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Minister says Thailand plans to build spacecraft to orbit the moon within 7 years

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Government minister Anek Laothamatas says that within 7 years, Thailand will have built and launched a spacecraft that will orbit and explore the moon. The Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation was speaking at a press conference at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, where an update on Covid-19 vaccines was being provided to the media.

He says that, in addition to Thailand making good progress with its own Covid-19 candidate vaccine, the government will launch a space project by mid-January of next year. He adds that Thailand will be the fifth Asian country to send a craft to the moon, following in the footsteps of China, India, Japan, and South Korea. He says information on how the project will be funded is to be confirmed, adding that Thai people may be invited to contribute.

“Besides the important announcement of Covid-19 vaccine production, we also proudly announce that Thailand will be the fifth nation in Asia that will be able to build a spacecraft and send it to orbit the moon. The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation and the Thai government promise to continuously move forward for the future of our country. The project will forever change the whole perspective of Thai people that Thailand is no longer a developing country but is a country with a future, opportunity, and hope.”

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:34 am

    It is 1st April already ?

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:41 am

    It will be piloted by coconut picking monkeys.

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      RA

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:54 am

      LMAO, good one.

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      Napster

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      And launched from a Chinese Submarine, assisted by a fleet of useless A340’s. .

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    Geoff

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Moon madness?
    Possibly better things to spend money on?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:57 am

      Agreed, Geoff.

      Unbelievable that Thailand would waste money even considering how to waste money on this sort of activity, even if “information on how the project will be funded is to be confirmed”.

      Sometimes some people in positions of authority evidently just have too much time on their hands.

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    Steve

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Joseph Gobbels minister of propogander would have loved to have had that man on his team I wonder how many good Thai citizens will be contribuuting.

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    Malc Thai

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Tuk tuk in space!

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    Bobby B

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    This country sure has it’s priorities right ?

    I love this country but I would never take a vaccine developed in Thailand or step on a spaceship made here, you’ll never know where it would take you, to heaven or to space.

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      Toby Andrews

      Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      Yes and a ferang is bound to be charged twice the space ticket price as a Thai.

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        maxcorrigan

        Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:33 am

        Twice if you’re very lucky, 10 times that of a Thai is the going rate for farrangs or 1000% is nearer the truth!

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Now, we are getting our priorities right. NOT.

    What idiocy. It’s all about “mine is bigger”. When will this culture learn that fancy gilding and shiny things are not in the best interest of a nation that is as undeveloped as this one is?

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    Mike

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    The definition of pie in the sky

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    JUSUS MONROE

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    QUICK QUICK TELL THEM THERES NO TOURISTS UP THERE EITHER…..WHAT PLANET ARE THESE GUYS FROM,

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    Robert Elliot

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Why is Thailand so preoccupied with spending taxpayers money to try to make the world believe they are a wealthy nation.

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    Roger C

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Don’t fret. It will never happen.

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    Scubalibre

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    They will use it to safely quarantine all the dirty farangs on the moon 😀

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    TS

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:54 am

    correct- not gonna happen or even come close to happening. As a lot of these grand and minor schemes being proposed daily aren’t gonna happen

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    Timmytime

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Maybe better to spend that money on the horrible infrastructure, education system among many many other things that is by far more importent then going, sorry trying to go to the moon. Thailand, land if endless stupidity.

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Phuket lifts mandatory quarantine restrictions for ‘high risk’ arrivals. But were they ever applied?

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Culminating 2 weeks of mass confusion over the apparent mandatory self-quarantine for arrivals to Phuket from Bangkok and other high risk provinces, Phuket’s provincial communicable disease committee has agreed to lift the mandatory 14 day quarantine “to help boost the local economy hit by the Covid-19 pandemic”.

But for the vast majority of arrivals from Bangkok (DMK and BKK) to Phuket there wasn’t even any mention of quarantine. Over the past 2 weeks, since Phuket’s Governor released a 3 page announcement about new restrictions for the island, people have mostly been coming and going as usual. The only additional impediments were all arrivees having to download and fill in the Mor Chana app and registering with gophuget.com.

