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  • Weatherman Predicts Coldest Period From December 7-9
      Most parts of Thailand are forecast to experience cool weather this weekend, when temperatures in the North and Northeast are forecast to drop to between 6oC and 12oC and as low as 1oC on mountain tops due to an intense cold front now looming over Thailand.   Temperatures in Bangkok and its suburbs, as...

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    Most parts of Thailand are forecast to experience cool weather this weekend, when temperatures in the North and Northeast are forecast to drop to between 6oC and 12oC and as low as 1oC on mountain tops due to an intense cold front now looming over Thailand.

     

    Temperatures in Bangkok and its suburbs, as well as provinces in the central and eastern regions, are also forecast to dip to 13-18oC from December 7th to 9th, according to Thailand’s Meteorological Department this morning.

     

    Because of the cold and dry weather, the department is warning of the possibility of fires spreading from the burning of farm waste and the malfunctioning of electrical systems.

     

    Strong winds and high waves are also expected in the Gulf of Thailand, with 2-4 metre wave heigh.

     

    (Source: – Thai PBS)

    6 December 06 2019
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  • Stunning! Thailand Cheapest Place For Medicines In The World, Says Survey
      Sanook reported that it was “stunning” that Thailand has been named as the cheapest place to buy medicines in the world according to an online survey.   America is the most expensive by far.   Female contraceptives and HIV medication are among the cheapest individual medicines.   Fifty countries were surveyed in the MEDBELLE “2019...

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    Sanook reported that it was “stunning” that Thailand has been named as the cheapest place to buy medicines in the world according to an online survey.

     

    America is the most expensive by far.

     

    Female contraceptives and HIV medication are among the cheapest individual medicines.

     

    Fifty countries were surveyed in the MEDBELLE “2019 Medicine Price Index”.

     

    It was a comparison survey of 13 medications from heart meds to Viagra, Asthma to Anti-depressants and HIV treatments.

     

    The method by which Medbelle came up with their findings is explained on their site as follows:

     

    We began the study by selecting thirteen prevalent pharmaceutical compounds in order to make a comparison on a euro-for-euro basis of how much medicines cost in different countries, regardless of whether covered by a healthcare system, or paid directly from the individual’s pocket. The medications chosen for comparison span a variety of common conditions; from heart disease and asthma, to anxiety disorders and erectile dysfunction. The average prices of both the brand compound and their generic versions were included in order to have a complete profile of each medication. Lastly, we normalised the dosage size in order to make the price comparable.

     

    Once all these figures were collected, we were able to calculate the median price for each compound around the world, as well as how far the actual price per dose in each country deviates from the median global cost. The results range from a +306.82 % deviation in the United States, to -93.93% in Thailand, highlighting a disparity in what patients pay for the same medicine across the world.

     

    Thailand came top with a figure that its medications were 93.93% cheaper than the world average.

     

    The rest of the top ten with some averages follows:

     

    2. Kenya 93.76%

    3. Malaysia 90.80%

    4. Indonesia

    5. India

    6. South Africa

    7. Russia

    8. Turkey

    9. Egypt

    10. South Korea 33.98% cheaper

     

    The most expensive countries for the 13 medications were

     

    1. USA 306.82% more expensive than average

    2. Germany 125.64%

    3. UAE 122.03%

    4. Italy

    5. Denmark

    6. Qatar

    7. Spain

    8. Netherlands

    9. Israel

    10. Iceland 56.01%

     

    Thailand’s rating for some drugs and their relative cheapest position among the surveyed countries are as follows:

     

    Erectile-dysfuction drugs: 31st cheapest

    Heart/Cholesterol: 20th

    Diabetes: 21st

    Female Contraceptives: 4th

    HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B: 6th

    Bacterial infections: 12th.

     

    (Source: – Sanook)

    5 December 05 2019
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  • British Man Receives Biggest Ever Fine For Running Illegal Streaming Service In Thailand
      A British man and a Thai woman have been charged with copyright infringement for running an illegal TV streaming service.   Those charged were found to be running the online service, as well as selling Android boxes preloaded with software that enabled people to watch pirated broadcasts of English Premier League football matches.  ...

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    A British man and a Thai woman have been charged with copyright infringement for running an illegal TV streaming service.

