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first_img Organisation News ThailandAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts ThailandAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar As the end of King Bumibol Adulyadej’s reignapproaches, the monarchy has become an evermore sensitive issue. At the start of January2009, the information and communications ministerannounced that the government was goingto invest 500 million baht (1.1 million euros) toput in place a national filtering systemto block websites hostedabroad that could damage themonarchy. Since December 2008,the ministry has decided to stepup the fight against the crime oflese majeste online. More than4,000 websites have beenblocked since the start of 2009.However, official sources say that only 4,800pages have been blocked for this reason sinceMarch 2008.Under the Cyber Crime Act, adopted in 2007,police can seize computer equipment of peoplesuspected of sending message containing insultingor pornographic content. The crime oflese-majeste did not appear in this law. But atthe start of 2009, an amendment was addedproviding for prison sentences for anyone suspectedof the crime of lese-majeste so as to increasesentences in cases of “defamation”,“insult” or “threat to the monarchy”.Almost a score of people are currently facingcharges of this crime because of their articlesposted online. Internet user Suwicha Thakorwas arrested on 14 January 2009 by the Departmentof Special Investigation (DSI), while he wasvisiting friends in the country. The IP address ofhis computer indicated that his home correspondedto the place from which commentsabout the king and his entourage had beenposted. He is being held at the KlongPrem prison, even though he deniescharges of the “crime of lese-majeste”against him. Two bail applicationshave been denied.Blogger Praya Pichai spent twoweeks in custody, facing proceedingsunder Article 14 for “defamation” and“damaging national security” at the end of August2007 for making comments considered“critical of the monarchy” in an article posted onhis blog (http://www.propaganda.forumotion.com/). The Thaiauthorities dropped charges against him for lackof proof. However, Praya Pichai has been putunder surveillance for ten years and faces prisonif he publishes any further comments about themonarchy.The crime of lese-majese is punishable by 3 to15 years in prison and any Thai citizen can askfor the opening of an investigation if he suspectsone of his fellow citizens to be guilty of it. center_img Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom March 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thailand June 12, 2020 Find out more News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out more May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand Newslast_img read more

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Inspiring tomorrow’s active citizens

first_imgWith the new school year under way, Brand South Africa and the Department of Basic Education are inspiring learners to work hard and achieve excellence in academics and extramural activities.Play Your Part ambassador and marketing specialist, Sindi Mqutheni, challenged learners to achieve their goals for this year. (Images: Brand South Africa)Phindi MadunaToday Brand South Africa collaborated with the Department of Basic Education to kick-start the beginning of the new school year at Ratanda Primary School in the Sedibeng East District of Gauteng.The beginning of each year brings possibilities and opportunities to endeavour to achieve new goals. It is in this spirit that the Department of Basic Education and Brand South Africa wanted to inspire learners to play their part in the development of their future and that of their communities by not only staying in school but also striving for excellence in their academics, sports and extramural activities.In order to the attain this, learners need the support from and cooperation of their guardians, educators and members of their communities, said Ms Mabaso, Foundation Phase Head of Department.Toni Gumede, Brand South Africa’s stakeholder relationship manager, future active citizens will know their responsibility to their communities and country.Ms Mabaso addressed some guardians and many new and returning learners of Ratanda Primary School at the school’s first assembly for 2018. Ms Mabaso emphasised the importance of guardians being involved in their children’s school life and helping them manage the different aspects of it.She urged guardians to ask educators and community members for help and ensure that their children are punctual for school, up to date with their homework assignments, and dressed smartly.The most important thing, she concluded, is that learners, guardians, educators and community members work together.Play Your Part ambassador, Ms Sindi Mqutheni was the keynote speaker who motivated learners who were excitedly waiting to start the beginning of the academic year.She challenged the learners to write down the goals that they hope to achieve this year, develop a plan of action on how they are going to reach those goals and stick to it. In that way, she imparted the importance of the characteristics of ambition, hard work and discipline on the part of learners.This is the role that learners are encouraged to play in developing themselves, their communities and the country.“Brand South Africa believes that by making children aware of their roles and responsibilities to themselves, their communities and their country, we are contributing to their upbringing as future active citizens,” added Ms Toni Gumede, Stakeholder Relationship Manager at Brand South Africa.last_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka World Cup final: Gambhir, Kohli up the tempo against Lanka

