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  • Thai Beauty Crowned Miss International 2019
      Sireethorn “Bint” Leearamwat, 23, has been crowned Miss International 2019 at the Japanese global beauty pageant organised by The International Culture Association. She is the first Thai to take home the coveted prize in the pageant’s history.     Andrea Toscano of Mexico was first runner-up, with to Evelyn Namatovu Karonde of Uganda, Alejandra...

     

    Sireethorn “Bint” Leearamwat, 23, has been crowned Miss International 2019 at the Japanese global beauty pageant organised by The International Culture Association. She is the first Thai to take home the coveted prize in the pageant’s history.

     

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    Andrea Toscano of Mexico was first runner-up, with to Evelyn Namatovu Karonde of Uganda, Alejandra Vengoechea of Colombia, and Harriette Lane of the United Kingdom making up the top five.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    14 November 14 2019
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  • Medical Department Warns Against Drinking Alcohol In Cold Season
    Manus Potaporn   Department of Medical Services deputy director general, Dr Manus Potaporn had warned the public to avoid drinking alcohol to keep warm during cold season as it could cause death.   He added that there is no truth to the commonly held belief that drinking alcohol warms the body. While actually drinking, the...

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    Department of Medical Services deputy director general, Dr Manus Potaporn had warned the public to avoid drinking alcohol to keep warm during cold season as it could cause death.

     

    He added that there is no truth to the commonly held belief that drinking alcohol warms the body. While actually drinking, the capillaries under the skin will expand and make the body feel hot, but the body then cools down faster, causing hypothermia which can lead to organ failure and death.

     

    “When the body is cool for a long time, the blood thickens and the heart has to work harder, causing shock and death,” he said.

     

    “In addition, alcohol depresses the central nervous system increasing the risk of falling asleep when the weather is cold and you are not wearing sufficient clothes to keep you warm,” he said.

     

    Dr Sarayuth Boonchaipanitwattana, director of Princess Mother National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment (PMNIDAT) added that people should take care of themselves during the cold season by wearing warm clothes, eating healthy foods especially vegetables and fruits, drinking warm water, taking exercise, and taking warm baths.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    13 November 13 2019
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  • Thailand Road Carnage: A Big Problem That Is Only Getting Worse
    Picture: Naew Na A leading Thai government national insurance figure has said that the carnage on Thailand’s roads is a “big problem for Thai society” and it is only getting worse despite campaigns to address the issue. Dr Sakchai Kanchanawatana – the secretary of the National Health Security Office –  presented damning statistics for victims...
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    A leading Thai government national insurance figure has said that the carnage on Thailand’s roads is a “big problem for Thai society” and it is only getting worse despite campaigns to address the issue.
    Dr Sakchai Kanchanawatana – the secretary of the National Health Security Office –  presented damning statistics for victims of road accidents using funds from the government’s social security scheme.
    Thai visa cautions that these are only a fraction of the actual number of people killed, maimed and injured on the nation’s roads.
    Dr Sakchai acknowledged that the country was one of the worst in the world when it comes to road accidents and that the World Health Organization has said it is one of the kingdom’s biggest problems.
    He presented statistics for in-patient care using state insurance for 2015 to 2018.
    In this period 13,861 were reported dead. Injured amounted to 265,243. Costs to the insurance scheme ran to 6 billion baht.
    The figures broke down as follows:
    2015: Injured: 62,773 Dead: 3,509 Cost 1.3 billion baht
    2016:   Injured: 63,981 Dead: 3,486 Cost 1.5 billion baht
    2017:  Injured: 67,517 Dead: 3,440 Cost 1.5 billion baht
    2018:  Injured: 70,972 Dead: 3,426 Cost 1.6 billion baht
    In these four years the number of pedestrians injured was 10,672 with 916 being killed. This represents 8.6% of those injured that is the highest for all the stats.
    Pedestrians aged 65+ were in the highest fatality bracket with the figure dropping for younger members of society who were involved in collisions.
    Of the dead and injured the majority involved motorcyclists.
    Of the 265,243 injured 210,963 were motorcyclists. The death toll of 13,861 included 11,177 bikers.
    Bicycle deaths were 608 with 28,728 injured.
    Most motorcycle deaths and injuries did not involve collisions. Some 135,980 injuries and 4,899 deaths were bikers who came off.
    Collisions with other vehicles, trucks and vans caused 63,692 injuries and 4,348 deaths.
    Thus coming off a motorcycle represented a 3.6% chance of a fatality while a collision resulted in 6.8% chance of death.
    Injuries from those in collisions with trains was 333 – of these 35 died or 10.5%.
    Provinces that showed a 20% rise during the time period were Bung Kan, Chaiyaphum, Prachinburi, Petchaburi, Trang, Phatthalung, Satun, Patani and Naratiwas.
    Showing a 5% down trend were Ubon Ratchathani, Suphanburi and Chainat.
    Dr Sakchai told Naew Na that the figures showed that problems on the nation’s roads were a big problem for society and were just getting worse. He urged campaigns aimed at encouraging road safety to continue.
    Thaivisa notes that leading figures in the government such as DPM Prawit Wongsuwan,  have admitted this year that the death toll on Thailand’s roads is in excess of 20,000 annually.
    Many organisations and activists put the toll at 24,000 to 26,000 per year.
    (Source: – Naew Na)
    11 November 11 2019
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  • Rain, Cold Weather Forecast For Next Week
    Rain from a tropical storm will precede cold weather from China next week, with temperatures forecast to drop up to 5C in upper Thailand. Several northeastern and eastern provinces have been warned about the rain brought by the Nakri tropical storm, which will make landfall in Vietnam on Sunday and Monday. Another wave of cold...

