Suthep acquitted of defaming UDD leaders | Bangkok Post: news

Suthep Thaugsuban at the Criminal Court for the defamation judgement on Tuesday. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)The Criminal Court has acquitted Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister, of defaming core members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and breaking the election law in 2011. Mr Suthep was charged with defaming the UDD leaders and violating the election law of 2007. Mr Suthep was then the deputy prime minister in charge of security affairs and was in a position to report the situation to the people. In its ruling delivered on Tuesday, the court found that Mr Suthep had not made false accusations against the three UDD leaders as alleged, and dismissed the case against him.

March 28, 2017 05:48 UTC

River sand dune venue for 'Summer Beach Games' | Bangkok Post: news

Beach volleyball players battle it out at a sand dune court on the Mae Chaem riverbed. (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)CHIANG MAI -- Two municipalities have combined to organise "Summer Beach Games", being held on a big sand dune on the Mae Chaem riverbed far from the nearest sea. Backhoes were used to grade one of the sand dune islands under the bridge across the Mae Chaem River at Wat Tha Kham Nua for use as a venue for beach football and beach volleyball. Their announcement said 34 football and volleyball teams would participate in the Summer Beach Games for trophies and cash rewards. The football, with five men on each side, and volleyball matches are being played from 3pm on each day.

March 28, 2017 04:30 UTC

Cyclone Debbie slams into Australia, thousands evacuated | Bangkok Post: news

Strong winds and rain lash Airlie Beach, Australia, on Thursday morning, with Cyclone Debbie expected to hit Queensland's far north coast as a category 4 cyclone early in the afternoon. It was the first in two years to reach the coast of the northeastern state and could be worse than Cyclone Yasi in some areas. About 34,000 properties had power outages in the Bowen, Whitsundays and Mackay areas, according to supplier Ergon Energy. The Port of Townsville, which handles approximately A$30 million (US$23 million) in trade per day, evacuated vessels and personnel Monday. It took about 40 hours before the first ship was allowed back into port after Cyclone Yasi passed in 2011, Corporate Affairs Manager Sharon Hoops said by phone.

March 28, 2017 03:56 UTC

Rhino horn smuggling suspect surrenders to police | Bangkok Post: news

Surveillance camera images of Thitirat Ara-i collecting the suitcase later found to contain rhinoceros horns at Suvarnabhumi airport on March 10. (Supplied photo)SAMUT PRAKAN -- One of the two women suspected of attempting to smuggle 21 rhino horns into the country in a suitcase that arrived on a flight from Africa surrendered to Suvarnabhumi airport police on Monday. She said she knew Ms Kansinee, the other suspect, because they ran a garment export business together. According to police, Ms Kansinee had arrived from Vietnam about the same time as the suitcase containing the horns arrived from Nairobi on Kenya Airlines flight KQ 886. The two women were being escorted through customs by airport officials when they saw the suitcase being x-rayed.

March 28, 2017 03:45 UTC

Unwanted spirit houses dumped by side of a road | Bangkok Post: learning

Chayaboon Jaemsiri, director of the Chai Nat rural road office, admitted he had received complaints about the spot from the local community. Broken and unwanted spirit houses and dolls left on the roadside in Sankhaburi district, Chai Nat. Online reporters CHAI NAT – An unsightly pile of discarded broken and unwanted spirit houses, shrines and various kinds of spirit dolls on the side of a rural road in Sankhaburi district has local residents up in arms. They said more than 500 dilapidated spirit houses have been dumped on a growing pile of debris near a large tree at a curve between kilometre markers 24-25 on rural road No 4050. (Photos by Chudate Seehawong)Click "play" to listen to Unwanted spirit houses dumped by side of a road and "Download" to keep this file for educational purpose.

March 28, 2017 03:45 UTC

SET opens up 3.08 to 1,573.58 | Bangkok Post: business

Thai stocks opened up 0.20% at the start of trade this morning. The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index opened at 1,573.58 points, up 3.08 points from Monday’s close. The trade value was 1.19 billion baht, with 225.93 million shares traded. The SET50 index opened at 998.36 points, up 2.93 points, or 0.29% with a total trade value of 324.60 million baht. The MAI index stood at 590.36 points, up 1.56 points or 0.26%, with total transaction value of 105.27 million baht.

March 28, 2017 03:00 UTC

New £1 coin 'most secure coin in circulation' | Bangkok Post: business

A staff holds new British one-pound coins during their production at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Wales on March 23, 2017. With as many as 45 million British one-pound coins suspected fake, the Royal Mint is now making 1.5 billion new ones, which will enter circulation today. His successor, Mint chief executive Adam Lawrence, calls it "the most secure circulating coin in the world." "Newton's legacy at the Mint was creating a better-designed coin in terms of physical design. The Royal Mint hopes increased security features will spur demand from other nations.

