Archers actress presents BBC Radio 4 Appeal in aid of the Mental Health Foundation 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 January 2010 | News Patricia Gallimore, who plays the character Pat Archer in the longstanding BBC drama series, will present a Mental Health Foundation Radio 4 Appeal to raise awareness of the devastating impact that mental illness can have on the lives of sufferers and their families.The charity’s appeal explains the need for more mental health research, which is chronically underfunded when compared to cancer and heart disease despite the fact that 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem each year. The Foundation carries out vital research to find treatments and improve services to help those whose lives are affected by mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, dementia or bipolar disorder.The Archers actress Patricia Gallimore, who in the appeal tells the story about a woman who lost her life to suicide, said:“I’m really pleased to be involved in the making of this Radio 4 Appeal. A mental health problem hit my family 15 or so years ago as a result of prolonged stress and I know the effect that it can have on a person and their loved ones. Luckily we got good advice from our GP and support from friends and relatives, which all helped to get us through a horrible period in our lives.“Even though many children, adults and older people suffer from mental ill health, it is rarely discussed openly because of the stigma and shame. Charities like the Mental Health Foundation need our support to bring the subject out into the open. Far more needs to be done to help individuals and their families, and I hope Radio 4 listeners will be generous in their support of the Foundation.”To make a donation visit the Radio 4 website www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/ or telephone 0800 404 8144. Or write a cheque payable to the ‘Mental Health Foundation’ and post it to ‘FREEPOST, Radio 4 Appeal’. On the back of the cheque please write your full name and address. Mark the back of your envelope ‘Mental Health Foundation’.The appeal will be broadcast on Sunday 24th January 2010 at 7.55am & 9.26pm and repeated on Thursday 28th January 2010 at 3.27pm. Tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 92-94 FM, 198 Long Wave. Listen online again at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/EndsNotes to EditorsFor further details please contact the press office team on 020 7803 1130 / 1128 or 07967 586489 (out-of-hours).The Mental Health Foundation (www.mentalhealth.org.uk) uses research and practical projects to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. We work to influence policy, including government at the highest levels. And we use our knowledge to raise awareness and to help tackle the stigma attached to mental illness. We reach millions of people every year through our media work, information booklets and online services. Registered Charity No: (England & Wales) 801130: (Scotland) SC 039714. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Tagged with: Celebrity music Melanie May | 10 July 2018 | News 335 total views, 1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Star-studded NHS celebration song to benefit NHS Charities Together 336 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 A doctor and NHS communications manager who led the campaign to get the NHS to Christmas Number One in 2015 and beat Justin Bieber to do so, have launched another single to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday.Dr Katie Rogerson and Joe Blunden released the single, a rendition of the Beatles classic With A Little Help From My Friends, on 6 July featuring an all-star cast including Seal, Beverley Knight, Guy Garvey and UB40, along with the NHS Choir of doctors and nurses that got to top spot in 2015.In addition, they attracted producer Timbaland, who has worked with Grammy nominated Brit Jon Cohen, as well as the support of Sir Paul McCartney. The 4 July also saw their story told in an ITV documentary, showing their journey to create the single, and a nationwide singalong of the song.Rogerson said: “Joe and I wanted to think of a way to include everyone who is touched by the NHS in a huge celebration. What better way than a Band Aid-style song and with a national singalong. This is our way to nod to the past seven decades of love, care and the best of British, standing hand in hand with 1.3 million fantastic staff to say ‘happy birthday NHS’.”All proceeds from the single will go to NHS Charities Together, a group of more than 100 NHS charities that provide funds to improve the experience of patients. Advertisement
