317 die, 2,437 injured on Thai roads during 7-day New Year holiday

A total of 317 people were killed and 2,437 others injured in 2,440 road accidents across Thailand between December 29th and January 4th, according to statistics provided by the Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and related agencies.

 

On the last day of the New Year holidays on Wednesday, 25 people died and 253 others were injured in 241 road accidents.

 

34.85% of the accidents were caused by speeding and 80.24% involved motorcycles. 24.48% were the result of cutting in front of another vehicle at speed.

 

85.06% of the accidents occurred on straight roads, 48.96% occurred on local and rural roads. Most of the accidents took place between 4pm and 5pm.

 

On that day, Songkhla Province recorded most accidents, with 13, while Kanchanaburi Province reported the highest number of people injured, with 15. The highest death tolls, two each, were reported in Chiang Rail Roi-et, Songkhla, Surat Thani and Udon Thani.

 

The death toll and injuries from road accidents this year were the fewest in the last three years.

 

Meanwhile, Probation Department Director-General Veerakit Hanparipan said today (Thursday) that, during the 7-day period, the court put traffic offenders on probation in 1,646 cases, including 1,575 cases of drunk driving, six cases of reckless driving and 65 cases of drinking while driving.

 

A total of 8,923 cases were taken to court. These include 8,567 cases of drunk driving, 21 cases of reckless driving and 335 cases of drinking while driving.

 

The north-eastern province of Roi-et recorded the highest level of drunk driving, with 469 cases, followed by Samut Prakan, with 388, and Nonthaburi, with 358.

 

There were 7,868 drunk driving cases last year, compared to this year’s 8,567, representing an increase of 699 (8.88%).

 

Veerakit said that every drunk driver placed on probation will have to undergo assessment of their drinking habit and, if they are found to be at high risk of alcohol addiction, they would be sent for rehabilitation at centres operated by the Ministry of Public Health.

 

Repeat drunk driving offenders will be sent for “boot camp” rehabilitation for three consecutive days and will be required to comply with behavioural rules, such as reporting to probation officers and doing community services, he added.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

Heavy rain forecast for six of Thailand’s southern provinces from Friday

Heavy to very heavy rainfall, as well as flash flooding at the bases of mountains, are forecast for six southern provinces from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday.

 

The Meteorological Department said today that Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat are expected to be lashed with heavy rain for three days from tomorrow, while Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Songkhla will face similar weather conditions during the weekend, due to the strong low pressure cell approaching the Vietnamese peninsula in conjunction with the intensifying north-eastern monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and the southern region.

 

Sailors and fishermen are warned to exercise extreme caution when venturing out to sea during the period and to avoid stormy areas due to strong winds and high waves.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

Much of tourism-reliant Southeast Asia has no plans to restrict Chinese tourists

Thailand joined most of Southeast Asia’s tourism-reliant economies Thursday in keeping entry restrictions lax for Chinese tourists who resume foreign travel next week, despite WHO warning that Beijing is underrepresenting the severity of its COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Like Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, Thailand announced that inbound travelers from China wouldn’t need pre-departure COVID tests, despite a steep rise in infections in their country. These Southeast Asian countries, longtime magnets for Chinese tourist dollars, are bidding to revive their pandemic-battered economies.

 

After a meeting of health, tourism and other officials, Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters that everyone must wear face masks in crowded places.

 

“Thailand will not require COVID test results from tourists from any country. …This is an opportunity to restore our economy and recover from losses we suffered for nearly three years,” he said.

 

“[T]here will not be any discrimination against a particular country because COVID-19 is spreading in all countries and the strains are similar. So, it should not be an issue of discriminating against any country.”

 

Thailand will, however, reinstate a requirement that travelers have at least two COVID-19 vaccination jabs and health insurance to meet treatment costs if they get infected.

 

On Dec. 27, China announced that it would lift most of its stringent travel restrictions beginning on Jan. 8. After the pandemic was first detected in China in late 2019, Beijing had severely restricted international travel, allowing it only unless it was absolutely necessary.

 

‘Lifeblood’ of region’s tourism industry

Right after the announcement, travel service provider trip.com recorded a 254% increase in outbound flight bookings from mainland China compared to a day earlier. Southeast Asian nations and the United States were among the top 10 destinations.

 

No surprise there. Before the pandemic broke out in the world’s most populous nation, 32 million Chinese citizens traveled to Southeast Asia in 2019, according to Rane Worldview, a geopolitical risk research firm. A year later, that number dropped to 4 million.

