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    Chinese tourists cancel Phuket stays worth B7m

    News, Achadtaya Chuenniran, Published on 15/07/2018

    » PHUKET: Around 7,300 rooms at 19 local hotels booked by Chinese tourists have been cancelled, causing over seven million baht in losses, following the Phoenix tour boat tragedy which claimed 47 of their compatriots' lives early this month.

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    English public supportive despite loss

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 14/07/2018

    » In the end it turned out to be all a bit too much for England. Even Gareth Southgate's waistcoat looked a bit tired as the manager tried to console his players after the heartbreaking final whistle at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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    Call me by her name

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 13/07/2018

    » While the interest and market for gay-themed stories continue to grow -- on online channels, on television series and in cinemas -- the sub-genre of lesbian movies has still got some catching up to do, especially in Thailand. Once in a blue moon, a lesbian film would drop on our cinema or TV screens, and the ones that had an actual cultural impact can be counted on one hand. At last week's LGBT Film Festival, which saw an enthusiastic turnout, there was then just one lesbian film among a dozen gay-themed international titles. All of this seems to signify that truly fair representation of gender and sexuality in the media still has quite a way to go.

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    China shows the way on drug prices

    News, Published on 13/07/2018

    » US President Donald Trump exulted this week over Pfizer Inc's decision to delay planned drug price increases a day after he attacked the company on Twitter. He should take a look at China, where President Xi Jinping has done much better.

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    Their story

    Life, Published on 12/07/2018

    » 'I feel like I'm walking into an execution ground," said Thai artist Thasnai Sethaseree at the end of June, a few minutes before the Signature Art Prize 2018 award ceremony in Singapore was about to start. "Personally, when I'm in a position that I'm judged, I feel uncomfortable. It doesn't have to do with winning or not winning. I just don't like getting tested."

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    Madame Butterflyin the age of human trafficking

    Life, Published on 10/07/2018

    » Tomorrow and on Thursday, Opera Siam's 17th season will close with two performances of one of the "top 10" operas, performed over 2,000 times around the world this year alone, Madame Butterfly. It's a tear-jerker, a relentlessly romantic piece full of famous melodies and a can't-lose formulaic plot: boy meets girl, boy dumps girl, girl kills herself.

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    Phuket boat tragedy shows our indifference

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Forty-two is the latest number of tourists who fell victims to a boat mishap in Phuket last week. Or should I say, to be more exact, that they were victims of negligence, sheer dereliction of duty of the authorities concerned and of a "This Is Thailand" culture?

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    Consumer goods industry transforms

    Business, Published on 09/07/2018

    » While more than 65% of CEOs agree their organisation fosters a culture of innovation and disruption, 40% are not adapting successfully, says a new survey by the international professional services group KPMG International and the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).

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    Anti-IUU bid on right track

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/07/2018

    » In its efforts to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's government has taken a number of measures.

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    Thai geopolitical balancing compromised

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 06/07/2018

    » Thailand is demonstrably famous for its foreign policy balancing. From the era of imperialism and two World Wars through the Cold War, Thailand's gifted geography and diplomatic finesse and skill shepherded the country's sovereignty and independence through the thick and thin of geopolitical headwinds. Whatever happens out there, the Thais (and their Siamese forebears) had a way to diplomatically navigate and geopolitically balance their national interests to stay out of harm's way.

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