Pogba did not manage to answer his many recent critics, who have questioned his influence over the last two months. He was unable to engineer many attacks and sent a long, hopeful shot well wide of goal in the second half. "When you play matches like this the key is scoring in these little chances like that, but in general the team played very well. The Argentine took his chance with aplomb, cutting inside Kostas Manolas to slot the ball past Roma keeper Alisson. Yet in stoppage time Alisson made a save to keep out another Ferreyra effort, which could yet prove crucial.
February 21, 2018 22:29 UTC
The investigation into alleged embezzlement of state funds earmarked for the underprivileged in Khon Kaen has been put on hold as investigators have had trouble gathering evidence before they begin questioning people of interest. "What still are missing are the original receipts we've requested from the [Khon Kaen] centre's director who said the centre had already gathered the requested documents but still is in a process of verifying them," he said. The centre claimed it had to ensure the retrieved original receipts correspond with the copies of them, which the PACC now has, he said. Five other state officials at the Khon Kaen centre were also implicated in the scandal. The PACC has now zeroed in on 37 out of 70 welfare centres across the country suspected of embezzlement, following the Khon Kaen centre scandal.
February 21, 2018 22:29 UTC
(File photo by Krit Promsaka na Sakolnakorn)The government is upbeat about the country's export prospects after shipments rose at the fastest rate in more than five years in January. The Commerce Ministry's export growth target of 8% is well above the 6.8% forecast by the National Economic and Social Development Board. Exports rose to all major markets, especially South Asia, where shipments surged 26.1% year-on-year last month. Also seeing strong growth were exports to Japan (up 26.3%), the US (11.3%), the EU (8.9%), Asean (14.3%) and CLMV (18.4%). The EIC predicts Thai export growth of 5% this year.
The public is focused on the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), its delays and lack of transparency in Gen Prayut's million-dollar watch collection. Gen Prawit: 'Too busy' to cooperateThe NACC has been forced to delay announcing the result of its probe into the matter by several months as it waits on Gen Prawit to fully cooperate. "The issue will be clearer [next month]," Pol Gen Watcharapol said. The deputy premier was well within his rights to seek the postponements, even if they dragged out the inquiry, the NACC chairman said. Based on the the body's inquisitorial system of deliberating cases, Gen Prawit must provide a full and thorough account, he said.
Activists have asked the Constitutional Court to strike down the government's ban on political activities. Pro-election activists on Wednesday petitioned the Constitutional Court to strike down the regime's ban on political gatherings, which they said violates their rights. He said there was no telling if the local elections could be scheduled for August. Before the local elections can go ahead, four factors must be considered. Mr Wissanu said the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) president has asked the government when the local elections bill will be presented to the assembly.
As the digital age has facilitated information- and data-sharing, people now expect more from their leaders when it comes to transparency and ethical standards. Three high-profile cases have emerged recently that best illustrate how many of our leaders retain their consciences from the analogue era. Establishing good ethical standards for political office-holders, business leaders and members of the public is the key to tackling graft. Therefore, it should let these platforms expose the facts and reveal information that can help establish a more ethical awareness in Thai society. Digital society demands greater transparency and higher ethical standards from politicians and government officials.
February 21, 2018 21:45 UTC
(Bangkok Post file photo)Inescapably, those of us who live in Bangkok are resigned to the fact that pollution is part of our way of life. But the threat of air pollution in recent weeks seems too much to bear. Human activities are the major sources of outdoor air pollution including fossil fuel combustion from vehicles, power generation, industry and agricultural clearance and waste burning. No state agencies mentioned air pollution sources. Worse, some authorities said air pollution is "a temporary problem" and that it does not happen every day.
February 21, 2018 21:33 UTC
photo courtesy of Artist + Run GalleryTawan Wattuya's exhibition "Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire" juxtaposes the artist's oil-on-canvas paintings from 2005 with those he created in the past year. Browsing newspapers and social media to find inspiration, Tawan humorously captures the zeitgeist and prominent newsmakers of then and now. Politicians, musicians, singers, sportsmen and emerging internet idols all figure on Tawan's cultural wall of fame. Unsurprisingly, in Tawan's playful look at Thailand's sociopolitical landscape via the media lens, little has changed in just over a decade. The artist, who rose to fame thanks to his witty, comical aquarelle paintings, returns to oil painting for this exhibition, which opens at Artist + Run Gallery, Soi Taweewattana (Narathiwat 22) on Sunday.
