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  • 10th dugong found dead in the sea off Trang province

    Another dead dugong was found floating in the sea, between Ya Island in Trang province and Ngai Island of Krabi, by a tour boat on Saturday. The find was reported to Mr. Witthaya Marknakorn, a mechanic attached to the 10th office of marine and coastal resources, by Mr. Somsak Panthumet, president of Trang professional tourist […]

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    Another dead dugong was found floating in the sea, between Ya Island in Trang province and Ngai Island of Krabi, by a tour boat on Saturday.

    The find was reported to Mr. Witthaya Marknakorn, a mechanic attached to the 10th office of marine and coastal resources, by Mr. Somsak Panthumet, president of Trang professional tourist guides, as he led a group on an island-hopping tour in the Andaman Sea.

    Somsak reportedly took pictures of the eviscerated dead dugong as evidence to be handed over to the officials on shore. He was also told to tie the dead dugong to some floating containers to make it easier to relocate.

    Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/10th-dugong-found-dead-in-the-sea-off-trang-province/

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    16 September 16 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=43671
  • Luxury resort development halted in Koh Samui

    Naew Na reported that a luxury resort development in Koh Samui has been ordered halted for flouting building regulations.  A raid was mounted on Saturday at the hillside property by a large contingent of local land and environment ministry officials.  The media said that buildings were being built over the 6 meter height restrictions and there […]

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    Naew Na reported that a luxury resort development in Koh Samui has been ordered halted for flouting building regulations. 

    A raid was mounted on Saturday at the hillside property by a large contingent of local land and environment ministry officials. 

    The media said that buildings were being built over the 6 meter height restrictions and there was not enough common area space in contravention of the rules. 

    An official said that many developments on Samui were flouting the regulations and were under investigation. 

    Thai Visa /  Naew Na

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    16 September 16 2019
    Samui News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=43668
  • Govt spokesperson insists flood victims not being ignored

    Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha attaches great importance to the operations designed to alleviate the grievances of flood victims and the government has procedures to compensate them, the government spokeswoman said on Monday. Government spokeswoman Naruemol Pinyosinwat was apparently responding to growing criticism on the social networks that the Prayut government was ignoring the plight […]

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    Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha attaches great importance to the operations designed to alleviate the grievances of flood victims and the government has procedures to compensate them, the government spokeswoman said on Monday.

    Government spokeswoman Naruemol Pinyosinwat was apparently responding to growing criticism on the social networks that the Prayut government was ignoring the plight of flood victims in northeastern provinces.

    The criticism came after Prayut visited Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani late last week instead of going to Ubon Ratchathani and other northeastern provinces hit by floods.

    Naruemol said Prayut was giving priority to helping flood victims and had instructed government agencies concerned to provide assistance in accordance with established procedures, starting from emergency measures to evacuate flood victims from their homes to delivery of food and drinking water to flooded areas.

    She said that once the water had receded, the government would speed up the surveys of affected areas to carry out rehabilitation work and also provide remedial measures to the victims.

    These include paying compensation of Bt50,000 to the families of each victim killed by the floods and Bt200,000 for homes completely ruined by the water..Those with partially damaged houses will receive between Bt15,000 and Bt17,000 compensation, depending on the magnitude of damage, she added.

    Moreover, other government agencies, especially the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, will provide help to those affected people.

    “Flood victims can rest assured that the government will not abandon them,” the spokeswoman said, adding that the management of the donated items would be transparent, with a committee in each province charged with distributing donated funds and goods to the victims.

    The Nation

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    16 September 16 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=43665
  • Italian and his Thai wife inundated with donations to “make the south more beautiful”

    77kaoded reported that a Thai/Italian couple who have been together for 12 years were inundated with 5 tons of donations after they made an appeal earlier in the year for old cosmetics that people didn’t want.  Somkhuan, 42 and her husband Grabby, 35, intended for the cosmetics to be used first of all to make-up […]

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    77kaoded reported that a Thai/Italian couple who have been together for 12 years were inundated with 5 tons of donations after they made an appeal earlier in the year for old cosmetics that people didn’t want. 

    Somkhuan, 42 and her husband Grabby, 35, intended for the cosmetics to be used first of all to make-up the faces of people who had died at hospitals in the south. 

    This has now been expanded to hand out the cosmetics to poor schools in the region for use in school productions. 

    The cosmetics will also help the children learn about make-up techniques. 

    Grabby said he loves his wife very much and helps out when he can. He runs a business catering to the foreign community. 

    If his wife is busy with the charity work he is more than happy to chip in with the housework. 

