Chiranuch Premchaiporn

first_img Asia – PacificThailand Tongam Rina India Find out more Hamid Mir Pakistan Find out more Help by sharing this information José Belo Timor-Leste Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Information hero Chiranuch Premchaiporn center_img Chiranuch Premchaiporn, better known by the pen name Jiew, is the editor of the online newspaper Prachatai. She was briefly arrested and prosecuted in 2010 for lèse majesté. Under the terms of the draconian Computer Crimes Act, she could face up to 50 years in prison. The evidence was scant: she was accused of failing to remove anti-monarchist comments from the site quickly enough in 2008. She was subjected to judicial harassment for more than three years, during which time she did all she could to counter censorship of her site, before being given a suspended sentence of eight months’ imprisonment and a fine of 20,000 baht ($635) in 2012. Determined to assert her rights and win her case, she appealed against the court’s decision. But the legal system refused to budge. Premchaiporn’s battle for freedom of the press is indicative of the harshness of Thai justice system and the punitive nature of some of its laws which, instead of protecting the monarchy, are used as political weapons against critical and independent voices. Julian Assange Australia Find out more Asia – PacificThailand Follow the news on Thailand Oudom Tat Cambodia Find out more See morelast_img read more

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Student government passes the torch

first_imgAs students scramble to write final papers, study for exams and enjoy the last weeks of the spring semester, Notre Dame’s 2012-2013 student government is already hard at work after entering office April 1. Student body president Brett Rocheleau took the reins from his predecessor, Pat McCormick, in stepping up from his position as student body vice president following the 2011-2012 term. ND Minute talked to McCormick and Rocheleau about the accomplishments of their administration, its legacy and their hopes for the future of student government at Notre Dame. McCormick, a senior, also reflected on his time as student body president as a part of his overall Notre Dame experience. Rocheleau and student body vice president Katie Rose told us about their goals and plans for the upcoming school year, some of which build on the work he and McCormick strived for during their tenure. Rocheleau and Rose will focus on unifying the diverse Notre Dame community through a variety of means, especially at the residence hall level. They also hope to implement more practical reforms on campus, as well as continue to advocate for students.last_img read more

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Evans comes from three back to win at Lake Macquarie

first_img26 Jan 2014 Evans comes from three back to win at Lake Macquarie Ryan Evans ensured the England flag was flying high Down Under despite the cricket catastrophe by winning the Lake Macquarie International at Belmont in New South Wales. A closing round of 68 for a 72-hole aggregate of 281, seven under par, gave the England international from Wellingborough a two-shot winning margin from New Zealand’s Luke Toomey and Jarryd Felton from Australia. Evans, 26, (pictured) was near the top of the leaderboard all week and although his closing 68 was not the best round of the day it was enough to see him to his second overseas title following his success last year in the Biarritz Cup. Going into the final day, Jordan Zunic led on 210 by three strokes from five players including Evans, Toomey and Felton. But while Zunic well back with 74, the others battled it out for the title. Evans found two birdies on the front nine and added to that by picking up further shots at the tenth, 15th and 17th for his 68. Although Toomey recorded four front nine birdies, he also dropped three shots and despite coming home in 33 for 70 it wasn’t enough to catch Evans. Felton was also home in 70 which included a front nine of 34 containing four birdies. But again he came up short. Harry Casey from Middlesex made the cut but finished down the field on 298. So Evans, who led the qualifiers from the previous week’s Australian Amateur but went out in the first round of match play in searing heat, is the first English player to win the Lake Macquarie since Adam Gee in 2006. Leading final scores: 281 R Evans (Eng) 70 69 74 68 283 L Toomey (NZ) 73 69 71 70, J Felton (Aus) 68 70 75 70 284 J Zunic (Aus) 65 75 70 74 Other English score: 298 H Casey 73 73 78 74last_img read more

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Public policy promotions at OFBF

