Top leaders talk life after the Covid-19 crisisFrom left to right Varin Sachdev (moderator); Aloke Lohia, Group Chief Executive Officer of Indorama Ventures; Dr Boon Vanasin, chairman of Thonburi Healthcare Group Plc (THG); Harald Link, chairman of B.Grimm Group; Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dusit Thani Plc; and Michael MacDonald, Chief Digital Officer, Huawei Southeast Asia. Michael MacDonaldChief digital officer at Huawei Southeast AsiaMany of the digital habits which people have learned from Covid-19 will not go away once the crisis is over, he said. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)Aloke LohiaGroup chief executive of Indorama VenturesSome of the best years for business are following a crisis, said Mr Lohia. "Both 2009 and 2010 were remarkable years for industries following the 2008 financial crisis, partly driven by government stimulus spending," he said. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)Suphajee SuthumpunGroup chief executive of Dusit Thani PlcHospitality businesses are currently emerging from a "K-shaped" recovery in the hospitality sector, said Ms Suphajee.
November 25, 2020 22:47 UTC
Finance minister lays out plans for 2021Finance Minister Arkom Termpittayapaisith is flanked by Worachai Bhicharnchitr, left, Vice Chairman of Bangkok Post Public Company Limited and Abel Deng, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co Ltd at 'Bangkok Post International Forum Asia 2020 on Wednesday. Somchai PoomlardThe government will accelerate investment next year in the areas of digital, wellness and the green economy, Finance Minister Arkom Termpittayapaisith says. Of the 1 trillion baht stimulus, only 300 billion baht was spent in 2020, he says, with the rest earmarked for 2021. Mr Arkom said the most successful stimulus programmes were the 5,000 baht direct cash payouts during the lockdown, the Travel Together domestic tourism subsidies, and the copay 50/50 cost-of-living subsidies for low-income people. "These programmes have had great success and we will extend them for a second phase, starting Jan 1," Mr Arkom said.
November 25, 2020 22:41 UTC
Your spot-on horoscope for work, money, couples & singles from the Bangkok Post's famously accurate fortune teller. From Nov 29-Dec 2, avoid lending someone money or signing on as a guarantor. ♌ LeoJul 23 – Aug 22(⛹) After this weekend, you'll have everything under control. The period from Nov 30 to Dec 2 is the best time to conclude a financial negotiation or putting things up for sale. ♏ ScorpioOct 23 – Nov 21(⛹) This weekend, you may complete a freelance job and have enough time left to relax and recharge.
November 25, 2020 09:45 UTC
Smash glass ceiling, says Thai-American heroineThai-American US Senator Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth shares her views via a video recorded in Illinois, US and played back at Bangkok Post International Forum 2020 at Centara Grand at the CentralWorld convention centre in Bangkok on Wednesday. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)Women need to challenge gender barriers and take leadership roles in their own way, says Thai-American US Senator Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth. I was so wrong,” Ms Duckworth said. Ms Duckworth said that from flying helicopter overseas to passing bills in the Senate, she has learnt that different perspectives always lead to better ideas. Ms Duckworth also said she wishes to see closer ties between Thailand and the US, and hopes cooperation between the two countries will expand.
November 25, 2020 09:22 UTC
Wallop was found to have abused his authority in ordering airline staff to change the stated weight of his luggage so he could evade charges for the excess. In early 2010, after an investigation, Mr Wallop was ordered to pay for the excess baggage. A former Thai Airways International (THAI) chairman was sentenced to two years in jail on Wednesday for failing to pay for 300kg of excess baggage in 2009. Wallop Bhukkanasut in 2009, when still Thai Airways International board chairman. (File photo)Click "play" to listen to Ex-THAI chairman gets 2 years for excess baggage and "Download" to keep this file for educational purpose.
November 25, 2020 08:26 UTC
The barricades were installed even though anti-government protesters announced they were moving their afternoon rally from the CPB to SCB Park, the headquarters of Siam Commercial Bank, in Chatuchak district. Cargo containers were stacked on roads to Government House, Royal Plaza and the Crown Property Bureau. Soldiers in plain clothes were seen around the CPB, which anti-government protesters had earlier announced as their target on Wednesday. Makkawan Rangsan Bridge was closed to traffic, and also parts of Rajavithi, Samsen, Sawankhalok, Si Ayutthaya and Wisut Kasat roads. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)Click "play" to listen to Bangkok roads blocked ahead of rally and "Download" to keep this file for educational purpose.
November 25, 2020 05:32 UTC
(Photo: Apichart Jinakul)Four new cases of novel coronavirus infection, quarantined arrivals from four countries, were reported on Wednesday, raising the total to 3,926. The new cases were from India, Mozambique, the Philippines and Russia. He tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov 19, but was asymptomatic. The case from Mozambique was a 41-year-old Thai labourer. The third case was a 32-year-old Thai employee of a private firm who arrived from the Philippines on Nov 19.
