Social media firms have been slammed for targetted adverts on topics that people may find painfulGillian Brockell, a journalist with The Washington Post, said that if those social media giants were clever enough to know she was pregnant they should also have figured out she'd lost the baby. "I know you knew I was pregnant," Brockell wrote to the companies in a letter posted Wednesday on The Washington Post and Twitter. "Did you not see my three days of social media silence, uncommon for a high-frequency user like me? "We have a setting available that can block ads about some topics people may find painful — including parenting. She said that after she blocked the baby ads, she got ads on how to adopt a child.
December 13, 2018 08:37 UTC
The PTT Exploration and Production Plc Bongkot gas extraction platform in the Gulf of Thailand. PTTEP has won the bidding for both the Bongkot and the Erawan petroleum concessions in the Gulf, which are up for renewal. (Photo from PTTEP Plc)PTT Exploration and Production Plc (PTTEP) has won the bidding for both the Bongkot and Erawan petroleum gas concessions in the Gulf of Thailand, Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan said on Thursday. PTTEP also won a solo bid for the Bongkot (G2/61) concession, beating Chevron and Mitsui Oil. Chevron operates the Erawan gas block and state-backed PTTEP operates the Bongkot concession, which expire in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
December 13, 2018 06:33 UTC
"No one wants their business to be broken," says a rescuer from Blue Dragon, a Hanoi-based non-profit. Blue Dragon has helped bring about 400 trafficked women and girls home from China since 2007. They are among tens of thousands trafficked into China from impoverished pockets of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. Rescues are a complicated and all-consuming job, says the Blue Dragon rescuer whose identity has been concealed for safety reasons. Blue Dragon helps to bring home up to eight people a month and gets one or two desperate pleas for help each day.
December 13, 2018 05:47 UTC
TOKYO: Japan is planning to tighten regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook after an expert panel called for better oversight on competition and privacy, an official said Thursday. Japan has followed in the footsteps of other countries in scrutinising the dominant role played by the world's largest information technology companies, including Big Four tech firms Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Despite bringing benefits, tech giants "tend to monopolise the market through their features such as... low costs and economies of scale," the report said. Japan's anti-trust authorities have already said they plan a probe into whether global tech firms are using their market leader positions to exploit contractors or obstruct competition. Japan's decision to tighten regulations comes as European authorities crack down on US tech giants.
December 13, 2018 04:07 UTC
Journalistes outside the Vancouver home of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on December 12, 2018But Meng Wanzhou, heiress to her billionaire father's global tech conglomerate, is managing to surround herself with a few home comforts. The following morning, Meng was spotted by AFP answering the front door of her Vancouver house to three visitors bringing flowers who arrived in a sedan with diplomatic plates. Later, Meng stepped out to offer reporters slices of pizza that she'd had ordered in (they politely declined). "She's obviously been here before, she's just another person in the neighborhood, but with a bit of an entourage." - Curfew -While on bail, Meng is required to wear an electronic anklet and a security team paid by her has been assigned to monitor her movements in Vancouver.
December 13, 2018 01:41 UTC
PERTH (AUSTRALIA) - The boss of Perth's swanky new stadium, which hosts its maiden Test this week, wants it to be used for a Boxing Day or New Year's Test, traditionally played in Melbourne and Sydney. Ambitious plans: The new Perth Stadium, which will host Test cricket for the firs time when Australia play India on FridayMike McKenna said he was keen to raise the issue with Cricket Australia. The governing body's contract with the Melbourne Cricket Ground expires at the end of this summer and their deal with the Sydney Cricket Ground runs out in 2022. We had a very good conversation with Cricket Australia and we know what the timings are and what the opportunities are. "If we can get (WACA-style pace and bounce) it'd be a great thing for Test cricket."
December 13, 2018 00:33 UTC
Also streaming on NetflixThis is plain simple: Roma must be seen on the big screen. Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children Of Men, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban) directed Roma for Netflix. But after it premiered in Venice and Toronto, everyone was baffled: why on earth would Netflix not release this gem in cinemas everywhere? Roma takes place during a time of upheaval: of familial rifts, rising fascism and organised violence. For a film like this -- a film that convinces us to hold on to our belief in cinema -- awards seem superfluous.
