HMV cuts dividend as losses widen

first_img Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap Thursday 9 December 2010 3:35 am HMV cuts dividend as losses widen whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share John Dunne Music, DVD, games and books retailer HMV posted a worse than expected widening in first-half losses, blaming a sharp fall in sales on weak entertainment markets.The group said it was cutting its dividend and cautioned that despite more encouraging trading at the beginning of its second half, the start to Christmas trading had been undermined by the severe weather of the last two weeks.“The outcome of our full financial year will be largely determined by the next four weeks of the key Christmas trading period, which together with the final four months of our financial year, account for 60 percent of our full year sales,” said the firm.The group, which trades from over 730 HMV, Fopp and Waterstone’s stores, made an underlying pretax loss of £41.3m for the six months to 23 October.That compares with analysts’ consensus forecast of a loss of £38-39m, according to a company poll, and a loss of £24.9m in the same period last year.HMV traditionally makes all its profit in its second-half, which includes the crucial Christmas trading period.Sales fell 6 percent to £749.5m, with sales at stores open over a year down 11.5 per cent.The firm, which ended the period with net debt of £151.6m, said it had reviewed its dividend policy and halved the interim payout to 0.9 pence last_img read more

Switzerland: Journalist convicted for demonstrating voting system flaw

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” December 6, 2016 Switzerland: Journalist convicted for demonstrating voting system flaw SwitzerlandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment Protecting media freedom and free speech when regulating digital platforms November 11, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Swiss court’s decision to convict a journalist who reported in March 2015 that he voted twice in an election in order to demonstrate that the electronic voting system was flawed.Joël Boissard, who works for Switzerland’s RTS broadcaster, was able to vote twice by Internet in the March 2015 federal and cantonal elections because he was sent two sets of voting documents, firstly as a Swiss resident in France and then as a resident of Geneva, to which he returned at the start of 2015.After managing to vote twice, Boissard immediately contacted the authorities and asked them to explain this anomaly. Three weeks later he learned that the authorities had reported him to the prosecutor’s office in Geneva.A court finally convicted him on 1 November of this year on a criminal charge of electoral fraud and gave him a suspended sentence – a fine.Boissard is amazed by the court’s decision because it takes no account of the fact that he acted not with intent to commit fraud but solely to draw attention to a matter of public interest.According to his lawyer, Jamil Soussi, the European Court of Human Rights has in the past ruled in favour of journalists who broke the law solely because it was the only way to draw attention to serious problems.In this case, Boissard used the only way possible to confirm that the electronic voting system was flawed.Boissard and RTS have appealed to the Federal Criminal Court on the grounds that his conviction constitutes a grave violation of media freedom. The court is due to hold a public hearing on the case in January.RSF’s also regards Boissard’s criminal conviction as an extraordinary attack on the media’s freedom and duty to inform the public.Switzerland is ranked 7th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press FreedomIndex. Follow the news on Switzerland Electronic vote / AFP Receive email alerts News Reports News SwitzerlandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment Organisation June 26, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal News April 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Industry Hits A “Momentous Milestone” for Loan Modifications

