RSF to attend website journalists’ trial in Phuket

first_imgNews Alan Morison, the Australian editor of the Phuket-based news website Phuketwan, and Chutima Sidasathian, one of his Thai reporters, are facing up to seven years in prison on charges of defaming the Thai navy and violating the Computer Crimes Act (CCA), a draconian 2007 law that gives the authorities a great deal of leeway to gag online critics and arrest journalists and bloggers for political reasons.Morison and Chutima were charged in December 2013 in connection with a July 2013 article quoting a paragraph from a Reuters special report on the smuggling of Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Burma to Malaysia via Thailand and the involvement of Thai human traffickers.Along with other media outlets and NGOs, these two journalists were among the first to draw attention to the trafficking in Rohingya refugees and the abuses to which they are exposed.The quoted paragraph claimed that “Thai naval forces” were paid to turn a blind eye to this people trafficking but did not explicitly name the Thai Royal Navy. Although they charged Morison and Chutima, the Thai authorities have never made any attempt to bring legal proceedings against Reuters.“The trial of these two journalists, who just did their job as news providers with a great deal of professionalism, poses a great danger to all those independent voices in Thailand who want to use their freedom of expression and information,” Ismaïl said.“We urge Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his military government to end their policy of harassing the media. They need to understand that the media do not threaten national security or political stability but, on the contrary, help to improve society.”More than a year has passed since the military staged a coup in Thailand, but freedom of information continues to decline as Gen. Prayut keeps on threatening the media and tightening his grip on their activities.On 25 June, the government organized a meeting with journalists to teach them how to ask questions that would not offend him. Government spokesman said the meeting was held with 200 local and foreign journalists in order to promote their “understanding” of the government.In March, the prime minister said he would “probably execute” journalists who did not toe the government line.The foreign media are also harassed. A Bangkok round-table discussion organized by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) and Human Rights Watch was cancelled at the last minute by the government on 26 June. It was to have coincided with the release of a Human Rights Watch report on the persecution of Montagnard Christians, a religious and ethnic minority, in Vietnam.The government said it could have “affected relations” between Thailand and Vietnam and endangered “national security.”It was the third time in a month that the military government has ordered the cancellation of an event organized by the FCCT. The FCCT has meanwhile reported several cases of foreign journalists having problems renewing their accreditation.Thailand is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index. ThailandAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information ThailandAsia – Pacific News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the trial of two website journalists that is due to begin on 14 July in the southwestern province of Phuket and calls for all the charges to be dropped. Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of its Asia-Pacific desk, will be present as an observer at the trial, which is expected to last three days. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar June 12, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand August 21, 2020 Find out more News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years July 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF to attend website journalists’ trial in Phuket Organisation Receive email alerts to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom RSF_en last_img read more

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Trauma Tuesday: Peloton Edition

first_imgCrystal City from Patriot on Vimeo.There is something about a bike crash video that is especially cringeworthy. Even low-speed accidents elicit winches, gasps, and/or stomach aches. Maybe it’s the fact that you are connected to a large, spiky in places machine that has no qualms about mangling you even if you don’t crash. Maybe it’s the fact that you are traveling at high speed either over rocks and dirt or hard-as-pavement pavement – neither of which do that great a job at breaking your fall. Maybe It’s all of the above.This particular crash at the Crystal Cup outside Washington, D.C. is a perfect storm of miscalculations, unfortunate circumstances, and balls-out riding. The action gets going at around the :30 second mark when a rider trailing the peloton – not the car – clips the race marshal, then nearly gets run over by the pace car that is coming back around. So the pace car is coming back around, which means the peloton is also coming back around. The situation goes from bad to worse, as other officials begin to yell for the riders to “stay left,” when they need to stay right. One rider – Tim Rugg – tries to thread the needle with a bold line to bunny hop move I’m sure he’s practiced a hundred times for just this situation. Unfortunately, the prone race marshal is 5′ 7″, not 5′ 5″, and he takes the brunt of the impact – besides the marshal’s face of course which gets smashed into the hard-as-pavement pavement. Also narrowly avoiding getting run down by the cycling hoard is the male sheriff’s deputy who employs some supremely fancy foot work and body gyration control in the middle of the melee at the 1:11 mark.Side note: a rider cruises to a stop to the left side of the white pace car as the carnage unfolds and takes off on foot out of the frame at the  1:13 mark. Where is he going? Is this the moment he decides he’s had enough of this dangerous sport and just walks off into the sunset of cycling retirement?No serious injuries were reported, and there is a pretty healthy debate in the comments on the Vimeo page of the video, so it’s worth it to check them out.Also here is a hilarious cycling related bonus fail gif from the Giro d’Italia:ku-mediumlast_img read more

