MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City La…

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/501064/mad-breaks-ground-on-proposal-that-redefines-beijing-s-city-landscape Clipboard “COPY” MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”Save this projectSaveMAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape” Mixed Use Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/501064/mad-breaks-ground-on-proposal-that-redefines-beijing-s-city-landscape Clipboard CopyConstruction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.” “Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of China, a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.” “Flowing down the facade, the lines emphasize the smoothness of the towers and its verticality. The internal ventilation and filtration system of the ridges draw a natural breeze indoors, which not only improves the interior space but also creates an energy efficient system.”Save this picture!View from Office Building. Image © MADRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesSave this picture!Office Buildings. Image © MADYansong attempt’s to integrate nature thoughout the design; Interiors are “injected” with landscape elements, such as towering courtyards and multi-level garden terraces, while “mid-air courtyards” connect the site’s two residential buildings and provide residents the “freedom to wander” through an elevated “mountain forest.” Even the shape of the complex’s four office towers were designed to resemble eroded “river stones.” Save this picture!Masterplan. Image © MAD“This project transforms the traditional model of buildings in a modern city’s central business district,” explains MAD. “By exploring the symbiotic relationship between modern urban architecture and natural environment, it revives the harmonious co-existence between urban life and nature. It creates a Shanshui city where people can share their individual emotions and a sense of belonging.”Save this picture!Skyline. Image © MADNatural lighting, intelligent building, and an innovative air purification system is expected to help MAD achieve LEED Gold certification upon completion in 2016.To learn more about MAD’s unique approact to design, watch our exclusive interview with Ma Yansong and review some of the practice’s latest works, including the recently completed China Wood Sculpture Museum and Canada’s highly acclaimed Absolute Towers. ArchitectsMAD ArchitectsLocationBeijing, ChinaDirectors In ChargeMa Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke HayanoDesign TeamZhao Wei, Kin Li, Liu Huiying, Lin Guomin, Bennet Hu Po-Kang, Julian Sattler, Nathan Kiatkulpiboone, Li Guangchong, Fu Changrui, Yang Jie, Zhu Jinglu, Younjin Park, Gustaaf Alfred Van StaverenClientJunhao Real Estate Beijing Jingfa Properties Co., Limited.Construction EngineersChina Construction Design International Group Co., LtdFacade Design & Optimize ConsultantRFRLandscape Design ConsultantGreentown AkinLighting Design ConsultantGD Lighting Design Co., LtdBuilding Height120 mSite Area30,763 sqmArea128177.0 sqmProject Year2016PhotographsMADProject gallerySee allShow lessArchitectural Photographers: José CamposInterviews”Death in Venice” to Showcase Architecture’s Relationship with MortalityArchitecture News Share Projects ArchDaily “COPY” MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape” Save this picture!Site. Image © MADWritten by Karissa Rosenfield Share China CopyAbout this officeMAD ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsUnbuilt ProjectMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsOfficesOffice buildingsBeijingOfficesHousingResidentialMixed UseOffice BuildingsChinaPublished on April 28, 2014Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. “MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”” 28 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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The Fledgling Initiative

first_img Biz Stone, John Wood and Michael Brill explain The Fledgling Initiative. The world’s first massive social winemaking project, benefiting literacy in some of the most resource deprived places on earth.www.fledginglinewine.com The Fledgling Initiative AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Digital Advertisement  63 total views,  3 views today  64 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 October 2009 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

