Haier Model Research Institute (HMI) creates a Global Strategic PartnershipWith SEAC through the establishment of the Southeast Asia Innovation Management Research CenterHaier Model Research Institute (HMI) is joining forces with SEAC (Southeast Asia Center) to create the Southeast Asia Innovation Management Research Center. This partnership creates a regional leader in organizational innovation and applied learning, which will benefit all stakeholders. “Following consultations with our clients, we have identified multiple opportunities for the new Southeast Asia Innovation Management Research Center. About the Haier Model Research Institute (HMI)HMI is a think tank of the Haier Group that focuses on the research and promotion of the Rendanheyi Model. Innovation management and the principles of Rendanheyi are fundamental to Haier’s overall strategy, and HMI is central to the research of its ecosystem platforms and practices.
December 03, 2020 03:00 UTC
Stop Aids tests in workplaceThailand has joined global campaigners in marking World Aids Day this week with encouraging news: new cases are on a steady decline. According to the Foundation for Aids Rights (FAR), about 470,000 people are living with HIV/Aids in Thailand. The Labour Ministry this week appealed to businesses to stop HIV/Aids testing, which is considered a discriminatory practice in the workplace that must be eliminated. The DLPW's pledge to fight against discrimination this week coincided with World Aids Day on Dec 1. The underlying message of this year's campaign was to ensure HIV/Aids sufferers can live in society without suffering discrimination.
December 02, 2020 22:30 UTC
Protesters return to Lat Phrao intersection after court's rulingProtesters occupy Lat Phrao intersection on Wednesday after the Constitutional Court ruled Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha did not break any laws when he continued to stay at an army house after he retired as the army chief. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)Anti-government protesters have gathered Lat Phrao intersection in Bangkok after the Constitutional Court cleared Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of wrongdoing for his occupancy of an army house. Protesters occupied the intersection again in a plan arranged in advance before the court's ruling on the prime minister's case. A speaker stands on the stage erected the People's Court similar to the Constitutional Court bench during a rally at Lat Phrao Intersection. Atthapol Buapat, a co-leader, said he was disappointed with the ruling on the army housing case although he was not surprised.
December 02, 2020 12:36 UTC
Directed by Mez Tharatorn from I Fine, Thank You, Love You, the romantic comedy The Con-Heartist is GDH’s latest movie. Tower, a con artist, fails to trick Ina, a banker. Ina proposes a deal to Tower that she will not report him to police if he agrees to use his skills to con Petch. Tower teams up with Ina’s high school teacher who has to be a businesswoman in the plan, and Jone, his brother. Vocabulary:con : a dishonest plan or method for making someone give you money - การโกหก, การหลองลวงcon artist : con man; a man who tricks others into giving him money, etc.
December 02, 2020 04:30 UTC
Uniform fuss can't be tackled uniformlyStudent activists on Tuesday stage a symbolic protest demanding that uniforms should no longer be compulsory. Interestingly, supporters and opponents of school uniforms cite equality to support their argument. Student activists point out that 3.5 million underprivileged students can't afford a uniform and many have missed school. While school uniforms may make every student look the same, school emblems don't. Do children in remote villages or at the borders, who can't afford a uniform, have virtue growing inside them as much as those in a crisp uniform in Bangkok?
December 01, 2020 22:41 UTC
Sudarat: Will talk with colleaguesKhunying Sudarat Keyuraphan has confirmed she is looking to establish a new political party after quitting the main opposition Pheu Thai Party on Monday. A source in Pheu Thai said she had relinquished her membership because she did not get along with the new group of Pheu Thai executives over how to run the party. A political affairs panel was also named under Chaikasem Nitisiri, the former justice minister and a party key member, which supplanted the strategy committee previously chaired by Khunying Sudarat. Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has dismissed speculation he plans to approach Khunying Sudarat to join the coalition Bhumjaithai Party which he leads. But I can say that the strong ties between Khunying Sudarat and I go back a long way.
December 01, 2020 22:30 UTC
(Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)The future of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hangs in the balance pending Wednesday's Constitutional Court ruling on the legality of his continued occupancy of an army residence since his retirement from the military. A ruling against the prime minister would spell the end of his premiership, and also end the term of his current cabinet. He remained prime minister and was returned to office following last year's general election. "If interpretation is based on the law, the prime minister would find it hard to survive. However, Mr Phichai said that Mr Chuan is also the favourite as he has gained recognition for his role in trying to foster reconciliation.