    Rain from a tropical storm will precede cold weather from China next week, with temperatures forecast to drop up to 5C in upper Thailand.

    Several northeastern and eastern provinces have been warned about the rain brought by the Nakri tropical storm, which will make landfall in Vietnam on Sunday and Monday.

    Another wave of cold weather from China will follow, resulting in thunderstorms in all regions from Wednesday to Friday, according to a Meteorological Department forecast issued on Saturday.

    Tropical cyclone Nakri in the middle of the South China Sea weakened to a tropical storm on Saturday morning. It is moving westward to the Vietnamese coast at 13km/h.

    Its influence will affect the weather in Thailand from Monday to Wednesday. Slight to moderate rain is forecast in Mukdahan, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Sa Kaeo, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

    From Wednesday to Friday, strong high pressure from China will cover upper Thailand, resulting in thunderstorms, initially in the Northeast and East, and then in the North and Central region.

    After that, the temperature will drop with strong winds, by 3-5C in the North and Northeast and more up mountains. Mercury will drop 2-4C in the Central region and the East.

    The Northeast monsoon which is covering the Gulf of Thailand and the South will gain strength, resulting in heavy rain in some areas and high waves up to 2m.

     

    (Source: – Bangkok Post)

    9 November 09 2019
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  • Bilingual Schooling Planned To Boost English Proficiency
    Nataphol Teepsuwan   Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said on Friday (November 8 ) that a bilingual curriculum – in Thai and English – would be in place from kindergarten up at more than 2,000 district schools starting in academic year 2020.   The aim is to develop children’s language skills so the country can be more...

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    Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said on Friday (November 8 ) that a bilingual curriculum – in Thai and English – would be in place from kindergarten up at more than 2,000 district schools starting in academic year 2020.

     

    The aim is to develop children’s language skills so the country can be more competitive in international fields, he said.

     

    Nataphol noted that representatives of other nations and the International Monetary Fund at the just-ended Asean Summit in Bangkok said Thailand had the potential to develop further substantially, but it needed, among other improvements, better education management.

     

    “The ministry is currently developing a plan to resolve the issue and hopes it will be able to meet the needs of the labour market, while the country has to prepare for the rise in investment resulting from opening up in the future,” said Nataphol.

     

    He said 2,000 district schools initially would have to provide bilingual lessons in the first semester of 2020.

     

    “We have already prepared the budget to support the programme through to 2021,” he said.

     

    The Office of the Vocational Education Commission will meanwhile establish a centre where students can be trained to global standards in specific fields.

     

    The English Proficiency Index puts Thailand 74th in the world following declines for three consecutive years. It’s marked as having “very low proficiency”.

     

    The compilers of the index found Thais in the North and Central region have better English skills than those in the Northeast and South.

     

    Bangkokians ranked highest for English proficiency, followed by residents of Nonthaburi, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri and Khon Kaen.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    9 November 09 2019
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  • Chang Beer Turns 25, Launches New Cold Brew
    Kosit Suksingha   Thai Beverage (ThaiBev) on Thursday (Nov 7) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its popular Chang beer with an event at Bangkok’s Factoria restaurant and toasted its birthday with Chang cold brew lager, which is beingproduced especially for the silver jubilee.     Kosit Suksingha, the company’ chief executive for Beer Business Thailand...

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    Thai Beverage (ThaiBev) on Thursday (Nov 7) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its popular Chang beer with an event at Bangkok’s Factoria restaurant and toasted its birthday with Chang cold brew lager, which is beingproduced especially for the silver jubilee.

