Fighting global hunger properlyThe global food system is broken. A globally coordinated effort to address both the short- and long-term aspects of the hunger crisis must therefore be the top priority. By disrupting global trade and pushing up food prices, these four "Cs" are creating a short-term challenge of increasing hunger. Overconsumption of cheap calories, enabled by global trade in commodities and fossil fuel-based inputs, has led to widespread obesity and caused severe environmental problems. Again, it is vital that immediate responses to the current hunger crisis also support the long-term transformation of our food systems.
June 22, 2022 10:42 UTC
The embassy took to Facebook on Tuesday to warn Thais not to bring into Indonesia cannabis, hemp or any products that use the two crops as ingredients. According to the embassy’s post, violators can face a fine of at least 1 billion Indonesian rupiah (2.3 million baht), a jail sentence from five years to life imprisonment, or even the death penalty. The embassy also warned people not to accept things from others when travelling to Indonesia.
June 22, 2022 08:20 UTC
(Photo: Somchai Poomlard)The 2022 Global Summit of Women (GSW) in Bangkok is set to highlight opportunities for women in the new reality that is filled with opportunities despite uncertainties. NEW REALITYThe summit used the theme "Women: Creating Opportunities in the New Reality". "So how can women business owners be part of the e-commerce world in a vital way? As a result, the summit will showcase interesting and groundbreaking ideas from both female and male business leaders. "When people hear about Thai women talking about the respective companies that they run, they are going to leave with a totally different view of Thai women than they had before."
June 22, 2022 05:00 UTC
photos courtesy of Central EmbassyThe old days of Charoen Krung and its neighbouring areas are presented through art during "What's Behind The Street", which is running on the 4th floor of Central: The Original Store, Charoen Krung Road, until July 10. Considered as one of the most popular and lively places in Thailand, Charoen Krung was Bangkok's first main thoroughfare to cut through the city. The trio have chosen to present their perspectives on today's Charoen Krung in the form of both graffiti and street art. The exhibition includes wall art created with spray paint to offer a new experience to visitors. Art in the form of NFTs by Jecks is also available.
June 22, 2022 04:34 UTC
S Korea bans Terraform staff from leaving country amid probeSouth Korea has banned current and former employees of Terraform Labs from leaving the country, suggesting prosecutors are stepping up their investigation into the TerraUSD stablecoin’s collapse. Yonhap News reported that about 15 people, including former project developers for the Anchor lending protocol, received travel restrictions, citing “legal sources”. South Korea’s move comes a little more than a month after the high-profile implosion of algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD, or UST. Prosecutors are also looking to invalidate Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon’s South Korean passport, local broadcaster YTN reported on Tuesday. The authorities may also summon Kwon or issue seize and search warrants to collect related documents from his office, Yonhap reported.
June 21, 2022 23:56 UTC
Man hit by train had no IDA man hit and killed by a Red Line train on Monday night remains unidentified, according to the SRT Electrified Train Co (SRTET) which operates the line. The man apparently slipped through a fence, ignoring danger and warning signs about trespassing, before being hit by an in-bound Red Line train between Lak Hok and Don Muang stations at around 10.45pm on Monday, the SRTET said in a statement yesterday. The area where the incident occurred, about 500 metres from Lak Hok station, was off-limits to unauthorised personnel. Police rescue and medical teams arrived at the scene to find the man dead under a carriage. The dead man could not be identified as the police found no ID.
June 21, 2022 23:38 UTC
Firefighters and rescuers travelled to the area and found that the fire had started at a two-storey wooden house and spread to nearby houses. After around half an hour battling the fire, the firefighters still could not control it and had to install more nozzles to control the flames from spreading. Meanwhile, traffic in the nearby area was closed to help a bedridden patient reach King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. It was reported later that the fire had started and spread in the area of the community where people lived in wooden houses. The narrow entry path to the community made it difficult for the firefighters to fight the flames.