In 2 weeks not a single person has reported to The Thaiger that they had been forced to self-quarantine. Last night, when checking in at Suvarnabhumi airport for a Thai VietJet flight to Phuket, the person at the Check-In counter told the passenger (we’ll call them Mic to protect their identity) they would have to serve 14 days in state quarantine upon arrival in Phuket. Mic, surprised, asked for some sort of confirmation of this from airline management or information from the Phuket Provisional officials. None was forthcoming. Nothing more was said or communicated to the passengers.

When the plane landed in Phuket officials checked that passengers had completed the Mor Chana app and scanned their phones after they’d completed the gophuget.com registration. And that was it. No mention of quarantine.

The situation has been repeated by other Thaiger staff over the past 2 weeks as well, but without any mention of quarantine during the check-in or boarding procedures with various airlines. In all cases they flew from Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang airports.

Phuket’s Governor Narong Woonciew says the decision to ease the Covid-19 restrictions for visitors followed calls from the business community seeking to lure visitors to Phuket. (The Thaiger wonders if any of these officials had actually travelled over the past 2 weeks)

Local businesses met with provincial authorities on Friday proposing an end to the mandatory quarantine period “for people travelling from certain high-risk areas” in the hope of “stimulating the tourism industry”. The proposal was less about stimulating and more about raising the industry from its current flatline.

But whatever mandatory quarantine they were asking to be lifted appears to be have been, at best, loosely applied anyway.

Phuket has has a triple hit. The first when the borders were closed in April and the international airport closed. The second was when December arrived, the start of the busy tourist high-season. The third was the new restrictions added 2 weeks ago in response to the 2nd wave of clusters that started on December 20, tripling the total number of Covid infections in the country in just over a month.

According to Bangkok Post, Sarayuth Mallum, president of the Phuket travel industry council, says… “strict disease control measures remain necessary to protect local people and tourists from contracting the virus”.

Somehow, the mandatory quarantine requirement instructions never reached the airport officials. But, for now anyway, the “restrictions” have been lifted anyway. What was you experience arriving in Phuket over the past week? Were you asked to conduct a mandatory 14 day self-quarantine?

In the meantime the struggling domestic airlines have been forced to massively cancel or reschedule flights. Over the past 2 days most airlines only had 1 or 2 flights to and from Phuket and Bangkok, down from the 4 – 10 daily flights some airlines were offering.

More about the Mor Chana App here…

More about the direct effects on the island of Phuket…

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Courteous thief apologises to Bangkok convenience store: Sorry I’ve a kid

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A young man armed with a knife allegedly robbed a convenience store in Ladprao district of Bangkok, stealing 1,800 baht. Before fleeing on a motorcycle, he apologised to the staff, saying “Sorry. I’ve a kid”.

It’s really hard to find a thief with good manners these days.

The female staff who was in the store when the man came in told the reporter that she saw the man in a cream shirt with short sleeves, walking in the store and carrying a bag. He suddenly pointed the knife to threaten the staff for money. The terrified staff walked to the cashier counter and gave him money.

After checking CCTV cameras, police say the thief is between 25-30 of his age, and was not wearing a face mask. He was seen parking his motorcycle in front of the store before entering. He appeared to be carrying what looked like a fruit packing knife. The police are now tracking him down.

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Efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines will drop during mass inoculations: Thai virologist

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Thai virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan from Chulalongkorn University, has spoken about claims that the efficacy of every vaccine available today, including Covid-19 vaccines, tend to lower after being used in mass inoculations, compared to the findings from the laboratory during human testing trials.

He recommends that people should not rely solely on the vaccines alone because uncertainty will remain during the roll out phase of the new inoculations.

“The best way to protect themselves is to practice basic safety standards as we usually do today… wearing face masks all the time when going outside and in crowded venues, regularly washing hands, and maintain social distancing.”

On his Facebook page, Dr. Young cited the case of Hepatitis B vaccines that claimed between 94-95% efficacy. But after use on mass populations, its efficacy dropped to about 80%. He believes this trend will be the same as Covid-19 vaccines.

“Although the manufacturers claim the vaccines’ high efficacy, that is just the laboratory results. In practice, several variables may cause lower effectiveness of the vaccines.”

He also says that the real effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines, both the American from Pfizer and the Chinese from Sinopharm will be known soon after the populations of Israel and UAE have been inoculated in large numbers already.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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