Thailand morning news for June 4

Thailand morning news for June 4

Thailand morning news

Crowds flock as beach reopens
Popular beaches were teeming with visitors on the first public holiday on Wednesday since their closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic two months ago, with Bang Saen beach in Chon Buri almost bursting at the seams.
— Bangkok Post

Kasikorn Research Centre adjusts 2020 growth forecast down to -6%
Thailand’s GDP for the whole of 2020 is forecast to contract by as much as 6%, instead of 5% as previously projected, according to the Kasikorn Research Centre (KRC).
— Thai PBS News

No date for resumption of international arrivals: PM
In an apparent effort to quell rumours and undue optimism, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is downplaying the notion that international tourists will be allowed to return to Thailand in July.
— The Thaiger

Thailand records one new COVID-19 case, no deaths
Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 case today (Wednesday), bringing the cumulative cases in the country, since the outbreak began, to 3,084, with no new fatalities.
— Thai PBS News

BoT: Baht gain up for discussion
The Bank of Thailand has summoned foreign exchange dealers to meet on Thursday to discuss the baht’s rapid gain, which it does not consider to be in line with the country’s fragile economy.
— Bangkok Post

Lion Air to stay grounded indefinitely due to travel curbs
Indonesia’s Lion Air, which suspended all of its scheduled domestic flights late last month, said it will remain grounded indefinitely — including international services — because of the impact coronavirus-related restrictions have had on travel.
— Bangkok Post

Thai researchers conduct mRNA vaccine prototype testing on crab-eating monkeys
A team of Thai COVID-19 vaccine researchers told the media on Wednesday that it has passed its testing of the mRNA vaccine prototype onto guinea pigs and now it is being tested on crab-eating macaques.
— Xinhuanet

110 Thais fly home from Tokyo, 7 feverish
A total of 110 Thai nationals, stranded in Japan by the Covid-19 pandemic, returned home on Tuesday on a flight from Tokyo.
— Bangkok Post

PPRP shake-up could affect cabinet, Somsak admits
Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) heavy­weight Somsak Thepsutin admitted on Wednesday the upcoming restructuring within the coalition party could lead to a cabinet reshuffle.
— Bangkok Post

Pruksa takes bold steps
Facing its worst revenue contraction on record, SET-listed developer Pruksa Holding Plc is taking unprecedented measures to weather the Covid-19 crisis by selling land banks, suspending new investments and managing cash flow in anticipation the market will shrink 30% this year.
— Bangkok Post

Businessman sentenced to four years for DUI fatal accident
The Supreme Court has upheld the 4-year prison sentence handed down by a lower court to a businessman who, under the influence of methamphetamines, rammed his Mercedes Benz into the rear of another car, causing it to catch fire and killing its 2 student occupants.
— Thai PBS News

Thai researchers closer to finding Covid-19 vaccine
Hope is in sight for the region as Thai researchers make progress in the hunt for a vaccine against coronavirus, which has wreaked havoc across the world for several months now.
— Thai PBS News

Army to Evac More Thais Stranded Overseas in Pandemic
Thailand’s Ministry of Defence on Tuesday said it aims to bring back more Thais stranded in other countries, from 400 a day to 500 from June 5.
— Khaosod English

PPRP fight ‘over B1tn Covid kitty’
A power struggle within the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) is raging, with major factions plotting a leadership change and a push for a cabinet reshuffle so they can control the Finance Ministry which is to oversee a 1-trillion-baht Covid-19 relief plan, a PPRP source told the Bangkok Post.
— Bangkok Post

BMA revamps sewers at train line construction sites
Construction of several train lines is taking place in Bangkok, which could affect the drainage system as the city is entering the rainy season.
— Newsline (video)

Senate nod for B1.9tn Covid splurge
The three executive decrees designed to alleviate the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on Tuesday sailed through the Senate’s deliberation albeit with concerns raised over possible corruption in the planned spending of the more than 1.9 trillion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Natural rubber industry in ‘crisis’ as pandemic depresses demand
Global production of natural rubber is likely to fall by nearly 5% this year as the coronavirus pandemic has depressed demand and put the industry in crisis, the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

