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Vietnamese citizen-journalist facing second, longer jail term

first_img to go further “If they don’t want to disgrace themselves, Vietnam’s commercial partners must put pressure on the government to loosen its grip on the freedom to inform. They have the power and the duty to do this.” April 22, 2021 Find out more Using an improvised studio, citizen-journalist Do Cong Duong provided the Vietnamese public with coverage of eviction and corruption cases (left), subjects that the regime’s propaganda outlets carefully avoid (photos: Facebook – Phu Dong). Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards this as a flagrant violation of the freedom to inform, one that Vietnam’s commercial partners must not implicitly endorse. Instead they should use their trade ties to put pressure on the regime’s leadership, RSF says. News September 21, 2018 Vietnamese citizen-journalist facing second, longer jail term VietnamAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedInternetCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassment Follow the news on Vietnam Arrested on 24 January while trying to film people being evicted from their homes in Tu Son, in the northern province of Bac Ninh, Do Cong Duong was given the four-year jail term – the biggest possible sentence on a public order charge – at the end of a sham trial before a Bac Ninh provincial court on 17 September. “The Vietnamese Communist Party leadership must end its unrelenting persecution of citizen-journalists,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “By covering the rights violations to which much of the population is subjected, independent bloggers and media enable civil society to make its voice heard by an increasingly sclerotic regime. In the wake of the European Parliament’s adoption of an RSF-backed emergency resolution last December, 32 MEPs sent a joint letter at the start of this week to EU high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini and trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström urging them to condition any ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement on a series of measures to improve respect for human rights, including the freedom to inform, in accordance with article 3 of the Treaty of Lisbon. April 27, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information News RSF_en News Organisation After being sentenced this week to four years in prison on a charge of “disturbing public order” for filming an eviction, Vietnamese citizen-journalist and video blogger Do Cong Duong could soon face an even longer sentence on a charge of “abusing democratic freedoms.” But this won’t be the end of Duong’s ordeal. He is due to be tried again next month on the grotesque additional charge of “abusing democratic freedoms” under article 331 of Vietnam’s criminal code, which carries a possible seven-year sentence. VietnamAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedInternetCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassment Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Vietnam has long been near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index and is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2018 Index. RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Run to raise alcohol awareness

first_imgThe residents of Lyons Hall will honor a former Lyonite killed by a drunk driver with its signature event, the Mara Fox Run, on Saturday morning. Lyons Hall president Vivien Devaney said the dorm established the event to educate students about the consequences of driving while drunk. “The run was established as a memorial for Mara, who was killed by a drunk driver during her freshman year [in 1993],” Devaney said. “It’s the culmination of the week when we educate girls about alcohol use and drunk driving.” The 5-k event also raises funds for a scholarship in Fox’s name. “The proceeds go to the Mara Fox Scholarship fund that goes toward any Lyonite who wishes to study in Toledo, Spain, because Mara wanted to study there,” Devaney said. Lyons residents also sold purple hair feathers in the dining halls and LaFortune Student Center this week to benefit the scholarship fund. Sophomore Rebecca Rossi said the run connects current Lyons residents with Fox’s legacy. “The Mara Fox Run is about keeping her spirit alive,” Rossi said. “I feel like I know Mara even though I never met her.” Fox’s parents will have dinner with Lyons residents Friday evening, Rossie said. Freshman Allison McKown purchased a hair feather Wednesday. “I want to participate because it’s a good cause,” McKown said. “I want to raise awareness about drunk driving.” As part of the Mara Fox Week events, Lyons hosted a PILLARS gathering about “Women and Alcohol” on Wednesday night. Freshman Antoinette Chan, who attended the event, said the entire week encourages students to think about all types of wellness. “The run promotes both physical and mental well-being,” Chan said. Freshman Alexa Vega said she was excited to participate in the run Saturday morning. “It’s my first 5-k at Notre Dame, and I get to help a good cause at the same time,” Vega said. Devaney said the race would also feature music and free giveaways for participants. “The music’s supposed to be really good this year, and we have a lot of people participating,” Devaney said. “We encourage people to come out. The race is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and the registration is at 9 a.m. outside of Lyons. If you participate, you will get a bib for a buy-one, get-one free entrée at Chipotle.” Registration tables for the race are located at both dining halls and in LaFortune Student Center. Runners can also register Saturday morning. “Through the event planned by Lyons Hall and her parents, Mara’s memory lives on,” Devaney said. “Hopefully the weather holds out this year, so that it can be a good event.”last_img read more

