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Thai PM wants staggered hours to continue for traffic sake

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered officials to study permanent staggered hours after the end of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic because the policy could help ease traffic congestion.

Staggered hours, working from home and learning from home could remain in the future to solve traffic problems, he said. He assigned the Education Ministry and the Ministry of Higher Education Science Research and Innovation to study staggered school hours for the purpose.

According to the prime minister, governmental organizations have introduced staggered working hours which start at 7.30am, 8.30am and 9.30am.

"Teaching for the subjects that may allow students to study at home will reduce travel time to schools and have impacts on parents' trips to send their children to schools," Gen Prayut said.
"School hours will be arranged appropriately with the ages of students... It will be another new normal way of life."

Gen Prayut said that the beginning of the new school term was still scheduled on July 1 but the government was monitoring the situation of the disease.

"I want schools to open. But what if the disease spreads again? This must also be considered," the prime minister said. (TNA)

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Thailand mall's foot-operated lifts win praise for measures to prevent coronavirus

A shopping mall in Thailand's capital Bangkok has received praise from netizens for employing a series of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including installing foot-operated control panels in its lifts.

The measures taken by Seacon Square shopping mall on Bangkok's Srinakarin Road have been widely shared online.

The foot-operated control panels in the lifts at the mall allow users to select the floor and close/open the door by pressing the pedals so as to avoid touching anything, much unlike traditional elevators.

The other measures the mall has employed include installing hand gel dispensers in front of lifts and escalators, painting guidelines on the floor in possible crowded areas to force customers to maintain a safe distance between each other, and having thermo-scanning checkpoints as required by the Public Health Ministry.

Seacon Square stated on its Facebook page that it hoped the measures would become the new normal for shopping malls nationwide as they can prevent not only the spread of Covid-19 but also other kinds of germs, while promoting better hygiene and safety among the public.

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'Hygienic' Carts Launched for a Better Street Food Culture

New street food carts unveiled Wednesday by a university come with a promise to make the food culture cleaner and more friendly to the environment.

Seven prototype carts handed to seven vendors at an event today feature built-in sink, stainless steel kitchenware, a ventilation system, lights, and a tank to store wastewater instead of disposing them into public sewage. Each cart can be either plugged into any electric socket, or run on battery power.

Rector of King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, who designed the devices, said he wants to revolutionize Thailand's street food. The industry is iconic for its cheap and diverse dishes, but also blamed for polluting the city sewers.

"Street food is the lifeblood of urbanites and of Thailand," Prof Suchatvee Suwansawat said on Wednesday. "We won't surrender to Singapore. That's why we set up a street food academy. We must be the best in the world."

The vendors to operate the first batch of these carts were selected from 2,000 people who applied for the pilot project. The program is supported by the health ministry and cashless payment operators. 

Each of the fancy carts costs 55,000 baht. Recipients were chosen for their suitable philosophy that matched the aims of making street food cleaner, and more environmentally friendly.

Meena Polsorn, 24, and her parents are among the seven street food vendors chosen by the institute. She said her parents are grilled meat vendors, and they committed to serving hygienic street food

Meena, who  dropped out of university to help her family sell the food, said she's delighted to try out the cart on Rama IV Road.

The device comes with no strings attached, and there's even a cashless purchase system, in which customers can pay for their food through Rabbit cards. The university researchers say paying without cash can reduce risks of coronavirus infections.

Naphatrapi Luangsakul, head of the university's street food academy, said dishes served by Thai street food carts are at risk of exposure to bacteria, since many vendors do not wash their hands when cooking.

Naphatrapi said the problem is addressed by the sink installed in the newly designed food carts. The tap operates through the foot paddle in order to reduce hand contact.

Another chosen street food vendor, Supatkorn Chormprasert, has been selling coffee for two years after he left a company job.

Supatkorn said he used to rent a corner at a shop house near Kasetsart University for 2,000 baht a month.With the mobile cart and electric plugs, he plans to sell at a street corner and pay for electricity from a nearby source, saving a substantial amount of rent money.   

