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  1. Phuket lifeguards confirm Oct 1 strike Tanyaluk Sakoot PHUKET:-- The Phuket’s Lifeguard Service has today confirmed that they are to strike from Oct 1 following last weeks revelation that the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO) has cut the service’s budget for the second consecutive year. Today’s (Sept 25) announcement came at a press conference held by the Phuket lifeguard Service at the Phuket Royal City Hotel in Phuket Town this afternoon (Sept 25). Last Friday (Sept 23) The Phuket News revealed that Phuket’s lifeguards were threatening to go on strike from Oct 1 after the budget for their services was quietly cut yet again at an PPAO council meeting last month. Full Story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-lifeguards-confirm-oct-1-strike-64035.php#iXldQrhw1gqDBg7M.97 -- © Copyright Phuket News 2017-9-25
  2. Bum rap? Sri Lankan arrested for trying to smuggle gold in rectum COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Sri Lankan man who raised suspicion by the way he kept looking around in an airport departure lounge was found to be carrying nearly a kilogram (2.2 lb) of gold stashed in his rectum, a customs official said on Monday. The 45-year-old, headed for India, was arrested at Colombo airport on Sunday after customs officials noticed "suspicious movements", customs spokesman Sunil Jayarathne told Reuters. The suspect was carrying 904.77 grams of gold worth 4.5 million rupees (21,879.72 pounds), but was freed after payment of 100,000 rupees, he said. Such methods of smuggling were not unusual, he said. "The gold was wrapped in plastic bags inserted in to his rectum," Jayarathne said, adding that there were four bags. "This is not the first such detection and this is a common method of smuggling." (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Writing by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Nick Macfie) -- © Copyright Reuters 2017-9-25
  3. Appetite For Graphic Corn Dogs Climaxes In Moral Outrage By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich, Staff Reporter Customers much on penis-shaped waffles. Photo: Pho Hai Ma / Facebook BANGKOK — A woman who makes penis-shaped waffles stuffed with sausage and cheese is experiencing brisk sales – and a public scolding – for her phallic food. Ketnita Prasertsomboon of Pho Hai Ma (I Got It From My Dad), said she’s been selling out of the suggestively shaped waffle corn dogs at her Indy Market stall in western Bangkok but was feeling the heat from morality scolds. Full Story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/food/2017/09/25/customers-gobble-corn-dogs-moral-panic-ensues/ -- © Copyright Khaosod English 2017-9-25
  4. Yingluck has nothing to win by coming to court Sept 27: Democrat leader By The Nation Abhisit Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Monday that postponement of the court-verdict reading in the case against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could affect how the defendant approaches an appeal once the new law governing criminal procedures against holders of political office receives royal assent. If the law was promulgated before the verdict was read, the defendant in this case must appeal before the court to make an appeal, while there would be no statute of limitations regarding the case. Under current criminal law, a court is given the freedom to prolong reading the verdict in the event that a defendant is absent. An arrest warrant would be issued and a deadline set for finding and returning the defendant. The court would then decide whether or not it would read the verdict in absentia. This is because the law stipulates that an opportunity must first be made to ensure the court reads the verdict before a defendant, Abhisit said. This suggests the court could read, or choose not to read, the verdict against Yingluck on the September 27 date previously announced by the judges. However, if the court read the verdict and sentenced her to time in jail, it is likely that Yingluck would not give herself up. An appeal would also not guarantee a victory and her freedom. Abhisit said these scenarios make it unlikely that Yingluck would show up at the court on September 27 to hear the verdict in charges that she was derelict in her duty to ensure proper procedures were followed in relation to her government’s rice pledging scheme. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30327638 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-9-25
  5. Up to 400 Yingluck supporters expected at court on judgement day By The Nation Intelligence sources estimate that around 300 to 400 people are likely to make their way to the Supreme Court this Wednesday to provide moral support for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, when the verdict in the case against her stemming from her administration’s rice-pledging scheme will be read out – albeit probably in her absence. Two companies of Metropolitan Police officers will be deployed to oversee security and traffic flows in and around the area of the court on the day. The area will also be inspected before judgement day in the case against the ex-PM, Metropolitan Police deputy commander Pol Maj-General Panurat Lakboon said on Monday. Yingluck failed to turn up on the original date of August 25 set for the reading of the verdict in the case, and is suspected of having fled the country prior to that date. Much of the security measures will be the same as those provided for the scheduled August 25 ruling by the Supreme Court. Mobile metal fences will be put up around 20 to 30 metres from the court’s gate, while no more than 100 people will be allowed to hear the ruling in person in the court’s chamber, Panurat said. So far, there had been no reports of any "instigation" among Yingluck’s supporters, he added, apparently playing down any concerns over the possibility of an organised protest. Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said on Monday that there was no need to have any special additional measures for this Wednesday. “The police can take care of it, and the court makes it clear about [where people can and cannot stay in] its area,” he said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30327677 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-9-25
  6. Thailand Live Monday 25 Sep 2017

