Government urged to pardon three cyber-dissidents

first_img News August 31, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government urged to pardon three cyber-dissidents April 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders called on justice minister Uong Chu Luu and on president Tran Duc Luong to include Pham Hong Son (photo), Nguyen Khac Toan and Nguyen Vu Binh in the list of prisoners who will be pardoned on the 60th anniversary of Vietnam’s independence on 2 September. The organisation draws his attention in particular to the case of Pham Hong Son, who is very ill. RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Organisation VietnamAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders called on justice minister Uong Chu Luu and on president Tran Duc Luong to include Pham Hong Son, Nguyen Khac Toan and Nguyen Vu Binh in the list of prisoners who will be pardoned on the 60th anniversary of Vietnam’s independence on 2 September. The organisation draws his attention in particular to the case of Pham Hong Son, who is very ill.”Reporters Without Borders, a press freedom organisation, would like to ask you to include prisoners of conscience Pham Hong Son, Nguyen Khac Toan and Nguyen Vu Binh in the list of prisoners who will be pardoned on the 60th anniversary of Vietnam’s independence on 2 September. We think the time has come to show clemency towards these three men, who have already spent three years in prison and whose only crime was to express themselves freely on the Internet.We would in particular like to draw your attention to the state of health of Pham Hong Son, who has chest pains and is spitting up blood – the symptoms of tuberculosis, a disease that could be fatal. Several tumours have also appeared on his face and body, possibly indicating that the conditions in his cell are prejudicial to his health. We therefore urge you to show leniency towards Pham Hong Son, especially as his case is very similar to that of Le Chi Quang, who you agreed to release in June 2004 on medical grounds.As well as Le Chi Quang, four other political prisoners have been freed in the past seven months: Pham Que Duong and Tran Khue in July 2004, and Dr. Nguyen Dan Que and the journalist Nguyen Dinh Huy in February 2005. We hailed all of these releases and they give us hope that you will agree to reexamine the cases of Pham Hong Son, Nguyen Khac Toan and Nguyen Vu Binh, whose detention has gone on too long.” RSF_en Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more News to go further VietnamAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Deal or no deal: Virus aid tests Biden ‘work together’ plea

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden pitched himself during the presidential campaign as someone who could “get people working together” and lower the temperature in a Washington overheated by Donald Trump. Now, after his first full week as president, Biden is coming face to face with the potential limitations of his ability to work across the aisle as he pushes a giant coronavirus relief bill that is the first big test of his tenure. Republicans are balking at the price tag. And Democrats are sending signals that they’re willing to push the bill through without GOP help.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Takes Action on Multiple Bills

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed the following bills passed by the General Assembly: House Bill 26, House Bill 44, House Bill 99, House Bill 126, House Bill 149, House Bill 163, House Bill 353, House Bill 504, House Bill 544, House Bill 645, House Bill 927, House Bill 983, House Bill 1013, House Bill 1216, House Bill 1228, House Bill 1233, House Bill 1284, House Bill 1294, House Bill 1511, House Bill 1822, House Bill 1840, House Bill 1884, House Bill 1885, House Bill 1886, House Bill 1936, House Bill 1951, House Bill 1958, House Bill 2049, House Bill 2052, House Bill 2075, House Bill 2124, House Bill 2453, House Bill 2476, House Bill 2557, Senate Bill 6, Senate Bill 31, Senate Bill 299, Senate Bill 353, Senate Bill 403, Senate Bill 554, Senate Bill 627, Senate Bill 676, Senate Bill 748, Senate Bill 764, Senate Bill 771, Senate Bill 772, Senate Bill 773, Senate Bill 796, Senate Bill 798, Senate Bill 801, Senate Bill 802, Senate Bill 803, Senate Bill 804, Senate Bill 888, Senate Bill 897, Senate Bill 915, Senate Bill 916, Senate Bill 919, Senate Bill 945, Senate Bill 947, Senate Bill 948, Senate Bill 949, Senate Bill 961, Senate Bill 1005, Senate Bill 1007, Senate Bill 1078, Senate Bill 1092, Senate Bill 1095, Senate Bill 1098, Senate Bill 1127, Senate Bill 1156, Senate Bill 1171, Senate Bill 1205, and Senate Bill 1209.The governor also vetoed House Bill 83, House Bill 2157, and Senate Bill 1172 and said the following in veto messages on the bills:House Bill 83“This legislation restricts the state’s flexibility to restructure outstanding debt to reduce future liabilities for citizens of the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Maximizing the commonwealth’s ability to secure the least costly interest rate and repayment terms is essential to enable the commonwealth to reduce annual debt service payments whenever possible to enable savings to fund other essential commonwealth programs.”House Bill 2157“This legislation renders certain agricultural education programs ineligible for state and federal funding. Specifically, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is the single state agency that is federally authorized to approve these programs,” said Governor Wolf. “Last year, my administration distributed approximately $57,000,000 in state Career and Technical Education funding to schools across the commonwealth. By removing program approval authority from the department, this bill would impair those schools’ ability to receive this funding and would eliminate funding for agricultural education programs approved under this bill’s provisions. In addition, the bill would require schools that currently receive Federal Perkins funding for Agriculture Education programs to forego such funds, costing those schools $6,345,299.”Senate Bill 1172“This legislation alters the existing standard in determining price gouging and permits pre-established increased costs during emergencies. Further, the legislation encourages the prices of consumer goods and services to be increased prior to a state of disaster emergency being declared. This legislation undermines the purpose of the act by reducing the standard for determining an unconscionable excessive price and shortens the period of this prohibition,” said Governor Wolf. “Rather than burdening consumers, I look forward to continuing to work with the General Assembly to protect the citizens of the commonwealth during a public emergency.” October 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Takes Action on Multiple Billslast_img read more

