Published byThe Bangkok PostNetflix’s adaption of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion is a well-shot clumsy rom-com published : 22 Jul 2022 at 04:00 newspaper section: [Life](http://search.bangkokpost.com/search/result_advanced?category=news&xNewsSection=Life) Jane Austen, regarded as one of the first rom-com authors, has had another classic adapted for the big screen again in Persuasion, a new period drama starring Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey) as an 1800s woman with modern sensibilities who has a second chance to reconnect with the love of her life she once let get away. From its look and feel, Persuasion may remi…Read More
July 22, 2022 01:42 UTC
Chadchart takes flak for freak floods in cityVehicles struggle amid swamped streets in Bangkok after Wednesday's heavy downpours. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)The heavy downpours on Wednesday night that crippled much of Bangkok have unleashed a torrent of criticism and counter-criticism of Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt's ability to fight the city's flooding problems. Many of the city's roads were swamped after heavy rain that lasted for several hours. The floods sent social media abuzz with comments both criticising and defending Mr Chadchart over his handling of the situation. Observers warned Mr Chadchart that the floods could chip away at his popularity if the problem was not seen to be promptly or sufficiently contained.
July 21, 2022 23:19 UTC
Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow has defended the government's power development plan, saying it does not just benefit energy businesses as alleged by the opposition. The opposition further said that the electricity production capacity, if maintained at an excessively high level, will result in a greater financial burden for consumers. Mr Supattanapong insisted the figures used by the ministry to calculate the power production capacity are correct and differ from those provided by the opposition. "Currently, the total electricity production capacity is more than 50,000 megawatts, which may sound huge. Under the new power development plan for 2022, production capacity has been reduced by more than 3,000 megawatts, he said, adding that demand for power is also expected to increase for electric vehicles in the future.
July 21, 2022 23:07 UTC
Security forces dismantle Sri Lanka's main protest campMembers of Sri Lankan security forces remove a barricade blocking the main gate of the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on July 22, 2022. COLOMBO - Sri Lankan security forces raided the main anti-government protest camp in the capital Colombo early Friday, dismantling it and evicting activists gathered outside the president's office. Hundreds of soldiers removed barricades set up by protesters blocking the main gate of the Presidential Secretariat, which demonstrators had partly overrun earlier this month. Security forces used loud hailers asking a few hundred protesters to pull back and confine themselves to a designated protest site near the secretariat. Several activists were seized by troops who smashed tents set up along the main road leading to the presidential office.
July 21, 2022 21:48 UTC
Ukraine grain deal expected Friday as Russian gas flows resumeSome 15,000 Russians have died in the five-month-old invasion of Ukraine, the US and British spy chiefs said. KYIV (UKRAINE) - Ukraine and Russia are set to sign a deal Friday to unblock grain exports and relieve a global food crisis, as a critical Russian gas pipeline to Europe reopened. In more good news for global markets, Russia on Thursday restored critical gas supplies to Europe through Germany via the Nord Stream pipeline after 10 days of maintenance. Germany, which is heavily dependent on Russian gas, had feared that Moscow would not reopen the pipeline after the scheduled work and accused Moscow of using energy as a "weapon". The resumption of gas supplies came a day after Europe unveiled emergency measures to circumvent Russian energy "blackmail".
July 21, 2022 19:48 UTC
War in Ukraine: latest developmentsA woman reacts next to the body of her husband who died in a Russian rocket strike in one of the districts of the second largest Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Thursday. (Photo by AFP)Here are the latest developments in the war in Ukraine:- Nord Stream gas flows resume -Russia resumes critical gas supplies to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany following 10 days of maintenance. "Ukraine needs the firepower and the ammunition to withstand this barrage and to strike back," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tells reporters. - Ukraine lessons for China -The head of the CIA, Bill Burns, says that China is probably looking to Ukraine for lessons on how to reassert its control over Taiwan. Russia's failure to topple Ukraine's leadership in Kyiv showed that "you don't achieve quick, decisive victories with underwhelming force," he says.
July 21, 2022 14:20 UTC
US to send more rocket systems to Ukraine, Moscow signals wider war aimsUS military personnel stand by a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (Himars) during Saudi Arabia's first World Defense Show in March 2022 -- Washington is sending four more Himars to UkraineKYIV: The United States on Wednesday promised to send more precision rocket systems to Kyiv, soon after Moscow signaled it was aiming to seize more Ukrainian territory beyond the eastern industrial region of Donbas. Russian forces, since invading Ukraine on Feb 24, have steadily advanced into each of those regions, wreaking destruction as they captured key cities and met fierce Ukrainian resistance. Lavrov also dismissed the idea of further peace talks with Ukraine, claiming that earlier rounds showed Kyiv was unwilling to negotiate in "earnest". Russian and Ukrainian delegations are nevertheless expected in Istanbul in the coming days for more talks on unblocking Ukraine's Black Sea grain exports. In its latest package of penalties Wednesday, the EU targeted gold exports and froze assets at Russia's largest bank Sberbank.
