Government steps up online censorship, creates toll-free number for Internet users to call to report websites that criticise monarchy

first_img ThailandAsia – Pacific News Fah Diew Kan blocked News ThailandAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Thailand Thailand’s lèse majesté legislation is among the severest in the world. “Defamatory, insulting or intimidating” comments about the king and queen, their relatives or the regent are punishable by three to fifteen years in prison. Asked about bringing legal action against websites over content constituting lèse majesté, the minister replied: “Doing so will become a big scandal. We’d better suppress the news. Someone higher than me is of this opinion (…) I am not sure which proxy servers they are using, probably from India, or Malaysia. We have to keep tracking them down and blocking them.”The Computer Crime Act that took effect on 18 July 2007 authorises the police to seize the computer data of people suspected of disseminating insulting or pornographic content online. The individual records of Internet users must be kept by ISPs for 90 days and can be examined by the authorities without referring to a judge. The police can also confiscate any computer if they suspect it has been used for illegal purposes.More informationMan Pattanotai’s interviewRead the Computer Crime Act August 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News News RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders is alarmed about the comments made by Man Pattanotai, the Thai minister of information and communication technology (ICT), in a radio interview on 14 May. He said prosecuting websites because of their content would cause a “big scandal” and that it was better to just “suppress the news” by closing them down or blocking access. May 12, 2021 Find out more to go further YouTube blocked Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 20, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government steps up online censorship, creates toll-free number for Internet users to call to report websites that criticise monarchy Help by sharing this information Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Reporters Without Borders is alarmed about the comments made by Man Pattanotai, the Thai minister of information and communication technology (ICT), in a radio interview on 14 May. He said prosecuting websites because of their content would cause a “big scandal” and that it was better to just “suppress the news” by closing them down or blocking access.“By voicing a preference for radical censorship measures, the minister is in complete contradiction with the Computer Crime Act, which has been in force since the summer of 2007 and which requires the authorities to bring a complaint against a website before requesting its closure,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We condemn the reinforcement of online controls, which includes the creation of a toll-free number for people to call to denounce any website criticising the monarchy.”Man Pattanotai was interviewed by the “Khao Den Praden Ron” news programme on radio 96.5 MHz, which on 14 May was about the unexplained blockage of three websites – the news sites Fah Diew Kan ( and Prachatai ( and the video-sharing site YouTube ( Prachatai was inaccessible for nearly 24 hours on 14 and 15 May. Access to YouTube is often blocked while videos referring to King Bhumibol Adulyadej are removed. Access to Fah Diew Kan is still blocked. Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Asked why the sites were blocked, the minister replied: “They have content about the monarchy. Thai people cannot bear this, and no one can. Not just me or my officers. Even the former ICT minister, Sitthichai Pokaiyaudom, once he was informed about this, he asked me to ban them. And he would encourage folk who have the knowledge to hack the websites. Everyone is helping us. Even operators of Internet services who have the knowledge in hacking also help us.”The minister confirmed that a toll-free number, 1111, has been created so that Internet users can call in and report website content which they regard as lèse majesté.Thailand has more than 100 ISPs and not all of them follow the same rules as regard access blocking. As a result, some Internet users will find that certain sites are blocked and others will not. The minister said some foreign companies that hosted websites were cooperating with his government by agreeing to block content.“In most cases, it is difficult since the webhosting service providers are located outside the country,” the minister said. “They are in California, Texas, New Jersey, we know where they are all located. We have received cooperation from Google California and YouTube.” June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

