Vietnam: Hanoi court sentences journalist to ten years in prison

first_img April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources CorruptionImprisonedCitizen-journalistsPredatorsJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Truong Duy Nhat is seen outside the courtroom of Hanoi people’s tribunal, on 9 March, 2020 (photo: Danh Trong / Tuoi Tre). News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is shocked to learn that Truong Duy Nhat, a Vietnamese journalist who was kidnapped while seeking asylum in Thailand and brought back to Vietnam, was sentenced today in Hanoi to ten years in prison. Nhat has been punished for his independence and professionalism as a journalist, RSF said. March 9, 2020 – Updated on August 17, 2020 Vietnam: Hanoi court sentences journalist to ten years in prison Nhat was first arrested in 2013 and sentenced to two years in prison for “abusing democratic freedoms” in his blog posts. RSF included him in its list of 100 “information heroes” in 2014. Information HeroeWhen Nhat went missing in Bangkok, the Thai capital, on 26 January 2019 while preparing to applying for refugee status, RSF voiced concern that he might have been kidnapped by Vietnamese agents. RSF’s concern proved to be justified, because he turned up in a Hanoi prison two months later. After ceasing to work for the government media in 2010, Nhat worked as a freelance journalist, posting articles on his own blog, Mot Goc Nhin Khac (Another Viewpoint) and often reporting for Radio Free Asia, which is funded by the US congress. ————————————————————————–Update:A Hanoi court rejected journalist Truong Duy Nhat’s appeal on 14 August, upholding the 10-year jail sentence he received in March. Although the hearing should have been open to the public, the court barred Nhat’s wife and daughter from attending on the grounds of preventing the spread of Covid-19. This denial of justice is unacceptable and brings further shame on Vietnam’s judicial system.————————————————————————–In a summary half-day trial, a Hanoi People’s Court convicted Truong Duy Nhat under the article 356.3 of Vietnam’s criminal code of “abusing his position and authority” in connection with a supposed fraud involving state property while he was the government newspaper Dai Doan Ket’s bureau chief in the central city of Danang in 2004. Follow the news on Vietnam Ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Vietnam is one of the world’s biggest jailers of journalists and bloggers. According to the information obtained by RSF, the order to kidnap Nhat after he fled to Thailand came directly from the office of Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vietnam’s prime minister. Phuc managed to join the Communist Party Politburo with the help of his political allies in Quang Nam, a province adjoining the city of Danang, where Nhat lived and had a large network of sources to assist his investigative reporting.center_img April 27, 2021 Find out more “The grounds given for this extremely harsh sentence are totally unacceptable,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Officially convicted of abusing his professional position, he is in fact paying dearly for his professionalism, inasmuch as he clearly had precious information. The Vietnamese authorities manifestly wanted to make an example out of him by persecuting him in this way, and we therefore demand his immediate release.” RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang to go further News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News Organisation News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources CorruptionImprisonedCitizen-journalistsPredatorsJudicial harassment RSF_en April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Fotis Dulos arrested for murder of estranged wife Jennifer Dulos

