20 Books to get you through the festive season

first_imgFancy a quiet read when The Sound of Music is on again? Get stuck into this pile of literature…(going left to right…)1. Union, The Heart of Rugby,Stunning photography and insightful interviews with five giants of the game £25 VSP2. World Rugby Records 2012,Chunky and colourful and bursting with rugby records. One for the grandchildren £19.99 Carlton3. RugbyWorld Yearbook 2012,Celebrate the winners of 2011 with the popular yearbook in aid of charity Wooden Spoon £20 G2 Entertainment4. Southern Comfort,A tribute to the rugby passion of the Scottish Borders, and men like Telfer and McLaren £16.99 Birlinn5. Jonny Wilkinson – My Autobiography,Get heavy with the planet’s most famous player. The life story of a tortured soul £20 Headline6. Michael Owen – My story,Ex-Wales captain Michael Owen comes to terms with injury after a sparkling career £17.99 John Blake7. Rugby World Cup 2011,The story of RWC 2011 as it unfolded. You can still hear the sighs of relief in New Zealand! £20 G2 Entertainment8. Alun Wyn Jones’s World Cup YearRelive Wales’ heroic World Cup campaign through the eyes of lock master Alun Wyn £16.99 Gomer Press9. More Thoughts on Chairmin Moore,The irrepressible Brian Moore shares his sporting opinions – and wages war on a stalker £18.99 Simon & Schuster10. Chris Ashton – Splashdown,From Wigan to Wonderman. Ash the Splash talks tries, dives and RWC heartache £18.99 Simon & Schuster11. The Springboks and the Holy Grail,Dan Retief relates South Africa’s journey from outcasts to double world champions £15.99 Zebra Press12. Higgy – Matches, Microphones and MS,Alastair’s Hignell’s rollicking ride in sport and broadcasting – and his battle against MS £18.99 Bloomsbury13. The Greatest Welsh XV ever,Eddie Butler takes on the impossible task – selecting the best all-time Wales XV £16.99 Gomer Press For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 14. Boots & Spikes,The first biography of Welsh legend Ken Jones – 60-odd years after he raced to glory £18.99 Sports Books15. Mad Dog – An Englishman,Regrets? I’ve had a few. England’s World Cup skipper on his rumbustious rise  £20 Hodder & Stoughton16. Engage – The Rise and Fall of Matt Hampson,Tiger burning bright – Matt Hampson’s unforgettable account of life in a wheelchair £16.99 Simon & Schuster17. A Question of Sport Quiz book,You’ve seen Matt Dawson, now put your money where your mouth is. Questions galore! £9.99 BBC Books18. The Rugby Lovers Companion,Jocular fun in a quick read designed for the Christmas stocking. Less than a tenner  £9.99 Summersdale19. Joking Apart,Test rugby is no cakewalk – Ireland star O’Callaghan lets us in on the frustrations £18.99 Transworld Ireland20. World Cup rugby Tales,Laughs and confessions from the World Cup in Dallaglio’s sequel to his 2009 best-seller £18.99 Simon & SchusterThis article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.center_img Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad.last_img read more

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Heavy jail sentences for three bloggers after sham trial

