MEA inspects water drainage facilities to avoid mishaps during monsoon #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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MEA inspects water drainage facilities to avoid mishaps during monsoon

Jul 11. 2020

By THE NATION

The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) conducted safety inspections of a drainage tunnel under Bang Sue Canal, the authorities said.

On July 9, Samrerng Chiewchukul, MEA deputy governor, together with officials from Bangkok Water Drainage Office inspected the electrical system in the drainage tunnel under Bang Sue Canal located in Dusit district to ensure that equipment is working optimally and safely during the rainy season.

“As the provider of electricity and related services in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakarn areas, MEA is committed to ensuring that all facilities related to public utilities are functioning at 100 per cent capacity, especially during rainy season when flash flood and heavy rains may damage electrical equipment,” he said. “MEA has dispatched staff to monitor 10 water drainage facilities and 492 drainage tunnels in Bangkok and surrounding areas to provide emergency services in case of equipment malfunctions at anytime of the day.”

If you witness damaged electrical equipment or powerlines at these facilities, contact MEA Call Centre 1130 or Facebook: @Metropolitan.Electricity.Authority, Line: @meathailand, Twitter: @mea_news or via the MEA Smart Life mobile application, which is available at http://onelink.to/measmartlife

Bangkok Land launches ‘Cosmo Walk’ in the heart of Muang Thong Thani #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Bangkok Land launches ‘Cosmo Walk’ in the heart of Muang Thong Thani

Jul 10. 2020

By The Nation

Bangkok Land is going ahead with its Bt400-million project to develop the “Cosmo Walk” in the centre of Muang Thong Thani as it expects that the reopening of the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre will help revive tourism and shopping activities in the area.

Peter Kanjanapas, vice president and managing director of Bangkok Land, said the company has invested more than Bt400 million between June last year and this month to develop the project in a bid to expand retail business in Muang Thong Thani. This project links the three shopping malls, Cosmo Bazaar, BEEHIVE Lifestyle Mall and The Portal with other long-established venues like Outlet Square and Popular Walk.

It also includes the fifth phase expansion of Outlet Square, the biggest sports outlet in Thailand covering more than 15,000 square metres and housing top sports and fashion brands, as well as a Bt140 million 320-metre skywalk connecting IMPACT exhibition halls to ibis Hotel and Cosmo Bazaar.

Meanwhile, it has spent Bt245 million to develop Cosmo Walk, a two-storey commercial building covering 6,800sqm, 4,500sqm of which is up for rent. Cosmo Walk currently houses a 1,300sqm Nike factory store, a Dohome outlet which sells construction materials and home décor products and Malaysian brand Mr DIY, which focuses on lifestyle products.

Cosmo Walk is open daily from 10am to 9pm.

“Cosmo Walk meets the demands of customers from all levels, though its main targets are residents, government employees, office workers, university students and professors as well as guests from Novotel and ibis Hotel. It is also a convenient meeting point as there is a skywalk connecting all buildings,” Peter said.

He added that since the Covid-19 outbreak is more or less under control in Thailand, it is expected that people will travel and shop more in the second half of the year.

Data from the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre also shows that there is an increasing number of reservations for trade shows, seminars, parties, wedding and other events, which should help revive businesses in the area.

Book World: How Putin pushed aside the oligarchs and made Russia his own #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Book World: How Putin pushed aside the oligarchs and made Russia his own

Arts & Culture

Jul 11. 2020

Putin's People
Photo by: FarrarStraus and Giroux — handout

Putin’s People Photo by: FarrarStraus and Giroux — handout

By Special To The Washington Post · Anders Åslund · ENTERTAINMENT, BOOKWORLD 

Putin’s People By Catherine Belton Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 624 pp. $35 —

In her deeply researched new book, Catherine Belton tells a dark tale of Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and his 20 years as leader of Russia. Reading “Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West,” we are reminded of how far we’ve come from the romantic days of the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Western writers depicted a Russia full of hope and hints of freedom. We’ve also progressed far from the exhilarating but scary portrayals of the immensely rich oligarchs in the late 1990s who flocked around Boris Yeltsin and his family. 

