Thailand morning news for November 18

Thailand morning news for November 18

Thailand morning news

THAI boss insists big losses ‘normal’
Thai Airways International plc (THAI) and subsidiaries reported a net loss of 4.68 billion baht in the third quarter of this year and a 10.91-billion-baht net loss for the first nine months, THAI president Sumeth Damrongchaitham said on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Most people expect PM to address economic problems
Most respondents to an opinion poll have high expectations that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will take relief measures to address the high cost of living, which ranks top of the five economic problems of most concern to Thai people, according to a Suan Dusit Poll by Suan Dusit University.
— Thai PBS News

More rare animals found in sanctuary
More protected and rare animals have been found in the Khlong Saeng Wildlife Research Station in Ban Ta Khun district of this southern province.
— Bangkok Post

The slowdown hits home
If 2019 was already bad for businesses and policymakers, things may take a turn for the worse in 2020, as there are hints that an economic recovery is still out of sight, with a higher unemployment rate and shrinking factory production looming large.
— Bangkok Post

Labour Minister not concern about employment
The Labor Minister has dismissed concerns over the unemployment rate, following the closure of several factories, pointing out that there were new factories entering the market to offset the losses.
— NBT World (video)

Two killed, granddaughter wounded, in southern Thailand drive-by shooting
A couple have been shot and killed, and their granddaughter wounded, during a drive-by shooting in the southern province of Yala.
— The Thaiger

Thailand ranks sixth on world’s strongest health security list
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have ranked Thailand sixth among a total of 195 countries with the world’s strongest health security, Asia’s No. 1 and the only developing country in the Top 10.
— NNT

US firms flock to BoI amid trade war
More US investors are keen to relocate their production bases to Thailand and Asean to stave off the impact of the prolonged US-China trade rift.
— Bangkok Post

13-year-old girl’s escape from forced marriage highlights the neglected issue of Thailand’s child brides
The Chiang Rai-based NGO Center for Girls has revealed that they have managed to help a 13-year-old girl escape a forced marriage with a 50-year-old man after the girl contacted them in March 2018.
— Prachatai English

SSO lending to members just ‘suggestion’
A letter from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asking the Social Security Office to consider lending to Social Security Fund members was merely a suggestion, the government says.
— Bangkok Post

Charter court asked to rule on House committee powers to summon people for questioning
The Constitutional Court has been asked to rule whether House or Senate standing committees have the authority to formally summon a person for questioning or to demand documents in the course of its investigations.
— Thai PBS News

Thai reporters attend correspondent workshops in China’s Yunnan
Mekong subregion reporters including a team of Thai correspondents are attending media workshops in China’s Yunnan Province.
— NBT World (video)

Countdown to historic visit
The Catholic community is putting the finishing touches to their preparations for this week’s visit of Pope Francis ­– the second visit of a pontiff to Thailand in over 35 years following that of Pope Saint John Paul II in 1984.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok police raid venue for Shisha, warn more raids incoming for the banned pipes
Police have raided a Sukhumvit Road pub in Bangkok and seized a huge number of hookahs (smoking apparatus) this week.
— The Pattaya News

Helmet urchins found around Similan Islands
Helmet urchins have been found around the Similan Islands for the first time in history, signaling to officials that the area’s ecology has improved considerably.
— NBT World (video)

Bank clerk sacked for allegedly stealing millions, bank reimburses customer
A 34 year old Bangkok Bank clerk has been sacked amid claims she stole millions of baht from a wealthy customer.
— The Thaiger

Jump-start household solar with loans, say experts
The government must provide more incentives and loans to encourage households to adopt solar energy generation, according to experts.
— Bangkok Post

Future Forward party clarifies the meaning of “Khon You Mai Pen”
The Future Forward party provided a definition of its recently-coined hashtag “Khon You Mai Pen” (People who don’t know how to live) at a gathering held today (Saturday) at the JJ Mall in the Chatuchak area of Bangkok Metropolis.
— Thai PBS News

Kingsgate gold mine arbitration with Thailand to be moved to Singapore
Kingsgate Consolidated Limited of Australia and the Thai government have agreed to change the location of the arbitration hearings over the closure of gold mine operations in Thailand, from Hong Kong to Singapore, due to the intensifying protests in the Chinese territory.
— Thai PBS News

Thai LCCs plead for fuel tax reduction
A group of five Thailand based low cost carriers have called on the government for tax relief to stave off losses.
— Travel Mole

British Council showcases innovations in Thailand
Interesting innovations from the UK are being showcased in Thailand, including a sensory testing room for food evaluation and eye tracking glasses to understand human behavior.
— NBT World (video)

