Turkmen president lines up reelection victory: « Long live one-party rule ! »

first_img TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News Berdymukhammedov has talked of reforms since taking over as president in December 2006, on his predecessor’s death, but nothing has really changed in what is one of the world’s most repressive countries.At the same time that the authorities were cracking down on those who had managed to let the world know about a deadly explosion in an arms deport in a suburb of the capital, President Berdymukhammedov undertook to introduce pluralism and hold free elections, a first for this totalitarian regime.Officially, the one-party system has been abandoned but no opposition party has been authorized. Government opponents in exile have not dared to return. The incumbent is running against seven complete unknowns, for the most part obscure provincial officials. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has already announced that it will not observe the election on the grounds that the conditions are totally unsatisfactory.The most eccentric aspects of the reign of his predecessor, Saparmurad Niyazov, known as Turkmenbashi (Father of the Turkmen), have been scrapped, and the days and months are no longer named after members of the Niyazov family. But Berdymukhammedov has introduced his own personality cult and he is officially known as Arkadag (Protector).His smiling portrait has replaced his predecessor’s everywhere, his books are bestsellers and, on 8 February, a military unit and a museum were renamed after his father, for having brought up a son who is “infinitely loyal to the people.” Several sources have said Berdymukhammedov is writing a new “holy book” to replace the Rukhnama, a collection of the late dictator’s sayings that are part of the school curriculum at all levels.Independent journalism is unthinkable in this environment. All the media are directly controlled by the state, which uses them to relay its propaganda and severely punishes any departure from the official line. Only a few media based abroad, such as Radio Azatlyk (RFE/RL’s local service) Khronika Turkmenistana, Gündogar and Fergananews, broadcast uncensored news. But they are not available to most of the population, which can only access a completely sanitized Intranet called Turkmenet.The risks are enormous for independent journalists, who have to operate clandestinely. At least two journalists, Sapardurdy Khadjiyev and Annakurban Amanklychev, have been held for more than five years in a prison in a desert area near the western city of Turkmenbashi. Ogulsapar Muradova, a woman journalist who was arrested at the same time as them, died in detention in September 2006, almost certainly as a result of mistreatment. A Radio Azatlyk correspondent, Dovletmyrat Yazkuliyev, was sentenced to five years in prison on trumped-up charges last October before finally getting a presidential pardon a few weeks later. His crime was to have covered the explosion at the arms depot in the Ashgabat suburb of Abadan that killed many civilians.The arms depot explosion shed light on the relative strengths of the forces at play in the new media battleground over news and information. Photos and video footage recorded by ordinary citizens on their mobile phones thwarted the government’s attempts to censor this event but the authorities showed they were ready to react. Many netizens and bloggers were arrested, as well as Yazkuliyev, and Khroniki Turkmenistana, a website that had posted images and information about the explosion, was hacked shortly afterwards. The hackers pirated the details of subscribers and posted the identity of contributors and commentators on the site.President Berdymukhammedov has much to do if he really wants to give some substance to all his talk about democracy. Allowing independent media to operate and the immediate release of all the detained journalists and human rights activists are essential first steps for any evolution in the system of government. The international community, which has eyes only for Turkmenistan’s impressive natural gas deposits, should remind him of this at every opportunity. Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia to go further RSF_en News Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan Help by sharing this information #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries Follow the news on Turkmenistan Organisation Receive email alerts December 18, 2020 Find out more February 11, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkmen president lines up reelection victory: « Long live one-party rule ! » March 31, 2020 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders congratulates President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov in advance on succeeding in his bid to be reelected tomorrow with 90 per cent of the votes.“This victory translates the Turkmen people’s full recognition of their undisputed leader, and the accomplishment of the promised democratic reforms,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Invited to cast their ballots in the third presidential election in 20 years, voters have resolutely demonstrated their opposition to the spurious idea of a change of government through the polls. Long live one-party rule!”Reporters Without Borders takes this opportunity to apologize to the entire Turkmen people for its mistake in ranking Turkmenistan 177th out of 179 countries in its latest press freedom index.—–This could be the front page of a Turkmen newspaper on the eve of Turkmen dictator Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s programmed “reelection” tomorrow. March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Mortgage Delinquencies Dip, Foreclosure Starts Spike

