RSF_en Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Dan Lam Bao Organisation Police phone numbersLap Vo police station (Dong Thap province): +84 67 3850 789Mobile phones of the police officers:Nguyen Thanh Long +84 91 3686 559Đỗ Công Khanh +84 91 3967 696Huỳnh Van Thạnh +84 91 3697 975Lê Hoàng Dũng +84 91 3967 974More information:Vietnamese Redemptorist News Receive email alerts A photo that Bui Thi Minh Hang posted online at around 9 a.m. today shows plainclothes police explaining why they were following her and the other bloggers and activists on a motorcycle. Police intercepted the group soon afterwards as they were approaching the lawyer Nguyen Bac Truyen’s home with the aim of finding out more about his arrest and comforting his family. News Help by sharing this information In a final message that she managed to send from Lap Vo police station, Hang said the police were confiscating all their electronic devices and were subjecting them to “severe” violence: “Chúng cướp hết máy móc và đánh mọi người rất đau.”Her family has not managed to reach her since then. Her daughter has appealed for help on her Facebook page.Reporters Without Borders is posting a list of the activists arrested this morning, along with the phone numbers of the police station where they are being held, and urges everyone to do whatever they can to press for their release.Arrested activists Bui Thi Minh Hang (blogger)Luu Trong Kiet (netizen)Vo Van Buu (Buddhist)Vo Van Bao (Buddhist)Vo Van Thanh Liem (Buddhist)Pham Nhat ThinhTwo political prisoners VietnamAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the violence that plainclothes police officers used today against bloggers and activists in the southern province of Dong Thap.Eight people – including the blogger Bui Thi Min Hang, the netizen Luu Trong Kiet and two former political prisoners – were arrested as they headed to the home of Nguyen Bac Truyen, a lawyer who had just been arrested arbitrarily.“We are appalled by the continuing persecution of independent news and information providers, whose most fundamental rights, including the freedom of assembly and the right to information, are being openly flouted,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific Desk.“By ordering these arrests, the Vietnamese government is thumbing its nose at the United Nations despite having been appointed as a member of the UN Human Rights Council last year and despite having undergone a Universal Periodic Review by the Council only last week.“This review allowed the entire international community and civil society to see the enormous gulf between what the authorities say and the grim reality to which cyber-dissidents and bloggers are constantly exposed.”Ismaïl added: “We urge all countries that trade with Vietnam, especially France and the United States, to adopt immediate sanctions against the Vietnamese government. And we call on the various UN bodies to react firmly and to demand an immediate end to violence by the authorities against civil society.” VietnamAsia – Pacific Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News February 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thumbing nose at UN, Vietnam beats bloggers RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further News
Previous articleNursing Homes offer empty beds to alleviate hospital crisisNext articleA clear focus and vision for Donegal as Rory Gallagher plans for 2017 admin Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp A key debate with Transport Minister Shane Ross on air and road links to Donegal is taking place in the Seanad later today.The debate is set to focus on two key issues – the funding of the A5 and City of Derry Airport.It has been claimed that the Irish Government has not contributed to the running of the airport in Derry since 2011 while they are also being urged to provide more funding for the A5 upgrade.Senator Padraig MacLochlainn says both services are vital in providing a gateway to Donegal, and therefore the Irish Government should be doing more………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/padseanad1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook By admin – November 16, 2016 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Twitter Seanad to debate Donegal transport links Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Twitter Google+
On a beautiful, blue-sky day in late July, Ryan Dell sat on his bicycle alongside several other excited novice cyclists, eagerly waiting for the three words that would set them off across the parking lot of the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston.“Ready, set, go!” yelled the 8-year-old from Brighton. “Let’s go, let’s do this!”Ryan and his twin sister, Kaylee, were two of the children who participated in the “Beginners Biking Workshop,” one of nine Summer Explorations offered by the Ed Portal. While some of the rising second- through fourth-graders were just learning to ride, the twins had already developed some biking skills. But there was still much to learn — why it’s important to wear a helmet, hand signals, and about all the moving parts of a bike. Then, just outside the Ed Portal’s back door, the young cyclists got to spin around the parking lot, with plenty of adults close by to lend a hand.You can see the wheels turning in Brian McKenzie’s bike safety workshop. Junior Santiago (from left), Sarah Dechantsreiter, and Kaitlyn Ruane. