Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong describes how His Majesty the King fought against communists in Loei province in 1976, during a special lecture on national security at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok yesterday. Propaganda in Thailand is severe and worrying," the army chief said. Those soldiers were the people who sacrificed themselves in battles beside kings," the army chief said. The army chief also voiced fierce opposition to a proposed amendment to Section 1 of the constitution. The army chief did not name the politician but showed a picture of the Hong Kong activist and another person whose picture was removed.
The Thailand Golf Association aims to make a clean sweep of four gold medals at the SEA Games in the Philippines in December. The men's team will be led by US-based Thanapat Pichaikul who is studying at Mississippi State University. Atthaya, centre, and her teammates celebrate with their team gold medals at the 2017 SEA Games. She also swept the individual and team gold medals at the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia. Thailand and the Philippines see each other as their main rivals at the SEA Games.
Longstaff caps astonishing weekendA refreshing number of feel-good stories featuring young strikers emerged in the Premier League last weekend, which also witnessed the rare sight of both Manchester clubs suffering embarrassing defeats on the same day. It was a particularly memorable occasion for 19-year-old Matty Longstaff who, in a dream debut for Newcastle, scored a cracking winner against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dispirited side at St James' Park. Other famous Newcastle players who have scored on their Premier League debut include Les Ferdinand, Duncan Ferguson and Papiss Cisse. He is known as one of the fastest players in the Premier League, but has a reputation of letting himself down with poor finishing and choice-making which frustrates his teammates. Just like Longstaff, the young Irishmen didn't know what to say.
Theerathon, who plays for J-League club Yokohama F Marinos, said: "It [injury] is something that shouldn't have happened. It will be an important match for our team and I will try my best to be fit for the UAE match." "This was my first match under coach Nishino and I am happy that he gave me the chance," said Teerasil. "Right now we are without Chanathip so I hope that Theerathon will recover in time for the UAE match. "We will have the advantage of playing at home on Tuesday but I am not expecting an easy game against the UAE.
Rail consortium 'set to ink deal'The Charoen Pokphand (CP)-led consortium will sign the contract to build a 224-billion-baht high-speed railway linking three airports on Oct 25, a source at the Transport Ministry said yesterday. The consortium comprises CP, Bangkok Expressway and Metro Plc, China Railway Construction Corporation, Ch Karnchang Plc and Italian-Thai Development Plc. According to the source, the CP-led consortium has accepted the project's conditions as stipulated in the Request for Proposal (RFP) and will sign on the deadline. It will also grant the consortium a 50-year licence to commercialise land at stations and under the rail route, in return for a payment of 50 billion baht. The Transport Ministry had earlier warned that missing the signing deadline would put the consortium at risk of being blacklisted and deprived of the right to enter bidding for future state contracts.
Airport tech nabs scammerA 30-year-old Vietnamese man wanted for fraud was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport after he was identified by facial recognition technology as he tried to re-enter the country with a new passport, the Immigration Bureau (IB) said yesterday. Immigration police detained the man after he arrived from Vietnam with a passport number that did not match the one supplied by Phichit police. The system matched his face with that of the man wanted by Phichit police. Police said the suspect admitted to being the same man named in the Phichit arrest warrant. He said he had fled to Vietnam to apply for a new passport after the arrest warrant was issued by the Phichit provincial court on Aug 23.
Agency pledges readiness for upcoming fire seasonThe Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has promised to better prepare to deal with the upcoming bush fire season in the northern region, according to Sompoj Maneerat, spokesman of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Among the steps to be taken is preventing fires at targeted hot spots by sending more officials and firefighters to these locations. For this year, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been ordered by the government to achieve "zero hot spots" in vulnerable provinces. That means between March 15-April 30 -- the peak time for the forest fires, some hot spots must be free of fire, he said. Vulnerable provinces of the upcoming bush fire season are Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Phrae, Nan, Phayao, Lamphun, Tak and Lampang.
Jazz keen to make big splash in star-studded PGA events in AsiaThailand's rising star Jazz Janewattananond knows he has everything to gain after securing starts in two of the PGA Tour's biggest events in Asia this month -- the CJ Cup in South Korea and World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China. And if the golfing gods remain kind to him, the 23-year-old could see himself taking on the likes of 81-time PGA Tour winner Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as well in Japan's first official PGA Tour tournament, the Zozo Championship. Jazz will make his debut at next week's CJ CUP, which will be headlined by world No.1 and defending champion Brooks Koepka. "It'll then be a nice way to finish the Asian Swing with my first ever appearance in the World Golf Championships at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. The three PGA Tour tournaments in Asia this month offer nearly US$30 million in total prize money and feature 78-man fields with no halfway cut.
