The pickup truck driven by Thong Saen Khan district chief Jarin Udomlert rams into a roadside tree in Muang district of Uttaradit on Saturday. The driver was killed in the accident. (Photo by Boonnam Kerdkaew)UTTARADIT: The head of Thong Saen Khan district of this lower northern province was killed after a pick-up he was driving rammed into a roadside tree on Saturday afternoon. Jarin Udomlert, the Thong Saen Khan district chief, was found dead at the wheel. Police were trying to ascertain the cause of the accident.
April 22, 2018 02:15 UTC
Leinster's Johnny Sexton (R) celebrates scoring a try in a resounding 38-16 win over Scarlets during the European Champions Cup semi-finalMunster, Leinster's bitter Irish rivals, face French club Racing 92 –- Sexton's former side –- in Sunday's second semi-final in Bordeaux. But the Leinster captain, who scored 18 of the Irish province's points in a resounding 38-16 win over Scarlets, jokingly dismissed the enquiry. This time around, three-times European champions Leinster ruthlessly dominated from start to finish. - 'Clinical Leinster' -"We looked like a different team to the one that played in that semi-final last year," the Ireland playmaker added. Both Pivac and Scarlets captain Ken Owens were impressed by Leinster's clinical game-plan.
April 22, 2018 01:41 UTC
Alibaba’s smart digital logistics business, Cainiao Network, will establish a Smart Digital Hub in the EEC. The Smart Digital Hub will be an open platform enabled to provide services to all players in Thailand’s digital economy. The Smart Digital Hub is expected to be built starting this year, with operations expected to commence in 2019. Under the collaboration with DIP and DITP, the Alibaba Group also plans to develop Thai talent for the digital-economy era. Resources and expertise from the Alibaba Business School would also be made available to the DIP and DITP for localisation and further use in Thailand.
April 22, 2018 00:45 UTC
Of key importance to e-commerce business is warehousing and fulfilment – which Alibaba is hastily developing,” said Pawoot. The opportunity is limited to SMEs that export to China’s market, he said, but the threat is for almost all local business. “More Chinese products will fly to the Thai market than Thai products will be exported to the Chinese market. On the other hand, SMEs that produce simple products will be impacted since they will be unable to compete with Chinese products. “The middle-man will be immediately and directly impacted, since Chinese products will go directly to Thai consumers,” said Siwat.
April 22, 2018 00:45 UTC
South Korea's Kim Hyung-Sung. PHOTO: ASIAN TOUROsaka: South Korea's Kim Hyung-Sung denied India's Rahil Gangjee a share of the day's honours by sinking a birdie at the last hole to snatch the outright lead with his third round four-under-par 67 at the Panasonic Open Golf Championship yesterday. Kim started the day tied for second alongside Gangjee and four others. He birdied his second hole before mixing a bogey and birdie on holes five and six respectively. Gangjee, who has been winless on the Asian Tour since 2004, fired his first salvo with two opening birdies.
April 22, 2018 00:33 UTC
Even a high-profile job like financial adviser is at very high risk due to “the rise of robo-advisers”. The emergence of robo-advisers makes accessible to most investors the high-quality personalised advice that had previously been uneconomical for them using human advisers. Both platforms constructed what they saw as the most suitable investment portfolio based on an initial questionnaire filled in by each customer. The return from each client’s portfolio would vary depending on each investor’s risk profile and requirements. Inputting a risk-averse investor’s investment, and a risk-savvy investor’s investment, into the same robo-adviser would ultimately yield totally different returns due to a different mix of asset classes.
April 22, 2018 00:33 UTC
Earlier on Friday night, a late goal from Ekkachai Sumre helped Bangkok United capture three points by edging Bangkok Glass 1-0. There was more action in the second half for the sparse crowd at Bangkok Glass' home ground. Thitiphan Puangjan was denied the chance to put hosts ahead shortly after the break when his long shot was saved by Bangkok United goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard. Bangkok United coach Mano Polking said: "I am very pleased with the team's performance today. Bangkok Glass caretaker coach Amnaj Kaewkew said: "We had several chances to score goal but we could not convert them.
