The Election Commission president also doubles as the political party registrar. "Now that the election has been completed, I see it is a suitable time for me to resign as leader of the New Economics Party," Mingkwan said in his resignation letter. The letter stated that Mingkwan would keep his party membership and his seat as a party-list MP. Mingkwan's resignation came amid conflict within the party, as many of its election candidates were seeking payments from the party to cover their campaign costs. Votes from those candidates enabled New Economics to win six seats from the party-list electoral system.
May 23, 2019 07:23 UTC
The flightless angry birds and scheming green piggies of the upcoming “The Angry Birds Movie 2” did just that for the cameras. Faced with a new avian costar/antagonist and armed with their signature slingshot, birds and pigs joined forces to fling a willing hatchling as part of a photo call this afternoon at the Carlton Hotel’s iconic pier. Star Josh Gad (“Chuck”), producer John Cohen, and director Thurop Van Orman took the opportunity to unveil a new scene from the anticipated sequel, which will roll out globally starting in August through October. "It's so cool to finally get to come to Cannes, especially for a movie I'm so proud of," said Van Orman. Added Cohen, “Josh and I were here right before the premiere of the first film, in 2016, and that launched us to open at number one in 52 territories around the world.
May 23, 2019 07:07 UTC
More arrests were expected as police in nearly 60 countries pursue investigations stemming from an Interpol operation launched two years ago into a hidden "dark web" site with 63,000 users worldwide. Fifty children were rescued following the arrests. Police are trying to identify an additional 100 in images that had been shared on the internet's uncharted corners. Dark web sites can't be found through search engines, and users need to have the specific URL address to land on a site. The HSI's regional attache in Bangkok, Eric McLoughlin, said in the statement that "numerous arrests" had been made in the US.
May 23, 2019 07:07 UTC
“Due to the recent events in Jakarta, the Lauv concert scheduled for May 24th at Tennis Indoor Senayan has been cancelled.”“Lauv holds the safety and comfort of his fans and touring staff as paramount and sends his deepest apologies. We are actively looking for a date for Lauv to return to Jakarta,” it said. The singer also posted stories on his Instagram and a video on Twitter, saying, "It breaks my heart, but I love you, guys. I love you guys so much and I'll see you as soon as I can." On Tuesday evening, election protests turned violent in Central Jakarta, escalating to riots in Tanah Abang and Petamburan on Wednesday.
May 23, 2019 07:00 UTC
Cdr Surithichai Khlai-udom (left) poses with Privy Council president and statesman Prem Tinsulanonda in a photo he later used as his Facebook profile picture. (Photo supplied)A close aide to Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda has filed a complaint that his Facebook account was hacked and a photo of him and the statesman has been used for fraud. Cdr Surithichai, 47, said the fraud happened after he used the photo as the profile picture and he had since changed it. He said that he had been a close aide to Gen Prem, 98, for about 30 years and used to be his photographer. Cdr Surithichai, currently an education chief at the Administration School of the Naval Administration Department, said he still kept Gen Prem company during his exercise at his residence.
May 23, 2019 06:56 UTC
Thai soldiers take part in pre-training military exercises during May 20-23 in the USA. (Supplied photo via Wassana Nanuam)More than a hundred Thai soldiers have been sent to take part in a joint Thai-US military training in Hawaii, a first for a Thai armed force at the company level to participate in exercises in the US. The commander of the 29th Infantry Battalion led 130 troops from Kanchanaburi-based Surasri camp to take part in the Lightning Forge Exercise 2019 joint military exercise in the US, an army source said. Currently, the Thai troops are taking part in pre-training exercises, held between May 20-23, to standardise combat readiness before starting the joint exercises from May 28 to June 7, said the source. The pre-training exercises included skills and standards in weapon training, calls for fire and close air support, life saving and other training.
May 23, 2019 06:37 UTC
The city-state has some of the world's strictest anti-tobacco laws and smoking is banned in most public places, with a fine of up to Sg$1,000 ($725) if caught. But tobacco enthusiasts appeared unimpressed, with many choosing to light up at a nearby open-air smoking corner instead. Office worker Rama Dass said he preferred to smoke outside, adding, "sometimes I just need a bit of fresh air". Singapore first introduced anti-tobacco laws in the 1970s as part of a national effort to reduce smoking. It has since expanded the number of public places where lighting up is prohibited, including university campuses, common areas around apartment blocks, and inside private cars with the windows down.
