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Lack of public transport?

Posted by hasekamp on 31 May 2013 at 9:34 AM
A 24-year-old local handyman says Phuket’s lack of public transport is the reason he stole a motorbike to go visit a friend. Phuket City Police arrested Koson Hongthong yesterday morning at the old weekend market on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Town. Mr Koson was found in possession of a Yamaha Fino that was reported stolen by its owner, Suraphong Makum, last week. “Mr Suraphong reported that he left his bike running while he got off to answer his mobile phone on Sri Suthat Road at 9pm last Thursday night,” Maj Kritsana Jannit of the Phuket City Police explained. “He saw Mr Koson run up, jump on the bike and ride off”, he added. Police arrived at the scene and waited for the thief to return. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Thailand should use more social media

Posted by hasekamp on 31 May 2013 at 9:29 AM
Good governance advocates yesterday urged the government to adopt new media, or social media, to boost the public's access to information because "to learn about a piece of information late is equal to not knowing it at all." The comment was made at the seminar, organised by Media Inside Out Group (www.mediainsideout.net) with the support of USAID Sapan Program. The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has already started making adjustments by having both a website and Facebook page to "change society with knowledge". While the public has the opportunity for access to content on new media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs), a post's power and influence still depends on the size of its audience, Foundation for Community Education director Chiranuch Premchaiporn said. Chiranuch cited US President Barack Obama's policy that promotes state agencies to use new media in providing information, gathering opinions and promoting public participation - because 80 per cent of American citizens now access social media. In Thailand, 18 million of the 66 million population use social media. (Source: The Nation)


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Royal guard attacked

Posted by hasekamp on 31 May 2013 at 9:24 AM
Officials are investigating the reported attack on a bodyguard of a senior member of the Kedah royal family at a Thai resort. Mohd Faizal Razali, Malaysian consul general in Songkhla, said his office was gathering information about the reported attack on the Kedah Council of Regency chairman Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badilishah’s bodyguard Sobri Mohd Said in Phuket. "We only learnt about it from the local media. We are trying to gather more information," Mohd Faizal Razali said. Sobri was injured in the attack at the Patong Millennium Resort early yesterday morning. The Sultan of Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah’s chief private secretary, Datuk Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah, said he was informed of the incident yesterday morning. He said he was told that only Sobri was injured in the attack. "So far, I have not received any other details of the incident. Tunku Annuar was in Phuket for a private visit," he said when contacted. Tunku Annuar, 74, is the brother of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. (Source: The Nation)


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Posted by hasekamp on 31 May 2013 at 9:19 AM
The new toilet law is a golden opportunity for the Bureau of Environmental Health to educate people about that most private of places. While the recent announcement that squat toilets must be replaced by sitting ones has been met with widespread dismay, the Bureau of Environmental Health found it a golden opportunity to educate people about their most private of places. "If people can talk about toilets openly, it's a good sign," said Pisanu Sanprasert, the bureau's director under the Ministry of Public Health, which has been promoting toilet access and hygiene for over a decade. Whether to squat or sit, the controversy has made Pisanu's work easier. One of his goals is raising public awareness about toilet hygiene and access to toilets. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Nok Air loses wheel

Posted by hasekamp on 31 May 2013 at 9:12 AM
The left wheel of the nose undercarriage of a Nok Air passenger plane fell off as it landed on Thursday morning at Mae Fah Luang airport in Chiang Rai, reports said. The right wheel was able to hold the weight of the Boeing 738 and prevent the fuselage falling on the runway. All 162 passengers and cabin crew of flight DD 8714 connecting Bangkok and Chiang Rai are safe. Nok Air chief executive Patee Sarasin said the front left wheel of the nosewheel assembly fell off because one of the bolts came loose. (Source: The bnagkok Post)