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe beginners’ workshop was one of a range of Ed Portal offerings that let Greater Boston youth explore everything from clay-making to play-making. For older riders, the “Bike Mechanics and Safety 101 Workshop” looked deeper into the mechanics and repair of bicycles, with a five-mile ride on the nearby bike path designed to expand technical riding skills.“The kids in both workshops have so much energy, and they’re super excited. It’s fun to see them learning and hear what they have to say about riding a bike,” said Sophie Massey, a Summer Explorations instructor and program manager at CommonWheels, a nonprofit community bicycle collective based in Allston.More than 80 kids participated in this year’s program, which featured nine weeklong workshops that gave students in grades one through 12 the opportunity to learn not just for fun, but by having fun. Taught by Harvard-affiliated students and staff, the free workshops ran through the month of July.Cooking and codingThe sessions kicked off with Science and Cooking, where middle school students learned how to prepare food, and got to hone their science and math skills while learning about nutrition and health.Right next door to the burgeoning chefs, kids in grades four through six were busy learning to code. The Creative Coding Studio workshop used the Scratch programming language to teach them to code doing things they already love to do — uploading pictures, adding sounds, creating games or animations, even telling stories.Sabah Vitale blends science, math, and nutrition in a cooking class. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThis was Grace Hammack’s second year in the Creative Coding Studio. The 11-year-old from Brighton wanted to keep developing her computer skills and said she likes to “learn fun things” from people at Harvard.“Grace learned coding was possible, she could create movement and things on the screen on her own,” said her mother, Tammy Hammack. “We love the Ed Portal, even though we are in Oak Square and could argue that it would be easier to go other places. We think it’s a great thing that Harvard does this. It’s exposure to some really bright students and Grace really loves it.”Grasping soft roboticsFor a little more hands-on action, “Soft Robotics” gave sixth- through eighth-graders a chance to fabricate an SDM Finger — a shape deposition manufacturing robot that grips and grasps — using tubing, cardboard, Kevlar, tape, and glue sticks. Instructor Sara Berndt, a research fellow at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said kids are attracted to the oozy-gooey part of soft robotics, which she likened to using Silly Putty, only the putty is silicone.“This is my first year teaching this course, but I really love that we’re able to expose kids to something they may not have had access to,” she said. “At this age they are exploring through play, which is really important to encourage. They bring a fresh mindset and creativity to stuff that research fellows may have been working on for a long time.”Patty Huang (left) works with Julia Davis in Soft Robotics. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerAbigail Hill, an 11-year-old from Brighton who is going into sixth grade at the Park School in Boston, had previously taken the Creative Coding workshop, but this time opted for Soft Robotics.“The Ed Portal is intriguing because you can do stuff that is relatively hard, but when you actually get into it, you can understand it better and it’s easy,” she said. “Robotics is fun because you can make stuff and see the outcome, which is really cool. It’s hard to tell which workshops I like more.”“Opportunity to talk and participate”In another program, 19 high school students worked with Harvard University Department of Philosophy scholars and utilized HarvardX online courses to learn about consent and civic participation. The workshop, called “ThinkerAnalytix,” explored issues such as free speech, sexual assault, harassment and racism, and different ways to approach consent.Anne Sanderson, a Harvard philosophy research fellow and co-director of ThinkerAnalytix, a nonprofit organization, partnered with the Ed Portal to create this workshop as an internship for high school students. The program is helping Sanderson and her colleagues design a high-school level course on consent.Nate Otey’s ThinkerAnalytix workshop explores consent and civic participation. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“I have spent several years working with the philosophy department and noticed how philosophers can take arguments to a fundamental level that challenges students to think and make difficult connections intellectually that they are capable of making,” she said.The curriculum offered collaboration, debate, discussion, and an opportunity to act out case studies. Students had nightly assignments that prepared them for the next day’s material, and ThinkerAnalytix paid them a small stipend to provide feedback at the end of the week.