The carts do have their drawback. A vendor said they are heavier than the usual food carts, and there's not much space for cooking.

Nevertheless, deputy public health minister Sathit Pitutecha said during the launching ceremony that he hopes the street food scenes of Thailand can keep innovating to provide Thai and foreign customers with healthier food.

Sathit noted that environmentally sustainable and hygienic equipment is too expensive for many vendors. He urged the university to come up with more economical methods to sell food while staying green at the same time. 

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We must have a 'green new normal'

Many wild animals have been seen in the open during the lockdown period. A serow takes a rest at Dieo Dai Cliff in Khao Yai National Park, which is situated mostly in Nakhon Ratchasima. (Photo courtesy of Khao Yai National Park)

Should an optimist seek any positive outcome from the Covid-19 crisis, it would not be too surprising if the answer steered towards the favourable effect on the environment.

China, the world's biggest polluter, saw its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions falling more than 18% between February and March alone and particulate matter (PM) declining by 35%. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a lung-effecting gas produced during combustion, fell by 60% in the US, Europe and China.

Moreover, posts of clean canals in Italy or images of the spotting of rare, wild animals have erupted on social media.

Such figures underscore the environmental analyst Lester Brown's hypothesis of a "stressed relationship" between the economy and the earth's natural system. When the economy blooms, the ecosystem fails and tragedies such as the death of plastic-ingesting dugongs become ubiquitous. On the other hand, the interim triumph of the ecosystem today flourishes at the expense of the crumbling economy.

Today, as the "new normal" approaches and the country is in a steady process of reviving and resetting the economy, we must not allow this "stressed relationship" to return.

This post Covid-19 world could play out in two potential scenarios.

The first scenario we could see is the abrupt resumption of the "economy first, all things (including the environment) later" mentality in which the transient environmental gains dissipate as pollution kicks back rapidly. Further, many argue that not only would emissions rekindled to pre-coronavirus levels, but they would surge higher than before. This is the "revenge pollution" phenomenon and in China, between 2008 and 2013, there is a precedent for it.

In response to the global financial crisis in 2008, the Chinese government launched a $586 billion stimulus package which focused on large-scale infrastructure projects. It led to years of Chinese industries galloping through their activities and, consequently, their emissions rates leapt. This culminated in the infamous smog or "air-pocalypse" in urban centres, namely Beijing, in the winter of 2012-13.

The second scenario is where we study the Chinese precedent to avoid this "revenge pollution", as well as prepare to turn the pandemic into an opportunity. As the economy restarts with new norms and rules, allowing the impossible to become possible, it is the best time for the green agenda to be included and incorporated into the national agenda. In this scenario, the "new normal" is also the "green new normal".

Reaching the "green new normal" can be achieved under the concept of 3As: Ascension, Assimilation and Acceleration.

Ascension: There is no doubt that the trend towards the green economy will proliferate globally and Thailand must jump on the bandwagon. It is of utmost importance that we ascend to be a global leader in certain compartments of this green economy. We need to be bold and bet on an industry where we enjoy comparative advantage.

While the solar photovoltaic (PV) panel industry is an attractive option due to its ever-increasing popularity, our capacity, from the number of specialised workforce personnel to the supply of domestic raw materials, eg silicon, must be assessed.

Thorough consideration should be given to the bio-economy industry that boasts the trinity of bioenergy, biochemicals and biopharmaceuticals.

Our comparative advantage goes no further than the fact that we possess the raw materials essential for this industry. We are the third-largest producer of palm oil, the fourth-largest producer and second-largest exporter of sugar, as well as contributing over half of the world's cassava supply.

While there are existing incentives from the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI), such as exemptions from corporate tax (five to eight years) and import duty, as well as commitments towards research and development, further initiatives can be taken. Stimulating the demand for end products is mandatory to bolster market competitiveness and attrac- tiveness.

This includes increasing the feed-in tariff rate for biogas, currently at 5.35 baht/kWh compared to 6.85 baht/kWh for solar and 6.06 baht/kWh for wind, further subsidising compostable plastics to make them price competitive with traditional polymers, as well as vigorously promoting high-value-added products (HVA) such as "phase-change material" (PCM), which are derived from palm oil and can be used as building materials.

