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Sea turtles hurt

Posted by hasekamp on 30 August 2012 at 13:47 PM
The six Olive Ridley sea turtles that were found washed ashore on beaches in Phuket and Phang Nga on Tuesday were almost all suffering serious injuries from encounters with fishing equipment. Dr Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, who heads the Endangered Species Unit at the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC), told the Gazette that the beachings were due in part to strong monsoon conditions earlier this week, which also caused other marine species to wash ashore. “quot;Some of the turtles have minor cuts on their flippers from fishing nets, others sustained more serious lacerations, some as deep as to the bone. Among the injured turtles is one that had both of her front legs cut off by a fishing net. Another one has a big crack on its shell, which was probably inflicted by a boat propeller,”quot; he said. Four of the turtles were found on Mai Khao Beach in Phuket, while the other two were rescued from Koh Khao Island and at Baan Nam Kem in Phang Nga. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Strong denials about infidelity

Posted by hasekamp on 30 August 2012 at 13:43 PM
Thai lovers and couples have been identified as the world's most unfaithful in a Durex sex survey of 29,000 people in 36 countries.
The survey - which has been challenged by local medical and gender groups - also concluded that Thai women were the second most likely to cheat on their mates. Thai married couples and lovers topped the survey at cuckolding (54 per cent) followed by South Korea (34 per cent) and Malaysia (33 per cent). The survey by the UK-based condom maker did not give details distinguishing infidelity between married couples or live-in couples. While 59 per cent of Thai women reportedly admitted to infidelity, they were still more faithful than Ghanaian women, who ranked first at 62 per cent. Women in Malaysia, Russia, and Singapore followed in third, fourth and fifth places (39 per cent, 33 per cent and 19 per cent, respectively). According to the survey, Asian men were the most promiscuous in the world. Men in Singapore and Hong Kong had an average of 16 bed partners in their lifetime, while Malaysian men had about three. Responding to the survey, Supensri Puengkoksung of the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation said the poll did not reflect the real situation in Thailand. It just reflected the opinion of people who were approached and ready to answer the survey. "You could not say that all Thai women had cheated on their partners and always had affairs with other men," she said. She added that personally, she did not support men or women cheating on their partners or having affairs, because it was immoral behaviour. "The ability to cheat on partners and have affairs with others does not mean women are equal with men," she said. Meanwhile, a deputy director of the Mental Health Department, Dr Tawee Tangseri, said he doubted Thai women often cheated on their partners because they adhered to tradition and preserved their purity. Only a small proportion cheated on their partners to have sex with other men. He said cheating behaviour among couples was caused by misunderstandings between each other, adding that they should communicate better. "When you have problems as a couple, you should talk to your partner. No one wins, no one loses. Just take one step backward and the problem will end." (Source: The Nation)


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Mass massage record

Posted by hasekamp on 30 August 2012 at 13:35 PM
Thailand claimed to have pipped Australia on Thursday in providing the world's largest and longest mass, synchronised massage. Some 641 Thai masseuses massaged 641 recipients for 12 minutes without stopping at Bangkok Mueang Thong Thani Convention Centre, breaking a previous record set in 2010 by 236 masseuses in Australia. "We have set a Guinness World Record," Public Health Ministry spokeswoman Papawadee Siripoh said. "We wanted 800 masseuses but only 641 showed up, but that was enough to make the record," she said. (Source: The Nation)


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More IP protection

Posted by hasekamp on 30 August 2012 at 13:32 PM
The Commerce Ministry is teaming up with the Civil Aviation Department, to put a brake on fake item purchases among Thai travellers. Passengers would be warned over the carrying of counterfeit goods into the Kingdom, said Intellectual Property Department director-general Pachima Thanasanti. To enchance Thailand’#39;s intellectual property protection, the department is also pushing for amendments in the laws governing the Customs Department and ICT Ministry. While the Customs Department should be empowered to seize banned products at port, the ICT Ministry should be able to shut down internet websites that offer counterfeit goods. (Source: The Nation)


