Your spot-on horoscope for work, money, couples & singles from the Bangkok Post's famously accurate fortune teller. (♥) Couples are so busy with their work that they don't get to spend romantic time with each other much. (♥) Couples don't get to be sweet and romantic with each other due to their busy schedules. ♋ CancerJun 21 – Jul 22(⛹) You don't experience post-vacation blues and get back to the grind without any difficulty. (⚤) If you haven't completely gotten over your ex, don't start a new relationship with someone even if s/he asks you to.
April 15, 2021 12:45 UTC
TEST YOURSELF: Making reading cool againPhoto by Varuth HirunyathebBooks aren’t dead, and neither are book fairsTest Yourself is where you can improve your reading skills. The National Book Fair will be held virtually from April 17-25 while the in-person event is postponed to next month. As always, this year's National Book Fair comes with a special theme of "Reading Is Cool". He'll be there to share the story of how reading books helped him compose songs and got him where he is today," she said. The 49th National Book Fair & Bangkok International Book Fair 2021 will be held virtually between April 17-25 at ThaiBookFair.com.
April 15, 2021 07:41 UTC
But it should be noted that the two are just employees, which caused suspicion to arise that the quick action was intended to avert public attention from the real culprits. Thong Lor is a prime entertainment district, and one needs strong connections to operate a business there, especially an illegal one. The transfer of two Thong Lor policemen doesn't mean anything. The shenanigans surrounding the infamous hit-and-run case involving the Red Bull scion in the Thong Lor area come to mind, as the culprit remains free. The Thong Lor case is just the tip of the police corruption iceberg.
April 14, 2021 23:26 UTC
Reality bitesRe: "BOT recommends additional aid measures," (BP, April 8). Early unrealistic forecasts of 30 million foreign visitors were quickly reduced to 10 million, then to 5 million. The reality is that, without a viable vaccination programme covering the entire population, the number of foreign visitors to Thailand in 2021 is more likely to be somewhere between 30,000 and 300,000 -- not 3 million. A Chinese doctor has just said that the Chinese Sinovac vaccine is only 50% effective. Thailand orders Chinese submarines, now the cheap and poorly effective Chinese vaccine and the much less effective AZ vaccines.
High road toll a blowNumerous deaths and injuries related to road accidents over the past three days, almost half way into the extra holidays during the Songkran festival, once again attest to the fact the government's approach to tackling the road toll is of no use. It's likely that accident and death rates -- like in previous years -- will not change much when the designated period ends on April 16. The Royal Thai Police resumed checkpoint operations shortly ahead of the Songkran holidays with the hope that road safety could be boosted. What is needed particularly is comprehensive policy and action plan, and synergy among state agencies and civic groups, to curb road accidents in everyday life. It's time the government learn from its past failures; it needs more than a one-time effort -- like the designated seven-day period -- to achieve road safety.
Tackling BTS fares at root causeHad it not been for the overwhelming opposition from all around, the BTS skytrain fares on the Sukhumvit Line would have risen to one-third of the country's minimum wage since February. The skytrain fares will not go down unless their root causes are addressed. A short-term solution to reduce the fares is to exempt station entry fees when connecting with different BTS lines. Lastly, the fares of the BTS lines are expensive because government and City Hall are not accountable to the people. When there is the political will to tackle the skytrain concessions, there is hope of bringing sky-high BTS skytrain fares back down to earth.
Photos courtesy of Siam ParagonFollowing a facelift, Paragon's Beauty Hall now accommodates more than 250 brands in a vibrant retail space spanning 4,000m². The relaunch introduces Albion, Charlotte Tilbury, Elemis, Gucci Beauty and Hermès Beauty as five of 12 exclusive brands. Its feel-good skincare products also deliver aromatherapy. The Charlotte Tilbury Beauty counter also features the Magic Skin Bar shelved with award-winning cream and other skincare formulas. These exclusive brands have joined the Beauty Hall Festival 2021, with the shopping campaign running till end April.
