Art World: Thai woman wins prestigious art prize | Bangkok Post: learning

Artist Pannaphan Yodmanee becomes second Thai to win prestigious Benesse Art Prize with her installation Aftermath. ARTArt World: Thai woman win's Singapore's Benesse PrizePannaphan Yodmanee becomes the second Thai to win Benesse Art Prize with her installation Aftermath19/01/2017Apipar NorapoompipatThis week Thai artist Pannaphan Yodmanee, 28, won the the 11th Benesse Art Prize for her art installation at the Singapore Art Museum. A view of the art installation in which everything can be seen. THE WINNING ART INSTALLATIONThe giant art installation Aftermath consists of an arrangement of ruins and pagodas scattered on the floor. But her next exhibition space, thanks to her win, will be at the Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Japan.

January 19, 2017 07:36 UTC

High-tech Japanese toilets to be more foreigner friendly | Bangkok Post: news

Modern, electronic Japanese toilets welcome foreign visitors at Haneda airport. (Photo by Suphaphan Plengmaneepun)TOKYO - As more foreigners choose Japan as a holiday destination, the country's toilet manufacturers have joined forces to simplify the sometimes complicated business of washing and drying Japanese style. A 2014 survey found many foreigners have difficulty understanding how to use Japanese toilets because of the complicated buttons on the control panel featuring icon designs that are specific to each manufacturer. The Japanese companies also aim to make the new pictograms an international standard in toilets, eventually. The government set a target of attracting 40 million tourists in 2020, when Japan will host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

January 19, 2017 07:21 UTC

Girl, 13, accuses woman of forcing her to sell sex | Bangkok Post: news

Police later found Ms Supalak and took her to Pratunam Chulalongkorn police station for questioning. The girl told the police after running from home, she waited tables at a restaurant where Ms Supalak also worked. She claimed the woman and her gang later lured her into the sex trade. She said she encountered Ms Supalak and her gang again on her way to the restaurant on Wednesday. Police initially pressed charges of physical assault against Ms Supalak.

January 19, 2017 07:07 UTC

Two fined B500 for glaring at prosecutors during Yingluck trial | Bangkok Post: news

ML Mingmongkol Sonakul posted a photo of herself with former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on her Facebook page, Taona Sonakul, in August 2016. The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions on Thursday fined two spectators 500 baht each for staring at prosecutors in an intimidating manner during the rice-pledging case trial of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. One was ML Mingmongkol "Taona" Sonakul, a former script writer and film director, and the other a man, That Wanparuehat, a former secretary of a subcommittee on religious affairs of the House of Representatives. The prosecutors handling the rice case filed a petition with the court on Nov 18, accusing the two spectators of contempt of court. On Jan 17, a panel of three judges led by Wiroon Saengthian, deputy president of the Supreme Court, summoned the two for questioning.

January 19, 2017 05:50 UTC

Varatchaya Out of Australian Open

Playing in her first maindraw match at the Melbourne Park, Varatchaya and her Chinese partner staged a gutsy performance against the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open winners. But when it came down to crucial points, the American-Kazakh pair, seeded seventh, proved steadier which led them to domination at the end of each sets. Thai challenge in the Australian Open came to an end. Luksika Kumkhum had earlier went down to Japanese rising star Naomi Osaka in three sets in the women’s singles first round on Tuesday.

January 19, 2017 05:24 UTC

Student killed, many injured when bus overturns | Bangkok Post: news

Rescue workers pry open part of the overturned bus on the main highway in Surat Thani on Thursday as they hurry to release the trapped students. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)SURAT THANI - A female student from Songkhla was killed and many other students injured when a bus in which they were travelling overturned on Highway 41 in Wiang Sa district on Thursday morning. The bus overturned on the road median strip. Many students were reported injured, about 5 of them seriously. One female student, Suwisa Chaikij, 17, was killed.

January 19, 2017 04:46 UTC

Crashed fuel tanker goes up in flames as driver flees | Bangkok Post: news

Firemen spray foam on the burning fuel tanker after it overturned and exploded in a ditch on Bangkok-bound Bang Na-Trat Road in Samut Prakan's Bang Phli district late Wednesday night. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)SAMUT PRAKAN - A fuel tanker overturned and went up in flames on the Bang Na-Trat road in Bang Phli district late on Wednesday night. The 18-wheel trailer truck, carrying 40,000 litres of ethanol, plunged into a ditch and overturned at kilometre maker 18 on Bangkok-bound Bang Na-Trat Road in tambon Bang Chalong around 11pm. Firemen battle the flames at the scene of the tanker explosion on Bang Na-Trat road on Wednesday night. (Photo by Sutthiwit ChayutworakanThe burned out fuel tanker lies in a ditch on Bang Na-Trat Road in Samut Prakan's Bang Phli district late Wednesday night.

January 19, 2017 04:04 UTC

UAC ready to finalise Myanmar power deal | Bangkok Post: news

The company expects the deal to push total revenue to 1.8 billion baht in 2017. He said the 20MW power plant in Myanmar is worth 1.1 billion baht and the company is in talks with banks to secure loans for it. UAC Advance Polymers and Chemical has tentatively set its three-year capital expenditure (2017-20) at 4 billion baht to expand capacity. UAC will soon acquire two power plants from Ratchaburi Energy Co in Sukhothai province to create new revenue streams. The acquisitions are part of a 1.8 billion baht expansion plan set last year.