November 27, 2020 Find out more June 25, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper’s deputy editor gunned down outside home in Kigali News RwandaAfrica Reporters Without Borders is shocked and outraged to learn that Jean-Léonard Rugambage, the deputy editor of the fortnightly Umuvugizi, was gunned down outside his home in Kigali at about 11 p.m. on 24 June. He was the first journalist to be murdered in Rwanda since Emmanuel Munyemanzi in 1998.“We have for months being condemning the climate of terror in Rwanda, the escalating repression of independent journalists and totalitarian tendencies,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It seems that newspaper closures, trials of journalists and blocking of websites have not been enough to elicit a reaction from the international community. Will this tragic development finally open the eyes of those who support this government?”The press freedom organisation added: “As the August presidential election approaches, the government is organising a tightly controlled and monolithic electoral campaign in which all sources of criticism are being suppressed. This undertaking seems to have culminated in the ambushing and murder of this renowned journalist.”In a resumption of diplomatic relations, French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited Kigali in February and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, attended the Africa-France summit in Nice on 31 May and 1 June. Reporters Without Borders believes that dialogue cannot be resumed unless particular attention is paid to press freedom and it therefore calls on the French authorities and the European Union delegation in Kigali to ensure that an independent investigation is carried out into this murder. Monitoring this case should be a priority for France’s ambassador to Kigali, Laurent Contini.Rugambage was slain by four shots fired at close range by gunmen who have yet to be identified. The police took his body away to carry out an autopsy. Also known as “Sheriff,” he left a wife and two-year-old child. His murder has caused shock and dismay in both Rwanda and abroad.“Jean-Léonard was without doubt killed as a result of his coverage of last week’s attempted murder of Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa in exile in South Africa,” Reporters Without Borders was told by Jean-Bosco Gasasira, his newspaper’s editor, who is himself in exile.Rugambage reported that telephone calls were made between Rwandan intelligence chief Emmanuel Ndahiro and the Rwandan citizens who were arrested in South Africa after the shooting attack on Gen. Nyamwasa. In a story about the shooting in Le Monde on 22 June, headlined “Rwandan stray bullets,” French journalist Jean-Philippe Rémy wrote: “It is not easy to say what distinguishes Rwanda from a full-blown dictatorship.”Rugambage had experienced several run-ins with the authorities. Accused of murder during the genocide and then sentenced to a year in prison for contempt of court, he was detained for 11 months in 2005 and 2006 before finally being acquitted. He edited Umuco for a long time before joining Umuvugizi.He was also the Rwanda correspondent of the regional press freedom organisation Journalist in Danger (JED). “He told things as he felt them,” said a journalist who participated with him in a workshop in Brazzaville in 2007 for JED’s regional correspondents. “He was a very committed guy who paid with his life for his courage as a reporter. He did not beat about the bush, unlike some of his Rwandan colleagues.”Rwanda was ranked 157th out of 179 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This was the fourth lowest ranking in Africa, above only Eritrea, Somali and Equatorial Guinea. President Kagame has for years been on the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom. Picture : Jean-Léonard Rugambage (copyright : Umuvugizi) Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Reports Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa April 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Rwanda News RwandaAfrica to go further February 13, 2020 Find out more
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Share Save Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Forbearance Rates Decline in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News July 29, 2020 1,923 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Forbearance MBA 2020-07-29 David Wharton Print This Post Andy Beth Miller is an experienced freelance editor and writer. Her main focus is travel writing, and when she is not typing away from her computer at her home in the Hawaiian Islands, she is regularly roaming the world as a digital nomad, and loving every minute of it. She has been published in myriad online and print magazines, is a fan of all things outdoors, and finds life (and all of its business, technological, and cultural facets) fascinating in their constant evolution. She is excited to spectate as the world changes, and have a job that allows her to bring a detailed account of those constant shifts to her readers at home and abroad. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Mortgage Forbearance Rates Decline The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has released its most recent Forbearance and Call Volume Survey results, covering the period from July 13 through July 19, 2020. The survey, which represents three-quarters of the first-mortgage servicing market (a total of 37.3 million loans), shows that the total number of loans currently in forbearance has fallen by six basis points from last week.Specifically, the statistics show that loans in forbearance decreased from last week’s 7.80% of servicers’ portfolio volume to 7.74%. This loosely translates into 3.9 million homeowners being currently embroiled in forbearance plans (estimate provided by MBA).The survey further breaks down particular details regarding specific loaning institutions, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. MBA reported that