French city presses for release of Vietnamese blogger and pro-democracy activist

first_img April 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News Follow the news on Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information center_img Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard took part in a day of demonstrations and activities that were organised today in Rennes, in northwestern France, to press for the release of Nguyen Tien Trung, a blogger and pro-democracy activist who has been held incommunicado in Vietnam for the past three months.Hundreds of people attended a demonstration called by students and faculty members at the Rennes-based National Institute for Applied Sciences, from which Trung graduated with a masters in information technology in 2007. Several local officials and politicians attended the events.“The Vietnamese authorities are violating their own laws by holding Nguyen Tien Trung incommunicado just because he criticised the regime,” Julliard said. “The government needs to heed the calls coming from France for the release of this young pro-democracy blogger.”Julliard added: “Demonstrations of support for Trung must be continued and intensified, because Vietnam’s politicians are sensitive about their country’s image. The run-up to the next plenary session of the Communist Party central committee could be decisive for the possibility of getting Trung released.”Trung’s brother, who attended today’s demonstration, said a lawyer was able to visit Trung but was not allowed to talk to him.Trung was arrested at his parents’ home in Ho Chi Minh City on 7 July for allegedly violating article 88 of the criminal code. A government TV station has broadcast footage in which he makes a confession. He seems to have been arrested because of what he posted online, above all a letter to the government about education policies, and because of his involvement in the Vietnam Democracy Party. In 2007, he created the Association of Young Vietnamese for Democracy.The European Union has publicly called for his release. Vietnam was ranked 166th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.October 22nd, Gathering in Rennes, to support Trung: News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang to go further News October 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French city presses for release of Vietnamese blogger and pro-democracy activist Receive email alerts Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Dorset Inn, Vermont’s oldest, sold

first_imgDorset Inn, Vermont’s oldest, soldFebruary 4, 2008The Dorset Inn has been sold by Sissy Hicks to Vermont Mountain Retreat, LLC. The Dorset Inn, Vermont’s oldest continuously operating inn, has been offering lodging, fine dining, and traditional New England hospitality for over 200 years.Former owner, Sissy Hicks owned The Dorset Inn since 1983. Sissy was chef/owner. Sissy is well renowned for her elegant comfort food. Sissy treated the Inn as her home and created a place of warmth, comfort, and elegance for guests to come from afar and nearby to relax and enjoy her delicious food.Steve and Lauren Bryant are residents of Manchester, Vermont. They formerly owned The Inn at Weston. They are co-owners of The Mountain Top Inn, Chittenden, VT. Lauren is an interior decorator and will focus on fine-tuning the guest rooms. The Bryant’s are very honored to carry on Sissy’s legacy of fine food and comfort lodging.Sissy will remain cooking at the Dorset Inn while training a chef to follow in her footsteps and to carry on the Dorset Inn traditions. Sissy will remain in the area and you will surely see her around.Brian Knight of CBI, Manchester, Vermont, managed the transaction. CBI is New England’s largest privately held business brokerage firm. More information is available about CBI at is external).last_img read more

Dearborn Community Foundation holds matching campaign

first_imgDEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. — The Dearborn Community Foundation held its “Double Your Donation” endowment matching campaign yesterday.The foundation had set aside $100,000 to match contributors $1-to $1.The matching program began at 9 am yesterday and was over in less than 30 minutes.Contributors made donations to more than 30 different endowment funds during the campaign.The overall endowment at the Foundation grew by $200,000 when the new contributions are combined with the match.last_img

