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    Car & Vehicles Review / Bangkok Bank warns of glut in low-rise housing
    « เมื่อ: ตุลาคม 12, 2020, 10:52:44 am »
    Bangkok Bank has warned of a possible oversupply in the low-rise housing market in Greater Bangkok as many developers flee the sluggish condo sector for the segment.

    Phairach Sakwit, senior vice-president for property development at Bangkok Bank, said there were about 300,000 unsold residential units in Greater Bangkok as of the first half of 2020.

    According to the Real Estate Information Center (REIC), the largest amount of unsold residential inventory was in condos (107,504 units), followed by townhouses (90,383 units) and single detached houses (60,325 units).

    When combined with semi-detached houses totalling 28,693 units, the total number of low-rise houses was 179,401 units, worth a combined 789 billion baht.

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    The REIC reported a drop in low-rise housing launches in Greater Bangkok during the first half of 6% to 16,218 units, against a sharp decrease of 58% to only 10,083 units in new condo supply launched in the same period.

    It forecast a decline of 19.2% to 79,408 units in new residential supply launches in Greater Bangkok this year, down from 98,248 units last year. The two-year average would be 109,859 units.

    Total low-rise houses launched in Greater Bangkok this year is expected to rise 12.6% to 48,965 units. The two-year average would be 43,830 units.


    On the other hand, new launches of condo units this year would shrink 44.4% to 30,443 units from 54,769 units last year. The two-year average was 66,029 units.

    "Developers should think twice when they want to launch a low-rise project as the number of low-rise supply spikes," Mr Phairach said. "Today seeking a land plot for condo development is easier than for low-rise houses, as many developers have shifted from the condo to the low-rise market."

    He said many homebuyers were looking at a global economic slump worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Some might get trouble from unemployment or have an unstable career, which affects their ability to get a mortgage.

    "The government should reconsider the lending curbs criteria to help homebuyers. They should be effective for units completed after 2018," Mr Phairach said at a property seminar held last Thursday by Bangkok Bank. "Units completed earlier should be excluded."

    He voiced concern about the development of new condo projects in inner-city locations, noting that environmental impact assessment is an issue that could prolong project development.

    "The cost of land in the inner city accounts for more than half of total development cost," Mr Phairach said. "If there is an issue leaving a project unfinished, it may be a problem." กีฬาออนไลน์

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    Online Shopping @ Reviewpantip.com / Djokovic to face Nadal in French Open final blockbuster
    « เมื่อ: ตุลาคม 10, 2020, 11:55:00 am »
    PARIS: Novak Djokovic set up a blockbuster French Open title showdown with Rafael Nadal on Friday after a dramatic five-set semi-final victory over Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

    World number one Djokovic, the 2016 champion at Roland Garros, reached his fifth final in Paris, defeating fifth seed Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 in a roller-coaster of a contest where he had held a match point in the third set.

    Nadal, the 12-time champion, defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7/0) to make a 13th final at the tournament.

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    Nadal, the world number two, can equal Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 Grand Slam title wins.

    Djokovic is one of only two men to have defeated Nadal at Roland Garros in 15 years. Sunday will be their 56th clash.

    "This is the house of Rafa," said Djokovic. "I will have the motivation to win, I beat him here in 2015 but this will be the biggest challenge - playing Nadal on clay."


    Djokovic hailed Tsitsipas, who was appearing in the semi-final of a Slam for only the second time.

    "Stefanos is a big player but after four hours he was tired. He gave me a lot of trouble. I looked calm on the surface but it was a different story inside," added Djokovic who will be in his 27th Slam final.

    Djokovic took a 5-1 career lead over Tsitsipas into the semi-final and showing no signs of the neck and shoulder injury which blighted his performance against Pablo Carreno Busta in the last eight, he secured the only break of the opener in the second game.

    Crucially, he saved all five break points he faced.

    That became seven from seven early in the second set and he made Tsitsipas pay, breaking for a 3-2 edge and backing it up with another for 5-2.

    The 22-year-old Greek, appearing in his first French Open semi-final, just couldn't make Djokovic crack.

    An eighth break point came and went in the second game of the third set with Djokovic breaking for 5-4.

    Having saved two more break points, Djokovic was unable to convert a match point in the 10th game, picked up a time violation and, unsettled by the call as well as disturbances in the crowd, was broken at the 11th time of asking.

    From the brink of a quick exit, Tsitsipas stayed alive, taking the third set 7-5.

