Thailand morning news for July 10

Thailand morning news for July 10

Thailand morning news

Prayut on Tour: PM to ‘Gather Opinions’ in Visits to Newspapers
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is meeting three major media groups in an effort to gather public opinion on coronavirus social policies, his aides said.
— Khaosod English

Activists want Thailand to lead total ban on wildlife trade
With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to sweep the globe and the World Health Organisation saying 75% of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, campaigners against wildlife crime say Thailand could become a global leader in helping to prevent pandemics by cracking down on poaching and ceasing to be a gateway for illegal wildlife trade. Activists …
— The Thaiger

No fast return to Thailand says Australian ambassador (video)
Australian citizens married to Thais have been told to expect to spend weeks or even months gathering the permissions, documents and flight tickets needed to return to Thailand.
— AEC News Today

International Flight ban may be extended again
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has cited the possibility of extending the international flight ban, due to concerns over the global COVID-19 situation.
— Newsline (video)

‘Survival Team’ set up for Thai Airways
A so-called Survival Team has been formed to work out a business plan for Thai Airways International (THAI) to support the debt rehabilitation of the carrier, according to a source at the airline.
— Bangkok Post

Senior Thai officials and medical elite warn that Covid 19 remains a threat even with borders closed
Senior Thai government officials, this week, while welcoming reports of increased use of public transport and activity in the domestic economy, are warning the public about a potentially complacent attitude to the threat from Covid 19 virus which still lurks.
— ThaiExaminer.com

State quarantine for Thais entering Singapore, while harder hit nations get a pass
Singapore’s government will continue to require that all Thai arrivals to the city-state undergo a 14 day mandatory state quarantine before being allowed to enter the country and mingle with the general population.
— The Thaiger

Thailand records five new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine
Thailand recorded five new COVID-19 cases today (Thursday), all returnees from abroad and in state quarantine.
— Thai PBS News

Govt urged to open checkpoints after border trade falls almost 10%
The Department of Foreign Trade has asked the government to reopen nine border checkpoints closed amid the virus crisis, saying the move would boost the flow of goods.
— The Nation

Pattaya Water Authority warns that despite rains, water supply remains low
The Pattaya Water Authority, in a post on their facebook page, warned this week that although Pattaya had recently suffered flooding and isolated heavy rains that reservoirs in the city remained low on water.
— The Pattaya News

TMF says complex regulations hamper foreign investment
Thailand’s regulations requiring foreign businesses to be majority owned by a Thai partner and filing legal documents in Thai language may hamper foreign investment in the country, says multinational professional services firm TMF Group.
— Bangkok Post

Government recalls some COVID-19 payouts following campaign waivers
The government is asking thousands of people who signed up and received COVID-19 relief payouts, but later waived their claim, to send the funds back.
— Newsline (video)

Thai Airways Extends Suspension of Flights Until 1 September 2020
Thai Airways has extended its suspension of flights for yet another month.
— TravelNewsAsia

US delegation arrives, submits to Covid-19 screening
The chief of staff of the US army, General James C. McConville, arrived in Thailand today with an entourage for a 2 day trip, at the invitation of the Royal Thai Army.
— The Thaiger

Thais Stranded In UK by Virus Missing Medical Appointments, Family Funerals
A doctor in Britain on Wednesday night urged the government to immediately repatriate stranded Thai citizens, especially those who have serious medical and financial issues.
— Khaosod English

Illegal migrants latest Covid-19 worry
Checkpoints will be set up on roads from border areas to intercept illegal migrants coming here to work, to prevent the spread of Covid-19, a government spokesman said.
— Bangkok Post

See Kumarn group quits Thailand’s Palang Pracharat party
The four members of the economic team of Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, known as “See Kumarn” (four boys of Dr. Somkid), have quit the ruling Palang Pracharat party, which they jointly founded two years ago.
— Thai PBS News

List of 14 Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) Hotels in Thailand
Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) is the process of Quarantine at government-approved hotels in Thailand at the traveler’s own expense. For non-Thai nationality travelers, many hotels together with hospitals launched Alternative State Quarantine Packages for those returning from abroad.
— Thaiest

