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    Too many foreign tramps

    Published on 03/09/2013

    » According to the Issarachon Foundation, there are now 200 or so foreigners roaming the streets and beaches in Thailand, unable to pay for their daily living costs or their airfare home. The main reason, according to the charity, is the increasing number of aliens who have registered property in the name of their Thai wife and then been ejected to fend for themselves. Natee Saravari, secretary-general of the Foundation, said that it was not uncommon to see Europeans sorting through the trash at fast food restaurants looking for something to eat or begging on beachfront areas. He added that whilst most Thai homeless people have some form of mental illness, most destitute farang are alcoholics. There are thought to be about 50 homeless foreign men in Pattaya, living mostly in beach areas and eating at one or two charitable institutions which don’t turn them away. Embassy sources say they mostly have expired visas or lost passports and can no longer receive cash handouts from diplomatic sources. Consular officers will contact relatives on request for financial assistance. If that fails, the general advice is to give themselves up for overstay. They will remain in prison pending often lengthy arrangements by their respective embassy to fly them home. Once returned, they will normally be deprived of their passport pending repayment of the airfare.

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    Hua Hin Sport Day 2013

    Published on 07/09/2013

    » Hua Hin Municipality is hosting the Hua Hin Sports Day 2013 from 2nd to 7th September 2013, featuring various kinds of sport, including basketball, takraw, badminton, pétanque, aerobic dance, football and traditional Thai games.  This will be held at a variety of venues in Hua Hin such as the Hua Hin Municipal School, Phon Kingphet Memorial Park, Queen Sirikit’s Memorial Park and Hua Hin School.

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    Published on 10/09/2013

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    World Health Conference endorses cigarette package warnings

    Published on 18/09/2013

    » Meeting in Pattaya last week, more than 1,000 health officials from around the world endorsed Thailand’s stepped up efforts to discourage smoking—particularly among youth.

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    Myanmar locals slam Dawei contractor

    Published on 17/09/2013

    » A group of angry Myanmar villagers have accused Thai construction giant Italian-Thai Development PCL (ITD) of failing to keep its promise to compensate them for losses caused by the building of new roads for the Dawei deep-sea port and industrial project.

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    Illegal sex pills impounded

    Published on 04/07/2013

    » Following a tip-off from a stool pigeon, police raided three pharmacies in Central Pattaya that were selling the sex-enhancing drug Kamagra. Staff at the three retail outlets admitted they knew about the pills which were brought secretly to Pattaya from a Bangkok factory. They added that most of the sales went to older foreigners who didn’t care whether the pills were authentic or not, just as long as they worked.  Statements from staff were taken at the police station and the matter referred to the prosecutor’s office.

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    Suspected necklace snatchers foiled

    Published on 08/05/2013

    » The plague of teenagers on motorbikes snatching belongings from tourists and fleeing into the night had at least one set back when police, alerted by pedestrians on Second Road, radioed officers on North Pattaya Road to watch for three motorbikes. The cops stopped three motorbikes driven by youths who had equally young girls riding as pillion passengers. Police accused the youngsters of attempting to snatch jewelry from tourists, but found no incriminating evidence.  One of the suspects, 16-year-old Nhoi, said it was just a lark and they weren’t doing anything too serious. He claimed he had reached out from his motorbike to greet a friend–not to snatch anything from a stranger. Nevertheless, police confiscated three motorbikes and allowed the teenagers to go without charge.

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    Thief raids Phuket police station

    Published on 13/05/2013

    » PHUKET: A 24-year-old painter embarrassed police in Patong on Friday night (May 11) when he simply walked into the ground-floor police station office of the Deputy Superintendent for Investigations, Pol Lt Col Paisarn Sungthep, and walked off with a pistol and a laptop computer.

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    Two Phuket baby elephants ‘arrested’

    Published on 12/05/2013

    » PHUKET: In an echo of a probe last year into “illegal” elephants in Phuket, officials are investigating the backgrounds of two baby elephants in Phuket that are suspected to have been taken from the wild or smuggled in from a neighbouring country.

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    Smoking ban soon in Phuket Airport domestic lounge

    Published on 09/05/2013

    » PHUKET: The smoking room in the domestic departure lounge of Phuket International Airport is to be closed at the end of this month (May), but will remain open in the international departure lounges.

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