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    Suspect in Danish rape arrested

    Online Reporters, Published on 06/10/2014

    » CHON BURI – A man jailed for nearly seven years for attempted murder has been arrested for allegedly raping a Danish tourist near Pattaya.

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    British Embassy retreats in Phuket

    Published on 08/11/2013

    » The Bangkok-based British embassy has announced that its honorary consuls in Phuket and Koh Samui will no longer provide any notarial services, such as income verification letters for immigration purposes. British citizens requiring official documentation must now deal with the main site British embassy in Bangkok. A spokesman said that 70 percent of the notarial work in Phuket and Koh Samui was the provision of income letters and these could be applied for by post and did not require a special journey to the metropolis. The embassy claims that it is rationalizing services in order to concentrate resources where they are best needed, for example, assistance for Brits in distress. In its last issue, Pattaya Today revealed that, as regards Pattaya, where no notarial services have been offered since late 2012, it was now optional whether Brits obtained their income verification letters from the British embassy in Bangkok or from the consulates of other countries in the resort. In a statement, the British embassy stated that it was concerned about a potential loss of income if other consulates assumed responsibility, subject to agreement by the Thai Immigration Bureau. It is not known whether the embassy is telling its nationals the same thing in Phuket and Koh Samui.

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    Na Jomtien has smelly problem

    Published on 19/09/2013

    » <p>The National Environmental Board has been collecting specimens from the sea in the Na Jomtien area after the sea turned black and green in a few areas, accompanied by the stench of rotting animal flesh. One suggestion was that the cause was plankton boom phenomenon; samples have been sent to Burapha University for analysis.</p>

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    Southeast Asian governments pledge to end dog meat trade

    Published on 19/09/2013

    » Officials to work with animal welfare coalition Asia Canine Protection Alliance Government officials from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have pledged to end the inhumane, commercial trade in dogs for meat. The trade is responsible for slaughtering an estimated 5 million dogs for human consumption per year. Thailand, Cambodia and Laos supply dogs for the trade into Vietnam, where they are slaughtered and consumed. Dog meat production has evolved from small-scale household businesses to a multi-million dollar industry of illicit dog traders causing pain and suffering to the dogs involved and posing health risks to humans. The trade in dogs for meat involves movement of dogs of unknown disease and vaccination status, impeding rabies elimination efforts in the region. Countries are failing to comply with their own national animal disease prevention measures, and are not following recommendations for rabies control and elimination by organizations such as the World Health Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health and the trade has been linked to outbreaks of trichinellosis, cholera and rabies. The World Health Organization recently cited the trade as a contributing factor in recent outbreaks of rabies in Indonesia and cholera in Vietnam. Government officials agreed to work to end the trade at a recent meeting in Hanoi with animal welfare coalition Asia Canine Protection Alliance. Concerned about the spread of rabies, officials said they would enact a moratorium on the commercial transport of dogs from one country to another for the next five years. In that time, authorities will measure the impact of a moratorium on rabies transmission in the region. (In Thailand, where the trade is illegal, authorities agreed to better enforcement of existing regulations.) Pornpitak Panlar, with the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health in Thailand said, “We cannot change culture or habit, but we should stop the smuggling of dogs. This meeting was important to urge government agencies to see the problems caused by the dog meat trade and discuss a platform to stop the spread of rabies.” Nguyen Thu Thuy, deputy director, Department of Animal Health in Vietnam added, “The rabies situation has become more severe – especially this year. One of the main reasons is the illegal cross-border trade of dogs.” Boonseub Chemchoig, chief inspector general, Ministry of Interior, Thailand noted, “We never allow the transfer of dogs from Thailand to Vietnam for the purpose of consumption. We are still seeking solutions as the border between Thailand and other countries is long and difficult to manage considering the illegal trade. We are trying.” Animal protection organisations, under ACPA, will work with officials, helping to provide financial assistance, expertise and other resources as needed. ACPA is made up of Change for Animals Foundation, Humane Society International, Animals Asia and Soi Dog Foundation. “Canine rabies remains endemic in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia,” it was pointed out by Lola Webber, programmes leader, Change for Animals Foundation. “Ending the illegal trade in dogs destined for human consumption is a crucial component of national and regional rabies control elimination programmes.” Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement, Humane Society International, said, “The trade is not about a desire to maintain culture or custom. The trade is profit-driven and poses a risk to human health. In addition, throughout Asia and globally, there is mounting concern for animal welfare and overwhelming evidence documenting the inherent cruelty in all stages of the trade&#8212;from sourcing, transport, sale to slaughter.”

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    Tourism needs clear direction from above

    Published on 19/09/2013

    » The government’s plan to achieve 2.2 trillion baht in tourism revenue in 2015 depends on clear action and policies, according to tourism-related experts. Dr. Naligatibhak Sangsanit, head of DASTA (Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration), said that simply relying on bigger numbers doesn’t necessarily lead to bigger revenue on the scale anticipated.

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    Man shot dead on motorbike

    Published on 12/09/2013

    » Police are puzzling over the death of Niran Charnkit, 36, who was shot in the back as he drove his motorbike in South Pattaya. He was rushed to Pattaya Memorial Hospital where he died. Several bullet cartridges were found in the vicinity of the shooting. The police reportedly found methamphetamines on the victim’s body. Investigators theorize that Niran may have had enemies in the drugs business or was trying to cheat a big boss. Police were checking the dead man’s record to see what involvement, if any, he had in trading illegal substances or in the loan shark business.

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    Illegal cash collectors threaten police

    Published on 12/09/2013

    » A dozen men were questioned by traffic police as they appeared to be illegally collecting money for parking tickets near the Dolphin Roundabout. The going rate was 60 baht but there was no choice for drivers as some members of the gang behaved aggressively. Officer Somsri Sima was forced to radio for assistance as the gang refused to disperse and told him to mind his own business. When 20 police reinforcements arrived on the scene, the gang fled. However four were taken into custody and all tested positive for drugs. It is believed the ringleader of the parking scam was Sanrak Meesuta who had a large number of parking tickets.

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    Pattaya hosts world badminton competition

    Published on 13/09/2013

    » <p>The 14th World Airlines Badminton Championship was held in the Pattaya with Thai Airways hosting the event supported by 10 Asian airlines. The competition brought many athletes into the resort and underscored the resort’s reputation as a sporting mecca.</p>

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    Iranian bullies detained

    Published on 14/09/2013

    » Police on Walking Street arrested a group of six Iranians accused of attacking a fellow national. The victim reported a sore head and damaged mouth. No particular reason for the assault was established. The culprits agreed to pay for emergency medical costs of 3,000 baht, but then admitted that they did not have enough money. Eventually, one gang member produce enough to cover the bin and police allowed all six to go free.

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    Brit falls from nightclub window

    Published on 15/09/2013

    » Police are still investigating how a 25-year-old British tourist, Stephen Paul Truscott, came to end up on the concrete road after apparently falling from an upper-floor window of a nightclub in Walking Street. He had various broken bones, including a badly damaged hip, and was rushed to Memorial Hospital. It is assumed at present that Truscott fell accidentally after a heavy drinking bout.

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