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Government rescinds decree requiring online publications to register

first_img RSF_en Receive email alerts News UkraineEurope – Central Asia News to go further Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media ————————————————————-Adoption of decree on online registration worrying26 May 2005Reporters Without Borders expressed concern at a new decree governing registration of websites, put forward by the Ministry of Transport and Communication, that has already come under attack from the Ukrainian media. Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Ukrainecenter_img Organisation Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority September 7, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the Ukrainian transport and telecommunication ministry’s decision to rescind a May 2005 decree requiring online publications to register with the authorities. The requirement was a threat to free expression and had been criticised by many local news media and organisations.The ministry said the decree had been rescinded because it did not respect “the principles of state regulatory policy in the field of IT development.”Aside from a few repressive countries such as China, only Bahrain has made it obligatory for online publications to register. Reporters Without Borders and the representative on freedom of the media of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) took a clear position on this issue in a joint statement about online free expression in June.They said: “Any requirement to register websites with governmental authorities is not acceptable. Unlike licensing scarce resources such as broadcasting frequencies, an abundant infrastructure like the Internet does not justify official assignment of licenses. On the contrary, mandatory registration of online publications might stifle the free exchange of ideas, opinions, and information on the Internet.” News Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the Ukrainian transport and telecommunication ministry’s decision to rescind a May 2005 decree requiring online publications to register with the authorities. The requirement was a threat to free expression and had been criticised by many local news media and organisations. The decree, put forward by the ministry on 27 April, came into effect on 18 May after it was registered with the Justice Ministry. It appeared to have been drawn up originally for both public and private sites, but then declared optional when it provoked strong criticism.Among internal critics is director general of the legal consulting firm Media House, Mykola Kniazhytski, who called it “an absurd attempt to introduce Internet censorship”. “Only a court can punish people who break laws on the Internet,” he said.Bahrain recently introduced a similar measure but appears likely to agree to amendments following widespread criticism. Compulsory registration has so far been adopted only by countries that trample free expression, such as China and Vietnam, the organisation pointed out.”This step could damage freedom of expression on the Internet. We will be watching closely to see that this registration procedure does not become obligatory for private websites,” the organisation said.To be allowed to appear, sites must not call for “a change of government through violence” or support “terrorism”, not damage individuals’ “honour”, “dignity” or “reputation” and not post “swear words” or pornographic content. Reporters Without Borders said the language is however too vague to guarantee press freedom if it were to be applied to private websites.The decree, adopted on 18 May, also specifies that an “administrator” will decide on the registration of the website, opening the way to administrative censorship of the Internet, said the organisation.”The way the decree is worded appears to suggest that all electronic media – private and public – will be forced to register in future. A recent statement from the Ministry of Transport and Communication that it would only be compulsory for government-run sites, has not completely reassured us,” it said.”We therefore wish to make our position clear on this. Demanding that those running private sites make themselves known to the authorities, linking their registration to a series of vague conditions, will push most of them into secrecy and others into self-censorship. In any case this type of measure should be debated by Ukraine’s parliament and not the subject of a simple government decree,” it said. March 26, 2021 Find out more October 11, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government rescinds decree requiring online publications to register Newslast_img read more

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Ocwen Leadership Highlights Progress With Q4 Report

