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  1. Airports of Thailand concession revenue drops 79%

    By Chris Madden in Asia/Pacific, Financial News, Latest News, Regions

     

    The company has delivered regular measures to assist concessionaires during the pandemic

     

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    Airports of Thailand (AOT) reported a 79% drop in concessions revenue for the last six months.

     

    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217041-airports-of-thailand-concession-revenue-drops-79/

     

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    By Chris Madden in Asia/Pacific, Financial News, Latest News, Regions

     

    The company has delivered regular measures to assist concessionaires during the pandemic

     

    Airports of Thailand (AOT) reported a 79% drop in concessions revenue for the last six months.

     

    The figures, for the period of October to March, showed the company’s six airports recording revenue of 2.491bn Baht ($79.5m), this marks a 79.67% drop on the previous year.

     

    The figures for the last quarter are equally challenging, with a 76.6% reduction in concessions revenue year-on-year.

     

    The amount which concessions revenue contributed to the business was also reduced during the period. In the last quarter, concessions revenue accounted for 30% of AOT’s non-aeronautical revenue, in the same quarter last year it accounted for 58%.

     

    Full story: https://www.dfnionline.com/latest-news/airports-thailand-concession-revenue-drops-79-13-05-2021/

     

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  3. Can medical cannabis in Thailand balance profits and patients?

    Author: Pascal Tanguay, Bangkok

     

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    For the past four years, the Thai government has been making legislative reforms to build a market for medical cannabis. With the potential to reap significant economic benefits and help patients in need, the question remains — will the government prioritise profits or patients?

     

    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217040-can-medical-cannabis-in-thailand-balance-profits-and-patients/

     

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    Author: Pascal Tanguay, Bangkok

     

    For the past four years, the Thai government has been making legislative reforms to build a market for medical cannabis. With the potential to reap significant economic benefits and help patients in need, the question remains — will the government prioritise profits or patients?

     

    Although those two objectives are not necessarily mutually exclusive, it is important to understand the motivations behind the reforms so that policymakers can balance both aspects. Evidence increasingly shows that health is a public good that is too important to be managed by market forces, especially given that profiteering is at odds with public health principles.

     

    In January 2017, hemp (fibre from the cannabis plant stem) was decriminalised in a pilot project by Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board. In December 2018, Thailand’s National Assembly unanimously voted for amending national laws in favour of medical cannabis. In February 2019, cannabis and hemp extracts were removed from state control and products containing hemp were reclassified in August 2019.

     

    Full story: https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/05/13/can-medical-cannabis-in-thailand-balance-profits-and-patients/

     

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    By Goong Nang (GN)

     

    Pattaya – A British expat was found dead inside a house in Pattaya tonight with his two dogs protectively beside him.

     

    The Nongprue Police was notified from Ms. Wanpen Supanthong, 56, who lives next door, at 5:00 P.M. today, May 13th, of the incident at a house in Soi Marb Yailia 22.

     

    Police, rescue workers, and The Pattaya News arrived at the house and found the door and gate was locked with signs of a foul smell nearby . Rescue workers were allowed by police to unlock the door after repeated attempts to contact any occupants inside went reportedly unanswered except for barking dogs.

     

    They found the body of a 74-year-old British man (The Pattaya News is withholding his name pending embassy and family notification.) inside the house lying deceased on the floor.

     

    Full story: https://thepattayanews.com/2021/05/13/british-expat-found-dead-in-pattaya-house-with-pet-dogs-protecting-his-body/

     

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  6. Corrections Dept. claims protest leader ‘Rung’ did not contract COVID-19 in prison

     

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    Thailand’s Corrections Department said today (Thursday) that anti-establishment protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul did not contract COVID-19 in detention, after the 22-year-old announced her infection yesterday.

     

    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217038-corrections-dept-claims-protest-leader-‘rung’-did-not-contract-covid-19-in-prison/

     

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    File / Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul

     

    Thailand’s Corrections Department said today (Thursday) that anti-establishment protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul did not contract COVID-19 in detention, after the 22-year-old announced her infection yesterday.

     

    Panusaya was in quarantine between April 23rd and May 5th, and that “100%” active screening has been conducted at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution, where she was held, said Deputy Director-General of the Corrections Department Weerakit Harnpariphan.

