Local newspaper editor gunned down, fourth journalist murdered this year

first_img June 12, 2020 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News ThailandAsia – Pacific October 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local newspaper editor gunned down, fourth journalist murdered this year Follow the news on Thailand News ThailandAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Wallop Bounsampop, the editor of Den Siam, a local newspaper in Chonburi province (to the south of Bangkok), on 5 October. The motive is not yet known but some of his articles on local politics had earned him enemies. He is the fourth journalist to be murdered in Thailand since the start of the year.“We are seeing an unprecedented wave of murders of journalists in Thailand and we call on the police and judicial authorities to give themselves the means to deal with it,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If no real progress is made in solving these four cases, more journalists are likely to be killed at a time when Thailand is still embroiled in a political crisis.”Wallop, 52, was helping his wife in a restaurant in his village when two men on a motorcycle fired five shots at him, hitting him twice in the head and killing him instantly.Wallop’s murder could be linked to his articles on local politics, which had caused controversy. He was an active member of his district council and he had criticised some of his opponents in articles about the local elections due to take place next month.Somsak Phusrisak, the governor of the central province of Suphanburi, where Matichon correspondent Jaruek Rangcharoen was gunned down on 27 September, has meanwhile reported that the police are on the verge of arresting the leading suspect in that murder thanks to a facial composite drawn with the help of witnesses. Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Wallop Bounsampop, the editor of Den Siam, a local newspaper in Chonburi province (to the south of Bangkok), on 5 October. News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Help by sharing this information August 21, 2020 Find out more News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmarlast_img read more


Management rethink for ‘sparkling’ LSH

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Govt to provide $24b pandemic stimulus funding next year

first_imgThe government will provide Rp 25.4 trillion next year for health care, including the procurement of coronavirus vaccines once they are available and to support laboratories and healthcare facilities.It will also provide Rp 110.2 trillion for social aid, including for the Family Hope program, cash transfers and the pre-employment card program, among other things.Furthermore, the government will allocate Rp 136.7 trillion for ministries and regional administrations to improve tourism, food security, industrial areas, communication and technology development and as loans for regions, among other projects.Some Rp 48.8 trillion is being set aside for MSMEs, Rp 14.9 trillion for state-owned enterprises and corporations and another Rp 20.4 trillion for tax incentives.Indonesia has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion in stimulus spending this year to support the cooling economy and fund the pandemic response with the state budget deficit expected to come in at 6.34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).The government expects next year’s budget deficit to amount to Rp 971.2 trillion, 5.5 percent of GDP, given the need to further boost the economy and provide social and healthcare assistance.Topics : The government will allocate Rp 356.5 trillion (US$24.04 billion) in pandemic-related stimulus funding next year in an effort to further support the country’s economic recovery, as well as to strengthen the healthcare system, including the provision of a coronavirus vaccine, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Friday.He pledged to continue this year’s stimulus allocation into 2021, which will also include funding for social protection and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) support, while fiscal relaxation will be implemented again to support the government’s agenda.“We will continue the economic recovery programs along with reform of several aspects,” Jokowi said in his state of the nation speech to the People’s Consultative Assembly in Jakarta.last_img read more


Jimmie Johnson announces return to NASCAR racing with a cringe-worthy rap video from his spotter

first_imgJohnson is able to return to racing this weekend because he has tested negative for COVID-19 twice this week, once on Monday and once on Tuesday. NASCAR requires two negative tests at least 24 hours apart before a person in the sport who tests positive can return.“My family is so grateful for the incredible love and support we’ve received over the last several days,” Johnson said in a team release. “I especially want to thank Justin Allgaier for stepping in for me at Indy and being a true pro. I’m excited about getting back to business with my team this weekend.”Johnson, who was the first NASCAR driver to test positive for COVID-19 since the sport’s return to racing in May, never experienced any symptoms of the virus. Johnson said Barban’s support video, which appeared to be filmed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend, was “too good not to share.” We’ll have to agree to disagree.It’s been an emotional journey and I’m so happy to be back. Thank you for all the support. This video was one of my favorites and is too good not to share, courtesy of @bigearl48. See you soon @kyspeedway. pic.twitter.com/zFSJiPN2V0— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 8, 2020MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR scheduleIt’s unclear whose voice recorded the cringe-worthy rap, but the culprit of the lyrics seems to be Barban himself because of the line, “I’ll do good for (Justin) Allgaier,” who ran the Indy race in Johnson’s place but crashed out early and finished 37th. Below are the lyrics.”To our brother Jimmie, sure miss you at Indy.”We wish our boy was here, but since you’re not, enjoy a beer.”I’ll do good for Allgaier, but if I say I like it, I would be a liar.”Kick this WuFlu in the ase, so you can get back here and race.”Oof. At least Barban ended the video on a positive note with a message of care to Johnson and his family as they navigated a difficult scenario. Surely, Jimmie Johnson shared a video of a dancing Earl Barban on Wednesday with good intentions and with permission from his Hendrick Motorsports spotter. But a simple “I’m back” would have sufficed.Johnson, who was cleared Wednesday to return to racing after testing positive for COVID-19 and missing last week’s Brickyard 400, confirmed his status for Sunday’s race at Kentucky Speedway and, obviously unknowingly, embarrassed his spotter in the process.last_img read more