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Ocwen Leadership Highlights Progress With Q4 Report Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Stephanie Bacot is an experienced multimedia writer having created content for print, web, television, and more. She is the past producer of BIZTV, a national television network for businesses and entrepreneurs that reached more than 200,000 professionals. She has more than 15 years’ experience in healthcare marketing and was an advertising exec for Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge, a trade publication focused on the healthcare industry, as well as the marketing director for a $5 million surgery center. Bacot is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Marketing and Communications. She resides in Dallas when she’s not pursuing her love of travel. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Ocwen Leadership Highlights Progress With Q4 Report Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Glen Messina Joseph J. Samarias June C. Campbell Leadership changes Ocwen Financial Corporation PHH Q4 Results 2019-02-27 Staff Writer Previous: The Fundamental Mismatch Between Housing Needs and Supply Next: Powell Promises ‘Thorough’ Review of BB&T, SunTrust Merger Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Glen Messina Joseph J. Samarias June C. Campbell Leadership changes Ocwen Financial Corporation PHH Q4 Results Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago In its latest Q4 report released today, Ocwen Financial Corporation reported a fiscal improvement of $57.2 million, despite a net loss of $70.8 million for 2018 it’s up from a net loss of $128.0 million for 2017. In a statement about the latest report, Glen Messina, CEO Ocwen, said, “We made solid progress in the quarter as we work to realize the scale and cost savings benefits of combining Ocwen and PHH and position the company for future profitability. We are focused on executing our key business initiatives in order to address our most critical near-term business challenges, improve our financial performance, and establish a stronger foundation for the future. We continue with our disciplined and prudent approach to our integration efforts and are encouraged by the overall progress we are making.” The company completed 39,545 loan modifications in 2018 which included 17 percent or $200 million in debt forgiveness. Primarily driven by acquisition of the lower delinquency PHH portfolio and ongoing consumer assistance efforts, delinquencies decreased from 7.8 percent in September 2018, to 4.9 percent in December. The constant prepayment rate decreased from 13.7 percent in the third quarter of 2018 to 12.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. The company also reported that the prime CPR in Q4 2018 was 14.8 percent, and the non-prime CPR was 11.8 percent. For the full year 2018, the company originated forward and reverse mortgage loans with an unpaid principal balance of $0.9 billion and $0.6 billion, respectively, with a mortgage portfolio estimated at $68.1 million in discounted future gains from future draws on existing loans.The company is also optimistically looking ahead, with new leadership roles announced- just a few months after Messina took the reigns. Ocwen announced that June C. Campbell will officially take over as the new CFO on March 4, 2019, in addition, Joseph J. Samarias will assume the role of EVP and General Counsel, effective April 1, 2019.Campbell joins Ocwen from GE Capital, where she held multiple senior management positions in Finance, Capital Markets and Operations during her more than 20-year career at the company.  Messina stated, “I look forward to her being an integral member of our management team to help drive long-term success for Ocwen.” Samarias who has been with the company since 2013 and currently serves as SVP and Deputy General Counsel of Litigation and Government Affairs, and Chief Ethics Officer.   About Author: Stephanie Bacot Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago February 27, 2019 2,014 Views last_img read more

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Central Administrative Tribunal’s Contempt: Can The High Court Interfere?