April 13, 2021 01:07 UTC
End panic by educatingWith the number of new Covid-19 infections increasing by almost 1,000 each day since the end of last week, the government is faced with the tough task of tackling the third wave of the virus which was linked to entertainment venues in Bangkok's Thong Lor area. Under such circumstances, an equally difficult (if not, more) difficult task that the government needs to tackle is controlling public panic, which, if allowed to go on, will make the fight against the coronavirus more complicated and costly. Over the past few days, there have been reports of people scrambling to seek Covid-19 test at public and private hospitals alike. Instead of rushing to hospitals, those who have come into contact with Covid-19 patients are supposed to self-quarantine for 14 days as a precaution. The government must strike a fine balance between promoting awareness and preventing public panic.
April 13, 2021 00:56 UTC
Most elders 'don't need' outside helpA study carried out by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) has found that most senior citizens below the age of 69 can still take care of themselves. Furthermore, only 2% of Thais aged 80 and above depended on others for support, most owing to health problems. To prepare Thailand as it transitions to an ageing society, ThaiHealth is focusing on four areas, namely health, the economy, social and environment, Ms Porranee said. ThaiHealth had previously forecast that Thailand will be an ageing society in all aspects by 2022 and a super-aged society in 2033. Half of them have not received an annual health check, he said, before reminding people that regular check-ups can help prevent chronic diseases from worsening over time.
April 13, 2021 00:45 UTC
Time for govt to show Karen some heartAfter struggling for survival on an empty stomach for days, Karen villagers who fled the war atrocities in Myanmar, from an area under the control of the Karen National Union, took shelter along the Salween River. It took them several days to negotiate with local authorities in Mae Hong Son's Mae Sariang district, who initially blocked passage of the items. Local authorities said they had to get permission from people higher up the chain. The activists decried attempts by local authorities to push the Karen back to KNU territory. Signing the petition were human rights activist Angkhana Neelapaijit, Adisorn Kerdmongkol from the Migrant Working Group, Eakpant Pindavanija, director of the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, and Darunee Paisanpanichkul, from Chiang Mai University's Faculty of Law.
April 11, 2021 23:26 UTC
GSB: 3% growth this year likelyState-owned Government Savings Bank (GSB) forecasts the country's economic expansion may fare better than expected, driven by the reopening to foreign tourists. GSB president and chief executive Vitai Ratanakorn said 3-3.5% economic growth remains attainable as the government's plan to reopen the country from July 1 is likely to have a positive impact on the economy, creating growth momentum. Earlier in January, the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) under the Finance Ministry slashed the country's economic growth forecast to 2.8%, down from 4.5% estimated in October 2020, and compared with a 6.5% contraction in 2020. The lower growth projection was attributed to an expected decrease in foreign tourist arrivals given a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks since last year. The government's consumption stimulus packages also play a vital part in bumping up consumer spending, he said.
April 11, 2021 23:15 UTC
Senate jabs shame HouseThailand's vaccination programme has never been far from the spotlight since details first emerged. Thailand is among the counties with slow Covid-19 vaccine distribution. There is particular frustration due to the visibility of those in privileged positions receiving their jabs, particularly senators. There is now widespread speculation as to which member of the upper house could have secured vaccines for all senators. This is one of those rare chances for senators to prove their mettle through inaction, yet even that appears beyond them when it comes to the Covid-19 jabs.
April 11, 2021 23:15 UTC
Vaccine a help but no panaceaFor a couple of weeks prior to the flop that will be this year's Songkran holiday, the stage truly looked set for the triumphant return of domestic tourism after the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on travel plans all over Thailand. Then a third wave of coronavirus poured cold water on all the excitement, just as it was about to heat up. Stimulus cheques were disbursed to kick-start the economy's recovery, travel subsidies were approved, and plans were drafted to restart tourism on a bigger scale. At least five other provinces are planning to scrap quarantine requirements for inoculated foreign arrivals, starting on Oct 1. Public cooperation will be needed to prove that the island's tourism model is replicable elsewhere, which will bode well for the country's effort to reopen to foreign tourists.
April 10, 2021 23:37 UTC
"In this latest outbreak, those ministers behaved improperly, and this reflected a chronic problem regarding politicians' ethical behaviour,'' Mr Mana said. Mr Chuvit posted. Mr Chuvit said people are now experiencing hardships because of restrictions imposed by the government. Mr Chuvit previously aimed his anger at politicians who have been accused of visiting pricey bars -- the Krystal Club and Emerald Club in Thong Lor. Both places -- known as hangouts for politicians and billionaires -- were closed after scores of staff were found infected with Covid-19.
April 10, 2021 23:37 UTC