loans financed by the GSEs and currently in forbearance fell for the seventh week in a row (down to 5.49%). This change marks a 15-basis-point improvement.Regarding Ginnie Mae loans in forbearance, those rose by one basis point (up to 10.27%). As for the forbearance share for portfolio loans and private-label securities (PLS), those increased by 12 basis points (up to 10.53%). The percentage of loans in forbearance for depository servicers also experienced a drop (down to 8.06%), and those loans currently in forbearance for independent mortgage bank (IMB) servicers experienced an uptick (rising to 7.85%).MBA’s SVP and Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni commented on these recently divulged details: “The share of loans in forbearance declined by a smaller amount than in previous weeks, as the pace of borrowers exiting forbearance slowed. Although the GSE portfolio of loans in forbearance should continue to improve, Ginnie Mae’s portfolio saw an uptick of both loans in forbearance and borrowers requesting forbearance. The high level of unemployment claims in recent weeks may be playing a role, as weakness would likely impact Ginnie Mae’s portfolio first.”Fratantoni continued: “As a result of large buyouts from Ginnie Mae pools in recent weeks, many FHA and VA loans are now being held as portfolio loans by bank servicers. That is why the share of portfolio loans in forbearance has increased and is now typically at a higher level than that for Ginnie Mae loans.” Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Andy Beth Miller The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: The Fight Against Zombie Properties Next: Kathleen Kraninger Provides CFPB Update to Congress Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Forbearance MBA The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe
News UpdatesDelhi Riots: HC Rejects Ishrat Jahan’s Plea Challenging The Extension Granted To Police For Completing Investigation Against Her [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 July 2020 11:14 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has dismissed a plea filed by Congress Councillor Ishrat Jahan challenging the order dated 15/06/20 passed by ASJ Dharmender Rana wherein the police was granted an extension of 60 days to complete investigation in cases pertaining to Delhi riots against her. The Court has held that all the requirements under Section 43-D of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has dismissed a plea filed by Congress Councillor Ishrat Jahan challenging the order dated 15/06/20 passed by ASJ Dharmender Rana wherein the police was granted an extension of 60 days to complete investigation in cases pertaining to Delhi riots against her. The Court has held that all the requirements under Section 43-D of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 have been duly satisfied and hence, there is no ground for intereference with the ASJ’s order. “Public Prosecutor had moved an application, for extension of time to file chargesheet, after going through the whole matrix of the case and after satisfying himself as per the law as enumerated in the second limb of Section 43(D)(2)(b) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Learned Judge also after going through the facts and circumstances and mandate of provisions of law of the Act mentioned above and after recording his satisfaction had passed impugned order. Therefore, I am of the view that there is no illegality or perversity in the said order,” observed the Single Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait. The proviso of Section 43-D of the Act stipulates that if it is not possible to complete the investigation within the period of 90 days, the Court may if it is satisfied with the report of the Public Prosecutor indicating the progress of the investigation and the specific reasons for the detention of the accused beyond the said period of 90 days, extend the period upto 180 days. Ms. Jahan, who is an accused in cases pertaining to Delhi riots, had challenged the ASJ’s order stating that order of the trial court has not taken into consideration the fact that the investigation against her has already been completed and no specific reasons have been put forward by the police to seek extension for investigation against her. She further submitted that the IO had not satisfied any of the conditions enshrined under section 43(D)2(b) of the UAPA in order to seek extension for investigation. After hearing both the parties, the Court had reserved order on July 20, 2020. Finding itself at odds with this submission, the Single Bench observed that a “bare perusal” of the Public Prosecutor’s application would reveal the reasons/ grounds for seeking extension of time to complete the investigation. Further, the ASJ had in unequivocal terms at para nos.30 and 31 of the impugned order held that there exist “sufficient reasons” to extend the period of investigation detention of the accused under section 43-D of UAP Act, 1967. In these circumstances the Court held, “The satisfaction of the Court for extension of the period of investigation is clearly recorded in the impugned order dated 15.06.2020. This satisfies the requirement of section 43-D of UAPA… It is apparent from the above that the court formed an opinion (implicit in the expression “upon perusal”) and