Suicide d’Arnaud Dubus, correspondant à Bangkok, symptôme d’une profession à l’agonie

“Notre camarade et confrère Arnaud Dubus est mort. Le lundi 29 avril, cet ancien journaliste de 55 ans, qui travaillait depuis peu comme porte-parole adjoint à l’ambassade de France en Thaïlande, est sorti de son bureau de la chancellerie en laissant son sac et son téléphone. Il a pris une moto-taxi jusqu’à la station de … Continue reading “Suicide d’Arnaud Dubus, correspondant à Bangkok, symptôme d’une profession à l’agonie”

3 dedicated trade shows for built industry – BMAM Expo Asia 2019, K-Fire & Safety Expo Bangkok 2019 and LED Expo Thailand 2019 + Light ASEAN

May 23, 2019 Picture:  BANGKOK –( ASIA TODAY )– IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. (“IMPACT”) in collaboration with MEX Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. (“MEX”) and EXCO Co., Ltd. (“EXCO”), are all set to for BMAM Expo Asia 2019 (BMAM”), K-Fire & Safety Expo Bangkok 2019 (“K-Fire”) and LED Expo Thailand 2019 + Light ASEAN (“LED Expo”). … Continue reading “3 dedicated trade shows for built industry – BMAM Expo Asia 2019, K-Fire & Safety Expo Bangkok 2019 and LED Expo Thailand 2019 + Light ASEAN”

THINKLIGHT forum: A top lineup of speakers assembled from the lighting community

May 23, 2019 Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition will once again welcome fairgoers to its renowned THINKLIGHT event programme. This year the organisers have invited some of the leading figures from the lighting community to contribute to the programme through a lineup of talks, presentations and panel discussions. The concurrent event programme promises to be an … Continue reading “THINKLIGHT forum: A top lineup of speakers assembled from the lighting community”

NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia

May 22, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NIPPON Platform Co., Ltd. (CEO: Jun Takagi, Tokyo, Japan) established the subsidiary “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia on 8 May 2019. This is the ninth overseas branch for NIPPON Platform. “Making Japan into a cashless society” and “Revitalizing local societies and rural development with small and medium-sized retailers” are the motto … Continue reading “NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia”

Thai Wah Public Company Limited Acquired 33.3% Shares in Tapioca Development Corporation Limited from Japan Corn Starch, Tokyo Japan

May 22, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thai Wah Public Company Limited (“TWPC”), a listed company in Thailand, informed Japan Corn Starch (“JCS”) of its intention to acquire JCS’s 33.3% shares in Tapioca Development Corporation Limited (“TDC”) in order to potentially relocate the factory located in Pattaya Beach, Thailand, based on the expiration of the original lease agreement … Continue reading “Thai Wah Public Company Limited Acquired 33.3% Shares in Tapioca Development Corporation Limited from Japan Corn Starch, Tokyo Japan”

Iraq: Beyond Oil and ISIS

by Austin Bodetti As Iraq continues its lengthy recovery from a ruinous four-year showdown between the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and an American-led coalition, Iraqi officials are determining which aspect of their country’s reconstruction to prioritize. Among the most pressing challenges remains confronting the twin phenomena of climate change and environmental degradation, problems that … Continue reading “Iraq: Beyond Oil and ISIS”

Palestinians Won’t Buy Economic Peace

by Mitchell Plitnick On Sunday, the Trump administration said that it would release the economic component of the “deal of the century” in late June. That statement is a walkback of an earlier pledge to release the whole plan after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which end on … Continue reading “Palestinians Won’t Buy Economic Peace”

Here’s How This Father Is Crowdfunding His Taekwondo Champ Daughter’s Olympic Dream!

There is no shortage of sporting talent in India, but sadly, factors like lack of encouragement, uncertain prospects and minimal financial support nip the dream right in the bud for countless sportspersons. 14-year-old Shreya Jadhav from Mumbai aims to represent India and clinch the gold in taekwondo at the 2024 Olympics. She is already India’s … Continue reading “Here’s How This Father Is Crowdfunding His Taekwondo Champ Daughter’s Olympic Dream!”

