Durham activists keep up the struggle

first_imgDurham freedom fighters and supporters affirm continuing struggle and ongoing people’s victory at Nov. 14 news conference. Farid Zaidi (at mic) expresses solidarity from the Inside-Outside Alliance.Two days following the “Unite the Right” white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Va., the people of Durham, N.C., took bold action that reminded the anti-racist movement that the real power is in our hands.Hundreds gathered on Aug. 14 in front of the old courthouse in downtown Durham to show solidarity with the Charlottesville community who had been terrorized and injured, left to mourn the killing of ­anti-fascist activist Heather Heyer.By the end of the evening, the Confederate monument erected “In memory of the boys who wear the gray” had fallen to the ground — toppled and crumpled under the revolutionary fervor of people from all over the city. The days that followed this righteous monument takedown saw racist statues being removed and defaced all across the country.In Baltimore, the city elected to remove all four Confederate monuments in the early hours of the morning. In Durham, just down the street from the courthouse, on the campus of elite Duke University, a statue of Robert E. Lee was removed by the administration. From Brooklyn, N.Y., to Austin, Texas, Boston to Birmingham, Ala., and all cities in between, local governments witnessed and had to answer to the power of the people who demanded that relics of white supremacy no longer be protected and preserved.But in Durham it didn’t just stop with the people’s removal of the racist monument. On Aug. 18, when there were threats of yet another white supremacist rally there, thousands flooded the streets to run the white supremacists out of town.Flood of support for anti-racist activistsMasses of people demonstrated at the former site of the toppled statue for hours, declaring it “Victory Square.” Many who showed up in the heat of that Friday afternoon were working-class Black and Brown people who have been steadily pushed out of center city and the public sphere — subjugated to subpar “low-income” housing, the development of a new $71 million police headquarters, and the unending surveillance of police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.Since Aug. 14, numerous arrests have been made by the sheriff’s department in an attempt to repress and intimidate the anti-racist movement in Durham that is helping to ignite action across the country.But at every turn, when the sheriff’s department and puppet politicians demanded the people get back, we have boldly continued the fightback. Thousands signed online petitions demanding that the charges against Durham arrestees be dropped. Youth and students all across the country, on numerous campuses, participated in a widely endorsed national Day of Action to Topple White Supremacy on Sept. 12 when Durham arrestees returned to court to face felony and misdemeanor charges.Because of this show of power and outpouring of solidarity, all charges were dropped against three of the arrestees, Aaron Caldwell, Myles Sprignor and Taylor Cook, who expressed continued solidarity with the remaining arrestees and the broader struggle to tear down white supremacy.Though charges still remain against nine arrestees for the actions on Aug. 14 and against three arrestees who aided community self-defense on Aug. 18, the Durham defendants are still showing up strong and with plenty of community backing.At the most recent court appearance on Nov. 14, the Durham community organized a powerful rally and press conference that drew speakers and statements of solidarity. Among the speakers were former mayoral candidate Pierce Freelon, Rafiq Zaidi with Inside-Outside Alliance, Reverend Curtis Gatewood with Stop Killing Us, Elijah Pryor with Changing Colors Changing Lanes, and Laila Nur with Durham for All. Solidarity statements were read from Jewish Voice for Peace-Durham and Durham’s People’s Alliance. A member of the Durham Human Relations Commission, which passed a resolution in support of dropping felony charges against the arrestees and removing all statues and memorabilia paying undue homage to the Confederacy, was there.Leading up to the rally was a national call-in day organized by the NC Public Service Workers Union, United Electrical Workers Local 150, calling on labor and all those on the side of justice to flood the phone lines of District Attorney Roger Echols to demand that all charges be dropped. Hundreds of people called in and also called upon North Carolina Senate President Berger to repeal the law General Statute 100-2, passed in 2015 to prevent local governments from removing Confederate monuments.Though charges still remain against the Durham freedom fighters, the movement has progressed by leaps and bounds in the past several weeks with anti-racist organizers putting up a tireless battle against the state and its racist sense of “justice.” The movement has won by its refusal to back down — whether it be to elected officials and sheriffs or to white supremacist vigilantes.A people’s victory, a People’s TribunalDistrict