Malta: International organisations condemn the further degradation of press freedom in Malta and the continued intimidation of journalists

first_img November 26, 2019 Find out more MaltaEurope – Central Asia WomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence MaltaEurope – Central Asia WomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Organisation RSF_en Malta: International organisations concerned by appearance of political interference into the investigation of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia November 29, 2019 Malta: International organisations condemn the further degradation of press freedom in Malta and the continued intimidation of journalists November 27, 2019 Find out more We, the undersigned organisations, condemn the actions taken by Maltese authorities to restrict press coverage and public scrutiny of the ongoing investigation into the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. We call on Maltese authorities to uphold their international obligations to ensure all journalists are protected in the carrying out of their duties and have access to political figures and information in the public interest. News Follow the news on Malta News to go further Assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia: International organisations cautiously welcome improved terms of the public inquiry News Receive email alerts An independent media and active citizenry is more necessary than ever in Malta as the investigation into Daphne’s assassination directly implicates senior politicians and business leaders. We are deeply concerned by a number of threats and acts of intimidation by the Maltese authorities, including members of the security services and other actors, that significantly undermines journalists’ safety and their ability to carry out their duties. Over the past few days, we have noted with concern, reports of the attempted confiscation by security officers of a journalist’s mobile phone, and the detention of a group of journalists in a room at the Auberge de Castille by unidentified individuals, preventing them from doing their jobs following an emergency Cabinet meeting. We are also concerned by the authorities’ failure to properly inform the public about the Cabinet discussions or about the release of Keith Schembri – which was announced by the police via a one-sentence Facebook post, with no further information to follow.At a time of significant movement and political upheaval, we call on the Maltese authorities to act in accordance with their commitments to an open and transparent judicial and political process, and their obligations to freedom of expression and freedom of information.We call on the Maltese authorities and all parties to uphold their obligations to ensure journalists are able to carry out their duties free from threats and intimidation, and to ensure information is shared in an open, transparent and timely manner.Signed:ARTICLE 19European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)Index on CensorshipInternational Federation of Journalists (IFJ)International Press Institute Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Scottish PEN November 15, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information Malta: Political resignations are not enough; RSF demands prosecution of the masterminds of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination Newslast_img read more

Over Half of Top 100 Metros at New Highs

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Related Articles Since the housing crash and recession in 2008, some metro areas have made full recoveries, while others continue to struggle. And despite the challenges of the market today—high prices and low inventory— recent data reveals 62 of the top 100 metros are at new highs in 2017.Utilizing the Federal Housing and Finance Agency’s Home Price Index, HSH.com recently released a Q2 report on the top and bottom 10 metros that have recovered the most and the least, respectively.Though the metros in the top 10 have not changed since last quarter, all moved further above “boom time” peaks for home prices, with the San Francisco and Buffalo metro areas each climbing up by one rank in the top 10 this quarter.Two metro areas joined the “fully recovered” group, including the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California, and the Tacoma-Lakewood, Washington areas, with the Los Angeles metro now 1.05 percent above “boom era” peaks.The “nearly recovered” group, meaning the next in line to hit “fully recovered” potentially by next quarter, includes Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio and El Paso, Texas metro areas, which need only about 1 percent price increase to become fully recovered.Three other metros are close as well, including the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida, Nassau County-Suffolk County, New York, and New York-Jersey City-White Plains, New York-New Jersey metro areas. These areas are in “reasonable range of making the leap in the next quarter or two,” according to the data report.Returning to the lowest spot on the list after, “climbing off the floor,” in the first quarter is the Las Vegas metro area. While the Tucson, Arizona metro area improved enough to climb out of the bottom 10. Unfortunately, the Elgin, Illinois metro area took its place, which, “suffered a setback in its price recovery after a sizeable leap in the first quarter.Find out where other metros ranked by clicking here. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago tweet The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Nicole Casperson Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] FHFA home price recovery HOUSING HSH mortgage 2017-09-11 Nicole Casperson Tagged with: FHFA home price recovery HOUSING HSH mortgage Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Over Half of Top 100 Metros at New Highs Previous: Index Reveals a Rise In Foreclosure Activity Next: Risk Change Since Dodd-Frank Home / Daily Dose / Over Half of Top 100 Metros at New Highs Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily September 11, 2017 1,321 Views last_img read more