5 interesting stats from Round Rock Express’ 26-run baseball game

first_imgMinor league baseball doesn’t usually get our attention unless something crazy happens, and that’s exactly what happened Thursday night.The Round Rock Express (located in Texas) scored an insane 26 runs against the Las Vegas Aviators. The funny thing is Las Vegas didn’t even play that poorly. The Aviators put up 11 runs of their own, but it obviously wasn’t enough as the Express put up a score you typically see in a football game. There were nine home runs in the gameThe combined record for two teams hitting home runs in a single MLB game is 12, so these teams weren’t too far off.Kyle Tucker, the fifth overall pick in the 2015 draft, hit a pair of homers, giving him 20 on the season. Nick Tanielu and the Aviators’ Barreto also hit a pair of homers. Taylor Jones, Eric Campbell and Cameron Rupp each hit one.There were 90 total at-batsPlayers with 4+ at-bats: 17Players with 5+ at-bats: 9Players with 6+ at-bats: 4Players with 7 at-bats: 3According to Baseball Almanac, the record for at-bats during a nine-inning game is eight, held by 18 different players. We almost got there in this game, as three different players had seven. Overall, there were 103 plate appearances in this game. MORE: Benches clear after bunt breaks up no-hitter in Yard Goats-Thunder gameSo, with so many runs scored in this baseball game we thought it’d be fun to look at some of the ridiculous numbers that were put up.Every batter scored a runYou might read that stat and think that only applies to the Express, but no. Everyone on the Aviators scored a run as well. There were 20 batters with at least one at-bat and every single one of them scored at least one run. Of those 20, eight of them scored two runs or more.Taylor Jones was a perfect 5-for-5We mentioned already that every batter scored at least one run, but Express first baseman Taylor Jones led the way with five runs. In fact, he went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, with six RBIs. He had seven total plate appearances, which included two walks.We also should make mention of the Aviators’ Franklin Barreto, who also went 5-for-5 at the plate. He hit two home runs, had four RBIs and scored three runs. Norge Ruiz allowed seven runs in 0.0 inningsOfficially, Aviators pitcher Norge Ruiz pitched in 0.0 innings. But he did face seven batters, and allowed seven earned runs while giving up five hits and walking two. His poor outing contributed to an incredible 13-run inning in the seventh, which took this game to a completely different level.Ruiz wasn’t alone in his struggles, though. The two Aviators pitchers before him had already given up 10 earned runs. And of the six pitchers the Aviators used in the game, all of them allowed at least one earned run.last_img read more

Get along to Culture Night across Donegal tonight!

