Court convicts 12 people of Kamal Hossein’s murder in 2004


first_img Help by sharing this information News Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention A court in the southeastern city of Chittagong yesterday convicted 12 people of murdering journalist Kamal Hossein in 2004. Eleven of the defendants – five of them members of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – were sentenced to life imprisonment and fines of 50,000 taka (610 euros). They said they would appeal. One, Mohamed Siraj was sentenced to death. Fourteen other people were acquitted. Hossein was murdered on 22 August 2004 in Khagrachhari. He was the correspondent of the daily Ajker Kagoj and secretary-general of the Manikchari press club.————————————————————23.08.2004Investigative journalist murderedArmed men abducted and murdered journalist, Kamal Hossain, of the daily Ajker Kagoj, on 22 August. He was the third journalist to be killed in Bangladesh since the beginning of the year.Expressing its deep shock, Reporters Without Borders called on Home Affairs Minister for State Lutfuzzaman Babor, to do everything possible to see that an investigation will uncover the identity of those responsible.”The situation for the press in Bangladesh has become alarming. Not a week goes by without a journalist being attacked or threatened,” said the organisation.Armed men burst into Hossain’s home overnight on 21-22 August. The journalist hid when he heard the raiders break in but gave himself up to them after they threatened to kill his two-year-old son. Police found the journalist’s body a few hours later two kilometres from his home.His wife said that Hossain, who was also secretary general of the Manikchhari press club, had recently received death threats. He had been investigating cases linked to gangsterism. A few days before his murder he had helped police to identify some gang members.Political militants, criminal gangs or religious extremists constantly target journalists in Bangladesh for brutal attack.Since 18 August, the daily Prothorn Alo has received threats from several Islamist organisations angered by the newspaper’s expose on Middle East funding for the religious schools, the madrasas.Five journalists were injured in grenade attacks on the Awami League opposition party rally in Dhaka on 21 August.According to Reporters Without Borders’ tally, four journalists have been assaulted since 13 August and more than 60 others have been threatened in less than one month. BangladeshAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders expressed shock in a letter to the Home Affairs Minister for State at escalating violence against journalists in Bangladesh after the body of journalist Kamal Hossain, of the daily Ajker Kagoj was found on 22 August in Khagrachari, in the south-east of the country. Organisation News News Follow the news on Bangladesh Receive email alerts RSF_en March 22, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court convicts 12 people of Kamal Hossein’s murder in 2004 to go further News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage May 19, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Preparing for Another Economic Downturn


first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Downturn Economy Forbearance Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: White Paper: Self-Governance Critical for PLS Industry Next: The Industry Pulse: Mortgage Leaders Donate for COVID-19 Assistance The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago fcd1aa2d-5b26-4754-ab6b-8342360620f8The economy is set to bounce back, according to Bloomberg, however, as key pillars of economic support are set to go away we could have another downturn toward the end of the summer.The big test for the economy will come at the end of June, according to Bloomberg. Much of the support for the recent recovery has come from programs put in place by the Federal Reserve, Congress, state governments and banks to provide relief for consumers, homeowners, and businesses. Some, however, are scheduled to phase out soon.This includes some regulations aimed at protecting homeowners, including forbearance requests. States such as California worked out deals with banks in late March to provide 90-day grace periods to homeowners when it comes to paying their mortgages. If not extended, those too will expire at the end of June. Those grace periods are providing support not just to households struggling to pay bills, but also to the housing market by keeping borrowers who can’t pay their mortgage from having to sell their homes or face foreclosure. If mortgages come due in July and borrowers can’t pay, that could lead to the kind of plunge in the housing market that so far has been averted, Bloomberg notes.Forbearance requests have begun to slow, according to data from Black Knight, but there is a risk of May-related forbearance activity changing that trajectory.As Black Knight Data & Analytics President Ben Graboske explained, the rate at which American homeowners have been seeking mortgage forbearances began to slow from the middle of April forward, and Black Knight will monitor this trend to see if it continues.“After surging at the beginning of April and then rising again near the April 15—when most mortgages become past due and late fees are charged—the number of new forbearance requests has declined in recent weeks,” said Graboske. “While total forbearance volumes continue to mount, daily inflow has begun to taper off. Between 53,000 and 102,000 new plans have been put into place over each of the last nine days, and even the largest single-day volume was less than a quarter of what we saw at the start of April—and may see again next week. What remains an open question at this point is to what degree forbearance requests will look like at the beginning of May—when the next round of mortgage payments become due, and with nearly 30 million Americans newly unemployed in the last month.” Downturn Economy Forbearance 2020-05-07 Seth Welborn About Author: Seth Welborn May 7, 2020 1,547 Views Home / Daily Dose / Preparing for Another Economic Downturn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles 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. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Preparing for Another Economic Downturn Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Kenyan parliament approves new head of Central Bank


