What compounds the already dire situation for many women is that they feel their only choice is to have an illegal abortion. The law allows abortions to be conducted if mothers suffer physical or mental health issues or have been raped. Somwong Uraiwattana, deputy director of the Aids and Unwanted Pregnancies Access Foundation, said the laws were often written by people with little knowledge of the problems on the ground. They needed advice on how to cope with unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. It's like a death warrant," he said.
In response to these questions, Sean on Saturday posted details of the Chiang Mai wildfire project including the spending of donations received between March 30 and May 1. Mr Srisuwan, secretary-general of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution, said he has petitioned the Department Of Provincial Administration to investigate whether the project was conducted lawfully. However, he said his department has plans to amend the 1944 Collection Act as it is now out of date. As for the donations spent on producing the video clips, Mr Ekniti said, the department will have to find out whether they can be waived from tax payment, he said. None has filed such a complaint against Sean so far, despite the fuss on social media.
Visitors peruse housing loans at the GH Bank booth at Money Expo 2019. SFIs include Government Savings Bank, GH Bank, Export-Import Bank of Thailand, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand and Islamic Bank of Thailand. GH Bank's debtors with total loans worth 200 billion baht have participated in the debt holiday scheme. The bank will survey their debt-servicing ability 60 days ahead of the debt relief scheme's expiry in September, Mr Chatchai said. The bank's CAR falling somewhat is not an issue, though its internal threshold has a minimum requirement of 10.5%.
Japan welcomes Thai workersDriven by a shortage of skilled workers, Japan is offering job opportunities in 14 work categories to foreign workers including Thai workers who have undergone occupational training in Japan previously, the Labour Ministry says. Priority will be given to Thai workers who have completed an occupational training programme of between three and five years in Japan under a previous Thai-Japanese cooperation agreement, he said. Japan wants Thailand to supply it with skilled workers in these categories as soon as the Covid-19 pandemic situation subsides, Department of Employment director-general Suchart Pornchaiwisetkul said. The demand for foreign skilled workers in Japan is driven mainly by Japan's need to boost economic growth, he said. While Japan is facing a shortage of skilled workers, foreign workers undergoing job training in Japan are normally required to leave the country at the end of their training, despite the fact many Japanese employers want trained foreign workers who can stay on and work for them, Mr Saichon said.
Stranded expatriates share newsA private group on Facebook called "Farangs Stranded Abroad Due to Lockdown in Thailand" is one community where foreigners share information and help one another in an attempt to return to Thailand amid the Covid-19 pandemic period. "The group was started to share travel information with foreigners who call Thailand home: husbands, fathers, mothers, teachers and professionals from all over the world. They are separated from their loved ones, families and livelihood," said Alex Wilson, 30-year-old teacher and an admin of the group. "I have lived in Thailand for almost seven years and my wife is from Phang Nga. I got my dream job in one of the best international schools in Thailand and signed my contract back in December.
It's now time to scrutinise govt 'aid' packagesThe severe economic downturn caused by state lockdown measures seems to give the Prayut Chan-o-cha government a mandate for a quick spending spree on myriad rehabilitation programmes and economic stimulus packages aimed at accelerating the post-pandemic recovery. I'm not against the stimulus packages. Moreover, the public has little chance to monitor and scrutinise those project proposals. The opposition bloc has pushed for a House committee to scrutinise the spending of the stimulus packages. The government must involve opposition parties and the public, enabling them to scrutinise its aid packages and procurement systems and assess the results.
Turning scale to value is essential post-Covid-19As Asia grapples with the impact of Covid-19 pandemic, the region's top corporate executives are deeply concerned about the impact on business performance and livelihoods in a volatile post-pandemic environment. For many of Asia's largest companies, this complicates the challenges they were already facing. Between 2005-2007 and 2015-2017, profits generated by Asia's largest companies fell from US$150 billion (4.63 trillion baht) to a loss of $207 billion. Even before Covid-19, Asian companies operate in a hyper-competitive environment, and it is hard even for leading companies to maintain their pre-eminence. The Asian financial crisis, for example, hit Thailand hard but the country returned to positive GDP growth within a year or two.
