"That is a dream start to be honest with you," said Rose, who only missed one green and had a total of 26 putts. "It was a near perfect round where I put myself in a good position up there on the leaderboard." Today was good because the weather was perfect and there was no wind. I chipped really good today," said Phachara. I will just stick to hitting it on the fairways and playing the same game like today."
The Thais meet the Vietnam U23 team at 4pm, while the final match will be between Japan and Uzbekistan at 8pm. "We only have one day to rest and get ready for the game against Vietnam," said Jankovic, a former Bulgaria striker. He added: "We will use the best and fittest players against Vietnam. "The Vietnam game is also my last chance to observe the team and spot its shortcomings for improvement before the Asian tournament." Park Hang-Seo, Vietnam's U23 team coach, said: "We will try to beat Thailand and claim the third place in this tournament.
A man uses QR code payment at a noodle shop in Tong Paed market in Khon Kaen province. (Photo by Jakkrapan Nathanri)The popularity of the PromptPay service will lead e-payment gateways to reduce their fees and launch new services, says a local e-payment gateway pioneer. The intense competition has also driven down the payment gateway fee to 3.5-3.6% from more than 4.7%. Mr Pawoot said the company will also enable its system to accept QR code payment to further help its merchants. Piyachart Ratanaprasartporn, chief executive of 2C2P Pte, a Southeast Asia payment service provider, said PromptPay and QR code payment will be important tools to drive e-payment in Thailand.
I am a little jealous because back when I was in school there weren't any cool courses to get excited about. Education Minister, you're welcome to implement my ideas for real sir. Misogyny, Violence and other Bad Ideas in Thai SoapsIf you can't learn from good examples, why not learn from bad examples? Thai soap operas are rich in bad ideas in general. A coup d'état = an act by good guys in power to stop the politically opposing factions from fighting.
Surin Pitsuwan holds the Asean Charter booklet at the Bangkok Post Forum 2017 in November. As someone who was attuned to think ing"outside the box," Surin came up with answers for Thailand and Asean that seem improbable. Around then, the five-year term of Asean Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong from Singapore was about to wind down. After leaving the secretary-general post, Surin was still in high demand for all things related to Asean. As he was a public service executive by training and preference, Surin had nowhere left to aim but the Bangkok governorship.
December 14, 2017 23:48 UTC
Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan faces a further 12 months in prison. Pattarapong ChatpattarasillRed-shirt core leader Jatuporn Prompan was sentenced yesterday to a further 12 months in jail in another libel case. Appearing in court after five months in prison, Jatuporn looked lean and trim after having lost 28kg. The Supreme Court halved the jail term to six months on each count, or 12 months in total, as Jatuporn confessed. Before the court ruling yesterday, the red-shirt co-leader had been serving a one-year jail term related to another libel case involving Mr Abhisit.
(Bangkok Post file photo)Political activist Srisuwan Janya will today petition the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to examine more evidence in connection with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon's possession of luxury watches. The Association to Protect the Thai Constitution plans to hand over to the NACC additional evidence it claims backs the allegation that Gen Prayut owns the RM 30 watch, said Mr Srisuwan, the association secretary-general. Earlier, acting NACC secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said the NACC can expand its investigation if new information emerges concerning another luxury watch owned by Gen Prawit. He was referring to a Facebook page called CSI LA which accused Gen Prawit of wearing the 4-million-baht Richard Mille wristwatch. However, Gen Prawit has not spoken about the origin of the two items, nor any other luxury trinkets he might own.
The names of seven Election Commission (EC) finalists were presented to the NLA to scrutinise their qualifications before stamping its approval. Of the finalists, five were chosen by a selection committee and the other two by the Supreme Court. The court picked Chatchai Janpraisri, chief justice of the Supreme Court, and one of its judges, Pakorn Mahannop, to serve as election commissioners under its quota. Mr Chatchai was named at a Supreme Court meeting on Nov 17 and Mr Pakorn on Dec 6. He explained that in an open vote, selection panel members tick the box on the ballot to choose a candidate and then cast it in a box.
