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Jutamas demolishes Filipino to join Chatchai-Decha in shot at boxing medal


2018 Grand Prix bronze medalist Jutamas Jitpong is aiming for an Olympic medal after she tamed Irish Magno of the Philippines 5-0 in the second round of the womens boxing 51kg at the Kokugikan Arena on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Thai was familiar with her opponent, having sparred with the Filipino during training in Nakhon Ratchasima ahead of the Games. She relied on her knowledge of Magno’ style to dictate the fight with accurate blows and left hooks that won her a unanimous decision.

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The 2019 SEA Gamers bronze medalist from Nakhon Si Thammarat became the second Thai to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games TOKYO 2020, following in the footsteps of Chatchai-Decha Butdee in men’s 57kg division a day earlier.

“I was quite confident going into the fight because we trained together and I never lost to her. I could box at will and did everything according to my plan,” said Jutamas, who only took up boxing four years ago.

“Actually, it’s been tough for us as we barely had any warm-up tournaments because of the COVID-19 situation. Some of us were a bit rusty at the beginning,” added the world No 11.

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Up next for Jutamas is top seed Buse Naz Cakiroglu of Turkey, who beat Tursunoy Rakhimova of Uzbekistan 3-2. Jutamas is eyeing revenge against the Turk, who won their only previous encounter. Victory will earn the Thai at least a bronze medal.

“I lost to her in a close fight in the Czech Republic. I think she was more dangerous back then. Now, I’m quite confident and I will try my best to get an Olympic medal,” she said.

Jutamas’s bout against the 2019 Ulan-Ude World Championships silver medalist and 2019 European Games and European Championships gold medalist is due on Sunday. Chatchai-Decha Butdee will box for a bronze medal against three-time World Championships winner Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba on the same day.

In shooting, 58-year-old Svate Sresthaporn, after a strong start on Wednesday, missed three targets and had to settle for 17th place with 121 points in the men’s trap competition, losing his chance to reach the final.

In the women’s 25m air pistol precision shoot, Tanyaporn Prucksakorn shot 290 points, six behind leader Zorana Arunovic of Serbia, to stand at 13th among 44 competitors. Naphaswan Yangpaiboon fired 287 for 30th place. They will compete in the rapid shoot on Friday for a place in the final round.

Published : July 29, 2021

By : The Nation

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Van Gogh spectacle aims to move New Yorkers


NEW YORK – As if bringing a massive artistic spectacle to a 75,000-square-foot event space on the East River during a pandemic was not already logistically nerve-racking, there was this additional issue on a preview night for “Immersive Van Gogh”: The whole thing went kablooey.

Van Gogh spectacle aims to move New Yorkers

As attendees shifted on their feet, glancing at frozen images of a Van Gogh painting that was supposed to be dancing with cinematic life on walls 24 feet high, a staff member walked onto the floor to offer apologies.

“This is a perfect opportunity to check out our retail space,” he announced, as some people indeed wandered into the immense souvenir shop, filled with Van Gogh socks and Van Gogh key rings and Van Gogh umbrellas and Van Gogh eyeglass cases and Van Gogh sun hats and Van Gogh whiskey flasks and Van Gogh dog bowls.

The glitchy first night – power problems, a producer explained to disappointed guests, sent home with a rain check – was corrected by the following evening. But it seemed an unintended metaphor for the risks in this unabashedly commercial venture, equal parts art installation, self-guided theater and tourist attraction: Does the craze for paintings-in-motion, which began in Europe and is now spreading across North America, have the electricity to sustain itself for the long term?

The New York opening of “Immersive Van Gogh” may be the ultimate test. Productions of this exhibition have already opened in Toronto, Chicago and San Francisco. And they are not to be confused with competing entries popping up in this suddenly and bizarrely crowded niche, like “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience,” which is scheduled to start in D.C. this summer. Or “Beyond Van Gogh, the Immersive Experience” in Miami.

New York’s installation, which officially opened June 11 at Pier 36, is the largest version of “Immersive Van Gogh” so far: three times bigger than the one that Toronto-based producer Corey Ross and his partners unveiled in Chicago four months ago. Spread over three huge galleries, the production’s centerpiece is a 35-minute film loop by video scenographer Massimiliano Siccardi, who creates video for choreographers, arts festivals and galas. His film – conveyed here by more than 150 projectors – incorporates 40 of Vincent Van Gogh’s explosively colorful postimpressionist works. With a team of 30 in his studio in Italy, he has animated the paintings: streaks of steam waft in “The Potato Eaters,” flowers bloom in “Almond Blossoms” and of course celestial objects pulsate radiantly in “Starry Night.”

