Thailand morning news for May 5

Thailand morning news for May 5
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Thailand morning newsRoadside ambush in Pattani kills 1 and injures another
Last night southern police reported that at 7pm a paramilitary ranger was shot dead and another injured in a roadside ambush in Sai Buri district in the Pattani province.
— The Thaiger

Princess Ubolratana frets end of ban could see resurgence of virus
Princess Ubolratana has expressed her concern about a possible surge in new coronavirus cases following the lifting of the ban on sales of alcoholic beverages in most provinces.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand reports 18 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
Thailand’s new coronavirus cases rose to 18 on Monday (May 4), after falling to single digits for the past week, but the country reported no new deaths.

Remembrances of Red Trauma (4) – The lingering violence of Bloody May 2010
Ten years have passed since the killings of Bloody May, yet those responsible are still walking free and blameless in the eyes of the law. Out of the 94 killed, 44 were from Isaan. Today, justice is still waiting to be served, writes Wirawat Somnuek.
— Isaan Record

Thailand:Asian Re’s investment strategy increases liquidity and credit risk
A large part of the investment portfolio of Bangkok-based Asian Reinsurance Corporation (Asian Re) comprises cash and short-term deposits, of which a significant portion is held offshore in a country subject to sanctions, which continues to be a significant offsetting balance sheet factor, says AM Best.
— Asia Insurance Review

Bangkok reopens with stylists in scrubs, plastic screens between diners
Businesses reopening in Bangkok on Monday (May 4) after weeks of near lockdown were taking intense precautions to prevent new outbreaks of the coronavirus.

Officials Say Yala’s Virus Cases are False Positives
Health officials on Monday said machine error led to a false report of 40 new coronavirus cases in Yala province over the weekend.
— Khaosod English

Phuket Allows 15,000 Employees to Leave Island After Lockdown
Thailand’s Phuket province has begun to allow employees to leave the tourist island on condition that they do not come back until the COVID-19 situation has eased.
— Khaosod English


Twenty-eight airports in Thailand reopen for business
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said on Monday that it has granted permission to 28 airports in Thailand to resume domestic services.
— Xinhuanet

Bloodshed Returns to Insurgency-hit Thai Deep South after Month of Inactivity
A COVID-19 ceasefire announced by the largest insurgent group in Thailand’s Deep South appears to have crumbled after four people were killed during attacks at the weekend that followed a deadly raid by government forces against suspected rebels last week.
— Benar News

Thailand’s PTTEP says two new oil discoveries offshore Mexico
Thai energy company PTT Exploration and Production Pcl said on Monday its joint venture had made two deep-water oil discoveries in the Salina Basin, offshore Mexico.
— Reuters

Top Thai executives roll out plans but ultimately ‘herd immunity’ may be the basis for recovery
Thailand’s wealthiest businessmen have been sending reports and letters to Government House with schemes and proposals backed by cash pledges to help the country cope with the economic challenge whose scale has yet to reveal itself because of the Covid 19 virus catastrophe.

Most businesses resume operations in Thailand
Thailand has begun lifting restrictions after a steady decline in the number of coronavirus infections.
— Aljazeera

Thai farmers to get COVID-19 financial aid mid of May
The agriculture minister expects financial aid to reach farmers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 from mid this month onwards and farmers are advised to quickly register for the assistance.
— Pattaya Mail

Looming end of Ramadan spurs virus fight in Muslim south
Health officials in Yala are working night and day in their battle against Covid-19 during Ramadan, in the hope Muslims will be free to celebrate at the end of their holy month of fasting.
— Bangkok Post

Wat Rakhang’s almshouse becomes a role model for good ‘Social Distancing’ practices
Social Distancing procedures at Wat Rakhang of Bangkok have become a role model for other almshouses across the country.
— Newsline (video)

Thai developer cuts prices to stress sales over profit in crisis
Thai property developer Sansiri Pcl is placing sales ahead of profitability as it looks to generate cashflow to survive the coronavirus pandemic.
— New Straits Times


Checkpoints come to a close as Pattaya reaches three weeks with no confirmed new cases of Covid-19
Pattaya- Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem, along with the Banglamung Sheriff and other city leaders visited all major road checkpoints in Pattaya this evening personally to thank all the staff for their three weeks of hard work.
— The Pattaya News

Escapees recaptured in Sakon Nakhon
Four of the five inmates who escaped from a prison in Sawang Daen Din district of Sakon Nakhon province on Friday have been recaptured, Corrections Department director-general Pol Col Naras Savestanan said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Agricultural robot modified to provide biohazard clean-ups
‘Nong Nonsi’ robot is the invention of teacher Panya Laanantana from the Department of Electrical Engineering Faculty of Engineering Kasetsart University in Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

COVID-19 and employment in the tourism sector
The global impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector is devastating. In the Asia-Pacific region, the impact on economies and labour markets was felt from an early stage, mainly through the tourism sector.
— Thailand Today

18 More Foreign Inmates Infected With Coronavirus
Eighteen more foreigners held at the immigration jail in Songkhla province were infected with coronavirus, the government said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Pattaya bar raided, 8 arrested for violating emergency decree – VIDEO
Police in Pattaya have raided a small bar just outside the city for violating the Covid-19 emergency decree by being open and selling alcohol.
— The Thaiger

Second time unluckier?
Easing the restrictions to contain the coronavirus outbreak seems to be a gamble the government has to make, since businesses could be wiped off the radar on Wongnai and other lifestyle super apps.
— Bangkok Post

Foreigner, believed to be Chinese, falls and survives from the ninth floor of a Jomtien Beach Condo
Jomtien- Sawang Boriboon Rescue Services and associated press reported that a foreigner, believed to be a Chinese national, fell from the ninth floor of a Jomtien condo around 8:30 PM this evening.
— The Pattaya News

Restaurants in Pattaya adjust to the new dine-in Covid-19 rules and regulations
As dine-in restaurants began to slowly reopen in Pattaya yesterday for the first time in nearly a month business owners began to adjust to the many new rules and regulations designed to prevent the potential spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

Curfew breaker in Pattaya made to recite Thai National Anthem on video and apologize as punishment
Pattaya-Pattaya Police have arrested a curfew breaker last night and instead of prosecuting him decided to punish him by singing the Thailand national anthem on video and apologizing publically.
— The Pattaya News

Boxing Stadiums May Reopen by Mid-June, Organizer Says
Boxing stadiums, whose functions have been associated with the coronavirus clusters, may reopen by June 15, one of the sport organizers said.
— Khaosod English

Nurak appointed privy councillor
Former president of the Constitutional Court Nurak Mapraneet has been appointed a member of the Privy Council.
— Bangkok Post



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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.

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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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