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  • NEWS

    Foreigners strain Thai hospitals

    Published on 20/08/2013

    » Yet another report, this time from 7News Corporation in Australia, is complaining that public hospitals in Thailand face increasing financial burdens as more and more Australians, mostly male and under 30, are travelling without proper insurance. One public hospital in Phuket says last year there was an accumulation of 4 million baht in unpaid debts. Public hospitals tend to become dumping grounds for sick foreigners who cannot afford to pay the high tariffs in top-notch private institutions. A similar story was reported by public hospitals in Chonburi Province last year. The government reportedly is looking at imposing compulsory insurance packages for all expats and tourists to Thailand, although the complexity of the detail is said to be stalling implementation. One obvious problem is that elderly tourists and expats may be excluded from becoming insured because of pre-existing conditions or prohibitively-expensive premiums.

  • NEWS

    Bullying goes ballistic

    Published on 20/08/2013

    » A 10-year-old student bullied a kindergarten pupil, forcing the younger girl to eat faeces and toilet cleaner at their Najomtien school. The incident arose when the three-year-old was unable or unwilling to provide the older girl with “protection money.” The father and grandmother of the abused child took her to hospital for x-rays and treatment. Parents of the 10-year-old said their daughter had not shown violent tendencies at home, but they apologized for the grisly incident. The abusing child has since been moved from the school. The Ministry of Social Development announced that the school in question had been ordered to put CCTV cameras in some classrooms and in the restrooms at the front and back of the building.

  • NEWS

    Crowd control training in Banglamung

    Published on 20/08/2013

    » <p>Banglamung police station organized a demonstration of crowd control in the event that civil disorder should break out locally. The precaution came in the wake of the imposition of emergency police powers in Bangkok&#8211;which ultimately were not needed&#8211;in the event of large-scale demonstrations against the current government.</p>

  • NEWS

    Tourist Police clean up

    Published on 20/08/2013

    » Nearly 50 locals were apprehended by Pattaya Tourist Police in a round-up of undesirable characters who are said to besmirch the image of the city. These detained included 22 transvestites ostensibly soliciting tourists for sex whilst in reality preparing to rob them, and a large number of beggars, mostly Cambodian, who are illegal aliens believed to handicap a good tourist environment.

  • NEWS

    Traffic woes on the agenda

    Published on 20/08/2013

    » <p>The area’s ever-increasing traffic jams were on the agenda at a meeting of the Social Advisory Board of the Tourism Industry at the Natural Park Resort in Pattaya.  Proposed solutions ranged from posting more and clearer road signs and increasing the level of public transportation to improving rubbish collections from public areas. The finger of blame for Pattaya traffic problems was pointed at the ever-rising popularity of Pattaya as a resort destination.</p>

  • WORLD

    All Blacks trio out of Australia Test

    AFP, Published on 20/08/2013

    » All Black pivot Aaron Cruden and his back-up Beauden Barrett have both been ruled out of Saturday's Rugby Championship clash against Australia, with lock Luke Romano also sidelined with a groin injury.

  • WORLD

    Sacked Arthur hits out at Watson and cricket 'egos'

    AFP, Published on 20/08/2013

    » Sacked Australian coach Mickey Arthur Tuesday admitted he "lost" Shane Watson, while criticising the team's young players for having "big egos" while earning "obscene amounts of money".

  • THAILAND

    Call for THAI board chairman to resign

    Online Reporters, Published on 20/08/2013

    » The labour union of Thai Airways International on Tuesday called for the resignation of the airline’s chairman of the board, Ampon Kitiampon, saying he has been appointed to numerous positions by the government which would prevent him giving his full attention to the job.

  • THAILAND

    Pattani teacher slain, school closed

    Online Reporters, Published on 20/08/2013

    » Ban Prachan school in Pattani has been closed for one week after a teacher employed there was slain in a drive-by shooting on Monday afternoon, reports said.

  • BUSINESS

    SET plunges 23.50 points at opening

    Online Reporters, Published on 20/08/2013

    » Thai stocks opened down 1.68% at the start of trade this morning.

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