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  1. Poet PM urges farmers to embrace the ‘right life’ By THE SUNDAY NATION BANGKOK: -- THE COMPLEX concept of Pracha Rath (people’s state), a tripartite cooperation between the state, private sector and the people, has once again been penned into verse by the talent of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in an attempt to show people the right approach to lead their lives. The latest poem, the fifth by the premier, has touched upon the principle of Pracha Rath, initiated by his government to support the grassroots economy. Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the government’s spokesperson, said Prayut wished to see people – particularly those in farming areas –embrace the right approaches, especially the King’s science and Pracha Rath. He urged them to ponder the principles and embrace them in their farm practices to sustain their living as well as the nation’s stability. “Sometimes, it’s quite boring for us to keep telling people the same stories, and via verse, the stories might get more interesting somehow,” said Sansern, urging the public and young generations to disseminate the premier’s poems. This is not the first time that Prayut has written a poem for farmers. Early this month, he wrote a piece designed to cheer up farmers with such verses as, “You are strong, tolerant, and have high integrity worth respecting.” The poem, “Farmers’ Soul Soothing Poem”, urged farmers to not lose their morale or leave their homes as the government has been trying to solve their problems with the Pracha Rath policy and trusted that this was the way to get them out of trouble. Before this, Prayut penned poems for his officials, including the Cabinet, encouraging them to remain focused and work tirelessly for the people. The poem urged them not to give up if they encountered struggles along the way when working for the people, and to use their wisdom instead to overcome problems. Prayut continues to write despite the fact that he had earlier said he would “rather keep his mouth shut” after his first poems sparked a brief verbal tussle among established poets. The poets were split over the PM’s verse, and some appended new stanzas to his efforts. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30321526 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-24
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    Thailand to send back trafficking victims, assist on migration to third country BANGKOK, 24 July 2017 (NNT) – Thailand has prioritized on human trafficking cases involving Rohingya people in accordance to human rights principles, and is set to return trafficking victims to their country of origin, says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993852-thailand-to-send-back-trafficking-victims-assist-on-migration-to-third-country/
  3. HM the King bestows polo shirts on Thai subjects BANGKOK, 24 July 2017 (NNT) - His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has given black polo shirts to people in all provinces ahead of his royal birthday anniversary, July 28th. His Majesty the King has designated Air Marshal Pakdee Saeng-xuto as his representative to deliver black shirts to the governors of 77 provinces nationwide. Each province receives 10,000 shirts to be distributed to members of the public and volunteers who help others in society. The shirts are designed to be worn during tribute activities for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. On the back of the shirt is “13 October 2016” which is the date the late monarch passed away, while on the front of the shirt are the words “HM the late King In Our Hearts for Eternity.” -- nnt 2017-07-24
  4. Thailand to send back trafficking victims, assist on migration to third country BANGKOK, 24 July 2017 (NNT) – Thailand has prioritized on human trafficking cases involving Rohingya people in accordance to human rights principles, and is set to return trafficking victims to their country of origin, says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ministry of Foreign Affair's Director-General of the Department of Information Busadee Santipitaks has addressed the return of Rohingya people involved in human trafficking cases back to their country of origin, saying that the Thai government has been providing protection to the victims and has provided them with healthcare, occupation opportunities, and is working to assist their return home or their migration to a third country. She has said trafficking victims are legally allowed to stay in Thailand for 2 years after the conclusion of case proceedings, according to the Cabinet's resolution on 13 December 2017. The Thai government has been working with the country of origin to send back trafficking victims who chose to return, and has been collaborating with the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugee (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) for victims who wishes to migrate to a third country. Thailand has also provided 245 translators to assist the victims including people from Myanmar, Rohingya, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Vietnam. The Thai government has also given special priority to the protection of child trafficking victims by providing special training to related officials. -- nnt 2017-07-24
