Bangkok Expat Life https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com Local city guide of Bangkok for expats, travellers, tourists and local residents in Thailand Thu, 31 Oct 2019 01:58:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Will the government’s domestic travel measures persuade travelers to pack their bags? https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/will-the-governments-domestic-travel-measures-persuade-travelers-to-pack-their-bags/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/will-the-governments-domestic-travel-measures-persuade-travelers-to-pack-their-bags/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:27:35 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=15449 While the other economic engines are losing steam, the government hopes to use the tourism sector to boost the country’s economic growth. Recently, the government announced additional measures to promote hospitality business which is the top-earning service sector. The measures...

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While the other economic engines are losing steam, the government hopes to use the tourism sector to boost the country’s economic growth. Recently, the government announced additional measures to promote hospitality business which is the top-earning service sector. The measures include the “Visit Thailand with Bt100”and “Shocking Price Weekday Travel”.

The government hopes that, together with the Bt1,000 cash handout program, these measures will encourage people to spend and travel in the final quarter of the year. Additional stimulus is needed, amid a drop in Thailand’s consumer confidence index. Thai families have become more cautious in their spending due to worries about their rising expenses and grim outlook.

External trade does not bode well either. Several economic think tanks project that, on an optimistic note, Thai export growth this year may record a flat rate of zero percent. However, chances are Thai outbound shipment in 2019 may fall around 2 percent when compared to last year.

Then, the government pins hope on travel and tourism sector which contributes around 22 percent to Thailand’s gross domestic product. The sector has proved to help generate earnings to the country through thick and thin. It has also created job opportunities for many in related industries such as food and beverages and real estate.

In the first nine months of this year, foreign investor numbers stood at 29.46 million, up 3.5 percent. It is expected that 40 million visitors will visit Thailand this year. The Tourism Authority of Thailand hopes to welcome 41.8 million foreign visitors in 2020, and these tourists are expected to spend Bt2.22 trillion in Thailand.

However, inbound tourism can be fluctuating. The strengthening Thai baht can be a factor to dampen the sentiment of inbound tourism in some markets. For example, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports reported that, in the first eight months of this year, the number of European holiday makers contracted 1.9 percent to 4.4 million, led by those from major markets, such as Russia, Germany, Sweden and France.

The shrinkage is attributable to a number of factors, such as their slowing economies, the appreciating the Thai baht against the Euro and other currencies, which has affected their decision to choose holiday destinations. In addition, many European countries are experiencing severe weather conditions, making it more difficult for them to travel. European tourists may travel to other new destinations, as well.

Meanwhile, the growth of Chinese tourist arrivals in the first eight months also experiences a drop from last year, even though there are signs of recent rebound. It is expected that Chinese tourists to Thailand in the entire 2019 will increase between 2-4 percent, with around 10.9 million Chinese tourists coming to Thailand.

As inbound tourism is also conditional upon several uncontrollable factors, the Thai government has also aimed for domestic travel which can also play a role in boosting economies in secondary provinces. A series of campaigns have been introduced.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, expects the stimulus measures to increase the number of tourists in the fourth quarter by 10-20 percent. He expects the total domestic travelers by the of this year will increase to 180 million people/trip, boosting the tourism revenue by 5-10 percent and translating into the overall tourism revenue of Bt1.12 trillion.

Before the measures, it was initial expected that the number of domestic tourists will reach 166 million/trip, generating earnings of Bt1.05 trillion. Kasikorn Research Center recently carried out a survey among Bangkokians to find out their travel plan in the last quarter. The survey found that in final three months of this year,

Bangkokians should generate around Bt60 billion on domestic travel. For the entire 2019, the tourist receipts from people residing in Bangkok Metropolitan Region are expected to reach Bt227.3 billion, up 2.6 percent from 2018.

Hospitality business operators welcome the measures even though some view the measures as the short-term and they may not help sustain the momentum of tourism in the long run. Besides, the complicating registration process may discourage people from signing up to the benefits offered by the program.

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What’s the most popular flight in the world? https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/whats-the-most-popular-flight-in-the-world/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/whats-the-most-popular-flight-in-the-world/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:25:55 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=15446 The world’s top five flying routes are all in the Asia Pacific region, according to an International Air Transport Association (IATA) report. Aviation writers say the growth can be attributed to the addition of flights operated by low-cost carriers in...

