Some hope for team sportsSAT governor Gongsak Yodmanee. PRSports Authority of Thailand (SAT) Governor Dr Gongsak Yodmanee has expressed confidence that team sports will be given the green light for a return in August. The SAT will continue monitoring the novel coronavirus situation in the country and will seek government approval for disciplines like football, volleyball and boxing next month, Dr Gongsak said yesterday. "Football and boxing are both contact sports while volleyball is played indoors. All sporting activities were put on hold in early March when the Covid-19 situation worsened in Thailand.
May 17, 2020 21:33 UTC
Adapting new handwashing solutionsConsidering its microscopic size, it's amazing how the novel coronavirus has easily kept us humans -- the species which rules the planet -- tamely at bay. As a result, various aspects of life, from finance to romance and so much in between, need to change. Of all the new habits resulting from Covid-19, I genuinely wish one would stay on after the pandemic is finally over: hand washing. Many still serve as crucial sources of water for street vendors and the homeless. As far as I know, at least one on Ratchadaphisek Road, a short walk south of the Asok intersection, is still functioning.
May 17, 2020 21:33 UTC
With a worldwide virus death toll above 314,000 and the global economy reeling from the vast damage caused by lockdowns, numerous European countries are lifting restrictions to provide much-needed respite for their beleaguered and impatient populations. Germany's Bundesliga at the weekend became the first top football league to return after lockdown, bringing relief not only to European football fans but to a sports-starved world. Defending champions Bayern Munich defeated Union Berlin 2-0 inside an empty stadium in the capital on Sunday evening. Despite the optimism in some European countries, rising infection and fatality numbers in other parts of the world offered grim reminders of the threat COVID-19 poses. In Algeria, the death from COVID-19 of an eight-month pregnant doctor sparked an uproar after her request for early maternity leave was rejected.
May 17, 2020 21:22 UTC
CDC 'let the country down' on coronavirus testing: White HouseThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been under intense scrutiny since producing a faulty test for COVID-19 that caused weeks of delays in the US responseWASHINGTON - The White House rebuked the top US health agency on Sunday, saying "it let the country down" on providing testing crucial to the battle against the coronavirus outbreak. "Early on in this crisis, the CDC, which really had the most trusted brand around the world in this space, really let the country down with the testing," White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told NBC's "Meet the Press." But Navarro's comments mark the strongest criticism by a named White House official of the CDC's role in the administration's slow rollout of testing. "I don't believe the CDC let this country down. "There is no doubt that the CDC has made mistakes, especially on testing in the early stages of the pandemic...
May 17, 2020 20:48 UTC
Game-worn Air Jordan sneakers sell for record-breaking $560,000Michael Jordan during a game between Chicago and Seattle in March 1997. NEW YORK: A pair of Air Jordan sneakers worn in a game by Michael Jordan sold Sunday for $560,000 at Sotheby's auction house, an all-time record for basketball shoes. The Air Jordan 1 is the first model specially created by Nike for Michael Jordan, who wore them in his first season in the NBA. "I think the game-worn Air Jordan 1's are the most iconic sneakers of all time," the seller, collector Jordan Geller, told AFP at the start of the sale. Unlike the Air Jordan 1's, the "Moon Shoes" sold last year had never been worn.
May 17, 2020 18:45 UTC
Israel to swear in unity govt, PM insists on West Bank annexationA picture provided by the Israeli Knesset shows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking ahead of the swearing-in of a unity government. JERUSALEM: As Israel was set to launch its new unity government Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to push on with controversial plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank. - West Bank annexations? The new government may be confronted with yet another international crisis in matter of weeks, centred on the West Bank. The plan, rejected by the Palestinians, gives the green light from Washington for Israel to annex Jewish settlements and other territory in the West Bank.
May 17, 2020 12:22 UTC
Asia virus latest: Aussie jails report drugs spike; China warned of second wavePeople are seen in Hankou Park next to Yangtze River in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province on Saturday. A police source said at least eight police had died and 2,384 have been infected with the virus. - Top official warns of second wave in China -A top Chinese medical official said the country faces a potential second wave of coronavirus infections due to a lack of immunity among its population. "The majority of... Chinese at the moment are still susceptible of the Covid-19 infection, because (of) a lack of immunity," Zhong Nanshan, the public face of the government's response to the pandemic, told CNN. The researchers found non-contact transmission of the virus could be reduced by more than 60% when the masks were used.
May 17, 2020 12:11 UTC
S. Korea logs 5 new Covid cases, plans to reopen schoolsA girl, wearing a protective mask to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease, plays with bubbles at a shopping mall in Gimpo, South Korea May 1, 2020. After weeks of nearly no new domestic coronavirus cases, South Korea relaxed its lockdown on May 6, but a subsequent spike in infections linked to Seoul's Itaewon nightlife neighbourhood forced a rapid re-think. South Korea reported 13 new cases as of midnight Saturday, bringing the country's total to 11,050 with 263 deaths. Of those new cases, five were linked to the outbreak from the night spots in Seoul, and seven were people with the infection entering South Korea from abroad. Park said schools will reopen in phases as planned, starting with high school seniors on Wednesday.
