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Gabon : Information restricted in Gabon after coup attempt

first_img January 8, 2019 Gabon : Information restricted in Gabon after coup attempt December 31, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information Soliders standing in front of the RTG offices in Libreville this 7th January 2019. Crédit: Steve JORDAN / AFP News GabonAfrica Condemning abuses InternetFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Gabonese authorities not to restrict the flow of news and information and to guarantee the ability to journalists to work amid the turmoil following a coup attempt early yesterday morning, in which soldiers stormed into the national radio and TV station, RTG, and broadcast a call for an uprising. The authorities quickly announced the arrest of the mutineers’ leader and said the situation was “under control.” But the Internet, which was disconnected early yesterday, had not been restored by the end of the day. RTG eventually resumed its regular programming yesterday evening.According to the president’s office, the five journalists and technicians who were at RTG headquarters when the soldiers arrived were not allowed to leave and were forced to broadcast the communiqué read by their leader, Lt. Obiang Kelly, who identified himself as the Republican Guard’s deputy commander. News “We condemn the use of force against journalists and the restrictions on news and information,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The restoration of order announced by the authorities must be accompanied by an effective restoration of the Internet in Gabon. In the current fluid situation, Gabonese need more than ever to have access to credible media coverage, and journalists must be able to do their job to report the news.” Follow the news on Gabon Gabon is ranked 108th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Reports Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa The communiqué called for a popular uprising in response to the “pathetic spectacle” offered by the country’s president, Ali Bongo, who broadcast a New Year message from Morocco in a bid to reassure the Gabonese public about his state of health and ability to run the country. Bongo has not returned to Gabon since suffering a stroke in Saudi Arabia in October and is now convalescing in Morocco. News GabonAfrica Condemning abuses InternetFreedom of expression Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison January 24, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Refinance Volumes Increased in November 2017

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: Borrowers default FHFA HARP mortgage Rates Refinance Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a report on refinance volumes for November 2017, on Wednesday. The report indicated that total refinance volume increased in November as mortgage rates in October 2017 remained below the levels observed at the beginning of the year. Mortgage rates increased in November with the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage rising to 3.92 percent from 3.90 percent in October, the report said.More than 2,000 refinances were completed through FHFA’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in November, bringing total refinances through HARP since its inception in 2009 to more than three million, the report indicated. The loans refinanced in November represented 1 percent of total refinance volume during the month.The report indicated that more than two million loans were refinanced through HARP for primary residences from the start of the program to November 2017. Additionally, 110,498 were for second homes and 461,945 were for investment properties.The FHFA report also indicated that in November, 5 percent of the loans refinanced through HARP had a loan-to-value ratio that was greater than 125 percent. Year to date through November 2017, borrowers with loan-to-value ratios greater than 105 percent accounted for 19 percent of the volume for HARP loans. The proportion of HARP refinances for underwater borrowers (with LTV greater than 105 percent) refinancing to shorter term mortgages accounted for 26 percent.The report noted that borrowers who refinanced through HARP had a lower delinquency rate compared with borrowers eligible for HARP who did not refinance through the program.In terms of states, year to date through November 2017, HARP refinances represented 5 percent or more of total refinances in Nevada and Florida, representing more than double the 2 percent of total refinances nationwide over the same period. Underwater borrowers accounted for a large portion of HARP refinances in a number of states. The report indicated that year to date through November 2017, underwater borrowers represented 27 percent or more of HARP volume in Nevada and Florida. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Mortgage & LGBT Leaders Collaborate for Diversity in Chicago Next: Defining Debt Collectors January 17, 2018 1,941 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Refinance Volumes Increased in November 2017center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Borrowers default FHFA HARP mortgage Rates Refinance 2018-01-17 Staff Writer Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Refinance Volumes Increased in November 2017 in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

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Configuration of the northern Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet at LGM based on a new synthesis of seabed imagery

first_imgWe present a new seafloor map for the northern Antarctic Peninsula (AP), including swath multibeam data sets from five national programs. Our map allows for the examination and interpretation of Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) paleo-ice sheet/stream flow directions developed upon the seafloor from the preservation of: mega-scale glacial lineations, drumlinized features, and selective linear erosion. We combine this with terrestrial observations of flow direction to place constraints on ice divides and accumulation centers (ice domes) on the AP continental shelf. The results show a flow bifurcation as ice exits the Larsen-B embayment. Flow emanating off the Seal Nunataks (including Robertson Island) is directed toward the southeast, then eastward as the flow transits toward the Robertson Trough. A second, stronger “streaming flow” is directed toward the southeast then southward, as ice overflowed the tip of the Jason Peninsula to reach the southern perimeter of the embayment. Our reconstruction also refines the extent of at least five other distinct paleo-ice stream systems which, in turn, serve to delineate seven broad regions where contemporaneous ice domes must have been centered on the continental shelf during the LGM time interval. Our reconstruction is more detailed than other recent compilations because we followed specific flow indicators and have kept tributary flow paths parallellast_img read more