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Half as serious and less / Re: Anyone seen my little willy
« Last post by thaiga on January 20, 2018, 06:52:03 PM »
nice curtains ;)
Man held for cheating job-seekers online

A young man is in custody after job-seekers were duped into paying brokerage fees online in exchange for well-paid jobs as fruit pickers in South Korea.

Ten people in Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen and Chaiyaphum paid brokerage fees totalling 212,000 baht in hopes of obtaining the jobs, which never materialised, said Pol Lt Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapat, commander of Provincial Police Region 3.

Police said that Kongphop Pongkamla, 20, of Hua Hin, had used a Facebook page to lure his victims. After the payments were made, he vanished, they said.

The suspect was caught at a relative’s house in Bangkok and later taken to Nakhon Ratchasima, where a warrant had been approved for his arrest.

Senior police officers and labour officials met with some of the victims on Saturday and explained the legal proceedings they intended to carry out.
Meanwhile in the USA / U.S. government shuts down
« Last post by thaiga on January 20, 2018, 06:25:18 PM »
Have we been here before

U.S. Government Shutdown May Be Down to the Wire
Half as serious and less / Missing Koratfart member last seen with 1,000 females
« Last post by thaiga on January 20, 2018, 06:13:01 PM »
It has been brought to my attention that a Korarfart member was seen in a room surrounded by no less than err! 1,000 women  :o  the room was on the third floor of the mall. I'm sure that is a sports hall or something like that, is it a coincidence that one of our regular member/poster on this forum has gone missing at the same time.

What was going on there, perhaps he'll come forward and explain, what was he doing with all these women. ;D
Half as serious and less / Re: Anyone seen my little willy
« Last post by jivvy on January 20, 2018, 02:36:54 PM »
Jivvy the thread is called My little willy not death by willy

Enough to make your eyes water, lol  :lol
Half as serious and less / Re: All Things Christmas
« Last post by thaiga on January 20, 2018, 12:11:32 PM »

Christmas songs from Thailand
Official Stuff & Laws / New four year visa - the Smart Visa if your smart that is
« Last post by thaiga on January 20, 2018, 12:31:24 AM »
Well at least they're going in the right direction

Smart Visa applications accepted after February 1

Starting February 1, eligible foreigners can apply for a new, four-year visa called the Smart Visa. The visa, itself, isn’t ‘smart’ or magically electronic but you’ll probably need to be smart to apply for it. Initially the digital nomads hoped it might help their lifestyle and allow them an easier way to remain in Thailand. The details don’t really support the new visa’s use for digital nomads.

The Smart Visa program will allow high-earning expats to hold a visa without needing to report to immigration every 90 days. The program received full endorsement and approval from the cabinetthis week. The idea behind the Smart Visa is “to increase knowledge transfer and skill development in desirable fields such as technology and medicine”.

Foreigners who meet the new visa’s requirements will be able to apply for them at Thai embassies in their home country. Alternatively, they’ll be able to apply at the One-Stop Service Centre for Visas and Work Permits in Bangkok.

Smart Visa holders must earn over 200,000 baht per month in specialised fields…

• automotive
• electronics
• medical tourism
• agritech (agricultural technology)
• food technology
• robotics
• aviation
• biochem
• digital technology
• medical services.

Smart Visa holders will only have to check in once a year rather than every 90 days. Smart Visas will be able to be extended for a full four years rather than a single year at a time. Applications will be received after February 1.
Health Care / Re: Risks grow for ageing population
« Last post by thaiga on January 19, 2018, 01:58:04 PM »
While the well known rich on the wanted list in thailand flit from country to country in their private jets, staying at lavish accommodation, living the well off life and evading justice, their poor elders country fellow folk, left without money and means of support, struggling to survive the every day life, on a pittance and hand outs, in Bangkok alone reports on there only being two homes for the elderly which are chock a block. waiting for vacancies which only come up when someone dies.. SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! on the run away cowards. let karma be served, according to the media it could get worse as the elderly numbers are rising. An increase of money for help was rejected.

Homes for the elderly 'in dire state'

Bangkok's two main state-run facilities for the elderly are in dire need of funding and staff and must be upgraded, the Bangkok city council was told yesterday.

The council was deliberating a motion filed by councillor Suthipong Wongbooppa to improve basic state-run services and facilities offered to the elderly in Bangkok.

Mr Suthipong said welfare for elderly people must be put on the national agenda to ensure enough support is provided.

He said 2016 figures from the Department Of Provincial Administration showed there were more than 900,000 elderly people nationwide.

However, only two state-run facilities are up and running which cater to the elderly in Bangkok.

They are the Din Daeng service centre for the elderly and the Ban Bang Khae II home.

The latter, now run by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) was previously under Ministry of Social Development and Human Security's control.

Mr Suthipong said the Ban Bang Khae II home has the capacity to accommodate only 144 people and has a long waiting list.

Currently, there are five people there who are bed-ridden, 35 dependent on others' help and 104 who are able to take care of themselves.

According to Mr Suthipong, the waiting list is long because vacancies only come up when someone dies. On average about eight people pass away each year.

In most cases, relatives of the deceased are not reachable, which means the facility must take care of the funerals.

The home must bear all the expenses associated with funeral rites, he added.

Mr Suthipong said the home only receives a budget of 11 million baht a year from the BMA and he has asked for more. However, his request was rejected.

The home is also run-down and medical equipment is needed help those in poor health.

Meanwhile, the Din Daeng centre, which provides short-term accommodation for the elderly, faces similar budgetary constraints.
Transport & Traffic / The bullet train - not so fast
« Last post by thaiga on January 19, 2018, 01:03:50 PM »
Thailand looks at slower bullet train to cut costs

Japan surprised by possible downgrade for Shinkansen-based project

A project to build a high-speed railway in Thailand based on Japan's shinkansen technology has taken an unexpected turn, with the Southeast Asian country considering a significant downgrade to cut costs.

Not so fast

"The 670km Thai-Japanese high-speed train project stretching from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is to have its maximum speed lowered to reduce the overall cost of the project," the English-language Bangkok Post wrote Dec. 27.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who leads the country's junta, instructed transport officials to consider reducing the top speed from 300kph to between 180kph and 200kph. The development came less than two weeks after a report by Japan calculated the project's cost at 420 billion baht ($13.1 billion), a sum Bangkok deems too high.

Thailand's response surprised Japan, which has spent three years working with Thai officials and engineers to introduce the shinkansen, an achievement that would aid Japan's desire to export the high-speed technology around the world. Reducing the train's speed could sap Japan's enthusiasm since the rail no longer would be a cutting-edge project.

A slower train likely would reduce some expenses, such as for building sound barriers, but laying 670km of new rails would cost nearly the same for either a high-speed or medium-speed line. Slower trains also would probably hurt profitability, as some potential customers may choose to fly.

From firsthand experience operating bullet trains since the 1960s, Japan knows that the likelihood of shinkansen losing customers to airplanes rises once travel exceeds three hours. Even at 300kph, the trip from Bangkok to the northern city of Chiang Mai would take nearly three and a half hours. Potential riders may choose low-cost flights if travel time on the train is lengthened.

The Thai government proposed a fare of only around 1,200 baht for riding the entire line -- less than one-third the price to travel an equivalent distance by shinkansen in Japan. This is low taking into consideration the differing living costs in the two countries.

Japan submitted a business plan and report based on this fare, but limited revenue could easily drive the project into the red. Reducing the train's speed to cut costs thus could prove a death sentence for the project.

Police in Bangkok have arrested a man who was caught on CCTV shooting a rival over a woman. info @

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