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Court confirms El Universo sentence, setting grave legal precedent

first_img News News December 24, 2019 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Organisation EcuadorAmericas September 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court confirms El Universo sentence, setting grave legal precedent Follow the news on Ecuador EcuadorAmericas Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be droppedcenter_img News April 10, 2020 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News RSF_en A Guayaquil appeal court yesterday upheld the three-year jail sentence and 40-million-dollar fine that a lower court imposed on three El Universo executives and one of the newspaper’s former columnists two months ago in a criminal libel case brought by President Rafael Correa.With little chance of winning any further appeal, El Universo, a Guayaquil-based daily, is now facing financial ruin and closure.President Correa, who finally abandoned his attempt to have the fine doubled, has said he would be prepared to grant the newspaper a pardon, if a request were made. He previously let it be known that he would not insist that the defendants serve their prison sentences and that, once the fine had been paid, he might use the proceeds to recapitalize the newspaper.“The concessions made by President Correa, who savoured his court victory on Twitter, do not unfortunately in any way mitigate the grave legal precedent that such a draconian sentence sets,” Reporters Without Borders said. “El Universo showed good will by offering, before the lower court issued its sentence, to give Correa space in the newspaper. Now that the sentence seems final, we suggest that this offer should be taken up in return for two guarantees, that the jail sentences will not have to be served and that the fine will be suspended, as it would put the newspaper’s entire staff out of work.“There is nothing to stop President Correa responding to a column that he could legitimately regard as offensive and insulting. Enforcement of the sentences upheld yesterday could endanger the future communication bill’s chances of obtaining a consensus. “Another threat to a consensus has emerged in the form of the proceedings that the Telecommunications Supervisory Authority (SUPTEL) has brought against seven radio stations – Radio Quito, Radio Centro, Genial Exa, Visión, Platinum, Radio City and Ondas Azuayas – for jointly broadcasting a programme about freedom of expression on 10 August without prior notification.”Reporters Without Borders continues to declare its unconditional acceptance of media minister Fernando Alvarado’s invitation to take part in debate. Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sourceslast_img read more

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Tribute to leading news site that was forced to close

