Thailand morning news for May 26

Thailand morning news for May 26
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Thai Government is warning on fake Thai Chana Covid19 contact tracing websites
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration warned the public this afternoon in both the English and Thai language press conferences around fake Thai Chana (Victory in the Thai language) websites being used to gather people’s data.
— The Pattaya News

2 children thought to have been poisoned by mother fed corrosive substance
The director of Thammasat Hospital confirmed today that two young children, admitted with bleeding in the digestive tract, vomiting of blood and stomach inflammation, were not suffering with a disease, but from the effects of the ingestion of a corrosive substance.
— Thai PBS News

Probe to find out the where 72-year old was infected with coronavirus
Health investigators are still unable to locate where a 72-year old man visited and contracted COVID-19, because the man visited many places in the 14-days prior to May 18th, when he tested positive for the pathogen, said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin today (Monday).
— Thai PBS News

Thai Airways could let go as many as 10,000 employees, local media reports
Troubled national carrier Thai Airways (THAI) could let go as many as 10,000 employees according to local media reports this weekend.
— Thai Enquirer

Thailand names 27 drought-hit provinces disaster zones
Thailand has named 27 provinces as disaster zones due to severe drought that is ravaging the country for months.
— Vietnamplus

Cabinet to be asked to let Finance Ministry proceed with THAI rehabilitation
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm will propose to the Cabinet on Tuesday an amendment to its May 19th resolution, to replace the Transport Ministry with the Finance Ministry as the sole authority to craft and administer the rehabilitation plan for beleaguered Thai Airways International.
— Thai PBS News

12 curfew violators arrested in Pattaya after breaking through a checkpoint – VIDEO
12 curfew breakers were arrested in Pattaya City last night just before midnight after a black Hyundai van vehicle broke through a police curfew checkpoint.
— The Thaiger

Thailand enters global race for COVID-19 vaccine with trials on monkeys
Thailand is conducting tests on macaque monkeys as it races to produce a cheaper, alternative coronavirus vaccine it hopes will be ready by 2021, a top researcher said Monday.

Thai Government to provide alternative “luxury” state quarantine to those returning to Thailand, at their own expense
The Ministry of Public Health has joined hands with private companies to provide Alternative State Quarantine accommodations to people who have returned from abroad and would like to have special services, at their own expense, during quarantine.
— The Pattaya News

Man Hunt by Region Two Police for three wanted foreign nationals
A Region 2 Provincial Police Taskforce is hunting 3 foreign fugitives, two from Russia and one from France believed to be currently hiding out in the Pattaya or Phuket areas wanted for a multitude of alleged offenses such as murder, fraud, extortion and narcotics locally and in their homeland.
— The Pattaya News

Transport Ministry backs down over administering THAI rehabilitation plan
The Ministry of Transport has backed down over its demand to have a role in the administration of the court-sanctioned rehabilitation plan for Thai Airways International, now that the ailing national flag carrier is no longer a state enterprise under the ministry’s oversight.
— Thai PBS News

Protests sprout, many harassed on 6th anniversary of coup
Protests have been staged in Bangkok and other provinces to mark the 6th anniversary of the 2014 coup d’état.
— Prachatai English

Police Deny Abusing Virus Emergency Law to Block Protests
A police spokesman on Monday rejected the allegations that the authorities employed the Emergency Decree to suppress political activities.
— Khaosod English

Thai food giant to provide a million meals priced at 20 baht
Thai food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods says it plans to offer heavily discounted ready-to-eat meals for those facing financial difficulties as a result of the economic fallout of Covid-19.
— The Thaiger


B150bn from future budgets may be used
The government is set to reallocate 150 billion baht from the 2020 and 2021 fiscal budgets if additional funds for economic and social restoration are needed to blunt the fallout from the pandemic, says the Budget Bureau.
— Bangkok Post

Govt to recruit volunteers for vaccine trial
Thai researchers plan to recruit 5,000 volunteers for a human trial of a Covid-19 vaccine expected to start later this year, following an ongoing three-month test on monkeys.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PM orders investigation into state quarantine kickbacks
The Prime Minister of Thailand has ordered an investigation into alleged state quarantine kickbacks in order to take further tough action against the wrongdoers.
— Vietnamplus

