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Phuket News
Jumbo death spurs call to shun plastic bags
The latest loss of a wild elephant which died with plastic bags in its intestines and stomach showed the public campaign to reduce plastic bags was ’falling on deaf ears’, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa says.
Phuket Opinion: Ghost of Phuket past rears its ugly head
PHUKET: This past week saw two separate incidents that highlighted golden opportunities for those holding the reins of the national economy to take strides towards their espoused goal of correcting critical issues besieging Thailand’s, and especially Phuket’s, tourism industry.
Senior MPs visit Phuket to assess COVID fallout and hear resident’s requests
PHUKET: More than a hundred people gathered at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (July 10) to share an array of requests and concerns with a delegation of senior MPs visiting from Bangkok.
French bus driver dies after attack over mask-wearing rules
WORLD: A French bus driver who was badly beaten by passengers after asking them to wear face masks in line with coronavirus rules has died, his family said, sparking tributes from political leaders who condemned his “cowardly” attackers.
One dead, one injured as motorbike crashes into parked truck in Thalang
PHUKET: One man died and another was badly injured after a motorbike collided with a parked truck on Thepkasattri Rd in Thalang in the early hours of this morning (July 11).
Thailand, US plot post-outbreak future
THAILAND: Thailand and the United States have pledged to strengthen military ties and cooperate in boosting their economies in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Crackdown to target foreign worker shop, sales staff, illegal ice cream vendors
PHUKET: Department of Employment Director-General Suchart Pornchaiwisetkul has announced that a crackdown is forthcoming targeting foreigners working illegally by selling ice cream in a variety of provinces, including Phuket.
Phuket Immigration clarifies minimum income requirement for permit to stay for foreigners with multiple employers
PHUKET: Phuket Immigration Deputy Chief Col Nareuwat Putthawiro today clarified that foreigners with multiple employers listed on their work permits need to satisfy the minimum income from the major employer only in order to qualify for a one-year extension to a permit to stay.
Australia cuts citizen returns as virus surge worsens
AUSTRALIA: Australia will slash the number of returning citizens allowed into the country by half as it struggles to contain a worsening coronavirus outbreak in its second-largest city, officials announced Friday (July 10).
 
The Thaiger
Electric company worker severely shocked, injured in 5 metre fall

An electrical company worker has suffered critical injuries after an electric shock caused him to fall 5 metres to the ground in Chon Buri’s Si Racha district this morning. 36 year old Adisak Bunsong, an employee of the Bueng Provincial Electricity Authority, was installing and changing electrical wires 5 metres above the ground on Road 331, near Village number 6, when he was shocked. Co-workers say  it happened suddenly and claim he was using all the proper precautions. They told reporters they were unsure how the incident took place. Rescue workers from Prawayiang Thai Siracha gave Bunsong CPR at the […]

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Elephant’s death prompts plea to “say no” to plastic bags

Thailand’s ministry of natural resources and environment fears that the public campaign to reduce plastic bags is “falling on deaf ears”, after the latest loss of a wild elephant which died with plastic bags in its intestines and stomach. Officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation found the male elephant, weighing about 3.5 tonnes and aged around 20 years old, dead at the Khao Khitchakut National Park in Chanthaburi province. They found plastic bags inside the animal’s carcass. “How many wild animals need to die in order to raise the conscience of some people?” Varawut Silpa-archa […]

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Human trials of locally made Covid-19 vaccine to begin in October

Surpassing earlier predictions that human trials of a locally manufactured Covid-19 vaccine could begin as early as the end of the year, Thailand will conduct the first human trials of its vaccine candidate in October, after trials on monkeys produced satisfactory results, with high level of immunity being detected in the animals. The minister for higher education, science, research and innovation made the announcement in a Facebook post today. He says the next step is to recruit volunteers in August and September for human trials of the mRNA vaccine, which was jointly developed by the Vaccine Research Centre of Chulalongkorn […]

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Poll shows most Thais still oppose foreign arrivals

