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Armed driver in road-rage incident at govt complex

A hot-headed motorist pulled a gun and pointed it angrily at a following vehicle during an unexplained road-rage incident inside the grounds of the government complex on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok's Laksi district.

Video here

Senior NACC official named as road-rage gun-pointer

The man who pointed a gun at another motorist at the government complex on Chaeng Watthana Road has been identified as a high-level official of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) after a video clip of the incident went viral on social media.

Media reports quoted NACC secretary-general Worawit Sookboon as saying the road-rage driver was assistant secretary-general, and he had ordered   to make a report on the incident immediately.

Mr Worawit said he had watched the video, in which the driver of a black Honda Accord car drew a pistol and pointed it angrily at the driver of the car behind him in the grounds of the government centre in Bangkok's Laksi district.

Pol Col Parinya Lueang-uthai, chief of Thung Song Hong station, was quoted as saying the owner of the Honda car lived in Thanyaburi district of Pathum Thani and police would bring him in for interrogation.

If it was a fake gun, he would be charged with intimidating another person. If it was a real gun, he would face firearms-related charges, Pol Col Parinya said.

A video of the incident was posted on a Facebook page titled hia khab rod (water lizard driving a car) on Monday. Voices were muted in the dashboard camera clip, which was dated last Wednesday afternoon.

Subtitles on the clip explain the vehicle with the dashcam travelled along Chaeng Watthana Road from Prapa Canal and turned right into the government complex.

The black Honda car followed as they entered the complex grounds. As the dashcam driver slowed down in the face of oncoming traffic, the driver travelling behind suddenly hooted the horn and overtook, travelling fast in the left lane.

After being followed by the dashcam car, the driver of the black Honda car is seen stopping, getting out, gesturing angrily and pointing a pistol at the following vehicle. A woman passenger also gets out and glares, pacing back and forth.

When two security guards quickly show up, the armed man is hustled back into his car by the woman, who also gets back in before the clip ends.
General Discussions / Re: What does make an expat depressed
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 05:18:41 PM »
Part of the reason expats are more susceptible to mental health issues is the absence of the family and friends network they relied on for support back home

Yes nan agreed, so more the reason to learn to look after and fend for yourself, as some so called friends, you might fall over if you happen to lean on them. you know the chances you take when you decide to make thailand your home, you know your going to be alone, even in the understanding department, Err! what did he say, no good turning around and asking someone, you won't get understood. your on your own son, as they say. you have to learn to look after yourself, no.1.

if you have some money and your worried, don't bring all, just in case, something to fall back on. if you cant and you don't have much money and your relying on luck, if either runs out thats when the depression could set in, if you come here on a wing and a prayer and things go wrong in the partner department. its not nice and easier said than done, but its possible to start again, rather than go back home and sit unhappy there.

as some of the expats reading this post could tell you, no good running back, its possible to move on in los, new home, new wife. different enviroment can be the medicine of life. if your pocket stretches that far, you can manage on very little if you realy need to and with very little money at least you will know your loved by your new partner. after all we are all hansum men.

on saying that it would crucify some including myself, must be hard to start all over again, take my hat off to the guys that never run back.
so be nice to the wife ;)
Armed driver in road-rage incident at govt complex

A hot-headed motorist pulled a gun and pointed it angrily at a following vehicle during an unexplained road-rage incident inside the grounds of the government complex on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok's Laksi district.

Video here

General Discussions / Re: What does make an expat depressed
« Last post by nan on Today at 03:03:42 PM »
I feel sure that there are more happy expats than sad, but it is not at all nice if you are depressed, we all have our ups and downs, found an article that might explain a few things by

Depression is the number one mental health issue faced by expats

In a survey on mental health issues faced by expatriates, depression turned out to be most prevalent condition (with a 50% increase between 2014-16), followed by anxiety (28% prevalence increase).

Aetna International’s report on 5,000 members, Expatriate mental health: Breaking the silence and ending the stigma, also found that globally, women between the ages of 30-49 are the most likely to seek treatment for a mental health concern.

The research focused on expats, given that just 6% of expats have been found to be concerned about mental health issues before relocating. ” Dr. Mitesh Patel, medical director, Aetna International, explained: “Part of the reason expats are more susceptible to mental health issues is the absence of the family and friends network they relied on for support back home.”

