Thailand morning news for September 23

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Thailand morning news for September 23
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Climate strike Asean: youth across the AP demand climate action (photo gallery)
Youth and citizens of one of the world’s most at risk nations, Kiribati (pronounced khi-ra-bus), yesterday (Sep 20) heralded in #Climatestrike 2019, a global day of protest by the world’s students against the current climate crisis and the lack of action by world leaders and heads of industry to reign in global heating.
— AEC News Today

Govt speeding up megaprojects
The government is expediting the Transport Ministry’s mega-investment projects worth almost 2 trillion baht to stimulate financial flows and deal with anticipated volatility in the global economy next year.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Court Acquits Pro-Democracy Activists of Sedition, Illegal Assembly
A Thai court acquitted six pro-democracy activists Friday of sedition and illegal-assembly charges over a protest last year when they demanded a general election, which the military government at the time had already postponed repeatedly.
— BenarNews

Cash for govt jobs alleged
The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (Act) secretary-general Mana Nimitmongkol on Sunday claimed he had learned of high-ranking position-buying in some ministries.
— Bangkok Post

Baht may be primed for further gains
The Thai baht has been the runaway success among Asian currencies this year — surging more than 6% while the US-China trade war has punished peers such as the South Korean won and Chinese yuan.
— Bangkok Post

Salaries of more than 100k proposed for Thailand’s high-speed train drivers
The drivers of Thailand’s high-speed trains will need to be highly skilled, a ministerial level committee says, suggesting they be paid similar salaries to those of airline pilots.
— The Thaiger

New airport under scrutiny
Along with significant growth in the tourism industry over the past five years has been growth in air traffic which has exceeded the capacity of current infrastructure.
— Bangkok Post

Environmental activists get down and dirty on mass cleanup day
Thousands of volunteers wielding nets and bin bags scoured coasts, parks and riverbanks across the globe on Saturday (Sep 21), in a litter-picking drive highlighting the vast quantity of trash dumped worldwide, a day after mass international climate protests.

Significant developments in cannabis farming in Thailand
In what’s thought to be the first-ever industrial scale manufacturing facility for medical cannabis within the Asean Region, Maejo University in Chiang Mai has planted 12,000 cannabis sprouts – the largest lot in the country.
— The Thaiger

Why the ‘Prayuth regime’ will fail to prevail
General Prayuth Chan-ocha failed to utilise the 24 March election to secure the durability of his disguised authoritarian regime.
— new mandala

36 Thai provinces to be hit by heavy rain, sharp drop in temperatures
The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) says that between now and Thursday, 36 Thai provinces can expect to be hit by heavy rains, strong winds, and thundershowers, with a sharp drop in temperatures predicted in some regions.
— The Thaiger

Thai rice exports may drop below 10 million tonnes this year

The value of Thai exports for the month of August fell 4% to 21.915 billion US dollars, compared to the same period last year, with exports of rice declining by an alarming 44.7%, sparking concern among commerce officials that Thailand’s rice exports for this year will fail to reach 10 million tonnes.
— Thai PBS News

Young climate strikers ‘drop dead’ at Thai environment ministry
More than 200 young people in Thailand stormed into the environment ministry on Friday (Sep 20) and dropped to the ground feigning death as they demanded government action on climate change along with thousands of strikers around the world.

Dead sea turtle found on Jomtien beach
A dead sea turtle has been found on Jomtien beach yesterday afternoon.
— The Pattaya News

Court Acquits ‘RDN50’ Pro-Election Activists
A criminal court on Friday acquitted six activist leaders who staged a rally demanding an election from the then-military regime in 2018. The court said their protest was an exercise of liberty guaranteed by the constitution.
— Khaosod English

Worst haze of year blankets Hat Yai
The Hat Yai municipality on Sunday endured the thickest haze yet from the current spate of Indonesian forest fires, while levels of PM2.5 reached the ‘dangerous’ bracket in Trang and Satun.
— Bangkok Post

A road accident leads to seizure of 450kgs of methamphetamine

Police, in Thailand’s central province of Phetchaburi, seized about 450 kilogrammes of crystal meth, with a street value of about 225 million baht, from a ten-wheel truck which landed on its side after crashing into a traffic island in Muang district Friday night.— Thai PBS News

My first experience with an electric scooter in Bangkok
During the five years that they took to build my local skytrain station, I was busy planning all of the trips that I would do with my bicycle in Bangkok.
— Richard Barrow in Thailand

Thailand’s long-time Sinophile Princess Sirindhorn to receive China’s Friendship Medal
The princess’ relationship with China goes back almost four decades, and experts say it has helped bolster ties between the countries
— South China Morning Post