6 charity singles for Christmas 2015

first_img Tagged with: Celebrity charity single christmas Humour Howard Lake | 9 December 2015 | News [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h2jmNU_6UI[/youtube] Jingle Bells, Goat Edition: [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNPyMoEf3rg[/youtube]9. Centrepoint Christmas Choir and O Christmas Tree  81 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvN2_FjbXxk[/youtube] 2. Hey Hey It’s Christmas by Just CrackersA group of family friends named ‘Just Crackers’ are writing, recording and releasing a Christmas song to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Hey Hey It’s Christmas is available on iTunes for 99p.They said: “We don’t claim to be singers or dancers, we are just a group of people who wanted to raise some money whilst having a giggle!” [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob1Fn45aa5E[/youtube] 3. Organised Crime by Insane SocietyTunbridge Wells-based punk band Insane Society have released a parody of Cliff Richards’ Christmas hit ‘Mistletoe and Wine’. With commentary on the commercialism of Christmas, the song still has a positive tone, and will be raising funds for Aspire Dance Academy, which works with disadvantaged children across Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.Organised Crime is available from iTunes. [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwnG4rFqJyg[/youtube] [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmBnmDH4oFs[/youtube] [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve1sevQpQLQ[/youtube] The Christmas Number One spot is still a coveted achievement for singers and performers – and charity fundraisers. Here is a selection of songs that will raise funds in their effort to be the Christmas Number One for 2015.1. NHS Choir and Bridge Over YouNHS staff and supporters have recorded Bridge Over You, a cover of Fix You by Coldplay and Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel. Under the hashtag NHS4XmasNo1 there is a big campaign trying to “get the NHS to the Christmas Number One”.Although the single is already available campaigners are encouraging the public to wait until 19 December before they purchase it, so that there is a surge big enough to win them the top spot. One of youth homelessness charity Centrepoint’s young residents has rewritten the Christmas song ‘O Christmas Tree’ to reflect the dangerous choices young people living on the street face during the festive season.The Centrepoint Christmas Choir performed it publicly with students from the Sylvia Young school. Note the text-to-donate call to action on the sheet music the singers are holding.The charity is to hoping to raise £394,600 this Christmas to fund Centrepoint’s work to provide a safe place for homeless young people. And we shall end with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Goat Edition: [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qayG2q-iNzQ[/youtube] 5. The Same Old Christmas by Nick CopeChildren’s songwriter and performer Nick Cope is performing The Same Old Christmas in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. The children of Tower Hill Primary are also involved. It is available on iTunes. And because we knew there would be more than six, here are some more charity Christmas singles. 6 charity singles for Christmas 2015 [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwmweF6fB3E[/youtube] [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcI6FIpd0CA[/youtube]Here is Holy Night, Goat Edition: Main image: golden Christmas treble clef by Maryna Kulchytska on Shutterstock.com [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=-M7sMIJRQgg[/youtube] About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 6. Echoes of Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin’ StevensShakin’ Stevens’ ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ topped the charts 30 years ago. To mark this anniversary Shakey has re-recorded the hit, renamed as ‘Echoes Of Merry Christmas Everyone’, and is donating the proceeds going to The Salvation Army. The song was released on 4th December via Right Track/Universal.The song’s video depicts the wide range of issues that the Salvation Army, 150 years old this year, is tackling, from fighting modern slavery and human trafficking, providing refuge for those suffering from domestic abuse, and giving food and shelter to the homeless, to providing relief during major disasters.Julius Wolff-Ingham Head of Marketing & Fundraising at The Salvation Army, said:“The Salvation Army has really enjoyed working with Shaky on the video, and the opportunity to share with everyone the important caring practical work we do, showing how we put our beliefs into action.” 7. I’ve Got These Feelings by A Hundred Merry TalesViral YouTube stars Rufus Starlight and Baddy Paris are launching their Christmas music video A Hundred Merry Tales on 16 December. The creators of We are brothers – a Best Man Song will donate “100% of profits” to pet charities, following their experience of adopting a rescue dog, Teddy. The aim is to inspire and change the way people think about rescuing pets. The song will feature humour to deliver the message that if you rescue a pet, you are a ‘rescue hero’ because you’re saving two lives.The video will raise funds through YouTube views and ad clicks, song and video sales, and merchandise profits. “We’re delighted to support A Hundred Merry Tales with their Christmas charity message that highlights the concept of ‘rescue first’”, said Ira, CEO of ‘All Dogs Matter’, one of the pet charities being supported by A Hundred Merry Tales. “We’re happy that AHMT is shedding light on the important role that rescue pets can play in one’s life.”They are crowdfunding the cost of production and have already reached 12% of the £5000 target on Indiegogo. Here’s their pitch:  8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas by GoatsSome clever goats and their recording studio friends have produced not just one charity single this Christmas, but a whole Christmas album ‘All I want for Christmas is a goat’, all in aid of Action Aid Sweden. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  4. Christmas is Here by Naomi Clarke & friendsNaomi Clarke and friends at Cambridge University and further afield have performed and recorded a Christmas single, with all proceeds going to Save the Children UK. By 8 December it had already raised £1,700 for the charity.It is available on Spotify and Google Play. There is also a JustGiving crowdfunding campaign to help the single get made. Donations of over £15 get a ticket to the performance on 19 December at Islington Town Hall, London. Any further profits from the campaign will be donated to Carers UK, MIND, SAMH & NIAMH.last_img read more

