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New cases of violence against Iraqi journalists

first_img Help by sharing this information Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News Receive email alerts News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Follow the news on Iraq News to go furthercenter_img News March 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New cases of violence against Iraqi journalists December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed to learn of attempts on the lives of two journalists in the past week – Muayad Al-Lami, the head of the Iraqi Union of Journalists, on 21 March in Baghdad, and Maytham Al-Ahmed, a radio station manager and newspaper editor, on 17 March in the southern city of Basra.“The Iraqi authorities must take all necessary measures to put a stop to the violence and to ensure that both attacks are properly investigated,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Parliament’s delay in adopting a law protecting journalists is prolonging the situation of impunity and seems to be the main reason why attacks on the press are continuing.”Gunmen opened fire on Al-Lami’s car as he was travelling through Baghdad’s Qadisiya district at about 9:30 p.m. on 21 March, seriously wounding his driver but failing to hit Al-Lami, who sustained no injuries. Al-Lami was previously the target of a murder attempt in September 2008, when a dynamite charge was set off outside the building that houses the union.In Basra, two men on a motorcycle – one in a policeman’s uniform and one in civilian dress – threw a grenade into the garden of Al-Ahmed’s home on 17 March, seriously injuring his brother’s daughter but no one else. The target was clearly Al-Ahmed himself, who is the manager of radio Sindibad and editor of the independent weekly Al-Amani.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that the Basra press is currently refusing to cover the activities of the US and British military forces in protest against the way soldiers manhandled journalists during a news conference at which work permits were supposed to have been issued. A number of journalists were detained for several hours after the incident. A US military spokesman has sent a letter of apology to the Basra media. December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Tetra Tech Reports Strong First Quarter 2021 Results

