Singthon Kala, 58, died after he fell from his room onto the eighth floor, which is a parking lot, of the 26-storey Sinsub 26-7 Community Building on Soi Phai Singto in Bangkok’s Klong Toey district, said police. The 380-unit building had been built by the Crown Property Bureau to house two communities of squatters removed from its land. The man's daughter told police that her father lived with his wife in a room on the 16th floor while the daughter lives in another unit. The daughter said Singthon has recently complained that he had a problem concerning his insurance document and so he could not rent a taxi to drive. Police said the man also left a suicide note.
December 15, 2017 03:11 UTC
Thai stocks opened down 0.07% at the start of trade this morning. The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index opened at 1,713.74 points, down 1.25 points from Thursday’s close. The trade value was 1.26 billion baht, with 189.3 million shares traded. The SET50 index opened at 1,110.07 points, down 1.42 points, or 0.13%, with a total trade value of 799.37 million baht. The MAI index went up 2.36 points or 0.44% to stand at 534.70 points, with a total transaction value of 127.04 million baht.
December 15, 2017 03:00 UTC
The meteors became more frequent after midnight, reaching 200 meteors per hour in one of the largest Geminid displays in recent history. Saran’s institute also held Geminid meteor watches at the Nakhon Ratchasima Observatory, Chachoengsao Observatory and a public viewpoint ground at Samilar Beach in Songklha. Several schools in 77 provinces also held Geminids watching activities after receiving telescopes from the institute. In Chachoengsao, about 1,000 people, mostly from Bangkok, gathered at the Chachoengsao Observatory to watch the meteor showers. Worawit Tanwutthibanthi, an advisor for the observatory, said about 80 meteors were seen per hour at the observatory at the peak of the phenomenon.
December 15, 2017 02:37 UTC
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December 15, 2017 01:18 UTC
Wenger's team played a scoreless draw at West Ham United on Wednesday and is in seventh place going into Saturday's meeting with Rafael Benitez's team. The West Ham draw was preceded by a stalemate at Southampton -- both games Wenger would have expected to win -- reinforcing the view that Arsenal have not yet recovered from the blow of losing to Manchester United at home. Wenger shuffled his pack for the short trip to West Ham, with both Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud making their first Premier League starts of the season. "At the moment, I've just played my first game in the Premier League. The reality is we're not in a great position and sometimes things need to be said that players don't want to hear.
December 15, 2017 01:07 UTC
Manchester United, 11 points below City in second place, and third-place Chelsea are well placed, but beneath them the picture is more fluid. Man Utd and Chelsea lower their sightsUnited and defending champions Chelsea find themselves in a strange hinterland, both miles behind City -- 11 and 14 points respectively -- but otherwise enjoying broadly successful seasons. Chelsea host Southampton on Saturday after bouncing back from their shock 1-0 loss at West Ham United with a one-sided 3-1 victory at Huddersfield Town. They sit four points below Arsenal ahead of Saturday's home game with improving Crystal Palace, who are six games unbeaten in the league. FixturesSaturday (1500 GMT unless otherwise stated):Arsenal v Newcastle, Brighton v Burnley, Chelsea v Southampton, Leicester v Crystal Palace (1230 GMT), Man City v Tottenham (1730 GMT), Stoke v West Ham, Watford v HuddersfieldSunday:Bournemouth v Liverpool (1630 GMT), West Brom v Man United (1415 GMT)Monday (2000 GMT):Everton v Swansea
December 15, 2017 00:45 UTC
Chumsai Sriyaphai, a lawyer for Panthongtae Shinawatra, seeks justice for his client charged for money laundering in the Krungthai Bank loan scandal at the Department of Special Investigation on Oct 3, 2017. Denying on Oct 18 all charges pressed against them in connection with the scandal, Mr Panthongtae, son of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin, and the other three requested a 60-day period to prepare evidence for the DSI. Mr Panthongtae had expressed his concern over the way the DSI is treating suspects in the investigation, which he finds to be a violation of their rights. DSI chief Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang said Mr Panthongtae may be called in to explain his statement if investigators have more questions for him. All four of them were earlier summoned by the DSI to hear the money-laundering charges, which they did in October.
December 15, 2017 00:45 UTC
This year several coin exchanges were attacked. Regulators need to devise some degree of security standards for coin exchanges to protect themselves, Mr El Nabawi said. Attackers have also tricked victims into bitcoin mining on their computers and mobile devices. He said that because the cybersecurity vendors are using AI, cybercriminals also try to avoid being detected by it, prompting them to develop "file-less and file-light" malware. Mr El Nabawi said financial trojans will still cause greater losses than ransomware because cybercriminals can profit more from attacking mobile banking applications.
