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Business & Economy / Future Park reveals progress on ‘Future City’
« Last post by Newsy on September 19, 2018, 11:16:59 AM »
Future Park Rangsit Oct 1, 2016  one of Asia's biggest shopping malls



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Future Park reveals progress on ‘Future City’



Future Park recently revealed its progress on Future City together with its long-term marketing plans for the fourth quarter.

Ratana Anantanupong, marketing director of Rangsit Plaza Co Ltd, explained that the Future City would cover 650 rai (104 hectares) and become a “Centre of Premium Lifestyle and Activity in northern Bangkok”.

The project includes a furniture mall, home decor centre, sports complex, a branch of Paolo Hospital and hotels. The Bt100-billion project is open for investment.

So far, a sports hub has been completed. It covers 20 rai and comprises a football-futsal field, badminton court and badminton academy, a clubhouse and restaurants as well as parking space for up to 300 cars.

The “city” would be perfect for tourists and businesspeople heading for the North or Southeast of Thailand. As Rangsit is close to Don Mueang Airport, Future Park is also planning to build two hotels, one of which will be a four-star property covering an area of 9 rai.

The four-star hotel will be 11 storeys tall, have 227 rooms, meeting and seminar rooms, swimming pool and 151 parking lots; while the economy two-star version will be 7 storeys high, have 79 rooms and parking for 35 vehicles. Both hotels are due to open at the end of 2020.

As for the other aspects of Future City, the company is currently in negotiations with several business allies.
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Scams & Crime / Irish man robbed valuable items and cash worth almost 100,000 baht
« Last post by Newsy on September 19, 2018, 11:08:34 AM »
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Pattaya hotel theft suspect caught
A man posing as a hotel guest has been arrested for stealing valuable items and cash worth almost 100,000 baht from a room of an Irish tourist in Pattaya.

Yothin, 36, was apprehended on Pattaya Walking Street in South Pattaya on theft charges and taken to Pattaya city police station on Tuesday.

Seized from him were an iPad tablet and a Samsung mobile phone he stole from a hotel room in Pattaya.

The arrest came after William, 70, of Ireland, filed a complaint with Pattaya police that some belongings in his hotel room in Jomtien area had been stolen on Friday, said Pol Col Apichai Krobphet, chief of Pattaya police.

According to the tourist, he was sleeping inside the room on that day and later woke up to see his room was ransacked. A tablet, mobile phone, and cash in foreign currencies worth almost 100,000 were missing.

Police found clues about the thief from the hotel's closed-circuit television camera footage. He was later caught on Tuesday.

A police investigation found that the suspect had pretended to be a customer at the hotel. At night, he would walk around to see which rooms were left unlocked. After he found an unlocked room, he would enter to steal cash and other valuable items.

A criminal record showed Mr Yothin had been arrested on a motorcycle theft case in Chokchai area, Bangkok, in 2009 and having illicit drugs in his possession in Pattaya in 2012.

Mr Yothin claimed he sold the stolen items for cash to finance his drug habit. He was held in police custody on theft and drug charges.
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Money & Banking / Banking coming next month to every 7-eleven
« Last post by Newsy on September 19, 2018, 10:41:01 AM »
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Banking coming next month to every 7-eleven

Twenty-million bank customers will be able to make basic transactions at all 7-Eleven stores when a pilot banking program launches next month.

Government Savings Bank customers will be the first able to deposit and withdraw funds at more than 13,000 convenience stores across country starting Oct. 31, the bank announced Tuesday.

Bank president Chatchai Payuhanaveechai said customers will use the bank’s mobile application to authorize transactions that could then be fulfilled at the counter. Deposits of up to 30,000 baht will be possible around the clock, while withdrawals of up to 5,000 baht per transaction or 20,000 baht per day will be limited to 8am to 10pm.

There is no minimum amount per transaction. The service will likely be expanded to other banks in the future.

Customers will pay a 15 baht fee for every transaction, which will be offered as part of 7-Eleven’s Counter Service. There will be no fees for the first year for customers aged 7 to 20.

The launch of convenience-store banking was seen earlier this year as a way for commercial banks to scale down spending on branches and personnel. Chatchai said his customers shouldn’t fear that their neighborhood branch is going to close anytime soon.

“The bank won’t close branches but we also won’t open new ones,” he said. “Collaborating with 7-Eleven on our banking services will make it more convenient for our customers in the countryside.”

According to Chatchai, there are about 6,000 branches of 7-Eleven outside the capital. That’s about six times the bank’s 1,070 branches serving its 20 million customers nationwide.

Korsak Chairasmisak, president of 7-Eleven owner CP All, said the company has been preparing the service as banks are shutting down more branches.

The Bank of Thailand changed its regulations to allow convenience stores to offer banking services as a number of banks continue to downsize.

Chatchai said he hopes the initiative will attract 10 million more customers to his bank in the next two years.
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TRACES OF toxic chemicals have been found in the blood of five out of every 100 farmers in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Bua Yai district, if results from tests across 132 villages are used as an indicator.

The Bua Yai district’s public-health office arranged blood tests yesterday after learning that local farmers had been using pesticides heavily recently.