7th Circuit Allows Indy Airport To Proceed With Insurance Claim

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing the Indianapolis Airport Authority to move forward with part of an insurance claim stemming from a construction incident at the Midfield Terminal that delayed its opening in 2008.As the Indianapolis Airport Authority was in the process of constructing the Midfield Terminal in January 2007, two shoring towers that were being used to lift steel trusses failed, causing part of the terminal’s roof structure to drop by about 12 inches and temporarily shutting down construction. As a result, the Airport Authority incurred millions in inspection and repair costs, as well as other ancillary costs.The terminal construction project was insured by a policy underwritten by Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America. The customized policy included three categories of coverage: builders’ risk, or general coverage; soft costs, including bond interest in excess of the budgeted amount; and expenses to reduce the amount of loss, or ERAL, which was added to cover additional expenses to reduce delay and mitigate soft costs.Travelers ultimately left the Airport Authority with more than $9 million in non-covered loss, excluding soft costs. The Airport Authority sued, alleging breach of contract and seeking declaratory judgment.Both parties moved for summary judgment, which Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted to Travelers in large part, construing the builders’ risk coverage narrowly and holding that the Airport Authority was not entitled to soft costs or ERAL coverage.Then, after Magnus-Stinson restricted the testimony of the Airport Authority’s two hybrid fact/expert witnesses, who were designated to testify on a remaining $2 million claim for inspection costs left for trial under the general coverage provision, the Airport Authority appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Indianapolis Airport Authority v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America, 16-2675.On appeal, the Airport Authority challenged both the summary judgment order and its order on Travelers’ motion to exclude, which led to the restrictions on the hybrid witnesses’ testimony.  But Judge David Hamilton, writing for a unanimous 7th Circuit panel, said in a Friday opinion that the district court was correct in construing the general coverage provision narrowly.Under the unambiguous language of that provision, Hamilton wrote that the provision covered only accidental loss or damage to physical structures. Economic and other consequential costs, however, would not be covered under the general coverage provision, he wrote.Further, even though the shoring tower incident delayed the opening of the terminal, thus resulting in additional interest accrual on the bonds used to pay for the project, Hamilton wrote that a 90-day deductible window barred the Airport Authority from recovering soft costs.The language of the soft costs provision clearly holds that the 90-day deductible period would begin on the “planned completion date,” which was originally scheduled for Sept. 28, 2008, before the shore tower incident, the judge said. The 90-day period, thus, ran until Dec. 27, 2008.Although the construction manager estimated that the terminal would open on Feb. 22, 2009, which would have allowed the Airport Authority to recover soft costs between Dec. 27 and Feb. 22, Hamilton wrote that the authority did not incur and soft costs in that time period because the Midfield Terminal opened on Nov. 11, 2008.However, Hamilton also wrote that the Authority may be able to recover the additional costs it incurred in reducing the delay in opening the terminal as ERAL expenses.  The ERAL provision held that Travelers would pay the Authority’s necessary expenses during the “post-loss period of construction” if such expenses would not have been incurred but for a covered loss that delayed completion of the project.The ERAL provision was not based on whether Travelers paid soft cost claims, Hamilton wrote, but instead was triggered by the Airport Authority’s ability to mitigate Travelers’ soft cost liability. Thus, the Airport Authority is entitled to bring its ERAL claim before a jury, the judge wrote.Further, the 7th Circuit vacated the district court’s ruling on Travelers’ motion to exclude and instead remand the case for the district court to reconsider its decision. Hamilton wrote that the two hybrid authorities may testify as to the costs related to the incident and inspection services based on their personal knowledge of the incident, and further rejected the notion that the Airport Authority must designate expert testimony on damages. 7th Circuit Allows Indy Airport To Proceed With Insurance ClaimOlivia Covington for www.theiindianalawyer.comlast_img read more

