Face mask crisis of another designA woman wearing a face mask to protect her from Covid-19 makes merit at a temple earlier this month. On the plus side, the great demand shows the public's strong awareness of self-protection through frequent hand washing and the wearing of face masks. The other key factor is a lack of awareness on how to properly dispose of soiled face masks. Clearly, the government's measures to prevent environmental pollution from the deluge of single-use face masks are not extensive and rigorous enough. And outside of Bangkok, there is no designated facilities to dispose of soiled face masks.
May 26, 2020 23:26 UTC
Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the NBTC, said on Tuesday that his agency set up a panel on Monday to look into the event. The panel resolved that no personal customer data was leaked during the scheduled test that could be used to identify any customers or cause financial harm. Sutisak Tantayotin, deputy secretary general of the NBTC, said AWN told the commission that the exposed database was brought up for examination by the firm to study user behaviour to seek ways to improve service. The company insisted that the database did not contain personal data of users or any electronic transactions by them, only involving website addresses reached by users. He said the data leak demonstrates flaws in the security system, which could potentially affect the public.
'New normal' for dining out is simply absurdLast week my family decided to take advantage of the second phase of relaxed lockdown measures by eating out. This reminds me of a recent "new normal" rule suggested by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation asking people to no longer eat sticky rice with their hands. Growing up in the Northeast, I've seen how farmers and workers eat sticky rice with their hands because of the convenience. They insist doing so makes the sticky rice tastier. With those partitions, family members are separated but can still share dishes that are served on a Chinese-style dining table, with an elevated spinning platform in the middle.
Demand didn't edge up until 2018 and 2019, when new aircraft models sparked fresh interest. Back in 2008, roughly a fifth of business aircraft were up for sale. Investors are also somewhat more upbeat about business jets than they are about aviation more generally. None of this heralds a new golden age for the makers of business aircraft. Yet business jets may fly through a recession caused by a pandemic better than they did through one caused by a financial crisis.
"Jobs from the public sector can support the construction industry this year and next year," he said. New construction contracts awarded in 2020 will decline from last year, when CNT recorded 6.73 billion baht, down from 11.34 billion baht in 2018. "If the outbreak is stable like today, the construction sector will likely improve in the second half, but gradually." By the end of the year, the contractor expects to have 8 billion baht in revenue, up 10% from 7.34 billion baht last year. The firm posted revenue of 1.9 billion baht in the first quarter, up from 1.6 billion baht a year earlier.
Help beyond handoutsA series of alleged abuses of the public's charitable spirit and donations has prompted many to think twice before expressing their sympathy through money transfers. While a sense of charity and obligation to help the less fortunate will always be cherished, a more prudent approach and background checks will make the whole exercise as helpful as intended. According to the ministry's website, the social assistance centre extended help to more than 120,000 cases last year or 355 per day. While it's true that compassion is what makes us human and help in cash or in kind will always be appreciated, certain problems such as poverty are best tackled systematically. It must show people there are ways to tackle social problems that are more effective and more sustainable than charity.
SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboardA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft sits atop launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 25, 2020. US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been in strict quarantine for two weeks ahead of their trip on the brand-new Crew Dragon capsule, which will be propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX made history in 2012 when it became the first private entity to dock a cargo capsule to the ISS. After a successful uncrewed test flight last year, a Crew Dragon capsule later exploded during a ground engine test. If all goes well, the Crew Dragon could then begin regular flights from the United States to the ISS.
May 26, 2020 18:56 UTC
Dino-dooming asteroid hit Earth at 'deadliest possible' angle66 million years ago an asteroid roughly twice the diameter of Paris crashed into Earth, wiping out all land-dwelling dinosaurs and 75 percent of life on the planetPARIS - This much we knew: some 66 million years ago an asteroid roughly twice the diameter of Paris crashed into Earth, wiping out all land-dwelling dinosaurs and 75 percent of life on the planet. As it turns out, according to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications, the giant space rock struck at the "deadliest possible" angle -- 60 degrees. Analysing the structure of the 200-kilometre-wide crater in southern Mexico where the asteroid hit, scientists ran a series of simulations. Had the asteroid hit head on or at a more oblique angle, not as much debris would have been thrown up into the atmosphere, he added. Scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how the asteroid triggered a mass extinction event and why some species survived while others didn't.
