Reports News to go further HondurasAmericas Follow the news on Honduras Reporters Without Borders condemns the de facto government’s selective censorship of news since the 28 June coup d’état. Media regarded as critical of de facto President Roberto Micheletti are being systematically obstructed. The programming of Radio Globo, one of the few media still criticising the new regime, is often interrupted. Soldiers tried to force their way into its studios on 25 July before giving up because of opposition from demonstrators.“Respect for basic freedoms, including freedom of the press, has been openly violated in the past month,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By suspending or shutting down the operations of certain local and international broadcast media, those who staged the coup have shown they clearly want to cover up what is going on. We urge all sides to respect press freedom.”A plain-clothes police officer opposed to the coup warned Radio Globo on 25 July of an imminent raid. According to Radio Globo owner Alejandro Villatoro, the head of the National Telecommunications Council (CONATEL) had been threatening since 5 July to seize the station’s equipment without offering any clear grounds. Because some 400 people rushed to defend the station on 25 July, following the warning, the police finally backed down.Coverage of what is going on in Honduras has been getting steadily scarcer ever since the coup. A five-hour power outage that began minutes after the start of the coup silenced all the country’s radio and TV stations. Thereafter, news media regarded as hostile to the de facto regime began being subjected to a series of discriminatory measures.Two journalists say that have been pressured by their own management. One of them, Allan Adális Martínez of Radio Alegre, was dismissed on 15 July for referring to President Manuel Zelaya’s ouster as a “coup d’état.”Local broadcasting of international TV stations such as Telesur, Cubavisión Internacional and the Spanish-language version of CNN has been stopped. Eleven journalists employed by the Venezuelan TV stations Telesur and VTV were arrested on the night of 12 July and forced to leave the country .The broadcasts of at least eight radio and TV stations have been interrupted for varying periods, sometimes for up to several days, in the course of the past month. In many of these cases, the interruption came after they broadcast pro-Zelaya reports. After they came back on the air, all content relating to the coup was closely controlled .The repressive measures have spared those news media that support the de facto government . RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News HondurasAmericas July 29, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gag on media getting steadily tighter in month since coup Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily Affordability Home Prices Housing Inventory inventory shortages Zillow 2018-05-01 Krista Franks Brock Housing Inventory Shortages Hitting This Sector Hard May 1, 2018 2,192 Views Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Are Rising Home Prices Unsustainable? Next: The Industry Pulse: Updates on FDIC, Altisource, and More The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Krista Franks Brock Home / Daily Dose / Housing Inventory Shortages Hitting This Sector Hard Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago If the market feels a little competitive this spring, it’s not just your imagination. Home values are rising, inventory is continuing on a downward spiral, and, according to Zillow, “This year’s home-shopping season will be one of the most competitive ever recorded.” Home values ascended 8 percent year-over-year in March, while the number of homes for sale dropped by nearly 9 percent, according to data released by Zillow. The sparse inventory that is available is concentrated at the high end, pricing out many first-time buyers. Alongside these prohibitive market metrics, rental rates across the nation are also on the rise, climbing 2.7 percent year-over-year in March, according to Zillow. “This year’s home-shopping season is shaping up to be even crazier than last, and sadly, the group that will have the hardest time is first-time and lower-income homebuyers,” said Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell.The markets that experienced the greatest increases in home values year-over-year in March were San Jose, where home values jumped 25 percent to a median home value of more than $1.25 million; Las Vegas, where values climbed 17 percent to $260,161; and Seattle, where values are up 15 percent to a median $492,227. These values compare to a national median home value of $213,146. Nine of the 35 largest metros in the United States experienced double-digit home value growth over the past year, according to Zillow’s Home Value Index. Helping drive this ascension in home values, of course, is declining inventory, which has been ongoing since early 2015, according to Zillow. Not surprisingly, the greatest home value increases took place in the same markets where inventories experienced their steepest declines. San Jose posted a 26 percent drop in inventory over the year, followed closely by Las Vegas with a 23.5 percent descent in housing inventory. These declines were outpaced only by Washington D.C., which led the nation with a 27.3 percent descent. In all, inventory deteriorated more than 20 percent in six of the 35 largest metros. After Washington, D.C., San Jose, and Las Vegas were Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; and Dallas. More than half—about 51 percent—of homes available for sale are what Zillow considers “high-end,” and only 22 percent are what Zillow considers “entry-level.”In 13 of the 35 largest metros in the United States, at least 50 percent of housing inventory is considered “high-end.”Buyers at the low end of the market “will be competing for the few entry-level homes on the market, which are also the ones appreciating the fastest because of extremely high demand,” Gudell said. She sees signs of relief down the road, saying, “There are some signals a shift may be coming—construction activity is at its highest point in a decade—but buyers shouldn’t hold their breath.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save 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 Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordability Home Prices Housing Inventory inventory shortages Zillow