In Belton’s view, freedom, private enterprise and liberalism simply don’t exist in Russia. To her, Putin’s Russia is all gloom. She details how Putin’s nefarious efforts took shape with others in St. Petersburg and its seaport, an area that “became ground zero for an alliance between the KGB and organized crime that was to expand its influence across Russia, and later into Western markets and institutions.” She delves into territory explored by Russian historians Yuri Felshtinsky and Vladimir Pribylovsky in “The Corporation: Russia and the KGB in the Age of President Putin”; by opposition politicians Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Milov in their white paper, “Putin and Gazprom”; and by Karen Dawisha in “Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?” But Belton, a former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times, digs deeper.

Hers is a story about Putin, his KGB colleagues, businessmen and mobsters pieced together though interviews with many relevant players. Belton’s access to prominent personalities is impressive, perhaps unmatched, though her interlocutors also steer the direction of her story. 

The main takeaway is that the KGB and organized crime have operated symbiotically for a long time and that their overt Russian nationalism is nothing but a veneer. Belton characterizes the ambitions of Putin’s people in her description of Nikolai Patrushev, the former head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and now secretary of the powerful Security Council. “A hard-drinking KGB man,” she writes, “he combined a strong capitalist ethic of amassing wealth with an expansive vision for the restoration of Russian empire.” Thus, Putin’s men (they are all men, of nearly the same age, mostly from St. Petersburg) have created a potent mix of the KGB, larceny and a wistfulness for Russian imperialism. 

Belton appropriately compares Putin’s regime to that of Czar Nicholas I, who reigned from 1825 to 1855. Putin’s “philosophy was a direct copy of the state doctrine of ‘Orthodoxy, Autocracy and Nationality’ of Nicholas I, one of the most reactionary tsars, known for his brutal suppression of one of Russia’s first democratic uprisings,” Belton writes. “Putin’s KGB men were seeking to recycle his ideology to define their rule and justify their clampdown on any opposition.”

When Putin became president in 2000, he already controlled the FSB and soon Russia’s legislative body, the Duma. During his first term (2000-2004), he consolidated his power: His KGB men served as a counterweight to Yeltsin’s oligarchs, and he seized control of television, the regional governors and the judiciary. He ordered the oligarchs to keep out of politics, but their power remained great. Putin ended the Yeltsin regime by taking down the biggest of all the oligarchs, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, by confiscating the Yukos Oil Company. 

That story is well-known, but Belton’s account is probably the best. She spoke extensively with the main Yukos owners, including Khodorkovsky and Leonid Nevzlin. In her view Khodorkovsky had fallen victim to his own hubris, believing he could criticize corruption within Putin’s circle. The result was that Putin took him down. But Khodorkovsky’s plight reflected something much larger. Putin’s grip was becoming a stranglehold. “The country was turning back to the times of the gulag,” Belton writes. “The Kremlin had taken control of the legal system. The power of the secret services was being cemented. Khodorkovsky, the country’s onetime richest man, was languishing in a prison camp in Krasnokamensk.” 

In October 2002, about 40 armed Chechen fighters seized the Dubrovka Theater in a Moscow suburb and took about 900 people hostage. The siege lasted three days, until Russian security forces stormed the theater after gassing both the fighters and the hostages. More than 100 hostages died. The traditional story is that the heavy-handed security services could not have cared less about the loss of the civilians. 

But Belton offers a novel interpretation of what happened at the theater. On the basis of credible inside information, she claims that this purported Chechen terrorist attack was a Putin charade that went horribly wrong. Based on her conversation with a source familiar with Kremlin discussions about the matter, Belton argues that the attack was planned by FSB chief Patrushev as a way to “cement Putin as president. It was intended as no more than a fake exercise that would boost Putin’s authority when he successfully brought it to an end, and increase support for the war in Chechnya, which was beginning to flag.” Patrushev assured Putin that the terrorists-for-hire did not have real bombs and that in the end, Belton writes, “Putin would emerge as a hero, as the one world leader who’d ended a hostage crisis without any civilian deaths – and then he could tighten control in Chechnya.” 

But it all started falling apart on the first day of the siege, when a civilian entered the theater and was shot to death by one of the Chechens. Belton’s source told her: “Everything spiralled out of control. . . . By the time the security forces prepared to storm the building, the hostage-taking was being treated as if it were a real act of terror.”