One vision for Limerick but not everyone is seeing eye to…

first_imgNewsPoliticsOne vision for Limerick but not everyone is seeing eye to eyeBy Alan Jacques – June 12, 2014 746 CEO of Limerick City and County Council, Conn Murray, presents Cathaoirleach Kevin Sheahan (FF) with his chain of office at the inaugural meeting“ONE voice, one vision, one Limerick” was the jazzy chorus repeated throughout the inaugural meeting of the newly merged local authority, but not everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet.According to Conn Murray, who is no longer City nor County Manager but CEO, the merger represents “an historic change in the rich and varied heritage of the local government system in Limerick”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We move forward together as one Council, aware of the challenges, but facing the future with the optimism and confidence that all new beginnings bring,” Murray enthused.He vowed that Limerick City and County Council, at both elected and official level, will continue to preserve in the months and years ahead to deliver the type of quality public services that the people of Limerick “so richly deserve”.“Part of the process of beginning anew, or changing directions, is to know where you want to go. I know this sounds simplistic and easy but it is the most difficult of choices to make with clarity. I believe after many years of debate local government has a clear purpose and a definitive direction,” he commented.According to Mr Murray, local government has now been empowered to lead economic, social and community development locally. The Council’s chief executive maintains the new Council will be closer and more responsive to the day to day needs of citizens and more representative of their priorities in setting policies and making decisions.At the beginning of his new term in office, Murray said he would use a simple three step strategy to include empowering the citizen to participate in the development of their community both rural and urban; an environment for real economic development and job creation, and a new model of Local Governance and service delivery.However, not everyone was convinced that this new path was necessarily the best one to travel.Leader of the council’s Sinn Fein group, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan described the merger as a “further hollowing out of local democracy in this state” while independent councillor John Gilligan said he would have preferred a boundary extension to “save my city”.Cllr Gilligan described Minister Phil Hogan as  “get rich merchant” who set out to “downgrade” Limerick City. The City North councillor said that for some the merger was like a wedding, but for others, a wake.“Oliver Cromwell tried to destroy our city and he failed. Minister Hogan will fail too,” he predicted. Linkedin Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement TAGSCllr John GilliganCllr Maurice QuinlivanConn MurraylimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSinn Fein center_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleAAA brings protest politics to Limerick CouncilNext articleSinn Féin’s day arrives on new local authority in Limerick Alan Jacques WhatsApp Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Assembly approves resolution

first_imgStudent Senate passed a resolution amending the responsibility of the Executive Programming Board and discussed sustainability at its meeting Wednesday. The student government branch also examined gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) issues. The Executive Programming Board is the division of student government that facilitates the coordination of its various programming groups. The resolution stipulates that the Board will use an online programming calendar to improve communication between the Student Union groups and will be required to meet three times annually. The Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body previously required the Board to meet weekly. Rachel Novick, education and outreach program manager for the Office of Sustainability, spoke to senators about the University’s sustainability strategy. Novick said the Office of Sustainability hopes to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent per gross square foot and attain a recycling rate of two-thirds by 2030. The Office of Sustainability also aims to minimize waste on campus. Engaging in sustainable practices will ultimately save the University money, Novick said. “When we look at the University setting aside operational money for this, they recognize that over the course of 20 years there may be times when they’re going to have to pay more for fuel because it’s more environmentally friendly [for example], but overall, sustainability saves organizations money,” she said. Novick said the global Catholic community has made strides toward increasing sustainability. “There are universities like Santa Clara and Notre Dame and Fordham and a lot of other places with sustainability programs, but they don’t necessarily reach the broader Catholic community, and in order to really make a difference … we really need to reach out and communicate and share what we’re learning here,” Novick said. Senate also discussed the possibilities of creating a gay-straight student alliance and adding sexual orientation to the University’s non-discrimination clause. Katie Rose, gender issues director for student government, said both issues are intertwined with religion, civil rights and creating a culture of acceptance. “If we’re going to call ourselves the top Catholic university in the country, I strongly believe we should be leading the way on social progress,” she said. Rose said the University is concerned about the legal implications of adding sexual orientation to the non-discrimination clause. Student body president Pat McCormick said although sexual orientation is not included in the current non-discrimination clause, the University does not support discrimination on any basis. “My sense is that the University believes that any claim on the basis of sexual orientation should be taken seriously and should be addressed within the University,” he said. “Essentially, a non-discrimination clause invites the state to enforce discrimination claims.” Junior class president Kevin Doherty said the University allows the government to intervene in cases of discrimination on other bases, such as race and sex. “It’s almost a discriminatory position to say we’re going to handle [issues of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation] in-house, but we’re going to invite the state in on some [issues] and not others,” Doherty said. Doherty said if a student-run gay-straight alliance could articulate how it is different from the existing Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students, it would be reasonable to conclude that each would contribute unique opportunities to campus. If an official, student-run gay-straight alliance existed, the club would have some autonomy with regard to the selection of its leadership, McCormick said. The current Core Council is run by both students and administrators. McCormick said it might also be possible to increase peer-to-peer support within the Core Council instead of creating a gay-straight alliance. This model would offer students significantly more resources than a student club would provide. The University has already made strides on GLBTQ issues, McCormick said. “For all those who want to try and expand inclusion within our community, there’s much to applaud about the University’s efforts,” he said. “So the goal is really not to say that we’re not moving on these issues because the University very much has been moving on these issues.”last_img read more

