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  • Forget July, 2 a.m. Closing for Thailand’s Bars Effective Now

    Forget July, 2 a.m. Closing for Thailand’s Bars Effective Now is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Disguised by bureaucratic babble in Thursday’s order ending Thailand’s mask mandate was permission for the country’s nightlife industry to resume normal hours. The multi-point order, published late Thursday night in the Royal Gazette, meant that, effective immediately, was the “extension of time for enforcement of disease control and prevention measures”. No one but the bureaucrats […]

    Forget July, 2 a.m. Closing for Thailand’s Bars Effective Now is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Forget July, 2 a.m. Closing for Thailand’s Bars Effective Now is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Disguised by bureaucratic babble in Thursday’s order ending Thailand’s mask mandate was permission for the country’s nightlife industry to resume normal hours.

    The multi-point order, published late Thursday night in the Royal Gazette, meant that, effective immediately, was the “extension of time for enforcement of disease control and prevention measures”.

    No one but the bureaucrats were quite sure what meant at the time, but it turns out those were the words bar owners have been waiting to hear for more than two years: They can go back to 2019 hours.

    If was were any doubt, it was removed Friday when Chonburi Gov. Gov. Pakarathorn Thienchai released his local order reconfirming the Royal Gazette, explicating stating bars, clubs, karaoke joints, soapy massage parlors and other nightlife venues can stay open until the time specified in local law.

    For places such as Walking Street in Pattaya and the three “entertainment zones” in Bangkok, including Nana Plaza and the RCA club district, that means 2 a.m. closing is now legal.

    Outside the zones, the law technically says bars must close at midnight, but that rarely was the case before the coronavirus pandemic. Pubs usually closed up around 1 a.m. while nightclubs went until 4 a.m. or later.

    The government noted that, to qualify for normal hours, pubs, bars and the like must have the Thai Stop Covid-2 Plus certification from the Ministry of Public Health.

    Of course, this being Thailand, while the law now says 2 a.m. closing is legal, whether it happens or not remains up to local police, who, at least the past two nights, stubbornly have stuck to the July 1 effective date initially proposed.

    Early closing over the past 27 months been a windfall for the corrupt-to-the-core Royal Thai Police. Bars wanting to reopen without the proper licenses or certifications, or legal ones simply trying to stay open later, have paid hundreds of millions of baht, if not more, since March 2020 to dirty cops.

    Need more evidence? Four Chiang Rai officers were arrested Friday for taking a million baht in bribes to turn a blind eye to Chinese porn-movie makers filming sex shows at two resorts in Muang District in the northern province.

    Police are loathe to see the early-closing gravy train end and will drag out midnight closing for as long as they can.

    Forget July, 2 a.m. Closing for Thailand’s Bars Effective Now is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    25 June 2022
    Entertainment
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=9888
  • Covid-19 Hospitalizations Jump 10% After Bar Reopening, Seen Rising as BA.4/BA.5 Spreads

    Covid-19 Hospitalizations Jump 10% After Bar Reopening, Seen Rising as BA.4/BA.5 Spreads is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Covid-19 patients admitted to Bangkok hospitals has risen 10% since Thailand’s bars and nightlife industry were allowed to fully reopen this month. Dr. Somsak Akksilp, director-general of the Department of Medical Services, said May saw about 900 Covid-19 patients at hospitals in the capital. That number is now above 1,000 and is projected to rise […]

    Covid-19 Hospitalizations Jump 10% After Bar Reopening, Seen Rising as BA.4/BA.5 Spreads is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Covid-19 Hospitalizations Jump 10% After Bar Reopening, Seen Rising as BA.4/BA.5 Spreads is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Covid-19 patients admitted to Bangkok hospitals has risen 10% since Thailand’s bars and nightlife industry were allowed to fully reopen this month.

    Dr. Somsak Akksilp, director-general of the Department of Medical Services, said May saw about 900 Covid-19 patients at hospitals in the capital. That number is now above 1,000 and is projected to rise further with the emergence of two coronavirus omicron subvariants in Thailand.

