Couple in uni sex romp clip surrenderPolice said the couple behind a viral sex video filmed on Kasetsart University's Bangkok campus turned themselves in on Tuesday and confessed they had uploaded the clip to a porn site. The unnamed 30-year-old man and 24-year-old woman showed up at Bang Khen police station at noon on Tuesday to admit they had made the sex video on a tennis court on the campus. The clip went viral, prompting the university to lodge a legal complaint against the pair. The couple said they had gone to the tennis court on the night of Jan 10 to make the clip and upload it to their own website, as well as to the website Pornhub, under the title "Thai teen sex outdoor beside the tennis court". Police said they claimed this was their first sex video, though they had set up a Twitter account called "WhiteFoxSex” to connect with customers.
January 21, 2020 13:26 UTC
City Hall orders staggered hours in fight against smogStudents at Songwitthaya School in Muang district of Samut Prakan province wear face masks as the levels of unhealthy smog exceed safety standards in many areas in Bangkok and surrounding provinces on Tuesday. The staggered working hours from 10am to 6pm instead of 8am to 4pm would help reduce the number of vehicles on Bangkok streets during rush hours, said the spokesman. The staggered working hours would not affect public service as district offices would provide services at normal office hours of 8am to 4pm. On the distribution of face masks, the BMA’s 68 healthcare centres had about 400,000 face mask. During the dust crisis, more face masks will be handed out to people at BTS skytrain stations, starting on Jan 21, he said.
January 21, 2020 12:22 UTC
Chinese New Year spending set to dipThais are expected to spend less during Chinese New Year festival. (Bangkok Post file photo)Spending by Thais during the Chinese New Year festival is expected to drop for the first time in 12 years as people fret over economic uncertainties. "The key concerns of consumers are the country's economic slowdown, anticipated widespread drought and hazardous smog, making them cautious about spending and travel," he said. Mr Thanavath said the university is scheduled to unveil economic loss projections from the dust problem next week. The haze also altered consumers' spending behaviour, with online purchases benefiting the most.
January 21, 2020 10:41 UTC
Extra precautions as human transmission of new virus confirmedHealth officials prepare to screen visitors at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province. They are advised to better protect themselves as the novel coronavirus can be transmitted between humans. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)Health officials are taking precautions to protect themselves against the new coronavirus after China confirmed it can be transmitted between humans. Dr Tanarak confirmed a report that a Thai man fell ill after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the mysterious virus infection was first reported. About 30 people had been placed in quarantine this month on suspicion of being infected by the novel coronavirus.
January 21, 2020 10:30 UTC
Vietnam’s new drunk-driving law slashes beer salesA man drinks beer from a tower as his friends look on at a local open-air beer bar in downtown Ho Chi Minh City in 2015. “Falling beer sales are a reality. The law also requires alcohol advertising to include health warnings and stores to post signs announcing the ban on alcohol sales to those younger than 18. The Vietnam beer association says it supports tougher laws to encourage responsible drinking yet thinks the new fines are too steep, Dung said. That’s a reason behind Thai Beverage Pcl’s acquisition of a $4.8 billion stake in Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp about two years ago.
January 21, 2020 10:18 UTC
Swiss banking giant UBS books lower profits in 2019UBS said net profit fell five percent to $4.3 billion (3.8 billion euros)ZURICH - Swiss banking giant UBS said Tuesday its full-year profits fell last year, but that economic stimulus measures and easier monetary conditions "contributed to a strong performance in financial markets in the fourth quarter and are likely to prevail." "UBS delivered solid full-year 2019 results in mixed market conditions," with net profit falling five percent to $4.3 billion (3.8 billion euros), the group said in a statement. In the fourth quarter alone, adjusted pre-tax profit soared by 153 percent to $1.2 billion, driven mainly by the wealth management and investment banking activities, UBS said. "We finished a solid year with our best fourth-quarter adjusted profit before tax since 2010," said chief executive Sergio Ermotti. "The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second half of 2020," UBS said.
January 21, 2020 09:51 UTC
China's former Interpol chief jailed for 13 yearsFormer Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is among a growing group of Communist Party cadres caught in President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign. BEIJING: Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, who was detained on a visit to China in 2018, was sentenced Tuesday to more than 13 years in prison for bribery in a case that shook the international police organisation. He vanished during a visit to China from France, where Interpol is based, and was later accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party. Meng was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison and fined two million yuan RMB (8.8 million baht), said the Tianjin First Intermediate People's Court on Tuesday. The court statement on Tuesday said Meng had "truthfully confessed to all the criminal facts" and would not appeal the decision.
January 21, 2020 07:30 UTC
Prince Harry rejoins Meghan and Archie in CanadaBritain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (left) has arrived in Canada to rejoin his wife and son after attending talks with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a bilteral meeting at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London. VANCOUVER: Prince Harry arrived in Canada to rejoin his wife Meghan and son Archie Monday, British media reported, as the couple start a new life after their shock exit from the royal fold. The information could not be confirmed by AFP journalists who had staked out the Vancouver and Victoria airports. He also had an informal 20-minute private meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who hosted the event. He and Meghan are bowing out entirely from representing the British monarchy, in a crisis that has shaken the centuries-old institution.
