to go further February 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two court cases test online free expression March 17, 2021 Find out more Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Organisation News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth February 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls for the withdrawal of the charges against blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, also known as “RPK”, and human rights lawyer P. Uthayakumar, whose cases were heard in appeal hearings yesterday before the federal court in Putrajaya, the country’s highest court. Both Kamaruddin and Uthayakumar have run afoul of the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA), under which suspects can be held for two years without trial. “Both RPK and Uthayakumar are victims of a law that openly violates the right to free expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “RPK spent 56 days in detention at a minister’s pleasure. Uthayakumar is still being held in this manner in appalling conditions, and has been so for the past 426 days. If the judicial system dared to question what has happened, it would demonstrate some impartiality. We hope it can rise to the challenge posed by these cases.” Kamaruddin’s case was postponed yesterday until 17 February at the request of his seven lawyers, who have challenged the partiality of one of the three judges, Augustine Paul. At the next hearing, a new panel of judges will consider the interior minister’s appeal against a 7 November high court decision to free Kamaruddin, who had been held at the minister’s behest following his arrest on 12 September under article 73 (1) of the ISA for allegedly spreading confusion and insulting “the purity of Islam.” Kamaruddin edits the Internet Malaysia Today website (http://mt.m2day.org/2008/), in which he often criticises government policies. There are two other cases currently pending against him, one on a charge of defamation, and the other on a sedition charge. An hearing in the defamation case is to be heard before the Kuala Lumpur high court tomorrow. The federal court in Putrajaya yesterday rejected a request for the release of Uthayakumar for the second time. Held under the ISA since 13 December 2007, his case was heard at the same time as those of four other members of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). Uthayakumar is accused of violating the ISA by posting a letter he wrote to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on his website asking Brown to support a UN security council resolution condemning the Malaysian government’s “atrocities” and “persecution” of the country’s Hindu minority and referring the case to the International Criminal Court. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Uthayakumar, who is diabetic and has been mistreated while in detention. “Throughout these 14 months of my imprisonment under the ISA, my health condition has deteriorated,” he wrote in an open letter on 10 February that was posted online. “Sometime on or about January 2008, I believe I had suffered a silent heart attack at a time when I was denied my diabetic medication (…) sugar is being added to my food from time to time.” Follow the news on Malaysia News RSF_en News News Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again January 29, 2021 Find out more
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its April 2014 Housing Scorecard, noting that home prices remained stable, foreclosure completions continued to their lowest levels since mid-2007, existing home sales stabilized, new home sales slowed, and the administration’s foreclosure mitigation efforts continued to provide relief for troubled homeowners.The agency found that as of February 2014, the FHFA purchase-only house price index rose 6.9 percent year-over-year, and ticked up .6 percent from January, seasonally-adjusted. The seasonally adjusted purchase-only index for the U.S. found that home values are on par with prices from mid-2005.Foreclosure completions totaled approximately 29,000 in March, down 5 percent from February and down 34 percent from March 2013. The drop in foreclosures represented the lowest level seen since July 2007. Newly initiated foreclosures were roughly 55,700, up 7 percent from February.Regardless, foreclosure starts were still down 24 percent from last year.HUD found that existing-home sales stabilized in March, remaining virtually unchanged. Existing-home sales were below year-ago levels for the fifth consecutive month. The report from HUD cites a National Association of Realtors report that attributed the stagnation in sales to low inventory, fewer distressed properties, strict banking lending standards, less favorable affordability, and the unusually harsh winter.New home sales also experienced a slump, dropping 14.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 in March—an eight month low. “New home sales were down 13.3 percent from a year earlier, the first annual decline since the third quarter of 2011,” HUD found.The government’s loss mitigation programs provided a bright spot in HUD’s report. The government agency found that 2 million homeowner assistance actions have taken place through the Making Home Affordable Program, which included nearly 1.4 million permanent modifications through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).HUD found that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has offered nearly 2.3 million loss mitigation and early delinquency interventions through March. Additionally, mortgage aid was extended 7.7 million times, outpacing foreclosures. Housing counselors also continued to provide assistance, counseling 10.3 million households since April 1, 2009.In total, more than 8.3 million mortgage modifications and other assistance arrangements were completed between April 2009 and the end of March 2014.HUD tempered its good news with a word of caution:”Encouraging news notwithstanding, there is a need to continue with recovery efforts as home sales have slowed, too many homeowners remain underwater, and mortgage delinquencies rates remain elevated. There is also considerable geographic variation in market conditions not captured in the national statistics, which suggests some markets are improving at different rates than others.” 