Clint Eastwood turns 90Director and actor Clint Eastwood, born in 1930, appears to still enjoy plying his tradeLOS ANGELES - Movie legend Clint Eastwood turns 90 on Sunday, but don't count on the famously stoic and hard-working star of "A Fistful of Dollars" and "Dirty Harry" hanging up his cowboy boots just yet. "We're just going to do a family thing -- very, very calm, very mellow," his 34-year-old actor son Scott told "Access Hollywood." Eastwood, born in 1930, has enjoyed a career spanning seven decades and more than 50 films. "I think he's going to keep working as long as he can... he seems to have a creative drive that keeps him going." "I think he just wants to work and enjoy his life but I don't think he wants to celebrate it...
May 30, 2020 01:52 UTC
As football restarts around Europe, France questions decision end to season earlyChildren play football outside PSG's Parc des Princes home during the lockdown in France in AprilPARIS - It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a football country? Debate has raged ever since the French league decided to bring a premature end to the season in late April with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. France is not the only European football nation to have ended its season, with the Netherlands notably voiding the campaign altogether. "I am fully convinced that what has happened was not for the good of the clubs or French football as a whole," Aulas told Le Parisien. PSG and Lyon are the only French clubs in the top 30 of Deloitte's latest Football Money League.
May 30, 2020 01:07 UTC
Germany, Brussels seal pact on Lufthansa rescue plan: sourcesSince the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe, the Lufthansa group has been bleeding one million euros per hour, with around 90% of its 760-aircraft fleet grounded. FRANKFURT: Germany and the European Commission have reached agreement on a giant Berlin-funded rescue plan for coronavirus-hit Lufthansa, a Commission spokeswoman and a source close to the negotiations said Friday. Since the pandemic hit Europe, the Lufthansa group -- which also includes Brussels and Austrian Airlines and Swiss -- has been bleeding one million euros per hour, with around 90% of its 760-aircraft fleet grounded. The deal would see the German carrier give up eight planes and their associated landing rights, the spokeswoman and the source said. The company would agree to pay back much of the capital plus interest, while granting the state two seats on its supervisory board.
May 30, 2020 00:11 UTC
Brazil Covid-19 death toll hits 27,878, surpassing hard-hit SpainA worker wearing protective clothing digs a grave for a coronavirus victim at the Caju cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil on Friday reached 27,878 coronavirus deaths, official figures showed, surpassing the toll of hard-hit Spain and making it the country with the fifth-highest number of fatalities. The epicenter of the South American coronavirus outbreak, Brazil saw 1,124 deaths in 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said. The United States, Britain, Italy and France lead the world in coronavirus deaths. Brazil is second in the number of confirmed cases, though trailing far behind the United States which has 1.7 million infections.
May 29, 2020 23:37 UTC
'New normal' needs clarityWith the latest round of reopenings set for Monday, the time has come for the powers that be to lay out a longer-term roadmap for the future of the country in the post-Covid-19 era. Since the government introduced its lockdown measures in March, daily new cases have fallen to the low single digits or zero for most of May. Yet despite this progress, it seems highly unlikely that Thailand, or any country, will completely eradicate Covid-19 anytime soon. Therefore, the figures currently being reported may well be regarded as the status quo until an effective vaccine is developed. Indeed, Thailand's already ailing economy is absolutely in need of a swift return to business.
May 29, 2020 23:15 UTC
A total of 56,000 new condominium units were launched in the capital in 2019, a reduction of 34% from 2018. This will ultimately lead to a reduction in the amount of unsold inventory, which has been consistently high since 2013. Before Covid-19, a number of developers were planning to leave the condominium market entirely, instead focusing on lower-risk properties such as landed housing. It's now expected that more developers will leave the condo market or postpone their developments indefinitely. The next period in the Bangkok condominium market will be very different from what we have seen previously.
May 29, 2020 23:15 UTC
If schools think they can, they might be open before July 1, according to the Education Ministry. Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said schools nationwide are obliged to follow health measures approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in order to resume classes in July. The CCSA will not allow schools to reopen if it believes they cannot make classes safe for students. (Photo by Nutthawat Wicheanbut)Mr Nataphol said the CCSA will circulate the health and safety criteria to all schools nationwide so that they can assess whether they can follow and stick to them. The CCSA has recently allowed the Office of the Basic Education Commission to hold exams for student admission into secondary schools on June 6-7.
May 29, 2020 23:07 UTC
Mr Uttama and the PPRP members at the meeting were believed to have talked about defecting to a new party called Sang Thai (Building Thai). Mr Chaturon, a former member of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, has largely kept his activities to social media after the Thai Raksa Chart Party (TRC) was disbanded early last year. The former deputy prime minister quit the Pheu Thai Party to help launch the TRC to contest the March 2019 general election. Among the well-known "October people" are Surapong Suebwonglee, Prommin Lertsuriyadej and Phumtham Wechayachai, all of whom belong to a think tank behind the defunct Thai Rak Thai and the People's Power parties, which are considered the predecessors of Pheu Thai. Pheu Thai even failed to form a coalition government despite winning the largest number of constituency seats.
