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  • Thailand Eases Entry for Foreigners

    Ms. Traisulee Traisoranakul, Secretary to the Minister of Interior and spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, announced on July 12, 2024, that the ministry has issued four new announcements to update visa measures. These changes align with the global competition to attract foreigners to generate revenue and stimulate Thailand’s economy....

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    Ms. Traisulee Traisoranakul, Secretary to the Minister of Interior and spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, announced on July 12, 2024, that the ministry has issued four new announcements to update visa measures. These changes align with the global competition to attract foreigners to generate revenue and stimulate Thailand’s economy. These measures are in line with the Srettha Thavisin government’s policy to boost tourism by making travel easier for foreign tourists.

    The four announcements from the Ministry of Interior are as follows:

    1. Visa Exemption Expansion: An announcement detailing the list of countries and territories whose passport or travel document holders are exempt from the visa requirement for temporary stays in Thailand for tourism, professional, or short-term business purposes. The list now includes 93 countries/territories, up from the previous 57. This allows visitors from these countries to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days in special cases.
    2. Visa on Arrival (VOA) Expansion: An announcement increasing the list of countries eligible for Visa on Arrival at immigration checkpoints from the previous 19 to 31 countries/territories.
    3. Destination Thailand Visa (DTV): An announcement introducing a new visa category for tourism and remote work. The DTV visa is aimed at highly skilled individuals, freelancers, remote workers, or those who wish to stay in Thailand for activities such as Thai boxing and martial arts, cooking classes, sports training, medical treatments, training courses, seminars, and art and music exhibitions. The DTV visa allows for stays of up to 180 days at a time and is valid for 5 years.
    4. Extended Stay for Students: An announcement updating the rights for foreign students who come to Thailand on a non-immigrant visa, code ED, for study or higher education. This measure is designed to attract skilled and potential workers to Thailand’s labor market by allowing graduates to stay in Thailand for an additional year after graduation to seek employment, travel, or pursue other activities.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has reviewed and signed all four announcements, which have been submitted to the Prime Minister for signature. They will then be published in the Royal Gazette, with all announcements coming into effect simultaneously on July 15, 2024.

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    12 July 12 2024
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  • 3-billion-baht mule account scam

    Cybercrime police have arrested two suspects involved in a gang that deceived foreign workers into opening mule bank accounts, which were then sold to scammers. The accounts facilitated over 3 billion baht in fraudulent transactions. The group operated by legally bringing foreign workers into Thailand and tricking them into open...

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    Cybercrime police have arrested two suspects involved in a gang that deceived foreign workers into opening mule bank accounts, which were then sold to scammers. The accounts facilitated over 3 billion baht in fraudulent transactions.

    The group operated by legally bringing foreign workers into Thailand and tricking them into open accounts at various banks. These accounts were then sold to scammers, including those running gambling websites.

    The Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) announced the Save Foreign Workers operation on Thursday. The investigation revealed that over 50 foreign workers were deceived into opening the mule accounts, with over 3 billion baht in circulation. Over 100 accounts have already been closed.

    Police conducted raids at eight locations in Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi and Nakhon Pathom. Two members of the group were arrested, while one suspect escaped and was still being tracked down.

    Authorities have cautioned employers and foreign workers to be aware of such scams.

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    12 July 12 2024
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  • Police officer killed another wounded

    A police officer was killed and another wounded by gunshots from a fleeing drug suspect in Chiang Dao district, Chiang Mai province, on Thursday night. At around 9:30 PM, a combined team of police, soldiers, and local officials surrounded the house of the male suspect in Jiachan village, Moo 13,...

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    A police officer was killed and another wounded by gunshots from a fleeing drug suspect in Chiang Dao district, Chiang Mai province, on Thursday night.

    At around 9:30 PM, a combined team of police, soldiers, and local officials surrounded the house of the male suspect in Jiachan village, Moo 13, in tambon Mang Na. However, the suspect managed to escape through the back of the house.

    While fleeing, the suspect encountered another police team and opened fire, killing Pol Cpl Saranyu Singkham from Nawai police station on the spot and slightly injuring Pol Capt Jeeraphon Wangseng.

    A manhunt is currently underway for the suspect, whose name has been withheld.

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    12 July 12 2024
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  • Almost Blind After Being Attacked by Jealous Man

    A computer repair technician, Mr. Wiwatthanasak Srithong, 23, was severely injured in an attack on a street in Pattaya on Wednesday, July 10th, 2024. The incident happened around 12:20 PM in front of a hardware store on Soi Bunsamphan 9 in the Nongprue sub-district, Banglamung district, Chonburi province. The assailant...

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    A computer repair technician, Mr. Wiwatthanasak Srithong, 23, was severely injured in an attack on a street in Pattaya on Wednesday, July 10th, 2024. The incident happened around 12:20 PM in front of a hardware store on Soi Bunsamphan 9 in the Nongprue sub-district, Banglamung district, Chonburi province. The assailant accused Mr. Wiwatthanasak of talking to his wife.

