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Changes to Thai provincial Covid zones – what’s re-opening today?

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There are quite a few changes coming into effect today around many of the Thai provinces. Some types of businesses will be re-opening and some restrictions are being lifted. The new measures go into effect TODAY. Here is a list from the National News Bureau of Thailand…

Maximum control (Dark Red): Samut Sakhon

The following locations will remain closed:

  • Pubs, bars, karaoke and all entertainment venues
  • Boxing training camps, indoor gyms and fitness centres
  • Amulet shops- Spa, massage outlets and similar establishments
  • Schools, educational institutions and tutorial schools
  • Amusement parks, playgrounds
  • Gaming arcades
  • Internet cafes
  • Exhibitions, meeting halls and other gathering venues
  • Bus terminals

The following locations can continue operating under strict preventive measures:

  • Flea markets (social distancing measures must be in place and customers limited)
  • Restaurants can operate until 9pm but are not allowed to serve alcohol
  • Malls and department stores can open until 9pm
  • Child and elderly care centres can only open for permanent residents
  • Hotels and temporary accommodations must use a tracking system to check on the number of people entering and exiting

High control (Light Red): Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi

  • Pubs, bars, karaoke and all entertainment venues remain closed for in-house service, but takeaways are allowed
  • Restaurants can serve until 11pm but no alcoholic drinks are allowed (people can take alcoholic drinks home)
  • Schools, educational institutes and tutorials can open provided classes are kept small
  • Seminars, banquets or catered events can be held with no more than 100 participants. No alcohol or dancing is allowed at these events.
  • Department stores, malls and supermarkets can open, but no activities or promotions that bring many people together are allowed.
  • Convention halls or exhibitions can open provided all preventive measures are followed
  • Migrant workers must limit their movements, use the MorChana tracking app and seek permission from health officers for inter-provincial travel
  • Massage shop and spa can open but customers limited
  • Gyms, fitness centres, boxing camps can open and hold matches but without an audience

Medium control (Orange): Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Chai Nat, Trat, Tak, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Prachinburi, Phetchaburi, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Lopburi, Samut Songkhram, Sa Kaew, Saraburi, Suphanburi, Ayutthaya and Ang Thong

  • Pubs, bars, karaoke and entertainment venues can operate provided customer numbers are limited. Alcohol can be served until 11pm and live music allowed provided nobody dances
  • Restaurants can open under social-distancing practices until 11pm
  • Seminars, banquets and catered events can be held with no more than 300 participants
  • No alcohol or dancing is allowed at these events.- School, education institute, or tutorial school can open but classes must be kept small
  • Department stores, malls and supermarkets can open as normal, provided no promotions bringing together people are held
  • Conventions or exhibitions allowed provided all preventive measures are in place
  • Gyms, fitness centres and boxing training camps can hold competitions with a limited audience

High surveillance (Yellow): Kamphaeng Phet, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Narathiwat, Buri Ram, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phang Nga, Phetchabun, Yala, Ranong, Songkhla, Sukhothai, Surat Thani and Uthai Thani

  • Pubs, bars, karaoke and other entertainment venues can open and serve alcohol until midnight. Customers must be limited
  • Restaurants can open under social-distancing practice until midnight
  • Department stores, malls and supermarkets can open as per normal but no activities bringing people together allowed
  • People travelling from high-risk areas will be screened
  • Massage parlours, massage outlets and spas can open as per normal
  • Gyms, fitness centres and boxing training camps can open and competitions can be held with a limited audience.

The rest of the provinces have been marked green, or under surveillance, can allow entertainment venues, including pubs, bars and karaoke, to open providing operators follow preventive measures.

These provinces are also required to screen people entering the province.

The CCSA’s Dr Taweesin said that though the virus situation in many provinces is improving, people still need to maintain good hygiene practices, at least until the virus becomes a regular disease that health authorities can handle.

The new measures go into effect TODAY.

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    Magic Mike

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 10:51 am

    There are rumours that in Bangkok there are already bars gearing to open on Sukhumvit 7 as well as a sports bar running pool tables nearby Sukhumvit 13… As far as I know they are all breaking the law, then.

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    Tony Grace

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Rumours Inconsistencies .lack of direction and poor comunation is a factor that it will not achieve these figures. People have to feel confident to travel so where they have quarteen it makes it difficult to accept.

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Facebook has confirmed the removal of 185 accounts run by the Thai military and allegedly involved in information-influencing. The social media giant says the accounts were deleted for engaging in what it calls, “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”. In total, 77 accounts, 72 pages, and 18 groups have been removed from the platform, in addition to 18 Instagram accounts. It’s the first time Facebook has taken such action against accounts linked to the Thai government.

