Ellspermann Meets with Top Japanese Ag Officials

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jun 17, 2014 Facebook Twitter Ellspermann Meets with Top Japanese Ag Officials SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Ellspermann Meets with Top Japanese Ag Officials Upon her arivel in Tokoyo Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellsperman  met with Initial meetings USDA Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) and Agricultural Trade Offices (ATO) at the Embassy of the United States.  While meeting with FAS and ATO, the Lt. Governor and her delegation learned about ways to improve foreign market access for Indiana agriculture, forestry and fishery products, as well as ways to improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global market. After visiting the U.S. Embassy, the Lt. Governor met with senior government officials from the Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), including Parliamentary Secretary Yasuhiro Ozato.center_img MAFF is a part of the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet and is responsible for oversight of the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries. MAFF’s primary function is to set quality standards for food products, monitor commodity markets, food production and sales, and land reclamation/ improvement projects. A portion of the delegation participated in a meeting with officials from the Mitsubishi Corporation – the investment and trading division of Mitsubishi Group. A subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, the Mitsubishi International Corporation (MIC) is a major investor in the Indiana Packers Corporation (IPC). IPC processes pork and bacon for the U.S., Japan, and Mexican markets and employs over 1,600 employees. In April 2014, IPC expanded in Frankfort, Indiana and will add warehousing and additional pork processing to its operations. Previous articleStill Planting in Southwest Indiana as Farm Tour ArrivesNext articleNew Resource Available to Help Growers Take Action on Weeds Gary Truitt The final meeting of the day was with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). JETRO is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. JETRO-Chicago has been very supportive of Indiana, including a large role at the 2010 State Fair “Bridges to Japan” project when Japan was the State Fair’s Country exhibition.  SHARElast_img read more

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Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 10

first_imgLinkedin Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 14 Twitter print World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution This week’s news on Frogflix includes “Avengers: Endgame” and upcoming projects post-Fox and Disney’s merge. Then the co-hosts shift gears for some trailer talk: “The Dead Don’t Die”, “Terminator: Dark Fate,” and “Joker.” Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Trump visits the borderNext articleBoschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Andrew Van Heusden RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 15 – Parts 1 & 2 Twitter Andrew Van Heusden is a senior journalism and film-television-digital media major from Brighton, Michigan. He is looking forward to being the digital producer this semester for TCU Student Media. He claims to live in Moudy South throughout the weekdays; but if you can’t find him there, then be sure to try the local movie theaters or the Amon G. Carter Stadium. Linkedin Facebook Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 13 Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ Facebook + posts Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Parting Shots Andrew Van Heusden ReddIt ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Disregarding NGO warnings, government reinforces campaign against lese majeste

first_img Receive email alerts August 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Disregarding NGO warnings, government reinforces campaign against lese majeste News ThailandAsia – Pacific to go further Follow the news on Thailand Organisation RSF_en June 12, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Newscenter_img August 21, 2020 Find out more Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the recent creation of a police taskforce within the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) to monitor websites and identify those posting content that violates Thailand’s draconian lese majeste law.“Under the pretext of defending the monarchy’s rights and prerogatives, politicians are using the charge of lese majeste to further their own interests,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We condemn this restriction of online free expression and we urge the government to reverse its decision to create this taskforce.”Police Lt. Gen. Somdej Khaokham, the head of the head of the new Information Technology taskforce, said on 9 August that the government had urged the police to strictly enforce the lese majeste law against offenders. Somdej said the new IT taskforce included webmasters and computer-literate personnel. The authorities have for several years been constantly updated equipment in order to track down those who post content regarded as offensive towards the monarchy.All of the world’s constitutional monarchies, except Japan, have laws that protect the royal family. But Thailand has the harshest. Anyone deemed to have insulted