Index plans CLMV activity to spur growth | Bangkok Post: news

Index Creative Village Plc, the country's largest event organiser, plans to expand further in Indochina to cash in on opportunities arising from strong economic growth in the region. This year will see an emphasis on consumer events such as concerts, trade shows and marketing campaigns in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV), said Kreingkrai Kanjanapokin, founder and group chief executive. Mr Kreingkrai said the CLMV countries are likely to experience continued economic growth in the first quarter of 2017, led by Myanmar. There will be more trade fairs organised by ICVeX such as Myanmar Build & Decor, Myanmar FoodBev and Myanmar Retail and Expo. ICVeX has been conducting product launches and marketing events for many local and global brands.

February 21, 2017 00:33 UTC

NSF suggests higher maximum contributions | Bangkok Post: business

They are among the self-employed workers targeted as members by the National Savings Fund. Take an NSF member aged 15 as an example. The increase in the ceiling contribution amount is aimed at drawing more self-employed workers into the fund, Mr Somporn said. The NSF, which began in August 2015, has around 525,000 members with a fund size of 1.96 billion baht. It spent 270 billion baht in 2014 to take care of the elderly.

February 21, 2017 00:33 UTC

Ministry seeks to court more Japanese women | Bangkok Post: business

Ms Kobkarn says Japanese women spend 5% more during their trips than men. On average, Japanese women spend 5% more than men. She is confident that launching more tourism campaigns could increase the number of Japanese women visiting Thailand by 30%. According to a TAT survey, the most popular tourist destinations for Japanese travellers are Bangkok, Chon Buri, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya. "New tour packages will be offered along with various activities and campaigns to lure Japanese women to spend more in Thailand," she said.

February 21, 2017 00:33 UTC

Plane with 5 aboard hits Australian shopping mall | Bangkok Post: news

Image made from video shows the aftermath of the plane crash near Essendon Airport. (AP photo)MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - A light plane carrying five people crashed into a shopping mall on Tuesday in the city of Melbourne, officials said. The plane had taken off from Melbourne's second-biggest airport at Essendon on a chartered flight to King Island, 255 kilometres to the south, Neville said. The mall adjoins the airport. Police Superintendent Mick Fruen said a pilot reported a "catastrophic engine failure" moments before the plane crashed into a storage area at the rear of the mall.

February 21, 2017 00:22 UTC

TrueVisions relief gets nod | Bangkok Post: business

The latest customer-relief plan by TrueVisions has received regulatory approval, allowing unhappy subscribers who cancelled their subscription during Jan 1-25 to get a pro-rated refund of monthly fees. Col Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting committee, said TrueVisions' new relief plan includes reasonable compensation for unhappy subscribers who lost the six channels. Some 1,000 TrueVisions customers have cancelled their subscriptions, and the figure looks set to go up. On Jan 1, it stopped airing six channels: Cinemax, HBO, HBO Hits HD, HBO Signature, HBO Family and Red by HBO. They were replaced with seven channels: Warner TV, Paramount Channel HD, Celestial Classic Movies, Food Network, Fox Action Movies HD, Sony and True Film HD 2.

February 21, 2017 00:00 UTC

Plan B for South power | Bangkok Post: business

Protesters of a coal-fired power plant for Krabi sit outside Government House. He said another HVTL project from Surat Thani to Thung Song and Songkhla worth 35.4 billion baht is expected to seek cabinet approval in March. No one knows whether the 800-megawatt Krabi coal-fired power plant will be built or not. The 800MW coal-fired power plant in Krabi has been planned in order to serve the rapid rise of demand in the South, boosted by the influx of tourist arrivals. "Andaman Sea provinces are at risk of power blackouts because there is no major regional power supply," Mr Twarath said.

February 21, 2017 00:00 UTC

Suzuki optimistic about sales | Bangkok Post: auto

Suzuki Motor Thailand is upbeat about sales prospects this year, pointing to the country's overall automotive recovery and growing eco-car segment. The Japanese carmaker expects its Thai car sales to grow by 4.7% this year to 24,000 units, with market share holding steady at 3%. The company forecasts domestic sales to grow this year by 4% to 800,000 units. "This will lead the domestic market to recoup 1.1 million units sold under the rebate scheme over the next five years." Yesterday, Suzuki reported its sales rose 7.7% last year to 22,913 units, with its market share rising 0.34% to 3%.

February 21, 2017 00:00 UTC

Everybody wins | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Melalin MahavongtrakulRow after row of green vegetables lie under the blistering Sun within Ban Nam Duk Tai community in Phetchabun province. Despite the heat, local farmers weren't deterred from heading out to their field with baskets in tow. Not before long, they returned with a handful of cabbages -- fresh, crisp and ready to be transported to the local Nam Duk Tai Vegetable Co-operative. Currently, more than 150 farmers are members of the Nam Duk Tai co-op. Central Group has been in a contract with Nam Duk Tai co-op since 2015.