December 01, 2020 22:18 UTC
Senior health officials announce the new Covid-19 infection in Chiang Mai, as another woman who crossed the border illegally from Myanmar to Mae Sai district tests positive. (Photo: Disease Control Department's Facebook page)Another Thai woman who crossed the border illegally from Myanmar to Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province has been found to be infected with the coronavirus disease. She is the fourth woman recently diagnosed with Covid-19 after sneaking back into Thailand after working in Myanmar. "On Nov 24, she and the two friends crossed the border via a natural border pass to Mae Sai district. Between Nov 24 and 27, she stayed at a hotel in Mae Sai and did not leave the room.
December 01, 2020 09:33 UTC
(Photo: Dusida Worrachaddejchai)A seven-month-old boy was among 10 new cases of Covid reported on Tuesday, raising the total to 4,008. The new Covid-19 cases were from the United States (3), Sudan (1), Russia (4) and Pakistan (2). The cases from the US were a 23-year-old American woman teacher, a 63-year-old Thai woman and a 65-year-old Thai man, both self-employed. The case from Sudan was a 50-year-old Thai housewife who arrived on Nov 24. The two cases from Pakistan were a 32-year-old Pakistani engineer, and a 30-year-old Pakistani housewife.
December 01, 2020 05:48 UTC
Student protester volunteers manage traffic at a busy ‘Bad Student’ rally on Rama I road in front of Siam Paragon in Bangkok on Nov 21. (Photo: Apichit Jinakul)The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) has instructed all schools to not stop their students from wearing casual clothes to school on the first day of the second term. Obec secretary-general Amporn Pinasa said students should be allowed to wear casual clothes today, as students going to school to study is the best thing that could happen to society. However, Mr Amporn said that school dress codes will still apply, and each school will be required to inform parents of their dress codes. Mr Amporn said that Obec believes the Education Ministry's rule on student uniforms does not constitute a violation of student rights.
December 01, 2020 02:48 UTC
Section 112's return adds fuel to protest fireThe government's re-embracing of the lese majeste law has been marked by contention and dishonesty. Gen Prayut told reporters, however, that the King had told him not to use Section 112 of the criminal code against them. If that is the case, how should the latest series of lese majeste prosecutions be interpreted? Apparently trying to shield the monarchy from the political conflict, Mr Sulak slammed Gen Prayut for going against the King's instructions. The lese majeste law has always been criticised as "problematic" and known more as a tool to silence critics than a respectable and fair piece of legislation.
November 30, 2020 19:52 UTC
TV debate puts protesters on the spotProtesters drop letters into mock postboxes placed on Ratchadamnoen Nai Avenue near the Grand Palace. Some even questioned her integrity for reminding Ms Rung during the debate about what she had "briefed" her before the debate. Prof Arnond provided a useful insight into the Crown Property Regulations Act, the King's personal property and crown property, which should clear up public misconceptions about the matter. According to the act, the King's personal property, or wealth inherited from previous monarchs, and crown property as such are separate but both fall under the supervision of the Crown Property Bureau. The idea of putting the two portions under the same roof was to make earnings from the pair taxable because crown property was previously tax-free.
November 29, 2020 23:26 UTC
However, a recent English proficiency ranking suggests Thailand needs a major and urgent revamp of its English education system. According to the annual English Proficiency Index released last week by the global language education company, EF Education First, Thailand's overall proficiency score has dropped for the third year in a row. The low score is no surprise, as the country lacks a clear strategy to improve English education in schools. There are many new-generation English teachers who are ready to help if the curriculum is reformed to support them. The issue must be on the national agenda as English proficiency is key to increasing the potential of the country's human capital.
November 29, 2020 23:26 UTC
5 killed, 4 injured in pickup-SUV crashA policeman assesses the damage of a sport unility vehicle after a crash with a pickup truck in Non Daeng district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Five members of a family, including one boy and two girls, were killed and four men injured in a violent collision between a pickup and a sport utility vehicle in Non Daeng district on Sunday morning. Two men also travelling in the SUV were seriously injured. Aside from the driver, the two other men who were travelling in the pick-up were also injured. The injured were separately admitted to Khong, Sida and Non Daeng hospitals, which are located along the Mitrapap highway.
November 29, 2020 03:33 UTC
A good time to chill out and be coolIt was a strange week even by US President Donald Trump's standards. Not everyone liked greasy hair, however, and in 1962 there was even a song about it. Entitled "That Greasy Kid Stuff", Janie Grant sang about putting her fingers through her boyfriend's hair prompting the splendid lyrics:"Are you still using that greasy kid stuff? That icky sticky ooey gooey greasy kid stuff." Shortly after that, the Beatles surfaced with their mop-heads and greasy hair quickly lost its appeal.
November 28, 2020 23:26 UTC