first_imgIt’s Culture Night and hundreds of thousands of people across Ireland will be experiencing an explosion of creativity this evening as the country comes alive for Culture Night, Ireland’s annual nocturnal cultural extravaganza.With over 50 diverse events in 27 venues in Letterkenny alone this is a terrific opportunity for families to enjoy a totally unique evening of accessible, family friendly events and all completely free of charge.There is something for everyone to enjoy from generations of families experiencing new night-time adventures to groups of friends enjoying cultural genres they might never have before”.  Some of the highlights:Cybertribe in the Letterkenny Town Park and is a night time extravaganza of sculpture, performance and art installation is inspired by comic book visions of the future and real-life emerging cyber technologies.Guided tours at Letterkenny Courthouse along with a very special reading from the 2019 Culture Night ambassador poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin.Film and Exhibitions Selection of exhibitions at the Donegal County Museum including the Letterkenny Folk Festival featuring photographs, posters and leaflets from the collections of Sally Blake and Billy Watson to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the festival.  And ‘All Aboard the Donegal Railways!’ where visitors can also watch footage from the heyday of the trains and share memories of the railways of Donegal.Regional Cultural Centre is offering something special for all ages and interests with visual art, film and family workshops including ‘When I Was a Child’, a group exhibition curated by Peadar Mc Daid, featuring 50 artists presenting work that reflects something from their childhood.Over at Century Cinemas the Donegal Intercultural Platform, Donegal Travellers Project, Building Intercultural Communities (BIC) presents the launch of the Donegal Intercultural Arts Research Project Report and the screening of Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell’s film Gaza and Sai Sankar’s, Sakura Pooka, followed by Q&A with guest speakers.Children and Families The Central Library presents a fantastic programme of history and heritage with exhibitions, tours and the Jessica Harkin Family Magic Show kicking off proceedings. Something a little bit different..! An Grianán Theatre presents Waiting Tables For Godot, by Mockingbird Theatre Group with Ronan Carr and Anne Gallagher.  Performed in the theatre’s cafe bar with soup served in bowler hats for the customers, this show is about a pair of conjoined twins who are serving tables and waiting for Godot to come through the front door.The nearby Bus Éireann Bus Station presents a Donegal County Museum offsite exhibition as well as unique performance with Little John Nee who is Waiting On a Train. In this special Culture Night event he will present a series of songs and spoken word interludes on a theme of trains and railways.Get along to Culture Night across Donegal tonight! was last modified: September 20th, 2019 by StephenShare 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

DuPont Pioneer Introduces New Soybean Varieties with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Technology

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest DuPont Pioneer today announced 12 new Pioneer® brand T Series soybean varieties with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ technology that will be available for pre-ordering this fall in the United States. The products are being made available for pre-orders in anticipation of a commercial launch of the trait for 2016 planting, pending applicable regulatory reviews.“Pioneer® brand soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ technology will provide farmers an improved way to manage tough-to-control weeds while delivering the outstanding yield and service they expect from Pioneer,” said Steve Reno, DuPont Pioneer vice president, regional director – U.S. & Canada. Soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ technology will enable applications of labeled dicamba herbicides, pending herbicide registration, as well as glyphosate herbicides. Dicamba herbicides will provide farmers a new way to manage tough-to-control and glyphosate-resistant broadleaf weeds such as waterhemp, marestail and palmer amaranth.“DuPont Pioneer sales, agronomy and seed production teams have been gearing up to launch the new trait in Pioneer soybeans,” said Reno. “We will have the agronomic data to help our customers get the right products on the right acres to meet their needs and the product volumes to support what we anticipate to be the largest soybean product launch in our history.”Soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ technology are approved for food, feed and cultivation in the United States and Canada. Sale and delivery of Pioneer® brand soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ technology will be completed once applicable regulatory reviews are concluded.Reno noted that if Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ technology is not commercially launched in time for the 2016 crop year, Pioneer expects to have good supply of other elite soybean varieties to meet the needs of its customers who have pre-ordered varieties with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ technology.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with DuPont Pioneer’s Business Director Randy Minton about the launch of new soybean varieties with RR2X technology.Ty’s Wrap for Fridaylast_img read more

Mowrystown FFA well represented at Spring Dairy Expo

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Members of the Mowrystown FFA chapter recently traveled to Columbus to participate in state dairy juding as well as the state dairy handlers contest. Our high school judging team placed 23rd in the state, the middle school team placed 1st in the state, Audrey Ferguson placed 1st in dairy handlers, and Atlee Carr was 3rd. Audrey will move on to the national contest and Atlee will go to the Big E this fall.last_img

