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Outdoor activities discouraged as air quality worsens

BANGKOK (NNT) - The level of PM 2.5 airborne dust measured today was higher than yesterday, with three provinces in the northern region including Lampang severely affected. In Bangkok, 40 areas were flagged with cautious levels of PM 2.5 dust today.


Business News

OSMEP says Thai SMEs to grow in 2020

BANGKOK (NNT) - The Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotions (OSMEP) has reported that the Thai economy is showing positive signs in early 2020, as startup entrepreneurs are learning ways to apply innovations and technology to enhance their business operations. The acting Director-General of the OSMEP, WimonkanKosumas, said today her agency expected the country’s economic growth to be 2.7 to 3.2% this year, while Thai SMEs are expected to grow 3.0 to 3.5%, thanks to the government’s economic stimulus measures and major infrastructure investments. Tourism and e-commerce are also expected to grow this year.


 Health & Wellbeing

Medical errors still harm too many people but there are glimpses of real change

(The Conversation) In late November 1999, a TV producer called me about an alarming report that 44,000 to 98,000 Americans were being killed each year by preventable errors in hospitals and another 1 million were being injured.

Could that be true? Based on my research, I replied, the estimate seemed low.


World Sports

Arsenal beats Leeds 1-0 to reach FA Cup fourth round

London (AP) — Reiss Nelson secured Arsenal's passage to the FA Cup fourth round by sealing a 1-0 victory over Leeds after the English Premier League side was initially outplayed by the second-tier opponent on Monday.



Some of the worst cars of the last 50 years

A friend of mine sent me an item about the 10 best cars in the past 50 years, and obviously there would be many different ideas from the enthusiasts. Unfortunately, for many people, they are only guessing, because just how many of the readers have actually driven a Porsche GT3, or even a Porsche Targa?


 Khun Ocha's Cookbook

Creamy Prawn Pasta

Pasta is always a good dish to prepare when entertaining.  A central large bowl with the special pasta spoon (you do have one?) can be used as a main course, or as an entree.  You can substitute the prawns with crab or even a white meat fish.  Do not overcook the prawns as it makes them rubbery.


Book Review

17 stories inspired by great American paintings

Writers take their inspiration from a variety of sources: an unforgettable face, overheard conversation or perhaps, a painting.



How not to miss great shots

Good shots, and even great shots, can appear any time. If you are not going to miss the chance of a lifetime, the first tip is to make sure you have a camera with you, or, and I used to struggle to say it – a high quality smartphone! However, having just purchased a smarter than me phone, the new ones are very sharp, but they are not quite as capable as a good DSLR system.


Classical Connections

A Time and a Plaice

The other day I made a list of pieces of classical music inspired by fish. Yes, it’s sad, I know. Here we are in one of South East Asia’s most vibrant cities and I am sitting at home making lists of music about fish. I really must get out more often. As it turned out, the list wasn’t exceptionally long, perhaps because few composers find fish suitably inspiring.


  Odds & Ends

Whoo’s there? Georgia family discovers owl in Christmas tree

Atlanta (AP) — A Georgia family got a real hoot from its Christmas tree: More than a week after they bought it, they discovered a live owl nestled among its branches. Katie McBride Newman said Friday that she and her daughter spotted the bird on Dec. 12. They had bought the 10-foot (3-meter) tall tree from a Home Depot, brought it back to their Atlanta area home and decorated it with lights and, coincidentally, owl ornaments. “It was surreal, but we weren’t really freaked out about it,” McBride Newman said. “We’re really outdoorsy people. We love the wilderness.


Heart to Heart  

Dear Hillary,

I have a real problem with my live-in GF and it is the demon drink again. I know Thais don’t hold their liqueur very well, but this one is gone off her face after two beers. That could be OK but she gets all “teary” and goes back to every time we’ve had a problem, or the guy before me, even. I say the past is the past, but she can’t hold her emotions. This then means no nooky for me that night. Have you any ideas what I can do to get her over this? It has become quiet (sic) tiresome



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Arts - Entertainment

Film Review:‘Rise of Skywalker’ is a sour end to a grand saga


From left, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn in a scene from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” (Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd. via AP)

Not much has caused a disturbance in the “Star Wars” galaxy quite like Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi,” an erratic but electric movie that, regardless of how you felt about it, was something worth arguing about. The same can’t be said for J. J. Abrams’ “Rise of Skywalker,” a scattershot, impatiently paced, fan-servicing finale that repurposes so much of what came before that it feels as though someone searching for the hyperspace button accidentally pressed the spin cycle instead.





Science & Technology

Thousands in Asia marvel at ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse


Banda Aceh, Indonesia (AP) — People along a swath of southern Asia gazed at the sky in marvel on Thursday, Dec. 26, at a “ring of fire” solar eclipse.


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