"By mafia we mean a syndicate of ex-IT entrepreneurs," said Mr Hamada, 40, former publisher of an online movie magazine. China maintains a ban on Japanese beef after Japan’s first incidence of mad-cow disease in 2001. Exports are set to expand as Taiwan lifted its ban on Japanese beef in September. Japan reached a trade agreement with the European Union this year to eliminate tariffs on Japanese beef. Mr Hamada and Horie are in talks to license Wagyumafia shops in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Thailand and Macau.
October 16, 2017 09:26 UTC
Police urged people to be wary of phone calls pitching car insurance packages, and to check with the cited insurance companies first to confirm such offers are legitimate. Customers’ subsequent inquiries with the insurance companies found that their policy purchases had never been forwarded by the “seller” and therefore there was no record of them. A Saraburi resident told police that he had given SMP Insure Co’s salesperson his credit-card number for “checking for further information”, but later found a premium payment amounting to Bt15,000 had been charged to his card without his consent. Tanupat said SMP Insure Co’s website had allegedly used other insurance companies’ logos to boost its credibility, when in fact the OIC had found that the firm had no licence to sell insurance policies. The nine stock exchange-listed insurance companies having filed complaints with the CSD are: Viriyah Insurance; Bangkok Insurance; Syn Mun Kong Insurance; Navakij Insurance; Muang Thai Insurance; Safety Insurance; Assets Insurance; Southeast Insurance; and Tokio Marine Life Insurance (Thailand).
October 16, 2017 09:18 UTC
Somalis remove the body of a man killed in Saturday's blast in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Sunday. (AP photo)MOGADISHU, Somalia: The death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in Somalia's capital is now over 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the country reeled from the deadliest single attack it's ever experienced. Saturday's truck bombing targeted a crowded street in Mogadishu, and about 300 others were injured. The country's Somali-American leader, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, has declared three days of mourning and joined thousands of people who responded to a desperate plea by hospitals to donate blood. Michael Keating said the UN and African Union were supporting the Somali government's response with “logistical support, medical supplies and expertise”.
October 16, 2017 08:37 UTC
Indonesia's parliament is considering national legislation that would ban lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) content from TV screens by the end of the year. The draft bill, which Reuters reviewed, would revise the broadcasting law to scrub content with "LGBT behaviour". Lawmakers told Reuters the ban could include dramas with gay characters, traditional folk or comedic performances with cross-dressing or "effeminate" men, and broadcasts advocating LGBT rights. If the content has no educational qualities, and is only for commercial or advertising purposes, then we must reject it," Mr Hanafi said. Programmes like 'Opera van Java', are a regular fixture on Indonesian TV.
October 16, 2017 08:26 UTC
National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department director-general Thanya Netithammakun headed the conference, which included representatives from the relevant agencies such as the Marine and Coastal Resources Department and the faculties of fisheries from various universities. Thanya pointed out that the changing environment and climate change had severely affected the dugong population worldwide. There was a strong need for all officers to understand the situation and work together to save dugongs, their habitat and their main food source – sea grass fields. Therefore, he stressed that the outcome of this convention was crucial for dugong conservation in Thailand, where the population of this rare marine mammal was shrinking at a concerning rate. It is believed that there are only about 200 dugongs left in Thai waters, and around 150 of these are in Had Chao Mai marine national park in Trang, where the seagrass field is well preserved and abundant.
Tambon Mae Mo mayor Chucheep Boonnak led disaster prevention and mitigation officials as well as local bodies and police to inspect the scene on a slope of land near a creek in Ban Huai King (Moo 6) in Tambon Mae Mo. The discovered that the cracks and subsidence, had caused cracks in house walls and collapsed toilets in some homes. Several roadside power poles were also damaged. A team of officials from the Department of Mineral Resources have been contacted to later inspect the scene to determine the cause.
Pol Captain Worapoj Tankaew, deputy inspector of Samsen police station, said the body of Yodchai Juntha, 33, was found in a pool of blood at 1pm near a campsite for construction workers behind the Thewarat Market on Si Ayutthaya road in Vajiraphayabal subdistrict of Bangkok’s Dusit district. He had a severe wound above his left ear, apparently inflicted by a hard object. Local residents told police that the man was often seen drinking with another homeless man, Wiroj Faengrit. Police said they are searching for Wiroj to question him.