first_imgNew Canaan Police Department(NEW CANAAN, Conn.) — Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos, was charged Tuesday with capital murder, murder and kidnapping, police said.Fotis Dulos’ girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, was also arrested, charged with conspiracy to commit murder.Kent Mahwinney, an attorney who has represented Fotis Dulos, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.Jennifer Dulos, who shared five children with her estranged husband, went missing on May 24 amid the former couple’s contentious custody battle.Her body has never been found.Fotis Dulos was taken into custody by Connecticut State Police at his home on Tuesday.His defense attorney, Norm Pattis, told reporters Tuesday, “We are confident about our odds.”Based on the presence of Jennifer Dulos’ blood at her home, “the evidence of efforts to clean the scene,” and items recovered in Hartford that linked back to her, the chief medical examiner in Connecticut concluded she “sustained an injury, or multiple injuries,” which he considers “‘non-survivable’ without medical intervention,” according to Troconis’ arrest warrant.The medical examiner categorized the incident as “homicide of violence” that would “likely include some combination of traumatic, blunt-force injuries such as a bludgeoning/beating, and/or sharp-force injuries such as a stabbing/slashing,” according to Troconis’ arrest warrant.Zip ties were recovered by investigators that authorities believe were used to “secure and incapacitate” Jennifer Dulos, according to the warrant for Fotis Dulos’ arrest on murder charges.Her blood was transferred onto the ties, the arrest warrant said.Carrie Luft, a spokeswoman for Jennifer Dulos’ family said in a statement Tuesday: “Although we are relieved that the wait for these charges is over, for us there is no sense of closure. Nothing can bring Jennifer back. We miss her every day and will forever mourn her loss.”“Above all we thank the Connecticut State Police and the New Canaan Police Department, as well as the assisting local departments, for their tireless commitment and diligent, painstaking work that have led to these arrests,” Luft said. “We believe the arrest warrants will speak for themselves, and we ask that you please respect our privacy during this time.”Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend were initially arrested in June and charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. The couple was arrested again months later on another charge of tampering with evidence.State police have alleged in court papers that Fotis Dulos was “lying in wait” for Jennifer Dulos at her New Canaan home and a violent assault took place in the garage, where bloodstains were found.Clothes and sponges with her blood were found in trash cans where surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be Fotis Dulos disposing of garbage bags, according to arrest warrants. A woman in the man’s car fit the description of Fotis Dulos’ girlfriend, Troconis, according to the documents.Surveillance video also showed Fotis Dulos putting altered Connecticut license plates into a storm drain, according to an arrest warrant.In each of Troconis’ interviews, she offered conflicting answers — including whether Fotis Dulos was home when she woke up on May 24, when she had lunch with him that day, and what he was wearing during lunch — according to an arrest warrant.In her second interview, according to the arrest warrant, “When Troconis was told that Dulos had killed his wife and involved her [Troconis] in the clean-up, she responded by saying, ‘That’s like even worse. I hate him because of that. … I was cleaning the house. I wasn’t cleaning Jennifer.’”Fotis Dulos’ bond was set at $6 million after Tuesday’s arrest. He will be arraigned on Wednesday, Pattis told reporters. Troconis’ bond has been set at $2 million.“We’ve sat for months, waiting and listening to speculation, and now we get to address the proof,” Pattis continued. “And we are confident about our case.”Jennifer Dulos’ mother has custody of the Dulos’ five children.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hutton stresses open approach

first_imgFood Standards Agency (FSA) chair Dame Deidre Hutton told last week’s Federation of Bakers conference that the agency wants to be “porous” and “as open as possible to external views” on key issues.She urged some 140 delegates at the event in London to keep working with the FSA on topics such as salt, folic acid and other dietary debates, and to maintain the existing “constructive” relationship.She called on attendees to inform the FSA of any bugbears in regulations. Some 95% of regulations in the UK came from Europe, she said, and the FSA’s mission was to keep things simple for businesses.Hutton joined speakers including Oxford Brookes head of nutrition and food science Professor Jeya Henry, Ed Garner from TNS and Ian Bentley from M&S.l See pg 13 and next week’s issue for coverage of the conference.last_img read more

MAC CUMHAILLS EARN THE BRAGGING RIGHTS WITH DERBY WIN OVER GLENFIN

first_imgMac Cumhaills earned an excellent five-point victory over bitter local rivals Glenfin earlier this evening in their opening fixture of the Donegal SFC.As predicted the game was going to be close, tough and tense, and it was extremely physical throughout with both sides battling to take control of the match.Ultimately in the end up, Mac Cumhaills had that little bit more quality up front that gave them the edge over a Glenfin side full of endeavour and heart. Games between these two sides are always important but a clash in the SFC brings added significance and pressure.It was a very close opening half with both sides trading scores, but two wonderful points from Gerard Ward edged the hosts in front at half-time.Half-time score Glenfin 0-06 Mac Cumhaills 0-05Ten minutes into the second-half and the scores were tied at 0-08 apiece, but Glenfin failed to score in the final twenty minutes and that ultimately was the reason they lost the game. A super score from Stephen Mulligan edged the Ballybofey men in front, and after that score they registered four unanswered points.They won the game by five points and were deserving winners in the end.Final score Glenfin 0-08 Mac Cumhaills 0-13. MAC CUMHAILLS EARN THE BRAGGING RIGHTS WITH DERBY WIN OVER GLENFIN was last modified: September 28th, 2014 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:Donegal SFCglenfinMac CumhaillsnewsSportlast_img read more