    Rescue workers from Sawang Boriboon responded to the scene, finding Mr. Wiwatthanasak with a deep wound near his left eye caused by a metal key. He was immediately taken to Banglamung Hospital.

    Mr. Wiwatthanasak recounted that he was riding a motorcycle with his employer to open their computer repair shop when a Thai man, aged between 35-40, attempted to cut them off and forced them to stop. Not recognizing the stranger, Mr. Wiwatthanasak decided to drive away. However, as they neared the hardware store, a car reversed into the road, making them slow down.

    The attacker used this moment to pull alongside Mr. Wiwatthanasak’s motorcycle, repeatedly accusing him of speaking to his wife before punching him in the face with a key. Mr. Wiwatthanasak tried to defend himself, but the assailant continued the assault and threatened to shoot him if he continued to talk to his wife. Mr. Wiwatthanasak denied the accusation, stating that the woman had actually tried to borrow money from him.

    CCTV footage from the area captured the attack, showing the assailant chasing Mr. Wiwatthanasak on his motorcycle and striking him multiple times before fleeing. Pattaya police advised Mr. Wiwatthanasak to obtain a medical report and file a complaint. They have identified a potential suspect from the motorbike’s registration plate and expect to apprehend him soon to face legal charges.

    creditTPN

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    12 July 12 2024
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  • Anderson’s Two Wickets Propel England Towards Victory

    First Rothesay Test (Day 2 of 5), Lord’s: West Indies: 121 (Atkinson 7-45) & 79-6 (Anderson 2-11) England: 371 (Crawley 76, Smith 70, Root 68; Seales 4-77) West Indies Trail by 171 Runs James Anderson took two crucial wickets in his final international innings, positioning England for a significant win...

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    First Rothesay Test (Day 2 of 5), Lord’s:

    West Indies: 121 (Atkinson 7-45) & 79-6 (Anderson 2-11)

    England: 371 (Crawley 76, Smith 70, Root 68; Seales 4-77)

    West Indies Trail by 171 Runs


    James Anderson took two crucial wickets in his final international innings, positioning England for a significant win against West Indies in the first Test at Lord’s.

    Opening the attack for the last time in his illustrious career, Anderson bowled West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite and later had Alick Athanaze caught behind. With captain Ben Stokes and Gus Atkinson each taking two wickets, including Jason Holder off the final ball of the day, West Indies were left struggling at 79-6, trailing by 171 runs.

    Despite bowling England out for 371, West Indies are paying the price for their first-day collapse at 121.

    England’s wicketkeeper, Jamie Smith, shone on his Test debut with a composed 70. Joe Root added a graceful 68, and Harry Brook scored 50, though none of the top-order capitalized fully on the favorable batting conditions.

    The day was relatively low-key after the opening day’s ceremony for Anderson and Gus Atkinson’s seven-wicket haul. Lord’s was painted red for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, and after an uneventful morning, Smith enlivened England’s innings with some late fireworks.

    England began the day at 189-3, with West Indies initially struggling but improving as the day progressed. England lost their last seven wickets for 127 runs, highlighted by Mikyle Louis’s spectacular run-out of Shoaib Bashir.

    West Indies began their second innings after tea, reaching 37-4 and facing the possibility of a two-day Test finish. Athanaze, Holder, and Joshua da Silva did enough to extend the match to a third day, but England remains poised for victory.

    Smith’s Potential Shines

    Jamie Smith, taking over from Ben Foakes, showcased his batting prowess, particularly when left with the tail. Nearing his 24th birthday, Smith validated England’s decision to select him.

    Brook played well before falling to an Alzarri Joseph bouncer, and Stokes’s poor shot resulted in another single-figure score. Smith found a rhythm with Root, and after Chris Woakes and Atkinson fell to the second new ball, he hit Shamar Joseph and Jayden Seales for sixes, eventually being caught at deep square leg by Kirk McKenzie.

    Anderson’s Farewell

    Emerging at number 11, Anderson received a standing ovation and led the players off without facing a ball. His unbeaten nought was his 114th not-out in Test cricket, a record unlikely to be broken.

    Anderson’s opening spell was masterful, including bowling Brathwaite and setting the tone for England’s attack. Woakes gave way to Stokes, who quickly took his 200th Test wicket by pinning McKenzie leg-before.

    Atkinson continued his strong performance, and Anderson added to his tally by having Athanaze caught behind. Holder’s resistance ended with Atkinson’s delivery, leaving West Indies reeling.

    England’s Ruthless Performance, West Indies Struggle – Analysis

    Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan commented on England’s ruthless display and praised debutants Atkinson and Smith for their contributions. He expressed sadness at West Indies’ poor batting performance against a top-quality bowling attack, noting the challenge posed by the pitch but highlighting that it wasn’t insurmountable.

