Asean mulling bid for 2034 World Cup | Bangkok Post: news

photo: epa>>Yangon: Asean on Friday held talks on launching a joint bid for the World Cup in 2034 during a visit by Fifa chief Gianni Infantino to Yangon, the head of Myanmar's football federation said. "For a country alone in the Asean region it's difficult to host the World Cup, but for several countries why not?" Infantino told reporters the larger World Cup would allow "teams all over the world to dream to be able to participate". The United States hosted the 1994 World Cup while Mexico hosted in 1970 and 1986. But I am also confident that a World Cup, the only thing of its kind would, no pun intended, trump politics."

February 19, 2017 01:05 UTC

Childcare should be placed on national agenda | Bangkok Post: news

"If we were living in a place where it's more safe and secure, we wouldn't be as hesitant as this." The plan to distribute vitamins was announced earlier this month in response to the government's policy to increase Thailand's birth rate as approved by the cabinet in October last year. "But most importantly, the long-term solution has to be done at the structural level, which is to seek ways to retain and increase the birth rate," he said. "To increase the birth rate, the issue should be put on the national agenda so that every sector is required to help create a conducive child-rearing environment," he said. Nor when the children grow up should parents feel discomfort about letting their kids travel on their own on public transport.

February 19, 2017 00:36 UTC

Ethnic Mon villagers take refuge | Bangkok Post: news

Mon people take refuge at a temple in Sangkhla Buri district, Kanchanaburi. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)About 149 ethnic Mon villagers who crossed the Thai-Myanmar border into Kanchanaburi over fears of a possible new skirmish between the Myanmar military and Mon guerrillas remained on the Thai side as of yesterday. They were believed to have fled to Thailand over fears that the Myanmar soldiers would attempt to raid their village, said the source. The arrival of these villagers prompted Thai authorities to begin preparing more shelters for additional Mon villagers in the event the situation between the Myanmar military and the Mon guerrillas worsened, said the source. According to the same source, about 400 Myanmar soldiers had moved closer to surround Ban Bo Yipun, which raised concerns over possible clashes between the soldiers and guerrillas.

February 19, 2017 00:36 UTC

TAS bestows Thai name on minor planet | Bangkok Post: news

A new minor planet will be named after astronomer Singto Pukahuta, former president of the Thai Astronomical Society (TAS), who passed away in 2007 at the age of 92. Wimut Wasalai, a committee member of the TAS, said the International Astronomical Union (IAU) on Feb 12 officially bestowed the name of Singto on minor planet 1989 CN (6125) following the society's request. "Our society is very proud to have his name on the minor planet. Mr Wimut said there were more than 10 minor planets named after Thai people. He said there was a planet named Mongkut in honour of King Rama IV, also known as King Mongkut, who was the father of science.

February 19, 2017 00:33 UTC

Pattaya condo market hits the pause button | Bangkok Post: news

Consequently, it accounts for the highest supply of completed units among the five areas surveyed. DEMAND: The average take-up rate in the Pattaya condominium market as of the end of 2016 was 83%. Some completed projects attracted high interest from buyers because of their beachfront locations. Demand has still not recovered notably, and all developers are now focusing on releasing their completed units instead. PRICE: The average price for condominium units in the Pattaya market was around 82,500 baht per square metre, an increase of about 5% from 2015.

February 19, 2017 00:23 UTC

The path of resistance | Bangkok Post: news

But for the annual National Day, most make the trip to their family's hometown and go back to their roots. Four armed Shan State personnel guarded a series of checkpoints on the dusty dirt road to Loi Tai Leng. CAUSE TO CELEBRATEOn the morning of Feb 7, celebrations kicked off with a parade, as is customary for National Shan Day. Wichan Charoenkiatpakulscene of festivity: Loi Tai Leng, the site of a big Shan State National Day celebration this year. Wichan Charoenkiatpakulon guard: Soldiers stationed at checkpoints along the once conflict-ridden road to Loi Tai Leng.

February 19, 2017 00:23 UTC

Ericulture reeling them in | Bangkok Post: news

Paritta Wangkiat'They are not fully tamed," says entomologist Tipvadee Attathom, picking up an eri silkworm from the floor. MELLOW YELLOW: Eri silk yarn is dyed in a concoction made of plants leaves at Baan Tab Klai village in Uthai Thani's Ban Rai district. They shifted from mulberry silkworms to eri silkworms 10 years ago. Over 41 networks of eri silk farmers have been formed to enhance their skill in eri silk production. Despite the small market, eri silk is believed to have high potential in the international market due to the rising eco-friendly trend.

February 19, 2017 00:22 UTC

How the road paves the way for raging tempers to flare up | Bangkok Post: news

In reality, however, we know that incidents of road rage rarely lead to romance. Marisa Chimprabha was the victim of another driver's road rage a few years ago. When Mr Suthep left the lot, Mr Nawapol, in his vehicle alongside other passengers, started to follow him. This controversial attitude was exemplified in one of last year's most high-profile road rage incidents featuring Akanat "Nott" Ariyaritwikul, a famous TV host. "Road rage depends on a person's ability to control their emotions under stressful circumstances," said Dr Apichart.