“What I want to do is simulate an emotion in the people,” Siccardi said, with the help of an interpreter, by phone from Rome. “When I see a painting, I see it as moving. Then I want people to feel the same feelings that I am having.”

"Immersive Van Gogh" customers take in the spectacle. MUST CREDIT: Nina Westervelt“Immersive Van Gogh” customers take in the spectacle. MUST CREDIT: Nina Westervelt

Ross, whose prior producing credits include the widely performed theatrical parody “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience,” said in a separate phone interview that his first experience with animated Van Gogh was a show in France a few years ago. “When I flew over to Paris, I was pretty dubious about it,” he said. He was surprised to discover that it had already sold 2 million tickets. “Only when you see it,” he added, “do you understand it.”

The intention here is not so much to try to understand Van Gogh or his work: A small vestibule contains a few cursory panels with basic biographical information. As Ross said, “Immersive Van Gogh” is not seeking to compete with a museum. It’s entertainment, not edification. The customer base, Ross added, skews younger than for more conventional venues for fine art. “Mostly between 20 and 50 and not in my mind the traditional audience for Broadway or art galleries,” he added.

Watching the paintings metamorphose, with familiar colors and images taking shape on the walls and floors, and Handel and Ravel and Edith Piaf’s “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” piped in over the speaker system, I got the appeal. A certain hallucinogenic quality takes hold, especially if you can block out the spectators all around you with their arms raised, recording the film on their phones. The immersive aspect is pleasantly theatrical – Van Gogh in the round – but it’s no more substantive than any special effect. The impression is not unlike that of an amusement park, or sitting through those scenes in Harry Potter movies, in which human figures in paintings are made to seem alive, changing their facial expressions or walking in and out of their frames. Like many such effects, the thrills are highly perishable.

As if to acknowledge the need to heighten the theatricality, Ross and company not only went bigger in scale in New York, they also went to Broadway, hiring the in-demand set designer David Korins (“Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen”). His assignment was to give to the bland, utilitarian Pier 36 space – before this a home to athletic events – more aesthetic interest.

“In my first conversation with Corey Ross, he said: ‘Date night!’ ” Korins recalled, as he gave me a tour of the building several days before the opening. The notion of a romantic aspect to the experience has indeed been considered. On a viewing platform in the largest of the galleries, couples can reserve booths for $349.99 that include a box of chocolate and, according to the marketing material, “massage oil from L’Occitane.” (Tickets for a regular viewing start at $39.99.)

One of David Korins's "iceberg" sculptures for "Immersive Van Gogh." MUST CREDIT: Nina Westervelt

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Korins’s own contributions in the galleries run to the addition of huge metallic sculptures – spheres made of a metal and wood substrate with a mylar skin, and mirrored “icebergs.” “I’d like it to be like exploring a magical forest,” he said. In the souvenir area, he has installed a walk-in “Chromesthesia Booth” that Korins said incorporates “the top 10 colors from Van Gogh’s palette.” The illuminated vertical colored panels are activated by a visitor’s presence. A few feet away is an interactive display, developed by the New York creative company THAT (Technology, Humans And Taste). With your cellphone, you are invited to compose a letter to Van Gogh. You quickly receive a response, via a program using words from Van Gogh’s own writings. (“I hope you take some time to see the light shining on the Brooklyn Bridge. I am told the colors are incredible,” mine said in part.)

Again and again, the creators of “Immersive Van Gogh” emphasized the claim the show wants to make on the emotions. “To be under an immersive ‘Starry Night,’ I can’t think of anything more romantic,” Ross said. It remains to be seen, though, how many New Yorkers fall in love.

Published : June 18, 2021

By : The Washington Post · Peter Marks

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Chula ranked one of world’s top 100 unis for academic reputation


Chulalongkorn University has been ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world in terms of Academic Reputation for the second year in a row.

Chula ranked one of world’s top 100 unis for academic reputation

Chula held its spot at number 96 in the QS World University Rankings 2022, sealing its status as the best university in Thailand for the 13th consecutive year.

