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  1. Heavy rain forecast for most parts of Thailand By The Nation Isolated heavy rainfall is likely in the North, the Northeast, the East and the South, as a strong southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea and Thailand, the Thailand Meteorological Department has forecast. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1171378-heavy-rain-forecast-for-most-parts-of-thailand/
  2. Heavy rain forecast for most parts of Thailand By The Nation Isolated heavy rainfall is likely in the North, the Northeast, the East and the South, as a strong southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea and Thailand, the Thailand Meteorological Department has forecast. People in the areas should beware of heavy rains, the department cautioned. The forecast for different parts of the country: Bangkok and its vicinity: Cloudy with scattered thundershowers; minimum temperature 25-26 degrees Celsius, maximum 32-35°C; southwesterly winds at 10-30kph. North: Very cloudy with scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Pichit and Phetchabun provinces; minimum temperature 24-26°C, maximum temperature 33-35°C; southwesterly winds at 10-25kph. Northeast: Very cloudy with scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin, Roi Et and Mukdahan provinces; minimum temperature 24-26°C, maximum temperature 31-34°C; southwesterly winds at 10-25kph. Central: Cloudy with scattered thundershowers mostly in Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya provinces; minimum temperature 24-26°C, maximum temperature 34-36°C; southwesterly winds at 10-30kph. East: Very cloudy with scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces; minimum temperature 23-27°C, maximum temperature 31-34°C; southwesterly winds at 15-30kph; waves about a metre high and 1-2 metres in thundershower areas. South (East Coast): Cloudy with scattered thundershowers mostly in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Songkhla provinces; minimum temperature 23-26°C, maximum temperature 32-34°C; southwesterly winds at 15-30kph; waves a metre high and 1-2 metres in thundershower areas. South (west coast): Cloudy with scattered thundershowers mostly in Ranong, Phangnga, Trang and Satun provinces; minimum temperature 24-26°C, maximum temperature 30-33°C; southwesterly winds at 15-35kph; waves 1-2 metres high and about two metres in thundershower areas. Seven-day forecast From July 4-7, a rather strong southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea and Thailand with the monsoon trough lying across Myanmar to the low cell over upper Laos while on July 6-7, the southeasterly wind prevails over the Northeast, the East and the Gulf. Thundershowers are likely over upper Thailand and isolated heavy rain in the North, the Northeast, the East, and the South. From July 8-10, the moderate southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea and Thailand with isolated heavy rain in the East and the South. People in the North, the Northeast and the East should beware of severe conditions in this period that may cause flash floods. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30390809 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-07-05 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  3. The week that was in Thailand news: Double, double toil and trouble: Two tier pricing moves and a damp squib return Thailand’s continued return to some sort of normality after months of restrictions was the mother of all damp squibs this week. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1171376-the-week-that-was-in-thailand-news-double-double-toil-and-trouble-two-tier-pricing-moves-and-a-damp-squib-return/
  4. The week that was in Thailand news: Double, double toil and trouble: Two tier pricing moves and a damp squib return Thailand’s continued return to some sort of normality after months of restrictions was the mother of all damp squibs this week. Leading the way was the much vaunted return to action of pubs, bars, clubs and soapy massage on Wednesday July 1st. Most of the drinking establishments decided to remain shut for two principal reasons. There are no tourists and the 22 regulations make going out more of a chore than a pleasure. So rather than invest money to reopen the proprietors will just wait and see. Stories from Bangkok and Pattaya suggested there were a few people in the bars that bothered to open. Rachadaphisek massage parlours were doing better business. A Nation story that said they were “throbbing” was just a little too much information for my liking. Reporters from Thai media of all descriptions were out and about trying to get the stories. There appeared to be more journos than punters. In most cases they went to one place and asked one person. Whatever they reported it was hard to mask that this was not the Thailand we signed up to! Temperature checks, masks, shields, screens, social distancing. I’d sooner go to 7-Eleven and get a bottle and a couple of straws for me and Mrs R to imbibe at home. Even the promise of bikinis as well as masks in Patpong did little to stir the loins. It’s not just that our favorite activities are not fun anymore. There is a genuine concern in many