A recent survey carried out by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll, shows that a majority of Thais still oppose opening the country to foreigners, even if they’re not infected with Covid-19, saying the global coronavirus situation is still very serious. The poll was conducted on July 6-8 on 1,251 people aged 18 and over, of various education levels and occupations throughout the country. A “medical and wellness” program would open the country to foreigners who test negative for Covid-19 to receive medical treatment. They would undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine before being allowed to return […]

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1 dead, 6 injured by bee stings in Chantaburi – VIDEO

A woman is dead and 6 irrigation workers are in hospital after they accidentally disturbed a large nest of bees yesterday while clearing grass on the side of the road in the eastern border province of Chanthaburi. Police learned of the incident in the Laem Sing district yesterday afternoon. A 43 year old woman, identified as Nongnuch Tangman, was pronounced dead at the scene after running into a nearby lake to escape the bees and drowning. Rescue workers say she had been stung dozens of times. 70 year old Chalu Bunbunchu, a coworker of Tangman, told reporters that the group […]

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Koh Lan to get “neo” branding to attract tourists

The popular resort island of Koh Lan, about 8 kilometres off the Pattaya coast in the Gulf of Thailand, will become “Neo Koh Lan”, as Pattaya is being upgraded as a tourism and investment hub under the Thai government’s poster economic project, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme. Pattaya’s mayor says the island, along with Koh Sichang (north of Koh Lan) in Chon Buri and Koh Samet in Rayong, will be promoted as destinations for “quality tourism” under the Neo Koh Lan plan. “Neo Koh Lan plan will be modelled on the Neo Pattaya plan, which focuses on 5 key areas… […]

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Chon Buri and eastern provinces brace for heavy localised rain storms

Thailand’s Meteorological Department is forecasting “isolated heavy rains for the Eastern part of Thailand” in the forecast period, including Chon Buri. “The southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea and Thailand cause less rain in the North, the Northeast and the Central. The easterly wind and the southeasterly wind prevail over the Northeast, the East and the South because isolated heavy rain in the areas. People in the East and the South should beware of severe condition.” Chon Buri is forecast to receive at least some isolated heavy rain over the next few days.  Pattaya and surrounding areas had heavy […]

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Busy motorbike thieves nabbed in Chon Buri

Police in Chon Buri’s Banglamung district have arrested 2 prolific motorbike thieves. Officers of Police Region 2 announced that 2 suspects, identified as 31 year old Eakkachai ‘Ton’ Jantamoon and 34 year old Manas ‘Dam’ Saeueang, were arrested at a room in Soi Sukhumwit 31. Officers seized 8 vehicles in total. The pair have been charged with multiple counts of theft by night. Authorities say many motorbikes have been stolen in the Nongprue and other nearby areas during the last month. Several victims of the thieves thanked police for recovering their vehicles. The suspects reportedly confessed that they stole motorbikes […]

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Travel bubbles may be postponed “indefinitely”

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand now says the proposed “travel bubble” scheme, which could have allowed limited numbers of tourist arrivals from designated “low risk” countries, may have to be “postponed indefinitely”, after its 3 target partners – China, Japan and South Korea – experienced new outbreaks of Covid-19. On Tuesday, the CAAT’s director-general told reporters he expected Thailand to start exchanging tourists in August with countries that had controlled their coronavirus epidemics as Thailand has. But while negotiations have begun, new outbreaks in Beijing, Tokyo and outside Seoul now mean “we probably will have to postpone indefinitely.” He […]

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Former PM Abhisit, Thanathorn promote welfare state in Thailand