USDA looking for Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine manufacturers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a notice seeking sources for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine as part of its FMD preparedness initiative. FMD, a foreign animal disease endemic in Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East, can affect all cloven-hoofed animals, including pigs, cattle and sheep. FMD rarely infects humans and isn’t a food safety issue, but an outbreak in North America, which currently is free of it, could negatively affect meat exports and domestic meat sales.The National Pork Producers Council in February urged lawmakers and the Obama administration to make dealing with an outbreak a priority. “Improving preparedness for an FMD outbreak through development of an adequate vaccine bank must be a priority,” testified NPPC immediate past president Dr. Howard Hill, a veterinarian and pork producer from Cambridge, Iowa, before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture. According to USDA, the goal of the request for information is to identify vaccine manufacturers that can supply the types of FMD vaccine needed, in the amounts needed and in the appropriate timeframe. The information provided by the manufacturers will help APHIS make decisions on how to increase FMD preparedness.The agency also will use the information to determine future budget needs to enhance the vaccine stockpile. U.S. law prohibits live FMD virus from being on the U.S. mainland, so APHIS currently contracts with foreign vaccine production companies to produce finished vaccine from the antigen stored at Plum Island Animal Disease Center, off the coast of Long Island, N.Y. But only a limited number of FMD strains are covered by the antigen stored at Plum Island, and under current production contracts, only 2.5 million doses of vaccine could be produced within three weeks of an outbreak. FMD crisis drills show an estimated 10 million doses would be need in the first three weeks, with a possible 40 million additional doses.last_img read more

