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  • Fire at Bangkok slum destroys 10 houses

    Two women were injured and 10 houses damaged when a fire broke out at a slum in Arun Amarin Soi 6 in the Thonburi district of Bangkok on Saturday (December 7). The blaze started at around 5.25am and took firefighters around one hour to put out the flames. Buppha Ram Police Station deputy inspector Waritthorn […]

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    Two women were injured and 10 houses damaged when a fire broke out at a slum in Arun Amarin Soi 6 in the Thonburi district of Bangkok on Saturday (December 7).

    The blaze started at around 5.25am and took firefighters around one hour to put out the flames.

    Buppha Ram Police Station deputy inspector Waritthorn Aonkrai said disaster prevention and mitigation officers and staff of Por Teck Tung Foundation were involved in dealing with the scene of the blaze.

    “It was a big slum near Wat Kanlayanamit,” he said. “Firefighters used eight water nozzles to stop the fire from spreading,” he added.

    Initial inspection showed the fire may have been started by a short circuit at a 100-year-old house. He said 10 houses were damaged and two old women were injured from inhaling the smoke.

    The owner of the 100-year-old house, Yupa, 56, said that she sold krathongs during Loi Kratong Festival last month, and had kept those materials she used for creating krathong in a storage room on the second floor of her house.

    “Around 5am, I found the storage room on fire. Our six family members, including my daughter and relatives, managed to escape,” she said.

     The Nation

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    8 December 08 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=45040
  • Parents call for answers after newborn’s finger cut at government hospital, starts to rot

    The parents of a two-moth old baby girl have filed a formal complaint with the Phuket Provincial Damrongdhama Centre (Ombudsman’s Office) over a nurse at Vachira Phuket Hospital allegedly – albeit accidentally – snipping one of their baby’s fingers with a pair of scissors, leading to the end of the baby’s finger starting to rot. […]

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    The parents of a two-moth old baby girl have filed a formal complaint with the Phuket Provincial Damrongdhama Centre (Ombudsman’s Office) over a nurse at Vachira Phuket Hospital allegedly – albeit accidentally – snipping one of their baby’s fingers with a pair of scissors, leading to the end of the baby’s finger starting to rot.

    The parents – father Stawut Charnkol, 34, and mother Oranuch Thongdee, 24 – filed the complaint at the provincial ombudsman’s Office at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Dec 6).

    Mr Stawut explained that their daughter, Phakawadee, was born at he hospital on Sept 5.


    Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/parents-call-for-answers-after-newborn-finger-cut-at-government-hospital-starts-to-rot-73915.php#3qAd7DBRdJiMpEtO.97

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    8 December 08 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=45037
  • Noisy Thailand: Locals have had enough from deafening temple event

    Furious locals – especially old people – complained to the Thai media as a deafening event continued at a temple in Ang Thong.  Some people had just moved out to stay with relatives and there were even cases of old people having seizures and being taken to hospital due to the noise. Many have had […]

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    Furious locals – especially old people – complained to the Thai media as a deafening event continued at a temple in Ang Thong. 

    Some people had just moved out to stay with relatives and there were even cases of old people having seizures and being taken to hospital due to the noise.

    Many have had their sleep interrupted. 

    The “Pan Phra” event in Pho Thong district features ghetto blaster sound contests and open air movies.

    In addition the monks seemed to be chilling out and loving it amid suggestions that they had organised the whole event. 

    Thai Visa /  Daily News

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    8 December 08 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=45034
  • Tourists injured as van driver asleep at wheel runs red light, slams into another airport van

    Three Chinese tourists have been taken to Thalang Hospital after the passenger van taking them to Phuket International Airport slammed into another airport van at a major intersection on Thepkrasattri Rd early this morning (Dec 7). Lt Sophanat Nayao of the Thalang Police was called to the scene, at the main turnoff to the Nai […]

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    Three Chinese tourists have been taken to Thalang Hospital after the passenger van taking them to Phuket International Airport slammed into another airport van at a major intersection on Thepkrasattri Rd early this morning (Dec 7).

    Lt Sophanat Nayao of the Thalang Police was called to the scene, at the main turnoff to the Nai Yang (see map below), at 4:40am.

    At the scene were two passenger vans on their sides in the middle of the intersection.

    Sitta Jamsuriya, 42, from Chumphon, the driver of the grey Toyota van registered in Trang at the scene, told police that he was taking Chinese tourists to the airport when the accident occurred.

    He started falling asleep at the wheel, causing him to drive through a red light at the intersection, ending with his van ploughing into the side of the other van, a Phuket-registered white Toyota driven by Siwanat Srinoonchum, 34, from Phatthalung.

    Mr Siwanat was driving from Phuket airport with a Chinese guide on board.

