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    Thailand Live Sunday 17 Jun 2018

    Here’s a round up of new tech released in Thailand this week – 17 June 2018 BY THE NATION Full story: https://tech.thaivisa.com/heres-round-new-tech-released-thailand-week-17-june-2018/29196/
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    Thailand Live Sunday 17 Jun 2018

    Sony WF-SP700N wireless earbuds review: Buds with the sporty treatment By Paisal Chuenprasaeng The Nation Sony takes noise-cancelling technology even further, cramming it into truly wireless earbuds that will delight the fitness fanatic Full story: https://tech.thaivisa.com/sony-wf-sp700n-wireless-earbuds-review-buds-sporty-treatment/29204/
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    Thailand Live Sunday 17 Jun 2018

    If you moan about Thai people maybe the problem rests with you By Dan Cheeseman It is quite often I will moan about a Thai person, it could be a member of staff forgetting to do something or it could be the bad service I had at a restaurant. In fact, the topic of a Thai persons failings is something I hear other expats discuss on a weekly basis. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1043490-if-you-moan-about-thai-people-maybe-the-problem-rests-with-you/
  4. If you moan about Thai people maybe the problem rests with you By Dan Cheeseman It is quite often I will moan about a Thai person, it could be a member of staff forgetting to do something or it could be the bad service I had at a restaurant. In fact, the topic of a Thai persons failings is something I hear other expats discuss on a weekly basis. Maybe I am in a business meeting and the client is discussing how his Thai staff are unable to make simple decisions on their own, or it could just be a friend telling me that ‘Thai excellence in service’ is the biggest myth of all timei (which I actually do agree it is though). The point is there is always some rant as to why a Thai person has not come up to expectation. Thai people can be infuriating Thai people can be infuriating. This I cannot deny and if you have lived in Thailand long enough I am sure you agree with this, how can you possibly not?! So then, how does my title marry up with the opening couple of sentences? Well, it does, you see I think we need to take ourselves off our ‘Western pedestal’ that assumes because things and people are not doing things the ‘Western’ way that somehow this makes them a lesser person. Because one culture is fundamentally different to our own, does not mean it is worse. I have to correct myself on this all the time. This negativism is why we get conflicts between countries, religion and the likes. If we do not understand the other person, we look at them as unequal and somehow less of an individual than ourselves. There are times when I admire the Thai laid back, family centric attitude. We could die tomorrow and in a moment our position in society is worth nothing, however you view your position or status in society, that moment your inhale your last breathe everything disappears with it. Full story: https://danaboutthailand.com/2018/06/11/if-you-moan-about-thai-people-maybe-the-problem-rests-with-you/ DAN ABOUT THAILAND Weekly Vlogs and Blogs from in and around Thailand
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    Thailand Live Sunday 17 Jun 2018

    Why I had to leave the UK for Thailand By Dan Cheeseman If anyone has done the daily commute into London at 630am in winter then you will know it can be very hard work. For me it was one such morning that proved the tipping point, I needed to get out of the UK and change my life. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1043488-why-i-had-to-leave-the-uk-for-thailand/
  6. Why I had to leave the UK for Thailand By Dan Cheeseman If anyone has done the daily commute into London at 630am in winter then you will know it can be very hard work. For me it was one such morning that proved the tipping point, I needed to get out of the UK and change my life. I never disliked living and working in the UK by the way, in fact it was tremendously rewarding and challenging. I just wanted something different and did not fancy another 30 years of a fairly predictable, mapped out life that I felt living in the UK would have given me. Many people fail to grasp just how short our lives are and kind of just coast by and let life control them. I wanted to control my life in a more significant way. Leaving the UK and relocating to Thailand was the kind of big life changing move I wanted to make. Full story: https://danaboutthailand.com/2018/06/15/why-i-had-to-leave-the-uk-for-thailand/ DAN ABOUT THAILAND Weekly Vlogs and Blogs from in and around Thailand
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    Thailand Live Sunday 17 Jun 2018

