Held by Business+ magazine in collaboration the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the award is reportedly presented to companies that have transformed their organisations using digital technology to create financial innovations and service channels. The award reflects SCB’s capability in using digital technology to become the region’s “Most Admired Bank”. Siam Commercial Bank digital chief Tana Pothikamjorn represented SCB in receiving the award from Professor Emeritus Kasem Watanachai, a privy councillor, at the Intercontinental Hotel Bangkok.
March 21, 2019 16:18 UTC
The JV’s foundation comprises VGI’s OOH media inventories, Rabbit’s data and AnyMind Group’s AI-based technology and digital platforms. Nelson Leung, CEO of VGI, said: “We are very pleased to announce this alliance as it aligns with VGI’s rapidly growing seamless O2O solutions. The JV with AnyMind Group will provide us with the opportunity to connect our digital billboards with market-leading optimisation technology in Asia. AnyMind Group’s AdAsia Digital Platform and its technology will simultaneously be integrated into the VGI’s digital inventories (worth Bt7 billion) and bridged with Rabbit’s data, allows us to be offering a full integrated solutions through the sales and marketing funnel.”
March 21, 2019 16:07 UTC
The award is organised by BrandAge, a leading business and branding magazine, which has looked at the most trusted brands among Thai consumers for 19 years. “Starbucks Thailand is honoured to have received the award from BrandAge magazine for five consecutive years. We will continue our efforts to enhance the Starbucks experience and deliver the very best service to our customers, from sourcing world-class coffee beans and developing our partners,” Nednapa said.
March 21, 2019 16:07 UTC
LIBREVILLE - Gabonese President Ali Bongo, who is convalescing in Morocco after suffering a stroke five months ago, will return home this weekend for the third time since he fell ill, his office said on Thursday. File picture of Ali Bongo, who fell ill with a stroke last October while visiting Saudi ArabiaBongo "will leave Morocco to return to Gabon on Saturday March 23," presidential spokesman Ike Ngouoni said in a statement. Bongo, 60, was taken ill on October 24 while visiting Saudi Arabia. His prolonged absence has stoked concern about a vacuum of power, apparently sparking a brief attempted coup by renegade soldiers on January 7. Bongo took office after an election in 2009 that followed the death of his father, former president Omar Bongo, who took office in 1967.
March 21, 2019 15:56 UTC
The United States has repeatedly warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government against arresting Guaido or his aides and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly called for Marrero's release. "They have grabbed Roberto Marrero, my chief of staff. "The United States condemns raids by Maduro's security services and detention of Roberto Marrero, Chief of Staff to Interim President @jguaido. - US warning -The United States has cautioned Maduro to not lay a finger on Guaido or National Assembly deputies or risk unspecified repercussions. The United States this month withdrew all its diplomats from Venezuela.
March 21, 2019 15:45 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's ex-president Michel Temer was arrested Thursday, an official said, as part of a sprawling anti-corruption probe that has already claimed dozens of political and corporate scalps. Michel Temer, pictured in November 2018, was his country's most unpopular leader everPolice arrested Temer, the 78-year-old predecessor of current far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, in Sao Paulo, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office in Rio de Janeiro told AFP. Temer, Brazil's most unpopular leader ever, faced a number of corruption accusations on leaving office last year. Launched in 2014, the Car Wash investigation uncovered a vast graft operation involving Petrobras and major construction companies and bribes to politicians of several parties. Temer is just the latest former president caught up in the probe that has rocked Brazil's business and political elites.
March 21, 2019 15:22 UTC
"In the case of a negative British vote then we'd be heading to a no deal," French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters. - 'Everything will be more difficult' -Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he expected his fellow European leaders to agree in principle on Thursday to May's request for a delay. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that May "has to make sure that the British parliament agrees to the withdrawal deal". - 'Brexit fatigue' -Tusk admitted that European leaders are suffering "Brexit fatigue". As May and EU leaders gathered Brussels, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was holding his own talks in the Belgian capital, including with the EU's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.
March 21, 2019 14:48 UTC
The 60-year-old Thai founder of duty-free giant King Power died in October in a helicopter crash after watching his beloved football club play. Leading the rest of the family was youngest son Aiyawatt, better known by his nickname "Top" and the vice chairman of Leicester City, carrying offerings. This handout from King Power taken and released on March 21, 2019 shows Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (centre R), son of Leicester City football club's Thai owner and duty-free mogul Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, his mother Aimon (centre L) and their relatives attending the cremation ceremony of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Bangkok. - Thailand's king presided over the cremation of former Leicester City owner and duty-free magnate Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at a Buddhist temple on March 21 in a ceremony that brought together Thailand's business and political elite. // AFP PHOTOThis handout from King Power taken and released on March 21, 2019 shows the cremation pyre for Leicester City football club's Thai owner and duty-free mogul Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's cremation at the Wat Thepsirin temple in Bangkok.
