A lesson in liberalism: Ramsey Orta, Mayor de Blasio and the cops

first_imgOrta (left) with family, supporters, Sept. 5, Staten Island, N.Y.WW photo: Johnnie StevensNew York — Ramsey Orta, whose cellphone video of killer cop Daniel Pantaleo choking to death unarmed Eric Garner sparked a movement against racist police murders, was finally released on bail on April 10 after sitting in a cell on Rikers Island for over two months.On July 17 last year, Orta put his safety and future on the line to expose this brutal killing by Pantaleo, backed up by a wolf pack of six other cops. Pantaleo and his accomplices went scot-free, leaving Orta the only one associated with the Garner killing to be jailed.Never mind that a Time Magazine interview with Orta about the Garner killing won the World Press Photojournalism award, the top award in the industry for short videos. The cops are completely brazen and respect nothing.During this entire ordeal for Orta, there has been not one word of sympathy, support or outrage from New York’s mayor, the liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio. There is a lesson in this, not just for New Yorkers but for the entire movement, about the tendency of capitalist liberal politicians to retreat in the face of right-wing pressure.Framed on a gun chargeFollowing the release of the video, Orta was framed up on a gun charge by the cops. His spouse was arrested as well. His brother, his mother and he were then charged by police with nine counts of selling drugs to undercover cops.Orta’s friends and supporters from all over the country crowd-funded and finally raised the $16,250 needed to bail him out. But the prosecutor held up his release, saying that all the donors had to be investigated to be sure that the donations were not from “illegal sources.”At the Rikers Island jail, 19 prisoners on Orta’s cell block were sickened by rat poison that turned up in their food. Fearing for his life, Orta refused to eat prison food and lived on vending machine candy.What is important about the political circumstances of the illegal and blatant persecution of Orta is that it happened under the regime of a liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio.De Blasio was swept into office on a campaign against gentrification, charter schools and above all the “stop-and-frisk” policy of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his police commissioner, Ray Kelly. The de Blasio victory was largely based on his promises to end police harassment of the Black and Latino/a communities.Evolution of de Blasio’s retreatIt is important to understand the evolution of the relations between de Blasio and the cops. Under police pressure and pressure from the ruling class, de Blasio has done what liberals always do in the face of the right wing — retreat.The high point of de Blasio’s liberalism was after the killing of Garner, when he took the podium at a press conference, at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement was putting tens of thousands of people in the streets. De Blasio talked of his fears for his own son, who is Black. He spoke of teaching him to be cautious when approached by police.Shortly after this speech, two New York City police were killed in a random shooting. The cops and the ruling class seized upon the killings to try to push back the Black Lives Matter movement. They organized a virtual state funeral for one of the cops, attended by Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, de Blasio, a host of other officials, and 20,000 cops from all over the country.At the funeral, hundreds of cops turned their backs when de Blasio spoke. All the high government officials voiced the highest praise, not just for the dead cop but for the police in general.Democratic Party liberal de Blasio got the message from the cops, from the political establishment in his own party and from the ruling class through its media. The message was: Back off from any criticism of the police.And he did. He continues to justify the “broken windows” policy of mass harassment and arrest for minor offenses and “suspicious behavior.” He says he will veto any legislation that would outlaw police use of the chokehold. He stepped up his criticism of Black Lives Matter and, in general, beat an obsequious retreat in the face of police attack and ruling class criticism.Does this mean that de Blasio is not a capitalist liberal? No, he is one. But the emphasis should be put on “capitalist” first and liberal only when it is permitted by the bosses. Meanwhile, Ramsey Orta, whose video exposed the truth about the police killing of Eric Garner, had to spend months in jail for his courage.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

VAIO Built the World’s First* Contoured Carbon Fiber Laptop

first_img Previous articlePartner Engineering and Science, Inc. Announces Rapid Expansion Throughout 2020, Increasing Headcount by 8%Next articleDisposeRx Drug Disposal Packets Now Accessible to All VA Medical Centers via GMP’s Medical Surgical Prime Vendor Program Award Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 18, 2021 Twitter Facebook The VAIO Z is sold directly through https://us.vaio.com/ VAIO Built the World’s First* Contoured Carbon Fiber Laptoplast_img read more

How is Low Inventory Affecting the Housing Market?