the opinion so formed was predicated on: a) submissions; b) perusal of case diary and c) Report of the learned Public Prosecutor, which was duly examined to satisfy the requirements of law that: 1) what the progress of investigation was; 2) the specific reasons for detention of the accused beyond the period of 90 days. The court, therefore, has considered all relevant circumstances for passing the order granting extension of period of investigation.” Case Details: Case Title: Ishrat Jahan v. State Case No.: Crl MC No. 1525/2020 Quorum: Justice Suresh Kumar Kait Appearance: Advocates Lalit Valecha, Manu Prabhakar, Tushar Anand and Abhinav Meena (for Petitioner); Standing Counsel (Crl.) Rahul Mehra with APP Amit Chadha, CGSC Amit Mahajan, SPP Amit Prasad (for State) Click Here To Download Judgment Read Judgment Next Story
News UpdatesLok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 To Remove Stock Limit On Agricultural Produce Akshita Saxena15 Sep 2020 8:06 AMShare This – xThe Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 by voice vote, to replace its corresponding Ordinance, which was promulgated in in June this year. The Bill seeks to amend the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. When read with Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 by voice vote, to replace its corresponding Ordinance, which was promulgated in in June this year. The Bill seeks to amend the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. When read with Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 (both of which have been introduced in the lower house), the Bill aims to increase the availability of buyers for farmers’ produce, by allowing them to trade freely without any license or stock limit. Key Features Regulation of food items The Essential Commodities Act, 1955 empowers the central government to designate certain commodities such as food items, fertilizers, etc. as essential commodities and regulate its production, supply, distribution, trade, and commerce, for securing their ‘equitable distribution’ and ‘availability at fair prices’. The Bill provides that the Central Government may regulate the supply of certain food items including cereals, pulses, potatoes, onions, edible oilseeds, and oils. This power can be exercised only under “extraordinary circumstances” like (i) war, (ii) famine, (iii) extraordinary price rise and (iv) natural calamity of grave nature. Stock limit The Bill requires that imposition of any stock limit on agricultural produce must be based on price rise. A stock limit may be imposed only if there is: 100% increase in retail price of horticultural produce;50% increase in the retail price of non-perishable agricultural food items. The increase will be calculated over the price prevailing immediately preceding twelve months, or the average retail price of the last five years, whichever is lower. Parliamentary Debate Congress MP Dr. Amar Singh opposed the Bill and said that it completely departs from the original intention of the principal Act. He highlighted that whereas the mother Act empowers Govt to issue directions to ensure ‘equitable distribution’ & ‘maintenance fair prices’, the Bill restricts power to ‘extraordinary circumstances’ alone. He also pointed out that the provision for imposition of stock limit only when prices of certain commodities increase by a hundred per cent is highly unreasonable. He illustrated, if price of a cereal is Rs.100, the Government would not act even if its prices rises to Rs. 199. In such circumstances, he said, the farmers will suffer indiscriminately. Other Members widely opposed delimitation of stock, emphasizing that it will only benefit private investors at the cost of poor farmers. “Since stock limits are being removed, a large number of corporate investors will hoard stock when prices are low,” a member said. Minister of State for Consumer Affairs defended the Bill and claimed that it is necessary to control price volatility, partly induced by the pandemic. He further assured that the farmers will benefit from this legislation as it will attract investment in cold storage and save crop produce. Click Here To Download Bill Read Bill Next Story
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Protest underway outside Dail in opposition to Queen of Aran ferry WhatsApp Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleRefurbishment of flood damaged Burnfoot homes is a council matter – MoranNext articleTyrone’s Tieran McCann ruled out of league News Highland By News Highland – February 14, 2018 Homepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Residents of Tory Island are protesting outside the Dail today as part of their campaign for a new purpose built ferry to serve the island.The contract for the current service is due to cease on 1st April, to be replaced by the Queen of Aran,a vessel with which the residents are not happy because it is 40 year old .A number of meetings have taken place with Gaeltacht and Islands Minister Joe Mc Hugh, and today the residents have taken their campaign to Dublin.Marjorie Uí Chearbhaill is Community Development Manager of Tory Island Co-Op. Earlier, she spoke with Greg Hughes on the Nine til Noon show:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/tory1pm-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter
Chicago Police Department(CHICAGO) — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Chicago after a special prosecutor re-investigated allegations he bogusly reported being the victim of a January 2019 hate-crime attack, officials said.Smollett, 37, was indicted on six counts related to making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers, claiming he was the victim of a hate crime while “knowing he was not the victim of a crime,” special prosecutor Dan Webb said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.Webb was appointed by a Cook County judge to continue looking into the false allegations after the Cook County State’s Attorney Office dropped all charges against the actor.Webb said the Office of the Special Prosecutor has “now completed all of its investigative steps regarding Jussie Smollett, and has made the decision to further prosecute Mr. Smollett.”He said his office has made arrangements with Smollett’s attorneys for the actor to voluntarily appear at an arraignment on Feb. 24 in the Criminal Division of Cook County Circuit Court. Webb’s investigation began Aug. 23, after Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael Toomin appointed him special prosecutor.Toomin directed Webb to launched an independent investigation to determine whether Smollett should be further prosecuted for the allegedly false reports he made to police and whether “any person or office involved in the Smollett case engaged in wrongdoing, including the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office or individuals in that office,” Webb’s statement reads.Webb said the grand jury’s investigation revealed Smollett “planned and participated in a staged hate-crime attack.”Smollett made “numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime he, in fact, knew had not occurred,” according to Webb.The special prosecutor determined that “reasonable grounds exist” to further prosecute Smollett “in the interest of justice.”In deciding whether to pursue further charges against Smollett, Webb weighed the “extensive nature of Mr. Smollett’s false police reports” and the resources expended by the Chicago Police Department” to investigate his bogus claims, Webb’s statement reads.Webb reached “no conclusions” on whether the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney or individuals in the office “engaged in any wrongdoing in connection with the Smollett investigation.”Another “major factor” in determining whether to prosecute Smollett was that the office of the Cook County State’s Attorney was unable to provide to the special prosecutor evidence of similar cases that showed Smollett received no special treatment.In a stunning move, the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges against Smollett in March despite acknowledging Smollett fabricated a street attack on himself in an attempt to get a pay raise.Prosecutors said at the time that they were satisfied with Smollett forfeiting the 10% of a $100,000 bond that he put up, and preemptively completing community service prior to getting the charges dropped.Smollett told police that on Jan. 29, 2019, he was walking on a street near his Chicago apartment around 2 a.m. when he was set upon by two men. The attackers allegedly shouted racist and homophobic slurs before hitting him, pouring “an unknown chemical substance” on him — possibly bleach — and wrapping a rope around his neck, he told detectives.Police said Smollett’s story of being the victim of an attack began to unravel when police tracked down two men, brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who they said were seen in a security video near where Smollett claimed he was assaulted and around the same time it supposedly occurred.The Osundairo brothers claimed, according to police, that Smollett paid them $3,500 to help him orchestrate and stage the crime after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent Jan. 22 to the Fox studio where the television series “Empire” is filmed, did not get enough attention. Police later alleged Smollett wrote the letter.The brothers’ attorney said the check from Smollett was payment for both the personal training and their help in staging the attack.In mid-February 2019, in an exclusive interview with “Good Morning America,” Smollett said he was heartbroken when he found out that people questioned the details of his story. He defended himself against skeptics who pointed out that it wasn’t until a follow-up interview with the police that he mentioned that the assailants yelled “MAGA Country!” at him. He also complained about erroneous reports that he had told police that the attackers were actually wearing red MAGA hats.“For me, the main thing was the idea that I somehow switched up my story, you know? And that somehow maybe I added a little extra trinket, you know, of the MAGA thing,” Smollett said. “I didn’t need to add anything like that. They called me a f—–, they called me a n——. There’s no which way you cut it. I don’t need some MAGA hat as the cherry on top of some racist sundae.”After charges were dropped against him, Smollett held a news conference and proclaimed his innocence.“I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one,” he said. “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of.”