The 'Living Transformed Garden'. BaanLaeSuan Printing and Publishing"Living Transformed" is the theme of the Baan Lae Suan Fair 2019, which kicks off on Friday and runs daily from 9.30am to 9pm until Oct 27, at Impact Challenger Hall 1-3, Muang Thong Thani. Another highlight is the "Living Transformed Garden" in the "Show Garden" zone. The "Garden Of Ideas" zone features a modern Japanese rock garden with a tea corner, ornamental bonsai, stone lanterns and granite water basins. A new addition to the fair, the "Pet Friendly Zone", is designed as a rendezvous for visitors who bring their pets to the fair.
October 14, 2019 00:03 UTC
Fight fake news with educationThe fight against fake news is becoming more challenging, but a lot can be done by educating people in how to identify unreliable sources and fact checking. Most people who spread false information do so unknowingly and without malice. Yes, there are people who create and spread fake news for personal financial gain, with the intention to defame, or to score political points. But if the laws created to combat fake news are too vague, how do you distinguish between malicious intent and plain ignorance? Offences cover creating, offering, publishing or financing the fake news process and failure to remove fake content.
October 14, 2019 00:00 UTC
In another circumstance, when Jean* was physically abused by her husband for the first time, she decided to report it to the police. "I have always wanted to see police reform because the goal of a police officer is to catch bad guys. However, in reality, I found it very difficult to successfully reach that aim because of a handful of reasons. As I mentioned earlier, Thai law-enforcement officers are suffering from an acute shortage of basic equipment for police work. In this manner, officers will see the importance of engaging themselves better within communities they have been assigned to protect.
October 14, 2019 00:00 UTC
NBTC: EEC may get first taste of 5G adoptionAn artist's rendition of the smart city concept in the Eastern Economic Corridor province of Rayong. Nationwide 5G adoption is expected next year as the network roll-out and business use cases need time to take shape, the telecom regulator said. 5G adoption also needs a lot more network roll-out investment. DES Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said the ministry will collaborate with other relevant agencies to clear obstacles to 5G adoption in the country, particularly in the EEC. Once the national 5G committee is formed, a clear roadmap for the country's 5G adoption and related infrastructure development will be formed through cooperation with other ministries, Mr Buddhipongse said.
October 13, 2019 23:38 UTC
Nan eager to attract weekday visitorsPeople cycling past Wat Noi in Nan. He said most visitors prefer road transport, facilitated by the four-lane road expansion project between Rong Kwang district in Phrae province and Nan. The number of visitors via air has declined after Nok Air terminated its route from Bangkok to Nan this April, leaving only AirAsia offering four flights a day. The lighting projects, designed by the architecture faculty of Chulalongkorn University, are meant to enhance safety and attract tourists. Some 939,240 tourists visited Nan last year, up 4.4% year-on-year, contributing 2.6 billion baht in tourism income, a gain of 8.3%.
Tris appraises GPSC, debt issue at AA-Tris Rating has affirmed the company rating of Global Power Synergy Plc (GPSC) at AA- and assigned a rating of AA- to GPSC's proposed issue of up to 30 billion baht in senior unsecured debentures, and the additional greenshoe portion of up to 5 billion. The ratings also reflect GPSC's important role as a flagship company in the power business under PTT Group. The ratings take into consideration the company's rising debt level after the acquisition of Glow Energy Plc. In addition, Tris also expects the company to deleverage its capital structure as planned. An upgrade could occur if GPSC can smoothly integrate the power portfolio with Glow as planned.
DES Ministry panel working on ToR for private satellite operatorsThe Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry has expressed confidence that it can find companies that will operate services on satellites Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 before Thaicom's concessions expire in September 2021. Ajarin Pattanapanchai, the DES permanent secretary, said the ministry's working group is in the process of considering terms of reference (ToR) for private operators to run the service. The ministry spent 6 million baht hiring Chulalongkorn University to study the draft conditions in relation to the satellite operation, Ms Ajarin said. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) took over regulating all related satellite businesses from the DES Ministry last year, according to the amended NBTC law. The DES Ministry recently wrote to the NBTC, asking if the ministry could help arrange orbital slots and satellite network filing for satellites throughout their lifespan to facilitate the procedure.
That was bad luck because that year the prices of tapioca and corn fell," Mr Sakda said. Mr Sakda learned sufficiency economy farming practices from local officials at the Agricultural Extension Department. "Farmers cannot survive if they grow only one crop, because products and prices are volatile," Mr Sakda said. photos by CHATRUDEE THEPARATTwo conditions are essential to achieve a sufficiency economy: knowledge and morality, Mr Sakda said. "I am ready to advise everyone who wants to learn sufficiency economy methods," he said.