Assimilation: The post Covid-19 "new normal" may also be a fitting time for certain reforms in governance. The satisfactory displays of many provinces' approaches to the pandemic may increase calls for further decentralisation. It is vital for the green agenda not to miss the bus.

An initiative that should be thrust into these reforms is "green budgeting", which is to assimilate environmental considerations into fiscal frameworks. This could be through directly linking each ministry's commitments to the green agenda, quantifiable by the amount of emissions saved, to the appropriations of budget. Simply, the more emissions avoided from the policies, the more money that would be received. This is akin to the concept of the already-existing Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB), set up to promote gender equality.

Acceleration: This is the most obvious and resides in the department of "easier said than done". It is to recognise the urgency of our environmental problems and acknowledge the need for an accelerator in progressing towards clean and sustainable development.

A "carrot and stick" approach may be suitable. While Thailand is not shy of the "carrot", or the encouragement of clean energy, with the Power Development Plan (PDP) neatly laying out a roadmap for the government's support of renewable energy, we are quite deficient in the "stick", or forestalling polluting sources.

A serious assessment of the carbon tax, a market-correcting and behaviour-changing tool, is necessary and is to apply to both large and small producers. Polluters have had a "free ride" for far too long from not fully paying their true costs.

The post-Covid-19 "new normal" presents a unique opportunity for the emergence of new ways and ideas, and for smart adaptations. It is also an opportunity to "right the wrong", which in this case is easing and synergising the "stressed relationship" between the economy and ecology.

With bold, innovative, and effective policies by both the government and private sector, the persistent clashes between them of yesteryear can be averted and they can prosper together, side by side.

Pornphrom Vikitsreth is a lecturer, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University.


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Ten new normal behaviors of Thai people – Suan Dusit Poll

Most Thai people have changed their tourism behavior by visiting destinations and using transport which are safe, according to an opinion poll by Suan Dusit University.

The Suan Dusit Poll conducted an online survey of 1,064 people, from May 18th to 22nd, asking them about their "new normal" behavior patterns, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 10 new normal behaviors of Thai people are as follows:

Safe tourism destinations and travel                                                                                 71.05%
Shopping at malls only if necessary and with caution                                                          61.18%
Self-protection when on public transport by rising earlier and carrying sanitizer gel               59.68%
Attend gatherings only when necessary and with greater caution                                        59.40%
Self-protection by wearing face masks, washing hands and avoiding congested places         56.39%
Choose food which is clean, safe and healthy              47.27%
Worshipping at places which are clean, not congested and on special occasions only      46.43%
Exercising regularly, eating healthy food and seeing a doctor          45.39%
Choose clean and freshly-cooked food                45.11%
Emphasis on safe workplaces and working hard   42.39%

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Is this the future we are going into, as the dailynews.co.th reports some bus fares almost double because of social distancing, the transport services have a living to make we know. but at the expense of the public. for instance, Pattaya to Nong Khai, normaly 500 baht but now 910 baht because spaces had to be left empty on the seats. will this mean more cars on the road. lets wait n see what the air fares will be.  :-[
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Quote from: thaiga on May 26, 2020, 12:55:10 PM
Is this the future we are going into, as the dailynews.co.th reports some bus fares almost double because of social distancing, the transport services have a living to make we know. but at the expense of the public. for instance, Pattaya to Nong Khai, normaly 500 baht but now 910 baht because spaces had to be left empty on the seats. will this mean more cars on the road. lets wait n see what the air fares will be.  :-[

naewna.com reports the bus company has been fined 10,000 baht for overcharging and a warning. new regulations mean buses have to go half empty due to social distancing requirements.

this ain't gonna work who is gonna make up the difference, no one will run a company at a loss. saying that i know one that does     
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time for a speech from our old friend danaboutthailand.com on the coronavirus. how will this all end and if it does how will the future look.
myself i can't see things being remotely as they was before

Do we really know what Thailand will look like post Covid-19?