     

     

    Kosit Suksingha, the company’ chief executive for Beer Business Thailand and chief of the Supply Chain Management group, said the new product has been well received. “Its success is also a success in terms of promoting the relationship between our brand and consumers in line with our ‘Chang, Fulfilling Your Friendship’.”

     

    Chang cold brew lager is made with 100-per-cent malt using the cold brew process – beer filtration under sub- zero temperature. The process produces a beer with that’s very different in taste and fragrance from other brews.

     

    The highlight of the night was a talk by ThaiBev’s experienced brew master, who explained about the new product and showed how to best enjoy the drink from pouring to supping.

     

    Last month, the company’s president and chief executive, Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi said that ThaiBev will focus on raising business values, combining products to increase market capital and collaborating with global partners in innovative, healthy cannabis-based products as it looks towards 2025.

     

    The Excise Department recently announced plans to raise the excise tax rate on zero-alcohol beer from 14 per cent as for soft drinks to an as yet undisclosed amount to discourage people from start drinking. However, the new tax rate will be lower than that for beers with an alcohol content.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    9 November 09 2019
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  • Thailand Road Carnage: Death Toll Tops 12,000 Since Start Of The Year
    Picture: Daily News   Daily News reported that 12,304 people have been reported dead at the scene of accidents in Thailand since the start of 2019.   They caution that this is only those that die at the scene – the reality is that death from road accidents is a lot more when all figures are...

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    Daily News reported that 12,304 people have been reported dead at the scene of accidents in Thailand since the start of 2019.

     

    They caution that this is only those that die at the scene – the reality is that death from road accidents is a lot more when all figures are collected.

     

    Most experts agree that the figure is around 24,000 to 26,000 a year, notes Thaivisa.

     

    On Monday 62 died bringing the total for November to 144.

     

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    Thai caption: Road death reduction campaign – 62 dead at scene on 4th November

     

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    Daily News are running a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers on Thai roads. They report the death toll daily along with accident reports.

     

    This time they chose to warn people about the perils of changing lanes.

     

    They said that a motorcyclist was killed outside a chicken rice shop on Petchkasem Road (outbound) in Muang district of Ranong in Thailand’s south.

     

    The lane changing motorcyclist, hit by a pick-up driver who could not brake in time, was propelled into the back of another pick-up.

     

    (Source: – Daily News)

    7 November 07 2019
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  • Thailand’s Tourism Authority Is Reminding Travellers About Its Smoking Nan
      The Tourism Authority of Thailand is reminding travellers about its smoking ban in public areas, which aims to promote a safe, clean and smoke-free environment for all.   The ban was introduced in Thailand in 2014 for health reasons, and visitors should be aware that electronic cigarettes, shisha smoking and electronic shishas are also illegal. They should also bear...

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    The Tourism Authority of Thailand is reminding travellers about its smoking ban in public areas, which aims to promote a safe, clean and smoke-free environment for all.

     

    The ban was introduced in Thailand in 2014 for health reasons, and visitors should be aware that electronic cigarettes, shisha smoking and electronic shishas are also illegal. They should also bear in mind that there is a smoking ban on beaches across the country, which came into effect in November 2017 as part of the country’s sustainable tourism efforts. The reason the tourism authority is reminding visitors is because there have been recent incidents of travellers who were unaware of the rules breaking the law and being faced with on-the-spot fines or being arrested.

     

    Travellers are advised not to bring any electronic cigarettes or shishas with them, nor any item or equipment associated with e-cigarettes including the ‘juice’ used in the device. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is advising travel agents or tour operators to ensure that their clients are aware of the ban.

     

    (Source: – Lonely Planet)

    7 November 07 2019
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  • Thailand Falls To 74th Place In EF English Proficiency Index 2019
    Photo from news.sesao8.go.th Thailand’s English proficiency ranking among non-native English speaking countries has dropped for the third consecutive year to 74th out of a total of 100 countries. According to the EF English Proficiency Index 2019, prepared by Swiss-based Education First, Thailand scored 47.62, which is regarded as very low proficiency. Last year, Thailand scored 48.54...
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    Thailand’s English proficiency ranking among non-native English speaking countries has dropped for the third consecutive year to 74th out of a total of 100 countries.

    According to the EF English Proficiency Index 2019, prepared by Swiss-based Education First, Thailand scored 47.62, which is regarded as very low proficiency.

    Last year, Thailand scored 48.54 and was placed 64th out of 88 countries and, in 2017, was 53rd out of 80 countries, with a score of 49.7.

    The latest ranking has placed Thailand the third lowest among countries in Southeast Asia for English proficiency, behind Vietnam and Indonesia, which were ranked 52nd and 61st respectively.

    Myanmar and Cambodia were classified in the very low proficiency group, ranking the 86th and 94th places respectively.