Attorney Echols has informed the arrestees’ lawyer that he will not proceed on the felony charges. However, he has not formally dismissed the charges, and when asked by the press for information, he has refused to say that he is dropping the charges.Regardless of the legal formalities and the district attorney’s hesitance to choose a side, we claim victory! The consensus is clear from all across the country: It is not a crime to tear down white supremacy. We will not stop until all charges are dropped.The arrestees also announced on Nov. 14 the formation of a Durham People’s Tribunal and Commission of Inquiry to launch an independent investigation into the real crimes being committed in Durham.The tribunal will challenge the crimes by the state’s General Assembly, by the sheriff’s department and by other state actors who thwart the will of the people and act to enshrine and preserve white supremacy and to aid this murderous system in its perpetual aim toward profit and wealth for the few, at the cost to and death of the entire working class.The initial tribunal charges brought against the General Assembly and the sheriff’s department, in reply to charges faced by Durham arrestees, include: obstruction of justice and conspiracy, because the General Assembly and its elected officials passed G.S. 100-2 to thwart the will of the people; collusion, when the sheriff’s department and elected officials pursue actions that result in continued terrorism of communities of color, like the General Assembly allowing reactionary think tanks to draft legislation to profit off the exploitation of poor communities of color; and negligent homicide, to hold Sheriff Mike Andrews responsible for the numerous deaths in the Durham County Jail.The community of Durham, through the People’s Tribunal and Commission of Inquiry, will have the opportunity to bring attention to the criminal activity being wreaked by those in power. And the community of Durham will decide which side of history it chooses to be on.On the side of justice and liberationIf the actions of the past several weeks have taught the anti-racist movement anything, it is that when oppressed people are confronted with opposing sides of history, they will choose the side of justice and liberation; the side which serves the real needs of all humanity and does not prioritize the greed of a small handful; the side which allows the working class to be the true arbitrators of what constitutes a crime; the side which demands that those who dominate through the misery of our class should start counting down the days to their removal from posts of power.The struggle continues in Durham and across the country, not just for the removal of racist statues but for the complete destruction of white supremacy and all its chokeholds under the capitalist system.The movement will not stop until all charges are dropped; all monuments to racism have been removed; all people are able to live without fear and repression. We will continue to claim victory for the thousands who have taken to the streets; for the bold leadership of LGBTQ youth, women, people of color and the entire working class; for uniting our class to say that “enough is enough” and that Heather Heyer’s death and the brutalization of our freedom fighters have not happened in vain.Drop the charges! Tear ‘em all down! Black Lives Matter! No justice, no peace, no racist police! The whole damn system is guilty as hell!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The fascist face of ‘law enforcement’ in West Virginia

first_imgWheeling, W.Va.An unsettling picture surfaced throughout social media on Dec. 4, depicting 30 West Virginia corrections officers giving a Nazi salute — with their faces blurred.  ‘No hate in my holler’ became a rallying cry in Appalachian states during the 2017 protests against white supremacist, neo-Nazi marches.The photograph was taken during the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation Basic Training #18, held from Oct. 21 through Nov. 27.  A caption on the photo reads, “Hail Byrd!” — a reference to one of the session trainers.Shortly after its release, the image began to circulate online and made international news. Progressive journalist Shaun King was able to get a photo of the training class with unblurred faces and posted that. Several anti-fascist activists in the state are trying to use that image to identify participants in the Nazi salute and find as much information about the fascist officers as possible. Three days later, state authorities fired two of the trainers and one of the officers, while everyone in the photo was placed on suspension.Justice not servedEven though some action was taken by the state government, many conversations going on in West Virginia indicate that people think this has not been enough. Some who are usually “pro-cop” are actually saying all participants should be fired and barred from ever being hired in a police job. It remains possible that the three individuals terminated will be employed somewhere else within so-called law enforcement, while those suspended will most likely be able to go back to work without any punishment.Time and time again police and corrections officers fired from one town, county, state department or prison get rehired somewhere else.  