Outgoing army chief says no plans for US base on Thai soil
Outgoing army chief Apirat Kongsompong, is denying that the US is seeking to establish a military base on Thai soil.
— The Thaiger

Agriculture Ministry, FTI work on promoting Thailand as top food exporter
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry will join hands with the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) to promote Thailand in the post-Covid era as one of the world’s top 10 food exporters in line with the “Modern Industrial Agriculture” development model, Alongkorn Polabutr, adviser to the agriculture minister said on Thursday (July 9).
— The Nation

Expats trapped in Thailand fear the end of their visa amnesty
What happens now for expats trapped in Thailand when their visas run out?
— Emigrate.co.uk

JSCCIB urges deep CPTPP examination
The unsettled debate on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has prompted the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) to conduct a new thorough study to decide whether Thailand should join the trade deal.
— Bangkok Post

Thai coconut supply controlled after UK ban
The Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) is monitoring the situation after British supermarkets banned Thai coconut products in response to a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) report claiming that Thailand was abusing monkeys in the coconut industry.
— The Nation

Prayut to reshuffle Cabinet after 4 ministers quit ruling party
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he will reshuffle the Cabinet, after his four economics ministers resigned from the ruling Palang Pracharat Party.
— The Nation

Thai rice rates hit four-month low, Vietnam jumps as heavy rains persist
Rice export prices in Thailand dropped to their lowest level in four months this week, amid weakness in the domestic currency and sluggish demand, while Vietnamese rates rose after incessant rains sparked concerns about harvest in the country.
— Yahoo Finance

Industrial estates told to prepare for flooding as heavy rainfall predicted
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) has called on the management of industrial estates nationwide to keep an eye out for floods, after the Meteorological Department of Thailand has forecast heavier rainfall this year.
— The Nation

PPRP admits to quorum gaffe
The ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) on Thursday admitted that Wednesday’s cancellation of a House sitting on national reform for failing to achieve a quorum has damaged parliament’s reputation, but added the mistake wasn’t that serious.
— Bangkok Post

DIP promotes IP law update, urging inventors to make patent filings
The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) has held public forums to inform the general public about changes to the soon-to-be proposed amendments to the intellectual property law.
— Newsline (video)

Cabinet okays new Chachoengsao reservoir for EEC
The Cabinet on Wednesday (July 8) approved the Royal Irrigation Department (RID)’s proposal to construct a new reservoir in Chachoengsao province to support water demand in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— The Nation

Uttama, Sontirat, others quit Palang Pracharath
Three cabinet ministers announced their resignation from the Palang Pracharath Party on Thursday, including the finance minister, and with party quotas in play a cabinet reshuffle now seems certain.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s ex-army chief poised to contain rifts in ruling party
When former army chief Prawit Wongsuwan took over as the leader of the largest party in Thailand’s 19-party ruling alliance, it provided the latest indication of just how close it is to the country’s influential military.
— Nikkei Asian Review (video)

Operators seek ways to disperse tourists
As most local tourists flock to popular destinations during the weekends, tour operators are asking the government to help fill up weekdays by creating more trips for the elderly and state agency meetings.
— Bangkok Post

US pledges to help deter trafficking
United States ambassador Michael George DeSombre on Thursday pledged to assist Thailand in achieving its goal to be upgraded from Tier 2 in the US Trafficking in Person Report (TIP) to Tier 1.
— Bangkok Post

Top Thai Brands 2020 exhibition opens in Hanoi
Leading firms from Thailand are showcasing their products and services to local customers at the Top Thai Brands 2020, which began in Hanoi on July 9.
— Vietnamplus

Clinics face action over health scam
The Public Health Ministry has vowed to take criminal action and sue at least 18 clinics which allegedly swindled funds from the gold card universal health insurance scheme.
— Bangkok Post

IPOs to revive in second half
Thailand’s IPO market is expected to become active again in the second half, with 16 companies already approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to raise funds from the public.
— Bangkok Post

PM promotes campaign to help snapper fishermen in Songkhla
The Prime Minister has attended an event to promote snapper consumption among members of the public in order to help fishermen in Songkhla province.
— Newsline (video)

Fire guts Ayutthaya-period teak temple
Fire gutted a teak pavilion at historical Wat Chang Thong, built in the Ayutthaya period, on Wednesday night. Damage was estimated at 20 million baht.
— Bangkok Post

