Parliament reporters urge NRSA to scrap media bill | Bangkok Post: news

Reporters covering parliament news on Sunday issued a statement calling for the National Reform Steering Assembly to withdraw the controversial media bill from the meeting agenda of the NRSA. The Bill on the Protection and Promotion of Media Rights, Freedom, Ethics and Professional Standards, drawn up by NRSA's media reform committee, is set to be deliberated by the NRSA on May 1. They concluded in the statement that the draft legislation by the NRSA's media reform committee, which allowed for state officials to control media professionals as well as users of the social media, is not acceptable. They called for the NRSA to withdraw the bill for a review. More opinions should be taken from media organisations and field reporters.

April 30, 2017 05:03 UTC

Majority of workers want higher minimum wages | Bangkok Post: news

A majority of Thai workers want higher daily minimum wages from currently between 305-310 baht, according to a survey conducted by Bangkok University (Bangkok Poll). A majority of 78.9% said they had been paid the new minimum wages while 21.1% said they had not. Asked to comment on the new minimum wages, 52.8% said they should be higher; 32.8% said they suited the current economic condition and 14.4% said jobs would be more difficult to find if the minimum wages were higher. Asked whether they thought migrant workers from neighbouring countries would take away their jobs, 51.4% said no while 48.6% said yes. Most of the respondents, 58.7%, said they did not know that the daily minimum wages for skilled workers would go up to between 300 and 700 baht while the rest said they knew about this.

April 30, 2017 03:45 UTC

Poll: Workers' quality of life unchanged | Bangkok Post: news

A majority of Thai workers say their quality of life remain unchanged this year compared to last year and they are satisfied with it, according to a survey conducted by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll. The survey, conducted during April 25-27 on 1,250 workers aged 18 and over of various occupations and education levels throughout the country, focused on quality of life at work. When asked to score 0-10 on their satisfaction with the quality of life at work this year, the average score was at a rather higher level of 7.41, the pollster said. Asked to compare their quality of life this year and last year, many said it remained unchanged (42.24%), while 34.08% felt it was better and 23.68% found it was worse. On the quality of life of Thai workers after the establishment of the Asean Economic Community, most or 39.04% of the respondents said it remained the same with not much change; 28.40% said more Thai workers have been replaced by those from other Asean member countries; 15.76% said Thai workers had been overlooked; 8.80% said Thais had improved themselves in terms of language proficiencies and skills; and 6.08% said more workers had a chance to work in other Asean countries.

April 30, 2017 03:00 UTC

Test Yourself: Queen of Silks | Bangkok Post: learning

The group was the first to operate under the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Technique of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, or the Support Foundation. “We never sold our cloth until Her Majesty the Queen showed us that it had value,” Wongduean said. ROYAL VISITWongduean is a descendant of the Tai Nyo (or Nyaw) ethnic group who migrated from Laos during the early Rattanakosin period. GOLDEN OPPORTUNITYWongduean did not want to miss the chance to see the royal family up close. She believed it would not be appropriate to look directly into the faces of the royal family.

April 30, 2017 01:49 UTC

To be or not to be in Thailand | Bangkok Post: news

For instance, "temper" meant "self-control" in Shakespeare's plays, even though it means "anger" now. King Vajiravudh translated Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice and As You Like It in verse and prose. According to a translation by Paradee, King Vajiravudh translated Act 4, Scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice from "The quality of mercy is not strain'd. "That line has become one of the most popular in Shakespeare's plays. The role of the mob has been relevant since the days of ancient Rome to the situation in contemporary Thailand.

April 30, 2017 00:45 UTC

Bayern Munich wins record 5th straight Bundesliga title | Bangkok Post: news

Munich's players celebrate with a mock paper Bundesliga championship trophy after winning the German Bundesliga soccer match between Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg on Saturday. (EPA photo)BERLIN - Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich ensured a record fifth straight Bundesliga title with a 6-0 rout of Wolfsburg on Saturday. Lewandowski took his season tally to a league-leading 28 goals for Bayern to seal its 27th German title overall with three games to spare. We played a good season,'' Rummenigge added. Wolfsburg, languishing one point above the relegation zone in its worst ever Bundesliga season, offered little resistance.

April 30, 2017 00:22 UTC

BMW 430i Convertible (2017) review | Bangkok Post: auto

The BMW 4-series Convertible stands out in its class with a folding tin-top. The BMW 4-series Convertible always stood out in its class with a retractable hard top, a feature inherited from its E93-designated predecessor. There has been some chatter on the European grapevine that the next-generation 4-series Convertible could be adopting a soft top instead. But as with most other mid-life updates employed by BMW, the 4-series Convertible sees very minor visual changes. But the more important thing would be the engine variance BMW Thailand chooses to equip the 4-series Convertible.