How Thailand contained COVID-19: Why a public health system with popular support matters
When the novel coronavirus began its swift spread from China in mid-January, people here feared the worst.
— Rappler

Sanakam dam anger grows
A conservation group has called for the scrapping of the Sanakam dam which is being built in Laos on the Mekong River two kilometres from Nan province.
— Bangkok Post

Chamber of Commerce launches talent directory promoting re employment
The Thai Chamber of Commerce has launched an employer-to-employer online platform to help laid-off employees from one company to find new employment with another.
— Newsline (video)

‘Bleach mum’ tests reveal toxic liquid
A medicine bottle containing a toxic substance was found in the house of the single mother accused of poisoning her biological son with bleach and killing her adopted daughter, according to a police source.
— Bangkok Post

As Thailand prepares to reopen to tourists, will Bangkok’s red-light district stay dark?
Thailand is all set to open its borders to travellers from overseas on July 1, although with coronavirus caveats.
— South China Morning Post

Conscription period pushed to August
The Defence Ministry has rescheduled the annual military conscription period to August due to Covid-19 and called on young men who have received appointment slips to contact recruitment offices ahead of the draft process.
— Bangkok Post

Pandemic leads to falling rents, glut
The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already uncertain residential and office property market in Bangkok, likely to lead to falling rents and a glut of vacancies, says the chief executive of Savills Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Was Thailand’s Lockdown More Deadly than the Covid-19 Virus?
On Tuesday Thailand’s health department has reported 58 Covid-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic as the Government eases lockdown measures.
— Chiang Rai Times

Remote learning to stay if virus persists
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday advised the country to be fully prepared to implement remote-learning measures if the Covid-19 situation does not improve.
— Bangkok Post

Online support to curb Covid stigma
With the physical distancing policy in place, social workers are using a mobile app to follow up on patients who have recovered from Covid-19 to help them overcome social stigma and reintegrate in their communities, a forum was told yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Pathum Thani Model Exemplifies COVID-19 Isolation Facility, Eases Doctors’ Burdens, Reduces Community Risks
Thailand’s COVID-19 situation, based on Disease Control Department statistics, shows that about 60 percent of new patients have had exposure to or close contact with people whose infections had been confirmed earlier.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand plans more economic stimulus measures, boosts domestic tourism
The Finance Ministry prepares more economic stimulus measures, this time prioritizing domestic tourism.
— Pattaya Mail

Lampang villages ravaged by storm, 100 houses damaged
A strong thunderstorm hit seven villages in Sop Prap district of this northern province on Wednesday morning, causing extensive damage to houses and other property.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand anti-narcotic officials to nail big drug cartels, seize assets
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has ordered security authorities and the Anti-Money Laundering Office to expand their anti-drug investigation to bust big illegal drug cartels and seize their assets.
— Pattaya Mail

Bangkok clinic offers mini face mask for up close beauty treatments
As businesses modify their work practices after coming out of lockdown, a beauty clinic in Bangkok’s Pathum Wan district has devised a mini face mask for clients receiving up close and personal cosmetic treatments during the era of the coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar man stabbed to death at workers’ camp
A Myanmar migrant worker was stabbed to death in a workers’ camp of Sino-Thai Engineering Construction Plc in Muang district early Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand launches online farmers’ domestic and global market
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) has partnered with delivery provider Grab to open up an online retail space for farm products, allowing farmers to sell produce directly to customers via a mobile app.
— Pattaya Mail

Giant Nike Thailand flagship opens in Bangkok
A giant Nike Thailand flagship store has opened in Bangkok’s Siam Center, with a footprint spanning more than 9000sqft.
— Inside Retail Asia

Nation to see lunar eclipse
A penumbral lunar eclipse is expected to be visible across the country early on Saturday morning if the skies are clear enough, according to the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Narit).
— Bangkok Post

