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Thailand Live Friday 23 September 2011

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Elephant rampage: Tragedy strikes Phuket honeymooners

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Mrs Meia remains in hospital with multiple broken bones in her leg

with her husband, Mr Perepelitsyn, at her side.

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Captain (right) allegedly staged an unprovoked attack on the Ukrainian's

elephant. In a previous incident last year, Captain went on a rampage,

sending a Swedish tourist to hospital with broken legs.

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Phuket 'Number 3' in Thailand for AIDS

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Dr Wiwat Seetamanotch of the Phuket Public Health Office describes

the latest HIV/AIDS statistics as 'shocking'. Photo: Warisa Temram

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US sex offender caught

By The Nation

Police yesterday arrested an American teacher who had been on an international blacklist for his previous sexual crimes against children.

Christopher Paul Brainerd, 47, was arrested at a school in Bangkok's Tha Phra area.

He entered Thailand in May, 2010. Before that, he served a fiveyear jail term in the US after a Hawaii court found him guilty of sexually abusing children. He has been on the Interpol black list.

Thai police are now preparing to deport Brainerd.

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-- The Nation 2011-09-23

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Yingluck govt flirting with danger

By The Nation

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Cabinet members may face possible legal problems for allowing former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to interfere with their work of running the country.

The Prime Minister's Office regulation on code of ethics for political office holders, issued in 2008 under the Samak Sundaravej government, states that political officials, including the prime minister and other Cabinet members, must not associate with or support any person who violates the law or gets involved in illegal activities such as running a gambling den or selling drugs.

_ Article 279 of the Constitution states that government officials shall act in accordance with the ethical standards of persons holding political positions. Violation or non-observance of the ethical standards shall be deemed a disciplinary breach. In the case of violation or non-observance by a person holding a political position, the Ombudsmen shall report it to the National Assembly, the Council of Ministers or the local assembly concerned. In the case of a gravely wrongful act, the matter shall be referred to the National Anti-Corruption Commission for consideration and further action.

- According to Article 280 of the Constitution, in the case of severe violation or non-observance of the ethical standard, or when there is a reasonable cause to believe that action to be taken by the person in charge will not be in a fair manner, the Ombudsmen may conduct an inquiry and disclose the result of the inquiry to the public.

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-- The Nation 2011-09-23

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Cabinet to consider measures to ease employers' burden

By The Nation

Four measures, including tax exemption and a Bt10billion government fund for small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs), to help ease employers' burden from the Bt300 minimum daily wage will be tabled for Cabinet approval next week, Labour Ministry permanent secretary Somkiat Chayasriwong said yesterday.

If all four measures are adopted, they should benefit 5.3 million workers, including the 1.7 million in the SME sector, once the flat rate is put into effect February, he said.

One of the proposals is to waive tax on the purchase of used machinery and offer soft loans for the purchase of new machines. A socalled Bt10billion "machine fund" will be set up to support further operations. These measures are expected to boost competitiveness among 2,000 existing or new SMEs as well as cut down on the import value of machinery by Bt4 billion, thereby boosting the productivity of around 20,000 skilled workers.

The second measure is to allow tax waivers for employers who register their workers for free or lowcost skillenhancement courses provided by the ministry.

The third proposal is to set up another fund worth Bt50 billion under the Small Business Credit Guarantee Corporation in order to provide longterm subsidies as well as amend relevant regulations that make the application for loans easier. The fourth measure is to cut down corporate income tax from 30 to 23 per cent.

These proposals and the final decision on them as well as the payment of the new daily wage should be completed within this month, he added.

Somkiat said he would ask for another Bt10billion fund to be set aside to provide soft loans for SMEs to help maintain their cashflow provided no workers are laid off.

Labour Minister Phadermchai Sasomsap said his ministry was studying employers' demand to not increase the minimum daily wage for three years once the Bt300 rate is put in place. He said a study was needed to determine whether this was against the labour law, but added that he would do what he could to help.

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-- The Nation 2011-09-23

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