February 20, 2017 23:37 UTC

The unhealthy season | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Although the discontinued classes have resumed, the influenza virus -- or the influenza Type A virus to be precise -- still rings the alarm bell. But in Thailand the influenza viruses usually spread during rainy season or from May until October and winter or from December to January. In 2006, according to Dr Samornrod, it was found that a number of obese people died from catching the influenza viruses. Each year, the flu vaccine will be produced with the vaccine viruses similar to the influenza viruses predicted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to circulate most commonly during the upcoming flu season. The vaccine, which is in use right now, can protect against four flu strains -- two A strains and two B strains.

February 20, 2017 23:37 UTC

'Diamond' is new gem on Asian Tour | Bangkok Post: news

Since then, he has not missed a single cut and his runner-up finish in Perth saw him move to second place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. The Order of Merit race is shaping up nicely after four tournaments on the Asian Tour. David Lipsky of the US, the 2014 Asian Tour No.1, continues to lead the rankings on US$333,330 following his runner-up result at the Maybank Championship a fortnight ago. Phachara trails in second place on $251,722 while evergreen Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, winner of the Singapore Open, sits in third place on $182,362. The Asian Tour will travel to the $1.75 million Hero Indian Open to be held from March 9-12.

February 20, 2017 23:17 UTC

Anticipation grows for a Thai champ | Bangkok Post: news

There are reasons for Thai players and fans to believe that a local star will finally win the Honda LPGA Thailand title at its 11th edition this week. Ariya, now 21, came so close to becoming the first Thai winner of the Honda LPGA Thailand in 2013. "I am ready for the Honda LPGA Thailand which is a big tournament with a lot of world-class players," said Ariya. "I'd like to win the [Honda LPGA Thailand] title for Thai fans. Pornanong will be making her eighth appearance at the Honda LPGA Thailand, which was launched in 2006, with her best result being 12th place last year.

February 20, 2017 23:16 UTC

Istanbul-Phuket en route to open | Bangkok Post: news

Turkish Airlines will make Phuket its second port of call in Thailand with the launch of regular flights starting in July. Turkish aims for holidaymakers from Europe to fill the seats on board the Airbus A330-300, configured with 28 business-class seats and 261 in economy, on the Istanbul-Phuket route. Critical flight slot constraints at Phuket airport were a major consideration leading Turkish to launch the Istanbul-Phuket service at this time. Flight TK172 arrives at Phuket from Istanbul at 4am, with TK173 leaving Phuket for Istanbul at 5:30am. The airline is expected to launch a marketing campaign to promote the Istanbul-Phuket route a few months before the launch.

February 20, 2017 23:15 UTC

Boy, 12, dies 'huffing' cooking gas | Bangkok Post: news

Nakhon Ratchasima: A 12-year-old boy died and his friend was hospitalised after inhaling bottled gas they bought from a convenience store yesterday. The boy, whose name was withheld, was found dead outside a convenience store in Kham Sakae Saeng district. The gas had a hallucinatory effect; however, the child breathed in an excessive amount of the gas and died, while his friend passed out. The boy who survived told police he and his dead friend learned the inhaling technique from an older student at the school. The boy said he was upset over the loss of his friend and vowed never to inhale the gas again.

February 20, 2017 23:01 UTC

Arsenal end Sutton's dream run | Bangkok Post: news

Arsenal's Lucas Perez kicks the first goal of the English FA Cup fifth round match played against Sutton United at Gander Green Lane stadium in London. (AP photo)LONDON - Arsenal forward Theo Walcott scored his landmark 100th goal for the club in a 2-0 win at Sutton United in the FA Cup on Monday (early Tuesday Thailand time). Arsenal safely negotiated the minefield of a visit to the minor league team and secured a place in the quarter-finals. Yet Sutton's chances of emulating Lincoln's sensational win at Premier League Burnley on Saturday were effectively extinguished once Arsenal's Spanish striker Lucas broke the deadlock in the 26th minute with a left-foot curler. It was not enough, though, to stop a slightly under-strength Arsenal side from easing towards a home date with Lincoln as they seek to win the FA Cup for a record 13th time.

February 20, 2017 22:18 UTC

Prawit warns Jatuporn to hold fire | Bangkok Post: news

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon is the chief sponsor of reconciliation talks, which Mr Jatuporn has criticised. Gen Prawit insisted the talks would make progress in line with the deadline given and urged Mr Jatuporn to contribute to it. "If Mr Jatuporn has questions, he can talk to me. I've sent out the invitations to all political groups asking them for their opinions about reconciliation," said Gen Prawit. Mr Jatuporn said he was willing to join the government-sponsored reconciliation meetings, and denied resorting to threats to stir up political movements over reconciliation.

February 20, 2017 22:02 UTC

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