It seems an entirety ago when we first heard about a coronavirus outbreak in China. I think most of us looked on in horror but felt we would somehow be protected from this outbreak. How wrong that turned out to be.

Within practically no time we went from curious, doubting the seriousness to the situation to fearful. Some, in my opinion, naively rushed to point out the fact more people were dying from road traffic accidents each day in Thailand and that we were being quarantined unfairly. I think we all have ways of dealing with situations and downplaying the significance of such a virus, a lot must be put down to underestimating just how dangerous a virus like this can be.

Regardless, what cannot be doubted is the devastation this pandemic has had on Thailand. Heartbreaking images of Thai people forced to queue in long, long lines – anything but practicing social distancing – just so they can feed themselves and families. It's downright tragic. If people cannot afford the basics of food and water, you will have to wonder how this will impact on local crime rates. Desperate people will need to do desperate things.

Thais queuing for food parcels

Business being forced to close, people losing their jobs. Whilst business that remain open are still being unprecedentedly hit.

But here is where I am worried, to what extent can we really start loosening the restrictions when there is no vaccine? At best we can hope to see provinces open for locals, but how can tourist centric locations like Samui, Phuket and Pattaya look to make any form of recovery with no tourists?

At this point, I should just clarify, this is all just my opinion based on what I am being led to believe. The outcome in Thailand over the course of this year could very well be different – but I would need convincing otherwise.

Who will want to get on a plane and do a long haul flight any time soon, I mean what psychological damage has been done to people after their enforced global lock downs? At what point will people be confident to travel again from country to country? Further more, what is the financial damage that has been done that will mean even if people wanted to travel, they just cannot afford too? We have no idea how the aviation industry is even going to emerge, I note Virgin Australia has just gone into voluntary administration as an example.

It is this mass of uncertainties and questions – and all whilst no vaccine is due for at least 12-months – that suggests the road ahead looks to be rocky. Very rocky.

What stumps me is how can we expect any recovery when there is no cure? If we start to get out and about and socialise with others the risk is the whole virus explodes up again. You don't have to be an expert to recognise this.

Does human instinct force us to become deluded?

None of us have ever experienced this so I am guessing we try and rationalise the situation based only on what we know and come up with our own answers. I think most of us think we have done the self-isolation for a month now, surely that is enough and now we can all go back to normal. But as I sit and rationalise this based on everything I am reading, how can that really be the case?

I read an interesting article where a psychologist explained why we are all probably delusional and it makes a lot of sense when looking at how people are interpreting Covid-19 and the future landscape for our lives over the next 12-months. You can read the article . We like to believe what makes us feel safer and more secure.

Accelerating Trends forcing a new Expat and Tourist dawn?

For some time certain Western business has been struggling with a declining Western tourist and shrinking retiree expat market. What this pandemic may well do is sweep away in one fell swoop those tittering on the brink for the last couple of years. It was always going to happen, it's now just happened quicker than expected.

We can expect to see more businesses close for good

Another market that has been shifting its dynamics over the years has been the bar girl, with bars hit firstly by mobile phones replacing the need for a bar for customers to connect with bar girls. Now, with these bars closed it could further push the trends towards bar girls meeting guys via different platforms. As these behaviours become embedded, it will be near impossible to ever go back to how it once was. No, scratch that, it will be impossible. The role of the bar is become obsolete to these girls. Girly bars will need to reinvent their purpose in tourist locations like Pattaya, or risk closure.

I am curious to see how these changes impact on pricing. Will venues and restaurants trim their margins even more to get more customers or will we just see less venues and restaurants, and thus meaning they can protect their margins due to fewer competitors. Good business always survives, I just have to think of the Hops on Pattaya Beach Road as case in point. But then again, Covid-19 has taught us we should now expect the unexpected and never count our chickens.

Will we see less long haul flights and Thailand again dependent upon the more local Asian, Indian and Chinese market? We just don't know how this pandemic will have scarred peoples appetite to travel in the short term.

If there was one benefit to come out of this though, it has been in allowing the world to repair itself from the years and years of human abuse.

