Wednesday 1 September 2010 8:54 pm whatsapp KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Apple last night launched a revamped on-demand TV service it hopes will help it smash into the online rental market.Apple TV allows users to rent episodes of hit US shows like Glee for as little as 99¢ (64p) and play them through their TV. The device could catapult Apple into a market currently dominated in the UK by firms such as Sky, Virgin and the BBC.It announced tie-up deals with ABC and Fox, with Steve Jobs saying he expects other major content producers to jump on the bandwagon soon.The release is a shift in strategy for Apple, which has previously allowed users to buy, rather than rent, TV shows. To date it has sold 450m episodes, compared to 11.7bn songs downloaded from its iTunes platform.It is the second incarnation of the product, the first released to critical acclaim but public apathy in 2006.The new version is sleeker and just a quarter of the size. But the main difference is a steep drop in the price from $229 to just $99, with a pricetag of £99 in the UK.Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said: “This tiny, silent box lets users watch thousands of HD movies and TV shows, and makes all of their music, photos and videos effortlessly available on their home entertainment system.”Analysts told City A.M. the low price suggests Apple is more interested in breaking into the market than generating serious revenue through the device.It is also unlikely that Apple TV will be able to dominate viewing habits in the same way it has revolutionised the way we consume music.Ian Maude of Enders Analysis said: “This will take some business away from the big TV players. It is part of a slow shift towards paid-for content so that will chip away at the BBC and ITV.“But it is in more direct competition with Sky and Google [which launched a new TV service earlier this week]. It is a very long-term game. At the moment on-demand rentals is a very small market. It’s also a very competitive one and it will be difficult to take customers from the big players, especially as it only has deals with two partners. There is absolutely no chance of Apple becoming dominant in the TV market – it is about chipping away at its rivals.”Apple announced a host of other products, including a new range of iPods. It will also release a new version of iTunes which will feature a social networking feature described by Jobs as “iTunes meets Twitter and Facebook.” whatsapp Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsBuick’s New Lineup Is Truly StunningAll Things Auto | Search AdsHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars SmartAnswers.netThis New Volkswagen SUV Is The Car Of Your Dreams.SmartAnswers.netOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save ThousandsThe No Cost Solar ProgramBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Health TV wars loom as Apple takes aim Tags: NULL
Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) 2011 abridged results.Company ProfileZenith Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the personal, commercial, corporate, private and investment banking sectors. The company also offers non-banking services such as foreign exchange, treasury, trade services and cash management services. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional accounts, savings accounts and deposits to short term investment funds, association accounts, personal funds management, funds transfer service and import letters of credit. Established in 1990 and formerly known as Zenith International Bank Limited, the company changed its name to Zenith Bank Plc in 2004. The company has three subsidiaries: Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited and Zenith Bank (Sierra Leone) and Zenith Bank (Gambia) Limited. It has representative offices in South Africa and The People’s Republic of China. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Zenith Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about Puma Energy Zambia Plc reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Puma Energy Zambia Plc company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading Liquidity The total indicative share trading liquidity for Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) in the past 12 months, as of 1st June 2021, is US$24.14K (ZMW495.15K). An average of US$2.01K (ZMW41.26K) per month.Puma Energy Zambia Plc Annual Report DocumentCompany ProfilePuma Energy Zambia Plc markets and distributes petroleum products and lubricants in Zambia; ensuring a secure, safe and affordable supply to the following sectors: business-to-business, retail, lubricant, aviation, bitumen, liquefied petroleum gas, storage, supply, bunkering, wholesale, marine systems and refining. It also owns 53 service stations, located in the main towns and cities of Zambia. Puma Energy Zambia is a subsidiary of Puma Energy International BV; a global energy business with integrated midstream and downstream operations in 50 countries across five continents. The Puma brand was created in Argentina in 1929 and founded to transport and market crude oil and its by-products. The energy company has undergone exceptional growth and now boasts an international footprint that includes the Americas, Africa, Europe and Middle East/Asia Pacific. Puma Energy Zambia Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange
Photographs: Julien LanooText description provided by the architects. House D (Maison D) is an extension of a Family home, in the middle of an urban area, on a parcel twice as wide as the existing house. Save this picture!© Julien LanooRecommended ProductsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroThe House D (Maison D), doubles the linear qualities of the existing house fa√ßade, thus unifying a roadside landscape that was deconstructed before, the extension also doubles the importance of the private family garden. Save this picture!© Julien LanooThe House D extension welcomes all the important living functions, private income patio, kitchen an living room, the architect ( Emmanuelle Weiss) chose to incorporate on the first level of the extension a equipped sleeping quarter, with bathroom and a well organised dressing. The result of this exercise frees up the existing house, which has mainly become the children’s territory. Also now, the complementation of House D, makes room to add a large office area in the existing house, adapted to the professional life of its inhabitants. Save this picture!© Julien LanooThe volume, high levels , low levels : ¬´ zones ¬ª create a dialogue with the existing typical style house. All the volumes in the House D translated in it’s roofline, bring a richness to it’s space. Natural light embraces the volume, some times directly some times reflected it fills in the complete project and living quarters. House D is an answer to the existing devision of the main house. Its functional properties talk directly into the vertical circulations of the existing house, it opens up living space. Save this picture!© Julien LanooTo link the old and new together, the architect ( Emmanuelle Weiss) chose to use a minimal contact between both architectures. The new differentiates it’s self on the outside by two litle patios, only linking itself to the old on the interior where the new incrusts into the hall way. The chose materials are a homage to the existing house, but staying in a modern urban context. Dark bricks ( reflecting back on a modern way to the dark old red bricks typical for this area) and aluminum detail work show subtile hints to it’s surroundings.Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessGlass Farm / MVRDVSelected ProjectsmodeLab Dynamic Behaviors in Processing WebinarArticles Share “COPY” CopyHouses•Lille, France France Architects: Emmanuelle Weiss Year Completion year of this architecture project Maison D / Emmanuelle WeissSave this projectSaveMaison D / Emmanuelle Weiss Save this picture!© Julien Lanoo+ 14 Share Maison D / Emmanuelle Weiss ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/321655/maison-d-emmanuelle-weiss Clipboard Year: ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/321655/maison-d-emmanuelle-weiss Clipboard 2012 “COPY” Houses Projects Photographs CopyAbout this officeEmmanuelle WeissOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLilleHousesFrancePublished on January 22, 2013Cite: “Maison D / Emmanuelle Weiss” 22 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Year: Area: 249 m² Area: 249 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/604697/urban-house-in-tua-do-lindo-vale-ana-claudia-monteiro-vitor-oliveira Clipboard ArchDaily 2010 Architects: Ana Cláudia Monteiro + Vítor Oliveira Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” 2010 “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/604697/urban-house-in-tua-do-lindo-vale-ana-claudia-monteiro-vitor-oliveira Clipboard Urban House in Tua do Lindo Vale / Ana Cláudia Monteiro + Vítor Oliveira Save this picture!© José Campos+ 27 Share Houses Projects Photographs CopyHouses•Porto, Portugal Year: Urban House in Tua do Lindo Vale / Ana Cláudia Monteiro + Vítor OliveiraSave this projectSaveUrban House in Tua do Lindo Vale / Ana Cláudia Monteiro + Vítor Oliveira Portugal photographs: José CamposPhotographs: José CamposEngineering:António Oliveira, Américo MonteiroConstruction:ErgohabSite Area:225m2City:PortoCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© José CamposText description provided by the architects. The House is located in the Rua do Lindo Vale, in the city of Porto. It is a row-house, 3 stories high, built on a plot of 5 m width and 40 m length. This building has four fundamental characteristics. The first is that the architects are also the clients of this project. The design of the Architect’s House is, undoubtedly, a unique challenge within the design of the House, as an architectural programme, due to the coincidence between the ‘architect’ and the ‘client’, and due to the possibility of the spatial realization of the architect’s own residential experience.Save this picture!© José CamposThe second characteristic is the sound sense of urbanity of this House. This is not a house built in the periphery of the city, in a plot of medium- or large-size, but a House erected in the central area of the city, an area with an intense urban life, in a long and narrow plot that raises a number of spatial constraints. Based on the regulations of the plan in force, for a building to be erected on this plot it should maintain the alignment of adjacent buildings, a maximum height inferior to the width of the street, and a high permeability in the back of the plot. The definition of this volume (by the regulations of the plan) led to an interior organization of the dwelling that is, somehow, similar to the inner structure of the typical houses of Porto – two lit rooms near the two façades of the house and a third non lit room in the core of the house. The staircase is located in this core. In each floor, the third room corresponds to: the library (which is opened to the office) and the bathroom in the ground floor; the kitchen (which is opened to the dining and living rooms) on the first floor; and a patio in the second floor.Save this picture!