Trial of four pro-democracy activists, including blogger who studied in France

first_img VietnamAsia – Pacific to go further April 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Vietnam Newscenter_img News News Reporters Without Borders calls for the acquittal of four pro-democracy activists – human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh, human rights defenders Le Thang Long and Nguyen Tien Trung (a blogger who studied in France) and Huynh Duy Thuc – who are due to be tried tomorrow before a court in Ho Chi Minh City of charges of subversion and trying to overthrow the “people’s government.”Their real crime, in the eyes of the authorities, was to have requested more freedoms, although these are universal values that cannot be criminalised. Trung, in particular, enjoyed freedom of expression during the years he studied information technology in the northern French city of Rennes. They all now face several years in prison for trying to exercise this basic right peacefully.All four defendants should be acquitted and released immediately. Convicting them unfairly will not help the authorities to satisfy the population’s expectations or put an end to a debate about the country’s future. On the contrary, it will just turn them into symbols that increase the pressure for freedom of expression.The four activists are accused of being the agents of foreign governments that want to destabilise Vietnam and of having links to the banned Democratic Party of Vietnam. In the government’s eyes, they are also guilty of drafting propaganda documents and inciting subversion online.Trung’s family told Reporters Without Borders that his father was allowed to visit him on 8 January for the third time since his arrest and that he seemed in good health and his morale was high. Trung was arrested at his parents’ home in Ho Chi Minh City on 7 July on a charge of propaganda against the state under article 88 of the criminal code. A government TV station broadcast taped footage in which he made a confession.A Trung support committee ( is campaigning for the young man’s release. A petition for his release can be signed at A petition for Dinh’s release can be signed at Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en January 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Trial of four pro-democracy activists, including blogger who studied in France April 22, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

All change? What next for European club football

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Real Madrid lift Champions League Paris, France | AFP | Plans by UEFA to reform European club competitions would see 128 clubs playing a total of 647 matches starting in the 2024 season (with 407 per season 2021-2024) spread over three continental competitions, according to a document seen by AFP on Friday.The 128 teams would be divided this way: 32 clubs in the Champions League, 32 in a competition similar to the Europa League and a further 64 clubs in a third competition, itself divided into four groups resembling the basketball conference system used by NBA.– Champions League, large groups –– According to the documents AFP has seen, the group phase would begin in August with four pools of eight teams who would play 14 preliminary round matches rather than the six in the current system.– In total there would be 21 match days in the Champions League.– The most controversial point is that only four of the 32 participating clubs will have qualified through their national championships.– Four other clubs would qualify via having reached the semi-finals of the second level competition (Europa League).– Above all 24 places are reserved for teams that do well in the Champions League and to stay in the competition they would need to finish in the top five of their group, or win a play-off between those clubs finishing 6th or 7th.– UEFA insists a maximum of five clubs from any national league can be in this top tier competition.– Europa League –– The second tier now known as the Europa League will consist of 32 clubs divided into eight groups of four clubs in the first round. The participants:– The four teams relegated from the Champions League and the four losing teams on the play-offs.– The four losing sides from the previous season’s ‘Europa League’ quarter-finals.– The four semi-finalists from the the third tier cup the previous season.– Twenty clubs qualifying directly from the national leagues.– The third tier –– This is the only one of the three competitions which is entirely open with all 64 teams qualifying from the national leagues.– The main peculiarity of this competition is its four separate ‘conferences’ in the manner of NBA basketball.– In each section there will be four groups of four teams who qualify for quarter- semi and finals of their respective conference.– The four winners would then meet in a mini tournament with semi-finals and a final, with all four gaining promotion to the 2nd tier competition the following season.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

How Ronaldinho almost went to Manchester United in 2003

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/ReutersAdvertisement 6ag3l0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5rkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecnws( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c1Would you ever consider trying this?😱7aqiCan your students do this? 🌚utrRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ronaldinho, the Barcelona and AC Milan legend once revealed in an interview that how the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner almost made his way into Sir Alex Ferguson’s United squad, back in the summer of 2003.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/ReutersA couple of years ago in an interview, the former Brazillian forward unveiled how me almost made his way to Old Trafford, while he was 23 and with the Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain.“I almost went to United. It was a matter of 48 hours, but Sandro Rosell (candidate for president of Barcelona at the time) told me before I received the proposal: ‘If I become president of Barça, will you come?’ I said yes. It was just a matter of detail with United when Rosell called me to say that I would win the election.” he told English magazine FourFourTwo.Advertisement I promised I would play at Barça, and it was a quick negotiation. I told the English that I chose Barça. It was the right choice, Brazilians have always loved Barcelona. We have a story there,” the 2002 World Cup winner added.Red Devils legend Paul Scholes also said that they were very close to land the attacking midfielder, followed by Fergie’s comment on the matter.Advertisement “There was a problem with his brother, who was his agent, but Peter Kenyon, who was chief executive then, didn’t get the job done,” the 77 year old Scotsman said.Ronaldinho’s destination was Camp Nou, where he won two La Liga and a UEFA Champions League in 2006, and later went to AC Milan, winning the Serie A title in 2011. Advertisementlast_img read more

