(Capture from video clip posted on rescue volunteer Chonyuen Wisutthipat Facebook page)An immigration policewoman has been arrested and charged with shooting dead another woman in a carpark at a temple in Bangkok on Monday momrning. The suspect surrendered to police, but during interrogation denied all charges. A black car was seen arriving at the carpark behind the woman. At 5.41am, a person looking like a tomboy and wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and a pulled-down cap emerged from the black car and fired four shots at the woman's head from behind her. The killer then left in the black car.
September 22, 2020 07:07 UTC
Photo by WICHAN CHAROENKIATPAKULThe government on Tuesday reported five new quarantined cases of the novel coronavirus, including a Thai national, as total cases rose to 3,511. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said that the Thai was a 44-year-old maid who arrived from Switzerland last Wednesday. The four other cases were Indian nationals who flew in from India. They arrived last Wednesday and were staying at an alternative state quarantine facility in Bangkok. Of the total 3,511 cases, 3,343 have recovered -- including one patient over the past 24 hours -- and 109 others were at hospitals.
September 22, 2020 05:26 UTC
Govt wary of foreign 'carriers'The Public Health Ministry on Monday claimed that foreigners, illegal migrants from neighbouring countries and asymptomatic carriers present the main threats for a second wave of Covid-19 infections in Thailand. In terms of asymptomatic Covid-19 carriers, he said people need to adhere to social distancing and strictly comply with preventive measures including wearing face masks and washing hands regularly. "If they are wearing face masks, when an infected and healthy person talks to another, the risk of transmission is just 1.5%," he said. "Although those who have had the virus might develop some immunity, reports from foreign countries suggest it may be short-lived. In the middle of June, the government lifted the ban on concerts and then, in mid-August, on sports events.
Temperatures may rise during red-hot OctoberThe Prayut Chan-o-cha regime could be staring at its own Kodak moment. The protest at the weekend may have been the largest we have seen in years. Its highlight, the installation of the reinvented 1932 Revolution plaque, was both daring and catchy. But in practical terms, the peaceful rally does not qualify as a threat to the government at this point. What is probably most ironic of all is that some of the government ministers are former anti-government protesters themselves.
Little care for car-free dayWhile many countries around the globe are planning to celebrate World Car Free Day today by promoting low- and zero-carbon footprint travel, the day looks set to pass with little, if any, attention from the public in most parts of Thailand. The fact of the matter is, the World Car Free Day is and has always been meaningless in Bangkok. This is in stark contrast to other world capitals, which would make no compromises about making the day actually car-free and are proud of it. Bangkok is different -- it is unfriendly to non-motorists, as the government sees the construction of roads and expressways as a solution to the city's traffic problems. It is naive to think that holding a car-free day once a year will improve the city's notorious traffic jams.
Tech giants face action over URLsTwitter and YouTube should also face legal action if they continued to keep open URLs deemed inappropriate, according to the Digital Economy and Society Ministry. (Bangkok Post photo)The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry will on Thursday submit more evidence to police to take legal action against social media platforms that do not obey the law and remove URLs deemed inappropriate. He said the DES would also ask the Criminal Court to reject Facebook's appeal not to close down its 17 URLs. Meanwhile, Putchapong Nodthaisong, deputy permanent secretary for the DES Ministry, told the Bangkok Post that YouTube and Twitter should also face legal action if they continued to keep open URLs deemed inappropriate. The DES ministry is also considering legal action against Twitter user Tom Yutherleart for changing his handle to try to mislead people into thinking it was an official MDES account.
British-French actor and 'Bond' villain Michael Lonsdale diesLonsdale, who was bilingual, chalked up more than 200 roles over a six-decade careerPARIS - Michael Lonsdale, the British-French actor with a far-ranging film and theatre career but most widely recognised as the villain opposite James Bond in "Moonraker", died on Monday aged 89, his agent told AFP. Lonsdale, who was bilingual, chalked up more than 200 roles over a six-decade career, equally at ease in experimental arthouse productions as in big-budget crowd-pleasers. For the role Lonsdale won his first and only Cesar award -- France's version of the Oscars -- for best supporting actor in 2011. Yet for millions of people he was the sadistic industrialist Hugo Drax in the 1979 Bond film "Moonraker" starring Roger Moore, with a plot to destroy Earth's population with nerve gas while he escaped into space. His breakthrough came when French film director and New Wave innovator Francois Truffaut hired him for "The Bride Wore Black" and "Stolen Kisses," both in 1968.