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Phuket speedboat capsizes

Posted by hasekamp on 28 August 2012 at 14:19 PM
The Phuket Marine Police have confirmed that none of the tourists or crew on board a speedboat that capsized in the heavy seas off the coast of Phi Phi Island are missing. The 24 Chinese tourists on board the boat, Luk Pradu 26, arrived at Chalong Pier late this afternoon. Seven of them had suffered minor injuries and were taken to Phuket International Hospital for treatment. Lt Jeerayuth Onthong of Phuket Marine police explained to the Phuket Gazette that the boat capsized about four nautical miles from Phi Phi Island, leaving crew members and the 24 tourists in the rough waters. Krabi and Phuket Marine Police responded to distress calls, while other speedboats in the area were able to render assistance and rescue all on board. One of the tourists, Ms Yuepen, said she and her fellow tourists were in the water for an hour and 20 minutes before being rescued. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Thai women unfaithful

Posted by hasekamp on 28 August 2012 at 14:09 PM
Thai men are ranked on top and their women are ranked second as the world's most unfaithful lovers, with well over half of them admitting to frequent infidelity, according to a survey conducted by Durex, a condom producer. Women from Thailand are ranked the world's second most unfaithful lovers, according to the survey report. The survey of 29,000 women in 36 countries names the women of Ghana the world's most unfaithful, with 62 per cent of the women questioned there admitting they often cheat on their boyfriends and husbands. Thai women were just a little more faithful, with 59 per cent admitting to infidelity, followed by Malaysia with 39 per cent. In fourth and fifth place were Russia (33 per cent) and Singapore (19 per cent).
As for men admitting to extramarital affairs, Thailand came out on top (54 per cent) followed by South Korea (34 per cent) and then Malaysia (33 per cent). According to the survey, Asian men were the most promiscuous in the world. Men in Singapore and Hong Kong had an average of 16 bed partners in their lifetime, while Malaysian men had about three. Many Thai netizens posted their messages on Pantip.com, Thailand's popular internet forum, criticizing the survey. One of them said the survey was not credible as people in every country committed infidelity and that the survey only asked a group of women who created a "good" name for Thailand. Another poster said the survey was conducted by a condom producer who wanted people to buy more condoms because the result shows that their partners might be unfaithful and they need protection. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Travestites warned against working in Mideast

Posted by hasekamp on 25 August 2012 at 17:03 PM
Many Thai male cross-dressers get legitimate jobs in Oman as masseuses but choose to also offer sexual services on the side, a Thai embassy official in Muscat said. Panida Somao said the laws in Oman were very strict and only men were allowed to work at massage parlors for male customers. "But some Thai transvestites have exploited these laws and also offer sexual services," she said, adding that many came to Oman before undergoing the sex-change operation. "Many of them work in Oman to earn enough money to finance this operation," Panida said."Those who have already undergone the sex-change operation want to save money for cosmetic surgery so that they can enter beauty pageants." She said a Thai transvestite usually charged 2,000 to 5,000 baht per hour for services in Oman, but this comes with huge risks. "When they get sexually transmitted diseases, they can't go see a doctor because the society here is not open about this," Panida explained. She added that last year, two Thai transvestites had to seek help from the embassy because they needed urgent medical attention. In Bahrain, another embassy official warned Thai women against choosing the wrong path for the sake of money. Thatree Chauvachata, counselor at the Thai embassy in the Bahraini capital of Manama, said several Thai women willingly headed to Bahrain in the hope of making money from prostitution but usually ended up living in 'hell'. "They lose all their freedom and have to serve all sorts of people arranged by their agents," he said. (Source: The Nation)


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Phuket blast victims families accept compensation

Posted by hasekamp on 25 August 2012 at 16:56 PM
Families of the two Thai victims killed in the Tiger Discotheque fire on August 17 accepted compensation cheques of 1 million baht each during a ceremony in Phuket yesterday. The handover ceremony at the Tiger Live Band venue in Patong, not far down Bangla Road from the gutted disco, was shown live on Thai TV Channel 7 as part of a boxing match broadcast. The cheque presentations were made made by Tiger Group CEO Piya Isaramalai. Attending and serving as witnesses to the compensation package were Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha and Government spokesman Prompong Nopparit of the Pheu Thai Party. Booncherd Budkror, father of the late Duangporn Budkror, told the Phuket Gazette, “quot;Duangporn was the eldest of my four children. I am still mourning the loss of my daughter, but I have to accept it.”quot; “quot;Crying won't change anything. I am thankful for all the support we have received and I would like to say thank you to Tiger Group for not abandoning the families of the victims," he said. “quot;We will go to pick up Duangporn's body at Police Institute of Forensic Medicine in Bangkok and then head back home to Prachin Buri Province for her funeral," he said. The other recipient was Mrs Somboon Sudtasorn, mother of the late Nipaphat Sudtasorn. She accepted the check and left quietly with her relatives, declining to comment to the media. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Drug suspect shot