SA rugby players big in England

first_img3 June 2005There are roughly two full teams’ worth of South African professional players plying their trade in England’s premier rugby union competition, including a host of former Springboks as well as a number of lesser known players – among them a scrumhalf from KwaZulu-Natal whose nickname is “Howzit”.South African rugby players are big, powerful men known in particular for their prowess in the tight phases of the game – a fact that English clubs seem to appreciate.If one takes a look at the South Africans playing for Zurich Premiership teams, prop is the position in which they are most sought after. Out of 33 South African players in the Premiership season just ended – won by the London Wasps – roughly a quarter were props.Propping up UK scrumsA number of those players have represented the Springboks: Newcastle’s Marius Hurter (13 caps), Gloucester’s Christo Bezuidenhout (four caps), Robbie Kempson of Northampton (37 caps) and Cobus Visagie of Saracens (29 caps).Then there is Matt Stevens, who played for the South African under-21 team behind Ryno Gerber. Stevens, from Kwazulu-Natal, has represented England at full international level.Gerber, at 24, was recognised as one of the top up-and-coming props in South Africa. The powerful front-ranker represented the Free State Cheetahs before moving to the Tykes Leeds for the 2004/2005 season.Playing ahead of Matt Stevens, Gerber was an important part of the South African under-21 team that won the World Championship in dramatic fashion in Johannesburg in 2002.Pierre Durant of London Irish is one of the lesser known South Africans. His clubmates call him “The Rock” because they’re fully aware of his abilities in the front row. He played for South African Universities and Eastern Province before making the move north in 2002, first to Saracens, then to London Irish.Heinrich Kok of Bath previously played for the Lions (SA provincial) and Cats (SA Super 12) sides, packing down on both sides of the scrum.‘The Exiles’The London Irish, known as “The Exiles” because they are home to so many players from abroad, have seven players with South African connections on their books – or eight, if you count their recent signing for 2006 of Bulls and former Springbok hooker Danie Coetzee.Ryan Strudwick, formerly of KwaZulu-Natal, has been club captain since 2002/2003. He has been named the club’s player of the season three times and has turned out for the side in more than 150 games.Like Strudwick, Geoff Appleford struggled to make his mark with the Sharks during a time that the Durban-based team dominated the game in South Africa. And like Strudwick, he excelled after making the move to London.A centre, Appleford has gone on to play for England once, but he has made a greater impact in Sevens, regularly turning out for his adopted country. Appleford recently signed a three-year contract that will see him moving to Northampton Saints.Former Free State fullback Michael Horak has also played one full international for England. He previously represented South Africa in rugby league!Flanker Roland Reid was born in Middelburg and played for South African Schools and the SA under-19s. However, he has also played for Scotland in two tests.Also up front is the aforementioned Pierre Durant and hooker James van der Walt, formerly of the Lions, and a man who represented South Africa at schools, under-19 and under-21 level.On the coaching front, Gary Gold, coach of the Villagers’ second XV in Cape Town back in 1997, has enjoyed success with the London Irish. His class was recognised by Western Province director of coaching Nick Mallett: Gold recently signed to coach Western Province next season.Two former South African MBEsThe most decorated of the SA/former SA crowd at London Irish is Mike Catt, who was schooled at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth. As part of the England team that won the World Cup in 2003, he was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire). A vastly experienced player, Catt played 65 times for England at flyhalf and centre.He is not the only former South African to be awarded Royal honours as a result of the English World Cup triumph. London Wasps’ centre Stuart Abbott was also a member of the England squad, and he too picked up an MBE.Abbot is one of two SA-connected players with the current English club champions. The other is little known scrumhalf Harvey Biljon. He is from Kwazulu-Natal and previously played for the province’s under-21s. His origins are clear when one learns that his nickname is “Howzit”, which is a typical South African greeting.BathBath also has a sizeable South African contingent. Besides Matt Stevens and Heinrich Kok, the club is also home to former Springbok centre Robbie Fleck. Capped 31 times by the Boks, Fleck made the move to England after he was overlooked by coach Rudolf Straeuli for the 2003 World Cup.Frikkie Welsh is also in the Bath backline, playing either centre or wing. He joined from the Blue Bulls in August 2004 after excelling in the Currie Cup and for the Bulls in the Super 12. Although not a Springbok, he did represent SA at A level.Leeds TykesLeeds Tykes have four South Africans in their squad. Prop Ryno Gerber was mentioned earlier. Then there is flanker Pierre Uys, formerly of the Pumas, Western Province and the Stormers, and the winner of one Springbok cap.Behind them is centre Andre Snyman, who was for a long time a fixture in the South African national team’s midfield, turning out 36 times in tests. Flyhalf Gareth Wright, who played most of his representative rugby in South Africa for Border, is also in the Tykes squad.Worcester WarriorsWorcester’s ninth-place finish this past season was the best finishing position for a newly promoted team since Bristol achieved sixth place in 1999/2000. The Warriors did it with five players with South African connections in their line-up.Up front was former Lions’ hooker Andre van Niekerk, along with ex-Shark Brad McLeod-Henderson and Zimbabwean international Leon Greeff who, like McLeod-Henderson, also played for the Sharks.At the back, former Springbok Thinus Delport turned out at fullback, while the speedy Giscard Pieters did duty at centre and wing.Northampton SaintsThe Northampton Saints also had five South Africans on their books and, until he was given the boot, Alan Solomons as coach.Apart from Robbie Kempson, the Saints had hooker Johan van Wyk, lock Selborne Boome and former SA captain Corne Krige – playing his final season for the club. In the backline was Wylie Human, who will be returning to the Cats next season.London HarlequinsKrige is not the only former Springbok captain to have plied his trade in London. Andre Vos has been a fixture at London Harlequins for a number of seasons now; at the club’s recent annual awards ceremony, he was voted both supporters’ player of the season and players’ player of the season.Harlequins have just been relegated from the Premiership; they’ll be hoping to bounce back from that disappointment with the help of Vos, as well as another couple of former Boks: Dave van Hoesslin, who joined the club from the Sharks, and former Bulls lock Geo Cronje, who has hardly been in the mix since he joined because of an injured knee that required surgery.GloucesterApart from Christo Bezuidenhout, Gloucester has flank Jake Boer in their squad. He has been with the Cherry and Whites since 2000, and led Gloucester to victory in the Powergen Cup in 2003.Boer was named the Zurich Premiership Player of the Year the same year, and also picked up the overseas player of the year award. Gloucester love his industrious ways, and in May 2004 signed him to a new three-year contract. 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40% Will Switch to Android for Next Phone, Says Survey