Man arrested after claiming to be police officer and extorting money from a Burmese woman in Pattaya
A man has been arrested for claiming to be police officer and extorting money from a Burmese woman in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Video Shows Police Handed Gun to Clerk During Court Shooting
Police on Friday said a policeman was placed under investigation after security camera footage revealed moments he handed his sidearm to a clerk during a deadly shooting incident on Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

SSF loans ‘just an idea’, insists Wissanu
The government has quashed rumours that the prime minister ordered the Social Security Office (SSO) to extend loans from the Social Security Fund (SSF) to subscribers, sparking fears this would hurt the fund and affect pension payments.
— Bangkok Post

Opinion: Is Thailand’s Vassalage to China Making a Comeback?
When Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha recently compared Thailand to an ant and China to a lion in front of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Bangkok, it raised a few Thai eyebrows.
— Khaosod English

Thanathorn asks judges if they want Thailand trapped in cycle of coups and civilian rule
Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has asked Constitution Court judges if they want to see Thailand trapped in a vicious cycle of civilian government and military rule, or to move forward to real democracy.
— Thai PBS News

Thousands of police deployed for Pope’s visit to Thailand, road closures and huge crowds expected in Bangkok
Some 6,000 police officers from the Metropolitan Police Bureau and Provincial Police Region 7 will be deployed to facilitate movement of traffic and provide security during Pope Francis’s three-day visit to Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

Grab v Get v Food Panda – Delivery apps battle for the streets of Thailand
Like hotel bookings, travel, airline booking, news, banking and music, the food delivery business is starting to transform the restaurant business too.
— The Thaiger

Behold, the Papal Pick-up – Thai popemobile revealed
In either a step down for the Pope or a coup for troubled car-maker Nissan, Pope Francis will take to the streets of Thailand in a locally-manufactured open-top Papal Pick-up.
— The Thaiger

Pope sends video message to Thailand ahead of visit
Pope Francis sends his greetings to the people of Thailand ahead of his visit to the country from the 20th to the 23rd of November, according to Vatican News.
— Thai PBS News

Dangerous spots pinpointed to tackle sexual harrassment in Bangkok
The “Safe Cities for Women” network has unveiled a risk map highlighting more than 600 spots in Bangkok and its vicinity including in educational institutions, where women could be at risk of sexual harassment.
— NBT World (video)

Ride Sharing Electric Scooters in Bangkok
Last month I wrote a blog post called My first experience with an electric scooter in Bangkok. It stirred up quite a bit of interest, both on my blog post and my Facebook page.
— Richard Barrow in Thailand

Call for all parties to find affordable alternative bio herbicides
An advisor to Thailand’s agriculture minister has called on all parties concerned to come up with affordable and environmentally friendly bio-substances to replace three recently banned hazardous farm chemicals quickly.
— Thai PBS News

Tourists warned not to disturb false killer whale seen near Koh Kood beach
Tourists visiting Bangbao Bay, on Koh Kood Island off Thailand’s eastern province of Trat, have been asked to exercise caution while swimming in the sea after a false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) was spotted swimming in shallow waters near the beach.
— Thai PBS News

Risks outlined by WEF are ‘controllable’, Commerce Ministry says
The government has brushed aside concerns about a Thai asset bubble and cyber-attacks in the World Economic Forum’s Regional Risks for Doing Business 2019 report, saying such risks are controllable with prepared measures.
— Bangkok Post

Aging couple shot dead by suspected insurgents in Pattani
An elderly couple were shot dead by suspected insurgents as they were riding a motorcycle to their home from a market in Mae Lan district of Thailand’s southern border province of Pattani this evening (Friday).
— Thai PBS News

Local Pattaya residents flock to pray to a tree to win the Thai lottery
Always searching for a sign of good fortune, lottery gamblers flocked to a Sattahip coconut tree which they claimed looks like a Naga’s head.
— The Pattaya News

French tourist dies taking selfie in Koh Samui – VIDEO
A French tourist has died attempting a selfie, in the exact spot where a Spanish tourist died just months ago.
— The Thaiger

American arrested for sexually assaulting Chiang Mai school girls
Chiang Mai police confirm they have arrested a 75 year old American pensioner who allegedly groped and sexually assaulted a Thai girl on her way home from school.
— The Thaiger

Police confirm death of American ex-fugitive Bart Helmus
Police have confirmed that the former American fugitive, Bart Allen Helmus, who broke out of court and shot himself when confronted by police, died on Thursday evening at 6 pm after falling into a coma at Sa Kaew Hospital.
— The Thaiger

 

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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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