Appeal court upholds jail time for five bloggers

first_img Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison May 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court upholds jail time for five bloggers Follow the news on Vietnam Receive email alerts News News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang RSF_en News Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific VietnamAsia – Pacific News April 27, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more A court in the northern city of Vinh on today ruled on the appeals by five bloggers – Ho Duc Hoa, Paulus Le Van Son, Nguyen Van Duyet, Thai Van Dung and Tran Minh Nhat – against their long jail terms, upholding the existing sentences for three of them and reducing the sentences of the other two.“Even if the appeal court reduced Son’s sentence by a considerable amount, it is still unacceptable and reflects the government’s determination to reduce all dissidents to silence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The charges brought against these five bloggers were and continue to be a complete lie. None of them ever tried to overthrow the regime. We continue to demand their release.”Son’s sentence was reduced from 13 years in prison to four, while Duyet’s was reduced from four years to three and a half. The sentences of the other three (13 years for Hoa, and four years for Dung and Nhat) were confirmed. Follow-up probation periods of three to five years were also confirmed.During the hearing, each of the defendants criticized the harshness of their sentences and insisted they never intended to overthrow the government.Son became extremely upset during the hearing on learning that his mother had died a few months ago. He had not previously been told this. In his final words, spoken just before the judge issued his ruling, he asked to be forgiven for his “errors” and requested a milder sentence so that he could go home and care for his mother’s grave.Until then he had been the only defendant to refuse to ask for forgiveness. Dung, for his part, said: “If this country is democratic, I will be acquitted by this appeal court.”As at the original trial, the atmosphere at today’s hearing was very tense. Yesterday, the police asked bus owners to refuse to drive relatives of the defendants to the appeal court. State-owned bus companies also suspended their usual services.The tension around the courthouse increased when around 2,000 policemen began mingling with the estimated 500 people who turned up to support the five bloggers. Mobile phones were unable to find a network connection anywhere near the courthouse.Two bloggers, Bui Minh Hang and La Viet Dung, were arrested before reaching the courthouse. Tran Thuy Nga, a land rights activist who had come to support the five bloggers, was also arrested.A policeman responsible for security hit the netizen Tu Anh Tu in the chest as he approached the court. On his Facebook page, Tu said he had not been hurt by the blow but by the fact that he had been targeted by officials who are supposed to serve the people. He also criticized the government’s passive stance on Vietnam’s territorial disputes with China. The five bloggers were accused of having links with Viet Tan, a pro-democracy party based in the United States that is banned in Vietnam and regarded as a “terrorist” organization by the government. The appeals of three young activists who were tried with the five bloggers were also heard yesterday.On 16 May, a court in Long An sentenced two young bloggers, Dinh Nguyen Kha and Nguyen Phuong Uyen, to eight and six years in prison respectively, followed by three years of house arrest.According to the indictment, there were accused of maintaining contact via Facebook with a Vietnamese dissident now living abroad, who urged them to join the “Patriotic Youth,” a group that the authorities call “reactionary.” Organisation April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Credit Union Growth Series [Part 2]: What matters most with digital & your data

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mobile banking usage has grown exponentially with the pandemic. Hear how to leverage the increased usage and demand for on-demand channels to enhance member service, marketing, growth, and risk strategies.Key Takeaways:[03:56] End to end digital lending, personal video, text messaging are more relevant than it was a year ago.[04:27] More sophisticated digital marketing techniques have very quickly become more important when we are not getting frequent in-branch opportunities to interact and present offers to members.[11:36] If you’re not texting you need to get to it. 93% of all texts are read within nine minutes.[14:55] Do a simple audit of your own digital experience. Put yourself in the shoes of a current or potential member.center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