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 Home / Daily Dose / HUD: Housing Improves; Still Needs Further Recovery Tagged with: April Housing Scorecard Existing Home Sales Foreclosures HAMP HUD New Home Sales Previous: Fannie/Freddie Reform Bill Stalls in Senate Next: GSE Quarterly Report Card Positive Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Subscribe April Housing Scorecard Existing Home Sales Foreclosures HAMP HUD New Home Sales 2014-05-09 Colin Robins Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 9, 2014 794 Views HUD: Housing Improves; Still Needs Further Recovery Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Colin Robins Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles
The flux of > 2 MeV electrons at geosynchronous orbit is used by space weather forecasters as a key indicator of enhanced risk of damage to spacecraft in low, medium or geosynchronous Earth orbits. We present a methodology that uses the amount of time a single input dataset (solar wind data or geomagnetic indices) exceeds a given threshold to produce deterministic and probabilistic forecasts of the > 2 MeV flux at GEO exceeding 1000 or 10000 cm‐2 s‐1 sr‐1 within up to 10 days. By comparing our forecasts with measured fluxes from GOES 15 between 2014 and 2016, we determine the optimum forecast thresholds for deterministic and probabilistic forecasts by maximising the ROC and Brier Skill Scores respectively. The training dataset gives peak ROC scores of 0.71 to 0.87 and peak Brier Skill Scores of ‐0.03 to 0.32. Forecasts from AL give the highest skill scores for forecasts of up to 6‐days. AL, solar wind pressure or SYM‐H give the highest skill scores over 7‐10 days. Hit rates range over 56‐89% with false alarm rates of 11‐53%. Applied to 2012, 2013 and 2017, our best forecasts have hit rates of 56‐83% and false alarm rates of 10‐20%. Further tuning of the forecasts may improve these. Our hit rates are comparable to those from operational fluence forecasts, that incorporate fluence measurements, but our false alarm rates are higher. This proof‐of‐concept shows that the geosynchronous electron flux can be forecast with a degree of success without incorporating a persistence element into the forecasts.
Richard P. Galante “Dick”, 86 of Ocean City, NJ passed away peacefully Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Spring Village in Galloway with his family by his side.Born in Philadelphia, Pa he had been a lifelong resident of Ocean City.Dick was a graduate of Ocean City High School class of 1948. A proud veteran of the US Navy serving during the Korean War from 1950 until his Honorable Discharge in 1954.He was owner/operator of Frank Galante and Son Bricklayers in Ocean City for over 30 years and a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Local # 33.A life member of VFW Ferguson Foglio Post # 6650 and American Legion Miley Morvay Post both in Ocean City.He was predeceased by his parents: Frank and Grace (Carwithen) Galante, two sisters and a brother: Marie Galante, Frank Galante and Grace Adamson.Surviving are his loving wife: Edie (nee Crotto) Galante, son: Tony (Janet) Galante of Ocean City, daughter: Lori (Randy) Smith of Somers Point, four grandchildren: Michael and Joseph Galante, Carli (Tad) Mozeleski, Garrett (Ashlyn) Smith, and three great grandchildren: Adalyn and Grayson Smith and Olive Mozeleski.A Service to Celebrate the Life of Dick will be offered Friday, September 8, 2017 at 6 o’clock from The Godfrey Funeral Home, 809 Central Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from 4 o’clock until time of service.Burial will be private.The Galante family would like to thank Spring Village and Grace Hospice for the care and compassion they had shown not only to Dick but to the entire family.The family has requested memorial contributions in Dick’s name to either Alzheimers Association, South Jersey Chapter, 3 Eves Drive # 310, Marlton, NJ 08053, VFW Post # 6650, 1501 Bay Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226 or the charily of one’s choice.Condolences may be left at www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.
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ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » How is a bank or credit union branch like a supermarket? Both branches and grocery stores nurture a geographic area, each in their own way.United States government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control define “food deserts” as low-income urban neighborhoods that lack supermarkets or other venues providing convenient access to affordable, healthy foods. The agencies specifically study such areas because residents there often lack accessible healthy food options. As a result they become more vulnerable to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and an array of related maladies.If the lack of nutritious grocery offerings in food deserts can threaten physical health, then it is plausible to presume a lack of convenient banking offerings may threaten families’ financial health. Further, if those conditions prevail more in low-income neighborhoods, the lack of access is likely harming those most in need of financial counsel.My firm has studied “banking deserts,” low-income urban neighborhoods with limited access to banks or credit unions, and the findings can help as the industry weighs the future role, and existence, of branches.