    The DMS said June 24 the BA.4 and BA.5 strains of omicron now have been found 200 times. There are many, many more, however, as not all samples are sequenced.

    There are currently five omicron subspecies or descendant lineages, but BA.4 and BA.5 are the most concerning as they mutate the L452R DNA node, which was the same as the much-more-deadly delta variant, causing more harm to human lungs than previous strains.

    None of those 200 cases were severe or fatal.

    But medical experts feel the more-serious and more-transmissable BA.4 and B.5 subvariants will exacerbate a rising trend in cases and hospitalizations just as Thailand fully reopens. The government is anxious to declare Covid-19 endemic, but the coronavirus may not cooperate.

    Those infected with the original omicron BA.1 or BA.2 in can be reinfected with BA.4 or BA.5.

    Thailand on Saturday reported 2,236 official new Covid-19 cases and 16 fatalities. In addition, there were 3,637 unofficial positive antigen tests. Another 114 people were admitted to hospitals.

    Covid-19 Hospitalizations Jump 10% After Bar Reopening, Seen Rising as BA.4/BA.5 Spreads is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    25 June 2022
    Coronavirus
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=9892
  • Bangkok Sets 7 Zones for Legal Protests

    Bangkok Sets 7 Zones for Legal Protests is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Bangkok Gov. Chadchart Sittipunt announced seven area to accommodate demonstrations in line with the Public Assembly Act. The venue plan is aimed at keeping order and protecting national security, public safety and the rights of general people, Chadchart said. The seven zones are: Town Square in front of City Hall in Phra Nakhon District The […]

    Bangkok Sets 7 Zones for Legal Protests is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Bangkok Sets 7 Zones for Legal Protests is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Bangkok Gov. Chadchart Sittipunt announced seven area to accommodate demonstrations in line with the Public Assembly Act.

    The venue plan is aimed at keeping order and protecting national security, public safety and the rights of general people, Chadchart said.

    The seven zones are:

    • Town Square in front of City Hall in Phra Nakhon District
    • The Bangkok Youth Center in Din Daeng District
    • A public square under the Ratchawipha interchange in Chatuchak District
    • The parking lot in front of the Phra Khanong District office
    • The 72nd Anniversary Stadium in Min Buri District
    • The Chaloem Phrakiat Sports Center in Thung Khru District
    • Monthon Phirom Park in Taling Chan District

    Demonstration organizers must inform respective district offices of their plans at least 24 hours in advance so that relevant officials will have enough time to prepare facilities and security measures for demonstrators.

    Organizers and demonstrators are required to protect government-owned property and will be held responsible if their demonstrations cause damage to government-owned property.

    Bangkok Sets 7 Zones for Legal Protests is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    25 June 2022
    Bangkok
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=9880
  • Pheu Thai: End Emergency Decree

    Pheu Thai: End Emergency Decree is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The opposition Pheu Thai Party demanded the government end the Executive Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations as the local Covid-19 situation has improved. Pheu Thai leader Cholnan Srikaew and other party executives said the imposition of the state-of-emergency law was no longer necessary for Covid-19 control because the government was about to declare […]

    Pheu Thai: End Emergency Decree is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Pheu Thai: End Emergency Decree is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The opposition Pheu Thai Party demanded the government end the Executive Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations as the local Covid-19 situation has improved.

    Pheu Thai leader Cholnan Srikaew and other party executives said the imposition of the state-of-emergency law was no longer necessary for Covid-19 control because the government was about to declare it an endemic disease.

    Pheu Thai spokeswoman Theerarat Samrejvanich said the government could instead exercise the Disease Control Act to control Covid-19 and an end to the imposition of the emergency law could revive investors’ confidence and the tourism sector.

    The continued imposition of the emergency decree only indicated that the prime minister did not want political rallies and the law was used to limit people’s rights and freedom, she said.