 

“Chinese visitors are the lifeblood of Southeast Asia’s tourism sector, and their continued absence will further hamper the region’s economic recovery,” it said in a note in September last year.

 

“The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic … has hit Southeast Asian countries hard – particularly Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia, where tourism previously generated a significant amount of both revenue and jobs.”

 

Back then, Rane Worldview said that a prolonged absence of Chinese visitors would “continue to stymie the post-pandemic recoveries” of these nations’ crucial tourism sectors.

‘Wish all tourists are tested for COVID’

 

Tour operators, hoteliers and allied tourism businesses in Southeast Asian nations no doubt are salivating at the prospect of the return of Chinese tourists.

 

Still, after seeing the coronavirus pandemic ravage their countries with knock-on effects hammering local economies, some are tempering their eagerness with caution.

 

Zack, a boat operator in Pulau Kapas, Terengganu, an island destination in Malaysia, lives in fear of having to endure another COVID-19 lockdown.

 

“The government should temporarily close its doors to Chinese tourists until things return to normal,” Zack, who preferred to only disclose his first name because he did not want any publicity, told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated news service.

 

“I am afraid of being locked down again,” he said, adding that no tourists would visit at all if there were a lockdown because of a rise in infections.

 

Last week, Malaysia said it would screen all incoming travelers for fever and test wastewater on flights arriving from China. Those with high fevers, or who are experiencing respiratory illnesses or have COVID-19 symptoms will be sent to quarantine centers or to health officials for additional testing.

 

Sabah which, along with Sarawak, has more autonomy than other Malaysian states, however broke from the federal government’s COVID traveler policy.

 

Located on Borneo island and a popular destination for Chinese tourists, Sabah decided that starting on Jan. 8, travelers from China need to be fully vaccinated. They also would need to show proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours before their departure abroad.

In Thailand, Pornpimol Rungrasmisup, the owner of the Thierry Resort in Chiang Mai, told BenarNews that she was in two minds about her country’s policy on Chinese tourists.

 

“Chinese going outbound is a huge deal for us, it means a good sale,” she said, referring to the fact that of the nearly 40 million foreign tourists who visited Thailand in 2019, more than a quarter were Chinese.

 

“But when I learned there would be no COVID test, I felt uncomfortable. We want to welcome Chinese tourists. Chiang Mai is readying for them but I wish all tourists are tested for COVID,” Pornpimol said.

 

Thai tourism authorities predict between 18 to 25 million tourist arrivals this year, with the Thai Chamber of Commerce forecasting that 5 million of them will be Chinese nationals.

In the Philippines, which recently ruled out travel restrictions for foreign tourists despite the spike in cases in China, one doctor advocated strict restrictions for travelers from China.

 

“We need to ask the Chinese tourists to submit an RT-PCR test 48 hours prior to the flight and, of course, test them upon arrival,” Dr. Tony Leachon, who was on a team that formerly advised the government on COVID-19, told BenarNews.

 

A new sub-variant could reverse gains that the Philippines has made in controlling the spread of the virus, he said.

 

“We can’t stop the spread of COVID-19, but pre-departure testing and the requirement to show a negative test result when flying from China to the Philippines can help slow the spread as we work to identify and understand any potential new variants.”

 

The Indonesian government, meanwhile, said that it wasn’t planning any special entry restrictions on Chinese travelers because its population had a high degree of immunity.

 

However, epidemiologist Dicky Budiman said it was necessary to be continually vigilant.

 

“Indonesia must keep tightening restrictions on foreign tourists to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. There must be a mechanism or procedure that can at least guarantee that anyone who enters Indonesia does not carry any harmful pathogens,” he told BenarNews.

 

“If tourists who come do not have booster vaccinations, then they must undergo a PCR test to confirm negative for COVID-19.”

 

Mostly, people in Southeast Asia hope that the Chinese tourists have been effectively vaccinated.

 

Philippine taxi driver Marionito Marcos, 58, who services the route from the country’s main airport in Metro Manila, likened the situation to Russian roulette.

 

“You never know if your passenger has it or not. They might be carriers, we just don’t know,” he told BenarNews.

 

“Still, people have to work and survive too. And I believe that as long as you have received vaccines, you’ll be ok. This is our new normal,” Marcos said.

 

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Nate Thayer, Journalist who Interviewed Pol Pot, Dead at 62

WASHINGTON — Nate Thayer, the larger-than-life American freelance journalist who scored a massive scoop with his 1997 interview with Pol Pot, the genocidal leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, has died at 62, his family said Wednesday.

 

Thayer was discovered dead by his brother Rob Thayer at his Falmouth, Massachusetts home Tuesday.

 

“He had a lot of ailments, he was seriously ill for many months,” the brother told AFP.

 

Nate Thayer spent years reporting on Cambodia politics and society, including the Khmer Rouge, the brutal communist regime that left more than one million people dead between 1975 and 1979.

 

Beginning in 1989, he worked for The Associated Press, and then publications like the Phnom Penh Post and the Far Eastern Economic Review, building contacts in the dangerous jungle border region of Thailand and Cambodia.

 

With his shaven head, chewing tobacco and handiness with guns, he gained a reputation as a gonzo journalist, setting out on crazy adventures, like traveling with a well-armed reporting team from Soldier of Fortune magazine into eastern Cambodia in search of a likely extinct forest ox called a kouprey.

 

In the wild west frontier of Thailand and Cambodia, he braved firefights and was severely injured by a landmine in 1989 while riding with Cambodian guerillas.

 

His work paid off in 1997 when he sent a cryptic message to Far Eastern Economic Review editor Nayan Chanda that he would interview “uncle,” or Pol Pot, whom no journalist had met for two decades.

 

From Thailand Thayer slipped into Pol Pot’s Anlong Veng jungle redoubt, beating out a New York Times team that had arrived near the border thinking they would see the shadowy Cambodian.

 

Days later, he broke the story in the Far Eastern Economic Review. Pol Pot, blamed for murdering over a million people, told him: “Am I a savage person? My conscience is clear.”

 

Chanda attributed his journalistic success to a distinct “doggedness.”

 

“He was very intense, very focused on the story he was working on, almost like a force of nature,” Chanda said.

 

“He actually knew quite a few of the Khmer Rouge. … Nobody else spent as much time pursuing those guys, going to dangerous places, being with them in a firefight,” he added.

 

A year later Thayer scooped others with Pol Pot’s death and an interview with the one-legged Khmer Rouge army commander and Pol Pot rival Ta Mok.

 

But by then he was embroiled in a fight with ABC News’ Nightline program over its use of his video footage and reporting on the Khmer Rouge, which Thayer said violated their agreement.

 

Thayer rejected a prestigious Peabody Award which cited him as a correspondent for Nightline, and the two sides later settled his suit.

 

The son of a former U.S. ambassador to Singapore, Thayer spent most of his career focused on Asia, reporting from combat situations like the Myanmar border and investigating North Korea.

 

He also traveled to Iraq to report on the 2003 U.S. invasion.

 

He won a number of journalism awards, including the ICIJ Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, and was proud of being a freelancer, calling for more respect and better pay for reporters not employed full-time.

 

Slowed by the long-term ailments, some dating to his injuries from the mine explosion, in the past decade Thayer reported online on right-wing extremism from Washington and Massachusetts.

 

With his health failing, he spent his final months posting poetic odes to his “best pal,” his dog Lamont.

 

Source: Voice of America

Taiwan’s Next Bank Launches on Temenos

New digital bank backed by Chunghwa Telecom launches on Temenos core banking platform to bring products to market fast and scale efficiently

GENEVA, Jan. 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Temenos (SIX: TEMN) today announced that Next Commercial Bank (Next Bank), a new digital bank backed by Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest telecom operator, has gone live on Temenos core banking platform, opening to customers during 2022.

One of the first digital banks in Taiwan to receive a virtual banking license from the island’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), Next Bank is building a bank that makes financial management simple with innovative thinking, design aesthetics and friendly experiences.

On Temenos open platform, Next Bank can bring products to market fast and scale efficiently. Today, the digital bank offers deposits, cards, loans and an innovative points program giving customers cashback on purchases, all accessible via a mobile app. Customers can open an account in just three minutes and choose their bank account number, creating a unique and personalized experience.

Over time, the bank plans to introduce foreign-exchange services, including remittance services for migrant workers and wealth management tools. Powered by Temenos, Next Bank aims to rapidly expand to nearly 300,000 customers within nine months of its opening.

Temenos core banking underpins the bank’s entire operations. Built on microservices and accessible via APIs, it enables continuous innovation and delivery for Next Bank to innovate fast and scale its business quickly and sustainably.