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    Complaint of three safety violations lodged with the police against CPF BANGKOK: -- Safety inspectors of the Department of Labour Welfare and Protection lodged a complaint against Charoen Pokphand Foods Company with the police last Wednesday over the death of a student trainee and four staff members of the company on June 23. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993851-complaint-of-three-safety-violations-lodged-with-the-police-against-cpf/
  6. Complaint of three safety violations lodged with the police against CPF BANGKOK: -- Safety inspectors of the Department of Labour Welfare and Protection lodged a complaint against Charoen Pokphand Foods Company with the police last Wednesday over the death of a student trainee and four staff members of the company on June 23. The department chief Mr Sumet Mahosot said that the safety inspectors questioned officials concerned and conducted on-site investigation and come up with the conclusion that the company had committed three safety violations as specified in the safety law and regulations on working in airless area. He said, firstly, CPF failed to notify its staff working in the wastewater treatment pond of the risks to life involved which may occur and also failed to provide working manuals to its staff. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/complaint-three-safety-violations-lodged-police-cpf/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2017-07-24
  7. Thon Buri prison chosen to pilot new inmate rules By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM THE NATION BANGKOK: -- THAILAND is the first country in the world to embrace the United Nations’ Nelson Mandela Rules to improve the quality of life of prisoners, with Thon Buri Remand Prison chosen as the pilot prison. The Corrections Department and Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) launched the one-year pilot project at the remand prison in Bangkok’s Bang Bon district on Tuesday. The fundamental principles of Nelson Mandela Rules include the protection of human rights and dignity of inmates, abolition of torture and inhumane punishment, and overall good treatment of prisoners. It is the first code of good practice in the treatment of prisoners in 60 years. The last major UN revision was the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in 1957. The rules are named after former South African president and prominent human rights defender Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid. The new rules will guide and improve prison management, said Somchai Sianglai, adviser to the minister of justice. Introducing best practices would not only benefit the inmates, but also help improve the reputation and performance of the Thai justice system, he added. “We are proud that Thailand is the first country in the world to adopt this new standard of good prison management. It will benefit all of us, not just the prisoners, to improve the quality of life of the inmates and help them learn to come back to society as good people,” Somchai said. TIJ director Kittipong Kittayarak noted that Thailand has the potential to improve prison management to meet the new UN standard, despite existing problems in the corrections system. “There are problems in our correction systems, such as overcrowded prisons, poor quality of life of the inmates, and improper practices and punishment of prisoners. However, the UN’s Nelson Mandela Rules can help solve these problems and can return the prisoner back to society as a good person,” Kittipong said. The old way of using punishment to shame prisoners had been proven not to transform criminals, said Kittipont. Instead, understanding and providing opportunities to help prisoners was the right way to proceed. “Despite Thailand still facing an increasing number of prisoners, which has led to a problem of even more severely overcrowded prisons, we can improve the quality of life and protection of human rights and dignity of inmates,” he said. Kittipong said that Thailand was already drafting new rules for prisons when it chose to be the first country to implement the Nelson Mandela Rules. As well, he noted, Thailand has a good reputation due to the Bangkok Rules for managing female inmates, which the international community has applauded. Aryut Sinthopphan, the Corrections Department deputy director-general, said the Thon Buri Remand Prison, with its 5,726 inmates, was an ideal choice. “During the one-year pilot project, the policy’s implementation within Thon Buri Remand Prison will be monitored and assessed to be a guideline for the other prisons in the country,” Aryut explained. “Meanwhile, this prison will be made the learning centre for staff from other prisons to learn about UN Nelson Mandela Rules. If the implementation is a success, we will expand this project to the other prisons in Thailand.” Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30321572 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-24
