Animal rights activists are urging PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to stop the practice of soldiers drinking snake blood and killing live animals during the Cobra Gold multinational training exercises which are held in Thailand and co-sponsored by the United States. PETA, or the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also filed a petition with the US government to stop the “frat-like party masquerading as training in Thailand known as Cobra Gold.” They say the training violates the US Department of Defense’s policy on using non-animal methods. “During Cobra Gold, marines and training instructors in Thailand kill chickens with their bare hands, skin and eat live geckos, consume live scorpions and tarantulas, and decapitate king cobras – a species vulnerable to extinction – in order to drink their blood as part of purported training in food procurement.” PETA referred to video footage of US Marines learning jungle survival skills at last year’s Cobra Gold training at Sattahip Navy Base ... » Learn More about PETA calls for Thai and US militaries to stop killing animals in Cobra Gold training
Best stops on route 66
BEIJING: Starting on Monday, a commercial autonomous bus called Apollo, produced by Chinese internet search giant Baidu Inc, opened to the public in the mall atrium of Shin Kong Place in Chongqing’s Yubei district. The entire journey takes about 3km without stopping. It takes 20 minutes and costs 25 yuan (RM15). Apollo can carry 14 passengers and has a battery life of 100km. The driverless travel route is set by a small touch screen. It is China’s first commercial autonomous bus entering a commercial route, according to Baidu. Apollo was launched in April 2017 in collaboration with major global carmakers, including Volkswagen, BMW and Ford. Slated to enter mass production in July 2018, Apollo has started operations in Beijing, Jiangsu, Fujian and Guangdong provinces, with a total operating distance of more than 100,000km and safe transport of more than 110,000 people.In 2018, Baidu passed Chongqing’s automatic driving road test licence requirements. At the Smart China ... » Learn More about Driverless buses hit the road in Chongqing
LOS ANGELES: The dream of winning at Riviera felt too good to be true for Max Homa, and it nearly was. Needing a birdie on the 18th hole on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to win the Genesis Invitational, he hit sand wedge to a back pin that settled 3 feet away, setting up the storybook finish for a guy who grew up 30 miles away and has been watching this tournament his whole life. And then he missed. With his ball next to the base of a tree left of the 10th green on the first playoff hole, Homa hooded a gap wedge with enough top spin to scoot up the Kikuyu grass and onto the edge of the green, setting up par. Tony Finau missed a 7-footer, and Homa was happy just to get to the next hole. Homa won on the second extra hole when Finau failed to save par from a bunker, missing a 10-foot putt. The message from tournament host Tiger Woods at the trophy presentation: Way to hang in there. Did he ever. “I don’t know if I could ever do anything cooler in golf than this,” said Homa, who ... » Learn More about Homa wins hometown event at Riviera
Pattaya – The following post is an advertorial. Their statements are their own. Thai Sky Adventures in Pattaya offers thrilling experiences with a safe skydive with a fully licensed company with more than 35 years of experience in sky diving in Thailand and England. This Songkran, they are offering some of their best ever deals for the experience of a lifetime! You can be sure that you are learning with a highly experienced instructor with more than 10 years in Thailand and safety standard measurements approved by the United States Parachute Association – USPA. Thai Sky Adventures is the first in Eastern Asia which teaches fully licensed sky diving. Many foreigners have enjoyed learning sky diving here from all over the world over many years. Thai Sky Adventures also provides world-class service to customers with private VIP rooms before and after their skydives. The rooms have pool and ping pong tables along with a bakery and drinks. For April, they are ... » Learn More about Enjoy your experience this Songkran with Thai Sky Adventures in Pattaya, including special discounts and promotions!
MADRID: Lionel Messi scored his fastest league goal as a substitute as his strike 136 seconds after coming on inspired Barcelona to a 3-2 victory over Real Betis on Sunday (Monday in Manila). Messi was among several key players rested with Ronald Koeman seemingly prioritizing Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semifinal against Sevilla ahead of Barca’s fading title challenge in La Liga. Defeat would have called that decision into question, but Messi drove in an equalizer less than three minutes after coming on in the second half and then helped set up Francisco Trincao to score a late winner, the 21-year-old’s first goal for Barcelona. “He changed the game,” said Koeman when asked about Messi. “It’s a bit about the cup game, but we also have to decide when the best moment is to rest players. The cup is the shortest route to a title this season.” Koeman’s side sits seven points behind La Liga’s leaders Atletico Madrid, which has played two games fewer and faces Celta Vigo at home on ... » Learn More about Messi leads Barcelona comeback against Betis
Eumir Felix Marcial aced his first ever professional fight on Thursday but wants to get back to training the soonest to prepare for his biggest target of the year: The Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medal. Marcial scored a unanimous decision over American Andrew Whitfield in Los Angeles on Saturday and then turned down an offer from his managing MP Promotions to have the next week off as he aims as the best fighter that he could be come the Tokyo Games in July. “They (MP Promotions) asked me if I want a week off,” said Marcial in Filipino. “But I said I want to train as soon as possible because I need to get experience.” MP Promotions had earlier said that it would want Marcial to have at least two more fights before the Olympics in August. But Marcial’s concern is the lack of worthy sparring sessions as possible spar mates are now demanding fees. “It’s a good thing they gave me an opponent that wouldn’t just take a tumble,” he said in Filipino. Whitfield came out ... » Learn More about With sights still set on Olympics, Marcial passes first pro test
Ratanaporn Promchoo, 35, is the president secretary of the Association of Thailand for Underwater Sports (ATUS) and has been working with the ATUS for ten years. She graduated from Rajabhat Nakhon Sri Thammarat University with a bachelor’s degree in science. Here she talks about what the ATUS does to help promote and protect the dive industry. PHUKET: ATUS was founded in December 2004 and registered as an official association in Thailand in March 2005. We are the national diving association of Thailand and are internationally recognized as a voting member of the world underwater federation CMAS (Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques). We also work under the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). There are three main responsibilities of the ATUS: to control and maintain CMAS standards throughout the industry; to conserve our marine natural resources; and to promote water sports throughout the country. We have committees that take care of each responsibility and work ... » Learn More about Opinion: ATUS protecting the dive industry