Thailand morning news for January 15

Thailand morning news for January 15
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Anutin floats home working in light of PM2.5
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has come up with an idea for employees of private companies to work from home, saying that this would probably help reduce the PM2.5 smog.
— Bangkok Post

61 year old Chinese tourist being treated for new coronavirus in Thailand
A 61 year old Chinese tourist, found to be infected with the new strain of coronavirus dubbed “Wuhan or Chinese pneumonia” when she arrived in Thailand last week, is being treated in hospital and is expected to be discharged in a few days.
— The Thaiger

Cannabis oil gaining traction in Thai medical circles
Last week’s opening of Thailand’s first two full-time clinics dispensing cannabis oil (cannabidiol, or CBD) for medical treatment has brought international attention, not only to the kingdom’s burgeoning cannabis industry, but to the oil’s many reputed benefits.
— The Thaiger

aCommerce adds US$15M to its kitty; plans to achieve profitability and become cash-flow positive in 2020
Thailand-based aCommerce, an e-commerce enabler that helps global clients sell their products in the Southeast Asian markets, has raised US$15 million from Indies Capital Partners.
— e27

Poor air quality in Bangkok and northern Thailand today
Poor air quality and persistent haze is plaguing much of Thailand’s north today, with the worst pollution in Lampang province, just south of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Meanwhile, a bit further south, Bangkok residents had more of the fine-dust particles, aka. 2.5 microns, in eight of the city’s districts yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Thailand avoids US ‘currency manipulator’ tag
SINGAPORE: Thailand was not included on the latest watch list of “currency manipulators” issued by the US Treasury.
— Bangkok Post

Students protest government’s inaction on PM2.5 dust problem
Although the amount of dust in the atmosphere in Bangkok and its suburbs has reduced today, a group of students rallied in front of Government House this morning (Tuesday) to protest what they allege is complacency and inaction by the Government and related agencies in addressing the problem.
— Thai PBS News

Central bank says ‘strong medicine’ to curb baht is last resort
Thailand’s central bank is still concerned about the strength of the baht and is ready to take further action if necessary, a deputy central bank governor said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

King’s Police Commandos Join Hunt for Robber Who Murdered 3
A senior police commander on Monday praised a commando unit attached to His Majesty the King for its participation in an ongoing manhunt for a man responsible for last week’s deadly robbery.
— Khaosod English

Nearly 40,000 Bangkokians Seek Treatment for Respiratory Illnesses
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) Health Department on Monday released a report indicating that nearly 40,000 people in the city’s two main districts have sought medical treatment for respiratory illnesses at its hospitals since September last year.
— Khaosod English

Tourism Council of Thailand forecasts year over year tourism increase by 2.1 for this quarter
The Tourism Council of Thailand forecasts 11.02 million international arrivals in the first quarter of 2020, up 2.1% year-on-year.
— The Pattaya News

MOPH confirms no Wuhan pneumonia outbreak in Thailand
The Ministry of Public Health has confirmed that Thailand has no cases of the mysterious pneumonia disease recently found in Wuhan, China.
— Newsline (video)

Government measures to combat PM2.5
The government has asked for cooperation from all sides to help combat the air pollution problem, as several areas of the nation are experiencing severe air pollution. Find out more about these measures from our special report.
— Newsline (video)

Electrocuted and beaten: S’porean kidnapped in Thailand recounts his painful ordeal
Mark Cheng Jin Quan was supposed to be on a one-day trip to Thailand on Jan 9, but he ended up being held captive, drugged and tortured, in a kidnapping that was allegedly masterminded by his travelling companion, fellow Singaporean Kim Lee Yao Wei.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HM the King assigns police to adjust traffic guidelines to ensure public safety
His Majesty the King has graciously assigned the Royal Thai Police to adjust its guidelines for traffic officers when providing security for royal motorcades, to ensure the safety of the general public and officers on duty.
— Newsline (video)

Air quality remains unhealthy in many areas
Bangkok continued to see a hazy weather condition this morning, despite reports of PM2.5 readings in most areas since Sunday.
— Newsline (video)

Chikungunya cases triple in 2019 in Thailand
Thailand health officials close out 2019 with 11,484 chikungunya cases, more than triple the 3,580 cases reported in 2018. The current outbreak began in October 2018.
— Outbreak News Today

Thailand’s 2020 exports expected to shrink 0.9-2.4 percent
Thai exports this year is expected to shrink by 0.9-2.4 percent this year, said a Bangkok academic institution on Tuesday in a news briefing.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand: No End to Rights Crisis
The Thai government of Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha elected in March failed to improve respect for human rights or restore genuine democratic rule after five years of military dictatorship, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020.
— Human Rights Watch