Blogged Morphs Into a Social News Service

first_imgTags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Blogged started out as a straightforward blog directory in early 2008. Today, Blogged announced a major redesign of its product that puts the service’s focus on facilitating conversations around blog posts. Blogged now presents users with a Facebook-like feed of blog posts, with the ability to comment on posts and share them on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, Blogged also rolled out support for Facebook Connect and a widget that allows bloggers to bring comments made on their posts on Blogged back to their own blogs.Blogged slowly rolled out the new commenting features – as well as a FriendFeed-inspired option to ‘like’ posts – over the last few weeks. Some posts on the site are already getting hundreds of comments (a lot of them from Blogged’s Facebook application), so users are obviously quite enthusiastic about these new features. Allowing users to share the stories they like to Facebook directly from the site will only bring more user participation to the service. Bloggers have always been somewhat nervous about ‘comment fragmentation’ when it comes to services like Blogged, but there can be no doubt that these services also bring new readers to these blogs. The new widget that Blogged introduced today should help to alleviate some of these fears, as it will allow bloggers to showcase the discussions about their posts on Blogged back to their blogs.After this redesign, Blogged definitely feels like a mix between Google News and the Facebook news feed, which is not a bad thing. The blog directory, which once formed the basis of Blogged, has now been relegated to the back pages of the site, though it still provides a valuable service in its own right. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinoislast_img read more

Apple Admits to iPhone 4 Antenna Problems… Sort of

first_imgIn fact, cupping the phone in the so-called “iPhone death grip” – the coin termed by bloggers covering the antenna issues – is directly related to the signal loss. “The result is that anything conductive which bridges the gap in the bottom left couples the antennas together, detuning the precisely engineered antennas,” explains the site’s authors. “It’s a problem of impedance matching with the body as an antenna, and the additional antenna that becomes part of the equation when you touch the bottom left.”Or in layman’s terms, human contact with the antenna degrades the signal, software bug or not. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#web That being said, their tests also revealed that, as Apple claims, the iPhone 4 antenna is remarkably improved, even performing better in areas where the 3GS would lose its signal and drop a call. This appears to back up Apple’s statement that the iPhone 4’s wireless performance is the best it’s ever shipped. Of course, that’s if you’re using a bumper case. A case which Apple conveniently sells itself – for the first time ever, mind you – in the Apple Store. It costs $30.iPhone’s Woes: Good for Android?These issues, the discussions, and the negative publicity for Apple, while obviously not impacting the current sales of the iPhone 4 (it sold a record-breaking 1.7 million its opening weekend alone), may end up hurting the company in the long run. Apple has, to some, lost a bit of its credibility as a hardware maker whose devices “just work.” What’s worse is that the early, downright glowing reviews from Apple’s trusted set of journalists who were granted the first “hands-on” with the device, made no mention of what was obviously a very real problem with the iPhone 4. It was only when the legion of bloggers – or is that a nation, Mr. Steve Jobs? – got their hands on the phone was this problem uncovered. Going forward, mainstream consumers may find themselves less trusting of these “officially blessed” reviews and may delay their purchases until after the independent reviews are released. In the meantime, other companies have a window in which to lure those undecided shoppers away from Apple and to their latest and greatest phone, whatever that may be. When the next iPhone launches, it will be interesting to see if Apple customers line up again in record numbers, as they did this year. Or if this time around, they will consider the alternatives for a change, like perhaps a device running the fastest-growing smartphone operating system to date (according to analysts at IDC), Google Android? Image credits, orig. article: Breaking news! Apple admits to iPhone 4 antenna problems! Well, sort of. According to a press release issued by the company this morning, the iPhone 4 doesn’t have a hardware design flaw – it has a software bug. “We were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong,” says Apple. “Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength.”In other words, when you see the phone drop multiple signal bars at a time, it’s not losing its signal – it’s adjusting its display to show you the correct signal. But what of the fact that signal drops seem to occur when the phone is gripped in a certain way? Apple addresses this too, saying users were most likely in an area with weak signal strength to begin with, but didn’t know it because the iPhone was incorrectly displaying four or five bars. “Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place,” notes the announcement.Apple says it will push out a software patch for the issue that incorporates the correct formula – that being AT&T’s “recently recommended” formula for calculating the number of bars to display for a given signal strength. The patch will arrive in the next few weeks.Patch Doesn’t Fix Whole IssueSo that’s it, then? Bug patched, problem solved?Not exactly. The Apple announcement doesn’t address the more troubling aspect of the signal loss issues; when gripping the phone in a particular way, many are experiencing not just lowered bars, but dropped calls and data degradation. Apple says that there’s probably not a good signal in these areas anyway and simply dismisses the appearance of signal loss as being related to the software bug. However, the areas in question where these losses occur are often places where older iPhones had no issues maintaining a signal, something that speaks to an actual hardware-related problem and one that can’t be fixed via a software update. Even more telling is the independent analysis performed by the popular hardware news site, In a series of extensive tests, the site’s Brian Klug and editor-in-chief Anand Lal Shimpi put the iPhone 4’s antenna through its paces, measuring its signal strength and signal attenuation in a number of scenarios, even comparing it to the older iPhone 3GS and the HTC Nexus One.While they did find that the iPhone 4’s visualization is flawed, as Apple is now admitting, they also discovered a second issue: adding a bumper case to the iPhone 4 allows the phone to function “on par if not better than other phones.” Remove the bumper case and the phone performs worse. (And no, these tests didn’t rely on the flawed visualization of signal bar strength – they used advanced software programs to get accurate data).center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perezlast_img read more