    Greek PM survives no-confidence vote in parliament By Michele Kambas and Lefteris Papadimas Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses lawmakers during a parliamentary session before a vote following a motion of no confidence by the main opposition in dispute over a deal on neighbouring Macedonia's name, in Athens, Greece June 16, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday, setting the stage for the signing of a historic accord with neighbouring Macedonia to settle a long dispute over the latter's name. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1043487-greek-pm-survives-no-confidence-vote-in-parliament/
  8. Greek PM survives no-confidence vote in parliament By Michele Kambas and Lefteris Papadimas Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses lawmakers during a parliamentary session before a vote following a motion of no confidence by the main opposition in dispute over a deal on neighbouring Macedonia's name, in Athens, Greece June 16, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday, setting the stage for the signing of a historic accord with neighbouring Macedonia to settle a long dispute over the latter's name. The motion brought by the opposition New Democracy party was rejected by 153 MPs, with 127 in favour. Political opponents had accused Tsipras of making too many concessions over the deal, due to be signed on Sunday. Thousands of Greeks protested outside parliament against the accord with Macedonia, calling for Tsipras to resign. Police used stun grenades and tear gas to prevent them from entering the building. "This is a deal I believe that every Greek prime minister would want," Tsipras told the chamber earlier. Had he lost, the leftist elected in 2015 would have had to relinquish his mandate to the country's president, signalling early elections. He is already trailing centre-right New Democracy in opinion polls. Greece had been in dispute with Macedonia since 1991 over the former Yugoslav republic's name, arguing it could imply territorial claims over the Greek province of Macedonia and an appropriation of ancient Greek culture and civilization. The subject is a deeply emotional one for many Greeks. On Saturday, protesters outside the parliament building shouted "traitor, traitor!" as lawmakers debated inside. "I'm just furious," said Theologos Ambotis, 69, a monk. "Conceding on the name is conceding on territory. Macedonia and Alexander the Great is Greek history and culture, and they are just giving it away to Skopje." Under the terms of the accord, the country will be known as "Republic of North Macedonia" and Greece will lift its objections to the renamed nation joining the European Union and the NATO military alliance. ACCORD TO BE SIGNED Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias and his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov will sign the pact in the border lake region of Prespes on Sunday morning. Tsipras and Macedonian premier Zoran Zaev will also be present. It will require ratification by both national parliaments and approval in a Macedonian referendum, which is not assured. The president of Macedonia has said he will not endorse the pact, while in Greece, Tsipras's right-wing coalition partners have said their lawmakers will reject it when it is brought for ratification. That is expected to occur by the end of the year. Protests were scheduled on both sides of the border on Sunday. One lawmaker with the right-wing Independent Greeks, Tsipras's coalition partner, sided with New Democracy on the motion, bringing applause from opposition politicians. He was promptly expelled by the party's leader. The expulsion brings Tsipras's majority in parliament to 153 MPs out of a total in the chamber of 300. New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the accord an affront, and the Tsipras government a 'nightmare'. "This government should go before it does more damage, this time national damage," he said. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-06-17
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    Thailand Live Sunday 17 Jun 2018

    Merkel seeks EU migrant talks as German coalition crisis looms - paper German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the "70 Years of Social Market Economy" anniversary event at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin, Germany, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, struggling to avert a crisis within her coalition on migrant policy, is trying to set up a meeting of some EU states to discuss the issue before a leaders summit on June 28-29, a German newspaper reported on Sunday. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1043485-merkel-seeks-eu-migrant-talks-as-german-coalition-crisis-looms-paper/
  10. Merkel seeks EU migrant talks as German coalition crisis looms - paper German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the "70 Years of Social Market Economy" anniversary event at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin, Germany, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, struggling to avert a crisis within her coalition on migrant policy, is trying to set up a meeting of some EU states to discuss the issue before a leaders summit on June 28-29, a German newspaper reported on Sunday. Citing government sources from representatives of several EU states, top-selling Bild reported on its website that Merkel wanted to discuss possible solutions with Greece, Italy and Austria. "It is not yet agreed, we are in the planning phase. It is also unclear exactly when this special summit would take place," a member of the Italian government told Bild. The paper added that next weekend might be one possibility. A German government spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on the report. EU states are deeply divided on how to deal with large numbers of people fleeing conflict, especially from the Middle East. The issue has come to a head in the last week with a new Italian government refusing to let a ship carrying hundreds of migrants dock at its ports. Merkel is adamant that migrant policy can only be effectively agreed and implemented at the European level and is at loggerheads with her own conservative Bavarian allies and her Interior Minister who want unilateral action. The Bavarians have threatened to defy Merkel and on Monday go ahead with plans which she has sought to block. Under the minister's proposal, Germany would send back migrants who have already registered in other EU countries. This would undermine Merkel's authority as it represents a reversal of her 2015 open-door approach, and would also be a blow to the EU's Schengen open-border system. Merkel has asked the Bavarian conservatives to give her two weeks to come up with bilateral deals with some countries, like Italy and Greece, similar to one agreed between Turkey and the EU in 2016. Bild said it was unclear whether Spain and other countries from the Balkans would take part in Merkel's meeting. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-06-17
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    Thailand Live Sunday 17 Jun 2018