SN exclusive: XFL confirms talks with Colin Kaepernick

first_img“The national anthem is a time-honored tradition. … So whatever our rules are, is what everyone will abide by,” McMahon said at the time.On Monday, the XFL announced Seahawks legend Jim Zorn as the new coach of the league’s Seattle-based club. All eight inaugural teams will be owned by the league. The previous XFL, launched by McMahon’s WWE and NBC Sports, was a dismal failure, lasting only one season in 2001. Could Colin Kaepernick become the XFL’s first major star?An XFL spokesman confirmed to Sporting News on Monday that Kaepernick talked with executives about joining the league this past fall.   The XFL declined to divulge details of the Kaepernick contract talks. But sources said the former 49ers quarterback wanted at least $20 million to suit up for new spring football league. Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s attorney, did not return an email from SN seeking comment. MORE: The latest AAF Power RankingsThe revelation of the XFL talks follows the Associated Press’ report that the 31-year-old former Super Bowl quarterback also talked with the new Alliance of American Football (AAF) before its recent launch.Owned by WWE tycoon Vince McMahon, the reborn XFL is expected to sign its first wave of players during the first quarter of 2019. The swashbuckling McMahon is nothing if not a showman. Signing Kaepernick would be the kind of headline-making acquisition that would draw TV viewers and media coverage toward the XFL when it kicks off in February 2020. Oliver Luck, father of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, serves as the XFL’s commissioner and chief executive officer.Kaepernick recently settled his collusion case against the NFL. His talks with both the XFL and AAF indicate he wants to play after a two-year absence. But unless he climbs way down from his contract demands of at least $20 million per season, the chances of him playing for either of the new spring football leagues are remote.Yes, McMahon is a showman. But he’s also a businessman. His new eight-team league is looking to pay starting quarterbacks $250,000 a season, sources said.The new AAF, led by co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, is even stricter when it comes to player payroll. Each AAF player has unguaranteed three-year contracts worth $250,000. MORE: Kaepernick’s NFL settlement likely much smaller than speculatedBut $20 million a year for a quarterback is nothing special in the deep-pocketed NFL.The league boasts 16 quarterbacks making an average of at least $20 million per season, according to ProFootballTalk, citing data from Aaron Rodgers of the Packers tops the league with an average annual salary of $33.5 million, according to Forbes, followed Matt Ryan of the Falcons and Jimmy Garoppolo of the 49ers at $30 million annually apiece.During a recent appearance on CNN, Geragos boldly predicted that his client would sign with an NFL club, dangling the Super Bowl champion Patriots and Panthers as possible landing spots.During a video presser introducing the XFL, McMahon sounded open to Kaepernick playing in the league. But he also indicated he’d like players/coaches to leave their politics at home. President Donald Trump bashed Kaepernick and other kneeling NFL players who protested for racial justice during the playing of the U.S. national anthem. This is football reimagined. This is the XFL. Watch the official announcement — LIVE NOW! #XFL2020— XFL (@xfl2020) January 25, 2018McMahon said he had “no idea” whether Trump would support the XFL. But he vowed his league would have “nothing to do” with politics or social issues. He thinks it’s appropriate for players and coaches to stand for the national anthem. last_img read more

