Broadcast licence blackmail and disturbing increase in violence

first_img BulgariaEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest Receive email alerts February 11, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bulgaria March 10, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information to go further February 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Broadcast licence blackmail and disturbing increase in violencecenter_img Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom News Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by renewed cases of threats and physical violence against Bulgarian journalists in the past few days. An assault on TV reporter Dimitar Varbanov on 10 February and a police spokesman’s threats against news agency reporter Ivan Yanev in the city of Stara Zagora on 8 February show that a climate of intimidation continues.These incidents and major irregularities in the handling of Radio K2’s application for an official broadcasting licence suggest that the new government’s promises of reform have not yet begun to materialise. The Communications Regulation Commission’s refusal to approve the license obtained by Radio K2 has been referred to the Supreme Administrative Court.“We had been hoping for clear signals from the new government and a determined policy on press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Death threats by a police spokesman against a journalist are as unacceptable as the authorities’ failure to firmly condemn murders of journalists. Georgi Stoev’s murder and the attempted murder of Ognyan Stefanov in 2008 showed that such threats must be taken seriously in Bulgaria.“The irregularities and blackmail attempts that often mark the issuing of broadcasting licences are intolerable in a European Union member country. It is time the Communications Regulation Commission disregarded political considerations. The rules for allocating licences need to be clarified and implemented.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We urge the government and regulatory authorities to actively guarantee Radio K2’s intellectual, commercial and administrative ownership of its licence. Bulgaria has few independent radio stations and Radio K2’s disappearance would be a blow to independent news coverage.” Reached by telephone, the staff of Radio K2 told Reporters Without Borders they have initiated an appeal. “We filed our petition today before the Supreme Administrative Court’s five judges, who have 30 days to issue a ruling,” a member of the staff said. “We are under a lot of pressure. It seems our audience interests many people, who clearly want to control the licence or want our commitment to give them favourable coverage. We hope the judges confirm that we are the owners of the licence, which we acquired in December.”Varbanov, a reporter for Gospodari na Efira (Masters of the Antenna), a current affairs programme on privately-owned BTV, was attacked with a hammer by real estate entrepreneur Kristo Chapanov on 10 February in the northern city of Veliko Tarnovo, where Varbanov was investigating fraudulent real estate transactions. The attack took place when Varbanov went with a TV crew to an apartment complex where buyers have been unable to obtain title to the apartments they bought. He was rushed to a hospital with multiple contusions while the police arrested Chapanov.Cases of harassment and physical attacks on the press are on the rise again, especially in regions that have been badly hit by the economic crisis, while corruption in the real estate market is now a hot topic in Bulgaria. It falls to the authorities to combat the corruption but investigative coverage of the problem by the media should also be encouraged and protected.Yanev, who is a reporter for the BGNES news agency, was threatened by Yonka Georgieva, the regional police spokesman in the central city of Stara Zagora, while trying to cover a policeman’s murder in the nearby village of Enina, where he was one of the first people on the scene although he is now banned from going back.“How dare you report this before the police has given the official version,” Georgieva told him. “You are dead. Do you understand? You are already dead!”The head of BGNES, Lyubcho Neshkov, told Reporters Without Borders: “Ever since the threats were made against our correspondent, the interior minister has been repeating in the media that it was ridiculous to believe that a man who weighed only 50 kilos (the police spokesman) could threaten anyone. He nonetheless refuses to get back to us although we have had our phone number passed to him several times. We have asked him, so far without success, to take a clear position on the threats made by a member of his staff.”Lyubcho Neshkov added: “Mr. Georgieva has for several days been waging a campaign of denigration against BGNES, accusing it of sensationalism and profiting from this policeman’s death. Nothing is farther from the truth. Ivan contacted the spokesman before going to the murder scene. We have not been given any other information. Since this altercation, we have not been able to go to any crime scenes and we have not had access to information.” RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive BulgariaEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Newslast_img read more

