‘New normal’ of eating must be practical

Urairat Jantarasiri Eating out with friends and families, once a happy occasion, has now become like an adventure as the joy is laced by constant health safety concerns, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic that refuses to go away. What we need is not only a set of new rules to ensure that the restaurants and […]

Criminal law misused in public policies

Siranan Dechakupt If Thailand wants to preserve its fastdwindling forests, it pays to ponder if it’s insane to repeat the same policy that has failed for decades, yet still expect it to succeed. The forest laws, for example. The draconian forest law and regulations are based on the fierce belief that humans and natural forests […]

Face mask crisis of another design

Kannika ThampanishvongWichsinee Wibulpolprasert Medical face masks keep us safe from the new coronavirus. Discarding of soiled masks improperly, however, not only harms the environment, but also people. Our carelessness can come back to harm us with a vengeance. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, medical face masks were used primarily by public health personnel. Now, the public […]

Save informal workers, save economy

Boondhariga ChonpitakwongWorawan Chandoevwit Unstable income and health risks are no strangers to highway stall vendors, but this year’s pandemic underscores the policy urgency to provide them and other 38 million informal workers with better life and work security. Highway stall vendors always look forward to long holidays, because they bring more tourists on the roads […]

How to protect over 2 million migrant workers in Thailand from Covid-19

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yongyuth Chalamwong As Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, Thai people who work abroad in 119 countries have been affected by prevention measures, such as country lockdown, border closure, international flight restriction, ban on social grouping, obligatory face mask wearing, and social distancing, that have been enforced in almost every country. […]

Covid-19 emphasizes the need to bridge the digital divide and reduce online educational inequality

Dr. Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu Amid the Covid-19 global outbreak, governments around the world, including Thailand, have put in place “semi-lockdown” and social distancing measures to stop the spread of the virus. This leads to the closing of public places, including universities, to prevent social gathering. Universities have, consequently, turned to online teaching so that students can […]

Lockdown peril haunts abusive homes

Boonwara Sumano Chenphuengpawn In effect, everyone is forced to stay at home for a period of 40 days. There’s the real possibility that period will be extended if the situation does not improve sufficiently by the end of April. For some people, staying at home may help protect them from the virus, but at the same […]

Fit-to-fly doesn’t prevent COVID-19 but is an increased burden to Thais abroad

To prevent people infected with COVID-19 from entering Thailand, The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced that Thai people abroad who wish to return to Thailand must present 2 documents to the airline: a medical certificate confirming that they are healthy enough to travel, and a travel certificate issued by the Embassy of Thailand, […]

Government must mobilize resources to solve the COVID-19

Government must mobilize resources to solve the COVID-19 crisis and ease people’s suffering in a comprehensive and straight-to-the point manner Academics from Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) who have been anxiously following the COVID-19 pandemic suggest that the outbreak situation in Thailand may soon enter a critical level as the number of infected and sick […]

Lifelong learning key to future economy

Ployroong Lerttaweepornkul If you think disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation only affect lower-skilled workers, not professionals like you, think again.True, the widespread use of robotics and automation has hit manufacturing workers hard as it forges ahead to put millions in routine, repetitive tasks out of work. But when an online healthcare […]

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