Residents of Phetchaburi's Muang district wade through thigh-deep floodwater outside the Big C store on Phetkasem Road on Thursday. (Photo by Chaiwat Satyaem)PHETCHABURI: The Phetchaburi river has burst its banks, overflowing into the municipal area, wreaking havoc in the township and flooding the major highway linking to the southern region. People were wading thigh deep through floodwater in Muang district on Thursday after heavy rain brought by storm Kirogi. The storm has brought downpours to southern provinces since Wednesday night, with gusting winds in Narathiwat that felled trees in Muang district. (continues below)Houses and vehicles in Nuang district of Phetchaburi, flooded by overflow from the strom swollen Phetchaburi River on Thursday.
November 23, 2017 05:03 UTC
Three armed men rob a gold shop at a superstore in Chon Buri's Muang district on Wednesday night, making off with gold worth over 10 million baht. (Photo grabbed from a clip @chonburichannel Facebook page)CHON BURI: A police manhunt is underway for three armed men who held up a gold shop at a superstore in Muang district and made off with gold worth over 10 million baht on Wednesday night. The three robbers, clad in black and wearing crash helmets, entered Tamnak Thong 5 gold shop at a Tesco Lotus superstore in tambon Samed of this eastern province about 7pm. They stole 535 baht weight of gold ornaments, worth about 10 million baht, and fled on two motorcyles. Provincial Police Region 2 chief Jitti Rodbangyang said on Thursday that teams of police were assigned to hunt down the robbers, media reported.
November 23, 2017 04:45 UTC
(Reuters file photo)SINGAPORE: Singapore raised its economic growth forecast for this year and sees global growth underpinning that momentum into 2018, with some moderation. Compared to the previous quarter, GDP rose a seasonally adjusted and annualized 8.8%, higher than an earlier estimate of 6.3%. The growth forecast range for 2017 was raised to 3-3.5% from 2-3%, while the economy was seen expanding 1.5-3.5% next year. A healing in global trade this year has helped boost export-reliant economies like Singapore’s, with manufacturing buoyed by demand for electronics goods. The trade ministry said Thursday global growth is expected to improve next year, on the back of faster expansion in the US and some emerging markets.
November 23, 2017 03:45 UTC
The Stock Exchange of Thailand index opens slightly higher than Wednesday's close. The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index opened at 1,717.91 points, up 4.78 points from Wednesday’s close. The trade value was 3.01 billion baht, with 560.5 million shares traded. The SET50 index opened at 1,095.68 points, up 2.74 points, or 0.25% with a total trade value of 1.63 billion baht. The MAI index stood at 565.44 points, up 2.05 points or 0.36%, with total transaction value of 982.02 million baht.
November 23, 2017 03:11 UTC
A self-driving vehicle drives on a test circuit at the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles in Singapore on Wednesday. (Kyodo photo)Singapore has opened a test circuit for autonomous vehicles in a bid to play a role in developing standards for their use on public roads. The CETRAN Autonomous Vehicles Test Centre, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, has been designed to look like a real urban road network, complete with traffic junctions, bus stop and zebra crossing. It can also simulate tropical rains and flood conditions, reflecting the climate in Singapore and surrounding region. Khaw said Singapore aims to become a "global player in urban mobility solutions," and would facilitate the "mass deployment of AVs" in the city-state.
November 23, 2017 02:26 UTC
(Airbus SE via AP photo)Singapore: Airbus SE is looking to develop autonomous aircraft and technologies that will allow a single pilot to operate commercial jetliners, helping cut costs for carriers, chief technology officer Paul Eremenko said. Airbus has a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring technology from on-demand helicopter rides to delivery drones. Boeing estimates that 637,000 pilots will be needed to fly commercial aircraft globally in the next two decades. "The industry needs to find ways to produce more cockpit crew as only 200,000 pilots have been trained since the start of the aviation industry,'' Eremenko said. The single-person flying machine could slash journey times for city dwellers over a range of 50 miles, according to Airbus.
November 23, 2017 02:15 UTC
The “24K Magic World Tour” looks set to repeat the success of his first full-length outing, “Moonshine Jungle” in 2013, for which two million tickets were snatched up and 155 dates were sold out. Critically acclaimed as a singer, songwriter, producer and director, Mars recently dominated the charts with the single “Uptown Funk”, a certified diamond hit that made history as the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 single of the 2010s. Mars returned to the Super Bowl half-time stage last year to perform alongside Beyonce and Coldplay. His 2014 appearance helped make NFL history as the second-most-watched Super Bowl Halftime Show ever, and Mars was the youngest artist ever to serve as headliner. According to Billboard, Mars scored his first five Hot 100 No 1 singles faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley, and he’s had 35 of them to date.