It is very rare for cops to face any jail time even for rape or murder. In fact, they are often rewarded with employment in another location. Oppressed people in the state were especially impacted by the picture. As Danielle Walker, an African-American state legislator, commented on social media, “If I hear one more person claim there is no racism or discrimination in this state or the USA, I’m going to say, ‘Look around.’”Owens Brown, the state president of the West Virginia NAACP, told this writer, “The picture is another black eye for the state. It reinforces the national perception that [West Virginia] has a hostile environment for Black and Brown people.”Racist symptom of a capitalist systemWhile many people who saw the picture were in disbelief, anti-racist activists and revolutionaries were not surprised by what they saw. The police in the U.S. were created as slave patrols and strike-breakers. The police, along with their correctional colleagues inside the prison system, have targeted, harassed, abused and brutalized people of color in the U.S. for centuries.In the era of the Trump administration, racists and fascists have been given a green light to be open about their bigotry.  President Trump has even gone so far as to call neo-Nazis “good people.” Anyone who has ever been to a protest against police brutality or white supremacy is probably familiar with the chant, “Cops and Klan go hand in hand.”  This is no exaggeration. Not only do the police always protect hate groups in the streets, with police weapons pointed toward the anti-fascist demonstrators, the police and corrections officers have an historical connection with white supremacist groups.  This writer has heard formerly incarcerated individuals comment on how correctional officers in particular have close relations with the neo-Nazi prison group known as the Aryan Brotherhood.West Virginia state government officials, such as Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, have denounced the picture as “disgusting” and “disturbing.”  But neither Justice nor Manchin should be viewed as allies in the struggle against white supremacy. Both of them are backers of Trump and should therefore face some of the blame as accomplices in a sick system that lays the groundwork for such ultra-racist and neo-Nazi behavior to existThe system of police and corrections officers in the U.S. is inherently racist, created to protect the property of the owning class and to suppress any individual or collective uprising against an unjust system.The release of the ugly image from West Virginia once again ripped off the mask of the “criminal justice system” under capitalism. A socialist revolution is the only true solution to abolish the threat of fascist police.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hailey Sentenced for Selling Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Feb 23, 2013 U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Rodney R. Hailey, of Perry Hall, Md., today to nearly 12 years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling $9 million in renewable fuel credits which he falsely claimed were produced by his company, Clean Green Fuel, LLC.“When invalid renewable fuel credits are ‘produced’ and sold, it undermines the integrity of an important program designed by Congress to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and to grow the nation’s renewable energy industry,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “Today’s sentence shows that there are serious consequences, including jail time, for defrauding the renewable fuels program for personal gain.” “Any government program that is based on trust is vulnerable to a fraudster like Rodney Hailey,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “The only thing Rodney Hailey’s ‘Clean Green Fuel’ business produced was the dirty money he used to fund his lavish lifestyle.”Judge Quarles enhanced Hailey’s sentence upon finding that he obstructed justice by concealing, selling and spending assets that were protected by court order. Judge Quarles also ordered Hailey to pay restitution of approximately $ 42.2 million to over 20 companies and forfeit $9.1 million in proceeds from the fraud, including cars, jewelry, his home and bank accounts, already seized by the government.Hailey, age 34, was convicted on Jun. 25, 2012, of eight counts of wire fraud, 32 counts of money laundering, and two counts of violating the Clean Air Act. He has been detained since the guilty verdict.According to evidence presented at the six day trial, Hailey owned Clean Green Fuel, LLC, located in the Baltimore, Md. area. Hailey registered Clean Green Fuel with EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program as a producer of bio-diesel fuel, a motor vehicle fuel derived from renewable resources.  To encourage the production of renewable fuel and lessen the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, all oil companies that market petroleum in the U.S. are required to produce a given quantity of renewable fuel or to purchase credits, called renewable identification numbers (RINs) from producers of renewable fuels to satisfy their renewable fuel requirements.  