NAKHON RATCHASIMA - A Scottish Muay Thai boxer was found dead on Sunday in a heavy sweatsuit that police speculate might have brought on a heat stroke. He was identified by police as Jordan Donald but a search of a Facebook account names him as Jordan Coe. Another name on his Facebook account is Dechalek Lamnammoon. "Fighting this Sunday on Sa-ngam ASEAN promotion in Korat," he wrote on his Facebook account from Ubon Ratchathani on Thursday. The Lamnamnoon Sor Sumalee Gym is in Ubon Ratchathani.
Cincinnati police vehicles respond to a shooting at a nightclub in Cincinnati on Sunday. It was not clear what prompted the shooting at the Cameo club about 1.30am, and authorities didn't immediately have any suspects. Several officers were working security detail at the club and performed first aid and tried to revive the person that died, Williams said. Authorities are interviewing several witnesses, but Williams said a lot of the club goers had left. WLWT reported that at least one person was in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The accord, aimed at supporting the oil market, has lifted crude to more than US$50 a barrel. But the price gain has encouraged US shale oil producers, which are not part of the pact, to boost output. Opec Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo is investigating whether the deal needs to be extended, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi told reporters on Sunday before the meeting. Compliance with the supply-cut deal was 94% in February among Opec and non-Opec oil producers combined, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said. Kuwaiti Oil Minister Essam al-Marzouq said the oil market may return to balance by the third quarter of this year if producers comply fully with their production targets.
SENDAI, JAPAN - A local government in northeastern Japan finished culling roughly 209,000 chickens on Sunday at a poultry farm following the outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5 strain of bird flu. Meanwhile, the Chiba prefectural government in eastern Japan, which also detected the virus in chickens at a local farm, finished culling 62,000 chickens on Saturday. It initially planned to cull 220,000 chickens but later reduced the number of birds subject to culling by about 11,000. The two governments started culling the chickens on Friday with help from Self-Defence Forces personnel in the latest series of bird flu outbreaks in the country. Since November last year, the H5 virus has been detected at poultry farms in Niigata, Aomori, Hokkaido and Miyazaki prefectures.
The famous Huay Mae Khamin waterfall in Si Sawat district, Kanchanaburi, has dried up and is now closed to tourists. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)KANCHANABURI -- A loss of about 2 million baht in revenue from tourism is expected during the Songkran Festival following the closure of Huay Mae Khamin waterfall in Srinakarin Dam National Park, according to park chief Thiti Somphee. Mr Thiti said it was decided to close the national park waterfall indefinitely until the amount of water returned normal. He said Huay Mae Khamin usually generated about 3 million baht per year, 2 million baht in the month of April alone. Despite the closure of Huay Mae Khamin, the park is still providing other services, including camping and lodging, and tourists can visit the park free of entry charges.
Heavy rains flood roads in the Khon Kaen municipality on Sunday morning. (Photo by Jakkrapan Natanri)Several northeastern provinces were hit by heavy downpours on Sunday and weather authorities have warned of more summer storms in several other parts of the country until Wednesday. Strong winds and heavy rains flooded some roads in Khon Kaen municipality on Sunday morning and some districts in Udon Thani, including the city, were battered by downpours for hours. Areas at risk of summer storms and strong winds as of Sunday. The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department on Sunday reported damage to 74 houses in 50 villages in Phetchabun and Ubon Ratchathani due to summer storms on Saturday.
Rescuers find the Russian woman, identified later as Zimina Svetlana lying by the side of the pool in Pattaya on Sunday. (Photo by Treenai Chansrichol)CHON BURI - A Russian woman drowned in the swimming pool of a condominium in Pattaya early on Sunday, police said. Police and rescuers, on arriving at the scene, found the Russian woman, identified later as Zimina Svetlana, 51, lying by the side of the pool. He went to the swimming pool and found the woman had been brought out of the water. The woman's Russian husband, a retired policeman, also came to the swimming pool to see his wife on learning of the incident.
Guards at the East Japan Immigration Center stand inside a processing room at the center in Ushiku, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, on March 19, 2015. (Reuters file photo)TOKYO - A Vietnamese man held in a Japanese immigration detention centre died on Saturday, six people told Reuters, drawing fresh attention to conditions in the country's detention system. The man died at the East Japan Immigration Center in Ushiku, Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, according to activists, a lawyer and a detainee held at the facility. The center and the Justice Ministry, which oversees immigration facilities, could not be reached for comment on Sunday. Since 2006, at least dozen people have died while in immigration detention, including four cases of suicide.