first_img UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Organisation News February 11, 2021 Find out more UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Related documents ДАНЬ УВАЖЕНИЯ ЗАКРЫВШЕМУСЯ ВЕДУЩЕМУ САЙТУ УЗБЕКИСТАНАPDF – 190.18 KBЎЗБЕКИСТОННИНГ ЁПИЛГАН ЕТАКЧИ САЙТИГА ХУРМАТ БИЛДИРИЛДИPDF – 195.28 KB January 14, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tribute to leading news site that was forced to close Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to Uznews, ten years after its creation. This leading independent news website closed down last month after its editor’s email account was hacked and confidential documents were posted online exposing independent journalists in Uzbekistan to danger. News to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Uzbekistancenter_img New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News RSF_en May 11, 2021 Find out more News Читать по-русски в PDF и ниже / read in Russianўзбек тилида ўқиш / read in UzbekDespite obstacles, the website Uznews.net managed to be a key source of independent news coverage inside Uzbekistan for ten years.Extremely strict censorship prevails in Uzbekistan, which is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Although access to the Uznews website within Uzbekistan was blocked within a year of its creation, it became the country’s most popular and influential news outlet. It finally decided to close down on 19 December, just over a month after the editor’s email was hacked.“President Islam Karimov’s guard dogs got the better of this source of freely reported news,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“The disappearance of this leading news outlet has dealt a major blow to freedom of information in Uzbekistan, which is almost non-existent under this dictatorial regime. RWB congratulates all of its staff for their extraordinary work during the past ten years of constantly escalating harassment.”The editor in chief Galima Bukharbayeva’s email account was hacked and confidential documents were posted online on 10 November, exposing remaining independent journalists in Uzbekistan to danger.After suspending operations for a week, the website went back to work for a month, until the decision to shut down for good was taken on grounds that the dangers to journalists in Uzbekistan, who might have been linked to the website, were too great.Uznews was launched in January 2005 at the end of a training programme for young journalists by the Tashkent branch of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), which was then run by Bukharbayeva.After an uprising in the eastern city of Andijan was crushed bloodily on 13 May 2005, access to the Uznews website was blocked and all of IPWR’s staff had to leave Uzbekistan. Bukharbayeva, who received the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Prize for her Andijan coverage, then relaunched Uznews with her colleague Kudrat Babadjanov from a new headquarters in Berlin.At least ten journalists and netizens are currently detained in Uzbekistan in connection with the provision of news and information. Two of them have been held nearly 15 years, while one of Uznews’ reporters, Solidzhon Abdurakhmanov, has been serving a ten-year jail sentence since 2008 for covering the Aral Sea environmental disaster. The state media are subject to total censorship in Uzbekistan and there are no more than a handful of independent journalists, who mostly work for news websites based abroad such as Ferghana, Radio Ozodliq and Jarayon.——————-ДАНЬ УВАЖЕНИЯ ЗАКРЫВШЕМУСЯ ВЕДУЩЕМУ САЙТУ УЗБЕКИСТАНА« Репортеры без границ » отдают дань уважения десятилетней работе Uznews.net. Ведущий независимый новостной сайт был вынужден закрыться месяц назад после взлома электронной почты главного редактора и утечки конфиденциальной информации, поставившей под угрозу независимых журналистов в Узбекистане.Несмотря на трудности, сайт Uznews сумел на протяжении десяти лет оставаться ключевым источником независимой информации из Узбекистана.В Индексе свободы прессы за 2014 год « Репортеров без границ » Узбекистан с царящей в нем жесткой цензурой занял 166 место среди 180 стран мира.Несмотря на то, что доступ на сайт Uznews был заблокирован, он превратился в наиболее популярное и влиятельное издание в стране. 19 декабря он принял окончательное решение о закрытии, через месяц после взлома почты главного редактора.”Сторожевые псы президента Ислама Каримова сумели подавить этот источник свободной информации, – сказал Йоханн Бир, глава отделения стран Центральной Азии и Восточной Европы РБГ. -Исчезновение этого ведущего издания нанесло серьезный удар по свободе информации в Узбекистане, которая едва существует в условиях диктаторского режима. РБГ поздравляет всех сотрудников издания с замечательной работой в условиях эскалировавших в течение десяти лет угро”.Взлом электронной почты главного редактора Галимы Бухарбаевой и публикация 10 ноября в сети конфиденциальной информации — поставили под угрозу остающихся в Узбекистане независимых журналистов.После взятого недельного перерыва сайт продолжил публикации в течение месяца, пока не было принято решение о прекращении работы во имя безопасности журналистов, которых могли связать с работой сайта.Uznews был создан в январе 2005 года в качестве сайта для начинающих журналистов, прошедших тренинг при офисе Института по освещению войны и мира (IWPR) в Ташкенте, который возглавляла Галима Бухарбаева.После кровавого подавления восстания в Андижане 13 мая 2005 года доступ к сайту Uznews был заблокирован, а костяк команды IWPR в Узбекистане был вынужден покинуть страну.Бухарбаева, ставшая лауреатом « Международной премии за Свободу Прессы » Комитета по защите журналистов (CPJ) за освещение Андижанской бойни, восстановила работу Uznews совместно с коллегой Кудратом Бабаджановым в новом офисе в Берлине.По крайней мере десять журналистов и интернет-деятелей находятся в застенках Узбекистана за распространение новостей и информации. Двое из них в неволе около 15 лет, а репортер Uznews Салиджон Абдурахманов с 2008 года отбывает десятилетный срок лишения свободы за освещение последствий экологической катастрофы Аральского моря.Государственные СМИ в Узбекистане подвергаются тотальной цензуре, и всего горстка независимых журналистов, которые в основном работают на сайты, базирующиеся за рубежом, как Fergananews, радио Ozodliq и Jarayon. Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Help by sharing this information More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Bettering Mortgage Link by Link

