Syria is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. April 19, 2019 – Updated on March 11, 2020 Syria : Well-known Syrian citizen-journalist probably died in detention in 2013 Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists RSF_en After being arrested by Syrian intelligence agents in Aleppo in March 2012, Othman was forced to make a “confession” that was recorded and broadcast on Syrian TV in April 2012. It included questions about his video reports, his relations with the participants in demonstrations, and his relations with foreign reporters. One of the managers of the media centre in the city of Homs at the start of the uprising in Syria in 2011, Othman gained prominence for his coverage of the Syrian government’s artillery bombardment of Homs and for helping foreign reporters. After his arrest, he became one of the many journalists to disappear in the government’s prisons. Organisation Othman described the bombardment of Homs in the many live interviews he gave to international TV channels with his face unconcealed. He also helped foreign reporters operating clandestinely in the city, including Marie Colvinand Rémi Ochlik, who were killed in an artillery attack on the Baba Amr media centre in Homs in February 2012. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned Follow the news on Syria News Receive email alerts News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned News Following the reports of Othman’s arrest in 2012, several western governments voiced concern and called for his release. Dozens of Syrian journalists are still missing in various parts of the country. In most cases they disappeared after being arrested by government forces. They remain missing although the Assad government, when issuing updated lists of civilian deaths last year, implicitly recognized that hundreds of missing persons, including journalists, had died in detention. Shiyar Khalil, a Syrian journalist who managed to get out of prison and leave Syria, has described the torture to which he was submitted in similar circumstances, and how his interrogators accused him of “fabricating false information against Bashar al-Assad and of being a terrorist.” “All possible light must be shed on the status of Ali Othman and the other journalists who disappeared after being arrested by the Syrian authorities,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “The survivors must be freed without delay, the bodies of those who died in detention must be returned to their families, and those responsible for their death or execution must be identified.” March 12, 2021 Find out more News Edith Bouvier, a French journalist injured in the same attack who was smuggled out of Syria with Othman’s help, told Le Figaro when Othman was arrested that “he had expressed the fear that he could be accused of colluding with a hostile country – France – and that helping us to get free might cost him his life.” The fate of many journalists who were kidnapped in Syria by rebel armed groups, including Jaysh al Islam and Islamic State, is also still unknown. Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law to go further March 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an investigation into the status of Ali Mahmoud Othman, a well-known Syrian citizen-journalist who disappeared after arrest in 2012. His family was recently told he died in detention on 30 December 2013 and is seeking official confirmation of his death and the return of his body. February 3, 2021 Find out more
TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Twitter Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Print Linkedin Deputy Willie O’Dea with the realigned cycle lane at Norwood ParkFIANNA Fail TD Willie O’Dea has praised Limerick City and County Council for switching the cycle path and footpath on the Childers Road near the Parkway.In an interview with the Limerick Post, Deputy O’Dea first pleaded for the switch to be made before a serious injury or death occurred. He made the call after a near miss when a grandmother and her grandchild were almost struck by a cyclist.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The incident I brought to light earlier in the year was just the latest near miss on this stretch of cycle path near the Parkway roundabout. Last year a woman was struck and was injured by a cyclist in the same area,” he said.“A cycle path and a footpath run alongside the Childers Road between the Parkway and Tipperary road roundabouts. The footpath was nearest the road and the cycle path was on the inside, running alongside Norwood Park.“Up to now, if a pedestrian was emerging from Norwood Park, they walked right into the path of oncoming cyclists some of whom would be travelling at 40km per hour or more. It was obviously particularly dangerous for anybody pushing a pram or buggy.”The city TD contacted council officials about the cycle path after a grandmother and her grandchild were inches away from being struck by a cyclist travelling at speed last April.“They confirmed what everybody can see, that the cycle path was installed in the wrong place. Initially, a developer constructed part of the cycle and footpath in error in the wrong order and the council extended it over the years.“I have to commend the council for rectifying the situation after all these years by switching the two lanes before anybody got badly injured or even killed. I don’t believe there was significant costs involved in this, as most of the work involved changing the markings on the footpath and cycle paths,” he explained. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Email Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleLimerick FC enter in to last home game of regular league seasonNext articleThe Alvin Purple Experience painting Limerick’s Market Quarter purple this Saturday Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsPoliticsLimerick City and County Council tackles Parkway cycle path hazardBy Alan Jacques – October 18, 2018 5586 WhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSLimerick City and Countylocal newsNewspolitics
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An autonomous Doppler sodar wind profiling system has been designed, built, tested, and then deployed for 2 years at a remote site in Coats Land, Antarctica. The system is designed around a commercially available phased-array sodar (a Scintec flat-array sodar, FAS64) and powered from five modular power system units. Each power unit comprises two batteries, two photovoltaic solar panels, and two vertical axis wind generators, plus charging control and isolation circuitry. The sodar’s main processing unit is located at the antenna, but is controlled from a manned research station 50 km distant, in real time, by a line-of-sight UHF radio link. Data from an integral automatic weather station (AWS) are also transmitted over the radio link, allowing meteorologically informed decisions on whether or not to operate the Doppler sodar. Over the 2-yr experiment dozens of sounding episodes, lasting from a few hours to a few days, were obtained. Successful soundings were obtained in temperatures down to −33°C, and wind speeds up to 12 m s−1. In general, the wind data quality was good, but the range was disappointing, probably as a result of the strongly stable atmospheric conditions that were experienced. The wind profiling system that is described has been used to obtain the first remote wintertime observations of katabatic winds over the Antarctic continent.
