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What's new in business news: October 10, 2013

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Suvarnabhumi overcrowding slows, tablet coupons to parents instead of school purchases & fish disappeared after oil spill, villagers complain. 

Prathom 1 students in Chachoengsao use tablet computers they received from the Education Ministry last year. TAWATCHAI KHEMGUMNERD

AVIATION

Suvarnabhumi airport overcrowding slows

Congestion at Suvarnabhumi airport has slowed thanks to relief provided by Don Mueang airport, but overcrowding will continue to plague the airport in the future. 

Passenger traffic was 51 million for fiscal 2013 which ended yesterday. This is a 1.92% decline from last year's 52 million. Suvarnabhumi continues to operate beyond its annual capacity of 45 million passengersAirAsia flights shifted to Don Mueang in October 2012. Without this shift, Suvarnabhumi's congestion would be even worse, with passenger throughput easily reaching 60 million in fiscal 2013.

Suvarnabhumi's expansion, which will raise annual passenger-handling capacity by one-third to 60 million will not be completed until the end of 2016. Construction of a third runway is planned and Airports of Thailand (AoT) hopes to avoid the lengthy Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process by defining the proposed runway as an "emergency" facility whose length would not exceed 3,000 metres.

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TECHNOLOGY

Tablet coupons to parents instead of school purchases

For the One Tablet per Child scheme the government has put forth a proposal to issue cash coupons to parents who would then buy a tablet for their child instead of the government purchasing the tablets in an e-auction.

The programme is needed now that the government faces budget constraintsThe proposal is also aimed at providing alternative brand-name tablet choices to students and their parents.

Under the proposal, a 3,000-baht cash coupon would be given to each student, an amount considered sufficient to buy a tablet with standard specifications for school-use. If parents can afford a higher-capacity device, they can pay the difference themselves. Tablets in the scheme must support the Android, iOS or Windows operating system.

The idea is said to be justified now that the Education Ministry has set the new median price of tablets under the scheme this round at only 3,000 baht due to budget constraints. The coupons will make it unnecessary for the government to conduct another e-auction to procure tablets for students. 

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OIL SPILL 

Fish disappeared after oil spill, villagers complain

Rayong's coastal residents say they are still living with the impacts of the July 27 oil spill, despite a clean-up conducted in the area.

Villagers at Bang Ka Cher fishing community just north of the area where the oil spill was washed ashore said that fish and marine life appeared to have disappeared from the sea. Local fishermen normally catch between 40kg and 50kg of fish but they say their catch has dropped to only 2kg. Many of the fishermen were thinking of giving up their fishing jobs and turning to construction work.

A seafood restaurant operator said fewer people now visit Rayong since the environmental mishap with sales of 5,000 baht of food a day dropping to 200-800 baht.

The local Small-Scale Fishery Association, said state agencies were placing the wrong emphasis in restoring the image of Rayong and revving up tourism promotion campaigns when they should pay more attention to the sea environment.

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Vocabulary:

afford: to have enough money to be able to pay for something - มีเงินพอจับจ่าย  ซื้อหา

agency: a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ

aim: to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย

alternative: another choice - ทางเลือก, ตัวเลือก

annual: happening every year - ทุกๆปีด, ประจำปี

appear: to be seen; to start to be seen - ปรากฏตัว

ashore: on land; towards, onto or on land, having come from an area of water such as the sea or a river - บนบก, เทียบฝั่ง, เกยฝั่ง

auction: a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money) for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most - การขายโดยการประมูล, การขายทอดตลาด

aviation: the flying of aircraft - การบิน

avoid: to try to prevent something from happening - หลีกเลี่ยง

brand: a type of product made by a particular company - ตรา, ยี่ห้อ

budget: an amount of money able to be spent on something - งบประมาณ

campaign: a planned group of especially political, business or military activities which are intended to achieve a particular aim - การรณรงค์

capacity: the total amount or number that can be contained - ปริมาณสูงสุดที่จะรับได้

capacity: the total amount or number that can be handled or contained - ปริมาณสูงสุดที่จะรับได้

cash: money - เงินสด

clean-up: a group project of cleaning something -

coast (or coastline): an area of land beside the sea - ชายฝั่ง the adjective form is coastal) แนวชายฝั่งทะเล

community: the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน

complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์

complete: to finish something; to bring some project to an end after having done everything successfully - ทำเสร็จ, ทำให้สมบูรณ์

conduct: to do something in an organised way; to carry out — - ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ

congestion: a situation in which a place is crowded with people, vehicles, or in this case, airplane flights - ความแน่นขนัด, ความแออัด

consider: to regard as; to think of as - ถือว่า

constraint: something which controls what you do by keeping you within particular limits; something that limits your freedom to do what you want - ข้อจำกัด

construction: the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง

coupon: a small piece of printed paper that you can exchange for something or that gives you the right to buy something at a cheaper price than normal - คูปอง, บัตรแลกสินค้าที่ได้จากร้านค้า

