VoiceTV vows to fight 7-day ban | Bangkok Post: news

Voice TV, a news outlet owned by former PM Thaksin Shinawatra's children, has vowed to take legal action against regulators after its digital TV licence was suspended for seven days. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on Monday suspended its licence for bias and unjustified criticisms on several occasions. Lt Gen Phirapong Manakit, an NBTC member, said the subcommittee overseeing broadcast content had originally proposed a three-day licence suspension. The NBTC found the channel had allowed criticisms in violation of the NBTC Act and the junta's orders. It won a digital TV licence three years ago.

March 27, 2017 10:01 UTC

Govt pension fund to form asset management unit | Bangkok Post: news

The Finance Ministry plans amending legislation to allow the Government Pension Fund (GPF) to form an asset management company to increase returns for members. Young members could choose high-risk, high-return investment and older members could select risk-free investment, Mr Somchai said. GPF members are all government officials and employees of governmental organisations. The Finance Ministry also planned to increase contributions to the Social Security Fund and expand its management, he said. Without improvements in people's savings, the state could face a financial crisis in an era of an ageing society, Mr Somchai said.

March 27, 2017 09:22 UTC

Donors contribute to return Scottish boxer's body home | Bangkok Post: news

Jordan Lamnammoon Muay Thai. (Photo from Jordan Coe Facebook account)An online fund-raising campaign launched to help return a Scottish Muay Thai boxer's body home after he died while jogging in Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday is attracting donors. Craig Floan, who coached Jordan Lamnammoon Muay Thai at the Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy, said on Sunday a fundraiser had been set up to return his body to Scotland, The Telegraph online reported. Jordan Lamnammoon Muay Thai was the ring name of Jordan Coe. A detailed autopsy carried out by Maharit Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital has not been released.

March 27, 2017 09:11 UTC

Man falls to death from Rama IX bridge | Bangkok Post: news

A company executive fell from the Rama IX bridge and drowned on Monday, leaving behind a suicide note addressed to his three children, police said. Police said the man drove a white Nissan sedan to the middle of the Rama IX bridge, stopped and got out of the vehicle, and then jumped into the Chao Phraya River. The police found in the car a business card for Sompong Wanasinchai, director for general administration of a private company in Samut Prakan's Bang Phli district. Also found in the car was a letter to his three children saying that he was suffering from work-related problems and depression. This, coupled with the fact a senior relative was sick with cancer, caused him to suffer from insomnia and drove him to despair, he said in the letter.

March 27, 2017 08:48 UTC

Pattaya: Las Vegas of sex seeks family friendliness | Bangkok Post: learning

Masseuses in miniskirts offered "happy ending" massages whose euphemistic title has nothing to do with the Happy Zone of the authorities. A woman stands inside a go-go bar before they open for customers in Pattaya, Thailand March 25, 2017. SEX TOURISTSIt is also worth noting that the very word "sex tourism" does not quite capture what happens in reality. REUTERS/Jorge SilvaTHE SOFT TOUCH 'HAPPY ZONE' APPROACHThe Happy Zone approach is a softer way to try to show that something is being done. Sensuality and Venality in Bangkok: The Dynamics of Cross Cultural Mapping of ProstitutionExplorations in Thai Tourism; Collected Case Studieshttp://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1221678/pattaya-tries-again-to-become-family-friendlyhttp://core.roehampton.ac.uk/repository2/content2/subs/d.steedman/d.steedman1887/Cohen%20(1993)%20Open%20ended%20prostitution%20as%20a%20skilful%20game%20of%20luck.pdfhttps://www.academia.edu/3618046/A_portrait_of_Erik_Cohenhttp://sociology.huji.ac.il/sites/default/files/sociology/files/cohen_cv.pdf

March 27, 2017 08:48 UTC

And the winner is... | Bangkok Post: learning

S Weekly picks its Not-very-clever Person of the YearAnd the winner is...It’s awards season here at S Weekly! Sadly, the first award is for Not-very-clever Person of the Year. After reading the Bangkok Post, there are a high number of nominees for this important award, but the judges (me) thought hard and chose a winner. This year’s Not-very-clever Person of the Year is the man who was my neighbour when I lived in Chiang Mai. Gary BoyleEditor, S Weekly

March 27, 2017 08:26 UTC

'Patt' postpones explanation of her income | Bangkok Post: news

Actress Napapa "Patt" Tantrakul reports to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau in Bangkok for questioning on March 17. On March 17, 30-year-old Ms Napapa reported to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau in Bangkok for questioning about 10 million baht that moved through her accounts. Investigators said then they would ascertain if there was any connection with the money-laundering case against Mr Akarakit. Mr Akarakit was charged after police suspicions were aroused by about 100 million baht linked to many groups of people. Ms Napapa married Mr Akarakit last November, and gave birth to a child in mid-February.

March 27, 2017 07:41 UTC

Taiwan steps up | Bangkok Post: business

Photo: Nareerat WiriyapongWith a total population of less than 24 million, Taiwan is known for its diversified manufacturing sector ranging from high-tech industries such as electronics and IT, to home appliances and bicycles. China's dominance as an export destination reflects the fact that many Taiwanese companies have manufacturing operations there. The country's leading PC maker, better known by its trade name Asus, is now placing more emphasis on PC gaming through its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand. According to the research firm IDC, Asustek overtook Apple as the No.4 brand in the global PC market in 2016 behind Lenovo, HP and Dell. INNOVATION AND SOLUTIONSAmid intense price competition from Chinese products, Taiwanese brands are moving rapidly into solutions customised for end-users.

