Government reinforces online censorship in name of protecting king’s reputation

first_img ThailandAsia – Pacific November 18, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government reinforces online censorship in name of protecting king’s reputation News Organisation Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar June 12, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the Thai information ministry’s decision at the start of the month to spend up to 12 million euros on creating an Internet firewall to filter out websites deemed guilty of lese-majeste.“The Thai government’s desire to control online content is indicative of the difficulties it is encountering in recovering some support,” Reporters Without Borders said. Follow the news on Thailand Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts RSF_en News May 12, 2021 Find out more to go further August 21, 2020 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders condemns the Thai information ministry’s decision at the start of the month to spend up to 12 million euros on creating an Internet firewall to filter out websites deemed guilty of lese-majeste.“The Thai government’s desire to control online content is indicative of the difficulties it is encountering in recovering some support,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As King Bhumipol Adulajey is very popular, being over-protective of his image is one of the ways the government is using to win over those calling for its overthrow.”Information and communications technology minister Man Patanotai has reportedly assigned 500 million bahts (12 million euros) to the creation of an Internet filtering mechanism that would track and automatically block websites that “insult” the monarchy. The firewall would above all be aimed at immediately blocking websites based abroad.Thailand has one of the world’s severest lese-majeste laws, with penalties ranging from three to 15 years in prison for violators. An Australian writer, Harry Nicolaides, is currently held under this law in Bangkok’s special prison. He was arrested on 31 August in connection with a brief passage critical of the king’s son in his 2005 novel “Verisimilitude”, of which only 50 copies were ever printed.Thailand has 2.3 per cent of Asia’s Internet users. In July 2007, the government adopted a cyber-crime law that 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.A blogger known by the pseudonym of Praya Pichai was arrested in August 2007 and held for two weeks on charges of defamation and attacking national security under article 14 of this law for “criticising the monarchy” in an entry posted on his blog (http://www.prachathai.com). Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomlast_img read more

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Familiar Territory: Foreclosures Return to Pre-Crisis Levels

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save At 1 percent, the rate of all mortgages that are in active foreclosure fell to its lowest point in nine years, according to Black Knight’s First Look at September 2016 Mortgage Data.Month-over-month, the number of active foreclosures dropped 3.38 percent but it was year-over-year where the truly substantial decrease was seen, 31.23 percent. Total foreclosure starts fell to 61,700 this month, a decrease of 10.32 percent from the previous month and 22.78 from the year prior. Likewise, foreclosure sales decreased 5.82 percent from August to 2.03 percent. This was an increase though from last year by 2.47 percent.September’s less-than-one-percent seasonal increase in the delinquency rate was relatively mild by historical standards, but was still a decline from last year’s level by 12.24 percent.The number of properties that are 30 or more days past due but not in foreclosure rose by 14,000 from August to a total of 2,165,000. Despite the slight incline, this was a strong decline of 292,000 properties from the year prior. The number of properties that are 90 or more days past due but not in foreclosure dropped down both month-over-month and year-over-year to hit 668,000 properties.The top five states with the highest percentage of combined foreclosures and delinquencies included Mississippi with 11.16 percent, Louisiana with 10.32 percent, New Jersey with 8.13 percent, Alabama with 7.85 percent, and West Virginia with 7.72 percent.In contrast, the five states with the lowest percentage of foreclosures and delinquencies included South Dakota with 2.95 percent, Montana with 2.88 percent, Minnesota with 2.75 percent, Colorado with 2.44 percent, and North Dakota with 2.23 percent. 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 Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Kendall Baer Sign up for DS News Daily Black Knight Financial Services First Look at Mortgage Data 2016-10-24 Kendall Baer Related Articles Tagged with: Black Knight Financial Services First Look at Mortgage Data Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Familiar Territory: Foreclosures Return to Pre-Crisis Levels Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago October 24, 2016 1,343 Views Home / Daily Dose / Familiar Territory: Foreclosures Return to Pre-Crisis Levels  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: International Group Acquires Genworth Financial Next: The Hidden Benefit of Student Loan Debt to Homebuying Subscribelast_img read more

