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first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET By Elizabeth PaulsenPosted Mar 13, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Episcopal News Service] Daisy, an early 20th century servant girl on the popular PBS period drama “Downton Abbey,” struggled at the end of the show’s second season to understand and accept the love of another.After the loss of her husband, Daisy questioned her grieving father-in-law’s request to adopt her as a daughter, wrestling to reciprocate his love fully for myriad reasons.For David Zahl, one of the founders of the non-profit organization Mockingbird, this storyline presents a Christian allegory, mirroring the struggle Christians endure to accept, without question, the grace and love of God.“That God relates to you and me not according to feelings or attributes that we bring to the table, but those that His Son brought. As a result, we are adopted as children, receiving the same benefit, the same care, the same inheritance, the same love as the Son,” Zahl wrote on Mockingbird’s website mbird.com.Illuminating God’s message of grace in popular culture, including in television shows like “Downton Abbey” and others like “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” is the cornerstone of Mockingbird, which strives to connect Christianity with everyday life.Through mbird.com, contributors, including Zahl, analyze film, music, television, literature, social science and humor, dissecting the contents through a Christian understanding.“We are not trying to cover popular culture,” said Zahl. “But we are trying to reach people through both conscious and unconscious parallels in good art.”Although the organization is not affiliated with any Christian denomination, Zahl is an Episcopalian and licensed lay preacher, serving on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. He founded Mockingbird in 2007 with the help of Jacob Smith, an associate priest at Calvary – St. George’s in Manhattan.The pair wanted to start a non-denominational organization for those who had a negative experience with the church. After struggling to find traction through face-to-face gatherings in New York City, they eventually devoted the majority of their resources to the organization’s website.“If you say Jesus died for your sins, many people will simply tune you out. It’s key to illustrate God’s love, using the people’s language,” said Smith, whose mentor is the Rev. Paul Zahl, David’s father and a conservative Episcopal priest.The organization’s name was inspired by the mimicking nature of a mockingbird.“We are repeating the message of God’s love,” Zahl said.Mockingbird’s website now averages about 70,000 unique visitors a month. And one of its avid readers is Margaret Evans, an editor of a weekly newspaper in Beaufort, South Carolina.Evans was reading the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” for a book club. While searching online about the book, she stumbled upon Mockingbird’s website and began reading.“It grabbed me right away,” said Evans, who attends a Presbyterian church. “It’s intellectual writing that covers both high and low culture. It’s smart but not remotely arrogant.”Looking at the Gospels through popular culture also is what drew Willis Logan, a seminarian at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, who plans on becoming an Episcopal priest. He had heard about Mockingbird through the rector at Zahl’s church in Charlottesville.“The website is gravitating in the way it is presented – blogs, articles, studies. It’s really focused on what it means to play out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the everyday world,” said Logan, 33. “It appeals to anyone without watering down the Gospel.”In addition to its website, Mockingbird hosts a yearly conference in New York City and other mini-conferences. This year’s New York conference, which will be held April 19-21, offers fellowship through small-group discussion, covering a range of topics including movies, parenting and life in local churches, in addition to guess speakers. Zahl is expecting at least 250 participants and hopes to expand Mockingbird’s conferences into other cities.Logan attended the Mockingbird conference in New York City last spring, and although he won’t be able to attend this year’s conference, he found the experience engaging.“The topics are very much the same as on the website, and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people,” Logan said.One topic the founders and other contributors to Mockingbird intentionally stay clear of is politics, both secular and church politics.“We don’t want to wade into the quagmires of politics,” said Zahl, who does a majority of the writing for the website along with a part-time employee, Ethan Richardson.Richardson wrote a book, which Mockingbird plans to publish this spring, called “This American Gospel: A Companion to the Public Radio Series,” which examines some of the many human interest stories on the popular Public Radio series “This American Life.” This is one of several publications by the organization, which also has published “Grace in Addiction: What The Church Can Learn From Alcoholics Anonymous” and “The Gospel According to Pixar.”Whether it’s through television shows like Downton Abbey, movies by Pixar or radio shows, Zahl and Smith said they hope the organization they founded five years ago will continue to resonate.“It’s God’s grace, and everyone needs to hear it,” Smith said.– Elizabeth Paulsen is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and member of Christ Church in Bay Ridge. 