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Thai Airways cancels hiring of 200 flight attendants 

By The Nation



President of Thai Airways, Sumeth Damrongchaitham


Thai Airways has called off the hiring of 200 flight attendants and will refund the application fee to applicants within one or two days, said President Sumeth Damrongchaitham, adding that the state carrier will issue an statement on the cancellation.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133820-thai-airways-cancels-hiring-of-200-flight-attendants/


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Chalong’s Soi Palai closed, five cars damaged as crane tuck fells power lines

By The Phuket News



Chalong Mayor Samran Jindapon (right) at the scene on Soi Palai today (Nov 13). Photo: PR Dept

PHUKET:-- Chalong Mayor Samran Jindapon today ordered the popular street Soi Palai closed after a crane truck snagged power lines and brought down nine power pylons, leaving residents in the area without electricity supply.


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133827-chalong’s-soi-palai-closed-five-cars-damaged-as-crane-tuck-fells-power-lines/

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Bilingual school curriculum must overcome hurdles

By The Nation



Amnat Wichayanuwat, secretary-general of Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC)


Plans to improve Thais’ English proficiency by introducing a bilingual curriculum at all grade levels must overcome snags over school qualifications, the secretary-general of Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) said on Wednesday (November 13). 


Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133837-bilingual-school-curriculum-must-overcome-hurdles/

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Sino-Thai stresses transparency in wake of alleged bribery





Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc has affirmed that the company always conducts business in accordance with the principles of good governance and will never involve or support any form of corruption.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133858-sino-thai-stresses-transparency-in-wake-of-alleged-bribery/


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NACC deems govt officials guilty over power plant bribery

By The Nation


There are grounds to believe that four government officials accepted a Bt20-million bribe from the Japanese firm awarded the contract to build a power plant in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Worawit Sukboon, secretary-general of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), said on Wednesday (November 13).


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133821-nacc-deems-govt-officials-guilty-over-power-plant-bribery/


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Clerk who shot at court shooter charged with attempted murder

By The Nation



FILE photo


Chanthaburi courthouse clerk Thanakorn Therawarodom has been charged with attempted murder after he snatched a gun from police and allegedly fatally shot Pol Maj-General Thanin Chantharatip who on Tuesday allegedly went on a shooting spree in the court, killing two people and injuring two.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133859-chanthaburi-clerk-who-shot-at-court-shooter-charged-with-attempted-murder/


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DAKS “checks” in to Bangkok

By The Nation



Kannarun “Prang” Wongkajornklai


British luxury fashion house DAKS makes it debut in Thailand recently with the launch of its first store and a special collection that marks its 125th anniversary. Brought to the country by ICC International, the store marked its arrival with a fashion show presented by Teeradetch “Alek” Metawarayut and Kannarun “Prang” Wongkajornklai, an exclusive exhibition and a live painting show by world-renowned artist Takeshi Sato.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133861-british-luxury-fashion-house-daks-“checks”-in-to-bangkok/


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Preparations complete, time to get to work, says PTTEP

By Wichit Chaitrong
The Nation



PTTEP president and chief executive Phongsthorn Thavisin says the company is ready to accelerate its exploration plan.


PTT Exploration and Production Plc (PTTEP), a subsidiary of energy conglomerate PTT, will accelerate its exploration and production of oil and gas following completion of key mergers and acquisitions, its president and CEO said. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133862-preparations-complete-time-to-get-to-work-says-pttep/


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Taking steps to advance Thailand’s Industry 4.0 ambitions

By Saksith Chalermpong
Special to the Nation




The announcement by the Transport Ministry to legalise ride-hailing services by March 2020 comes in good time. The Internet economy has, for the first time, crossed the $100-billion (Bt3.03 trillion) mark, according to a report by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company (footnote 1).


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133863-taking-steps-to-advance-thailand’s-industry-40-ambitions/


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Charter court rules Pheu Thai’s Nawat disqualified as MP




Convicted Pheu Thai MP for Khon Kaen province Nawat Tohcharoensook lost his parliamentary status on October 16th, when he was suspended by the Constitutional Court from performing his duty as an MP, according to a ruling by a panel of Constitutional Court judges.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133864-charter-court-rules-pheu-thai’s-nawat-disqualified-as-mp/


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Thailand central bank to lower growth outlook, still has scope to support economy

By Orathai Sriring and Kitiphong Thaichareon



Thailand's Central Bank Deputy Governor Mathee Supapongse, smiles during an interview with Reuters at the Bank of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand, November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Orathai Sriring


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's central bank will lower its economic growth forecasts for this year and next, a deputy governor said on Wednesday, and still has monetary policy space for action to support the economy despite cutting its key interest rate to a record low.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133865-thailand central-bank-to-lower-growth-outlook-still-has-scope-to-support-economy/


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Southeast Asian countries need tougher plastic policies to curb pollution: U.N.

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat



FILE PHOTO: A rubber duck toy is pictured in a vast carpet of plastic trash on a seashore on Freedom Island, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries, among the world's worst ocean polluters, need tougher regulations for plastic packaging to curb leakage, a United Nations report said on Wednesday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133867-southeast-asian-countries-need-tougher-plastic-policies-to-curb-pollution-un/


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Roger Stone trial closes with dueling versions of motives in 2016 Trump campaign

By Sarah N. Lynch



Roger Stone, former campaign adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives with his wife Nydia for the continuation of his criminal trial on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing justice and witness tampering at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prosecutors delivered closing arguments in the trial of U.S. President Donald Trump's adviser Roger Stone on Wednesday, saying the Republican operative lied to Congress about his efforts to keep abreast of when WikiLeaks might dump damaging emails on Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election campaign because he knew it would make Trump look bad.