A former PM of Thailand is criticising the administration of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha for what he called the “lack of improvement in people’s livelihoods” and the absence of a solid welfare system. Former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva made the comment during a seminar on socio-economic issues yesterday. The seminar was organised by We Fair, a group advocating turning Thailand into a welfare state. “The wealth gap is widening… and the government must improve its policies to address issues and improve the people’s quality of life. Policymakers should view a welfare state as a basic right, and not a form of assistance. […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Tents, barrier removed from famous Phetchabun cliff
PHETCHABUN: The owners of land plots leading to the tip of Pha Hua Sing, a famous cliff on Phu Thap Boek, have removed some permanent structures that spoiled the scenery and reopened the path for visitors to the photogenic area.
Majority against opening country to foreigners: Poll
A majority of people are still opposed to opening the country to foreigners who are not infected with Covid-19, reasoning that the global coronavirus situation is still very serious, according to a survey carried out by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
1 Covid import from Japan, no deaths Sunday
Thailand added one new coronavirus case imported from Japan and continued its streak of no local transmissions, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Sunday.
Traders let over border to pick up merchandise
SA KAEO: Checkpoints are being reopened to Cambodian traders for five hours a day as border markets on the Thai side slowly return to business, according to local authorities.
Life coaches run the gauntlet
Scandals around social media influencer and well-known "life coach" Sean Buranahiran have put this well-publicised yet poorly understood profession under the spotlight.
Key dissenters absent from Chana hearing
SONGKHLA: Vocal opponents of the planned Chana industrial estate have refused to take part in an “illegitimate” public hearing on the project after being blocked from attending it.
Foreigners take aim at dual pricing
An online movement is gathering momentum to publicise the widespread practice of charging foreigners as much as 10 times what Thais pay at local tourist attractions.
14 new cases returnees from three countries
The government on Saturday reported 14 new coronavirus cases, all in quarantine, bringing the total to 3,216 cases since January.
Singapore ruling party's support slips in pandemic poll
SINGAPORE: Singapore's long-ruling party retained power Saturday but its support fell sharply, while the opposition made gains, in a general election held under the shadow of a coronavirus outbreak.
Somkid hints he'll 'accept' chop
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has hinted that he is prepared to accept his fate if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha decides to reshuffle the cabinet.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Philippines says no compromise on 2016 sea victory against China
The Philippines will adhere without compromise to a 2016 court victory that nullified China’s claims in most of the South China Sea, its top diplomat said.
500,000 Hong Kongers cast 'protest' vote
HONG KONG: Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens queued to cast ballots over the weekend in what the Chinese-ruled city's opposition camp says is a symbolic protest vote against tough national security laws directly imposed by Beijing.
Indonesia’s virus cases accelerate past 75,000
The number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia exceeded 75,000 as infections in the two largest hotspots continued to accelerate after the government eased physical-distancing curbs more than a month ago.
Tents, barrier removed from famous Phetchabun cliff
PHETCHABUN: The owners of land plots leading to the tip of Pha Hua Sing, a famous cliff on Phu Thap Boek, have removed some permanent structures that spoiled the scenery and reopened the path for visitors to the photogenic area.
Three arrested with 1,199kg 'ice'
SURAT THANI: Three men were arrested and 1,199 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, in their possession seized by police in Phun Phin district of this southern province Saturday, police said.
Tokyo's new Covid cases top 200 for record 4th day
Tokyo reported 206 coronavirus infections on Sunday, an official said, marking a record fourth straight day of over 200 new cases.
Indonesia military academy hit by virus outbreak
Nearly 1,300 people at a military academy in Indonesia have tested positive for the coronavirus, an official said, as the country struggles to contain the epidemic.
Man found dead in car in Phitsanulok
PHITSANULOK: A man was found dead in a car by an irrigation canal in Muang district of this central northern province on Sunday morning.
Thai massage loses its charm behind masks, social distancing
Walk into a massage parlour and a familiar clasped-hands “wai” greeting will welcome you as a hint of jasmine lingers in the air. Less appealing is the smell of disinfectant and the squeaky sound of latex gloves.
Phone-reading motorcyclist killed after hitting power pole
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A man who was driving fast while looking at his smartphone was killed when his motorcycle rammed into a roadside power pole in Phrom Khiri district of this southern province on Sunday.
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