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  1. THAILAND LIVE

    Indian musician plays guitar as doctors perform brain surgery By Zeyad Masroor Khan (Reuters) - Musician Abhishek Prasad strummed his guitar throughout his neurosurgery to help doctors zero in on the part of the brain being operated on during the first such procedure in India. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993667-indian-musician-plays-guitar-as-doctors-perform-brain-surgery/
  2. Indian musician plays guitar as doctors perform brain surgery By Zeyad Masroor Khan (Reuters) - Musician Abhishek Prasad strummed his guitar throughout his neurosurgery to help doctors zero in on the part of the brain being operated on during the first such procedure in India. The 37-year-old had been suffering from musician's dystonia, a neurological movement disorder which leads to involuntary muscle contractions. Prasad had to be kept conscious during the surgery as the doctors needed continuous feedback to work out exactly which parts of the brain were to be targeted to stop the cramps affecting the three fingers on his left hand. So the obvious thing was to play his guitar. It is only the eighth time in the world that such a procedure has been undertaken with the patient being conscious, a statement by Bengaluru's Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain hospital said on Friday. "A 14-mm hole was made in the skull and a specialized electrode was passed into the brain under local anesthesia," Sharan Srinivasan, a stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon at the hospital, said. Prasad was overwhelmed with the outcome after suffering since October 2015 with the disorder that could have ended his career. He had tried several hospitals to find a cure, but most doctors could not diagnose the problem or had focused on the cramps rather than the neurological activity causing them. "It was a very emotional moment for me and my family. This is what I have been waiting for," said Prasad, who had quit his IT job to pursue a career in music. "It was very disheartening and depressing for me. I used to cry often due to that. Every morning I would wake up and try to play the guitar. But after 5 minutes, I gave up." The disorder is estimated to affect around 1-2 percent of all professional musicians. After the surgery on July 11, he will need a couple of weeks of physiotherapy to help his recovery and get back to performing pain-free. "My first target is to release an album by the end of this year or the middle of next year," Prasad said. -- © Copyright Reuters 2017-07-22
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    Young boy dies in hospital waiting room "because he had to wait" Image: Tnews Thai media reported a case of a young boy who went to hospital with relatives only to be told that he would have to wait. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993663-young-boy-dies-in-hospital-waiting-room-because-he-had-to-wait/
  4. Young boy dies in hospital waiting room "because he had to wait" Image: Tnews Thai media reported a case of a young boy who went to hospital with relatives only to be told that he would have to wait.The family waited and waited until the boy went into shock and passed out.He was given CPR and came round but after it was discovered he was much more seriously ill than thought he went into shock again and died in the ER.The hospital was not named in the Tnews story after it was "vaselined" out but the word Petchaburi remained as an indication of where the incident happened.A post of the story was made on the Facebook page of "Nu-Sajee Kornrawee".The poster said that the boy had repeatedly been told to wait after arriving at the hospital with stomach pains.Even though he couldn't even sit he was still told to wait his turn.He passed out and was given CPR and then an X-Ray revealed a large blood vessel had burst.Following the X-Ray he went into shock again and this time could not be revived.The shocking scene was witnessed by relatives and others waiting at the hospital.A video was even made.The poster of the clip said that he had died because he had been told to wait and that the relatives believed he could have been saved if the hospital had given him the appropriate treatment right from the start. Source: Tnews -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-07-22
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    "Smart Bus Stops" finally coming to Bangkok Image: Daily News Bus stops with electronic information boards are finally set to become an everyday feature of life in downtown Bangkok. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993661-smart-bus-stops-finally-coming-to-bangkok/
  6. "Smart Bus Stops" finally coming to Bangkok Image: Daily News Bus stops with electronic information boards are finally set to become an everyday feature of life in downtown Bangkok.Artists' impressions of what the boards will look like have been published by Daily News.The Smart Boards are being introduced by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority in cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority after a private firm won the contract worth 338 million baht to install them.The boards will track the movement of buses - this is now possible after 2,600 vehicles were fitted with GPS tracking devices recently.Twenty boards will be set up after a survey was carried out for the best places to put them.Among the places are four to be set up at the busy Victory Monument, 2 at Mor Chit BTS, 2 on either side of the main road at Siam Square, one at Central World and other locations.Prayoon Chuaykaew of the BMTA said that work installing the boards was set to start yesterday and would be completed before the end of August.There will then be a testing phase before they are fully operational. Source: Daily News -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-07-22
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    Carnage on the Thai roads "even worse than you think" reports Thai media. Image: Daily News The Daily News has said that the death toll on the Thai roads is even worse than people think. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993659-carnage-on-the-thai-roads-even-worse-than-you-think-reports-thai-media/
