Mother, daughter arrested for allegedly cheating 40 krathong float buyers

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Breaking News November 23, 2018 14:58

By The Nation

A mother and her daughter have been arrested for allegedly scamming 40 people to buy Bt1.5 million worth of krathong floats made of corn husks.

Somruedee Tempiam and her daughter were arrested following complaints from 40 victims, said Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakpal, acting commissioner of the Immigration Bureau

Surachate said the two created a Facebook page to sell corn-husk floats at prices ranging from Bt25 to Bt200, on condition that each order must have a minimum of 50 units.

Surachate said most buyers did not get the floats after transferring money to the pair while some received only part of their order.

Surachate said the mother and daughter also threatened to file defamation suits against anyone who complained about the alleged scam.

The pair were also accused of cheating some 20 members of Tambon Lan Dok Mai OTOP in Kamphaeng Phet’s Kosumphi district. The pair allegedly took the villagers’ corn-husk floats for reselling but did not pay for them.


Source : The Nation Multimedia

Two security men wounded as bomb blast rocks Iraq’s Diyala

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Diyala ( – Two security men were wounded Thursday when a bomb exploded in the Iraqi province of Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Mawazin News website, the source said that an explosive charge went off at al-Islah village, Jalawla, in northeastern Diyala.

According to the source, the bomb attack “left two security men wounded.”

The security forces found another bomb at the scene but they managed to detonate it remotely, the source added.

Earlier in the day, an explosive charge targeted a bus carrying schoolboys in a village in al-Shura district, south of Mosul, leaving four students dead and seven others wounded.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

A total of 69 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 105 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in October 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).


Source : Iraqi News

King inaugurates SR55 billion Waad Al-Shamal Industrial City

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Saudi Gazette report

TURAIF — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman inaugurated on Thursday the first phase of the projects of Waad Al-Shamal industrial City worth SR55 billion and laid the foundation stone for the second phase of its projects and facilities costing SR30 billion in Turaif, in the Northern Border Region. The ceremony was held in the presence of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Upon arrival at the venue of the ceremony, the King was received by Prince Faisal Bin Khalid Bin Sultan, emir of the Northern Border Region, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Transport Dr. Nabil Al-Amoudi, and Deputy Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources for Mining Affairs Khalid Al-Mudaifer.

During the ceremony, King Salman watched a video presentation highlighting the noble feelings of young Saudi men and women on this auspicious occasion. Speaking at the ceremony, Al-Falih lauded the great efforts exerted by the King and the Crown Prince, in light of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, in realizing this massive industrial development projects.

The minister noted that the Northern Border Region holds around seven percent of the world’s phosphate reserves. He said the Kingdom’s investments during the first phase of the Waad Al-Shamal project amounted to SR55 billion, adding that SR31 billion represents the Saudi investments which include phosphate fertilizer plant with a capacity of three million tons annually.

Al-Falih affirmed that when the second phase is completed, the Kingdom’s production would rise to nine million tons annually, making it the world’s second-largest producer of phosphate fertilizers. After watching a video featuring the industrial projects in Waad Al-Shamal, the King launched and laid the foundation stone for the industrial projects in the second phase of the city.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Transport Al-Amoudi said that this project is implemented in light of integration among the system of energy, industry and mining as well as the system of transport and logistics services. He affirmed that the Saudi Railways Company (SAR) is one of the most prominent strategic partners in implementing and operating the developmental project of Waad Al-Shamal.

“SAR has contributed significantly in the development of this city with linking it with the North-South Railway, which is the longest in the Middle East with a length of 1,550 km. The Mining Railway will help withdraw more than 70,000 trucks from the road in a month,” he said, adding that since 2011, SAR trains have transported more than 37 million tons of phosphate and other minerals.

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) have linked Waad Al-Shamal City for Mining Industries with the North-South Railway.

The King decorated Prince Faisal Bin Turki, advisor at the Royal Court, with the King Abdulaziz Sash in recognition of his outstanding contributions in materializing Waad Al-Shamal projects. The Monarch also attended a luncheon banquet at the conclusion of the ceremony.

King Salman, who arrived in the Northern Border Region on Wednesday night, launched 65 development projects worth a total of SR10.53 billion during a public reception in Arar. These include 17 education projects costing SR2.08 billion and municipal projects amounting to SR968 million.

Waad Al-Shamal is an integrated mining city, located northeast of Turaif city in the Northern Border Region. The Council of Ministers has allotted an area of 290 sq. meters for the City and 150 sq. meters for Maaden Company Project for Phosphates Industries.

The city will focus on a number of basic industries including phosphoric acid, aluminum fluoride, potassium and soda ash. The manufacturing industries will include a glass complex, soap and other detergents, animal feed and paints.

Source : Saudi Gazette

Osaka to host 2025 World Expo

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The Japanese city of Osaka will host the World Expo in 2025, after beating out cities in Russia and Azerbaijan in the race to host an event expected to draw millions of visitors and showcase the local economy and culture.

Shouts of joy in Japanese erupted in the Paris auditorium when the 170 member states of the Bureau International des Expositions voted Friday in favor of Osaka’s bid. Dark-suited officials hugged and jumped up and down, and Japan’s economy and trade minister, Hiroshige Seko, said he felt “Excellent! I’m excited! I also feel a heavy responsibility to make Expo 2025 successful.”

Back in Tokyo, Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said in a statement that the country will make an utmost effort to “achieve a magnificent expo in Osaka that would give dreams and surprises to everyone in the world.” Hosting a world expo in Japan would be “a golden opportunity to promote fascinating charms of Japan to the rest of the world,” Abe said.

Past world’s fairs introduced such wonders as the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris Wheel and Seattle’s Space Needle. Today’s version is aimed at finding solutions to challenges facing humanity.

Osaka proposed an expo on a man-made island on the theme of “Society 5.0” and how to leverage robotics and artificial intelligence for the public good.

World Expos, which are held every five years, can last up to six months and cost millions of dollars to host, but can help put a city on the global map by bringing in international visitors and attention. Milan hosted the last one in 2015, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is set to host the next one in 2020. No U.S. city has hosted a world’s fair since the 1980s.

The Russian city of Yekaterinburg was runner-up — the second loss this week for Russia at an international organization, after the Russian candidate to be president of global police agency Interpol lost out to a South Korean rival.

The capital of the oil-rich former Soviet country of Azerbaijan, Baku, came in third in Friday’s expo vote.

Osaka pitched itself as the safe, reliable choice — notably because it already held the 1970 Expo, while the other cities are lesser known and would have been first-time hosts.

Leaders in Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city and the largest in western Japan, are hoping the expo will revitalize a city that has lost much of its luster to Tokyo, the nation’s political and economic capital. They have plans to transform the site into a casino resort after the expo, though there is opposition from residents to bringing casino gambling to town.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had backed the Yekaterinburg bid via video message, and a Russian singer tried to rev up the crowd with song and dance. The Russian city, on the boundary between Europe and Asia in Russia’s Ural Mountains, was one of several Russian sites that hosted World Cup matches this year.

The Russian reaction to the loss was muted.

Alexander Chernov, who led Yekaterinburg’s bid, told Russian news agencies on Friday that it shows that “in some areas we didn’t work hard enough.” Asked if Russia may have been voted down because of the current political climate, Chernov said he didn’t notice any political overtones during his talks with delegates.

Baku lost despite a lavish bid including a proposed venue designed to evoke the geometry of Azerbaijani carpets. The Caspian Sea city of 2.2 million has recently hosted a series of international events, including the Eurovision Song Contest and F1 Grand Prix . It is set to host some UEFA Euro 2020 matches.


Source : Japan Today