Government wants to ban Internet users from discussing the news

first_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam April 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News Reporters Without Borders regards a new law on blogs and social networks – announced on July 31st and due to take effect in september – as a gross violation of the right to inform and be informed.Known as Decree 72, the law restricts the use of blogs and social networks to “providing or exchanging personal information” and bans using them to share information from news sources.“The announced decree is nothing less than the harshest offensive against freedom of information since Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed a decree imposing tough sanctions on the media in 2011,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If it takes effect, Vietnamese will be permanently deprived of the independent and outspoken information that normally circulates in blogs and forums. “The decree is both nonsensical and extremely dangerous. Its implementation will require massive and constant government surveillance of the entire Internet, an almost impossible challenge. But, at the same time, it will reinforce the legislative arsenal available to the authorities.They will no longer have to charge independent news providers with ‘anti-government propaganda’ or ‘trying to overthrow the government.’ Instead, they will just have to set a few examples under the new law in order to get the others to censor themselves. This decree’s barely veiled goal is to keep the Communist Party in power at all costs by turning news and information into a state monopoly.“If Decree 72 is implemented, we urge the entire international community to condemn Vietnam severely and to consider imposing economic sanctions, especially on the tourism sector, to which the government pays a great deal of attention. Sanctions on tourism are the most likely way to get a reaction from the authorities.Reporters Without Borders added: “Vietnam’s exclusion from the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership negotiations should also be considered. Everything possible must be done to prevent the creation of a new information black hole.”Until now, blogs and social networks have been important sources of news and information for Vietnamese Internet users, and an effective way of bypassing censorship. But Prime Minister Dung announced that they could henceforth be used only to “provide or exchange personal information.”The news website VNExpress quoted Hoang Vinh Bao, the head of the Broadcast and Electronic Information Department, as saying the new decree would mean that “individuals should not quote or share information from press agencies or websites of government agencies.”The decree’s announcement came just days after Vietnam decided to be a candidate for membership of the UN Human Rights Council for 2014-2016. Reporters Without Borders points out that Article 9 of the General Assembly resolution creating the council – Resolution 60/251 of 3 April 2006 – states that “members elected to the Council shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights.” Vietnam falls far short of the highest standards and persecutes bloggers and netizens. Reporters Without Borders recently launched a petition for the release of the 35 cyber-dissidents currently jailed in Vietnam, which is now second only to China in the number of news providers it is detaining.Just a few months before his reelection as prime minister in 2011, Dung signed “Media Decree 2/2011/ND-CP” on the sanctions that could be imposed on journalists and media without reference to the courts.It provided for fines of 1 to 4 million dongs (35-140 euros) for information about national or international developments that were not “honest” or “in accordance with the interests of the country and people.” It also banned bloggers from using pen-names and said journalists could be fined if they failed to identify the sources of their information.Ranked 172nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Vietnam also featured in the special “Enemies of the Internet” report on surveillance that Reporters Without Borders released on 12 March, World Day Against Cyber-Censorship.The Netizen Prize that Reporters Without Borders awarded on 12 March went to the blogger Huynh Ngoc Chenh for his commitment to freedom of information in Vietnam.You too can demand the release of the 35 bloggers by signing this petition. News to go further Receive email alerts Organisation RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trangcenter_img VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Vietnam News VietnamAsia – Pacific April 22, 2021 Find out more August 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government wants to ban Internet users from discussing the news News April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Watch Broadway Members of School of Rock, Cats, And Phantom of the Opera Perform Incredible Mashup

first_imgIn honor of the great Andrew Lloyd Webber, members of his production casts performed an incredible mashup on Good Morning America. School of Rock The Musical opened with a traditional scene at the Wintergarden Theatre, before members of Cats and Phantom of The Opera joined in for the ultimate production remix. Fans of Broadway musicals will appreciate this, but so will fans of young guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, who plays the role of “Zack Mooneyham” in SOR and is featured playing guitar in the televised performance.Watch as the three worlds collide in the video below:last_img read more

Loreto Milford students dress to impress at festive prom – Picture Special

first_imgStudents from Loreto Milford celebrated their prom on Friday last – with plenty of glitz and glam on display.The night of fun made for a great occasion in the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny.Clive Wasson was in attendance to capture some of the best moments: Hannah Hunter, Kate Kemp and Zoe Brady at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonMicheal Shields, Peter Carr, Cian Harkin and Ronan Sweeney at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonAisling Irwin, Emma Gallagher, Molly Kennedy and Molly Wheeler at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDainelle Kerr and Daithi McFadden at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonConor Smith, Tyler Durning, Oran Dunwurth and Mark Gallagher at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonConor McFadden and Lara Barrett at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonKevin Gormley and Molly Gallagher at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCaolin Multagh and Peter Carr at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonProm King, Leo Blaney at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCaoimhne Herron, Jodie McGrory and Nicole Coyle at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonHannah Firel and Cain McFadden at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonKeenan Barrett, Ella Khavia and Thomas Kees at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDainelle Keer, Hannah Firel, Rosha Robinson, Riannan Mottran, Laura McGeehan and Megan McGettigan at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonAt Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last front from left Mark Smith, Diane Jones and Luke McKeane. Back from left are Emma McNutt, Jennifer Burns, Aine McCaughan, Oisin Haley and Conor McLaughlin. Photo Clive WassonChloe Keer, Finn Curran and Caoimhe Roache at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDaragh Sweeney, Harrison Ferris, Mark Gallagher, Ronan Sweeney and Ciaran McDevitt at Loreto Milford Prom in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLoreto Milford students dress to impress at festive prom – Picture Special was last modified: December 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Canos enjoying Bees loan spell

first_imgSergi Canos has described his loan spell with Brentford as “unbelievable” and praised the club’s style of football.The Spanish midfielder, speaking to parent club Liverpool’s official website, said training with, and playing against, Championship players had developed his game.Canos has made only one start since signing for the Bees in August, but has come off the bench nine times and impressed with his technical abilities.The 18-year-old, who has been training with Liverpool during the international break, said: “To get the chance to play at Championship level is unbelievable.“I also get the opportunity to train with men, and it’s good for me because they like to play football which suits my game.“I’ve been there for three months now and I feel like a new player, which is really good for me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

