Authorities sentence dissident journalist to five years in prison, extend detention of two reporters with liberal newspapers

first_img VietnamAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Organisation Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang RSF_en News VietnamAsia – Pacific April 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam News to go further Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison July 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities sentence dissident journalist to five years in prison, extend detention of two reporters with liberal newspapers Reporters Without Borders denounces the five-year prison sentence that a court in Kien Giang province imposed on freelance journalist Truong Minh Duc on 18 July and condemns a decision by the authorities in Hanoi to hold two newspaper journalists, Nguyen Viet Chien of Thanh Nien and Nguyen Van Hai of Tuoi Tre, for another two months. News Reporters Without Borders condemns the five-year prison sentence that a court in Kien Giang province in the southern Mekong delta imposed on freelance journalist Truong Minh Duc on 18 July under article 258 of the criminal code for “taking advantage of democratic freedom to harm the interests of the state and of social and citizen organisations.”The press freedom organisation also condemns a decision by the authorities in Hanoi to hold two newspaper journalists, Nguyen Viet Chien of Thanh Nien and Nguyen Van Hai of Tuoi Tre, for another two months. They were arrested in May in connection with their coverage of an important case of official corruption in late 2005.Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of all three journalists. “In one case, the authorities have punished a reporter and pro-democracy activist with a heavy jail sentence for writing about the situation of peasants in the south,” the organisation said. “In the other case, they are keeping two well-known reporters in jail because of their coverage of corruption. The two cases show that the crackdown continues for dissidents and those trying to push against the limits on free expression.”Truong Minh Duc’s lawyer, Le Tran Luat, said: “He was writing about the plight of people in the countryside, about corruption, about the lack of government honesty and about the constraints imposed on peasants in Kien Giang province.” Le Tran Luat also said his client was forced to sign confessions.A member of the Bloc 8406 pro-democracy movement, Truong Minh Duc wrote for various Vietnamese publications such as Tien Phong and Phap Luat as well as online newspapers based outside the country. Aged 48, he broke his arm and has had other health problems since his arrest in May 2007 because of the poor conditions in which he is being held.Bloc 8406 activist Do Van Hai said Truong Minh Duc’s wife is being kept under close police surveillance. Former political prisoner Nguyen Dan Que said: “Truong Minh Duc wrote about the seizure of land from peasants.” Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more News April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

My Morning Jacket Kicks Off Hometown Run With Seven Tour Debuts, ‘Purple Rain’ & More

first_imgLast night, beloved rockers My Morning Jacket kicked off a two-night stand at the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, KY, hitting the hometown spot with a gusto. The band is coming off of a run that saw them perform at a handful of Southern venues before giving memorable performances at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Austin City Limits television program. Sufficed to say; things are going well in the land of MMJ.With two nights on home turf, the band started out the show with their newest song, “Throwback (When We Were Young)” before bringing out The Waterfall track “Compound Fracture.” The show featured a total of seven songs played for the first time in 2016: “It Beats 4 U,” “A New Life,” “What A Wonderful Man,” “Heartbreakin’ Man,” “Dondante,” “Bermuda Highway,” and “Phone Went West.” Of course, several classic MMJ tunes made it into the set, like “Wordless Chorus” and “Mageetah,” as well as oldie and fan favorite “Off The Record”.  The band performed a song from almost every album, primarily drawing from Z.Watch one of the 2016 debuts, “Bermuda Highway,” below:Another major highlight was the return of the band’s cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Watch the emotional performance via fan-shot footage below:MMJ returns to Louisville, KY tonight to wrap up this exciting two night run, before heading to the Shaky Knees Music Festival this weekend. Check out a full gallery from photographer John Miller, as well as last night’s setlist.Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of John Miller: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

UIC faces NKU in Horizon finals

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 4 seed Illinois-Chicago (18-16, 13-8) vs. No. 2 seed Northern Kentucky (22-9, 14-5)Horizon Conference Tourney Championship, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis; Tuesday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Illinois-Chicago is set to face Northern Kentucky in the Championship of the Horizon tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played each other on Feb. 16, when the Flames outshot Northern Kentucky from the field 50 percent to 22 percent and made seven more 3-pointers on their way to a 73-43 victory. For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press UIC faces NKU in Horizon finalscenter_img March 10, 2020 SUPER SENIORS: Northern Kentucky has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Dantez Walton, Jalen Tate, Tyler Sharpe, Trevon Faulkner and Bryson Langdon have combined to account for 75 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 81 percent of all Norse points over the last five games.TERRIFIC TARKUS: Tarkus Ferguson has connected on 32.6 percent of the 187 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 6 for 16 over the last three games. He’s also made 75 percent of his free throws this season.WINNING WHEN: Illinois-Chicago is a perfect 13-0 when it scores at least 72 points. The Flames are 5-16 when scoring any fewer than 72.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Flames have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Norse. Northern Kentucky has 29 assists on 71 field goals (40.8 percent) across its past three contests while Illinois-Chicago has assists on 42 of 90 field goals (46.7 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Northern Kentucky has made 8.2 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among Horizon teams.___last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Featured Pet of the Week: Friday