“I really like this, it’s different from my regular classes in school,” said Joedding Neal, an 18-year-old from Charlestown who’ll be a junior at Brighton High. “When they’re teaching something new they approach it in a different way than how they would a regular class. They give us more opportunity to talk and participate in a group setting.”Alia Qatarneh leads a discussion in “Discover your DNA.” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn “Discover Your DNA: An Adventure in Laboratory Biology,” middle schoolers came together to use laboratory equipment to isolate their DNA and learn how genes control what humans can taste. They even took a field trip to the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab in Allston to check out the 15,000-square-foot space where Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars work on innovations in biotech and life sciences.Voice, body, mind, and imaginationWhile biotech inventions were on the minds of some summer explorers, others used their imaginations to turn piles of clay into works of art. In “Clay Creations!,” students in the fourth through sixth grades designed and made garden-inspired pieces that were fired in the Harvard Ceramics Program’s on-site kiln. Some of the clay creations even became art installations at the Ed Portal.For eight first- and second-graders, the sessions included spinning like planets. During a week of space-themed creative play, craft projects, reading and improvisational games, participants at the “A.R.T. Kids Company Jamboree” learned about the different elements of theater — voice, body, mind, and imagination. The workshop culminated in a live performance.Bryce Lee and other first- and second-graders got creative in the American Repertory Theater program. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“This is the very first year of ‘A.R.T. Kids Company Jamboree,’ which is a half-day program modeled on a curriculum we have been using with younger students for many years,” said Brenna Nicely, the A.R.T. education and community programs manager. “Support, encouragement, and expertise from the Ed Portal have been essential as we are developing this wacky new program, aimed at teaching students different ways to express themselves creatively, further develop reading comprehension, and work together with their peers.”Although the American Repertory Theater has long partnered with the Ed Portal, this year was the first it took part in the Summer Explorations program. Nicely said she was thrilled that the A.R.T. could be a part of it.Massey could not agree more.“The Ed Portal offers a lot of important resources for community members, and it’s so awesome that all the programming is free, it’s such a great thing,” she said. “I wonder what would have happened if I had this when I was a kid.”
A Greendale man died in a motorcycle and car collision over the weekend.The accident occurred on Nelson Road on Saturday around 1 p.m.Authorities say the motorcycle driver, Larry David Jones II, 23, went left of center while attempting to pass another vehicle. A Ford Explorer traveling the opposite direction struck the motorcycle.First responders say Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 6, CMC – Caribbean Premier League organisers on Thursday confirmed that the entire contingent arriving here this week had all tested negative for COVID-19.The 162-member party, comprising players, officials and administrators, touched down Monday to begin the buildup to the tournament which runs is set to bowl off August 18 until September 10.Under the strict health protocols governing the tournament, the contingent will now undergo a 14-day quarantine at the official hotel, while undergoing frequent COVID-19 tests.Tournament operations director, Michael Hall, said the safe arrival and negative tests of the travelling party represented a major hurdle cleared.“It has been a colossal effort by all involved to get everyone safely into Trinidad and Tobago and we would like to thank everyone for their hard work and diligence,” Hall said.“Our main priority is the health and well-being of all those involved in CPL and the wider population in the host country, to have got through this first step without any cases is encouraging news, but we will remain vigilant.”The contingent were also tested for COVID-19 prior to departure from their respective jurisdictions and then again on arrival here.If anyone of the touring party tests positive in the coming days, the person will be removed from the hotel and placed in isolation.Social distancing will be enforced throughout the tournament which will be played behind closed doors at Queen’s Park Oval in the capital and the Brian Lara Stadium in Couva, central Trinidad.Title-holders Barbados Tridents, along with last year’s losing finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinbago Knight Riders, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and St Lucia Zouks will clash over 33 games when the eighth edition of the tournament gets underway.Amazon Warriors take on TKR in the opening game in Couva.