Personally, the Covid-19 pandemic has taught, and reminded me by the same token, not to take normal life for granted. It has also shown we that we can never be surprised by big things happening to impact not just Thailand but the rest of the world.

I am quite sure now that I will see something of such gravitas again in my lifetime, only this time it won't quite be as shocking. The world will have learned.

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a bundle of fun - no shouting but stay 1-2 metres distance - i'm sure it will all work out fine ::)

Health Ministry suggests New Normal ways to visit beaches during pandemic
(NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health is urging the general public visiting beaches and natural tourism attractions not to let their guard down, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as mask wearing, frequent hands washing and social distancing.

The Department of Health Director General Panpimol Wipulakorn has announced measures at beaches to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which are primarily hygiene measures, mask wearing and social distancing.

Visitors to beaches may stay close to their group, but should maintain distance from other visitors. They are encouraged to carry alcohol gel or find a hand washing location, as well as bringing a small bag to carry their garbage away with them disposal at designated areas.

These measures were announced after crowding at some beaches after Phase 3 of restriction relaxation was implemented on 1st June.

The Department of Health is working with related agencies and vendors to draft public health guidelines for tourist attractions and beaches, serving as a manual for local administrations and authorized agencies.

With the new guidelines, beaches must impose a limit on the maximum number of visitors, to prevent crowding, ensure distance between different activity areas, such as beach chair areas and beach towel areas, enforce social distancing measures, to ensure visitors who are not together stay 1-2 meters apart, and limit the number of visitors swimming or engaging in riding banana boats, boating or floating on rubber rings.

Service staff and visitors must wear a face mask at all times on the beach, wash their hands frequently, refrain from shouting, maintain 1-2 meters distance between one another on the beach and in the water. Vulnerable people, such as elders and patients with respiratory diseases, should refrain from visiting during a busy period and limit the length of their visit.

Anyone feeling ill, with a fever, a cough, sneeze, runny nose, or breathing difficulties should not visit a tourist attraction and see a doctor.

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Recovery after Covid-19: Let's make it green
The world is caught in an unprecedented crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across our planet, causing enormous human tragedy and economic losses. The focus is now on fighting the pandemic and its immediate consequences. The good news is that Thailand seems to have managed to contain the virus within reasonable limits. Also in Europe, the worst seems to be over. The focus is starting to shift towards how to rebuild our economies. The decision by the Thai government to activate phase 4 of its recovery plan forms an important milestone in this endeavour.

But while doing so, we should not lose sight of the fact that while all our attention was rightly focused on the Covid-19 crisis, other pre-existing crises did not miraculously disappear. Earlier this year, the 2020 Global Risks Report published by the World Economic Forum ranks the highest risks perceived by more than 750 global experts and decision-makers and for the first time, the top five global risks for the next decade were climate- and environment-related. We can expect that whenever the Covid-19 pandemic will subside, these issues will reclaim their position on top of the agenda. The economic slow-down of the last few months had a positive impact on the environment, with PM2.5 levels dwindling and turtles and fish reappearing on certain Thai islands. This is of course very positive, but unfortunately not a structural reversal. The same is true for the levels of CO2 emissions. Temporarily lower, but not for structural reasons. At the end of January, Antarctica experienced its first ever heat wave with temperatures above zero degrees for three consecutive days and nights. The summer of 2019 was the hottest ever in Europe, while in the Netherlands temperatures reached 40.7C, the hottest day on record. So if the climate crisis temporarily disappeared from the headlines, it did not from our planet.

Globally, trillions of dollars are being set aside to provide immediate relief to those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and stimulate the recovery of the economy. This represents a unique opportunity to link the measures taken to address the immediate crisis of Covid-19 with the worsening climate crisis.

Eric Wiebes, the Dutch minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and 16 of his EU colleagues stated: "We should withstand the temptations of short-term solutions in response to the present crisis that risk locking the EU in a fossil fuel economy for decades to come". Many others have expressed similar views. The European recovery package being discussed also reflects the ambition to support the EU climate policies and the European Green Deal.