He added: “By comparison, more than a quarter (of expats) were concerned about heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. In addition, we found among the people surveyed, that expats on assignment expressed a reduced need or desire to take action prior to arrival.”

According to data between 2014-2016, mental health claims increased the most in Europe (33%), followed by the Middle East and Africa (28%), and the Americas (26%) not far behind. Southeast Asia saw the least increase in mental health claims during this period at 19%.
Thailand News / Sad stories ... The story of the boy’s escape
« Last post by nan on Today at 02:49:18 PM »
Oh! dear all sad stories in the news, what with the old lady thrown out the bus with two young children, stranded on the pavement after midnight, then theres the expat depression thread, omg. hard to raise a smile let alone be happy, here's another sad story to add to the misery around, no good hiding it as we should all know what is happening around us.

A young boy who allegedly had regular beatings from his stepmother gets on his bike, cycles 42 kilometre to Victory Monument, took him 3 hours, there he phones his mum to collect him, but she hasn't got enough money, so ...

Boy gets on bike to flee beatings, is reunited with mum

NO ONE KNEW what a 14-year-old boy had in mind when he decided to ride a bicycle from the house where he lived with his father in Pathum Thani province on Saturday.

One thing was for sure, however – he could no longer tolerate alleged repeated assaults by his stepmother.

The boy, whose name has been withheld, was well aware that his mother, Naruekamonwan lives in Rayong province after separating from his father, a Navy official.

He got on his bike with his first goal being Victory Monument, about 42 kilometre away, because his mother had told him that it was a public mini-van hubs for trips to Rayong. He had earlier called his mother to collect him from Pathum Thani but she had said she had no money.

The boy spent about three hours getting to the Bangkok landmark, from where he called his mother and again asked for her to fetch him. At that point his mother remembered one of her neighbours drove a taxi in Bangkok, so she asked him to give her son a ride to Rayong … and luckily he was available and agreed.

 When she met her son on Saturday, she burst into tears. It was not only because she had finally been reunited with him, however – but because of the visible scars, bruises and wounds that covered his body.

“I didn’t believe my eyes when I saw the scars and traces of the assaults on the body of my son, who is only 14 years of age,” said Naruekamonwan.

The story of the boy’s escape came to light after his mother posted it on her Facebook page, asking readers to help bring her son to her. The shocking story provoked an outpouring of sympathy for what the boy had endured, with several hundred people sharing the post.

The boy told his mother that throughout the seven years he had lived with his father, he had been repeatedly assaulted by his stepmother by whatever means she could think of.

A social worker at Rayong’s Children and Family shelter, who visited the boy at his mother’s house on Sunday, said she was stunned by the wounds he had suffered.

“There are old and new wounds on the body. Some are so fresh the blood is still bleeding,” the social worker said.

The boy said his stepmother punished him by many ways for no reason. The assaults included pressing a hot iron on his arms, hitting his head with hard objects and twisting his lips with pliers.

He lost a piece of his lips from the assaults and sometimes he even passed out after the stepmother strangled him.

From what the boy told his mother, it appears that when the stepmother tortured him, his father and paternal grandparents refused to intervene to help him.

The boy used to telephone his mother, begging her to pick him up but the mother could not, saying she had no money.

 On the day he decided to leave the house, his stepmother hit him several times with the edge of a steel ruler until he bled. Then she forced him to clean the house.

The boy was not the only one assaulted by the stepmother, the mother said – his sister had also fled the home to live with his birth mother after enduring the beatings for three years.

Yesterday the boy and his mother went to Pathum Thani’s Klong Luang district to file a police complaint about the alleged assaults.

Police spent about four hours talking to the boy in the presence of children’s welfare officials. Pol Major Boonsing Suthi of Klong Luang police said officers would talk to the boy again in the presence of the public prosecutor, possibly as early as this week.

Police will have the boy examined at a Rayong hospital, Boonsing said. A social welfare volunteer visited the house in Klong Luang district but found the building locked. Neighbours said they did not know much about the family that lived in it.

