13 reasons why ‘respect’ and ‘sympathy’ are very slippery wordsBy Tulsathit TaptimThe NationThe avalanche of USA goals that buried Thailand at the Women’s World Cup was followed quickly by a social media blizzard. The Thai team shipped 13 goals in the game, creating an unenviable record for both the men’s and women’s categories. While the winners were criticised for celebrating every goal “like they had won the final”, sympathy poured in for the losers. People showed sympathy for the Thais because they consider them inferior, harmless and in need of support. Finding a response to the massive Thai defeat is difficult, but a group of Thai women seem to have found a way.
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New Cabinet to be ready by month-end: PMBy The NationGeneral Prayut Chan-o-chaPRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday that he would finish putting together his Cabinet by the end of this month but was yet to make a decision on whether he would take the post of defence minister. A legal team is examining the names proposed by parties in the pro-junta coalition on whether they are qualified to serve in the Cabinet, he said. General Prayut is about to cut off his ties with the military when the ruling junta – the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) – makes way for the new cabinet. A legal team is looking into possible risks for Prayut should the party face legal trouble that could lead to dissolution. “Take it easy, I have my legal team looking into this matter,” Prayut said in response to queries.
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Water plan to tackle many problemsBy The NationFile photoTwenty-year plan sets clear goals for management of resourcesTHE CABINET has approved a 20-year master plan for water-management and water-disaster prevention. Somkiat Prajumwong, secretary-general of the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR), said yesterday that the 20-year master plan provides water-resource management guidelines for all related agencies. He said the plan is divided into water for domestic consumption, stable water supply, disaster prevention, conservation of resources, restoring forest water sources, and water resource administration and management. Somkiat said the 20-year blueprint also aims to restore 3.5 million rai of forest water and construct 541,894 weirs as ways to conserve water. However, she pointed out that since the Water Resource Act is already in effect, the ONWR is drafting water-management strategies for every water basin.
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The solution, which is being deployed in China, enables high-speed, reliable and intelligent communications to ensure safety and efficiency for rail passengers, said a release yesterday. With the development of autonomous driving, intelligent trains and smart stations, this demands higher-speed and more intelligent wireless communications technologies. The LTE-R Solution supports 5G-oriented evolution and interconnectivity with GSM-R. During the launch of LTE-R Solution at the Huawei Global Rail Summit, Eman Liu, president of the global transportation business unit of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, highlighted Huawei’s deep expertise in the rail sector. At the same time, Huawei remains committed to continuously investing and innovating in wireless communications private network technology for the rail industry to meet rail customers’ evolving needs, he said
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) commits them to work together to ensure easy access for electric vehicle (EV) customers, along with service manuals for charging systems, technical skills training and public charging stations. He also emphasised the importance of building the EV ecosystem for Nissan Leaf customers across the Kingdom. “We recently started delivering the all-new Nissan Leaf to our valued Thai customers, and 20 per cent of those were upcountry. Last month Nissan also signed an Electro Mobility Operator agreement to appoint Delta Electronic Thailand as the official EV charging provider for Nissan Leaf customers. Nissan also continues to develop its EV dealership network across the country, with 32 certified Nissan EV showroom and service centres nationwide.
THE CABINET has approved a 20-year master plan for water-management and water-disaster prevention. Somkiat Prajumwong, secretary-general of the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR), said yesterday that the 20-year master plan provides water-resource management guidelines for all related agencies. He said the plan is divided into water for domestic consumption, stable water supply, disaster prevention, conservation of resources, restoring forest water sources, and water resource administration and management. Somkiat said the 20-year blueprint also aims to restore 3.5 million rai of forest water and construct 541,894 weirs as ways to conserve water. However, she pointed out that since the Water Resource Act is already in effect, the ONWR is drafting water-management strategies for every water basin.
Asean economic ministers will meet during the 34th Asean Summit from tomorrow to Sunday to discuss the RCEP negotiations. The completion of the RCEP negotiations by the year-end is one of 13 economic deliverables that Thailand had set for itself as Asean chair this year. Completing the RCEP negotiations will allow Thailand to expand its export destinations and trade freely with more countries, Auramon said. Thailand’s exports to the RCEP countries currently account for 58 per cent of the Kingdom’s total exports, according to the Commerce Ministry. Local elections in various RCEP members have also delayed progress on the trade negotiations in the first six months.
