Thailand morning news for December 9

Thailand morning news for December 9

Thailand morning news

Thai Department of Disease control warns on vaping, first case of pneumonia from vaping reported
E-cigarettes have been blamed for breathing problems in a 48-year-old male patient admitted to a private hospital, Dr Asadang Ruaycharin, deputy director-general and a spokesman for the Department of Disease Control, said yesterday (December 7).
— The Pattaya News

Thailand delays deporting family of Rakhine insurgent leader
Thailand will delay the deportation of the wife and children of the top commander of the Arakan Army insurgent group that is fighting Myanmar’s army while authorities carry out a full investigation, a deputy police spokesman said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Poor rating for Prayut after 6 months in office: poll
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has received a poor rating after six months as head of an elected government, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
— Bangkok Post

Speaker demands to know how renegade MP could attend House vote
Parliamentary House Speaker Chuan Leekpai is demanding an investigation into why parliamentary security didn’t arrest fugitive MP Waipote Arpornrat when he attended a House meeting on Wednesday.
— The Thaiger

Endangered sea turtle dies struggling in fishing nets in Sattahip
A 15 year-old sea turtle has died after struggling in fishing nets in Sattahip yesterday. The Sea Turtle Conservation Centre of the Royal Thai Navy was notified of the sea turtle found dead in the ocean yesterday, December 6th, 2019.
— The Pattaya News

Wage Committee approves 5-6 baht minimum wage rise from January 1st
Thailand’s Wage Committee has decided to increase the national daily minimum wage by 5-6 baht, effective as of January 1st, subject to approval by the cabinet.
— Thai PBS News

Mourners bid farewell to Prem
Mourners converged at Wat Debsirindrawas on Sunday to pay their last respects to former privy council president Prem Tinulalonda in a ceremony presided over by His Majesty the King.
— Bangkok Post

Thai students score significantly lower in reading than average of other countries, assessment shows
The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018, performed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which evaluates 15-year-old students skills in sciences, mathematics, and reading, shows Chinese and Singaporean students score the highest in all categories, while Thai students received a lower reading score this year.
— The Pattaya News

Government asked to ban shark’s fin soup at all state agency functions
The Seub Nakhasathien Foundation has asked the Government to stop serving shark’s fin soup at all social functions organized by state agencies, and to review four controversial projects which, they claim, will have serious environmental impacts.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Navy to ‘monitor’ Myanmar sub
The Royal Thai Navy is preparing to deal with what it calls a new situation after learning that Myanmar is going to send its attack submarine to the Andaman Sea for security missions.
— Bangkok Post

Thai minister: The elderly are the biggest culprits when it comes to fake news
Everyone has been on the receiving end of one of those ludicrous, scarcely-believable messages that have clearly been forwarded from an unreliable source.
— Malay Mail

Thailand postpones commercial operations of 14 renewable power plants
The Thai Government has given the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) the go-ahead to extend the deadline for 14 renewable power plants to start commercial operations.

Cold claims three lives in upper parts
The cold spell from China that continues to hit upper Thailand claimed three lives yesterday in three provinces.
— Bangkok Post

‘Populist’ UHC now a feather in Thailand’s cap
Universal health coverage (UHC) has gained momentum across the globe in recent years, especially after the United Nations began promoting it as one of its health targets under the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030.
— Bangkok Post

New Visa Requirements for Tiawan Visitors Postpened after Backlash
TOURISMNew Visa Requirements for Tiawan Visitors Postpened after BacklashPublished 17 seconds agoon December 9, 2019By CTN News
The requirement for travellers from Taiwan to submit financial statements when applying for a visa to enter Thailand has been postponed.
— Chiang Rai Times

Trio call for NBTC to focus on 2600MHz
The three major mobile operators are pressuring the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to auction off only the 2600MHz spectrum in February’s 5G licence auctions instead of four bands, saying the move would better ensure the success of the auction.
— Bangkok Post

Thais surge to fourth spot in medals table
The Thai athletes finally picked up the steam to put on their strongest showing at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai aquaculture expected to stay soft in 2020
THAILAND’S aquaculture producers could continue to face softness into 2020, as commodity prices stay flattish, a recent report has predicted.
— The Business Times

Tesco Considers Sale of Thai, Malaysia Supermarket Businesses
Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, Tesco Plc, is considering the sale of its supermarket businesses in Thailand and Malaysia.
— Yahoo Finance

Thai trio lead Asean contingent to Maybank C’ship
Thailand’s Nirun Sae-Ueng was handed a coveted golden ticket to the 2020 Maybank Championship after he emerged as the winner of the PGM Maybank ADT Championship last month.
— Bangkok Post