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Dozens of boats capsized

Posted by hasekamp on 27 May 2013 at 11:54 AM
Heavy weather wreaked havoc on the Krabi coast, across the bay from Phuket, flipping over 60 long-tail boats and injuring at least two this afternoon. Around noon on Saturday, rough seas capsized 10 longtail boats anchored close to shore, injuring one tourist, said Krabi Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Chief Thalerngsak Phuwayanapong. One tourist was reported injured, and was transferred to Phi Phi Hospital. Half an hour later, Mr Thalerngsak received word that heavy winds and high waves had hit the shore of Ao Nam Mao Beach in Krabi, turning over 50 long-tail boats that had also been anchored close to shore. Less than two weeks ago a large freak wave damaged 15 boats on the shores of Koh Phi Phi. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Explosion in Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 27 May 2013 at 11:49 AM
At least people were injured after what believed to be a homemade bomb exploded at a road-side shopping area on Ramkhamhaeng Road near the Ramkhaeng University Sunday night. Police said the explosion occurred at 8:50 pm at the front of Soi Ramkhamhaeng 43/1. Bomb squad officers were checking the scene. Police said nails were found scattered at the spot so the bomb was believed to be a homemade one. The blast damaged two shops. An eyewitness told police that the explosion happened at a garbage bin. The area was sealed off by police. (Source: The Nation)


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Elephant punished

Posted by hasekamp on 27 May 2013 at 11:46 AM
Tusks of a 27-year-old elephant in the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal have been cut after the beast attacked tourists on Saturday, killing a woman. The elephant palace's owner Laithongrien Meephan said he would fully support the attacked tourists and warned visitors to refrain from getting close to animals without a mahout's supervision or at night. A rite to trim Plai Ngam's metrelong tusks by 20 centimetres was held Monday after the beast on Saturday evening attacked a Saraburi couple, killing the wife and injuring the husband's leg. Laithongrien said the rite was to free the slain person's spirit that remained with the elephant after it had killed someone. Releasing the spirit would teach the beast a lesson about what it shouldn't do because elephants are large mammals with the ability to think, he said. After the rite, Plai Ngam would be chained in a corral indefinitely. Saying he was sorry for what happened, Laithongrien said Plai Ngam was a goodnatured elephant that never harmed anyone before. As the incident took place in its den, it might have thought the tourists wanted to harm it, Laithongrien said. (Source: The Nation)


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Their Majesties give aid

Posted by hasekamp on 23 May 2013 at 10:34 AM
Their Majesties the King and Queen yesterday graciously granted a relief kit and cooking utensils to a family who lost two children when their house burned down on Tuesday night. Pol Colonel Neramit Dusitakorn delivered the supplies to Chutikarn Pholnok, 39, the mother of Sanphit, 13, and his sister Natthapapha Pholnok, 9, who burned to death at their home in Phitsanulok's Muang district while she was working at a restaurant nearby. The Huaro Tambon Administration Organisation also gave her Bt50,000. Chutikarn said that because she was unable to pay her Bt441 electricity bill the power to her house had been cut of and she had to buy candles for her children to use while doing their homework. Later, she said, her neighbours rushed to tell her that her house was ablaze and though she went back to rescue her kids, she could not reach them as the flames were too strong. She is being treated for burns at the Buddhachinaraj Hospital. Police say they are investigating to determine the cause of the fire. (Source: The Nation)


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Thaksin should respect Rule of Law

Posted by hasekamp on 23 May 2013 at 10:32 AM
Senior Democrat Party figures called on former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday to admit to his alleged wrongdoings and respect the courts - to uphold the rule of law in Thailand. They said Thaksin had been a major source of political conflict in recent years. The remarks came in response to the fugitive ex-leader's claims that accusations made during the post-coup Assets Examination Committee (AEC)'s investigation against him were unfair. The investigation led to a court verdict against him in October 2008. Thaksin, who fled the country and has lived in self-exile overseas ever since, was sentenced in absentia to two years in jail for abuse of power. On Sunday night, Thaksin addressed a gathering of red-shirt supporters at the Ratchaprasong intersection through a Skype call from overseas. The gathering was held to mark the third anniversary of the dispersal of the red shirts' anti-government rally in 2010. Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday he was saddened by the fact Thaksin could not admit his wrongdoings. (Source: The Nation)


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Formula E Grand Prix in Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 23 May 2013 at 10:28 AM
Bangkok was yesterday chosen to host a race in the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship for electric cars next year. The announcement came during a special unveiling for the first time in Asia of the fully-electric-powered Formula E car, witnessed by Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoter Formula E Holdings (FEH), advisor to the Minister of Energy Pol Maj-General Lattasanya Piansomparn, and Chiruit Israngkun Na Ayuthaya, director-domestic MICE, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau. The Formula E car will be demonstrated again this November in honour of His Majesty the King's 86th birthday. Bangkok has been added to the preliminary list of eight host cities for its inaugural season - London, Rome, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. The remaining host for the 10-circuit race will be announced in September. (Source: The Nation)


