'New normal' needs clarityWith the latest round of reopenings set for Monday, the time has come for the powers that be to lay out a longer-term roadmap for the future of the country in the post-Covid-19 era. Since the government introduced its lockdown measures in March, daily new cases have fallen to the low single digits or zero for most of May. Yet despite this progress, it seems highly unlikely that Thailand, or any country, will completely eradicate Covid-19 anytime soon. Therefore, the figures currently being reported may well be regarded as the status quo until an effective vaccine is developed. Indeed, Thailand's already ailing economy is absolutely in need of a swift return to business.
May 29, 2020 23:15 UTC
A total of 56,000 new condominium units were launched in the capital in 2019, a reduction of 34% from 2018. This will ultimately lead to a reduction in the amount of unsold inventory, which has been consistently high since 2013. Before Covid-19, a number of developers were planning to leave the condominium market entirely, instead focusing on lower-risk properties such as landed housing. It's now expected that more developers will leave the condo market or postpone their developments indefinitely. The next period in the Bangkok condominium market will be very different from what we have seen previously.
May 29, 2020 23:15 UTC
THAI flights put on hold until JulyThai Airways International (THAI) has decided to halt flights by the airline for another month and maintain salary cuts put in place after the Covid-19 outbreak, according to a THAI source. Board members agreed commercial flights should be grounded until the end of June, the source said. THAI announced the suspension of all international flights and closed its overseas branches in late March when the spread of the coronavirus was intensifying. The new board members have come under the spotlight as four newcomers and two incumbent members will reportedly be nominated as rehabilitation planners. Two other board members are THAI acting president Chakkrit Parapuntakul and airline chairman ACM Chaiyapruk Didyasarin.
May 29, 2020 21:33 UTC
Asean shares advance, but Hong Kong a concernRecap: Emerging market stocks and currencies traded sideways yesterday as investors waited to see how the US would respond to China's security law on Hong Kong. Most Asean bourses advanced on news of more easing of mobility restrictions in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. Institutional investors were net buyers of 8.7 billion baht, foreign investors bought 1.5 billion and brokerage firms purchased 341.3 million worth of shares. Newsmakers: China officially has the power to quash unrest in Hong Kong, after legislators on Thursday approved a plan to suppress subversion, secession, terrorism and other acts that might threaten national security in the territory. Tensions have been exacerbated further by the passage of the Hong Kong security law, which might cause Washington to remove the territory's special trade treatment.
May 29, 2020 21:33 UTC
Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHOUS President Donald Trump has severed ties with the World Health OrganizationWASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Friday he was severing US ties with the World Health Organization, which he says failed to do enough to combat the initial spread of the novel coronavirus. Trump first suspended funding to the UN agency a month ago, accusing it of mismanaging its handling of the global pandemic. "Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization," Trump told reporters. The United States was the largest contributor to the WHO budget, providing at least $400 million in funding last year. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the creation of the new foundation was not related to Trump's threat.
May 29, 2020 20:26 UTC
A man sleeps on an almost empty beach in Pattaya, which is usually crowded with tourists, on April 26. (Reuters photo)PATTAYA: Pattaya will reopen its beaches and the popular offshore destination of Koh Lan from Monday as it eases its lockdown in line with the decline in local coronavirus infections nationwide. The city also posted a Facebook message announcing the reopening on Monday of Koh Lan, an island popular with day-trippers. Koh Lan had been off-limits since March 25. Chon Buri has reported no new Covid-19 cases since May 23, and only 15 since the start of the month.
May 29, 2020 11:37 UTC
Indonesia has picked China to build the country's first fast-train rail line linking the two cities. (Reuters photo)JAKARTA: Indonesia plans to extend a high-speed rail project being built with China and bring in Japanese investors, as part of 89 priority projects over four years, a minister said on Friday. The extension of the $6-billion Jakarta-Bandung rail project is among 1,422 trillion rupiah ($97 billion) worth of national strategic projects for the 2020-24 period, Chief Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said. The rail project, part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative being built by a consortium of Chinese and Indonesian state companies, is facing a one-year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hartarto said. China unexpectedly won the Jakarta-Bandung contract in 2015 despite stiff competition from Japan and Indonesian authorities had previously discussed with Japanese authorities a separate Jakarta-Surabaya rail project.
May 29, 2020 10:46 UTC
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany holds the trophy after his side won the 2019 FA Cup final against Watford at Wembley Stadium in London. (AFP File Photo)LONDON: The FA Cup final is scheduled to take place on Aug 1 after the English Football Association announced provisional dates to finish the competition on Friday. After the Premier League revealed its plans to resume the season starting on June 17, the FA Cup has now returned to an English fixture list thrown into chaos by the coronavirus. The FA Cup was halted before the quarter-finals because of the pandemic, but tournament organisers hope to complete it alongside the Premier League. The semi-finals will be played on July 11 and 12, with the intention being for those matches and the final to be played at Wembley as usual.
