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Business & Economy / Re: 11 ‘Forbidden’ Careers Opened to Foreigners
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 11:48:56 PM »
But don't touch the money ::)

11 ‘Forbidden’ Careers Opened to Foreigners

Nearly a dozen previously off-limits jobs were opened to foreign nationals Thursday, while a request retail service jobs be included was denied.

A day after shop owners demanded the Labor Ministry decriminalize the hiring of foreign staff, it announced the rules would be relaxed to allow expats to do jobs including masonry, carpentry and shoemaking.

In July, all foreigners will be able to work eight areas including unskilled agricultural or fisheries jobs; masonry and carpentry. They can also make bedding, knives, shoes, hats, dresses, pottery and ceramics, according to Labor Minister Adul Saengsingkaew. However, they may not own such businesses and must comply with other conditions. Foreigners can work as laborers without condition.

Citizens from all ASEAN member states will also be allowed to provide certain accounting and civil engineering services and construction-related architectural work that does not require specialized expertise.

The list of jobs did not include retail as Thai employers had called for Wednesday. But the top ministry official suggested there may be a loophole by which they could pass as laborers: Don’t let them touch any money.

“They cannot handle money or give customers change,” Adul said Thursday. “They can just aid customers’ convenience by fetching items and arranging items.”

Vendors who yesterday protested at the ministry to call for Burmese, Cambodian and Laotians to be able to work in retail were left puzzled by his comments.

“If you ask me, I’m not satisfied with this. What he said is still unclear, legal-wise. He said it’s a forbidden career, but they can do it if there’s an employer there,” Korpong Tan’suwan, a vendor who led the retailers to deliver Wednesday’s petition. “He promised he would listen to our demands, but we have no way of knowing if they did, or how long they thought about it.”

He expressed disbelief at the notion authorities might police the specific tasks an employee engages in, including what they touch or don’t touch.

Adul added that beauty and nail salons, another career that labor-hungry owners have lobbied for, would remain forbidden to non-Thais. Masseuses also cannot be foreigners.

“We’ve studied this a lot, keeping in mind Thai job opportunity needs,” Adul said.
Korat News / Eight injured in Korat van accident
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 04:19:32 PM »
Eight injured in Korat van accident

A chartered van fell into a roadside ditch in Nakhon Ratchasima's Non Daeng district early Thursday, injuring the driver and seven passengers, police said.

Police said the accident happened at 1.40am on the Mittraparp road in Ban None Tathen village in Tambon Don Yao Yai, Non Daeng district.
Six of the injured were sent to the Sida district hospital and two others to None Daeng hospital.

The van driver, Panupong Chansida, 35, told police that his van had been chartered to collect seven passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport and take them to their homes in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Bua Yai district

He said he lost control of the van as he tried to avoid a large hole on the road, causing it to fall into the ditch and flip over.
Energy & Environment / longest afternoon of the year
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 04:12:22 PM »
Thailand's longest afternoon of the year today

The summer solstice today (June 21) will result in the longest afternoon of the year in the northern hemisphere. Meanwhile, a halo appeared around the sun in Chiang Mai for close to an hour yesterday causing much excitement.

Chiang Mai locals rushed to take pictures of the phenomenon yesterday after a halo around the sun was seen from the parking lot of Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Center. Many took the opportunity to make wishes. The halo effect took place between 10:45AM and 11:30AM.

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) explained that the halo was created by cold air in the lowest strata of the earth's atmosphere causing dew to freeze and fracture daylight shining downwards. The phenomenon is similar to a rainbow after a rain shower.

At this time of year, the period of daylight lasts longer in the northern hemisphere. The sun rose today at 5:51AM and is estimated to set at 6:47PM, totaling 12 hours and 56 minutes in Bangkok, meaning the longest day of the year
Isaan News / Re: The Isaan Predator - Video
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 03:49:47 PM »
here he is WOW!  ::)

Predator Prowls Rural Thailand
General Discussions / Re: sadvertising
« Last post by nan on Yesterday at 10:56:15 AM »
rising wigs

Funniest ad ever: flying wig!
Alexa Turned Evil

My Alexa Turned Evil.
Animals & Wildlife / 2 Cat Snack Proves Too Much For Bangkok Python
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 12:26:19 AM »
not for the squeamish -

Thai Python Swallows and Vomits TWO Pet Cats
General Discussions / Re: Vacancy - Entertainment Specialist
« Last post by nan on June 20, 2018, 05:38:39 PM »
Isaan News / Re: Girl, 5, dies in locked - the eighth such fatality since 2012
« Last post by thaiga on June 20, 2018, 04:04:09 PM »
Since this has happened now eight times since 2012, the old fashion school register might just do the trick, call the names out, no reply, where are they. i hope you have gone to a better world. R.I.P.

Khon Kaen rallies around family of girl who died in locked pickup

Khon Kaen Governor Somsak Jangtrakul has offered aid and grief counselling to the family of five-year-old Kabinta “Nong Yam” Kehphuang, who died on Monday after being inadvertently left inside a locked pickup truck in sweltering heat for eight hours.

Somsak said the Tambon Huai Moung Administrative Organisation, which supervises the school in Phupha Man district that Kabinta attended and outside of which she died, had offered to sponsor four days of funeral rites and the cremation.

Representatives of the Khon Kaen Social Development and Human Security Office visited the family and gave them Bt2,000 in initial assistance.

More financial aid is forthcoming, including Bt20,000 from the Department of Older Persons, since Kabinta lived with her 70-year-old grandmother, Phetch Noikaew.

The district office has also appealed for public donations for the family.

The girl’s death – the eighth such fatality since 2012 – prompted her teacher, Phichitra Sudtana, 32, to seek treatment for shock at Khon Kaen Rajanagarindra Psychiatric Hospital.

Phichitra was charged with recklessness resulting in another person’s death and released on bail. Her failure to realise that Kabinta had been left in the pickup truck is being blamed in part on school understaffing.

Governor Somsak ordered administrative organisations in 26 districts to ensure there were more than 1,000 teachers or staff members at their 396 kindergartens, and that they were checking more frequently on the 19,000 pupils registered.

The order extends to some 1,000 schools elsewhere in the province.

Somsak said school directors would soon be assembled to discuss further measures, possibly including the introduction of bar-coded student ID cards that would track their arrival at and departure from school and notice any missing pupils.
Korat News / Ten passengers injured in Korat bus accident
« Last post by Johnnie F. on June 20, 2018, 04:01:21 PM »

Ten passengers were injured when a Bangkok-Nong Khai bus ran off the road in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Sida district early on Wednesday.

Police said the accident happened at 2.05am on the Mittraparp road.

Ten passengers, who were slightly injured by the impact, were sent for treatment at the Sida district hospital.

The bus was transporting 30 passengers from Bangkok’s Morchit Terminal to Nong Khai.

The bus driver, Thongsak Chaikuad, 33, claimed that a truck suddenly changed lane to block his way, so he swerved to the left to avoid hitting it, causing the bus to run off the road.

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