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Railway market threatened

Posted by hasekamp on 23 May 2013 at 10:26 AM
Vendors at Bangkok's Rod Fai (Railway) Market Wednesday held a protest at the site of the demolished market demanding the right to stay and sell goods for another six months, saying they planned to hold more negotiations with the landlord, State Railway of Thailand, soon. The protest followed Tuesday's demolition of stalls at the market by an SRT-hired contractor to clear the site for construction of the Skytrain's Red Line (Bang Sue-Rangsit). Previously the vendors had asked the SRT for permission to stay on for another six months to give them time. (Source: The Nation)


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Thaksin offers reward

Posted by hasekamp on 23 May 2013 at 10:23 AM
Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has clarified on his Twitter page that as 10 million baht reward is waiting for each person giving information which leads to the arrest of an arsonist of the CentralWorld shopping complex on May 19, 2010. "Last night after I announced that I will reward the person who can catch the CentralWord arsonists with 10 million baht, My foreign friends phoned me and told me that they want to join me as well," a tweet said. "Now, I say that each person who can catch the CentralWorld arsonists will be given 10 million baht. For example, if five arsonists are arrested and the court rules them guilty, I'll give 50 million baht immediately. "I invite people of all political colours, together with the army, police, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officials, firefighters and staff at Central World to help find the truth," Thaksin said on his Twitter page (@ThaksinLive). (Source: The Bangkok Post


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Pizza with Thai durian in Shanghai

Posted by hasekamp on 23 May 2013 at 10:19 AM
A restaurant in Shanghai is offering affluent middle-class Chinese with a growing taste for the exotic a popular, if unusual, dish - pizza with a Thai durian topping. One of Thailand's most popular snacks, the pungent "king of fruits" has also long been used in desserts, cakes and even ice cream. The restaurant in Shanghai has taken it a step further, with its menu offering a Thai durian topping on a pizza. This unusual dish is the main drawcard of Blue & Brown, a cafe in downtown Shanghai, according to a report on Channel NewsAsia. Since opening in September 2012, the outlet has been selling an average of 70 durian pizzas each day, said owner Dai Ge. With imported frozen durian from Thailand, cheese and a secret sauce, it has become a hit with Chinese students and young executives. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Stubbornness

Posted by hasekamp on 23 May 2013 at 10:16 AM
Thailand's delegates to the World Heritage Committee (WHC) meeting in June will oppose any discussion on the Preah Vihear temple, the government says. Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk said he will ask the cabinet to endorse this stance next week. Although Cambodia has already listed the temple as a World Heritage site, a dispute between Thailand and Cambodia regarding what constitutes its surrounding area is pending at the World Court. Mr Preecha said nothing should be done until the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) verdict on the temple's vicinity is delivered. The judgement is expected in October. The Environment Ministry will lead the Thai team at the 37th WHC meeting, to be held in Phnom Penh from June 16 to 27. The government has assigned vice-minister Pitaya Pookaman to head the Thai delegation. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Hackers want to help

Posted by hasekamp on 19 May 2013 at 18:45 PM
The recent hacking of the prime minister's website set off alarm bells among the government's security watchdogs, but there are hundreds of well-trained hackers lurking in cyberspace ready to strike ill-prepared local networks. And while Yingluck Shinawatra suffered little more than a few derogatory comments being posted about her, professional hackers are reaping huge financial rewards estimated to cost consumers worldwide over US$100 billion (2.9 trillion baht) annually. Prinya Hom-anake, founder of ACIS Professional Centre, an IT security training company, said such attacks are more common than many might believe. A total of 2,960 local websites were hacked from September 2012 to last January, of which 1,250 were government sites, he said. A local hacker said hundreds of people in Thailand in recent years have undergone technical training in cyber security. "There's no doubt that among the people who have studied computers and network security, some act as hackers, both for good and bad," he said. The hacker community, which traces its roots back to the start of the computer age, differentiates among hackers based on experience, expertise and intent. "White hat hackers", for instance, break into security systems for testing on behalf of government agencies or computer security companies. On the other side are "black hat hackers", who will penetrate computer systems out of malice or for personal gain, either on their own or at the behest of other parties. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Trash on Phuket beaches