first_img Tagged with: HOPE NOW Loan Modifications HOPE NOW, the voluntary, private sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers and non-profit counselors, recently released its August 2016 loan modification data which shows that close to 119,000 homeowners avoided foreclosure and received a mortgage solution.“As the August HOPE NOW data report indicates, the housing market continues to normalize and move towards pre-crisis levels,” says Eric Selk, Executive Director for HOPE NOW. “We are extremely pleased to see the industry remain committed to preserving homeownership and helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. The mortgage industry hit a momentous milestone in August. Eight million permanent modifications have been reached since 2007. This is a huge accomplishment by the industry and illustrates the continued work that mortgage servicers are doing to assist those in need.”Total non-foreclosure solutions (the combination of total loan modifications, short sales, deeds in lieu and workout plans) increased 6 percent from July 2016. With approximately 36,000 completed in August, an increase of approximately 11 percent was also seen year-over-year. This total includes modifications completed under both proprietary programs and the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).Of the permanent loan modifications completed, HOPE NOW reports that an estimated 25,000 were through proprietary programs and 10,610 were completed via HAMP.“As permanent modifications remain steady, homeowners are also receiving more ‘upstream’ solutions,” says Selk. “Solutions such as repayment plans and other retentions options being offered to those with short-term delinquency issues. Our members are not only focused on offering viable solutions for at-risk borrowers, but fulfilling quicker results at the time of delinquency.”Total permanent modifications completed reached 8 million, and of that number, approximately 6.4 million have been proprietary modifications. The remaining 1,644,427 have been completed via HAMP.“Serious delinquency still affects more than 1.5 million borrowers – something that everyone should be paying attention to – although this number is close to pre-crisis figures,” says Selk. “As part of an effort to engage more effectively with communities, HOPE NOW continues to host housing roundtables and face-to-face outreach events. Just recently, HOPE NOW hosted its second community roundtable of 2016 in Tampa, Florida (first one in Orange County, California). In partnership with Congresswoman Kathy Castor, HOPE NOW held a roundtable with 50 local housing partners in the Tampa area. Topics of discussion included access to mortgage credit, state of housing, and local assistance programs.”To view the full report from HOPE NOW, click HERE.  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles HOPE NOW Loan Modifications 2016-10-20 Kendall Baer in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Industry Hits A “Momentous Milestone” for Loan Modifications About Author: Kendall Baer Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. October 20, 2016 2,251 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The Importance of Spotting (and Curing) Title Defects Before they Rear their Ugly Head Next: Why Are Mortgage Delinquencies Spiking Among Older Americans? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 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 Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Industry Hits A “Momentous Milestone” for Loan Modificationslast_img read more

Some Letterkenny General Hospital patients included in Hepatitis C probe

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – May 21, 2010 The HSE is recalling hundreds of patients in the West and North West for Hepatitis C screening.It follows confirmation that a staff member at three of the regions hospitals was infected with the disease.The healthcare employee worked in Letterkenny General Hospital, University Hospital in Galway and Mayon General between 2004 and 2008.The HSE says the person was involved in a number of surgical procedures during that four year period.Now over 450 former patients are being called in for what health officials say is precautionary screening.They will be notified by post on Monday. Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Twitter Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Google+ Some Letterkenny General Hospital patients included in Hepatitis C probe Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleBuncrana Mayor pushing skate park proposalNext article32-year-old Derry man ordered to get mental help News Highland Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Why anti-Asian hate incidents often go unreported and how to help