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / How is Low Inventory Affecting the Housing Market? in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News About Author: Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post February 3, 2016 5,299 Views How is Low Inventory Affecting the Housing Market? Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Low inventory has been cited by many analysts as a concern for the housing market in 2016 as the market continues to heal from the foreclosure crisis which began nearly eight years ago.What effect will that lack of inventory have on housing? While the inventory has been declining, demand for housing has not; the combination of thin inventory and strong demand has pushed prices upward. In many markets, the percentage of homes selling at list price or higher is has risen back to pre-crisis levels, according to Shu Chen, Economist with CoreLogic.“The number of homes selling at or above list price has recovered to early 2006 levels,” Chen wrote on CoreLogic’s blog. “That number was 3.5 times the trough in January 2008 and represented more than one-quarter of total sales in October 2015. Compared with homes selling for their list price or more, the number of homes selling for less than list price has been relatively stable over the past 15 years. Regardless of market conditions, there are always highly motivated sellers willing to drop their price.”Stewart Guaranty Chief Economist Ted Jones told DS News in January that limited housing inventory was creating an urgency to buy.“We always think that six-month inventory is normal for existing homes,” Jones said. “We’re in that mid-four-month inventory range. We know that rents are going to continue to rise. You have the option of either renting or owning. Rents have actually been going up while interest rates have stayed the same or even going lower.”While existing-home sales in 2015 experienced their best year since 2006, a repeat in 2016 is unlikely if inventory remains at its current levels.“Although some growth is expected, the housing market will struggle in 2016 to replicate last year’s 7 percent increase in sales,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “In addition to insufficient supply levels, the overall pace of sales this year will be constricted by tepid economic expansion, rising mortgage rates and decreasing demand for buying in oil-producing metro areas.”According to Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan, single-family starts should accelerate to 17 percent this year. But only, he said, “if easing housing supply shortages and a continued strong pace of household formation pan out.” Tagged with: Housing Inventory Housing Market Previous: Fewer Serious Delinquencies Indicate Market Stability Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 2/4/2016 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 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. Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Housing Inventory Housing Market 2016-02-03 Brian Honealast_img read more

Who is Benefitting Most From the COVID-19 Deferral Program?

first_img March 2, 2021 1,106 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Who is taking advantage of those recently extended COVID-related forbearance options for federally backed mortgage loans?  Payment deferral programs offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have helped more than 300k homeowners, according to the Urban Institute’s chartbook, a monthly reference guide for mortgage and housing market data that includes first-lien origination volume, the share of loans in serious delinquency or foreclosure, spreads on GSE risk transfer securities, and a special feature on loan-level GSE credit data (it can be accessed in full at urban.org).The report also dives into data about the types of borrowers taking advantage of the programs and how they plan to eventually exit.The COVID-19 Deferral Program is what the GSEs call their most-popular forbearance-exit strategy because it allows borrowers to revert to their original payment and move the forborne amount to the end of the mortgage with the mortgage term extended by the number of missed payments. According to Freddie Mac, the Payment Deferral is designed to provide relief to eligible borrowers who “have the financial capacity to resume making their monthly payments, but who are unable to afford the additional monthly contributions required by a repayment plan.”Since reaching a peak of 6.4% last May 2020, the GSE forbearance rate has dropped to 3.0% as of February 2021. About two-thirds of the Fannie- or Freddie-backed loans that entered forbearance have exited. Only a small number of those who have exited remain delinquent or in loss mitigation. Many delinquent borrowers—47% of those that went into GSE-loan forbearance—have exited using the COVID-19 Deferral Program, according to the chartbook.The Urban Institute’s researcher associates found that even though borrowers with the highest credit score account for half of the payment deferral program participants, the program, after adjusting for implied home values at origination, has disproportionately helped homeowners with lower FICO scores.”The typical deferred amount while in forbearance is small, $6,000, accounting for 2.1% ofthe implied home value at origination,” the researchers noted. “This percentage likelyrepresents an upper bound since the value of most homes has increased since closing.”The stats could change, the researchers say, noting that as more time passes borrowers may be less likely to take advantage of the COVID-19 Deferral Program, and more likely to require a modification to retain their home.”With the unemployment rate stagnating, and those who are not back on their feet choosing to extend, it is likely that future entrants into the program may have larger amounts of deferred payments relative to the borrowers currently in the program,” according to the chartbook summary.Early evidence suggests that the typical deferred amount should not significantly impact the housing equity accumulated by homeowners in the deferral program, but the institute says it will continue to monitor that. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News (Full report) Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Who is Benefitting Most From the COVID-19 Deferral Program? 2021-03-02 Christina Hughes Babb Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Home / Daily Dose / Who is Benefitting Most From the COVID-19 Deferral Program? Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Related Articles  Print This Post Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Millions of Families Could Face Housing Insecurity in 2021 Next: Servicers Brace for Forbearance Challenges The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Calls for Gaeltacht tourism marketing drive

