June 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News Mahadin, who writes for the daily Al-Arab Al-Yawm, and Tell were taken to Al-Juweida prison, 15 km south of the capital, after responding to a summons for questioning. News Follow the news on Jordan News Mahadin criticised Jordan’s cooperation with the United States on security issues when, as a journalist specialised in domestic and international politics, he participated in a debate on the satellite TV station Al Jazeera on 14 January. The debate followed a Jordanian double-agent’s suicide bombing in Afghanistan on 30 December that killed seven CIA operatives. Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation Mahadin and Tell have been charged with actions that could damage relations with a foreign country, inciting racism, encourage the government’s overthrow and harming the reputation of the state. Tell has also been charged with defaming the armed forces. JordanMiddle East – North Africa JordanMiddle East – North Africa August 12, 2020 Find out more Mahadin’s lawyer, Riyad Al-Nuwaisa, who attended his client’s interrogation, said he thought the charges were closely linked to the current political situation. He added that they showed that it was impossible for anyone in Jordan to express an opinion at variance with government policy. Tell criticised Jordan’s “military presence outside its borders” while speaking on local satellite TV station Nourmina. Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests A state security court prosecutor in Amman yesterday ordered newspaper columnist Mwaffaq Mahadin and Sufian Tell, a specialist in environmental issues, held for 15 days for criticising the assistance which the Jordanian intelligence services provide the United States in its fight against Al-Qaeda. RSF_en “Their detention shows how difficult it is for Jordanians to criticise the government and the government’s foreign policy and foreign cooperation decisions,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Jailing citizens for exercising their right to free expression is archaic.” Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives February 11, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 15 days in jail for criticising government policy Following these comments, retired military officers brought a complaint against the two men, accusing them of insulting the Jordanian armed forces. News Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown April 14, 2020 Find out more
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Secondary Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 27, 2017 1,408 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Fannie Mae Secures Second CIRT Transaction Previous: Demand for Homes Outpaces Current Supply Available Next: 2017 Market Primed for Rental Investments Tagged with: CIRT Credit Insurance Risk Transfer Fannie Mae Insurance loans mortgage About Author: Staff Writer CIRT Credit Insurance Risk Transfer Fannie Mae Insurance loans mortgage 2017-02-27 Staff Writer Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Secures Second CIRT Transaction Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fannie Mae announced recently that it has secured commitments for a second front-end Credit Insurance Risk Transfer (CIRT) transaction. The risk transfer will have been committed prior to Fannie Mae’s acquisition of the covered loans, and the insurance coverage will be effective as soon as the loans are acquired. Coverage and pricing are committed for 12 months, beginning with first quarter 2017 deliveries.The transaction will move a part of credit risk on pools of single-family loans with a combined unpaid principal balance of approximately $15 billion to a group of reinsurers. This will consist of 30-year fixed-rate loans with loan-to-loan value ratios greater than 60 percent and less than or equal to 80 percent.Fannie Mae will continue to offer its previous CIRT transactions.