    The couple have already put in 200,000 baht of their own money so that parcels could be sent free of charge. 

    This is now over but the donations continued to pour in meaning they needed to find extra space for the mountain of 200,000 items. 

    Thai Visa /  77kaoded

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    16 September 16 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=43662
  • Frenchman attacked by ladyboy in Pattaya

    77kaoded reported that a 43 year old French national went on a motorcycle taxi to the Pattaya police at 5.30 am this morning after he was attacked by a hungry lady boy.  The Frenchman told the cops that he had been pestered by the lady boy in Walking Street.  The “katoey” wanted food but he […]

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    77kaoded reported that a 43 year old French national went on a motorcycle taxi to the Pattaya police at 5.30 am this morning after he was attacked by a hungry lady boy. 

    The Frenchman told the cops that he had been pestered by the lady boy in Walking Street. 

    The “katoey” wanted food but he said he was not in a financial position to help and refused her advances. 

    He/She lashed out at him and the Frenchman decided to flee on a motorcycle taxi.

    Then he was kicked in the neck. 

    The “man from the land of perfume” (as the headline stated) then went with the “win” (motorcycle taxi guy) to the Pattaya Police station to report the incident. 

    A patrol was sent to Walking Street where a tall and seemingly well endowed 34 year old Thai man in a white dress was arrested and later charged. 

    Thai Visa /  77kaoded

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    16 September 16 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=43659
  • No place to hide: Immigration’s new biometric system nabs 45,000 overstaying foreigners in Thailand

    Thailand’s immigration chief has hailed the new biometrics system that has been installed in the country saying that the international standard system is making Thailand look good.  It has resulted in thousands of arrests and also in millions of baht in fines to help pay for the 2 billion baht system.  At a press conference […]

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    Thailand’s immigration chief has hailed the new biometrics system that has been installed in the country saying that the international standard system is making Thailand look good. 

    It has resulted in thousands of arrests and also in millions of baht in fines to help pay for the 2 billion baht system. 

    At a press conference at the weekend there were several vinyl boards to add to the hype and the word “biometrics” was everywhere along with “jeng eek laew” – referring to it as a “cool” system that strikes again.

    As evidence of this Lt-Gen Sompong “Big Oud” Chingduang announced the arrests of eight foreigners using Thailand as an intermediate country to travel to destinations like asylum in the UK and work in South Korea. 

    In the first case on September 11th three Iranians – father and children – were stopped in Thailand on fake Greek passports they had bought for 50,000 Euros (1.7 million baht) in Turkey. They were heading to the UK via Thailand.

    Later the same day another Iranian using the same route was stopped. In these two cases two of the passports showed up via biometrics as having been on an Interpol stolen list. 

    On the 12th a Syrian man and two Palestinian women used Thailand as a third country to travel via Abu Dhabi using fake Swedish passports bought at a cost of 12,500 Euros or 375,000 baht each. 

    Friday the 13th proved unlucky for a Nigerian who was no match for the biometrics system. Mentioning his skin color as “black” Naew Na said that he was travelling on a fake South African passport he had got from a South African agent in Turkey. 

    The Nigerian had gone to Qatar and was travelling through Thailand on his way to work in South Korea when he was stopped. 

    Lt-Gen Sompong said that the biometrics system had checked a total of 17 million people so far finding 1,123 on blacklists, 45,669 overstaying in Thailand and resulted in immigration coffers being swelled by 81 million baht in fines. 

    He said that the new system was of an international standard and had brought Thailand recognition from authorities around the world as a place with international standards. 

    Thai Visa /  Naew Na

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    16 September 16 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=43656
  • “Nasty Gamer” no match for the Thai police!

    An online gamer described as a nasty piece of work in the Thai media has been arrested by the Bang Sri Muang police. The constabulary laid in wait after finding out from their sources that suspect Nattaphon “Art”, 26, frequently used an ATM outside a convenience store in rewadee Soi 57. He turned up to […]

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    An online gamer described as a nasty piece of work in the Thai media has been arrested by the Bang Sri Muang police.

    The constabulary laid in wait after finding out from their sources that suspect Nattaphon “Art”, 26, frequently used an ATM outside a convenience store in rewadee Soi 57.

    He turned up to do just that and was taken into custody.

    He has been charged with fraud and fraudulent use of data. 

    The case stemmed from a complaint made by a 22 year old man who was selling a game and who was conned out of 8,000 baht after the suspect used a bogus Facebook account in the name of a third party to fool him into transferring money. 

