That started to change in 2011 when "white collar boxing" (WCB) came to Thailand for the first time. What used to be a once-a-year occurrence is now a regular fixture, with at least four active expat amateur boxing promotions in Bangkok, and one in Pattaya. Britain's Tee Jay Chang, who organises the Bangkok Brawl events, will make his professional debut in Singapore next month after winning nine of his 10 bouts on the expat boxing circuit. Nobody is suggesting these guys are professional champions in the making, but the buzz generated by this alternative amateur circuit is starting to gain attention beyond its own ranks. Compare footage with WCB events in many other countries, and the difference is clear.
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Marcus Holmes, who has been CEO since late 2017, said on Tuesday that the negotiations with the GDT began in December. The pieces relied on anonymous sources claiming to be either “hackers” or close to Phnom Penh PostPublisher Bill Clough. The issues of tax compliance and press freedom intersected last September when English-language newspaper the Cambodia Daily, often critical of the government, was shuttered over a disputed $6.3 million tax bill. But throughout Tuesday’s interview, Holmes characterised The Post’s negotiations as routine for any business, and said that The Post’s status as the last independent newspaper in Cambodia had not affected the negotiations with the GDT. “It’s all painted in these apocalyptic terms because we’re the last independent newspaper in Cambodia.
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Mr Li (left) and Mr Suwan have set up a three-year partnership between their companies, Zhongtian and Rung Fah Serm. A large Chinese contractor, Zhongtian Construction Group, has set its sights on the flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), aiming to secure construction jobs worth 10 billion baht by 2021. Non-listed Zhongtian Construction Group holds 49% in the joint venture, and the rest is held by Rung Fah Serm Corporation and Dej Namsirikul, a renowned financier turned developer. Suwan Paisarnfuengfong, chairman of Rung Fah Serm, said his company is partnering with Zhongtian for three years on a project-by-project basis. "Two decades ago, we [Rung Fah Serm] partnered with Guangxi Construction Group, one of China's largest contractors," Mr Suwan said.
Somchai: Voiced 'confusing' opinionsOutspoken Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn has been sacked by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) for "inappropriate conduct". According to the order signed by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha in his capacity as the NCPO chief, Mr Somchai was not fit to serve as an Election Commission (EC) member. Moreover, Mr Somchai applied for the post of EC secretary-general without resigning from the commission and this suggests a conflict of interest and puts the EC's integrity in doubt, according to the order. Mr Somchai said yesterday he was not discouraged by the order and insisted that his opinions were for the public interest. Deputy EC secretary-general, Sawaeng Boonmee, said registration of a Sangkhom Niyom Party [Socialist] could be allowed because the law does not prohibit it.
Rika Ishige during yesterday's open workout ahead of Saturday's fight. PRFour Thai MMA fighters will take part in ONE: Iron Will at Bangkok's Impact Arena on Saturday. The quartet are Shannon Wiratchai, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Rika Ishige and Kritsada Kongsrichai who demonstrated their skills at an open workout yesterday. However, in my last bout in Bangkok, I wasn't able to give my countrymen a victory. "Tinydoll" Rika Ishige, who is of mixed Japanese and Thai heritage, will face Filipino newcomer Angelie Sabnal.
Thai people spend an average of 2.4 hours watching YouTube each day, reflecting opportunities for brands and advertisers, says YouTube Thailand. YouTube Thailand, an affiliate company of the world's top video streaming platform, reports that 46 million Thais watch YouTube. People in urban areas average 2.4 hours a day and spend 70 minutes per visit, while those in rural areas spend 2.1 hours a day and 60 minutes per visit. According to the latest research from YouTube and market research agency TNS, 62% of YouTube users in Thailand access the platform several times a day, and 75% access it daily. One billion YouTube users are active per hour daily, and there are 1.5 billion logged-in YouTube users every month, with 400 hours of content uploaded every minute.
Atchaka Sibunruang, honorary president of the Nanjing Business Association in Thailand, said the group took a delegation of Thai investors to meet leading investors in Nanjing to seek opportunities from mainland China. The meetings generated initial deals between Thai investors and Chinese companies and individuals for business expansion in both countries, said Mrs Atchaka, also a former science and technology minister. "Chinese investors are interested in the Thai market because they see room to grow, especially for tourism business," Mrs Atchaka said. According to the Nanjing Business Association, Thai investors have set up businesses in Nanjing such as boutique resorts, pet farms, tea farms and forestry companies. More than 9.8 million Chinese tourists came to Thailand in 2017, representing 28% of total arrivals.
