Father Nguyen Van Ly accused of propaganda against the government

first_imgNews News April 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information April 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF_en News April 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the news that police in the central city of Hue have accused detained Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly of “propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under article 88 of the criminal code.The decision to formally open an investigation against Ly, taken on 24 February and reported yesterday by the official news agency, followed the confiscation of computer material and publications from his home in Hue.Ly, who faces the possibility of a long prison term, has been removed to a remote parish and placed under house arrest, according to a dissident group based abroad. The editor of the independent magazine Tu do Ngôn luan (Free Speech), Ly is alleged to have been in contact with “opportunists” and “reactionaries” who planned to launch a dissident political organisation.———–22.02.2007Priest placed under house arrestAfter receiving confirmation that Father Nguyen Van Ly has been placed under house arrest in Hue, Reporters Without Borders called on the Vietnamese authorities to rescind this measure, which deprives him of all his freedom. Last released under an amnesty in February 2005, Ly risks being kept under house arrest until 2010.—————– Reporters Without Borders called today for the release of Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest and one of the editors of the underground magazine Tu do Ngôn luan (Free Speech), who was arrested on 19 February during an “administrative check” at the archdiocesan building where he lives in the city of Hue (Center). Two others editors of Tu do Ngôn luan, Father Chan Tin and Father Phan Van Loi, were also put under house arrest.”Father Nguyen Van Ly has already been the victim of detention without due process in the past,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Any recurrence of such abuses would be unacceptable, especially as no information has been provided about the reason for his arrest. Defending freedom of expression is no justification for such practices.”Ly was arrested on the evening of 19 February, the Lunar New Year day in Asia, after several police cars pulled up outside the archdiocesan Nha Chung building where he lives. Around 60 police officers led by a colonel who specialises in religious matters cut phone lines and searched the entire building, breaking open a cupboard which Ly refused to unlock. They took away six computers and mobile phones and many documents.Ly is a member of the pro-democracy movement called “Bloc 8406”. He spent several years in prison in 1977 and 1978 and from 1983 to 1992 as a result of his activism in support of freedom of expression and worship. He was sentenced again in October 2001 to 15 years in prison for activities linked to the defence of free speech. The sentence was commuted several times and be finally left prison in February 2004.His nephew, the cyber-dissident Nguyen Vu Viet, was charged in June 2001 with “using email, fax and telephone to disseminate abroad information about religious freedom in Vietnam.” He and two colleagues were given sentences ranging from three to five years in prison. Their sentences were subsequently commuted and he was released on 18 February 2004. Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang VietnamAsia – Pacific Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News February 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Father Nguyen Van Ly accused of propaganda against the government Follow the news on Vietnam to go furtherlast_img read more

Q-School wraps up with stories of joy in Girona

first_img The trio, who finished on 18-under par after the six-day marathon at the PGA Catalunya Resort, were among 27 players to have been awarded their European Tour cards for 2016. Englishman Matthew Southgate, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July, ended the day in tears after he booked his spot with a sixth-placed finish, while Ireland’s Paul Dunne also secured his 2016 card. Ulrich van den Berg, Adrian Otaegui and Daniel Im were crowned joint-winners of European Tour’s qualifying school final stage in Girona on Thursday. Press Associationcenter_img Dunne, leader of this year’s Open Championship after three rounds before finishing 30th, ended on 10-under par to be tied 13th. The English trio of Ross McGowan, the overnight leader, David Dixon and Richard McEvoy all regained their places on the European Tour. Edoardo Molinari,the Italian who formed part of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup winning team in 2010, carded the best front-nine score – his final nine having started on the 10th – to finish with a three-under par 69 to claim his card. Southgate underwent surgery to remove cancerous cells in July which ruled him out of the game for two months. His two-year-old niece is also batting leukaemia. “What’s going on at home is very tough, but to be able to put a smile on my family’s face, you just can’t beat that,” said Southgate. “I’ve matured a lot through my situation, through the cards I have been dealt, but I’ve always been a fighter, and to get to the top level of golf again is absolutely fantastic. I am over the moon.” For South African Van den Berg, he will return to the top tier of European golf for the first time since earning his card here in 2007, before quitting the game following the death of his father. “It was a long, hard slog for a 40-year-old today, ” Van den Berg said. “I last did this Q-School in 2007 and I got through then, but I forgot how difficult it is. “I got off to a great start today and then went through the middle of the round where things got a little bit tight, but I made a great birdie on 14. Unfortunately I missed a seven-footer on the last to win the event outright, but it’s not about winning. “After I last got my card, I started 2008 very nicely but unfortunately my dad got pancreatic cancer so I decided to quit The European Tour after about eight events and sat with him until he passed away. I got a medical exemption in 2009 but I was a broken man that year. I haven’t been back since and this is my first time here since then so it’s a great moral victory for me.” last_img read more