September 21, 2020 15:45 UTC
BoT not worried about banking liquidity amid SCB boycott callSiam Commercial Bank is a target of anti-government protesters over its link with the monarchy. The Bank of Thailand is not concerned about liquidity in the banking system, a director said on Monday, after anti-government demonstrators on the weekend called for a boycott of Siam Commercial Bank (SCB). Student leader Parit Chiwarak spoke on the stage on Saturday, urging people to withdraw money from SCB due to its link with the monarchy. His Majesty the King is the biggest shareholder of the bank, according to the Stock Exchange of Thailand. "Overall, there is not a worry about liquidity in the banking system as it remains ample," said Tharith Panpiemras, senior director of banking supervision and risk assessment,SCB shares dropped 25 satang, or 0.37%, to 67 baht as of 3.30pm.
September 21, 2020 08:48 UTC
Chula HSC receives excellent award from PSEA 2020Innovative ‘H numbers’ system accurately detects halal food additives, reducing costs for entrepreneurs and driving the food industry of the futureThe Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University (HSC) won the Public Sector Excellence Award (PSEA), Outstanding level, for its "H numbers" innovative system for accurately checking additives in halal food. This year brought another great success as we won in the Innovation category, Outstanding level, for our ‘H numbers’ innovation. These are allowed to be used in the halal food production process and are certified by the Sheikhul Islam in Thailand. Raw materials may be obtained from a manufacturing process at risk of contamination and banned or without a halal certification. “H numbers” application can be downloaded from http://h4e.halalthai.com/, for both IOS and Android systems, without charge.
September 21, 2020 07:52 UTC
Coca-Cola, TerraCycle and BMA join hands in cleaning up Lat Phrao Canal and promote behavioural changeThe project is one among the nine sites located in various parts of the world under the Benioff Ocean Initiative funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation to help stem flow of waste to the oceans. The Lat Phrao Canal is 12.56 km long and located in central Bangkok linking betweenSaen Saeb Canal and Song Canal. With Coca-Cola’s funding, the TerraCycle Thai Foundation has already installed two locally-constructed ‘River Plastic Traps’ in the Lat Phrao Canal. The waste collection from these two devices operates five days a week and is operated by TerraCycle Thai Foundation. So, DDS is delighted to support The TerraCycle Thai Foundation in executing this project.
September 21, 2020 06:33 UTC
Public health volunteers attend a forum on preparing for a possible second outbreak of Covid-19, at Impact Muang Thong Thani on Monday. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday thanked public health volunteers for their dedication in fighting the pandemic. He also asked them not to let their guard down against a possible second wave of infections. The Public Health Ministry has about one million public health volunteers across the country, in every village. It ends this monthSpeaking on Monday, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul promised to pay them more if the disease returns.
September 21, 2020 06:33 UTC
Mu Ko Angthong is a marine national park in the Gulf of Thailand in Ko Samui district. The islands in the Mu Ko Angthong National Marine Park are made of limestone that dates from about 260 million years ago. SURAT THANI: A large section of an island in the Mu Ko Angthong National Marine Park has split off from the main island, probably because of heavy rain and strong waves. A large section of Ko Hintaek in the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park has split off from the rest of the island. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)Click "play" to listen to Storm breaks off large section of island and "Download" to keep this file for educational purpose.
September 21, 2020 02:36 UTC
The blacklist extends to a lifetime if the overstaying period exceeds 10 years. But the grace period ends on Saturday which has also been set as a deadline for having their visas renewed. More than 150,000 foreigners need to have their tourist visas renewed by Sept 26 or face a charge of overstaying, warned the Immigration Bureau. More than 150,000 foreign nationals need to have their tourist visas renewed by Sept 26, according to the Immigration Bureau. Click "play" to listen to Tourists face arrest, jail for overstaying and "Download" to keep this file for educational purpose.
September 21, 2020 02:26 UTC
'Uncle Bill', kingpin in US sex trafficking ring, gets 17 yearsSex trafficker "Uncle Bill", who coerced hundreds of Thai women to engage in commercial sex acts across the United States, has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison. Michael Morris, 66, aka Uncle Bill, is one of 36 people convicted of being as part of an international Thai sex trafficking organisation. Following a six-week trial, on Dec 12, 2018, a federal jury convicted Morris and four other defendants for their roles in operating the sex trafficking enterprise. "Sex trafficking continues to be a repugnant local, national, and international crime that preys on vulnerable populations," said Ms MacDonald. The trafficking victims were forced to participate in the criminal scheme through misleading promises of a better life in the United States and the ability to provide money to their families in Thailand.
September 21, 2020 00:44 UTC
But looking around the luscious greenery of Khaolak Merlin Resort in Phangnga, it may not be surprising to expect wildlife around here. Slow loris has long been here, according to staff and guests. Today, the resort seeks to maintain its lush environment and provide a suitable ecosystem for wildlife alongside looking after their guests. Slow loris can be territorial and are venomous but they don't harm humans and will most likely hide or run away if they see one. Sunda slow loris.
September 21, 2020 00:33 UTC