first_imgA survey commissioned by independent third-party mobile application store GetJar found that 40% of respondents claimed they will switch to an Android device when it comes time to purchase their next mobile phone. In comparison, only 18% said they would switch to iPhone. This, proclaims GetJar’s headlining of the news, means Android will trump iPhone “two-to-one.”Of course, there are a couple of problems with this data.For starters, surveys that ask consumers what they will do are often not nearly as accurate as those which show what consumers actually did. Sure, people may say they’re switching to an Android phone, but when push comes to shove (and when they discover the $49 iPhone 3GS), will these switchers follow through? We can’t possibly know.Additional DataThe survey also measured other trends, including app usage. It found that nearly 34% of consumers spent one hour or more using apps per day, compared with the 49% who spend the same amount of time watching TV. 58%, meanwhile, said they use mobile apps more than once a day.When it comes to app choice, the survey respondents said that the quality of the brand made the app trustworthy (80%). And 72% said they would engage with a brand more if the brand’s app was good.Advertisements within the apps don’t seem to be discouraging users, either, based on this survey’s results. 73% said they had downloaded an app with ads and 60% said they would do it again.The part of the survey that’s most pertinent to GetJar’s business is the part detailing issues with app discovery. Only 25% said they discovered the app they wanted by browsing through a mobile app store. 50% had discovered apps while browsing online and nearly 17% had discovered apps through friends or social media, the results showed.A few other details from the survey:Gaming apps are the most popular, followed closely by social networking apps.The amount of free apps and the ease of search topped the list of things users look for in an app store.The cost of an app was the biggest deciding factor in whether to download an app or not.Do You Trust the Survey?While none of the findings seem all that incredulous, these survey results are really good news for GetJar, which, of course, makes one a little suspicious.  Even the press release notes the positive impact this has for the company, mentioning how GetJar recently announced it secured $25 million in Series C funding from Tiger Global Management.  The money will be used to “aggressively expand its offering to Android publishers in order to secure its position as the premier ‘open’ Android Market alternative.”So Android trumping iPhone, two-to-one? Maybe. But we’ll wait for another source – one with nothing to gain by this news – confirms. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts sarah perezcenter_img Tags:#Android#mobile#Trends Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

WATCH: Cavs unveil fresh Nike jerseys for upcoming season

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Chan to Phoenix Screen Grab from Twitter/@cavsComplementing the squad’s revamped logos is Nike’s iconic “Swoosh” emblem on the front left side, while Goodyear’s sponsorship “wing foot” logo is on the right.Screen Grab from Twitter/@cavsEmbodying the team’s emphasis on selflessness and brotherhood, the mantra “All for One. One for All” is stitched both at the bottom of the jersey and under the flaps of the shorts.It’s all about the details.Take a closer look at our new uniforms →— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) August 7, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The Shield.The Swoosh.The Wingfoot.Introducing our new coat of armor → #AllForOne— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) August 7, 2017ADVERTISEMENT The Cleveland Cavaliers will be seeking redemption in the upcoming 2017-2018 NBA regular season and it’s only fitting they don “a new coat of armor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe reigning Eastern Conference Champions introduced their new line of updated jerseys through a clip released on the team’s official Twitter page.The Cavs kept its primary wine-and-gold colorway, but Nike’s variation featured a minimalist yet more distinguished design. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img The “Association” white edition—formerly known as the home uniform—is emblazoned with CAVS” on the chest area, while the Icon Version says (Cleveland).The team’s alternative and special-occasion jerseys are expected to come out in the coming days.  Khristian Ibarrola  /raRELATED STORIES:LOOK: Cavs unveil modernized logos for 2017-2018 NBA seasonNike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more