Receive email alerts VietnamAsia – Pacific April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang News News Organisation Follow the news on Vietnam Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam RSF_en News June 14, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities free ailing cyber-dissident Le Chi Quang to go further Help by sharing this information Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release today of cyber-dissident Le Chi Quang, two years before he was due to complete his prison sentence, and it called on the authorities to show similar clemency toward the six other cyber-dissidents currently detained in Vietnam. Arrested in February 2002 for posting essays criticising the government online, Quang is suffering from serious kidney problems. This appears to have been the reason for his early release.”Quang’s release is an encouraging first step, but we still expect Vietnam to stop censoring the Internet and stop imprisoning Internet users just for expressing their views online,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It should not be forgotten that Vietnam has one of the most monitored and filtered Internets in the world,” the organisation added.A government source said Quang was freed for “humanitarian” reasons. His health got much worse in prison, where he did not receive the treatment he needed for his kidney ailment. Reporters Without Borders had already urged the authorities to release him on medical grounds on 23 September 2003.The six cyber-dissidents currently detained in Vietnam are:- Nguyen Vu Binh, a former journalist with the Communist Party newspaper Tap Chi Cong San, who was arrested on 25 September 2002. Reporters Without Borders is particularly concerned about Binh, as there has been no word of him for about three weeks.- Pham Hong Son, the representative of a foreign pharmaceutical company, who was arrested on 27 March 2002.- Nguyen Dan Que, an intellectual arrested on 7 March 2003.- Pham Que Duong, a former colonel in the Liberation Army, who was arrested on 28 December 2002.- Tran Khue, a literature teacher and co-founder of an anti-corruption group, who was arrested on 29 December 2002. – Nguyen Khac Toan, a businessman and former army officer, who was arrested on 8 January 2002.On 22 June, Reporters Without Borders will issue a new report on the obstacles to the free flow of information online in Vietnam and some 60 other countries. It will be available on the Reporters Without Borders website (www.internet.rsf.org).BackgroundQuang was sentenced to four years in prison on 8 November 2002 for sending “dangerous” information abroad because he wrote an article and posted it online. Called “Beware of the empire to the north,” it detailed the circumstances in which the government signed border agreements with China.Quang was arrested in a cybercafé by a policeman posing as an ordinary Internet user. The Vietnamese authorities have stepped up monitoring of Internet cafés since March 2004, asking owners to keep a record of the names of all their customers and the websites they visit. April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release today of cyber-dissident Le Chi Quang, two years before he was due to complete his prison sentence, and it called on the authorities to show similar clemency toward the six other cyber-dissidents currently detained in Vietnam. News April 7, 2021 Find out more
Tom Herbert of Hobbs House Bakery and his brother Henry will appear in new Channel 4 series tonight (4 January) at 8.30pm called The Fabulous Baker Brothers.The series consists of six 30-minute programmes that aim to “unlock the trade secrets of baking, and without a cupcake in sight”, taking viewers into the heat of an artisan kitchen.Tom, a baker, and Henry, a chef who runs the local butcher’s shop next door, have five generations of baking tradition behind them.The first episode will feature a recipe to make the perfect white loaf, a unique chocolate ’sticky stick’ donuts creation and a weekly head-to-head where the brothers will take part in a pie-making competition judged by a group of farmers.
Just a few short weeks ago, festival fans mourned the loss of All Good Music Festival. While the promoters, All Good Presents, were forced to retire the event, that hasn’t stopped them from connecting with their favorite artists and putting together something brand new.Today, All Good Presents has announced the formation of the Merryland Music Festival, to be held over two days at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD from July 9-10. With headliners The String Cheese Incident (2 Sets), Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, and Grace Potter, this is sure to be one great festival experience!The lineup continues with more scene favorites, including Lotus, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Greensky Bluegrass, Shakey Graves, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, TAUK, Protoje, Cris Jacobs Band and ELM.In addition, Papadosio and ELM will play a kick-off party at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, MD on July 8th, and The Soul Rebels and People’s Blues of Richmond will play a kick-off at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on the 8th as well. There’s also a late night party on the 9th at the 9:30 Club, hosted by the group Kung Fu, featuring sit-ins from Karl Denson and more.You can check out the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for further details.
