Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros died in mortar fire

first_img Tim Hetherington, a British photojournalist working for Vanity Fair, and Chris Hondros, a US photojournalist working for Getty Images, were killed by a mortar round in Misrata, in western Libya. Two other photographers were wounded. All four were on Tripoli Street, the main road through Misrata, which was the target of an offensive by troops loyal to Col. Muammar Gaddafi. Organisation News RSF_en center_img April 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros died in mortar fire Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Fannie Mae Reaches Out to Borrowers in Wildfire Zones

first_img Previous: Florida Court Deflates Balloon Payment Plan Next: Home Prices in Nevada Grow at Break-neck Speed Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Reaches Out to Borrowers in Wildfire Zones Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Alison Rich has a long-time tenure in the writing and editing realm, touting an impressive body of work that has been featured in local and national consumer and trade publications spanning industries and audiences. She has worked for DS News and MReport magazines—both in print and online—since they launched. Sign up for DS News Daily The numerous California communities hit hard by recent desolating—and spreading—wildfires can get at least a semblance of relief from Fannie Mae in the form of mortgage assistance, the GSE reminded borrowers in a statement.Under the GSE’s guidelines for single-family mortgages, homeowners affected by the record-breaking blazes qualify to stop paying their monthly mortgage for up to 12 months, it says. During that payment pause, the homeowners will not rack up any late fees and delinquencies will not be reported to the credit bureaus.As for mortgage servicers, they have the go-ahead to suspend or trim a homeowner’s payments immediately for up to 90 days without any contact with the homeowner, if the servicer thinks the owner has been affected by a disaster, Fannie Mae explains. In many cases, help is also available via payment forbearance of up to 12 months.In addition to these direct modifications, servicers must postpone foreclosure and other legal proceedings if they believe the borrower has been affected by a disaster, Fannie’s statement notes.“Our thoughts are with the families and communities impacted by the devastating California wildfires,” Carlos Perez, SVP and Chief Credit Officer at Fannie Mae said. “Fannie Mae and our servicing partners are focused on ensuring mortgage assistance is available during this challenging time. We urge everyone in the area to be safe, and we encourage homeowners affected by the fires to contact their mortgage servicer for assistance as soon as possible.”Recent data from Realtor.com reports the fires have burned more than 130,000 acres and more than 200 square miles, “destroying 1,060 residences, 18 commercial structures, and 477 outbuildings.” Additional current damage tallies up to 186 residences, 8 commercial structures, and 64 outbuildings impacted by the ongoing blaze.Homeowners can get in touch with Fannie Mae directly by calling 1-800-2FANNIE (1-800-232-6643). For more information, they can also log on to www.knowyouroptions.com/relief. 2018-08-08 Alison Rich Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, Journal, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Fannie Mae Reaches Out to Borrowers in Wildfire Zones The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Alison Rich Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago August 8, 2018 1,910 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Paul UK updates telecoms estate as business grows

first_imgPaul UK, the French family bakery and patisserie, has chosen Olive Communications to manage its mobile telecoms estate. This allows the bakery company to monitor its mobile spend in real time and set polices for individual users as the business grows.The brand currently has 30 London stores, including shops in Covent Garden and Canary Wharf.The new mobile contract, delivered over the Vodafone network, covers connectivity and devices for head office staff, delivery drivers and operations teams.Susanne Sauerland, finance director, Paul UK, said: “Olive’s detail-oriented and committed approach stood out over the other service providers we evaluated in the tender process.“As a relatively small, but growing organisation, responsiveness to our needs and quality of account management is really important to us. This is why we choose to work with a managed service provider rather than with one of the big networks directly. Olive has demonstrated that they have what it takes to offer us the best possible customer service, and we are looking forward to working with them as we grow our business.”Martin Flick, CEO, Olive Communications, said: “We seek to understand our customers’ objectives, and then map the most appropriate and cost-effective solution from our broad portfolio of products and services, to suit. That’s what we’ve done with Paul UK, and we’re delighted to be supporting them as they grow their business.”last_img read more

