After court rejects appeal, RWB pledges to make blogger’s voice heard

first_imgNews to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang VietnamAsia – Pacific The close-circuit television feed to the journalists who were following today’s hearing from a room adjoining the courtroom was immediately disconnected after the court announced its decision, thereby censoring Quan’s reaction, in which he criticized the ruling. Quan has no further legal recourse.The demonstration outside the courthouse in support of Quan was unusually large for Vietnam, where the authorities are usually quick to crack down hard on street protests. Follow the news on Vietnam Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Today’s ruling confirmed the sentence that Quan, 41, received at the end of his trial in Hanoi last October. Although charged with tax evasion, it was clear that the real reason for his arrest was his blogging and his calls for political pluralism, religious freedom and civil rights. His trial was originally scheduled to take place on 9 July, but was postponed at the last minute.He was arrested in December 2012, one day after posting an article criticizing article 4 of the constitution, which assigns the Communist Party a leading role in managing the country’s affairs.Reporters Without Borders tried unsuccessfully to hand a petition to Vietnam’s culture minister during his official visit to Paris last week. Signed by more than 32,000 people, it calls for the release of the bloggers currently detained in Vietnam.You, too, can support Vietnam’s bloggers:Sign the petition.Support Vietnam’s bloggers by helping them to get equipment (Global Giving)Despite mounting repression, new citizen initiatives continue to appear online: Former Vietnamese Prisoners of Conscience (FVPoC)Ranked 174th out of 180 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Vietnam is the world’s second biggest prison for bloggers and netizens.center_img April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts February 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After court rejects appeal, RWB pledges to make blogger’s voice heard As Vietnam’s Communist Party regime continues to say nothing in response to its critics, a Hanoi appeal court today confirmed dissident lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan’s 30-month jail sentence and fine of 40,000 euros on a trumped-up charge of tax fraud.Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the decision and reiterates its call for the blogger’s release.“This sentence is designed to reinforce self-censorship and to deter all of Quan’s supporters and independent information providers from continuing their fight,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“We condemn the way the hearing was conducted. Hundreds of people who had come to support Quan were kept away from the courthouse and only his mother and wife were allowed to attend. “We also sound the alarm about Quan’s state of health. He has been on hunger strike for the past 17 days in protest against the treatment he is receiving, and he briefly lost consciousness during today’s hearing. So we call for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.“Our response to the Vietnamese authorities will not be long in coming. In the coming days, we will do everything possible to ensure that this blogger’s voice can be heard more easily. We are going to start translating and circulating his articles so that more people can read his criticism of Vietnam’s human rights violations – criticism that the authorities did not want to hear.” RSF_en April 7, 2021 Find out more News VietnamAsia – Pacific News April 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Fine Art – Adjunct

first_imgTeaching responsibilities in the undergraduate Fine Art program.Specific course assignments will be dependent upon applicantqualifications. A terminal degree in the field, or closely related discipline, ispreferred. Candidates working toward a terminal degree, or who havesignificant experience in the field, may be considered. Candidatesmust embrace the mission of California Baptist University, andevidence a clear understanding of, and commitment to, excellence inteaching through the integration of Christian faith. Successfulcandidates will have a history of quality University teachingexperience or significant professional engagement in the field, anddemonstrated relational skills. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Posting Details Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/6171 Position TitleFine Art – Adjunct Teaching Responsibilities Qualifications Nondiscrimination Statementcenter_img State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsChristian Experience EssayCover LetterCurriculum VitaeOptional DocumentsLetter of Reference 1Letter of Reference 2Unofficial Transcript * Are you a Christian?YesNo The College of Architecture, Visual Arts, and Design ( CAVAD ) atCalifornia Baptist University invites applications for adjunctfaculty positions in the Fine Art program. Review of applicationsis conducted in an ongoing manner according to need. If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) Position Summary * Do you attend church regularly?YesNolast_img read more

Center for the History of Medicine’s virtual exhibits explore eugenics, birth control, smallpox