  8. Good news for Hua Hin - international flights set to start by end of 2017 Picture: Daily News HUA HIN: -- Daily News reported that international flights could be landing in Hua Hin by as early as the end of this year. The airports authority (AO) have received a proposal from Air Asia to operate daily flights between Hua Hin and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If given the green light it will mean the first commercial use of the airport that is just a handful of kilometers from the city center and could be a major boon for tourism. Darun Saengchai of the AO said that Air Asia want landing fees and rental charges for airport facilities waived in the initial stages of operation to get the route started. If agreed by the AO and related agencies the first international flights could be coming to the resort by the end of 2017. A decision on the Air Asia proposal is expected to be made in the next two weeks. Darun said that Hua Hin airport is already ready for business with no more building necessary to make it operational for commercial flights. "The airport can handle 300 passengers per hour," he said. "The proximity to the town is a major bonus for travelers". He said that some matters will need to be sorted - top of the list are the need for immigration and customs facilities as flights to KL are international. And discussions need to take place as to exactly what transport arrangements are put in place to ferry passengers from the airport to local destinations. Commercial flights from KL could open up the resort to tourism directly from Malaysia as well as make Hua Hin a stepping off point for travelers heading south. Source: Daily News -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-07-20
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    Fishing crew plucked from the sea after floating many hours in the rough sea By Thai PBS SURAT THANI: -- A fishing crewman who accidentally fell from his vessel into the sea on Friday night was plucked from the sea by a freighter Saturday morning. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993850-fishing-crew-plucked-from-the-sea-after-floating-many-hours-in-the-rough-sea/
  10. Fishing crew plucked from the sea after floating many hours in the rough sea By Thai PBS SURAT THANI: -- A fishing crewman who accidentally fell from his vessel into the sea on Friday night was plucked from the sea by a freighter Saturday morning. The crewman, Somchit Polraksa,25, was handed over to marine police at PK pier in Muang district of Surat Thani on Saturday night. Somchit told the police that he accidentally fell from his fishing boat, Pornmanachai 99, at about 7 pm of Friday night without the notice of the other crew members. He said that the sea then was choppy and the wind strong. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/fishing-crew-plucked-sea-floating-many-hours-rough-sea/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2017-07-24
  11. Six high schools teach job skills By Nattaphat Phromkaew The Nation Government spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd BANGKOK: -- Students who take government-backed vocational courses in high school are expected to quickly find jobs in their hometowns, said government spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd. Many high schools have already adopted vocational classrooms, particularly those in the deep South such as in Yala and Narathiwas provinces. In addition to traditional curriculum, the vocational classroom teaches skills that are in high demand in the workplace. In a policy passed down from Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, lessons are customised to meet local community demand, said Sansern. He points to Betong Wiraratprasarn School in Betong district of Yala province, which is collaborating with Betong Industrial and Community College to open a new curriculum of hotel management and domestic science. It reflects the skills demand of the community as it develops into a tourist city, Sansern added. Suwan Wittayakom School in Narathiwas launched a similar project, he adds. A new curriculum of business, computer, and welding would be open for its first cohort of students in the upcoming semester, he said. Students would receive two degrees — high school and vocational diplomas. They’ll be trained to meet the workforce needs from the area’s booming investment and construction industries. Students after graduation could choose whether to go to college or to work, Sansern said. Those thinking about becoming an entrepreneur could also choose to take a basic business administration course upon graduation. Six schools in special development zones have adopted the policy and launched the project. Three are in Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwas. The others are in Chiang Rai and Tak. PM Prayut had shown support for schools working on the project, which he sees as giving more choices to students, Sansern said. The PM has also stressed to the education ministry that they work with local businesses and the community to ensure that graduates meet their needs, he said. Parents also have a role, Sansern said. They need to understand that vocational students are no less competent than others. Rather, they could start working and earning earlier than others. In the future, the projects will be developed in other areas across the country, he said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30321560 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-24
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    Victims of human trafficking can stay in Thailand and work legally for two years By Thai PBS The Rohingya migrants who were victims of the human trafficking gang convicted last week by the court and the prosecution witnesses are allowed to remain in Thailand for two years and also to work legally after the conclusion of the court trial, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993848-victims-of-human-trafficking-can-stay-in-thailand-and-work-legally-for-two-years/