Vigil held for murdered transgender woman in Harlem, N.Y.

first_imgWW photo: Teresa GutierrezA vigil was organized by Harlem Pride Aug. 27 in remembrance of Islan Nettles and other tragic victims of hate crimes. Nettles was a 21-year-old African-American intern assistant designer at Ay’Medici, a Harlem fashion company in New York City. She was also a transgender woman who was savagely beaten on Aug. 17 in a transphobic attack while walking with friends in Harlem.WW photo: Teresa GutierrezNettles fell into a coma with a severe head trauma following the attack. After being declared brain dead, she was taken off of life support and died on Aug. 22 in Harlem Hospital. There has been one arrest in the case so far.Pictured are friends and supporters at the vigil along with Islan Nettles’ mother, Delores Nettles, wearing a photo of her daughter.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

On the picket line

first_imgDOE workers fight union bustingThe Betsy DeVos-led Department of Education canceled its contract with nearly 4,000 DOE workers on March 12. The American Federation of Government Employees Council 252 had voted down DOE’s proposed collective bargaining agreement on March 5.The DOE’s deliberately misnamed March 12 “collective bargaining agreement” — which AFGE properly calls a “directive” — strips workers of “previously negotiated rights and protections” and enforces draconian takebacks. It also interferes with AFGE’s — and every U.S. union’s — legal right to defend workers by denying representational time on the job. AFGE shop stewards would have to represent members off the job. Expecting the union to function without representational time would be “like asking the fire department to operate without fire trucks or a firehose,” says AFGE.The union is fighting back. It filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Federal Labor Relations Authority on March 12. Council 252 President Claudette Young said in a statement, “Secretary Betsy DeVos and her management team are attempting to strip employees of their collective bargaining rights and kill the union.” (afge.org, March 19) An injury to one is an injury to all. Solidarity with AFGE!Workers trump bosses; keep tips!In a victory for restaurant workers, Trump signed a budget bill March 23 that keeps tips in workers’ pockets instead of letting restaurant owners pocket them. The Department of Labor proposed a rule change Dec. 5 to allow bosses to keep tips from low-wage servers. The federal tipped minimum wage is $2.13 an hour. (National Employment Law Project, March 21)Restaurant Opportunities Center United mobilized tipped workers, as well as busers, cooks and dishwashers, to testify at congressional hearings, protest in 20 cities and drop a “Trump, Don’t Steal Our Tips!” banner outside DOL headquarters in Washington, D.C. The DOL was found to be guilty of suppressing analysis showing that the proposed regulations would cheat restaurant workers out of billions of dollars. (Nashville Pride, March 23)This victory is a triumph over harassment from both the boss class and customers. Workers, predominantly young Black men and all women workers, have to deal with predatory patron behavior or lose tips needed for rent and food.As ROC United co-founder and president Saru Jayaraman said in a statement: This “represents a historic victory. The National Restaurant Association wanted to steal workers’ tips, but the workers said no.” She called this win “a testament to the power of workers standing up together.”Pittsburgh teachers’ strike averted, but no contract yet!No wonder the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers voted overwhelmingly to strike. Their last five-year contract expired June 30, 2015, and the extension ran out in June 2017. The 2,400 teachers, 565 paraprofessionals and 20 technical-clerical workers haven’t had a raise in many years. After marathon bargaining ended Feb. 27 with a tentative three-year contract, the March 2 strike was called off.But the teachers, likely emboldened by the successful teachers’ strike in neighboring West Virginia, still haven’t ratified a contract. Why? PFT President Nina Esposito-Visgitis told the Feb. 27 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that salary, health care costs and transfers were “still on the table.” Although neither side may discuss contract terms, some member comments on PTF’s Facebook page reveal anger about no raises and rising health care costs. Revised ratification ballots are in the mail and will be counted April 11.Oregon faculty organizing, grad students unionizePosters with the mission statement of United Academics of Oregon State University were signed by 1,000 faculty on March 5. Under Oregon law, if a majority of the faculty sign union authorization cards within 180 days, the union will be automatically recognized. Besides raises, shared governance of OSU and working conditions that promote excellence are union goals. UAOSU is a joint project of the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors.Portland State University graduate teaching and research assistants approved their first contract March 9. The three-year deal covers about 800 workers in a joint campaign organized by AFT-Oregon and AAUP. It doubles minimum hours to 12 a week and provides a $184 signing bonus and annual inflation-based raises of 1.5-3.5 percent.While the average PSU grad assistant currently clears about $925 a month after fees and health insurance, next year the university will pay 45 percent of the fees, rising to 80 percent in fall 2020. “We’re excited,” said bargaining rep Neal Kuperman. Noting that grad assistants can’t afford to live in Portland, he adds that the university needs them: “Without grad assistants it would be nearly impossible to teach all the courses required or do the research needed.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Understanding Your Soil Test

