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  • Video: I ain't going anywhere! Furious Farang knocked down on Zebra Crossing refuses to budge

    Video: I ain't going anywhere! Furious Farang knocked down on Zebra Crossing refuses to budge

     

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    Thai television showed the aftermath of an accident in which a caucasian man is seen sitting on a Zebra Crossing in front of a stopped car. 

     

    The apparently female driver of the car is seen smiling as the foreigner stubbornly refuses to get up and get out of the way. He is adamant that he is in the right.

     

    The presenters on the TNA show say that the "farang" is "ngong" - completely perplexed by what has happened. 

     

    They say that zebra crossings in Thailand are not the same as those from where he is from - no one bothers to stop. 

     

    They comment that fortunately he is not badly hurt. 

     

    The presenters discuss Thailand and its driving habits - they talk about amber lights that should mean slow down, but in reality Thai drivers speed up to get through the intersection. 

     

    In their written report it suggested that the foreigner either didn't know or had forgotten that no one stops for pedestrians on zebra crossings. 

     

    They noted that in the UK, Australia, Japan and Western Europe drivers have to stop and penalties for those that don't are severe. 

     

    But not here. 

     

    Source: TNA

     

     

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  • Thai tourism: Joy as the Russians come back in their thousands!
    Thai tourism: Joy as the Russians come back in their thousands!
     
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    Thai media has reported that Russians are flooding back into Thailand on special charter flights. 

     

    Beneficiaries include Pattaya and Koh Samui and neighboring islands after dozens of Russian only charter flights were confirmed to have either already landed or are due between New Year and Songkran.  

     

    Naew Na reported that Nong Nuch gardens was giving a big "Nobro pozhalovat' v Tailand" (welcome to Thailand) for the Russians. 

     

    The gardens put on an exclusive sound and light and Thai cultural show to showcase Thai culture for the Loy Krathong festival from Monday to Wednesday this week. 

     

    Kamphon Tansajja said that 4,000 Russians came in three batches of 1,300 a time on charter flights organised by three companies. They were all given eco-friendly krathongs to take part in the cultural extravaganza.

     

    But this was only the start. The Russians - once scared off foreign travel including Thailand due to the collapse of the rouble - are now back in droves. 

     

    They will help ensure 40 million visitors a year after further positive news regarding Chinese and Indian visitors. 

     

    Elsewhere it was reported that 32 charter flights from one company alone will deliver 12,760 Russian tourists to the province of Surat Thani between December 27th and April 22nd. 

     

    Nongyao Jirandorn - director of Samui TAT - had been in touch with her counterparts in Moscow. All the tourists would be arriving 440 at a time on chartered B777-200s and going direct to the south.

     

    She was clearly very happy about this. 

     

    They would stay for between 11 and 12 days each and take in tours to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. 

     

    Surat Thani governor Wichawut Jinto told Thai media that the Russians would give a great boost to the local tourism scene and he was delighted to have them back. 

     
     
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  • Thailand Says It’s Seeking to Freely Allow Medical Marijuana

    Thailand Says It’s Seeking to Freely Allow Medical Marijuana

    By Anuchit Nguyen

     

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    Thailand is speeding up legal changes to liberalize its nascent medical marijuana industry, according to the country’s health minister.

     

    The changes will allow household cultivation of six cannabis plants to increase supplies for medical products, Anutin Charnvirakul said in a speech in Bangkok late Wednesday. The move will also give Thais a crop they can grow to boost their incomes, he said.

     

     

     

    “We are in the process of changing laws to freely allow the medical use of marijuana,” he said. “We have high confidence that marijuana will be among the major agricultural products for Thai households. We are speeding up the law changes. But there is a process to it.”

     

    Thailand last year became the first Southeast Asian nation to allow medical marijuana, stepping up its efforts to be come a bigger player in Asia’s expanding legal cannabis market.

     

    Full story: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-14/thailand-says-it-s-seeking-to-freely-allow-medical-marijuana

     

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    14 November 2019
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  • Thai road carnage continues: 73 perish in one day but there may be more
    Thai road carnage continues: 73 perish in one day but there may be more
     
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    Thai caption: Campaign to lower the death toll: 73 dead on Tuesday
     
    Daily News reported that 73 people were reported killed on Thai roads on Tuesday. 
     
    They cautioned that this figure was likely to rise when all reports are in. Besides this is just the death toll from those that die at the scene. 
     
    Those that die on the way to hospital or in hospital are counted separately. 
     
    Tuesday's death toll brought the number of at-the-scene fatalities this month to 597.
     
    The total for the year to date is now 12,715. 
     
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    The reality regarding the death toll is that the figures are likely to be twice as bad. It has been admitted by senior government figures that the death toll is in excess of 20,000 annually. 
     
    Many campaigners put it at between 24,000 and 26,000 a year. 
     
    Daily News report the carnage daily along with helpful tips on driving. 
     
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    In this report they highlighted the need to look carefully when turning. 
     
    They said that a motorcyclist was severely injured when he collided with the left door of a Toyota pick-up that was turning left into a soi outside the entrance to the Greenery Park housing estate in Beung sub-district of Sri Racha. 
     
    Source: Daily News
     
     
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  • Swedish businessman sues Future Forward MP over BMW fraud

    Swedish businessman sues Future Forward MP over BMW fraud

    By The Nation

     

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    Swedish businessman Casper Bartholdi, 34, on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division against Jaruk Srion, a Future Forward party MP, Jaruk’s brother and Thai Thanayontakarn Co for fraud.

     

    The victim said he saw Jaruk’s post offering a second-hand BMW series 7 2011 edition for sale with 60,000 miles on the clock on a website. He was interested in the car and asked his Thai wife to contact the seller. They all agreed to meet at a used car shop in the Kanchanaphisek area.

