If you have had enough of online chats, games, movies and TV series, you may feel like "going outside" by taking some virtual tours. The British Museum provides virtual tours on its website britishmuseum.org and offers interesting content on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, US, offers live webcams at georgiaaquarium.org/webcam. Yosemite National Park is located in California, famous among rock climbers for its granite cliffs as well as its spectacular views for photographers. Jellyfish at Georgia Aquarium.
State schemes leave the poor behindA busker sings a song on a street underneath an elevated train station in Bangkok. Ageing buskers are among those at the lowest rung of society who do not receive social welfare protection from the state. The evidence is clear; the state schemes to help the poor have largely failed to reach their target groups. Instead of making them dependent on the central government's welfare money alone, the local governments should step in. At present, there have been efforts in this direction, but they are still not enough to effectively help vulnerable people.
Phuket under lockdownPhuket: The governor of Phuket has ordered a weeklong lockdown of the tourist destination in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19 after nine new cases emerged yesterday, bringing the provincial total up to 26. Pakkhapong Thawiphat said he has decided to impose the lockdown immediately until March 31. Provincial public health chief Dr Thanit Sermkaew said the nine new cases comprise five Thai women, one Thai man, two French nationals and a Swedish national. Of the five Thai women, four have records of either working in or frequenting entertainment venues, while the fifth is a 62-year-old businesswoman who just returned from Switzerland. The Swedish woman is a flight attendant who went to Spain and Sweden before arriving in Phuket.
Trump calls for quick end to US coronavirus lockdownUS President Donald Trump took part in a Fox News virtual town hall from the Rose Garden of the White HouseWASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he wants to loosen the coronavirus lockdown in the United States and restart the economy within three weeks, calling social distancing measures too disruptive. "I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter," said Trump. Health experts have advised the measures as the foundation for preventing the easily transmitted, potentially fatal illness from multiplying uncontrollably. But he made clear that he thinks the response has been blown out of proportion, saying "we lose thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu. One of his main claims to a second term, prior to the coronavirus outbreak, was the strong economy.
March 24, 2020 20:03 UTC
Air from the rooms of the hungry or well-fed rats was pumped into the chamber of the focal rat. They found that the focal rats were much quicker to provide help -- by pulling a food tray within reaching distance of another rat -- when the air was pumped from a hungry rat's room. It took 16 focal rats an average of 29 seconds to provide help for hungry rats, compared to an average of 85 seconds to give help to the well-fed. - Good rat citizens -These might result from recently ingested food sources, the metabolic processes involved in digestion, or possibly even a pheromone that indicates hunger. Taken together, these signals form a "smell of hunger" for rats that serves as a reliable cue of need, said Schneeberger.
March 24, 2020 19:52 UTC
Greta Thunberg says she 'likely' had new coronavirusSwedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg says it is "extremely likely" she has the coronavirus. STOCKHOLM: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday that it was "extremely likely" that she had contracted the new coronavirus, after experiencing several symptoms following a trip to central Europe. Thunberg said the symptoms emerged after she returned from a trip around central Europe, and that she and her father had isolated themselves as a precaution. Therefore, Thunberg said she had not been tested, but said "it's extremely likely" that she had it, "given the combined symptoms and circumstances." In early March, Thunberg, who spearheaded the "school strike for climate" movement, called for a digital protest so as to avoid large gatherings that could exacerbate the spread of the new coronavirus.
March 24, 2020 17:03 UTC
Thai Airways suspends its flightsThai Airways International will suspend most passenger flight services starting from Wednesday. (Bangkok Post file photo)Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) will suspend several international flights in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. THAI Smile, its subdidiary, will take over domestic flights to Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Krabi provinces. From Friday, THAI will suspend its flights to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. Passengers holding THAI and THAI Smile code-share flights air tickets issued before March 25 may convert unused tickets to travel vouchers, valid for one year, without fee and surcharges.
March 24, 2020 15:46 UTC
G7 pledges to 'do whatever is necessary' to restore growthThe statement from the G7, pictured at their 2017 leaders summit, came as Wall Street stock rebounded on expectations the US Congress would approve massive stimulusWASHINGTON - G7 finance ministers and central bank chiefs on Tuesday vowed to "do whatever is necessary" to safeguard jobs and the economy from disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The officials said they are working cooperatively with "substantial and complementary packages" to help companies weather the impact. "We will do whatever is necessary to restore confidence and economic growth and to protect jobs, businesses, and the resilience of the financial system," the group said in a statement released in Washington. The statement came as Wall Street rebounded at the open, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 6.7 percent on expectations the US Congress would soon pass a trillion-dollar stimulus package. Last week, leaders of the G7 comprising Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States issued a similar statement vowing to protect economic growth, while warning the outbreak poses "major risks for the world economy."
