French weekly censored in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria for “attack on Islam”

first_img November 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French weekly censored in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria for “attack on Islam” Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 15, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information “It is still more unfortunate that Algiers and Tunis decided to follow in Morocco’s footsteps” it added, wondering “if the kingdom is in the process of becoming an example for the repression of press freedom in the region.”The Moroccan authorities used Article 29 of the press code that authorises banning of publications “when they strike a blow at the Islamic religion, the monarchy, territorial integrity or respect for the king and public order”. The ministry employed this same prerogative against Moroccan weekly Nichane in December 2006, after it carried an article headlined “Jokes: how the Moroccans laugh about religion, sex and politics”. Nichane was seized again in August 2007, along with its French-language edition TelQuel, after it carried an editorial criticising a speech by King Mohammed VI. This issue also published articles dealing with “sex in Islamic culture”. Morocco was ranked 122nd out of 173 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ world press freedom index, released on 22 October 2008. Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more News News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en to go further News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Organisation Reporters Without Borders today voiced its dismay after Morocco’s communications ministry announced a ban on distribution of the international edition of the French weekly L’Express for an “attack on Islam”. Algerian and Tunisian authorities followed suit three days after the 31 October Moroccan decision, the US news agency Associated Press reported today. The 30 October to 5 November 2008 issue of l’Express had a cover page headlined “The shock: Jesus-Mohammed: Their journey, their message, their vision of the world”.A ten-page article inside presented portraits of the founders of Christianity and Islam days ahead of a meeting in Rome of Muslim and Catholic dignitaries on the initiative of Pope Benoit XVI, to “promote dialogue” between the two monotheist religions. “It is unfortunate that the communications ministry has one again chosen to resort to censorship to have a newspaper banned which was only bringing elements to the debate on an issue in the news that is of major interest to its Moroccan readers”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“This decision is all the more surprising since the Moroccan authorities never stop describing the kingdom as an historic place of dialogue and coexistence between cultures and religions”.last_img read more

3.6M Homes Seriously Underwater

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 3.6M Homes Seriously Underwater in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Share Save Tagged with: Equity Homes Underwater Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Equity Homes Underwater 2020-05-07 Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. May 7, 2020 1,690 Views Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post ATTOM Data Solutions has released its first-quarter 2020 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, which shows that 14.5 million residential properties in the United States were considered equity-rich, meaning the combined estimated amount of loans secured by those properties was 50% or less of their estimated market value.The count of equity-rich properties in the first quarter of 2020 represented 26.5%, or about one in four, of the 54.7 million mortgaged homes in the U.S. That percentage was down slightly from the 26.7 percent level in the fourth quarter of 2019.The report also shows that just 3.6 million, or one in 15, mortgaged homes in the first quarter of 2020 were considered seriously underwater, with a combined estimated balance of loans secured by the property at least 25% more than the property’s estimated market value. That figure represented 6.6% of all U.S. properties with a mortgage, up slightly from 6.4% in the prior quarter.The figures were derived from the last data recorded before the economic fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic began to sweep across the U.S., potentially damaging the nation’s housing market.“Homeowners’ balance sheets generally remained strong in the first quarter of 2020 across the U.S., with about the same levels of equity-rich or seriously underwater mortgages as in the prior quarter. In the latest marker of the ongoing housing market boom, mortgage payers were four times as likely to have homes worth considerably more than what they owed on their loans than considerably less,” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer with ATTOM Data Solutions. “But as with other rosy first-quarter reports, this one needs to be taken in the context of the looming impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. With the potential for home values to fall, there is a significant chance that equity levels could drop over the coming months while underwater levels rise.”The top 10 states with the highest share of equity-rich properties in the first quarter of 2020 were all in the Northeast and West regions, led by California (42.3% equity-rich), Hawaii (39.0%), Vermont (38.2%), Washington (36.6%) and Oregon (34.0%).States with the lowest percentage of equity-rich properties were Louisiana (13.5% equity-rich), Oklahoma (14.7%), Illinois (15.2%), Arkansas (16.3%) and Alabama (16.3%). Those were the same states with the five lowest levels in the fourth quarter of 2019. Home / Daily Dose / 3.6M Homes Seriously Underwater Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Bonial and Associates Announces Partnership Next: 3.1M More Americans File for Unemploymentlast_img read more