“With this transaction, Fannie Mae pioneers new ground by securing the longest and largest forward commitment ever transacted for a GSE risk transfer transaction, locking in our pricing for the full 2017 calendar year,” said Rob Schaefer, VP for Credit Enhancement Strategy & Management. “This deal also demonstrates our continued market leadership by providing a high level of transparency with respect to the deal pricing and structure.”Fannie Mae’s first Credit Insurance Risk Transfer took place in 2016. At that time, DS News took the opportunity to sit down with Schaefer, to get an insider’s perspective on what potential bidders can anticipate with these transactions in 2017. “Risk transfer now [is] part of Fannie Mae’s core strategy for how we manage our own risk, and how we protect against unexpected market stress cycles, and also protect tax payers by transferring risk away from Fannie Mae to private capital,” he said.Schaefer went on to discuss the unique transparency of CIRT transactions. “We have made available, for free, millions and millions of data records on our loans going all the way back to loans that we’ve acquired since 2000, which provides an enormous free database for anybody to go in and analyze the data, build models. It’s almost unprecedented in the world of insurance and reinsurance to have that much data to start off with to help understand the risk,” he said.For the first 50 basis points of loss, Fannie Mae will retain risk on a pool of loans of approximately $15 billion. Fannie Mae’s complete disclosure of last year’s CIRT program can be found here. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago
By Kristen PlankUniversity of GeorgiaChristmas won’t arrive until Dec. 25, but the deadline to ship packages to most overseas military addresses is Dec. 11.Carolyn Ainslie, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension educational program specialist, knows how it feels to have a loved one abroad and when and how mailing deadlines work.“My son is in the army and was overseas in Afghanistan last year,” she said. “When he was deployed, I sent something once a week.”Ainslie said her son Wendell loved getting gifts but was troubled that many of his soldiers didn’t get any mail. He decided to work with an organization online that helps get people to donate packages to troops. A church in Ainslie’s area also got involved last Christmas.“They only had a week left to send gifts before Christmas, but they wanted to help out anyway,” she said.The packages were sent first class to Ainslie’s son, who got them on Christmas Day. He gave packages to every solider in his unit and then, with a 9.5-hour time difference, called his mom to tell her to thank the church for him.“We called the church music director and told him the packages had arrived, and how thankful they all were,” Ainslie said. “He was able to tell the congregation, and it was an emotional thing for the community. They felt they had a personal impact in the life of a soldier that day.”Cpl. Scottie Ballew, a U.S. Army recruiter in Athens, Ga., said soldiers get “a daily mail call. But depending on where they are, mail will come every two to three days.” Each company has a mail clerk, and troops will go to the chaplain’s tent to see if they have any mail.Some places aren’t easily accessible. Justin Plank, a quartermaster seaman in the Navy, said mail can arrive anywhere from two weeks to once a month if the ship is out to sea. A supply ship will come alongside and divvy out basic supplies along with any mail.Getting mail, he said, is hard to describe: “It’s unreal. You’re up sometimes for two days straight, you’re tired and cranky and always on the defensive, waiting for something to happen. It’s incredible, and it’s the biggest morale booster. It just makes you happy.”Sometimes he’d get mail three times a week and sometimes once a month, he said. On average, crew members would get one package a month.Contents in a package can range from food to toys.“A lot of people love sending cookies, but they can go bad by the time they get here, and we have sweets here,” Plank said. He recommends sending magazines, books and, if the troops have access to a DVD player, movies.And the “quirkier” the gift the better. “My wife sent me some remote-controlled shock tanks,” he said, “And they’ve become the biggest hit on the ship.”If you’re set on sending foods, UGA Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress has a few tips.* Send heavy cakes, cookies high in sugar and shortening, fudge and nut bars.* Avoid sending cookies with cream or custard fillings or moist cookies, which may mold in humid climates.* Other items that ship well include coffees, dried foods, nuts, teas and mixed cereal snacks.Packaging is important to get the gift there in peak condition.* Place foods and gifts in clean boxes or metal tins.* Pack that box inside a packing box.* Place packing materials, such as newspaper, foam pieces or bubble wrap, around the first box.* Take into account the military and each country’s customs regulations. Size and weight may be an issue, too.
