Journalist beaten unconscious by eight policemen

first_img Follow the news on Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the brutality of the attack on Truong Minh Duc, who was ambushed by eight policemen and then beaten after trying unsuccessfully to flee into a nearby cafeteria. Witnesses said the police continued to hit him repeatedly with a helmet after he lost consciousness.A relative said Duc “narrowly escaped death.” Taken a few days after the attack, this photo of his face shows the brutality of the beating he received from the police. Receive email alerts Freelance journalist Truong Minh Duc is still in a critical condition in Hoan My Hospital in Ho Chin Minh City, where he was taken after being beaten unconscious by policemen in Thu Dau Mot, a town 20 km to the north, on the morning of 2 November. November 25, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist beaten unconscious by eight policemen News April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en His wife told foreign media that he recognized some of his attackers as being members of the Binh Doung district police. He identified one of them as “Colonel Hoa,” an officer who is said to have harassed him in the past. The motive for this attack is still not clear.“We are shocked by the brutality with which the police treat their fellow citizens,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “Such police violence against bloggers and citizen-journalists is common and is becoming more frequent throughout the country. So these are probably not isolated acts but the result of a terror policy instigated by the Communist Party.”Ismaïl added: “We call on the international community to lose no time in doing whatever is necessary to put pressure on the Vietnamese authorities to end this systematic persecution of those who defend freedom of the media and information.”Acts of violence and intimidation are common not only against journalists and bloggers but also those who support them. France’s consul-general in Ho Chin Minh City was attacked by police on 5 November when he tried to help Pham Minh Hoang, a blogger who was being harassed by thugs and plainclothesmen.Vietnam is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation center_img VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information April 22, 2021 Find out more Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News Newslast_img read more

Dancing on ice Weehawken High’s figure-skater trains her eye on becoming…

first_imgWeehawken High School Class of 2017 member Dakota Rogers-Myers performs as a young skater. Dakota Rogers-Myers, a Weehawken High School Class of 2017 graduate, has a unique career goal: to become a figure-skating coach.She couldn’t be more qualified. As a figure skating prodigy who, at 14, was the youngest in the history of the The Skating Club of New York to win a gold medal in the “Senior Moves in the Field” event, she will attend Montclair State University in the fall with plans to major in sports psychology. As part of a scholarship deal with the university, she will coach young figure skaters at Floyd Hall Arena there. She has already begun her coaching this summer by teaching young figure skaters at Chelsea Piers Sky Rink in New York.In her sophomore year, Rogers-Myers left The Professional Children’s School in New York City, which accommodates children pursuing goals in the performing arts and competitive sports that require time away from the classroom, to attend Weehawken High School. She says an important difference between the two schools was the relationship between students, and between members of the community.“At Weehawken High School, students are much closer with each other than students tended be at my school in New York,” Rogers-Myers said. “And it’s not just the Weehawken High School where people are close with each other: it’s the whole town.”Rogers-Myers chose Weehawken High School because, she said, it excelled in its programs for students who need special education accommodations. Weehawken High School also accommodated her skating schedule without sacrificing her academic progress.She said Robert Furillo, assistant principal of Weehawken High School, and Roger-Myers’s guidance counsellor, Jenna Wendolowski, “created a schedule for me to adjust to my skating schedule. For one thing, they determined that I did not need to take a gym class, which made it possible for me to take my first class at 9 a.m.”They also permitted her eat breakfast in class. to the delight of her fellow-students, with whom she shared her power breakfast of pancakes, potatoes, and steak.Rogers-Myers has a terrific work ethic, says Furillo, noting that after skating in New York City every school day from 5:30 to 7 a.m., she would catch a ferry to Weehawken Harbor and walk up the many steps of the Palisades cliffs to school. “She’s a wonderful young lady; very hard-working,” he said.A lifetime on skatesRogers-Myers, who started skating at age 5, has entered figure-skating competitions all over the country. At age 15, she mastered the difficult triple Salchow, a jump from the backward inside edge of one skate to the backward outside edge of the other, with three full turns in the air.At age 17, she won a gold medal in The Skating Club of New York’s “Senior Free Skate,” which tests figure skaters on 16 different ice moves, including figure-eights. A future as an Olympic skater looked like it was on the horizon.But her Olympic aspirations were dashed when Rogers-Myers was 15, after a series of hard slams on the ice left her with three bruised vertebrae.“I can’t do as much jumping or spinning, or even stay on the ice as much as I used to,” she said. As a result, the young skater has shifted much of her training this past year to ice-dancing. In addition to being less stressful on her spine, excelling at ice-dancing would make her more sought-after as a coach.“I want to get a third gold medal for ice dancing,” she said. “That would make me a three-time gold medalist for ice dancing, movie in the field, and freestyle.”Rogers-Myers impressed her Weehawken High School guidance counselor, Jenna Wendolowski.“Dakota had such a unique situation,” she said. “She made the time to be a student athlete. She was able to do something she loved, as well as maintaining good grades throughout her high school career.”And, added Wendolowski, Rogers-Myers handled her strenuous schedule like a trooper. “Dakota was a breath of fresh air: she was always smiling and never complained about being tired.”Rogers-Myers is glad she made the switch from The Professional Children’s School in New York. “Weehawken High School has also made me tougher,” she said. “All my fellow students have taught to go for what you want and not for what other people want for you.”center_img ×Weehawken High School Class of 2017 member Dakota Rogers-Myers performs as a young skater.last_img read more

