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Internet user gets ten years in jail for posting content that “defamed” monarchy

first_img Organisation August 21, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the 10-year jail sentence which a criminal court in the northeast Bangkok district of Ratchada imposed today on Suwicha Thakor for posting content online that was deemed to have insulted the monarchy. Thakor has been held in Bangkok’s Klong Prem prison since 14 January. “The charge of lese majeste has become a major tool of repression in Thailand,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The sentence passed on Suwicha Thakor violates online free expression and is out of all proportion to what he is alleged to have done. We call for his release and we urge the government to amend this law, which is being abused in an unacceptable manner.” Thakor’s lawyer said he was accused of posting photos, videos and comments online which, according to the court, defamed the monarchy. He was found guilty on two counts under the lese majeste law and one count of causing “offence” under the Computer Act. The court gave him a 10-year jail term for each of the first two counts, for a total of 20 years but, as he pleaded guilty, this was halved. Thakor said in court, after the verdict: “I am ill… I need help… I have three children.” Alluding to his father, wife and three children, he added: “I must remain in prison for 10 years, but there are five people who are dying.” Thakor was arrested on 14 January by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) while staying with friends in the provinces. He was identified as the source of the defamatory content by his computer’s IP address. The DSI claimed that he had left Bangkok because he knew he was guilty. His lawyer, whose two requests for Thakor’s release on bail were rejected, has appealed against the sentence. Reporters Without Borders condemns the 10-year jail sentence which a criminal court in the northeast Bangkok district of Ratchada imposed today on Suwicha Thakor for posting content online that was deemed to have insulted the monarchy. Thakor has been held in Bangkok’s Klong Prem prison since 14 January. More information about Suwicha Thakor. News Receive email alerts Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Follow the news on Thailand Giles Ji Ungpakorn, a university academic who went into exile after being sought on a lese majeste charge, said: “All Suwicha did was express his views of the monarchy online (…) But no one should be surprised that justice had not been done in the Thai courts because there is neither transparency nor responsibility in most of the country’s institutions. The judges have their own interpretation of what constitutes lese majeste.” ————————–Download the report “His untouchable Majesty – Censorship and imprisonment : the abuses in the name of lese majeste” (issued on 9 February by Reporters Without Borders) April 3, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Internet user gets ten years in jail for posting content that “defamed” monarchy ThailandAsia – Pacific ThailandAsia – Pacific Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years ————————–More information about Suwicha Thakor. to go further News News May 12, 2021 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Newslast_img read more

Mortgage Industry Groups Provide Feedback on Universal Mortgage-Backed Security

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Industry Groups Provide Feedback on Universal Mortgage-Backed Security FHFA Lending UMBS 2020-01-23 Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The Industry Pulse: Updates on New Hires and Partnerships Next: Supreme Court Offers Ruling on Bankruptcy Appeals Case Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Mortgage Industry Groups Provide Feedback on Universal Mortgage-Backed Security Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Mortgage-related trade organizations have begun to weigh in on Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security (UMBS) pooling practices, responding to a Request for Input (RFI) released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). In order to function properly, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac state that the UMBS will require alignment between the GSE’s pools in order to work properly, and to address this, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a request for input on a proposal to further align Fannie and Freddie’s pooling practices.In a statement at the launch of UMBS, Renee Schultz, SVP, Capital Markets, Fannie Mae said, “We remain focused on ensuring that all market participants continue to make a smooth transition to UMBS and maintaining a highly liquid housing finance market.”In their RFI responses, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association (ABA) pointed to the to-be-announced (TBA) market and the single-lender pools.In their letter to the FHFA, ABA indicated that what is currently proposed for the TBA market should be reconsidered. According to ABA, “the approaches detailed in the RFI will not result in enhanced liquidity in the TBA market, will diminish the specified pool and CMO markets, and will cause harm to virtually every market participant, leading to higher costs or reduced access to credit that will ultimately impact mortgage borrowers.”ABA’s focus on the TBA market is an opinion shared by other organizations. In an Urban Institute report authored in part by former FHFA Special Advisor Bob Ryan, Ryan discusses how UMBS’s impact on the to-be-announced (TBA) market will be key to the security’s success.“Ideally, by combining Fannie and Freddie’s securities, the UMBS will expand the TBA market’s liquidity, thereby improving pricing marketwide,” Urban’s report stated. “But that will happen only if the combined securities are fungible. A material divergence in the performance of Fannie and Freddie’s pools will lead investors to trade more and more in the specified and stipulated pool markets, reducing liquidity in the TBA market and thereby undermining pricing marketwide.”MBA, meanwhile notes that the RFI’s proposed pooling process changes are not immediately clear, calling for more justification for what the organization calls “a major restructuring of a large market that is critically important to the health of broader financial markets and the global economy.”“Before FHFA moves forward on any elements of this proposal, MBA believes the Agency must provide a more thorough explanation of the problem it is seeking to address and a more robust justification for the merits of this particular solution,” the MBA’s letter said.In each response, avoiding misalignment between the GSEs is a priority. For MBA, this means aligning prepayment rates that will not have a potentially negative effect on pooling options, market diversity, and product availability to borrowers. ABA’s focus on alignment is centered on the TBA market, urging the FHFA to avoid taking actions that reduce the variety and optionality for investors and lenders that exists today in the TBA market.The complete letter from the ABA can be found here. The MBA’s letter can be found here. January 23, 2020 1,863 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: FHFA Lending UMBS About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articleslast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Hope Solo believes USWNT fears England in semifinals