Posted by hasekamp on 25 August 2012 at 16:51 PM
Police yesterday shot dead a drug suspect during an operation to stop the transport of 1.5 million methamphetamine tablets into inner Bangkok. The shipment could have fetched Bt450 million on the street.
Suthi Suwanyusiri, 36, sustained six gunshot wounds and succumbed just outside the townhouse where the cache was found. "When he saw police, he jumped out of the house and opened fire," Pol Maj-General Suraphon Tuantong said in his capacity as deputy chief of the National Police Office's Narcotics Suppression Bureau. His accomplice, Sittichai Krudtiang, did not try to flee or fight back. Also present in the house were Sitthichai's wife, their child and another young relative. "I am paid Bt20,000 each time I help him [Suthi] by driving a drug-loaded car to a destination," Sittichai said. "I've done it many times before." Suraphon said police had been monitoring the duo's movements for a month and it was clear they were engaged in drug trafficking. In the wee hours of yesterday, Suthi drove a pickup truck to the rented townhouse where Sittichai was staying. Sittichai got into the truck and headed for the Pattavikorn Market, where he got out and jumped into another vehicle that was loaded with the illicit drugs and had its engine running. "Sittichai then drove the Jeep back to his house and started hiding the methamphetamine tablets when we decided to move in," Suraphon said. National Police Commissioner General Priewphan Damapong said this huge amount of methamphetamine tablets came from the North and they were about to be sold in inner Bangkok. (Source: The Nation)


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Damage in Phuket

Posted by hasekamp on 22 August 2012 at 18:29 PM
The heavy rains last night and the ensuing floodwater this morning have damaged several roads across Phuket, including the critical route from Patong to Phuket Town. A section of road that suffered a lethal sinkhole in 2009, about 150 meters from Sea Pearl Villas on Phra Baramee Road, last night washed away completely, forcing Patong council workers to shut down the lane. One Patong Municipality worker told the Gazette, “quot;We are now filling the section with rocks and smaller landfill. This will take a couple of days. “quot;We have already contacted the Phuket Highways Office to request that they repave the damaged section of road, but we are not sure when they will be able to do it,”quot; he added. When the section of road that washed away last night first collapsed in 2009, the mayor of Patong himself, Pian Keesin, happened to be heading down the hill towards Patong at about 5pm – just as the surface of the road was beginning to fall away, creating the giant hole. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Phuket flooded

Posted by hasekamp on 22 August 2012 at 13:02 PM
Phuket City Municipality this morning announced that Phuket Wittayalai School and Satree Phuket School, both on the north side of Phuket Town, are closed today after heavy rains last night caused minor flooding across the island. The news came as floodwater swept through several areas in nearby Rassada, affecting several housing developments, areas around Phuket Rajabhat University and the Radio Thailand staff accommodation. Radio Thailand officers told the Phuket Gazette that rising floodwater damaged many household objects. “quot;Those who could move possessions to the second floor did so,”quot; said one officer. Power was not cut off to the homes. Patong was also hit by minor flooding, with Phang Muang Sai Kor Road flooding as usual, causing traffic tailbacks in the area. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Public transport with flat fee

Posted by hasekamp on 21 August 2012 at 20:47 PM
Yongsit Rojsrikul, governor of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), said the government plan to collect a flat Bt20 fee for travel on all routes of Bangkok's underground and elevated trains would come into effect within two years. The MRTA has negotiated with its partners, MRT subway operator Bangkok Metro (BMCL) and the Skytrain's Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS). The time frame has been set for two years because the number of commuters will quickly rise thanks to the lowered fare, and the number of trains should be sufficient to demand. BMCL currently has 19 trains in operation, and needs to double that number to serve future demand, Yongsit said.
He noted that the MRTA would continue its expansion. The Blue and Purple lines, now under construction, were delayed by last year's flood crisis. The Cabinet will be asked to consider an extension of another 180 days for the construction falling under the responsibility of the private sector as a result of these delays. (Source: The Nation)


