Tokyo organisers 'eye July 2021' for delayed OlympicsThe Tokyo 2020 team is discussing possible dates with the International Olympic Committee, reports say. TOKYO: Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus. It came after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike raised the idea on Friday of moving the event to a less hot and humid time of year. The Tokyo 2020 team led by Yoshiro Mori is currently discussing possible dates with the IOC, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. The decision had been seen to open options for Tokyo, with IOC chief Thomas Bach saying that "all the options are on the table" and rescheduling "is not restricted just to the summer months".
March 29, 2020 05:26 UTC
Most obtain Covic-19 information online: PollA reporter at Government House listens to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's announcement on the enforcement of the emergency decree at Government House on Wednesday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)A large majority of people obtain most information about Covid-19 online and from social media, but find television the most reliable source, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll. The survey was conducted on March 25-28 on 1,033 people throughout the country to compile their opinions on news circulated on various kinds of media, including fake news. The largest number of respondents, 79.30%, said they obtained information on the coronavirus online -- on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and on websites -- followed by 77.05% from television; 60.69% from hearsay; 45.52% from printed materials including newspapers and official announcements; and 44.73% from short message services (SMS). Asked which sources they found the most reliable, however, 89.00% chose TV, followed by 63.09% printed materials such as newspapers and official announcements; 56.23% radio news; 53.72% online media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and websites; and 42.98% word-of-mouth.
March 29, 2020 05:15 UTC
Globally, the death toll has stormed past 30,000 and officials in some countries say the worst still lies ahead. Trump's reversal came on the same day the US death toll topped 2,100, more than doubling in just three days. Spain, with the world's second-highest toll, added 832 deaths on Saturday for a total of 5,812. Russia said it would close its borders on Monday, despite reporting relatively low levels of the virus. In France, which has seen close to 2,000 deaths, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe warned the "battle" was just beginning.
March 29, 2020 04:41 UTC
4 Chinese arrested in Tak trying to cross into MyanmarSecurity authorities arrested four Chinese nationals trying to cross the border to Thailand from Mynmar in Mas Sot district of Tak on Saturday. (Photo by Assawin Pinitwong)TAK: Four Chinese nationals were arrested on Saturday trying to sneak across the border from Mae Sot district to Myanmar, an immigration police source said on Sunday. The source said the four men were arrested by soldiers from the 4th Infantry Task Force Regiment patrolling along the Thai-Myanmar border. They were about to cross the border by boat from a village in tambon Mae Ku on the bank of the Moei river. The four, whose identities were not disclosed, were taken to Mae Sot immigration office where they were found to have overstayed their visas.
March 29, 2020 03:45 UTC
Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotelsMany hotel operators in Japan have seen bookings decimated by the virusTOKYO - The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan's hotels and tourism industry, already reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. For hotel chains such as Via Inn, the situation has caused unprecedented conundrums in recouping losses and filling hotel rooms. - 'No one to blame' -Just months ago, JTB, one of Japan's largest tour agencies, was selling Olympic packages bundling trips to Tokyo with tickets. Tokyo Olympic organisers are aware of the gargantuan task ahead of them, and the many businesses and individuals waiting on their decisions. "There is no one to blame, and we think the postponement is a better decision than cancellation," said Sudo of the Tokyo Hotels and Ryokans Association.
March 29, 2020 03:11 UTC
Most people obtain Covic-19 information online: Suan Dusit PollA large majority of people obtain most information on Covid-19 online from the social media, but find television the most reliable source, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll. The survey was conducted on March 25-28 on 1,033 people throughout the country to compile their opinions on news circulated on various kinds of media including fake news. The largest number of respondents - 79.30% - said they obtained information on coronavirus from the social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and websites, followed by 77.05% from television; 60.69% from hearsay; 45.52% from printed materials including newspapers and official announcements; and, 44.73% from short message services (SMS). But, most of them - 89.00% - said they relied the most on TV, followed by 63.09% on printed materials such as newspapers and official announcements; 56.23% on radio news; 53.72% on online media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and websites; and, 42,98% on hearsay. Asked how they differentiated between real and fake news, 41.08% said they took into consideration reliability of sources of information; 32.22% said they collated news from various sources; 22.96% said they analysed all news rationally; 20.10% said they usually awaited confirmation from the government or concerned agencies; and, 16.95% said they relied more on mainstream media than on the social media.
March 29, 2020 03:00 UTC
Anti-virus measures spark Mideast fears of setback in libertiesMorocco deployed armoured vehicles in the capital Rabat to ensure compliance with emergency measures imposed due to the coronavirusCAIRO - Armoured vehicles in the streets, hundreds arrested, smartphone surveillance -- sweeping measures to fight the coronavirus have raised concerns in the Middle East over the erosion of already threatened human rights. Authorities have curtailed movement, clamped down on gatherings and arrested those who disobey the confinement orders. While the government said the powers would be used to the "narrowest extent", Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Amman not to abuse fundamental rights for the cause of combatting the virus. But rights groups have accused Algerian authorities of using the health crisis to crack down on dissent via the courts. The Tunisian League for Human Rights has requested clarifications on social distancing measures after people expressed frustration online over apparently arbitrary police interventions.
