Summer rain slows Bangkok on Monday morning | Bangkok Post: news

Commuters head to work in the rain on Monday morning, with traffic jams marking the start of the working week. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)Steady, moderate rain fell on Bangkok and surrounding provinces throughout early Monday morning and into the rush-hours, causing traffic congestion across the capital on the first working day of the week. The weather radar operated by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration reported at 8am the rain was slowly stopping in Bangkok, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani. The Meteorological Department on Monday morning warned of summer storms continuing from Monday to Wednesday in all regions. The Nakhon Ratchasima municipal area was pelted by heavy rain for about one hour on Sunday night, starting about 7pm.

March 27, 2017 04:30 UTC

PM, cabinet members visiting Nakhon Phanom | Bangkok Post: news

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and members of his cabinet flew by military plane from Don Mueang air force base on Monday morning to Nakhon Phanom province in the Northeast. Those accompanying him included Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikulya and PM's Office Minister Suvit Maesincee. From the Nakhon Phanom airport, Gen Prayut and his entourage were to meet the people at Ban Nadon Mai School in tambon Khok Hin Hae of Renu Nakhon district. In the afternoon, the prime minister was to attend a meeting of the Central Public-Private Consultative Committee and a joint economic commitee of Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan provinces to discuss development projects for food and agriculture, tourism promotion and water management. Gen Prayut and his entourage would then visit an area designated for the Nakhon Phanom exclusive economic zone and be briefed on a Mekong tourism promotion project, followed by a visit to a tourist landmark, Phraya Srisattanakaraj, in Muang district of Nakhon Phanom.

March 27, 2017 04:07 UTC

22 hurt when bus, pickup collide in rain | Bangkok Post: news

The overturned bus lies off the side of the Phimai-Talat Khae road in tambon Nai Muang on Sunday night. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)NAKHON RATCHASIMA -- Twenty-two people were injured, one of them seriously, when a tour bus collided with a pickup truck in heavy rain in Phimai district late on Sunday night, police said. Winij Munon, 51, the driver of the bus, told police it was raining heavily at the time of the accident. The pickup had suddenly changed lanes, cutting in front of the bus, which ran into the back of it and sent it into the roadside ditch. Twenty-two people in the two vehicles were injured, including the pickup driver Somnuek Klongjai, 33, and his four-year-old son.

March 27, 2017 03:56 UTC

Hospital bills mount for young Thai tourist in Korea | Bangkok Post: learning

The kamnan earlier told the local press about Ms Rapeeporn being treated at a hospital in South Korea and that her family is trying to get her back to Thailand. As Ms Rapeeporn remained unconscious in hospital, her friends had to return home, said Ms Somporn, adding she had learnt the hospital wants Ms Rapeeporn's family to bring about 200,000 baht to pay off her medical bill. She expected to leave for Korea Monday but the family still needs help regarding her daughter's medical bills, which came to 200,000 baht per day. Ms Rapeeporn moved from Kalasin to live in Bangkok with her parents many years ago but still visits relatives in Kalasin during long holidays, said Ms Somporn. Mr Natthaphat has paid 5,000 baht to Ms Rapeeporn's relatives in Kalasin as initial help.

March 27, 2017 03:45 UTC

SET falls 0.27 to 1,573.24 at opening | Bangkok Post: business

Thai stocks opened down 0.02% at the start of trade this morning. The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index opened at 1,573.24 points, down 0.27 points from Friday’s close. The trade value was 1.26 billion baht, with 251.42 million shares traded. The SET50 index opened at 997.26 points, down 0.99 points, or 0.10%, with a total trade value of 763.99 million baht. The MAI index went down 2.47 points or 0.42% to stand at 591.32 points, with total transaction value of 80.77 million baht.

March 27, 2017 03:00 UTC

Fatal accident: TV comedian asks forgiveness, pledges long-term support | Bangkok Post: learning

Please join us on our Facebook page comedian Chusak Aiemsuk asks forgivenessTelevision comedian Chusak Aiemsuk, or Nong Cha Cha Cha, has taken on a lengthy commitment to look after the family of a road accident victim after his son was charged with dangerous driving causing death to a motorist. The victim, an engineer at Bangkadi industrial park, leaves behind his wife and two children, Nong Frame, 15, and Nong Bai Fah, 14. His father said Dear helps out at a noodle shop in Nakhon Nayok and was heading home to Thanyaburi when the accident occurred. After the funeral ended on Thursday, Nong took Dear to Thanyaburi police to hear the charges. "It doesn't help anyone if you have an accident, as it affects not just your own family but others as well,'' he said.

March 27, 2017 02:37 UTC

Change your mindset, achieve breakthrough results | Bangkok Post: business

They finally figured out later that you can’t change behaviour through procedures; unfortunately, they found this out the hard way. If a leader tries to get people to adopt new behaviours that aren’t supported by their underlying mindset, change efforts often fail. Simply stated, although behaviours drive results, mindset is the only true driver of behaviours. It’s clear that organisations that focus on mindset change will see dramatic improvements in behaviour and results at all levels. From time to time, we all need to be reminded that behaviours may drive results, but what drives behaviours is mindset.