people’s minds that Thailand will suffer a far worse second spike. After my initial skepticism in the early days of the pandemic I am a convert to the dangers. And looking at what is happening around the world it is difficult to have much optimism. The government continued to stir the pot rather like the witches in Macbeth. Adding their “wool of bat and tongue of dog” to the caldron they attempted to make it appear they knew what they were doing. Though it is fair to say that if one points the finger of blame at Thailand one would need several hands’ worth to point at some countries around the world who have flip-flopped and made things up as they go along. On balance Thailand has done a fairly good job. Many of the world’s largest economies have lied and prevaricated creating a situation that will one day need to be resolved with public inquiries and criminal charges. All “wars” have a reckoning and this one will be huge. Tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said he was working on the travel bubble. But it was difficult to pin down which safe countries he was talking about that would lead to a trouble free August. Most of them are having renewed outbreaks. And even if they are not, they may well not trust Thailand despite the figures for new cases being so favorable. Phiphat suggested that tourists would be limited to places like the capital, QUOTES, Chiang Mai, Samui, Krabi and Phuket at first. Just one problem with that is there are no tourists and with Thailand behaving like a watered down North Korea it would be foolish to expect visitors any time soon. Absurd insurance requirements and need for documentation from embassies abroad added to the confusion. That’s if you could work out exactly who was being allowed back or allowed in. Frankly, you’d have to be barmy to consider international travel at this time unless it is absolutely necessary. The director of Chiang Mai airport reported it was now much busier. But it was all domestic travel and I doubt few tourism operators in the north or anywhere else believe the corner has been turned in rescuing their devastated businesses. The Thai schools also opened on Wednesday after being shut for four months. Seeing our seven year old off to start P2 was a high-five moment for Mr and Mrs R. Then we saw how many days off there are in July, especially after one for Songkran was added on the 27th making yet another very long weekend. The argument that the civil service needs the days off is nonsense. Most of them have been twiddling their thumbs on full pay for months while their private sector compatriots have been in increasingly dire straits. It’s time for Thailand to get back to work, not take more breaks. Some brighter news was on the horizon concerning the issue of state sponsored duplicity in the two-tier pricing system for Thais and foreigners at places like national parks. A TAT marketing man speaking in response to a question from blogger Richard Barrow at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club said that TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn was making waves behind the scenes. It was suggested that the TAT dual pricing policy had been wrong all along. This is good to hear but against the backdrop of there being few foreigners around to enjoy any changes, it added to the damp squib feel of the week. Likewise, an announcement from the private sector, namely Nong Nooch gardens in Pattaya that they intend to stop the practice, was aimed only at expats with ID. Posters went online to say this was always the case. The two-tier pricing thread, inevitably given the contentious nature of the issue, was one of the longest of the week. In my view everybody living in Thailand should pay the same price irrespective of whether they have paid tax. Tourists should pay more, perhaps, as they do in many countries, but not ten times more. During the height of the pandemic – especially in Rooster’s home town of Bangkok – one of the most noticeable changes to the city landscape was the prevalence of home delivery motorbike companies and all their trash. Trips to McDonald’s turned out to be a 20 minute wait for “fast food” as Grab came first. Now the Thai authorities are attempting to regulate the industry. This is welcome news. Companies like Uber and Grab are opportunistic charlatans whose duty is not to their employees or the customer. It is to their investors. They will put up prices at the drop of a hat and need to be regulated by the government to keep them remotely fair and in line. It has become almost a crime to side with the old taxi drivers, but I do. The taxi situation in Bangkok needed tweaking, not reinventing. Refusing passengers and refusing to turn on the meter remain the big issues. Solve those and you have an economical "Taxi Heaven". No need for Uber and Co. My own emergence from lockdown was continued last Sunday at Dreamworld. Bangkok’s go-to theme park had finally opened the previous day. I billed the visit as a “thank you” to my children for being so good during our isolation at home. Despite the masks it was a fun day out at 500 baht a head for all the rides. Everyone except me and a couple of other farangs were Thai. It always used to be Chinese tour groups. Numbers of