May 23, 2019 06:36 UTC
At least six people were killed -- reportedly including a 17-year old high school student -- after two nights of rioting as police clashed with protesters opposed to the re-election of President Joko Widodo. Nearly 60,000 security personnel were deployed Thursday, nearly double the previous number, after Widodo vowed that he "won't tolerate" more riots. Authorities have blamed the violence on "provocateurs" that they claimed had come from outside Jakarta to stir up trouble. The elections commission office has been barricaded with razor wire and protected by scores of security personnel for days. Among the half dozen dead was a 17-year-old high school student and a 19 year-old, according to local media.
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Pol Lt Col Ritthichaipakorn Damrongitthisakul, commander of the Ban Praew police station, said that another Karen worker had been injured earlier and was sent to the district hospital. He said that a construction contractor hired five Karen workers for painting work but three had disappeared and the contractor could not be contacted. He did not know that another worker had been killed in front of the toilet. Ritthichaipakorn said police suspected that the three workers who disappeared had injured and killed the two others following a quarrel. He said police would interrogate the injured worker when his condition improves.
Thai solders take part in pre-training military exercises during May 20-23 in the USA before the Lightning Forge Exercise 2019 kicks off from May 28 to June 7. (Supplied photos via Wassana Nanuam)More than a hundred Thai soldiers have been sent to take part in a joint Thai-US military training in Hawaii, a first for a Thai armed force at the company level to participate in exercises in the US. Lt Col Akkhaphat Thepnarong, commander of the 29 th Infantry Battalion, led 130 troops from Kanchanaburi-based Surasri camp to take part in the Lightning Forge Exercise 2019 joint military exercise in the US, an army source said. Currently, the Thai troops are taking part in pre-training exercises, held between May 20-23, at Area X-Ray, Schofield barracks to standardise combat readiness before starting the joint exercises from May 28 to June 7, said the source. The pre-training exercises included skills and standards in weapon training, calls for fire and close air support, life saving and other training to deal with all situations in both day and night.
May 23, 2019 06:22 UTC
Muang Kalasin police were alerted to the death of Noppadol Thanomphut, 46, at 6am. Police said his wife found Noppadol hanging from a tamarind tree behind the factory in Ban Dong Sawang village in Tambon Huay Pho. The wife said Noppadol woke up at 3am when there was a power outage and walked out of the bedroom. She said that when she found her husband she called for neighbours to help bring him down but he was already dead.
May 23, 2019 05:55 UTC
Sonthi Kotchawat, in his Facebook post on Thursday, also said that tour operators should transport their customers garbage back to the mainland. As well, Sonthi said the island authority should strictly impose a regulation against littering on the beach and a limit should be imposed on the number of restaurants, resorts and accommodations. Koh Lan has about 4.7 square kilometres of space and a population of 4,000. "There are 50,000 tonnes of garbage accumulated on the island pending disposal, sending a foul smell ... Each day, 30-50 tonnes of garbage are produced, mostly from shops, restaurants, resorts and home-stays. “Pattaya City workers bring up to 35 tonnes of garbage per day from Koh Lan back to the mainland for disposal, hence about 20 tonnes is left piling up there," he said.
May 23, 2019 05:35 UTC
A press release on Thursday said the MoU was signed by Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology Officer, Airbus and Göran Jansson, Deputy President EVP Strategy & Ventures, Scandinavian Airlines. Under the MoU, Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines will cooperate on a joint research project to enhance understanding of the operational and infrastructure opportunities and challenges involved with the large-scale introduction of hybrid and full electric aircraft to airlines modus operandi. To overcome this challenge, the Global Aviation Industry (ATAG) including Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines have committed to achieving carbon-neutral growth for the aviation industry as a whole from 2020 onwards, cutting aviation net emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 (compared to 2005). The agreement further strengthens Airbus’ position in a field where it is already investing in and focusing its research efforts on developing hybrid-electric and electric propulsion technologies that promise significant environmental benefits. Airbus has already started to build a portfolio of technology demonstrators and is currently testing innovative hybrid propulsion systems, subsystems and components in order to address long-term efficiency goals for building and operating electric aircraft.
May 23, 2019 05:31 UTC
Police said the suspect, whose name was withheld because he was 18 years old, died when his car overturned on the Mahasarakham-Kamalasai road at about 1.30am. The pursued car went out of control and flipped at a section of the road that was uneven and under construction, police said. Police at a checkpoint in Phayak Phumwisai district of Mahasarakham spotted the suspicious Honda car at midnight and waved it to stop but the car made a U-turn and sped toward the Muang district. Police chased the car and radioed the Muang police station to intercept it. The car was chased around the Muang district for over an hour before it was found overturned.
May 23, 2019 04:45 UTC