TAT celebrates Loi Krathong Festival 2020 in the new normal

Bangkok, 19 October, 20202 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting the “Delightful Colours of the River, Loi Krathong Celebrations 2020” in Ayutthaya and five unique destinations – Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Tak, Samut Songkhram and Roi Et – in line with the new normal practice to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

TAT celebrates Loi Krathong Festival 2020 in the new normal

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “This year, the Loi Krathong celebrations will be held in line with the Ministry of Public Health’s COVID-19 control measures and the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) standard to ensure visitor confidence.”

Asian airlines are selling in-flight meals directly to the public

MOST TRAVELLERS see the food as one of the least palatable aspects of air travel. Rubiyanto Haliman is not most travellers. A worker at an Indonesian shrimp hatchery who flew four to six times a month before the pandemic, he collects in-flight menus, magazines and tumblers, and likes to post pictures of aeroplane food to his Instagram feed—not in an ironic way. The past few months, with airlines largely grounded, have been difficult for him. He so misses the experience of flying that a couple of weeks ago he bought a few i

Latest update on anti-government protests

As anti-government protesters resume their street rallies today, the Prayut government is considering calling for an extraordinary parliamentary session to discuss ways out of the current political crisis.

Following are some of the major developments of the day:

  • Anti-government protesters plan to rally at three locations – Silpakorn University, Publich Health Ministry and Bangkok Remand Prison on Ngarm Wongwan Road where some of the protest leaders are being held.
  • Prime Minister Prayut has agreed to a call for an extraordinary parliamentary session to debate the ongoing conflicts. House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has also received consent from government and opposition MPs to go ahead with the session.
  • Authorities are considering action against four on-line me

Solar is now ‘cheapest electricity in history’, confirms IEA

The world’s best solar power schemes now offer the “cheapest…electricity in history” with the technology cheaper than coal and gas in most major countries.

That is according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2020. The 464-page outlook, published today by the IEA, also outlines the “extraordinarily turbulent” impact of coronavirus and the “highly uncertain” future of global energy use over the next two decades.

Reflecting this uncertainty, this year’s version of the highly influential annual outlook offers four “pathways” to 2040, all of which see a major rise in renewables. The IEA’s main scenario has 43 per cent more solar output by 2040 than it expected in 2018, partly due to detailed new analysis showing that solar power is 20-50 per cent cheaper than thought.

Despite a more rapid rise for renewables

Abe Shinzo resigns, leaving formidable problems for his successor

Japan’s new prime minister must grapple with huge debts, a shrinking population, an aggressive China and an unpredictable America

ABE SHINZO announced his resignation at a press conference in Tokyo on August 28th, citing ill health. Japan’s prime minister will continue to carry out his duties until the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) holds a

Protesters disperse declaring that Thailand’s protests don’t need a leader

Anti-government protesters, who gathered at the Victory Monument and Asoke intersection in Bangkok and started dispersing after 8pm today, claim that Thailand has a new protest model, which does not need a leader or rally stage.

Protest organizers declared that every protester is a “core” protester and anyone can address the crowd by just standing on a chair and speaking through a bull horn.

Besides the two large rallies at Victory Monument and Asoke intersection, each of which drew tens of thousands of people chanting for Prime Minister Prayut to step down, it appears that similar gatherings have started to take place in many provinces across Thailand, to the refrain of “Prayut Out” resonating nationwide.

Protests at most venues were

Sustainability concerns are growing. But can companies make products that consumers can afford?

The poll of 27,000 adults across 27 countries found that awareness of impacts on the planet is growing, with more consumers recognising the need to protect it. For instance, 74 per cent of the respondents said the world needed to consume less to preserve the environment for future generations. This is an increase from 66 per cent last year.

And while 94 per cent of Asian respondents currently perceive Covid-19 as the most serious global issue, such concerns were closely followed by climate change (91 per cent) and air pollution (90 per cent) across the climate-vulnerable region. Asian nations surveyed included India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan.

Yet although respondents indicated a willingn

Politics is spreading covid-19 in Indonesia and the Philippines

IN THE FACE of covid-19, world leaders have fallen into four camps. The first group denies there is a problem: think of Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan, who fined his subjects for wearing face masks before ordering everyone to don them as a protection against “dust”. The second group recognises the threat and counters it with maximum coercion, regardless of civil liberties: think of Xi Jinping in China. The third group, which includes most democracies, handles the tricky trade-off between crushing the virus and crushing everything that is enjoyable in life reasonably well. The fourth group tries to act tough, but doe

Protesters gathering at Victory Monument and Asoke intersection on Sunday

Protesters are streaming to Bangkok’s Victory Monument and the Asoke intersection, on Sukhumvit Road, which have been chosen as Sunday’s two main protest venues by the Free Youth Movement, as it gave conflicting information on social media to confuse the police.

Police deployed detention vans and water trucks at Lat Phra intersection, in anticipation of the arrival of protesters, only to find that they had been duped as to the true locations of the protests today.

The protest organizers announced, at 4.17pm, that they would close the Asoke intersection with Sukhumvit Road to traffic, because there were already many protesters on site. They say that the protest at this location will end at 8pm.

Meanwhile, at the Victory Monument, police cl

Quick fix for hunger and climate goals? More spending on small farmers

Global goals to tackle climate change and end hunger by 2030 are within reach if donors and developing nations help small farmers grow more climate resilient crops, access irrigation and tap into social safety nets, researchers said Monday.

In a new report, they identified 10 key shifts that could lift nearly 500 million people out of hunger, double the incomes of 545 million small farmers in low and middle income countries, and limit agricultural emissions.

The changes would cost an extra $33 billion a year, said researchers from Ceres2030, a partnership between Cornell University, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Of that money, $14 billion would need to come from donors, who already s

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