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  • Effort to clamp down on illegal software launched

    BSA The Software Alliance is partnering with Thai police and chief executives on a campaign to reduce the use of illegal software in the workplace by the end of 2019. The Clean Up to the Countdown campaign seeks to encourage top executives to legalize their corporate software assets before midnight on December 31, 2019. This […]

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    BSA The Software Alliance is partnering with Thai police and chief executives on a campaign to reduce the use of illegal software in the workplace by the end of 2019.

    The Clean Up to the Countdown campaign seeks to encourage top executives to legalize their corporate software assets before midnight on December 31, 2019.

    This campaign targets 10,000 companies across Thailand that are thought to be using illegal software. This includes corporations in a variety of business sectors, such as manufacturing, construction, banking and finance, engineering, architecture, media, design, IT and healthcare. Many of these companies are known users of software, but lack license agreements from software providers.

    BSA is working with the ECD police to ramp up enforcement against corporations using illegal software and has already helped identify nearly 10,000 companies in 10 provinces suspected of using illegal software.

    The Economic Crime Suppression Division wants to see business leaders take a proactive approach to cleaning up their corporate software assets so that they can enter 2020 as a safe and secure company. From now until the end of the year, it will continue to raid companies who do not comply with the Thai laws protecting software copyright.

    While ECD enforces the Thai laws, BSA is contacting thousands of corporate leaders in Thailand to offer guidance and advice in addressing illegal software use in the workplace.

    “Some CEOs may be aware their company is using illegal software and are wary of investing in genuine software,” notes BSA Senior Director Tarun Sawney. “But there are other CEOs whose companies have hundreds or thousands of PCs, who simply may not be aware of the type of software running on their corporation’s PCs – and whether it is legal or not.”

    “BSA wants to help CEOs do the right thing but this requires that CEOs take a hands-on approach to addressing the risk of using illegal software in business operations. Our advice is that CEOs treat the risk of illegal software with the utmost importance. This means being hands-on and proactive. CEOs can and should control this risk factor,” Sawney adds.

    The solution, according to the software industry, includes a better effort by CEOs at self-policing their own use of software by corporations in Thailand.

    The Clean Up to the Countdown campaign is a part of Legalize and Protect initiative launched earlier this year. So far, the initiative has helped thousands companies in Thailand legalize their software assets and protect data from malware and hackers.

    The Nation

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    17 October 17 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=44201
  • Thai tourism must be made more sustainable: WEF Report

    Singapore tops the list of competitive tourism in the Asean region and comes in 17th place in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019. The index benchmarks the travel and tourism competitiveness of 140 economies. Of the nine Asean countries covered, Singapore was the strong leader followed […]

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    Singapore tops the list of competitive tourism in the Asean region and comes in 17th place in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019. The index benchmarks the travel and tourism competitiveness of 140 economies. Of the nine Asean countries covered, Singapore was the strong leader followed by Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines, Laos and Cambodia.

    Vietnam and the Philippines showed the greatest improvement in competitive tourism while Thailand scored was 4.5 out of 7, ranking 31st in the world and third in Asean. Thailand scored high in Natural Resources, Tourism services infrastructure and Price competency but ranked towards the bottom end of the scale in Environmental sustainability, security and health.

    Tourism revenue in Thailand for 2018 was Bt2.94 trillion underlining its importance as an economic driver. It generates employment and distributes income to local communities thus helping to reduce inequality. However, the competitive tourism index reveals that greater effort is needed to safeguard the environment and natural resources and new selling points identified to develop sustainability.

    The Nation

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    17 October 17 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=44198
  • Final appeal in long running 30 million baht “teacher vs cop” lottery dispute

    A final appeal has been lodged with a court in the more than two year dispute over who owned the lottery tickets in a 30 million baht win.  A court decided that a retired policeman in Kanchanaburi Pol Lt Jaroon Wimoon was the real winner.  He banked the money – minus a little for tax […]

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    A final appeal has been lodged with a court in the more than two year dispute over who owned the lottery tickets in a 30 million baht win. 