despite: used to show that something happened or is true although something else might have happened to prevent it; used to show that somebody did not intend to do the thing mentioned - ถึงอย่างไรก็ตาม, ทั้ง ๆ ที่

device: a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร

disappear: to move something or someone somewhere where they can no longer be seen - หายไป, สาบสูญ, สูญหาย

due to: because of - เนื่องจาก

emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน

emphasis: special importance or attention that is given to one thing in particular - การเน้นย้ำ

environment: the place in which people or animals live including all the physical conditions that affect them - สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม

environmental: related to the natural world including plants and animals, land, water, air, especially as it is affected by human activities - สิ่งแวดล้อม

environmental impact assessment: an evaluation/research project into the possible positive or negative effects that a proposed project may have on the environment - การประเมินผลกระทบสิ่งแวดล้อม

exceed: to be more than something; to go beyond a limit - เกินกว่าที่กำหนด

expansion: when something increases in size, number or importance - การขยายออก

facility: a building, equipment, etc., used for a particular purpose - โรงงาน, สถานบริการ, สิ่งก่อสร้าง, สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก

fiscal year: the budget year which begins in October for the Thai government; Businesses may have different fiscal years - ปีงบประมาณ

give up: to admit that you can’t succeed and stop trying - ยอมแพ้

image: an opinion that people have about someone or something - ภาพลักษณ์

impact: an effect or influence - ผลกระทบ

issue: to officially give out - ออก

justified: showing that there is good reason for something - มีเหตุผลที่ดีพอ

local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น

marine: relating to the sea and creatures that live in it - เกี่ยวกับทะเล

median: having a value in the middle of a series of numbers; a measure of where the middle is or what is normal or usual (measure of central tendency) - จุดกึ่งกลาง, ตรงกลาง, ค่ากลาง (ทางคณิตศาสตร์), ซึ่งอยู่ตรงกลาง, ระหว่างกลาง

mishap: an accident or mistake - อุบัติเหตุ, เหตุร้าย

normally: usually; in normal circumstances - โดยปกติ, ตามปกติ

oil spill: the release of a oil (or any liquid petroleum hydrocarbon) into the environment, especially marine areas (oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.), due to human activity, and is a form of pollution. - น้ำมันรั่ว

operate: to carry out a planned activity involving a lot of people to work in a particular way or from a particular place - ปฏิบัติ, ปฏิบัติงาน

operating system: a set of programs that controls the way a computer works and runs other programs - ระบบปฏิบัติการซึ่งควบคุมการทำงานของคอมพิวเตอร์

operator: a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ

overcrowding: having too many people or things in something ซึ่งแออัดยัดเยียด - ซึ่งแออัดยัดเยียด

passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร

pay attention: to watch, listen to, or consider something or someone very carefully - เอาใจใส่, สนใจ

plague: to cause a lot of problems for someone or something for a long period of time - ทำให้ยุ่งยากมานาน

process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

procure: to buy supplies or equipment for a government department or company - จัดซื้อวัสดุ เครื่องมือสำหรับบริษัท หรือหน่วยงานของรัฐ

projected: calculated based on information already known - คาดคะเน, ประเมิน

promotion: activities done in order to increase the attendance at an event or sales of a product or service - การส่งเสริม

proposal: a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ

proposed: suggested as an idea for a group to consider - ถูกเสนอ

provide: to cause something to exist or be available - ให้

purchase: something that has been bought - ของที่ซื้อมา

purchase: the process of buying something - การซื้อ

relief: help for improving a bad physical condition or a bad situation - การผ่อนคลาย, การบรรเทา

resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่

restore: to bring somebody/something back to a former condition, place or position - กลับคืน, กลับมารับตำแหน่ง

rev up: make go faster (like stepping on the gas pedal of car making the engine go faster) -

round: one of a series of events, activities, etc. - รอบ

runway: a long narrow strip of ground with a hard surface that an aircraft takes off from and lands on - ทางขึ้นลงของเครื่องบิน

scale: the size or extent of something, especially when compared with something else - ขนาด, ระดับ

scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ

shift: to move to another place; to change - ย้าย, เปลี่ยน

specifications: a detailed description of how something is, or should be, designed or made - ข้อมูลจำเพาะ (มักปรากฏท้ายคู่มือผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เครื่องใช้ไฟฟ้า)

standard: average or normal rather than having special or unusual features - ซึ่งเป็นมาตรฐาน

sufficient: enough - เพียงพอ

tablet computer: a small light-weight computer device shaped like a book; e.g, iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc. -

thanks to: because of - ด้วยเหตุ, เพราะ

throughput: the amount of people or things going through a place during a period of time - ปริมาณงาน, ปริมาณงานที่ทำในช่วงเวลาหนึ่ง

traffic: the number of cars, trucks and other vehicles traveling along a road at one time - การจราจร

wash up: for something in the water or sea to arrive at a beach -

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