In Belton’s telling, Putin uses an “obschak” for both his private business dealings and his personal life. “In Russian criminal parlance,” Belton writes, an obschak is “a common cash pot or slush fund for a criminal gang.” The Panama Papers – millions of documents on offshore entities, leaked in 2016 – revealed that much of the obschak was held offshore. Belton devotes two chapters to the obschak, focusing on Gazprom’s devious gas trade with Ukraine and the government larceny revealed in the Panama Papers. But she doesn’t take her analysis much beyond the role of defector Sergei Kolesnikov, a Russian businessman and whistleblower who charged Putin’s closest business friends and cronies with vast corruption before he fled Russia in 2010. 

Belton builds a strong case against Putin’s corruption and the bald hypocrisy of his propaganda. She quotes Putin’s former banker, Sergei Pugachev, as saying, “They’re stealing from all sides and then they come out and speak about how Putin is fighting against corruption.” But Belton is unable to shed any new light on Putin’s personal finances. Pugachev is her dominant source, but he “had gradually been sidelined,” Belton writes, after Putin’s attack on Khodorkovsky. Pugachev’s own downfall came because he was not sufficiently submissive to Putin; ultimately he was deprived of most of his enterprises and had to flee to the West. 

Belton also probes the many connections between Russian organized crime in New York and Donald Trump. But Craig Unger has already pursued this trail in greater detail in his excellent book “House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia.” 

Belton’s book is an outstanding account of Putin’s Russia, and elegantly told. At the heart of her story is the long battle between the KGB and the country’s oligarchs. From 1994 to 2000, when Putin came to power, Russia was an oligarchy. Today, the tables have turned: Russia has no oligarchs, only wealthy servants of Putin and his FSB. As a former senior military intelligence officer told Belton, the KGB once had to serve the oligarchy. “Now they are having their revenge.” 

Dramatic double header kicks off the 2020 MotoGP™ eSport Global Series #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Dramatic double header kicks off the 2020 MotoGP™ eSport Global Series

Jul 11. 2020

By THE NATION

There were surprises aplenty in Friday’s two races that marked the beginning of the 2020 Global Series as Red Bull KTM’s Williams_Adrian raced to an early Championship lead

The 2020 MotoGP™ eSport Championship roared back into life on Friday with the dramatic first round of the Global Series providing a host of stand-out performances, plenty of surprises and drama that lasted from the first lap to the last. In June, eleven gamers from around the world had been chosen to represent one of the eleven current MotoGP™ teams for the four-round Global Series, an eight-race event that will determine the wearer of the 2020 MotoGP™ eSport crown. The spectacle certainly didn’t disappoint. Taking place online due to current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the eleven finalists competed against one another while communicating via a communal video call.
MotoGP™´s Jack Appleyard and Jack Gorst combined their presentation duties with exciting commentary while a host of MotoGP™ riders made an appearance – namely Repsol Honda’s Alex Marquez, the winner of the second MotoGP™ Virtual Grand Prix – to offer the finalists advice. Any advice was welcome, as the gamers had to navigate a way around two of MotoGP™’s most technical and demanding circuits: the Autodromo del Mugello and Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto. The first encounter at the fabulous Tuscan venue was to be held over eight laps, the second in southern Spain over nine. 
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What followed was a masterclass from one of MotoGP™ eSport’s stars: Williams_Adrian. The Spaniard was a finalist in last year’s series, but has clearly made a huge step in performance this year. He dominated the opening round, claiming pole position in the two qualifying heats races before winning both races.The manner in which the Red Bull KTM rider won was so impressive, taking the initiative at the first corner and leading every lap in both encounters. Not even Trastever73 or AndrewZH, the winners of the past three MotoGP™ eSport Championships between them, had an answer for Williams_Adrian’s blinding speed. As Williams_Adrian led from the start in Race 1 at Mugello, there was a ferocious battle for second behind as Monster Energy Yamaha’s Trastevere73, Ducati Team’s AndrewZH, Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Williams_Cristian and Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Sanshoqueen all scrapped for position in a high-adrenaline set of exchanges.Gradually Trastevere73 and reigning MotoGP™ eSport Champion AndrewZH began to show their class, as they closed the gap to the leader. AndrewZH posted the fastest lap the penultimate time around, and Trastevere73 got to within 0.2s of the leader with just three corners remaining, but it wasn’t enough as Williams_Adrian expertly held his nerve to claim his first Global Series triumph by 0.7s, with Trastevere73 second and AndrewZH third as just one second covered the podium places. Williams_Cristian, brother of the race winner, resisted the efforts of impressive Global Series rookie Sanshoqueen for a fine fourth, with the Indonesian a place behind and just a few tenths of a second back, in fifth. There was drama from the first moment in Race 2 at Jerez, with Championship favourite Williams_Cristian crashing at Turn 1 after tangling with LCR Honda Castrol’s moe. By that point Williams_Adrian was building on an early lead. He never looked back, posting a succession of fastest laps that saw him build up a commanding lead. He took the chequered flag 2.1 seconds ahead of Trastevere73, who rode a near faultless race for a second runner-up place of the day. It wasn’t all smooth running for trastevere73, however, as he was placed under increasing pressure by Sanshoqueen. In an astonishing performance in his first appearance in the Global Series, the Indonesian got within 0.3s of the two-time MotoGP™ eSport Champion on the final lap. Not to worry, as he claimed a brilliant first podium, signalling the start of what may be a surprising title challenge. Behind there were excellent riders from Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Juan_nh16, who finished fourth, and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s EleGhosT555, in in fifth. Sanshoqueen wasn’t the only rookie who impressed; Repsol Honda Team’s FooXz was an excellent sixth in the Brazilian’s debut in the Global Series. As Williams_Adrian cruised to victory, it would prove to be a deeply unhappy second outing for AndrewZH. The reigning MotoGP™ eSport Champion failed to find his rhythm from the first lap, and was promptly demoted from third to sixth in less than two laps. To compound a difficult day, he ran out of fuel on the exit of the final corner, dropping him a place to seventh. That means he already finds himself 25 points behind in the Championship race…

Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas cancelled #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas cancelled

Jul 11. 2020

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

Previously postponed, the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and resulting complications now sadly oblige the cancellation of the event to be confirmed.However the Promoters of the event and Dorna have already begun working on possible dates to propose to the FIM for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in April 2021 and plans have started in order to welcome the fans back to the iconic venue.The Circuit of the Americas is a stunning modern classic just outside of Austin, TX, and first welcomed MotoGP™ in 2013. Splashed with colour across the whole venue, and with one of the most awe-inspiring ascents into a tight Turn 1, the facility has turned heads since it joined the calendar and the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports are very much looking forward to returning to the track next season.

5 Classic ONE Championship Bouts Every New Fan Should Watch #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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5 Classic ONE Championship Bouts Every New Fan Should Watch

Jul 11. 2020Mei Yamaguchi and Angela Lee Mei Yamaguchi and Angela Lee

By THE NATION

ONE Championship is the world’s largest martial arts organization. The Singapore-based promotion puts on some of the biggest mixed martial arts extravaganzas in the industry, and it has legions of fans not only in Asia, but all across the globe. 

However, if you’re a new fan, you may not know where to start, and that’s understandable. ONE offers nearly all of its bouts and events for free on the ONE Super App, so it could be a little overwhelming to pick a jump-off point.

There are a handful of essential ONE Championship experiences you should definitely check out to get a feel of what the promotion stands for. Here are some of the best ones out there.

Let’s check out five classic ONE Championship bouts every new fan should watch.

1) Angela Lee vs Mei Yamaguchi I

Then just 19 years of age, a young up-and-coming “Unstoppable” Angela Lee took on Japanese veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi for the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship, and what ensued was an instant classic.

Lee overcame a terrifying third round where she was nearly finished in the opening seconds, care of a sweeping right hook from Yamaguchi that sent the Singaporean reeling across the Circle. The young star recovered well and continued to stay a step ahead of her Japanese foe the rest of the way in a very close, back-and-forth battle.

Lee became the youngest mixed martial arts World Champion in history following her unanimous decision win over Yamaguchi, and the bout won “2016 Fight of the Year” honors in a variety of different publications.

Lee’s stock skyrocketed not long after, and she went on to become one of the best female mixed martial artists in the world. She would defeat Yamaguchi again years later, in another close match.

2) Martin Nguyen vs Christian Lee II

Reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen defeated a young and inexperienced Christian Lee in 2016, winning by first round submission after putting the Singaporean to sleep via guillotine choke. Lee learned a lot from the experience and vowed to come back even stronger.

Years later, the two figured in a rematch, and this time, the bout was much closer.

Lee pushed the hard-hitting Nguyen for five whole rounds, putting the Australian through the paces for 25 minutes on the mats. Nguyen still dominated the stand-up exchanges owing to his superior firepower, but Lee gave a much better account of himself with his impeccable grappling game.