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first_imgArchDaily Save this picture!© Jiří Hurt+ 20 Share Projects CopyHouses•Palkovice, Czech Republic “COPY” Photographs:  Jiří HurtSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanText description provided by the architects. The house is situated in the periphery of Palkovice, nearby Frýdek Místek. From this site is the view of the Beskydy mountains.The first idea was to reconstruct the old house on this parcel.The original house was situated in the middle of the garden and the architecture of the house was a product of the nineties of the 20th century. After a long effort to modify the old house and to adapt it fot the new requirements, we have find out, this is not the right way. So we have decided to build a new house.This idea allowed to place a new house in the back part of the site, so the house has a view of the mountains and facing the south in a same time.Another added value of this solution is that the owner can live in the old house, while the new one is being constructed.Save this picture!© Jiří HurtThe concept of the house is also based on the requirement of living on one height level.The solution was very easy on this flat land.The next important point was to create some terrace, patio and atrium not just like a relaxing zone, but also like a connection between the interior and exterior. Interesting elements of the house are rooflights in the children’s room and entrance hall.Outdoor atriums with greenery placed inside the house are enlivening of interior.Save this picture!© Jiří HurtThe house is designed to the individual zones such as: part of the garage, entrance zone, or private area. The private area – children’s room with own sanitary facilitiesfollows the entrance area.Another part – semi private area is made up of the kitchen, dining room, living room and outdoor covered terrace.In the northern part of the house is a cloakroom, bedroom, bathroom and study room.The house is materially conceived as a combination of the stone, wood and glass. Save this picture!© Jiří HurtStone permeates from the exterior to the interior.Glass is in large areas for maximum connection with the exterior and valuable perspectives. The stone walls are harmonized with wooden paneling, beams and wooden floors.Special thanks to the client for the trust in the architect. Project gallerySee allShow lessShould You Become a Global Architect?ArticlesFour Practices Re-Envision Parking in Long Island DowntownsCompetition Results Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/473749/family-house-palkovice-qarta-architektura Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/473749/family-house-palkovice-qarta-architektura Clipboard Family house Palkovice / Qarta ArchitekturaSave this projectSaveFamily house Palkovice / Qarta Architektura 2013 CopyAbout this officeQARTA architekturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPalkoviceWoodHousesCzech RepublicPublished on February 06, 2014Cite: “Family house Palkovice / Qarta Architektura ” 06 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Fine WoodPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesCultural / SportsPENT FitnessFitness Equipment – BANKA™ Weight BenchSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in OfficesBricksFeldhaus KlinkerFacing Bricks – Waterstruck VascuWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for FurnitureCurtain WallsMetawellFacades – Aluminum Curtain WallsHeatingFocusFireplaces – PaxfocusPatios / TerracesGlas MarteGlass Pavilion – GM Pavillon360More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Family house Palkovice / Qarta Architektura Area:  385 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Photographs Czech Republic Houses Architects: QARTA architektura Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this China is showing the world what is needed — and possible — to combat the outbreak of a new, highly contagious virus.The steps China has taken around the coronavirus are unheard of in capitalist countries. They reaffirm the basic socialist character of the Chinese state. In a crisis or emergency, the welfare of the people comes before capitalist profits.Chinese workers built the 1,000-bed Huoshenshan hospital in the city of Wuhan in 10 days.A capitalist class exists in China. There are millionaires and even billionaires. But in a crisis, the Communist Party controls the state and has the leverage to make decisions not dictated by capitalist profits.Starting three weeks ago, China imposed a limited quarantine on 35 million people in Wuhan city and Hubei province. That has now been extended far wider and restricts all unnecessary social interaction until more is known about the virus.  Lunar New Year celebrations were canceled nationwide. Schools, factories and workplaces were closed an additional week to control contagion. The whole population was asked to self-quarantine and limit social interaction. Only food deliveries and other essential services continued nationwide.China has made an all-out effort to learn and share with the world the genome of the virus, how contagious it is, its symptoms, what organs it attacks, the mortality rate, and what treatments or combinations of treatments are most successful. Why China is so concernedWorldwide, influenza causes up to 5 million cases of severe illness annually, killing up to 650,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. Some viruses are new and more dangerous than others because humans are not yet immune to them and vaccines have not been developed to control their spread.The H1N1 swine flu virus, which began in the U.S. in 2009 and spread worldwide, infected more than 1.63 million people and caused 284,500 deaths, with a fatality rate of 17.4 percent. No efforts were made by the U.S. government to slow the spread of this particularly dangerous flu, which especially targeted young people. China’s massive efforts around the current outbreak of the coronavirus, however, have restricted the fatality rate so far to around 2.1 percent — lower than usual for a new disease. By Feb. 1, the number of people cured in China exceeded the deaths, indicating that the epidemic is controllable. But it is not yet controlled, and determined work is continuing, including building solidarity with Wuhan.  