Between March 2009 and December 2010, Hailey engaged in a massive fraud scheme, selling over 35 million RINs (representing 23 million gallons of bio-diesel fuel) to brokers and oil companies, when in fact Clean Green Fuel had produced no fuel at all and Hailey did not have a facility capable of producing bio-diesel fuel.  Federal law enforcement agents investigated the scheme after a Baltimore County police detective working with Maryland’s federal financial crimes task force received a report about the large number of luxury cars parked in front of Hailey’s house. The financial crimes task force contacted EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and initiated a criminal investigation.Two civil inspectors from EPA’s Air Enforcement Division visited Clean Green’s headquarters on Jul. 22, 2010, to inspect Hailey’s bio-diesel production facility, in response to a complaint alleging that Clean Green had been selling false RINs. Hailey was not able to provide an exact location for the bio-diesel fuel production facility, nor any records to support claims that Clean Green Fuel had produced bio-diesel fuel.  When asked to explain his method of production, Hailey falsely stated that he paid employees and contractors to recover waste vegetable oil from 2,700 restaurants in the “Delmarva” area, a peninsula that includes parts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland, and bring it to his production facility where he converted it to bio-diesel fuel. Hailey claimed that only the drivers who picked up the oil knew the names of the restaurants, and Hailey could not provide the names of the drivers. Hailey made more than $9.1 million from selling the false RINs. Hailey used the proceeds of the scheme to purchase luxury vehicles, including BMWs, Mercedes Benz, a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati and others, as well as real estate and more than $80,000 in diamond jewelry. In all of these transactions, Hailey generally used cash or checks drawn on accounts he controlled to make the purchase, including a check for $645,330.15 to buy his home in Perry Hall, Md.  The loss to the traders and major energy companies who purchased Hailey’s false RINs is more than $40 million, but the loss also extends to small bio-diesel companies, many of which, as a result of Hailey’s scheme, were unable to sell their RINs and have been forced out of business.EPA recently proposed a voluntary quality assurance program to verify that RINs generated under the RFS program have been validly generated. EPA expects that this will promote greater liquidity in the transfer and use of RINs, helping to make the RFS program more efficient and effective.EPA Release Hailey Sentenced for Selling Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits Home Energy Hailey Sentenced for Selling Fraudulent Renewable Fuel Credits SHARE Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 2/23/2013 Weekly Column With Gary WilhelmiNext articleUSDA Outlook Bullish for 2013 Andy Eubank SHARElast_img read more

Student leaders encourage differences at Frog Camp

first_imgWhat we’re reading: Latin American leader attempts suicide College admission scandal has no effect on TCU’s admissions integrity World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Facebook Rainy days push stadium construction a month behind schedule Livia Lavender Twitter Twitter Facebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025 The dual admission process for dance majors ReddItcenter_img Linkedin Livia Lavenderhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/livia-lavender/ Previous articleHoroscope: March 28, 2019Next articleMen’s tennis gears up for top-10 matchup at Baylor Livia Lavender RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Livia Lavenderhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/livia-lavender/ Livia Lavenderhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/livia-lavender/ Livia Lavenderhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/livia-lavender/ + posts Linkedin printStudent leaders on campus have the opportunity to convey TCU’s core values to current and incoming students. Programs like Frog Camp, an event for incoming students, provide them with a taste of the culture, diversity and inclusivity offered at TCU.  Frog Camp Director Board. Photo courtesy of TCU Student Development Services.Joaquim Carvalho, a former Frog Camp facilitator, said he believes TCU encourages and celebrates students with differences to the best of their ability. African American, Hispanic and Asian student populations have risen since 1988, according to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion organization on campus. “I think TCU could improve on expressing our diversity to incoming students by recognizing obvious truths and debunking myths,” Carvalho said. “I think an obvious truth is that TCU may seem diverse to some, but not all, and that is okay as long as TCU strives to work to make the campus more diverse for everyone.”Jarrett Blasingame, a director of Leadership Adventures and a member of the Frog Camp Director Board, said how important he thinks Frog Camp is.“TCU helps provide different experiences that I believe encourage students to explore their differences through programs such as Frog Camp and the many other student organizations on campus,” said Blasingame. To view more data on the demographics of the student body and faculty, visit the TCU Fact Book. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Frog Camp Director Board, Photo from https://sds.tcu.edu/students/incoming/frogcamp/join-the-staff/last_img read more

