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With few green spaces, Bangkok plants Asia's biggest rooftop farm

By Rina Chandran

 

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BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangkok’s Thammasat University, one of the oldest in Thailand, has a new claim to fame: Asia’s largest urban rooftop farm.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138059-with-few-green-spaces-bangkok-plants-asias-biggest-rooftop-farm/

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Central caves in to Phuket taxi drivers’ demands

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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The protest lasted just 10 minutes before shopping mall management arrived to discuss the issue. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET:-- Central Phuket has agreed to no longer operate its free shuttle service to bring tourists to the island’s main shopping mall following a protest by some 50 taxi drivers yesterday afternoon (Dec 9).

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138060-central-caves-in-to-phuket-taxi-drivers’-demands/

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Russian tourist bitten by a monkey on To Sae Hill, Phuket town

By The Thaiger

 

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On December 10, a report emerged that a tourist had been bitten by a monkey on the popular To Sae Hill viewpoint in Phuket Town. The video shared on social media shows that the man was bleeding a lot from his arm before another man helped attend to the wound to stop the blood.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138069-russian-tourist-bitten-by-a-monkey-on-to-sae-hill-phuket-town/

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Analysts differ on baht movement as BOT sees decline 

By The Nation

 

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As of December 4, foreign and Thai analysts saw opposing directions of the baht movement. 

 

Foreign analysts predicted that the baht would depreciate next year, contrary to the views of their Thai counterparts.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138118-analysts-differ-on-baht-movement-as-bot-sees-decline /

 

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EC’s Office claims it has not yet made its ruling on Thanathorn’s loan controversy

 

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The Office of the Election Commission (EC) has dismissed a claim, by the Future Forward spokesperson Pannika Wanich based on a leaked document, that the commission had already made a decision to rule against party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit for the 191 million baht loan he extended to the party before the March 24th general election.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138119-ec’s-office-claims-it-has-not-yet-made-its-ruling-on-thanathorn’s-loan-controversy/

 

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Academics call for “Dream Constitution” that truly reflects people’s aspirations

 

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Speaking at a panel discussion on Constitution Day today, Mrs. Sunee Chairos, a former member of the National Human Rights Commission, and director of the Centre for the Promotion of Equality and Justice, said that a people’s constitution, which truly reflects the will of the people, would ease conflicts between them and the state because people will have free expression and the right to participate in decision making, from inception, of all state projects.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138120-academics-call-for-“dream-constitution”-that-truly-reflects-people’s-aspirations/

 

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Army chief confirms Thanathorn registered for conscription but was not enlisted

 

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Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong has confirmed that Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit went through conscription process, but was not enlisted because there were already sufficient volunteers to fill the conscription quota.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138122-army-chief-confirms-thanathorn-registered-for-conscription-but-was-not-enlisted/

 

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KBank turns cautious in lending to SMEs amid rising bad loans 

By The Nation

 

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Wirawat Panthawangkun, Kbank's senior executive vice president was concerned that NPL level of SMEs might rise from the current 5 per cent to 6 per cent of its portfolio.

 

Kasikornbank is taking a cautious approach on loans to small and medium-sized enterprises in fear of rising bad debts, said senior executive vice president Wirawat Panthawangkun. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138123-kbank-turns-cautious-in-lending-to-smes-amid-rising-bad-loans/

 

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Swedish Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies at 61

 

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FILE PHOTO: Marie Fredriksson of pop band Roxette sings during a concert at Fredriksskans in Kalmar, Sweden July 18, 2015. Suvad Mrkonjic/TT News Agency/via REUTERS

 

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Singer Marie Fredriksson of Swedish pop duo Roxette died on Monday at the age of 61 after having spent years battling cancer and the lingering effects of its treatment, her manager said.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138124-swedish roxette singer-marie-fredriksson-dies-at-61/

 

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Johnson on track for 24-seat majority - Focaldata

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a general election campaign event at the Globus Group warehouse in Manchester, Britain, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party is on track for a 24-seat majority after Thursday's general election, polling company Focaldata forecast on Tuesday, down sharply from its forecast last month of an 82-seat majority.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138125-johnson-on-track-for-24-seat-majority-focaldata/

 

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Father's energy legacy haunts Canada's Trudeau as he seeks to heal rift with angry Alberta

By David Ljunggren

 

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FILE PHOTO: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau looks at a poster of his late father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, during a campaign stop at a coffee shop in Sainte-Therese, Quebec, October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has an unusual challenge as he seeks to charm angry westerners who fear he will destroy the region's oil and gas industry - the legacy of his father, who was reviled in much of the west for his energy policies.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138126-fathers-energy-legacy-haunts-canadas-trudeau-as-he-seeks-to-heal-rift-with-angry-alberta/

 

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English managerial stalwart Jim Smith dies at 79

 

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LONDON (Reuters) - Jim Smith, a familiar and popular figure in English football as a manager with nine different clubs in a coaching career spanning nearly 40 years, has died at the age of 79, it was announced on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138127-english-managerial-stalwart-jim-smith-dies-at-79/

 

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Trump is fourth U.S. president to face impeachment as Democrats unveil charges

By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell

 

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY); House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA); House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY); House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) during a news conference to announce artiicles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives announced impeachment charges against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, making him the fourth president in U.S. history to face a formal effort to remove him from office.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138128-trump-is-fourth-us-president-to-face-impeachment-as-democrats-unveil-charges/

 

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'Grease' jacket regifted to Olivia Newton-John after auction

 

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FILE PHOTO: Cast member Olivia Newton-John attends a 40th anniversary screening of "Grease" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - The buyer of Olivia Newton-John's famous leather "Grease" jacket has returned it to the singer and donated the $243,000 he spent to her cancer treatment center in Australia.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1138129-grease-jacket-regifted-to-olivia-newton-john-after-auction/

 

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