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

‘Sextortion’ case under investigation in Limerick

first_imgLinkedin Email A SEXTORTION type case is under investigation in Limerick after a complaint was made by a teen alleging he was threatened that “personal videos” would be shared across the internet unless he paid a ransom.Gardai in Limerick have said that this is not a new type of scam and have urged people to be vigilant when sharing any sort of images online.The young man told gardai that he downloaded an app and shared videos and content with a young female.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up unbeknownst to him, the images and videos had been recorded and he was notified by text message that unless he paid thousands of euro to a third party, the videos would be shared across the internet with his friends on Facebook.See more Limerick news here WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleTwo-year anniversary pauses Corbett murder trialNext articleWin cinema tickets Staff Reporter NewsCrime & CourtLocal News‘Sextortion’ case under investigation in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – August 2, 2017 1256 WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisementcenter_img Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSGardalimericksextortion Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” last_img read more

Undefeated? Wilson: Syracuse’s perfect season will end at Duke on Feb. 22

first_imgEditor’s note: Beat writers Stephen Bailey and David Wilson were assigned to take a side on whether or not Syracuse will finish undefeated. Click here for Stephen’s take.PITTSBURGH — For the first time this year, perhaps, the crowd got to Syracuse. Sure, it was after the game, but when the Oakland Zoo erupted at the sight of an official waving off Tyler Ennis’ miracle heave — it must have been a mirage — some uneasiness finally came over the Orange.Maybe it wasn’t panic, but there was definitely uncertainty.“They kind of had some confusion,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “I was like, ‘Naw, they got to check that again.’”The cheers only lasted about a second, though. Some Pittsburgh fans saw the call wrong. Syracuse stunned the No. 25 Panthers with a 58-56 win. In front of a notoriously raucous crowd, Wednesday was the first, and one of the last, times that the top-ranked Orange was an underdog.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe next will be in a week, when No. 1 SU (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) travels down to Durham, N.C., to face No. 8 Duke in front of the equally rowdy Cameron Crazies.If it weren’t for that trip, then maybe Syracuse could go undefeated. But that’s the date to circle now as the Orange’s first loss of the season. The miracles have to run out eventually, and Cameron Indoor Stadium has seen plenty of dreams die.“The way we played the first 36-37 minutes of most games, we should be 20-4 or 19-5,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “but in the last three or four minutes we’ve been just about perfect in all those situations.”Before Wednesday, Syracuse’s biggest scare came when it welcomed Duke to the Carrier Dome on Feb. 1. The Blue Devils were only No. 17 then and just starting to kick a slump that mired them for the start of conference play.Still, Duke hung 89 points on the Orange. No other ACC team has even scored 60 against SU this season.The Blue Devils led for the early part of the overtime period even without Jabari Parker and Amile Jefferson. Duke had to roll out the clearly uncomfortable Marshall Plumlee in the high post and even then the Blue Devils nearly handed Syracuse its first loss. All that Duke has done since nearly upsetting the Orange is lay 20-point beatings on Wake Forest and Boston College.The conference’s pace has slowed down, but the Blue Devils can still score like an ACC team of old. And the best way to beat SU, which always makes the big plays down the stretch, is to keep it from having the opportunities to make those plays.Pitt was never a team that could put up the points to keep Syracuse at anything more than arm’s length. Duke, however, has that type of firepower.And let’s not forget that the Orange did need a literal miracle to even be in position for us to have this discussion right now.“It’s a little lucky.”Even Boeheim said it.Like it has so often this year, everything broke SU’s way in the end. Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon surprisingly called a timeout and gave Boeheim a chance to draw something up. Ennis’ 35-footer somehow went in and there was no question he got it off in time.If the freshman waits even a second longer, Syracuse suffers its first loss.“They did everything right,” Pitt wing Lamar Patterson said. “He just hit that prayer.”With seven games left, there are probably three others to look at as potential losses aside from the game against the Blue Devils. Two home games this week — North Carolina State (16-8, 6-5) on Saturday and Boston College on Wednesday — should get the Orange to 26-0. Senior Night against Georgia Tech should be an easy win, too.That leaves a trip to Maryland next week, — two days after Duke — a trip down to Charlottesville, Va., to face No. 17 Virginia and the regular-season finale at Florida State as the potential losses.None of those three provide the same intrigue as the Blue Devils, but to think Syracuse can get through that remaining schedule unscathed…Well, that would be the height of foolishness.David Wilson is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @DBWilson2. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 14, 2014 at 1:01 amlast_img read more

