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    Guardian demands truth about Chaiyapoom's killing By CHULARAT SAENGPASSA, JITRAPORN SENAWONG THE NATION Chaiyapoom BANGKOK: -- THE grief-stricken guardian of a young Lahu activist who was gunned down in an extrajudicial killing said yesterday that he only wanted one outcome following the teenager’s death – the truth. Full story:
  3. Guardian demands truth about Chaiyapoom's killing By CHULARAT SAENGPASSA, JITRAPORN SENAWONG THE NATION Chaiyapoom BANGKOK: -- THE grief-stricken guardian of a young Lahu activist who was gunned down in an extrajudicial killing said yesterday that he only wanted one outcome following the teenager’s death – the truth. Maitree Chamroensuksakul yesterday demanded an honest, transparent investigation into the death of Chaiyapoom Pasae on Friday. Since the shooting at a checkpoint in Chiang Mai province, several officials have referred to Chaiyapoom as a drug suspect. “No matter what the truth is, I will accept it. But please give frank answers as to what caused Chaiyapoom’s death and whether he was really involved in drugs,” he said in an interview with The Nation. Chaiyapoom, a teenage Lahu activist who was listed in official documents as being 21, but was actually 16 or 17, had been under Maitree’s care for more than 10 years. “I could not describe my feelings when I saw Chaiyapoom’s lifeless body,” he said. He said he rushed to the scene as soon as he heard about the shooting, but was not allowed to meet Phong-sanai Saetala, who was with Chaiya-poom at the time of the incident. “I also found it hard to believe soldiers’ account that Chaiyapoom took out a hand grenade,” Maitree said. The hand grenade was cited as a reason why soldiers at the permanent checkpoint opened fire on Chaiyapoom. “I also wonder why there were no security cameras at the checkpoint,” he said. Maitree said he did not want to have any conflict with the military but he did demand the “truth” from an independent investigation. His call for a transparent probe has been echoed by various organisations. Nawai Police Station’s superintendent Pol Colonel Chonlathep Maichai said yesterday that the investigation was ongoing. “We have already questioned Phongsanai. He said the drugs found in the car he was driving for Chaiyapoom that day did not belong to him. He said he just visited Chaiyapoom’s village on a holiday,” Chonlathep said. According to authorities, about 2,800 methamphetamine tablets were found in the Chaiyapoom’s car. Army spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree said Phong-sanai had cooperated with police and provided useful information. He added that the Army was willing to support efforts to clear any lingering doubts about Chaiyapoom’s case. “A soldier fired one shot. Was it reasonable? Was the shot intended to stop an alleged attacker or to harm him? That’s what the investigation will find out,” Winthai said. He added that in response to the order of Army chief General Chalermchai Sittisart, the Third Army Area had already set up a fact-finding committee to investigate the shooting. The Thai Volunteer Service Foundation, a network for children, and 58 other groups yesterday said they would monitor the investigation to ensure justice was being done. Provincial Police Region 5 chief Pol Lt General Poonsap Prasertsak said anti-narcotics police in Chiang Mai’s San Sai district had detected unusual financial transactions of Chaiyapoom and thus arranged a sting operation to try to arrest Chaiyapoom in January. “He showed up to deliver 600 methamphetamine tablets but noticed something wrong and fled before we could arrest him,” Poonsap said. Source: -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-03-23