  13. Victims of human trafficking can stay in Thailand and work legally for two years By Thai PBS The Rohingya migrants who were victims of the human trafficking gang convicted last week by the court and the prosecution witnesses are allowed to remain in Thailand for two years and also to work legally after the conclusion of the court trial, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The special treatment for these illegal Rohingya migrants is in accordance with the cabinet’s resolution dated December 13 last year, said the ministry. The court on Wednesday convicted 62 suspects to serve jail terms ranging from 4 to 94 years after finding them guilty of involvement in human trafficking. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/victims-human-trafficking-can-stay-thailand-work-legally-two-years/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2017-07-24
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    OPINION Thailand’s reconciliation trap is preventing democratic progress By Titipol Phakdeewanich Special to The Nation This week, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) launched a nationwide “social contract” as part of its reconciliation plan, which began in March. In essence, the military-drafted social contract aims to reunite the country in the hope that Thai people can move forwards together. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993847-thailand’s-reconciliation-trap-is-preventing-democratic-progress/
  15. OPINION Thailand’s reconciliation trap is preventing democratic progress By Titipol Phakdeewanich Special to The Nation This week, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) launched a nationwide “social contract” as part of its reconciliation plan, which began in March. In essence, the military-drafted social contract aims to reunite the country in the hope that Thai people can move forwards together. The NCPO says this is a significant step forward since the 2014 coup, and should resolve Thailand’s decade-long political division. However, military-led reconciliation has met with sceptical responses both inside and outside the country. Observers question whether it can truly reunite Thailand as a nation, or whether it is simply a political ploy for the military to gain trust and legitimacy, rather than allow reconciliation led by all parties involved. So, can the junta’s dream of forced reconciliation become a reality? The military is fully aware of public scepticism over its role and involvement in the reconciliation process. Thus it has made clear that it will attend the public reconciliation forums only to listen, not to express any opinion or discuss issues, so as to ensure that “invited participants” are free to express their views on conflict solutions and reconciliation. One such forum was held this week at the 21st Military Circle in Nakhon Ratchasima province. An impression it left was that foreign countries and institutions are a potential threat to national security, and their actions and criticism directed at Thailand – particularly in relation to its politics, democracy and human rights since 2014 – are interpreted as a form of intervention. Freedom House classified Thailand as “Not Free” in its 2017 report on political and civil rights. Though organised by the military, the NCPO’s reconciliation process is in fact little different from the process pursued under the administration of Abhisit Vejjajiva. Following the 2010 crackdown on red-shirt protesters, Abhisit initiated the National Reform Committee (NRC), chaired by former prime minister Anand Panyarachun. In 2013, we also witnessed reconciliation attempts under the government of Yingluck Shinawatra, who invited the former British prime minister Tony Blair to speak on reconciliation. The NCPO’s public forums have delivered similar information to those held under Abhisit’s NRC, with proposals for economic, social and political reforms aimed especially at more equable allocation of public resources. In fact, this latest reconciliation effort is providing no new information, instead only mirroring and repeating data already known to the Thai public and international observers from the earlier process. The junta outwardly claims that Thailand is a democratic country moving towards a more democratic environment. However there is plenty of cause for scepticism over whether the military believes that Thailand’s political divide can be bridged through a more democratic environment. Throughout the three years since the May 2014 coup, the NCPO has attempted to introduce a military culture as an integral component of “Thai-style” democracy. Inside barracks, power and force, order and commands, are vital to the proper functioning of the Thai military. Seniority based on rank and the strict enforcement of a hierarchical structure is the mechanism that creates unity. Indeed, this kind of military culture is almost identical to the prevailing concept of “Thainess” enshrined in the NCPO’s “Twelve Core Values for a Strong Thailand”. The military’s prioritising of reconciliation ahead of democracy and human rights makes complete sense to the vast majority of Thais. This is reinforced by memories of the economic damage caused by chaotic rallies in Bangkok and elsewhere, particularly during the protests