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Phuket News
Tourism prospects opaque says TAT governor
THAILAND: The tourism sector may have to wait until 2022 to see “normal” revenue, described as 80% of the pre-pandemic level, as major markets are reluctant to ease travel measures unless there is distribution of a successful vaccine, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
UK asks regulator to study AstraZeneca vaccine
WORLD: The British government said today (Nov 27) it has asked its independent medicines regulator to assess AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine as part of the formal approval process for the drug to be rolled out by the end of the year.
English skills drop again
THAILAND: The overall English proficiency across Thailand has fallen for the third year in a row, according to the annual English Proficiency Index.
Thailand returns Iranians held over bomb plot
WORLD: Thailand confirmed today (Nov 26) it had returned three Iranians jailed over a 2012 bomb plot in Bangkok, in an announcement that came after Tehran freed an Australian-British lecturer imprisoned for alleged spying.
B40bn high-speed train contracts inked
THAILAND: The State Railway of Thailand today (Nov 26) signed five more contracts, worth about B40 billion, for work on the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Snake warning issued as another king cobra caught
PHUKET: Kusoldharm rescue workers are urging people to beware snakes around their workplaces and homes after a king cobra about two metres long was safely caught at a local security company office this morning (Nov 26).
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Phuket international schools 5th cheapest? Food, cosmetics can use hemp, cannabis! || November 26
PHUKET XTRA - November 26 || Brought to you by PVCPhuket.com Phuket ranks 5th cheapest in Asia in international school |:| ’New Normal’ doubles up PPAO elections |:| Protests end peacefully |:| Cannabis, hemp allowed in food, cosmetics |:| Phuket police shake-up |:| Thailand Covid cases jumps 16 Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Phuket villagers urge government to uphold community title deeds
PHUKET: About 300 people from 15 communities in Phuket gathered at Phuket Provincial Hall this morning (Nov 26) to file a formal request for the central government to uphold its promise to allow poor people living on state land under the protection of ‘community title deeds’.
International NGOs react to Thai pro-democracy protests
THAILAND: We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Thai police’s unnecessary and excessive use of force against peaceful protesters marching to the national parliament in Bangkok on Nov 17.
Use of cannabis, hemp to be allowed in food, cosmetics
BANGKOK: The government plans to allow use of most parts of cannabis and hemp plants in cosmetics and food, the permanent secretary for health said on Wednesday (Nov 25).
 
The Thaiger
Questions raised over AstraZeneca “dosing mistake” in vaccine trials

British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced this week that their experimental coronavirus vaccine candidate is, on average, 70% effective. But since Monday’s announcement vaccine experts from around the world have questioned the methodology of the trials and transparency of the announced Phase 3 trial results. The questions and uncertainty of the AstraZeneca vaccine trials will set back the timing for the vaccine to be authorised other parts of the world. Scientists are curious why the company has pooled results from  different trials, saying that this “deviates from standard reporting on clinical trials”. AstraZeneca announced last Monday that the participants in the […]

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State Railway officials sign 5 high-speed rail contracts as part of project linking Thailand and China

Officials from the State Railway of Thailand have signed 5 high-speed rail contracts worth more than 40 billion baht, in the latest development in the Thailand – China rail connection. It’s understood the contracts cover phase 1 of the railway, from Bangkok to the north-eastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). It’s hoped that section will carry its first passengers in 2023 and that the line will eventually reach further north, to Nong Khai, and from there, link with a rail connection connecting Laos and China. The high-speed trains will run at speeds up to 250 kilometres an hour. Nation Thailand […]

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International travel in 2021 is unpredictable – Tourism Authority of Thailand

The future of Thailand’s travel industry is “opaque”, according to Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn. For once the usually over-optimistic TAT has made a completely honest assessment of the current situation. “There are unpredictable factors that come into play when trying to determine how 2021 will pan out, like the availability of a Covid-19 vaccine, the number of coronavirus infections and travel restrictions. The tourism sector might not have what’s considered a normal revenue, at least 80% of the pre-pandemic level, until 2022.” “We set 2021 as a year of adjustment before seeing a leap in 2022. We […]

