Court upholds long jail sentences for bloggers on appeal

first_img to go further Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News December 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds long jail sentences for bloggers on appeal Help by sharing this information RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 27, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img News April 7, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Vietnam RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the rulings that courts issued today in the cases of three bloggers – Nguyen Van Hai (also known as Dieu Cay), Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai (also known as Anhbasaigon) – and yesterday in the case of Nguyen Van Khuong, an investigative journalist also known as Hoang Khuong. The organization also condemns yesterday’s arrest of the blogger and activist Le Quoc Quan and calls for his immediate release.“Dieu Cay, Ta Phong Tan and Anhbasaigon did nothing to deserve these sentences,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By confirming long jail terms for these bloggers, the Vietnamese authorities are displaying their contempt for basic freedoms and freedom of expression in particular.“We are very worried by the possible outcome of the trial on 8 January of nine young Catholic bloggers including Paulus Le Son and yesterday’s arrest of the blogger and human rights activist Le Quoc Quan.“We urge the European Union, this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, to put pressure on the Vietnamese government to end its relentless crackdown on dissidents in general and news providers in particular.”The long jail terms that two of the three bloggers received on 24 September were upheld today on appeal. The activist Dieu Cay and the former police officer Ta Phong Tan remain sentenced to 12 and 10 years in prison, respectively, followed by five years of house arrest.The blogger Anhbasaigon, the only one of the three to plead guilty, had his sentenced reduced from four to three years in prison followed by three years of house arrest.The months that the three bloggers have spent in detention since their arrest have been difficult. When Dieu Cay was allowed a closely-monitored visit by his son, Nguyen Tri Dung, for just a few minutes on 7 November, he complained of being held in Chi Hoa prison’s AB section, which is normally reserved for those sentenced to death.Ta Phong Tan, creator of the “Justice and Truth” blog, has paid a particularly high price for her commitment. Her mother took her own life last July by setting fire to herself outside the headquarters of the People’s Committee in Bac Lieu.Anhbasaigon’s wife, Nguyen Thi Lien, told Reporters Without Borders in a phone call that he was suffering from frequent headaches, insomnia and high blood pressure, and that he was completely crushed by the length of his sentence.An appeal court yesterday upheld the four-year jail sentence that Hoang Khuong, a journalist with the daily Tuoi Tre, received for arranging for a police officer to be offered a bribe in the course of investigating a corruption story. Detained since January, Khuong specialized in covering corruption cases.“What Khuong did in order to obtain irrefutable proof of Vietnamese police corruption, which he reported in his article, cannot be treated as attempted corruption,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the justice system to reverse its rejection of his appeal request and to release him on the grounds that his work was in the general interest.”“Corruption” and “tax fraud” charges are often brought against Vietnamese journalists and bloggers. It was allegations of tax fraud that were used to arrest the blogger Le Quoc Quan and, in April 2008, Dieu Cay.Several bloggers were arrested during today’s appeal hearing and Tan’s sister, Ta Minh Tu, was not allowed into the court.Vietnam has long been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and now it is the world’s third biggest prison for bloggers and cyber-dissidents, after China and Iran. Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prisonlast_img read more

Hopes for improved Mungret bus service

first_imgWhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat TAGSLimerick City and Countynational transport associationNewsNTApoliticsTransport TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Twitter Linkedin Email Cllr Dan McSweeney, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtMUNGRET, Ballybrown and Clarina and could soon be benefitting from an improved public bus service.This follows a motion from Fine Gael councillor Dan McSweeney at a recent meeting of the Limerick City and County Council’s Travel and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee where he asked the council to engage with the National Transport Authority (NTA) to secure improved bus services for the area.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The City West representative was informed that the local authority is actively engaging with the NTA in the development of the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy.“Baseline studies and projected growth for population centres in Ballybrown, Clarina and Patrickswell will form the basis for consultation between Bus Éireann and NTA for appropriate bus services to meet the demand,” a Council spokesperson explained.Cllr McSweeney told the committee that there are currently four services connecting Clarina to Limerick City Monday to Friday from 8am to 5.15pm. The service is reduced to two times a day on Saturdays and one on Sundays.“Upon your return from Limerick City you have four bus services commencing at 1.35pm with last service at 5.40pm and similarly these services reduce to two on a Saturday and one on a Sunday.“One of the major issues surrounding the return bus route is timing. Many students travelling to secondary schools, completing after school study and those working in Limerick City centre are unable to use public transport due to there being no later bus service,” Cllr McSweeney explained.He also pointed out that Mungret has been promised an extended bus service for a number of years and is still waiting for it.“Mungret has grown significantly over the last number of years with additional housing and new schools and these public transport plans have still not materialised. The improvement of the Clarina bus service will be able to work hand in hand with the provision of improved bus services for Mungret,” he concluded.center_img Previous articleLimerick woman to lead hotel industry through challenging timesNext articleStorm Jorge brings Orange Weather Warning this weekend Alan Jacques NewsPoliticsTransportHopes for improved Mungret bus serviceBy Alan Jacques – February 27, 2020 579 Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Begins Imagining Off-Broadway

first_img Part concert and part biography, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion explores the life and talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. The show will weave together Lennon’s story with 31 songs, including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” “Mother” and “Jealous Guy.” Opening night is set for October 15. Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 11, 2015 View Comments Related Shows You say you want a revolution? Head off-Broadway to the Union Square Theatre to see Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which begins previews on October 3. The show, created and performed by John R. Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, has previously played at the Sydney Opera House and in the West End. The limited engagement will run through February 22, 2015.last_img read more

