BANGKOK, June 14 -- Nok Airlines Plc, the operator of Nok Air low-cost airline, has appointed Wutthiphum Jurangkool chief executive officer and executive director.
Acting CEO Pravej Ongartsittigul said the board of directors made the decision on Thursday and the appointment took effect on Friday, he added. Mr Pravej was the acting CEO since August last year. The board also appointed him as chairman of the executive committee starting Friday, he added. Mr Wutthiphum represents the Jurangkool family, the major shareholders' group of the airline. He served as director and executive at SE-Education Plc, a publisher and bookstore operator, and Aira Capital Plc, a holding company.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on Monday renewed the operating licence for the airline for 10 years. Nok Air chairman Prasert Bunsumpun said the executive appointment and licence renewal would help ensure employees and clients the company could continue its operation. Nok Air board in April has approved the management to seek a 3-billion-baht loan to improve cash flow of the carrier.
The carrier's losses deepened over the past 18 months 304.2 million baht in the first quarter of this year from 26.9 million in the same period last year and 2.8 billion baht for all of 2018 compared 1.8 billion in the previous year. Its major shareholders are the Jurangkool family (67.4%) and flag carrier Thai Airways International Plc (15.9%). NOK shares climbed 0.04 baht to 2.30 baht at 12pm on Friday in thin trade.
REIMS, June 12 -- Striker Alex Morgan scored five times as holders the United States began their World Cup campaign with a record 13-0 win over Thailand on Tuesday.
The Group F result was the largest margin of victory in either the men’s or women’s World Cup. When the Americans headed for the interval 3-0 up, there was little indication of what was to come in the second half. After netting four times in six minutes shortly after the restart, they then added six more goals in the last 16 minutes. Morgan opened the goal spree for the title favorites, who are in pursuit of a fourth world crown, with a header in the 12th minute and from then on there was no stopping the champions. Eight minutes later Rose Lavelle found the net with a left-footed shot while midfielder Lindsey Horan gave them a 3-0 halftime lead. Samantha Mewis opened the floodgates five minutes after the break as the U.S. made life miserable for the Thais by regularly finding the back of the net.
In total seven Americans scored during the match - Morgan (5), Lavelle (2), Mewis (2), Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd all finding their way on to the scoresheet in a performance that is bound to strike fear into all of those teams hoping to end the United States’ reign as world champions.
“We really wanted to showcase ourselves and what we’ve been preparing for and working on and I think we did that,” said Morgan. “Every goal matters in this tournament and so that’s what we were working on in this game. We got a lot of attacks and I think we were really clinical in the number of attacks that we did get. “I am speechless. The ball just bounced my way today and I am looking forward to the next game. “To see Rose Lavalle have the confidence to go at players, Sam Mewis taking on players and scoring from outside the box... I am really proud of them.”
The result surpassed Germany’s 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007 and almost doubled the U.S. own previous record - a 7-0 success over Taiwan in 1991. “We did not do enough. They were excellent all around. We don’t have any excuse and accept they are better,” said Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian. “We have to improve in every aspect.” The last time the two teams met, the United States won 9-0. U.S. coach Jillian Ellis said the result was great confidence booster but did not want to get carried away with the emphatic nature of the win. “This only game one. It will be an incredibly hard World Cup,” she said. The U.S. will next face Chile on Sunday, while Thailand will be up against Sweden.
BANGKOK, June 11 -- Southeast Asian leaders will commit to tackle the growing problem of marine debris, in particular plastics, during their summit later this month, according to a draft declaration obtained Monday.
The leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations will make the vow in the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in ASEAN Region, to be inked during their summit to be held on June 23 in Bangkok. In the draft, the leaders call for strengthening actions at the national level, as well as through international collaboration, to prevent and significantly reduce marine debris.
