Asian football: Iran close to World Cup, China on the bubble | Bangkok Post: news

(EPA photo)Iran took a significant step towards qualifying for next year's World Cup finals with a 1-0 win over China on Tuesday that pushed Marcello Lippi's team closer to the brink of elimination. China, however, failed to build on last week's morale-boosting win over Stielike's side in front of a packed-out Azadi Stadium. They remain fifth in the group, eight points adrift of the Koreans, who occupy the second of the two automatic qualifying berths. Qatar, who will host the 2022 World Cup finals, are bottom of the group with four points, nine outside the automatic qualification places with three games remaining. Japan confirmed Thailand's elimination with a 4-0 thumping at Saitama Stadium in Group B that strengthened their own qualifying hopes.

March 28, 2017 17:31 UTC

Thai jungle seen as breeding ground for Indochinese tigers | Bangkok Post: news

In this 2016 photo, two tiger cubs investigate a rock along a forest trail as their mother walks past in the jungle in eastern Thailand. The other breeding ground is in the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in western Thailand. Indochinese tigers are smaller than the better-known Bengal and Siberian tigers. The statement noted the tigers' "remarkable resilience given wildlife poaching and illegal rosewood logging" in the eastern jungle. They can do this now in the eastern forest complex as they've done in the western forest complex."

March 28, 2017 14:26 UTC

Uber pulls out of Denmark citing tougher cab standards | Bangkok Post: news

COPENHAGEN - The Danish branch of the ride-sharing service Uber said Tuesday it is shutting down its services in Denmark due to a proposed law that toughens standards for cabs. Uber's spokesman in Denmark, Kristian Agerbo, said Uber which has been in Denmark since 2014, "must take the consequence" of the proposal demanding cabs and cars for hire must have seat occupancy sensors and meters. In a statement, the company said "the proposed regulations need to change" for Uber to operate in Denmark. The country's transport minister, Ole Birk Olesen, a keen supporter of Uber, was forced by other political parties to pen a proposal toughening standards on cab services. Uber has said some 2,000 people are "active drivers" in Denmark and some 300,000 people have downloaded the app.

March 28, 2017 14:03 UTC

Prayut: Soldiers won't run oil corp | Bangkok Post: news

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha turns down the idea of having the Defence Energy Department run a national oil corporation, at Government House on Tuesday. MR Pridiyathorn said the revised bill also provided the Defence Energy Department run the corporation in the initial phase. But I learned they kept trying to lobby the panel members too to ensure the national oil corporation is set up. It [Defence Energy Department] doesn't have the capabilities and I won't allow that," he said. "I don't think having a national oil corporation is going backwards 50 years like MR Pridiyathorn suggested," he wrote.

March 28, 2017 13:31 UTC

World Cup Qualifier: Japan thrash plucky Thailand | Bangkok Post: news

Japan's Yuya Kubo kicks the ball to score their third goal in Japan-Thailand World Cup 2018 Qualifier at Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan. (Reuters photo)Saitama - Yuya Kubo struck again and had a pair of assists as Japan defeated Thailand 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The win improved Japan to 16 points with three games left in Group B of the final qualifying round. Kubo rolled from right to left across the edge of the box before blasting into the top corner to put Japan into safety. The Thais won a penalty with five minutes left when Yuto Nagatomo brought down Teerasil Dangda in the area.

March 28, 2017 13:18 UTC

Punishment awaits nurse-molesting doctor | Bangkok Post: news

The CCTV picture was widespread posted along with reports on nurse molestation by a doctor in Lampang province. Authorities are considering punishment including disciplinary action against a male doctor who recently molested a female nurse at a hospital in Lampang province while on duty. She later pressed detention charges as well since the incident allegedly happened in a room of the doctor on duty. After the incident, public health authorities transferred the nurse to a hospital in Chiang Mai province as she requested because her family was there. The concerned doctor was moved to another hospital in Lampang.

March 28, 2017 12:00 UTC

Cabinet nod for all hospitals to take emergency patients | Bangkok Post: news

All state and private hospitals will be required to accept and treat emergency and accident admissions for up to 72 hours without charge under a new regulation approved in principle by cabinet. (file photo)The cabinet has approved in principle a regulation requiring all hospitals, state and private, to provide emergency patients with free treatment for the first 72 hours, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said on Tuesday. Dr Piyasakol said the gist of the cabinet resolution is to do away with problems over the cost of medical treatment in cases of emergency. Under the regulation, private hospitals are required accept patients for emergency treatment without charging them or their relatives for the first 72 hours, before referring them to hospitals where they have the right to medical care. The public health minister said he was confident major state-run hospitals in Bangkok and those of the Defence Ministry were now ready to accept patients for emergency treatment.

March 28, 2017 10:29 UTC

Taiwan ex-president found innocent of secrets leak | Bangkok Post: news

(AP Photo)TAIPEI - Taiwan's China-friendly former President Ma Ying-jeou has been found innocent of libel and leaking confidential information in a case involving suspected influence peddling by a powerful lawmaker. The Taipei District Court found Mr Ma innocent on Tuesday. Mr Ma, a US-educated legal scholar, had denied the charges. Mr Ma was credited with substantially improving Taiwan's relations with rival China during his two terms in office from 2008 to 2016. His Nationalist Party lost both the presidency and its parliamentary majority to the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party in elections in January last year.

