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  • VIDEO: Pattaya HOTEL FIRE – 400 tourists rescued

    400 people were evacuated after a fire broke out at a Holiday Inn Hotel in Pattaya in the early hours of Friday (December 6), but no casualties were reported. Officers from Pattaya Police Station were informed of the fire at Holiday Inn Hotel in Soi Buakhao, Nong Prue subdistrict in the Banglamung district at 4.30am. […]

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    400 people were evacuated after a fire broke out at a Holiday Inn Hotel in Pattaya in the early hours of Friday (December 6), but no casualties were reported.

    Officers from Pattaya Police Station were informed of the fire at Holiday Inn Hotel in Soi Buakhao, Nong Prue subdistrict in the Banglamung district at 4.30am.

    They rushed to the scene together with firefighters, disaster mitigation staff, rescue volunteers and a medical team from Muang Pattaya Hospital.

    Officers and volunteers helped evacuate around 400 hotel guests and staff, including foreign tourists, children, elderly and disabled persons to safety, while firefighters spent 30 minutes using water cannons to subdue the blaze.

    A hotel security guard said that he saw smoke coming from the balcony of a room on the front side of the building, and then the fire spread quickly due to strong winds.

    A preliminary inspection by police officers said that the fire had occurred at the front part of the hotel while the central and rear parts were still intact.

    The cause of the fire will be further investigated while the damage was initially estimated at at least Bt1 million. – The Nation


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    6 December 2019
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  • Hanoi considers BANNING traditional cyclos

    #Hanoi is considering a ban on three-wheel vehicles, including #cyclos, to cope with its rising traffic jams, accidents and pollution. A report by the city People’s Committee on the progress of implementing a 2017 resolution on managing vehicles to prevent traffic congestion and pollution said the city might “suspend three-wheel vehicles which carry goods and passengers and […]

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    #Hanoi is considering a ban on three-wheel vehicles, including #cyclos, to cope with its rising traffic jams, accidents and pollution.

    A report by the city People’s Committee on the progress of implementing a 2017 resolution on managing vehicles to prevent traffic congestion and pollution said the city might “suspend three-wheel vehicles which carry goods and passengers and cyclos.”

    Vehicles that deliver food and goods to supermarkets, malls, markets, and other commercial centers could only do so at night, and three-wheel vehicles used by veterans and disabled people must be registered with authorities to ensure they are safe and environment-friendly, it added.

    The Department of Transport has tallied the number of three-wheel vehicles used by veterans and disabled people.

    The committee is also considering policies to support and compensate these drivers and help them switch jobs if necessary.

    With a population of around 7.5 million, Hanoi has around seven million vehicles, with 2 million more regularly coming in from other places, mostly motorbikes and cars.

    The city is also considering banning motorbikes in 17 districts by 2030 and a road toll for cars in downtown areas to ease congestion.

    Cyclo rides are popular activity among tourists in Hanoi and other Vietnamese cities. – VNExpress


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    5 December 2019
    Vietnam News
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  • English private schools used to TRAFFIC Vietnamese schoolgirls

    English private schools are being used in a visa scam by traffickers to smuggle #Vietnamese schoolgirls into the UK so they can work as wage #slaves, a Times of London investigation has found. The UK permits children from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to study at private schools in the country on the Tier […]

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    English private schools are being used in a visa scam by traffickers to smuggle #Vietnamese schoolgirls into the UK so they can work as wage #slaves, a Times of London investigation has found.

    The UK permits children from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to study at private schools in the country on the Tier 4 visa.

    The Times found that, since 2015, at least 21 Vietnamese children joined private schools on the visa, but vanished from boarding houses or homes without trace, some in the dead of night, after as little as one semester of study.

    The news comes amid an investigation into the harrowing discovery of 39 dead Vietnamese migrants in the back of a haulage truck in Essex, England, in mid-October.

    Chelsea Independent College, London.
    The Chelsea Independent College, London. – Google Maps

    The schools charge fees as high as £25,000 (around $32,000) per year. If girls left after only one term, they may only have paid around a third of the annual rate.