    Djokovic squandered 10 break points in the fourth set as Tsitsipas, who had also been two sets down in his opening match against Jaume Munar, levelled the match. ข่าวสดวันนี้


    However, in a final twist and as the clock ticked closer to the four-hour mark, Tsitsipas faded away in the decider, dropping serve twice to hand Djokovic a 4-1 lead.

    He saved another match point but was powerless on the third as Djokovic fired a clean winner.

    For 34-year-old Nadal, his win over Schwartzman was his 99th at Roland Garros.

    He is into his 28th final at the majors and has not dropped a set in the tournament this year.

    "It's always incredible to play here and this is a very special moment," said Nadal after a 10th win in 11 matches against Schwartzman who had shocked him in Rome last month.

    "I played a couple of bad points in the third set but Diego is a very tough player. He probably makes more breaks on the tour than others.

    "It was difficult until the end but it was a positive match for me."

    Nadal fought off two break points in a marathon 14-minute opening game. He then broke for 2-0 but Schwartzman retrieved it immediately.

    It was a brief respite for the 5ft 6in (1.68m) player affectionately known as "El Peque" ("shorty"), as the 28-year-old was broken again in the fourth game.

    The Argentine saved a couple of set points but dumped the third one in the net and the opener was Nadal's after 65 minutes on court.

    Nadal was comfortably the stronger, breaking in the third and ninth games for a two sets lead.

    With the match and his spirit seemingly drifting away, Schwartzman dropped serve again to go 3-1 down in the third.

    But he rallied as Nadal slipped into passivity and by the 11th game he was on back on serve although he remonstrated with himself for squandering three break points that would have left him serving for the set.

    That was his last chance as Nadal stormed through the tiebreaker.

    The Argentine was left to regret his 48 unforced errors and converting just three of his 12 break points.

    "It's different playing against Djokovic, Federer, Rafa, these guys. Is not easy playing them five sets because you have to play your best tennis maybe for three, four hours, five hours. Physically it's very hard," he admitted. ข่าวด่วนวันนี้

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    Movie & Series - Cartoon Review / Half Karabakh population displaced as mediators set for Geneva talks
    « เมื่อ: ตุลาคม 08, 2020, 10:38:39 am »
    STEPANAKERT (AZERBAIJAN) - Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces have displaced half of the population of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, an official said on Wednesday, as Azerbaijan announced it would meet international mediators in Geneva.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin urged an end to a "huge tragedy" that shows no sign of abating in an interview with state-run television, as Karabakh's main city Stepanakert was hit by new strikes.

    Even if the longstanding conflict over the ethnic Armenian separatist region could not be resolved, a ceasefire must be agreed "as quickly as possible", he said.


    A few hours later Azerbaijan said Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov would visit Geneva Thursday and meet leaders of the OSCE's Minsk group, which is jointly chaired by diplomats from France, Russia, and the United States.

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    The Minsk group has sought a solution to the conflict since the 1990s.

    Armenia ruled out its foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan meeting his Azerbaijani counterpart in Geneva, however, saying "it is impossible to hold negotiations with one hand and continue military operations with the other."

    Armenia's foreign minister is due to meet Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Monday.


    The conflict has drawn in regional powers, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warning that Turkey's backing of Azerbaijan risks fuelling the "internationalisation" of the conflict.

    The fighting in one of the most combustible frozen conflicts resulting from the fall of the Soviet Union erupted on September 27, with Azerbaijan insisting the region must return to Baku's control. สูตรบอล


    - Thousands displaced -

    Intermittent shelling by Azerbaijan's forces has turned Stepanakert into a ghost town dotted with unexploded munitions and shell craters.

    Much of Stepanakert's 50,000-strong population has left, with those remaining hunkering down in cellars.

    "According to our preliminary estimates, some 50 percent of Karabakh's population and 90 percent of women and children -- or some 70,000-75,000 people -- have been displaced," Karabakh's rights ombudsman Artak Beglaryan told AFP Wednesday.

    Azerbaijan has accused Armenian forces of shelling civilian targets in urban areas, including its second-largest city of Ganja.

    Dozens of civilians have been confirmed killed in the fighting and the Armenian side has acknowledged more than 300 military deaths. Azerbaijan has not admitted to any fatalities among its troops.

    Azerbaijani prosecutors said 427 dwellings populated by roughly 1,200 people had been destroyed.

