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Thai group eyes ASEAN solar plants after first 'green bond'
14 December 2018 - The power generating arm of Thailand's oldest industrial group, B. Grimm, has issued 5 billion baht ($152 million) in 'green bonds' to raise funds for further investment in its renewable energy business. ... Green bonds raise money for climate and environmental projects. The bonds and their issuers need certification by the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international not-for-profit organization that works to mobilize the $100 trillion global bond market to fight climate change. (more)

Thailand: In a posh Bangkok neighbourhood, residents trade energy with blockchain
28 August 2018 - Residents in a Bangkok neighbourhood are trying out a renewable energy trading platform that allows them to buy and sell electricity between themselves, signalling the growing popularity of such systems as solar panels get cheaper. The pilot project in the centre of Thailand's capital is among the world's largest peer-to-peer renewable energy trading platforms using blockchain, according to the firms involved. (more)

Cave rescue: The Australian diving doctor who stayed with the boys
11 July 2018 - It was his rare combination of talents that led Australian doctor Richard Harris deep into the Tham Luang cave in Thailand. When the Wild Boars football team was located deep inside the cave, after being missing for a week, the Adelaide anaesthetist abandoned his holiday in Thailand and volunteered to help. Dr Harris was specifically identified by British divers and requested by the 'highest levels' of the Thai government to join the rescue, according to the Australian government. (more)

Thai cave rescue: In celebration, a nation unites
10 July 2018 - When people in Thailand say goodbye, occasionally they say this: 'We will come together when the nation needs us.' For more than two weeks, twelve of the country's boys and one of their men have been encased in a dark mountain, hoping someone would bring them into the light of day. Their nation needed them so the people of Thailand came together. And now, to each and every boy who braved an entrapment and escape attempt that transfixed the world, there is no need to say goodbye. ... in this country, people offer more than thoughts and prayers when their kids are in danger. (more)

Thai cave rescue: Trapped coach's community chooses love over blame
8 July 2018 - More than two weeks ago, the twenty-five-year-old assistant soccer coach crawled inside a cave in [a] remote part of northern Thailand with twelve children under his care; none of them could crawl out. ... Not half an hour from the cave, in the area of Koh Sai, residents say they love the boys; they love their neighbour too, the man who was supposed to protect his young charges. In every corner of Thailand, the country follows their lead. (more)

Thai rescuers find missing boys and coach alive in cave
2 July 2018 - Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday (2 July), more than a week after they disappeared and touched off a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the nation. Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said the 13 were in the process of being rescued .... 'We found them safe. But the operation isn't over,' he said in comments broadcast nationwide, referring to the complicated process of extricating them. (more)

Why young professionals are taking up farming in Thailand
2 July 2018 - In Thailand, dozens of young men and women are turning their backs on big city life and returning to the countryside to build a new life through agriculture. They are in good hands: A grass-roots network of experienced farmers has developed an agricultural community called Dare to Return that helps the younger generation establish farms with modern and sustainable methods. (more)

Thailand ready for more spending as New Year's festival regains its splash
13 April 2018 - More tourism, more spending, and more water splashing festivities are expected as the traditional Thai New Year holiday begins Friday (14 April), with the country's celebrated Songkran festival returning to normal after a yearlong mourning for the late King that ended in October (2017). With April being the hottest time of the year in Thailand, people splashing water on each other is regarded as a New Year's blessing. Traditionally, young people pour water onto the palms of their elders to show respect. (more)

Thailand: Visitors flock to North for its unique Songkran celebrations
13 April 2018 - Thais and foreigners are flocking in large numbers to many northern provinces, including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Nan, to celebrate the Thai New Year holiday. These provinces are known for their beautiful culture in celebrating the Songkran Festival that officially starts on Friday (14 April). (more)

Thailand: Tourist islands unite to save environment
16 March 2018 - Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province will ban 'unfriendly activities' which hurt the environment and marine ecological systems at the country's top tourist destinations. The measures include: no anchoring at a coral reef, a ban on feeding marine animals, no catching fish, no construction that has harmful results on marine and coastal resources, no waste water discharges, and no sea walker activity. (more)

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Buddhist school in Thailand offers Transcendental Meditation to its students
22 June 2015 - The Dhammajarinee Witthaya school in northern Thailand continues to be a very special school where poor or orphaned girls can get free education from kindergarten to grade 12. Thousands of girls have been uplifted from poverty under the leadership of Buddhist nun Acharn Yai, the school's director and principal. Over 400 students are enjoying their twice-daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, saying it relieves stress, and promotes inner peace and mental clarity. 'Before learning to meditate I felt frustrated and didn't want to do anything. But when I close my eyes to meditate, my frustration decreases, my irritation subsides and I feel good. . . . I can focus on my studies more,' said one student. (more)

Promoting the feminine entrepreneur
30 November 2014 - 'Enabling female entrepreneurs worldwide to develop the confidence to be successful without sacrificing their own values is where Transcendental Meditation and all of Maharishi's consciousness-based programmes come in', said Arabella Higgins, educator, teacher of TM, producer of sustainable leadership programmes, and school administrator. With regards to Arabelle's current research on business practices of the women entrepreneurs of Thailand she said, 'female entrepreneurs will often view the business as a family, bringing employment and supporting the community'. (more)