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Bettering Mortgage Link by Link blockchain distributed ledger FinTech Print Features Bettering Mortgage Link by Link  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago March 11, 2018 2,625 Views Previous: Bankruptcy Judge Backs Lehman Brothers in RMBS Suit Next: The Week Ahead: Home Builders Weigh in Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Bettering Mortgage Link by Link blockchain distributed ledger FinTech Print Features 2018-03-11 David Wharton Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Editor’s note: this feature originally appeared in the March issue of DS News, out now.You have to look no further than the front page of the Wall Street Journal to learn about Bitcoin these days. Its exponential rise in price has captured the attention of both Wall Street and Main Street alike, but because of its price volatility, its questionable source of value, and the security breaches resulting in theft from exchanges, many people continue to view Bitcoin as a house of cards built on thin air headed for an inevitable collapse. If you dismiss Bitcoin as just noise, you’re overlooking the most important thing about Bitcoin—it utilizes blockchain technology, the most revolutionary technology that has entered the marketplace in decades.To stay relevant in the fintech sector, it’s important to at least have a basic understanding of blockchain technology, and the use cases being explored today that could have an impact on mortgage markets.Blockchain in Plain EnglishBlockchain, at a basic level, is a new way of keeping track of information between parties who need to share and trust that information. Many of the blockchain pilots underway today are simply trying to store and share data in a more efficient, secure, and transparent manner.“All blockchains or similar ‘distributed ledger technologies’ have a common set of characteristics,” said Ashley Lannquist in a “Blockchain at Berkeley” blog. Lannquist explains that blockchains are “digital ledgers or logs that record electronic transactions that occur between two parties. The two parties do not know each other and directly engage in a peer-to-peer network of connected computers. Rather than relying on a third-party middleman (ex. PayPal, a bank, etc.), the network collectively reaches agreement (‘consensus’) on which transactions are legitimate using a consensus mechanism. By ‘legitimate’, we mean that, for example, Alice sends money to Bob and does not spend the same digital currency twice (called a ‘double spend’) or do anything else malicious.”Each type of blockchain platform can have a different set of rules for how a consensus must be reached to determine the legitimacy of a block, but all mechanisms entail a system where the validators, often referred to as miners, are incented through rewards and/or transaction fees to only approve blocks that contain legitimate transactions, and then others in the network must agree with the determination (reaching a consensus). Once a block of data is validated as legitimate, it becomes a permanent record and is then linked to the next block to form a chain. Blockchain technology could be used to keep track of any store of value including, but not limited to, account balances, arbitrary pieces of data, or asset ownership.There are certain blockchain platforms that were developed in a way that allows for more sophisticated applications to be built on top of them, such as the Ethereum smart contract platform. Many of the applications being developed in the banking industry revolve around “smart contracts,” which really aren’t contracts, but can be better described as self-executing software protocols that allow for certain actions to automatically happen when a dependent event takes place. There isn’t room for any gray areas, but if a company could define “if this, then that” scenarios, the application could administer the transaction without an intermediary. For example, if a master servicer wanted to sell servicing rights to a specialty servicer, but only when a certain portfolio reaches a delinquency percentage of x, a smart contract could theoretically be programmed to automatically administer that transaction when the preset qualifications are met. In this way, a blockchain with a smart contract application guarantees that the contract is carried out as intended without anyone managing it.Additionally, if the parties making the transactions know and trust each other, they can create a private and permission-based blockchain, allowing for the enterprise use to skyrocket. For example, a private permission-based blockchain can be limited to a group of financial institutions that want to share information and transact with each other regularly. The members can all be participants in the blockchain but could limit the visibility of any single transaction to only certain members who need the information, such as the two banks exchanging funds and their regulator. There are already consortiums of banks across the globe working on blockchain solutions to replace archaic systems that plague the banking industry.Putting Theory to the Test REAL ESTATE | One notable pilot program for blockchain technology came out of Cook County, Illinois. The Cook County Recorder of Deeds partnered with a California-based real estate tech start-up to explore how land records could be recorded utilizing blockchain technology with the goal of figuring out how to complete a real estate transaction without the need for paper. Although the pilot fell short of that goal, it did prove that the conveyance itself could be documented with all of the necessary information needed for the public land records index, and also that cryptographic signatures rather than wet signatures could be used. The primary roadblock that could not be overcome were the legal requirements for providing paper legal notice of that transaction, and so the pilot’s proposed workflow was required to utilize a Confirmation Deed that would be traditionally recorded to evidence the transaction.4 Only Arizona and Vermont have passed laws officially recognizing the legitimacy of information stored on a blockchain.5 However, the Cook County pilot was successful insofar as it demonstrated what could easily be done in the future in the United States if there is a better understanding and adoption of this technology by both the mainstream public and lawmakers. The Republic of Georgia, for example, is the first government to register land titles and track real estate ownership with a blockchain.BANKING | Because blockchains are a great store of value and can securely house data, it makes sense that the leading industry in blockchain technology development is the finance industry. The banking industry, so far, has been focused on capital market applications like the clearing and settlement of trades, global payment processing between institutions, and other more potentially relevant uses to the mortgage industry, like identity verification and loan syndication.7 Even Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, who is one of the loudest critics of Bitcoin, is a huge advocate for blockchain technology. Chase has been developing Quorum, a permissions-based private enterprise focused blockchain built on top of Ethereum’s smart contract platform. The company also is a member of IBM’s Hyperledger, which includes other member companies like R3, builder of a new distributed ledger operating system for financial markets, which it hopes to make available in 2018.Other notable financial focused blockchains include the private consortium blockchain called Ripple. Ripple allows participating banks “to process cross-border payments in real time with end-to-end tracking and certainty.” It has attracted at least 75 banks, including Bank of America and Santander. Chain, another notable technology company, has partnered with institutions like Citi, Capital One, Fidelity, and NASDAQ, and is focused on facilitating transactions between entities directly, aiming to decrease costs and increase throughput.All of this demonstrates that the effort to utilize this new technology in banking is underway, and will modernize the operating infrastructure that we know today.MORTGAGE SERVICING | Dovetailing the real estate and banking use cases, it is not hard to imagine blockchain applications being successfully deployed in the mortgage industry, and especially the mortgage servicing space. Servicers oftentimes rely on largely obsolete operating systems but must comply with the most stringent regulatory requirements of any industry, demanding quick and accurate production of data for audits. They also must make data-driven decisions based on the current value of real property collateral and loan status, requiring the need to pull from many different sources to take any single action. Blockchain could be utilized to bring all of this information together to make it more readily accessible. Possibilities include the storage of loan origination and property information, payment processing, and self-executing smart contracts that can automatically determine a change in loan status. In the future, many of the servicing functions done today could be disintermediated by this technology. Even entire business functions, like work performed by third-party closing attorneys and escrow companies, could theoretically be replaced by a peer-to-peer blockchain solution. There are already companies that have created enterprise-level blockchain solutions specific to the mortgage industry, which aim to accomplish these very things, including one announced in  March 2017 called Factom Harmony.Change Is Coming Blockchain technology is new, and, like any emerging technology, continues to evolve. What we all know to be true is that technology doesn’t wait for you to catch up with it. It may be years before the technology becomes mainstream, but with its revolutionary potential in sight, and when taking into consideration the amount of money already invested and the visible progress made to date, there is no doubt that blockchain will continue to gain a broader acceptance. Keeling is Managing Partner for McCarthy & Holthus, LLP. She oversees the Southwest Default Services and TitleCurative Practice groups. She is a Martingale-Hubble AV-rated attorneylicensed in the states of California andWashington. She earned her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2007. In 2014, she was named as one of MReport’s Women in Housing “35 Under 35,” featuring leading female executives in the mortgage and housing industry. She has been annually recognized as a Top Lawyer by San Diego Magazine since 2015. in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Print Features, Servicing Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Bettering Mortgage Link by Link The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Subscribe About Author: Katie Jo Keeling Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