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: England can remove USA’s aura of invincibility with win USA vs. England: How key players Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze match up Former USA goalkeeper Hope Solo believes the U.S. women’s national team fears facing England in the semifinals Tuesday, which is unprecedented as the Lionesses weren’t a threat in 2015. The two teams have met 16 times and the USA has won 10 of those matchups, including a 3-0 victory in 2007 when the two faced each other in the World Cup for the first time. They’ll need a guide to beat the @USWNT today! 😉 💪 🇺🇸 #WWC19 https://t.co/filsUgkDtd— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) July 2, 2019She also took another jab at U.S. coach Jill Ellis, as she wrote England’s Phil Neville is the “better manager, tactically.”“Player for player, the American team is the stronger side and you have to think they will get through – but England have the better manager, tactically,” Solo added. “We’re going to see tactics come into play in this game more than in any other match in this tournament so far, which is why I’m excited to see what Phil Neville has in store.”Solo called the semifinal matchup England’s “best chance to beat the USA” as she predicted it will be an intense game in Lyon in front of a sold-out crowd. But she still thinks the U.S. will pull off the win and advance to the finals.  “This summer, after victories over Scotland, Argentina, Japan, Cameroon and Norway to reach the last four, there might be a small sense of fear from the United States for this England team. And that’s not how the US have ever operated previously – we simply do not fear teams,” Solo, who is working as an analyst for BBC, wrote in a column published Tuesday.“There’s a sense of arrogance in the fact that we like to instill fear in others, and we don’t operate with fear ourselves. This American team won’t admit it, but the Lionesses can instill a tiny bit of fear in Jill Ellis’ defending champions.” Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Lucy Bronze, England ‘more hungry’ than other semifinalists “These Lionesses are fitter than I’ve seen them in past tournaments, but the US are still more experienced and have greater endurance. Because of that, things are edging more in the way of the USA, so I think they’re going to just come out on top and reach Sunday’s final against either the Netherlands or Sweden,” Solo wrote.”It comes down to tactics. England have to play a smarter game than the USA. And that’s why, ultimately, this will come down to Neville.”Tuesday’s match kicks off at 3 p.m. ET in Lyon, France, at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.last_img read more

SC Villa host struggling Black Angels

first_img Tags: paidha black anglesSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop Villa defeates Vipers 3-1 in their last game (file photo)NAMBOOLE – SC Villa host struggling Paiah Black Angels at Mandela National Stadium as the Uganda Premier League resumes.SCViila are fresh from disciplining Kitende based club SC VIPERS 3-1 on Saturday while Paidah fell out at Buhinga against Tooro United 1-0.It should be noted that Paidah suspended head coach weeks ago because of misconduct and Charles ‘Kadidi’ Ssenyange will lead the technical bench.In the last encounters between the two teams, Villa and Paidah shared spoils in Arua at the Green Light Stadium.Team newsBashir Mutanda will again be Bamweyana’s main man as he seeks to add to his goal tally with Joseph Semujju, Pius Wangi, Albert Mugisa and new signing Emmanuel Kalyowa also in support.Samson Kirya and Nsubuga will not feature in the game because they still have injuries.Floribert Pithua and Julius Malingumu are sidelined due to injuries for Paidah black Angels.Match factsA win for the Blues could see them jump to 10th on the log while Paidha Black Angels could leave the league bottom with maximum points if results go their way.The two teams are facing off for the second time Oafish having qualified to super league.SC Villa is 12th on the table with 18 points while Paidha is 16th on just nine points.Comments last_img read more