in 2010 by the red shirts and in 2013-2014 by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). So what would Thailand be like under a social contract enforced by the military? Despite its claims go the contrary, the contract is nothing other than a rejection of genuine representative democracy, in favour of establishing a “Thai-style” democracy, in which liberty and freedom are secondary to “order” and “stability”. The NCPO has repeatedly told the Thai people and the international community that Thailand’s cultural uniqueness cannot be undermined by its international commitments and international law, particularly human rights. Instead of falling into a reconciliation trap, the military and other Thai authorities must be more open-minded in acknowledging the issues surrounding country’s political conflicts, which are much wider than income inequality and imbalances. Indeed, Thailand’s political conflicts are seated in a poor understanding and perhaps rejection of the universal concept of human rights, which embrace and endorse dignity, rights, liberty, equality and freedom. These key values are given only a token place in the Thai education system, and have not yet been fully integrated. From school to university, young Thais are taught to respect adults, and to “live in harmony and promote unity” so that Thailand can be a peaceful, strong and independent society. These characteristics of “Thainess” are not necessarily anti-democratic and anti-human rights, but the ways in they are taught to young generations are an obstacle for Thailand’s democratic progress. Today, it is increasingly difficult to convince a majority of Thais that promotion of democracy and human rights can produce natural reconciliation and minimise conflicts, through greater equality and respect for individual dignity regardless of social background. Of course, democracy cannot guarantee equality and unity. But the rule of law is a democratic means to ensure that people’s rights are protected from violation by the state and individuals. In Thailand the law is not always applied equally across all groups. Unity and harmony cannot be forced, but are rather a product of the true and honest promotion of equality and rights. This challenge will persist as long as Thailand continues to overrule the universal concept of human rights, and keeps falling into the reconciliation trap and historic pride in its Thainess. Titipol Phakdeewanich is dean of the Faculty of Political Science at Ubon Ratchathani University, and a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick in England. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/opinion/30321469 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-24
  16. PM blames lack of spirituality for country’s political turmoil By THE SUNDAY NATION BANGKOK: -- THAILAND’S democracy has never been fully fledged because the country has lacked spirituality, especially during the past 20 years of political turbulence, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says. Addressing his weekly TV programme on Friday night, General Prayut said the country had faced a number of problems because of the absence of spirituality, which provides what he calls “a moral blanket” against ill practices. The premier said he did not want to blame anyone, but was reminding everyone about this point so people would come to help one another and get out of this sticky situation. Dharma-based democracy, he said, was something that people did not talk about much, but it was actually crucial because it is rational. Democracy without dharma, he said, would find no peace and stability. To achieve moral society, this principle should be taken into consideration. It was also the starting point for reconciliation, he said. “I just want you to be thoughtful about the country a bit and have conscience enough to be able to think of some religious principles that we can apply to our present political problems,” he said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30321524 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-24
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    Thailand ‘has potential to be medical tourism leader’ By Sirivish Toomgum The Nation Medical fair organiser says global market growing 25% a year BANGKOK: -- Thailand can emerge as the region’s top medical tourism hotspot, as the country attracts 550,000 Asean medical tourists yearly, according to Gernot Ringling, managing director of the trade fair organiser Messe Dusseldorf Asia. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993846-thailand-‘has-potential-to-be-medical-tourism-leader’/