first_img Organisation News News Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the harsh and unjust jail sentences that a court imposed today on three bloggers on charges of anti-state propaganda at the end of a summary trial in southern Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.Nguyen Van Hai (who used the blog name of Dieu Cay) was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by five years of house arrest. Ta Phong Tan, a female blogger, was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by five years of house arrest. And Phan Thanh Hai (known by the blog name of Anh Ba Saigon), the only one to plead guilty, got 4 years in prison followed by three years of house arrest.”I was never against the state, I was just frustrated by injustice, corruption and dictatorship, which does not represent the state but some individuals,” Dieu Cay said. “Citizens have the right to freedom of speech,” he added before the sound being transmitted to journalists and diplomats in a neighbouring room was cut.”The authorities are trying to make a big impression and encourage self-censorship by imposing exemplary sentences,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Dieu Cay and Ta Phong Tan have been given especially severe sentences compared with similar ones imposed in recent months. “They are symptomatic of a nervousness and determination to crack down more than ever at a time of divisions within the regime and corruption cases involving senior officials including the prime minister – clearly embarrassing cases that were revealed by bloggers and citizen journalists.” Tense trial, relatives under close surveillanceReporters Without Borders is also appalled by the government’s continuing abusive treatment of the defendants’ relatives, who have been the target of harassment and reprisals for months, to the point that Ta Phong Tan’s mother committed suicide by setting herself on fire on 30 July in despair at her daughter’s prosecution.Police and security officials were deployed this morning to prevent certain people from attending the trial, especial Dieu Cay’s family. His daughter was prevented from leaving home, while his wife, Duong Thi Tan, was ordered to report to a police station at 7:30 a.m. in connection with an incident in Bac Lieu on 16 September when she, Ta Phong Tan’s sister and the Catholic priest and netcitizen Anton Le Ngoc Thanh were arrested for allegedly causing a traffic accident by protesting on the street.As Duong Thi Tan did not respond to the summons, she was seized outside the courtroom and was bundled into a public security truck along with two of Ta Phong Tan’s relatives, Ta Khoi Phung and Ta Minh Tu, and several bloggers.When Duong Thi Tan and her son, Nguyen Tri Dung, left the police station at 1:35 p.m., they were accosted by men in civilian dress – probably plain-clothes police – who grabbed and tore down the young man’s shirt. They finally managed to get to the court but police prevented them from going in.Sympathisers brandishing placards gathered outside the court in the hope of being allowed to attend the trial. They included the priest Thanh and the poet Bui Cha. The police checked the papers of several of the protesters and prevented them from approaching the court building.Troublesome bloggers and dissidents Dieu Cay and the other two bloggers tried today were convicted under article 88 of the criminal code. As they had not been brought to trial within the required period, prosecutors drew up a new indictment on 19 July but the new one was almost the same as the original one. The charges relate to political articles they posted on banned Vietnamese website “Free Journalists Club” as well as their postings on their own blogs.Arrested on 19 April 2008, Dieu Cay was sentenced by a Ho Chi Minh City court on 10 September 2008 to two and a half years in prison on a trumped-up charge of tax fraud designed to silence a troublesome dissident.He had written about the protests accompanying the Olympic torch relay prior to the 2008 Beijing Games and was arrested just before the torch was paraded through Ho Chi Minh City. He had been under close police surveillance since taking part in protests at the start of 2008 against China’s claim to sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel Islands.He should have been freed on completing the sentence in October 2010, but new charges were brought against him. His trial was repeatedly postponed before finally being held today.Phan Thanh Hai was arrested in October 2010 for allegedly posting false information in his blog, in which he wrote out Vietnam’s territorial disputes with China, its bauxite mining and his fellow dissidents. Ta Phong Tan blogged about corruption and injustice in Vietnam.Vietnam is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and, after China and Iran, is the world’s third biggest prison for bloggers and cyber-dissidents, with at least 19 netizens currently detained for expressing their views freely online. Follow the news on Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News RSF_en center_img VietnamAsia – Pacific April 22, 2021 Find out more September 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Heavy jail sentences for three bloggers after sham trial Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News to go further Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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2004 Iowa Caucus victor Kerry campaigns for Biden in north-central Iowa

first_imgMASON CITY — The winner of Iowa’s 2004 Caucuses is traveling the state this week, campaigning for one of the candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.John Kerry is reminiscing about the campaign he ran here 16 years ago. “I had the best time criss-crossing this state, measuring my life by the height of your corn…I spent New Year’s Eve in Sioux City with my 300 new best friends, celebrating the New Year,” Kerry said this afternoon.Kerry was trailing in the polls in December of 2003, but wound up winning with 38 percent of the delegates selected in the 2004 Caucuses, which were held on January 19th that year.“We had a hell of a good time, folks, and nothing was better than turning the tide in the Caucuses ” Kerry said to a crowd in a Biden campaign office near the Des Moines airport. “And going on to win Wisconsin and Michigan and Pennsylvania and coming within half a football stadium of winning the presidency.”Kerry lost the state of Ohio in the General Election by about 60,000 votes. Kerry’s on a bus tour of Iowa, traveling with Joe Biden’s sister and a few other Biden supporters from other states.“I actually thought about running and I’m not — because Joe is,” Kerry said, “and because I believe in his ability to be able to pull the country together, to win those critical states.”Kerry, who represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate for 28 years, served as U.S. Secretary of State during President Obama’s second term. He told the crowd in Des Moines late Wednesday afternoon President Trump’s showdown with Iran is reckless, impulsive and has put us at odds with our closest allies.“The more I see of what is not happening in the world measured against what should be happening, the more I know we need to respect experience and value somebody like Joe Biden,” Kerry said, to applause. Kerry will be at the Kossuth County Agricultural and Motorsports Museum in Algona at 2:45 this afternoon. His Mason City stop will be at the Biden for President office at 105 South Delaware starting at 5:45. Kerry will make more stops in eastern Iowa on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

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Lots of favorites in Sweet 16

