Thailand morning news for December 11

Thailand morning news for December 11
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GSB: Startups continue bleeding confidence in Q3
Startup entrepreneurs’ confidence has continued to fall, dipping to 51.85 for the third quarter because of the faltering economy, cautious consumer spending and intensified competition, according to a Government Savings Bank (GSB) survey.
— Bangkok Post

FFP boss didn’t dodge draft: Apirat
Army chief Apirat Kongsompong confirmed on Tuesday that Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit underwent military conscription after reports spread online he used a fake Sor Dor 9 military form.
— Bangkok Post

School merger plans worry teachers, parents
The Education Ministry on Tuesday admitted that a proposed plan to merge 5,447 small-sized schools into larger ones over the next three years is worrying the many teachers and parents who will be affected.
— Bangkok Post

Excessive PM2.5 particulate found in 13 areas of Bangkok and suburbs
The air in thirteen parts of Bangkok and its surrounding provinces was today found to contain PM2.5 dust particles exceeding 50 microns – the benchmark safety level.
— Thai PBS News

EC’s Office claims it has not yet made its ruling on Thanathorn’s loan controversy
The Office of the Election Commission (EC) has dismissed a claim, by the Future Forward spokesperson Pannika Wanich based on a leaked document, that the commission had already made a decision to rule against party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit for the 191 million baht loan he extended to the party before the March 24th general election.
— Thai PBS News

Unemployment inches higher
The unemployment rate in Thailand inched higher to 1.1% in November, up from 1% in the corresponding month last year, the Bank of Thailand reported on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Stray bullet hits minivan, kills female passenger
A 27 year old woman has died after a stray bullet hit the minivan in which she was travelling and penetrated the right-hand side of her body. The incident appears to be an accident. Thai Residents reports that the shooting took place around 1.30am yesterday morning.
— The Thaiger

Foreign investment in Thailand rises 106%
Though the number of foreigners given work permits in Thailand under the Foreign Employment Act of B.E. 2542 has dropped by 23%, the total value of foreign investment from last January to November has grown to 22.15 billion baht, amounting to a 106% increase.
— Pattaya Mail

Thammasat Establishes Connection with CLMV Countries by Bringing CLMV’s Elites to Links Thai-ASEAN Connections
The existence of ASEAN is not only for economic benefits but also for the connections between member countries. It also increases opportunities in the labor market to exchange human resources.
— QS Wow News

Thailand’s Fading Democracy
In 2019 democracy continues to elude Thailand. The country’s 2014 putsch overthrew an even more democratic system which, among other things permitted a half-elected Senate and elections at the local level. The coup produced five years of authoritarian military control.

House meeting to consider formation of committee studying charter amendments
The Speaker of the House of Representatives has said that the establishment of an extraordinary committee on the charter amendment study is to be discussed at the House meeting this Wednesday.
— Newsline (video)

Southern state of emergency likely to be extended
The National Security Council (NSC) is set to extend the state of emergency in southern border provinces for another three months to ensure peace and order.
— Newsline (video)

Bangkok enters top 50 most expensive locations for expatriates
Thai cities continue to be among the biggest risers in the Cost of Living rankings, with Bangkok rising 43 places and entering the top 50 most expensive locations for the first time, at 47th place.
— Thailand Business News

Cambodia economic zone eyes companies fleeing Thai costs
The operator of Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone opened a new industrial park close to the Thai border on Monday, in hopes of attracting manufacturers seeking a second Southeast Asian hub amid rising wages in Thailand.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Preparations for royal barge procession 100% ready
The committee overseeing the royal barge procession has indicated that facilities for spectators of the auspicious event are now 100% complete.
— Newsline (video)

With few green spaces, Bangkok plants Asia’s biggest rooftop farm
Bangkok’s Thammasat University, one of the oldest in Thailand, has a new claim to fame: Asia’s largest urban rooftop farm.
— Reuters

MTEC pushes biodegradable plastic bag research commercialization
The National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) has joined forces with private companies and SMEs in Thailand to develop bags made from tapioca starch, which are capable of being completely decomposed in four months.
— Newsline (video)

