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first_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam April 27, 2021 Find out more April 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News With four days to go to Le Quoc Quan’s appeal hearing, Reporters Without Borders has joined a coalition of human rights NGOs in appealing for his release. We are attaching this joint appeal and a poem written by Quan in the prison where he is currently held.Vietnam is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, one place lower than in 2013. For more information about the index: http://rsf.org/index2014/en-index2014.php Organisation April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific February 15, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB again tries to hand petition to Vietnamese government official News Receive email alerts RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang RSF_en VietnamAsia – Pacific News The blogger Bui Thi Minh Hang is still in prison, as is the human rights lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan, whose appeal will be heard on 18 February, but the Vietnamese government remains completely indifferent to their fate as it continues to celebrate France-Vietnam Year.Reporters Without Borders tried unsuccessfully to hand a petition to Vietnam’s Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh, during his official visit to Paris yesterday. Signed by more than 32,000 people, it calls for the release of the 35 bloggers currently detained in Vietnam.“The government’s complete refusal to start a dialogue with Reporters Without Borders is in reality a sign of contempt towards the petition’s 32,000 signatories, many of whom are residents of Vietnam,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“Like Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last September, the response that the culture minister gave to the demands we were carrying was a distressing silence. The situation of freedom of information and those who try to use it in Vietnam is worsening steadily. “The latest evidence of this includes a violent attack on Huynh Ngoc Tuan, the blogger Huynh Thuc Vy’s father, and the refusal to release Bui Thi Minh Hang. The government lied shamelessly during Vietnam’s Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 5 February, so we will redouble our efforts to apply pressure.”As the culture minister was signing an accord on broadcasting cooperation with his French counterpart yesterday, more than a dozen Reporters Without Borders members waved posters from a campaign launched in 2012 to draw the attention of French tourists to the lack of freedom of information in Vietnam, and chanted calls in French and English for the release of all of Vietnam’s detained bloggers. They also unsuccessfully requested a meeting with the Vietnamese minister.The names of two Reporters Without Borders journalists who had previously registered their intention to attend the press conference with the National Audiovisual Institute were removed from the list by the French culture ministry’s press department on the grounds that the room was too small and was being repaired. to go further Related documents Press release Le Quoc QuanPDF – 414.39 KBLe Quoc Quan’s poem and messagePDF – 7.54 KB News To support the Vietnamese bloggers, click here. Attachments:Press release for the release of Le Quoc QuanPoem and message from Le Quoc Quan Help by sharing this information last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2014 at 12:22 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Earlier this week, George McDonald unveiled Syracuse’s new offensive plan of attack next season in an interview with Sports Illustrated.“We’re going to open it up on offense and go full-bore fast,” McDonald said. “Like an Oregon, Texas A&M style of offense.”The offensive coordinator referenced an incoming class of playmakers set to bolster a receiving corps that was riddled with injury and ridiculed for performance in 2013.Syracuse’s Class of 2014 includes a plethora of pass-catchers, the likes of which SU hasn’t seen in recent memory. They’re being touted as big, fast and — as Syracuse’s head coach emphasized — able to go up in traffic and make plays.“We weren’t just looking at size,” Scott Shafer said. “We were looking at the video tape and seeing who could make plays when people were matched face to face with them.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer and his staff sought out receiving threats capable of fighting for position and winning jump balls, and they got them. The group plays into the more open, dynamic system McDonald referenced.Last season, Syracuse’s passing game ranked third to last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in yards per completion. It lacked any semblance of a downfield threat, even in the team’s late-season surge.“I think part of opening up the offense has to do with guys who have the ability to make plays,” Shafer said, “and make plays when they’re covered.”That attribute holds true for four-star centerpiece K.J. Williams, as well as three-star wideouts Steve Ishmael and Corey Cooper and larger targets, Adly Enoicy and Jamal Custis.All five appear capable of becoming downfield weapons for incoming three-star quarterback Alin Edouard and two-star quarterback A.J. Long.“We have a lot of weapons, and we’re going to use them,” Edouard said.Williams, at 6 feet 2 inches and 185 pounds, is expected to contribute immediately, as the program’s first four-star wideout since Marcus Sales in 2008.Ishmael is slightly thinner, but brings a similarly dynamic build — and dreadlocks. And Cooper was initially a signee last season, but spent the fall semester at Jireh (Matthews, N.C.) Prep after failing to meet the NCAA’s academic requirements last summer.Enoicy (6-5, 220 pounds) and Custis (6-6, 215 pounds) are both listed as tight ends by Scout.com.Enoicy — cousins with Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard — chose the Orange over South Carolina, Southern California, Auburn, Florida State and Florida, among others. Custis is also a star on the hardcourt and hasn’t ruled out trying to walk on to the SU men’s basketball team.