Patty Tavatanakit, left, looks on as Atthaya Thitikul prepares to putt during the second round of the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club yesterday. Patty, 21, and Atthaya, 18, remain in the hunt to become the first Thai to win the tournament which was launched in 2006. Conditions were hot and Patty was seen using a small hand-held fan to cool down during her round. "I'm happy with the result," said Patty, whose Thai name is Paphangkorn. Atthaya had four birdies, an eagle and a bogey in the second round.
In Thailand, there are three popular apps used to help prevent Covid-19 infections: Thai Chana (Thais Win), Mor Chana (Doctors Win) and Mor Prom (Doctors Ready). Mor Chana was developed by tech-savvy volunteers before the project was handed over to the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES). Meanwhile, Mor Prom, introduced earlier this month by the Public Health Ministry, allows people to book their vaccinations. The truth is, the Mor Prom app is not at all user-friendly and the vaccination booking system is confusing. People are now wondering how messy the national vaccination programme will become considering Mor Prom is so mind-boggling to use at the moment.
Sweeping powers may be PM's undoingA man walks past a tent where Klong Toey residents register for active case finding conducted by health officials of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. The infection rate that surged after the Thong Lor cluster was detected in April remains in quadruple digits most days, while the death toll mounts. Without efficient handling, the Thong Lor cluster spilled over into Klong Toey, and that has proved to be a disaster. Gen Prayut may have to learn the hard way that sweeping powers come with sweeping responsibility too. The prime minister has survived his political challenges so far, but Covid-19 could prove be his undoing as what began as turbulence snowballs into a tsunami.
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May 07, 2021 09:00 UTC
CREATING ASEAN’S FULLY CHARGED EV HUBBOI incentives get set to propel Thailand’s EV visionImagine busy urban streets alive with battery-powered motorcycles, cars and buses but without the haze of exhaust fumes and the noise of whirring engines. While Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) have already become popular with Thailand’s car users, the country is forecast to see an increase in the number of more intensive battery-fuelled vehicle types of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) on the road over the next few years. In terms of EV parts and batteries, the BOI granted investment incentives to 14 parts and 10 battery manufacturing projects with a total investment value of US$350 million. Manufacture of Battery Electric Motorcycles: 3-year CIT exemption* maximum total of 11-year tax exemption available if all requirements are met. Manufacture of Battery Electric Three-Wheelers: 3-year CIT exemption* maximum total of 10-year tax exemption available if all requirements are met.
May 07, 2021 07:30 UTC
GPO cleared to make its own Favipiravir tabletsThe path has been cleared for the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) to produce one million tablets a month of the antiviral medicine Favipiravir after the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) rejected a request by a company to patent the drug here. The GPO is developing its own version of Favipiravir to boost the kingdom's supply and reduce dependence on imports. The GPO will only be allowed to sell its own Favipiravir tablets when its formula is approved by the FDA. It then expects to be able to produce at least one million tablets per month and then expand its capacity to meet the rising demand. Dr Withoon yesterday received a further one million doses of China's Sinovac vaccine at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
May 07, 2021 04:52 UTC
Atthaya Thitikul shares the first-round lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand on Thursday with Patty Tavatanakit. CHON BURI: Young home stars Patty Tavatanakit and Atthaya Thitikul shot sizzling eight-under-par 64s in sweltering conditions to share the first-round lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand on Thursday. It is Patty's first appearance in the LPGA Thailand as a professional, having played in the tournament twice as an amateur. Atthaya, who like Patty is competing in her third LPGA Thailand and first as a pro, carded her career-best 18 holes on tour. No Thai has won the LPGA Thailand since it was launched in 2006.
May 06, 2021 23:37 UTC
Thamanat saga a blightThe Constitutional Court's verdict on the status of Capt Thamanat Prompow did not raise any eyebrows, nor did it bring the whole nation to a shocked standstill. The best barometer of public sentiment seems to be a wildly popular cartoon in Kai Hua Roh (Selling Laughs) -- a local kid's cartoon magazine that has poked fun at the scandal surrounding Capt Thamanat. The court ruling might prolong the meteoric political career of Capt Thamanat as a deal maker and de facto manager of the PPRP. All we can hope and pray for is that the government will not give Capt Thamanat the justice ministry portfolio that oversees the Office Of The Narcotics Control Board (ONCB). It is noteworthy that the probe was ordered by Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, a powerful figure in the government who is reportedly close to Capt Thamanat.