Chinnapat said Chonlawit had served a jail sentence for drug trafficking and been released in 2006, though Prissana has no previous criminal record. Meanwhile, Chalermkiat said the drugs seized from the couple and the Taiwanese suspect had a street value over Bt10 million. Initial investigation also revealed that Chonlawit had rented a hotel room next to Hung’s room to deliver the ketamine, Chalermkiat said. This is not the first time that a Thai pop star has had their life and future destroyed by getting involved in illicit drugs. Former singer Pornpan “Joyce Triumph Kingdom” Rattanamethanon and her boyfriend were arrested with 4,040 meth pills on November 23, 2004.
Over the past two editions teen prodigy Atthaya Thitikul and unfancied Kanyalak Preedasuttijit made the country proud by winning the title despite facing tough competition from leading players on the LET. They will be competing in a 72-hole strokeplay format for which only the top 60 will make the weekend cut. Apart from the world ranking points, the LET Thailand Championship winner will receive an LET Tour card which guarantees them qualification for both the British Women’s Open and the Evian Championship. Moreover, European LET members are eligible to earn Solheim Cup points for top-10 finishes and this week marks a golden opportunity for the LET players to push to qualify for Team Europe. Daily tickets costing just Bt100 are available at the public entrance to the course, while those under 18 and over 60 can get in for free.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and therefore there’s no risk of allergic reaction. You probably think of hyaluronic acid filler as something only for wrinkles. But hyaluronic acid technology has moved on in recent years. For a V-shape jawline and to slim down the face, a thick HA filler is required to provide lift and superior support. It can also give the illusion of a slimmer face if you have more of a distinction between face to neck.
In response to Michael Setter’s tediously trivial bellyaching on Monday, allow me to point out that I and others here use certain language because that’s what it is there for. To loosely paraphrase Shaw: Those of us who can, do; those of you who can’t, waffle. No Churchillian terminological inexactitudes there, then. A quick aside: On a short visit to my brother’s farm near Richmond, God’s country (Yorkshire), he and I went out into the fields to slaughter and skin a couple of rabbits for the pot. Ah, such are the joys of Yorkshire Dales life for those of us who actually know about it.
Gevorg Sargsyan, the World Bank’s country head for Myanmar, said at yesterday’s launch of the latest Myanmar Economic Monitor that Myanmar’s economy would grow at 6.5 per cent this year and 6.7 per cent next year. Sargsyan said Myanmar urgently needs to address two key areas – power and poverty. “In the power sector, Myanmar needs to invest twice as much and implement projects three times faster to meet growing demand supported by higher electricity tariffs,” he said. “Investments should be informed by least-cost planning and facilitated by higher electricity tariffs and measures to reduce the cost of system inefficiencies,” he said. Manufacturing output has picked up and diversified.”Beck said foreign direct investment rose slightly but Myanmar needs to maintain the momentum.
Pop star Pookie ‘admits’ to substance abuse, helping hubby’s drug-traffickingBy Khanathit SrihirundajThe NationFORMER POP STAR Prissana or Priscilla “Pookie” Gemelli, who was arrested with her husband for allegedly selling 5.17 kilograms of ketamine to a Taiwanese man, has allegedly admitted to taking drugs and getting involved in her husband’s alleged drug trafficking, a senior police officer said yesterday. National Police deputy commissioner Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakan told the press that both the Thai-Australian former star Prissana, 40, and her Thai husband, Chonlawit Kitatrakul, 49, had tested positive for substance abuse. Chinnapat said Chonlawit had served a jail sentence for drug trafficking and been released in 2006, though Prissana has no previous criminal record. Meanwhile, Chalermkiat said the drugs seized from the couple and the Taiwanese suspect had a street value over Bt10 million. This is not the first time that a Thai pop star has had their life and future destroyed by getting involved in illicit drugs.
ACMECS is a grouping of five countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. We’ve presented the ACMECS master plan built on three pillars: seamless connectivity, synchronised ACMECS economies, and smart and sustainable ACMECS. Then, we’ve discussed about an ACMECS fund aiming to give financial and technical support to projects under the ACMECS master plan,” Nattaporn said. The remaining $200 million will be contributed by partner countries for development (Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States). Nattaporn said that after this, two more funds – the ACMECS Infrastructure Financing Facility and the ACMECS Project-based Financing Facility – would be set up.
The department’s deputy director-general, Sorada Lertharpachit, said that the top three sectors registering new businesses were construction firms, property firms, and food and restaurant. The first five months of this year have seen 32,636 newly registered companies, up 5 per cent from the same period of last year, she said. Meanwhile, 1,130 companies shut down their businesses in May this year, up 11 per cent from the same period of last year, with total capital of Bt3.53 billion, a drop of 8 per cent from the same period of last year. When the first five months of the year were combined, shuttered companies totalled 5,403, up 10 per cent from the same period of last year. The department also approved 47 foreign firms in May this year with an investment value of Bt6.59 billion.