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Calls for Gaeltacht tourism marketing drive Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook By admin – November 28, 2015 Calls have been made to market the Donegal Gaeltacht as a unique tourist attraction and it’s thought the move would counteract emigration and unemployment in the West Donegal area.Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig believes there is a need to promote, dance, poetry andmusic in the Gaeltacht area.However, he says in order for this to happen, support will be needed from various organisations:Calls have been made to market the Donegal Gaeltacht as a unique tourist attraction, with a Donegal councillor saying it could help counteract emigration and unemployment in the West Donegal area.Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig believes there is a need to promote, dance, poetry andmusic in the Gaeltacht area.However, he says in order for this to happen, support will be needed from various organisations……Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/michcholmsat.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Previous articleTwo men arrested on suspicion on GBH after Old Fort incident in DerryNext articleMet Eireann warn of more wind and rain to come admin Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Google+center_img WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more

Cold torus whistlers: An indirect probe of the inner Jovian plasmasphere

first_imgThe dominant features of Jovian whistlers observed by Voyager 1 in the inner cold torus around RJ ≈ 5.3 are studied using the technique of ray tracing with an offset tilted dipole. These whistlers are unducted, and the electron density in the inner plasmasphere plays a controlling role in the access of whistlers to the cold torus. The upper frequency cutoff of inner zone whistlers allows a firm limit to be placed on the minimum electron density 3–5 cm−3 at higher latitudes in the inner plasmasphere around L ≈ 5.3, a region where no spacecraft have ever been. Backward ray tracing from the observation location is used to determine the source location at the top of the Jovian atmosphere, and it is shown to be consistent with the latitude of lightning events observed by Voyager 1.last_img read more