a member of the royal family can be sentenced to between three and 15 years in prison under article 112 of the criminal code concerning national security violations.The annual number of lese majeste prosecutions has increased by 1,000 per cent since the mid-1960s while the average jail sentence has more than doubled. And nowadays the law is used to censor thousands of websites.Meanwhile, under a Computer Crime Act that took effect in 2007, the individual records of Internet users must be kept by Internet Service Providers for 90 days and can be examined by the authorities without referring to a judge. Internet regulation has been a priority for the government that was formed after Abhisit Vejjajiva took office as Prime Minister on 20 December 2008. Around 4,000 websites were blocked for “content insulting the monarchy” with the first month of its installation.The new information technology minister, Ranongruk Suwanchawee, allocated 80 million bahts (1.7 million euros) to the creation of an online filtering system called the “War Room.” The freedom of the 14 million Thais who go online every day is now seriously under threat. As criticising the king is regarded as a national security violation, any Thai citizen can ask the police to investigate someone they suspect of doing this.King Bhumibol, who has reigned since 1946, said in his annual address on 5 December 2005: “In reality, I am not above criticism. I do not fear criticism if it concerns what I do wrong. It is thanks to this that I will be able to realise my mistakes. If you say the king cannot be criticised, it means the king is not a man.”Reporters Without Borders reiterates the appeal it made to the prime minister in April to overhaul the lese majeste legislation. ThailandAsia – Pacific Newslast_img read more

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Radio presenter says arson attack on his car was “gangster-style message”

first_img November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further February 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio presenter says arson attack on his car was “gangster-style message” July 6, 2020 Find out more ArgentinaAmericas Reporters Without Borders condemns an arson attack on the car of radio presenter Carlos Carvallo of FM Show in Garupá, in the northeastern province of Misiones, who has often spoken on the air about shady financial dealings allegedly involving the mayor of a neighbouring town. The car was dowsed with petrol and set on fire on 19 February while parked in the garage of his home.“We are not in a position to say this attack was clearly linked to Carvallo’s criticism of a local official on the air, but the police should consider this possibility in the absence of other apparent motives,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hail the rapid reaction of the provincial authorities to the attack, which could have killed Carvallo and his entire family, and we hope the investigation will quickly identify who was behind it.”Carvallo and his family were woken at about 4 a.m. on 19 February by a loud explosion as the fire consumed his car, which was parked inside the garage of his house. He found an empty 20-litre petrol can beside the remains of his car, which was partially destroyed by the fire, as was one of the walls of the garage.The co-host of the FM Show news programme “El show de los impactos,” Carvallo told Reporters Without Borders the attack could be linked to his revelations about corruption involving a local mayor, whom he preferred not to name. He said this mayor had “managed to amass a fortune in six months that would be hard to acquire by legal means.”“This was a gangster-style message but it will only serve to reinforce my vocation as a journalist,” he said. After reporting the arson attack, he was assigned police protection by the provincial authorities. Reporters Without Borders condemns an arson attack apparently meant to intimidate Carlos Carvallo, a radio presenter in Garupá, in the northeastern province of Misiones, who suggested on the air that the mayor of a nearby town could be corrupt. Carvallo’s car was dowsed with petrol and set on fire on 19 February. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Argentina Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites RSF_en News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia ArgentinaAmericas News Help by sharing this information News News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world December 4, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Journalist investigating drug trafficking gunned down in Bihar state

first_imgNews RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on India Reporters Without Borders is outraged by yesterday’s murder of Vikas Ranjan, the Hindi-language daily Hindustan’s correspondent in Samastipur district, in the northeastern state of Bihar. He had been investigating local drug trafficking during the past few weeks.The press freedom organisation hails the progress already made by investigators but calls for sanctions against the police officers who refused to protect him although he had been receiving threats.”Ranjan was the third Indian journalist to be murdered in the past two weeks,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This sad record highlights the extent to which the safety of journalists is still not assured in some of India’s states. The local and central authorities must react and