    After ending the emergency law imposition, prosecution against demonstrators including young ones should stop accordingly. They had no ill intentions against the country but only wanted to express opinions and criticize the government’s work, Theerarat said.

    Pheu Thai: End Emergency Decree is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    25 June 2022
    Coronavirus
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=9884
  • It’s Official: Masks Now ‘Voluntary’ in Thailand

    It’s Official: Masks Now ‘Voluntary’ in Thailand is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Mask-wearing in Thailand is now voluntary after a surprise late-night publication of the public-health order in the Royal Gazette Thursday. Published at 10 p.m., the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration order covering the relaxation of eight coronavirus controls included the much-anticipated end of the country’s mask mandate. While not explicitly stating that the wearing a […]

    It’s Official: Masks Now ‘Voluntary’ in Thailand is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    It’s Official: Masks Now ‘Voluntary’ in Thailand is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Mask-wearing in Thailand is now voluntary after a surprise late-night publication of the public-health order in the Royal Gazette Thursday.

    Published at 10 p.m., the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration order covering the relaxation of eight coronavirus controls included the much-anticipated end of the country’s mask mandate.

    While not explicitly stating that the wearing a mask or cloth face covering is now a voluntary practice outdoors, caveats included certainly imply that nothing will change on public transport, in shopping malls, government buildings, concert and sports stadiums and other “crowded” or “poorly ventilated” venues.

    Government agencies and private companies can still require people wear masks on their property.

    The order notes that the Public Health Ministry still advises those at risk of being infected and having severe symptoms or death older people or those with congenital or respiratory diseases – should always wear a mask when with other people.

    In the case where a person is infected with Covid-19 or is a high-risk contact, it is necessary to wear a mask properly at all times, the order states.

    “People are asked to consider the benefits of wearing a mask,” the order concludes.

    The Royal Gazette bulletin also made official with immediate effect the cancelation of the “blue” tourism pilot zones and redesignation of all provinces to “green” zones.

    Also now effective are the relaxation of measure governing movement and travel of migrant workers, and new guidelines for film crews.

    Finally, the order listed a confusing, vague item that left people wondering if it referred to the Emergency Decree or extension of bar hours: “Extension of time for enforcement of disease control and prevention measures”.

    What that is perhaps only the bureaucrats know.

    It’s Official: Masks Now ‘Voluntary’ in Thailand is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    24 June 2022
    Coronavirus
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=9849
  • Liverpool-ManU Bangkok Match Organizer Scrambles to Explain How YouTuber Got 20,000 Tickets

    Liverpool-ManU Bangkok Match Organizer Scrambles to Explain How YouTuber Got 20,000 Tickets is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The organizer of the upcoming Bangkok football friendly between Manchester United and Liverpool scrambled to explain how an online-ticket seller obtained 20,000 tickets which it then sold at a discount. Vinij Lertratanachai, executive of Fresh Air Festival Co., which is organizing the overpriced “The Match: Bangkok Century Cup 2022”, on Friday clarified reports that online […]

    Liverpool-ManU Bangkok Match Organizer Scrambles to Explain How YouTuber Got 20,000 Tickets is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Liverpool-ManU Bangkok Match Organizer Scrambles to Explain How YouTuber Got 20,000 Tickets is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The organizer of the upcoming Bangkok football friendly between Manchester United and Liverpool scrambled to explain how an online-ticket seller obtained 20,000 tickets which it then sold at a discount.

    Vinij Lertratanachai, executive of Fresh Air Festival Co., which is organizing the overpriced “The Match: Bangkok Century Cup 2022”, on Friday clarified reports that online retailer and YouTube celebrity Pimradaporn Benjawattanapat, better known as Pimrypie, spent about 400 million baht on tickets to the match for discount resale through her live social media sessions.

    He said that the discount tickets came from the quotas of both football clubs and were designated for foreign fans. They were not made available via Thai Ticket Major.

    The match is scheduled for July 12 at Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.

    Vinij said that both football clubs had tickets for overseas spectators but couldn’t sell them, especially at prices more expensive than the Champions League Final.

