Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the supreme court has overturned software and website designer Saeed Malekpour’s death sentence on charges of creating pornographic sites and “insulting Islam’s holy principles.” A 35-year-old Canadian resident who was arrested while visiting his family in Iran in 2008, Malekpour has not however been released.The charges were based on the fact that Malekpour created a photo-uploading programme that was used by porn sites. Held incommunicado for more than a year in Tehran’s Evin prison and reportedly tortured, Malekpour insisted that he was unaware that his software had been used in this way.It was his defence lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabi, who reported on 5 June that the supreme court had quashed Malekpour’s death sentence on the basis of a submission prepared by a lawyer specialized in new technology law which had stressed the difference between the creation of software and the use to which it is put.When Tehran prosecutor Abbas Ja’fari Dowlatabadi announced on 30 January that the supreme court was reexamining the death sentences passed on two “immoral website administrators,” human rights activists has assumed he was referring to Malekpour and Vahid Asghari, another netizen who had been sentenced to death.A 25-year-old information and computer technology student at a university in India, Asghari was arrested during a return visit to Iran in 2008 and has been held ever since. He was also reportedly tortured. His trial was held at the end of 2010 but the verdict was never announced. Since then, Reporters Without Borders has been unable to obtain any information about his situation.Several computer experts and bloggers such as Malekpour have been tried and convicted by revolutionary court judges who understand little of new technology. Some have been convicted by Mohammad Moghisieh, the president of the Tehran Revolutionary Court’s 28th Chamber, who was implicated in prisoner massacres in 1998, when he used the name Naserian. Moghisieh is one of several judges who have been imposing harsh sentences on dissidents, journalists and bloggers for the past two years. Another is Abolghasem Salevati, the president of the Revolutionary Court’s 15th Chamber. Reporters Without Borders calls for the quashing of all of these sentences issued without due process, and for the immediate release of these bloggers.Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about the blogger Sakhi Righi (balochistan-s.blogfa), who has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of publishing false information and “acts against national security.” This is the longest jail sentence ever passed on a blogger in Iran. Arrested on 18 June 2009 in the southeastern city of Zahedan, his home town, he is being held in appalling conditions in Karon prison, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. Torture was used to extract the confession used to convict him. His only crime is to have the same surname as Abdolmalek Righi, the head of the Balochi armed opposition group Jundallah, whose execution on 20 June 2010 did not however lead to the blogger’s release.Iran is on the list of “Enemies of the Internet” which Reporters Without Borders released on 12 March. to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iranian bloggers denied due process Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa News March 18, 2021 Find out more News February 25, 2021 Find out more
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: What’s on the Horizon for Existing Home Sales? Next: Building Not Keep Up With Inventory Needs Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Bing bai Federal Reserve Laurie Goodman MBS Securities The Urban Institute U.S. Treasury 2017-11-03 Dean Terrell The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Fed Owns Nearly 30 Percent of All Outstanding MBS November 3, 2017 2,996 Views Related Articles Print This Post Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Federal Reserve’s plan to reduce the amount of agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and U.S. Treasury securities (Treasuries) it owns will run off slower than its targeted amounts, according to a recent report from the Urban Institute titled “Normalizing the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet: The Impact on the Mortgage-Backed Securities Market.” The authors of the report, Laurie Goodman, Codirector of the Housing Finance Policy Center, and Bing Bai, a research associate for the Urban Institute, examine the Fed’s near-term path mortgage portfolio to understand when the portfolio will normalize.Starting in November 2008 and ending in September 2014, The Federal Reserve began buying large quantities of assets from the private sector as a method of quantitative easing. As of September of this year, the Fed now owns $1.77 trillion of MBS (nearly 29 percent of all outstanding MBS) and $2.45 trillion of treasuries. Based on similar assumptions made by the Fed, Goodman and Bai believe there will still be $1.18 trillion of MBS on the Fed’s books after their balance sheet normalizes. The researchers also believe the Fed should take advantage of the investment period left to do more rebalancing, as well as take additional action to help launch the single government-sponsored enterprise security.Based on assumptions from two separate surveys of primary dealers and market participants released by the Fed in July 2017, the researchers found the Fed’s baseline portfolio in 2025 will be $2.84 trillion. This is larger than levels prior to the crisis but smaller than the current level of $4.46 trillion. As the winding down of begins, the projected mortgage runoffs during the first year will total $197 billion, providing a $120 billion runoff and a $77 billion reinvestment. The Institute believes for the first year and the year after, the paydowns in this base case generated by the portfolio will be insufficient for covering the targeted runoff. Regarding treasuries, Goodman and Bai project there will be $369 billion in paydowns in the first year, producing a $175 billion runoff and $194 billion reinvestment. To read the full report and the researchers’ recommendations, click here. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Bing bai Federal Reserve Laurie Goodman MBS Securities The Urban Institute U.S. Treasury About Author: Dean Terrell Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fed Owns Nearly 30 Percent of All Outstanding MBS