“I’m excited about the movement forward with the playmakers,” Shafer said.But when asked about the expectations he holds for the group, Shafer was hesitant to set too high a bar, or praise too heavily.He said each player deserves a chance to be a freshman and go through the learning curve. He referenced Brisly Estime, who was slow to start his freshman season before spring-boarding the Orange to a Texas Bowl win with his 70-yard punt return in the waning moments against Minnesota.“I hate to anoint kids until they get here and prove themselves,” Shafer said. “We’ll never know until we get them into camp and throw that ball up to him.”This year’s group, though, may not need quite as long as Estime did.The returning group of wide receivers isn’t one that strikes fear in opposing defenses but with the incoming batch of playmakers, it could be. Commentslast_img read more

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Submit Peter Jackson – Paddy Power BetfairThe governance of FTSE100 Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) is confident of delivering on its full-year corporate expectations, following a robust Q3 2018 trading period, in which the company has made significant progress on its US agenda.Publishing its Q3 2018 (period ending 30 September) trading update, PPB records a 12% increase in group revenues to £483 million, with PPB governance underlining digital growth generated through product enhancements and optimized marketing campaigns.“Q3 was a good quarter for the Group,” explained Peter Jackson, Paddy Power Betfair Group CEO. “In Europe, the encouraging momentum that we saw in Q2 accelerated further, with online revenue up 15%. This momentum, which was evident in both Paddy Power and Betfair, is driven by enhancements in product and good execution in promotions and marketing.”The FTSE betting group, details that it was able to maintain its strong post World Cup Russia 2018 customer activity, with strong take-up of market enhancements such as ‘Same-game-multis’ and ‘Power-up personalized price boosts’ running alongside promotional products such as ‘Beat the Drop’.Closing a busy Q3 2018 trading period, PPB declares a flat EBITDA of £104 million, with the betting group having to undertake several costs adjustments to complete its US strategic joint-venture with FanDuel.Completed this July 2018, PPB governance details strong initial core metrics and KPIs for its new FanDuel US property – FanDuel DFS + Betfair TVG.“In the US, the exciting potential of the sports betting opportunity and the strength of our strategic positioning has been evidenced by our experience to date in New Jersey,” said Jackson. “FanDuel recorded a 30% share of the sports betting market in September, driven by a market-leading customer proposition, our strong brand presence and the ability to cross-sell from our fantasy sports player base.”Moving forward PPB governance is confident of the firm’s global future prospects, operating within Australia, the US and new European markets, as the FTSE enterprise faces increased challenges in its home markets of the UK and Ireland – with incoming increased betting/gambling duties, compliance costs and tougher regulatory outlook.Jackson added: “Overall, we are pleased with the substantial progress we continue to make against our strategic priorities. Our continued investment in brands and customer proposition means that all our businesses will exit the year with enhanced competitive positioning.“Together with our scale and strong balance sheet this means we are better positioned to face the significant regulatory and fiscal headwinds that apply next year and to capitalise on the long-term industry growth opportunity.” Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook217Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeRazor clam diggers can return to various ocean beaches for a four-day opening beginning November 22.State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides:November 22, Thursday, 5:55 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, CopalisNovember  23, Friday, 6:36 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, MocrocksNovember 24, Saturday, 7:20 p.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksNovember 25, Sunday, 8:05 p.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, MocrocksDan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.Diggers want to be sure to come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly in the fall when the best low tides come after dark, he added.WDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig for Dec. 6-9, pending results of future toxin tests. More information on planned digs can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2018-19 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.last_img read more

first_img[singlepic id=1023 w= h= float=none]MIDDLETOWN –Remediation is continuing this week and will be ongoing following an undergound oil tank overflow at Marlpit Hall, Kings Highway last Wednesday.Emergency crews, township and county workers, and staff from the Monmouth County Historical Association worked together last week, capping the oil tank and resolving the immediate serious issue before it became an environmental calamity.