    Remaining tickets were sent to Fresh Air Festival and were not made available through normal retail channels.

    Pimrypie approached the promoter to buy the remaining tickets, which she then sold at significant discounts.

    Meanwhile, Fresh Air Festival denied on its Facebook page that it had sold tickets for a concert rehearsal of Hong Kong singer Jackson Wang or a private dinner with the singer or football players from the clubs.

    Liverpool-ManU Bangkok Match Organizer Scrambles to Explain How YouTuber Got 20,000 Tickets is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    24 June 2022
    Featured
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=9855
  • Rice Packers Deny Price Hike, Saying They Only Ended Discounts

    Rice Packers Deny Price Hike, Saying They Only Ended Discounts is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The Thai Rice Packers Association dismissed claims of price increases of up to 30 baht for a five-kilogram bag of rice. The association’s honorary president, Somkiat Makcayathorn, said there would be no price increase despite a recent increase in transportation, packaging and raw materials costs. Somkiat, who is also the chief executive officer of a […]

    Rice Packers Deny Price Hike, Saying They Only Ended Discounts is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Rice Packers Deny Price Hike, Saying They Only Ended Discounts is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The Thai Rice Packers Association dismissed claims of price increases of up to 30 baht for a five-kilogram bag of rice.

    The association’s honorary president, Somkiat Makcayathorn, said there would be no price increase despite a recent increase in transportation, packaging and raw materials costs.

    Somkiat, who is also the chief executive officer of a major producer of packaged rice, Patum Rice Mill and Granary Plc., explained that rice packers would only reduce the offered discount, resulting in higher retail prices that would still be lower than the suggested prices printed on the packaging.

    In addition, he stated that rice packers would discontinue sale promotion strategies such as “buy one, get one free” offers, large discounts, and suggested retail prices.

    According to Somkiat, the producers of packaged rice are competing with others by maintaining low prices, and this situation will persist throughout the second half of the year. He went on to say that rice packers have chosen to absorb the higher costs and business losses as market competition has intensified.

    Meanwhile, rice mill operators have reported that rice supply is increasing as more off-season rice harvests flood the market, citing the recent decrease in rice paddy price from 9,600 to 9,900 baht a ton to 9,000 to 9,200 baht a ton.

    Rice Packers Deny Price Hike, Saying They Only Ended Discounts is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    24 June 2022
    Business
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=9867
  • GrabBike Drivers Protest End to Private Motorcycle-Taxi Service

    GrabBike Drivers Protest End to Private Motorcycle-Taxi Service is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    GrabBike riders rallied outside parliament and the Transport Ministry, demanding the cancellation of an order ending their private taxi service on July 15. The motorcyclists first met at the Central World shopping center before riding to parliament and the ministry. They called on the Department of Land Transport to postpone the exclusion of private motorcycles […]

    GrabBike Drivers Protest End to Private Motorcycle-Taxi Service is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    GrabBike Drivers Protest End to Private Motorcycle-Taxi Service is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    GrabBike riders rallied outside parliament and the Transport Ministry, demanding the cancellation of an order ending their private taxi service on July 15.

    The motorcyclists first met at the Central World shopping center before riding to parliament and the ministry.

    They called on the Department of Land Transport to postpone the exclusion of private motorcycles from the GrabBike service and instead legalize their app-based service.

    On June 20, Grab Thailand Co. informed GrabBike riders that the department ordered it to exclude private motorcycles from the GrabBike service within 30 days after June 16 and thus such motorcycles could be used for the purpose until July 15.

    The department requires service providers to have public-vehicle driving licenses, have their motorcycles registered as public-transport motorcycles and use the standard fares that it set for registered taxi motorcyclists.

    The department also prohibits service providers from picking up passengers outside their zones.