    Lt Sophanat reported two Thai nationals and three Chinese tourists injured in the accident; Somchai Saeju, 33, and Sombat Sae-Cheng, 26, both from Chiang Mai; and Chinese tourists Mr. Luo Zheng, 39, Miss Wang Yong, 38, and Mrs. Zhou Hua, 47.

    All five were taken to Thalang Hospital.

    Lt Sophanat did not report the extent of their injuries.

    Lt Sophanat noted that his investigation into the accident was to continue with the drivers to present themselves at Thalang Police Station later today.

    Chinese embassy representatives have been informed of the incident, he reported,
    The Phuket News

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    8 December 08 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=45031
  • Motorists asked to ‘drive carefully’ as concrete sheets fall from Chalong Underpass walls

    he chief of the Phuket Highways Office has urged motorists to “drive carefully” while passing through the Chalong Underpass for the next two weeks until a contractor can be called in to prevent more concrete sheets from plunging off the walls into traffic.  The issue was brought to The Phuket News’ attention by an expat […]

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    he chief of the Phuket Highways Office has urged motorists to “drive carefully” while passing through the Chalong Underpass for the next two weeks until a contractor can be called in to prevent more concrete sheets from plunging off the walls into traffic.
     

    The issue was brought to The Phuket News’ attention by an expat who was driving northbound through the tunnel at about 4:48pm yesterday when one of the concrete sheets fixed to the wall fell and shattered on the road right in front of his car.

    The incident was recorded by the car’s dashcam.

    Mr Somwang told The Phuket News that the concrete sheet that fell was “only” for soundproofing in the tunnel.

    “Our officials drove past and also saw it yesterday evening. We found the sheet had fallen onto the road. We had the debris cleared. There were no injuries and no vehicles were damaged,” he said.

    “I think the cause of the sound-absorbing sheets dropping may be from screws becoming rusty because of too much moisture inside the underpass,” he postulated.

    The Phuket Highways Office must wait for the contractor, Civil Engineering Co Ltd, to fix make the repairs, Mr Somwang said.

    Asked why the two-week wait, he replied, “It takes time to order the soundproof sheets.”

    Mr Somwang assured that the tunnel is safe, for now.

    “We have already checked the [concrete] sheets. We check the whole project every month,” he said.

    This is also just one incident, and it does not have any effect on the main structure of the underpass,” he added.

    Regardless, Mr Somwang urged motorists to exercise caution while driving through the tunnel.

    “I can’t be sure when any more sheets will drop again. Please drive carefully and slow until the construction contractor came come and fix it in the next two weeks,” he said.

    “If anyone sees any similar problems, please call the Phuket Highways Office directly at 063-6925308 immediately. We will get highways workers to the scene quickly to clear it,” Mr Somwang said.
    The Phuket News

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    8 December 08 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=45028
  • Tourists safe after longtail boat swamped, left stranded in Phang Nga Bay

    Two Romanian tourists on holiday in Phuket are safe after the longtail boat they had hired for a sightseeing tour was swamped by a large wave the upper reaches of Phang Nga Bay late yesterday afternoon (Dec 6).  Luca Mihai Saceanu, 29, and Alina-Nicoleta Trana, 33, had hired a longtail boat to enjoy a tour […]

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    Two Romanian tourists on holiday in Phuket are safe after the longtail boat they had hired for a sightseeing tour was swamped by a large wave the upper reaches of Phang Nga Bay late yesterday afternoon (Dec 6).
     

    Luca Mihai Saceanu, 29, and Alina-Nicoleta Trana, 33, had hired a longtail boat to enjoy a tour of Ao Phang Nga National Park, reported Maj Ekkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police.

    The couple had driven from their hotel in Patong to Koh Klang Pier in Takua Thung, Phang Nga, for the tour, he added.

    At about 5pm, the longtail boat, operated by local boatman Suksan Waharak was swamped by a large wave off Koh Raya Ring island. (See map below.)

    Mr Suksan fell into the water, the boat engine failed and the boat had taken on a lot of water, Maj Ekkachai said.

    Mr Saceanu and Miss Trana, along with another friend who joined them on the tour, paddled the boat the best they could to reach a beach some 200 metres away, while Mr Suksan made it to some rocks nearby, he explained.

    The tourists reported the incident to the Tourist Police by calling the Tourist Police hotline 1155, Maj Ekkachai explained.

    The distress call was relayed to Ao Phang Nga National Park Chief Sarayuth Tanthanian, who dispatched officers to safely recover the four stranded on the island.

    Park officers managed to pick up the stranded tourists and Mr Suksan at about 6:20pm, and take them to the jetty in front of the Ao Phang Nga National Park headquarters.