The public is being urged to call a hotline 1300 if they witness any acts of violence.
General Discussions / Re: What does make an expat depressed
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 11:44:23 AM »
could there be more guys are depressed in their own country than here in Thailand

Love and sex, every couple is different, every love story is different, but there are remarkable similar patterns. with different cultures so far apart, so foreigners engaging in love and sex in Thailand might get it wrong, there is enough reason for the macho man to get depressed. he might of got a bit lost with what he's use to. we all hear of bad stories, but don't hear so much of the success stories. just depression, doom & gloom, she took all my money, her brother turned out to be her other man.

when you first get here in thailand you can't wait to get home to tell your friends what a great time you had, how many you got in the sack, how cheap it was, compared to the cold girls in your own country it was heaven. thats known as the first phrase, where you are still growing up in thailand.

i should think there is more guys depressed in their own country than there is here, esecially if you have already experienced the delights of thailand and are now back home, living out the memories of the good times you had. more depression sets in if you had some paid sex, you will feel the emptiness right after the dirty deed, so will your nuts, maybe M.T.Sac can tell us more if he can break away from football and the mens company. lol.

so after your bit of hows your father, is over, a sense of emptiness even loneliness steps in, as the pretty girl says good bye hansum man, Arr! never mind, of course you knew you only bought the time.

having sex and loving as long as the sex lasts, is just that, but loving someone then indulging in the lovemaking is so much different, you want to and can give more pleasure to your partner than you could imagine.

oops! more depression, did she realy orgasm or did she fake it to make me feel good, you'll never know, funny ole game init ;)
Educators worry teaching system in Thailand ‘breaking down’

 Preoccupation with other factors is affecting quality say experts.

Teacher educators are re-examining their role in response to what they see as universities becoming increasingly focused on “money matters” rather than nurturing the best potential teachers.

“We are not in a position to seriously screen new students anymore. Frankly speaking, we recruit every applicant these days,” a lecturer at one of the Rajabhat universities said at the First Thai Teacher Education Forum on October 10.

“Forget about the idea of recruiting only those with the talent and determination to serve well as teachers.”

 Another participant at the forum, who works for the Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University, said state-run institutes of higher education are now keen to accept as many students as possible because the number of students is a key factor in budget allocation.

“Even if our current capacities can handle just 60 students, we recruit all 90 applicants because additional resources will come our way later. But such decisions undeniably affect the quality of educational services,” he said.

A lecturer from another Rajabhat university also disclosed that his institute had even accepted students who applied for a seat one month after their preferred programme had started.

Some participants at the forum requested anonymity from media to avoid any negative effects from their comments.

Assistant Professor Athapol Anunthavorasakul from Chulalongkorn University said that based on what he learned at meetings of the Teachers Council of Thailand, he believes the country lacks a solid database to categorise teachers based on their academic fields, as well as their numbers |and the shortage of teachers in each field.

A participant at the forum said he had majored in teaching English to secondary students but was once told to take a job at a primary school.

Athapol noted it was widely believed that the quality of teachers would determine the quality of students.

“So, what about the quality of institutes producing teachers?” he asked.

According to him, Thailand has long relied on foreign concepts and systems in preparing its teacher education.

In the beginning, Thailand’s teacher education was modelled after Britain’s. Decades later, it took after the United States’ system.

“Then in the past decade, we have talked about the Finland model,” Athapol pointed out.

He said a study by Finnish researchers found Thailand’s teacher-training institutes had not conducted research directly addressing teacher development, classroom development and the relevance of teachers in the context of the country or the world.

Professor Hannele Niemi, a research director at the Helsinki University’s Faculty of Educational Sciences, also joined the forum to highlight what institutes that train Thailand’s trainers should do.

Her team has studied the faculties of education at three Thai universities – Chulalongkorn, Silpakorn and Kasetsart.

Athapol said the points raised by the Finnish research team reflected what has happened in Thailand’s teacher education circles.

“Without research on Thai educators, I cannot see what my proper role as an educator is. I think I am more like a mentor or a lecturer for my students,” he said.

He said teacher-training institutes were also prone to just follow whatever relevant rules the authorities had decreed.

“We are like foremen. We have not played a role in designing the rules or criteria in teacher production,” he pointed out.

He now saw that reality as presenting a big challenge to making big changes for the better.