first_imgColumnsCentral Administrative Tribunal’s Contempt: Can The High Court Interfere? Prakhar Bhatnagar14 Jun 2020 11:45 PMShare This – xService Matters are evergreen and abundant in Indian litigation. Same is reflected by the pendency of service matters before not only the Administrative Tribunals but also in the High Courts across the nation. One of the leading judgments pertaining to the powers of Tribunals constituted either under Article 323A or under Article 323B is certainly L. Chandra Kumar Vs Union Of India…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginService Matters are evergreen and abundant in Indian litigation. Same is reflected by the pendency of service matters before not only the Administrative Tribunals but also in the High Courts across the nation. One of the leading judgments pertaining to the powers of Tribunals constituted either under Article 323A or under Article 323B is certainly L. Chandra Kumar Vs Union Of India And Others (1997) 3 SCC 261. What is largely understood by the aforesaid judgment is that by virtue of Section 14 of the Administrative Tribunal’s Act, 1985, the Central Administrative Tribunal is the forum of first instance for the agitation of a service matter defined under Section 3(q) of the Administrative Tribunal Act, 1985 and that orders/judgments of Central Administrative Tribunal is judicially reviewable by High Courts under Article 226/227 of the Constitution of India in the absence of the provisions of statutory appeal in the Administrative Tribunal Act, 1985. Additionally, it was also held that under Section 17 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985, Tribunals were vested with the powers to punish the parties for its contempt. This power is necessary to curb the lethargy of the Ministries/Departments and to compel them to scrupulously comply with the orders of the Tribunals. Measures like seeking the compliance affidavit, directing the presence of the officers responsible for the compliance of orders etc are taken by the Administrative Tribunals to check its own Contempt. It is axiomatic that litigants (unfortunately mostly the official respondents) may be aggrieved by orders passed by the Tribunal while exercising its contempt jurisdiction. Will such orders be also a subject of judicial review by the High Court? The answer is an emphatic no in the light of Supreme Court’s judgment in T. Sudhakar Prasad v. Govt. of AP, (2001) 1 SCC 516. The ratio of the aforesaid judgment was followed by the Supreme Court once again in R. Mohajan v. Shefali Sengupta (2012) 4 SCC 761. Yet, more often than not, High Courts do interfere with the orders passed by the Central Administrative Tribunals whilst exercising its contempt jurisdiction. The Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi had once ordered official Respondents in an Original Application to amend the Recruitment Rules of a cadre in terms of one Office Memorandum passed by Department of Personnel and Training within a period of ninety days of receipt of the certified copy. As is customary, the same order was not complied with. The Original Applicant moved a contempt petition. Under its contempt jurisdiction, Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi ordered the presence of a very high ranking bureaucrat on the next date. The bureaucrat filed a Writ Petition before the High Court of Delhi and challenged the order of the Tribunal limited to the extent of seeking his presence on the next date. I happened to oppose the aforesaid petition. My research would land me to couple of decisions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court which would make it clear as crystal that the only forum to challenge the orders of Central Administrative Tribunal passed while exercising its contempt jurisdiction is only the Supreme Court. Banking upon aforesaid judgments, I raised a preliminary objection on the maintainability of the petition. It was discouraging that instead of addressing the issue of maintainability, the Division Bench of the High Court played a balancing act. An option was offered by the Bench that either it would stay the impugned order and hear the arguments on the preliminary objection or it would give a last opportunity to the official Respondents to comply with the order of the Central Administrative Tribunal. The Clients who were present in Court absolutely had no penchant to see their boss being scolded by the Central Administrative Tribunal and hence instructed me take the stern direction of the Hon’ble Court to the official Respondents to comply with the order of the Tribunal. While the wrath of the Court towards the official Respondents did gave hopes to my Client, the order of the High Court was wholly without jurisdiction. There was no question of staying the impugned order nor was there any scope of entertaining the Petition at all since the High Court was lacking jurisdiction to judicially review orders of the Tribunal passed under its contempt jurisdiction. The distinction between the Tribunal’s orders passed under Section 14 of the Act and those passed under Section 17 i.e. under its contempt jurisdiction has been explained by the Supreme Court in T. Sudhakar Prasad v. Govt. of AP, (2001) 1 SCC 516 and further in R. Mohajan v. Shefali Sengupta (2012) 4 SCC 761. In Mohajan’s case certain directions were issued by the Central administrative Tribunal, Calcutta Bench. In order to comply with those directions three months time was given to the official Respondents. Due to the non compliance on the part of Official Respondents, Applicants were compelled to file a contempt petition. In the contempt petition by an order dated 11.06.2010, the Tribunal finally ordered the officers of official Respondents to be personally present before it on the next date. The aforesaid order was directly challenged in the Supreme Court by the official Respondents. The Original Applicants raised a preliminary objection as to the maintainability of the appeal and argued that by virtue court of L. Chandra Kumar’s case, the official respondents were supposed to approach the High Court first. To counter the aforesaid contention, the government/official Respondent/Appellant in the Supreme Court would place reliance on Sudhakar’s case and argue that the petition is maintainable. The Supreme Court held that the directions contained in the impugned order were passed in contempt petition and hence the aggrieved party is free to directly approach the Supreme Court in the light of Sudharkar’s case. Supreme Court discussed the Sudhakar’s judgement wherein it scrutinized the provisions of Contempt of Courts Act as well as the Administrative Tribunals Act. Section 17 of the Administrative Tribunal Act, 1985 provided that a Tribunal shall have, and exercise, the same jurisdiction, powers and authority in respect of contempt of itself as a High Court has and may exercise and, for this purpose, the provisions of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. Further Section 17(a) of the Act would provide that the references in the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 to a High Court shall be construed as including a reference to such Tribunal. Section 19 (1) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 provides that an appeal shall lie as of right from any order or decision of High Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction to punish for contempt. Further Section 19(4) provides that an appeal under Section 19 (1) shall be filed in case of an appeal to the Supreme Court, within sixty days, from the date of the order appealed against. The provisions of the Section 17 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 specifically provide that the Tribunal will have to resort to Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 for initiating contempt proceedings. Hence, Supreme Court in Sudhakar’s case held that Section 17 of the Administrative Tribunals Act is a piece of legislation by reference. Resultantly, the provisions of Contempt of Courts Act remain unchanged. Supreme Court in Sudhakar’s case conjointly read Section 17 of the Administrative Tribunals Act and Section of the Contempt of Court Act and held that an order passed by the Tribunal in contempt proceedings is appealable under Section 19 of the Act to the Supreme Court only. In Sudhakar’s case the Supreme Court also clarified that the case of L. Chandra Kumar does not leave any room for the High Court’s to judicially review an order passed by the Tribunal under its contempt jurisdiction when statutory remedy of appeal envisaged under Section 19 of the Contempt of Courts Act is pre-existing. Resultantly, in R. Mohajan’s case, the appeal by the official Respondent was found to be maintainable. Unfortunately, of late, the relationship between the High Courts and the Administrative Tribunals has gone bitter. While the Hon’ble Delhi High Court has directed the Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi to undergo course correction, the Central Administrative Tribunal too had expressed its inconvenience with increased number of High Court’s remanding back orders. In another case the Delhi High Court would go on to the extent of holding that it feels like directing audio-video recording of the court proceedings of the Tribunal in the extra ordinary situation prevailing there. Under such circumstance, overreaching of jurisdiction of either the Tribunal or the High Court is not going provide respite to the struggling litigant.Views are personal only Next Storylast_img read more