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November 23, 2017 02:03 UTC
Mr Abhisit make the remark after sharing his opinions with the reform panel on politics headed by Anek Laothamatas. The Anek panel has targeted five areas for political reform. These include strengthening political parties, resolving political divisions and instilling a greater sense of political sportsmanship. Nikorn Chamnong, director of the Chartthaipattana Party, voiced his concerns this week as did Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul. "Our work focuses on what future politics should look like and what they have in mind for political reform should they win the election," he said.
November 23, 2017 00:45 UTC
Thai Lion Air's first Airbus 330-300 sits at Don Mueang airport. The first of Thai Lion Air's (TLA) three Airbus wide-body jets arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to herald its new strategy -- entry into medium- to long-haul flight services. Aswin Yangkirativorn, chief executive of the budget airline subsidiary of Indonesia's Lion Group, reaffirmed the company's intention to add at least five new B737 MAXs to TLA's fleet next year. The debut of regular A330-300s services to Japan's Narita and South Korea's Incheon is also most likely to take place sometime next year, subject to regulatory approval. There are 18 flat-lying seats in premium economy class onboard TLA's A330-300s and 374 in economy class.
Dusit Thani reported a net loss of 23 million baht compared to a net profit of 39 million in the first nine months of 2016. This consolidated revenue comprises hotels business revenue of 2.09 billion baht and food business revenue of 2.76 billion. The company reported a net profit of 79 million baht for the third quarter -- a 42% increase year-on-year. For the first nine months, net profit was 344 million baht or a 31% increase from the same period last year. The ministry expected tourist arrivals this year at 33-34 million, 1-2 million lower than an earlier forecast of 35 million.
When the viceroy passed away in 1832, King Rama III wanted to give the title to his half-brother Prince Mongkut, who would become King Rama IV. On the right side of Phra Phuttha Chinnasi is the Phra Phuttha Sayamabhiwatbophit in the "walking posture". This royal mansion is a three-storey Western-style building commissioned by King Rama III for King Rama IV to reside in throughout his monkhood. Phra Tamnak Song Phrot and Phra Tamnak Punya are north of the ubosot. Nearby are Phra Tamnak Chandra and Phra Tamnak Phet, living quarters and the meeting hall of former abbot and supreme patriarch Krom Phraya Vajirayanvaroros.
Line Mobile is owned and operated by DTN, a subsidiary of Total Access Communication (DTAC). Line Mobile shares DTN's spectrum to provide low-cost SIM card packages, according to the third-ranked mobile operator. In its resolution, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) ordered Line Mobile to amend its online registration system. More importantly, Line Mobile insists that the government will still receive appropriate licensing payments, since all revenues of Line Mobile will be transferred to DTN, which holds a mobile licence from the NBTC. The arrival of Line Mobile drew attention because of its low tariffs, and the ability to use Line Messenger, Line Calls, Line Video Calls and Line TV without using data quota.
Supplement maker Me Infinity Thailand is betting its entry into the Cambodian market with an energy drink can double the company's revenue after a few lean years in the local market. The company hopes to take a 20% stake in the 58-billion-baht Cambodian energy drink market, dominated by Bacchus (produced by South Korea-based Dong-A Socio Group). Dong-A Socio holds approximately 60% of the Cambodian market, with upwards of 24 million cans sold per month. Ms Salilaporn said Me Infinity has shipped 1 million cans of Iceberg to Cambodia since its introduction on Oct 29. Energy drinks are a staple in Cambodia, where the average energy drink consumer drinks 2-3 cans per day.
(Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)The government is committed to starting big-ticket infrastructure projects worth over 740 billion baht next year in the much-touted Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). The EEC committee chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesdayapproved the development schedule for the projects with the aim of attracting at least 100 billion baht in private investment annually. Projects to be launched next year include improvements to roads linking Laem Chabang port and U-tapao airport, a Map Ta Phut port expansion and development of highways in the three EEC provinces. Others are the third phase of Laem Chabang port, an aircraft repair and maintenance hub at U-tapao and the Bangkok-Rayong high-speed rail network. The national environment policy committee has already approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Laem Chabang project.
November 23, 2017 00:20 UTC
Mr Surachet suggests condo buyers explore the numerous projects in the location, as some offer units at lower prices than at newly launched projects. In particular, buyers can visit a real unit, see the location and view facilities at completed projects that usually have lower prices than new ones. The newly-launched projects came with higher unit prices. Mr Surachet said before 2011, the number of new condo supply launched in this area was very minimal. The number of new condominium supply launched in the Rama IX-Ratchadaphisek area this year hit a record high at 2,848 units, up from 473 units launched last year.
November 23, 2017 00:11 UTC