“This has been an incredibly difficult time,” he added. “Honestly, one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith and I’m a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement into a fire like this. I just wouldn’t. Now I’d like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life. But make no mistake I will always continue to fight for justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.”The city of Chicago responded by filing a civil suit against the actor, demanding he reimburse the city $130,106 in police overtime to investigate his attack claims.Smollett countersued, claiming authorities “maliciously” prosecuted him.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Brookfield Property Partners’ Brian Kingston and Brookfield Place (Brookfield;Getty/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)Closing the book on a devastating year, Brookfield Property Partners recorded about $2 billion in losses in 2020, with its office and retail holdings getting slammed by the pandemic.The real estate arm of Brookfield Asset Management reported a net loss of $38 million in the fourth quarter, veering sharply from its net income of $1.55 billion over the same period in 2019.At its fourth quarter earnings call on Tuesday, Brookfield Property Partners reported a big drop in funds from operations — or cash flow generated from its businesses. That figure fell to $167 million in Q4, from $379 million over the same period in 2019.Brookfield said the loss was largely due to “unrealized reductions of values of certain assets within the portfolio.” Most of that occurred within Brookfield’s retail segment, which includes its massive mall holdings across the country.The news comes just weeks after Brookfield Asset Management said it would seek to take Brookfield Property Partners private in a deal worth nearly $6 billion. The investment manager already owns about 65 percent of Brookfield Property Partners stock, and is planning to buy out the remaining shares.Brookfield Property Partners said a special committee made up of its independent directors have met and hired advisers to consider the proposal. The company said that it would be able to report more information on the plan later in the first quarter.The company also announced that Ric Clark stepped down as chairman at the end of January. In November, Clark — previously the company’s CEO — had partnered with former Tishman Speyer executive Philip Waterman to start a new real estate investment firm.4 quarters of lossesThe Q4 losses compared to the previous quarter, in which it lost $135 million. Brookfield reported a second quarter net loss of $1.5 billion and a first quarter loss of $373 million.CFO Bryan Davis said at Tuesday’s call that Brookfield has reduced the value of its retail portfolio by about $600 million in the fourth quarter.Brookfield has previously been criticized over its valuation methods. As a Canada-based company, Brookfield does not use GAAP accounting standards like its American counterparts. Instead, it relies on IFRS, which gives management more discretion on valuations. During the Covid crisis, the company maintained valuations on some of its properties at pre-pandemic levels, raising concerns from some in the industry.On the call, the company noted that retail rent collections rose to 80 percent in the fourth quarter, from 70 to 75 percent in the third quarter and 34 percent in the second quarter.Brookfield, which gained about 125 malls from its acquisition of GGP in 2018, is in default on its loans on several of them. On the call, executives said the company is in negotiations with special servicers on about 20 of those properties in its core portfolio, where the value of the mall is equal to the debt on the property.Davis said Brookfield could possibly modify its loans, hand over the malls to its lenders through a deed in lieu, or buy back the malls at a discount.“There are opportunities and we are seeking to see what we can do to modify the existing loans,” he said.Brookfield’s mall portfolio is mostly the result of its acquisition of GGP. Those properties have contributed to hefty losses during the pandemic and the company could hand back the keys to lenders on at least 10 of them, according to a recent Real Deal analysis.Office vacancies across the U.S. remain high, but Brookfield touted its portfolio abroad. Executives said employees are already returning to work in Dubai and Asia.Brookfield CEO Brian Kingston said during the call that the company has been in talks with public officials about reopening offices.Kingston said the company has spent time with local governments and agencies “wanting to be thoughtful about how you [reopen] safely, but trying to emphasize with all of them the importance of getting people back to work.” That stands in contrast to an overall hesitancy among employees and many businesses in the U.S. about returning workers to the office. A recent survey found that in 10 major metropolitan cities, the average number of office workers who returned to their desks fell to 21.7 percent on Jan. 20. Last week, American Express told workers to operate from home until Labor Day.Brookfield Property Partners stock rose 21 cents to $17.29 at closing on Tuesday.Contact Keith Larsen Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsBrian Kingstonbrookfield asset managementBrookfield Property Partnersmalls Full Name* Share via Shortlink Message* Email Address*