MOC crafts exhibition deepens cultural exchanges with Southeast Asia

An exhibition highlighting Southeast Asian crafts kicked off May 17 at the National Tainan Living Art Center in southern Taiwan, underscoring government efforts to deepen cultural and people-to-people exchanges with the region.   Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the Southeast Asia Aesthetics Living Exhibition spotlights bamboo weaving, fabric dyeing and traditional musical instruments from … Continue reading “MOC crafts exhibition deepens cultural exchanges with Southeast Asia”

Thailand Soars to Asia’s No. 4 for International Conventions with Over 50 Billion Bt of Q2 2019 Revenue

May 18, 2019 Picture:  15 May 2019 Bangkok – Thailand’s MICE has soared to Asia’s no. 4 for international conventions with the number of meetings that reached 193. In Quarter 2, Thai MICE has continually grown in terms of volume and revenue. The number of domestic and foreign MICE travellers totalling 8 million has contributed … Continue reading “Thailand Soars to Asia’s No. 4 for International Conventions with Over 50 Billion Bt of Q2 2019 Revenue”

More than 12,000 buyers visit 2019 Medical and Healthcare Fair

May 15, 2019 Picture:  16 May 2019 – The 10th HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA), finished its three-day run (14 to 16 May) today. The fair welcomed more than 12,000 … Continue reading “More than 12,000 buyers visit 2019 Medical and Healthcare Fair”

ACA Leaders Forum 2019: Unlocking Potential for Cosmetics Businesses in Southeast Asia

May 14, 2019 Singapore, 14 May 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– In just two months, trade professionals from the cosmetics and personal care industry will gather in Singapore for the ACA Leaders Forum 2019. Organised by Southeast Asia’s cosmetics association – ASEAN Cosmetics Association (ACA), the event will take place on 24 July in the … Continue reading “ACA Leaders Forum 2019: Unlocking Potential for Cosmetics Businesses in Southeast Asia”

Chinese Tourists Can Now Pay with Alipay at More Than 300,000 Merchants in Japan, Six Times More Than a Year Ago

May 14, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alipay, the world’s leading payment and lifestyle platform operated by Ant Financial, has connected more than 300,000 Japanese merchants as of early 2019 with tourists from Chinese mainland paying through the Alipay app. This was an increase of about 500 percent compared with the beginning of 2018, when 50,000 merchants in … Continue reading “Chinese Tourists Can Now Pay with Alipay at More Than 300,000 Merchants in Japan, Six Times More Than a Year Ago”

Indonesia Is ASEAN’s Fastest Growing Smartphone Market

May 13, 2019 Picture:  Indonesia is now Southeast Asia’s fastest growing market for smartphones, according to market research firm Canalys. The country experienced a 17-per cent growth from 2017 to 2018, while its neighbour Thailand experienced a 13-per cent decrease in last year’s fourth quarter. “The smartphone market in Indonesia is the best in Southeast … Continue reading “Indonesia Is ASEAN’s Fastest Growing Smartphone Market”

Islam and Environmentalism

by Austin Bodetti Across the Global South, community leaders, politicians, and scientists are wrestling with how to rally their compatriots to combat climate change and prepare their countries for the dangers of environmental degradation. In several corners of the Muslim world, academics and environmentalists have looked for inspiration from a source that has mobilized countless … Continue reading “Islam and Environmentalism”

Building the Thailand Future of Healthcare in Medical Devices ASEAN 2019, The exhibition and conference on medical industry

May 09, 2019 Picture:  IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. is all geared up for the second edition of Medical Devices ASEAN (“MDA”). The international exhibition and conference on medical devices, technologies, service solutions and general healthcare under the theme, “Building the Future of Healthcare”, with strong support from various medicals associations, will take place from … Continue reading “Building the Thailand Future of Healthcare in Medical Devices ASEAN 2019, The exhibition and conference on medical industry”

Global Game of Thrones

by John Feffer I was surprised to learn that Dagmar Havlova had become a monarchist. In 1990, when I first met the sister-in-law of Czech playwright and later president Vaclav Havel, she was a spokesperson for Civic Forum, the movement that would guide Czechoslovakia from communism to democracy. Virtually everyone in the country at the … Continue reading “Global Game of Thrones”

The JCPOA One Year after U.S. Withdrawal

by Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon The agreement to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) is an essential building block for restoring vital U.S. national security interests and commitments to allies. An American president should put in place this building block expeditiously. The U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA … Continue reading “The JCPOA One Year after U.S. Withdrawal”

Republic of Korea Pledges $355 Million to Support ASEAN Green Infrastructure and Ocean Health

May 05, 2019 Picture:  NADI, FIJI (4 May 2019) — Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Mr. Takehiko Nakao and the Republic of Korea Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Nam-ki Hong today signed a Declaration of Intent to support green infrastructure in Southeast Asia. The Republic of Korea pledged $350 million for cofinancing and $5 million grant … Continue reading “Republic of Korea Pledges $355 Million to Support ASEAN Green Infrastructure and Ocean Health”

Can Recycling Save Lebanon?

by Austin Bodetti Lebanon’s problems with waste collection have become notorious. After Beirut’s primary landfill closed in 2015 without a backup, what Lebanese dubbed “garbage mountains” engulfed the capital. The Lebanese government’s impromptu solutions, such as dumping refuse into the Mediterranean Sea, are no long-term fix. Many Lebanese consider recycling the most viable alternative to … Continue reading “Can Recycling Save Lebanon?”