May 29, 2020 23:03 UTC
Fears of a lightning strike postponed the initial takeoff attempt on Wednesday of what would have been the first crewed rocket launch from US soil in almost a decade, and the first time a commercial company has achieved the feat. "No decision on weather right now for Saturday's test flight of @SpaceX's #CrewDragon spacecraft. Earlier in the day, NASA said the chances of a Saturday launch at 3:22 pm Eastern Time (1922 GMT) were 50 percent. The mission comes despite shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with the crew in quarantine for more than two weeks. President Donald Trump, who flew in for the previous launch attempt, is expected to attend again.
May 29, 2020 23:03 UTC
Chile, Peru secure credit lines from IMF amid pandemicChile has had its highest single-day death toll from Covid-19, and the numbers are rising in Peru as well. WASHINGTON: The IMF approved a two-year $24 billion credit line for Chile on Friday as the South American nation battles the growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement came a day after Peru secured a two-year, $11 billion credit line, and as Latin America becomes a growing hotspot for Covid-19. The Flexible Credit Line is a renewable funding mechanism granted to countries with strong economic policy track records, and Chile is only the fifth country to receive one. The backstop should help to boost market confidence and Santiago intends to treat the credit line as "precautionary and temporary," and exit the backstop after 24 months, Georgieva said.
May 29, 2020 22:41 UTC
THAI flights put on hold until JulyThai Airways International (THAI) has decided to halt flights by the airline for another month and maintain salary cuts put in place after the Covid-19 outbreak, according to a THAI source. Board members agreed commercial flights should be grounded until the end of June, the source said. THAI announced the suspension of all international flights and closed its overseas branches in late March when the spread of the coronavirus was intensifying. The new board members have come under the spotlight as four newcomers and two incumbent members will reportedly be nominated as rehabilitation planners. Two other board members are THAI acting president Chakkrit Parapuntakul and airline chairman ACM Chaiyapruk Didyasarin.
Is the cost of Covid 'victory' too great? Some argue the emergency decree should be lifted as Covid-19 is under control. However, some people have complained that the "victory" has come at an unbearably huge cost, not only economically but socially and politically as well. Despite the latest positive developments, the government continues to insist on extending the emergency decree enforcement. And the government could impose restrictions on international travel without resorting to the emergency decree.
Asean shares advance, but Hong Kong a concernRecap: Emerging market stocks and currencies traded sideways yesterday as investors waited to see how the US would respond to China's security law on Hong Kong. Most Asean bourses advanced on news of more easing of mobility restrictions in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. Institutional investors were net buyers of 8.7 billion baht, foreign investors bought 1.5 billion and brokerage firms purchased 341.3 million worth of shares. Newsmakers: China officially has the power to quash unrest in Hong Kong, after legislators on Thursday approved a plan to suppress subversion, secession, terrorism and other acts that might threaten national security in the territory. Tensions have been exacerbated further by the passage of the Hong Kong security law, which might cause Washington to remove the territory's special trade treatment.
'Bleach mum' case spurs call to better protect kidsRights activists have demanded stronger protection of children against exploitation, abuse and neglect in the wake of the so-called "bleach mum" case in which a boy was allegedly poisoned. The event aimed to highlight the plight of mistreated children and how unplanned pregnancies can lead to abuse and neglect. Participants brought up the case of Nittha Wongwan, 29, a single mother who allegedly poisoned her biological son with bleach and killing her adopted daughter so she could elicit sympathy and money from netizens. They expressed concern about the lack of a comprehensive support system for women with unplanned pregnancies and those who fall victim to illegal surrogacy gangs. "This [bleach mum] case is tragic, and it may reflect a weakness in the support system for women with unwanted pregnancies," said child rights advocate Ticha Na Nakorn.
'Hapybot' rolls in to protect medical staffMahidol University (MU) yesterday launched "Hapybot", smart robots designed to reduce the risk of medical personnel being exposed to the coronavirus. 'Hapybot' medical assistants are unveiled at Mahidol University yesterday. Three of them will help take care of patients at its three hospitals during the pandemic, delivering medicines to patients and facilitating their communication with hospital staff. "The robots can help medical staff reduce contact with infected patients, track patients in the ward and care for them, and deliver meals, medical equipment and medicine," MU's acting president Dr Banchong Mahaisavariya said. He said three Hapybots have been tested in three university-affiliated hospitals -- Ramathibodi Hospital, Siriraj Hospital and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases -- since April 24.