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The world’s top five flying routes are all in the Asia Pacific region, according to an International Air Transport Association (IATA) report. Aviation writers say the growth can be attributed to the addition of flights operated by low-cost carriers in the region.

Passenger traffic between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Hong Kong airport is Number Two on the list of the airports with the world’s busiest air traffic. The trip between Hong Kong and Taipei Taoyuan, Taiwan, is the most popular route in the world carrying 5.4 million passengers per year.

Passenger traffic between Suvarnabhumi and Hong Kong reached 3.4 million in 2018, up 9% from 2017.

The report of IATA world airline traffic for 2018 also shows that airlines in the Asia Pacific carried the largest number of passengers in the world.

Global passenger traffic results for 2018 showed that demand rose by a healthy 6.5% compared to full-year 2017. Although this represented a slowdown compared to the 2017 annual growth of 8.0%, it was another year of above-trend growth. Full year 2018 capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to a record 81.9%, exceeding the previous high set in 2017.

“Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before. The freedom to fly is more accessible than ever. And our world is a more prosperous place as a result,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director-general and CEO.

In terms of pure numbers of flights for 2018, here are the results. Eight out of ten of the routes are all in the Asia-Pacific.

  1. Kuala Lumpur – Singapore: 30,187 flights
  2. Hong Kong – Taipei: 28,447 flights
  3. Jakarta – Singapore: 27,046 flights
  4. Hong Kong – Shanghai: 20,678 flights
  5. Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur: 19,741 flights
  6. Seoul Incheon – Osaka: 19,711 flights
  7. New York LaGuardia – Toronto: 17,038 flights
  8. Hong Kong – Seoul Incheon: 15,770 flights
  9. Bangkok – Singapore: 14,698 flights
  10. Dubai – Kuwait: 14,581 flights
  11. Bangkok – Hong Kong: 14,556 flights
  12. Hong Kong – Beijing: 14,537 flights
  13. New York JFK – London Heathrow: 14,195 flights
  14. Tokyo Narita – Taipei: 13,902 flights
  15. Dublin – London Heathrow: 13,855 flights
  16. Osaka – Shanghai: 13,708 flights
  17. Hong Kong – Singapore: 13,654 flights
  18. Chicago O’Hare – Toronto: 13,503 flights
  19. Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita: 13,517 flights
  20. Osaka – Taipei: 13,325 flights

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Thai beauty retailer KIS targets 30 stores in Bangkok aimed at millennials https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/thai-beauty-retailer-kis-targets-30-stores-in-bangkok-aimed-at-millennials/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/thai-beauty-retailer-kis-targets-30-stores-in-bangkok-aimed-at-millennials/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:22:48 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=15435 Thai beauty retailer KIS opened its first store in Bangkok just last month and is already planning 30 more across the city. The chain has been created to capitalize on the continuously growing number of millennials, who tend to be...

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Thai beauty retailer KIS opened its first store in Bangkok just last month and is already planning 30 more across the city.

The chain has been created to capitalize on the continuously growing number of millennials, who tend to be frequent buyers of beauty products. The store was designed by Malherbe.

The first KIS store opened at CentralWorld shopping mall and carries more than 800 brands grouped in five major zones: iconic brands, make-up, skincare, fragrances and a live studio.

The live studio zone offers various services including a `Masterclass by Beauty Expert´ where customers are invited to join special workshops with beauty professionals, as well as leading brands, complemented with a live DJ to make shopping more entertaining.

It also has a selfie booth, where shoppers can take photos and post them on social media, and a Gaga Attitude in a Cup cafe, which serves drinks.

The design features checkerboard, dichroic and iridescent, which according to the company reflect women´s changing emotions, while the use of pink color, with a touch of classy black accentuates femininity.

“The concept is The Ultimate Beauty Destination, as the store is set to become the new beauty destination for women who know what they need,” says KIS MD Tarpida Norpanlob.

“Millennials are the biggest group in the beauty industry and KIS will help everyone keep on style in their own way.”

Two more stores are to be opened by the end of the year, to be located at Central Plaza Ladprao and Zen shopping malls in Bangkok. And it plans to expand footprint to include tourist destinations such as Phuket.

