(US Navy via AP)DUBAI: The United States has warned that commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf face a risk of being “misidentified” amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran. It said that all commercial aircraft flying over the waters of Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman needed to be aware of “heightened military activities and increased political tension”. The Persian Gulf has become a major gateway for East-West travel in the aviation industry. Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, home to Emirates, is the world’s busiest for international travel, while long-haul carriers Etihad and Qatar Airways also operate here. Meanwhile, Lloyd’s Market Association Joint War Committee added the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the United Arab Emirates on Friday to its list of areas posing higher risk to insurers.
May 18, 2019 07:30 UTC
THE FIRST thing that strikes me as I arrive at the Renaissance Pattaya Resort and Spa is how amazingly serene it is given it is a mere 15 minutes away from the bustling beachtown. For any traveller, nice pools are the simplest way to create a memorable experience and the Renaissance Pattaya certainly responds to that requirement. Less than two hours’ drive from Bangkok, the resort offers comfortable, upscale accommodation suitable for all travellers, with deluxe rooms, family suites, pool access rooms and villas catering to every need. Equally as good was the Seared duck breast with pumpkin puree, pumpkin chips and a pumpkin samosa curry-infused dressing. And, above all, the Renaissance Pattaya Resort and Spa lives up to its promise –a place where simple delights become memorable moments.
Every summer it holds an insect exhibition that mesmerises insect-loving boys and girls. The museum has an especially world-class collection in that type of insect, which includes beetles, ladybird beetles and long-horned beetles. Ishihara became an assistant staff member in Kyushu University’s laboratory after graduating from the University of Tokyo. In 1945, immediately after the end of World War II, he assumed a post at the Ehime Prefectural Agriculture and Forestry School, the predecessor of Ehime University’s Faculty of Agriculture. The laboratory has organised a summer insect exhibition every year since 1997.
Sri Lanka has declared two days of holidays for nation-wide celebrations of Vesak, or the commemoration of the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha. Many Buddhist leaders had urged Sirisena to grant a special amnesty to monk Gnanasara on Vesak day. The monk has denied involvement in anti-Muslim riots in 2014 that left four people dead. His Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Force, was not linked to the recent anti-Muslim riots that came after the April 21 suicide bombings blamed on Islamic extremists. Wirathu visited Sri Lanka as a guest of Gnanasara shortly after the 2014 anti-Muslim riots at Sri Lanka coastal town of Aluthgama, and the duo vowed to fight what they called the threat to Buddhism from Islamic jihadists.
Having addressed more than 140 election rallies across the country, Modi arrived on Saturday in Dehradun, the capital of the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand famous for its Hindu pilgrimage sites. From Dehradun, the Hindu nationalist premier travelled to Kedarnath and was due to go on to Badrinath to pay his respects at shrines dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. Modi is seeking a second term from India's 900 million voters after leading his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in 2014, with results due on May 23. His main rival is Rahul Gandhi, 48, of the Congress party, the scion of India's famed Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. The rival parties have thrown almost daily barbs at each other, accusing each other of corruption, nepotism and fake nationalism.
May 18, 2019 06:56 UTC
US-North Korean tensions have heightened after Pyongyang held weapons drills and the collapse of the Hanoi summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. SEOUL: North Korea has demanded the United Nations take "urgent measures" to help return a cargo ship taken by the United States, calling the seizure a "heinous" act. "This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws," the letter said. The North Korean representative asked Guterres to "take urgent measures as a way of contributing to the stability of the Korean peninsula and proving the impartiality of the UN". Earlier this week, Pyongyang had slammed the seizure as an "outright denial" of the spirit of a statement signed by Kim and Trump at their first summit in Singapore last year.
May 18, 2019 06:46 UTC
Police cordon off a road in front of the Apollo Pub in downtown Muang district of Phetchaburi following a shooting attack shortly after midnight in which three men were wounded. The shooting occurred at about 12.10am on a road near the Apollo Pub in tambon Raisom, said Pol Lt Col Natthawat Noppawatthananan, a duty officer at Muang police station. Police, soldiers, forensic officers and rescue workers who rushed to the scene found three men injured. Mr Sitthichok, one of the injured men, told police that after the pub closed, he and his two friends were walking to their pickup truck parked about 100 metres away. Pol Col Thanin Chatcharoenporn, chief of Muang police, said police and soldiers set up road checkpoints after a gunfight between two rival gangs at a restaurant in Muang district on May 5.