  4. So if one can't go back to the UK, reasons undefined, does one still have or can one get a UK passport?
  5. Prison system sets up new accommodations for LGBT inmates By THE NATION Thai transgender inmates who have gone through sex change surgery from male to female sleep inside a separate cell at the female zone of the Pattaya Remand Prison, in Pattaya, Chonburi province, Thailand, 06 March 2017. //EPA Photo BANGKOK’S MIN Buri and Klong Prem prisons as well as Chon Buri’s Pattaya Prison have arranged separate zones to house self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) prisoners separate from non-LGBT prisoners, Department of Corrections director-general Kobkiat Kasiwiwat said yesterday. The move makes Thailand among the first countries to provide such accommodation for LGBT inmates. Reporting on the progress of the department’s plan to separately house LGBT inmates as proposed by various agencies and human right groups, Kobkiat said prisons did not currently incarcerate many LGBT inmates making it difficult to justify separate facilities for them. He added that transferring LGBT prisoners from various jails to a single facility could also mentally affect them and pose difficulties for family visits, he said. However, the department must consider the matter based on reality, current problematic conditions, the safety of LBGT inmates and the necessity of preventing sexual harassment, he said. One possible solution was for those prisons with a large number of LGBT inmates to set up special zones, he said, adding that the Min Buri, Klong Prem and Pattaya jails had already done so. Self-identified LGBT prisoners account for slightly more than 1 per cent of the total population of 300,000 inmates in Thai prisons. LGBT inmates are currently divided into categories including so-called “ladyboy” transsexuals, gay men, “tomboy” lesbians, “lady” lesbians and transgender people. In the past, the department would divide the LGBT inmates according to four groups. Men who had undergone a sex-change operation and were confirmed by physical examination as transgender people would be sent to the women’s jail. Transsexual men with feminine behaviour would initially be sent to the men’s area pending a final court ruling on their criminal cases before they would be sent to spend time in other areas. Homosexual females would be kept in separate sleeping cells. Records show that Thailand does not currently incarcerate hermaphrodite inmates but department guidelines state they would be initially treated according to the gender specified on their household registration documents. When allowed by a medical diagnosis or a court order, the person could choose which sex to be treated as while serving their term. Source: -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-03-23
  6. Sadly no, our local PEA office doesn't even have the paper version so I can make a better scan
  7. Filipinos in Thailand back Duterte's war on drugs By Wasamon Audjarint The Nation BANGKOK: -- WHILE the Philippines tourism secretary urged the media to “tone down” coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners, Filipinos living in Thailand voiced approval of the tough action. Almost 2,000 Filipinos flocked to the Royal Thai Navy Hall yesterday to meet Duterte, who has become a hero to many of his compatriots. Accompanying Duterte on a trip to Thailand, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo insisted that the Philippines was a safe destination but said journalists were making the country a hard sell because of their focus on the killings. “Help us because … it’s really difficult for me to sell the Philippines, especially when extrajudicial killings becomes the topic,” Teo told reporters in Duterte’s entourage. Teo said tour operators abroad were “always” asking her about the issue, citing Asia and Europe as regions where people were particularly concerned. “To the media, please tone down a little the extrajudicial killing [reports],” she said. About 5.9 million tourists visited the Philippines last year, compared with 32.6 million for Thailand. Duterte was elected last year after promising during the campaign to eradicate drugs in society by killing tens of thousands of people. Since he took office in June last year, police have reported killing 2,594 people in the drug war while rights groups say thousands more have been killed in a state-sanctioned campaign of mass murder. However, Filipinos in Thailand had a different view. “He’s my idol. And things being said about him from the outside are much politicised. They just want to disturb his administration, which goes by our constitution,” said Reagan Bronola, a Filipino who has settled to teach in Bangkok for 10 years. “Things hadn’t changed since Marcos,” Bronola told The Nation, referring to the former dictator President Ferdinand Marcos. “Then comes Duterte. He does what he promised to do. Despite what others may see, I think he wants peace in the Philippines.” Filipina teacher Janice Fuentes shared the same sentiment. “He has cleansed the Philippines. Corruption is not that big now,” Janice said. Like Reagan, she didn’t believe criticism surrounding Duterte on human rights issues. “It’s just not true,” she said. “It makes us cry how he has changed the Philippines. If I get to speak with him, I will just thank him,” she said. “We love him so much.” Angelou Barcelona, from Mlang, Cotabato, is married to a Thai national and has lived in Thailand for seven years. She told The Philippine Daily Inquirer that she voted for Duterte. She also expressed admiration for the president’s war on drugs and corruption. Source: -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-03-23
  8. 10 to 1 the Thai wife knows the thieves!
