The government is committed to allocating a higher budget to support low-income earners next year, especially through training programmes to help them improve their employability. On Aug 29 the cabinet approved a new aid package worth 41.94 billion baht for low-income earners. A total of 14.1 million low-income earners registered this year, up from 8.27 million in 2016. The government distributed welfare smart cards to low-income earners in September and has been transferring money via them starting Oct 1. The EEC bill passed the National Legislative Assembly's (NLA) first reading on Sept 28 despite concern over environmental repercussions.
Since March 1997, Bangkok has been home for a variety of reasons, but the best I could manage was a few days at a time. I don't complain about the 90-day reporting, I just posted mine last Wednesday, which meant a special trip out. She could easily support me, but every year I have to show the money to spend another year with her. So, rather than stating that the majority of Thais who live abroad support the general, it is more apt to say that its the majority of overseas Thais from Bangkok and the South support Prayut. RH SugaContact: Bangkok Post Building136 Na Ranong Road Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110fax: +02 6164000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAll letter writers must provide full name and address.
The Excise Department found issue with sales of draught beer at convenience stores and is ready to regulate the business if any operators offer the product. Brewers need a licence to sell beer on tap, but not convenience stores, he said. Separately, Mr Krisada said that nightclubs only contribute minimal revenue to the Excise Department. He said that the Excise Department has issued additional regulations, requiring all restaurants with live music, alcohol sales and business hours ending after midnight to pay tax. According to the Excise Department's previous regulations, only night clubs with dance floors were subject to the tax.
Jet fuel sales growth for 2018 was expected to be 3.7-4.0% when the red flag was still in effect. Growth in demand for jet fuel is higher than for other fuel types, whose growth is only 1% this year, Mr Auttapol said. He said sales volume for jet fuel in the first eight months of the year averaged 550 million litres a month, up 3.7% year-on-year. "Several chartered flights from major international airlines are returning to Thailand after the removal of the red flag," Mr Auttapol said, and demand for jet fuel is expected to rise in tandem. But competition among jet fuel providers is also set to intensify in line with rising demand.
Sandbox games will be linked to a social network 'Sandbox Play' where gamers can meet and chat. Mr Zilliacus, who is also founder of Mobile Future Works, which acquired Sandbox Global in mid-2014, said Sandbox is no longer a mobile studio. Sandbox Global Co head of studio Zac Alcampo said by this December, it will launch AR Unstoppable Rex, its first AR game on Apple's iOS. Through partnership and investor networking Sandbox Play has access to 66 million gamers globally. Mr Alcampo said each Sandbox game will be linked to a social network in "Sandbox Play", where gamers can meet and chat.
The farm bank's non-performing loans (NPLs) stood at 5.59% of outstanding loans at the end of September, rising from 4.03% at the end of March, said president Apirom Sukprasert. The softer prices of tapioca, corn, rubber and oil palm have affected farmers' debt servicing ability. Mr Apirom said that the high stock of crude palm oil of 200,000 tons in Krabi, which the country's biggest production area, also weighed on the price. BAAC's outstanding loans at the end of September jumped by 33.4 billion baht to 1.3 trillion. The bank expects that loans extended to agricultural SMEs will reach 45.5 billion baht this financial year.
There were some anxious moments for the Super Power team on the field and their fans in the stands but they successfully warded off Navy's attacks for the next half an hour to win the match. Super Power coach Sirisak Sangchan was euphoric after the victory. Super Power were labelled as a surefire bet for relegation this season months ago. Super Power went ahead in the 18th minute when Suradet Thongchai headed home a lob from Kittiphob Upachakum. Rodrigo Vergilio put Navy back on level footing a minute before the break, firing the ball past a diving Super Power goalkeeper Piriya Nainet from close range.
That didn't happen in Thailand throughout the 89-year lifetime of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away last year. I stopped spending money extravagantly a few years ago because I regard King Bhumibol as a role model for living a modest yet fruitful life. King Bhumibol had lived a simple life since his youth because the Princess Mother instilled a good conscience and understanding of life in her three children. Even after he was crowned king, King Bhumibol continued his modest lifestyle. In 1998, King Bhumibol remarked on his birthday: "The word 'self-sufficient' has a broader meaning, which is 'feeling your life is good enough'.
