News to go further Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Organisation Follow the news on Syria She did not say how she obtained this information but a family friend, Ahmad Abbassi, said Saied was believed to have died about 18 months ago, probably under torture, the Syrian Journalists Association and many others assume. Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Imprisoned Nearly three years after the Syrian security services arrested the award-winning Palestinian-Syrian photographer Niraz Saied, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is dismayed to learn that he died in a Syrian government prison. March 8, 2021 Find out more News His wife Lamis Alkhateeb, now a refugee in Germany, posted this message on Facebook on 16 July: “There are no harder words to write than these, but Niraz must not die in silence (…) Niraz died in the Syrian regime’s prisons.” Niraz Saied ‘s family had not seen him since his arrest on 2 October 2015 as he left Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees in southern Damascus after being threatened by the Islamic State forces present there at the time. Syria continued to be the world’s most dangerous country for journalists in 2017 and is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News March 12, 2021 Find out more News Human rights groups often accuse President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of torture and extra-judicial execution. According to the information gathered by RSF, at least 25 professional and non-professional journalists have died in Syrian government prisons since 2011. In most of these cases, the family has not known the exact cause of death and has not been able to recover the body. Help by sharing this information Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Receive email alerts SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Imprisoned “The confirmation of Niraz Saied’s death constitutes yet another example of how the Syrian regime systematically targets journalists,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The full truth needs to be known about the circumstances of his death while held by the Syrian authorities.” July 19, 2018 Photographer Niraz Saied dies in Syrian prison February 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Saied was known for his photos of life inside Yarmouk Camp. One of his photos won the first prize in a photography competition organized by UNRWA (the UN agency for Palestinian refugees) and the European Union in December 2014. He met his wife while helping the documentary filmmaker Rashid Mashharawi to make the documentary “Letters from Yarmouk.”
The hopper dredge Liberty Island pumps one of the final loads of new sand onto the beach at 59th Street on Monday, Sept. 28. Crews are working beyond 59th Street to create a buffer zone to protect the southernmost houses in Ocean City.After returning to port for about a week during a northeast gale, the hopper dredge Liberty Island was back at work pumping new sand onto the beach at the southern end of Ocean City on Monday (Sept. 28).It’s estimated that only 17,000 cubic yards needs to be delivered before the project is complete — an amount that can be transported in about a day.But by 5 p.m. Monday, only one load of sand had been transported due to the continuing rough seas. The sand-pumping likely will be complete by Tuesday evening.The project will have added 1.6 million cubic yards of sand to rebuild eroded beaches and dunes between 37th and 59th streets in Ocean City. The pipeline pumping sand extended past 59th Street on Monday, and crews were working to taper the wide beach to the narrower strand at Corson’s Inlet State Park, which is not part of the project area.After sand-pumping is complete, the contractor will remove pipeline and equipment from the beach and work on completing dune crossovers. Dune grass will be planted seasonally starting in November.The rebuilt beaches at the south end appeared to hold up well against a week of exceptionally high tides and pounding surf from last week’s northeast swell.A week of northeast swell eats into the dunes at Fifth Street in Ocean City by Monday, Sept. 28.Beaches at Fifth Street and Waverly on the north end did not fare as well — with the waves eating into the dunes.But beach replenishment work could move to the north end as early as mid-October.A separate dredge, the Illinois, is expected to complete work in Sea Isle City (part of the same $57 million project as southern Ocean City) in early October. The dredge will be transported straight to Ocean City after the job in Sea Isle is done.A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for next week. The project area would range from Ocean City’s first jetty at Seaspray Road to 15th Street.The last north end replenishment in 2013 was scheduled to be completed in about three months (and took just slightly longer due to weather and mechanical delays). That schedule would complete the work by mid-January.