Ohio’s 2018 fair season kicks off

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is again the time of year where the attention of countless exhibitors, volunteers and visitors is focused upon the longstanding tradition of the county fair. The events are a centerpiece of summer for Ohio counties, but they would not happen without the dedication of many hours from volunteers.“People do not really understand the number of volunteer hours that local fairs have,” said Tom Stocksdale from Wayne County who serves as the District 5 representative on the Ohio Fair Managers Association Board of Directors. “If fairs had to pay for everything that happens, they couldn’t afford to operate. So much depends on volunteer hours.”Thanks to all of those volunteers as Ohio’s fair season kicks off this month.2018 LIST OF OHIO FAIR DATES JUNE FAIRSPaulding County Fair (Paulding) June 11-16 Pickaway County (Circleville) June 16-23 Putnam County (Ottawa) June 25-30JULY FAIRSMarion County (Marion) July 2-7 Harrison County (Cadiz) June 25-30 Clinton County (Wilmington) July 7-14 Madison County (London) July 7-14 Adams County (West Union) July 8-14 Lawrence County (Proctorville) July 7-14 Logan County (Bellefontaine) July 8-14 Trumbull County (Cortland) July 8-15 Montgomery County (Dayton) July 9-15 Lucas County (Maumee) July 10-15 Jackson County (Wellston) July 13-21 Franklin County (Hilliard) July 14-21 Crawford County (Bucyrus) July 15-21 Fayette County (Washington C.H.) July 16-21 Perry County (New Lexington) July 16-21 Ottawa County (Oak Harbor) July 16-22 Warren County (Lebanon) July 16-21 Carroll County (Carrollton) July 17-22 Clark County (Springfield) July 20-27 Knox County (Mt. Vernon) July 22-July 28 Butler County (Hamilton) July 22-July 28 Clermont County (Owensville) July 22-28 Shelby County (Sidney) July 22-July 28 Union County (Marysville) July 22-28 Seneca County (Tiffin) July 23-29 Vinton County (McArthur) July 23-28 Summit County (Tallmadge) July 24-29 Lake County (Painesville) July 24-29 Ohio State Fair (Columbus) July 25-Aug 5 Pike County (Piketon) July 27-Aug 4JULY/AUGUST FAIRSPreble County (Eaton) July 28-Aug 4 Auglaize County (Wapakoneta)July 29- Aug 4 Greene County (Xenia) July 29-Aug 4 Gallia County (Gallipolis) July 30-Aug 4 Columbiana County (Lisbon) July 30-Aug 5 Medina County (Medina) July 30- Aug 5 Wood County (Bowling Green) July 30- Aug 6AUGUST FAIRSHamilton County (Carthage) Aug 8-12 Champaign County (Urbana) Aug 3-10 Athens County (Athens) Aug 3-11 Ross County (Chillicothe) Aug 4-11 Hartford Independent (Licking County) Aug 4-11 Richland County (Mansfield) Aug 5-11 Holmes County (Millersburg) Aug 6-11 Scioto County (Lucasville) Aug 6-11 Cuyahoga County (Berea) Aug 6-12 Attica Independent (Seneca County) Aug 7-11 Ashtabula County (Jefferson) Aug 7-12 Erie County (Sandusky) Aug 7-12 Henry County (Napoleon) Aug 9-16Mercer County (Celina) Aug 10-16 Miami County (Troy) Aug 10-16 Muskingum County (Zanesville) Aug 12-18 Huron County (Norwalk) Aug 13-18 Meigs County (Pomeroy) Aug 13-18 Jefferson County (Smithfield) Aug 14-19 Allen County (Lima) Aug 17-25 Darke County (Greenville) Aug 17-25 Defiance County (Hicksville) Aug 18-25 Monroe County (Woodsfield) Aug 20-25 Lorain County (Wellington) Aug 20-26 Portage County (Randolph) Aug 21-26 Sandusky County (Fremont) Aug 21-26AUGUST/SEPTEMBER FAIRSNoble County (Caldwell) Aug 27-Sept 1 Morrow County (Mt Gilead) Aug 27 -3 Stark County (Canton) Aug 28- Sept 3 Hancock County (Findlay) Aug 29-Sept 3 Richwood Independent (Union County) Aug 30-Sept 4 Mahoning County (Canfield) Augut 30- Sept 3 Richwood Independent (Union County) Aug 29-Sept 3 Van Wert County (Van Wert) Aug-28-Sept 3 Geauga County (Burton) Aug 30-Sept 3SEPTEMBER FAIRSFulton County (Wauseon) Aug 31-Sept 6 Washington County (Marietta) Sept 1-4 Highland County (Hillsboro) Sept 1-8 Morgan County (McConnelsville) Sept 3-8 Belmont County (St. Clairsville) Sept 4-9 Hardin County (Kenton) Sept 4-9 Albany Independent (Athens County) Sept 5-9 Hocking County (Logan) Sept 11-16 Wayne County (Wooster) Sept 8-13 Williams County (Montpelier) Sept 8-15 Guernsey County (Old Washington) Sept 10-15 Wyandot County (Upper Sandusky) Sept 11-16 Bellville Independent (Richland County) Sept 12-15 Delaware County (Delaware) Sept 15-22 Ashland County (Ashland) Sept 16-22 Tuscarawas County (Dover) Sept 17-23 Brown County (Georgetown) Sept 24-29SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER FAIRSBarlow Independent (Washington Cty) Sept 27-30 Coshocton County (Coshocton) Sept 28 – Oct 4OCTOBER FAIRSLoudonville Independent (Ashland County) Oct 2-6 Fairfield County (Lancaster) Oct 7-13last_img read more