    The suspect was making 80,000 baht a month in the scam that had taken place over the last two years. It involved the buying and selling of games. 

    Sanook said that the case had been the talk of the gaming community on the popular Pantip site.

    Sanook

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    15 September 15 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=43653
  • Over half of the captive tigers taken from the Tiger Temple three years have died of tongue paralysis from stress

    Eighty-six out of a total of 147 tigers kept at two wildlife breeding stations in Ratchaburi province after they were confiscated from a forest monastery in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi about three years ago have died from Laryngeal tongue paralysis. A well-informed source told Thai PBS that some of the tigers were diagnosed of […]

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    Eighty-six out of a total of 147 tigers kept at two wildlife breeding stations in Ratchaburi province after they were confiscated from a forest monastery in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi about three years ago have died from Laryngeal tongue paralysis.

    A well-informed source told Thai PBS that some of the tigers were diagnosed of suffering from Laryngeal tongue paralysis when they were first moved from Luangta Bua Yannasampanno forest monastery in Kanchanaburi province to the Khao Pratab Chang wildlife breeding station in Ratchaburi province in June 2016.

    The source said that most of the tigers confiscated from the forest monastery, also known as Tiger Temple which used to be a tourist attraction, were captive bred Siberian tigers and, therefore, did not have natural immunity, rendering them weak and susceptible to diseases.

    Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/over-half-of-the-captive-tigers-taken-from-the-tiger-temple-three-years-have-died-of-tongue-paralysis-from-stress/

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    15 September 15 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=43650
  • Worries rise as baht scales six-year high

    The baht continued its upward trend, appreciating to Bt30.42 to the US dollar on Friday, up from Bt30.67 the previous Friday, after having risen to a six-year high of Bt30.36 at some time during the day. Regional currencies also moved up against the US dollar as markets expressed relief about the trade war and the […]

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    The baht continued its upward trend, appreciating to Bt30.42 to the US dollar on Friday, up from Bt30.67 the previous Friday, after having risen to a six-year high of Bt30.36 at some time during the day.

    Regional currencies also moved up against the US dollar as markets expressed relief about the trade war and the European Central Bank (ECB)’s latest monetary easing.

    The ECB cut its deposit facility rate, paid by banks on reserves parked with the ECB, to deeper negative territory from minus 0.4 per cent to minus 0.5 per cent and resumed bond purchases to encourage banks to lend more.

    The measures came as Germany, Europe’s largest economy, showed signs of a looming recession. US President Donald Trump delayed tariff hikes on Chinese goods and China also postponed increasing tariffs on US goods.

    The Kasikorn Research Centre forecast that the baht may move in a range of Bt30.20 and Bt30.60 a dollar next week.

    Investors are awaiting latest developments in the trade war, the developments in Brexit, the meeting of the US Federal Reserve on September 17-18, the meeting of the Bank of Japan and Chinese economic indicators. Investors are also eagerly awaiting key economic indicators in the US, including a survey of industrial activities by the Fed’s New York branch; business trends by the Fed’s Philadelphia branch; the housing index in September; industrial production, second-home sales, housing starts in August and net capital flows in July, the research house added.

    Exporters, economists and overseas Thai workers have long complained about the appreciating baht damaging exports, farm products and causing exchange losses for overseas Thai workers, adversely impacting the overall economy. Thai investors who invested in foreign equities were also facing exchange rate losses when repatriating money due to the rising baht.

     The Nation

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    15 September 15 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=43647
  • Man crushed to death on railway line in Nakhon Ratchasima

    A Thai man in his 30s was crushed to death by a train at 2am on Saturday at the Sikhiu train station in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Pol Captain Teerapong Pinijmontri said the man appeared to have stepped out of a train at the station and walked across the railway tracks when he appears to have […]

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    A Thai man in his 30s was crushed to death by a train at 2am on Saturday at the Sikhiu train station in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

    Pol Captain Teerapong Pinijmontri said the man appeared to have stepped out of a train at the station and walked across the railway tracks when he appears to have fallen and been crushed by an oncoming train.

    Police are investigating if the man, found to be carrying the Thai ID card of Buri Ram resident Butr Hanchiew, 36, had committed suicide or accidentally fainted and fallen on the tracks.

    Preliminary investigation showed that the man had stepped off an Ubon Ratchathani-bound train and walked across before he dropped down, as if to lie down on the ground. His body was sent to Sikhiu Hospital for autopsy and police would contact his relatives to collect the body for religious rites soon.

    The Nation

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    15 September 15 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=43644