Bills praise Alexander, who could be playing final home game

first_imgLast Updated: 25th December, 2019 12:42 IST Bills Praise Alexander, Who Could Be Playing Final Home Game Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier opened the final week of the season in a bittersweet mood, and it had nothing to do with Buffalo having lost at New England two days earlier. FOLLOW US COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 25th December, 2019 12:42 ISTcenter_img LIVE TV Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier opened the final week of the season in a bittersweet mood, and it had nothing to do with Buffalo having lost at New England two days earlier.What struck Frazier was the realization his time coaching linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was potentially coming to a close. Though the playoff-bound Bills (10-5) are guaranteed an AFC wild-card game after closing the regular season against the New York Jets (6-9), the game Sunday could very well be Alexander’s home finale. The 13-year veteran has said he plans to retire following the season.”I was telling one of our coaches this morning that if this indeed turns out to be his last home game or last season, there may be someone else that’ll play the position next season, and they may wear the same number,” Frazier said. “But there won’t be another Lorenzo Alexander.”Frazier’s praise for Alexander goes beyond the 36-year-old’s production. Alexander has played half of Buffalo’s defensive snaps and ranks third among the Bills with 218 special teams snaps. But his presence as an unquestioned leader has Frazier using him as a what he called “a sounding board to gauge the temperature of our defense.””The players look up to him. The coaches trust him,” Frazier said. “It’s hard to find a guy like that. We’re going to miss him.”If this is indeed his final season, Alexander suddenly isn’t saying.The usually outgoing and talkative player, known for holding half-hour weekly sessions with reporters at his locker, was a curious no-show following practice Tuesday. Alexander also declined an interview request from The Associated Press on Monday, leaving it difficult to determine whether he’s had a change of heart about retirement.Alexander first said he believed he had one more year left in him at the end of last season, something he”If you asked me today, yeah, this is my last year,” the married father of four said in mid-January. “At some point you’ve got to eventually walk away from the game and start the second half of your life. I’ve got a lot of life to live. There’s other things that I want to do.”If anything, Alexander continues proving he’s capable of playing a regular role.He ranks sixth on the team with 50 tackles, has two sacks and is tied for the team lead among linebackers with nine passes defensed in 15 games, including seven starts.Alexander has also proven durable. He hasn’t missed a game since 2013 with Arizona, when he sat out the final 13 games with a right foot injury.He’s completing his fourth season in Buffalo, after being initially signed to fill a special teams role in 2016. It took only a few months for then-coach Rex Ryan to discoverAlexander’s presence has also be felt in the community, where he’s active in fundraising activities for his ACES charitable foundation. Including this season, he’s a five-time Walter Payton Man of The Year award nominee.“He’s been everything, that guy, not just team, but to this community,” safety Micah Hyde said. “Everybody appreciates ’Zo around here.”That includes offensive players.“You can’t really put into words what he means to this team,” quarterback Josh Allen said. “He does things the right way and he’s been an inspiration for a lot of people here.”At 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, Alexander’s career has been a testament to his hard work and versatility.He was a 300-pound defensive lineman coming out of California in 2005, when Carolina signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent. Alexander briefly switched to tight end before being converted to linebacker upon making his NFL debut with Washington in 2007.”Guys get drafted on height, weight and speed. And then you have the Lorenzo Alexanders of the world who defy all those numbers,” Frazier said. “To have the type of career he’s had, it’s an incredible story. And it speaks to being able to look beyond the raw numbers.”Alexander is set to play his 191st career game Sunday. He has also made four postseason appearances, all of them losses.A year after”I wouldn’t mind if he did change his mind,” Frazier said. “I’m sure his wife might have other things to say, but I’d love to have him back.”NOTES: With the Bills locked in as the AFC’s fifth playoff seed, coach Sean McDermott plans to rest some starters against the Jets. Without saying who, McDermott acknowledged the possibility of Allen playing a portion of the game before giving way to backup Matt Barkley. … The Bills were not required to issue an injury report, but running back Devin Singletary was among the players who did not practice. … C Mitch Morse practiced after being sidelined Saturday with a lower right leg injury.___More AP NFL: Written By Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Steelers WR Wallace focused on efforts, not boos