Potential en masse

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN6qVOZissQ” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/GN6qVOZissQ/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Michael Kimmelman, longtime chief art critic for The New York Times and now its architecture critic, delivered a talk titled “The Politics of Public Space” at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Knafel Center. Kimmelman has written widely on issues of public housing, public space, infrastructure, community development, and social responsibility. He spoke with the Gazette about the importance of public space, his role as a critic, and the art and beauty of architecture.GAZETTE: Why do you think a public space, which can help bring together thousands of people, can be more influential than the Internet, which can create an online community of millions?KIMMELMAN: I think one big lesson of a place like Zuccotti Park in New York City [the base of the Occupy Wall Street protests] is that, while millions of people sign online petitions without anybody really noticing, a few hundred people can make headlines around the world for physically occupying a modest space. That’s because they reveal themselves to everybody. But in so doing they also reveal themselves to each other. There is a kind of abstraction to the virtual space that we share online. But face-to-face, people have to share a much wider and more tangible range of experiences and risks, and they de facto become a community literally sharing common ground.It’s interesting to me that many middle-class Brazilians, who do not live in the favelas, only encountered people from the favelas, as it were on common ground, on equal footing, for the first time in the streets during the protests last year. They had seen these people as workers or servants. Now everybody occupied a space of shared interests and grievances. That’s what happened at Tahrir Square in Egypt as well.GAZETTE: In recent years we have seen movements taking place in public spaces like the Occupy movement, and protests in Egypt and Turkey. Do you feel any of these movements has led to real change?KIMMELMAN: Protest is not an end in itself.  In a country like Egypt, power ultimately belongs to those with the tanks and guns. But revolutions take time, sometimes generations. So it may be early to judge Tahrir. I think the effects of Occupy were felt in the recent elections in New York and in a broader discontent in the fact everybody talks about the “1 percent.” The jury’s out in Turkey, but clearly Gezi ended the ruling party’s story about everyone being content.GAZETTE: What kind of spaces could be created in places like Egypt that might help bring people together, to encounter one another in a more democratic way?KIMMELMAN: There’s an intimate connection between the health of a democracy and the robustness of its public spaces. Cairo is a glaring example of a complete abdication by leadership, over many, many decades, to provide such spaces. There’s almost no green space in Cairo. A lot of places that are run by dictators don’t like to have public spaces because they don’t want places where people feel they can gather. We see throughout parts of the Gulf, for instance, the absence of sidewalks, plazas, and squares.GAZETTE: Is there a city in the United States or elsewhere that you think has perfected the art of public space?KIMMELMAN: I don’t know that perfection is the goal. Cities are organic, evolving. They should change all the time. But there is in Europe a social compact that says, in return for high taxes and membership in society, the government will provide a functioning and successful mass transit system, parks, health care, and education. I think here too often we regard public spaces as an afterthought and are always scrambling to finance what could and really should be basic goods for people. Nowadays, public-private ventures are popular, and sometimes they work, as with Brooklyn Bridge Park. But they are far from perfect.GAZETTE: Do you think public-private partnerships are a good means of developing more public spaces in cities around the country?KIMMELMAN: They all depend on whether the project begins with the right question. The right question is: “What public good do we want to achieve, and how best do we use private resources to help get us there?” If it begins the other way around, by asking “What are the profitable possibilities here and how then can we tack on a public component to sweeten that deal for the voters?” — that’s going to fail. The bottom line is that well-conceived public improvements produce better economic results for the private investors. Better public spaces, better infrastructure, and mass transit make for more desirable places for businesses and residents, so in that case it’s a win-win deal.GAZETTE: Do you see your role as architecture critic as one in which you engage broadly with questions of civic purpose versus simply reviewing a new building?KIMMELMAN: I think the role of an architecture critic is to look at how we live; to me that can’t be answered only by judging buildings singly, but by seeing the built world at large as a network of interests and projects. It seems irresponsible to me — and unfair to architects — not to broaden the conversation from architecture as a formal, material endeavor to a wider discussion of the built world, because architects themselves are [about] more than just making sculptures out of buildings.GAZETTE: Has your work as an art critic helped you in any way appreciate the beauty of public space or informed your work as an architecture critic?KIMMELMAN: I think growing up in New York City and having a sense of what a neighborhood is, and what a city can and should be like, having those things in my bones has been invaluable to me. Being an art critic enhanced my appreciation for the art of architecture, which I also had since I was a boy, looking around the city at buildings, but making a work of art is very different from making a work of architecture, which entails collaboration, compromise, and all sorts of practical considerations that, in many ways, make successful buildings all the more beautiful.GAZETTE: Was there one building that had an impact on you from an early age?KIMMELMAN: No. I think I didn’t see buildings quite that way. Are there buildings that stick in my mind from my childhood? Yes, many of them, because they were part of my daily life, and they were beautiful in the way that they functioned as part of the neighborhood, in my memories, and for the people I knew who used them. But it wasn’t as if I saw a spectacular building and suddenly thought “architecture moves me deeply, and this is what it’s about — this building in isolation.” I think I saw beautiful, remarkable buildings as I did people in society, as distinct but part of a network in which everything is connected, in which we are all dependent on one another. The real, the deepest beauty of architecture, comes from that sense of its being, like us, part of this larger system, part of a society of buildings and places.last_img read more