With its wealth of minerals, South Africa is one of the most resource-rich regions on the planet. Add to this its sophisticated financial sector and strong business focus, its skilled people and strategic location, and you have a recipe for investment success.South Africa has a wealth of natural resources. (Image Brand South Africa)South Africa is one of the world’s most promising emerging markets; it is sophisticated, innovative and diverse.Its strategic location at the southern tip of Africa provides an accessible gateway to the rest of the continent, a market of some one billion people.In addition, South Africa itself is worth looking at for investment opportunities: it is one of the economic powerhouses of Africa, is a member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and plays a critical role in local development initiatives. The country also currently holds the chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).It has sophisticated financial, legal and telecommunications sectors, with several global business process outsourcing operations.South Africa has a strong tertiary education sector that ensures the availability of highly skilled graduates. Legislation promotes training and skills development, creating an environment to fast-track the building of world-class skills and competences.It has world-class infrastructure, exciting innovation, research and development capabilities and a strong manufacturing base.SA has huge potentialThere is a wealth of natural resources, including gold, coal, platinum, iron ore, manganese, nickel, uranium and chromium. International exploration companies, notably in the oil and gas sector, are particularly interested in South Africa’s potential.The country is a regional leader in the agriculture and agro-processing sector and is at the forefront of developing green technologies and industries, creating new and sustainable jobs in the process and reducing environmental impact.One of the main reasons South Africa is becoming a popular trade and investment destination is because the country ensures it can meet the specific trade and investment requirements of prospective investors: it has a large number of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions. Trade rules favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade.A number of international airlines service the country, with good flight connections into the rest of the continent.Last, but not least, South Africa is a country of great natural beauty and warm and welcoming people – and has a reputation for delivering value-for-money. From the shores of the oceans to the wildlife reserves of the Highveld to the diversity of its eight World Heritage sites and its culturally significant places, South Africa is an attractive business and leisure destination.Sources: Department of Trade and Industry, Southern African Development Community, South African Yearbook: 2016/17Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The defending champions outscored UST, 25-8, in the second quarter and that was enough for La Salle to put the game away.Jollo Go gave the Green Archers their biggest lead, 85-43, after hitting back-to-back triples with 6:39 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach [Aldin Ayo] told us to not take this team lightly because they have nothing to lose,” said La Salle guard Ricci Rivero. “He just reminded us to stick to the system and play proper defense.”La Salle held UST to just 34% from the field and forced the Growling Tigers to turn the ball over 24 times. The Archers also outrebounded the Growling Tigers, 61-49.“We were able to get them to make a lot of turnovers, and we were able to convert in transition,” said center Ben Mbala after La Salle scored 24 off UST’s turnovers. “We were able to play well as a team, stay focused and stuck to the game plan.”Mbala had 17 points, nine boards, and three blocks in 19 minutes of play to lead La sale while Rivero added 16 points and seven rebounds. La Salle forward Abu Tratter came two points shy of a double-double after putting up eight points and 15 boards.Marvin Lee seemed as if the lone player from UST who put up a fight as he finished with a game-high 25 points with seven rebounds while Steve Akomo finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Mitchell scores career-high 22, Jazz beat Lakers For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ The Archers swept the Tigers this season with an average winning margin of 36.3 points. View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE — La Salle’s Ben Mbala dunks the ball against UST in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle dealt University of Santo Tomas with a merciless 94-59 beatdown in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Green Archers won their fifth straight game and improved to 10-2 to move closer to a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four while the Growling Tigers continued their slump and fell to 0-12.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS PLAY LIST 02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next