    Schools which confirmed to the Times that Vietnamese girls in their care have disappeared since 2015 were:

    • Brooke House College, Leicestershire.
    • Chelsea Independent College, London.
    • Abbey College, Worcestershire.
    • DLD College, London.
    • Cambridge Tutors College, London.
    • Two branches of Bellerbys College, one in London and one in Brighton.

    In one case at Abbey College, a 15-year-old girl from the Quang Ninh province joined the school in September 2017, but did not return after the Christmas holiday.

    The Times report she was found working in cash-only nail bar in Yorkshire a year later.

    A former teacher with the Bellerbys school group told the Times: “At holidays they wouldn’t come back: there would be no answer on the phone. It was a loophole: someone realised this was a way of getting Vietnamese girls into the system.”

    The Times found that the UK Home Office approved 220 Tier-4 visas for Vietnamese citizens in 2017.

    Yvette Cooper MP, chair of the UK parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee, told the Times:

    “To have children coming thousands of miles from home supposedly to learn but in fact being shipped into slavery in Britain is unthinkable.”


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    5 December 2019
    Europe Headlines
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  • Vegetables and fruits in Thailand heavily contaminated

    Vegetables and fruits in student lunches heavily contaminated with toxic chemicals in #Thailand. Vegetables and fruits found in lunches for students under the government-sponsored lunch programme are almost 100 percent contaminated with pesticides and 99 percent of the urine samples from students and teachers in four provinces were tested with organophosphate, a deadly toxic pesticide […]

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    Vegetables and fruits in student lunches heavily contaminated with toxic chemicals in #Thailand.

    Vegetables and fruits found in lunches for students under the government-sponsored lunch programme are almost 100 percent contaminated with pesticides and 99 percent of the urine samples from students and teachers in four provinces were tested with organophosphate, a deadly toxic pesticide that attacks nervous system.

    The above alarming findings were the result of a research jointly conducted by Thai Education Foundation, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Field Alliance of Chiangmai University and Greenpeace Thailand during July 2017-October 2018 on student lunches in 55 schools in Chiang Mai, Pathum Thani, Sakon Nakhon and Phang-nga provinces.

    Student Lunches

    Vegetables which are widely used in student lunches which were tested include carrot, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, kale, long bean and tomato.

    However, only two types of chemicals were tested – organophosphate and pyrethrum because organophosphate are widely used in insecticides for fruits and vegetables.

    Thai Education Foundation secretary-general Marut Jatikate said that the most alarming findings appear to be the organophosphate residue found in 99 percent of the 436 urine samples from students and teachers in the four provinces.

    Organophosphate poisoning symptoms include increased saliva and tear production, diarrhea, vomiting, small pupils, sweating, muscle tremors and confusion.

    He said that the tests this time focused on two chemicals – organophosphate and pyrethrum – but they should have covered more toxic chemicals.

    Nevertheless, he said findings from this research would be sent to the schools and parents of students in order that they would change the menu of student lunches but switching from mass-produced vegetables and fruits to organic vegetables and fruits which should be safer.

    Besides the unsafe fruits and vegetables, Mr Marut said meat, meat balls and sausages used in student lunches were also found to be contaminated with borax and formalin. – ThaiPBS


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    5 December 2019
    Thailand News
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  • Google moves production to Vietnam as TRUMP turns screw on China

    Alphabet’s #Google is shifting its Pixel smartphone production to #Vietnam from China starting this year as President #Trump turns the screw tighter on China. The move comes as labour costs are rising in China along with added pressure from spiralling tariffs due to the ongoing Sino-US trade tensions. The US Internet giant plans to move most […]

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    Alphabet’s #Google is shifting its Pixel smartphone production to #Vietnam from China starting this year as President #Trump turns the screw tighter on China.

    The move comes as labour costs are rising in China along with added pressure from spiralling tariffs due to the ongoing Sino-US trade tensions.

    The US Internet giant plans to move most of its American-bound hardware out of China, including the Pixel phones and its smart speaker Google Home, Nikkei said.

    The company plans to ship about 8 million to 10 million smartphones this year, double from a year ago, making Vietnam a key part of Google’s drive for growth in the smartphone market, the newspaper added.