Backerboards – Winners against Water

first_imgI sat down one day and figured this out: two people each taking an 8-minute shower every day is equivalent to the tub surround seeing 100 inches of driving rain a year. That means we should be building our wet walls for tub and bath surrounds with the best moisture management we can muster. And just about everyone agrees that means using a non-paper-faced tile backer board. The question remains: which non-paper faced tile backer board?Enterprise Green Communities Criteria ChecklistFor those of us working with Enterprise Community Partners, the reference to consult is the Green Communities Criteria Checklist. It states:“7.9b: Materials in Wet Areas: Tub and Shower Enclosures. Use fiberglass or similar enclosure or, if using any form of grouted material, use backing materials such as cement board, fiber cement board or equivalent (i.e., not paper-faced).”Types of backerboard to considerThere are four major types of non-paper faced tile backer board from which to choose: cementitious, coated glass mat, fiber cement, and fiber-reinforced gypsum board. Only the first three are appropriate for wet areas, such as tub and bath surrounds.Cementitious boards have a cement core and glass mats on both sides to strengthen the board. Common examples include Wonderboard and Durock. These boards are relatively heavy and hard to cut, but they are very durable, dimensionally stable, and have a great bonding surface. While they don’t “care” if they get wet, they are not waterproof.Coated glass mat boards typically have a gypsum core with glass fibers sandwiched between fiberglass surface mats. The most common example is GP’s DensShield. DensShield has a waterproof surface and water-resistant core. It is much lighter and easier to cut than cementitious boards.Fibercement backer boards have reinforcement throughout the core but no differential facings. The most common examples of this type of backerboard are Hardiebacker and CertainTeed’s fibercement backerboard . In both cases, the fiber is wood rather than glass. These backerboards are less expensive than other backerboards and are relatively easy to cut and while moisture-resistant, they are not waterproof.The last type of non-paper faced backer boards are fiber-reinforced gypsum boards. These boards, while moisture-resistant are only appropriate for areas experiencing infrequent wet conditions. They include USG’s Fiberock. While these are great non-paper faced backer boards, they are NOT recommended for truly wet areas like a tub or bath surround and should only be used where wetting potential is slight.Material ConsiderationsA primary material concern for cementitious and fiber cement backerboard is the energy intensity of portland cement production. Fly ash, a byproduct of coal combustion, is sometimes used as a less energy intensive replacement for portland cement. Given recent scrutiny, the GBA Product Guide (based on BuildingGreen’s GreenSpec) only supports fly ash use where it reduces embodied energy of the product and is chemically or physically locked up so that the risk of leaching is kept acceptably low—such as in cementitious products (EBN editorial on flyash).GreenSpec uses publicly available information like MSDS to gather information on the ingredients in a product. Not all ingredients are listed on MSDS though. At times, GreenSpec will pester manufacturers and other industry-insiders and dig into patent literature in order to find whether there are unlisted ingredients of concern—particularly if the team becomes aware of a potential issue within the category. GreenSpec has recently partnered with the Healthy Building Network’s Pharos project ( in order to better support that kind of deeper dive. Pharos has not yet addressed backerboard; GreenSpec (and consequently the GBA Product Guide) takes a pragmatic approach, basing judgment on the currently-available information.Care should be taken when cutting any board product, particularly ones with silica, as airborne crystalline silica is a potential carcinogen. Products that can be easily scored instead of cut are preferred.While paper-faced gypsum board is recyclable and often made from recycled content, no backerboard product we are aware of is easily recycled—if there were, that would be a plus.Based on all this information, a stand-out product is one like DensShield because it has superior moisture performance and has a lower-embodied energy gypsum core.For more information on this topic, see Fine Homebuilding: Tile Backerboard Options.last_img read more