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Blogger abandons hunger strike, RWB reiterates release call

first_imgNews July 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger abandons hunger strike, RWB reiterates release call News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the blogger Dieu Cay finally abandoned his hunger after 35 days on 27 July, when the Nghe An province prosecutor’s office acknowledged receipt of his letter complaining about prison conditions.The media freedom organization continues to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Dieu Cay, who is serving a 12-year sentence for anti-government propaganda, and the 34 other bloggers and netizens currently detained in VietnamYou too can demand the release of these 35 Vietnamese bloggers by signing this petition News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Follow the news on Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison VietnamAsia – Pacific to go further ———————————————————————————————–07.23.2013Appeal for support for blogger on hunger strike who could dieNguyen Van Hai, a blogger known by the pen-name of Dieu Cay who has been jailed since April 2008, has been on hunger strike for the past 31 days in protest against his prison conditions in the central province of Nghe An. His current state of health is grave and we fear the worst.Bui Thanh Hieu, a blogger also known as Nguoi Buon Gio (Windtrader), has given Reporters Without Borders an interview in which he voices concern about Dieu Cay’s health and describes how Dieu Cay’s family recently learned that he was on hunger strike.“Dieu Cay’s state of health calls for an urgent reaction from the international community, which must condemn the inhuman treatment he and his family are receiving from the Vietnamese authorities, and must do everything possible to obtain his release,” Reporters Without Borders said.“In the meantime, we urge embassies to support the attempts by Dieu Cay’s family to obtain permission to visit him regularly.”Arrested for posting articles critical of government policy on the banned “Free Journalists Club” website, Dieu Cay was sentenced on appeal on 28 December 2012 to 12 years in prison on a charge of anti-government propaganda under article 88 of the criminal code. Two other bloggers, Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai (Anhbasaigon), were sentenced to 10 and three years in prison at the same time.See the interview that Bui Thanh Hieu gave to Reporters Without Borders on 19 July: Organisation VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF_en Help by sharing this information April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

King Kohli passes Bradman as records tumble

first_imgINDIAN captain Virat Kohli has moved past batting royalty like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, scoring his seventh Test double century in the just conluded second Test against South Africa.Kohli moved to 200 early in the final session on day two in Pune, joining England great Wally Hammond and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene in scoring seven double tons in Tests.Only the great Sir Donald Bradman (12), Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara (11) and West Indies icon Brian Lara (nine) have posted more scores of 200 or more in Test cricket.Tendulkar, Ponting, Younis Khan, Javed Miandad, Virender Sehwag and Marvan Atapattu all scored six double hundreds.Playing his 81st Test, Kohli also reached the milestone of 7000 career runs on Friday, moving past Bradman’s iconic figure of 6996 runs that came in 52 Tests.The Indian skipper is the equal-fourth fastest man in history to the 7000-run mark, levelling Sangakarra and West Indian Sir Gary Sobers in achieving the milestone in 138 innings. Hammond’s 131 innings remains the benchmark.Remarkably, Kohli’s seven double tons have come in the space of just 40 Tests since his first in July 2016, during which time he’s averaged almost 67 with the bat.For context, Bradman’s 12 double tons came in 52 career Tests.In his 50th match as skipper, the 30-year-old posted his ninth score beyond 150 as captain, breaking Bradman’s record of eight.He finished unbeaten on 254 from 336 balls, with 33 fours and two sixes, as India piled up a monster score of 5-601 declared.Most Test double hundreds12 – Sir Donald Bradman (52 Tests)11 – Kumar Sangakkara (134 Tests)9 – Brian Lara (131 Tests)7 – Virat Kohli (81 Tests*)7 – Wally Hammond (85 Tests)7 – Mahela Jayawardene (149 Tests)last_img read more

Lacey Fireworks Spectacular on July 3rd

first_imgSubmitted by The City of LaceyLacey continues its tradition of kicking off the area’s Independence Day celebrations with the Lacey Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 3. The 15 minute display will be launched from William Bush Park, 4400 Chardonnay Drive NE in Lacey, beginning at 10:15 p.m.Bush Park will be closed to preserve a safe zone for the fireworks launch; the Spectacular will be visible to most residences located within 3/4 miles. Additionally, the public is invited to view the Spectacular from the Lacey Crossroads business area at Yelm Highway and College Street.Road access in the area will be limited during the event. Yelm Highway SE in the vicinity of Bush Park will be closed at 10:00 p.m., as will the entrance to the Lacey Crossroads and Lowe’s parking lots.At 10:15 p.m., College Street and Rainier Road near Yelm Highway will be closed for approximately one hour to ensure pedestrian safety and to allow fireworks traffic to exit the area following the show. Detour routes for through traffic will be established using 66th Avenue SE, Ruddell Road SE, Mullen Road SE, 37th Avenue SE, and Wiggins Road SE.More information regarding the Lacey Firework Spectacular and planned road closures is available on the city’s official website . Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2017)–Sent from her inside post from the outset, heavily favored Vale Dori took no prisoners as she waltzed gate to wire to a 2 ½ length win under Mike Smith in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Bob Baffert, the newly turned 5-year-old Argentine-bred mare notched her third consecutive win as she negotiated a mile and one sixteenth over a main track listed as “good” in 1:44.95.With second choice Wild At Heart in close attendance down the backside, Smith called upon Vale Dori approaching the three furlong pole and opened up immediately, making the La Canada a race for the minor placings at that point.“It’s important to have her versatility,” said Smith.  “I think she’s got to the point where she’s not a one dimensional horse and I think she’d even sit off of someone now if they wanted to get crazy…I look for her to do some great things.  She’s got a long year ahead of her and hopefully she won’t run into my other big mare (Jerry Hollendorfer’s Songbird) and I get to ride them both.”Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, Vale Dori, who was making her sixth start for Baffert in Southern California, came off an impressive three length win in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap at Del Mar Dec. 3 and she now has four wins in combination with Baffert.Off at 1-5 in a field of five older fillies and mares, she paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10.  (With $632,101 out of the total show pool of $682,814 bet on her, Vale Dori created a minus show pool of $119,663).“She’s come a long way,” said Baffert.  “It was tough to get a bridle on her before.  She was tough.  She’s improving, we see it.  I’m just glad she’s doing well.  We’ll get her ready for the big guns.  I wonder if Mike will stay on her (laughing).”Trainer Art Sherman’s Show Stealer, next to last going into the far turn, picked up the pieces and ran second, some 7 ½ lengths clear of Autumn Flower.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Show Stealer was off at 13-1 and paid  $5.80 and $3.40.Autumn Flower, who was ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, was content to lag well back in last, but kept to her task through the drive, as she came up the rail to finish third by a half length.Off at 20-1, Autumn Flower paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.63, 47.58, 1:12.43 and 1:38.37.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more