Iraqi regulator wants to suspend Reuters over coronavirus reporting

first_imgNews “We call on the Communications and Media Commission to rescind its decision and not apply the envisaged sanctions,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The authorities can exercise their right of response if they think the facts reported by the news agency are inaccurate.” News Organisation The decision was announced by the Communications and Media Commission (CMC) on its Facebook page just hours after Reuters published a story headlined: “Iraq has confirmed thousands more COVID-19 cases than reported, medics say.” February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Follow the news on Iraq to go further From September to November last year, the CMC imposed suspensions on ten media outlets because of their coverage of anti-government street protests. It also suspended the US-funded Arabic-language TV channel AlHurra for broadcasting a report about corruption within Iraq’s religious institutions. RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Denying the story, the CMC statement said that Reuters, “which is supposed to be  professional (…) and report news from official sources,” was instead “relying on vague sources and false, fabricated and untrue information on the ground” and was therefore violating the rules of media reporting. News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” “Iraq has thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases, many times more than the 772 it is has publicly reported,” the Reuters story said, citing “three doctors closely involved in the testing process.” They could not be named because the “Iraqi authorities have instructed medical staff not to speak to the media,” the report said. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iraqi authorities to rescind their decision to suspend the Reuters news agency’s licence to operate in Iraq for three months because of an article suggesting that the government was vastly understating the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases. News Help by sharing this information As well as suspending Reuters’ licence, the CMC said it was fining the news agency 25 million dinars (20,000 euros). “We have not received notification from any Iraqi authorities regarding our licence and are currently seeking clarification on the matter”, Reuters said.  April 3, 2020 Iraqi regulator wants to suspend Reuters over coronavirus reporting December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Did Affordable Housing Performance Meet its Goals?

first_img Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Nicole Casperson Previous: Rates, Incomes Inch Housing Affordability Upward Next: The Numbers Don’t Lie: Tracking Nationwide Mortgage Delinquency October 30, 2017 1,060 Views Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage Did Affordable Housing Performance Meet its Goals? in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines Home / Daily Dose / Did Affordable Housing Performance Meet its Goals? 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] HOUSING mortgage 2017-10-30 Nicole Casperson Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago On Monday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its Annual Housing Report, reporting data on the affordable housing activities of the enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, during 2016.Based on Fannie Mae’s single-family housing goals and performance results for 2016, according to the FHFA, Fannie Mae achieved the single-family low-income home purchase goal and the low-income areas home purchase goal. In addition, Fannie reached its sub-goal for 2016. However, the enterprise failed to meet the very low-income home purchase goal and the low-income refinance goal for 2016.Conversely, FHFA determined that Freddie Mac achieved all of the single-family goals for 2016.Overall, Fannie Mae’s total business volume in 2016 was $637.4 billion. As a result, the total affordable housing allocation transferred was $268 million, the report noted. Meanwhile, Freddie Mac’s total business volume in 2016 was $445.7 billion and the total affordable housing allocation transferred was $187.1 million.Combined, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac acquired $976.4 billion of single-family loans in 2016, an increase of about 18 percent from the $825.6 billion in single-family loans the enterprises acquired in 2015—excluding second liens and reverse mortgages. Additionally, “these totals include loans that collateralize mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by either enterprise and loans purchased for cash,” according to the FHFA.When it comes to fully amortizing fixed-rate mortgages, it accounted for 98.4 percent of combined acquisitions—an increase from last year. In 2016, amortizing hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages accounted for 1.57 percent acquisitions, a decrease from 2.78 percent in 2015.For 2016, the combined share of loans with loan-to-value ratios above 95 percent increased from 1.23 percent in 2015 to 1.85 percent in 2016 for Fannie and Freddie. Mortgages with loan-to-value ratios of 80 percent or below increased to 73.54 percent of loans acquired in 2016.There was some change in the distribution of the borrower credit (FICO) scores of single-family mortgages in this report. “The share of loans with credit scores below 620 fell slightly from 0.66 percent in 2015 to 0.45 percent in 2016,” the report noted. Meanwhile, “mortgages with credit scores between 620 and 659 fell from 4.07 percent of loans acquired in 2015 to 3.75 percent of loans acquired in 2016.”The report includes a breakdown of the single-family mortgage product-types purchased by each enterprise, as well as information on mortgage payment type, loan-to-value ratios, and credit scores for 2016.To view the full report, click here. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 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 agolast_img read more

County Reports New COVID-19 Death

first_imgThe first phase of vaccinations is getting underway in the county. TOTAL ACTIVE124 WEST CAPE MAY11 The Cape May County Department of Health reported Wednesday that there are 323 people have now tested positive and an 89-year-old female from Dennis Township has died from COVID-19.The total deaths from this disease in Cape May County is now 21.“It’s with tremendous sorrow that we share the loss of this beloved woman.  Our entire community grieves with this family and all of those who have lost loved ones during this pandemic,” said Freeholder Jeff Pierson. “This crisis impacts everyone. Those who have contracted the virus, those who need our care during this time as well as their loved ones.”Following is a breakdown of the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths for each municipality in Cape May County: TOTAL RECOVERED WEST WILDWOOD01 AVALON16 DENNIS TOWNSHIP1041172 CAPE MAY POINT0 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP324254 TOTAL DECEASED TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY323 UPPER TOWNSHIP2882 116 NORTH WILDWOOD43 Given the increases in the community spread throughout the United States, all individuals are at some risk of exposures to COVID-19. Everyone should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, practice social distancing, and stay home if they become sick, except to seek necessary medical care.If you are experiencing or developing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, have traveled recently, been exposed to someone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, please call to speak with a clinician who will make appropriate referrals in accordance with CDC guidelines.Additionally, you may visit www.coronavirus.gov and take a “Coronavirus Self-Checker” assessment. This will help you communicate symptoms to your doctor when you call their office before making a visit.If you do not have access to a primary care physician, please dial “call your local urgent care. Please be sure to call before going to a medical provider, to prevent any potential spread. WILDWOOD1818 LOWER TOWNSHIP1423722213 62 STONE HARBOR0 OCEAN CITY1310 SEA ISLE CITY02 MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESREPORTED TODAYOFF QUARANTINEDEATHSLONG TERM CARE ACTIVE CASESLONG TERM CARE CENTER DEATHS CAPE MAY CITY03 615 WOODBINE221119 WILDWOOD CREST17last_img read more