January 21, 2020 07:07 UTC
Former TV news anchor Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda arrives at the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases in Bangkok on Tuesday morning to hear the Supreme Court's decision on his appeal. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)Former TV news anchor Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda lost his final appeal and the Supreme Court sent him to prison for eight years on Tuesday, concluding the drawn-out MCOT advertising revenue embezzlement case. The court found that Sorrayuth's firm Raisom bribed the official, paying about 600,000 baht, to alter the records. The Supreme Court dismissed Sorrayuth's argument that there was only one offence. Pichapa Iamsa-ard, 50, the MCOT official tasked with keeping a record of the commercials, was sentenced to a reduced 12 years in prison for malfeasance causing damage to the MCOT.
January 21, 2020 06:33 UTC
Woman jumps into canal, drownsCurious people gather on the bridge over Khlong U-taphao during the search for the woman who jumped off it on Tuesday morning, in Songkhla's Bang Klam district. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)SONGKHLA: A woman drowned after jumping into Khlong U-taphao canal in Bang Klam district of this southern province on Tuesday morning. Saiphin Chaiyaplu, 53, plunged 20 metres from a bridge across the canal into the water below about 6am, Pol Capt Arthit Khongnu said. Relatives searched the canal and found Saiphin's body about an hour later. He said that when she walked away from their home on Tuesday morning he was unaware she intended to commit suicide.
January 21, 2020 06:05 UTC
The 3.2-trillion-baht budget bill for fiscal 2020 was debated in the parliament before it sailed through its third reading, with most opposition MPs abstaining. The probe found Chalong Therdwirapong, a Bhumjaithai MP for Phatthalung, had voted in favour of Sections 31 to 55 of the budget bill. The 55-section budget bill sailed through the final reading with 253 votes in favour, zero against and 196 abstentions. Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) leader Uttama Savanayana on Tuesday shrugged off any concerns about the validity of the 3.2-trillion budget bill for fiscal 2020. When asked about Mr Nipit's remark that the irregularity invalidated the budget bill, Gen Prawit said he did not know.
January 21, 2020 06:00 UTC
Future Forward acquitted in 'Illuminati' caseMembers of the Future Forward Party celebrate the Constitutional Court's ruling on Tuesday. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)The Constitutional Court has acquitted the opposition Future Forward Party of seeking to overthrow the country's constitutional monarchy. Supporters broke into cheers at the announcement, chanting “Future Forward Party, fight, fight! The Illuminati case was filed against the Future Forward Party, leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul and party executives in July 2019 by Nathaporn Toprayoon, a former adviser to the Ombudsman. As of Jan 20, there were no signs the 11 FFP executives would quit voluntarily.
January 21, 2020 05:33 UTC
Understanding long term Thai visasThe topic of visas, and visa related issues (such as the TM30, the 90 day report, or the re-entry permit), is often upon the lips of expats in Thailand. Business Visas and the Board of InvestmentDiscussion of business visas can be bifurcated into two different discussions: business visas for SMEs (as noted above) and business visas for large companies. Business visas and work permits issued under the BOI are a somewhat different animals compared to standard business visas. Thai O marriage visa may act as a platform for a Thai work permit application. In recent months the requirements for obtaining and extending a Thai retirement visa have been in a state of flux.
January 21, 2020 04:49 UTC
Deaf elderly man killed by trainOnlookers gather at the railway crossing where an express train hit and killed a deaf man on Tuesday morning at Ban Nong Yai in tambon Phru Phi of Ban Nasan district, Surat Thani. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)SURAT THANI: An elderly man with impaired hearing was hit and killed by a train at a railway crossing in Ban Nasan district on Tuesday morning, police said. Pol Capt Sithichai Roopngam, a duty officer, said the accident occurred about 8.25am at Ban Nong Yai railway crossing in tambon Phru Phi. Sathien Khunsanong, 76, was hit by express train No.85 bound for Nakhon Si Thammarat as he crossed the rail tracks. A card identifying him as disabled was found on his body, indicating that Sathien was deaf.
January 21, 2020 04:30 UTC
French campaigners highlight trawlers' deadly toll on dolphinsIncreasing numbers of dead dolphins are washing up on France's Atlantic beaches, and activists say fishing trawlers are to blame. It's time for the team from Sea Shepherd, a group dedicated to protecting the world's marine life, to start their nightly patrol. Although the trawlers are fishing for sea bass, Sea Shepherd wants to record whether dolphins -- or other cetaceans -- have also been caught in their nets. And because most dead dolphins sink or are carried off to sea, they estimate that in all, 11,300 dolphins died in 2019. "Impossible," given the economic importance of the French fishing industry, says Carre at CNPMEM.
January 21, 2020 03:48 UTC