Overall, Chula ranked 215th among a total of 1,751 universities around the world.

The Bangkok-based university said the ranking reflected the opinion of more than 100,000 academics, entrepreneurs and academic institutions around the world.

Chula ranked 101st in terms of Employer Reputation, up from 125th last year. It also climbed the rankings for Faculty Student ratio and International Student ratio.

The latest rankings reflect the success of Chula’s development via its “Innovations for Society” strategy, said the university.

Chula ranked one of world’s top 100 unis for academic reputationChula ranked one of world’s top 100 unis for academic reputation

The QS World University Rankings 2022 rank varsities according to six weighted categories: Academic Reputation (40 per cent), Employer Reputation (10 per cent), Faculty/Student (20 per cent) Citations per Faculty (20 per cent) International Faculty Ratio (5 per cent) and International Student Ration (5 per cent).

Published : June 11, 2021

By : THE NATION

Best Series and Movies on NETFLIX Shows to Watch in June 2021 #SootinClaimon.Com

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Best Series and Movies on NETFLIX Shows to Watch in June 2021


It’s the weekend, or just a regular day of working from home which can be isolating, but having an upbeat show in the background will do wonders for your mood. You’ll find your June 2021 guide to the best series/movies currently streaming on Netflix.

Best Series and Movies on NETFLIX Shows to Watch in June 2021

Lists of shows you can binge-watch while working from home

Move to Heaven

“Move to Heaven”, the latest Korean original series from Netflix. Given the title of the show and its premise, centred around trauma cleaners, sentimentality is perhaps to be expected. The show marks a lot of dramatic boxes, with mental disability, terminal illness and single parenthood all present within the central family and that’s before we consider their occupation, which gives the show an ever-present pall of death and mourning.

New Amsterdam

“New Amsterdam”, one of the biggest hospital dramas on Netflix right now. Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. Already renewed through to season five, the medical drama features Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin who is brought in to turn a hospital around.

Ghost Lab

“Ghost Lab”, a thriller from GDH, the first Thai film to premiere on Netflix. The storyline focuses on supernatural experiments that cross the boundaries between life and death. It stars “Tor” Thanapob Leeratanakachorn, “Ice” Paris Intarakomalyasut and “Nychaa” Nuttanicha Dungwattanawanich.

“The storyline is quite unconventional, because it attempts a deeper exploration of our belief in the supernatural, and whether this can be proven by science. It’s an honour to be partnering with a global platform that allows for creative expression and I hope this movie will encourage the audience to contemplate their ways of life and find the answers to their questions,” said Paween Purijitpanya, the director.

Who Killed Sarah

“Who Killed Sara?,” the popular Mexican mystery thriller series that returned for a second season May 19 on Netflix, a puzzle, as its title suggests. Alex (Manolo Cardona), released from prison 18 years after being found responsible for the death of his sister, Sara (Ximena Lamadrid), in a suspicious parasailing mishap, is obsessed with proving that she was murdered and identifying the culprit. Having somehow gained an impressive mastery of surveillance technology, bomb making and other dark arts while in jail, he sets out to investigate and harass both psychologically and physically the members of a wealthy family, the Lazcanos, who used to be his and Sara’s intimate friends.

The style is telenovela-breathless, with the emotional temperature slightly dialed down, no wonder it became the biggest foreign language show in the US after it premiered.

The Haunting of Hill House

“The Haunting of Hill House”, an effective ghost story whose steadily mounting anticipation is just as satisfying as its chilling payoff. Its structure is a thing of beauty, cutting back and forth between two eras of the Crain family. The present-day material introduces us to an array of troubled souls, all of whom are somewhat involved in trying to psychologically atone for the events that took place at Hill House decades ago. Not unlike “LOST,” each episode centers on a Crain family member, filling in both their present predicaments and highlighting their perspective on the days the family spent in one of the most famous haunted houses in the world.

Designated Survivor

“Designated Survivor”, is something that actually happens, a political drama about a government official who becomes president after a deadly attack. Kiefer Sutherland (Tom Kirkman), a lower-level cabinet member, suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union, will struggle to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.

Peaky Blinders

“Peaky Blinders”, a British period crime drama television series, moves at its own speed, taking its time to create a portrait of post-war Britain that’s as bloody and brutal as it is impressively immersive. Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his brothers return to Birmingham after serving in the British Army during WWI. Shelby and the Peaky Blinders, the gang he is leader of, control the city of Birmingham. But as Shelby’s ambitions extend beyond Birmingham, he plans to build on the business empire he’s created, and stop anyone who gets in his way.

