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Two lawyers killed in alleged hit and run – Surin

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Police say a road incident where two lawyers were killed and the driver injured in Surin province’s Sangkha district, might have been a hit and run.

Duangthip Hangchaidee and Issara Charoenpittaya were killed and their driver 30 year old driver Napat Plobmuang was injured in yesterday’s accident on the main road in Ban Nong Yoh village, Tambon Takong.

Duangthip’s body was found on the road and the two others were still in the car that hit a roadside tree.

Witnesses say they saw the sedan hit from behind by another vehicle, causing it to lose control and career into the tree.

Female lawyer Duangthip was hurled out of the car in the impact and a third car ploughed into her, dragging her a further 30 metres down the road, according to police. The two other vehicles fled the scene.

Police said the three victims were lawyers from Bangkok and were on their way to attend a court trial in Ubon Ratchathani.

Police were late yesterday still trying to identify the owners of the two other vehicles.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Heavy rains, thundershowers predicted nationwide

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Thailand’s Meteorological Department says the southwest monsoon across the Andaman Sea and Thailand is getting stronger today, while the low pressure area covers upper Vietnam. Isolated heavy rains are likely in the North, the Northeast, the Central region including Bangkok and its vicinity, the East and the South. People should prepare for severe conditions. Here is the forecast for the next 24 hours…

Northern region

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 60% of the areas and isolated heavy rains; lows of 24-27 degrees and highs of 36-38 degrees C.

Northeastern region

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 60 per cent of the areas and isolated heavy rains; temperature lows of 24-26°C and highs of 33-35°C.

Central region

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 60% of the areas and isolated heavy rains; lows of 25-26°C, highs of 35-37°C.

Eastern region

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 70% of the areas and isolated heavy rains; lows of 24-27°C, highs of 32-35°C. Waves a metre high, and 2 metres during thundershowers.

Southern region (east coast)

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 60% of the areas and isolated heavy rains; lows of 24-26°C, highs of 33-36°C. Waves a metre high 2 metres during thundershowers.

Southern region (west coast)

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 70% of the areas and isolated heavy rains; temperature lows of 23-25 degrees, highs of 29-34°C. Waves a metre high, 2 metres during thundershowers.

Bangkok and surrounding areas

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 60% of the areas and isolated heavy rains; lows of 24-26°C, highs of 34-37°C.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Private daycares and nurseries desperately want to reopen

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Parents are returning to work, but daycares are still shut down to prevent any potential spread of the coronavirus. Private daycares are telling the government they want to reopen, warning that many parents may place their children in unauthorised daycare centres.

Private daycare centres say its crucial that they open soon, but their call to open in the third phase of restrictions lifts, has been rejected by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.. More than 80 private daycares and nurseries have now filed an appeal. If they wait until July 1 to reopen with schools, they say up to 20,000 daycare workers could lose their jobs and around 40% – 60% of the private centres could close due to low resources and an uptick in demand.

One operator told Thai PBS her revenue has been deprived for the past 2 months and many babysitters are struggling to make ends meet. Some daycare owners are getting short on money and may not have enough to pay their staff. While some parents are bringing their children to work, others might be opting for illegal daycare centres which could be unsafe for children as they are not regulated and workers may not be properly trained.

The president of the Childcare Development Association of Thailand told the Bangkok Post…

“Closing daycare centres imperils the lives of young children. They are pushed into potentially dangerous environments.”

SOURCES:Bangkok Post | Thai PBS

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No date for resumption of international arrivals: PM

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In an apparent effort to quell rumours and undue optimism, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is downplaying the notion that international tourists will be allowed to return to Thailand in July. The government had set a tentative deadline of 1 July for lifting all restrictions put in place under the Emergency Decree to combat the spread of Covid-19. Last week it was reported the lifting of restrictions would mean that international arrivals would resume from July 1.

But yesterday the Thai PM said Thailand still has a long way to go in its fight against the virus before international tourists can be allowed to return. He added that the issue hasn’t yet been even discussed by the Cabinet, and that only tourists from certain countries may be allowed to visit Thailand, namely those where the outbreak is deemed to be under control.

When tourists are eventually allowed back in, he said, they’ll face “a number of restrictions” which he didn’t specify. This will include so called “travel bubbles,” using bilateral agreements with individual governments to help limit any further outbreak or second wave of infections.

The idea is similar to those enacted elsewhere as countries try to safely kickstart their tourism sectors.

In May, a “travel corridor” allowed people to travel between Seoul and 10 regions in China, including Shanghai, and in Europe, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania established their own travel bubble on May 15.

Australia and New Zealand have discussed plans to resume travel between the 2 countries, potentially as early as September.

The news comes as Tourism Authority of Thailand’s governor said last week he doesn’t expect international tourists to return to Thailand until later in the year.

“It is still dependent on the outbreak situation, but I think at the earliest, we may see the return of tourists in the fourth quarter of this year.”

If and when foreign tourists can return to Thailand, there will likely be restrictions in place to determine where they can visit. The resumption of any form of tourism will also rely heavily on airlines, most of which are struggling with huge financial losses and grappling with restarting flights in a very new international travel paradigm.

The PM has said he is in no rush to open up the borders, reminding reporters that all the new infections are now coming from repatriating Thais.

“We are not going to open all at once. We are still on high alert, we just can’t let our guards down yet. We have to look at the country of origin to see if their situation has truly improved. And lastly, we have to see whether our own business operators are ready to receive tourists under the ‘new normal’.”

A ban on all international travel in and out of Thailand remains in place until at least the end of June. The CAAT have made no comment at this stage about dates for a possible resumption of flights from Thailand’s international airports. Phuket Airport remains closed to all traffic.

SOURCE: thaivisa

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