World honours Madiba at 90

first_imgThe 46664 concert held in Hyde ParkLondon will raise funds for HIV/AIDSprojects and simultaneously honour NelsonMandela who turns 90 in July.(Image: SAfrica.info)Tamara O’ReillySince his release from prison in 1990, one can safely say that Nelson Mandela has never woken up and wondered if anyone would remember his birthday.Although he has no blue blood, Mandela’s birthdays are celebrated with the pomp and ceremony usually reserved for royalty. From concerts aound the word to books and art exhibitions in his name he has had it all for his birthday, and his 90th one on 18 July is no exception. Well ahead of the day, wishes and gifts from ordinary and famous people alike have been streaming in but it is in London where the main celebrations will take place this year.Madiba has been in the English capital for a week of celebrations ahead of the 46664 concert in his honour, which will be taking place in Hyde Park on 27 June. The concert bears the name of his prisoner number while he served a 27-year sentence on Robben Island. His crimes included sabotage committed while he spearheaded the struggle against apartheid.Exactly 46 664 tickets went on sale, the proceeds of which will go towards the 46664 foundation which raises funds for HIV/AIDS projects, a cause close to Mandela’s heart. In January 2005 he lost a son to AIDS, and South Africa, his home, has one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the world.Some of the artists performing in the three-hour concert include rock legends Queen, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, Annie Lennox and Simple Minds. A handful of South African artists like Loyiso and the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will also make an appearance.This concert is also being held to commemorate 20 years since the Free Nelson Mandela concert was held in Wembley Stadium, London in June 1988 to raise awareness about Mandela’s incarceration. More than 72 000 people attended and it was broadcast to more than 600-million television viewers from 60 countries.The first 46664 concert was held on 29 November 2003 at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town and since then concerts have taken place in Johannesburg, Norway, Madrid and London.A charity gala attended by some of the world most influential people including heads of states, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and famous entertainers Sir Elton John and Sir Bob Geldof was held on 26 June. The evening raised more than $10-million which will be used in the fight against HIV/Aids in Southern Africa.Birthday wishesThis year a website was launched 46 664 minutes before Mandela turns 90, where people can leave their birthday wishes. So far more than 40 000 messages have been received with about 29 000 of them coming from Tanzania.Some other events to mark the occasion which are scheduled for the rest of the year include the launch of the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation’s young leader’s facility in the Western Cape in July, and the delivery of the sixth annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, by Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.In August the 15-city American symphonic production titled Portrait of Mandela kicks off in Atlanta and in September the 46664 organisation has been awarded the only slot reserved each year for a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall in London.The ANC, the ruling party and one Mandela has been a member of since 1942, will host a free concert in Pretoria, Gauteng, in honour of Mandela.Useful links46664 Nelson Mandela Foundation Official birthday celebrationslast_img read more