    But Le Drian, speaking to the French parliament, accused Azerbaijan of initiating the current conflict and lamented "the large number of civilian victims for the sake of meagre progress" on the ground.

    Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan in a 1990s war that claimed the lives of some 30,000 people. The Armenian separatists declared independence.

    The region's 140,000 inhabitants are now almost exclusively Armenians after the remaining Azerbaijanis left in the 1990s war.

    However, the international community regards it as part of Azerbaijan and no state, including Armenia itself, recognises its independence.

    Sporadic fighting has erupted frequently since a May 1994 ceasefire, most notably in 2016.

    But analysts say Turkey's involvement this time has changed the landscape.

    Turkey has reportedly sent pro-Ankara Syrian fighters to boost Azerbaijan forces and also home-produced drones that have already been deployed with success in Libya and Syria.

    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 1,200 fighters have been sent and at least 64 have died.

    "The new aspect is that there is military involvement by Turkey which risks fuelling the internationalisation of the conflict," Le Drian said.

    - 'Great danger' -

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday the world should back Azerbaijan as the "side of those who are right", describing Armenia as the "occupier".

    Russia has cordial relations and sells arms to both sides. But it has a military base in Armenia and Yerevan is a member of a Russia-led regional security group while Baku is not.

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told AFP he was confident Russia would come to its aid because of the two countries' membership in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation military alliance (CSTO).

    Putin in his interview emphasised that Moscow would fulfil its obligations within the CSTO, which analysts sometimes describe as a Russian NATO.

    But he noted: "The hostilities, which to our great regret, continue to this day, are not taking place on the territory of Armenia."

    Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov sounded a note of alarm over the presence of Syrian fighters, saying it posed a "great danger and is a reason for the deep concern of Russia".

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani also said on Wednesday he would not tolerate "terrorists from Syria and other places" near its border with Azerbaijan.

    Tehran maintains cordial relations with its Christian neighbour Armenia and distrusts Azerbaijan's military cooperation with Israel. เทคนิคบาคาร่า

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    Book Review / Another 15 returnees infected
    « เมื่อ: ตุลาคม 07, 2020, 01:39:15 pm »
    The government on Wednesday reported 15 new cases of coronavirus disease - quarantined arrivals from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, South Sudan and the United States - raising the total to 3,615.

    The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said two are men from Bangladesh. One is a doctor, 53, who arrived on Sept 30. His infection was confirmed by the second test on the fifth day after his arrival.

    The other is a student, aged 26, who arrived on the same day and was also found infected on day 5 after arrival. They were being treated in Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani provinces. สูตรบอล


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    The case from Hong Kong is a 36-year-old Thai man who arrived on Sept 23 and whose infection was confirmed by the second test on day 11.

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    He is being treated at Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok. He earlier had a fever on Aug 2.

    There are two cases from India. One is 39 years old. He arrived on Sept 23 and was found infected by the second test on day 12.

    The other is a 41-year-old businessman who arrived on Sept 30 and whose infection was confirmed by the first test on day 4. Both are being treated in Bangkok.


    From Myanmar, the new case is a Thai businessman, 54, who returned on Sept 22 and tested positive by the second test on day 13. He received treatment at Somdet Phrachao Taksin Maharat Hospital in Tak province.

    From South Sudan, the six new cases are army engineers, aged 27-50. They returned on Sept 22 on the same flight as 25 previously confirmed cases.

    The six tested positive by the second test on day 11 and were admitted at Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok.

    From the US there are three new cases. Two are American men, aged 21 and 40. They arrived on Sept 29 and 30 and tested positive by the second test on days 5 and 6. They received treatment at private hospitals in Bangkok.

    The other is a Thai man, 31. He arrived last Thursday and tested positive by the first test on day 4. He was admitted to Police General Hospital.

    Of total 3,615 cases, 3,391 have recovered and 165 patients are at hospitals. The death toll remains unchanged at 59.

    Global Covid-19 cases rose 311,613 over the past 24 hours to 36.04 million. The worldwide death toll went up 5,553 to 1.05 million.

    The US had the most cases at 7.72 million, up 43,660, and the most deaths at 215,822, up 790.

    India is second with 6.75 million cases, up 72,106, and 104,591 deaths, up 991.