Nguyen managed to escape from Lee’s clutches with a close split decision victory in a very entertaining encounter that every fan should watch. 

The two are expected to meet again at some point, with the now-lightweight titleholder Lee still at the top of the rankings at featherweight and nipping at the heels for another crack at Nguyen’s title.

3) Marat Gafurov vs Narantungalag Jadambaa

It was perhaps Marat Gafurov’s finest hour. Then undefeated, Gafurov took on the tough-as-nails Mongolian Narantungalag Jadambaa, and put together an inspiring performance that will live on in history.

At that point, Jadambaa had established himself as a dominant force in the promotion, becoming the first ever ONE Featherweight World Champion. Gafurov, on the other hand, was quickly on the rise, earning his shot at gold with a string of submission victories over top-ranked opponents Ev Ting, Rob Lisita, and Martin Nguyen.

When Gafurov finally met Jadambaa in 2015, what transpired in the Circle was nothing short of epic.

“Cobra” took Jadambaa’s best shots, showcasing incredible chin and punch resistance. Jadambaa never stopped moving forward until the decisive end, when the exhausted Russian sunk in his signature rear-naked choke submission to force the tap and claim the World Title.

Gafurov would meet Jadambaa again in a rematch a year later, winning more dominantly by submission in the very first round.

4) Aung La N Sang vs Ken Hasegawa

ONE Middleweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang met Japanese stalwart Ken Hasegawa at home in Yangon, Myanmar in his third World Title defense. At this point, Aung La was a national icon in his home country, who enjoyed rockstar following everywhere he went.

Hasegawa, the grizzled veteran, came into the bout looking to shake things up and score a huge upset, and he almost did.

Aung La and Hasegawa went to war for nearly five full rounds, going back-and-forth in a high-level battle of attrition. Aung La connected with his best shots, but the zombie-like Hasegawa kept moving forward, landing bombs of his own. With just a couple of minutes left in the bout, both men’s eyes nearly closed from the damage, the two were exhausted and the action was nearing its end.

Like a true champion, Aung La dug deep and found the will to win. An uppercut to the body sucked the wind out of Hasegawa’s sails. “The Burmese Python” chased his opponent across the circle and landed a left hook, followed by a right uppercut to the jaw that dropped Hasegawa. The bout was over.

It’s arguably the most exciting ONE Championship bout to date.

5) Eric Kelly vs Rob Lisita

This one is old but gold. Top Filipino featherweight Eric “The Natural” Kelly was one of the most highly-regarded martial artists not just in the Philippines, but in all of Asia. He had just one loss on his professional record, and finished the majority of his opponents by his favorite submission — the rear-naked choke.

Australian Rob “Warrior of God” Lisita, however, was a freight train with no brakes. He powered through his foes with a blitzkrieg of powershots and always looked to end matters early.

Kelly and Lisita met in the Circle in ONE’s first and only visit to Taipei, Taiwan, and what took place was an absolute war.

Lisita started out fast and furious with his trademark aggression, blasting Kelly with his best combinations. The Filipino tried his best to defend against the onslaught, but Lisita was determined to finish the bout early.

To make matters worse, Lisita broke Kelly’s nose with a strike, and the bout was close to being stopped.

However, due to Kelly’s toughness, he was able to weather the storm, biding his time until Lisita had spent all his energy chasing him across the Circle. Kelly would take advantage of an exhausted Lisita, mounting his back and then sinking in his signature rear-naked choke to seal the deal.

Young gun Thaya shocks stars as Thai tour swings back #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Young gun Thaya shocks stars as Thai tour swings back

Jul 10. 2020Thaya Limpipolpaibul Thaya Limpipolpaibul

By THE NATION

Unfancied Thaya Limpipolpaibul carded an opening 66 to share a five-way clubhouse lead in the rain-interrupted Thongchai Jaidee Foundation as the All Thailand Golf Tour swung back into action at the 13th Military Circle Sports Centre in Lopburi today.

The Chiang Mai-born player shook off the rust to fire five birdies against a lone bogey on the third hole to join star players Prom Meesawat, Sarit Suwannarut, up-and-coming Tanapat Pichaikul and Pannakorn Uthaipas atop the leaderboard at the par-70 6,361-yard landscape.