2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design Celebrates it Opening Premiere Night Draws a Crowd

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Required fields are marked * Community News Top of the News Gatherings 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design Celebrates it Opening Premiere Night Draws a Crowd From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 1:50 pm 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) celebrated their Premiere Night presentation of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design on Friday, April 21. Dressed in evening wear, more than 220 guests were treated to a grand tour of the 53rd Showcase House – a magnificent English Tudor designed by the prominent architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt in 1916.During a lovely Spring evening, the designers, PSHA members, and patrons of the arts mingled about the newly designed spaces and bucolic grounds. Afterwards, the crowd gathered at the The Athenaeum at the California Institute of Technology for dinner and dancing where they were welcomed with champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres.“Premiere Night is a time for us to celebrate our members and honor our designers. Since January, they have been working nonstop to transform this estate into the Pasadena Showcase House of Design,” said Premiere Night Co-Chairs Annette Sellon and Karen Butcher.Guests dined on a special menu of garden fresh heirloom tomato and pea salad and a duo of savory roasted tenderloin and sumptuous seared scallop. Flowers from Patterson Topiaries adorned the tables and the band, Film at Eleven, played popular tunes that kept guests dancing the night away.The 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design is now open to the public through May 21, 2016. Tickets cost between $35-$45. All visitors to Showcase House must be 12 years of age and older. Flat shoes only. To purchase tickets, or for more information about PSHA, please visit www.pasadenashowcase.org.Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful house and garden tours in the country. This year’s Showcase House has been reimagined by 17 interior designers and six exterior designers from the region. The 7,479 square foot main residence features six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half baths. The majestic two-acre compound includes a pool and tea cottage on park-like grounds. With its several water features, faux bois bridge, leafy trees and sitting areas, the gardens feel a world away from the city.Guests can also enjoy The Shops at Showcase, The Wisteria Terrace Restaurant and The Ivy Court.About Pasadena Showcase House for the ArtsAn all-volunteer organization, PSHA is a non-profit California Corporation whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation. PSHA celebrated the milestone of its fiftieth Showcase House in 2014. Founded in 1948, the organization has donated over $20 million to provide music programs in the community. Examples include the underwriting of concerts, choral productions, musical theater, opera, jazz quartets, marching bands, and orchestras at local schools, senior centers, and many other non-profit organizations. Additionally, a staple part of PSHA’s program is music therapy for at-risk children, scholarships for young musicians, and music education at a variety of levels. This is in addition to their longstanding support of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. They also produce three highly regarded annual music programs: Music Mobile™, Instrumental Competition and Youth Concert. An essential part of PSHA’s mission is to nurture the study and appreciation of music and to ensure that music is available to a broad range of audiences. For over 65 years, PSHA has funded and produced programs that have enriched the lives of countless people and brought a lasting legacy to the community. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Judge describes drug issues as worrying

