The information and communication ministry asked Internet Service Providers on 24 April to lift the censorship on 72 news websites operated by the government’s “Red Shirt” opponents. Aree Jiworarak, the head of the Information Technology Supervision Office, thanked them for their “cooperation.”The Freedom Against Censorship in Thailand (FACT) website has meanwhile been rendered inaccessible by three ISPs (ToT, Kasetsart University and Buddy Broadband) since 25 April. June 12, 2020 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific Organisation to go further ThailandAsia – Pacific Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Follow the news on Thailand RSF_en Receive email alerts See a list of websites that have been censored by the information ministry since 18 April. April 27, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Censorship lifted on some websites The information and communication ministry asked Internet Service Providers on 24 April to lift the censorship on 72 news websites operated by the government’s “Red Shirt” opponents. Aree Jiworarak, the head of the Information Technology Supervision Office, thanked them for their “cooperation.” May 12, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information ———————— Reporters Without Borders deplores the censorship, closure and banning of many media linked to the opposition United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) since the UDD’s violent “red-shirt” demonstrations in Bangkok on 13 April. The authorities have raided community radio stations in the north and east of the country under a state of emergency. And Internet Service Providers have been ordered to censor at least 67 websites linked to the UDD, which supports former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.“We firmly condemn the violence by UDD supporters but we also deplore the reprisals which the authorities have taken against media linked to this movement,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If calls for violence have been made in these media, they must be punished by the courts and not in an arbitrary fashion by the police.”The press freedom organisation added: “Such actions by the authorities cast doubt on the desire to ‘reconcile the different political parties’ professed by the government when it took office. We call for the lifting of the state of emergency, which just blocks access to news and information and encourages a climate of fear.”A spokesman for the ruling Democrat Party said the radio stations were closed for “inciting violence.” The UDD’s leaders meanwhile accused the main news media of lacking independence and of “demonising” their movement.Several TV crews were roughed up by “red-shirts” during the first few days of the UDD demonstrations. In one case, demonstrators forced the state-run NBT TV to suspend operations in the north-east by besieging its studios.A newly-created English-language website (http://redshirtreport.wordpress.com/) is using material from various Thai news outlets to denounce alleged cases of disinformation about the UDD demonstrations.In the weeks that followed the coup that ousted Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006, the authorities closed hundreds of community radio stations deemed to be pro-Thaksin. August 21, 2020 Find out more News News
Semi-submersible accommodation vessel OOS Tiradentes has become the first offshore rig to resume operations in Brazil following Petrobras’ shutdown of facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. OOS Tiradentes, named after the Brazilian Hero for its national independence, has been operating in Brazil for Petrobras for the past two years since its initial approval survey. During the shutdown, CIMC Raffles work with the vessel’s owner OOS International and contractors to overhaul two of the thrusters on the vessel to ensure operational efficiency. According tothe company, the vessel is scheduled to return to the Campos offshore basin inearly August 2020 for its annual DP test, and start providing offshoreaccommodation service for Petrobras P-40 campaign in early September 2020. CIMC Raffles, the manager of the vessel, said on Tuesday that it received the notice to resume operations from Petrobras. Earlier this year, Petrobras decided to suspend the operation of a large number of FPSOs and their supporting accommodation platforms in Brazilian waters – including OOS Tiradentes – due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena Community College’s Concrete Technology Program celebrated 50 years on Friday afternoon. Alumni, students, faculty, and friends gathered to talk about the success of the program and talk about the past and future. Several key-note speakers including ACC President Don MacMaster and Former Chairman of the board for Besser James Park. The program has had over 600 students graduate and find jobs easily due to such a strong alumni connection throughout the world. The concrete tech program is world-renowned and attracts student from all over the Northeast Michigan area.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Meth Lab Discovered in Wilson TownshipNext 34-Year-Old Woman Dies From Rollover Vehicle Accident
NFL Week 11 Weather Updates: Cold, rain, wind (and elevation) could impact fantasy start ’em, sit ’em calls