The two operators won 4G licences from a 2015 auction and should have no trouble paying for them given their healthy profit margins, he said. The government is invoking Section 44 to give digital TV operators a three-year grace period during which they can operate but do not have to make the repayments. Between them, they have so far repaid 8.04 billion baht in 2016 and 4.02 billion baht in 2017. They are now both required to pay a third instalment of 4.02 billion baht this year, leaving AIS saddled with a debt of 59.5 billion baht it is supposed to honour next year. True Move was originally due to repay the outstanding 60.2 billion baht in 2019.
Chaipreuk Sereerak, secretary-general of the Education Council, said the move was prompted by the results of a study into how state education was managed in 77 provinces for the period 2015-2017. The findings showed that Thai students are slowly spending longer at school on average before dropping out or leaving to find jobs, he said. This was used as one of 11 indicators to evaluate student's educational development and how state education is being managed in all provinces nationwide. Mr Chaipreuk said the ministry will increase the average length of time that students stay in school to 12.5 years within the next two decades. Citing the same study, Mr Chaipreuk said while the average number of school years is on the rise in 60 provinces, 16 provinces have seen a drop.
Thailand coach Milovan Rajevac, left, talks to midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin during a training session yesterday. The Gabon team arrived in Bangkok yesterday ahead of their first match against Thailand in the King's Cup tomorrow. Gabon coach Jose Antonio Camacho is in town with 26 players minus their striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of English Premier League club Arsenal. However, Gabon and Football Association of Thailand officials said the former forward of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund will arrive today. Meanwhile, Thailand midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin, who is playing for Japanese club Consadole Sapporo, arrived in Bangkok on Monday night and began training with the team yesterday.
Nakhon Ratchasima: Representatives of villagers affected by a state policy to turn 2,658 rai in Phimai Municipality into a historical site have asked the provincial governor to negotiate with the Fine Arts Department in a bid to save their land. "They have been wondering what the consequences of this policy will be in terms of how it affects their private property," Mr Vichien said. "Despite the department insisting people are permitted to stay, I believe it has a lot of explaining to do to these villagers," he added. Affected villagers claim their businesses, especially those involved in property development, have taken a hit since the land was zoned a few months ago. The villagers claim commercial banks have lowered the estimated price of land where the historic sites lie and refused to grant loans based on the land being used as collateral.
BUENOS AIRES - The United States is not seeking a trade war over tariffs but does not fear one, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday after a meeting of G20 finance ministers. "We have to be prepared to act in the US interest to defend free and fair reciprocal trade. "We had a bunch of discussions about trade and tariffs and those continue to be ongoing," Mnuchin said. "The EU does not want an escalation on trade, it does not want a trade war, but it is ready to react, even if our preferred option is dialogue," he said. G20 ministers sounded a note of caution on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, agreeing that they "lack the key attributes of sovereign currencies" and pointing out that "at some point, they could have financial stability implications."
The Business Development Department says the Foreign Business Act of 1999 still doesn't get the balance right between protecting Thai investors and attracting foreign investment. The current FBA limits foreign share- holding to 49% of a business and has three lists of work for which foreign participation may be prohibited or restricted. Foreign companies must apply for and obtain a foreign business licence before taking part in these activities. Ease of doing business should be the priority when trying to attract foreign investment." The private sector has also asked the Business Development Department to have discussions with the Thai Chamber of Commerce and foreign chambers of commerce before making further amendments to the FBA.
Climate change is profoundly unfair: By failing to address it, today's leaders are imposing what could prove to be an unbearable burden on future generations. Using the US legal system, a group of children has found a novel way to do so. The 2015 Paris Agreement on reducing carbon emissions looked like a big step forward in addressing global warming. If the children win, the court could compel the US to produce and act on a firm plan to de-carbonise its energy system. A recent survey found the constitutions of some 144 nations, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all carbon emissions, have protections against climate change.
Mobile operators said re-registering their entire user bases would entail a significant financial and manpower burden, raising the possibility of legal consequences for those that fail to comply. But representatives from mobile operators excoriated the new regulatory draft at the meeting, saying it was impractical in several areas, especially punishment. Some representatives threatened to file a complaint with the Central Administrative Court if the new regulatory draft is put into effect, arguing it would be unlawful. The NBTC office is trying to finalise the draft and submit it to the existing NBTC board for approval by April. The existing NBTC board's six-year working term expired in October 2017.