The FM 91 radio station organised a meeting between the taxi driver, Sunthorn Ankhian, 46, and the tourist, Chirila Gabriela, 58, at the station at 1.30pm. The taxi driver spotted the purse on the floor in front of the passenger’s back seat at 10.50am and called the radio station to locate and alert the tourist. Sunthorn said he spotted the purse after drove a distance away from the hotel. She would definitely be in trouble if she didn’t get it back,” the taxi driver said. She said she called her husband but he calmed her down by saying that the taxi driver would return it because Thais are good.
Using IBM Blockchain, and in collaboration with technology partners Stellar.organd KlickEx Group, the solution is intended to improve the speed in which banks both clear and settle payment transactions on a single network in near real time. The solution is already processing live transactions in 12 currency corridors across the Pacific islands, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. IBM has convened an initial group of diverse banking leaders as part of the development and deployment process, including Kasikornbank Thailand, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Bank Danamon Indonesia, Bank Mandiri, Bank Negara Indonesia, Bank Permata, Bank Rakyat Indonesia, Mizuho Financial Group, National Australia Bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) Philippines, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, TD Bank and Wizdraw (HK) of WorldCom Finance.
Fitch believes that DTAC will need more spectrum over the next two years to replace the 35MHz spectrum that is part of the 2G concession expiring in 2018. This is on top of the 2.3GHz spectrum that DTAC will have access to under a partnership with TOT. DTAC is likely to participate in the 1.8 GHz and 850 MHz spectrum auctions, which are likely to take place next year, as the company still relies on these frequencies to provide 3G and 4G services. Fitch expects the starting prices of the auctions to be high, probably similar to the final prices in the 1.8 GHz and 900 MHz auctions held in 2015 and 2016.
October 16, 2017 08:03 UTC
The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC), which wrote the bill, has argued that because anti-graft officials probe others, they also should be subject to scrutiny. The NACC is subject to the scrutiny of the general checks and balances of the parliamentary system. NLA’s president Pornpetch Vichitcholchai said on Monday that agencies objecting to the OAG organic bill might propose creating a joint committee to review the draft. Referring the law to a joint committee could drag out the date of the election, which is expected in autumn of 2018. The MP bill that is coming to the NLA for debate could also hold up an election if rejected, added the legislator.
October 16, 2017 08:03 UTC
Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan (third from left on the truck) greets people in Lat Plakhao area, Bangkok, in a vote-campaign style. The activity draws negative criticisms although she is encouraging people to grow marigold flowers ahead of the royal cremation of King Rama IX. Later in the afternoon, Khunying Sudarat, a Lat Plakhao native, tearfully apologised, saying she simply intended to promote the activity to honour the late King. Khunying Sudarat boarded many vehicles during the process. She said she greatly loved and respected the late King and had implemented many public projects to pay tribute to the late King.
October 16, 2017 07:52 UTC
Sudarat was seen on social media riding a vehicle advocating the planting of calendula flowers and their delivery for the King’s funeral. The Deputy PM said Sudarat’s campaign was merely self promotion. People should know that this was not an appropriate time to engage in any political activities and they should use their judgment, Prawit said. Prawit said he wated to emphasise that such an activity could not be held. He would send officers to talk to Sudarat about appropriateness while urging other politicians to refrain from similar activities.
October 16, 2017 07:41 UTC
If the bill was sent to the Constitutional Court for interpretation, the election planned for November next year could be delayed for another one or two months to February 2019, he said. The MPs bill is one of the two remaining of 10 organic bills to be submitted to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) for deliberation. The other is the Senate bill, which Wallop said would probably not pose any problem. The legislator insisted the NLA would not reject the bills in order to hold up the election.
October 16, 2017 07:30 UTC
Police said Chu Urada was crushed to death by a pickup truck in the opposite lane when a six-wheel ice-carrying truck hit his motorcycle on a main road in Tambon Nong Plue in Bang Lamung district. The six-wheel truck driver, Kittisak Pilekh, 45, claimed that when his truck descended from a bridge, the elderly man changed lanes directly in front of him. His truck hit and hurled the motorcycle into the opposite lane where the Chu was crushed by a pickup. Kiitisak’s truck was also hit by a pickup, which was in turn hit by a sedan car. Police later allocated one lane from the opposite side to be used to bypass the accident scene.
October 16, 2017 07:30 UTC