visitors were low but the social distancing measures ensured that the queues for each ride were slower to clear than normal. Worldwide there was confusion everywhere. In England a U-turn was done on quarantining tourists from 75 countries. Scotland made it mandatory to wear face masks in shops. Hearing that in Thailand made me think: Come on Ms. Sturgeon, get with the program! In Florida there were ten thousand new cases. In Texas the easing of restrictions was reversed as people were told to wear masks outside. It was reported that the virus was on the rise in 37 States. Trump intimated that he might wear a mask. He is one of the leaders that hopefully will face criminal charges in the future. Health expert Anthony Fauci warned of 100,000 cases a day. In Hong Kong the Chinese masters introduced legislation to stop independence talk. Now people can be jailed for life for daring to talk back. The toothless UK government rattled their own cage and suggested that 3 million Hong Kong-ers could be allowed into the country. The Brexiteers will love that though few would really want to go there. Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell – daughter of Robert – was arrested for procuring minors for the now dead pedophile. Her arrest will have many people squirming not least of all a certain prince from the House of Windsor. Back in Thailand the more parochial news continued to amuse and shock in equal measure. Stories that I noted in the last seven days included one about a woman in a pick-up (hardly Hi-So!) who looked down her nose at a construction worker she had just knocked off a motorcycle. He was in fact the Burmese guys’ foreman and she had broken his leg. This didn’t stop her from claiming that he was writhing in agony in an attempt to extract compensation from her. She said he deserved an Oscar. Well, she deserves a Raspberry. A 73 year old US man in Chiang Mai was upset when his 50 abused Thai Ridgeback dogs were carted off to a sanctuary by Watchdog Thailand following complaints. He said he only asked for help in feeding them and countersued for theft after they denied his request to keep five dogs that weren’t starving and mistreated. There are an awful lot of dodgy characters in Thailand who make it appear they are animal loving owners of sanctuaries. They are more like chancers and scammers who con the public and are only interested in money. Most of them need to be shut down while the authorities need to redouble their efforts in culling the soi dog menace on the streets of the kingdom. Off Koh Larn a dive boat was partially destroyed after the captain admitted playing on his phone forgetting about his curry that was cooking on a gas stove upstairs. On the mainland, there was a big conflagration in Baan Sukhawadee, the garish Chinese tourist attraction near Pattaya. Owner of the facility Dr Panya of Saha chicken farm fame was nowhere to be found. A study by the parasite department of a university found that more than a third of Thai market vegetables eaten raw contained tapeworm. Celery had a whopping 60%. Consumers were advised to soak the veg in vinegar and wear gloves when handling it. One of the reasons I generally open a tin of Campbell's soup if I get peckish. Finally, one of my favorite comments of the week came from the wag at the Pattaya Mail who spotted that some of the neon lights were out during their investigations into the opening of the bars. As the rain poured on Wednesday and Walking Street was as miserable as ever the sign should have read: “Show Every Night Except Sunday”. Instead it said: “Show..ery ….Except Sunday”. Now that was a real damp squib. Rooster -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-07-05 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  5. 'Beautiful' to have a pint, 'brilliant' to get a haircut - England reopens after lockdown A worker serves a beer at The Holland Tringham Wetherspoons pub after it reopened following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain July 4, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) - People relished their first pub drinks in more than three months, went to restaurants and finally got haircuts on Saturday as England took its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life after the coronavirus lockdown. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1171375-beautiful-to-have-a-pint-brilliant-to-get-a-haircut-england-reopens-after-lockdown/
  6. 'Beautiful' to have a pint, 'brilliant' to get a haircut - England reopens after lockdown By Natalie Thomas and Will Russell A worker serves a beer at The Holland Tringham Wetherspoons pub after it reopened following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain July 4, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) - People relished their first pub drinks in more than three months, went to restaurants and finally got haircuts on Saturday as England took its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life after the coronavirus lockdown. Some pubs started serving from 6 a.m., sparking worries of over-indulgence on what the media dubbed a "Super Saturday" of restrictions being eased. Some hairdressers were reported to have opened at the stroke of midnight. "It's beautiful