(AFP File Photo)LONDON: The Premier League club Chelsea have been banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows as punishment for breaking rules on registering underage players, Fifa said on Friday. In addition, Chelsea were fined 600,000 Swiss francs (US$600,000) and given 90 days to “regularise the situation of the minor players concerned”. “Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the Fifa disciplinary committee and will therefore be appealing the decision,” said a statement on the club’s website. The FA responded on Twitter, saying: “The FA notes the decision of the Fifa disciplinary committee published today. We will however continue to work with Fifa and Chelsea in a constructive manner to address the issues which are raised by this case.”
February 22, 2019 13:07 UTC
The 71st anniversary of the Karen National Day was held this year under uncertainty and anxiety as the Karen National Union (KNU) withdrew from the on-going peace process, leaving little hope for the Karen who dream of returning home. After Bo Mya died in 2006, a new generation of leaders emerged and decided to join the Nay Pyi Taw-sponsored Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) in 2015. Surapong Kongchanteuk, director of Karen Studies and Development Centre in Thailand, said the Tatmadaw offensive against KNU strongholds over the past two decades has forced the displacement of thousands of Karen refugees to Thailand. Bangkok reached a deal with Nay Pyi Taw to repatriate them a few years ago, but the enforcement was at a slow pace. This week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the repatriation of more than 500 Myanmar refugees – the third attempt of its kind since 2016 – was taking place.
February 22, 2019 12:45 UTC
“We will promote local art globally by establishing an arts fund in every village,” Kongpop said. We believe that art and culture can drive our society equally.”With its youthful leadership, Future Forward is specifically targeting younger voters, using pop culture and social media as campaign tools. “Freedom of expression and equality are the keys to culture management,” said Laksanaree Duangtadam of the Commoner Party, himself an artist. We’ll revolutionise the Culture Ministry for the progressive promotion of Thai art and culture, like the way South Korea promotes its culture around the world. “We should decentralise and deregulate cultural management by using new technology to upgrade our art and culture,” he said.
February 22, 2019 12:45 UTC
Traffic violators face point deductions that could ultimately lead to licence suspension under the amended Road Traffic Act. (M2F photo)Drivers will need to improve their behavior if they want to keep their licences, under Road Traffic Act amendments approved by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday. Once it is published in the Royal Gazette and becomes law, the bill will amend the Road Traffic Act BE 2522 (1979). Under the new system, every driver will start out with 12 points on their licence, but points will be deducted depending on the severity of traffic violations. Failing to do so means a firm will have to pay five times the maximum fine on behalf of their client.
February 22, 2019 12:22 UTC
The company said that it has a small coal sales volume imported from Australia to China and it does not deliver the coal via the affected ports. Somruedee Chaimongkol, Chief Executive Officer, Banpu Public Company Limited, said: “The Company’s coal business in Australia is unaffected by the ban due to the insignificant volume of coal imports to China. Also, the Company does not deliver the coal via the affected five ports, namely Dalian, Bayuquan, Panjin, Dandong and Beiliang. “This reflects that we are committed to become a leading integrated energy solutions company which aligns with our promise “Our Way in Energy”. The three core groups of businesses are Energy Resources (coal and gas including related operations such as marketing, training, logistics, fuel procurement, and transmission), Energy Generation (coal-fired and renewable power plants), and Energy Technology (total solar energy solutions, energy storage system and energy technology system).
February 22, 2019 12:22 UTC
BERLIN: German auto giants BMW and Daimler said Friday they would invest one billion euros ($1.1 billion) in combining and extending their carsharing schemes DriveNow and Car2Go, in future offering a slew of "mobility services", including for electric cars. All five strands will follow BMW's naming scheme with titles like Park Now and Charge Now. "These five services will merge ever more closely to form a single mobility service portfolio," BMW CEO Harald Krueger said. BMW and Daimler's carsharing and other services like Park Now or MyTaxi today boast a combined 60 million customers, the companies said. The new joint venture will be based in German capital and tech industry hub Berlin, and create "up to 1,000" jobs worldwide, they added.
OMAR OIL FIELD (SYRIA) - US-backed fighters trucked out civilians from the last speck of the Islamic State group's dying "caliphate" in Syria on Friday, eager to press on with the dragging battle to crush the jihadists. Almost 30 trucks carrying men, women and children left the enclave on Friday, AFP correspondents at a position of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces outside the village reported. Most were women and children, their clothes caked in dust, but the passengers also included men with their faces wrapped in chequered scarves. The SDF evacuated 3,000 people from the IS pocket on Wednesday -- mostly women and children -- but trucks left near empty on Thursday. David Eubank, the leader of the Free Burma Rangers volunteer aid group, said the women and children trucked out were "very hungry and dirty".
BEIJING: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Friday with China's President Xi Jinping and bagged a $10 billion oil deal, pressing on with his diplomatic charm offensive in Asia following a global outcry over the Khashoggi killing. "Is the crown prince's tour symbolic of Saudi Arabia's pivot to the East? Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the prince, was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October, a murder that tarnished the image of the kingdom and of the crown prince in particular. The Saudis said it "firmly supported" Beijing's efforts to keep the country secure, and opposed "interference by external forces in China's internal affairs", said Xinhua, paraphrasing remarks from the crown prince. Mohammed's remarks came as Riyadh has remained silent over China's treatment of Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in the far-west region of Xinjiang.
