The 5,000 tickets for Tae-yeon Solo Concert Persona in Bangkok sold out in less than two minutes. THE SHOW MUST GO ONThose lucky enough to make it to ThunderDome on May 28 saw the singer perform 23 songs from her three albums I, Why and My Voice over three hours. LITTLE VOICEAs the leader of Girls’ Generation, the petite Tae-yeon has long been recognised for her powerful vocals. While the star doesn’t talk much when performing with Girls’ Generation, here, she spoke regularly to her fans in a very friendly and natural way. Why do you think your fans, Sone, love you so much?
June 25, 2017 00:33 UTC
TOKYO - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook the central Japan prefecture of Nagano on Sunday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The quake at 7.02am (5.02am Thailand time) originated at a shallow depth in the mountainous region and registered upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Otaki and Kiso in the prefecture. One person was reported as receiving minor injuries during the quake. Local officials also received reports of minor damage to houses and fallen rocks, while some train services were temporarily disrupted. After initially reporting the quake as having a magnitude of 5.7, the weather agency revised its assessment to 5.6.
June 25, 2017 00:22 UTC
Teerachai Sitmorseng will get a shot at the WBA welterweight title if he beats Tanzania's Ramadhani Shauri in Rayong next month, his handlers said yesterday. The 25-year-old Thai will fight Shauri in an elimination bout in Rayong on July 14, said promoter Niwat Laosuwanwat. "Becoming a world champion has given me more goals," Higa, who scored a sixth-round technical knockout of Mexican Juan Hernandez on May 20, said. Higa, 21, was given a hero's welcome in his native Okinawa after his title win and a victory parade was held for him in Miyakojima. Higa's gym chief Yoko Gushiken said: "I was delighted and have watched it [Higa's title fight] on video over 50 times.
Sick at HeartTime to trim fat in the forceRe: "No more selfies with suspects, PM tells cops", (BP, June 24). Look at the history of the BTS Skytrain system in Bangkok. On Thursday, Mr Trump admitted he does not have tapes of his conversations with Mr Comey as he had implied. Just as Gen Prayut is favoured by most Thais in the polls, Mr Trump is favoured the same way. Eric BahrtChiang MaiCONTACT: BANGKOK POST BUILDING136 Na Ranong Road Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110Fax: +02 6164000 email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAll letter writers must provide full name and address.
FAT chief Somyot Poompunmuang, left, and coach Milovan Rajevac. photo: Somchai PoomlardThe Football Association of Thailand (FAT) confirmed yesterday that North Korea, Burkina Faso and Belarus will join the Kingdom in the four-team King's Cup tournament next month. FAT president Somyot Poompunmuang said yesterday: "We are expecting Thailand to win the prestigious tournament this time, but it might not be easy." He added: "All three foreign teams hold higher Fifa rankings than Thailand and are all strong sides. I am confident that the Thai football fans will witness some exciting and high-quality matches at this year's King's Cup."
Former Thailand coach Kiatisak Senamuang begins his new adventure today when his Port men take on Bangkok United in a Thai League 1 match at PAT Stadium. Port coach Kiatisak Senamuang and club president Nualphan Lamsam at PAT Stadium on Friday. The appointment has raised many eyebrows as observers wonder why Port president Nualphan Lamsam made changes to the team's coaching staff and why Kiatisak took the job. No disrespect to Port but they are just also-rans in Thai League 1 and are unlikely to challenge for glory now or in the near future. Interestingly, anything but a win against Bangkok United today could see Port under Kiatisak drop out of the top 10 in Thai League 1.
Gone but not forgotten: People place flowers in front of a dummy 1932 Siamese Revolution plaque at Thammasat University to mark the 85th anniversary of the movement. Authorities have stepped up security at locations linked to the 1932 Siamese Revolution following reports that anti-government groups plan to hold activities to observe the 85th anniversary of the revolution, which fell Saturday. The meeting followed reports that five political groups would hold activities, such as playing music or laying flowers, to mark the event. However, political activities are banned under a National Council for Peace and Order decree. Mr Anont said the military did not want the group to hold activities at the Royal Plaza.