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Renting, the New American Dream

first_imgBy Tom PurcellGet this: Renting is the new American dream. And that doesn’t bode well for America.According to a report by the Urban Institute, American homeownership rates are the lowest they’ve been in years and will continue to decline.Homeownership, which peaked in 2006 at 67.3 percent, now sits at 63.6 percent, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. It’s been dropping ever since the financial collapse of 2008.Between 2010 and 2030, the Urban Institute estimates, 22 million new households will form. The majority of them, 59 percent, will be renters, while just 41 percent will be homeowners.Which means more households will vote for Democrats over Republicans.According to a University of Virginia Center for Politics study, you see, “homeowners are much more likely to vote for Republicans than renters (34 to 18 percent), while renters are more likely to vote for Democrats than homeowners (44 to 35 percent).”That’s because the responsibility of homeownership — the continuous hassles, expenses and taxes — brings out the conservative in even the most diehard liberal.Boy, did I learn that lesson the hard way.I had my first taste of ownership 17 years ago after buying a fixer-upper that made Herman Munster’s place look like the Trump Palace. The house nearly killed me.When I tore off a rickety porch enclosure, I was stung multiple times by angry hornets.It took me weeks to catch the mice in my attic, which woke me every morning at 3 a.m. as they scratched the ceiling, building their nests.I nearly died the day ground bees attacked me. I poured a big cup of gasoline down their hole and nearly burned my house down when, after lighting it, flames shot out, 20 feet high.I haven’t mentioned the snake incident, the electrical problem (I had to rewire most of the house) or how, every time it drizzles, the water in my basement makes Niagara Falls look like a lap pool.Nor have I mentioned the battle with the septic tank, or the moron who dug it up and broke the lid — causing me to hand-dig a couple of tons of earth surrounding it while straddling the stinky thing for three days.These are just some of the many miseries common to homeowners — miseries renters don’t know the first thing about. Add to these the constant trips to the hardware store to fix the things that break, as well as the taxes and other expenses that make homeownership a costly pain, and the typical homeowner will vote for more conservative principles.Homeowners are more likely to vote for people who won’t raise our already costly utilities and property taxes. We’ll vote for the candidate whose policies will lower, rather than increase, the cost of building materials.We want the person who will put an end to federally mandated low-flow toilets and washers and dishwashers — toilets, washers and dishwashers that don’t flush or clean very well.My vote is for the politician who initiates pro-growth policies that will get homeownership back up to 2006 levels.As homeownership increases, America will become much grumpier, thus much more likely to vote Republican.We’ll demand simpler and lower taxes and other commonsense reforms. The economy will boom. Our property values will soar.Then we can sell our homes at great profit, become renters and vote for Democrats — and finally start to enjoy life for once while we mooch off the people dumb enough to still own homes.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Man Utd market Ighalo No25 jersey

first_img Loading… At the same time, United fans continued  to react to  the January transfer of Odion Ighalo shortly after he was given the No 25 squad number, which has been available since Antonio Valencia left the club last summer. United posted a picture of Ighalo holding his new jersey on Tuesday night and fans were quick to share their views about the club’s latest striker. “Better than Lacazette, Aubameyang and Martinelli combined. Nigerian R9,” one fan said. While another added: “He’s here and he’s perfect.” A third said: “Second half of the season, we’re doing a title charge!” One fan thinks Ighalo and the club’s other January signing, Bruno Fernandes, who signed for £47million from Sporting Lisbon, are going to complement each other on the field. English side, Manchester United have commenced to market the jersey number 25 of the Nigeria international, Odion Jude Ighalo, as they are inviting football fans across the world to pick their choice. “Ighalo and Bruno are going to create special moments,” they said. While another was happy that Ighalo, who is a boyhood United fan, will be playing for his team. “Really pleased to see everyone getting behind him. Loves the club and I’m sure he’ll give everything to make it a successful 6 months. Good to have you here Odion,” they said. Although Ighalo has spent three seasons playing in China, the 30-year-old does have Premier League experience having spent two seasons in the English top flight with Watford. The Nigerian international took the league by storm in his debut season in the Premier League in 2015/16, when he scored 16 goals in 37 games for Watford. However, in his second campaign he wasn’t as successful and he only managed to find the back of the net on one occasion in 18 appearances for the Hornets. read also:Odion Ighalo unveiled finally as Manchester United player He was then sold to Chinese outfit Changchun Yatai where he rediscovered his eye for goal. During his time in the Chinese Super League he scored 46 goals in 74 games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWorld-Ending Scenarios: This Is How The Apocalypse May Happen9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actorslast_img read more

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No fairytale ending for Donnacha Ryan’s Munster career

first_imgPhoto: © Munsterrugby.ie There was no fairytale ending to Donnacha Ryan’s Munster career.The province were resoundingly beateN 46-22 by Scarlets in the Pro12 final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin last night.Four tries in the first half hour for the Welsh side left Munster a mountain they never came close to climbing. Nenagh second row Ryan will have to win something with Racing 92 if he wants to add to his Heineken Cup medal and two Celtic and Magners League titles.Teammate Simon Zebo says it was a poor way to send off Ryan and Francis Saili who’s also leaving this summer.last_img