first_img Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Facebook TAGS  In thousands Pinterest $605,171 2 Reconciliation of the net revenue guidance to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts because the Company cannot predict the magnitude and timing of all the components required to provide such reconciliation with sufficient precision. Three Months Ended Revenue Business Outlook The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and the actual results could differ materially. These statements do not include the potential impact of transactions that may be completed or developments that become evident after the date of this release. The Business Outlook section should be read in conjunction with the information on forward-looking statements at the end of this release. Tetra Tech expects EPS for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 to range from $0.73 to $0.78 and net revenue to range from $565 million to $595 million. For fiscal 2021, Tetra Tech is increasing its guidance outlook and now expects EPS to range from $3.45 to $3.60 and net revenue to range from $2.40 billion to $2.55 billion. 2 Webcast Investors will have the opportunity to access a live audio-visual webcast and supplemental financial information concerning the first quarter 2021 results through a link posted on the Company’s website at tetratech.com on January 28, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. (PT). ———————————————————— $765,104 (183,600) Dec. 27, 2020 Net revenue Dec. 29, 2019 WhatsApp (159,933) Subcontractor Costs Previous articleNCAA probe is ‘speed bump’ to Vols’ new coach Josh HeupelNext articleBrown-Forman Declares Cash Dividend Digital AIM Web Support PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 27, 2021– Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK), a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services, today announced results for the first quarter ended December 27, 2020. First Quarter Results Revenue in the first quarter totaled $765 million and revenue, net of subcontractor costs (net revenue) 1, was $605 million. Operating income was $66 million, up 5% year-over-year, driven by a 70 basis point increase in operating margin. Earnings per share (“EPS”) was $0.96, up 13% year-over-year. Cash generated from operations was $33 million, up $51 million year-over-year driven by a six day reduction in days sales outstanding (“DSO”) year-over-year. Backlog at the end of the quarter was $3.2 billion. Quarterly Dividend and Share Repurchase Program On January 25, 2021, Tetra Tech’s Board of Directors declared a $0.17 per share dividend, a 13% increase over the prior year, payable on February 26, 2021 to stockholders of record as of February 10, 2021. In the first quarter, Tetra Tech repurchased $15 million of common stock. Additionally, as of December 27, 2020, the Company had $193 million remaining under the approved share repurchase program. Chairman and CEO Comments Tetra Tech’s Chairman and CEO, Dan Batrack, commented, “Tetra Tech continued its strong momentum into fiscal year 2021 with first quarter results that exceeded our forecast for both net revenue and earnings. Our results were led by 11% net revenue growth in water and environmental programs for our U.S. state and local government clients and a 70 basis point increase in operating margin. Our Leading with Science ® approach is in high demand by our clients, augmented by a suite of proprietary technologies and tools we call the Tetra Tech Delta. The new U.S. administration’s priorities in climate change and infrastructure are well aligned with our market leading positions in water, environment, sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy. Given the strength of our performance to date and outlook, we are increasing guidance for both net revenue and EPS for fiscal 2021.” $614,023 $797,623 By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 Tetra Tech Reports Strong First Quarter 2021 Results About Tetra Tech Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. With 20,000 associates working together, Tetra Tech provides clear solutions to complex problems in water, environment, sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy. We are Leading with Science ® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients. For more information about Tetra Tech, please visit tetratech.com, follow us on Twitter ( @TetraTech ), or like us on Facebook. Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Item ———————————————————— WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Forward-Looking Statements This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The use of words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “could,” “may,” “intend,” “plan” and “believe,” among others, generally identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available operating, financial, economic and other information, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control, could cause actual future results or events to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements in this release, including but not limited to: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; continuing worldwide political and economic uncertainties; the U.S. Administration’s potential changes to fiscal policies; the cyclicality in demand for our overall services; the fluctuation in demand for oil and gas, and mining services; risks related to international operations; concentration of revenues from U.S. government agencies and potential funding disruptions by these agencies; dependence on winning or renewing U.S. government contracts; the delay or unavailability of public funding on U.S. government contracts; the U.S. government’s right to modify, delay, curtail or terminate contracts at its convenience; compliance with government procurement laws and regulations; credit risks associated with certain clients in certain geographic areas or industries; acquisition strategy and integration risks; goodwill or other intangible asset impairment; the failure to comply with worldwide anti-bribery laws; the failure to comply with domestic and international export laws; the failure to properly manage projects; the loss of key personnel or the inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the ability of our employees to obtain government granted eligibility; the use of estimates and assumptions in the preparation of financial statements; the ability to maintain adequate workforce utilization; the use of the percentage-of-completion method of accounting; the inability to accurately estimate and control contract costs; the failure to adequately recover on our claims for additional contract costs; the failure to win or renew contracts with private and public sector clients; growth strategy management; backlog cancellation and adjustments; risks relating to cyber security breaches; the failure of partners to perform on joint projects; the failure of subcontractors to satisfy their obligations; requirements to pay liquidated damages based on contract performance; the adoption of new legal requirements; changes in resource management, environmental or infrastructure industry laws, regulations or programs; changes in capital markets and the access to capital; credit agreement covenants; industry competition; liability related to legal proceedings, investigations, and disputes; the availability of third-party insurance coverage; the ability to obtain adequate bonding; employee, agent, or partner misconduct; employee risks related to international travel; safety programs; conflict of interest issues; liabilities relating to reports and opinions; liabilities relating to environmental laws and regulations; force majeure events; protection of intellectual property rights; stock price volatility; the ability to impede a business combination based on Delaware law and charter documents; and other risks and uncertainties as may be described in Tetra Tech’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of Tetra Tech’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2020, and Tetra Tech’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for fiscal year 2021, as well as in Tetra Tech’s other filings with the SEC. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since such information speaks only as of the date of this release. Tetra Tech does not intend to update forward-looking statements and expressly disclaims any obligation to do so. Non-GAAP Financial Measures To supplement the financial results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), we present certain non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We provide these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe they provide a valuable perspective on our financial results. However, non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation and are not in accordance with, or a substitute for, GAAP measures. In addition, other companies may define non-GAAP measures differently which limits the ability of investors to compare non-GAAP measures of Tetra Tech to those used by our peer companies. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included in this release. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005896/en/ CONTACT: Jim Wu, Investor Relations Charlie MacPherson, Media & Public Relations (626) 470-2844 KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CANADA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: CONSULTING MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENT PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ENGINEERING SOURCE: Tetra Tech, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/27/2021 04:00 PM/DISC: 01/27/2021 04:01 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005896/en Facebook 1 Non-GAAP financial measures which the Company believes provide valuable perspectives on its business results. 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Greg Zanis, who built crosses to honor victims of mass shootings, has died