first_imgHome News Feed Understanding Your Soil Test Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 17, 2012 Previous articleRains Bring Help, But More is NeededNext articleMonsanto To Support National Student Leadership Conferences Hoosier Ag Today Understanding Your Soil Test Soil pH & Lime Requirement:Soil pH is a measurement of Hydrogen in the soil determined by using a 1:1 solution of water and soil.Most crops in the corn belt like soil pH levels between 6.0 to 7.0. Soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0 insuresthat essential nutrients are plant available if in correct concentration. Most soils east of the MississippiRiver are slightly acidic running 5.0 to 6.3 naturally. The Farm Clinic uses Sikora Buffer (a lesshazardous mimic of SMP buffer) to determine lime requirement with a target soil pH of 6.5. Buffer pHis determined with a 1:1:1 water:soil:buffer solution and lime requirements are calculated based on thereading.Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC):Cation exchange capacity is a measure of the ability of a soil to hold and release nutrients. The higherthe CEC the more fertilizer that a soil can hold and also the more fertilizer it takes to raise soil testlevels. We use CEC to determine the sufficiency ranges for Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium. TheFarm Clinic uses the summation of calcium, magnesium, potassium and hydrogen to determine CEC.Soil Test Ranges:The Farm Clinic uses five groups that are based on the chance of added fertilizer increasing yields onmost crops. The groups are as follows;Very Low – 90 % chance of an increase of yield with additional fertilizerLow – 75 % chance of an increase of yield with additional fertilizerMedium – 50 % chance of an increase of yield with additional fertilizerHigh – slight chance of yield increase with fertilizer but maintaining soil test here can bebeneficial.Very High – no benefit to additional fertilizerP,K,Ca and MgAll of these nutrient test are processed using the Mehlich 3 extraction method and are read on an ICP.Below are notes on nutrients that are tested giving their functions in the plant and also some in-site onwhere, when and why recommendations are given on these nutrients.Phosphorus: Phosphorus is an energy source for the plant and helps with root development, cellformation, crop maturity and seed formation.Potassium : Potassium in the plant increases protein production, improves water efficiency and helpswith standability in crops. Sometimes lower CEC soils have trouble holding on to this nutrient andyearly applications are more economical.Calcium: Calcium is essential in strong cell walls. If Calcium is low more than likely soil pH levels arelow and liming is needed.Magnesium: Magnesium is the central atom in the chlorophyll molecule. If Magnesium is low soil pHlevels are usually low and can be fixed with a lime application unless the lime material is very low in magnesium (<4%).This article was written by Farm Clinic for questions and service information contact Andrew Bailey by phone: (765) 659-1783 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Is a Late Soybean Harvest in Your Future?