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Howard Rubenstein, press agent who repped stars and real estate elite, dies at 88

first_imgHoward Rubenstein (Getty)Howard Rubenstein, a legendary figure in public relations who represented the power players of New York, died Tuesday in his Manhattan home. He was 88.His lengthy list of clients included real estate firms, celebrities, politicians, corporations and cultural institutions. Among them were Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch, the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, Columbia University, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, according to the New York Times.“I will remember him for his unwavering code of ethics, which earned him the trust of real estate moguls, developers, politicians, and celebrities all over the world,” said Bess Freedman, CEO of Brown Harris Stevens, one of Rubenstein’s clients. “He left an indelible mark on the real estate industry, on New York City, and on the many people he helped along the way.”Rubenstein spoke with a soft voice and strived to do his job with dignity, often preaching ethics in articles and speeches on public relations, the paper reported.“When you have a crisis, you first have to ask, what’s the right thing to do and say?” he told the Times in 1995. “Not what kind of spin can we put on, but what’s the right thing to do. You don’t let the facts dribble out. Sometimes you do it by holding a news conference. Other times you do it with a written statement, depending on how the client feels or the ability of the client to conduct himself or herself in a tough situation.”Read moreEastern Consolidated founder Peter Hauspurg diesGerald Hines, developer who changed Houston’s skyline, dies at 95Jerry Wolkoff, prolific New York developer, dies at 83 Share via Shortlink Rubenstein was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 3, 1932, to Samuel and Ada (Sall) Rubenstein. He graduated from Midwood High School and the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in economics.Upon dropping out of Harvard Law School after two months, he learned public relations from his father, a journalist, and launched his eponymous firm from his kitchen table in 1954. He earned a law degree from St. John’s University five years later but continued his agency, building it into one of the city’s most prestigious PR shops.He is survived by his wife Amy Forman, along with three children, Roni, Richard, and Steven Rubenstein, and seven grandchildren. David, another child, died in 1971 at the age of nine.[NYT] — Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsCelebrity Real EstateCommercial Real EstateObituariesResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

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University announces next vice president of new business development

first_imgScott Ford, an executive vice president for Bradley Company of South Bend, will be the next associate vice president of new business development at Notre Dame, according to a University press release published Jan. 25.Ford, a Notre Dame alumnus, will work with several University departments — such as Notre Dame Research, the IDEA Center, University Relations and the Office of Public Affairs and Communications — to promote economic development benefiting both Notre Dame and the broader South Bend community, the release said.According to the press release, Ford will take over the position from Jack Curran, the first person to hold it.“Jack brought a broad set of skills in strategic planning and business development, as well as extensive experience in identifying and creating business opportunities that foster growth,” executive vice president John Affleck-Graves said in the press release. “Scott will build on the progress that Jack made.“Scott brings a deep understanding and knowledge of Notre Dame and our greater community. His experience in the public and private sectors will be vital to Notre Dame’s continuing efforts to spur regional growth.”In addition to his time at Bradley Company, Ford has also previously served as the executive director of community investment in South Bend city government, the press release said. During his tenure, he restructured the city’s economic development strategies, resulting in “nearly 2,600 new announced jobs and $440 million in new private investment to the city,” according to the release.Ford said he is excited to work with the University to expand economic opportunities in South Bend and bring new resources and ideas to the broader community.“The University of Notre Dame is a dynamic engine for our economy,” Ford said in the press release. “And yet there exists further untapped potential to connect the talent, ideas and resources on campus with those in the community to expand economic opportunities and improve the quality of life across the region.“I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity to join the University in its ongoing efforts and leadership in the region.”Ford graduated from Notre Dame with a master’s degree in architecture after earning a bachelor’s degree in government with a concentration in philosophy, politics and economics, the release said. It also said he also left the University of Cambridge with a master’s degree in planning, growth and regeneration.According to the release, Ford is an active member in the South Bend community, serving on the board of the St. Joe Valley Metronet, enFocus and Downtown South Bend, in addition to formerly serving on the boards of the South Bend Urban Enterprise Association, Community Home Buyers Association, Economic Development Commission and the Industrial Revolving Loan Fund.Tags: business, New Business Development, Scott Fordlast_img read more

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Whicker: Dodger hitters are seeing all the stitches in time