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Friday! She is a happy, smart, active and beautiful, 57-pound girl looking for her forever home. She has basic commands down pat, will drop her toy for you, is good on leash walks, and very eager to learn. Friday loves the agility equipment at the kennels and is doing well running the course. Friday also loves Flyball and Frisbee!Friday is an active girl looking for a home that will do fun activities – flyball perhaps? Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetAs top dog, she would prefer to be the only pet in your family. Friday would need a very active family, and if you can provide a fenced yard, exercise, love, fun activities, and a grain-free diet, she might be the perfect dog for you.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Habitat for Humanity Homes Rising

first_imgThe proposed Atlantic Highlands Habitat property sits next to the Fireman’s Memorial Field in the borough. It would be the second Habitat home in Atlantic Highlands. The first is located at 8284 Memorial Parkway, a duplex constructed about two years ago. A recently completed house in Rumson was “wildly successful,” he said. “The concept of a Habitat for Humanity project is really a boon to the area and we’ve seen it over and over again,” Scharfenberger said. Scharfenberger, a former Middletown mayor with experience in state planning policy, said he supports Habitat projects for several reasons. He likes that houses are built with private funding and do not financially impact taxpayers. He also said Habitat homes typically rise on already developed lots that have either been abandoned, have fallen into disrepair or have been demolished. “I’d like to see those types of properties be redeveloped,” Scharfenberger said. A Habitat home is envisioned for 21 Leonard Ave. next to Fireman’s Memorial Field in Atlantic Highlands. Photo by Allison Perrine It is preferable to building affordable housing units on undeveloped land, which he says has “a devastating effect” on open space. Adam Hubeny, borough administrator, said Habitat for Humanity has been a “great partner” with the borough and it has been accommodating in property negotiations and designs. “They have always worked very well with Atlantic Highlands and we’re happy to work with them as a partner,” he said. By Allison Perrine Previously, the organization built an average of one or two Habitat homes per year. On average, it takes a year to 18 months to build these homes. If each municipality in Monmouth County had 10Habitat projects there wouldbe over 500 in the county,Scharfenberger said. Scharfenberger said he has met with officials in about a dozen towns to explain the value in having Habitat homes and they have been very receptive to the idea. He said he would like to see a certain number of Habitat projects in each town, though some municipalities are more suited for it than others. Families in need of affordable housing apply for homeownership through local Habitat for Humanity chapters and are chosen depending on their level of need, willingness to participate in the project and ability to repay an affordable mortgage. They partner with the organization and work alongside the volunteers to realize a home of their own. Officials from Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County said the nonprofit has two projects nearing completion in Long Branch and Keansburg. Two additional properties are being planned in Long Branch as well. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Habitat for Humanity projects are becoming more common in Monmouth County; nearly 83 percent of towns in the county now have at least one Habitat home. Gerry P. Scharfenberger, a member of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, is an advocate for Habitat homes because they are constructed by community volunteers with the full participation of the future homeowner. They can help satisfy affordable housing quotas imposed on municipalities. All of the Two Rivercommunities have Habitathomes. The next may be inAtlantic Highlands, wherethe borough council hasintroduced a plan to donateproperty at 21 Leonard Ave.A public hearing will be heldSept. 11. “You want to see affordable housing created the right way, not a court mandate,” Scharfenberger said.last_img read more

Nelson Fight Night #2 treats crowd to evening of great amateur boxing

first_imgLewis said he was very antsy before the bout but was able to overcome nerves to persevere over Gowanlock.“I think the fight went really good . . . I think there is lots that I can work on,” Lewis said after the bout.“Being my first fight it felt nerve-wracking for sure . . . I was a bit scared going in. Overall I was able to end up with the decision so in the end it was good.”Lewis, who comes from a family of boxing enthusiasts, felt he needed to get away from the brawling aspect of fighting.“Boxing is way more of a sport than people realize,” he said. “There’s some brawling in the sport but during a fight you’re always trying to get ahead by working the chest and jabbing your opponent.”In the end, Lewis pounced on Gowanlock, who had the bout stopped a few times for a standing count by the referee, to be checked by the ring doctor and to deal with a bloody face.Other matches had Riel Martinez of Nelson fighting Dylan Muhlig in a 38 kg Initiation bout; Krishan Lysenko of Nelson meeting up with Danica Dreyer of Thistletown in girls Elite Exhibition match; and Cranbrook boxers Alexica Hansen and Sierra Pearson facing off in a 32 kg Initiation match.Joe Armstrong of Thistletown knocked out the final Nelson Boxer, Bohdi Cartland, in the 91kg Elite Novice bout.The KO came in the first round, after Cartland knocked Armstrong’s headpiece off Armstrong off earlier in the round.Parsa Bisheh of Griffins Boxing defeated Brandon Emerick of Thistletown by a TKO in 60 kg Junior C Novice.Other matches  had Conner Null of Revelstoke facing Clive Fagan of Thistletown in 69 kg Elite Exhibition and Dom Barbosa of Salmon Arm meeting Kaden Swanson of Cranbrook in 64 kg Junior C Exhibition.The Nelson Boxing Club is located at 685 Baker Street in Nelson in the basement that houses Pharmasave. Check out the club’s Facebook page. Fight Night #2 Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club mirrored May’s inaugural event in a lot of ways — a full house with lots of local talent from the Nelson Boxing Club on display.However, the action and intensity inside the ring was turned up just a little more than Fight Night #1 which gave the Nelson Boxing Club coaching staff plenty to build on as the organization moves forward.“I was super happy with all our athletes tonight,” said Jesse Pineiro of the Nelson Boxing Club.“Everyone gave it everything and showed a lot of skills. . .. I’ve very proud of them all.”Fight Night # 2 saw a handful of local fighters take center stage at the Rod and Gun Club.Nelson boxers Elias Martinez and Jeff Emmett brought the hometown crowd to their feet with after earning unanimous decisions over Aaron Madriaga and Geoff Hewlett in the later fights on the card — the latter bout the Nelson Brewing Company main event.Madriaga is from Thistletown Boxing Club while Hewlett is from North Vancouver.Earlier bouts saw Ryan Lewis, competing in his first ever bout, score a TKO decision over John Gowanlock of Revelstoke.last_img read more