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PM praised for not responding to US appeal to postpone the ban on glyphosate https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/pm-praised-for-not-responding-to-us-appeal-to-postpone-the-ban-on-glyphosate/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/pm-praised-for-not-responding-to-us-appeal-to-postpone-the-ban-on-glyphosate/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:14:30 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=15432 The Biothai Foundation has praised Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for not directly responding to an appeal from US under-secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, Mr. Ted A. McKinney, to postpone the ban on glyphosate, one of the...

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The Biothai Foundation has praised Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for not directly responding to an appeal from US under-secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, Mr. Ted A. McKinney, to postpone the ban on glyphosate, one of the three farm chemicals barred from use in Thailand by the National Hazardous Substances Committee earlier this week.

In his letter, Mr. McKinney claimed glyphosate is among the most widely used and rigorously studied pesticides in the world, writing “In December 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency released its draft human health risk assessment, concluding that glyphosate poses no meaningful risk to human health when used as authorized.  The EPA’s findings are consistent with scientific reviews conducted by others, including Japan, the European Union, Australia and the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ World Health Organization Meeting on Pesticide Residues.”

Biothai said, in its Facebook post today, that Prime Minister Prayut should not react to Mr. McKinney’s appeal, and should leave it to an appropriate department head at the Agriculture Ministry to respond to the letter. He cited the case of Vietnam, when head of the Department of Plant Protection, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, was assigned to respond to a similar appeal from the US.

Delving into McKinney’s background, Biothai said the US official had spent about 19 years working for Dow Agro-Sciences, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company, which specializes in not only farm chemicals, but also seeds and biotechnology solutions. Biothai said McKinney’s letter was an attempt to protect the interests of US chemical companies and not the interests of the American people or Thai farmers and consumers.

The US Embassy in Bangkok also warned Thailand of the potential economic impacts as a result of the ban on paraquat, chlorpyrifos and, especially, glyphosate.

In a letter, dated October 18th, to Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit, agricultural counsellor Russ Nicely of the US Embassy said his office had undertaken a study of the potential economic impacts.

He claimed that Thai farmers will face 75-125 billion baht in higher costs for replacement chemicals, at current Thai market prices, adding that, if no suitable alternatives can be found, the higher labour costs of weed control, combined with lower crop yields, are expected to reach 128 billion baht.

The greatest concern to the US and other Thai agricultural trading partners, according to Russ Nicely, is an immediate cessation of trade in soybeans, wheat, coffee, apples and grapes, among other crops, with the disruption to trade (Thai imports) reaching as high as US$1.7 billion.

These costs, said Mr. Nicely, do not take into account the follow-up impacts of the loss of critical inputs to the Thai food processor, such as the bakers and instant noodle manufacturers, who rely 100% upon imported wheat for their 40 billion baht industries.

Biothai said the banning of glyphosate might affect US farm exports to Thailand because the chemical is widely used by American farmers on genetically-modified plants, citing information from the Office of Agricultural Economy which shows Thailand imported farm products from the US last year worth 73 billion baht.

Although the NHSC has banned the three chemicals, Biothai pointed out that glyphosate is not yet listed as banned substance in the appendix of the public health ministerial regulation.

In other words, Biothai said, US farm products, such as wheat and soybean, are not yet affected by the ban. Biothai is a non-profit foundation active in promoting sustainable agriculture, food security and sovereignty.

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Over 1,000 leaders expected to attend ASEAN Business Summit https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/over-1000-leaders-expected-to-attend-asean-business-summit/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/over-1000-leaders-expected-to-attend-asean-business-summit/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:12:56 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=15429 More than 1,000 business leader, high-level government officials and representatives of private sectors as well as academics and members of civil society from across the region are expected to attend the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) to be held...

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More than 1,000 business leader, high-level government officials and representatives of private sectors as well as academics and members of civil society from across the region are expected to attend the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) to be held in Bangkok on November 2-3.

The summit, which is ASEAN’s premier annual business and investment event, will be held in conjunction with the ASEAN Summit to be hosted by Thailand. It serves as a platform for the business community to engage with ASEAN leaders, business executives, entrepreneurs and key decision-makers who are shaping and influencing ASEAN’s economy.

Prime Minister Li Keqiang of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia and Prime Minister Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei will be among the key-note speakers of the forum, to be held at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre, Muang Thong Thani.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will deliver the opening keynote address on November 2 while Group CEO of AsiaAsia Tony Fernandes will also attend as guest speaker along with several other economic, businessmen and investment experts.