Transport – Although the Department of Transport operational budget will be slashed by 37%, transport capital spending will rise 50% to £61bn. This will fund projects across the country, including the largest road investment programme since the 1970s, HS2, the electrification of various railways such as the Trans-Pennine and the Transport for the North programme. London will receive £11bn to invest in its transport infrastructure. Tax and cash support – As already announced, Corporation Tax will be reduced to 18%. 600,000 small businesses will receive help by the extension of the small businesses rate relief scheme for another year, while cash support given through Innovate UK will be protected by offering £165m in loans instead of grants. By the end of the decade, all individuals and small businesses will have their own digital tax account in order to manage their tax online. Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for three million apprentices and handed local councils the power to cut business rates.He outlined the plans in his Autumn Statement and declared: “This is a big Spending Review by a government that does big things. It’s a long-term economic plan for our country’s future.”He added that, since the Summer Budget, new economic data had been published which confirmed that, since 2010, no economy in the G7 had grown faster than Britain. “We’ve grown almost three times faster than Japan, twice as fast as France, faster than Germany and at the same rate as the United States,” added Osborne.He said the economy would grow by 2.4% this year and that growth was then revised up from the Budget forecast in the next two years, to 2.4% in 2016 and 2.5% in 2017.Here are just a few of the measures announced today: Apprenticeships – Osborne said he wanted to see three million apprentices by 2020 and said the government would be spending twice as much on apprenticeships from when they came into office by 2020. A new apprenticeship levy from April 2017 will be set at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s paybill, but employers will receive a £15,000 allowance to offset against a levy. This will mean 98% of employers, and all businesses with paybills of less than £3m, will pay no levy at all. Business rates – As set out last month, Osborne confirmed uniform business rates would be abolished. Local councils will have the power to cut business rates to make their areas more attractive to business and will also keep all the revenue accrued from the rates. Elected mayors will be able to raise rates, provided the proceeds are used to fund specific infrastructure projects supported by the local business community. Environment – Defra’s day-to-day budget will fall 15%, although funding for national parks and forests will be protected.For more reaction from the baking industry see bakeryinfo.co.uk.
Stuff.co.nz 29 April 2013Prime Minister John Key says parents will have to wait until at least 2015 before the Government considers extending paid parental leave, because it cannot afford to do it now. A One News-Colmar Brunton poll released yesterday showed 62 per cent of voters back a law sponsored by Labour MP Sue Moroney that would extend taxpayer-funded paid parental leave from 14 weeks to 26 weeks. The law change also appears to have enough support in Parliament to pass, but the Government has signalled it will use its veto power, which it can if a law would have a significant impact on the Budget. Today Key said bill would be blocked because of cost, which the Government estimates at $150 million a year, but said the leave would likely be extended eventually. “I think paid parental leave will increase one day, it’s just not today, because we just don’t have the money,” he said. “No one’s arguing it’s unreasonable but it’s all about affordability.” If the Government was to extend paid parental leave it would mean abandoning its target of reaching a fiscal surplus by 2014-15, or cutting spending elsewhere, Key told TVNZ’s Breakfast. “When we’re back in surplus and we’ve got choices, then I’m not at all ruling out paid parental leave … in terms of expanding it, it’s definitely something we’d like to do, but it’s about the timing of that issue.” Supporters of the bill dispute the Government’s estimates of the cost of the law change. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8606915/Parental-leave-extension-bill-too-costly
