The famous cartoonist Ali Ferzat abducted and badly beaten

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information August 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The famous cartoonist Ali Ferzat abducted and badly beaten RSF_en center_img Organisation The famous cartoonist Ali Ferzat was abducted by masked members of the security services at around 4:30 a.m. in Omeyyades Square, in the centre of Damascus, as he drove home from his office. His captors broke his left hand, which he uses to draw, and burned his body with lit cigarettes. He was dumped at the side of a road near the airport with a bag over his head a few hours later. Some of his drawings and other personal effects were confiscated. He was transferred the next day to a private clinic to be operated on. He said he had received threatening phone calls warning him to stop criticizing the government. A demonstration in support of Ferzat was organized outside his home. last_img read more

U.K. Lender May Have To Pay More Than Expected to Settle FHFA Suit

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post U.K. Lender May Have To Pay More Than Expected to Settle FHFA Suit in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: FHFA Mortgage-Backed Securities Royal Bank of Scotland Settlements Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) may have to pay additional penalties to settle claims that it sold faulty U.S. mortgage-backed securities in the years leading up to the housing market crash, according to a report from Reuters.RBS had already set aside the equivalent of about $3 billion in U.S. dollars to cover settlement costs relating to the sale of $32 billion worth of faulty mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a case being handled by the U.S. District Court in Connecticut. However, the conservator of the two GSEs, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), might ask the bank to pay up to the equivalent of $7.7 billion in U.S. money to settle the claims, according to the report.A spokesperson from the FHFA declined to comment on the RBS situation.In June, RBS agreed to pay $99.5 million to settle a separate FHFA suit claiming that the bank sold more than $2 billion worth of faulty mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac between 2005 and 2007, the years of the “housing bubble” in the U.S.RBS and Nomura Holdings are the last two out of the 18 lenders to settle with the FHFA after the Agency sued the lenders in 2011 to recoup U.S. taxpayer costs following the government’s $188 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008. The other 16 lenders have paid about $24 billion to settle claims, including $9.3 billion paid by Bank of America in March 2014. Subscribe Previous: New York-Based Lender Settles with U.S. for $36 Million Over Mortgage Fraud Claims Next: Labor Market Improvements Support Economists’ Predictions for Housing Recovery Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea FHFA Mortgage-Backed Securities Royal Bank of Scotland Settlements 2015-01-02 Brian Honea January 2, 2015 1,284 Views Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / U.K. Lender May Have To Pay More Than Expected to Settle FHFA Suit Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Argentina Unleashes Aguero, Dybala, Pavon on Nigeria

first_imgArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has hinted his desire to sustain the South American nation’s superiority over their African adversaries by opting for an all-out attacking formation.The two-time World Cup winners are a shade ahead of Nigeria on the balance of previous meetings as they have five wins relative to Nigeria’s sole victory.Dybala and Pavon, according to El- Clarin, the Buenos Aires-based newspaper, are the only changes Sampaoli is contemplating for the friendly, and from the team that beat Russia 1-0 on Saturday, after Lionel Messi pulled out to join Barcelona.Messi, a recurrent thorn in Nigeria’s flesh in the previous engagements, will not play through the Eagles defence today, having been excused from international duty by Sampaoli.The coach felt the inspirational forward and Argentina captain, deserved a break from international match load.In his absence will be Boca striker, Pavon, who has earned the adulation of Messi for his impressive performance against Russia.The 21- year- old played a key role in a play that set up Aguero’s goal against Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.It is also expected that Agustín Marchesín will be handed his debut in the goal ahead of Sergio Romero and Nahuel Guzman, who was on duty in the match against Singapore.The Argentina likely starting XI in the match to kick off at 5.30 pm Nigerian time would be Marchesín; Javier Mascherano, Germán Pezzella, Otamendi; Banega, Kranevitter, Giovanni Lo Celso; Dybala; Pavón, Agüero and Ángel Di María.The Krasnodar stadium has a capacity for 34,291 spectators. The stadium was one of the venue proposed by the Russian federation for the next year’s World Cup before it was dropped.However, it was used as venue for two friendlies by Russia against Costa Rica and Cote d’Ivoire.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeria’s defensive resolve will be tested as Argentina intends to parade the strike force of Sergio Kun Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Cristian Pavón in today’s international friendly tie in Russia.The match will be played at a warm temperature of 16 degrees in Krasnodar, a city located about 1,300 kilometres to the south of Moscow.last_img read more