     

    “Ms. Panusaya did not go outside the prison or engage in any activities before her release on May 6th. 100% active screening was conducted again on May 8th, in the zone in which Ms. Panusaya was quarantined. No inmate who stayed with her had COVID-19,” said Dr. Weerakit.

     

    Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/corrections-dept-claims-protest-leader-rung-did-not-contract-covid-19-in-prison/

     

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    BANGKOK (TNA) - The Corrections Department sealed off all areas in the Bangkok Remand Prison and applied video conferences for detention procedures.

     

    Ayut Sinthopphan, director-general of the Corrections Department, said the measure was implemented as 2,833 inmates at the Bangkok Remand Prison and the Women Central Correctional Institution were infected with COVID-19.

     

    Infected inmates were admitted to treatment supervised by Ratchavithi Hospital. A field hospital was set up in the compound of Klong Prem Central Prison to admit them.

     

    Full story: https://tna.mcot.net/english-news-695800

     

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    BANGKOK (TNA) – The Foreign Ministry prepared repatriation flights to bring Thai people back from India and assured it had measures to screen out the Indian variant of COVID-19.

     

    Tanee Sangrat, spokesman for the ministry, said two flights were planned for Thai returnees from India amid its COVID-19 outbreak this month. One was set to carry 150 people on May 15.

     

    The other flight was scheduled for May 22 and the registration of its passengers had yet to be concluded. The first repatriation flight next month would be on June 4.

     

    Full story: https://tna.mcot.net/english-news-695733

     

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  10. AstraZeneca vaccinations to start in Phuket in June

    The Phuket News

     

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    PHUKET: The first people in Phuket to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine under the government’s mass-vaccination campaign will receive their first injection on June 7-8, Vachira Phuket Hospital Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol has confirmed.

     

    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217035-astrazeneca-vaccinations-to-start-in-phuket-in-june/

     

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    The Phuket News

     

    PHUKET: The first people in Phuket to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine under the government’s mass-vaccination campaign will receive their first injection on June 7-8, Vachira Phuket Hospital Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol has confirmed.

     

    “Registered people who are older than 60 years old will get their first injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine on June 7-8,” Dr Chalermpong said, according to a report by the Phuket Provincial Public Relations Office (PR Phuket) posted earlier today (May 13).

     

    Phuket will receive 140,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in early June, he added.

     

    Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/astrazeneca-vaccinations-to-start-in-phuket-in-june-79994.php

     

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  12. It’s official: No friends allowed

    By The Phuket News

     

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    No friends allowed, says the new notice posted today (May 13). Image: PR Phuket

     

    PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) today posted an updated version of their notice of COVID restrictions in English, which now says that no friends are allowed to gather at any home where they are not staying.

     

    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217034-it’s-official-no-friends-allowed/

     

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    No friends allowed, says the new notice posted today (May 13). Image: PR Phuket

     

    By The Phuket News

     

    PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) today posted an updated version of their notice of COVID restrictions in English, which now says that no friends are allowed to gather at any home where they are not staying.

     

    The new provision follows the new provincial order, No 2553/2564, signed, dated and issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew yesterday (May 12).

     

    The order came into effect today (May 13), and is to remain in effect until at least May 31.

     

    Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/it-official-no-friends-allowed-79993.php

     

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  14. Fashion giant gets approval for clothing line featuring revered late abbot Luang Phor Koon

     

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    Portraits of the much revered late abbot Luang Phor Koon are featured on jackets from a street fashion giant. 

     

    Thailand’s Ban Rai Temple has confirmed that it has granted a street fashion giant permission to use portraits of the much revered late abbot Luang Phor Koon on its jackets.

     

    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217033-fashion-giant-gets-approval-for-clothing-line-featuring-revered-late-abbot-luang-phor-koon/

     

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    Portraits of the much revered late abbot Luang Phor Koon are featured on jackets from a street fashion giant. 

     

    Thailand’s Ban Rai Temple has confirmed that it has granted a street fashion giant permission to use portraits of the much revered late abbot Luang Phor Koon on its jackets.

     

    Temple official Tawatchai Saenprasit told ThaiPBS World on Thursday that a brand representative visited the temple and expressed appreciation for the life of the late abbot. The temple’s committee agreed to allow them to feature both Luang Phor Koon’s portrait and his signature yantra on their garments.

