Bangkok-born, Thai-speaking Tammy Duckworth, a Democratic Party US Senator from Illinois, is about to achieve something that no senator ever has done. (AP photo)WASHINGTON: Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Senator Tammy Duckworth, and that's the way she likes it. And now, with a baby due in April, she'll be the first senator to give birth while in office. "This is the last job that I want," Duckworth said of the Illinois Senate seat once held by Barack Obama. Duckworth looked up and, all business, informed him that she's the junior senator from Illinois.
February 18, 2018 20:26 UTC
South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right) refuses to comment on the possibility of a Pyongyang summit with North Korea's dear leader, Jim Jong Un. But Moon wouldn't answer a question from The Associated Press about what needs to happen before he'll take North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un up on his invitation for a summit. Moon has yet to accept the North Korean offer, which was delivered Feb. 10 by Kim's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong. It cited in particular what it called Pence's attempts to avoid interacting with the North Korean delegation led by Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong. Moon and Kim Jong Un's sister rose, but US Vice President Mike Pence stayed in his seat.
February 18, 2018 20:03 UTC
Suspected doper Aleksandr Krushelnitckii (right) and Anastasia Bryzgalova, his wife and curling mixed doubles partner step up on the dais to receive their (now-tainted) bronze medal. Alexander Krushelnitsky, a bronze-medallist along with his wife in mixed-doubles curling, is suspected of having tested positive for meldonium, the source said. A spokesman for the Russian delegation at Pyeongchang said he had no immediate comment. As a result, its athletes are competing at Pyeongchang as neutral "Olympic Athletes from Russia" (OAR). Russian sports officials are to meet anti-doping officers at Pyeongchang, the source said, adding that any violation would only be confirmed after analysis of a "B" sample.
February 18, 2018 19:18 UTC
The crash of an Aseman Airlines ATR-72 like this one in Iran killed 65 people. Aseman Airlines is Iran's third-largest airline by fleet size, behind state carrier Iran Air and Mahan Air. In April 2017, ATR sealed a $536 million sale with Iran Air for at least 20 aircraft. The last major crash in Iran happened in January 2011, when an Iran Air Boeing 727 broke to pieces on impact while trying an emergency landing in a snowstorm in northwestern Iran, killing at least 77 people. In July 2009, a Russian-made jetliner crashed in northwestern Iran shortly after taking off from Tehran, killing all 168 on board.
February 18, 2018 19:07 UTC
During the assembly, the 2nd Army Area was reportedly providing “facilitation and security” for commuters and people joining the event at Thao Suranari monument in Nakhon Ratchasima. Activist leader Sirawith Seritiwat had turned himself in to police after joining that assembly, but was then released on bail before joining yesterday’s event. The assembly included the distribution of leaflets and was lived-streamed on Facebook, while officials in attendance apparently did not disturb the activities. Somchai Preechasinlapakun, a law lecturer at Chiang Mai University, said the justice system was an essential instrument to determine the NCPO’s legitimacy. “With the justice system being politically dependent, this will eventually result in the system’s usual norms being extremely eroded,” he added.
February 18, 2018 18:56 UTC
But it isn’t so much government policy that is stimulating consumer spending but rather social trends which the Boston Consulting Group and Ali Research describe as three great forces of change. One indication of the trend is the rise of the use of virtual red packets known as “hongbao”, digital versions of the traditional red envelopes filled with cash and given as gifts. During the 2017 Chinese New Year holiday some retailers launched special promotions whereby potential shoppers approaching their stores were sent virtual hongbao. We are certain to see similar innovations this year as the growing spending power of young people drives consumer-spending patterns. Thai businesses, including tourist operators, should take note as these trends are very promising for those with an eye to an opportunity.
But by age 12, he was inventing sophisticated theorems and unwittingly duplicating some results of European mathematicians of the previous century. At 16, encouraged by one of his teachers, Ramanujan sent off a letter to the renowned pure mathematician GW Hardy at Cambridge University. Born into a conservative religious environment in Jhang — then a village-town — this child prodigy rapidly outpaced his teachers. Salam sourced his inspiration to his religious beliefs, while Ramanujan claimed direct transmission from his gods. It is also irrelevant here that Salam thought of himself as a Muslim whereas, by Pakistani law, he is not.