first_imgWalking back to the huddle, beating himself up a little bit after failing to hold onto a Ben Roethlisberger heave that would have gotten the Steelers out of an early hole last week against San Diego, Wallace tried not to take it personally.That doesn’t mean he succeeded.“I think they’re out to get me a little bit,” Wallace said with a smile.Then again, the easygoing 26-year-old understands he has no one to blame but himself. Wallace took a calculated risk last summer when he decided to hold out during training camp. Coming off his first Pro Bowl and entering the prime of his career, Wallace didn’t want to leave the Steelers as much as he simply wanted to get paid a little more — OK, a lot more — to stay.When management balked, Wallace reported less than two weeks before the season started and pledged not to let his uncertain future mess with his head.It hasn’t exactly happened.Sure, Wallace is on pace to match the 72 receptions he put up a year ago and he needs two touchdowns over Pittsburgh’s final three games to set a new career-high.Yet it’s the slip-ups — such as a handful of costly drops and a pair of fumbles — that have outweighed the spectacular. Wallace is in the midst of perhaps the most productive season of his four-year career. It just doesn’t feel like it.While the former third-round pick has shown the ability to adapt to offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s short-passing game and he’s accepted the fact there are fewer deep shots to go around, he knows he’s done little to calm critics who viewed his holdout as a betrayal.“Anything I do is going to be magnified, good, bad, it doesn’t really matter,” he said. “I’ve just got to do what I need to do and I don’t give anybody a reason to say anything. Whatever happens I take full responsibility for it.”And to be honest, he’s OK with it.“I don’t want nobody to ever say it’s enough,” he said. “I always want somebody to have a knock on me. Always, because it’s always going to make me a better player and it’s always going to give me something to strive for.”Even if, at the moment, Wallace is content with striving to avoid the kind of mental miscues that have cost the Steelers (7-6) this season. They are, after all, tied with Cincinnati for the AFC’s last wild card spot heading into Sunday’s game in Dallas (7-6) and could be in a better place.Wallace has six drops this season, tied for 16th most in the NFL. The names higher on that list include Wes Welker, Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant.The difference, of course, is that none of those guys skipped training camp, and Wallace knows it.“I made the bed,” he said. “I’ll lie in it.”No matter how uncomfortable it can get.Wallace raised eyebrows last week when he admitted to having his mind wander during games. Looking back, he admits he probably should have kept that to himself.“When you’re not getting the ball into the games sometime you might get a little frustrated and lose focus in the game, not on the game, but sometimes you get mentally not focused on the things you always need to be focused on,” he said.It certainly looked that way against the Chargers. Backed up deep in their own end in the second quarter, Roethlisberger tested his sprained right shoulder and flung it as far as he could. Wallace had a step on the defender and stretched to haul it in, only to have it bounce off his hands to the turf.Though Wallace rebounded to catch seven passes for 112 yards and two scores, it’s the one he couldn’t bring in that stuck with him afterward.“All I keep thinking about was the drop I had,” Wallace said. “But you can’t dwell on that.”Besides, there’s plenty of other things to think about, including the future. Wallace has tried to block out what will happen once the season ends, adding it would be “selfish” if he started wondering where he’ll be playing next year.Maybe, but with 2013 fast approaching, there’s a real chance Wallace could be playing his final games in Pittsburgh.The Steelers signed teammate Antonio Brown to a contract extension while Wallace was working out by himself in Florida. And the rapid development of Emmanuel Sanders combined with the money Wallace could earn on the open market makes the prospect of Wallace sticking around seem unlikely.If time is growing short, Wallace is trying to make it count. So is his quarterback.“He has all the confidence in himself and we have it in him,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re confident that he’s going to come out and be great. There’s never a second thought in my mind about it.”In Wallace’s either.“It’s not like I’m out here dropping every pass,” he said. “I made a lot of plays, too, as well. But I definitely would like to make every single play on the field.“I’ve just got to keep working at it and I think things will go my way.”NOTES: LB James Harrison (illness) did not practice on Wednesday … S Troy Polamalu was held out of practice but it was not injury related … LB LaMarr Woodley, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, was a full participant … Coach Mike Tomlin met with RB Rashard Mendenhall to talk about the one-game suspension Mendenhall received for conduct detrimental to the team. Tomlin called the meeting productive.(Follow Will Graves at by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Wallace heard the boos. And the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver knew it didn’t have as much to do with the pass that had just clanged off his hands as with the expectations — self-imposed or otherwise — he just can’t seem to meet. BIG CATCH–Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) makes a touchdown catch past San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) in the third quarter on Dec. 9, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) last_img read more

