Kaczynski is also among several leaders in the European Union favouring greater national sovereignty over the federalism championed by powerhouses France and Germany. - 'Protect Poland' -The KO chose Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, the even-tempered 62-year-old deputy parliamentary speaker, as its candidate for premier in a bid to counter the PiS. "Chairman Kaczynski divides people... let's protect Poland against such division, against such hatred," she told supporters this week. Experts warn that a strong PiS win will allow it to push through more judicial reforms likely to stoke conflict with the EU over the rule of law. Although the PiS rejected EU migrant quotas, Poland became the world's top temporary labour destination in 2017, according to the OECD.
October 13, 2019 05:26 UTC
Croquet an unlikely hit for Vietnam retireesA handful of elderly players, one as old as 93, gather most afternoons for a friendly croquet match. HANOI: Best known as a historic pastime among Europe's upper crust, croquet has found an unlikely fan base among Vietnamese retirees eager to fill their diaries and move their limbs. "We don't have to move a lot when playing croquet... and it also exercises our brains," Nguyen Van Tuu told AFP from the dirt pitch in the capital's Soc Son district. While little-known in Vietnam today, croquet was transported to Soc Son in 1996 by a local official who wanted to give the retirees something to do. Physical exercise is an everyday affair for seniors in Vietnam, who fill the city's many outdoor exercise parks and Western-style gyms.
October 13, 2019 05:15 UTC
Most unhappy with budget but expect bill to pass: pollParliament officials inspect boxes containing 750 copies of the 2020 fiscal budget bill and other documents to be distributed to MPs and senators on Oct 8. (Bangkok Post photo)A majority of people believe the 3.2-trillion-baht budget proposed by the government is excessive but expect it to sail through parliament, according to the result of an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll. The poll was carried out on Oct 9-12 on 1,034 people to compile their opinions on the budget bill set to be debated in the House of Representatives on Oct 17. A large majority -- 70.38% -- believed the bill would get parliamentary approval. Asked how interested they are in the budget debate, 35.02% said it is fairly interesting to them and 21.75% said it is very interesting.
October 13, 2019 05:15 UTC
Two killed in Phetchabun accidentPHETCHABUN: A woman and a child were killed and the driver injured after a pick-up loaded with vegetables overturned while running downhill in Lom Kao district of this central northern province on Sunday morning, according to a police report. The accident occurred at about 5.30am at kilometre marker 1 near Cho Wo village on the road to Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park while the pick-up was delivering vegetables from Phu Thap Boek to a vegetable market in Lom Kao district. The pick-up skidded off the road, rammed into a roadside railing and overturned while running downhill, scattering vegetables all over the road. A woman and a child were killed and the driver injured. The injured were admitted to Lom Kao Hospital.
October 13, 2019 04:41 UTC
Facebook researchers use maths for better translationsSocial networks such as Facebook are seeking efficient automatic translation for all of the world's languages and artificial intelligence may hold the answer. That's why researchers have been looking for another method, like the system developed by Facebook which creates a mathematical representation for words. For the language pair of English-Romanian, Facebook's current machine translation system is "equal or maybe a bit worse" than the word vector system, said Lample. Thierry Poibeau of CNRS's Lattice laboratory, which also does research into machine translation, called the word vector approach "a conceptual revolution". "But the question is what level of performance can be expected" from the word vector method, said Poibeau.
October 13, 2019 04:30 UTC
Majority believe Budget Bill will sail through parliament: Suan Dusit PollA majority of people believe the 3.2-trillion-baht Budget Bill proposed by the government will sail through parliament, according to the result of an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll. The poll was carried out on Oct 9-12 on 1,034 people to compile their opinion on the Budget Bill set to be debated in the House of Representatives on Oct 17. Asked about the degree of their interest in the budget debate, 35.02% said it is fairly interesting to them and 21.75% said it is highly interesting. However, a high majority - 70.38% - believed the bill would get parliamentary approval. Only 29.62% said it would fail to get the approval, reasoning that the proposed expenditures do not justify the overly high budget, not to mention the fact that the goverment is commanding only a slim majority in the House of Representatives.
