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Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar June 12, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Receive email alerts ThailandAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Thailand to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News ThailandAsia – Pacific December 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 King asked to pardon Internet users prosecuted on lese majeste or national security charges Reporters Without Borders has written to King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the eve of his birthday on 5 December asking him to pardon Thai Internet users who are in jail or who are being prosecuted in connection with the dissident views they allegedly expressed online.“By agreeing to this request, the king would show the entire world that he respects freedom of expression and would be putting in to practice what he said on 5 December 2005 about protecting this freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said.The letter urges the king to release Suwicha Thakor, a blogger who is being held in Klong Prem prison. Suwicha was sentenced to 10 years in prison on 3 April on a charge of lese majeste although there was no evidence against him. He is neither a politician nor an activist, and never criticised the king or posted articles about him. A pardon for this innocent man who has already suffered too much would serve as gesture that confirmed what the king said on his birthday in 2005. “In reality, I am not above criticism,” the king said. “I do not fear criticism if it concerns what I do wrong. It is thanks to this that I will be able to realise my mistakes. If you say the king cannot be criticised, it means the king is not a man.”The letter also asked the king to intercede to obtain the withdrawal of all charges against the following Internet users:Giles Ji Ungpakorn, a political science professor at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, who was charged with lese majeste on 20 January in connection with a book entitled “A coup for the rich” that was published in 2007 and could be downloaded from his website. He never criticised the king.Jonathan Head, the BBC’s Southeast Asia correspondent, who was accused of lese majeste by Lt. Col. Wattanasak Shinawatra on 23 December 2008 without any evidence. There is no information about the current state of the investigation against him.Nat Sattayapornpisut, a blogger who was held for 10 days in October for sending video links to a blogger in Spain who is campaigning for the repeal of the lese majeste law. “When you criticise a law, you are not criticising the king or threatening national security,” Reporters Without Borders said at the time (http://www.rsf.org/Online-censorship-and-arrests-of.html). Nat was accused of breaking the 2007 Computer Crime Act but no decision has no far been taken on his case.Praya Pichai, a blogger who was accused in September 2007 of criticising the royal family. The public prosecutor has until 2017 to decide whether or not to prosecute him, which is unacceptable from the viewpoint of both the right of defence and the right to free expression.Tasaparn Rattawongsa, a doctor at Thon Buri hospital, Theeranan Wipuchan, a former UBS Securities executive, Katha Pajajiriyapong, an employee at the KT ZMICO brokerage house and Somchets Ittiworakul. They are all charged under section 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act with posting false information endangering national security. All they did was seek an explanation for the fall in the Bangkok stock exchange (http://www.rsf.org/Three-Internet-users-arrested-for.html and http://www.rsf.org/Online-censorship-and-arrests-of.html).“We hope that King Bhumibol Adulyadej will respond positively to this request for a royal pardon,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By violating the freedom of expression of Thailand’s citizens, charges of lese majeste and endangering national security under the 2007 Computer Crime Act are hurting the image of both the king and his kingdom.” Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out more News Organisation News
Amid the Oscar buzz, student filmmakers are gearing up for their own event, the 25th annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival.The festival will feature 14 films representing the work of 31 student filmmakers, and will be held in the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Screenings will begin at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The running time for each screening will be just under two hours.Maria Massa Ted Mandell, associate professor of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) and founder of the festival, said the purpose of the event is to share and recognize the work of film students.“It’s an event to showcase the great work our students do, to give them an audience for their films and to provide a launching pad for their future careers in the film and television industries,” Mandell said. “This might be one of the best collections of films in one festival that we’ve ever had.”Mandell, also a producer for Fighting Irish Digital Media, said he founded the festival in his second year teaching film production in the FTT department as a way for students to share their work with more than just their professors, families and friends.“When I was a student here, I graduated in 1986, the only time we screened our films was during graduation weekend for our parents. After I returned as a member of the faculty, I thought the student work should be seen by a larger audience,” he said.There will be one award given for the single best film in the festival, as determined by audience preference, Mandell said.“We’re excited about the Audience Choice Award, which allows the audience to vote for their favorite film via text right after the show,” he said. “We will present the award before the final screening Saturday night to the winning filmmakers.”One film that has been selected for the festival and is eligible for this honor is “Lilith’s Game,” a horror film created by seniors Anthony Patti and Johnny Whichard.Patti said it was rewarding for the partners to have their film selected for the festival.“I was incredibly excited when I found out,” Patti said. “The film process is pretty strenuous, so making it to the festival, while it wasn’t the goal, was certainly a nice pay-off.“Movies are made to be watched, so being guaranteed an audience is pretty much the best a film maker can ask for.”Patti said believes the risks he and Whichard took in the making of their film will allow it to hold up against the competition and have a chance at earning the Audience Choice Award.