Tags: Kentucky Wildcats/UVU Wolverines Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Ashton Hagans scored a career-high 26 points, and No. 9 Kentucky survived another close game against what should have been a lesser opponent, beating Utah Valley 82-74 on Monday night.The Wildcats (3-1) dropped out of the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press Top 25 after losing at home to Evansville last week, and they had to overcome a late surge to hold off the Wolverines.Kentucky was without second-leading scorer Immanuel Quickley, who sat out because of a chest injury. Quickley has scored 16 points in each of the last two games.The Wildcats also have been without forward EJ Montgomery, who has missed the past three games because of an ankle injury. Coupled with Quickley’s injury, Kentucky’s roster has dwindled to seven scholarship players, leaving the Wildcats short-handed in practice.Nick Richards had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyrese Maxey added 14 points.T.J. Washington led the Wolverines (3-2) with 22 points, followed by Trey Woodbury with 17 and Jamison Overton with 10. Associated Press November 18, 2019 /Sports News – Local No. 9 Kentucky gets another scare, holds off Utah Valley Written by
Ocean City’s Boardwalk merchants may be severely hurt by the minimum wage hike, opponents say. By Tim KellyNew Jersey’s push to increase the state’s minimum wage, signed into law Monday by Gov. Phil Murphy, could certainly help some workers. However, the collateral damage from the move could also have a devastating effect on the overall economy of the state and actually hurt many workers, and local economies, opponents maintain.Higher prices, less service, reduced or eliminated employment opportunities and shuttered businesses are a few of the pitfalls predicted by business advocacy groups, chambers of commerce and local business owners. Included on the opposition side are many in Ocean City. Legislation to raise the hourly minimum wage approximately 70 percent to $15 per hour previously passed the state Assembly and Senate and the governor made it official by adding his signature at a crowded and raucous meeting hall in Elizabeth. Union officials and supporters of the raise cheered wildly, while opponents jeered and hissed. The governor, who fulfilled one of his top campaign promises with the bill’s passage, grinned, waved and blew kisses in the direction of the crowd.Boosters of the law believe business will increase in the state because people will have more income, many will be lifted from poverty, and increased spending will revitalize the state’s economy.“This is a huge step forward for… workers to be able to more capably provide for themselves and their families,” NJ.com quoted Murphy as saying.Gov. Phil Murphy, right, shaking the hand of a worker, believes the higher minimum wage will make it more affordable to live in New Jersey. (Courtesy of Gov. Phil Murphy Facebook page)The law calls for a five-year phase-in for most businesses. However, exclusions fought for by seasonal resort towns including Ocean City, Atlantic City and environs, and municipalities represented by the Cape May County Chamber resulted in some exclusion from the version first proposed by Murphy and Democrats in both the Assembly and Senate, a flat $15 minimum wage for everyone. It was to be phased in with scheduled increases over the next five years.Under the deal worked out with opponents of the law, the timetable to phase in the increase is extended for businesses employing seasonal workers, and workers at businesses that employ fewer than six employees.Under the terms of the deal, most employees will increase from the current $8.85 minimum to $10 on July 1 – less than four months from today. It will then rise to $11 on Jan. 1, 2020; $12 an hour the following Jan. 1, $13 per hour Jan. 1, 2022, $14 in 2023 and $15 in 2024.An exemption for seasonal workers, which Senate President Steve Sweeney and local legislators fought for, allowed the total raise to be installed by 2026. The same timeframe applies to businesses with less than six employees. Farm workers remained one group which is not assured to reach the top $15 figure in the pay raise. The law calls for an increase to $12.50 an hour in 2024, and it will be left up to the executive branch of the government to decide whether or not to continue the increases up to $15 per hour by 2027. Executive Director Michele Gillian led the effort to organize members of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce to oppose the minimum wage hike, resulting in a compromise version of the legislation. Prior to Murphy’s signing the bill into law, local business advocates were vocal in their opposition.