Each day new medical teams go to Wuhan and Hubei from other parts of China. More than 6,000 medical staff arrived on Feb. 9, following a national call for “pairing-up support for Hubei.” One-on-one support systems have been established in 16 provinces and municipalities to help cities in Hubei battle the epidemic.Faster diagnosis and treatment plans are being aggressively tested and immediately disseminated worldwide.  U.S. has no policyWhat China is doing stands in sharp relief to current U.S. policies. In an emergency or crisis in the U.S., maintaining property relations is the first and strongest consideration.Time and again, National Guard units are mobilized to stop desperate people from “looting” stores for needed supplies or to keep people fleeing floods and earthquakes from moving into unoccupied hotels and resorts. But no government measures are taken to stop businesses from hoarding, speculation and price hikes. Even food, water, blankets and generators donated to charities can end up sitting in warehouses.This happened when Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005, and happened again in the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico with the disastrous hurricanes of 2017 and recent earthquakes, as well as the fires in California in 2018 and 2019. Millions are left on their own to survive as best they can in armories and overcrowded stadiums.The  Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross are immediately overwhelmed.Those with resources can leave the area, try to rebuild their lives, file insurance claims and wait years for settlements. But orders to evacuate don’t help people without cars or with nowhere to flee.When a contagious virus causes a health crisis, millions still go to their jobs sick because more than 40 million workers in the U.S. lack paid sick leave. Staying home to care for sick family members means many workers are at risk of losing a job. Advice on what to do is limited to telling people to get a flu shot, along with a series of ads for cough drops and fever meds.Spending government funds in preparation for an impending health crisis or natural disaster is just not on the U.S. agenda.So far this winter the flu virus has sickened 22 million people in the U.S., with 210,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But no special provisions are being made, even though the death toll here already far exceeds the 1,000 coronavirus deaths in China.Hospital emergency rooms across the U.S. are already overwhelmed, according to the Feb. 8 New York Times. Vital medical supplies, including medications, ventilators and respirator masks, are in critically short supply. To maximize profits and cut costs, large for-profit medical conglomerates with hundreds of hospitals keep inventories of even basic items like masks, gowns and gloves in short supply.The CDC says that 20 percent of people in the U.S. come down with the flu each winter. In a bad season, like the one in 2017-18, the flu killed more than 60,000. But the idea of shutting down factories, schools, shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants and sports arenas to save thousands of lives is inconceivable. China shows the wayChina just built two major hospitals in 10 days, with a combined capacity of 2,600 beds. It has mobilized thousands of health care workers. How? Through socialist planning and the cohesive leadership of the Communist Party.Thousands of medical volunteers have responded to the government’s call to assist in Wuhan. With mass transit shut down to lessen contagion, squads of free taxis are operating for those who need health care or shopping. Food is easily available and quickly delivered. Fresh fruits and vegetables are being shipped in. There are no desperate people breaking into shops for food.As of Feb. 10, Beijing’s vast subway system is operating again. Subway stations and train compartments are disinfected every hour.China Global Television Network, CCTV English, Peoples Daily and Global Times provide up-to-date information. Coverage focuses on the role of science, technology and a broad-based people’s campaign to adhere to the quarantine and observe strict health measures. The shortages, price spirals and mass chaos predicted by the U.S. media are not happening. Why capitalism can’t do thisWhen the Chinese government imposed a partial quarantine on the 35 million workers in Hubei province, it also declared that rent and payments on loans and credit cards were frozen.Could a capitalist government do that? Would capitalist banks tolerate freezing credit card debt, car payments, insurance premiums and mortgages?Would the mega sports entertainment industry tolerate canceling the Super Bowl or other professional sports events that generate billions in advertising revenue?Would landlords, large or small, tolerate