Pandemic May Split Thailand’s Ruling Coalition, Says Opposition
Thailand’s ruling coalition is at risk of fracturing amid infighting stoked in part by criticism of its response to the Covid-19 induced economic crash, according to the main opposition party.
— Bloomberg

Thailand delays data protection law implementation by one year amid COVID-19 crisis
Thailand has delayed by one year the introduction of the data law by one year. Businesses will now have one more year to comply with a new personal data protection law, Reuters reports.
— Telecompaper

Thailand to drive domestic tourism as economy rides out drop in foreign visitors
Thailand plans to boost domestic tourism in the third quarter to help support the struggling economy as the coronavirus pandemic hits global travel and domestic consumption, the state planning agency said on Monday.
— Reuters

‘No politics’ in decree stretch
Forestalling a second wave of infections, and not politics, is behind the government’s need to extend enforcement of the emergency decree as lockdown measures are set to loosen up, said Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.
— Bangkok Post

Thai researcher eyes affordable, accessible coronavirus vaccine for SE Asia
A researcher leading Thailand’s push to manufacture a coronavirus vaccine says its aim is to make it cost-effective and accessible to Southeast Asia, and play a part in preventing a supply shortage globally.
— Reuters

China-Thailand railway agreement likely be signed in October: Thai transport minister
The “Contract 2.3” for the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima high-speed railway between Thailand and China is likely to be signed in October, said Thai Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob on Monday.
— Xinhuanet

Military top brass skip Senate votes
The leaders of the three armed forces have the worst track records when it comes to Senate voting, according to the Internet for People’s Laws Project, or iLaw.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya and eastern region to get heavy rains May 25-27
The moderate southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea and Thailand while the low-pressure cell covers upper Laos and Vietnam.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand expands fruit promotions as China eases lockdowns
Thailand’s Commerce Ministry is actively promoting Thai fruits in eight Chinese cities as China is easing its anti-COVID-19 lockdowns.
— Fresh Plaza

Thailand government strives to help people in all sectors of society
Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat, Government Spokesperson, responded about the slandering made by opposition parties on the Government’s undertakings that the primary mission of the Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, is to help out people of all sectors, especially low-income earners and farmers, in a tangible manner through implementation of various projects and measures.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand’s Curfew Violators Receive a Get-Out-of-Jail Card
Curfew violators of Thailand’s lockdown who have been subjected to maximum jail terms of two years, have received a get-out-of-jail card.
— Chiang Rai Times

New normal for foreigners seeking access to Thailand even after flights resume if virus persists
A senior Thai Immigration Bureau officer has called for the cooperation of everyone, including non-nationals, in defeating the Covid 19 virus as he outlined the current situation for allowing foreigners access to the kingdom.

Research participants needed for a study entitled “Impact of Body Image on Middle-Aged Thai Men’s Self-Esteem and Job Performance”
Thai men aged between 35-50 years who are currently employed are cordially invited to participate in a qualitative research study entitled “Impact of Body Image on Middle-Aged Thai Men’s Self-Esteem and Job Performance”.
— Bangkok Post

DNP considers an annual break for all its parks
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is considering plans to start giving breaks once a year to all its parks nationwide.
— Newsline (video)

Fake Thai Chana websites phish for personal data
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has warned that fraudulent websites bearing the name of the government’s Thai Chana platform are trying to steal personal information from shoppers.
— Bangkok Post

Bank of Thailand governor won’t seek second term
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) is set for a new governor after its incumbent head Veerathai Santiprabhob decided against seeking a second term.
— Bangkok Post

Six Thais and two foreigners arrested in raid of shop allegedly selling alcohol during curfew in violation of Emergency Decree in Pattaya area
Six Thai Nationals and two foreigners were arrested last night just past 11:00 PM during a raid on a small shop in Soi Khao Talo allegedly selling alcohol and violating the current emergency decree to help control the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