first_imgIowa State’s DeAndre Kane (50) is grabbed by teammates Monte Morris, center, and Daniel Edozie, right, after making the game-winning basket against North Carolina during the second half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in San Antonio. Iowa State won 85-83. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Billion Dollar Dream has been over for a while. Most bracket sheets are loaded with red X’s. Still, there is plenty of March Madness ahead of us in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16.You want favorites? Three No. 1s — Florida, Arizona, Virginia — are alive and well after two rounds.You want underdogs? How about three with double-digit seedings — Stanford, a 10, with 11s Dayton and Tennessee.You want a rivalry? It’s tough to beat Kentucky-Louisville.You want rematches? Besides Kentucky-Louisville there is Arizona-San Diego State.You get the point. Four days, 12 games. It’s regional weekend when the Sweet 16 is cut to the Final Four. Enjoy.SOUTH REGIONAL, Memphis, Tenn., Thursday-Saturday.The game that guarantees a winner with a double-digit seeding, Stanford vs. Dayton, will be followed by the overall top seed, Florida, facing a familiar tournament opponent in UCLA.Stanford gets to wear home whites after beating New Mexico and Kansas. The Cardinal are in the round of 16 for the first time since 2008, the last time they were in the tournament. They haven’t given up more than 57 points and they have been great at the free throw line.Dayton followed the win over Ohio State with a squeaker over Syracuse and the Flyers are in the round of 16 for the first time since 1984. They got here with two wins by a total of three points and they have yet to break 60, but they have done just enough. Coach Archie Miller couldn’t meet his brother Sean and Arizona until the national semifinals.Florida has lived up to its billing as the overall No. 1 seed. The Gators have increased their winning streak to 28 games with a couple of double-figure victories. This is their fourth straight year in the round of 16, the longest current streak.UCLA won both its games by 17 points and the Bruins have won five straight and seven of eight, including an upset of Arizona. This is their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2008.Florida beat UCLA in the national championship game in 2006 and in the national semifinals the following season. The Gators also eliminated the Bruins in the second round in 2011.WEST REGIONAL, Anaheim, Calif., Thursday-Saturday.This is the closest any of the regions came to having seeds 1-4 advance. Top-seeded Arizona, No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 4 San Diego State are still playing along with seventh-seeded Baylor.Arizona was impressive on defense in dispatching Gonzaga in the third round and the Wildcats are in the round of 16 for the third time in four years.San Diego State finally showed its defensive prowess in a third-round win over North Dakota State, which had a season-low 44 points.These teams met in San Diego on Nov. 14 and Arizona won 69-60 behind the 23 points of Nick Johnson. The Wildcats were ranked No. 6 at the time and four weeks later were No. 1, a spot they held for eight weeks.Wisconsin is going from facing one set of highlighter yellow uniforms to another. The Badgers beat Oregon to get to the Sweet 16 after missing to get there last season. Frank Kaminsky, who had 19 points against Oregon, will be in for quite a test against Baylor’s tall, athletic front line.The Bears come in off a 30-point demolition of Creighton in which they held Doug McDermott, the nation’s leading scorer, to 15 points. They won’t be able to concentrate on one of the Badgers, who have six players averaging from 13.4 points to 7.9 points.EAST REGIONAL, New York, Friday-Sunday.The NCAA tournament hasn’t been in Madison Square Garden since 1961. One of the teams headed there this week has some great memories already of the building known as “the world’s most famous arena.”Virginia, the quietest of the four No. 1s, played its kind of game — good defense and patient offense — in beating Memphis by 18 points. That got the Cavaliers to the round of 16 for the first time since 1995. They are the sole team remaining from the Atlantic Coast Conference.Michigan State was the nation’s pick for the national championship even if it was a No. 4 seed. The injuries are a thing of the past and the Spartans look like the team that held the No. 1 ranking this season. They had their hands full with Harvard in the third round, but pulled away in the final minutes.Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane, left, makes the winning shot over North Carolina’s Jackson Simmons, right, in the final seconds of the second half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in San Antonio. Iowa State won 85-83. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Third-seeded Iowa State was able to overcome the loss of third-leading scorer Georges Niang to a broken foot by beating North Carolina in a game that came down to DeAndre Kane’s driving basket with 1.6 seconds to play. The Cyclones, in the regional semifinals for the first time since 2000, are still a team with plenty of scorers.Connecticut won a record seven Big East tournament titles at Madison Square Garden, the last in 2011 when Kemba Walker led them to the national championship. Shabazz Napier was a freshman on that team and he’s doing a solid imitation of Walker as he averaged 24.5 points in the two wins that has the Huskies in the Sweet 16 a year after they weren’t eligible for the tournament over academic sanctions.MIDWEST REGIONAL, Indianapolis, Friday-Saturday.Indianapolis is about to be invaded by people from the commonwealth of Kentucky. Those wearing red are for Louisville, those wearing blue are for the University of Kentucky. There will be fans of Tennessee and Michigan in town, but they will be hard to notice with all those Kentuckians in for a visit.Tennessee, a No. 11 seed, is the third team that played in the First Four to reach the regional semifinals. The Volunteers have won eight of nine with the only loss to Florida in the SEC tournament. They reached the Sweet 16 with a frontcourt dismantling of Mercer, outrebounding the team that beat Duke 41-19.Second-seeded Michigan is in the round of 16 for the second straight year and the Wolverines are trying to get back to the national championship game where they lost to Louisville. Nik Stauskas led an outside attack that saw Michigan make 14 3-pointers in a third-round win over Texas.Kentucky beat Louisville 73-66 just days after Christmas in the schools’ annual meeting. This one is going to be on a higher level as Kentucky’s roster of high school stars meets a Louisville squad that features key players who were on last season’s national championship team.Kentucky, the preseason No. 1, did what no other team could do this season — beat Wichita State. In what has to be the best game of the tournament so far, the Wildcats played above their years in handing the Shockers their first loss of the season.Louisville is in the round of 16 for the third straight year and the great news for the Cardinals is that Naismith Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is 16-0 in the regional semifinals. His team has won 14 of its last 15 games overall and eight straight in the NCAA tournament.last_img read more

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