Play-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five.As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE AD June 27, 2020 Two more players withdrew Friday because of the coronavirus, Denny McCarthy for a positive test, and Bud Cauley, who tested negative but decided to pull out after playing alongside McCarthy on Thursday. In all there have been seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the tournament. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Cleveland Indians president Chris Antonetti said a “couple” of staff members have chosen not to take part in the resumption of training camp due to COVID-19 concerns. Speaking on a Zoom call Friday, Antonetti did not identify the staffers who have opted out or specify their roles in the organization. He added that he’s unaware of any players declining to participate because of health reasons. Antonetti said the club has spoken to “every high-risk individual” about the risks of returning. The Indians are scheduled to reopen camp on July 1 in Cleveland.— Morehouse College has canceled its football and cross-country seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. President David A. Thomas said scholarships would be honored. The Historically Black College in Atlanta competes at the NCAA Division II in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In a statement on the school’s website, Thomas wrote about the difficulty in safely travelling and hosting games and events while maintaining social distancing. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSJason Day asks to be testedUNDATED (AP) — Jason Day asked to be tested for COVID-19 just before the third round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Officials decided to have him play as a single Saturday as a precautionary measure. Speedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County.F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism comments — French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain says three players from its women’s teams have tested positive for the coronavirus. PSG said in a statement Saturday that one player from the main women’s team and two players from the under-19 side returned positive results. The women’s senior team is set to resume training on Monday. Earlier this week, PSG said three players from the men’s side and one member of staff were infected by the virus during the lockdown when they were not in contact with each other. PSG said they are no longer contagious and can train as normal.NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADERNASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader SundayLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday.Rain has washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest ruleDENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.”Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. WOMEN’S SOCCER-ANTHEM PROTESTNWSL players kneel during the national anthemHERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday as the National Women’s Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. In addition to the anthem, the players knelt for a moment of silence before kickoff. The teams issued a joint statement saying they wanted to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup opened Saturday with a pair of games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. PARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.”Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTER Update on the latest sports Associated Press The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. The Cup Series race scheduled for Saturday is still on with a green flag start time of 3:54 p.m. Eastern.Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.NHL-DRAFT LOTTERY MLB-DODGERS-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass chargeKEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing.The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday. Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year.Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him.
Even though they may have faced each other as opponents on the field, when Florida Atlantic University’s football team stepped off the field and needed somewhere to seek refuge from Hurricane Irma, the University of Wisconsin Athletics Department paid no mind to jerseys.“We’ll take care of you,” was the message athletic director Barry Alvarez had for FAU.It is the Wisconsin Way, a statement used frequently here to emphasize the kindness of Badgers, and willingness to help out those in need. The Wisconsin Athletic Department not only offered any assistance they could to those from FAU, they opened up their doors, making sure everyone could feel at home, even 1,500 miles from their home.UW opened up their facilities, allowing FAU to continue training while waiting for Irma to pass through Florida. They also opened up their dining halls and weight rooms — even the wives of the Wisconsin coaches tried to make the visiting wives feel comfortable by hosting a tailgate.There was some speculation the Wednesday before Irma hit Florida as to whether or not FAU would even come up to Wisconsin. With two major games cancelled and two games postponed because of Irma, many thought Wisconsin would follow suit and cancel their game against FAU.Alvarez had other thoughts, most of which centered around the safety of the players involved. Alvarez thought it would be better to have the team stuck in Madison where they were safe, rather than in Boca Raton where they might be in jeopardy.“[Wisconsin told FAU] come up and play the game at 11 a.m. on Saturday and if you can’t get back, stay here,” Alvarez wrote in a column on UW Athletics. “It may be the safest thing anyhow. We’ll take care of you.”We’ll take care of you. The phrase alone has to be the embodiment of this little thing that we call the “Wisconsin Way.” An extension of our hands with no expectation of anything in return, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.While this might seem silly, and many would think that during times like these, sports are the least important thing in the world, it is athletics that can help bring the world together.Regardless of what jersey you wear, no team should have to go through what a team like FAU did during Hurricane Irma.Wisconsin and FAU might have been competing against one another on Saturday, but the entire UW community stood behind the Floridian school, in admiration of the team’s courage to continue playing despite all that was plaguing their minds. Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst first commented during his post-game interview and praised the team for their professionalism during such adversity.