Futuristic PIVOT app serves up Harvard history

first_img See the PIVOT app in action. “The app is really awesome. It showed us old pictures of all the buildings and even gave us a summary. The whole idea is just really cool,” said Anthony Mancuso, 12, who came to Harvard from Westchester County, New York, with his mother, Debbie, and sister, Sophie, 9.The app works by alerting users when they stumble upon a “PIVOT Point.” When users point their mobile device toward a specific landmark, they’ll be able to see what it looked like in the past. In some cases, multiple images, from different points in history, will appear.PIVOT app Harvard University formally launched its official interactive online tour app last week. The free app features innovative augmented reality technology and allows visitors to visually experience the history of Harvard with a swipe — or pivot — of their smart phone. Users can instantly view historical images of significant landmarks on campus.The cutting-edge app was built by PIVOTtheWorld, an award-winning startup out of the Harvard Innovation Lab’s (i-lab) Launch Lab for alumni. PIVOT co-founders Asma Jaber, M.P.P. ’14, and Sami Jitan won the Harvard Innovation Lab’s 2014 Dean’s Cultural Challenge. PIVOT’s CTO is Magnus Snorrason ’88.The PIVOTtheWorld app allows users to see what places looked like in the past. By simply “pivoting” a mobile device, images from long ago days, along with relevant historical information, appear.PIVOT app See the PIVOT app in action. “Harvard is excited to offer visitors this innovative experience. This new tour app will allow users to see Harvard landmarks through both a historical and modern lens, seeing how some have changed, while others have remained surprisingly unchanged,” said Paul Andrew, vice president of public affairs and communications at Harvard. “We are especially thrilled to bring to visitors an experience that emerged from the Launch Lab and was created by Harvard alumni.”In the spring of 2015 Harvard was beginning the process of looking into building a new, updated mobile tour app, and was put in touch with Jaber and Jitan from the Launch Lab.“Their startup was exactly what we were looking for — it’s innovative, it’s effective, it’s educational, and it all started right here at Harvard. We’re incredibly pleased with the app so far and are excited about continuing to update and expand it in the coming months,” said Robin Parker, associate director of Harvard’s Events and Information Center.“Our mission was — and continues to be — to streamline historical and cultural preservation for places with histories or cultures at risk of being lost,” said Jaber. “Harvard is chock-full of history, much of which is unknown to the thousands of visitors who come here every year. This app allows anyone to access the historical information at anytime, anywhere on or off campus. We’re really excited to see the Harvard app and the PIVOT Point concept take off.”Tour-goers began using the app almost immediately. “I’m always interested in what things looked like years ago — how they’ve changed over time,” said Akram Dweikat, who was visiting Harvard from Palestine. “It’s like living the lives of all those people over the years who came before us.”The free app is available in the App Store and can be found by searching “Harvard Official Mobile Tour” or “PIVOTtheWorld.”last_img read more

No. 2 USC hits the road for its season opener

first_imgThe No. 2 USC women’s volleyball team’s 2010 title aspirations ended in straight sets in a national semifinal matchup against No.7-seeded California in mid-December in Kansas City.Out of this world · Senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter, a two-time All-American, has the opportunity to break several USC records this season, including kills, service aces and points. – Daily Trojan file photoBut after receiving five first-place votes in the annual preseason top-25 poll, the Women of Troy remain optimistic that they can reverse those fortunes in 2011.“We know we have a lot of work to do,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “But once you get to the Final Four, you get hungry and you want to go back. Once the kids realize how much fun it is, they work their tails off to get back.”Despite a fair share of optimism heading into a season, which begins Friday against No. 12 Minnesota in the first game of the Rockvale Outlets/AVCA Showcase in University Park, Penn., Haley has downplayed the team’s lofty preseason rankings and hype that surrounds the program. The Women of Troy were the consensus pick to win the Pac-12 title.“In the early season rankings, they always put teams that are going to play each other higher so it hypes the game [for] attendance,” Haley said. “But I think once we get comfortable, we should be a lot better than we were last year.”The reasons for high expectations are evident.USC returns three senior All-Americans in outside hitter Alex Jupiter, setter Kendall Bateman and middle blocker Lauren Williams, all of whom rank among some of the program’s best in recent memory.In 2010, Jupiter finished with 532 kills, which led the team, and after 1,567 assists last season, Bateman could break the school’s career mark for assists by the year’s end.But the loss of sophomore outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana, who earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors last season, could be particularly costly after the Hermosa Beach, Calif., native was declared ineligible for the season last week.“We exhausted all of our resources in order to help Falyn retain her eligibility,” Haley said in a statement. “We have very high expectations of our student-athletes, on and off the court, here at USC.”No further explanation was issued.Others, such as sophomore middle blocker Alexis Olgard, will also miss the first few weeks of the season after undergoing knee surgery in the spring.For the Women of Troy, however, the team has plenty of depth to recover for the recent losses.Sophomore Kirby Burnham, who fought with Fonoimoana for a starting job last season, will be slotted back into the starting lineup.“I remember last year when Kirby and Falyn were competing for the same spot, and [Kirby] has made some great improvements [since then],” Jupiter said. “She’s just so aggressive and physical … just another great outside hitter.”Freshman middle blocker Hannah Schraer, part of Haley’s top-10 recruiting class this year, is expected to start until Olgard returns.The squad will have to hope its makeshift lineup meshes quickly, as its early schedule is brutal.Its first two matches are against the No. 12 Golden Gophers and No. 1 Penn State on Saturday in a true road game.The Nittany Lions are four-time defending champions.“We haven’t played Penn State since my class has been here, so we’re really excited to get to challenge ourselves and play at that level,” Jupiter said. “It’s what we need to get in our groove for the season.”The Women of Troy don’t just have a tough opening weekend; their first seven games are on the road, and six of their first 12 opponents are in the top 12 of the Division I rankings.They won’t play at home at the Galen Center until their conference opener versus UCLA on Sept. 9.But the coaching staff and players alike welcome the stiff competition.“It is a very hard start, but as long as we keep up with our defense and our passing, and keep trying as a team, we’ll be able to compete with anyone,” Jupiter said.last_img read more