Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa January 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saudi blogger Raef Badawi given first 50 lashes June 8, 2021 Find out more Raef Badawi, a Saudi blogger who is serving a 10-year jail term, was flogged publicly in Jeddah today, receiving the first 50 lashes of a total of 1,000 to which he has also been sentenced. Reporters Without Borders condemns this shocking sentence and again calls on the authorities to overturn it at once. Help by sharing this information News April 28, 2021 Find out more Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News March 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News to go further Receive email alerts News “Despite our campaign and despite yesterday’s US State Department statement calling for the flogging to be stopped, Saudi Arabia has gone ahead with this appalling punishment,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said.“Raef Badawi’s only crime was to start a public debate on his blog about the way Saudi society is evolving, but he was given 50 lashes today before a crowd of spectators outside Jeddah’s Al-Jafali Mosque and, in all, he is to receive a total of 1,000 lashes in 20 weekly sessions.“Although the Saudi authorities have turned a deaf ear to repeated appeals from international human rights groups, Reporters Without Borders will continues its fight so that Badawi can be freed as soon as possible and be spared this inhuman retribution.”A source close to the case said that, while being driven in a police car to the mosque, Badawi thought about all those who have supported him and, while being flogged, pronounced the name of a supporter during each lash in order to give himself courage and strength. Organisation
University of Georgia researchers are researching drought-tolerant, alternative forages for the state’s dairy producers to help safeguard their feed supply and save money. John Bernard, an animal and dairy scientist on the UGA Tifton Campus, is studying the benefits of forage sorghum as a supplemental feed for dairy cattle. Sorghum is a drought-tolerant alternative to the irrigated corn that many farmers rely on for dairy feed. “Corn silage is typically the forage of choice for feeding dairy cattle because it is a higher energy type of forage compared to most other forages,” Bernard said. “The catch with corn is, if you don’t have irrigation, you’ve got a greater likelihood of crop failure or not getting the quality … you were expecting. “Forage sorghum, on the other hand, is much more drought tolerant; it doesn’t take as much water to grow a crop. With the improvements in forage varieties, the feeding value looks very good. It’s still not corn silage, but it’s a much better option today than what it was several years ago.”Sorghum is not only more resilient, but is also less expensive to plant and grow. The cost to plant corn is approximately $200 to $300 per bag of seed, which covers just over 2 acres. A bag of forage sorghum seed, which can cost less than $100, can be distributed over 8 to 10 acres. The cheaper planting costs are buoyed by forage sorghum’s high nutritional value.“In no way do I want to advocate forage sorghum to replace corn silage completely. I want to evaluate how we can use the two to get the best response back in terms of our feeding program,” Bernard said.The two-year research trial just concluded its second year. Due to Georgia’s long growing season, forages can be harvested twice from the same cutting. In the first year, Bernard reported that results from the seven-week trial indicate diets based on forage sorghum “harvested from regrowth can support similar milk yield and composition as diets based on corn silage or first harvest of forage sorghum.”“Forage sorghum by design will tolerate periods of drought or lower water availability better than corn and still produce good forage in terms of yield and quality,” Bernard said.Bernard plans to analyze the data generated from this past harvest over the next couple of months.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Like many military veterans, Romann, who traveled the world while serving in the U.S. Navy, found transitioning to civilian life to be easier said than done after doing three tours over a decade.Helping him reacclimate to life as a married father of two young daughters was United Way of Long Island’s VetsBuild, a program that provides career training for veterans in the green construction industry. After graduating, he’s now flourishing as a program analyst with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs overseeing contracts and budgeting for the Long Island National Cemetery.“Because of this incredible training program, I gained the necessary technical and leadership skills needed to advance my career,” said Romann, who did not want his last name used. He added that it “helped change my life for the better.” VetsBuild is one of a suite of initiatives within Mission United, a signature program of the nonprofit United Way of Long Island, part of the worldwide network of the 132-year-old global nonprofit. And with more than 101,000 veterans on LI — home to the nation’s second largest veteran population — there is no shortage of need.Besides job training under VetsBuild, Mission United, through its partner agencies, provides key referrals to secure careers, vital case management services, and emergency military family assistance. Veterans also have access to resources 24/7 by calling 211.Romann’s success story is emblematic of what Mission United aims to achieve with its assistance. In recognition of his integrity, perseverance, and commitment to advancing his education and leadership skills, Romann won the 2019 John Kominicki Memorial Rising Star Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes an individual who, like Kominicki — a veteran and the Press’ late publisher emeritus — displays excellence in leadership and a zest for learning. To help support the cause, United Way of Long Island invites the public to participate in its 2019 Mission United Veterans Day T-Shirt campaign. Those who make a small contribution will receive a Mission United T-Shirt to wear on Veterans Day this Nov. 11.United Way of Long Island President and CEO Theresa A. Regnante said, “Together we can help more military families transitioning to civilian life.”For more information, visit unitedwayli.org/missionunited
Brazil’s Petrobras said that its oil and natural gas production, including natural gas liquids (NGL), was 2.67 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) in May remaining flat for the second month in a row. The state-owned energy giant said that 2.57 million boed were produced in Brazil and 96 thousand boed were produced abroad.The production of natural gas in Brazil, excluding the liquefied volume, was 81.0 million cubic meters per day, 2.4 percent higher than the previous month.This increase is mainly due to the higher gas demand for thermoelectric generation in the state of Amazonas and the end of the maintenance stoppage of Peroá field platform in the Espirito Santo Basin.Natural gas production abroad was at 6.4 million cubic meters per day, 0.8 percent higher compared to the volumes recorded in the month of April, boosted by the higher gas demand in Bolivia, the company said.