    A court decided that a retired policeman in Kanchanaburi Pol Lt Jaroon Wimoon was the real winner. 

    He banked the money – minus a little for tax – in his bank account. 

    But a teacher called Preecha Khraikhruan has always maintained that the money was his. 

    Yesterday Preecha and his lawyer Worayuth Bunnongsai lodged a final appeal with the Kanchanaburi Provincial Court. 

    They arrived twenty minutes before time was up to make the appeal. 

    Some 5.5 million baht of the money has already been withdrawn and Preecah has sought for an order to stop the rest being spent as he still holds out hope of getting the money. 

    Thai Visa /  Naew Na

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    17 October 17 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=44195
  • Jealous step father attacks nursing mother but kills stepson who got in the way

    A two year old boy is dead after his stepfather attacked his mother with a shovel.  She had just come out of hospital with their week old child.  She was trying to get the child to sleep but the woman’s new husband thought she was on Facebook to her ex.  The poor little one got […]

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    A two year old boy is dead after his stepfather attacked his mother with a shovel. 

    She had just come out of hospital with their week old child. 

    She was trying to get the child to sleep but the woman’s new husband thought she was on Facebook to her ex. 

    The poor little one got in the way of the savage attack. 

    “Kong”, 2, died in Soon Udon Thani hospital. He had been transferred there from hospital in Bung Kan. 

    Kanjana, 29, went to the Muang Bung Kan police to say that her new husband Narongsak, 27, was responsible for the death of her child. 

    She told investigators that on Saturday a party had been arranged to celebrate the birth of a new child seven days ago. She had just got out of hospital. Narongsak was the father of the newborn.

    Narongsak was drinking beside the house with his mates and called out to her. 

    She didn’t hear as she was tired and trying to get the infant to sleep in a hammock. 

    Suddenly Narongsak burst in and pulled the plug out from the fan and attacked her. 

    He claimed in a jealous rage that she had been chatting with her ex on Facebook. He kicked her in the body three times and her son was caught up in the violence being kicked once. 

    Not satisfied with this attack he then picked up an iron shovel and hit her with it three times. As her two year old son tried to cuddle his mother he was hit in the head and knocked unconscious. 

    She rushed him to hospital in Bung Kan, a province in the north east of Thailand. He was then transferred to Udon Thani where he died in the afternoon. 

    Lt-Col Jaroonsak Phonphuttha of the Muang Bung Kan police got a warrant and arrested Narongsak, reported Sanook. 

    He admitted attacking his wife but said that his step son was killed accidentally when he got in the way trying to cuddle his mum. 

    Narongsak has been charged with manslaughter, assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and taking Class 1 narcotics. 

    He has been detained. 

    Sanook

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    17 October 17 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=44192
  • Thirty one teachers injured – driver dead – as bus slams into rear of gas tanker

    Daily News reported that a large group of teachers from a north eastern university were lucky to escape being burned alive after a bus crashed into the back of a gas tanker in Nakhon Pathom earlier today.  Kamphaeng Saen police and rescue services responded to a call at daybreak after the accident at a U-turn […]

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    Daily News reported that a large group of teachers from a north eastern university were lucky to escape being burned alive after a bus crashed into the back of a gas tanker in Nakhon Pathom earlier today. 

    Kamphaeng Saen police and rescue services responded to a call at daybreak after the accident at a U-turn on the Kamphaeng Saen – Prathaen Road.

    Fire services fearing an explosion hosed down the area as fuel gushed out of the back of the tanker. 

    Thirty one teachers and educational staff from Rajabhat Mahasarakham University were taken to hospital. 

    Rescue services used large axes to break windows to get to the injured. 

    The driver from Mahasarakham – named as Sasatra, 42 – was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    The teachers were on their way to Kanchanaburi and were mostly asleep at the time of the accident. 

    Police think that the driver fell asleep at the wheel or didn’t see the tanker as it is a very dark area of road. 

    The tanker was stationary at the time preparing to make a U-turn heading for a gas depot. 

