More ways to help those in needThe 'Help From Home' campaign. However, there are still a lot of people out there who just can't afford to do so, let alone the underprivileged who have already suffered in many other ways from the outbreak and need our help. Here's a list of charitable campaigns that welcome donations to reduce their chances of getting infected and help them live a better life. 'Help From Home' by UnicefThe campaign is appealing for donations to help provide critical supplies including soap to millions of children and families in need of hygiene in Thailand and around the world. The 'Help The Homeless Fight Covid-19' campaign.
May 21, 2020 23:37 UTC
Challenges of a post-virus recoveryA staff member at a pet grooming shop pampers a dog while a co-worker tends to another. However, their effectiveness will be nowhere like the recent past, such as the economic recovery after the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997-98 and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09, which was also driven by ongoing global economic activities. On top of the fiscal stimulus, governments around the world will need to resort to a broader range of economic policies to drive economic recovery. These conflicting challenges are exacerbated by governance issues and weak institutions, inherent among emerging economies, not to mention vested interests. For Thai firms, Covid-19 has also accelerated the need to adjust and adapt to the new normal in global-value-chain development and dynamics.
May 21, 2020 23:31 UTC
Guidelines sought for Sept 12 startFAT president Somyot Poompunmuang. PRThe Football Association of Thailand (FAT) has sought clear guidelines from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) regarding the government's plan for easing coronavirus-related restrictions to pave the way for Sept 12 restart of the domestic leagues. At a recent meeting, the restart of Thai Leagues 1 and 2 was slated for Sept 12 with the lower tiers and the cup competitions following. The FAT said the clubs would need at least two months to re-assemble and prepare their squads for the tournaments. All footballing activities in the Kingdom were halted on March 3 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
But too often our existential reliance on nature is forgotten as development progresses at the expense of finite biodiversity resources. This year's theme of IDB "Our Solutions are in Nature" has never been more relevant as humanity is challenged by the Covid-19 crisis. According to a report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, global biodiversity resources are declining rapidly toward extinction. The significant economic slowdown has helped nature to recuperate and wildlife habitats to recover. Biodiversity resources planning must be integrated, inclusive and responsive to the needs of different groups, especially women and indigenous people.
Survival depends on literacyA woman scans a QR code before entering The Mall Bang Kapi in Bangkok, part of government measures to safeguard against a second wave. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)Enhancing digital literacy and pursuing a customer-centric experience are necessary as businesses adapt to new behaviour during the pandemic, particularly with travel restrictions and changes in supply chains. The survival of businesses will depend on responding to consumer needs post-Covid-19. Social media live-streaming can also create a value-added experience for customers, he said. Chaichana Mitrpant, deputy executive director at the Electronic Transactions Development Agency, said literacy in English and other languages as well as digital literacy are key factors for the digital economy and reducing inequality.
Boonsithi Chokwatana, chairman, Saha Group. "If it wants the economy to recover within two years or three years, the baht should hit 34 and 31-32, respectively. A weaker baht will help stimulate growth in several sectors and result in better purchasing power for consumers." Mr Boonsithi, who has worked for Saha Group for 65 years, said Covid-19 is the toughest crisis during his tenure. Sales of Saha Group are estimated to contract by 10-20% this year because of declining sales of fashion, shoes and bags.
Details of the rehab will be thrashed out mainly between the court and the creditors, although sometimes that could involve the airline. THAI will need to come up with a rehab plan for the creditors to decide if they will accept it or not. He was speaking after meeting Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana and Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob at Government House on Thursday. The ToR must clearly define the working areas and responsibilities of the consultants within the rehab plan to be conceived. The ToR was one of the issues Mr Saksayam ordered the airline to prepare in response to the impending bankruptcy filing and rehab entry.
May 21, 2020 23:16 UTC
Thais told to keep up virus guardThais are being warned to keep their guard up after the latest confirmed Covid-19 patients were found to have visited hospitals, a hairdresser and a shopping centre. He said the Thai man was 72 and had diabetes and lung cancer, adding the patient visited a public hospital four days ago and then a hairdresser. Dr Taweesilp said the German patient was identified as a 42-year-old who did not show any Covid-19 symptoms. As for the Thai woman who returned from the Philippines, she tested positive in the kingdom, he said. He said she tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, becoming the first patient among returnees from the Philippines.