Taiwan, US, Japan stage GCTF workshop on drug-resistant TB

The Global Cooperation and Training Framework workshop on drug-resistant tuberculosis got underway April 30 in Taipei City, bringing together international experts and officials to discuss best practices and the latest ideas on managing the public health challenge.   Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, … Continue reading “Taiwan, US, Japan stage GCTF workshop on drug-resistant TB”

High Levels of Toxic PFAS Chemicals Pollute Breast Milk Around the World

Decades after DuPont and 3M first discovered that the perfluorinated chemicals making them fortunes could be transmitted from mothers to babies, millions of women around the world are passing dangerous amounts of these toxic compounds to their children, according to a report published on Monday. Women’s breast milk in many countries now contains chemicals belonging to a … Continue reading “High Levels of Toxic PFAS Chemicals Pollute Breast Milk Around the World”

United Nations launches project to boost women’s entrepreneurship in Cambodia

Apr 29, 2019 Phnom Penh (ESCAP news) – The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Cambodia, today launched a new project to support the growth of women entrepreneurs as a strategy for poverty reduction, social well-being and sustainable economic … Continue reading “United Nations launches project to boost women’s entrepreneurship in Cambodia”

Taipei AMPA 2019 6-in-1 Show Surpasses Previous Show Grand exhibition takes place at TaiNEX 1 and TaiNEX 2

Apr 26, 2019 Picture:  The Taipei AMPA 2019 6-in-1 Show, organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), will be held April 24 to 27 (Taipei AMPA, AutoTronics Taipei, Taiwan ITS, Taiwan EVS) and April 25 to 28 (Taiwan Motorcycle and Taiwan Car Tuning) at TaiNEX 1 and TaiNEX 2. Taipei AMPA is the … Continue reading “Taipei AMPA 2019 6-in-1 Show Surpasses Previous Show Grand exhibition takes place at TaiNEX 1 and TaiNEX 2”

Globetrotting Couple Travel Across 170 Countries Without Quitting Their Jobs!

“Travelling does not always have to be a route to escape. It can also be one leading to unimaginable discoveries!” exclaims a 45-year-old couple who has travelled almost the entire world. Meet Sangeetha Ranganath and Prasanna Veeraswamy, who travelled to almost 170 countries together, all the while keeping their full time jobs intact. Sangeetha and … Continue reading “Globetrotting Couple Travel Across 170 Countries Without Quitting Their Jobs!”

2019 Creative Expo Taiwan unveils the Cultural & Creative Award winners

Apr 26, 2019 Picture:  26 April, 2019, Taipei, TAIWAN –( ASIA TODAY )– 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan announces five Best of Cultural & Creative Award winners. The five Best winners were awarded trophies at the ceremony in S Hotel Taipei on the evening of April 25, along with twenty-five other Cultural & Creative Award winners … Continue reading “2019 Creative Expo Taiwan unveils the Cultural & Creative Award winners”

India’s First Right-To-Healthcare Law: What It Means & Why You Should Care

Article 21 of the Constitution guarantees protection of life and personal liberty to every citizen. Under the laws of this country, the State is obligated to maintain basic health services for all citizens, but how often does it deliver? Ironically, in a country where tens of millions are pushed into the jaws of poverty every … Continue reading “India’s First Right-To-Healthcare Law: What It Means & Why You Should Care”

240 graphic IP brands exhibit at 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan

Apr 25, 2019 Picture:  Fair On the Move – Licensing in Taipei Expo Park – Expo Dome, April 24-28 25 April 2019, Taipei, TAIWAN –( ASIA TODAY )– The annual Creative Expo Taiwan IP licensing exhibition takes place again at Taipei Expo Park – Expo Dome from April 24 to 28. A total of 240 … Continue reading “240 graphic IP brands exhibit at 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan”

More dry years ahead for South-East Asia – New UN-ASEAN study reveals slow but devastating impacts of drought in the region