November 25, 2020 05:03 UTC
Thai people will get their first shots of a Covid-19 vaccine by mid-2021 at the earliest. The vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford will be produced locally by Siam Bioscience Group, located in Pathum Thani. "If the vaccine gets approval from the Thai FDA, we will start our production for the public by the middle of next year. The Thai Department of Disease Control (DDC) says that it requires two million doses per month from the Pathum Thani plant, which can, at full capacity, produce 15 million doses per month. "Giving 26 million doses of vaccine to over 13 million people is unprecedented in Thailand.
November 25, 2020 03:35 UTC
Artist Vichaya Mukdamanee's exhibition 'Expected Unforeseen'. It seems as if the political uprising has come at a time when we feel most unprepared to tackle it. From the government to the public, I suppose all felt a sense of complacency when it came to addressing these issues. "At times it was an emotional roller coaster for me as I channelled my artistic flow onto the canvas. "My work begins with a narrative, however, along the way it changes direction and what is left is the fragment of the brushstrokes I leave behind."
November 24, 2020 23:26 UTC
Partnering to support the needyBangkok Post Editor Soonruth Bunyamanee, sixth from left, and Sirima Limviriyalers, Senior executive vice president of Bangkok Post Plc, fifth from left, pose with CK Power staff who helped to make papier mache furniture and toys for charity at the Bangkok Post Building yesterday. The Bangkok Post Group this month joined hands with CK Power Plc in a campaign to turn old newspapers and magazines into tables, chairs and toys for schools in remote areas across the country. The Bangkok Post's "Chairs for a Good Cause" campaign is a joint corporate social responsibility collaboration in which the Bangkok Post supplies old newspapers and magazines to be transformed by teams from both companies into papier mache tables, chairs and toys for classroom use in schools in outreach communities. This special CSR initiative is a charitable exercise aimed at supporting education, disadvantaged youngsters, the disabled and the poor -- a mutual objective of the two companies.
Abuse against women still prevalentActivists hold up placards with messages against domestic violence during a campaign in the capital. Despite having such significant roles in their families, many women in Thailand are still facing domestic violence in their homes. Statistics from the 1300 hotline of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security shows that, more than 40% of domestic violence cases reported to the hotline involved women survivors. Women survivors made up 41% of domestic violence cases reported during February to June 2018, then increased to 43% in the same period in 2019, and continued to rise to 46% in 2020. However, it should be carefully noted that these reported cases are just the tip of the iceberg of violence against women.
Legal threats need rethinkGovernment supporters may have cheered loudly when Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha declared he would apply "all laws and articles" against pro-reform demonstrators. Those laws include Section 112 of the criminal code, also known as the lese majeste law, which punishes people who defame or insult the King, Queen, heir apparent, or the regent. At worst, the PM's attempt to bring the lese majeste law into the political conflict could spin it in a more dangerous direction, if not out of control altogether. The lese majeste law has been viewed as "problematic" in the eyes of law experts and human rights groups both here and internationally. A stricter application of the law, especially a controversial one like lese majeste, is not the solution.
The permanent secretary for education, Supat Chumpathong, said there have been several proposals to replace O-Net with a different type of test to assess the quality of students. O-Net measures students' basic knowledge in four subjects — mathematics, sciences, English and Thai languages. The permanent secretary admitted that there are still students who have not participated in O-Net. The Education Ministry is considering scrapping the Ordinary National Education Test (O-Net). Students take the O-Net test in this photo from February 2020Click "play" to listen to Govt to discuss scrapping O-Net test and "Download" to keep this file for educational purpose.
November 24, 2020 05:26 UTC
(AFP)The government on Tuesday recorded two new cases of the novel coronavirus, quarantined arrivals from India and Pakistan, raising the accumulated total to 3,922. The case from India was a five-month-old Indian baby girl who arrived on Nov 11 on the same flight as two previously confirmed cases. The infant tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov 16, five days after arrival, while having a fever and vomiting. She had been staying at an alternative state quarantine facility in Bangkok and was later sent to a private hospital and then the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health in Bangkok. He arrived on Nov 16 via Dubai and tested positive on day 5 while asymptomatic.
November 24, 2020 05:26 UTC
Nalinrat Tuthubthim, 20, who claims she was sexually abused by a high school teacher, has her mouth covered with tape as pro-democracy protesters rally in Bangkok on Saturday. (Reuters photo)A row over a woman who held up a sign alleging sexual abuse in schools has put a spotlight on harassment in the education system. Ms Nalinrat, now a university student, had made allegations on social media of being sexually harassed at school several years ago. A YouGov poll in 2019 found that one in five Thais had experienced sexual harassment, with men almost as likely to face it as women. The most common form of sexual harassment was sexual assault — reported by 44% of those who had suffered harassment.
November 24, 2020 03:33 UTC