first_img Previous articleBurnin’ the Bean Episode 10- Renewable FuelsNext articleU.S.-China Trade Negotiators Agree to Partial Deal Hoosier Ag Today Is a Late Soybean Harvest in Your Future? Home News Feed Is a Late Soybean Harvest in Your Future? SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 11, 2019 Facebook Twitter James Morris, Will Hamman, Jason Hartschuh, CCA, Elizabeth HawkinsThe variability of the 2019 cropping year is continuing into harvest. With a broad range of planting dates this spring, many soybean producers will be faced with variable harvest conditions. Additionally, the hot and dry conditions this late summer into early fall has sped up the senescence and dry down of many soybean fields. While seed quality is currently very good, a few weeks of wet weather can degrade quality quickly. Be sure you are ready when the soybeans are.When harvesting soybeans, harvest loss can be a real concern. The ideal time to harvest soybeans is when the soybean seed reaches 12-15% moisture. This will allow for optimal threshing and reduced harvest loss. Harvest loss can be very simply calculated by getting out of the combine and counting the soybean seeds on the ground. By randomly selecting a 1-foot by 1-foot area in a harvested part of the field, a producer can estimate harvest loss. Counting 4 soybean seeds per square foot is equal to 1 bushel/acre of loss. Due to the mechanical nature of a combine it is nearly impossible to gather every soybean seed in the field. An acceptable level of loss is 3% of yield or less, which is equivalent to 1-2 bushels/acre. If harvest conditions and combine adjustments are not optimal, harvest loss can reach 10% of yield and that can become very costly to the producer.It is important for the combine operator to be checking harvest loss as well has the quality of the grain in the combine grain tank. Harvest loss can occur in three areas: 1) pre-harvest, 2) header and 3) combine. One should check these three areas within different locations in a field.  Checking behind the combine represents total harvest loss, but one must check pre-harvest loss before combining an area, as well as just behind the header after harvested (header loss).  Combine loss equals the total harvest loss minus the pre-harvest loss and header loss. Checking all three areas determines if and what combine settings must be adjusted, especially header loss.It is recommended to review the owner’s manual and/or consult your local combine dealer for help on proper combine settings specific to the crop and harvest conditions. Fine tuning adjustments from these settings will help optimize the effectiveness of the combine. Adjustments should be based on harvest conditions and grain samples from the tank, looking for cracked or damaged soybeans seeds as well as the amount of pod material or unthreshed pods in the sample, see Table 1 below for acceptable levels. SHARElast_img read more

