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British man, 70, rescued by Thai navy after three days adrift off Phuket

By The Phuket News

 

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The stricken yacht Pollen Path under tow back to Phuket. Photo: Royal Thai Navy

 

PHUKET:-- A 70-year-old British man adrift on his yacht for three days was rescued by the Royal Thai Navy last night and brought safely back to Phuket, making landfall at the navy base at Cape Panwa, on Phuket’s east coast, this morning (Feb 25).

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150168-british-man-70-rescued-by-thai-navy-after-three-days-adrift-off-phuket/

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Virus-hit tourism players turn to low-fare promotion, marketing drive

By THE NATION

 

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Reeling from impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak, players in the tourism sector ( airlines, hotels, restaurants, and related businesses) are resorting to fare promotions and marketing campaigns to draw more local tourists and rebuild confidence in the domestic market, said Phuriwat Limthavornrat, president of the Association of Domestic Travel.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150166-virus-hit-tourism-players-turn-to-low-fare-promotion-marketing-drive/

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Bangkok 7th worst city in world for air quality: Air Visual

By THE NATION

 

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Bangkok’s air quality ranking took another hit, with the city being named the seventh worst in the world for air quality, while Chiang Mai was placed tenth, according to the application Air Visual today (February 25) as of 12.50pm.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150115-bangkok-7th-worst-city-in-world-for-air-quality-air-visual/

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Temporary salary cut for THAI boss, top execs 

By THE NATION

 

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THAI president Sumeth Damrongchaitham

 

Thai Airways International (THAI) will announce a reduction in salaries and other perks of between 15 and 25 per cent for executives from president down to trim costs following the impact from the novel coronavirus outbreak.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150218-temporary-salary-cut-for-thai-boss-top-execs/

 

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Dissolved Future Forward Party MP accuses govt of deals benefiting Chinese

By The Nation

 

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Ekkapob Pianpises

 

Ekkapob Pianpises, ex-spokesman of the now-dissolved Future Forward Party and Chiang Rai MP, accused the government during a parliamentary censure debate of six wrongdoings.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150219-dissolved-future-forward-party-mp-accuses-govt-of-deals-benefiting-chinese/

 

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Premier accepts criticism from ex-NEP leader

By The Nation

 

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Former New Economics Party (NEP) leader Mingkwan Sangsuwan spoke for two hours last night (Feb 24) on the first day of the censure debate, stressing the lack of trust of Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, due to his poor performance in economic management resulting in growing hardship for the general public. Mingkwan claimed many had lost their jobs since the beginning of his government and some even committed suicide.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150221-premier-accepts-criticism-from-ex-nep-leader/

 

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FFP at risk of being banned twice

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By The Nation

 

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Pita Limjaroenrat, Left, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Right

 

The ban of Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, former leader of the now-dissolved Future Forward Party, from future elections over a Bt191.2-million loan he extended to his party, reflects the fact that he has never been a reliable leader who might sow chaos in the country, said columnist Erawan of Thansettakij newspaper.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150222-ffp-at-risk-of-being-banned-twice/

 

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Air pollution closes all municipal schools Wednesday until Friday

 

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All schools under the supervision of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have been ordered closed from tomorrow (Wednesday) until Friday, as air quality in the capital worsened today and the situation is likely to persist due to poor air circulation and accumulation of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150223-air-pollution-closes-all-municipal-schools-wednesday-until-friday/

 

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Bhumjaithai ranks second largest in coalition government following defection of Future Forward MPs

 

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The Bhumjaithai party has become second largest party in the coalition government, displacing the Democrat party, following the defection of nine former MPs from the now defunct Future Forward party.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150224-bhumjaithai-ranks-second-largest-in-coalition-government-following-defection-of-future-forward-mps/

 

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59 returnees from S.Korea isolated as two new COVID-19 confirmed

 

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Fifty-nine students and staff of Khon Kaen University have been quarantined at their lodgings for observation for 14 days after two of them were found to have a high fever after their return from South Korea.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150225-khon-kaen-university-59-returnees-from-skorea-isolated-as-two-new-covid-19-confirmed/

 

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U.S. health officials urge Americans to prepare for spread of coronavirus

By Julie Steenhuysen and Diane Bartz

 

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FILE PHOTO: United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and NCIRD Director doctor Nancy Messonnier speak about the public health response to the outbreak of the coronavirus during a news conference at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, U.S., January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Voisard./File Photo

 

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday alerted Americans to begin preparing for the spread of coronavirus in the United States after infections surfaced in several more countries.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150226-us-health-officials-urge-americans-to-prepare-for-spread-of-coronavirus/

 

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Ireland's Sinn Fein demands place in government at Dublin rally

By Conor Humphries

 

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Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald speaks at a public meeting Liberty Hall in Dublin, Ireland February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lorraine O'Sullivan

 

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish left-wing nationalists Sinn Fein demanded a place in Ireland's next government on Tuesday at a packed rally in Dublin, saying the country's two dominant centre-right parties were trying block voters' demand for change.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150227-irelands-sinn-fein-demands-place-in-government-at-dublin-rally/

 

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Canaries hotel locked down over coronavirus as Spain reports first mainland cases

By Inti Landauro and Emma Pinedo

 

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General view of H10 Hotel, which is on lockdown after novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Adeje, on the Spanish island of Tenerife, Spain February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Borja Suarez

 

MADRID (Reuters) - A large Canary Islands hotel was locked down for coronavirus tests on Tuesday after a guest and his wife were found to be infected, as Spain also reported its first three cases of the disease on the mainland.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150231-canaries-hotel-locked-down-over-coronavirus-as-spain-reports-first-mainland-cases/

 

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Turkish-backed rebels say they seized town in Syria's Idlib in first advance

By Orhan Coskun and Suleiman Al-Khalidi

 

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ANKARA/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have seized the town of Nairab in northwest Syria's Idlib province, Turkish and rebel officials said on Tuesday, the first area to be taken back from advancing Syrian government forces.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1150232-turkish-backed-rebels-say-they-seized-town-in-syrias-idlib-in-first-advance/

 

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