The SEC completed a decade of draft dominance with nine first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday. That edged out the Big Ten and ACC, which had seven first-round picks each. The Pac-12 and Big 12 each had three first-round picks.The SEC dominated again. The conference finished with 95 first-round picks in the last 10 NFL drafts, dating back to 2010. That leads all Power 5 conferences in that decade-long stretch. There is a huge gap between the SEC and the rest of the Power 5 conferences. The ACC (51), Big Ten (45), Pac-12 (43) and Big 12 (37) finished in that order in the last 10 drafts. The SEC had the most first-round picks in every NFL Draft this decade except 2010 and 2015.MORE: 2019 NFL Draft: First-round analysisThat trend continued in 2019. Alabama’s Quinnen Williams (No. 3), LSU’s Devin White (No. 5) and Kentucky’s Josh Allen (No. 7) were top-10 picks.The Crimson Tide led all FBS schools with 28 first-round picks since 2010, a remarkable stretch under coach Nick Saban. Jonah Williams (No. 11) and Joshua Jacobs (No. 24) added to that total. Mississippi State also had three first-round selections in Jeffery Simmons (No. 19), Montez Sweat (No. 26) and Johnathan Abram (No. 27). Georgia’s Deandre Baker (No. 30) rounded out the first-round picks.The SEC also had the No. 1 pick in three drafts in the decade, including Auburn’s Cam Newton (2011), South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney (2014) and Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett (2017).Here’s a look at every first-round pick from the SEC since 2010:YearPickPlayerTeamSchool20105Eric BerryKansas CityTennessee20107Joe HadenClevelandFlorida20108Rolando McClainOaklandAlabama201018Maurkice PounceyPittsburghFlorida201020Kareem JacksonHoustonAlabama201025Tim TebowDenverFlorida201026Dan WilliamsArizonaTennessee20111Cam NewtonCarolinaAuburn20113Marcell DareusBuffaloAlabama20114A.J. GreenCincinnatiGeorgia20115Patrick PetersonArizonaLSU20116Julio JonesAtlantaAlabama201113Nick FairleyDetroitAuburn201115Mike PounceyMiamiFlorida201125James CarpenterSeattleAlabama201128Mark Ingram Jr.New OrleansAlabama201132Derrek SherrodGreen BayMississippi State20123Trent RichardsonClevelandAlabama20126Morris ClaiborneDallasLSU20127Mark BarronTampa BayAlabama201210Stephon GilmoreBuffaloSouth Carolina201212Fletcher CoxPhiladelphiaMississippi State201214Michael BrockersSt. LouisLSU201217Dre KirkpatrickCincinnatiAlabama201218Melvin IngramSan DiegoSouth Carolina201225Dont’a HightowerNew EnglandAlabama20132Luke JoeckelJacksonvilleTexas A&M20136Barkevious MingoClevelandLSU20139Dee MillinerN.Y. JetsAlabama201310Chance WarmackTennesseeAlabama201311D. J. FlukerSan DiegoAlabama201313Sheldon RichardsonN.Y. JetsMissouri201317Jarvis JonesPittsburghGeorgia201318Eric ReidSan FranciscoLSU201323Sharrif FloydMinnesotaFlorida201329Cordarrelle PattersonMinnesotaTennessee201330Alec OgletreeSt. LouisGeorgia201332Matt ElamBaltimoreFlorida20141Jadeveon ClowneyHoustonSouth Carolina20142Greg RobinsonSt. LouisAuburn20146Jake MatthewsAtlantaTexas A&M20147Mike EvansTampa BayTexas A&M201412Odell Beckham Jr.N.Y. GiantsLSU201417C.J. MosleyBaltimoreAlabama201419Ja’Wuan JamesMiamiTennessee201421Ha Ha Clinton-DixGreen BayAlabama201422Johnny ManzielClevelandTexas A&M201423Dee FordKansas CityAuburn201429Dominique EasleyNew EnglandFlorida20153Dante FowlerJacksonvilleFlorida20154Amari CooperOaklandAlabama201510Todd GurleySt. LouisGeorgia201521Cedric OgbuehiCincinnatiTexas A&M201522Bud DupreePittsburghKentucky201523Shane RayDenverMissouri201524D. J. HumphriesArizonaFlorida20169Leonard FloydChicagoGeorgia201611Vernon HargreavesTampa BayFlorida201613Laremy TunsilMiamiOle Miss201617Keanu NealAtlantaFlorida201618Ryan KellyIndianapolisAlabama201623Laquon TreadwellMinnesotaOle Miss201629Robert NkemdicheArizonaOle Miss201631Germann IfediSeattleTexas A&M20171Myles GarrettClevelandTexas A&M20174Leonard FournetteJacksonvilleLSU20176Jamal AdamsN.Y. JetsLSU201714Derek BarnettPhiladelphiaTennessee201716Marlon HumphreyBaltimoreAlabama201717Jonathan AllenWashingtonAlabama201719O. J. HowardTampa BayAlabama201721Jarrad DavisDetroitFlorida201722Charles HarrisMiamiMissouri201723Evan EngramN.Y. GiantsOle Miss201727Tre’Davious WhiteBuffaloLSU201731Reuben FosterSan FranciscoAlabama20188Roquan SmithChicagoGeorgia201811Minkah FitzpatrickMiamiAlabama201813Daron PayneWashingtonAlabama201820Frank RagnowDetroitArkansas201822Rashaan EvansTennesseeAlabama201823Isaiah WynnNew EnglandGeorgia201825Hayden HurstBaltimoreSouth Carolina201826Calvin RidleyAtlantaAlabama201829Taven BryanJacksonvilleFlorida201831Sony MichelNew EnglandGeorgia20193Quinnen WilliamsN.Y. JetsAlabama20195Devin WhiteTampa BayLSU20197Josh AllenJacksonvilleKentucky201911Jonah WilliamsCincinnatiAlabama201919Jeffery SimmonsTennesseeMississippi State201924Josh JacobsOaklandAlabama201926Montez SweatWashingtonMississippi State201927Jonathan AbramOaklandMississippi State201930Deandre BakerN.Y. GiantsGeorgia