“We were anxious to retain the services of a company we knew had extensive experience in resolving the type of problem we encountered,” said Evelyn Murphy, director of the Historical Association, speaking of hiring Charles Hoffmann & Son company of Wall Township.Murphy herself was on the scene last week as soon as she received word of the flow, apparently caused by rainwater seeping into what initially appears to be a break in the tank. Workers also worked quickly to separate water from oil, and capture the oil before it created environmental problems.The Fire Department quickly closed off a portion of Kings Highway at the height of the work to stop the flow, which was running down the driveway of Marlpit Hall. An oil company, which serviced the Association quickly identified the source of the flow and employees were able to cap off the tank and make temporary corrections. Firemen also went through the basement of the historic building to ensure there was no damage there or any possibility of any future damage. Within 18 hours, Hoffmann & Son was on the scene pumping all the residual fluids in the tank and beginning the remediation process to ensure against any further leakage.There was no damage to Marlpit Hall, the director continued, referring to the 1757 home of the Taylors, a prominent Loyalist family in colonial times. The historic structure, one of five owned by the county Historical Association, is a stop on the NJ Women’s Heritage Trail and is the scene for the annual King George Birthday Party held to commemorate the large Loyalist population that lived in this section of Monmouth County along with the Tories during the Revolution. The house is adjacent to the Taylor-Butler House, a Victorian mansion built approximately a century later than Marlpit Hall, by later generations of the Taylor family and also owned by the Association. Marlpit Hall is currently closed for the season, as are all the homes open for visitation and educational experiences during the spring, summer and fall months.Nor was the present administration at the association aware there was an underground tank on the premises, Murphy said. “We’ve been heating with natural gas for years and did not know this tank existed.”Hoffman & Sons worked throughout the night last week to scrape away all the surface oil and dig up the tank. Because of heavy rains since then, work could not be completed; however, the company isolated the contaminated dirt and covered it securely with tarps to prevent any leakage, and has also closed off the affected area to ensure continued safety.“But so much more damage could have been caused, so many more environmental issues could have occurred, had it not been for the outstanding efficiency and cooperation of all those who came to resolve the problem,” Murphy said. “It’s so reassuring to know Monmouth County and Middletown in particular, are so quick and capable to respond to emergencies.”Although the tank is securely capped and emptied, the detailed plan for continued remediation and cleanup is still ongoing, so the director could not give any estimate of the cost of the project.— By Muriel J. Smithlast_img read more

first_img “You can ask anybody that’s ever pitched there (Coors Field), that they don’t want to make a living there or want to try to,” Chacon said. “I think getting out of there and having an opportunity to pitch every day in a decent pitching environment, it helps.” Flip flop Angels manager Mike Scioscia dropped Garret Anderson from third to fifth in the batting order for Friday’s game, moving Vladimir Guerrero to third and Bengie Molina to cleanup. “We wanted to hit guys up in the order who are swinging well, and Bengie’s one of them,” Scioscia said. “And it takes pressure off Garret. Anybody hitting in front of Vlad or behind Vlad, there’s a lot of pressure. Sometimes you move a guy around some, it can jump-start things.” The move paid off right away for the Angels Friday, when Anderson hit a two-out, three-run homer off Johnson in the top of the first inning. Rain, rain, go away Weather reports say it is supposed to rain steadily in the New York area all day today, threatening Game 4 tonight. If it is rained out, Scioscia is strongly considering skipping Washburn and pitching Bartolo Colon on Sunday on regular rest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He used to tip his pitches a lot,” Cabrera said. “When he’d throw his fastball, he’d hold his glove here (close to body). When he’d throw his slider, he’d hold it here (further from body). When I was in Montreal, we saw that on tape and we couldn’t believe it. Anytime he’d throw a slider, we’d let it go. We’d wait and try to hit his fastball. We had some good games against him.” Cabrera said since Johnson has developed other pitches and doesn’t tip his pitches anymore. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “He started throwing a split and it gave him a different look, and he started getting better,” Cabrera said. “Now he throws the splitter and sinker, and he used to rely on the fastball and his nasty slider.” Better than stats Tonight’s scheduled Game 4 starter Jarrod Washburn was the only Angels starter not to win at least 10 games this season. But his 3.20 ERA ranked fourth in the AL, reflecting that he had a better year than his win-loss record indicates. Washburn even said he threw the ball better this year than when he went 18-6 in 2002. “Yeah, I think I am a better pitcher than I was then,” he said. “Won-loss record doesn’t tell the whole story. As far as 2002 when I won 18 games, I was basically just a fastball pitcher and I reared back and said, /\x27/Here it is, hit it.” Now I have four pitches that I throw and feel very confident in throwing any of them in any count.” Playoff debut Shawn Chacon will make his first career postseason start tonight for the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, weather permitting, which is a long way from the pitching hell known as Coors Field in Denver. Chacon was 1-7 with a 4.09 ERA for the Colorado Rockies this season before being traded in July. He is 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA for the Yankees. center_img NEW YORK — No one in the Angels’ lineup Friday has had as much success over his career against Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson than shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who expressed surprise when told he had a .364 (8 for 22) average against him in regular-season games. It should have been no surprise, considering Cabrera had some inside information. last_img read more