    Brazil is third with 4.97 million cases, up 30,454, and 147,571 deaths, up 798. Thailand ranks 140th. เทคนิคบาคาร่า

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    Movie & Series - Cartoon Review / 200,000 speed pills, firearms seized
    « เมื่อ: ตุลาคม 05, 2020, 02:55:22 pm »
    A young man has been arrested with almost 200,000 speed pills, a pistol and many rounds of ammunition during raids on two houses in Khon Kaen and Kalasin provinces.

    Wutthipong Kaewsrinuan, 24, of Huay Mek district in Kalasin, was apprehended at a rented house in tambon Ban Phed, said Pol Maj Gen Wutthipong Musikul , chief of Khon Kaen police during a media briefing.

    Seized from the house was a Colt with a magazine and 95 rounds of bullets. Police later seized 198,000 speed pills from another house of the suspect in Huay Mek district in nearby Kalasin province.


    During police interrogation, the suspect said a drug network in a neighbouring country had smuggled illicit drugs into the country via Nong Khai province. He kept the drugs at his house in Kalasin province and sold them to customers in the province and nearby areas.

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    The suspect was held in police custody for drug and illegal possession of firearms charges. เทคนิคบาคาร่า

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    Car & Vehicles Review / Myanmar volunteers under strain as coronavirus toll grows
    « เมื่อ: ตุลาคม 05, 2020, 10:20:29 am »
    YANGON: As Myanmar's coronavirus infections soar, the work never seems to stop for volunteers who have stepped in to help carry those suspected of symptoms to quarantine centres or hospitals.

    "The situation is not good. Our ambulances and crews can’t even get a break," said Kyi Myint, 66, who leads a volunteer group in Yankin township, one of the worst hit in Myanmar's main city, Yangon.

    Myanmar's thousands of volunteers are a crucial element of the Covid-19 response in a country with one of the world's weakest health systems.


    Myanmar appeared to have avoided the worst of the pandemic with only seven deaths a month ago - but a surge of infections has sent now the death toll to 371 from more than 16,500 cases.

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    According to Reuters data, Myanmar's death toll has doubled in 7.8 days - faster than any other country recording more than five deaths.

    More than 45,000 people, including Covid-19 patients, those yet to be tested, their close contacts and returning migrant workers, are being housed in buildings from schools and monasteries to government offices and tower blocks.

    Most of those are run by volunteers, who generally get no compensation. They are given whatever protection equipment is available and sometimes food and a place to stay.


    "Without the volunteers, I don't think we could have survived,” said Aye, a recovered patient who did not want to give her full name for fear of being identified.

    The health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the outbreak and the role of the volunteers.

    "I usually get one or two hours sleep," said volunteer Zar Ni, who marked his 29th birthday by working on Thursday. "I am happy to help. At first I feared I would be infected but I no longer do."

    Myanmar has imposed a broad lockdown to try to stop the virus from spreading, and the volunteers keep away from their families once they start work. Kyi Myint is staying with his 15-strong team in a Buddhist temple.

    "This is not the time for depression, we are helping as much as we possibly can," he said.  แทงบอลออนไลน์

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    Gadgets & iT Review / More abuse claims at Sarasas school
    « เมื่อ: ตุลาคม 02, 2020, 01:40:01 pm »
    The private school at the centre of abuse allegations was rocked by yet more claims of maltreatment on Thursday.

    Parents of 39 Grade 2 students at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek, a large private school in Pak Kret district, Nonthaburi, filed a further complaint with police, claiming children had been hit by a music teacher with a dustpan.

    One father said the school had offered the children free extra tutorial classes for three months -- plus free ice cream -- and allowed them to watch cartoons to try to make up for the scandal and hush it up.


    He demanded the resignation of the music teacher, claiming he had no licence to teach, and vowed to take the strongest action he could against him.

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    The same school hit the headlines after video recordings posted on social media showed an unqualified teacher physically abusing a kindergarten pupil while her assistants watched.

    Meanwhile, a group of parents at Sarasas Witaed Bangbuathong, Nonthaburi, gave staff a petition signed by 500 parents urging the principal to improve the school's childcare standards and install CCTV cameras throughout the premises.

    No student abuse has been reported at this branch, however.


    The parents' ongoing anger came as a seminar on school violence was held yesterday by the Children, Youth and Family Foundation and the Family Network Foundation, at which one Sarasas parent said the schools should be closed down if they failed to properly address the problem of teacher abuse.

    The man claimed Sarasas was still refusing to take any blame for what had happened and was handling the issue without any sincerity.

    The school's executive had angered parents of the abused students even more with his immature interview and lack of remorse, he said.

