Seven journalists and media workers injured in space of two days

first_img November 11, 2020 Find out more February 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls for an Israeli investigation into the circumstances in which three journalists with the Lebanese television station New TV were injured yesterday in southern Lebanon. to go further Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon News Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Follow the news on Lebanon News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car LebanonMiddle East – North Africa News July 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seven journalists and media workers injured in space of two days January 14, 2021 Find out more Organisation Voicing concern about attacks on journalists in Lebanon in the past 48 hours and the lack of resources being deployed to protect them, Reporters Without Borders today called on the Israeli authorities to investigate the circumstances in which three journalists with the Lebanese television station New TV were injured yesterday.Reporter Bassel Al-Aridi, cameraman Abd Khayyat and assistant cameraman Ziad Sarwan were injured when their vehicle was hit by shots fired from an Israeli helicopter as they crossed a bridge in the south of the country, where they had gone to cover the fighting. This took place during an Israeli air raid aimed at cutting lines of communication and destroying bridges.“We are very alarmed by the sudden attack on the New TV crew and we call on the authorities to protect journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unacceptable that journalists should be treated as combatants when they are covering clashes. We point out that this would not be the first time the Israeli army has deliberately targeted journalists.”New TV said: “The three journalists did not hear the helicopter arrive and do not remember what happened after the shots were fired, recovering consciousness in hospital. They lives are not in danger. They were taken to Natatiye hospital 70 km southeast of Beirut.” The station added that their vehicle was clearly marked with the New TV logo.One of the injured journalists said the New TV vehicle sustained more damage than any other, “which suggests to us that it was a targeted attack against our vehicle.”Three employees with Al-Manar, the TV station operated by the Lebanese branch of Hezbollah, sustained minor injuries today when its premises in the Shiite suburb of Haret Hreik in south Beirut were struck by a missile during an Israeli air raid. The station said its antenna was not destroyed and broadcasting was not interrupted. “This flagrant and barbaric aggression is targeted at all the Lebanese media,” the station said.An Al-Manar correspondent was meanwhile hit during the bombardment of Qasmiye bridge in the south of the country yesterday. Receive email alertslast_img read more


PACE Financing Risks—A Fresh Look

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Top 3 Housing Trends Next: Will Wage Growth Bring Relief to Homebuyers? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago PACE Financing Risks—A Fresh Look Tagged with: ABS asset-backed securities green homes PACE renewable energy  Print This Post ABS asset-backed securities green homes PACE renewable energy 2018-07-05 David Wharton July 5, 2018 12,052 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: David Whartoncenter_img Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / PACE Financing Risks—A Fresh Look Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share 100Save First introduced in California in 2014, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has since allowed more than 220,000 homeowners to make “green” improvements to their properties. PACE allows property owners to secure all the upfront financing they need, then pay that off over terms of up to 30 years at a fixed interest rate. However, PACE financing has been occasionally controversial within the industry, and now a new analysis from Kroll Bond Rating Agency has examined whether those concerns were justified.Unlike traditional mortgage loans, PACE financing doesn’t require a down payment or even a monthly payment. Instead, the loans are repaid through an addition to the home’s property taxes over time. The PACE assessment contract also follows the property itself, rather than the property owner—in the event the property is sold, the new owner would then inherit the responsibility to repay via those property taxes, as well as the risk of a tax foreclosure if they fall behind. PACE also does not involve the same underwriting standards as traditional mortgage loans, with underwriting focused primarily on the value of the property and with the relevant state and local governments having discretion when it comes to setting those standards. Moreover, “the lien associated with a PACE assessment has priority over any lien(s) held by any mortgagor(s).”However, the PACE industry has experienced several positive developments over the past decade, and concerns about foreclosures on properties with PACE assessments “may be overstated,” according to Kroll’s report. Based on a review of PACE assessments in California—the largest market for PACE financing—Kroll found Kroll “no significant difference” between property-tax delinquency rates for PACE and non-PACE homes.“We anticipate that in a home foreclosure with a mortgage lender that all taxes in arrears, including the PACE assessment, would be fully repaid,” the Kroll report states. “Almost all counties in the three states included in PACE securitizations thus far prohibit partial payments of real estate taxes, preventing selective defaults on PACE assessments under existing standards.”Furthermore, Kroll reports that PACE has spurred the adoption of underwriting policies that hinge upon the borrower’s ability to repay. “Greater focus on the consumer’s ability to pay and improving consumer protection practices are also viewed as positive developments for the industry,” the report states.Kroll also notes that “public residential PACE asset-backed securities issuances have exhibited higher than expected prepayment rates.” The conditional prepayment rates (CPRs) on residential PACE ABS transactions “have ranged from 10.1 percent to 18.9 percent, which is generally in line with CPRs for FHFA or Fannie Mae-backed residential mortgage-backed securities,” the report reads. “KBRA views the relatively higher than anticipated CPRs as a credit positive since higher CPRs have resulted in a faster amortization profile and shorter weighted average life of the PACE ABS transactions, thereby reducing ‘tail risk’ for these long-term transactions.”“Further, as prepayments reduce the overall pool size, liquidity reserve accounts are available to cover a greater portion of the remaining lien delinquencies,” the report continues.To read Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s full report on PACE financing, click here. 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