“The film demanded everything effort-wise and my partner and I decided to take a lot of risks that ended up paying off,” Patti said. “I haven’t seen many of the other films, but I do have faith in the film Jonny and I made, and I do think it’ll at least be a contender.”The natural unpredictability of filmmaking made the process difficult, Patti said, but working at Notre Dame provides an advantage.“Whether it’s in the classroom or on the movie set film is very up and down,” he said. “You’ll have one week with nothing to do followed by another week of non-stop work with no sleep and no food.“Despite how difficult film is as a craft, it’s relatively easy to make a movie at Notre Dame because everyone is so friendly and obliging.”The films featured in each year’s festival are drawn equally from all films produced in the last two semesters — spring and fall 2013 — from the beginner, intermediate and advanced production courses by the professors teaching those courses, Patti said. The filmmakers behind each film are notified and allowed one last round of editing to prepare their work for the festival.“Lillith’s Game” has a 10 minute and 57 second running time, which makes it the fourth longest film of the 14, and was produced last semester for an intermediate production course, Patti said.Patti said the pair began work on their film on the first day of the fall semester. They logged six total days of filming, with shifts ranging from two to 12 hours and three main locations — the off-campus house of their lead actor, the Cedar Grove cemetery and the forest near the campus lakes.Patti said he urges everyone in the University community to attend the festival because each of the 31 student filmmakers has an important story or message to convey.“People should come to the festival because, despite the misconception that media students blow off school, the department is full of passionate storytellers who love their craft and truly have something to say,” Patti said.Mandell said another reason to attend is to see the work of some of these filmmakers before they make it big.“In 2011, festival alumnus Peter Richardson won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for Best Documentary. Some of these filmmakers will go on to very successful careers in the film and television industries. Our alums are executives at television networks, Hollywood screenwriters, editors, cinematographers, sound mixers, etc,” Mandell said. “The Student Film Festival is where they got their start.”Patti said he hopes to eventually join the numbers of film festival alumni who have gone on to work in Hollywood.“Right now my plan is to do a little mission work after school, but after that head out to Hollywood with a backpack and a cardboard sign saying ‘will film for food,’” Patti said.Tickets for the festival can be purchase online or in person through the DPAC box office. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for students and children.Tags: Student Film Festival
NFL suspends Malik McDowell after he was caught on tape wrestling cop, report says Raiders’ Richie Incognito gets 2-game suspension for funeral home incident last August Chargers’ Melvin Gordon will ‘sit as long as he has to,’ agent says However, NFLPA executive DeMaurice Smith doesn’t see this benefiting the players. “I don’t see an 18-game schedule — under any circumstance — being in the best interest of our players,” Smith told ESPN on Friday. “If somebody wants to make an 18-game proposal, we’ll look at it. I haven’t seen anything that makes me think that it would be good for the players.” Related News Smith did confirm a Wall Street Journal report stating the league brought the idea to early negotiations. But, he doubled down on his stance and doesn’t see it happening.”Fans and media discuss what would happen to ratings and revenue or whether (18 games) is a good idea or bad idea. For us, it comes down to who players are as men and is it good for us,” Smith said. “If a coal miner is willing to spend more time in the hole, does it likely result in more money? Yeah. Is that a good thing for him as a person? Probably not. That’s the question nobody confronts. It’s easy to say it’s more money. But is it good for us? The answer is no.” While league executives may be on board for expanding the season, it will take a lot to sway the NFL Players Association.There has been talk of adding two more games to push the current 16-game NFL season to 18. A number of the league’s 32 owners are in favor of revisiting the idea, or considering an expanded playoff field, as the NFL and NFLPA begin to ramp up negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. The current collective bargaining agreement will end after the 2020 season and the expanded schedule is just one of the topics both parties will discuss. Owners also appear willing to make adjustments to the union on the commissioner’s disciplinary authority and the league’s marijuana policy.
“For me, Lewandowski is one of the best and most complete strikers of the past decade and currently the best attacker. He has exceptional skills,” added Muller.After having secured their eight consecutive Bundesliga title, Bayern are turning their attentions to the fight for a treble, as they have advanced to the final of the German Cup and are close to reaching the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, after defeating Chelsea away in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie.“Hansi Flick has done a really great job so far, he has given the team confidence. I trust Flick and the players”, concluded Muller.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Former Germany international Dieter Muller described Robert Lewandowski as the best striker in the world, but says the Pole will never break the record set by Gerd Muller, who scored 40 goals in the 1971/72 Bundesliga season.Poland’s captain has found the net 33 times this season and looks set to be crowned the Bundesliga’s top scorer for the fifth time in his career, as he has scored seven more goals than second-placed Timo Werner with just one game left to play. There had been speculation that “Lewy” would be able to break Muller’s record, but his namesake Dieter expressed his doubts.“It’s incredibly difficult to reach that result. You may have an injury and the season is over for you. I think no one will beat Muller’s 40 goals in the future, this record is unthreatened,” Muller told Germany’s Abendzeitung newspaper on Tuesday.However, the two-time Bundesliga top scorer praised Lewandowski as a complete striker. “He shoots equally well on the left and on the right, he is strong at heading and can use his teammates well,” said the German.
