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  1. Skullbreaker challenge: Parents and kids warned about new viral Tik Tok craze Image: MThai Parents and children in Thailand are being warned about a dangerous new craze that originates from the hugely popular social media app, Tik Tok. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148561-skullbreaker-challenge-parents-and-kids-warned-about-new-viral-tik-tok-craze/
  2. Skullbreaker challenge: Parents and kids warned about new viral Tik Tok craze Image: MThai Parents and children in Thailand are being warned about a dangerous new craze that originates from the hugely popular social media app, Tik Tok. Known as the ‘Skullbreaker challenge’, Thai media warned that those participating in the craze risk being injured or inflicting serious injury to others. The challenge involves two people kicking the feet from under a third participant as they jump in the air. This then knocks the third person off balance, often causing them to land on their head. The craze is understood to have started in South America and after going viral has swept across social media after being shared on the Tik Tok app. Such is Tik Tok’s popularity amongst Thai teenagers it is only a matter of time before the craze reaches Thailand, that is if it hasn’t already. Earlier this week, the popular Drama Addict Facebook page warned parents and teachers about the Skullbreaker challenge. “Parents whose kids use Tik Tok should watch this urgently”, the warning read. “If any teachers or parents see kids doing this, stop them immediately”, the warning continued. “And teach children not to follow this stupid online challenge”. You might not be familiar with Chinese born social media app Tik Tok. The app is hugely popular with teenagers and young people the world over. In fact, it is so popular that it was the second most downloaded app in 2019 - proving more popular than Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram. In 2019, Tik Tok got over 700 million downloads, only beaten by Facebook owned WhatsApp, which had around 850 million downloads. What makes Tik Tok’s rise in popularity all the more remarkable is that the app was only launched in 2016. By comparison the likes of Facebook and Instagram are more than a decade old. For those that aren’t aware, Tik Tok allows users to share 15 second video clips which can be accompanied with funny sounds, songs or special effects. Some of the other controversies surrounding Tik Tok include how it collects data on its users, which are predominantly children and young people, its reported links to the Chinese government and censorship from Beijing. video-1581768199.mp4 -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-02-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  3. BAAC introduces 'A' certification for products to improve quality of life in rural areas By Thanachart Chuengyaempin The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) will work towards improvement of the grass roots economy, aiming to help improve the quality of life of people living in rural areas, Somkiat Kimawaha, BAAC executive vice president, said in Ranong province on Friday (February 14). Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148560-baac-introduces-a-certification-for-products-to-improve-quality-of-life-in-rural-areas/
  4. BAAC introduces 'A' certification for products to improve quality of life in rural areas By Thanachart Chuengyaempin The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) will work towards improvement of the grass roots economy, aiming to help improve the quality of life of people living in rural areas, Somkiat Kimawaha, BAAC executive vice president, said in Ranong province on Friday (February 14). “Our organisation will continue providing the loans for SME entrepreneurs, community enterprises, agricultural cooperatives and those farmers with competitive capacity, in order to help them improve and sustain their products and businesses,” he added. The BACC plans to set up a new department to work on projects for improvement of the grass roots economy. Besides, it aims to establish the centre for local business promotion nationwide. In addition, the executive vice president introduced the “A product” certification, to appear on the packages of processed agricultural products. “The manufacturers of those products are our customers,” Somkiat explained. “We created this certification with our network agencies, such as Department of Industry Promotion and Digital Economy Promotion Agency, to show the quality of the local products.” Supot 'Gong' Kornprasitwat “We want to add value to things produced by entrepreneurs or enterprises we support or help to strengthen,” he added. “The consumers would be assured from the certification that their money will be revenue for rural people, instead of for rich entrepreneurs,” he said. Presently, there are around 431 “A” certificate products, and the aim is to reach 1,500 products in the future. Ko Phayam Island 'A' certificate products, coffee, dried shrimp, salthed egg, and roasted cashews The outcome of the certification would take around three months for estimation, since this strategy is new at this time. The BAAC also introduced the local enterprises it supports financially in Ranong. One of them is the renowned Gong Valley, a coffee brand, and a place where people around the world visit for knowledge about coffee. Gong Valley has been operated by Supot ‘Gong’ Kornprasitwat, under his concept of “our product, our price”. He has purchased coffee beans from local farmers at a rate higher than factories, and sold them under his brand in numerous countries. Besides, he has promoted local coffee farming nationwide, and his network of coffee entrepreneurs totals around 200. Some farmers promoted or instructed by him were also BAAC customers, and their products received the “A” certification. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382210 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-02-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  5. THAI adjusts flight frequency to South Korea and Singapore By THE NATION Thai Airways International (THAI) has adjusted its flight frequency to some destinations in view of changes in demand following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), Nond Kalinta, the airline’s vice president of sales department, said. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148558-thai-adjusts-flight-frequency-to-south-korea-and-singapore/
  6. THAI adjusts flight frequency to South Korea and Singapore By THE NATION Thai Airways International (THAI) has adjusted its flight frequency to some destinations in view of changes in demand following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), Nond Kalinta, the airline’s vice president of sales department, said. Nond said because of the epidemic in China, many countries have advised their people to reduce travels to countries in the vicinity. According to a THAI statement issued on Saturday (February 15), the changes in flights to South Korea and Singapore are as follows: ➤ Reduced flights on the Bangkok-Seoul-Bangkok route from five flights per day to four per day from February 26 to March 28. ➤ Cancellation of flights on the Bangkok-Busan-Bangkok route on February 27 and on March 5-6. ➤ Reduced flights on the Bangkok-Singapore-Bangkok route from five flights per day to four per day from February 20 to March 27. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382187 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-02-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  7. Japan praises Thailand as being investment friendly Na-ark Rojanasuvan BANGKOK (NNT) - According to the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, the land of the rising Sun continues to view Thailand as an investment-friendly economy. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148552-japan-praises-thailand-as-being-investment-friendly/