first_imgTHE ZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I, BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ STAKES TO BE OFFERED AS PART OF 11-RACE BLOCKBUSTER CARD ON OPENING DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)–Fresh off a record-breaking 8 ¼ length win versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, superstar mare Beholder will face eight rivals as she seeks a record third consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Beholder, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Henny Hughes, has 10 wins from 11 starts at Santa Anita–her only defeat a second place finish in the 6 ½ furlong Grade II Santa Anita Ynez Stakes in January, 2013.Beginning with last year’s Zenyatta, Beholder has now rattled off five consecutive victories and should all go well on Saturday, it’s widely expected she’ll suit up for an epic showdown versus Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.Although her regular rider Gary Stevens was forced to miss last year’s Zenyatta tally due to knee replacement surgery, he has been aboard for her last four wins and in all, has eight wins from nine starts with her and has called her perhaps the best horse, male or female, he’s ever ridden. With eight wins from nine tries at 1 1/16 miles, Beholder’s overall mark stands at 19-14-3-0. She has amassed lifetime earnings of $4,256,600.Benjamin Warren’s homebred Warren’s Veneda, a close second to Beholder three starts back in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Adorations Stakes June 13, was third, beaten 11 ¼ lengths by the top selection in the Grade I Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 1 and will try to narrow the gap in the Zenyatta.A 5-year-old California-bred mare by Affirmative, Warren’s Veneda is trained by Craig Lewis and will again be handled by Tyler Baze. She has four wins from nine starts at Santa Anita and is 26-8-4-7 overall with earnings of $931,612.Pamela Ziebarth’s homebred My Sweet Addiction, a winner of the Grade I Vanity Stakes three starts back on May 9, was no match for Beholder in her most recent out, as she showed early speed and finished fourth, beaten 12 ½ lengths in the Hirsch at Del Mar Aug. 1. Trained by Marty Jones, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Tiznow has three wins from eight starts at Santa Anita and is 12-4-2-3 overall with earnings of $348,106.George Krikorian’s homebred Big Book, who was second to Grade I winning Stellar Wind going a flat mile in the Grade III Torrey Pines Stakes Aug. 30, faces her stiffest test to date on Saturday for trainer Tim Yakteen. A 3-year-old California-bred filly by Mr. Big, she has three wins from four starts and earnings of $198,400.The complete field for the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on an 11-race card Saturday with jockeys and weights in post position order: Oscar Party, James Graham, 119; Savings Account, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; My Monet, Santiago Gonzalez, 119; Big Book, Kent Desormeaux, 116; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 119; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith, 124; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 121; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 124. Special first post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.-30-last_img read more



first_imgSENSITIVELY: In a speed laden lineup, she may be the quickest of the quick.  Idle since well beaten as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Stakes on Aug. 17, she brings a solid resume and fast work tab to the Las Flores party.  Three for five at six furlongs, all four of Sensitively’s career wins have come at The Great Race Place.  A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Street Sense, she’s owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino.  She be ridden for the seventh consecutive time by Tyler Baze, who’s guided her to three wins.  She has earnings of $164,415 from an overall mark of 9-4-1-0. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2017)–Jerry Hollendorfer’s Constellation, the Richard Baltas-trained Watch This Cat and Phil D’Amato’s comebacking Sensitively head a field of five older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes, to be run at six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track. CONSTELLATION: Undefeated in two starts for Hollendorfer, she comes off a half length win here in the Grade I La Brea Stakes going seven furlongs on opening day, Dec. 26.  Dispatched at 12-1 following an odds-on score in a minor stakes going six furlongs at Turf Paradise on Nov. 12, Constellation pressed the La Brea pace and won impressively under Flavien Prat, who rides back on Sunday.  A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Bellamy Road, she was originally based in New York with Steve Asmussen.  A winner of two minor stakes at Aqueduct in November, 2015 and January, 2016, she’s 8-5-1-1 overall and has earnings of $479,464.  She’s owned by LNJ Foxwoods. THE GRADE III LAS FLORES STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 3 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PTcenter_img WATCH THIS CAT: Claimed for $32,000 six starts back on June 26, this 5-year-old Eskendereya mare has rattled off three consecutive wins for Baltas, her most recent an 8 ½ length romp over a sloppy track in the 6 ½ furlong Las Cienegas Stakes, which was originally slated for turf.  Due to the change in surface, necessitated by heavy rains, the Las Cienegas lost its Grade III status, thus, Watch This Cat will be in search of her first graded win on Sunday.  Quick from the gate, she could likely press the favorite or attempt gate to wire tactics with Corey Nakatani again engaged to ride.  Owned by Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Jack Nakashian, Watch This Cat is 16-4-4-1, with earnings of $164,220.   Ponder Lea–Rafael Bejarano–120Watch This Cat–Corey Nakatani–120Sensitively–Tyler Baze–120Pretty N Cool–Martin Garcia–120Constellation–Flavien Prat–124First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more