Eric Lee, Chief Information Officer, Next Bank, said: “We are excited to launch Next Bank on the Temenos platform. Next Bank operates under the principle of inclusive financing, which aims to provide consumers with universal access to a wide range of financial services. With Temenos, we were able to efficiently build the bank with innovative features that will help customers take charge of their finances and enable us to scale our business and accelerate growth in the future.”

Craig Bennett, Managing Director – Asia Pacific, Temenos, said: “I’m delighted to see Next Bank go live on Temenos, the platform of choice for more than 70 challenger banks worldwide. As one of the first neobanks in Taiwan, Next Bank is already setting a new standard for digital banking in the market. Temenos open platform will empower Next Bank to continue to thrive in the world of instant, always-on services, breaking boundaries to deliver the future of banking today. We are proud to partner with them on this exciting journey to power new growth opportunities and deliver the ultimate customer experience.”

About Temenos
Temenos (SIX: TEMN) is the world’s leading open platform for composable banking, creating opportunities for over 1.2 billion people around the world every day. We serve over 3000 banks from the largest to challengers and community banks in 150+ countries by helping them build new banking services and state-of-the-art customer experiences. The Temenos open platform helps our top-performing clients achieve return on equity three times the industry average and cost-to-income ratios half the industry average.

For more information, please visit www.temenos.com.

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GreenGeeks Launches Singapore Data Center Location to Service the Asia-Pacific Region

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WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GreenGeeks, a leading green energy web hosting platform, today announced the launch of its newest data center location in Singapore. The new location will service customers within the Asia-Pacific region and be the fourth data center location available to customers, in addition to existing locations in Chicago, Montreal and Amsterdam.

The Singapore location will provide all of the same services as GreenGeeks’ other locations, including WordPress hosting, shared hosting, reseller hosting and VPS hosting packages. All services are backed by 24/7 support.

“We are proud to carry on our commitment of providing reliable green energy web hosting solutions by expanding our reach into this part of the world,” said Kaumil Patel, COO of GreenGeeks. “Our goal is to make sure that no matter where you are located in the world, customers have access to fast page loading speeds and reliable performance when it comes time for you to host your website or application.”

The new location will mean faster response times and improved overall performance for customers located in the Asia-pacific region as compared to other locations in North America and Europe.

GreenGeeks looks forward to serving their current customers in the Asia-Pacific region better with their new expanded services thanks to their new Singapore data center location.

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ผู้ให้บริการชั้นนำในเอเชียแปซิฟิกใช้ประโยชน์จาก Synchronoss Email Suite เพื่อรองรับการเติบโตที่สำคัญจากการมีผู้ใช้งานมากกว่า 50 ล้านคน

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บริดจ์วอเตอร์ นิวเจอร์ซีย์, Jan. 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (“ซิงโครโนส” หรือ “บริษัท”) (Nasdaq: SNCR) ผู้นำระดับโลกและผู้คิดค้นผลิตภัณฑ์และแพลตฟอร์มระบบคลาวด์ การส่งข้อความและดิจิทัล ได้ประกาศเซ็นสัญญามูลค่า 3.6 ล้านดอลลาร์เพื่อสนับสนุนการเติบโตอย่างมีนัยสำคัญของฐานสมาชิกการรับส่งข้อความกับหนึ่งในผู้ให้บริการมือถือและโทรคมนาคมรายใหญ่ที่สุดในภูมิภาคเอเชียแปซิฟิก Synchronoss Email Suite สร้างจากความสัมพันธ์อันยาวนานกว่า 20 ปี และในตอนนี้จะสามารถรองรับผู้ใช้งานได้มากกว่า 50 ล้านคน

Synchronoss Email Suite ประกอบด้วยแพลตฟอร์มการส่งข้อความหลัก Mx9 ที่สามารถปรับขนาดได้อย่างมากด้วยสถาปัตยกรรมไร้สถานะ (stateless) ซึ่งออกแบบมาให้ทนทานต่อข้อผิดพลาด อีกทั้งยังรวมการเข้ารหัสเอาไว้เพื่อให้แน่ใจว่ามีความปลอดภัยและความเป็นส่วนตัวของข้อมูลสูงสุด