He said he would discuss the matter with premier Thaksin which he did after our return from a BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Chiang Mai. He told me premier Thaksin gave him the same advice as I had done. That was how the process of the Thai government's nomination of Dr Surakiart as candidate for the UNSG started. Surin was the choice of the Selection Committee appointed by the Thai MFA, of which I was a member, to find a Thai candidate for the Asean secretary–general position. I noted the picture in Dec 14 Post showing our prime minister squeezing the knee of our deputy premier.
December 14, 2017 23:26 UTC
It is understandable that distributing wealth to the poor is a must-do thing for governments. The rest were economically vulnerable, moderately poor and extremely poor. Each of them started with a few thousand baht of debt to buy chemicals and fertiliser -- a condition required under the system. It's a miracle the majority are being overlooked as the door of opportunity is opened only for the rich to get richer. As a result, the state could obtain more revenue to invest in public facilities and state welfare to reduce the financial burden of the poor.
December 14, 2017 23:26 UTC
After having installed the first 800 automated cash collection boxes on Bangkok buses, the agency discovered the new system was impractical. The fiasco reminds Bangkok commuters of just how poorly served they are and how inefficient and incompetent the agency is. Similar to its ageing bus fleet, the BMTA itself has reached a stage where its management desperately needs a revamp. The state-run bus agency didn't have to rush ahead with the cash box installation plan. Prior to the launch of these automated fare collection systems, another BMTA bus revamp plan ended in a flop.
December 14, 2017 23:15 UTC
An investigation into the death of the first-year cadet at Nakhon Nayok’s Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School by an Army committee has been completed and the report handed over to the Supreme Commander of the Army. While the results were not revealed to the public, a source said the investigation committee concluded that Phakhapong had died of natural causes. However, Phakhapong’s family said they were disappointed at the conclusion and intended to sue the Army. Air Chief Marshal Chawarat Marungruang, deputy chief of staff and chairman of the investigation committee, said the committee had submitted a full report to Supreme Commander General Thanchaiyan Srisuwan. He has previously said it was the right of the family to sue the Army, but the committee was confident about the integrity of the official investigation.
December 14, 2017 18:33 UTC
The NLA convened yesterday to consider setting up a panel to scrutinise the qualifications of the seven new members of the Election Commission (EC), two of whom were picked by the Supreme Court. However, some NLA members, including Wallop Tang-kananurak, observed that the selection of the two commissioners by the court was being questioned by the public, while the court would clarify the process. Wallop said if the NLA proceeded with its scrutiny of the qualifications of the five commissioners picked by the selection committee first, it could later complicate the selection process of an EC president. Wallop proposed the meeting to seek the court’s response before setting up an EC qualification scrutiny panel. The Supreme Court, as required by the new EC law, was obliged to select two EC commissioners out of seven.
General Wallop Rohsanoh, the NSC secretary-general who held talks with US special envoy Joseph Yun yesterday, said Thailand was ready to help bring North Korea to the negotiating table if there is an opportunity. Yun also met Deputy Foreign Minister Veerasak Futrakul to discuss the issue yesterday. Yun and Veerasak at the Foreign Ministry yesterday (courtesy of the Foreign Ministry)Meanwhile, Thailand has drastically reduced trade with North Korea amid mounting international pressure to isolate the pariah state, the government said yesterday. But sanctions against North Korea have started to bite. The UN Security Council has ordered countries to stop providing guest-worker permits to North Koreans after Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test in September.
Srisuwan, secretary-general of the Association to Protect the Thai Constitution, said he would submit photos to the NACC showing the deputy prime minister wearing the watches, which could then proceed based on its anti-corruption law. Photos of Prawit wearing several luxurious watches on different occasions have gone viral on social media. The controversy swamping the deputy prime minister began after he was spotted wearing what appeared to be a silver-and-black Richard Mille watch and a diamond ring during a group photo with the reshuffled Cabinet at Government House on December 4. Meanwhile, Prawit kept silent on the issue after he was approached by reporters before and after a meeting at the Internal Security Command Operations Command.