Dell EMC: 100GbE for the Open Networking Era

first_imgEnterprise and Service Provider data centers are undergoing rapid infrastructure transformations from slow-moving, hierarchical and physical to agile, flat and virtualized.Higher-speed networking infrastructure is central to this evolution. At the fabric level, where data center racks interconnect, this means an aggressive shift from 40GbE to 100GbE technology and to fixed form-factor products versus clunky, power-hungry, chassis systems. According to industry researchers at Dell’Oro, 100GbE shipments in the data center will grow from 4.6 million ports in 2017 to 19.4 million ports in 2022.To meet this demand, we’re introducing the Z9264F-ON, doubling 100GbE capacities over our previous Z9100 platform. This allows customers to invest more aggressively in 100GbE with greater port fan-outs. What really sets the Z9264F-ON apart, and what gets me really excited, is the ability for the Z9264F-ON to accelerate Open Networking adoption, meaning the ability to mix-and-match operating system software with networking hardware.You see, currently the only available systems on the market matching these specs are ‘closed’.  They can only run software that comes from that particular supplier. But increasingly that goes against the grain of what customers are seeking. Customers today are demanding more and more open solutions providing the choice to make independent decisions around networking hardware and software for their particular environments.Every customer is different. Some customers will prefer hardware and software engineered by the same vendor. For those, we pair the new Z9264F-ON with our fully-featured OS10 Enterprise Edition package. Other customers are looking to run third-party commercial software packages for access to alternative programming models. For these customers we offer combinations of the Z9264F-ON with Big Switch Networks, Cumulus Networks and Pluribus Networks.Also emerging are models where customers want to construct their own ‘composable’ networking stacks based on either commercial or open source components. Some customers seek open source base elements from which they can then layer commercial routing protocols on top. For these customers, we have our OS10 Open Edition system software, based on the Linux Foundation’s OpenSwitch open source project, and pair it with commercial routing protocol software from Metaswitch.Others want to go the fully-open source path – procuring hardware from a commercial supplier such as Dell EMC, and adding open source elements to construct a full stack. This could mean running OCP SONiC or Linux Foundation OpenSwitch code natively on the Z9264F-ON.The bottom line is this, when it comes to 100GbE networking customers want choice.  One size doesn’t fit all with the myriad use cases. While this mixing-and-matching of hardware and software is a big story in and of itself, perhaps the bigger story lies with the people that are making these decisions.Gone are the days when networking was something that was understood only by the specialized networking department. In fact today, there are number of personas, or data center personnel, with networking know how. The result is that they demand new and different ways to configure and consume networking.Figure 1. Maximum choice and capability in the data center with Open NetworkingYes, the traditional Networking Admin or Network Engineer still exist. For them, our OS10 Enterprise Edition is a great fit. But for Converged Admins, for example, they’re looking for something a bit less traditional and perhaps with a different front-end to configuring the network. For them, Big Switch has a strong appeal. Others, such as Linux Admins, would prefer to consume networking the same way they consume compute. They would gravitate to solutions from Cumulus Networks. For DevOps organizations, they may opt straightaway for an open source package from OCP or the Linux Foundation as the basis for programming networking infrastructure.The end result is different software for different personas…or put another way software-defined personas. These are exciting times. The Z9264F-ON is an exciting product. Learn more at dellemc.com/networking.last_img read more

Getting fresh air during the pandemic, are parks still an option?

