Thailand morning news for December 31

Thailand morning news for December 31
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String of tragedies spur green push
This year, environmentalists and people on the streets alike were hit by news about the death of a several rare marine animals.
— Bangkok Post

BoT: 2.5% growth in 2019 likely
Thailand’s economic growth is expected to close at 2.5% in the October-to-December quarter, leading the full-year figure to achieve the central bank’s forecast of 2.5%, though risk remains to the downside, says a senior official.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Government says they care for all ethnic minority groups in Thailand
The Government Spokeswoman, Prof. Dr. Narumon Pinyosinwat, has assured members of the public that the government is looking after people of all ethnic groups in the country, and no one will be overlooked.
— The Pattaya News

Thai political rivals set in motion plans to mobilise thousands
More than 10,000 people have registered for a Run Against Dictatorship in Bangkok next month while supporters of the Thai government plan to stage a rival walk on the same day, organisers said on Monday (Dec 30).

159 people dead after first three days of Thai holiday campaign
159 people have died in the first three days of the Christmas/New Year holiday 7 day safety campaign. During those three days there has been 1,504 crashes resulting in 1,549 injuries.
— The Thaiger

Thai November exports fall 7.7% year-on-year, current account surplus widens: central bank
Thailand’s current account surplus was $3.38 billion in November, up from $2.91 billion in October, the central bank said on Monday.
— Reuters

Stocks up slightly to end year’s trading
Thai shares edged up 0.1% on the last trading day of 2019, the benchmark index posting a 1% yearly rise as confidence was muted by the prolonged US-China trade dispute and sluggish economic growth at home and abroad.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Ministry of Finance says tackling strength of the baht major policy issue for 2020
The Ministry of Finance is set to issue SME business measures as a 2020 New Year gift, which is expected to be submitted for Cabinet’s approval next month.
— The Pattaya News

Bull Shark found on Bangsaen Beach
A 15 kilogram Bull shark has been caught near Bang Saen beach yesterday evening, December 29, 2019. The shark has been caught near the beach on Saturday night with a fishing line by 32 year old Mr Seri Limnao.
— The Pattaya News

Bangkok Post Reporter’s Racially Charged Articles on Hmongs, ‘Negroes’ Draws Backlash
Netizens on Monday are heaping criticism on a reporter affiliated with the armed forces after she published articles filled with racial slurs and ultranationalist claims on her Facebook.
— Khaosod English

dtac Accelerate discontinues as the Thai telco company seeks “new business direction”
dtac Accelerate, the startup accelerator programme backed by Thai telco company dtac, has been discontinued.
— e27

Thailand urged to comply with WTO ruling on Philippine cigarettes
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has written its Thai counterpart to press for compliance to a ruling issued by the World Trade Organization (WTO) on a cigarette tax case the Philippines won, warning of possible consequences of non-compliance.
— The Philippine Star

Oil palm price now beyond 6 baht per kilogram
Oil palm farmers can now rejoice as the government’s measures have successfully pushed oil palm fruit pricing to more than 6 baht per kilogram.
— Newsline (video)

Heavy road traffic reported as people leave for provinces
Road traffic has been very heavy as a large number of people are traveling to northern and northeastern provinces.
— Newsline (video)

Thai economy ends gloomy year with slim prospects for cheer in 2020
Thailand is set to end 2019 at the weakest pace of growth in five years and little to cheer about next year, as South-east Asia’s second-largest economy faces headwinds from global trade tensions, a surging baht and rising political risks.
— Malay Mail

Thailand to sell up to 142b baht of government bonds in Jan-March
Thailand plans to sell up to 142 billion baht (US$4.71 billion) of government bonds in January-March as part of a debt-restructuring effort, the finance ministry said on Monday.
— The Business Times

Tourism hectic in every province
Tourism is getting hectic in every province during the New Year long holiday.
— Newsline (video)

Resort evictions ordered
The Royal Forest Department has served eviction orders on three resorts illegally built inside the forest zone at Mon Cham in Chiang Mai province.
— Bangkok Post

Govt told to delay land tax
The government is being urged to delay the implementation of a new land and buildings tax due to come into force on Wednesday to give local authorities and taxpayers more time to prepare.
— Bangkok Post

Lampang opens medical cannabis pilot field
Welcome back to Newsline. A research project is taking place to study and develop medical cannabis cultivation.
— Newsline (video)

Enthronement, Asean and politics mark an eventful 2019 for Thailand
The year 2019 has been a remarkable one for Thailand, with the jewel in the crown being the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
— Daily Express

MOAC continues to promote animal husbandry
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) continues to promote animal husbandry among farmers at the Thai buffalo conservation village, Si Prachan district, Suphan Buri province.
— Newsline (video)

New air route links E China city, Thailand
A new air route was launched Monday linking Ganzhou City, east China’s Jiangxi Province, and Thailand’s popular resort city of Pattaya.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand Set to Gain Two New Low-Cost Airlines in 2020
Thailand is set to gain two new low-cost airlines in 2020, further fueling growth in the region and providing a boost to the Thai tourism industry.
— Chiang Rai Times

Spain, Thailand among the best countries to retire in: RPT
U.S. News and World is out with the index of the best countries for Americans to retire in.
— Yahoo Finance (video)

Rice price spike but drought conditions to recede – security concern for the Mekong river
There have been reports of profiteering and rising rice prices in the last week as the current drought in the north of Thailand continues.

