Broadcasting regulator suspends local transmission of international news stations

first_img Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders is astonished that the National Broadcasting Council (CNCA) has suspended local retransmission of all international radio and TV news stations amid continuing turmoil over the result of last weekend’s presidential election.In a communiqué signed by its president, Franck Anderson Kouassi, and read on national radio and television last night by its secretary-general, Félix Nanihio, the CNCA announced “the immediate suspension of the signals of all international radio and TV news stations carried by the Canal+ Horizon satellite service” in order to “preserve social peace, which has been seriously shaken.”“This abrupt decision limits Ivorians’ access to news at a time when a great deal is happening in their country,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We doubt that simply shutting down the foreign media is the appropriate response to the social unrest that Côte d’Ivoire is currently facing. During this period of uncertainty, the media should be free to cover the dispute between the Independent Electoral Commission and the Constitutional Council without impediment.”Reporters Without Borders had previously hailed the enormous efforts made by many of the Ivorian media and the media regulatory authorities to provide balanced and professional coverage of the presidential campaign. It therefore regrets all the more that the tension surrounding the results has resulted in a reversion to former repressive responses as regards free speech and access to information. Although quickly contradicted by the Constitutional Council, the Independent Electoral Commission’s announcement that, according to provisional results, opposition politician Alassane Ouattara had defeated President Laurent Gbagbo was quickly reported on the international TV stations received in Côte d’Ivoire.According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, all of the international and pan-African television news stations including TF1, France 24, Africa 24 and Vox Africa have been suspended. FM retransmission of Radio France Internationale has also been suspended. But the non-specialist TV stations and sport and entertainment stations are still being received without a problem. The Canal+ signal has not been suspended either.It is not easy for foreign journalists to work under these circumstances. It is not easy for Ivorian journalists to work either. Reporters Without Borders has learned that two journalists with the opposition daily Le Mandat were taken last night to the headquarters of the Republican Guard and beaten before being released. Photo : RTI October 29, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Côte d’IvoireAfrica News to go further RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Reports Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Help by sharing this information December 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Broadcasting regulator suspends local transmission of international news stations Côte d’IvoireAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Addressing the Widening Housing Gap

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Addressing the Widening Housing Gap The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago HOUSING 2020-06-10 Seth Welborn Tagged with: HOUSING Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe June 10, 2020 1,226 Views center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The COVID-19 has widened the housing gap, the Brookings Institute reports, as cost-burdened households are at higher risk of contracting the virus. According to the report, housing costs “are a major financial stressor for low-income households, who typically devote between a third and a half of their incomes to housing. Cost-burdened households are at risk of losing their homes to eviction or foreclosure, especially during economic downturns. These households are also unable to accumulate savings that could help them weather temporary income losses like so many have seen during the pandemic.”In order to avoid future struggles, Brookings researchers propose increasing access to affordable housing, whether through increasing the supply of long-term affordable rental housing or by supporting affordable housing projects.The report notes that, in response to foreclosure risks, the federal government created the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) to mitigate the impact of concentrated foreclosures in low-income neighborhoods during the 2007-2009 housing crisis. HUD allocated nearly $7 billion over three rounds of funding to local and state governments and nonprofit organizations. Funds could be spent on various activities intended to reclaim and reutilize vacant properties; in practice, most grantees used NSP funds either to acquire and rehabilitate properties or demolish vacant structures. The program initially targeted single-family homes, which accounted for most foreclosures.Researchers from the Urban Institute also indicated that prices for low-priced homes have appreciated faster than higher-priced homes.As low-price home prices rise, would-be homebuyers with low incomes have trouble finding affordable homes, so they remain in the rental market, drive up rents, and increase the demand for and price of rental properties, Urban notes. As a result, the cost for both owning and renting has gone up substantially for low-income households, while their income growth has not kept pace with that of high-income households.“A closer look at 285 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) suggests that rapid employment growth combined with increased supply constraints from zoning and other regulations contributed to this disproportionate price growth for low-price homes,” said Urban researchers. “If left unaddressed, these same supply constraints will hamper the ability of low-income households to prosper as we emerge from the crisis and will exacerbate income inequality.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Previous: CFPB Issues CARES Act Forbearance Guidance Next: Preparing for the Future of Foreclosure Litigation The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save 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. Addressing the Widening Housing Gap Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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Here’s how the UEFA Nations League works

first_imgWhat is the UEFA Nations League?The UEFA Nations League is UEFA’s new international league-based tournament designed to keep European teams busy with competitive matches, rather than having so many friendlies.It takes place once every two years and begins after a major summer tournament (in this case the 2018 World Cup). The UEFA Nations League has begun and England are into the semi-final.However, Europe’s new international football competition confused many when first introduced.Scroll down to see an explanation of how it all works. The UEFA Nations League trophy England and Croatia will meet again after their World Cup semi-final 7 How the UEFA Nations League finalists are decided, as well as promotion and relegation How the UEFA Nations League affects Euro 2020 qualifying Seven months after the UEFA Nations League groups finish (in November 2018) the ‘UEFA Nations League Finals’ will take place (in June 2019).The ‘UEFA Nations League Finals’ is a very simple tournament consisting of the four teams who won their League A groups.There will be two semi-finals and a final to determine the UEFA Nations League champions. 7 The UEFA Nations League official logo 7 Each group contains either three or four teams who must play each other home and away between September-November 2018.In League D’s groups, the winner of each group is promoted to League C.In League C’s groups, the winner of each group is promoted to League B, while the bottom-placed team from each group is relegated to League D.In League B’s groups, the winner of each group is promoted to League A, while the bottom-placed team from each group is relegated to League C.In League A’s groups, the winner of each group earns a place in the ‘UEFA Nations League Finals,’ while the bottom placed team from each group is relegated to League B. The UEFA Nations League groups Who will England play in the UEFA Nations League?England have been drawn to face Spain and Croatia in their UEFA Nations League group.What are England’s fixtures in the UEFA Nations League?September 8: England v SpainOctober 12: Croatia v EnglandOctober 15: Spain v EnglandNovember 18: England v Croatia 7 Does the UEFA Nations League affect Euro 2020 qualifying?Yes, it does.Euro 2020 qualifying will begin as normal with a group stage starting in March 2019.There will be ten groups and the top two teams from each group will qualify to take the first 20 spots at Euro 2020.The four remaining spots will no longer be decided by traditional play-offs.Instead the four highest ranked teams from each UEFA Nations League league who have not yet qualified for Euro 2020 will face each other in mini play-off tournaments, each one with a Euro 2020 spot at stake. 7 7 How does the UEFA Nations League work?The UEFA Nations League consists of four leagues (A, B, C & D).The 55 participating countries are separated into the four leagues based on their UEFA coefficient ranking (which is based on their recent performances in international football).Each league is then separated into four small groups (the draw for this took place in January). 7 The UEFA Nations League format makes sense… once you get the hang of it last_img read more

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