© José CamposThe third characteristic is the simplicity of design and materials. The integration of this House within the existing buildings is based, in a first moment, on a careful volumetric articulation and, second, on the simplicity of design of the front and rear façades – the structure, the door and windows, and the gate – reinforced by the use of one single color. Inside the house this simplicity continues: in an interior organization layout that is very similar in all floors; in the search for ‘true’ in construction; and in a spatial continuity between the three floors, which is enhanced by the design of the stair and of the vertical movement. This simplicity is also underlined by the use of a restricted range of materials in all rooms, including both the kitchen and the bathrooms: walls and ceilings are painted white, pavements are of beige vinyl floor, and wooden doors are painted white.Save this picture!© José CamposFinally, the House is very flexible. The repeated use of a set of very simple elements introduced a great versatility in the day-to-day living of the House: i) each window, on the front and rear façades, has two sets of shutters – one set positioned between 0 and 0.90m high, and another set positioned between 0.90 m and 2.65 m high; ii) all rooms, except the bathrooms, have sliding doors that can be fully collected by the interior walls allowing, as such, a smoothness movement between different rooms.Save this picture!DetailThe House in the Rua do Lindo Vale is clearly an urban house belonging to ‘that’ particular place. It is the spatial expression of the residential experience of their architects; erected on a great simplicity of design and materials, achieving its high quality through a rigorous sense of construction and a high spatial versatility.Save this picture!© José CamposProject gallerySee allShow lessWalter Netsch: The “Radical Mind” That Designed SOM’s Air Force Academy ChapelInterviews”Winter Stations” Bring Warmth to Toronto’s Frozen BeachesArchitecture News Share CopyAbout this officeAna Cláudia Monteiro + Vítor Oliveira OfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPortoHousesPortugalPublished on March 04, 2015Cite: “Urban House in Tua do Lindo Vale / Ana Cláudia Monteiro + Vítor Oliveira ” 04 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Future postcode changes are anticipated for Coventry and Gloucester.The Royal Mail publishes helpful advice about how direct marketers can handle these new postcodes.Visit the Royal Mail. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Royal Mail has announced its latest amendments to the post code system. These changes are made on an ongoing basis because some postcodes become “exhausted” as new homes and businesses are created in particular areas.The Royal Mail has announced its latest amendments to the post code system. These changes are made on an ongoing basis because some postcodes become “exhausted” as new homes and businesses are created in particular areas.The latest updates affect Braintree, Chichester, Colchester, Derby, Horsham, Leicester, Salford, Swansea, and Woking. Advertisement Howard Lake | 24 January 2002 | News 13 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Postcode changes in nine towns
The family and other supporters of Major Tillery, who has been in Pennsylvania prisons unjustly for over 30 years, gathered outside the Philadelphia courthouse just before his attorney filed a Post-Conviction Relief Act appeal. Attorney Rachel Wolkenstein, who wrote the appeal, says Tillery is factually innocent and was convicted only because of “gross prosecutorial misconduct violating the fundamentals of due process.”New evidence supporting his appeal comes from two jailhouse informants who testified at Tillery’s May 1985 trial, almost nine years after a Philadelphia pool hall shooting on Oct. 22, 1976. There was no other evidence against Tillery except for these supposed witnesses. Both witnesses now admit their testimonies were untrue.The trial had taken place in an atmosphere of heightened repression. It was at the same time that the city firebombed the home of people in the MOVE Black political movement on Osage Avenue. The ensuing fire killed six adults and five children and destroyed a whole block of people’s homes. Prosecutors repeatedly demonized Tillery by bringing into evidence his membership in the Nation of Islam.As fellow political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal explained in a 2015 Prison Radio broadcast, Tillery became a jailhouse lawyer who “shook the prison walls in the case known as Tillery v. Owens, a groundbreaking prison conditions case where double-dealing (or the placement of four men in a cell) was declared unconstitutional. The prison medical department was declared unconstitutional and living conditions in part of the prison were declared a violation of the Constitution.”When Abu-Jamal became sick from what was later diagnosed as hepatitis C, it was Major Tillery who told the Mahanoy Prison superintendent that if Jamal wasn’t hospitalized immediately, he might die. Mumia was hospitalized but Tillery was transferred and put in solitary confinement for six months on a phony drug charge. “Major is in the hole not because of drugs, but because of something prison administrators hate and fear above all things: prisoner unity; prisoner solidarity” (tinyurl.com/z5ahm4n)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Home Indiana Agriculture News Application Period for MFP Payments Opens Application Period for MFP Payments Opens By NAFB News Service – Jul 28, 2019 SHARE Farm Service Agency offices are accepting producer applications for the Market Facilitation Program payments announced last week beginning