    From there they were returned to the Koh Klang Pier in Takua Thung, where they arrived at about 7:30pm, so they could drive back to their hotel in Patong, Maj Ekkachai said.

    “The tourists, and Mr Suksan, were very grateful for the assistance,” Maj Ekkachai said.

    “they are now back at their hotel,” he said.

    “We will investigate further about the boat being out on the bay in such weather,” he said.

    Strong blusterly winds and large waves have prevailed along the Andman coast this week.

    Winds gusting up 30-35 knots off Phuket forced organisers of the King’s Cup Regatta to call off some races yesterday due for safety reasons.
    The Phuket News

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    8 December 08 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=45025
  • Missing Russian tourists rescued in Koh Chang

    Four Russian tourists reported missing on Wednesday have been rescued after they were found stranded on their kayaks in Trat province, Immigration Police chief Lt-General Sompong Chingduang said on Thursday (December 5). “Officers at Trat Police Station got a call on Wednesday (December 4) that four Russian tourists had taken two kayaks and headed from […]

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    Four Russian tourists reported missing on Wednesday have been rescued after they were found stranded on their kayaks in Trat province, Immigration Police chief Lt-General Sompong Chingduang said on Thursday (December 5).

    “Officers at Trat Police Station got a call on Wednesday (December 4) that four Russian tourists had taken two kayaks and headed from Koh Chang to Koh Khum but still hadn’t come back,” he said.

    “The tourists contacted their friends in Russia and got them to contact Thai authorities to send help, but they couldn’t act at that moment due to strong winds and high waves.”

    Sompong said later on Wednesday that local fishermen had found two tourists on a kayak and rescued them, but the other two on another kayak were still missing.

    “At 2pm on Thursday (December 5), Immigration Police used a helicopter flying around the area and finally found the other two tourists on their kayak stranded in the water,” he said.

    The Immigration chief also added that the tourists — three males and a female — aged 44-32, were safe although they were exhausted from lack of food and water.

    The tourists were later sent to Bangbao Port in Koh Chang district where a team of doctors, Tourist Police and Immigration Police were waiting to provide medical assistance as well as food and water.

    “If you find foreign tourists in need of assistance, please call Immigration Police hotline 1178 or visit: www.immigration.go.th,” added Sompong.

     Thr Nation

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    6 December 06 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=45022
  • Pick-up driving father killed in front of his family

    One person died and 12 people were injured after a pick-up collided head on with a non-scheduled route minivan in Chachoengsao yesterday afternoon.  The van was on its way from Ban Laem in Chanthaburi to Bangkok with 12 onboard. Nine including the driver were injured though apparently not seriously.  The driver of the pick-up Sommai, 48, […]

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    One person died and 12 people were injured after a pick-up collided head on with a non-scheduled route minivan in Chachoengsao yesterday afternoon. 

    The van was on its way from Ban Laem in Chanthaburi to Bangkok with 12 onboard. Nine including the driver were injured though apparently not seriously. 

    The driver of the pick-up Sommai, 48, died. In the vehicle were a 30 year old woman and two girls aged 12 and 2 who were all injured. 

    77kaoded who reported on the story said that the pick-up driver had crossed the central dividing line when the collision occurred. 

    Thai Visa /  77kaoded

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    6 December 06 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=45019
  • Blue Flag fairs in Northeast offer relief to flood victims

    The Commerce Ministry is organising Blue Flag fairs in northeastern provinces affected by the Podul and Kajiki storms, enabling low-income people and farmers to buy cheap consumer goods in order to help reduce the cost of living. The director-general of the Department of Internal Trade (DIT), Wichai Phochanakit, said the impact from these storms in […]

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    The Commerce Ministry is organising Blue Flag fairs in northeastern provinces affected by the Podul and Kajiki storms, enabling low-income people and farmers to buy cheap consumer goods in order to help reduce the cost of living.

    The director-general of the Department of Internal Trade (DIT), Wichai Phochanakit, said the impact from these storms in September had caused damage to people’s properties, while those affected by drought also faced a lot of trouble.

    “The fair was first held at Muang Maha Sarakham District Office in Maha Sarakham province from December 5 to 8,” he said.

    “We will hold the fair in three other provinces — in Roi Et province from December 11 to 14 at the parking area in Robinson Lifestyle Roi Et, in Ubon Ratchathani province from December 16 to 19 at the parking area in Central Plaza Ubon Ratchathani, and in Buri Ram province from December 21 to 24 at Nong Paep Flea Market in Muang district.”

    He further explained that this fair featured at least 250 shopping booths, operated by farmers, small entrepreneurs, community enterprises, and consumer products manufacturers.