They pledge to enhance policy dialogue and information sharing, implement partnerships between the public and private sectors, and promote innovative solutions to reducing plastic litter, including through development of a circular economy whereby plastics are kept out of the environment and instead returned to production through reuse and recycling. The leaders also commit to devote more scientific and research work to combatting marine debris and to increase public awareness and participation through advocacy and education, with the aim of changing people's behavior. The draft shows ASEAN's concern over the "high and rapidly increasing levels" of marine plastic litter and other debris, and the adverse impacts on marine biodiversity, ecosystems, animal well-being, fisheries, maritime transport, recreation, tourism, local societies and economies. It cites an "urgent need" for strengthened knowledge of the levels and effects of microplastics and nanoplastics on the marine ecosystem, food safety and human health.
BANGKOK, June 11 -- In his speech, responding to His Majesty the King’s royal command formally appointing him as prime minister at the Government’s House today (June 11), General Prayut Chan-o-cha promised to perform with honesty and integrity to make Thailand prosperous and keep Thais happy and healthy.
The Prime Minister said that he will listen to the voices of the people and dedicate his government to eradicating corruption, reducing inequality and elevating the welfare of the people. He also expressed his intention to provide opportunities for the younger generation to participate in national development to keep up with the digital era. General Prayut specifically emphasized his commitment to promoting a peaceful environment for a unified society based on love, unity and compassion, while safeguarding the dignity of the institutions of State, Religion and the Monarchy. The prime minister mentioned the important roles of the private sector and encouraged them to continue to support the new government.
BANGKOK, June 4 -- Police and troops stepped up security in Songkhla province, and especially the town of Hat Yai, on Tuesday ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival.
Tuesday is the last day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. A security source said intelligence agencies believed Muslim insurgents would step up attacks on this day prior to Wednesday’s start of Eid, the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”. Officials were strictly checking motorcycles and other vehicles at road checkpoints on Tuesday. Within business areas and shopping malls in downtown Hat Yai, security officials increased the frequency of patrols as the number of Thai and Malaysian Muslim visitors increased. Officials expected more tourists on Wednesday and so are implementing increased security measures.
BANGKOK, 3 มิถุนายน -- รถบรรทุกชนกับเสาไฟหลังจากที่ผู้ขับขี่กล่าวหาว่าหลับไปที่พวงมาลัยที่จังหวัดกระบี่ในวันนี้
รถบรรทุกบรรทุกลำต้นต้นปาล์มชนกับเสาไฟฟ้าบนถนนเพชรเกษมในเมืองกระบี่ เสาไฟแตกและสายไฟถูกดึงลงมา คนขับรถบรรทุกได้รับบาดเจ็บอย่างต่อเนื่องและถูกนำตัวส่งโรงพยาบาลคลองท่อม พยานบอกว่ารถบรรทุกเสียการควบคุมจากนั้นชนกับเสาไฟฟ้าก่อนที่จะหยุดอย่างกระทันหัน มาถึงขั้นนี้แล้วตำรวจเชื่อว่าคนขับรถกำลังหลับอยู่ แต่ก็กำลังสืบสวนอยู่
กรุงเทพฯ, 25 พฤษภาคม - สภาผู้แทนราษฎรของประเทศไทยในวันเสาร์ที่ลงคะแนนคัดค้านการเคลื่อนไหวที่เสนอโดยพรรครัฐบาลเพื่อเลื่อนการเลือกตั้งชุดของลำโพงในระหว่างการประชุมครั้งแรกของสภาผู้แทนราษฎร
ในบรรดาสมาชิกสภาผู้แทนราษฎรที่เข้าร่วม 496 คน 248 คนตอบว่าไม่เคลื่อนไหวและอีก 246 คนตอบว่าใช่การเคลื่อนไหวนั้นล้มเหลว
สมาชิกสภาผู้แทนราษฎรห้าคนส่วนใหญ่มาจากพรรคพลังอาชีพพรรคพลังประชารัฐ แต่ไม่ได้กล่าว พวกเขาสังเกตเห็นในนาทีสุดท้ายเพื่อเปลี่ยนท่าทาง แต่ถูกปฏิเสธ
BANGKOK, May 17 -- A former deputy police spokeswoman could come under scrutiny by both the Royal Thai Police and the Medical Council of Thailand after suggesting on social media that Thai women can give birth in the United States using a legal loophole to obtain US nationality.