From caddying to Colorado – Gower ready for America

first_img Ellie Gower is ready to start college in America boosted by her latest stint ‘inside the ropes’ as a teenage caddie on the Ladies’ European Tour.The 17-year-old England girls’ squad member is preparing to take the next step up the golfing ladder when she flies out next month to start her studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.For Gower (now living just outside Perth, Scotland and a member of the foundation at Gleneagles), it’s a natural step to make.What is out of the ordinary, though, is how she has prepared for the January move.Gower has recently returned from the Spanish Open where she caddied for English pro Ellie Givens.The pair struck up an unlikely friendship purely by accident five years ago at a time when Gower – then living in France with her family – was relaxed about golf as a hobby let alone a career.The chance encounter with Givens at the 2014 Lacoste Ladies’ Open near Biarritz changed the youngster’s focus.In the space of the next four years, Gower was transformed from a 36 handicapper into an England international playing off a handicap of +2.Now she’s packing her bags in anticipation of her move to the States on 6 January.Gower’s route has been unconventional, but what it has done is given her a unique insight into the dream career she’s chasing once her college days and England Golf challenges are over.“I’m just back from Spain having caddied for Ellie in the Spanish Open and that was good fun,” admitted Gower, pictured below with her mentor and friend.“It’s good being inside the ropes and watching how they practice and how they do their course planners and all the things you wouldn’t normally see in any detail.“You also discover you’re not a million miles away at times. Myself and Ellie hit it the same distances now and so when she asked me in Spain what I thought – eight iron or nine iron –  I was able to say nine!“I can now help her read putts too which is great.“I didn’t know what I was going into at first. I was only 12 but everyone on tour has been great.“When I first started doing it, I was little Ellie and she was big Ellie.“Know I’m taller than her so it’s become a joke.“I realise it’s a privileged position to be in and so I’m trying to learn as much as I can and put it to good use in my game.“I only started watching Ellie at that first event because we had the same name.“At the end she came up and had a chat and I was like ‘wow’.“We kept in touch through Facebook and the next year she asked me to caddie for her at that event.“I was 12 when I first caddied. The first year I did she came 11th so I must have done alright.“I’ve caddied for five years running and it’s been amazing.“Moving to college in America now is a bit scary, but my mum is coming out with me for the first week.“I chose Colorado because got on really well with the coach and there was an instant connection.“There are also two girls there from past England squads – Issy Simpson and Sophie Johnson.“I know them both and they are really nice and that makes me feel more comfortable.“The ultimate dream is to play on the LPGA Tour so we’ll see how it goes.”Given that dad Brian is a qualified PGA pro and her parents moved the family to France when Ellie was a toddler to buy their own golf course, you would assume Ellie was destined for a career in the sport.However, Gower showed no real desire to play until the meeting with Givens proved a lightbulb moment.She added: “When I was three my parents bought a nine-hole course – Golf de Barthe near Bergerac – and I’ve always been around golf.“I wasn’t really that interested in it. My dad took me and my sister on the range and when he wasn’t looking we’d just throw the balls away to save us hitting them!“My dad saw I had potential, but I wasn’t that interested.“Then he took me to the event in Biarritz and it clicked.“We moved to Scotland a few years ago because my sister Hannah, who is now 22, goes to university in Glasgow.“I’m part of the foundation at Gleneagles and all the pros are lovely and they always try to help you. Gleneagles is such a great place to practise and I’m also getting brilliant coaching with the England squad.”The good news for the England coaches is that while Gower is off to America she will return in May and be available for selection for key team events over the summer.That’s a relief for Gower who is eager to play her part in the 2020 campaign.She added: “I’d love to represent England again. It’s an honour and a privilege.“I want to play in the Home Internationals and Europeans if I can.“I played in both of these in 2019 and I’ve also played against Ireland, Spain and Switzerland in the past.” 16 Dec 2019 From caddying to Colorado – Gower ready for America Insert photograph credit: LETlast_img read more

Make A Sandwich With Bread From Olympia’s Great Harvest Bread Company

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Great Harvest Bread CompanyAs another mild Washington summer comes to a close our minds begin to turn to chilly weather, school shopping, and holiday gatherings. How to get warm, what to pack the kids for lunch, and what to bring to the next round of family festivities are just a few more chores to add to our already busy schedule.Well, as the German proverb says, “Necessity seeks bread where it is to be found.” And good bread, as well as what you need this year, can always be found at your local Great Harvest Bread Co. Great Harvest is a locally owned, personable bakery dedicated to using wholesome ingredients, and supporting local businesses as well as you and your family.Great Harvest works proudly with Olympia companies such as Batdorf and Bronson, and a cup of  Dancing Goats Coffee is always brewed fresh to help you warm up and start another busy fall morning.As many of us know, mornings can be hectic come fall, especially if you have children. Getting something quick and healthy in them before they rush off to the school bus is nearly impossible. Great Harvest can help make mornings a little bit easier by providing you with healthy eating ideas like Whole Grain and Fruit Scones, Ultra Healthy Berry Bran Muffins, and All You Need bread. All are made with freshly milled whole wheat flour and packed with fruit, fiber, and protein. Starting your child off with a whole grain breakfast will help keep them alert in school and  ready to learn.For those who have family, or are themselves allergic to wheat, Great Harvest also carries a variety of gluten free options. Hearty Buckwheat, Fantastic Flax, and Cranberry Orange, are just a few of the options which are baked in a clean and gluten-free setting. They even carry a gluten-free vegan bread for those with milk or egg allergies.With so many fresh and tasty options meals are a synch; whether you are dipping cheddar garlic bread in a bowl of soup or ordering a sandwich on gluten-free buckwheat,  you can end your meal satisfied and proud that you made a healthy choice, avoiding chemical preservatives and additives.Great Harvest also grants you the pleasure of selecting a delicious hand crafted treat to impress the family come the Holidays. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread, Bacon Cheddar Beer bread, or a lovely braided Challah.So whether you are preparing yourself or your child for another day of work and learning, or preparing to create a new and wholesome family tradition, Great Harvest is there to help all of us bread winners through a new and busy school year.last_img read more