Apr 25, 2019 Mandalay (ESCAP news) – Future scenarios of drought in many parts of South-East Asia may become even more frequent and intense if actions are not taken now to build resilience, according to the latest joint study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the … Continue reading “More dry years ahead for South-East Asia – New UN-ASEAN study reveals slow but devastating impacts of drought in the region”

Trump’s Tariffs on Chinese Washing Machines Created 1800 Jobs, While Costing American Consumers $1.5 Billion

President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported washing machines has had an odd effect: It raised prices on washing machines, as expected, but also drove up the cost of clothes dryers, which rose by US$92 last year. What appears to have happened, according to new research from economists at the University of Chicago … Continue reading “Trump’s Tariffs on Chinese Washing Machines Created 1800 Jobs, While Costing American Consumers $1.5 Billion”

THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2019 returns with a greater business focus and an elevated trade show experience to equip visitors for the future of F&B

Apr 23, 2019 Picture:  Enhancements to Hosted Buyer Program and VIP services, new supporting programs, and an inaugural innovation and start-up zone to bring greater value to buyers, exhibitors and visitors BANGKOK, April 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The largest dedicated food and beverage (F&B) trade show in the region, THAIFEX-World of Food Asia, is set … Continue reading “THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2019 returns with a greater business focus and an elevated trade show experience to equip visitors for the future of F&B”

Relativity’s 3D Printed Terran 1 Rocket to Launch mu Space’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite

Apr 23, 2019 Picture:  April 23, 2019 10:00 PM Hong Kong Time – LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Relativity, the world’s first autonomous rocket factory and launch services leader for satellite constellations, today announced a partnership with mu Space, the innovative Thai satellite and space technology company, to launch a satellite to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) on Relativity’s … Continue reading “Relativity’s 3D Printed Terran 1 Rocket to Launch mu Space’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite”

Houseware Fair and Home Textiles Fair draw close to 47,000 buyers

Apr 23, 2019 Picture:  23 April 2019 – The 34th HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair and the 10th HKTDC Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair, both organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), drew to a successful close today. Over a four-day period (20-23 April), the two fairs welcomed close to … Continue reading “Houseware Fair and Home Textiles Fair draw close to 47,000 buyers”

China’s Grand Naval Parade Marred by Heavy Smog

 US Navy skipped the event but everyone else — including South Korea, Japan and Australia — thought better than to snub the Chinese Editor’s note: Last year for the 69th anniversary of their modern navy the Chinese staged a massive Beijing-only parade in the contested South China Sea. Having made their point, they this year for the 70th anniversary … Continue reading “China’s Grand Naval Parade Marred by Heavy Smog”

#FoodSecrets: Bamboo Rice Tastes like Wheat & Grows Just Twice or Thrice in a Century!

Did you know that bamboo rice – traced back to Odisha – grows only twice or thrice in a hundred years? This unique variety of rice was last seen in the state in 1979, nearly forty years ago! The fiber-rich and calorie-dense kernels of bamboo rice are also found in parts of Karnataka, locally known … Continue reading “#FoodSecrets: Bamboo Rice Tastes like Wheat & Grows Just Twice or Thrice in a Century!”

Thailand’s MICE industry celebrates success of IEEE PES GTD ASIA 2019 event

Apr 22, 2019 Picture:  Big thumbs up from world’s largest power generation conference held outside America for first time BANGKOK, April 22, 2019 — Thailand’s MICE industry is basking in the glow after successfully organising the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Generation Transmission and Distribution (GTD) Grand International … Continue reading “Thailand’s MICE industry celebrates success of IEEE PES GTD ASIA 2019 event”

Grab and NKF Come Together Anew for a Good Cause

Apr 22, 2019 Kuala Lumpur, April 2019 – Following the successful campaign last year, Grab Malaysia and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Malaysia are joining hands once again in raising funds to purchase a dialysis machine for the poor kidney failure patients in NKF. The collaboration between Malaysia’s first non-governmental organisation to offer haemodialysis … Continue reading “Grab and NKF Come Together Anew for a Good Cause”

Taxes on sugary beverages are not enough on their own to halt march of obesity in Asia

New taxes on sugary drinks won’t alone solve obesity issues in Asia. By Janine from Mililani, Hawaii/Wikimedia, CC BY-NDFacing declining markets in Western countries, multinational food companies are targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America as new consumers of packaged foods, in a move that may worsen the global epidemic of chronic illness related to diabetes. … Continue reading “Taxes on sugary beverages are not enough on their own to halt march of obesity in Asia”