    Deloitte hit by sophisticated cyber attack: Guardian newspaper BY REUTERS REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma/Files LONDON (Reuters) – Global accountancy firm Deloitte has been hit by a sophisticated hack that resulted in a breach of confidential information and plans from some of its biggest clients, Britain’s Guardian newspaper said on Monday. Full Story: http://tech.thaivisa.com/deloitte-hit-sophisticated-cyber-attack-guardian-newspaper/24530/
  7. Thailand Live Monday 25 Sep 2017

    Apologising to London, Uber CEO offers change to keep licence BY REUTERS A message on the Uber app is seen on mobile telephone in London, Britain, September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Files LONDON (Reuters) – Uber’s new boss apologised to Londoners for the taxi app’s mistakes and pledged to make changes as the Silicon Valley firm tries to overturn a decision to strip it of its licence in one of its major markets. Full Story: http://tech.thaivisa.com/apologising-london-uber-ceo-offers-change-keep-licence/24526/
  8. Thailand’s tourism numbers continue to soar By Tanutam Thawan The tourists keep arriving, the numbers keep soaring. Assuming the numbers have to plateau at some stage, when will that be? For the past 20 years, through floods, bombings, coups, political upheavals and a few unsolved, mystery murders, Thailand’s tourist arrival numbers just keep rising and rising, heading into unfamiliar territory. So many people have predicted doom and gloom – “the good days are over” – but still the tourists continue to flock to the Land of Smiles. Once known to the world as the Land of a Thousand Smiles Thailand’s probably more accurately known these days as the Land of a Thousand 7/11s. If you were going to start a successful business in Phuket in 2017 you’d either open a convenience store or a rubber shop and do a deal with the tour buses. A story in ttrweekly.com has all the numbers…. Full Story: https://www.phuketgazette.net/news/thailands-tourism-numbers-continue-soar -- © Copyright Phuket Gazette 2017-9-25
  9. DNA tests underway to tie Yingluck to suspected flight sedan By The Nation Searching for evidence that they belonged to former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, police have conducted DNA checks on items within the seized Toyota Camry sedan believed to have taken her from Bangkok to Sa Kaew province during her August 23 flight from justice. Discovery of her DNA within would help them prove that Yingluck had been in the sedan, a security source said. The car was seized and three police officers arrested late last week. They were interrogated under suspicion of helping Yingluck flee through the eastern province that borders Cambodia. Physical evidence of Yingluck presence was not found at the last military checkpoint in Sa Kaew province. To date, investigating officers have not been able to say with certainty whether she crossed the border or not. If evidence is found, Yingluck could face additional charges of violating immigration laws. The source said a group of people had been sent for a week or so to carefully examine potential escape routes. The three police officers are not now charged with a crime. Yingluck fled prior to the court issuing an arrest warrant for her on August 25, the day she failed to appear before Supreme Court judges to here their ruling on charges of dereliction of duty related to her government’s rice pledging scheme. A judge source has clarified that the three officers were not guilty of helping Yingluck flee on August 23 as her run occurred before the court’s August 25 issuance of an arrest warrant. The source said Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan had instructed investigating officers to find legal grounds to charge the three police. At the least, they could be accused of contempt of court because judges had previously barred Yingluck from travelling overseas, the source said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30327637 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-9-25
  10. Man robbed houses ‘to fund clubbing habit’ By Seksanti Kalayanawisut The Nation A 22-year-old man, who has been arrested for allegedly breaking into some 30 unoccupied homes in Udon Thani's Muang district between April and this month, reportedly confessed that he committed the crimes to support his love for going out clubbing. Burglar suspect Poonsap Khotsuwan was arrested on Friday afternoon after he allegedly broke into a house in the Suk Kasem Housing Estate in Tambon Na Nong Kham when the owner, Sujitra Khan-asa, was out, said Udon Thani deputy police chief Pol Colonel Chawit Srichan. Witnesses said a man aged 20-25 arrived on a motorcycle and took a television and a refrigerator from the house. He then hired a tricycle to move them to a pawnshop near the clock tower intersection. Police investigating the case went to the area and found Poonsap at a pawnshop. He was presented at a police press conference on Monday along with stolen items including televisions, washing machines, fridges and mobile phones. Police said Poonsap, who worked odd jobs, was only released from jail earlier this year after serving 18 months for stealing water meters. Poonsap said he stole from about 30 houses, which were either for sale or whose owners were not home. He would pretend to be the homeowner who was taking his possessions to a pawnshop. If he found a safe box, he would hide it in a nearby wooded area to later pry it open to look for valuables. Police also secured search warrants to retrieve stolen items from various pawnshops as evidence. Chawit said police would press charges against the pawnshop owners of obtaining stolen items and seek to have their licences revoked. So far, six homeowners have filed complaints against Poonsap. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30327639 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-9-25