Gull story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133868-roger-stone-trial-closes-with-dueling-versions-of-motives-in-2016-trump-campaign/


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Britain to become "second rate" in the world after Brexit - EU's Tusk



FILE PHOTO: European Council President Donald Tusk looks on during a news conference in Brussels, Belgium, October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain will lose influence in international affairs and become a "second-rate player" after it leaves the European Union, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133872-britain-to-become-second-rate-in-the-world-after-brexit-eus-tusk/


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Climate change exposes future generations to life-long health harm

By Kate Kelland



FILE PHOTO: A protestor holds a placard in front of the India Gate during a protest demanding government to take immediate steps to control air pollution in New Delhi, India, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo


LONDON (Reuters) - A child born today faces multiple and life-long health harms from climate change - growing up in a warmer world with risks of food shortages, infectious diseases, floods and extreme heat, a major global study has found.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133873-climate-change-exposes-future-generations-to-life-long-health-harm/


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BRICS leaders rail against 'bullying' protectionism

By Jake Spring and Vladimir Soldatkin



Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro reacts next to China's President Xi Jinping as they deliver a joint statement after a bilateral meeting during the BRICS summit in Brasilia, Brazil November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado


BRASILIA (Reuters) - Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging economies on Wednesday criticised what they view as politically motivated protectionism at a time of a global slowdown and said their countries are doing their best to counter the trend.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133874-brics-leaders-rail-against-bullying-protectionism/

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Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought

By Dan Whitcomb



FILE PHOTO: Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attends an event announcing opioid response grants to state governments in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. September 4, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo


(Reuters) - Nearly twice as many people are dying in the United States from antibiotic-resistant infections than previously believed, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, as so-called "superbugs" alarm experts with their rate of growth and spread.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133875-antibiotic-resistant-infections-killing-twice-as-many-americans-as-once-thought/


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Four new stations on Skytrain green line to open next month





Sakoltee Phattiyakul, deputy Bangkok governor along with representatives from the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), Bangkok Mass Transit System Pcl (BTSC) and Krungthep Thanakom (KT) welcomed members of the media on Wednesday (November 13) afternoon to the test run of the Skytrain green line extension from Mo Chit to Khu Khot.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133878-four-new-stations-on-skytrain-green-line-to-open-next-month/


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Video: Horrifying footage as woman felled by 22,000 volt wire outside Thai market
Thai caption: Electrical authority take responsibility
Horrifying CCTV footage from the north east of Thailand showed the moment a woman was electrocuted by a 22,000 volt electrical wire outside a fresh food market.
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DE to seek Cabinet approval on TOT-CAT merger next week





Digital Economy and Society (DE) Minister Buddhipongse Punakanta revealed on Wednesday that he will present the motion to merge TOT Public Company Limited and CAT Telecom Public Company Limited into one organization under the new name of National Telecom Holding (NTH) to the Cabinet meeting next Tuesday (Nov. 19).


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133881-de-to-seek-cabinet-approval-on-tot-cat-merger-next-week/


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Immigration hawk promoted to U.S. homeland security acting deputy

By Ted Hesson



FILE PHOTO: Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks to the news media at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration named immigration hawk Ken Cuccinelli to the No. 2 position at the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, the same day it installed an acting secretary who became the agency's fifth leader in three years.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133885-immigration-hawk-promoted-to-us-homeland-security-acting-deputy/


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Video: "It's tough being a good Samaritan these days"; "Fortuner man" flees



Thai caption: Fortuner driver from hell!

A video posted on Facebook showed a food delivery motorcyclist chase down a driver in a Toyota Fortuner. 
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Budget airlines seek measures to reduce financial burden

By The Nation




Representatives from five low-cost airlines namely Thai Air Asia, Thai Lion Air, Nok Air, VietJet Air, and Bangkok Airways formally requested the Finance Minister on November 13 to help them solve their financial problems, Vice Minister of Prime Minister’s Office Charnkrit Detwithak said.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133904-budget-airlines-seek-measures-to-reduce-financial-burden/


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Rare helmet urchins found on Similan Islands for the first time




Photo courtesy of Mu Ko Similan National Park


Mu Ko Similan National Park posted on its Facebook page Wednesday (November 13) that staff had found some 50 helmet urchins during a patrol last week on Ba Ngu Island, the first time that these rare aquatic animals had been spotted on the Similan Islands in Phang Nga province.


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133907-rare-helmet-urchins-found-on-similan-islands-for-the-first-time/


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Video: I ain't going anywhere! Furious Farang knocked down on Zebra Crossing refuses to budge




Thai television showed the aftermath of an accident in which a caucasian man is seen sitting on a Zebra Crossing in front of a stopped car. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133908-video-i-aint-going-anywhere-furious-farang-knocked-down-on-zebra-crossing-refuses-to-budge/


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Pattaya boomtown! Tourists throng Walking Street! But where are the farangs?



Picture: Pattaya City Law Enforcement


Pictures posted on the "Pattaya City Law Enforcement" site painted an encouraging sign for tourism in Thailand's number one seaside resort. 


Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133914-pattaya-boomtown-tourists-throng-walking-street-but-where-are-the-farangs/


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