     

    Those charged were found to be running the online service, as well as selling Android boxes preloaded with software that enabled people to watch pirated broadcasts of English Premier League football matches.

     

    The pair were charged with infringing the English Premier League’s (EPL) copyright in Thailand and have been ordered to pay 15 million baht in fines, while 7 million baht of funds seized by the DSI will also be kept by the state.

     

    The suspects also received a total of three and a half years suspended prison sentences and ordered to pay an additional 3 million baht in fines related to running the illegal operation from Thailand.

     

    The total amount of fines is believed to be the biggest ever paid for copyright infringement in Thailand.

     

    The case brought about by the English Premier League (EPL) working in conjunction with Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations.

     

    The initial arrests were made back in May 2017, when police raided several properties in Bangkok, which were used to run the ‘365 Sport’ streaming service, as well as Thaiexpat.tv, Hkexpat.tv, Inoexpat.tv, Vietexpat.tv and Euroexpat.tv.

     

    Following the raids, two British men and a Thai woman were arrested. The two Britons were later released on bail at the request of the British Embassy.

     

    Thaivisa understands one of the men later fled Thailand and remains on the run. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, as well as for several other people who are suspected of being involved in the illegal streaming operation.

     

    “This is one of the most substantial compensations for piracy-related crimes in Thailand and is a stark warning to anyone involved in the illegal supply of Premier League streams,” said Kevin Plumb, the director of legal services at the Premier League.

     

    “Attitudes towards, and acceptance of, these types of operators in Asia are changing, which is good news for fans who watch Premier League content through legitimate channels. Those who don’t should be aware that subscribing to services run by organised crime gangs means they risk, not just the content disappearing when the service gets disrupted by legal action, but also exposing themselves to the threat of fraud and malware.”

     

    “We are committed to pursuing all those involved in providing illegal access to our content and are grateful to the Courts and the public prosecutor for acknowledging and supporting the importance of fighting piracy. Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation is one of the leading anti-piracy forces we work with and we thank them and the public prosecutor for their support in prosecuting this case.”

     

    Meanwhile, Pol Col Phaisit Wongmeuang said there were many cases of Thailand being used as a base for copyright infringements still under investigation.

     

    The action against the three defendants was part of Thai government and justice ministry actions regarding the digital economy and piracy.

     

    Many Thai and foreign companies have been hit by the piracy, he said.

     

    (Source: – Thai Visa News)

    4 December 04 2019
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  • Health Authorities Warn Of Dangerous Ingredients In Skincare Products, Cosmetics
      Deputy Minister of Public Health, Satit Pitutacha has warned consumers about Facebook posts touting facial creams that use such chemicals as mercury and hydroquinone to allegedly reduce blemishes and dark spots.   “A growing trend in self-care and beauty for both men and women as well as in cosmetics distributed through offline and online...

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    Deputy Minister of Public Health, Satit Pitutacha has warned consumers about Facebook posts touting facial creams that use such chemicals as mercury and hydroquinone to allegedly reduce blemishes and dark spots.

     

    “A growing trend in self-care and beauty for both men and women as well as in cosmetics distributed through offline and online channels tout the illegal use of mercury and hydroquinone, both of which are dangerous,” he said.

     

    A study by the Department of Medical Services’ Institute of Dermatology’s found that 25 per cent of 420 samples of cream distributed through flea markets and online channels in 2018-2019, contained a mixture of hazardous chemicals.

     

    “Mercury was the most common hazardous ingredient the institute found, followed by hydroquinone and vitamin A acid,” Somsak Akksilp, DMS director general. Said. “These chemicals can cause irritation, burning, redness and peeling. Moreover, some chemicals such as hydroquinone can cause permanent black marks on users’ faces, if the facial skin has already built up an accumulation of these toxic substances.”.

     

    Mercury is also dangerous for the nervous system, excretory system, and blood circulation and can harm the embryo when used by pregnant women.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    4 December 04 2019
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  • Chilly Mornings Forecast
    This vegetable vendor and her customer were well wrapped up against the cold at a market in Muang district of Kalasin province early on Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to drop sharply in upper Thailand over the next week due to a high pressure system moving in from China, according to the Meteorological Department. Director-general Somsak...