  18. Thailand ‘has potential to be medical tourism leader’ By Sirivish Toomgum The Nation Medical fair organiser says global market growing 25% a year BANGKOK: -- Thailand can emerge as the region’s top medical tourism hotspot, as the country attracts 550,000 Asean medical tourists yearly, according to Gernot Ringling, managing director of the trade fair organiser Messe Dusseldorf Asia. “Across the region, medical tourism is on the rise with more than 3.5 million consumers arriving in Southeast Asia annually. “Globally, the medical tourism market is expanding by up to 25 per cent each year and is worth more than US$55 billion (Bt1.8 trillion) annually. “Out of the more than 11 million global medical consumers, nearly a third travel to Southeast Asia,” said Ringling. As Southeast Asia’s public and private health systems are increasingly embracing and funding technology enabled care to follow their European and North American counterparts, advanced technologies that can deliver scalable, efficient and highquality care are becoming increasingly popular in the region. For instance, the increasing use of robotic surgery, 3D printing, implantable devices, use of automation and artificial intelligence in clinical settings, and other digital innovations for prevention, monitoring and treatment are among the hottest products and solutions and trends across Southeast Asia. Messe Dusseldorf Asia, a subsidiary of Messe Dusseldorf in Germany, one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, will hold the eighth Medical Fair Thailand at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre from September 6 to 8. Among the highlights are rehabilitative care and connected healthcare, such as digital healthcare equipment and solutions, and wearable technologies that are rapidly transforming the market. “Rehabilitative care and connected healthcare are fast growing sectors within the medical and healthcare industry and these specialised healthcare areas are gaining traction due to an ageing population and a tech savvy middle class,” Ringling said. The ageing societies in the region will result in greater healthcare expenditures by the elderly. Singapore and Thailand have the highest percentage of ageing population above 65 years. The percentage of people over age 65 is expected to more than quadruple by 2050 in Southeast Asia. Zion Research forecasts that the global home healthcare market, including rehabilitation, is expected to grow to $391.41 billion by 2021. Based on the “Market Research Future Report”, the global connected healthcare market will reach $105.33 billion by 2022, with the AsiaPacific market expected to be the fastest growing, reaching $24.07 billion by 2022. The $100 billion medical industry can contribute as an economic booster to Southeast Asian countries. Medical manufacturing is one of the key growth areas in Asean region. The medical device market in these countries is projected to double from $4.6 billion in 2013 to $9 billion by 2019. More than 700 exhibitors from 45 countries are expected to join the fair. Around 18 national pavilions and groups, including debut group participation from Canada, the European Union, India, the Netherlands and Russia, will present more than 5,000 state of theart medical and healthcare products, equipment and solutions to a targeted audience of 10,000 medical and healthcare professionals. Alongside the exhibition, the fair will also feature seminars, forums, conferences and technical presentations. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/business/30321561 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-24
  19. "My Mate Nate" doesn't have a work permit - but lucky break means he won't be prosecuted for working Picture: Thai Rath BANGKOK: -- Youtuber Nate Bartling doesn't have a work permit and records show he has never even applied for one. However, despite working illegally in Thailand he wont be prosecuted due to an amnesty on foreign workers in place until January. The 24 year old American has been in hot water since a series of videos have got him in ever increasing trouble. In a latest stunt he put foreign coins on a railway track incurring the wrath of the Thai authorities. He was charged with trespass and damage to the railways while an online petition signed by 30,000 people demanded he be deported. Now the Labour department has confirmed that he has been working illegally. Ranon Peetiwan said that though he was doing videos on social media he was earning money from the clicks of viewers of his YouTube channel that amounted to working. And that work was illegal because he was in Thailand and he has no work permit and according to department records has never even applied for one. This seemed to run contrary to what Nate himself has claimed. But the American cannot be prosecuted for working. An amnesty is in place until January 1st, a total of 180 days. This was introduced after proposed 800,000 baht fines for those employing foreign nationals was considered too severe. Ranon said that this was a very lucky break for Nate Bartling. He was entitled to apply for a work permit in the coming weeks but it would be up to officials whether he would be granted one. On the one hand some of his work has exhibited inappropriate behavior that may not be a suitable role model for Thai youth. However, if he were to atone for this and change his ways then a permit might be granted, pointed out Ranon. Ranon said the way was open for either eventuality. Some people have claimed that Nate's videos have been viewed hundreds of millions of times. If that were the case his earnings could easily have topped many millions of Thai baht. Source: Thai Rath -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2017-07-19
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    Pop-up centres to register migrant workers By THE NATION BANGKOK: -- The Department of Skill Development (DSD) has set up 100 temporary centres nationwide for employers to register migrant workers. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993845-pop-up-centres-to-register-migrant-workers/
