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  • Utopia Music Festival: Dare to Dream!

    On November 11, 2019, Utopia Corporation arranged the Utopia Music Festival at their condominiums in Nai Harn Beach, using a theme of superhero. The concept of ‘Dare to Dream’ showcases the outstanding and unique properties under Utopia Corporation.   The music festival started with a speech from Utopia CEO Hachi Yin and Vice President Leo […]

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    Utopia Music Festival: Dare to Dream!Legacy

    On November 11, 2019, Utopia Corporation arranged the Utopia Music Festival at their condominiums in Nai Harn Beach, using a theme of superhero. The concept of ‘Dare to Dream’ showcases the outstanding and unique properties under Utopia Corporation.

     

    The music festival started with a speech from Utopia CEO Hachi Yin and Vice President Leo Li, who explained their various properties across Phuket, currently valued at almost 6 billion baht. Their speech was followed by an exciting glow-in-the-dark light show and some awesome performances and talented DJs.

     

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    The party goers were all dressed in superheroes, from Son Goku to Wonder Woman, to Maleficent and Harley Quinn. Plenty of Phuket local street cuisine was available in the food trucks around the event along with refreshing drinks. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the music from the DJs and the astonishing shows on stage.

     

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    Utilising their extensive experience and knowledge of the Australian design and construction, IPA Corp., which owns the Utopia Development business unit, currently possesses seven projects on the island of Phuket. Utopia Nai Harn is one of them and is located between two of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches, Nai Harn and Rawai Beach, and the beautiful Nai Harn Lake is just a stone’s throw away. Known as the Naiharn Tropical Alley, these surroundings provide a tranquil and relaxing backdrop to the hotel.

     

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    The high-quality hotel site provides all of the facilities one could ask for – a spa, fitness center, swimming pool with pool side bar, mini water park – U Lagoon and 24-hour front desk service are available. The hotel is within easy reach of numerous shopping locations and there are plenty of restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

     

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    “Utopia Corporation contribute to solving fragmentation on the island by integrating and planning connectivity in its master plan to develop the Utopia Empire,” Utopia CEO Hachi Yin said.

     

    “We offer choices of exciting & unique dining experiences at Imagine Restaurant, a hip all-day dining restaurant where guests can open their minds to unique and inspired menu items from our Chefs, whilst enjoying beautiful views of tropical forest and green mountains from the restaurant balcony. Or our Mikha Authentic Japanese Restaurant specialising in Omakase in a relaxed Japanese atmosphere. For villa residents, we proudly serve a unique Utopia Floating Breakfast experience that will make you never want to leave your Villa.”

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    13 November 2019
    Entertainment
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  • Phuket scores #2 in Asia’s most popular destination list – Trip Advisor survey

    PHOTO: Bangkok Cheap Hotels Phuket has scored the second position in the list of Asia’s Top 25 Destination in a Trip Advisor survey. The survey is done across the travel website’s million of users. Bali scored the #1 position in the extensive reader survey. Three other destinations in Thailand made the Top 25 list – […]

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    Phuket has scored the second position in the list of Asia’s Top 25 Destination in a Trip Advisor survey. The survey is done across the travel website’s million of users. Bali scored the #1 position in the extensive reader survey.

    Three other destinations in Thailand made the Top 25 list – Bangkok at #11, Chiang Mai at #14 and Krabi at #18. Phuket also made it into the position of #6 most popular destination in the world for 2019.It was the only Thai destination to make it onto the Trip Advisor Top 25 World Destinations list for 2019.

    About Phuket, Trip Advisor said…

    “Phuket offers a rainbow spectrum of spectacular holiday sights from blue lagoons and pink sunsets to orange-robed monks. Three wheeled-Tuk Tuks, taxis, buses and long tailed boats transport visitors between these marvels. Phuket’s south coast offers its most popular beaches. The north is more tranquil. Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay and Patong Beach are popular spots. Diving, snorkelling, wind surfing and sailing are just a few active options. Inland, forested hills, mountains and cliffs wait to be explored.”

    Apart from the three-wheeled tuk tuks, the survey’s comments painted Phuket fairly accurately (Phuket has small Diahatsu vans for its local version of tuk tuks). It conveyed the kaleidoscope of activities now available on the island and its position as a stepping-off point for many of the offshore attractions.

    For Bangkok, the survey described the capital…

    “Bangkok is full of exquisitely decorated Buddhist temples – as you go from one to the next you’ll be continually blown away by the craftsmanship and elaborate details. But if you’d rather seek enlightenment in a gourmet meal, or dance the night away, you’ll also enjoy Bangkok – the restaurant and nightclub scenes here are among the best in the world.”