    This vegetable vendor and her customer were well wrapped up against the cold at a market in Muang district of Kalasin province early on Tuesday. (Photo by Yongyuth Phuphuangpet)

    This vegetable vendor and her customer were well wrapped up against the cold at a market in Muang district of Kalasin province early on Tuesday.

    Temperatures are expected to drop sharply in upper Thailand over the next week due to a high pressure system moving in from China, according to the Meteorological Department.

    Director-general Somsak Khaosuwan said on Tuesday that temperatures in the North and the Northeast would fall by 8-10°C through to next Tuesday.

    On mountaintops temperatures would drop to 1-9°C and there could be frost. In lower areas, temperatures were expected at 10-15°C, he said.

    In the Central Plains and the East, a 6-8°C drop is forecast, to 15-20°C, during the same period, Mr Somsak said.

    Waves in the Gulf of Thailand southwards from Chumphon province would be 2-4 metres high.

     

    (Source: – Bangkok Post)

    3 December 03 2019
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  • 75 Brands To Stop Providing Plastic Bags From 1st January 2020
      Around 75 brands and 24,500 distribution channels under the Thai Retailers Association will stop providing plastic bags from January 1 in a bid to reduce the whopping 9 billion, or 20 per cent, of plastic bags used in Thailand.    According to the Pollution Control Department, 45 billion plastic bags are used each year in...

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    Around 75 brands and 24,500 distribution channels under the Thai Retailers Association will stop providing plastic bags from January 1 in a bid to reduce the whopping 9 billion, or 20 per cent, of plastic bags used in Thailand.

     

     According to the Pollution Control Department, 45 billion plastic bags are used each year in the country – 18 billion, or 40 per cent, by local markets and street vendors, 13.5 billion, or 30 per cent, by retail shops, and another 30 per cent by department stores and supermarkets. Each Bangkokian uses eight plastic bags daily on average, which totals 80 million plastic bags per day.

     

    Association president Worawut Oonjai said that 75 brands under its umbrella joined forces to reduce plastic waste and signed an agreement to stop providing plastic bags on the fourth day of each month last year.

     

    Retail shops and department stores have from December 4, 2018, until August 31, 2019, been promoting non-plastic use with reward points. The effort resulted in a reduction of 2 billion plastic bags – a 4.6 per cent decrease.

     

    After discussions with department stores, convenience stores and retail shops in November, the association decided to introduce a campaign titled “Every Day Say No to Plastic Bags”, under which all its members will stop providing such bags.

     

    Worwut believes this campaign will produce more effective results than the government’s road map to eliminate plastic bags from Thailand by 2028.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    3 December 03 2019
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  • Tourists Flock To Red Lotus Lake In Udon Thani
    Blossoming lotuses draw hundreds of visitors to Nong Han Lake   Hundreds of local and foreign tourists are gathering at Nong Han Lake, also known as Red Lotus Lake, in Udon Thani province since early morning.   The lake, located in Kumphawapee district, is famous for the spectacular scenery of red lotuses that blossom in...

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    Hundreds of local and foreign tourists are gathering at Nong Han Lake, also known as Red Lotus Lake, in Udon Thani province since early morning.

     

    The lake, located in Kumphawapee district, is famous for the spectacular scenery of red lotuses that blossom in December and January every year. Coupled with the cool weather of the northeastern plateau, tourists flock to the area to escape the heat of the city.

     

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    Local villagers also provide boat-ride service for those who want to admire the waterscape and take close-up photos of lotuses. Nong Han Lake is also known for being an excellent spot for bird watching.

     

    Other than the vast number of flowers, the Red Lotus Lake is ranked the world’s second strangest lake by CNN. It covers a large area of 600 square acres, providing livelihood to over 60 villages around it. The water comes from six different creeks. Thus the lake is never dry all year round.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    1 December 01 2019
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  • Tourism: Thailand Set To Introduce “Double Tourist Visa”, Govt Secretary
      A leading government figure has said that Thailand is about to introduce a “Double Entry Tourism Visa”.   This will enable a visitor to go in and out of Thailand to neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Laos or Malaysia then return to Thailand to complete their holidays, Thai news site Post Today reported.  ...

