TEST YOURSELF: A killer storyPhoto © BBC One and NetflixThe Serpent, a Netflix crime drama series, was set in Bangkok in the 1970s. Test Yourself is where you can improve your reading skills. The Serpent is based on the true story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj who lived in Bangkok. His beautiful two-storey wooden house in the film is an old house named Reun Manila in Ayutthaya province. "The production crew asked to film the …7… scenes in our hotel and use our hotel name in the series.
May 06, 2021 08:03 UTC
More than 80 national parks have been temporarily closed due to the latest wave of Covid-19. The Department of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation which oversees 155 national parks has said that at present, 84 national parks are not allowing public visits, including Phu Hin Rong Kla, Phu Ruea, Chet Sao Noi, Khao Lak and Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet national parks. About 30 national parks have also closed access to some attractions or are not allowing overnight stays such as Khao Yai, Doi Suthep-Pui, Mu Ko Angthong and Namtok Phlio national parks. The Fine Arts Department has also announced the closure of national museums, the national archives of Thailand, national library and historical parks nationwide for 14 days. Visit facebook.com/NationalPark.Interpretation for more details about national park closures and finearts.go.th for virtual tours of national museums and historical parks overseen by the Fine Arts Department.
May 06, 2021 06:56 UTC
The greater kudu calf, right, seen recently at Chiang Mai Night Safari. (Photo © Chiang Mai Night Safari)Chiang Mai Night Safari has introduced a new member, a newborn greater kudu. Born on April 18, the calf is the ninth member of the zoo's greater kudu family. Originated in Africa, the greater kudu is a large antelope. The male greater kudu when mature will have long spiral horns which can grow 120-180cm.
May 06, 2021 06:56 UTC
City slum clusters demand special careThe Kloen Toey slum, with up to 1.2 million dwellers, is a new hotbed for Covid-19 infections. Just when we were made to believe that the Thong Lor cluster had subsided, the Klong Toey cluster emerged. As the country's largest slum, Klong Toey houses around 1.2 million people, although only 800,000 are registered as residents. Apart from field hospitals, a centre or shelter that takes care of the children will be needed. If dense communities are not a priority for treatment, similar clusters will emerge.
May 05, 2021 21:33 UTC
'Let's move' buzz no threatThe Prayut Chan-o-cha government is getting serious about a popular FB group that provides advice to people wishing to settle down in a foreign country to avoid Covid, get a vaccine jab, and for some, escape government incompetence. Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn, the new Minister of Digital Economy and Society (DES), was irritated with the page, Yai Prathet Kan The, or Let's move abroad. The minister alleged that the page has an ulterior political motive, and labelled those with critical views as "nation haters" who want to intensify polarisation. A working group has been formed under the DES to keep an eye on the movement. The threat prompted the page administrator to open another FB page with a more ambiguous name and private status.
May 05, 2021 21:22 UTC
Thamanat fit to hold post: courtThamanat: Can stay onThe Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister and Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MP for Phayao, Thamanat Prompow, is qualified to hold his positions despite having served four years in an Australian prison in 1994. The MPs wanted the court to decide whether Capt Thamanat should be disqualified as an MP and cabinet member under sections 98, 101, 160 and 170 of the constitution. Therefore, Capt Thamanat is still qualified to be an MP and a cabinet member under the constitution, the court ruled. After initially denying being jailed in Australia, Capt Thamanat's version of events shifted several times after Sydney court files revealed the extent of his involvement in the heroin-trafficking operation. Capt Thamanat has said the case does not have any bearing on his qualifications as a minister.
May 05, 2021 21:22 UTC
A woman gets a Covid-19 vaccine at Lotus superstore in Klong Toey district on Tuesday. In general, people aged 16 and more who live in or have legally entered the US can seek Covid vaccination free of charge. For example, he said, vaccine recipients are required to have permanent residences or jobs in some states. According to Mr Tanee, many states in the US have taken steps to bar vaccine tourism. Apart from the slow speed of vaccination, many are upset about the lack of vaccine choice.
