Call for magazine editor’s release after trial on lèse-majesté charges

first_img News May 4, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for magazine editor’s release after trial on lèse-majesté charges News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders again urges the Thai authorities to release Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, the former editor of the banned magazine Voice of Thaksin, who was tried on lèse-majesté charges during the past four days in Bangkok, with witnesses for the prosecution and defence giving evidence. Somyos has been detained for the past 12 months.“The nine bail requests for Somyos during the past year were all rejected on the grounds that he could influence witnesses if he were released before his trial,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Now that the trial is all but over, we reiterate our call for his immediate and unconditional release.”A Reporters Without Borders representative was able to speak briefly with Somyos on 1 May, shortly after Somyos testified in his defence. “I just want to expose the facts,” he said. “If I am punished for that, then so be it.” Somyos’ wife, who visits him once a week in prison, said the 50-year-old journalist seems to have been treated acceptably in prison, but his mental health is deteriorating.In his testimony, Somyos argued that the two February 2010 articles that prompted his arrest did not refer to the monarchy. “I did not really imagine that these articles would be seen as criticizing the monarchy,” he testified. “In my view, the author was just referring to the Thai elite.” For the first time he revealed the real name of the person who wrote the two articles under the pen-name of Jit Polachan.“The articles contain no explicit reference to the monarchy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They and the law are being interpreted in a particular way in order to punish a ruling party opponent. We condemn this political use of the draconian lèse-majesté legislation to silence Somyos, and we urge the court not to convict him on the basis of a purely subjective interpretation of the articles.”Somyos’ two defence lawyers petitioned Thailand’s constitutional court on 24 April, asking it to determine whether the lèse-majesté law is constitutional and complies with international legal standards, and requesting a suspension of the trial until it issued its ruling.A member of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (better known as the “Red Shirts”), Somyos was arrested on 30 April 2011 after refusing to identify the person who wrote the two articles that allegedly defamed the king. He was formally charged on 26 July 2011 on two lèse-majesté counts for which he could get a combined sentence of up to 30 years in prison.The court that is trying Somyos will not issue a verdict until the constitutional court has issued a ruling.Thailand is classified as a country “under scrutiny” in the “Enemies of the Internet” report that Reporters Without Borders updates every year. ThailandAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en ThailandAsia – Pacific Organisation center_img Follow the news on Thailand Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further June 12, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News May 12, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmarlast_img read more

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The Ongoing Struggle of Pending Home Sales

first_img Tagged with: Contract Signings Homes HOUSING Housing Supply Inventory LendingTree NAR Pending Home Sales Realtor.com Sales Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Radhika Ojha Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Ongoing Struggle of Pending Home Sales Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share 1Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Contract Signings Homes HOUSING Housing Supply Inventory LendingTree NAR Pending Home Sales Realtor.com Sales 2018-06-27 Radhika Ojha Pending home sales slipped to their second-lowest level, falling for five straight months on an annual basis according to the latest Pending Home Sales Index for May published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) on Wednesday.The index, which is a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings decreased 2.2 percent year over year and by 0.5 percent from April 2018 to May 2018.The spring buying season, according to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR was one of “unmet expectations,” as the housing markets continued to remain highly competitive and fast-moving, but without “enough new and existing inventory for sale, activity has essentially stalled.””With the cost of buying a home getting more expensive, it’s clear the summer months will be a true test for the housing market. One encouraging sign has been the increase in new home construction to a 10-year high,” Yun said.Almost all experts agree that supply is a headwind that the market has been grappling with this year. “Supply problems are particularly acute for lower-priced homes,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree.According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, “Because high prices and limited inventory continue to be the dominant conditions in housing markets across the country, pending home sales and existing home sales are expected to remain weak, and total existing home sales in 2018 may register a decline from 2017.”In this video, Yun talks about all the other factors that affected home sales and the regions most impacted by them:center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Previous: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Freddie Mac, Ocwen, and More Next: Extending Foreclosure Protections for Homeowners Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles June 27, 2018 1,580 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Ongoing Struggle of Pending Home Sales Subscribelast_img read more

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Harvest Moon.