The issue has become a popularity launchpad for Mananya Thaiset, the deputy agriculture minister, with her boss at the ministry left playing second fiddle. Supporters claimed she was a no-nonsense deputy minister who will stop at nothing to get her way. We do know that they're trying to find fault with us," said one opposition party member. But while dissolution should be the least of their concerns, the opposition parties do have something else to worry about, according to political observers. Once it takes effect, the EC will then have a budget to organise the local elections, Deputy Interior Minister Niphon Bunyamanee said previously.
The government and opposition whips have agreed that the first reading of the 2020 budget bill will take place over three days from next Thursday until Saturday, according to government chief whip Wirat Rattanaset. Mr Wirat said both sides will get 15 hours each while Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is allocated two hours to present the budget bill to the House. The Palang Pracharath Party's MPs insisted that cabinet ministers who are government MPs can vote on the budget bill, saying there is no law prohibiting MPs holding a cabinet position from taking part in the vote. The Future Forward Party (FFP) yesterday called a meeting of party lawmakers to prepare for the budget debate. Meanwhile, FFP MP for Bangkok Nattapong Ruangpanyawut said that he would examine the budget bill in terms of how it would address social and economic disparities.
Stimulus covers measures for this year and some for 2020The economic cabinet on Friday approved a new round of tourism measures, aiming for the number of foreign visitors to reach 39.8 million and generate 2.04 trillion baht this year. The government also set a target to attract 41.8 million foreign visitors and generate 2.2 trillion baht in tourism revenue next year. The event helped raise the spending of foreign visitors to 2,800 baht per day per person last year from normal spending of 1,250 baht per day. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said his agency and related agencies will introduce mega events to lure foreign visitors and increase their spending. These events include the Ultra-Trail, Amazing Thailand Marathon Series, MotoGP and Super GT races.
"We've found many structures badly need repair and reconstruction," Mr Suchatvee said yesterday, pointing to subsiding school and house buildings and severely damaged bridges. Mr Suchatvee said there are up to 14,000 households that need help, including technical support. The Council of Engineers Thailand decided to join the government's flood rehabilitation efforts once water levels in the Moon River receded. The province needs better equipment to measure water levels "in real time", Mr Suchatvee said. Also, an underground tunnel should be built to link the Moon River with a kaem ling, or a water-retention area, Mr Suchatvee added.
New 'smart' medical weed course to kick off next yearThe Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education (ONIE) will offer a new course on medical cannabis starting next year, said Assoc Prof Phatchari Sisang, an expert of research and development at Srinakharinwirot University. Assoc Prof Phatchari said a team of experts on medical cannabis is working to create content for the course. Entitled "Marijuana and Hemp Studies for Smart Use", the course will be worth 3 credits and take a total of 120 hours to complete, said Assoc Prof Phatchari who is on the working team. Designed by the ONIE together with Chaopraya Abhaiphubejhr Hospital, the course will consist of seven parts. Instead, it will provide knowledge about the pros and cons of marijuana and how to use it appropriately," Assoc Prof Phatchari said.
US-China trade talks 'productive' as hopes mount for mini-dealChinese Vice Premier Liu He is leading Beijing's delegatin to the talksWASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday said Chinese and American officials were working toward meaningful progress in trade talks, boosting hopes for a truce in the damaging tariff conflict. As negotiators were wrapping up a second day of talks, Beijing and Washington appeared close to announcing an partial bargain, marking a positive turn after a summer of acrimony and escalation. Trump spoke of "warmer feelings" in the talks and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters discussions had been "productive." "Good things are happening at China Trade Talk Meeting. China Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang also told reporters in Beijing on Friday that China hoped "to promote positive progress" in the talks.
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S.Africa court rules ex-leader Zuma must face corruption trialFormer South African president Jacob Zuma, pictured Friday at the High CourtPIETERMARITZBURG (SOUTH AFRICA) - South Africa's scandal-plagued former president Jacob Zuma will face trial on corruption charges over a 1990s arms deal, a court ruled Friday, in one of multiple alleged graft cases over his long political career. The prosecution welcomed the decision, saying the trial would be held from October 15 to 18. If it goes ahead, it would be the first time the former leader has stood trial on corruption charges, despite a series of graft allegations against him. Zuma, who was in court for the ruling on Friday, has yet to respond. South Africa's main opposition party the Democratic Alliance welcomed the court's decision, saying "that Zuma will eventually have to face his day in court".
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