Turkey trying Khashoggi murder suspects in absentiaSaudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was an insider turned critic of RiyadhISTANBUL: Twenty Saudi suspects including two former aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman went on trial in absentia in Turkey on Friday, accused of killing and dismembering journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The prosecutor has already issued arrest warrants for the suspects who are not in Turkey. Erdogan has said the order to murder Khashoggi came from "the highest levels" of the Saudi government but has never directly blamed Prince Mohammed. Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in a case that tarnished the reputation of the crown prince despite his strenuous denial of any involvement. A closed-door trial of 11 suspects in Saudi Arabia ended in December with five unnamed people sentenced to death.
July 03, 2020 09:00 UTC
Chinese tourists for Phuket 'bubble'A family enjoys a walk at a beach on Koh Phuket in June. The island is slowly opening up for the return of foreign tourists. It will target provinces that have the coronavirus under control. Phuket was being eyed to lead the planned tourism bubble comprising Thailand and its selected partners. One in every four foreign visitors to Thailand before the pandemic was Chinese, he said.
July 03, 2020 08:37 UTC
The showroom will be transformed to ‘Un Giardino di Estate’, an Italian summer garden, to indulge fans of the Prancing Horse. The Ferrari 812 GTS is the ultimate dream car for many, and the 812 GTS hails a triumphant return for a model type that has played a pivotal role in the marque’s history since its foundation. The Ferrari F8 Spider features the Prancing Horse’s compact and efficient RHT. The F8 Spider is the latest addition to an exclusive and prestigious bloodline of open-top V8 cars begun with the 308 GTS in 1977. Experience the excitement of the two latest drop-top sports cars on www.facebook.com/cavallinoferrarithailand on Friday 10th July, 2020 at 2pm.
July 03, 2020 07:52 UTC
(Photo: Somchai Poomlard)The government is planning for local tours for medical and wellness tourists from overseas from next month, and the start of tourism "travel bubbles" in September, a senior spokesman said on Friday . Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said medical and wellness tourists would be welcomed from this month on. The government was arranging for public and private hospitals to cater for medical and wellness visitors. About 1,700 foreigners from 17 countries had already registered for admission to Thailand for medical and wellness services. The government also planned to welcome specific groups of tourists through travel bubble arrangements with countries that have controlled the coronavirus disease.
July 03, 2020 07:41 UTC
“We prepared ourselves in terms of risk and compliance as well as supply chain,” said Stephane Coum, CEO – Food, Central Retail. While the shelves are fully stocked in all its stores, should customers feel more comfortable with online shopping, they have that covered, too. As such, Central Retail supermarkets were the first in Thailand to offer “locked price” during these unprecedented times as many Thais cope with financial uncertainties. For customer’s safety, Central Retail has invested in additional tools and modern technology to take cleanliness and hygiene to another level, from smart thermo scanners to check the temperature of everyone visiting their stores to UV-C disinfection robots to sanitize the stores. “One of the main targets for us in Central Retail is to prepare all the employees to have a strong mind-set concerning change.
July 03, 2020 06:56 UTC
Worshippers light candles for khao phansa, or Buddhist Lent, at Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram in Bangkok on Friday, when the government announced one more case of Covid-19 infection. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)The government on Friday reported one new case of Covid-19 infection, a quarantined returnee from Bahrain, raising the total to 3,180. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the returnee was a woman aged 24 who arrived on Sunday and was quarantined in Chon Buri province. She had a sore throat and diarrhoea and tested positive for Covid-19 infection on Wednesday. Of the total cases, 243 were returnees detected during the quarantine process.
July 03, 2020 06:00 UTC
Australia warns conspiracy theories thwarting COVID containment effortsA coronavirus tester takes a swab sample at a drive-through testing station in MelbourneMELBOURNE - Coronavirus conspiracy theories are hampering frantic efforts to contain a steep spike in cases around the city of Melbourne, where more than 10,000 people have refused testing, Australian health authorities warned Friday. "Disappointingly however we have had more than 10,000 people who have refused to be tested," health minister Jenny Mikakos said. Describing the trend as "concerning" she said, "What I want to stress here is that coronavirus is a very contagious virus. In the last week, 160,000 tests have been carried out in the area and almost 100,000 doors have been knocked on, she said. Australia has recorded more than 8,000 coronavirus cases and just over 100 deaths in a population of 25 million.
July 03, 2020 05:26 UTC
Gojek, the force behind GETWhat’s driving Gojek Super App’s success? It’s no secret that ride-hailing has forever changed the mobility industry and Gojek is one of the key drivers. Gojek has become the service provider of anything and everything that people need in their daily life and soon will be the household name among Thais, as the GET app, a popular platform providing motorcycle-taxi and food delivery services, will rebrand as Gojek. Gojek has been guided by its core belief that technology can provide solutions to a country’s most pressing problems. In successfully undertaking billions of transactions each year, Gojek is determined to further strengthen its presence, especially in Thailand.