    GrabBike Drivers Protest End to Private Motorcycle-Taxi Service is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    24 June 2022
    Business
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=9860
  • Daruma Sushi Owner Who Fled Thailand Arrested

    Daruma Sushi Owner Who Fled Thailand Arrested is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Police of the Consumer Protection Police Division arrested Metha Chalingsuk, 42, the owner of the Daruma Sushi restaurant chain, for alleged public fraud through the sales of 199-baht vouchers before the shutdown of his restaurants. CPPD commander Pol. Maj. Gen. Anan Nanasombat said the suspect was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Internatinoal Airport after arriving from Taiwan. […]

    Daruma Sushi Owner Who Fled Thailand Arrested is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Daruma Sushi Owner Who Fled Thailand Arrested is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Police of the Consumer Protection Police Division arrested Metha Chalingsuk, 42, the owner of the Daruma Sushi restaurant chain, for alleged public fraud through the sales of 199-baht vouchers before the shutdown of his restaurants.

    CPPD commander Pol. Maj. Gen. Anan Nanasombat said the suspect was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Internatinoal Airport after arriving from Taiwan. He was wanted under an arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Court for public fraud and computer crime.

    Pol. Lt. Gen. Jirabhop Bhuridej, commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau, said Metha bowed to pressures from officials and returned to Thailand.

    According to the commissioner, Metha fled to the United States on June 16. He was quoted as saying that the restaurant business had liquidity problems, so he tried to maintain it by selling 199-baht vouchers which were unrealistically cheap.

    The solution later proved to be unfeasible and he fled to the U.S.

    Daruma Sushi Owner Who Fled Thailand Arrested is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    24 June 2022
    Crime
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=9872
  • No, a Thai Man High on Pot Did Not Cut Off His Own Penis

    No, a Thai Man High on Pot Did Not Cut Off His Own Penis is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

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    No, a Thai Man High on Pot Did Not Cut Off His Own Penis is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    No, a Thai Man High on Pot Did Not Cut Off His Own Penis is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    A Thai man smoking newly decriminalized marijuana cuts off his own penis is a fit of cannabis psychosis. It’s a story Thailand’s anti-pot crusaders would tout as proof that ganja is an evil weed and one the prime minister could use as evidence grass causes “health issues”.

    Only problem? It’s not true.

    Thai-language media outlets will never be confused with Pulitzer-quality publications, but Sanook hit a new low on Tuesday, reprinting fiction from a conspiracy-theory website as fact, without informing readers of the content’s source.

    The alleged story, published in IFL Science, goes like this:

    A 23-year-old Thai man who had kicked marijuana after two years of use fell off the wagon and fired up the bong again – in January, before grass was legal – smoking two grams of grass.

    While high, he experienced an erection even though he wasn’t looking at PornHub. The hard-on, however, hurt and made his member look “distorted”, IFL wrote, citing a report in the “Journal of Medical Case Reports”.

    Off his head on ganja, the man decided the best way to relieve the pain would be to “trim the penile skin several times”, but he ended up amputating his penis using scissors, leaving only two centimeters.

    Obviously, there was some bleeding. But when the bleeding didn’t stop for two hours, the man decided to go to the hospital, detached dick in hand. Doctors were able to stop the bleeding, but couldn’t reattach the penis, because it was “infested with ants”.

    IFL wrapped up its fairy tale by saying the man was given a toxicology test and mental-health evaluation and found he had only used marijuana and had no history of mental problems.

    Bottom line: Pot is bad.

    The website that Sanook reprinted, IFL Science, is not news. It’s an Onion-like blog claiming to highlight the “lighter side of science,” as in light on truth and fact. It’s all about conspiracy theories, folklore and clickbait, such as a supposed new gonorrhea strain in Austria, Hercules’ missing marble head found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck and “summer penis” syndrome.

    Of course, Sanook never had a chance to interview the new penoplasty candidate. IFL claimed he turned down penile-extension surgery, packed up his car and fled into the countryside, never to be seen again.

    No, a Thai Man High on Pot Did Not Cut Off His Own Penis is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    22 June 2022
    Featured
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=9814