April 22, 2018 00:22 UTC
Rattikan Thongsombut (second left) celebrates with teammates after scoring against China in the third-p lace play-off at the AFC Women's Asian Cup. The Thai women's team are expected to return to a warm welcome today after their heroic run at the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2018 earned them the fourth spot in Amman and a World Cup berth. The Chaba Kaew will get more than 20 million baht in bonus from sponsors for winning their second straight trip to the Women's World Cup. "I believe the next 12 months for the Thailand team will be very interesting." Thailand briefly threatened to stage a comeback when Rattikan netted from close range on 81 minutes.
April 22, 2018 00:22 UTC
Police display bundles of cash and valuable items seized during a crackdown on a network selling sub-standard skin care and weight loss products. Police have asked the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) to look into the money trail of eight suspects arrested in a police raid on Saturday for involvement in the online sale of fake cosmetics and weight loss products. Each of these carry either a fake FDA certificate or the wrong type of FDA certificates, according to police. Mr Maiyasit further claimed that he was only an instructor providing training to people at a salesperson's training centre, or a "learn-to-become-rich school". At least 500 new customers applied for company membership to sell these products, according to the police's preliminary study.
April 22, 2018 00:19 UTC
Critics have questioned the effectiveness of the State Financial and Fiscal Discipline Act of 2018, publicised in the Royal Gazette on Thursday. Piti Srisangnam, professor at the Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, said the law was just drafted for good image and it is not practical. He said both non-elected and elected governments are likely to use populism policies. "If it's a non-elected government, it will use populist policies to please the people and boost the economy," he said. Everybody wants to spend money, but where can we find the money?"
The Thailand Golf Association hopes its golfers will become successful again at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. The country grabbed its first-ever Asian Games medals in golf at the 2014 tournament in South Korea where the Thais took home one gold (women's team), one silver (women's individual) and two bronze medals (women's individual and men's team). TGA president Rangsrid Luxitanond said yesterday he was looking forward to his players winning the same number of medals at the Indonesia Games in August. "We have been working very hard in an attempt to win at least the same number of medals we won four years ago," Rangsrid said. The TGA boss added that in recent years the Thais players had won a large number of international events including several titles at the Nomura Cup.
I'll always remember being asked by Graham Marsh my opinion on the long putters when they first became popular. Marsh was a classy player who built up a sizable bank account around the world, especially in Japan and later on the US PGA Senior Tour. Marsh was a former math teacher who switched full time in 1969 to playing tournament golf for a living. He was a winner on the PGA Tour, European Tour (10 wins), Japanese Tour (25), Australian Tour (15), PGA Champions (Senior) Tour (6). Graham Marsh MBE is now 74 and still busy with his successful golf course architecture and construction company.
Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat, centre, and event chief Patrick Baumann, second left, during the closing ceremony of the SportAccord 2018 on Friday. SportAccord president Patrick Baumann has heaped praises on Thailand for its hosting of the international convention. The six-day SportAccord 2018 in Bangkok ended on Friday with participants impressed with the country's organisational skills ans its hospitality. The Thai government held meetings with various international federations," Baumann said. Thailand is likely to compete with India which expressed its interest to host the 2026 Youth Olympic Games besides the 2023 Asian Games and the 2032 Olympics.
never seen anything like it: From left, Nawamin Pinpathomrat with 'MasterChef' judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace and 2018 champion Kenny Tutt. An amateur Thai chef described as "nuts" because of his eccentric food combinations wowed the judges in the final of Britain's top TV cooking competition. Nawamin Pinpathomrat, 28, from Songkhla province, competed against two English chefs in Friday's final of the BBC hit show MasterChef 2018. Torode said Nawamin "is taking the heart and soul of Thai food and putting it in the modern world". The MasterChef judges sparked an international incident in a previous round when they told Malaysian contestant Zaleha Kadir Olpin that her chicken rendang was not crispy enough.
(Reuters photo)Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Saturday played down concerns over Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's monopoly after Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the company on investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). "The prime minister has strictly instructed the government's economic team to carefully look into advantages granted to foreign investors which must not affect Thai business operators. Lt Gen Sansern said a host of Thai products were popular among Chinese consumers, particularly Hom Mali rice and durian. He warned Thai manufacturers might go out of business as Thai products could not compete in a price war as Chinese firms had lower production costs. Korn Chatikavanij, former finance minister, said earlier Alibaba's investment could become a double-edged sword as Thai business operators, especially SMEs, could be barred from trade by Alibaba's business.