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Chelsea considering making final offer for forward – report

first_imgChelsea are considering making a final improved offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany international André Schürrle, according to The Guardian.The Bundesliga outfit are reported to have turned down a £16m offer for the 21-year-old forward.The Sun say Chelsea’s Michael Essien is being lined up for a £10m move to Fenerbahce.The Daily Mail say the Turkish club are preparing an £8m bid for Essien and have also enquired about Blues midfielder Raul Meireles.Meanwhile, Fulham have again been linked with a move for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.The Daily Mirror say the Whites, Aston Villa and Sunderland are all keen on the England international.QPR and West Brom are on the trail of Argentina star Cristian Ansaldi, according to The Sun.The Rubin Kazan full-back, 25, is said to have been attracting attention from a host of top clubs, including Chelsea.And a number of today’s papers pick up on comments made by Joey Barton’s agent Willie McKay, who believes the QPR midfielder may join Marseille with Stephane Mbia moving in the opposite direction. This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Raiders mailbag: No Antonio Brown questions? I’ll answer anyway

first_imgNAPA — Back at it Thursday following the mandatory player’s day off. Was surprised there were no inquiries about Antonio Brown so I’ll start there and then get into the questions.Perhaps it’s because there are so many sides to the Raiders’ biggest acquisition people don’t know where to start.Here’s the deal so far. Brown looked great in the handful of one-on-one drills he participated in Tuesday, and at this point there’s no reason to believe there is anything longterm going on with regard …last_img

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With Mike Yastrzemski out, Giants turn to relatively untested left fielder

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski missed Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with soreness in his left hand/wrist and is considered day to day after he was hit by a pitch in the Bay Bridge Series finale against the A’s.Yastrzemski was hit by a Jake Diekman pitch in the seventh inning Sunday in what became a 5-4 Giants win. Yastrzemski stayed in the game and was later caught stealing third …last_img

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Heritage Day to celebrate World Cup

first_imgSouth Africans supported the 2010 Fifa World Cup and national team Bafana Bafana as a nation united. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library)On 24 September 2010, South Africa celebrates its national Heritage Day, which aims to highlight and promote the country’s diverse cultural expressions – such as music, languages, food, and craft – and heritage. These important factors together contribute significantly to nation building.During this year’s Heritage Month, the South African government will celebrate the successes of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and the contribution of all South Africans in making the tournament the triumph that it was.While events will take place all around the country under the theme Celebrating 2010 Fifa World Cup successes: our heritage, the main gathering will be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 24 September, with President Jacob Zuma in attendance.South Africa’s globally acclaimed hosting of the World Cup has instilled a spirit of hope and the belief that the country can achieve even greater things.“The successful hosting of the tournament has become part of our legacy and national heritage, and will always be a source of inspiration and hope to future generations,” said government spokesperson Themba Maseko.‘Keep the spirit of ubuntu going’Earlier in September, Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana urged South Africans to use Heritage Month to deepen the country’s humanity and unity, as they did during the World Cup.Let us work together to sustain the spirit of ubuntu and patriotism that prevailed during the global event,” Xingwana said.She urged South Africans to celebrate their collective achievements during the Fifa World Cup, from the building of infrastructure to the feeling of goodwill and exuberance that pervaded the country. The hard work and sacrifices of the various sectors of society during the World Cup is just cause for celebration this Heritage Day.“We believe that it is important to sustain the positive memory [of the World Cup], and mobilise all the sectors of our society in the celebration of this distinctive period in the history of our country,” Xingwana said.She added that it was important to keep the World Cup momentum going, and to commit as a nation to strive towards social cohesion.• Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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2014 will be momentous, says Zuma