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Crown prince to visit flood prevention project

Posted by hasekamp on 21 August 2012 at 20:41 PM
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and HRH Princess Srirasmi will visit a flood prevention project in Nakhon Pathom's Nakhon Chaisi district Thursday and offer their own ideas on flood prevention. The Prince and Princess will travel down Klong Mahasawat on a Navy boat and head for the Thung Phra Pimol flood-prevention project. They will be boarding the boat at Wat Suwannaram in Buddhamondhol's tambon Salaya. The Thung Phra Pimol monkey cheeks project covers an area of about 275,000 rai (44,000 hectares) in Nakhon Pathom and Nonthaburi, and will involve 69 pumps at 17 water stations, which will drain nearly 18 million cubic metres of water per day. (Source: The Nation)


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Briton identified in disco fire

Posted by hasekamp on 21 August 2012 at 20:38 PM
A young British man was officially among victims killed in the Phuket discotheque fire last Friday. Institute of Forensic Medicine has identified one of the Caucasian bodies as belonging to Michael Pio Tzouvanni, 24. His elder brother, Joseph, has already signed for his body and been in the process of bringing it back to his homeland. "We have identified him from his dental records. We have also found his cell phone on his body," Assistant National Police Commissioner Lt General Jaramporn Suramanee said Tuesday. He said the young Briton died of asphyxiation and smoke suffocation. (Source: The Nation)


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Deforestation problems

Posted by hasekamp on 19 August 2012 at 21:24 PM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra expressed concern yesterday that the problem of deforestation in upstream areas could worsen the country's water situation and increase the chances of severe flooding and drought. Yingluck said persistent deforestation pointed to the need for reforestation projects to continue. Speaking during yesterday's weekly programme "The Yingluck Government Meets the People", broadcast by the Public Relations Department, the prime minister said dykes and water sluice gates in Bangkok that were damaged during last year's massive flooding have all been repaired. This week's programme was recorded on Friday during her visit to the Sam Wa Canal in Pathum Thani to inspect a dredging operation. The PM thanked the public and private sectors for their assistance in dredging canals. She said the government has requested cooperation from communities and the private sector to help take care of the canals, with one company per canal. Under a pilot project, 277 firms have taken part in caring for 307 canals, she said. (Source: The Nation)


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Fire in Patong disco

Posted by hasekamp on 17 August 2012 at 17:57 PM
A pre-dawn blaze at the popular Tiger Bar and Discotheque in Phuket has left four people dead and 11 people injured. Among the injured were four French nationals. Kathu Police were notified of the blaze at the well-known Patong nightspot at about 4am. Patong Municipality Fire Department rescuers raced to the scene with eight fire engines. It took them about one hour to extinguish the fire. The firefighters had to battle the blaze in the darkness, as power had to be cut throughout the municipality for safety reasons. Kathu Police said that the cause of the fire appears to have been related to an explosion in an electrical transformer. The identities of the four dead have not yet been released; all were burned beyond recognition. The most seriously injured person was 30-year-old Frenchman Benjamin Tallanotte, who suffered second-degree burns to 40 per cent of his body. He was among two victims who required admittance to Patong Hospital. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Many inmates get Royal Pardon

Posted by hasekamp on 16 August 2012 at 17:01 PM
More than 100 inmates at Phuket Provincial Prison were given a Royal Pardon today in honor of HM Queen Sirikit’#39;s 80th birthday and HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’#39;s 60th birthday. The Royal Pardons were granted by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej to 750 convicts across Thailand today, 175 of which were incarcerated at Phuket Prison. Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer Chaiwat Taepee presided over the ceremony, freeing Phuket’#39;s prisoners in the name of His Majesty. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Inmates drug network