Akim Aliu calls Bill Peters’ apology ‘misleading, insincere and concerning’

first_img“I meant no disrespect in what I said, and it was not directed at anyone in particular,” he continued. “But, that doesn’t matter; it was hurtful and demeaning. I am truly sorry. I accept the reality of my actions.”Peters did not address former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan’s allegations of physical abuse in his statement — incidents that the current head coach in Carolina, Rod Brind’Amour, confirmed on Wednesday.Ex-NHL player Jiri Tlusty about Bill Peters:”He’s arrogant. Wish players don’t have to meet that man again. He’s not going to change. There were more stuff like that in Carolina. Kicking into Michal Jordan’s back? That’s acting like a rat.”#Flames @Canes @Dreamer_Aliu78— Robert Rampa (@RampaRobert15) November 28, 2019″The way the players handled it and the support staff handled it [was to] bring it to management right away,” Brind’Amour told reporters. “Management handled it correctly and [we] never heard of it again. Never saw anything else after that. It was definitely dealt with in my opinion correctly. That’s not something we talk about… We’ve definitely moved past that.” Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters issued a letter of resignation to general manager Brad Treliving on Friday, which was accepted.The former head coach on Wednesday issued a statement to Treliving apologizing for his racial comments directed at former player Akim Aliu, who played for Peters with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs in 2009-10. On Thursday morning, Aliu called Peters’ statement “misleading, insincere and concerning” in a statement of his own.MORE: Bill Peters abuse investigation — What to know, latest news about Calgary Flames coachpic.twitter.com/F1JdMLbAt6— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 28, 2019Aliu — who alleges that Peters told him “Hey, Akim, I’m sick of you playing that n— s—,’” in reference to the then 20-year-old Aliu’s choice to play hip-hop music in the locker room — said he has accepted an invitation from the NHL to discuss the situation. Aliu also said he will not comment publicly again until after that meeting occurs.Peters reportedly traveled separately from the Flames after the team’s game against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday separately from the team. He was not behind Calgary’s bench on Thursday — associate coach Geoff Ward acted as head coach for the game. He will also resume the role of interim head coach of the Flames.The 53-year-old coach said in his statement that he spoke out in a “moment of frustration” and that it does not reflect his personal values.”I have regretted the incident since it happened, and I now also apologize to anyone negatively affected by my words,” Peters wrote. “I am aware that there is no excuse for language that is offensive.last_img read more

Jury to hear final arguments in grisly kidnap-for-ransom case

first_imgLawyers will make their final arguments today in a federal courthouse in front of a jury which will figure whether to recommend the death penalty for a Ukrainian man convicted in a grisly kidnap-for-cash scheme that left five businesspeople dead. The jury will weigh whether to recommend death for Petro Krylov, 34, who has been convicted on charges including conspiracy to take hostages and three counts of hostage-taking resulting in death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. His co-conspirators, Iouri Mikhel, of Encino, and Jurijus Kadamovas, of Sherman Oaks, have previously been convicted and have been sentenced to death for the killings. The men targeted Russian emigres in late 2001 and early 2002 and made promises to the victims’ loved ones that they’d be set free. Both were ringleaders of a gang that sought to amass a fortune by kidnapping four men and one woman — including three from the San Fernando Valley — and extorting $1.2 million from their families. Three other defendants have pleaded guilty. The victims were lured to business meetings, where they were suffocated with plastic bags. Their bodies were then weighted and tossed from a bridge into the New Melones Reservoir near Yosemite National Park. The money went to buy expensive homes, mink coats for girlfriends and other luxuries. Kadamovas had told one henchman that he hoped they would collect $50 million and dump enough bodies until they “were stacked up on top of each other” in the reservoir. The victims were Meyer Muscatel, 58; banking mogul George Safiev, 37, of Beverly Hills; Safiev’s accountant, Rita Pekler, 39, of West Hollywood; Nick Kharabadze, 29, of Woodland Hills, Safiev’s business partner in a fledgling movie production company; and Alex Umansky, 35, of Sherman Oaks, owner of a car-stereo store. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SA space agency a step closer

