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Korat News / Tasty frogs yield handsome Songkran income in Isan
« Last post by thaiga on April 10, 2018, 05:10:15 PM »
Tasty frogs yield handsome Songkran income in Isan

A man shows a bag of fresh ueng ang frogs he has just bought from a roadside stall in Pak Thong Chai district, Nakhon Ratchasima. It's a popular snack in Isan at this time of year - and very profitable for vendors. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

Summer thunderstorms have brought the annual flood of frogs known as ueng ang phu khao to many areas of the Northeast - where they end up on roadside stalls as tasty snacks for Songkran travellers.

Residents of Wang Nam Khieo and Pak Thong Chai districts are earning handsome incomes catching and selling these appetising, to many, amphibians.

Stalls selling the frogs - also known as Asian painted frogs and bubble frogs - line the side of Highway 304 in both districts, attracting motorists heading home for the Songkran holiday.

Frogs, alive and grilled, are selling like proverbial hot cakes.

Vendor Somjai Klomkasem, 42, set up her stall along the road in Pak Thong Chai district.

She said summer storms in the mountains at this time of year regularly bring droves of ueng ang phu khao - just in time for people to catch and sell them as Songkran treats.

Whole households would go out to gather them and earn an extra income.

This particular frog species is a most sought-after snack by Isan people heading home from Bangkok for the festival, she said.

She sells fresh and ready-to-eat ueng ang. Fresh frogs are priced at 250 baht a kilo. Those with eggs fetch 350 baht a kilo. Four frogs grilled on a wooden stick cost 100 baht.

There is also fermented ueng ang, which sells at 150 baht per small plastic container, Ms Somjai said.

Her family is earning 7,000-8,000 baht a day at the moment and sales will pick up. They can earn up to 20,000 baht a day during the Songkran festival every year, she added.
Animals & Wildlife / Wotcha got in there
« Last post by thaiga on April 10, 2018, 12:44:42 PM »
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General Discussions / Re: Social media clips - Israeli mafia rounded up
« Last post by thaiga on April 10, 2018, 12:24:16 PM »
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Drink-drive offenders to work over Songkran coping with other drivers

A large number of the 10,000 people currently on probation after being convicted of drink-driving offences will be helping the Probation Department in its attempts to enhance road safety over the Songkran holidays.

The extra helpers, who have been ordered by the courts to perform social services, will serve as traffic-regulating volunteers at checkpoints nationwide, said Probation Department director-general Prasarn Mahaleetrakul.

These former drunk drivers would, besides missing the chance to celebrate Songkran or travel wherever they like during the holidays, will work at outdoor checkpoints come rain or shine and deal with other intoxicated drivers’ aggression.

This should make them think twice before doing the same thing next time, he said.

Those placed on probation for drunk driving are required to perform social services at given hours throughout the one-year probation period during which their driver’s licence are also suspended.

Prasarn made the comment during a press conference in Bangkok to announce the department’s collaboration with related agencies to boost road safety during Songkran.

Using or having the checkpoint volunteers is a new activity aimed to make those arrested for drunk driving realise their action’s impacts and refrain from repeating the offence.

The holiday duties will be on top of the department’s usual assignments for them to devote their time to social service activities, such as working in morgues or taking care of road accident victims at hospitals or at the bed-ridden victims’ houses, Prasan said.

The department officials, if caught drunk driving, would also be liable for dismissal, he added.

Anther speaker, Secretary General of the Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation, Dr Taejing Siripanich, praised the new form of “checkpoint” probation and said it was entirely appropriate.

He said forcing former drunk drivers to work directly with traffic officers would give them a new perspective about drunk drivers’ actions. Many drunk drivers become aggressive, he said, threatening police officers and those manning checkpoints, or otherwise act inappropriately due to being intoxicated.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau’s Traffic Police deputy chief Pol Lieutenant Col Akom Jantalach said about 2,700 people were on probation in Bangkok City for drunk driving. They could be selected for the checkpoint-manning volunteer work or ordered to stand-by at police stations or other designated facilities.
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Business & Economy / Re: Baht strengtening/weakening - Cruelest month
« Last post by thaiga on April 09, 2018, 03:54:19 PM »
Cruelest month for baht could be worse than usual this year

A seasonal downturn in the baht driven by dividend outflows and a lack of tourists could be worse than usual this year amid rising global bond yields and less liquidity, according to Kasikornbank.

A dropoff in tourists after the Songkran festival in mid-April and payouts to foreign stock investors usually spell declines for the currency in May. Last year was the first time the baht managed to rally in that month since 2009.

Rising developed-market bond yields and the gradual winding down of stimulus by the European Central Bank could prompt overseas investors to rebalance their portfolios away from emerging markets like Thailand, said Kobsidthi Silpachai, head of capital market research at Kasikornbank.

“The baht may see bigger downward pressure this year than usual,” he said. “Many clients are asking about this dividend season, while exporters are hoping for some light at the end of the tunnel.”

A decline in the baht may provide some relief to exporters who have complained about an 11% rally against the dollar over the last 12 months. Some 87 billion baht ($2.8 billion) of stock dividends will be paid out to non-resident investors in April and May this year, Kasikornbank estimates.

If the dollar rises beyond its 50-day moving average against the baht, that could open the way for the Thai currency to test its support area between the March 2 low at 31.587 and the 31.638 trough on Feb 22. Beyond that, the next support lies at the low of 31.957 reached on Feb 9.
Man hospitalized after inserting 3-foot long cable into penis to relieve itchiness

Chinese doctors removed a one-meter-long cable from a man’s penis after it was inserted to relieve itchiness caused by prostatitis.

The unnamed pensioner inserted the meter-long phone charging cable to relieve the itch, but it became tangled in the bladder on the way out. According to a report by Chinese site Kanka News via Daily Mirror, a knot started to cause bleeding when the man tried to pull the cable out. He was rushed to the hospital on March 30 for medical attention.

Prostatitis causes an inflammation of the prostate gland. This leads to the development of an itch in the urethra or the passageway where urine exits the body. The itch would disappear over time once the inflammation has been treated.

Urologist Dr. Gao Zhanfeng at the Dalian Hospital in northeast China found the knot in the bladder after a scan.

Dr. Gao removed the five millimeter wide cable by cutting it up in sections using a laser. Fortunately, the man did not use anything metallic, the doctor said, otherwise it would have punctured the man’s bladder.

When the man was asked whether he sterilized the cable, he said it was roughly washed under running water. Nevertheless, he claims the experience bore a lesson well-learned. Alfred Bayle/JB
Tunnel linking Khao Yai with Tap Lan national parks to be open temporarily during Songkran

The Prachin Buri provincial highway office will temporarily open the mountainous tunnel connecting Khao Yai national park with Tap Lan national park on Prachin Buri-Nakhon Ratchasima Highway 304 during Songkran festival to facilitate land travel beginning April 10.

Chief of the highway office, Mr Apichart Boonyoung, said over the weekend that construction of the tunnel was about 75 percent completed and it could be opened for temporary use during Songkran festival in order to ease traffic flow on a 30-kilometre stretch of Highway 304 between Na Di district of Prachin Buri and Wang Nam Khiao district of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Construction of the tunnel and an elevated bridge at kilometer markers 192-195 has resulted to the closing of two of the four traffic lanes, leading to heavy traffic congestion which is expected to get worse during Songkran festival, said Mr Apichart.

But before the opening of the tunnel for temporary use on Tuesday (April 10), he said officials would conduct a trial run of the road through the tunnel today until Monday to ensure safety for motorists and travelers.
I like this festival very much.
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