Dudus moved to low-security facility

first_imgChristopher ‘Dudus’ Coke Contrary to rumors circulating last week, Jamaican crime Don Christopher “Dudus” Coke has not been released from prison. However, the United States Bureau of Prisons (USBP) has confirmed he was transferred from a maximum-security prison in South Carolina on March 7 to the low-security Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution for men in New Jersey.At Fort Dix, inmates have more privileges and do not have to contend with bars and locked cages in maximum security lock-ups.The USBP did not give reasons why Coke was transferred from the maximum-security prison, but Butch Lawford, a former Miami correctional officer told National Weekly, “When a prisoner is moved from a maximum  to a low-security institution it is usually because that prisoner has been exercising good behavior. In a low-security institution the prisoner has much more liberties and privileges. Institutions like Fort Dix are more like secured camps.”The Fort Dix website describes it as fitted with community units without “bars, or locks on rooms,” where inmates are expected to display “a high degree of responsibility.”Indications are the institution provides services “required by policy in a consistent, humane, and a reasonable manner, treats inmates with courtesy while inmates are expected to treat staff likewise. It maintains a high level of sanitation and expects inmates to keep it that way.”The privileges inmates enjoy include access to TV from 11:00 am to 11:30 pm on weekdays, and to 2:00 am on weekends. Also, 300 minutes of monthly paid telephone calls, with each call being 15 minutes maximum; personal lockers in inmate rooms, use of microwave in the community units, and wake-up call at 6:00 am unlike 4 or 5:00 am in more secured institutions.Fort Dix has an honor system, where prisoners with good behavior can enjoy enhanced privileges including access to TV from 6:00 am.The facility currently has a population of 4,250 inmates, with an average age of 41 years. It is indicative that Coke could be released before his sentence terminates in July, 2030, as the average time served by inmates is 11 years, which would take Coke until March, 2028.Coke was extradited from Jamaica to the US in May 2010. Preceding his extradition, Jamaican law enforcement attempted to apprehend him in the West Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens, which he ran with an iron grip.Some 70 individuals were killed as residents resisted the incursion.In 2012, Coke pled guilty to drugs and firearm charges in New York federal court, and was sentenced to 23 years. Since his sentencing, Coke served time at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Brooklyn, New York, then the Edgefield FCI located on the South Carolina/Georgia border.last_img read more

Simbine surprise 100m winner, Kiplimo 7th in Diamond League opener

first_imgThomas Pkemei LONGOSIWAKENDNF 6Muktar EDRISETH7:40.973 12Conseslus KIPRUTOKEN7:49.00 Share on: WhatsApp POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPOINTS 3Yomif KEJELCHAETH7:32.276 Tamás KAZIHUNDNF 13Hayle IBRAHIMOVAZE7:49.75 5Albert Kibichii ROPBRN7:38.304 7Jacob KIPLIMOUGA7:43.732 4Caleb Mwangangi NDIKUKEN7:33.365 11Edwin Cheruiyot SOIKEN7:48.12center_img 1Ronald KWEMOIKEN7:28.738 8Andrew BUTCHARTGBR7:45.361 Collins CHEBOIKENDNF [View the story “Doha Diamond League – The Blog” on Storify] 14Birhanu BALEWBRN7:52.98 2Paul Kipkemoi CHELIMOUSA7:31.577 9Tariq Ahmed AL-AMRIKSA7:46.72 10Ben TRUEUSA7:47.00 Röhler Moves To Second On World-All Time List With 93.90mDoha, Qatar | AFP |  South Africa’s Akani Simbine surprised a world-class sprint field, including Justin Gatlin, Asafa Powell and Andre De Grasse to claim a season-opening 100m Diamond League victory on Friday.The 23-year-old powered home in a time of 9.99sec to become the first South African man to win a Diamond League 100m, and serve notice that the Blue Riband event could be more competitive than for some time with the impending international retirement of Usain Bolt.“I’m happy with my shape now, just to come up here and set a motivation for the rest of the season is what I was hoping for,” said Simbine.Jamaica’s Powell, a former world record holder, finished second in a time of 10.08secs, and Qatar’s Femi Ogunode was a place further back in 10.13.Silver and bronze medallists in Rio, American Gatlin and Canada’s De Grasse, Bolt’s heir apparent, trailed in fourth and fifth.The women’s double Olympic sprint champion, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson once again beat her main rival Dafne Schippers in the 200m.Thompson stormed home in a time of 22.19secs, around half-a-second down on her winning time in Rio, and pronounced herself “very happy” immediately after.“It’s a great first time (of the season),” said Thompson.Schippers, silver medallist behind Thompson in the same event in Rio, said she was taking the early season defeat as an omen.“Last year, I won every race and she won the most important.“I hope to do it the other way round this year,” said the Netherlands runner, with one eye on the World Championships in London in August.Kiplimo 7thThe day was capped by the 3000m race, that had a tremendous end to the track events with Ronald Kwemoi of Kenya surging home to take the world lead with 7:28.73. Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo finished 7th with a personal best (see results bottom)Caster Semenya said she surprised herself with her finish after winning the women’s 800m,in a time of 1min 56.61secs, the fastest of the year so far.“It’s very, very important to win,” she said.“For us, the main thing is to keep on winning so we will be in the best for the World Championships. “I didn’t know I could kick like that!”Semenya beat Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, who claimed bronze behind the South African in Rio.In the men’s 800m there was a blanket finish for Kenyan runners, who filled the first six places.Eijah Manangoi, the 2015 World Championship silver medallist, took first place, in a season’s best of 3mins 31.9sec.Javelin the highlightBut arguably the performance of the night came off the track in the javelin where Germany’s Thomas Rohler threw 93.90m, only the second man in history to throw such a distance.Czech javelin legend Jan Zelesny threw the best ever 98.48m in 1996, a distance which would be scrapped under a controversial proposal by European athletics to scrap world records set before 2005.“It was perfect, I am super-happy,” said Kohler.“This one is really special.”Asked if he would like to see the records wiped out, the German said he would “support” anything that ensures a clean sport.American double Olympic gold-medallist triple jumper, Christian Taylor, secured victory with a last round jump of 17.25m, to deny compatriot Omar Craddock.RESULT 3000M RACElast_img read more