    He said parents were not demanding money, as claimed by the school's executive; all they wanted was for the school to improve its standards and ensure the children's safety.

    The manager of the Family Network Foundation, Thannitcha Limpanich, said student abuse required a systemic solution, not just case-by-case answers, and she urged all involved to take child protection seriously.

    Personnel working with children needed to pass both psychological and behavioural tests, said Ms Thannitcha.

    The Teachers' Council of Thailand is preparing to file complaints against four kindergarten teachers who abused students at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School.

    They are Khru Jum, who was seen abusing students in a viral video clip, a Filipino teacher and two other teachers working in the same class, said secretary-general of the council Disakul Kasemsawas.

    He has ordered the school's executives to hand over the licences of 400 teachers for inspection. เสือมังกรมือถือ

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    Gadgets & iT Review / Poll: Huge support for corrections industrial estate plan
    « เมื่อ: กันยายน 30, 2020, 03:15:54 pm »
    A large majority of people agree with the Justice Ministry's plan to build "corrections industrial estates" where inmates can learn workskills before their release, according to an opinion survey by National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.

    The poll was conducted in September,withresponse from 1,269 people aged 18 and over throughout the country.

    They were asked for their opinions of the Justice Ministry's plan to build corrections industrial estates to relieve prison overcrowding, provide occupational and skills training for inmates.

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    It is hoped the scheme will enable inmates to leave prison with a job skill and return to society as good citizens.

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    A huge majority, 91.45%, agreed with the plan - with 59.89% strongly agreeing with it and 32.86% in moderate agreement. Only 7.01% disagreed, while the rest had no answer or were not interested.

    Asked on what training should be provided, with a respondent allowed to give more than one answer, 54.93% said engine repairs; 54.22% agriculture; 53.43% furniture making; 40.90% beauty treatment and hairdressing; 39.95% handicrafts and dressmaking; 38.30% cooking; 37.43% Thai massage; and, 34.24% husbandry.

    Asked about the preferred form of a corrections industrial estate, 54.05% said it should be an enclosed site with restrictions on entry and exit; 43.58% said it should be the same as other industrial estates in general; and the rest had no comment or were not interested.


    Finally, when asked whether they thought the plan would reduce recidivism, 73.44% said they believed so; 15.84% were not certain; 10.24% did not think so; and, the rest had no answer or were not interested. 1xbet casino

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    Car & Vehicles Review / Russians set to back reforms allowing Putin to extend rule
    « เมื่อ: กรกฎาคม 01, 2020, 03:07:57 pm »
    MOSCOW: Russians are set to approve constitutional reforms on Wednesday denounced by critics as a manoeuvre to allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in the Kremlin for life.

    The changes were passed weeks ago by Russia's parliament and copies of the new constitution are already on sale in bookshops, but Putin pushed ahead with a nationwide vote that ends Wednesday to confer legitimacy on his plans.

    The Kremlin pulled out all the stops to encourage turnout, with polls extended over nearly a week, the last day of voting declared a national holiday and prizes -- including apartments and cars -- on offer to voters.



    Initially planned for April 22, the vote was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic but rescheduled after Putin said the epidemic had peaked and officials began reporting lower numbers of new cases.

    There is little doubt the reforms -- which include patriotic and populist measures like guaranteed minimum pensions and an effective ban on gay marriage -- will be approved.
    A state-run exit poll of more than 163,000 voters this week showed 76 percent in favour.

    Results are expected to be announced after the last polling stations close at 1800 GMT.

    Putin says the changes are needed to ensure stability and cement Russian values in the face of pernicious Western influences.
    "We are voting for the country... we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren," he said Tuesday in a final appeal to voters.

    "We can ensure stability, security, prosperity and a decent life only through development, only together and by ourselves."

    - 'Foregone conclusion' -
    Many Russians, especially those who remember the chaos and economic turmoil of the 1990s, agree.

    "There are a lot of problems in our country. And the amendments, they will help solve them, not completely but in part," Moscow subway worker Vladimir Bodrov said after voting last week.

    "And for me, for my children and for my granddaughter, I think that this is a big plus."

    But critics say the reforms are a cover for Putin to extend his rule after nearly 20 years in power.

    Chief opposition campaigner Alexei Navalny said Putin, 67, wants to make himself "president for life" and has called for a boycott.