Round two for Muaythai tome
The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) has released a second edition of the hugely popular Muaythai Guide, a free guidebook to 50 select Muay Thai kickboxing gyms and clubs in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

IPOs a silver lining to bourse’s dark clouds
After a lukewarm first half, Thailand’s IPO scene is bustling again from listings by four large corporations during the last six months, cementing the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) in the top spot for IPO value among Asean bourses.
— Bangkok Post

Amazing Thailand’s Amazing New Year
Are you ready to kiss 2019 goodbye? You have only tonight to get in the last fun of the year but, with so many countdown events being held in and around town, it might be difficult to decide what to do.
— Bangkok Post travel

Why Halal has become big business
Many people think that Halal are Islamic requirements related to food, but Halal covers much more than that. Halal products are in very high demand worldwide, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and even media, banking and clothing.
— Thai PBS News

Officials eye stores selling alcohol to those under-age in bid to reduce drink driving
Authorities are targeting retailers and convenience stores which sell alcohol to those under age with the threat of legal action, as the death toll for the first three days of the seven-day dangerous New Year travel period climbed to 159 on Sunday.
— Thai PBS News

Top 5 places to celebrate New Years Eve in Phuket (2020)
Kata Rocks Where better to spend your new year’s celebrations than the tropical island of Phuket. There’s such a variety of excellent choices you have some big decisions to make!
— The Thaiger

Top 5 places to celebrate New Years Eve in Bangkok (2020)
It’s hard to imagine a more vibrant city anywhere in the world, with warm weather and an entire population ready to party, to celebrate your New Year on December 31.
— The Thaiger

2 million baht of gold stolen in Buri Ram, police suspect inside job
A thief has made off with 2 million baht in gold necklaces, rings and bracelets from a gold shop at a Buri Ram department store.
— The Thaiger

New research poses grim projections for world’s coastal cities
GMore than 20 million people in southern Vietnam, nearly a quarter of the total population, currently live on land that will be underwater by 2050.
— The Thaiger

Opinion: When Society Curbs Its Own Freedom of Expression
In Thailand, limits on freedom of expression are not only imposed by various laws on the book, but also by members of society themselves. Two recent incidents in demonstrated my point.
— Khaosod English

First major meteor shower of 2020 to be visible in the early morning hours of January 4th in Thailand
Star gazers in Thailand will be able to enjoy the new year’s first display of shooting stars, called the Quadrantid meteor shower, on January 4th, according to Mr. Suparoek Karuhanont of the National Astronomical Research Institute.
— The Pattaya News

Good Samaritan stabbed to death after birthday party
A man out celebrating his 27th birthday with friends was fatally stabbed while trying to help a woman negotiate with a drunk driver who hit her motorcycle early on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Freak hailstorm causes blackouts, damages homes in Chiang Rai
Thai PBS World Heavy rains and hail have damaged homes and caused widespread blackouts in the northern province of Chiang Rai. Strong winds knocked down trees in several districts, blocking traffic.
— The Thaiger

Destination Mai Khao Beach to host PHUKET’S BIGGEST AUSTRALIA DAY PARTY
Destination Mai Khao Beach announced they will host Phuket’s Biggest Australia Day party on Australia Day which falls on Sunday January 26, 2020.
— Bangkok Post

TAT showcases natural attractions in Krabi Province
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) held a media trip to the picturesque Koh Jum and Ko Pu islands in Krabi province, where members of the media get to plant seagrass to help enrich the ecological abundance and provide natural food sources to marine animals.
— Newsline (video)

For one of Southeast Asia’s best sunrises, head to Thailand and the hills of northern Chiang Rai province
There are amazing sunrises to be seen all over Southeast Asia, but few – if any – can beat the natural light show you will find on most winter mornings over the mountains in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.
— South China Morning Post

2 Serial Muggers Nabbed for Stabbing, Robbing Japanese Tourist
Two Thai men were arrested for mugging and stabbing a Japanese man downtown earlier in December, police said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Man arrested with loaded gun in Pattaya, allegedly firing in public
The Pattaya News A 42 year old Thai man has been arrested, not far from the same Pattaya checkpoint where a 26 year old man was earlier arrested with a live grenade.
— The Thaiger

Government claims improvements in people’s livelihoods in past 5 months
The Government is claiming achievements in improving the lives of the Thai people in three key areas, namely communications, increased income for farmers and better welfare for low income-earners, said government spokeswoman Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat today (Monday).
— Thai PBS News

Latest NIDA poll says Thanathorn “most suitable” for PM
A recent NIDA survey has named Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit “the most suitable person” for the post of Thai PM and his Future Forward Party as the best party to lead the country.
— The Thaiger

Thai police dis criticism of their Koh Tao Murder investigation
Thai police have publicly hit back at foreign media allegations that their forensics investigation into the highly-publicised 2014 murder case on Koh Tao did not meet international standards.
— The Thaiger

Some Like It Hot
Authentic Thai food is spicy (or extremely spicy, for those who are not used to it). On average, each Thai consumes about one kilogram of chilli per year.
— Thai PBS News


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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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