“There are many contamination cases,” the district’s public-health office chief Pongpipat Chumseeda said.

Hence, he said, farmers should protect themselves by properly following instructions on the packages and wearing protective gear.

 He also advised people to wash vegetables several times, and eat detoxifying herbs such as laurel clockvine.

Several farmers have visited Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital since late last month, seeking treatment for exposure to farm chemicals.

A 50-year-old patient from Bua Lai district had to have his fingers amputated to prevent necrotising fasciitis (a flesh-eating disease) from spreading.

In another case, doctors found severe blood poisoning in a 68-year-old farmer from Chok Chai district. “I developed several health problems since I started using chemicals in my farm five years ago,” the farmer said.

“They should also get rid of packages properly after using the chemicals,” he added.



He also advised people to wash vegetables several times, and eat detoxifying herbs such as laurel clockvine.

Several farmers have visited Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital since late last month, seeking treatment for exposure to farm chemicals.

A 50-year-old patient from Bua Lai district had to have his fingers amputated to prevent necrotising fasciitis (a flesh-eating disease) from spreading.

In another case, doctors found severe blood poisoning in a 68-year-old farmer from Chok Chai district. “I developed several health problems since I started using chemicals in my farm five years ago,” the farmer said.


A patient displays wounds on both legs that are the result of exposure to toxic farm chemicals.

 The dangers posed by farm chemicals began making the headlines after the Public Health Ministry recommended a ban on some widely used farm chemicals such as paraquat in 2017. Many recent studies have suggested that these farm chemicals are a threat to the environment and people’s health.

Last month, researchers from Naresuan University found high concentrations of four herbicides in soil, vegetables and even the tap water in Nong Bua Lamphu province.

The Nation
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Transport & Traffic / Re: Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train
« Last post by surbition on September 18, 2018, 10:42:24 PM »
have you had a yellow card, how can you be banned, making a post, none of mine i know, just interested.
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General Discussions / Re: Finding a Wife or Girlfriend - Sunday’s Seven’s top 10 tips
« Last post by surbition on September 18, 2018, 10:40:52 PM »
some of the original post is true, how awful and spiteful some expats can be, reading the news on a forum, i read that the famous Richard Gere was to become a dad at the age of 69, the first comment made below it said

(how nice when the kid grows up he will be able to push him about in his wheelchair) do we realy need people like that, why i ask myself, i can only think
the person is so unhappy, i almost feel sorry for him.
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Thailand News / Re: Buddhist amulets worn by 70 per cent of Thais, survey finds
« Last post by surbition on September 18, 2018, 10:38:17 PM »
how interesting, our religion was chosen for us when we were born. we lived with it, without realy thinking about it. when i was a kid we were made to go to church and sunday school, it was just a thing you did, no thought was given. there was an irish family living close by to us, catholics, i talked my mum into letting me go to midnight mass at christmas eve, the fun of it coming home in the early hours of the morning. missed most of the fun on christmas day, trying to keep my eyes open. i do think about my childhood at christmas and miss what was then excitement.
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Thailand News / Re: The Mysterious Faith of Buddhism
« Last post by thaiga on September 18, 2018, 05:34:11 PM »
The Mysterious Faith of Buddhism



Facinating is the mystery and vitality of spiritual life, you can feel the power in every form. certainly opens to doubt and questioning for spiritual life and beyond. since my time here i have adapted into a two faiths, although being a christian, i follow and believe some of the rules of buddhism, is that allowed, of course it is, up to you, as they say. more and more people are finding that they can be genuinely nourished by more than one religious tradition.

Not so long ago most people took their religion for granted. You were born into a religion, you lived in it, and you died in it. no so now. some people yearn for something a little different, more than a life of materialism, looking for something that gives deeper meaning and happiness.  those who think of themselves as spiritual but not really religious can find a lot in Buddhism to help them understand where they are going, like a personal path.

did i just say that ;)
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Tourism & Travel / Wat Pho voted 3rd best tourist destination in Asia
« Last post by thaiga on September 18, 2018, 05:24:37 PM »
Temple of Reclining Buddha



Wat Pho voted 3rd best tourist destination in Asia

Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn Temple or Wat Pho has been voted by Tripdadvisor.com the world’s 17th most popular tourist attraction and third in Asia.

Wat Pho has gone from the 24th most popular tourist site in the world last year to number 17 this year, according to a recent online survey by Tripadvirsor.com. The temple, the 3rd most popular place in Asia after Preah Vihear and Taj Mahal, is even more popular than the Great Wall of China.

Around 10,000 tourists visit Wat Pho on a daily basis to see the reclining Buddha statue. Many of the tourists are from China, South Korea, France, Germany, England, the United States, India and Russia.

A celebration will be held at Wat Pho from November 2nd to 11th to mark the temple’s 230-year anniversary.

thainews.prd.go.th
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Transport & Traffic / Re: Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train
« Last post by nan on September 18, 2018, 02:30:49 PM »
please mr.tum try to stay on track...we don't want you going off the rails...whatever your views are
take care back soon another 2 days my weeks ban ends   :cheers
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