March 27, 2017 07:18 UTC

Abbot shot by 'resentful' woman | Bangkok Post: news

Phra Nathapol was rushed to Sanburi hospital and was reported to be out of danger. (Photo by Chudate Seehawong)CHAI NAT -- A woman fired six gunshots at the abbot of a temple in Sankhaburi district, inflicting serious wounds, as villagers gathered there to make merit on Monday morning, a Bhuddist holy day. About 100 villagers who were still at the temple heard the shots and rushed to help the abbot, who had fallen to the ground in a pool of blood. According to police, Ms Athitaya said she had an affair with the abbot and fell pregnant. Phra Nathapol was rushed to Sanburi hospital and was reported to be out of danger.

March 27, 2017 06:56 UTC

Scottish Muay Thai boxer: Heat stroke death | Bangkok Post: learning

In a fighting pose, the recenty deceased Jordan Lamnammoon also known as Jordan Coe or Dechalek Lamnammoon or 'the dancing boxer' (Source: Facebook)After fighting for years in over 70 fights 'the dancing boxer' dies from dehydration running under scorching sun in heavy sweatsuit. SPORTS & HEALTHScottish Muay Thai boxer: Heat stroke death26/03/2017Prasit Tangprasert and Saritdet MarukatatA Scottish Muay Thai boxer was found dead in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday. However, the boxer is perhaps better known by his ring name of Jordan Lamnammoon Muay Thai. Jordan Lamnammoon poses for a picture after a win over Alaverdi Windy Sports on Feb 16, 2016. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1221648/scottish-muay-thai-boxer-dies-probably-from-heat-strokeA promotional poster for a Muay Thai bout (Source: Facebook)https://www.facebook.com/jordan.coe.50https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/26/scottish-boxer-dies-while-training-in-thailandhttp://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-39400250https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3183360/brit-muay-thai-boxer-dies-after-training-in-a-heavy-sweat-suit-in-scorching-heat-to-lose-weight-for-fight/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4350812/British-boxer-dies-training-heavy-sweat-suit.htmlhttp://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-muay-thai-boxer-19-10104025

March 27, 2017 06:11 UTC

SET falls 0.90 to 1,572.61 at midday | Bangkok Post: business

The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went down 0.90 points, or 0.06%, to close at 1,572.61 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 13.88 billion baht, with 3.31 billion shares traded. The SET50 index ended at 997.46 points, down 0.79 points, or 0.08%, with a total trade value of 7.09 billion baht. The MAI index went down 3.95 points, or 0.67%, to close at 589.84 points, with total transaction value of 925.11 million baht.

March 27, 2017 06:00 UTC

Oil producers consider continuing curb on output | Bangkok Post: business

KUWAIT CITY - Oil producers have pledged to consider extending their pact limiting supply, as half a dozen nations said more time was needed to drain swollen stockpiles. “We are ready to support” extending the deal, which took effect in January, Venezuela’s Oil Minister Nelson Martinez said on Sunday. “It does make sense to extend the agreement for another six months,” said Mohammed Al Rumhy, energy minister for non-Opec producer Oman. Kuwait this month became the first nation to call for extending the production cuts, with Oil Minister Issam Almarzooq saying inventories had grown more than expected. Iraq expressed a willingness to support extending the cuts but only if Opec and others agree, Oil Minister Jabbar Al-Luaibi told reporters.

March 27, 2017 05:48 UTC

Dumped, unwanted spirit houses horrify villagers | Bangkok Post: news

Broken and unwanted spirit houses and dolls left on the roadside in Sankhaburi district, Chai Nat. (Photo by Chudate Seehawong)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 Sankhaburi district has local residents up in arms. The intolerable eyesore is along the road between Sankhaburi district and Khai Bang Rachan district in neighbouring Sing Buri. 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. Chayaboon Jaemsiri, director of the Chai Nat rural road office, admitted he had received complaints about the spot from the local community.

March 27, 2017 05:48 UTC

Tonnes of used plastic fuel fire at recycling plant | Bangkok Post: news

Black smoke from burning plastic rises over the recycling plant of Thai M Recycle Co in Muang district, Samut Prakan, on Monday morning. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)SAMUT PRAKAN - A recycling plant and about 200 tonnes of used plastic was destroyed by a fire that sent black smoke billowing above tambon Bang Pu Mai in Muang district on Monday morningThe fire began in the Thai M Recycle Co plant in Moo 1 village about 6.30am. Burning wires then fell onto piles of stored plastic vehicle parts and 200 tonnes of pellets made from used plastic. The blaze spread rapidly through the stored plastic material, engulfing the plant machinery. Police believed rainwater flowed into the circuit breaker, causing a short circuit that started the fire.

March 27, 2017 05:26 UTC

Avalanche engulfs students on Japan ski slope | Bangkok Post: news

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan -- Six people were believed dead and three others remained unaccounted for on Monday morning following an avalanche on a ski slope near the town of Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, the local fire department said. About 50 senior high school students were believed to have been on the slope when the avalanche occurred at Nasuonsen Family Ski Resort in the morning, it said. They were taking part in a spring climbing event. Two students and one teacher were confirmed injured by the avalanche. The climbing event began on Saturday and was scheduled to conclude around noon, according to a person connected with one of the participating schools.

March 27, 2017 04:41 UTC

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