Thai navy attack fails to sink news website

first_imgNews May 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomes today’s decision by a court in the southern city of Phuket to acquit two news website journalists in an abusive criminal defamation case brought by the Royal Thai Navy that had dragged on for 20 months. Organisation Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom ThailandAsia – Pacific News August 21, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Thailand News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Help by sharing this information September 1, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thai navy attack fails to sink news website Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar ThailandAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en Alan Morison, 67, the Australian editor of the Phuket-based website Phuketwan, and Chutima Sidasathian, a Thai reporter who covers the Rohingya refugee issue for Phuketwan, had been facing up to seven years in prison on charges of libel and violating the Computer Crimes Act.“We are extremely relieved to learn that Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian have been acquitted,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“Even in a Thailand ruled by the military, the navy should not be able to deter journalists from investigating and other journalists from quoting their findings, which incidentally did not target the navy directly. The attempt to torpedo this local website has failed but it has been hurt financially and the lawsuit will have a dissuasive effect as it could encourage other journalists to censor themselves.”Deloire added: “The Thai authorities must stop abusing the defamation law and the Computer Crimes Act must be repealed. These two laws constitute a permanent threat to media freedom in Thailand.”The Royal Thai Navy brought its complaint against Morison and Chutima on 18 December 2013 over a paragraph in an article published on the website on 17 July 2013 that was headlined, “Thai military profiting from trade in boatpeople, says special report.”The offending paragraph was a quote from a Reuters special report that accused Thai naval forces of participating in the trafficking of Rohingya refugees from Burma. Reuters itself has not been sued.Thailand is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Debt Practices and the Downward Poverty Spiral

first_img About Author: David Wharton  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: debt Debt Collection Racial Discrimination Racial Disparities Wealth Inequality Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Debt Practices and the Downward Poverty Spiral Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Home / Daily Dose / Debt Practices and the Downward Poverty Spiral Do debt practices unfairly impact low-income communities? A new report from a four-state collaborative of nonprofits argues that the answer to that question is “yes.”The new report is entitled “Enforcing Inequality: Balancing Budgets on the Backs of the Poor,” and was compiled in partnership by the California Reinvestment Coalition, the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, North Carolina-based Reinvestment Partners, and the Illinois-based Woodstock Institute. According to the report, “problematic policies around both consumer debt assignment and debt collection target low-income communities, as well as communities of color.”The collective of nonprofits reports that “Americans owe more than 26 percent of their annual income to consumer debt, which includes non-mortgage related debt such as credit cards, auto loans, and student loans.” Moreover, the report states that racial wealth gaps lead to non-white borrowers having “more consumer debts in collection, a higher debt load, and more student debt than white borrowers.” Some of the examined states also showed more debt collection actions happening in areas with large minority populations, as compared to areas with more white residents.“The fact that county and state governments frequently use contracted third-party private debt collectors is especially troubling because private debt collectors are not subject to the same consumer protection laws as public debt collectors,” states the accompanying media statement. “Accumulated debt can spiral out of control for consumers who are unable to pay.””The collection of civil and court fines and fees debt can perpetuate a debt trap and a cycle of poverty for communities already disproportionately impacted by our criminal justice system,” said Paulina Gonzalez, Executive Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition. “California and other states should immediately cease the use of private debt collection agencies to collect on this debt, especially since the revenue gained by this practice is minuscule, and these agencies are largely unregulated, leaving people with few, if any, protections from abuse, further impacting poor people and people of color.”Some of the report’s key findings include:Racial demographics are a better predictor than income on where Maryland’s Central Collection Unit filed civic debt collection cases.Vehicle tickets were 40 percent more likely to be issued to drivers from minority and low- and moderate-income zip codes than drivers from non-minority and higher-income zip codes in Chicago, Illinois.In the city of Durham, North Carolina, one in five residents has a suspended driver license and over 2,000 have had their license revoked or suspended for failure to pay or comply with court costs.The imposition of criminal, municipal, and civil fines and fees disproportionately impact communities of color due to systemic race and criminal justice issues that hurt communities of color, such as higher rates of economic instability, the over-policing of neighborhoods, and higher traffic stop rates. For example, 67.9 percent of the probation caseload, and the relevant fines and fees, in the California Probation System consists of people of color, overrepresented by African Americans.You can read the full report by clicking here.The unbalanced effects of debt collection practices against minority and low-income communities can simply add to the systemic challenges they already face in many cases. An April Zillow report found inequities among homebuying power across ethnic groups. Asian buyers fared best, able to afford 85.2 percent of homes without spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing. White buyers had the second-greatest buying power, able to afford 77.6 percent of homes for sale. Hispanic homebuyers could afford 64.9 percent of homes available. Black homebuyers, however, had the fewest options, able to afford just 55.3 percent of the homes available for purchase.Another Zillow report from the same month found lingering effects from the decades-past practice of “redlining” certain neighborhoods as “hazardous” for mortgage lenders. Unsurprisingly, neighborhoods classified as “hazardous” very often tended to be those occupied primarily by racial or ethnic minorities, and by the poor.During the intervening two decades, the median home value in those “best”-rated neighborhoods has risen 230.8 percent to $640,238. For the redlined neighborhoods? The same amount of time has witnessed an increase of only 203.1 percent, with median home values in those areas hitting $276,199. July 3, 2018 1,615 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save debt Debt Collection Racial Discrimination Racial Disparities Wealth Inequality 2018-07-03 David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Wells Fargo Gives Boston Homeowners a LIFT Next: Legal League 100 Fall Summit—Sneak Preview Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Ewing emerging as all-around fullback