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Workplace Health Activity Toolkit

first_img Previous Article Next Article Workplace Health Activity ToolkitOn 1 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Review by Greta Thornbory Designed to help you get your workforce moving in the right direction forhealthy activity in any industry, this pack should tell you all you need toknow on the health benefits of exercise – or at least that is what I eventuallydiscovered. As it is an educational pack, it is available free from the British HeartFoundation (BHF). But because it has charitable status and relies on donations,the BHF asks for a donation and gives a list of suggested donations againstfurther resources. It states you do not have to be an expert to use the pack, however, it tookme some time to find my way around it, to work out what it was and what I hadto do with it – and even then I was not too sure. I thought the CD-Rom wouldtell me, but it did not start automatically so I had to explore to find outwhat the CD contained. Later I realised that it was printed on inside of the folder containing theCD. Even then, there seemed to be so much on it – case studies, word documentswith resources, games files and PowerPoint presentations – that I would haveneeded a great deal of time to sort through what was specifically useful. This is a great shame as it contains some very useful tools for healthpromotion in the work- place; it just does not give clear instructions. So if you want materials for a health promotion project on the healthbenefits of exercise this pack contains it all. Just be prepared to spend sometime sorting out what you want. www.bhf.org.ukGreta Thornbory, MSc RGN OHNC DipNOH PGCEA MIOSH Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Waterford Property venture acquires luxury rental complex from Carmel Partners