Posted by hasekamp on 17 May 2013 at 11:56 AM
Broken glass, plastic and wood with protruding nails washing ashore on Patong Beach have alarmed Phuket tourists, but local authorities say they our powerless to prevent the dangerous flotsam. Though officers from Patong Municipality’s Public Health Office collect trash strewn along the beach every morning, they are finding it difficult to keep the sand clear of debris. “It’s the same problem we get every year in the [southwest] monsoon season. Garbage gets washed ashore every morning,” one of the health officials told the Phuket Gazette. Lack of manpower was cited as a contributing factor to trash not being cleared from Patong, Phuket’s most-popular tourist beach. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Artificial reefs

Posted by hasekamp on 17 May 2013 at 11:53 AM
The rainy season will be the first real test for the artificial reefs placed in shallow waters along the coast of Phetchaburi's Cha-am district as they begin their mission of preventing coastal erosion. The reefs, which are partially made from lignite fly ash, were placed along the coastline on Wednesday. "This artificial reef will have to prove itself," community leader Chairat Tabtong said, adding that though he welcomed the initiative, he still had reservations. Under a project initiated by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), rows of artificial reef built using lignite fly ash - a by-product from the Mae Moh power plant in Lampang - were placed in shallow seawater along the beach in Cha-am district on Wednesday. (Source: The Nation)


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Bangkok traffic app

Posted by hasekamp on 17 May 2013 at 11:50 AM
Bangkok motorists worried about being caught in traffic now that schools have reopened can download the BMA Live Traffic app to check on routes and realtime traffic conditions in the capital. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is offering this application for both Apple and Android devices for free. Routes and traffic conditions can also be checked on http://traffic.longdo.com and http://www.trafficpolice.go.th/report.php. (Source: The Nation)


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Democrats want to give it another try

Posted by hasekamp on 17 May 2013 at 11:41 AM
A major reform of the Democrat Party, to revamp its internal structure, attract new supporters and position the party as a viable alternative to the current government will be ready in three months, ahead of an expected snap election, party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Thursday. He said the reforms would position the Democrats to serve either as a strong opposition or as the core of a future government, whatever the political situation and regardless of the current conflict. Mr Abhisit told a press conference on Thursday this was agreed on at a meeting of the party's executive committee on Monday. He was accompanied at the press conference by party secretary-general Chalermchai Sri-on and deputy party leader Alongkorn Ponlaboot, who put forward the proposal that the party should be reformed. Mr Abhisit said the party believes a snap election may be called late this year, even though the government's four-year term does not end until mid-2015. Therefore, the party needs to prepare. Under Mr Alongkorn's proposal, which was adopted, it was agreed that the party as a whole should be reformed. The party must be restructured to improve its administration and solidarity, and must open itself wide to encourage people from all walks of life to join and to work for it. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Heath of Queen improves

Posted by hasekamp on 13 May 2013 at 11:58 AM
Her Majesty the Queen's blood pressure has been normal and her heart rate is "satisfactory", the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement released on Friday. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination of the brains earlier on Friday found no deficiency of blood, a condition seen in the previous check-up in July 2012, according to the statement. No other complications were found either, it added. The Queen has been able to eat and sleep well. She also has no problems with walking and moving her limbs, according to the Royal Household Bureau. The royal physicians have advised the Queen to cancel her work schedules for a period of time and focus on physical therapy. (Source: The Nation)


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Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Posted by hasekamp on 13 May 2013 at 11:55 AM
Traditional soothsayers predicted good harvests, abundant food production and plentiful water at the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang near the Grand Palace on Monday morning. The ceremony was presided over by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, who was accompanied by the royal consort, Princess Srirasmi. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, government officials and a large crowd, including many farmers, attended the ceremony. Chawalit Chukhachorn, the permanent secretary for agriculture and cooperatives, performed as Phraya Raek Na or the Lord of the Ploughing Ceremony. Phraya Raek Na led two sacred oxen, Fah and Sai, to plough a furrow in the ceremonial ground. Four consecrated ladies in the procession carrying gold and silver baskets filled with rice seeds scattered them into the newly ploughed furrow. Walking alongside the plough were official Brahmans from the Royal Court who chanted and blew conch shells. The sacred oxen were offered seven bowls containing grass, paddy, maize, sesame seeds, soy bean, water and liquor. The oxen ate maize and grass. The Brahmin seers predicted a good harvest, an abundance of food and plentiful water. Phraya Raek Na was offered three pieces of folded cloth, each of a different length. The one he selected proved to be four kuebs long (four handspans, about one metre). Based on his selection, water will be plentiful, crops on higher ground will yield good harvests and those in low-lying areas will be slightly damaged. Rice seeds were strewn over the ceremonial ground after the ceremony, and the crowd rushed to gather them up. The ceremonial grains are considered an auspicious start to the rice planting season. Some people sell them. The price is said to be about 10 baht a grain in rural areas.
The ceremony has been performed in Thailand since the Sukhothai period, some 700 years ago, and is closely watched by farmers across the country. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Many fish sauces not according to standard