Software speeds HIV diagnosis

first_imgWith the new software system, the results of blood samples from babies can be known within a week, while beforehand it could take about 18 weeks for them to reach the rural health centres. (Image: Doctors Without Borders) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kenya Medical Research Institute  +254 20 2713349 / +254 20 2722541 RELATED ARTICLES • Aids activist gets Clarins award • Global grannies unite against Aids • Keeping the story of HIV alive in SA • SA makes strides in fighting HIVRay MaotaStudents from Strathmore University, in Kenya, have developed a software system that helps in the quick diagnosing of HIV in infants in rural Kenya.The software has already been implemented in 75 health centres in the most rural parts of the country in its first phase trial. Kenya has 904 listed public health centres in total.The success of this software will mean that the HIV diagnosis turnaround time for infants will be accelerated – at present, parents wait 18 weeks, or over four months, for their children’s results.Silvia Kadima, a research scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) HIV laboratory, said: “We are projecting that by April this year, the software tool will be customised to Kenya’s local needs, and that is when it will be officially launched and rolled out by the government.”The project is being funded by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (Chai). Chai is a global health organisation committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis.Kadima said that 50 more health centres would be connected for further trial phases before the product was officially launched later this year.“Diagnosis of infants within six weeks of birth allows timely initiation of antiretroviral therapy [ART] of children below two years old and can save lives. Without ART, up to 50% of children who acquired the virus from their mothers, usually die before the age of two,” explained Dr Lucy Matu, from the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric Aids Foundation.How it worksOnce blood samples are taken from an infant and arrive at one of the four Kemri centres for disease control and prevention laboratories, they are logged on the system.Then a short message service (SMS), or text, is automatically sent to the health centre where the sample was taken to confirm that it has been received.After the diagnosis is complete, another SMS is sent to the health centre to confirm that it is complete; if the results are negative then they are also given. SMS printers are used by the health centres to receive the results and parents are notified by the centre that their children’s results are ready.Oscar Mulondanome, a lab technologist at one of the Kemri laboratories, said: “On the SMS printers that we have already installed in rural clinics, we only send negative results in real time … This is because as a policy, all positive results on the polymerase chain reaction equipment have to be re-run for confirmation in order to avoid false positives that might be due to contamination.”Welcome reliefJesse Mtembe, a nursing officer at the Akithenesit Health Centre in Kenya’s Western Province, is keenly anticipating the rollout of the new software at the health centre where she works. It will be a welcome relief as at the moment, Mtembe’s centre has to ask for lifts from a nearby military camp to send the blood samples to the nearest Kemri centre, which is 200km away and a 10-hour drive across the rough terrain.After a few months, they have to take the trip again to fetch the results. After the software has been installed at the Akithenesit Health Centre, only one trip will be needed.In Kitui County in Eastern Province, where the software system has already been installed, residents are singing its praises.Elizabeth Mwende, a resident of Mutomo village in Kitui, said: “For my first two babies, I received their HIV test results 18 weeks after the blood sample had been collected, and this was given during the routine postnatal clinic visits.“But for my third-born, I received an SMS on my phone five days after the sample collection, asking me to collect the results.”This is a 17-week difference.last_img read more