June 24, 2017 22:52 UTC
Once, at least a few young people celebrated the origin of democracy in Thailand, but no more. (Bangkok Post file photo)The vast majority of Thais may not have been aware that yesterday marked the 85th anniversary of the day their country first tasted democracy. In fact, few countries have seen as many coups as Thailand -- a regrettable pattern that has stalled its attempts to settle on democracy. This has put it behind other countries that moved toward democracy at a later point in time but stuck with it. After 85 years of stumbling on the path to democracy, now is the time to make sure we don't deviate from it.
June 24, 2017 22:41 UTC
The Big Three of International Computing have convinced tens of millions of customers to spy on themselves. Considering this, what's the big deal when the government listens in too -- well, apart from the going-to-jail part -- at least? Government used to deny it spied but last week bragged it is purchasing and installing software to follow you online. And as one private high school advises its students: Don't post anything online you wouldn't want your grandmother to see. Big Brother at the moment is still growing but he can't watch everyone all the time.
June 24, 2017 22:30 UTC
Akane Yamaguchi stunned world No.1 Tai Tzu-ying to reach her first Superseries final of the year at the US$750,000 Australian Open in Sydney yesterday. Tai suffered her first defeat of the year at the hands of Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol at the Indonesia Open last week. The Indian, who won the Indonesia Open Superseries Premier event in Jakarta last Sunday, looked unstoppable yet again as he claimed another seeded scalp yesterday. But he faces a daunting task against reigning Olympic champion Chen Long in today's final. China's Chen had another tough match against Lee Hyun-Il of South Korea before advancing with a 26-24, 15-21, 21-17 victory.
June 24, 2017 21:56 UTC
Park Sung-Hyun rolled in six straight birdies as she rode a hot putter to a 63 and a two-shot lead. Park is one of two rookies in the top four as Reid shot a 65 to post her low round of the season. Ryu shot a bogey-free 65 while carding a half dozen birdies. McDonald finished with seven birdies and a bogey. The New Zealander recently lost the top spot to Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn who is not playing in Arkansas.
Noppadon Patama, a Pheu Thai legal adviser, said he could not say whether or not a public hearing was adequately held before the NLA passes the law. However, in terms of a commitment to the national strategy and harsh penalties for governments who do not follow it, Mr Noppadon shares the same stance as Mr Wirat. Their worries intensified after deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam warned on Friday members of future governments may face "imprisonment or impeachment" if they are in conflict with the national strategy. The national strategy committee will assume a monitoring role for five years. This can make governments and state agencies "turn uneasy and do nothing for fear of [unpleasant] legal outcomes," Mr Noppadon said.
One could argue that you don't have to be an expert to distinguish between good smells and bad smells, but I wish these "assessors" the best of luck. They will need it especially during the current durian season when just about everything smells of durian. What he was not aware of was that there was a different word for good smell (hom) and bad smell (men). Hence the look of bewilderment when he asked the maid to buy flowers that were men mahk (very bad smell). The deadly beanAnother Thai plant which is indirectly responsible for some rather unpleasant odours is the sa-taw, a bean that grows in the South.
Shangri-La Dialogue gave young thinkers a chance to explore and debate important agendas that will shape the worldThe Southeast Asian Young Leaders' Programme was integrated with the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. On the sidelines of this year's event that ran from June 2-4 in Singapore a second batch of delegates joined the IISS Southeast Asian Young Leaders' Programme. Subjects brought up for discussion ranged from the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to general life advice. He urged the young delegates to always keep in mind that ignorance and intolerance lead to deep social divisions and violence. The threat of fake news and its impact was heavily discussed among the young delegates during their free time.
The move followed a series of the incidents where taxi drivers encircled cars and bullied drivers they believed provided ride-sharing services. A case was reported at Chiang Mai airport on Tuesday, when a group of taxi drivers surrounded a car driven by woman they believed was the driver of either an Uber or Grab Car. Officers should be informed of such situations, then question the suspects and take legal action against those providing ride-sharing services, he said. The Transport Ministry is in the process of setting up a panel to lay out guidelines on how applications can be used in public transport, he said. Mr Sanit said the DLT is working on improving the quality of taxi services in Bangkok and provinces.