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  1. Not for sale: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland FILE PHOTO: Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish politicians on Friday poured scorn on the notion of selling Greenland to the United States following reports that President Donald Trump had privately discussed the idea of buying the world's biggest island with his advisers. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118053-not-for-sale-danish-mps-ridicule-idea-of-trump-buying-greenland/
  2. Not for sale: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland FILE PHOTO: Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish politicians on Friday poured scorn on the notion of selling Greenland to the United States following reports that President Donald Trump had privately discussed the idea of buying the world's biggest island with his advisers. Trump is due to visit Copenhagen in September and the Arctic will be on the agenda during meetings with the prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory. "It has to be an April Fool's joke. Totally out of season," former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Twitter. The notion of purchasing the territory has been laughed off by some advisers as a joke but was taken more seriously by others in the White House, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday. Talk of a Greenland purchase was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. "If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad," foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People's Party, Soren Espersen, told broadcaster DR. "The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous," he said. Greenland, a self-ruling part of Denmark located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, is dependant on Danish economic support. "I am sure a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long term," Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Danish MP from Greenland's second-largest party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA), told Reuters. "My immediate thought is 'No, thank you'," she said. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod were not available for comment but officials said they would respond later on Friday. The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen was also not immediately available for comment. "Oh dear lord. As someone who loves Greenland, has been there nine times to every corner and loves the people, this is a complete and total catastrophe," former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, said in on Twitter. Greenland is gaining attention from global super powers including China, Russia and the United States due to its strategic location and its mineral resources. In May, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russia was behaving aggressively in the Arctic and China's actions there had to be watched closely as well. A defence treaty between Denmark and the United States dating back to 1951 gives the U.S. military rights over the Thule Air Base in northern Greenland. Greenland is part of Denmark with self-government over domestic affairs, while Copenhagen handles defence and foreign policy. There has been no indication that a Greenland purchase will be on the agenda for Trump's talks with Danish officials. Martin Lidegaard, senior lawmaker of the Danish Social Liberal Party and former foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard called the idea "a grotesque proposal" which had no basis in reality. "We are talking about real people and you can't just sell Greenland like an old colonial power," he told Reuters. "But what we can take seriously is that the U.S. stakes and interest in the Arctic is significantly on the rise and they want a much bigger influence," he added. In 1917 Denmark sold off the then Danish West Indies islands for $25 million to the United States, which renamed them the United States Virgin Islands. (Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Andreas Mortensen and Stine Jakobsen; additional reporting by Steve Holland in the United States, Editing by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Angus MacSwan) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-08-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  3. Cabinet to consider Finance Ministry’s new economic stimulus package (Photo) Facebook/Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana The economic cabinet is due to consider the Finance Ministry’s economic stimulus package, aimed at stimulating consumption and investment, today (Friday). The proposal includes, among other things, a one-time 1,500 baht travel allowance for about 10 million salaried workers to promote domestic tourism. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118049-cabinet-to-consider-finance-ministry’s-new-economic-stimulus-package/
  4. Cabinet to consider Finance Ministry’s new economic stimulus package (Photo) Facebook/Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana The economic cabinet is due to consider the Finance Ministry’s economic stimulus package, aimed at stimulating consumption and investment, today (Friday). The proposal includes, among other things, a one-time 1,500 baht travel allowance for about 10 million salaried workers to promote domestic tourism. In his Facebook post before the meeting today, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said that the economic stimulus package includes subsidies for farmers affected by the current drought, low interest emergency loans for farmers, handouts for low-income earners who have been issued with Pracharat welfare cards, the one-time travel allowance and easy access to financial resources for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), so they can invest in machinery to improve their productivity. According to Mr. Uttama, four million households growing rice on an area of no more than 0.9 hectares will each receive 500-800 baht in subsidies for rice cultivation. Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/cabinet-to-consider-finance-ministrys-new-economic-stimulus-package/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2019-08-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  5. New Phoenix owner aims to restore wreck, return it to the sea By Tanyaluk Sakoot Preecha Jaiart, who bought the Phoenix wreck at auction earlier this month, aims to restore the Phoneix and send her back to bottom of the sea. Photo: Preecha Jaiart PHUKET: The Phuket man who bought the wreck of the fateful Phuket tour boat Phoenix at auction earlier this month aims to restore the boat and then sink it at the same location where it fell beneath the waves in July last year, killing 47 Chinese tourists, as a way of making merit. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118047-new-phoenix-owner-aims-to-restore-wreck-return-it-to-the-sea/
