221 Views Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: FHFA OIG Raises Questions About Risks of Nonbank Servicers Next: HSBC to Pay $10M to Settle Claims over Foreclosure Fees The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago FHA HAWK NAR 2014-07-01 Derek Templeton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Derek Templeton is an attorney based in Dallas, Texas. He practices in the areas of real estate, financial services, and general corporate transactional law. His experience includes time as an Attorney Adviser for the U.S. Small Business Administration and as General Counsel for a nonprofit organization in Dallas. A self-avowed “policy junkie,” he has a keen interest in the effect that evolving federal policy has on the mortgage, default servicing, and greater housing industries. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) lent its support Monday to the Homeowners Armed with Knowledge (HAWK) pilot program but has concerns that it will not do enough to lower insurance premiums for homebuyers.In a letter sent to HUD, the organization reiterated its appreciation for the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) efforts to provide reduced mortgage insurance premiums to first-time homebuyers but complained about the high mortgage insurance premiums and counseling fees that come along.The HAWK Pilot Program for new homebuyers provides FHA insurance pricing incentives to first-time homebuyers who participate in housing counseling that covers how to evaluate housing affordability and mortgage alternatives, financial advice, and the rights and responsibilities of home ownership.FHA announced the program in May as part of its “Blueprint for Access,” outlining additional steps that the agency is taking to expand access to credit for underserved potential borrowers.Under the program, first-time homebuyers who participate in the four-year pilot program will benefit at closing from a 50 basis points reduction in the upfront mortgage insurance premium and a 10 basis points reduction in the annual premium.  If buyers complete post-closing housing counseling and do not have delinquencies greater than 90 days in the first 18 months after closing, they will receive an additional 15 basis points reduction on the annual premium starting the loan’s 25th month.NAR contends that, despite the counseling incentive, FHA insurance rates are too high.”As the leading advocate for homeowners, Realtors are concerned about FHA’s high annual mortgage insurance premiums and the insurance requirement for the life of the loan,” NAR President Steve Brown said. “FHA fees make up nearly 20 percent of a monthly mortgage payment today and are making it more difficult for qualified buyers to purchase a home. Since FHA is on target to meet and exceed its capital reserve requirements in the next fiscal year, we encourage FHA to support premium reductions across the board.”The letter also voiced concern that the cost of the counseling envisioned under the program, a combined total of $500 if all counseling sessions are attended, is too high and would prevent many qualified first time homebuyers from accessing the market. NAR recommended that lenders be allowed to mitigate some of the counseling costs. Otherwise, it could take buyers two years to offset the cost of counseling with the premium reductions offered under the HAWK program and even longer if buyers have to satisfy other financial programs separately.FHA contends that HAWK will save the average buyer approximately $325 a year—or almost $9,800 over the life of their loan. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: Derek Templeton in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Tagged with: FHA HAWK NAR Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

33 States Report Job Growth in Solar Industry

first_img33 States Report Job Growth in Solar Industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Solar Industry Magazine:The Solar Foundation, an independent nonprofit research and education organization, has released state-by-state data from its annual National Solar Jobs Census series via the State Solar Jobs Census Map.The new numbers show that California not only maintained its No. 1 spot in 2015, but also created over 20,000 new solar jobs last year – a 38% increase – and became the first state to surpass the 75,000 solar jobs benchmark.The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) has praised local policymakers for their continued support of this new clean energy market, pointing to recent decisions around net metering, extension of the federal investment tax credit, and the state’s 50% by 2030 renewable portfolio standard.“Solar power is a bright spot in California’s economy, bringing jobs and economic development to every corner of the state,” says Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the CALSEIA. “While conventional energy industries are losing jobs, we are seeing record growth and bringing clean air and climate solutions along the way.”According to The Solar Foundation, Massachusetts solidified the No. 2 position in 2015 while becoming the second state to have more than 15,000 solar jobs. In addition to California and Massachusetts: Nevada, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, Oregon, Michigan, and Utah are among the top 20 solar jobs states that grew by 30% or more.“Solar power not only helps protect our environment and health – it helps accelerate our economic success,” says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “This is another example of how Colorado’s diverse energy economy contributes to our overall growth and stability. We are pleased that the solar industry continues to find Colorado a good state for business.”“Massachusetts is home to a thriving clean energy economy with innovative companies, world-class research institutions and a skilled workforce, and we’re proud that the commonwealth continues to maintain its national clean energy leadership position,” adds Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.The Solar Foundation says 33 states, including the District of Columbia, saw positive solar jobs growth in 2015 over the previous year, and many states experienced double-digit increases.“Solar job creation is booming across the country. California’s 20,000 new jobs marks an industry milestone – but states like Utah, Colorado, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia demonstrate the regional diversity of the industry’s growth,” says Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation. “Our data since 2012 show that half the states in the country have at least doubled their solar workforce.”The Solar Foundation notes this is the first year it has tracked solar jobs by congressional district for all 50 states – providing information for nearly all 436 federal congressional districts and more than 6,000 state legislative districts. The organization says there are now 61 federal congressional districts with at least 1,000 solar jobs; 132 districts with more than 500; and 222 districts with 250 or more solar industry jobs.Other key rankings from the State Solar Jobs Census include the following:Most Solar Jobs: 1. California, 2. Massachusetts, 3. Nevada, 4. New York, 5. New Jersey.Highest % Solar Jobs Growth: 1. Rhode Island, 2. South Carolina, 3. Nebraska, 4. Tennessee, 5. Louisiana.Most Solar Jobs Per Capita: 1. Nevada 2. Vermont, 3. Hawaii, 4. California, 5. Massachusetts.Highest % Solar Capacity Growth 2014-15 (estimated): 1. South Carolina, 2. Utah, 3. Georgia, 4. Oregon, 5. New Hampshire.Full article: U.S. Solar Job Creation Is ‘Booming,’ California Ranks No. 1last_img read more