Four years in prison for Vietnamese blogger

first_img News April 27, 2021 Find out more News February 2, 2018 Four years in prison for Vietnamese blogger April 7, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisonedCitizen-journalistsInternet Charged with “anti-state propaganda” under 88 of the penal code, Hai, 52, was sentenced to four years in prison followed by two years of house arrest. After being held for more than a year, he was tried behind closed doors in Ho Chi Minh City without his lawyers being present.Hai was arrested on 2 November 2016 for blogging about education and the environment, and above all for drawing attention to a toxic spill from a steel plant owned by the Taiwanese company Formosa that poisoned millions of fish.“Yet again, a citizen has been severely punished just for trying to inform civil society in a country where all the media are closely controlled,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“It is high time to end this terrible crackdown on citizen-journalists that began nearly two years ago. We urge the international community to remind Vietnam, a UN Human Rights Council member, of its obligations. We also call on its trade partners to open their eyes to how Vietnam suppresses freedom of information, and to draw the appropriate conclusions.” The European Parliament adopted an urgent resolution in December 2017 calling on the Vietnamese authorities to stop persecuting citizen-journalists and to free all the imprisoned bloggers.More than 25 bloggers were imprisoned, convicted or expelled in 2017. The reports about prison conditions are alarming. After a prison visit on 29 January, the wife of Nguyen Van Dai, a blogger held since December 2015, said the conditions were shocking . She said he had to sleep on a concrete surface and had almost never left his cell in more than two years.Vietnam is ranked almost at the bottom of RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index – 175th out of 180 countries. After Vietnamese blogger Ho Van Hai’s four-year jail sentence at the end of secret trial yesterday, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community to step up its pressure on Vietnam to end its repeated violations of the freedom to inform. News Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisonedCitizen-journalistsInternet Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF_en RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang to go further Receive email alerts The blogger Ho Van Hai was arrested more than a year ago. Nguyen Van Dai (right, archive photo) has been held in appalling conditions for more than two years (photos: RFA – Reuters). News Follow the news on Vietnamlast_img read more

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US administers first doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

first_imgMarsBars/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The rollout of the first coronavirus vaccine began Monday morning as the first doses of the Pfizer medication was administered to health care workers and nursing home staffers.A doctor from Northwell LIJ Medical Center on Long Island was vaccinated at 9:23 a.m. during a livestreamed event with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “You didn’t flinch,” Cuomo said.The University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky will receive its first delivery of the vaccine at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. Three doctors and two nurses will receive the vaccine.Other locations in Connecticut, New York, Iowa, Washington, D.C., and Michigan are also expected to administer vaccine doses on Monday.The rollout comes less than a week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the vaccine for emergency use for Americans over 16. The order from the FDA led to the pharmaceutical company shipping 2.9 million doses to 636 sites across the country.Pfizer, which produced the vaccine alongside German company BioNTech, began shipping the doses from its Michigan warehouse Sunday directly to those sites, which were pre-selected by governors and local health officials.Pfizer said it would roll out a second batch of 2.9 million doses shortly after the first batch. The U.S. government is opting to keep 500,000 doses in reserve to address any shipping or distribution mishaps.The vaccine, which requires two doses for full inoculation, began distribution in the United Kingdom last week.The vaccine is the first in the country to use the genetic technology mRNA instead of viral components. Pfizer claimed its trials showed the vaccine was 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19.The FDA will hold a hearing on Dec. 17 with Moderna, which also developed an mRNA-based vaccine, before possibly giving emergency authorization for its deployment.Moderna said its clinical trials showed the vaccine was 94% effective at preventing the coronavirus and trial patients who had the vaccine had elevated antibodies in their system three months after the vaccines were administered.According to the World Health Organization, there are 52 COVID-19 vaccines in human trials, and 162 vaccines in preclinical development.The vaccine developments come as the U.S. is in the midst of the deadliest period of the pandemic, according to health data. America leads the world with over 16 million cases and close to 300,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.The seven-day averages of new daily cases, 211,494, hospitalizations, 106,656, and deaths, 2,427, were at record highs on Dec. 13, according to health data from the COVID Tracking Project.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Pruning Classes

