Cathay probes ‘coffee threat’ on Thaksin’s daughter

Updated 03 December 2012
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Cathay probes ‘coffee threat’ on Thaksin’s daughter

HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific is probing reports a flight attendant threatened to throw coffee at ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter, after calling the politician an “enemy,” the airline said yesterday. The attendant said she wanted to throw the drink at Paetongtarn, one of Thaksin’s three children, after discovering her on board the flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post paper.
“I immediately told my flight manager I could not work knowing the daughter of my enemy was on the plane,” the attendant posted on Facebook, according to the newspaper. “I called my personal adviser asking if it would be all right to throw coffee at Paetongtarn, but was told that this could breach Hong Kong’s laws.” The long-running political crisis in Thailand recently saw its first major street protests against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s younger sister, who is accused by her rivals of being a puppet for her fugitive brother.
The Hong Kong flag carrier said they were investigating “allegations of misconduct” following the Nov. 25 flight. Reports also said the attendant posted a photo of the manifest for the flight Paetongtarn was on. “Cathay Pacific regrets this unfortunate incident and wishes to assure all of our customers that their privacy — and strict adherence to all privacy regulations — is extremely important to us,” a Cathay spokeswoman said.


‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin announces new book

Updated 20 min 36 sec ago
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‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin announces new book

NEW YORK: American author George R.R. Martin Wednesday announced a new book to be released in November — but fans may be disappointed to learn it’s not the highly-anticipated sixth installment of the hit “Game of Thrones” saga.
“Fire and Blood” is set several centuries before “Game of Thrones” in the same fantasy world of Westeros, the author said on his blog. Martin stressed it is not a novel, but rather a historical text setting out the history of Westeros’ Targaryen dynasty.
Since 2012, the author has published several passages from the new book. Publisher Bantam Spectra did not respond to a request for comment about the upcoming release, but the book is already available for presale online
As for the sixth “Game of Thrones” book — “The Winds of Winter” — Martin said: “No, winter is not coming... not in 2018, at least.”
Between 1996 and 2011, Martin published five volumes of the “Game of Thrones” series — letting six years pass between the fourth and fifth.
Since the sixth season of the phenomenally popular television show based on the series, the writers have not directly relied on Martin’s books — and in any case, producer HBO took many liberties with the original story in previous seasons.
The series — whose eighth and final season is expected in 2019 — has already scooped up a record 38 Emmy Awards.