first_img6 January 2014The year ahead will be a momentous year for South Africa as the country marks its 20 years of freedom and democracy, President Jacob Zuma said in his New Year message.Zuma said that the year ahead would give South Africans an opportunity to reflect on how the country had achieved its freedom and democracy – and on the progress it had made in the last two decades.“We will also reflect on how we will continue to work together as a nation as we implement our vision 2030 as outlined in the National Development Plan,” Zuma said in a statement last week.InspiredSouth Africa was a much better place than it was in 1994, he said, and life had changed for millions of South Africans. But “our work is not yet completed. We must continue working together in 2014 to build a South Africa of our dreams . we must continue to build a South Africa which inspires people to achieve greater things for themselves and their country”.Zuma said a prosperous South Africa would be achieved when there was work for everyone, when it became a society where everyone could make a meaningful contribution to the development of the country.‘Unity must be the rock’He said that as South Africans came to terms with their loss of former president Nelson Mandela, they needed to emulate his values and continue to build on his legacy.“In his memory, we must continue to reconcile and to unite our rainbow nation to deepen non-racialism. More importantly unity must be the rock upon which our nation is built, to borrow from Mandela’s own words.”Zuma called on South Africans to unite beyond barriers of race, creed, and gender or class so that the country could succeed in confronting the challenges it faces. South Africans needed to work harder to build a caring society which loved, protected and developed its children, he said.“We should also build stronger relations with the world, building on Madiba’s achievements as a citizen of the world and a global icon who opened up our country to many new friend and development partners.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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SA couple row across the world

first_imgRiaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys did the unthinkable in a 133-day quest across 10 765 kilometres of ocean. (Images: Riaan Manser) • Karen Jurgens Riaan Manser Adventure +27 021 820 7373 [email protected] • Solms-Delta lives a transformation ethos • Cape Town’s Open Streets bring the people out to play • Life’s a beach in South Africa • Travel and tourism boom for South Africa • Durbs on list for New7Wonder CitiesRomaana NaidooSouth African “oar-some” couple, Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys, did the unthinkable when they took their Spirit of Madiba on an unforgettable adventure.Never in her wildest dreams did Geldenhuys think that a simple request for a New York holiday would result in a 133-day quest across 10 765 kilometres of ocean. Manser said he would take her, but that they were going to go his way – by rowing boat. Geldenhuys embraced his idea, through naivety, and the rest is literally history.Braving torrential storms, blistered hands and food poisoning, the couple tested their 14-year relationship as they rowed from Morocco to Manhattan in a journey that became known as TakeMe2NY. They arrived in New York on Friday night, 20 June, South African time.They are the first people to have rowed from mainland Africa to mainland United States. Geldenhuys also became the first woman from the African continent to have rowed across any ocean.Manser explained that when they landed in Morocco they heard about the death of Nelson Mandela and as a small token of gratitude to what he had meant in their lives, they named their boat Spirit of Madiba. They first headed to the Canary Islands and then down to Cape Verde before they hit Barbados. According to Manser’s support team, there was “no support boat, no ablution facilities, no luxury; just Riaan, Vasti, their combined determination and a 7m rowing boat with their supplies”.Fishing for foodThe couple intended to row 20 hours a day, taking two hourly shifts at a time. With the huge amount of calories they were burning daily, they replenished with high-calorie freeze dried foods. Other nourishment was supplied by the ocean, and the couple had to catch their own food.Manser, an adventure junky, and Geldenhuys, a lawyer, mentally and physically prepared for their gruelling expedition by training daily on a stationary rowing machine and spinning bike. This, accompanied by an extensive knowledge of the Atlantic Ocean and their vessel, which became their new home, helped them ahead of the voyage.“Although we are both very active, taking part in mountain bike races, jogging and swimming, we didn’t do endurance training,” Manser said. “The most difficult part of this trip was not the physical rowing, which was already excruciating on our bodies, but more the mental torture this trip takes you through. You have to constantly convince yourself it is worth it, or that it is going to be worth it. It’s very monotonous and with the same view every day for four-and-a-half months, it’s gruelling mentally.”Asked how he was able to persuade his fiancée to take the trip, he answered that she “wanted to do something great in her life, something she could be proud of”.They learned everything there was to know about each other on the expedition. “You spend a lot of time together. We have been in a relationship for more than 14 years so we know each other pretty well, but one thing we have learned is that arguing about things really doesn’t get you anywhere, that you have to be patient with each other. Being right is not always being happy.” They arrived in New York on Friday night, 20 June, South African time.You gotta wannaAs for how they managed on such a small boat, Manser said: “We often joked about it. We said ‘you gotto wanna’. You got to want to. When times were tough, this escalated to ‘you gotto.’ We knew our journey would not be complete until we reached our destination, New York. So every minute spent on that small space was with a goal. Getting across the Atlantic or getting to mainland USA in Miami would not have been good enough. Getting to New York was our goal.“We also realised that you don’t need much space. The ‘bathroom’ was outside and the kitchen, bedroom, living room, closet etc was our 1.5m by 1.5m space inside the cabin.”He explained: “The worst times were when our boat was capsized by a 7m wave while we were rowing.” Geldenhuys was stuck underneath the boat; Manser was thrown into the ocean and had to swim back to the boat. Another time, Manser drifted away from the boat while trying to film. There was no way the boat could have been stopped or turned, so he had to grab on to a fishing line and be reeled in.“The 900-foot container ships bearing down on us, and with some near misses, provided for some near heart-stopping moments.”Adventure junkyManser is no stranger to adventure. He has cycled 37 000 kilometres through 34 countries, covering the perimeter of Africa. This achievement earned him the title Out There Adventurer of the Year 2006 and led to his book, Around Africa on my Bicycle.TakeMe2NY was his fourth world-first expedition. In July 2009, Manser paddled 5 000 kilometres in 11 months in a kayak around Madagascar. He was alone and unaided. During this adventure, he was imprisoned and held captive by rebels.His travels then took him to Iceland, where he paddled 2 300 kilometres around Iceland with Dan Skinstad in a double sea-kayak over a five month period in March 2011. “We always knew that we would have delays during the winter due to bad weather, but we could never have predicted how long we would be delayed,” Manser explained.He has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and descended to Lake Assal, the highest and lowest points on the continent. The Explorer’s Club in New York – whose members include the first man to reach the North Pole, the first to reach the South Pole, the top of Everest, the deepest point in the ocean and the first man on the moon – extended a special invitation to Manser to speak before its illustrious organisation.last_img read more