The two-day conference, which is returning to Thailand after a 10-year circle, will see government leaders, private sectors and stakeholders from ASEAN and beyond identify, discuss and propose solutions to pressing issues affecting the region’s economic activity, investment and business potential.

This year’s summit will be held under the theme “Empowering ASEAN 4.0” to highlight how ASEAN member countries should seize the opportunities and face challenges in the new digital era.

The summit will also hear from Femi Owolade-Coombes, an award-winning young inventor, who will be a guest speaker. The 13-year-old British boy has been using technology to inspire a new generation of coders – from the UK to Bangladesh and beyond.

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Nearly 3 million Malaysians visited Thailand from January to September 2019 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/nearly-3-million-malaysians-visited-thailand-from-january-to-september-2019/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/nearly-3-million-malaysians-visited-thailand-from-january-to-september-2019/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:11:37 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=15426 BANGKOK: Despite the stronger Thai baht against the ringgit, a total of 2.96 million Malaysians travelled to Thailand in the first nine months of this year, contributing 75.63 billion baht (RM10.5 billion) in tourism receipts. Based on the latest statistics...

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BANGKOK: Despite the stronger Thai baht against the ringgit, a total of 2.96 million Malaysians travelled to Thailand in the first nine months of this year, contributing 75.63 billion baht (RM10.5 billion) in tourism receipts.

Based on the latest statistics from Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS), Malaysian tourist arrivals grew by 5.56 per cent from 2.80 million in the same period last year.

“A total of 75.63 billion baht in tourism receipts was recorded from January to September this year compared to 70.88 billion baht last year, an increase of 6.69 per cent,” it said.

The Thai baht has been the best performer among Asian currencies this year, strengthening more than six per cent against the US dollar.

The currency advanced as much as 0.2 per cent on Friday to 30.228 per dollar, the strongest level since May 2013.

Analysts predicted the baht would strengthen further to reach 30.50 baht against the greenback by the end of this year.

Based on the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market in Kuala Lumpur, the ringgit was traded at RM13.85 versus 100 baht on Friday.

Meanwhile, the MoTS statistics showed the highest number of tourist arrivals was from China.

A total of 8.52 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand from January to September, an increase of 1.71 per cent compared to 8.37 million tourists in the corresponding period last year.

The expenditure of Chinese tourists also rose 4.14 per cent year-on-year to 426.89 billion baht from 409.93 billion baht previously.

Meanwhile, Indian tourist arrivals recorded the highest increase for the first nine months of this year at 25.6 per cent – from 1.17 million tourists last year to 1.47 million. Indians spent 62.04 billion baht this year up to September compared to 47.30 billion baht in the year-ago period, a growth of 31.14 per cent.

For January to September this year, Thailand recorded an increase of 3.51 per cent in international tourist arrivals to 29.47 million from 28.47 million previously.

“Overall spending rose 3.45 per cent from 1.381 trillion baht in 2018 to 1.429 trillion baht this year,” MoTS said.

To boost tourist arrivals, Thailand has green-lit a six-month extension of the Visa-on-Arrival (VOA) fee waiver campaign.

On Thursday, the Thai Cabinet approved in principle the draft fee waiver extension from Oct 31 to April 30 next year.

Deputy government spokesperson Traisulee Traisaranakul said the campaign had proved successful in boosting tourist arrivals in the kingdom.

“The waiver will cost the government 10.764 billion baht in lost revenue from fee collection.

“However, it is expected to generate 144.732 billion baht revenue from the tourism sector,” she said.

A 2,000 baht VOA will be waived for visitors from Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, and Vanuatu.

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Muslims in Thai south mark 15 years since Tak Bai ‘massacre’ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/muslims-in-thai-south-mark-15-years-since-tak-bai-massacre/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/muslims-in-thai-south-mark-15-years-since-tak-bai-massacre/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:09:53 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=15423 Muslims in the conflict-blistered Thai south on Friday marked with prayers the 15th anniversary of the deaths of scores of protesters who suffocated in army trucks — an incident that galvanized an insurgency and remains an emblem of state impunity....

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Muslims in the conflict-blistered Thai south on Friday marked with prayers the 15th anniversary of the deaths of scores of protesters who suffocated in army trucks — an incident that galvanized an insurgency and remains an emblem of state impunity.