first_imgThe Center for the History of Medicine (CHM) at Countway Library recently debuted 17 online exhibits on their new platform that weave together fascinating stories illustrated by materials from the collections.Most of exhibits are linked to specific events—such as the center’s largest undertaking, Battle-Scarred: Caring for the Sick and Wounded of the Civil War, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This exhibit—two years in the making—was probably the most gratifying for Jack Eckert, public services librarian, who has been the driving force behind many CHM exhibitions.Until recently, CHM’s virtual exhibitions existed as static HTML pages—with no interactivity or option to link to the items mentioned from the collections. Andra Langoussis, a Simmons student and part-time assistant in the center, has been migrating the HTML versions to OnView, the center’s installation of Omeka, an open-source Web-publishing system for libraries, museums, archives, scholarly collections and exhibitions.Seventeen exhibitions are currently available to view on the new site. “OnView is exciting because now individual items are can be discovered through Google,” said Emily Gustainis, head of collection services. The featured exhibitions rotate, so visitors can delve into different topics, and Langoussis continues to add more to the new site.“The holdings we have here are incredibly broad and deep,” Hall said. “These exhibitions offer a way to tease out amazing narratives from the collection and provide access not only to entire collections, but also to individual items within them.”View the Center for the History of Medicine’s exhibitions page here. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Rangers’ Playoff Status Guaranteed with Win against Insurance

first_imgNPFL…NPFL….NPFL…Duro IkhazuagbeRangers International FC became the first team to book a place in the Super Six Playoff of the abridged 2018/19 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) season yesterday with a 1-0 defeat of Bendel Insurance in Enugu. Felix Ogbuke (centre) celebrating his goal against with team mate,. Wednesday Felix Ogbuike’s 85th goal was all the Flying Antelopes needed to pick maximum points at their famous Cathedral in the Coal City.With 37 points from 20 games now, Rangers are certain to finish Group A as leaders going into the playoff with two matches left.However, Insurance’s capitulation with just five minutes left of play yesterday certainly was not what Monday Odigie and his crew expected as they battle to remain in the topflight of Nigeria’s club football.After picking three points at home in Benin from Katsina United in the rescheduled game and two more valuable away points against Kwara United and Niger Tornadoes, they had hoped for at least one point from the clash with Rangers yesterday.Now, the heat is back on the Edo Arsenal’s faithfuls again as the 34 points from 20 games they currently have standing seventh cannot guarantee them safety. Miracles from their remaining two games will decide the fate of Insurance who returned from the wilderness after 11 years in the second tier league.Elsewhere, Ismaila Sarki’s second minute goal in Minna condemned MFM FC to yet another defeat that has made their top-three finish more difficult.The Olukoya Boys remain in No 4 but are likely to be pegged further back when all the Match-day 20 fixtures are concluded today.In Group B, a penalty converted in six minutes of added time by Samson Obi completed Abia Warriors’ fight-back to grab maximum points after falling to a second minute goal by visiting El-Kanemi Warriors’ Sulley Mohammed.Atilola Tunde Salami had cancelled the home side’s early deficit in the 39th minute.The Maiduguri side may lose their third position when the remaining fixtures of the group are played today.MATCH-DAY 20Tornadoes 1-0 MFMRangers 1-0 InsuranceA’Warriors 2-1 El-KanemiTODAY @4pmRemo Stars v EnyimbaKatsina Utd v SunshineWikki v Kwara UtdRivers Utd v Lobi StarsNasarawa v GombeYobe Stars v K’PillarsIfeanyi Ubah v HeartlandGo Round v Plateau UtdDelta Force v Akwa UtdShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Clear Lake council to consider Courtway Park subdivision development agreement

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council tonight will consider approving an economic development agreement which includes a $4 million urban renewal development loan with the developer of the Courtway Park subdivision. The agreement with WillowStream LLC includes a proposed $16 million hotel and conference center development on a 5.8 acre piece of land on the southwestern portion of the subdivision. As part of the agreement, WillowStream is required to develop at least: a 75-room, midscale to upper-midscale hotel brand project; a restaurant covering about 5000 square feet; and an 8500 square foot conference center. Mayor Nelson Crabb says the loan is different than a typical economic development loan, where the developer won’t get the money upfront, but at the end of the project.  “We feel that’s very possible. Discussions have gone on with the potential developer for quite some time now about is this possible to do once this has done, or does it have to be up front. All of that has been going on for some time, and we feel that this is the best way for both parties.”The council meets tonight at 6 o’clock at Clear Lake City Hall.last_img read more

Pedestrians Find it Tough Going on Shrewsbury Ave.

