Thailand morning news for July 1

Thailand morning news for July 1
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Thai economy will shrink at least 5% this year: World Bank
Thailand’s economy is expected to be severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, shrinking by at least 5% this year and taking more than two years to return to pre-pandemic GDP output levels, the World Bank said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Daily-wage health workers seek more benefits
A group representing hospital daily-wage workers nationwide is calling for better fringe benefits, saying they also deserve a work benefit upgrade being offered salaried staff as a reward for their good work in containing the coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Over 500,000 claimed jobless benefits in June
More than half a million Thais claimed jobless benefits in June, the Department of Employment reported today (June 30).
— The Nation

Thailand among 14 countries EU deems “safe” during Covid-19 pandemic
Thailand has made the cut to be among the 14 countries listed by the EU that are deemed “safe” during the world Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Thaiger

Thailand to resume international air services on July 1st
International air services in and out of Thailand will resume on Wednesday July 1st, after the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand decided to allow six groups of foreigners and citizens from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and Hong Kong access to the country.
— Thai PBS News

Tourist arrivals to ‘plunge 80% this year’
Thailand is expected to see at most 8 million foreign tourists this year, down 80% from a year earlier, as the coronavirus pandemic cuts global travel, a tourism body said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Supreme Court acquits activist in defamation case
The Supreme Court has upheld the Appeals Court’s acquittal of human rights defender Andy Hall on criminal defamation and computer crimes charges brought against him by the pineapple company Natural Fruit Co Ltd in 2013.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Khurusapha Trade Organization announces mass redundancies
The state-owned Teachers Council of Thailand Trade Organization, or the Khurusapha Trade Organization, today announced the mass layoff of 961 employees, claiming it has operated at a loss for 15 consecutive years.
— Thai PBS News

July 27th declared an extra holiday in lieu of Songkran
Thailand’s Cabinet has declared Monday July 27th a public holiday, in lieu of one postponed Songkran day off, government spokeswoman Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS News

Online, food delivery services to be regulated
The cabinet on Tuesday approved measures to regulate food and online delivery services after customer complaints during the country’s coronavirus lockdown, a senior government official said.
— Bangkok Post

ThaiGov now wants to know every time you ride the BTS/MRT
The government’s citizen tracking system is expanding to mass transportation.
— Coconuts Thailand

Two new quarantined COVID-19 cases are recorded in Thailand
Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 case today, both among returnees in state quarantine, but no new fatalities.
— Thai PBS News

Aviation Agency Issues List of Travelers Allowed into Thailand
The civil aviation regulator on Monday night releases a list of traveler groups to be admitted into the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

IATA calls on countries like Thailand to think again over quarantine schemes and travel curbs
The Director-General of IATA, the nucleus of the world’s airline industry, has warned that governments worldwide, drifting towards national quarantine schemes, could be giving the green light to rising unemployment in the tourism industry.

Flood waters in China has no impact to Mekong River in Thailand
Thailand’s National Water Administration has reported that severe flooding in China won’t cause the water level in the Mekong River to rise, and Thailand will not be affected.
— Pattaya Mail

Thai economy seen hitting bottom in Q2: central bank
Thailand’s economy is expected to hit its bottom in the second quarter, contracting by a double-digit number but less than 20 per cent from a year earlier, amid the coronavirus outbreak, the central bank said on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Govt backs SFIF contribution cut
The cabinet yesterday allowed specialised financial institutions to halve their contribution to the Specialised Financial Institution Development Fund (SFIF) to 0.125% of deposit base for two years, starting this year.
— Bangkok Post

Thai FDA preparing to register vaccine as two research teams race ahead
The Thai Food and Drug Administration is preparing to register any Covid-19 vaccines that are successfully developed in the country.
— The Nation

Committee issues new rules governing medical tourism
Thailand’s medical hub committee yesterday unveiled a set of guidelines for medical tourism as the country gears up to open its borders to international visitors.
— Bangkok Post

Investment in Thailand’s EEC drops 18% in January-May
The number of firms registering in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) from January-May this year dropped 13.35 per cent year-on-year to 2,731, Department of Business Development director-general Vuttikrai Leewiraphan announced on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Fringe benefits for all hospital staff sought
A group representing hospital daily-wage workers nationwide is calling for better fringe benefits, saying they also deserve a work benefit upgrade being offered salaried staff as a reward for their good work in containing the coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

PM marks 45-year ties with China
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has sent a congratulatory message to his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Thailand today.
— Bangkok Post

BMA wary of Covid second wave as schools, pubs reopen
Bangkok schools and entertainment venues were today identified as a potential source of a second wave of Covid-19 infections when they reopen on Wednesday (July 1).
— The Nation

Appeal Court upholds death penalty for Nawat
The Appeal Court has upheld the lower court’s death sentence against Nawat Tohcharoensuk, the former Pheu Thai Party MP for Khon Kaen, it was announced on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

PHL-Thailand cigarette dispute still unresolved before WTO
The lack of seating judges in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body is hampering the Philippines’s bid to retaliate against Thailand for its noncompliance with the ruling on their cigarette dispute.
— Business Mirror