first_img Tags The Altana Complex and Waterford’s John Drachman (Waterford)UPDATED, 2:40 p.m., April 27: A Waterford Property Company partnership has closed on its fourth deal this year to convert a rental building to middle-income housing.The Waterford venture paid $300 million for the 507-unit Altana, a luxury complex in Glendale. The partnership was with California Statewide Communities Development Authority, which issued the Newport Beach-based firm $339 million in tax-exempt bonds for the purchase.The seller was not disclosed, but sources confirmed to The Real Deal that it was Carmel Partners. In January, Carmel paid a $1 million fine to the federal government for its role in an infamous pay-to-play scandal involving former Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar.Carmel Partners CEO Ron ZeffThe Altana conversion will not take place overnight, but will lower rents for new tenants who earn between 80 and 120 percent of the area median income, according to a joint press release from Waterford and CSCDA. Though the complex has been a luxury property, existing residents could qualify if they meet the AMI requirements. They could opt in at the lower rents when they renew. Rents at the building — at 633 N. Central Ave. — cannot increase by more than 4 percent a year.The Altana is the fifth and largest deal this year in which the CSCDA teamed with a buyer to target middle-income tenants, according to its website. The authority has partnered with Waterford on four of those purchases, including the $120 million acquisition of a 200-unit complex in Long Beach.Last week, CSCDA teamed with Opportunity Housing Group to buy a 261-unit complex in Monrovia for $100 million, which will also be converted.Workforce housing developments usually don’t qualify for state subsidies, said CSCDA managing director Jon Penkower. Historically low interest rates have helped the authority take part in the program, he added.According to its website, the CSCDA is a joint powers authority created in 1988 to enable local government and eligible private entities access to low-cost, tax-exempt financing for projects that provide a tangible public benefit.The Altana acquisition was first reported in Commercial Observer, but the publication did not disclose the seller.This story has been updated to reflect that CSCDA is a joint powers authority. Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Affordable Housingcarmel partnersGlendaleMultifamily LAlast_img read more

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Government consults on Leicester To Let board ban in student areas

first_imgThe government is consulting the citizens of Leicester on whether to enable their local authority to gain formal control of To Let boards in four key student roads surrounding its two universities. This will, in effect, introduce a To Let board ban in these areas.Earlier this year the council applied to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to introduce formal controls for To Let boards and, after the consultation is over, a decision will be made.The bid by Leicester City Council under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations comes after a voluntary code of conduct introduced three years ago failed to control the large number of boards visible in these areas “for large parts of the year – almost permanently”, the council says.The voluntary code followed local concerns about the number of boards used by agents in the city’s highly competitive central rental market, which is dominated by Leicester’s 40,000 students.The city ran a consultation last year which received 238 replies, 88 from local landlords opposing the measure, although 96 people requested an outright band.A quick stroll down one of the main student roads in the city, Clarendon Street, reveals 21 To Let boards and three For Sale boards.“Unfortunately, only a handful of agents have complied with [the voluntary code] and we continue to see large numbers of these advertisements on display,” says assistant city mayor Piara Singh Clair.“Many students looking for property to rent now use online searches so the boards are largely used as advertising for the agents rather than serving their proper purpose.”The council is not planning to ban letting agent boards outright. If the controls are given to the council then agents will instead be able to place small boards inside a property’s window.  The DCLG consultation is due to finish on November 8th and a decision is expected within six to 12 months, the council says.Leicester City Council to let boards October 20, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Government consults on Leicester To Let board ban in student areas previous nextRegulation & LawGovernment consults on Leicester To Let board ban in student areasCity instead wants agents to use small window boardsNigel Lewis20th October 20160623 Viewslast_img read more