Delivery revolution

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Four brutal truths credit unions need to face.by: Laura LynchAre you concerned about the investments your credit union is making in delivery systems? Your members may be demanding the newest, greatest ways to interact with you, but that doesn’t mean you have to offer it to them. Or does it?CUES Supplier member and strategic provider Cornerstone Advisors Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., addressed delivery redirect during a CUES webinar on May 6.“As you look to remain viable in 2020 and beyond, resources must be realigned to survive and thrive in new business models,” said Sam Kilmer, Cornerstone senior director. “As revenue generation moves from physical to digital channels, these resources include the credit union’s preferred mix of channels, as well as all internal resources needed to redirect, support, and leverage its future model.”Kilmer and his colleagues presented a list of brutal truths about delivery redirect they see credit unions facing today. continue reading »last_img read more

Alex Trebek’s Wife Jean Breaks Her Silence After His Death

first_img– Advertisement – Surrounded by love. Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean Trebek, spoke out for the first time since the Jeopardy! host lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.“My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity,” Jean, 57, wrote via Instagram on Wednesday, November 11, alongside a photo from her and her late husband’s April 1990 wedding. “Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much. Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek.”- Advertisement – Alex died at the age of 80 on Sunday, November 8, while surrounded by family and friends at home. He had been diagnosed with cancer in March 2019 and continued to host Jeopardy! for 18 months.Alex Trebek’s Wife Jean Breaks Her Silence After Jeopardy Host’s Death Shares Wedding PhotoJean Currivan Trebek and Alex Trebek Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP/Shutterstock“This is an enormous loss for the Jeopardy! staff, crew and all of Alex’s millions of fans,” the game show’s executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement on Sunday. “He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host Jeopardy! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”The Daytime Emmy winner was last in the Jeopardy! studio on October 29, just 10 days before his death. His final episode is set to air on December 25. Producers have not yet announced a replacement host.- Advertisement – Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Alex thanked Jean for being his primary caretaker during a joint interview in January, telling ABC News, “She has to deal with her worrying about my well-being. … I’m not always the most pleasant person to be around when I’m experiencing severe pain or depression, and she has to tread lightly around me.”The metaphysicist, with whom the TV veteran shared son Matthew, 30, and daughter Emily, 27, was quick to turn the conversation back to her love for Alex.“He certainly has a great intellect, but his heart is really beautiful, and I think that comes across through Jeopardy!” she said at the time. “As I’ve seen Alex grow over time, his self-awareness, his compassion has beamed, blossomed in such a beautiful way.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