AIS plays down 8.3bn-record leak
Advanced Info Service Plc, Thailand’s largest mobile operator, has denied its users’ data are compromised as reported by an American online technology publisher, saying the logs only show an overall picture of internet use, not personal or sensitive information of its customers.
— Bangkok Post

100+ Plastics Spent on a Single 14-Day State Quarantine
A resident of a state quarantine facility said he was shocked to see more than 100 plastic containers used for his 14-day isolation.
— Khaosod English

Thousands of people have been travelling between provinces
… but not quite as many as before, so far. The Director General of the Department of Land Transport says that more people have been using the inter-provincial buses services after the government recently easing Thailands’ lock down situation.
— The Thaiger

Chaturon Forming New Party ‘Independent of Thaksin’
Veteran politician and former activist Chaturon Chaisang said he is forming a new pro-democracy party independent of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
— Khaosod English

Students to wear mask, get temperature checked at school
Students will need to wear a face mask and have their temperature checked before entering school.
— The Thaiger

Phuket chef hands out over 2,000 free meals
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen many heartwarming outpourings of charity, with a lot of businesses, both Thai and foreign, handing out free meals and essential goods to those affected by the crisis.
— The Thaiger

The future of Thai tourism post COVID-19
In 2019, nearly 40 million tourists visited Thailand. This year, however, it is forecast that number will fall by more than 10 million.
— Thai PBS News

Chumphon woman dies of COVID-19, ending fatality-free streak
Ending a 15-day run of no confirmed COVID-19 deaths, health officials today announced that a woman has died of the disease in Chumphon province.
— Coconuts Thailand

Australia plans to export solar power to Singapore via undersea cable
Survey work will soon begin on an ambitious plan to export power from a giant solar farm in Australia to Singapore via a 3,800 kilometre undersea cable.
— Bangkok Post

From beauty queen to new face in Thailand’s COVID-19 battle
Crowned Miss Thailand 2008, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul returned to the spotlight last week as assistant spokeswoman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
— Thai PBS News

THAI picks new board members, Piyasvasti returns
Former president Piyasvasti Amranand has returned to THAI, which picked him and three other new faces to be new board members ahead of the airline’s restructuring.
— Bangkok Post

Chitpas Files Libel for Linking Her to Protest Picture
A leader of the movement that brought down an elected government back in 2014 on Monday filed a complaint against those who accused her of vandalizing the police HQ sign during one of the protests.
— Khaosod English

8.3 Billion Records of AIS Internet Users Leaked Online
AIS moved to secure its online database that leaked 8.3 billion internet records of its users, security researchers said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Young Thai man killed during cargo container accident in Laem Chabang
A 23 year old Thai man was crushed to death after a cargo container broke loose while being lifted to a higher level of a large cargo ship in the Laem Chabang area early this morning.
— The Pattaya News

Ayutthaya welcomes visitors after restrictions lift
Ayutthaya is welcoming visitors again after months of empty temple grounds as another set of restrictions were lifted over the weekend, allowing temples and historical sites to open back up.
— The Thaiger

Cross-border drug trafficking is a “leading concern”
Thousands of people have been arrested since October for drug trafficking in Northeast Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Street vendor on-selling community pantry donations
One vendor seems to be using the pop-up “pantries of sharing” to their advantage, taking the donated grocery products and then on-selling them at a market in Rangsit, outside Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

Salmonella found in ‘death dumplings’ that killed a Thai woman
Lab results on Sunday found a dubious dish dubbed “death dumplings” after at least one woman died contained the potentially fatal salmonella bacteria.
— Coconuts Thailand

Ancient cave paintings discovered in western Thailand
Archaeologists announced Sunday the discovery of ancient murals estimated to be up to 3,000 years old in a cave in the west of Thailand.
— Coconuts Thailand

Weekend Revival: Data shows Bangkok swinging back into action
Every day been feeling the same? Good news: The weekend returned to Bangkok as life poured into its streets, bringing a return of activity – and traffic.
— Coconuts Thailand

Airbnb hosts medical workers, offers alternative to Thai gov’t quarantine
Some of Bangkok’s Airbnb host legions left in the lurch by the lack of travelers may get a boost, if they’re up for a little risk.
— Coconuts Thailand



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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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