Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda yesterday said he had instructed officials in the provinces to survey 107 water sources in order to select the principal sources for sacred water and to carry out landscaping arrangements for the rite. “Abhisek” sacred water will be collected from each chosen source in accordance with ancient tradition, he said. That brought the number of water sources used in the coronation rites to 11. King Rama VI’s first coronation rite used the same 11 water sources and his second coronation rite used the “Abhisek” sacred water consecrated at 17 sites. The coronation rites for King Rama VII and King Rama IX used sacred water anointed at 18 sites.
January 22, 2019 18:00 UTC
The unit is part of TOP’s capacity expansion project, Clean Fuel Project (CFP). It would give an opportunity to GPSC to extend its power and utilities business and invest for future power security, Chawalit said. The unit has power production capacity of 250 megawatts and steam production capacity of 175 tonnes per hour. GPSC currently has a combined power production capacity of 1,530 megawatts and steam production capacity of 1,512 tonnes per hour. This year, its power production capacity will rise to 1,940 megawatts after the Nam Lik power plant and Xayaburi power plant in Laos, and the Central Utility Plant 4 in Rayong province commence their operations.
January 22, 2019 18:00 UTC
LOS ANGELES - The nominations for the 91st Oscars were announced Tuesday, with "Roma" and "The Favourite" leading the pack. The last Netflix nomination went to "End Game," which is up for best documentary short subject. By comparison, Amazon Studios -- which had already broken through in the best picture category in 2017 with "Manchester by the Sea" -- earned three nominations for steamy Polish love story "Cold War." "Seven #OscarNoms for #BlackPanther, including best picture!! But the Mexican filmmaker himself scored an impressive feat -- four of those nominations are his: for best picture as a producer, best director, best original screenplay and best cinematography.
January 22, 2019 17:37 UTC
(Graphic courtesy Prachatai.com)Police confirm that DNA tests prove that two bodies washed up on the shore of the Mekong River in the Northeast are the corpses missing anti-government activists. The murdered men are believed to be the victims of more political killings of accused lese majeste suspects tracked down and killed inside Laos. The two men whose bodies have been found are known by their pseudonyms, Puchana and Kasalong. They and Surachai disappeared from homes in Laos, where they took shelter after fleeing the military regime's arrest warrants. Most took direct part in the aggressive street protests in Bangkok in 2010 that were violently crushed by the military.
January 22, 2019 17:29 UTC
Tweetstormers President Donald Trump and House leader Nancy Pelosi both take a hard stance over the partial US government shutdown, now in its 33rd day. "Without a Wall our Country can never have Border or National Security ... This week, @HouseDemocrats will vote on more bipartisan bills to re-open government, and act to bolster funding for border security solutions that work. — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 22, 2019Pelosi, speaker of the Democrat-led House, argues that border security funding cannot even be discussed before the shutdown ends, accusing Trump of "holding Americans hostage." But Pelosi sent out a rejection before Trump had even officially laid out his proposal.
January 22, 2019 16:52 UTC
"The Brexit thing, the hard border thing, if it comes about, it will provide the militants with the excuse that they presently don't have," said Eamon Melaugh, 86. It should be a clear warning," Melaugh said. "They're trying to show that they're not gone yet and they're not going to accept the deals they don't want," she added. - A hardy city -Speaking on Tuesday, police attempted to allay fears that a looming hard Brexit is driving unrest. "As bombs go it was a fairly small one," said Melaugh, strolling along the street still blackened by the blast.
January 22, 2019 16:46 UTC
LOS ANGELES - Here are the nominees in key categories for the 91st Academy Awards, to be handed out on February 24 in Hollywood. The Oscars are Hollywood's biggest night -- and this year, a wide variety of films, from "Roma" to "Black Panther," are in contention for top honors"Roma" and "The Favourite" lead the nominations with 10 each, followed by "A Star Is Born" and "Vice" with eight each:Best picture:"Black Panther""BlacKkKlansman""Bohemian Rhapsody""The Favourite""Green Book""Roma""A Star Is Born""Vice"Best director:Spike Lee, "BlacKkKlansman"Pawel Pawlikowski, "Cold War"Yorgos Lanthimos, "The Favourite"Alfonso Cuaron, "Roma"Adam McKay, "Vice"Best actor:Christian Bale, "Vice"Bradley Cooper, "A Star Is Born"Willem Dafoe, "At Eternity's Gate"Rami Malek, "Bohemian Rhapsody"Viggo Mortensen, "Green Book"Best actress:Yalitza Aparicio, "Roma"Glenn Close, "The Wife"Olivia Colman, "The Favourite"Lady Gaga, "A Star Is Born"Melissa McCarthy, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Best supporting actor:Mahershala Ali, "Green Book"Adam Driver, "BlacKkKlansman"Sam Elliott, "A Star Is Born"Richard E. Grant, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Sam Rockwell, "Vice"Best supporting actress:Amy Adams, "Vice"Marina de Tavira, "Roma"Regina King, "If Beale Street Could Talk"Emma Stone, "The Favourite"Rachel Weisz, "The Favourite"Best foreign language film:"Capernaum" (Lebanon)"Cold War" (Poland)"Never Look Away" (Germany)"Roma" (Mexico)"Shoplifters" (Japan)Best animated feature:"Incredibles 2""Isle of Dogs""Mirai""Ralph Breaks the Internet""Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"Best documentary feature:"Free Solo""Hale County This Morning, This Evening""Minding the Gap""Of Fathers and Sons""RBG"Best original screenplay"The Favourite" - Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara"First Reformed" - Paul Schrader"Green Book" - Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly"Roma" - Alfonso Cuaron"Vice" - Adam McKayBest adapted screenplay"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" - Joel and Ethan Coen"BlacKkKlansman" - Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" - Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty"If Beale Street Could Talk" - Barry Jenkins"A Star Is Born" - Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth and Will FettersBest original score"Black Panther" - Ludwig Goransson"BlacKkKlansman" - Terence Blanchard"If Beale Street Could Talk" - Nicholas Britell"Isle of Dogs" - Alexandre Desplat"Mary Poppins Returns" - Marc ShaimanBest original song"All The Stars" from "Black Panther""I'll Fight" from "RBG""The Place Where Lost Things Go" from "Mary Poppins Returns""Shallow" from "A Star Is Born""When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs" from "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"Films with more than five nominations:"Roma" - 10"The Favourite" - 10"A Star Is Born" - 8"Vice" - 8"Black Panther" - 7"BlacKkKlansman" - 6"Green Book" - 5"Bohemian Rhapsody" - 5
January 22, 2019 15:00 UTC
LOS ANGELES: Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, an ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, and offbeat royal romp The Favourite on Tuesday topped the Oscar nominations with 10 each. The black and white film snatched up nods for best supporting actress, best foreign film and a swirl of other nominations. Green Book earned five Oscar nominations and moved up in the Academy Award conversation at the weekend when it won best film at the Producers Guild of America awards. In the supporting actor category, Elliott will go head-to-head with Green Book star Mahershala Ali, who took home a Golden Globe. The nominations were announced on Tuesday in the pre-dawn hours in Hollywood by actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani.