The reasoning behind this linkage is that the recovery packages after all are financed by public funds, making it justifiable to include the public interest in the equation. For example, the Dutch parliament, debating a support of €2 to 4 billion to the national airline KLM, demanded from the government to ask for a cut in short flights that might as well be covered by train, and for an increase in the use of biofuels in return for this support. Similar debates about green recovery and building a better future are taking place in other capitals. These debates are spurred by climate considerations but also by sheer economic logic. In a recent report from the University of Oxford, the authors including Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern argue that green projects not only are better for the climate, but do also generate more jobs, deliver higher short-term rates of return and increased longer-term savings than more traditional fiscal stimulus measures.

This debate is important for all countries and even more so for countries highly vulnerable to climate change like the Netherlands and Thailand. According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2020 of Germanwatch, Thailand ranks 8th on the list of countries most affected by extreme weather events in the last two decades. In a recent study from Climate Central, it is stated that by 2050, more than 12 million people living in and around Bangkok will be below the average annual flood level because of sea level rise. The present drought affecting Thailand is the worst in 40 years and expected to cost 46 billion baht, according to Krungsri Bank Research. The design of the Covid-19 response package of almost 2 trillion baht offers therefore a great opportunity to link recovery to sustainability. The remarks of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made at the opening of the recent session of Escap about the need to build back better point in the right direction.

We are all struggling with the choices to be made in the coming weeks and months on how to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Our common endeavour should be to combine the short-term requirements for a quick economic recovery with the longer-term necessities of designing a more sustainable and climate-friendly development model.

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not sure about this, you'd have to stand still in the elevator or you might be going up n down all day, people can use MagikTuch by holding their hand over the floor button at a distance of 2-3 centimetres  :o

A touchless elevator button to prevent infections

National Security and Dual-Use Technology Centre (NSD) has developed "MagikTuch", a touchless elevator button to protect people from contagious diseases.

NSD director Dr Siwaruk Siwamogsatham, said that many diseases can be transmitted through secretions on various objects, such as door knob and elevator button.

"Therefore, avoiding touching risky spots can help reduce risk of infection and contain the spread of diseases," he said.

full article  nationthailand.com
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Will office buildings ever be the same? Empire State offers clues
(Reuters) - The Empire State Building has been a symbol of America's economic might for almost 90 years. Of late, it's also become a symbol of its struggle with the coronavirus. The once jam-packed 102 stories of the 1,454 ft (443m) Art Deco skyscraper sit mostly empty in a city in shock from the country's worst outbreak of COVID-19. Its spire has been lit up with red-and-white flashes to honor emergency workers, a siren in Midtown Manhattan.

A week into New York's second phase of post-lockdown re-opening, dozens of the companies with office space in one of the world's most famous buildings are trying to figure out when, how - even whether - to come back.  full article  reuters.com

The Future Of Office Space 'Will Be Different After Coronavirus Pandemic Jun 5, 2020

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Thais flock to new drive-in cinema amid coronavirus

Vehicles are parked at the first drive-in movie theatre for people to enjoy movies while keeping social distancing amid the spread of the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

Keen for the big screen but wary of COVID-19, Thai film fans flocked to a new drive-in cinema on Thursday (Jul 2), which offered a novel cooling system to help combat the discomfort of being confined to cars on a hot and stuffy night.

About 80 vehicles pulled up in a car park to attend Bangkok's inaugural outdoor screening of the Trolls World Tour, part of a special four-day offering for moviegoers who want to avoid indoor theatres.

To beat the tropical heat, organisers created a network of plastic pipes in the parking lot connected to dozens of smaller, flexible tubes, to channel cool air into cars through gaps in the windows.

With evening temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and 78 per cent humidity, Sasanan Thanasankulang said she wasn't sure what level of comfort to expect from the makeshift theatre.

"I came with my mother, I wanted to bring her to experience the new drive-in movie theatre," she said.