Isuzu sticking with 2019 sales targetIsuzu's locally made, all-new D-Max pickup made its world debut last Friday at Impact Muang Thong Thani. Pattarapong ChatpattarasillTri Petch Isuzu Sales, the local distributor for the Japanese truck maker, is confident of achieving its 2019 sales target of 178,000 units amid many economic difficulties in Thailand's car market. Isuzu has yet to cut its sales target for 2019, keeping its forecast in line with that of the local market, which is projected to stay unchanged from 2018 at 1.04 million cars. Isuzu has also witnessed monthly car sales declining for four months in a row, Mr Maekawa said. Isuzu, the second-largest car brand, posted 125,959 units sold for the period, a slight increase of 0.2%.
Ministries to help relieve Egat burdenThe Energy Ministry has asked the Finance Ministry to absorb the financial burden of 4.5 billion baht from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) for purchasing crude palm oil. "The two ministries will work together to seek a solution to help Egat," he said. The crude palm oil is used for power generation at Egat's Bang Pakong plant. As a result, the price of crude palm oil increased to 21 baht per kilogramme in June from 4.13 baht in January. Widespread consumption of B10 can absorb a surplus of crude palm oil at roughly 150,000-200,000 tonnes a year.
The Bank of Thailand wants to grant individual banking agent licences for basic financial transactions to broaden consumer alternatives in accessing financial services. According to the central bank's consultation paper, policymakers plan to offer individual banking agent licences to those who qualify. Individual banking agents offer more convenience to consumers, especially those living in remote areas who cannot access bank branches and ATMs. Supreecha Limpikanjanakowit, first senior vice-president of Kasikornbank, said KBank has potential partners for the bank's individual banking agents in mind. The bank needs to wait for clear regulations from the central bank about individual banking agents before studying the new channel, Mr Supreecha said.
Buri Ram third on Airbnb 2020 list as MotoGP race appealsWat Khao Phra Angkhan in Buri Ram. Buri Ram ranked third on Airbnb's list of top 20 destinations to visit in 2020, thanks partly to an increase in bookings for its popular MotoGP event. Emerging destinations like Buri Ram are seeing increasing tourism appeal among domestic and international travellers, according to a recent study by Airbnb. Buri Ram saw 383% growth in Airbnb bookings for 2020 year-on-year, propelling it to third place among Airbnb's top 20 global destinations to visit next year. Most of the increases, like in Buri Ram, were driven by big events planned next year driving travellers to the area.
New list, same problemsThe latest Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) released by the World Economic Forum, which saw Thailand's ranking drop by two notches, is caused by two key issues that have hindered the country's development for a long time. It did not come as a surprise to see Thailand's ranking drop from 38th place last year to the 40th spot this year. Thailand's score for critical thinking in its education sector is only 37, far below Finland which topped the list with a score of 76.4. Even though huge budgets have been allocated to various agencies to tackle these problems, Thailand has not seen progress in these areas. The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the country's new economic locomotive, could be derailed if no effort is made to improve Thailand's human capital.
October 13, 2019 23:32 UTC
Kasidit grabs crown after Pavit stumblesKasidit Lepkurte poses with the Pattaya Open trophy. PRKasidit Lepkurte claimed his first win on the All Thailand Golf Tour with a one-shot victory at the Singha Pattaya Open yesterday. Trailing the leader by four shots after three rounds at par-70 Burapha Golf & Resort, Kasidit fired a final 66 with six birdies and two bogeys to secure his first ATGT victory on 11 under. I never thought I can play such a good golf," Kasidit said. The Prachin Buri native, who waited for a play-off after taking a clubhouse lead, was surprised to see Pavit bogey the final hole.
October 13, 2019 23:26 UTC
PRKunlavut Vitidsarn made history on Sunday when be became the first player to win three successive boys' singles title at the BWF World Junior Championships. The top seeded Thai defeated 10th seed Christo Popov of France 21-8, 21-11 in the boys' singles decider in Kazan, Russia. Kunlavut was the second player to achieve the historic treble. The 18-year-old Kunlavut, the top-ranked junior player in the world, proved too fast and too strong for the left-handed Popov, winning the championship match in just 36 minutes. Apart from Kunlavut's historic success in Kazan on Sunday, the Thai shuttlers also won two bronze medals in the girls' singles and the mixed doubles categories.
October 13, 2019 23:26 UTC