Thailand Morning News For July 2

Thailand Morning News For July 2
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Thailand morning newsThai rescuers establish base deep inside cave where boys trapped
Thai navy divers had still to navigate their way through 3km of dark, flooded cave passages on Sunday (Jul 1) to reach the spot rescuers believe would give 12 missing boys and their football coach a better chance of survival.
— Channel NewsAsia

Day 8: Heavy Equipment, Relief Teams Rushed to Thai Cave Rescue Site (video)
As day eight of a desperate search and rescue operation at a northern Thailand cave got underway for a missing teen football team additional personal and heavy equipment are being despatched from the furtherest parts of the kingdom as no effort is spared in the search for the #MaeSai13.
— AEC News Today (video)

We will not stop until we find them: SEAL chief
The commander of the Navy SEAL, a special warfare unit playing a central role in the search for the missing 12 young footballers and their coach trapped in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, vowed this morning that the rescue mission will continue until they are all found.
— Thai PBS

Thai exports respond as China invites world to import expo
OVER 200 Thai exhibitors have registered to participate in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) to be held in November this year, making it one of the largest national exhibitor delegations, said its organiser.
— The Nation

King delivers LED light bulbs in support of SEAL unit’s operation
His Majesty the King has delivered LED light bulbs in support of the SEAL unit’s operation to rescue the boys stranded in the cave in Mae Sai district.

Majority believe election, new govt will improve economy: poll
A majority of people think the economy worsened during the first half of 2018 and foresee no improvement in the second half, but expect an upswing after a general election is held and a new government in place, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
— Bangkok Post

90% of foreign workers registered with Ministry of Labor
More than 1.2 million foreign workers registered with the Ministry of Labor before the registration process was closed on 30th June 2018. Those who failed to register or update their records are now unable to work in Thailand.

Thai Government: TIP Report highlights commitment to ending human trafficking
The Thai government welcomes the latest US Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report as Thailand’s status has been upgraded to Tier 2.
— News Today (video)

BOT boss warns against complacency
THAILAND can draw on the lessons learnt from the 1997 Asian financial crisis to cope with any upheavals that may emerge in the global economy, Bank of Thailand (BOT) governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said.
— The Nation

New skytrain equipment installed
Bangkok’s BTS skytrain is asking commuters to stay put if occasional service disruption occurs this weekend after the installation of new equipment.
— Bangkok Post

Southern bird nest collectors join search operation
The ordeal facing the 12 young footballers and their coach trapped in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai seems to have spurred a spirit of volunteerism across the country.
— Thai PBS

Malaysian man takes Thai girl, 11, as third wife
A 41-year-old father of six has taken a girl 30 years younger than him as his third wife.
— The Nation

Extended registration of foreign workers concluded on June 30
The extended period of registration of foreign workers has now ended across the country.

Workers without papers face action
AUTHORITIES have started a crackdown on undocumented migrant workers nationwide after the deadline for proper registration ended over the weekend, with more than a third of a million workers from neighbouring countries having obtained their required permits in the latest round of registration.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand leads in crypto by skipping the big debate
Securities, or not securities. That is the crypto question. Except in Thailand. While regulators around the world have grappled with the issue of what category digital currencies and assets fall into, Thailand has skipped the debate altogether.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Rescuers Regain Territory in Search for Missing Soccer Team
Officials working to rescue a teen soccer team missing in a cave in northern Thailand for a week struck a hopeful tone Saturday, as a let-up in torrential rains enabled rescuers to regain territory inside the 10-kilo (6-mile) labyrinth close to where they say the children may be.
— Beanar News

Labor Protection and Welfare Dept to extend maternity leave by 8 days
Thai women will likely to be able to take eight more maternity leave days, bringing the total to 98 a year, as authorities are seeking to reconcile related local laws and international obligations.

Business path leads to eco-tourism venture
WHEN Prasert Popaitoon gazed into the future and thought about retirement needs, he realised that he and his wife would not be able to live in the comfort they wanted if he continued in his salaried job.
— The Nation

Relief bags offered to rescuers and families of missing boys in Chiang Rai
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Royal Highness Sirivannavari Nariratana have sent relief packages to rescue teams and the families of boys, aged 11-15, missing in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand.

Hom Mali rice price hits 10-year high
Paddy prices of Thai jasmine or Hom Mali rice have surged to a 10-year high, thanks to rising global demand.

Rabies vaccines administered to 7 million pets and stray animals
More than seven million domestic and stray animals have received rabies vaccines since October 2017, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

Thailand’s political tough-guy back in the fray to support military as vote nears
The last time most Thais saw politician Suthep Thaugsuban was in 2015 when he entered the Buddhist monkhood and announced his retirement after spearheading protests that culminated in a military coup against a government he detested.
–Channel NewsAsia

Eastern tourism fair under way in Bangkok
The eastern provinces of Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat are co-presenting a tourism fair at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC).
— News Today (video)


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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