May 06, 2021 23:37 UTC
TEST YOURSELF: A killer storyPhoto © BBC One and NetflixThe Serpent, a Netflix crime drama series, was set in Bangkok in the 1970s. Test Yourself is where you can improve your reading skills. The Serpent is based on the true story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj who lived in Bangkok. His beautiful two-storey wooden house in the film is an old house named Reun Manila in Ayutthaya province. "The production crew asked to film the …7… scenes in our hotel and use our hotel name in the series.
May 06, 2021 08:03 UTC
More than 80 national parks have been temporarily closed due to the latest wave of Covid-19. The Department of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation which oversees 155 national parks has said that at present, 84 national parks are not allowing public visits, including Phu Hin Rong Kla, Phu Ruea, Chet Sao Noi, Khao Lak and Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet national parks. About 30 national parks have also closed access to some attractions or are not allowing overnight stays such as Khao Yai, Doi Suthep-Pui, Mu Ko Angthong and Namtok Phlio national parks. The Fine Arts Department has also announced the closure of national museums, the national archives of Thailand, national library and historical parks nationwide for 14 days. Visit facebook.com/NationalPark.Interpretation for more details about national park closures and finearts.go.th for virtual tours of national museums and historical parks overseen by the Fine Arts Department.
May 06, 2021 06:56 UTC
The greater kudu calf, right, seen recently at Chiang Mai Night Safari. (Photo © Chiang Mai Night Safari)Chiang Mai Night Safari has introduced a new member, a newborn greater kudu. Born on April 18, the calf is the ninth member of the zoo's greater kudu family. Originated in Africa, the greater kudu is a large antelope. The male greater kudu when mature will have long spiral horns which can grow 120-180cm.
May 06, 2021 06:56 UTC
City slum clusters demand special careThe Kloen Toey slum, with up to 1.2 million dwellers, is a new hotbed for Covid-19 infections. Just when we were made to believe that the Thong Lor cluster had subsided, the Klong Toey cluster emerged. As the country's largest slum, Klong Toey houses around 1.2 million people, although only 800,000 are registered as residents. Apart from field hospitals, a centre or shelter that takes care of the children will be needed. If dense communities are not a priority for treatment, similar clusters will emerge.
May 05, 2021 21:33 UTC
'Let's move' buzz no threatThe Prayut Chan-o-cha government is getting serious about a popular FB group that provides advice to people wishing to settle down in a foreign country to avoid Covid, get a vaccine jab, and for some, escape government incompetence. Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn, the new Minister of Digital Economy and Society (DES), was irritated with the page, Yai Prathet Kan The, or Let's move abroad. The minister alleged that the page has an ulterior political motive, and labelled those with critical views as "nation haters" who want to intensify polarisation. A working group has been formed under the DES to keep an eye on the movement. The threat prompted the page administrator to open another FB page with a more ambiguous name and private status.
May 05, 2021 21:22 UTC
Thamanat fit to hold post: courtThamanat: Can stay onThe Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister and Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MP for Phayao, Thamanat Prompow, is qualified to hold his positions despite having served four years in an Australian prison in 1994. The MPs wanted the court to decide whether Capt Thamanat should be disqualified as an MP and cabinet member under sections 98, 101, 160 and 170 of the constitution. Therefore, Capt Thamanat is still qualified to be an MP and a cabinet member under the constitution, the court ruled. After initially denying being jailed in Australia, Capt Thamanat's version of events shifted several times after Sydney court files revealed the extent of his involvement in the heroin-trafficking operation. Capt Thamanat has said the case does not have any bearing on his qualifications as a minister.
May 05, 2021 21:22 UTC
A woman gets a Covid-19 vaccine at Lotus superstore in Klong Toey district on Tuesday. In general, people aged 16 and more who live in or have legally entered the US can seek Covid vaccination free of charge. For example, he said, vaccine recipients are required to have permanent residences or jobs in some states. According to Mr Tanee, many states in the US have taken steps to bar vaccine tourism. Apart from the slow speed of vaccination, many are upset about the lack of vaccine choice.
May 04, 2021 12:20 UTC