October 2018Pocadventure Adventure TriathlonOctober 13, 2018 | Pocahontas State Park , Chesterfield, VAJust a short drive from downtown Richmond, the final race of the Virginia State Park Adventure Series highlights a 4-mile lake paddle, 12-mile Mountain Bike leg, and a 5-mile trail run. Points will be tallied for the Adventure Series and an awards ceremony will be held shortly after the race. All proceeds go to expanding and maintaining the 80+ miles of trail in the park.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/adventure-seriesfopsp.org/pocadventure.htmlBaltimore Running FestivalOctober 20, 2018 | Batltimore, MDCome out and see why runners are calling the Baltimore Running Festival one of the best races of the east coast. With five distances to choose from, an Under Armour race premium, and finishing at the Inner Harbor, what’s not to love?!thebaltimoremarathon.com May 2018Spring Shakori hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & DanceMay 3-6, 2018 | Pittsboro, NCThe 16th annual spring festival features 40+ bands on four stages. Located on 72 beautiful farmland acres in central North Carolina, just down the road from Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Greensboro. Local crafts, delicious food, kids’ activities, healing arts, music and dance workshops, environmental sustainability forums, camping and much more, all in a family friendly setting.shakorihillsgrassroots.orgFrench Broad River FestivalMay 4-6, 2018 | Hot Springs, NCCelebrate spring in the mountains at the 21st French Broad River Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Part outdoor adventure, part music festival with whitewater, mountain biking, hiking, kid’s village, and music including The Travelin’ McCourys, The Jeff Austin Band, Billy Strings, Jon Stickley Trio and more!frenchbroadriverfestival.comFrederick Running FestivalMay 5-6, 2018 | Frederick, MDThe Frederick Running Festival, now in its 15th year, is one of the hidden gems of the running community. With four race distance options, each participant receives a race premium and aMaryland themed medal and crosses the finish line at theFrederick Fairgrounds.frederickrunfest.comMudder’s Day Madness 5kMay 12, 2018 | Maryville, TNMudder’s Day Madness 5k is a mud run that consists of obstacles and, of course, plenty of mud! Everyone eight years of age and up are welcome! This is a fun, family friendly, fundraising event benefiting Harmony Family Center’s Montvale camp. It will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 (the day before Mother’s Day) at 10:00AM on Montvale’s beautiful grounds at the foot ofChilhowee Mountain.harmonyfamilycenter.org Sponsored.Blue Ridge Outdoors is proud to present the top races and events from the Blue Ridge and beyond. Festivals, marathons, mud runs, expos, concerts and more! Mark your calendars now.February 2018Association for Experiential Education 2018 Southeast Regional Conference: Reaching Back To Our Roots To Shape Our FutureFebruary 23-25, 2018 | YMCA Camp Greenville, Cleveland, SCTeachers, students, therapists, leaders, and facilitators who believe that learning through experience positively transforms people and our world: YOU are invited to AEE-SE 2018! Enjoy engaging workshops, a keynote by Trey Fouche of Charlotte Latin School, live music, and fellow professionals who strive for excellence.aee.org/southeastAVL Beer ExpoFebruary 24, 2018 | Asheville Masonic Temple, Asheville, NC30+ breweries, 30+ craft beers, educational panels, and meet the brewers! Limited tickets for the carefully curated industry event that lets craft beer geeks peek behind the curtain of #avlbeer. $30 GA/$60 VIP.avlbeerexpo.comMarch 2018LanternAsiaMarch 9-13, 2018 | Norfolk, VALanternAsia returns to Norfolk Botanical Garden March 9 through May 13!Experience the magic as the garden is transformed with colossal works of art—MORE Art by Day, MORE Magic by Night!For tickets and information call (757) 441-5830 or visit our websites.lanternasia.org | norfolkbotanicalgarden.orgUnited Airlines Rock ‘n’ RollWashington D.C. Marathon & ½ MarathonMarch 10, 2018 | Washington, D.C.The United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Washington D.C. Marathon and 1/2 Marathon returns March 10, 2018 and you’re invited to ROCK the biggest running festival to hit the capital city! More than just a political capital, D.C. is a cultural capital with an endless list of things to do and experience during the race weekend.runrocknroll.com/dcTransylvania Adventure Games (TAG)March 17, 2018| Brevard Music Center, Brevard, NCFamily fun adventure run complete with two courses, an untimed 5k for ages 8 and up, and a mini course for ages 3-12 and under. Both courses are full of memory tests, rope webs, rock walls, and more. The race will be followed by a festival with live music, local vendors, and food trucks! This is a fundraiser event for Mountain Sun Community School!mountainsunschool.org/events/transylvania-adventure-games/Campapalooza 2018March 31, 2018| Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville, NCSpring