today. The payments are part of the $16 billion trade aid package for producers in 2019. The Department of Agriculture expects the first round of payments to start mailing around mid-to-late August. A producer will receive 50 percent of the per-acre payment rate in the first round of payments. So, if a county-level rate is $60, the producer would receive $30 per-acre in August, and the remaining $30 would be split between two additional payments, if they’re determined necessary by the Trump administration, later in the year. Producers have until Friday, December 6, 2019, to apply.Dairy and hog producers are also eligible for aid, but have specific requirements producers must follow during the application process. USDA is encouraging all eligible producers to contact their local FSA office to apply, or find the application and requirements, along with the list of agricultural products covered, at www.farmers.gov/mfp.Davie Stephens, president of the American Soybean Association, says his group appreciates the help. “The county rate for farmers in areas with a higher percentage of crops suffering from negative trade impacts will receive a higher offset for the damages we’ve seen because of the tariffs,” he says. “We appreciate the Administration’s efforts to determine how the payments will work and hope that our soybean growers will feel some relief from the assistance.” SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleUS in China and Japan in US for Trade Negotiations This WeekNext articleCommentary: Indiana State Fair Celebrating My Unnamed Hero in the Heartland NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter
Organisation RSF_en Vietnam News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang News The Internet is not very widespread and remains under the control of the ruling Communist Party. Cyber-dissidents are arrested, politically and culturally “incorrect” websites are blocked and personal e-mail is monitored. The government seems to be closely following China’s example. Government information siteRadio Free Asia April 22, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific VietnamAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Vietnam When the younger-generation Nong Duc Manh took over the Communist Party leadership in April 2001, hopes were raised for greater media freedom and growth of the Internet. But this has not happened and Vietnam remains one of the world’s most repressive countries where the Internet is concerned. One of the main blocks to its growth is the high cost of communications. However, more and more people in universities are logging on and cybercafés are springing up everywhere.The biggest of the five public or part publicly-owned ISPs, Vietnam Data Communications (VDC), catering to nearly a third of all Internet users, is controlled by the posts and telecommunications ministry (DGPT). The government blocks access to websites it considers politically and morally “dangerous,” including foreign news sites and those of human rights organisations set up by Vietnamese abroad. VDC monitors what sites its customers visit.Opposition groups say the government even regularly hacks into “undesirable” sites. The Hoahao spiritual movement, for example, says the Vietnamese embassy in Singapore sends viruses by e-mail to the movement’s followers and to political opponents abroad.But the government also uses the Internet for propaganda purposes. The proceedings of the 9th Communist Party Congress in April 2001 were reported in several languages on the website of the official Vietnam News Agency (VNA). Internet access points were set up around the country so the population could follow the congress. The party also advertises its doctrines on its own website, which opened in 2001.The prime minister announced in August 2001 that the government would allow new ISPs to operate, including privately-owned ones. But this has not yet happened. The government has forbidden use of the Internet for political opposition, for actions against national sovereignty and security and violations of morality or the law.Deputy culture and information minister Nguyen Khac Hai ordered police on 8 January 2002 to seize and destroy any publication not authorised by the government. The BBC reported that photocopies of printouts from the dissident news website Dialogue were among the targets.On 5 August 2002, the DGPT asked the authorities in the country’s 61 provinces to step up monitoring and inspection of cybercafés. The government called for punishment of those making “harmful use” of the Internet. Two days later, the culture and information ministry suspended the website TTVNonline.com because it did not have proper authorisation to operate and was putting out news that violated the press law and “twisted the truth.”The ministry refused to say what this news was, but official sources said the target was the site’s discussion group, where topics such as territory ceded to China in December 1999, political reforms and corruption in the Communist Party were being discussed. The website was voted by the specialist press in 2001 as the best one for young people. On 16 August 2002, Phan An Sa, deputy chief inspector at the culture and information ministry, called for access to subversive and pornographic material on the Internet to be blocked. He listed five kinds of Internet use he said was harmful to national security, including exchanges of anti-government material and use of the Internet to defraud people. He added that the authorities should fine young people and train them better how to use the Internet. Most Vietnamese users are aged between 14 and 24.In early 2003, Phan