must give the police and judiciary the resources they need to identify, arrest and punish both the perpetrators and instigators of these murders.”The organisation added: “Ranjan’s murder also serves as a reminder that covering the activities of organised crime continues to be very dangerous in India, as it is Mexico or in Italy.”Ranjan, 32, was gunned down outside his office in Rosera, in Samastipur district, by three armed men who fired in the air to scare witnesses before departing on motorcycles. Ranjan died on the spot.The Bihar regional director of Hindustan’s sister newspaper, the Hindustan Times, told Reporters Without Borders that Ranjan had been investigating drug trafficking in the area for the last month. “His family says he received threats about two weeks ago,” he said. “He requested protection from the police but unfortunately did not get it.”The Patnadaily.com website said: “Ranjan wrote almost exclusively on the crime situation in Bihar thus raising the ire of the underworld dons.”Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar ordered the police to investigate the murder properly and bring those responsible to trial. The person in charge of the four teams set up specially to conduct the investigation said three suspects had been identified and would probably be arrested in the next few days.Ranjan’s relatives and fellow journalists gathered outside the hospital where he was taken and staged a spontaneous protest against the failure of the local police to take action.Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has meanwhile spoke with the authorities of Assam and Manipur, the two other northeastern states where journalists have been murdered in the past two weeks, to ask them to carry out effective investigations and to protect journalists. IndiaAsia – Pacific to go further News November 27, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist investigating drug trafficking gunned down in Bihar state Organisation Newscenter_img IndiaAsia – Pacific India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News February 23, 2021 Find out more Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Senator Expedito Júnior to withdraw proposed law punishing “damage to reputation” online

first_img BrazilAmericas Receive email alerts News Organisation RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies BrazilAmericas Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomes the decision of federal senator Expedito Júnior to withdraw his bill to increase prison sentences for the offence of “damage to reputation” committed online. The senator said he wanted to avoid any risk of violating press freedom, a right to which he was committed. News May 13, 2021 Find out more News Reports March 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Senator Expedito Júnior to withdraw proposed law punishing “damage to reputation” online Follow the news on Brazil Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the decision by Senator Expedito Júnior to withdraw a law he put forward in December 2007, which would have increased prison sentences for press offences committed online.The federal senator for Rondônia in western Brazil restated his commitment to press freedom in an open letter published today in the daily O Estado de São Paulo.He said in the letter that the objective of his draft law had been to prevent a proliferation of blogs and websites solely intended to “damage someone’s reputation”, but the controversy stirred up by his proposal had persuaded him of the risks of “mistaken interpretations”.“Good intentions don’t necessarily make good laws,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Senator Expédito Júnior was right to be angry about a warped use of the Internet by unscrupulous individuals to sully the reputation of other people, through racist hatred, homophobia or incitement to paedophilia.”“We do not question the parliamentarian’s commitment to press freedom and his decision proves it. We are nevertheless convinced that this freedom would have been harmed if the draft law had been voted through. It also went against the trend of decriminalisation of press offences, which began with the partial suspension by the federal supreme court of the 1967 press law.”“This legacy from the military dictatorship could soon be abolished with the adoption of a draft law put forward by the deputy, Miro Teixeira,” the organisation concluded.The proposal made by Expedito Júnior would have increased by one third prison sentences against Internet-users found guilty of “damage to reputation” and would have made it easier for police to obtain evidence, by giving them the power to print out incriminating online articles to be produced in court as evidence. The controversy surrounding his bill led Expedito Júnior to call for public hearing before the Senate, a request which was refused by the Senator spearheading the law, Eduardo Azeredo. _________________________01.02.08 – Senator responds to Reporters Without Borders about his proposed law against “damaging someone’s reputation” onlineReporters Without Borders today welcomed Brazilian federal Sen. Expedito Júnior’s “wish for dialogue” over his proposed law to increase punishment for online press offences and enable police to gather online evidence more easily. The measure had been strongly criticised by the worldwide press freedom organisation, which said that in view of Júnior’s written response today to its remarks that it was ready to take part in a public consultation he had proposed about the bill, which is currently being discussed in the senate. “We are still sceptical however of the principle and effectiveness of the measure,” it said. “The recent effort to shut down the website Orkut is disgraceful since racist or homophobic insults or incitement to paedophilia have nothing to do with news or just expressing an opinion. It is equally deplorable that an Internet user hides behinds a pseudonym to insult somebody. But apart from it being technically impossible to force a user to state his real name, it is morally and legally questionable to make rules that could be used to crack down on any undesirable opinion.