May 21, 2020 23:15 UTC
Prison head sacked over sex visitThe governor of a prison in a northern province has been dismissed for allowing an inmate to have sex with his visiting wife. The prison governor was among 15 corrections officials dismissed for malpractice this year. The prisoner was allowed to have sex with his wife in a plantation near the prison, according to a source at the Corrections Department. Corrections Department director-general Pol Col Naras Savestanan yesterday confirmed that a sub-committee had decided on Wednesday to dismiss 15 corrections officials. One took bribes in exchange for taking care of jailed relatives, four were absent without leave for more than 15 days and another took bribes for smuggling cigarettes into prison.
May 21, 2020 23:15 UTC
Shooter at Texas naval air station 'neutralised'WASHINGTON: The US Navy said on Thursday an active shooter at its Corpus Christi naval air station in Texas had been "neutralised," with one security force member injured in the events that unfolded in the early morning hours. "Naval Security Forces at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi responded to an active shooter at approximately 6:15 a.m. this morning," said the U.S. Navy Information Office in a statement. At the same time, Texas A&M University, located nearby, asked any students on campus to remain indoors and away from windows. The Navy said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was en route and that state and local law enforcement was on the scene. Late last year, a Saudi gunman killed three U.S. sailors in an attack at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida, just days after a US sailor shot three civilians at the historic Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii, killing two of them before taking his own life.
May 21, 2020 13:30 UTC
21 Thais from Saudi Arabia sent for quarantineTwenty-one Thais from Saudi Arabia arrive in Songkhla province on Thursday. They were sent to state quarantine facilities in their home provinces. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)SONGKHLA: Twenty-one Thais returning home from Saudi Arabi arrived in Songkhla on Thursday and were sent to state quarantine facilities in their home provinces. All 21 returnees underwent strict health screening procedures and were sent to state quarantine facilities. The 21 returnees were divided into two groups.
May 21, 2020 11:48 UTC
Three cops face probe for alleged extortionPeople surround a police vehicle after policemen allegedly extorted fishermen in tambon Thung Kong, Kanchanadit district, Surat Thani province, on Thursday. (Photo from One 31 TV)Three police officers from Provincial Police Region 8 are being probed after they were alleged to have made attempts to extort money from villagers in Surat Thani. Pol Col Kissana Phathanacharoen, the deputy police spokeswoman, told the media on Thursday that the officers — who claimed they came to a village in tambon Thung Kong in Kanchanadit district to investigate illegal fishing — were accused on Wednesday of extorting money from fishermen and will now face a disciplinary probe. He said the officers were encircled by 300 villagers after they heard of their antics. When Pongsak Chakaew, former subdistrict chief of Thung Kong, came to mediate, the villagers released them but told them not to return again.
May 21, 2020 11:37 UTC
2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Convertible facelift: Thai prices and specsEntry-level 300hp four-cylinder engine remains but power in supercharged V8 rises to 575hp. Inchcape Thailand, the authorised importer of Jaguar, has introduced the facelifted models of the F-Type Coupe and Convertible with prices starting at 6.4 million baht. The 6.4 million baht starting price is available only for the Coupe in basic trim to attract buyers into showrooms. The R-Dynamic trim for the F-type goes for 6.9 and 7.6 million in Coupe and Convertible forms respectively. Also available in R-Dynamic spec, the V8 is priced at 12 million baht and an additional one million baht for the soft-top model.
May 21, 2020 11:12 UTC
BoI seeks to lure makers of medical equipmentAs Asian supply chains reshuffle in the wake of the pandemic, the government is focusing its efforts to attract foreign investors in need of a new manufacturing base around the medical devices sector, a promising industry in light of the health crisis. The Board of Investment (BoI) aims to set up joint ventures or convince foreign firms to move their manufacturing base for medical devices here. “Initially the BoI will focus on the aerospace, medical devices, electric vehicle, smart electronics and the railway system sectors,” she said. “This is the first time the event will spotlight the medical devices industry,” said Ms Sonklin. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there were 2,992 companies related to the medical devices industry in 2015, consisting of 2,494 export companies and 498 manufacturing plants.
May 21, 2020 10:30 UTC
'Jae Saiboon' drug network bustedPolice examine the seized marijuana during a media briefing in Khon Kaen on Thursday. (Photo: Chakrapan Nathanri)KHON KAEN: Three members of the "Jae Saiboon" (sister on the merit path) drug network have been arrested in Nam Phong district and 400kg of compressed marijuana seized in two northeastern provinces. Pol Maj Gen Somchai said police were acting on information that a drug network under the name “Jae Saiboon’’ was preparing to deliver marijuana from the Northeast to the Central Plains. They worked for a drug network run by a woman known only as Jae Saiboon (sister on the merit path). The investigation was continuingA police chart shows the drug network, supposedly run by a mystery woman in a white robe known as Jae Saiboon.
May 21, 2020 10:18 UTC