Discover Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition on February 16

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Discover Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition on February 16

Discover Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition on February 16

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

Thailand has the privilege to showcase Cartier Beautés du Monde High Jewellery, highlighting the brand’s passionate expertise in expressing a creative vision of natural wonders in the diversity of beauty and the maison’s global cultures.

Through the ultimate luxurious jewellery collection, the jewellery parure is curated with appreciation under the Beautés du Monde collection alongside over 300 pieces of jewellery and timepieces. Following Cartier‘s collection debuts in Madrid and Shanghai, Cartier’s high jewellery showcase is here for Thailand.

Inspired by the Beauties of the World through the observation and appreciation of seeing beauty wherever it is found, the Beautés du Monde Collection is depicting Cartier’s elegant design expertise and prestige jewellery pairing collection, highlighting the elements of nature and cultural diversity. 

The Cartier Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition is designed by Jaime Hayon, the Spanish designer accredited as one of the world’s most influential designers, who will unveil the decorative rooms displaying under 3 concepts namely World WildlifeMineral World and Cultural World. The exhibition will engage the audiences to immerse themselves in the prominent natural beauty and cherish inspiring souls filled with delightful exhilaration.

The Thai Patrimony showroom is exclusively fused with the delicacy of Thai heritages by Saran Yen Panya, Thailand’s story-telling designer who expressed his crafts through design and artistic vibes. The high jewellery exhibit showcase by Cartier has combined the shimmering culture of the two worlds as one, allowing gem fanatics in Thailand to discover the journey of the world’s high jewellery sophistication and beauty. 

Discover Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition on February 16

Discover Thailand’s first grand opening for the general public and jewellery enthusiasts to experience the maison’s mesmerising and delicate designs of high jewellery collection at Cartier Beautés du Monde Bangkok Exhibition, hosted exclusively on 16 February 2023 only. Limited to 400 participants.

For reservation, sign up at https://register.beautesdumonde.cartier.com 

Lisa moves into her new $6-million luxury pad in Seoul

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Lisa moves into her new $6-million luxury pad in Seoul

Lisa moves into her new $6-million luxury pad in Seoul

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban is the proud new owner of a luxury villa in Seoul’s super-trendy Seongbuk-dong area worth approximately 200 million baht (US$6 million).

The Thai member of K-pop outfit BlackPink is now neighbours with millionaires and celebrities including Bae Yong-joon and Lee Seung Gi.

Overlooking South Korea’s capital, the exclusive Seongbuk-dong neighbourhood has been compared with the star-strewn Hollywood Hills district of Los Angeles and is home to many of the richest people in the country.

Lisa moves into her new $6-million luxury pad in Seoul

Lisa signed the contract for the 7,200-square-foot villa worth some 7.5 billion South Korean won in July last year.

She made the final payment on her new pad on January 30.

The three-storey villa is well known as the former home of Jang Seon-yoon, the billionaire granddaughter of Lotte Corporation founder Shin Kyuk Ho.

Jang Seon-yoon purchased the land in 2014, guiding construction of the luxury villa which was completed in April 2016. Jang’s family lived in the home for nearly seven years.

Lisa still has plenty of money in the bank despite blowing 200 million baht on the pad.

Lisa moves into her new $6-million luxury pad in Seoul

Thailand’s K-pop queen owns total assets estimated at 660 million baht ($20 million). She recently obtained a so-called Black Card – a premium credit card limited to only 1,000 owners worldwide.

The credit card is issued by Korean conglomerate Hyundai and carries an unlimited credit limit. Lisa met the Black Card eligibility conditions, which include spending of 280,000 baht and assets worth at least 10 billion South Korean won (280 million baht).

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Thai champ unfazed by Cambodian move to replace Muay Thai with local martial art

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Thai champ unfazed by Cambodian move to replace Muay Thai with local martial art

Thai champ unfazed by Cambodian move to replace Muay Thai with local martial art

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

Muay Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek on Friday asked Thais not to worry about Cambodia’s move to refer to kickboxing as “Kun Khmer”, asserting that Thailand’s martial art is number one.

Cambodia, which would host this year’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, sparked controversy when it replaced Muay Thai with Kun Khmer as one of the disciplines.

The National Olympic Committee of Thailand announced on Tuesday that no Thai athletes would compete in kickboxing at the regional games, hosted by Phnom Penh from May 5-17.

“It is their [Cambodia] right,” Buakaw said. “We do not have to worry about it because we are paying more attention to the Olympic level.”

He also denied Cambodian netizens’ claims that he has Cambodian lineage, saying that he was indeed an original Thai person.

Buakaw’s remark is in line with Banchamek Gym’s Facebook post on Thursday, saying he did not have any problem with Kun Khmer or Cambodian netizens.