Posted by hasekamp on 10 May 2013 at 15:43 PM
Most fish sauces and many mixed fish sauces on store shelves across the country contain levels of preservatives that fail to meet safety standards, according to the results of a study released Thursday. The Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) surveyed the quality of fish sauces and mixed fish sauces sold in fresh markets and department stores nationwide. It collected 471 samples produced by 118 manufacturers in February and March. Of the samples, 242 were fish sauces priced at Bt10-Bt45, and 229 were mixed fish sauces costing Bt6-Bt18. The survey found that only 62.8 per cent of fish sauces and 37.1 per cent of mixed fish sauces met safety standards. For fish sauces, price didn't appear to be a guarantee of quality. The study found examples of sub-standard products among both expensive (Bt30-Bt40) and inexpensive (Bt10-Bt20) fish sauces. About 45.4 per cent of fish sauces priced at Bt21-Bt29 did not meet the standards. "We found that most fish sauces and [many] mixed fish sauces contained a level of glutamic acid relative to nitrogen that was either higher or lower than the standard," DMS director-general Dr Niphon Phophattanachai said. About 36 per cent of samples contained a level of glutamic acid relative to nitrogen that was higher than the standard, and about 9.1 per cent of samples had a level that was lower than standard. About 4.5 per cent of samples contained a level of benzoic acid or preservative agent higher than the standard. (Source: The Nation)


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Massive cyber theft

Posted by hasekamp on 10 May 2013 at 15:38 PM
Thailand was among 27 countries targetted by cyber criminals who stole at least $45 million by hacking into a database of prepaid debit cards and making withdrawals from ATMs. The massive heist unfolded "in a matter of hours," said the US prosecutor's office for Brooklyn, New York. Prosecutors unveiled charges against eight people accused of forming the New York cell of the plot. In their case, they allegedly lifted $2.8 million in cash and now face charges of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and money laundering. In addition to Thailand, the cyber thieves stole money from ATMs in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and the United States. Seven of the eight have been arrested, the US attorney's office said. The eighth, Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena, who was the leader and was nicknamed "Prime" and "Albertico," is reported to have been murdered two weeks ago, the office said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Once more illegal guides are arrested

Posted by hasekamp on 8 May 2013 at 22:32 PM
Tourist Police arrested two Chinese nationals in Phuket Town on May 5 for working illegally as tour guides catering to Chinese tour groups. Phuket Tourist Police Inspector Urumporn Khundejsumrit named the two men as Hung Jin Tia, also known as “Mr Tawan”, 34, and Cao Jiandong, 40. Accompanying Tourist Police in the raid on the men’s tour kiosk on Phun Pol Road was Jakrit Janjit, Registrar of the Bureau of Tourism Business and Guide Registration Phuket office. “We also seized a list of tour programs, a list of tourist customers and brochures of tourist attractions in Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga that they organized tours to,” Maj Urumporn said. The men were taken to Phuket City Police Station and charged with working illegally as tour guides. After justice has been served, they will be deported, he added. The arrests follow a protest against illegal Chinese guides by Thai tour guides on April 29. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Taxi drivers work on image

Posted by hasekamp on 8 May 2013 at 22:28 PM
News reports portraying taxi drivers as rapists and robbers always send shock waves across society. Yet such crimes blamed on cabbies have never really stopped, leaving a big question: Have all relevant parties made enough effort to prevent such crimes? The operators of taxi-rental services insist they have done the best they can. "I have never rented my cabs to complete strangers. If I don't know the guys personally, I won't let them drive my taxis. Exceptions are made only when the prospective renters are recommended by someone I know," said Weera Duang-prathum, 67. He has four taxicabs for rent and one to drive on his own. Samruay Phumipas, 41, said that though she sometimes rented her cabs to strangers, she strictly required proper documents. Public-vehicle driving licences, one of the required documents, are crucial in screening drivers. Former convicts who have been out of jail for at least three years are issued such licences only if they have completed their jail term more than one and a half years ago. She said she could tell the difference between honest drivers and questionable ones within days. Another owner of many taxicabs, Kannikar Nakadee, said she too had done her best to weed out bad people. However, she believes authorities such as police and the Land Transport Department need to play an active role in stopping taxi drivers from committing crimes. (Source: The Nation)


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May the government close websites?