camping season gets an early start with a preview of 2018’s best reviewed gear from international innovators as well as local favorites. Free hourly workshops on topics from festival camping to choosing the right backpack for a thru hike are joined by special buys, giveaways, and the presentation of grants to local environmental nonprofits. diamondbrandoutdoors.com/event/campapalooza-2018April 2018The Cooper River Bridge RunApril 7, 2018 | Charleston, SCThe Cooper River Bridge Run, located in beautiful Charleston, is the 3rd largest 10K in the U.S., averaging 40,000 participants with world-class competition. The main goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle. Take part in our Health & Wellness EXPO on April 7 and 8.bridgerun.comRock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon presented by WRALApril 7-8, 2018 | Raleigh, NCJoin us in April for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon presented by WRAL—the best year yet with more music for your miles! Meet us in the sophisticated and charming capital city of North Carolina to discoverthe hidden gem of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series!runrocknroll.com/raleighThe Runners Marathon of RestonApril 8, 2018 | Reston, VALocated just 20 miles from D.C. in Reston, Virginia, the Runners Marathon of Reston includes a mix of beautiful wooded, paved trails and roads. Runners and volunteers enjoy a free pre-race pasta party, an indoor venue, a post-race feast, and great give-aways. Choose between the marathon, the half marathon, or the relay!runnersmarathon.comTom Tom Founders FestivalApril 9-15, 2018 | Charlottesville, VATom Tom is a celebration of founding—what happens when people envision something cool and make it happen. A week of Summits, keynotes, concerts, competitions, installations, and workshops are designed to make the connections that start great things. Come for the party, leave inspired.tomtomfest.comTom Tom Fest Community Bike RideApril 14, 2018 | Charlottesville, VAPlease join Blue Ridge Outdoors, Tom Tom and Blue Ridge Cyclery for a community bike ride at Darden Towe Park in Charlottesville. All ages and skill levels welcome.tomtomfest.comDevils Backbone Mountain Cross and Blue Ridge MetricApril 14-15, 2018 | Nelson County, VATwo amazing rides in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains! On Saturday, a mixture of paved and unpaved roads and on Sunday, an all paved ride. Choose between 65-mile or 45-mile options. All riders receive a $15 gift card to the Brewery. Registration online.bikereg.com/devils-backbone-mountain-crossJames River Adventure TriathlonApril 21, 2018 | James River State Park, Gladstone, VAThe fifth race of the Virginia State Park Adventure Series features a beautiful course with a 7-mile kayak run, an 8-mile Mountain Bike leg and a 3.1-mile trail run. Racers can compete solo or in teams. All abilities are welcome. Bring the family and enjoy camping on the river during your stay. Proceeds will benefit the Gladstone Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.trireg.com/adventures-on-the-james-4dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/adventure-seriesThe 2018 Redbud RideApril 21, 2018 | London, KYThe Redbud Ride is one of the most beautiful and challenging bike rides you’ll ever experience! The ride starts in beautiful downtown London, Kentucky, one of the top 10 redbud sight-seeing routes in the state! Register online today!redbudride.comSt. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ MarathonApril 26-29, 2018 | Nashville, TNJoin one of the best spectator-supported and most music-filled courses in the Series! This challenging yet beautiful route takes you past the iconic Honky Tonks and through some of Nashville’s hippest neighborhoods.runrocknroll.com/nashvilleVirginia Creeper FestApril 28, 2018 | Abingdon, VA Come join us at the trail head of the Creeper Trail in Abingdon, Virginia as we celebrate outdoor recreation in Southwest Virginia. Get hands-on at this event with activities like a 10K race, Yoga in the Park, Rock Climbing, Trail Excursions, Sunset Bike Rides and more, friendly to all ages! Full schedule and information on our website.vacreeperfest.com Hops in the HillsJune 23, 2018 | Maryville, TNJoin us for the 4th Annual Hops in the Hills Craft Beer Festival… A Celebration of Fermentation. Enjoy some of the most unique and tasty craft beer with the Great Smoky Mountains as the backdrop. Beer…Food…Music… and Beauty. Come experience us.hopsinthehills.comJuly 2018The Summit—A Hiking and Backpacking Conference for WomenJuly 13-15, 2018 | Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NCThe Summit is a weekend of classes that range from making your own gear and map reading, to outdoor writing and photography, all of which are designed to enhance your outdoor experience.Come join us for inspiration, camaraderie and friendship.traildamessummit.comSeptember 2018Breaks 40 MilerSeptember 8, 2018 | Breaks Interstate Park , Breaks, VAThe latest race adventure is coming to the Breaks Interstate Park! The park is partnering with Next Opportunity Events to challenge those brave enough to conquer two states, 40 miles of trail, and 24,000 feet of elevation change!nextopportunityevents.comNew River Trail ChallengeSeptember 15, 2018 | New River Trail State Park, Max Meadows, VAThe penultimate race of the Virginia State Parks Adventure series, the “Challenge,” is one of the oldest, largest, and toughest Adventure Triathlons in Virginia. Started in 2000, the race features a 40-mile bike ride, 12.1-mile kayak and half marathon along the scenic New River. All ages and skill levels can compete solo or in teams. Competitors range from world class athletes tocostumed teams and “bucket listers.” Everyone is welcome.