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  1. Thailand Live Friday 24 Nov 2017

    Boxer Buakaw to run with Toon on Saturday By The Nation Celebrity Thai boxer Buakaw Banchamek declared on Friday that he would join the charity run with rock star Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai on Saturday. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1012897-boxer-buakaw-to-run-with-toon-on-saturday/
  2. Boxer Buakaw to run with Toon on Saturday By The Nation Celebrity Thai boxer Buakaw Banchamek declared on Friday that he would join the charity run with rock star Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai on Saturday. Buakaw posted on his Facebook fan page that he would run with Toon at 4am from in front of Wat Bang Waen school in Tambon Pakklong in Chumphon’s Pathieu district. He said he would welcome any fan wishing to take selfies with him during the run. Toon and his group rested on Thursday and Friday after he reportedly had a minor leg injury at the end of Day 23 of the charity campaign run on Wednesday. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30332428 -- © Copyright The Nation Full story:
  3. Thailand Live Friday 24 Nov 2017

    Pattani schools grads cause international furor over writing on World Heritage stones By The Nation An executive of a Pattani school has apologised over a recent incident in which more than one school graduate reportedly wrote on ancient stones at a World Heritage Site in Jordan. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1012896-pattani-schools-grads-cause-international-furor-over-writing-on-world-heritage-stones-in-jordan/
  4. Pattani schools grads cause international furor over writing on World Heritage stones By The Nation An executive of a Pattani school has apologised over a recent incident in which more than one school graduate reportedly wrote on ancient stones at a World Heritage Site in Jordan. Executive Abdulloh Yeeloh from Salihiyah School in Khok Pho district, who was currently visiting Jordan, was asked about the incident on Thursday during a phone call from a committee of the Southern Border Islamic Private Schools Executives Association. Association president Nasrudin Lehnu said Abdulloh admitted to visiting the ancient site along with many alumni now studying in Jordan. Abdulloh claimed that he was unaware of the vandalism of the ancient stones at Umm al-Rasas until someone posted about it on Facebook. Nasrudin said that Abdulloh told him that some alumni later admitted to have written on the stone without knowing that it was not allowed, as they claimed the spot had multiple etchings in various languages. Nasrudin said Abdulloh would take the alumnus to help remove the writings and said the group had apologised for the action that tarnished Thailand’s international image. Nasrudin said the school’s Facebook page had received many critical comments and so had been temporarily closed. On Wednesday, Thai academic and famous cultural tour guide Paothong Thongchua posted on his Facebook page photos of the over-2,000-year old site’s stones, including the controversial writing. “The writings were done only a day before my visit and Jordanian officials have urged those who did this to remove the writings or they would expose the school and the country so tourists from all countries would know that Thailand doesn’t take care of its own citizens’ quality,” the scholar posted. The ancient stones at Umm al-Rasas in present-day Jordan was declared a United Nations World Heritage Site in 2004. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30332426 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-11-24
  5. Thailand Live Friday 24 Nov 2017

    Loei appeals for blankets, jackets for 134,000 underprivileged people File photo The chief disaster prevention and mitigation officer of Loei on Friday put out a public call for assistance. His office urgently needs blankets, jackets and other winter clothing for some 134,000 poor people to survive the coming winter, said Pramual Lapjit. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1012893-loei-appeals-for-blankets-jackets-for-134000-underprivileged-people/
  6. Loei appeals for blankets, jackets for 134,000 underprivileged people File photo The chief disaster prevention and mitigation officer of Loei on Friday put out a public call for assistance. His office urgently needs blankets, jackets and other winter clothing for some 134,000 poor people to survive the coming winter, said Pramual Lapjit. Pramual said his office discovered through a survey that 134,572 low-income people in Loei’s 14 districts need winter clothing. Thai Beverage Plc became the first private firm to step in and help the poor this year by handing out 7,000 blankets via local administrations. Friday morning, the lowest temperature in Loei was recorded at 10 degrees Celsius at the Phurua mountaintop while the Phu Kradueng National Park saw the mercury drop to 12 C. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30332423 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-11-24
  7. Thailand Live Friday 24 Nov 2017

    Phuket second-hand shops ‘asked’ to become legal The Phuket News Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok speaks at yesterday's meeting. Photo: PR Dept PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok yesterday (Nov 23) led a meeting of hundreds of second-hand shop owners and operators across the island to discuss about them becoming legally registered. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1012892-phuket-second-hand-shops-‘asked’-to-become-legal/
  8. Phuket second-hand shops ‘asked’ to become legal The Phuket News Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok speaks at yesterday's meeting. Photo: PR Dept PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok yesterday (Nov 23) led a meeting of hundreds of second-hand shop owners and operators across the island to discuss about them becoming legally registered. Also in attendance at yesterday’s meeting, held at the Phuket Merlin Hotel in Phuket Town, were Phuket Provincial Administrative Chief Officer (Palad) Sakchai Kunanuwatchaidet. The meeting was part of the provincial government’s “Safety Phuket, Nice Tourism, Nice to Live” initiative. V/Gov Snith said, “We are requesting second-hand shop operators follow the law [to be correctly registered]. If they just buy items from someone, they may have bought them from a thief. Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-second-hand-shops-asked-to-become-legal-64846.php -- © Copyright Phuket News 2017-11-24
  9. Thailand Live Friday 24 Nov 2017

