The government had hoped for a second consecutive promotion on the trafficking list ahead of a meeting between Gen Prayut and US President Donald Trump expected in the second half of July. The "Tier 2 Watch List" includes Thailand and 44 other countries that make significant efforts to bring their actions against human trafficking into compliance with what the US calls its Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) standards. Her Advocacy Centre for Children Thailand (ACT House) has supported more than 81 investigations and is credited with the arrest of more than 20 people connected to human trafficking. Myanmar was upgraded to the Tier 2 Watch List from Tier 3, beside Thailand, among nations making significant efforts to meet minimum US standards. Afghanistan, Malaysia and Qatar were each upgraded to Tier 2, a list of nations making significant efforts to comply, from the Tier 2 Watch List.
June 27, 2017 18:22 UTC
The court ruled that there were no witnesses to implicate Wiwat Yodprasit in the crime. Despite the acquittal, however, the Appeals Court ordered Wiwat be detained pending the Supreme Court’s deciฌsion on the case. The Criminal Court sentenced him to more than 37 years in jail for murder and attempted murder. He was also found guilty of possessing guns and ammunition without permission, carrying guns and ammunition in a public place without permission, and carrying guns in areas under an emergency decree. Despite the alleged confession, Wiwat maintained his innocence during the trial.
Pol Lt-General Sanit Mahatavorn said he would take all things into consideration and base the probe on justice and fairness. He was referring to widespread criticism that police might side with CPF in the investigation because it is a big company. On Friday, a Chulalongkorn University student, on her third day of an educational visit to the CPF plant in Bang Na, died after falling into a wastewater pond. Four CPF employees who tried to save her also died. In addition to the Bt3 million that CPF paid, victims’ families will also receive money from the Security Fund.
“We won’t call for any bidding to prevent delays,” assistant government spokesman Colonel Atisit Chaiyanuwat said yesterday. The Cabinet had already resolved to exempt the project, which will be developed in Klong San in Bangkok, from regulations requiring bids, he said. “We will select the private operator for the project strictly based on conditions that it will prepare proper traffic and environmental management and community development plans. The Treasury Department and the Finance Ministry will review the plans.”He said the private firm would also be required to spend money left over after developing the observatory tower for “social causes”. At 459 metres, the tower is expected to be a big new attraction.
The suspension of what are known as S1 operations in the land reform areas for the 23 days to Saturday resulted in a decrease in average crude oil sales volumes of about 15,000 barrels per day, liquefied petroleum gas sales volumes of about 130 tonnes a day and natural gas sales volumes of about 10 million standard cubic feet per day, said the company’s president and chief executive officer, Somporn Vongvuthipornchai. The reduction represents 0.4 per cent of PTTEP’s 2017 daily sales volumes guidance of 300,000 to 310,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, the CEO said.
Kanokporn worked with well-known US-based companies IBM and OgilvyOne before establishing her own company, 3-RD, in 2007. She said that after TV Direct acquired a 50-per-cent stake last month, 3-RD aimed to add value to TV Direct’s core business, which is television and online home shopping. “We have provided contact-centre service to TV Direct as well as to other businesses also owned by its shareholders. Songpol Shanmatkit, CEO of TV Direct, said the company aimed to mobilise 3-RD to become a leader in outsourced contact-centre services in Thailand, which his company believes has good growth potential. He added that TV Direct operated its own contact centre with 300 call staff in charge of selling the company’s products via telemarketing.
Bank president Chartsiri Sophon-panich said 119 financial-technology start-ups in 32 countries were considered before eight were selected for a 12-week accelerator programme. At the conclusion of that programme, they will present their business plans to Thai and international investors at a demo day in September. “The programme will give start-ups an opportunity to apply innovative technologies inside and outside Thailand.”The eight start-ups selected for the programme are Bambu, Bento, Canopy, Covr, InvoiceInterchange, FundRadars, First Circle and Everex. FundRadars is a Thai start-up that provides an application principally designed to simplify investment for everyone. At the end of the programme, the start-ups will pitch to invited investors to show off their accomplishments at the demo day in September.
Thailand continued to be in the Tier 2 Watch List in the 2017 Trafficking in Persons report, as the Thai government had not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, the US State Department said. “Therefore, Thailand remained on Tier 2 Watch List for the second consecutive year,” it said. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had said earlier that it did not matter what Thailand’s rating was, but his government would continue combating human trafficking as it was on the national agenda. Meanwhile Thai Foreign Ministry on Tuesday slammed the report for not “doing justice” by keeping Thailand in the Tier 2 Watch List for another year. "The Thai government’s efforts to tackle human trafficking are not aimed at any evaluation,” the ministry said, adding the government’s efforts were aimed at protecting Thai and foreign people in the Kingdom from human trafficking and to uphold humanitarian principles.
