Thailand Morning News For July 9

Thailand Morning News For July 9
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Thailand morning newsFirst Thai Teen Football Players Emerge From Flooded Cave – Live Streaming (HD video)
Shortly before 6.30pm local time (GMT +7) on July 8, 2018 local Thai media Fresh News reported that three of the Thai teen soccer players had been evacuated from the cave and were being assessed at medical facilities at the cave entrance.
— AEC News Today (video)

Next operation to bring the rest to safety to begin in 10-20 hours: ex-governor Narongsak
Former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced Sunday night that four survivors were safely extracted out of the flooded cave and are now in the hands of doctors at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital.
— Thai PBS

Four Thai boys saved from cave as rescue postponed until morning
Four of 12 Thai schoolboys were rescued from a flooded cave on Sunday as divers launched a daring and dangerous mission to free the children and their soccer coach who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks, officials said.
— Reuters

Death toll from Thai tourist boat sinking climbs to 41
The death toll from a tourist boat accident off the coast of Thailand’s Phuket island climbed to 41 on Saturday with 15 people still missing, officials said.
— Reuters

Revenue Department eyes AI upgrade
The Revenue Department has outlined its plan to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) in tax management to transform the tax-collecting agency into a fully digital organisation and improve efficiency.
— Bangkok Post

BoT expects continued fluctuations in Thai currency
The Bank of Thailand says that the Thai Baht will continue to fluctuate amid a trade war between China and the United States.
— News Today (video)

Chinese relatives wait for news after Thai tourist boat sinking
Relatives of Chinese tourists missing since a Thai tour boat sank near the holiday island of Phuket were desperate on Sunday (July 8) for news of their loved ones.
— TodayOnline

Consumer group rounds on BTS boss
The Foundation for Consumers (FFC) has hit back at BTS Group Holdings Plc (BTSG) chairman Keeree Kanjanapas for saying he regretted investing in the Skytrain, which was beset by technical malfunctions last month leading to frequent delays and passenger congestion.
— Bangkok Post

Care provided to foreign tourists saved from capsized boat in Phuket
The Minister of Tourism and Sports has traveled south to follow up on the progress of aid for the tourists caught up in a major boat accident and is hastening the best care for foreign tourists who have survived the ordeal.
— News Today (video)

Welfare cards get MRT boost
State welfare card-holders will finally be able to access the MRT Blue and Purple Line networks from July 20 onwards, Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas has said.
— Bangkok Post

Gay relationships bill should be passed by November, experts believe
THAILAND SHOULD push ahead with the Life and Partnership Registration bill to promote the rights of people with same-sex partners, participants in a weekend panel discussion said.
— The Nation

EA confident in sealing energy deal
SET-listed renewable energy firm Energy Absolute (EA) says it can sign partnership deals with 4-5 major local oil companies to help finance its 100-billion-baht, 50-gigawatt-hour energy storage facility in Chachoengsao Industrial Estate by the end of this year.
— Bangkok Post

No money, no problem
Mobile payments have become so common in China that cash may soon be dethroned as king. The Nation’s Jintana Panyaarvudh spends a day in Hangzhou to experience how it has embraced a cashless society.
— The Nation

PM to visit Phuket, Chiang Rai tomorrow
The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, is scheduled to visit Phuket and Chiang Rai provinces on Monday (July 9th) to meet rescue teams.

Meeting the demands of posh Condo Buyers
PROJECT DESIGN, facilities, and functionality are the key factors in a homebuyer’s decision on the purchase of a luxury residential unit in the central business district of Bangkok.
— The Nation

Facebook shocks with EPL capture
Facebook’s astonishing £200 million (8.78 billion baht) deal for English Premier League football broadcasts will change the entire industry for digital and pay TV in Thailand in the near future, say media analysts
— Bangkok Post

Workshop on manpower demand in EEC held in Chonburi
Bangsaen Technical College organized a workshop on how to use a database system to analyze the demand for manpower in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

Tris affirms AEROTHAI at AAA on strong support
Tris Rating has affirmed the rating of Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd (AEROTHAI) at AAA, reflecting its monopolistic status and close relationship with the government.
— Bangkok Post

PM orders compensation for farms affected by Tham Luang water discharge
The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, ordered relevant units to provide timely compensation and assistance to farmers who sacrificed their farmland to create retention areas for water pumped out of Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province, where 12 boys and their football coach have been trapped since June 23rd, 2018.

Party pulls back on defector jibes
The Pheu Thai Party has asked members to wind down their barbs against fellow politicians who move to other parties, saying the defectors will be judged at the poll.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s winners of BIMC 2018 return home
Young winners of an international mathematics competition in Bulgaria have returned home to a warm welcome from their families and friends.

Pang Sida Butterfly Watching Festival 2018 opened in Sa Kaeo
The annual butterfly watching festival in northeastern Sa Kaeo province began this weekend.

Thailand tourism situation update regarding the boat incidents in Phuket: third edition
This is the third edition of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) update regarding the recent boat incidents, which took place on 5 July, 2018, in the Andaman Sea south of Phuket.
— TAT News

Sale prices skyrocket amid land woes in business district
THE LIMITED supply of land and strong demand for luxury condominium units have pushed the sale prices of new projects in the central business district to over Bt200,000 per square metre, according to Aliwassa Pathnadabutr, managing director of property agency CBRE (Thailand) Co Ltd.
— The Nation

Invacio arrives: AI company investing B350mn in SE Asia opens office in Phuket
Invacio, an artificial intelligence company, are investing up to 350 Million THB in Southeast Asia and are busy setting up their operations in Thailand as part of their global operations.
— The Phuket News

Depa pushes for IoT infrastructure
The government can influence the development of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in Thailand by supporting it and creating new value, says the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa).
— Bangkok Post


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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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