Kenya's Kosgei shatters Radcliffe world record in Chicago MarathonKenya's Brigid Kosgei smiles after winning the women's 2019 Chicago Marathon with a world record of 2:14:04CHICAGO - Kenya's Brigid Kosgei shattered Paula Radcliffe's 16-year-old women's marathon world record Sunday, winning the Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds. Kosgei broke the mark of 2:15:25 set by Radcliffe in the London Marathon on April 13, 2003 as she won in Chicago for the second straight year. While the IAAF recognizes the 2:17:01 clocked by Mary Jepkosgei Keitany at the 2017 London Marathon as a "women only" world record posted without male pace-setters, it's Radcliffe's mark -- so long untouchable -- that has been the grail for female marathon runners. Kosgei signalled her intentions with an astonishing first five kilometers in 15:28 -- so far inside Radcliffe's world record pace that it seemed she might have ruined her chances out of the gate. Her halfway split of 1:06:59 had Kosgei comfortably inside world record pace, and her lead expanded over the second half as her pursuers felt the effects.
October 13, 2019 16:41 UTC
Must girl superheroes fight like the boys? That is how Lauren Faust, the executive producer of the new hit television series, "DC Super Hero Girls", sees her. But that is not what young teenage girls want from their superheroes, Faust insisted. "In the pilot, when Wonder Woman and Supergirl meet for the first time they get in a fight and Wonder Woman literally pounds Supergirl's face into the floor." "Is that what being a strong woman means?"
October 13, 2019 14:37 UTC
Candles carry the torch for late King BhumibolSiriraj Hospital is lightened up on Sunday in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol the Great, who passed away there on Oct 13, 2016. Siriraj Hospital holds a special place in people's hearts, since HM King Bhumibol passed away there on Oct 13, 2016. A colourful light show was held at Sanam Luang on Sunday night in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)The candle-lighting ceremony was held at Sanam Luang and in other provinces in front of a portrait of the late King. The events began on Sunday morning, with Thais across the country offering alms to monks in merit-making ceremonies for the late King.
October 13, 2019 12:59 UTC
Hong Kong protests force many restaurants to close permanentlyPolice chase a person in Hong Kong on Sunday, as protesters changed tactics and popped up in small groups in multiple locations across the city. (AP photo)Stand-alone restaurants in Hong Kong which are not part of a big dining group are finding it increasingly difficult to keep their doors open amid ongoing political protests. "There is a lot less tendency for guests to dine out or to spend money given what is happening in Hong Kong, especially on the weekends. (South China Morning Post photo)"The beauty of Hong Kong is, one place closes, another place opens. There are other bubbles throughout Hong Kong that are not affected, such as Sai Kung, Kennedy Town and the southern districts, as families escape the city and enjoy local restaurants.
October 13, 2019 12:33 UTC
IS families escape Syria camp as Turkey battles KurdsTurkish-backed Syrian fighters watch as smoke billows from the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad. QAMISHLI, Syria: Hundreds of relatives of foreign jihadists escaped from a displacement camp in northern Syria, Kurdish authorities said Sunday, as the number of people fleeing a Turkish assault soared to 130,000. The Kurdish administration in northern Syria said that Turkish bombardment near a camp for the displaced led to nearly 800 relatives of IS members fleeing. According to the Observatory, at least 104 of its fighters have been killed since the start of the Turkish offensive. Another SDF official, stationed in Ras al-Ain, also reported the withdrawal of Turkish forces.
October 13, 2019 11:47 UTC
The Crime Suppression Division seeks help from Facebook to fight cybercrimes. “We will be the pilot agency for this new mission over the next few months,” said Pol Col Neti Wongkulap, chief of the CSD’s sub-division 3. Pol Col Neti went to the city-state island last week to seek cooperation with Facebook and the Singaporean Criminal Investigation Department. “Good and bad people use Facebook,” Pol Col Neti said. However, its work with Thai authorities faces some glitches because many law enforcement organisations have not yet been officially recognised by Facebook, Pol Col Neti said.
October 13, 2019 11:26 UTC
Philippine diplomat apologises to China for tweets on MaoParticipants wave floral bouquets as they march next to a large portrait of Chinese leader Mao Zedong during a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Oct 1, 2019. (Reuters file photo)MANILA: The Philippines’ top diplomat apologised on Sunday for Twitter posts on Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, including referring to the revolutionary leader as “burnt rice”. In a tweet two weeks ago, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin called the Chinese revolutionary Mao Che “Tutung,” which means burnt rice in the Filipino language. In a separate tweet on Oct 11 while reacting to a challenge by left-leaning groups for leaders to use public transport, Locsin said the point of communism is “to take power and unleash a famine like Mao did.”Locsin, known for his colourful words, apologised to China and its ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua, for using Mao’s name “in vain”. The Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte has improved its ties with China and tapped Chinese funds for infrastructure projects amid a territorial dispute between the two nations in the South China Sea.