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Buildings Falling at Former Car Dealership Site

first_imgA large portion of the former Perry-Egan automobile sales facility was demolished on Wednesday. By TIM KELLYAs Ocean City knockdowns go, this is a big one.The former Perry-Egan Chevrolet, AKA Ocean City Chevrolet, began its fade into history this week to make way for development of a yet-to-be determined number of new homes, or possibly for open space.Chain link fencing surrounded the perimeter of the former dealership on Wednesday afternoon as the old buildings which formerly contained a showroom full of new cars, offices, and the service department, met its date with the heavy demolition equipment.A white sign with red lettering stating “Coming soon 20+ single family homes buildable lots available,” was attached to the fencing.The majority of the buildings and the surrounding asphalt / concrete lots are owned by Klause Enterprises, LLC, of Ocean City. Earlier this year, plans were announced for the homes to be built after negotiations for the property to be purchased by the city ended.The former dealership sits on a 85,688-square foot area, almost two acres, consisting of five separate lots between Simpson and Haven Avenues, between 16th Street and 17th Street, adjacent to the Ocean City Community Center. The parcel represents the largest buildable area in Ocean City in decades.A sign announcing a proposed housing development is attached to a chain link fence around the property.One of the company’s principals, Harry Klause, was reached by phone Wednesday afternoon and referred a request for comment to attorney Avery Teitler. A message left for Teitler was not returned in time for this edition of OCNJDaily.Last month the Ocean City Planning Board granted final approval for development of the tract for 21 homes. However, the City still hopes to acquire the site for open space.  At the Planning Board meeting, Teitler told OCNJDaily that Klause Enterprises would follow through on its development plans, but that it was still open to the possibility of selling the land to the city.A previous attempt to purchase the property by the city for $9 million took place in 2018. However, the group Fairness in Taxes opposed it and successfully circulated a petition drive for a voter referendum to block the sale, from which the city then withdrew.Last month, Teitler said Klause Enterprises has not heard from the City concerning reopening negotiations on a sale.Regardless of the ultimate fate of the property, be it new homes or open space, the old auto dealership buildings had to go and that process has officially begun.On Wednesday, a large chunk of the buildings were already down, with what appeared to be more than half of the complex still standing for the time being.Demolition of the old Perry-Egan Auto dealership proceeded on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Watch These Live Tributes To Gregg Allman Compiled In This Official Video Playlist

first_imgOn May 27th, the legendary Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers passed away, with the loss causing shockwaves across the music community at large. Allman was a pioneer, with his presence undeniably and immeasurably shaping the music of today and forever going forward. Yesterday, those over at the Gregg Allman camp released an official playlist compiling select musical tributes from the many that have occurred in recent weeks to honor the fallen musician.Derek Trucks Speaks On Gregg Allman’s Legacy, The State Of The Allman Brothers In New InterviewThe playlist contains fourteen videos spanning performances from Dead & Company to Keith Urban, further reiterating the breadth of influence that Allman had cultivated over the years. The first video of the playlist features Derek Trucks, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, and Charles Kelley’s collaborative rendition of “Midnight Rider” during this past week’s CMT Music Awards. From there, the playlist sees Dave Matthews & Tim Reynold’s rendition of “Melissa” on May 31st, Eric Church’s rendition of “Midnight Rider” on May 27th, and Zac Brown’s string of “One Way Out” and “Whipping Post” on May 27th. Tedeschi Trucks Band appears twice on the playlist — both videos from their performance on May 27th in Jacksonville, Florida, for “Statesboro Blues” and then, “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More.”Gregg Allman’s Bandmates And Inner Circle Pay Their RespectsFormer Allman Brothers bandmate Warren Haynes is featured thrice, with three distinct performances with Gov’t Mule at Summer Camp Music Festival and DelFest. The tribute by Dead & Company, featuring another former Allman Brothers bandmate Oteil Burbridge, comes next, which sees the group cover Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” to a backdrop of celestial-themed images of Gregg Allman during their first encore at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 27th. The playlist is rounded out by performances by Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Melissa Etheridge, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, highlighting Allman’s southern roots and role as a country music hero.You can check out the playlist below. Rest in peace, Gregg; you are missed.last_img read more