first_imgLearn how to properly prune ornamentals at an upcoming University of Georgia course offered on its campus in Griffin, Ga. The one-day course will be offered Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the UGA Research and Education Garden on Ellis Road.The course will also briefly cover how to prune fruit trees. In addition to proper pruning techniques, participants will learn what equipment to use, when, where and how to prune certain plants and techniques for creating a professional looking landscape. Participants will also learn pest prevention through pruning.Taught by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulturists Bodie Pennisi and Bob Westerfield, the class will consist of both indoor lectures and outside, hands-on demonstrations. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather in preparation for the outdoor session.The cost of the course is $59, which includes lunch and break refreshments. Pre-registration is required by calling (770) 228-7214.last_img read more

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Ohiopyle, Pa.

first_imgPopulation: 77Public lands: Ohiopyle State Park, Ferncliff Natural Area, Bear Run Nature PreserveOutdoor Highlights: Youghiogheny River, Great Allegheny Passage Trail, McCune Traillast_img

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Take another look at what Trump’s done

first_imgA recent letter laments the lack of media coverage for what its writer refers to as Trump’s “accomplishments”. The letter exhorts us to “have our country’s best interest at heart.”A Google search for “Daily 202 priorities” finds a Washington Post analysis reporting several governmental actions. When were they announced? ”Underscoring how politically unpopular these moves are, most were rolled out on the Fridays before Christmas and New Year’s Eve to minimize media coverage and public notice.”Summarizing the article: Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion 1) Key regulations on fracking were rescinded, leading to potential for environmental damage.2) Rules designed to prevent another Deepwater Horizon spill weakened.3) Interior Department rolled back a policy protecting migratory birds.4) Mining leases for Ivanka Trump’s landlord reinstated.5) New Medicare guidelines let nursing homes off the hook when patients suffer.6) Expect “deeper cuts in the 2019 budget, part of an effort to … pay for the new tax law… One possible casualty, a pay raise that federal employees historically have received”.7) “Several important government offices that enforce laws and ensure public safety have been decimated by neglect …”center_img 8) Trump’s government has reneged on a federal commitment to fund a major infrastructure project.9) All members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (advising the government since 1995) have been fired (by form letter delivered via FedEx).10) The Justice Department wants a citizenship question added to the 2020 census questionnaire. Per Arturo Vargas, member of the National Advisory Committee of the Census, “This is a recipe for sabotaging the census.”This would seem to be the “other side of the coin” with regard to Trump’s so-called “accomplishments.” And to deliberately time their announcement for limited media coverage? Well, what does that say about taking our country’s best interest to heart?Jerry BoehmAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Trump, US race violence leave Trudeau at loss for words

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared at a loss for words Tuesday, pausing for 20 seconds when pressed for this thoughts on US President Donald Trump’s threat of military mobilization against violent US protests.”We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States,” he said finally.Now “is a time to listen, it is a time to pull people together and a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades,” he added. Trudeau was responding to a CBC reporter who also asked the prime minister for his views on police using tear gas to clear protesters from outside the White House so Trump could pose for photographs at a nearby church damaged during civil unrest, and why Trudeau at times seemed reluctant to criticize Trump.Usually quick on his feet, Trudeau’s pregnant pause during his daily COVID-19 briefing, televised live nationwide, spoke loudly.The two leaders have had a rocky relationship since Trump walked out of a G7 summit in Quebec in June 2018, but they appeared to have mended fences last year at the conclusion of North American free trade negotiations.As he has done in recent days, Trudeau chose to focus on Canada in his answer and reaffirmed that there was still a lot to do to fight racism in this country.  He also cautioned against drawing comparisons between Canada and the United States, or concluding “that we are much better here.””Canadians [must] recognize that we too have our challenges, that black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day,” he said.”We need to see that not just as a government and take action, but we need to see that as Canadians. We need to be allies in the fight against discrimination.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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UPDATED: Bombers get rocked by top seed Sir Charles Tupper