freezing rent payments?Would corporate giants allow major factories to temporarily close when profitable orders were waiting to be filled? Every week that Chinese factories are closed cuts $26 billion in world trade. (New York Times, Feb. 8) Would the pharmaceutical industry allow essential medicines to be distributed at cost or free? This industry is the most profitable sector of the U.S. economy, with the highest prescription drug costs in the world. Millions of adults in the U.S. skip their medications due to high prices, according to Harvard Health Reports.But rather than spend billions to improve health care or basic infrastructure, Washington lavishes money on military bases to surround China and new weapons to threaten the world.Workers here need to know the truth about China and demand the levels of health care, monitoring and national planning that everyone has a right to expect.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook printSecond-Hand September, an initiative started by the UK charity Oxfam, is encouraging consumers to go 30 days without purchasing any new clothing by renting, trading or choosing second-hand.Jana Pimentel, a TCU alumna who graduated last year, is working to raise awareness of the campaign and encourage others to participate.“What they’re promoting is for the month of September, instead of buying new clothing, and I would actually say to extend that to just about anything, to shop second-hand instead,” said Pimentel. “So that’s really the main goal and just to bring awareness to the environmental impact of the clothing and textile industry.”One of the fashion industry’s most damaging impacts comes from the fast fashion cycle.Read more: TCU fashion students adjust to a fashion industry changed by COVID-19Dr. Shweta Reddy, who teaches a course on sustainable fashion at TCU, said fast fashion is the rapid and wasteful production of clothing that harms workers and the environment.“It’s a very short production to floor,” she said. “In 68 days, if you have to make the textile, cut the textile, sew it and put it onto the shelf, it’s basically putting pressure on a lot of people.”Popular brands including H&M, Boohoo and Forever 21 manufacture clothes for as many as 52 “micro-seasons” each year, according to The Good Trade. The quick turnover keeps inventory flowing in, encouraging consumers to toss out items they bought weeks before to purchase outfits that are in style.Consumers are increasingly buying into the fast fashion cycle. (Photo courtesy of the World Resources Institute)The average American bought more than twice as many clothes in 2014 as in 2000 but sends 70 pounds of clothing to the landfill each year, according to Council for Textile Recycling. Nearly all of the clothes could have been recycled or repurposed by manufacturers.Fast fashion takes a toll on the planet. The industry is the second-largest water polluter in the world, according to the U.N., with the oil industry in first.Clothes with synthetic fibers like polyester, nylon and spandex are made with oil-derived petroleum and release greenhouse gas emissions as they rot in landfills.Many companies that sell clothes and other textile products in the U.S. put workers at risk when their manufacturing occurs in countries with limited labor and safety laws.“Most workers in the fashion industry are underpaid, overworked and mistreated,” said Brooke Prock, the artisan production coordinator for Fort Worth sustainable clothing outlet Tribe Alive.The outlet pays its artisans a living wage as part of its mission to make clothing sustainably, from producing synthetic-free items using minimal energy and water to eliminating single-use plastic.Workers may also be exposed to toxic chemicals. Of the 2,000 different chemicals used in textile processing, just 16 are approved by the EPA, according to sustainable fashion brand Reformation.Next steps for consumersSecond-Hand September is just one of the solutions to increasing environmental and social sustainability in fashion.The number of sustainable outlets like Tribe Alive is growing, but Prock said the concept of sustainable fashion still needs wider acceptance.“We need to create an environment where it’s expected and normal to pay a fair price for a top you will wear a long time instead of being able to pay $7.99 for a top you will wear three times.”Brooke Prock, artisan production coordinator at Tribe AlivePimentel said students can help the sustainable fashion movement with small actions, such as purchasing gently used accessories or buying classic clothing from eco-friendly companies that won’t go out of style. Reddy also stressed the significance of the consumer on making the industry more sustainable. “You’re basically voting when you’re buying a garment,” she said. “You make a choice every day, every time, actually, that you’re buying a piece of fabric.”Most sustainable fashion companies have a page on their website discussing their environmental and human rights practices.Prock says being a sustainable fashion consumer not only means purchasing sustainably made clothing, but also keeping items longer and donating or trading unwanted items.“I think everyone should evaluate their own closet,” said Prock. “If consumers were educated on the true cost of producing quality pieces with fair labor, I believe the fashion industry would naturally move towards a healthier, more sustainable place.” Twitter ReddIt Camilla Pricehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/camilla-price/ Camilla Pricehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/camilla-price/ Twitter Sustainably made clothes displayed at local clothing outlet Tribe Alive. 