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British tourist fighting for life in Thailand feared to be first western victim of mystery Chinese coronavirus

Andy Jehring

 

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A UK tourist fighting for his life in Thailand is feared to be the first western victim of the Chinese flu-like coronavirus.

 

Ash Shorley, 32, was rushed to hospital in Phuket after a pneumonia-style bug infected both lungs while he was on Koh Phi Phi island.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144206-british-tourist-fighting-for-life-in-thailand-feared-to-be-first-western-victim-of-mystery-chinese-coronavirus/

 

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Widespread sugarcane burning continues uninterrupted by local authorities

 

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Burning of sugarcane by farmers in several provinces is increasing airborne pollution, affecting local residents, and officials appear to be powerless or reluctant to intervene to stop the practice.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144232-widespread-sugarcane-burning-continues-uninterrupted-by-local-authorities/

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Amnesty urges Thai govt to drop all charges against Thanathorn, Future Forward members

By The Nation

 

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Amnesty International has called on Thai authorities to “stop instrumentalising the legal process to intimidate and harass the leaders and members of the Future Forward party”, as the Constitutional Court prepared to deliver a judgement on Tuesday, January 21, in a case that could see the party banned and its leaders prosecuted.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144279-amnesty-urges-thai-govt-to-drop-all-charges-against-thanathorn-future-forward-members/

 

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Air Force to support govt in tackling PM2.5 dust particles

By The Nation

 

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Air Marshal Pongsak Semachai, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff

 

Air Force commander-in-chief Air Chief Marshal Maanat Wongwat has ordered officers to check the condition of all vehicles under the supervision of the Directorate of Transportation, urging them to stop using vehicles which give out exhaust fumes or contribute to a high level of PM2.5 dust particles, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Pongsak Semachai, acting as an Air Force spokesman, said on Monday (January 20).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144282-air-force-to-support-govt-in-tackling-pm25-dust-particles/

 

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BGRIM-Energy China consortium to build world's largest hydro-floating solar  project for Egat

By The Nation

 

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The consortium of BGRIM Power – Energy China , comprising  B Grimm Power Plc (BGRIM) and China Energy Engineering Group Shanxi Electric Power Engineering Co Ltd. (Energy China) has signed a EPC contract to build the world's largest hydro-floating solar hybrid project for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat).

 

The consortium of BGRIM Power – Energy China , comprising  B Grimm Power Plc (BGRIM) and China Energy Engineering Group Shanxi Electric Power Engineering Co Ltd. (Energy China) has signed a EPC contract to build the world's largest hydro-floating solar hybrid project for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144284-bgrim-energy-china-consortium-to-build-worlds-largest-hydro-floating-solar -project-for-egat/

 

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Opposition parties to ask NACC to probe Thailand’s Prime Minister

 

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(Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

 

Seven opposition parties are to demand that the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) investigate Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for allegedly breaching the law on three issues, namely:

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144285-opposition-parties-to-ask-nacc-to-probe-thailand’s-prime-minister/

 

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Turtle nest found on Phuket’s Sai Kaew Beach

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

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Experts confirmed at least eight eggs in the nest, but stopped digging to make sure the nest was not disturbed any further. Photo: DMCR

 

PHUKET: Officers this morning erected a fence around another recently laid turtle nest found on Phuket, this one at Sai Kaew Beach on Phuket’s northwestern tip. The nest was confirmed by officers from Sirinath Marine National Park this morning (Jan 20).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144286-turtle-nest-found-on-phuket’s-sai-kaew-beach/

 

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Trump lawyers call for immediate acquittal in legal, political defence

By Steve Holland and Karen Freifeld

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Convention and Trade Show in Austin, Texas, January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the Democratic-led House of Representatives' impeachment charges and called for their immediate dismissal by the Republican-led Senate in a memo offering a legal and political case against his removal.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144287-trump-lawyers-call-for-immediate-acquittal-in-legal-political-defence/

 

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Managing global talent mobility through a global employment company

By Special to The Nation

 

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Anthony Loh, Partner, Tax & Legal Services, Deloitte Thailand

 

The Thai economy has been growing at a slower pace since 2016, and is experiencing a further slowdown due to weaker domestic demands, strong baht impacting export/tourism industry, and varies external factors.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144288-managing-global-talent-mobility-through-a-global-employment-company/

 

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Italy Senate panel says Salvini kidnapping probe should go ahead

By Angelo Amante

 

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FILE PHOTO: Leader of Italy's far-right League party Matteo Salvini gestures as he speaks during a rally ahead of regional election in Emilia-Romagna, in Maranello, Italy, January 18, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

 

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian Senate committee on Monday approved a court's request to pursue an investigation into far-right League leader Matteo Salvini, a move that could give rise to a trial for alleged kidnapping of migrants.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144289-italy-senate-panel-says-salvini-kidnapping-probe-should-go-ahead/

 

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UK PM Johnson defeated on Brexit legislation for first time since election

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Britain January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

 

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government was defeated in parliament on Monday for the first time since a December election, with the upper chamber voting in favour of a move to protect the rights of EU citizens in Britain after Brexit.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144291-uk-pm-johnson-defeated-on-brexit-legislation-for-first-time-since-election/

 

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No turning point in sight as IMF predicts sluggish global growth

 

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FILE PHOTO: Workers erect scaffolding at a construction site of a metro rail station in Kolkata, India, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

 

WASHINGTON/DAVOS (Reuters) - Global growth appears to have bottomed out but there is no rebound in sight and risks ranging from trade tensions to climate shocks makes the outlook uncertain, a top International Monetary Fund official said on Monday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144293-no-turning-point-in-sight-as-imf-predicts-sluggish-global-growth/

 

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Big two Irish parties closely matched as Sinn Fein surge - poll

 

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FILE PHOTO: The Leader of Ireland's opposition Fianna Fail party, Micheal Martin is seen in the grounds of Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

 

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's main opposition party, Fianna Fail, edged ahead of the governing Fine Gael in an opinion poll on Monday, a far more modest lead than a separate survey suggested a day earlier amid a pre election jump in support for third-placed Sinn Fein.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1144295-big-two-irish-parties-closely-matched-as-sinn-fein-surge-poll/

 

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