Dame Cécile La GrenadeGovernor-General St. George’s, Grenada,Dear Governor-General La Grenade,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to express to you its concern about parliament’s final approval of the Electronic Crimes Act on 9 September.We do not dispute the principle of this law or some of its provisions. The Internet should not escape the authority of the law altogether and we believe that it is perfectly legitimate to sanction such crimes and offences as the theft of documents or data, online identity theft or, even more serious, child pornography.However, we regard some of the clauses in this law as extremely damaging to the free flow of news and information and to public debate. For example section 6 (1.a) of Part II says: “A person shall not knowingly or without lawful excuse or justification send by means of an electronic system or an electronic device (…) information that is grossly offensive or has a menacing character.” Offenders can sentenced to up to a year in prison and/or a fine of 100,000 East Caribbean dollars (37,000 US dollars).Under what criteria can information be considered “offensive,” regardless of factual accuracy (which this clause refrains from mentioning)? This provision could very easily constitute an obstacle to the dissemination of information of public interest. It could, for example, provide any demonstrably corrupt public figure with a strong argument for refusing to be held accountable.We are also concerned about the range of the law’s applicability. Clause 3(e) of Part 1 says that it applies where “an offence under this act was committed by any person, of any nationality or citizenship or in any place outside or inside Grenada, having an effect on the security of Grenada or its nationals, or having universal application under international law, custom and usage.” Here again, the lack of precision about the nature of the security to which this clause refers could result in significant obstacles to freedom of information.The danger posed by these provisions is, in our view, all the greater because the law gives the police and judicial authorities a great deal of scope to access the personal data of someone who is being investigated.For all these reasons, we urge you not to sign this act into law in its present form and to ask parliament to amend the most sensitive clauses.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter.Sincerely, September 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Governor-General urged to veto law Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en to go further News Follow the news on Americas Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Organisation June 7, 2021 Find out more Americas News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Americas June 3, 2021 Find out more
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News September 17, 2020 1,421 Views Share 2Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The second quarter experienced the flipping of 53,621 single-family homes and condominiums, or 6.7% of all home sales, according to new statistics from ATTOM Data Solutions. This represented one in 15 transactions.The second quarter’s flipping total was down from 7.5% of all sales, or one in 13, during the first quarter, but up from 6.1%, or one in 17 sales, during the second quarter of 2019.Homes flipped in the second quarter were sold for a median price of $232,402. The gross profit on the average home flip—defined by ATTOM as the difference between the median sales price and the median paid by investors—was $67,902 in the second quarter, up from $63,000 in the first quarter and from $61,900 in the second quarter of last year. The gross profit of $67,902 represented a 41.3% return on investment compared to the original acquisition price.ATTOM also reported that 15.6% of flipped homes were sold to buyers using a loan backed by the Federal Housing Administration, the highest point since the second quarter of 2017. Home flippers took an average of 183 days to complete the transactions, up from an average of 174 in the first quarter but down from 184 days in the second quarter of last year.“Home flipping was a study in contrasts in the second quarter of 2020, as the flipping rate went one way and profits went the other,” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer at ATTOM Data Solutions. “Far fewer house hunters were out in the market looking for homes, which probably cut into the pool of potential buyers that investors could tap. But at the same time, home flippers who were able to close deals did better than they had done in a year and a half. That likely flowed in large part from extremely low interest rates that enticed buyers who remained employed and were willing to house-hunt within social distancing requirements.” Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago House Flips Down But Profits Rebound About Author: Phil Hall Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: HUD Offers Assistance For Oregon Wildfire Victims Next: The Week Ahead: Government Hearings on COVID-19 Response Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / House Flips Down But Profits Rebound 2020-09-17 Christina Hughes Babb
The Department of Psychology at the University of Houston (UH)anticipates filling an Open-Rank tenure-track position inIndustrial & Organizational Psychology to begin September 1,2021. UH is a Carnegie-Designated Tier One Public ResearchUniversity, has been designated Tier One for Community Engagement,and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. With one ofthe most diverse student bodies in the nation, UH seeks to recruitand retain a diverse community of scholars. Our I/O group iscommitted to enhancing our group’s research output in top journalswhile also maintaining partnerships with energy industry employers,some of the nation’s largest health care providers, and expandingour long-term partnerships with other sectors.UH is located in the heart of America’s fourth largest city, and isone of the most culturally and ethnically diverse publicuniversities in the nation, with over 45,000 students on the maincampus. The City of Houston serves as the energy industry capitalof the world and is home to the world’s largest medical center.Houston is a culturally vibrant city, providing residents with ahigh quality of life in a multicultural, urban environment.Additional information about the University is available at http://www.uh.edu and on the Department of Psychology at http://www.psychology.uh.edu.Position Description: Industrial Organizational Psychology –Open Rank (Tenured/tenure track)We seek a colleague who can contribute to the success and growth ofour research-oriented doctoral program by (1) building andmaintaining a nationally competitive research program that isrecognized by high-quality publications, and external funding (asappropriate), (2) mentoring doctoral students to pursue researchcareers, (3) and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. Weare particularly interested in scholars with research interests inBig Data methods and workforce diversity though we will considerapplicants from all research areas in I/O psychology. We areespecially looking for a colleague who can contribute to thedevelopment of a research-oriented vision for the program, who isinterested in playing a leadership role in the I/O group, and canfurther the development of industry partnerships.Applications may be submitted at http://www.uh.edu/human-resources/uh-careers/(Posting FAC001454) and should include a letter of interest,research statement, names and email addresses of three writers ofletters of recommendation (referees may be contacted later in theselection process to submit letters directly via the onlinesystem), a current curriculum vita, representative papers, ateaching statement, and evidence of effective teaching. If you havequestions or are wondering whether you should apply, please contactDr. Christiane Spitzmueller (Professor of I/O Psychology and searchcommittee chair) at [email protected] or at281-610-9099.UH’s I/O Psychology group is committed to enhancing the diversityof its faculty to conduct research relevant to all parts ofsociety. We pride ourselves in being a place where individuals fromdiverse backgrounds want to work to achieve innovative researchoutcomes and provide cutting-edge instruction to one of thenation’s most diverse graduate and undergraduate studentbodies.The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual careercouples and able to provide access to high-quality childcare spotsat the University’s Children’s Learning Centers. Individuals with ahistory of and commitment to mentoring students fromunderrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer, and encourages minorities, women, veterans, andpersons with disabilities to apply.Review of applications will commence October 12, 2020 and willcontinue until the position is filled.Qualifications :A Doctorate in the discipline is required. Applicants shoulddemonstrate a clear commitment to excellence in the supervision ofgraduate research, and teaching at the graduate and undergraduatelevels.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of thefinal candidate. All positions at the university are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.