Rebel militia threats against two radio journalists in eastern DRC

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information Nicolas Synthe Awacang’o, the editor in chief of Radio Canal Révélation and presenter Freddy Upar Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsImpunityViolence Organisation February 3, 2021 Rebel militia threats against two radio journalists in eastern DRC Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Nicolas Synthe Awacang’o, the editor in chief of Radio Canal Révélation, a popular radio station in Bunia, the capital of the eastern province of Ituri, and Freddy Upar, one of its presenters, have received a total of 14 phone calls and 13 texts from the rebel militia since 8 January in which they are threatened and accused of siding with the army.The militia, called the Patriotic and Integrationist Force of Congo (FPIC), criticizes Awacang’o for reporting its attempted incursion into Bunia. The messages he receives tell him he is banned from entering some of the city’s districts. In one of the messages, the rebels said they know the colour of his motorcycle and where he lives.Upar has been getting threats ever since he quoted an army spokesperson’s statement about clashes between the army and the FPIC during the news programme he hosts nearly every morning. “They don’t understand the journalist’s role and say they’re going to kill me as soon as they enter Bunia,” Upar told RSF. “I’m being very careful and rarely go out.”“These threats illustrate the great dangers to which Congolese journalists are exposed and the risks they must take to provide reliable, balanced news coverage,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “It’s unacceptable that, although they make a very important contribution to society, nothing is done to protect them. The authorities should not wait until there have been more victims before taking decisive measures, such as the dedicated mechanism for protecting and securing journalists proposed by RSF and its partner JED.”Radio Canal Révélation already lost one of its journalists to violence in 2013, when Guylain Chandjaro, a Swahili-language reporter, disappeared and was found dead 12 days later.Journalists have been increasingly targeted in Ituri province ever since armed hostilities resumed there. The presence of unofficial armed militias and the fact that many of them are anonymous complicate their identification and therefore the communication ideally desired by their targets as an alternative to violence.The methods of the different armed groups are nonetheless similar. RSF described the Mai-Mai militia’s repeated press freedom violations in a press release on 21 January. Since 2019, RSF has registered nine cases of threats and four cases of violence by the Mai-Mai, including a murder and an enforced disappearance.The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsImpunityViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins its local partner, Journalist in Danger (JED), in condemning a rebel militia’s threats, including deaths threats, against two radio journalists in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and calls on the authorities to finally take decisive steps to improve the safety of Congolese media personnel. News February 18, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders February 24, 2021 Find out more News February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo News Receive email alerts RSF_en News Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Gomalast_img read more