first_imgvmargineanu/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The white gunman’s deadly rampage in Georgia that left six Asian women dead, and occurred amid a spate of anti-Asian attacks nationwide, has sent shockwaves of fear through the Asian American community.Local police, citing the gunman, said the deadly violence was not racially motivated. Many Asian Americans and advocates say this doesn’t lessen the collective pain or fear, and the incident exposes new gaps in data collection on anti-Asian attacks and law enforcement responses to alleged hate-fueled incidents.“There has to be acknowledgement that regardless of what that person’s motivations were, Asian and Pacific Islander communities are still feeling this act of hate very deeply and very personally,” Carmelyn Malalis, the commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, told ABC News, “especially in light of the violence and stigma that we have continued to endure and that has continually been leveled against our communities over the past year.”“How the community is feeling is something that we have to focus on regardless of how something might be investigated by local police forces,” she added. “There’s so many people who even doubt there is such a thing as anti-Asian racism.”What data is available on anti-Asian hate?Experts and advocates say data on racist incidents is crucial for addressing the issue, yet comprehensive and accurate statistics on anti-Asian hate are currently sparse.“Unfortunately, there’s no uniform database for collecting anti-Asian attacks, most of the data that we have is based on self-reporting from a website called Stop AAPI Hate, as well as our website at StandAgainstHatred.org,” John C. Yang, the president and executive director of civil rights group Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, told ABC News. “But these are only voluntary, and only as good as the outreach that can be done by us as nonprofit organizations.”There were nearly 3,800 anti-Asian hate incidents in the U.S. between March 19, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021, according to data from the Stop AAPI Hate coalition released this week. The coalition formed in response to the uptick in anti-Asian xenophobia linked to the coronavirus pandemic, and includes verbal attacks as well as other incidents that might not fit into state-by-state legal definitions of a hate crime.Lawmakers and advocates have said they believe this is a tiny fraction of the total.“The federal government, through the FBI, did have collection efforts on hate crimes, but that’s incomplete for several reasons,” Yang added. “No. 1 … that requires state and local governments to ensure that they have the right resources and understanding on how to report. And then No. 2, that assumes that people have trust in those governments to report it to them.”The FBI has not released data for 2020 yet, but said there were 158 reported anti-Asian bias crimes in the U.S. in 2019.Yang, an attorney with over two decades of practice, said that many of the Stop AAPI Hate incidents “don’t rise to the legal definition of a hate crime, they might involve spitting coughing in our direction, they might involve racial slurs — but that is why there is sometimes a disconnect between the numbers.”“Regardless of whether these are designated as hate crimes, the effect is the same, the Asian American community right now is under fear, under pain and angry,” Yang said. “So these legal definitions frankly don’t matter, what matters right now is ensuring that the Asian American community feels visible and feels protected.”The NYC Commission on Human Rights, helmed by Malalis, has observed a nearly seven-fold increase in anti-Asian bias incidents in the city from 2019 to 2020 — skyrocketing from 30 incidents to 205. Malalis noted that hate crimes and bias incidents tend to be vastly underreported, so these numbers likely reflect just a fraction of the total incidents.A July 2020 survey published by the Pew Research Center found that 31% of Asian adults say they have been subjected to slurs or jokes because of their race or ethnicity since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Moreover, more than a quarter (26%) of Asian Americans said they feared someone might threaten or physically attack them because of their race. The survey did not ask about actual attacks or assaults.Yang noted that if you extrapolate some of that data to take into account that there are about 22 million Asian Americans in the U.S., he believes the actual number of hate incidents is “a far magnitude different than the reports that our organizations are receiving.”Why Asian Americans don’t reportLanguage barriers, especially among immigrant communities or among elders, is a major reason many anti-Asian attacks go unreported, according to Malalis.“When anyone is personally attacked, much more if they’re personally attacked because of their identity, your safe place is to go somewhere where you can talk about it in a way that you feel most comfortable,” Malalis said.“One huge issue that we’ve talked about with some partners across the country is the need to make sure that as people are doing outreach, as people are doing intake, that there’s language accessibility,” she added.Distrust of the government and law enforcement within Asian American communities is another factor that keeps reporting low.“In a lot of communities, especially when we’re talking about AAPI immigrant communities, government or law enforcement has not always been a source of support for them,” Malalis said, noting that many Asians immigrated to the U.S. to escape “oppressive governments.”Even within non-immigrant Asian American communities, “there is also a reluctance because like other communities of color, we’re having to overcome, just the history of anti-Asian racism that people have experienced in this country,” she said.How to helpEsther Lim of Los Angeles said that after reading about a surge in hate incidents toward Asian Americans on social media, she began to fear for her and her family’s safety.“I bought a Taser, pepper spray and I taught my mom how to use them,” she said. “Me and my brother, we would always try to take shifts to make sure my mom doesn’t go out to the market or Costco by herself.”Recognizing the fear within her community, Lim researched the process of how to report a hate crime and eventually created free booklets in six languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese) that detail the process.Growing up, Lim said her parents taught her to “turn the other cheek” and not to engage. When she became an adult, however, she said she realized the importance of standing up for those in her community when they face hate-fueled attacks, especially the elderly and vulnerable.“So many people are afraid of the police; I’m afraid to even call them sometimes just to ask them about something because they’re intimidating,” Lim acknowledged.But she said reporting and collecting data, specifically about hate crimes, is crucial.“If you feel in fact that it was a hate crime, you need to push that they report it and list it as a hate crime, not an assault,” she said. “When the data is collected — and it doesn’t show the actual numbers of hate crimes or hate incidents in that report, it just lists more assaults — that means that there’s not going to be any community resources allocated for hate crimes.”Malalis stressed that community-based solutions are also critical in addressing these hate incidents and finding healing.“The work is not just about the law enforcement, but that is of course important work,” Malalis said. “The work is also about being in the community and being responsive to the needs of the community as they may shift or change or with different acts of violence or discrimination.”She said her agency is hosting town halls, in various languages, to not only help people learn to report but also to learn bystander intervention tactics as well as to listen to the needs of the community.Yang said as reports of anti-Asian violence have turned deadly, it is more important than ever to show support and solidarity with the Asian American community.“In this moment right now, we would ask all community members to make sure that their Asian American friends are visible and that they feel that their community is embracing them,” Yang said. “Because again, there’s a lot of fear. And so it’s as simple as going to your Asian American neighbor and checking in on them.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New Robbery