Educating from the inside out in Thailand
3 November 2014 - The Excellence in Action page of Global Good News is featuring two articles on the Dhammajarinee Witthaya School in Thailand, where 400 at risk girls have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. In the interview Principal Acharn Yai explains that TM is not only a way to help girls with a history of extreme poverty, broken homes, and domestic violence find their way to a successful and happy life, but its a way to create peace for the entire country. (more)

Thailand: Buddhist nun brings Transcendental Meditation to her school for at-risk girls

16 March 2014 - Acharn Yai is a Buddhist nun who is committed to employing the best of modern technology to help her school thrive. She is the founder of Dhammajarinee Witthaya School in Thailand, the first and only free Buddhist boarding school for Thai girls who are at risk due to poverty, abandonment, or abuse. The school has 530 in-residence students, preschool-grade 12, taught by 41 teachers. The girls not only receive safe haven and a free education, they also practise Transcendental Meditation, which Acharn Yai credits as the turning point for the school--since the girls started meditation, they now win top academic awards, live in harmony together, and have learned skills to succeed in a culture that would otherwise exploit them. Acharn Yai learned Transcendental Meditation in 2008, and is the first Buddhist nun to be trained as a teacher of the technique. (more)

Thailand: Buddhist school for girls offers Transcendental Meditation
10 August 2013 - In Thailand, over 400 girls are blossoming like beautiful lotuses at the Dhammajarinee Witthaya School--the first Buddhist boarding school for girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. By providing a rigorous modern academic curriculum along with Buddhist teachings, the school helps girls to lead better lives, and become the future leaders of their communities. Because many have suffered past trauma, the school also includes yoga and Transcendental Meditation as part of the daily routine, to reduce stress. (more)

Thailand: Rajapark Institute offers SCI degree programmes, Consciousness-Based Education schools flourish
17 July 2013 - With the support of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, Rajapark Institute in Thailand now offers a BA degree for women in the Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI). A Master of Arts degree in SCI is also offered now by the Institute; a dual degree will be awarded from both Rajapark Institute in Thailand, and Maharishi University of Management. The Institute has expanded to include 10 branch campuses throughout Thailand, and the student body has increased from 700 to 3,000. (more)

At Thai school for girls, Transcendental Meditation improves behaviour and understanding
23 April 2013 - Acharn Yai, the principal of Dhammajarinee Witthaya School for Girls in Thailand, has seen changes in the students after they learn Transcendental Meditation. Many come from poor families and broken homes, or are orphans who have been vulnerable to abuse and violence. 'It becomes much easier to take care of them,' Acharn Yai said. 'The aggressive behaviour decreases, their grades go up and they pay more attention to what we teach them. When they have inner happiness they soak up whatever knowledge we give, unlike before.' One of the high school students said, 'Back home I was a hot-tempered person, but since I learned TM, I feel a lot calmer. I feel that I'm happier and my learning ability is better. I feel that I'm happy all day.' (more)

Thai school for disadvantaged girls benefits from Transcendental Meditation
23 April 2013 - 'In Thailand we have many girls who lack opportunity for proper education,' said Acharn Yai, the Director and Principal of the Dhammajarinee Witthaya School in Thailand. The school, founded by Buddhist nuns, is the first and only school of its kind in the country, attended by girls from poor families in provinces all over Thailand. The school's educational programme utilizes Transcendental Meditation to help the girls relieve stress and improve their focus and creativity. (more)

Hundreds of students at a Buddhist girls' school in Thailand practice Transcendental Meditation twice daily
11 January 2013 - The only Buddhist boarding school in Thailand incorporates the practice of Transcendental Meditation into the school's curriculum. Dhammajarinee Witthaya Free School was established to serve hundreds of poor families who otherwise would be unable to send their daughters to school. The school provides a free education to 430 at-risk girls, with Transcendental Meditation a key component in the daily school routine. The Buddhist nuns running the school report the meditation technique is having a positive influence on students, reducing stress and improving learning ability. (more)

Thailand: Transcendental Meditation part of leadership training in girls' school
13 September 2012 - At the highly respected Dhammajarinee Witthaya School in Thailand, many of the students practise Transcendental Meditation regularly as they are educated to become successful leaders, educators, and mothers. The boarding school has helped hundreds of girls, who otherwise would have had no opportunity to go to school, receive a kindergarten to 12th grade education. (more)

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Thailand: Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns
30 January 2019 - More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, were shut for the rest of the week Wednesday (30 January) due to increasing concern over dangerously unhealthy air pollution. Pollution levels also rose elsewhere in Thailand, bringing a heavy haze to Chiang Mai and other northern areas well ahead of the annual 'smoky season' that normally begins in late February, when farmers burn agricultural waste and dry weather allows airborne particles to accumulate. (more)