VIDEO: Warriors’ Steve Kerr on Klay Thompson’s big game in 113-105 win versus L.A. Clippers

first_imgThe Golden State Warriors didn’t need their two-time league MVP Stephen Curry to have a big game to take care of the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. For many teams in the NBA that might be an issue but not when you have Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson to pick up the slack. Durant and Thompson combined for 65 of the team’s points in the 113-105 win.Thompson was particularly hot early scoring on his first seven attempts. He would end the game with 32 points. Klay’s hot hand had a positive effect …last_img read more

5 Examples of Apple’s ARKit Already Changing E-commerce

first_imgAR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging … Related Posts Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc. With the release of iOS 11 this fall, Apple unleashed AR on anyone running an iPhone 6 and above. And e-commerce brands are racing to offer those iPhone owners new ways to interact, discover, and buy their products with AR technology. Here are five examples of how ARKit is already transforming the e-commerce retail experience.1. Furniture ShoppingWith concerns about fit, color, and more, furniture shopping is a perfect fit for AR. Ikea Place is one of the big name brands using Apple ARKit. Their app lets users virtually place IKEA products in their home, with buttons for saving an item or adding it to the shopping cart. In a stunning display of AR’s capabilities, the app automatically scales products to the room with 98 percent accuracy.AR apps that virtually measure objects or a room can further help shoppers make the right choice. Unbranded furniture dropping apps, like this one by developer Asher Vollmer, help users completely design and stage a room with multiple pieces of furniture.2. Delivery and Shipping LogisticsLarge retailers can use AR to transform how they organize their warehouse for optimized workflow. Shipping, packing, and restocking can become more accurate and efficient. Through arrows and information overlays, AR can help employees quickly identify which objects to ship according to delivery times instead of having to read tiny labels.On the delivery end, shippers can use AR instead of scanning devices, minimizing the need to click a button. They can quickly hold up an iPad to determine which box needs to be delivered from their truck, or use an iPad to navigate through an apartment building.3. Video Games and ToysWith AR, some retailers can forget shipping altogether. For example, video games can now be sold without a console, as demonstrated in this demo from Directive Game. Their “The Machines” game only requires a flat tabletop and an iPad running ARKit to play.Companies selling more traditional, physical games or toys can use AR to further entice customers. Imagine a virtual catalog that shows you building a LEGO set on your kitchen table, Barbie dolls interacting in your bedroom, or playing Minecraft in your kitchen sink. The possibilities are endless.4. ApparelClothing retailers were one of the first to jump on the AR bandwagon. Early adopter Uniqlo has used AR in their stores since 2012. Fitting room mirrors include a LCD screen so shoppers can quickly try out a top in different colors.E-commerce marketplace Redbubble sells custom print-on-demand products. Their AR app shows shoppers how the products will look in their homes. Instead of relying on the website’s product image gallery, shoppers can see how the colors of their new sham pillow match the rest of their furniture collection, or decide whether they like the way a t-shirt looks on them.5. Cosmetics and Beauty ProductsOne of the toughest things about buying cosmetics online is the discrepancy between how the product looks on the website with perfect lighting on a model and how it looks on your face in the real world. That’s why Modiface created a virtual AR makeup counter. Customers can experiment with different looks and products so they buy the right shade with confidence.ConclusionIf you work in e-commerce and you’re not already developing an ARKit app, you’re behind. ARKit gives you an unique opportunity to help consumers fall in love with your brand, and increase their confidence during the buying process. Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc. Michael Quoccenter_img Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your…last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd table offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar

first_imgMan Utd table offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have launched a bid for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, it has been revealed.United are in the market for a new centre-back and have been linked with a number of defenders, including Roma’s Kostas Manolas.The Greek is available for £30million, and Manchester United are apparently keen, but according to TuttoMercatoWeb they have now turned their attention elsewhere.Skriniar, 23, is highly-rated, and it is believed Inter Milan would be prepared to part company with the defender should they receive a good price for him.United feel €60m is enough to get the deal done. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

19 days agoBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate withdrawn from Colombia U23 squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Steven Alzate withdrawn from Colombia U23 squadby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate has been withdrawn from international duty for Colombia.Colombia have agreed the versatile Alzate, who was called into their under-23 squad for two friendly matches against Peru in Lima, should remain with Albion for treatment on a minor injury.Alzate, who signed a new contract on Friday, came off in the 88th minute in the 3-0 win over Spurs yesterday. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is also out of Iran’s squad due to injury. last_img read more