    Once-closed Russian city opens doors for the World Cup By Andrew Cawthorne A picture taken from the Pleiades satellites, operated by Airbus Defence and Space, and released by Airbus June 6, 2018 shows the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Pleiades/CNES 2018/Distribution Airbus DS/Handout via Reuters NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - During the Soviet era, foreigners were prohibited from entering the closed city of Nizhny Novgorod, the site of secret weapons programmes and the city where the famous dissident Andrei Sakharov was sent into internal exile. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1043481-once-closed-russian-city-opens-doors-for-the-world-cup/
  12. Once-closed Russian city opens doors for the World Cup By Andrew Cawthorne A picture taken from the Pleiades satellites, operated by Airbus Defence and Space, and released by Airbus June 6, 2018 shows the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Pleiades/CNES 2018/Distribution Airbus DS/Handout via Reuters NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - During the Soviet era, foreigners were prohibited from entering the closed city of Nizhny Novgorod, the site of secret weapons programmes and the city where the famous dissident Andrei Sakharov was sent into internal exile. Now the ancient Russian city of 1.2 million people has come full circle, welcoming an unprecedented influx of outsiders from at least three continents for half a dozen World Cup matches at its spectacular new riverside stadium. Where once they could not set foot before the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union, now foreign fans are streaming in for Nizhny Novgorod's first game on Monday: Sweden v South Korea. "I read about the city's history, it sounded a scary place during the Cold War! But look at it now - times have changed obviously," said Swedish fan Axel Gustavsson, proving his point by asking a friendly local to take a selfie of him at the stadium on the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers. Contrasting with that dour past chapter, the city became one of Russia's most open in the 1990s under then-governor Boris Nemtsov. Now for the World Cup, authorities have bent over backwards to welcome fans: volunteers swarm the airport and roads are festooned with welcome signs. Nizhny Novgorod will host three more group games, Argentina v Croatia, England v Panama, and Switzerland v Costa Rica. Then come a last-16 and quarter-final showdown at the 45,000-capacity stadium. "BEAUTIFUL, FRIENDLY" NIZHNY NOVGOROD Locals hope fans will explore the city's heritage - including the 16th century "Kremlin" hillside fortress - as well as drink, sing and watch sport. While excitement is palpable, there is also some disquiet at the uncertain future of the stadium, patchy restoration of monuments, destruction of old wooden houses in parts of the city and the possibility of English hooligans. "It is double-sided. Of course, there is interest in our city from all around the world now. And for businesses, there are lots of new possibilities to earn money," said a prominent local artist, Artem Filatov, 27. "But not everyone is happy ... I really hope the foreigners don't just come for the football, but see other things in the city: the museums, the contemporary art centre." When English fans arrive, they may not be aware of a famous compatriot who visited Nizhny Novgorod in 1993 - former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who admired the reformist Nemtsov. Formerly known as Gorky after writer Maxim Gorky, Nizhny Novgorod was off-limits both for foreigners and Russian non-residents during the Soviet era. Sakharov, the physicist and human rights activist who won the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize, was banished to Gorky in the 1980s after opposing the invasion of Afghanistan, to minimize his contact with the outside world. "Whatever went on here in the past, it looks a beautiful and friendly place to me now," Gustavsson said, before hailing a taxi to go and explore the local "Kremlin". -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-06-17
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    Thailand Live Sunday 17 Jun 2018