Tourist Security Stepped Up in Pattaya After German Media Report
In a face saving move Thailand has stepped up safety for tourist safety after German media reported scams are widespread in Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

Bangkok’s creative city tag to spur the economy
What pictures come to mind when you think about the design of buildings and landscape in Bangkok?
— Bangkok Post

The Price of Recycling Old Laptops: Toxic Fumes in Thailand’s Lungs
Crouched on the ground in a dimly lit factory, the women picked through the discarded innards of the modern world: batteries, circuit boards and bundles of wires.
— The New York Times

Murder of a Bangkok prostitute shows how Thailand must deal with violence against women
Thai police on Friday morning arrested a 59-year-old Thai man following the tragic and squalid murder of a 44-year-old prostitute in the centre of the city.

Singapore beat Thailand in World Floorball Championship opener
The Singapore women’s floorball team came from behind to defeat regional rivals Thailand 3-1 in their Group D opener at the World Floorball Championship (WFC) in Neuchatel, Switzerland, yesterday.
— The New Paper

Polish tourist, Thai woman missing at sea off Phuket
A search has been launched for a male Polish tourist and a Thai woman who went missing while kayaking in the sea off this southern resort province on Saturday afternoon.
— Bangkok Post

Thai ambassador spots ‘huge’ trade potential with Jordan
Thailand is Jordan’s largest trading partner among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries, and potential remains ‘huge’ for further growth, according to Thai Ambassador to Jordan Pornpong Kanittanon.

Thailand bags gold at SEA Games ice hockey event
Thailand men’s national ice hockey team beat Singapore 8-0 at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games ice hockey tournament final here on Sunday, dedicating the gold to veteran Jason Cotsmire who passed away this month.
— Xinhuanet

Booming regional meth industry – Thailand, Myanmar, China and Laos
A UN Drugs and Crime report released this year states that the methamphetamine trade is now worth a staggering US$30-61 billion per year in East and South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh.
— The Thaiger

King and Queen preside over Royal cremation of General Prem Tinsulanonda
Their Majesties the King and Queen are presiding over the Royal cremation of General Prem Tinsulanonda, the late president of the Privy Council and statesman, at Wat Debsirindrawas this evening….
— Thai PBS News

Leading anti-drug enforcer warns Thailand is becoming an emerging hub
A UN Drugs and Crime report released this year states that the methamphetamine trade is now worth a staggering US$30-61 billion per year in East and South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh.
— The Thaiger

Korean tourist injured in unprovoked knife attack in Thailand
A South Korean tourist was slashed in the face by another foreigner in an unprovoked knife attack in Thailand on Thursday.
–The Korea Herald

Temperatures to drop a further 2-4oC in N and NE tomorrow
Temperatures in Thailand’s northern and north-eastern provinces on Sunday are forecast to drop 2-4o to 6-15oC at ground level and to 1-8oC on mountain tops, according to the Meteorological Department….
— Thai PBS News

New Economics party ready defect to Government coalition if invited
The opposition New Economics party is ready to join the governing coalition, should such an invitation be extended by senior government figure, party leader Mr. Manoon Sivaphiromrat said today (Saturday).
— Thai PBS News

Facts about Future Forward’s loan controversy
The Election Commission does not need to present evidence that Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit lent money to his Future Forward Party, as he had admitted to that himself.
— Thai PBS News

Thai PBS, Stamford International University to collaborate on “life-long learning”
Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with Stamford International University (Thailand) to collaborate in teaching and learning in various fields to provide students.
— Thai PBS News

EEC water shortage risk plan to be studied
A water resource development and management investment scheme for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) will be submitted to the national water committee for consideration later this month.
— Bangkok Post

Rules apply to rich and poor
Royal Forest Department director-general Atthaphon Charoenchansa grabbed headlines last week when he led RFD officials to file a formal complaint with police against Ratchaburi’s Palang Pracharath MP, Pareena Kraikupt, for illegally occupying its 46-rai land for her poultry farm.
— Bangkok Post

Experts to look at parliament delay
House speaker Chuan Leepai wants legal experts to scrutinise another request to extend the deadline for construction of the new parliament complex, after several reports blamed irregularities for the delays.
— Bangkok Post

SRT sets rail bids timetable
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will call bids for rail construction projects worth more than 200 billion baht, including high-speed train and double-track rail projects, next year.
— Bangkok Post

Theerathon becomes first Thai to win J-League
Theerathon Bunmathan has made history for himself and the country as the first Thai footballer to win the J-League title.
— Bangkok Post

More Indian tourists want to visit Phuket but limited airport slots make it impossible
For many Indian tourists, the popular resort island of Phuket has recently become more attractive than ever before.