Snow Volleyball Returns To Nationals After 38 Years

first_imgNovember 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local Snow Volleyball Returns To Nationals After 38 Years Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah (November 13, 2018) – For the first time since 1980, the Snow College women’s volleyball team has earned an invitation to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. The Badgers (26-5) learned this afternoon via Twitter that they will enter the tournament as the No. 11 seed, and will take on No. 6 Seward County in the first round of the tournament. The 16-team tournament will be held November 15-17 in Hutchinson, Kan.“It looks like there is a 100-percent chance of Snow in Hutchinson, Kansas this year,” Snow College head coach Jeff Reynolds said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to receive an invitation to this year’s National Championship tournament. This is such a great opportunity for our players, and an honor for our program.”According to the final NJCAA National Poll, the Badgers were the highest ranked team to be considered for one of the two at-large selections. Snow spent all 10 weeks ranked in the national polls, including nine straight weeks at No. 8 or higher. During a 19-1 streak earlier in the season, the Badgers actually spent back-to-back weeks ranked No. 4 in the nation, which marked the highest ranking in school history.“We felt like we were in a good position to earn one of the at-large spots based on how we finished the regular season—winning three out of four matches in three straight sets—and with our national ranking all season,” Reynolds said. “In addition, we play in one of the toughest – if not the toughest – region in the country. But, if you’re not an automatic qualifier, your fate is left up to a committee. Knowing there were only two at-large invitations, and a number of good teams being considered, the past few days have been filled with lots of anticipation.”Throughout the season, the Badgers spent a total of 10 weeks in the NJCAA National Volleyball Poll, including nine straight weeks ranked No. 8 or higher. As true road warriors, Snow posted a record of 20-4 on the road, including a record of 14-1 at neutral sites. For the second straight season, the Badgers finished the regular season as the top JUCO volleyball program in the state of Utah, posting a 5-1 record against in-state teams. Of the Badgers’ 26 wins this season, 17 came by way of three-set victories, including three of the last four matches Snow played this season. From a national perspective, the Badgers posted a 13-0 record against teams from around the country, including Region 1, Region 8, Region 9, Region 15, and Region 22.Reynolds said getting to the National Championship has been a goal for the Snow College volleyball program for the past three years, but he said getting to the tournament is not the end goal.“There have been 37 young ladies who have come through this program over the past three years, including 17 players who are on this year’s roster, who have worked extremely hard to get our program to the point where we can compete and be recognized at the national level,” Reynolds said. “Having the opportunity to play at the NJCAA National Championship Tournament is an honor and privilege, and it’s a tribute to each player who has come through this program, but by no means is it our end goal. We do not plan to be happy or content with an invitation. We see this as an opportunity to get one step closer to reaching our ultimate goal. That goal is now within reach.”Over the past three season, the Badgers have won a total of 72 games against just 19 losses. Averaging 24.0 wins per season, Snow has won 79.1 percent of their games over that span.The Badgers will take on Seward County in the first round of the NJCAA National Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. (CST).TOURNAMENT INFORMATIONThe 2018 NJCAA Division-I National Championship Volleyball Tournament will be held at the Hutchinson Sports Arena, located in Hutchinson, Kan.ALL-SESSION TICKET — $40 Adult — $25 Student/Senior SINGLE DAY — $17 Adult — $10 Student/SeniorFINALS ONLY — $12 Adult — $6 Student/SeniorFinals Only will be for the last two matches on Saturday.Students are defined as age five through college (with valid student ID for 18+).Ages four and under free Senior defined as 60+.Prices inclusive of taxes & fees (excluding convenience fees when purchasing online).In partnership with Blue Frame Technology, NJCAA TV will stream every match of the 2018 DI Volleyball Championship live at www.njcaatv.com or by going to the NJCAA TV apps on Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, or Roku. BlueFrame has also released NJCAA TV apps for iOS and Android.center_img Mike Trainalast_img read more

Pacific Fleet Task Unit Arrives in Gulf of Aden to Keep Anti-Piracy Watch

first_img View post tag: fleet Share this article View post tag: Anti-Piracy Pacific Fleet (PF) task unit consisting of large ASW ship Admiral Tributs, tanker Pechenga, and seagoing tug MB-37 has arrived in the Gulf of Aden to keep anti-piracy watch.PF naval mariners headed by Capt 1 rank Ildar Akhmerov will spend several months maintaining maritime security near the Horn of Africa.All ships of the task unit have PF marines on board specially trained for anti-piracy mission.According to Capt 1 rank Ildar Akhmerov, most of servicemen have already had anti-piracy experience in the Gulf of Aden, including release of captured ships. Systems and armament operates normally. Crewmen conduct scheduled maintenance of all ship-board systems, feel well and are ready to accomplish assigned mission.The task unit will start forming the first convoy on Jan 15, 2012. Till that time PF servicemen will conduct counter-terror drills.Six PF task units earlier deployed off African coast have successfully executed anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 13, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Gulf View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Unit View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: keep Back to overview,Home naval-today Pacific Fleet Task Unit Arrives in Gulf of Aden to Keep Anti-Piracy Watch View post tag: Task View post tag: Pacific Pacific Fleet Task Unit Arrives in Gulf of Aden to Keep Anti-Piracy Watch January 13, 2012 View post tag: Watch View post tag: Adenlast_img read more