December 13, 2018 00:00 UTC
Among the highlights are the "Master Ideal Floral" set featuring rings whose central diamonds are in either brilliant round or oval halo shapes, and one or two carat in size. Each ring is completed with small stones to enhance the stunning beauty of the centre diamond. The "Master Of Beauty" ring set is comprised of three masterpieces made of fancy-shaped diamonds preciously cut and set on the body with the most innovative setting methods. The first one features a 3 carat diamond in pear shape, the second a five-carat oval-shaped diamond and the last one a three-carat marquise diamond. It comprises a necklace with a total diamond weight of 42.78 carats, a ring with a total diamond weight of 6.19 carats, and chandelier earrings with a total diamond weight of 10.78 carats.
December 13, 2018 00:00 UTC
The two-day event will be attended by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Prajin Juntong, as well as the foreign, finance, tourism and sports, transport, interior and labour ministers. The leaders will discuss plans to improve border transport and transform Laos from being a landlocked to land-linked country, he said. The JCR meeting will focus on political stability through strengthened border demarcations and controls, he added. Discussions will also focus on economic development, with hopes pinned on an $11-billion deal being reached by 2021. Also tabled for discussion are ways to improve border transport rules to facilitate travel and promote border trade; energy cooperation; and the development of sub-regional transport connectivity in line with the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (Acmecs) Master Plan.
December 12, 2018 23:48 UTC
The Thai embassy in Paris has condemned the deadly attack at a crowded Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg, which killed three people including a Thai tourist. Anuphong Suebsaman, a 45-year-old noodle factory owner, was killed when the attacker sprayed bullets into a crowd at the city's famed Christmas market before fleeing on Tuesday. "We share the deep grief of the families of the victims," the Thai embassy wrote in its post. Embassy officials and the Thai community in Strasbourg were working together to give support to Anuphong's wife. The man opened fire in three areas of the Christmas market, which draws hundreds of thousands of people each year to its wooden chalets selling festive decorations, mulled wine and food.
The move came after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday set up two subcommittees to prepare for the 700MHz auction procedures -- one to handle the auction's conditions and licensing regime, and the other to work on the 700MHz spectrum valuation. NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said the two subcommittees will finalise draft details of the 700MHz auction, including a public hearing process, by March 2019. Last week, the NBTC set up a working subcommittee for recalling the 700MHz spectrum. 700MHz auction too soonDTAC chief Alexandra Reich said the company has not yet decided whether it would participate in the 700MHz licence auctions next year. "I think the planned 700MHz auction is too urgent and it's too early for 5G adoption in the country.
True Digital Park is located on Sukhumvit Road, adjacent to the Punnawithi skytrain station. True will develop 41,000 square metres to be the digital business hub. Digital business is one of 12 targeted industries under the government's S-curve policy. Mr Narit said True Digital Park Co has recently received permission to establish the country's first digital park in Thailand, with an investment of 1.58 billion baht. The digital park will be located on Sukhumvit Road, adjacent to the Punnawithi skytrain station.
More Thai travellers are interested in exotic destinations within the region and beyond. In addition, more premium travel bookings are expected for Thais in the coming year thanks to buoyant competition forcing full-service airlines to lower airfare. Thai travellers will be challenged when they come to booking tickets to destinations as a myriad of promotions and flash sales will continue in the year ahead. The lower airfare would drive more Thais to get business class bookings together with other countries in Asia-Pacific including Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. Skyscanner's forecast for this year is for 36% more business class bookings and 24% in premium economy.
December 12, 2018 23:26 UTC
A woman who witnessed the deadly quarrel between a Thai police officer and a French tourist, recounts the incident to the police at the Trendy Office & Plaza building on Soi Sukhumvit 13 in Bangkok. Ruamkatanyu FoundationThe policeman who gunned down a French national in Bangkok yesterday has been dismissed from the police force and will be charged with murder. Witnesses said the policeman lost the fight, but later followed Djamel back to the condominium, where he shot the Frenchman twice. Pol Sen Sgt Maj Kantapong fled the scene, but later turned himself in and confessed. Pol Lt Gen Sutthipong Wongpin, Bangkok police chief, said he would be charged with murder, and that the suspect had shot another person six years ago.
December 12, 2018 23:15 UTC
WASHINGTON - The US Congress on Wednesday approved the legalization of large-scale hemp cultivation and its removal from a list of controlled substances. The measure was supported by both Republicans and Democrats who argued it was an opportunity for American farmers. The law has not yet been signed by President Donald Trump. The measure "legalizes hemp as an agricultural commodity" and removes it from the controlled substances list, while allowing researchers to apply for federal grants and makes hemp eligible for crop insurance, McConnell said. This "will encourage new opportunities for struggling farmers and their families, news products... and new jobs," he said.
December 12, 2018 23:15 UTC