  9. Just wondering if there are any posters from the recently demised Ajarn forum ... anybody out there?
  10. OK, but I still think it has little to do with labour rates generally
  11. Viral video: Thai maths teacher just wants to make her lessons fun! Picture: 77Jowo BANGKOK: -- A video has gone viral that shows a primary school maths teacher dancing in front of her class to teach young students their times tables. The high energy teaching method was very well received by Thai netizens online who praised the teacher for making lessons fun and interesting for young children. The school in question is the Bang Bor Community School in Samut Prakarn and yesterday 77Jowo reporters caught up with the attractive lady doing the dancing...and the teaching! He name is Chandapha Phrompornmi otherwise affectionately known to the children as Khru Jin. She said that she had brought something she learnt during her teacher training at university to this high energy and fun class. And she said that she always remembered when she was a child that she used to learn better when lessons were fun and energetic. Source: 77Jowo -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-03-23
  12. For once the bib had the right idea, wish it would catch on, there would soon be some prime real estate on the market if they did
  13. Thank your government and being nice. Is it worth it to be nice and have born citizens mowed down.
  14. Actions speak louder than words. Get on down there then.
  15. Quite Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Why buy one? You can get it free in Pat as long as you can ride a motorcycle.
  17. Love the language "incidentally collected intelligence," Nunes said.
  18. The General Forum is for Thai related subjects. This story is running in World News:
  19. First Songkran warning is out! Public asked not to use powder or high power water guns Picture: INNnews/via Sanook BANGKOK: -- In the first warning to the public ahead of next month's Songkran festival the deputy governor of Bangkok has made a plea for people not to use powder or high powered water guns when celebrating. Amnuay Nimmano said that such activities could be dangerous for the public and tourists alike. Yesterday Amnuay was outlining the metropolitan administration's plans for a big celebration outside municipal offices in the area of the Giant Swing near the Democracy Monument, reported Sanook. He said that traditional activities such as the bathing of Buddhist images would take place in the area from the 12th of April to the 15th. On the 13th there will be an alms giving ceremony to 191 invited monks. There would also be a ceremony to pay respect to elders by pouring water over their hands. But he has called in organizers from other ceremonies set to be held across the capital. In a meeting to be held on April 4th he will outline plans to make sure that everything runs smoothly as he called on the public to refrain from using powder and high power water guns during the celebration. Source: Sanook -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-03-23
  20. The thinking behind using the Premium service was with the assumption that we'd be able to get a visa within 10 days and so get it all done and dusted before the expiry date. Once I realised that the nearest appointment was a month away, more than 2 weeks after visa expiry, I too was of the thinking that why should I pay all that money if I can't get it done right away. In the end I posted it Special Delivery on Monday so it's with them now. As for it not getting there 15 days before (running out I guess) otherwise it could be refused, all we can do now is wait and see what happens and hope they don't get petty. If I get a letter asking the wife to go and submit her biometrics at the Post Office I'll read that as a positive sign.... 7by7 I'll give you the requested review of our experience with the online application soon.
  21. In Pat never, left after the first two nights as you could smell the evil, by Thais a few times, now its my turn, but do not like jewellery. I must add on shopping trips here I now have a look to see who is wearing the gold, aint seen any yet either hidden or like me not puffy. So maybe the tourists are trying to say to the local birds Hey look at me I am loaded, in that case I have to smile when I read of the chains doing a runner,
  22. An inflammatory post and reply have been removed. Please keep your remarks civil.
  23. Just watched the movie "Why Him" starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston(Breaking Bad) Very funny movie and a good way to pass a couple of hours.
  24. Portuguese man loses it in the heat of a Chiang Mai day Picture: Daily News CHIANG MAI: -- Police were called to an intersection in Chiang Mai yesterday after a Portuguese tourist caused trouble in a convenience store then started exposing himself to passersby. After a brief chase the bare chested foreigner was apprehended and taken to the Phu Ping police station, reported Daily News. Selma Marquez, 29, had started smashing things up at the store then wandered around the neighborhood exposing himself and causing some fear and consternation amongst the locals. Marquez blamed the heat and feeling frustrated at not being able to get a cool drink in the very hot weather. He was detained ahead of prosecution according to the law. Daily News did not report what he was charged with. Source: Daily News -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-03-23
  25. Here's an interesting article from Bloomberg about the dollar usually dropping against the baht in the 1st Quarter and then gaining in May.
  26. If worry don't eat
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