Posted by hasekamp on 16 August 2012 at 16:58 PM
An Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) investigation into money transactions among Nakhon Si Thammarat Prison inmates has found a network worth Bt350 million linked to 300 bank accounts. Investigators suspect the drug-dealing networks among the prisoners could have a cash flow of at least Bt1 billion. The AMLO has extended the investigation to prison officials allegedly involved in or gaining from the drug dealing and is hunting for bank accounts opened for drug activities. AMLO chief Sihanart Prayoonrat yesterday reported that one five-inmate network at Nakhon Si Thammarat Prison had opened five main bank accounts linked to some 300 other bank accounts, resulting in Bt350 million flow from drug trafficking. The initial analysis of transactions found the involvement of prison officials in the network and bank accounts, he said. Most money-transferring transactions were made to Nakhon Si Thammarat on 1,214 occasions worth Bt33 million. But the rest were scattered among other bank accounts in provinces, including Surat Thani, Songkhla, Rayong and Bangkok. "The drug dealing from behind bars, especially in Nakhon Si Thammarat, comprises many networks and gangs and the trade value is estimated to be around Bt1 billion," he added. (Source: The Nation)


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Revival of 30 Baht healthcare

Posted by hasekamp on 16 August 2012 at 16:56 PM
Patients using the new Bt30 universal healthcare programme will be allowed to change hospitals four times a year once the revived programme gets underway on September 1, the public health minister said on Monday. Witthaya Buranasiri said the Bt30-per-visit universal healthcare programme will begin nationwide on September 1 with the participation of community hospitals, general hospitals, regional-centre hospitals and some private hospitals. Under the revived programme, patients will be able to use their ID cards to request a change of hospitals. (Source: The Nation)


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No smoking

Posted by hasekamp on 16 August 2012 at 16:53 PM
Smokers who light up their cigarettes at a public place will be facing a hasher punishment and the minimum age of cigarette buyers will rise to 20 if ongoing efforts to push for a tougher antismoking law sail through. "They will be fined Bt5,000 instead of Bt2,000," Deputy Public Health Minister Surawit Khonsomboon said Thursday about the new draft law. According to him, the draft law will also raise the minimum age of cigarette buyers from 18 to 20 years old. It will ban cigarette vending machines, Internetbased cigarette sale, and the sale of packageless cigarettes as well. (Source: The Nation)


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Her Majesty is 80 years!

Posted by hasekamp on 12 August 2012 at 14:11 PM
Thais nationwide are celebrating Her Majesty the Queen's 80th birthday and Mother's Day today with numerous celebrations and ceremonies. The main event will take place between 5pm and 7.19pm when His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn performs a Bhuddist rite to mark the Queen's 80th birthday in the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall in the Grand Palace, where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her husband will be among those in attendance. Afterwards, the prime minister will chair a ceremony to light candles to celebrate the Queen's birthday and to offer blessings and prayers for Her Majesty at Sanam Luang. An exhibition in honour of the Queen, jointly arranged by the government and private operators, remains open to the public until Wednesday at CentralWorld. The exhibition displays the Queen's contributions to the well-being of her subjects. Meanwhile, the Corrections Department has given inmates special permission to meet their mothers in person until tomorrow to mark the Queen's birthday. More than 10,000 people are expected to take part in various aerobic activities today to honour the Queen, organised by the Education Ministry's Department of Physical Education and the Tourism and Sports Ministry. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced a "Car Free Sunday" and invited mothers and their children to ride bicycles and explore Taling Chan district's canals near the Koh San Chao community as well as Khlong Lad Mayom market and Talad Nam Wat Saphan. Yesterday, the BMA orgnanised a Buddhist chanting ceremony involving monks from around the Kingdom at the Emerald Buddha Temple in the Grand Palace. At Siriraj hospital, where Their Majesties the King and Queen are being treated, streams of people yesterday turned up to sign get-well books for the King and the Queen and to wish them a speedy recovery. The queues continued throughout the day. The Queen yesterday skipped her annual address to VIPs such as the prime minister, the opposition leader, cabinet ministers and the top military brass at Chitralada Palace ahead of her birthday today because she is still recovering in hospital. The price of Jasmine, or ma li, the flower commonly given to mothers on this special day, is reported to have skyrocketed at markets throughout the country. Jasmine flowers are expected to cost as much as 1,000 to 1,200 baht a kilo throughout the Mother's Day celebrations. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Silver after all

Posted by hasekamp on 12 August 2012 at 13:59 PM
Kaew Pongprayoon got Olympic silver for the light flyweight (49kg) division boxing after he was beaten by Zou Shiming of China early Sunday morning. Beijing 2008 champion Zou was credited with all three rounds in a 13-10 points victory although the decision was roundly booed by the crowd at the Excel arena and Kaew slumped to the floor in disbelief when the referee raised the three-time world champion’#39;s arm. (Source: The Nation)