Mx9 มีส่วนติดต่อผู้ใช้บนเว็บ (UI) ที่ใช้งานง่ายสำหรับอีเมล ผู้ติดต่อ และปฏิทิน ด้วยคุณสมบัติ Huge Mail ทำให้ Mx9 รองรับการแลกเปลี่ยนไฟล์ขนาดใหญ่ และได้รวม Razorgate ซึ่งเป็นความสามารถในการกรองข้อความที่ไม่มีระบบใดเทียบได้ โดยออกแบบมาเพื่อกำจัดสแปมและบรรเทาภัยคุกคามที่มาจากฟิชชิงและไวรัส

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Prepay Nation promotes Paolo Montessori to Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Paolo Montessori CEO of Prepay Nation

Paolo Montessori CEO of Prepay Nation

BERWYN, Pa., Jan. 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Prepay Nation, a leading global B2B prepaid products marketplace, announces the appointment of Paolo Montessori as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Board of Directors has chosen Montessori to succeed A.J. Hanna as CEO by January 2023 after a thorough succession planning exercise.

After over 3 1/2 years at Prepay Nation, including the past 2 1/2 years as CEO, A.J. Hanna announced he will be leaving his role as CEO and Chairman of Prepay Nation by December 31st, 2022. A.J. will continue to support the transition as a special advisor to the Board of Directors and newly appointed CEO.

Paolo Montessori joined Prepay Nation in October 2021 as the Chief Revenue Officer. Throughout his more than 25-year career, Montessori has established a solid record of accomplishments leading telecom and financial services firms on a wide range of strategic and business-building possibilities during a time of constant evolution in the financial services and payments world. As CEO, Montessori’s primary goals will be to strengthen Prepay Nation’s financial position and solid foundation of assets, including a worldwide interconnected distribution network and prepaid marketplace, as well as to accelerate the company’s growth plans and expand its payment alternatives.

Prepay Nation Board Chairman and CEO A.J. Hanna said, “We are delighted to welcome Paolo Montessori as the next CEO of Prepay Nation. Paolo is a proven leader known for talent development and leadership of teams while spurring growth and innovation in the fintech and telco industries. With his extensive experience expanding Comviva into new geographic regions, as the CEO of eServGlobal where he formed HomeSend, the cross border joint venture with MasterCard, as Chief Executive of Novatti’s transaction processing business and CEO of innovative AI powered risk analytics fintech LenddoEFL, he is well-positioned to lead Prepay Nation in this new era. Paolo’s focus on accelerating the company’s growth and gaining wider adoption of our ecosystem offerings and prepaid marketplace capabilities with users and businesses will launch Prepay Nation 2.0.”

Anurag Jain, Co-Founder of Prepay Nation added: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, our global employees, clients, and business partners, I want to thank A.J. for his dedication and enthusiasm to Prepay Nation and congratulate him on the many achievements and milestones we celebrated while he has been at the helm of this dynamic company. Under A.J.’s leadership, Prepay Nation expanded its global reach and grew an industry-leading marketplace for prepaid products and turned our capabilities into a competitive advantage.”

Incoming CEO Paolo Montessori said, “Being selected to lead such a well-respected organization as Prepay Nation, a global technology and prepaid global marketplace, serving more than 150+ countries and over 5 billion users is a great honor and a tremendously exciting opportunity.

The passion for innovating with customer needs at heart is what has guided Prepay Nation since its start over a decade ago. I look forward to leading the team at Prepay Nation and working together to chart a future of growth, creating value for our shareholders while supplying essential prepaid services to our global audience.”

A.J. Hanna added, “It has been an honor and privilege to lead Prepay Nation and help serve our worldwide partners and their users. I have many cherished memories of the time I spent working with our colleagues, whose talent, loyalty, and commitment to our clients are unmatched. I am proud of the purpose-driven business we shaped together, and I look forward to seeing the company and team flourish under Paolo’s leadership.”

About Prepay Nation:

Prepay Nation is a leading global B2B prepaid products marketplace that facilitates the purchase of cross-border top ups of mobile airtime, data, gift cards and utility payments across international borders. It boasts an operational presence in 150+ countries, with over 600+ mobile operator’s partnerships across 300,000+ retail locations – backed by a globally distributed team in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. We enable local and global brands to distribute their prepaid products through our omni-channel worldwide reseller network. Our partners benefit from increased sales, customer acquisition, engagement, retention and loyalty.

For more information, please visit www.prepaynation.com or contact Janis D’souza on hello@prepaynation.com

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