first_imgTwitter Facebook NewsLocal NewsJudge describes drug issues as worryingBy admin – April 20, 2009 409 Previous articleViewers voted Celia most stylish woman on TVNext articleExperience the ancient art of Threading admin Print Linkedincenter_img Email A LIMERICK District Court Judge has described as “worrying” the increase in instances where members of the public attempt to pass drugs to prisoners while in custody in Limerick Prison. Judge Tom O’Donnell’s comments came as a 27-year-old woman appeared before a sitting of Limerick District Court charged with bringing a controlled substance into Limerick Prison contrary to Sec 15(c) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The county Limerick woman appeared before Judge O’Donnell where the court was told that the accused allegedly attempted to pass 55 tablets to a prisoner during a visit.The arresting officer, Garda Colleran, told the court of prison officers apprehending the woman as she attempted to orally pass the tablets to a prisoner.Defence solicitor, Sarah Ryan, addressed the court following hearing details of the incident and noted that the drug in question was prescribed to the woman for pain relief following a very bad car accident in which she suffered injuries to her back.Judge O’Donnell noted that these types of offences are on the increase and worryingly, many go undetected and are very serious.“I must congratulate and praise the work of the prison officers and the gardai in this incident as these types of crimes are on a very serious rise.“I’ve noted at least three or four of these in the early parts of this year and its something that could get out of hand very easily.“I must also say that the doctor in question would be very disappointed to know that a patient of theirs would be obtaining tablets, pain killers in this instance, and keeping them to pass on to others.“These are disturbing times for such crimes but I do take into account the early plea and the co-operation offered by the accused. I also note the seriousness of the mitigating factors for the defendant”.Marking the facts of the case proven, Judge O’Donnell issued that a probation report be submitted to the court and subsequent to that, issued bail terms of 100 euro to the accused.The court will hear the findings of the report on June 11. WhatsApp Advertisementlast_img read more

Freddie Mac Settles $1.3B Trust Offering

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Foreclosure Prevention Freddie Mac Trust 2019-11-27 Seth Welborn Freddie Mac Settles $1.3B Trust Offering Related Articles Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market November 27, 2019 1,853 Views Tagged with: Foreclosure Prevention Freddie Mac Trust Previous: Home Sale Activity Indicating Economic Shifts Next: Q3 Rental Volumes Slip Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Freddie Mac has announced the settlement of the third Seasoned Loans Structured Transaction Trust (SLST) offering of 2019—a securitization of approximately $1.3 billion including both guaranteed senior and non-guaranteed subordinate securities backed by a pool of seasoned re-performing loans (RPLs).Freddie Mac SLST Series 2019-3 includes approximately $1.069 billion in guaranteed senior certificates and approximately $257 million in non-guaranteed subordinate certificates. The right to purchase the subordinate certificates was awarded in September to New York Mortgage Trust Inc.The underlying collateral backing the certificates consists of 8,121 fixed- and step-rate modified seasoned re-performing and moderately delinquent loans. These loans were modified to assist borrowers who were at risk of foreclosure to help them keep their homes.The loans will be serviced by Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. in accordance with requirements that prioritize borrower retention options in the event of a default and promote neighborhood stability.Advisors to Freddie Mac on this transaction are BofA Securities, Inc. and Nomura Securities International, Inc., as co-lead managers and joint bookrunners, and Citigroup Global Markets Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Mischler Financial Group, Inc. (a minority-owned broker dealer certified as a Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise) and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC as the co-managers.To date, Freddie Mac has sold over $8 billion of non-performing loans (NPLs) and securitized more than $60 billion of RPLs consisting of $29 billion in fully guaranteed PCs, $25 billion in Seasoned Credit Risk Transfer senior/sub securitizations, and $7 billion in SLST transactions.Freddie Mac’s last NPL transaction sold 87 NPLs serviced by Specialized Loan Servicing LLC to VRMTG ACQ, LLC, a minority and woman-owned business. The sold pool included $22.0 million in UPB and an average loan balance of $253,100.Given the delinquency status of the loans, the borrowers have likely been previously evaluated for or are already in various stages of loss mitigation, including modification or other alternatives to foreclosure, or are in foreclosure. Mortgages that were previously modified and subsequently became delinquent comprise approximately 69% of the pool balance. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Settles $1.3B Trust Offering Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 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 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Rajasthan HC Dismisses PIL Challenging Re-Opening Of Liquor Shops Amid Lockdown