    Poulsen powers Denmark to crucial win over Peru By Sudipto Ganguly Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Peru vs Denmark - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 16, 2018 Denmark's Christian Eriksen protests to referee Bakary Gassama as Peru's Andre Carrillo lies on the pitch REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Yussuf Poulsen redeemed himself by scoring the solitary goal against Peru after giving away a first-half penalty as Denmark picked up a crucial victory in Group C to begin their World Cup campaign at the Mordovia Arena on Saturday. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1043479-poulsen-powers-denmark-to-crucial-win-over-peru/
  14. Poulsen powers Denmark to crucial win over Peru By Sudipto Ganguly Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Peru vs Denmark - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 16, 2018 Denmark's Christian Eriksen protests to referee Bakary Gassama as Peru's Andre Carrillo lies on the pitch REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Yussuf Poulsen redeemed himself by scoring the solitary goal against Peru after giving away a first-half penalty as Denmark picked up a crucial victory in Group C to begin their World Cup campaign at the Mordovia Arena on Saturday. Christian Cueva ballooned the spot kick, awarded after VAR consultation when Poulsen brought down the penalty-taker, just before halftime, the worst of several misses for Peru, who were returning to the finals after a gap of 36 years. Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen, who had an otherwise quiet outing, set up the game's decisive moment by threading an immaculate defence-splitting pass to Poulsen who beat advancing Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese in the 59th minute. "Of course it was an emotional game," Poulsen told reporters. "For me in particular, in the first half I made a penalty, I was the bad guy. Then I scored, I was the good guy." With France firm favourites to top the group and already picking up their first points with a 2-1 win over Australia earlier on Saturday, both Peru and Denmark were desperate for victory to boost their chances of advancing to the playoffs. Both teams arrived in Saransk with an identical 15-match unbeaten streak and it appeared to be a matter of time before a bright-looking Peru, egged on by massive support at the stadium, would score. Denmark started by playing long balls directed at their wingers to take advantage of their superior height factor but mostly ended up playing catch up to Peru's slick short passing game for the opening half-hour. Erisken was largely ineffective during the first half but started having an impact on the game once the Danes began playing more passes. Peru, who left out all-time top-scorer Paolo Guerrero from their starting line-up, were awarded a penalty by referee Bakary Gassama after he consulted with the video assistant referee for Poulsen's foul on Cueva. Yet he struck an awful penalty way over the bar, leaving the red-and-white clad Peru fans distraught, not to mention the crestfallen Cueva himself. Peru were pacy in their counter attacks but lost their way around the box as one gilt-edged chance after another was wasted. Coach Ricardo Gareca opted for Guerrero immediately after his side conceded the goal. Guerrero, who was reprieved from a doping ban just in time for the tournament, almost scored an equaliser but his header flew straight into the hands of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. The marksman also came close when his audacious backheel trickled past a helpless Schmeichel and the post as Peru continued to be denied an equaliser. "Peru did as much as possible to win the game and score. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to do that," Gareca said. "I have nothing to say to my players. They did their best. I really can't complain. I think in general terms the result doesn't really reflect what happened on the pitch. But football is all about effectiveness." Denmark will hope for another three points when they meet Australia while Peru face the French side hoping to keep their tournament hopes alive on Thursday. -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-06-17
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    Thailand Live Sunday 17 Jun 2018

    Iceland hold Argentina to 1-1 draw as Messi misses penalty By Mitch Phillips Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi looks dejected REUTERS/Carl Recine MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tiny Iceland made a stunning impact in their first-ever World Cup on Saturday when they held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a pulsating 1-1 draw but Lionel Messi's tournament began wretchedly as he saw his penalty saved by Hannes Halldorsson. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1043478-iceland-hold-argentina-to-1-1-draw-as-messi-misses-penalty/
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