first_imgStephanie Moebius/The Badger HeraldTuesday afternoon, the Wisconsin Badgers’ offense seemed to be rounding into shape. The shape, at least, expected as the end of spring practice approaches.On the second play of the first-team scrimmage, quarterback Jon Budmayr dropped back, faked a handoff to running back James White and let rip a high-arching balloon of a toss down the left sideline. Budmayr – known especially for his strong arm – would go on to overthrow a few balls this practice, and this one was no different.Yet, fullback Bradie Ewing kept pace with the ball, and just when it was within reach, he extended his left arm and hauled it in. The lefty, one-handed grab was the first of two impressive catches for Ewing Tuesday, and it was arguably the highlight of the entire practice.Now a senior, Ewing has made just that kind of impression as a Badger. He’s consistently there, doing his job – he played in 38 of a possible 39 games his first three years – but he might not be noticed during the process. That, as the history of football has proven, is typically the life of a fullback. Line up in front of the tail back and behind the quarterback, make your blocks and don’t mess up. If the ball’s thrown to you, catch it.Fortunately for the Badgers, Ewing has embraced the constantly ungrateful role.“I just kind of accepted it,” Ewing said. “I kind of score my touchdowns now by having that nice block to spring that runner, something like that. I am a fullback and I have bought into it. I get my success from the team and scoring touchdowns as an offense, more than anything. Just trying to win games.”Ewing has scored three touchdowns of his own – one on a one-yard run against Marshall in 2008, the second on a 7-yard run against Austin Peay last season and the third on a 3-yard reception later in that game. Yet, true to fullback form, Ewing’s most significant contributions stem from his blocking and his leadership.Last year, Wisconsin’s offense was a wrecking ball, a force to be reckoned with – every clich? imaginable was thrown around, and appropriately so. The Badgers ran for 3,194 yards last year (12th in the nation) and averaged 5.5 yards per attempt (seventh in the nation). Their 48 rushing touchdowns were second in the nation, and two running backs (White and John Clay) each eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. Montee Ball, who missed one game, finished four yards shy with 996.Much of the credit rightfully went to the dominant offensive line, the left half of which has since departed for the National Football League (tackle Gabe Carimi and guard John Moffitt).But no matter how much credit went elsewhere – or how little he received himself – the Badgers give Ewing everything he’s due.“Just knowing that we could count on him,” Ball answered when asked what’s best about Ewing. “Our dive plays, running right behind him – us running backs knew that we could cut right inside of him just about every time because he was going to finish his block. Knowing that you’re running behind someone that’s going to finish their block every time gives you that edge over the defense.”Ewing entered last season known as one of the nicest guys on a team and a dependable blocker. He left it with all those traits but also managed to build a mean streak and emerge as one of the unquestioned leaders on the team.Perhaps most impressive, though, was Ewing’s ability to withstand a challenge from one of his best friends on the team. Early in the season, Ryan Groy, a reserve offensive lineman, supplanted him on the fullback depth chart. Groy started the season-opener at UNLV, and from that early point on, Ewing was pushed to improve.“[Last year] was kind of up and down,” Ewing said. “I started off a little bit slow. They had Groy in there at fullback, and to be able to gain more confidence in myself, come out with a better mentality throughout the season and continue to work to get better, I was able to put myself in a position to help the offense toward the end of the season, the last half of the season. It was really rewarding, just be a part of that offense and part of the team’s success.”To his credit, Ewing never outwardly admitted taking offense at Groy grabbing his spot. The two remained good friends, as Groy said they went hunting a few times during the season.Still, Ewing recognized the challenge and adjusted his play accordingly. He developed a mean streak, eagerly seeking out defenders to block and finishing them off until the play ended. Occasionally, Ewing even took it farther.“There was a part even last season where you’d see him going to look at knocking the other guy out or finishing another guy off,” Groy said. “It was a point where I think he might have got called for a few, but it was to the point where it was just relentless effort and just relentless toughness.”Relentlessly indeed, Ewing morphed from a dependable blocker into a powerful, dependable force who never waited for opposing players to run into him. Rather, he ran into them, and the effect permeated Wisconsin’s offense attack.“It’s real nice running behind Bradie,” Ball said. “If you just watch a game or something, he just goes until he hears a whistle. That’s phenomenal. I’ve never seen a player actually do that before, I honestly haven’t. I tip my cap to him, because that’s incredible. I love running behind him because I know he’s going to get the job done.”As if running behind him wasn’t enough, the Badgers have come to rely on Ewing also as a pass-catcher. He’ll rarely be the first option on pass plays, but after not catching any passes his first two years, Ewing recorded eight for 82 yards and two touchdowns last season. One reception came in the Rose Bowl, where Ewing hauled in a pass from quarterback Scott Tolzien and ran 28 yards to Texas Christian University’s 1-yard line. On the next play, Clay hammered through the goal line and gave Wisconsin its first touchdown of the game.The Badgers ended up falling to the Horned Frogs, but Ewing’s early reception served as a capstone to his evolutionary junior year. Now, Ewing prepares for 2011 not just as a fullback. Instead, he’s a fullback that can block, run, catch and lead. With UW’s offense losing Carimi, Moffitt, Tolzien, Clay and tight end Lance Kendricks to the NFL, that last trait very well could prove to be most impactful for Ewing.“We’re workers, and we try to do our best to just pound people,” Ewing said. “Play after play, we’re going to bring it, and I think a fullback is a good position to start that off at. Hopefully, people are looking to me for that leadership, but I definitely got a long ways to go in the same account.”last_img read more