first_imgKenya’s Central bank suspends issuance of new bank licences Kenya’s parliament on Thursday approved the appointment of Patrick Njoroge as governor of the central bank Kenya’s parliament on Thursday approved the appointment of Patrick Njoroge as governor of the central bankKenya officially has a new Central Bank Governor with parliament signing off on the appointment of Patrick Njoroge. The new Governor has quite the task ahead of him however, having to try and stabilize Kenya’s volatile national currency.Kenya’s central bank raised rates last week for the first time since 2011 in response to a weakening currency and rising inflation.Falling agricultural production and terror attacks, effecting tourism, have reduced foreign-revenue inflows into Kenya. Njoroge was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta.The new Governor, who has been an adviser to the International Monetary Fund, says the central bank needs to better control inflation, which would help commercial banks lower lending rates and stimulate the economy.Related Tunisia’s central bank head resigns amid pressurecenter_img Liberian President appoints son head of Central Banklast_img read more

Ellsworth and MDI basketball teams to support American Cancer Society


first_imgTOPSHAM — Maine high school basketball teams are coming together off the court to battle a common opponent: Cancer.Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island are two of 13 high schools teaming up with the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer initiative.From Jan. 25-31, boys’ and girls’ basketball programs will take part in “Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week” to raise funds for and awareness of the American Cancer Society’s life-saving mission.Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week is a nationwide event that encourages basketball coaches and their staff to wear sneakers to raise awareness about the fight against cancer, highlight the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing a person’s cancer risk, and promote the American Cancer Society’s free programs and services available to those facing cancer.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJohn Bapst Memorial High School boys coach and athletic director Rick Sinclair has represented the Big East Conference in working closely with the American Cancer Society’s Maine-based staff to plan this partnership.Sinclair’s father was diagnosed recently with cancer, so his desire to help the American Cancer Society is a personal one.“The fight against cancer has a little more personal reason for me of late with my father’s recent diagnosis, but everyone has a personal reason to fight for this cause,” Sinclair said. “The conference is happy to do their part to raise awareness and join the battle to fight this disease.”Participating schools will plan and implement their unique awareness and fundraising campaigns and activities at home games.Proceeds will go toward American Cancer Society-funded research and free services offered to cancer patients, such as rides to and from cancer treatments, lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel a great distance for life-saving treatment and free 24-7 expert cancer advice available 365 days a year at cancer.org and (800) 227-2345.The public is invited to support their local student-athletes and the American Cancer Society.last_img read more

Syracuse tennis loses to Mississippi State, 4-1


first_img Published on January 28, 2017 at 6:33 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected] Syracuse (1-2) started the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Kickoff Weekend with a 4-1 loss to 23rd-ranked Mississippi State (2-0) in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday afternoon.The Orange’s only win was by Miranda Ramirez in a singles match against MSU’s Madison Harrison. In doubles, SU’s Gabriela Knutson and Libi Mesh fell to the 5th-ranked Jasmine Lee and Lisa Marie Rioux. Lee (27th-ranked singles) and Rioux would go on to win singles matches against Knutson (99th-ranked singles) and Maria Tritou, respectively.Once MSU claimed two doubles wins – Lee and Rioux over Knutson and Mesh and Sara Lizariturry and Anastasia Rentouli over Nicole Mitchell and Tritou, the third was suspended.A similar scenario occurred during the singles matchups. The Bulldogs won five of the six first sets. Three of the five sets MSU was leading would be completed, all ending in favor of the Bulldogs.The other two the Bulldogs were leading would be suspended because the game was decided once MSU took a 4-1 lead, effectively ending all chances at a Syracuse comeback.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Sunday, the Orange will face Denver in the second day of the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Pioneers lost to Michigan during Saturday’s matchup. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more