Looters hit Thai shops, businesses amid riots
A number of Thai businesses in the United States have been affected after nationwide demonstrations over the death of George Floyd escalated out of control.
— Bangkok Post

Private daycare in jeopardy
Privately-run daycare centres have urged the government to allow them to reopen immediately or run the risk that young children may be placed in illegal centres.
— Bangkok Post

Schools gear up to reopen nationally
The Education Ministry and schools are gearing up in preparation for schools to reopen nationally after the ministry’s surveys found 60-70% of students are not ready to use television as the main channel for their studies.
— Bangkok Post

Smartphone sales dip 12%
Smartphone sales in Thailand fell 12.1% in the first quarter with Xiaomi the only vendor recording year-on-year growth, according to global research firm Gartner.
— Bangkok Post

NBTC pushes work from home hub as lure for foreigners
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is promoting Thailand as a work-from-home destination for foreign executives, hoping to shore up the local economy amid economic woes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Startup funding drought during pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy toll on numerous startups as they struggle to gain customers and funding prospects dry up.
— Bangkok Post

Remembrances of Red Trauma (18) – Writing about atrocity, a challenge for Thai literature
Duanwad Pimwana, one of the most prominent voices in contemporary Thai literature, talks about the challenges Thai literature faces in dealing with the trauma of the April-May 2010 violence.
— Isaan Record

Major makeover proposed for Pattaya’s Walking Street
Images on the Facebook page of Pattaya City reveal plans for a major re-imagining and makeover of one of the resort’s most notable, and notorious, landmarks – Walking Street.
— The Thaiger

Thai Airways may not need to file for bankruptcy in US
Contrary to earlier reports, Thai Airways may not need to seek bankruptcy protection in the United States to avoid seizure of its planes and other assets.
— The Thaiger

Chiang Rai policeman fired over torture death of university mascot dog
When the body of Tia, the mascot dog of Chiang Mai University was found in May, suspicions arose immediately.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya City hopes for return of domestic tourists with beaches, massage shops, hotels and malls open but local residents say the half opening won’t work
Pattaya City officials stated earlier this week during the launch of a brighter together campaign that they hoped reopening items like beaches, massage shops, hotels and malls would help attract domestic tourists, expats or foreigners elsewhere in the country to come visit.
— The Pattaya News

Woman found hanged in Nakhon Ratchasima, son found drowned nearby
Police in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima report that a woman was found hanged in a workers’ shelter and her 12 year old son drowned in a nearby pond at a sand depot yesterday.
— The Thaiger

High-ranking police officers try and extort 40,000 baht from woman
Apolice chief has dismissed 8 high-ranking officers after they told a woman to pay them 40,000 baht or they would drug test her. The woman said she could only pay 33,000 baht, but the police allegedly demanded more.
— The Thaiger

Ministry of Energy says electricity discount now ended as of June
The Ministry of Energy, in a statement from Mr. Sonthirat Sonthi Chirawong, stated today that the electricity discount from March to May, which differed based on the amount of electricity used and size of the venue, has ended and not been renewed.
— The Pattaya News

Grounded planes at risk of damage as Asia’s storm season arrives
Airlines, airports and insurers across Asia are bracing for the prospect of unusually high damage as the region’s tropical storm season begins, as hundreds of aircraft grounded by the coronavirus pandemic can’t be moved easily.
— Bangkok Post

Powering up tuk tuks for a new era in Bangkok
Electric tuk-tuks have been in use in cities around Thailand for some time, but now the Thai Electric Vehicle Association has launched a new post-Covid-19 electric tricycle as an alternative form of public transportation in the “new normal” era, and supports the vehicle to promote Thai tourism after the national lockdown is fully lifted.
— The Thaiger

Chiang Mai U’s canine mascot died from blunt force trauma to the skull
Chiang Mai University’s famous dog, Pi Tia, suffered a brutal blunt force trauma which fractured its skull, according to non-profit NGO Watchdog Thailand, quoting an autopsy report from the Faculty…
— Thai PBS News

 

 

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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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