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
CARACAS - Venezuelan intelligence officers Thursday arrested the chief of staff of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader recognized by the US and other countries as interim leader, Guaido and the opposition-ruled congress said on Twitter. The United States has repeatedly warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government against arresting Guaido or his aides, and Washington's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly called for Marrero's release. "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 has since withdrawn all its diplomats from Venezuela.
March 21, 2019 12:00 UTC
The stormy weather took place around 3.30pm and lasted over 10 minutes. The Thai Meteorological Department had previously warned about storms, gusty winds, hail stones and lightening in upper Thailand from March 23-25 and warned people to avoid open fields, big trees or billboards during the storms.
March 21, 2019 11:48 UTC
“Following a fast-paced expansion since early 2018, we now have a total of 14 clubs up and running in Bangkok,” said Mike Lamb, Asia CEO of Jetts 24 Hour Fitness. “With two new clubs in Pattaya and one club in Korat, we will have a total of 21 clubs in Thailand soon,” Lamb said. “At an average expansion of one new club per month, the pace exceeds our original growth projection. Jetts is delivering on its promise and has become the fastest-growing fitness chain in Thailand. We are also the largest 24-hour fitness chain in the country, with a market share of 60 per cent.”
March 21, 2019 11:48 UTC
A police officer monitors traffic violation at a control room at the Metropolitan Police Division 2 in Bangkok. (File photo)The number of traffic tickets issued jumped 39% to 11.7 million in 2018 and a repeat offender receiving 144 tickets during the year as penalties were light and no points were deducted from drivers' licences, police said. The Royal Thai Police Office on Thursday held a meeting to discuss how traffic tickets could better promote road safety. The meeting acknowledged a study which showed the figures of issued traffic tickets. Statistics showed that 144 tickets were issued to a privately owned transport truck in a year.
March 21, 2019 11:37 UTC
His Majesty the King presides over the cremation of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at Wat Debsirindrawas Ratchaworawiharn on Thursday. (Pool photo)Family members, supporters and players bid farewell to former King Power and Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a cremation on Thursday presided over by His Majesty the King. The King presided over the royally sponsored ceremony at Wat Debsirindrawas Ratchaworawiharn attended by Vichai's family members, relatives and his acquaintances. Leicester City staff and players, including new coach Brendan Rodgers, arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday for a final farewell to the man who turned around the football club. Vichai, 60, and four others were killed on Oct 27 when their helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium after a Premier League match.
March 21, 2019 11:15 UTC
Workers at Ban Prophado School in Umphang district repair the roof of the school's 38-year-old wooden main building - again. He posted images of the dilapidated tin-roofed wooden building that is Ban Prophado School in Umphang district, and drew immediate sympathy. (continues below)The old wooden classroom building at Ban Prophado School in Umphang district, built in 1981. Ban Prophado School teaches students from primary to junior secondary education level. There were more than 300 students from four upland villages studying there - Ban Prophado, Ban Waboeita, Ban Mae Kasae and Ban Yamaekhi - in leaky, rundown old classrooms.
March 21, 2019 11:14 UTC
All independent media is banned in Vietnam and bloggers, activists and rights lawyers are routinely jailed. "I took Nhat's wife to the jail yesterday. I saw the book the jail gave to her to register future visits," he told AFP Thursday. His daughter Truong Thuc Doan, who lives in Canada, said she believes he was taken from Thailand against his will. Hanoi has in the past forcibly returned corruption suspects, including a former state oil executive kidnapped by Vietnamese security agents from a Berlin park in 2017.
March 21, 2019 11:03 UTC
She died after skidding on oil spilled on the road, falling off the motorbike and being crushed by a water truck in Kata last night. On Thursday morning the water truck driver, Apichart Sripan, was questioned by Karon Police over the incident. Police say witnesses reported that the truck stopped 100 metres down the road. They say the driver got out of the truck to inspect the wheels. Witnesses tried to take photo of him but he sped away.
March 21, 2019 10:52 UTC
Amid the abundance of domestic and international residential property agents and brokers in Thailand, List Sotheby’s International Realty (Thailand) is soaring to become one of the country’s and the region’s leading luxury residential service providers backed by a global network and powerful digital marketing capabilities. Launched in October 2018, List Sotheby’s International Realty (Thailand) is the latest addition to the 15 branches of List Sotheby’s International Realty, a 2009 partnership of Sotheby’s International Realty and List Group, Japan. In 1976, Sotheby’s International Realty was founded with the same commitment to exceptional service. The agreement provides for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system by Realogy’s subsidiary and Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. As such, List Sotheby's International Realty enjoys access to Sotheby’s International Realty network of over 22,500 affiliated independent sales associates in over 990 offices in 72 countries worldwide.
March 21, 2019 10:41 UTC
For the first time this year, more overseas destinations make an appearance in the top 10 with Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Taipei taking up four of the top 10 spots. Furthermore, Tokyo has usurped Bangkok’s crown for the most-booked Songkran destination, a title Bangkok held for at least the last two years. Japan, South Korea and Taiwan offer visa-free entry and have many attractions to offer travellers looking for an alternative way to spend Songkran, such as the trendy Shibuya neighbourhood in Tokyo, the world class Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan in Osaka, the elegant Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul and the famous Taipei 101 Observatory. Thailand’s seaside cities Pattaya and Hua Hin, renowned for their laid-back vibe, dynamic nightlife, and delicious street food, hold onto second and third destination for Thai travellers.
March 21, 2019 10:07 UTC