Posted by hasekamp on 8 May 2013 at 22:23 PM
The Information and Communications Technology Ministry had been misunderstood and accused of blocking people's right to free speech following attacks from "ill-intentioned people", Minister Anudith Nakornthap said. The ministry had no mandate to shut down websites on its own, and would normally need a court order to do that, he added. However, defamatory remarks about the prime minister could cause a site to be immediately suspended. On Monday, Anudith was criticised for overstepping his authority by threatening to shut down pages that carried allegedly defamatory remarks against PM Yingluck Shinawatra by cartoonist Chai Rachawat on Facebook. Meanwhile, the ICT minister confirmed reports of his vow to take action related to criticism against Yingluck. He insisted he was doing his duty and that he had the authority to do so. He urged anyone who finds offensive messages on the Net to report them so the ministry could ask the web administrator to immediately remove the messages. However, he added that if the intention of the website was to defame the PM, the ministry had the mandate to "suspend the site immediately" and the people responsible could be prosecuted under Article 326 of the Criminal Act, which could lead to a year in prison and a fine of Bt20,000. (Source: The Nation)


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Thailand has 3G

Posted by hasekamp on 8 May 2013 at 22:20 PM
The 20-year wait is over. Thailand's first real third-generation mobile broadband service is on the air after mobile leader Advanced Info Service (AIS) made the first 3G commercial launch under the licensing regime Tuesday. After decades of delay, 3G service on the international standard 2.1-gigahertz frequency has finally come to Bangkok and 20 major provinces on AIS's 3G network of 5,000 base stations. Third-ranked operator True Move will roll out its full commercial 3G service on the 2.1-GHz frequency Wednesday, and No.2 DTAC will announce its plans Thursday. The moves mark a significant turning point in Thailand's telecom history, bringing an end to the decades-old concession regime and highlighting what looks to be a permanent shift in the country's mobile landscape. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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PM website hacked

Posted by hasekamp on 8 May 2013 at 22:17 PM
The website of the Office of the Prime Minister was hacked on Wednesday, with an abusive message pasted next to an altered photograph of a laughing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The message cast aspersions on Ms Yingluck's intelligence and her sexual morality. At the end of the page was a message in smaller letters saying "I know that I am the worst Prime Minister ever in Thailand history!!!" and the name "Unlimited Hack Team!!!". It has been responsible for numerous attacks, most recently on Channel 3 TV's website and the Culture Ministry's home page. The PM's Office's site was hacked at around noon Wednesday. Technicians struggled to deal with the problem. The website was still offline at the end of the business day on Wednesday. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Corruption intolerable

Posted by hasekamp on 5 May 2013 at 23:42 PM
With bribes hitting 30-50 per cent of project prices, and the public showing signs of becoming inured to the practice, corruption has reached a critical point, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) said "Back in 1997, people used to react strongly when it found that bribes were 10-18 per cent [of project]," Deunden Nikomborirak from the TDRI said yesterday. "Back then, they felt it was a very high percentage," she told a seminar held by Krungthep Turakij TV's "Business Talk" programme. However, people hardly reacted to recent research that found graft had grown much worse, she said. Thais might have already got used to corruption by now, she said. (Source: The Nation)


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Elephant killings get worse

Posted by hasekamp on 5 May 2013 at 23:36 PM
The chief of the country's largest national park says he needs help to combat the well planned poaching campaign that has claimed at least seven of Thailand's national animals in recent years. In early March, Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn was outraged to learn of another elephant killing in the area he oversees. A female elephant about 15 years old was discovered close to Krarang 3 Reservoir shot in the head and brutally axed, milk still flowing from her breast. Investigators reasoned that the elephant had a baby with her at the time of the killing. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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King and Queen miss ceremony