    Also in the Top ten list of Asia’s Top 25 destinations….

    3. Siem Reap, Cambodia

    4. Hanoi, Vietnam

    5. Tokyo, Japan

    6. Kathmandu, Nepal

    7. Jaipur, India

    8. Hong Kong, China

    9. Seoul, South Korea

    10. Goa, India

    Read the full Asian destination list HERE.

    London, UK, Paris, France and Rome, Italy were the top three destination in the Worlds Most Popular Destinations list for 2019.

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    13 November 2019
    Bangkok
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  • Driver of gas tanker falls asleep, ploughs into building in Chiang Rai

    A driver of a gas tanker carrying nearly 50,000 litres of fuel had a lucky escape after he managed to plough the vehicle into a three-storey building in Chiang Rai province. The story, reported by Thai news outlet 77kaoded and shared by ThaiVisa, says the man fell asleep at the wheel of the tanker before […]

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    Driver of gas tanker falls asleep, ploughs into building in Chiang Rai77khaoded

    A driver of a gas tanker carrying nearly 50,000 litres of fuel had a lucky escape after he managed to plough the vehicle into a three-storey building in Chiang Rai province.

    The story, reported by Thai news outlet 77kaoded and shared by ThaiVisa, says the man fell asleep at the wheel of the tanker before crashing into Mekong View Plaza, a commercial building in the Wiang sub-district of Chiang Saen.

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    77kaoded reports that the accident occurred on Sunday afternoon and the driver is suspected of falling asleep while under the influence of drugs. He escaped with minor injuries and no fuel was spilled in the incident, although the building sustained severe damage.

    The report does not confirm whether or not the driver was arrested.

    SOURCE: thaivisa.com

     

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    13 November 2019
    Chiang Rai
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  • Pattaya mayor visits site of drainage work following complaints about traffic problems

    Following numerous complaints about the effect of various work projects on city traffic, Pattaya’s mayor has visited one of the construction sites where a water drainage project is being completed. The Pattaya News says Mayor Sonthaya Khunplueam inspected the site on Sawang Fah Road in the Naklua area of the city, where the drainage project […]

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    Pattaya mayor visits site of drainage work following complaints about traffic problemsthepattayanews

    Following numerous complaints about the effect of various work projects on city traffic, Pattaya’s mayor has visited one of the construction sites where a water drainage project is being completed.

    The Pattaya News says Mayor Sonthaya Khunplueam inspected the site on Sawang Fah Road in the Naklua area of the city, where the drainage project is taking place over an area of 24,564 square metres and has now been going on for nine months.

    Countless members of the public have taken to social media and various news outlets to express their frustration at the traffic problems caused by several projects being carried out across the city.

    Speaking to the assembled media, the mayor attempted to reassure the public that measures were being put in place to address their concerns.

    “Some parts of the construction on Naklua East Road needs to be changed from the plan due to traffic which has affected road users and operators. We have discussed with the committee and the contractor to avoid problems that can be caused from the construction.”

    See earlier story HERE.

    SOURCE: thepattayanews

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    13 November 2019
    Central Thailand
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  • Cooler in the north, more rain for the south

    The north of Thailand is in for some thundershowers from today and for the next two days, as a result of another high-pressure system from China that is currently over the region. The showers will be followed by a further dip in temperatures and strong winds, according to a forecast issued by the Thailand Meteorological […]

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    Cooler in the north, more rain for the southThe Thaiger

    The north of Thailand is in for some thundershowers from today and for the next two days, as a result of another high-pressure system from China that is currently over the region.

    The showers will be followed by a further dip in temperatures and strong winds, according to a forecast issued by the Thailand Meteorological Department.

    Temperatures in the north and east of the country are expected to drop by between 2 and 5 degrees Celsius, and by 2 and 4 degrees Celsius in central and eastern Thailand.

    It will be much colder at altitude, with minimum temperatures forecast as low as 7 to 12 degrees Celsius. Motorists are also being urged to drive with caution as a result of fog forecast for the north.

    Meanwhile in the south of Thailand, more thunder showers are expected due to the prevailing monsoon.

    The Nation reports the following nationwide forecast for the next 24 hours:

    Northern region: Cool weather and fog in the morning with thunder showers in 10% of the area, temperature lows of 20-22 degrees and highs of 32-36 degrees Celsius. Temperature likely to drop to 8-13 degrees on hilltops.

    Northeastern region: Cool and cloudy weather in the morning with thunder showers in 20% of the area, temperatures lows 18-23 degrees and highs of 28-34 degrees Celsius. Temperature likely to drop to 9-14 degrees on hilltops.

