Only now, with the progress of healthcare and better understanding of the basics of wellness and immunity, do we have a real opportunity to overcome the scourge of disease pandemics. The present, ongoing and escalating so-called COVID-19 pandemic threatens to be one of the most serious in history. Cyprian Plague (A.D. 250)Originating in Northeast Africa and crossing the Mediterranean, named after its best-known victim, the then Bishop of Carthage, the plague ravaged the Roman Empire. Cholera Pandemics (A.D. 1817 onwards)From 1817, successions of cholera pandemics arose, spread extensively by growing trade and colonial expansion to all parts of the world, causing millions of deaths. The pandemics spread to India, China and across to Africa and America.
May 28, 2020 08:15 UTC
Plug-in hybrid supercar lands in ThailandSF90 Stradale isn’t outlandishly priced and paves the future for semi-electric Ferraris. ELECTRIFICATIONThe award-winning V8 bi-turbo engine may sound familiar but has actually been bored out from 3.9 to 4.0 litres producing 780hp. The 7.9kWh lithium-ion battery allows for 26km of pure EV driving on backstreets without making a too-big statement. DRIVING EASEThe SF90 may look like a 488 or F8, but the cockpit has been overhauled to feel modern and easy to use. It has a starting price of 40.9 million baht hunting Lamborghini Aventador owners.
May 28, 2020 07:30 UTC
asks for new measures for ‘Family Zone’ at restaurants in case of additional government’s mandateCentral Pattana Plc. All CPN’s shopping centres are very well prepared with stringent screening at all touchpoints following ‘Central’s Hygiene & Safety Master Plan’ in compliance with the guidelines given by the Ministry of Public Health and relevant authorities. The density limit in shopping centres is also adjusted to 1 person per 4 sq.m. Since the government allowed the shopping centres to be reopened on May 17, 2020, CPN’s 33 shopping centres and the concerned retailers have fully and consistently followed ‘Central’s Hygiene & Safety Master Plan’ in order to ensure the safety of all places. In the best interests of our customers and retailers, the company will continue to develop safety measures following ‘Central’s Hygiene & Safety Master Plan’ under five core criteria, namely, (1) Extra Screening, (2) Social Distancing, (3) Safety Tracking, (4) Deep Cleaning and (5) Touchless Experience.
May 28, 2020 06:56 UTC
EasyJet axes almost a third of staff on virus falloutCutting costs 'at every level'. (AFP photo)LONDON: British no-frills airline EasyJet said Thursday that it will axe up to 4,500 jobs, or almost a third of its workforce, as coronavirus ravages demand and grounds global air travel. The job cuts will impact up to 4,500 of the carrier's 15,000 staff, a spokesman told AFP. EasyJet follows competitors British Airways, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic, which have all slashed staff numbers to save costs. EasyJet added Thursday that it would not provide any outlook as a result of the turmoil.
May 28, 2020 06:56 UTC
11 new Covid-19 cases, all returneesGoods on offer outside a teachers' cooperative in Chai Nat province on Thursday for people hard-hit by the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. (Photo: Chudate Sihawong)The government on Thursday reported 11 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), all quarantined returnees from overseas and five of them masseurs, raising the total to 3,065. On Monday she tested positive for the virus and was sent to a hospital in Samut Prakan. "We can say that there are no new locally infected cases now as far as official reports are concerned. Since February, 128 cases, mostly Thais, were detected at quarantine facilities - or 0.47% of all quarantined people, Dr Taweesilp said.
May 28, 2020 05:26 UTC
(Photo: Chudate Sihawong)The government on Thursday reported 11 new cases of Covid-19, all quarantined returnees from overseas and five of them masseurs, raising the total to 3,065. Six other cases were aged 27-52 years and had returned from working in Qatar. The four other cases were male construction workers aged 39-51 who had worked in Kuwait. Sixty-three patients remained at hospitals. Since February, 128 cases, mostly Thais, were detected at quarantine facilities - or 0.47% of all quarantined people, Dr Taweesilp said.
May 28, 2020 05:26 UTC
On Tuesday evening, Mr Thirawat allegedly fired shots at another man who worked in the same factory in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan. He said that in February he told Mr Thirawat in front of other workers not to smoke in the factory. Mr Thirawat had responded angrily. Mr Thirawat ran away, but police found him. Police charged Mr Thirawat with attempted premeditated murder and illegal use and possession of a firearm.
May 28, 2020 05:01 UTC
'Don't smoke' admonishment sparks shootingSuspect Thirawat Thamkhanthee, 27, gun in hand and smoking a cigarette, walks away from a factory in Samut Prakan province on Tuesday evening. He said that in February he told Mr Thirawat in front of other workers not to smoke in the factory. He suspected Mr Thirawat had bided his time until he was able to acquire a gun, and then attacked him. Mr Thirawat fled. Police initially charged Mr Thirawat with attempted premeditated murder and illegal use and possession of a firearm.