March 29, 2020 02:26 UTC
Mazda CX-30 2.0 SP (2020) reviewMazda’s all-new CX-30 would have been a worthy CX-3 replacement: more refined to drive and better to sit in. The Mazda CX-3 is a mixed bag of virtues and flaws when measured against upper B-segment SUVs like the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR in Thailand. Welcome to the CX-30, then, an all-new SUV from Mazda that should fix the problems for the CX-3 thanks to a bigger body designed to neatly slot below today’s CX-5. To top things off, the CX-30 has a similar price range of 988,000 to 1.199 million baht. What the CX-30 does better than in the CX-3 is the suppression of external noise for enhanced comfort when cruising.
March 29, 2020 02:15 UTC
"They replied that their plate is full and they will come back to me as soon as they can. Shapatava, the world number 371, is a 16-year veteran of the tour. Shapatava has banked $354,000 in career prize money from almost 1,500 singles and doubles matches. Many players outside the lucrative top 100 traditionally supplement their meagre incomes by coaching or playing in European club leagues. What about those juniors that chose tennis as their career and are making the transition to pros?
March 29, 2020 01:30 UTC
Chiang Mai governor Charoenrit Sanguansat told the Bangkok Post the pollution was mainly caused by the bushfires which are “very severe every time they erupt”. The fires also threatened Hmong Doi Pui, an ethnic hill tribe village, as well as Wat Phrathat Doi Kham. Mr Pornchai, also a former chairman of the Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association, does not understand why Chiang Mai people are still suffering from smog despite the many initiatives taken to prevent bushfires and outdoor burning. As part of a “Set Zero” campaign, the Chiang Mai governor announced a “no-burning” period from Jan 10 to April 30, which strictly prohibits using fires to clear farmland. Over and above that, the Interior Ministry is overseeing no-burning measures and the Defence Ministry will ramp up forest patrols.
March 29, 2020 00:56 UTC
Kuay tio pak mor in chicken feet soup in Panom Sarakham district of Chachoengsao. This type of beef satay haab no longer exists. It began with an ordinary haab selling curry with rice in front of the Opera House in Chinatown from 8pm until midnight. The first example is kuay tio pak mor (dumplings with soup), originated in Panom Sarakham district, Chachoengsao. Sitting and eating in front of the hawkers haab is good in many ways.
March 29, 2020 00:22 UTC
Yet this has not stopped people from extending a helping hand. Other film stars like Araya "Chompoo" Hargate and Ranee "Bella" Campen also lent a helping hand by making large donations to foundations fighting the pandemic. "I want to give moral support to all those who have been affected by the virus and medical staff who are working hard to stop it from spreading," Ranee posted on Instagram. Of course I'm exhausted, but I'm happy to help because doctors, nurses and medical staff are working tirelessly to save people's lives. "The university is helping patients during this difficult time with no extra charge, except for meals.
March 29, 2020 00:11 UTC
Keeping an eye out: Thammasat University's Hospital opens its first field hospital converted from a dormitory on its Rangsit campus. On Thursday, Thammasat University Hospital opened its field hospital. The main hospitals, he said, are trying to establish field hospitals to accommodate the 80% of Covid-19 patients who only suffer mild symptoms from the disease. Doors open: The first Covid-19 patient from Thammasat University Hospital yesterday moved into the new makeshift field hospital. technology aid: App Cocare, online platform for medical volunteers to help self-quarantining Covid-19 patients can help ease the burden on the healthcare system.
March 28, 2020 23:48 UTC
Benz said Mr Siwawit made contact and offered to arrange bail. Benz said Mr Siwawit agreed to return the bail money if he was unsuccessful. However, Benz said, Mr Siwawit failed to return the bail money as agreed. Benz said he sued Mr Siwawit in the Civil Court, which upheld his claim that the lawyer was in breach of contract. Mr Siwawit, whom Benz says was later struck off by the Lawyer's Council in an unrelated case, sued Benz for accusing him of swindling the money.
March 28, 2020 22:07 UTC
T1 giants Port, coach Choketawee part ways after just eight monthsOut of job: Coach Choketawee Promrut, left, and Port FC president Nualphan Lamsam. Thai League 1 front-runners Port yesterday dropped a bombshell, announcing the termination of their coach Choketawee Promrut's contract. Port team president Nualphan Lamsam said former coach Jadet Meelarp will take over the reins of the team once again. "We had a talk with coach Choketawee and his staff and both sides mutually agreed to end the contract with immediate effect," said Nualphan. "As the Port chairperson, I look forward to continuing the good relationship that exists between coach Choketawee and the team.
March 28, 2020 22:07 UTC