Thailand morning news for October 29

Thailand morning news for October 29
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Thailand morning newsKing Power/ LCFC boss killed in fiery England helicopter crash (video)
Thailand’s fifth richest person and the owner of Leicester City Football Club (LCFC) and the King Power Group, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has been confirmed as being one of five people killed Saturdayt night (Oct 27) when a helicopter they were onboard crashed outside the King Power Stadium in England.
— AEC News Today

Thailand’s main opposition Pheu Thai Party picks leader ahead of general election
Thailand’s main opposition Pheu Thai Party picked acting head Viroj Pao-in as its leader ahead of a general election expected in 2019 after more than four years of military rule.
The Straits Times

Analysts doubt US recession odds
Despite a potential slowdown in US economic growth next year, the world’s largest economy is unlikely to fall into a recession because the Federal Reserve will probably cut rates to shore up growth momentum , says the Investment Analysts Association.
— Bangkok Post

Network reports big gains in plastic-use reduction
A network of 30 universities across the country has succeeded in reducing the number of single-use plastic bags, utensils and cups by 41 million pieces so far this year, it was announced during the Sustainable University Network of Thailand Conference 2018 hosted by Thammasat University (TU) on October 25-26 at its Rangsit Campus.
— The Nation

Urgent : Leicester’s Thai boss killed in helicopter crash
Leicester, United Kingdom – Leicester City’s Thai billionaire boss was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the Premier League side’s football stadium car park moments after taking off from the pitch, the club said on Sunday.
— The Nation

Leicester City owner, four others were on crashed helicopter: source
LEICESTER, England- Leicester City soccer club chairman and owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who were on board a helicopter which crashed next to the club’s stadium on Saturday, Reuters quoted a source close to the club as saying.
— Thai PBS World

King Power says no comment yet on helicopter crash
Officials at King Power said on Sunday they could make no comment after a helicopter belonging to chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who also owns Leicester City football club, crashed in flames following a Premier League match.
— Bangkok Post

Plan to link crops with foreign clients
The Commerce Ministry will restructure the working system to address low crop prices by connecting Thai farmers with global markets in a bid to boost rural economic growth.
— Bangkok Post

Anti-junta rap strikes a chord among citizens
The anti-military dictatorship rap song unmasks the “corrupt” military government who are presenting themselves as “heroes,” some say.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Bank of Thailand weighs SME lending requirements
The Bank of Thailand is considering whether to allow banks to demand additional collateral to back loans extended to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are unable to fully comply with the singleaccount scheme practice.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Puea party elects new head, secretary general for next year polls
The Puea Thai assembly voted in former deputy prime minister Viroj Pao-in, 84, as party leader and veteran politician Phumtham Vechayaychai, 64, as secretary-general.
— DevDiscourse

Commerce Min confident this year’s rice exports more than 11 million tons
The Ministry of Commerce expects Thailand to sell no less than 11 million tons of rice to foreign buyers this year.

Customs Department continues crackdown on ivory trade
The Customs Department has vowed to continue its fight against the ivory trade despite Thailand’s removal from the CITES blacklist.
— News Today (video)

Monorail Gold Line proves a BIG DRAW
THE ONGOING development of the Gold Line by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, extending the BTS Green Line from Thonburi Station to the Phra Pok Klao bridge, has attracted a slew of property projects alongside the 2.8-kilometre monorail route.
— The Nation

Airport managers cleared over ‘slapgate’
The former general manager and ex-security chief of Don Mueang International Airport have been cleared of any wrongdoing in relation to the incident in which an airport security guard tried to assault a Chinese tourist last month.
— The Phuket News

Prayut’s visit burnishes gaming legitimacy
A parade of giant game publishers and the first-ever visit by a prime minister to the Thailand Game Show event are signs of the surging game sector in the country.
— Bangkok Post

In the fast lane: Female motortaxi drivers on the rise in Bangkok
Hair pulled back tightly as she lounges on her red scooter, Ms Ar is a rare sight among the male-dominated ranks of Bangkok’s motorcycle-taxi or motortaxi riders plying their trade on the Thai capital’s treacherous roads.
— The Straits Times

Blockchain tech seen as a tool to curb corruption
EXPERTS AND social entrepreneurs have placed high hopes on benefiting from the advanced blockchain technology that would be able to play a major role in curbing corruption and enhancing transparency in social justice.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thailand to play host to world event on safety
According to Vice Minister of Public Health Dr. Thawat Suntrajarn, Thailand is slated to host the 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018) on November 5th – 7th.
— News Today (video)

