Thailand Morning News For May 9

Thailand Morning News For May 9

Thailand morning newsShippers’ Council forecasts 8% export growth this year
The Thai National Shippers’ Council (TNSC) has forecast 8% export growth this year, due to continued economy recovery in trade partners.

217 officials found embezzling state funds for the destitute
The Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has reported 50% progress in its investigation into the embezzlement of state funds for the destitute in Chiang Mai province.

Migrant labour cap piques businesses
Business operators are crying foul over a new law that caps the share of migrant workers at 20%, saying the regulation poses a “critical obstacle” for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) struggling to cope with labour shortages.
— Bangkok Post

Prime property prices are down
Prime Bangkok prices are dropping. That’s the summary of research from real estate firm Knight Frank in its latest Prime Global Cities report covering prices in almost 50 cities during the first three months of this year.
— Thailand Property News

PM assesses infrastructure projects for the Northeast
AFTER A GRAND reception to show their support for Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the people of ฺBhum Jai Thai party’s stronghold in Buri Ram and other three lower northeastern provinces had their project proposals seen by the Cabinet yesterday.
— The Nation

Thailand Post to set up 2 new logistics center, 1 e-commerce center
Thailand Post plans establish two new logistics centers and an e-commerce center next year to increase its competitiveness.

Industry gears up to respond to U-turn on renewable energy policy
THE Federation of the Thai Industries (FTI) will tomorrow announce its response to a controversial government decision to halt purchases of electricity from renewable sources for five years.
— The Nation

Thailand among most ‘Muslim-friendly’
THAILAND is ranked second among Non-OIC markets as “the most Muslim-friendly travel destination”, the Mastercard-Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2018 reported yesterday.
— The Nation

PM Prayut confirms decision to allow non residents at controversial housing project in Chiang Mai
The Prime Minister has confirmed his decision never to allow any residents to reside in the newly-constructed judges’ houses at the center of recent public attention and protest.

U.S. officials observe Thailand’s solutions to labor problems in fishing sector
Executives of Customs and Immigration offices of the U.S. have visited the Samut Sakhon Fish Marketing Organization to inspect the Thai government’s solutions to human trafficking in the fishing industry.

BCPG backs smart park with Bt7 bn
ALTERNATIVE-energy operator BCPG Plc plans to invest Bt7 billion to establish the Smart Park industrial estate project in Rayong province by 2021.
— The Nation

Thailand winners from the Asia-Pacific Property Awards
Sansiri,, CBRE, The Riviera Group and Banyan Tree Residences were some of the big winners at the Asia-Pacific edition of the International Property Awards 2018.
— Thailand Property News

Dual Thai nationality votes being ‘sold’ for today’s Malaysian election
MALAYSIAN authorities have tightened the border with Thailand after 200 people with dual nationality allegedly sold their votes in Northern Kelantan to cast ballots in today’s general election.
— The Nation

Water levels increase in many provinces
While many provinces are preparing for the upcoming rainy season, water levels of the Mekong River in Nong Khai province have already increased.

Riverside luxury prices soar
A shortage of land and new supply of high-end condos on the banks of the Chao Phraya River has driven luxury residential prices to rise by 80% on average from 2014-18, says property consultant JLL Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Claims of widespread extortion racket at Bangkok market
SOME OF THE 500 VENDORS at Bangkok’s Donmuang Modern Market claim they have been paying between Bt500 and Bt10,000 a month for police protection because some of the products they are selling are illegal.
— The Nation

Cabinet acknowledges development plan for lower Northeast
The Cabinet has acknowledged the proposed development plan for a group of provinces in the lower part of the northeastern region.

DDC announces success in treating Hepatitis C
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has announced the success of research into a new Hepatitis C remedy based on Sofosbuvir-Ledipasvir, which has proven to be effective in 97-100 percent of cases treated.

Shopee teams up with DHL eCommerce in Thailand to offer a seamless delivery experience
With over 500 DHL ServicePoints across Thailand, Shopee users can enjoy excellent delivery service nationwide
— The Nation

Back to school for Thailand’s elderly
Wearing crisp red-and-white uniforms, a group of 60-year-olds pile into a bus, smiling broadly as they make their way to a school in Ayutthaya, a province in Thailand.
— Reuters

Myanmar refugees hope for peace and stability, head home from Thailand: UN
Ninety-three refugees from Myanmar who have been living in camps in Thailand have gone home, the second such return since 2016, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday (May 8), raising hopes for the eventual closure of some of Asia’s oldest refugee camps.
— Channel NewsAsia/ Reuters

Fugitive Korean fraudsters arrested in Kanchanaburi
A South Korean couple who convinced their countrymen to invest about 200 million baht in a bogus casino complex in Kanachanburi have been arrested, 13 years after they fled to Thailand with the money.
— Bangkok Post

DSD promotes freelance jobs for elderly persons
Skills Development Centers nationwide are opening occupational training courses for elderly persons, providing them opportunities to do freelance jobs.

US retiree accused of running ‘sex tours’ on Thai-Myanmar border
An American man has been arrested in a sting operation for allegedly running a online brothel service matching men in northern Thailand with Myanmar sex workers across the border, police said Tuesday (May 8).
— Channel NewsAsia

MFA introduces new Thailand passport with 10-years validity
A new Thailand passport will be valid for 10 years, twice as long as the current one in favor of travelers overseas.

Premchai reports to court on ivory possession case, requests travel abroad
Italian Thai Development Co Ltd CEO Premchai Karnasutra joined his wife and another suspect yesterday in reporting to the court on charges of illegal possession of ivory with all three continuing to deny any wrongdoing and the court scheduling an evidence and witness review hearing on June 25.

Changes to visa applications at the Thai Consulate-General in Penang
The Royal Thai Consulate-General in Penang has announced changes to its acceptance and delivery of visas.
— The Thaiger

LINE to promote online safety in Thailand
Thailand’s Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) and LINE Corporation today announced that they have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to conduct educational programs for children on internet safety in Thailand.
— The Nation


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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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