May 04, 2021 12:20 UTC
There has been a surge in demand for the traditional Thai herb fah talai jone (Andrographis paniculata) since the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic with the herb selling out in several provinces. Also known as green chireta, the traditional cold medicine has long been used to cure the flu, sore throat and inflammation in Thailand and Asian countries. Currently, the department has conducted more research by prescribing the medicine to Covid-19 positive people at Thammasat University Field Hospital. However, there are misunderstandings about the properties of fah talai jone. That's why the department has recently launched the Fah Talai Jone Hotline to clarify misconceptions and answer all questions people might have about the medicine.
May 03, 2021 23:15 UTC
Yum optimistic on prospectsA digital rendition of the new KFC flagship which will open in Ekamai. The delivery arm of Yum Restaurant Thailand recorded a new high in the first four months of this year, driven by the third wave of the pandemic. From the Songkran holiday period until now, its delivery business grew 1.5 times compared with the same period last year. Some 790 KFC stores provide delivery service to customers. Restaurants Development Co (RDCL), a franchisee partner, is also preparing to open its 100th store, a KFC standalone branch in Ekamai.
May 03, 2021 22:52 UTC
Researchers have also noticed that more than half of the world's population has gained weight during lockdowns due to Covid-19. In Japan, 38% of around 400 surveyed Japanese women had also gained weight -- ranging from 1-7kg -- during lockdowns. Chalat said that not only has people's food purchasing behaviour changed during the pandemic, so have their eating habits. "Pay attention to healthy ingredients rather than those high in, say, sugar and sodium. Snacks should be healthy ones like dried fruits or peas."
May 03, 2021 22:52 UTC
Can Power help Biden's foreign policy? There is little doubt that Mr Biden wants to use foreign assistance as a key tool to accomplish the US's broader foreign and strategic objectives. Ms Power is a well-known US policy maker as she has advocated humanitarian intervention in Africa and Syria. These challenges will also test the US leadership in the world under Mr Biden. In the past 100 days, Mr Biden has been able to undo some of Mr Trump's misdirected foreign policies.
May 03, 2021 22:30 UTC
Govt drops ball again as Covid deaths mountThe government seems to be pinning its hopes for salvation on big lots of AstraZeneca vaccines scheduled to be rolled out in June. It's not just the death rate that has been accelerating, rising from two on April 17 to more than 30 yesterday, but the number of patients with severe symptoms. Why stop at 100 million doses? It mainly depends on the vaccines' rate of efficacy and the virus's reproduction rate. If these rates change, the government is likely to need more than 100 million doses to achieve its goal.
May 03, 2021 22:30 UTC
Yet, the emerging Klong Toey cluster proves the opposite to be the case. According to the Public Health Ministry, a total of 304 Klong Toey slum members tested Covid-19 positive in April. It should be noted that these worrying numbers contradict the impression projected by the Klong Toey District Office. She was quoted by Thai-language media as saying that Klong Toey cases, as of April 28, were dwindling. The agency admitted that the new surge was linked with the Thong Lor cluster as some entertainment workers live in the slum.
May 03, 2021 22:28 UTC
Napoleon and world history: What if...? Napoleon Bonaparte doesn't come up much in conversation these days, which is hardly surprising given that he has been dead for two centuries. People often compare Napoleon to Hitler, another dictator who allegedly tried to "conquer the world", but that's just wrong. Hitler never wanted to conquer the world. The plan was abandoned because nobody told Napoleon that those warships could carry enough drinking water for such a large army.
May 03, 2021 19:30 UTC
Rising border fears of virus spillAn official checks the temperatures of illegal Myanmar migrants rounded up near the border in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi on Sunday. "Authorities are intensifying border checks with Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos," Apisamai Srirangson, a spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Monday. Along the 370 kilometre border in Kanchanaburi, almost 300 people from Myanmar were caught illegally crossing into Thailand last week. On the southern border, Malaysia has reported detecting new coronavirus variants first identified in South Africa and India and regarded as highly contagious. Soldiers patrol the Thai side of the border with #Malaysia in Songkhla's Sadao district to prevent a possible spread of #COVID19 through illegal crossings.
May 03, 2021 11:48 UTC