     

    After seeing the car and agreeing on a price of Bt1.45 million, the victim drove the car home only to have it break down on the motorway. He was forced to call for the vehicle to be towed to a garage and claims he has since had the car fixed 3 times at a cost of Bt300,00.

     

    He took the vehicle to an official BMW dealer in Chonburi, where he discovered the vehicle had 400,000 miles on the clock, not the stated 60,000. He contacted Jaruk and asked for Bt1 million compensation but Jaruk only wanted to give him Bt300,000.

     

    “We said no to the offer and went to the police but Jaruk said that we could not touch him since he was an MP. Then we took the matter to Crime Suppression Division to seek justice,” Bartholdi’s sister-in-law told reporters.

     

    An officer received the complaint and documented it for further investigation.

     

    The same evening, Jaruk made a statement saying that he wasn’t involved in the deal. He claimed that he was just a coordinator since he was a close friend of the owner of the second-hand car business.. “He should sue the owner, not me” Jaruk said. He also claimed that he never witnessed nor was involved in the transfer of money and now intends to file a complaint against the Swede.

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30378333

     

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  • Industry ministry warns of one-sided info on factory closures

    Industry ministry warns of one-sided info on factory closures

    By THE NATION

     

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    In response to recent news of factory closures and consequent terminations of employment, the Ministry of Industry’s deputy spokesman, Krichanont Iyapunya today made the point that the Ministry had received more requests for new factories than notifications of closures, saying that between January 1 to November 12 of 2019, there were 1,391 requests to close factories and 2,889 requests to open new ones.

     

    “This information shows that the situation is not as gloomy as reported. A total of 84,033 jobs were created by new businesses and an additional 84,704 jobs to support expansion of existing factories while unemployment due to factory closure stood at 35,533 persons.”

     

    He added that new investment in the factory business was Bt431.2 million, an increase of 36.6 per cent over last year.

     

    “Thais should not be alarmed by this one-sided information” he stressed. “It is entirely wrong to say that the factory sector is shrinking.”

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30378329

     

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  • Thailand Live Thursday 14 Nov 2019

    Thai Airways cancels hiring of 200 flight attendants 

    By The Nation

     

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    President of Thai Airways, Sumeth Damrongchaitham

     

    Thai Airways has called off the hiring of 200 flight attendants and will refund the application fee to applicants within one or two days, said President Sumeth Damrongchaitham, adding that the state carrier will issue an statement on the cancellation.

     

    Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1133820-thai-airways-cancels-hiring-of-200-flight-attendants/

     

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  • Thai Airways cancels hiring of 200 flight attendants

    Thai Airways cancels hiring of 200 flight attendants 

    By The Nation

     

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    President of Thai Airways, Sumeth Damrongchaitham

     

    Thai Airways has called off the hiring of 200 flight attendants and will refund the application fee to applicants within one or two days, said President Sumeth Damrongchaitham, adding that the state carrier will issue an statement on the cancellation.

     

    He said Transport Minister Saksiam Chidchob had suggested that the airline should re-train existing staff for services on all types of aircraft.

     

    "We are looking at other options. It was suggested that we should upgrade cabin crew to the status of service crew through safety security standard training, but we have to consider that the number of staff on each aircraft should not be lower than the standard criteria,” he said.

     

    “There is no short-term impact, but the company should explore options to manage crew members for flexibility in the long term,” he said.

     

    He added that approximately 4,000 applicants had applied for the planned recruitment via the airline's website. 

     

    “The company will refund Bt1,200 each to the 2,700 applicants who have paid the application fee. We will contact them via calls and email".

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30378311

     

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  • Budget airlines seek measures to reduce financial burden

    Budget airlines seek measures to reduce financial burden

    By The Nation

     

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    Representatives from five low-cost airlines namely Thai Air Asia, Thai Lion Air, Nok Air, VietJet Air, and Bangkok Airways formally requested the Finance Minister on November 13 to help them solve their financial problems, Vice Minister of Prime Minister’s Office Charnkrit Detwithak said.

     

    He explained that the issue was generated by a decrease in customers from 80-100 per cent to 70-89 per cent per flight and the strengthening of the baht.

     

    Even though the lower price of oil has eased business costs, budget airlines are still facing a variety of problems, which have led to the downsizing and dissolution of some airlines.

     

    The airlines feel that the situation could be alleviated by lowering the excise tax for airplane fuel, currently at Bt4.726 a litre and controlling its limit on a sliding scale depending on the baht exchange rate.

     

    “We are concerned about the situation of all entrepreneurs, not only low-cost airlines. The representatives have requested the setting up of a committee to seek a solution and present it to the Minister of Finance and the Cabinet,” Charnkrit said.

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30378323

     

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  • Thailand saying "NO!" to plastic bags: End in sight as January 1st "D-Day" looms

    Thailand saying "NO!" to plastic bags: End in sight as January 1st "D-Day" looms

     

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    Sanook reported that the government has given its approval to ministerial proposals to end the use of three kinds of single use plastic bags by the end of the year. 

     

    They called January 1st 2020 "D-Day" in their headline - then didn't tell the public what those three kinds of plastic actually are. 

     

    But they said that four more kinds - also not specified - would also be banned from 2022. 

     

    Spokeswoman Nareumol Pinyosinnawat gave the green light news after proposals made by the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment were forwarded for consideration. 

     

    That ministry and the Interior Ministry will work with the private sector until the end of the year to make the required progress. 

     

    They published a picture of a man brazenly crossing the road with four "Big C" plastic bags by a sign advising the public to "say no to plastic bags". 

     

    Source: Sanook

     

     

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