Chiefs vs. Chargers (in Mexico City). My favorite game of the week comes on Monday night in Mexico. The “weather” likely won’t be overly impactful — light winds, a chance for showers and storms — but the elevation will be. This game is being played at an elevation of 7,200 feet, which is 2,000 feet higher than Denver. High elevation means a few things. First it means a bump to kickers. The NFL record-long FG is 64 yards (in Denver), there’s also been four 63-yard field goals (two in Denver). That elevation matters for distance, and with the elevation of Mexico City, we might see teams line up for a FG in the 65-70-yard range. Obviously, the game situation would have to bring us there, but the point is that kickers will be given every opportunity to bang through some 50-plus yarders. The second important note is that high elevation can impact your ability to get your “wind” or breath. It’s generally the defensive side of the ball that wears down first, and I expect the elevation to exacerbate that issue in this game. I love the offense in general here — passing, running, and kicking. All the conditions are lined up to help. WEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPAs always, all forecasts are subject to change prior to kickoff. You can follow me on Twitter (@KevinRothWx), check out the hourly automated NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders, or take a look at WeatherEdge for updates. We’ve also added automated College Football Weather for those NCAA football fans looking for a little weather insight. The temperatures are starting to drop a bit as we hit Week 11, but there aren’t any sub-freezing games on the schedule. A handful of games in the mid-Atlantic are in the “worth watching, but not worth worrying about” zone, as they could see colder temperatures and rainy/windy conditions. Perhaps the game impacted by the “elements” will be the Chiefs-Chargers Monday night matchup in Mexico City, which could impact fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions for at least one position.Before we break down the Week 11 forecast, here’s a reminder that if you have any questions about sports weather or how weather could impact play (and, potentially, your fantasy, DFS, and gambling decisions), don’t hesitate to reach out on Twitter @KevinRothWx or check our hourly NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders. To take your game to the next level, subscribe to RotoGrinders’ exclusive WeatherEdge tool and see how different weather conditions have impacted historical scoring. WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNFL Week 11 weather updatesMid-Atlantic games (Jets @ Redskins, Texans @ Ravens, Patriots @ Eagles). These three games are all ending up with pretty much the same weather forecast. It will be cold (around 40 degrees), but not cold enough to be an issue. It will be a little breezy (10-15-mph sustained winds), but not windy enough to impact passing. There’s a chance for rain, but not a high enough chance or heavy enough rain to impact play. I’ll keep a watch on all of these games and update as necessary, especially if it looks like rain may be a bigger issue than it appears now, but for the time being I wouldn’t fade any players due to weather.
Crescent City >> Sophomore quarterback Ethan Price ran for two second half touchdowns, as the No. 7 Del Norte Warriors advanced to the second round of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs with a 19-12 victory over the 10th-seeded John Swett Warriors Saturday evening in Crescent City.The Warriors will now face No. 2 St. Bernard’s in a quarterfinal contest at 7 p.m. Friday evening in Crescent City.“We felt like we moved the ball well and did what we wanted to do, but we kept shooting …
SAN FRANCISCO — It doesn’t matter if it’s the bottom of the ninth inning of a Giants-Dodgers game or the top of the third in a meaningless spring training matinee.As long as Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow are broadcasting, they’ll have an audience. Kruk and Kuip have unparalleled chemistry, unlimited range and they love a fresh topic…or target. And this year, that target was me.The first time they took aim sounded like this.https://spaces.hightail.com/space/wAo2cP6kdM This on-air …
South Africa’s pavilion at the Shanghai Expo attracted about 3-million visitors. (Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos visit the Image library) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma believes the expo will result in better cooperation between local and Chinese businesses. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kgomotso Molobi Chief Director for Public Diplomacy Department of International Relations and Cooperation +27 82 940 1647 or +27 12 351 0083 RELATED ARTICLES • SA opens at 2010 Expo Shanghai • South Africa-China trade ties to strengthen • Local heroines in the spotlight • Gallery: South Africa at 2010 Expo ShanghaiBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s image as a globally competitive nation has received a major boost from its successful participation in the Shanghai Expo, the government said.Since the expo opened on 1 May 2010, about 3-million people have flocked to the country’s pavilion, which South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma visited on 18 July.More than 190 countries have had a presence at the six-month-long expo, which is the biggest of its kind in the world. It will come to an end on 31 October.“We are sure that the combination of our participation in the Shanghai Expo and the 2010 Fifa World Cup has totally rebranded South Africa to the world,” Dlamini-Zuma said during her visit to the Chinese city.