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‘Bizzy’ Boyce laid to rest
first_img… deserves a national award – LumumbaTHE `Angelo Dundee’ of Guyana’s boxing, Maurice `Bizzy’ Boyce, was laid to rest yesterday, at the Le Repentir Cemetery after serving Guyana’s boxing fraternity for more than 48 years.Boyce, who died two Saturdays ago, four days after celebrating his 73rd birth anniversary, was given a hero’s send-off at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall before his body was taken to its final resting place.Former Presidential Adviser on Empowerment Odinga Lumumba (extreme right) offers his tribute to Maurice `Bizzy’ Boyce at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday (Samuel Maughn photo).Former Presidential Adviser on Empowerment Odinga Lumumba (extreme right) offers his tribute to Maurice `Bizzy’ Boyce at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday (Samuel Maughn photo).The news of his death came as a shock as it was only weeks ago that Boyce was very actively involved in a card organised by the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) at the Giftland Mall, East Coast Demerara.According to reports, even though Boyce was not feeling well on the night of the card, he found the energy to ensure he was part of the card.It was during the night of the very card that Boyce’s longtime friend and Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green, asked him when he will quit the sport.Delivering a tribute to Boyce during the funeral ceremony at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday, Mayor Chase-Green acknowledged that she knew Boyce for more than 48 years and it was through her husband, Terrence `Dick Tiger’ Green that she met Boyce and they have shared a close, friendly relationship since then.“At the last boxing card at Giftland, I asked Bizzy when he would ever give up the sport and his reply to me was … I’ll never give up until I breathe my last breath,” Mayor Chase-Green recalled.Georgetown’s Mayor Patricia Chase-Green (4th left) pays her respects to the late Maurice `Bizzy’ Boyce at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday (Samuel Maughn Photo).Georgetown’s Mayor Patricia Chase-Green (4th left) pays her respects to the late Maurice `Bizzy’ Boyce at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday (Samuel Maughn Photo).She said that Boyce, whom she met for the first time at the Albouystown YMCA, has lived his life how he wanted to and questioned: “How do you tell a man who has lived his life for his country and for the youths of the country to give up. I wish him farewell and may his soul rest in peace.” Mayor Green concluded.Former Presidential Adviser on Empowerment, Odinga Lumumba, feels that the late boxing tactician deserves a national awardLumumba, a former boxing manager and promoter, in his tribute remembered the many times the two of them travelled all over the world with local boxers seeking to mark their names on the international scene.Lumumba remembered seeing Boyce at 04:00hrs to 05:00hrs taking his charges through their paces while doing road work. “This was a man that was dedicated to the sport. Bizzy was sincere and every great boxer that Guyana produced, Bizzy was in some way or the other responsible for that boxer’s success,” Lumumba stated, adding “This is indeed a great loss to Guyana and Bizzy deserves a national award.”Also offering a tribute was GBBC’s treasurer Andrew Thorne who reminded that Boyce started his career as a corner man in 1968, “fetching buckets of water and then he became one of Guyana’s better coaches.According to Thorne, the highpoint of Boyce’s career was when he took Anthony `The Pearl’ Andrews and Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite to fight for world titles as well as Michael Benjamin for the Continental of Americas welterweight title.Thorne said Boyce also plied his trade at the world-famous Gleason Gym in New York. “The boxing fraternity will surely miss him. While we’re sad that he is no more, he has left an indelible mark on the sport.”Boyce’s wife Desiree explained that her husband was ill for a while and family members took him to the hospital for treatment but he was not admitted. However, his condition worsened and he was taken back to the hospital and this time was admitted but died the following morning.On learning of Boyce’s death, his close friend and former boxing promoter, Keith Bazilio expressed shock at the news stating that Guyana has suffered a great loss with Boyce’s passing.“Bizzy was not just a coach, he was always looking to see how best he can improve conditions for local boxers. He was always around to give advice to boxers and promoters and even those persons who are charged with the administration of the sport locally.”Among the many boxers Boyce assisted in reaching world-class recognition are: Michael Benjamin for his first defence of the Continental of Americas title against Steve Lorrimer, Michael Reid, Kenny Bristol, Brian Muller, Albert Browne, Andrew `The Pearl’ Andrews for his world title fight against Jorge Castro, in the USA, and Joseph Murray for his FECABOX title fight.Boyce leaves to mourn his wife Desiree, two sons – Jason and Rondell – many grandchildren and close friends.Chronicle Sport extends its heartfelt sympathy to Mrs Boyce and her family during this period of mourning.last_img
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SIS Product Director Paul Witten: Assessing the broadcast and betting scene within racing at #boscon2017

first_img SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Share Submit Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share To mark the start of the Betting on Sports conference, SIS Product Director Paul Witten, part of the ‘After the off – Opportunities in live betting’ racing session at the event, spoke to SBC News about what he’s looking forward to at #boscon2017 and what sports partnership has stood out over the last 12 months.SBC: Why is it important for you to speak at Betting on Sports?PW: Betting on Sports is a fantastic opportunity for SIS to speak with leading industry figures about the current broadcast and betting scene within horseracing and greyhounds.Specifically, the panel ‘After the Off’ will go into depth about the current opportunities and challenges within in-play betting on horse racing. We believe in-play betting will revolutionise the market. It will be fascinating to see how the panel reacts and hear their opinions on the future of the industry.SBC: What are you looking forward to at Betting on Sports?PW: It’ll be great to hear how various leading industry figures see sports betting progressing, in the areas of product, regulation, and technology. SIS operates within various verticals and we’re always looking to offer operators an improved product.We hope to take away new opinions and ideas from the panel sessions and people that we meet, as well as share our long-standing knowledge of the sector and vision for the industry in the coming years.SBC: Where can betting work together more closely with sport?PW: I’d like to see operators, suppliers and sporting bodies come together more on scheduling to improve the round the clock service that punters increasingly desire, mainly by helping grow the number of fixtures at times that suit the casual bettor.SBC: What sports betting partnership has stood out in the past 12 months?PW: It seems this season has been the tipping point for foreign operators to involve themselves with major football shirt sponsorships in the Premier League. It’s great to see that these companies see the value of the UK and its sports offering.It’s also been interesting to see an increased interest in the likes of cricket and rugby union by betting firms. I expect to see this trend continue into the likes of horse racing and greyhounds as operators realise the benefits of incorporating high-quality content onto their platforms.SBC: Describe your perfect sporting eventPW: It would have to be seeing England beat New Zealand in a Rugby World Cup final at a roaring Twickenham. After our struggles a couple of years ago, it would also add to the occasion if we can get our own back on the likes of Australia and Wales on the road to the final.last_img read more

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