    Among ASEAN countries, Singapore came top with the highest level of English proficiency and was 5th in the world among non-native English speaking countries with a score of 66.82, followed by the Philippines and Malaysia, which were placed in the high English proficiency group.

    Region wise, people in Thailand’s central and northern regions have a higher proficiency than their compatriots in the Northeast and the South, with Bangkok the most proficient in English, followed by Nonthaburi, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri and Khon Kaen.

    An executive summary of the EF English Proficiency Index 2019 report noted that both Thailand and Cambodia, which rely on tourism as a major income earner, may be negatively impacted by their low English proficiency, as tourists switch to other destinations due to the language barrier.

    The index was based on assessments of English tests taken by 2.3 million people conducted by Education First, an international education company offering study abroad, language learning, cultural exchange and academic programs around the world.

    Reform of the Thai education system is considered an important and urgent policy for every Education Minister. The ongoing changes have been very slow, and results disappointing. “If I were in power, I would change the way we teach. We should focus more on listening and speaking, grammar should be an additional subject. Learning English should be fun and entertaining” said Kanatip Soonthornrak, or Kru Loukgolf (Teacher Loukgolf), a celebrity English tutor and a Founder and Director of Angkriz, English Language Academy.

    He was like a majority of Thai students from rural areas, who can read and write English quite well, but was unable to communicate in the language verbally. He realized that there was something wrong with the way he had learned English. “Because I wanted to listen and speak English, I sat down in front of a television watching Western series, and copied how the native speakers spoke.”

    When asked what he considers the main obstacle to learning English, Kru Loukgolf says “There are several factors. Though, I think an environment which doesn’t encourage students to learn English is the most important. If children don’t feel safe or their friends make jokes at their expense when they speak English, they feel discouraged from learning the language”. He added that students should realize how essential English is for their future. Once they understand the necessity, they will become motivated.

    “First impressions are crucial. Children should maintain a good attitude towards learning English,” he said.

    (Source: – Thai PBS)

    7 November 07 2019
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  • Thai Baht Dips After Central Bank Rate Cut, Others Lower
    FILE PHOTO: Thai baht notes are seen at a Kasikornbank in Bangkok, Thailand, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha   The Thai baht extended losses on Wednesday after an interest rate cut by the Thai central bank, while most other Asian currencies dipped as markets awaited concrete details on China-U.S. tariff concessions.   The Bank of...

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    The Thai baht extended losses on Wednesday after an interest rate cut by the Thai central bank, while most other Asian currencies dipped as markets awaited concrete details on China-U.S. tariff concessions.

     

    The Bank of Thailand cut rates for a second time this year, with the benchmark one-day repurchase rate now at a record-low level as the bank attempts to shore up inflation and rein in a robust baht.

     

    The bank also announced a further relaxation of foreign exchange rules, in particular allowing exporters to keep more foreign exchange proceeds abroad.

     

    The baht <THB=TH> fell up to 0.63% after the announcement, touching its weakest level to the dollar in nearly three weeks. The baht is emerging Asia’s best performing currency this year.

     

    “Asia’s most hawkish central bank finally conceded to the fact that the economy needed lower interest rates to stimulate the domestic spending and also to rein in the rapid pace of baht appreciation that’s been dampening prospects of any near-term recovery,” ING said in a note.

     

    ING said the baht was likely to stretch its bull run into the year-end.

     

    A strong baht has weighed on Thai exports and tourism, two crucial pegs for the economy.

     

    “With one more policy meeting to go before the year-end, and given the BoT’s reluctance to ease earlier this year, we expect no more rate cuts this year,” ING said.

     

    Broader markets tested gains made earlier in the week as investors digested a report suggesting that the United States was considering certain tariff concessions on China. [MKTS/GLOB]

     

    China is also insisting that the United States remove tariffs imposed in September as a part of the “phase one” trade deal, which is expected to be signed this month at a yet-to-be-determined location.

     

    The Philippine peso <PHP=> fell 0.32% after data showed its trade deficit widened in September from the previous month.

     

    Markets however, expect a rebound in its third-quarter gross domestic product growth, according to a Reuters poll. The data is due on Thursday.

     

    The Indonesian rupiah <IDR=ID> dipped 0.32%, to hold slightly below a level of about 14,000 to the dollar.

     

    Bucking the trend, the Chinese yuan <CNY=CFXS> rose about 0.14% after the People’s Bank of China set its yuan midpoint at a three-month high.

     

    The currency was also trading below its crucial 7 to a dollar level, having marked strong gains on the perceived progress in Sino-U.S. trade negotiations.

     

    (Source: – Reuters)

    7 November 07 2019
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