​ATP’s bonus potential swells after €1.9bn bond gains in Q2

first_imgAssets in the investment portfolio – which consists of the bonus potential plus borrowing from the hedging portfolio – stood at DKK337bn at the end of June.More than half of the DKK24.9bn return generated by the investment portfolio in the period came from government and mortgage bonds, which produced DKK14.4bn. ATP said this was one of the highest quarterly returns it had ever made on fixed income investments.In its interim report, the pension fund said: ”The government bond portfolio, which included exposure to European and American government bonds, returned DKK12.6bn, primarily as a result of positive contributions from European and American government bonds as a result of falling European and American interest rates.”Other strong returns came from listed international equities, which produced DKK5.9bn, and Danish equities, which added DKK4.4bn.The bonus potential also benefited from a transfer of DKK3.2bn from the fund’s guaranteed benefits pot in the second quarter of this year, after ATP adjusted its long-term life expectancy development prognosis after a small drop in life expectancy in Denmark.Data published by ATP showed that, within the investment portfolio, risk increased slightly over the first half of 2019 in absolute terms.However, in relative terms, risk levels fell down over the period as the portfolio’s asset values increased.Bo Foged, chief executive of ATP, told IPE: “We are being a bit more prudent in the current macro environment, where the economic cycle is at at late stage and so the likelihood of a recession is increased.”ATP said in its interim report that during the first half of the year nearly all assets classes had produced positive returns in the investment portfolio. “This is exceptional and a development that ATP is keeping a close eye on,” the fund said.Only inflation-linked instruments made a loss in the period, declining by DKK2.7bn.Foged said the pension fund was making progress in its search for a new CIO following the announcement in June that Kasper Ahrndt Lorenzen was set to join PFA Pension next month.“We have started the process and we have drafted the brief, and now we are looking for a long list of candidates,” he said. Denmark’s ATP reported a significant increase in the size of its bonus potential after making one of its highest-ever quarterly fixed income returns.The labour-market supplementary pension fund’s bonus pool swelled to DKK120bn (€16bn) at the end of June, the fund reported this morning. This compared to DKK109bn at the end of March and DKK92bn at the end of December 2018.Including the fund’s DKK766bn hedging portfolio, which backs ATP’s pension guarantees, the fund’s overall assets grew to DKK880bn at the end of the first half from DKK785bn six months before.last_img read more

If You Can Do the Work in 20 Hours, Work 40 Hours

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now File this under “tough love.”I hear a lot of salespeople say that they’d like to be paid for what they produce. They don’t believe that it should matter how many hours it takes for them to do the work. They say, “If I can do the work in 20 hours, as long as I get the results, what difference does it make?”There is a lot here to unpack.First, if you can produce the results that you need in 20 hours, what could you produce in 40 hours? If you work for a startup, that question might be around how much could you produce in 50 hours? If you are taking a part-time salary, then part-time work might be acceptable. But it’s more likely that your company needs more from you.Second, and more importantly, if you can produce the minimum required of you in 20 hours, why isn’t your goal to do far more than the minimum? What does that say about you? Why would you set your personal standard at “acceptable?” Why wouldn’t you set it at “exceptional?”People like to talk about the 40-hour work week being a product of the Industrial Age. Times were much harder before the modern age, and people worked far longer—and much harder—for far less throughout most of history. Anyone who grew up on a farm can tell you that work starts early, and there’s more than enough to last you until dark.If you want to spend time with your family, turn off the television, the smartphone, and the iPad when you are with them. Give them your full, undivided attention while you are together. If you want to give your family the best life you are capable of, then you are likely going to have to miss some of their events so that you don’t miss the opportunity to give them other things that you believe are also important. You have to make trade-offs. Some now. Some later.If you can do in 20 hours what others can do in 40, then double their results, live up to your full potential, and use the increased income to improve the quality of life for you and your family.last_img read more