B10bn lottery prizes ‘unclaimed’
More than B10.4 billion in prize money has gone unclaimed over the past 10 years, a Government Lottery Office (GLO) source says.
— The Phuket News

Thai Health Promotion Foundation holds anti-smoking forum
The Thai Health Promotion Foundation and its partner network have held an anti-smoking forum, in their bid to discourage members of the public from smoking.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand tops sepak takraw; PH 2nd overall
Thailand completed a double win in the men’s and women’s regu event of sepak takraw Tuesday, while the Philippines settled for a decent pair of podium finishes in the 30th SEA Games at the Subic Gym.

Energy Minister delivers community power plant policies to provincial offices
The Ministry of Energy is planning to propose to the National Energy Policy Council (NEPC) on December 16 a recommendation to approve the project establish community powerplant, in its bid to help generate income for local communities, create more jobs, and reduce power costs.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand plans to upgrade airports nationwide
The Department of Airports (DoA) of Thailand is planning to spend 5.8 billion baht (191 million USD) upgrading airports across the country next year.
— Vietnamplus

Stock market for community enterprises mulled
The Finance Ministry will next year push for the launch of a brand new stock market for community enterprises, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Body of Headless Corpse Washes Ashore in Southern Thailand
The body of a headless corpse has been found washed ashore on a beach in southern Thailand’s Nakhon Si Thammarat province Tuesday morning.
— Chiang Rai Times

School Teacher Arrested for Electrocuting Twins in Southern Thailand
A school teacher has been arrested for the murder of twin brothers who stole limes from his farm in southern Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

UPS service enhancements help Thai businesses thrive
Latest UPS service enhancements in Thailand help businesses better capture new export opportunities in volatile international market landscape.
— Bangkok Post

Reservists flock to first day of army recruitment drive
A large number of reservists turned up to apply for officer training on Monday under an extended temporary contract on the first day of the army’s recruitment push, which will run until Jan 19.
— Bangkok Post

Central caves in to Phuket taxi drivers’ demands
Central Phuket has agreed to no longer operate its free shuttle service to bring tourists to the island’s main shopping mall following a protest by some 50 taxi drivers yesterday afternoon (Dec 9).
— The Phuket News

Bangkok air pollution on the rise again
Flimsy paper face masks will be the only winner in the latest round of air pollution smoking up Bangkok at the moment.
— The Thaiger

Study finds wage rise won’t carry over into higher prices
Manufacturers will not be allowed to raise the price of their goods after a Commerce Ministry study found the daily minimum wage hike of 5-6 baht, approved by the national wage committee last Friday, will only marginally affect their production costs.
— Bangkok Post

Army chief confirms Thanathorn registered for conscription but was not enlisted
Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong has confirmed that Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit went through conscription process, but was not enlisted because there were already sufficient volunteers to fill the conscription quota.
— Thai PBS News

Academics call for “Dream Constitution” that truly reflects people’s aspirations
Speaking at a panel discussion on Constitution Day today, Mrs. Sunee Chairos, a former member of the National Human Rights Commission, and director of the Centre for the Promotion of Equality and Justice, said that a people’s constitution, which truly reflects the will of the people, would ease conflicts between them and the state because people will have free expression and the right to participate in decision making, from inception, of all state projects.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand marks Constitution Day
On the occasion of Constitution Day in Thailand, which falls on December 10 each year, civil servants and members of political parties are paying homage to His Majesty King Prajadhipok (Rama VII), who granted the first permanent charter to the Thai people on this day in 1932.
— The Pattaya News

Phuket’s high season delayed until after Christmas
The Hotel Specialist “Diversifying Phuket’s market to rely less on Chinese tourists is key to improving tourism in the province.” It will be a quiet Christmas in Phuket as the island’s high season will come late for hotels this year, with most reservations are for after the Christmas celebration.
— The Thaiger