    US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said Monday the vote was a "foregone conclusion" aimed at "the extension of (Putin's) rule for what effectively is his natural life."
    Divided, weakened by years of political repression and with little access to state-controlled media, Putin's opponents have failed to mount a serious "no" campaign. Restrictions on mass gatherings imposed by the coronavirus have also prevented demonstrations.

    Golos, an independent election monitor, says it has received some 1,300 complaints of violations, including people voting more than once and claims employers are putting pressure on staff to cast ballots.

    The Kremlin is keen to see a high voter turnout and makeshift polling stations cropped across the country, including some in buses, tents and on street benches that were ridiculed on social media.

    - Falling approval ratings -
    Putin's approval rating has suffered in recent months, in part over early mistakes in the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, and stood at a historic low of 59 percent in one May poll.

    Analysts say Putin wanted to get the vote over with before Russians -- already suffering from several years of falling incomes -- are hit by the full economic impact of the pandemic.

    Putin said in a recent interview that he had not made up his mind about whether to run again and suggested part of the reason for the presidential reset was to allow Russia's political elite to focus on governing instead of "hunting for possible successors".

    The other political reforms amount to a tweaking of Russia's system of government.

    The president is granted some new powers including the right to nominate top judges and prosecutors, while parliament has more influence in naming senior government officials.

    Russian law is given precedence over international law and top officials are banned from having foreign citizenship or residence permits.

    The minimum wage cannot be below the subsistence level and state pensions must be indexed to inflation.

    The reforms also enshrine "faith in God" and Russian as the national language in the constitution, define marriage as between a man and a woman and ban giving away Russian territory or questioning the country's "historical truth". แทงบาคาร่าขั้นต่ำ



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    Movie & Series - Cartoon Review / Gold edges closer to 9-year high
    « เมื่อ: มิถุนายน 29, 2020, 05:50:40 pm »
    Gold futures edged closer toward $1,800 an ounce — a level last seen at the end of 2011 — as demand for haven assets surged amid concerns over rising coronavirus infections.

    Bullion is heading for its best quarter since 2016 as deaths surpassed 500,000 worldwide and confirmed cases exceeded 10 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The increasing numbers are a chilling reminder that the deadliest pandemic of the modern era is stronger than ever.

    The precious metal has rallied 17% this year as governments and central banks implemented stimulus measures to aid economies battered by the pandemic. Investors are increasingly turning to gold as a store of wealth, and banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now forecast it’ll hit a record $2,000 an ounce in 12 months.

    "Gold is benefiting from the growing concern that the Covid-19 has been badly underestimated," said Gavin Wendt, senior resource analyst at MineLife Pty. "Gold is also benefiting from the trillions of dollars of stimulus that is being fed into the economy by central banks and the likelihood of negative real interest rates in the US. It’s a double-whammy that’s enormously supportive for gold prices that will likely push them to record highs."

    Gold futures rose as much as 0.6% to $1,790.40 an ounce on the Comex, and traded at $1,787.20 at 7.10am in London. Futures — which touched a record $1,923.70 in September 2011 — climbed to within $5 of $1,800 last week.

    Investors are piling into bullion-backed exchange-traded funds, with global holdings at an all-time high. Net inflows this year have topped 600 tonnes.

    This week could bring fresh cues for markets. On Tuesday, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee. The US jobs report for June on Thursday may continue data-collection issues from May that appear to understate the true scale of joblessness.

    Among other main precious metals, spot silver climbed 0.3%, while platinum and palladium gained 1%.
     
    The bullion price in Bangkok rose by 100 baht per baht-weight to 25,950 baht at 2pm on Monday. คาสิโนสด

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    Gadgets & iT Review / Govt plans B50bn fund for small firms hit by pandemic
    « เมื่อ: มิถุนายน 29, 2020, 05:15:09 pm »
    The government will seek cabinet approval next week for a 50 billion baht fund to help small businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak, Somkid Jatusripitak said on Monday.

    The fund will provide soft loans to those firms that have no access to funding, the deputy prime minister told reporters.

    Last month, Mr Somkid said the government would set up a fund worth up to 100 billion baht for small and medium-sized enterprises.เล่นบาคาร่า

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    Thai nightlife will soon be back in full swing as a key member of the virus-fighting state agency on Sunday promised to allow pubs, bars, karaoke parlours and other entertainment venues to reopen their doors.

    The decision was reached in talks between Nattapol Nakpanit, a key figure at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), and representatives of nightlife and musicians. It still needs endorsement, however, by the full-fledged CCSA meeting on Friday.