A wide range of services are offered at Bumrungrad hospital, which has been recognised as a leading medical tourism destination. Thailand is setting a new goal to become a global medical and wellness destination by 2024, aiming to lure international travellers and 1 million overseas Thais, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). As the pandemic raises awareness about healthcare and accelerates demand for preventive and regenerative medicine, the TAT sees an opportunity, particularly with the country's solid reputation for medical services, said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn. "Hotels can be another communication and distribution channel to publicise health services in Thailand," Ms Srisuda said. This is a key segment for boosting tourism in Koh Samui, alongside entertainment, natural resources and community tourism, Mr Vorasit said.
In some cases, like with Microsoft, companies have permanently closed retail locations. Through the pandemic Microsoft has been heavily investing in its group conferencing and collaboration software, seeing the technology as critical to its future. Microsoft has used its retail presence to promote its growing hardware business, which is expanding to include gear like foldable tablets to wireless earbuds. Microsoft has more than 80 Microsoft Store locations, most of which are in the U.S., according to its website. The company has 271 U.S. retail locations though it has temporarily closed 32 of those stores since last week amid rising coronavirus case counts in several states.
"We need to keep our guard up to prepare for uncertainties," said Ronadol Numnonda, deputy governor for financial institution stability. "The central bank will not sit idly by and let the situation deteriorate to the point where it needs to raise capital. According to central bank data, commercial banks' total CAR stood at 18.7% at the end of March and the NPL ratio was 3.05%. "The key concern of the central bank is uncertainties, so the regulator has implemented pre-emptive measures," he said. The measure will build up confidence that local banks' capital buffers will remain solid, Mr Pisit said.
As the music industry grapples with challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, insiders wonder who'll be standing when the music restartsWhile the future of the music industry remains shrouded in lockdown mystery, industry insiders believe these difficult times could spark harmony by bringing people together in support of artists and others affected by disruptions caused by Covid-19. has no plans to organise a live concert in the immediate future since the company's main focus is on international acts. online store where music fans can purchase their favourite bands' exclusive merchandise such as music, T-shirts, tour posters as well as concert tickets." "As everybody has been affected by the pandemic, I have a good feeling that this could be a turning point for the music industry," she said. As for concerts and live music performances, main control measures and supplementary measures have been issued by the government.
TOT has been assigned to convert its existing service spots into 5G service centres to cater to future 5G adoption. CAT and TOT are also in talks with private firms that would serve as strategic partners in 5G service, Mr Buddhipongse said. Neither enterprise secured bandwidth in the 2600MHz range, regarded as crucial in the early stage of 5G service, at the auction. To address this weak point, TOT and CAT need more partners to ensure sufficient service capacity, Mr Buddhipongse said. Referring to the new NT's structure, Mr Buddhipongse said the company will have co-presidents for a certain period of time.
Israel's Ambassador to Thailand Meir ShlomoTourists come and go, but those who stay long enough can feel the pulse of the new land. "Of course, [in Israel] we are trying to collect our history, but here in Bangkok you don't have to wait for it. Mr Shlomo said agriculture has been key to cooperation between Israel and Thailand, citing the Hup Kraphong Royal Project as an example. Mr Shlomo said Israel offers 100 scholarships to Thai university students for one-year programmes, but language remains a huge barrier. "Living here is different from being a tourist because you really can feel the pulse of its people," he added.
Travel bubble scheme 'asking for trouble'The government would be "asking for trouble" if it adopted the travel bubbles and re-introduced medical tourism too soon, warned Thira Woratanarat, an epidemiologist at Chulalongkorn University. "So, the talk of travel bubble agreements and welcoming foreign patients under medical and wellness tourism to generate revenue would be asking for trouble," he said. Those who would arrive for medical and wellness tourism and agreed to undergo quarantine could also arrive immediately. Tourists who would arrive under the travel bubble scheme could be allowed in on Aug 1 on condition they undergo "Villa Quarantine", meaning they stay at their accommodation and do not travel. Supakit Sirilak, deputy permanent secretary for public health, confirmed plans for travel bubble schemes, with countries such as China and Japan.
The Facebook advertising boycott came after civil-rights groups including the Anti-Defamation League and NAACP called on brands to pull ad spending from Facebook for July. The groups said the social-media giant hadn't made enough progress battling hate speech and misinformation. It said artificial intelligence helps it find nearly 90% of hate speech before anyone flags it. The company spent $42.3 million on Facebook ads in the U.S. last year, research company Pathmatics Inc. estimates. The Anti-Defamation League, for example, has long pushed Facebook to view Holocaust denial as a form of hate speech.