  8. Japan praises Thailand as being investment friendly Na-ark Rojanasuvan BANGKOK (NNT) - According to the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, the land of the rising Sun continues to view Thailand as an investment-friendly economy. Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Hiroto Izumi made the comment during his meeting with the Thai Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, discussing bilateral cooperation between the two great nations. Izumi further stated that the collaboration between Thailand and Japan related to the ASEAN Economic Community is proceeding well, with plans for the future being aligned such as the Southern and Northeastern Economic Corridor projects, as well as cooperation on organic agriculture. Dr. Somkid welcomed Japanese investment in the ASEAN bloc, and asked Japan to provide assistance in Thailand’s bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP is a trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. It evolved from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which never came into force due to the withdrawal of the United States. -- © Copyright NNT 2020-02-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  9. KMITL Smart Bus Stop helps detect dust Praphorn Praphornkul BANGKOK (NNT) - King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) has unveiled the KMITL Smart Bus Stop, equipped with a real-time dust measuring device. The institute is urging relevant agencies to use the city development model to improve bus stops throughout Bangkok. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148551-kmitl-smart-bus-stop-helps-detect-dust/
  10. KMITL Smart Bus Stop helps detect dust Praphorn Praphornkul BANGKOK (NNT) - King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) has unveiled the KMITL Smart Bus Stop, equipped with a real-time dust measuring device. The institute is urging relevant agencies to use the city development model to improve bus stops throughout Bangkok. The KMITL Smart Bus Stop project is an innovation that can measure levels of particulate matter of 2.5 micrometers or less (PM2.5) and warn people when dust levels are high. It is now being used at a bus stop in front of the Faculty of Engineering of KMITL. It has a dust sensor, a built-in fan that turns on automatically when levels of PM2.5 are above the safety threshold and a monitor to display the concentration of dust in five levels. Its functions are in accordance with international standards. When PM2.5 levels at the bus stop exceed the safety threshold, its built-in fan comes on automatically. Commuters in the area become aware of the situation and put on a protective mask. Many people gather at bus stops, particularly in the morning and evening, when the concentration of dust is high. The KMITL Smart Bus Stop has a monitor that displays dust levels. When the indicator turns red, people start to protect themselves. When they have to wait for a bus for some time, the fan will help blow the dust in the area away. Bangkok has more than 5,000 bus stops. The bus stops located near Skytrain stations and other congested areas mostly have high PM2.5 levels. With a budget of 20,000 to 25,000 baht, the KMITL Smart Bus Stop can be installed at about 1,000 bus stops in these areas immediately to help commuters protect themselves from air pollution and make them feel at ease. Members of the public are advised to check the air quality in their areas through various channels regularly and carry a face mask with them to protect themselves against the toxic air when necessary. -- © Copyright NNT 2020-02-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  11. Massive turnout for merit-making ceremony in Nakhon Ratchasima People in their tens of thousands attended a merit making ceremony this morning in Korat to pay tribute to the late King Narai the Great, founder of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thao Suranaree, the heroine of the province during the early reign of the Chakri Dynasty and to remember the victims of the mass shooting last weekend. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148550-massive-turnout-for-merit-making-ceremony-in-nakhon-ratchasima/
  12. Massive turnout for merit-making ceremony in Nakhon Ratchasima People in their tens of thousands attended a merit making ceremony this morning in Korat to pay tribute to the late King Narai the Great, founder of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thao Suranaree, the heroine of the province during the early reign of the Chakri Dynasty and to remember the victims of the mass shooting last weekend. 10,000 monks, from temples in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buri Ram and Surin provinces, chanted prayers to bless the province and received alms from lay people. Some merit-makers told Thai PBS that they took part to bless Korat on its 364th anniversary and to pay tribute to the 30 people who were murdered last weekend. Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/massive-turnout-for-merit-making-ceremony-in-nakhon-ratchasima/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2020-02-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  13. Online campaign against dissolution of Future Forward party heats up More than 3,000 people, from various occupations and backgrounds, have signed up to an online campaign protesting the possible dissolution of the Future Forward party by the Constitutional Court. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148549-online-campaign-against-dissolution-of-future-forward-party-heats-up/
  14. Online campaign against dissolution of Future Forward party heats up More than 3,000 people, from various occupations and backgrounds, have signed up to an online campaign protesting the possible dissolution of the Future Forward party by the Constitutional Court. The campaign, named “Open Political Space for All Political Camps to Sign Up to Protest the Dissolution of Future Forward party”, on the change.org website, was reportedly launched by Charnvit Kasetsiri, former rector of Thammasat University and a member of the party. Among the signatories are former election commissioner Kothom Arya, architect and designer Duangrith Bunnag, women and children’s rights advocate Thich na Nakhon, Banyong Pongpanich, labour leader Phanat Thailuan, Children’s Rights Foundation founder Montri Sinthavichai, singer Sutthipong Tatpitakkul, former member of the Political Science Faculty of Thammasat University Seksan Prasertkul, scholar Sulak Sivaraksa, Anusorn Thammajai, movie director Yutthalert Lippapark, labour leader Banchong Boonrat and more. Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/online-campaign-against-dissolution-of-future-forward-party-heats-up/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2020-02-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  15. Huawei row: Australian MPs cancel UK trip amid tensions over leak Senior Australian MPs have cancelled a planned trip to the UK as tensions heighten over the role of Huawei in building Britain's 5G network. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1148548-huawei-row-australian-mps-cancel-uk-trip-amid-tensions-over-leak/
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