    Gen Nattapol said after the talks he will recommend to the full-member CCSA in a meeting on Friday that they be allowed to get back to work, but stressed the need for proper measures to prevent Covid-19 from rebounding.

    “The fifth stage of easing restrictions will take place, with or without the extension of the emergency decree for another month,” said Gen Nattapol, who is the deputy army chief. “If the emergency decree is lifted, all closure orders will automatically end.”

    The emergency decree will stay in place at least until the end of this month and it can be extended by the centre if authorities remain worried about the outbreak. Thailand has recorded no new local transmissions for 27 days, with recent cases imported by Thais returning to the country.



    Sanga Ruangwattanakul, president of the Khao San Business Association, who was in the talks, said all participants were satisfied with the outcome and expected to go back to work on July 1.

    All nightlife operators have prepared plans to prevent virus transmission based on the guidelines of the Public Health Ministry, he added.

    A representative of the entertainment businesses said operators in other provinces needed the green light from provincial governors, since they have been given full authority to make the decision in their jurisdiction.

    It remains unclear whether the planned reopening will include wet massage parlours.เล่นบาคาร่า

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    คุยกับ Admin / New lockdowns in Beijing
    « เมื่อ: มิถุนายน 13, 2020, 05:34:09 pm »
    BEIJING: Dozens of people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Beijing as parts of the city were locked down on Saturday after the emergence of a new cluster linked to a wholesale food market.

    People were ordered to stay home at 11 residential estates in the Fengtai district in southern Beijing and the nearby Xinfadi market was closed as authorities raced to contain the outbreak that has fuelled fears of a resurgence in local transmission.

    Most of the six new domestic infections reported on Saturday were linked to the meat and vegetable market, the National Health Commission said.

    But another 45 asymptomatic cases — which China counts separately — were detected after mass testing of nearly 2,000 workers at the market on Friday, city health official Pang Xinghuo later told reporters.

    They have been placed under medical observation, Pang said.

    Another worker tested positive at a farmers’ market in the city’s northwestern district of Haidian. They were a close contact of one of the confirmed cases linked to Xinfadi.

    Beijing’s first Covid-19 case in two months, announced on Thursday, had visited Xinfadi market last week and had no recent travel history outside the city.

    China’s domestic outbreak had been brought largely under control through vast, strict lockdowns that were imposed after the disease was first detected in the central city of Wuhan late last year.

    These measures had mostly been lifted as the infection rate dropped, and the majority of cases reported in recent months were citizens living abroad who were tested as they returned home during the pandemic.

    Among the six new domestic cases announced on Saturday were three Xinfadi market workers, one market visitor and two employees at the China Meat Research Centre, seven kilometres away. One of the employees had visited the market last week.

    Authorities closed the market, along with another seafood market visited by one of the patients, for disinfection and sample collection on Friday.

    AFP reporters saw hundreds of police officers and dozens of paramilitary police deployed at the two markets, with no one allowed to leave Xinfadi.

    Workers were seen hauling several crates of seafood out of the Jingshen seafood market, also in Fengtai district.

    Officials in Fengtai — which has more than 2 million residents — announced on Saturday that the district has established a “wartime mechanism” and “field command centre” to deal with the fresh wave.

    Nine nearby schools and kindergartens have been closed. On Friday, Beijing delayed the return of students to primary schools across the city, and suspended all sporting events and group dining.

    Cross-provincial tour groups have also been suspended.

    The chairman of the Xinfadi market told state-run Beijing News that the virus was detected on chopping boards used to handle imported salmon, stoking fears over the hygiene of the city’s food supply.

    Beijing’s market supervision authorities ordered a city-wide food safety inspection focusing on fresh and frozen meat, poultry and fish in supermarkets, warehouses and catering services.

    Major supermarket chains including Wumart and Carrefour removed all stocks of salmon overnight in the capital, but said supplies of other products would not be affected, Beijing Daily reported on Saturday.

    Some Beijing restaurants were not serving any salmon on Saturday, according to AFP reporters.

    On Saturday morning, community volunteers in various Beijing districts knocked on residents’ doors to ask if they had recently visited Xinfadi market.