first_imgABC News(CHICAGO) — BY: MEREDITH DELISOAn Illinois man who made thousands of crosses commemorating victims of violence in America has passed away.Greg Zanis, founder of Crosses for Losses, died Monday morning, the organization announced on Facebook.Zanis, 69, of Aurora, died of cancer, according to Chicago ABC station WLS.The master carpenter started making the crosses in 1996, the year his father-in-law was killed in his hometown of Aurora, Illinois.“I had the privilege of having the prayer coalition come over and help me with my grief,” Zanis told ABC News in February 2019. “A few months later there was a 6-year-old killed in Aurora … and his mom asked if I’d make a cross for her son.”Over the years, Zanis made more than 27,000 white crosses and traveled the country paying his respects to victims of gun violence.One of his first projects was for the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.He was in Newtown, Connecticut, following the Sandy Hook shooting; Orlando, in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting; Las Vegas after the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival; Parkland, Florida, after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting; and El Paso, Texas, after a mass shooting Walmart. He built Stars of David to honor the victims gunned down at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.“I’ve got nothing with politics, I’m not a church guy [and] I’m not a gun guy,” he told ABC News from El Paso in August 2019. “I’m a guy about the heart. Our heart is broken here in America. I want everybody to know I love them.”Last year, tragedy struck close to home when five employees at the Henry Pratt manufacturing plant in Aurora were killed in a mass shooting in February.“This is the last thing I wanted, for this to happen so close to my house,” Zanis told ABC News at the time.On Friday, three days before Zanis passed away, residents of his hometown formed a mile-plus-long car parade to pay tribute to him. His family invited people to drive by and wave so Zanis could appreciate it, according to WLS.Linda Regnier was there with the cross Zanis made for her cousin, Luis Martinez, who was killed four years ago.“We love Greg. He has been a light in the darkest moments for families,” Regnier told WLS.In a Facebook post, Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin said Zanis was a “giant among men.”“He was a man of action who simply wanted to honor the lives of others,” Irvin said. “His legacy shall forever be remembered in Aurora and around the globe.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur lockdown lifted

first_img* 48-year-old male (Patient No. 66) Mayor Jerry Treñas said the three-day period was enough to trace and test all the close contacts of the six barangay residents who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As of May 8, Iloilo City has 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19, data from the DOH Region 6 showed. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019./PN With the lockdown lifted, Barangay Sto. Niño Sur is back to its extended enhanced community quarantine status just like the rest of Iloilo City. The six confirmed COVID-19 cases in Barangay Sto. Niño Sur – all under quarantine – were the following: The mayor said he sent 10,000 pieces of facemasks to Barangay Sto. Niño for use of the people there. * 57-year-old female (Patient No. 79) * 48-year-old female (Patient No. 80) Residents may now be able to leave their homes but only for necessary undertakings such as buying food or medicines, or if there is a medical emergency – but they must show a quarantine pass, must wear facemask, and observe social distancing, stressed Treñas. During the lockdown, disinfection was also conducted in the barangay which has some 10,000 residents. Also, four have recovered while one died.center_img * 46-year-old male (region’s Patient No. 88) Of the 15, two are confined in hospitals while eight are under quarantine (either at home or at the city’s quarantine facility). Treñas decided not to extend the lockdown after a meeting with medical experts from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 on Thursday afternoon. * 55-year-old female (Patient No. 73) “Barangay residents with symptoms would immediately be tested, then moved to the city’s quarantine center if their test results turn out positive,” said Treñas. ILOILO City – The 72-hour “extreme enhanced community quarantine” imposed on Barangay Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo district beginning May 6 ended at 11:59 p.m. on May 8. But all the barangay residents’ health would be continuously monitored, stressed Treñas, for symptoms of COVID-12. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. * 43- year-old female (Patient No. 78) Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell.last_img read more

Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins: Heisman voters gave no wrong answers

first_imgAs a first-time Heisman Trophy voter who had to decide among Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa this week, there is a piece of good news. There is no wrong answer, even if this is the most difficult vote possible. All three quarterbacks have a legitimate claim to college football’s most prestigious trophy, and that has created the most intriguing race this decade. Heisman voters have been asked not to reveal their picks until Sunday, and that’s fine. Let’s see who wins this race. MORE: The power of Tua, the megastar redefining Bama’s dynastyWhile the straw polls suggest the race will come down to Murray and Tagovailoa — and that could be the closest two-way quarterback race since Nebraska’s Eric Crouch (770) edged Florida’s Rex Grossman (702) by 62 points in 2001 — Haskins could force his way into that conversation Saturday.Haskins led Ohio State to a 12-1 record with a 4,580 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and eight interceptions. It’s arguably the greatest season by a quarterback in Big Ten history. In the Buckeyes’ last two games against Michigan and Northwestern, Haskins totaled 895 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. He will do well in the Midwest region.Murray has better numbers than Baker Mayfield, who won the Heisman for Oklahoma last season. Murray leads the FBS with a 205.7 rating. He has 4,053 passing yards, 40 touchdowns and seven interceptions, along with 892 rushing yards and 11 rushing scores. He led the Sooners back to the College Football Playoff and dominated the Big 12 championship game against Texas. The remarkable two-sport athlete will do well in the Southwest region.Tagovailoa was the front runner for the most of season, and with good reason. The hero of last year’s College Football Playoff championship game took Alabama’s offense to the next level. Tagovailoa passed for 3,353 yards with 37 touchdowns and four interceptions and added 190 rushing yards and five fives. He is second to Murray with a 202.3 passer rating. Tagovailoa didn’t throw an interception until November and threw just eight passes in the fourth quarter all season. He will be in good shape in the South region.There are arguments against all three. Haskins threw 73 passes in a 49-20 loss to Purdue and failed to lead Ohio State to College Football Playoff. Murray’s numbers are in part of a product of playing in the wide-open Big 12. Tagovailoa struggled in the SEC championship game and dealt with injuries for most of November.MORE: Murray’s winding path to greatness at OklahomaThe cases for those candidates, however, are much more appealing than the cases against them. That’s why the drama factor is high for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday night. How will these candidates fare in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Far West regions? That might determine how close this race is.If it does indeed come down to two of these quarterbacks, will this be the closest Heisman Trophy race of all time? That happened in 2009, when Alabama’s Mark Ingram (1,304) edged out Stanford’s Toby Gerhart (1,276) by 28 points.And if it comes down to Tagovailoa and Murray, it would be reminiscent of 2000, when Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke (1,628) edged out Oklahoma’s Josh Heupel (1,552) by 76 points. Heupel got revenge when his Sooners beat FSU 13-2 in the 2001 Orange Bowl to win the national championship.In that regard, it’s fitting that Murray and Tagovailoa will meet at the Orange Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal. We can guarantee they will score points. Meanwhile, Haskins will have a chance to get to 50 touchdown passes at the Rose Bowl in Urban Meyer’s final game with the Buckeyes.MORE: Haskins passes test in brilliant debut for Ohio State That’s as good as it gets for these three, and voters should be thankful they’re choosing among players who played at the highest level this season. There truly is no wrong answer, and that makes it both easy — and hard — for a first-time voter. There’s more good news. I’m not worried about that. I just want to see who wins the race.last_img read more

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