first_imgRED BANK – Recently repaved and restriped, Shrewsbury Avenue looks nice and is great for traffic, but for pedestrians crossing the busy thoroughfare, things are as tough as ever.“It’s still impossible to get across the street,” said Amy Goldsmith, a Locust Avenue resident and president of the West Side Community Group, an advocacy organization for residents and businesses.A customer at the Shrewsbury Avenue post office makes her way across that busy street.Shrewsbury Avenue is a heavily traveled traffic artery, running north-south through the borough, with motorists regularly using it as an alternative to Maple Avenue/Route 35. The west side thoroughfare, lined with a patchwork quilt of residences and retail and commercial businesses, has a considerable amount of foot traffic with area residents walking or riding bikes around the neighborhoods.Business owners and residents have long voiced concerns about the safety, specifically complaining that motorists regularly scoff at the state law requiring them to yield to pedestrians looking to cross.“If you’re going to step off the curb you better watch what you’re doing,” said Mariana Fernandez, a borough resident, as she contemplated crossing last week.The street, a Monmouth County road, was recently repaved but there are no specific plans to improve the lot for pedestrians – except to ask local officials to look into it, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said.Residents say people don’t stop when they are in the crosswalks and when they do, “they are rude,” said Tricia Nelson, owner of British Cottage furniture, 126 Shrews­bury Ave. Impolite hand gestures often accompany the stop, she said.Nelson and others suggested that plastic signs used elsewhere, including on East Front Street by Riverview Medical Center, that remind motorists of the law be installed. “They could help, don’t you think?” Nelson asked.“They put them on the east side, they should put them here,” said Glenn Piscitelli, an employee of Strokers pizza and deli, 124 Shrewsbury Ave.There have been discussions about various traffic calming proposals, most unrealized, Goldsmith said, such as talk of sidewalk bump-outs, redoing traffic signals and she has even suggested using the large, portable, illuminated signs, to remind motorists to stop for pedestrians.Red Bank Police Captain Darren McConnell said county engineers and officials don’t like the small signs placed in the street for Shrewsbury Avenue because of the street’s relative narrowness. He said, while the signs are used on other roads, “we’re getting away from them. They’re a maintenance issue because cars hit them so often.”Police have been addressing the issue by conducting an ongoing sting operation of sorts on that roadway and others. A plainclothes officer crosses the street and notifies a nearby officer in a patrol vehicle of motorists and pedestrians not adhering to the law.“In a matter of a few hours we give out close to 50 tickets,” McConnell said. The tickets could mean a $200 fine and two moving violation points to the offender, he said.Compliance is not just a problem in the borough.“It’s all over the state,” McConnell said. It’s “more an educational thing than an enforcement thing.”Goldsmith said she is concerned that when she stops her car at a crosswalk, the car following her won’t.“I fear for my life and for the people walking in front of me that the people behind won’t stop,” she said.“My biggest fear is getting squished on Shrewsbury Avenue,” Nelson of British Cottage agreed. She hopes more attention will be paid to the issue before someone is hurt or killed.Shrewsbury Avenue was among road projects, totaling about 20 miles, that the county worked on this year, Arnone said. The project repaved and restriped the road, including crosswalks.Still to be completed is the replacement of the traffic light at the Drs. James Parker Boulevard intersection where a light with a countdown clock will be installed and curb cuts will make the crosswalk handicap accessible, Arnone said. By John Burtonlast_img read more

You can smell that home cooking, and the Leafs like it a lot after sweeping three NDCC games against Grand Forks, Creston and Osoyoos

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsJust think what might happen if the Nelson Leafs played all of their Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games at home?Can you say victory party down Baker Street?I knew you could.The Leafs continue to take care of business at the NDCC Arena, using two-goal performances by Nik Newman and Brent Norman to edge the defending KIJHL Champion Osoyoos Coyotes 5-3 Sunday afternoon in the Heritage City.The win increases the lead for Nelson in the Murdoch Division to three points over idle Beaver Valley and five over third place Castlegar.“I’d say we had a good (three games) with great (contributions) from everyone all weekend,” said Leaf head coach Frank Maida when asked if the teams like its home cooking.Nelson’s secret to its early success has been to get off to a good start.The Leafs employed the strategy Friday against Grand Forks, out scoring the Bruins 4-1 during the opening frame.Saturday against Creston, two goals in the first period stake the home side to a 2-1 lead.Sunday Norman scored twice while Newman and Colton Malmsten added singles around goals by Zach Lindsay and Thierry Martine of the Coyotes to give the Leafs the two-goal advantage.After a scoreless second period Newman gave Nelson a three-goal lead with his sixth goal of the season.Lindsay, with his second of the game, cut the margin to two less than a minute later on the power play.But Leaf goalie Andrew Walton slammed the door on the Coyote shooters to register his third win of the season.“Everyone is buying into the program . . . they’re buying into the systems and working hard in every game,” Maida said about the key to the early season success.Nelson, improving to 4-1-0-1 at home, out shot the Coyotes 34-31.And the home stand continues Tuesday when the Leafs face Murdoch rival Beaver Valley at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.“It’s very important to establish a good home record,” Maida said. “It helps the players gain confidence.”“We’ve got a lot of rookies on this team so having them play well helps them gain that confidence,” Maida added.Sprinkled amongst the rookies are a few seasoned veterans. The Leafs added another veteran to the mix when the team acquired Jonathan Petrash via the free agent marker.The 20-year-old defenceman had been released by the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Once Maida got wind of the news, he quickly put in a call to the 6-foot, 192-pound red head.“I calledl Jonathan and told him we’d like him to come to Nelson and be one of our leaders,” Maida said. “Jon’s played for Simon (Wheeldon) and I so he knows our systems and it’s the same system that Calgary plays and has played excellent since he arrived.”EXTRA TIME: The Leafs played the game with only five defencemen after roster players Patrick Martens and Colton Schell were game-time scratches due to injury. The result saw Cameron Dobransky move up to the forward line. . . .Leaf winger Brett Norman moved up to second in Nelson scoring with his three-point game [email protected]last_img read more