Plastic bags jam stomach of dead pilot whale in Thailand
3 June 2018 - Some 80 pieces of plastic rubbish weighing eight kg (17 lb) were found in the stomach of a whale that died in Thailand after a five-day effort to save it, a marine official said on Sunday (3 June). Globally, eight million tonnes of plastic -- bottles, packaging, and other waste -- are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, the United Nations Environment Programme said in December. (more)

Bombings in Thailand target tourist cities, killing 4 people
12 August 2016 - Attackers using firebombs and homemade explosives struck a series of popular resort cities and beach towns across Thailand in some of the worst violence to hit the country since a military coup two years ago. At least four people were killed and dozens wounded, including 11 foreigners. The attacks occurred south of Bangkok and several of the blasts -- including one on Patong beach in the tourist town of Phuket and four in the seaside resort city of Hua Hin -- appeared designed to strike the tourism industry, which provides vital income to the government. Police said firebombs also triggered blazes at markets and shops in six places, including Phuket, Trang, Surat Thani, Phang Nga, and a souvenir shop in the tourist town of Ao Nang, Krabi. (more)

Series of blasts hit resort towns in Thailand
12 August 2016 - A series of blasts hit three of the most popular tourist resorts as well as towns in southern Thailand on Thursday and Friday, killing four people and wounding dozens, days after the country voted to accept a military-backed charter in a referendum. Four bombs exploded in the upscale resort of Hua Hin on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Other blasts hit the tourist island of Phuket, a resort town in Phang Nga province, and Surat Thani, a city that is the gateway to islands such as Koh Samui in Thailand's Gulf. The attacks are bad news for Thailand's tourist sector, which has been one of the few bright spots in a sluggish economy. 'Why now when the country is getting better, the economy is getting better, and tourism is getting better? We have to ask why and who did it,' Thai junta chief and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters. (more)

Thailand bombs: travel warnings as tourist resorts hit by fatal explosions -- as it happened
12 August 2016 - There have been multiple explosions in nine incidents in at least five separate locations across Thailand in the past 24 hours -- Hua Hin, Phuket, Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Trang. The attacks appear to be at least in part targeting areas where tourism is important. Foreign embassies are warning visitors to Thailand to be vigilant. As details of each incident trickle out, it is clear some of the devices were detonated using timers or a mobile phone signal. (more)

Tourist towns of Hua Hin and Phuket in Thailand hit by deadly explosions
12 August 2016 - A series of apparently coordinated blasts detonated across Thailand have killed at least four people and injured dozens, including in the tourism hotspots of Hua Hin and Phuket. The blasts, which appear to have been coordinated to target tourist hotspots around the country, took place just a few days before the first anniversary of a devastating bombing at a Hindu shrine in Bangkok that killed 22 people and wounded more than 100. The first blasts also took place on the eve of the birthday of Queen Sirikit in Hua Hin, a town where she and King Bhumibol Adulyadej maintain a summer palace. Thailand has a history of violence in southern areas from an ongoing low-level insurgency but bloodshed rarely spreads to Phuket or Hua Hin. (more)

Spike in dengue cases expected in Thailand in 2016, expert says
14 January 2016 - The number of dengue cases in Thailand is expected to spike this year, a researcher said, as experts from across Asia met to discuss introduction of the first ever dengue vaccine to control and prevent the disease. Dengue -- which causes flu-like symptoms and can develop into the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever -- is the world's fastest-spreading tropical disease, with the annual number of cases increasing 30-fold in the last 50 years, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). (more)

Thailand's road deaths surge despite junta's hardline tactics
5 January 2016 - The number of deaths on Thailand's roads increased over the New Year period despite a crackdown on drunk drivers by the ruling junta, according to official statistics released on Tuesday, 5 January. The government said 380 people had died in 3,379 accidents during a seasonal surge dubbed the 'Seven Dangerous Days', the highest toll in five years on what are already some of the world's deadliest roads. (more)

Thai blast strikes blow to tourism, pillar of ailing economy
19 August 2015 - The bomb blast that ripped through a Bangkok shrine, killing 20 and injuring dozens, is also certain to take its toll on tourism, the one bright spot in Thailand's sputtering economy. The Southeast Asian country's tourism industry has expanded strongly over recent years, driven by rising numbers of Chinese tourists, which has helped offset the drag on growth from a decade of political instability. The explosion at the shrine, which is popular with Chinese visitors, is likely to dampen their enthusiasm for Bangkok as a tourist destination. Tourism accounts for 9 percent of the Thai economy and employs several million people. (more)

Thailand: Rush-hour Bangkok bombing at busy shrine kills 18, hurts 117
17 August 2015 - A bomb exploded Monday within a central Bangkok shrine that is among the city's most popular tourist spots, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 100 across a hectic intersection surrounded by five-star hotels and upscale shopping malls. It exploded during evening rush hour as the area was filled with tourists, office workers, and shoppers. The bomb detonated at Erawan Shrine, which is dedicated to the Hindu god Brahma, but is extremely popular among Thailand's Buddhists as well as Chinese tourists. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. (more)


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