first_imgNews UpdatesRajasthan HC Dismisses PIL Challenging Re-Opening Of Liquor Shops Amid Lockdown LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK14 May 2020 8:47 AMShare This – xThe Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL challenging the Government order for re-opening of liquor shops in the state, amid the lockdown. The division bench comprising of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice SK Sharma refused to interfere with the impugned order, while noting that the Supreme Court had also dismissed a similar petition on May 8. The petition was filed…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?LoginThe Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL challenging the Government order for re-opening of liquor shops in the state, amid the lockdown. The division bench comprising of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice SK Sharma refused to interfere with the impugned order, while noting that the Supreme Court had also dismissed a similar petition on May 8. The petition was filed by one Nikhilesh Katara, seeking that liquor shops be closed till the Corona crisis is over. He had submitted that re-opening of liquor shops had severely affected social distancing as there was overcrowding in liquor shops. He had also submitted that the Government had permitted to open liquor shops even in red zone, in utter violation of the Central guidelines. However, the High Court concurred with the submissions made by Advocate MS Singhvi, appearing for the State, and noted that the government was strictly adhering to the Central Government’s guidelines in maintaining social distance at liquor shops. The bench was informed that the government had deputed security personnel, including Excise Guards, to ensure that proper social distancing measures are observed at the liquor shops. In view thereof the bench observed, “Hon’ble Supreme Court has already dismissed similar petition vide order dated 08.05.2020 passed in Writ Petition(s) (Civil) No.474/2020, Guruswamy Nataraj Vs. Union of India. The respondents have filed reply along with notifications containing the details of the steps taken by the State Government to ensure social distancing on such liquor shops which are allowed to open in conformity with the guidelines issued by the Government of India. With the passage of time no complaint of public gathering on such shops has been noticed in media also. Thus, no case is made out for further interference by this Court. Accordingly, both the petitions stand dismissed.” On May 8, the Supreme Court had dismissed a PIL challenging re-opening of liquor shops. While doing so, the top court had also observed that the State can consider selling liquor via Home Delivery and/or inculcate indirect sales during the Coronavirus induced lockdown. Pertinently, re-opening of liquor shops has also been a subject of challenge in the state of Madras. The High Court had earlier allowed re-opening of state-owned TASMAC liquor shops in the state vide order dated May 6, 2020, and had imposed certain conditions to ensure social distancing thereon. However, on noting “blatant violation” of conditions imposed by it for regulating the crowd, the High Court ordered closure of alcohol vending outlets in the state. Through this order, the High Court also permitted online sale of liquor, which aspect has now been challenged both in the High Court as well as the Supreme Court. Next Storylast_img read more

SCAORA Launches COVID-19 Affected Financial Assistance Scheme, 2020

first_imgNews UpdatesSCAORA Launches COVID-19 Affected Financial Assistance Scheme, 2020 Radhika Roy23 Jun 2020 7:38 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association has resolved to introduce the SCAORA COVID-19 AFFECTED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME, 2020 from 17th June to 30th June, for an ex gratia amount of Rs. 25,000 for Advocates-on-Record only. The Resolution states that any AOR wanting to avail the benefits of the scheme is required to apply to SCAORA along with the undertaking that the AOR has…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?LoginThe Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association has resolved to introduce the SCAORA COVID-19 AFFECTED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME, 2020 from 17th June to 30th June, for an ex gratia amount of Rs. 25,000 for Advocates-on-Record only. The Resolution states that any AOR wanting to avail the benefits of the scheme is required to apply to SCAORA along with the undertaking that the AOR has been tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to a hospital for its treatment. The AOR will have to furnish a COVID-19 positive test report and hospital admission records for treatment of COVID-19. Furthermore, personal details of the AOR have to be provided in the application, along with bank account details. This application will then be scrutinized as to its veracity and sanctioned only after due approval by the Executive Committee of SCAORA. After the scrutiny and sanction of the application, the SC AOR WELFARE TRUST will transfer the amount to the account of the eligible AOR. The sole discretion for approval and non-approval of applications under the scheme shall vest exclusively with the EC of SCAORA. The benefit of the scheme is one-time financial assistance offered as an ex gratia amount of Rs. 25,000. The last date for the email of applications is 30th June and the eligible AOR may email the same to [email protected] here to download the Resolution Here Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Brundidge Council discusses issues

