TOP 10 (non Covid) THAIGER STORIES FOR 2020 The Thaiger started 2020, as we all did, with high hopes and few clues that we were heading into a profound disruption for almost the entire year. Even as we were tapping away at the keyboards on January 1, 2020, there were stories emerging in Wuhan, China about a mysterious new respiratory disease that was starting to pop up at the provincial hospitals. But, although Covid consumed much of our top stories in 2020, there were other stories of course as life continued to stumble along in Thailand. Here are the stories, from 1 – 10, and the number of people that read each story on thethaiger.com . We’ve also added the Top 10 Covid stories for the year as well, as voted by YOU, our readers. Thai Army sniper goes on shooting rampage in Korat – up to 20 shot and killed – 124,342 February 8 “A police and army detachment is currently searching for an army sniper in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Korat city centre. The solider has shot dead ... » Learn More about WOW what a year! Thailand’s top news stories for 2020 as voted by YOU.
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Barangay Ginebra took a break on Friday, ahead of the PBA’s move to suspend team practices and other basketball-related activities. Halfway around the world, however, its former big man, Greg Slaughter, was putting in the work. Slaughter posted on his Instagram account three images showing him and Chris Ellis, another former Gin King, working on their shooting in an undisclosed court in the United States. The caption to the big man’s entry read two dragon emojis, “grind,” and a hashtag: #DoubleDragon. Slaughter announced a sudden sabbatical from the PBA on Feb. 8, sending the crowd darlings in disarray and leaving the basketball world in a fog of speculation. Ellis, meanwhile, had been Awol for two years, following his trade to Blackwater in 2017. Recently, he was spotted in Thailand, playing for Lao club Luang Prabang in the Thai Basketball Super League. Both players played only for Ginebra throughout their careers. Ellis, a former national team player, won a PBA ... » Learn More about Slaughter sighting in US
Barangay Ginebra is paving a path to a dynastic future by pulling a page from its past. The Gin Kings acquired NorthPort big man Christian Standhardinger for Greg Slaughter in a one-on-one swap that was reported a year ago, but was locked in the backburner, apparently because of a sabbatical that the Ginebra center took last year. “He’s a throwback to the Ginebra players of old,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said of Standhardinger hours after the trade was announced on Friday morning by the PBA after approval from its trade committee the night before. “I think the (Gin Kings’) fans will appreciate his style of play.” The Inquirer reported the trade in February last year, citing it as one of the reasons Slaughter decided to take a sabbatical from the league. Slaughter flew to the United States but eventually mended fences with San Miguel Corp. top bosses, who signed him to a fresh contract before finally dealing him to the Batang Pier. Major piece “[Christian’s] strengths will ... » Learn More about Acquisition star Standhardinger puts Ginebra on course for brighter tomorrows
People explore the “Entre les rangs,” comprised of thousands of flexible stems topped with white reflectors, this installation reinterprets a slice of Quebecís agricultural history, and is one of the five light installations on display to bring some comfort to residents of a city that has been battered by months of coronavirus on Dec. 18, 2020 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Image: AFP/Eric Thomas In the heart of downtown Montreal, residents of a city battered by months of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic can now indulge in a little seasonal “light therapy.” A special sound and light display has been set up to try to bring some comfort to Montreal. On Festival Square, Montrealers can marvel at imposing luminous zoetropes, fast-revolving wheels that project illustrations from twelve books written from Quebec in a way that makes the images seem like animation. Sitting inside one of these 19th-century pre-cinematic contraptions, Alison Abrego and Salma Houaichi, both 27, push a ... » Learn More about Montreal offers ‘light therapy’ in pandemic winter
Technically, Christmas is not celebrated in Thailand. The April holiday of Songkran, or Thai New Year, is probably the closest equivalent, when families come together in a celebration centered around Buddhist practices. But December 25 is not a public holiday, and in most cases, the only time you’d find a Thai having Christmas Day off, would be if it happened to fall on their usual day off. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist – around 90% of the population – with a significant Muslim population in the south, and around 1% who are Christian. Beyond the big cities and island holiday hotspots, you’d be hard-pressed to tell that it’s Christmas. But step into a shopping mall, bar, or restaurant in the aforementioned tourist locations however, and the scene tells a different story. In the larger cities and on the holiday islands, the influence of Western culture is very evident. You will see giant Christmas trees in the middle of large shopping malls, along with an abundance of twinkling ... » Learn More about Merry Christmas, Thai style