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Small Unmanned Aerial Systems webinar covers legal issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are plenty of questions out there about the legalities of the use of drones or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). A recent Ohio State University Extension webinar addressed some of the legal aspects of UAV operation in particular.“We are on a project to talk about small UAS in agriculture and preparing for the legal issues that we’re seeing and will continue to see evolve with the development of this new technology,” said Peggy Hall, Ohio State University assistant professor of Agricultural and Resource Law. “After much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published proposed regulations that would govern the operation of drones used for agricultural and other activities. The proposal would allow farmers and ranchers to operate drones, referred to in the rule as ‘unmanned aircraft’ and ‘unmanned aerial systems,’ subject to requirements intended to address public safety and national security concerns.“Under the proposed small UAS rule, operators must comply with a certification process, register and maintain aircraft, and follow limitations on aircraft operation. Of the proposed limitations, agricultural operators might have concerns about a ‘visual line-of-sight’ rule requiring that operators have visual contact with aircraft, a flight ceiling of 500 feet above ground level and prohibitions against night flights. Additionally, the proposal fails to address privacy issues and the potential use of drones for surveillance activities on another person’s property.”The FAA expects a final rule by spring of 2016 and about 5,000 comments have been received so far. May I fly my small UAS now?Under the “Hobby and Recreational Rule” operators may fly without a certificate or license if they stay below 400 feet above ground level, avoid populated areas or other aircraft, and notify the proper authorities if within three miles of an airport.“Note that this is for hobby and recreational uses and the issue we’ve run into with agriculture is if we want to use that small UAS for farm purposes — for example to monitor crops, to monitor livestock, to check fences, is that something that we can fit into this hobby and recreational rule?” Hall said. “FAA has spoken on this issue by clarifying that for a personal use, then the hobby and recreational use would be fine, but if it’s somehow related to a business use — for example if the crops you are checking on are going to be used for a business use and part of your farm business — then that’s a commercial use and a commercial use requires FAA authorization.” What about for commercial use?Authorization requires a Certificate of Airworthiness or section 333 Exemption from airworthiness requirements and a Certificate of Authorization (COA).“So we run into this commercial use in agriculture where using that small UAS for farm purposes that will be benefit the farm business is deemed a commercial use by the FAA and the hobby and recreational rule isn’t applicable to that type of a small UAS flight,” Hall said.FAA will issue cease and desist letters for unauthorized flights. New initiativeIn May, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a new initiative that forms partnerships with industry to explore the steps in moving forward with unmanned aircraft operations, including potential agricultural operations.The FAA is working with industry partners on three focus areas, including:Visual line-of-sight operations in urban areasCNN will look at how UAS might be safely used for newsgathering in populated areas.Extended visual line-of-sight operations in rural areasThis concept involves UAS flights outside the pilot’s direct vision. UAS manufacturer PrecisionHawk will explore how this might allow greater UAS use for crop monitoring in precision agriculture operations.Beyond visual line-of-sight in rural/isolated areasBNSF Railroad will explore command-and-control challenges of using UAS to inspect rail system infrastructure. “Micro” UAS“In the proposed rule, the FAA also presents the possibility of including regulations in the final rule for ‘micro-UAS,’ or unmanned aircraft weighing no more than 4.4 pounds that are composed of ‘frangible’ materials that yield on impact and present minimal safety hazards,” Hall said. “The micro-UAS category would require operators to self-certify their familiarity with the aeronautical knowledge testing areas; would limit operation to: 1,500 feet within the visual line-of-sight of the operator, no more than 400 feet above ground, only in Class G (uncontrolled) airspace and at least five miles from an airport; and would allow flight over people not involved in the operation.”last_img read more