    Germany's SPD says open to coalition talks with other parties Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz gives a statement at the party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) are ready to hold talks with other parties on breaking political deadlock created by Chancellor Angela Merkel's failure to form a coalition government, a senior member of the centre-left party said. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1012891-germanys-spd-says-open-to-coalition-talks-with-other-parties/
  10. Germany's SPD says open to coalition talks with other parties Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz gives a statement at the party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) are ready to hold talks with other parties on breaking political deadlock created by Chancellor Angela Merkel's failure to form a coalition government, a senior member of the centre-left party said. The decision by the SPD, which had said it would go into opposition after suffering its worst result of the postwar period in a September election, makes it less likely that a new election will be necessary with all its potential disruption for Europe's economic and political powerhouse. "The SPD will not say no to discussions," SPD General Secretary Hubertus Heil told reporters on Friday after hours of discussion among SPD leaders. Heil did not say with which parties the Social Democrats would negotiate, nor whether they aim to be in a governing coalition or simply provide parliamentary support to a minority government led by Merkel. The SPD has been under growing pressure to drop their opposition to a renewed "grand coalition" with Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Christian Social Union (CSU) Bavarian allies after September's election. The SPD have governed in coalition under Merkel since 2013. But party leader Martin Schulz said the party must heed the will of voters by going into opposition. Merkel is facing the biggest political crisis of her career since efforts to forge a three-way coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and ecologist Greens collapsed last weekend. That has raised worries across Europe of prolongued uncertainty in the world's fourth biggest economy. (Reporting by Joseph Nasr; editing byh Ralph Boulton) -- © Copyright Reuters 2017-11-24
  11. Thailand Live Friday 24 Nov 2017

    Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader 'new Hitler' - NYT FILE PHOTO: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran "the new Hitler of the Middle East" in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1012886-saudi-crown-prince-calls-iran-leader-new-hitler-nyt/
  12. Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader 'new Hitler' - NYT FILE PHOTO: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran "the new Hitler of the Middle East" in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals. The Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran back rival sides in wars and political crises throughout the region. Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defence minister in the U.S.-allied oil giant kingdom, suggested the Islamic Republic's alleged expansion under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei needed to be confronted. "But we learned from Europe that appeasement doesn't work. We don't want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East," the paper quoted him as saying. Tensions soared this month when Lebanon's Saudi-allied Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in a television broadcast from Riyadh, citing the influence of Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon and risks to his life. Hezbollah called the move an act of war engineered by Saudi authorities, an accusation they denied. Hariri has since suspended his resignation. Saudi Arabia has launched thousands of air strikes in a 2-1/2-year-old war in neighbouring Yemen to defeat the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement that seized broad swaths of the country. Salman told the Times that the war was going in its favour and that its allies controlled 85 percent of Yemen's territory. The Houthis, however, still retain the main population centres despite the war effort by a Saudi-led military coalition which receives intelligence and refuelling for its warplanes by the United States. Some 10,000 people have died in the conflict. The group launched a ballistic missile toward Riyadh's main airport on Nov. 4, which Saudi Arabis decried as an act of war by Tehran. Bin Salman said in May that the kingdom would make sure any future struggle between the two countries "is waged in Iran". For his part, Khamenei has referred to the House of Saud as an "accursed tree", and Iranian officials have accused the kingdom of spreading terrorism. (Reporting By Noah Browning; Editing by Michael Perry and Ralph Boulton) -- © Copyright Reuters 2017-11-24
  13. Thailand Live Friday 24 Nov 2017

    Phetburi flooding remains critical, motorists advised to use alternative routes By Thai PBS Flooding in Phetchaburi province remains critical as the Phetchaburi river continues to overflow banks and submerge almost the entire municipal areas today (Nov 24). Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1012880-phetburi-flooding-remains-critical-motorists-advised-to-use-alternative-routes/
  14. Phetburi flooding remains critical, motorists advised to use alternative routes By Thai PBS Flooding in Phetchaburi province remains critical as the Phetchaburi river continues to overflow banks and submerge almost the entire municipal areas today (Nov 24). Sections of the Phetkasem highway passing the town to other southern destinations are also flooded. Phetkasem, a main highway to the southern region remained flooded and impassable for small vehicles, particularly on the inbound traffic lanes to Bangkok. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/phetburi-flooding-remains-critical-motorists-advised-use-alternative-routes/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2017-11-24
  15. Thailand Live Friday 24 Nov 2017

    How to stop your ducking iPhone autocorrecting swear words BY STAFF WRITER It’s ducking annoying when your iPhone decides to treat you like a child and won’t let you speak your mind. Full story: https://tech.thaivisa.com/25864-2/25864/
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