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Aqueous Announces Expansive Fall 2018 Tour Dates

first_imgAqueous Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:7/21 – Scranton, PA – The Peach Music Festival7/27 & 7/28 – Buffalo, NY – Cobblestone Live8/23 – Sherman, NY – Night Lights Music Festival9/7 – Utica, NY – Saranac Brewery **9/20 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater *10/24 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom ^10/25 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge ^10/26 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair ^10/27 – Albany, NY – The Hollow ^10/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^11/1 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar ^11/2 – Washington D.C. – Union Stage ^11/3 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore ^11/4 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry #11/6 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall #11/7 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House #11/8 – Orlando, FL – The Social #11/9 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits #11/10 – Tampa, FL – The Crowbar #11/14 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco #11/15 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 #11/16 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall #11/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit In #11/28 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig +11/29 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop11/30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Miramar Theatre +12/5 – Ft. Collins, CO – Hodi’s Halfnote ^12/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Old Town Pub ^12/8 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre ^12/11 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room $12/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy $12/13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi $** w/ moe.* w/ ELM^ w/ Mungion# w/ The Heavy Pets+ w/ EGI$ w/ GooseView All Tour Dates Today, the Buffalo-based groove-rockers of Aqueous have announced their fall 2018 tour, marking the band’s most extensive headlining tour to date. Spanning from September through December, the band will hit 27 cities throughout the tail end of 2018. For this expansive endeavor, Aqueous will be joined by Mungion, ELM, The Heavy Pets, EGI, and Goose as support.After Aqueous wraps up their summer plans—with performances at The Peach Music Festival, Cobblestone Live, Night Lights Music Festival, and Utica, New York’s Saranac Brewery with moe.—the band will head to Thornville, Ohio’s Resonance Music and Arts Festival in September, followed up by a date at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Rex Theater on September 21st. However, Aqueous’ fall tour kicks into high gear in October, with a pre-Halloween run that will see them perform in Hamden, CT; South Burlington, VT; Cambridge, MA; and Albany, NY from October 24th to 27th.After a highly anticipated Halloween show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, the band will continue down the East Coast, with shows set in Asbury Park, NJ; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; and Richmond, VA from November 1st through 4th. Moving southward, the band begins the southern leg of tour, with shows in Raleigh, NC, and Charleston, SC, ahead of a three-night run in Florida from November 8th through 10th.On November 14th, the band rolls through the deep south, with shows in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, before hitting Asheville, North Carolina, on the 15th and Nashville, Tennessee, on the 17th. Moving west, after a brief break for Thanksgiving, the band picks back up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 28th, followed up by shows in Chicago and Milwaukee on the 29th and 30th. A three-night run across Colorado will follow as the band rounds into December, with the band closing out their newly announced tour in Omaha, NE; St. Louis, MO; and Indianapolis, IN, from December 11th to 13th.Aqueous – Official Tour Announcement VideoTickets for Aqueous’ extensive fall tour go on sale this Friday, July 21st, at 10 a.m. (ET) via the band’s website. You can also head there for more information and for ticketing.last_img read more

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Building a ‘risk-aware’ culture at Harvard

first_img Read Full Story “What keeps you up at night?”That was the question posed by Katie Lapp, executive vice president of Harvard, at the University’s inaugural Institutional Risk Management (IRM) Symposium on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.The symposium, sponsored by Harvard’s Office of Risk Management & Audit Services (RMAS), was part education, part strategy session, part therapy session for attendees from across the University who are tasked with identifying and mitigating risk for their respective Schools and units.And those risks are numerous. Lapp noted the breadth of the attendees’ experience in her opening remarks. Deans, administrative personnel, and IT staff were among those who came to discuss threats ranging from financial and academic fraud to campus safety and IT security.“We are a large research university,” said Lapp in her opening remarks. “We have complicated facilities, we are the subject of cyber-attacks on a regular basis, and when you think about it, we invite thousands of students to come on our campus every day, whether they reside here or not. We need to make sure that Harvard is a safe place, that it is a vibrant place, and people feel they can do their best work here in a safe environment.”The focus on risk management at universities has grown over the last several years, propelled by increased regulation and litigation, narrowing financial margins, increased global threats, and issues of national security.last_img read more