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first_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) looks at how the future national security law imposed by Beijing can be used as a pretext to prosecute journalists in Hong Kong, as is already the case elsewhere in China. PHOTO: PHILIP FONG / AFP News The national security law, being imposed by Beijing in blatant disregard to Hong Kong’s  autonomy, could enter into force through the summer despite widespread public outrage. In a poll published on June 18th, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) reported that 98% of journalists oppose the future law, fearing that it would be used against them, as is the case elsewhere in China.The decision, adopted by China’s National People’s Congress on May 28th, will allow to repress “terrorism”, “secession”, “subversion”, and “foreign interference” in the Hong Kong region. These four crimes, for which no official definitions have yet been provided, can incur charges in the Mainland as severe as the death penalty and are often used as a pretext to prosecute journalists.”Such regulation would give the Chinese regime the means to harass and punish any journalist they dislike in Hong Kong with the appearance of legality”, says Cédric Alviani, head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “The vast majority of the 114 journalists currently detained in China are imprisoned under allegations of national security-related crimes.”Four catch-all crimes1 – “Terrorism”Common Definition. Terrorism usually refers to the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. Beijing’s interpretation of this crime includes any action deemed to threaten the state’s security and often conflates it with other crimes such as “endangering state security”, “leaking state secrets”, and “treason”.Situation in China. At least seven journalists are currently being detained for “leaking state secrets”, including Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, the main shareholder of the Hong Kong bookstore ‘Causeway Bay’, who was kidnapped in Thailand in 2015 and sentenced to 10 years in prison in China last year.Risk for journalists in Hong Kong. Since the Chinese regime and Hong Kong executive commonly refer to the pro-democracy movement as terrorism, reporting at the scene of protests could be prosecutable under the national security law as an act of terrorism. Publishing confidential information regarding Hong Kong or mainland Chinese officials could as well be punished under the offence of “leaking state secrets”.2 – “Secession”Common Definition. Secession usually refers to the act of a group or region voluntarily breaking away from a state to create a new independent nation or to join another nation. In the mainland, this crime is often conflated with “separatism” (the act of promoting or preparing for secession), and extends to any individual or group promoting regional cultures and languages such as Uighur and Tibetan. Situation in China. At least 70 journalists are currently being detained under separatism-related charges as part of Beijing’s crackdown on the Uighur ethnic group in the autonomous region of Xinjiang. Journalist and academic Ilham Tohti, laureate of the Council of Europe’s Václav Havel Prize and the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize, was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of “separatism” in 2014.Risk for journalists in Hong Kong. Under the national security law, any journalist writing on Hong Kong’s cultural identity or the pro-independence movement could be charged with “separatism”. It is possible that those charges would have applied to Victor Mallet, Asia news editor for the Financial Times, who was expelled from Hong Kong in 2018 for having served as a moderator at a debate held by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club featuring a pro-independence activist.3 – “Subversion”Common Definition. Subversion usually refers to the act of undermining institutions or overturning the established order. In the mainland, this crime is often conflated with “sedition” (the act of inciting the population to rebel against the authority of the state), and is also referred to as “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” or “spreading rumours”.Situation in China. At least 24 journalists are detained under the charges of  “subversion of state power”, “inciting subversion” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Political commentator Wu Gan, who previously denounced the corrupt practices of government officials, was sentenced to eight years in prison for “subversion” in 2017.Risk for journalists in Hong Kong. Under the national security law, journalists who report on pro-independence events or quote pro-independence activists could be charged with “sedition”. The punishment could extend to newspapers that run opinion pieces that criticise the Chinese government or investigative pieces concerning the illegal practices of Chinese officials. The writers of Headliner, a satirical television show recently cut from audiovisual group Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) for mocking the police, could also have been charged with this crime.4 – “Interference of Foreign Powers”Common Definition. Interference of foreign powers can be understood as the visible or hidden intervention of a state in the internal affairs of another state. In the mainland, this crime is often conflated with “infiltration“ (the act of placing agents in a foreign state in order