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Morningstar, CoreLogic, and More … Next: Can Online Lending Decrease Risk? Mortgage Delinquencies Dip, Foreclosure Starts Spike The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Black Knight Delinquencies Delinquency Delinquency Rate Foreclosure Foreclosure Starts hurricane harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria hurricanes Mortgage delinquency Serious Delinquencies 2018-02-22 David Wharton Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Mortgage delinquencies dropped 8.6 percent between December and January, but remained up year-over-year, according to the latest First Look at January mortgage performance data from Black Knight, Inc.Black Knight cites calendar-related effects and a continued decrease in hurricane-related delinquencies for driving the number of past-due mortgages down in January 2018. As Black Knight’s data explains, December ended on a Sunday, meaning payments could not be processed on the final two days of the month. This helped artificially inflate the December delinquency rate, which explains in part why January saw such a sharp decline. When combined with the fact that there were fewer hurricane-related delinquencies, this drove a decrease of 210,000 past-due mortgages between December and January.Nevertheless, the delinquency rate was still elevated year-over-year—up 1.6 percent compared to January 2017. Moreover, while hurricane season’s impact on delinquencies continues to diminish, things certainly have not completely stabilized. Black Knight reports that there are still 146,000 loans in some stage of delinquency as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, 132,000 of which are now seriously delinquent.Black Knight also provided an early look at January data on the Puerto Rico mortgage market, which, like much of the island, was severely impacted by Hurricane Maria. According to Black Knight, 57,000 loans are still delinquent as a result of Maria, with 49,000 of them more than 90 days past due.Many of the delinquent homes in Puerto Rico were granted extra time in the form of widespread foreclosure moratoria. However, many of these moratoria are beginning to expire, resulting in a spike in January foreclosure starts as these loans reverted to foreclosure status. Foreclosure starts came in at 62,300 for the month of January, marking a 12-month high, although Black Knight points out that “this reflects that procedural shift and not the resuming of active foreclosure actions (though suggests that is a possible scenario when the moratoria do officially end).”The population of loans in active foreclosure increased by 6,000 from December to January. Also, the share of seriously delinquent/active foreclosure population that moved through to foreclosure sale (completion) in January climbed 42 percent from December, although Black Knight notes that December’s numbers were artificially low due to the annual holiday season moratorium on foreclosures.The top 5 states in terms of 90+ days delinquent percentage were Florida (3.96 percent), Mississippi (3.37 percent), Louisiana (2.68 percent), Texas (2.33 percent), and Alabama (2.13 percent).You can read Black Knight’s full January First Look at January mortgage performance data by clicking here. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 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 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Delinquencies Dip, Foreclosure Starts Spike Tagged with: Black Knight Delinquencies Delinquency Delinquency Rate Foreclosure Foreclosure Starts hurricane harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria hurricanes Mortgage delinquency Serious Delinquencies in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, Journal, News February 22, 2018 3,200 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

John Terry ‘ready for the next chapter’ amid links with Aston Villa job

first_img John Terry has been linked with a return to Aston Villa – as manager “I have ambitions and aspirations to go and be a coach or a manager in the long run but I am taking time to reflect, which is the most important thing for me after recently coming to the decision to retire.“I am ready for the next chapter in my life, and hopefully it will bring at least half the success I had as a player.“I’m excited, you’re a long time retired and I am ready for the next step – whatever that may be.” Terry has been mentioned as a successor to Steve Bruce after his former boss was sacked by Villa last week.He has also been mooted as a potential assistant boss to first Thierry Henry and now Rui Faria – Jose Mourinho’s long-term number two, who Terry worked under during his time at Chelsea.The former centre-half did not want to discuss his link with the Villa job when quizzed on Wednesday.But, he did speak about his wider managerial ambitions during an interview with Sky Sports News.“It’s an ambition of mine and has been for a long time,” said Terry, who has seen former England team-mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard take high profile managerial jobs in recent months. 2 2 Terry has played under some of football’s top managers over his career John Terry has insisted he is ‘ready for the next chapter’ of his career as a manager as the Chelsea legend continues to be linked with the vacant Aston Villa job.The 37-year-old announced he had officially retired as a player at the weekend, finishing his glittering career last season as captain of the Villa.last_img read more