May 17, 2020 10:18 UTC
Over 700 cases of dengue fever found in KoratNAKHON RATCHASIMA: A campaign is being launched in Muang district to prevent the spread of dengue fever after 737 cases of the mosquito-borne tropical disease were found in this northeastern province. Dr Kittipong Sanchartwiroon, director of the 9th Disease Control Office, said the numbers of people who contracted dengue fever in four lower northeastern provinces under the jurisdiction of his office have increased rapidly. During January-April this year, Nakhon Ratchasima had 737 dengue fever cases -- 27.92 per 100,000 population -- followed by Chaiyaphum's 223 cases (19.57 per 100,000 population), Buri Ram's 143 cases (8.98 per 100,000 population), and Surin's 96 cases (6.87 per 100,000 population). In Nakhon Ratchasima, the hardest-hit district was Non Thai with 73 cases and one death, followed by Non Sung district with 70 cases and Chok Chai district with 48 cases. It is, therefore, necessary to step up the campaign against the dengue fever spread alongside the measures to stem the coronavirus pandemic, Dr Kittipong said.
May 17, 2020 09:22 UTC
Many local non-profits that count on small donors are in trouble, said Rick Cohen, chief operating officer of the US-based National Council of Nonprofits. The London Marathon, for instance, raised 66 million pounds ($80 million) for various UK charities in 2019, but this year’s run that was scheduled for April has been postponed. MyTenNights, a non-profit organization that collects donations for several charities in five countries, said at least 6.8 million pounds has been donated to a number of aid groups on its online portal. That compares with 2.7 million pounds at the same point last year. “The global surge in giving for Covid-19 relief efforts reflects the scope and hybrid nature of the pandemic,” he said.
May 17, 2020 08:37 UTC
Gaur carcass found in forestThe carcass of a gaur is found in a forest in Wang Nam Khieo district of Nakhon Ratchasima province on Sunday. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The carcass of a gaur has been found by local villagers in a forest in this northeastern province. On Sunday, about 10 national park officials and local leaders, led by Prawatsart Chanthep, chief of the Thap Lan National Park, went to Khlong Samet forest to investigate. Parts of the carcass including the bones, the skull and the skin -- all dried up -- were found scattered around an area. Mr Prawatsart ordered national park officials to keep the area off-limits to outsiders pending further investigation.
May 17, 2020 06:11 UTC
No new Covid-19 cases in PhuketPhuket has no new coronavirus contractions for 16 days to Sunday. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)PHUKET: No new Covid-19 infections or deaths were reported in this southern island province on Sunday, leaving the tally at 224 cases and three deaths, the provincial communicable disease committee announced. The province was without new cases for the 16th day in a row. With the Covid-19 situation improving steadily, the province has allowed some businesses to re-open and some activities to resume. If paying in cash, they should not pass the money from hand to hand but place it in a basket.
May 17, 2020 06:00 UTC
Mercedes-Benz GLC300e 4MATIC AMG Dynamic facelift (2020) reviewThe Mercedes-Benz GLC is still highly likeable at mid-life point, now made better with a new engine to choose from. The GLC becomes the next Mercedes-Benz model in Thailand to have a plug-in hybrid to choose from after the C, E, S-Class sedans and GLE SUV. Speaking of electrical bits and how they’re packaged, it appears the GLC300e is the least compromised of all Mercs with plug-in hybrid system. That remains the case today for not only the diesel version but this new plug-in hybrid variant. It’s good to see Mercedes-Benz Thailand making an effort even if the X3 has yet to join the arena.
May 17, 2020 03:29 UTC
Amazon hit from all sides as crisis highlights growing powerAmazon warehouses have been the site of worker protests as the company's role to meet consumer demands during the pandemic has risen. SAN FRANCISCO: As Amazon becomes an increasingly important lifeline in the pandemic crisis, it is being hit with a wave of criticism from activists, politicians and others who question the tech giant's growing influence. Athena activists fret that Amazon, which also controls one of the major streaming television services, infiltrates so many aspects of people's lives. "This company can afford to make these jobs middle class jobs, good jobs," Smith said. "If you think about the alternative of shutting down Amazon, so many people wouldn't get the supplies that they need.
May 17, 2020 03:11 UTC
2020 list of UK's richest shows first fall in wealth in decadeBritish inventor James Dyson, founder of the Dyson company, topped the Sunday Times rich list for the first time. The newspaper, which has produced the respected annual ranking of the country's 1,000 wealthiest people since 1989, found the past two months had resulted in the super-rich losing 54 billion pounds. Inventor James Dyson bucked the trend to top the list for the first time, with an estimated wealth of 16.2 billion pounds. Jim Ratcliffe, boss of petrochemicals firm Ineos, who topped the rankings in 2018, also saw his worth slide by pound sterling6bn to 12.15 billion pounds. In total, the 2020 list calculated the combined wealth of Britain's super-rich to be 743 billion pounds -- 29 billion pounds less than last year.
May 17, 2020 01:18 UTC