“This is a game-changer,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This really amounts to another tax in a state already overtaxed and over-regulated. In order to survive, some businesses will have to pass the cost along or cut services to make up for it.”The small compromise in the final law is of little solace for the small business already struggling to survive in some cases, business representatives said. Some mocked the state’s definition of a “small business” as one with six employees or less. “The minimum wage is for entry-level, non-skilled employees. It isn’t intended to be a living wage,” said Jon Talese, a proprietor of Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro, and a spokesperson for the Downtown Merchants Association in Ocean City. “We (at Jon and Patty’s) compensate our employees for the skills they bring to the job,” he said. “We’ve never paid our employees (just the) minimum wage, and we’ve been around for 10 years.” “I would understand it more if (Murphy and the Legislature) explained what they based the $15 figure on,” Talese continued. “They haven’t explained if it is to keep pace with the cost of living or any other factor. They just came up with a number. They’re putting the burden on small businesses that can least afford it.”Jon and Patty Talese, proprietors of Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro, are two leading voices for the Ocean City business community and outspoken critics of the movement to raise the minimum wage.Talese’s association represents the more than 100 small shops, restaurants and cafes located mostly along Asbury Avenue and a few side streets between 6th and 14th streets. The downtown shopping district is a major drawing card for visitors, and a prominent focus of Ocean City’s marketing and promotional efforts.Another merchants group, which represents Boardwalk stores and shops, also strongly opposes the wage hike. Boardwalk Merchants Association representatives could not be reached in time for inclusion in this article.But Gillian believed all of the merchants groups agreed with the Chamber’s position earlier Monday.“Our downtown and Boardwalk shopping is something that makes Ocean City unique,” Gillian said. “If you put more financial pressures on some of them, some won’t be able to survive. You will end up with nothing but chain stores and businesses. You’ll take away that uniqueness, limit the options for shoppers and take away part of our identity.”The Chamber communicated with all of its 550-plus members and urged them to voice their opposition to the bill as reportedly proposed. Members were given sample letters and the addresses of legislators representing them.According to an internet posting, the Chamber in 2016 contacted then-Gov. Chris Christie and then-Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, then-Congressman Frank LoBiondo, then-state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, who is now a congressman, then-Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, who is now a senator, and Assemblyman Bruce Land, encouraging the lawmakers to not support the wage increase.“We believed then, as still believe now it will severely hurt small businesses,” the Chamber memo stated.It went on to say that Chamber representatives met more recently with Van Drew and Sweeney to discuss and consider the minimum wage issue and its potentially disastrous effects to the small business community in Ocean City, other shore towns and all over the state. “Now more than ever we need to continue expressing our opposition. We will continue to voice our concerns …” the statement said. It went on to urge members to write elected officials “to let them know this is bad for business and our tourism economy. Together, we can we can make our voices heard.”Business leaders believe the wage hike could also threaten the livelihood of small shops in downtown Ocean City, shown here decorated for the holidays.Ocean City was not alone in its opposition. The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association also opposed the law and urged members to lobby against it. Atlantic County Republican state Sen. Chris Brown had already publicly opposed the bill and voted against it. He predicted its passage “will end up hurting the very families it is supposed to help,” according to a statement his office released last week.New Jersey joined New York, California and Massachusetts as the fourth state to enact a $15 per hour minimum wage hike. These states are among the most expensive to live in, proponents say.On the other hand, critics claim the law is also an acknowledgement the economies of these states are not doing well enough to support naturally-occurring wage increases. In published reports, Sweeney said he would reserve the right to propose changes to the law “if there are unintended consequences.” Published reports said a provision to freeze or slow the timetables in the event of a severe economic downturn or natural disaster, and to widen the scope of groups exempted from the law was rejected. Teenage workers, for example, were originally to be excluded from the law. However, workers 18 and over are on the road to $15 per hour under the general timeframe.“They are legislating (against) people’s lives,” Jon Talese said on Monday. “The young person hoping for a job on the Boardwalk to work and help pay for his or her college education, the people looking to help their families to make it, will, in some cases lose the opportunity to do that.”Gilligan concurred. “Ocean City’s economy is dependent on seasonal workers,” she said. “Young people working on the Boardwalk or around town won’t just have the opportunity to earn money (at the new minimum wage).”“In addition to the money, they will lose out on valuable life lessons: being part of a team, working, talking and relating with people, the value of money and much more,” Gillian added. “This law, no matter how well-intentioned, is going to take much of that away.”