“We remind the senator that many preventive censorship measures have been taken against Brazilian publications and websites when a politician or official has claimed his “reputation has been damaged.” We prefer a fine to a prison sentence, which is out of proportion for a verbal attack and also a symbol of repressive regimes, such as the former military dictatorship. This is why we support the proposal by deputy Miro Teixeira to decriminalise press offences.” Sen. Júnior said in his letter to Reporters Without Borders that his bill did not encroach on press freedom and was aimed at curbing “the proliferation of social networking sites, blogs and other websites set up solely to damage people’s reputations.” The present inability to identify those responsible for such attacks meant that the targets could not file complaints against them. He said he supported freedom of information, as guaranteed by the 198 national constitution and “without which democracy could not exist.”Júnior, who is senator for the western state of Rondônia, said that “online insults and defamation” were “becoming much more serious” because the Internet was worldwide and it was almost impossible to obtain tangible proof of such offences. He said his proposal was a response to the Orkut case. The senator said his second controversial proposal, to enable police to gather online evidence without a court order, would only involve police being able to use printed messages gathered in an investigation to be used as evidence in court. Júnior said his proposals to stiffen penalties would discourage offenders by allowing printed evidence to be gathered at the time of the complaint and thus punish offenders. But he agreed that the row over his bill meant it should be publicly discussed further and said he would ask for a special senate hearing where everyone could say what they thought of it. —————————————30.01.08 – Senate debates tougher penalties for online press offences as deputies seek decriminalisationReporters Without Borders today condemned as dangerous a law proposed by a senator to increase by one third prison sentences for press offences (defamation, insults and denigration) committed on the Internet.The bill, submitted in December 2007 by Senator Expedito Júnior, is currently being debated by the relevant committee of the upper chamber and it is expected to be put to the vote during February.“How can you explain the submission of a draft law toughening legal sanctions against press offences in the Senate when another before the Chamber of deputies (See release of 16 January 2008) provides on the contrary for the abolition of prison sentences for the same offences?” asked the worldwide press freedom organisation.“This proposal is dangerous and completely ill-timed. How can the Congress vote for something and its opposite?” The criminal law reform introduced by the senator increases by one third prison sentences currently in effect for the offence of “denigration” (including those, under the new law, of six months to two years in prison, as well as a fine) of “defamation” (between three months and one year) and “insult” (between one year and six months), when committed online. The current law provides for a longer sentence when the victim is elderly or handicapped, is a member of a national or foreign government or holds a public position. Senator Expedito Júnior’s law would allow police access to confidential information on a website without legal authority. In the eyes of the senator, “Anyone who makes accusations without identifying themselves deserves greater punishment”. He said it would tackle the proliferation of websites created by “pseudo-journalists” with the sole aim of “causing offence and destroying reputations”.The criminal law reform has to be approved by the Senate committee on science, technology, innovation, communications and computerisation, by which it is now being examined. It would then be submitted for Senate approval in full session. The debate and the vote should be held during February. It would only become law with the assent of the president’s Constitution and Justice Committee. At the same time as Expedito Júnior presented his draft law to the Senate, in December 2007, the deputy Miro Teixeira entered his with the lower chamber. No timetable has yet been agreed for this bill which would put an end to the application of the press law of 9 February 1967 – inherited from the military dictatorship – by abolishing prison sentences for some kinds of “damage to reputation” and widening the definition of a journalist to anyone doing the job of informing the public, including online. April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Parsons Acquires T.J. Cross Engineers, Inc.