Shadow Bone

“Shadow Bone”, Netflix’s latest fantasy series, based on a successful book trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, filled with mystery, dark deeds and flesh-shredding monsters but falls short of fantasy’s finest hour. It’s stuffed with characters, locations, plot twists and familiar fantasy elements including, characters who possess the ability to control various elements; wind, water, fire, sure, machines, and bodies, a Big Dark Thing that is Prophesied to be Be Defeated by A Chosen One; a Sun-Summoner, who controls light, the fact that the aforementioned Chosen One is not noble-born, but a Reluctant Commoner Who Must Be Trained by Stern Teachers Until She Accepts And Masters Her Gift.

Published : May 27, 2021

Embark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This Summer #SootinClaimon.Com

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Embark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This Summer


Cartoon Network’s Best Summer Ever campaign for Kids and their families can enjoy more than features 150 home-based activities, special show premieres and plenty of prizes from now till June 27.

Embark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This Summer

Get ready for some full-blown fun with Cartoon Network this summer. Kids and their families can enjoy more than 150 adventures on CartoonNetworkAsia.com/BestSummerEver from now till June 27. The whole family can create specially themed “fun zones” in the comfort and safety of their homes to experience amazing bonding time over the summer break.

Embark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This SummerEmbark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This Summer

The activities fall under one of five themes of play, music, movement, explore and games.

• Play: Craft Creek with Looney Tunes is full of activities that help to exercise the entire family’s creative juices – whip up delicious summer-themed recipes, engage in D.I.Y craft activities and much more!

• Music: Toon Tunes Valley with We Bare Bears invites you to sing your heart out, just like Ice Bear would! Choose your favourite Cartoon Network tunes, warm up those vocal cords, and get started on that sing-along. Even better, get the whole family to pick one song each and stage a home concert!

• Movement: Gymsville with Tom and Jerry gets your heart pumping with Tom’s secret set of workout videos. After all, their antics require them to stay in tip-top shape, and now you can keep fit and active too – just like them.

• Explore: Toonsplorer Island, hosted by Teen Titans Go! takes you on a wide range of adventures. Download WhatsApp stickers, mobile wallpapers featuring your favourite shows, host Zoom meetings at the bears’ cave, and more.

• Games: Arcade Town with Ben 10 hosts games galore! Just like in a physical arcade, choose your favourite game that brings your competitive streak to the fore. Take the challenge with some awesome gaming sessions – and call your friends to see who’s the better player.

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With over 150 activities, there’s plenty to keep the young and the young-at-heart occupied over the summer, including a digital challenge to unlock exclusive e-rewards such as mobile wallpapers, stickers and personalized certificates!

Embark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This SummerEmbark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This Summer

Families who upload a photo or video of their home adventure creation on Cartoon Network’s Best Summer Ever microsite, have the chance to see it featured on TV and win great prizes.

Embark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This SummerEmbark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This Summer

Here’s a bonus treat for all Tom and Jerry fans! Ever wondered if you are #TeamTom or #TeamJerry? From May 21 to June 11, grab your friends and try out the Go Get Cheese Instagram filter. Pick your team and either chase after Jerry for stolen cheese treats, or join him on his wild escape from Tom, his best frenemy! Attractive Tom and Jerry gift sets (worth THB 500 each) are up for grabs. For more details on the contest, head over to Cartoon Network’s Facebook page.

Embark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This SummerEmbark On Home Adventures With Cartoon Network For Family Fun Time This Summer

Cartoon Network’s Best Summer Ever also serves up eight weeks of everyone’s favourite original series and special premieres, with the spotlight on:

• Looney Tunes Cartoons, a brand-new Looney Tunes cartoon series, awaits on Fridays at 4.30pm on Cartoon Network in the build-up to the theatrical release of the highly anticipated Space Jam: A New Legacy animated-live action movie featuring basketball champion LeBron James and his epic adventure alongside timeless Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes crew.

• An hour-long Ben Gen 10 special on Saturday, May 22, at 10am on Cartoon Network and streaming service HBO GO, where Ben must save the world from a malfunctioning Omnitrix that infects people with alien DNA.