to spy or manipulate its administration) and “espionage” (the practice of using spies to gather intelligence for the benefit of another state).Situation in China. Beijing’s propaganda systematically portrays the foreign media as government agents working to promote the interests of the state where they are headquartered. Since the beginning of this year, 16 journalists working for major US media have been expelled from China in a so-called political retaliation against the American government. Australian writer and journalist Yang Hengjun is also being detained in Beijing on charges of “espionage” since January 2019.Risk for journalists in Hong Kong. Under the national security law, correspondents or employees of foreign media and their sources could be accused of serving foreign powers and be subjected to surveillance, harassment, violence or punishment. In January 2020, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam suggested that some foreign media could be the mouthpiece of Western governments.The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China (HKSAR), once a bastion of press freedom, has fallen from 18th place in 2002 to 80th place in this year’s RSF World Press Freedom Index. China, the world’s largest prison of journalists and press freedom advocates, ranks 177th out of 180 countries. to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News RSF_en Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News June 19, 2020 Hong Kong: how the national security law could be used against journalists Organisation Receive email alerts News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Help by sharing this information ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassment June 7, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Ripple Effect of Foreclosures Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Ripple Effect of Foreclosures in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: Guardian Residential Closes $11.5M Fund Next: The Changing Middle-Class Household Demographics Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post A report by Zillow explains how the effects of the Great Recession were not just twofold but deeply profound—and also reveals how the crisis served to benefit those who bought foreclosed homes during that time. According to the report, nearly half (45.4 percent) of all homes foreclosed in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis were valued in the lowest third of the U.S. housing market, contrasted with just 16.9 percent of homes valued in the top-third. Those left to reap the profits, then, were those not locked out of the market who could also afford to buy up these underwater homes. Not only did those Americans not foreclosed on see an overall increase on average in their wealth, but they were also presented with an incredible opportunity. Since the homes that foreclosed earliest saw the sharpest increase in their value, those who bought into the market quickest at that time stood to gain the most. The report revealed that throughout the recovery, such homes grew in value 1.6 times faster than the average U.S. home.The report said that nationwide previously foreclosed homes lost 42.6 percent of their value during the housing bust, but have since earned it all back and some. “Today, the median, previously foreclosed home is worth 0.1 percent more than it was during its pre-recession peak, a testament to the precipitous pace of home value growth over the past six years,” the report revealed. “Over the same time, the typical U.S. home value fell 25.9 percent – a much more moderate decline – and is worth 8.1 percent more today than it was before the recession.”Of course, the effects of these foreclosures are still felt today—both for those at the top and those at the bottom—with a total 7 percent rise in rentals for single-family homes since the recovery began. The boom and bubble preceding the bust saw many low-income Americans enter the housing market when credit was easy to obtain, and for several years those buying entry-level homes had reason to believe their fortunes were improving. After all, their home values were rising and with it their overall share of wealth. But these low-income homeowners were far more likely to have most, if not all, of their investments tied up in their mortgages—a fact that remains true of low-income homeowners today, the report indicated. Conversely, the wealthiest Americans had only about a quarter of their wealth on average tied up in their homes, something which protected them from dropping values. So when the bust occurred and home values tanked, entry-level homes foreclosed in much larger numbers. To read the full report, click here.   Share Save About Author: Staff Writer October 5, 2018 2,386 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Foreclosure Homes HOUSING Zillow The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Foreclosure Homes HOUSING Zillow 2018-10-05 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