first_imgNew College was the scene of another robbery last week after two members of the public stole a PlayStation 3, five of its controllers, and eight PS3 games from the JCR.The incident, which took place last Thursday, comes just three months after copies of both Fifa 11 and Fifa 12 have been removed from the JCR and not recovered.This time, however, the perpetrators were spotted by Conference, Events and Tourism manager Stephen McGlynn, who followed them to Mansfield Road before alerting the police.They were arrested and held in police custody on Thursday night.On Friday, they pleaded guilty in Magistrates Court and were both sentenced to four and a half months imprisonment.Thanks to invisible ink identification and PAT testing certificates, there was ample proof that the items recovered did belong to the New College JCR.Reports suggest that the two men, Marian Cobraretti and Richard Mitchell, were already wanted by Thames Valley Police for other burglary charges.A brief survey of New College students suggested that many were “relieved beyond all imagination” that the PS3 and its accessories had now been returned.Sam Cato, a first year Classicist, commented, ‘This theft has had terrible consequences. Without the PS3 and associated sports games, asserting my alpha-male dominance in college is considerably more difficult.’When asked about further details on the convicted men, the police confirmed that Cobraretti was a resident of Toot Hill Butts, Headington, and Mitchell’s registered address was at a central Oxford night shelter.In an email to members of the JCR, vice-president Louie Dane said that the theft “needs to open our eyes.“We came extremely close to losing a very valuable set of goods, and this isn’t the first time things have gone missing.” He added, “From now on, therefore, the JCR MUST be kept OFF the latch at all times.”He also stated that he was looking into the possibility of giving JCR committee members the right to fine members who do not lock up after use.President Oscar Lee was said not to favour this solution.When approached by Cherwell for comment, Lee stated, “The matter has highlighted the importance of security in the JCR and we have already increased restrictions on access to the JCR.“All JCRs are vulnerable to theft of this kind and I would urge other colleges to review their security.” He added, “The JCR is indebted to Stephen McGlynn for following the thieves and calling the police and without him we would have lost some very valuable items. He is a hero in the eyes of many in the JCR.”In addition, he described the stolen console as “very popular indeed,” although conceded that, “Some people have commented that the JCR has been a more welcoming environment this last week without the PS3.”McGlynn himself stated that ‘The recovery of our property is down to some exemplary teamwork between New College staff and porters and the local police.’One anonymous New College undergraduate said, “The charge may be ‘petty theft’, but rest assured this is a serious crime. If nothing else, the theft of our PS3 – as well as the theft of FIFA 12 last year – is crippling our abusive, exclusive JCR ‘socialising’.”Robin Bhaduri, famed video-gamer from Keble, remarked, “I like playing ps3 [sic].”last_img read more

Council Agenda: Undo Departmental Changes?

first_imgCity Hall in Ocean CityAt its public meeting on Thursday (Aug. 13), City Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance that would restructure city departments to look a lot like they did two years ago.In May 2013, the city merged the Public Works Department and Community Services Department into a new Department of Community Operations. Roger McLarnon was hired to lead the new department, based on his qualifications in engineering, zoning, planning and capital projects.In August 2014, the city re-established the Community Services Department to handle recreation and public relations services, among other tasks. Kristin Gallagher was hired in September 2014 to lead the department, but she resigned in May, and the position has not yet been filled.The new ordinance would bring back the Public Works Department and retain the Community Services Department in a structure similar to what existed before May 2013. See attached PDF for full documentation on the reassignment of duties.The ordinance and supporting documentation mention nothing of the personnel or employee headcount associated with the changes.At Thursday’s meeting, Council also will consider the following agenda items:2014 Audit Report: Council will hear a report on a 2014 audit of city finances by an outside accounting firm. For the past several years, the city has received clean audit reports, with no major corrective findings.Life Saving Station Update: Council will hear an update from the nonprofit U.S. Life Saving Station No. 30 group on the status of efforts to repay $750,000 the city has invested in restoration of the historic building (the city’s half of a matching grant). The city purchased the building in 2010 for about $1 million to preserve it.North End Beach Replenishment: Council will vote on the second reading of an ordinance that would finance the city’s portion of a beach replenishment project for the north end of the island. Bids are expected to be opened with the next couple weeks, and specifications call for the work to be done by March 1. The measure is part of a larger bond ordinance that would authorize spending $2,693,000 with $2,558,350 of that total borrowed. The ordinance includes authorizations to spend $1,350,000 for beach and bay improvements including the Army Corps project.See PDF below for complete documentation of all agenda items.Download (PDF, 7.86MB)last_img read more