However, the page also asked Cambodian boxing agencies to pay the remaining 2.2 million baht for hiring Buakaw to participate in recent World Fight Tournament in Cambodia.

Thai champ unfazed by Cambodian move to replace Muay Thai with local martial art

Earlier on Thursday, Srey Chanthorn, honorary vice president of the Khmer Boxing Federation, announced that he would give a villa, a car and additional money for 10 years to any Cambodian boxer who could beat Buakaw.

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SEA Games told to choose either ‘Muay Thai’ or ‘Kun Khmer’

World’s top 4 female golfers head to Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 to join the star-studded line-up 

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World’s top 4 female golfers head to Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 to join the star-studded line-up 

World’s top 4 female golfers head to Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 to join the star-studded line-up 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

Lydia Ko, Nelly Korda, MinJee Lee and Atthaya Thitikul amongst the field of 72 set to compete for the prestigious title at Siam Country Club Old Course, Chonburi province, from February 23rd-26th, 2023

The Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 tournament is set to be bigger when the 16th edition Southeast Asia’s longest running event is played at the prestigious Siam Country Club Old Course in Pattaya, Chonburi Province from February 23rd-26th, 2023. The leading female golfers led by Lydia Ko, Nelly Korda, Minjee Lee and Atthaya Thitikul, be part of a field expanded to 72 players, will play for an increased prize purse of $1.7 million USD (about 62 million Thai Baht*), and have a shot at winning the Honda Accord e:HEV TECH variant worth 1,799,000THB, for the first Hole-in-One on the 16th hole. An exciting return to full scale, the tournament is eagerly anticipating welcoming back fans to witness the action live on ground. 

World’s top 4 female golfers head to Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 to join the star-studded line-up 

World number one Lydia Ko said she was looking forward to her visit to Siam Country Club Old Course. “I love playing in Thailand, and the Honda LPGA Thailand will be the first LPGA event I play in the beginning of 2023. I’ll be doing my best,” said Ko, the LPGA Tour’s Rolex Player of the Year. “I would like to thank the sponsors and organisations that make this tournament possible every year.”

Nelly Korda, who won the Pelican Women’s Championship last year, will be returning to the field for the first time since 2019. “It’s exciting to be back in Asia. I am looking forward to playing my best and having this tournament be part of what I hope to be a very successful 2023 season.”

World’s top 4 female golfers head to Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 to join the star-studded line-up 

Nineteen-year-old Thai national, Atthaya Thitikul, who was named Rookie of the Year and be the second of Thai player who also climbed to number one in the process, said “the Honda LPGA Thailand is an important tournament on the schedule for Thai players. For me, It has been a tournament I’ve watched since nine years old. I was honoured to compete for the first time in 2017 with a sponsor’s invitation and I’m excited to enter my fifth year of competing on this field. I will strive to continue that form in February and the coming season. I will do my very best to make my fans and Thailand proud, and I hope that I too can help inspire young and upcoming golfers, just as I benefited from the Honda LPGA Thailand.” 

World’s top 4 female golfers head to Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 to join the star-studded line-up 

Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 tickets are currently available at https://hondalpgathailand.com/. Bangkok Bank cardholders can enjoy an additional 10% discount on all ticket purchases online and on-site. Additionally, fans aged 16 and below or 60 and above are welcome to attend the tournament free of charge.

World’s top 4 female golfers head to Honda LPGA Thailand 2023 to join the star-studded line-up 

Thai golf fans will also be able to watch the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament live on Official Broadcast Host PPTV HD 36 and their digital platforms; www.pptvhd36.com, Facebook, YouTube or the PPTVHD 36 application across the four tournament days.

Man United’s Greenwood has all charges dropped

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Man United's Greenwood has all charges dropped

Man United’s Greenwood has all charges dropped

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

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Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has had all criminal charges against him dropped, police and prosecutors said on Thursday (February 2).

Greenwood, who was suspended by United in January 2022 when accusations against him surfaced on social media, was charged with attempted rape, controlling behaviour and assault last October.

“A decision has been made to discontinue prosecution in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors,” the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement naming Greenwood.

Apple’s weak iPhone sales drive first profit miss since 2016

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Apple's weak iPhone sales drive first profit miss since 2016

Apple’s weak iPhone sales drive first profit miss since 2016

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

Apple Inc on Thursday reported sales and profits that missed Wall Street expectations driven by weak iPhone sales after Covid lockdowns in China disrupted the production of the company’s biggest seller.

Shares of Apple fell 5% after the publication of the results.

Apple sales fell 5% to $117.2 billion and were down in every part of the world in the quarter. Sales from each product category dropped, except for gains in services and iPads. Earnings per share were $1.88, Apple’s first miss of Wall Street‘s profits expectations since 2016.

Analysts had expected sales of $121.1 billion and profits of $1.94 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told Reuters that the production disruptions that plagued Apple’s key quarter were now over.