USDA disappointed with EPA analysis of seed treatments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expressed disappointment regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) incomplete analysis on neonicotinoid seed treatments for soybeans and the burden it’s created for growers.In October 2014, EPA’s report indicated there are no clear or consistent economic benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybeans — a conclusion USDA said is not only false, but has again put growers in a position where they must defend their pest management decisions.“As a whole, USDA disagrees with that assessment,” USDA stated in a letter sent to EPA in April. “We believe that pest management strategies are made in consideration of pest pressures, climate, landscape and numerous other factors.”USDA stressed that growers should have the ability to use the best tools available to manage pests, including choice in seed treatment and pest management tactics based on what works for individual situations.“Unfortunately, EPA’s conclusions are not supported by complete data nor analysis. EPA’s analysis does not include potential labor and management savings afforded by seed treatments,” USDA states in the letter. “Moreover, it does not consider cases when timely foliar applications are not possible or as effective due to general field and weather conditions. EPA’s calculation does not include any additional regulatory expenditure by landowners, such as costs to revise pesticide permit applications, or costs to submit new applications for foliar spraying.”USDA also points out that EPA’s analysis does not consider other benefits of using neonicotinoids, including protection from the wide range of pests or minimizing the exposure of non-target insects.last_img read more

Ohio No-Till Conference draws a crowd

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Problems and issues with weeds, slugs or planting into cover crops were all covered at the Ohio No-till Conference on Dec. 6Steve Groff, Bill Lehmkuhl and Bret Margraf led a discussion covering a broad array of equipment challenges. Attendees learned how to set closing wheels for green covers and how to eliminate hair-pinning (for either green or dead covers). A pusher bar is recommended for tall cover crops. For planting cover crop seed, a planter works best for a single variety. Or with individual hoppers, you can have two varieties in alternate rows, such as Austrian winter pea and oilseed radish. A drill works best for multi-species covers.“Battling slugs, voles and other varmints that love no-till and cover crops” kicked off the day and attendees learned from the experiences of consultant Mike Daley and Neil Badenhop with Valent. Slugs, voles and other pests can become problematic in the cover of long-term no-till fields with cover crops. Another distinguished panel discussed federal ag policy, especially as it relates to no-till, with moderator Joel Penhorwood of Ohio Ag Net. The panelists were Bill Richards, Mark Smith, and Fred Yoder and they covered a broad array of topics including the farm bill, the role of government cooperation in conservation and incentives for no-till and cover crops.The annual No-Till Awards were presented to: soil scientist Frank Gibbs, Fisher’s Ag Service and Pickaway County no-till farmer Nathan Wilson. Scholarships were presented to two students, Chet Margraf and Bernard Kuether. Kale Marketing sponsors the plaques.The afternoon program started with Steve Groff of Pennsylvania. He has a history of no-till innovations and is now coaching farmers on cover crops. His topic is “Cover crops, no-till, and marketing opportunities for crops (and livestock) grown on healthy soil with conservation practices.”“Cover crops are a tool and a tool needs someone to manage that tool to do it right. A tool in the right hands can do something phenomenal. You are the manager to make it work right. Our job is to learn how to best manage it and grow your soil. We have forgotten the biology over the last several decades and now we are bringing it back,” Groff said. “Our soils were formed by multiple plant species with living roots in it all of the time. We have violated that principle of nature with our modern farming practices. Green is good in our fields but not in the water. We have a role to play in helping to clean up whatever watershed we happen to be in and I think most of us would prefer the carrot to the stick.”In addition, no-till farm families shared their stories, a variety of situations, challenges and solutions. The three families were: Nathan Wilson, Pickaway County; Nathan Brause, Crawford County; and Vince, Dan and Tyler Uetrecht, Warren County.The closing speaker was Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension in Auglaize County. He studied weeds for his Ph.D. and discussed strategies and practices to battle resistant weeds, including waterhemp, Palmer, and ragweed. Even if you don’t currently have a problem, you likely will soon if you don’t plan to prevent infestations. Steve Groff of Pennsylvania. He has a distinguished history of no-till innovations and is now coaching farmers on cover crops. Jan Laymen with the Ohio No-Till Council commented throughout the day. A scholarship was presented to Chet Margraf. The annual No-Till Awards were presented to: soil scientist Frank Gibbs, Fisher’s Ag Service (not pictured), Pickaway County no-till farmer Nathan Wilson. Steve Groff, Bill Lehmkuhl and Bret Margraf led discussion to close the morning program that covered a broad array of equipment issues. Joel Penhorwood moderated a distinguished panel with Bill Richards, Mark Smith, and Fred Yoderlast_img read more

NewsAlert Canadas shorttrack speedskating team wins bronze in mens 5000 relay

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea – Canada’s short-track speedskating team has captured bronze in the men’s 5,000-metre relay final at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.The Canadian team of Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer and Pascal Dion crossed the finish line in six minutes 32.282 seconds.Hungary won gold in an Olympic record while China took silver.Girard, who is making his Olympic debut, just missed out on a medal earlier in the day, finishing fourth in the 500 final. He won gold in the 1,000 earlier in the Games.More coming.last_img read more