Olympics official sees 'real problems' in holding Games in 2021The 2020 Olympics were postponed by a year over the coronavirusSYDNEY - A senior Olympics official has warned that holding the postponed Tokyo Games next year faces "real problems", with even a vaccine unlikely to stave off the threat of the coronavirus. John Coates, the International Olympic Committee's pointman for Tokyo 2020, indicated that officials would start deciding in October if and how the pandemic-hit Games could go ahead in July 2021. He told a roundtable organised by Australian media giant News Corp that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been clear the Tokyo Olympics could not be delayed a second time. "We've got real problems because we've got athletes having to come from 206 different nations," said Coates. Do we separate the athletes from the mixed zone where the media are?"
May 22, 2020 05:37 UTC
Soldiers stand guard blocking potential anti-coup protesters at Democracy Monument in Bangkok on May 23, 2014, one day after the coup. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)The government is bracing for a tough road ahead as political tension builds post-Covid-19, according to academics. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted activities including a political campaign challenging the Prayut Chan-o-Cha government. But the country is likely to see more political tension now that fears of the virus are subsiding. He said the Progressive Movement, the reincarnation of the now-defunct Future Forward Party (FFP), positioned itself as an agent of political change and succeeded in bringing young voters on board.
May 22, 2020 02:26 UTC
26 all out: the nightmare that still haunts New Zealand cricketEven New Zealand's 45 all out in Cape Town in 2013 bettered the 1955 collapseWELLINGTON - It has been described as New Zealand cricket's darkest day, the 1955 Test against England when the Black Caps were skittled for just 26, a record low that still stands today. The Test cricket landscape in 1955 was vastly different to today. The New Zealand Test team had been out of action for more than a year and had been unsettled by inconsistent selection. Ford said the result was now part of the tapestry of cricket in New Zealand. "It's such a fundamental part of New Zealand cricket history that if it wasn't there the game here would be poorer for it.
May 22, 2020 02:15 UTC
A world redrawn: Dreams don't end here, says Cuba's high jump record-holderCuban Olympic gold medalist Javier Sotomayor set the world record for high jump at 2.45 meters - a record that still stands - in 1993HAVANA - Cuban former athlete Javier Sotomayor has jumped higher than anyone else in the history of the world. Now 52, a coach and the Cuban Athletics Federation secretary, Sotomayor is urging athletes not to let the coronavirus pandemic crush their dreams. Here, the father of five who still holds the world high jump record of 2.45 meters tells AFP about how he is coping with the virus outbreak. "I went five, six, seven, eight months without jumping, and after that in 1997 I won the world championships. That's harder for Cubans who unlike many athletes around the world, don't have home gyms.
May 22, 2020 01:41 UTC
Bryant items fetch premium prices, Trout card sets recordA Kobe Bryant signed and game worn jersey is displayed at a preview for sports legends memorabilia by Julien's Auctions. Bryant-related items realized $202,590 at the Julien's auction, where one 2006-07 season game-worn jersey sold for $22,400. A Jordan 1986-87 Fleer rookie trading card sold in the Goldin auction for $99,630. But the highest price in the opening session of the Goldin auction was for a signed rookie card for three-time American League Most Valuable Player Mike Trout, which fetched an astonishing $922,500 on Wednesday. The 2009 Trout card features the Los Angeles Angels superstar outfielder's first autograph in a Major League Baseball uniform and is one of only five in existence.
May 22, 2020 00:11 UTC
Trump to withdraw US from 'Open Skies' treatyPresident Donald Trump said he will pull the United States out of the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, accusing Moscow of breaking its commitments under the defense pactWASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Thursday he plans to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, the third arms control pact Trump has abrogated since coming to office. "Russia did not adhere to the treaty," Trump told reporters at the White House. The Open Skies agreement permits each signatory country's military to conduct a certain number of surveillance flights over another member country each year on short notice. US officials said the Trump administration had studied the issue for eight months and canvassed allies' opinions before reaching the decision to withdraw from Open Skies. "The Open Skies Treaty is not particularly important to US security, but it does build trust worth preserving," he said in a statement.
May 21, 2020 23:48 UTC
A scene from Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is part of a multi-platform art project called Primitive, which also consists of several short films and installation works. (VINCENT KESSLER)The narrative in the film Uncle Boonmee may not address the historical politics of the Northeast directly. And as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Uncle Boonmee, the same anniversary of another event is also taking place, an event whose outline and particulars remain shrouded in a fog of prejudice after all these years. Uncle Boonmee made history that night, but like the many lives of the titular uncle or like the idea of cinema itself, history is a process of constant remaking, an endless series of death and rebirth that leaves a trail of memory from which we emerge, if we in fact do, more humbly rather than triumphantly.