    Credit: BBC Sport

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    12 July 12 2024
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  • Manchester United Signs Bologna Forward Joshua Zirkzee for £35m

    Manchester United has reached an agreement to sign Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee. The transfer fee is understood to be just over £35 million (€42.5 million), exceeding his £33.6 million (€40 million) release clause. This higher fee comes in exchange for more favorable payment terms, allowing United to pay over three...

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    Manchester United has reached an agreement to sign Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee. The transfer fee is understood to be just over £35 million (€42.5 million), exceeding his £33.6 million (€40 million) release clause. This higher fee comes in exchange for more favorable payment terms, allowing United to pay over three years instead of a lump sum upfront. Personal terms have been agreed upon, and Zirkzee is expected to undergo a medical examination at Manchester United this week.

    The 23-year-old forward, who has been representing the Netherlands at Euro 2024, will sign a five-year contract with the option for an additional year.

    Zirkzee’s move to Manchester United follows an impressive season with Bologna, where he recorded 12 goals and seven assists, helping the team qualify for the Champions League.

    Why is Zirkzee in Demand?

    Sky Sports’ Adam Smith provides insights into Zirkzee’s appeal. The forward graduated from Bayern Munich’s system and had spells with Parma and Anderlecht before joining Bologna in the summer of 2022. Despite limited game time in his first Serie A campaign, scoring only two league goals in 808 minutes, Zirkzee bounced back this term with 11 league goals. His shot map indicates he is most effective from the left-of-centre region.

    This acquisition is part of Manchester United’s strategy to bolster their attacking options as they aim for success in the upcoming season.

    Credit: Sky Sports

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    12 July 12 2024
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  • England Must Be ‘Perfect’ to Beat Spain, Says Southgate

    England will need to be “tactically perfect” to overcome Spain in Sunday’s Euro 2024 final, according to manager Gareth Southgate. England secured their first major final on foreign soil with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the semi-final on Wednesday. This marks the third time in the past four...

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    England will need to be “tactically perfect” to overcome Spain in Sunday’s Euro 2024 final, according to manager Gareth Southgate.

    England secured their first major final on foreign soil with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the semi-final on Wednesday. This marks the third time in the past four major tournaments that Southgate has guided England to at least the semi-final stage of the Euros or the World Cup.

    Southgate acknowledges that three-time winners Spain are the “favorites” for the final, as England aims to secure their first European Championship title.

    “They are rightly favorites for what they have achieved in this tournament. They have been the best team,” Southgate stated. “They have an extra day of rest, which has been quite significant in recent finals, so we need to ensure our recovery is spot on. Tactically, we must be perfect as they are such a good side. But we are here, and we are ready.”

    England Have ‘Unfinished Business’

    Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice believes England’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final will serve as motivation for Sunday. Italy won 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in London.

    “Seeing Italy lift that trophy will haunt me forever,” said Rice. “We now have another opportunity to write our own history against another top side. We must respect them greatly. Hopefully, we can do it not just for ourselves but also for the manager. He deserves it.”

    Chelsea’s Cole Palmer is confident that the team can “finish the job” and make history by winning in Berlin. Palmer, who provided the assist for Ollie Watkins’ last-minute winner in the semi-final, emphasized the team’s determination.

    “Everyone’s buzzing,” Palmer said on the England YouTube channel. “Last night on the bus, in the changing room, everyone was enjoying the moment. But it’s a quick turnaround, and we have a massive game to change our lives and make everyone proud. We have to finish the job. It’s important to enjoy the final, but everyone just wants to win so badly.”

    Southgate’s team has overcome a slow start to the tournament to reach their second consecutive Euros final. Palmer, who won the Under-21 European Championship with England in 2023, believes the team has found their rhythm.

    “In the first few games, we didn’t play to our best, and everyone knew that,” added Palmer. “But as the tournament progressed, especially in the semi-final, we had our best game. That’s exactly what we want going into the final stages. We played Spain last year in the Under-21s final, and even that was a massive game. This one will be even bigger.”

    Credit: BBC Sport

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    12 July 12 2024
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  • Traffickers take off after gun battle with police and soldiers

    Authorities seized over 3 million speed pills abandoned by fleeing smugglers after an exchange of gunfire near a forested area in Muang district of this northern province on Thursday morning. Border patrol police and soldiers from the Thap Chao Tak special unit of the Pha Muang task force spotted three...

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    Authorities seized over 3 million speed pills abandoned by fleeing smugglers after an exchange of gunfire near a forested area in Muang district of this northern province on Thursday morning.

    Border patrol police and soldiers from the Thap Chao Tak special unit of the Pha Muang task force spotted three suspicious pickup trucks traveling along the Den Ha-Dong Mada road in tambon Mae Korn at about 6 am on Thursday.