May 29, 2020 10:41 UTC
People sitting close to each other at cinemas will be allowed when they reopen on Monday, with strict disease control rules in place. (Bangkok Post file photo)Cinemas will have to place single viewers or pairs of customers three seats apart, and they will not be allowed to eat or drink during the movie, when they reopen next week. Panpimol Wipulakorn, director-general of the Health Department, said on Friday that adjacent seating would be limited at two people, and occupied seats must have three empty seats to the next occupied seats in the same rowOccupied seats in rows in front and behind will be positioned diagonally. While inside the theatre watching a movie, viewers will be prohibited from eating or drinking, and be required to always wear a face mask, she said. Health officials will check the cleanliness of air conditioning and ventilation systems at cinemas, Dr Panpimol said.
May 29, 2020 10:30 UTC
These eggs are fake, says angry buyerThe "fake eggs" are shown to local reporters in front of Sombat Thunsungnoen's house in Sung Noen district of Nakhon Ratchasima. Sombat Thunsungnoen, of Sung Noen district in Nakhon Ratchasima, with some of the fake eggs he bought from a mobile store. Mr Sombat said he had given some of the fake eggs to the Sung Noen district public health office to examine. “I want the proper agencies to urgently investigate the sale of thse fake eggs. A bowl of fake eggs (lef) and real ones (right) (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)
May 29, 2020 09:22 UTC
Machete-wielding sex burglar cleared after Aussie fantasy goes wrongThe broom fantasy went wrongSYDNEY - A knife-toting Australian hired to break into another man's home, tie him up and stroke him with a broom has been cleared of intimidation after accidentally entering the wrong house. When the men said their intended role-player's name, the startled resident turned on the light and found them holding large knives next to his bed. "It was a commercial agreement to tie up and stroke a semi-naked man in his underpants with a broom," the lawyer said. "They carried the machetes either as a prop or something to use in that fantasy," Grant said. "The fantasy was unscripted and there was discretion as to how it would be carried out."
May 29, 2020 08:37 UTC
This basically meant that local restaurants that previously relied on Thailand's powerful magnetism for the tourist dollar had awoken to an old "new normal" world where short-term foreign visitors have become a novelty. Chef Andy Yang of Table 38 Restaurant, an innovative Michelin Star-rated Chef's Table restaurant which uses sound speed and steel precision in Thai food is typically accustomed to a 90% international, 10% local dining ratio. Ten percent local business doesn't even cover our payroll. But that doesn't mean that local restaurants have entirely escaped the evil clutches of COVID-19. "With the uncertainty of the market and the COVID-19 flight and cargo restrictions, we have had to shift our focus from importing our crabs to supporting our local suppliers and Thai Fishermen," she explained.
May 29, 2020 06:56 UTC
Immerse in three days of online conferencing tightly focused on the key issues and solutions in the company of some of the world’s most illustrious modern management gurus, as well as leading figures in local business communities. Emerge raring to put your new knowledge to practical use to boldly reshape your business for a bright future. Day two is when each country hunkers down together to hear from local business experts who have succeeded internationally. Day 3 gathers together international experts to investigate the “new normal” of consumer behaviour and the predominance of online business. The global virtual live streaming event will run consecutively in Thailand Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and China.
May 29, 2020 06:33 UTC
11 new Covid cases, all back from KuwaitAn inter-provincial bus employee checks the body temperature of a traveller at a private bus terminal in Chatuchak district of Bangkok on Friday. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)The government on Friday reported 11 new cases of coronavirus 2019 disease (Covid-19), all returnees from Kuwait. Globally, Covid-19 cases totalled to 5.90 million in 211 countries, up by 115,572 cases over the previous 24 hours, with 362,024 deaths. "The concern is that the number of new global cases over the past 24 hours rose by more than 115,000," Dr Taweesilp said. Thailand ranked 77th in the number of Covid-19 cases worldwide; the US, Brazil and Russia were in the top rank, he said.
May 29, 2020 05:48 UTC
(Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)The government on Friday reported 11 new cases of coronavirus 2019 disease (Covid-19), all returnees from Kuwait. The total number of local Covid-19 cases was now 3,076. Globally, Covid-19 cases totalled to 5.90 million in 211 countries, up by 115,572 cases over the previous 24 hours, with 362,024 deaths. The United States had the most cases at 1.77 million and the most deaths at 103,330. Thailand ranked 77th in the number of Covid-19 cases worldwide; the US, Brazil and Russia were in the top rank.
May 29, 2020 05:48 UTC