  8. Carnage on the Thai roads "even worse than you think" reports Thai media. Image: Daily News The Daily News has said that the death toll on the Thai roads is even worse than people think.And that is bad enough with a big rise in fatalities in the first six months of this year compared to last year.Daily News is running a campaign with several other agencies to try and do something about the carnage. So far their efforts are floundering - things are just going from bad to worse.Now they have quoted a representative from a drink driving foundation partner in the campaign who said that the official figures don't add up to the real number killed.The official figures are just those "killed at the scene" of accidents said Thaejing Siriphanit.The reality is much, much worse.He added there were also "reporting irregularities" as some offices producing figures don't work at the weekend and only report the latest deaths on Tuesdays.The figures released so far this year make grim reading.In the first six months of this year 6,712 people died at the scene of accidents nationwide. This compared to 5,308 in the same period in 2016.That is 25% more deaths year on year.Nationwide since the start of the year here are the stats for "dead at the scene":January 947 Averaging around 30/dayFebruary 850 30/dayMarch 1,281 41/dayApril 1,382 46/dayMay 1,124 36/dayJune 1,128 37/day.So far in July the loss of life continues unabated: there were 710 deaths since July 1st with 36 yesterday.Figures for April - when the authorities mounted their usual Songkran road safety campaigns - were the worst.Thaivisa notes that Thailand has been named as the second worst country on earth for per capita road death. When deaths at hospitals are added to the figures the true state of the problem becomes more apparent.Only war torn Libya trumps it. Source: Daily News -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-07-22
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    TAT aims to make Thailand a “preferred destination” H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul (centre), Minister of Tourism and Sports; Mr. Kalin Sarasin (centre, right); Chairman of the Board of TAT; and Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (centre, left), at the TAT marketing conference. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is hoping to make Thailand a preferred destination among foreign visitors as part of its 2018 marketing initiative. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993658-tat-aims-to-make-thailand-a-“preferred-destination”/
  10. TAT aims to make Thailand a “preferred destination” H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul (centre), Minister of Tourism and Sports; Mr. Kalin Sarasin (centre, right); Chairman of the Board of TAT; and Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (centre, left), at the TAT marketing conference. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is hoping to make Thailand a preferred destination among foreign visitors as part of its 2018 marketing initiative. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently held the annual TAT Action Plan for 2018 meeting, which covers both international and domestic tourism. TAT’s marketing plan 2018 has been designed to serve the purpose of generating revenue and increasing visitor arrivals, promoting new ideas and following the development agenda of Thailand 4.0 using the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, as well as Inclusive Tourism that maintains a balance between the economy, society and the environment. All the strategies are in line with the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan and 2nd National Tourism Development Plan. As 2017 is considered as a challenging year, TAT has been stepping up tourism marketing efforts in order to stimulate the country’s economy. Many activities; such as, Village to the World, Creative Thailand and The Link have been created to highlight the Thai Local Experience. This has proven successful as the number of potential visitors and first-time visitors has increased significantly. TAT will continue with this concept for its action plan in 2018. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “TAT will use tourism to promote sustainable development with the community as the ultimate beneficiary. We believe this will pave the way for Thailand to be a preferred destination among international visitors.” To be targeted over the 12-month period of the fiscal year 2018, beginning October 2017, the niche-market customer segments were finalised at the annual TAT Action Plan meeting held between 11-14 July, 2017. For the international marketing plan strategy, TAT has segmented target customers worldwide ranging from first-timers to repeaters, senior citizens to sports enthusiasts. TAT will also emphasise niche markets including, Weddings and Honeymoons, and Ladies, as well as continue to create a brand image as a high-end and Luxury Travel destination. Gastronomy Tourism will be emphasized more, which is considered as an important part of the travel through local experiences. It is also one of the tools to boost the development of the country’s economy by adding value to products and services that are based on the unique Thai culture and ways of life. Some of the highlighted activities are the opening of the Michelin Guidebook Bangkok and Thailand will host the 4th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism. The communication strategies for the international market will continue to use “Amazing Thailand”, which has been a popular and well-recognised marketing slogan for nearly 20 years. TAT will still use “Discover Amazing Stories in Amazing Thailand”. In 2018, TAT will change its marketing angle slightly with a new concept of “Open to the New Shades of Thailand”. The concept will deepen the Unique Thai Local Experience to a Million Shades of Thailand. This will give more depth to the presentation of Thailand’s tourism, grow the business for grassroots tourism sector players, and enhance the country’s image as a land of amazing diversity worth discovering further. For the strategy for the domestic market, TAT will focus on increasing the travel frequency of potential groups (Silver Age, Millennials, Families, Gen-Y, Multi-Generation, and Ladies), decongest popular areas, promote travel during weekdays, strengthen society and preserve the environment. The domestic marketing campaign in 2018, will further enhance the