During its fiscal first quarter that ended Dec. 31, Apple faced a wave of challenges that left Wall Street expecting lower sales. Chief among those were supply chain pressures when Covid lockdowns at a production facility in Zhengzhou, China, slowed production of iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max devices, both premium-priced models that would traditionally help drive Apple’s margins higher.

In an interview with Reuters, Cook said that production disruptions “lasted through most of December” but that “production is now back where we want it to be.” Cook said the lockdowns in China created a dual challenge where both supply and demand were constrained, with greater China sales falling 7% to $23.9 billion.

“When things started to reopen in December (in China), we did see an increase in traffic to our stores as compared to November and an increase in demand as December rolled around,” Cook told Reuters.

The strong US dollar also hurt Apple, which derives more than half its sales from outside the Americas, but the effect was less than anticipated as the dollar eased from last year’s highs. Apple had warned investors that such foreign-exchange issues would put a 10% drag on sales but said on Thursday that the actual effect was 8%.

“I would point out that 8% is still a very severe headwind,” Cook told Reuters. “I wouldn’t want to underestimate that. We would have grown on a constant currency basis.”

On top of supply chain problems for the iPhone, Wall Street analysts had expected iPhone sales to fall this year as part of a larger pattern in which the iPhone 14 family released last year sells more slowly after two straight years of strong sales of iPhone 12 and 13 models. Apple said iPhone sales were $65.8 billion, down 8% from the year before and below analyst estimates of $68.3 billion.

The company’s services segment, which includes content businesses such as Apple TV+ and software businesses like the App Store, rose 6% to $20.8 billion in revenue, compared with analyst expectations of $20.7 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

Cook told Reuters that the company now has a base of 2 billion active devices, up from 1.8 billion a year ago. The company now has 935 million paid subscriptions, up from 900 million the quarter before, and that services sales set a record in several markets, including China, he said.

Sales of the company’s Mac computers, which had boomed during the wave of working from home during the pandemic, declined 29% year over year to $7.7 billion, compared with expectations of $9.6 billion, according to Refinitiv data. Apple executives had warned last year that Mac sales were likely to decline year over year because the previous year’s results included a burst of sales associated with the release of new MacBook Pro computers with Apple’s house-designed processors.

Sales of the iPad, which also saw a pandemic-related boost, grew 30% to $9.4 billion, compared with analyst expectations of $7.8 billion, according to Refinitiv data. The wearable and accessories segment, which includes the Apple Watch and AirPods, fell 8% to $13.5 billion compared with analyst estimates of $15.2 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

Cook told Reuters the iPad’s strong performance stemmed from the launch of new models and the absence of supply constraints that had hindered sales of the device a year earlier.

Apple investors are waiting to see whether the company dives into new markets this year. Technology publication The Information has reported that Apple plans to launch a mixed-reality headset that could retail for around $3,000 this year and is also working on a more affordable follow-up device.

Apple is one of the few large technology firms that has not announced major layoffs, though its ranks never grew as rapidly as that of its peers. In late 2022 it said it had 164,000 employees, up less than 20% from its 2019 headcount. By contrast, other companies such as Meta Platforms Inc, which is laying off about 11,000 employees, had roughly doubled its headcount between 2019 and 2022.

Alphabet revenue misses estimates as ad business takes a hit

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Alphabet revenue misses estimates as ad business takes a hit

Alphabet revenue misses estimates as ad business takes a hit

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

Alphabet Inc on Thursday reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as the Google parent’s digital ad business struggled under an economic slowdown that has choked corporate spending and triggered mass layoffs.

Shares of Alphabet, which lost roughly 40% of their value in 2022, were down about 4% in after-hours trading.

Revenue from Google advertising, which includes Search and YouTube, fell to $59.04 billion from $61.24 billion, as advertisers – the biggest contributors to Alphabet’s sales – dialled back spending to cope with persistent inflation, high-interest rates and recession fears.

Rival Meta Platforms Inc on Wednesday impressed investors with its quarterly results, promising to further slash costs and boost offerings to better capitalize on ad dollars.

Alphabet’s net income fell to $13.62 billion, or $1.05 per share, from $20.64 billion, or $1.53 per share, a year earlier.

Revenue rose to $76.05 billion in the fourth quarter from $75.33 billion a year ago. Analysts were expecting $76.53 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Advertisers, which contribute the bulk of Alphabet’s sales, pulled back on spending as rising inflation and interest rates fueled concern over consumer spending. Consumers had flocked to the internet for everyday purchases during the height of the pandemic but have returned to in-person shopping as restrictions have eased.

Google’s overall advertising revenue slipped to $59.04 billion in the fourth quarter from $61.24 billion a year earlier.