Few people will walk as many footsteps in the Southern Appalachians this year as Scot Ward. The 36-year-old professional thru-hiker is currently knocking off his fourth thru-hike of the Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina, after which he’ll head over to Kentucky to thru-hike the 280-mile Sheltowee Trace for the secnd time. Then he’ll hike the Tuscarora Trail, Allegheny Trail, Pine Mountain Trail, Pennsylvania Mid State Trail, and Standing Stone Trails. All together, he’s looking to hike seven different long trails, many of which help comprise the Great Eastern Trail (GET), for a total of 2,500 miles before October. Along the way, he’s going to write five different guidebooks for these underserved long trails. It’s all in a year’s work for one of the South’s most intriguing characters.Thru-hiking is a rough life. What makes you keep walking? It’s what I do. I’ve been doing this for 22 years. My first big trip was a bike ride from Florida to New York in 1992. Along the way, I’ve met a lot of generous people who’ve helped me out with showers, bottles of water, a place to stay. I ask how I can repay them, and they always say, “Just pay it forward. Help someone else.” I don’t have any money, I don’t really have a home. I hike and I write these guidebooks as a way of paying back all the favors I’ve been granted. Hopefully, my guidebooks will help others enjoy the adventures that have shaped my life.You’re 36. You never get the urge to settle down? I don’t plan to stop walking, not until my body can’t do it anymore. I have no desire to make money, that’s for sure. Money only causes problems. I left Florida with $7 in my pocket back in ’92 and I did just fine. I know how to survive. That Bear Grylls stuff is ridiculous. Who’s going to eat grubs from a tree? Put a camera on me, I’ll show you how to survive in the real world.You just finished a thru-hike and guidebook for the Sheltowee Trace in Kentucky. What’s that trail like? It’s a totally different experience than the A.T. or Mountains To Sea (MST). It’s not on mountain ridges, it’s in the gorges. Lots of caves, cliffs, rivers, and lakes. It goes through the Red River Gorge too, which is like a mini-grand canyon but with trees.Are you looking forward to hiking any one trail the most this year? The Allegheny Trail and Tuscarora Trail will be new territories for me. But I’m probably looking forward to this Mountains to Sea Trail hike the most. I want to make this trail as good as it can be so I want to resolve the biggest issue surrounding the trail, which is the lack of camping options. Now the state is going to close down state parks two days a week, which is only going to make the problem worse. 1 2
The Anthem Go Outside Festival is connecting outdoor enthusiasts to the things they love.The festival, scheduled for Oct. 14-16 in Roanoke, VA, includes more activities than you can do in three days – camping, biking, boating, races, geocaching, and more. The festival is along the Roanoke River Greenway, the perfect location for testing a new bike, pair of shoes, or even a kayak.What’s unique about Go Fest, now in its sixth year, is that it is not an ordinary sit-in-your-seat kind of event; it is designed to encourage participation and involvement. Festival-goers walk around in the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, touch and try out gear, sample food and drink, listen and dance to live music, and have fun. It’s the type of event where you can come for the day, or bring the tent and stay all weekend.And best of all, admission and demos are free. Plus there will be plenty of live music (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is headlining Saturday night) and food, beverage and craft beer vendors.Go Fest is an easy opportunity to try new activities or test new gear. With a rich mix of outdoor amenities including to 600 miles of trails, 22 miles of urban greenways, 24 rivers and creeks, and 300,000 acres of national forest in the Roanoke Region, there is something for everyone.The event includes some fan favorites such as the Walkabout Outfitter Wild Gear Chase, Ultimate Air Dogs Dock Diving, Giant Pro Bike Rider Jeff Lenosky, the Keen Lumberjack Show, and Sprint BMX Stunt Pros.Plus, there are a few new things for 2016 including a “VIP glamping” option, silent disco dance party, a children’s strider bike race, and a gran fondo with 28, 66, and 100 mile options.Some of the biggest names in the outdoors industry will be on site with gear for you to test out. Grab a bike, sit in a kayak, or try on a new pair of shoes. And this is top-notch gear. You can take out a bike that retails for $5,000 and ride it out on Mill Mountain or test a pair of new shoes during a group trail run.Pick the brains of experts in hiking, biking, backpacking for the best tips and techniques to make the most of your next outing. If you have been thinking about trying something new, this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of an opportunity to learn. There will be plenty of experts on hand to help you learn to do everything from cast a fly rod to cook over an open flame, or roll a kayak.When you need a break from the action, you’ll have ample opportunity to wind down with plenty of other outdoors-loving people just like you. There’s something for every family member to do with a Kid’s Zone full of activities and leashed dogs are welcome.While the focus of GO Fest is fun, it is a good time to stop and think about the Roanoke Region’s natural assets and how to preserve them for future generations. Learn about outdoor initiatives happening your community, conservation groups, trail building workshops, and opportunities to get involved.Learn more and make plans to come to Go Fest, Oct. 14-16, at www.roanokegofest.com.