announced new laws would be passed to monitor Internet content more closely. Sites run from Vietnam would have to have a licence and inform the authorities whenever they changed the content of the site. He said Internet operators, especially ISPs and cybercafé owners, should be responsible for their customers’ messages. He told a foreign journalist in January 2003 that just as restaurant owners had to ensure their food contained nothing harmful, cybercafé owners were not allowed to serve poison to their young customers.The government newspaper Thoi bao Kinh te Vietnam (Vietnam Economic Times) said on 26 June that the government planned to set up a national monitoring system to ensure that cybercafé users did not see “politically or morally dangerous” websites. It said the culture and information ministry had reported “very many” violations of the law about spreading subversive material and publishing state secrets. Prime Minister Phan Van Khai ordered police on 24 June to inspect the country’s 4,000 cybercafés.Five cyber-dissidents arrested in 13 monthsLe Chi Quang, a 31-year-old computer teacher and law graduate, was arrested on 21 February 2002 in a Hanoi cybercafé and charged with sending “dangerous” information abroad. Police seized computer equipment and papers from his home and he was sent to the B-14 prison camp near Hanoi. He was arrested after posting on the Internet a very detailed article he wrote called “Beware of the empire to the north,” about the circumstances of the government’s signing of border agreements with China in 1999. The article was very widely distributed among Vietnamese abroad.He was sentenced to four years in prison on 8 November and three years of house arrest after that for “opposing the government of the socialist republic of Vietnam” under article 88 of the criminal code banning the distribution of anti-government material. During his three-hour trial, the rights of the defence were flouted and the foreign media were not allowed to attend. Only his parents were allowed to be present. His mother said he admitted posting the article but rejected the government’s accusation and that the family would appeal against the sentence. He appeared to be physically very week and his face was swollen. Friends said he had kidney problems and that the prison authorities had refused him treatment. Nearly 100 people, including dissidents, demonstrated outside the courthouse and police arrested one of them.Police searched the house in Ho Chi Minh City of Tran Khue, a literature teacher and founder of an anti-corruption group, on 8 March 2002 and confiscated his computer, printer, camera, mobile phones and papers. Two days later, he was put under house arrest. He had earlier posted on the Internet a letter he had written to Chinese President Jiang Zemin on the eve of an official visit to Vietnam demanding that he revise some clauses of the border agreements. In August 2001, Tran Khue had been arrested and escorted home when he was found near the border with China investigating the situation there.Members of the special P4-A25 police unit went to the Hanoi home of Dr. Pham Hong Son, the local representative of a foreign pharmaceutical company, on 25 March and took him in for questioning about his translation of articles on the website of the US embassy in Vietnam. Shortly afterwards, eight members of the police unit searched his home and took away computer material and personal papers. He returned to the police the next day to get them back but was turned away. A day later, he posted online an open letter protesting against the illegal search and confiscation of his property. Two days after that, on 29 March, his family reported he had vanished. His mother was not allowed to visit him in prison until 15 April.The family were told he had been arrested for translating and posting online an article from the US embassy website called “What is democracy?” He has also written many articles himself, such as “Promoting democracy: a key part of the new world order” and “Sovereignty and human rights: the search for reconciliation,” which have appeared on pro-democracy online forums Danchu.net and Ykien.net. On 29 April, he was reportedly at the B-14 prison camp. His wife Ha Thuy Vu and their two sons were forced to leave their home after harassment and threats. In July, the interior ministry said the cyber-dissident would stay in prison.Police searched the house of journalist Nguyen Vu Binh on 25 September, seized his personal belongings and took him to the B14 prison camp. He wrote for the magazine section of the Communist Party newspaper Tap Chi Cong San but was dismissed in January 2001 for trying to set up an independent political party. Since then, he has written articles criticising the government. He had been briefly arrested on 19 July for sending a written report to a human rights conference in Washington DC. He was freed the next day but put under house arrest and closely watched by police, who he had to report to every day. In August, along with 20 other writers and dissidents, he signed a petition to the government calling for reform of the judiciary and creation of an independent anti-corruption squad. The authorities have not said why he was arrested this time, but it may have been for posting online in August a critical article he wrote about the sensitive topic of border agreements signed with China. Cyber-dissident Nguyen Khac Toan was jailed for 12 years on 20 December by a “people’s court” in Hanoi for “spying” after e-mailing material to allegedly “reactionary” Vietnamese human rights organisations abroad. His rights to a fair trial were ignored and the hearing, which lasted