Cambodia gives first hint of reopening Thai border posts
Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen has urged Asean partners gradually to reopen cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region.
— Pattaya Mail

Thai Court Will Hold Inquest into 2019 Death of Suspected Rebel
A court in southern Thailand will hold hearings in November and December into the cause of death of a suspected insurgent who fell into a coma and died after being taken into military custody last year, his relatives and their lawyer said Monday.
— Benar News

Supachai cleared of fraud in KCUC case
Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, the former chairman of the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC), has been cleared of fraud in the KCUC embezzlement scandal.
— Bangkok Post

One million digital boxes for learning
More than one million digital TV boxes will be distributed to schools under three state agencies to support online and distance learning during the Covid-19 outbreak in the kingdom.
— Bangkok Post

Health Ministry ready to facilitate Safe International Travel
The Ministry of Public Health has affirmed its readiness to take care of international visitors as well as Thais travelling abroad, once international travel restrictions are eased, starting with countries in the tentative Travel Bubble agreement.
— Newsline (video)

Plan to reopen five islands to foreign tourists by August
The Tourism and Sports Ministry aims to reopen five islands to foreign tourists in three provinces – Phuket, Krabi and Surat Thani – by August.
— The Nation

Parks win backing for heritage list
The cabinet has agreed to push Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani and Tham Luang national park in Chiang Rai to be recognised as Asean Heritage Parks (AHP).
— Bangkok Post

Three-pronged plan for Thai medical tourism after Covid-19
The Medical Hub Policy committee has agreed on three principles for receiving medical tourists after the Covid-19 outbreak has been resolved, Dr Thares Krainairawiwong, Department of Health Service Support director general, said today (June 30).
— The Nation

PM Prayut delivers financial aid to affected medical personnel
The Prime Minister has granted 2.98 million baht to healthcare providers and public health personnel affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Newsline (video)

Energy Ministry plans to buy solar energy generated by public under new project
The Energy Ministry aims to launch a new public solar energy project with an annual target of 50 megawatts and the pilot phase to be completed in 60 days, Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawong said.
— The Nation

Cambodia and Laos happy as Thailand reopens 37 border checkpoints
Thailand will reopen checkpoints on the border with all neighboring states to resume cross-border cargo transport and trading from Wednesday (July 1), according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.
— The Star Online

Steer clear of Srinakarin-Phatthanakan intersection for 5 months, bridge under repair
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has notified motorists that it is repairing the bridge over the Srinakarin Road-Phatthanakan Road intersection for safety until November 25 and suggests that drivers use three other roads to avoid any traffic jam.
— The Nation

40 long-distance trains, 6 to tourism destinations, to hit the tracks from tomorrow
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will resume services of 40 long-distance and tourism trains from tomorrow (July 1), in line with the government’s easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures, SRT governor Nirut Maneephan said today.
— The Nation

Restrictions further relaxed for borders with Thailand, Singapore
Putrajaya today announced the further easing of restrictions on the country’s northern and southern borders with Thailand and Singapore.
— Free Malaysia Today

Deputy Agriculture Minister delivers Poultry to Drought hit Farmers
The Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister visited Maha Sarakham Province to deliver poultry to farmers affected by natural disasters, encouraging them to raise chickens to generate income.
— Newsline (video)

Covid-19 drives Thailand deeper into poverty
The World Bank forecasts it will take Thailand at least two years to resume its pre-Covid real growth level – already one of the lowest in the region at 2.8% in 2019 – while the pandemic promises to swell the growing ranks of the country’s poor, hitting the urban-based middle class the hardest.
— Asia Times

Thais, Indonesia seek deal
Thailand and Indonesia have vowed to tighten bilateral trade cooperation to rehabilitate both economies following the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand seeks gender equality in government agencies
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) has held a workshop on the establishment of a gender equality coordination center, to serve as a model organization promoting equality between men and women.
— Pattaya Mail

How Thailand’s social enterprises are helping locals survive COVID-19
When Thai travel consultancy Local Alike saw its revenue drop to zero due to the coronavirus outbreak, it started selling products from villages through social media.
— World Economic Forum

Thailand to regulate online and food delivery services
Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday approved measures to regulate food and online delivery services after customer complaints during the country’s coronavirus lockdown, a senior government official said.
— Reuters

Court orders by-election in Samut Prakan
The Supreme Court has ordered a by-election in constituency 5 of Samut Prakan province after Krungsiwilai Suthinphueak of the Palang Pracharath Party was yellow-carded for vote-buying, Election Commission secretary-general Pol Col Jarungwit Phumma said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand observes ‘Asalha Bucha’ and ‘Buddhist Lent’ at temples new normal ways
With religious holiday’s upcoming weekend, the Ministry of Culture is encouraging faithful Buddhist to observe religious teachings, while asking temples across the country to enforce social distancing and necessary precautionary measures against COVID-19 at religious events.
— Pattaya Mail

Thai Millennials on their stress levels, job security, and view on business leaders
With COVID-19’s continual impact on the world – on economies, livelihoods, and more – how are Millennials and Gen Zs coping?
— Human Resources Online