Anger at Warburtons’ factory closure proposals

first_imgThe Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said workers at Warburtons’ Blackpool factory were “shocked” and “angry” after the company announced proposals to close the site with the potential loss of 71 jobs.A 90-day consultation period to close the factory on Brinwell Road will start on 27 September with Warburtons citing the “continued challenging economic environment and changing demands on our business”.“The proposed changes are designed to make our manufacturing operations more efficient, which will help us better meet the demands of our customers and consumers across the UK,” said chairman Jonathan Warburton.Geoff Atkinson, the BFAWU’s regional organising secretary, told British Baker. “The announcement came as a shock to me and the guys and the shop floor and at this point our members are very angry. We will be putting forward ways of keeping the site open during when we sit with management during the consultation.Suggestions include producing smaller pack sizes, going down to one shift and selling the business as a going concern.”If Warburtons goes through with the plans, the factory would probably close in January 2013.In other news, the BFAWU is recommending to its members a new national two-year pay deal from Warburtons of a 2.4% pay increase for this year and next.Its members had rejected a previous offer of a 2.4% rise plus changes to their terms and conditions. Atkinson said that Warburtons had now dropped the proposals to change terms and conditions, which was why the Union was recommending the deal.last_img read more

Get Excited For LCD Soundsystem On SNL With Chris Pine And Kate McKinnon’s Hilarious Promo Video

first_imgLCD Soundsystem’s SNL appearance comes on the heels of their hugely successful five-night residency at Brooklyn Steel to celebrate the venue’s opening. During the Brooklyn Steel shows, the band debuted several brand new original songs, “Tonight,” “Call Police,” and “American Dream.” In response to an audience member at the opening night loudly inquiring about the whereabouts of the new album promised by frontman James Murphy when the band reunited last year, Murphy replied with his signature bashful tone–“It took a little longer than we thought it would, we’re sorry about that. But it’s almost done. We promise.”Don’t forget to set your DVR for this Saturday night! This is an episode you surely don’ want to miss. Last month, late-night live TV institution Saturday Night Live announced that Brooklyn industrial electronic dance massive LCD Soundsystem would bring their futuristic drum circle to the storied Studio 8H at New York City’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza to serve as the musical guests for the show’s May 6th episode. Movie star Chris Pine was announced as the episode’s host.In preparation for the episode this Saturday, Saturday Night Live has released a hilarious promo video clip featuring LCD Soundsystem’s hit “Dance Yrself Clean” from the band’s 2010 album This Is Happening. In the video, Pine and fan-favorite cast member Kate McKinnon get weird, as they get down to the LCD soundtrack, play with curling irons, dump buckets of confetti on each other, rock rubber wigs and fake pregnant bellies, and magically turn a 3-D printed SNL logo into Skittles. Watch the hilarious clip below:last_img read more

Governor vetoes House Bill 1022

first_imgIndiana Gov. Mike Pence vetoed a bill today that would give private university police departments different standards for public records than public police departments.House Bill 1022, introduced by State Rep. Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) in January, would have changed state law to require private university police departments to release records relating only to arrests and incarcerations.“Throughout my public career, I have long believed in the public’s right to know and a free and independent press,” Pence said in a written statement. “Limiting access to police records in a situation where private university police departments perform a government function is a disservice to the public and an unnecessary barrier to transparency.”Today was the last day for Pence to sign or veto the bill; otherwise, it would have become a law without his signature.The bill was approved by a unanimous vote in the House and a 49-to-1 vote in the Senate. Throughout the bill’s legislative process, a high-profile lawsuit between ESPN and Notre Dame over access to the University’s private police records has been unfolding.The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in favor of ESPN on March 15, finding Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) a public agency subject to public record laws and reversing the decision of the trial court. The case was remanded to the trial court to determine what types of records NDSP will be required to produce under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).“While House Enrolled Act 1022 provides for limited disclosure of records from private university police departments, it would limit the application of the Access to Public Records Act following the Court of Appeals decision and result in less disclosure, therefore I have decided to veto the bill. Hoosiers may be assured that my administration will always be vigilant to preserve government accountability and the public’s right to know,” Pence said in the statement.Tags: APRA, ESPN lawsuit, Governor Pence, House Bill 1022, NDSP, public records, vetolast_img read more