    Thai Visa /  Daily News

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    17 October 17 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=44189
  • Senior army man denies trying to murder “pretties” in their car

    A senior military man presented himself at the Bang Kruay police yesterday. The sergeant major denied that he shot two “pretties” in their Yaris.  He claims he sold the gun used in the attack to a friend a long time ago.  The development followed a story that Manasvee Singkorn and her friend had been driving on the Bang Kruay […]

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    A senior military man presented himself at the Bang Kruay police yesterday.

    The sergeant major denied that he shot two “pretties” in their Yaris. 

    He claims he sold the gun used in the attack to a friend a long time ago. 

    The development followed a story that Manasvee Singkorn and her friend had been driving on the Bang Kruay to Sai Noi Road in the early hours of Sunday morning when a person in a black pick-up fired seven shots at them. 

    They provided police with a bullet that was lodged in their Toyota Yaris car.  

    There were suggestions that they had been targeted in a road rage incident after using a high beam – something the driver denied saying they were the victims of a misunderstanding. 

    Yesterday a military judge advocate took Sgt Maj 1st Class Nathee Charoenphaet, 59, to the police. 

    He was subjected to a thirty minute grilling before being handed back to the advocate and ushered away.

    He refused to speak to reporters – Daily News described him as ashen faced. 

    He has been charged with attempted murder, having a weapon in the city, firing in the city and having an illegal weapon. He denied everything saying he sold the gun used in the attack to a friend a long time ago. 

    CCTV evidence showed a man in black at a Khao Tom restaurant near the scene of the attack  getting into a black pick-up at 3.13 am on the morning of the attack, said Daily News. 

    There have been claims made elsewhere in the Thai media – and on the Facebook page of Manasvee – that the army man will try to use his influence to escape responsibility. 

    Thaivisa notes that the term “pretty” is a noun in Thailand denoting a lady who works as a hostess or sales representative promoting products. 

    It does not necessarily relate to the physical appearance of the female. 

    Thai Visa /  Daily News

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    17 October 17 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=44186
  • Novice, 13, became abbot’s sex slave at Kanchanaburi temple, claim father and son

    A father in Kanchanaburi in Thailand’s west took his 13 year old son to the police amid claims that the boy was held prisoner for five days and forced to massage and perform sex acts on a temple abbot.  In addition a monk who helped the boy escape the abuse was allegedly physically attacked by […]

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    A father in Kanchanaburi in Thailand’s west took his 13 year old son to the police amid claims that the boy was held prisoner for five days and forced to massage and perform sex acts on a temple abbot. 

    In addition a monk who helped the boy escape the abuse was allegedly physically attacked by the abbot who slapped and stood on him. The abbot denies everything though he admits to pushing the monk that helped the boy. The father and son – named only as “Ek”, 33, amd Nat – went to the Nong Khao police after Nat ordained into the monkhood for three months at a temple in Tha Muang district.  Nat told investigators that he was held prisoner for five days in the quarters of the abbot. Every day he would be forced to massage and perform sex acts on the abbot.  He said he was coerced into this because he believed threats made by the abbot that he had a knife and a gun.  

    He managed to get a call out to his aunty who contacted his father who advised him to stay put and get evidence while he arranged for a transfer for his son to another temple.  The police were given Line chat evidence.  Another monk helped get a transfer for Nat to a different temple. For doing this the abbot allegedly kicked him in the right shoulder causing him to fall. He then stepped on his chest and repeatedly slapped him in the face, it was claimed.  He has reported this alleged assault to the police. He said he was attacked for helping the boy and because he had criticized the abbot for not following the tenets of the Buddhist faith.  The abbot denies molesting the boy and said he only pushed the monk who helped him because he was angry that he had gone behind his back to arrange a transfer for the boy.  Both religious affairs groups and the police are conducting separate investigations.  

    Daily News reported that locals are split over whether the abbot is guilty or not.  