• Adventure Time: Distant Lands’, a fourth hour-long episode Together Again, on Saturday, June 12, at 8pm on Cartoon Network and HBO GO, with Finn and Jake reuniting for the most important adventure of their lives.

3BB will also be throwing in extra treats for its subscribers this summer holiday! From May 23 – 29, fans can log on to 3BB’s Facebook page to take part in a trivia quiz for a chance to bring home a Cartoon Network goodie bag worth THB 2500 each!

Not yet a subscriber? Now’s the best time to get signed up with 3BB GIGATV to join in the fun! For more details, head over to http://www.3bb.co.th/3BBGIGATV.

Last but not least, no true fan would go without adding the latest Cartoon Network merchandise to their collection. Here’s the latest selection available in Thailand:

• Les Enphants

Looking for the perfect outfit for your little one this Summer? Shop the latest Looney Tunes apparel collection at leading department stores today!

• Simple

Pamper your skin with Simple’s Tom and Jerry tissues! Now available at selected department stores and convenience stores nationwide.

• DOSH

Strut in style with the bear bros when you’re out and about! Head over to the nearest DOSH store to browse the collection today.

• Satin Plus

Indulge in a good night’s sleep with your favourite characters from Tom and Jerry through Satin Plus’ collection of bed linen products which boasts softness and comfort. Head over to Shopee now.

• Fluocaril

Fluocaril’s Ben10 toothbrush and toothpaste inspire children to have fun while brushing their teeth with their favourite hero! Now available via Shopee and Lazada.

Published : May 24, 2021

Extended Bangkok Design Week opens today with online and physical events #SootinClaimon.Com

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Extended Bangkok Design Week opens today with online and physical events


The Bangkok Week 2021 opened as scheduled on Sunday and will run until July 31.

Extended Bangkok Design Week opens today with online and physical events

The Creative Economy Agency (Public Organisation), together with organisers in the government and private sectors, educational institutions and creative business groups said that parts of the festival would happen mostly in their online forms to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection.

The festival has been rescheduled to last longer, from May 8 to July 31, under the concept of “Resurgence of Possibilities”.

The main festival of design and creation of the year will introduce everyone to the world of creativity.

Visitors can meet operators, designers and creatives who will gather online in accordance with the new normal way of life, focusing on safety in addition to Covid-19 control measures to be exercised throughout the festival.

Bangkok Design Week 2021 will have seven main activities:

1. Designs on display and exhibitions

2. Talks

3. Workshops

4. Events such as concerts and performances

5. Tours

6. Creative markets

7. Promotional events.

People can participate in activities in the festival online through the Bangkok Design Week page on Facebook.

Highlights for May include online talks about the combination of creativity, arts and materials as well as trends, design tools and tips for the future.

The programmes will be broadcast via live streaming on the Bangkok Design Week page on Facebook. They will include “The Talk: Create a Better City Together” by CEA X Brandthink.

The discussion will focus on how to improve Bangkok in the future. Thinkers, local operators, landscape architects and policymakers will share their ideas in the programme.

They will include former transport minister and urban enthusiast Chadchart Sittipunt and intellectual Sulak Sivaraksa who has lived in Bang Rak and Charoen Krung areas since his childhood. The talk is scheduled for May 9, 2pm-4pm.

In June and July, parts of the exhibition venues will open to visitors. The venues are in Charoen Krung-Songwat, Samyan, Ari-Pradiphat and Thonglor-Ekamai areas. Visitors will be required to comply strictly with disease control measures set by the Ministry of Public Health, the organisers said.

Updates on activities, programmes and time tables of the festival are available at http://www.bangkokdesignweek.com

Published : May 08, 2021

By : The Nation

New STEM teaching model unveiled for Thailand #SootinClaimon.Com

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New STEM teaching model unveiled for Thailand


A new “Teacher Development” model for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Thailand has been launched at a regional education conference.

New STEM teaching model unveiled for Thailand

The model, which promotes a streamlined curriculum, teachers’ academic ranking and teachers’ skill development, was unveiled under the theme “Transforming Southeast Asian Education, Science and Culture in the Digital Age” at the April 28-29 SEAMEO Congress 2021. The congress is organised by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in partnership with the Thai and Malaysian education ministries.

This year’s congress saw more than 9,500 representatives from the government, research and educational sectors of 11 Asean nations share experiences and brainstorm for best practices in education, science and culture in the digital age.

