Classic Ray

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  1. Except for Japan, I am afraid there is just not the same attitude or concern in Asia for occupational health and safety. I have witnessed many breaches of good practice during my 14 years in Asia that would certainly have got jobs shut down in the West. Even such basics as PPE, especially helmets and footwear are largely ignored. Even if there is a safety plan, it's just a standard cut and paste and not acted upon. Life is cheap here as companies are rarely held to account either criminally or by large compensation awards, so accidents are either covered up or ignored. Only once the Government (good luck with that!) and the people insist on change will anything happen.
  2. Would be nice to see how they will implement the necessary health and safety standards in a nation unused to such niceties. Think I will wait a year or two before risking my kids lives on any of the rides.
  3. Very much doubt it was the gas cylinder leaking. More likely the hose connections, which are usually maintained to the same high standards as the electricity supplies here.
  4. Good for you Per, isn't it lovely to get to the stage of life where you don't give a SH@£%&*()T what anybody thinks, you just want to enjoy yourself?
  5. Just because a country has no extradition treaty with Thailand dos not mean that a fugitive is safe there. The government of that country can still decide to treat him as an undesirable alien, revoke any visa or visa exemption he has, and deport him back to Thailand. As long as the Thai authorities can convince that government that he is not sought for political ends, and will receive a fair trial, then this may work. However, many government officials around the world would be more interested in seeing what bribes they can make from him rather than deporting him. Better to approach a fairly incorruptible government like the UK and work with them and the existing treaty to ensure he faces justice.
  6. My mate always used to reverse his boat trailer into the water, obviously not caught up with that technique here yet!
  7. It's likely that unless she had a local SIM card or one with international roaming, she was using the free wifi at the airport on LINE, which of course stopped as soon as she left the airport vicinity. Probably no need for a jammer unless he was actually planning a rape rather than acting opportunistically. Time for all taxis, and Uber/Grab cars to be fitted with onboard CCTV transmitting to a central location, as is the case with police body worn cameras. Can be linked to the ignition to stop the car starting if an attempt is made to disable it. The video could also be stored in the vehicle, and be tamper-proof. Maybe then the image of Thailand as a safe tourist destination can be enhanced. Would also be useful for settling fare disputes and preventing theft of forgotten property. Link to the dashcam to show driving standard. Sad that it has come to this when taxi drivers used to have a good reputation, but lack of regulation and enforcement means the industry is full of cowboys and criminals.
  8. He quite clearly stated it was not a customer-facing job for which he was applying.
  9. At Chiang Mai Immigration they insisted that I had to apply for the 90 day O visa within 7 days of my visa-exempt entry when I applied 15 days after entry. This necessitated an entirely pointless journey to Myanmar for a ten minute visit and new visa exempt stamp. No one could tell me why they had the 7 day rule. TIT.
  10. 50? Neither a lady nor a boy!
  11. Visit the Phra Ram IX area in Bangkok when it rains. Although this is brand new and slated to be the new CBD for Bangkok, the roads are awash with puddles where the tarmac has not been laid properly, the drains are ineffective and the footways have the same unevenness and broken surfaces as everywhere else older in the city. The surrounding khlongs are filthy and smelly The front entrances to the buildings have lovely steps and foyers, as this shows face. But there are few ramps for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and those there are are steeply angled. Come up from the MRT station escalator outside Robinsons store and there are only steps down followed by steps up to the front of the store. The footpaths are still obstructed with utility posts and advertising hoardings, have motorcyclists driving on them, and are not designed to protect pedestrians by separating them from the traffic. Until some common sense and thoughtful design and construction is undertaken in Thailand, it will continue to flood, have congested roads and cities, and remain firmly in the third world.
  12. The basic problem is that there is no separation on Thai roads between different types of traffic e.g. large vehicles such as buses and trucks, and small vehicles like bicycles and motorcycles. This usually doesn't matter on small roads in towns ( if people keep to speed limits and drive according to conditions) but is a recipe for disaster on faster roads. Especially true combined with all the crossing of highways at unofficial junctions, U turns from a slow lane directly across or into a fast lane, and the general lack of training, care and accountability of Thai road users, where enforcement of rules is absent. The only rule that is enforced is the illogical one of banning fast high capacity motorcycles from toll roads e.g. Bangkok to Pattaya. Bad road engineering and careless drivers equals highest death toll in the world for motorcyclists.
  13. No mention of possible prosecution of the driver or operator of the vehicle. Of course that would depend on police action, two words that don't go together here, like preventative maintenance.
  14. As someone with a vested interest in railways, I must say, as happened in the USA and Europe, there will be little development outside the capital until good transport links, both road and rail, open up the whole country. In the hinterland of the tracks and roads, industrial and residential development can take place to provide jobs and living space for local residents and allow easy commuting and movement of goods. Bangkok is crowded out, but vast areas of the country are still ripe for development beyond low output agriculture which keeps the rural population poor. Once they have job opportunities and decent lives, political divides will crumble and there will be no need for military intervention. The road, High Speed train, double tracking and metro projects will do nothing but good for the people of Thailand.
  15. Since they outlawed surrogacy in Thailand, I would imagine the clinics have set up in Cambodia, Laos etc, but the prospective fathers/mothers would rather donate their sperm and eggs in Thailand in the clinics that used to be legal here. The products are then sent to the clinics abroad for implantation, or the poor women who will act as surrogates are fertilised there with imported sperm. Same business, different location.