'Bua Loi' sparks brawl at Carabao concert again | Bangkok Post: news

Knowing that fighting was a likely consequence of the song, Carabao normally put the number on last during their show. In 2015, guitarist Preecha Chanaphai posted on his Facebook account, @lekcarabaosolo, in 2015 that there would be no more brawls after "Bua Loi". Many people had the wrong perception about the song because of the influence of the social media and hearsay that a Carabao concert always involved a brawl after "Bua Loi". Aed Carabao once said he was trying to figure out why the song motived youngsters in his concert to brawl. Carabao play "Bua Loi" in a concert in Uttaradit on Sunday.

January 18, 2017 12:17 UTC

Man, 26, pleads guilty to murdering student for iPhone

Kittikorn Wikaha, 26, Wednesday pleaded guilty at Bangkok’s Ratchadapisek Criminal Court to stabbing to death university graduate Wasin Luangjame for his iPhone 6 in a January 4 robbery. But the alleged getaway motorist Supatchai Jansri, 25, denied murder and the court judge will examine evidence at a session set for February 27. Wasin, 26, was murdered in Lat Phrao district on the night after two men demanded he hand over his Bt26,000 smartphone. The incident was captured on CCTV footage that went viral in social media.

January 18, 2017 12:01 UTC

Philippines' Duterte taunts bishops to take drugs

I recommend one or two of the bishops take it also," Duterte said, using the local term for crystal meth, the country's most-used illegal drug. Duterte, who has previously boasted about keeping multiple mistresses, also sought to discredit Church leaders by accusing them of violating their own vows of celibacy. Duterte also accused the country's Church leaders of plotting to "suppress" the public exhibition of an unspecified film that he said tackled the subject of "homosexuality of priests". Duterte spoke at length to defend his anti-drugs campaign during a visit to a hospital in the northern Philippines that was aired on television. Church leaders say they are not plotting to oust Duterte, rather to just stop the killings.

January 18, 2017 11:47 UTC

Pearson plunges on profit warning and Penguin sale

The stock had lost 27.4 per cent around 1100 GMT, its worst-ever fall, trading at 587 pence on the London Stock Exchange. No stranger to headwinds, Pearson announced 4,000 job cuts -- 10 per cent of its workforce -- early last year. Pearson also said it would exercise a sell option on its 47-per cent stake in Penguin Random House, created in 2013 by combining its Penguin imprint with Bertelsmann's Random House. "We are open to increasing our stake in Penguin Random House, provided the financial terms are fair," said Bertelsmann chief executive Thomas Rabe. Penguin Random House was "the clear number one in the publishing industry" Rabe said, with sales of around 3.7 billion euros ($4.0 billion) in 2015.

January 18, 2017 11:42 UTC

NOW26 rises to No 10 among digital channels

Somsakul Phaochindamuk, director of NOW26, Nation Multimedia Group’s digital TV channel for variety programmes, said the station had seen consistent rises in the number of viewers throughout the past three years thanks to its improved variety programmes and its intention to be the country’s No 1 documentary channel. “Our channel has seen diverse viewers extending from families to working-age people, and viewers in other provinces who know us from our sports broadcasts during holidays,” he said. NOW26’s rating is 0.225 for January, up from 0.096 in the same month last year, when it was ranked 15th among the country’s digital TV channels. Its rating growth is the highest among its rivals at 134 per cent.

January 18, 2017 11:31 UTC



SE Asia stocks end mixed, Indonesia snaps losing streak | Bangkok Post: news

A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing world market indexes at a securities firm in Tokyo on Wednesday. Most stock indexes in East Asia and Southeast Asia lacked direction. (AP photo)Indonesian shares rose on Wednesday, snapping a seven-session losing streak, with consumer staples accounting for nearly half of the gains while Singapore fell for a third straight day. Philippine stocks rose half a percent and snapped five straight sessions of falls, powered by real estate and telecom stocks. At the other end, Singapore recorded a third straight session of fall with financials accounting for nearly half of the losses.

January 18, 2017 11:27 UTC

Hong Kong star Andy Lau injured filming in Thailand | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Andy Lau (Reuters photo)HONG KONG - Hong Kong actor Andy Lau has been hospitalised after falling off a horse while filming a commercial in Thailand, Apple Daily reported. A source told Apple Daily that Lau was riding on the horse in Khao Lak near Bangkok when it threw him off and trampled on him. Taiwan's EBC news channel reported that Lau was believed to have suffered spinal fractures and was taken to a local hospital. He had since been transferred to a hospital in Hong Kong. A statement issued by Lau's company Focus Artistes said the actor suffered "serious spinal injuries but all is well and he is currently being looked after by medical professionals".

January 18, 2017 11:05 UTC

UK’s Tate art galleries get first female chief

“I am honoured to be asked by the trustees of Tate to become the new director," said Balshaw, who takes over on June 1. He masterminded the creation of London’s Tate Modern, the world's most popular modern art museum, and oversaw the institution's other three galleries: Tate Britain in London, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Balshaw will quit as director of the Whitworth Art Gallery in the run-down Manchester neighbourhood of Moss Side. She oversaw its #17 million ($20.6 million, 19.3 million euros) renovation and helped it win Museum of the Year in 2015. She is also director of the Manchester Art Gallery and the Gallery of Costume, and director of culture for Manchester City Council.