The purchase involves the 100 per cent interest of Glow SPP1 which operates a co-generation facility located in WHA Eastern Industrial Estate (Map Ta Phut), Rayong Province, capable of producing 124 MW in electrical power, 90 tonnes of steam per hour and 190 cubic metres of de-mineralised water per day. BGRIM President Preeyanart Soontornwata said the acquisition serves to consolidate BGRIM's growing portfolio, help driving growth and enhancing competitive advantage of the Company in the role of small power producer (SPP) in the Mab Ta Phut area. The acquisition was completed through B Grimm Power Service (Laem Chabang) Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of BGRIM, and Glow Co which owned Glow SPP1 Co, both of which are under the Glow Energy Plc. The Glow SPP1 plant has been in operation since 1998 under the SPP programme and it is qualified to apply for the SPP PPAs extension and replacement program with National Energy Policy Council (NEPC) on January 24, 2019. Inclusive of the newly-acquired Glow SPP1, there are 19 combined cycle power plants under BGRIM which is moving to heighten the total generation capacity to 3,266 MW in 2022.
February 22, 2019 11:15 UTC
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has defended the selection of 250 senators to be picked by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), saying they shouldn’t be judged even before they start to work. “Although the senators will be appointed by me, will you look down on all 250 of them? Politicians have slammed the rule as unfair in the run-up to the poll, especially after Gen Prayut accepted to be the PM candidate of the Palang Pracharath Party and since all 250 senators will be chosen either directly or indirectly by the NCPO headed by Gen Prayut. Asked how the NCPO could prevent criticism about cronyism, Gen Prayut said he was simply performing his duties. Asked what he thought about senators being able to vote on a PM, Gen Prayut dodged the question.
February 22, 2019 11:05 UTC
Launched in January, the “Insurance for those who don’t like insurance” campaign aimed to gather insights from Thai customers on their views about life insurance, as well as raise awareness of the importance of life insurance among them, the company said. Aman Kapoor, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer, Prudential Thailand, said: “At Prudential Thailand, we work hard to make sure that customers remain at the core of our business, providing specially curated products and service offerings that truly correspond to their needs. PRUsuper link is proof of our commitment to always listening to and engaging with customers, as well as delivering valued and trustworthy insurance products. Wichai Cheewasrirungruang, Chief Agency Officer, Prudential Thailand, said: “We are delighted to launch PRUsuper link, Prudential Thailand’s first unit-linked product that’s available through our agency channel. “Our Investment Consultant-licensed agents are well-prepared and excited to introduce this product to interested customers going forward.”PRUsuper link is available through agency channel.
February 22, 2019 11:03 UTC
One of the two Estonians remains face down on a mattress on the hotel awning in Rawai, Phuket, during the "rescue" operation on Friday morning. (Photo supplied)PHUKET: Two tourists caused a stir when they were seen lying unconscious on top of a hotel awning in Rawai on Friday morning. The callers feared they may have tried to commit suicide and needed assistance. They found two foreigners wearing only shorts lying on a mattress on top of the awning. They had agreed to pay for the damage, and were scheduled to leave for their homeland next Tuesday, he said.
February 22, 2019 10:41 UTC
Moriya Jutanugarn, who tied for second at the LPGA Honda Thailand tournament last year, is looking for a strong finish again this weekend. PATTAYA: Jenny Shin of South Korea took the lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament with a birdie on the last hole of the second round at Siam Country Club Pattaya on Friday. Shin bogeyed the sixth hole but sank five birdies in the rest of the round, including the par-5 18th. Her round of 4-under 68 put her at 11 under overall and one shot ahead of the field. Moriya tied for second in Pattaya last year.
February 22, 2019 10:28 UTC
In Thailand, For the Love of It is brought to life through the brand’s passion of music – which has been at the heart of Pepsi for decades. The “Pepsi Music 2019” campaign will focus on five key elements namely media integration, unexpected music experience, superstars as authentic brand ambassadors, innovative packaging and fashion collaboration with global lifestyle brand. They have collaborated with Pepsi in the campaign’s theme song, “Why Wait?”, encouraging people to go all in for the things they love. The four designs of music-inspired packaging will be found on packs of regular Pepsi and Pepsi Max Taste, both in PET bottle and aluminium slim can. “We are confident that our Pepsi Music 2019 campaign will bring fun and excitement to Pepsi fans in Thailand, especially the new generation consumers, help drive sales volume this summer and strengthen our leading position in cola segment,” said Somchai.
February 22, 2019 10:18 UTC
The company said it plans to increase sales of existing service stations and expand more stations to 2,000 from 1,884 stations last year. For non-oil business, led by LPG, the company targets to grow by 55-60 per cent from last year. The company also plans to strengthen network of its coffee business. It will expand franchise of its Punthai Coffee outlet for the first time this year. At the end of 2018, the company had 187 outlets of Punthai Coffee and 82 branches of Coffee World.
February 22, 2019 10:07 UTC