Banks’ systems crash as investors rush to subscribe to PTT firm’s IPO #SootinClaimon.Com

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Banks’ systems crash as investors rush to subscribe to PTT firm’s IPO

EconJan 24. 2021

By The Nation

Kasikornbank and Krungthai Bank have advised investors not to rush with their subscription to PTT Oil and Retail Business (OR) shares as it is open until February 2.

They made the statement after the subscription system of three banks, namely Kasikornbank, Krungthai Bank and Bangkok Bank, crashed at 9am on Sunday due to high user traffic.

OR has set the price of its 3-billion initial public offering (including 390 million overallotment shares) at between Bt16 and Bt18 per share, including 595.7 million shares being offered to individual investors from January 24 to February 2.

OR is using the small lot first method to ensure that individual investors would be able to receive the company’s shares. The subscription amount has been set at Bt18 per share. OR will refund the difference to subscribers if the final offering price is different from the subscription price.

The refund will be made by February 17 (in case of cash payment) or February 22 (in case of cheque payment) if shares are not allotted to subscribers.

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the fundraising aims to support OR’s five-year expansion plan, such as increasing the number of PTT stations, fuel distribution centres, retail stores and overseas business. The company will use the funds to repay loans and invest in new businesses.

Israeli Embassy to hold online Holocaust remembrance ceremony on Jan 27 #SootinClaimon.Com

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Israeli Embassy to hold online Holocaust remembrance ceremony on Jan 27

InternationalJan 24. 2021

By The Nation

The UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 ‬is the‭ ‬annual UN ‬International Holocaust‭ ‬ Remembrance Day, to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. Six million Jews were brutally murdered by the Nazis.

This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Embassy of Israel will hold an online Holocaust remembrance ceremony on January 27 at 10am on the Facebook page of the Embassy “Israel in Thailand”. 

The ceremony will start with opening remarks by ‭Meir Shlomo‬, the ambassador of Israel,‭ ‬followed‭ ‬by‭ a‭ message‭ from‭ ‬United‭ Nations‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Secretary-General António‬

Guterres‭.‬

The ceremony also includes the screening of “‭Whose child are you‬?”, a documentary testimony of a Holocaust survivor, Tswi Herschel, who was born in 1942 to a Jewish-Dutch family in

a small town in Nazi-occupied Netherlands. As the family had to move to Amsterdam, as part of deportation of Jews to Ghettos, concentration camps and eventually extermination camps,

Tswi’s father contacted non-Jewish Dutch friends and asked for help for his newborn son. A Protestant Dutch family took in baby Tswi, caring for him and raising him as their own child.

Tswi’s parents were deported to the extermination camp of Sobibór, where they were murdered shortly after arrival. Tswi’s grandmother, his only surviving relative, took him from his foster family after the war. Tswi grew up, got married and had two daughters. In 1986, Tswi and his family immigrated to Israel. Since 1991, Tswi is sharing his personal story with young people and adults around the globe. 

The‭ ceremony‭ ‬ends‭ with‭ ‬a closing‭ ‬performance‭ ‬by‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Thai-Italian‭ ‬opera‭ ‬singer,‭ Monique Klongtruadroke.‭ ‬ ‭ ‬“‭Shtiler, Shtiler‬” (hush, ‭ hush) is‭ a lullaby‭ ‬composed by‭ 11-year-old ‭Alek

Volkoviski with lyrics in Yiddish by Shmerke Kaczerginski. It was one of the best-loved songs of the Vilna ghetto in Lithuania, where the lullaby was first performed in 1943, shortly before the ghetto’s liquidation.‭ ‬The‭ ‬ ‭ ‬poignant lyrics chronicle the ‭ ‬murder‭ ‬of‭ more than 70,000 Jews in Ponar, a forest near Vilna, and lament the pain and suffering of the ghetto inmates.

The Holocaust happened more than 70 years ago and is commemorated annually in ceremonies around the 

globe. Ambassador Shlomo‬ said: “The real issue which I believe should really worry us all is the lack of knowledge, and dare I say even ignorance, about the Nazi era and the Holocaust in particular. A deficient knowledge of the history of the human race is a 

perfect breeding ground for racism, discrimination and hate – and maybe the next genocide… As hard and as challenging as it is – the only effective antidote to racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination is education.”