    Thai Visa /  Daily News

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    16 October 16 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=44183
  • Boy, 13, shot dead by police after father U-turns at northern Thai checkpoint

    A thirteen year old boy has been shot dead by police in a pick-up driven by his father.  His father – carrying bootleg liquor in the back – doubled back on seeing a checkpoint in Phayao province.  Four police gave chase and the boy sitting in the front passenger seat was killed when police took aim […]

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    A thirteen year old boy has been shot dead by police in a pick-up driven by his father. 

    His father – carrying bootleg liquor in the back – doubled back on seeing a checkpoint in Phayao province. 

    Four police gave chase and the boy sitting in the front passenger seat was killed when police took aim at the Vigo pick-up. 

    Police thought they were chasing a drug dealer. 

    Kritsanapong Soongkhao died in Lampang Hospital on Monday following the shooting in Wang Neua, Lampang, district by officers attached to the Mae Ka, Phayao, police station.

    They are now being questioned and the Lampang provincial police chief Pol Maj-Gen Anucha Uamcharoen has paid a visit. 

    Manop Soongkhao, 35, the boy’s father said that he was carrying ten plastic bags of bootleg liquor in the back of his pick-up. On seeing the checkpoint on the Wang Neau to Phayao Road (in the Mae Ka police jurisdiction) he decided to U-turn and go home. 

    A chase ensued and after the pick-up hit a plough near an intersection a shot was fired at a back tire that went through the rear window and the front seat hitting the boy in the head.

    Daily News reported that Mae Ka police thought there were drugs in the pick-up. 

    Thai Visa /  Daily News

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    16 October 16 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=44180
  • Drunk dustman kills teacher as two vehicles end up in ditch in Isaan

    Daily News reported that a dustman (refuse collector) was incoherent after he drove his dustcart drunk and into a vehicle driven by a teacher in Chaiyaphum.  Both the dustcart and the Toyota ended up in an irrigation canal.  Panjaporn, 22, a teacher helping with secondary education at a school was driving the Toyota and was […]

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    Daily News reported that a dustman (refuse collector) was incoherent after he drove his dustcart drunk and into a vehicle driven by a teacher in Chaiyaphum. 

    Both the dustcart and the Toyota ended up in an irrigation canal. 

    Panjaporn, 22, a teacher helping with secondary education at a school was driving the Toyota and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger Orn-Anong, 21, was seriously injured. 

    Prayong, 58, the driver of the dustcart suffered a head wound. 

    He said he had come out of the downtown area and was going to get gas. He admitted that he had been drinking.

    He said he lost control of his vehicle and smashed into the oncoming car before they all ended up in the canal. 

    Daily News described him as a “gabbling chauffeur” in their headline. 

    Pol Capt Chaiyaporn of the Muang Chaiyaphum police said the dustman appeared to be drunk. 

    He was escorted to hospital in custody. He would be checked there for intoxication. 

    Thai VisaDaily News

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    16 October 16 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=44177
  • Busted: Brothel was being run “blatantly” at Chiang Rai hotel

    Naew Na reported that an undercover officer mounted a sting operation at a hotel near the old airport in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand.   Reports had been received by the police and Norasingh special services that a brothel was being run at the hotel.  When the undercover officer – armed with 1,800 baht – reported to […]

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    Naew Na reported that an undercover officer mounted a sting operation at a hotel near the old airport in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand.  

    Reports had been received by the police and Norasingh special services that a brothel was being run at the hotel.  When the undercover officer – armed with 1,800 baht – reported to those waiting outside the raid began.  Two mamasans were arrested. Five sex workers – four aged 20 and one 18 – were discovered. 

    Naew Na said that the mamasans were blatantly operating in the hotel arranging for men who visited to engage in sex with the women.  Eight rooms had been rented since July at a cost of 6,900 baht a month for the purpose of running a brothel.  Eight phones, a packet of condoms and some playing cards were taken into evidence. 

    Naew Na reported that an undercover officer mounted a sting operation at a hotel near the old airport in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand. 

    Thai Visa /  Naew Na

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    16 October 16 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=44174