Carrie Lam is congratulated by her husband and son after she won the election for Hong Kong's next chief executive in Hong Kong on Sunday. (Reuters photo)HONG KONG - A Hong Kong committee has chosen the government's former No. 2 official Carrie Lam to be the semiautonomous Chinese city's next leader. The 1,194-member election committee picked Lam to be Hong Kong's new chief executive on Sunday. Lam won with 777 votes while her closest rival, former financial secretary John Tsang, got 365 votes.
CHON BURI -- A Hong Kong man died falling from the 5th floor of Mike Shopping Mall on a Pattaya beachside road in tambon Nong Prue, Bang Lamung district, on Saturday night, police said. Police and rescuers rushed to the scene on being reported of the incident which occurred at about 7pm. They found the man, identified later as Kwok Siu Chung, 52, lying face down on the ground floor of the shopping mall. Rescuers gave him first-aid treatment before moving him to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Pattaya police were investigating the cause of the fall.
CHON BURI -- A Hong Kong man died in a fall from the 5th floor of Mike Shopping Mall on Pattaya Beach Road on Saturday night, police said. Police and rescuers rushed to the scene after hearing of the incident which occurred at about 7pm. They found the man, identified later as Kwok Siu Chung, 52, lying face down on the ground floor of the shopping mall. Rescuers gave him first-aid treatment before moving him to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Pattaya police were investigating the cause of the fall.
Most of the people think the seizure of a huge cache of weapons from a house linked to Wuthipong Kochathamakun, alias Kotee, in Pathum Thani on March 18 may be politically-related, according to the result of an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll. The poll was conducted between March 20-25 on 1,276 people throughout the country. Asked what they think about the seizure, 76.33% of the respondents said it might be politically-related and a personal matter; 73.35% said the case should be justly and rightfully handled; and, 67.71% said more investigation into it was required. On a suggestion that it was an assembly of weapons aimed at assassinating the country's leaders, 45.69% were uncertain, saying that the information was still unclear; 31.90% believed it was possible; and, 22.41% said it was not possible. Asked whether they believe in a report that it was a set-up, 46.63% said they were uncertain; 36.99% did not think it was a set-up, saying that the evidence of the wrongdoing was clear; and, 16.38% said it was possibly a set-up to create unrest.
Most Thais have never used the car-hailing service of Uber, or Uber taxis, according to the result of a survey by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll. The poll was conducted on 1,250 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country to compile their opinions on pubic taxis, which are legal, and Uber taxis, which are not yet legalised. On public taxis, a majority of people, 78.08%, said they have used their services and 21.92% have not. A majority, or 75.51%, of users of public taxis said they have encountered problems using their services while 24.49% have found no problems. Most or 55.67% of those who know Uber and have used its service said they have some worries.
A majority of people have never used car-hailing service of Uber, or Uber taxis, according to the result of a survey by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll. On public taxis, a majority of people, 78.08%, said they have used their services and 21.92% have not. Regarding Uber taxi service, most of the respondents, 46.00%, said they do not know about it and have never used its service; 41.20% know about it but have never used its service; and, only 12.80% said they know it and have used its service. Most or 55.67% of those who know Uber and have used its service said they have some worries over its service while the rest said they have no worries at all. Asked which between a public taxi and a Uber taxi they would pick if they need a service, 42.81% said it depends on the situation, urgency and costs; 30.07% said they will use a regular public taxi; and, 25.19% said they will take a Uber taxi although it is not yet made legal but with better services.
It is conducted annually by Niets to measures students' basic knowledge in five key subjects -- mathematics, English, Thai language, social studies and general sciences. Overall, average scores for over 637,000 Mathayom 3 students tested nationwide this year in all the five subjects were under 50%, with mathematics and English remaining students' least favourite subjects with average scores of 29.31% and 31.8%, respectively, Niets said. The average scores for Thai language, social studies and English language are higher than last year's, Niets said. Students earned an average of 46.68% in social studies, 41.22% in general science, 40.47% in mathematics and 34.59% in English language. Likewise, the test results of both levels of students and in every subject showed students in extra large schools earned the highest average scores, students of the schools in the cities earned higher average scores than those who came from the schools in remote areas.