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Phuket celebrates Queen's birthday

Posted by hasekamp on 11 August 2012 at 18:19 PM
A host of special ceremonies are being held at different locations across the island to honor and celebrate HM Queen Sirikit’#39;s 80th birthday and to celebrate Mothers' Day on Sunday, August 12. Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha on Wednesday presided over the opening ceremony of a tree-planting event at King Rama 9 Park (Suan Luang) in Phuket Town to honor Her Majesty and to raise environmental awareness. One thousand tree saplings were planted at the event. The saplings were provided by the National Resources and Environment office at the Bang Kanoon Forest in Thalang. Governor Tri and his wife Nalinee Augkaradacha, who is also President of the Phuket Red Cross chapter, were joined by Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana, representatives from other government departments, students and local residents. Other ceremonies to honor and celebrate HM Queen Sirikit’#39;s birthday and Mother’#39;s Day will be held throughout Thailand this weekend. Such activities typically comprise similar “quot;life”quot; projects as well as alms offerings and homage-paying ceremonies, art competitions and award-giving ceremonies to acknowledge outstanding mothers. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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High reward for solving Kirsty Jones murder

Posted by hasekamp on 11 August 2012 at 18:15 PM
The mother of a British woman who was raped and murdered in Chiang Mai 12 years ago yesterday offered 10,000 British pounds (nearly Bt493,000) to anyone who comes forward with information leading to an arrest in the case. We paid much attention to this murder case when it happened. See our archives for details.
At a press conference yesterday with officials from the Department of Special Investigation, Susan Jones, the mother of victim Christy Sarah Jones, said she still felt a great loss in her life, especially with the murderer still being at large. "I believe there must be someone with information [that could lead] to the arrest of the one who took our daughter's life. As time goes by, one's loyalty is supposed to change after certain connections are over, which results in lingering hesitation in the past being taken away, and later the information [could] lead to filling in the missing jigsaw," she said. Jones was found raped and strangled in her room at the Aree Guesthouse (now closed down) in Muang Chiang Mai district on August 10, 2000. Guesthouse owner Andrew Gill was arrested and prosecuted, but later acquitted when a DNA test showed his semen did not match that found on the victim's body. The DSI took over the case five years later, finding no clues despite DNA testing of 22 other suspects, including many incarcerated sex offenders. The semen found on the victim's body was also tested in the UK, where experts determined it belonged to a man of South Asian origin. A senior DSI official, Songsak Raksaksakul, said the police's DNA database of 80,000 sex offenders turned up no match. He said the reward would be helpful in encouraging anyone with knowledge in the case or of the offender to come forward. Eight years remain before the case lapses under the statute of limitations. (Source: The Nation)


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Blessing rites for the Queen

Posted by hasekamp on 11 August 2012 at 18:11 PM
Monks across the country are holding blessing ceremonies for Her Majesty the Queen, who marks her 80th birthday tomorrow. "She is an exemplary Buddhist," Somdej Phra Maha Ratchamangkalajarn said yesterday in his capacity as member of the Supreme Sangha Council. The senior monk, who is also the abbot of Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen, was one of the monks presiding over a blessing rite for Her Majesty yesterday. Several senior monks, including the abbot of Wat Saket, attended the rite, which was conducted in line with the Lanna tradition. Somdej Phra Maha Ratchamangkalajarn said that though Her Majesty was considered the mother of the nation and had the highest status among women, she was very humble. "She has made huge contributions to Buddhism. She set up a fund to help ailing monks at Siriraj Hospital and also makes monthly donations to the Monk's Hospital," he said, adding that Her Majesty also gave alms every Monday and Friday at the Dusit Palace. The senior monk said a praying ritual for Her Majesty would be held at the Emerald Buddha Temple today, while similar rites will be held across the country on Monday. Culture Ministry permanent secretary Somchai Sianglai said the National Culture Commission had honoured Her Majesty with the title "Akarapiraksa Sinlapin" (Great Artist who Conserves the Arts), adding that a song was composed in her honour by national artists including Naowarat Pongpaiboon and Chalee Intarawijit. This song can be downloaded on www.m-culture.go.th. (Source: The Nation)