COMMENT Written By Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 7th September, 2020 10:57 IST Biggio’s 2-run Double Caps Big 5th; Jays Beat Red Sox 10-8 Cavan Biggio’s two-run double capped a six-run fifth inning, Rowdy Tellez and Caleb Joseph homered and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Boston Red Sox 10-8 on Sunday. First Published: 7th September, 2020 10:57 IST Cavan Biggio’s two-run double capped a six-run fifth inning, Rowdy Tellez and Caleb Joseph homered and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Boston Red Sox 10-8 on Sunday.Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had four singles for the Blue Jays, who had lost the previous two games after winning the opening pair of a five-game series at Fenway Park. They have won eight of 12 overall.Toronto, second in the AL East, begins a three-game series on Monday night at its temporary Buffalo home against the third-place Yankees.Kevin Plawecki hit a three-run homer, Xander Bogaerts had a two-run blast for his team-leading 10th, and Bobby Dalbec and José Peraza also went deep for the Red Sox, who have dropped six of eight.The game lasted 4 hours, 23 minutes.The Blue Jays erased a 4-1 deficit with their big fifth against reliever Matt Hall (0-2), who was recalled from the alternate training site before the game.Gurriel had an RBI single, Joe Panik followed with a game-tying, two-run single and Derek Fisher beat hit a two-out dribbler that turned into an RBI infield single when Hall slipped and double-pumped before throwing to first.Biggio then drove reliever Robinson Leyer’s pitch off the left-field wall over Peraza’s mistimed leap for his double, making it 7-4.Thomas Hatch (3-1) worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Rafael Dolis got the final three outs for his second save.Toronto opened a 10-5 lead before Peraza and Bogaerts went deep.A day after Boston hit five homers in a walk-off win, Plawecki drove Robbie Ray’s high fastball into the batter’s eye for his first of the season.Tellez crushed his eighth off a back wall next to the bleachers and Joseph’s first landed in the Green Monster seats.FRESH STARTMaking his first start for the Blue Jays since being acquired in a deadline-day trade from Arizona, the 28-year-old Ray gave up four runs on six hits in four innings. He struck out five and walked three.SORTING THROUGH NUMBERSAndrew Triggs was the 13th starter for the Red Sox in their 42nd game. Boston entered with the majors’ highest ERA (6.11) and had allowed the most homers, helping explain why the Red Sox own the AL’s worst record.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Pitching coach Pete Walker said before the game that RHP Matt Shoemaker (10-day injured list, right shoulder inflammation) was “coming along quicker than expected.” Shoemaker expects to start throwing off a mound in the next few days. … Walker also said rookie RHP Nate Pearson (10-day IL, elbow tightness) threw a bullpen Saturday and is expected back soon.Red Sox: Utility player Yairo Muñoz left the game with a strained right hip after running out his first-inning single. … Plawecki was hit by a pitch on his right arm and had to leave the game. … OF Alex Verdugo had the day off until pinch-hitting in the eighth. “He’s fine,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “He’s a little beat up from the diving and sliding.”UP NEXTBlue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.51 ERA) is set to face New York RHP Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 5.76).Red Sox: Have a day off before a doubleheader at Philadelphia on Tuesday. LHP Martín Pérez (2-4, 4.07) is slated to start the opener for Boston. WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV FOLLOW US