February 19, 2017 00:22 UTC

Soaking up the sun | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Crispy smoked fish can still be found at markets in riverside provinces. It can be used most easily with fish to produce the dried fish known as plaa krawp rom khwan -- crispy smoked fish. The reason the crispy smoked fish are so expensive is that 10 kilos of fresh fish will only yield two kilos of crispy dry ones. These days, crispy smoked fish made in Thailand from sheatfish and other scaleless fish are small and less plentiful than they once were. Crispy smoked fish can still be found at markets in riverside provinces.

February 19, 2017 00:22 UTC

Preparations for O-Net up to scratch | Bangkok Post: news

Ordinary National Education Test (O-Net) arrangements for Mathayom 6 students which kicked off yesterday were satisfactory, Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin said. There are a total of 405 exam venues including Rittiyawannalai School and 18 exam centres. Niets has taken strict measures to prevent students from cheating by copying answers on tests by students sitting the exam, Dr Teerakiat said. Dr Teerakiat said the O-Net is good not only for students but also for educators and officials. "If students do not get good scores this time, they must work harder to get good ones in the next exam," Dr Teerakiat said.

February 19, 2017 00:22 UTC

Search for ex-abbot hits dead end | Bangkok Post: news

Forensic officers were checking when the hyperbaric chamber was last used to treat Phra Dhammajayo. Of particular interest is a hyperbaric chamber that officials discovered on Friday. They took a closer look at the medical equipment, including the hyperbaric chamber, as well as documents recording the equipment delivery dates. He added that the Section 44 order invoked to search the temple is still necessary to find Phra Dhammajayo and it will not be revoked. The monk also denied reports that the hyperbaric chamber was used to provide "baby face" treatment to make the former abbot look younger.

February 19, 2017 00:22 UTC

FA Cup shocks as Lincoln in, Leicester out | Bangkok Post: news

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy shakes hands after losing the English FA Cup soccer match between Millwall and Leicester City at The Den stadium in London on Saturday. (AP photo)LONDON - Lincoln City produced a huge FA Cup shock to beat top-flight Burnley 1-0 away and become the first minor league club to reach the quarter-finals for 103 years on Saturday. Middlesbrough quelled a stirring comeback by third-tier Oxford United to win 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium. The magic of the Cup will continue on Monday when Lincoln's National League (fifth-tier) rivals Sutton United host Arsenal. Millwall's third win over Premier League opposition this season, secured by Shaun Cummings's 90th-minute goal at the New Den, would ordinarily have topped the shocks.

February 19, 2017 00:21 UTC

Will she or won't she: Ariya returns to Pattaya | Bangkok Post: news

The Thai star will be attempting to bury the ghosts of her 2013 meltdown forever when the Honda LPGA Thailand gets underway on ThursdayAriya Jutanugarn has fond and forgettable memories of the Honda LPGA Thailand. The 21-year-old from Bangkok is confident in her hunt for the title at the Honda LPGA Thailand which tees off Thursday at Siam Country Club, Old Course. Last year, she won three times in professional tournaments -- the Esan Open on the All Thailand Tour and two on the Thailand LPGA Tour. The 11th edition of the Honda LPGA Thailand features 70 players, including world No.1 Lydia Ko and defending champion Lexi Thompson. Park comebackPark In-Bee will make her 2017 debut at the Honda LPGA Thailand after a six-month lay-off due to a thumb injury.

February 19, 2017 00:08 UTC

The secret of a truly great swing | Bangkok Post: news

As I've mentioned over the years, if there is a magic swing action within our game, then this would be it. Look carefully at the initial movement of Sergio Garcia, from finishing his back swing to starting his downswing and you'll see one of the main secrets to a great golf swing. Now combine this with how he lags and whips through the ball and you'll begin to see how he gets his distance. A Kiwi and an Aussie went fishing one afternoon and decided to have a couple of cold beers. The Kiwi, after a great deal of thought, said: "Well, I don't know about related, but it sure would make us even."

February 19, 2017 00:08 UTC

Muang Thong lose Sarach in costly triumph | Bangkok Post: news

This is the second blow suffered by defending Thai League champions Muang Thong United before playing the ACL opener at Brisbane Roar on Tuesday. Sukhothai's resistance lasted 53 minutes on Friday night and they conceded the decisive goal when Theerathon Bunmathan's free-kick was headed in by Naoaki Aoyama, giving Muang Thong United their second straight win at the start of the 2017 season. Cleiton, who is expected to seal his transfer deal to China -- reportedly worth about US$2.8 million -- over the next few days, had a chance to bid farewell to his Muang Thong United fans, coming on as a substitute late in the match. Muang Thong coach Totchtawan Sripan said: "It was a difficult game. The match ended in a goalless draw, leaving visiting Bangkok Glass with just one point from their two matches so far.

February 19, 2017 00:08 UTC

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