Ms. Pareena surrenders Sor Por Kor land she occupied
Palang Pracharat MP Pareena Kraikupt surrendered the 109 hectares of Sor Por Kor (land reform) land on which her chicken farm was built, to the Agricultural Land Reform Office.
— Thai PBS News

Thousands greet Their Majesties in Chinatown
Thousands of people on Friday turned up to greet Their Majesties the King and Queen during their tour of Yaowaraj area, which is commonly known as Chinatown.
— Thai PBS News

Finance Ministry restores rights for scheme
The Finance Ministry has reinstated rights for the cash rebate to 1.1 million deprived registrants from the Taste-Shop-Spend scheme’s first and second phases in an effort to boost spending and economic growth.
— Bangkok Post

Pilot EV fleet to deliver post
Thailand Post Co and Banpu Infinergy Co (BPIN) have launched a pilot fleet of electric-powered vehicles to deliver parcels in the Bangkok metropolitan area.
— Bangkok Post

Fund in the works to aid FTA casualties
Plans to establish a revolving FTA fund to help sectors harmed by free trade agreements are expected to conclude by early 2020.
— Bangkok Post

Interior ministry steps up tourist safety in Pattaya after German television show releases negative documentary
Pattaya The Interior Ministry has instructed state agencies to step up tourist safety after a German media report that scams are widespread in Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

Dinosaur Night Run at Nong Nooch Garden attracts 3500 runners
On December 7th 2019 over 3500 runners took place in the Dinosaur Night Run at the Nong Nooch Gardens in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Pickup truck window smashed for parking in disabled zone
A man broke a window of a pickup truck after he saw an apparently able-bodied man park the vehicle in a spot reserved for the disabled at a megastore in Chiang Rai on Saturday night.
— Bangkok Post

BTS is Thailand’s most-streamed act on Spotify for 2019
…and the most streamed K-Pop act in the world. Another year of music is about to play its final chords. Streaming services, a mere curiosity a decade ago, are now the main source of revenue for many artists.
— The Thaiger

Search launched in sea off Phuket for missing Polish tourist and Thai girlfriend
An air and sea search resumed this morning (Sunday) to look for a Polish tourist and his Thai girlfriend who went missing after their kayak capsized in choppy seas off Phuket yesterday.
— Thai PBS News

Missing woman found dead in Chai Nat canal
A woman was found dead in an irrigation canal in tambon Rai in Pattana Manorom district on Sunday morning after going missing for three days, police said.
— Bangkok Post

Tesla’s Elon Musk wins defamation trial over ‘pedo guy’ tweet
“My client went toe to toe with a billionaire bully.” Tesla’s mercurial Elon Musk has emerged victorious after a defamation trial as a federal court jury swiftly rejected the US$190 million claim brought against him by a British cave explorer, Vernon Unsworth, who Musk branded a “pedo guy” on Twitter. …
— The Thaiger

Thai beauty takes Miss Supranational crown
A Thai contestant, Anntonia Porsild, has been crowned Miss Supranational 2019, beating out contestants from 77 countries.
— The Thaiger

Top 10 tips to avoid food poisoning in Thailand, and cures
The Thaiger are experienced travellers but we’re not doctors. This information is provided as a general guideline if you are confronted with food poisoning. In all cases consider seeking medical attention.

 Travelling in foreign locations and trying out the local dishes will always risk a bout of the dreaded food poisoning.
— The Thaiger

Strong winds topple power poles in Prachuap Khiri Khan
Strong winds have knocked down four high-voltage poles in the south-central province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, damaging roadside shops and buildings.
— The Thaiger

Phuket already bursting at the seams but more tourists on the way
Thailand’s popular resort island Phuket may struggle to keep up with an expected influx of tourists in the coming years, with its current infrastructure already struggling to cope, according to the local tourist association.

Changing MRT line near Kasetsart will cost B10bn
The government is looking for a way out of a problem facing the 50-billion-baht MRT Brown Line, after the project’s environmental impact assessment report was rejected due to concerns raised by Kasetsart University over a possible negative impact on the university.
— Bangkok Post

TAT keen to entice high-income Lao tourists
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will continue to push health and wellness tourism and shopping to draw high-income tourists from Laos.
— Bangkok Post

Thousands save Chumphon Cabana from closure
A resort famous for following the sufficiency philosophy of the late King Bhumibol has been saved by thousands of supporters from being auctioned off to pay its debts.
— Bangkok Post travel

Activist Demands Probe into Army Conscripts Forced to Wash Cars, Peel Durian
A transparency activist said he will petition Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha Friday to investigate the mistreatment of conscripts allegedly forced to perform various housework for a retired senior officer.
— Khaosod English

Mekong River’s New Aquamarine Color May Be Sign of Trouble
The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say.
— Khaosod English


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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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