March 24, 2020 14:47 UTC
(Photo supplied)Singapore's Odette retained its No.1 spot on the 2020 Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list, which was live streamed at 3pm (Bangkok time) on Tuesday. For the second year, Singapore took top honours of the coveted dual titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia and The Best Restaurant in Singapore. Japan Den (No.3) retains the title of "The Best Restaurant in Japan" for a third successive year. Three South Korean restaurants made the list, including first-time entry Hansikgonggan (No.34), headed by Cho Hee-sook, who is Asia's Best Female Chef 2020. Ministry of Crab in Colombo (No.30), with a branch that opened last year in Bangkok, is once again named The Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka, while Locavore (No.37) in Bali claims the honour of The Best Restaurant in Indonesia.
March 24, 2020 12:13 UTC
Virus sparks 'unprecedented collapse' in eurozone economyLimits on cross-border movement have worsened the economic impact. The PMI survey by analysis company IHS Markit confirmed what economists and governments had been bracing for: a dramatically abrupt tumble into a certain recession. IHS Markit noted "record degrees of pessimism about the year ahead seen in both manufacturing and services". 'Ground to a halt'Analysts at bank ING said the IHS Markit survey "paints a picture of an economy that has ground to a halt". It also said the eurozone collapse echoed what was seen in China last month when the pandemic that started there bit deepest.
March 24, 2020 11:48 UTC
Bodies of patients 'not contagious'Alcohol gel is given free of charge to people at the Bang Chak petrol station on Sukhaphiban 1 Road. Dr Somsak Akhasilp, the DMS director-general, said the virus dies when its host dies and there is no chance of it being transmitted to another person. Dr Somsak said Covid-19 patients fall into three categories: those who exhibit mild, medium and severe symptoms. Patients in the medium group usually suffer from other chronic ailments and are given two HIV/Aids retroviral drugs until they regain full function of their lungs. Those with severe symptoms require a respirator and have to be administered Favilavir, an antiviral drug.
March 24, 2020 11:37 UTC
Battered Italy sees rays of hopeItaly has been in lockdown since March 12. "The measures we took two weeks ago are starting to have an effect," Mr Borrelli said in an interview with the La Repubblica daily. Italy's national lockdown went into effect on March 12 and is due to expire at the end of Wednesday. But Mr Borrelli and other Italian medical officials have been extremely cautious to draw any definitive conclusions from the two-day drop. "From the very start, people were behaving in a way that fuelled the national problem," Mr Borrelli said.
March 24, 2020 11:03 UTC
'Asterix' co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92Albert Uderzo created the plucky Gaul Asterix with fellow Frenchman Rene Goscinny in 1959. PARIS - Albert Uderzo, the co-creator and illustrator of the "Asterix and Obelix" comics that delighted legions of children and adults over the past six decades, has died aged 92, his family said Tuesday. "Albert Uderzo died in his sleep at his home in Neuilly, after a heart attack that was not linked to the coronavirus. Uderzo created Asterix in 1959 with the fellow Frenchman and writer Rene Goscinny, who brought them to life in the French-Belgian comics magazine Pilote. In 2017, an original Uderzo cover for one of the first Asterix books sold in Paris for a record 1.4 million euros.
March 24, 2020 10:52 UTC
6th Covid-19 case in KoratNakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantaranothai announces another Covid-19 case in the northeastern province on Tuesday. Governor Wichian Chantaranothai said on Tuesday the 6th patient was a 38-year-old man who caught the virus from the 5th patient, a person he had close contact with. Officials in Khon Kaen were tracking down those who had close contact with the 6th patient. Government officials should avoid travelling to areas at risk from Covid-19. They would be subject to disciplinary action if they did not go into self-isolation on their return, he said.
March 24, 2020 10:41 UTC
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, MEA offices will temporarily no longer offer certain servicesIn compliance with government agencies’ directives to prevent spreading of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and for the safety of the general public, MEA hereby announces that its offices will temporarily no longer provide the following services:• changing names of power users;• collateral transfers, and;• applications for collateral refunds. These services will be resumed once the virus spread has abated. Other services including power outage repairs are still provided at MEA offices. Those requesting collateral refunds are invited to register online at http://measy.mea.or.th 24 hours. Please be informed accordingly with apologies for any inconvenience.
March 24, 2020 10:30 UTC