A total of 350 fire brigades backed by 200 soldiers were battling 17 major wildfires in the northwestern region of Galicia, the regional government of Galicia said in a statement. Officials said the wildfires were being fuelled by strong winds, drought conditions and unusually high temperatures for this time of the year. Five wildfires were raging near the port city of Vigo, forcing the evacuation of a shopping mall and a PSA Peugeot Citroen factory on the outskirts of the city. At least ten schools cancelled classes on Monday in Vigo because of the flames, local officials said. Spanish state-owned rail operator Renfe said it had cancelled a train linking Vigo to Barcelona because of the wildfires.
October 16, 2017 00:11 UTC
Pattaya: National team star Sadom Kaewkanjana produced a stunning five-under-par 65 final round to win his maiden professional tournament at the three-million-baht Singha Pattaya Open at Burapha Golf and Resort yesterday. Sadom Kaewkanjana with the Singha Pattaya Open trophy. However, due to their amateur status, neither Sadom nor Kammalas could receive the winner (450,000 baht) or runner-up cheques. Sadom added that his next goal is to try to make the Asian Games team in Indonesia next year and then turn professional. The next tournament of the 2017 Singha All Thailand Tour is the four-million-baht Thongchai Jaidee Foundation, which will be held between Dec 7-10, at Siam Country Club Waterside in Chon Buri.
October 15, 2017 23:26 UTC
"Sadly, the death toll has risen to 40 people," the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on its website. "Winds across northern California have been fairly light this morning," Cal Fire said, although it said gusty winds prevailed in the state's south. Almost 11,000 firefighters from various states are in action against the California blazes. At 2:00 pm (2100 GMT), mandatory evacuation orders for the city of Calistoga were lifted, Cal Fire said. Dan Warren, another returnee, said he hopes restrictions will be lifted to allow more people to come home.
October 15, 2017 23:03 UTC
CAL chairman Ho Nuan Hsuan celebrates the 50th anniversary of the airline's Bangkok-Taipei flight on the mockup of an Airbus A350 jet in Bangkok. China Airlines (CAL) expects to break the 1-million-passenger milestone on its Bangkok-Taipei route this year. CAL is on course to transport 670,000 passengers from Taipei to Bangkok and 330,000 from Bangkok to Taipei this year, chairman Ho Nuan Hsuan told the Bangkok Post. CAL operates 28 flights per week between the two cities on various types of aircraft: Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777, Boeing 737-800 and Airbus 350. According to CAL officials, 80% of its passengers on the Bangkok-Taipei route are business travellers, mostly Taiwanese.
October 15, 2017 22:41 UTC
Many customers and Thong Fah (Blue Flag) merchants have run into technical glitches in the first distribution of welfare cards, but recipients remain enthusiastic about the scheme. The registration record shows about 600 welfare card holders live in areas within his shop's vicinity. Welfare cards are ready for distribution. The number of card holders in Ayutthaya stands at 132,369, 16.5% of a total number of 800,000 residents in the province. Kalong Trimongkhon, 67, is among residents in Ayutthaya who feel more financially secure under the welfare card package.
See also: Royal Irrigation Department vows no Bangkok floodsAccelerated water discharge from the Chao Phraya barrage dam in Chai Nat has swamped 1,567 houses in five districts of downstream Ang Thong. He said he had contacted Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Centre 16 in Chai Nat to provide a makeshift tent for her. Their hardship came after the Chao Phraya River overflow swamped more than 2,300 houses in seven tambons of the district. In Pathum Thani, the rising Chao Phraya River caused water to flood riverside roads near Siriwattana Market in Muang district. Accordingly, the level of the Chao Phraya is rising and affecting low-lying areas on the banks of the river.
He recalls when Gen Prayut met Mr Trump: "We could sense the friendliness in his voice." (AP photo)Thailand did not struggle for the global superpower to accept Thailand's junta, says deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak. Gen Prayut is the first Thai leader to visit the White House since 2005. Going to the next level and making it substantial needs a lot of homework," Lt Gen Werachon said. Lt Gen Werachon said his impression from this trip was that Mr Trump had a friendly and humble demeanour, unlike what had been portrayed in the media.