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OpenID for Google Apps is Here, But Not Everybody’s Happy

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Google announced today that everyone using Google Apps enterprise or education editions can now use their organization’s domain as a federated single sign-on. That means that millions of schools, businesses and other organizations can now use their Apps accounts as an OpenID. For a movement that has seen adoption held back because of confusion or just plain unfamiliarity among consumers, this should be a huge boost. However, a few prominent developers and advocates feel that Google’s approach is not entirely acceptable. They are critical of the use of vendor-specific extensions and APIs instead of the open standards that are so important to OpenID.The Sound & FuryThe concern that some OpenID developers have expressed publicly is in regard to the way that OpenID discovery occurs. The crux of their concern is not whether Google’s solution will work; it’s about whether Apps OpenID will function as a provider that gives people full control of their online identity. Independently of the OpenID Foundation, Google has rushed to use their own methods. Unlike OAuth, the discovery is currently a part of the OpenID core, even if it isn’t related to how the actual authentication functions. In order to be redirected from their domains to Google’s OpenID service, relying parties will have to use an extension developed by Janrain, despite work that is well underway by the Foundation on a standard independent of any one vendor. Google, Your New Identity HubNow that the Apps OpenID has been released, another issue has arisen. It’s related to how Google will become an identity hub for SaaS partners which want to let their users login with their Apps accounts. Early partners in this program that were announced in the blog post by Google today include Ping Identity and Manymoon. Some have taken issue with Google’s API even being the fallback system should a normal request fail. But for these partners, it looks as if the API is not the fallback system: it’s the default. By cutting corners and not using a more neutral method, Google is unlikely to get the support from the OpenID Foundation they want. In a phone call today, Google’s Eric Sachs said that though the company has no control over how partners choose to implement the system, it was necessary to use the API if they choose to present it to users as a way to log in directly with Apps. Thin IceIt would seem that despite best intentions for an exciting project, there are some issues that could curtail support for the initiative. The announcement of the plan was accidentally leaked to the public earlier this month, and it revealed fears at Google that the project could be viewed by the community as an attempt to co-opt OpenID.To Google’s credit, they’ve been talking with the OpenID Foundation to try and address any concerns. “We definitely do want to work with the community on this.” said Sachs. Still, any opposition from the OpenID Foundation or the community at large about how Google is implementing OpenID could damage its “don’t be evil” credibility, at the very least. center_img steven walling Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

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