Thailand – Memories of the late monarch

An auto shop in downtown Bangkok comes up with a way of preserving newspaper cuttings GLO AUTO, which bills itself as an expert in internal maintenance and repairs to cars, planes and yachts, pays respect to the His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej by introducing a new technology that prevents newspaper pages from deteriorating […]

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George Soros Is Funding Facebook’s “Third-Party Fact Checking” Organization Targeting “Fake News”

Behind almost every liberal crusade of the past several decades, from the blocking of voter ID laws to the Syrian refugee crisis, there has been one man quietly pulling the puppet strings from the background: George Soros. So imagine our complete shock when we discovered Soros to be the financing source behind Facebook’s “third-party fact […]

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Bevolkingsaandeel van de moslims in Duitsland stijgt naar meer dan 5% – toename van 1,2 naar 4,7 miljoen in 4 jaar

Originally posted on E.J. Bron: (Vertaling: E.J. Bron) Door de sterke stijging van nieuwe islamitische immigranten nam het aantal van de in Duitsland wonende moslims van 2011 tot 2015 met ongeveer 1,2 miljoen naar 4,7 miljoen toe, deelde het Duitse ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken woensdag in Berlijn mee. Voor het eerst sinds het jaar…

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Jubilant Assad calls fall of rebels in Aleppo an historic event as hundreds of survivors flee city — National Post – Top Stories

BEIRUT — Weeping, hobbling on crutches or dragging suitcases, hundreds of survivors of a devastating government bombardment left the last sliver of opposition-held Aleppo on Thursday, as a smiling President Bashar Assad called it an historic event comparable to the birth of Christ, and Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada will not be getting…

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Bangkok – BMA offers free transport at start of New Year

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) yesterday announced that the BTS and BRT rail services would be offering free rides between noon of December 31 to noon of January 1.

“During the period, people can also get free boat rides along the route from the Pratunam Phasi Charoen pier to the Phet Kaem 69 Pier,” Deputy Bangkok Governor Pol Lt-General Amnuay Nimmano said yesterday.

He added that the BMA, in collaboration with the private sector and vocational schools, would also provide free vehicle checks.

“These services will be made available on six main roads [leading] out of Bangkok, [including] for example Bang Na – Trat Road,” Amnuay said.

The 13 best unfestive Christmas movies — Metro

Trust us, it’s a Christmas film (Picture: Warner Bros)Everyone knows that The Muppets Christmas Carol is the best Christmas film. End of. But what if you’re not in the mood for something quite that Christmassy? What if you want a little bit of tinsel without the heart-warming message about Christmas spirit? Luckily, there are some…

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Leonardo DiCaprio Posts A Touching Facebook Tribute To Alan Thicke: ‘No One Was Cooler’ — Real Stories – UPROXX

Getty Image / ABC Alan Thicke’s passing came as a shocking and heartbreaking addition to a long list of famous names lost in 2016. The Growing Pains star and go-to guy for your weird nostalgic cameo in any number of comedy shows. It’s a damn shame to lose the guy, especially in such a sudden…

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Malaysia enthrones new king in lavish ceremony

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia on Tuesday installed its 15th king, Sultan Muhammad V, a relatively youthful monarch known for his fondness for four-wheel driving and other extreme sports.

In a ceremony steeped in pomp and centuries of tradition, the 47-year-old Sultan, dressed in gold-coloured traditional Malay formal wear, took the oath of office in the national palace in Kuala Lumpur.

The ceremony, marked by honour guards and Islamic prayers, was televised nationally and attended by Prime Minister Najib Razak and hundreds of guests decked out in Islamic finery.

Sultan Muhammad V, currently the ceremonial ruler of the conservative Islamic northern state of Kelantan, takes the national throne under the rotating monarchy in place since independence from Britain in 1957.

     In a unique arrangement, the throne of the Muslim-majority country changes hands every five years between the rulers of the nine Malaysian states still headed by Islamic royalty.

Sultan Muhammad V studied at St Cross College at Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, according to official media.

He is known for a relaxed public persona, taking part in walkathons to promote health, and has been photographed wearing a baseball cap backwards.

The Sultan “fills his free time by reading and has an interest in extreme sports such as four-wheel drive expeditions and endurance challenges and shooting,” Bernama news agency said.

Despite the merely ceremonial role, Malaysia’s Islamic royalty command great respect, especially from Muslim Malays, the country’s majority group, and criticizing them is strictly forbidden.

Portraits of the king and queen adorn government buildings throughout the country. The king is also the symbolic head of Islam in the nation, as well as the nominal chief of the military.