Testing to be intensified in Samut Sakhon to bring outbreak under control by Feb 15 #SootinClaimon.Com

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Testing to be intensified in Samut Sakhon to bring outbreak under control by Feb 15

NationalJan 24. 2021The Covid testing is carried out in Samut Sakhon province on Dec 20.The Covid testing is carried out in Samut Sakhon province on Dec 20.

By The Nation

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has said that its proactive testing operations in Samut Sakhon province last week had led to 70,000 people being tested of whom 5,332 were found to be infected.

CCSA assistant spokeswoman Dr Apisamai Srirangsan said proactive testing in Samut Sakhon had been intensified since January 19.

Testing in this manner will lead to clearly dividing Samut Sakhon into green (clear), yellow (slightly infected) and red (highly infected) areas.

Seven per cent of those who were tested were found to be infected, Apisamai said, adding, this could help predict the number of cases next week and enable preparation for treatment such as hospitals, field hospitals and quarantine facilities. Initially, all places are ready to take care of treatment of Covid-19 patients

“I would like to ask for cooperation from the public sector in Samut Sakhon. There will be more aggressive testing to create more green areas. It would also help plan for reduction of shutdown measures, allowing communities, educational institutions and various places to operate. If all parties help each other, the outbreak in Samut Sakhon would be under control in two weeks, or by February 15. Apisamai called for cooperation in all areas as intensive scrutiny is required from January 25 to 31 to ensure the numbers go down.

The assistant spokesperson encouraged people to follow healthy practices so that the government could relax lockdowns in many areas.

Online queue compulsory for visa extension #SootinClaimon.Com

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Online queue compulsory for visa extension

NationalJan 24. 2021

By The Nation

The Immigration Bureau has urged people to make an online queue for visa extension due to the virus and apply before January 29.

Applicants who require visa service, such as foreigners who have stayed in the Kingdom for over 90 days and tourists who needs short-term visa extension service for Tourist visa (TR 60) and Special Tourist Visa (STV) are urged to join the online queue before the service date. The move is aimed at conforming with the government’s policy on precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, by reducing overcrowding, maintaining social distancing and facilitating customer service. An applicant can make an online queue reservation for a pre-service appointment at www.bangkokimmigration.com and follow these steps:

▪︎Fill in all required information.

▪︎Wait for an email reply.

▪︎Print out a confirmation document from email.

▪︎Submit the documents for visa extension on the appointment date and time.

However, services for a walk-in queue are still available at Muang Thong Thani Temporary Service Centre on the official working date and time.

Short-term visa extension service at counter K will provide service only to online queue applicants.

In order to reduce overcrowding amid the pandemic, an applicant can make an online queue reservation for pre-service appointment and follow the steps below:

▪︎Fill in all required information

▪︎Wait for an email reply

▪︎Print out a confirmation document from email and ▪︎Prepare all required documents

▪︎Submit an application for visa extension 1-2 weeks before the visa expiry date.

In the case of visa extension due to Covid-19, the application must be submitted before January 29.

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Following an austere path in toxic times

NationalJan 24. 2021

By The Nation
Photo by Korbphuk Phromrekha

Monks who stay in Buddhist monasteries at many riverside and canalside temples in Nonthaburi province still use boats as a vehicle for receiving alms since early morning during the Buddhist Lent. Though there are many garden trees in the suburbs, pollution remains an unescapable reality. Even on Sunday morning, though the air quality index in Bangkok and its suburbs showed improvement, in many areas it was at levels not safe for outdoor activities.

Private sector gets the nod to import Covid-19 vaccine #SootinClaimon.Com

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Private sector gets the nod to import Covid-19 vaccine

NationalJan 24. 2021Prayut Chan-o-chaPrayut Chan-o-cha

By The Nation

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has allowed the private sector to import Covid-19 vaccine, Government Spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said on Sunday.

He said private firms, however, must first register the vaccine with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by submitting documents regarding the vaccine’s quality, safety and effectiveness for Thai people.

“The FDA would evaluate the vaccine’s quality, safety and effectiveness before allowing private firms to vaccinate people,” he said.

He added that the FDA had summoned internal and external experts to accelerate the approval of Covid-19 vaccine.

“However, we still cannot ease regulations regarding the procurement of vaccine because it is a product related to the life of the people,” he added.