just to get back and have a pint," said Jim Martin, a 56-year old carpenter enjoying a beer at The Holland Tringham pub in south London, part of the JD Wetherspoon chain. It opened at 8 a.m. and was about three quarters full by 11.20 a.m. Julie Scott, a 43-year-old teacher, was there with her family for drinks and food. "I think it's just where everyone gets to socialise and catch up with people that they haven't seen...it's nice to just get together," she said. Others complained that the lockdown, which began in late March and has been gradually eased in recent weeks, had lasted too long. "It's about time they opened them up," said pensioner Ron Lock. Police chiefs worried the reopening of pubs could fuel drunken and irresponsible behaviour, while hospitals have been warned to prepare for a New Year's Eve-style weekend. "There's an element of decompression going on, particularly with younger people who've had some very responsible parents keeping them in over recent weeks," Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, told BBC radio. Britain has been the European country worst hit by the coronavirus, with more than 300,000 infections and an official death toll of 44,131. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has faced criticism from the opposition over its handling of the pandemic - including locking down later than some other parts of Europe - and is now anxious to get the battered economy moving again. THE JOY OF A HAIRCUT Men queuing for haircuts and busy hairdressing salons were a common sight across the country. At Savvas Barbers in Streatham, south London, healthcare assistant Benjamin Prior, 31, said he normally gets a cut every month but has had to wait four months. "It’s just brilliant to finally get a new haircut now, it’s the length I want, short as possible," he said. In another relaxation of lockdown rules, two households can now meet indoors as long as social distancing is maintained, and overnight stays are allowed. The rule changes apply only to England as the devolved nations in the United Kingdom - Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - have been setting their own timetables for easing restrictions. The Sun newspaper predicted that 15 million pints (8.5 million litres) of beer would be sunk in England on Saturday. Johnson called on people to behave responsibly and respect social distancing regulations as the risk of a resurgence of the coronavirus remains. He also stressed the importance of supporting businesses. "We must not let them down," he said at a news conference on Friday. One pub-goer's pint was immediately controversial. Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, well known for his fondness for beer, tweeted a picture of himself in a reopened pub, but was met by a storm of tweeted criticism and suggestions he should still be observing a 14-day quarantine as mandated for people traveling from the United States. Farage attended a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20. Ed Davey, the acting leader of the small opposition Liberal Democrats, said he had reported Farage to the police. Farage later tweeted that he had served his quarantine time, and had taken a test for the virus which was negative. (Reporting by Natalie Thomas and Will Russell; Writing by James Davey; Editing Frances Kerry) -- © Copyright Reuters 2020-07-05 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  7. UK supermarkets may ban Thai coconut products over use of monkeys The Thai Animals Protection Association has urged the Commerce and Agriculture ministries to issue a clarification to British retailers quickly about the use of pigtailed macaques in the harvesting of coconuts in Thailand. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1171373-uk-supermarkets-may-ban-thai-coconut-products-over-use-of-monkeys/
  8. UK supermarkets may ban Thai coconut products over use of monkeys The Thai Animals Protection Association has urged the Commerce and Agriculture ministries to issue a clarification to British retailers quickly about the use of pigtailed macaques in the harvesting of coconuts in Thailand. Mr. Roger Lohanan, secretary-general of the association, made the call after four British retailers pledged to stop offering coconut products that use monkey labour in their production. According to a BBC report on Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s conservationist fiancée, Carrie Symonds, called on all other supermarkets to stop selling the products, which include certain brands of coconut water and coconut milk. Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/uk-supermarkets-may-ban-thai-coconut-products-over-use-of-monkeys/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2020-07-05 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  9. Exodus Causes Traffic Congestion BANGKOK, July 4 (TNA) – Exodus to the North and the Northeast caused traffic congestion from early morning as people went on vacation during the extended holiday before the Buddhist Lent. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1171372-exodus-causes-traffic-congestion/