Energy Ministry still pushing palm oil increase for retail biodiesel
The Energy Ministry is pressing for an increase in the content of crude palm oil in biodiesel to curb slumping palm oil prices after several rounds of discussions failed to deliver a compromise.
— Bangkok Post

Full steam for circular parks plan
Although a framework for the circular economy has yet to be finalised by the government, the Industry Ministry is keen on the plan that creates the Resource Recovery Parks as industrial estates for the the circular economy.
— Bangkok Post

NLA to organize seminar on legalizing marijuana for medical use
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has planned a seminar to discuss the suggested legalization of marijuana for medical use.
— News Today (video)

Bangkok Deputy Governor checks anti-flood system on Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok Deputy Governor, Chakkapan Piewngam, has observed the progress of the pipe jacking system installation along Sukuhmvit road to help prevent and mitigate flooding.

Young grads most likely to not find jobs
Up to 370,000 Thais were unemployed in September, with new graduates in business administration making up the largest share. However, this has not led to unpleasant prospects in the labour market.
— Bangkok Post

Baht expected to remain under pressure this week
A research agency involved in one of Thailand’s high-street bank projects, expects the baht will remain under pressure and weaken against the U.S. dollar this week.

New Bangkok underground rail route to be operational in 2021
The operator of Bangkok’s underground electric rail system, expects the first of several new routes to be in operation in 2021.

Officials deny ‘irregularities’ in artificial coral reef project
The Phuket office of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning (DPT) has denied any wrongdoing in the multi-million-baht project to create artificial reefs around Phuket amid a court case that officials are hesitant to explain.
— The Phuket News

Marriage and married life in the world of disabled ethnic minority women
2-3 years ago, the Thai media paid more interest to the issue of the disabled, judging from the content appearing on television and in online media.
— Prachatai English

C.P. Group hails Thai Asian Games & Asian Para Games atheletes
“C.P. Group was delighted to join with Thais nationwide in supporting Thai athletes competing in the Asian Games and Asian Para Games 2018 in Indonesia,” said Mr. Kachorn Chiaravanont, Member of the Executive Committee, Charoen Pokphand Group.
— Bangkok Post

Viroj elected Pheu Thai leader, Phumtham secretary-general
Pol Lt Gen Viroj Pao-in and Phumtham Vechayachai, the acting leader and secretary-general of the Pheu Thai Party, were officially made party leader and party secretary-general at a general assembly on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Ratchaburi to recover WW II bombs in December
Ratchaburi province is preparing to recover the explosives from World War II found under Chulalongkorn Bridge this December.

Slim majority say Prayut should not pursue politics: Nida Poll
A slight majority of people say Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha should not pursue a political career after the forthcoming general election tentatively set for early next year on the grounds that his performancehas not been satisfactory, according to an opinion survey by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
— Bangkok Post

PM vows to uphold transparency, good governance
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has promised to uphold good governance, fairness, and transparency if he chooses to pursue a political career.

Young voters find voice
Just months after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) eased the political ban allowing parties to recruit new members and select candidates, parties have now begun to float ideas about how to attract the support of first-time voters.
— Bangkok Post (annoying pops)

Strangers in their own town
At the age of 55, Piak feels as if he is a stranger in Bangkok, as people do not want to know him.
— Bangkok Post

Education Ministry revamps classrooms in Yala with Google tools
The Ministry of Education has held a training course for teachers in the southern border province of Yala on the use of Google tools to improve education quality and class activities.

Public & civil sectors launch forest revival campaign in Nan
Members of different sectors in the northern province of Nan have co-launched a forest revival campaign during a visit by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Wiwat Salyakamthorn.

Govt poised to wipe out rabies by 2019
The Department of Livestock Development has laid out its plan to stop the spread of rabies and stray dog and cat populations by 2019.

DTAC wins 900 MHz auction
Total Access Communication (DTAC) has won a concession to operate the 900MHz spectrum following an auction organized by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

Tourism packages promised
A series of intensive tourism packages are to be implemented by mid-November to increase foreign visitor numbers during the remainder of the year, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— The Phuket News

Hospitals told to prescribe antibiotics less often
The Ministry of Public Health has instructed all hospitals under it to prescribe medications appropriately, and lower antibiotics use by 20%, by 2021.

National Science Museum launches student camp in Pathum Thani
The National Science Museum has organized a student camp to encourage an interest in science among different levels of school children, at its head office in Pathum Thani province.


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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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