IPL 2020 set to have COVID replacements and the use of Chinese sponsors

first_imgAdvertisement 9i5ieNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7xg8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eriu7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wmkWould you ever consider trying this?😱3imCan your students do this? 🌚b9w8Roller skating! Powered by Firework The IPL Governing Body converged to determine various aspects to ensure the staging of the thirteenth edition of the tournament. A total of 10 points were set in place to be discussed before the meeting and the authorities have made a decision in regard to those. Advertisement The virtual meeting brought out the dates of the competition. After much deliberation on the date of the finale, the fixture will be played on November 10. The tournament is slated to start from September 19.Keeping the current volatile health situation in mind, the body approved the use of unlimited COVID replacements over the course of the tournament. The initial squad size of all of the eight franchises are penned down to 24 members.Advertisement Regarding the sponsorship debacle, the governing body has decided to retain of all its existing sponsors including their main sponsor, Chinese mobile company VIVO.Advertisement An IPL Governing Body member, who chose not to be revealed, claimed that “All I can say is that all our sponsors are with us. Hopefully, you can read between the lines,” Chinese sponsorship soon overtook the heart of the matter after unprecedented clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh in June.The body opted to go on board with the sponsors they have at present since finding a new sponsor in such short notice would have been a difficult proposition. On top of that, during a time in which companies are taking a hit, investment is not the first thing on the mind.“We expect the Home and External Affairs Ministry to give us necessary approvals within another week. The final will be played on November 10 as it enters the Diwali week making it lucrative for the broadcasters,”Governing Council have a careful eye on IPL’s SafetyThe body is also said to be preparing a carefully curated Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) when it comes to safety measures. The authorities are ensuring every step to minimize the outbreak with the creation of a bio-bubble across the venues.“Also, the BCCI has received presentations from a Dubai based group on creating a medical facility in UAE. The BCCI is also in talks with the Tata group for creating a bio-bubble,”The tournament will see ten doubleheaders across the 2 months where the timings have been tweaked a little from the usual. Matches are expected to flag off from 7:30 PM IST instead of 8:00 PM IST.Apart from the above points, the meeting also gave a green light to the women’s IPL. If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comWhat to expect from the IPL GC’s monumental meet   Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2017)–Sent from the opening bell, heavily favored Elwood J was all-out late to win Friday’s $56,000 allowance feature by one length under Flavien Prat. In a driving rain, the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee got six furlongs on a “wet-fast” surface in 1:09.83.Dispatched at 3-5 in a field of five California-bred or sired horses three years of age, Elwood J paid $3.40, $2.80 and $2.10. Owned by Joe L. Turner, the 3-year-old gelding by Vronsky notched his second win from five starts and with the winner’s share of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $83,940.“I don’t know how far this horse will go, but he sure ran good today,” said Hollendorfer assistant, Dan Ward, who related that Hollendorfer was “on his way to Florida” to attend this Saturday’s Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park. “We’ll look at some Cal-bred stakes for this horse.”Facing stiff pressure from eventual third place finisher Harvest a Storm until well inside the sixteenth pole, Elwood J set rapid splits of 21.50, 44.44 and 56.90 and held sway over longshot Popular Kid, who was motoring wide-out.Ridden by Modesto Linares, Popular Kid, who was last after the first quarter mile, was off at 12-1 and paid $7.00 and $3.40.Harvest a Storm, who was handled by Luis Contreras, checked in a half length behind Popular Kid and paid $2.80 to show.With sunny skies forecast for Saturday, Santa Anita will present a nine-race program, highlighted by the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes. First post time is at 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more