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros For now, the Angels are still hoping he can avoid surgery entirely.Ohtani played catch for a second day in a row on Friday. If all goes well, based on a normal throwing progression and the time Ohtani has missed, he could pitch for the Angels by the beginning of September.“That’s one of my goals for this season, to get back on the mound,” Ohtani said through his interpreter after Friday’s game. “I just have to keep striving and taking the right steps to be able to accomplish it.”Manager Mike Scioscia had said before the game: “We do anticipate him pitching for us this year, if everything in his rehab goes as planned.”That rehab is still somewhat fluid. As long as Ohtani is just playing catch, it won’t interfere with his routine as an active hitter in the lineup. Once he has progressed to pitching off a mound or facing hitters in simulated games, he will be limited in the days he’s available to hit, just as he was before he got hurt.One complication is that Ohtani won’t be able to leave the team for a minor league rehab assignment, since he’ll remain on the active roster as a hitter. The Angels can set up simulated games at Angel Stadium or wherever the team is playing on the road.“We’re excited about him hopefully starting that journey to getting back to pitching,” Scioscia said. “We’re encouraged with this step, but obviously there are some hurdles he’s going to have to get over before throwing in a game, but hopefully we’ll continue to get good news as he goes through his progression.”ALSOAlbert Pujols (knee) is still scheduled to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible on Monday, Scioscia said. …Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak René Rivera (knee) has hit a snag in his rehab from surgery. He is eligible to come off the disabled list now, but he’s not ready. “Right now he’s making progress, but it’s certainly not at the pace you would have hoped to see,” Scioscia said. “It doesn’t mean he’s not going to be able to come back.”…Jim Johnson (back) pitched a scoreless inning for Triple-A Salt Lake City in a rehab outing on Friday. It was his third rehab game, and second in two nights. He will be re-evaluated and could return to the Angels soon…Nick Tropeano (shoulder) will be activated to return to the rotation on Saturday afternoon. Tropeano said he expects to be limited to around 90 pitches initially. “The way Nick was throwing the ball, it’s going to be a big boost for us to get in there and pitch the way he was before he was shut down,” Scioscia said.UP NEXTAngels (Nick Tropeano, 3-4, 4.83) vs. Astros (Justin Verlander, 9-5, 2.29), 4 p.m., Fox, KLAA (830 AM) Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Eppler also reiterated that so far no doctor has even presented surgery as one of the options for Ohtani, who was diagnosed last month with a grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. An MRI exam after six weeks of treatment revealed he’d healed enough to resume throwing. ANAHEIM — The news of the beginning of Shohei Ohtani’s throwing program was met with excitement around the Angels and, perhaps understandably, some skepticism from outside the organization.Since so many other pitchers have ended up having Tommy John surgery eventually after attempting to come back via stem-cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma injections, some believe the team should simply have Ohtani have surgery now.General manager Billy Eppler responded to that notion on Friday, saying that their doctors at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic have assured them this is the best decision at this time.“I can tell you the consensus among that group is to never push a player into surgery,” Eppler said. “I have to take the advice of people who spent a lot of time and money getting those degrees.” Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Certainly, it’s possible that this throwing progression will lead to surgery, but the Angels won’t know that until it happens. Whether he has surgery now or in October, he’d still be out until the 2020 season. It would be worse for him to spend all winter resting his arm, then test it in spring training and need surgery then. He’d miss most of two seasons. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error