  10. Exodus Causes Traffic Congestion BANGKOK, July 4 (TNA) – Exodus to the North and the Northeast caused traffic congestion from early morning as people went on vacation during the extended holiday before the Buddhist Lent. For the four-day holiday, the cabinet ordered the Highways Department to waive tolls on Highway 7 (Bangkok-Chon Buri) and Highway 9 (Bangkok’s eastern ring road) from 12.01am on July 3 to midnight of July 8 to facilitate traffic flows. The department would lose about 120 million baht of tolls while vacationers are stimulating the national economy. Full story: https://www.mcot.net/viewtna/5f006c07e3f8e40aef456b7a -- © Copyright TNA 2020-07-05 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  11. University Introduces Online Exams BANGKOK, July 4 (TNA) – Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University tested its online examination system and will apply it on July 11-12. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1171367-university-introduces-online-exams/
  12. University Introduces Online Exams BANGKOK, July 4 (TNA) – Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University tested its online examination system and will apply it on July 11-12. Wichit Srisi-arn, president of the Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University Council, inspected the test and said the online examination system would be applied on July 11-12 but students had the right to choose their examination method. According to him, 58% of students chose online examinations and the rest 42% opted conventional examinations at the university’s exam centers. Those who will sit for online exams must have computers and webcams to show they remain in their room throughout their exam sessions. Full story: https://www.mcot.net/viewtna/5f003bc6e3f8e40af1459bf8 -- © Copyright TNA 2020-07-05 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  13. U.S. Ambassador praises Thailand’s investment potential Tanakorn Sangiam BANGKOK(NNT) - The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand has praised the country’s high investment potential, highlighting the expansion of current projects and further support for industry as ways to promote further cooperation. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1171365-us-ambassador-praises-thailand’s-investment-potential/
  14. U.S. Ambassador praises Thailand’s investment potential Tanakorn Sangiam BANGKOK(NNT) - The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand has praised the country’s high investment potential, highlighting the expansion of current projects and further support for industry as ways to promote further cooperation. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak welcomed the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, H. E. Michael George DeSombre, who made a courtesy at the start of his mission in Thailand. The DPM and the ambassador discussed cooperation between the U.S. and Thailand, to help strengthen the economies in both countries and promote more investments by U.S. investors in Thailand. The U.S. ambassador said Thailand has the potential and suitability for U.S. companies to invest, with a great potential to be part of the supply chain of the South East Asian region. DPM Somkid said the U.S. ambassador is highly enthusiastic about the development of economic relations between the U.S. and Thailand, revealing that the U.S. ambassador proposed ideas on what industries should receive more support from both sides. The ambassador expressed his confidence that Thailand will become a technological hub of the region, with great growth potential in the manufacturing and service sectors, as well as stock exchanges that can connect to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. He said Thailand also provides good medical services, which can be expanded to reach more clients, adding that the related agencies are ready to develop mutual exchange packages between Thailand and U.S. through the Board of Investment (BOI), to promote competitiveness and attract investment. The DPM said Thailand does not need standalone investment from individual companies, but demands investment packages, which the U.S. ambassador said he will be proposing soon. Mr Somkid has also stressed that he is still working on the country’s domestic and international economic affairs, while refusing to comment regarding the recent political developments in Palang Pracharath Party. The economic ministers will convene next Friday to discuss two main economic packages. -- © Copyright NNT 2020-07-05 - Whatever you're going through, the Samaritans are here for you - Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking COVID-19 updates
  15. Fans gather for final showings at Thailand's much-loved La Scala theatre By Prapan Chankaew Movie fans gather to bid farewell to the last stand-alone movie theatre "La Scala" amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand July 4, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa BANGKOK (Reuters) - Donning masks and observing social-distancing practices, movie and theatre fans on Saturday bid a final farewell to Thailand's La Scala theatre in Bangkok, which is set to close its doors in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1171249-final-curtain-call-for-bangkok’s-scala-theatre-this-sunday/#replyForm
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