May 26, 2020 15:00 UTC
Two likely options to get proposal on trackHua Hin airport is one of the facilities currently managed by the Department of Airports. (Bangkok Post file photo)Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam has put the brakes on a plan to transfer four airports under the supervision of the Department of Airports (DOA) to the Airports of Thailand (AoT) Plc to manage, saying a thorough study is necessary to avoid legal problems and benefit the public. Mr Thaworn said the airport handover cannot proceed until it is established whether the law allows it. Mr Thaworn said while the cabinet agreed in principle with the airport transfer plan, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the process must be in line with the law and regulations. So the most feasible option is for the AoT to lease and manage the airports, plus invest in upgrades.
May 26, 2020 13:30 UTC
Iconic sites reopen as world eyes life after lockdownCrowds were eager to enter as the Church of the Nativity reopened n BethlehemBETHLEHEM (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) - The Church of the Nativity and the ruins of ancient Pompeii reopened to pilgrims and tourists on Tuesday, as countries further eased coronavirus controls and reopened shuttered economies. But, while now past its peak in Asia and much of Europe, the new coronavirus is continuing its spread. On Tuesday the number of case passed the 5.5 million mark, according to an AFP tally of official sources. Nevertheless, in Italy -- once the world epicentre of infections after it spread to Europe from China -- the site of a previous natural disaster also reopened to visitors. Elsewhere, Russia on Tuesday recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll of 174 but said more than 12,000 people had also recovered over the past 24 hours.
May 26, 2020 11:26 UTC
Philippines' Duterte says no school until there is a virus vaccineMichelle Asinto, 42, wears a mask for protection against the coronavirus disease while her children share a plate of rice with soy sauce for lunch, in their shanty home along an estuary in Manila, Philippines, May 6, 2020. (Reuters file photo)Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not allow students to go back to school until a coronavirus vaccine is available, even as some countries resume in-person classes. But in a speech aired late Monday, Duterte said the risk was too great, even if it held students back academically. "Unless I am sure that they are really safe it's useless to be talking about opening of classes," the president said. The Philippines' coronavirus case count reached more than 14,669 on Tuesday, including 886 deaths.
May 26, 2020 10:18 UTC
(AFP)The military-backed government has extended Thailand’a state of emergency for a second time, to the end of June, despite opposition calls to scrap it after novel coronavirus cases dwindled. The administration is loosening the lockdown in stages to restart the economy and reiterated the emergency is an apolitical tool to counter the pathogen. It’s also raised the prospect of asking a court about the lawfulness of bills earmarking 1.9 trillion baht in stimulus to fight a recession. The majority of Thailand’s confirmed 3,045 virus cases have recovered and very few if any new infections have been detected in recent days. Officials remain wary of a second wave of cases as the lockdown is lifted.
May 26, 2020 09:22 UTC
Court to consider THAI filingThai Airways International staff work at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province on Tuesday as the management of the airline files for bankruptcy with the Central Bankruptcy Court. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)The Central Bankruptcy Court has accepted for consideration Thai Airways International Plc's rehabilitation filing. If it does, THAI will get an automatic stay, a legal constraint that prevents creditors from attempting to collect debts while the case is open. After the creditors agree on a planner, the court will consider approving it. The company has outstanding debts worth 200 billion baht, 30% of which are owed domestically.
May 26, 2020 08:55 UTC
THAI files for bankruptcyThai Airways International staff work at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province on Tuesday as the management of the airline files for bankruptcy with the Central Bankruptcy Court. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)Thai Airways International (THAI) filed for bankruptcy at the Central Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday morning as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha formed a panel to monitor the flag carrier's financial rehabilitation. Media reported that legal affairs staff of the national airline filed documents related to its request for bankruptcy proceedings at the court on Chaeng Watthana Road. The filing for bankruptcy followed the appointment of four new board members of the airline. THAI lost its state enterprise status after the Finance Ministry sold off a 3.17% stake in the national carrier to the Vayupak 1 Fund last Friday.
May 26, 2020 08:48 UTC
Soldiers, police enforce Indonesia's 'new normal'Indonesians soldiers watch as passengers wearing face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic prepare to get off a ferry at Ulee Lheue port in Banda Aceh on Tuesday. (AFP photo)JAKARTA: Indonesia's military ordered the deployment of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and police on Tuesday to enforce rules on wearing masks and safe distancing after reports of people in the world's fourth-most populous nation flouting them. From Tuesday, about 340,000 officers will be deployed across four provinces to ensure the country’s transition to the "new normal", Indonesian military chief Hadi Tjahjanto said Monday. "We will monitor people to ensure people are wearing masks, and are also maintaining a safe distance from others," said Hadi. "In the new normal the military and police will watch crowds to ensure people become more disciplined."
May 26, 2020 08:03 UTC