April 30, 2017 00:00 UTC

Head south for retirement bliss | Bangkok Post: travel

If you don't know where to start, let's take a trip to Prachuap Khiri Khan and find out what it has to offer. Long before the prosperity of Pattaya, Koh Samui and Krabi, Thai people went to Prachuap Khiri Khan for the beach. The biggest road leads you to Prachuap Khiri Khan's business area and government offices. On both sides of the road is the oldest trading community of Prachuap Khiri Khan. Even though the municipality of Prachuap Khiri Khan is actually smaller than the more famous district of Hua Hin, it has a lot to offer, including peaceful beaches, government offices and one big hospital.

April 30, 2017 00:00 UTC

One born every minute | Bangkok Post: news

Purapat Somyanarong, a business owner from Rayong, is always looking for new ways to invest his money. The company agreed to pay 40% investment back from the money that members put in. I calculated it roughly from other members in other groups, this operation easily conned at least 1 billion baht from members," Purapat said. When people see such businesses are backed by high-ranking government officials, they will trust the company and invest with them. Gold and tour operations are another popular type of fraudulent investment which frequently make the headlines in the local media.

April 29, 2017 23:48 UTC

Prayut calls for Asean to unite against threats | Bangkok Post: news

STRONGER TOGETHER: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (third left) joins hands with other Asean leaders at the summit in Manila on Saturday. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged Asean member countries to strengthen themselves domestically and increase immunity from new threats. He made the remarks during his address at the 30th Asean Summit in Manila on Saturday as he called for regional resilience and increased regional trade. He also called on member countries to boost cooperation to achieve the goal of sustainable development while creating partnerships with other countries outside the bloc and international organisations. The prime minister said Asean should establish constructive connectivity with the Asia-Pacific region and the world in driving the Asean economy.

April 29, 2017 23:42 UTC

Thais qualify in droves for world meet in Glasgow | Bangkok Post: news

Thai players have earned automatic qualifications for all five categories of the BWF World Championships 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland later this year. Apart from world No.12 Tanongsak, 46th-ranked Khosit Phetpradap has also earned automatic qualification for the 64-player men's singles field, while world No.16 Nitchaon Jindapol will join No.10 Ratchanok and No.12 Busanan in the 32-player women's singles event. World No.13 Bodin Isara and Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and No.29 Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Kittinupong Kedren have earned places in the 48-pair men's doubles main draw. World No.10 Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai and 11th-ranked Jongkolphan Kittitharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai are among 48 pairs that will compete in the women's doubles. The 11th-ranked Dechapol and Sapsiree and No.18 Bodin and Savitree Amitrapai are set to play in the mixed doubles.

April 29, 2017 23:26 UTC

Pasin kicks off Blancpain GT season with second place in Monza | Bangkok Post: news

>>Pasin Lathouras enjoyed a promising start to his second season in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup after the No.50 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3, which he was sharing with Italian duo Michele Rugolo and Alessandro Pier Guidi, raced to second place overall in last weekend's 3 Hours of Monza. In the end, Guidi brought the Ferrari over the line for a second place overall to get the new Blancpain GT season off in great style. This is Pasin's second season in the Blancpain GT and his fourth racing in Europe. Pasin is being supported during the 2017 Blancpain GT Endurance Series by NaRaYa, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Sport Authority of Thailand. "I'm very pleased that we were able to put all this together and finish in second place.

April 29, 2017 23:26 UTC

Dynamic duo set for tough final in China | Bangkok Post: news

>>Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai have a chance to avenge their defeat in the Singapore Open final a fortnight ago when they take on Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong in the title match of the US$325,000 Asia Championships in Wuhan, China today. Dechapol and Sapsiree have been a revelation this season, and claimed their breakthrough victory at the $120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold event in Basel last month. "Bas and Porpor [Dechapol and Sapsiree's nicknames] have improved so much and they are in such hot form at the moment," said Patama. Taiwanese Tai has won at the All England Open, the Malaysia Open and the Singapore Open -- all top-tier Superseries events. Lin Dan faces Chinese compatriot Chen Long in the men's singles final after victories over Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Shi Yui, also from China, respectively, in the semi-finals.

April 29, 2017 23:26 UTC

Four Thais maintain title push | Bangkok Post: news

The 23-year-old, who won the qualifying school last year, is chasing his first Asian Tour title. I had to lose weight as well because the doctor said I can avoid getting injured again if I lose weight. How did I lose weight? The 23-year-old Green, also hunting for a first Asian Tour title, birdied all the par-fives to stay within striking distance of Chang. The young Malaysian came close to winning the Hero Indian Open last month before settling for second place, his best result so far on the Asian Tour.

April 29, 2017 23:26 UTC

'Su Su Rajevac' as tough times lie ahead | Bangkok Post: news

When the country's new football coach Milovan Rajevac uttered the words "Su Su Thailand" in a videotaped message to the fans of the War Elephants on Thursday, he looked like a happy man. After all, he is the man who has been credited for steering Ghana to the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals. While all those named above were warmly welcomed in Thailand, Rajevac may find himself in a slightly different position. Everybody wants to play at the World Cup finals but we have to know ourselves." Add to it all the unwanted interference, egos of the officials and antics of the all-knowing media, the Serbian veteran of many battlefields may be found telling himself "Su Su Milovan Rajevac" in a few months' time.

April 29, 2017 23:26 UTC

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