How to Perform a Heat-Loss Calculation — Part 1

first_imgI’m going to devote the next several blogs to a discussion of heat-loss and heat-gain calculations. These calculations are the first step in the design of a home’s heating and cooling system.In order to address this big topic in little bites, I’ll start by discussing heat-loss calculations. I’ll get around to heat-gain calculations and cooling equipment in a future blog.Before digging in to the topic, however, it’s worth answering the question, “Why do I need to know how to perform these calculations?” If you are a homeowner or carpenter, you may not need to know anything about calculating heating loads. However, if you are a designer, architect, or builder, this knowledge will prove useful — even if you never perform the calculations yourself, but instead depend on computer software or consultants to perform the calculations.Understanding the principles behind heat-loss calculations will help you understand how buildings work and how heating and cooling systems perform. With this knowledge, the quality of your dialogue with window suppliers, HVAC contractors, and engineers will definitely improve.If you’re performing a heat-loss calculation to size heating equipment, you need to perform the calculation for the worst-case condition: namely, the coldest night of the year. (Because the coldest condition usually occurs at night, a heat-loss calculation does not consider solar gain through windows.) The temperature on that night is referred to as the outdoor design temperature. (To be precise, the outdoor design temperature is usually defined as the temperature that is equaled or exceeded for 97.5% of the time during the three coldest months of the year. Other sources define the outdoor design temperature as the temperature that is equaled or exceeded for 99% of the year. As it turns out, most homes will remain comfortable even when the… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

CWG: Delhi CM gives free entry to students

first_imgAfter Headlines Today highlighted poor attendance at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) venues due to the ticketing mess, the Delhi government has decided to allow free entry to school students. Headlines Today received an SMS from the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s office on Wednesday informing about the decision. The government action comes after Headlines Today highlighted how events at the Games had become a no-show due to the ticketing mess that resulted in empty stands across various venues despite the CWG organising committee’s (OC) claims that most events were completely sold out. Headlines Today asked people “who exactly is responsible for this ticket to chaos?” Surprisingly, the OC appeared as clueless as the rest giving a vague explanation for the low turnout. CWG OC vice-chairman Randhir Singh said, “It is very surprising that the tickets are sold out. I asked the authorities, they said if the tickets have been spread over the whole period, everyone would not come on the same day.” However young Congress MP Naveen Jindal, who is also a member of the OC, acknowledged the problem and suggested free entry to young sports enthusiasts. “There has been a slip-up somewhere. I think we should oversell the tickets. Budding sportspersons should be allowed free entry,” Jindal opined.last_img read more

Andy Murray’s tweet backing Scottish independence sparks controversy

first_imgAndy Murray publicly backed Scotland’s independence on TwitterAfter publicly backing Scottish independence, Andy Murray says he doesn’t plan regular interventions in political debates.The 2013 Wimbledon champion’s support for independence came on Twitter hours before polling stations opened Thursday, provoking some offensive comments.Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. excited to see the outcome. lets do this! Andy Murray (@andy_murray) September 18, 2014Now Murray, who is Scottish but no longer lives there, has told the BBC: “I don’t regret giving an opinion. I think everyone should be allowed that.”But he added that “it wasn’t something I would do again … the way it was worded, the way I sent it, that’s not really in my character and I don’t normally do stuff like that.”Scotland voted to remain part of Britain, with 55 percent rejecting independence.last_img read more

9 months agoKilbane still unimpressed by Man Utd midfielder Pogba

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kilbane still unimpressed by Man Utd midfielder Pogbaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton defender Kevin Kilbane remains unimpressed by Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.United travel to Wembley to face Spurs in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first big test at 4.30pm.”It’s all very well strutting his stuff now Jose Mourinho is gone – Paul Pogba needs to show he’s not a one trick pony today,” Kilbane told the Daily Mail.”He could be one of the Premier League’s best midfielders but he is quite obviously a weak player who needs someone to tell him how good he is all the time, before he can perform.”Clearly Mourinho was not the ideal manager to get the best out of the Frenchman. “But then the former United and Chelsea boss has shown little sympathy for dozens of mavericks or pretty average players throughout his career.”The relationship between the two was poison but while Pogba is undoubtedly very talented, and now a World Cup winner, he has been really poor and remarkably inconsistent in this second spell at Old Trafford.” last_img read more