Students Benefit from Broadcasting Commission Outreach Session

first_imgAt least 250 students of the Constant Spring Primary and Junior High School in St. Andrew benefitted from an outreach session staged by the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ). The event, held on the school grounds on Thursday, February 28, was part of a series under the Commission’s media literacy project. Some of the topics discussed were: ‘The Digital Switchover’; ‘Children’s Code for Programming’; ‘Managing Your Digital Self’; and ‘Traditional and New Media’. Students of grades seven, eight and nine participated in the session, led by the Assistant Executive Director of the BCJ, Karlene Johnson, under the theme: ‘The Future is Digital’. Vice Principal of the school, Michelle Wiggins, expressed appreciation for the visit by the Commission, noting that the students as well as teachers “have gained a lot of knowledge”. “Our students are so technologically inclined and they need to be aware of the risks that they may encounter as young people, because a lot of them are on Facebook and they are not really aware of how dangerous that can be,” she said, during an interview with JIS News. Miss Wiggins, who is responsible for the Junior High Department, said the students will be encouraged to practise what they had learnt, adding that the teachers will continue to encourage students to post positive images and thoughts on their Facebook pages. She stated that the school would welcome a “follow-up visit” by the Commission to reinforce what was taught. “We have to work together to educate our students. There are so many things going on in society. It is a challenge because some students are exposed to certain things and they bring it in the school and influence other students,” she stated.After the session, head girl and grade nine student, Ramona Lyttle, said that she will be making a few adjustments on her Facebook page.“I am going to change my date of birth and take off some of the pictures. I don’t want people to know my date of birth and see how I look,” she stated. “I will leave the baby pictures,” she added with a smile.Another grade nine student, Sheryl Walker, said the session taught her not to send improper text messages to her friends. “I will be sending things that are worthy of God and of me,” she told JIS News.The Commission has been taking its media literacy project across the island over the past two years. So far, the Commission has visited more than 20 schools and engaged over 3,000 students.last_img read more

Former Jeison Murillo boss thinks he will bench Lenglet

first_imgManager Sergio Lobera wanted to praise Colombian Jeison Murillo’s arrival to Barcelona, he is convinced he has the props to even bench Lenglet.Jeison Murillo’s loan to FC Barcelona from Valencia has been one of the most surprising news in Spanish football this Thursday, the Colombian’s former boss from Las Palmas was questioned about his skills and the response from Sergio Lobera was overwhelmingly positive.But the most surprising tidbit of information from the manager who coached Murillo during his time at Las Palmas, was the assertion that the Colombian defender has the necessary talent to even bench French defender Clement Lenglet.The France international has been one of the biggest lifesavers for Barcelona during a complicated season for compatriot Samuel Umtiti, his absence due to injury was the reason the club decided to go after Murillo and his former manager praised the Catalan club’s decision.“This is a player whom when I coached in the Second Division at Ceuta, I really suffered him as a rival when he played for Cadiz,” said Lobera on Cadena Cope.“He has a very good profile for Barça. He comes out from the back very well with the ball at his feet, he is technically gifted, he is great tactically, and he has the personality to playBarça’s style.”“He has a great aerial game, he is very competitive, and he is also a great person. That is my experience with him as a coach. You also can’t tell if he plays with his left or right foot because he defends very well with both legs.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“When I coached Busquets people asked me about him but it’s difficult to tell at that moment, we all know what Sergio has become now.”“Murillo is one of those players who won’t waste an opportunity like this one. I think that he can even play more than Lenglet.”“Experience-wise, maybe the Frenchman has more but Murillo can become a surprise if you give him the chance,” he concluded.Sergio Lobera, en @ESPORTSCOPE: “Murillo puede dar la sorpresa”— Tiempo de Juego (@tjcope) December 20, 2018last_img read more