December 15, 2017 00:45 UTC
"Next year will be an appropriate time to rehabilitate our relationship with the EU, both bilaterally and multilaterally, as well as resume Thai-EU FTA talks," Mr Somkid said. In June 2015, the EU said it would delay signing an agreement on closer economic and political ties and demanded a swift return to democracy. On Monday, the bloc said it had agreed to resume political contact at all levels with Thailand. A meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels deemed it "appropriate to pursue a gradual political re-engagement with Thailand". In 2016, the EU was Thailand's fourth-largest trade partner, with two-way trade between Thailand and the EU totalling US$40.13 billion (1.30 trillion baht).
December 15, 2017 00:22 UTC
For Thais, the most travelled-to destination for a beach holiday is Thailand, with seven in 10 (69%) taking a beach holiday domestically. After Thailand, Singapore (17%), Japan (16%), Hawaii (14%) and Australia (12%) are the most travelled to destinations for a beach holiday. Close to 21% of South Koreans have taken a beach holiday in Thailand, 17% for Indians and 15% for Australians. On average, Thais spend close to five days a year on a beach holiday. They spent an average of US$1,400 (45,529 baht) on their last beach holiday, less than the global average of $2,000.
December 15, 2017 00:15 UTC
Pairote: Millennials like digital lendingKrungsri Auto, the auto lending arm of Bank of Ayudhya (BAY), saw its digital loan growth double to 1.2 billion baht this year, indicating that the online channel is gaining ground. Digital lending should continue to grow next year, based on improving technology and consumers' changing lifestyles, he said. For instance, Krungsri Auto is offering digital lending services through online marketplace Kaidee.com. Mr Pairote said the country's auto industry rebound has boosted BAY's car loan growth this year. The bank is targeting 150 billion baht in new auto loans to lift its car loan portfolio to 307 billion this year.
December 15, 2017 00:11 UTC
Chinese investors will expand their investment in the region in line with the Chinese government's BRI, which aims to strengthen the country's trade route along 65 countries, said Citibank Thailand country head Tibor Pandi. "As a China-focused company, Citibank will profit enormously from the policy, which will encourage Chinese investment in Asean and Thailand," he said. The growing number of investors in Thailand and Asean represents an opportunity for Citi to increase its customer base," said Mr Pandi. Chinese investment in Thailand and Asean is largely directed towards infrastructure projects like roads and railways. Chokedee Kaewsang, deputy secretary of the Thai Board of Investment, said Chinese investors are interested in the EEC project.
December 15, 2017 00:11 UTC
Bangkok hotel and resort management firm Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia (BHMA) wants to expand its presence overseas from 2018 onwards. Mr McDonald says the group hopes to operate five hotels in Vietnam. Anthony McDonald, founder and chief executive, said the group plans to operate five hotels in Vietnam, starting in Hoi An in 2018. BHMA operates three different brands -- X2, X2 Vibe and Away -- targeting different client segments. During the introductory period, X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere Residence is offering special rates starting from 2,600 baht per room per night.
DHL eCommerce Thailand, a division of the logistics firm Deutsche Post DHL Group, will expand its local delivery network to 1,000 locations nationwide by 2018, fuelled by online shopping growth in the country. DHL ServicePoints now cover 200 spots in Bangkok and vicinity. Kiattichai Pitpreecha, managing director of DHL eCommerce, said the company, which entered the local market in 2015, makes 50,000 deliveries per day. "We decided to expand our domestic delivery network in Thailand to reach 100% nationwide coverage through DHL ServicePoints," he said. DHL has operated in Thailand since 1973 and now runs four business divisions -- DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Supply Chain and DHL eCommerce.
Export value is estimated at 600 billion baht, which would be close to last year's performance. Thailand hopes to export more white and black tiger shrimp to China as consumers there shift to eating boiled shrimp instead of live shrimp. Shrimp shipments to Japan in the period rose by 3.2% to 33,825 tonnes with a value of 12.4 billion baht, down 5.1%. The drop in European shipments was primarily due to a change in the generalised system of preferences for Thai shrimp. Mr Somsak said Thai shrimp production is forecast to recover to strong growth of 10% to 333,000 tonnes in 2018, with export volume rising 10% accordingly.