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Road crater in Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 11 August 2012 at 18:08 PM
Not long after a road in north Bangkok collapsed last month, a second incident occurred yesterday in Sukhumvit Soi 31 when work on water mains went wrong, creating a metre-deep crater overnight and causing heavy traffic congestion when an empty school van plunged into the crater yesterday morning. Deputy Bangkok governor Theerachon Manomaiphiboon blamed this on the contractor hired for the job by the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA), and set city workers to conduct repairs and fill the hole. (Source The Nation)


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Serious bus accident

Posted by hasekamp on 11 August 2012 at 18:05 PM
A Phuket-bound bus overturned on the Phetkasem Road in Phetchaburi's Muang district, killing two passengers and injuring 23 others, police said. The accident happened at 8:30 am. One of the killed victims was identified as Tuanjai Desanok. (Source: The Nation)


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Last hope for Olympic gold

Posted by hasekamp on 11 August 2012 at 18:03 PM
At least a silver medal is already within Thailand's reach when its last medal-hopeful Kaeo Pongprayoon outpointed Russian David Ayrapetyan 13-12 in the men's light flyweight 49kg semi-finals of the 30th Olympic Games in London on Friday.
Kaeo now goes up against reigning champion Chinese Zou Shiming, three-time world champion and two-time Asian Games winner, in the final showdown at 2.30am Sunday morning. Zou beat Paddy Barnes of Ireland on points in the other semi-final match earlier. (Source: The Nation)


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100,000 free WiFi access points

Posted by hasekamp on 4 August 2012 at 23:18 PM
The Information and Communications Technology Ministry will expand its free Wi-Fi project to 100,000 access points countrywide by the end of this month, ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap said yesterday. He said in the government's weekly TV programme "Yingluck Government Meets the People" that 10,000 access points had been made available across the nation already. Up to 250,000 access points will be available by the first or second quarter of next year. The speed at each point was around 2 megabits per second, Anudith added. Before the government's policy to promote equal Internet broadband access among Thais, only 12 per cent of Thai people had access to the Internet. After the policy was launched, 30 per cent or 20 million people could access the Internet as private and state enterprise sectors have expanded the Internet network and the government targeted to increase the figure to 80 per cent in 2015, according to him. He added that the project was helping prepare infrastructure in the country in preparation for the Asean Economic Community. Anudith also invited Thai people to try high-speed Internet. He urged them to search for "ICT Free Hotspot" and sign in with their names and ID card numbers to obtain passwords for Internet use. (Source: The Nation)


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Nakhon Pathom fears flooding

Posted by hasekamp on 4 August 2012 at 16:35 PM
Farmers in Nakhon Pathom have changed their ways in anticipation of more flooding this year and are worried that that the government's floodprevention measures will likely not protect their farms from severe inundation. Last year, many areas in Nakhon Pathom, 56 kilometres west of Bangkok, were severely affected by flooding and were under more than one meter of water. Many flower and vegetable growers could not reestablish their farms and have abandoned their lands. Those farmers who have survived have been struggling to restore their damaged fields and adjust their cultivation methods to deal with more floods. (Source: The Nation)


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Illegal selling of alcohol

Posted by hasekamp on 4 August 2012 at 16:32 PM
Despite awareness campaigns and legal actions against alcohol sales during the beginning of Buddhist Lent (this Thursday), stores were illegally selling liquor. There was even a new type of alcoholic drink launched on Asalha Bucha Day, the Office of Alcohol Control said yesterday. An unnamed store in Ubon Ratchathani is faced with a possible daily fine of Bt50,000 in addition to liability for six months in prison for selling booze on the prohibited days, said OAC director Dr Samarn Footrakool. Also in the northeastern province, a small shop was found to be selling alcohol and another shop had a drawing for liquor, both in violation of the 2007 antialcohol law, Samarn said. (Source: The Nation)


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More money for flood prevention

Posted by hasekamp on 4 August 2012 at 16:28 PM
The floodprevention budget for projects in all 50 Bangkok districts has been doubled to speed them up as the peak of the wet season is nearing, Bangkok Deputy Governor Theerachon Manomaiphibool said yesterday. A Bangkok City Council budgetvetting session approved the proposal to increase the budget from Bt75.1 million to Bt150.2 million. The money is available now for all 50 districts, at four different rates - Bt1.2 million, Bt2.4 million, Bt3 million and Bt4 million - all of which will be doubled. (Source: The Nation)


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