May 18, 2019 06:30 UTC
The rite, which also kicked off the Buddhism Promotion Week, was jointly chaired by Phra Thep Weeraporn, the abbot of the temple, and Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat. Diplomats from Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Vietnam, Bhutan, Laos and Myanmar took part in the rite. Vira and the abbot led the diplomats in a procession around the temple to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and nirvana of Lord Buddha on Visakha Bucha Day. Vira said Asean’s Visakha Bucha rites were also held at several temples in border provinces, including Tak, Chiang Rai, Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Songkhla, Satun, Trat and Ranong.
May 18, 2019 06:22 UTC
She said Thailand would see continued rains in most parts of the country from Monday and the wind over Thailand at 100 metres to 3,500 metres would be replaced by a southwest monsoon that would carry humidity from the Andaman Sea to cover most parts of Thailand. Kornravee added that the high-altitude wind at 5,000 metres would also be replaced by eastward winds. All of these are indicators of the rainy season, she said. The department predicted low amounts of rains from June to the middle of July, she said, so people are advised to conserve water. She said heavy rains are predicted in August and September and there could be flash flooding and riverbank bursts during the period.
May 18, 2019 06:22 UTC
The survey, which had 1,017 respondents nationwide, was carried out from Wednesday to Friday by Suan Dusit Pollster. It was carried out after Jurin Laksanavisit was elected as the Democrat leader on Wednesday. Asked whether they think the Democrat under Jurin’s leadership should join the pro-junta coalition of the Phalang Pracharat, 58.05 per cent of respondents said they believe so because the Democrats should serve the people as a coalition partner. The remaining 41.95 per cent said they think the Democrats should not join the coalition because the party adheres to democratic principles and it has announced it would not support the National Council for Peace and Order retaining power.
May 18, 2019 05:26 UTC
Narong Kong-iad, chief of the Haad Chao Mai park, said on Saturday that access to the park will be denied to tourist from June 1 to September 30 for the nature to rehabilitate itself. He said there will be a strong southwest monsoon during the period, so it could be dangerous for tourists to go out to the sea. He said four popular tourist destinations - Koh Mook, Koh Kradan, Koh Waen and Koh Chuek - will be closed to tourists.
May 18, 2019 05:15 UTC
Washington announced last week it had taken possession of the North Korean-registered bulk carrier M/V Wise Honest -- a year after it was detained in Indonesia -- citing sanctions-violating activities. The seizure came amid heightened tensions after Pyongyang conducted weapons drills involving short-range missiles in recent weeks, and with nuclear talks deadlocked since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this year. "This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws," the letter said. The North Korean representative asked Guterres to "take urgent measures as a way of contributing to the stability of the Korean peninsula and proving the impartiality of the UN". Earlier this week, Pyongyang had slammed the seizure as an "outright denial" of the spirit of a statement signed by Kim and Trump at their first summit in Singapore last year.
May 18, 2019 05:15 UTC
The sprawling city -- a metropolitan area of more than 20 million people -- has been blanketed in a thick cloud of smog since last weekend. Mexico City is prone to air pollution, both because of the mountains that surround it -- trapping smog overhead -- and its more than five million cars. Authorities declared a pollution alert from Tuesday to Friday, after the micro-particle level hit 158 micrograms per cubic meter. But breathing the air was still equivalent to smoking nearly five cigarettes a day, according to the 2015 study, which compared deaths from air pollution and smoking. The "goal of this calculation is to help give people an appreciation for the health effects of air pollution," the Mullers wrote.
May 18, 2019 05:03 UTC
Despite the decision, Trump continued his attacks on EU trade policy. - 'Competition must be improved' -In his proclamation, Trump described the US auto sector as facing decline due to unfair foreign competition. Reacting to the announcement, Dieter Kempf, head of the German industrial federation, said "cars do not threaten the national security of the United States." Japanese automaker Toyota, which has factories and research centers in the United States also strongly rejected the notion. But, while foreign-branded cars are popular in the United States, many automakers have championed their US-based manufacturing operations in places like Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina.
May 18, 2019 04:30 UTC
At present only three prestigious school are allowed to use entrance exams to recruit their secondary level students. The remaining secondary schools are required to take in at least 60 per cent of students from the local area through lot draw, not exams. Dr Ekkachai Kisukphan, chairman of the Basic Education Commission, said the commission decided on Friday to change the policy and allow some 200 schools to accept 100 per cent of students through entrance exams. As a result, the 200 secondary schools with high rate of entrants will be exempt from the 60 per cent local recruitment regulation, Ekkachai said. He said the schools that will be allowed to use entrance exams for all entrants include Suankularb Wittayalai School, Satriwithaya School, Debsirin School, Yothinburana School, Wat Sutthiwararam School and provincial schools.
May 18, 2019 03:56 UTC