“Teacher-training institutes have been isolated for so long. We have not had any real voice to say what the country should do if they want to reform the country’s educational sector,” Athapol said.

Chatree Faikhamt from Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Education said it was high time that teacher-training institutes reconsidered their role and clearly defined their missions.

“Check what we can do. And before we make our voices heard, we need to ensure that we have a base of solid knowledge in order to speak up,” he said.

Kwansuang Atibodh, a former lecturer at Chulalongkorn University and now a keen observer of Thai education, encouraged lecturers at teacher-producing institutes to speak up.

“Do not focus on just producing teachers and doing what others tell you to do. Find a turning point so that you can help usher Thailand in the right direction,” he said.
War on Drugs / Blockbuster drug haul worth over B2bn in Chiang Rai
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 10:53:39 AM »
Blockbuster drug haul worth over B2bn in Chiang Rai

Packs of illicit drugs seized in recent police operations are displayed at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau headquarters in Bangkok during a media conference on Monday. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)

More than 20 million speed pills and 100kg of crystal methamphetamine -- worth over 2 billion baht -- have been seized and three alleged traffickers arrested in two major police operations in Chiang Rai province.

Part of the massive illicit drug haul seized between Oct 13 and 14 was displayed during a media briefing at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau headquarters in Bangkok on Monday.

In the first raid, narcotics suppression police seized 12,200,000 methamphetamine pills, 100kg of crystal methamphetamine and three pickup trucks in Chiang Khong district on Oct 13, said Pol Gen Chalermkiart Srivorakhan, deputy national police chief. Three men were arrested.

The gargantuan drug bust followed a tip that a drug trafficking gang would smuggle a large quantity of illicit drugs from Phaya Mengrai district to central Chiang Rai. Police teams were dispatched to keep watch along possible smuggling routes.

They were apprehended at kilometre markers 1-2 on Thesaban Road in tambon Wiang of Chiang Khong district on Oct 13, while Mr A was detained in tambon Sathan of the same district.

Thirty fertiliser sacks -- each containing 400,000 speed pills -- along with two sacks filled with a total of 100kg of crystal methamphetamine were seized from one of their three pickup trucks, said Pol Gen Chalermkiart

In another operation, a team of officers from the Provincial Police Region 5 seized 10 million speed pills abandoned in Mae Lao district of this northern border province by a drug gang following a police chase on Sunday.

Police manning a checkpoint on Thoeng-Chang Rai Road spotted a pickup truck travelling along the route at around 1am on Sunday. They signalled the vehicle to stop for a search, but the driver sped off. Officers gave chase, but the driver managed to escape.

At around 8am the same morning, police were notified by local residents that several fertiliser sacks were lying along the roadside in Ban Rongsala village of Mae Sao district. On arriving at the scene, officers discovered 10 million speed pills inside the sacks.

During the media conference, police also announced four other drug busts involving 1,800kg of marijuana, 7.9kg of cocaine, five weapons and other items seized from suspects.
Gov directs problem-solving for agriculturists’ debts

The government is directing a problem-solving approach to agriculturists’ debts in keeping with the consensus of the cabinet.

The consensus recently approved guidelines in solving the problem of the debts of agriculturists who are members of the Sustainable Farmers’ Reconstruction and Development Fund.

As regards farmers who have taken out loans from the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, the bank will reconstruct the debts for more than 35 thousand farmers who are members of the Sustainable Farmers’ Reconstruction and Development Fund.

These are borrowers who have failed to pay their debts since 31st December 2017 with a debt not exceeding 2.5 million baht each. They will be allowed payment suspension for half of the principal and the whole interest.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives recently created a plan to develop careers for farmers within a budget of 20 million baht. This involves career support and agricultural product purchase planning. The project is intended to improve incomes for farmers so that they can pay their debt to the banks by the deadline and have sustainable incomes from their farm work.

As regards farmers in debt to other banks, the ministry is to discuss with the farmers and the banks ways to help them in a manner similar to the case of BAAC debtors. The rationale is to be collected and presented to the cabinet to consider in order to help every farmer equally.
General Discussions / Re: Social media pics - stranded
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 10:32:11 AM »
Bus driver faces probe for 'deserting passengers'

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