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    Fill 'em Up

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 11/01/2019

    » The war on plastic has been waged in Thailand with plans to do away with single-use plastics by 2022 and single-use plastic bottles and straws by 2025. It's been a long time coming and is a little way away, but we're hoping this change sticks. A few days ago, I bought stuff from a Tesco Lotus Express and they used a paper bag -- change is afoot, people. Instead of being cynical and wondering why they couldn't ban plastic sooner, we can choose to be part of the solution now. The concept of refill stations or refilleries is growing in Europe and North America. It's basically a grocery store where you take your own containers to fill them up, which drastically lowers plastic waste. Think of all the plastic you throw away after using detergents and soaps. Fortunately, a number of refill stations have also been popping up around the Kingdom, providing us an opportunity to cut plastic use. Even better, these places are spread out all over Bangkok and two are in Chiang Mai so there's no excuse not to avail of their environmental-friendly services. Get your containers ready -- Guru's about to get eco-friendly up in here.


    Maduro begins new term shunned by Venezuela's neighbors

    AFP, Published on 11/01/2019

    » CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro began a new term Thursday that will keep him in power until 2025, with the economy in ruins and his regime more isolated than ever as neighboring presidents shunned his inauguration after declaring his re-election illegitimate.


    Intelligent males may make female birds swoon: study

    AFP, Published on 11/01/2019

    » WASHINGTON - Male birds are often the ones with the most vibrant feathers, or the most elaborate songs, but researchers said Thursday that what female birds could really appreciate is a male who shows his intelligence.


    Pompeo vows to oust 'every last Iranian boot' from Syria

    AFP, Published on 11/01/2019

    » CAIRO: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Thursday the United States and its allies would work diplomatically to expel all Iranian troops from Syria, urging Middle East nations to forge a common stand against Tehran.


    Thai Canal would be 'historic', fans say

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 11/01/2019

    » Proponents of a 120-kilometre canal project connecting the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea rallied in support of the scheme on Thursday in Trang.


    Biothai, FTA Watch to float advice on marijuana

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 11/01/2019

    » Biodiversity Sustainable Agriculture Food Sovereignty Action Thailand (Biothai) and FTA Watch will put forward a five-point proposal to prevent the patenting of marijuana extracts by large, foreign pharmaceutical firms.


    BoT frets over condo supply risk

    Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 11/01/2019

    » The Bank of Thailand is concerned about the risk of weaker demand for condominiums from foreigners, Chinese buyers in particular, as the global economy slows, the central bank's chief says.


    Thailand's year of hunting normality

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 11/01/2019

    » Three related events that will shape Thailand's path this year and beyond are evidently the coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the much-anticipated election, and the once-a-decade rotational chairmanship of Asean.


    Baht appreciation tipped as capital flows return

    Business, Nuntawun Polkuamdee, Published on 11/01/2019

    » The baht's value is projected to appreciate in the medium to long term because of slower interest-rate normalisation in the US and adverse effects from the US-China trade dispute, says the Federation of Thai Capital Market Organisations (Fetco).


    PPRP defends plans for agricultural land scheme

    News, Prasit Tangprasert, Published on 11/01/2019

    » The Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) has defended its policy of turning agricultural purpose Sor Por Kor land documents into title deeds, saying that the plan would serve as a great benefit to farmers.

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