Employees watch electronic boards to monitor possible ransomware cyberattacks at the Korea Internet and Security Agency in Seoul. The attack was confirmed to have spread beyond Europe when U.S. drugmaker Merck, based in New Jersey, said its systems had also been compromised. "Data breaches and cyber hacks are one of the biggest risks facing business worldwide," said Michelle Crorie, a partner at law firm Clyde & Co. who specialises in cybersecurity issues. "The WannaCry attack and now Petya clearly demonstrate that hackers do not discriminate which type of business they are targeting." This particular variant of ransomware leaves a message with a contact email; several messages sent to the address were not immediately returned.
June 27, 2017 17:15 UTC
Being placed in the Tier 2 Watch List, the second lowest ranking out of four, suggests an acknowledgement that the country has made significant efforts to tackle human trafficking but still does not comply with US standards. "The Thai government’s efforts to tackle human trafficking are not aimed at any evaluation,” the ministry said, adding the government’s efforts were aimed at protecting Thai and foreign people in the Kingdom from human trafficking and to uphold humanitarian principles. Thailand has also made progress in policy initiatives, in the prosecution of wrong-doers and complicit officials, in prevention of potential victims, in the protection of witnesses and victims, and by forging partnerships with various groups of stakeholders, both domestic and foreign, the ministry said. The ministry said that despite the US report not showing any improvement in Thailand’s standing, the Thai government remained “firmly committed to address human trafficking while seeking to further strengthen and expand cooperation with concerned partners”.
June 27, 2017 16:18 UTC
Though the Kingdom maintained the same status as last year, the report said the Thai government had demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period. However, the government did not demonstrate increased efforts compared to the previous reporting period, it said. It did not aggressively prosecute and convict officials complicit in trafficking crimes, and official complicity continued to impede anti-trafficking efforts, the report added. Officials identified fewer victims compared to the previous reporting period and although the number of forced-labour investigations saw a slight increase, the number of labour-trafficking investigations was low compared to the scale of the problem. “Therefore, Thailand remained on Tier 2 Watch List for the second consecutive year,” it said.
June 27, 2017 15:33 UTC
The report was unveiled by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.The It said, "Thailand is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking." Thai victims of trafficking and some of the estimated three to four million migrant workers in Thailand are forced, coerced, or defrauded into labor or sex trafficking. Government of Thailand does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.
June 27, 2017 15:11 UTC
By even being willing to review Trump’s controversial order, the Supreme Court was striking a compromise. For the time being, a constrained version of the executive order is allowed to take effect. For the immediate future, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas anticipates countless lawsuits filed in an effort to determine what constitutes that “bona fide relationship”. The Supreme Court’s latest move at least challenges the rationale being touted by the Trump administration in arguing for the ban. And yet his administration let more than 100 days pass once the executive order was revamped.
June 27, 2017 15:11 UTC
The colossal construction site in Sichuan province swallows three rivers, providing another display of China’s engineering prowess but also of the trauma it inflicts on people and nature along the way. Once completed in 2023, the 295-metre behemoth will be the world’s third tallest dam, producing 3,000 megawatts of energy. Construction worker Zeng Qingtao said the state-owned Power Construction Corporation had brought in some 10,000 employees, but none are locals. Engineers and environmentalists also worry that Sichuan, which will receive a third of China’s planned hydropower investment by 2020, is a hotbed of seismic activity that could damage hydropower stations. “Whether a project creates actual benefits or profit once it’s built is not a concern of current government officials,” Fan says.
June 27, 2017 14:37 UTC
Supat Laohawattana, a former physician at Police General Hospital in Bangkok, was convicted of forcing two Myanmar migrants to work for him without pay through intimidation. Upholding the Appeal Court’s conviction against Supat, the highest court of appeal sentenced him to eight years and nine months in jail. Sornkrai Sornsri, a lawyer for the two Myanmar migrants, said the case was historic because it set a precedent that human trafficking did not necessarily involve chaining, physical assault and detention. “Threats against the safety of the wife and children of the victims also constitute human-trafficking crimes,” he said. Supat was not present at the courtroom yesterday, as he was already behind bars after being convicted of murder in a separate case.
June 27, 2017 13:30 UTC