That perception is governing a widening gap between Taiwan’s people and the DPP leadership, which has moved away from the “China collapse” theory and converted to the “China threat” theory. The move, however, could have a limited impact on Taiwan’s economy, whose unemployment rate is merely 3 per cent. Taiwan’s government is keen to blame the sharp drop in visitors from mainland China on the increasingly strained cross-strait relations. Mainland China accounts for over 40 per cent of Taiwan’s exports, of which 80 per cent are intermediary goods that are assembled before being sold in China or exported overseas. As long as we keep delaying decisions without a guarantee on better outcomes, time will not be on Taiwan’s side.
ENVIRONMENTAL watchdog Greenpeace has called Thailand’s Power Development Plan 2018 (PDP) “sugar-coated” despite its embrace of more renewable energy, saying it still hinders efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. It said natural gas would remain the primary fuel for power generation, renewable energy would play a 20-per-cent larger role, and more electricity would be derived from private solar-panel rooftops. Thus, renewable energy’s share of total power sources will be increased to 18 per cent, or 20,757 megawatts, by 2037. And 10,000 megawatts from renewable energy will be earmarked for the private sector’s solar PV, the agency said. It was thus important for every region to have its own base-load power plants as reliable sources, he said.
PTT Plc also owns land located close to the Thung Song Hong Station on the Red Line route. Grand Canal Development Plc, now owned by Central Pattana Plc, has three land plots around the Red Line route with a combined 166 rai. Since SRT began construction of the 26-kilometre Red Line from Bang Sue to Rangsit in 2015, there has been a surge of interest among property developers as they plan commercial and residential projects along the route. The latest survey by The Nation found that Bt100-billion worth of projects – single detached houses, townhouses, twin houses, and condominium – had been launched since 2015. For example, Grand Unity Development launched Condo U Delight Ratchavibha, at a cost of Bt2 |billion, opposite the future Samian Nari Station on the Red Line |route.
People whose ID card numbers start with 31, 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39 were able to withdraw the cash from Krungthai Bank’s ATM machines yesterday. On Saturday, the government transferred funds into the accounts of the first batch of 4 million cardholders, whose ID cards begin with the numbers 32, 33 and 34. Today, the last batch of 2.9 million cardholders, whose ID numbers start with 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8, will get their money. In Yala province, there were long queues of mostly senior citizens who had failed to access their “gift” earlier yesterday. In the Northeast province of Nakhon Ratchasima, few withdrew their gift because they did not know that the money had been transferred in line with their ID numbers.
As matters stand, today’s youngsters could turn out to be the first generation unable to outperform their parents. They have 30 per cent less disposable income than Generation X (those born between 1966 and 1980) had at ages 30 to 34. Widely accepted data in Britain indicate that young people’s financial progress is grinding to a halt. Economic and political grappling between the United States and China and their respective allies creates more uncertainties for the young. Today’s young people are fated to live in whatever world their forebears build for them.
Yunyong further predicted a fall in export growth to 4.3 per cent in 2019. “Meanwhile, GDP growth in 2019 will be strong at 4.2 per cent. In the third quarter of this year, foreign tourist arrival growth was at 7.4 per cent year on year. KBank’s export analysis suggests slower growth in 2019. Our exports are projected to grow at 4.5 per cent in 2019 versus 7.7 per cent in 2018,” Nattaporn said.
Speaking at the “Thailand Economic Outlook 2019” event, Somkid Jatusripitak said that Thailand will need to radically reform its economic structure if it wants to keep up with the changing and fast-growing Asean neighbours. The deputy PM and economics tsar also warned that in a few years Vietnam’s economy could overtake that of Thailand. But what he deliberately neglected to explain is why we have reached this low point. How can Thailand have an innovative and digital economy when the culture discourages people from thinking critically and challenging the traditional mindset? Even as deputy PM in charge of the nation’s economy he has been unable to make tangible achievements.