  11. Video: Is Pattaya a tourist town or a mafia town? Questions asked after driver hemmed in The "black plate mafia" were blamed after a clip showing more illegal behavior in Pattaya hit the internet. Thai Rath reported that the "Khreua Sahaphat - Laem Chabang" page posted a video of a driver who was picking up some tourists. He is hemmed in by a car in front and a man comes to confront him. The driver in the car is filming and the other man says in a calm but vaguely threatening manner: "Carry on filming. Go on". The driver says he is being hemmed in but the other one says he is not. So the driver makes to go before the car ahead moves to the right making it impossible for him to pass. The incident happened in Na Klua Soi 12. Thai Rath said it seemed to be over a queuing system. Details were sketchy but Thai Rath promised to follow up on the story. Another incident barely 24 hours before featured a fight between an Uber driver and a taxi driver. The first poster on the thread asked: "Is Pattaya a tourist town or a mafia town?". Others wanted the authorities to act. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-9-25
  12. Beer producers expected to suffer from excise tax hike: Fitch By The Nation Thailand’s new Excise Tax Act will have a larger impact on local beer producers than on producers of domestic spirits That’s because the beer market is more competitive and demand is sensitive to prices, said Fitch Ratings. The producers of non-alcoholic beverages will also be hit by the imposition of a first-time tax on sugar content in drinks. Fitch expects some pressure on beer producers as their ability to pass on the increasing tax cost to consumers and maintain their profit margins largely depend on the magnitude of the tax increase and consumers’ purchasing power to absorb higher prices. Other than prices, beer demand is also sensitive to economic conditions and the festive mood in the country. Domestic beer sales volume has been volatile over the past 10 years – a drop of 9 per cent in 2009 amid political protests and an excise tax increase, a 14 per cent decline in 2011 due to severe flooding, and a 5 per cent fall in 2013 after a restructuring of the excise tax, according to figures from Thailand’s Office of Industrial Economics. Thailand’s local spirits market has few players, with the largest, Thai Beverage Plc, occupying a 90 per cent market share by sales volume. Limited competition, together with inelastic demand for spirits, should support the operating performance of spirits producers over the medium term. Producers with a wide range of products in terms of alcohol content or price would be able to provide customers with a variety to match their purchasing power. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/Economy/30327655 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-9-25
  13. Govt releases ‘agreement of truth’ after six months of talks By The Nation Line photo used in promotion of the "agreement of truth" read "Adhere to the King's principles. Follow what the father did". The photo is meant to be sent as daily greeting as the bottom line is read "Hello Monday". After six months of talking with political and social groups, the junta-led government on Monday released an “agreement of truth” in a bid to realise its reconciliation efforts. The so-called agreement – previously often referred to as the “social contract” – consists of 10 aspects, including “solving problems by parliamentary means”, “respecting international obligations”, “not distorting information with the aim of instigating conflict” and “authority must not support any political sides in particular”. They also include the government’s much-hailed policies and concepts – such as Pracha Rat, or working cooperation among the government, private and civil-society sectors; and the “Thailand 4.0” economic strategy – and the late King’s sufficiency-economy philosophy. The 24 pages of documents making up the “agreement of truth” also cover the reconciliation-building committee, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan. Several political blocs were invited by the committee for “discussions and idea exchanges”, with the exception of the People’s Democratic Reform Foundation of Suthep Thaugsuban, who refused to take part in the agreement process. The latest public hearing on agreement-drafting was held in July, when red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan was the only key political figure to attend. Prawit had said that the agreement would be drawn up in order to be agreed upon by political groups, but to what extent it would be binding on them is not yet certain. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30327674 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-9-25
  14. Thailand Live Monday 25 Sep 2017