February 21, 2018 19:18 UTC
With Thailand's international comedy scene growing bigger and faster than ever, acclaimed US comedian Doug Stanhope will be heading the event as part of his Asian tour. He's been lauded by Ricky Gervais as "the most important stand-up working today", and Chris Rock said he's "the most dangerous comedian in the world". Fuelled by his anger and outrage at Western civilisation's slide into apathy and stupidity, he's the one stand-up comedian still honest and daring enough to talk about topics deemed untouchable. I stopped making stuff up and I stopped doing jokes that I didn't really believe in, and started working on stuff that I meant." And if you're interested, get our tickets as soon as possible, because VIP seats are already sold out.
February 21, 2018 19:18 UTC
Why doesn’t he do the same with Christians who have a horrible history of committing atrocities such as the Inquisition? How come this odious hypocrite doesn’t say anything when his fellow Buddhists in Myanmar rape, torture and burn alive innocent Muslims? Gandhi noted that his own Hindu religion was responsible for the terrible caste system. And that’s the difference between Gandhi, who hated all religious extremism, and Wilcox, who only condemns it when he can use it as an excuse to whip up hatred against Muslims. As I’ve said before, Wilcox uses his Buddhist religion as a doormat to wipe his bloody feet on.
February 21, 2018 18:11 UTC
President Trump’s shifting of the conversation from the school shooting tragedy has angered many of his countrymen – especially the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Florida, where the killings took place. Emma Gonzalez, a senior at the school, called President Trump’s words “disgraceful”. Many of the students are demanding that Congress and the president take action to confront gun violence. The task is regarded as not impossible, given the fact that thea Republican Party has full control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. So far, however, American politicians are showing they have more love for guns than for their own children!
The non-performing loan (NPL) ratio stood at 2.04 per cent of total outstanding pico-finance loans at the end of last year, the agency said. Pornchai Thiraveja, deputy director-general at FPO and finance spokesman, said that total accumulative pico-finance loans have been provided to 8,561 accounts, at Bt25,577.85 per account. Of the total accumulative pico-finance loans, 62.18 per cent – or Bt136.16 million provided to 4,348 accounts – has been collateralised, while 37.82 per cent - or Bt82.81 million approved for 4,213 accounts, has been non-collateralised. Pico-finance loans with maturity due in less than three months accounted for Bt4.93 million, or 6.69 per cent, of the total outstanding pico-finance loans. Some 159 pico-finance operators are now are offering services in 49 provinces, while 114 operators have extended pico-finance loans in 45 provinces.
The Supreme Court also upheld the Appeals Court’s verdict that suspended the imprisonment of six defendants who were minors when the offences were committed the offences. The Criminal Court in December 2010 sentenced the six to jail terms of three and four months each. The convicted defendants were taken to prison by Corrections Department officials after the Supreme Court verdict yesterday. The top court yesterday also ordered arrest warrants to be issued for five defendants who failed to show up yesterday. The reading of the verdict was postponed three times last year as some of the defendants failed to appear.
There are a lot of fields to explore and that’s why we were here,” said Gruzdev, who led a trade mission to Thailand. We hope that with this business mission we will let Thai businesses learn more about Russian investment and opportunity. Thai partners may benefit from the participation of Kaspersky Internet Security and Group-IB in the business mission, the minister said. Trade and economic ties are an important part of relations between Russia and Thailand, the minister said. “This only affirms the vision of Thailand of its maturity and well understanding of the global issue of cybersecurity.”
BRISK BUSINESSTrade between Thailand and Cambodia in 2017 jumped 9.9 per cent from the prior year to US$6.16 billion. The neighbours aim for an annual trade value of US$15 billion in 2020. Nhay Sochann, chief finance officer of Cambodian trading firm Hong Seng Loan Trading Co Ltd, said she joined in the event as she was looking for Thai products to import into Cambodia, especially food and beverages, given the popularity of Thai products in Cambodia. “Cambodia people have confidence in Thai products as they believe they are of high quality. "I have done business in Cambodia for over 10 years, exporting consumer products from Thailand and importing agricultural products from Cambodia,” Doungjai said.