Don’t remove your plants’ solar panel by grazing too early

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Yes, it appears that we are trying to having an early spring, but I refuse to count those chicks before they hatch! Abnormally warm weather in February and early March is not that uncommon here in Indiana, unfortunately neither are late March and early April snows. The accumulated growing degree days so far this year, on average across the state, are higher than normal.Now, it is early still, but I know how some think about new green growth in the pastures. Let’s think this through. Grazing too early in the spring does nothing but remove the solar panel the plants need to start building sugars and growing new roots. The forages really need to be able to canopy and get a good start before animals start removing that new growth otherwise production will be reduced.I know sometimes the hay is not the best quality. It is better to supplement poor hay and keep feeding it, if available, than to start grazing too early. Now I say that somewhat tongue in cheek, sometimes you want to set the stand back a bit to remove some competition. Such would be the case where you have frost seeded clover into the field. This would only be a factor if it was not grazed down tighter at the end of the previous grazing season or as dormant stockpiled forage. If it was grazed down close before, especially if grazed down before going dormant last fall, then you don’t want to graze it close again, just utilize it in the normal rotation.Fields that were grazed down tight last fall or over winter as stockpiled forage will not have adequate amount of standing dry matter, i.e., fiber available, and will for sure not be the best fields to start grazing early anyway. Those fields will lack sufficient fiber to go with all the washy high water, high protein forage that will come on with first growth. All ruminant livestock need to balance the carbon nitrogen ratio in their rumen to maintain that mat. If they don’t then they will not perform the way we want them to, i.e., less gain, less milk production. It just goes through them faster than they can effectively utilize it and you know what means, I’ve said it several times: don’t stand too close behind those cows!If you would look at the manure consistency during that time period, it is probably very thin, almost watery, not that pudding consistency that is ideal for the rumen. Fields that do not have adequate dry matter to go along with that lush new growth will need to be supplemented to keep the animals in balance. This is a good time period to put out some low quality hay, baled corn stalks or even straw. If they need it, they will eat it.I would hope you have been able to keep at least one or two fields with some stockpiled forage for early spring use. Stockpiled forages left from the previous season mixed with that new growth grass makes for a nicely balanced sward for grazing in the spring and a really nice place to calve. No or minimal mud, and good quality balanced forage to eat. If you have never tried it, you will wonder why you hadn’t after doing it.This is normally one of my favorite times of the year to build fence. We often get nice breaks in the weather, so not too hot or cold and soil conditions are usually very good for pounding posts. If you are in the early stages of doing some divisions and want to keep some flexibility, then utilize longer linear fences dividing bigger areas into longer narrower fields, which can be easily subdivided down with temporary fence into whatever size is needed or cut for hay if that is what you want or need to do.Now is a good time to get those soil tests done. Of course, if you haven’t taken any for a while, then it is even a better time. They will pull pretty easy right now and you should have plenty of time to get them sent in and get results back in time to apply any needed nutrients before the real growing season.It is extremely difficult to maintain a stand of quality forages that will produce quality, nutritious feed without adequate soil fertility levels. Everyone has tried it, but you soon see that by “getting by” with lower levels of nutrients, especially phosphorus and potassium, you are just that, “getting by,” but with lower yields, lower quality forages, and lower carrying capacities. Just like an annual field crop, your forage crop needs to be fertilized and managed. Once the field is to moderate or better levels of fertility it is easy to maintain it there if it is only used for grazing. Any mechanical removal removes nutrients that will have to be replaced. Graze as much as you can and hay as little as you can, especially land that is hard to get fertilizer equipment on.Nothing affects availability of nutrients more than calcium. It is one element that I’m not sure you really could ever over apply and certainly one of the best first dollars spent! Calcium and its relationship or ratio with magnesium, have a major impact on the forages ability to extract nutrients from the soil and certainly the acidity or alkalinity of the soil which can certainly dictate what will or can grow there. I would shoot for at least a 4:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium, or 5:1 if a dairy. If you are really short on calcium and start fixing that problem then you might find out that other elements start becoming more readily available. I’ve seen available phosphorus almost double after lime was applied or especially high cal lime. If total phosphorus is a lot higher than available phosphorus on a basic soil test, then calcium is normally not adequate.Now, if you are going to be taking an early cutting of hay off a field, then putting most or all of your fertilizer on early spring is not too bad of an idea, especially any nitrogen. If the application is on pasture, then you may want to rethink that just a little. There is no use adding fuel to the fire adding a lot of nitrogen to that spring growth spurt, you are much better off to wait and do at least a split application. Put on half of it in mid-June toward the end of the spring spurt and the other half on early fall to help that great fall growth period. That June application often will help you keep things going through the summer better, especially with some timely rains if that is possible.Keep on grazing!last_img read more

Hey Fanboys: Is Today The Day To Buy Apple Stock?