FTI to seek Cabinet measures for boosting liquidity of SMEs
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) will propose to the Cabinet meeting on Thursday (July 9) measures to increase the liquidity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) , FTI chairman Supant Mongkolsuthree said.
— The Nation

Navy task force to help deter nuclear war
The navy is planning to set up a new special task force to prepare the country for the threat of war involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
— Bangkok Post

PM’s Office dispatches volunteers to install waste bins in Dusit District
The Office of the Prime Minister has dispatched officials and volunteers to install waste containers at the area near Prem Prachakorn canal in Bangkok.
— Newsline (video)

Flash floods take Chiang Mai villagers unawares
Chiang Mai’s Doi Saket district chief has launched a rescue mission for people stranded in Pa Miang village after it was hit by flash floods before dawn on Wednesday (July 8).
— The Nation

Thai tech hiring startup GetLinks gets revenue boost from pandemic layoffs
Alibaba-backed tech hiring platform GetLinks is seeing a boost in revenue after a series of layoffs at technology-related companies like Grab and Agoda enabled other firms expanding digital and online operations to snap up workers.
— Reuters

Bangla workers plea to health ministry for help
Ministry of Public Health Deputy Permanent Secretary Dr Phisit Sriprasert was surrounded by workers pleading for help during his inspection of the entertainment venues on Bangla Rd in Patong last night (July 8).
— The Phuket News

Government Spokesperson – military weapons budget is worthwhile
Government Spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat has affirmed that the procurement of weapons for the Royal Thai Armed Forces, detailed in the fiscal 2021 budget bill, is in the best interests of the nation.
— Newsline (video)

Condo market poised for fierce pricing
As buyer sentiment continues to fall, developers should price their new launches competitively as neighbouring areas still have unsold ready-to-transfer supply.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet okays draft on energy conservation
The Cabinet approved a draft bill on Wednesday (July 8) that requires buildings covering more than 2,000 square metres to conserve energy in order to help the country reduce the money it spends on the production of energy, deputy government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek said.
— The Nation

His Majesty the King donates 3 Cessna 182T aircrafts to Army
His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand has donated three Cessna 182T aircrafts to the Royal Thai Army for uses in humanitarian missions.
— Pattaya Mail

More hotels in Thailand open in July with promotions and packages
Thai Hotels Association (THA) vice chairman Sujin Chianchitlert said more hotels would be included in the Rao Tiew Dauy Kan (We Travel Together) scheme as more hotels would reopen in July.
— Pattaya Mail

Major Flooding Causes Closure of Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai Road
A night of torrential rains once again triggered massive flooding on the the Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai road in Doi Saket district area.
— Chiang Rai Times

TAT Launches “Amazing Thai Tay Competition 2020”
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Central Region in partnership with Thai Smile Airways, AirAsia, Nok Air, AVIS Rent A Car Thailand, dtac, Canon, KEEN, RyoiReview and Forever-Young.asia are holding the “Amazing Thai Tay Competition 2020” to promote tourism under the concept “Thailand is beautiful everywhere, in every style”.
— Bangkok Post

AMCHAM Thailand works to meet local needs in response to Covid-19
Over 50 member companies of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand are working with local stakeholders to meet immediate long-term health, social and economic needs of the Kingdom in response to Covid-19.
— Pattaya Mail

Feeding Friends Patong COVID food relief campaign draws to a close
The food relief and basic supplies drive by the Feeding Friends Patong campaign came to an end today (July 9) after providing more than 20,000 meals to people in Patong left without any form of income to support themselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Phuket News

BGC in talks to buy Vietnam solar farms
BG Container Glass (BGC), Thailand’s largest glass container packaging manufacturer by capacity, is negotiating with investors in Vietnam to buy solar farms worth over 1 billion baht as it seeks new business opportunities in renewable energy.
— Bangkok Post

Hungry Now, Fabulous 103 FM and The Pattaya News come together to help the needy this upcoming weekend
This weekend, Hungry Now, Fabulous 103 FM and The Pattaya News are running two major food donation charity events on Pattaya Klang, Soi 9 at 5:00 PM (Same soi as Two Lions restaurant) for those still in need.
— The Pattaya News