The accounts were associated with the Thai military and were targeting people in the southern provinces, Facebook said its regular report on coordinated inauthentic behavior. The south of the country has been the scene of decades-long conflict, with insurgent groups in the majority-Muslim, Malay-speaking region calling for independence. To date, around 7,000 people have died in the ongoing struggle.

Facebook says the deleted accounts were most active last year and used both fake and real accounts to manage pages and groups, both openly military pages and pages that hid their links to the military. Some of the fake profiles pretended to be people from the southern provinces.

The report mentioned a post by the now-removed account named “comprehending the operation” in Thai. The page posted the logo for Amnesty International Thailand and wrote “The NGO never cares about ordinary citizens because they have no role in society. Normal people are not famous. Any case is not big news. They are not worth the investment of foreigners so they will not do anything to help. This is why we don’t see anything from the NGO.”

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Image overlay translates to “The NGO never cares about ordinary citizens because they have no role nor money.”

On another now-removed account, named “truth about my home Pattani” in Thai, a post said “Muslim leader declares southern border is a peace zone. The southern separatists started a movement by spreading the idea that Thailand is under control by different believers so that people would come and fight for their religion. This was declared that the action clearly violates Islam faith.”

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Image overlay translates to “Southern border is not Jihad zone.”

When contacted by Reuters, the military had no comment on the removal of the Facebook accounts, with a spokesman saying the organisation does not comment outside of official press conferences.

The head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook, Nathaniel Gleicher, has confirmed the reasons behind the platform’s decision.

“This is the first time that we’ve attributed one of our takedowns to links to the Thai military. We found clear links between this operation and the Internal Security Operations Command. We can see that all of these accounts and groups are tied together as part of this operation.”

He adds that the accounts had spent around US$350 on advertising on both Facebook and Instagram. One or more of the pages had about 700,000 followers and at least one of the groups had 100,000 members. Gleicher says the accounts were removed because of their misleading behaviour and not because of the content being posted. The content included support for the military and the monarchy, with allegations of violence and criticism of insurgent groups in the south.

It’s not the first time accounts linked to the Thai military have been removed by a social media platform. In October, Twitter removed 926 accounts it says had links to the army and posted pro-military and pro-government content. The Thai army has denied any involvement with the accounts in question. In November, Twitter also suspended an account posting pro-monarchy content that was found to have links to the palace and to thousands of other accounts posting similar content.

To read the February 2021 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report, click HERE.

SOURCES: Reuters| Facebook

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Airline executive arrested for failure to pay wages of 150 workers

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An airline executive has been arrested in the central province of Samut Songkhram, after complaints from150 employees that they had not been paid. Chawengsak Noiprasan, who had a court warrant issued against him in October, was taken to Don Muang police station from a property in the Bang Khan Take sub-district. He is a board member of Siam Air Transport.

The airline began operations in October 2014 with services out of Don Mueang to Hong Kong, using 2 Boeing 737-300s. 2 Boeing 737-800s were added to its fleet in late 2015. It expanded by adding Zhengzhou and Guangzhou in China to its network in early 2015. In late 2015, the airline launched flights to Macau and Singapore. In 2017, the airline ceased all operations.

But according to an article in the Bangkok Post, the carrier operates a number of scheduled and charter flights from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. The Post reports that, as Chawengsak signs the company’s legal paperwork, all legal matters concerning the airline fall to him.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau says the executive has admitted to ignoring a 30 day notice issued by the labour inspector and ordering the payment of wages to 150 workers. It’s understood he is also wanted in relation to 7 other cases.

The authorities sought Chawengsak’s arrest following complaints from employees who say they haven’t received their wages for 2 months. It’s understood the airline had previously deferred salary payments for over 8 months. 150 workers filed an official complaint with Don Mueang police and also approached media outlets, asking them to pressure the airline into paying the money owed.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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We look at the recent changes made by the Australian and Indian governments to except control over the world’s biggest social media platforms. India has issued strict new rules for Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms just weeks after the Indian government attempted to pressure Twitter to take down social media accounts it deemed, well, anti social. There is now an open battle between the rise of social media platforms and the governments and ‘old’ media that have been able to maintain a certain level of control over the ‘message’ for the last century. Who will win?

The rules require any social media company to create three roles within India… a “compliance officer” who ensures they follow local laws; a “grievance officer” who addresses complaints from Indian social media users; and a “contact person” who can actually be contacted by lawyers and other aggrieved Indian parties… 24/7.

The democratisation of the news model, with social media as its catalyst, will continue to baffle traditional media and governments who used to enjoy a level of control over what stories get told. The battles of Google and Facebook, with the governments of India and Australia will be followed in plenty of other countries as well.

At the root of all discussions will be the difference between what governments THINK social media is all about and the reality about how quickly the media landscape has changed. You’ll get to read about it first, on a social media platform… probably on the screen you’re watching this news story right now.

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