    Beijing authorities also announced a mass Covid-19 testing campaign of anyone who has had “close contact” with the Xinfadi market since May 30, after they tested over 5,000 environmental samples from farmers’ markets and large supermarkets across the city on Friday. Of those, all 40 positive samples came from the Xinfadi market. สูตรรูเล็ต

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    Book Review / Eyeing US, New Zealand drops plans for armed police patrols
    « เมื่อ: มิถุนายน 09, 2020, 03:38:37 pm »
    WELLINGTON: New Zealand police on Tuesday scrapped plans for armed patrols prompted by last year's Christchurch mosque shootings, after criticism the change would lead to a US-style militarisation of the force.

    Police in the South Pacific nation usually operate without firearms but trialled armed patrols after a lone gunman murdered 51 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch in March 2019.

    At the time, police said the worst mass shooting in modern New Zealand history meant "our operating environment has changed" and they needed the ability to rapidly deploy armed officers to high-risk incidents.

    The move was met with unease among sections of the New Zealand public unused to seeing armed officers, particularly the Maori and Pacific communities, which argued they were the most likely to come into contact with firearm-toting officers.

    Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson, whose background is Maori, said last week that the patrols made her fearful about the safety of her two sons.

    "We only have to look to the United States to see how violent things can get under a militarised police force," she said in an open letter to Commissioner of Police Andrew Coster.

    "This is especially so for minorities and communities of colour."

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had also said she was "totally opposed to the routine arming of the police", although she argued the patrols were an operational matter for the force.

    Coster announced Tuesday that the armed patrols would not continue, saying police had listened to feedback from the community.

    "It is clear through the course of the trial that armed response teams do not align well with the style of policing that New Zealanders expect," he said.

    Coster said he was committed to police remaining "generally unarmed" and operating with public support.

    "How the public feels is important -- we police with the consent of the public, and that is a privilege," he said.

    Policing methods worldwide are under the spotlight after African-American man George Floyd was killed while being arrested in the United States, sparking civil rights protests around the globe.

    New Zealand tightened its firearms laws after the Christchurch shootings -- including a ban on military-style semi-automatic rifles -- with police overseeing a major gun buyback that saw 56,000 weapons handed in.

    Figures vary considerably but gun control advocates put the number of firearms in private hands in the United States at 393 million, or 1.2 for every person, whereas New Zealand has about 1.5 million, or 0.3 per person.

    Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant is being held in a high-security jail after pleading guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism.

    The Australian, a self-avowed white supremacist, is yet to be sentenced because of delays in the court system caused by the coronavirus pandemic.รูเล็ต

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    Gadgets & iT Review / China steps back, to allow some US passenger flights
    « เมื่อ: มิถุนายน 04, 2020, 03:27:23 pm »
    BEIJING: China on Thursday said foreign airlines blocked from operating in the country over virus fears would be allowed to resume limited flights, lifting a de facto ban on US carriers a day after Washington ordered the suspension of all Chinese travel into and out of the US.

    The apparent step back by Beijing came as tensions between the world's two superpowers were sent soaring by a series of issues including President Donald Trump's accusations about China's handling of the pandemic, Hong Kong and Huawei.

    The latest spat was rooted in the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) deciding to impose a limit on foreign airlines based on their activity as of March 12. Because US carriers had suspended all flights by that date their cap was set at zero, while Chinese carriers' flights to the US continued.

    On Wednesday the US said it would block Chinese passenger flights from June 16, raising concerns of another front being opened up in the economic titans' standoff.

    But the CAAC on Thursday said all foreign airlines not listed in the March 12 schedule would now be able to operate one international route into China each week.

    Relations between Washington and Beijing have become increasingly strained in recent months after Trump accused China of causing the virus intentionally, while a plan to impose a strict security law on Hong Kong has increased tensions substantially.

    The US has also imposed restrictions on Chinese telecom giant Huawei and ordered a probe into the actions of Chinese companies listed on American financial markets.

    For its part, Beijing has mocked the US stance on Hong Kong in light of civil rights protests across the US following the police killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man.

    At the same time, China has gradually relaxed strict air travel caps on some foreign firms as the coronavirus outbreak in the country appears to be under control.

    Beijing said last week it would almost triple the number of permitted flights to and from China in June following an outcry from Chinese stranded abroad.

    China has also set up fast-track entry procedures for business travellers from several other countries, including Singapore and South Korea.

    Passengers must be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival in China.

    The CAAC said Thursday that routes whose passengers all test negative for three consecutive weeks will be allowed to operate an additional flight each week.

    Routes with five or more passengers testing positive will be suspended for at least one week, CAAC said. สูตรรูเล็ต

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