October 13, 2019 11:26 UTC
Former red-shirt defends Apirat's inflammatory speechFormer hard-core red-shirt member Suporn Atthawong has come out in defence of army chief Apirat Kongsompong's strongly-worded speech. He was apparently referring to Mr Thanathorn, who appeared in a picture with Joshua Wong, a Hong Kong protest leader. He said that in his view Mr Thanathorn is playing politics outside the parliamentary system. Pheu Thai should have learned lessons from its past mistakes, Mr Suporn said. Mr Suporn is currently a vice minister attached to the Prime Minister's Office.
October 13, 2019 10:52 UTC
Hospital apologises for dead body mix-upSaksa Taoteethong holds a picture of his late younger sister, Um, after he almost cremated the wrong body due to a mistake committed by Buri Ram Hospital. (Photo by Surachai Piraksa)BURI RAM: Better check the body wrapped in white clothes before holding a religious ceremony. Deputy director of Buri Ram Hospital Dr Rakkiat Prasongdee shows the place where place where patients' bodies patients are stored before release to their families. Phisit Insamran, a son of Lamom, then called the hospital to request the correct body. Mr Phisit said that he had been contacted by the hospital on Thursday to pick up his mother's body.
October 13, 2019 10:37 UTC
Toyota previews all-new Mirai for 2020Hydrogen-fuelled sedan to enter its second generation late next year with new body and platform. The Mirai is based on the GA-N platform for rear-drive cars like the Toyota Crown (the Lexus LS sits on the longer GA-L floorplan). Unlike the four-seat matrix in the previous Mirai, the new model has a rear bench that can seat three persons effectively taking five in all. The rating of the previous Mirai is around 500km. While Thailand is trying to promote battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in Thailand, there’s still no concrete effort in touting fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
October 13, 2019 09:45 UTC
Typhoon leaves 25 dead as Japan launches major rescueA residential area flooded by the Chikuma river caused by Typhoon Hagibis is seen in Nagano, central Japan, on Sunday. Several train service in the Tokyo area resumed early morning, although others were undergoing safety checks and were expected to restart later Sunday. The typhoon disrupted a three-day weekend in Japan that includes Sports Day on Monday. The authorities had repeatedly warned Hagibis was on par with a typhoon that hit the Tokyo region in 1958. The typhoon six decades ago had left more than 1,200 people dead and half a million houses flooded.
October 13, 2019 08:37 UTC
Woman killed, 2 injured as pickup rams parked carsNAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A woman was killed and two other people injured after a speeding pickup truck rammed into nine vehicles parked along a road in Muang district of this southern province on Saturday night, police said. Pol Capt Adul Chusen, a Chamao police investigator, said the accident occurred at about 8.30pm near Ban Chamao. The nine vehicles belonged to people arriving at a temple opposite the Chamao police station to attend a funeral. They were rushed to Maharat Nakhon Si Thammarat Hospital. The driver of the pickup, who was not identified, was detained for questioning and further legal action.
October 13, 2019 06:56 UTC
Merit-making ceremonies for beloved late KingDevotees in Phitsanulok province offer alms to monks in remembrance of the passing of King Bhumibol the Great on Sunday. (Photo by Chinnawat Singha)Thais across the country showed their respect to late King Bhumibol the Great on Sunday by making merit for their beloved monarch, who passed away three years ago and left behind his priceless legacy to the Kingdom. People wearing yellow, the colour of the late King, thronged Siriraj Hospital for a religious ceremony and observed an 89-second silence in front of his portrait. King Bhumibol initiated numerous royal projects and the self-sufficiency philosphy to help people to have better lives. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife, Naraporn, lead a religious ceremony for late King Bhumibol the Great at Sanam Luang on Sunday.
October 13, 2019 06:45 UTC
Many think govt can't solve country's problems: pollAlmost half of respondents to a Nida Poll think the government has been unable to solve the country's problems, while a much smaller number gave it a positive review. (Bangkok Post photo)An opinion survey carried out by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll, reveals that almost half of the people polled think the government has not been able to work effectively to solve the country's problems. A much smaller number think otherwise. The poll was conducted on Oct 9-11 on 1,256 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country to gauge their opinons on how well the government and the opposition have performed their duties over the past three months. Asked whether the government or the opposition is performing better, 29.38% said the opposition is doing better; 25.56% said both sides are performing their duties equally well; 25.08% said the two sides are equally poor in their performances; 17.83% said the government is doing better; and2.15% were uncertain or had no comment.
October 13, 2019 06:33 UTC
Second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge to open Oct 30The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge across the Moei river in Tak's Mae Sot district will be officially opened on Oct 30, according to a press release from the Highway Department. After the official opening, vehicles will cross the bridge from the Thai side of the river to the Myanmar side in a dry run. The Thai and Myanmar ministers will then proceed to open the second border checkpoint at Ban Wang Takhian Tai in tambon Tha Sai Luat of Mae Sot district. The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge will accommodate cross-border trade between Tak province and Myanmar's Myawaddy. It is also intended to facilitate economic development along the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) initiated to promote development and integration of five Southeast Asian counries -- Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam -- and enhance the Natural Strategic Partnership between Thailand and Myanmar.
October 13, 2019 05:26 UTC