Tech Talks: How Technology is Shaping the Industry

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 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 Previous: Week Ahead: Update on Economic Conditions in the Beige Book Next: Choosing a Tech Savvy Insurance Vendor  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Tech Talks: How Technology is Shaping the Industry Tagged with: Regulation Technology About Author: Staff Writer Share Save May 29, 2017 1,578 Views As the technology conversation in the mortgage industry heats up, many companies are attempting to meet industry demands and adopt streamlined industry processes. Today’s companies are driven by creativity and innovation and are fostered by client success. DS News spoke to James Vinci, VP and Chief Technology Officer at Equator, about what mortgage professionals can learn from other industries and what technology trends are having the most impact today.Vinci was previously the president and enterprise architect at RedWire IT, SVP of Professional Services at Lydian Technology Group, and SVP of Professional Services at WellFound Decade Corp. He is a graduate of Columbia University.Q: Tell us about your role, and what is the  focus for the year?A: I’m the VP and Chief Technology Officer of Equator, which is a software provider to the default mortgage servicing industry. The platform supports four of the five largest servicers in the country, the largest GSE, and the transaction and processing of over 40 percent of the REO and short sale volume in the country. Equator’s ecosystem houses over 65,000 real estate agents and 30,000 vendors, which supported the selling of more than 100,000 properties valued at $16 billion last year. It’s a significant enterprise software platform and, because it holds quite a bit of share, it has great insight into the loss mitigation and default portions of the servicing industry.Q: What market insights and data do you believe have become the most valuable to the REO market?A: In the REO market, determining the proper disposition strategy (as-is versus renovate, sale versus rental, traditional versus auction) and efficiently executing on that strategy is critical. To address this, there has been an increasing use of analytics and machine learning to match the right assets to the right strategy by local market. Further, these advanced analytics are helping optimize the best real estate agents and REO vendors to execute these strategies. Top servicers are focused more than ever on one of two very different strategies—either efficiently marketing their asset to quickly sell it or upgrading it and marketing it as a long-term rental.Advanced analytics are also helping servicers better manage agent networks through agent matching technology, which provides servicers with recommended agent selection options. This matching process is intended to help a servicer sell an REO in less time than today’s process. Q: How should servicers use data to be more operationally efficient? What about agents?A: I am a strong believer in the adage that “time is money.” It is important for servicers to use a platform that’s designed to automate and optimize their processes, hence reducing their overall costs. Servicers should also consider platforms with robust tracking and logging data that enhances compliance and audit capabilities but also allows servicers to monitor their overall disposition efficiency. For agents, it’s increasingly important to stay close to their local market’s REO trends and understand how to compete for the servicer leads and listings. This means having access to local market REO intelligence.Q: What advice can you provide smaller businesses that may have limited financial resources to access advanced technology? Are there other solutions?A: As workflow and business process management technologies continue to mature, more and more options become available. Many of these options are vertical domain-independent while other custom solutions involve significant implementation cycles with sizable dependencies on technology staff. In our vertical domain, due to the compliance, regulatory and overall cost pressures, we are a strong believer that outsourcing to a technology vendor that specializes not only in workflow but default mortgage servicing is critical, especially for smaller servicers and hedge funds. Q: How do you perfect compliance without bringing costs down? What are regulatory processes or products companies are using to help clients become more compliant?A: Compliance is really about following the rules and guidelines every single time, on every single asset. Workflow technology and automation are cost-effective approaches to accomplish this. Technological innovation has made great strides in the mortgage industry as companies are broadening their services, increasing accessibility and delivering high levels of convenience and efficiency. Automation is a key part of that by serving customers how they want to be served, when they want to be served and with the consistent quality that is required in today’s stringent compliance environment. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Regulation Technology 2017-05-29 Staff Writer The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tech Talks: How Technology is Shaping the Industry Subscribelast_img read more

Mission Beach slowly starts to regain its former touch

first_imgTourist Daisy Hijnen, 23, holidays in Mission Beach Photographer: Liam Kidston.THE forecast is starting to look more promising for a beloved Far North coastal community.Truus Biddlecombe-Sanders has lived through the highs and lows of Mission Beach since she moved to the famous tourism town with her husband Patrick Biddlecombe in 1997.“After arriving in Australia we lived in Melbourne, Cairns and the Gold Coast but decided to retire here,” she said. “We had been all over the world: there were the Caribbean beaches and African outback; but Mission Beach offered us everything.”Every day Mrs Biddlecombe-Sanders walks along the beach with her dog, and on a Friday evening will enjoy a seaside drink with friends.She said Mission Beach had not lost any of its charm over the past two decades.“Of course it has grown but the village atmosphere very much remains,” she said.“I don’t think it will change much; it is too far from the airport to become like Port Douglas.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThe Wongaling Beach resident, who sits on the Mission Beach Community Association committee, said she hoped to remain in the town for as long as possible. While a traditional favourite among Far North holiday-makers, Mission Beach recorded a population of 815 in the 2016 Census – a slight increase from 765 in 2011.But like the entire Cassowary Coast, the community’s property market has been languishing for almost a decade.This was compounded by the devastation wreaked by cyclones Larry and Yasi.But while still well below the levels reached in 2007, when Mission Beach median house prices soared above $400,000, the local real estate market is showing signs of improvement.“The Cassowary Coast market has been gradually rebuilding in volume from the 20-year low it experienced in 2011, which coincided with market disruption caused by Cyclone Yasi,” said Herron Todd White research director Rick Carr. “Mission Beach has been through the worst and prices there are starting to slowly rebuild, but market conditions in Innisfail are still flat.“Meanwhile the median house prices in Cardwell and Tully have tended to reduce.”last_img read more