  21. Pop-up centres to register migrant workers By THE NATION BANGKOK: -- The Department of Skill Development (DSD) has set up 100 temporary centres nationwide for employers to register migrant workers. These service points – including 11 in Bangkok alone – will be manned by 1,572 officials and operate every day for the 15-day period from Monday until August 7, said DSD chief Theerapol Khunmuang on Sunday. Each centre would have enough computers to accommodate the registrations, officials said. The DSD branch in Samut Prakan had already prepared 15 computers, with 50 in Chon Buri, 40 in Rayong and 30 in Ratchaburi. The Royal Decree on Managing the Work of Aliens 2017, which has been in effect since June 23, has kept many employers and workers on their toes as they attempt to legalise their activities, Theerapol said. Labour Minister General Sirichai Distakul implemented the new measure to allow the legalisation of existing migrant workers, he said. Employers are advised to download a migrant worker employment request form via the Department of Employment’s website, www.doe.go.th/alien, and fill it in before going to one of the centres. Employers must submit a photocopy of their Thai national ID card or business registration document, along with three two-inch photos and a completed form for each worker. Those wanting more details should call the hotline 1694. The new Royal Decree cancelled and replaced the two previous laws regulating foreigners working in Thailand, by upholding main requirements and principles and updating the provisions to address issues in the country at this time. The new law’s hefty fines – Bt400,000 to Bt800,000 for employing illegal foreign workers – had led to many employers to lay off their workers, resulting in thousands of people heading back to their home countries of Myanmar and Cambodia. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30321558 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-24
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    Six high schools teach job skills By Nattaphat Phromkaew The Nation Government spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd BANGKOK: -- Students who take government-backed vocational courses in high school are expected to quickly find jobs in their hometowns, said government spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993844-six-high-schools-teach-job-skills/
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    Police bust Chinese call-centre scammers By Suriya Patathayo The Nation BANGKOK: -- The Police Immigration Bureau has announced a major bust of a transnational call-centre scam gang that saw 19 Chinese and 25 Taiwanese suspects arrested from several rented houses in Bangkok and nearby provinces as well as Pattaya City. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993843-police-bust-chinese-call-centre-scammers/
  24. Police bust Chinese call-centre scammers By Suriya Patathayo The Nation BANGKOK: -- The Police Immigration Bureau has announced a major bust of a transnational call-centre scam gang that saw 19 Chinese and 25 Taiwanese suspects arrested from several rented houses in Bangkok and nearby provinces as well as Pattaya City. The gang, which reported had links to six countries and had at least five Thai accomplices, allegedly duped some 1,000 victims and stole Bt100 million, the bureau chief Pol Lt-General Natthorn Prosunthorn told the press on Sunday. The gang’s Thai accomplices procured equipment, rented houses and opened bank accounts, Natthorn said. Police have revoked the suspects’ 90-day tourist visas and notified them of the charges before proceeding to extradite them to face legal action in China, he added. Thai police have been co-operating with the Chinese Embassy in a crack down on a 100-strong gang that operated from Thailand, he said. The gang used Voice Over Internet Protocol to phone victims, most elderly persons and retirees in China, claiming to be bank officials, then making false accusations of drug offences against the victims. The scammers then asked for information to verify the victims’ claims of innocence and had them perform a “checking procedure” at ATMs. This procedure, supposedly to prevent the victims’ bank account from being frozen, actually resulted in them unwittingly wiring money to the gang. Evidence including mobile phones, notebook computers and other tools were seized from the CCTV camera-installed houses that the gang operated as call centres. Natthorn said the scammers were provided with scripts of what to say to convince their victims. He said that continuous crackdowns by Thai police have led to several gangs relocating from central regions of the country to border areas where they could still access Thailand’s high-speed Internet to make their fraudulent calls. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30321562 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-07-24
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    GSB takes big stride forward with plans for digital services By Somluck Srimalee The Nation Government Savings Bank president Chatchai Payuhanaveechai, centre, buys products at a retail shop at Amphawa district, Samut Songkharm province, using the QR Code payment at the shop. BANGKOK: -- Government Savings Bank (GSB) plans to open five digital solution branches in the second half of this year, as it launched a QR Code payment facility on Saturday. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/993842-gsb-takes-big-stride-forward-with-plans-for-digital-services/