January 19, 2017 04:02 UTC

Greats at a loss over latest Kyrgios meltdown

John McEnroe labelled Kyrgios as "mentally (ranked) about 200 in the world" and giving the sport a "black eye", while Rod Laver criticised his countryman's antics. The latest episode in the tempestuous tennis career of Kyrgios comes as he makes his return from a ban for "lack of best efforts", commonly known as tanking, during a match in Shanghai. - 'Represent the game' -========================Laver, the last player to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam, was more conciliatory but nonetheless took Kyrgios to task. Davis Cup team-mate Bernard Tomic said he couldn't believe how Kyrgios had lost the match against Seppi from two sets up. The media continues to be fascinated by the confounding Kyrgios, who polarises opinion among Australian sports fans.

January 19, 2017 03:53 UTC

Seized Sor Por Kor land to be re-allocated to farmers | Bangkok Post: news

The entrance to the notorious Tiger Temple in Sai Yok district, Kanchanaburi, was located on land seized by the Agricultural Land Reform Office in 2016. (Photo: Phiyarach Choncharoen)A total of 310,167 rai of Sor Por Kor land taken back from illegal occupants will all be re-allocated to farmers within two years, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikulya said. Gen Chatchai said about 260,000 rai will be re-allocated to farmers in 2017 and the remainder in 2018. Sompong Inthong, the Alro secretary-general, said the re-allocation will begin with 1,028 rai of land to 200 farmers in Nakhon Ratchasima province in March. The intention is for them to take back areas of 100 rai or more which had been wrongfully distributed, for re-allocation to real farmers.

January 19, 2017 03:36 UTC

TAT to use Facebook Live promotions | Bangkok Post: learning

Nanat Suchiva Singapore: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to use Facebook Live as a tool to promote its campaigns, citing the application's growing popularity among Thais and tourists from nearby countries. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn expressed interest in initiating brand-new tourism campaigns using Facebook Live. The expectation is that Mrs Kobkarn will ask the TAT to hold talks with Facebook to devise an appropriate partnership and use Facebook Live as a tool to promote Thai tourism. Please join us on our Facebook page Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to use Facebook Live and other digital tools to promote its campaigns. Click "play" to listen to TAT to use Facebook Live promotions and "Download" to keep this file for educational purpose.

January 19, 2017 03:15 UTC

SET falls 1.39 to 1,559.44 at opening | Bangkok Post: business

Thai stocks opened down 0.09% at the start of trade this morning. The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index opened at 1,559.44 points, down 1.39 points from Wednesday’s close. The trade value was 1.69 billion baht, with 279.52 million shares traded. The SET50 index opened at 970.92 points, down 1.67 points, or 0.17%, with a total trade value of 1.06 billion baht. The MAI index went up 1.66 points or 0.26% to stand at 635.18 points, with total transaction value of 146.91 million baht.

January 19, 2017 03:06 UTC

'A Dog's Purpose' filmmakers accused of animal cruelty

The video shot in 2015 and published by the celebrity website TMZ shows a German Shepherd struggling to get away from his handler at the edge of a pool with swirling water. Animal rights groups expressed outrage over the footage and urged a boycott of the movie as many took to social media to express their anger. Another Canada-based group, Animal Justice, said it had filed a complaint with Canadian authorities calling for the filmmakers to be charged with animal cruelty. American Humane, the organization that oversees animal safety on film sets, said it was investigating the incident. Officials at Universal Pictures, which is releasing the movie that stars Dennis Quaid on January 27, could not be reached for comment.

January 19, 2017 03:02 UTC

Visit ASEAN@50 Campaign has launched

The Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, and ASEAN Secretary General, Mr Le Luong Minh, officially launched the VisitASEAN@50 Golden Celebration tourism campaign on 18 January at the opening of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Singapore. The campaign promotes the twin objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, and embracing the ASEAN region as a single and united tourism destination. Ahead of its launch, ASEAN tourism ministers agreed that the objectives of the campaign were to raise tourist arrivals to the region to 121 million by end of 2017, up from 108 million in 2015. Fifty special tour packages – carefully selected by the 10 member countries of ASEAN -- are the main draw of the tourism campaign, which is supported by globally recognised companies such as Mastercard and AirAsia. The orchid was created from several different strands of genus from various ASEAN countries.

January 19, 2017 02:20 UTC

Carabao's "Bua Loi" again sparks fight | Bangkok Post: learning

Once again a brawl broke out when Carabao band began performing "Bua Loi". Here is a performance of "Bua Loi" where there was no brawl. "Bua Loi" is one of Carabao's most popular songs, a hard-driving rock number that gets the audience dancing wildly. Knowing that fighting was a likely consequence of the song, Carabao normally put the number on last during their show. In 2015, guitarist Preecha Chanaphai posted on his Facebook account, @lekcarabaosolo, that there would be no more brawls after "Bua Loi".

January 19, 2017 02:15 UTC

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