The Indian cricket board is the biggest earner of foreign exchange amongst all sports bodies in the country. This is an important contribution that BCCI makes to the Indian foreign exchange kitty, but the body hardly gets the credit for it.Now, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has amended its rules and made it mandatory for all foreign exchange earners to retain only 50 per cent of the foreign exchange, as against the earlier limit of 100 per cent, and the rest be converted into Indian rupees.The RBI has taken this step to arrest the sharp depreciation in rupee. With more dollars coming in, the rupee gets strengthened. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which boasts of $32.61 million in foreign exchange, has readily agreed to abide by the rules,” according to a top Board official.BCCI president N Srinivasan recently admitted to Mail Today in an interview that it’s already having problems with tax authorities after they re-opened old assessments dating back to seven years.”RBI amended its rules in May – and revised them last month – which entails all concerned parties to convert 50 per cent of their foreign exchange into rupees. The issue was discussed by the BCCI and the members unanimously agreed to abide by the new rules,” the official told Mail Today.”The BCCI currently has $32.61 million in its Exchange Earner’s Foreign Currency (EEFC) account and half of it is being turned into rupees, as per the RBI instructions.” It means that $16.305 million will be converted into rupees, which comes to Rs 88.84 crore at a current rate of Rs 55.52 per dollar.advertisementThe BCCI, as per its 2010-11 balance sheet, is worth Rs 2,530.88 crore.The main sources of foreign exchange income for the BCCI are television rights since bidders for various television rights are always asked to bid in dollar terms, various sponsors of the BCCI, as well as, the Indian Premier League and the Champions League T20.”Further, the 10 franchises who bought the IPL teams also paid the BCCI in dollars. And although the player auction for IPL also takes place in dollars, the money doesn’t go to the Board,” pointed out another official.The RBI on May 10 issued a circular to all Authorised Dealer Category-I (AD Category-I) banks, referring to a 2006 circular that allowed all foreign exchange earners to retain 100 per cent of their forex earnings in EEFC accounts. After a review of the scheme, the RBI said that 50 per cent of the balances in the EEFC accounts should be converted forthwith into rupee balances and credited to the rupee accounts as per the directions of the account holder.”This process may be completed within a fortnight from the date of the circular (May 10, 2012) and compliance reported to the chief general manager, Foreign Exchange Department, Central Office, Mumbai,” the circular said.While mentioning that the circular was being issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) 1999, the RBI said that “the facility of EEFC scheme is intended to enable exchange earners to save on conversion/transaction costs while undertaking forex transactions in future. This facility is not intended to enable exchange earners to maintain assets in foreign currency, as India is still not fully convertible on capital account”.The RBI then amended the regulations for “operational convenience” on July 31, allowing “credit of 100 per cent foreign exchange earnings to the EEFC account subject to the condition that the sum total of the accruals in the account during a calendar month should be converted into rupees on or before the last day of the succeeding calendar month…””Accordingly, balances outstanding in an EEFC account as on July 31, 2012, and those balances that would accrue in the account with effect from August 1, 2012, shall get converted into rupee balances on or before close of business on September 30, 2012. Similar procedure may be followed for accruals during the subsequent months.”
Going into Week 9, the No. 1 slot in our Elo ratings had been the exclusive province all season long of last year’s Super Bowl participants, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. In fact, the last time a team other than Denver or Seattle ranked first in Elo was Week 19 of last season, when the San Francisco 49ers owned first place after beating the Carolina Panthers on the road in the NFC divisional playoffs. (They would cede that ranking to Seattle the very next week.)This week, though, the New England Patriots have finally broken the Denver-Seattle duopoly on No. 1 after the Patriots crushed the Broncos 43-21 Sunday afternoon. How unusual was the Seahawks’ and Broncos’ long stranglehold on the top slot? Going back to the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978, it’s the eighth-longest span into a season it’s taken for a third No. 1-ranked team to emerge. Last season, it took seven weeks for Seattle to wrest No. 1 away from a Denver/New England duumvirate.For the Patriots, it’s a long-awaited return to a familiar spot. New England occupied No. 1 in 27 (!) consecutive editions of the Elo rankings between Week 19 of the 2011 season and Week 2 of the 2013 season. And since 2000, they’ve spent more weeks at No. 1 (102) than the next three most frequently top-ranked teams (the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams) combined.But of all teams, the Patriots should know that a No. 1 Elo ranking midway through the season is no Super Bowl guarantee. They sat atop the league through the first nine weeks of both the 2012 and 2007 seasons but failed to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy either season. (Since 1978, the top-ranked team through Week 9 has gone on to win the Super Bowl at a 41.7 percent clip.)New England also faces a difficult schedule. It has a bye this week, but after the break it will have to travel to Indianapolis to face the fifth-ranked