Malaysia’s sultans trace a lineage back to Malay sultanates of the 15th century. The king is referred to as Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or “He Who Is Made Lord”.

Sultan Muhammad V replaces Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah from the northern state of Kedah, now 89, who was king previously in the 1970s and became the first person to hold the position twice.

Source: TheNation

Thailand – Floods in South threaten pomelo plantations after 10-day downpour

SEVERE flooding in the South is threatening plantations of the country’s famous pomelo fruit that have been under water for more than 10 days.

Many Siamese Ruby pomelo trees at farms in Nakhon Si Thammarat have died. The citrus fruit earns the country as much as Bt1 billion in exports each year.

The flood situation was still severe in certain areas yesterday as the water level failed to recede due to a high sea tide and poor drainage. As a result, many pomelo farms in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Pak Panang district – the only Siamese Ruby plantation area in Thailand – suffered major losses.

Pak Panang Lang Irrigation and Maintenance Project director Kornnarom Wannakul said officials were trying their best to drain water out of pomelo farms by using big pumps to divert water to the Gulf of Thailand.

So, the floodwater was going down in the cultivation area for Siamese Ruby pomelos and most farms were safe, Kornnarom said.

However, some farmers complained that the flood relief effort was limited to large pomelo farms and many small ones were still flooded, with no sign of help arriving. They demanded the authorities provide water pumps to tackle the flood situation on their farms.

Meanwhile, floodwater started to turn foul in some parts of Trang, which have been inundated for over a week.

Although many areas have dried out, eight tambons in Muang and Kantang districts |were still under water, with local people complaining that some floodwater had begun to turn foul.

Putrid floodwaters

At Tambon Bang Rak in Muang Trang polluted water from the provincial treatment facility and nearby landfill flowed into the area, turning floodwater putrid. This area has been flooded since Suterday of last week, mainly because of a high sea tide.

In Trang, 58 tambons and eight districts were declared flood disaster zones. Almost 47,000 people were affected, with one casualty. Many schools remained closed, but it was expected that the situation would return to normal by next week.

In regard to flood relief efforts, Deputy Premier General Prawit Wongsuwan said the government had deployed military personnel to help people in all areas and there was nothing to worry about.

Prawit also stated that His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the Royal Family cared about the people’s burden from flooding and would try to help his subjects as much as possible.

Source: TheNation

Chuwit among inmates to be released from prison under royal pardon

OUTSPOKEN former MP Chuwit Kamolvisit will probably be among the first batch of 30,000 inmates released under an amnesty granted to mark His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s accession to the throne, according to Corrections Department director-general Kobkiat Kasiwiwat.

Chuwit, who began serving a jail term early this year, qualified for early release under the royal pardon, Kobkiat said.

Those qualified mostly included inmates with fewer than two years to serve on their sentence. They were expected to be released within the next three days.

While 55-year-old Chuvit qualified for release, another high-profile inmate, Chalermchai “Major Teung” Matchaklam, a former Army officer jailed for the murder of then-Yasothon governor Preena Lipattanaphan in 2001, did not qualify because he has been cited for “poor behaviour”.

Chalermchai was rearrested and jailed in August after breaking the terms of his parole.

Kobkiat said that each prison had set up a committee – including a provincial governor, a judge and a public prosecutor – to consider releasing well-behaved inmates under the royal pardon. Convicted rape-murder offenders, drug traffickers and people jailed for public fraud were ineligible.

After inmates are released, relevant agencies would check on them to prevent re-offending, he added.

Kobkiat added that people in jail for violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code relating to lese majeste, who were categorised as “general offence” inmates, had their jail terms reduced.

Chuwit, a massage parlour tycoon-turned-politician, and 65 other people were sentenced to two years in jail by the Supreme Court in late January for the 2003 demolition of bars and shops at Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Square night entertainment areas. The controversial 10-rai (1.6-hectare) plot was turned into a public park funded by Chuwit in 2005.

According to the Royal Gazette, early releases were granted to convicts who were doing public service, who were being released on probation, who had less than a year of their terms to serve, or who had served not less than one-third of their jail terms.

Blind or seriously sick inmates were also considered for release, as were women serving their first jail terms who had already served more than half the sentence.

The royal pardon was also granted to prisoners aged more than 60 who had served not less than five years or at least one-third of their jail terms, as well to inmates under 20 years old who had done more than half their sentences or had less than two years left to serve.

Death sentences will also be commuted to life imprisonment, the Royal Gazette said.

Source: TheNation