October 13, 2019 04:07 UTC
Vettel's epic lap sets up Ferrari front-row lockout in JapanFerrari's Sebastian Vettel clocked a brilliant 1min 27.064sec, almost two-tenths of a second quicker then teammate Charles LeclercSUZUKA (JAPAN) - Sebastian Vettel produced an epic lap at Suzuka on Sunday as his Ferrari took pole position for the typhoon-affected Japanese Grand Prix ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc. The Mercedes pair of Valtteri Bottas and championship leader Lewis Hamilton could only manage third and fourth fastest respectively. Really enjoyed it," said Vettel, who produced a perfect lap to outqualify his teammate for the first time in 10 races since the Canadian Grand Prix in June. "We always knew Ferrari might have something in reserve to turn things up," said Bottas. "Regarding the rest of the lap, it was good when you were going against the wind, not so good the other way."
October 13, 2019 03:33 UTC
Pope to elevate British convert Newman to sainthoodBorn in 1801, John Henry Newman attempted to "renew" the Anglican Church, before becoming convinced that Catholicism was the only true faithVATICAN CITY - Pope Francis creates five new saints on Sunday, including Britain's Cardinal John Henry Newman -- one of the Catholic Church's most renowned converts -- and a nun dubbed the "Mother Teresa of Brazil". Prince Charles -- the future head of the Church of England -- will lead the British delegation in honouring Newman, a 19th-century Anglican theologian who went on to become one of the Catholic Church's leading thinkers. Despite now paying him the highest honour, the Catholic Church was accused in 2008 of defying Newman's dying wish by trying to move his body from a small English cemetery to the grand Oratory church in Birmingham. Newman, who died in 1890, had said he wished "with all my heart" to be buried alongside lifelong friend and fellow convert Ambrose St. John. She was visited in hospital the year before her death by Pope John Paul II, who called her work "an example for humanity".
October 13, 2019 03:11 UTC
Many think govt unable to solve country's problems: Nida PollAn opinion survey carried out by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll, reveals that nearly one half of the people polled think the government has not been able to work effectively to solve the country's problems while 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, which has been in office for over three months, and the opposition have performed their duties. On the government side, 46.82% thought it has not been able to effectively solve the country's problems; 28.18% said the government has tried its best; 23.41% said most of government MPs still stick to the old-styled habit of putting blames on the other side while claiming support from the people; 9.32% said the government has frequently made mistakes; 8.52% said the government always use the state power to win over the opposition; 6.85% believed it has used the state power for the benefits of the country and the people; 5.97% said most government MPs have been professional in their political roles; 4.78% thought the government is working carefully; 3.11% had no comment; and, 0.16% said it is too soon to make an evaluation. On the opposition side, 28.50% said most of the opposition MPs still stick to old-styed politics; 23..73% said the opposition is performing its duties diligently to solve the country's problems; 20.46% said it is opposing the government on every issue without good reasoning; 15.68% thought it is carefully monitoring the government; 13.06% said the opposition's attention is more on constitutional amendment than on the people's problems; 10.35% said most opposition MPs are performing their duties professionally; 9.39% believed the opposition is paying it attention on the people's problems; 6.21% were uncertain or had no coment; 3.42% said the opposition has frequently made mistakes; and, 0.48% said it is too soon to evaluate it. Asked which between the government and the opposition is performing better, 29.38% said the opposition is doing better; 25.56% said both sides are equally well in performing their duties; 25.08% said the two sides are equally poor in their performances; 17.83% said the government is doing better; and, 2.15% were uncertain or had no comment.
October 13, 2019 03:00 UTC
Property investors turn to SE Asia amid Hong Kong unrestThe unrest in Hong Kong has forced many property investors to focus on Southeast Asian markets like Singapore. Adding to the allure of Malaysia is its relative affordability and prices much lower than Hong Kong. Singapore is "the closest country culturally to China other than Hong Kong, and I think they feel more comfortable with that". And analysts warned there was little hope of Hong Kong's property market recovering soon. "Hong Kong property share prices have corrected by about 15 to 25% since July," said Raymond Cheng, head of Hong Kong and China property at CGS-CIMB Securities International.