Known across Thailand’s “deep south” as the “Tak Bai massacre”, the October 25, 2004 incident remains one of the deadliest days in the rebellion by Malay-Muslims against rule by the Thai state, which colonized the provinces bordering Malaysia over a century ago.

Seventy-eight people suffocated after they were arrested and stacked on top of each other in the back of Thai military trucks, face down and with their hands tied behind their backs.

Seven more were shot dead as security forces used live rounds on a large crowd of protesters who had gathered outside a police station calling for the release of several detainees.

Yaena Salaemae, 60, remembers the day with startling clarity — of how police used water cannon and warning shots, and later kicked protesters after forcing them at gunpoint to crawl along the ground.

“They were forced to crawl with their hands tied behind their backs,” Yaena, who organized the yearly prayer marking the anniversary, told AFP. “I will never forget this day.”

The low-profile service, attended by about 100 people, included a tribute to the dead and a peace blessing.

Hajeeding Maiseng, who took part in the protest, still bears the scars — a long gash trailing his right rib and a bullet wound right below it.

“I still cannot work in my rubber plantation properly,” the 64-year-old told AFP.

Since the incident, more than 7,000 people — the majority civilians, both Muslim and Buddhist — have died in near-daily shootings, ambushes and bomb blasts as rebels fight for greater autonomy from Thailand.

Despite the high death toll, the highly localized unrest garners few international headlines.

No members of the Thai security forces have been prosecuted over the Tak Bai incident, despite a government inquiry condemning the actions of security forces on the day.

‘Like he wasn’t human’

Samsiyah Auseng, 30, wants justice for her brother Abdulhadi Auseng, who took part in the protest and was killed.

“They treated him like he wasn’t human,” she told AFP, adding that while her family had received compensation, the perpetrators should still be arrested.

Instead, Tak Bai has become synonymous with lack of accountability in a region governed by emergency laws and flooded with army and police units — a powerful recruiting tool for the insurgency.

“After 15 years of armed conflict, no government officials have been charged,” Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, director of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) which works on rights in the troubled region, told AFP.

“That has proved impunity in the Thai judicial system is the greater tragedy.”

Years of peace talks between the Thai state and a collage of rebel groups have fizzled and mistrust runs deep on both sides.

Malay Muslims, whose culture is distinct to that of Buddhist-majority Thailand, accuse security forces of routine abuses including prolonged and arbitrary detention without charge as well as extrajudicial killings.

The Thai side blames rebels for driving the tit-for-tat violence, which has seen scores of teachers killed as symbols of state influence, as well as bomb attacks on military patrols and raids on checkpoints.

The rebels, who operate in secretive local cells, have rarely taken their fight outside the border zone.

But they are suspected of involvement in a series of small, symbolic bombs in Bangkok in August during Thailand’s hosting of Southeast Asian leaders at the ASEAN summit.

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EU agrees Brexit delay to January 31, eyes formal approval on Tuesday https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/eu-agrees-brexit-delay-to-january-31-eyes-formal-approval-on-tuesday/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/eu-agrees-brexit-delay-to-january-31-eyes-formal-approval-on-tuesday/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:08:17 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=15420 BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to delay Brexit until Jan.31, said the bloc’s chairman, Donald Tusk. “The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit flex tension until 31 January 2020,”...

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to delay Brexit until Jan.31, said the bloc’s chairman, Donald Tusk.

“The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit flex tension until 31 January 2020,” Tusk said of the idea of a “flexible extension”, which means Britain could go earlier if its fractious parliament ratifies the divorce bill.

The bloc now awaits approval from London. Once that is in, a 24-hour countdown will start when member states can still object or else the decision will have been taken.

“This will allow for the decision to be formally adopted tomorrow,” an EU diplomat said.

An EU official warned, however, it might take as long as Wednesday, just a day before Britain would otherwise be due to leave the bloc on its current Oct. 31 deadline.

The decision came following a 30-minute meeting of the 27 EU ambassadors in Brussels after France dropped its objections that blocked the decision last week. Any delay to Brexit can only be granted unanimously by the 27 EU countries staying on together.

“The prospect of elections has strengthened significantly over the weekend,” a source close to French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier on Monday.

The third postponement of Brexit would come with conditions. They include a refusal to renegotiate their divorce agreement and giving a green light to the 27 capitals to meet without Britain to discuss the bloc’s future.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government on Sunday stepped up pressure on UK lawmakers to back an early election to break the impasse on Brexit three years after Britons voted to leave the EU.