    The officers signaled the drivers to stop, but those inside the vehicles opened fire, leading to a gunfight.

    After a clash that lasted about 10 minutes, the armed men abandoned the three pickups and fled into a nearby forest, said Gen Narit Thawornwong, commander of a drug suppression unit.

    A search of the vehicles revealed 16 fertilizer sacks, each containing 200,000 speed pills, for a total of 3.2 million, Gen Narit reported

    Speed is a type of amphetamine, a central nervous system stimulant that affects the brain’s function and the body’s processes.

    There are various types of amphetamines. Some are prescribed by doctors to treat medical conditions such as narcolepsy (an uncontrollable urge to sleep) or ADHD. Others are produced and sold illegally. The main forms of illicit methamphetamine are:

    • Speed
    • Base
    • Crystal meth (ice)

    Ice is the most potent form.

    Speed powder can range in color from white to brown and may contain traces of grey or pink. It has a strong smell and a bitter taste. Speed can also come in pill form. It can be:

    • Swallowed
    • Injected
    • Smoked
    • Snorted

    Speed is also known by various street names, including:

    • Up
    • Uppers
    • Louee
    • Goey
    • Whiz
    • Rack
    • credit Bangkok Post

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    11 July 11 2024
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  • Japanese Man rams car into Pattaya go-go bar

    A Japanese tourist caused extensive damage by ramming his car into a go-go bar and then running into vehicles and property along Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya, on the evening of July 10. The scene in front of the go-go bar was chaotic, with overturned tables, chairs, and motorcycles scattered across...

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    A Japanese tourist caused extensive damage by ramming his car into a go-go bar and then running into vehicles and property along Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya, on the evening of July 10.

    The scene in front of the go-go bar was chaotic, with overturned tables, chairs, and motorcycles scattered across the area. Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, 60, driving a white Toyota Altis, wreaked havoc from Soi Buakhao to South Pattaya, crashing into several vehicles along the way. Somporn Srithong, a security guard at the entertainment venue, reported that the chaos stemmed from a dispute between Yamaguchi and his girlfriend, an employee at the go-go bar. The situation escalated when Yamaguchi threatened to ram his car into the establishment. According to Somporn, Yamaguchi rammed his car into the front of the venue three times before fleeing, hitting both passing and parked vehicles. Somporn and other security guards attempted to stop him, but Yamaguchi continued to drive recklessly, even trying to run them over.

    Somporn suffered minor injuries, requiring six stitches on his finger and some scrapes. The pursuit ended when Yamaguchi crashed into the back of a tour bus, immobilizing his vehicle. Security guards seized the keys and pulled him from the car, at which point Yamaguchi apologized profusely. Somporn noted that Yamaguchi did not appear drunk but seemed to be under the influence of drugs.

    Jaruda Thatchanda, 43, an employee at a nearby shop, recounted that Yamaguchi made three attempts to position his car before accelerating into the venue where his girlfriend worked. Fearing for their safety, she and others tried to move vehicles out of the way but had to flee. They resorted to throwing liquor bottles at Yamaguchi to stop him. Eyewitnesses captured videos of the incident, showing Yamaguchi’s car crashing into the go-go bar’s barrier, hitting a cooperative baht-bus, and fleeing. Another video showed a group of men surrounding Yamaguchi’s car, throwing stones and tree branches at it, forcing him to flee again. These videos have been handed to the police as evidence.

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    11 July 11 2024
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  • Passport forgery Russian arrested

    Immigration police have arrested a Russian man accused of leading a gang that sold fake passports in Thailand, earning at least 30 million baht from deceived customers. The group advertised on platforms such as VK, Telegram, WhatsApp, and a website called Passport.pro, claiming they could legally provide passports for 15...

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    Immigration police have arrested a Russian man accused of leading a gang that sold fake passports in Thailand, earning at least 30 million baht from deceived customers.

    The group advertised on platforms such as VK, Telegram, WhatsApp, and a website called Passport.pro, claiming they could legally provide passports for 15 nationalities in exchange for digital payment. To enhance their credibility, they even registered a company in Thailand, according to police.

    Police investigators obtained a United States passport, which the Overseas Criminal Investigation Unit determined to be counterfeit, said Pol Maj Gen Panthana Nuchanart, deputy commissioner of the Immigration Bureau.

    The fake passports sent to customers were traced back to the Dominican Republic via FedEx. Initial reports indicate that the victims incurred losses exceeding 30 million baht.

    Further investigation revealed that Russian national Artem Tyshkevich was heading the operation. He is now facing charges of producing, selling, and importing counterfeit passports.

    During the raid on his Bangkok residence, authorities seized mobile phones, laptops, bank passbooks, and foreign credit cards.

    credit Bangkok Post

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    11 July 11 2024
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