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    Oil spill threatens local beaches

    Published on 06/08/2013

    » Eastern Seaboard beaches are under threat from an oil spill stemming from a pipe leak in an offshore platform near Rayong. Using ships and helicopters, the Thai Navy and several agencies are working around the clock to contain the spread of the crude oil. The leak itself has been blocked, but not before more than 70 tons of oil had spilled into the Gulf of Thailand over an area of about 1.5 nautical miles. The primary objective of workers now is preventing the oil slick from reaching beaches, thereby threatening tourism and wild life. The offshore platform is operated by PTT Global Chemical, a subsidiary of national petroleum company PTT. Prasert Bunsumpun, company chairman, acknowledged that a crude transport pipe had begun leaking at a single-point mooring in Rayong Province. Barriers have been placed around the spill and an oil skimmer is collecting surface oil as quickly as possible, before the oil slick created an environmental catastrophe.

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    Sexual violation a dire problem

    Published on 06/08/2013

    » <p>Deputy mayor Weerawut Kharkai hosted a conference on sexual abuse and human trafficking with guest speakers from the Ministry of Justice. Speakers at Pattaya School Number 7 explained that many Thai boys and girls are naïve and easily tricked into sexual exploitation and disgrace which is a problem for all society. Attorney-at-law Kreangsak Sintaveepermpoon said that an increasing number of girls under the age of consent are becoming pregnant and seeking abortions. Both boys and girls are being led into selling drugs, offering prostitution and recording obscene video clips which can end up on the internet. The attorney concluded that a massive education program was urgently needed in local schools to offset the tide of scandal and cynicism.</p>

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