NW Missouri State Fair races feature three IMCA divisions

first_imgBETHANY, Mo. – Three IMCA divisions headline Northwest Missouri State Fair Races at Bethany Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 1.  Heat winners in those divisions earn $25, with $50 paid to the hard chargers. Lap money is $5 with 20 laps scheduled for the Stocks and 18 for the SportMods. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and E3 Spark Plugs Missouri State points will be awarded.  IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $800 to win and a minimum of $80 to start, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods for $750 to win and a minimum of $70 to start. IMCA Modifieds vie for $1,200 to win and a minimum of $150 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Modified heat winners earn $50 each. The hard charger in the feature will receive $100. Twenty-five laps in the feature will each pay $10 to the leader.  Bethany Speedway re-opened last year under the direction of Jon Boller Jr. and ran Modified, Stock Cars and Northern SportMods during regular race programs again in 2019. Racing starts at approximately 8 p.m.last_img read more

SC Villa seek fourth successive win over rivals Express

first_imgA goal erupted the crowd that had tried to cause violence after a controversial Ibrahim Kayiwa red card moments earlier.Going into the Tuesday tie, either side still has a minimal chance of claiming the league although it’s entirely out of their hands.Third on the log with 48 points, Express can win the league with victories in all three remaining fixtures including beating KCCA and pray that Mike Mutebi’s side as well as second placed Vipers falter their remaining games.The Jogoos on the other hand are also mathematically in the race but must win all their remaining eight games to surpass leaders KCCA who must falter.READ FULL STORY HERE Share on: WhatsApp By UPL co ugTuesday May 10, 2016Express Vs SC Villa – Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku  4pm Live on Azam TVIn a dramatic five goal thriller in the first round, SC Villa rallied from two goals down at half time to win 3-2 against Express at Nakivubo.That made it three in three who had gotten a double over their bitterest rivals although it came in the boardroom following abortion of both games.The first leg aborted after 83 minutes with the Jogoos leading 2-1 at Sazza Ground, Mityana while the second ended moments after Erisa Ssekisambu had equalised for the visitors at Wankulukuku to cancel out John Semazzi strike.last_img read more

Broward, Miami-Dade Officials Test Election Machines

first_imgWith nearly 370,000 “Vote by Mail” ballot requests already in process, Broward County election workers are preparing for the August 18 Florida Primary Election.They held a mock election on Wednesday to test the accuracy of their voting equipment in reading a ballot.Broward Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci says he expects a predominantly mail-in election due to concerns over COVID-19. Election workers in Miami-Dade County held their own equipment tests.Supervisor of Elections Christina White says more than 450,000 voters have already requested “Vote by Mail” ballots in Miami-Dade.She adds that her staff is prepared to handle the upcoming elections.In Miami-Dade, early voting for the Primary Election begins August 3 through August 16. Click here to view the schedule, times, and locations.In Broward County, early voting takes place August 8 through August 16. Click here to view schedule, times, and locations in Broward County. “We have about 370,000 ballot requests in hand and about 75,000 ballots received already,” Antonacci explains. “We expect to receive a heap of ballots from voters that will learn to enjoy voting from their kitchen table.”The last day to request a “Vote by Mail” ballot in that county is August 8.last_img read more

Trump Nomination to be held in Private

first_imgThe vote to nominate President Trump will be held in private later this month, without members of the press presentOn Aug. 24, Republican delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, N.C., to formally vote to make Trump the GOP nominee.The vote itself will reportedly be livestreamed to avoid the spread of coronavirus. The spokesperson couldn’t say whether C-SPAN, the nonprofit public service network, would be allowed to air the proceedings.“[W]e are planning for all of the Charlotte activities to be closed press: Friday, August 21 – Monday, 24th given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state,” the convention spokesperson said in an email. “We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events.”Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of delegates at the Republican National Convention had already been lowered from 2,550 to 336. Alternate delegates have been disinvited. Media seating has been eliminated to help prevent the spread of the virus.Barring a last-minute change, this will be the first Republican presidential nominating convention in history where reporters are not admitted.last_img read more