June 21, 2022 12:03 UTC
Under the new regulations, GrabBike (Win) motorcycle taxi service providers must:• Have a driving licence and have registered their motorcycle as a public vehicle• Can only accept jobs in the district registered with the Department of Land Transportation• Fares collected will be the same as ordinary motorcycle taxis as specified by the department
June 21, 2022 11:57 UTC
Prayut said the government was doing its best to relieve hardship, especially for poor people and businesses, adding that he did not expect the fuel-price crisis to end soon. He also asked government agencies to prepare long-term plans to deal with the rising oil price’s impact on energy and food prices. Meanwhile, an Energy Ministry source said talks with oil refineries on their contribution to the Oil Fuel Fund have not yet concluded. The source said refineries in which the government has a stake, such as Thai Oil, PTT Global Chemical, Bangchak Corporation and IRPC, will cooperate with the ministry on this issue. "However, the contribution [from Thai oil refineries] would not be high," the source said, adding that intervening in the market to negotiate with foreign oil refiners “posed difficulties”.
June 21, 2022 11:16 UTC
TAT hoping to woo 500,000 Koreans this yearTourists stroll along Phuket's Walking Street, which is known locally as 'Lard-Yai'. However, outbound tourists from Thailand are still encountering a glitch with the Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) registration, according to the Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA). South Korea was a major inbound source market for Thailand with over 1.88 million tourists, generating 75 billion baht, visiting in 2019. In 2022, Thailand expects to welcome 500,000 South Koreans and 1.3 million next year. On a Facebook forum for potential Thai travellers to South Korea, most visitors are curious about the details and duration of the process.
June 21, 2022 10:52 UTC
PTT app to cut food queuesMr Somyot introduces the new service which was officially launched last week. PTT Oil and Retail Business Plc (OR) has teamed up with a startup to launch a QueQ mobile application to help motorists manage their queues and reduce the time it takes to buy food and beverages at PTT petrol stations. The app also aims to facilitate delivery service providers which have to deal with a number of online food and drink orders. QueQ can be used with Pin Tho Pump, a new food takeaway and delivery service, as well as other food and coffee shops at PTT stations. Mr Somyot said OR expects the food service to match the new lifestyles of people living in the city.
June 21, 2022 10:52 UTC
EFTA, an intergovernmental organisation of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, was set up in 1960 for the promotion of free trade and economic integration between members. Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit met foreign and trade ministers from the four countries for lunch on Monday at a restaurant in the Icelandic town of Borgarnes. “Senior EFTA executives have been invited to an official meeting in Thailand from June 28-30 to further discuss free trade agreements as well as future socio-economic development projects between Thailand and EFTA members,” Jurin said. “We expect the free trade negotiations to be completed within two years.”Thailand’s trade volume with EFTA in 2021 came in at US$7.5 billion and the Commerce Ministry expects this number to more than double once the FTA goes into effect. The pact will reduce tariffs, promote multilateral trade cooperation and establish e-commerce platforms to facilitate international trade among contract parties.
June 21, 2022 10:05 UTC
Bill to limit households to 10 plantsA new bill being vetted by a House committee on cannabis and hemp will limit the number of cannabis plants which a household could grow to ten and require large-scale cannabis growers to pay a progressive levy to the government which increases with the size of the operation. A spokesman for the committee, Panthep Puapongpan, said the majority of the committee's members agreed to cap the number of cannabis plants allowed per household to ten, in order to limit the potential for abuse in the wake of the plant's recent decriminalisation. The committee agreed to cap the number of plants per household to ten to ensure households could still benefit from the private cultivation of cannabis, which the government is promoting as a cash crop, he said. At least 900,000 individuals have already registered to grow cannabis at home with authorities, according to the latest figures cited by Mr Panthep. The bill also seeks to introduce progressive levies on commercial cannabis growers.
June 21, 2022 09:16 UTC
Japan judo hits crisis point as bullied, burnt-out children quitChildren take part in a judo training session in Fukuroi, Shizuoka prefectureFUKUROI (JAPAN) - Japan is the home of judo but a brutal win-at-all-costs mentality, corporal punishment and pressure to lose weight are driving large numbers of children to quit, raising fears for the sport's future in its traditional powerhouse. Underlining the scale of the problem, the All Japan Judo Federation cancelled a prestigious nationwide tournament for children as young as 10, warning they were being pushed too hard. - Problem parents -Coaches who use corporal punishment can be stripped of their licences but parents are harder to control. "You have to treat each kid with care and have a long-term vision for the future, otherwise Japanese judo has reached its limit," she said. "Old-school coaches are scared that if we do away with the kids' competitions, Japanese judo will lose its strength.
June 20, 2022 15:52 UTC