“Not only has South Africa been rebranded, it has also been exposed to a lot of people, especially young people around the world and this has created a better understanding of South Africa and Africa.”The joint African pavilion has attracted about 10-million people over the last few months.These massive turnouts “indicated the interest that the world has taken in Africa and South Africa”, said Dlamini-Zuma, adding that the country has presented itself as a rising modern economy and one of great industrial and scientific power in Africa.The minister said South Africa has proven itself to be a country that’s ready for trade. “South Africa is open for business and ready to serve as a gateway to the rest of Africa.”She tipped the local private sector, which has had a major presence at the expo, to cash in on the exposure it received to further contribute to the country’s economic growth. “This will ensure government delivers on its mandate to improve the lives of all our people.”More South African cities could have been represented at the expo to showcase the country’s urban diversity, Dlamini-Zuma said. “We think that in future, more cities must participate in these expos.”Boost for business cooperationAbout 72 South African organisations have exhibited at the expo, representing sectors like mining, information and communications technology, energy and agro-processing, among a range of other industries.Participation by South Africa’s private sector will strengthen economic ties between the country and China, Dlamini-Zuma said. “We are confident there will be further conversations between these business houses and we will see cooperation in a variety of areas.”As it is, China and South Africa have a healthy trade relationship, with the burgeoning Asian power surpassing the US as South Africa’s biggest trading partner in 2009. “China is one of South Africa’s strategic partners,” Dlamini-Zuma confirmed.Every cent was worth itSouth Africa’s government is predicting lucrative economic spinoffs from exhibiting in Shanghai. “It is too early to calculate the impact of the expo on our economy, but I am confident we will begin to see very positive effects,” the minister said.“All in all, we think every penny spent on organising and participating in this expo has been worth it.”Organisers at the South African pavilion are currently hosting fashion shows, where local designers can show off their latest trends.Throughout the expo South African musicians have fired up Shanghai stages. Jazz maestro Don Laka and flautist Wouter Kellerman are still due to perform in the city. “Our culture has also been showcased … through the performances rendered by South African artists,” Dlamini-Zuma added.Like the line-up of artists, various exhibitions are in the pipeline. “We will also present science, climate change and environmental initiatives. These activities will continue,” South Africa’s Consul-General to Shanghai, Vika Khumalo, said in a statement. STYLE–> MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the
The government’s final decision on alcohol advertising was keenly awaited by the alcohol industry and by the media, which depended heavily on its advertising expenditure. Opponents of alcohol advertising claimed that alcohol caused accidents, lowered productivity and caused health and social problems, but Zane Dangor, special adviser to Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, said a task team set up to probe the issue had adopted the approach that it was a public health issue rather than one of cost to the economy. For the SABC alone, annual advertising spending from alcohol companies amounted to between R250-million and R400-million. Sapa They were particularly interested in France, where restrictions were placed on TV, internet and radio advertising of alcohol . A proposal emerged in Parliament on Tuesday for “significant” restrictions on alcohol advertising and, possibly, a ban in particular segments of the media . Dangor told a parliamentary media briefing by the social protection and community development cluster of ministers that the task team was looking at models used in other countries. A government task team investigating restrictions on alcohol advertising would probably not recommend an outright ban, according to a report in Business Day on Wednesday. Dangor said the task team would submit its report to an inter-ministerial committee soon. 31 August 2011
South Africa’s film and television makers are urged to submit their entries to the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) before the closing date on 16 October 2017. You could be the next to join the list of winners, so enter now and show us what you have got.The 2018 South African Film and Television Awards could be your chance to prove your mettle and pit yourself against the best filmmakers in the country. Submit your entry and show us what you have got. (Image: South African Film and Television Awards)Brand South Africa reporterThe 12th edition of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), brought to you by Mc Café, is nearly upon us, and the call for entries is open to South African filmmakers to pit their products against the best the country has to offer.Filmmakers are urged to submit their entries on www.saftasonline.co.za before the clock strikes on 16 October 2017.The SAFTAs are managed under the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency that falls under the Department of Arts and Culture.The awards play an important role in the growth, development and transformation of South Africa’s film industry, giving recognition and reward for creativity, quality and filmmaking excellence.The SAFTAs also serve to encourage entrepreneurship and the development of new talent within the industry, feeding the aspirations of young filmmakers, actors and actresses.For more than a decade some of South Africa’s best films, television shows, actors and actresses have been on the SAFTAs stage, showcasing the creative genius working its magic on our screens. Now in their 12th year, the awards promise to be bigger and better than ever before, fuelling the passion of the local industry.