TOP 10 (non Covid) THAIGER STORIES FOR 2020 The Thaiger started 2020, as we all did, with high hopes and few clues that we were heading into a profound disruption for almost the entire year. Even as we were tapping away at the keyboards on January 1, 2020, there were stories emerging in Wuhan, China about a mysterious new respiratory disease that was starting to pop up at the provincial hospitals. But, although Covid consumed much of our top stories in 2020, there were other stories of course as life continued to stumble along in Thailand. Here are the stories, from 1 – 10, and the number of people that read each story on thethaiger.com . We’ve also added the Top 10 Covid stories for the year as well, as voted by YOU, our readers. Thai Army sniper goes on shooting rampage in Korat – up to 20 shot and killed – 124,342 February 8 “A police and army detachment is currently searching for an army sniper in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Korat city centre. The solider has shot dead ... » Learn More about WOW what a year! Thailand’s top news stories for 2020 as voted by YOU.
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Barangay Ginebra took a break on Friday, ahead of the PBA’s move to suspend team practices and other basketball-related activities. Halfway around the world, however, its former big man, Greg Slaughter, was putting in the work. Slaughter posted on his Instagram account three images showing him and Chris Ellis, another former Gin King, working on their shooting in an undisclosed court in the United States. The caption to the big man’s entry read two dragon emojis, “grind,” and a hashtag: #DoubleDragon. Slaughter announced a sudden sabbatical from the PBA on Feb. 8, sending the crowd darlings in disarray and leaving the basketball world in a fog of speculation. Ellis, meanwhile, had been Awol for two years, following his trade to Blackwater in 2017. Recently, he was spotted in Thailand, playing for Lao club Luang Prabang in the Thai Basketball Super League. Both players played only for Ginebra throughout their careers. Ellis, a former national team player, won a PBA ... » Learn More about Slaughter sighting in US
Barangay Ginebra is paving a path to a dynastic future by pulling a page from its past. The Gin Kings acquired NorthPort big man Christian Standhardinger for Greg Slaughter in a one-on-one swap that was reported a year ago, but was locked in the backburner, apparently because of a sabbatical that the Ginebra center took last year. “He’s a throwback to the Ginebra players of old,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said of Standhardinger hours after the trade was announced on Friday morning by the PBA after approval from its trade committee the night before. “I think the (Gin Kings’) fans will appreciate his style of play.” The Inquirer reported the trade in February last year, citing it as one of the reasons Slaughter decided to take a sabbatical from the league. Slaughter flew to the United States but eventually mended fences with San Miguel Corp. top bosses, who signed him to a fresh contract before finally dealing him to the Batang Pier. Major piece “[Christian’s] strengths will ... » Learn More about Acquisition star Standhardinger puts Ginebra on course for brighter tomorrows
Since an association that cares for the community; its members have contributed cash donations and basic food supplies to help the underprivileged communities throughout the year. Since the donations have been both personal and corporate, the association has decided not to list them out of respect for some of our members privacy. The latest figures have recorded over 1 Billion MMK. This has been in monetary value as well as in kind. To assist the government in its efforts in achieving its financial aims for the people of Myanmar, its member companies have also paid out taxes especially the specific goods tax (SGT) and Commercial Tax (CT) where they have been recorded as consisting of 90% of the top 10 and 50 taxpayers for the 2018-2019 assessment year. The association’s plead to the government is that for 2021 to reconsider the increase in taxes as both our internal economies as well as the external trade have been deeply affected by the economic turmoil that the covid-19 ... » Learn More about Myanmar Liquor Association (MLA) announces year-end activities for 2020
The year 2020 was a remarkable year for realme Philippines, despite the setbacks and challenges experienced by many companies last year because of the pandemic. It was the year that realme, a relatively newcomer in the already competitive smartphone market, became the fastest growing smartphone brand and eventually the No. 1 smartphone brand in the Philippines. According to Canalys, IDC, and Counterpoint Research, realme Philippines claimed the No. 1 spot in the country’s smartphone market, recording triple-digit growth in Q3 2020. IDC reported realme Philippines achieved a staggering 962.5 percent annual growth and captured 25.4 percent local market share in the third quarter of 2020. The brand’s fast rise in the local smartphone arena was no mean feat. realme Philippines was able to accomplish this in a short span of time by providing the market with reasonably priced smartphones that do what they promise, successful and unique digital campaigns, opening of realme stores across ... » Learn More about Every Filipino home can now be a smart home with realme TechLife
The Octa Research Group has urged the government to control the spread of the B1351 variant, also known as the South African variant of the coronavirus disease, because it can decrease the efficacy of the AstraZeneca AZD1222 vaccine by as much as 60 percent. The country is set to receive more than 487,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine on Thursday. Octa fellow Fr. Nicanor Austriaco said failing to contain the spread of the B1351 variant could render 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that the country procured useless. “[It] can resist the AstraZeneca vaccine. The efficacy of the vaccine against B1351 dramatically decreases from 70 percent to 10 percent, and, basically, South Africa decided to abandon the AstraZeneca vaccine because it was no different than injecting water to the patients,” Austriaco said during a press briefing. Austriaco said the surge in cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Central Visayas are reminiscent of the surges experienced in Jordan and ... » Learn More about Octa to govt: Contain spread of African variant
GENEVA: The World Trade Organization faces calls led by India and South Africa to waive intellectual property (IP) rights for Covid-19 vaccines — a notion fiercely rejected by pharmaceutical giants and their host countries. The WTO will thrash out the divisive issue at its general council meeting on Monday and Tuesday as its new head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes up her post. Some countries see the waiver as a shortcut to ending the novel coronavirus that has hobbled the global economy. The big idea The text proposes a temporary exemption from certain obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips), so that any country can produce vaccines without worrying about patents. The waiver would also cover “industrial designs, copyright and protection of undisclosed information,” and would last “until widespread vaccination is in place globally, and the majority of the world’s population has developed immunity.” All those in favor ... » Learn More about Waiver war at WTO over Covid jab IP rights