May 28, 2020 04:10 UTC
People rushed back to shopping malls on the first day of business resumption on May 17. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)A committee evaluating the easing of lockdown measures has proposed extending the opening hours of shopping malls and shortening the curfew period next month, according to a source at Wednesday's National Security Council (NSC) meeting. The next stage of the relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown could happen if the country continues to record low numbers of new cases. Other businesses and venues that will also be allowed to reopen include cinemas, gyms, zoos, convention and meeting venues, while opening hours of shopping malls will be extended from the current 8pm to 9pm. The source added the committee could not reach a conclusion on the reopening of schools, and it will raise the matter for discussion at Thursday's meeting.
May 28, 2020 03:00 UTC
How can I give them water for washing their hands when we don't have even enough water to drink?" There is a piped water connection but the supply is extremely erratic and a pump connected to the groundwater mostly spews air. - Liquid gold -Even before the coronavirus pandemic, water was in short supply for the 100 million people living in India's urban slums. - More misery -India's coronavirus lockdown is slowly being eased but the restrictions have compounded the miseries of the current heatwave. In Delhi, a sprawling city teeming with 20 million people, demand for water outstrips supply by an estimated 200 million gallons (760 million litres) per day.
May 28, 2020 03:00 UTC
Sex workers' hands tied under virus lockdownsMadame Caramel's Hoxton Dungeon Suite near London's trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood has stood silent for weeks. - 'Urgent need' -Britain counted about 72,000 sex workers -- 32,000 of them in London -- in 2016, according to a government report. Meanwhile in Europe's capital Brussels, sex workers are relying on donated parcels of essentials to survive. It is distributed by a sex workers' collective, the Union of Sex Workers Organised For Independence (UTSOPI), whose volunteers make drop-offs every Wednesday. - 'Fear of contact' -Back in Britain, sex workers registered as self-employed are eligible for government hardship grants.
May 28, 2020 02:37 UTC
News Corp to stop printing more than 100 Australian papersThe decision by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp will cost hundreds of people their jobs. SYDNEY: Rupert Murdoch's Australian flagship media group News Corp announced on Thursday it will stop printing more than 100 regional and local newspapers, blaming a collapse in advertising made worse by the coronavirus pandemic. The decision comes after News Corp announced on 1 April it was temporarily halting printing of around 60 community newspapers and is expected to cost hundreds of jobs. The move echoes a global trend in the troubled media industry, as falling readerships and the continued rise of Google and Facebook eats into media advertising revenues. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that there were previously about 1,200 people employed in News Corp's Australian regional and community division.
May 28, 2020 01:41 UTC
After harvesting, Thiam will peel the black skin of the water chestnut by cutting the top and the bottom before peeling the middle part and making sure that each water chestnut has a perfectly round shape. She would teach me how to harvest water chestnuts or haeo, aka somwang, in the Thai language. The agrotourism group was initiated by Wang Yang Municipality three years ago with the support of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation. About half of the 3,000 rai of total haeo farms in the province are located in tambon Wang Yang in Sri Prachan district, according to Koolchaya Klaysuban, an officer with Wang Yang Municipality. Once I stepped into the mud, I could feel many water chestnuts underneath my feet.
May 28, 2020 00:22 UTC
Downgrade won't affect THAI liabilitiesA Thai Airways jet on the tarmac at Suvarnabhumi airport. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)The latest downgrade of debentures issued by Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) does not affect its current liabilities, but a close watch is warranted for creditors deciding on the business rehabilitation petition, say analysts. The company's shareholder equity is worth 11.7 billion baht against total liabilities valued at 244.9 billion as of year-end 2019. Of the total liabilities, 140 billion baht are attributed to interest-bearing debts and the rest are non-interest-bearing debts. These debentures are scheduled to mature from this year through 2034, with 6.6 billion baht of THAI debentures set to mature in the second half.
May 28, 2020 00:00 UTC
A DIY tutorial on how to make a herbal compress ball. (Photo courtesy of YouTube Channel: Santiburi Koh Samui)Experience-driven and carbon-neutral retreat Santiburi Koh Samui in Surat Thani presents a series of new experiences for people to enjoy from their homes that complement the resort's Len programme, a creative concept that allows everyone to discover individual happiness. To do so, they just need a VR headset from any brand and watch the VR video, available on Santiburi's YouTube Channel. For those who do not have goggles, they can still experience the property in 360 degrees via a smartphone and the same video. In Thai, len means "play", and this initiative comprises a choice of activities that enable each guest to follow their personal path and curate their stay.
May 28, 2020 00:00 UTC