Google is the world’s largest digital ad platform by market share, making it uniquely susceptible to fluctuations in online marketing spending. Its YouTube division has faced a surge in rival platforms, particularly TikTok, whose endless scroll of short videos is drawing younger users away.

Falling ad demand also hurt companies such as Meta Platforms and Snap Inc which swung to a loss of $288 million in the fourth quarter on flat sales.

Revenue from YouTube ads, one of Alphabet’s most consistent moneymakers, fell nearly 8% to $7.96 billion, well below the estimate of $8.25 billion, according to FactSet.

Cloud was a bright spot, however, with revenue growing 32% to $7.32 billion, but at its slowest pace since the company began disclosing the segment’s revenue numbers.

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GULF receives environmental governance award 2022 (green star – white flag)

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GULF receives environmental governance award 2022 (green star – white flag)

GULF receives environmental governance award 2022 (green star – white flag)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

Gulf Group (GULF), represented by Mr Smith Banomyong, Chief Operating Officer – Group Asset Management & Investment, has received environmental governance award for the GKP1 and GKP2 power plants from Dr Veeris Ammarapala, Governor, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand. The ceremony was held at the ballroom, Pullman King Power Hotel, Bangkok.

Gulf Group (GULF) has received environmental governance awards and certificates from Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) as a result of GKP1 and GKP2 power plants’ best-in-class environmental governance practices, reflecting excellent environmental management including green area management, drainage systems, water and sewage management, air quality management, employee safety and health, as well as promoting the local economy and improving quality of life of communities surrounding the power plants. This reiterates the company’s social responsibility in every aspect.

Mr Smith Banomyong, Chief Operating Officer – Group Asset Management & InvestmentMr Smith Banomyong, Chief Operating Officer – Group Asset Management & Investment

Since 2019, four power plants under Gulf Group, consisting of GVTP, GTS1, GTS 3, and GTS4, received environmental governance awards and certificates. This reaffirms the company’s commitment in efficient resource management to achieve best-in-class standards, while remaining socially and environmentally responsible in the area where the company operates.

Dr Veeris Ammarapala, Governor of the IEATDr Veeris Ammarapala, Governor of the IEAT

The environmental governance awards event is an initiative that aims to increase the community’s involvement in inspecting and supervising factories in industrial estates. The audit committee of the industrial estate is comprised of IEAT officials, community representatives, and local government agencies. Its purpose is to encourage factories in industrial estates to adopt environmental governance principles, and social responsibility in order to boost the confidence from all sectors as well as promote the sustainable growth of the industry and community.

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Hong Kong to give away 500,000 free airline tickets worldwide

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Hong Kong to give away 500,000 free airline tickets worldwide

Hong Kong to give away 500,000 free airline tickets worldwide

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will distribute 500,000 free airline tickets to woo visitors “from every part of the world” to visit the financial hub in a bid to revive the battered economy and boost its global image.

Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu announced the project on Thursday during the launch of the global promotional campaign Hello Hong Kong, saying that the giveaway is “the world’s biggest welcome ever”.

“Hong Kong is now seamlessly connected to the Chinese mainland and the whole international world,” Lee said in his welcome remarks. “Attracting arrivals across the globe will help reinvigorate Hong Kong’s economy.”

The city’s leader highlighted a slew of mega sports and art events in the coming months, including the Hong Kong Marathon and Art Basel, and introduced iconic cultural places such as the West Kowloon Cultural District.

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“We are inviting prominent guests from business heavyweights and leaders in the political sector to meet the chiefs and influencers to come to Hong Kong and see for themselves the welcoming atmosphere,” he said.

At a news briefing after the ceremony, Airport Authority CEO Fred Lam Tin-fuk said that the free airline tickets will be given out via overseas offices and agents of three local airlines – Cathay PacificHK Express and Hong Kong Airlines – in their major markets. The giveaway will start on March 1 and last for six months.

Based on the pre-pandemic data of inbound arrivals, about three-quarters of the tickets will be distributed to Asian visitors. First will be Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, followed by Northeast Asian nations and the Chinese mainland.

An additional 80,000 free air tickets will be given to Hong Kong residents while another 80,000 will be dispersed to visitors from the GuangdongHong KongMacao Greater Bay Area, Lam said.

Dane Cheng Ting-yat, executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, said at least one million gifts, or “Hong Kong Goodies”, are given to tourists, who can redeem them for free “welcome drinks” and get discounts off tourism, retail, catering and transportation expenses.

Bangkok: City of smog gasps for breath

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Bangkok: City of smog gasps for breath

Bangkok residents are struggling through thick smog this week as PM2.5 dust levels surge to dangerous levels.

PM2.5 is rising due to pollution from traffic and other sources accumulating in stagnant air. The resulting smog is taking a toll on people’s health, impacting the lungs, eyes, heart and blood vessels.

So how are Bangkokians coping with some of the world’s worst air pollution?