first_imgSinn Féin spokesman on fisheries, Martin Ferris TD, has called on Minister Simon Coveney to ensure that the Naval Service is very vigilant of a Lithuanian-registered super trawler, the Margiris, which is off the west coast.Deputy Ferris said: “I am gravely concerned at the news that the Fisheries Protection Authority has confirmed that this ship, which was previously banned from Australian waters, is off our coast.“The Irish Naval Service has seen the vessel’s log and confirmed that it has a 5,000 tonne quota for blue whiting. “However, this is the second biggest fishing vessel in the world and now it is registered in Lithuania so it can fish in European waters. This begs the question if the Lithuanian flag is a flag of convenience.“Irish fishermen and women are constantly monitored by the Naval Service to ensure that they are not fishing over quota or for fish for which they do not have a quota.“I hope that the same vigilance will be employed on this super trawler for as long as it remains in Irish waters and that a physical inspection of its catch will take place.”  ROGUE TRAWLER OFF OUR COAST – TD was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBuying used gear can be a great investment, but it can also involve risks. Let’s discuss which ones to take and which ones to avoid.In today’s film and video marketplace, it feels like everyone’s chasing the latest, greatest cameras and trends. From Full HD to 4K at 60 fps to whatever the heck it is that people want to do with 8K internal recording. It seems like every few months there are some big announcements and big technical breakthroughs.For a filmmaker or videographer simply looking to purchase a camera, it can be a bit overwhelming. You don’t want to go out and buy a new $3,000 camera just to see it become old news by the end of the week.Because of this overflow on the market, many filmmakers who have saved and are ready to make an investment — big or small — a smart choice is often the used gear route. But buying used also means that you need to really research and know what you’re getting.That is, if you’re cautious when considering all the risks that come with your used investments.Make Sure You’re Actually Getting a Good DealSo, before you dive into making a used gear investment, you’ll definitely want to do your due diligence and research the market. To start, you can always look up what every camera (or piece of equipment or gear) currently costs new. From there, you can also check around to get a ballpark estimate for the used piece of equipment.Big wholesale websites like B&H and Adorama can be good places to start. But for used, it might be best to check around on Amazon and Ebay, as well. From there, you should start to understand what used gear is actually worth.BUT! For many of these resale websites, used gear is actually refurbished, and often represents at least some type of care. Once you start shopping around from friends, colleagues, or just through online marketplaces like Craigslist or Facebook, you’re really dealing with true USED gear that hasn’t been touched up, or perhaps even tested, recently.As such, the price should drop. You should never pay the same price for something used as you would new. And, it might very well be best to not even pay the “used” price online for a used camera from a friend — without checking it out first, that is.Check the SensorImage via Hayati Kayhan.If and when you do get a chance to check a camera out in person, you’re going to want to look it over as thoroughly as possible. But one part that you should absolutely be sure to check out is the sensor. Cosmetic damages to cameras or gear should be easy to identify, but any small scratches or build-up inside the camera could be the biggest problem.When you can, inspect the sensor from the outside first for any noticeable damage. From there, you can give it an actual test.Record Test FootageHaving bought used cameras for both video and photography, for me, this seems to be pretty standard practice and probably the best way to test to make sure the secondhand gear you’re investing in is truly functional and working properly. For photography, you can simply take some test photos. Try to shoot at different F-stops and get some shots of clean backgrounds — like a blue sky or a white wall. This’ll help you when inspecting the images to see if there are any dots or blemishes.For video, you can try the same things, but of course, by actually recording video. Try recording at different frames per second. Try different lenses. (If you can, bring your own lenses to make sure they fit, as well.) Try, as best as possible, to replicate your intended workflow with the new camera or gear. If you can, bring your own cards and laptop so that you can make sure the footage will upload and isn’t damaged for your edits.Read Reviews for Common ProblemsImage via SKphotographer.Along with your initial research into pricing for your used gear and cameras, it is also helpful to research reviews to find common problems associated with cameras that could pop up after a couple years. Make a list of all the potential issues that people have reported, and ask if any of those problems (or warning signs of those problems) have been noticed with the gear.Check Shutter Count (If Applicable)While not always an issue with all video cameras, for many DSLRs back in the day, checking the shutter count for your hybrid video and photo cameras was perhaps the biggest piece of information about just how much wear and tear the camera had. It might not be the true equivalent of miles from the odometer of a car, but it’d at least give you an idea of just how often a camera has been used.If you’re looking strictly at video cameras, you can ask about its usage. Red flags to look out for are cameras or gear that have been used in extreme weather conditions (hot or cold), as well as in sandy environments like on the beach or on long hikes or trips.You’ll perhaps never know the true story of your used cameras or gear, but if you follow these steps and ask the right questions, you should mitigate the chances of investing in a piece of gear that might break down on you well before you expected.Cover image by nampix.For more film and video gear advice and tips, check out these articles below.Tips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online6 Online Resources for Renting Camera GearHow To Make Your Expensive Gear Investment Last ForeverIndustry Trends: The Most Popular Gear Rentals of 2018What You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a Cameralast_img read more