first_imgChasing 275, India are 86/2 in 16 overs with Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli at the crease against Sri Lanka in the World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Live score | Latest match photos There was major disappointment in sort for the Indian fans as Lasith Malinga claimed Virender Sehwag on the second ball of the India innings trapping him leg-before.Post that wicket, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir were trying to revive the innings and they were doing it at a good rate scoring in boundaries. But, as they say good things don’t last long and their partnership too ended early and again the man in question was Malinga. Tendulkar went for a cut but ended up giving an edge to keeper Sangakkara with 32/2 on board. He scored 18.Sri Lanka innings Mahela Jayawardene scored a ton as Sri Lanka put 274/6 in 50 overs against India in the World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan started of cautiously as India seamers S Sreesanth and Zaheer Khan got busy trying to keep a good line after Sri Lanka won the toss.Soon Zaheer got the man he wanted claiming opener Upul Tharanga on the first ball of the seventh over. The ball took the edge of Tharanga’s bat and Virender Sehwag took a fine catch in the first slip. Sri Lanka score at the stage 17/1.In the 17th over Harbhajan Singh accounted for the other opener Tillakaratne Dilshan with his turner. It was a soft dismissal that took away the batsman’s leg stump when he was trying to sweep the ball down the leg side. He fell for 33 and Lanka fell to 60/2.advertisementPost that wicket, captain Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene started off slowly dealing in singles but gradually upped the tempo. The duo had put 62 runs for the third wicket, when Yuvraj Singh got the man India wanted. An edge of Sangakkara’s bat was lapped up by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps on 48 and Sri Lanka went down to 122/3 in the 28th over.Yuvraj Singh could have got another wicket in the form of Thilan Samaraweera, but the replays showed that ball had not touched the batsman’s gloves or the bat before landing in skipper Dhoni’s gloves. Soon Mahela Jayawardene and left-hand batsman Tilhan Samaraweera got on with a partnership. But as has been the case in this match whenever two batsmen got going Yuvraj got the breakthrough. Here too when the duo had put 57 runs for the fourth wicket Yuvraj Singh claimed Samaraweera on 21 with an LBW written against his name.  Sri Lanka were 179/4 at the stage.There was more to come as Zaheer Khan struck back and removed new man Chamara Kapugedera with a well disguised slower ball. Kapugedera ended up giving an easy catch to Suresh Raina at mid-wicket and Sri Lanka were reduced to 182/5.Jayawardene went on to complete his century and he did it in good time using just 85 ball to reach there. In the 48th over off Zaheer Khan, he hit consecutive fours to reach the milestone. But Zaheer proved to be a little lucky on the last ball of his over with Nuwan Kulasekara getting run out on 248/6.But, the drama was far from over as new man Thissara Perera plundered him in the last over helping the team put on 274/6. He hit two consecutive fours and then a massive six off the last ball nullified Zaheer Khan’s efforts that had seen him bowl three maiden overs at the start of the innings.In fact, Sri Lanka scored 54 runs in the last five overs – their highest total in Batting Powerplay in this World Cup.TeamsSri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Thissara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan  India: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanthlast_img read more

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Quarter-finals begin at National Youth Championships

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThe quarter-finalists of the National Youth Championships have been decided on day three at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.As expected Queensland Secondary Schools Touch and New South Wales Combined High Schools have dominated proceedings in the girls and boys’ divisions.They finished on top of the table in their respective groups and divisions.In the girls, QSST remained undefeated as did NSWCHS.QSST finished first followed by New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges, South Queensland Swans and New South Wales Touch Association Development Team.NSWTA Development sneaked into the top four on a superior for and against from South Australia Heat who were the unlucky ones to miss out.In Pool B, NSWCHS finished on top followed by Victoria, Brisbane City Cobras and Sunshine Coast.In the boys’ division, NSWCHS were winners of Pool A, finishing ahead of Central Queensland Bulls, NSWTA Development and Brisbane City Cobras.In Pool B, QSST was first followed by NSWCCC, Western Tigers and New South Wales Combined Independent Schools.The quarter-finals start at 3.30pm on Friday with the winners advancing to the semi-finals on Saturday.Girls’ quarter-finals:QSST v Sunshine Coast.NSWCHS v NSWTA Development.NSWCCC v Brisbane City Cobras.Victoria v South Queensland Swans.Boys’ quarter-finals:NSWCHS v NSWCIS.QSST v Brisbane City Cobras.Central Queensland Bulls v Western Tigers.NSWCCC v NSWTA Development.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNYC quarter-finalslast_img read more

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5 Bold Predictions For The South Region Of The NCAA Tournament

first_imgFive bold predictions for the South Region. Miami Plug DanceTwitter/@MiamiHurricanesThe 2016 NCAA Tournament gets underway tonight with the first pair of play-in games. Play in the South Region begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on tru TV, with two 11-seeds, Wichita State and Vanderbilt, facing off for the right to play Vanderbilt. The South Region is very intriguing. It contains the No. 1 overall seed in the field, along with a number of teams capable of busting the bracket. We’ll find out which team emerges on March 26 at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville.We’re here to help you make your picks in the South, but we’re not going with just chalk. Without further ado, let’s look at our five bold predictions for the South Region. Get Started: Wichita State “Shocks” The Competition >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

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Game of Thrones stars crash Harington’s SNL monologue

first_imgLos Angeles: ‘Game of Thrones’ stars Emilia Clarke and John Bradley crashed Kit Harington’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue and demanded spoilers about the final season from him. ‘Game of Thrones’ star Harington hosted an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ on April 6 and had to field questions during his monologue about “who wins ‘Game of Thrones’. Some of those questions came from his own co-stars Clarke and Bradley as well as his real-life wife Rose Leslie, reports variety.com. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaClarke stood up in the audience and asked if he could at least share “a sense of how it ends”. When Harington pointed out that she already knows because she is in the show, she replied: “Well yeah but I forgot. It’s been so damn long since the last season, plus a lot of my scenes are talking to a dragon, which is just a tennis ball on a green pole. I have no idea what’s actually happening.” Bradley then stood up to ask what happened to his character, Samwell Tarly, because “they only let me see two pages of the script and all my character says is, ‘Arhhhh’.” “What did it say in the script before that?” Harington asked. “Dragon opens mouth,” Bradley replied. Season 8 will premiere internationally on April 14.last_img read more

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