Thailand morning news for August 23

Thailand morning news for August 23
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Baby dugong ‘Yamil’ dies
Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources reports that Yamil, the baby dugong found stranded in the southern province of Krabi on July 1st, died of shock and cardiac arrest at 9.35pm today (Thursday) after suffering indigestion and gastroparesis over the past few days.
— Thai PBS News

Thai government to consider bringing forward plastics ban
That’s a ban on of single-use plastic bags, styrofoam (polystyrene) boxes, plastic straws and single-use plastic cups In a surprise announcement, the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment says they’re considering bringing forward, by 1-2 years, a complete ban on the use of the key plastic polluters.
— The Thaiger

Homeless in their own land: Chaiyaphum’s Baw Kaew village faces eviction
As the deadline for the eviction of Baw Kaew village draws closer, community members are calling on political parties for help. Last Saturday, Future Future Party politicians to discuss solutions to resolve the decade-long land dispute.
— Isaan Record

Tourism minister’s wife richest MP to date
Natee Ratchakitprakarn, a suspended Bhumjaithai party-list MP and wife of the tourism minister, is the richest on the list of 415 MPs who have filed asset lists with the anti-graft agency to date, with net worth of 4.5 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Floating trash collectors to be used in 13 coastal provinces
Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has recently received 20 floating trash collectors from a private company to be used in estuaries and tributaries in 13 provinces to scoop up trash, especially plastic waste, before it flows into the sea.
— Thai PBS News

China censors strike in Thailand: Taiwan booth at ASEAN Smart City expo forced to remove sign
Chinese officials in attendance at the ASEAN Smart Cities Network Conference and Exhibition 2019 in Bangkok Thailand, Aug. 22-24, forced event organizers to remove a sign advertising a delegation of Taiwanese tech companies organized by the System Integration Promotion Alliance (SIPA) under office of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
— Taiwan News

Ombudsman set to rule on oath-gaffe
The Ombudsman is expected to rule whether to forward the petition questioning Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in relation to his alleged oath blunder to the Constitutional Court next Tuesday, secretary-general of the Office of the Ombudsman Raksagecha Chaechai said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to build first bio-refinery in Southeast Asia
The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) of Thailand will invest over 110 million USD in a pilot bio-refinery project in the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (ECCi).
— Vietnamplus

Cruise trade ‘can float economic boat’
Scholars have suggested the government bolster the economy by exploiting cruise-related businesses, with statistics showing passengers from each liner spending 20 million baht a day while in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Airports of Thailand launches AOT airports application
Airports of Thailand (AOT) has developed a mobile application to offer airport services and information.
— NBT World (video)

DoA protests Krabi airport bid
The Department of Airports (DoA) has opposed Airports of Thailand’s (AoT) plan to take control of Krabi airport as it is the DoA’s main source of income.
— Bangkok Post

No property stimulus in the pipeline
A property stimulus package is absent from the government’s plans because developers can adapt to changes such as the central bank’s loan-to-value (LTV) ratio requirements, which are deemed appropriate for the current circumstances, says Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana.
— Bangkok Post

Complaint filed for cabinet mishap
A conscript has asked the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) to take action against a sergeant for his alleged carelessness that led to a road accident, and the sergeant’s subsequent failure to help him.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand ready to host 37th AMEM
Thailand is poised to display its capability as a hub for electricity and liquefied natural gas in Southeast Asia when it hosts the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) this September.
— NBT World (video)

State to tackle host of prices
The government is pledging to tackle the prices of oil palm, coconut, fertiliser and private hospitals’ services as it tries to improve farmers’ income and ease consumers’ costs of living.
— Bangkok Post

First Asean-US maritime exercise set for Sept in Thailand
The first maritime drill between the navies of the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will kick off on Sept 2 off the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, an Asean source said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce Ministry promotes Thai products in China
The Ministry of Commerce is looking for new foreign markets, particularly China, to distribute Thai products, in order to secure long-term growth of the Thai export sector, as the trade war persists.
— NBT World (video)

Education Ministry continues to encourage students to reduce waste
The Prime Minister has urged the Ministry of Education to promote the importance of waste reduction among students, following the high-profile death of a dugong pup named “Mariam,” which was partly attributed to the plastic waste found in her intestinal tract.
— NBT World (video)

ASEAN countries discuss cybersecurity protection
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has raised the issue of cyber security at the 2nd ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meetings and ASEAN Telecommunication regulator’s Council (TELSOM-ATRC) Leaders’ Retreat.
— NBT World (video)

Defense Ministry to organize trail races in Kanchanaburi
The Defense Ministry is planning to organize trail races in the western part of the Kingdom, which is part of the Prime Minister’s initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle through exercising.
— NBT World (video)

Arrival projections for Thai tourism downgraded for 2019
Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has downgraded the forecast for foreign arrivals this year to a range of 39-39.8 million.
— The Thaiger

Japanese student on a Thai sidewalks mission
A Japanese student who has become the talk of the town in a video clip showing her standing in the way of bikers on a footpath has sent a clear message on his heroic mission.
— Bangkok Post

‘Model Soldiers’ to Implement HM King’s Training Course
A team of 100 soldiers will be introducing a new training program devised by His Majesty the King to the army nationwide, a military news outlet reported Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

National Alcohol groups against extending legal nightlife closing times to 4:00 AM, heated debate begins between TAT and Alcohol control groups
Several academics oppose the Tourism and Sports Minister’s idea to allow entertainment venues to remain open until 4:00 am, extending the legal closing times from Midnight to 2:00 AM currently depending on the location.
— The Pattaya News