Pol Lt-General Withoon Nitiwarangkul, director of Police General Hospital, where Pol Lt Colonel Dr Anchulee (Teerawongpaisan) Phetcharat – colloquially known as Dr Air – serves in the Department of of Psychiatry and Drug Dependence, said on Friday he had instructed public relations officials at the hospital to look into the matter. Their findings would determine whether Anchulee violating any rule, he said, and if so, would lead to an official probe. Withoon stressed that there was no fact-finding or disciplinary probe underway as yet. Medical Council secretary-general Dr Itthiporn Khanacharoen said his agency was checking whether Anchulee’s “personal post” online had breached medical professional ethics. Anchulee, who gave birth to a son earlier this month, drew criticism after posting a photo of herself pregnant on May 14 with a message inscribed on her belly in Thai. The caption invited interested mothers-to-be to give birth in the US to secure a better future and good opportunities for their child. It said they could get free counseling from a private-sector service.
Anchulee deleted the post in the wake of numerous negative comments, including some questioning whether abuse of the claimed legal loophole was fair to American taxpayers. The US constitution deems anyone born in the country an American citizen. Thousands of foreigners go there every year to give birth and thus gain for their children US citizenship and the privileges it offers, including free primary and secondary education. US citizens can also apply for permission for their parents, spouses and children under 21 who live abroad to relocate to the US. The Centre for Migration Studies puts the figure at 36,000 foreign women giving birth in the US each year, with many coming from China, Taiwan, South Korea, Nigeria, Turkey, Russia, Brazil and Mexico. The administrator of the US-based Facebook page “CSI LA” criticised Anchulee’s post.
“I don’t know if Dr Air knows she is breaking US law by posting such an invitation to pregnant women to give birth in the US,” it said. “US Immigration Police have been suppressing gangs for such ‘birth tourism’. Many Chinese agents were arrested and jailed. How can Dr Air [do this, since she serves] as a police officer and a doctor? Is it for financial gain, a commission fee from the private sector?”
BANGKOK, May 17 -- Ford Thailand today announced the expansion of its Ranger lineup, adding six new variants and giving customers an even wider range of options to complement their work and lifestyles.
The six new Ranger variants fit across the lineup, including one Wildtrak, one XLT, and four XL and XL+. Customers now have a choice of 26 different Ranger variants in Thailand, including the off-road, high-performance Ranger Raptor. “The expansion of our Ranger lineup further strengthens our offering in Thailand, and helps ensure that our Ranger customers are able to choose a model that perfectly complements their work, or their lifestyle, and often times both,” said Wichit Wongwatthanakan, managing director of Ford Thailand.
BANGKOK, May 15 -- Vietnam has become awash with Chinese investment in the last decade as businesses from its northern neighbour spread their wings abroad in a push for new markets.
Capital inflows from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau stood at US$700 million in 2011, but by last year had topped US$2.4 billion. Proponents say the money has been invaluable in providing jobs and pulling up industrial, labour and regulatory standards. But critics argue Chinese projects exploit cheap labour and minerals, while polluting the environment and landing the locals in debt. Either way, China looks there to stay. The Asian giant is now the fifth biggest investor in Vietnam behind Japan, South Korea and Singapore, and the sectors attracting cash are increasingly varied. However, experts say Vietnam will need further regulatory reforms, better education and a push to move up the value chain to make future investments pay off and limit the environmental impact of low-cost manufacturing.
Cheap labour has traditionally been the pull at a time when labour costs in China rise. A Vietnamese worker costs on average between US$300 and US$350, about half the figure to the north. Foreign firms have brought more advanced technologies and management models, and have helped promote Vietnamese exports, 70 per cent of which are produced by overseas enterprises. They have also helped pull up standards at government ministries and agencies.