(Reuters Photo)SINGAPORE: Officials in Singapore extended voting in the city-state’s general election by two hours on Friday night after apologising for long queues at polling stations. Polls would remain open until 10pm in order to give everyone a chance to vote, said the Elections Department. It said people arriving outside their assigned time for casting their vote had been a factor in lengthy lines. It has never won less than 93% of parliamentary seats, despite seeing its popular vote slip as low as 60% in 2011. But the officers are trying their best,” Prime Minister Lee was quoted as saying by Channel News Asia before casting his vote on Friday morning.
July 10, 2020 11:26 UTC
Photo from Bangkok Post archivesThe Scala movie theatre closed its doors with a special eventTest Yourself is where you can improve your reading skills. Read the following story by Tatat Bunnag from the Bangkok Post. Then the movie theatre closed its doors for good after serving Thai cinemagoers for more than half a century. Cinema Paradiso is a heartwarming story that …14… the importance of movie theatres. The film …15… the story of Toto, a young boy who …16… a friendship with Alfredo, the projectionist working in a movie theatre in his small Italian town.
July 10, 2020 08:48 UTC
Lost dog knocks on pet clinic doorKhiew Ngern waits for its owner at Phuttaraksa Animal Clinic in Muang district of Samut Prakan on Tuesday. (Photo: Phuttaraksa Animal Clinic Facebook account)SAMUT PRAKAN: Knock, knock, knock on the animal clinic door. (Photo: Phuttaraksa Animal Clinic Facebook accountThe dog was first noticed by an assistant at Phuttaraksa Animal Clinic, in Muang district of Samut Prakan, pacing back and forth outside the glass door about 8 o'clock on Tuesday nght. She said Khiew Ngern had been missing since around 2pm, and had probably become lost. She and the vet believed the dog was lost, but remembered its way to the clinic and went there for help.
July 10, 2020 06:56 UTC
Commuters wear face masks at Phaya Thai train station in Bangkok on Friday, when the government announced no new Covid-19 cases. The country had been free of local Covid-19 infection for 46 days. Fifty-seven patients remained at hospitals while the death toll was unchanged at 58, or 1.81% of total cases. Global Covid-19 cases rose by 223,653 over the past 24 hours to 12.39 million. Brazil ranked second with 1.76 million cases, up by 42,907.
July 10, 2020 06:00 UTC
Fair and unlovely: India confronts dark-skin biasUnilever reportedly made $500 million from Fair & Lovely sales last yearNEW DELHI - When Chandana Hiran was a child, strangers would urge her to lighten her skin. The campaign achieved its first victory when cosmetics giant Unilever dropped the word "fair" from its popular Fair & Lovely skin-lightening cream. "They have been thriving on selling insecurities to women," 22-year-old Hiran, who launched an online petition against Fair & Lovely, told AFP. Unilever made $500 million from Fair & Lovely sales in India last year, according to Bloomberg. Seema, a 29-year-old domestic worker in New Delhi, has used Fair & Lovely since she was 14.
July 10, 2020 05:26 UTC
MEA rated "AAA" for corporate creditMr Kirapat Jiamset, Governor of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), disclosed on 9 July 2020, that TRIS Rating Co., Ltd. has announced a corporate credit rating for the MEA of "AAA", or Triple A, the highest rank only bestowed on organisations with the most stability. Credit ratings are indicators for investors in their decision-making concerning bond risks. They are also factors that indicate an organisation’s ability to repay debt and financial stability. The Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) of the Ministry of Finance has a policy to encourage enterprises to arrange credit ratings to support offerings of state enterprise bonds through the e-Bidding system of the Bank of Thailand (BOT). The intention is to reach more groups of investors and provide them a greater variety of opportunities to invest in state enterprise bonds.
July 10, 2020 05:03 UTC
Without IMF bailout, is Lebanon heading for 'hell'? Another Lebanese source familiar with the negotiations said IMF representatives have "not sensed serious commitment from the Lebanese delegation" towards reform. But without an IMF rescue, donors are unlikely to pump money into Lebanon, the Western source said. The Lebanese source agreed an IMF rescue would help Lebanon avoid the worst. "With a skyrocketing exchange rate that could reach 25,000 to 50,000 Lebanese pounds to the dollar and inflation increasing by the day, Lebanon, without the IMF, will plunge into hell," he said.
July 10, 2020 04:52 UTC
No regrets: wounded Hong Kong police vow to keep enforcing lawHong Kong policeman, who asked to be identified as Ling, was struck by corrosive liquid on October 1 when unrest swept through the city on China's National Day. HONG KONG - Nine months ago he was burned by corrosive liquid hurled during anti-government protests, but Hong Kong police officer Ling says he has no regrets and remains devoted to being a law enforcer. They chose to put their political views and prejudice towards Hong Kong police in front of our friendship," he said. Many Hong Kong officers have opened accounts on mainland China's heavily censored Twitter-like Weibo platform where they are lavished with praise from readers -- and even professions of love. "I've got more friends, friends who I've never met."