Significant drop in burglaries

first_imgThames Valley Police have reported that the number of burglaries across Oxfordshire has dropped by a third.So far there have been 1,054 burglaries in Oxfordshire compared with 1,548 last year – a drop in 494. The city of Oxford itself has seen the biggest fall – 37 per cent from 799 to 504.November usually sees an increase in burglaries, thought to be due to the shorter daylight hours and the approach of Christmas, with people keeping presents in their homes.A spokesperson from Thames Valley Police said that they have been working especially hard to investigate and pursue burglaries, and hoped the downward trend would continue.Insp Colin Paine, head of priority crime in Oxford, said: “In addition to the normal police business of arresting offenders, the burglary team is going one step further by actively making Oxford an uncomfortable place for burglars to live – conducting home visits, phoning them and even sending them birthday cards to remind them not to offend.”Break-ins fell by a third, but violent crime rose by about 30 per cent. There was also a small rise in assaults.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Donates $48,000 Worth Of Musical Instruments To Jacksonville High School

first_imgSouthern soul juggernaut Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of Jacksonville, FL’s most notable exports. Created by combining the solo bands of Jacksonville native guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks and his wife, guitarist/vocalist Susan Tedeschi, in 2010, the band has kept on growing ever since, releasing a number of award-winning albums and extensively touring the country playing to bigger and bigger crowds. The band recently wrapped the fourth-annual edition of their multi-band summer “Wheels of Soul” tour with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band with a pair of sold-out performances at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.However, despite their upward trajectory, the band has never forgotten their roots and continues to aid and take pride in their local Jacksonville community, particularly with regard to music education. According to the city’s WJCT FM station, the 12-piece powerhouse recently made a substantial and deeply personal donation to the city’s Englewood High School. The band supplied the school with 38 brand-new musical instruments for its students to use, valued at roughly $48,000.The students and staff of Englewood High School were informed of the reformative gift to the school’s music program earlier this summer when Tedeschi Trucks Band hit Jacksonville’s Daily’s Place Amphitheatre on June 29th to open their 2018 “Wheels of Soul” swing. Explains WJCT, the kids and faculty were invited to the hometown performance as special guests. There, they were invited to come meet the band backstage, where they were informed of the donation.Notes Dr. Diana Greene, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent to WJCT,We are deeply thankful to the Tedeschi Trucks Band for their incredible support, not just of the Englewood High School music program, but music programs across the district. Through their generous donations over the years, they have truly given hundreds of students the gift of music. Knowing that these instruments came from an alum from that school, and two very gifted local artists, makes the donation even more special. The students and staff at Englewood High School will benefit from this transformative gift for years to come.As Derek Trucks explains,Susan and I were both fortunate to have instruments available to us when we were young. Sadly, this is not the case for so many students these days, at a time when having the tools to express creativity is so vital to their education. We were happy and humbled to be able to help.The donation was made possible through Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Notes WJCT, the foundation was created by Michael Kamen in 1996, named after the 1995 film, Mr. Holland’s Opus, which examines the profound effect that a particularly dedicated music teacher had on several generations of students.You can see a list of the instruments donated below:3 Eastman ECL230 clarinets3 Eastman EEP421 4-valve euphoniums2 Eastman EBB534 4/4-size 4-valve tubas2 Eastman EFL210 flutes2 Eastman ETB432 trombones with F-attachments1 LP LP646NY-AW conga set1 Accent Drive LC17511 drum set2 Eastman EPH324 sousaphones2 Jupiter JMP1000M mellophones20 Cordoba CP100 acoustic guitars[H/T WJCT FM Jacksonville]last_img read more