January 18, 2017 11:04 UTC

Triple-quake strikes reeling, snow-bound central Italy

The tremors were felt across the Abruzzo, Lazio and Marche regions and also in Rome, over 100 kilometres (60 miles) away. Underground train services in the capital were suspended on safety grounds and the Italian foreign ministry and some schools were evacuated. Those schools that were not already closed due to snow in towns and villages closer to the affected area were also evacuated. The latest quake came in the wake of 36 hours of continuous snowfall in areas close to Amatrice and another badly-hit mountain town, Norcia. As a result of last year's quakes many residents have been evacuated to temporary accommodation outside the earthquake-prone zone along Italy's mountainous spine.

January 18, 2017 10:59 UTC

9,000 rai of illegally occupied land identified in Khao Yai park | Bangkok Post: news

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Conservation plans to reclaim 1,478 blocks of occupied land, totalling 8,965 rai, in Nakhon Nayok province found to be within the borders of Khao Yai National Park. Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn, head of the department's Paya Sua special task force reclaiming forest land, on Wednesday led a 50-strong team to survey forest land occupied by local residents in Nakhon Nayok. The land was at popular Nang Rong waterfall, Khundan Prakanchon dam and areas around Wang Bon reservoir in Nakhon Nayok province. A survey map confirmed those areas were part of Khao Yai National Park. The task force would reclaim the land and take action against encroachers, Mr Chaiwat said.

January 18, 2017 10:31 UTC

China may allow foreign firms to launch IPOs

The State Council, China's Cabinet, late Tuesday posted on its website a notice saying it had granted approval in principle for foreign companies to launch IPOs and issue corporate debt and other financing instruments to "support the widening of foreign companies' financing channels". The announcement was the latest in a series of liberalisation pledges from China as it braces for the incoming Donald Trump administration. The links give foreigners some access to China-listed shares, while also allowing Chinese firms to buy Hong Kong-traded stocks. Foreign companies and China's trading partners continue to complain about access to its markets. Last month China said it would allow foreign firms to operate fully-owned subsidiaries, rather than joint ventures, in sectors including rail transportation equipment and motorcycles, and loosen a range of other restrictions.

January 18, 2017 10:31 UTC

Japan clears up confusion over high-tech toilets

Under new guidelines, manufacturers will use the same eight pictograms to tell users which button flushes, which one fires a frighteningly accurate jet of water at the backside and what to press to close the lid. Japan has been drawing record numbers of tourists in recent years and Tokyo is expecting millions of visitors when it hosts the Olympic Games in 2020. The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association hopes that ensuring all toilets have standardised images will prove just the job, ensuring millions of non-Japanese speaking visitors know the difference between a big and a small flush. Japan's most state-of-the-art toilets offer everything from seat warming and bidet functions to motion sensors, variable jet strengths and powerful deodorisers. Celebrities such as Madonna, Leonardo Di Caprio and Will Smith have raved about the smart loos, which are a big hit among visiting tourists, particularly the Chinese.

January 18, 2017 10:24 UTC

Elderly women arrested for begging in Malaysia to be freed | Bangkok Post: news

Elderly women from southern border provinces arrested for illegally working in Malaysia will be released and allowed to return to Thailand on Thursday. (Photo by Abdulloh Benjakat)Twelve elderly women duped into working as beggars in Malaysia and later arrested there will be allowed to return home on Thursday, the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centres (SBPAC) said on Wednesday. The centre said 12 women will be released, and nine others also being held in detention will be allowed to return home later. All live in southern border provinces. “The agent told the women to take worn-out clothes so people there would pity them and purchase their goods,” the Bernama news agency quoted Masadee Sulong, son of one of the arrested women, Hamita Salae, as saying in November.

January 18, 2017 10:09 UTC

SET falls 6.01 points to 1,560.83 | Bangkok Post: business

The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went down 6.01 points, or 0.38%, to close at 1,560.83 points today. Total trading value was 48.88 billion baht, with 9.66 billion shares changed hands. The SET50 index ended at 972.59 points, down 4.23 points, or 0.43%, in trade worth 25.19 billion baht. The MAI index went down 3.95 points, or 0.62%, to close at 633.52 points, with total transaction value of 3.94 billion baht.

January 18, 2017 10:09 UTC

Trump: 'I don't like tweeting'

"I don't like tweeting," Trump told Fox News's "Fox and Friends" program. "All talk, talk, talk -- no action or results. 'I don't want celebrities'In the Fox interview, Trump continued his attack saying Lewis had never skipped an inauguration, although the congressman's office later acknowledged he had missed George W. Bush's in 2001. I don't want the celebrities, I want the people, and we have the biggest celebrities in the world there," Trump told Fox. Asked about Tom Ford's refusal, Trump said that his wife: "Never asked Tom Ford, doesn't like Tom Ford, doesn't like his designs."

January 18, 2017 09:37 UTC



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