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    A leading government figure has said that Thailand is about to introduce a “Double Entry Tourism Visa”.

     

    This will enable a visitor to go in and out of Thailand to neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Laos or Malaysia then return to Thailand to complete their holidays, Thai news site Post Today reported.

     

    Two land entry points are also being opened up 24 hours.

     

    One media outlet even mentioned that a “multiple entry” visa was being considered.

     

    Kobsak Pootrakul, deputy secretary general to the prime minister, told a conference that Thailand was considering a number of stimulus measures to help the tourism industry.

     

    He said that the target was to get 42 million people visiting the kingdom next year.

     

    Apparently 20 million did so in the first half of this year according to Kobsak.

     

    The double entry visa would have a time limit though exactly how long this might be has not yet been announced.

     

    Kobsak also mentioned the possibility of applying online.

     

    Changes to the visa arrangements appear to be in the latter stages of discussion though no timeframe for their implementation has been announced as yet.

     

    But there is one relative certainty – the border checkpoints for tourists at both Nong Khai and Sadao (the posts between Thailand and Laos and Thailand and Malaysia respectively) will be open 24 hours for a three month trial.

     

    Kobsak said this would happen either at the end of this year or the beginning of next. Following the trial the numbers would be crunched to see if it is worth continuing.

     

    In addition the number of VAT refund spots is being increased from the current five, he said along with plans to create walking streets at several popular tourist spots.

     

    The Deputy Secretary General’s comments come just a day after reports that room occupancy and tourism was 20% down in Pattaya.

     

    (Source: – Thai Visa News)

    28 November 28 2019
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  • All 4-Lane Highways ‘In 2022’
    If everything goes as planned, all national highways in Thailand will have four lanes (two lanes on each side) to accommodate more traffic by 2022, Highways Department director-general Sarawut Songsiwilai told the Thai-language Daily News yesterday (Nov 26, 2019). Eighty percent of the expansion project (about 4,239 km) is now completed, with 1,000 more kilometers to...

    If everything goes as planned, all national highways in Thailand will have four lanes (two lanes on each side) to accommodate more traffic by 2022, Highways Department director-general Sarawut Songsiwilai told the Thai-language Daily News yesterday (Nov 26, 2019).

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    Eighty percent of the expansion project (about 4,239 km) is now completed, with 1,000 more kilometers to be paved.

    Mr. Sarawut said the Highways Department has the “1586” hotline to receive complaints from motorists about poor road conditions and other related issues.

     

     

    (Source: – Thai Residents)

    27 November 27 2019
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  • Recreational Drug Users Warned Over Dangers Of ‘Magic Paper’ Hallucinogen
    Thai medical officials are warning about a recreational drug known as “death stamp” or “magic paper”.   The Nation reports that the deputy director-general of the Department of Medical Services, Dr Manus Photaporn, says the drug is popular with foreign tourists and involves the use of lysergic acid diethylamide (commonly known as LSD or acid)....

    Thai medical officials are warning about a recreational drug known as “death stamp” or “magic paper”.

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    The Nation reports that the deputy director-general of the Department of Medical Services, Dr Manus Photaporn, says the drug is popular with foreign tourists and involves the use of lysergic acid diethylamide (commonly known as LSD or acid).

    “Magic paper is basically blotter paper with drops of lysergic acid diethylamide, which is a type-one narcotic substance with hallucinogenic effects. It will be cut into small pieces like postal stamps, decorated with various patterns and colours, and consumed by placing it under the tongue. The drug will take effect within 30-90 minutes and lasts 8-12 hours.”

    Dr Manus says side-effects of the drug include rising body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate, coupled with dilated pupils, loss of appetite, sweating and shaking.

    “It also causes paranoia and hallucinations, increasing the risk to the user or others as such delusions can lead to attacks on others, self-harming or even suicide.”

    The director of The Princess Mother National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment says use of the drug in Thailand is not yet widespread, but some foreign tourists have been caught with it and the institute wants parents to be aware.

    “We do however feel it necessary to warn other parties and raise their level of understanding. Parents need not to be panic yet but should keep a close eye on their children’s behavior.

    If you have any questions regarding drug abuse, please contact drug hotline 1165.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    27 November 27 2019
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