"We were curious about how this drive-in movie theatre could deal with the hot and humid weather, and we didn't turn on the engine."

full article channelnewsasia.com
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bit more on the drive in movie - 1,200 baht a car, 2 people which i believe you get drinks and the popcorn  ;D

Enjoy the 'Trolls' from your car this weekend

SF Cinema and CAT Telecom have adapted to the "new normal" by launching the "CAT Drive-in Cinema" at Bangkok's Crystal Design Centre from Thursday to Sunday (July 5).

The country's first ever drive-in cinema will show DreamWorks' "Trolls World Tour" animated film, with the soundtrack broadcast via each car's audio system.

Cars will not have to be turned on because a cooling system has been made available outdoors.

Tickets go for Bt1,200 per car for two people.

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Post-lockdown cinema looks a lot like the Galactic Senate from 'Star Wars'
Oma Cinema has unveiled a new, futuristic movie theater design that is set to launch in Paris, France next year – however, it looks like something straight out of a Star Wars movie.
full article  nme.com

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Global economic recovery may take five years, World Bank chief economist says

(Reuters) - The global economic recovery from the crisis originated by the coronavirus pandemic may take as much as five years, the World Bank's chief economist Carmen Reinhart said on Thursday.

"There will probably be a quick rebound as all the restriction measures linked to lockdowns are lifted, but a full recovery will take as much as five years," Reinhart said in a remote intervention during a conference held in Madrid.

Reinhart said the pandemic-caused recession will last longer in some countries than in others and will exacerbate inequalities as the poorest will be harder hit by the crisis in rich countries and the poorest countries will be harder hit than richer countries.

For the first time in twenty years, global poverty rates will rise following the crisis, she added.

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The office block has had its day. But what will replace it?
Does a Christian need a church? Does a shopper need a shop? Does an office worker need an office block? We know these places help bring people together and can deepen the experience. But when the coronavirus has passed I believe the truth will be revealed. Technology means that we can perform most of these tasks from anywhere, including home.

After the first lockdown, surveys suggested that the office's days were numbered. Since the 1990s, the internet has supposedly liberated white-collar workers from their desks, but it has taken a pandemic to truly break the ritual. When the initial lockdown ended in the summer and Boris Johnson ordered the nation back to work, surveys in July reported that most workers wanted to split their time between working at home and in the office. Even so, there was an assumption that most businesses would eventually return to almost pre-pandemic practices.

The second lockdown is making this most unlikely. This week, YouGov published a survey carried out in October, before the new lockdown was announced, which found support for the office had collapsed. A mere 7% of workers want to return to five-day office hubs rather than new hybrid arrangements. Fifty percent dislike commuting and 72% suggested comfort as the major benefit of working from home. A majority accepted that creativity and teamwork were diluted, but a quarter enjoyed having more time away from colleagues. The chief opposition was from bosses, with only 13% believing they can "manage or train teams as effectively when working remotely".

full article theguardian.com
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Top leaders talk life after the Covid-19 crisis
Key industry players voice optimism 'Beyond the Pandemic'.

Michael MacDonald
Chief digital officer at Huawei Southeast Asia

Many of the digital habits which people have learned from Covid-19 will not go away once the crisis is over, he said.

"What we learned from the digital world is once users get used to ways of dealing with online services, they rarely go back.

"Don't expect a return to the ways we did things before and people are going to continue to engage with each other using these new online services like TikTok and Zoom," Mr MacDonald said.

He said trends like a reliance on at-home broadband, the transition to digital payments, and communicating through online channels will likely continue well after the pandemic ends.

"We are hoping in 2021, we will see governments and operators come up with plans to alleviate initial investments to bring these ideas forward," Mr MacDonald said.

Aloke Lohia
Group chief executive of Indorama Ventures

Some of the best years for business are following a crisis, said Mr Lohia.

"Both 2009 and 2010 were remarkable years for industries following the 2008 financial crisis, partly driven by government stimulus spending," he said. "I think we can see a similar snap back in the economy in the second half of 2021."

IVL's total sales volume increased by 4% this year compared to 2019 due to the surge in demand for fast moving consumer goods and non-durable plastics being used for food delivery and e-commerce, which have done very well during the pandemic. However, overall profits were down, due to a variety of factors related to the pandemic.

"Once the anxiety was over, we managed the best ways we could and we came out stronger."

Harald Link
Chairman of B.Grimm Group

Moving forward, governments and businesses should focus on stopping future pandemics to avoid economic and environmental devastation, said Mr Link.

To do this, he urged the Ministry of Natural Resources to stop the wildlife trade, seen as the cause of Covid-19 or the ongoing African Horse Sickness and previous epidemics like Sars and Ebola.

"This pandemic was not that bad, as less than 3% of people died, compared to African horse sickness that killed 90% of horses infected," Mr Link said. "We have to protect ourselves against future pandemics by stopping the wildlife trade."

He also urges the government to cut red tape to allow more people to enter the country while still maintaining safety regulations.

"Diabetes and motorcycle accidents are huge causes of death in Thailand, but the government does not regulate it to the same extreme level like with Covid," he said. "I think Thailand can have the cake and eat it too -- keep people safe, while still letting people into the country."

Suphajee Suthumpun
Group chief executive of Dusit Thani Plc

Hospitality businesses are currently emerging from a "K-shaped" recovery in the hospitality sector, said Ms Suphajee.

Some business owners will soar while others are likely to take an even harder beating. "It depends on how operators can adjust and adapt to cope with the changes and grow very well after that," said Ms Suphajee.

She said the industry heavily relies on international arrivals. Two-thirds of the country's three-trillion-baht tourism revenue came from 39.8 million foreign tourists in 2019 which amounts to 12% of GDP.

Now, the international tourism market is nearly gone. Tourist arrivals are forecast to plunge to 6.7 million people as the country was able to do business in welcoming visitors only the first two months of this year before the pandemic struck. Domestic travel is also revised down to 75 million trips. The impacts of Covid-19 are longer lasting that those of similar, high-impact diseases.

Ms Suphajee said the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity brought on by Covid-19 have spurred hospitality business operators into reviewing their business plans to reflect the tremendous changes they need to adapt to in future.

Dusit is balancing its hotel portfolio, diversifying business segments and expanding both its business footprint and spectrum of services.

The company has designed a financial model to survive and stay resilient. She added a new model of business organisation is in order, one that is lean and able to match skillset and mindsets with the right people.

Dusit also focuses on the investment in information technology to run the company to meet future demands and enhance customer experiences. She also said the pandemic also made travellers focus on health and wellness which raises a promising possibility of partnerships between hospitality businesses and hospitals, for example.

Dr Boon Vanasin
Chairman of Thonburi Healthcare Group Plc (THG)

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) of hospital businesses worldwide and in Thailand will continue post-pandemic so the industry can cut costs and stay afloat, said Dr Boon.

The pandemic has hit many small and medium-sized hospitals in their pocket, right where it hurts the most. The lifeline is in M&A.

Some hospitals branched out into healthcare businesses and invested in nursing homes to serve an ageing society. Many hospitals seek business partners to diversify their businesses.

They want to join hotel and tourism firms which could help all of them survive, he said. Dr Boon said the government's policy to promote world-class medical healthcare and wellness services is a boon to the hospital business as well. "It will benefit the country for many years," he said.

The THG focuses on healthcare and wellness businesses as the ageing society is fast approaching.

"The hospital in the future will also have nursing homes," he said, adding the THG runs the Jin Wellbeing County, which is a retirement home project in Pathum Thani.

THG expects the government will allow foreigners to travel to Thailand as soon as possible. It has a long list of people waiting to travel to Thailand for medical treatment. They include 5,000 from China.

Healthcare businesses and the hospital are embracing changes as they adjust to the new normal ushered in by the pandemic.

Hospitals will move into a crucial phase of adapting to Covid 19-imposed-changes as they look to introduce technology and innovations to their businesses for sustainable operation and growth.

Among the tangible changes are virtual health, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), electronic implants, genomic analysis, 3D printing, brain computer interface and the next generation of Siri and Alexas," he said.

THG plans to deliver advanced care and services to customers, he added

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