first_img Subscribe More Cool Stuff Make a comment Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Parsons Acquires T.J. Cross Engineers, Inc. Acquisition Deepens Parsons’ Oil and Gas Offerings From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 2, 2015 | 12:54 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Parsons is pleased to announce that it has acquired T.J. Cross Engineers, Inc., a privately held oil and gas industry professional services firm specializing in engineering, design, and consulting services. The acquisition will expand Parsons’ oil and gas offerings and strengthen the corporation’s energy and chemicals portfolio.Headquartered in Bakersfield, CA, and with nearly 200 staff resources, TJ Cross has extensive upstream oil and gas experience. TJ Cross was founded in 1990 and serves the major oil and gas producers on the West Coast with an emphasis on heavy oil production.“This acquisition augments Parsons’ oil and gas market services. We see strong alignment with our focus on core values and customer service, and we believe that combining Parsons’ engineering, procurement, and construction services platform with TJ Cross’ strong engineering base provides an exciting engine for growth,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons’ Chairman and CEO.He added, “TJ Cross has an outstanding reputation and will strengthen our center of excellence for global heavy oil project execution and oilfield professional technical services.”“Parsons welcomes TJ Cross and its employees to our environment and infrastructure business unit,” said Virginia Grebbien, Parsons Group President. “As a leading provider of world-class energy and industrial engineering and construction solutions to private and public sector customers, we’re happy to bring TJ Cross’ capabilities to our portfolio of services.”“We’re excited about joining Parsons and the new opportunities to provide a comprehensive range of engineering, procurement, and construction services to our customers,” said Lisa Wong, President of TJ Cross. “We are proud to be part of the world-class Parsons team, and we look forward to transitioning our core competencies into new markets.”Parsons, celebrating 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on defense/security, industrial, and infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com. Business News Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Limerick and Clare prepare for the worst as waters rise

first_imgLinkedin Previous article#WATCH Wallace jailed for two hours for Shannon Airport breachNext articleDelorentos: Home Again John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print WhatsApp New high-end jobs for Shannon Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Flooding near O’Briensbridge Co Clare.Pic: Press 22RESIDENTS and business owners in flood-prone areas of Limerick and Clare are bracing themselves as water levels on the Shannon are set to peak by the weekend.Met Éireann also issued a further weather warning as 35mm of rain – almost a third of the average monthly rainfall for December – was due to fall on parts of the country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up High-risk riverside areas such as Clonlara, Montpelier and Castleconnell are on alert as residents were told to prepare for the worst flooding in 20 years.The Irish Defence Forces were deployed to assist with flood defences in Clonlara in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as a number of homes in the Springfield area were cut off due to floodwater.Limerick City and County Council received confirmation from the ESB on Wednesday afternoon of its decision not to change the discharge level at the Parteen Weir from its current level of 375 cubic meters per second (cumecs).However, the local authority warned that water levels along the lower River Shannon at Montpelier, Castleconnell and the Mountshannon Road, Lisnagry are continuing to rise and that they could elevate further during the next few days.The council also indicated that road closures are expected in affected areas.On Wednesday, members of the Defence Forces arrived in Clonlara to deliver sandbags after Clare County Council sought their assistance.Water levels rose dramatically on Tuesday evening in the Lower River Shannon south of Parteen Weir resulting in the encroachment of floodwaters on a small number of properties in Springfield, Clonlara.Flooding in East Clare in Springfield, Clonlara where the river Shannon has once agin burst its banks. Philip Quinlivan pictured draining flood water. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22A number of roads are impassable in the area, including the main road from Mount Catherine (DeCourcy) Bridge to Cottage Cross.Several properties have been isolated and the affected homeowners will be assisted with access to and from their properties by Clare Fire and Rescue Service and Clare Civil Defence.Local councillor Michael Begley told the Limerick Post: “The main artery through Springfield in Clonlara is no longer accessible by car. The army were here filling and delivering sandbags to the five houses that have been cut off .“A further four houses that are most at risk have been secured in so far as is possible. If the water reaches 2009 levels, there are another seven or eight houses at risk.”Upriver on the Limerick side of the Shannon, the Irish Red Cross has established an emergency drinking water collection point at Montpelier.