Thailand morning news for July 7

Thailand morning news for July 7
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US delegation ‘will have to wear masks’
A delegation led by the United States’ army chief of staff won’t be quarantined at state facilities, but they will be required to wear face masks during their talks with the prime minister, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
— Bangkok Post

Central bank not ruling out further easing
The central bank has not shut the door to further monetary policy easing, a deputy governor said, after cutting the key rate three times this year to a record low of 0.5% to support an economy badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

New police division to track tourists’ movements in fight against Covid-19
A new division of the Royal Thai Police is being formed to monitor tourists’ movements as part of the ongoing suppression of the Covid-19 virus.
— The Thaiger

Five new COVID-19 infections reported today among Thais back from Kuwait
Thailand recorded five new COVID-19 cases today, all among Thais in state quarantine after returning from Kuwait, but no new fatalities. CCSA spokesman, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, told a news briefing…
— Thai PBS News

20 Mil. Thais to Spend On Domestic Tourism in Rest of 2020
One-third of Thailand’s population, accounting for no less than 20 million Thais, is forecast to take leisure trips within the country during the second half of this year, said an executive academic on Sunday.
— Khaosod English

Thai officials to meet coconut product manufacturers over UK ban
Thailand’s Foreign Trade Department officials will meet with representatives of coconut product manufacturers, at the Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday, to discuss the impacts of a ban on their products.
— Thai PBS News

Drug gangs start to target Laos border
Thailand has sought help from Laos to step up efforts against drug trafficking along the Thai-Lao border after smugglers changed their routes from the North to Northeast due to heavy suppression along the northern boundary with Myanmar.
— Bangkok Post

Russian woman accused of killing her daughter and then attempting to kill herself in Pattaya denies charges, claims she was ordered to do so
A 33-year-old Russian woman accused of trying to kill herself after allegedly brutally murdering her one-year-old daughter yesterday in Pattaya denied the charges at a first appearance at Pattaya Provincial Court this morning.
— The Pattaya News

Phuket’s Lard Yai Sunday night market springs back to life
The Lard Yai Sunday night walking street along Thalang Road Old Phuket Town has reopened to the delight of vendors, locals and a few expats.
— The Thaiger

Medical Tourists set to start arriving in Thailand under strict precautions, can travel country after quarantine and medical treatment
Starting later this month approximately 1700 foreign visitors will be arriving in Thailand for medical treatment, accompanied with strict quarantine processes and measures.
— The Pattaya News

Thai Prime Minister stresses strict international traveler screening from ‘travel bubble’
The Prime Minister has expressed his concerns about the future resumption of international travel under the Travel Bubble scheme, stressing Thailand must implement a vigorous arrivals screening.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand’s streak without local infections continues
Now onto the coronavirus pandemic, Thailand has not seen locally-transmitted cases for 41 days, and only 61 cases in the nation are still active.
— Newsline (video)

The worst is over, says TAT Deputy Governor
Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), has told a panel discussion that the worst of the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis is over.
— The Phuket News

Thailand opens doors with health capability to handle more visitors
Thailand has announced its health capability to manage the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as the kingdom is opening doors for 11 groups of Thai and non-Thai nationals from earlier this month.
— Pattaya Mail

Highway projects on the fast-tack to cater to EEC
Highways 746 kilometres in length will be completed by 2023 to support the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the Department of Highways (DOH) has said.
— The Nation

Si Sa Ket’s Lava Durian fest boasts a sweet Bt36 million in sales
The Si Sa Ket Lava Durian Festival 2020, which ran from June 26 to July 5 at the fruit market in front of city hall, witnessed luscious sales of more than Bt36 million, Si Sa Ket Agricultural Office chief Sawang Kanlapat said, as he presided over the closing ceremony.
— The Nation

Malaysian and Thai tourism agencies ride on Singapore deputy prime minister’s nomination day speech fumble
A slip of the tongue by Singapore’s deputy prime minister has been taken advantage of by tourism agencies in the region to promote their products instead.
— Pattaya Mail

Education Ministry encourages educational institutions to teach coding
In this special report, we’ll learn more about the Ministry of Education’s effort to encourage Thai educational institutions to teach coding to improve students’ thinking and analytical skills.
— Newsline (video)

Govt backs ‘monkey business’
The Commerce Ministry, coconut farmers and monkey school owners have dismissed claims by an animal rights group that monkeys trained to pick coconuts were maltreated and announced plans to take foreign diplomats on a visit to see the monkeys at work for themselves.
— Bangkok Post

Impact of COVID-19 on Entrepreneurship in Thailand – Lessons from the Past
Ulrike Guelich, a professor at Bangkok University and the leader of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Thailand team, gives her opinion on how long the COVID-19 crisis is going to last, and what it will take to put Thailand back on the road to recovery.
— The Phuket News

Indonesia lags behind Thailand in attracting Russian tourists
Indonesia is lagging behind neighboring Thailand in attracting tourists from Russia because of limited direct flights and fewer promotional activities, which presents an opportunity for tourism businesses.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand says monkey labour ‘almost non-existent’ after UK shop ban
Monkey labour to harvest coconuts for commercial products “is almost non-existent” in Thailand, the commerce minister said on Monday, after British retailers announced bans on products campaigners say use the animals in their production.

Worried Thais in UK want to get out urgently, plead for more flights to bring them home
Desperate Thais in Britain are pleading for more flights to bring them back home, fearing a dreaded second wave of Covid-19 will soon overwhelm that country.
— The Nation

Expats in Thailand rethinking relocation due to the high baht
For would-be expats looking for a lower cost of living and a more enjoyable lifestyle, giving Thailand a miss at this time may be the best idea.

“Let’s Take a Trip” registration opens July 15
Citizens will be able to register for discounts on accommodations and flights as well as e-vouchers this July as part of the “Let’s Take a Trip” campaign of the ” Pansuk or Happiness Sharing Trips”.
— Newsline (video)

PWA signs MOU with DSD to elevate workforce skills
The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has signed an MOU with the Department of Skill Development (DSD) under the “Workforce Skill Development” project.
— Bangkok Post

Ceremony to mark the 2nd anniversary of Tham Luang cave rescue
Many residents of Mae Sai district, of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, took part in a merit-making ceremony this morning (Monday) by presenting alms to monks in front of Tham Luang cave.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Commerce Ministry denies claims by PETA that monkeys are mistreated gathering coconuts in Thailand
The Thai Commerce Ministry has denied claims by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) that monkeys are abused and mistreated while gathering coconuts at farms in Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya Museum denied the origins of the blackwater, then changed their mind – VIDEO
A heritage museum in Pattaya is blaming a “faulty pump” for the flow of black wastewater that was flowing into the coastline on the Pattaya beachfront at Wong Prachan Bay.
— The Thaiger

Man arrested for attempted rape of nurse at hospital
A man arrested on Monday and has confessed to intruding and trying to rape a nurse at Phu Pha Man Hospital on Sunday morning, police said.
— Bangkok Post

Cinema at Scala Shuts Down, But Its Future is Unclear
For 51 years, Scala Theatre was a temple to film in the heart of downtown Bangkok. With its closure Sunday, Scala’s death spells the end of the last remaining stand-alone theater in the capital.
— Khaosod English

Leading with purpose
The longstanding relationship between Thailand and Germany has been marked by numerous cooperation efforts that have been fundamental to advancing the kingdom’s economic development.
— Bangkok Post



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John Le Fevre

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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