    Google will shift some production of the Pixel 3A phone to Vietnam before the end of this year, Nikkei reported citing sources.

    For its smart speakers, some production is likely to be moved to Thailand but the company’s new product development and initial production for its hardware lineup will still be in China, the newspaper said.

    Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter, outside regular business hours. – Reuters


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    5 December 2019
    Asia News
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  • American tourist ATTACKED by local MOB in Phuket

    Police have declined to explained what started a fight between an American tourist and a mob of staff from a seafood restaurant on the #KaronBeach, #Phuket that ended with the man fleeing a mob of more than a dozen angry locals. The incident became public after CCTV footage of the altercation and ensuing chase down […]

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    Police have declined to explained what started a fight between an American tourist and a mob of staff from a seafood restaurant on the #KaronBeach, #Phuket that ended with the man fleeing a mob of more than a dozen angry locals.

    The incident became public after CCTV footage of the altercation and ensuing chase down the beachfront road was posted online on Monday.

    Karon Police Chief Col Prawit Sutthirueangarun told The Phuket News today (Dec 4) that Maj Techin Deethongon of the Karon Police was called to the restaurant, Aof Seafood, at 4:30pm.

    At the scene, Maj Techin found an American tourist who Col Prawit identified only as “Mr Connelly”, 44, and three restaurant staff who were allegedly involved in an altercation with the American.

    Col Prawit identified the three staffers as Thai national Ms Theeraporn Thitayaporn, 27, and two Myanmar national men, who he identified as Ao Min Wen, 20, and Nadee, 21.

    While questioning the four involved, police were told that Mr Connelly had a conversation with the restaurant staff, when a misunderstanding blew out of control, leading to a fight as recorded by a nearby CCTV, Col Prawit said.

    The parties resolved the dispute through further talks, Col Prawit said, without elaborating on what started the argument or what the “misunderstanding” was.

    Regardless, all four, who Col Prawit confirmed suffered only minor injuries in the affray, were fined B500 each for physical assault. – Phuket News

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    5 December 2019
    Phuket News
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  • Four kilometer OIL SLICK heading towards Pattaya beaches

    The Royal Thai Navy has sent two ships to prevent a 4 kilometre-long oil slick from advancing towards #Pattaya and #Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast. The vessels are equipped with skimmers, oil booms and oil dispersal detergents contain the spill. The oil slick came from a sunken tanker, the Golden Bridge 2, that capsized and sank […]

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    The Royal Thai Navy has sent two ships to prevent a 4 kilometre-long oil slick from advancing towards #Pattaya and #Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast.

    The vessels are equipped with skimmers, oil booms and oil dispersal detergents contain the spill.

    The oil slick came from a sunken tanker, the Golden Bridge 2, that capsized and sank in high seas on December 3.

    It was about 15 kilometres from Si Chang Island off Chon Buri province moving west, according to the Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency.

    The slick is estimated to contain around 20,000 litres. The Golden Bridge 2 contained about 104,000 litres of oil when it capsized.

    GISTDA says it’s closely monitoring the slick’s movement using its Sentinel 2A satellite and has been analysing the situation via radar.

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environment fears the oil could damage marine life and corals around Koh Si Chang, just off the Laem Chabang coast, mangrove forests along the coasts of Phetchaburi province and even Bangkok.

    Three sailors were rescued from the Golden Bridge 2 boat, on the same morning that a Burmese fisherman was rescued by the Navy after surviving ten hours alone at sea. – The Pattaya News

    Thai Navy rush to contain oil slick in the Gulf - three rescued off sunken vessel | News by The Thaiger



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    5 December 2019
    Pattaya News
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  • Racing driver & actress survive horror Ferrari smash

    A well known Racing Driver survived with a broken right leg after crashing his #Ferrari into a cement barrier on the Sri Nakharin road outbound from #Bangkok about 3.30 am Wednesday morning. The front right of the vehicle was destroyed and Saravut Sereethoranakul, 36, had to be cut out. He was able to say that […]

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    A well known Racing Driver survived with a broken right leg after crashing his #Ferrari into a cement barrier on the Sri Nakharin road outbound from #Bangkok about 3.30 am Wednesday morning.