first_img“Some of the projects it will co-ordinate include the Square Kilometre Array bid, the Southern African Large Telescope, and South Africa’s second indigenous satellite, SumbandilaSat,” the department said. The Act, first published in the Government Gazette on 15 December last year, is seen as a step in the right direction, given the country’s rich heritage of involvement in modern astronomy, which dates back to 1685, when the first temporary observatory was established in the Cape. National Space Strategy President Kgalema Motlanthe last month signed into law the South African National Space Agency Bill, which could see South Africa setting up its own space agency later this year to pull together all space-related activities in the country under a single organisation. Establishing a board “The board will advise the minister on any matter relating to space affairs that may influence the functions of the agency, monitor the research priorities and programmes of the agency and, after consultation with the minister, establish or dissolve any of the agency’s organisational divisions.” The agency will also implement the National Space Strategy, which was approved by the Cabinet in December 2008, to stimulate the capability to place South Africa among the leading nations in the innovative utilisation of space science and technology. The agency is also expected to bring together the work of several institutions and harness their capacities to leverage billions of rands to boost the economy and create more jobs.center_img “The agency must facilitate the development of space missions, develop technological platforms, and acquire, assimilate and disseminate space satellite data for any organ of state.” “The agency will promote the peaceful use of outer space; foster research in astronomy, earth observation, communications, navigation and space physics; foster international cooperation in space-related activities; and advance scientific, engineering and technological competencies through human capital development and outreach programmes,” the Department of Science and Technology said in a statement last month. SAinfo reporter 9 February 2009 According to the department, the first step towards the establishment of the agency will be to appoint a board of between 10 and 15 members, a CEO who is an ex officio member, and a chairperson appointed by the minister of science and technology. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cloud Computing: Where to Next?

first_imgRelated Posts Regardless, this has been a monumental week for cloud computing. The long established software companies have now lined up with their offering. Microsoft launched Azure. Salesforce.com unveiled Salesforce Chatter, Sales Cloud 2 and Service Cloud 2. IBM announced a cloud analytics platform that leverages Cognos, its business intelligence suite. The more established companies carry the benefit of long established customer channels. IBM and Microsoft fit into this camp. Additionally, Microsoft appears to get it. The Azure platform integrates some open-source components. These companies face their own challenges as much internally as from the customer world. But their presence also means that cloud computing is close to being accepted in the enterprise mainstream. Salesforce.com is a more interesting animal. Benioff is a very aggressive CEO. Business Week is calling him “The King of the Cloud.” He is never shy to lampoon the established software companies in the market. He calls out his competitors like Sugar CRM, which is fighting right back with its own campaign: Behind The Smokescreen, a play on Benioff’s new book: “Behind The Cloud.”Benioff has to show off his partners. He never misses an opportunity to tell you how many customers he has. In a way, he has to play this role. He has the big players running. He has to keep them running, on the defensive, so he can move in with Chatter across the enterprise. That’s the trick right now for Benioff. Moving as fast as he possibly can to gain that permanent traction. The hype is peaking. It’s a different game for the entire market. It’s a race now to win the mainstream. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… In his keynote this morning, Salesforce.comCEO Marc Benioff continued his critique on software companies for their lack of development and sense of entitlement. And not surprisingly, the full-on pitch continued for cloud computing with a parade of executives showing the applications they developed on Force.com.About 19,000 people attended Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce.com event. Partners lined up to get on stage. David Girouard of Google showed a map with all their customers around the globe. He recounted a story with Eric Schmidt, who was astounded by the frustrations that CIO’s expressed about the architecture they inherited. An Accenture executive said that cloud computing is here to stay. He showed the company’s applications on Force.com. The Black Crowes performed last night. The pitch is fever high.What does this all say about the market? Is this an event that marks the point where cloud computing goes mainstream? Have we reached the apex of cloud computing hype?I asked the question on Twitter: Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#Trends alex williamscenter_img Gartner sees the hype this way: 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Social? Really? Folks – It’s About the Data