first_imgIn the end, the top ranked team in the tournament was too much for the 16th squad.Sir Charles Tupper Tigers made quick work of the Kootenay reps from Nelson, overpowering the L.V. Rogers Bombers 68-36 in opening round action at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday at the Events Centre in Langley.The Tigers opened up a 26-7 first quarter lead and never looked back.C. Schneller put up 25 points on LVR to lead Sir Charles Tupper.Josh Matosevic scored 14 points and Vinnie Watson had 10 to lead the Bombers.LVR now drops into the consolation round and meets Vernon at 8:30 a.m.Bombers off to AAA Hoop Provincials; meet top ranked Tupper in opener WednesdayIt’s never easy being the 16th seed in any tournament.However, having to play the role of Giant Killers is something all-to familiar for Kootenay Zone rep, L.V. Rogers Bombers.The Bombers play top-ranked Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver to open the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday at the Events Centre in Langley.The game tips off at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. “We are young and inexperienced heading into a tough first game against the No. 1 ranked Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan, “however, we played Tupper in our first round game last year and know how to prepare for them.”Phelan takes a team with no seniors to the AAA tournament.And know it won’t be easy pulling of the upset.”Key to the game is taking care of the ball and not succumbing to their full court press,” said Phelan about what LVR needs to do against the Tigers.”We had 20-plus turnovers against them last year and lost by 22 points. If we can cut our turnovers in half we give ourselves at least a chance to win.”LVR pretty much owned the Kootenay zone this season. Except for Golden, and an upset loss to Fernie Falcons, the Bombers waltzed through the Kootenay teams.However, at the provincials the competition amps up several levels. Which makes even the slightest lapse in the game prove too much to overcome.”We’ve watched a lot of game tape on them so nothing will be a surprise if they stick to their game plan,” said Phelan.”(But) Tupper (second ranked in 2014) were likely disappointed with their fifth place finish,” Phelan added.”They returned many key players including their starting 6’4” post pair and a strong back court. They press full court and like to play a lot of zone defense to keep their rim protectors close to home.”LVR is led by the front line of Josh Matosevic, Vinnie Watson and Darian Johnson with Robby Dixon and Grade 10 point guard Eamon Studer directing the offence.”We match up quite well with them despite being young,” Phelan, who along with coach Dean Studer, head the sideline crew of the Bombers.”If we can play with effort and composure, and commit to helping each other on defense we may surprise a lot of people in this tournament.”The Bomber boys are the second team from LVR to advance to a provincial basketball tournament. The LVR Senior Girl’s played last week at the BC High School Girl’s AA Basketball Champion.The tournament runs through the week with the final set for Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Langley Events Centre.last_img read more

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Edgbaston

first_imgEdgbaston was established in 1882 and is the home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and just like the 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions, Edgbaston will play host to an ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final in the 2019 edition as well. Edgbaston will host a total of five games including a high-profile meeting of England and India.The last ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final hosted by the venue was at the 1999 edition, which was between Australia and South Africa. Arguably the greatest ever ODI, it was ‘the’ match in which Allan Donald and Lance Klusener, being the men at the crease, had a mix-up while taking a run anf that too when the scores were level. The result was that Australia progressed to the World Cup final and South Africa were braded the ‘chokers’.Opened:1882Capacity: 21,000Ends: City End, Pavilion EndLocation: Birmingham, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -15:00 IST: NZ vs RSA, Match 2515:00 IST: NZ vs PAK, Match 3315:00 IST: Eng vs IND, Match 3815:00 IST: BAN vs IND, Match 4015:00 IST: TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi-Final (2 v 3)STATS – ODITotal matches: 58Matches won batting first: 24Matches won bowling first: 27Average 1st Inns scores: 227Average 2nd Inns scores: 179Highest total recorded: 408/9 (50 Ov) by Eng vs NZLowest total recorded: 70/10 (25.2 Ov) by AUS vs EngHighest score chased: 280/4 (53.3 Ov) by AUS vs EngLowest score defended: 129/7 (20 Ov) by IND vs Englast_img read more

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