  6. New Phoenix owner aims to restore wreck, return it to the sea By Tanyaluk Sakoot Preecha Jaiart, who bought the Phoenix wreck at auction earlier this month, aims to restore the Phoneix and send her back to bottom of the sea. Photo: Preecha Jaiart PHUKET: The Phuket man who bought the wreck of the fateful Phuket tour boat Phoenix at auction earlier this month aims to restore the boat and then sink it at the same location where it fell beneath the waves in July last year, killing 47 Chinese tourists, as a way of making merit. Preecha Jaiart, who operates the Truck2hand.com website for selling secondhand heavy vehicles, including trucks, buses, vans and boats, conducted several merit-making ceremonies on the boat at Rattanachai Shipyard on the east side of Phuket Town yesterday (Aug 15). Mr Preecha bought the salvaged wreck of the Phoenix for B905,000 at an auction held in Phuket on Aug 7. Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/new-phoenix-owner-aims-to-restore-wreck-return-it-to-the-sea-72534.php#kx7UyQw27VpOviCs.99 -- © Copyright Phuket News 2019-08-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  7. BIG Motor Sale is the place to be to eye vehicle promotions By The Nation The automobile market may be in a decline as it enters the low season of the year, but for those who need to purchase new vehicles, the BIG Motor Sale 2019 is the place to be. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118046-big-motor-sale-is-the-place-to-be-to-eye-vehicle-promotions/
  8. BIG Motor Sale is the place to be to eye vehicle promotions By The Nation The automobile market may be in a decline as it enters the low season of the year, but for those who need to purchase new vehicles, the BIG Motor Sale 2019 is the place to be. A large number of sales promotions are being offered by auto and motorcycle companies, which expect to maximise sales during the low season. Automakers setting up booths at the event, which opened today and goes on until August 25 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Bitec), include Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Maserati, Mazda Mercedes-Benz, MG, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Subaru, Suzuki, Tata, Toyota, Volvo and Thairung. Motorcycle brands present include Benelli, BMW Motorrad, Hanway, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Lifan, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Royal Enfield, Ryuka, Scomadi, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa and Yamaha. New model highlights at this year’s show include the Toyota Majesty luxury van, the Suzuki Carry commercial vehicle that is being promoted as the perfect food truck, as well as new Peugeot models like the 3008 and 5008 that come with lower prices than expected as well as innovative features. Meanwhile, MG will continue to reap on the popularity of its ZS EV (Electric Vehicle), which is priced at just Bt1.19 million, as well as taking up orders for its first pickup truck – the Extender. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/auto/30374877 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-08-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  9. Northeastern drought stacks up Bt3 billion in damages By The Nation Damage from drought has reached an estimated Bt3 billion in the Northeast, according to report of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), while more than 800,000 rai (128,000 hectares) of farmland countrywide are thoroughly uncultivable and 10 million rai of crops will be dead standing. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118044-northeastern-drought-stacks-up-bt3-billion-in-damages/
  10. Northeastern drought stacks up Bt3 billion in damages By The Nation Damage from drought has reached an estimated Bt3 billion in the Northeast, according to report of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), while more than 800,000 rai (128,000 hectares) of farmland countrywide are thoroughly uncultivable and 10 million rai of crops will be dead standing. Tassanee Muangkaew, the OAE assistant secretary-general revealed that based on Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives’ statistics as of August 15, the office has estimated the economic and agricultural damages from drought in northeastern region at approximately Bt3 billion. “The most affected crop is rice, with 226,452 tonnes in 600,000 rai damaged, equivalent to Bt1.9 billion,” she said. “Corn for animal feed is in second place, with 104,353 tonnes in 130,000 rai affected, valued at Bt763 million. Meanwhile, damage to tapioca and sugarcane are estimated at Bt269 million and Bt130 million respectively.” Tassanee added that of all the nation’s farmlands, OAE estimates that 10.87 million rai will suffer from a serious water shortage that leaves crops dead standing. Most of these areas are in the northeastern region, including Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Maha Sarakham, Phetchabun and Chaiyaphum. OAE also reported that agricultural GDP in the first half of 2019 expanded at only 0.4 per cent compared to the same period of last year, and that the 2.5-3.5 per cent target set by the Agriculture Ministry is probably impossible to achieve. “The reason behind this year’s severe drought is the El Niño phenomenon, which affected the climate change and increased average temperatures, as well as reduced rain quantity throughout the country,” said Tassanee. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30374878 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-08-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  11. French 'spiderman' climbs HK tower, hoists reconciliation flag amid mass protests French urban climber Alain Robert climbs the Cheung Kong Center building in Hong Kong, China, August 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang HONG KONG (Reuters) - French "spiderman" climber Alain Robert scaled a 68-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong on Friday to hoist a flag symbolising reconciliation between China and the territory as weeks of escalating pro-democracy protests show no signs of abating. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118043-french-spiderman-climbs-hk-tower-hoists-reconciliation-flag-amid-mass-protests/
  12. French 'spiderman' climbs HK tower, hoists reconciliation flag amid mass protests French urban climber Alain Robert climbs the Cheung Kong Center building in Hong Kong, China, August 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang HONG KONG (Reuters) - French "spiderman" climber Alain Robert scaled a 68-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong on Friday to hoist a flag symbolising reconciliation between China and the territory as weeks of escalating pro-democracy protests show no signs of abating. Using his bare hands and without a harness, Robert clambered up Cheung Kong Center located in the central business district and secured a large banner on the building's exterior. The sign positioned China's flag in the left hand corner with Hong Kong's flag on the right side. Underneath was a yellow hand shaking a red hand on a white background to signify peace. Robert's climb comes as more mass demonstrations are expected through the weekend. China has likened the protests to terrorism and warned it could use force to quell them, as U.S. President Donald Trump urged President Xi Jinping to meet with protesters to defuse weeks of tension. It was the third time Robert climbed the Center, which is owned by Cheung Kong Holdings. He was banned from climbing buildings in the former British colony for a year last August. His ban ended two weeks ago. Dressed in bright hues of purple, pink and green, Robert was arrested after the climb and taken to a nearby police station. He often climbs without permission and has been arrested several times, sometimes for trespassing. Li Ka Shing, whose family owns the Cheung Kong Centre, published a series of advertisements in Hong Kong's major newspapers on Friday urging people to stop the violence. [L4N25C01N] Ten weeks of confrontations between police and protesters have plunged Hong Kong into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997, and have presented the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jingping since he came to power in 2012. The protests began in opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed the extradition of suspects for trial in mainland China, but have swelled into wider calls for democracy. More than 700 people have been arrested since the protests began in June, and tear gas has frequently been used by police in attempts to disperse protests across the city. (Reporting by Kevin Liu; Writing by Farah Master; Editing by Michael Perry) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-08-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  13. Relatives of student in slapping case to file complaint By Thanapat Kijjakosol The Nation Even though the schoolteacher in Sa Kaew’s Aranyaprathet district who slapped the face of his Mathayom 2 student has already resigned, relatives of the schoolboy said on Friday that they would today file a complaint with police as the boy and parents have allegedly been harassed and threatened by teachers and other individuals. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118041-relatives-of-student-in-slapping-case-to-file-complaint/
  14. Relatives of student in slapping case to file complaint By Thanapat Kijjakosol The Nation Even though the schoolteacher in Sa Kaew’s Aranyaprathet district who slapped the face of his Mathayom 2 student has already resigned, relatives of the schoolboy said on Friday that they would today file a complaint with police as the boy and parents have allegedly been harassed and threatened by teachers and other individuals. The alleged harassment is contrary to an earlier comment made by Aranyaprathet School director Prasarn Leudthahan that a calm and measured resolution had been reached. Prasarn said that teacher Binnarong Srichan, whose slapping of the schoolboy’s face to punish him for making noise during other students’ class presentations on August 14, was caught on film and quickly went viral, prompting criticism of his overly violent reaction, had apologised to the boy's parents that same day. The parents had indicated they didn't want to pursuit charges against the teacher. Saying that he had already reported the incident to the Educational Service Area 7 Office, Prasarn said Binnarong also went to the student's house and found that the boy wasn't wounded and the boy reportedly apologised to him for disturbing the others. Prasarn also said that Binnarong submitted his resignation on Thursday to the “Kru Phu Song Khun Kha Haeng Phaendin” (“Most valuable teachers of the land”) project under which he was hired on a yearly contact at Bt17,000 a month, citing a health problem. Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30374873 -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-08-16 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  15. Pickup rolls into ditch, one dead, one injured SATTAHIP:--On the night of Aug 3, at around 4 am police and rescue units rushed to the scene of an accident where they found a badly damaged pickup truck in a ditch and two young men lying beside it. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118026-pickup-rolls-into-ditch-one-dead-one-injured/
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