January 22, 2019 14:37 UTC
The German suspect, Michael Joerg, wasidentified by CCTV footage as the person who took the man’s luggage from a conveyor belt for arriving passengers and then fled by taxi. The police later identified the suspect and secured a warrant for his arrest from Samut Prakan Court. After the suspect’s arrest on Saturday afternoon at the Ban Hat Lek border checkpoint, he was sent to the Suvarnabhumi Airport Police Station for questioning, during which he allegedly confessed to the theft and also told police he had done similar crimes at the airport several times before. He reportedly told police he would usually sell the stolen valuables, then leave the country via a border province before returning to steal in Thailand again. Police initially charged him with theft at an airport, which is punishable by a jail term of 1-5 years and/or a fine of Bt20,000 to Bt100,000.
January 22, 2019 14:03 UTC
Police have arrested some suspects they believe to have been involved in the killing. On January 20, a video clip of the attack was shared on social media. The suspects have already confessed that a Facebook user named “Thep Solo” had hired them, police said. The teenager was apparently killed as he had not paid for recent drug purchases, they added. Police have already identified “Thep Solo” and the drug network for further investigation.
January 22, 2019 13:30 UTC
A body is brought ashore from the Mekong River in Muang district, Nakhon Phanom province, on Dec 29 last year. Another body was found two days earlier in That Phanom district. (Photo by Pattanapong Sripiachai)Police say DNA tests show that two bodies found washed up on the shore of the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province are the corpses of anti-government activists. The two, known by the pseudonyms Puchana and Kasalong, were among three exiled activists who disappeared in December from Laos, where they took shelter after fleeing Thailand. The Nakhon Phanom provincial police chief said Tuesday that forensics lab results matched the bodies' DNA to family members' samples.
January 22, 2019 13:07 UTC
Sidprasert Sisaswad, 25, was apprehended at a road checkpoint on the Mittraparp road in Nong Khai’s Mueang district at 10.30pm. Police at the checkpoint noticed that he appeared nervous inside a passenger van, with a bag on the floor between his legs. Police checked the bag and found the drugs. The man said he had been hired by another Laotian to take the bag from the car park of Ban Paeng Hospital in Nakhon Phanom for delivery to a person in Udon Thani, but he had alighted from the Nakhon Phanom-Udon Thani van by mistake when it arrived at Nong Khai Bus Terminal. As a result, he had bought a ticket to board a Nong Khai-Udon Thani van, but was arrested at the checkpoint before he could complete his journey.
January 22, 2019 13:06 UTC
Suvarnabhumi deputy general manager Kittipong Kittikachorn points at a chart showing luggage theft at the airport. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)A German tourist wanted for allegedly stealing a foreign passenger’s luggage at Suvarnabhumi airport has been caught at a border checkpoint in Trat province. Airport police examined footage of closed-circuit television cameras which showed a male foreigner taking the victim’s luggage from the conveyor's belt before leaving the airport by taxi. He told police that he had stolen luggage at Suvarnhabumi airport on several occasions and sold stolen items before leaving the country via border checkpoints. Footage shows a German suspect stealing luggage of another passenger from a conveyor's belt at Suvarnabhumi airport.
January 22, 2019 12:53 UTC
DAVOS, Switzerland: The Davos elite say they are more worried than ever about climate change. But that isn't stopping them chartering private jets in record numbers. It forecast nearly 1,500 private jet flights over the week of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to airports near Davos in the Swiss Alps. Demand for private jets in the week of Davos far outstrips other events that also loom large on the private aviation calendar, such as the Super Bowl or Champions' League final, according to Andy Christie, private jets director at ACS. Only UN climate-talks meetings see a similar demand for private jets.
January 22, 2019 12:46 UTC
Panurak Klunnurak, director of the BMA’s Traffic and Transport Department, said the BMA had cooperated with traffic police to open five special lanes for ambulances, called “emergency lanes”, on five roads to allow them to reach hospitals faster instead of being stranded in traffic. The rightmost lane has been designated the emergency lane. Half of the second and third lanes have been designated as an emergency lane. The rightmost lane has been designated as the emergency lane. Panurak explained that normal vehicles could in drive in the emergency lanes, but they must move aside to make way once there is an ambulance behind them.
January 22, 2019 12:33 UTC