March 27, 2017 00:45 UTC

BBL sees need for new branches | Bangkok Post: business

Deja: Some customers prefer physical sitesEven though fintech companies are disrupting the traditional services that banks offer, often causing physical branches to close, Bangkok Bank (BBL) is going ahead with opening new branches to meet its customer demand. Brick-and-mortar branches are still wanted by some customers, such as those who live in the provinces and are not accustomed to digital services, he said. Low-income earners who do not have smartphones have also been slow to embrace digital banking services. Central bank data reported commercial banks' physical branches fell to 6,980 at the end of February from 7,016 at the end of 2016. Bangkok Bank has gradually transformed its security system to ensure prevent hacking, Mr Deja said.

March 27, 2017 00:00 UTC

Australian embassy plot could set record | Bangkok Post: business

The Australian embassy plot in Sathon Road is up for sale. Going by previous sales, the nearly eight-rai plot could go for 2 million baht per square wah, says a property consultant. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)The Australian embassy plot is likely to fetch a record high price per square wah on Sathon Road. Last year the British embassy offered its last plot sized more than 20 rai on Wireless Road. The French embassy was reportedly the first embassy on Sathon Road to sell land where the embassy was located.

March 26, 2017 23:48 UTC

Cavallino Motors sees good Ferrari sales signs | Bangkok Post: business

Cavallino Motors plans to invest 10 million baht this year upgrading its showroom and service centre. Cavallino Motors have back orders of 150 cars from 2015-16, which will be delivered by 2019. Founded in 2009, Cavallino Motors is a 100-million-baht joint venture between the Yoovidhya and Bhirombhakdi families. Mrs Nandhamalee said Cavallino Motors Co plans to invest 10 million baht this year in upgrading its showroom and service centre. She said the 4-rai Ferrari outlet on New Phetchaburi Road would be renovated to accommodate more Ferrari service bays and a new paint shop and chassis unit.

March 26, 2017 23:48 UTC

The man with a thousand faces | Bangkok Post: opinion

Phra Dhammajayo is probably the most loved and loathed priest in Thailand. Now, we are seeing a similar scenario where Phra Dhammajayo is once again being charged with his involvement in illegal affairs. An investigation is underway and is leading to the disclosure of a related scam, which involves his right-hand man Phra Dattajivo. Many see Phra Dhammajayo as a disgrace to the monastic community. I have never been impressed with Phra Dhammajayo.

March 26, 2017 22:52 UTC

Thailand eye draw in Saitama | Bangkok Post: news

Supakit WisetanuphongAs Japan sharpen their knives in the expectation of a big win, Thailand coach Kiatisak Senamuang says a draw in tomorrow's World Cup qualifier would be a considerable feat for his team. Football Association of Thailand Somyot Poompunmuang is also in Japan to boost the morale of the national team. Chonburi midfielder Nurul Sriyankem joined the squad in Japan yesterday as a replacement for suspended Thailand captain Theerathon Bunmathan. Japan playmaker Keisuke Honda said Japan would not take Thailand lightly in a game they should win comfortably. "They'll sit back and the way we play now, we're probably better when opponents take the game to us.

March 26, 2017 22:52 UTC

Ovechkin, Winnik guide Caps to victory | Bangkok Post: news

The Capitals' Daniel Winnik. Winnik scored with 4:39 minutes remaining, Justin Williams added another goal not long after and Winnik sealed the Capitals' fourth consecutive victory with an empty-netter. Mike Smith stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced and Peter Holland scored the lone goal for Arizona. Shea Weber also scored for Montreal, who lead Ottawa by three points, although the Senators have a game in hand. In Columbus, Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves in his seventh shut-out of the season, helping the Columbus Blue Jackets edge the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 1-0.

March 26, 2017 22:52 UTC

Smart grids on cards in PEA 4.0 drive | Bangkok Post: business

The PEA sets to launch smart grid projects, firstly in five major cities, all are tourism destinations. "We are embracing ICT -- including Internet of Things, cloud computing and data analytics -- to transform ourselves into PEA 4.0," said PEA governor Sermsuk Klaikaew. Mr Sermsuk said implementation of the smart grid projects are expected to be completed within two years, starting with Pattaya in the next three months. He said the PEA's 20-year smart grid project for 2015-35 will initially require a total investment of over 10 billion baht. The NSTDA said it would submit a plan soon for the development of smart cities in the Eastern Economic Corridor to the Digital Economy and Society Ministry.

March 26, 2017 22:52 UTC

Confronting digital drag | Bangkok Post: business

The airline sector is not the most advanced when it comes to digital transformation. While AirAsia admits much work is still to be done, the LCC is steadily charting its own digitisation course. AirAsia, Asia's largest LCC in terms of passengers carried, is not looking at any airline as a role model for undergoing digital transformation. Selling airline tickets through social media platforms such as Facebook, LINE and WeChat is another aspect of the digital game being embraced. Being provided a profile of the passenger, they were tasked with improving the client's experience based on their digital footprint.

March 26, 2017 22:52 UTC

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