first_img 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. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Prices Rental SFR January 21, 2020 1,077 Views Home / Daily Dose / Low-End Rents Prop Up Single-Family Rent Growth Previous: Fannie Mae: ‘Resilient Economy Overcomes Risks to Drive Housing’ Next: Former Freddie Mac CEO on Limiting GSE Risk Exposure Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Prices Rental SFR 2020-01-21 Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Single-family rents prices increased 3.1% year-over-year, an increase propped up largely by low-end rentals, defined as properties with rent prices less than 75% of the regional median, according to CoreLogic’s latest Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI). Low-end rentals were up 3.6% year-over-year in October 2019.The increase in single-family rental prices were fueled by the low rental home inventory, but price growth has slowed since February 2016. High-end rental prices grew alongside low-end, up by 2.9% from October 2018.“Increases in low-end rent prices have outpaced those on the high end for more than five years as newly-formed households push up demand for entry-level rentals,” said Molly Boesel, Principal Economist at CoreLogic. “However, high-end rents gained momentum for the sixth consecutive month in October 2019, while low-end rates slowed for the first time in roughly five months–resulting in the narrowest gap in rent growth for these price tiers since 2014.”By region, Phoenix had the highest year-over-year increase in single-family rents in October 2019 at 6.8%. Following Phoenix, Seattle took the second-highest rent price growth in October 2019 with gains of 5.8% and 5.4%. Phoenix, alongside Seattle, had high year-over-year rent growth driven by annual employment growth of 2.6% and 2.9%.Phoenix and Seattle’s year-over-year rent growth was driven largely by annual employment growth of of 2.6% and 2.9%, respectively, larger than the national average of 1.4%.Whether buying a home or renting a home is more affordable often depends on the type of market. While buying is the more affordable option in just a little more than half of U.S. counties, it tends to be the less affordable option in more dense metro areas, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ latest Rental Affordability report.Overall, buying is more affordable in 53% of the 855 counties ATTOM Data Solutions tracks.Acknowledging the current affordable housing crunch, Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer at ATTOM Data, said, “For sure, either buying or renting is a financial stretch or out of reach for individual wage earners throughout most of the country in the current climate. But with interest rates falling, owning a home can still be the more affordable option, even as prices keep rising.” Low-End Rents Prop Up Single-Family Rent Growth The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesDetention Of A Person Despite Furnishing Of Personal Bond Violative Of Article 21: Allahabad High Court Akshita Saxena19 Feb 2021 5:07 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court has held that keeping a person in custody, despite his furnishing personal bonds as required by the magistrate, is violative of his right to personal liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. A Division Bench comprising of Justices Surya Prakash Kesarwani and Shamim Ahmed recently pulled up an Executive Magistrate for failing to release two…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 Allahabad High Court has held that keeping a person in custody, despite his furnishing personal bonds as required by the magistrate, is violative of his right to personal liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. A Division Bench comprising of Justices Surya Prakash Kesarwani and Shamim Ahmed recently pulled up an Executive Magistrate for failing to release two persons, arrested on apprehensions of breach of public peace, despite their furnishing personal bond and other papers. It observed that Section 107 CrPC requires a person to provide security/ execute a bond for peace keeping. It thus held that keeping a person in custody, despite fulfilment of conditions contained in the CrPC, is violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. “In his counter affidavit, the respondent no.3 (Magistrate) has tried to justify his arbitrary action and clear breach of statutory duty cast upon him as well as the fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India,” the Court sternly remarked. Background Significantly, Section 107 CrPC requires the Magistrate, receiving the information that any person is likely to commit a breach of the peace and is of opinion that there is sufficient ground for proceeding, he may require such person to show cause why he should not be ordered to execute a bond for keeping the peace a period not exceeding one year. In the instant case, the Petitioners were arrested under Section 151 CrPC on October 8, 2020. A Challani Report was submitted by the Police on the same day to the Sub Divisional Magistrate, Varanasi, under Section 151 (Arrest to prevent commission of cognizable offences), 107 (Security for keeping the peace) and 116 (Inquiry as to truth of information) CrPC. The Petitioners submitted personal bond and other papers on October 12, 2020 but the Magistrate did not release them and instead, under the pretext of verification, directed the file to be placed on October 21, 2020. The Magistrate directed the concerned Tehsildar to verify the revenue records produced by the sureties. Thereafter, the petitioners were released on October 21, following which they approached the High Court against alleged arbitrary and illegal detention between October 12 and October 21. There were two issues that the Court was required to address: 1) Was the detention between aforesaid period after furnishing of Personal Bonds justified? At the outset, the Bench observed that despite submission of personal bond and other papers by the petitioners before the Magistrate, they were not released and that too against the Magistrate’s own order that the petitioners shall