    Video: Is Pattaya a tourist town or a mafia town? Questions asked after driver hemmed in The "black plate mafia" were blamed after a clip showing more illegal behavior in Pattaya hit the internet. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004152-video-is-pattaya-a-tourist-town-or-a-mafia-town-questions-asked-after-driver-hemmed-in/
  15. Thailand Live Monday 25 Sep 2017

    Bum rap? Sri Lankan arrested for trying to smuggle gold in rectum COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Sri Lankan man who raised suspicion by the way he kept looking around in an airport departure lounge was found to be carrying nearly a kilogram (2.2 lb) of gold stashed in his rectum, a customs official said on Monday. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004151-bum-rap-sri-lankan-arrested-for-trying-to-smuggle-gold-in-rectum/
  16. Malaysian police to give evidence in drug trial By Kesinee Tangkhieo The Nation Xaysana Keopimpha Malaysian police will testify as plaintiff witnesses in a drug case against alleged Lao drug kingpin Xaysana Keopimpha and his two alleged accomplices. Xaysana, 42, had lived a high-profile, extravagant life for years until his dramatic arrest at Suvarnabhumi Airport earlier this year. He has now been arraigned in two drug cases, the first involving 1.2 million meth-amphetamine tablets and the other involving more than 3 million meth-amphetamine tablets. In the first case, the first hearing into plaintiff witnesses will take place at 9am on February 13 next year. In the second case, it will take place on July 31. On Monday, public prosecutors produced to the Criminal Court the list of witnesses for the second case. It includes Malaysian police who played a role in the arrest of Sainudeng Ma, a suspected major drug trafficker in Malaysia, because he allegedly ordered drugs from Laos. Xaysana has been arraigned along with two alleged accomplices, Chumphon Panomprai, 42, and Ratchapon Ratsaponpakorn, 28. Ratchapon allegedly exchanged foreign currencies for Sainudeng several times. All the defendants have to date denied any wrongdoing. Ratchapon will present his parents and the parents of his ex-wife as witnesses in a bid to prove that he is not unusually rich. According to him, there is evidence that he has been struggling to pay premiums for his son’s life insurance. Xaysana and Chumphon will present several witnesses, including some jail inmates. Xaysana, Chumphon and Ratchapon are all detained at the Central Prison. Public prosecutors have objected to their release on bail, citing that their alleged crimes carry heavy punishments and there is a risk they may abscond. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30327642 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-9-25
  17. Thailand Live Monday 25 Sep 2017

    British lesbian wins right to spousal visa in landmark Hong Kong case Reuters Staff HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong appeals court on Monday ruled that a British lesbian whose partner works in the city should be granted a spousal visa, a landmark decision that could lead to expatriate same-sex partners moving to the Chinese-ruled financial hub. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004150-british-lesbian-wins-right-to-spousal-visa-in-landmark-hong-kong-case/
  18. British lesbian wins right to spousal visa in landmark Hong Kong case Reuters Staff HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong appeals court on Monday ruled that a British lesbian whose partner works in the city should be granted a spousal visa, a landmark decision that could lead to expatriate same-sex partners moving to the Chinese-ruled financial hub. The British national, known as QT, had been refused a dependant’s visa on the grounds that she was not a “spouse”, even though she had entered a civil partnership in England. Marriage in Hong Kong is defined as a monogamous union between a man and a woman, but discrimination based on sexual orientation is against the law. The former British colony returned to Chinese rule with wide-ranging autonomy, including a free judiciary, in 1997. In a unanimous decision reached by three judges, the Court of Appeal found that the director of immigration failed to justify the “indirect discrimination on account of sexual orientation that QT suffers”. While the legal definition of marriage was not challenged in the appeal, chief judge Andrew Cheung wrote that “times have changed and an increasing number of people are no longer prepared to accept the status quo without critical thought”. “Excluding a foreign worker’s lawfully married (albeit same-sex) spouse or civil partner ... to join the worker is, quite obviously, counter-productive to attracting the worker to come to or remain in Hong Kong to work in the first place,” he added. The court ordered QT and the Department of Immigration to work together on an agreement and submit it to court within 28 days. Hong Kong’s LGBT advocates welcomed the decision, with the city’s first openly gay lawmaker, Ray Chan, calling it a “big win for same-sex dependants to apply for a visa to stay in Hong Kong”. Same-sex marriage was legalized in Taiwan in May, a first in Asia. In mainland China, homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder until 2001, but it is not illegal to be gay. -- © Copyright Reuters 2017-9-25
  19. Thailand Live Monday 25 Sep 2017