The new teacher development model is based on “Chevron Enjoy Science”, a public-private partnership programme conducted by Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production. Aiming to strengthen regional competitiveness and innovation by improving STEM education, the model won support from all 11 Asean countries.

Among them was Thailand, whose Permanent Secretary for Education Supat Champathong said it was time for all parties to contribute knowledge and resources to help the country overcome its Covid-induced education crisis.

Designed to activate concrete development, the new STEM development model integrates opportunities for teachers to achieve higher academic ranking with the creation of curriculum and classroom learning approaches and efficient evaluation.

Published : May 06, 2021

By : The Nation

Most Thais more conscious about eating habits amid Covid-19 crisis: poll #SootinClaimon.Com

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Most Thais more conscious about eating habits amid Covid-19 crisis: poll


The majority of respondents to a Suan Dusit Poll survey said they were concerned about food during the Covid-19 era. The survey “Thai foods in the Covid-19 era” was conducted between April 26 and 29 on 1,192 samples nationwide.

Most Thais more conscious about eating habits amid Covid-19 crisis: poll

Asked about their concerns related to foods before and after the Covid-19 outbreak:

70.94 per cent said they paid more attention now;

26.00 per cent said they paid as much now as they did before the outbreak;

3.06 per cent said they paid less attention now.

Asked about changes to their eating practices during the Covid-19 era (multiple choice):

75.81 per cent said they cooked food at home;

71.70 per cent said they paid attention to food cleanliness;

59.99 per cent said they chose foods that were good for health;

56.22 per cent said they paid attention to food containers;

49.86 per cent said they chose foods that could protect them from Covid-19.

When asked if they believed that certain foods could protect them from Covid-19:

47.53 per cent said they believed;

37.90 per cent said they were not sure;

14.57 per cent said they did not.

When asked what foods could protect people from Covid-19 (multiple choice):

55.09 per cent said foods with herbs;

50.63 per cent said “pad krapao” (stir-fried basil);

48.95 per cent said foods with ginger;

42.56 per cent said “tom yam” (spicy soup);

32.30 per cent said “kaeng zom marum” (sour curry with drumstick).

Asked about the respondents’ favourite foods during the Covid-19 era (multiple choice):

32.23 per cent said “pad krapao” (stir-fried basil);

24.91 per cent said “tom yam” (spicy soup);

21.60 per cent said “pad pak” (stir-fried vegetables);

17.60 per cent said “nam prik” (spicy chili sauce);

12.89 per cent said egg recipes.

Asked about their expenditure on foods during the Covid-19 era:

39.42 per cent said they spent more than before the pandemic;

36.69 per cent said they spent the same amount;

23.89 per cent said their expenses had decreased.

Respondents’ expense on foods amid the Covid-19 crisis was on average around THB226.74 per day.

Bangkokians averaged THB268.04 per day and people in other provinces THB207.04 per day

Published : May 02, 2021

By : The Nation

Stolen Buddhist treasures handed back to Thai consulate in New York #SootinClaimon.Com

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Stolen Buddhist treasures handed back to Thai consulate in New York


Fifteen smuggled Thai artefacts from US museum collections are on the way back to Thailand after being received by the Royal Thai Consulate-General in New York.

Stolen Buddhist treasures handed back to Thai consulate in New York

The two lintels and 13 Buddha statues were handed over to the Consulate-General by US authorities in a ceremony on Thursday. They will be repatriated to Thailand next month.

The 13 Buddha statues are from the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods. Among them are bronze-work pieces that were smuggled out of Thailand and displayed at various museums in New York City. The lintels came from Prasat Khao Lon historical sanctuary in Sa Kaeo and the Prasat Nong Hong in Buri Ram. They are thought to have been stolen in the early 1960s.

The artefacts will be received at a handover ceremony in the Bangkok National Museum. The Fine Arts Department has invited Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the US ambassador to oversee the handover. The lintels will then be exhibited at the Bangkok National Museum for about 3 months before going into storage.