PERSELA, Indonesia: Veteran goalkeeper Choirul Huda of Persela Lamongan has died just hours after an in-game collision against Semen Padang in the Indonesian league on Sunday. The Persela goalkeeper left his line to clear away a ball but collided with a teammate an opposing player. He collapsed on the field shortly after the head-to-knee collision and was transported to a local hospital before the team announced his death after the match. Footage from the game, televised live on Batam island, shows Huda rushing off his line to block an opposing player from shooting and colliding with his defender. Medical staff rushed to his aid and quickly escorted him from the field on a stretcher and to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Passengers and crew all were safe after the drone collision with their Skyjet Aviation aircraft. No injuries were reported in the incident, which happened on Thursday at Jean Lesage International Airport and involved a plane belonging to Quebec-based Skyjet Aviation. There were six passengers and two crew members on board the airplane at the time of the collision, according to local news media reports. There have been 1,596 drone incidents reported to Transport Canada so far this year, with 131 of them deemed to be aviation safety concerns. In November 2016, a Canadian airliner with 54 passengers on board had to swerve to avoid an unmanned flying object near Toronto, slightly injuring two cabin crew.
October 15, 2017 19:07 UTC
A firefighter works to defend homes from an approaching wildfire in Sonoma, California. Aerial view shows the devastation of the Coffey Park neighbourhood of Santa Rosa after the wildfire swept through on Saturday. (AP photo)On Sunday, the Sonoma County sheriff's office said the county would start assessing evacuated areas, which is a first step toward allowing people back home. "We're on pins and needles," Travis Oglesby, who evacuated from his home in Santa Rosa, told the Sonoma County sheriff on Saturday. CalFire firefighters protect structures from fires in Sonoma, California, on Saturday.
October 15, 2017 18:33 UTC
Set to be the world's youngest leader, Sebastian Kurz, 31, is leading his right-wing, People's Party to victory on a campaign promise to rein in Muslim immigration. The People's Party went into the election with the most support, according to polls, with the Freedom Party second and the Social Democrats third. But he avoids the inflammatory rhetoric of the right-wing Freedom Party and its head, Heinz-Christian Strache. Left-leaning President Alexander Van der Bellen, who narrowly defeated a Freedom Party candidate in elections last year, said he "puts great value on pro-European government." Van der Bellen must swear in any new government and a strong showing by the Freedom Party and the People's Party would make a ruling coalition between them likely.
October 15, 2017 18:11 UTC
While it’s likely to be decades before such draconian policies are introduced, China is already moving aggressively to shift its industry towards electric vehicles (EVs). China intends to be the leader in this field – not only for vehicle production but as a producer of the lithium batteries required to power them. Reflecting the seriousness with which China is developing its EV industry, at the recent Shanghai Auto Show electric vehicles stole the limelight. Given China’s scale and Thailand’s strategic focus on EV manufacturing, we must be prepared for China’s rising influence on this industry. However, Thailand will also want to encourage Chinese investment in the industry so will need to manage a delicate balancing act.
Every time I go to the beach, I always worry about stubbing my toe on a rogue cigarette butt and having a nasty fall. As the junta continues its stately march to the goal of a totalitarian Thailand, I offer a humble suggestion. (And doesn’t “Totalitarian Thailand” have a grander and more alliterative ring to it than the shopworn tourism slogan “Amazing Thailand”?) Don’t ban smoking from the beaches, and don’t ban dogs or vendors. If people were banned from Thailand’s beaches, the sands and their adjacent waters would soon be pristine and undefiled.
Iceland, in comparison, has just a little more than 300,000 people, making the other country look a giant in relative terms. Imagine Chai Nat, or Mukdahan, or Mae Hong Son – in terms of population numbers – managing to send their football team to the World Cup finals. If anything, Iceland’s success is a reminder that football is a team game, and where there is grit, “size” does not really matter. The country will now come up against the football world’s real heavyweights in Russia next year. Besides Iceland and Trinidad and Tobago, there has been Northern Ireland, with a population of 1.85 million, Slovenia (2.08 million), Jamaica (2.89 million) and Wales (3.1 million).