first_img Published 10:05 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Skip Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Thomas also displayed a map with the proposed changes in the city district lines. According to the latest census, the city’s population dropped from 2341 in 2000 to 2076 in 2010. Changes in three districts will be necessary due to changes in the census and only about 75 people, not voters, will be affected.The Council also discussed the purchase of a building within the city that is to be sold for the property taxes.Thomas said the building could be used for a facility to provide medical services or for a number of county satellite offices.The Council voted to give the mayor and city manager the authority to bid on the building and to use their discretion in the bidding.The Council also discussed possibilities for a city park to remediate the one the city took out. The Council has discussed parks for community gardens and train watching and with walking trails.Thomas said after looking over the site to be used for the community gardens, he was not sure that it would be a good use. Councilman Lawrence Bowden said he was opposed to the use.Thomas said there was not enough land value for a train-watching park.The council is, therefore, looking seriously at walking trails within the city’s baseball park off South Main Street.Sidewalks on S.A. Graham Blvd. and Galloway Road were discussed and Thomas was given the go-ahead to get preliminary estimates of the cost of the proposed sidewalk projects.Margaret Ross and Dot Laney addressed the Council as to whether the bid for the furnishings for the addition to the city library had been awarded to an out of town business rather than to a local business that was the low bidder by $24,000.Thomas explained that the city is bound by the state competitive bid law to accept a bid that meets the specifications set forth in the bid.The local bidder Lynn’s Interiors did not meet or exceed all of the specifications for the furnishings, Thomas said.“Also, the city received a $126,000 USDA grant which required that the city abide by all bid laws,” Thomas said.Only two bids were submitted for the furnishings and fixtures for the addition to the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library. The bid from Business Interiors of Dothan was around $67,000 while Lynn Bundy of Lynn’s Interiors of Brundidge bid around $43,000.Ramage said the Lynn’s Interiors will get business “from us.” Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas reported to the Council that the city discharges it treated wastewater into Walnut Creek at a rate of about 310,000 gallons every 24 hours.“The city is permitted at 600,000 gallons per day so we are about half way to our limit,” Thomas said. “That information was provided in the annual report that must be submitted to ADEM along with the repairs that had to be made to the system.”Thomas also gave a financial report for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2010 through March 31 and concluded that the city is on track with its annual budget.In business not on the agenda, the Council discussed moving the city’s polling place from the old Haisten building to Brundidge Station, which is more conveniently located and has adequate parking. Brundidge Council discusses issues The Brundidge City Council worked from a three-item agenda Tuesday afternoon but veered from the agenda to discuss several other issues of interest to the council and to entertain comments from several city residents.The first item of business on the agenda was the signing of a proclamation by Mayor Jimmy Ramage declaring the week of May 16 through 21 Police Week in Brundidge.Police Chief Moses Davenport presented K-9 Officer Howard Dickey Jr. to the Council. Dickey and the department’s German Shepherd drug dog demonstrated the dog’s ability to sniff out drugs that had been place in the council area by Davenport. The Council then watched a video of the testing for certification of both Dickey and the drug dog.Had the dog not found all of the drugs placed for testing the duo would not have been certified.“We’re right proud of our K-9 officer and our drug dog,” Davenport said. “This is Officer Dickey’s first time handling a drug dog and he’s done a great job. Dickey is young and energetic and we are confident of what he and the dog can do as far as locating drugs. The K-9 division is very beneficial to our department.” You Might Like Time to ‘gather at the well’ in Glenwood Once again, it’s time for the Festival at the Well in downtown Glenwood. Festivities will get underway at 9 a.m…. read more Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Sponsored Content Email the authorlast_img read more