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Argo wins best picture Oscar, Ang Lee takes best director
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PHUKET: The political hostage drama Argo won the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday as the Academy Awards were spread among a wealth of nominees.

Life of Pi picked up a leading four trophies, including the Best Director Oscar for Ang Lee, while Argo and Les Miserables won three a piece.

But the top nominee going into the night, Lincoln, was largely ignored, winning just two of the 12 categories it was nominated for in a snub of Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.

The prizes for actors in a leading role went to Jennifer Lawrence for playing a troubled young widow in the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook and to Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of US president Abraham Lincoln. It was Day-Lewis’ third best actor win, an Oscar record.

Christoph Waltz won the first Oscar of the night, picking up the trophy for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a bounty hunter in Django Unchained.

Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for her role as an impoverished worker in the musical Les Miserables.

Argo, which is based on a true story about a fake movie dreamed up by the CIA to rescue hostages trapped in revolutionary Iran, had emerged as the Oscar favorite in the weeks leading up to the event.

Besides the coveted best picture Oscar, Argo also won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing. Quentin Tarantino picked up the Original Screenplay Oscar for Django Unchained.

Amour, a drama about an aging French couple dealing with failing health, won Best Foreign Language film. Directed by Michael Haneke, it stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emanuelle Riva.

Searching for Sugar Man won Best Documentary, while Brave won for Best Animated Feature.

Hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the 85th Academy Awards lasted three and a half hours and was watched by 1 billion people globally.

It featured performances from Adele, Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey, but many of the sketches and acceptance speeches were widely criticized on social media for being too long and boring.

MacFarlane almost acknowledged as much after the Best Screenplay awards were handed out, joking that “since we’ve gone on so long, we’re going to start the 2014 Oscars straight after this.”

Even Ben Affleck, who directed, co-produced and starred in Argo was pushed to hurry his acceptance speech.

“I want to acknowledge the other eight films,” Affleck said after the award was announced live from the White House by first lady Michelle Obama. “They have every right to be here as much as we do.”

“You have to work harder than you think you possibly can,” said Affleck, who was snubbed in the best director nominations.

“It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life because it’s going to happen. All that matters is that you’ve got to get up.”

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Second death in China from virus concerns officials with the CNY holidays looming

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PHOTO: Five patients remain in serious condition in Wuhan - New York Times

“At least 41 people have now been diagnosed as being infected this latest flu-like strain.”

Medical officials in China’s Wuhan city have announced that another man had died after being infected by the new coronavirus strain. Thailand and Japan have now reported new cases of a the Chinese Coronavirus that has already killed two and infected at least 40 in China. There are growing concerns about the spread of the virus beyond Chinese ahead of the Chinese New Year holidays. Chinese New Year will be celebrated on January 25 this year but many Chinese, and people of Chinese ethnicity, travel before and after this date, including trips over seas.

The Chinese man, reported to be aged 69, was admitted to a Wuhan hospital on December 31 with “abnormal renal function”. The man died from pneumonia linked to the new strain of the coronavirus outbreak in the central China province.

Chinese scientists identified the illness as a new strain of coronavirus, which is in the same family as the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Symptoms of coronaviruses can range from fever and coughing to kidney failure, and in some cases lead to death.

At least 41 people have now been diagnosed as being infected this latest flu-like strain, earlier called the “Wuhan Flu”, and now referred to as Chinese Coronavirus.

Five patients still remain in a serious condition. Chinese medical officials state that no cases of human-to-human transmission of the new viral strain have been confirmed so far.

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2 more alleged call centre scam suspects arrested in Japan

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PHOTO: Japanese suspects arrested during a raid in Chon Buri in late March 2019

Two men arrested in Japan yesterday stand accused of operating a large-scale call centre scam based in Thailand, bringing the total number of arrests in the case to 28. Japanese police believe 36 year old Kengo Yasutake and 34 year old Shimpei Hirata operated a luxury home in Pattaya, where a team of Japanese men would call people across Japan and tell them their subscription fees for a website were overdue.

Police say the gang has tricked more than 200 people and collected a total of more than 55 million baht. Fifteen Japanese men have already been arrested by Thai police last March at another luxury house location, also in Chon Buri province, and Japanese investigators arrested more in May 2019 as they attempted to leave Thailand for Japan.

Investigators say the group had a well-organised division of labour conducting the scam, with individual members making phone calls, cashing swindled electronic gift cards and as managing the scam web site.

They were arrested on suspicion of scamming a woman and two others living in the city of Fukui, central Japan, alleging in an email that they had failed to pay website subscription fees, and coercing them into purchasing electronic gift cards worth a total 780,000 yen, or about 215,000 baht.

SOURCE: Japan Times
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First ‘China coronavirus’ case confirmed in Japan

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PHOTO: The first case of the 'Wuhan Flu' identified in Japan - The Economist

As Thailand’s airports continue screening passengers arriving from China, Japan has confirmed its first case of the new China coronavirus that has killed one and attracted a travel alert from the US State Department. The patient, a man from Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo, had recently visited the Chinese city of Wuhan, where an outbreak of a pneumonia strain is believed to be caused by the new coronavirus.

The US State Department issued a warning on Wednesday about travel to the Wuhan region in China, citing an alert by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention which urges citizens travelling in the region to avoid contact with animals, animal markets or animal products, among other precautions.

Health authorities in Thailand announced on Wednesday they are stepping up screening of passengers arriving by air ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday, when 800,000 Chinese tourists are expected to head for the Kingdom.

Though there has been no known human-to-human transmission, the World Health Organisation says the new virus could spread and is warning hospitals worldwide. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, aka. SARS. Some of the virus types cause less serious disease, while some, like the one that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), are far more severe.

The Japanese patient returned from Wuhan and was hospitalised with a fever. He was released yesterday after the symptoms subsided.

SOURCE: The Bangkok Post

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