March 21, 2019 13:52 UTC
Paramilitary police officers and a medical staff transfer an injuried man as smoke rises from an explosion site behind them in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 21, 2019. // AFP PHOTOAt least six people were killed and dozens more injured in the blast that shook an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, Jiangsu province. - Sichuan chemical plant -Last July, a blast at a chemical plant in southwest Sichuan province left 19 dead and 12 injured. Fire and smoke rise from the site of an explosion in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 21, 2019. - Tianjin blast -In 2015, giant chemical blasts at a container storage facility killed at least 165 people in the northern port city of Tianjin.
March 21, 2019 13:41 UTC
(Reuters photo)As the pilots of the doomed Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia fought to control their planes, they lacked two notable safety features in their cockpits. But investigators are looking at whether a new software system added to avoid stalls in Boeing’s 737 Max series may have been partly to blame. Boeing’s optional safety features, in part, could have helped the pilots detect any erroneous readings. But they’re vital for safety.”Earlier this week, Dennis A. Muilenburg, Boeing’s chief executive, said the company was working to make the 737 Max safer. Boeing declined to disclose the full menu of safety features it offers as options on the 737 Max, or how much they cost.
March 21, 2019 13:41 UTC
Driver also fined for not having car hire permitUber driver Wong Yiu-long pleaded guilty earlier this month at Sha Tin Court in Hong Kong. (South China Morning Post photo)An Uber driver who took nearly 900 upskirt videos of his passengers with two pinhole cameras hidden behind his seat was jailed for two months and fined HK$2,000 (8,000 baht) by a Hong Kong court on Thursday. Investigators later discovered he had taken 13 upskirt videos of the passenger and another 870 of other women. His counsel argued for a non-custodial sentence, noting he had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and cooperated with police. Pre-sentencing reports had recommended 240 hours of community service or 12 months’ probation with the condition that Wong receive psychological therapy.
March 21, 2019 13:41 UTC
The Samut Prakan provincial court also ordered the convicted man, who goes by the single name of Phoula, to pay Bt2 million compensation to three members of the victims’ families. Phoula, 22, committed the brutal crimes in Samut Prakan province last year, despite the victims’ family having previously given him free food. Phoula confessed to having slashed one victim with a 40cm-long knife after she caught him red-handed during the break-in. The court said there were no grounds to commute Phoula’s death penalty, even though he had confessed to his horrific crimes. “The defendant committed brutal and inhuman crimes against an elderly woman and young girls, and thus poses a threat to innocent people,” the court concluded.
March 21, 2019 12:56 UTC
PTT Exploration and Production Plc addes Murphy Oil Corp's projects in the Malaysian state of Sabah and Sarawak to its business list. (PTTEP photo)PTT Exploration and Production Plc on Thursday acquired Murphy Oil Corp in Malaysia in a deal worth $2.12 billion (67.25 billion baht) to strengthen its long-term growth in Southeast Asia. The deal, made through its subsidiary, PTTEP HK Offshore Ltd, includes five petroleum exploration and production projects in Sabah and Sarawak states of the neighbouring country. “The acquisition is highly significant to PTTEP’s growth in both the short and long term, strengthening our business in alignment with the strategic plan," PTTEP president and chief executive officer Phongsthorn Thavisin said. "We expect that it will boost up net sales volume around 48,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day immediately.”
March 21, 2019 12:56 UTC
(Photo by Yuttapong Kumnodnae)A network of Thai women in the United Kingdom is seeking donations to bring the body of Lamduan Seekanya home in Udon Thani province. The Thai Women Network in the UK is mobilising £5,000 (200,000 baht) from the public on a crowdfunding platform. Lamduan lost contact with her parents in Phen district 15 years ago after she married English teacher David Armitage and moved with him to Yorkshire, England. Jumsri Seekanya sits by a picture of her daughter Lamduan at her home in Phen district, Udon Thani, on Wednesday. "My husband and I will wait for her at our house in Phen district for another ceremony," she said.
March 21, 2019 12:45 UTC
This lawsuit originally saw Piyawat accusing Tarit and then deputy permanent secretary for justice, Charnchao Chaiyanukij, 60, of malfeasance under article 157 of the Criminal Code. A week after the transfer, Piyawat filed a complaint to the Merit Systems Protection Board under the Civil Service Commission, which later ruled that the transfer order was unlawful, unreasonable and of no benefit to the civil service. On August 11, 2015, the primary court found Tari guilty and gave him a two-year jail term but acquitted Charnchao due to lack of evidence. Piyawat then appealed for a punishment to Charnchao while Tarit appealed for a lighter sentence at the Appeals Court. Piyawat then appealed to the Supreme Court for jail terms without suspension for both men while the defendants also appealed for acquittal.
March 21, 2019 12:22 UTC