The Late James Gandolfini During a Two River Area Visit

first_imgJames Gandolfini, center, who died of a heart attack on June 19, during a vacation in Rome, is shown playing Tony Soprano during shooting of an episode of The Sopranos on Jan. 14, 2002, at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. Appearing with Gandolfini were cast members Steve Van Zandt, left, and Jerry Adler, right. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTOlast_img

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

Giants sweep Rebels to capture Alberta/B.C. Midget Title

first_imgThe B.C. Major Midget AAA Hockey League champs won the regular season title won in convincing fashion, losing four times during the season. The Giants play in the same league as the Kootenay Ice, coached this season by Simon Wheeldon.  The Ice finished 10th in the 11-team league, finishing with a 8-25-7 record. The 2011 Telus Cup is being held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from April 18-24.The Giants will compete against the host team the St. John’s Pennecon Privateers, as well as the representatives from the West Region, Central Region, Quebec and the Atlantic Region. This is the first time in the history of the Major Midget League that the B.C. representative has defeated the Alberta Representative in the Pacific Midget Regional Championship. In 2007, the Vancouver North West Giants advanced to the Telus Cup by default since the Red Deer Rebels, the host team for the event, captured the Alberta Midget AAA Championship. Alex Kerfoot (West Vancouver, BC) was named Player of the Tournament.  Kerfoot had an outstanding series finishing with one goal and four assists.  The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group. Playing at this high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship. The Vancouver North West Giants defeated the Red Deer Rebels 3-1 in game two of the Pacific Midget Regional Championship Saturday to advance to the National Midget Championship, Telus Cup.The Giants blasted the Rebels 7-2 in game one of the best-of-three series on Friday.last_img read more

Calls for emergency water works in Ballindrait after sixth burst pipe in two weeks

first_imgFurther calls have been made for urgent works be carried out by Irish Water in east Donegal as the water shortage problem worsens around the county. The calls come after a water main burst for the sixth time in two weeks in an area around Ballindrait.The news comes after a score of issues in the last number of weeks, with businesses and residents in Falcarragh and surrounding areas also been consistently affected by water outages over the last 12 months.  Cllr Gary Doherty has made the demand after the east Donegal area was left without running water.He said: “I have been in contact with Irish Water this morning to demand that they immediately carry out emergency works to install new mains coming up the hill from Ballindrait towards Tober and Ballinabreen.“It is absolutely scandalous that the people living in this area are without water now for the sixth time inside two weeks.“Residents in this area have been blighted by repeated bursts over the last number of years, however, the problem has ridiculous levels following the installation of the new mains at the bottom of the hill. “The new mains has meant increased pressure in the old pipe going up the hill and is causing it to burst repeatedly.“The time for excuses on Irish Water’s lack of action is long gone,” Doherty added.“They have a duty of responsibility for the delivery of water service in this country and the people of this area deserve better than what they are getting at the moment.“In that regard, I am appealing for residents who are affected to call Irish Water on 1890 278 278 to register their anger today and join with me in demanding that emergency works are carried out as soon as possible.“Enough is enough.” Calls for emergency water works in Ballindrait after sixth burst pipe in two weeks was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more