first_imgdan lyons Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple shares are getting killed after Apple fell short of Wall Street expectations with its earnings report. Shares started sliding in September, dropping from $705 to about $514 just before the earnings came out. And then, when investors saw the numbers, the bottom fell out and Apple stock plunged more than $50, settling at $460. They may drop more today once the market opens, since all the analysts on Wall Street are bashing Apple.Which raises the question: Is now the time to buy Apple?Keep in mind that investors have made a lot of money by buying Apple when things looked bleak for the company. Also keep in mind that right now, by every measure, Apple stock is ridiculously cheap. The NumbersThe company has $140 billion in the bank, and a market value of $483 billion. That in itself makes no sense.Apple stock is trading at 11.6 times trailing 12 months earnings. That’s cheaper than IBM, which trades at 14 times trailing earnings, and Microsoft, trading at 15. It’s half the multiple that Google is carrying (23). It’s a fraction of what Facebook is selling for (160 times trailing earnings). It’s nearly as cheap as Dell, which is trading at 9 times earnings and doing so poorly that the company is considering going private in a buyout.Apple is cheaper than Johnson & Johnson (19) and Procter & Gamble (20) and Hershey (17.6) and McDonald’s (17.6). In fact Apple is cheaper than the S&P 500 (currently trading at 17 times earnings), cheaper than the NASDAQ (20.6), cheaper than the Dow Jones Industrials (15).Do you really think Apple is a worse company, or has a less bright future, than the average company on a stock index? Well, that’s what Wall Street is saying.Apple is cheap, cheap, cheap. This is bargain basement, fire sale pricing. Negative SentimentBetter yet, everyone on Wall Street is going negative. Jim Cramer says Apple has lost its magic. Nomura says Apple is entering its “ex-growth” era. Investor Jeff Gundlach says Apple is heading to $425 and could go as low as $300.TheStreet.com says Tim Cook sounded like the former CEO of RIM when he did a call with analysts last night. A very bullish Apple analyst has lowered his target price for the year ahead, though he still rates the stock a Buy.All you Apple fanbloggers who are saying that there’s nothing wrong with Apple, and that “Apple didn’t miss, Wall Street did” – are you ready to put your money where your mouth is?Seriously, who’s buying? Are you? Let’s hear the bullish case for Apple.Image courtesy of Reuters.  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Apple#earnings Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Halfway House coming fruition of 22 year old drug intervention

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 24, 2017 – At least 25 of the over 100 people who are in need of intense drug rehabilitation will be able to get it soon at a specialized center to be constructed in the South Dock area of Provo.Government today handed over a long anticipated $150,000 to the Turks and Caicos Drug Prevention Foundation and Health Minister, Edwin Astwood signed the cheque and put it into the hands of an overjoyed Dierin Longmire, president of the not for profit.“So I thing this initiative is very important to all of us here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and all of our families.  And I want to start this press conference here on a wonderful note by us presenting the  hundred and fifty thousand dollar check to the Drug Foundation.”  Hon. Edwin Astwood“I’m so grateful, it’s been long overdue working on this since like 1995, for something to do with the drug and alchohol issues that are presented in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  I’m so grateful for my committee, I’m so grateful for both governments for supporting me and my committee and getting everything organized.” – Dierin LongmireThe halfway house will be specially outfitted as a home for those struggling with overcoming addiction and Dr. Alicia Malcolm, Director of Substance Abuse Department explained there is a program ready to be activated to get those, mostly men who are mainly from Provo and Grand Turk, on the road to recovery.“For instance there will be individual therapy that’s provided, group councelling that will be taking place during the week. There will also be family counseling as well provided because obviously we don’t want to just work with the individual but also their families, so that they are aware on how to work with their loved ones.  And also if there is medication intervention that is needed, that will be provided because assessments will be done by the psychiatrist.” – Dr. Alicia MalcolmThe presentation was held this morning at Ministry of Health office in Providenciales.#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Vazquez Real Madrid are angry with draw