City thump Bournemouth

first_img(BBC) – Bournemouth are still three points adrift of Premier League safety with two games remaining after their recent revival ended with a battling defeat at Manchester City.After the Cherries had seen a series of chances come and go, David Brooks’ late strike gave them the hope of an unlikely point at Etihad Stadium but they fell short of another comeback to boost their fading survival hopes.David Silva had put City ahead with a superb free-kick after just six minutes, curling in from the right-hand corner of the box via the underside of the bar.Pep Guardiola’s side had scored five times in each of their previous two outings but, in their first game since learning their European ban has been overturned, they did not seem in the mood to punish their opponents further.Instead it was Bournemouth, fresh from their remarkable comeback to beat Leicester at the weekend, who threatened a repeat of that recovery here.The visitors went close in the first half when Ederson had to push Junior Stanislas’s whipped free-kick on to his post and was fortunate when the ball bounced back off his head and out of play.Soon afterwards, City’s Brazilian goalkeeper needed the help of Nicolas Otamendi to deflect Dominic Solanke’s goalbound shot over the bar, and Philip Billing headed over from the resulting corner.Bournemouth were on top and appeared full of confidence, but they were left to rue their wastefulness in front of goal when Gabriel Jesus struck City’s second before halftime.There were five defenders around Jesus when he collected David Silva’s pass inside the box but he beat two of them with a step-over and a dart into space before planting his shot into the bottom corner of the net.Even then, the Cherries were not done but when they did get the ball in the City net after the break, it was ruled out for the most marginal of off-sides.Stanislas cut back inside the box and bent the ball past Ederson but Joshua King was flagged offside after applying the final touch at the far post, and the video assistant referee (VAR) confirmed the decision by the width of his big toe.It appeared City would get the chance to wrap things up from the spot when Lee Mason awarded them a penalty for Steve Cook’s tackle on Jesus, but VAR overruled his decision.That gave Bournemouth fresh hope and Brooks set up a frenetic finish when Callum Wilson burst forward and found Brooks clear in front of goal to slot home.The duo combined again deep in injury time, but Wilson saw his shot roll wide and his side’s hopes of salvaging a point were over.Bournemouth had lost all nine of their previous Premier League meetings with City but they will feel they deserved to end that poor run here.Eddie Howe’s side managed 14 shots in total, more than any other away league team at the Etihad during Guardiola’s reign.A combination of bad luck and poor finishing means they do not have anything tangible to show for it, at least in terms of points that are so precious to them in their current situation.But there were positives, not least the way they avoided any further damage to their goal difference – something Howe must have feared before the game given City’s current form.Howe spoke before the game about how his side still believed they could stay up, and this performance proved they are still fighting hard to save themselves.City’s team selection appeared to have one eye on their date with Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday night, and their performance was below par too.Guardiola’s side are the highest scorers in the Premier League this season but they seemed short of energy and ideas in attack on this occasion, perhaps because of their intense recent schedule.Two bits of lethal finishing gave them breathing space before the break but they only managed one further effort at goal in the second half, when Phil Foden saw his effort blocked at close-range by Aaron Ramsdale.With second-place already secured and next year’s Champions League appearance now certain, they had little to play for against Bournemouth, and it showed.last_img read more

All Set for NCC Tennis League Finals

first_imgOrganisers of the marquee competition have promised to make it rewarding and fun forspectators with refreshments and raffle draws for state of the art phones.“Matches are going to start at 10 am each day -Thursday to Saturday – at the Lagos Lawn Tennis club and matches would usually last through the evening with four matches following each other on the centre court. We therefor expect tennis followers to consider it a picnic where they get refreshments and possibly walk away with a smart phone.” Godwin Kienka of the ITA which coordinates the event said.Meanwhile, top players for the third place match are already in Lagos.Sylvester Emmanuel, Henry Atseye and Sarah Adegoke of Team Offikwu are expected to make up for their botched title defence by winning the consolatory third spot which attracts a N3 million prize money.They will have to contend with Team Ndoma-Egba’s Thomas Otu, who recently won the Dala Hard Court Championship, Emmanuel Paul and Aanu Aiyegbusi who all have their eyes on the bigger prize.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The six-month long NCC Tennis League is poised for a fitting climax at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club with playoff for third and fourth places preceding the championship match.The third place tie scheduled for Thursday and Friday Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 will be between Team Ndoma-Egba of Abuja and Team Offikwu, last year’s winners who were dethroned by Team Civil Defence in the second semifinals.The championship tie kicks off on Saturday Dec. 9 and ends on Sunday Dec.10 withthe presentation of prizes and awards.last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young make progress with rehab

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Nonetheless, Walton said he could schedule some 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 full-contact sessions for Russell and/or Young to evaluate their readiness to return.“We need to see them go live and competitive,” Walton said, “and really cut and fight over screens before we let them out there.”Though he has deferred to the Lakers’ training staff on how quickly both players will advance their workload, Walton observed on Friday whether Russell and Young favored their injuries while running, whether they hesitated before stopping on cuts and whether they could change directions. Walton reported that both Russell and Young “looked good.”Meanwhile, Lakers forward Tarik Black will miss his second consecutive game because of a sprained right ankle. Although Walton said Black informed him that “he’s better,” Black has not started any on-court work yet. Jose Calderon is also out for the next two to four weeks. That leaves Walton with another starting lineup to consider as the Lakers try to end a four-game losing streak. He said he does not plan to replicate the same starting lineup in Wednesday’s loss to Houston that featured Timofey Mozgov, Julius Randle, Luol Deng, Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas. Other than keeping Mozgov and Randle in the lineup, Walton said he and his staff will narrow various options that will include Deng, Clarkson, Huertas, Brandon Ingram and Metta World Peace.center_img LOS ANGELES >> The injury report stayed the same as the Lakers gear up for yet another game without their starting backcourt. But Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell and shooting guard Nick Young showed some progress by participating in all of Friday’s shootaround that included full-court non-contact work and 5-on-0 drills. In both drills the players showed progress with their cutting. Though Russell (left knee) and Young (right leg) are still sidelined for when the Lakers (10-14) host the Phoenix Suns (6-16) on Friday at Staples Center, both players could complete a full contact practice on Saturday.Both Young and Russell could return as early as Monday in Sacramento as part of the beginning of a seven-game trip. If both players cannot practice fully on Saturday or need more practices before receiving medical clearances to play, the Lakers face some logistical challenges. The Lakers will fly to New York on Tuesday before Wednesday’s game in Brooklyn. That leaves the Lakers with a possible practice on Thursday before Friday’s game in Philadelphia.last_img read more