first_img“Shine on, shine on, harvest moon, up in the sky.” More than just a word in an old familiar tune, the harvest moon may hold the key to reaping the most bounty from your season’s work.Certainly, there are proven, scientific ways to know when to harvest. But for centuries, many people have used the phases of the moon as a sign for many farm and garden chores.A Quick PrimerThose who have never turned to an almanac may not be familiar with the signs and phases of the moon. So a quick primer is in order.First, there are 12 signs in a lunar month. They have the same names as the solar signs. So don’t confuse the two. Whereas a solar sign is active for around 30 days once each year, a lunar sign occurs once each month for a little less than two and a half days.The lunar signs are named for constellations as ancient people understood them and are correlated to a part of the body. For example, Aries (or the ram) relates to the head. Leo (the lion) relates to the heart.So when someone says the signs are in the feet, it means the moon is passing through the sign Pisces (the fishes).The signs are further grouped into masculine and feminine signs and also into groups of earth, fire, air and water. For instance, Libra (the scales, kidneys or reins) is a masculine sign and also an air sign.Barren, Fruitful SignsWith a couple of exceptions, signs that represent fire and air, which are all masculine, are barren signs — times for harvesting, clearing land, etc.Signs that represent earth and water, which are all feminine, are fruitful signs — times for planting. Virgo and Libra are the exceptions. Virgo is a barren sign and Libra a fruitful sign.The moon goes through its cycle in 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes. During that time, the moon passes through four phases: new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter.From new moon to full moon, the moon is growing, or waxing. This is known as the light of the moon. From full moon to new moon, the moon is shrinking, or waning (the dark of the moon).Do It by the MoonSo what does this have to do with harvesting?For many, absolutely nothing. But for a declining segment of rural America, it’s the authority.The signs and phases best for harvest depend on the intended use of the crop. Harvesting crops to be stored without any type of processing is best done when the moon is waning and in a barren sign.Aquarius, Sagittarius or Aries are the weakest of the barren signs and preferred for such harvests. With air and fire signs, the produce is at its lowest water content and thus more suitable for storage. This is important for crops like potatoes and onions.Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are water signs. So fruit harvested under these signs will have a higher water content and won’t store as well.Harvesting for NowBut for crops that are to be used right away, the water and earth (fruitful) signs, along with a waxing moon, may be preferred because the fruit will be more plump and juicy. However, it may also make them bruise more easily.Produce may get ripe when the signs aren’t right. However, you can target its use based on what’s best for the sign you harvested under.For keeping and storage, harvesting under a barren sign is most important, no matter what the phase of the moon.Now, there may be no scientific basis for using such tools in gardening and farming. But just try to tell that to someone who’s lived by it for the past half-century. Traditionally, the “harvest moon” is the nearest full moon to the beginning of autumn — this year, Oct. 2. But for believers, it’s much more complex than that.last_img read more

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Maine: Notaries must perform same-sex ‘marriages’

first_imgLifesite News 14 Dec 2012In the state of Maine, any notary public who performs marriages may not refuse to perform a same-sex “marriage” for any reason, upon pain of being charged with a human rights violation, according to Maine’s secretary of state. After legalizing same-sex “marriage” in November, Maine in now notifying notaries public who wed heterosexual couples they must provide the same services to homosexuals as of December 29. Secretary of State Charles Summers Jr. made the comment in response to an e-mail query. There are approximately 25,000 notaries public in the state, licensed by the bureau of corporations, elections , and commissions. They may choose not to perform weddings, but they may not wed only heterosexuals, regardless of their religious objections. Under Maine’s human rights ordinance, refusal is considered a human rights violation. This does not violate their religious liberty, according to David Farmer, the spokesman for Mainers United for Marriage, the organization that led efforts to pass the referendum. “They are required to perform their duties as actors of the state,” Farmer told the Bangor Daily News.  “They can decide to not do weddings for any reason.”http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/maine-notaries-must-perform-same-sex-marriages-or-violate-human-rights-lawlast_img read more

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Sensational goal from Liverpool’s next Raheem Sterling – watch here

first_imgIt won’t be long before Jerome Sinclair follows in the footsteps of Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe and makes the step up from the Liverpool academy to first-team football if he continues to score goals like this for the Under-21s.The 18-year-old striker showed great pace as he left two Chelsea defenders for dead, before unleashing a superb left-footed drive that left the opposing goalkeeper with no chance. The future certainly looks bright for Sinclair, as well as Liverpool.last_img

