IORA ready to act on virusThailand and other Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) countries are looking to enhance multilateral cooperation in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. A virtual meeting, Dialogue Partner Engagement on Covid-19: Responses, Cooperation, and Partnerships was recently attended by Thailand's senior official at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Director-General of the Department of International Economic Affairs, Cherdchai Chaivaivid, as well as senior officials from other IOR states and IORA dialogue partners. The virtual attendees shared information and experiences regarding the effects of Covid-19 and national response measures to better help affected member countries and accelerate the post-pandemic economic recovery. The IORA Secretariat will later circulate the final draft of the statement for consideration. The meeting gave Thailand an opportunity to push forward public health cooperation issues complementing both national efforts and those of Asean, the department said.
Prawit: Government just being cautiousForestalling a second wave of infections, and not politics, is behind the government's need to extend enforcement of the emergency decree as lockdown measures are set to loosen up, said Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon. Gen Prawit's assurances came as the cabinet is expected today to approve a recommendation by the Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to extend the enforcement of the emergency decree for another month. But the opposition and critics disagree with prolonging the emergency decree, saying the Communicable Disease Act alone should be enough to control the spread of the virus. They argue the government has a hidden agenda and want to hold onto emergency decree powers to restrict political activities that will challenge it. But public health officials said on Monday there are signs that people are becoming less vigilant as the number of new daily infections drops.
Privacy concerns loom as an AIS online database containing information on 8.3 billion internet customers was left unprotected. The NBTC may order AIS to be more cautious in handling customer data to ensure there will be no mistake in the future, the source said. According to Mr Paine, the database was likely controlled by AIS subsidiary Advanced Wireless Network (AWN). "It is important to note that ThaiCERT contacted AIS about the exposed database, then the database was offline shortly after," he wrote on his blog. "It's possible AIS promptly notified AWN, or they may have simply blocked access to the exposed database to quickly address the issue for their subsidiary company."
'Thai Chana' fakes phish for user dataThe Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has warned that fraudulent websites bearing the name of the government's Thai Chana platform are trying to steal personal information from shoppers. Some people have received SMS messages on their mobile phones asking them to go to their websites to download the fake app. The Anti-Fake News Centre on Sunday warned phone users to ignore the SMS messages and not share them with other people. CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the real Thai Chana is a platform, not an app, adding "the real one does not have an app to download". Thai Chana has 11 million users and has enrolled 106,000 shops and other places.
Yé Ké Yé Ké was remixed for the UK club scene and German techno duo Hardfloor remixed the song for further chart success. "I was the first one to play a balafon [traditional African xylophone] in the Rail Band," Kante said. But many listeners just want to dance to Yé Ké Yé Ké. Even a confident man like Kante was surprised at the runaway global success of Yé Ké Yé Ké. Mory Kante, African master musician and pioneering artist, 1950-2020.
Exports rise 2.1% in April on boost from agriculture, goldSukhothai gold ornaments made by smiths at the Onanong Chang Thong gold shop. Exports, excluding gold, fell 10.31% year-on-year, likely reflecting the underlying weakness in global trade amid the coronavirus pandemic. The spike in gold exports highlighted the risk aversion effects arising from Covid-19 and global economic slowdown, resulting in rising golds prices and large exports to Switzerland, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Excluding gold, oil, and weaponry, Thai exports in April 2020 contracted 7.53%, the ministry said. Excluding gold, oil, and weaponry, exports contracted 0.96%.
May 22, 2020 06:00 UTC
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