    “The consumer products will be specially discounted by 20-40 per cent. In addition, products which offer a special price include sugars, palm oils, chicken eggs, white shrimp, giant freshwater prawn, sea bass, pork and chicken,” he said.

    He added that the department had also appointed Provincial Commerce Offices to monitor the distribution of goods to meet the people’s demands and sell at a fair price.

    “If any entrepreneurs provide unfair prices or services, people can contact DIT Hotline: 1569 or the Provincial Commerce Offices nationwide,” he added.

    The Nation

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    6 December 06 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=45016
  • Bangkok falls in popularity amongst expats: survey

    Bangkok has suffered a significant fall in popularity amongst expats who live there, compared to one year ago, according to a new report. Released this week, the Expat Insider: The Best & Worst Cities for Expats in 2019 by InterNations ranks the best and worst cities in the world for expats to live. The report is based […]

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    Bangkok has suffered a significant fall in popularity amongst expats who live there, compared to one year ago, according to a new report.

    Released this week, the Expat Insider: The Best & Worst Cities for Expats in 2019 by InterNations ranks the best and worst cities in the world for expats to live.

    The report is based on a ranking of up to 82 cities worldwide.

    To identify the best and worst cities for expats, 20,000 survey respondents living in 187 countries and territories worldwide were asked to rate more than 25 different aspects of urban life abroad on a scale of one to seven. 

    The rating process emphasized the respondents’ personal satisfaction with these aspects and considered both emotional topics as well as more factual aspects with equal weight. The respondents’ ratings of the individual factors were then bundled in various combinations for a total of 13 subcategories, and their mean values were used to draw up four topical indices: Quality of Urban Living, Getting Settled, Urban Work Life, and Finance & Housing. 

    The report ranked Thailand in 20th place overall, a significant fall from the 5th place it ranked in 2018 and its 8th place ranking in 2017.

    The report found that Bangkok scored poorly amongst expats for health and environment and political stability.

    Expats said they regarded the Thai capital as one of the worst in the world for the quality of the environment (79th), while it ranked 74th for political stability.

    Visa bureaucracy was another complaint amongst working expats.

    “Visa regulations and the amount of paperwork needed to get a work permit makes it very difficult for expats to stay for a long period of time,” a Bulgarian expat said.

    But it wasn’t all bad, with expats generally still finding Bangkok to be safe and affordable, especially when it comes to finding reasonably priced housing.

    Bangkok ranked in 5th place out of the Asian cities that featured in the survey and ranked third overall in the Finance & Housing Index.

    More than four in seven expats (58%) say that housing in Bangkok is affordable (vs. 36% globally), and 80% of respondents state that it is easy to find (vs. 50% globally). While Bangkok also ranks high for the local cost of living (9th).

    The vast majority are satisfied with the availability of healthcare (83% vs. 73% globally) and feels safe (89% vs. 81% globally). “It is a much safer place for my son to grow up in,” said a German expat.

    For the second year in a row Taipei was found to be the best city to live in as an expat. 

    “The cost of living in Taiwan is cheaper compared to Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong, for example,” says an expat from India. “And Taiwan’s health insurance and safety are what make it attractive to me.” In fact, 96% of expats state to feel safe in Taipei, compared to 81% globally. 

    Kuala Lumpur came second overall and was voted the world’s easiest city to get settled as an expat. Three in four expats (75%) feel at home in Kuala Lumpur (vs. 64% globally), and 69% are happy with their social life (vs. 55% globally). Language also does not seem to be a problem, as 92% find it easy to live in the city without speaking the local language (vs. 47% globally). “It is easy to blend in with the culture, the food, and the people,” explains an expat from India, “and the language is not a problem if one can speak English.” 

    Ho Chi Minh City was voted third overall, with close to nine in ten expats (87%) saying that it is easy to find housing (vs. 50% globally), and 77% being happy with their financial situation (vs. 57% globally), the city tops the ranking in the Finance & Housing Index for the second year running. The same is true for the Local Cost of Living Index (1st). Ho Chi Minh City is also popular for its thriving work life (3rd). 

    Expats are particularly happy with their jobs in general (79% vs. 64% globally), the local career opportunities (68% vs. 51% globally), and their working hours (75% vs. 62% globally). What is more, Ho Chi Minh City comes in third worldwide for both the Local Friendliness and Friends & Socializing subcategories. 

    When asked what they like about Ho Chi Minh City, a Philippine respondent replies: “It is easy to deal and work with the people here, and the cost of living is good.” 

    The results of the survey echoes the findings of a similar survey by InterNations released in September, which found that Thailand overall had also fallen in popularity amongst expats. 

    Thai Visa

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    6 December 06 2019
    National News
    http://www.samuitimes.com/?p=45013