Information ministry asked to explain why website was closed without going to court

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News News May 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the sudden closure of the political news magazine Fah Diew Kan’s website (http://www.sameskybooks.org), which has been accused by the information ministry of lese majeste.“This closure is an example of the most direct form censorship,” the press freedom organisation said. “This was a case for the courts to resolve. What have the authorities got against this website? Provocative comments were posted on it but that was no reason to close it down. We call on the information ministry to explain to us why this was done and we point out that article 39 of the Thai constitution guarantees freedom of expression.”Fah Diew Kan’s website allowed visitors to comment on articles published in the magazine, which were often critical of the monarchy. Editor Thanapol Eawsakul said it was “one of the only websites to post this kind of comment.”The site’s ISP, Otaro Co, wrote to Thanapol on 4 January saying it would have to be closed the next day because hosting such a site was dangerous for both the company and the other websites it hosted.Fah Diew Kan was prosecuted under the 1944 Press Act for “public disorder” and violating “moral standards” in 2006 and since then it has often been ordered to withdraw comments posted on the site. Thanapol had appealed and court proceedings are still pending.This website’s closure is considered is Thailand as an illegal act of “cyber-terrorism” for the fact that a publication’s editor can be held responsible for comments posted on its website.Online free expression in Thailand was considerably curtailed by a cyber-crime law that took effect on 18 July 2007. ISPs are required to keep user’s personal data for 90 days, during which time it can be examined by the authorities without any control by the courts. A blogger known by the pseudonym of Praya Pichai faced a possible 10-year prison sentence under the law last September and is to remain under surveillance for the next 10 years. to go further ThailandAsia – Pacific August 21, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Thailand January 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Information ministry asked to explain why website was closed without going to court Receive email alerts News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years ThailandAsia – Pacific Organisation News June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Gold Coast’s first penthouse up for grabs

first_imgThe Gold Coast’s first penthouse is up for grabs.The first penthouse to be built on the Coast, which helped put the Glitter Strip on the map as a holiday destination, has hit the market. Perched at the top of the Gold Coast’s first high-rise development, and one of Queensland’s earliest skyscrapers, the four-bedroom apartment is in the heritage listed Kinkabool building. The dated Surfers Paradise skyhome occupies the whole top floor and is a deceased estate being sold via an auction campaign. The four-bedroom apartment at 9/34 Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise.Surfers Paradise First National agent Bob Rollington, who is marketing the property with Leanne Marr, said the penthouse was a piece of Gold Coast history, as was its lockup garage which was on a separate title. “It was the first high-rise in Surfers, built in 1960 by John Booker,” he said.“The views are spectacular and you are right in the centre of town. “The garage is next door which was the original site of the Flamingo Nightclub, the first nightclub in Surfers.” MORE NEWS: Has this property started a sick trend?MORE NEWS: Million-dollar sale sets street record The skyhome will head under the hammer on June 15.The Queensland Heritage Register lists the building as a place of significance as it was the beginning of residential towers on the Coast. “Built in 1959-1960 at Surfers Paradise, the home-unit building known as Kinkabool was the Gold Coast’s first high-rise and one of Queensland’s earliest, built shortly after Torbreck was completed in Brisbane in 1960,” the description reads. The report said the building was the starting point for developments of its type which kicked off tourism in Queensland and gave the Gold Coast an international reputation. “Kinkabool also illustrates a significant aspect of the evolving character of the quintessential Australian beach holiday,” the site stated. “It reflects a shift in the preferences of many post-World War II Australian tourists away from traditional holiday accommodation options like camping or caravanning, guest or boarding houses toward high-rise, self-contained apartments with a view of the beach and equipped with modern conveniences like timesaving kitchen appliances and on-site pools.”The penthouse at 9/34 Hanlan St is set to head under the hammer on June 15. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 [email protected]center_img Mr Rollington said the apartment is currently rented out for $650 per week and was likely to attract investors and families looking for a holiday home or permanent residence in the heart of town. The owners held the keys for more than 35 years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe Kinkabool building has recently had a makeover.Mr Rollington said the Kinkabool building had recently had an expensive makeover to bring it back to life. “It was all done in consultation with the heritage listing people,” he said. “They ended up getting the original designs and co-ordinating the colours and they replaced all the windows to get it back to the original facade.“There was a lot of work involved and at a great cost.” last_img read more

James Edward Rader

first_imgJames Edward Rader, of Chesterfield, Virginia, was born on April 2, 1936 in Hamilton, Ohio, the son of Benjamin “Hawk” and Anna Mae (Williams) Rader. Jim graduated high school from Ross in Butler County, Ohio and served as the class valedictorian. After high school, Jim worked full time and earned a B.S. from University of Cincinnati. Although Jim worked for large corporations like Champion Paper Company and Stone Container until he retired, he was also an entrepreneur starting two different businesses during his life time. Jim loved the water, camping, hunting and traveling. He took his wife and family on many trips across the country where he shared his enthusiasm for learning about the area’s local history. He also loved to read, especially about science and history. Jim always took time to help family and friends and gave back to his community: serving on the Powell United Methodist Church’s Board of Trustees in Powell, Tennessee; mentoring high school students in St. Cloud, Minnesota’s Junior Achievement program; and raising funds for the St. Cloud United Way.On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at the age of 81, Jim passed away at his residence. Those surviving who cherish Jim’s memory include his loving wife of over 56 years, Janet (Evans) Rader; his daughter, Rebecca (Rader) Mendoza, his son-in-law, Bonfilio Mendoza, and his grandchildren: Vicente Mendoza, Adrianna Mendoza, Emanuel Mendoza and Miguel Mendoza. James is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Cheryl Rader, Darrell Rader, Deborah Rader, Karen (Rader) Davis, Arnold Jr. Rader, Arlene Rader, Tom Rader, Shelleyne (McIntosh) Smith, Rodger McIntosh, Alan Stenger, Karen Stenger, Greg Stenger, Barbara Evans, and Charles Evans. He also leaves behind his loving sisters-in-law Claudine (Arthur) Rader, Ruth (Evans) Stenger, and Lillian (Stiller) Evans; and his brothers-in-law Eugene Evans, and James Stenger.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Arnold Rader and Robert Rader, his sister Clara (Rader) McIntosh, his sister-in-law Trilla (Clark) Rader, and his brother-in-law, Roy McIntosh.Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, August 20th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Reverend Jim Elliot will officiate the funeral service at the funeral home at 1 p.m. and burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.The family is asking for donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of James E. Rader, in lieu of flowers. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of James Rader.last_img read more