Thai Cabinet approves waiver of some motorway usage fees over upcoming holiday weekend, including Bangkok to Pattaya
Deputy Prime Minister Trisoul Trisornkul, Deputy Spokesman of the Office of the Prime Minister, announced today that the Thai Cabinet has waived motorway usage fees over the upcoming holiday weekend to help encourage domestic tourism.
— The Pattaya News

Migrant sex workers fear for the future
“Bua” used to earn up to 40,000 baht a month as a sex worker in the northern province of Chiang Mai when the coronavirus forced entertainment venues to close, leaving her jobless.
— Bangkok Post

Preschools Prepare for Reopening Amid Virus Fears (Photos)
For the past month, Darunee Khedkhow has arrived at Bangkok’s Makkasan community preschool at 8 a.m. each weekday, just as she has done for most of her past 12 years as a teacher.
— Khaosod English

Happy Phase 5! Bars Open Till Midnight, Soapy Massage Returns
Erotic massage parlours and bars will be allowed to reopen Wednesday in the lastest phase of coronavirus business reopenings.
— Khaosod English

What It’s Like to Be Half-Black, Half Thai: Morris K’s Story
Morris K remembers when he was teased at school for being black. He would come home and scrub his skin in a hopeless attempt to change who he was.
— Khaosod English

6 Thais accused of procuring young girls for sex trade in Ratchaburi
Today the superintendent of Human Trafficking Suppression Division 5, reported that they have arrested 40 year old Sasirat who has been accused of procuring young girls for the ‘flesh’ trade in Ratchaburi province for over 10 years.
— The Thaiger

Hospital quarantine facilities being readied for medical tourists
New in-hospital quarantine facilities are being prepared to allow uninterrupted treatment for medical tourists, according to the Public Health Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

Life Coach Who Praises Prawit Accused of Embezzling Donations
A popular social media influencer on Tuesday stands accused of misusing donation money ostensibly fundraised to help wildfires in the north.
— Khaosod English

New ‘Progressive Movement’ party plans to take on local elections
Thailand’s elections may look a bit different as some candidates, who normally campaign in local elections, are banding together to form a new ‘Progressive Movement.’
— The Thaiger

Uni Shows ‘New Normal’ Classrooms as Schools Set for Reopening
Schools and universities around Thailand are set to reopen on Wednesday amid the declining threats of the coronavirus, albeit with some new restrictions in the classrooms.
— Khaosod English

Shopping coupons for tourists arriving in Phuket by car
The Tourism Authority of Thailand hopes to lure local travellers to this island province with the offer of 1,000 baht of shopping coupons for 500 families arriving by car under a new normal promotion starting on July 7.
— Bangkok Post travel

Transgenders See New Victories, From Grad Gowns to Bureaucracy
For Sirawut Inpim, a transgender student at Thammasat University, her dream of wearing a woman graduation gown came almost too late for her commencement ceremony.
— Khaosod English

Two suspects arrested and accused of stealing British man’s motorbike on Jomtien Beach
Pattaya-The Pattaya Police took only three hours to track down and arrest two suspects who reportedly stole a motorbike from a British man on Jomtien Beach yesterday.
— The Pattaya News

Thai spa brand eyes international invasion, “Bonita Spa Expert” aims for world number one spa spot
Spas are parts of the hospitality industry most affected by social distancing in the Covid-19 era but at least one visionary practitioner is taking a big leap into the ‘now normal’ with new safeguards.
— Bangkok Post

Critics Suspect Power Grab in Virus Decree Extension
The government on Tuesday extended the Emergency Decree to another month through July with a stated aim of combating the coronavirus, though critics of the authorities call it a coup in disguise.
— Khaosod English

China congratulates Thailand on their success at controlling the Covid-19 coronavirus
Thanks to cooperation from all sides, Thailand has reported no new domestic cases of COVID-19 for over a month.
— The Pattaya News

Man found dead in fire-gutted car near Bangkok temple
A man was found dead inside a car which caught fire near a temple in Bangkok’s Nong Khaem district on Tuesday afternoon.
— Bangkok Post

Legal action over demolition of historical trading post
The Fine Arts Department on Tuesday asked police to prosecute those who demolished the 127-year-old building in Phrae province that was once the Bombay Burmah Trading Co.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Tourism Ministry proposes using five islands for “bubble” type travel for tourists
The Thai Tourism Ministry has proposed to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and the Thai Department of Public Health to utilize five islands in the provinces of Phuket, Krabi and Surat Thani as early as August for controlled travelling of foreign tourists.
— The Pattaya News

Khao Yai Park fully booked as Thailand’s national parks reopen
Khao Yai National Park, in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, is fully booked until July 5th as it prepares to reopen on July 1st after three months of closure.
— Thai PBS News

Tour bus incident leaves 5 injured after flipping into ditch
A tour bus accident has left 5 people injured after flipping into a ditch on a highway leading to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s hotel industry pushing ahead with recovery
Optimism is building in some corners of the hospitality industry as Thailand pushes ahead with it Covid-19 recovery phases.
— The Thaiger



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He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

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