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Thailand Hospital Expat Survey

 

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Thaivisa is keen to understand your opinions on hospitals in Thailand to help us better understand this situation.

 

We have half a dozen questions in the link attached that we would be thankful if you could complete for us: https://kwiksurveys.com/s/aYOdlIht

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Chikungunya virus has mutated offering greater risk, warns doctor

By The Nation

 

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Photo Courtesy of Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs FC (facebook.com/604030819763686/)

 

Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs, a respiratory and critical care specialist at Bangkok’s Vichaiyut Hospital, went online to warn Bangkok residents that the chikungunya virus, spread through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, has mutated allowing one mosquito to be the carrier of both chikungunya and dengue viruses.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118998-chikungunya-virus-has-mutated-offering-greater-risk-warns-doctor/

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Kenyan, Nigerian charged with smuggling coke

By Kornkamon Aksorndech
The Nation

 

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A Kenyan trying to enter Thailand was arrested at Suvarnabhumi International Airport this week after it was allegedly discovered he’d swallowed 68 capsules of cocaine weighing a combined 1,200 grams.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118971-kenyan-nigerian-charged-with-smuggling-coke/

 

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Experts warn coalition will be short-lived due to economic woes, questions of legitimacy

By The Nation

 

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Prawit (centre)

 

The coalition government may stay in power for only two years as it will be shaken by economic woes and questions of its legitimacy, academics warn.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119030-experts-warn-coalition-will-be-short-lived-due-to-economic-woes-questions-of-legitimacy/

 

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US-China trade war a boon for Thai exporters

By WICHIT CHAITRONG 
THE NATION

 

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Thailand’s exports to the US rose by double digits in the first seven months of the year, partly due to the ongoing US-China trade war, which is making importers turn to Thailand.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119031-us-china-trade-war-a-boon-for-thai-exporters/

 

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Bidding terms ready for Digital Park Thailand

By NOPHAKHUN LIMSAMARNPHUN 
THE NATION

 

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Dr Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin

 

The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) is expected to issue new terms of reference shortly for the private sector to invest in the Digital Park Thailand project in Chonburi’s Sri Racha district.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119032-bidding-terms-ready-for-digital-park-thailand/

 

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Planned biorefinery first step to ‘Biopolis’

By THE NATION

 

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Narong Sirilertworakul

 

 

The National Science and Technology Development Agency will invest Bt3.4 billion in a pilot biorefinery in the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (ECCi).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119033-planned-biorefinery-first-step-to-‘biopolis’/

 

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Welfare card holders flock to ATMs for their 500-baht cash handouts

 

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Many state-run Krung Thai Bank ATMs in Thailand’s northeastern provinces ran out of 500-baht and 100-baht banknotes after Pracharat welfare card holders flocked to withdraw the first 500-baht cash handout granted by the government to help cover their cost of living expenses.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119034-welfare-card-holders-flock-to-atms-for-their-500-baht-cash-handouts/

 

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Lamphun monks use portable kitchen cabinets for alms to reduce plastic bags

 

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About 20 years ago, long before plastic waste became recognized as a global problem, monks at Wat Pa Book, in the Pa Sang district of Thailand’s northern province of Lamphun, were at the forefront of the campaign to stop the use of single-use plastic bags by using a portable kitchen cabinet to receive alms from Buddhist disciples.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119035-lamphun-monks-use-portable-kitchen-cabinets-for-alms-to-reduce-plastic-bags/

 

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Seripisut demands the resignation of House and Senate speakers

 

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Seri Ruam Thai party leader Seripisut Temiyavet is pressing for the resignation of House Speaker Chuan Leekpai and Senate Speaker Pornpetch Wichitcholachai, accusing both of them of allowing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to present the government policy in the parliament despite the fact that the prime minister did not complete the oath during the swearing-in ceremony before His Majesty the King last month.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119036-seripisut-demands-the-resignation-of-house-and-senate-speakers/

 

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After Germany hints at compromise, France tells UK: no new Brexitdeal

By William James and Madeline Chambers

 

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson shake hands ahead of their meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

 

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday challenged Britain to come up with alternatives to the Irish border backstop within 30 days, but French President Emmanuel Macron cautioned there would be no renegotiation of the Brexit deal.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119037-after-germany-hints-at-compromise-france-tells-uk-no-new brexitdeal/

 

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Trump imposes rule allowing U.S. to detain migrant families indefinitely

By Andy Sullivan and Mica Rosenberg

 

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FILE PHOTO: Children walk inside an enclosure, where they are being held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), after crossing the border between Mexico and the United States illegally and turning themselves in to request asylum, in El Paso, Texas, U.S., March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled a rule that allows officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges consider whether to grant them asylum in the United States, abolishing a previous 20-day limit.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119038-trump imposes-rule-allowing-us-to-detain-migrant-families-indefinitely/

 

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Trump says he is seriously looking at ending birthright citizenship

 

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration was seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of noncitizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119041-trump says-he-is-seriously-looking-at-ending-birthright-citizenship/

 

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Trump says he will push to close background check loopholes for gun buys

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey U.S. August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his administration would seek to close background check loopholes for gun purchases after Democrats accused him of reversing course on gun control measures.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1119042-trump says-he-will-push-to-close-background-check-loopholes-for-gun-buys/

 

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