The tournament, reduced from four to three rounds to fit the local tour schedule, is the third leg of the ATGT which is returning after five months of Covid-19 lockdown.

Competing in his first event in a while, the 23-year-old Thaya applied lessons learned in lockdown practice to good effect.

“Although I’m a bit rusty, I use my new swing and techniques, which really helped me out there. I’d been working a lot with my team coming to this event,” said the young gun, whose best result on the ATGT so far was a fifth place in the 2019 Singha Championship and tied fifth in the 2019 Pattaya Open. 

Despite leading for the first time as he chases his maiden title, Thaya is certain he can deal with any butterflies in the stomach when he tees up tomorrow.

“I have played alongside star players before, so I think I can deal with the pressure. I have to stick to my game plan as this is a challenging course. It’s quite narrow and the greens are firm. I need to make fewer errors,” he said.

Prom Meesawat

Like Thaya, two-time Asian Tour winner Prom spent the extended holiday sharpening up his game.

“It was quite a long break but I really worked hard. I couldn’t be happier to start my first round in a long time with a 66. This is a good test for me to show how my game and body is ready for competition,” Prom said.

Defending champion Sadom Kaewkanjana, the 2019 Asian Tour Rookie of the Year, opened his campaign with a 70.

However, the first round was suspended in the late afternoon due to heavy downpour. Play will resume on Saturday’s morning. 

Student Kan hands pros a lesson at Bt1.4m Hua Hin tournament #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Student Kan hands pros a lesson at Bt1.4m Hua Hin tournament

Jul 10. 2020Kan Bunnabodee Kan Bunnabodee

By THE NATION

Despite finishing with a double bogey, 18-year-old amateur Kan Bunnabodee conquered her rivals in the final round of the Bt1.4-million Singha-SAT Championship, earning a two-shot victory at the Royal Golf Course in Hua Hin.

The US-based student carded an even-par 72 which featured five birdies along with dropped shots on the second and final holes, to claim her maiden title with a total six-under-par 210.

The tournament is the second round of the 2020 Thai LPGA Tour, which was suspended for several months due to Covid-19.

“To be honest, I came here not expecting to finish with this score at this course,” said the overwhelmed Kan after her breakthrough win as an amateur on the pro circuit.

“I’m so excited and delighted to have a title of my own,” said the teenager, who had to settle for a silver medal at last year’s SEA Games in the Philippines.

“There’s a lot less pressure playing for myself. In the SEA Games I felt so much pressure representing my country,” added Kan, who plans to turn professional once she completes her degree at Purdue University in Indiana.

Her amateur status meant Kan wasn’t eligible for the Bt168,000 winner’s cheque, which went to Chorphaka Jaengkit who followed two shots behind with a four-under-par 212.

A stroke behind in lone third was Chiang Mai-based Chalisa Limpipolpaibul, who carded a three-day total of 213.

Foreign students scramble for backup plans after ICE cracks down on online learning #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Foreign students scramble for backup plans after ICE cracks down on online learning

Jul 11. 2020

Alexander Auster, a student from Germany who is about to begin his second year at George Washington University Law School. MUST CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Alexander Auster

Alexander Auster, a student from Germany who is about to begin his second year at George Washington University Law School. MUST CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Alexander Auster

By The Washington Post · Susan Svrluga, Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff · NATIONAL, EDUCATION 
Alexander Auster came to the United States for college because here, unlike in his native Germany, he could study and swim, with hopes of someday competing in the Olympics. His Olympics dream fizzled. But after a successful college career at George Washington University, he stayed for law school and planned to start his legal career here, too.

Then, this week, he saw the news: International students would not be allowed to stay in the country if they were only taking online classes, the government said, despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing many colleges to stop teaching in person. In an instant, Auster said, he was uncertain about not just fall but his home, his education, his career.

“Everything I planned for the future is up in the air,” he said.

On Monday, the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced that students enrolled in fully online programs would have to leave the country or transfer to a program that includes in-person classes in order to maintain legal status.

It’s not an entirely new rule. The government typically does require international students to take most classes in person. But it had offered more flexibility when the pandemic shuttered colleges in March. The new guidance, which has not been published yet, blindsided university officials, who expected immigration authorities to grant the same flexibility they had given in the spring, especially as coronavirus cases spike.

Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University are suing the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seeking to block the rule. California is suing, too.

