Thai protest brought forward over disruption fears

first_imgSo far pro-royalist demonstrations have been small, compared to the tens of thousands who joined the biggest anti-government demonstration in September.”We are here to fight for democracy,” said Romtum Cheyhert, 63, who joined the anti-government protest from the northern city of Chiang Mai.Among protesters’ demands are for curbs on the constitutional powers of the king and for him to transfer back the personal control he took of some army units and a palace fortune valued in the tens of billions of dollars.Royalist politician Warong Dechgitvigrom condemned the protesters in a Facebook post on Wednesday and called on the government to prosecute those he accused of intending to destroy the monarchy. Thai anti-government protesters hurriedly brought forward a demonstration in Bangkok on Wednesday, saying they feared confrontation with royalist groups planning to assemble nearby in support of the king.Three months of protests demanding a new constitution and the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha – a former junta leader – have largely been peaceful, although demonstrators scuffled with police on Tuesday and 21 activists were arrested.Protesters have also sought to curb the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and in a rare direct challenge, chanted “release our friends” at his passing motorcade on Tuesday. A couple of hundred protesters began assembling from 8 a.m. (0100 GMT) at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on the anniversary of a 1973 uprising that brought down the then military government. The protest had originally been scheduled for six hours later.”We are having the protest earlier because they are getting supporters to receive the royal motorcade to start a conflict with us,” protest leader and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa told protesters. “We are holding this protest peacefully.”The government made no immediate comment, but has said people have the right to protest. The Palace has repeatedly declined to comment on the protests or the demands of protesters.Pro-royalist groups said they planned gatherings near the anti-government protest, raising fears of trouble in a country roiled by a decade of street violence between supporters and opponents of the establishment before a 2014 coup.center_img Topics :last_img read more

The $2.4m ultimate birthday present

first_imgAnd one after the renovation“And the vendors, they are delighted,” Ms Rudolph said. “I think what makes it special for them is that they hoped it would be bought by someone who appreciated all the effort they put in.”And those vendors were fashion and interior stylist Natalie Winter and her husband Gerry Heffernan, who bought the property in 2013 and tripled its size. A bathroom before the renovationShe said the family inspected the house again on Tuesday, and signed on the dotted line that day, with the house going unconditional today. The house during the renovationIt was purchased by a local Brisbane family, who recently sold their own renovator’s delight at Red Hill and were looking for the perfect home. RELATED: WORKERS COTTAGE TRANSFORMED IN TO A STATEMENT HOME MORE: THE QUEENSLAND PROPERTIES HOTTER THAN THE HEATWAVE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe kitchen after the renovationMs Rudolph said that she then ran in to the family having breakfast on Monday, with the husband whispering that it was his wife’s birthday and they wanted to have another quick look with the entire family. MORE: THE BEST BEACH HOUSE IN AUSTRALIA IS UP FOR GRABS 45 Hayward St, Paddington, has sold to a local family for $2.4 millionONE lucky Brisbane mum has received the ultimate birthday present, albeit a day late.Ray White New Farm agent Christine Rudolph confirmed that 45 Hayward St at Paddington, a property dubbed The White House, has sold for $2.4 million. Post the sale, Ms Winter said she was delighted with the result, but were sad to leave it. The kitchen before the renovation“It was love at first sight,” Ms Rudolph said. “The new owners are a young professional couple with a little boy.“They had a look (last Saturday) and their little boy was asleep in the car but she wanted to have a quick look to see if it looked as good as it did in the pictures.“She did a quick scout, then hubby came in … they were in there probably 10 minutes and just fell in love.” “We are now scoping around for another project,” she said. “We had a lot of families through so would possibly make a few more areas for smaller kids, tick a few more boxes, like an extra bedroom, but other than that we are very happy.” MORE: CLIVE PALMER’S HEIR LOSES SMALL FORTUNE ON SALE Interior stylist Nat Winter at her renovated Paddington house. Photo: Glenn Hunt / The AustralianWhen the property hit the market, Ms Winter said there was just “100m under roof” and that it wasn’t much to look at.“But we fell in love with the house for its good bones and we have 40 linear metres of street frontage which is amazing,” Ms Winter, who owns Chasing Winter, an interior styling business, said at the time.last_img read more