Musobo set for Seoul marathon

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s Fred Musobo will take part in the 2018 Seoul Marathon slated for November 4th in South Korea.Three-time winner in the Seoul Marathon and the course record-holder Wilson Erupe Loyanae from Kenya will also take part in the race. Musobo will also face stiff competition from other Kenyan, Ethiopia and Eritrean runners.“I am glad that I have this chance to go and compete in South Korea. I have trained so hard for this marathon and I think I will perform well,” Musobo told URN.Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told URN that he is glad Musobo will travel for the Seoul Marathon where he will gain more exposure running with other top runners. “It is always good when our runners compete against other international opposition because it makes a big difference in-terms of the experience gained,” explained Otuchet.Two weeks ago former Ugandan Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich only managed to finish 7th in the 2018 Toronto Marathon over a week ago.****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgVANITY LONG-RANGE GOAL FOR CHAMPION BEHOLDER            Richard Mandella has the Grade I Vanity Stakes at one mile on June 4 as a long-range goal for two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder.“She’s still at Peacefield Farm in Temecula, but we expect her back at Santa Anita somewhere towards the first or second week of January,” Mandella said of the daughter of Henny Hughes, who missed the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Oct. 30 due to a fever.Owned by the Spendthrift Farm of B. Wayne Hughes, Beholder has won 11 of 12 starts at Santa Anita. DISTANCE SUITS BAL A BALI IN SAN GABRIELBal a Bali tries nine furlongs on turf for the first time in the United States in Saturday’s Grade II San Gabriel Stakes, but Richard Mandella says it should suit the Brazilian-bred horse owned by Fox Hills Farms, Inc. or Sienna Farms, LLC.“He’s won at a mile and a half (in Brazil on March 16, 2014), so I don’t think that’s a problem,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “He was finishing his best at the end of his last race (second in the Grade II Seabiscuit at 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar’s grass course Nov. 27).“In that race, we were wishing it was a mile and an eighth, so I don’t see a problem with the San Gabriel distance. We just hope he runs his best race again, which I think he will.”Bal a Bali, who turns seven tomorrow, has two wins from five starts in the U.S., including the Grade III American at one mile on grass at Santa Anita on May 9, 2015, in his U.S. debut.The field: Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 20-1; Big John B, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Poshky, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Texas Ryno, James Graham, 10-1; Power Red, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Obviously, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Wanstead Gardens, Gary Stevens, 20-1; Chiropractor, Corey Nakatani, 4-1; Macro Access, Martin Garcia, 20-1; and also-eligibles Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado, 50-1; Southern Freedom, Mike Smith, 15-1; and Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 20-1. ESPINOZA WORKS CALIFORNIA CHROME SATURDAY            Tom Mix had his Tony, Gene Autry had his Champion and Roy Rogers had his Trigger, but none was as comfortable in the saddle as Victor Espinoza was on American Pharoah.A jockey doesn’t attain unprecedented accomplishments without a willing and wonderful partner, human or otherwise. Espinoza’s victories on American Pharoah in 2015 not only produced the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, but a Breeders’ Cup Classic king as well.No horse in the sport’s long and storied history had ever hit racing’s “Grand Slam” before. Horse of the Year honors for American Pharoah are a mere formality.But with the colt’s retirement to stud, it’s back to reality in 2016 for Espinoza, a self-proclaimed “happy Mexican” now looking forward to reuniting with California Chrome, who won two-thirds of the Triple Crown last year and was named Horse of the Year 2014.Reality never looked better.Espinoza, currently eligible for racing’s Hall of Fame and a finalist for Santa Anita’s George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, will work California Chrome six furlongs before Saturday’s first race at Santa Anita as the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit trained by Art Sherman prepares for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9, his first race since running second in the Dubai World Cup last March 28.Espinoza can hardly wait.“He kind of grew up a little since last March,” Espinoza said of California Chrome, scheduled to arrive at Santa Anita Friday from his Los Alamitos base. “His neck is thicker and he’s much sounder.