Posted by hasekamp on 5 May 2013 at 23:32 PM
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over rites commemorating the 63rd anniversary of Coronation Day of His Majesty the King, who had to suspend his own appearance due to illness. Her Majesty the Queen, who has been hospitalised since July, also did not attend the ceremony, which took place on Sunday morning at the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall. The event was attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the crown prince's consort, Her Royal Highness Princess Srirasmi.
According to the 65th announcement of the Royal Household Bureau released on Sunday, a team of royal physicians has advised His Majesty the King, 85, to suspend all royal activities for a while. The announcement said the result of an x-ray reveals that the inflammation in the lungs of His Majesty, found on April 28, has reduced. His Majesty is able to sleep but cannot yet take much food and is still tired. Previously, the bureau said Their Majesties the King and Queen would appear at the ceremony. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Phuket tour guides arrested

Posted by hasekamp on 3 May 2013 at 17:22 PM
Seven Thais working illegally as tour guides catering to Chinese tourists in Phuket were arrested in the wake of a mass protest on Monday demanding the government take action against illegal guides. The protest on Monday focused on Chinese nationals “stealing” the jobs of Thai tour guides, though those protesting also asked Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosuttirak to raise the cap on the number of professional Thai guides allowed to cater to Chinese tourists in Phuket, which now sits at only 80. By law, only Thai nationals certified by the Professional Guide Association (PGA) may be employed as tour guides in Thailand. Of the seven illegal guides picked up by the Phuket Tourist Police yesterday, two were found in possession of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine), said Phuket Tourist Police Inspector Urumporn Koondejsumrit. “The seven people arrested were Thai. They have all been charged with working as tour guides without being properly certified,” Maj Urumporn said. “Two of the seven have also been charged with possession of a category one drug,” he added. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Tours court to be set up

Posted by hasekamp on 3 May 2013 at 17:17 PM
The Justice Ministry is proposing the setting up of a Tourism Court to consider tourismrelated cases to help foreigners and Thais, Wirat Shinwinitkul, secretary general of the Office of the Judiciary said Tuesday. If the Attorney General approves the idea, the Tourism Court would first be set up in Bangkok, which draws the biggest number of tourists in the country, he said. The Tourism Ministry will be responsible for the court's budgets and rules while his ministry will help provide personnel, he said, adding he expected cooperation from police and public prosecutors. The Tourism Court will be held at existing district courts and will be open for service at night, as tourists usually go out in the daytime. "We are opening the court to protect the rights tourists and provide fairness to those who may receive unfair treatment from tour agencies." Trials in the Tourism Court could be low budget and require a quick response and processing, as tourists usually stay in Thailand for only a short period. He added Thai people could seek trials in the Tourism Court but their claims would have to be under set rules, such as if they were cheated by tourists. The setting up of the court is to respond to Thailand's entry to the AEC, he added. (Source: The Nation)


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Thailand still blacklisted for IP violations

Posted by hasekamp on 3 May 2013 at 17:13 PM
Thailand has been put at the top of the list of the world's worst violators of intellectual property for another year. The annual Special 301 Report by the US Trade Representative places Thailand on the "priority watch list" with nine other countries for the seventh consecutive year. "Ten countries - Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, and Venezuela - are on the Priority Watch List," the report said. The "USTR will seek to engage intensively with these countries, as appropriate, during the coming year." In theory, presence at the top of the watch list can bring punitive trade retaliation including special duties and sanctions. In practice, this never has happened. Thai officials were disappoined but not surprised by the decision. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Imitating movie leads to death

Posted by hasekamp on 3 May 2013 at 17:10 PM
A worker at a fruit orchard drowned on Thursday morning after he and two friends tried to imitate a comedy boating scene in the highly popular Thai movie Pee Mak Phra Khanong. The three workers took a break from weeding the orchard in tambon Mab Pai of Khlung district and went for a dip in a large pond to cool off. The agreed it would be fun to paddle a boat, just like the scene they had seen in the movie, according to Pol Lt Piyachart Krunant, the case officer at Khlung police station. Unluckily for them, the fibreglass boat they used had a leak. It filled with water and overturned. Pol Lt Piyachart said 17-year-old Anond Thongchai could not swim. He floundered and drowned before his friends could rescue him. The police and a rescue team later recovered his body, but only with difficulty. The pond is about six metres deep and Anond was at the bottom, about 30 metres out from the bank. Once he was taken from the water, his grieving mother and cousin threw themselves on top of the body, crying. (Source: The Bangkook Post)


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