be detained “till presentation of personal bond”. It thus held, “Non release of the petitioners by the respondent no.3 even after submission of personal bond/bond and other papers, is a clear breach of Article 21 of the Constitution of India, by the respondent no.3 which resulted in illegal detention of the petitioners at least since 12.10.2020 to 21.10.2020.” The Bench further noted that in his counter affidavit, the Magistrate had tried to justify his arbitrary action and clear breach of statutory duty cast upon him. It observed that in the impugned order, the Magistrate failed to comply with Section 107 inasmuch as he did not record his satisfaction as to existence of sufficient ground to seek bonds for peacekeeping. “The aforesaid order dated 8.10.2020 would further reveal that the respondent no.3 has not required the petitioners to show cause that why they should not be ordered to execute a bond with or without sureties. Thus, the respondent no.3 has committed clear breach of mandate of Section 107 Cr.P.C,,” the Bench opined. Furthermore, it noted that the Magistrate had proceeded in breach of Section 111 of CrPC, which requires a Magistrate, acting under section 107, to make an order in writing, setting forth (i) the substance of the information received, (ii) the amount of the bond to be executed, (iii) the term for which it is to be in force, and (iv) the number, character and class of sureties (if any) required. “These necessary ingredients of Section 111 Cr.P.C. are totally absent in the order dated 8.10.2020 passed by the respondent no.3. Thus, it is evident on record that the respondent no.3 has acted arbitrarily and illegally,” the Bench said. It added, “The facts, afore-noted, leave no room of doubt that the respondent no.3 has acted arbitrarily and not only failed to discharge his duty cast upon him under Section 107 and 111 Cr.P.C. but also committed breach of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India. Such type of instances need to be stopped by the State Government.” 2) Can Challani Report be in a printed form? The Challani Report submitted by the police was on a printed proforma, and merely name of the petitioners and others, name of village and “land dispute” were written by ink. The Court had asked the Police authorities to file an affidavit, showing under what circumstances the Challani Report was issued on printed proforma, without disclosing any specific reasons. “They shall also show cause for not obeying the law laid down by this Court in the case of Amit Jani vs. State of U.P. and others, 2020 (112) ACC 574,” the Court said in its order dated January 13. When the matter came up January 27, the Court came down heavily upon the Police authorities for failing to file the counter affidavit as aforesaid, “We are left with no option, except to call for personal presence of the respondent no.1, requiring him to show cause as to why exemplary cost may not be imposed for not filing counter affidavit, particularly when the petitioners were admittedly, illegally detained from 12.10.2020 to 21.10.2020,” the Court said. On February 2, 2021, the Court was informed by way of an affidavit that the State Government has taken corrective action in the matter and has issued circulars to restrain the Magistrates from using printed proformas. In this backdrop, the Court finally held, “From the facts briefly noted above and the counter affidavit of respondent no.1, it stands admitted that the police authorities are arbitrarily and illegally submitting Challani Reports under Sections 107/116 Cr.P.C. Since the respondent no.1 has taken steps to correct the mistakes and illegalities, therefore, we do not propose to issue any further direction in that regard.” Know the Law Use of printed proformas for submitting Challans, summoning accused, etc. has been time and again discouraged by the Courts. Cognizance/ summoning orders passed on printed proforma were set aside by the Allahabad High Court in Vishnu Kumar Gupta & Anr. v. State of UP & Anr. Various Benches of the High Court have also passed orders directing the subordinate courts to pass cognizance/ summoning orders with application of mind, giving satisfactory reasons. ‘Judge Acts Like God, He Should Not Make Mistakes’: Allahabad High Court Pulls Up Magistrate For Issuing Summoning Order In Pre-Printed Format Even on the administrative side, the High Court has issued circulars to the subordinate courts from time to time, restraining them from passing cognizance/ summoning orders on a printed proforma without application of mind. Cognizance Can’t Be Taken Without Judicial Application Of Mind: Allahabad HC Similarly, in Amit Jani v. State of UP & Ors. (supra), the Allahabad High Court had deprecated passing of orders in printed proforma/cyclostyled formats. In this case also, the concerned accused persons were called upon to furnish peacekeeping bonds, by way of a printed proforma. The Court noted in the facts of that case, “The notice/ challan under Section 107/116 /151 CrPC is on a printed proforma, on which name and address of the petitioner, name of PS, the date of report, the alleged ground, i.e, for maintaining communal harmony and the date fixed are only hand written, leaving the remaining recitals to be on a printed format including the amount of personal bond to be furnished by the petitioner. The order sheet of 9.11.2019 is also on a printed format. It appears that respondent no.5 mechanically issued notice / challan without any application of mind.” Case Title: Shiv Kumar Verma & Anr. v. 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