Thailand Morning News For May 1

Thailand Morning News For May 1
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Thailand morning news250 officials involved in welfare fund fraud
The protection centres for the derelict in only nine of all 76 provinces are free of corruption, with at least 250 ministry officials involved.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet to mull spending for national reforms
The cabinet is to consider financial spending estimated at 700 billion baht for national reform covering 11 areas.
— Thai PBS

Thai March factory output rises 2.62 pct, below forecast
Thailand’s annual industrial output rose less than expected in March, but capital utilisation was the highest in five years, boosted by higher production of cars, car engines and petroleum, the industry ministry said on Monday.
— Reuters

Bangkok-Nong Khai railway link details firm
Details about setting up the agency to manage the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway from Bangkok to Nong Khai are close to completion, says Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn.
— Bangkok Post

Police investigate deaths linked to Lyn weight-loss products
FRESH ON the heels of an investigation into Magic Skin beauty products, police are now looking at another well-known brand, Lyn, after its weight-loss products were allegedly found to contain two dangerous substances.
— The Nation

Military make preparations to brace for May 5 protest by pro-election activists
The military has prepared a handbook on crowd control to be distributed to officials on the ground to brace for a rally planned to be staged by the pro-election activists on May 5 and May 19-22 to mark the 4th year anniversary of the coup in 2014.
— Thai PBS

Old parties see memberships plunge up to 97%
Four pre-coup political parties saw their memberships plummet by as much as 97% after the confirmation deadline passed on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

PM: Thai government continues to fight illegal fishing
The government has reiterated its stance against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, assuring that the country will continue to address all concerns of the European Union.
— News Today (video)

Smart visas eyed to draw entrepreneurs
The government has set an ambitious goal of Thailand becoming a global startup destination, expecting some 105 billion baht in funding to flow into the startup segment this year.
— Bangkok Post

Animal welfare for travellers: Do’s and don’ts
The next time you want to take a selfie with a tiger, ride an elephant or swim with dolphins, stop to consider the consequences.
— Bangkok Post

Up to 38,000 foreign laborers verified by OSS centers last week
One Stop Service (OSS) Centers for registering foreign laborers reported up to 38,000 registrations over their first week of operation with the Ministry of Labor encouraging workers to verify their nationalities and pass through health checks at the centers as soon as possible.
— News Today (video)

Premchai faces seven charges
CONSTRUCTION tycoon Premchai Karnasuta will face prosecution on seven charges related to his alleged poaching in a wildlife sanctuary.
— The Nation

What kind of leaders do Thai workers prefer?
Worldwide leading contract labour supplier Adecco Thailand recently carried out a survey among its Thailand candidates to determine what kind of leadership characteristics are most admired and preferred…
— Bangkok Post

Unilever rides market shifts
UNILEVER Thailand said it aims to boost people’s livelihoods while pursuing growth in the Thai market and reducing environmental impacts under a strategy it hails as 2022 Growing Together
— The Nation

Runway sensations
The government’s plan to spend more than 38 billion baht to renovate and expand 29 airports nationwide is a big step towards improving infrastructure, boosting air traffic in secondary provinces and strengthening local tourism business.
— Bangkok Post

Alibaba pact sees Big Data shape travel choices for well-heeled Chinese
A PARTNERSHIP between the Thai tourism authorities and Fliggy, the online travel platform of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is aimed at harnessing Big Data to target big-spending Chinese tourists with precision marketing, said Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
— The Nation

Justice Min & Consumer Protection Board signs memorandum on consumer protection
The Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) have signed a memorandum to protect the rights of consumers.

Brits behaving badly
British nationals are more likely to be arrested in Thailand than in any other overseas country, official figures reveal.
— The Thaiger

Govt continues to strategize IUU fishing eradication
The government is continuing to coordinate with all sides to ensure more effectiveness in its strategies against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Labour activists seek better retirement benefits for Thais
LABOUR-RIGHTS activists are pressing for better welfare and law enforcement for workers, both Thais and migrants, on the occasion of Labour Day.
— The Nation

Lese majeste convict Somyot freed after 7 years in jail
Prominent labour rights activist and former editor of Voice of Taksin magazine Somyot Prueksakasemsuk had his first taste of freedom after he was freed from jail this morning (April 30), having served his seven-year imprisonment on lese majeste charge.
— Thai PBS

Trang warns of dengue risk following increasing casualties
Public health officials in the southern province of Trang have warned the general public about the spread of dengue fever following an increase in fatality rates this year.
— Pattaya Mail

Student-visa crackdown to hit Phuket
Tourist Police in Phuket have confirmed they will launch a crackdown on foreigners staying on the island by use of a student visa and being enrolled in a Thai-language course only as a way of staying in the country, and not actually attending the courses they are enrolled in.
— The Phuket News

Peeling back the red tape – Thailand 4.0
A committee tasked with propelling needed reforms under the Thailand 4.0 policy on Monday heard progress updates from state bodies in a meeting chaired by PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— The Thaiger/ The Nation

FFC: Over 90 percent of water vending machines are unhygienic
The Foundation for Consumers has urged the City Administration to shut down the operations of many water vending machines in Bangkok, alleging that they were not registered and are unhygienic.
— Thai PBS

Government to bring forward rice growing season to avoid flood risk
The government has decided to bring forward this year’s rice growing season by one month to save crops from flood risks.
— News Today (video)

Why rental prices will rise
Here’s why we think Thailand rental prices will rise with the arrival of May 1, the day that Thailand’s new property rental law, for landlords with five or more residential properties, comes into effect.
Thailand Property News

Government campaigning for organ donation
The Ministry of Public Health is urging people to donate organs and eyes to save the lives of almost 20,000 patients waiting for organ transplants.
— News Today (video)

“Chinese mainland is a target market for Thai coconuts”
The maturation period of green coconuts is shorter than for brown coconuts, and the coconut water tastes fresher and sweeter.
— Fresh Plaza

Government sets target to reduce homelessness
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has organized a campaign to aid the homeless at Bang Nam Phueng Market in Samut Prakan province.
— News Today (video)

M-Society launches project to care for family-less people
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has launched a project to care for family-less persons in Samut Prakan province.

Global travel agents to experience Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ luxury wonders
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has invited leading travel agents from around the world to experience some of the best Thailand has to offer when it comes to luxury travel, in the Amazing Thailand Luxury Trade Meet & Fam Trip 2018,which is taking place in late April-early May.
— TAT News

Hefty fines up to B1m for drying clothes at historical sites
Repeated offenders who turn national heritage sites into their laundry-drying places could pay a heavy price, a Fine Arts Department official warned on Monday.
— 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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