Klay Thompson leaves Game 6 with left knee injury before making two free throws

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors lost another All-Star because of an injury. Before Klay Thompson left Game 6 of the NBA Finals against Toronto because of a left leg injury, he returned to the court to make a pair of potentially critical free throws.Thompson’s injury stemmed from landing awkwardly after drawing a foul on a dunk attempt with 2:22 left in the third quarter. Thompson clutched his left leg immediately and needed help getting up. Moments after Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko helped Thompson to …last_img

Jody Scheckter: Ferrari favourite

first_imgBorn in East London in 1950, Jody Scheckter earned his first Formula One drive with McLaren as a 22-year-old.Scheckter’s 1979 success was something for Ferrari fans to hold on to, because it would take the famous Italian team with the prancing horse another 21 years before they celebrated producing a world champion again. (Image: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa ReporterAfter 21 years without success, Ferrari finally crowned a Formula One world champion in 2000 when Michael Schumacher won the prestigious title. Ironically, it was thanks to this lack of success that the previous Ferrari champion first became known to the new generation of racing fans. He was South Africa’s Jody Scheckter.Born in East London in 1950, Scheckter earned his first Formula One drive with McLaren as a 22-year-old.In 1972 he enjoyed one Grand Prix drive and in 1973 he certainly made an impact – though not the kind he would have wanted to make. Competing in the British Grand Prix, Scheckter ran wide coming out of a corner and spun back across the track. A huge pile-up followed and the race was stopped with half the field wiped out in the crash.That season Scheckter started five grands prix but failed to register a championship point.Moved to TyrrellThe next year, 1974, Scheckter was signed by Tyrrell following the retirement of three-time world champion Jackie Stewart and the death of driver Francois Cevert at the end of the 1973 season. It proved a good move for the South African and for Tyrrell. Scheckter finished third in the championship, winning the Swedish Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix – a major win for British team Tyrrell.In 1975 Sheckter won once, in front of his home fans, at the South African Grand Prix. He accumulated 20 points for the season and finished in joint seventh place.The following year he drove the unorthodox six-wheeled Tyrrell-Ford Type P-34. Scheckter took the car to its only win in its first outing in Sweden. Nonetheless, the South African ace enjoyed a consistent season and finished third in the world championship standings.Runner-upIn 1977 Scheckter joined the newly founded Wolf team of Austro-Canadian oil millionaire Walter Wolf. Despite the team being newcomers to Formula One, Scheckter performed exceptionally. He won the Canadian, Monaco and Argentinian Grands Prix and finished runner-up in the championship to the great Austrian Niki Lauda.1978 was not as successful a year for Scheckter. He failed to win a race and scored 24 points to tie for seventh in the championship.World championScheckter joined Ferrari for the 1979 season and things went much better for the South African. He won in Italy, Monaco and Belgium and was crowned world champion.He raced one more season in 1980, but did not have a good year and retired. During his career he took part in 113 grands prix, won 10 of them, finished second 14 times and third 10 times.His 1979 success was something for Ferrari fans to hold on to, because it would take the famous Italian team with the prancing horse another 21 years before they celebrated producing a world champion again.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgery

first_imgAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say West Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgeryby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham have lost Jack Wilshere for another five weeks due to injury.The Mirror says the midfielder is struggling with the latest in a long line of ankle problems that the club believed would only need a few weeks’ rest.Wilshere has instead been ruled out for the entire festive period, with the Hammers worried he could need yet another operation.The club already have midfielder Manuel Lanzini out with a severe knee injury suffered on international duty ahead of the World Cup finals. Despite suggestions he could be back in February, the Argentinean playmaker could miss the rest of the season. last_img