first_imgReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez admits they’re angry with themselves following a 2-2 draw at Villarreal on ThursdayRaphael Varane and Karim Benzema goals cancelled out Santi Cazorla’s early opener at the Estadio de la Cerámica to put Real in the lead.However, Los Blancos suffered a lapse of concentration towards the end of the game with Cazorla punishing them with an 82nd-minute equaliser to settle things at 2-2.Speaking afterwards, a clearly frustrated Vazquez rued the points Real dropped in their opening La Liga game of 2019.“We head home angry because it was a game we wanted to win and we let it slip with a lapse in concentration,” said Vazquez on the club website.“The game was going how we wanted it to at 2-1, and they levelled with 82 minutes gone.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We didn’t have time to react and we go away with a bitter taste in our mouths, having dropped two points.“We struggled to play through their press in the second half and so we were sat deeper, and they got a chance and scored their goal.”Despite now being seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona in the table, Vazquez is confident Real can end the season with silverware.“Given this team’s recent history, we deserve to retain people’s faith in us,” added the Spaniard.“We’re going to give it our all like we do every year and come the end, I’m sure we’ll achieve great things. We’ve got another game on Sunday to do the best we can.”Santiago Solari’s side, who remain fourth in La Liga, will go up against Real Sociedad this weekend.last_img read more

Man convicted of assaulting local surfer at Sunset Cliffs to be sentenced

first_img KUSI Newsroom Man convicted of assaulting local surfer at Sunset Cliffs to be sentenced KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man who struck a popular local surfer in the head with a carbon fiber paddle in the water at Sunset Cliffs is slated to be sentenced to prison Thursday.Paul Taylor Konen, 34, faces a potential seven-year sentence for the June 26, 2018, assault on Kevin Eslinger, 56. A San Diego jury convicted Konen of assault last month.Eslinger sustained a gash to the back of his head that Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco said fractured his skull and caused brain damage, rendering him unable to speak until days after the injury. Greco alleged that an emergency room physician said the injury looked “like a hammer blow.”Eslinger, who testified during the trial in somewhat stilted speech, said he tried to explain his condition and the situation to hospital staff and police, but it was “as if someone had their hand over my mouth from the inside.”The prosecution contended that after Konen nearly ran into Eslinger on the water — forcing Eslinger to duck his head in order to avoid being struck by Konen’s paddle board — Eslinger objected to Konen’s flouting of proper surfing etiquette. Konen remarked, “If I can catch a wave, it’s mine,” the victim alleged.Konen then ran into Eslinger’s wife and regular surfing partner elsewhere among the waves, knocking her off her board, Eslinger testified.When Eslinger paddled out toward the defendant to ask him why he did that, he was struck in the head by an unknown object, which he later came to believe was an intentional blow from Konen’s paddle.Konen was arrested the next day when police tracked him down to his father’s van. Inside the van was the paddle used to assault Eslinger, still with a strand of hair stuck to a portion of the paddle that appeared damaged. According to Greco, efforts to match that strand of hair to Eslinger through DNA testing were unsuccessful, because there was no root attached to the stray hair.Eslinger, who has also filed a lawsuit against Konen, said his now- impaired speech has affected his teaching jobs at El Cajon Valley High School and elsewhere, where he finds it difficult to communicate with his swim students, though he said “everyone has been extremely understanding of my condition.”Defense attorney Brian McCarthy alleged that after the initial encounter with Eslinger, Konen was simply trying to get away. He argued that Eslinger took umbrage and pushed Konen’s board away at first, which Eslinger testified was only to avoid injury.After seeing his wife go into the water, McCarthy said Eslinger tried to cut Konen off, which Eslinger did not contradict, as he wanted to let Konen know “this kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated by the `tribe,”‘ according to Eslinger.McCarthy alleged that Eslinger has changed his story several times since the incident, including telling an emergency room nurse that the back of Konen’s board struck him in the head.“The question is did my client intentionally assault Mr. Eslinger or was there a situation where Mr. Eslinger got in front of my client’s path and got hurt?” McCarthy said.Greco alleged that Konen admitted striking Eslinger to another person just before he was arrested. The prosecutor said Konen stated that Eslinger “was going to kill me” and that he swung at him to defend himself.Eslinger made local headlines in 2005 when he traversed 120 miles paddling from Santa Barbara to Ocean Beach in just over a day. Posted: May 16, 2019 May 16, 2019last_img