first_imgPitch recognition has been the Rosetta Stone of hitting since forever. Seeing the ball isn’t enough. Seeing the stitches and processing what they mean, in a half-blink, is the key. The Dodgers are far from the first team to prize the walk and its role in wearing out pitchers, but they’re unique, at least this year, in converting that ethic into offense. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty (45) fist bumps Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach George Lombard (29) after hitting a single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of an MLB game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday July 4, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor (3) and third baseman Justin Turner (10) react after Chris Taylor scores during the fifth inning of an MLB game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday July 4, 2019. Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the against the San Diego Padres 5-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy (13) is high fived by his teammates after tagging third and scoring during the sixth inning of an MLB game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday July 4, 2019. Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the against the San Diego Padres 5-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 04: Cody Bellinger #35 is greeted by Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning off the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on July 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 04: Cody Bellinger #35 is greeted manager Dave Roberts #30 and bench coach Bob Geren #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning off the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on July 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 04: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws his bat as he runs to first after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning off the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on July 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 04: Chris Taylor #3 in the dugout after scoring a run on a sacrifice fly by Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on July 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson (31) reacts after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of an MLB game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday July 4, 2019. Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the against the San Diego Padres 5-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty (45) fist bumps Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach George Lombard (29) after hitting a single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of an MLB game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday July 4, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor (3) and third baseman Justin Turner (10) react after Chris Taylor scores during the fifth inning of an MLB game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday July 4, 2019. Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the against the San Diego Padres 5-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor (3) and third baseman Justin Turner (10) react after Chris Taylor scores during the fifth inning of an MLB game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday July 4, 2019. Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the against the San Diego Padres 5-1. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Last fall, the Dodgers would have had better luck rolling up newspapers and hunting houseflies.Their final six batters, in Game 5 of the World Series, struck out. Their final seven outs were strikeouts. In 16 playoff games, they struck out 173 times and hit .205.“I hate to always go back to history,” manager Dave Roberts said Thursday. “But if you look at last year, on the big stage, we got a little big with our swings, we got out of the zone a little bit. When you go to the offseason and look at what you can improve on, that was one of those things.”The Dodgers came into Thursday night with a 59-29 record and five consecutive last-at-bat wins, culminating with Cody Bellinger’s hollow-point home run that landed high into the right-field pavilion Wednesday.center_img After all, a selective hitter is bound to strike out because he’ll be finicky enough to get to two strikes. But what happens then? The Dodgers are tops in the league, and third overall, in two-strike batting average (.201).“It’s the most prepared team, by far, that I’ve been on in terms of studying pitchers,” said David Freese, who made the Dodgers his fourth team last August. “We give each other our ideas about how to approach certain guys, what they’ll do in certain situations.“Things have changed quite a bit in 10 years. It’s a little more specific now, you’ve got a little more data. You have a better understanding of what the baseball’s actually doing. When I came up, it was like, ‘OK, it’s hard, it’s soft, it’s out, up and over.’ We’ve got virtual reality now, we’ve got all kinds of drills, they’re just coming and coming. Kids who are 10 years old are starting to do the things we’re doing. It’s great, great for the game.”All that knowledge works best against pictures of familiar pitchers. The Dodgers didn’t know the Boston arms nearly as well. The previous year, they had their breakout games against Houston, with 10 homers, but they still hit .205 with a .683 OPS. So if they get to the World Series — sorry, the invitations aren’t out quite yet — they’ll have to maintain the trust that has carried them to 60 wins by the Fourth of July.“I think it’s the recognition that is more important, not to make outs than to get out of character and try to slug and be a hero,” Roberts said. “Corey Seager is excellent naturally at pitch recognition, but I think it also can be developed, and a lot of it is the hitter’s frame of mind.”The Dodgers have a “chase rate” of 28.3 percent, meaning they rarely swing at non-negotiable pitches. That’s also lowest, or best, in the NL. Among 237 qualifying hitters, Max Muncy’s 24.78 rate was 205th.But they’re not opposed to swings. In the sixth inning Thursday, Bellinger smoothly parked his 30th home run into the right-field seats.“It’s hard when you’re feeling that good to take pitches like he’s able to do,” Justin Turner said. “You just want to swing at everything.”And sometimes you just take what they give you. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The previous night was far more remarkable: Five consecutive walks with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and an 0-and-2 count on Chris Taylor, for a 5-4 win over Arizona.Russell Martin walked after a 1-and-2 count. So did Bellinger for the game-winner. It was aggressive passiveness at its peak, because the Dodgers had convinced Arizona’s pitchers, and maybe the home plate umpire as well, that if they took a pitch it obviously couldn’t be a ball. The exact details of that rally were unprecedented in Major League Baseball.Nothing personifies the Dodgers’ 2019 season than their walk and strikeout rankings. They led the National League with 343 walks, 10 more than the Cubs. They are 14th, or next-to-last, in strikeouts with 691, 16 more than Pittsburgh.The 2004 Giants, who won a World Series, are the only National League team to have the most walks and the fewest strikeouts in a season. The Dodgers have led in walks the past two seasons but were sixth in strikeouts last year, seventh in 2016.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

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