Using Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, Cole Aldrich, Wesley Johnson and Jeff Green, Rivers defied the logic that suggests he keep one of his stars on the floor at all times.The gamble paid off, with the bench doubling the lead in the first half and helping give the Clippers a comfortable cushion in the second.Paul led the Clippers with 25 points, adding six rebounds and five assists. J.J. Redick scored 17 points, Griffin had 12 and DeAndre Jordan, although he scored just three points, grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds and had five assists.Crawford, who was presented with his record third Sixth Man of the Year trophy pregame, wasn’t the only scoring punch off the bench.While he led the reserves with 11 points, three others scored at least eight, including Aldrich, who also grabbed seven rebounds. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were at the scorer’s table, ready to check in Wednesday night and try and close out Game 2. These are the players Rivers trusts most, part of the core that’s been through so many playoff battles together.But his eyes and his gut told him he should wait.He did it in the first half too, choosing to roll with his maligned all-bench lineups for critical minutes. And, it worked.The bench, once a weakness that defined the Clippers’ struggles under Rivers, dominated the game, helping the Clippers get a 102-81 win and a 2-0 lead in their series with the Trail Blazers. The bench’s success, a product of a nearly season-long process, is a sign that maybe this Clipper team is actually in a different place than past year’s editions.Before Game 2, Rivers, who insisted he wasn’t thinking further ahead than the game his team was about to play, didn’t mind looking back at the Clipper teams he had in the past two seasons.That group had a pair of brutal postseason conclusions that are just worse than normal losses.The pain from the Oklahoma City loss, from the Houston collapse, that was from deeper cuts than usual, Rivers said.“Ours felt like they were tougher the last two years and I think that’s kind of made us grow,” he said.Whether or not the Clippers truly learned anything is still to be determined.Three years ago, the team lost four straight after going up 2-0 over Memphis. Last season, the Clippers learned that a 3-1 series lead is worthless without the fourth win.Wednesday, they played like a team with a sense of urgency despite winning the series’ first game easily.The Clippers got out to a great start, hitting their first four shots including a pair of Redick 3s. Even though the shooting cooled down, the second unit opened up a lead that would grow to as many as 15.Portland, predictably, would fight back, especially with both teams struggling to put the ball in the basket. Jordan, who misses less than 30 percent of the time, missed three of his four shots.Blake Griffin, who dominated around and above the rim in Gmae 1, was grounded until a monster dunk in the fourth quarter.But the bench and the Clipper backcourt, Paul and Redick, were more than enough.Portland’s Damian Lillard scored 17 points, but was held to 6-of-22 shooting. The Clipper reserves outscored Portland’s 43-8. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
England squad player Adam Chapman retained his North of England amateur championship crown with a polished performance at Pannal Golf Club, Yorkshire. Chapman opened with an impressive eight-under par 64 and followed up with a second round 69 for a 36-hole total of 11-under 133. He won the Shaw Salver by two shots from Jack Gaunt of Drayton Park and Lindrick’s Bailey Gill. Victory at the end of the season tasted particularly sweet for Chapman, who has been disappointed with his form in 2015. “I’ve had a poor season which started off badly and got a little bit better as time went on,” he said. “I’ve not putted well for most of the year so I’m pleased to have ended with a win,” said the Windermere player, who has now won three major events in successive years at Pannal. He said: “I’ve played nicely this week, hitting fairways in the first round and making good positions count. The putts were dropping too which was a relief.” Chapman added: “I played sensibly and felt comfortable throughout. I hit a few ropey drives, but recovered well and I felt I left a few putts out there to be honest.” Gaunt provided a firm challenge shooting under par rounds of 71 and 64 to put the pressure on. Lindrick’s Gill also put up an impressive performance with rounds of 67 and 68 to equal Gaunt’s total, two strokes behind the winner. Meanwhile, Yorkshire lifted the County Plate for securing the best score after 36 holes by two members of the squad – Bailey Gill and James Walker (The Oaks) – with the latter finishing birdie, birdie, eagle. Bad weather hindered this year’s championship, scheduled as a three-day, 72 hole event. Organisers had to make changes and reduce play to 36 holes due to thick fog that stubbornly refused to lift each morning. Next year’s championship will be held at Alwoodley GC, Leeds Click here for full results Caption: Adam Chapman with Yorkshire past president John Shaw and his wife, Gill, who gave the trophy. (Image © www.drivinggolf.co.uk) 2 Oct 2015 Chapman retains North of England crown
Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is taken off the field with team doctor James Bradley after injuring his right knee in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Pouncey was taken for an MRI. The Titans won 16-9. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The 2013 season is barely underway and the Steelers are already in big trouble.A season that was supposed to be about redemption, a make up for 2012’s shortcomings, opened up in embarrassing fashion with a 16-9 loss to the lowly Tennessee Titans. After taking an early 2-0 lead on an opening kickoff safety, the black and gold looked horrible all day long. The running game was atrocious, mustering up a total of 32 yards and going back to the musical chairs of running backs as they did in 2012. They didn’t have a feature back and the game’s starter, Isaac Redman, fumbled twice, losing one of them. Big Ben was under duress all game long, being sacked 5 times and hurried countless more. Roethlisberger is still one of the best QB’s in the league but he won’t make it out of this season in one piece if this kind of pressure is allowed to continue. Further complicating the issue is the apparent loss of Maurkice Pouncey, their All Pro center for the season. Pouncey was taken out by his own man, David DeCastro on an ill-advised attempt at a block. Not only is Pouncey the lone stand out on the O Line, he’s the leader of the group as well. He was voted a captain of this team and is irreplaceable, especially when the team doesn’t have anyone else who’s had any real experience at the position. Pouncey wasn’t the only captain and leader who was lost for the season, it appears Larry Foote, the veteran inside linebacker may be out for the year too. Foote tore his triceps and as we have seen in the past with Aaron Smith, that’s typically a season ending injury. The team has no adequate replacement in the fold on the inside. They may need to consider moving Jason Woirlds to the position. Time will tell.Time, however, is not something that is on the Steelers side. Already in the hole on the season at 0-1, with an offense who doesn’t’ appear able to run the ball, a line who can’t block, and major injuries already piling up, the Steelers need to fix their issues immediately. If they can’t or don’t, it’s not only going to be a season much like 2012, it’s going to be unlucky 2013. Game Notes:Ben Roethlisberger became the 35th quarterback in NFL history to surpass 30,000 passing yards.Questionable Move:Taking a timeout at 2:02 left in the game, burning the final one the team had left. Why not let the clock stop 2 seconds later? Odd call. Biggest Concern:It’s actually not one of the injuries; it’s the potential of who might be injured next. Big Ben is not going to make it through the year at this rate and that’s a major worry. Next Week:At 0-1 the team will travel to the 0-1 Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football.
It didn’t seem like much at first – a little numbness in his foot. But in looking back, it marked a turning point in Steven Schultz’s life. Now, as he addresses his own health concerns, Schultz is looking to help others deal with a serious health condition.That numbness that Schultz first experienced in 2009 in his foot, then later his knee in 2009, was later diagnosed as multiple sclerosis, a chronic and potentially debilitating condition. Now Schultz is working to raise money for research for treatment and an eventual cure and to heighten public awareness and education about the severe condition.Schultz, an Interlaken resident who is member of the Board of Trustees for the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, has worked with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New Jersey Metro Chapter, to establish the fundraiser MS Rock For A Cure, a June 13 event at the theater. The event will showcase The Fab Faux, a musical tribute band that performs The Beatles works. According to the organizers, approximately 300 tickets for the concert have been set aside for the fundraiser, at a cost of $400 apiece, that includes the concert, a pre-event cocktail reception and an after-concert reception.“I want to see awareness here,” Schultz said, hoping this event would allow people to realize what this disease means, its effects largely unrealized by the public and that for those who have it, there is hope.He and his wife, Jaime, said they hope the event would raise $300,000 in sponsorship and ticket sales, with proceeds earmarked for research.“The thing about MS is you don’t know how it’ll affect you,” Schultz explained.Multiple sclerosis, or MS as it’s commonly called, is a neurological, inflammatory disorder that affects and damages the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This condition can prevent parts of the nervous system to communicate, possibly leading to a wide array of physical symptoms and often lead to permanent neurological problems and damage to the body’s immune system. The direct cause is unknown and MS remains incurable, though there are treatments and medications for the approximately 2.3 million sufferers worldwide.“This is a disease that needs to be paid attention to,” Schultz believes.When he first told Jaime about his symptoms, “I said get to the emergency room,” she remembered.Schultz, who works in real estate development, acknowledged that 2009 – during the financial crisis – was a difficult time for him, with the diagnosis compounding the situation. “He spent a couple of months when he didn’t want to get out of bed or go to work,” Jaime said, noting, “He did but he wasn’t really into it.”“I had a little bit of a pity party,” initially, he acknowledged.The key, they found, was finding a doctor, “that was the right fit,” Jaime said.That physician, Saud Sadiq, MD, FAAN, in New York City, drafted “a health regiment that would fit into Steve’s lifestyle,” factoring in things like diet and physical activity along with traditional medical treatments; and that made the difference in his treatment, Jaime said.Since his initial diagnosis and ongoing treatment, “You really turned your life around,” dealing with the disease and just everyday life stresses, Jaime told Steven.He continues to experience various levels of numbness but “it’s all about maintenance,” of the chronic condition and access to proper medical treatment, Schultz noted – at least for now until a cure can be discovered.