    Up to 400 Yingluck supporters expected at court on judgement day By The Nation Intelligence sources estimate that around 300 to 400 people are likely to make their way to the Supreme Court this Wednesday to provide moral support for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, when the verdict in the case against her stemming from her administration’s rice-pledging scheme will be read out – albeit probably in her absence. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004149-up-to-400-yingluck-supporters-expected-at-court-on-judgement-day/
  20. Thailand Live Monday 25 Sep 2017

    Govt releases ‘agreement of truth’ after six months of talks By The Nation Line photo used in promotion of the "agreement of truth" read "Adhere to the King's principles. Follow what the father did". The photo is meant to be sent as daily greeting as the bottom line is read "Hello Monday". After six months of talking with political and social groups, the junta-led government on Monday released an “agreement of truth” in a bid to realise its reconciliation efforts. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004148-govt-releases-‘agreement-of-truth’-after-six-months-of-talks/
  21. Thailand Live Monday 25 Sep 2017

    Fire jellyfish washing up on Koh Phi Phi beaches By Nattha Thepbamrung and Kritsada Mueanhawong A large number of jelly fish have been found washed up on the shores of Koh Phi Phi. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004146-fire-jellyfish-washing-up-on-koh-phi-phi-beaches/
  22. Fire jellyfish washing up on Koh Phi Phi beaches By Nattha Thepbamrung and Kritsada Mueanhawong A large number of jelly fish have been found washed up on the shores of Koh Phi Phi. The chief of Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park warns for swimmers to be aware of the jelly fish around Phi Phi after a lot of them were found washed up on the beaches. “on Ao Ling (Monkey Beach) on Koh Phi Phi villagers found a lot of small jelly fish with red tentacles which are locally called red jelly fish or fire jelly fish,” says the chief of Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Worapot Lomlim. Full Story: https://www.phuketgazette.net/news/fire-jellyfish-washing-koh-phi-phi-beaches -- © Copyright Phuket Gazette 2017-9-25
  23. Thailand Live Monday 25 Sep 2017

    Phuket lifeguards confirm Oct 1 strike Tanyaluk Sakoot PHUKET:-- The Phuket’s Lifeguard Service has today confirmed that they are to strike from Oct 1 following last weeks revelation that the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO) has cut the service’s budget for the second consecutive year. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004145-phuket-lifeguards-confirm-oct-1-strike/
  24. Student suspect must prove he is ill, say police By The Nation Police have demanded evidence of illness from a medical student who has cited health problems for his inability to answer a summons. This medical student is accused of poisoning a dog in the hope of demanding compensation from a transport service provider. “He can’t just use health problems as an excuse without substantiating that claim,” Pol Lt-Colonel Seubpong Karuna, a deputy superintendent at Bangkok’s Suttisarn Police Station, said on Monday. The station has summoned the suspect to report on Tuesday to acknowledge the charges of animal torture and attempted fraud. But the student’s lawyer has contacted the station asking for postponement of his surrender. His medical school earlier this month announced that the suspect had some mental health problems. “We need to see proof of his health problems in writing. Or else, we may consider seeking an arrest warrant,” Seubpong said. Watchdog Thailand and the transportation firm lodged a complaint with the Suttisarn Police Station against the medical student on September 9. This is on top of a complaint filed by livestock officials in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30327635 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-9-25
  25. Thailand Live Monday 25 Sep 2017

    Malaysian police to give evidence in drug trial By Kesinee Tangkhieo The Nation Xaysana Keopimpha Malaysian police will testify as plaintiff witnesses in a drug case against alleged Lao drug kingpin Xaysana Keopimpha and his two alleged accomplices. Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1004144-malaysian-police-to-give-evidence-in-drug-trial/
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