only a few hours, was held in secret, in violation of article 131 of the national constitution and without even family members present. He was only allowed to see his lawyer twice, a few days before the trial, but was not able to talk to him in private. Toan, a former army officer, was arrested on 8 January in a Hanoi cybercafé and was being held in the B14 prison not far from Hanoi.Dr Nguyen Dan Que, editor of the underground magazine Tuong Lai (The Future) and author of many articles posted on the Internet, was arrested at his home in Ho Chi Minh City on 17 March 2003. A few hours later, police returned to the house and seized his computer, mobile phone and many personal papers. His arrest was thought to be linked with a statement he put online criticising the lack of press freedom in the country. He was responding to remarks made by a foreign ministry spokesman on 12 March that freedom of information was guaranteed.He has already spent nearly 20 years of his life in jail and is being held at the main prison in Ho Chi Minh City. He studied medicine at Saigon University and was arrested in 1978 and held without trial for 10 years. He was arrested again in 1990 after campaigning for democracy and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, including 20 at hard labour. He was freed in an amnesty in 1998, but was still frequently interrogated and his home repeatedly searched. He was also publicly and regularly vilified by the Ho Chi Minh City state security department. June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Links:Ministry of posts and telecommunications Receive email alerts to go further News News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Help by sharing this information Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Amnesty International news about Vietnam April 7, 2021 Find out more
The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Former Fannie Mae CEO Claims SEC Failed to Prove Accusations of Subprime Lending Fraud Sign up for DS News Daily Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago March 23, 2015 1,063 Views Tagged with: Fannie Mae SEC Subprime Lending Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Former Fannie Mae CEO Claims SEC Failed to Prove Accusations of Subprime Lending Fraud Fannie Mae SEC Subprime Lending 2015-03-23 Brian Honea About Author: Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd told a judge that he did not believe the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had proven its claims that the government-sponsored enterprise was guilty of fraud in regards to its subprime mortgage portfolio in the run-up to the financial crisis, according to media reports.Mudd, the CEO of Fannie Mae during the years leading up to the housing crash (2005 to 2008), and former Fannie Mae executives Enrico Dallavecchia (chief risk officer) and Thomas A. Lund (EVP), requested that Judge Paul Crotty in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York grant them summary judgment on the grounds that the SEC had not shown evidence that the GSE misled or made false statements to investors about its subprime portfolio.The SEC sued the Fannie Mae executives in December 2011, claiming that they attempted to shield from investors the amount of subprime and high risk mortgage loans held by the Agency by omitting two types of loans known as Expanded Approval and MyCommunityLoans from financial statements.”Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives told the world that their subprime exposure was substantially smaller than it really was,” said Robert Khuzami, Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, at the time the lawsuit was filed. “These material misstatements occurred during a time of acute investor interest in financial institutions’ exposure to subprime loans, and misled the market about the amount of risk on the company’s books. All individuals, regardless of their rank or position, will be held accountable for perpetuating half-truths or misrepresentations about matters materially important to the interest of our country’s investors.”The executives responded by saying that Expanded Approval and MyCommunityLoans, which were intended for borrowers with weaker credit, were excluded from the financial statements because they did not qualify as subprime loans under Fannie Mae’s own qualification guidelines, according to reports. The defendants contend that investors had access to the Fannie Mae guidelines that define a subprime loan, and that a reasonable investor could have used that information to make informed judgments as to the Agency’s involvement in subprime loans or any other type of mortgage loan.According to reports, the SEC’s complaint alleged that a Fannie Mae 2007 public filing said that the extent of Agency’s involvement in single-family subprime mortgage loans amounted to $4.8 billion; however, the Agency held more than $57 billion worth of Expanded Approval and MyCommunityMortgage loans. In February 2008, which was seven months before Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken into conservatorship by the Federal Housing Finance Agnecy, Fannie Mae reportedly had $90 billion worth of loans on the books but claimed only a small percentage of that was subprime loans. Crotty rejected a motion by the defendants in 2012 to have the SEC lawsuit dismissed; at that time, the judge called it “misleading” to not count Expanded Approval and MyCommunityMortgage Loans as subprime loans. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 3/24/2015 Next: Schneiderman & Sherman Adds Three New Attorneys and Foreclosure Manager 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.