World’s sexiest athlete dreams Tokyo Olympic Gold

first_imgGerman 400m runner Alica Schmidt will be hoping for gold at Tokyo 2020 this summer – and so will her armies of loyal fans Alica Schmidt first came to public prominence by helping Germany take silver in 4×400 relay at the European Athletics Under-20 Championships three years ago. She’s also got armies of loyal fans keeping up with all of her latest snaps on Instagram, where she has 624k followers. Her exploits have spawned fan pages which have also garnered thousands of followers. Alicia was dubbed the ‘World’s Sexiest Athlete’ by Australian magazine ‘Busted Coverage’. The magazine wrote in 2017: “Since we’re not some snowflake sports blog, we’ll gladly introduce you to German national team sprinter Alica Schmidt, 18, who automatically goes to the top of our “World’s Hottest Track Athlete” list with Tay Clark from Australia and these two are now in a dogfight for world domination. Alicia is now hoping to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with her 624k followers. Loading… Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Best Geek Movies Of All Time7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Inventions That Make Us Question HumanityThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action Movies7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themcenter_img “We’re not the least bit worried about Sports Twitter Feminists coming after us. Come at me, bros.” The German is likely to be a big name in athletics over the next few years and she is already sponsored by Puma. Her profile has attracted a lot of interest and Schmidt has already rejected a request to pose for Playboy. “I do not know why I got this title,” a bewildered Schmidt said about her surprise moniker. “Sport comes clearly first,” she added. “There are thousands of girls on Instagram who look good and still do not have as many fans and that’s just competitive sport for me.” You may want to agree that hers is a case of brain and beauty. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she attended Elkhorn High School then went on to study journalism and political science at the University of North Carolina. Read AlsoTokyo 2020 unveils Olympic ‘plaza’ made from donated wood She ran in collegiate competition for the North Carolina Tar Heels and in her first year she was runner-up in the 800m. That was the beginning and like the say the rest is now history as she continues her quest for laurels. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Nikki Bradley devastated after Guinness World Record beat by one second!

first_imgAdventurer Nikki Bradley, is reaching for new heights despite the crushing disappointment of finding out a Guinness World Record she thought she had broken, had actually been done ONE SECOND faster than her!Nikki Bradley believed she broke a Guinness World Record on June 25th, however, American elite runner Anna Beck-Lee did the same record ONE SECOND faster in March 2016.Due to a delay in processing records, Guinness had not updated their website at the time of Nikki’s attempt therefore making it impossible for her to know that a new time had been set. Nikki thought she was attempting to beat a time of 49 minutes when in fact the new time set by Anna was 44 minutes 20 seconds.Nikki did the 5k in 44 minutes 21 seconds.Despite enormous disappointment Nikki was determined to ‘make every second count’ and move forward with a new challenge. As part of her ongoing awareness campaign Fighting Fit For Ewing’s, Nikki regularly participates in physical challenges to highlight the importance of exercise for rehabilitation. Her August Challenge consisted of teaming up with internationally acclaimed climber, Iain Miller of take on a sea stack in the wilds of County Donegal.Nikki told Donegal Daily, “Iain has played an important role in my previous challenges and he was the ideal companion on the day.“Using an inflatable boat to get out to the stack meant we were limited to carrying basics with us. A water proof rucksack, a pair of crutches and a single oar were the only items taken.“The climb was carefully planned by Iain as this challenge contained a high level of risk for a crutch user. The chance of slipping on wet rock or losing balance on the narrow grass verge on the summit was a real concern so we took no chances.“Once we disembarked from the boat they made their way to the top with surprising speed. When they reached the summit it became a balancing act. I have an 11cm leg length discrepancy caused by multiple surgeries and usually stand on my left leg with just the toe of her right foot keeping her balanced.“This can be difficult on land let alone on the top of a narrow sea stack.” Nikki was determined to ‘get back on the horse’ as quickly as possible after her set back with Guinness as she felt there was a poignant message to be found in her disappointment with her record.Nikki added, “The past week has taught me to ‘make every second count’. I am still disappointed with what happened with my record but I learned a long time ago that life can throw a curve ball at any moment. Finding a way to bounce back is the key to staying on top.“I could have easily spent the week feeling sorry for myself but I see that as a waste of my time. It won’t help anyone, least of all myself so why bother. Ploughing my energy into new and exciting things provides more satisfaction so I chose to do that instead”Nikki Bradley devastated after Guinness World Record beat by one second! was last modified: August 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:Featuresguinness world recordnewsnikki bradleyThe Figtherlast_img read more