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Economic concerns put Bangkok’s ban on 10-wheel trucks on hold

Officials in Bangkok have decided to delay a proposed ban on 10 wheel trucks in light of the current economic challenges affecting the transportation and industrial sectors. The proposed ban was aimed at reducing PM2.5 air pollution in the capital and was expected to come into force from December 1 – 28. Particulates – also known as atmospheric aerosol particles, atmospheric particulate matter, particulate matter (PM), or suspended particulate matter (SPM) – are microscopic particles of solid or liquid matter suspended in the air – Wikpedia PM2.5 refers to particulate matter (solid and liquid particles) with a diameter of less […]

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Deputy PM refutes claim that using lèse majesté law damages Monarchy

Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam has dismissed claims that invoking Thailand’s strict lèse majesté law is damaging to the Monarchy. He insists the law has been in use for years and can be applied in the case of current protesters who violate it through their public speeches. Wissanu was responding to a claim from renowned academic Sulak Sivaraksa, who has slammed the government for resorting to Section 112 of the Criminal Code. Section 112 forbids insulting, defaming, or threatening the Monarchy, and a violation carries a punishment of up to 15 years’ imprisonment. Earlier this week, police confirmed that 12 protesters […]

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Monk arrested for alleged involvement in large methamphetamine delivery

Police arrested a monk on drug charges and seized 4.8 million methamphetamine pills from a resort in the Central Thailand province Chai Nat. The man, a senior monk from Chiang Rai, was allegedly hired to help deliver large qualities methamphetamine 3 times and paid 300,000 baht per delivery. The monk allegedly told police that he needed the money to enroll in a master’s degree program. A photo shows the monk standing in front of a van packed with boxes. Along with the 4.8 million methamphetamine pills, police found a gun with 14 bullets and 11 mobile phones. According to Thai […]

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Thai government to sign vaccine contract with Oxford University, AstraZeneca, today

The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has confirmed that Thailand will today sign a contract with Oxford University and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, for the procurement of their Covid-19 vaccine. The PM says the agreement will mean Thais can access the vaccine once it goes into production. This contract is in addition to the agreement signed for the transfer of vaccine technology that will enable it to be manufactured here. Earlier this week, the team behind the vaccine announced that it was between 70-90% effective, depending on the dosage. The discrepancy raised some questions, as it appeared the vaccine was more effective […]

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Thailand’s English level drops for the third year – English Proficiency Index

English skills in Thailand have dropped for the third year in a row with an English language proficiency score considered to be “very low.” In the past year, Thailand’s ranking dropped from 74 out of 100 countries to 89, according to the 2020 English Proficiency Index by EF Education First. The index is based on test results from 2.2 million adults from 100 countries and regions. Thailand scored 419 out of 800 according to the English Proficiency Index, which is considered “very low.” Thailand ranks 20 out of 24 countries surveyed in Asia and 7 out of the 8 in […]

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Former WTO director cautions against re-opening Thailand too quickly

The former director general of the World Trade Organisation has issued a caution against Thailand throwing open its borders too early. Supachai Panitchpakdi says Covid-19 is still very much a threat, pointing to other countries that appear trapped in a cycle of easing restrictions, followed by renewed lockdowns. His comments come as England emerges from a national lockdown, only for many areas to find themselves subject to even tougher measures, at least until Christmas. According to a Nation Thailand report, Supachai says the cycle of lockdown/open up/lockdown that’s being seen in many Western countries is not just damaging their economies, […]

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Thailand News Today | Shots fired, the yellow ducks, “no coup” promise | November 26