International students, meanwhile, are doing what immigrants often do while waiting for the courts to untangle an attempt by the Trump administration to send them home and send a message: They’re worrying, and they’re scrambling for backup plans.

Studying abroad on a visa always brings some restrictions and complications. But an unexpected change just weeks before classes start had international students worrying about leases, travel, academics, expenses and jobs – all things already made precarious by the pandemic.

A biochemistry student from Ireland, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she feared retaliation, had been checking ICE’s website every day in June, hoping to see the pandemic rules extended. She found ICE’s decision on the website before her school, the State University of New York, was even notified.

Her adviser told her to find any in-person course the school was offering and register. (At other schools, students and professors have scrambled to create classes international students can take in person.) But the student said there is not enough room in the limited in-person classes for every international student to get a spot. 

She created a resource sheet with a script for people to call members of Congress and shared it on Twitter. It has been retweeted thousands of times and is being translated into multiple languages.

“This policy is a message to both Americans and international students,” she said. “The message to Americans is, ‘We’re going to pretend the virus does not exist.’ The message to us is, ‘Get out.’ “

Carissa Cutrell, a spokeswoman for ICE, said she could not comment on the guidance because of pending litigation.

Anchita Dasgupta, a Brown University senior from Kolkata, India, has had difficult conversations with her family since the policy was announced. After reading over the legal jargon four times, she felt as if she and her parents understood the decision she was facing: No longer able to take online classes from abroad, she would have to risk exposing herself to the virus in the United States and return to school or stay in India and risk losing her visa – and, with it, her academic and career aspirations.

“My family is concerned I might get the virus. But that can’t even be a concern right now,” Dasgupta said. “I have to enroll in classes or I lose my visa status.”

But even if she is able to come back to campus, Dasgupta said, she worries all that risk – the travel, the extra exposure to the virus – would be wasted if classes are suddenly moved online and her visa is invalidated.

“The fact that we can get kicked out of the country at any point, that nobody cares about that,” she said. “We are constantly living with this pressure.”

A similar choice haunts Omer Tunc, a junior at Georgetown University from Turkey. When campus shuttered over spring break, he was back home in Istanbul and couldn’t return to Washington, D.C. So he would wake up at 1 a.m. regularly to attend class. With unreliable WiFi, he couldn’t participate in class discussions.

So regardless of whether his classes would be online, he wanted to be back in Washington this fall. There was more than the time difference drawing him back, too: He worked 20 hours a week – the maximum he was allowed to under the F1 visa – to help defray the cost of college. If he can’t return, his job is gone, too.

“We were just a bargaining chip for schools to reopen. They didn’t actually care about us,” Tunc said of the government’s decision. “It’s dehumanizing us. We’re more than just tuition money. We bring diversity. We bring another perspective.”

Auster, the German law student, has lived here five years now; with longtime friends and a relationship here, Washington feels like home. Now he is wondering where he would go if he has to leave. He couldn’t join his parents, who are diplomats in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, countries he could not enter. “I’m not sure where I would be able to go,” he said.

He could return to his native Germany, and take his George Washington University Law School classes online, in the middle of the night, he said. But once there, he’s not sure he would be allowed to return to the United States. Interviews with law firms that might sponsor international students typically happen on campus in January, he said.

With a U.S. law degree, he couldn’t practice in Europe. But now, working in the United States seems uncertain. So he is considering restarting his legal education in Germany, or maybe starting a master’s degree program there, and rethinking his future altogether.

He’s also rethinking the lease he renewed last month. “That’s not great,” he said.

Even if the rules change and there’s a way to stay at GW Law this fall, he said, “In the back of my head, I’ll always have the thought that could change again at some point.” 

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Google to restrict advertising of tracking technology, spyware

Jul 10. 2020

By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Alyza Sebenius · BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY 

Google is changing its policies next month to restrict advertising for spyware and other unauthorized tracking technology.

The change “will prohibit the promotion of products or services that are marketed or targeted with the express purpose of tracking or monitoring another person or their activities without their authorization,” according to the company.

The policy will prohibit advertisement of spyware and malware “that can be used to monitor texts, phone calls, or browsing history,” according to Google. It will also ban ads for “GPS trackers specifically marketed to spy or track someone without their consent” and of cameras or recorders “marketed with the express purpose of spying.”

The new policy will be implemented globally on Aug. 11, and the accounts of advertisers that violate it will be suspended, according to Google.