first_img“I think it’s very important to get outdoors, get the fresh air, move your bodies. Especially as things are all closed down around us. I think the parks can offer a great outlet to the community,” said Florance. “Yeah absolutely, just got a puppy so coming out to enjoy the nice weather, get out of the house for a little bit,” said Vestal resident Brittany Youngs. As long as further restrictions aren’t implemented, Broome County park officials hope to keep the parks open. While most of the park space is all open, officials are making sure public spaces in the parks are cleaned and following CDC guidelines. We each have to do our part to help the community during this time, and officials hope the parks can be of some help as everyone tries to stay healthy. (WBNG) — The sun was shining early on Wednesday, and plenty of people were trying to get some fresh air while still practicing social distancing.center_img Having this option to get out of the house, exercise, and just get some mental relief during such a stressful time is what some residents need. “It’s really important. I mean, we exercise daily anyway, but especially now being cooped up in the house, not being able to see friends and family, it’s really important to get out there and stay healthy both mentally and physically,” said Vestal resident Amanda Policare. “The parks are still open and we are encouraging people to utilize the parks. We have thousands of acres of space for people to spread out and still enjoy the parks during this time,” said Broome County Parks Recreation and Youth Services Coordinator Amanda Florance. “We’re following those protocols along with staying in communication with the Broome County Emergency Services and the Health Department as well,” said Florance.last_img read more

Trial continues for 2012 murder suspect

first_imgThe fourth day of trial for Javier Bolden who was charged with two counts of murder in the 2012 killings of USC graduate students Ming Qu and Ying Wu, continued at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning.In trial · Photos of Ming Qu and Ying Qu, the victims of a 2012 murder, are shown at a press conference. Javier Bolden is on trial for the killings. – Daily Trojan File PhotoDuring Tuesday’s proceedings, Deputy District Attorney Daniel Akemon first called Stefano Bowe, a subpoenaed representative from TracFone, to the witness stand. TracFone, a wireless phone wholesale retailer, markets phones for use with monthly minute plans. Bowe confirmed that a cellular phone, wiretapped by the Los Angeles Police Department, was purchased by Bolden.In a wiretap from the night of the crime, a male voice was recorded as saying, “I just killed somebody,” to an unidentified female on the other side of the line.According to testimony given by LAPD Criminalist Marissa Bowen, cartridge casings found at the scene of the crime were fired from a semi-automatic 9-millimeter Luger pistol that was connected to Bolden, as determined by sheerings from the barrel of the weapon.Bolden’s attorney, alternate public defender Andrew Goldman, cross-examined Bowen on whether bullets from different guns could have the same sheerings. Bowen said that she believed the sheerings came from the same weapon.Goldman, who is a USC alumnus, represents low-income clients as part of the alternate public defender’s office, which represents accused persons who are unable to receive legal counsel from the regular public defender’s office due to unavailability or a conflict of interest.Goldman and Akemon both asked to approach the judge’s bench multiple times throughout the trial for conversations with the judge outside the hearing of the jury. Later, Akemon called Vincent Carrion, another representative from the LAPD, to the stand to testify. Carrion played a DVD for the jury in which a paid undercover informant was placed in the jail cell with Bolden and instructed to befriend him in order to collect details about the crime from inside the jail cell. In the tape, Bolden recounted scenes from the night of the crime with little to no emotion. The informant that spoke to Bolden has been used by the LAPD in many other similar cases.In the DVD, Bolden revealed details about the crime to the informant and discussed his plans to sell parts from the BMW vehicle for money. He talked at great length about how nice the vehicle was, but did not spend as much time talking about the shootings. He also described seeing the victims’ bodies after they were shot, and consequently fleeing from the scene.Goldman declined to cross-examine Bowe and Carrion.Bryan Barnes, the other suspect in the case, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in February and is currently serving two life sentences in prison. Both the suspects were charged with the murders in May 2012.Ming Qu and Ying Wu, the victims, were heading to their home in the early morning of April 11, 2012 when they were both shot and killed while double-parked in a 2003 BMW to the northwest of campus in an apparent robbery attempt.The trial will continue throughout the week, and according to Judge Stephen Marcus, the jury should reach a decision later this week.last_img read more