Warriors Profiles: Can Kevon Looney prove that he belongs in this mix?

first_imgWhat do weight loss, player options and solid playoff performances have in common? Each have played a role in this big man’s career with the Warriors. Find out how in our latest profile on the countdown to opening night.(In case you missed them previously, here are the first installations of our ‘Game Faces’ feature, profiles on Jacob Evans, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook and Damian Jones. Dope images provided by Jose Carlos Fajardo)Kevon LooneyContract: 1 year / $1,567,007Outlook: The start …last_img read more


Fuel price helps ease inflation

first_imgThe Consumer Price Index (CPI) has eased to 4.4% in January 2015 from 5.3% in December 2014, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA)announced on Wednesday.This is the lowest the index has been since April 2011 when CPI stood at 4.2%. The market had CPI to come in at 4.5%.“The headline CPI [for all urban areas] annual inflation rate in January 2015 was 4.4%. This rate was 0.9% lower than the corresponding annual rate of 5.3% in December 2014,” said Stats SA.On average, prices decreased by 0.2% between December 2014 and January 2015.According to Stats SA, the food and non-alcoholic beverages index increased by 0.9% between December 2014 and January 2015, while the annual rate decreased to 6.5% in January from 7.2% in December.The transport index decreased by 3% between December 2014 and January 2015 mainly due to a 127c a litre decrease in the price of petrol.OutlookNedbank economists, who had forecast inflation to come in at 4.4%, said inflation was likely to drop further in February as the significant fuel price decreases continue to filter through.“However, CPI is likely to trend upwards, although at a moderate pace, in the second quarter as fuel price increases and the effects of the weaker rand start to come through. We still expect inflation to remain well within the Reserve Bank’s 3% to 6% target range for the remainder of the year,” the bank said.“The inflation outlook remains benign. This, together with the weak growth outlook, should persuade the Monetary Policy Committee to keep interest rates unchanged at its upcoming meeting in March.“Our forecast is for rates to remain on hold throughout most of 2015, with the first rate hike pencilled in for November 2015, but this will be highly dependent on the trajectories of the rand and oil prices,” said Nedbank.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


Valdez, PH volleyball take lessons from losses in AVC

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Philippine outside hitter Alyssa Valdez said their disappointing loss to Thailand in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship will serve as a lesson as they try to finish the tournament on a high note.But the following day, the volleybelles dropped another three-setter for a second straight game, this time to Chinese-Tapei.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th place WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES “Definitely this is a challenge for us to be consistent, to be on top of our game every game,” said Valdez Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena. “This is a learning experience for us.”READ: Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semis FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez, after putting up her tournament-high of 20 points in the Philippines’ win against Vietnam, labored for nine points, and converted on just 8-of-26 of her spike attempts against the Thais.The 24-year-old was visibly frustrated throughout the match as her attempts either bounced got blocked or just went awry. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games She finished with 13 points versus the Taiwanese but was disappointed with how they lost their early third set lead.READ: AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th placeValdez said they just have to keep their heads high with the tournament about to wrap up.“We’ll just have to fight because we can still achieve great things if we just fight for it,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is a game, there will be losers and there will be winners, but let’s just think of the brighter things and let’s hope that we can win.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


10 months agoCarragher: Van Dijk improving every player at Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Carragher: Van Dijk improving every player at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher hailed the performance of Virgil van Dijk for victory at Wolves last night.Van Dijk scored the decisive second goal at Molineux and his efforts to help his side keep a clean sheet earned him man of the match. Carragher told Sky Sports: “He makes other people play better around him. Tony Adams made the rest of that Arsenal back four better. He does the same.”He scored a great goal for Holland a few weeks ago. His goal record isn’t great considering his size but the type of goal he got there, how many centre backs would put that over the bar?”The win over Wolves sent the Merseyside club four points clear at the top of the table before Pep Guardiola’s side play Crystal Palace at the Etihad on Saturday. last_img read more