“The time off has helped him recover from minor issues he had with his body. He worked good last Sunday (seven furlongs in 1:25.40 at Los Alamitos). I guess without blinkers he’s not an excellent work horse, but even with small blinkers, you have to be careful because he will go a little fast.“He didn’t work in blinkers last Sunday but he’ll have them on Saturday, and he races with them on.”Espinoza, meanwhile, has enjoyed if not thrived on his wild ride the past two years, thrusting the sport into the mainstream with appearances on shows like Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America, Jimmy Fallon and Letterman. No reasonable appearance or interview request, it seems, was refused, including first-pitch opportunities at venues such as Angel Stadium, Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium (where, in an unprecedented gesture, he was assigned the hallowed #3, in honor of his Triple Crown sweep).“It’s been more than a dream, especially this year,” Espinoza said. “Last year I was very close to winning the Triple Crown. What were the odds that I would be in an even better position this year?“It was great in 2014, but 2015 was unforgettable. It was special. I would never even dream that I’d have a year like this.” FOREVER DARLING FRESH FOR BALTAS IN SANTA YNEZ            Whatever chance maiden winner Forever Darling had at 55-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last out on Oct. 30 went by the boards when she bobbled at the start, eventually winding up eighth by 17 ¼ lengths behind undefeated Eclipse champion-in-waiting Songbird.Trainer Richard Baltas has the daughter of Congrats in a considerably more realistic spot in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.“We freshened her up after the Breeders’ Cup,” said Baltas, who has enjoyed a solid 2015 with 73 victories and is off to a rousing Winter Meet start at Santa Anita with three victories from his first four runners.“We finished up strong and we’re looking forward to a big future,” Baltas said.The Santa Ynez field: My Dynamo, Fernando Perez, 8-1; Rockantharos, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Treasuring, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; One Last Shot, Mike Smith, 8-1; Code Warrior, Anne Sanguinetti, 7-2; Pretty N Cool, Martin Garcia, 5-2; and Forever Darling, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2. FINISH LINES: Unusual Heat turns 26 tomorrow, but he’s still going strong at Harris Farms in Coalinga. The venerable and valuable stallion has a full book, which closed with 40 mares at $20,000 a service, according to trainer Barry Abrams, a member of the breeding syndicate. “Lakerville, Unusual Heat’s fastest son, stands right next to him,” Abrams said. “He was bred to 40 mares last year and we hope to have 60 or 70 for him in 2016. His service right now is complimentary as he establishes himself in the market.” . . . Tomorrow, New Year’s Day, Santa Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days, with draft beer, hot dogs and sodas available for a buck apiece. NO SECRET FOR GLATT’S PLANS IN MIDNIGHT LUTERaised a Secret, a consistent California-bred son of Songandaprayer, tackles tougher company in Saturday’s Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes, but, best case scenario, trainer Mark Glatt hopes the six-year-old horse owned by Rodney Orr performs well and goes on to the $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint for California-breds at six furlongs on Jan. 30.“He’s coming into this race real well,” Glatt said, “and he needs to have a race before the Cal-bred stakes. There’s a lack of opportunity for him right now and the Midnight Lute has a small field, so we’re going.“Obviously, he’ll be facing better company in this race than what he as been facing, but he’s pretty consistent and at the very least, he can pick up a nice paycheck and we’ll keep him sharp and tight for the Cal-bred stake and that’s kind of our goal.“But who knows? Maybe he’ll jump up and win Saturday.”The Midnight Lute: Seattle Serenade, Mike Smith, 6-1; San Onofre, Alex Solis, 7-2; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 3-1; Pulling G’s, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Raised a Secret, Fernando Perez, 12-1; All Run, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; and Salutos Amigos, Martin Garcia, 3-1.Salutos Amigos blew out three furlongs for trainer David Jacobson Thursday in 37.80, while San Onofre went the same distance in the same time for Karen Headley. WILL CALIFORNIA CHROME SHINE BRIGHTER IN 2016?RAISE A SECRET ON THE ‘MARK’ FOR MIDNIGHT LUTEFRESH START FOR FOREVER DARLING IN SANTA YNEZSAN GABRIEL DISTANCE NO PROBLEM FOR BAL A BALIVANITY IN JUNE LONG-RANGE GOAL FOR BEHOLDERlast_img read more