Another Covid-19 patient dies as 198 new cases reported #SootinClaimon.Com

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Another Covid-19 patient dies as 198 new cases reported

NationalJan 24. 2021

By The Nation

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Sunday reported 198 new cases with one death in the past 24 hours.

Seven of the cases were international travellers in quarantine.

Of the new cases, 118 were exposed to the virus while visiting high-risk areas. The province with the highest number of infections was Samut Sakhon (76), followed by Bangkok (21), and Samut Prakarn (12).

Proactive testing led to the discovery of 73 cases, 70 of them foreigners and two Thais un Samut Sakhon, and one case in Rayong of a Thai woman.

Of the overseas travellers, four are Thai nationals returning from Belgium, Malaysia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Also testing positive were two French nationals who flew in from their country and a Myanmar man at the screening checkpoint.

A woman in Samut Sakhon, 73, who had an underlying disease (high blood pressure, Alzheimers, and epilepsy) later developed pneumonia and passed away on January 23. She got the infection from her family member on January 4 and was confirmed positive on January 9.

Apisamai Srirangsan, assistant spokeswoman, said infection numbers nationwide had deceased from the first week of outbreak. Thailand found infections in 39 provinces during January 3-9, in 24 provinces during January 17-23 and only in seven provinces on Sunday. At the same time, the detection rate in the outbreak area — Samut Sakhon — is at 7 per cent on average.

Meanwhile, 119 patients have recovered and been discharged.

As of Sunday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand rose to 13,500. Of these, 11,136 contracted the virus domestically, including 4,568 who were found via proactive testing, and 2,364 are returnees. So far, 10,567 have recovered and been discharged, 2,860 patients are still in hospital and the death toll has risen to 73.

According to Worldometer, as of midnight on Saturday, the number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 99.33 million (increasing by 670,974), 71.37 million have recovered, 25.82 million are active cases (110,663 in severe condition) and 2.13 million have died (up by 16,743).

Thailand ranks 126th on the global list of most cases. The US tops the list with 25.56 million, followed by India 10.65 million, Brazil 8.81 million, Russia 3.7 million and the United Kingdom 3.62 million.

DDC urges caution by make-up artists to prevent Covid-19 infection #SootinClaimon.Com

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DDC urges caution by make-up artists to prevent Covid-19 infection

NationalJan 24. 2021

By The Nation

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) said the Covid-19 situation in the country is stable, but there are worries about some groups.

Dr. Chawetsan Namwat, Medical Epidemiologist at Bureau of Epidemiology of the DDC, said make-up artists should exercise caution to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection.

Most of the new cases were found through proactive search and screening in communities and establishments, he said.

The Ministry of Public Health has continuously accelerated the monitoring of intensive search and screening, he said.

In the case of Covid 19 infection among actors and journalists, if they are concerned about high-risk or low-risk contacts, the best prevention tool is to download a “MorChana” app that will help assess individual risk as high or low risk to facilitate investigation, disease prevention and control, he added.

The most important thing is that everyone takes self-protection measures, such as by social distancing, washing hands, wearing masks and having a bath when they return from their workplace to prevent the introduction of the virus to the people in the house. In particular, the elderly may be at risk of infection and even death, he said.

He urged make-up artists on TV station sets, who work in close contact with others, to protect themselves from Covid-19 by wearing a mask at all times. If possible, they should be provided a well-ventilated work area, they should frequently wash their hands and separate the make-up kit since outbreaks of conjunctivitis have been found from using devices together. Tools should be cleaned after every use.

“I suggest that if they are very close to each other, talking without wearing a mask, and staying in a closed facility for more than 15 minutes, they are a high-risk group,” said Dr Chawetsan.

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Air quality unhealthy in 29 provinces, including 33 Bangkok districts

NationalJan 24. 2021

By The Nation

Air pollution in 33 districts around Bangkok hit unsafe levels on Sunday morning with PM2.5 readings of 39 to 72 micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3), the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Air Quality and Noise Management Division reported.

Thailand’s standard for safe levels of PM2.5 (particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter) is 50μg/m3.