“Bottled water is in position. The Limerick Red Cross organisation is on alert and communication with the local authority is ongoing,” said a Red Cross spokesperson.Limerick City and County Council is anticipating flooding in Castleconnell, Montpelier and the Mountshannon Road in Lisnagry.Local authority staff are distributing more than 2,000 sandbags in the flood-prone areas and are erecting flood defences, with pumping operations underway between Montpelier and Castleconnell.A flood boom, which is a large inflatable wall, was also installed in Castleconnell to channel floodwater away from the village.The flood defences were put in place after the ESB confirmed on Monday that it is to increase the release of water from the Parteen Weir from 315 cubic meters per second (cumecs) to 375 cumecs.Met Éireann also issued weather warnings for the West as 20-35mm of additional rainfall was forecast for Clare, Connacht, Donegal and Kerry on Wednesday.Liz Hogan and two of her children Aoife and Mark being rescued from their home which is surrounded by water. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22According to the National Emergency Coordination Centre, there is a “high risk” of flooding along the Shannon region from Limerick city to Athlone over the coming days, while the OPW warned that river water levels would rise by about half a metre.Elsewhere, the government has pledged €15 million in financial aid for individuals and business affected by this week’s flooding, and has promised to fast-tract the funding to ensure that those in need receive it as soon as possible.Clare TD Michael McNamara has called for flood protection infrastructure to be put in place in East Clare “as a matter of urgency”. The Labour Party deputy said that as a result of climate change “catastrophic flooding is expected more frequently and flood protection infrastructure must be put in place to mitigate against this”.“The 2009 flooding was regarded as a hundred year event yet it has now been repeated scarcely six years later”, he said. 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Winning numbers drawn in ‘Lotto’ game

first_img Facebook Winning numbers drawn in ‘Lotto’ game By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday evening’s drawing of the Texas Lottery’s “Lotto” game were: 03-06-08-09-19-22 (three, six, eight, nine, nineteen, twenty-two) Estimated jackpot: $5.75 million WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Local NewsState Twitter Pinterest TAGS  Previous articlePastrnak’s hat trick, Bergeron’s OT goal rally BruinsNext articleWinning numbers drawn in ‘Pick 3 Night’ game Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Time-Barred Foreclosures and the Statute of Limitations

first_img  Print This Post Related Articles Previous: HUD Secretary Benjamin Carson Responds to DACA Mortgage Questions Next: Talking Mortgage Reform Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago April 4, 2019 11,308 Views Share 1Save Robert Finlay is one of the three founding partners of Wright, Finlay & Zak. Since 1994, Finlay has focused his legal career on consumer credit, business, and real estate litigation and has extensive experience with trials, mediations, arbitrations, and appeals. Finlay is at the forefront of the mortgage banking industry, handling all aspects of the ever-changing default servicing and mortgage banking litigation arena, including compliance issues for servicers, lenders, investors, title companies, and foreclosure trustees. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Over the past several years, those who service loans in the State of Washington have seen a dramatic rise in the number of lawsuits in which delinquent borrowers seek to quiet title to their homes on the grounds that lenders are barred from foreclosing based on Washington’s six-year statute of limitations.Historically, these lawsuits allege that the foreclosure is time-barred because Notice of Acceleration letters have been issued more than six years prior to the initiation of the foreclosure process. However, based on recent case law, we foresee a real danger of an increase in the amount of lawsuits brought by borrowers who have had their debts discharged in bankruptcy and either continued to make their monthly payments following their discharge, or engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse with the servicer, as result of which the servicer did not commence foreclosure within the six-year period following the discharge. Indeed, in at least one instance, the borrowers who obtained a bankruptcy discharge order successfully quieted title to their home against Fannie Mae based on Fannie Mae’s failure to foreclose with the six-year period.  