October 13, 2019 02:37 UTC
Hungary opposition eyes Budapest, gains in local electionsCampaign billboard for city mayor Istvan Tarlos in Budapest ahead of municipal elections seen as a rare chance for the opposition to roll back the power of Prime Minister Viktor OrbanBUDAPEST - Hungarians go to the polls Sunday in municipal elections seen as a rare chance for the beleaguered opposition to roll back the power of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Opposition parties across the political spectrum have joined forces, potentially denying Orban's right-wing Fidesz party a landslide win for the first time in almost a decade. Since Orban came to power in 2010, he has overhauled election rules, making it more difficult for opposition parties to compete individually against Fidesz. Critics say some of those reforms helped Fidesz to rout opposition parties at parliamentary, European and local elections despite around half of the electorate often voting against it. The opposition is expected to make gains Sunday from its 2014 results and possibly win the Budapest mayoralty.
October 13, 2019 02:26 UTC
Media magnate, law master face off in Tunisia presidential voteConservative law professor Kais Saied (L) and business tycoon Nabil Karoui (R) go head-to-head in Tunisia's runoff presidential electionTUNIS - Almost a month since the launch of Tunisia's presidential vote and whittled down from more than 20 candidates, conservative law professor Kais Saied and media magnate Nabil Karoui face off Sunday before the country's electorate of seven million. On Friday night, Karoui and Saied themselves went head-to-head in a rare television debate, a last bid to woo voters. Saied topped the first round in the presidential election, held on September 15, with 18.4 percent of votes while Karoui followed with 15.6 percent. The appeal of flamboyant Karoui, who always appears in designer suits, stems largely from his media empire and philanthropic activity. But if he wins the runoff, Karoui will "receive immunity... and all the legal proceedings against him... will be suspended until the end of his mandate", constitutional law professor Salsabil Klibi told AFP.
October 13, 2019 01:52 UTC
Four dead, 17 missing as fierce Typhoon Hagibis pounds TokyoA firefighter makes his way through a flooded street in the residential area in Tokyo hit by Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday. Authorities lifted rain and flood warnings for the Kanto region around a becalmed Tokyo before dawn but imposed them on areas further north after Typhoon Hagibis blasted through the capital. Four people died in Chiba, Gunma, Kanagawa and Fukushima prefectures surrounding Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK. People clean the flooded compound of their residential area in Tokyo hit by Typhoon Hagibis on Sunday. Just last month, another strong storm, Typhoon Faxai, destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses in Chiba, east of Tokyo, and caused extensive power outages.
October 13, 2019 00:56 UTC
Griffin grabs one-shot Houston Open leadAmerican Lanto Griffin plays a shot from a bunker on the way to the 54-hole lead in the US PGA Tour Houston Open. LOS ANGELES: Lanto Griffin "free-wheeled" his way to a seven-under par 65 on Saturday to seize a one-shot lead in the Houston Open in pursuit of his first US PGA Tour title. Griffin had nine birdies on the par-72 Golf Club of Houston course for an 11-under total of 205. Hossler lost the 2018 Houston Open in a playoff against England's Ian Poulter. Griffin rolled in a 23-foot birdie at the 10th, then birdied 12, 13, 14 and 15 -- where he got up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker.
October 13, 2019 00:22 UTC
Thai cuisine employs various cooking and food preparation methods; there's tom (boiled dishes), yang (grilled dishes), yam (spicy salad dishes) and tod (deep-fried dishes). Tom yam pla (sour and spicy soup with fish) and tom yam pla tu (sour and spicy soup with mackerel) are also seasoned with tamarind juice. The same ingredients are used for making yam pla salid (spicy salad with dried pla salid fish). Yam dishes use a lot of fresh vegetables and seasoned to attain a balance of spiciness, sourness and saltiness. If you are aware of cholesterol concerns and know to watch what you eat, you can still eat well, without fear of damaging your health.
October 13, 2019 00:00 UTC