Dodgers rally against Phillies’ bullpen for 8-0 victory

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, and Clayton Kershaw talk in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ David Freese, right, hits a solo home run as Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, left, and home plate umpire Jansen Visconti watch during the seventh inning of a game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, right, steals second as Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez takes a late throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese (25) hits a solo home run as Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese, second from left, runs to first as he hits a solo home run as Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Vince Velasquez, left, watches along with catcher J.T. Realmuto, second from right, and home plate umpire Jansen Visconti during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill follows through as he throws to the plate during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has his mask knocked off by a foul tip by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper gets set to bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda, of Japan, sits in the dugout prior to a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, and Clayton Kershaw talk in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, and Clayton Kershaw talk in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – A strange brew of sound strategy and good fortune conspired to bring David Freese into the batter’s box against Vince Velasquez in the seventh inning Sunday. While it’s better to be lucky than good, it’s best to be both.The Dodgers’ 2019 season is emerging as proof.Freese’s solo home run against Velasquez broke a scoreless tie and tilted a pitcher’s duel in favor of Dodgers starter Rich Hill. The Dodgers scored seven more runs in the eighth inning to turn a close game into an 8-0 rout before an announced crowd of 49,162.The Dodgers will begin an eight-game trip Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks were seven games behind the Dodgers a week ago; now they are separated by 11 games and two teams. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Pivetta, the Phillies’ number-9 batter, was on deck in the seventh inning after Cesar Hernandez doubled. First base was open, and Maikel Franco was due to bat. Roberts visited the mound.“I knew that I was going to walk (Franco),” Roberts said. “At that point in time for me, we weren’t seeing Pivetta well. So I think (the Phillies) wanted to extend him and keep him going. But for the base to be open, for me to force their hand to go with a bat right there and go to their ‘pen, I wanted to force their hand.”The countermove lay in the hands of Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. Should he let Pivetta bat in a critical situation, or trust a 0-0 game to his bullpen? Pivetta had one hit and seven strikeouts in nine at-bats this season, and ultimately that tipped the scale.Phil Gosselin was announced as the pinch hitter. Hill struck him out on four pitches, freezing Gosselin with a 92-mph fastball on his 103rd and final pitch of the game.“Everybody, as a staff, takes pride in being aggressive, attacking hitters, and throwing strikes,” Hill said. “If you have a good mix of doing that, focus on the moment, on the pitch at hand, you’re going to be successful more often than not. You see that night in and night out from our starters.”When Velasquez replaced Pivetta to begin the bottom of the seventh inning, the game quickly unraveled.Left-handed hitting first baseman Matt Beaty drew the start at first base against Pivetta, a right-handed pitcher. Beaty left the game with tightness in his left hip after four innings. He said afterward the injury was minor, that he could play Monday. Freese, a right-handed hitter, took over at first base in the fifth inning.Freese has played sparingly against right-handed pitchers in his 11th major league season – especially off the bench. But the 36-year-old is 9 for 22 (.409) with seven walks against right-handed relievers after Sunday’s 2-for-3 performance. In addition to his home run against Velasquez, Freese singled through a drawn-in infield during the Dodgers’ eighth-inning rally.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Including their sweep of the Phillies, the Dodgers went 6-1 on a seven-game homestand to improve the National League’s best record to 41-19.“We played really good baseball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You could see today (Nick) Pivetta was on a mission, was throwing the ball really well. We really couldn’t figure him out. Fortunately Rich matched him pitch for pitch, and then we got to their ‘pen and really went to work.”Hill (2-1) tossed seven shutout innings. He took a no-hitter into the fifth. Dating to May 10, Dodger starting pitchers are 14-1 with a 1.94 ERA, and 134 strikeouts in 127 ⅔ innings.Hill finished with nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings. He allowed only three hits and three walks.Yet the game remained scoreless into the seventh inning because Pivetta made arguably the best start by a Dodger opponent this season. In six shutout innings, the right-hander allowed three hits and didn’t walk a batter. Pivetta’s nine strikeouts matched the most by any Dodger opponent in 2019, and his six shutout innings fell one short of Patrick Corbin’s season high. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “You lose Beaty to a mild hip flexor thing, get him out of there, then to put Dave in there, get the game-winning hit, homer, then defensively making plays out there impacted the game today – he does epitomize a lot about what we’re about,” Roberts said.The Dodgers sent seven batters to the plate in the seventh inning and 10 in the eighth. Joc Pederson hit his 18th home run of the season, a two-run shot. Freese and Russell Martin each finished 2 for 3. Cody Bellinger went 1 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.The Dodgers out-hit the Phillies 10-3 in the game and 30-15 in the series.The Phillies completed a trade for Jay Bruce, a veteran right-handed slugger, about 20 minutes into the game. They sent a minor league third baseman, Jake Scheiner, along with cash to the Seattle Mariners. Bruce is expected to join his new teammates Monday in San Diego.The Phillies could have used him Sunday. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more