More direct flights between Vietnam and Thailand amid growth in tourism
Thailand is gearing up to welcome more Vietnamese visitors, with a number of airlines increasing direct flights between both countries and adding some new routes too.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya Police launch tripled renewed patrols, new zones, inspections in response to negative foreign press on tourist safety
In a stated response to a German documentary that painted Pattaya in a negative light and has caused Thailands interior ministry to order authorities to increase security local authorities have done just that.
— The Pattaya News

ICONSIAM invites all Thais to show their support for Thailand’s youngest world drone champion.
ICONSIAM, the iconic landmark of Thailand’s eternal prosperity, is inviting Thai people to show their support for Wanraya “Milk” Wannapong, Thailand’s youngest world drone champion, to defend her title at “The 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championships Grand Final” – the largest world drone racing competition of the year – at Ningbo of China during December 11 to 14, 2019.
— Bangkok Post

Chiang Rai Utd to face Beijing Guoan in 2020 Asian Champions League
Chiang Rai United will make their debut in the Asian Champions League competition in Group E against China’s Beijing Guoan and a pair of playoff winners, while Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal did not have long to savour their 2019 triumph before discovering they will face 2015 finalists Shabab Al Ahli Dubai and Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor in next year’s competition after the group stage draw on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya chef gets wrist stuck in mixing machine in horrific accident caused by long sleeved jacket
Rescue services were called to a sweet maker’s kitchen after she got her right wrist caught in a mixing machine.
— The Pattaya News

Five meter long python caught sunbathing in Chonburi
A five meter long python has been caught while lying under the sun in Baan Bueng yesterday. Rescue workers were notified of the incident at a house near a lagoon in Nong Nam Khaew. The python was found lying on the ground under the sun to stay warm.
— The Pattaya News

Chiang Mai – the wellness destination
Wellness Tourism Resorts in Northern Thailand are quick to adapt, as wellness tourism is on the rise. Many operators now offer packages that include anything from ancient spas, yoga in the forest, and monastery stays to farm-to-table produce, local cooking, Thai kickboxing classes, and mineral hot springs.
— The Thaiger

Cancer in the workplace: Innovative diagnostic devices and treatments
Cancer itself is a very broad based topic. There are various forms of cancer and many different types of diagnostics and treatments that are currently available. In our earlier articles, we have touched on various aspects of cancer
— Bangkok Post

New speed limit for private cars on trial on three highways
A new trial speed limit of up to 120kph for private cars has been imposed on three highways, namely Asian, Pahonyothin and Mitraparb (Friendship), since Monday.
— Thai PBS News

Unbelievable reason why tourist diagnosed with brain tumour in Thailand was refused insurance claim
Australians are being warned after a man who was diagnosed with a brain tumour on holiday in Thailand revealed his travel insurance claim was rejected because he complained of flu symptoms weeks before his trip.
— Yahoo News

Pilgrimage to Thai plane crash site for aunt killed 28 years ago: ‘I’m here for you. You’re no longer alone.’
The bumpy, undulating dirt track snakes through a dense bamboo forest in central Thailand’s Phu Toei National Park.
— South China Morning Post

UPDATE: Polish and Thai kayak pair still missing off Phuket
As we enter day four of the search for 26 year old Mateusz Juszkiewicz from Poland and his female Thai friend, 23 year old Werakan Sirirakon, there is no update other than the pair are still missing.
— The Thaiger

One Bangkok’s intricate launch strategy
The developers behind One Bangkok, the 120-billion-baht megaproject being built next to Lumpini Park, are placing big bets on standing out in an area seeing a notable uptick in mixed-use development.
— Bangkok Post

Film review: Heartbound – Isaan migration through the lens of love
Filmed over ten years, a remarkable documentary offers a fresh and nuanced view on transnational marriages as it chronicles the lives of Isaan women who married Danish men and moved abroad.
— Isaan Record

Driver sees red, smashes window of car parked in disabled zone
A driver who’s had enough of able-bodied people parking in disabled parking bays has vented his frustration by smashing the car window of one such offender.
— The Thaiger


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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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