Bargain hunters

first_imgRollback prices, bargain basement, lemon laws, all of the aforementioned can be used to describe the flurry of activity to describe the so-called wheeling and dealing of the Pittsburgh Steelers in regards to the juggling of players during the past month or so. The actual 2010 draft will end up secondary in regards to who steps on the field to compete for the Black and Gold. The Steelers “dun” good by selecting junior center Maurkice Pouncey from Florida in the first round. They finally got it but as I have previously stated they should have concentrated on the offensive and defensive line starting with the 2008 draft. That year, (2008) Pittsburgh drafted a slightly above average running back, Rashard Mendenhall in the first round and a projected slightly above average wideout Limas Sweed in the second.They needed to draft someone like Pouncey in the first or second round in 2008 so the running backs, including Willie Parker, could have had a few more running lanes to dance through and Big Ben Roethlisberger and his backup crew would have had better passing lanes when they were throwing the pigskin. At this point the Steelers could have been two years into a great offensive line rejuvenation if management had decided to shore up their offensive and defensive lines.They knew offensive lineman Alan “Big Red” Faneca was preparing to break camp so getting a first or second rounder to fill his slot should have been a crucial part of their rebuilding strategy. The best available athlete should be the best man to fill your “immediate” needs. Big Ben was operating from a pocket that was collapsing faster than Zeke Kwasniewski’s accordion bellows at a Polish social but management went out and drafted a running back, whose shoulder was injured when “big play” Ray Lewis, the ageless and soon-to-be Hall-of-Fame linebacker from the Ravens met Mr. Mendenhall just after he crossed the line of scrimmage, shoulder pads to shoulder pads with the pads of Mr. Lewis winning the confrontation, hands down.Of all the “prodigal” Steelers that have returned, Antwaan Randle-El, Larry Foote and Bryant McFadden are considered steel that may be a tad rusty but are being prepared to be thrown in “Steely McBeam’s” furnace to be recast just in time for the upcoming season. I can understand why the Steelers allowed Randle-El to depart to the green pastures of free agency, otherwise known as the land of Daniel Snyder. The Steelers were not prepared or even remotely interested in shelling out the amount of clams that Randle-El required to line up on the Black and Gold scrimmage line. However, I do not, cannot, or will not ever comprehend how they would allow Larry Foote and Bryant McFadden to depart the shores of the Monongahela knowing how thin and inexperienced they were in their linebacking and secondary corps.The bling-bling ringtone of the Arizona Cardinals “red phone” had to be on the highest volume level when all of a sudden, out of the clear blue, the Steelers came-a-calling. When ex-Steeler, ex-Cardinal and now current Steeler Bryant McFadden was asked whether he was shocked at being back in a Pittsburgh, he said, “It was kind of unexpected. I got a couple of phone calls yesterday, but it wasn’t anything definite. And that’s when my eyes kind of got open to the situation. My agent called me—he was texting me today—giving me the situation about it, that if nothing drastic happens throughout the course of the draft. Neither team selected a corner. So with that being said, I thought that maybe nothing was going to transpire. Then, he hit me with a “it looks like you might be going back to where you started.” It was kind of like “wow,” a situation of transition and moving, and family getting settled, and now you have to up and move. The best part about it is that I know a lot of the guys that still are there from when I was there, so relationships are still open.” Well, obviously the relationship was still sort peachy as far as management was concerned because they didn’t hesitate to break their necks to re-acquire McFadden, especially in light of the bloodletting that left corner William Gay was experiencing on a weekly basis. There were times when a significant percentage of the opponents’ offensive passing game planning was centered around Gay, who was probably, at least from an imagery standpoint, one of the most beleaguered defensive backs in the NFL in 2009.Pittsburgh had better be thankful that Bryant McFadden was available and had a kind heart. I also hope they learned a lesson in regards to finger pointing. They should realize that they have to venture to higher elevations when they are looking for a scapegoat as opposed to running to a chicken coop.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 421-583-6741.)last_img read more

Summerland has enough Steam to upset Murdoch Division leaders 6-5 in Sunday KIJHL action at the NDCC Arena