The potential of these lawsuits—and given the result discussed above—creates a significant risk to the mortgage industry, which should be addressed, assessed, and mitigated by lenders and servicers.Washington RCW 7.28.300 permits title owners—not necessarily borrowers—to commence quiet title actions against secured lenders to eliminate liens secured by the property based on the lender’s failure to timely foreclose:The record owner of real estate may maintain an action to quiet title against the lien of … deed of trust on the real estate where an action to foreclose such … deed of trust would be barred by the statute of limitations, and, upon proof sufficient to satisfy the court, may have judgment quieting title against such a lien.The applicable statute of limitations within which a lender can foreclose for purposes of RCW 7.28.300 is six years from the date of acceleration of the debt.Recently, in Edmundson v. Bank of Am., NA, 194 Wn.App. 920, 931 (2016) (Edmundson), Silvers v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n, 2015 WL 5024173 (W.D. Wash. Aug. 25, 2015) (Silvers), and Jarvis v. Fed. Nat’l Mortg. Ass’n, 2017 WL 1438040 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 24, 2017) (Jarvis), Washington’s State and Federal Courts addressed the impact of a bankruptcy discharge on the lenders’ ability to foreclose within the purview of RCW 7.28.300.In Edmundson, the Court of Appeals held that the borrowers’ bankruptcy discharge, which terminated their personal liability under the promissory note, triggered the statute of limitations within which the lender was entitled to foreclose. The court reasoned that since the borrowers owed no future payments after the discharge of their personal liability, the date of their last-owed payment kick-started the deed of trust’s final limitations period.The same outcomes were reached by the Federal Courts in Silvers and Jarvis. In Silvers, the court reasoned that because the bankruptcy discharge relieved the borrowers’ personal liability on the note, no future payments were owed and no installments capable of triggering the limitations period remained. Accordingly, the court held that the six-year limitations period accrued at the time of the borrowers’ last missed payment preceding their discharge of personal liability.In Jarvis, the court actually granted the borrowers motion for summary judgment and quieted title pursuant to RCW 7.28.300 in borrowers’ favor and against Fannie Mae, finding that the borrowers’ bankruptcy discharge order triggered Washington’s statute of limitations for foreclosure.  The court noted that “[t]he [bankruptcy] discharge … alert[s] the lender that the limitations period to foreclose on a property held as security has commenced” and that “[t]he last payment owed commences the final six-year period to enforce a deed of trust securing a loan. This situation occurs … at the payment owed immediately prior to the discharge of a borrower’s personal liability in bankruptcy, because after discharge, a borrower no longer has forthcoming installments that he must pay.”The court rejected Fannie Mae’s public policy argument that “tying the discharge of a borrower’s personal liability to a lender’s right to enforce a deed of trust would automatically accelerate future installments secured by the deed of trust without the lender’s consent and to the borrower’s detriment.” Instead, the court found that Washington law supported the termination of Fannie Mae’s secured interest under RCW 7.28.300:The discharge of a borrower’s personal liability on his loan—the cessation of his installment obligations—is the analog to a note’s maturation. In both cases, no more payments could become due that could trigger RCW 4.16.040’s limitations period. The last-owed payment before the discharge of a borrower’s personal liability on a loan is the date from which a secured creditor has six years to enforce a deed of trust securing the loan.The Jarvises stopped repaying their loan, Fannie Mae did not accelerate their obligation, and the Bankruptcy Court discharged their debts on February 23, 2009. They did not reaffirm. Their last installment payment owed, therefore, was the one immediately prior to their discharge. Over six years passed between that date and the date they filed for quiet title, February 11, 2016. RCW 4.16.040 forecloses Fannie Mae’s right to enforce the deed of trust against them.This result clearly demonstrates the potential danger to secured lenders in situations involving accounts discharged in bankruptcy and makes it imperative that lenders and servicers remain vigilant in tracking all of such discharged accounts to ensure that their security interests remain protected. This is especially important in situations where the borrowers, having obtained orders discharging their debts, continue to make monthly payments on their loans, thus precluding foreclosure.While the Jarvis court noted that, following bankruptcy, “a borrower and a lender may agree to reaffirm or renegotiate the borrower’s dischargeable debt,” clearly more effort is needed, as the borrowers are not required to agree to reaffirm their debt and/or to re-negotiate. Accordingly, in situations where the borrowers continue making their monthly payments (or at least a portion of them), we recommend tracking the file and discussing the lender’s options with an attorney before the statute of limitations expires rendering the security unenforceable. On the other hand, in situations where the borrowers remain delinquent on their payments, we recommend that lenders ensure that the foreclosure proceedings are initiated before the expiration of the six-year statute of limitation period.Authors’ Note: While the purpose of this article is to discuss Washington State law, the analysis herein could be equally applicable to any state which has laws governing statute of limitations on foreclosure. 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