Journalist in critical condition after attacker cuts his throat

first_img September 12, 2018 Find out more June 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist in critical condition after attacker cuts his throat Well-known freelance journalist and blogger Ismail “Hilath” Rasheed was stabbed in the neck near his Malé home today and was rushed in a critical condition to the city’s ADK hospital where he underwent an operation and was then placed in an intensive care unit.“This knife attack has all the hallmarks of a targeted murder attempt,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Rasheed has made many enemies through his outspoken blogging. The authorities in charge of the investigation should not rule out the possibility that this was linked to his journalistic activity. He is a well-known journalist who has repeatedly been censored, arrested and threatened.“The police must, as a matter of urgency, put a stop to the harassment of Rasheed and take the issue of his safety seriously. Any lack of response on their part will constitute a criminal failure to assist a person in danger.”Malé police sub-inspector Hassan Haneef confirmed that Rasheed was taken to ADK hospital after being stabbed at around 8:15 p.m. today. He added that the police were checking security camera footage to see whether they could identify the assailant from it.MinivanNews quoted a hospital source as saying Rasheed’s assailant “slit his throat clean through the trachea” and that Rasheed survived only because a vital artery was missed “by millimetres.”Rasheed’s blog, www.hilath.com, was blocked by the Communications Authority of the Maldives on the order of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs on 19 November 2011 on the grounds that it contained “anti-Islamic” material. A former editor of the newspaper Haveeru, Rasheed practices Sufi Islam.He was hospitalized with a fractured skull on 10 December 2011 after taking part in a peaceful demonstration in support of religious tolerance that was stoned a group of men. The police then arrested him for taking part in the demonstration and held him until 9 January.If it is confirmed that today’s attack was prompted by his journalism and blogging, Rasheed would be the first journalist to have been the target of a murder attempt in Maldives, which is ranked 73rd out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News News MaldivesAsia – Pacific July 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further April 23, 2018 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates News News Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist MaldivesAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Maldives RSF_en RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murdererslast_img read more

Starter Homes Feel the Market Pressure

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Magazine, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save First-time Buyers Fixer-upper Home Prices Homebuyers HOUSING Housing Inventory Median-Value premium homes Starter Homes Trulia 2018-03-22 Radhika Ojha One of the major casualties of a national housing market defined by continuously rising prices and over-tight inventory is the starter home, according to the latest Inventory and Price Watch report by Trulia. Starter homes “have become scarcer, pricier, smaller, older, and more likely in need of some TLC than they were six years ago,” the report states. They have seen median prices climb 9.6 percent since last spring, while starter inventory hit a new low in Q1. Meanwhile, prices for trade-up and premium homes rose 7.5 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively. Overall housing inventory is actually up 3.3 percent from the first quarter in 2017. That’s the first time that’s happened since this same period in 2015. But “the rise in overall inventory masks the lopsided supply changes across the housing segment,” Trulia reported. In fact, starter home inventory plummeted 14.2 percent this quarter. “Homes are increasingly unaffordable,” Trulia reported. The share of income needed to purchase a home across starter, trade-up, and premium segments reached new highs, largely due to increases in mortgage rates since the start of 2018. The portion of income needed to buy a starter home surged up 4.2 percentage points since this time last year, up to 41.2 percent—well above the 30 percent maximum experts recommend. In addition to dwindling supply and escalating home prices, starter home buyers must also contend with homes on the market that are smaller and of a lower quality than they were six years ago. According to Trulia, quality for starter homes—which are, on average, nine years older than they were in 2012—appears to be on the wane as measured by a home’s age and the share of those that are fixer-uppers. Starter homes are also less likely to be move-in ready, with fixer-uppers comprising 11.2 percent of the starter home segment compared to 10.3 percent six years ago. Among all housing segments, fixer-uppers have actually decreased by 0.6 percentage points down to 4.8 percent, the report states. Their overall size is down too. “Starter homes shrunk by 2 percent in terms of square feet, while homes at higher price points grew by 8.6 percent more square feet,” Trulia reported.However some markets saw the share of fixer-uppers among starter homes rise considerably; Camden, New Jersey (12.8 percentage point increase), Philadelphia (8.5 percentage points) and Oklahoma City (8 percentage points) led markets where fixer-uppers became more common than they were in 2012, Trulia reported. Previous: Why Aren’t More Renters Becoming Buyers? Next: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Black Knight, Ginnie Mae, and More … The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: First-time Buyers Fixer-upper Home Prices Homebuyers HOUSING Housing Inventory Median-Value premium homes Starter Homes Trulia Related Articles March 22, 2018 2,237 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Starter Homes Feel the Market Pressure The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing.  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Starter Homes Feel the Market Pressurelast_img read more