May 21, 2020 23:48 UTC
Do you remember your first time reading the Harry Potter books? But whatever the reasons might be, the Harry Potter series definitely cast its spell on children and readers all over the world. My most favourite cover that she designed was the fourth book, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. So he believes each reader has their own unique answer when it comes to their favourite element of the Harry Potter universe. "So I hope fans of Harry Potter will be delighted to see their favourite characters on the cover for the first time."
May 21, 2020 23:46 UTC
The danger of coups is not in their failures but their successes, imagined or real, said the professor. Many people have grown accustomed to coups being a convenient conduit to manage problems in the country. "Today, the noise surrounding the question of how to prevent a military coup is quieting down," the academic said. It is known within the army that the division oversees vital manpower capable of mounting a military coup. Gen Apirat led troops in clashes with the red shirts during the 2010 protest.
May 21, 2020 23:37 UTC
More ways to help those in needThe 'Help From Home' campaign. However, there are still a lot of people out there who just can't afford to do so, let alone the underprivileged who have already suffered in many other ways from the outbreak and need our help. Here's a list of charitable campaigns that welcome donations to reduce their chances of getting infected and help them live a better life. 'Help From Home' by UnicefThe campaign is appealing for donations to help provide critical supplies including soap to millions of children and families in need of hygiene in Thailand and around the world. The 'Help The Homeless Fight Covid-19' campaign.
May 21, 2020 23:37 UTC
Challenges of a post-virus recoveryA staff member at a pet grooming shop pampers a dog while a co-worker tends to another. However, their effectiveness will be nowhere like the recent past, such as the economic recovery after the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997-98 and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09, which was also driven by ongoing global economic activities. On top of the fiscal stimulus, governments around the world will need to resort to a broader range of economic policies to drive economic recovery. These conflicting challenges are exacerbated by governance issues and weak institutions, inherent among emerging economies, not to mention vested interests. For Thai firms, Covid-19 has also accelerated the need to adjust and adapt to the new normal in global-value-chain development and dynamics.
May 21, 2020 23:31 UTC
Guidelines sought for Sept 12 startFAT president Somyot Poompunmuang. PRThe Football Association of Thailand (FAT) has sought clear guidelines from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) regarding the government's plan for easing coronavirus-related restrictions to pave the way for Sept 12 restart of the domestic leagues. At a recent meeting, the restart of Thai Leagues 1 and 2 was slated for Sept 12 with the lower tiers and the cup competitions following. The FAT said the clubs would need at least two months to re-assemble and prepare their squads for the tournaments. All footballing activities in the Kingdom were halted on March 3 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
But too often our existential reliance on nature is forgotten as development progresses at the expense of finite biodiversity resources. This year's theme of IDB "Our Solutions are in Nature" has never been more relevant as humanity is challenged by the Covid-19 crisis. According to a report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, global biodiversity resources are declining rapidly toward extinction. The significant economic slowdown has helped nature to recuperate and wildlife habitats to recover. Biodiversity resources planning must be integrated, inclusive and responsive to the needs of different groups, especially women and indigenous people.
Survival depends on literacyA woman scans a QR code before entering The Mall Bang Kapi in Bangkok, part of government measures to safeguard against a second wave. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)Enhancing digital literacy and pursuing a customer-centric experience are necessary as businesses adapt to new behaviour during the pandemic, particularly with travel restrictions and changes in supply chains. The survival of businesses will depend on responding to consumer needs post-Covid-19. Social media live-streaming can also create a value-added experience for customers, he said. Chaichana Mitrpant, deputy executive director at the Electronic Transactions Development Agency, said literacy in English and other languages as well as digital literacy are key factors for the digital economy and reducing inequality.
Boonsithi Chokwatana, chairman, Saha Group. "If it wants the economy to recover within two years or three years, the baht should hit 34 and 31-32, respectively. A weaker baht will help stimulate growth in several sectors and result in better purchasing power for consumers." Mr Boonsithi, who has worked for Saha Group for 65 years, said Covid-19 is the toughest crisis during his tenure. Sales of Saha Group are estimated to contract by 10-20% this year because of declining sales of fashion, shoes and bags.