Hoax of Thailand Creating Seven New Provinces Resurfaces
An old hoax has recirculated on Facebook, Twitter and Line falsely claiming that Thailand created seven new provinces.
— Chiang Rai Times

PM asks young people to help preserve national institutions
The Prime Minister asked younger people to help preserve national institutions and use their knowledge for national development during a campaign promoting patriotism among children.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand approves merger of state-owned telecoms firms
Thailand on Tuesday approved the merger of two state-run telecommunication companies, CAT Telecom and TOT, into the National Telecom company (NT), which will compete with private operators in the upcoming spectrum auctions, a senior government official said.
— Reuters

Govt eyes cyber HQ to combat hacker threat
The government is launching its first-ever cybersecurity office to combat hacking, amid growing concern over thieves targeting everything from everyday banking transactions to data in the Chim, Shop, Chai stimulus scheme.
— Bangkok Post

New support for SMEs on the cards
The government plans to launch a new package of small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) support measures, of which soft loans and Board of Investment (BoI) incentives could be integral parts.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand, Indonesia to share intelligence to combat insurgents
Thailand and Indonesia on Tuesday (Jan 14) signed an intelligence sharing agreement that the Thai army chief said would help limit the movements of insurgents operating in the Muslim-majority southern region of Thailand.

Alternate day ban for trucks on Kanchanapisek ring road to reduce pollution
Ten-wheel and trailer trucks will be banned from the Kanchanapisek ring road on alternate days for a two-month period, as part of a new set of strict measures to reduce…
— Thai PBS News

Phitsanulok prison chief transferred over inmate deaths
The director of Phitsanulok prison, where four prisoners died recently after suffering overactive thyroid disease, has been transferred to the Department of Corrections after being found negligent, Minister of Justice Somsak Thepsutin announced on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

British expat and Thai man arrested in Pattaya for selling fake watches
A British expat and a Thai man have been arrested today in Pattaya and are accused of selling fake brand name watches.
— The Pattaya News

Dramatic video shows high speed impact, eight British tourists injured on their way to Pattaya – VIDEO
Dramatic highway CCTV has now been released of the crash of the passenger van, injuring eight British tourists travelling from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya.
— The Thaiger

Mum despairs over lotto winner’s drug use
A man who won a six million baht lottery prize in June has been arrested after his mother told police her son had since become a crazed drug addict.
— Bangkok Post

Base jumper rescued after dangling from cliff in Phattalung – UPDATE
The Austrian BASE jumper was dangling a cliff for eight hours in Phattalung province, 175 metres above the ground when his open parachute snagged on a rocky outcrop of a mountain before being rescued.
— The Thaiger

2020 BMW 7 Series facelift: Thai prices and specs
Updated limo comes with same diesel option but improved plug-in hybrid, both at unchanged prices.
— Bangkok Post

Talk About Climate, LGBT, and Tyrants at Bangkok Creative Fest
Writers, activists, journalists, and artists will gather next month at a riverside mansion to share provocative ideas and lead workshops that seek to inspire.
— Khaosod English

Princess Sirindhorn Issues Seasonal Greetings for Year of the Rats
A sister of His Majesty the King on Tuesday released a seasonal greetings card written in Thai and Chinese to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, which falls on Jan. 25.
— Khaosod English

AIS The StartUp nabs best accelerator, incubator programme award
AIS The StartUp, a business development platform which assists startups tech companies by providing technology and experts, has been awarded the “Best Global Accelerator and Incubator Program” from Global StartUp on December 14, 2019, according to a press release.
— e27

Killer in Lopburi Mall mass shooting may have fled to Chonburi, Thai police say, hunt continues
The robber who killed three people and injured four others during a gold shop heist in Lop Buri last week is believed to have fled to Chon Buri, according to a police source and the Bangkok Post.
— The Pattaya News

Tourism operators call for inclusive policies
While Thailand is levering up community-based tourism (CBT) as a new tool to dissolve the congestion of mass tourism, local operators are urging tourism-related agencies to join hands in creating more inclusive and sustainable policies.
— Bangkok Post travel

Man accused of raping granddaughter
A 51-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping and impregnating his 12-year-old granddaughter.
— Bangkok Post

WeEat to open Tim Hortons branches
The Wattanavekin family, a player in sectors as varied as banking, hotels and sugar, has diversified again by bringing Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee shop, to Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Foreign short change artist that has hit shops across Thailand hunted by Thai Police
A foreign short change artist is being hunted by Thai Police after repeating a short change scam at several provinces and stores in Thailand.
— The Pattaya 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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