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt doesn’t really matter who the Leafs play — a heavyweight contender like the Fernie Ghostriders or a struggling 6-9 team like Summerland — if Nelson plays anything like the team that was on the ice Sunday, there’s little chance of winning.Summerland Steam took advantage of a lackluster showing by the home side scoring three times in the third period — two goals coming on special teams in a span of two minutes to erase a 5-3 deficit — to stun the Leafs 6-5 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play at the NDCC Arena.The game was a far cry from last week’s 9-2 pasting Nelson dealt the Steam in the South Okanagan City.“I think we just fell apart (in the third),” Leaf center Matthew Naka told The Nelson Daily following the tough loss. “I think we got a little cocky after we got up in the third.”The win by Summerland was a big “character builder” by a Steam franchise that is desperately searching for an identity six weeks in the KIJHL season.“We have not been playing well,” Summerland head coach Gord Gamble said from outside the team bus.“Not to take anything away from Nelson because they’re a very good hockey club but we just haven’t had the bodies. We have seven or eight guys out and we just haven’t played well.”“So there’s no payback here,” Gamble added. “If we would have played like this in Summerland, that would have been a close game as well.”Despite being blown out by seven goals in the first meeting and having less than half the points of the Leafs in league standings, it was the Steam holding their own Sunday.Backed by the fine netminder of Sam Bass, facing 27 shots through two periods, Summerland was all even entering the third at 3-3.And when Nelson struck for two goals in three minutes into the period to go up 5-3, the Steam never gave up.Colin Minardi scooped up the puck after Leaf defenceman Jonathon Petrash made a meal of at the Steam blueline, busting past the Nelson defenders before beating Patrick Defoe in the Nelson nets.The goal came with Summerland playing shorthanded.The Steam tied the game two minutes later, once again after a lackluster clearing attempt by the Leafs killing a checking from behind penalty to James Sorrey.Brock McDonald corralled the puck before beating Defoe high to the glove side.The Leafs had several chances to regain the lead. But Bass was equal to the task, allowing Taylor Spankie to score the game winner eight minutes from time.“We had a couple of real tough losses that got into their (players) psychy a little bit,” Gamble said. “But we should be okay.”Josh Spence led the Steam attack with two goals while Jordan McCallum, one of five players on Summerland to finish the game with two points, also scored for the Steam.Nik Newman scored twice to lead the Nelson attack. Colton Schell, Patrick Martens and Sorrey also scored for the Leafs.The loss was first in five games for the Leafs and leaves Nelson with a record of 12-4-0-1 in 17 games — first in the Murdoch Division, three points ahead of Beaver Valley and six in front of Castlegar.Summerland improves to 6-9 good enough for fourth in the Okanagan Division but only one point behind second place Princeton Posse.Nelson out shot the Steam 38-28.The Leafs venture out on the road after spending most of the early part of the KIJHL season at home, beginning a six-game road trip Friday in Creston.The next home game for Nelson is Saturday, November 12 when Grand Forks Border Bruins visit the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: Colton Malmsten scored three times as Nelson blasted winless Columbia Valley Rockies 7-2 Saturday at the NDCC Arena. Carsen Willans, affiliate player Cole Arcuri, Patrick Martens and Nik Newman also scored for the Leafs. . . . Malmsten did not play Sunday along with three defencemen — Riley Henderson, Blake Arcuri, Walker Sidoni — and two forwards — Brett Norman and Matti Jmaeff. All five players were missing due to injury. The injuries forced the Leafs to call up two players from the Okanagan Hockey Association, Cole Arcuri and Jordan Davie. . . Leaf forward Dustin Reimer finally made his way back into the lineup after more than a month on the injury list. Reimer, from Vanderhoof, was injured during the first game of the season in Castlegar. . . . Patrick Martens maintained a two-point lead over Ryan Edwards of Beaver Valley. Martens accumulated four points during the weekend to continue his game streak to 12. The Maritime native has registered multiple points in nine of the 12 games. . . . Leaf fans got a taste of the Green and White in the team’s new jerseys. A mix up in ordering forced the Leafs to play the first month with an older [email protected]last_img read more