Struggling farmers get compensation
The government has begun paying 25 billion baht in financial assistance to rice growers whose crops were damaged by drought or flooding, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana says.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Department for Disease Control issues Chikungunya warning
Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai from the Department of Disease Control says over 10 people in central Thailand have contracted chikungunya since July, and urges people to take precautions, saying those with high fever and joint pain should seek medical advice without delay.
— The Thaiger

Shipments down 4% in August
Thai exports dipped 4% in August from a year earlier after an unexpected rise the previous month, falling prey to global economic uncertainty stemming from trade tensions and weak worldwide demand.
— Bangkok Post

Norwegian Suspected of Killing Brit Tourist Jumps Bail
A Norwegian man accused of breaking into a British tourist’s hotel room and strangling him to death in August appears to have fled the country, police said Friday afternoon.
— Khaosod English

Prisoners sculpt Buddha to find new path
The art of sculpting Buddha sculptures has been adopted at Bang Kwang Prison to help reform the character of inmates, some of whom have produced outstanding religious works, according to the Corrections Department.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Meteorological Department announces more storms coming, cold front
In a special warning issued at 5am Saturday, the department said there would be thundershowers, gusty winds and heavy rain in upper Thailand Saturday and Sunday.
— The Pattaya News

Chiang Mai Zoo celebrates World Rhino Day
Activities were organised at Chiang Mai Zoo on Sunday to celebrate World Rhino Day — with Kali, a 34-year-old female Indian black rhinoceros from Nepal, the star of the show.
— Bangkok Post

32m meth pills, 25 tonnes of hydrochloric acid seized in North
A total of 32.3 methamphetamine pills and 25 tonnes of hydrochloric acid, a precursor for producing the drugs, were seized by narcotics suppression authorities in the North from Aug 1 to Sept 20, authorities said.
— Bangkok Post

Kuwait budget airline to use short-haul jets on London-Bangkok route
After a surge in narrow-body plane flights across the Atlantic, Mideast discount carrier Jazeera Airways aims to push the model to its limits with services between Europe and Southeast Asia using the single-aisle jets.
— Bangkok Post

Trade war bolsters Chinese interest in Thailand
More Chinese manufacturers are looking to Thailand as a production base to avoid US tariffs, based on trends in demand for industrial estates.
— Bangkok Post

Opinion: A Growing Paranoia in Buddhist Thailand
Despite statistics suggesting that over 93 per cent of Thais are Buddhist, some are feeling threatened and even convinced by a conspiracy.
— Khaosod English

MP declares two ‘mythical’ magnetite pieces as assets worth one billion baht
A Palang Thai Rak Thai party-list MP has declared his assets to be worth about 1.1 billion baht, including two mythical metallic pieces (Lek Lai), which the MP claims have…
— Thai PBS News

Smog from Indonesia’s forest fires in Songkhla sparks protest
A small group of people demonstrated in front of the Indonesian Consular Office in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla this morning (Friday) to demand that the Thai government apply pressure…
— Thai PBS News

China’s ‘Haidilao’ Hotpot Is Coming to Bangkok
Whether or not you have been hearing frenzy about the Chinese hotpot chain that comes with a complimentary nail spa and other extra perks while waiting for several hours to get a table, it’s coming to Bangkok this weekend.
— Khaosod English

Chinese veterinarians arrive in Chiang Mai to probe into Panda death
The Chiang Mai Zoo said on Thursday that Chinese veterinarians have arrived at the zoo to discuss a joint autopsy probe with Thai counterparts regarding…
— Thai PBS News

Royal Rainmakers show Phuket’s reservoirs from the sky, to continue efforts
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation will continue their efforts to help replenish Phuket’s main reservoirs despite the ongoing campaign resulting in “little to moderate” rainfall landing in the key catchment areas.
— The Phuket News

Bangkok to relocate?
hailand could be the next major ASEAN city to move its capital. Speaking at a seminar titled ‘Connecting Thailand with the World’ on Wednesday, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha brought up the possibility of moving the country’s capital, Bangkok – potentially following in the footsteps of Indonesia, which last month confirmed it will move its capital away from the congested and sinking Jakarta to the rainforests of Borneo.
— The Asean Post

Phuket cleanup unveils tale of two beaches
The cleanup was organsied by the Phuket chapter of the Red Cross along with co-operation from a host of government offices on the island.
— The Phuket News

TAT Launches ‘Krabi Premium’ concept offering meaningful experiences
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Krabi Office is launching its ‘Krabi Premium’ marketing concept aimed at delivering ‘the best of the best’ of Krabi. It offers meaningful experiences to tourists to hopefully stimulate spending and generate additional revenue for local communities in the province.
— TAT 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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