The utility of traditional artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications is surging as the total amount of data available for processing explodes. Without state support, the gap between these tech giants and Thailand's national champions may widen -- perhaps irreversibly. Choosing AI over jobs is not a defeat for social welfare. Having them closer to home brings down costs as companies spend less on internet connectivity to transfer the data. "We are talking about huge amounts of data here, on the order of petabytes," said Mr Gryseels.
October 15, 2017 22:18 UTC
(File photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)Well-known academic and social critic Sulak Sivaraksa is no stranger to lese majeste charges. The two retired generals filed a complaint with Chanasongkram police station, accusing Mr Sulak of defaming King Naresuan. There are two issues about the Chanasongkram police's handling this lese majeste case that I found questionable and perplexing. It is open fact the lese majeste law has been misused by certain individuals, evident from the fact that several cases have been thrown out of court. The lese majeste charge against Mr Sulak has drawn widespread criticism from Western media, human rights organisations and the international community.
(File photo)The 13th anniversary of the Tak Bai "incident" is coming next week. What came next is what inflamed feelings in the Tak Bai area, and gave a 13-year impetus to the terrorist attacks of the separatist gangs. This impunity is the reason things have not gone well in the Tak Bai area since then. Late last week, the deputy chief of Narathiwat's Muang district, which adjoins Tak Bai, warned that trouble could once again be on the way. It is entirely likely he could affect the security situation in and around Tak Bai.
The Canadian incident happened last Thursday when a drone collided with a domestic Skyjet plane approaching Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec City, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement. Garneau reminded drone operators that anyone convicted of endangering the safety of an aircraft could face fines up to 25,000 Canadian dollars ($20,051 US), prison, or both. Canadian regulations forbid recreational drone flights above 90 meters and less than 5.5 kilometers from an airport. More stringent drone regulations are in the works, the minister told reporters. Under upcoming rules, operators will be required to pass a test as well as list their name and address on their drone.
October 15, 2017 22:07 UTC
The Chang Hua Man Royal Project in Phetchaburi province is becoming a tourist attraction, partly because of its proximity to Bangkok. With sustainability and environmental protection being a large part of all the royal projects, crops are grown organically without chemicals. Price for the three-day, two-night trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Thai Airways starts at 14,900 baht per person. Apart from highlight attractions, the Royal Project Foundation last month organised Royal Project @ CentralPlaza Khonkaen to promote royal products, such as avocado and tomato cherry scones with plum jam. Under the campaign, S&P restaurants and affiliate food shops offer diners eight selected menus using products from the royal projects.
In fact, historians are well aware of "relative truths" and open to new evidence which, if strong enough, can even challenge or deconstruct the old truths and the process must be dynamic. Every student knows King Naresuan belonged to the Sukhotai dynasty of Ayutthaya. No matter how King Naresuan was revered by the Thai public, there are no ways to connect the Ayutthaya king with today's Rattanakosin. One unclear episode involved King Naresuan and a Khmer ruler named Phya Lawaek. Thais immersed in old history believe the Khmer ruler was executed for his betrayal, while Cambodians have their own version of this history.
The 26-year-old birdied the final hole to back up last weekend's successful defence of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title with the third Tour win of his career. For the second Sunday in succession Ross Fisher piled the pressure on his compatriot Hatton, but had to settle for second, tied with Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat. "It's amazing to win one but to win back-to-back and defend in two weeks is unbelievable," world number 22 Hatton told europeantour.com. Hatton was tied with Fisher and Kiradech, for whom a double bogey on the 16th hole proved costly, standing on the 18th tee. Home favourite Francesco Molinari faded to end four strokes adrift of Hatton, while world number five Jon Rahm carded an excellent 65 to finish on 15-under.
October 15, 2017 21:56 UTC
“I’m so proud of myself to win this title, which is my first in a pro event. I just went out there and played my game,” said the SEA Games men’s team silver medallist. The teenager however has no plan to turn pro until after he represents Thailand in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. It’s nice to see my SEA Games fellow player won anyway,” Kamalas said. Overnight leader Pawin Ingkharadit failed to maintain his lead on the final day, stumbling to a 77 and an even-par 280.
October 15, 2017 21:45 UTC