Today’s news includes some live footage of the explosion and chaos at last night’s rally outside the Siam Commercial Bank building. Here we go with today’s Thailand news. An explosion and gunshots fired at last night’s protest outside the Siam Commercial Bank HQ There were reports of shootings and the throwing of an explosive device, caught on video at last night’s protest out the front of the Siam Commercial Bank HQ.  2 people were shot and injured in the chaos that erupted as people were starting to head home after the rally at about 10.10pm. Firstly there was a man, […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
FTI demands tougher currency measures to save exports
Thailand must check the runaway gain in its currency as it makes it harder for exporters to compete in the global market, according to the Federation of Thai Industries.
SRT signs 5 projects worth B40bn
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) on Thursday signed five more contracts, worth about 40 billion baht, for work on the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat).
Tourism prospects opaque
The tourism sector may have to wait until 2022 to see "normal" revenue, described as 80% of the pre-pandemic level, as major markets are reluctant to ease travel measures unless there is distribution of a successful vaccine, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Prawit sets out river stance
Thailand says it supports sustainable development along the Mekong River with fewer boundary impacts to make sure that no one is left behind and all should gain equal benefits from the international river's natural resources, says Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon who delivered the statement during a meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council.
Covid-19 vaccine purchase contract to be signed Friday
A forward contract to acquire a Covid-19 vaccine that can be produced locally will be signed on Friday, marking the next step forward in the battle against the virus, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday.
TEST YOURSELF: Not just 'tall, light and skinny'
A Hong Kong model is promoting all skin tones and sizes
Rival students blamed for shooting near protest rally site
The shooting heard after the protest at SCB Park ended on Wednesday night involved students from rival vocational schools who worked as guards during the rally, according to police.
16 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine
Sixteen new cases of the novel coronavirus infection were reported on Thursday, quarantined arrivals from seven countries, raising total to 3,942.
Top leaders talk life after the Covid-19 crisis
Key industry players voice optimism 'Beyond the Pandemic'.
US vows more business in Thailand
US businessmen have pledged to press on with their investment plans in Thailand and called on the government to maintain momentum in tourism stimulus projects and also ease travel restrictions to help get the economy back on track.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Rare clouded leopard seen in Si Sa Ket
A clouded leopard, an endangered species, has been seen for the first time in about 20 years on Phanom Dong Rak mountain in Si Sa Ket province, a senior conservation official said on Friday.
China ramps up row, imposes high taxes on Australian wine
BEIJING: China on Friday said it would impose anti-dumping measures on Australian wine, in a further ramping up of tensions between Beijing and Canberra.
State data-sharing platform set for 2023
The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry aims to use a centralised data-sharing government platform by 2023 through the Government Data Center and Cloud (GDCC) service as part of efforts to boost public services within a single window for data access.
Battered by virus and oil slump, biofuels fall out of favour
LONDON: Hit by the coronavirus pandemic and a sharp drop in oil prices, biofuel demand has declined for the first time in two decades and may struggle to recover, according to experts.
Rail link to all regions 'by 2028'
The government has set its sight on building rail connections to all regions by 2028, which will position the country strategically as the transport and logistical hub of Asean, according to the Transport Ministry.
Fugging hell: Tired of mockery, Austrian village changes name
VIENNA: Residents of an Austrian village will ring in the new year under a new name -- Fugging -- after ridicule of their signposts, especially on social media, became too much to bear.
AstraZeneca says its vaccine needs 'additional study'
LONDON: The head of British drug manufacturer AstraZeneca said on Thursday further research was needed on its Covid-19 vaccine after questions emerged over the protection it offers, but the additional testing is unlikely to affect regulatory approval in Europe.
Trump says he will leave office if Biden victory confirmed
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would leave the White House if Joe Biden is officially confirmed the winner of the US election, making a further concession of defeat even as he railed against the "rigged" vote.
FTI demands tougher currency measures to save exports
Thailand must check the runaway gain in its currency as it makes it harder for exporters to compete in the global market, according to the Federation of Thai Industries.
Unmanned library opens
Thailand's first unmanned library, Chula UltimateX Library, is now open at Chulalongkorn University.
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