#SAMAKESMEHAPPY CONTEST WINNERS TREATED TO MORNING FULL OF SURPRISES & BACKSTAGE PASS TO MEET BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT CHAMPION RUNHAPPY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Local fans and social media contest winners were treated to a morning full of their favorite jockeys, breakfast at famed Clockers’ Corner and some one on one time with Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Runhappy this past Saturday at Santa Anita Park.Santa Anita created the hashtag #SAMakesMeHappy and asked fans to share photos of their favorite moments here at The Great Race Place. Five winners were then chosen at random from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and were asked to attend for a truly memorable experience.The winners and their guests indulged in breakfast at Clockers’ Corner, earned a “Swag Bag” full of gifts, passes for the season and even the coveted 2016 Calendar, a week early! During breakfast, the fans were surprised by some of their favorite jockeys who stopped by to take photos and sign autographs.After watching Runhappy train during the last set of the morning for his southern California debut in Opening Day’s Grade I Malibu, the entire group was allowed on the backside for a meet ‘n’ greet with the champ and his entire team.Winners Cassie Raichel, Dona Mueller Mastin, Julie Helscher, Angie Espinoza and Jose Garcia were able to observe Runhappy cool out while they spoke with his trainer Laura Wohlers and fan favorite, groom, Cordell Anderson. Runhappy took his daily roll in the sand and after his bath, stood for endless photos with the enthusiastic group.Get your 2016 wall calendar amongst other Opening Day promotions here at the track on Opening Day, Saturday, December 26!Go to santaanita.com/featured-events for all the information about Opening Day!
Gardai have raided three different premises in Co Donegal as part of an investigation into people trafficking.A total of six people have now been moved to a ‘safe house’ outside of Donegal by Gardai and the HSE.The men are aged in their 20s and 50s and are all foreign national. Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell said the men were delighted to see Gardai when they raided the premises.The leading Garda described the men’s situation as “a modern form of slavery.”Inspector O’Donnell said the investigation centered around various issues including the amount the men were being paid, the food they were being given and the conditions they were bing kept in.He added that in 30 years service in An Garda Siochana, this was the first time he had come across such situation. He added that he was now confident arrests will be made in relation to their investigation.“This is a very serious crime in relation to human tracking. It is a form of modern slavery. We expect to make arrests and are liaising with other agencies. Going forward and I would expect that people responsible will be arrested,” he said.GARDAI EXPECT ARRESTS AFTER ‘MODERN SLAVERY’ UNCOVERED IN DONEGAL was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGarda Inspector Pat O’Donnellmodern slaveryraids
24 November 2015Bilateral talks between South Africa and Italy, with a view to renewing political and economic relations, were held in Rome between the two countries this month.Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, minister of international relations and co- operation, met her Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni, minister of foreign affairs. The two exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern, including enhancing trade and investment, and exploring further areas of co- operation such as the development of small business, infrastructure and the ocean economy, among others.The two ministers discussed the current European migration crisis, security issues and terrorism. Gentiloni was officially invited to visit South Africa during the course of 2016, said the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.A memorandum of understanding between the nations was signed in 2003 to establish a framework for regular bilateral consultations at ministerial or deputy ministerial level. Areas of co-operation under the framework included science and technology, police, defence, tourism, arts and culture, and agriculture, among others.Bilateral trade between Italy and South Africa increased remarkably last year, reaching a six-year high after rising almost R7-billion.Trade figures are expected to increase following an announcement this year that South Africa was among three countries identified by the Italian government as a potential strategic supplier of products such as raw materials, and semi-finished and intermediate products in metallurgical, steel, alloys and foundries.South Africa’s exports to Italy are dominated by mineral products, hides and skins, and iron ores; there is scope for increased exports of agricultural products, platinum, titanium and alloys. Imports from Italy consist mainly of machinery, vehicles, electrical and electronic equipment as well as pharmaceutical products.Source: South African Government News Agency
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The 2006 National Touch League (NTL) The 2006 NTL, taking place in March 2006, is being used as part of the selection process for the 2007 World Cup to be held in January 2007 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This means that for the selection of senior teams to attend the 2007 World Cup in South Africa, there will be differences in several of the age categories for the 2006 NTL. The differences need to be there as the World Cup is being held in 2007, a different year to the 2006 NTL obviously. With all previous World Cups, the NTL and World Cup have been held in the same calendar year and the problem with age requirements has not arisen. This is not the case for the 2006 NTL and January 2007 World Cup. Please note that age requirements will return to normal for the 2007 NTL and continue to remain so, unless a special requirement arises such as International selection. The age requirements for the 2006 NTL are as follows: Men’s 20 Years and Under: Born 1986 or after Women’s 20 Years and Under: Born 1986 or after Men’s 30 Years and Over: Born on or before 1976 Women’s 30 Years and Over: Born on or before 1976 Men’s 35 Years and Over: Born on or before 1971 Women’s 35 Years and Over: Born on or before 1970 Men’s 40 Years and Over: Born on or before 1966 Women’s 40 Years and Over: Born on or before 1965 Men’s 45 Years and Over: Born on or before 1960 Men’s 50 Years and Over: Born on or before 1955 If you have any enquiries please contact NTL Tournament Director Jon Pratt on (02) 6285 2703