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49ers, police unions unveil community-oriented PSA series

first_imgFollowing up on a pledge made last year to contribute to better community relations with police, the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday unveiled the first two episodes of a public-service announcement series centered on a “candid conversation” between police officers and residents about the root causes of historic tensions between law enforcement and communities of color.The series, “Cops + Community in Conversation,” is a slick production that features exterior shots of San Jose, Oakland and …last_img

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Meet the 2016 Ohio FFA Convention Student Reporters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal are proud to announce another year of exceptional student reporters to help bring you live coverage of the 88th Ohio FFA State Convention, May 5th and 6th at the Ohio Expo Center. The three new reporters and one returning member will be working alongside our staff and offering a view of convention from an FFA’er’s perspective, all while learning valuable communication skills and having fun in the process. Stay tuned to www.ocj.com for the latest updates from Ohio FFA.Kolt BuchenrothKolt Buchenroth is a junior in the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter and has served as the reporter, president, and is currently the vice president of his chapter. He is also active in 4-H, student council, National Honor Society, and the Hardin County Junior Fair Board. He raises cattle on his farm in Kenton and stays busy as the ag news director and reporter for WKTN radio. Kolt has also participated in various CDE’s during his time at FFA. After high school, he plans to attend The Ohio State University pursuing a degree in agriculture communication.  Mallary CaudillMallary Caudill is a sophomore at West Liberty-Salem and a second year member of the FFA. Mallary has served as chapter reporter and is currently serving as chapter vice president. She is active in three CDE’s – Food Science, General Livestock Judging, and Public Speaking. She was a state qualifier in Creed Speaking last year. With at least four different SAE’s, she stays busy while working with her fair projects. She has shown sheep since she was nine and is showing a scramble pig this year as well. Mallary lives on her family farm with her parents, David and Jana Caudill, and two siblings, Adalyn and Jace. Her goal is to attend The Ohio State University majoring in the agricultural field, hoping to become a state FFA officer in a few years. Jarrett CrowthersJarrett Crowthers is a sophomore member of the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA, and is glad to be returning to the student reporting team for a second year. He is currently serving as the 2016-2017 vice president for his chapter, as well as chair for various committees. He is very active in his SAE’s and CDE’s, having the pleasure of placing in the top ten creed speakers in the nation last year. He will be showing cattle and sheep at his county’s fair this upcoming year. Jarrett aspires to someday serve the FFA as a state and national officer, as well as the local government being an agricultural lobbyist.  Sydney MaloneSydney Malone is a fourth year FFA member and junior at the Bloom Carroll FFA Chapter. Over the past four years, she has held the offices of assistant secretary and sentinel for her chapter, participated in many CDE events, and been growing her Supervised Agricultural Experience of market rabbits and hogs. Outside of FFA, she is an active member in 4-H, the Ohio Duroc Association, and Ohio Pork Council. She’s busy traveling and spreading the word of the pork industry as the Fairfield County Swine Ambassador and as the Ohio Duroc Queen. She plans to go to college and major in Ag Communications and Animal Science.last_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal, Juventus alerted as Avdijaj rejects Willem II offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Juventus alerted as Avdijaj rejects Willem II offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDonis Avdijaj plans to leave Willem II at the end of the season.Off contract in June, Avdijaj has refused to consider talks about a new deal with Willem, says Soccernews.nl.Instead, the attacker is ready to leave in June – a decision which has attracted the interest of two of Europe’s biggest clubs.Arsenal and Juventus are both eyeing Avdijaj for a Bosman transfer.Avdijaj, 22, joined Willem II in the summer from Schalke, signing a 12 month deal. last_img

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11 days agoBelgium coach Martinez praises Leicester midfielder Praet on debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Belgium coach Martinez praises Leicester midfielder Praet on debutby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium manager Roberto Martinez praised Leicester City midfielder Dennis Praet as he continued his good form with an assist on his full international debut.Making his fifth appearance but his first start for the Red Devils, Praet delivered a perfect cross to set up Michy Batshuayi for Belgium’s first goal in their 2-0 win in Kazakhstan on Sunday.”What pleases me as a coach was to see that Dennis was ready,” said Martinez. “He was desperate to be on the pitch, that’s what I want to see in the players.”He played technically, it was a pleasure to see him play. Much of the game went through him and at the end I was happy to see that he had enjoyed himself. He played extremely well.” last_img read more

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