Both our recent letters commence with eulogies to the humble bacon sandwich. We’re bacon butty buddies! With this newly discovered recognition of commonality, is it possible that a spirit of camaraderie will break out between us in 2019? Here’s hoping... but don’t hold your breath. Nigel PikePhang Nga
The letter recounted a BBC report about a magazine editor making fun of vegans, jokingly suggesting “killing vegans” and “ways to trap them”. Apparently, the vegans didn’t think it was funny and the editor was pressured to resign. The moral of the story is: you don’t mess with vegans as they have no sense of humour. Somsak PolaBangkok
He was speaking at an event marking the 70th anniversary of human rights declaration held by Srinakharinwirot University, Amnesty International, Cross Cultural Foundation and Asia Justice and Rights over the weekend. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was established as a result of World War II and the genocide that took place in different regions of Europe, East Asia and Asia-Pacific, he said. In Thailand, thousands of prisoners of war died while building the “Death Railway” in Kanchanaburi during World War II. “It is the greatest and most extensive violation [of human rights],” he said. He pointed out that the key to peace is stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ Article 1 – that all humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
A hardliner holds a religious flag as he participates in a rally in New Delhi on Sunday to renew demands that the Hindu-nationalist government help to build a temple on the site of the demolished 16th century Babri mosque in Ayodhya. (AFP photo)NEW DELHI: Dozens of Hindu monks and tens of thousands of followers demanded Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party to help build a temple on the ruins of a 16th-century mosque in Ayodhya. After the demolition of the mosque, both Hindu and Muslim groups petitioned the Supreme Court to help resolve the issue. Hindu groups insist that there was a temple at the site before the mosque was built in 1528 by a Muslim ruler. For the past three decades, the BJP and Hindu outfits associated with it have resurrected the Ayodhya controversy before elections, stoking tensions between Hindus and Muslims.
December 09, 2018 16:41 UTC
LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Sunday that parliament's rejection of her Brexit deal could leave Britain in the European Union and bring the opposition Labour Party to power. But Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told the BBC: "The vote is going ahead." "It would mean grave uncertainty for the nation with a very real risk of no Brexit," she told the Mail on Sunday. But Johnson used a column in the Sun on Sunday to argue that "the best way to get a great deal is to prepare for no deal" by rejecting May's draft. The ECJ could also decide Brexit can only be postponed or suspended by unanimous agreement of the other 27 nations.
December 09, 2018 13:47 UTC
MADRID - The violence-hit Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate will finally conclude in Madrid on Sunday, thousands of miles away from Argentina and 15 days later than planned. That game had to be postponed twice after River fans attacked the Boca team bus. "It is a weird final," said Boca striker Carlos Tevez, once of Manchester United and Manchester City. "To play a match between Boca and River in Madrid, it's weird." "We need matches of this quality played in Argentina or South America to show that we have matured.
December 09, 2018 13:18 UTC
Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon (C) reacts after winning the 68th Miss World contest final, with runner-up Miss Thailand Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan (L), Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich (2L), Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson (3R), Miss Panama Solaris Barba (2R) and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo (R) in Sanya on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on December 8, 2018. Miss Thailand Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan (C) reacts as she is announced the runner up in the 68th Miss World final, as Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar (L) looks on in Sanya, on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on December 8, 2018. // AFP PHOTONicolene, crowed Miss Thailand World in Bangkok on September 15, was born in California and raised by a single mum. Miss World 2018 finalists, from left, Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson, Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo and Miss Thailand Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan stand on stage during the 68th Miss World contest final, in Sanya on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on December 8, 2018. - Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon went on to be crowned Miss World 2018.
December 09, 2018 12:45 UTC
His Majesty the King leads a 39-kilometre roud trip bicycle ride from the Royal Plaza to the Lad Pho Park in Phra Pradaeng distict in Samut Prakan province on Sunday after presiding over the opening of the "Bike Un Ai Rak 2018" event. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)His Majesty the King presided over the opening of the "Bike Un Ai Rak 2018" event before leading a 39-kilometre round trip ride from the Royal Plaza to the Lad Pho Park in Samut Prakan's Phra Pradaeng district on Sunday. The opening ceremony was held at 3.30pm at the Royal Plaza. At about 6.27pm, His Majesty led other cyclists along the route, which runs past various historical sites. The Un Ai Rak cycling activity is also being held in other provinces across the country on Sunday.
December 09, 2018 12:00 UTC