Paiboon to join Palang Pracharath on own party’s closure
People’s Reform Party leader Paiboon Nititawan said on Thursday he will join the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) after the closure of his own party becomes official.
— Bangkok Post

All sharks should be protected – Thon Thamrongnawasawat
All shark species should be listed as protected marine animals to protect them from being hunted for commercial purposes, said Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a well known marine scientist and vice dean of the Faculty of Fisheries at Kasetsart University on Thursday.
— Thai PBS News

Govt plans ‘relocation package’ to draw foreign investment
Economic ministers are planning a relocation package to attract foreign companies looking to move their factories because of global trade tensions, officials said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Weeks of Fire Destroyed Almost 14,500 Rai of Forest and Farms in Southern Thailand
Officials say a combination of drought and suspected arson has destroyed forest and farmlands the combined area of 2,300 rugby fields.
— Khaosod English

Royal Thai Navy, Central Juvenile and Family Court volunteers clean Toei Ngam Beach
The Royal Thai Navy and the Central Juvenile and Family Court have jointly organized volunteer activities, such as growing coral reefs, picking up garbage and cleaning Toei Ngam Beach.
— Pattaya Mail

Singaporean woman’s husband killed during Phuket resort fight
The husband of a Singaporean woman was killed on Wednesday (Aug 21) after a fight with a fellow guest at a resort in Karon, Phuket.

LGBT campaign loses fight in parliament for House panel on gender diversity
The House of Representatives on Thursday voted down a motion from a Future Forward MP to set up an additional House panel on gender diversity.
— Thai PBS News

10 billionaires to the poorest among Thailand’s 500 MPs
There are 10 rich MPs, who have over one billion baht in assets each, while the poorest MP has 5,064 baht in his bank account, according to reports from the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
— Thai PBS News

UN Warns Mekong River is a Disaster Hotspot
The Mekong River basin was identified as a major disaster risk hotspot by the United Nations today.
— Khaosod English

Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket
Kritsada Mueanhawong Bangkok MP Sira Jenjaka has gone ahead and filed a long list of formal complaints over The Peaks Residences Condominium project being built in the hills above Kata Noi in Phuket.
— The Thaiger

More auto-gates among ideas to combat Suvarnabhumi airport congestion
Installation of more automatic gates and redirecting travellers to less busy immigration zones are among the latest ideas to combat passenger congestion at Suvarnabhumi airport.
— Bangkok Post

Pheu Thai backs down over probe of 3 MPs for welcoming PM to Surin province
The opposition Pheu Thai Party has backed down over a plan to investigate three of its MPs, for the northeastern province of Surin, for showing up to welcome Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during his visit to the province on Monday.
— Thai PBS News

More than four million guests stayed in an Airbnb on August 10, 2019
Exactly 11 years since Airbnb was founded, the home-sharing hospitality company and ‘accommodation disrupters’ celebrated its biggest night ever, with more than 4 million people spending the night in an Airbnb listing.
— The Thaiger

Koh Phangan get a fully licensed International School opening next month
Si Ri Panya International School announced this week they have received their license from the Thai Ministry of Education and will open as the first official international school on Koh Phangan on September 4.
— The Thaiger

Budget spending surpasses state target
Public investment budget disbursement has surpassed the target by three percentage points for the 10 months through July, according to the Comptroller-General’s Department.
— Bangkok Post

Industry Ministry to promote small business stimulus plan
The Industry Ministry has approved promptly pushing forward the latest stimulus package from the government, allocating 10 billion baht through the Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Fund.
— Bangkok Post

Property developers maintain sales targets
SET-listed residential developers Sansiri (SIRI), Property Perfect (PF) and Origin Property (ORI) are maintaining their annual presales and revenue targets as market sentiment is improving in the second half for low-rise houses.
— Bangkok Post property

Regulator meeting ends with OTT accord
Telecom regulators in Asean have agreed in principle on revenue collection from over-the-top (OTT) service providers operating in the region, though the approaches will have to be figured out by the countries themselves.
— Bangkok Post

MMA fighter held in Pattaya for attempted murder in UK
A British mixed martial arts fighter wanted in England on a charge of attempted murder has been arrested at a health spa in Pattaya, Chon Buri, and faces extradition.
— Bangkok Post

Young Man Goes Into A Sewer In Thailand And Finds Huge Predator That’s Wrapped Around A Pipe [VIDEO]
Through YouTube, a viral video showed the terrifying discovery of a young man, who got into a sewer and pulled a giant python inside.
— Maritime Herald (video)

Doctor removes 1,898 gallstones from patient in Thailand
Citing a patient who had as many 1,898 gallstones removed recently at Tha Bo Crown Prince Hospital in Nong Khai’s Tha Bo district, hospital director Dr Wattana Pareesri pointed out on August 21 that up to 10 per cent of the population in the Northeast suffer from gallstones.
— Asia One

‘Drunk’ Air Force Officer Fires Gun at Police Station
An air force lieutenant was arrested Thursday morning after discharging a handgun in front of a police station in a drunken rage, police said.
— Khaosod English

Commentary: Divide disrupts Thailand’s shot for political integrity
Two related incidents over the past few days can tell how far the country has come in its attempt to upgrade politics.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s TM30 revisited: Clarifying the confusion?
For our regular Human Resource Watch series, we published on 24 June 2019 details of the TM30 Immigration reporting requirements as then understood
— Bangkok Post

AoT unveils airport app for global travellers
Airports of Thailand (AoT) on Wednesday launched a mobile app designed to improve convenience for travellers.
— Bangkok Post travel


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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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