July 21, 2022 05:25 UTC
Nine dead after ferry sinks in IndonesiaA rescue team next to victim's bodies after a ferry sank in bad weather in waters off Indonesia's Ternate island. The KM Cahaya Arafah capsized in waters off Indonesia's Ternate island on Monday evening, prompting a search and rescue operation for 13 missing people. The KM Cahaya Arafah capsized in waters off Indonesia's Ternate island on Monday evening, prompting a search and rescue operation for 13 missing people. Rescuers found four bodies on Wednesday evening and five bodies on the fourth day of the search, the Ternate search and rescue agency said in a statement. In 2018, more than 150 people drowned when a ferry sank in one of the world's deepest lakes on Sumatra island.
July 21, 2022 05:09 UTC
Auttapol Rerkpiboon, president and chief executive officer of PTT Public Company Limited, stated during his opening speech at "Future Energy Asia Exhibition and Summit" on Wednesday that the energy giant aimed to make Thailand a liquified natural gas (LNG) hub in Asia over the next few decades. Although people worldwide realise the urgent need to reduce their dependence on fossil fuel energy, businesses and households at present have huge demands for any kind of energy to move on, said Auttpol. He explained that of the three categories of fossil fuels -- coal, oil, and LNG -- natural gas is the cleanest and most eco-friendly, and there is plenty to meet market demand. "We need natural gas, such as LNG, during this energy transition period from cancelling the use of oil and coal to using renewable energy, such as wind, solar cells, and electricity," Attapol added.
Source:The Nation Bangkok
July 20, 2022 22:33 UTC
Nightrain members (band membership) will be able to book the ticket from July 26 from 11am to 11pm, while new Nightrain members will be able to book the ticket from noon to 11pm. Pre-sales for IMC Live Global fans will start on July 27 at 11am while sale for the public will start on July 28 at 11am. Fans have waited for around five years. The band last played in Thailand on February 28, 2017, at SCG Stadium. Many Thai fans welcomed them on the Facebook page while several fans in the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, and even the US requested the band to play in their countries.
Source:The Nation Bangkok
July 20, 2022 11:02 UTC
Six-time PM Wickrazemesinghe wins Sri Lanka presidencyFILE PHOTO: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 24, 2022. (Reuters)Sri Lanka's six-time prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was on Wednesday overwhelmingly elected as president to replace Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the crisis-wracked country and resigned last week. He said he hoped to be sworn in later Wednesday at a simple ceremony within the tightly guarded parliament building. With the elevation of the 73-year-old to the top job, the current cabinet automatically stands dissolved and he will choose a prime minister to form a new cabinet. "The eyes of the world are on us today as we elect a new president."
July 20, 2022 09:56 UTC
Lottery sellers go home with quota pledgeLottery ticket vendors from Loei province rally near Government House on Monday to demand for increased quotas for small-scale lottery retailers. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)Hundreds of individual lottery vendors from Loei have returned home after receiving an assurance from the Government Lottery Office (GLO) that it will allocate them ticket quotas on Aug 10. One of the vendors from Loei said he has sold lottery tickets for 30 years and never had a quota. Meanwhile, other small retailers lodged a complaint urging the Anti-Corruption Division to review the GLO's decision to cut quotas to 50,000 sellers as well as look into a new digital lottery ticket project. Prime Minister's Office Minister Anucha Nakasai said selling lottery tickets online is preferable as customers pay the right price.
July 20, 2022 03:27 UTC
Anutin: Disavows recreational useDeputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul yesterday defended the decriminalisation of cannabis, insisting the plant was legalised for health and medicinal purposes, not recreation. Mr Sutin said the cannabis policy violated the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, which Thailand ratified. I still think the country can have a law to effectively control cannabis use," argued Mr Anutin. But an asset management firm hired to manage Mr Anutin's assets holds shares in Sino-Thai and this could constitute a conflict of interests, argued Mr Sutin. Mr Anutin did not comment on the connection.
July 19, 2022 23:35 UTC
Anutin: Don't be too concerned about cannabisPublic Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul defends his cannabis decriminalisation policy during a censure debate at parliament on Tuesday. (Screenshot)Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told the House of Representatives on Tuesday that being overly concerned with cannabis use would only delay national development. In response, Mr Anutin told the House that he was only joking at the time. Mr Anutin insisted that cannabis abuse would not happen during the tenure of this government, and he hoped that a relevant law would be passed quickly to regulate cannabis use. The law would impose penalties against cannabis abusers and would also provide clearer regulations on cannabis-infused food, Mr Anutin said.
July 19, 2022 15:31 UTC
Rural doctors want end to govt monopoly on antiviral drugsThe Rural Doctors Society wants an end to the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation's monopoly on favipiravir and two other antiviral drugs, molnupiravir and paxlovid. (Photo: Komsan Jandamit)The Rural Doctors Society (RDS) wants the government to end its monopoly on antiviral drugs, to ensure the country has enough to treat Covid-19 patients and bring down the price. The RDS has proposed that the monopolies on favipiravir, molnupiravir and paxlovid be scrapped and the private sector be allowed to import these antiviral drugs. The monopoly was later extended to cover molnupiravir and paxlovid, resulting in a shortage of antiviral drugs to fight the coronavirus disease. "In fact, there is no global shortage of the antiviral drugs, but Thailand is facing a shortage because of monopolies," The RDS said.
July 19, 2022 10:44 UTC