Exercising Caution in Property Preservation

first_imgSubscribe Exercising Caution in Property Preservation Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily borrower Foreclosure Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law lender mortgagee mortgagor Property Preservation Securitization 2019-05-27 Radhika Ojha Home / Daily Dose / Exercising Caution in Property Preservation  Print This Post As is often the case in mortgage servicing, properties secured by defaulted mortgages can wind up vacant or in need of repair. Depending on the condition of the property, the municipality may issue code violations and file suit naming both the owners of the property as well as anyone with a recorded interest. Neighbors may be reporting conditions to the city or county drawing additional scrutiny and these properties may appear vulnerable for vandalism and thievery.Should a servicer secure the property? It can be difficult at times to provide an easy answer. However, from a best practices approach, consider the path with the least exposure for litigation surrounding these issues. Under the terms of the standard Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Mortgage, the answer typically is yes, you can secure. Most of the time, the mortgage will contain a paragraph relating to what actions the mortgagee may take in protecting its interest in the property. The mortgage will call for the borrower to maintain the property and keep it from deteriorating and will include specific language allowing the mortgagee to do and pay whatever is reasonable to protect its interest in the property and rights under the terms of the mortgage in certain circumstances. From a servicing standpoint, when ample evidence is mounted suggesting a property is vacant and in need of securitization or repair, it may be easy to rush an order to a vendor to secure or repair the property, however, exercise caution.The cautious approach is to first review the terms of the mortgage to ensure you have the option to secure or take actions with respect to the property. Second, evaluate the potential risk and exposure. Would your actions lead to additional litigation? Is the property in foreclosure and has the foreclosure become contested? Is the mortgagor represented by Counsel? Does there appear to be personal property within? Third, does the municipality have any vacant building registration or securitization requirements?To give an example, the City of Chicago requires that a mortgagee shall, within the latter of a residential building becoming vacant for more than 30 days or 10 days after a default, register the building and secure the property to prevent unlawful entry and pay a $700 registration fee. The registration must be renewed every six months for as long as the building remains vacant and unregistered by an owner and a renewal fee of $300 will apply. Additionally, the property must have a visible posted sign indicating the name, address, and phone number of the registered mortgagee or mortgagee’s agent with the vacant building registration number and the property must be maintained so that the exterior is clean and secure and the interior is winterized.Because these situations can sometimes lead to confusion or instances in which both sides are pleading their case before the court, my advice is to consult your attorney and consider seeking a court order allowing the repairs or any actions you wish to take at the property, unless you are simply seeking to secure the property pursuant to local ordinance requirements. The Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law has a specific statutory provision which addresses the right to possession of mortgaged real estate during foreclosure. Specifically, in terms of residential real estate, the mortgagor/borrower shall be entitled to possession of the subject property except if the mortgagee/lender objects and shows the following elements: 1) a sufficient basis why it should be entitled to possession, 2) the terms of the mortgage allow the mortgagee to obtain possession, and 3) the court finds a reasonable probability the mortgagee will ultimately prevail in the pending suit. If you do elect to secure the property, ensure that ample photos are taken showing exactly what actions were taken at the property.Without obtaining a court order, a situation may occur in which a property is secured and the mortgagor(s) or occupant(s) subsequently files a motion with the court seeking relief for time, mental anguish, lost personal items, and anything that is reasonably related to being locked out of the property. In these scenarios, it can be difficult to disprove what personal property was or was not present and has subsequently disappeared. This leads to additional litigation fees in having to retain counsel to defend the motion as well as extend funds for settlement, in many cases, in order to resolve the matter as quickly and efficiently as possible.What if your loan is current and the city or municipality files suit alleging code violations? It is equally advisable to seek the advice of counsel in this situation. If the servicer is named in a lawsuit seeking relief for municipal or building code violations and the loan is current, the servicer will still need to appear in the case and ensure the borrower is taking the appropriate steps toward curing whatever outstanding issues remain. Failing to appear could mean missing out on notice of actions the Plaintiff may wish to take at the property such as the appointment of a receiver, which could eventually record a lien that takes priority over the mortgage. Typically, in these cases, the court will want to be kept updated from the servicer side of things with respect to the status of the loan, i.e. current or in default. In some situations, the court may ask the servicer to take action at the property.The importance of recognizing building code violations and municipal ordinance issues is not unique to Illinois. As natural disasters continue to occur throughout the United States and mother nature reminds us of her strength, code violations and preservation issues will continue to impact servicers. Stay alert for notice of these violations when they arrive and have a procedure for timely recognition and resolution of these issues in order to protect your lien interest. 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Karnataka HC Holds 270 Video Conference Sessions During COVID-19 Lockdown

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka HC Holds 270 Video Conference Sessions During COVID-19 Lockdown Mustafa Plumber16 Jun 2020 6:51 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has conducted 270 sessions of virtual court sittings via video conferencing and heard a total of 1,758 cases between March 26 to June 6. Total number of 532 cases were disposed of by the HC, during the lockdown period. A press note issued by the court giving statistics of the cases heard during the lockdown period states that 987 cases were disposed off…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 Karnataka High Court has conducted 270 sessions of virtual court sittings via video conferencing and heard a total of 1,758 cases between March 26 to June 6. Total number of 532 cases were disposed of by the HC, during the lockdown period. A press note issued by the court giving statistics of the cases heard during the lockdown period states that 987 cases were disposed off in virtual court sittings and 1,237 cases were accepted via e-filing mode, across the three benches of the high court. At the Principal bench in Bengaluru, 40 virtual court sittings were held between June 1 to June 6 in which 355 cases were heard. The data also reveals that a total of 1677 cases were heard at the Principal seat of the high court at Bengaluru as the benches at Dharwad and Kalaburagi started functioning later. From June 1, to June 6, at the Dharwad bench of the high court, 15 sessions were conducted at the Kalaburagi bench, six hearings were conducted. A total of 590 cases were listed for physical hearing from June 1 to June 6 at the principal bench of the high court, while 916 cases were listed at the Dharwad bench and 522 cases at the Kalaburagi bench Next Storylast_img read more