     

    Rumours of a clothing collection, which would feature the abbot, first hit Thai social media in February.

    Fans of the brand were excited that a Thai Buddhist entity was collaborating with a fashion giant. The enthusiasm quickly calmed after Ban Rai Temple announced that it would take legal action against the company for failing to seek permission prior to the launch.

     

    Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/fashion-giant-gets-approval-for-clothing-line-featuring-revered-late-abbot-luang-phor-koon/

     

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  16. Worker housing on Chaengwattana rd. closed after nearly 200 occupants contract COVID-19

     

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    Bangkok’s Laksi district office has ordered the closure of a construction workers’ camp, belonging to Italthai Development Corporation on Chaengwattana road, until further notice, after 196 workers were found to be infected with COVID-19.

     

    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217032-worker-housing-on-chaengwattana-rd-closed-after-nearly-200-occupants-contract-covid-19/

     

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    Bangkok’s Laksi district office has ordered the closure of a construction workers’ camp, belonging to Italthai Development Corporation on Chaengwattana road, until further notice, after 196 workers were found to be infected with COVID-19.

     

    The infected workers are among 300 screened by health officials at the site and at the hospital, said Mr. Sombat Kanoktipwan, director of Laksi district office, adding that there are still over 1,300 left to be screened.

     

    All the remaining workers in the camp have been prohibited from leaving the site, as active screening is to be undertaken. The workers were also told to disinfect the site and their lodgings and to dispose garbage and waste water properly.

     

    Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/worker-housing-on-chaengwattana-rd-closed-after-nearly-200-occupants-contract-covid-19/

     

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  18. Zero to Food Hero – Yindii creating change from the bottom up

     

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    A mobile application, Yindii, is on a mission to tackle food waste in Thailand, hoping to create change from the bottom up. The application sells surplus food, from bakeries, local merchants, hotels, and supermarkets, and which is very safe, high quality, and hygienic, but just needs to be eaten before the end of the day.

     

    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217031-zero-to-food-hero-–-yindii-creating-change-from-the-bottom-up/

     

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    A mobile application, Yindii, is on a mission to tackle food waste in Thailand, hoping to create change from the bottom up. The application sells surplus food, from bakeries, local merchants, hotels, and supermarkets, and which is very safe, high quality, and hygienic, but just needs to be eaten before the end of the day.

     

    Every night, millions of tons of food are thrown in the trash, gone to waste, creating a carbon footprint, cutting short our lives on this planet. The UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021 shows a total of 931 million tonnes of food is wasted each year. Nearly 570 million tonnes of this waste occurs at the household level.

     

    Louis-Alban Batard-Dupre, the co-founder of the Food Rescue mission ‘Yindii’, said people are just beginning to get a grip on the environmental impact of wasted food, and someone somewhere is losing money, while people elsewhere are starving.

     

    Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/zero-to-food-hero-yindii-creating-change-from-the-bottom-up/

     

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  20. To jab or not to jab? Here’s why the answer should always be yes

    By Thai PBS World’s General Desk 

     

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    A medical staff member prepares a dose of the Covid-19 coronavirus CoronaVac vaccine at a newly-opened vaccine clinic in Central Ladprao shopping mall in Bangkok on May 12, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

     

    To get vaccinated or not to get vaccinated is a question many Thais are still asking themselves, even as the COVID death toll rises each day.

     

    Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1217030-to-jab-or-not-to-jab-here’s-why-the-answer-should-always-be-yes/

     

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    A medical staff member prepares a dose of the Covid-19 coronavirus CoronaVac vaccine at a newly-opened vaccine clinic in Central Ladprao shopping mall in Bangkok on May 12, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

     

    By Thai PBS World’s General Desk 

     

    To get vaccinated or not to get vaccinated is a question many Thais are still asking themselves, even as the COVID death toll rises each day.

     

    Deciding whether to get the jab becomes even more difficult when information is unavailable or confusing.

     

    Hence, medical experts from three medical universities have stepped forward to share their knowledge on available COVID-19 vaccines, so Thais can make an informed decision. Below is a summary of their interview on the Rama Channel.

     

    Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/to-jab-or-not-to-jab-heres-why-the-answer-should-always-be-yes/

     

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