British Baker is delighted to announce the launch of the 2009 Baking Industry Awards, to be held on Tuesday 8 September at the Park Lane Hilton in London.The evening, which features many different awards categories, will be a celebration of the industry’s achievements over the last year, as well as being a great night out for all. There are new categories this year, inclu-ding The Innovation Award, so there should be something suitable for all businesses to enter.The awards – in their 22nd year – will be as big as ever, featuring key figures from the plant and craft baking industries, millers, major supermarkets, bakery trade bodies and suppliers. Last year’s Las Vegas-themed ceremony was hosted by celebrity presenter Kate Thornton, so watch this space to find out who will be this year’s host as well as other news on what will be happening on the night.As we all know, times are tough, so the awards are a great opportunity to sing about your business’ talents from the rooftops. Anyone can enter, from one-shop craft bakeries to large plant manufacturers, and entrants do not need to be a customer or supplier of any of the category sponsors to take part. A company may enter more than one category, but different company representatives must enter each of the chosen categories. No one person can enter more than one category.The winners of each category will receive a trophy and the finalists will be presented with a certificate.The deadline for entries is Friday 1 May, so make sure you don’t miss out. For more information or an entry form contact Helen Law at William Reed Events on 01293 846587 or email [email protected] or check out the awards website at www.bakeryawards.co.uk.l See pages 17-28 for our awards launch special.
High street chocolate company, Thorntons, has warned investors that profits will be below expectations.The business blamed the sales drop on a slump in supermarket orders, and also said it was also partly due to supplies being disrupted by problems at the firm’s new depot in Derbyshire.Last year, the company made £7.5m in pre-tax profits and in October told its investors it expected to make annual profits of nearly £10m for the year 2014-15.In a statement, Thorntons said: “We have recently experienced a significant reduction in previously indicated orders from the major grocers who also took in stock later than anticipated. While there has been an overall decline, the performance in the grocers has been mixed with good growth in several of our major partners yet significant volume decline in some others where prior year sales of high-volume lines have not been repeated.”Despite these problems, sales in Thorntons’ own shops and in convenience stores have been growing.
D-oh! Vermont means businesses! Over the past week the Vermont Hospitality Council of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has served as a clearinghouse, offering opportunities to the business community to market Vermont and their products by rallying around the Simpsons premiere. The Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council reached out to the business community to secure donations for gifts for the premiere, and companies to exhibit at the premiere street fair. The Vermont Chamber supported the Springfield Regional Chamber in their immediate needs to raise funds for security, safety, and sanitation.As part of the effort, the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council partnered with longtime Vermont Chamber member Radio Vermont to run a day-long promotion awarding two tickets to the Simpsons screening. “Ever since the announcement that Springfield would host the movie, we’ve had a lot of interest. It was great to have the opportunity to offer our listeners a chance to actually be there, and the response to the promotion was tremendous,” stated Eric Michaels, WDEV co-anchor and Radio Vermont General Manager. “People were knocking the door down at 5 p.m. last night to submit a last-minute entry.” Chris Yager of Williston won the tickets.The Vermont Hospitality Council also spread the word that products were needed for gifts in sap buckets. Offers came fast and furious. “Our members know the value of placing their products directly into the hands of 50 Hollywood V.I.P.s,” stated Vicky Tebbetts, Vice President of the Vermont Chamber’s Hospitality Council. As soon as we sent the notice, we were flooded with willing donors. Soon we were wondering how everything would fit in a sap bucket!”Each sap bucket also includes a copy of the Vermont Chamber’s Vacation Guide and Attractions Map, published in cooperation with the State Department of Tourism and Marketing; as well as the Ski and Maple Map, published by the Vermont Chamber, the Vermont Ski Areas Association, and the Vermont Maple Foundation. Collectively these publications market nearly one thousand Vermont hospitality businesses.In addition, many Vermont Chamber member businesses jumped at the offer to exhibit at the street fair, to take place on Saturday directly prior to the premiere.The Vermont Hospitality Council of the Vermont Chamber worked in partnership with the Vermont Grocers’ Association, Vermont Specialty Foods, and the Vermont Farms! Association to offer the opportunity to their members as well. The Vermont Chamber continues to enjoy a close and established relationship with the Vermont Film Commission and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, two primary organizers of the event. Can’t keep all these partnerships straight? Don’t have a cow, man!