    Central region: Cloudy and fog in the morning with thunder showers in 10% of the area; temperature lows of 22-23 degrees, highs 33-35 degrees Celsius.

    Eastern region: Cloudy and fog in the morning with thunder showers in 10% of the area; lows 23-24 degrees, highs 33-35 degree Celsius; wave height 1 metre.

    Southern region (east coast): Partly cloudy with thunder showers in 30% of the area; lows of 22-24 degrees, high 31-34 degrees Celsius; wave height 1-2 metres, increasing to 2 metres during storms.

    Southern region (west coast): Partly cloudy with thunder showers in 30% of the area; lows 23-24 degrees, highs 32-33 degree Celsius; wave height 1 metre, increasing to 1-2 metres during storms.

    Bangkok and surrounding area: Cloudy and fog in the morning with thunder showers in 10% of the area, temperature lows of 24-25 degrees, highs 33-36 degrees Celsius.

    SOURCE: nationthailand.com

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    13 November 2019
    News
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  • Sugar industry expert says banning of 3 agri-chemicals will severely damage business

    The president of the Thailand Society of Sugarcane Technologists has criticised the recently- implemented ban on three agri-chemicals that were commonly used in the industry. The Nation reports that Dr Kitti Chunhawong insists the ban on Paraquat, Chlorpyrifos and Glyphosate will cripple business. “Currently Thailand is the world’s fifth sugar producer and second biggest exporter […]

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    Sugar industry expert says banning of 3 agri-chemicals will severely damage businessThe Thaiger

    The president of the Thailand Society of Sugarcane Technologists has criticised the recently- implemented ban on three agri-chemicals that were commonly used in the industry.

    The Nation reports that Dr Kitti Chunhawong insists the ban on Paraquat, Chlorpyrifos and Glyphosate will cripple business.

    “Currently Thailand is the world’s fifth sugar producer and second biggest exporter with more than 11 million rai of sugarcane plantation areas and 134 million tonnes of sugarcane produced per year. The ban of these 3 substances, especially Paraquat, will affect sugar production in 2020 as well as other related industries such as food processing, animal feed, ethanol manufacturing and biomass power plants.”

    Dr Kitti says production is likely to decrease by between 20% and 50% without the use of Paraquat, meaning 67 million tonnes of sugarcane being removed from the marketplace every year, at a cost of at least 50 billion baht to farmers.

    “Biomass power plants will also lose approximately 7.4 billion baht due to the disappearance of 11 million tonnes of sugarcane leaves that are used to make biomass fuel.”

    He adds that the drop in raw sugar production caused by the ban will cost about 47 billion baht a year, while the reduction in molasses production will cost an estimated 10 billion baht a year, and it’s not just the sugar industry that will be affected.

    “The ethanol industry will also take a hit, with 840 million litres and 18 billion baht missing. The government must urgently help the sugarcane farmers by supporting production factors, which include weed killers, fertilisers and harvesting machines, as the ban of Paraquat will drive the production cost up even further. Alternately, we urge the government to reconsider the Hazardous Substance Committee’s decision to ban Paraquat, as its effect to human health is still ambiguous.”

    Dr Kitti used a report issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to back up his claim. The report states that no link was found between Paraquat and cancer or Parkinson’s disease and that the small deposits found in produce had no toxic impact.

    SOURCE: nationthailand.com

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    13 November 2019
    Economy
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  • Foreign criminals apprehended in Thailand in two separate arrests

    Immigration police have made two more arrests, apprehending a Burmese man and a Chinese man, both of whom are wanted in their own countries. Thai Residents reports that Myanmar authorities issued an arrest warrant for Soe Htun, although it’s unclear on what grounds. He was subsequently found to be staying in Thailand illegally with Immigration police […]

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    Foreign criminals apprehended in Thailand in two separate arrestsINN News

    Immigration police have made two more arrests, apprehending a Burmese man and a Chinese man, both of whom are wanted in their own countries.

    Thai Residents reports that Myanmar authorities issued an arrest warrant for Soe Htun, although it’s unclear on what grounds.

    He was subsequently found to be staying in Thailand illegally with Immigration police unable to find any record of him entering or leaving the country since 2017.

    However, airport security footage showed him arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport and police believe he entered the country illegally. He was tracked down to a hotel in Bangkok where he was arrested.

    The second arrest took place in Chonburi province and involved a Chinese man who had overstayed his visa. The man, named as 45 year old Chen Ying, is wanted in China for committing fraud amounting to over 85 million baht.

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    It’s understood that in 2013, Chen applied for a bank loan in China using forged documents and fake financial information. He left the country in March 2014 and entered Thailand on a tourist visa.