Colts. Then, following a home date against the 17th-ranked Detroit Lions, the Patriots must go on the road against the No. 12 Packers and the No. 14 San Diego Chargers in back-to-back weeks, with the surging No. 16 Miami Dolphins waiting in the wings after that. An average (1500 Elo rating) NFL team would be expected to win only 46.6 percent of the Patriots’ remaining games, which means they have the seventh-hardest remaining schedule of any team in the league.Our Elo-based simulations give the Patriots just a 16 percent probability of winning the Super Bowl, which is well below the aforementioned historical average for top-ranked teams through nine weeks. Part of that is simply an artifact of league and playoff expansion. Since the NFL adopted its current size and divisional format in 2002, the top-ranked team through Week 9 has won the Super Bowl 25 percent of the time, a rate more in line with New England’s simulated odds. But 2014 has also been a strange year in terms of the distribution of ratings across the league’s 32 teams. The Patriots’ 1677 Elo rating at No. 1 is 21 points below the average for that slot through Week 9 from 2002 to 2013, while 18 of the next 22 highest-rated teams have better Elo ratings than the average for their ranking from the previous 12 NFL seasons.In other words, New England isn’t as strong as the typical No. 1, and there is an unusual number of solid teams out there for the Pats to tangle with en route to the Super Bowl. That lends credence to the growing talk of 2014 being a banner season for parity in the NFL.Meanwhile, the league’s nine worst teams by Elo are far worse than usual, culminating with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders each falling more than 50 points behind the typical ratings of the NFL’s two worst teams through nine weeks. It will be worth monitoring whether this year’s atypical dispersion of Elo ratings is a one-year quirk or part of a larger trend.Here are the current playoff and Super Bowl odds for all teams:I mentioned that San Francisco had defeated Carolina (who ranked fifth in Elo at the time) to briefly claim the No. 1 ranking during last season’s playoffs. This year, however, neither team has enjoyed the same kind of success, going a combined 7-9-1. And there’s a 55 percent chance that both will be shut out of a return trip to the postseason.After starting the season 1-2, the 49ers had regained some measure of playoff probability with three straight wins over the Philadelphia Eagles, Chiefs and Rams in Weeks 4 through 6. Going into Week 7, they even had an NFC West-leading 65 percent probability of making the playoffs, as well as the division’s best projected end-of-season win total in our Elo simulations. But a pair of losses sandwiched around a bye week have left San Francisco on the verge of missing the playoffs entirely. Its current playoff probability stands at 32 percent after taking into account their mediocre record (4-4), the difficulty of their remaining schedule (ninth-hardest), and the strength of the teams they’d have to beat out for a wild card (as their hopes of winning the NFC West have been all but extinguished).Carolina’s chances of returning to the playoffs look even worse. Despite failing to win five of its previous six games (it lost four and tied one), Carolina still had a 44 percent probability of qualifying for the postseason before its game against the New Orleans Saints — but our weekly playoff implications article also identified Panthers-Saints as one of the most crucial matchups of Week 9. Sure enough, New Orleans’ 28-10 victory dropped Carolina’s playoff probability by 25 percentage points, leaving it with less than a 1-in-5 chance of making the playoffs.In addition to the Panthers and 49ers, the other teams who lost the most from their playoff odds in Week 9 were the Baltimore Ravens and the Chargers in the AFC.The cause for Baltimore’s decline was all about the division odds — predictably, its head-to-head loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night had huge ramifications for the AFC North race. Going into the game, the Ravens had a 33 percent chance of winning the division, with the Steelers sitting at 28 percent; after the game, Pittsburgh’s chances had increased to 45 percent and Baltimore’s had dropped to 13 percent. (Neither team’s wild card odds really budged at all.)San Diego’s dip, on the other hand, had little to do with a division race. The Broncos are rated so much higher than their AFC West competitors that our simulations see little chance they don’t win the division. That leaves the wild card as the only real viable path to the playoffs for the Chargers and Chiefs, both of whom are in a dogfight with each other — as well as the losers of the AFC East and North — for one of those two slots. (The AFC South loser is unlikely to make much of a wild card push.) Miami’s 37-0 pasting of San Diego on Sunday had direct consequences in that regard, boosting the Dolphins’ wild card probability by 17 percentage points as the Chargers’ chances dropped by 19 (with scarcely a change to either team’s division odds).Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 64-62-3 (7-5 in Week 9)Straight-up record: 94-39-1 (9-4 in Week 9)Although the Elo ratings are performing better against the spread in recent weeks, we still would strongly advise you not to take them to Vegas as a betting tool. Even so, it is always interesting to see how they differ from the spreads offered by the major sportsbooks.This week’s biggest disparity is in the Dallas Cowboys-Jaguars game, which is not only taking place in London, but adds the wrinkle of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo’s availability being in question. With the possibility that the Cowboys will once again have to start backup QB Brandon Weeden, who oversaw the team’s Week 9 defeat to the Cardinals, the oddsmakers have dropped Dallas to a mere 6-point favorite against the lowly Jaguars, rather than the 10.5-point favorite the Elo ratings would suggest.Aside from that change, the other big discrepancies against Vegas this week involve the Cardinals and Rams (the books have been comparatively down on Arizona all season, relative to Elo) and the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns (Elo rates Cincinnati slightly higher — and Cleveland slightly lower — than Vegas’s power ratings would value the two teams). But in the Detroit-Miami tilt, which may go down as the biggest game of the week from a playoff-implications perspective, both Vegas and Elo agree: The hosting Lions should be favored by about a field goal.CORRECTION (Nov. 6, 11:56 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Elo is 62-44-3 against the point spread. It is 64-62-3.(Nov. 6, 2:04 p.m.): A previous version of this article said the Dallas Cowboys had a 75 percent chance of defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Dallas should have an 82 percent win probability, because it has an Elo difference of +259 and there is no home-field effect in either direction.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey celebrates a goal during a match against Germany June 2, at RFK Stadium. The U.S. won, 4-3.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe U.S. Men’s National Soccer team is looking to take another step toward qualifying for the 2014 World Cup this week in Columbus.In the team’s latest qualifying match, the U.S. saw its 12-game winning streak come to an end when it fell on the road to Costa Rica, 3-1. The loss dropped the U.S. to second place behind Costa Rica in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football qualifier standing. The Ticos now lead the group with a total of 14 points, one point ahead of the U.S.The U.S. men’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup increased on Friday despite the loss, as Mexico was defeated at home by Honduras, 2-1, earlier the same night. Mexico is in fourth place in the group on eight points, the top three teams advance directly to the World Cup.This was the first qualifying match has Mexico lost at home since 2001, when it fell to Costa Rica 2-1.Mexico fired manager Jose Manuel de La Torre the day after the Friday loss to Honduras. Luis Fernando Tena, one of Torre’s top assistants, will take over in an interim position.The U.S. will be missing four players from the team in the match against Mexico. Midfielder Michael Bradley sprained his left ankle minutes before the game against Costa Rica and will sit out again against Mexico. Defenders Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler and forward Jozy Altidore will all sit out because of yellow card accumulation. Altidore had scored in five straight matches before failing to tally against Costa Rica.Many Ohio State students were interested in attending the game, especially after D-Tix at the Ohio Union announced an undisclosed amount of tickets would be offered to students with a valid BuckID for $25 each.The tickets went on sale through D-Tix Sept. 3, but because of more students wanting tickets than originally expected, D-Tix switched the method for students to buy tickets to a lottery.Former Columbus Crew right back Frankie Hejduk said he is excited for the game against Mexico as well as the growth of the soccer scene in Columbus.“It was very awesome to see how excited and passionate students are for soccer,” Hejduk said in an interview with The Lantern. “I see students getting into soccer more and more. I see Crew, U.S. and (Premier League) stuff all over the place.”The U.S. would qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a victory over Mexico and a win or tie by Honduras. A loss for Mexico and a Honduras win over Panama would almost completely end Mexico’s chances of moving out of fourth place in the group.The fourth place team will compete in a playoff with New Zealand to determine another spot in the Cup.The U.S. v. Mexico game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crew Stadium.
The AC Milan footballer has listed his objectives with the team this 2018-2019 season, including renewing his contractArgentinean defensive midfielder Lucas Biglia has been with Italian Lega Serie A club AC Milan since 2017.The footballer has played in 30 matches, scoring one goal.But the 32-year-old aims high this season where he wants to finish in the top four for the Serie A.“We have to look at ourselves, we have to raise the bar and think about the Champions League,” he told Sky Sports Italia.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We only look at ourselves, not the others. Up until March, the league is one thing, from March to May it’s another.”“We hope to be in the top four when we get to March,” he added.And other of the objectives Biglia has is to renew his contract.“I’d like to renew, I feel good and I’ve settled in after a hard year,” he commented.“I also feel good with my teammates who had faith in me. The relationship with the boss [Gennaro Gattuso] is the best, I do what he asks me to do for the team.”