A Downing Street source said the government would consider options including those proposed by opposition parties, after the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Liberal Democrats (LD) said they wanted a new poll on Dec. 9.

The delay envisages that Britain could also be out on Dec. 1 or Jan. 1, should parliament ratify the withdrawal agreement in November or December, respectively.

The bloc might ask London to name a candidate for the EU’s new executive European Commission, which is comprised of one representative from every member state and currently due to take over on Dec. 1.

More than three years after Britain voted to quit the EU, the country and its parliament remain divided over how, when and even whether to leave.

The matter has triggered a spiralling political crisis in the country where Johnson is now sparring with the House of Commons over calling an early election.

For the EU, the unprecedented loss of a member is a historic setback. But the 27 are also fed up with the intractable divorce, which is sapping time, energy and political capital that should be spent on jump-starting their economies and tackling security and other challenges.

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5 hour boat party to sail down the Chao Phraya this November https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/5-hour-boat-party-to-sail-down-the-chao-phraya-this-november/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/10/5-hour-boat-party-to-sail-down-the-chao-phraya-this-november/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:06:04 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=15416 BANGKOK — Fill both your glass of mojito and good karma points at the same time at a 5-hour river cruise party for a good cause. Set to drift down the Chao Phraya River once again on Nov. 23, the sixth...

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BANGKOK — Fill both your glass of mojito and good karma points at the same time at a 5-hour river cruise party for a good cause.

Set to drift down the Chao Phraya River once again on Nov. 23, the sixth edition of the Karma Kruise will light up the river with dazzling arrays of neon and heavy-hitting packs of house and techno music for a sunset sail.

The night will begin with a warm-up party at Baan Rim Naam in Talad Noi at 2pm, and the boat will shove off at 6:50pm. Food and drinks will be served onboard until midnight. That means, five hours of party on land, five on the water.

International DJs will lead the deck, including Cleveland from Luxembourg, Jennifer Loveless from Australia, and Teodora Van Context from Serbia. Thailand’s own talents like DJ Krit Morton and Sunju Hargun will also hit the stage with their dance beats.

But don’t worry, sane people – the organizer insists the 10-hour party marathon won’t end up as an endless playlist of EDMs.

“We carefully curate our lineups, selecting artists that may be unfamiliar to the audience but who are well-respected within the industry,” representative Luke James said. “Certainly there will be house and techno, but expect a lot of other styles to shine through as well.”

Tickets are on sale now for 1,200 baht via Ticketmelon. Attendees must be 20 and up.

Profits made will go to support various NGOs across the country. Recently, the organizer donated to the Duong Prateep Music Program, where funds will be used for music programs for underprivileged children.

Want to dance on a solid ground instead? The onshore version of the 10-hour party will be held this Saturday at About Studio on Pradit Manutham Road. Tickets are available via Ticketmelon.

The party boat is organized by Karma Klique, a group of six friends with six different nationalities who wants to set the nightlife scene on the course to do some good. They made their first voyage in 2016, which saw some 170 partygoers, before expanding to 500 for this year’s edition.

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Motorcycle-taxi drivers who repeatedly ride on sidewalks could have their queue jackets confiscated for up to three years, under a proposal being considered by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

BMA spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang discussed the idea on Friday after leading a team to conduct a survey at the Asok intersection, gathering opinions of both drivers and pedestrians.

“Every opinion will be taken into consideration. We want to know whether the people agree with the policy or not, and what their suggestions on the matter are. This is for the orderliness of Bangkok,” he said.

Pol Capt Pongsakorn and his team also invited motorcycle-taxi drivers in the Thong Lor area to voice their opinions.

A total of 10,000 flyers have been distributed to all 50 districts in Bangkok to gather opinions from motorcycle-taxi drivers and other people, according to the spokesman.

The results will be considered in the drafting of a proposal to be presented to a subcommittee on the management of motorcycle taxis on Oct 31. It will then be forwarded to the main committee co-chaired by the BMA and the Department of Land Transport.

Pol Capt Pongsakorn said the three-year ban was just an idea and still had to be thought through to ensure fairness, adding that the main committee may not agree with something so drastic.

Since July 9 last year, BMA officials have arrested 24,337 motorcyclists for pavement riding and collected about 17 million baht in fines.

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