“If you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win the raffle.” You could be the next to join the list of awards winners, so enter now and show us what you have got.SAFTAs 2018: changing with the timesThe SAFTA committee is made up of the countries film and television giants SABC, DStv, eTV and StarSat as well as the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (Sasfed).True to the spirit of development and growth, the SAFTAs have been modified to improve the experience and keep it relevant.“It is crucial after each edition of the SAFTAs to introspect and seek possible ways to modify the awards for continuous improvement,” said Zama Mkosi, CEO of the NFVF.“Following the SAFTAs, 11 post review meetings with the Adhoc and SAFTAs committees, the categories were workshopped and reduced. The objective is to create consistency and uniformity that reflects the South African film and television industry.”The total number of awards has been reduced to 80 plus four discretionary awards, totalling 84 awards up for grabs. The awards ceremony is set to take place between 22 and 24 March 2018.Send in your submission and you could be up on the SAFTAs stage come March next year.Source: National Film and Video Foundation, South African Film and Television AwardsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Relief agencies, companies and volunteers came together and built a global network of systems and people to coordinate emergency aid operations for the Haiti earthquake victims.This piecing together of a jigsaw of different organizations and technologies with one common goal serves as a testament to what is possible using cloud computing and may serve as a template for disaster relief operations in the future.SMS and RadioWhilst SMS is low tech in comparison to mobile services like 3G and Wi-Fi, its simplicity is its success. Repairing or erecting temporary cell towers is a far more efficient way to reach people than fixing wire-line infrastructure. As SMS is a basic feature supported by all handsets, it is widespread and popular in Haiti.A short-code weather service (4636) was commandeered and setup on the Digicel and Comcel networks to serve as a gateway for anyone who could access a mobile phone. Josh Nesbit co-founder of FrontlineSMS:Medic humbly describes his involvement as a “co-coordinator” who put together the SMS team by getting lots of different volunteers and organizations talking together. The work was done by people like Jean-Marc Castera, a Haitian network engineer for Digicel, and Nicolás di Tada from InSTEDD who went station to station and made sure the message got out and was clear. The service was publicized via local radio stations and word of mouth.The earthquake hit on Jan. 12, and the first emergency messages from Haitians were being received four days later on Jan. 16.Translation and ClassificationMessages received were forwarded onto a crowdsourced team powered by CrowdFlower and SamaSource who would translate the messages into English and then classify them. Other information such as addresses, mobile number and map coordinates were derived from the cell locations.Once classified, messages and the accompanying information was forwarded on to a number of different agencies like the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United States Coast Guard.Messages relating to lost or found people would be forwarded to people finder services. Mobile phone numbers were added to a distribution list to receive information bulletins via the Thomson Reuters Foundation AlertNet and InSTEDD.The Big PictureAn open source piece of software called Ushahidi was re-purposed by volunteers wanting to assist from afar. They created a Web portal to visualize and collate this information for relief agencies and the public.Ushahidi, which means ‘testimony’ in Swahili, was originally developed to map reports of post-election violence in Kenya. Its ability to graphically display maps and “hotspots” was ideally suited for visualizing areas where relief was most needed.The Future?The earthquake disaster in Haiti happened less than a month ago and the emergency support service built has already served over 26,000 messages and played a vital role in coordinating the relief effort. You can imagine what an impact this service has to the people who need it most when you consider one such message:“We need water, food and medications. We are about 950 people. Thank you Abner”The world may just have had its first glimpse of a truly global disaster management system. We should marvel at the scale of problem it tackled and how quickly it was developed. The use of cloud services like the crowdsourcing platforms and their APIs demonstrates how quickly cloud services can be used to integrate traditional agencies like the Red Cross.Given the frequency of natural disasters and the uncertainty around climate change the world has an opportunity to rollout a global 911 service that could benefit us all.Image credit: visualpanic. Mission 4636 diagram kindly supplied by Josh Nesbit. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… tim hastings 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Case Studies#cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting