Toronto Sun: Thai blogger facing jail time for eating bats in soup. “A Thai blogger could be jailed for up to five years for taping herself eating a whole bat in a bowl of soup. Phonchanok Srisunaklua uploaded the one minute and 40 second clip to her Gin Zap Bep Nua Nua (Eat spicy and delicious) YouTube channel where the dead animals are seen floating in a mud-coloured soup with cherry tomatoes, according to the Daily Mail.” You are welcome to Google the last name if you don’t like my sourcing; this is the only article I could find that didn’t include nauseating screen captures of her meal.
Nation Thailand: DITP launches new AI tool to evaluate Thailand’s trade prospects. “Phusit Rattanakul Seriroengrit, [Department of International Trade Promotion]’s director general, said on Friday that the DITP Business AI tool can analyse products in five categories, including agriculture, food, lifestyle and fashion, health and beauty, and industrial sectors. He said the system features a global trade analytics option which predicts export trends in the short term (three months) and long term (12 months).”
Bangkok Post: Illustration fair returns for another edition. “After its successful debut last year, the Bangkok Illustration Fair returns to please illustrators and art lovers with a myriad of creative works, from Thursday to Sunday daily from 10am to 8pm. It will take place on the 1st floor, 3rd floor and at the Main Hall on the 9th floor of Bangkok Art Cultural Centre, Pathumwan intersection. An online archive is also available…” The site is in Thai but Google Translate has no problems with it. I enjoyed the art a lot; the only downside is that this site is a bit of a slow load from America.
Straits Times: Popular Thai YouTuber flees abroad after alleged $77 million forex scam. “A popular Thai YouTuber who claimed to be a successful forex trader has reportedly fled abroad after allegedly cheating thousands of investors out of two billion baht (S$77 million). Ms Natthamon Khongchak, better known as Nutty the YouTuber, defrauded over 6,000 victims, according to Mr Phaisal Ruangrit, a lawyer who campaigns to help fraud victims.”
Washington Post: Dozens of Thai activists and supporters hacked by NSO Group’s Pegasus. “More than 30 Thai activists and supporters have been hacked with NSO Group’s potent Pegasus spyware, civil society groups said late Sunday, in the first countrywide campaign brought to light because Apple warned targeted iPhone users.”
NewsWise: Life Gets Easier with ReadMe Program that Digitizes Documents and Images Developed Right Here in Thailand
NewsWise: Life Gets Easier with ReadMe Program that Digitizes Documents and Images Developed Right Here in Thailand. “A team from Chula’s Faculty of Engineering have made use of AI Deep Tech to develop a program that scans documents and images into OCR documents. The program is more than 90% accurate when reading Thai scripts and Chula’s UTC is now ready for a spin-off to the market through Eikonnex AI Co. Ltd.”
The Malaysian Reserve: Thailand Rolls Out Fourth Covid Shot in Popular Tourist Spots. “Authorities are offering AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines in Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and seven other provinces to those who have received their third dose at least three months ago, the health ministry said. The Southeast Asian nation has already administered more than 800,000 fourth doses, mostly to healthcare workers and those in high-risk groups, official data showed.”
Vice: This Man Went Looking for a Date Who Could Infect Him With COVID. “As much of the world fights to stem the spread of the virus, one man’s quest to become infected bucks the trend. A masochistic kink perhaps? The suspicion, according to insurance officials and Thai media, is that he planned to make an insurance claim.”
Reuters: Thailand fears “tens of thousands” of new COVID-19 cases, weighs curbs. ” Thailand is considering measures such as limiting large gatherings and banning alcohol sales in restaurants to discourage customers to avert a wave of coronavirus infections, a health official said on Wednesday. The country reported 3,899 cases on Wednesday, up from an average of 2,600 daily cases towards the end of last year, and the Omicron variant itself has tripled from last month’s holiday period, government data showed.”
CNN: CNN Investigation: Tens of millions of filthy, used medical gloves imported into the US. “A months-long CNN investigation has found that tens of millions of counterfeit and second-hand nitrile gloves have reached the United States, according to import records and distributors who bought the gloves — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Criminal investigations are underway by the authorities in the US and Thailand.”
Free Malaysia Today: Thailand reviving medical tourism amid coronavirus pandemic. “With the Thai government planning to reopen the country to foreign tourists as part of its strategy of learning to live with Covid, Thai businesses aim to offer Covid-related services as well as revive medical tourism. The upscale Bumrungrad International Hospital has launched its first Covid-19 recovery clinic, offering all Covid solutions to affluent Thais and foreigners, as the government prepares to reopen the country roughly by November.”