The 33 districts where air pollution hit unsafe levels were:

In Bangkok: Bueng Kum (72μg/m3), Nong Chok (72μg/m3), Bang Kapi (67μg/m3), Lat Krabang (66μg/m3), Don Muang (64μg/m3), Prawet (63μg/m3), Bang Khen (63μg/m3), Thawi Watthana (62μg/m3), Klong Toei (62μg/m3), Lak Si (61μg/m3), Bangkok Yai (60μg/m3), Minburi (60μg/m3), Wang Thonglang (60μg/m3), Yannawa (59μg/m3), Bangkok Noi (58μg/m3), Taling Chan (58μg/m3), Phra Nakhon (58μg/m3), Bangna (57μg/m3), Chatuchak (57μg/m3), Khlong San (56μg/m3), Bang Sue (56μg/m3), Phasi Charoen (55μg/m3), Khlong Sam Wa (54μg/m3), Khan Na Yao (54μg/m3), Samphanthawong (54μg/m3), Suan Luang (54μg/m3), Bang Bon (53μg/m3), Pathumwan (53μg/m3), Phya Thai (53μg/m3), Lat Phrao (52μg/m3), Dusit (51μg/m3), Chom Thong (51μg/m3) and Bang Phlat (51μg/m3).

Air quality also is at unhealthy levels in Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakarn, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Chiang Mai, Nan, Lampang, Phrae, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Phetchabun, Uthai Thani, Lopburi, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Prachinburi, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, Nong Khai, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces.

PM2.5 readings in different regions:

North: 34 to 79 μg/m3.

Northeast: 36 to 72 μg/m3.

Central and West: 34 to 86μg/m3.

East: 32 to 58μg/m3.

South: 9 to 33μg/m3.

People in areas where PM2.5 pollution is bad have been advised to monitor their health and reduce time spent on outdoor activities, especially the elderly, children, and patients with respiratory diseases.

The PM2.5 situation can be followed via the Air4Thai.com website or smartphone app, or via bangkokairquality.com.

กรุงเทพฯ รถติดที่สุดอันดับที่ 10 ของโลก #SootinClaimon.Com

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วันที่ 24 ม.ค. 2564 เวลา 16:00 น.กรุงเทพฯ รถติดที่สุดอันดับที่ 10 ของโลก การล็อคดาวน์ทำให้การจราจรติดขัดน้อยลง แต่ทันทีที่สถานการณ์เริ่มปกติกรุงเทพฯ ก็เริ่มรถติดอีกครั้ง

ดัชนีการจราจร TomTom Traffic Index ที่จัดขึ้นเป็นประจำปีพบว่าการจราจรติดขัดของโลกลดลง 19% ในปี 2020 ซึ่งอาจเกี่ยวข้องกับการล็อคดาวน์ในช่วงการระบาดของโควิด-19 และยังพบด้วยว่า กรุงเทพฯ มีการจราจรที่ติดขัดน้อยลง แต่ยังติดระดับท็อป 10 ของโลก

จากการจัดอันดับพบว่ากรุงมอสโก ประเทศรัสเซียมีการจราจรที่ติดขัดที่สุดในโลก ระดับรถติดถึง 54% อยู่ในอันดับที่ 1 อันดับที่ 2 คือนครมุมไบ ประเทศอินเดียรถติดหนัก 53% อันดับที่ 3 คือกรุงโบโกตา ประเทศโคลอมเบีย รถติด 53% เท่ากัน

อันดับต่อๆ มาคือ มะนิลาที่ 4 อิสตันบูลที่ 5 เบงกาลูรูที่ 6 เคียฟที่ 7 นิวเดลีที่ 8 โนโวซิบริสก์ที่ 9 และกรุงเทพที่ 10 มีเอัตรารถติด 44% วันที่มีรถติดหนักๆ 44 วันใน 1 ปี

แต่อัตราการจรคาจรติดขัดเมื่อปีที่แล้วของกรุงเทพฯ ลดลง 9% และกรุงเทพฯ ยังติดอันดับเมืองที่มีวันที่รถติดน้อยที่สุดด้วย คือ 22 วันในช่วงเดือนเมษายน ซึ่งเป็นช่วงที่ฒีการใช้มาตรการควบคุมการระบาดอย่างเข้มงวด

เมื่อมีการผ่อนคลายมาตรการล็อคดาวน์ลงหลังไม่พบผู้ติดเชื้่อในประเทศ การจราจรในกรุงเทพฯ เริ่มติดขัดหนักขึ้นในเดือนสิงหาคมจนถึงตุลาคม โดยในเดือนกันยายนสถานการณ์หนักที่สุดคือรถติดถึง 55%

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