Shock at fatal shooting of young freelance journalist in southern city

first_img News August 26, 2020 Find out more October 9, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the fatal shooting yesterday of Alisher Sayipov, a young freelance journalist and founder of the newspaper Sayasat (Politics). He was gunned down outside the premises of Radio Free Europe in the southern city of Osh at about 7 p.m. The police have began a criminal investigation and the president’s office has said it is following the case.“Sayipov was a courageous and very professional journalist,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hope the Kyrgyz authorities will do everything possible to establish the circumstances of his death as quickly as possible.”He was buried at 2:30 p.m. today in Osh in a funeral attended by several dozen people.Marcus Bensmann, a journalist specialising in Central Asia who works for the Weltreporter (www.weltreporter.net) network and who was a friend of Sayipov, said he often covered sensitive issues in his articles. Aged 26, Sayipov was critical of the way Uzbekistan is governed in the analyses he wrote for several news media including Sayasat, which was published and distributed on a regular basis inside the country.According to information obtained by Reporters Without Borders that has not yet been confirmed, Sayipov recently received telephone threats.Sayipov worked for various news media including fergana.ru, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America. He was married and was the father of a baby girl just a few months old. He was attacked by a customs officer on the Uzbek border in 2002 after the broadcast of a report in which he referred to corrupt practices by Uzbek customs officers. Help by sharing this information News RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests October 25, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Shock at fatal shooting of young freelance journalist in southern city RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist RSF_en KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia News August 14, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Creating Equality in Housing

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Creating Equality in Housing June 23, 2020 1,212 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Creating Equality in Housing Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 2020-06-23 Mike Albanese Previous: COVID-19’s Impact on Home Values Next: Foreclosures Down for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac About Author: Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago With the lingering issue of racial inequality, especially among African Americans, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) proposed a five-point plan below to drive up the number of African American homeowners and help narrow the ongoing homeownership rate gap between white and African Americans.Below are the steps the NAR looks to take:Increase the supply of new homes by building more: Due to lag in viable purchase options and competition driving up home prices, some potential first- time buyers have more difficulty gaining a foothold in the market.Focus on opportunity zones to build more homes: These zones are strongly supported by the NAR as a way to invest in the revitalization of economically distressed areas.Make down payment assistance easier to secure: Unlike some others, fueled by historical gaps in assessing and accumulating wealth, African- Americans experience more difficulty securing substantial financial assistance from family members, enhancing the importance of greater access to federal down.Reinforce the Federal Housing Administration’s loan program: First- time buyers and minority households haven depended in these loans for financing. Mortgage insurance premiums and monthly mortgage payments could be lowered by shirting federal dollars to strengthen this program.Expansion of alternative scoring models to include rent and utility payments: Doing so would add more positive payments histories to better reflect financial responsibility and perhaps abet homeownership opportunities for minority and first-time buyers.Strategies like this seemingly assume added importance considering that according to data from a report from the Urban Institute, titled “How Economic Crises and Sudden  Disasters Increase Racial Disparities in Homeownership,”  the homeownership gap between people of color and white people often worsens in light of a recession because people of color are disproportionately harmed.“A closer look at 285 metropolitan statistical areas suggests that rapid employment growth combined with increased supply constraints from zoning and other regulations contributed to this disproportionate price growth for low-price homes,” according to Urban’s report.Unaddressed, these same supply constraints will “restrict the ability of low-income households to prosper as we emerge from the crisis and exacerbate income inequality.”While African-Americans are subjected to disparities unrelated to economic cycles, these cycles still seem to exacerbate these differences. This could stem in part from black and Hispanic households that had greater vulnerability as the cyclical downtown became a reality, according to the instituteAdded Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather: to buy homes even when prices were at their lowest point, meaning many missed out on opportunities to build wealth and put down roots in their communities through homeownership.””The growing racial homeownership gap has widened the wealth gap, as home equity remains one of the most significant wealth-building tools,” Fairweather continued. Now, with home prices higher and more rigid lending standards than prior to the housing crash of 2008, minorities find it difficult as ever to break into the housing market, which is likely to contribute to growing economic inequality in the U.S., he said.Meantime, the recent uptick in mortgage applications to purchase a new home is butting up against a lack of supply, according to the NAR.May housing starts slightly rebounded in May from the month prior, yet this marks two straight months of depressed levels, down from a year ago by more than 20%, stemming from the economic lockdown. Over perhaps the next three years, a large bump in new home construction is needed, the NAR stated.Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing shortage—due to a string of years of underwhelming production of new homes—was about 5-6 million. Today, that shortage has gained momentum. This will culminate in escalating homes prices, further crimping the ability of first-time buyers to gain a foothold in the market and ratcheting up the importance of new home construction, said the NAR. Subscribelast_img read more