March 28, 2017 02:48 UTC

JAS Asset gives IT Junction a fresh look | Bangkok Post: tech

JAS Asset chief executive Suphot Wanna says the company has allocated 1.4 billion baht to build a new condominium, add IT Junction outlets and buy more land. "We expect to begin a pilot renovation project at a few of our 52 IT retail spaces under the IT Junction brand this year," said Suphot Wanna, chief executive of JAS Asset. JAS Asset has 12,000 square metres of rental space at 52 locations, mostly in Big C Supercenters and Pantip Plaza Pratunam. JAS Asset operates three community malls in Bangkok: The Jas Ramintra, The Jas Wanghin, and the Jas Urban Srinakarin. "We expect our revenue to increase by 30% this year thanks to full operation of the Jas Urban Srinakarin," he said.

March 28, 2017 02:15 UTC

Ranger danger | Bangkok Post: learning

And one of this year’s most anticipated releases is the Power Rangers reboot. The Power Rangers are played by a brand-new cast of young actors. Have you seen the original Power Rangers series? Even here in Thailand, there’s so much love for the Power Rangers. He has a specific vision that really helps to develop the Power Rangers universe.

March 28, 2017 02:03 UTC

'Red Bull killer' found: Living the good life | Bangkok Post: news

But the prosecution of Red Bull heir Vorayudh "Boss" Yoovidhya has been delayed almost five years. He flies around the world on Red Bull jets, cheers their Formula One racing team from Red Bull's VIP seats and keeps a black Porsche Carrera in London with a custom plate: B055 RBR. Boss Red Bull Racing. In rural Thailand, Pol Sgt Maj Wichean Glanprasert didn't have such opportunities, but he was ambitious. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)Today in his small apartment, Pol Sgt Maj Wichean's brother keeps a few photo albums of him.

March 28, 2017 00:45 UTC

Creating magical moments | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

"We transformed the Lancôme counter according to a new retail concept initially implemented in Paris at Printemps. Antny Rankin, Lancôme brand general manager. The convivial environment makes it less about hard sales and more about ensuring that Lancôme beauty advisers make customers feel comfortable, offering them the luxury of time to discover the beauty products by themselves. Likewise, customers are encouraged to open the jars and bottles at the skincare sharing table, and test the products freely such as the best-selling pre-serum, Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate. Whether through direct retail or digital platforms, we want to make sure that we are present when people seek beauty solutions."

March 28, 2017 00:00 UTC

Take antibiotics off the menu | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

A livestock official inspects a pig farm in Nakhon Pathom for the antibiotic colistin. "I mixed powdered antibiotics with pig food. I had no money to buy antibiotics for my pigs so I fed them with fermented banana stems," Sitthichai said. "At the beginning, a lot of pigs got sick because they didn't receive antibiotics as before, but they slowly became immune. "The misuse of antibiotics has been treated as a point of concern among consumer-rights organisations worldwide," said Saree.

March 28, 2017 00:00 UTC

Investors pledge B8.5bn for border SEZ projects | Bangkok Post: business

Applications for six projects worth 1.749 billion baht in Songkhla's SEZ were for rubber gloves, ceramics and latex by Thai and Malaysian investors. Applications for four projects worth 831.50 million baht in Mukdahan's SEZ were for construction materials, plastic bags, animal feed and plastic packaging. Applications for three projects worth 1.278 billion baht in Sa Kaeo's SEZ were for aluminium heat sinks and plastic products. Mr Porametee said the government has allocated 6.96 billion baht worth of budget to invest in infrastructure and logistics development in 10 SEZs. The government also set aside 3.3 billion baht to invest in other projects such as customs buildings.

March 27, 2017 23:41 UTC

Golden Land raises target | Bangkok Post: business

SET-listed Golden Land Property Development Plc (GOLD) is revising its revenue target for townhouses after presales outperformed in the first quarter. In the second quarter the company plans to launch two new townhouse projects worth a combined 2.3 billion baht. Golden Land aims for 3 billion baht in presales in the second quarter, up from 2.2 billion year-on-year. Golden Land expects to spend 7.85 billion baht this year to acquire new plots of land for low-rise development of townhouses, semi-detached houses and single houses. GOLD shares closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 6.65 baht, down five satang, in trade worth 6.54 million baht.

March 27, 2017 23:37 UTC

TMB adjusts on meek SMEs | Bangkok Post: business

TMB's research house expects private investment to remain low and weaken economic growth this year. PANUMAS SANGUANWONGTMB Analytics, TMB Bank's research house, has trimmed its forecast for the country's economic growth to 3.3% this year from 3.5% after slashing its private investment growth projection. Amid the gloomy prospects of private investment, state investment and exports will be the main engine forces for economic growth in 2017, Mr Naris said. TMB Analytics estimated that public investment growth will accelerate to 15.1% this year from 9.9% last year largely due to big-ticket infrastructure projects under the government's roadmap. The research house also slashed its commercial lending growth forecast to 5.7% from 6.3% in 2017 in line with lower private investment estimates.

March 27, 2017 23:26 UTC

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