    The front right of the vehicle was destroyed and Saravut Sereethoranakul, 36, had to be cut out.

    He was able to say that he thought he hit an oil slick. Police are not sure – they think he might have been going fast, reported Sanook.

    In the passenger seat was a well known actress Sanathachat, 25, also known as “Fon Hormone”.

    She was only slightly injured. She suffered superficial chest injuries.

    Both were taken to Sikharin Hospital before being transferred to a hospital within the city of Bangkok.

    Sanook reported that Saravut is the owner of a well known brand of bird’s nest soup drink and is a member of the PSC Motorsport racing team.

    The accident happened near the Dynasty Tile Top ceramics shop outbound by some roadworks for the construction of a railway.

    Samrong Neua police are investigating. – Sanook


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    5 December 2019
    Bangkok News
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  • Thai students far below global average in reading, science and maths

    A new study shows that #Thai students are consistently under-performing in the classroom. According to the 2018 OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report ─ which measures the ability of 15-year-olds in science, reading and mathematics, Thai students scored below the international average in all three categories. The study, which was conducted last year but release […]

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    A new study shows that #Thai students are consistently under-performing in the classroom.

    According to the 2018 OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report ─ which measures the ability of 15-year-olds in science, reading and mathematics, Thai students scored below the international average in all three categories.

    The study, which was conducted last year but release this week, involved 600,000 students from 79 countries and economies and is used as a benchmark to evaluate education systems around the world by measuring the basic skills and knowledge of 15 year old students.

    In science, Thai students scored 426 points, well below the global average of 489.

    In mathematics, Thai students scored 419, which was also below the average of 489.

    In reading, Thailand’s worst performing category, Thai students managed just 393 points, while the global average was 487 points.

    Thailand’s score for reading was the lowest since the country was included in the PISA study.

    PISA.jpg

    Overall, the scores meant that Thailand ranked 52nd for science, 66th for reading and 56th for mathematics.

    Regionally, only Indonesia and the Philippines performed worse than Thailand.

    However, other ASEAN school systems including Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore all out performed Thailand.

    Meanwhile, other Asian school systems featured heavily at the top of the rankings.

    China was ranked in 1st place in all three categories, followed by Singapore, which ranked 2nd overall, Macao was in 3rd and Hong Kong in 4th.

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    In related news, education officials in Thailand this week announced plans to hire more foreign teachers in a bid to improve English language abilities of students in state schools nationwide.

    From next year, students will take extra English speaking classes in order to try and improve the English speaking ability among Thai students from the current basic level to that of international standards.

    No further information was released regarding where the new foreign teachers would be recruited from, but Thai officials indicated they plan to contact Phillippine Embassy in Bangkok to help with teacher recruitment.

    The problem with English teachers in Thailand is they can’t speak English


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    5 December 2019
    Thailand News
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  • Elderly Dutch tourist found DEAD in Bangkok’s Chao Praya River

    National police spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said that a Thai woman called Siriporn was helping police with their inquiries after a 73 year old man from the #Netherlands was found dead in #Bangkok’s #ChaoPrayaRiver. Johannes S. was dressed in long black trousers and a short sleeve black t-shirt. He was found floating near the […]

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    National police spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said that a Thai woman called Siriporn was helping police with their inquiries after a 73 year old man from the #Netherlands was found dead in #Bangkok’s #ChaoPrayaRiver.

    Johannes S. was dressed in long black trousers and a short sleeve black t-shirt. He was found floating near the Samut Prakan town hall in Muang district.

    There were no apparent injuries to the body which was sent for autopsy.

    Pol Col Krissana said that the Dutch man had entered Thailand on a tourist visa. He had known Siriporn (surname withheld) for two months.

    The couple had arranged to meet at a shop at 10 am on Tuesday. Johannes apparently told his girlfriend that he was returning to his home country.

    He was later found dead.

    The Dutch authorities and other Thai agencies have been informed of developments.

    Police are waiting on autopsy results and refused to give any more details.

    INN described it a mystery in their report. – INN

    The Epidemic of Tourist Death in Thailand


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    5 December 2019
    Europe Headlines
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