July 10, 2020 04:41 UTC
Mozza by Cocotte, an overnight institution since it opened on the ground floor of the glorified community mall that is EmQuartier as recently as 2017, sustained both kinds courtesy of the Covid-19 game-changer. Kudos to Hospitality Management Asia (HMA), the brains behind not only Mozza by Cocotte, to give the upscale Italian trattoria its full handle, but nearby at EmQuartier Victoria by Cocotte, Cocotte Farm Roast & Winery, a steakhouse on Sukhumvit 39, plus restaurants in Phuket, Pattaya and Samui. Hence Mozza and cohorts were even somewhat prepared for the nefarious virus, having already developed a dynamic online ordering and delivery angle to the business. No worries, Mozza is opening at ground floor Siam Paragon later this year. Mozza by Cocotte*, G/F, EmQuartier.
July 10, 2020 04:41 UTC
Trio of Mars missions in the starting blocksThe summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start. The summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start. The UAE's Hope Probe -- the first interplanetary mission by an Arab country -- launches on July 15. China plans to send its inaugural Mars probe, a small remote-controlled rover, between July 20 and July 25. A swathe of Mars lander missions over the past five decades have met with varying degrees of success since the Soviet Mars 2 and 3 probes launched in 1971.
July 10, 2020 03:00 UTC
Foreigners form long queues outside the immigration bureau office at the Government Complex in Bangkok in March, waiting to apply for visa extensions and other services after the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted their travel plans. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)The Immigration Bureau will open an office at Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi province from Monday, to relieve congestion at its government complex office on Chaeng Wattana Road. The deputy commander of Immigration Division 1 said on Thursday that services would be available at the Central Investigation Bureau in Muang Thong Thani housing estate in Pak Kret district from July 13. In March the Immigration Bureau opened an office at Muang Thong Thani, but it was closed when the Interior Ministry automatically extended stays for some categories of foreigners to July 31, to prevent crowding. The Muang Thong Thani office would help the many foreigners still unable to return home because of the airport closures in many countries.
July 10, 2020 02:43 UTC
A dog's life: Scientists find new formula for canine ageDogs, humans and in fact all mammals experience the same developmental timeline: birth, infancy, youth, puberty and death. Dogs, humans and in fact all mammals experience the same developmental timeline: birth, infancy, youth, puberty, adulthood and death. The scientists were able to devise a more complex formula that better matches the canine-human life stages -- but you'll need a scientific calculator to figure it out. The formula is "human age = 16 * ln (dog age) + 31," and you can also use Google to try it for yourself (remember it's l for "log" and then n for "natural," all lowercase). Labradors' average lifespan is 12 years, which also roughly corresponds to human life expectancy of 70 years.
July 10, 2020 00:45 UTC
Line looks to influencer commerceMr Nadhakriz, left, and Ms Suvita celebrate the influencer marketing tie-up that promotes a new platform called Line Idol. Line Thailand is joining hands with Tellscore, a local influencer marketing startup, to embark on influencer commerce, hoping to help brands increase their sales during the economic downturn while attracting influencers to the platform. "We see the growing trend of influencer marketing playing an important role in buyers' decisions," said Nadhakriz Kanchanamantana, head of commercial content and media of Line Thailand. Influencers can use their personal Line accounts for Line Idol if they already have a certain number of followers on their Line Timeline. "We will focus on influencer marketing capacity as a way to boost customer awareness," said Mr Nadhakriz.
Of plagues, genocides and the coronavirusLast Sunday in the city of Baltimore, they tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the harbour. It was wrong because Columbus was not a slave owner -- no Europeans owned slaves in his time. In the Americas, however, farming cultures with dense populations and cities were thousands of years newer and they had no defences against Eurasian diseases. But the whole process is relevant to us because Covid-19 is just a current example of the same problem. New, highly infectious diseases are a chronic issue in mass societies like ours and always will be.
More important still is the 3.3 trillion baht budget bill for the 2021 fiscal year which passed its first reading last week and will be further scrutinised in parliament. In Thai politics, budget scrutiny is also known as a bargaining process between government MPs and the opposition camps. But in some cases both sides could make a deal, colluding in the budget scrutiny process to get a slice of the budget cake. Hence, quite a few want to be House budget scrutiny members clearly with ill-intent. The opposition is also correct in criticising the 2021 budget for its heavy military spending which, despite cuts worth eight billion baht, still accounts for 220 billion baht of the total.