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Jonathan Davies in Phuket for Charity

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Welsh legend Jonathan Davies OBE in Phuket for Charity

The Welsh former rugby football player, who represented his country in both codes, Rugby Union and Rugby League, is in Phuket – all in the name of charity.

Jonathan Davies OBE, who was a goal kicking legend in both codes, also played club rugby in England and Australia. His love for the game continues as a television rugby football commentator and media personality.

A charity golf tournament being held tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3, at the impressive Laguna Phuket Golf Course, sees participants having the incredible opportunity to play along side the sportsman. 4000 baht (net plus caddie tip), not only allows you to play 18 holes on the golf course, but you are also guaranteed to play 6 holes as a four ball with Jonathan himself. If you would like to join in this unique event, then please contact Graham Haslam at Phuket Has Been Good To Us on 087 279 1230 to secure the last two tee times.

Grizzlies Sports Bar in Kathu will also be hosting “A Night with Jonathan Davies” tomorrow after the golf, a rare opportunity to attend an intimate event with the legend. Tickets are also still available for this dinner, you can contact Peter Lyons on 087 284 8671.

Congratulations to Peter from the Grumpy Old Men Society and The Good Shepherd, for organising this fantastic opportunity. Don’t miss out.

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Originally from New Zealand, Donna Toon has been living in Thailand for the last 9 years with her husband Scot and their two boys Jackson and Oliver. After graduating with a Degree in Hospitality Management, Donna has travelled the world with a desire to develop her craft. A recent move from hospitality has seen Donna immerse herself into the media and radio industry, consulting for a number of media companies.

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Government will not re-capitalise struggling Thai Airways

Maya Taylor

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The State Enterprise Policy Office says the government will not back a billion-baht cash injection for Thai Airways. Pantip Sripimol from the SEPO says the Finance Ministry will not re-capitalise the carrier, although it remains its largest shareholder. The Bangkok Post reports that there are concerns Thai Airways could become a state enterprise once more if the ministry were to assume a majority stake once more.

Last year, the Finance Ministry reduced its stake in the national airline to less than 50%, in an effort to facilitate the debt-rehabilitation process. As a result, the carrier is no longer a state-owned enterprise and it’s understood a number of cabinet ministers are concerned that, should the airline regain its status as a state enterprise, the government would have to guarantee a billion-baht loan to ensure its survival.

The Bangkok Post reports that both the Finance Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, and Deputy PM, Supattanapong Punmeechaow, both support re-establishing the airline as a state enterprise. They argue that doing so would improve its financial situation and provide more leverage for negotiating with creditors. Such a move would mean the Finance Ministry becoming a majority shareholder once again.

However, Pantip says the ministry will not re-capitalise the airline and is prepared to reduce its shareholding if other investors purchased additional shares. The ministry currently has a 49.9% stake in Thai Airways, with Pantip saying it would be difficult to justify a further cash injection to shareholders.

With the airline now operating as a private business, the government is no longer obliged to prop it up monetarily, nor is the Finance Ministry obliged to offer financial help to a private company, despite being its largest shareholder.

On Wednesday, creditors will meet to discuss the airline’s debt restructuring plan and decide if they are to accept it.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Buses and motorbike taxis to face tougher disease prevention measures

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Public buses, cars, and motorbike taxis now need to comply with tougher Covid-19 measures, following an announcement from the Department of Land Transport. Jirut Wisarnjit from the DLT, says the stricter rules are effective immediately and are in addition to measures already in place, such as mandatory mask-wearing, hand-washing, and use of contact-tracing apps. According to a Pattaya News report, the new rules are as follows:

• Buses must not exceed 70% capacity. A vacant seat must be left between passengers not travelling together, but 2 people travelling together may sit side by side.

• Operators must minimise travel between the hours of 11pm and 4am in Bangkok and other “dark red” zones.

• Operators should consider a reduction in the number of vehicles travelling to and within dark red areas.

• Passengers must use tracking apps and show the driver evidence that they have checked in on the app.

• Bus and van drivers should consider parking their vehicle every 2 hours in order to open the windows and carry out disinfection.

• Drivers of motorbike taxis should use disinfectant to wipe down seats and handlebars/back grips on all bikes between every fare. Customers who use motorbike taxis on a regular basis should bring their own helmet and if a driver provides a helmet, it should be disinfected between each customer.

• Drivers of motorbike taxis should refrain from talking to customers to avoid the potential spread of Covid-19 droplets. Masks must be worn at all times by driver and passenger.

Jirut says the additional disease prevention measures are being implemented as officials see no significant reduction in Covid-19 infections, despite existing safety measures, business closures, and other restrictions. In particular, Bangkok and most other dark red areas continue to report high daily numbers.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Monday Covid UPDATE: 1,630 new cases and 22 deaths

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Monday’s totals have been announced for Covid-19 infections and new deaths over the past 24 hours. The Thai public health ministry reports 22 deaths and 1,630 infections.

• The only 5 imported Covid-19 cases yesterday were from neighbouring countries, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Authorities say that patrols will have to be stepped up at this time to control the illegal border crossings.

All 5 people caught were Thais who were were trying to cross back into Thailand without going through the border checkpoints. They’ve all been admitted to state hospitals.

• 100+ African gemstone traders have tested positive for Covid-19 over the last 4 days in Chanthaburi, east of Bangkok. Authorities have confirmed that none were detected with the African or Indian variants of Covid-19.

The 109 traders tested positive between May 6 – 9.

• 63 new cases of Covid-19 have been announced in Chon Buri today (including Pattaya), a drop from totals reported over the past week. There’s also been 1 additional death reported. 1,507 people remain in medical care for the virus in the province.

• Meanwhile all public service and government offices, including Thai immigration, are closed for Monday. But it’s not a public holiday. Today is the Royal Ploughing Ceremony which is a traditional ceremony to forecast the season’s rice and wet season crops. His Majesty the King usually presides over the annual event at the royal parade grounds of Sanam Luang.

 

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