March 28, 2017 09:43 UTC

Call for year-round campaign against drink driving | Bangkok Post: news

Road accidents have already claimed 2,901 lives since Jan 1, showing the campaign against drink driving should be year-round not just during festivals and holidays, Don't Drive Drunk Foundation secretary-general Dr Taejing Siripanich, said on Tuesday. The foundation has urged the government to campaign against drink driving throughout the year, not just during festivals, he said. The week-long campaign during the New Year that allowed authorities to temporarily impound the vehicles of drunk drivers proved to be successful in terms of stimulating public awareness about alcohol and driving, Dr Taejing Siripanich said. However, road accidents did not happen only during festive seasons like the New Year and Songkran. Therefore the road safety campaign should be continued throughout the year, if it was to effectively bring down the number of road fatalities, he said.

March 28, 2017 09:11 UTC

Splashing with the Smurfs

The event, which will lead kids and adults alike to explore the Smurf village as well as the lost community highlighted in the movie, is being held at 18 branches of Robinson Lifestyle across the country including Trang, Sakon Nakhon, Saraburi, Mae Sot and Ratchaburi. Arm Chareonsiri, marketing director of Sony Pictures International, adds that Smurf fun continues over Songkran with a fountain area in the Lost Garden being used for a splashing good time in the company of everyone’s little blue friends from April 13 to 15. At Robinson Lifestyle in Nonthaburi’s Srisaman branch, a giant Smurf more than three-metres high will be towering over concerts by Scrubb, Better Weather and Bedroom Audio. “1 card” holders are entitled to a free Smurf sticker tattoo and for every Bt300 spent get to paint a Smurf plaster model. In “Smurfs: The Lost Village”, Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty head off on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.

March 28, 2017 08:48 UTC

S.Korea finds presumed remains of ferry disaster victim | Bangkok Post: news

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korean salvage crews on Tuesday found what appeared to be human remains on the seabed, presumed to be one of the missing victims of a 2014 ferry disaster that killed 304 passengers, an official said. Relatives of the missing victims and clergymen attend religious services on a boat near the sunken ferry Sewol on a semi-submersible transport vessel in waters off Jindo, South Korea, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP photo)The remains were found in the water near where the ship's wreckage was raised last week, said an official from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. After the ship was raised, it was loaded onto a heavy lift transport barge that will carry it to port. They will then begin to search the vessel for the remains of the remaining victims and for clues that could further explain why it sank.

March 28, 2017 08:03 UTC

Tax bill posted at Potjaman's house | Bangkok Post: news

Bang Phlat revenue official put a tax form demanding Thaksin Shinawatra pay back taxes totalling 17.6 billion baht on the gate of Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra's house on Charan Sanitwong Road in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)Revenue officials have put up a 17.6-billion-baht tax bill in front of Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra's house, demanding her former husband Thaksin Shinawatra pay taxes on the Ample Rich share sale deal. If Thaksin disagrees with the assessment, he may appeal to the tax appeals committee within 30 days from the date he receives the notice. If he is still not happy with the committee's decision, he may appeal to the tax court within 30 days. If Thaksin fails to appeal through this process, the department will start collecting the taxes immediately by seizing Thaksin's assets.

March 28, 2017 07:30 UTC

Lahu activist killing: Release CCTV or lose public trust | Bangkok Post: learning

The longer the army keeps delaying the unveiling of the CCTV footage, the more suspicious their motives will become in the eyes of the public. WHY CAN'T THE PUBLIC VIEW THE CCTV FOOTAGE? There might be a reason why the army has not allowed the public to see the CCTV footage. CCTV footage of the incident exists and is the key evidence most likely to reveal whether the killing was justified or not. critics are asking, after public is not allowed to see CCTV footage of the shooting of the young Lahu activist in Chiang Mai last week.

March 28, 2017 07:20 UTC

18 injured in Bang Na-Trat pileup | Bangkok Post: news

An injured factory worker is carried from the scene of the multiple vehicle accident on the Bang Na-Trat road in Samut Prakan on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)SAMUT PRAKAN -- Eighteen people were injured in a pileup involving four vehicles on the Bang Na - Trat road in Bang Phli district on Tuesday morning, police said. The accident occurred at kilometre No.16 on an outbound fast lane in tambon Bang Chalong. The four vehicles were a 10-wheel truck, a bus taking workers from Min Buri district to a factory in Bang Saothong area, a pickup truck and an ambulance. Eighteen people, most of them factory workers, were injured, but not seriously.

March 28, 2017 06:56 UTC

Helicopter ferrying senior cops makes emergency landing

The helicopter landed in a grass field at Wat Ratbamrung Scool in Moo 10 village in Chumphon’s Lang Suan district at about 10am. No one was injured. On board were Maj-General Somkiart Nuathong, the commander of Border Patrol Police Region 4, and seven other officers. They were flying to the anniversary celebration for the 41st Border Patrol camp in Chumphon’s Mueang district.

March 28, 2017 06:56 UTC

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