    That visa expired in April 2014, but Chen managed to get it extended on medical grounds for another 90 days at Samut Prakan immigration office.

    Chinese authorities subsequently issued an arrest warrant for him in August 2017. Thai immigration police tracked the man down to the Bang Lamung district of Chonburi province, where he was arrested.

    SOURCE: thairesidents.com

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    13 November 2019
    News
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  • Police seek “copyright agents” for extortion

    Police in Nakhon Ratchasima say they’re seeking a warrant to arrest “copyright agents” who attempted to extort dozens of vendors. The investigation is nearly complete and warrants will be issued by the end of this week. “We are waiting for documents from relevant copyright holders, and we have also established a committee to identify police […]

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    Police in Nakhon Ratchasima say they’re seeking a warrant to arrest “copyright agents” who attempted to extort dozens of vendors. The investigation is nearly complete and warrants will be issued by the end of this week.

    “We are waiting for documents from relevant copyright holders, and we have also established a committee to identify police officers accused of involvement,” according to a spokeman.

    About 50 vendors are preparing criminal complaints against the same “copyright agents,” who ordered krathongs decorated with cartoon characters from a teenage girl then demanded 50,000 baht for copyright infringement, threatening her with criminal charges.

    One of the vendors says her daughter was the victim of a similar sting, and her family paid 30,000 baht. Vendors are claiming a total loss of around a million baht. Police they’ll consider the vendors’ complaints.

    More victims in other provinces also claim they were similarly extorted after making custom products showing cartoon characters.

    Korat City’s police chief has been transferred due to allegations that officers under his command colluded with copyright agents.

    Meanwhile, the girl in the original story earned over 16,000 baht on Loy Krathong day as people lined up to buy her krathongs, made of ice cream cones, at a stall in front of a mall in Nakhon Ratchasima.

    She said her floats sold out in about an hour and she would use half the money for tuition fees, and give the other half to her parents.

    SOURCE: khaosodenglish.com

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    13 November 2019
    News
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  • Unconscious 4 year old rescued from locked car

    Pattaya police got a report that a child was stuck in a car in front of a shopping mall. When they rushed to the scene a volunteer rescue team, they found a crowd surrounding a car, trying to wake up a sleeping four year old boy. The boy’s mother was there and was in fact […]

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    Unconscious 4 year old rescued from locked carchiangmaicitylife

    Pattaya police got a report that a child was stuck in a car in front of a shopping mall. When they rushed to the scene a volunteer rescue team, they found a crowd surrounding a car, trying to wake up a sleeping four year old boy. The boy’s mother was there and was in fact the one to call for help. The team called a locksmith, who picked the lock and rescued the boy.

    The boy’s 40 year old mother says she drove to the mall and when she parked, she saw her son was sleeping and didn’t want to disturb him. So she left the key in the lock and the engine running, and was only away for 15 minutes. But when she returned she couldn’t get into the car and quickly called police.

    She said she thought it would be fine to let her boy sleep because “he was tired after school and since the engine was still on, and the air-conditioning,” she didn’t think there would be any problem.

    She says she’s learned her lesson.

    SOURCE: chiangmaicitylife.com

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    13 November 2019
    Chiang Mai
    https://thethaiger.com/?p=226615
  • Police general kills two, dies in courtroom land case drama

    A retired senior policeman has shot dead the plaintiff and his lawyer before being fatally shot by police in a Chanthaburi courtroom. He wounded two other people accompanying the plaintiff. 67 year old police major general Thanin Chantratip was a defendant in a 10 year long civil lawsuit about land in Tha Mai district. He […]

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    Police general kills two, dies in courtroom land case dramaBangkok Post

    A retired senior policeman has shot dead the plaintiff and his lawyer before being fatally shot by police in a Chanthaburi courtroom.

    He wounded two other people accompanying the plaintiff.

    67 year old police major general Thanin Chantratip was a defendant in a 10 year long civil lawsuit about land in Tha Mai district.

    He was in court for a related criminal suit about false complaints and false testimony when the land case plaintiff arrived with his wife and two lawyers.

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    Thai media report that the two sides began arguing and Thanin drew his pistol and opened fire.

    The plaintiff, who was once a lawyer for former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, died later in hospital. One of his lawyers died as well. His wife and another lawyer were wounded.

    Thanin was shot by an on duty police officer and severely wounded. He later also died.

    A spokesman for the court says the shooting happened before the judge had entered the courtroom, and that the two sides often argued at past hearings.

    SOURCE: bangkokpost.com

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    13 November 2019
    Central Thailand
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