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/adventure-series dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/nrt-challengeCumberland River ChallengeSeptember 22, 2018 | Barbourville, KYThe Canoe and Kayak Race is an annual event, hosted by Union College, U Canoe and Barbourville Tourism. The race consists of 15 miles of river, ranging from calm water to beginner-level rapids. It starts on the Knox County line bordering Bell County and finishes in Knox County at the Thompson R.V. Park.barbourvilletourism.com/adventure/canoe-kayak-race AVL Beer WeekMay 25-June 3 2018 | Asheville, NC76+ events around Asheville and WNC. 8th Annual smorgasbord of beer-centric events, from beer dinners, to beer releases, Angry Yoga, education, music events, and more! Location and event entry varies.avlbeerweek.comSummer 2018Alleghany Highlands Summer EventsSummer 2018 | Alleghany Highlands, VAThis summer, it’s GAME ON. We are home to four of the most action-packed outdoor events in the Mid-Atlantic. Whether you run, bike, swim, all of the above, or simply enjoy great competition, don’t miss out on the fun. It’s uniquely Alleghany.visitalleghanyhighlands.com/featured-events2018 Bryce Bike Park Summer SeriesSummer 2018 | Bryce Resort, Basye, VAJoin us from May to October for a six-race mountain bike series for new and experienced racers alike. The series features simplicity and fun with your fellow riders minus the high cost and stress associated with big series events. Visit our website for more info!bryceresort.comJune 2018Baltimore 10-MilerJune 2, 2018 | Baltimore, MD2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Baltimore Ten Miler, which starts and finishes at the scenic Druid Hill Park, home of the Maryland Zoo. Runners are treated to a post-race party and race premium, which Runners World awarded “Best Swag Item” in 2009!baltimoretenmiler.comBeer City FestivalJune 2, 2018 | Roger McGuire Green, Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville, NCEnjoy 35+ breweries with rotating small batch offerings, guest breweries, and live local music. For $45 get unlimited samples / $25 entry with tokens. Designated Driver tickets are also available.beercityfestival.com Bath County TriathlonJune 23, 2018 | Marina at Lake Moomaw, Warm Springs, VANestled in the Virginia’s Western Highlands, Bath County is one of the hidden gems of TriAdventure. The Bath County Triathlon includes a 750 meter open water swim, 20k bike loop and a 5k run on closed roads. Awards and post race meal will be provided.triadventure.com November 2018Richmond MarathonNovember 10, 2018 | Richmond, VAHaven’t #RunRichmond yet? What are you waiting for?! Each of our scenic courses showcases some of our RVA’s favorite attributes. With thousands of volunteers and spectators encouraging you, and more race perks than you can count, you’ll see why we’ve earned our rep as “America’s Friendliest Marathon”!richmondmarathon.org
A former Alabama credit union president/CEO was found guilty of 98 felony counts of bank fraud, money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy by a federal jury in U.S. District Court in Birmingham Friday.Last year, Jonathan Wade Dunning received a 112-count indictment that detailed how he allegedly controlled Birmingham Financial Federal Credit Union and stole $14 million in property, assets and federal grants that were supposed to fund healthcare services for poor children, adults and the homeless.The jury, which heard testimony and evidence from eight attorneys who represented Dunning and seven prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Birmingham, also found Dunning not guilty on 14 felony charges. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Milan, Ind. — A Thursday crash near Milan on State Road 350 injured a Moores Hill teen.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department says a car driven by Catherine Cigolotti, 16, of Moores Hill, was eastbound near Old Mill, at a high rate of speed when she lost control, drove off the south side of the roadway and struck a tree. The force of the crash ripped the engine from the vehicle and trapped the driver. First responders from the Milan Fire Department extricated the victim and transported her with injuries to her lower extremities.Police say wet conditions and excessive speed are contributing factors to the crash.