"It's unbelievable to be number one again after all these (six) years -- this is one of the best weeks of my life." "I saved the best for last," added Federer, who has a 12-0 record on the season, before jetting home to his family. "I was able to handle that pressure, today I played great from the beginning." As for chasing down Connors's record of 109 titles, Federer said his first objective was to get to 100. Sunday was Federer' third title in Rotterdam following successes in 2005 and 2012 and he now stands 12-0 for the season.
It is always more pleasant to read a constructive agreement rather than an irrelevant retaliation from a fellow contributor, but one important point needs correcting. My letter did not mention “Muslim invasion” but “Islamic invasion”. There is very great difference: Muslims are people, Islam is a totalitarian political ideology. To make the point, I rely on the words of Winston Churchill that are far, far more profound than mine: “Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Winston Spencer Churchill had exceptionally sharp perception and awareness and always called a spade a spade.
AT THE 2004 edition of Patravadi Theatre’s Bangkok Fringe Festival, Singaporean producer Tang Fu Kuen, the festival director and this work’s dramaturg, introduced French choreographer Jerome Bel to our Pichet Klunchun. Their ensuring dance dialogue “Pichet Klunchun and Myself” was watched by the director of Belgium’s KunstenFestivaldesArts who invited them to Brussels for the work’s international premiere a few months later. The restaging of "Pichet Klunchun and Myself" was a highlight of "La Fete 2012" at Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts. And so I think ‘Pichet Klunchun and Myself’ can share this discussion. Chang Theatre is in Soi Pracha-uthit 61, in Thung Khru, Thonburi.
So-called intelligent acts by animals, as Dawkins showed, are nothing but a hardcore wiring in animals’ genes to preserve their species. An essential characteristic of humans is our capability to judge acts, to distinguish between “good” and “bad”. The farming of animals for consumption causes an enormous pollution by the exhaust of incredible amounts of methane gas. “To eat or not to eat” is a personal choice and the parties should respect each other’s lifestyle. Personally, I find the evidence in favour of the vegetarians but my main reason for drastically reducing my meat eating is the example given by Pola, the torturing of animals.
I was hoping that some government body would consider preserving and restoring places like this; they could be tourist attractions like Jim Thompson House. Bangkok needs these places, not only department stores, which don’t interest all tourists . The night market was destroyed, I hope Chatuchak survives. Roberto Cucchi
“The relative said the accused had filed a lawsuit against the woman for adultery. He said the court ruled against her because of evidence ‘made by coercion’ including the photos.”Just the usual Thai justice system protecting their mates. ChrisY1“…The accused official has not been suspended from work because the accusation was related to his abuse of authority and he has not obstructed the probe so far, he said.”What kind of “logic” is that? This had resulted in a fact-finding probe last April and the recent order for a serious disciplinary probe. So, 10 months for a “fact-finding probe” and six months for a “serious disciplinary probe”.
"So far 18 bodies have been recovered," said Gaurav Goyal, a senior administrative official in Ajmer, the district where the blast occurred, about 200 kilometres from the state capital Jaipur. Recovery teams were sifting through mangled heaps of concrete and steel, removing victims on stretchers covered with white sheets. The blast all but levelled the three-storey hotel where a wedding was underway. Eyewitnesses told local broadcaster NDTV the explosion occurred as a chef tried to refill a cooking canister. "The cylinder blast at the wedding ceremony at Beawar is nothing less than a nightmare," she said on Twitter.
February 18, 2018 12:53 UTC
The official Xinhua news agency said the fire had erupted Saturday evening in part of the more than 1,300-year-old Jokhang temple, but was soon put out. Jokhang temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which lies at the heart of old Lhasa. "Tibetans consider Lhasa to be a sacred place, but Jokhang is a sacred place within that sacred place -- the most sacred in all of Tibet," she said. "No matter where they are in the world, Tibetans all wish to come to Lhasa to pray at Jokhang; it's the wish of a lifetime. Later that year, dozens of monks burst into Jokhang temple to interrupt a state-run foreign media press tour intended to showcase the region's harmony and stability in the wake of the protests, accusing the government of lying.
February 18, 2018 12:45 UTC