Fifteen smuggled Thai artefacts from US museum collections are on the way back to Thailand after being received by the Royal Thai Consulate-General in New York.
Fifteen smuggled Thai artefacts from US museum collections are on the way back to Thailand after being received by the Royal Thai Consulate-General in New York.
Fifteen smuggled Thai artefacts from US museum collections are on the way back to Thailand after being received by the Royal Thai Consulate-General in New York.
Fifteen smuggled Thai artefacts from US museum collections are on the way back to Thailand after being received by the Royal Thai Consulate-General in New York.
Fifteen smuggled Thai artefacts from US museum collections are on the way back to Thailand after being received by the Royal Thai Consulate-General in New York.

Published : April 23, 2021

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Tinder reveals 8 top dating trends for the decade ahead

Arts & CultureApr 10. 2021

By The Nation

Tinder’s latest report on members in Thailand and around the globe reveals eight dating trends for the decade ahead.

More than half of all Tinder members are Gen Z (18- to 25-year-old young adults) and the pandemic triggered a turning point in their dating behaviour, states the “Future of Dating is Fluid” report.

Social engagement on Tinder was up during the pandemic, with 19 per cent more messages sent per day in February 2021, compared to a year earlier, and conversations lasting 32 per cent longer. Meanwhile, nearly half of Tinder had a video chat with a match during the pandemic. Engagement and activity grew throughout the year with 11 per cent more swipes and 42 per cent more matches per Tinder member, said the report.

It concluded that Gen Z is breaking traditional dating behaviour and taboos.

“Dating is no longer about the familiar chronology or of slow courtship, instead it’s become fluid in terms of expectations (let’s see where it goes), emotions (honest and authentic) and experiences (more activities than icebreakers, digital dating is here to stay).”

Tinder’s 8 top trends for the future of dating:

1. Daters will be more honest and authentic

The pandemic helped many people put things in perspective. It led Tinder members to be more truthful and vulnerable about who they are, how they look, and what they’re going through. Mentions of ‘anxiety’ and ‘normalise’ in bios grew during the pandemic (‘anxiety’ grew 31 per cent; ‘normalise’ grew more than 15 times).

2. Boundaries will become more transparent

The pandemic brought up more discussions of personal boundaries. Tinder members used their bios to make their expectations clear: use of the phrase ‘wear a mask’ went up 100 times during the pandemic, ‘boundaries’ is being used more than ever (up 19 per cent), and the term ‘consent’ rose 11 per cent. This practice will make conversations about consent more commonplace and comfortable in the future.

3. More people will want to “See where things go”

In a recent survey of Tinder members, the number of daters looking for ‘no particular type of relationship’ was up nearly 50 per cent. So rather than the pandemic driving a desire for marriage, the next generation of daters will seek more open-ended relationships.

4. Digital dates will remain part of the new normal

As in-person contact became risky, daters turned to virtual experiences for human connection. And while it may have started out of necessity, the digital date is here to stay. According to a recent Tinder survey, those who tried it see it as a low-pressure way to get a sense for someone, and 40 per cent of Gen Z Tinder members say they will continue to go on digital dates, even as date spots reopen.

5. First dates will be more about activities than icebreakers

With many bars and restaurants closed, many traditional first date venues were no longer an option. So when it came time to meet up, daters chose more creative, personal, and casual first date activities than in the past. For example, Tinder saw a 3 times increase in mentions of ‘roller skating’ in bios and requests for date activities from fort building to snowball fights pop up in bios.

6. Small touches will have a big impact

Members are using their bios to seek out affection like hand holding, cuddling, or someone to touch their hair: use of the word ‘cuddle’ grew 23 per cent, and ‘hand holding’ is up 22 per cent. After experiencing months without physical contact, daters have come to greatly appreciate the smallest moments of physical affection. So even when meet-ups become common, little physical gestures will play a more important role in people’s dating lives.

7. People will always want to date someone close by

Tinder’s geolocation, or ability to find someone nearby, was highly relevant for the pandemic moving boom. Mentions of ‘moving’ in bios were up 28 per cent in 2020. So while technology continues to enable people to live or work anywhere, they are still coming to Tinder to find someone who lives close to them.

8. A ‘summer of love’ could be coming

As of October 2020, more than 40 per cent of Tinder members under the age of 30 had not met a match in person. But according to Tinder bios, that might be changing. “Go on a date” hit an all-time high in bios in February 2021. And while people slowed down in-person dating in 2020 (54 per cent of singles shared with YPulse that “Covid 19 has significantly delayed my love life”), they are ready to start getting out more as soon as vaccines (or antibodies) are in place.