first_imgThe question I always come back to when I hear the term Enterprise 2.0 is one that I think my buddy Dennis Howlett would ask. I mean, who gives a flying trombone? That’s not really how Dennis would say it. I will let him express himself in his own words about why anyone in their right mind would pay for anything with a high price tag that has a big fat social label on it.Here’s what gets me. We get so wrapped up about collaboration concepts and the nuances of social. In this upside down world, social is a term that is more commonly use to describe enterprise architecture than it is about sharing a beer with your mates.Really? Is that what we are talking about? No.It’s about the data and how apps are built in the most efficient manner possible. I was reminded of this during last week’s Gillmor Gang when they talked about Google and Microsoft’s search quarrels. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Its software architecture is designed for desktops, not servers. That’s an issue that forces it to be a solutions oriented company like IBM.The jury is still out about Facebook but the company has built a data infrastructure that has set it apart from almost any other competitor in the world. It’s UX extends the metaphor of the gesture in a way that companies such as Salesforce.com seek to emulate.Howlett grumbles and groans about the social fever that makes enterprise managers look more like a court believing the emperor really is resplendent with jewels.But I say try this:Turn the context to data and you will see companies in a different light. It will give a fuller perspective about how these companies build applications. That’s better than labeling them into some abstract category that people scratch their heads about between tweets.Look at modern applications and you see the difference that data makes. We layer activity stream technologies into interfaces that presents data in streams that we use to share information. That’s as important as using data to predict sales for a service or spotting new banks of customers. You have to talk with people. That’s part of doing business.So, let’s think about this a bit differently. We can argue endlessly about the promises of social business and Enterprise 2.0. Fine. I will argue all night over dinner about the merits of language and metaphors for getting what you want in the market.But I think we can have a fuller conversation about the market by looking at companies through a data prism more than if we create a tempest in a tea cup about the social way we want to be.Perhaps we just don’t communicate that well. And that’s why we so insist to talk about being social. Personally, I’d prefer the social life to fit between my tweets. It’s more fun that way, isn’t it? Back and forth they argued. Steve Gillmor said search is not even hot anymore. I have to agree. Search is being replaced by data as what now defines success. Google, Facebook and Microsoft are competing to give the best UX that presents contextual information in a cost efficient manner to the end customer. Google’s architecture holds up under scrutiny. It’s built on Big Tables with MapReduce layered on top. Every app on Google runs on that same stack. That means for affordable apps that can leverage a pooled compute infrastructure. That’s powerful.Microsoft? They have cost issues with their online services. The losses keep piling up. The online services group is on track to lose $3 billion. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img alex williams Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers

first_imgEls invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters View comments LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’ll stick with it.”Harris scored 21 points in the first quarter, as the Pistons rolled to a season-high 40 points and a 40-19 lead.“Obviously, Tobias had a heck of a first quarter, but it all was clicking, on all cylinders,” Pistons center Andre Drummond said. “Everybody was scoring.”Drummond finished with 21 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. The entire starting five for the Pacers combined for just eight rebounds and their offensive output was a season low.“I have no explanation for that, absolutely none,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re just digging a hole for ourselves.”ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq “He just told me to clear my head and go out there and enjoy the game and just play off everything that happens,” Harris said. “That’s what I’ve been able to do and it’s been working.”It worked to near perfection Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time). Harris scored 30 points as the Pistons downed the Indiana Pacers 107-83.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderHarris was 10-of-11 from the floor, including making seven of eight 3′s.“It’s a new approach I have, since I was not shooting as well as I was before, so I’m just letting the game come to me and just try to feed off what the game brings,” Harris said. “You go on with a better mindset playing in the game. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Ish Smith (12 points) and Reggie Bullock (11) also reached double digits for Detroit.Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 13 points. Domantas Sabonis, Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner each scored 10 points.The victory moved the Pistons (19-14) past the Pacers (19-15) into second spot in the NBA’s Central Division and gave the Pistons a 3-1 decision in the season series between the two teams, the first time Detroit had won the season set from Indiana since going 4-0 against the Pacers in 2007-08.“That’s a team we’re looking forward to playing in the playoffs, so to get that advantage is huge for us,” Drummond said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APDETROIT — A few days back, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had a heart-to-heart talk with forward Tobias Harris.Van Gundy’s message to Harris, who was struggling with his shot, was to get out of his own head and just be in the moment.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more