July 03, 2020 05:15 UTC
Long-distance bus crashes as tired driver falls asleepThe overturned Charn Tour bus blocks the main highway in Sung Noen district of Nakhon Ratchasima early on Friday. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)NAKHON RATCHASIMA: An air-conditioned bus bound for Bangkok from Khon Kaen crashed onto its side on the main highway early on Friday morning, and the driver admitted he was tired and just fell asleep. Sung Noen police said the Charn Tour bus overturned on the Mittaphap Highway about 2.30am. Several passengers received minor injuries, but the exact number was not reported. Five passengers received minor injuries.
July 03, 2020 05:03 UTC
The battle for Bollywood: virus, streaming apps spark fears for cinemasWith Indian cinemas closed, Bollywood producers are turning to the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar to release films onlineMUMBAI - A Bollywood actor's face tattooed on his arm, Sandeep Bacche's devotion shocks few in India where stars enjoy semi-divine status. But even here the hallowed silver screen may be losing its shine to streaming services and pandemic fears. With cinemas shut for months due to a coronavirus lockdown, and little prospect they will reopen soon, frustrated Bollywood producers have turned to the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar to release films online. "Movie stars are not made on the small screen but on the silver screen," Siddharth Jain, INOX executive director, told AFP. - Virus measures -Vijay Subramaniam, Amazon Prime's director of content for India, insisted the company was not looking to put cinemas out of business.
July 03, 2020 05:03 UTC
Headline CPI down 1.57%The headline consumer price index (CPI) dropped 1.57% in June from a year earlier, a less than expected decline, commerce ministry data showed on Friday. The core CPI index dipped 0.05% from a year earlier, the first drop in more than 10 years. The core CPI index, which strips out food and energy prices, dipped 0.05% from a year earlier, the first drop in more than a decade. In the January-June period, the headline CPI fell 1.13% year-on-year while the core index rose 0.32%, the commerce ministry said. It forecast the headline CPI to fall between 0.7% to 1.5% this year, Ms Pimchanok said.
July 03, 2020 04:37 UTC
You go, girl! A call to stop forcing Thai students to have a certain type of haircut or having their hair cut by the teachers against their will. A pair of scissors was provided on her lap and next to her was a bin for the cut hair. They hide behind their keyboards and freely hurl hatred towards her as a girl, a student, and someone younger when her only crime is trying to make a point through a stunt. I hope Ploy's stunt awaken many to recognise a student's right to self-expression and what does education really mean.
July 03, 2020 04:02 UTC
WHAT FRIENDS ARE FORIn times like we’ve been having since Covid-19 broke cover in January, you learn who your real friends areAmong the hardest hit of all sectors, upscale restaurants and bars were sent reeling. Diageo Reserve, the luxury portfolio of Diageo, focuses on luxury opportunities, bringing together brands built on strong legacies blended with craftsmanship and authenticity. Think Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Gold Reserve, Tanqueray, Ciroc vodka, Don Julio tequila, Bulleit bourbon, Tanqueray No. Meanwhile, Diageo, DMHT’s parent company, donated some seven million bottles of hand-sanitizer to front-line healthcare workers and staff directly fighting the virus world-wide. In addition, seven exclusive World Class Studios Zoom sessions gave over 200 bartenders who competed in the DIAGEO Reserve World Class competition new skills and ideas.
July 03, 2020 03:56 UTC
Pandemic gives Prayut leverage to extend stay powerPrime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha holds a press conference at Government House on Tuesday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)It is a year since Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha returned to power as a civilian leader, but his government already has its sights set on staying in power beyond the remaining three years of its term. The first 12 months have presented many challenges for the Prayut regime, including anti-government protests and the coronavirus pandemic, which has sent the Southeast Asian economy into a tailspin. Student-led anti-government protests are expected to continue but are unlikely to upend the political landscape, one of the sources said. He accused the government of using "various mechanisms to cling onto power" while trampling on society's basic rights.
July 03, 2020 03:45 UTC
Hong Kong protest slogan illegal, city government saysProtesters throw mock paper money during a march against the national security law on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong on Wednesday. (Photo: Reuters)HONG KONG: The popular protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" connotes separatism or subversion according to the city's government, citing crimes that are covered under the new national security law imposed by Beijing. "The slogan 'Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times' nowadays connotes 'Hong Kong independence', or separating the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from the People's Republic of China, altering the legal status of the HKSAR, or subverting the state power," the government said in a statement late on Thursday. The government has repeatedly said the security law won't affect freedom of speech and other rights in the city. It will also see mainland security agencies in Hong Kong for the first time and allows extradition to the mainland for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.
July 03, 2020 02:48 UTC