“I give Florida Atlantic, coaches and players, a ton of credit,” Chryst said. “I know just from talking to our kids from Florida dealing with [Hurricane Irma] being on their minds, I give them a ton of credit. They’re a good football team, and they came out ready.”Fans might not know this, but Hurricane Irma hit close to home for some of the UW players. There are currently eight players on the Wisconsin roster that call Florida home, and all of them come from areas that were directly affected by Irma.Derrick Tindal, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida revealed that his parents had not evacuated their home, since they believed it would not be in a highly-impacted area of Florida. Even though Tindal had a brave face during the interview, it was clear that his family back home was on his mind Saturday.“I’ve been nervous a lot,” Tindal said, “but I know my family is a strong family and they stick together. My dad, he’s a strong person, and he’s the leader of the family so I know he’s going to take care of them.”Tindal was not the only one with family who stayed in Florida during Hurricane Irma. Fellow teammate Natrell Jamerson had family that was still in Ocala, Florida hours before Irma was set to reach the shore, yet Jamerson’s mother still remained at home.This was not the first Hurricane that Jamerson has been through, with Ocala also suffering damage from Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and tropical storms Frances and Jeanne in 2004. Since Ocala is so far inland, it is very rare that a hurricane ever gets far enough to reach this town.“We’ve been through a few hurricanes before, so we know how to handle them, but this one is supposed to be way bigger than the ones in the past. I’m going to talk to [my mother] when I get out of here and see what they’re going to do about [evacuating], but for the most part I know that they’re still there.”Despite being so far inland, Ocala was still heavily damaged during Hurricane Irma, with trees falling on top of many houses, flooding and power outages on Friday. Marion County, which houses Ocala, remains focused on repairing all the damage caused by Irma.In times like these, it is difficult to feel as though anything good can come out of these situations. It seems no matter how many articles you scroll past about raising money to help cities in need, or flights of emergency response crews heading towards the affected areas, nothing major has really happened.You still see photos of someone’s house flooded with four feet of water, and you see the lines at shelters of people who need assistance. It might seen as though any effort made during these storms doesn’t matter, but for those involved, every single action matters more than you think.Even something as simple as welcoming a collegiate football team to use your facilities and stay in a safe area might seem small, but to those affected by the storm, it is far from small. FAU head coach Lane Kiffin took out a full page ad in the Wisconsin State Journal on Saturday, thanking UW for welcoming his team with open arms during a tough time for all of them. His message read as follows:Dear Badger Nation,Thank you! You have opened your hearts to our football program during the last six days in our time of need. Every single person on the campus and in the community was kind and courteous. The Badger Football team even shared their home with us and made our stay as comfortable as possible. We are forever indebted to the Wisconsin Athletic Department, Barry Alvarez and Head Coach Paul Chryst for their collective generosity. We wish you nothing but the best with the rest of your football season. On Wisconsin!Sincerely,Lane KiffinFlorida continues to suffer in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and FAU is picking up the pieces from the storm. FAU has cancelled classes until September 18th, and reported that there is “nominal damage” on their campus.Now more than ever, it is time to live by the “Wisconsin Way” that we all preach on campus. It is time to extend a hand to those in need and let them know that we are thinking of them, and that we are ready to help them in any way that we can.We need to live by those words that Alvarez spoke on Wednesday, before he even knew the damage that Irma would wreak on Florida. We need to let people know that “we will take care of you.”Below are donation efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irma. After all, helping people in their time of need is the “Wisconsin Way.”https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-irma-donationshttps://donate.worldvision.org/hurricane-irma-disaster-reliefhttps://share.habitat.org/globalvillagehttp://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6115947/k.B143/Official_USA_Site.htm
UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 Share Related Articles Share UKGC launches public awareness campaign on gambling controls, rights and safeguards August 3, 2020 Submit Gamstop assesses impact of lockdown in new report May 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Former UK Electoral Commission leader Jenny Watson CBE has been appointed as the new Chair of UK gambling’s National Self-Exclusion Scheme – GAMSTOPDeveloped by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), GAMSTOP seeks to fully launch its comprehensive UK gambling self-exclusion services later this year.Expanding UK gambling prevention mechanisms, GAMSTOP will allow vulnerable consumers to exclude themselves from all licensed UK online gambling/betting operators by registering through the portal – Gamstop.co.ukUpdating industry stakeholders, Jenny Watson detailed that she would move to establish GAMSTOP’s governance team, to aid the expansion of the safer gambling directive.“My immediate priorities will be to recruit additional independent board members and to put in place an initial evaluation of the scheme following the first six months of operation, which will help GAMSTOP’s future development.”A 15-year UK social policy leadership veteran, Watson has advised the UK government on a number of regulatory directives, across multiple sectors including; advertising, media, financial auditing, employment rights and alcohol abuse.Backing the appointment of Jenny Watson CBE, Fiona Palmer, CEO of GAMSTOP, stated: “We are thrilled that Jenny has agreed to Chair this important self-exclusion scheme as we approach our launch.“Our priority is to provide a trusted environment for gamblers wishing to self-exclude and a fully independent chair with Jenny’s extensive experience will help us to achieve this”