Huge police presence in Songkhla’s Jana district ahead of public hearing
As many as 1,000 police officers, from seven of Thailand’s southern provinces, are to be deployed in Jana district of Songkhla province this Saturday, to maintain peace and order during a public hearing, to be held at Jana Wittaya School, on the Jana industrial estate project,.
— Thai PBS News

Facebook group names and shames “farang prices”
In days gone by, a foreigner visiting a national park or tourist site could often expect to be charged several times the price charged to a local.
— The Thaiger

Thai Cabinet approves proposal from Tourism and Sports Ministry to host MotoGP to 2025
A meeting of the cabinet ministers on Wednesday approved a proposal from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to host Grand Prix motorcycle racing (MotoGP) through 2025 and a 900-million-baht-budget to help pay for the event’s licence fee.
— The Pattaya News

Pheu Thai Party rallies to let gamers stream their hearts out
When Thailand’s largest political party sat down yesterday to debate the latest hot-button issue, it had nothing to do with the pandemic, economic malaise or forced disappearances.
— Coconuts Thailand

‘Slave monkey’ scandal forces rethink of coconut trade
Thailand, the world’s top producer of coconut milk, said it will enable retailers and consumers to trace coconuts back to their source to show whether monkeys have been used for harvesting.
— Bangkok Post

Separate tragedies across the nation
Tragedy has struck around the nation in separate incidents. In the Hat Yai district of the southern Songkhla province, the bodies of the owners of the locally well known Nattharika Furniture were discovered this morning by a relative who had been instructed to show up at the shop at 6am.
— The Thaiger

Ghost show ignites firestorm for dissing Korat’s ‘Lady Mo’
A television channel last night announced it canceled a supernatural reality show after one of its medium hosts offended the highly respected icon of Nakhon Ratchasima.
— Coconuts Thailand

Immigration office to reopen at Muang Thong Thani
The Immigration Bureau will open an office at Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi province from Monday, to relieve congestion at its government complex office on Chaeng Wattana Road.
— Bangkok Post

Blaze destroys part of historic Si Ayutthaya temple
Wat Chang Thong, built in the Ayutthaya period, has suffered severe fire damage last night as a blaze gutted one of its teak pavilions. Damage is estimated at 20 million baht.
— The Thaiger

Guinean man held for alleged rape of a minor in Bangkok
A man from the western African nation of Guinea was arrested at a McDonald’s in Bangkok’s Bang Rak area for allegedly raping a 17 year old girl.
— The Thaiger

Garbage bag flying onto windshield causes two vehicle accident in Pattaya
A SUV ended upside down after getting hit by a second vehicle whose driver claimed their vision was obscured by a flying garbage bag in Chonburi yesterday.
— The Pattaya News

Opposition Says Cabinet’s Same-Sex Marriage Bill Falls Short
The bill to allow same-sex marriage was approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday, though opposition lawmakers said it would didn’t go far enough to ensure equality for LGBT couples.
— Khaosod English

‘Little Tuscany’ closes down as Khao Yai tourism struggles
The decision by the picturesque Palio complex to shut its doors could be a precursor of more closures of businesses dependent on tourists visiting scenic Pak Chong district, a senior tourism official warned on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Ghostbuster Busted: TV Show Condemned for ‘Insulting’ Local Heroine
The state media regulator on Thursday announced that it will summon producers of a ghost TV show for a reprimand after they allegedly slandered a heroine widely revered in Korat.
— Khaosod English

Russian man found hanged in Pattaya shophouse
A 45 year old Russian man has been found dead in a Jomtien shophouse.
— The Thaiger

PETA warns of class action lawsuit if coconut labelling system promise not kept
PETA has welcomed the Thai Commerce Ministry’s use of a traceable labelling system, intended to ensure that Thai coconuts are not harvested by monkeys, but warned that Thai companies exporting coconut products which do not comply with the system may face class action lawsuits, said PETA senior vice president for International Campaigns, Jason Baker, in a statement issued on Thursday.
— Thai PBS News

Toyota debuts 2020 Corolla Cross in Thailand
Second compact SUV offers more utility for the family than the style-led C-HR.
— 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.

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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