slogan, “Unique Thai Local Experience”. The concept will promote tourism and create value among the Thai people to persuade them to enjoy a trip in Thailand and go deeper in pursuit of unforgettable experiences. Some examples of new initiatives for domestic marketing by TAT include creating awareness of waste management during local festivals, promoting creative gastronomy, and building tourism networks to be environmentally conscious. Mr. Yuthasak said, “Clearly the age of mass-marketing is over. The future lies in sharply focussed marketing campaigns, which can deliver measurable results. These will help us maintain a strong brand presence, improve the efficiency of our marketing spending, address the seasonality factor, decongest popular destinations and establish closer cooperation with potential partners that include many industry businesses and local communities who can contribute to the success of our objectives.” The number of visitors from January – June 2017, reached 17 million creating income of 876 billion Baht in which the China market was the first generator followed by Russia and Malaysia. Realizing the importance that tourism has for the country’s economy, the Royal Thai Government has set a target of not less than 8 per cent increase in tourism revenue for 2018. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/Travel_log/30321158 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-22
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    Behind the scenes: What Thais do on holiday By The Nation The first 24 hours of a holiday are crucial for Thais, with more than half (58 per cent) believing that the first day sets the tone for the rest of the holiday, and nearly half (49 per cent) going as far as to say that these hours can make or break their trip, according to a survey conducted by the travel website Booking.com. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993657-behind-the-scenes-what-thais-do-on-holiday/
  12. Behind the scenes: What Thais do on holiday By The Nation The first 24 hours of a holiday are crucial for Thais, with more than half (58 per cent) believing that the first day sets the tone for the rest of the holiday, and nearly half (49 per cent) going as far as to say that these hours can make or break their trip, according to a survey conducted by the travel website Booking.com. “Holidays are times when we can go to new places, try new experiences and take a break from the routine of everyday life. Expectations often run high and with so much to see and do, a lot rides on those first 24 hours,” said Pepijn Rijvers, chief marketing officer at Booking.com. But how do these hours play out? What are the ultimate priorities for Thais during that first day on holiday? Here’s what really goes on in the first 24 hours. First items on the agenda are what you’d expect: Explore around the hotel (59 per cent) and unpack their bags (43 per cent). Meanwhile another 59 per cent choose to go for a long walk after arriving at the destination, and indulge in a local delicacy (53 per cent). Full story: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/thailand/30321065 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-22
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    Nai Harn Beach – one of the best in Asia? Photo by TripAdvisor contributor Ollie O Let’s have a look at what TripAdvisor’s reviewers think of top-ranked Nai Harn Beach in Phuket. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993655-nai-harn-beach-–-one-of-the-best-in-asia/
  14. Nai Harn Beach – one of the best in Asia? Photo by TripAdvisor contributor Ollie O Let’s have a look at what TripAdvisor’s reviewers think of top-ranked Nai Harn Beach in Phuket. Phuket’s Nai Harn Beach recently ranked fourth in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Beaches in Asia. Situated on the southern end of the island, the beach is a stone’s throw from Phuket’s famed sunset viewing point - Promthep Cape. It’s considered a peaceful beach by Phuket standards, with no jet skis, para sailing, etc., but it is still pet friendly. So what did TripAdvisor’s reviewers think of the beach? Top issues included beach chairs/mats/loungers, local food and trash on the beach, but the overall consensus is that it is truly one of the most beautiful beaches around. Sarah R. from Brisbane, Australia commended the beauty of the beach but wasn’t so enthusiastic about the beach chairs. “We caught a taxi from Karon to Nai Harn for a few hours on the beach before sunset at Promthep Cape. Four beach chairs cost 500 baht, and we only used them for an hour before a storm hit. Still, it’s a beautiful beach.” foodiethai described the beach simply as “beautiful”. “We always love Nai Harn Beach. If you are on holiday on Phuket, Nai Harn Beach is well worth a visit. The restaurants are nothing to talk about, you need to head over to Rawai for your food fix but Nai Harn is the place for beach life.” Troysai from Guam described the beach as “one of his favourites”. “I really love this beach. You need to be careful here with the currents and waves on large surf days. There are some nice cozy Thai restaurants on the beach as well. Enjoy a cold beer and some tasty food here.” But nandovp wasn’t quite so enthusiastic, saying it “looks good from afar”. “This beach is beautiful for pictures but not for swimming or walking in the sand. I think this is common in Phuket but still doesn’t justify how dirty the beach and ocean are. Every stroke you take or step you take there is a bag, container, or bottle of some sort.” But the majority of the reviews from this website were overwhelmingly positive. We give Abdullah A the last word on Phuket’s Nai Harn Beach. “World Class Beach,” he said, “... and I am from Antigua, West Indies. Trust me when I say I am hard to impress when it comes to beaches - but this one is World Class for sure!” Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/Travel_log/30320731 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-22
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    Looking at "Google maps" in a car is still illegal, say police. Image: Voice TV The Thai police have responded to an online post from a driver who complained about being fined for looking at Google in his car. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993648-looking-at-google-maps-in-a-car-is-still-illegal-say-police/