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Yvonne Lesicko has been named vice president, public policy for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She will be responsible for managing the organization’s policy development process and its legislative, regulatory, political and legal activities at the federal, state and local levels. She has been OFBF’s senior director of legislative and regulatory policy since 2012. She succeeds Adam Sharp, who was recently named the organization’s new executive vice president.Lesicko first served on the Farm Bureau public policy team in the mid-1990s. She also was director of government relations for Cincinnati Bell Telephone. She received a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and a master’s degree in public administration from Ohio State University.  She is a past president of the Ohio Lobbying Association and has been active with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Ohio Commodores and Girl Scouts Alumnae Association. Lesicko was raised on a Huron County grain farm where her family also operated a seed processing plant. She and her husband, Scott, have a son.Brandon Kern has been named senior director of policy outreach for OFBF. In this newly created position, he will provide leadership for the organization’s efforts to develop closer relationships and provide support to rural communities, the food system and consumers. The inclusion of these groups within the public policy work of OFBF will serve to broaden and strengthen the organization’s service to its members.Kern joined the organization in 2013 as director of state policy. He formerly held various policy and legislative positions with the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus, several state senators and for the office of former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich. He is a graduate of Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences. He is active in his local community and currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. Kern and his wife, Amie, are the parents of three children.last_img read more

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Nothing is impossible for women to achieve: Kavita Devi

first_imgKavita Devi, who became the first Indian woman to sign with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) asserted that nothing was impossible for women to achieve.”I achieved this position because of my family’s support. And I want to say that nothing is impossible for women to achieve,” Kavita Devi, told ANI.Kavita also applauded Dalip Singh Rana aka The Great Khali, former Indian origin WWE male champion, crediting him for the feat.”I give all the credit of my success to Khali sir,” she said.Meanwhile, Khali said he was confident Devi would make it to WWE.”When I started training her, I knew she will definitely go to WWE,” Dalip Singh Rana told ANI.Kavita Devi, who was part of the WWE’s Mae Young classic tournament, made history by becoming the first ever woman wrestler from India to be awarded a WWE developmental contract.The announcement was made by WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.Devi is a power-lifter who won gold at the 2016 South Asian Games, representing India.last_img read more

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Watch: Dez Bryant Makes Unreal One-Handed Grab in Spring Training

first_imgIn the least shocking of spring training news, Dez Bryant is doing otherworldly things that receivers typically don’t do — and doing them with ease.Dez doing Dez things pic.twitter.com/Rmr82KVHYD— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 5, 2016Despite him catching heat for dropping some passes in camp (which teed Dez off), this is just proof that even with decent coverage, there’s really no answer for No. 88. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

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Suns Michael Beasley Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Photo by www.nba.si.comLast year, forward Michael Beasley said this in his introductory press conference with the Phoenix Suns: “I realize 10 minutes of feeling good is not really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy, so I’m confident to say that that part of my career, that part of my life, is over and won’t be coming back.”Well, apparently, it is back.Beasley was arrested Tuesday following a traffic stop because in his possession were three cigarettes believed to contain marijuana. His Mercedes-Benz smelled of weed, according to police Officer David Pubins of Scottsdale, Ariz.Beasley was released after being cited for investigation of one felony count each of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.This incident could result in suspension by the NBA. Beasley already has a drug history. In June 2011, he was ticketed for possessing marijuana and speeding in a Minneapolis suburb, where he played before signing with Phoenix.He also has acknowledged that while playing for Miami, he twice violated the NBA’s drug policy and entered a treatment facility in 2009.Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft by Miami out of Kansas State in 2008, signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns a year ago. But he went on to have a disappointing, inconsistent season, averaging career lows of 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games as Phoenix compiled the worst record in the Western Conference and second worst in franchise history. He shot 40.5 percent from the field, also a career worst.To say his NBA career has been a disappointment is an understatement. Blessed with immense talent, Beasley, from the Washington, D.C. area, has not come close to fulfilling his potential. He has been inconsistent and seemingly disinterested. Worse, he has not shown much improvement–on or offer the court–in his five years as a pro.According to Pubins, court proceedings in the case will begin after results of lab tests are available. read more

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